Letter – William Blackett to James Standsfield – 22 Sep 1677

Document Type: Letter
Date: 22 Sep 1677
Correspondent: William Blackett
Recipient: James Standsfield
Archive Source: NRS RH15 102 6 2
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Sept 22 1677  Accompt for Wanlockhead from 9th September 1676 to 22 Sept 1677. Since pd & cleared to John Curties for ¾   £302-12-4 with instructions. Booked folio 11 & ending folio 21

Anno 1677 In Edenbrugh Sr James Standsfeild 


For yor 3/4 pt of the charges att Wanlockhead from the           57-08-02

  9 Sept 1676 till the 11th Nov 1676 as per accot

For 3/4 of the charges att Wanlockhead from 11 Nov 1676          48-13-09

  till 2 Feb 1677  as per accot given in appeares

For 3/4 of the charges att Wanlockhead from 2 Feb 1677           63-10-03

  till the 13 May 1677as  per accot given in appeares

For 3/4 of the charges att Wanlockhead from 13 May 1677          68-16-10

  till the 22 September 1677as  per accot given in appeares

For yr 3/4 of the Wood bought of My Lord Queensberry for the     22-10-00

  use of the Works att Wanlockheid pd him 30th yr 3/4 part is

For yr 3/4 part rent of the grass room taken of My Lord for      41-13-04

  the use of the Lead Mynes att Wanlockhead at 1000 <Ms> 

  [see notes]a year yr 3/4 pt is for on yeare 750 <Ms>

SUMA TOTALIS                                                    302-12-04


1.per Cash rec by Jno Curties att Edenbr 22 Nov as per his       25-00-00 

  recept 1676

2.per Cash rec by Jno Curties att Wanlockhead 23 Feb 1677        35-00-00

3.per Cash rec by Jno Curties at Leith 13 May 1677               50-00-00

  per Cash rec of Lord Queensberry by yr order                   40-07-00

4.per Cash rec of Alexdr Lisster att Wanlockheid 10 July         30-00-00

  per recept

5.per Cash of yr self att Wanlockheid 18 Aug 1677                41-04-02


Sept 22 to balance                                               81-00-08

Totall is                                                       302-12-04

Paid in the £81-00-08 In Ballance of this accot ster[ling] money on Wm Blacketts bill to John Courtice dated at the Leade-mynes, Wanlockhead 24 Sept 1677 as per receipt thereof.

[An almost exact copy of this account is found elsewhere in the collection, RH15/102/6/2/159, bearing the same date. The copy is evidently Stansfield’s own, as indicated by the phrasing of the receipt at the end, compared to that of Blackett’s original given above:]

September 22, 1677 : Remaines to Ballance pr contra £81:00:7 for <wch> Mr Wm Blackett Drew bill on mee from Wanlockhead dated Sept 24,1677 payable to John Curtice in full of his the said Sr Ja: Standsfeild 3/4 pt charges of Wanlockhead Leidmynes till the 22 Sept 1677 As the Accot then given pr contra, which Ballance was accordingly paid to the said John Curtice as per his Receipt upon the forsaid bill  £81:00:7
RH15/102/6/2/126 & 159. The unclear currency shown in which the ‘grass room’ – pasture rent- was denominated in the debit side of the account seems likely to have been the merk, 13s4d of a ‘pound Scots’, of which there were 12 to £1 sterling in the 17th century. At this rate 750 merks would convert to £41 13s 4d sterling a year, which is the charge shown in the account

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