The Books of Assumption of the Thirds of Benefices

    The Books of Assumption of the Thirds of Benefices

    Scottish Ecclesiastical Rentals at the Reformation

    James Kirk

    British Academy 1995

    Hardback 988pp

    9780197261255   Product Code: 21586

    The late medieval church was the wealthiest single landowner in Scotland, with an annual income ten times that of the crown. Compiled for the crown - and the tax-gatherer - the Books of Assumption surveys the incomes of church properties in Scotland (except Argyll and the Isles) in the 1560s. Presented here in calendared form, it provides an enormous amount of data on the church's income and expenditure and the society in which it played such an important part.

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