The History of Leith

November 25, 2012

The Ragman Roll

During Edward I’s progress through Scotland the landowners
of the country great and small, churchmen, nobles, and
the chief burgesses, were summoned to do homage and
swear fealty to the conqueror. The names of all who
performed these acts of homage have been carefully preserved
on four rolls of parchment known as the Ragman
Roll These rolls form a valuable record of the lands,
though not always of their owners, in our own immediate
district at this date, and to them we are indebted for
any little light that gives us a peep at the condition ot
things in and around Leith during those dark and troubled
days It is there that we find for the first time the name
of an Edinburgh magistrate, namely, William de Dederyk,
Alderman, as the provost was called in those early days

source-The Story of leith

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