The History of Leith

April 3, 2008

Treaty of Edinburgh

The Treaty of Edinburgh was a treaty drawn up in 1560 by the Parliament of Scotland in an attempt to formally end the Auld Alliance with France. However it was not ratified by Mary I of Scotland, the reigning monarch at the time, despite considerable pressure upon her to do so over the period until 1587. Even so it had the intended effect of the withdrawal of French troops from Scotland at the time, and the eventual fall of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. A major event involved in the lead-up to the treaty was the Siege of Leith, when French troops fortified the port of Leith. Remains of an artillery fort involved in the siege were found, in 2006, in Edinburgh’s Pilrig Park, in the Pilrig area of the city


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