The History of Leith

November 20, 2013

Gilbert Mathieson-1729

Gilbert Mathieson was a well-known person in his day. His father was Alex. Mathieson who built the meeting house in Cables Wynd, the old name of which was Mathieson’s Wynd ; the son was in 1715 made a third Bailie of Leith, a very unusual honour, as may be gathered from the terms of the appointment which are quoted in the ” Bailies of Leith.” The reference to the Abbey recalls an old chapter in Edinburgh history. An Act passed in 1696 declared that if an insolvent debtor should retire to the Abbey he should be holden and repute to be notour bankrupt, and this result had followed in the case of Gilbert Mathieson

source-South Leith Records

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