The History of Leith

November 11, 2011

The impost of wines

23 January, 1696.—Appoints Wm. Fulton to speak to ye magistrats to desyre the drum may be sent through the toun that the impost of wines belonging to ye session is to be set by way of roup on munday next att eight a clock in ye Cantore.
(Note.—In Mr C. Irons’ History, vol. I. p. 564, the text is given of a “Bill past by His Majesty for the wine in Leith.” The Bill was presented by the Rev. David Lindsay and the members of session, fifty -five in number, whose names are given; and it bears that the repair of the church and maintenance of ministers and schoolmasters are hindered for lack of means. It suggests a tax of “40s. money for every tun of wine vended and run in Leith,” and in support of the proposal it is argued that this ” may be done without hurt to the vendor or seller thereof, and no dearer to the buyer.” This supplication was read on Sunday, 12th September 1596, to the inhabitants of the town of Leith, “within the paroch kirk thairof,” and instruments taken by David Robeson, notary public. From several minutes given above it appears that the tax exacted was £4 scots per tun of wine, and was gifted by King James VI.)

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