The History of Leith

December 7, 2012

” Shameful treaty” of Northampton.

The Treaty of Northampton lasted only two years. Edward III.
now repudiated what the English called the ” shameful
treaty” of Northampton. Edward Baliol claimed
the throne, and Edward III., hoping, like his grandfather,
to become Scotland’s overlord, aided him, and
once more the land was cruelly devastated by English
invasion. In 1335 Edward III. ordered Edinburgh
Castle to be rebuilt and fortified, and for this purpose
much Eastland timber was brought into Leith and
then transported to Edinburgh. The work was carried
out under Sir John de Stirling, an exceedingly able
and active officer, who, on taking over his command,
reported that there was no dwelling in the said Castle
save a little chape] (St. Margaret’s), partly unroofed,
showing with what reverence Randolph had preserved it,
and how completely he had destroyed the Castle as a
fortress. Stirling’s accounts, still preserved, form a
valuable record of the condition of things in our neighbourhood
under English rule.

source-The Story of Leith

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