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RH19Objects Found in Processes and Elsewhere1328-1985
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference RH19/201
Title Document fragments from a bird's nest found at St Giles
Dates 1687-1830s
Access status Open
Location Off site
Description Letters A-H, J-M on the reverse of each fragment identify the 'set' to which it belongs. This may comprise a single fragment of one document, more than one from the same document or single fragments from several documents.

17th century
Fragments of 4 land titles.
Two relate to the estate of John, lord Balfour of Burleigh, forfeited for his son John Balfour of Ferny's involvement in the 1715 Rebellion (E619), and were probably produced to support claims on the estate:
A 1687. Disposition to James Alison [annualrent from Newton of Falkland and other lands pertaining to Lord Burleigh (as in RS32/14, 204)].
B [1690].Disposition by Lord Burleigh to William Balfour of annualrent from Neutone of Falkland and Meikle and Little Balgarve.

C Marriage contract between a daughter of Sir George Halyburtoun of Foderain (Foveran, Aberdeenshire?) and Gilbert Campbell of Kethik (Keithick, near Coupar Angus) referring to property in Perthshire, including St Ninian's Croft and a 'boat' (ferry) on the Water of Ilay (Isla). Date must be between 1688, when Gilbert Campbell succeeded his father, and his own death on 22 Nov. 1690 (C22/44, 75v). This is the most numerous set of fragments and has no apparent exchequer connection.
D Small fragment dated Dec. 1681.
18th century
Fragments of exchequer documents:

E Claim on the forfeited estate of Nithsdale (E649).
F Claims on unidentified forfeited estates.
G Customs document, Greenock 1709.
H Notes of payments to the receiver-general from customs and excise, 1713 and undated, and George Innes, deputy receiver-general, 1773.

Late 18th - early 19th century
Three larger fragments with no apparent exchequer connection
J Document relating to bankruptcy of Hugh Crichton, signed by Vans Hathorn (admitted WS 1781, d. 1839).
K Petition (draft?), probably to Edinburgh sheriff court.
L Draft condescendence relating to a dyke,183? (last digit missing).

M Small unidentifiable fragments (18th cent).
Level Item
Arrangement No physical separation of the items has been made as the random arrangement reflects the state in which they were found, and even the largest or most numerous fragments only represent a small portion of the original complete document.

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