The History of Leith

September 14, 2011

A Tyrant and his Council

24 Agust 1647.—It was ordained that ye people sould have respect to yose of ye Sessione, Elders and deacons, and that they cary ymselves ordinatlie befor ym and in particular everie ane to labor to knowe yr owne elder and deacone in yr severall quarters and have a dew regard unto ym qn yei are reproved be yr elders and deacons for yr sins.
(Note. — The minister and session of this age have been likened to a tyrant and his council, who made the greatest lord in their district stoop to their authority and hasten to obey their terrible decrees. A proper spirit of respect, not to say fear, on the part of the people had therefore to be kept alive from time to time.)

Source-South Leith Records

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