The History of Leith

November 12, 2012

THE earliest centre of religious life

THE earliest centre of religious life in our Leith district
was at Restalrig, where a church or chapel of some
kind has existed from very remote times. Legend tells
us that among those who came to Scotland with St.
Rule, the founder of the first Christian church at St.
Andrews, was St. Triduana, who had consecrated herself
to the service of God. To avoid the attentions of
Nectan, King of the Picts, who ruled from 706 to 732,
and who greatly admired the beauty of her eyes, the
saint plucked them out and sent them to him skewered
on a thorn, after which she was allowed to live unmolested,
and spent the rest of her days in devotion and
service at Restalrig, where she is said to have died and
been buried.
Her tomb, and holy well adjacent, became the most
noted places of pilgrimage in the Lothians, and manyr
reputed miracles were wrought by the beneficent influence
of the Blessed St. Triduana, especially on those
deprived of sight or who were afflicted with disease of
the eyes. Through the offerings of the faithful a chapel
is said to have arisen over her grave, a little church,
rude and primitive in construction, after the manner of
the ancient chapel now uncovered within the foundations
of the great Abbey Church of Holyrood.

source-The Story of leith

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