Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


A Story of the Bartons of Leith

Robert Barton would seem also at one time to have fallen into the hands of the Portuguese; and there is extant a letter sent by James IV. to the Emperor Maximilian, requesting his influence to have him released from prison, and therein the king refers to the quarrel of 1476, and merely states that old John Barton was thrown into a prison also.
In 1506, at a tournament held by James IV. in Stirling, we read of a blackamoor girl, captured from the Portuguese by Captain Barton, seated in a triumphal chariot, being adjudged the prize of the victor knight; but the Bartons sent other gifts to the king, in the shape of casks full of pickled Portuguese heads.
In 1498, when Perkin Warbeck and his wife, the Lady Katharine Gordon, left Scotland for Flanders, they were on board a ship which, Tytler says, was commanded by and afterwards the property of the
celebrated Robert Barton. Amongst her stores, noted in the “Treasurer’s Accounts,” are “ten tuns and four pipes of wine, 8 bolls of aitmele, 18 marts of beef, 23 muttons, and a hogshead of herring.”
Andrew Barton, the brother of the captain (and, like him, a merchant in Leith), is mentioned as having furnished biscuit, cider, and beer, for the voyage.

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