The History of Leith

July 27, 2011

The Story of the Manse of South Leith

30 March, 1693.—The minister represented to ye session yt seing ye business of ye 100 lib payable to him for a manse occasioned so much clamour in ye toun he was firmly resolved to pass it in tyme comeing but craved he might have a manse provided for him and declared yt he had given over his hous and would not take another in this place whereupon the session appoints . . . to meet in ye church upon Monday nixt at 8 a clock in ye morning to consider on a manse to ye minister.
(Note.—It seems to be the case that the ministers of the first charge, from this time, had no manse until the present one was bought about 1846, through the exertions of the Rev. James Grant, who had plans prepared for building one at Parsons Green, a district which he claimed to belong to our church. These plans are still in the hands of the Session. Mr Grant lived at No. 3 Cassells Place. His predecessors, Dr Dickson and Mr Scott, lived respectively in Bernard Street and the Kirkgate. The ministers of the second charge do not appear ever to have been provided with a manse. The Rev. John Logan lived in the Tolbooth Wynd and the Kirkgate; Dr Robertson in Stead’s Place, and Mr Duff in Charlotte Street and Restalrig Road.)

source-South Leith Records

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