The History of Leith

October 12, 2011

The mad Earl of Bothwell

In 1594 Restalrig was the scene of one of those stormy raids that the ” mad Earl of Bothwell” caused so frequently, to the torment of James VI.
The earl, at the head of an armed force, was in Leith, and broke out in open rebellion, when, on the 3rd of April, the king, after sermon, summoned the people of Edinburgh in arms, and moved
towards Leith, from whence Bothwell instantly issued at the head of 500 mounted men-at-arms, and took up a position at the Hawkhill near Restalrig. Fearing, however, the strength of the citizens, he made a detour, and galloped through Duddingstone. Lord Home with his lances followed him to ” the Woomet,” says Birrel, probably meaning Woolmet, near Dalkeith, when Bothwell faced aboutj and compelled him to retire in turn, but not without bloodshed.

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