The History of Leith

June 13, 2012

primo gilt

From time immemorial the shipmasters and
mariners of Leith received from all vessels of the
port, and all Scottish vessels visiting it, certain
duties, called ” primo gilt,” which were expended in
aiding poor seamen ; and about the middle of the
sixteenth century they acquired a legal right to
apply those dues in the maintenance of a hospital
for the keeping of “poor, old, infirm, and weak
mariners.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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