The History of Leith

August 2, 2004

Mrs James Wilson

Mary Reid lived in 59 Giles Street where her father was a victual dealer and she was nine year old when on the 11th June 1823 her mother told her to get ready to “gang tae the kirk”.

She thought it strange “tae gang to the kirk on a weekday and it no a Fast day either” but she remembers the service yet and of seeing “a” the ministers wi’ their hands on Mr Muir’s heid”. Mary attended the “auld Kettle” with her father and mother until the new chapel was opened. On the opening day she was so eager to be in time she went without her parents and as no “unprotected” children were not admitted she missed be at the opening service. She joined Junction Road Church under Mr Muir when she was fifteen years of age and was married to James Wilson seven years later and they lived for many years in the Sheriff brae. She had several children and on being asked why St Ninian’s Church was called the “Auld Kettle” she said “I dinna ken but the bell in the steeple that used tae strike the hours had a queer auld world soond that made ye eerie if ye heard it through the nicht”

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