Leith Local History Society


  • Tolbooth Wynd
  • Imperial Dock
  • Electric Tram
  • Leith Fort
  • Leith boundary at Pilrig

Leith is located on the Firth of Forth in south east Scotland. It was for many centuries Scotland’s premier port. In 1833 it became a separate burgh with its own Town Council. It became part of the City of Edinburgh in 1920.

While the story of Leith is in part the story of Kings and Queens, Merchants and Mariners, it is more the story of the ‘ordinary’ people who lived in Leith and worked in its docks and industries - often in conditions that we would regard as intolerable nowadays.

The history of Leith has something to offer both to people interested in Leith itself and those who are interested in social, maritime, industrial and transport history.

The Gretna exhibition

Part of our Gretna exhibition (previously on view at Ocean Terminal) is still available in Custom House and can be seen on any of the open days being held there. At the time of writing the next one is on 12 December 2015.