Records of Farming at Crofthead, West Lothian

Scope and Content

The records are composed of: an account book, in green vellum, of J.Waddel, the farmer at Crofthead, West Lothian, and of his son James Waddel, 1766-1838; and, a notebook containing lectures on various diseases. Also accounts for sales of butter, cheese, 1787-1793.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Waddel and his son, also James Waddel, farmed at Crofthead, West Lothian during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Crofthead is situated on the edge of the Pentland Hills, by Dippool Water, 4 miles east of the village of Forth in West Lothian.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Accounts material acquired November 1963, Accession no. E64.41. Material on diseases acquired 1966, Accession no. E66.30.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.