Hope Account Book, Sir John Hope of Craighall
Scope and Contents
The manuscript volume itself is composed of a short alphabetic table of names, then from folio 1, accounts dating from 1 August 1662, Edinburgh, to 7 September 1671, Edinburgh, at folio 221. Towards the rear of the volume are another set of accounts and revenues and interests on 87 folios.
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Biographical / Historical
Another brother, Sir James Hope (1614-1661), was a representative for Scotland in the English Parliament in 1653.
Sir John Hope, Lord Craighall, died in Edinburgh on 28 April 1654.
It had been Sir John Hope and Sir James Hope who in the 1660s had owned the lead-ore company at Leadhills in the Lowther Hills - an area along with Wanlockhead which yielded other ores too. Indeed gold was discovered in the area during the reign of James IV, when gold-mining had provided employment for 300 persons. Although gold-mining declined, the export of lead-ore from Leadhills was very important in the early modern Scottish economy, and the Hope family had built on their control of this industry to acquire property and land. The lead mines were profitable enough to justify building or improving roads the full 50 miles to Leith from which the ore could be exported to the Low Countries for smelting.
1 manuscript volume
- Manuscript account book of the Hope family, 1662-1671 - lead-ores, Leadhills
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