The History of Leith

November 8, 2012

The Fox sloop of war

While the Prince’s (Charles Edward Stuart) army occupied Edinburgh a Highland
guard was kept stationed on the Shore to prevent
men being landed from the warships in the Firth. To
one of these, the Fox sloop of war, was delegated the
special duty of protecting the Port, but Leith had more
reason to dread the action of the Government officers
than to fear any harm from the Highland army, for,
while some regiments of the latter were at drill on the
Links, which then lay open to the sea, the Fox is said to
have opened fire upon them, thus threatening destruction
to friend as well as foe.

source-The story of Leith

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