The steep slope
at the northern end of Newhaven Road is known as Whale Brae.
Origin of the
In his book 'Newhaven-on-Forth: Port of Grace' Tom
"Arctic whaling, which for centuries
had drawn recruits from Scottish villages, took its quota of
oarsmen from Newhaven.
They had learnt their skills closer to
home for whales had been stranding themselves around the Fife and
Lothian shores from pre-historic times and there is a tradition
that the Whale Brae got its name from a school of seventeen whales
which grounded itself there."
I believe there may also
be other explanations of how
Whale Brae might have got its name.