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May 8, 2012

In May 1660, as Charles II was being restored to the monarchies of England, Scotland and Ireland, the burgh council decided to demonstrate the city’s loyalty to the newly restored King by providing alms to the poor and wine for the populace. 

According to extracts from the Records of the Royal Burgh of Edinburgh, the council arranged on 11 May 1660 for enough blue cloth to be provided to make thirty gowns for the celebration of King Charles II’s thirtieth birthday. The King’s Almsgiver was asked to inspect the blue gowns.

The Mercat Cross was to be prepared with lead pipes so that wine could run out of the spouts and the Burgh Treasurer would provide wine glasses, with dry sweets.

Eight trumpeters were to be engaged and thirty old crown coins in purses prepared for distribution to the poor.

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)

Another tale from Edinburgh’s archives will appear later in May.

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