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Records of Brunstane Farm, Portobello, Edinburgh

Identifier: Coll-808

Scope and Contents

The material is composed of several folders of accounts offering an insight into farming practice throughout the mid-decades of the twentieth century, an impression of the scale of self-sustaining small business in Portobello and district itself, and an idea of the cost of living from the 1930s to the 1970s especially for a small farmer. The firms include insurance companies, animal feed firms, and repair shops. There are accounts from an ironmonger and sheet metal worker in Portobello, the King Oil Company of Cambuslang, McVitie and Price for pig food, and Alexander of Edinburgh, dealers in Lincoln, Ford and Fordson vehicles, and suppliers to Brunstane Farm of a Fordson tractor costing Pounds 100 in 1949. There is also an accounts book covering the period 1932 to 1938, and a small empty account book of Park in account with W. J. Hunter, Butcher and Poulterer, 278 High Street, Portobello.


  • Creation: 1932-1973

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Biographical / Historical

Brunstane Farm is located by Portobello and Joppa, north east Edinburgh. It lies between Brunstane Burn and Newcraighall.


1 box

Physical Location

Gen. 2128

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Records of Brunstane Farm, Portobello, Edinburgh
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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