The History of Leith

March 25, 2011

Leith and Whaling

In I6I6 James VI granted patent of the whale fishery for thirty-five years to Sir George
Hay and Mr. Thomas Murray, who fitted out two ships for that purpose. Nicol mentions that, in 1652 “there came into the very Brig of Leith,” a whale, which rendered much profit to the English garrison there.

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