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MANUSCRIPT INVENTORY. ALEXANDER, Claud.
Inventory of the Real and Personal estate of Claud Alexander, now of Newtoun, Eldest lawfull Son and apparent Heir of the deceased Robert Alexander of Newtoun.
1739. 19 numbered folio pages written in a single neat hand, signed by 13 witnesses along the lower margin of each page, sewn along left margin; old folds. An interesting document outlining the extensive estates and assets of an eighteenth century Scottish landowner. This inventory details the passing of the extensive estate of Robert Alexander, 1681-1738, to his eldest son after the former's death. Claud Alexander, 1724-1772, of Newtoun, Dunfrieshire, Scotland, married Joanna Cunninghame in 1746 and together they had five sons. The Alexander estate included land holdings, buildings, bonds, bills, ridges of corn, beer, livestock, agricultural equipment, weapons including 'two old broad swords without scabbard, two old small swords, one sword silver handled, five bayonets, one pair of old pistols, a French fowling peice [. and] one old blunderbuss' and many other assets. Most of the witnesses were Glasgow or Edinburgh merchants or high-up figures in 'the College of Glasgow'. Though her son is the obvious beneficiary of the estate, Margaret Alexander is a witness and her neat and feminine signature appears on every page. Many surviving inventories of the period outline the often limited assets of the middling classes, but this document highlights the truly substantial holdings, and subsequent responsibilities, of landowners who inherited not only furniture and cattle, but also entire villages and their tenants.
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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