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Winchester bushel measure from Wigtown

Description:

A Winchester bushel dry capacity measure issued to Wigtown Burgh in 1707.  It has three feet and two handles and has an attached plaque carrying the arms and name of Linlithgow. 

 

A bushel contained 8 gallons and each gallon was the volume occupied by 8 pounds of wheat.

 

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
Source:
Wigtown County Buildings
Accession number:
WIWMS 1988.36
Digital Number:
WIWM001k-n
Creation Date:
1707
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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