The History of Leith

February 2, 2012

The Curses

The corrupt state of the Scottish peerage can scarcely excite surprise when we find that, according to Stair’s Decisions, Lord Pitsligo, but a few years before this, purloined Lord Coupar’s watch,
they at the time ” being sitting in Parliament! ”
Under terror of the Edinburgh mobs, who nearly tore the Chancellor and others limb from limb in the streets, one half of the signatures were appended to the treaty in a cellar of a house, No 177, High Street, opposite the Tron Church, named ” the Union Cellar;” the rest were appended in an arbour which then adorned the Garden of Moray House in the Canongate; and the moment this was accomplished, Queensberry and the conspirators—for such they really seem to have been—fled to England before daybreak, with the duplicate of the treaty.
A bitter song, known as ” The Curses,” was long after sung in every street.
” Curs’d be the Papists who withdrew
The king to their persuasion ;
Curs’d be the Covenanting crew
Who gave the first occasion.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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