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SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL SILVER

The characteristic traits of a people are reflected in the quality of their art, and so it is with the history of the early Scotch silversmiths. The austerity and simple tastes of the Scotchman are brought to notice by the work of the early craftsmen. The majority of silver articles made were definitely for practical use, rather than for purposes of decoration. Most of the early Scotch silver was used in churches, or else in the gentle art of drinking.
It is interesting to note that in the earliest days of silversmithing in Scotland, it was the general custom for the client to bring his own silver or gold to the craftsman to be wrought at his order.
Most of Provincial silver wasn't presented for hallmarking to Edinburgh or Glasgow Assay Offices and silver was marked only with the maker's initial and a punch usually inspired to the town symbol.
In this way the customer avoided to pay the Duty reimposed in 1784 and silversmith's work was much less costly. As such there is much more Town marked plate than Duty marked by Provincial silversmiths for the period up to 1860.



map of Scotland
ABERDEEN     ARBROATH     BALLATER     BANFF     CANONGATE     CUPAR     DUMFRIES     DUNDEE     ELGIN     ELLON     FOCHABERS     FORRES     GREENOCK     INVERNESS     IONA     MONTROSE     OBAN     PAISLEY     PERTH     PETERHEAD     ST.ANDREWS     STONEHAVEN     TAIN     WICK    

THE DIRECTORY OF SCOTTISH PROVINCIAL SILVERSMITHS
MARKS: J - M
marks from A to D     from E to I     from J to M     from N to T     from U to Z    
J     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
J&N Jamieson & Naughton Inverness
JA James Abercrombie Aberdeen
JA John Allen Aberdeen
JA John Argo Banff
JA John Austen Dundee
J.ADAIR John Adair Dumfries
JAMcN John & Archie McNab Perth
JB James Barron Aberdeen
JB James Brander Aberdeen
JB James Berry Aberdeen
JB James Begg Aberdeen
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JB James Burrell Greenock
J.B James Begg Aberdeen
J.B John Blair Dundee
J.B. James Begg Aberdeen
JC John Clarck Greenock
J.C John Cumming Banff
J.C J. Cumming Keith
JD John Duncan Aberdeen
JD James Douglas Dundee
JE James Erskine Aberdeen
JE Erskine &Byers (possibly) Aberdeen
J.E James Erskine Aberdeen
J.E. James Erskine Aberdeen
JF John Findley Aberdeen
JF James Ferguson Inverness
JF John Fraser Inverness
JG John Garder Aberdeen
JG J.Glenny Montrose
JH James Hardy Aberdeen
JH James Halliday Dumfries
JH James Harris Dundee
JH John Heron Greenock
JI James Johnstone Dumfries
J.I James Johnstone Dumfries
JJ James Johnson Perth
JL John Leslie Aberdeen
JL James Law Aberdeen
JL James Leslie Elgin
JM John Mckenzie (possibly) Dumfries
JM James Mills Dundee
J.M John Mackie Ellon
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J.M James Morrison Fochabers
JMcI J.McIver (possibly) Fochabers
J.McI J.McIver (possibly) Fochabers
J.Mc.R John MacRae Inverness
JMR John MacRae Inverness
JO Joseph Onions (possibly) Dundee
JoE John Ewan Aberdeen
JOE John Ewan Tain
JOHNCHRISTIE John Christie Stirling
JORAILLY John o'Railly Dumfries
JP James Pirie Aberdeen
JP Joseph Pozzie Elgin
JP J.Pozzie & RR Elgin
JP J.Pozzie & R.Stewart Elgin
JR James Rettie Aberdeen
JR James Robertson Aberdeen
JS James Smith Aberdeen
JS John Stewart (possibly) Dumfries
JS James Sturrock (possibly) Dundee
JS John Sellar Elgin
JS James Sturrock (possibly) Montrose
JS John Scott Perth
JS James Stobie Perth
JS John Sellar Tain
JS John Sellar Wick
J.S John Sutherland Aberdeen
J.S James Sime Elgin
JTM James T MacKay Elgin
JU John Urquhart Perth
JW James Walker Aberdeen
JW James Wildgoose Aberdeen
JW James Wright Perth
J.W James Walker Aberdeen
J WALKER John Walker Aberdeen
JY James Yule Dumfries
K     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
KS Keith Sim Inverness
KS Keith Sim Tain
L     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
L John Leslie Aberdeen
LAW James Law Aberdeen
LINDSAY R.Lindsay Oban
LN unidentified Perth
M     mark
SILVERSMITH
TOWN
M Thomas Moncrur Aberdeen
M John McQueen Banff
M William MacLean Inverness
MACKAY James R MacKay Elgin
M & C Medlock & Craik Inverness
MACGREGOR David MacGregor Pertk
MC Matthew Colquhoun Ayr
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McK & C MacKenzie Bros Inverness
McQ John McQueen Banff
MEDLOCK Arthur Medlock Inverness
MEDLOCK Medlock & Craik Inverness
MF Michael Forrest Canongate
MH Mark Hinchsliffe Dumfries
MILNE Milne Aberdeen
M.J Naughton & MacLeod Inverness
MK Simon McKenzie Inverness
M'LEAN William MacLean Dumfries
MR Simon MacKenzie Inverness
MR Alex McRae II Inverness
M.RETTIE M.Rettie & Son Aberdeen
MUIR George A Muir Brechin
MUNRO Munro Perth
MZ Michael Zeigler Canongate

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