The History of Leith

June 19, 2012

Penal servitude for life

On Sunday, April 27, 1745, divine service was
performed in a few of the then obscure episcopal
chapels in Edinburgh and Leith, but in the following
week they were closed by order of the
sheriff.
That at Leith, wherein the Rev. Robert Forbes
and Rev. Mr. Law officiated, shared the same fate,
and the nonjuring ministers of their communion
had to perform their duties by stealth, being liable
to fines, imprisonment, and banishment. It was
enacted that after the ist of September, 1746,
every episcopal pastor in Scotland who failed to
register his letters of orders, to take all the oaths
required by law, and to pray for the House of
Hanover, should for the first offence suffer six
months’ imprisonment; for the second be transported
to the plantations ; and for the third suffer
penal servitude for life !

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