Documents Relating To The Heritable Office Of Chamberlain Of Dunbar
- Ref No: EL111
- Repository: East Lothian Archive Service
- Date: 1850-1903
- Description: The documents relate to the purchase of the office in 1850 by Alexander John Napier, Writer to the Signet, from the Trustees of the late Robert Hay of Lawfield; and the sale of the office in 1903 by Alexander John Napier to Edward Stafford Howard, one of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Woods, Forests and Land Revenues.
- AdminHistory: The Heritable Office of Chamberlain of Dunbar appears to have been an office which could be bought and sold by the 19th century. During the dates covered by the papers the office is described as one of the last of the Heritable Jurisdictions in Scotland that was not abolished by The Heritable Jurisdictions Act of 1747. This Act was a reaction to the Jacobite uprising of 1745 and removed many of the powers of the Barons of Scotland. By 1850 the main benefit of the office appears to have been the collection of feu duties associated with the lordship as well as the prestige attached to the title. Feu duty was payable by a vassal to the feudal superior. Originally this could have been military service, a quantity of grain or other obligations, but by the 19th century these obligations were largely converted to payments of sums of money.
- Extent: 0.007
- Level: Fonds
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- Access Status: Open
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- For more information contact: East Lothian Archive Service
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