History of Leith, Edinburgh

Archive for 2012

Andrea Barton

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The rocks and shoals of the Northumberland coast
sent many a Scottish ship to its doom in those old days
of unlighted and uncharted seas. There in the reign
of James III., off Bamborough, was wrecked the great
trading barge of the good Bishop Kennedy of St. Andrews,
and there, too, was dashed ” in flinders ” one of James
IV.’s ships, the Treasurer, no doubt named in honour
of Sir Robert Barton, the King’s Lord High Treasurer,
who had purchased her in Dieppe. In Embleton Bay,
just north of the great ruined castle of Dunstanburgh,
there lies a rock a foot or two beneath the yellow sand
whose interest for Leithers is very great.
It is only uncovered at long intervals by the wash of
the waves, and then by the same agency buried again.
A few years ago, while exposed to view, its surface showed
in ancient rudely carved letters the famous name of
” Andrea Barton.” A rubbing of this inscription has
been taken in case it should not again see the light.
Embleton Bay must often have been familiar with the
sight of Barton’s flag as he sailed southward from the
Forth, it may be on some venture against the Portingals.

source-The story of Leith

Episcopacy at South Leith

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

ISth Januarii 1630.—My Lord Sanctandreis
& thrie of ye ministers of Edr being all
present conveined for ye caus abone writtene
for chussing ye sessioun have concludit yt ye
number of sessioune salbe 21. They have
nominat for elders in ye sands quarter . . . for
ye hill . . . for the Kirkgait . . . for ye lees
. . . for Restalrig . . .
Ordained intimatione to be maid on
Thurisday nixt to ye people of ye number
chossine to be sessioners yat gif that ony can
object any caus quhy these may not be admittit
to declare betwixt and ye Lords dat nixt the
qlk day they are to be suorne & admitted.
(Note.—The members of Session were chosen at
the beginning of each year, and also a corresponding
number of deacons, the latter having special duties in
connection with the poor. In perusing the minutes of
this period it should be borne in mind that Episcopacy
existed in the Church from 1610 to 1638.)

source-The records of South Leith

South Leith Parish Church

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

South Leith Parish Church, originally the Kirk of Our Lady, is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. It is the principal church and congregation in Leith, in Edinburgh. Its kirkyard is the burial place for John Home. for more click here

The officials of the incorporations

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

17 Januarii 1630.—At ye Kirk of Leith ye
17 of Januarii 1630 zeirs the qlk day the Bishop
of Sanctandreis being accompanied wt thrie of
ye ministers of Edr ye nichbours being all
present ye Archbishop hes ordained sexe of ye
speciall honest men chossine be yemselfs to
come on twisday nixt to Alexr. hameltounes
howse and they sexe wt consent of ye Bishope
to nominat ye sessioners and ye sex men to be
chossine presentlie be all ye nichtbours.
(Note.—The word ” neighbours” appears to mean
the officials of the incorporations.)

source-The Records of South Leith

The Teaching of Children

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

29th October 1629.—The Sessioune inhibits
all the women yat teaches childrine not to teach
any abone sixe zeirs nor no longer nor they
begine to read.

source-The records of South Leith

Treatment of the Insane

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

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

The Rev. William Wishart

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

The sixt of May 1630.—Mr Johne Maxwell
accompanied wt Mr Andrew Ramsay Mr
Wm. Struthers Mr David Mitchell the said Mr
Johne haveing preached & haveing commissioune
frome ye Bishope of Sanctandreis ye
presentatione & collatione being read formallie
proceided in receaving Mr William Wishert to
be minister of Leith & parsone of restelrig & ye
Mr William alsoe wes hairtile accepted be ye
heall honest men of ye parishe & took instrumets
thereof in ye hands of Rot grinlay notar.
(Note.—The Rev. William Wishart, A.M., was
first minister from this date until June 1639. We are
told he was a malicious railer against the Covenanters,
and that at the latter date he was deposed for erroneous
doctrine and banished. This would be due
to the fact that the period of Episcopacy in the
Church ended in 1638. It should be noted that
just as there were two ministers of the name of David
Lindsay, so also there were two of the name of
William Wishart, and of these the latter came to
the meeting-house in 1687. He was an outstanding
character, as will appear from later minutes.)

source-The records of South Leith

” Jugit”

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

11 Apryll 1630.—Ordained katheryne
Lawsone to be jugit for abussing hir mother.
(Note.—” Jugit” means put in the Jongs, which
was a common form of punishment.)

source-The records of South Leith

Mr James Fairlie

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

20 September 1629.—The qlk day the
session and nichtbours being conveined Mr
James fairlie shewe his demissions wes givine
be ye bishop and desyred ye nichtbours and
sessioune to provyd yem selfes of a sufficient
ministerie and ordained for yat caus them to
meit againe morne yat out of yr number
auchteine honest men micht be chosen to
confer and take ye burdeine upon yem for yat
effect.
(Note.—Mr James Fairlie left the second charge
of the church to become Professor of Divinity in
Edinburgh University.)

source-The records of south Leith

Witchcraft at South Leith

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

17 September 1629.—Ordained Geilis Alisone
to come befor ye Pulpit on ye lords day
nixt confess hir fawlt and crave Gods mercie
publicklie in ye face of ye congregatione for
seiking healthe for hir howsband frome Margaret
Sowter and continewis Margaret sowter
till farder tryell be maid be Johne Jenkin and
James Johnstoune.
(Note.—This petty quarrel was of importance
because witchcraft was supposed to enter into it.)

source-The Records of South Leith

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