The History of Leith

April 30, 2012

The King’s escape from the Gowrie Conspiracy

On the 6th of August, 1600, as Birrel tells us in
his Diary, there came to Edinburgh tidings of the
King’s escape from the Cowrie Conspiracy, upon
which the castle guns boomed from battery and
tower; the bells clashed, trumpets were sounded
and drums beaten; the whole town rose in arms,
“with schutting of muskettis, casting of fyre
workes and boynfyirs set furth,” with dancing and
such merriness all night, as had never before been
seen in Scotland. The Earl of Montrose, Lord
Chancellor, the Master of Elphinstone, Lord Treasurer,
with other nobles, gathered the people around
the market cross upon their knees, to give thanks
to God for the deliverance of the King, who crossed
the Firth on the nth of the month, and was received
upon the sands of Leith by the entire male
population of the city and suburbs, all in their
armour, “with grate joy, schutting of muskettis,
and shaking of pikes.”
After hearing Mr. David Lindsay’s ” orisone,”
in St. Mary’s Church, he proceeded to the cross
of Edinburgh, which was hung with tapestry, and
where Mr. Patrick Galloway preached on the 12 4th

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