The History of Leith

November 3, 2012

Alleys

Alleys mentioned as having existed
in the sixteenth century : Swift’s Wynd, Aikman’s
Close, and ” the Eirle of Irgyllis Close,” in the
Dean of Guild’s Accounts in 1554, and Blacklock’s
Close, where the unfortunate Earl of Northumberland
was lodged in the house of Alexander Clarke,
when he was betrayed into the hands of* the
Regent Moray in December, 1569. In a list of
citizens, adherents of Queen Mary, in 1571, are two
glassier-wrights, one of them named Steven Loch,
probably the person commemorated in Stevenlaw’s
Close, in the High Street.
From Palfrey’s bustling inn, at the Cowgate-head,
the Dunse fly was wont to take its departure
twice weekly at 8 a.m. in the beginning of the
century; and in 1780 some thirty carriers’ wains
arrived there and departed weekly. Wilson says
that ” Palfrey’s, or the King’s Head Inn, is a fine
antique stone land of the time of Charles I. An
inner court is enclosed by the buildings behind,
and it long remained one of the best frequented
inns in old Edinburgh, being situated at the junction
of two of the principal approaches to the town
from the south and west.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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