Scottish Medieval Prices, 1263-1542

The aim of the project was to collect and analyse price data in order to develop an understanding of the behaviour of Scottish medieval prices. Scottish medieval sources are relatively scarce compared with England and price data are corresondingly scarce and scattered. the project team combed available sources of price data, concentrating on accounts and legal records.

For each price, information was sought for the following fields: year, place, commodity, quantity, total price, unit price and source. A memo field was established to permit additional information to be recorded. The fragmented information was collected on computer and re-arranged into a chronologically ordered series by commodity.

Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
N.J. Mayhew and E. Gemmill (University of Oxford. Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology)
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Data Publisher:


Machine-readable documentation in Adobe PDF and ASCII text.


Persistent identifier:10.5255/UKDA-SN-2978-1

File Descriptions: 


  • report.pdf is the adobe portable document format study report
  • *.tab are the tab-delimited data files (one for each commodity)
  • *.txt are ASCII text citation, readme and study description files


File Storage: 

Data written to CD-ROMs on 14/2/07.


ASCII tab-delimited files (.tab) files.

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Data Access: 

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