The History of Leith

Archive for the ‘General’ Category

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


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

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 ‘Sale of a Wife’

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

This report begins: ‘A full and particular Account of the Sale of a Woman, named Mary Mackintosh, which took place on Wednesday Evening, the 16th of July, 1828, in the Grass Market of Edinburgh, accused by her Husband of being a notorious Drunkard; with the Particulars of the bloody Battle which took place afterwards.’ It was printed by W. Boag of Newcastle, and probably sold for one penny. for more click here

Historic Views

Friday, April 25th, 2014

A photo-blog of Historic places in Scotland. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Murder, &c.’, Musselburgh Links

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This broadside report begins: ‘A full true and particular Account of the Murder of a child at Musselburgh, yesterday morning, and of the apprehension of a woman who had left the Edinburgh City Workhouse the day before, and of her examination before the magistrates . . .’ Below this prologue, is the introduction to a story about the loss of a packet ship called ‘Boston’, which was struck by lightning and sunk with all hands. Although the date of publication and name of the publisher are not included, the story was sourced from ‘The Courant’ newspaper – probably the Edinburgh Courant, published 1855-1859. for more click here

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