The History of Leith

November 9, 2012

Wully Wulks

THE ‘Forty-five proved to be. the end of civil strife in
our country, for, whatever wars Britain might wage
abroad, the people were determined to have settled and
ordered government at home. In no other way could
trade nourish and progress be made. From the period
of the ‘Forty-five, then, a wonderful change came over
Scotland. Instead of nursing her wrongs as she had
hitherto done, she now began to realize, and to take
advantage of, the many benefits and opportunities the
Union had really put in her way. The two peoples did
not love each other any the more. The notorious John
Wilkes, a few years after this time, stirred up in the
hearts of Londoners strong feelings of hatred and contempt
against all Scotsmen for the share the Marquis
of Bute had in the unpopular Treaty of Paris which
closed the Seven Years’ War. Every year as the king
or queen’s birthday came round, almost right down to
the close of Queen Victoria’s reign, the Leithers, at first
from revenge and later from custom, would burn John
Wilkes in effigy under the name of Wully Wulks, because
they had really forgotten who he was.

source-The Story of Leith

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