The History of Leith

December 9, 2012

Devotion to Mother Church

Sir Robert, who had married the Lady Katharine, as
their family tree designates her, the daughter and
heiress of Sir John de Lestalric who died in 1382. Sir
Robert was now grown old in years. His life had no
doubt been wild and turbulent, as was the age in which
he lived, but it had not been unaffected by the softening
influences of the Gospel and the teaching of the
Church. He was religious according to his lights, and
now in his old age, when no longer able to pursue the
old strenuous life, his thoughts turned more and more
to his duty to God and his fellow-men. The religious
zeal and enthusiasm which had founded and built the
great abbeys of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries had
now spent itself, and yet devotion to Mother Church
and her teaching was more widespread among the people
of Logan’s time than ever before.
In those centuries men believed with the ” gudewife ”
of their own age who taught her daughter that,
” Meikle grace comis of praying
And brings men aye to good ending,”
and, acting on this belief, men sought to secure their own
salvation and that of their relations by endowing the
Church according to their means, and conferring such
benefits and blessings on those who were in need, that
both the Church and succeeding generations of recipients ^
of their benefactions would daily remember them in
their prayers. And for these reasons Sir Robert Logan
founded the Hospital of St. Anthony, which stood where
the Trafalgar Hall and the Kirkgate United Free Church
stand in St. Anthony Lane to-day. All that now survives
of this ancient religious house are its name (given
to the district in which it once stood)

source-The Story of Leith

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