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Poser 393 – minute book of the presbytery of Stirling, 1583

Last week's poser was the first of three posers concerning the presbytery of Stirling's suppression of pilgrimages to Christ's Well, on the outskirts of Stirling in 1583. This week's poser is another extract from the case, recorded in the minutes of the presbytery in 1583 (National Records of Scotland, CH2/722/1 page 144).

The handwriting has some typical secretary hand letters and suffers from interference by descending letters. There are also several abbreviations, including the p-prefix but your major problem might be Scots language (especially the use of the –it past participle) and the use of the letter w (especially where we modern sophisticates would expect a u).

Image of an extract from the minutes of the presbytery of Stirling, 1583 (National Records of Scotland, CH2/722/1 page 144).

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This week's question: why did Jonet Harvie make a pilgrimage to the well and what did she leave behind?

Help:

For help with reading the poser, use our coaching manual. The following areas may be of particular assistance:

Letter p and p-prefixes
Letters u, v and w
Scots language
Phonetic spelling
Abbreviations

Answer to this week's poser