Parliament Square

'The Broady'

See 'Recollections 2' below


Parliament Square, Leith  -  1950s

Parliament Square (The Broady), Leith - 1950s

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Sandra Cochrane (née Johnson), Consecon, Ontario, Canada.

Thanks you also to John Stewart, Livingston, West Lothian Scotland
This photo and others donated by Sandra appear on John Stewart's Old Leither web site.




Annette Gowans

Granton, Edinburgh

Annette Gowans asks:


Kate McGourty's Shop

"Does anyone know where Kate McGourty had her shop?  It may have been around the Broad Pavement."

Anne Gowans, Granton, Edinburgh:  June 26, 2012

Reply to Annette?

If you think you might be able to help to answer the question that Kate Gowans asks, please email me, then I'll give you her contact details.

            Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 30, 2012




John Stewart

Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

Parliament square was where the Banana Flats are now.  It was adjacent to Parliament Street and Henderson Street.

Thank you to John Stewart who replied:

'The Broady'

"I used to play around Parliament Square, Leith.  It used to be known as 'The Broady' because of its broad pavements."

John Stewart, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland:  2012




Reply 1
to Recollections 1



Thank you to Lynn who wrote:

Kate McGourty's Shop

"I don't think that Kate McGoutry's shop was at the Broad Pavement.  Was it not at the top of Old Kirkgate?"

Lynn, Australia: 




Reply 2
to Recollections 1

Bob Sinclair

Noosa, Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Bob Sinclair who wrote:

Kate McGourty's Shop

"Anna Gowans in Recollections 1 above asked anyone know where Kate McGourty had her shop

If it was what we knew as Dirty Kate's Rag Store, it was on the corner of Bridge Street and Sandport Street. She also had a shop which never seemed to open on Bridge Street,  just before you went over the bridge heading towards the Tolbooth Wynd."

Other Leith Shops

"Opposite that shop - near the Black Swan - was another similar shop owned by who we think was a Mrs McRae who sat there and watched the world go by.

As far as we know Charlie Levine's mother also had an antique shop on the same side as Mrs McRae.  Charlie taught at Leith,"

Bob Sinclair, Noosa, Queensland, Australia:  October 12, 2013


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