Aberdeen Enactment Books

The City Enactment Books (CA/5/7) cover the period 1701-1854 and are a fascinating insight into the social history of the burgh. The purpose of these books was to record the oaths and undertakings of individuals, sworn before a Baillie, promising to do certain things or behave in certain ways. Consequently, they shine a light on a fantastic range of people and events - from weights and measures through to the preparation of food, and from ordinances against dung in the streets through to women being permanently banished from the burgh for keeping ‘loose and disorderly company’.

There are 18 volumes of Enactment Books in the collection, and volume 7 (CA/5/7/7) has now been indexed by volunteers:

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