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Feb 23, 2016

Licensing of street entertainers has been in the news this month. By coincidence, four hundred years ago Edinburgh Town Council records reveal that the City was taking action to limit the activities of two drummers who were in the custom of plying their trade by day and by night around the town.

Clearly their efforts were not welcome to all as the Council, on 23 February 1616, ordained that:

‘in all tyme cuming Maus Hammilton and Johnne Gilgour, drummeris, baith beand present to gang with their drummis throuch this burgh ilk day and nicht baith morning and evening, are not to pas furth of this burgh at any tyme hereafter without licence obteynit of the magistratis to that effect under pane of deprivatione.’

Drummers made more welcome in the 21st century

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