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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. V


64 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. ,The Dean. Among the old houses here may be mentioned a mill, or granary, immediately at the southeast end of the bridge, which has sculptured over its door, within a panel, two baker?s peels, crossed with the date 1645, and the almost inevitable legend--? BZeisit be God for CZZ His [email protected]? Another quaint-old crowstepped double house, with A mill or mills must have stood here before a stone of Holyrood was laid, as David I., in his charter of foundation to that abbey, grants to the monks ?one of my mills of Dene, a tithe of the mill of Libertun and of Dene, and of the new mill of Edinburgh,? A.D. I 143-7. In 1592, ?the landis of Dene, wt the mylnes and mure thereof, and their pertinents, lyand within the Sherifdom of Edinburgh,? were given by James VI. to James Lord Lindesay, of the Byres. On the panel are carved a wheatsheaf between two cherubs? heads, the bakers? arms within a wreath of oak-leaves, and the motto, God?s Providence is ovr Inheritance-1677.? In 1729 a number of Dutch bleachers from Haarlem commenced a bleach-field somewhere near the Water of Leith, and soon exhibited to the village were wont to incarcerate culprits. It is six storeys in height, including the dormer windows, has six crowstepped gables, two of which surmount the square projecting staircases, in the westmost of which is a handsomely moulded doorway, sur mounted by a frieze, entablature, and coat of arms within a square panel. On the frieze is the legend,. in large Roman letters- GOD . BLESS. THE . BAXTERS , OF . EDIN . BRUGH . WHO . BUILT , THIS . HOUSE. 1675. flights of outside stairs, has a gablet, surmounted by a well-carved mullet, and the date 1670. It stands on the west side of the steep path that winds upward to the Dean, and has evidently been the abodeof some well-to-do millers inthedaysof old. On the steep slope, where 2 flight of steps? ascends to the old Ferry Road, stands the ancient Tolbooth, wherein the bailies of this once sequestered gaze and to the imitation of Scotland, the printing and stamping of all colours on linen fabrics. Some thirty years after, we find the Cournnt for December, 1761, announcing to the public ?? that Isabel Brodie, spouse to William Rankin, in the Water of Leith, about a mile from Edinburgh, cures the Emerads? (i.e., Hemorrhoids) and various other illnesses; forquacksseem tohave existed theqasnow.
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