The History of Leith

October 9, 2012

At the West Port

Five years subsequently saw the right hand of
Chieslie, the assassin of Lockhart, placed above the
gate, probably on a spike; and in the street close
by, on the 5th September, 1695, Patrick Falconar,
a soldier of Lord Lindsay’s regiment, was murdered
by George Gumming, a writer in Edinburgh,
who deliberately ran him through the body with
his sword, for which he was sentenced to be
hanged and have his estates forfeited. From the
trial, it appears that Gumming was much to blame,
and had previously provoked the unoffending soldier
by abusive language. (Crim. Trials.)

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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