E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Burnt Candlemas Day.
Feb. 2, 13556, when Edward III. marched through the Lothians with fire and sword. He burnt to the ground Edinburgh and Haddington, and then retreated from want of provisions. The Scots call the period Burnt Candlemas. (See Epochs of History, England under the Plantagenets; and Macmillans series, Little History of Scotland, edited by Prof. Freeman.)