The History of Leith

February 8, 2012

old Chirurgeons’ Hall

On the west side of the Pleasance, and immediately within the south-east angle of the city wall referred to, stood the old Chirurgeons’ Hall, in the High School yards. The surgeons and barbers
were formed into a corporation by the town-council on the Ist of July, 1505 ; under the seal of cause, or charter, certain rules were prescribed for the good order of this fraternity. On the I3th of October in the following year James V. ratified this charter; and Queen Mary, says Arnot, ” in consideration of the great attendance required of surgeons upon their patients, granted them an exemption from serving upon juries, and from watching and warding within the city of Edinburgh privileges which were afterwards confirmed by Parliament.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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