The History of Leith

November 18, 2010

The Bridewell

“The want of such a house seems to have been felt at a pretty early period in the Scottish Metropolis. “Edinburgh”, says Maitland “being become, as it were, the common receptacle for the strolling poor, lazy beggars, idle vagrants, and common prostitutes, who crowded hither from all parts of the kingdom, wherefore it was, in the year 1632, judged necessary to erect a House of Correction, for employing and publishing these disorderly persons, and pests of mankind” for more click here

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