Dragoons in the Tavern in Dumfries in 1687 #History #Scotland


In 1687, five officers from His Majesty’s Regiment of Dragoons went drinking in Dumfries. Each of them doubtless had tales to tell of Covenanters they had pursued or killed … they also left a bill for the burgh to pay.

Mistress Rome, who kept the town’s tavern in Dumfries in 1687, charged the subjoined account against the Council that year:– “Spent with Lieutenant-Colonell [George] Windram, Captain Strauchane, Captain [Alexander] Bruce, Lievetenant [Lewis] Lauder, Leivetenant Livingstone, six pynts of wyne, with tobacco and pypes, £36 9s 4d.” (History of Dumfries, 487.)

That’s six Scottish pints, of course. The equivalent of fouteen-and-a-half modern bottles.

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~ by drmarkjardine on January 5, 2018.

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