The History of Leith

July 12, 2011

A Strange Advert

About 1730 there would seem to have been established in the wynd an institution having in it a Bath Stove, which, as a c&ious old handbill, preserved in the Advocates’ Library, and without date, informs the public, ” is to be found in Alexander Hayes’ Close, over against the entry to Babylon, betwixt the Tolbooth and the shore.”
The bill runs thus :—
” At Leith there is a Bath Stove, set up by
William Paul, after the fashion of Poland and Germany,
which is approven by all the doctors of physic
and apothecaries in Edinburgh and elsewhere—a
sovereign remedy in curing of all diseases, and
preventing sickness both of old and young. This
bath is able to give content to fourscore persons
a day.
“The diseases which are commonly cured by
the said bath are these :—The hydropsis, the gout,
deafness, and itch; sore eyes, the cold unsensibleness
of the flesh, the trembling axes (sic), the Irish
ague, cold defluxions; inwardly, the melancholick
disease, the collide, and all natural diseases that
are curable ; probatum est.
” This bath is to be used all times and seasons,
both summer and winter, and every person that
comes to bathe must bring clean linen with them
for their own use, especially clean shirts. All the
days of the week for men, except Friday, which is
reserved for women and children.”

Source-Old and New Edinburgh

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