The History of Leith

September 18, 2012

Duke of Holstein

When the brother of the Queen Consort, the
Duke of Holstein, visited Edinburgh in March,
1593, and as Moyses tells us, “was received and
welcomed very gladly by Her Majesty, and used
every way like a prince,” after sundry entertainments
at Holyrood, Ravensheugh, and elsewhere,
a grand banquet was given him in the house of
the late Bailie Macmorran by the city of Edinburgh.
The King and Queen were present, ” with
great solemnity and merriness,” according to Birrel.
On the 3rd of June the Duke embarked at Leith,
under a salute of sixty pieces of cannon from the
bulwarks, and departed with his gifts, to wit—1,000
five-pound pieces and 1,000 crowns, a hat and
string valued at 12,000 pounds (Scots?), and many
rich chains and jewels.

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