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Burgh Weights and Measures

Stacking weights from Wigtown

Description:

The Union avoirdupois weights issued to Wigtown Burgh in 1707.  One weighs 8 pounds and the other 4 pounds and both are countermarked 'D.L.K.' showing they were issued in Lanark.

 

Following the Act of Union in 1707 there was an attempt to rationalise Scotland's system of weights and measures and all burghs were ordered to follow the English system.  The weights and measures acquired in 1707 by Wigtown are one of the most complete sets surviving in Scotland.

Materials/Media:
bronze
Dimensions:
max diam:143mm
Source:
Wigtown County Buildings
Accession number:
WIWMS 1986.466 & 470
Digital Number:
WIWM001i
Creation Date:
1707
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council