The History of Leith

November 4, 2011

Letter from the Clerk to the Incorporated Trades of Leith

8 May 1849.—The following Letter from the Clerk to the Incorporated Trades of Leith was read and ordered to lie on the Table. Viz.
“Leith 27th April 1849.—To The Reverend The Moderator of the Kirk Session of South Leith. Sir, At a Meeting of the Incorporated Trades of Leith, held on the 25th Current, the following parties were named as the leet out of which a Master of King James’ Hospital should be chosen to supply the Vacancy accruing through the death of Mr David Smith, and I was directed to write to you requesting that an Election may be made accordingly.—The parties named are, Mr John Saunders, Wright, Mitchell Street, present Convener, Mr James Millar, Grocer, St Andrew Street, and Mr Robert Mathie, Baker, Shore Leith. I am, Sir, Yours Sincerely (Signed) George Milne Clerk to the Incorporated Trades.”
(Note.—The incorporations of Leith had a long history as our records indicate, and for centuries they played their part in the church and in the public and industrial life of the town. Their importance came to an end on the passing of the Burgh Trading Act, 1846. Some information on this subject is given in the ” Bailies of Leith.” The shop of Mr Mathie, baker, was at No. 33 Shore, and is now occupied by Messrs Crawford (Now removed).)

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