The History of Leith

September 19, 2004

Raphael Hollinshead

Raphael Hollinshead was one of the erliest writers in the Siege of leith being included in his Chronicles of Englnd, Scotland and Ireland and first published in London in 1570 in two volumes and then in 1587 in three volumes.

The introduction to an early re publication of Hollinsheads work on the “History of Scot;land”

however little is known of the life of the writer. His dates of birth or death are not known. However it is supposed he died between 1578 and 1582. He is descended from a family that lived in Bosely in Cheshire . However he was born in London. He attended both Ocford and Cambridge and was later employed by the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Sir William Brooke as his househould Chaplain.

This history is compiled from several sources a Scotland was originally in Latin bu Hectoe Boethius and then later translated by John Ballendean Arch deacon of Moray and then into English by Hollinshead. Shakespeares history plays are based on the work of this writer.

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