The History of Leith

August 12, 2011

Frequenting taverns

28 November 1700.—William Wilson and John Web searched afternoon and reported that they saw some livery men about Robert Herdmans door and two coachmen coaches and horses who said they came wt ye
with ye Earl of Annandale, Lord Roxburgh and Lord Strathallan who were in Robert Herdmans house. The session considering that Robert Herdman had been severall tymes referred to ye magistrates for the like guilt but nothing could be gotten done anent him the session reffers the affair to the presbitry for advyce.
(Note.—At this time the practice of frequenting taverns was common amongst all classes. This Eari of Annandale was William, second Earl, who became first Marquis in 1701. In 1701, and again in 1705 and 1711, he was High Commissioner of the General Assembly. He was one of the leading opponents of the Union of 1707. Lord Roxburgh was the fifth earl and one of the most accomplished noblemen of his time. He was one of the Secretaries of State for Scotland and a great supporter of the Union of 1707. He was then created a duke. He served under John, Duke at Argyle, in quelling the Rebellion of 1715, and steaiilv opposed the policy of Walpole until his death, which took place in 1741. Lord Strathallan was William the second Viscount and a member of one of the leading Covenanting families. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of the great Covenanter Sir Archibald Johnston of Warriston, who was executed by Charles II in 1661.)

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