The History of Leith

August 12, 2011

A merchant burgess of Edinburgh

14 December 1693.—Reported by Bayllie Mr Cleland yt severall of the Incorporations had spoken wt him who said they were content each incorporation to maintain yr own poor and had desyred him to acquant ye session, yrwith that they might appoint some of yr number to meet and confer wt them yranent.
(Note.—Bailie Cleland was James Cleland, merchant burgess of Edinburgh, whose family had been hereditary foresters to the great Earls of Douglas, and whose representatives to-day possess a manuscript history of the family from the days of Wallace and Bruce, under whom their ancestors fought. The Clelands owned the estate of Meadow Place, Corstorphine, the name of which was changed to Dunsmure
when Bailie Cleland’s grand-daughter married into that family. Dunsmure now belongs to the heirs of the late Mr Pringle Taylor, W.S.in 1911)

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