The History of Leith

April 12, 2006


The 12th and 13th centuries were a time of consolidation and further settlements of Flemings in Scotland: David I’s wife, Mathilda, brought with her to her new home a court of Flemish nobles. For the sake of his wife David “changed the coarse stuffs of his own land for priceless vestments and covered its ancient nakedness with purple and fine linen.” Many of these new fabrics came from Flanders and the fashions of the nobles who formed the court spread throughout Scotland. for more click here

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