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Poser 287 - Book of Rates, 1669

This week's poser is taken from the Book of Rates within the Exchequer Records and is part of the tables of inward and outward customs, compiled about 1669 (National Records of Scotland, E76/6/41).

The list contains the name of each type of commodity, the specific quantity and physical qualities of the goods and the custom duty.

The spelling of certain words may require a bit of imagination to make sense of them! You may also need to look up some of the more archaic names for particular animals and measures used here. There are links to the Dictionary of the Scottish Language and SCAN websites given below which may help. Watch out for contractions of words and some interference between lines of text.

Extract from the Book of Rates within the Exchequer Records (National Records of Scotland, E76/6/41).

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This week's question: which items have a duty of more than 1l~ (one pound)?

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17th century alphabet
Abbreviations
Phonetic spelling
Dictionary of the Scottish Language (new window)
SCAN Weights and Measures Guide (new window)

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