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Old January 18th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #1

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200 Year Old Diaries Go Online


Just spotted this gem, wahey!

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Entries from a diary written by a Stirling resident some 200 years ago have been digitised and made available online by Stirling Council Archive to give people the chance to see what life in the town was like in the 19th century. Written between 1808 and 1820 by Dr Thomas Lucas, the diary gives an intriguing insight into the town and its surrounding areas – from family and business life to local events and international affairs. Lucas’s entry for 1 January 1813 states: “The weather very mild. No riots on the streets this year on the New Years morning.”

The council's archive will be posting entries for 1813 in an online blog – read them at The Dr Lucas Diaries | Entries from the Georgian diaries of Dr Thomas Lucas of Stirling, January to December 1813.
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Starts off in 1808, so might get in how the last few years of the Napoleonic War affected Britain.

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March 1808

[The first entry in this diary for the year 1808 is dated 1 March].

1st

Began to build a garden wall between Mrs Macfarlanes garden and mine at the North hills. Macfarlane agrees to pay half the expence.

2nd

Sowed 1 oz of leekseed 2 oz onion seed and ½ oz carrots, the onion seed at 10 pence per oz.

4th

Finished the garden wall

6th

Mrs Whitehead went back to Cowie. She was six weeks in town and effected no agreement amongst her children, or took a single step towards arranging or settling her affairs.
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January

1st

Walchern evacuated by our troops.

Buonoparte parted with his wife with the resolution of getting another.

The weather uncommonly tempestuous.

Post whatever other interesting anecdotes you might find!

-EoR
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Old January 18th, 2013, 10:19 AM   #2

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Very Interesting, Your Lordship!

I love accessing history through the eyes of the people themselves, right as they experienced it. Will take a browse to see what's there.

PS - Just had a look. Found this:

'8 March 1808: No accounts from America as yet relative to an amicable settlement with that ingrateful people.'

I take this to be a reference to either the American Embargo Act (1807) or the British prohibition on slavery, or both. Things were very tough in the post-Napoleonic period. Britain and Ireland went into an economic depression which Lucas alludes to in his diary. He talks about the many Irish 'manufacturies' that were going to the wall and the rising cost of timber, there being little Baltic timber left and only American pine readily available. The Irish were further grieved by the prohibition on illicit distillation of spirits (poitín, poteen) from grain which he also mentions.

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Old January 18th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #3

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Received a letter from Mr Napier at Edinburgh that Lang had obtained decreet for expences in Aitkens liferent for £24.4.7. This has been a very troublesome affair about that old whore’s liferent, but it was fortunate that she did not enjoy it long, not above one year and a half.

Seems like a nice Christian soul.....(not)
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Old January 18th, 2013, 11:00 AM   #4

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Great stuff!
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Old January 18th, 2013, 11:03 AM   #5

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This is an absolutely exciting find. Can't wait for the annotated version. [which will explain liferent, for example.]
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I imagine it's some kind of pension for dubious services.

He was probably some despicable old crony who lured naive young peasant girls into performing obscene acts in exchange for a paltry monetary guarantee.

I've been doing it for a number of years to the local chav girls and it works wonderfully.
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I imagine it's some kind of pension for dubious services.

He was probably some despicable old crony who lured naive young peasant girls into performing obscene acts in exchange for a paltry monetary guarantee.

I've been doing it for a number of years to the local chav girls and it works wonderfully.
Thats quite possible EoR
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This is an absolutely exciting find. Can't wait for the annotated version. [which will explain liferent, for example.]
I have often come upon a similar word in 18th century Danish called "livrente", which means "a pension". I suspect they are of the same origin (from somewhere else I assume), though this is the first time I hear of the English word.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #9

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Very interesting source by the way. I love it when people take the time to digitize such old primary sources. The net is just incomparable to older methods when it comes to making history directly accessible for all.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 06:02 PM   #10

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May 1808


"Our Volonteers returned from Alloa. There had been a fracas between Major Brown of the Falkirk Volonteers and one McKillop of ours. McKillop was on duty as a centinel, Brown ordered him to leave his post and go a message McKillop refused, Brown watched his opportunity, knocked McKillop down and disarmed him and ordered him into confinement."


Scottish military discipline at work.
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