The History of Leith

April 28, 2011

Sir Andrew Wood

During the reign of James III., the fighting merchant of Leith, Sir Andrew Wood, bore the terror of his name through English, Dutch, and Flemish waters, and in two pitched battles defeated the superior power of England at sea. As he was the first of his race whose name obtained eminence, nothing is known of his family, and even much of his personal history is buried in obscurity. Dr. Abercrombie, in his ” Martial Achievements,” suposes-him to have been a cadet of the Bonnington family in Angus, and he is generally stated to have been born about the middle of the fifteenth century at the old Kirktoun of Largo, situated on the beautiful bay of the same name.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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