The History of Leith

June 27, 2004

Two rebel Ministers

George Wishart so well known as the author of the elegant “Latin memoirs of Montrose” a copy which was suspended at the neck of the great Cavalier and soldier at his execution in 1650.was appointed minister of North Leith in 1638 when the signing of the covenant as a protection against England, the King and became a test of Faith and allegiance to Scotland. Deposed for refusal to subscribe to it,

Wishart was thrown into a dungeon in the old Tolbooth of Edinburgh in consequence of his secret correspondence with the party of Charles I. He survived the civil war and was made Bishop of Edinburgh. He died in 1671 aged seventy-one and was buried at Holyrood where his tomb is still to be seen.

Another minister of North Leith was John Knox was in 1684 committed to the Bass Rock. While a probationer he with in the Scottish army and chaplain to the garrison in Tantallon when it was besieged by Cromwell’s troops. He was able to convey the Earl of Angus and some ladies to Edinburgh Castle and when the castle gave in to Cromwell he was arrested. He was a confident of Charles II and supplied him with money

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