The History of Leith

August 16, 2004

The Gibson Window at South Leith Church

The Gibson Window is situated in the South Aisle of the Church and the inscription says-“In memory of Mungo Campbell Gibson born 9th March 2819 died 25th January 1890. Shipowner and Elder in this Church”

Mungo Campbell Gibson came originally from the Border country. His father being in the wine business he later went into trade with the Wes Indies. The home into which Mungo Gibson was born in 1819 was Bernard Street. He was apprenticed to James Taylor who is also commemorated by a window in the Church. During the time Mr Taylor was provost Mungo Gibson served on the Council. However by 1850 he expanded his shipping interests

The firm became known as Gorge Gibson and company and business developed between the Baltic and Holland. Gradually his son Campbell Gibson took over the business and he had a son who later joined the navy and was killed during the First World War With his death the Gibson’s took no further interest in the company, The Company being taken over by the Somerville family.

Mungo Gibson was a friend of Dr Mitchell and was one of his most loyal Elders. He took an interest in the Port and the Dock Commission and served on the management committee of the Sailors Home. Mr Somerville speaking about Mungo Gibson many years after Gibson’s death said “that he was the modal of quiet, perfect self control and was a man of complete integrity in all his dealings”

In 1925 there was the following members of his family living in Edinburgh –Mrs Combe 14 Clarendon Crescent, Mrs Grant 3 Manor place, and Miss E.C.Gibson 24 Abercromby Place.

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