The History of Leith

September 12, 2011

The Royal Infirmary and Leith

1st January 1730.—This day there was presented an Act of the General Assembly dated 15th May 1728 recommending a voluntary contribution for erecting an Infirmary or Hospital for Poor Sick people with an Act of the Magistrates and Town Council of Edinburgh appointing the said contribution to be made at the Church doors of the City and suburbs upon the second Sabbath of January instant. The
Session delays the same till the Sacrament be over.
(Note.—This Minute recals the origin of the Infirmary in Edinburgh, the foundations of which were laid in 1738. The old Infirmary buildings may still be seen in Infirmary Street, which no doubt has its name from them. They have been devoted to other uses since the Infirmary was rebuilt at Lauriston. Amongst the steps taken to raise funds a petition was presented to the General Assembly for a voluntary subscription to be taken throughout the several parishes within their jurisdiction. South Leith Kirk Session apparently did not take the subject up until after two years, but South Leith was not the only dilatory parish.)

source-South Leith Records

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