The History of Leith

April 25, 2012

John Gray, Clerk Register

In the index of missing royal charters in the time of King Robert II.,
there is one to John Gray, Clerk Register, ” of ane
tenement in Leith,” and another to the monastery
of Melrose of a tenement in the same place ;
and in 1357, among those who entered into an
obligation to pay the ransom, of King David II.,
then a prisoner of war in England, we find
“William of Leith,” no doubt a merchant of substance
in his day. (Burgh Charters, No. vi.)
Thomas of Leith, or another bearing the same
name, witnessed a charter of David, Earl of Orkney,,
in 1391.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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