'Pancake', from the Burnfoot House recipe book, 1782

This page has been taken from the manuscript recipe book of Margaret Malcolm, which was started in 1782. Both the recipe for 'Mother Eve's Pudding' and the one for 'Pancakes' were given to Margaret by Lady Elizabeth Carnegie, a neighbouring lady who appears to have frequently taken tea at Burnfoot.


In one of these recipes Margaret has written 'half a mutchkin (ie an English pint)'. It appears that she may have felt more comfortable with the English measure. Certainly she was likely to have been influenced by English ideas as she frequently visited English relatives and her sons were educated in England.


The National Library of Scotland holds a fascinating and valuable series of seven recipe books which survive from the Malcolm family. The earliest was started by Margaret Malcolm in 1782, several were then written by her daughter Stephana and her daughter-in-law Clementina, and the last in the series was written by Margaret's great grand-daughter, Mary Malcolm.


NLS reference: Acc.10708/1

  • Maggie Craig 3y

    Fascinating stuff. Thanks for posting!
  • fionah1 3y

    The pancake recipe looks more like a recipe for a sweet omelette or custard type dish. It's all cooked in one go, and there is very little flour used.

  • Harry 3y

    She is indeed confused: she actually writes "nearly half a mutchkin" which would seem to be only a quarter of an imperial pint.
    Approximate measures are all very well but that's taking things too far.
  • DervyB 3y

  • Jessica 2y

    TOTALLY cool!
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