Treasure Kists!

Sometimes being a historian is just plain fun… See ‘Armada chests and legal documents: Anderson Strathern‘ by Professor John W. Cairns the Edinburgh Legal History blog for a recent adventure featuring locked treasure chests, legal documents, and getting covered in the dust of ages. I was delighted to be invited along to the ceremonial opening…

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Waking up the Georgian House

I was made redundant from my main job in July but I have been lucky enough to have not one but two of my ex-employers take me on in temporary part-time roles while I looked for a new role and started forming a portfolio career for freelance work. (UPDATE: I’m delighted to say that I…

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Lord and Lady Alva’s Georgian House: The Special Inventories

Special inventories were taken for linen, coins and jewels, pamphlets, and pictures and prints found at Drumsheugh House after Lady Alva’s death in 1797. These were designed to resolve inheritance queries raised by her step-daughter-in-law Isabella Erskine. Linen The linen inventory is particularly interesting since it includes the marks the family used to identify their…

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Lord and Lady Alva’s Georgian House: The Family

David Allan painted Lord Alva and his family in 1780 and the resulting conversation piece, ‘James Erskine, Lord Alva (1722-1796) and His Family‘ is now held by the National Gallery of Scotland. Lord Alva is the small gentleman in black.  Jean Stirling, Lady Alva is seated next to him and his three surviving children from…

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