Trinity House

99 Kirkgate, Leith, EH6 6BJ

The origins of Trinity House can be traced back to the establishment of a seafaring fraternity in 1380, later known as the Incorporation of Mariners and Shipmasters.

Their purpose was to provide support to those who had been injured or retired from life at sea. The organisation commissioned an ‘almshouse’ or hospital on the Kirkgate in Leith in the 1550s.

Today a maritime museum stands on the same site. It’s housed within a grand Georgian building commissioned by the Masters of Trinity House in 1818.

Trinity House is not open for in-person visits this Doors Open Days weekend, but the site manager Adam Goryz has filmed the special tour below for visitors to have peek from wherever you are reading this now!

You might also enjoy this blog from Collections Access Manager Lynsey Haworth in which she shares five fascinating objects to be found at Trinity House.

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