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Leonard's Store

George Leonard tells me that this old building was previously a fish store. Cromwell's troops were stationed in this area. Is this the house called DOWCOT in Hossack? Would any local historian care to elaborate?
Picture added on 19 December 2007
Comments:
I look forward to some enlightenment on this building 'cos I often get asked about it from tourists as its on our route from the pier to the cathedral
Added by Geoff Linnitt on 19 December 2007
I remember my Grandad telling me that it was once used as stables, but I don't know if this is right, who by or when.
Added by Gina Manson on 20 December 2007
From what Hossack says this would appear to be the site of the Dowcot, but he says it was a ruin as far back as 1677. This building is much more recent. I wonder if it is the one George Macgregor jr is referring to in 1893 when he writes: "The first business premises in this street[Queen Street] are a large block comprising Grain and Pork stores, belonging to Mr. Thomas Chalmers, Pork, Ham and Herring Curer, and Wholesale Provision Dealer, a man of energetic commercial enterprise. He resides in Leith, where he likewise carries on business as a Commission Agent. His business here is ably managed by Mr. J. R. Logie, who has long since gained the entire confidence of his employer and of the public at large."
Added by Paul Sutherland on 25 December 2007
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