Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


The Poor of Leith

The Poor of Leith 1794

As can be seen from the above some poor people received a weekly pension from the Church while others were given badges to beg in the Town in order to prove that they came from the town. It was from this time that real poverty began in Leith due to the Industrial Revolution which produced overcrowding, disease and death for the many for the profits of the few.

It should be noted that apart from the Sheriff Brae all the other buildings were removed in 1880 during the Leith Improvement which removed thousands of houses in Leith and created the leith we see today

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