The History of Leith

October 9, 2008

The Albany Aisle-St Giles

(c) John Arthur

The Albany Aisle was built in St Giles in 1409 and is associated with the Duke of Albany and the fourth Earl of Douglas accused of murdering the heir to the throne.

Scottish prince; son and heir apparent of Robert III. On his father’s accession (1390) to the throne, David became earl of Carrick and in 1398 duke of Rothesay. In 1399 he was made lieutenant of the kingdom by his invalid father and given sovereign powers for a three-year term, thus displacing the regency of his uncle Robert Stuart, 1st duke of Albany. In 1402, at the end of Rothesay’s tenure of office, Albany and Archibald Douglas, 4th earl of Douglas, had him arrested and imprisoned. He died, under questionable circumstances, in their custody.

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