The History of Leith

June 4, 2009

Morocco Land-High Street,Edinburgh

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(c) John Arthur
This statuette can be seen high up on the wall over the Mid Common Close in the High Street. According to the story Andrew Gray was to be executed for helping to burn down the Provost’s house during the riots after the coronation of Charles I in 1633. However he escaped. A number of years later he returned in a Algerian pirate ship which threatened Edinburgh unless a large ransom was paid. However the city was suffering by the plague which the pirates turned to pity helped cure. Needless to say the leader of the pirates was Andrew Gray who later married the Provost’s daughter. The statute is of the Emperor of Morocco.

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