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‘Account of the Ecclesiastical Benefices ... and the number of people in Scotland’, ‘prepared for the information of Government by the late Doctor Alexander Webster’, and dedicated by his son, John Webster, to Pitt.

Identifier: MS.89

Scope and Contents

The manuscript begins with an account of the manner in which the figures were collected, and contains:

(i) ‘An alphabet list of the parishes of the Church of Scotland, shewing the extent of each parish, the number of Papists and Protestants, the name of the patron, and the stipend payable to the Minister,' as at ‘end of the year 1785' (see ‘Explanation of Scheme First’);

(ii) ‘A list of the several shires in Scotland, shewing the number of parishes, ministers, Papists, Protestants, and fighting men in each shire or county’, in 1755.

(iii) ‘A table shewing the number of people in Scotland of all ages’ in 1755.


  • Creation: 1755, 1785

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104 Leaves ; Folio.

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104 folios.

Custodial History

The manuscript was formerly in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1926.


'Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt.' (1837-1871): manuscript 10589.
National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
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