The History of Leith

Archive for 2014

South Leith Open days-All welcome

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Edinburgh Doors Open Day – On Saturday, 27th and Sunday 28th September a number of buildings will be open to the public throughout the City of Edinburgh including our very own South Leith Parish Church. The Church will be taking part in Doors Open Day on Saturday 27th from 12 noon to 4 pm and on Sunday 28th from 10.30 am to 4 pm.


Friday, August 22nd, 2014 – FREE ACCESS WEEKEND (23-25 Aug

Are these YOUR ancestors? Faces of medieval Scots digitally reconstructed after their skulls were unearthed in a cemetery

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

They died of infectious diseases and childbirth in medieval Edinburgh, some 600 years ago.

But now some of the skeletons of almost 400 men, women and children, whose remains were unearthed in a cemetery five years ago, have been brought back to life thanks to digital faces created by forensic artists. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Trial and Sentence’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

An Account of the Trial and Sentences of Thomas Hay. for stabbing William. Moffat, in Leith, on the 18th of July last, and before his sentence is carried into execution he is to be lashed through the town of Leith on Wednesday 18th February 1824. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Murder’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

An account of the shocking case of Mrs Anderson St Giles Street, Leith, found strangled to death in her house, on Monday morning last, with the apprehension of one of her neighbours, accused of having committed the diabolical murder. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Horrid Depravity!’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

A melancholy Account of the Death of two Children, who were poisoned by a Man who went about selling Candy, at Portobello, near Edinburgh, on Tuesday last, in whose Possession was found valuable Articles, which he obtained from the Children in exchange for his Candy. for more click here

Broadside ballad concerning the execution of Captain Thomas Green for piracy and murder

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Last farewell to the OCEAN and all the World, who was Execute with two more of his Crew at Leith within the Flood-Mark II April 1705, for Piracie and Murder. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Mutiny & murder aboard the transport Hope’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

An ACCOUNT of the Dreadful MUTINY that toon place on hoard the Conviek Transport Hope having on board 291 Female convicts many of whom belonged to Edinburgh, Leith Glasgow. &c, &c, &c when most Shocking to relete. IT seanmen,and 39 convets were.killed and wounded during the fight, as detail d in a Letter from JAMES MAITLAND, one of the Seamen belonging to LEITH. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘An Account of the Horrid and Barbarous Murder of Helen M’Dougal’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Wife of the Miscreant BURKE, who was Strangled to Death by a number of Women at Deanstone Mills about a mile from Doun near Perth. for more click here

Broadside concerning the execution of William Burke

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

An account of the Last Moments and Execution of William Burke, at Edinburgh, for the west Port Murders. for more click here

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