History of Leith, Edinburgh

November 20, 2013

Constables

26 June 1701.—The Session being informed that Andrew Garioch sone to William Garioch sware severall tymes God Damn him if he would not doe so and so to some person and being reproved by Robert Andersone one of ye present deacons of ye Session and a present Constable he took hold of his gravatt with one hand and haveing his kane in ye other hand threatened to beat him three severall tymes saying what are you a Constable, show your badge. Appoints ye said Andrew to be summoned to ye Session. (Note.—Constables were appointed for Leith by the Magistrates and the Session as feudal superiors of St. Anthony’s made an appointment for that district. The constables are mentioned in the Records for the previous century and are now represented by the High Constables. Their duties were numerous and included the apprehension of offenders.)

South Leith Records

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