The History of Leith

October 17, 2012

The first burying-ground of Edinburgh

Overlooked, then, by the great cruciform church
of St. Giles, and these minor ecclesiastical edifices,
the first burying-ground of Edinburgh lay on the
steep slope with its face to the sun. The last
home of generations of citizens, under what is now
the pavement of a noisy street, ” there sleep the
great, the good, the peaceful and the turbulent,
the faithful and the false, all blent together in their
quaint old coffins and flannel shrouds, with money
in their dead hands, and crosses or chalices on
their breasts; old citizens who remembered the
long-haired King David passing forth with barking
hound and twanging horn on that Rood-day in
harvest which so nearly cost him his life; and how
the fair Queen Margaret daily fed the poor at the
castle gate ‘ with the tenderness of a mother;’
those who had seen Randolph’s patriots scale ‘ the
steep, the iron-belted rock,’ Count Guy of Namur’s
Flemish lances routed on the Burghmuir, and
William Wallace mustering his bearded warriors

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