The History of Leith

January 15, 2014

Sabbath School

10th February 1788.—The Session having again met and constituted they resumed their consideration of the Sundays School and were unanimously of opinion that it is highly necessary and proper and when adopted will have an evident tendency not only to inform the minds, but also to reform the morals of the lower class of People who may not have it in their power to attend either public schools or places of public worship. The Session therefore recommend it to the Minister next Sunday forenoon to make public intimation from the pulpit for an extraordinary Collection to be applied to this purpose, which Collection shall be under the Management of the Kirk Session, the Magistrates and the Masters of the different Incorporations for the time being. In the meantime the Session appoint the Revd. Mr Scott, the Revd. Mr Dickson, Messrs John Hadaway. James Hardie, Ephraim Lockhart, Robert Mudie, Baillie Muckle, Baillie Thomson as a Committee to converse with the Ministers of the Chapel of Ease and Episcopal Chapels upon this subject on Tuesday next at Twelve o’clock noon in the Session house of South Leith and impower the said Committee to look out for and engage a proper teacher and Room for the purpose above mentioned.
(Note.—The proposal to form a Sabbath School in South Leith was initiated by a letter received from the Society in Edinburgh for propagating religious knowledge. The chapel-of-ease was St. John’s Church. There were two Episcopal Chapels in Leith, a ” qualified ” one, St. James, and the non-juring congregation to which Bishop Forbes had been attached. These two united about the year 1805 and built a chapel almost opposite to the east gates of the churchyard, which now is occupied as a Warehouse.)

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