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North Leith

That part of the district and former burgh of Leith in NW Edinburgh which lies to the north and west of the Water of Leith. Prior to the 19th C., North Leith was both smaller and less important than South Leith. The land here was gifted to Holyrood Abbey by King David I in 1143, and developed as a fishing village with the inhabitants required to supply the Abbot at Holyrood with fish and fresh produce. Leith Citadel (1656) and Leith Fort (1779) were both built here, and the area continues to have a distinctly different character from South Leith, with urban renewal including the majority of waterfront development and the Scottish Government offices at Victoria Quay.


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