Manuscript of the ‘Regiam Maiestatem’, ‘Quoniam attachiamenta’, statutes, burgh laws, ‘De judicibus’, and other smaller legal texts, mostly in Scots, written in the 3rd quarter of the 15th century. Sections (xxv)-(xxvii) are a slightly later addition. Edit

Summary

Identifier
Adv.MS.25.4.15

Dates

  • 14th century-15th century. (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    iii + 229 folios.

Subjects

Notes

  • Language of Materials

    ScotsLatin

  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metresiii + 229 folios.130.00 x 200.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    130.00 x 200.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) `Regiam Maiestatem` in 4 books of 191 continuously numbered chapters (34, 74, 26, and 57 in each book respectively) with table at the beginning (folio 1). The end of chapter 6 to the beginning of chapter 14 is lost. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 233-277.

    (ii) `Quoniam attachiamenta` in 61 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 60 verso). Chapters 11-24 are lost. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 283-295.

    (iii) Various laws (folio 80 verso).

    (iv) Various laws and rules of procedure in 46 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 81 verso).

    (v) `Statutis of King Robert ye Broys` in 31 chapters (30 in the table) with table at the beginning (folio 92). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 106-114.

    (vi) Various laws in 8 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 99).

    (vii) `Ye lawys of King David` in 14 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 101). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 5-13.

    (viii) `Ye statutis of King Alexander` in 12 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 104). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 67-74.

    (ix) `Ye lawys of King William` in 6 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 108). The sixth chapter is `Ye lawys of forrest` in 20 sections. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 49-62, 323-328.

    (x) `Statuta Jacobi primi Regis Scocie` in 74 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 112). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, ii, pages 1-24.

    (xi) `Acta Parliamenti` of James II in 20 chapters (modern numbering) (folio 126). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, ii, pages 31-52.

    (xii) `Ye lawys of burrowys` in 125 chapters (numbering partly modern; 109 the table) with table at the beginning for this and the following section (folio 130 verso). The last two chapters are `Ye assise of bread` and `Ye tolles and customes of Scotland`. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 21-44, 312-314, 303-308.

    (xiii) `Ye chammerlan ayr` in 22 chapters with table at the beginning of section (xii) (folio 152 verso). The last two chapters are `Ye lawis of ye gild` and `Ye lawys of schippis’. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 329-338, 89*-96*.

    (xiv) `Statutis of ye burrowys` (folio 163).

    (xv) The collection known as `De Judicibus` in 49 chapters with table at the beginning (folio 164). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 83*-86*.

    (xvi) Summary of the contents of (i) to (xv) (folio 172 verso).

    (xvii) `Statuta regis Roberti tercii`, in Latin (folio 173 verso). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 207-214.

    (xviii) `Ye maner of ye process and ordour of schawing of halding` (folio 175). The date of the courts is 1455.

    (xix) `Ye maner and ye ordour of ye process of purprestur` (folio 180 verso).

    (xx) `Ye forme and ordour of salsing of domes gevin in presens of party` (folio 182 verso).

    (xxi) `Of remeid of domes gevin in absens of partie` (folio 187 verso).

    (xxii) `Exceptiones in bona forma legis`, mostly in Latin (folio 189 verso).

    (xxiii) `Leges Macolmi Makinneth`, in Latin (folio 193). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 345-348.

    (xxiv) `Consuetudines et claues curiarum`, in Latin (folio 195).

    (xxv) Procedure in baron courts in 72 chapters (modern numbering) (folio 206).

    (xxvi) Process against a wrong occupier of ground (folio 224). The original text is on folios 225-226; a later hand has recopied it on folio 224.

    (xxvii) `Ye statute and ws of march` (folio 227).

    Headings and some initials are in red. Many of the general titles have not been inserted.

    On folio ii are a contents-list and note on the date of the manuscript by Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck.

  • Arrangement

    Collation: ? 1¹⁶ (-10, 11, 12, 13), 2-4¹⁶, 5¹⁶ (-6, 7, 8), 6-7²⁰, 8-12¹⁶, 13¹⁶ (-14, 15, 16), 24 leaves. No signatures. Catchwords in the lower right-hand margin of the last verso of each gathering, parallel to the text. Ruled with a hard point. 1 column. 28-30 lines. Ruled area 145 x 100 millimetres.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.1092.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Paper (watermark, gothic P, type Piccard iv III 1-149, 1470 on), Binding of full leather, with Advocates` Library stamp, late 18th century, rebacked 1937.

  • 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

    Among many other pen-trials and marginalia the following names occur: (folio iii) Jhon Coninghame (?) and Robert Child in Dalserf (16th century), (folios 24, 79) John Hamilton of Cauder (17th century), (folio 201) James Hammyltoun of Dalserf (early 17th century: his initials on folios 13 verso, 14?). On folio i is the ownership note of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck, dated 1750, and a note of his donation of the manuscript to the Advocates` Library in 1776. Former pressmark: W.4.ult.

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