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Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 On Eaſter Euen, Captaine Wood, and Captaine Dethicke, ſeruing on the Sea vnder M. Winter the Engliſh Admirall there, were appointed by him to paſſe vp ye riuer to Black|neſſe, who with their hands going aboorde into a Barke, prepared for that purpoſe, ſayled for|ward, and on Eaſter daye in the morning pre|ſenting themſelues before the Caſtell, it was yeelded to them by certaine Frenchmenne that were within,The Caſtell of Blackeneſſe wonne. and therevpon it was deliuered to the keeping of Iames Hamilton, an auntiente Gentleman, and Captaine Wood, beeing ſet on ſhore, came to the Camp before Leith by lande. On blacke Monday, the Frenchmenne iſſuing forth of Leith,See more hereof in Eng|lande. ſet vpon the Engliſhmen in their trenches, and did muche harme, as in the En|gliſhe Hiſtorie it further appeareth. Duryng the ſiege thus afore Leith, the Queene Regent was ſore vexed with ſickneſſe, but neuertheleſſe, ſhe continued to labour for agreemẽt,The Queene laboured for an agreement not ceaſ|ſing to ſend to the Lordes for to haue the mat|ter taken vp: and for the better accompliſhing of hir deſire, ſhee procured the Earle of Huntley to come forth of the North, who tooke vp his lod|ging in Edenburgh, and tooke greate paynes to treate betwixt the Queene and Lords for ſome agreement: but when he perceyued his trauayle to be in vaine, hee returned into the Northe a|gaine, and left the ſiege lying ſtill as he founde it. In this meane while, the Engliſhmen lod|ging on the South ſyde of the Towne beſide Mont Pellam, battered with their greate artel|lerie at the pariſhe Church of Leith,Saint Antho|nyes ſteeple beaten downe and at S. Anthonies Steeple, in the whiche the French|men had laid certaine yeeres of artillerie, and at length beate it downe, but perceiuing they could not do any great hurt to the walles on that ſide, they caſt newe trenches vppon the South and Southweſt ſide of the Towne, and reyſed a Mount there, naming it Mont Somerſet,Mont Somer|ſet. and placed thereon certaine peeces in batterie, and ſo beate the walles, that a great pa [...] thereof was ouerthrowen, and breach made, wherevp|pon the Engliſhmenne and Scottes one mor|ning came with their ladders, and preſenting themſelues to the aſſault, founde the breache no|thing reaſonable, ſo that although they egrely preaſſed foreward to enter the Towne,They are bea|ten backe. yet they were fiercely beaten backe with great ſlaugh|ter and bloudſhed on both partes, but namely of the aſſaylants.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 The Engliſhmen perceyuing that they were too raſh in aſſaulting the Towne, beeing not aſſaultable, deuiſed other ſhifts to obteyne theyr purpoſe, reyſing an other Mount of earth on the Weſt ſide of the water of Leith, and named it Mont Faulcon, Aloft on this Mount when it was brought vp to a great height,Mont Fauled they planted their greate artillerie, whiche continually beate into the Towne, ſore annoying them within, but ſpecially beating the houſes and places by the ſhoreſide, ſo that none mighte goe vppe nor downe the Towne on that part, without dan|ger to be ſlaine with ſhot from that Mount.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 The Frenchmenne during the time of the ſiege, many times iſſued forthe towardes the EEBO page image 493 ſands, and ſometimes towards the trenches, ſo that ſundry ſore ſkirmiſhes chanced betwixte the Engliſhmen and them, with the ſlaughter of diuers, both of the one part and the other.

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