Leith Local History Society


Covid-19: in view of the continuing restrictions and closure of certain council buildings, no meetings have been planned for the 2021 – 2022 season. Information about the meetings that we planned for the 2019-2020 season has been left online on our ‘programme’ page as a guide to the typical format but the last three of these did not take place.

Leith coat of arms on lamp standard on the Shore

1920 – 2020

November 2020 marks the centenary of the amalgamation of Leith and Edinburgh. Although the amalgamation did not find favour with the people of Leith, it went ahead anyway and was effectively an absorption of Leith by Edinburgh. Leith Local History Society had hoped to mark the centenary with a suitable event but because of Covid-19 this was not possible.

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.