The History of Leith

October 21, 2011

Exposed on the Coalhill

19th January 1744.—Reported that the four Foundlings were all baptised on Thursday last, and this day the Session appoints that they and all Foundlings exposed in this Parish hereafter should be surnamed ” Leith.”
(Note.—Foundlings were numerous about this time and were often exposed on the Coalhill, which for some reason was favoured for this practice. It is possible that many persons of the name of Leith to-day have been descended from one or other of the little foundlings discovered at the Coalhill or on the Shore.)

source-South Leith records

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