Accounts of John Rickart of Auchnacant, (1671 - 1749), 1690 - 1724 (The Rickart Manuscript ), with annotated copy of transcript, compiled by William Walker, as it was printed in Scottish Notes and Queries (1913 - 1915). After returning to Aberdeen in 1692, John Rickart appears to have kept a regular and detailed account of his income and expenditure, recording details of personal and family transactions alongside those of his mercantile and money-lending businesses. The accounts thus created contain detailed and useful information regarding Aberdeen business and social life in the late 17th and early 18th century, including details of expenditure by landowners on agricultural improvements.
Rickart's original accounts are bound in 2 slim volumes, with some introductory notes and genealogical information pencilled in the opening pages by William Walker. Walker's printed transcripts are pasted into 3 volumes, and contain marginal entries in his hand, recording names of people and type or topic of transaction. Some loose papers containing Walker's rough notes and indexes are filed in a single folder.