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Acknowledgement  to John Stevenson

Thank you to John Stevenson, local history, family history and shipping history researcher, for allowing me to reproduce the list below, the result of many years' of his research.

If you'd like to contact John, please email me, then I'll pass on his email address to you.

Boat Yards & Ship Yards

of

Edinburgh

 (Granton, Newhaven, Leith and Portobello)

"Over 600 years of ship building on the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh, from  the 'Royal Shipbuilding' of the 14th century until the industry's demise in the 20th century."

Alphabetical List

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M Mc N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Work in Progress

Thank you to John Stevenson for providing the list below.  John tells me that this is still work in progress for him.  He intends to provide updates to this list at regular intervals.

Updates added to the list on Nov 11, 2014 are in green type

Alphabetical List

A

ADAMSON,  WILLIAM

1866 to 1867:  Upper Dock , Leith

1868 to 1872:  Graving Dock , Leith

Born Dundee  -  1831 Census

Married Emma Young Weatherly at  Howden , Wallsend . 22.12.1853 .

1871:  living at 1 Assembly Street , South Leith. Employing 20/50 men

1881: Census  -  Not in Leith  

The Adamson family were shipbuilders at Sunderland, Alloa , Dundee, Bo’ness and Grangemouth

 

ALLAN, DAVID & Co.

1876 to 1880:  The Citadel , Leith

1880 to 1881:   West Pier , Leith

1881: Took on a second yard in Caroline Park, Granton, just to the West of Granton Harbour

1881: Company  in receivership and both yards sold ( Leith yard to Ramage & Ferguson )

1883: Company reformed  with a yard at Granton

1883 to 1886:   Granton Harbour.

In March of 1875, he converted a drifter to steam power and in 1877 it is said that he built the first screw propelled steam trawler in the world. This vessel was PIONEER  LH854. The vessel was of wooden construction with two masts and carried a gaff rigged main and mizen using booms, and a single foresail. Pioneer is mentioned in the Shetland Times of 4 May 1877.

 

In all, the Company built around 35 wooden steam driven vessels

Born Durness , Orkney , circa 1840

2 Jun 1876:  Married Margaret Nicholson , born 1856 , North Leith, father a  “ steamship owner “ , at 10 Shore , Leith .

Both parties were living at that address at that time

1881 Census:  Living at 32 Sandport Street, Leith.
Shipbuilder employing 12 men and 12 apprentices

22 Dec 1911. Died at South Shields aged 71

 

ALLAN & BROWN,  ( Boatbuilder)

c.1920 to 1928:  Fisherman’s Park , Newhaven

 

ALAN & STEWART or STEUART  (Boatbuilder)

c,1775:  Sherriff Brae

David Steuart was Provost of Leith 1780 to 1782

 

ANDERSON, ?

 

ANDERSON, G.H.

1824 to 1835:  20 Sherriff Brae

 

ANDERSON, James  (Boatbuilder)

c.1810: Citadel, North Leith

Wife:  Margaret Watson,  died 6 Jun 1812, Age 35

 

 B

BAIN & BROWN

1919  to      Granton

Ferro - Concrete ship builders.

Yard covered an area of 6 acres with a sea frontage of 250 feet  with a proposed ten building berths.

By  Mar 1919, “a  power driven fishing smack of 30ft in length”  had been constructed.

QUEENSBERRY  Off No 137638,  GN 9 

Ferro - Cement  motor driven vessel

GRT: 10.

Length: 29ft 6in

Beam: 11ft 8in

Depth: 4ft 4in

Engine: 2 HP motor

Owner: Bain and Brown Ltd., ( Granton) Leith. ( George Bain, Manager)

First Reg:  25 Jul 1919

Port of Reg : Granton.

25 Oct 1921 . Granton Reg closed . Vessel scrapped.

The main class of vessel to be built was to be “ Steam trawler , 136ft  between perpendiculars , 23ft 6in beam and 13ft 7in from deck to keel . “

 

BALDWIN

c.1792

 

BALLANTYNE or BANNANTYNE, THOMAS

Late 15th Century, Nth Leith

 

BEATTIE, JAMES

c.1702 to 1733:  south of  Broad Wynd , North Leith and also at end of Sea Wynd , North Leith.

First  mentioned in Leith records in 1703 when he built the bark JOHN which when launched lay at  Lyon’s Dock (southern end of Broad Wynd, North Leith).

In the early 18th Century, James Beattie was building at least 3 ships per year, usually of 20 to 40 tons, though individual vessels might be as small as 12 tons or as large as 70 tons burthen.

1726/27: James Beattie built at least 2 ships of 200 tons burhen.

James Beattie was well known for the training of apprentice carpenter’s .

Names such as Dryborough, Warden, Robertson  & Young are all mentioned and went on to be shipbuilders in Leith.

He appears regularly in Admiralty records and was reputed to be the busiest of the Leith shipbuilders in the early 18th C

James Beattie  died 24 Apr 1733

Wife: Margaret Gordon who after James Beattie’s death married John Syme (Sime?) shipbuilder, Leith.  

At death, he had shares in the following vessels that he had built:

      -  GEORGE OF KINGHORN  (1/4 share)

      -  CHRISTIAN  (1/16 share)

      -  UNITY OF LEITH  (1/16 share)

      -  MARION  (1/16 share)

 

BEATTIE, THOMAS

 

BEGBIE, JAMES

1790 to 1793:  North Leith

Died 1794.

Married 8 Jan 1789

Wife Margaret Shaw of Alloa

1791: sold his shares  in two sloops which he had built

Died 1791:  Estate £482  7s 1d

PEGGY BEGBIE:  belonging to William Blues, shipmaster, Ely.  £289

HAILES CASTLE:  belonging to John Scougall, merchant, Leith.  £162

 

BERNARDES,  ROBERT  ( Boatbuilder)

1851 to 1866:  Newhaven

1857 to 1859: living at Stevenson’s Land, Prestonpans

Died 15 Nov 1866: Annfield , Newhaven

Estate £60  5s 10d

 

BISSETT,  DAVID  (Boatbuilder)

1834 to ?:  Dock Street , Leith.

 

BROWN, DAVID

c.1875:  North Leith

Married Margaret  Semple 3rd April 1790

 

BROWN, GEORGE

c.1789

 

BROWN, JOHN

 

BRYCE, ALAN  (Boatbuilder)

c.1773:  South Leith.

 

BUDGE FAMILY

 

BUDGE, DANIEL THOMSON  (Boatbuilder)

1877 to 1886:   4 Dock Street , Leith . House : 33 Bridge Street , Leith

Wife : Alison Young

 

BUDGE, WILLIAM

Born 15 Oct 1856:  North Leith

 

BURGESS  OR BURGER, JOHN  (Boatbuilder)

c.1810:   North Leith.

 

BUTTEMENT or BUTTIMENT, WILLIAM

1829  to 1830:  Upper Drawbridge and Sandport Street , North Leith

William Calder , sail maker, was a tenant

1830:  Shipbuilding yard ,dry dock and dwelling house sold

 

BUTTIMENT & YOUNG  (Ship and Boatbuilder)

1833:  Custom House

1837 to 1841:  44 Bridge Street , North Leith.

1842: 56 Bridge Street , North Leith

In liquidation 1843

 

C

CALDER, JOHN  (Boatbuilder)

c.1966:  3 Howard Place, Edinburgh.

ROMIANNE  ON  309511. Wooden single screw motor boat . Reg Leith 111967 to 1975

Believed to be only vessel built.

Later as WHITE IDLER and GLENSANDA

 

CAMPBELL, JAMES  (Boatbuilder)

Leased land from Menzies & Co., Leith

From Leith Burgh’s Pilot

Advert: 6 Aug 1864 . “Two  new boats, 18ft 8in and 16ft 6in, built of larch  and copper fastened  to top. To be seen at Menzies Yard “

 

 CHAPMAN, HENRY

1835 to 1836:  West end of Cromwell Street , North Leith.

1836 to 1839:  Prince Regent Street, North Leith.

Married Elizabeth Rose (daughter of Lachlan Rose, Shipbuilder, North Leith)
15 Nov 1830, North Leith

 

CHARLES, Adam

c.1740:  South Leith

 

COCHRANE, JAMES (Boatbuilder)

1834 to ?:  Commercial Place , North Leith

 

CORNTON FAMILY

George, George Jr., John, Lawrence, and Roger

1439:  John Corton, was living in St Leonard’s  Land’s  ( Coalhill )  being the  first named  shipwright  in the port and working at King’s Wark.

1433:  John was involved in the building of a barge for James I.

1455:  As well as working for James II at King’s Wark John was building ships in the area now known as Sherriff Brae.

1512: Roger with Thomas Scot  was “building boats for the Great Navy"

Lawrence was involved in building of MICHAEL.

1513. After Flodden Roger and Lawrence returned to commercial boat building at Leith , little or no detail is available of where their yards were and the size of vessels they built.

 

COUSTEAN, ARCHIBALD    

First mentioned 1619

c.1624:  built JANET for Abraham Turnbull.

Died: 1640

The forbears of the Coustean / Couston family are believed to have been among the French shipwrights who were recruited to build the Great Michael.  They remained and worked in Leith.

 

COUSTON, ARCHIBALD

“Skipper and shipbuilder”  Died 16 Jun 1670.

 

COUSTON, WILLIAM

“Skipper and Shipbuilder”

26 May 1659:  Ordered by Council to demolish work commenced , without permission, in building a “Building Dock in South Leith.”

 Died: 12 May 1668.

 

COWLING, ANDREW

c.1680:  South Leith

Wife:  Grizell Huttone

 

CRAN, JOHN & Co.

1880 to 1903  5 & 6 The Shore and Tower Place, South Leith

1895 his partner was David Donaldson

1850 Born Raynie, Aberdeenshire

1901 Living at 11 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh

Feb 1940:  Died at Musselburgh, aged 90, buried Inveresk Churchyard

 

CRAN & SOMERVILLE

1917:  Formed from John Cran & Co  with the appointment of Mr R. A. Somerville , of George Gibson & Co., Shipowners , as a Director.

1903 to 1928:  5 & 6 Shore, Tower Place , South Leith , Queens Dock and Western Harbour , North Leith.

1929:  Bought by Henry Robb

Workshop on Shore was  “Brittania Inn “

Partners were John Cran, John Andrew Somerville and John Duncan Cran.

 

CRAWFORD, JAMES

1751 to 1754:  at Sandport , North Leith.

1753 to 1800:  east of Draw Bridge in North Leith.

1754 to 1787:  at end of Sea Wynd , North Leith

Apr 1800: James having died the yard close to the Draw Bridge was advertised for sale .

Wife: Catherine Yeats

 

CRAWFORD, JAMES & GOALEN, WALTER

1787 to 1793:  east of bridge in North Leith

 

CROMBIE, WILLIAM  (Boatbuilder)

Born 1799

1842 to 1843:  15 St Anthony’s Place , South Leith

1841 Census:  Living at 15 St Anthony’s Place

 

CROOM & ARTHUR

1894 to 1902:  Victoria Dock , North Leith .

James Croom born Sanquhar,  Dumfries

1901 Census:  living at 5 Inverleith Terrace

 

CROUDON,  T.   (Boatbuilder)

1821 to 1826:  Albany Street  ?

 

CUNNINGHAM or CUNYNGHAME, ROBERT DRYBURGH  (Boatbuilder)

1814 to 1821:  South Fort Street , North Leith

House . Pitt Street , North Leith

See also:  Strachan, Gavin & Cunnynghame

 

D, E

DAIS, JOHN

 

DAIS, THOMAS

15th Century on site of now Custom’s House

 

DAVIDSON, ANDREW 

Late 15th Century . North Leith near the Bridge .

Later emigrated to Norway

 

DAVIES or DAVIS, ROBERT

c.1705 to 1723,  East of the Abbot’s Bridge in North Leith

In1709 he was made a Burgess and Guldbrother by right of his wife

Was “His Majesty’s Shipbuilder “ at Leith.

Died 12/1/1723 . At his death held a quarter share in the Bark ANN OF ABERCORN  and of the sloop ROYAL GEORGE

 

1st Wife :  Janet Livingstone daughter of the Court of Session Clerk  

2nd Wife : Mary Fullerton

 

DENNIS, THOMAS  (Boatbuilder)

1868 TO 1870  Wardie Cottages , Granton.

 

DONALD

C1865   Granton.

Built ships of up to 150 tons burthen and 100 ft. length

March 1867:  CHARLOTTE MAULE, 123 tons burthen, 86ft length was built for Maule & Co, Kincardine and employed on Leith - Mediterranean trade.

DONALD, MALCOLM 

 

DONALDSON, JAMES

c.1766

Yard lay between the Ballast Quay and the Glasshouse Quay

 

DOUGLAS, ROBERT

c.1737

 

Wife : Elizabeth Goodwinie)

 

DOVE, John

c.1620

Nov 1621 (Quote from Trinity House of Deptford Transactions, 1609-35):

"The lord admiral has informed them that John Dove of Leith in Scotland has recently built a ship called the Mayflower of Leith (300 tons).

Dove has asked the king to buy the ship, affirming that she was  built as a man-of-war and that her strength and goodness at sailing is inferior to no other ship in the kingdom.

The king has ordered the writers to have her viewed and measured.  Trinity House are asked to perform this task and to state in writing  what ordnance she can carry, how much she is worth , and whether she should be bought for the king's service.

They, Trinity House have been aboard and viewed the ship:  length upon orlop 91ft.; breadth upon orlop, outside to outside: 25 ft.; depth in hold 9ft. 9 or 10 inches:  her bow and quarter are not great and her side is flat.

They conclude that she will be tendersided (heel too easily) and is insufficiently stiff or stout to be a man-of-war, much less a prince's ship.  Her burden is some 220 tons.  She is unfit for the king's service."

 

DRYBURGH, DAVID

c.1754

Wife : Margaret Tait

 

DRYBURGH, ROBERT  (Ship and  Boatbuilders)

1771 to 1777:  east of bridge in North Leith

Built dry dock 1774.

1754 to 1777:   at Sandport , North Leith.

Possibly up to 1794 as boatbuilders

 

F. David Dryburgh b 1696

M Margaret Tait b 1699

 

 Wife :  Agnes Clephan . Married C1750 possibly in Nth Leith

 

DRYDEN, JOHN & SON   (Boatbuilder)

1834 to ?  Dock Street , North Leith.

Wife Isabella Powell

Died 21st October 1835

Estate £243  5s 0d

 

F

FORD, WILLIAM  (Boatbuilder)

1834 to ?    Johnstone Street , North Leith.

 

G

GALLON

c.1792

 

M.P. GALLOWAY

 

GIFFORD, ANDREW GRIERSON & CO

1882 to 1883:  Tower Street South Leith & Sandport Street , North Leith.

Married , age 29:  Adelaide Alves,  age 21, of 2 Hutcheon Street , Aberdeen., on 3 September 1879 at, Aberdeen

Home address 76 Kirkgate , South Leith.

F  William Gifford, Seaman.

M Jane Grierson

09.01.1885

Company Sequestrated

 

GIFFORD, D.C.

 

GOALEN or GULLEN, ALEX

1793 to 1795:  North Leith

Born 1768:  Son of Walter Goalen and Mary Mitchell

Married Helen Gladstone 23 May 1800

Took over the running of the business on death of his father

 

1808:  Business sold

CHECK

Alex Goalen  died June 1851

Alex owned The Starbank House which he gifted to Edinburgh Corporation on his death.

 

GOALEN or GULLEN, WALTER

1795 to 1803:  Sandport Street , North Leith

 

Born 1741:  Balmalcolm   died 1792 . Will £827

Married (1):  1763, Mary Mitchell, North Leith, Died c.1766

Married (2):  1777, Margaret Nimmo, South Leith, Died c.1786

 

GOWAN

 

GRAHAM, SMART & ANNAN

1917:  Applied for shipbuilding ground between Leith and Newhaven.

Application  refused

 

GRANTON  SHIPBUILDING  CO.

 

GRAY, GEORGE

c.1718

Wife : Margaret Burn (?)

 

GRAY, ROBERT

 

GRAY & INNES

1835 to 1837   24 Sherriff Brae

 

H

HAMILTON, James

c.1740:  South Leith

 

HAMILTON, LISTON & Co  ( Boatbuilder)

1868 to 1871 Granton Harbour

 

HAWTHORNS

1873 to 1885:   Western Harbour , Granton

1881 to 1916:  Mill Lane , South Leith

1916 to 1924:   Victoria Shipyard, Western Harbour , North Leith

1924 liquidation

Yard acquired by Henry Robb Ltd.

 

HAY, CHARLES

C 1766 to 1777:  South of Sandport , North Leith.

Wife:  Janet Pew.  Died 16 Jan 1786 at Leith

Died: 17th Jul 1777

Will:  £349 + £83 balance due for a ship built for William Morrison

 

HAY, JOHN  (Ship and Boatbuilder)

1777 to 1798:  south of Sandport , North Leith.

 

PETER HEDDERWICK  (Boatbuilder)

1808 to 1816: Giles Street , North Leith

 

HENDERSON

 

HENRY & MUNRO

 

HILL, ALEX (Ship and  Boatbuilders)

1776 to 1803   Sheriff Brae , North Leith

Died 13 May 1810

 

Member of  Leith Chamber of Commerce  from 1785 .

Property including the Shipyard , "The Mansion House", "The New House” (Tenement) and a "Timber Yard" were put up for sale.

 

HOME , JAMES

c.1750

 

I

INNES, J & G

1866 to 1868:  Old Church Street , North Leith

James Innes died 14 Mar 1869, resided at No 10 Shore, Leith

 

INNES, ROBERT

1837 to 1841:   Old Church Street, North Leith

1841 to 1858:   8 Bridge Street , North Leith.

1858 to 1866:   Old Church Street , North Leith , Also at Granton

 

Born:  Leith  Illegitimate but given the surname of reputed father

Married:  Mary,   b Falkland

1851 living at Old Church Street , North Leith.

Employing twelve men and eleven apprentices.

Died 29 Sep 1857 at 3 Old Church Street , North Leith,  Age 60.

Buried Rosebank Cemetery.

 

INNES, R. & Co

1869 to 1883:   1 Old Church Street , North Leith

 

J, K

JACK, William  (Boatbuilder)

1858 to 1860:   North Junction Street, North Leith.

1871. Anchorfield , Newhaven

Died : 11 Oct 1899 at Fleetwood , Lancashire

Residence : 17 Cornhill Terrace, Edinburgh.

Daughter  : Jane  ( Christie)

Estate : £2221 4s 4d

 

Son: William Jack ( boatbuilder),  born Leith 25.03.1825, died 1889, Falkirk

1851 Census:  Living at 4 Industry Lane , Nth Leith.

 

JAMIESON or JAMISON, JAMES

1731  to 1747? , at end of Broad Wynd , North Leith

1744 to 1749, between Sea Wynd and Glasshouse Quay , North Leith

Wife :  Agnes Tod(d), Married  Edinburgh 31 May 1731.

 

R. JAMES

 

L

LAMONT,  WILLIAM  (Boatbuilder)

1896 to 1898:  1 Old Church Street, North Leith

1899 to 1910:  Parliament Street , South Leith.

1918 to 1920:   3 Coupar Street , North Leith

 

LAURIE, JAMES  (Boatbuilder)

1785 to 1803:  North Leith.

 

LAWRENCE, J & J ( Boatbuilder)

1939 to ?:  Mill Lane/Sheriff Brae

 

LAWRIE, JOHN  (Boat builder)

c.1780

 

LECKIE, JAMES    (Boat and Yacht builder)

1808 to 1821:  North Leith

1832 to 1845:  Stone Bridge , Ferry Road , North Leith

1846 to 1853:  North Junction Street .

In 1851 James Leckie was living at 47 Bridge Street , North Leith and employed six men

 

13.04.1839, From “Scotsman “ newspaper

“Yacht to be launched , next week , from the dockyard of Mr James Leckie , boat builder . This elegant boat which measures 11.5 tons and has been built for a Nobleman in the North has been admired both for her correct model and excellent workmanship “

 

LINDSAY, ALEX  (Boatbuilder)

1831 to 1839:  Regent Street  & Commercial Place , North Leith

Residence:  Canon St

 

LINDSAY,  WILLIAM  (Boatbuilder)

1821 to 1826:   Commercial Place , North Leith

 

LISTON, JAMES  H.  (Boat & yacht builder)

1869 to 1873   Granton Harbour

 

LISTON, M. R.  (Yacht and Boatbuilder)

1859 to 1864:  Granton Harbour

Yacht and Boatbuilder to the Duke of Buccleuch

16 Mar 1865:  Declared Bankrupt . Estate £167.0.0d

15 May 1865:  Died at Ardrossan .

Wife Catherine.

 

LOUDON, JOHN

 

LOWRIE, JOHN

 

M

MARR FAMILY

 

MARR , ADAM

 

 MARR, C

 

MARR, James G., & Co  (Boat & Steam Launch builder)

1893:  Saw Mill Lane ( off Mill Lane )

1895 to 1898:    The Citadel, North Leith.

1898 to 1903:    9 Ballantyne Road , South Leith.

1904 to 1931:    Also at 44 Sandport Street , North Leith

 

1850:  Born Leith

Wife:  Agnes Barron, born 1849 Dysart

1901 Census:  Living at 35 Madeira Street, Leith

 

MARR BRO’S  (Boatbuilder)

1882 to 1894:    The Citadel , North Leith

 

MARTIN, JAMES

1941 to 1949:  Granton East Breakwater

 

MASON, ROBERT  (Boatbuilder)

c.1860:  St Anthony’s Place ,Leith

 

MASTERTON, JOHN  (Boatbuilder)

Circa 1830:  Sandport Street

24 Sep 1823:  Married Jean Greig of Kinghorn, at Kinghorn.

 

MAXTON, J.B.  

c.1830 Upper Bridge , Great Junction Street ,Leith

Better known as an engine builder and boilermaker also operated a foundry

Leith Engineering Co., Junction Street and Leith Walk Foundry . Employing 100 men at Gt Junction Street

1844 Built two iron steamers “ Granton” and “ Burntisland “  “ first of their kind built at Leith “ for  “ Fife Ferry Trustees “ , the joint concern of His Grace the Duke of Buchleuch and John Gladstone of Fasque”

1846. July , Company in Sequestration

 

MELDRUM, ROBERT   ( later “& son” )

Granton

April 1853:  Yard closed with  “sale of of shipbuilding equipment and new boats of various sizes".

Meldrum family also built ships at Burntisland

 

MENZIES FAMILY

 

MENZIES, GEORGE

Born: c.1808

Wife: Mary

1851 Census:  Leith Mount House , North Leith

 

MENZIES , ROBERT

1636?:   North Leith

 

MENZIES,  ROBERT (2)

1792 to 1797:  East of bridge in North Leith

1808 to ?:  North Leith

Died 20 Aug 1833.

Estate : £15,568 1s  5d

 

Wife: Margaret Dryborough, died 7 May 1816

 

MENZIES, R & SON

1822  to ?:     Wet Dock , North Leith

1858 to 1865:   Granton Pier

31 Jul:  Robert Dryborough Menzies married Agnes Pyper of Warriston

1851 Census:  32 Bernard Street, South Leith,  Hugh Menzies, shipbuilder, unmarried, 48 , b North Leith.

 

MENZIES, THOMAS.

Brother to Robert Menzies (2)

1851 Census

Living at 32 Bernard Street , Leith

 

MENZIES & Co

20 Dec 1841:  Had shipyard and a Morton’s Patent Slip for sale  at Sherriff Brae

1858:  Old Dock , North Leith.

1963: Bought by Henry Robb Ltd.

 

MENZIES & GOALEN or GULLEN or GOLLEN

1804 to ?

1851: A. Menzies age 50 living at 33 Bridge Street , North Leith, Employing one man one boy

 

MILES, ALEX B  (Boatbuilder)

1849 to 185?:   31 Sandport Street , North Leith

Employing 20 men

Alexander Miles, born 1801 Edinburgh

Married 11 Sep 1829, Leith

Wife Barbara Thomson,  born 1811 Aberdeen,  died 1884

1851:  Living at 33 Bridge Street , North Leith

1861:  Coal Merchant, 31 Bridge Street, Leith

 

MILES & FIELD  (Boatbuilder)

1850 to 1851:  31 Sandport Street , North Leith.

 

MILLER, PATRICK

 

MORTON  FAMILY

MORTON, Hugh

1856 TO 1858   Leith Docks.

1871:  Employing 155 men and 28 boys and living at  Belvedere House , Stanley Road, Leith

Born:  Leith, 1813

Wife: Margaret 

 

MORTON, HUGH & Co

1856-58:  Leith Docks.

Born: 1813, Leith

Married:  4 Jun 1838, at Lorne

Wife:  Elizabeth Burton Glover

1871:  Moved to Western Harbour, Leith

1871:  Engineer + Iron Shipbuilder employing 155 men + 28 boys and living at Belvedere House, Stanley Road, Trinity

Died:  9 Jun 1878 ,at Bel House, Buried at Warriston Cemetery

Estate: £33,322 16s 4d including shares in these ships built by his company:

    -  TOM MORTON  (10/64 shares:  value £2345 15s 0d)

    -  MIDLOTHIAN    (11/64 shares:  value £1718 15s 0d)

    -  AGALIA  (full ownership:  value £1000 0s 0d)

1912:  Morton's yard was acquired by Hawthorns & Co.
            Morton's yard was adjacent to Ramage & Ferguson's yard.

 

MORTON, S & H

1865 to 1916:   Victoria Dock , North Leith.

Were also  “patent slip” manufacturers

1852 to 1855:  Leith Walk and

1854 to 1855:  Granton Pier.

 Also "patent slip" manufacturers

1851:  age 58. born Leith,  living at Belvedere House, Stanley Road, North Leith.

Engineer and iron shipbuilder employing one hundred and fifty five men and 28 boys

 Hugh Morton died 10 Jun 1878 at Belvidere House, Trinity, buried Warriston.

Capital Stock in the firm £10000

Held 10/64 shares in SS TOM MORTON  ( Est value £ 15,000)

Held 11/64 shares in SS MIDLOTHIAN  ( Est value £1,000)

Personal estate at death £ 33,332.16.4d

An important member of this firm was Thomas Glover, a native of Leith who was one of the largest contractors in India and Chairman of the Bengal Iron & Steel Works.

 

MORTON, THOMAS  (Boatbuilders?)

1803 to 1823:  Couper Street , North Leith.

Died:  24 Dec 1832,  age 51 . Buried South Leith

 

MORTON, THOMAS & Co

1824 to 1826: North side of Old Harbour, North Leith

Were also “patentees of slips”

1821 to 1826: 1 Pilrig Street

1823 to 1826:  also at Ferry Road, North Leith.

Death at Inverness of malignant cholera, Mr Thomas Martin Jr, Engineer, Leith

 

MORTON & BURNS  (Boatbuilders)

1806 to ?:   39 Coupar Street , North Leith.

 

MORTON & SIME

 

MOWAT, MAGNUS  (Boatbuilder)

1868 to 1879:  Whale Brae , Newhaven

1880 to 1899:  Main Street , close to Victoria School , Newhaven

 1871:  Employing one man and one boy.

Living at Willowbank Cottage , Newhaven

Born Wick

Married: Elizabeth Donaldson, born  Wick, died 7 Oct 1875, age 36

 

12.05.1888. Advert in “Scotsman” newspaper states he has “12 boats (new ) for sale 3 to 21 ft , built of  larch, copper and galvanised fittings.“

 

Mc

McGLASHEN, ALEX  (Boatbuilder)

1866 to 1876:  Granton Harbour.

 

McKASKEY  OR  BALCASKY, THOMAS

15th century

 

MCKENZIE, J.  (Ship and Boat builder)

 

MCKENZIE, J. & CO  (Ship and Boat builder)

11.02.1892

Partnership between George McKenzie and James Cormack dissolved by retiral of Cormack.

“George McKenzie will carry on the business as Sole Partner.”

 

McKENZIE, J. (John) & Co. 

(John & George McKenzie "Sole Partners" )

1879 to 1883:   Albert Dock

1884 to 1903: also at 44 Sandport Street 

Wife Anne Laughton

Died 16 Aug 1881 at Boathaven, Wick

Estate : £257 12s 8d

 

McLEAN & LINDSAY  (Boatbuilder)

1820 to 1822:    Commercial Place Leith.

 

McMATH, EDWARD

 

N

NISBET, ROBERT  (Boatbuilder)

1851 to 1869:   3 Albany Street , Leith , west from the Wet Dock

Married Elizabeth

1851:  living at 1 Cannon Street , North Leith. Employing 4 men and 2 boys.

 

NISBETT & ROLLO  (Boatbuilder)

1839 to1840:  Commercial Place, North Leith

1840 to 1853:  Admiralty street , North Leith

1841 to 1853:   Also at 2 Citadel

 

O

ORR, DAVID  (Boatbuilder)

1793 to 1798:   North Leith.

1803 to ?:         North Leith

 

P, Q

PHILLIPS, ANDERSON  & Co. ( Boat Builders)

1940 to 1946: Eastern Harbour ,Granton

PERDITA  ON  305304. Wooden single screw motor  boat. Built 1944

1964 to 1987: TITAN  Reg Granton .

 

PITILLO, JAMES

c.1760:  Leith

Christened 3 Aug 1737, Edinburgh Parish.

Died 13 Sep 1796, Edinburgh Parish.

 

POTTINGER, CHRISTOPHER  (Boatbuilder)

Born:  1821 at Anstruther

Employed:  5 men + 4 boys

1872 to 1873:  West Pier , North Leith

Born Wick 1822 .

Mraried:  4 May 1849, Thurso

Wife: Sibella Wishart,  born: 1825, Thurso, Caithness.

1861: living/working at Shore Street , Anstruther , Fife.

Died 26th Dec 1872:  Suicide by pistol shot.

Estate £250 19s 4d.

House 33 Albany Street, Leith

 

R

RAMAGE & FERGUSON

Details to be added later.

 

ROBB, HENRY

1918 Bernard Street,  Leith.

1919 also at Albert Road, Leith.

 

HENRY ROBB Ltd

19..   to 1984:  West Pier and Western Harbour, Leith

 

ROBERTSON, JAMES

Died 1713/1714

First wife:  ?

Second wife:  Margaret  Gray .Daughter  of Robert Gray , Skipper , Leith . Marrie 5 Feb 1700,  North Leith

 

ROBERTSON, PATRICK

Possibly prior  to 1728 to 1747, between Sea Wynd and Glasshouse Quay, North Leith

Wife: Sarah Walker

 

ROBERTSON , PETER

 

ROLLO, ROBERT Sen'r  (Boatbuilder)

1851 to 1856:  26 The Citadel , North Leith.

1856 to 1862:  Admiralty Street , North Leith

1862 to 1869:  Prince Regent Street , North Leith

 

Wife:  Margaret Wilkinson(1), Agnes Cumming ( 2) and Jessie Cunningham (3).

1851:  Living at 16 Couper Street , North Leith. Employing 2 men and 2 boys.

Died 18 May 1872 at 15 Coupar Street, North Leith age 70.

F Joseph Rollo, seaman ,R N.

M Jane Foulis.

 

ROSE,  LACHLAN & SON

1825 to 1831:  Old Church Street

1831 to 1851:  Wet Docks , North Leith.

1851: Retired living at Leith Mount , North Leith

 

ROSE, JOHN  L.

1854 to 1865:  Wet Docks , North Leith

1851: living at 1 Prince Regent Street , North Leith. Employing forty men

 

ROSE & CHAPMAN

1852 to 1854:   Wet Docks , North Leith

 

S

SANDERSON BRO’S (Engineering) Ltd. (Boatbuilder)

c.1968:  West Harbour  Road., Granton

JORONA . ON 335180.  Wooden twin screw motor boat . Built 1968 . Reg Leith 1968 to 1977

 

SCOTT, THOMAS

See Cornton Lawrence

Apr 1513:  Scott moved to Ayr and was later involved in shipbuilding in the port.

 

SHAW, JAMES ( Boatbuilder)

c.1850:  Port Hamilton, Edinburgh

House: 2 Coates Place, Edinburgh

Wife: Catherine Shaw

Died: 01.07.1862

Estate: £394 19s 04d

 

SIBBALD, John

c.1795:  South Leith

 

SIME, ALEXANDER

1807 TO 1817:  East of bridge in North Leith

1823 TO 1833:  East of bridge in North Leith

 

SIME, ALEXANDER, & CO.

1808 TO 1832:  Sandport Street , North Leith

 

SIME, JOHN

1733 to 1796:  at end of Sea Wynd , North Leith

1738 to 1796:  at Glasshouse Quay.

1749 to 1796:  west of Glasshouse Quay . North Leith.

1770 to 1796:  at end of Broad Wynd , North Leith

1771: built dry dock.

1777 to 1787: east of Bridge in North Leith

1777 to 1796:  at Sandport , North Leith.

 Had as his partner John McLaren

 1754:  John died, Leith ?

1st Wife: Margaret Gordon

2nd Wife: Margaret Hog(g),   Died 10 Feb 1754 of Asthma:  buried in North Leith graveyard

 

SIME, John  & Son

1773 to ?:    North Leith

 

SIME, JOHN Jun'r

23 Dec 1776 . Died Leith

Wife: Jean Reid

 

SIME, ALEXANDER  
with  ROBERT LIDDELLS Sen'r & Jun'r
and JAMES BRUNTON

1820 to 1831:  Head of the Wet Dock , North Leith.

 

SIME & RANKINE OR RANKEN

1820 to 1831:  Head of the Wet Dock , North Leith.

 

SMITH, GEORGE

1825 to 1828:    (Boatbuilder)   Sherriff Brae

1828 to 1831:    (Shipbuilder ) Sherriff Brae

 

STEELE,  DONALD Messrs

1868 to 1870:    Granton Harbour

Aug 1869:  Sequestrated

 

STRACHAN & GAVIN

1796 to 1821:   “Opposite the Citadel, North Leith"

Further details to follow.

 

STRACHAN, GAVIN & CUNYNGHAME

Robert Drybrough Cunynghame , in or around 1820,  was a partner in this firm

Born:  5 May 1786

Married Elizabeth Ogilvy 29 Oct1807 and they had three children

1 Feb 1822 sailed on ‘ MINERVA’ with his family arriving Hobart Town 22 Oct 1822

Set up business in Sydney as a BOATBUILDER under the name of Cunynghame & Oliphant.

31 Oct 1823  partnership dissolved

 

SYMPSON, JAMES

 

T

TAYLOR, WILLIAM  (Boatbuilder)

c.1771:  Sherriff Brae.

1764: Built a Pilot Boat for Edinburgh Council

1774:   Built a Tender for the Custom Service

 Born: 

1721

Died: 21 Sep 1794 /1774

Wife: Sarah Harion/Herion

Children: Joseph, William & Elizabeth

 

TOD, JOHN  (Captain)

c.1750

Wife: Henrietta Brown

Daughter Elizabeth married Rev David Johnston , Nth L, 5 Jul 1759

Died 8 Aug 1796 aged 61.

 

RICHARD TORRY

 

U, V

URQUHART, D.  (Boatbuilders)

1810 to 1811:  Sherriff Brae, South Leith

Builders of ships lifeboats and dinghies

 

W, X

WARDEN or WARDIN, JAMES

? to 1745?:  Between Sea Wynd and Glasshouse Quay , North Leith.
                      This may have been a short term lease

Sep 1745:  James died intestate.  Inventory £347 7s 0d

Wife  Janet Robertson

 

WATSON & CARNIE (Boatbuilder)

1939-45:  Starbank Road, Newhaven:  built wooden launches.

 

WILLISON, JOHN

1750 to 1773:  at end of Broad Wynd , North Leith

 

WILLISON, JOHN  & THOMAS

1750 TO 1753:  at Sandport , North Leith.

 

WILLISON, THOMAS

 

WILSON, J. (Boatbuilder)

1810 to 1811:  Sherriff Brae

Builders of ships lifeboats and small workboats

 

WILSON, PETER  LATA  (Boatbuilder)

1811 to 1826:  24 Sherriff Brae , South Leith

1828 to 1830:  24 Sheriff Brae , Mr Hill’s Yard

 

WILSON, WILLIAM  (Boatbuilder)

1829 to 1831:  Wet Docks , North Leith.

 

WILSON & URQUHART  (Boatbuilder)

1808 to 1809:  Sherriff Brae., South Leith.

 

WYSE, EDWIN & Co  ( Boatbuilders)

1881 to 1883:  44 Sandport Street  and Commercial Wharf , North Leith.

Edwin John Chaumier Wyse

Born 1st Oct 1861  2 James Place, South Leith.

Died Bridge of Allan 9 Aug 1883, unmarried.

Estate £32  8s 0d

“At the rime of his death his interest in the firm was nil”

 

F George Bird Wyse, Bank agent..

M Sarah Elizabeth Abbot.

Married 1 Jun 1856 Maryborough, Ireland.

Died 15 Jun 1883 parish of Logie.

 

WYSE,  HARROW & Co   ( Boatbuilders)

1879 to 1881:  36 Sandport Street , North Leith.

 

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YOUNG, JOHN

1837 to 1839:   Sandport Place , North Leith

1840 to  1842:  Commercial Place , North Leith and  2 Hope Terrace

 

YOUNG, JOHN

c.1728:  South Leith

Wife  Margaret Blackadder , daughter of late Adam Blackadder . Married 21 May 1722, 

Died 20 Aug 1735

 

YOUNGER, JOHN

North Leith east of Andrew Davidsons yard.

Died:  1609

 

Acknowledgement  to John Stevenson

Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Stevenson, Trinity, Edinburgh:  Aug 17, 2014.

Thank you also to John Stevenson for his updates added to the web site on Nov 11, 2014.

If you'd like to contact John, please email me, then I'll pass on his email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 17, 2014

 

 

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