The History of Leith

August 26, 2011

The King’s escape from the Gowrie Conspiracy

On the 6th of August, 1600, as Birrel tells us in his Diary, there came to Edinburgh tidings of the King’s escape from the Gowrie Conspiracy, upon which the castle guns boomed from battery and
tower; the bells clashed, trumpets were sounded and drums beaten; the whole town rose in arms, “with schutting of muskettis, casting of fyre workes and boynfyirs set furth,” with dancing and such merriness all night, as had never before been seen in Scotland. The Earl of Montrose, Lord Chancellor, the Master of Elphinstone, Lord Treasurer, with other nobles, gathered the people around the market cross upon their knees, to give thanks to God for the deliverance of the King, who crossed the Firth on the IIth of the month, and was received upon the sands of Leith by the entire male
population of the city and suburbs, all in their armour, “with grate joy, schutting of muskettis, and shaking of pikes.”
After hearing Mr. David Lindsay’s ” orisone,” in St. Mary’s Church, he proceeded to the cross of Edinburgh, which was hung with tapestry, and where Mr. Patrick Galloway preached on the 12 4th Psalm.

Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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