This postcard by the Edinburgh photographer, J R Russell, is
a view of Little France. The Little France district of
Edinburgh lies about four miles to the south-east of the centre
of the city, and is now the location for the new Edinburgh Royal
Some believe that the district was named after the residence
of servants to Mary Queen of Scots, but Stuart Harris, in his
book The Place Names of Edinburgh believes it to be,
perhaps, more likely that it was named after French cloth
workers who settled in the area in the 17th century.
The tree in this picture is said to have been planted by Mary
Queen of Scots in 1566.