It was Doors Open Day (or weekend) in Edinburgh last week, so when I got back from the south I had a small adventure to Leith. (Whenever I go to Leith I think that I should go back and explore it more, but I never do go there unless I have a reason, and I never seem to have a reason.)
The first place I wanted to go to was Trinity House – since I’ve been quite often to the Newcastle one. It’s a lovely Georgian building (1816), and they have a small nautical museum upstairs, but it was mainly too recent for me – WW1 rather than Napoleonic!
Here’s one of the AoS things: Admiral Duncan overseeing everything!
On the other side of the road is South Leith Parish Church – it’s interesting that the road they stand on is now a small pedestrian one, but must have been the main road once.
Its site is another interesting look at how the shape of Leith has changed – when it was first built, there would have been nothing between it and the sea except the first new docks, now filled in – the site is roughly between the wet dock and the ‘h’ of harbour on the map below.
There’s more about the construction of Leith Docks at the Georgian Edinburgh blog – it’s interesting to see how the harbour developed.
Leith has obviously been very important to Scottish history, but it doesn’t seem to come into AoS stories – real or fictional – very much. Can anyone think of any examples?