The History of Leith

September 29, 2012

Ane singular guid chirurgione

James IV., one of the greatest patrons of art and
science in his time, dabbled a little in surgery and
chemistry, and had an assistant, John the Leeche,
whom he brought from the Continent. Pitscottie
tells us that James was “ane singular guid chirurgione,”
and in his daily expense book, singular
entries occur in 1491, of payments made to people
to let him bleed them and pull their teeth :—•
” Item, to ane fallow, because the King pullit
furtht his twtht, xviii shillings.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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