The History of Leith

April 22, 2011

The grand-gore-Syphilis

In Maitland’s ” History of Edinburgh ” there is mentioned an order from the Privy Council, in the year 1497, addressed to 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 to the Inch (Inchkeith), and there to remain till God provide for their health.”

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