The History of Leith

February 27, 2012

The absurdity of old feudal laws.

The remains of George Earl of Huntly, who was slain at the battle of Corrichie, when he was in rebellion against the Crown, were brought by sea to Edinburgh in 1562, and kept all winter unburied in the Abbey of Holyrood—most probably in the church. Then an indictment for high treason was exhibited against him in the month of May following, ” eftir that he was deid and departit frae this mortal lyfe,” and the corpse was laid before Parliament: in this instance showing the rancour of party and the absurdity of old feudal laws.

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