The History of Leith

July 6, 2012

Revenge the fall of Andrew Barton

In 1512, when James was preparing for his
struggle with England to revenge the fall of Andrew
Barton, the retention of his queen’s dowry, and
other insults by Henry—when all Scotland resounded
with, the din of warlike preparation, and,
as the ” Treasurer’s Accounts ” show, the castles in
the interior were deprived of their guns to arm the
shipping—James, on the 6th of August, held a
naval review of his whole fleet at Leith, an event
which caused no small excitement in England.
Just three months before this De la Mothe, the
Erench Ambassador (who afterwards fell at Flodden),
corning to Scotland with a squadron, on his
own responsibility, and before war was declared,
attacked a fleet of English merchantmen, sunk
three and captured seven, which he brought into
Leith.

Lord Dacre, who was on a mission at the Scottish
court, promised Henry to get these ships
restored, and to prevent reprisals ; the Bartons, Sir
Alexander Matheson, Sir Ifavid Falconer, and other
commanders, were sent to sea to look out for
English ships.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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