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Just in:HISTORY OF KIRKGATE CONGREGATION LEITHFor sale we have a rare unpublished manuscript by the Rev. James Scott Mar...
03/08/2021

Just in:

HISTORY OF KIRKGATE CONGREGATION LEITH

For sale we have a rare unpublished manuscript by the Rev. James Scott Marshall . . . for those researching church history in Leith, or just Leith itself then this should be of great interest as the author is a well-know Leith historian. This is a one-of-a-kind item with no other copies typed, printed or published. There is no date to the manuscript.

The actual title of the manuscript is:

Stormy Interlude; The Story of the Kirkgate Congregation, Leith

By James Scott Marshall

Hardback book with 135 pages typed on one side only.

In the book he mentions how John Wesley preached at Leith and talks about the Burghers and Antiburghers and how the Antiburghers were strightlaced but were not tee-total, also mentions the Kirkgate being demolished while money was poured into saving the Cowgate. Lots of interesting stuff regarding the congregation and the squabbles within the church. See pictures for some excerpts.

CONDITION
In good condition. The binding remains good and pages clean throughout.

PRICE: £145.00

James Scott Marshall was a local minister from 1947 to 1990, and acknowledged as Leith's historian, and elected a Golden Pillar of Leith in the celebration of South Leith Parish Church, the Rev Dr James Scott Marshall died on 8 January, 2010, in Auchtermuchty.

He was born on 23 May, 1913, in Leith and was raised in the area and educated at the Academy where he was dux boy in 1931. He studied agriculture and divinity at the University of Edinburgh. On completing his training for the ministry in the Church of Scotland, he was inducted to his first charge at Twechar Parish Church in East Dunbartonshire.

War was declared a week before his wedding to Mary Hall Tough on 7 September, 1939, and the induction was postponed on account of the war. Once ensconced, he spent the entire war years in Twechar, his application for military service having been rejected as his position was a reserved occupation in a coal-mining town.

The young couple started their family there and ran the parish until 1947, when James accepted a call to the Kirkgate Church in Leith. The Leith community and its people and history were his passion. The fact that there was no manse available did not stop him, and he and his family moved in with his parents for several years before a manse was bought.

The Edinburgh Evening News accepted and published articles from him on various topics concerning the area and referred to him as "Leith's bearded minister". That was then an unusual feature.

History was an interest that took him into research in many institutions and libraries, and he was invited to write the history of a number of institutions. Among these were the Vaults Leith, the Incorporation of Carters, North Leith Parish Church and the history of Leith Hospital "Leith's greatest charity.

Over several years, he had books published on local history subjects, putting national Scottish history into a Leith perspective. In his retirement, he was able to complete a social history in the form of personal memoirs.

During the early post-war years, there were people concerned about the well-being of old people in Leith. There was poverty and deprivation, and many of the elderly were without family support. Housing for local people was made available in Pilton and Pennywell, remote from the older generation who were, perforce, left to fend for themselves as best they could.

This led Dr Marshall and John Crichton, a councillor, to involvement in setting up a lunch club for old folk. This would ensure a hot meal and social contact and the means of being aware of the needs and welfare of the elderly.

While pursuing matters of interest and importance to Leith and its people, the minister was assiduous in tending the congregation. Each week he visited members on two days, having intimated the days and streets to be visited on the Sunday. This was in addition to the hospital visits and home calls to the sick.

Travelling was on foot or bike or by bus, although in Twechar he drove a pony and trap. Epilepsy as a student had denied him the opportunity to obtain a driving licence.

On arrival at the Kirkgate Church, he took an active interest in the dramatic club, and wrote some plays for it to perform. He helped where he could and encouraged involvement in the Scottish Community Drama Association Festivals and one-act-play competitions. Acting was not his strong point, but he filled in when needed. An adjudicator criticised him for making the elementary error of appearing on stage with brown hair, but wearing a ginger beard. The critic was surprised to discover that hair and beard were both natural and permanent.

During these years there was also a dance band in the church, in which the minister played his violin along with a group of talented musicians.

Dr Marshall championed the establishment of a museum for Leith, and started encouraging the collection of artefacts and preservation of all things important and relating to the area. He fought for preservation of the King's Wark and Lamb's House, which became a day centre for old folk. He deplored the decision of Edinburgh Council to demolish the Kirkgate, Leith's historic centre, while spending grandly to preserve the Canongate in Edinburgh.

As his writing and historical articles and books became appreciated, he was encouraged to take a PhD to underline the quality and authority of the writing he produced. The subject of his thesis was Irregular Marriages in Leith, a subject of considerable academic interest.

Dr Marshall was an active member of the Church History Society, the Old Edinburgh Club, the Saltire Society, the Scots Language Society and was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland. He was a onetime director of the National Bible Society, and chaplain to the Naval Cadets and to David Kilpatrick's School. He played his part in the Edinburgh Presbytery and served as moderator in 1973. He was a frequent speaker on Burns and all things Scottish

The depth of knowledge of the history of Leith earned for Dr Marshall a reputation as the area's historian, and he was consulted by others with an interest in the same and associated matters.

In 1973, the Kirkgate Church united with South Leith Parish Church and Dr Marshall became associate minister in a team ministry with the Rev Jack Kellett. This arrangement worked out favourably and the individual talents and abilities were allowed to evolve and mature to the benefit of the combined congregation.

In 1990, Dr Marshall retired after 51 years in the parish ministry and settled in St Andrews, where he had access to the university library. He was able to continue his research and writing until 2003 when a stroke left him with impaired mobility.

In January 2009, as part of the 400th Anniversary Celebrations of south Leith Parish Church, Dr Marshall was elected one of the Pillars of Leith by the community in respect of the great contribution he made to the area.

He is survived by his wife, daughter and son, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

BOOKS PUBLISHED BY JAMES SCOTT MARSHALL
Leith's Greatest Charity
Old Leith: The Caring Community
Old Leith at work
The Church In The Midst: South Leith Parish Church through five centuries
The Life And Times of Leith

Just in .....The Stranger in Ireland ; Or a Tour in the Southern and Western Parts of That Country in the Year 1805By Jo...
19/07/2020

Just in .....

The Stranger in Ireland ;
Or a Tour in the Southern and Western Parts of That Country in the Year 1805

By John Carr

London: Richard Phillips, 1806. Hardcover. Recent half-leather binding with gilt to spine. Fine. 4to. xiv, (2), 530pp. plus 6 pages of publisher's ads. Illustrated with an engraved folding aquatint frontispiece, 16 engraved aquatint plates (5 of which are folding) and a wonderful engraved hand-colored map of the Lakes of Killarney. All plates present.

The Gently Mad have lots of lovely French fashion prints dating from 1914, which are mounted in Oxford blue, backed and ...
09/07/2020

The Gently Mad have lots of lovely French fashion prints dating from 1914, which are mounted in Oxford blue, backed and sealed in plastic sleeves ... approx overall size is 14 x 11 inches.

The b&w prints are £30 each / colour ones are £40 each plus shipping costs for anyone interested ... discount available on multiple purchase

The polar cruise print is no longer available, sorry!

Just in ... Signed first edition of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling ... comes with hologram of authenticity ... very go...
18/10/2019

Just in ... Signed first edition of The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling ... comes with hologram of authenticity ... very good in unclipped dust jacket ... collectors item currently priced at £385.00

Flower Fairy prints by Cicely Mary Barker now available at The Gently Mad
07/05/2019

Flower Fairy prints by Cicely Mary Barker now available at The Gently Mad

A few snaps of our shop by one of our visiting customers
31/10/2018

A few snaps of our shop by one of our visiting customers

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Published by Harrap, 1933. Rebound in Liberty cloth and with Liberty cloth endpapers. O...
12/06/2018

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Published by Harrap, 1933. Rebound in Liberty cloth and with Liberty cloth endpapers. Our price £85.00. If interested please drop us a lne.

Baz’s latest project from The Gently Mad bindery ... this creation measures 12.5 x 9 cm and is made from just over 100 s...
15/04/2018

Baz’s latest project from The Gently Mad bindery ... this creation measures 12.5 x 9 cm and is made from just over 100 separate leather inlays individually pared thin, stained and cut with precision ... this leather pictorial picture will be inset on to a leather slipcase that will hold the first edition of Mervyn Peake’s edition of Alice in Wonderland ... a similar onlay will be produced for the reverse side of the slipcase ... a huge undertaking but the results speak for themselves ... amazing work Baz!!!

Just in and introducing  . . . The Architects, Surveyors and Engineers' Compendium and Complete CatalogueFourth Annual I...
27/08/2014

Just in and introducing . . .

The Architects, Surveyors and Engineers' Compendium and Complete Catalogue

Fourth Annual Issue, 1890

Edited by John Edward Sears

Published by Compendium Publishing Company, 1890. Large Hardback (4to). Green cloth with blind titling to upper board and gilt title to spine. 674 pages + ii. Overflowing with illustrations of all that one required for state-of-the art construction in the fin-de-siecle period of Victorian England. Illustrated using Commercial photo-repdoduction process, colour lithography, and lithography. Some fold-out plates.

Very good condition and scarce as hens teeth,

PRICE: £525.00

Just arrived and available to buy . . . . Around the World on a Bicycle : From Terehan to YokohamaWritten by Thomas Stev...
27/08/2014

Just arrived and available to buy . . . .

Around the World on a Bicycle : From Terehan to Yokohama

Written by Thomas Stevens

Published by Sampson, Low, Marston etc, London, 1888.

Scarce First UK Edition. Hardback book with pictorial cover and gilt titles. 477 pages. Illustrated with b&w drawings.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK
Thomas Stevens left Oakland, California in 1884 on a Columbia Standard (that is a model with an oversized front wheel) and became the first person to pedal around the world. It took him two years, and when he was done he wrote this book about his adventure.

Good condition with small amount of bubbling to cloth and a little fading to cloth at top front corner - pages good throughout.

PRICE: £385.00

How to Find Your Way in the AirBy C W Fergusonpublished by Isaac Pitman, london, 1942. hardback book with dust jacket. 8...
21/08/2014

How to Find Your Way in the Air

By C W Ferguson

published by Isaac Pitman, london, 1942. hardback book with dust jacket. 88 pages. illustrated.

Armed with this book, a map, a protractor, and a proportion calculator, the beginner can map out imaginary flights long before ever attempting to learn to fly, and will never regret the time and small cost spent thereon.

Good clean condition.

Price: £28.00

Just in . . . .Practical Electric Light FittingA treatise on the wiring and fitting up of buildings deriving current fro...
21/08/2014

Just in . . . .

Practical Electric Light Fitting
A treatise on the wiring and fitting up of buildings deriving current from central station mains, and the laying down of private installations including the latest edition of the Phoenix fire office rules.

By F C Allsop

Published by Whittaker & co., Paternoster Square, London, 1892. Scarce First Edition. Hardback binding in publisher's original navy cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine and the upper panel. 8vo. 7½'' x 5¼''. [xv] 270pp + [40 pages of Whittaker's catalogue and Index] . 224 monochrome illustrations throughout, three folding plans.

This book was published just 5 years after Edison made the first public demonstration of his incandescent light bulb on December 31, 1879, in Menlo Park. It was during this time that he said: "We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles."

Good codition

Price :£85.00

Lilliput Lyrics. By W B Rand. Edited by R Brimley Johnson. Illustrated by Charles Robinson. Published by John Lane The B...
20/08/2014

Lilliput Lyrics. By W B Rand. Edited by R Brimley Johnson. Illustrated by Charles Robinson.

Published by John Lane The Bodley Head, London & New York, 1899. First Edition. Pictorial upper board and spine with gilt titles, illustrated endpapers, colour frontis and title page, profusely illustrated with b&w drawings by Charles Robinson, 330 pages. 8vo - Good Condition throughout.

Price: £85.00 - SOLD

The Works of D. Jonathan Swift :1743 - -  This sale is for Volume III only, containing Travels into Several Remote Natio...
14/08/2014

The Works of D. Jonathan Swift :1743 - - This sale is for Volume III only, containing Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ; In Four Parts:

I. A Voyage to Lilliput,
II. A Votage to Brobdingnag.
III. A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnag, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan.
IV. A voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms -

By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain, of Several Ships.

Dublin Printed, and Edinburgh Reprinted for G. Hamilton and J. Balfour ..... undated but known to be 1743. Recently been rebound in full leather by The Gently Mad in a typical 18th century style. Green spine label. viii, viii + 301pp. All contents complete. Swift's original telling of Gulliver's Travels. Good Condition.

Price: £225.00

American Wild Flowers in their Native Haunts. With Twenty Plates of Plants Carefully Coloured After Nature; and Landscap...
13/08/2014

American Wild Flowers in their Native Haunts.
With Twenty Plates of Plants Carefully Coloured After Nature; and Landscape Views of Their Localities from Drawings on the Spot

by E. Whitfield. By Emma C Embury.

D. Appleton & Co. Philadelphia 1845. First Edition. 256pp. All edges gilt. Beautiful full leather binding in sumptous chieftain goatskin with gilt decoration and silk marker. Bond at The Gently Mad

Price: £650.00

The Animal Kingdom. Arranged According to its Organization. Serving as a Foundation for the Natural History of Animals a...
13/08/2014

The Animal Kingdom.
Arranged According to its Organization. Serving as a Foundation for the Natural History of Animals and an Introduction to Comparative Anatomy.

by Baron Cuvier.

With Figures Designed After Nature: the Crustacea Arachnides & Insecta by M. Latreille.

London: G Henderson, 1834-7. First Edition Complete in Eight Volumes. 4 volumes of text and 4 volumes of hand-coloured plates). Recent quarter leather bindings with cloth sides. Plain endpapers. pp 380 , 412, 472, 544, - the four volumes of plates are unpaginated. 4 black and white engraved portraits, 42 black and white plates (8 folding), and 711 hand coloured plates. The printed title pages of the text volumes are dated 1834 or 1836, the plate volum£1es have an engraved title page dated 1837, followed by a table of contents to the plates

Rebound by The Gently Mad

Price: £1,200 - NOW SOLD!!

The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes Edited by Walter Jerrold.  Illustrated By Charles Robinson. Published by Blackie & Son, L...
12/08/2014

The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes

Edited by Walter Jerrold. Illustrated By Charles Robinson.

Published by Blackie & Son, London, not dated but known to be 1903 (see COPAC for details). 4to. Hardback book with gilt decoration to upper board and spine. 320 pp. 8 full-page colour plates and 12 two-colour illustrations, all present. Close to 300 nursery rhymes are entailed in this wonderful edition. Illustrated with full-page color, and in-text drawings by Charles Robinson. Good Condition.

Price: £145.00

A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in ScotlandBy Charles Kirkpatrick SharpePublished by Hamilton, Adams, &...
12/08/2014

A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland

By Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe

Published by Hamilton, Adams, & co, London and Thomas D Morison, Glasgow, 1884. First Edition. Hardback book, red cloth, paper title label. 268pp + 4 pages of adverts at the rear. Good Condition with worn spine title piece (spine label).

Price: £100.00

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