The History of Leith

March 14, 2011

A Letter from Sir Thomas Fisher

Robertson, an acute local antiquary, held the same theory. That the church (South Leith) was partially destroyed after the battle of Pinkie is obvious from the following letter, written by Sir Thomas Fisher
to the Iord Protector of England:—” i ith October, 1548. Having had libertie to walke abroad in the town of Edinburghe with his taker, and sometymes betwix tliat and Leghe, he telleth me that Leghe is
entrenched about, and that besydes a bulwark made by the haven syde near the sea on the ground where the chapel stood (St. Nicholas), which 1 suppose your Grace remembereth, there is another
greater bulwarke made on the mane ground at the great church standing at the upper end of the town towards Edinburghe.” (Mait Club.)
In a history published in the Wodrow Miscellany we are told that in 1560 the English “lykcwise shott downe some pairt of the east end of the
Kirk of Leith,” thus destroying the choir and transepts

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