The History of Leith

May 31, 2012

Bribed

The Queen Regent, Mary of Lorraine, granted
the inhabitants of Leith a contract to erect the town
into a Burgh of Barony, to continue valid till she
could erect it into a Royal Burgh ; and as a preparatory
measure she purchased overtly and for
their use, with money which they themselves furnished,
the superiority of the town from Logan of
Restalrig; but as she failed amid the turmoil of the
time to fulfil her engagements, the people of Leith
alleged that she had been bribed by those of Edinburgh
with 20,000 merks to break them.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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