The History of Leith

March 4, 2011

Leith Taken-1576

In 1567, taking advantage of the general confusion of the queen’s affairs, on the 4th of July the Provost, bailies, deacon*, and the whole craftsmen of the city, armed and equipped m warlike array, with pikes, swords, and arquebuses, marched to Leith, and went through some evolutions, meant to represent or constitute the capture and conquest of the town, and formally trampled its independence in the dust. From the Links the magistrates finally marched to the Tolbooth, in the wynd
which stiil bears its name, and on the stair thereof held a court, creating bailies, sergeants, clerks, and deemsters, in virtue of the infeftmimt made to them by the queen; and the superiority thus established was maintained, too often with despotic rigour, till Leith attained its independence after the passing of the Reform Bill in 1832.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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