The History of Leith

September 6, 2011

A quarrel carried beyond the grave.

6 Decr. 1711.—This day there was presented to the Session by James Elphingston, Writter in Edinburgh an instrument of Sasine dated the thirty of Aprile in favours of Alexander Elphingston in life rent and to the said James his eldest son, in fie upon ane disposition by Lord John Balmirrino to some lands disponed by him to the persons above named. Also disponed to them a seat in the church being a loft both back and fore lying on the north side of the Church on the right hand and next to the pulpit between the seat commonly called the Barren Bayllie his seat and the pulpit. The
foresrfid James Elphingston represented to the Session that his Father had a design to turn the foremost seats into a pew and erect a cover above the head of it, and was to lenthen the seats in that part of the loft by taking off about nine to ten inches off the ends of the seats of the other part of the loft behind the Bayllies Seat for which he said he had my Lord Balmirrino’s liberty and also to take the backmost seat in the loft about fifteen inches further back into the trance, that thereby there might be an other seat added and therefor desiring the Session’s warrand for doeing thereof, Whereupon the Session sent some of their oun number to visite the said loft who returned and reported that it might be safely done without any prejudice to the Kirk. The Session having heard the report granted the said Alexander Elphingston his desire above written and alowed him to cause do it so soon as he thought fitt.
(Note.—James Elphinstone was son of Alexander Elphinstone on whom his father John 3rd Lord Balmerino had settled the lands now known as Restalrig House. Anne, the only child of James Elphinstone,
married John Hay, Treasurer to Prince Charles, who thus came into possession of Restalrig House. On his forfeiture the estate was bought by Ronald Crawford whose name is still over the Restalrig vault in the adjacent churchyard. The tombstone of Hay’s only daughter lies immediately outside this vault. Its epitaph tells the story of a quarrel carried beyond the grave.)

Dpource-South Leith Records

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