The History of Leith

September 20, 2012

The Union of the Crowns

When James succeeded
to the crown of England,
in 1603, he attended service
in St. Giles’s, and heard
a sermon by the Rev. Mr.
Hall, upon the great mercy
of heaven in having thus
accomplished his peaceful
accession to a kingdom so
long hostile to his own,
without stroke of sword
or shedding one drop of
blood. He exhorted the
monarch to show his gratitude by attention to
the cause of religion, and his care of the new
subjects committed to his care.
The king now rose, and addressed the people
from whom he was about to part in a very warm
and affectionate strain. He bade them a long
adieu with much tenderness, promised to keep
them and their best interests in “fond memory
during his absence, ” and often to visit them and
communicate to them marks of his bounty when
in foreign parts, as ample as any which he had
been used t6 bestow when present with them.
A mixture of approbation and weeping,” says
Scott in his History, ” followed this speech; and
the good-natured king wept plentifully himself at
taking leave of his native subjects.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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