The Great Fire in Edinburgh of 1676
‘January 13, 1676, there was a great fire in Edinburgh; it began at the heid of the Kirk Hoich, in a stationer’s shop, he loutting down with a candle among louse papers, fyred them so as he could not quench it, and burnt all that syd as ye go in to the Parliament House, on the left hand, and on the foregate down near to the [Mercat] Cross. The Lord Advocat Sir John Nisbit’s house was burnt, and several other considerable houses.’ (Law, Memorialls, 85.)
Over a year later, Glasgow also suffered a great fire, which was blamed on God’s wrath.
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