The History of Leith

November 28, 2012

The English garrisons were driven out of Edinburgh and Leith.

Sir John de Stirling, however, skilful commander as
he was, had still more skilful opponents, for at this time
Sir Alexander Ramsay of Dalhousie, whose ruined castle
still stands above the waters of the South Esk at Cockpen,
had gathered together a band of homeless patriots,
among whom, perhaps, were the young De Lestalric,
and the lords of Duddingston, Craigmillar, Liberton,
Braid, Dean, Inverleith, and Pilton—all forfeited and
outlawed at this time for, their resistance to English
aggression. They had their fastness within the ancient
caves among the cliffs at Hawthornden, near Roslin.
From these, at unexpected times, they would pounce
down upon the soldiers of Sir John Stirling as they
convoyed supplies between Leith and Edinburgh for the
Castle garrison. Sir Alexander Ramsay was one of the
most distinguished warriors of that time, and he and
his outlawed troop were worthy successors of those who
had won Bannockburn. They were the heroes of many
daring deeds. With such men as these on the patriotic
side, and such women as ” Black Agnes” to inspire
them with courage, the English and Baliol soon lost
their hold in Scotland when their garrisons were driven
out of Edinburgh and Leith.

source-The Story of Leith

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