The History of Leith

April 18, 2012

The Reason for the future troubles of Leith

On the 28th of May, 1329, King Robert I. began
all the future troubles of Leith by a grant of it to
the city of Edinburgh, in the following terms :—
” Robert, by the grace of God King of Scots, to
all good rr&n of his land, greeting: Know ye that
we have given, granted, and to perform let, and by
this our present charter confirmed, to the burgesses
of our burgh of Edinburgh, our foresaid burgh of
Edinburgh, together with the port of Leith, mills,
and their pertinents, to have and to hold, to the
said burgesses and their successors, of us and our
heirs, freely, quietly, fully, and honourably, by alL
their right meithes and marches, with all the commodities,
liberties, and easements which justly pertained
to the said burgh in the time of King,
Alexander, our predecessor last deceased, of goodmemory
; paying, therefore, the said burgesses and
their successors, to us and our heirs, yearly, fiftytwo
merks sterling, at the terms of Whitsunday, and-
Martinmas in winter, by equal proportions. In
witness whereof we have commanded our seal to
be affixed to our present charter. Testibus, Walter
of Twynham, our Chancellor ; Thomas Randolph,.
Earl of Moray, Lord of Annandale and Man, our
nephew; James, Lord of Douglas ; Gilbert of Hay,,
our Constable ; Robert of Keith, our Marischall of
Scotland, and Adam Moore, knights. At Cardross,.
the 28th of May, in the twenty-fourth year of our
reign.” (Burgh Charters, No. iv.)
From the date of this document a contest for the
right of superiority commenced, and till the present
century Leith was never free from the trammels
imposed upon it by the city of Edinburgh ; and the
town council, not content with the privileges given,
by Robert Bruce, eventually got possession of the:
ground adjacent to the harbour, on the banks of:
the river.

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