The History of Leith

February 7, 2013

The French in Leith

DURING the regency of Mary of Guise, the queen-mother,
the differences between the two factions in Scotland
became more acute, and a great struggle began as to
whether the country was to become Protestant or to
remain Catholic. That struggle was to be fought out
in Leith. After the Battle of Pinkie, Somerset had left
several strong English garrisons in Scotland, one of which
occupied Inchkeith and constantly menaced the shipping
of the Port. To help in driving out these garrisons
some thousands of French troops had landed in Leith,
which became their headquarters. These French troops,
who brought with them their wives and children, were
to play a great part in the fight between the Reformers
and those who adhered to the old faith.

source-The Story of Leith

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