The History of Leith

June 13, 2011

Resurrectionists

5 Jany 1721.—Francis Thomson reported that he and John Weir having searched the grave where the corps of Ann “Wright was buried, they found the chist in the grave but the corps away, Whereupon the Session appoints B. Gilbert Mathison, James Henderson, James Balfour, Thomas Brugh Treasurer Thomas Cairns and James Renton Elders and James Suttie Deacon with the R. R. Ministers as a Committee to consider that and several other gross abuses committed in the Church yeard, and to report next Session
(Note.—In this case the grave had been plundered by resurrectionists. The Minute shows that the practice existed long before the times of Burke and Hare.)

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