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Call Number: MS Murray 559
Date of Creation: Not assigned
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Murray
Content: An account of the ecclesiastical benefices, the patrons of the several parishes, and the number of people &c. in Scotland. By Alexander Webster D.D. one of the ministers of the City of Edinburgh. The following Account of the ecclesiastical benefices and number of people &c in Scotland is with all dutiful respect presented to... Lord North... by His Lordships much obliged and most devoted humble servant Alexr. Webster. Edinburgh 11th January 1779. Laid in is a xerox copy of a letter from Adam Smith, dated 3 Jan. 1786, (Rae pp. 400-401), in which he says: "They told me that in the year 1779, a copy of the Doctors book was made out by his Clerk for the use of my Lord North... My Lord North will, I dare say, be happy to accomodate [sic] you with the use of this book. It is a great curiosity." Rae supposes that this letter of Smith's was written to William Eden, but it refers to statements made in a letter to George Chalmers on 10 Nov. 1785 (Scott pp. 294-295) and would therefore appear to be to Chalmers. With bookplate of Sylvester Douglas, Lord Glenbervie, 1743-1823. Lord Glenbervie was married to Catherine Anne North, eldest daughter of Lord North. His library was sold by Evans in June and July, 1823, and Sir Thomas Phillipps probably purchased the manuscript at one of these sales. It was Phillipps MS 10590. Contents: Scheme first. Alphabetical list of the parishes of the Church of Scotland shewing the extent of each parish; the number of inhabitants; the name of the patron; the stipend payable to the minister &c. - Observations on Scheme first. State of the benefices of the clergy taken from the preceding scheme. - Scheme second. A list of the several shires or countys in Scotland shewing the number of parishes, ministers, Papists, Protestants, and fighting men in each shire or county. - A table shewing the number of people in Scotland of all ages from the birth to the utmost extent of life
Physical Description: 194 pp. fol
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been displayed on the following occasion: 'Scottish Thought and Letters in the Eighteenth Century', Glasgow University Library, 1976.
Accession Number: 1
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Adam Smith 1723-1790
Eminent Scottish philosopher and political economist.
author: Alexander Webster 1707-1784
Minister of Tolbooth Church, Edinburgh, 1737-1784; Moderator of the General Assembly, 1753; Dean of Chapel Royal, London, 1771
exhibition: Scottish Thought and Letters in the Eighteenth Century
Exhibition, Glasgow University Library, 24 March-31 May 1976.
recipient: George Chalmers 1742-1825
Scottish antiquary; wrote Caledonia: an account of North Britain
recipient: Frederick North 2nd Earl of Guilford 1732-1792
Better known as Lord North
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