The History of Leith

July 16, 2011

The superiority of Leith

The vexatious controversy about the superiority of Leith having been again agitated, on the 5th of May, 1656, the Town Council of Edinburgh granted to General Monk £5,000 towards the erection of
his citadel on the conditions that the city should retain the superiority, and he should not retain the old French fortifications. Thus, though the English commercial men whom he had invited to settle in Leith gave an impulse to the mercantile spirit of the port, they felt painfully the restrictions imposed upon them by the dominant Town Council of Edinburgh, and though they had a Republican government to appeal to, they failed to extricate the inhabitants from any portion of their ancient thraldom.

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