The History of Leith

June 12, 2012

All manner of persons, quhilk are infectit

In 1497 the civic despots of Edinburgh obtained,
on writ from the Privy Council, that ” all manner
of persons, quhilk are infectit, or has been infectit
and uncurrit of the contageouse plage, callit
the grand gore, devoid red and pass furth of
this towne, and compeir on thfe sandis of Leith,
at ten hours before noon, and thair shall have
boats reddie in the Haven, ordainit to thame be
the officears, reddie furnished with victualles, to
have them to the inche, there to remain quhill
God provide for thair health.” (Town Council
Records.)

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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