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Oliphant Family
1755-59 COLONIAL LEDGER Shipping Co HANDWRITTEN Maritime SCOTTISH Ships LEITH
Leith, Scotland: 1755. RARE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR ERA COLONIAL MARITIME SHIPPING/ TRADE LEDGER KEPT BY THE LONDON AND EDINBURGH SHIPPING COMPANY FROM 1755-1759 NAMING SHIPS, GOODS, PORTS OF TRADE, CONTENTS OF BARRELS, CRATES, TRUNKS AND CASES, WITH ORIGINAL SHIPPING HALLMARKS APPARENTLY KEPT BY WILLIAM OLIPHANT, CUSTOMS COLLECTOR IN LEITH, WITH (HIS SON?) DAVID OLIPHANT AND OTHER MANAGING NAMES OF THE COMPANY (JOHN ANDERSON, WILLIAM MERCER, AND MALCOLM BROWN) THE LEDGER WAS FOUND IN A SOUTHEASTERN AMERICAN AUCTION IN 2013, AND AFTER SOME RESEARCH, WE FOUND THAT DAVID OLIPHANT,JR, A MERCHANT, WAS A JACOBITE AND HAD EMIGRATED TO THE COLONIES, NAMELY CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, IN THE 1770S. IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT THIS LEDGER TRAVELED WITH HIM TO THE STATES AND THAT IT IN FACT DEMONSTRATES A HIGHLY COMPETENT AND FLOURISHING BUSINESS MODEL THAT MAY HAVE INFLUENCED EARLY COLONIAL MARITIME TRADE! THE FIRST PORTION OF THE LEDGER STARTS IN 1755, WHEN THE COMPANY WAS KNOWN AS THE LONDON AND EDINBURGH SHIPPING COMPANY, AND ENDS IN 1759, WHEN THE COMPANY DISSOLVES AND CHANGED HANDS, STILL STAYING, SEEMINGLY, WITH THE OLIPHANT NAME. IT INCLUDES PORTS IN LONDON, LEITH AND EDINBURGH, AND NAMES SEVERAL VESSELS AND CAPTAINS: SHIP JOHN; WILLIAM SMITH, MASTER, LATER ARCHIBALD PITCAIRN, MASTER SHIP EDINBURGH, JOHN HAY, MASTER SHIP CONCORD, JOHN DICK, MASTER SHIP ISABELL & MAY, JOHN HAXTON, MASTER SHIP BRITANNIA, JOHN BALFOUR, MASTER, LATER JAMES DRYBURGH, MASTER, AND JOHN HEMPSEED, MASTER PACKET LEITH, WILLIAM HODGE, MASTER ITEMS NAMED INCLUDE: SULFUR, WIGS AND HAIR, GUNCASES, GUNS, WINE, C … [Click Below for Full Description]
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