PORTSBURGH, a burgh of barony, in the parish of St. Cuthbert, county of Edinburgh. This place, which was once a portion of the barony of Inverleith, was conveyed by its ancient lords, the family of Touris, to Hepburn, of Humby, from whose descendants the superiority was purchased in 1648 by the corporation of Edinburgh. Of that city it now forms an integral part, comprising Easter and Wester Portsburgh, which are divided by the lands stretching along the north boundary of the Heriot's Hospital estate and the old south wall of the city. Easter Portsburgh comprehends the district to the east of Bristo-street, including Potter-row and Lothian and South-College streets, with parts of Drummond and Nicholson streets; Wester Portsburgh comprises the lands extending from Wharton-lane to Lochrin, including the site of the King's stables to the south of the castle, and the whole of Laurieston, with Cowfield-row, Portland-place, and Home and Leven streets. The district intervening between Easter and Wester Portsburgh embraces the west side of Bristo-street, Park-place, Teviot-row, the Meadow Walk, and the sites and grounds of Watson's and the Lying-in hospitals, all forming parts of the city of Edinburgh, which see. The burgh is governed by a baron-bailie, generally one of the old magistrates of Edinburgh, two resident assistant bailies, and a procurator-fiscal, appointed by the town-council of the city, whose magistrates have jurisdiction both in civil and criminal cases, and hold courts for the determination of pleas to any amount, and for the trial of all offences not capital. The ancient mansion-house was the seat of Napier, of Merchiston, the inventor of logarithms.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Portsburgh — [cite book |title= Portree Pulteney Town , A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland year=1846|publisher= |accessdate=2008 05 17 |url=http://www.british history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43472 |pages= 388 396] [… …   Wikipedia

  • West Port, Edinburgh — (The) West Port is a street in Edinburgh s Old Town, Scotland, located just south of the Edinburgh Castle. It runs from Main Point (the junction of Bread Street, Lauriston Street, East Fountainbridge and High Riggs) down to the south west corner… …   Wikipedia

  • Edinburgh —    EDINBURGH, a city, the seat of a university, and the metropolis of the kingdom of Scotland, situated in longitude 3° 10 30 (W.), and latitude 55° 57 29 (N.), about a mile (S. by W.) from Leith, 40 miles (S.S.W.) from Dundee, 42 (E. by N.) from …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • Edinburgh town walls — Edinburgh, Scotland The Flodden Tower, with the Telfer Wall on the right, and Ed …   Wikipedia

  • Porteous Riots — The Porteous Riots surrounded the activities of Captain John Porteous, (ca. 1695 ndash; 1736), Captain of the City Guard of Edinburgh, Scotland, who was lynched by a mob for his part in the killing of innocent civilians while ordering the men… …   Wikipedia

  • Captain John Porteous — Captain John Porteous, was a Scottish soldier, Captain of the City Guard of Edinburgh (ca. 1695 ndash; 1736).Early lifeJohn Porteous was born at The Glen, Quair Water, near Traquair, in the Borders, the son of Stephen Porteous, a tailor of the… …   Wikipedia

  • John Porteous — Le capitaine John Porteous (vers 1695 1736) est un militaire écossais, le capitaine de la Garde de la Cité d Édimbourg. Sommaire 1 Jeunesse 2 L émeute 3 Le procès et l appel …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Edinburghshire —    EDINBURGHSHIRE, or Mid Lothian, the metropolitan county of the kingdom of Scotland, bounded on the north by the Firth of Forth, along the shore of which it extends for about twelve miles; on the east, by Haddingtonshire and small portions of… …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.