The History of Leith

September 12, 2012

Summarie of Englyshe Chronicles

AFTER the departure of the Romans the inhabitants
of Northern Britain bore the designation of Picti,
or Picts; and historians are now agreed that these
were not a new race, but only the ancient Caledonians
under a new name.
The most remote date assigned for the origin
of the Castle of Edinburgh is that astounding
‘ announcement made in Stow’s ” Summarie of
Englyshe Chronicles,” in which he tells us that
” Ebranke, the sonne of Mempricius, was made
ruler of Britayne; he had, as testif eth Policronica,
Ganfride, and others, twenty-one wyves, of whom
he receyved twenty sonnes and thirty daughters,
which he sent into Italye, there to be maryed to
the blood of the Trojans. In Albanye (now called
Scotland) he edified the Castell of Alclude, which
is Dumbreyton; he made the Castell of Maydens,
now called Edinburgh; he also made the Castell
of Banburgh, in the twenty-third year of his reign.”
All these events occurred, according to Stow, in
the year 989 before Christ; and the information is
quite as veracious as much else that has been
written concerning the remote history of Scotland.

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