The History of Leith

October 20, 2012

Hony peris

In 1506, a year when summer days were more than
usually fine, a Newhaven woman brought the king the
first strawberries of the season, a fruit for which James IV
had a particular fondness, while on another occasion
he received a gift of plums “at the bridge end of the
New Haven.” Again we see him later in the same season
purchasing ” hony peris ” from a fruitseller at the pier
end. A pleasant place evidently was. this Newhaven
of long ago, with its cottages set in shady gardens, gay
with blossom in the pleasant springtime, and rich with
fruit in mellow autumn, the honey pears and the plums
in all likelihood from trees grown from slips brought by
James’s French shipwrights from the sunnier and warmer
shores of Normandy and Brittany.

source-The Story of Leith

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