The History of Leith

October 6, 2011


Henry VIII. died early in 1547 ; but his death brought no change in the English policy towards Scotland, except for the worse, if that were possible, for Hertford, now Duke of Somerset, in his endeavours to compel the Scots to marry their little Queen Mary to Edward VI., surpassed even Henry VIII. in merciless and savage cruelty, as Leith was soon to know. He invaded Scotland once more, this time by land. The bale-fires blazed forth the news of his having crossed the Border. At Pinkie, near Musselburgh, he inflicted on the Scots army under Arran such an overwhelming defeat that for
long years after the name of Black Saturday, given to the anniversary of the fight, reminded Scotland of one of the most disastrous days in her annals.
The craftsmen and merchant burgesses of Edinburgh,”the sons of heroes slain at Flodden,” had again nobly come forward in defence of queen and country, and nearly four hundred widows were left to mourn their husbands sent to their long last home at Pinkie Cleuch. There, too, fell Robert Monypenny, the Laird of Pilrig; but who else from Leith, save the Laird of Restalrig, took part with Monypenny in this most disastrous fight we cannot tell.

source-The Story of Leith

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