The History of Leith

October 15, 2011

Logan and the Gowrie Conspiracy

Logan’s connection with this astounding treason remained unknown till nine years after his death, when the correspondence between him and the Earl of Gowrie was discovered in possession of Sprott, a notary at Eyemouth, who had stolen them from a man named John Bain, to whom they had been entrusted. Sprott was executed, and Logan’s bones were brought into court to have a sentence passed upon them, when it was ordained ” that the memorie and dignitie of the said umqle Robert Logan be extinct and abolisheit,” his arms riven and deleted from all books of arms and all his goods escheated.
The poor remains of the daring old conspirator, were then re-taken to the church of St. Mary at Leith and re-interred; and during the alterations in that edifice, in 1847, a coffin covered with the
richest purple velvet was found in a place where no interment had taken place for years, and the bones in it were supposed by antiquaries to be ‘ those of the turbulent Logan, the last laird of Restalrig.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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