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To Henry Dundas

Postcard of Burgess ticket granting the Freedom of Dumfries.
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Burgess ticket granting the Freedom of Dumfries

This burgess ticket, issued in 1793, grants the freedom of the burgh of Dumfries upon Henry Dundas for his efforts in removing a tax on coal. The ticket was contained within a silver Freedom Box.

The ticket explains that the freedom was granted 'for the service he hath rendered to his native country in general and to this town in particular in obtaining a repeal of the law imposing a duty upon water-borne coal'.

Dundas was given honours by many Scoittish burghs in thanks for removing a tax on coal, and boosting local economies. He thought cheaper fuel would reduce civil unrest.

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Online ID: 000-100-045-907-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1991.10.3
Date: 1793
25 June 1793
Material: Paper. Inscription: Obverse: BURGESS TICKET / TOWN OF DUMFRIES / TO / The Right Honourable / Henry Dundas / OF / MELVILLE / 1793; reverse: ON / the 25 day of June 1793 / The Right Honourable / Henry Dundas of Mel
Dimensions: 369 mm H x 488 mm W
What: Document / burgess ticket
Who: Henry Dundas of Melville (Owner)
Where: Dumfries
Description: Burgess ticket on paper given by the burgh of Dumfries to Henry Dundas of Melville in recognition of his role in obtaining the abolition of the duty on waterborne coal, 25 June 1793
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