The History of Leith

December 15, 2012

Treatment of the Insane

5 Agust 1630 eeirs.—Ordained Jn hunter
distracted of his wytte to be put in a darke
howse and shekels to be put on hime & entertained
wt vivers.
(Note.—The Kirk-Session must have regarded this
insane man as dangerous, and it was common until
quite lately to put shackles on such persons. “Vivers ”
means provisions.)

source-The records of South Leith

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