The History of Leith

October 21, 2012

The indwellaris of Leyth

” The indwellaris of Leyth,” so runs a regulation of
1558, ” may on na wyis buy wool, hydes, claith, skin,
salmond, wyne, walx, victuellis, or ony maner of stapill
gudis fra unfremen in the countrie, but all sic merchandice
and gudis aucht and sould be brocht to the said burgh
as principal stapill thereof, and there to pack and peill
the samin and pay their customis and dewties thairfor.”
” Staple ” goods were taken to be all those on which
custom was payable to the Crown. They were the goods
in which only the merchant burgesses of royal burghs
could trade, and generally included all exports to, and
imports from, foreign lands. The words, ” the said
burgh as principal stapill thereof ” in the regulation just
quoted, show that the word was also used to designate
the market to which staple goods must be brought in
order to be rated and charged with the dues payable
to the king and the burgh.

source-The Story of Leith

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