The History of Leith

June 19, 2012

The Rev. Robert Forbes

The Rev. Robert Forbes became Bishop of
Caithness and Orkney in 1762, but still continued
to reside in Leith, making occasional visits to the
north, for the purpose of confirming and baptising,
till the year of his death, 1776; and twelve years
subsequently, the death of Prince Charles Edward
put an end to much of the jealousy with which the
members of the episcopal communion in Scotland
were viewed by the House of Hanover.
” On Sunday, the 25th of May last,” says The
Gentleman’s Magazine for 1788, ” the king, queen,
and Prince of Wales were prayed for by name, and
the rest of the royal family, in the usual manner,
in all the nonjuriag chapels in this city (Edinburgh)
and Leith. The same manner of testifying the
loyalty of the Scotch Episcopalians will also be
observed in every part of the country, in consequence
of the resolution come to by the bishops
and clergy of that persuasion. Thus, an effectual
end is put to the most distant idea of disaffection
in any part of His Majesty’s dominions to his royal
person and government.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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