History of Leith, Edinburgh

November 20, 2013

Cases of discipline

19 September 1700.—Reported be the Clerk yt Giels Hayfield was put in ye Jogs on Tuesday last, and that the Magistrates had banished her out of Leith and Edinburgh and ye privileges yrof and never to be seen yrin under ye pain of being burnt on ye cheek and otherways punished as ye Magistrates shall think fitt.
(Note.—About this time the Register is largely taken up with cases of discipline, the Minister and Session acting as a tribunal for the trial of a great variety of offences. If the accused party hesitated to plead he was ” earnestly exhorted and seriously entreated to give glory to God in a full and free confession of guilt.” Where an accusation was denied witnesses were examined these being ” sworn and purged of malice and partial counsell” and exhorted by the Minister to be “ingenuous.” Their statements were written down at length by the Session Clerk (John Selkrig) and signed by them or, if they could not write, by the Session Clerk or the Minister on their behalf. The fines imposed by the Magistrates were handed over to the Kirk Treasurer.)

source-South Leith Record

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