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Women, Credit, and Debt In Early Modern Scotland$
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Cathryn Spence

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992538

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992538.001.0001

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Owned, loaned, and pawned

Owned, loaned, and pawned

the control of property

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Women, Credit, and Debt In Early Modern Scotland

Cathryn Spence

Manchester University Press

This chapter uses as its main source the Annuity Tax Roll for Edinburgh, which lists every landlord, tenant, and property in Edinburgh in 1635. It considers the presence of women in the tax roll both as landladies and tenants, and therefore explores economic issues such as women's control of property, and social issues such as spinster-clustering. It also uses debt litigation to explore the issue of landlord-tenant relationships, not just in Edinburgh, but also in Haddington, Linlithgow, and Dundee. From there, the chapter examines the control of monetary property, through the practice of moneylending, which also had a clear status element, and the control of small property, through cases of pawnbroking.

Keywords:   rent, maill, landlady, tenant, moneylending, interest, pawnbroking

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