History of Leith, Edinburgh

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Leith Roman Shoe

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

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Although discovered at Newstead. This was the style of shoe used in Scotland during the Roman period and after the Romans left Scotland. The shoes were closed by a thong through the loops and tied around the top of the foot. This shoe dates from about the second century.

source-“The Quest for Arthur’s Britain”

Mens Clothes in the dark ages of Leith

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

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These clothes for a man were discovered in Thorsburg,Germany and show a long tunic which reached to the knees and breeches both are made of wool and date from just after the Roman period. This type of dress was common all over northern Europe and Scotland at this time

source-“The Quest for Arthur’s Britain”

A dark age warrior of ancient Leith?

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

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This representation is based on the finds at Sutton Hoo. The Shield is of late Roman design,the sword is based on the “Spatha” a weapon used by Roman Cavalryman

source-”The Quest for Arthur’s Britain”

Roman Britain

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

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This map from the “Notita Dignitatum” from a copy done in 1436 from now a long lost original shows Roman Britain in the late 4th century. It shows the Shore defences against the Saxons and it is just possible that it shows the defences in Northern England/Scotland as the lowlands at this period came under Roman rule.

source-”The Quest for Arthur’s Britain”

Roman Leith?

Monday, December 12th, 2005


This painting from the London Museum shows London in 50 AD. However the basic plan for Roman Towns and Ports were identical over the Roman World. Therefore it could be possible that Roman leith looked something like this. The only difference being that there is no proof of a bridge crossing the Water of Leith in Roman Times. However there is evidence of a Causeway at Bernard Street and a Roman Road.

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