Newhaven Leith Edinburgh

Newhaven Village and Harbour

Newhaven Leith Edinburgh, Newhaven (new harbour) is located on the River Forth and has a small harbour that services a number of local fishing boats. It is now part of Edinburgh but once was a small independent village where the local people lived of the sea, between fishing and ship building. The reason that ship building took place here was due to the depth of the sea. The locals people were known as Bow tows. The Newhaven area has history as far back as the 1400s and connections with King James III and James IV who had the largest ships of their time built in Newhaven. One of which was the Great Michael, a Man-O-War which was part of the Royal Scottish Navy. Now around the Harbour are a number of restaurants and a hotel on the seaside. This is also where cruise Ships dock on their stop in Edinburgh. 

Newhaven Harbour Newhaven Leith Edinburgh

Ships of Newhaven

The Great Michael

The largest Ship to be built in Newhaven wa the Great Michael in 1511 for James IV  200 foot long and 36 foot wide the main ship of the Scottish Navy. Sold by the Duke of Albany in 1514 to Louis XII of France. The Great Michael was known world wide due to its size and guns, the largest vessel of that time on the sea.  


HMS Sirius

HMS Sirius built in Leith was the flagship of the First Fleet. The HMS Sirius set out from Portsmouth, England, in 1787 to establish the first European colony in New South Wales, Australia.

HMS Sirius Newhaven Leith Edinburgh


Royal Yacht Britannia

The Rooal Yacht Britannia is the former Royal Yacht of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The ship is now permanently moored at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. The Britannia is the 83rd vessel since the first Royal yacht owned by King Charles II in 1660. It is the second Royal yacht to bear the name Britannia, the first being the famous racing cutter built for the Prince of Wales in 1893. Have a day out and look around the famous Yacht. Now the rich and famous hire the ship for the evening for dinner parties.        

Royal Yacht Britannia Newhaven Leith Edinburgh

King Edward VII  Newhaven Leith Edinburgh 

There is a statue of Queen Victoria’s eldest son Edward who became king on her death in Victoria Park, Newhaven Road Edinburgh. King Edward VII was educated at the University of Edinburgh, Oxford University and Cambridge University and went on to marry Alexandra, eldest daughter of King Kristian IX of Denmark.

King Edward VII Victoria Park Newhaven Leith Edinburgh

Catherine Sinclair Fountain

The Sinclair Drinking Fountain one of many donated by Catherine Sinclair to Edinburgh Stood in the centre of the junction between Lothian Road and Princes Street in Edinburgh . Close to the walkway at the corner where St John’s Church stands. The Sinclair Fountain was to give water to the public dogs and horses. The Sinclair Fountain stood circa 14 foot high, the top part can be seen in Gosford Place Gardens of Ferry Road near to the Water of Leith Walkway.

The inscriptions on each side of Catherine Sinclair Fountain read;

Drink and be thankful |  Water is not for man alone | A blessing on the liver

 Catherine Sinclair Fontain remaining part Catherine Sinclair Fontain remaining part Catherine Sinclair Fontain remaining part

The Armada Stone War Memorial

Nemo Me Impune | Lacessit | 1588 | In the nean of God | The Newhaven Stone with Two Globes | Quadrant | Cross | Staff | Anchor | Virtute Sydera War Memorial with Armada Stone which is on wall of school in Main Street Newhaven. Inscription reads; To the honoured memory of the men and women of Newhaven who fell in the world war 1939 – 1945

          The Armada Stone and World War Mmemorial

Chapel of St Mary and St James Newhaven Leith Edinburgh

The chapel of St Mary’s and St James was built circa 1508 part of the walls still exist today. The chapel has not been in use since the reformation in 1560 and over the next 100 years became ruins. The area within the ruined walls was used by the Society of Free Fishermen as a burial ground until 1848.

 Newhaven Burial Ground with remains of wall between two houses Newhaven Burial Ground Plaque Newhaven Burial Ground   

The Armada Stone Newhaven Leith Edinburgh

The Armada Stone, a bronze plaque is a famous Newhaven artefact. No one knows its origin but speculation has it as a memorial to the sinking of a Spanish ships in the Spanish Armada that had been defeated by the English navy when in August 1588 they sailed past the Firth of Forth and a large number of ships were destroyed by storms as they sailed back to Spain.

Armada Stone Newhaven Village Newhaven Leith Edinburgh


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