The History of Leith

June 3, 2012

Cromwell and South Leith

When the troops of Cromwell occupied Leith,
as the parish registers record, Major Pearson, the
town major of the garrison, by order of Timothy
Wilkes, the English governor-depute, went to James
Stevenson, the kirk treasurer, and demanded the keys
of St. Mary’s, informing him that no Scots minister
was to preach till further orders ; so eventually the
people had to hear sermons on the Links, with
difficulty getting the gates open, from seven in the
morning till two in the afternoon on Sunday.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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