The History of Leith

October 6, 2011

The Little Lass in Newhaven.”

Perhaps the most pleasing Newhaven memories associated with those of James IV. are connected with the nameless little Newhaven girl to whose identity we have no clue whatever, for the king never speaks of her except as “the little lass.” Children, unless they are of royal blood, do not figure largely in State documents, and are not often met with in local history. King James, however, always seemed to be specially interested in them ; it might be because he had lost so many of his own, ” which grevit him sae sair that he wald not be comforted.” He possessed in a very high degree all that charm of manner so characteristic of the Stuarts, which drew to him both young and old.
At Newhaven we see James’s love for children shown in his interest in this little nameless lass, whose charm and grace of manner seem to have been no less attractive than his own, and whose little heart he was wont to make glad on his visits to his dockyards with the small money gift of a groat, perhaps to buy strawberries from one of those sunny gardens where they used to ripen so early, or, if autumn were the season, to purchase honey pears from the fruitseller at the pier end. What an interesting story of child life in the days when James IV. was king might be written round the title, ” The Little Lass in Newhaven.”

source-The Story of leith

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