They would have been produced by the estate management, so the factors, in their offices basically. By the nineteenth century they are very well organised so they come in the form ... they’re not kind of loose bundles, they come in these big letter books where it was like copied in. Quite often they get their relatives to do it so it’s like little childish handwriting sometimes. So that would be in their offices and it would be stored in their offices most of the time. If the estate was very large and there’s a large volume of records, they can often be stored in odd places like attics and there was ... in Sutherland they had paper stored in the chicken shed for decades at a time. So you quite often find, because they are regarded as day-to-day business records, they’re not kept that brilliantly, it has to be said. Quite often when places like the National Library comes in or the National Archives, they’re kind of rescuing these papers from neglect, often.

  • Annie Tindley
Thursday 13th May 2010