NT2576 : The 'Newhaven Stone', off Main Street

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Granton, Edinburgh, Great Britain

The 'Newhaven Stone', off Main Street
The 'Newhaven Stone', off Main Street
A curious tablet bearing the date 1588 and showing a ship flying the Saltire above the inscription "In the Neam of God". Below is a motto, which has been translated as "Valour, guided by the stars, can traverse both land and sea".

Its origin is obscure. It was removed from a local cottage in the village, demolished in 1914, and after several moves now adorns a wall of modern housing in Auchinleck Court on the south side of Main Street.

There is a local tradition (for which there is no convincing evidence) that Newhaven fishermen helped defeat the famous Spanish Armada launched against Elizabeth I's England. This might be connected with the belief that the original inhabitants were persecuted refugees from Philip II's Spanish Netherlands, which would have given them good reason to become involved in the fight.

On the other hand, it may commemorate the fact that several armada ships were wrecked off the Scottish coast in storms, having attempted to circumnavigate Scotland (for which there is good evidence) to escape the enemy fleet.

A more prosaic explanation is that it came originally from Trinity Mains Farm, a vanished farmhouse in the vicinity which belonged to the charitable foundation for seamen, Trinity House Leith. The conjecture is based on the likeness of the arms with those of Trinity House (though that does not explain the date which may be a mere coincidence, being that of the year the farm was built rather than the year of the Armada).
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Friday, 7 January, 2011   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 254 769 [100m precision]
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