The History of Leith

May 8, 2012

Perished thirty-five domestic servants of Charles I., with his silver plate and household stuff

In July, 1633, a boat at the ferry between
Burntisland and Leith foundered in a fair summer’s
day, according to Spalding, and with it perished
thirty-five domestic servants of Charles I., with his
silver plate and household stuff, ” but it foretokened
great troubles to fall out betwixt the king
and his subjects, as after does appear.” Balfour
states that there was a great storm, that the king
crossed ” in grate jeopardy of his lyffe,” and that
only eight servants perished.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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