First draft of the ‘Regiam Maiestatem ...’ of Sir John Skene (Edinburgh, 1609), written by Charles Lumsden, Minister of Duddingston. Edit




  • 1601-1602. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    i + 261 (some blank) folios. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    the dedication (folio 1);

    laws of Malcolm Makkenneth (folio 3), with notes (folio 6);

    Regiam Maiestatem books i (folio 8 verso), with notes (folio 19);

    ii (folio 29), with notes (folio 49);

    iii (folio 66 verso);

    iv (folio 80 verso);

    Quoniam attachiamenta (folio 89);

    The Form and Maner of Baron Court (folio 109);

    acts of William (folio 124);

    Alexander II (folio 133);

    Robert I (folios 137 and 142 verso);

    David II (folio 149);

    Robert III (folio 158);

    forest laws (folio 164);

    burgh laws (folio 168);

    guild laws (folio 185);

    on customs (folio 191);

    Justice ayre (folio 197);

    Chamberlain ayre (folio 201);

    on the weight of bread (folio 208 verso);

    index (folio 212); and,

    another copy of the burgh laws (folio 247).

    Charles Lumsden has signed and dated the end of most of the sections; and he foliated the leaves (in light brown ink just above and to the right of the text) and signed the gatherings (A-W⁸, in the centre lower margin of the first recto). From these indications it appears that he copied most of the text from April to July 1601. In January and February 1602 he added the index, the notes to Regiam Maiestatem i and ii and to Makkenneth, and the second copy of the burgh laws (in that order). At some point folios 77-78 were added and blank leaves (of the same paper) inserted between many of the sections.

    In addition to the formal notes there are brief marginal notes written by Lumsden and Sir John Skene himself.

    Frequent corrections have been made by pasting in slips. Skene`s name is cut out at the end of the dedication.

  • Related Materials

    For the final manuscript of the work see Adv.MS.25.5.8: Manuscript of the `Regiam Maiestatem...` of Sir John Skene (Edinburgh, 1609), corresponding almost exactly to the published work, but without the indices.

  • Bibliography

    For details of the relationship of the contents of this manuscript to the original manuscripts and to the printed text, see ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, page xxxiv.

    Three of the marginal notes give information about the sources used:

    folio 165 verso (some forest laws from a manuscript belonging to Sir David Lindsay of Edzell, Senator of the College of Justice);

    folio 205 (some of the Chamberlain ayre from the `Scone MS.`); and,

    folio 247 (the second copy of the burgh laws from a manuscript belonging to Mr William Skene, commissary of St Andrews [i.e. the Bute manuscript]).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Deposited, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates.

  • Custodial History

    Presented to the Advocates` Library in 1703 by Sir Walter Pringle, Lord Newhall, Senator of the College of Justice.Former pressmark: A.3.16.