The History of Leith

May 6, 2011


In the Myrvyian, or Cambrian Archaeology,” a work replete with ancient lore, mention is made of Caer-Eiddyn, or the fort of Edin, wherein dwelt a famous chief, Mynydoc, leader of the Celtic Britons in the fatal battle with the Saxons under Ida, the flame-bearer, at Catraeth, in Lothian, where the flower of the Ottadeni fell, in 510; and this is believed to be the burgh subsequently said to be named after Edwin.
In the list of those who went to the battle of Catraeth there is record of 300 warriors arrayed in fine armour, three loricated bands plated for defence, with their commanders, wearing torques of gold, ” three adventurous knights,” with 300 of equal quality, rushing forth from the summits uf the mighty Caer-Eiddyn, to join their brother chiefs of the Ottadeni and Gadeni.

Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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