The History of Leith

July 7, 2012

Leith sea captains

While the Bartons and Sir Andrew Wood are the
best known and most famous of the Leith sea captains
of the days of James IV., they were not the only mariners
of note who belonged to the Port. A goodly number
of others might be named, who in their day were only
less famous than the great captains whose names are so
familiar to all. Some of these have already appeared
in this history. There were Sir Alexander Makkison
and Will Brownhill. There was Will Merrymouth, whose
daring in fight and skill in seamanship had won him the
soubriquet of ” King of the Sea,” and then there was
the bold and intrepid Davy Falconer, of whose adventurous
career something has already been said. He
appears along with Sir Robert Barton as one of the
heroes in The Yellow Frigate, James Grant’s fascinating
romance about the Leith ” Sea-dogs ” of the days of
James IV., as Sir David Falconer of Bo’ness.

source-The Story of Leith

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