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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. V


Leith.] WITCHCRAFT IN LEITH; I81 - dated 15th March, 1603, among many enumerations, all in favour of Edinburgh, power is again given the magistrates to enlarge and extend the port towards the sea, with bulwarks on both sides of theaiver; and to build, strengthen, and fortify the Andrew Sadler, through the agency, in the former case, of a little bag of black plaiding, wherein she put some grains of wheat, worsted threads of divers colours, hair, and nails of ? mennis fingeris ;? and I in the latter case by a shirt dipped in a certain GRANT?S SQUARE, 1851.~ (A&r a Dmwiw by W. Chanring.) same in a substantial and durable manner for the safety of shipping. As the sixteenth century was drawing to its close, the criminal records give many instances of the dark and gross superstition that had spread over the land even after the days of Knox. Thus, in 1597, Janet Stewart, in the Canongate, and Christian Livingstone, in Leith, were accused of witchcraft and casting spells upon Thomas Guthry and well ; for which alleged crimes they were sentenced to die on the Castle Hill, ? thair bodies to be Grant?s Square has entirely disappeared. ?It was,? writes Dr. Robtrt Paterson, ?the square in which existed the old Parliament Houu, once occupied in Mary?s time. The m m in which the Par- L i e n t met must have been a spacious one, as when I remember it it was divided into numerous smaller rooms for poor tenants, but yet tkc carved oak panelling and the richly-decorated mof told of former magnificence. All has, however, now been cleared away, and replaced by a granary.?
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