The History of Leith

May 28, 2007

The Lubeck letter

The Lubeck letter
The Lubeck letter was written from Haddington after the Battle of Stirling Bridge at which William Wallace defeated the English army of Edward I in 1297. It was written to the the City states of the Hanseatic League of Lubeck and Hamburg telling them that Scotland was independent again and that it was safe to trade again. From this date Leith became the principal port of Scotland before the rise of glasgow in the 18th century.

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