The History of Leith

June 13, 2012

The Trinity House of Leith

Immediately opposite St. Mary’s Church stands
the Trinity House of Leith, erected on the site of
the original edifice bearing that name.
This Seaman’s Hospital was dedicated to the
Holy Trinity, and the inscription which adorned
the ancient building is now built into the south
wall of the new one, facing St. Giles’s Street, and
is cut in large and highly
ornamental antique let- ]…
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“IN THE NAME OF THE ;_„,:—
LORD,
YE MASTERIS AND MARINERIS
BYEIS THIS Hovs
TO YE POVR.
ANNO DOMINI, 1555.”
In the east wing of the
present edifice there is preserved
a stone, on which is
carved a cross-staff and
other nautical instruments
of the sixteenth century,
an anchor, and two globes,
with the motto :—
” PERVIA, VIRTUTI. SIDERA,
TERRA, MARE;”
and beneath is carved—
” Instituted 1380. Built 1555. Rebuilt 1816.”
“The date of this foundation,” says Daniel
Wilson ” is curious. Its dedication implies that it
originated with the adherents of the ancient faith,
while the date of the old inscription indicates the
very period when the Queen Regent assumed the
reins of government. That same year John Knox
landed at Leith on his return from exile ; and only
three years later, the last convocation of the Roman
Catholic clergy that ever assembled in Scotland
under the sanction of its laws was held in the
Blackfriars Church at Edinburgh, and signalised
its final session by proscribing Sir David Lindsay’s
writings, and enacting that ‘ his buik should be
abolished and burnt.'”

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