The earliest development was Portsburgh * ( outside the city , to the w of
Grassmarket ) , extending up West Port to the Main Point junction where the old
roads to Glasgow ( now East Fountainbridge ) and Linlithgow ( now Bread Street
Author: John Gifford
Publisher: Yale University Press
The historic capital of Scotland is well known as a fortified medieval city with castle and crown-steepled church, its Royal Mile leading down to the Abey and Palace of Holyrood; as a merchant city of the Stuart period with Parliament House and closely built houses and tenements; as a Georgian town with the largest sequence of planned developments in Britain; as a Victorian town of churches and banks, hotels and pubs, of quiet surburbs; and as a twentieth-century city where the Festival and its Fringe have encouraged the rediscovery of old buildings and the planning of new ones. A comprehensive gazetteer is provided to all notable developments of central Edinburgh, the seaport town of Leith and the suburban neighbourhoods.