The History of Leith

December 9, 2012

King’s Wark

IN” the days when James I. became king, Leith had really
hardly attained to the dignity of being called a town.
The population at this time could not have exceeded,
if it even reached, fifteen hundred. But even in those
days Leith was ever extending its bounds. At the
beginning of the reign the street known from time immemorial
as the Shore did not extend farther than the
Broad Wynd. On the stretch of rough waste land
beyond this, covered with sand and coarse grass, James I.
built his King’s Wark, which occupied all the ground
between Broad Wynd and Bernard Street.

source-The Story of Leith

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