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Edinburgh, Canongate, Water Gate

Gateway (16th Century)(Possible)

Site Name Edinburgh, Canongate, Water Gate

Classification Gateway (16th Century)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Water Yett

Canmore ID 52462

Site Number NT27SE 414

NGR NT 26747 73944

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

NT27SE 414 267 739

Lying adjacent to the White Horse Close, Water Yett was the principal approach to Canongate from the east coast. Indicated on the town plan of 1544, the Water Yett received notice in 1568 when 'the port and yett pass and into the Abbaye Kirk' were to be refurbished in timber and iron work. When the port or yett was removed is not exactly known although a single arch of wood marked the site until it was blown down in a gale in 1822. It must have served a purely administrative function, perhaps in connection with the collection of tolls.

Maitland Club Extracts 1840; J Grant 1882; D Wilson; A T Simpson, S Stevenson and N Holmes 1981.


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