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Second Shetland Truck System Report   By: (1835-1908)

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Second Shetland Truck System Report

by William Guthrie


Truck The payment of wages otherwise than in money, the system or practice of such a payment. References/Edinburgh enquiry/book/archives/size of original doc. OED.

The Truck Commission Enquiry, 1872, is a major social history source the Shetland Islands in the 19th century. It followed on from an existing Truck Commission enquiry in 1871, after evidence from Shetland was heard in Edinburgh. 45,125 questions covered the rest of the country, 17,070 for Shetland. Despite this effort, little effect immediately resulted in Shetland from legislation following on the national enquiry.

References George W. Hilton, The Truck System, including a History of the British Truck Acts, 1465 1960, W. Heffer and Sons, Ltd., Cambridge, 1960.

Hance D. Smith, Introduction (to facsimile reprint of the Report of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the Truck System (Shetland), Sandwick, 1978.

Hance D. Smith, Shetland Life and Trade, 1550 1914, John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh, 1984, ISBN 0859761037.

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The original documents come in a double column, small print format. Since it isn't possible, or even desirable to reproduce that here, some alterations have been made. Page numbers are indicated within square brackets [Page x]. Tables, which were in even smaller print, have also been altered somewhat where necessary. In particular, Table I IV in the Report section have been split up for ease of use, and put after, rather than in the middle of the section referring to them. The use of italics has been indicated by means of the following .

The most obvious typographical errors have been removed, but otherwise the text is untouched. However, the spelling of place names and personal names has altered a bit over the years, and the items below cover most of the obvious problems, as well as some misapprehensions and errors.

Blanch now Blance.

ca'in/caain whales alternative spellings of the same word for Pilot Whale, usually.

Clunas now usually Cluness.

Colafirth now Collafirth.

Coningsburgh now Cunningsburgh.

Cumlywick now Cumlewick.

Cunningster now Cunnister.

Dalzell alternatively Dalziel, Dalyell, Deyell, and even Yell.

Dunrosness now Dunrossness.

Edmonston/Edmonstone now Edmondston.

Eskerness probably Eshaness.

Exter, Janet a misapprehension actual name unknown but possibly Janet Inkster.

Fetler now Fetlar.

Fiedeland now Fethaland.

Flaus/Flawes/Flaws alternative spellings of the same name now usually Flaws.

Garrioch/Garriock/Garrick can be alternative spellings of the same name.

ghive/geo/gio gio an inlet.

Goudie/Gaudie now Goudie.

Hancliffe probably Hangcliff.

Harra now Herra.

Hildesha now Hildasay, an island.

Hillyar/Hillyard probably Heylor.

Humphray/Humphrey/Umphray can be alternative spellings of the same name.

Jameson/Jamieson now usually Jamieson.

Lasetter now Lusetter.

Lebidden now Leabitten.

Leisk/Leask alternative spellings of the same name.

Lesslie/Leslie alternative spellings of the same name.

Lingord now Lingarth.

Luija probably Linga, an island.

Malcolmson/Malcomson now usually Malcolmson.

Manaster prob. Mangaster.

Mavisgrind now Mavis Grind.

Nicholson now usually Nicolson.

North Mavine/Northmaven now Northmavine.

Rennesta probably Ringasta.

Roenessvoe now Ronas Voe.

Satter now Setter.

scatthold/scattales/scattholes now scattald.

scaups/scaaps alternative spellings of the same word, a bed of shellfish on the sea bottom.

Simbister now Symbister.

Stenness now Stennes.

Sullem/Sullam now Sullom.

Thomason/Thomson/Thompson alternative spellings of the same name.

Trosswick now Troswick... Continue reading book >>

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