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Feb 14, 2012

Public order on the Royal Mile on the Sabbath was an issue brought to the attention of the council on 14 February 1659. A paper sent by ministers and Kirk Sessions listed ‘a number of scandalous profanations of the Sabbath day’.

These included:

’ many both young and old persons, who walked or sat or played on the Castlehill and upon the streets and other places after the sermons, so that it was made perfectly clear for all to see that family worship was neglected, leading to a number of harmful consequences’.

As a result the Council ordered several pairs of wooden stocks to penalise ‘anyone walking without good reason or sitting idly on the streets’.

EWH are grateful for permission to use this extract from “The Edinburgh Book of Days” by Michael T.R.B. Turnbull, published by The History Press.
http://bit.ly/nxNKIh  (www.thehistorypress.co.uk)

More tales from Edinburgh’s archives will appear in March.

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