The History of Leith

Archive for the ‘War’ Category

The Jameson Monument-South Leith Church

Sunday, January 4th, 2009


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(c) John Arthur

The Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) involved all of the major European powers of the period, causing 900,000 to 1,400,000 deaths. The British entered two years after the start of the war, later calling it the “Seven Year’s War”, although it was really nine years. Prussia, Electorate Brunswick-Lüneburg, and United Kingdom of Great Britain (including British colonies in North America, the British East India Company, and Ireland) were pitted against Austria, France (including the North American colony of New France and the French East India Company), the Russian Empire, Sweden, and Saxony. Portugal (on the side of Great Britain) and Spain (on the side of France) were later drawn into the conflict, and a force from the neutral Netherlands was attacked in India. for more click here

Geddes Entry

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

(c) John Arthur

The Magdalen Chapel

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

(C) John Arthur

The Siege of Leith or “The Schole of Warre”

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

The “Schole of Warre is a poem written by Thomas Churchyard who came to Leith in 1560 with the English army and goes on for eighty verses. (more…)

The Killing Times

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

It’s recorded in the records of the Kirk Session of South Leith Parish Church the following statement “12th May 1644 Being ye Lords day it was intimat be ye minister befor noon yat those persons were excomunicat viz Erle of Montrose,Lodovick Erle of Crawford, Robert Erle of Nithsdail, James Vicont of Aboyn, James Lord Ogilvie and John Lord Heres.” All these nobles were leading Royalists in Scotland against whom the Covenanters were waging war. The sentence of excommunication (which still exists to this day in the Church of Scotland ) carried with it serious Civil as well as spiritual penalties. In fact they could be declared rebels and were liable to be shot on sight.

Sir Andrew Wood

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

The Nelson of Scotland…find out about some of his greatest sea battles and his connections with the port of Leith


The Story of John Paul Jones

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

In the year 1779, Leith was thrown into the utmost confusion and alarm, by the appearance of the noted John Paul Jones. (more…)

The Seige of Leith

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

The Lords of the Congregation sent a demand to Leith in October 1559, for the Town of Leith to surrender within twelve hours or war would start in earnest. This was ignored…Find out what happened in the blood soaked weeks that followed….

The Gibson Window.(South Leith Parish Church)

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

(South Aisle of Church.)
The inscription reads thus :—“ In memory of Mungo Campbell Gibson, born 9th March 1819, died 25th 3anuary 1890. Shipowner in Leith and Elder in this Church.” (more…)

Death on the Shore-The Story of a Mutiny

Saturday, May 15th, 2004

In 1779 Seventy Highlanders of the 42nd and 71st (the known as the Master of Lovat’s Regiment) when marched down to Leith refused to embark as a rumour had been spread that they were to be drafted into a Lowland Corps and they wouldn’t be able to wear the Kilt and they deeply resented this.. They decided to resist this to the death and mutinied. (more…)

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