The History of Leith

February 7, 2013

The fortifications of Leith

A large and strong bastion, which bore the name of
Ramsay’s Fort, was built immediately north of the
King’s Wark. A similar and equally strong bastion
was erected on the opposite side of the river. These
two works formed an adequate defence for the harbour
against attack from the sea. Ramsay’s Fort and its
companion bastion on the north side of the water were
built entirely of stone and were heavily armed with
guns, whereas the rampart with which D’Esse” enclosed
the town was constructed mostly of earth, where shot
from an enemy’s guns would simply find a grave in which
to bury themselves. No vestiges of D’Esse’s fortifications
or of those which succeeded them in Covenanting
times remain to-day. Their memory, however, is still
preserved in the name of Sandport Street, which was
so called because a port or gate in the rampart there
led out on to the Short Sands, where the Custom House
now is. The last portion, removed on the construction
of the lower and earlier part of Constitution Street and
the erection of the Assembly Rooms, was known as the
Ladies’ Walk, from its having been a favourite promenade
of the Leith belles because of its fine seaward views.

source-The Story of Leith

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