The History of Leith

November 8, 2012

The most notable recruits

The most notable recruits to join the banner of
Bonnie Prince Charlie from the Leith district were the
last Lord Balmerino and John Hay of Restalrig. Hay
acted first as treasurer to the Prince, and later as
secretary. Lord George Murray always attributed
the disastrous defeat of the Highlanders at Culloden
to his neglect hi provisioning the army. Hay lived in
exile with the Prince until 1771. He then returned to
Edinburgh, as there was now no thought on the part
of the Government of prosecuting him for his share in
the ‘Forty-five. He died in 1784, and was buried beside
his wife in the family vault which abuts on the Well of
St. Triduana in Restalrig Churchyard.

source-The Story of leith

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