pack

1

In Great Britain, ? – 18th century, a unit of mass used in the wool trade.

Locality   pounds
Huntingdonshire   240
North Wales lamb's wool 240
Yorkshire, Lancashire lamb's wool 44
Clydesdale, Dumfrieshire, Selkirkshire = 12 Scotch stones  
Kent (BUT flax not wool!) 240

Worlidge.

James Britten.
Old Country and Farming Words.
English Dialect Society, number 30.
London: Trübner and Co., 1880.

Page 173. Britten's sources were Morton's Cyclopedia of Agriculture (1863) and the Second Report of the Commissioners (1820).

2

In Germany, a unit of count used for sheets of paper, = 150,000 sheets. See the table at Ries.

Nelkenbrecher.

3

In Great Britain, a unit of count for teazles, the thistle-like heads used in making wool cloth. Generally 1 pack = 9000 heads of kings or = 20,000 heads of middlings.²

In Gloucestershire:²

   

pack

 

staff

40

glen

25

1000

20

500

20,000

For kings
   

pack

 

staff

30

glen

30

900

10

300

9000

In Yorkshire, North Riding: 1 pack = 1350 bunches of 10 each, = 13,500.²

In Essex, 1 staff = 50 bunches or gleans = 1250 teazles.²

1. James Britten.
Old Country and Farming Words.
English Dialect Society, number 30.
London: Trübner and Co., 1880.

Page 173.

2. Second Report (1820).  Page 25, 32.

4

In Orkney, 12th century? – 18th century?, a unit of length used for the woolen cloth called wadmæl, = 10 gudlings = 60 cuttels. From Norse packi

1. David Balfour.
Oppressions of the Sixteenth Century in the Islands of Orkney and Zetland from Original Documents.
Edinburgh, 1859.
Page 127.

sources

PACK, s. An old Norse measure of quantity formerly used in Orkney : is now represented by the terms piece and roll. A pack of wadmœl contained 10 gudlings, and each gudling contained 6 cuttels or Scotch ells.

David Donaldson.
Supplement to Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary.
Paisley: Alexander Gardner, 1887.

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