History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 19, 2005

South Leith Record-Christian Robertson


This minute from the “South Leith Record” shows that the erection of tombstones was not very common. To show respect like this was considered Roman Catholic and for this reason cherubs and other carved figures were often mutilated. However this attitude changed within a few years of the above minute.

The minute reads as follows-

“Christian Robertson widow of the deceased Alexander Guthrie petitioned the Session to have the favour as to let her errect set up a hewn stone in the Church yard at the head of her husbands corpse but the Session in no way would grant her petition unto her because everyone would strive to have like favour therfore it was not granted but absolutely refused to her and all others”.

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