The History of Leith

April 5, 2011

The Stranger

18 Aprill 1647.—It was desyred yat ye rnagistrats should cause make intimaone throw
ye towne be tucke of drum yat no heritors or landlairds sett (i.e., let) houses within yis
congregaon to any stranger and new incomer who haith not a lawful testimonial under ye
pain .
(Note.—A stranger entering the town intending to stay for any time required to have with him a testimonial from the Kirk Session of the parish whence he came. Without this passport he was in the eye of the church a scandalous person, or as we should s&y
now, an undesirable alien; and he was promptly compelled to leave the town. One author writing at this date says that no scandalous person could live unknown, no scandal could be concealed in all Scotland, so strict was the correspondence between
the various ministers and congregations.)

source-South Leith Records

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