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as for sale, ?together with those new subjects lying in Water Lane, adjoining Messrs. Elder and Archibald?s vaults.? Many years ago Mr. Macfie was a well-known sugar refiner in Leith. His establishment stood in Elbe Street, South Leith, when it was destroyed by fire; and about 1865 there was started the extensive and thriving Bonnington Sugar Refining Company in Breadalbane Street, I.eith, which was described in a preceding chapter. THE BANK OF LEITH, 1820. (AferStowr.) of the incidental allusions to it. It is, however, supposed to have included a royal arsenal, with warehouses and dwellings for resident officials, and according to Robertson?s map seems to have measured about a hundred feet square. ?( The remains of this building,? says Amot, writing in 1779, ?with a garden and piece of waste land that surrounded it, was erected into a free barony by James VI., and bestowed upon Bernard Lindsay of Lochill, Groom of the Chamber The Broad Wynd opens westward off Water Lane to the shore. The first number of n e Leith and Edinburgh TeZegrajh and General Adveriiser, published 26th July, 1808, by William Oliphant, and continued until September, 1811, appeared, and was published by a new proprietor, William Reid, in the Broad Wynd, where it was continued till its abandonment, 9th March, 1813, comprising in all 483 numbers. It was succeeded by me fiith Commercid List. An extensive building, of which frequent mention is made by early historians as the King?s Wark, seems to have occupied the whole ground between this and the present Bernard Street, but the exact purpose for which it was maintained is not made clear in any (or Chamber CheiZd, as he was called) to that prince. This Lindsay repaired or rebuilt the King?s Wark, and there is special mention of his having put its anci?enf imer in full repair. He also built there a new tenniscourt, which is mentioned with singular marks of approbation in the royal charter ? as being built for the recreation of His Majesty, and of foreigners of rank resorting to the kingdom, to whom it afforded great satisfaction and delight j and as advancing the politeness and contributing to the ornament of the country, to which, by its happy situation on the Shore of Leith, where there was so great a concourse of strangers and foreigners, it was peculiarly adapted.?? The reddendo in this charter was uncommon,
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