The History of Leith

May 27, 2004

Female Power

The Mercurius Politicus-these are rare volumes now held in the National Library of Scotland records that in October 1652 there was a dangerous mutiny among General Monks garrison in Leith due to deductions being made to create a store.

Four of the mutineers were condemned to death by hanging but then they where ordered to draw lots because it was decided only one would hang.

However when the female population of Leith discovered who was to be hanged they petitioned General Monk for his life which was spared as a consequence.

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