The History of Leith

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1000 pay tribute at Quintinshill rail crash memorial

Monday, May 25th, 2015

ABOUT 1,000 people, including descendants of those who died, attended a service to commemorate Britain’s worst rail disaster. for more click here

Pirate Capt Kidd’s ‘treasure’ found in Madagascar

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Archaeologists in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd. for more click here

Participation In Gretna Centenary Commemorations 21-23 May 2015

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The Royal Scots Regimental Family
Participation in Gretna Centenary Commemorations 21-23 May 2015. for more click here

Leith Museum could open this year

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Plans to open a Leith Museum in Customs House took a step forwards this week after the council announced a deal with the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.(SHBT) for more click here

How we are still living in ancient tribes in 2015

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

People in Britain are still living in the same ‘clans’ as in the 6th century, a study has revealed.

Caucasian Britons can be separated into 17 distinct genetic groups, according to research looking at those whose grandparents had all been born near each other and were white European in origin. for more click here

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

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