The History of Leith

January 12, 2007

How city’s ‘terrible multitude’ failed to stop historic tie-up

IT was the English spy Daniel Defoe – later better known as the author of Robinson Crusoe – who gave one of the most vivid descriptions of Edinburgh and its mood during the tense debates on the union of the two nations just over 300 years ago.

The year was 1706 and discussions had just started on the proposed treaty at the Scottish Parliament, then sitting in a building just behind St Giles’ Cathedral off the Royal Mile. for more click here

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