The History of Leith

December 7, 2011

St Margaret Oratory and a prophesy

In the castle St Margaret built the little oratory on the very summit of the rock. It stands within the citadel, and is in perfect preservation, measuring about twenty-six feet long by ten, and is spanned by a finely ornamented apse arch that springs from massive capitals, and is covered with zig-zag mouldings. It was dedicated to her in after years, and liberally endowed.
” There she is said to have prophetically announced the surprise of the fortress in 1312, by causing to be painted on the wall a representation of a man scaling the Castle rock, with the inscription
underneath, ‘ Gardez-vous Francois’ a prediction which was conveniently found to be verified when the Castle was re-taken from the English by William Frank (or Francis) and Earl Randolph ; though why the Saxon saint should prophesy in French we are left to conjecture.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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