The History of Leith

June 3, 2012

The groans of its dying citizens and the flames of its seaports

The English advanced, and took possession of
Leith immediately after the battle of Pinkie, and
remained there for some days, after failing in their
unsuccessful attempt on Edinburgh. During that
time the Earl of Huntly and many other Scottish*
prisoners of every rank and degree were confined
in St. Mary’s Church, while treating for their ransom.
“The cruelty,” says Tytler, ” of the slaughter at
Pinkie, and the subsequent severities at Leith,
excited universal indignation ; and the idea that a
free country was to be compelled into a pacific
matrimonial alliance, amid the groans of its dying
citizens and the flames of its seaports, was revolting
and absurd.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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