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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


Edinburgh Castle.] KIRKALDY?S SURRENDER. 49 fourth, under Sir Henry Lee, were somewhere near St. Cuthbeds church ; while the fifth, under Sir Thomas?Sutton, was on the line of Princes Street, and faced King Davids Tower. All these guns opened simultaneously on Sunday, the 17th of May, by salvoes; and the shrieks of the women in the Castle were distinctly heard in the camp of the Regent and in the city. The fire was maintained on both sides with unabated vigour-nor were the arquebuses idle-till the 23rd, when Sutton?s guns having breached sieged depended chiefly for water. This great battery then covered half of the Esplanade Holinshed mentions another spring, St. Margaret?s Well, from which Kirkaldy?s men secretly obtained water till the besiegers poisoned it ! By this time the survivors were so exhausted by toil and want of food as to be scarcely able to bear armour, or work the remaining guns. On the 28th Kirkaldy requested a parley by beat of drum, and was lowered over the ruins by ropes in his armour, to arrange a capitulation ; but Morton would hear ANCIENT POSTERN hND TURRET NEAR THE QUEEN?S POST. Davfd?s Tower, the enormous mass, with all its guns and men, and with a roar as of thunder, came crashing over the rocks, and masses of it must have fallen into the loch zoo feet below. The Gate Tower with the portcullis and Wallace?s Tower, were battered down by the 24th. The guns of the queen?s garrison were nearly silenced, now, and cries of despair were heard. The great square Peel and the Constable?s Tower, with the curtain between, armed with brass cannon-dikes of great antiquity-came crashing down in succession, and their d&is choked up the still existing drawwells. Still the garrison did not quite lose heart, until the besiegers got passession of the Spur, within which was the well on which the bea of nothing now save an unconditional surrender, so the red flag of defiance was pulled down on the following day. By the Regent?s order the Scottish companies occupied the breaches, with orders to exclude all Englishmen. ?The governor delivered his sword to Sir William Drury on receiving the ?solemn assurance of being restored to his estatc and liberty at the intercession of Q-ueen Elizabeth The remnant of his gamson marched into the city in armour with banners displayed ; there came forth, with the Lord Home, twelve knights, zoo soldiers, and ten boys, with several ladies, including the Countess of Argyle.? The brave commander was basely delivered up by Drury to the I vindictive power of the Regent j and he and his
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