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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. VI


was restored, but in somewhat doubtful taste, by Thomas Hamilton, architect, and a new square tower, terminating in a richly cusped open Gothic balustrade, was erected at its north-western corner, while the angles of the building were ornamented ST. MARK?S (SOUTH LEITH) CHURCH, 1882. by buttresses finished with crocketed finials, scarcely in accordance with the severe simplicity of the old time-worn and war-worn church of St. Mary, the beautiful eastern window of which was preserved in form. FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY feet north-westward of St. Mary?s church, and on the same side of the Kirkgate, opens the ancient alley named Coatfield Lane, which, after a turn to the south in Charlotte Lane, led originally to the Links. Dr. Robertson gives a quotation from the I? Parish Records ? of South Leith, under date 25th May, 1592, as showing the origin ? of Coatfield Lane : ?the quhilk day, the Provost, Johnne Amottis, shepherd, was acted that for every sheep he beit in ye Kirkyeard suld pay ix merks, and everie nyt yat carried (kept) thame betwix the Coatfield and ye. Kirk style he should pay v. merk.? But the name is older than the date given, as Patrick Logan of Coatfield was Bailie of Leith 10th September, 1470, and Robert Logan of the same place was Provost of the city in 1520-I, as the ?Burgh Records show ; and when ruin began to overtake the wily and powerful Baron of Restalrig, his lands of Mount Lothian and Nether Gogar were purchased from him by Andrew Logan of Coatfield in 1596, as stated in the old ?? Douglas Peerage.? At the corner of Coatfield Lane, in the Kirkgate, there stands a great mansion, having a handsome front to ?the east, exhibiting some curious exampIes
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