The History of Leith

March 25, 2011

The Capture of English Ships

In 1651 an English ship, bound for Leith was captured by the captain of the Bass, and her crew made prisoners, some being placed on the isle and others sent to Tantallon, She had on board 10,000 pairs of shoes, 6,000 pairs of boots, 5,000 saddles and sets of horse furniture, *’ ten tons of london beeire and als rouche bisqaett as should have served Cromwell for a motuh,” says Sir James Balfour. Her cargo wa$ handed over to Sir John Smith, Commissary-General of the Scottish army,
In the May of the same year Captain Murray, commander of a Scottish frigate took another English ship, laden with provisions, which he handed over to the army, but retained the vessel as the prize of himself and crew.

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