1. The canal referred to in Canal
Street Station was, in fact, an ornamental canal, proposed to replace the
This canal appears on Armstrong's
map of 1773, but the canal was never constructed, and Canal Street was
suppressed in the redevelopment of Waverley Station in 1868.
Source: The Place Names of Edinburgh:
2. Plans were drawn up by Stevenson
for the canal to extend from Princes Street Gardens to Leith, but these
were never implemented.
Source: Cassel's Old & New Edinburgh,
The two quotes above appear to refer quite different canal
There appear to have been several different proposals for canals in
North Edinburgh that did not come to fruition, including one to join the
Union Canal at Tollcross to the Firth of Forth at Granton.
I have a copy of a map showing the canal approaching Granton from the
south through a flight of locks. This map is titled: 'Granton
The rapid expansion of the
railways in the mid-1800s put an end to many of the plans to extend
Stubbs: July 16, 2006