The History of Leith

March 15, 2011

Walter,First Earl of Buccleuch

Walter,First Earl of Buccleuch commander of a Scottish regiment under the States of Holland, having died in London in the winter of 1634, his body was embalmed, and sent home by sea in a Kirkcaldy ship, which, after being sorely tempest tossed and driven to the coast of Norway, reached Leith in the June of the following year, when the earl’s remains were placed in St Mary’s church, where they lay for twenty days, till the Clan Scott at Hawick, the heraldic magnificence of which mustered, and a grand funeral was accorded there which had rarely been seen in Scotland, while the mourning trumpets waited along the banks of the Teviot A black velvet pall, powdered with silver tears, covered the coffin, whereon lay ” the defunct’s helmet and coronet, overlaid with cypress, to show that he had been a soldier

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