The History of Leith

April 16, 2011

The Naval review of James IV at Leith

James IV., one of the most splendid rnonarchs of his race and time, not only conversed freely with his mariners at Lehh, but he nobly rewarded the most skilful and assiduous, and visited familiarly
the houses of his merchants and sea officers, He practised wish his artillerymen, often loading, pointing, and discharging the guns, and delighted in having short voyages with old Andrew Wood or
the Bartons, anil others. ” The consequences of such conduct were highly favourable to him; he became as popular with his sailors as he was beloved by the nobility; his fame was earned by them to foreign countries : thus shipwrights, cannonfounders, and foreign artisans of every description, flocked to his court from France, Italy, and the Low Countries.”
In 1512, when James wis preparing for his struggle with England to revenge the fall of Andrew Barton, she retention of his queen’s dowry, and other insults by Henry—when all Scotland resounded with the din of warlike preparation, and, as the ” Treasurer’s Accounts ” show, the castles in the interior were deprived of their gims to arm the shipping- James, on the 6th of August, held a naval review of his whole fleet at Leith, an. event which caused no small excitement in England. Just three months before this De la Mothe, the French Ambassador (who afterwards fell at Flodden),coming to Scotland with a squadron, on his own responsibility, and before war was declared, attacked a fleet of English merchantmen, sunk three and captured seven which he brought into Leith

Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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