The History of Leith

April 28, 2011

The Prince of Hesse

On the 8th of February, 1746, when Cumberland was on his march to the north from Perth, the armament of 5,000 Hessian troops, under his brother-in-law the Prince of Hesse, arrived in Leith Roads to
assist in the suppression of the Jacobite clans. He landed that night at the harbour, attended by the Earl of Crawford (so famous in the wars of George II.), by a son of the Duke of Wolfenbuttel, and other persons of distinction; and was taken to Holyrood, under a salute from the Castle. On the I5th the Duke of Cumberland was to pay him formal visit, and they held a council of war in Milton House, after which the Duke set forth again, leaving the Prince of Hesse to follow.
Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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