Household account book of Elizabeth Maitland, 1767-1803

Scope and Content

Household account book of Elizabeth Maitland.

The accounts relate to Balgarvie House, Cupar, [Fife], which she occupied during her widowhood. The very detailed accounts comprise itemised costings of the wide range of outlays of the household covering food and drink, cloth, haberdashery, shoes, fuel, soap, household utensils, ironmongery, building materials, stationery, books and newspapers, chandlery, charitable donations, stipends and gifts to the church, animal feedstuffs, veterinary costs, transport, wages of domestic servants and fees to tradesmen.

Administrative / Biographical History

Elizabeth Maitland was the daughter of Charles, 6th earl of Lauderdale, and Elizabeth Ogilvy. She first married James Ogilvy of Inchmartin in 1739, and after his death married General Robert Anstruther, son of Sir Robert Anstruther of Balcaskie, in 1765. He had acquired Balgarvie estate, near Cupar, Fife. They had one son, Philip, before Robert died in 1767. Elizabeth remained at Balgarvie House through her widowhood, dying in 1804.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented from the Library of James Prain of Kincaple, Fife, Rector's Assessor on the University Court, 1937-1945.


Call number used to be ms5465

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding, reverse calf with remains of two ties. Paper: 16.4x40.7cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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