The History of Leith

May 27, 2004

Unfair Trade

We hear nowadays how the West unfairly trades with poorer countries. Unfortunately the idea isn’t a new one.

In 1700 the Proprietors of the Glass Works of Leith complained to the Privy Council “concerning the ruinous practice pursued by the Proprietors of similar works at Newcastle of sending great quantities of their goods into Scotland. The English makers had lately landed-it was stated in February of 1700- no less than two thousand six hundred dozen of bottles at Montrose this overstocking the market” On their petition the Lords of the Privy Council empowered the Leith Glass Company “to seize all such English wares and bring them in for his Majesty’s use”

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