Sunday, 31 October 2010

Darien lists on The Original Record

Another new addition to The Original Record website (


Darien Company Subscription Lists

The Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies was established by Act of Parliament, a general subscription list being opened at Edinburgh from 26 February to 1 August 1696, and a separate one at Glasgow from 5 March to 22 April 1696. These lists were published in 1849 by the Bannatyne Club as an appendix to a volume called The Darien Papers. The lists give date, full name, sometimes an indication of address, and the amount of the subscription, in pounds Scots.

The Darien venture nearly bankrupted Scotland, and directly led to the country joining England in the Act of Union of 1707. Prior to this, Scotland had its own currency, the Scottish pound, and at this point there were twelve pounds Scots to the English sterling equivalent.

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