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Mother grants goods to daughter in return for maintenance, Glasgow

There were no retirement provisions in medieval Scotland. Sometimes, as in the notary's document recorded here, a parent would grant all his/ her goods to a son or daughter in return for the child maintaining the parent for the rest of his/her life. Note the furnishings of the household.


18 Feb 1507 done in city of Glasgow

Intrument on the gift by donation, inter vivos [between living persons], and on the assignation by Margaret Sewstare, to Agnes Sewstare, her daughter, of all her goods, movable and immovable, then held and possessed by her, namely: four pots, three plates, seven pewter dessert dishes, six pewter dishes, one salt-cellar, three pewter quarts, two pewter pints, two beds of “nappes” [with mattresses stuffed with wool], two cassocks, “ane stand-bed”[a free-standing bed], two pairs of sheets, five pairs of candlesticks, seven pillows, three wooden coffers, a wooden chest, a table and a pair of trestles, two cupboards, a vessle cupboard, an iron grate, tongs and on the assignation to her of all debts due to her, and this for the support of the said Margaret in all honesty and the necessaries of life during her lifetime.


Liber Protocollorum M.  Cuthberti Simoni eds Joseph Bain and Charles Rogers vol 1 (London: Grampian Club, 1875) no 341. Translation from Scots E. Ewan


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