The History of Leith

May 10, 2011

The Knightly Woman

To prevent Edinburgh Castle from being re-captured or re-garrisoned, Randolph dismantled the Castle, which for four and-twenty years afterwards remained a desolate ruin abandoned to the bat and the owl. While in this state its shattered walls afforded shelter for a single night, in 1335, to the routed troops of Guy, Count of Namur, who had landed at Berwick, and was marching to join Edward III., but was encountered on the Burghmuir by the Earls of Moray and March, with powerful forces, when a fierce and bloody battle ensued. Amid it, Richard Shaw, a Scottish squire, was defied to single combat by a Flemish knight in a closed helmet, and both fell, each transfixed by the other’s lance. On the bodies being stripped of their armour, the gallant stranger proved to be a woman!

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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