The History of Leith

February 25, 2008

The Murder of Lord Darnley

A small furtive band of men carried large sacks through the quiet, dark streets of Edinburgh. They stacked these bags around the walls of a lower room of a comfortable house next to a church as if they were laying in stores of wheat for winter. One of the men snaked a long cotton string from one of the bags across the diagonal of the room so that it came out under the heavy oak door. The men backed away to some distance from the building. With a flint and a small wisp of hay, they lit the end of the string. They watched, transfixed by the slow, almost painful progress of the ignition of the fuse. Then, the street, the church and the building lit up with an explosion, the likes of which Edinburgh had never heard. for more click here

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