The History of Leith

June 24, 2012

Closing a twelve years’ campaign in Scotland

On the i6th of July, 1560, the French troops,
reduced now to 4,000 men, under Marechal
Strozzi, marched out of Leith after plundering it of
everything they could lay their hands on, and embarked
on board Elizabeth’s fleet, thus closing a
twelve years’ campaign in Scotland. At the same
hour the English began their march for the Borders,
and John Knox held a solemn service of thanksgiving
in St. Giles’s.
In addition to the battery mounds which still
remain, many relics of this siege have been discovered
from time to time in Leith. In 1853,
when some workmen were lowering the head of
King Street, they came upon an old wall of great
strength (says the Edinburgh Guardian of that
year), and near it lay two ancient cannon-balls,
respectively 6- and 32-pounders. In the Scotsman
for 1857 and 1859 is reported the discovery of
several skeletons buried in the vicinity of the batteries
; and many human bones, cannon-balls, old
swords, &c., have been found from time to time
in the vicinity of Wellington Place. Two of the
principal thoroughfares of Leith were said to be
long known as Les Deux Bras, being so styled by
the garrison of Mary of Lorraine.

source-old and New Ednburgh

Some Text