The History of Leith

July 13, 2011

David Lindsay

The first Protestant minister of Leith, at the settlement of the Reformation in 1560, was David Lindsay, who was Moderator of the Assembly in 1557 and 1582, and who, in the year 1573, attended Sir William Kirkaldy of Grange on the scaffold. He accompanied James VI. to Norway, married him to Anne of Denmark, and baptised their sons : the Prince Henry, who died young, and the Duke of Albany, afterwards Charles I. So early as 1597 his inclination to episcopacy alienated him from his Presbyterian brethren; and in 1600, as a reward for aiding the king in defence .of his royal prerogative,he was made Bishop of Ross. He was one of the only two clergymen in all Scotland who, at the royal command, prayed for the friendless and defenceless Mary. He died at Leith in 1613, in his eighty-third year, and, says Spottiswood, was buried there ” by his own directions, as desiring to rest with the people on whom he had taken great pains during his life.” He was the lineal descendant of Sir Walter Lindsay of Edzell, who fell at Flodden.

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