The History of Leith

November 11, 2011

History of South Leith – 1609/1633

1609, June 24.—An Act of Parliament
was passed constituting St. Mary’s the Parish
Church of South Leith.
1610.—A period of Episcopal rule began,
lasting until 1638.
1613, April 7.—King James VI. made a
reversionary grant to the kirk session of the
impost of £4 scots per tun upon all wine vended
in Leith.
1613, August 14.—David Lindsay died at
Leith, and was buried in the church “by his
own directions as desiring to rest with that
people on whom he had taken great pains
during his life.”
1614, March 2.—King James VI. granted
to the Kirk Session the charter of their rights
known as the Golden Charter.
1614, Apryll 15.—”The Sessioun ordains
David Hamilton Francis Waldy to sie and
taist Patrik Yuills wyne and to provyd ane
trie to hauld ye same.
” Robert Flucker and Thomas Watsoune
to prepair ye bread for ye comunion and to
serve ye tabill—James Lookup and Patrik
Yuill till delyver the wyne. For ye repairinge
and poore upoun ye comunio day John
Auchmuty, James Hoome, Alexander Bannes,
Alexander Bell, James Mathesoun, David
Jamiesoun, Andro Broun to serve ye wyne.
For ye receavinge of ye Tickets Patrik Glassfuird,
Gilbert Waddell, Alexander Aldinstoune,
William Thomsoune, James Schee, Thomas
Ramsay. To stand at ye heid of ye tabill,
Gilbert Lam be, Johne Mathesoune.”
1614.—King James VI. Hospital was
founded and built on the east side of the
Kirkgate, the site now forming part of the
present burying-ground.
1615.—The first steeple was built at the
west end of the church.
1616.—The King’s Loft was built in the
south aisle of the Church, “King James being
at yt tyme cum to countrie.”
1633, Januar 31.—”Ordained that becaus
of ye King’s cuming that there sail be ane new
Pulpite.” This refers to King Charles I.

source-South leith Records

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