Legal and historical collections of Sir Lewis Stewart of Kirkhill, advocate, compiled early in the 17th century. Edit




  • Early 17th century. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    xix + 238 + xxviii folios. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The first part of the volume, to folio 151, is largely legal, the remainder historical. At the end is an index to the collections, of which the first folio is lost (folio 239). There are two transcripts of the historical section, Adv.MSS.34.3.11 and 34.3.12, which do not however begin until folio 159; they contain additional material, some of which may have been lost in a gap after folio 156, but much of it can never have been included in this volume; it is therefore possible that they are derived from an expanded version, perhaps not or not wholly due to Stewart.

    The legal section consists largely of copies of documents from the Justiciary Court and other public records; there is a particular interest in forfeitures, restitutions, and resignations. The historical section is extremely varied: lists of kings, nobility, events, and religious institutions; sheriffs` accounts and taxation of benefices; charters, especially foundations of abbeys and collegiate churches; acts of Parliament. The great majority are known from other primary or secondary sources. A full list of the contents is available.

    The manuscript is written by several clerks, with occasional notes apparently by Stewart himself. On folio 19 verso are the lines `Hic liber est meus possum producere testes / Si quis me querit Lodovicus mihi nomen / Erat Steuart jungatur quis scripsit sic nominatur` (repeated with minor variations), together with several examples of Stewart`s signature in various forms. The names Andro Hoge and W Chalmers also occur.

  • Arrangement

    Collation (deduced from the sequence of watermarks): i², ii-iii⁸, 1¹⁶ (-1 [assumes folio xix is the first extant leaf]), 2-4¹⁶, 5¹⁶ (-10-16 [after folio 70]), 6-10¹⁶, 11¹⁶ (-8-12 [after folio 156]), 12-15¹⁶, 16¹⁶ (-15 [first leaf of index]), iv- vi⁸, vii⁴. Original foliation 1-252 in top right-hand corner, frequently obscured or lost; later foliation (after the losses) 1-238 in top centre, sometimes repeated in corner.

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  • Bibliography

    `Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt.` (1837-1871): manuscript 12236.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Paper (watermark N in shield, surmounted by a crown, below in a cartouche IEAN NIVELLE, Briquet 8423, 1578-1602; watermark of endpapers fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, cross and WR below, countermark IM except in the final section, where it is cross, IHS and LM).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    The volume belonged in the 19th century to George Chalmers and Sir Thomas Phillipps. It was bought by the Advocates’ Library at Sotheby`s, 16 June, 1896, lot 1024.