Interpreting Scots Measurement Terms: a Cautionary Tale

A. D. C. Simpson

in Perspectives on the Older Scottish Tongue

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622818
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653362 | DOI:
Interpreting Scots Measurement Terms: a Cautionary Tale

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Weights and measures were as much a part of the social fabric of medieval times as they are today. Measurement units were used in the trade of foodstuffs, raw materials, and many furnished goods. In addition, Scottish units have been used for centuries in land contracts, taxation, and in rental and tenancy agreements. Understanding these activities requires a knowledge of the sizes of these units and an appreciation of the way they were used. This chapter discusses measurement terms in the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, interpreting assize texts, and the Scots pints.

Keywords: weights; measurement units; medieval Scotland; Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue; assize texts; pint

Chapter.  7052 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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