The History of Leith

November 13, 2012

The churchyard of St. Nicholas

Monk is said to have allowed the good folk of North
Leith to remove their tombstones and even their dead
from the churchyard of St. Nicholas to the new burying
ground by the river bank. When we remember that
eight years were to elapse between the loss of the old
and the grant of the new cemetery, we see at once that
this story is mere legend, with no basis of fact beneath
it, and certainly there are no tombstones from the older
churchyard of St. Nicholas in the burial ground in
Coburg Street to-day.
Many generations of North Leithers
” Who have worked their work, now reap
The unfathomable sleep ”
of the dead within the old burial ground, as it has now
long since become. Beyond that little can be said of
those who lie there, for of few of them is there n*w any
memory even in Leith itself, and yet some, judging by
the coats-of-arms on their tombs, had been people of
note in the social world of their own time. Perhaps the
one best known to general fame is Robert Nicoll, the
” Keats ” of Scottish poets, whose high poetic promise
was cut short by untimely death when he was scarce
out of his teens

source-The Story of Leith

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