"Book of the Glovers and Skinners in Kelso, containing their Acts, Freemen's entrys, Prentices' and young men's booking, etc." Edit


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Level of Description


  • 1640-1851. (Creation)


  • 222 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    xxii folios + 400 pages, including many blank.

  • Scope and Contents

    The book was started about 1747, and all entries of earlier date are noted as being taken from an 'old book', which is the 'booke of the actis, statutis, and ordinances of the glovers of Kelso, anno 1631'-1746, presented to the National Library in 1927 (MS.70).

    The book contains the following:

    (i) Acts, 1679-1703 (page 3);

    (ii) Regulations for searching the butcher-market for skins and hides, 1776 (page 17);

    (iii) Elections, 1659-1738 (page 41);

    (iv) Elections and minutes of sederunts, 1757-1856 (date of the winding-up of the Incorporation) (pages 47, 175);

    (v) Apprentices' entries, 1640-1840 (page 95);

    (vi) Extract from the minutes of the Court of the Lordship and Barony of Hallydean, publishing regulations laid down by John, Duke of Roxburghe, for the Merchant Company and incorporations of Kelso, 1757 (page 150);

    (vii) Freemen's entries, 1650-1851 (page 284);

    (viii) Journeymen's entries, 1666-1767 (page 387).