The History of Leith

August 12, 2011

Bonny Dr Johnston

same unless ye several persons concerned and obliedged yrto doe repair their respective pairts according to use and custome and yt the same would be done speedily to which report ye
presbetrie acquiesced
(Note.—The advice by the presbytery proceeds to say that Mr Wishart’s session was the only legal session, and that Mr Kay had no ground for having a session, and discharged him to proceed. The advice concludes by narrating a protest taken by one of Mr Kay’s session, Alexr. Goodall, tailor in Leith, who “compeared in a furious and discomposed manner” in company with a notary public. The other side to the story is given in Mr Kay’s minutes of 8th December 1692. The Mr David Williamson referred to in this minute was minister of St. Cuthberts, and is the well known “Dainty Da vie” of Scottish song, who had six wives ere the seventh, Jean Straiton, survived him. He died in 1706 and was buried in St. Cuthberts’ Churchyard, where his tomb still stands. He is referred to as “Mess Williamson” in a Ballad su»g by one of the mob in Scott’s “Heart of Midlothian.” One of his daughters was the mother of the “Bonny Dr Johnston,” the well known minister of North Leith from 1765 to 1824.)

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