Opposite is the disused railway station featured in the 1996 film of
Irvine Welsh's novel, 'Trainspotting'.
Leith has been a strategic military point at many times through Scottish
history. It was from here that Kings and Queens would arrive, armies would
be supplied and battles would take place.
One such example was when Oliver Cromwell (July 1650) failed to break
Leith's fortifications organised by John Mylne, the Kings Master
Mason, and a Covenanting army under Sir David Leslie. Historians have
argued that the Scots army should have been satisfied with this successful
defence. Cromwell turned away and was leading his troops in orderly retreat.
But Leslie decided to chase him to Dunbar and this is where the Scots
met resounding defeat. So Cromwell succeeded after all.
|New Kirk Gate today|
Leithers are proud of their independent history apart from Edinburgh.
In fact the statistics of the voting on the issue of Leith's amalgamation
with Edinburgh are interesting. In the 1920 a plebiscite was held to find
out the views of Leith people. The result was 5357 for amalgamation and
29,891 against. But the amalgamation went through anyway.
Directions: Head away from Leith Walk and down the lane. About fifty
yards down you'll come to South Leith Parish Church on your right and
Trinity House on the left.