The History of Leith

January 26, 2011

A watchful eye over the King’s duties,

Acta Parliamentu James IV. 1th May, 1493.—
It is auisit be ye lordis of ye articles that for ye defraude done to our sourane lord in his customis, be strangeris and alienaris of other realmes, quhilk comis to yis realme, and tak yair lugeing and Innys in ye
town of Leith, and at uthir partis of ye realme, and charge thair gudis to ye sey, and vtheris yair merchandise, not payand thair custumes and dewteis to our soueraine lord,—it is statute and ordained, that
in tyme to cum, quhen any schip of alienaris or strangers of vther realmes comes into ye havin of Leith, or any vther port in the realme, the master or merchant of ye said schip shall take his lugeing at the inns of ye principal town of ye said port, and enter his goods as clleirs ; and the host of the inns where the said strangeris are lodged, shall answer to the King for their customs and duties, if the said strangers passes away uncustomyt.”
Thus, what must certainly be thought rather hard, the landlord was compelled to keep a watchful eye over the King’s duties, as well as the reckonings of his guests.

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