The History of Leith

June 10, 2011

Excommunication at South Leith

2nd Octobris 1608.—The Qlk day publik Intimaoune wes made of the excomunicaoune of Williame Earle of Anguss for papistrie And of excomunicaoune of Williame Steward for the slauchter of wmqll. James dowglas Lord Carlill according to the ordinance of the Presbytrie Septeb., 27, 1608.
(note.-—William Stewart slew Lord Carlyle as he was walking along the High Street of Edinburgh. Lord Carlyle’s tomb may still be seen in the nave of Holyrood Abbey. Excommunication was very rarely used as the person was declared a outlaw and could be shot on site. He couldn’t be buried, married, or their children baptised and were excluded from the sacraments of the Church. Nor could they live or stay in Scotland)

Source-South Leith Records

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