The History of Leith

September 19, 2012

Codex Membranaceus

The comparative wealth of the Scottish Church
In those days and^for long after was considerable,
and an idea may be formed of it from the amount
of the tenth of the benefices paid by the three
countries as a tax to Rome, and in the Acts of Parliament
of James III. in 1471, and of James IV. in
1493. The account is from a ” Codex Membranaceus”
in the Harleian Collection in the -British
Museum :—
De terra Scotite £3,947 19 8
„ Hibernise £1,647 16 3
„ Angliae et Wallise £20,872 2 4!
Thus we see that’ the Scottish Church paid more
than double what was paid by Ireland, and a fifth
of the amount that was paid by England.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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