The History of Leith

March 14, 2011

South Leith used as a Prison

The English advanced, and took possession of Leith immediately after the battle of Pinkie, and remained there for some days, after failing in their unsuccessful attempt on Edinburgh. During that time the Earl of Huntly and many other Scottish, prisoners of every rank and degree were confined in St Mary’s Church, while treating for their ransom.
“The cruelty,” says Tytler, ” of the slaughter at Pinkie, and the subsequent severities at Leith, excited universal indignation ; and the idea that a free country was to be compelled into a pacific matrimonial alliance, amid the groans of its dying citizens and the flames of seaports, was revoltingand absurd.” ‘

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