The History of Leith

September 9, 2012

Thomas Forret, Vicar of Dollar, John Keillor and John Beveridge, two black friars, Duncan Simpson a priest, and a gentleman named Robert Forrester, were all burned together on the Castle Hill

On the last day of February, 1539, Thomas
Forret, Vicar of Dollar, John Keillor and John
Beveridge, two black friars, Duncan Simpson a
priest, and a gentleman named Robert Forrester,
were all burned together on the Castle Hill on a
charge of heresy ; and it is melancholy to know that
a king so good and so humane as James V. was a
spectator of this inhuman persecution for religion,
and that he came all the way from Linlithgow
Palace to witness it, whither he returned on the
and ol March. It is probable that he viewed it
from the Castle walls.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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