The locksmith craft in early modern Edinburgh

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The locksmith craft was a vital part of the early modern town. This book explores the lives of the craftsmen, the social structures in which they lived and the remarkable objects which they made, from the time of incorporation in the fifteenth century, to the eve of Deacon Brodie, the Industrial Revolution and the breakdown of guild control. By considering this colourful group of craftsmen, the urban experience comes to life and our understanding of a staple occupation is enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherSociety of Antiquaries of Scotland
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)090390344X, 9780903903448
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Locksmiths
  • Craft
  • Incorporated Trades
  • Guilds
  • Material Culture
  • Hammermen
  • Edinburgh


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