The History of Leith

April 28, 2006

Rare Books

Some unusual acquisitions were shown to the Trustees of the National Library in June 2002, several of which shared the theme of travel and voyages. One broadside, entitled A full, true, and particular account of the trial and condemnation of Wilson Potts, is unrecorded. Potts was tried in Edinburgh for various piratical offences, including the charge of kidnapping a woman from the Faeroe Islands. His fate was to be hanged at the Stood Mark, ‘a rock about two miles in the sea’ off Leith. No year is given. but it appears to be an early eighteenth-century printing. February 13th fell on a Wednesday in 1712 and 1723. for more click here

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