The History of Leith

Archive for the ‘War’ Category

Leith and the “50,000 Cannibals”!

Saturday, May 15th, 2004

During the 1715 Jacobite uprising all the ports in the South of Scotland had been blockaded by the Royal Navy and so to circumvent this the Earl of Mar sent a detachment of Highlanders south to link up with a General Forster in the Lothians. The detachment was under the command of Brigadier Macintosh of Borlum who was a brave soldier in his time but he was getting on a bit. (more…)

Morton & Witchcraft

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

After the brutal and bloody civil war between Leith and Edinburgh…revenge was wanted…whose blood would appease the Nobles? (more…)

The Battle Continues

Saturday, December 20th, 2003

The siege went on day after bloody day. Eventually the French troops were reduced to eating horsemeat. Confirmation of this was found in the last century with the discovery of a well at the foot of what is now Easter Road with the discovery of a well full of horse’s heads.

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