The History of Leith

February 13, 2013

Indulgences

Jullia 7 1687.—The quilk day a meeting
houss was takein from Thomas White Brewar in
South Leith for 16 lib Scotts as it come in the
half year who had it hired for himself from a
Dolphus Durham tutor to Mr Bruces childrine;
the house is in ye Shirref Brae.
(Note.—This minute takes us back to the year
when King James VII. issued his Indulgences to the
several creeds of the Christian religion, including
Roman Catholicism. Field conventicles were still to
be suppressed, but Presbyterian ministers without
distinction were to be allowed to preach in meeting
houses subject to certain conditions. The meeting
house mentioned in this minute was shortly to be
exchanged for another. The eagerness with which
the liberty was received indicates that the religious
life of the parish was deeply stirred. This Register
is a stout quarto volume, written by a number of
individuals, the first part containing minutes, the
second part cash entries.)

source-South Leith Records

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