History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 16, 2012

Andrea Barton

The rocks and shoals of the Northumberland coast
sent many a Scottish ship to its doom in those old days
of unlighted and uncharted seas. There in the reign
of James III., off Bamborough, was wrecked the great
trading barge of the good Bishop Kennedy of St. Andrews,
and there, too, was dashed ” in flinders ” one of James
IV.’s ships, the Treasurer, no doubt named in honour
of Sir Robert Barton, the King’s Lord High Treasurer,
who had purchased her in Dieppe. In Embleton Bay,
just north of the great ruined castle of Dunstanburgh,
there lies a rock a foot or two beneath the yellow sand
whose interest for Leithers is very great.
It is only uncovered at long intervals by the wash of
the waves, and then by the same agency buried again.
A few years ago, while exposed to view, its surface showed
in ancient rudely carved letters the famous name of
” Andrea Barton.” A rubbing of this inscription has
been taken in case it should not again see the light.
Embleton Bay must often have been familiar with the
sight of Barton’s flag as he sailed southward from the
Forth, it may be on some venture against the Portingals.

source-The story of Leith

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