The History of Leith

October 19, 2010

The birth of the Parish of South Leith

24th June 1609.
Our Souvereine Lord and estaittes of this pnt Parlt understanding that the Kirk of Restalrig is ruynous and that the Kirk of Leith has bene the place of convening of the parochiners of Restalrig the space of fyftie years past and alsue that it is the most commodious pairt in respect that the toun of Leith has the greatest part of the said parochiri whilk Kirk nevertheless has never bene erectit in ane paroch Kirk. Thairfoir
oure soueraine lord and estaittis of this prnt parlt declairis the said Kirk of Leith to be ane paroch Kirk and ordains the same to be repute and called hereafter the paroch Kirk of Leith and all the inhabitants of Restalrig to resort thereto as unto ane paroch Kirk as they have done in times past and that the benefice of Restalrig, parsonage thereof
gleib and manse pertaining thereto shall be always disponit to the minister serving the cure at the said Kirk of Leith in all time coming, and that the said Kirk of Restalrig be superseded and extinct from henceforth and for ever, reserveand always to the patrone and his successors thair richt of patronage of the Kirk of Restalrig; and the
saidis Estaittis declairis that the samyn richt of patronage shall nowayes be prejudjeit be this pnt act.

Source-South Leith Records

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