Digitised copy of Memorial about the set of Benbuy (Beinne Bhuidhe), 1681. The Memorial discusses: the set (lease) of the land in 1678; numbers of livestock kept on the land (including ‘meares’, ‘deere’, cows and stirks); the management of deer on the land; salaries of the ‘taxmen’ (tacksmen – tenant farmers).
The Memorial names several tenants – McConochy, Nicoll McNicoll of Elerchemore and Dougall McEllure of Killblaan – and other place names. The second page contains further remarks on cows, ‘meares’ and ‘deere’ on the land and prospect of the 9th Earl of Argyll making an advance in exchange for half the ‘old benefite’.
Notes in a later hand record that document is ‘very interesting’ and that it contains the ‘handwriting of the 9th Earl of Argyll’ as well as old place names.
No transcript is available for this item.
From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.