The History of Leith

July 16, 2011

A dangerous mutiny

The Mercurius Politicus—the•*rare volumes of which are preserved in the Advocates’ Library— records that in October, 1652, there was a dangerous mutiny among Monk’s garrison in Leith, in consequence of deductions from their pay to form a store. “Four were condemned to be hanged, but were ordered to cast lots to the end that one only should die ; but the entire female population petitioned for the life of him on whom the lot fell, and he was spared in consequence.
Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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