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Nov 5, 2011

In 1608, just three years after Guy Fawkes failed attempt to blow up the English parliament, Edinburgh’s Council decided to enforce a strong display of public loyalty to the Stuart monarchy.

‘The council instructed that a proclamation should be made for lighting bonfires on November 5  to recall the recent escape of the King’s Majesty, the queen and their children and all the estates of the realm and the parliament of England from the treason intended that day in 1605 by certain English Catholics, detected through the mercy of God’

(Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh 1403-1680)

Non compliance would have serious consequences, as the proclamation also indicated that people who did not build bonfires would be stripped of their citizenship. You have been warned!

EWH are grateful for permission to use this extract from “The Edinburgh Book of Days” by Michael T.R.B. Turnbull, published by The History Press. www.thehistorypress.co.uk

Another tale from Edinburgh’s archives will appear later in November.



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