Edinburgh, Leith, General

Burgh

Site Name Edinburgh, Leith, General

Classification Burgh

Alternative Name(s) North Leith; South Leith

Canmore ID 51962

Site Number NT27NE 45

NGR NT 2670 7630

NGR Description Centred on NT 2670 7630

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27NE 45 centred on 2670 7630

First mention of Leith was in a Charter David I authorising the erection of the Abbey of Holyroodhouse in 1128 when it was known as Inverleith. There were two towns, north and south, in the 13th century. The former was governed by the Abbot of Holyrood and the latter, by the lairds of Restalrig. In 1398 Robert I granted its harbours and mills to the magistrates of Edinburgh who purchased South Leith in 1398. The town was burnt and pillaged by the English under the Earl of Hertford in 1544 and 1547 (Battle of Pinkie). It was fortified by Sieur d'Esse in 1548, besieged in 1559, and the western part of the fortifications were removed in 1563. Cromwell erected in citadel there in 1650.

J Russell 1922.

Though North Leith and South Leith appear as burghs in 1367, this is perhaps an error. They are classed as 'burghal suburbs' by Professor Pryde. Leith was erected de novo burgh of barony (city of Edinburgh) in 1636. (For Leith Citadel, see NT27NE 10.)

G S Pryde 1965.

Architecture Notes

NT27NE 45 centred on 2670 7630

NMRS REFERENCE:

J & J Todd & Son, Leith

The National Trust Survey (1938) mentions the Citadel, Andrew Lamb's House, St Ninian's Steeple, and No.38 Quality Street as being the most outstanding of the old buildings of interest in Leith.

Classification: 3A, 4B, 4C houses.

Photographs - No.38 Quality St., Kirkgate, 36-43 the Shore. 4 plates. National Trust Survey Midlothian (Leith) List Numbers 5, 8, 9.

Leith, The Cottage

NMRS SLIDES:

1 colour slide, missing at time of upgrade (27.5.1999).

Edinburgh, Leith Mission Halls.

ARCHITECT: Malcom Stark.

Precise location uncertain at time of upgrade 21.12.1999.

Edinburgh, Leith Spurgeon Memorial Temple.

ARCHITECT: D.A. Crombie 1893, Edinburgh.

Precise location unceertain at time of upgrade 21.12.1999.

Edinburgh, Leith Drawbridge.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1807, June - December. 30.7.1807

Pet. James Fyfe, Builder (1 Antigua St. PO Directory).

Drawbridge - West end between South and North Leith, South side.

Plan and elevation. Signed by architect - Alexander Stevens.

J & J Todd & Son, Leith

PLANS:

Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh alts

Thos McCrae 1936

PLANS:

Dick Peddie & McKay, Edinburgh alts

Dick Peddie, McKay & Jamieson 1951

NMRS PRINTROOM:

Inglis Photograph Collection, Acc no 1994/90

Two detailed plans of shore/dock are showing sewage plan and proposed overflow.

Edinburgh, Leith Mission Halls.

ARCHITECT: Malcom Stark.

Precise location uncertain at time of upgrade 21.12.1999.

Edinburgh, Leith Spurgeon Memorial Temple.

ARCHITECT: D. A. Crombie 1893, Edinburgh.

Precise location uncertain at time of upgrade 21.12.1999.

Edinburgh, Leith, unidentified church.

DC 6709 South Leith - church graded gallery land plan.

Black ink and watercolour, scale 1"-6'.

Dated December 1820, signed Thomas Brown.

816 x 610, YDA 2454 L 533.

Acc.No 1986/9.

Permission to reproduce: City Archivist.

Edinburgh, Leith, row of unidentified houses.

Sources: Dean of Guild 20.1.1814

James Thomson, builder in Leith.

Near the golfhouse, Leith.

Plan and elevations unsigned.

Row of houses, five pairs of entrance doors.

Edinburgh, house (property of Thomas Muir and James Cant, wrights), foot of Leith Walk. Particulars from David Henderson, architect, 1768.

(Edinburgh Evening Courant, May 30, 1768).

Edinburgh, Leith.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1811 14.3.1811

Pet. Peter and Christopher Wood. Sands of Leith. Warehouses for Whalefishing trade.

Plan and elevations.

Edinburgh, Leith.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1811. 14.3.1811

Pet. Peter and Christopher Wood.

Sands of Leith.

Warehouses for Whalefishing trade.

Plan and elevation elevation encl. Initialled P. and C. Wood.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1813. January - June 8.4.1813

Pet. Matthew Allan, Druggist, with concurrence of J. Barclay of the Custom Leith, his landlord.

Alterations to shop front.

Plan and elevation encl. Signed J.B.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1811. 11.4.1811

Pet. of Messrs. Corbet and Borthwick and Co., Merchants, Leith.

Wet docks of Leith - near.

Plan and elevation of warehouse - towards wet dock.

- towards citadel.

Signed as a true copy by John Paterson.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1811. 23.5.1811

Pet. Messrs. Douglas and Brodie, merchants in Leith. Wet Docks, Leith, South side.

Warehouse.

Plan and elevation encl. - "Compared with the original John Paterson".

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1815. July - December 15.7.1813

Pet. Wauchope and Moodie, wine merchants, Leith.

"The old Marble Yard, Leith, bounded by -

on North-East prop. of Robt. Anderson.

on North-West prop. of Ellis Martin.

on South-East by Great Road from St. Bernards Street to the sands.

Plan and elevation, warehouses and cellars etc. unsigned.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1815. July - December 19.8.1813

Pet. David Ogilvy, for Edinburgh Roperie Co. Leith.

Within their property near the Links.

Proposed to demolish and re-erect warehouse etc.

Plan and elevation. Unsigned.

Sources: Dean of Guild 14.10.1813

Pet. William Aitchison of Dunsmore.

Leith, tenement formerly the Weigh House - precise location unknown at time of upgrade, 8.2.2000

Proposed hatchways into cellars at front of building.

Plan and elevation, unsigned.

Shows two floor five door tenement with entry marked "to Ramsay and Williamsons".

Sources: Dean of Guild 2.6.1814

Pet. John Martin, Merchant in Queensferry.

Corner tenement fronting the Citadel of Leith, near to the West end of therof - - precise location unknown at time of upgrade, 8.2.2000

Minor alterations - door.

Plan of whole tenement unsigned.

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