The History of Leith

October 12, 2011

Thomas of Restalrig and Inchcolm

In tracing out the ancient barons of Restalrig, among the earliest known is Thomas of Restalrig, circa 1210, whose name appears in the Registrum de Dunfermline as Sheriff of Edinburgh. In the Macfarlane MSS. in the Advocates’ Library, there is a charter of his to the Priory of Inchcolm, in the Firth of Forth, circa 1217, very interesting from the localities therein referred to, and the tenor of which runs thus in English:—•
” To all seeing or hearing these writings, Thomas of Lestalrig wishes health. Know ye, that for the good of my soul, and the souls of all my predecessors and successors, and the soul of my wife, I have given and conceded, and by this my charter have confirmed, to God and the canons of the church of St. Columba on the Isle, and the canons of the same serving God, and that may yet serve Him forever, that whole land which Baldwin Comyn was wont to hold from me in the town of Leith, namely, that land which is next and adjoining on the south to that land which belonged to Ernauld of Leith, and to twenty-four acres and a half of arable land in my estate of Lestalrig in that field which is called Horstanes, on the west part of the same field, and on the north part of the high
road between Edinburgh and Leith (i.e., the Easter Road) in pure and perpetual gift to be held by them, with all its pertinents and easements, and with common pasture belonging to such land, and with free ingress and egress, with carriage, team, oxen, and other things belonging to a field, by the hands of him, namely, who is called Hood of Leith, from me and my heirs for ever, as freely, quietly, and honourably free from all service and secular exactions as any other gifts more freely and quietly given, are possessed in the Kingdom of Scotland. And that this gift may continue, I have set my seal to this writing.”
Among those who witnessed this document were the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, Hugh de Sigillo, Bishop of Dunkeld (called the “Poor Man’s Bishop “); Walter, Abbot of Holyrood, previously Prior of Inchcolm, who died in 1217 ; W. de Edinham, Archdeacon of Dunkeld; Master R. de Raplaw; and Robert Hood, of Leith.

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