The History of Leith

January 19, 2011

Exemplification of record by William of “Lewingston” [Livingstone]

Exemplification of record by William of “Lewingston” [Livingstone], knight, lord of “Gorgyn” [Gorgie], who examined an uncorrupted charter of Holyrood Abbey made by Fergus “Cumyn” [Comyn], knight, previous lord of “Gorgyn”, his predecessor. The charter by Fergus “Comyn”, knight, lord of “Gorgyn”, is inserted: he granted to Holyrood Abbey the pit of mill (“stagnum molendini”) in “Slachton” [Saughton] by pontage (“transversum”) of the “Lyeth” [Leith] on his land of “Gorgy”, with all the rights he had. It was sealed with his seal and witnessed by Lord William de “Lysur”, then constable of “Castrum Puellarum “[Edinburgh], Serlo de “Setona” [of Seton] and Alexander his son, Mr John de “Elfyngston” [Elvingston, East Lothian], Hugh de “Dudyngston” [Duddingston, in Edinburgh], Thomas de “Bennachetyn” then steward of the abbot of Holyrood, Patrick son of Simon, Richard de “Strivelyn” [Stirling], William son of William son of Bartholomew burgesses of Edinburgh, and several others [no names]. William of Livingstone then confirms his predecessor’s charter in all its articles and adds that in case the pit was overflowed by the Lyeth, the canons would be allowed to build it wherever they want.

source-The National Archives of Scotland

GD45/13/263

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