The History of Leith

July 16, 2011

Enforcing discipline

After the battle of Dunbar, when Cromwell took possession of Edinburgh and Leith, he seems to have found a necessity for enforcing discipline among his ” godly soldiers,” some of whom, as Nicoll records, were scourged through the streets by the provost-marshal’s men from the Stone Cross to the Nether Bow and back again, for plundering houses; others were pilloried at the cross or the wooden mare with pint-stoups at the neck and muskets at the foot, for drunkenness ; and in the history of the Coldstream Guards it is stated that a drummer of Colonel Pride’s regiment was tried for killing another soldier, and by sentence of a courtmartial shot ” against the cross in Edinburgh.”

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