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Poser 379 - Mortcloth accounts for Restalrig, 1728

This week's poser is an extract from the mortcloth accounts for 17 January 1728 recorded in a kirk session minute book for the parish of Restalrig (National Records of Scotland, CH2/1306/3 page 4).

Mortcloths were hired out by the kirk session to the poor of the parish and were used to cover the bodies or coffins of the dead prior to burial. The fee charged for the hire of the mortcloth varied according to the means of the recipient and which mortcloth was hired (kirk sessions typically hired out several mortcloths of various quality and in ranging states of repair). The hiring out of mortcloths provided a substantial income for the kirk session and mortcloth records are often included amongst kirk session minutes or accounts, or heritors' records.

This part of the accounts deals with the initial purchase of the mortcloths by subscribers, including landowners, professionals and tenant farmers in the parish.

Image of an extract from the mortcloth accounts for 17 January 1728 (National Records of Scotland, CH2/1306/3 page 4).

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