SCOTTISH DRAPER LEARNS HIS ACCOUNTS

Three account books dated 1829-32 (‘Ledger’, ‘Journals’, ‘Waste Book’).

Blairlogie, Scotland, 1829.

Manuscript on paper, 3 vols, folio (41 x 26 cm), ff. [51], [2 blank]; [25], [1 blank]; [22], [2 blank]; very neatly written in black ink in a copperplate hand; a little wear to fore-edges of some leaves; very well preserved in thick paper wrappers; a few areas of loss to spines, some light staining to covers; inscriptions ‘Thomas Alexander Carse 1829’ and ‘Thomas Alexander Blair Logie'.

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A very attractive set of sample accounts compiled by the young Scottish draper Thomas Alexander of Blairlogie in Stirling, Scotland, in 1829, as part of his mercantile training. Thomas was born in 1812, the eldest son of a Blairlogie portioner (also called Thomas); he would therefore have been 17 years old when he composed these volumes. In the 1851 census he is recorded as a draper.

The content of the volumes is essentially copied from James Morrison’s highly successful work The elements of book keeping by single & double entry, first published in 1810 and issued in further editions for several years thereafter. Morrison was an accountant and Master of the Glasgow Mercantile Academy. The sample accounts in The elements were well suited to the young draper Thomas since they contain so many entries relating to trade in cloth: to calico, cambric, cotton wool and yarn, dimity, flannel, gingham, Holland, kersey, linen, muslin, quilting, sarsenet, shalloon, and velvet; as well as to associated products such as madder.

What is interesting is that Thomas adapted Morrison’s accounts to his own Scottish locale, heading his entries from ‘Stirling’, as well as from ‘London’, and making references to, for example, the Leven Bleachfield Co., Stirling Bank, the Bank of Scotland, Thistle Bank, Pringle & Son (of knitwear fame, founded in 1815), Sir W. Forbes & Co., Dundee Bank, the Stirling Sugar-house Co., and the Falkirk Bank. He also employs local place names, such as Doune, St Ninians, and Alloa.

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1. [BREBNER, John.] Information for John Brebner late merchant of Halifax, now residing in Aberdeen, defender and pursuer, against William Sibbald merchant in Leith, pursuer and defender. Lord Hailes Reporter. [Edinburgh], 12 July 1785.
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2. [STEIN, James.] George, &c. Forasmuchas it is humbly meaned and complained unto us, by our right trusty Ilay Campbell, Esq; our advocate for our interest, upon James Stein distiller at Kilbagie ... that whereas, by the laws of this realm, bribery and corruption, especially when practiced by a distiller ... [Edinburgh, 1785].
pp. 8. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. Stein found guilty of attempted bribery.

3. [STEIN, James.] Information for Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland against James Stein distiller at Kilbagie. [Edinburgh], 23 September 1786.

pp. 16. Not on ESTC; 1 copy on OCLC (BL).

4. [STEIN, James.] Clauses in the statutes referred to in the information for James Stein, under the different heads bribery, forgery, and perjury. [Edinburgh, 1786].

pp. 15, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

5. [STEIN, James.] Information for James Stein, distiller at Kilbeggie; against Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland. [Edinburgh], 31 October 1786.

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6. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Robert, Henry, George, and Andrew-Berkley Drummond, bankers in London, defenders; against Sir William Erskine, and others, creditors of Hugh and Archibald Seton, pursuers. To be reported to Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.

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7. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Sir William Erskine of Torry, and for the other creditors of Hugh Seton of Touch, Esq; and of Archibald Seton, Esq; his eldest son, pursuers; against Hugh Powel ... and Robert, Henry, George and Andrew-Berkley Drummond ... London, bankers, defenders. To be reported by Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.

pp. 39, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

8. [ERSKINE, William.] Report and exhibits in the process Sir William Erskine, &c. against Robert, Henry, &c. Drummonds, Esqrs. [Edinburgh, 1787].

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9. [LESLIE, William.] Criminal letters, against the reverend Mr William Leslie. [Edinburgh, 1787].
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10. [LESLIE, William.] Information for the rev. Mr William Leslie, minister of the parish of St Andrews and Longbride, pannel; against Alexander Penrose-Cumming of Altyre, Esq; with concourse of his majesty’s advocate, prosecutor. [Edinburgh], 15 January 1787.
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11. [GRAHAM, Mary.] June 12, 1772. Unto the right honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Mary Graham, relict of John Grinlay, and John Graham of Redfoord, her nephew. [Edinburgh], 12 June 1772.

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12. [FORBES, William.] Unto the right honourable, the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Sir William Forbes, James Hunter, and Company, bankers in Edinburgh. [Edinburgh], 29 February 1788.

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13. [BRIERLY, Joseph.] Memorial for Joseph Brierly and George-Stevens Sutherland, musicians, suspenders; against George Forbes, procurator-fiscal of the borough of Aberdeen, charger. Bill of suspension. Lord Henderland reporter. [Edinburgh], 8 March 1787.

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14. [FRASER, Alexander.] Articles and conditions relative to the tacks of Alexander Fraser, Esq; of Strichen. [Aberdeen?, 1781?].

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16. [DOCKYARDS.] Copy of an estimate of the expense of fortifying his majesty’s dock yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth, by the committee of engineers at the Tower ... [London], 1786.

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17. Case of the dean and faculty of advocates, clerks to his majesty’s signet, and other members of the College of Justice, in Scotland. [Edinburgh], 1786.

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