The History of Leith

January 18, 2013

The Hospitallers at Leith

Their preceptory at Leith was of the most magnificent
description, and the southern gate there
was named St. Anthony’s Port,
from its proximity to the establishment.
The lofty steeple was
long a conspicuous object; but
in the siege of Leith in 1559-60
it was beaten down by an English
eight-gun battery, .as we
have elsewhere related.
By a charter of Humbertus,
Abbot-General of the order in
1446, the Hospitallers at Leith
did not seem to live very
peaceably together.
The begging Hospitallers of
St. Anthony are said to have
threatened with the ” Sacred
Fire,” or erysipelas, those who
failed to give them alms ; and
hence certain prelates urged
Paul III. to abolish them, according
to Emillianas. (” Monastic
Orders.”)

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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