The History of Leith

February 2, 2013

The key keepers

21 April 1701.—Compeared Robert Newlands,
Alexander Gray, John Rutherfoord and
James Calder, Key Keepers in ye Church and
were exorted to be civill and discreet to strangers
and to wait upon yr seats to let people yt are to
communicate out and in without lousing yr seats.
Appoints ye Moderator and Alexander
Crauffoord to speak to ye Lievetennent Collonell
and ye Major and to tell them yt they cannot
expect a Loft to be allowed to ye souldiers on the
Communion Sabath and also to desyre the
officers to provid seats for themselves.
(Note.—As part of the preparations for the Communion
the key keepers were cited to appear before
the Session and exhorted to be civil and discreet. It
was part of their duty to guard the sittings of their
employers and as the demand for accommodation was
very great, disputes among them were not uncommon.
This citation continued to be made down to the end of
the century, but in time it became a mere formality,
the later Minutes bearing that the key keepers were
cited but none appeared.)

source-South Leith Records

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