The History of Leith

June 13, 2011

Dipped in tar and suspended in chains

29 Decr. 1720.—Compeared Robert Robertson and being examined owned that he opened the Church doors at the desire of an Officer of Edenr. who required access to the Church for dressing the corps of two Pirates that were hanged the 14th instant. He was discharged to open the Church Doors upon any account in time coming without express orders from either of the Ministers or the Baillie of St. Antons or
the Treasurer, which he promised to observe.
(Note.—The usual place of execution for pirates was at the sands of Leith, at or about the foot of Constitution Street. After being hanged the bodies were dipped in tar and suspended in chains ” for ye terror of others.”)

source-South Leith Records

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