Shipping and Trade in Scotland 1556-1830: the Records of the Scottish Admiralty Court
A good amount of largely unexploited primary source material is readily available in Edinburgh. An index already exists, but only gives the names of the principal protagonists in each case; the author is preparing a better index. Helpful explanations are given of various archaic legal terms used in the material and of its organisation and grouping. Economic history insights are available from details of cargoes traded and voyages undertaken. Social history insights are available from details of disputes between crews and owners and debt proceedings brought by tradesmen providing goods and services to the seafaring community.