Sprusse stane [Scottish]

In Scotland, 16ᵗʰ – 18ᵗʰ centuries, a unit of mass in the trade in wool and flax with Prussia. Sprusse is Scottish for Prussia.¹ Skene² makes it equivalent to 28 Scottish troy pounds. Taking the Scottish troy pound at 493.517 grams makes the Sprusse stane about 13.82 kilograms.

Footnotes refer to Sources, below.



Sprusse, adj. Of or belonging to Prussia.

John Jamieson.
Supplement to the Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, volume 2.
Edinburgh: Printed at the University Press for W & C. Tait, etc., 1825.


Ilk Last is twa packs: And the pak is als great als halfe ane sek of wooll Skinnes, and conteinis in weicht threttie sex Sprusse stanes.
Ilk Sprusse stane, conteinis twentie aucht pound Trois weicht.

Sir John Skene.
De verborum significatione.
Edinburgh, printed by David Lindsay, 1681.
The first edition was printed in Edinburgh in 1597.
Under the entry for SERPLATH.

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