The History of Leith

June 8, 2011

A dispute between the Maltmen and the Masters of King James Hospital

14 Jany 1686,—The Mrs of the Hospital are to give in yr leets against ye nixt day.
(Note. — Like the Session the Masters were appointed yearly and prepared the lists from which their successors were chosen. At this time it appears that a dispute arose between the maltmen of Leith and the masters of King James Hospital as to a mortification of 2000 merks. The Privy Council referred the question to the Bishop of Edinburgh who decided in favour of the maltmen, whose contention was that this fund should be applied to the use of the poor of their own trade in the Hospital.}

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