The History of Leith

April 17, 2012

The price of 400 oysters

In 1700 the price of 400 oysters at Leith was
only 6s. 8d. Scots, as appears from the Abbey
House-book of the Duke of Queensberry, when High
Commissioner at Holyrood, quoted in the ” Scottish
Register,” Vol. I.; and chocolate seems to have
been then known in Scotland, but. as it is only
mentioned once or twice, it must have been
extremely rare; while tea or coffee are not mentioned
at all, and what was used by the opulent
Scots of that period would appear from the morning
meal provided on different days, thus :—
“One syde of lamb, and two salmon grilses ;
One quarter of mutton, and two salmon grilses;
One syde of lamb, four pidgeons ;
One quarter mutton, five chickens ;
One quarter mutton, two rabbits.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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