The History of Leith

November 11, 2011

History of South Leith-1636/1643

1636, May 19.—” Ordaines ye skippers to
have ye key of ye gramer schoole qlk is ye
Leath Trinetie House.”
1637, July.—The fortifications of Leith
were restored, the churchyard dyke being made
use of for this purpose.
1638, Oct. 12.—”The said day thair was
presented and delivered to or sessione two silver
basons . . . wt two silver coupes . . . The qlk
basons and coups or sessione appoynted to be
made be the Leard of Pilrig, and in payment
thairof or sessione caused that the gowld coupe
and gowld trinchar that was given be Richt
Honerabill Generall Ruthven to or church for
or communione, as also or sessione directed ane
other silver piece to be sold to him in payment.
The qlk silver piece was laft to or church be
Wm. Balfour in his ler will. The forsaid basens
is appoynted to be keeped in or chairtour chist
for the service of or communione of the boclie
and blood of Jesus Chryst.”
(-N’ote.—These two silver basins are still possessed
by the church. They are engraved on the rim thus:—
“DEO AND ECCLESIAE LETHENSI AVSTEALI DI PA
RUTHVEN, EQDITVH TEIBVNVS ME D.D. 1638″; and
on the inner circle thus:—”LONGIORI tJStr ATTRITUM
ET LACERATUM INSTADBARI ET E PUEIOBI ABOBNTO
DEN00 CONFLARI CURAVIT DICTAE ECC1ESIAE CONTSISTORICM
ANNO DOMI 1718.”)
1643, Octor. 19.—”The said day it was
mentionat in the sessioun that yr sould be a
fast upo ye nixt Lord’s Day befoir ye subscriveing
of ye covenant betwixt ye three kingdoms,
Scotland, Ingland, and Ireland, and all to sweir
to ye said covenant. The tymes appoyntit for
subscriveing of ye said covenant, vizt. :—For
the toune of Leith, upo Twisday efter sermon,
ye 24th; Thursday efter sermon ye 26th, and
upo Fryday efter ye morning prayers ye 27
dayes of October 1643 ; Rastelrig upo ye Lord’s
Day efter noon, ye 29th of Octo.”
1643, 22 of October.—”The sd day being
the Lord’s day yr was a solenme fast befor ye
subscriving of the covenant of ye 3 kingdoms,
Scot Land, Ingland, and Ireland; the said
covenant being read be ye minister, Mr Ja.
Sharp, ye said day, and all within ye church
both pastors and people (at comand of ye
minister) stood up upo yr feet and yr solemnlie
with lifted up hands did sweir unto ye said
covenant; and ye dyats prescreived for subscriveing
yrof as is forsaid was intimat unto
ye people.”

source-South Leith Records

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