The History of Leith

October 18, 2012

Auld enemies

A GOOD deal of more or less unfriendly feeling has always
existed between Edinburgh and Leith. When we begin
to inquire into the matter we find that they are ” auld
enemies ” whose unfriendliness has its roots far back in
Scottish history. In Queen Mary’s time the jealousy
and ill-feeling between Edinburgh and Leith were much
keener than they are to-day, for the Lords of the Congregation,
protesting against the French occupation of
the town in 1559, wrote : ” It is not unknown to the most
part of this realm that there hath been an old hatred
and contention betwixt Edinburgh and Leith, Edinburgh
continually seeking to possess the liberty which by donation
(= gift) of ancient kings they have long enjoyed,
and Leith, on the contrary, aspiring to a liberty and
freedom in prejudice of Edinburgh.”

source-The Story of Leith

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