Extracts from the Accounts Books of Sir Adam Fergusson

Kilkerran

1775

Jan 21: To four pairs of white Silk stockings: 2 : 14 : -

Feb 27: To the Apothecary's apprentice who blooded me: 1 : 1 : -

March 15: To Mathew Pearson, for mending a pair of Lace Ruffles: - : 2 : 6

April 14: To a Dentist for two Teeth: 2 : 2 : -

April 25: To expence (sic) of a Jaunt to Bath during the holidays: 16 : 16 : -

April 25: To the Door-Keeper of the House of Commons: 1 : 1 : -

May 5: To a Set of Silver Buckles: 1 : 8 : -

May 19: To the Man at the Bottom of the Stair at the House of Commons: - : 10 : 6

May 22: To an Apothecary for rhubarb and ginger: - : 5 : 5

June 17: To a Subscription for relieving a Man from prison: - : 10 : 6

July 15: To James Hutchison, Coachman, his half-year's wages from March 1774 to Whits 1775, when he left me: 4 : - : -

July 30: To Dougald, Postilion, his Accompt (sic) of the expence of horses going into Edinburgh in order to bring me out: 1 : 11 : 7

To ditto, his board wages on the road, and while at Edinburgh, and to mending his boots: - : 8 : 4

August 13: To MacLure and MacClement, their Accompt of Soap: 2 : 16 : -

May 27: To Hugh Wallace, the School Salary due out of my possession in Dailly due at Whits last: 1 : 4 : 6

August 3: To Margaret Wilson, Chambermaid, her fee for 1 years preceding Whitsunday 1775: 4 : 10 : -

August 23: To Mary McCracken, dairymaid, a year's fee due first of June last: 2 : 17 : -

August 23: To a horse for me, paid by George, July 24th: 18 : - : -

August 23: To James Scott, bookbinder: 5 : 5 : 11

August 24: To William Ramsay, baker: 20 : 16 : -

Sept 2: To David Limond, an addition to what I paid him last year for his service in my last election, having then given him rather too little: 5 : - : -

Oct 9: To Margaret Sinclair, formerly a servant here, who is poor: - : 5 : -

Oct 20: To Jeremiah Campbell, at Glasgow, his board wages hitherto: - : 13 : -

Oct 25: To Journey expence from Glasgow to London: 16 : 19 : -

Nov 30: To Alexr Oliphant & Co, Wine-merchants at Ayr: 59 : - : -

Dec 7: To the Leyden edition of Livy, 7 Volumes quarto: 4 : 12 : -

1776

May 6: To Servants' fee: 152 : 6 : 11

June 1: To William Smith, mole catcher: 1 : 2 : 7

June 12: To Alexr Gillespie, for a horse (a shameful imposition): 25 : - : -

Jan 31: To 2 pounds Tea: - : 19 : -

May 15: To the coachpainter, for painting my chariot: 10 : 16 : 6

June 29: To expence of putting out an outbreaking of the Fire in Craiggoch, this summer, after it had destroyed three acres of Trees; watching it several nights: - : 17 : -

July 3: To Jeremiah Campbell, Coachman, his fee from Whits to March 1775: 4 : - : -

July 13: To Dougald, Postilion, to accompt of his board wages: - : 10 : -

Aug 2: To Jeremiah Campbell, Coachman, to account: 2 : 2 : -

Oct 24: To Jeremiah Campbell, Coachman, an Accompt for bringing horses out of Town, board, wages etc: 2 : 17 : 7

Oct 26: To John Campbell, Joiner, his Accompt for finishing the Library, besides 21 formerly stated. NB: The above comprehended 5 given him for his own trouble: 32 : 12 : -

Nov 13: To Spence, Dentist, for five new Teeth: 5 : 5 : -

Dec 24: To the Window Tax for the House of Kilkerran till 5th April 1776: 8 : 3 : -

1777

Jan 14: To Mr Doig, School Salary, due out of my lands in Maybole Parish, for the year preceding Whitsunday 1776: 3 : 1 : 6

April 7: To Mr Spence, Dentist, for a set of new teeth 15:15, and for whitening to cleanse them 1s: 15 : 16 : -

June 14: To my bill for a fortnight at Harrogate, besides horses: 5 : 10 : 6
To servants in the house: 1 : 1 : -
To the laundress's accompt while there: - : 6 : 10
Incidental expence at Harrogate: 3 : 5 : -
To journey expence home: 14 : 12 : -

Aug 23: To 2 pairs of Leathern breeches for Dougald and Jeremy (Jeremiah?), to David Stewart 2 : 6 : - To Jeremy, to be paid to Murray, Smith, for shoeing horses: - : 8 : 4

Oct 16: To Jeremiah Campbell, his Accompt of board wages at the races and on former occasions, being all to this date: 1 : 3 : 2

Nov 8: To Jeremiah Campbell, Coachman, his fee for the year preceding Marts 1777: 8 : - : -

Nov 13: To Mr Thomson, to be given to some poor people: 3 : - : -

Nov 19: To journey expence to London, having had four horses the greatest part of the way, and a servant on horseback: 32 : 16 : 8

Dec 1: To Jeremiah Campbell, his accompt of Board and washing till Nov 30th: 1 : 8 : 8

On December 19th, Sir Adam went to Paris with his close friends, Mr and Mrs Dempster.

1778

Jan11: To Faillot, Dentist (recommended to me as the best in Paris, but a mere bungler compared to Spence) for a set of teeth, which were good for nothing: 12 : 12 : -

Jan 18: To expence of living for four weeks at Paris: 48 : - : -

Jan 24: To travelling charges home by myself: 24 : - : -

Feb 13: To Spence, dentist, for two sets of teeth: 31 : 10 : -

April 2: To a blind man: - : 2 : 6

June 3: To journey expence from London, by Dumfries, with four horses to my chaise, four for the first three stages from London, the same number from Gretta-bridge to Kilkerran, and two the rest of the road, with a saddle horse for a servant: 33 : 3 : -

Nov 14: To Jeremiah Campbell, Coachman, a year's fee due at Marts 1778: 8 : - : -

1779

Feb 3: To Jeremiah Campbell, his Accompt of board wages and washing for the same time 2 :10 :1 and his Accompt of Tolls - : 3 : 2: 2 : 13 : 3

March 10: To Jeremiah Campbell, his board wages and washing for the month of February 2 : 5 : - and an Accompt of Tolls -: 8 : 4: 2 : 13 : 4

April 16: To Jeremiah Campbell, his Accompt of Board and Washing for the month of March 2 : 9 : 10 and for tolls - : 3 : 8: 2 : 13 : 6

April 30: To a man who had lost his arm: - : 4 : -

May 27: To the price of two Swarms of Bees: 1 : 16 : 8

May 29: To James Symington, Schoolmaster, the School salary due out of the lands in my own possession in Dailly parish for the year preceding Whitsunday 1779: 1 : 8 : 10

June 10: To William Jackson, for 12 Cows bought for Beef: 40 : 6 : -

August 28: To my Carriage duty due 5th April 1780: 5 : - : -

Sept 31 (sic): To expence at Ayr Races, including 5 : 5 : - as my next year's subscription: 9 : 7 : -

Nov 1: To Jeremiah Campbell, his Accompt of board wages at London, his journey expence, and hire by the Waggon from London to Edinburgh in July last, board wages since that time: 11 : 5 : 10

Nov 11: To 4 Stone 6 pounds farm wool, used in the house, at 6/6d per stone: 1 : 8 : -

Nov 12: To Mrs Kay, housekeeper, (who now goes away), a year's fee due at March 1779: 9 : - : -
To Mrs Kay, more, a gratuity: 1 : - : -

Dec 23: To a year's Subscription to Bell's circulating Library: 1 : 1 : -

Dec 23: To the Town of Ayr, a year's Interest on my Bond, due 21st Nov 1779: 107 : 10 : -

1780

Jan 25: To Mr Spence, dentist: 15 : 15 : -

Feb 19: To James Ballantine, Shoemaker, his Accompt for two pair of shoes: - : 18 : -

March 14: To a poor Italian discharged from an Hospital: - : 5 : -

April 10: To Mathew Pearson, for a pair of Lace Ruffles got last year: 1 : 11 : 6

May 16: To expence of a Jaunt to Portsmouth: 10 : 16 : -

May 31: To Charles Pridie, for a pair of Valenciennes Ruffles: 3 : 3 : -

June 17: To a poor Greek: 1 : 1 : -

June 29: To Barthew Arlett, his Accompt for Carriage Horses, keeping my Mare etc, with 5s to his Hostler: 31 : 14 : -

July 7: To Mr Cadel, Bookseller, for a Copy of Priestly's History of Electricity: - : 12 : -

July 8: To Mr Ramsay, for my Lodging this Season: 84 : - : -

July 8: To the Maids at my Lodging: 2 : 2 : - & the Man servant: 2 : 7 : -

July 13: To Journey expence from London to Ayr with 2 Horses to my Chaise, except the 2 Stages from Gretta-bridge, when I had four: 25 : 12 : 6
To mending the Chaise on the road 5s, & a pair stockings at Newark: 4 : 6: - : 9 : 6

July 16: To the Church at Dailly, on coming home: 1 : 1 : -

July 22: To Hugh Craufurd, Shoemaker, for a pair of Boots got last summer to Jeremiah Campbell: 1 : - : -

July 22: To Mrs Miller, for mending my shirts: - : 4 : 6

July 22: To John Hannah, at Ayr, for two Barrels of Herrings: 2 : 6 : -

July 22: To Alexer Grant (gardener) to acct of his Wages for the current year: 5 : - : -
To Servants' Wages, as per Accompt: 114 : 4 : -

July 22: To William Ronald Wright, for work at Coach Wheels: 4 : 4 : 6

July 22: To James McMurray, Plowman, to acct of this year's wages: 2 : 2 : -

Sept 8: To Richard Marshal & Co at Glasgow, for a Pipe of Port: 45 : - : -

Dec 15: To Mr James McRay, Teacher of Languages at Glasgow, sent in a Letter by Post: 2 : 2 : -

Dec 22: To the Orphans Hospital, three years Interest on my bond for 1500: 225 : - : -

Dec 31: To expence of my last Election, so far as it is yet paid: 800 : 19 : 9

See the remainder below

Dec 31st 1781

[To expence of the General Election, being chiefly Acct of Complaints before the Court of Session & of my petition to the House of Commons: 844 : 2 : -]

1781

Feb 5: To expence of two Horses & Tolls from Edinburgh to London: 21 : 15 : 11

March 3: To Scouring the Hammercloath & Coachman's Cloak: - : 6 : -

March 16: To Baker, Linnen - draper (sic), for six Hankerchiefs (sic:) - : 6 : -

April 5: To Hughes, Breeches maker, his accompt for a pair of Breeches to my late Coachman, Jeremiah Campbell: 1 : 5 : -

June 7: To Mr Spence, dentist: 15 : 15 : -

Aug 22: To the Tax on 7 Men Servants from March 25th 1778 to March 25th 1779: 7 : 7 : -

Aug 22: To Sam Wheatly, for selling the Tail of a young Coach Horse: - : 10 : 6

1782

May 27: To Mr Spence, dentist, for a new Set of Teeth: 15 : 15 : -

1783

Sept 9: To Expence of [postilion] Dougald Kennedy's Funeral: 1 : 19 : -
To Dr Logan's Accompt, principally for Dougald: 2 : 4 : 9

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