List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Tombstone [Bruntsfield House] (1596) Tombstone
James Gourley Gardener
R. Goodman.
[Situation] About 12 chains S E by E. [ South East] by East of Bruntsfield House
A flat stone apparently a tombstone lying flat a little embedded in the surface of the earth there was apparently some inscription the remains of which is scarcely visible at present There is a traditionary story told of a murder which took place on this spot. This story is best told in chamber's miscellany of Tracts pub [published] 1846 The following abridgement of it is taken from the above work. In the reign of Queen Mary there was a family quarrel between Stephen Bruntfield who was an adherent of Queen Mary, and Robert Moubray of Barnbougle who was attached to the cause of the Regent Murray. The Cause of Moubray's enmity to Bruntfield is uncertain it is only known that having succeeded (December] 1596) in taKing Craighouse for the Regent after a siege of two months he slew its proprietors while conducting him under a promise of protection, to Edinburgh. The scene of this deed is pointed out at the upper part of a common which from circumstance is called Bruntfield Links. Bruntfield left a widow and three sons His widow the lady of Craighouse fostered the strongest desire of revenge which passion entirely absorbed every other consideration that her children even ceased to be objects of concern or interest except in so far as they appeared likely to be the means of gratifying it and with this view one after another as they reached the age of fourteen she sent them to France to be educated but their principal object was to be well trained to martial excercises. The eldest returned at 18 and was a perfect adept at sword-play. The hero preferred a charge of murder against the larid of Barnbougle according to the usage and law of the time the King granted the license. The fight took place but the laird of Barnbougle was victor and young Bruntfield was Killed. The 2nd son after a few years was similarly educated and was considered a match for Moubray after some objection to grant a licence at length the King granted licence and the 2nd son was Killed But the youngest son after a few years became a man and after some difficulty getting the King's license at length entered field with Moubray and was more fortunate than his two elder brothers but at the moment of victory the lady of Craighouse who was near the scene of combat being overcome by the excitement of the event or some other cause fell dead in her sons [arms]

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Parish of St. Cuthberts

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Last word bottom of page lost in fold

This Name Book refers to Edinburgh 1851 - Sheet 43
OS large scale Scottish town plans, 1847-1895 - Scale: 1:1056

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