The History of Leith

January 28, 2011

Monk

After the disastrous Battle of Dunbar in 1650 Leith was occupied by some regiments of Cromwell’s troops under Major-General Lambert. Some English families then came to settle in the town, but they found their industrial activities so hampered by the restrictions of Edinburgh that, along with the people of Leith, they petitioned General Monk, Cromwell’s commander in Scotland, to have Leith declared a separate burgh from Edinburgh. But nothing came of it. Monk thought the town was under the greatest slavery that ever he knew, and said so ; but on Edinburgh paying £5,000 sterling towards the cost of his great fort, whose memory we still preserve in the name of the Citadel, all her trade
privileges were confirmed.

source-The Story of Leith

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