The History of Leith

February 26, 2013

The Infirmary in Edinburgh

1st January 1730.—This day there was presented
an Act of the General Assembly dated
15th May 1728 recommending a voluntary contribution
for erecting an Infirmary or Hospital
for Poor Sick people with an Act of the Magistrates
and Town Council of Edinburgh appointing
the said contribution to be made at the
Church doors of the City and suburbs upon the
second Sabbath of January instant. The
Session delays the same till the Sacrament be
(Note.—This Minute recals the origin of the Infirmary
in Edinburgh, the foundations of which were
laid in 1738. The old Infirmary buildings may still be
seen in Infirmary Street, which no doubt has its name
from them. They have been devoted to other uses since
the Infirmary was rebuilt at Lauriston. Amongst the
steps taken to raise funds a petition was presented to
the General Assembly for a voluntary subscription to
be taken throughout the several parishes within their
jurisdiction. South Leith Kirk Session apparently did
not take the subject up imtil after two years, but South
Leith was not the only dilatory parish.)

source-The South Leith Records

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