The History of Leith

August 11, 2012

Turmoils and troubles

During the turmoils and troubles that ensued
after Mary of Guise assumed the regency, her
proposal, on the suggestion of the French Court,,
to form a Scottish standing army like that of
France, so exasperated the nobles and barons,
that three hundred of them assembled- at
Holyrood in 1555, and after denouncing the
measure in strong terms, deputed the Laird of
Wemyss and Sir James Sandilands of Calder to
remonstrate with her on the unconstitutional stepshe
was meditating, urging that Scotland had
never wanted brave defenders to fight her battles
in time of peril, and that they would never submit
to this innovation on their ancient customs.
This spirited remonstrance from Holyrood had the
desired effect, as the regent abandoned her project.
She came, after an absence, to the palace in
the November of the following year, when the
magistrates presented her with a quantity of new
wine, and dismissed McCalzean, an assessor of the
city, who spoke to her insultingly in the palace on
the affairs of Edinburgh; and in the following
February she received and entertained the ambassador
of the Duke of Muscovy, who had been
shipwrecked on his way to England, whither shesent
him, escorted by 500 lances, under the Lord-
Home.
After the death of Mary of Guise and the arrival
of her daughter to assume the crown of her ancestors,
the most stirring scenes in the history of thepalace
pass in review.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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