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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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Leith History

Dates

 

1400s

1457

Golf:  Earliest evidence of golf being played in Scotland.  James II forbids playing of golf on Leith Links as it interfered with archery and other defence activities.

1497

Plague:  at Leith

 

1500s

1505

Ship:  The Margaret, first ship of James IV fleet in Scotland launched at Leith.

1511

Ship:  The warship, The Great Michael, then by far the largest ship to have been built in Europe was launched at Newhaven.

1560

Siege:  Leith besieged by the English Army.

1561

Mary Queen of Scotland:  landed at Leith.

1589

James VI:  and his wife Anne of Denmark land at Leith.

 

1600s

1645

James VI:  crosses from Kinghorn to Leith

1645

Plague:  Bubonic plague kills 2,736 out of a population of 4,000.

1645

Charles II:  visits troops on Leith Links.

1655

Citadel of Leith:  Building commenced.

1661

Horse Racing:  Earliest mention in Mercurius Caledonius.

1682 Golf:  James, Duke of York:  plays golf on Leith Links

 

1700s

1710

Stone Pier:  built at Leith

1720

Graving Dock:  built

1754

Mons Meg:  removed to the Tower of London..

1756

Whaling:  Edinburgh Whale Fishing Company established.

1763 Stage Coaches:  between Leith and Edinburgh- journey time 1 hr
1791 Smacks:  start to sail between Leith and London.

 

1800s

1806

Old East Dock:  - built 1800-1806.

1809

Martello Tower:  - built on rocks in the Firth of Forth near Leith Docks, to defend Edinburgh from the French in the Napoleonic wars.

1812

Custom House:  - built.

1818

Junction Bridge:  - built.

1812

Custom House:  - built.

1812

First Steam Boat: - 'Lady of the Lake' begins sailings Leith to Alloa.

1817

Old West Dock:  - built 1810-1817

1821

Trinity Chain Pier:  - built to the west of Newhaven.

1822

George IV:  - landed at Leith  -  the first visit of a British monarch to Scotland since Charles I.

1827

Execution:  - the last to take place in Leith  -  at Constitution Street.

1827

Mons Meg: - returns to Leith, then in procession Edinburgh Castle.

1833

Independence:  -  Leith gains independence from Edinburgh.

1851

Piers extended:  -  East to 4,550 ft, West to 3,103 ft.. - 1826-1851

1851

Leith Hospital:  -  opens.

1852

Victoria Dock:  -  completed (registered for occupation 1851)

1869

Albert Dock:  -  completed (registered for occupation 1853)

1874

Victoria Swing Bridge:  -  built over the Water of Leith in 1874,  then the largest in Britain.

1881

Edinburgh Dock:  -  registered for occupation

1883

Leith Sailors' Home:  -  built  beside the Water of Leith at the entrance to Leith Docks.

1893

Imperial Dock:  - registered for occupation

 

1900s

1905

Electric Trams:  begin.  Edinburgh continues to use cable cars.

1915

Gretna Rail Disaster:  214 officers and men lost.

1920

Amalgamation:  Leith amalgamates with Edinburgh.

1920

Western Breakwater:  -  at Leith Dock  -  completed.

1956

Royal Yacht Britannia:  -  brings Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh to Leith.  The yacht is now decommissioned and is a visitor's attraction at Leith Docks beside Ocean Terminal.

1956

Leith Docks:  -  opening of deep water facilities.

1960

Kirkgate:  -  demolished and rebuilt.

1969

Leith Docks:  -  new entrance opened.

1984

Shipyard:  -  Henry Robb shipyard at Leith Docks closes.

1992

Scottish Office:  -  building commences at Leith Docks.

1995

Tall Ships Race:  -  Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race starts from Leith.

 

2000s

2000+

Waterfront Project  -  major housing developments in Leith Docks.

 

Acknowledgements

Some of the details above are taken from:

1. a list compiled by David S Valentine for a leaflet sponsored by Lothian & Edinburgh Enterprise Ltd. (The list can be consulted at RCAHMS).

2.  'The Port of Leith', a book published by Leith Chamber of Commerce, 1937.  The book has a half-page introduction in each of thirteen European languages and Esperanto.  (The book can be consulted at Leith Library).

 

Leith Sailings - Destinations

Leith Sailings - Exports & Imports

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks