A fount of English, weight, 381 lib. // Ditto, Small Pica, 220 // Ditto, Brevier 234 // Also a quantity of Printing Ink.
As on the 17 April 1779, Bayne and Mennons had advertised that "Printing ink. Of an excellent quality... may be had in any quantities, by applying at Bayne and Mennons' printing-office ...", it looks as though this may have been Donald Bayne's stock. George Paton wrote to Richard Gough 27 May 1780 'now young Bain may be gone to pot, but the Father still works.' This account mentions a partnership with a son which chimes with a reference in William McCullough's notes on Isaiah Thomas's “History of printing in America”. 'The son of the old gentleman was a dashing fellow; and I cannot learn that he did anything at the business. He did not behave well and died prematurely.
N.B. The types are all new, and specimens of the different founts may be had by applying to John Campbell writer, Crichton Street, George's Square, Edinburgh. ...
Son of John Bain, typefounder, and Helen Campbell Donald Bayne was chrisstened in Glasgow 20 November 1744. He married Susannah Ibbetson at St Martin's in the fields, London, 6 November 1767. He sems to have been in partnership with his father, and to have accompanied him back to Edinburgh from London. Afterwards he was partner with John Mennons in the firm of Bayne and Mennons; On 25 October 1779, The Edinburgh Evening Courant announced the bankruptcy of "Donald Bayne, letter-founder and printer". Finally on the 1 January 1780, an anonymous advertisement appeared in the Caledonian Mercury:- // PRINTING TYPES AND PRINTING INK // To be sold, the following quantities of printing types, viz.
Dates of Activity1777-1779
Activitytypefounder, printer, publisher, and inkmaker