History of Leith, Edinburgh

November 25, 2013

Frequent disturbance happens in the night time

23 July 1747.—Whereas frequent disturbance happens in the night time be people who are employed in watching the Dead bodies in the Church yard firing guns and making other noise in their drunkeness the Session ordains that whoever for the future shall employ any for that purpose shall consign a half crown in the hands of the Kirk Treasurer to be restored to ye owners if no disturbance happen and otherways to be forfeited to ye Poor ; Further ordains that no Grave shall be dugg at ye sides of ye church nearer than six foot from the wall, that the church walls and windows may not be damnified.

source-South Leith Records

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