The History of Leith

November 3, 2011

The indwellaris of Leyth,

” The indwellaris of Leyth,” so runs a regulation of 1558, ” may on na wyis buy wool, hydes, claith, skin, salmond, wyne, walx, victuellis, or ony maner of stapill gudis fra unfremen in the countrie, but all sic merchandice and gudis aucht and sould be brocht to the said burgh as principal stapill thereof, and there to pack and peill the samin and pay their customis and dewties thairfor.” ” Staple ” goods were taken to be all those on which custom was payable to the Crown. They were the goods in which only the merchant burgesses of royal burghs could trade, and generally included all exports to, and imports from, foreign lands. The words, “the said burgh as principal stapill thereof ” in the regulation just quoted, show that the word was also used to designate the market to which staple goods must be brought in order to be rated and charged with the dues payable to the king and the burgh.

source-The Story of Leith

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