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A-Z of Leith


Series: A-Z

Publication Date15th November 2018

Book FormatPaperback





Explore the port and district of Leith in Edinburgh in this fully illustrated A-Z guide to its history, people and places.
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The port of Leith has hundreds of years of independent history before it became part of Edinburgh in 1920, and it still retains its own very distinct identity separate from Edinburgh. As the major port serving Scotland’s capital city, it has been the stage on which many significant events in Scottish history have taken place. From housing the Scottish Court under Mary of Guise in 1560 to seeing civil war, being the port of call for royal arrivals and becoming its own burgh, Leith has witnessed many changes of fortune over the centuries. Although the area went into decline in the latter part of the twentieth century following the loss of business in Leith Docks after the Second World War, today Leith is again thriving, represented by the permanent mooring of the royal yacht Britannia in the docks, and recent regeneration has helped improve its poorer areas.

This fascinating A-Z tour of Leith’s history will appeal to all those with an interest in this distinctive part of Edinburgh.
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