The History of Leith

March 22, 2011

The Logans of Leith

The supposed grandson of the luckless Logan of the Gowrie conspiracy married Isabel Fowler, daughter of Ludovic Fowler of Burncastle (says Robertson), the famous “Tibbie Fowler” of Scottish song, and here she is said to have resided; but her husband has been, otherwise said to have been a collateral of the ancient house of Restairig,
as it is recorded, under date 12th June, 1575—
” Majcstro Joanne Logan de Shireff Braye,” whopostpones the case of Christian Gudsonne, wife of Andrew Bume in Leith, “dilatit of the mutilation of William Burne, burgess of Edinburgh, of foremost finger be byting thereof.”
In the chartulary, says Robertson, we have also John Logan of the Coalfield (Kirkgate), and George Logan of Bonnngton Mills is repeatedly alluded to; “and we believe,” he adds, that these branches ” existed as early as the charter of King David.”
The old house at Bonnington still shows a curious doorway, surmounted by a carefully sculptured tablet bearing a shield, with a chevron and three fleurs-de-lis; crest, a ship with sails furled. The motto and date are obliterated.

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