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LADESIDE Beside the mill lade or lead, from the Dean Village to Canonmills.
LADY ROAD From Mayfield to Sharpdale, made early 19th century, formed by the orders of Mrs. Gilmour, the last Laird's mother, hence the name. "Liberton" by George Good, 1893, p.64.
LADY LAWSON STREET As taking the place of the former Lady Lawson Wynd, q.v., D.1827. Lauriston and West Port' and giving a new entrance to Spittal. St. Before the "Improvement scheme" was carried out, the Wynd ran from Lauriston, East of and parallel to Lauriston St. past the Cattle Market, now occupied by the Fire Station and College of Art, and into the West Port-access was gained to Spittal St. by a narrow wynd, Imp. Map., at the west side of Free St. Cuthbert's Church, now the Victoria Tuberculosis Dispensary. This wynd was closed, and a new roadway formed on the east side of the church, the north portion of Lady Lawson St., Imp. Maps. Lady Lawson, wife of Mr. Richard Lawson, justiciary Clerk of the King James IV 1493, St. L.A. of the High Riggs, o.& n.e. Sir Richard Lawson of Boghall, trad. 1. 305, o.e.b. it. 126. late Robt. Lawson of Hieriggs, Not. 7/5/1532.
LADY MENZIES PLACE Probably from Hon. Grace c.c, eldest daughter of Hon. Fletcher Norton, 2nd wife of Sir Neil Menzies, married 1816. Died 1877. Menzies of Castle Menzies lived in Abbeyhill House for many years and the name came from lady Menzies.
LADY STAIR'S CLOSE Shown as Stair's Close. Lady Gray's Close. The older name, Lady Gray's Close, i.b. 40; Wilson, i. 213, was derived from Egidia or Geida, wife of Sir Wm. Gray, of Pittendrul and sister of Sir John Smith of Grothill, Provost of Edinburgh in 1643. Sir Wm.Gray seems to have built the house, which gave its name to the close in 1622, on land acquired from Mr. Thomas, Aikenheid, one of the Commissioners of Edinburgh, Prot. A. B.5, 24/4/1717, and owned formerly by Catherine Livingstoun; the initials of Sir William and his wife are carved on the lintel of the entrance. He died in 1648, and his widow survived him for several years, giving her name to the close. After some changes of ownership the house was disponed on 7th April 1719 to Elizabeth, Countess Dowager of Stair, widow of John, 1st Earl of Stair, and daughter Sir John Dundas of Newliston, by Agnes, eldest daughter of Sir and Lady Gray, after the death of Sir John Dundas, his widow married Sir Archibald Primrose of Carrington, and their son Archibald was 1st Earl of Rosebery. It is from this Dowager Lady Stair, who died in 1731, that the house and close are named. Her son John, 2nd Earl of Stair, who died in 1747, married widow of 1st Viscount Primrose; she survived him twelve years.She may have visited her mother-in-law's house, but to derive the name from her is quite erroneous, although from Robert Chambers do; ward this false derivation has been given. For all full account of the house and the families of Gray, Stair Primrose, see the Old Edinburgh Club, Vol. iii. p.243. The short form 'Stair's Close' is also found, m.t.c. 5/8/1789. Edgar. Ainslie. Kirkwood. Kerr.
LADY WYND West Port, 1617, D.1827. o.& n.e. ii. 224. From the chapel of Our Lady.
LADYSMITH ROAD From the town in South Africa, famed for its hero Boer War.
LAING TERRACE From David Laing, LL.D. 1792-1878. Bookseller, and antiquarian, occupant of East Villa-now demolished. "The Laing Charters" is built on the site of his villa, and gardens, w.b.
LAMB'S CLOSE 84 Crosscausey, D.1827. From Andrew Lamb, Wilson's Cl, causey, D. 1800, 1.78, D. 1827, 101. John Lamb of Patrick Lamb, thereafter of heirs of Sir Simeon district, Can. Chart. 9/3/1763.
LANSDOWNE CRESCENT From the Marquis of Lansdowne, born 1845. Statesman, etc.
LAUDER ROAD From Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, superior. On the Grange Estate.
LAUDERDALE STREET On the Warrender Estate. Sir John Warrender, 5th his first wife 1823 Lady Julia, Maitland, daughter t of Lauderdale. Lauderdale, not the dale of the rive from Robertus de Lavedre, or Lauder, after 1058, Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth, and received large grants. Known as Lawedre of that ilk, St. G., 153.
LAUREL TERRACE Fancy. After the laurel tree, e.c.b.c.ld.
LAURIE STREET D.1827. From owner of ground, jr.
D.1827. From the property of Mr. Lawrie two houses are shown in Ainslie 1804 under his name. Laurieston appears in Armstrong's map 1773. Wm. Iauder, writer, Laurieston, p.w. 1780/81, 52. Robert Laurie, clerk of Excise do. do. Robert Laurie, surveyor of Excise, Laurieston, D.1860, 1711. Lowriston, Maitland 507. John Lawson of Hieriggs, feued land in the Portsburgh, south side, to John Lowrie 12/4/1566, trad. 1.305. Lauriston Lodge, now St. Catherine's Convent of Mercy, Ord. Surv. 1852. Lauriston St. is simply Lauriston, Ainslie 1804. In Ainslie, 1880,and in Edgar, Laurieston. Lauriston place is Louriestion Road west from Teviot Row widened, cutting off a little from George Watson's Hospital ground, m.t.c. 16/8/1786. There are various individuals of the name in the district given in Directories & m.t.c. Back Lane, Stark 1806, map. Lauriston Lane, m.t.c. 8/6/1808. Lauriston, near Edinburgh, m.t.c. 14/9/1814. Road from Wester House in Lauriston to Lady Lawson's Wynd, m.t.c. 20/5/1713. John Lowrie, son to the deceased Francis Lawrie late bailie in Portsburgh infested in houses and aikers of land in 1713. Wm. Laurie, maltman, infested in half of the lands of umq. Jas. Lermont in Portsburg, m.t.c. 2/5/1655. Francis L., m.t.c. 9/11/1600.
From Iaverock bank House; house and grounds to let, Caled. Merc. 20/9/1780, is. Probably originally from the proprietor. The name Laverock occurs in Leith, p.w. 1780/81, 109 and Edinburgh, j.r., p.52, m.t.c. 21/1/1824.
LAWNMARKET Land Market, Maitland, 15.141. 180. 181. Prot. G.H.3, 30/6/1704. In this last passage he "says" On the southern side of the Land-market street, corruptly called the Lawn-market, on Wednesdays is held a Market for Linen and Woolen Cloth. Edgar 1742 and 1765 gives Land. Where the produce of the land, as distinct from the town, was sold. Anon. Map 1767. Lawn, Ainslie l780-1804. Lothian Map 1825. Ord. Surv. 1852. o.& n.e. 1.94, from the sale of lawn, cloth. Shepherd p.33 and view, fills the street with bales and webs but corrects the error, p.33. Landmarket St. M. Landmarket, m.t.c. 24/10/1781. "Cloath" market mentioned separately. Also m.t.c. 30/10/1782. Land market, m.t.c. 6/10/1802. Butter, cheese, land, cloth, and flesh markets, m.t.c. 11/10/1820. Land mercate, Prot. 6/4/1732,14/5/1714. Land flesh market (old Fishmarket Cl.,) m.t.c. 23/3/1681. Landmarket, m.t.c. marg. 28/7/1620. The Landis Market, m.t.c. 9/4/1560.
From John Learmonth, provost in 1832, owner of the Dean Estate, who paid most of the cost of the Dean Bridge, in order to open up his land for feuing, o.& n.e. iii. 70. Gilbert 9.7. See also Learmonth Avenue-Part II.
LEE CRESCENT The ground, on which it is built, was feued by Mr. J.B.W. Lee, S.S.C., Edinburgh, Who named the crescent after himself.
LEGGATT'S LAND Dean Village. Formerly Braid's Place, o.& n.e. iii. 75. Braid's Row, D. 182 7. From the family of Leggatt who have been there for centuries as tanners. Now part of Deanhaugh St., Stockbridge 9. In D. 1827 are three Leggats in the district, Robert, grocer in Legget's Land, Stockbridge.
D.1827. On the road to Leith. Leith Walk, formerly Leith Loan, is on the fine of the entrenchment thrown up against Cromwell, 1650, o.&n.e. iii.. 150. Leith Walk is called the "Walk to Leith", trav. comp. 123. Originally the gravel path on the top of the parapet or mound, extending from the Calton Hill to Leith in 1650. It became a carriage way after the North Bridge was opened in 1772, Wilson, ii 183. It is named "Cathrine St", in Ainslie 1780, and, with variations to Ord. Surv. 1852. "Walk of Leith", m.t.c. 8/2/1811 . Leith St., or Cathrine St. Reg. 4/3/1863. Leith Walk to be made the "Wester Road to Leith", m.t.c. 17/4/1776. Contract given to Joseph Hedley, m.t.c. 2/8/1776.
LENNEL AVENUE From a property of the Campbells of Succoth, superiors. See also Lennel Avenue-Part II.
LEOPOLD PLACE D.1827. Lothian Map 1825. In 1817, Provost Kincaid Mackenzie entertained in his house, 5 Gayfield Square, Prince Leopold, afterwards King of the Belgians. Two years later, Prince Leopold, in 1819, opened the Regent Bridge, o.& n.e. ii. 104. Anderson. e.o.t. viii. P. 41. Near Edinburgh, m.t.c. 21/1/1824, 21/4/1824.
LESLIE PLACE From Count Leslie, who occupied Deanhaugh House, where Leslie Place now stands, in the middle of the 18th century, o.& n.e. 76. His widow, Anne, married Sir Henry Raeburn, painter.
From Leven Lodge, mansion of the Earl of Leven, opposite the entrance of Gilmore Place, o.& n.e. iii. 30. Ainslie 1804. Lothian Map 1825. "Leven Cottage", Ord. Surv. 1852. Leven Lodge for sale, 2/10/1806.,eec.js. Lady Leven's property, Kirkwood. m.t.c. 11/5/1808. Leven St. "near Edinburgh", m.t.c.2/9/1818. Drumdryan. Leven Lodge. Earl of Leven, 30/8/1749, r.o.s.
LEWIS TERRACE From Bailie David Lewis, author of "Edinburgh Water Supply" 1908 A strong radical and temperance worker, he by these characteristics so roused the aversion of the father of Robert Louis Stevenson he caused his son's middle name to be spelled Louis, instead of original Lewis, for fear the two families should be thought in connected. "Robert Louis Stevenson's Edinburgh Days", by Blantyre Simpson, p.16. Quoted in "Edinburgh Water Supply",p.376.
LILY TERRACE After the flower. Fancy, e.c.b.c.ld.
LINDSAY ROAD From Wm. Lindsay, S.S.C. Provost of Leith 1860, who affected various improvements, removing the "man trap" (q.v. appx) beside xi Fort, and making this new road, which bear his name. Projector of the "Lindsay Act". The General Police and Improvement Scotland Act, 1862 and reviser thereof and died 1884, Irons, ii. 531. t.t. 1372. See also Lindsay Street-Part II.
LINKS PLACE Beside Leith Links. See also Links Gardens-Part II.
LITTLE KING STREET Originally King St., Ainslie 1804. D.1827. Lothian Map 1825. Little was added to distinguish it from its Great rival, Ord. Surv. 1852. Perhaps from George III: perhaps a veiled reference to James VIII. a surviving Jacobite-the name being preserved in St. James Square, Ainslie 1 80. o.e.c. ii. 172.
LIVINGSTONE PLACE After David Livingstone. African missionary and explorer. Honoral Burgess 1857.
From house of that name, Trinity, D. 1827. Ainslie 1800.
LOCHEND CLOSE Ainslie. Kirkwood. Shown as Little Lochend Close, o.s. Kerr. East Lochend's Close, Ainslie. Kirkwood. Lochend Close, o.s. Kerr. Nether Lochend's Close, Can. Chart. 5/5/1801. The name is derived from the yard and house at the foot of the close, formerly owned by William Ferguson in Lochend of Restalrig, and lately by John Ferguson, tanner, burgess of Edinburgh, Prot. J.H. Canong. 28/12/1703. Mention is also found of the lands of umquhyle James Fergusson of Lochend, on the north side of the Canongate, Prot. J.H. Canong. 21 and 24/8/1700. Maitland M.502, c.l., mentions the Loch of Restalrig, 'vulgarly Lochend'. It is that end of Restalrig next the loch, Easter Restalrig: the other end, the Craigend next the Calton Craigs, being Wester Restalrig, o.e.c. iv. 157, 186. Another and more amusing derivation of the name of the loch may be quoted: 'The Logans ruled Restalrig ... and Lochend is a corruption of their name!' e.s.s. 222. Redevelopment in 1960's has altered position of original closes.
LOCHEND ROAD Road leading to Lochend. Lochend is the end of Restalrig next the loch, i.e. the East end: the west end, towards the Calton Craig is the Craigend, o.e.c. iv. 157,186. Owing to scarcity of water, the Council resolve to close in the "ryn of the southe loche", and fill up the loch with water, m.t.c. 24/11/1619. See also Lochend Avenue-Part II.
From Lochrin, p.w. 1780/81. 28, theryn or run from the south or Boroughloch, which flowed to the water of Leith (under the Fountain bridge) at Coltbridge, D.1827. "Delty Burn" ,Ainslie 18O4. An unnamed morsel shown Lothian Map 1825. The Meadows were drained till about 1812 when a new drain was made eastward into the King's Park, m.t.c. 6/1/1813. "Lochrin or Newbigging", e.a. 13/1/1764 and 6/7/1764. Lochrin turn, Littlejohn 87. Reg. 10/2/1863. Lochrin or Newbing, e.a. 13/1/1764 and 6/7/1764.
From neighbouring Craiglockhart.
LOGIE GREEN ROAD Old property name. Logie Green house, w.o.1. 172. Logie Green Villa 31/3/1803, eec.j.s. Logie Lodge, b.b.119. Ainslie 1804. Lothian Map 1825. Logie Green, near Edinburgh, m.t.c. 14/12/1831.
LOMOND ROAD From view of the Fifeshire Lomonds, jr. Not correct derivation-SeePart II.
LONDON ROAD Leading to London. "Great London road" head of Leith Walk, D.1827.
LONDON STREET Complimentary to the English metropolls, D.1827. In Ainslie 18O4 it is Anglia St., but Lothian Map 1825, London St. the metropolis for the country, so also Dublin St. formerly Hibernia St. London St., on the lands of Bellevue,m.t.c. 19/2/1806.
LORD RUSSELL PLACE From Lord John Russell, statesman, prime minister 1846. Leader of the "Reform Bill" -passed in 1832. Bom 1792. Died 1878. Honorary Burgess 1845, Ord. Surv. 1852. Gilbert 115.
From the Marquis of Lorne, later Duke of Argyll, who married the Princess Louise, 24th March 1871.
LOTHIAN ROAD Ainslie 1780, 1804, includes from Princes St. to Tollcross, Princes St. to Bread St., Lothian Map 1825. For legend (rather than tradition) of its construction in a single day for a wager, see Walks in Edinr. 195. "New road, called Lothian Road", Caled. Merc. 8/l/1785, js. "A new road lately cut from Lochrin ... to Princes St.", Kincaid 106. The groundless story of the making of the road in one day is given in Kay II, 34. There is no hint or trace of the "one day" legend in the Minutes of the Town Council. 14 May 1783 a proposal was laid before the Town Council for a road to the city, leaving the Linton road, see Ainslie 1804, a lit way to the south of the entry of the road that leads to Lauriston be carried northward across the Glasgow road, (now Fountainbridge. Linlithgow road (now Morison St) and Queensferry road (now Stables road). For all these see map in Arnot's History of Edinburgh 1778, and to join Princes St. a little eastward of the Tollbar at the West Kirkbraehead. To be paid for from these four districts, Permission must be got from local owners the city being owner, last 300 feet, on the Bearford Lands, after crossing the Queensferry road. No tolls to be exacted, m. t. c. 14/5/1783. On 26 Nov. 1783, the Council voted compensation for loss of glebe, through making of the new road, to each of the ministers of the West Kirk. On 11th Feb. 1784, the Council resolved that the new road be maintained from the funds of the Middle district. It is mentioned, 31 March 1784, as "the new road to the Extended Royalty at Kirkbraehead". On 23 June 1784, the estimated cost of the new road is given at £825.15/- of which £675.15/- had been subscribed, the Town having contributed £30. On 16 Feb. 1785, mention is made of Mrs. Stewart's property "in the Lothian Road". (in Ainslie's map of 1780 the north part of the road is shown, and named "Lothian Road"). On 15 June 1785, the Council voted 8 guineas as proportion for finishing the Lothian Road, and making up damages occasioned by said road. On 3 Aug. 1785, a further grant was made for the Lothian Road, which was not quite finished. 12 Jan. 1791, it is spoken of as "the transverse great Road, Lothian Road".
LOTHIAN STREET Shown Lothian Road, Scots. Mag. 1801, 297, from the Lot] and steading, at N.W. corner of what is now Lothian St. and Place, a.o.e. 122. Opened 7/l/1796, eec.js. Shown Ainslie named. The farm may have owed its name to the connection bet its neighbour, Lord Ross, and the Marquis of Lothian,m.t.c. 9/6/1802. "The new street called Lothian St." m.t.c. 26/2/1806.
LOVERS' LOAN Descriptively sentimental. Lovers' Lone, Littlejohn Map.
LUSSIELAW ROAD D.1936. Old local name, "Lowsie Law". Moor of rising ground just south of the Blind Asylum known as Lussie Low. Here battle took place.
LUTTON PLACE Sir Robert Preston of Valleyfield and Lutton had charter of 9 acres of lands of St. Leonards, Can. Chart. 2/5/1843, formerly by George Lindsay depute Clerk of Edinburgh. His sister, married John Preston of Gorton: his other sister, Jean Hislop had a son William, m.t.c. 2/5/1843. c.h.i. 306. "Preston & Hyslop's property", Ainslie 1804. See Preston St.
LYGON ROAD From Lady Susan Lygon, second daughter of the 6th Earl of Beauchamp and wife (1889) of Major Robt. Gordon Gordon Gilmour superior of the Land.
LYNEDOCH PLACE D. 1827. From Lord Lyndoch, general in the Peninsular War, and "Hero of Barossa", o.& n.e. ii. 209. He received the freedom of the city 1815, o.& n.e. ii. 283. Kirkwood 1821. "Lyndoc Pl." m.t.c. 9/6/1819. Thomas Graham, son of the laird of Balgowan, Perthshire. Born 1748. Died 1843. Distinguished in Peninsular War, chiefly by his victory at Barossa, near Cadiz, 1811. Created Baron Lynedoch of Balgowan 1814
LYON'S CLOSE Shown as Old Lyon's Close, Chambers, ii. 45; e.a. 5/21/765, etc. Stalker's Close, Prot. W.F. 7, 19/4/1756; Reg. 10/10/1858. Edgar. Ainslie. Kirkwood. Kerr. The alias is clearly given, but no derivation for either name.