The History of Leith

March 25, 2011

The Grand-Gore

In Maitland’s *’ History of Edinburgh ” there is mentioned an order from the Privy Council, in the year 1497, addressed lo the magistrates of Edinburgh, directing “that all manner of persons within the freedom of this burgh who are infected with the
contagious plague called the grand-gore, devoid, rid, and pass forth of this town, and compeer on the sands of Leith, at ten hours before noon; and these shall have and find boats ready in the harbour, ordered them by the officers of this burgh, ready with victuals, to row them lo the Inch (Inehkcith), and there to remain till God provide for
their health.”

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