On the 11 th October 1599 this curious order was passed by the magistrates of Culross.
There was nothing new about prohibition in the 1920' s in America.
In 1660 on the 12th November the Town Council appointed their first official Town Piper, thus ;
The conditions of service of the piper in Culross appear to have been most generous. He would also have been provided with a uniform of the towns livery and a pair of shoes. In 1710 on the 22nd of June due to economies forced upon the town by the depression of that time we read that "The councill recommened to the theasorer to provide a piece of strong plaiding cloth; and cause dy the same in the towns livery, to be a coat to the toune piper."
One piper of Culross left under a cloud as this record of 4th December 1713 tells
*Eirnhouse or Ironhouse-was the prison on the ground floor of the , , Culross Tolbooth.
I think it fairly certain that Donald MacKenzie did not tarry long in Culross after that edict.
A tune which was apparently popular in this area in the late 17th century was "Buy Broom Besoms" and was sung by itinerant pedlars selling their wares.
"Buy Broom Besoms, better never grew,
Bonnie heather reenges, wha'll hae them noo?
Besoms for a penny , reenges for a plack,
An ye winna hae them, tie them on my back."
The tune is still a popular favorite played on the Northumbrian smallpipes. ( see the Northumbrian Pipers Tune book). Of course the reenges or bunches of heather used for scouring pans became the Lucky White Heather sold, at the roadside to tourists.
Culross and Tulliallan, from Burgh and Kirk Session Records: by David Beveridge -1885 pp 61,139,309