The History of Leith

April 2, 2009

Plaque to the Rev John Home

(c) John Arthur
His monument can be seen in the Churchyard at South Leith

John Home (22 September 1722 – 5 September 1808) was a Scottish poet and dramatist.

He was born at Leith, near Edinburgh, where his father, Alexander Home, a distant relation of the earls of Home, was town clerk. John was educated at the Leith Grammar School, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MA, in 1742. Though interested in being a soldier, he studied divinity, and was licensed by the presbytery of Edinburgh in 1745. In the same year he joined as a volunteer against Bonnie Prince Charlie, and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Falkirk (1746). With many others he was carried to Doune castle in Perthshire, but soon escaped. for more click here

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