The History of Leith

January 21, 2013

Reik penny

16 June 1659.—It is ordained that a letter
be sent to the Lord Balmerinoch Sir Hary
Neisbet and William Purves Heritors of the
Barony of Restalrig to the effect that may pay
yr fyft part for poynting of the Kirk vizt:—
48 libs Scots.
The which day it was thought expedient
and ordered by the Sessione that every
Incorporation shall meitt particularlie among
themselves and to consider upo ane annuetie or
reik penny for payment of the Ministers Stipend
and to report the next dyat.
(Note.—The “reik penny” was a tax paid to the
minister by every house, or chimney, in the parish.
This seems to refer to the stipend of the second

source-The South Leith Records

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