The History of Leith

February 14, 2013

Leith Under Cromwell

2nd May 1655.—The which day Major
Pearson Town Major of this Garrison came to
James Stevinson our present Thesaurer (by
order of Timothie Wilks Governor Deput) and
requyred the keyes of our Church door from us
saying the Deputie would not suffer any Scots
Minister to preach yr till farder order.
(Note.— The loyalty of the Scottish clergy to the
King has been noted above, and as a result of this
loyalty they rebelled against the regime of the Commonwealth.
On Sunday 1st May the Rev. John Hog
prayed for King Charles, and indulged in some plain
speaking regarding the Government. In this way he
offended General Monk with the result that the
Governor Depute next day took summary possession
of the church. One writer asserts that the church was
at this time sacriligiously converted into a stable,
adding that “a company of his Ironsides with their
right hands (i.e. horses) abased the temple.” Dr
Robertson in his book remarks that no authority exists
for this save vague tradition to which one may attach
whatever importance he may deem fit. He adds that
the vaults of the Trinity House were employed for
“stores for the army,” and duly paid for. It should
be remembered that a similar tradition aboiit Cromwell
exists in regard to York Minster and several churches
in Scotland and England. Thus it has been stated
that St. Cuthbert’s Church was converted into a
barracks.)

source-South Leith Records

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