The History of Leith

November 25, 2013

The Indenture

17th March 1743.—Reported that the Indenture was expede betwixt George Scott, Weaver in Danieltown and David Burton whereby the said David is bound to serve the space of 7 years and the Master is bound to teach him his trade to maintain him in bed, board, clothes and washing during that time, the Treasurer only furnishing him with one suit of clothes after this date.
(Note.—This David Burton was an orphan child for whom the Kirk Session had undertaken responsibility. The minute illustrates the old custom whereby an apprentice entered the household of his master who then became ” in loco parentis ” to him, not only teaching him his trade but bringing him up as one of his own family.)

Source-South Leith Records

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