Recipes from Scotland 1680s to 1940s

Jams and preserves

Account for fruit trees

In 1538, Mary of Guise, Queen of James V, wrote home that there were apples, plums, and pears in Scotland, although not the same range as in France. Her correspondent sent supplies of new varieties by return.

From the early 17th century, the style of domestic architecture in Scotland changed. Fortification was no longer so important.

Orchards as well as kitchen gardens became fashionable and were an indicator of wealth and social standing.

This 1681 account records the arrival at Yester House in the Borders of pear, apple, and plum trees from Pinkie in East Lothian. Both properties belonged to the Earl of Tweeddale.

Handwritten list of fruit trees and costs

'Ane Accompt of frutt trees to yestar and Ednr from pinkie 9th November 1681'. [Library reference: MS.14716, f.192]
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Jams and preserves