The History of Leith

Archive for 2012

Broadside entitled ‘Dreadful Accident at Edinburgh’

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

This report begins: ‘Account of the dreadful accident which took place on Saturday at Picardy Place Edinburgh, at the sale of Lord Eldin’s splendid collection of pictures, when the floor of the Auction Room gave way, and 150 Persons were buried in the ruins.’ for more click here

Thomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Thomas Boyd, with his father, fought at the battle of Langside on 13 May 1568, for Mary, Queen of Scots. He inherited the title Lord Boyd on the death of 5th Lord Boyd in 1590. He resigned his whole estate to the King, from whom, on 12 January 1592, for more click here

James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault and 2nd Earl of Arran (c. 1516 – 22 January 1575) was a Scottish nobleman. for more click here

Archibald Campbell, 5th Earl of Argyll

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Archibald Campbell, 5th Earl of Argyll (1532/1537 – 12 September 1573) was one of the leading figures in the politics of Scotland during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the early part of that of James VI. for more click here

James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

James Douglas, jure uxoris 4th Earl of Morton (c. 1516 – 2 June 1581) was the last of the four regents of Scotland during the minority of King James VI. He was in some ways the most successful of the four, since he did manage to win the civil war which had been dragging on with the supporters of the exiled Mary, Queen of Scots. However, he came to an unfortunate end—he was executed by means of the Maiden, a primitive guillotine, which he himself had introduced to Scotland during his time as regent.for more click here

Kinnaird’s shop (Now removed)

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

There is one other incident associating the name of
the much-hated regent Morton with Leith. His policy
as regent was much opposed by many of the leading
nobles, but in 1578 a reconciliation was effected, when
Morton and his chief opponents, including the Earls of
Argyll, Montrose, Arran, and Boyd, celebrated the event
by dining jovially at a hostelry in Leith kept by one
William Cant. There had been Cants in Leith, mostly
sailormen, for many generations. Cant’s Ordinary or
Hostelry is supposed to have been the quaint old building
raised on pillared arches which for centuries stood in
the Kirkgate at the head of Combe’s Close. The site
of this ancient place of entertainment is now fittingly
occupied by Kinnaird’s Restaurant. The ceiling of
Mr. Kinnaird’s shop is a facsimile of the decorated plaster
ceiling of the so-called Queen Mary room of its ancient
predecessor, whose outline in carved stonework may
be seen on an ornamental panel in front of the new

source-The Story of Leith


Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A guild is an association of artisans who control the practice of their craft in a particular town. The earliest types of guild were formed as confraternities of workers. for more click here

Way of St. James

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The Way of St. James or St. James’ Way (Spanish: El Camino de Santiago, Galician: O Camiño de Santiago, French: Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, German: Jakobsweg, Basque: Done Jakue bidea) is the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried. for more click here

Saint Barbara

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Saint Barbara, (Greek: ???? ???????), Feast Day December 4, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr. Accounts place her in the 3rd century. There is no reference to her in the authentic early Christian writings, nor in the original recension of Saint Jerome’s martyrology. Her name can be traced to the 7th century, and veneration of her was common, especially in the East, from the 9th century. for more click here

John Knox

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

John Knox (c. 1514 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation who brought reformation to the church in Scotland. He was educated at the University of St Andrews and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1536. Influenced by early church reformers such as George Wishart, he joined the movement to reform the Scottish church. He was caught up in the ecclesiastical and political events that involved the murder of Cardinal Beaton in 1546 and the intervention of the regent of Scotland Mary of Guise. He was taken prisoner by French forces the following year and exiled to England on his release in 1549. for more click here

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