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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


reality as a spy from Elizabeth. ?He was next visited, in a pretended friendly manner, by Sir Williain Drury, Elizabeth?s Marshal of Berwick, the same who built Drury House in Wych Street, London, and who fell in a duel with Sir John Burroughs about precedence, and from whom Drury Lane takes its name. When about to enter the Castle gate, an English deserter, who had enlisted under Queen Mary, in memory of some grudge, was about to shoot him with his arquebuse, ROOM IN EDINBURGH GASTLE IN WHICH JAMES VI. WAS BORN. began to invest the Castle with his paid Scottish companies, who formed a battery on the Cast!e hill, from which Kirkaldy drove them all in rout on the night of the 15th. On the following day, Sir William Drury, in direct violation of the Treaty of Blois, which declared ?that no foreign troops should enter Scotland,? at the head of the old bands of Berwick, about 1,500 men, marched for Edinburgh. A trumpeter, on the 25th of April, summoned Kirkaldy to surrender j but he replied Kirkaldy. This courtesy was ill-requited by his red flag on David?s Tower as a token of resistance of the walls, &c.? In anticipation of a siege, the citizens built several traverses to save the High Street from being enfiladed ; one of these, formed between the Thieves? Hole and Bess Wynd, was two ells in thickness, composed of turf and mud; and another near it was two spears high. In the city, the Parliament assembled on the I 7th of January, with a sham regalia of gilt brass, as Kirkaldy had the crown and real regalia in the Castle. When joined by some English pioneers, Morton by the 15th of May. These were armed with thirty guns, including two enormous bombardes or roo-pounders, which were loaded by means of a crane ; a great carthoun or £er ; and many 18-pounders. There was also a movable battery of falcons. Under the Regent Morton, the first battery was on the high ground now occupied by the Heriot?s Hospital; the second,under Drury,opposed to St. Margaret?s Tower, was near the Lothian Road ; the third, under Sir C-eorge Carey, and the
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