The History of Leith

June 24, 2012

The quiet of Britain

Mary, constituting their uncle, Rene’, Marquis
d’Elbceuff, Regent of Scotland. She tried to arrange
a treaty of peace, including Scotland, England, and
France, but died ere it could be concluded, on
the 10th June, 1560.
Fresh forces were now environing Leith. Sir
James Balfour states that there were among them
“12,000 Scots Protestants,” under the Duke of
Chatelerault, eleven peers, and 120 lesser
barons; but all their operations at Leith had signally
failed; thus Lethington, in one of his letters,
acknowledged that its fortifications were so strong,
that if well victualled it might defy an army of
20,000 men. In these circumstances negotiations
for peace began. A commission was granted by
Francis and Mary, joint sovereigns of Scotland, to
John de Monluc, Bishop of Valence, Nicholas,
Bishop of Amiens, the Sieurs de la Brosse, d’Oisel,
and de Raudan, to arrange the conditions of a
treaty to include Scotland, France, and England.
It was duly signed at Edinburgh, but prior to it
the French, says Rapin, offered to restore Calais
if Elizabeth would withdraw her troops from before
Leith. ” But she answered that she did not
value that Fish-town so .much as the quiet of
Britain.”

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