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Notebook belonging to William Rankin, James Rankin, and, finally, to Gabriel Rankin of Orchardhead.

Identifier: MS.6159

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows:

(i) Memoranda relating to financial and other transactions of Rankin of Orchardhead, 1605 (folio 1); 1605-1609 (folio 2 inverted);

(ii) Miscellaneous material, mid-seventeenth century: 'Lactari cordato et greca lingua studioso' (folio 4); latin verses (folio 12 inverted); sermons and historical notes (folio 13 inverted);

(iii) Material relating to Alexander Mure, portioner of Grange of Bothkennar: 'Rentall of the Bacraw', 1639, followed by accounts, 1636-1642, mixed with accounts for 1702 in a different hand (folios 5-8, 10); inventory of Grange, 1641 (folio 17 inverted); copy of tack by Alexander Mure, 1617, and accounts for crop 1642 (folios 18-19 inverted).

(iv) Genealogical information about Gabriel Rankin of Orchardhead and his wife Sophia Clark (folio 9), with his accounts for farming and household requisites, 1702-25 (folio 10 verso), 1702-1703, 1705-1708 (folios 11 verso, 12 verso, 19 verso inverted).


  • Creation: 1605-1725.

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Conditions Governing Use

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78 Leaves ; 405 x 145 millimetres.

Language of Materials



57 + 21 inverted folios.

Custodial History

The notebook was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Lyon and Turnbull's, September 1947, lot 219.

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