The History of Leith

October 24, 2006

Blockade of Edinburgh Castle; or, Captain Taylor in Livingston’s Yards

This ballad begins: ‘WHERE wholesom Pot-Herbs flourish all around, / And spring luxuriant from the fertile Ground, / Behind a Bush, whose scanty Leaves afford / A flight Defence, whilst loud the Cannons roar’d, / High o’er his Head, and whistling thro’ the Air, / The lethal Bullets fly in [b]lack Despair, / Taylor on the cold Earth extended lay, / And thus himself bemoan’d – O luckless Day.’
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