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WADDELLPLACE From the stables of Andrew Waddel & Son, contractors, j.r.
WALKER STREET From the family of the Walkers of Coates, on whose ground it stands. D.1827. See Ainslie 1804. Nearly finished, Lothian Map l825. Sir Pk. Walker, feues, m.t.c. 4/9/1833, j.r. Walkers of Dalry & Hanley. Named Murray St. in map 38.
WALKER TERRACE Note written by other than Boog-Watson:- James Walker & Sons, Engineers, Gibson Ter.
WARDEN'S CLOSE 89 Grassmarket, Ord. Surv. 1852. George Warden, stabler, Grassmarket, South side, p.w. 1780/81. Littlejohn 40. Alias Burt's Cl.
Crescent planned 11/3/1822. From the district Weirdie, o.& n.e. iii. 79. Wardie Castle mentioned in 1544, at the time of the English invasion, b.b.16. Wardie Muir mentioned 1558, o.&n.e. iii. 306. Waldie Muir, two miles from Edinburgh Castle, where the ball shot from Mons Meg landed, t.o.e. 207. Weirdy brae and Weirdy brow, Maitland 242 and 245. Weirdy Brow, 2 Dec. 1573, Irons I. 389. Wardie brow or burn, m.t.c. 15/6/1824. "Werdibrown apon the sey coste", 28/l/1499-1500, m.m.s II. See also Wardie Avenue etc. -Part II.
From Genl. Wardlaw, one of the Trustees of Sir George Campbell's superiors, Stewart.
Lawnmarket. See Middle Baxters' Close.
On the estate of the family of Warrender, held before 1381 from the Crown as the King's Serjeant lands, since then under feu charter by Robert II to Alan de Lawdre. Bruntsfield estate was purchased in 1695 by George Warrender, then bailie, and later Lord Provost, 1713; and 1714 as Sir George. For full particulars, as also of properties feued from the town, see o.e.c. x. 24 etc. The mansion house is Bruntsfield House. George Warrender Esq., Bruntsfield Links, p.w. 1780/81. Miss Warrender, Warrander's Lodge, No. I west from Meadow Cage, D.1800. Mr. Warrender's house shown east of Meadow Cage, Ainslie 1804, which shows the property S.W. of the Meadows. They seem to have had a house, 625 Castlehill, p.w. 1780/81. D. 1800 and D. 1827.
WARRISTON'S CLOSE Bruce's Close, Craig's Close. It takes its name from Wariston's land, the house of Sir Archibald Johnstoun of Wariston, the leading framer of the National Covenant first signed in Greyfriars' Church in 1638, who was betrayed and executed 23rd July 1663. For a masterly and appreciative sketch of him see Dr. Smellie's 'Men of the Covenant', chap. ix. He was uncle of Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury, whose references to him in his 'History of My Own Times' show a lamentable inability to recognise his true greatness. He took his title from the estate of Warynston near Currie, some seven miles from Edinburgh, Grant, o.& n.e. z . ii . 99, confuses this Warriston with the district north of Canonmills. Edgar. Ainslie. Kirkwood. Kerr. The house belonged formerly to Sir Thomas Craig of Riccartoun, uncle to Sir Archibald Johnston, and was known as Craig's land, giving to the close the name of Craig's Close, Craig's, now Warriston's Close: Prot. W.F.4, 31/10/1750. A yet older name was Bruce's Close, derived from the residence of Robert Bruce of Binnie or Binning, Stirlingshire, who occupied the house in 1566, John Knox, 82, 109. The lintel of his dwelling is still on the west side of the close, bearing the inscription Gratia dei Robertus Bruiss. John Knox's manse was directly opposite, on the east side of the close, as marked now by a tablet. The court at the foot of the close was known as White's Court, from Wm. White, smith there, D. 1799, 255; D.1826-7.
From the estate of Warriston, N.E. of Canonmills, owned early in the 16th century by Somervilles, by 1581 by Kincaids, o.& n.e. iii. 98. The property of Warriston n. of the city was acquired from Robt. Gray of Warriston by Heriot's Hospital (1706). See also Warriston Drive, etc. - Part II.
WATER OF LEITH The river was originally the Leith, Maitland 1485.c.l. 496.c.l. 498.c.2. and the district and village at its mouth. Inverleith, which in time was curtailed to Leith, and the dispossessed river became, and remained the Water of Leith, o.& n.e. iii. 164, mentions and contradicts the derivation of the name from the family of Leith, who owned Restalrig etc., in the days of Alexander III. Not a street name.
WATER STREET Old name the Pipes, D.1827. From the reservoir at the foot of the Kirkgate, o.& n.e. iii. 213. The chief of water supply was from Lochend, Irons, ii. 168. Maitland 502-3754 by permission of Earl of ray, to whom were granted in return pews in South Leith Church, formerly possessed by Lord Balmerino, executed 1746, j.r.
WATER LANE D.1827. Anciently Rotten Row, Kirkwood. Now Water St. "Rotten row, now called Water Lane", Kincaid 209.
WATERLOO PLACE From Wellington's victory over Napoleon 1815, D. 1827. The first intention was to name it Wellington Bridge, o.& n.e. ii. 107., m.t.c. 8/9/1819, 30/10/1822.
WATSON CRESCENT From Baille James Watson.
From Sir Walter Scott's first novel, which gave so many names to so many objects, from Railway Stations to pen-nibs. Although the hero is an Englishman, the novel is Scottish, and flavours all to which its name is applied. Waverley Buildings, Cowgate, where Waverley Brewery stood.
WELL COURT Dean. From well there.
After the Iron Duke, The Duke of Wellington, Victor at Waterloo.
WEMYSS PLACE From the Earl of Wemyss, whose town house was close by: his gardens the westermost division of the Queen St. gardens. In 64 Queen St., D.1827.trad. i. 52. o.&n.e. ii. 194. Kirkwood. D.1827. Earl of Wemyss' house, west end of Queen St., m.t.c. 8/8/1810.
WEST BOW From its position at the west end of the town. Name dates from the days of David II, Gordon. Edgar. Ainslie. Jamieson gives "Bow, the curve or bending of a street", instancing the West-bow Street as given by Maitland. This, however, would not suit the Netherbow, which is more suggestive of Jamieson's "Bow, an arch, a gateway", This is the derivation given in trad, p.48, viz. the arch or bow forming the gateway in the "West-bow". The port of the West Bow was considered to be a public nuisance whose removal would widen the passage about a yard; it is to be taken down tomorrow morning early, m.t.c. 11/6/1735.
WEST COATES From the Mansion of Wester Coates (or White house) formerly owned by James Finlay of Walliford, and possessed by Lord Covington, o. & n. e. iii. 116.
WEST END PLACE At West end of Dalry.
WEST MILL LANE Dean. Descriptive of position.
WESTMOST CLOSE Newhaven. Descriptive.
WEST PORT Originally the most westerly gate in the Flodden wall, leading out of the Grassmarket, Gordon. Edgar. Ainslie, into the (wester) Portsburgh. Also Lothian map 1825. In the Ord. Surv. 1825 the road through the Portsburgh is named West Port, as it is to this day. It is so in D.1827, "West Port, Grassmarket, to Main Point.''
WEST PROMENADE TERRACE At the West Promenade by the beach.
From the mansion of Wester Coates, and the district, Ord. Surv. 1852.
WESTERN TERRACE From its western position. See also Western Corner etc.-Part II.
WHITE PARK Gorgie. Built by Mr. White, formerly of Royal Hotel, Bathgate, on Merchant Company's ground. 1887 v.r. Owned by David White, Spirit Dealer, 161 High Street.
WHITEHORSE CLOSE Ainslie. Kirkwood. Kerr. Davidson's Close, D.1827. Laurence Ord's Close, Prot. J.H. Canong. 12/4/16 78. This close must, of course, be carefully distinguished from the close of the same name but on the south side of the Canongatehead. It is not named from the White Horse of Hanover: the name is much older, o.& n.e. ii. 21. Tradition, refuted by the date 1603, Chambers, ii. 295, or 1623, Wilson, ii. 114, cut over one of the windows, affirrm that Queen Mary kept a favourite white palfrey here when the Royal Mews occupied the building, Chambers, ii. 295. It is more probable that it was the title of an inn. Storer, Vol. ii, states that the White Horse Close, now called Davidson's land once formed the stable yard of Queen Mary. The date 1523 now on the building is a modern error. Its later name, Davidson's Close, comes from Davidson's land, the property of John Davidson, brass founder, son of umquhyle Robert Davidson, shoemaker, Can. Chart. 28/6/1842. Mrs. Davidson was resident in the close in 1799, D. 1799. Robert Davidson acquired the lands, 10th January 1752, from Patrick Tod, merchant in Edinburgh, Can. Chart. 3/6/1767. Its oldest name was Ord's or Laurence Ord's Close, taking the name from the lands formerly owned by Laurence Ord, merchant, burgess of Edinburgh, made burgess and guild brother, 18th August 1680, by right of his spouse Marie, daughter to John Young, litster, and his daughter Christian, Prot. J.H. Canong. 21/1/1683; m.t.c. 20/3/1838, 30/10/1838, wife of Walter Graham, goldsmith in the Canongate, Who sold them to Mr. John Mitchell of Alderston, 10th December 1695, and he to Mr. Nicol Graham, 21st December 1745. They finally got into the hands of Robert Davidson, 10th January 1752, Can. Chart. 3/6/1/767, where the succession of owners is given. This tenement, formerly owned by Mr. Niccol Grahame of Gartmore, entered as advocate. Gartemore in p.w. 1773, was bounded by Laurence Ord's Close on the east; by the Canongate on the south; by Mr. Nicol Grahame's land on the north; and (blank) Close on the west, Can. Chart. 3/6/1767, where the succession of owners is given. Laurence Ord rebuilt the tenement as court, haylofts, and houses, evidently as an inn, facing towards the Canongate on the south, and, having a large gate at the entry. He may have named the inn the 'White Horse'. On 18th February 1680, Laurence Orr, Lieutenant, and his Captain, Wm. Hepburne, of the Cannongait, were imprisoned and fined in 500 and 200 merks respectively for mutinous behaviour against Captain Meinyles, at the embarking of His Royal Highness (Duke of York), at Leith. Captain Hepburne had quarrelled with Captain Meinyies, and exclaimed, as they attacked his Company- 'Charge with ball, and fyr upon the dogs!' m.t.c. 18/2/1680. Redeveloped but name retained, 1960's.
D.1827. On the lands of Whitehouse, originally Hogiston, Hogstoun, or Ogstoun. Name Whitehouse later than 1444, o.e.c.x. 5.35 etc. o.& n.e. iii. 45 states that St. Margaret's Convent was engrafted on the old house in 1835. The estate, owned by Mrs. Grant of Kilgraston, to be ' feued, 2/2/1824, eec.j.s. In Lizar's Directory Map 1835 the house is shown where the St. Margaret's Convent now stands; the old bits may still be distinguished. No. 17 now called Whitehouse, and white washed, is in Lizar's maps, 1835 & 1856. Ville, and in O.S. White House Villa. John Davidson, Clerk of justiciary, was owner, and was allowed by the Town Council to straighten his dike, on the e.s. of the broad loaning leading from Canaan Muir to Bruntsfield Links, m.t.c. 23/4/1729.
WILLIAM STREET On property of William Walker, of Coates, D. 1824, D. 1827, Ainslie 1804.
WILLOWBANK ROW From old house, Kirkwood. From the great willow tree growing there, j.r.s.l. 240.
Enclosure "Willows", on map of 1783, Baird 294.
WILSON'S PARK Probably from Mr. Wilson, sub-feuar of part of the lands of Figget from Mr. Jameson, 1804, Baird 316-317.
WINDMILL LANE D. 1799, D. 1827. From the windmill erected by the city for their tenants, "The Fellowship and Society of Ale and Beer Brewers of the Burgh of Edinburgh", as contracted 20 Feb. 1597-8, to pump water from the Burgh, or South Loch, to the Brewery just inside Bristo Port. The wind mill and circular reservoir stood where is now the desecrated graveyard attached to the Chapel of Ease, Buceleuch Parish Church, Kincaid 100, o.e.c. x. 227-239. Property of Windmill Acres, m.t.c. 6/2/1822. Site of Windmill now part of Churchyard. Original feuars 6/8/1760. St. Cuthbert's Session, r.o.s. The Kirk Session of the West Kirk got a disposition of ground whereon windmill formerly stood, for conversion into burying-ground, m.t.c. .6/7/1768.
Originally Nicholson St. from the maiden name of wife of Wm. Jameson, industrial maker of Portobello. Name changed in 1822, in commemoration of the visit of George IV to Portobello, Baird 294.
WINDSOR STREET D.1827. Lothian map 1825. In commemoration of the visit of George IV in 1822. On lands of Hillside, m.t.c. 29/6/1825.
From Viscount Sir Garnet Wolsley, in command during the Ashantee War 1873-4, etc. etc. Honorary burgess of Edinburgh 1898.
WOODBINE TERRACE Fancy, after the flower, e.c.b.c.1d.
From the old house, shown Ord. Surv. 1852. Woodburn, Morningside, D.1827, 160. Probably name originated in position of the house, in a wood, beside the Jordan burn. House shown in Littlejohn map.
WOODSIDE TERRACE Locally descriptive.
WOODVILLE TERRACE After woods generally: fancy, e.c.b.c.1d.
WORLD'S END CLOSE Prot. G.H.7, 18/1/1725. Edgar. Ainslie. Kirkwood. Kerr. Swift's Close. So named from its position, almost at the very end of the High St. It was formerly Swift's Close, Prot. J.W.6, 9/l/1762. The late John Swift owned a foreland house there in 1595, New Lights, 57, n. Strangely enough, there was at one time a fishmarket held in this close, and the Old Fishmarket Close, near the Cross, was also known as Swift's Close (q.v.). Were the family in the fish trade? In 1427 James I granted a tenement on the south side of the King's (High) Street to John Swyft, burgess, Soc. Ant. S. 14/6/1886. It may be the same. Sweit's Close, Prot. W.F. 4, 11/5/1750, is evidently a slip for Swift's. At one time it was known as Sir James Stanfield's Close, Wilson, ii. 73, the tragedy of whose death in 1687, and execution of his son Philip, proved guilty of the murder by the ordeal of blood, is given fully by Grant, o.& n.e. i. 281. Sir Wm. Bruce and his wife disponed part of the property (vide supra) to James Stanfield, merchant,Prot. W.F.4, 11/5/1750.
WRIGHTS HOUSES And toll. Bruntsfield (sic) Links, D. 1827. From the picturesque ancient mansion ruthlessly demolished 1800 to give a site to Gillespies paltry Hospital. "Hideous", o.& n.e. iii. 31, which bore various dates, the earliest being 1339. It was the property of a branch of the Napier family. Maitland 507 mentions as erroneous the derivation of the name from the wrights who felled and wrought the oak timber on the Burghmuir, giving as the true derivation, from the Laird of Wryte. It gave its name to a small village which grew up on both sides of the road, from (West) Linton, till the road was widened in 1794, when the houses on the west side were swept away, o.e.c. x. 248, o.& n.e. iii. 33, 36 (view). House and grounds offered for sale, Caled. Merc. i.s. 161711 785. Called Barganie House, by Gillespie Trustees, from occupant, o.& n.e. iii. 34. o.e.c. ii. In m.t.c. 12/l/1791 it is called Bruntsfield Castle occupied and owned by Mr. Hamilton of Bargenv. Alexr. Napier of Wrightshouses, Prot. 8/1/1533-4. A bailie of Edinburgh, c.c. 1342, 8/3/1543-4.
WRITERS'COURT This court was built by Robert Miln of Balfard (sic) and Patrick Steel, with entry from Warriston's Close, Prot. J.W.3, 5/l/1753. It was acquired by the Society of the Writers to His Majesty's Signet, as a home for their Library in 1699, a board being put up, bearing the name 'Writeril Court', John Knox, 84. The 'Wryters' Court' had also an entrance from Mary King's Close, Prot. G.I. 1, 22/1/1731. Edgar. Ainslie. Kirkwood. Kerr.