The History of Leith

November 11, 2011

History of South Leith-1644/1647

1644, May 5.—Alexander Gibsone, A.M.,
minister of South Leith, appointed by the
Presbytery to attend the Covenanting army
going in England.
1644, July 4.—Thanksgiving service held
in South Leith Church for victory of Marston
1645, 19 May.—”Upon the 19 of May
1645 the pest brak gut in our new hospital
called King James his Hospital in a woman’s
scool yr, qrupon sundrie houses were closit up.
“Also our reader, Mr David Aldinstoune,
was desyred to keip his house becaus he prayed
for ane Margt Gilmuir, who was suspect to
have died of the pest.
“So ye said Mr David was inclosit from
ye 16 of May 1645 to 15 of June ye said year,
during ye qlk tyme he could not gait certaine
notice what was done in ye sessione, wrfor he
left yis olanke following.”
(Note.—Here follow six blank pages.)
1645, August 2.—An Act of Parliament
givin at Perth “for releife of the distressit
toun of Leith being visit with the plague of
pestilence in such sort that the nomber of the
dead exceeds the nomber of the leiving, and
amongst them it cannot be decernit quha are
clean and quha are foulle, and make the
calamitie greater they are visit with ane
lamentabill famine.”
1646, Febr. 3.—” Note of defuncts ye tym
of ye visitatioun. The whole no. in South
Leith is 2421; in Restalrig yr died to the
number of 160; in Craigend yr died 155. The
number of the whole defuncts in the whole
parioch wil be 2736.”
1647, Octr. 8.—”Our bailies, James Billies
and David Wilkie, giftit to our kirk sessione
yis day ane silver laver for the use of ye Kirk
of South Leith.”
(Arote.—This handsome laver or basin, made of
hammered silver, is the baptismal basin of the church,
and continues to be in constant use. O1647

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