Old and New Edinburgh

Old and New Edinburgh

Volume V

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36 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Merchistom captain named ScougaL After a hard struggle, during which several were killed and wounded, they stormed the outworks, and set them on fire to smoke the defenders out of the donjon keep ; but a body of the king's men veyed to Leith, and hanged, while he had a narrow escape, his horse being killed under him by a shot from Holyrood Palace, Another conflict of a more serious nature occurred before Merchiston on the last day of the same month. attack by firing forty guns from the Castle of Edinburgh. The men of Scougal (who were mortally wounded) fled over the Links and adjacent fields in all directions, hotly pursued by the Laird of Blairquhan. On the 10th of the subsequent June the queen's troops, under George, Earl of Huntly, with a small train of artillery, made another attack upon Merchiston, while their cavalry scoured all the fields between it and Blackford-fields now covered with long lines of stately and beautiful villas-bringing in forty head of cattle and sheep. By the time the guns had played on Merchiston from two till four o'clock p.m., two decided breaches were made in the walls. The garrison was about to capitulate, when the assemblage of a number of people, whom the noise of the cannonade had attracted, was mistaken for king's troops ; those of Huntly be,came party of twenty-four men-at-arms rode forth to forage. The well-stocked fields in the neighbourhood of the fortalice were the constant scene of enterprise, and on this occasion the foragers collected many oxen, besides other spoil, which they were driving triumphantly into town. They were pursued, however, by Patrick Home of the Heugh, who commanded the Regent's Light Horsemen. The foraging party, whom hunger had rendered desperate, contrived to keep their pursuers, amounting to eighty spears, at bay till they neared Merchiston, when the king's garrison issued forth, and re-captured the cattle, the collectors of which '' alighted from their horses, which they suffered to go loose, and faught CreauZZ'iee," till succoured from the town, when the fight turned in their favour. In this conflict, Home of the Heugh, Sir Patrick Home of Polwarth, four more gentle
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