This is the first study of Scottish price history to be published, and a major contribution to the economic and social history of early modern and pre-industrial Britain. Using the remarkable series of "fiars" prices for grains and other contemporary sources, Gibson and Smout focus, in particular, on the prices of grain, meal and animal products, and assess how Scots laborers could survive in an economy that could pay only very low money wages. Their conclusions make a powerful contribution to the perennial debate on the standard of living of ordinary people prior to industrialization.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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Table of ContentsList of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; A note on Scottish and English money; Map of Scottish counties and principal burghs; 1. Introduction; 2. The system of burgh price regulation; 3. The system of county fiars; 4. Press reports of monthly market prices; 5. Trends and fluctuations in grain price movements; 6. The price of animals and animal products; 7. Food; 8. Wages in money and kind; 9. Real wages; Appendix I: Scottish weights and measures, 1580-1780; Appendix II: accessing the data; Bibliography; Person index; Place index; Subject index.