The History of Leith

May 10, 2012

They were greater tyrants than the king

We next hear of Portobello in 1650, when it
was supposed to be the scene of a secret meeting,
” half way between Leith and Musselburgh Rocks,
at low water,” between Oliver Cromwell and the
Scottish leaders, each attended by a hundred
horse, when any question the latter proposed to
ask he agreed to answer, but declined to admit
alike of animadversion or reply. A part of this
alleged conference is said to have been—
“Why did you put the king to death?”
” Because he was a tyrant, and deserved death.”
“Why did you dissolve the Parliament?”
” Because they were greater tyrants than the
king, and required dissolution.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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