History of Leith, Edinburgh

November 25, 2013

Shaving beards or dressing wigs

18 July 1742.—The Moderator informed that Henry Shiells present deacon of the Barbers came to him and told that the sd Barbers at a Meeting had enacted themselves under a penaltie That in time coming they shall not prophane the Lord’s day by Shaving beards or dressing wigs, and desired the same might be intimated from the pulpit to the Congregation which he thought proper to acquaint the Session with before he made publick intimation thereof. The Session having heard and considered the motion and proposal heartily approves thereof and agrees thereto, And recommends to the Moderator this day after sermon forenoon to make intimation thereof, and to warn all to forbear the prophan-ing the Lord’s day that way with certification That the persons either employing or employed will be prosecute and censured for Sabbath-breaking according to law civil and ecclesiastical.

source-South Leith Records

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