Manuscript of the ‘Regiam Maiestatem’, statutes, burgh and guild laws, ‘Quoniam attachiamenta’, forest laws, ‘De judicibus’, and other smaller legal texts, some in Scots, mostly written by James Monynet in 1488, with some later additions. Edit

Summary

Identifier
Adv.MS.25.5.6

Dates

  • 1248-15th century. (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    xvi + 399 folios (folios i-ii and xv- xvi are the endpapers of the present binding, folios iii-iv and xiii-xiv the vellum endpapers of a previous binding; the contemporary foliation runs from 1 to 401, but 188 and 277 are omitted).

Subjects

Notes

  • Language of Materials

    ScotsLatinEnglish, Middle (1100-1500)

  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metresxvi + 399 folios (folios i-ii and xv- xvi are the endpapers of the present binding, folios iii-iv and xiii-xiv the vellum endpapers of a previous binding; the contemporary foliation runs from 1 to 401, but 188 and 277 are omitted).205.00 x 282.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    205.00 x 282.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) Table of sections (iii) and (v)-(vii) (folio vi).

    (ii) ‘Brevis ordo judiciarius,` maxims and procedures in 12 chapters, in a later hand (folio x verso).

    (iii) `Regiam Maiestatem,` in four books of respectively 35, 74, 35, and 68 chapters (folio 1). In addition to this numbering (in red) there is a continuous numbering of the chapters to ccxi. Prefixed are 11 lines beginning `Hoc trahit ad lumen antiqua statuta volumen’ (‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, page xv). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 233-277.

    (iv) Four chapters, the first two numbered ccviii and ccviiii, the others in a later hand and in Scots, on various topics (folio 59 verso).

    (v) `Quoddam notabile de maritagio` in 18 chapters (folio 63).

    (vi) `Statuta Regis Malcolmi Mackynneth` in 3 chapters numbered 19 to 21 (folio 66).

    (vii) ‘Statuta prima Regis Roberti Broys` in 19 chapters (folio 66).

    (viii) `Statuta Regis Willelmi` in 11 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 69). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 47-61.

    (ix) `Constituciones Willelmi Regis` in 19 chapters, with table added later in the lower margins of folios 70 verso and 71 recto (folio 71).

    (x) Statuta Alexandri Regis filii Willelmi Regis` in 29 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 75). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 65-74.

    (xi) `Statuta secunda Regis Roberti Broys` in 34 chapters (numbered in red only to xxvii, the remaining numbers added later), with table at the beginning (originally of only 26 chapters; the remainder added later in the lower margin of folio 83 verso) (folio 83). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 107-114.

    (xii) `Modus procedendi in itinere Camerarie in regno Scocie` in 33 chapters, with table on folio 94 (originally of only 24 chapters, the remainder added later) (folio 92 verso). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 329-338.

    Folio 107 verso blank.

    (xiii) `Leges quatour burgorum Scocie` in 153 chapters, with table of sections (xiii)-(xv) at the beginning (folio 108). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 17-44.

    (xiv) `Statuta ultima Regis Roberti Broys’ (folio 149). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 357-358.

    (xv) `Statuta Gylde` in 24 chapters (folio 152). At the end is written in the margin `Caret hic de istis statutis tria folia et sunt in antiquo parvo libro scripta` and in a later hand `heir wantis xxx cheptoris bot þe sall fuind þame in þe hinder end of þe book` (at folio 397 verso). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 89*-96*.

    (xvi) Four chapters on various topics (folio 156).

    (xvii) `Leges Malcolmi Mackenneth de feodis officiariorum` in 4 chapters (folio 157). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 345-348.

    (xviii) `Quoniam attachiamenta` in preface and 63 chapters, with table (of 92 chapters, cf. item (xlii)) at the beginning (folio 160). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 281-295.

    (xix) `Statuta David Regis` in 46 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 190). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 3-13.

    (xx) `Þe poyntis belangande to þe wardane courte` in Scots (folio 203). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, page 350.

    (xxi) `Forme Juramentorum Regis, prelatorum, baronum`, etc. in Scots, in 8 chapters (folio 203 verso).

    (xxii) `The lawis and the Custumis of the schippis` in Scots (folio 205). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 303-308.

    Folios 217-218 blank.

    (xxiii) `Leges Forestarum` in 93 chapters, with table (of 115 chapters; many of these are in item (xxvii)) at the beginning (folio 219). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 323-328.

    (xxiv) `Liber de Judicibus` in 159 chapters, with table (including some chapters from item (xxiii)) at the beginning (folio 247 verso). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 83*-86*.

    Folio 319 recto blank.

    (xxv) `Tailȝe` in 3 chapters, in a later hand and in Scots (folio 319 verso).

    (xxvi) Leges Marchiarum,` 1248, and `Statutis and ordinancis of merchis by Erl William of Douglas,` 1448, in a later hand (folio 320). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 83*-86*, 350.

    (xxvii) `Acta Parliamenti Roberti Tertii Regis Scotorum` in 32 chapters (including many from the table of item (xxiii)), with table at the beginning (folio 326). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 213-214.

    (xxviii) ‘Þe manere þe forme and þe ordour of þe salsing of domys gevin in presens of party,` in Scots (folio 342).

    (xxix) `Off þe consuetude and keys of þe Court` in Scots (folio 353 verso).

    (xxx) `Exposiciones quorundam vocabulorum in cartis` (folio 354 verso).

    (xxxi) `Apud quem vel quos judicem vel judices causa feodi habeat agitari` (folio 356 verso).

    (xxxii) Form of process in suits concerning land, in Scots (folio 358).

    (xxxiii) `Tractatus corone` (folio 361).

    (xxxiv) `Forma defensionis minoris etatis` in Scots (folio 363 verso).

    (xxxv) `The ordoure and the manere of schawing of halding` in Scots (folio 365 verso).

    (xxxvi) `Processus Curie purpresture` in Scots (folio 371 verso).

    (xxxvii) `De quatuor modis tenendi terras de Rege` (folio 373 verso).

    (xxxviii) `The manere of batell within listis` in Scots (folio 375 verso).

    (xxxix) `Quid sit judicium et que sunt species judicum`, in a later hand (folio 378).

    (xl) `Iter Justiciarie` partly in Scots (folio 380). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 341-343.

    (xli) Styles and other notes partly in Scots (folio 384 verso).

    (xlii) `Quoniam attachiamenta` chapters 81-92 (folio 388 verso). See item (xviii).

    (xliii) `Modus calumniandi foristallatores`, in a later hand and in Scots (folio 390 verso).

    (xliv) `De tutoribus et curatoribus`, in a later hand (folio 391 verso).

    (xlv) Various laws, in a later hand (folio 394).

    (xlvi) The omitted 30 chapters of the `Statuta Gylde` (see item (xv)), in a later hand (folio 397 verso).

    (xlvii) Styles of oaths of fealty and of an inquest, in a later hand (folio 399).

    Folio 399 verso blank.

    (xlviii) `Þe buikis tretis processis and lawis contenit within þis volume of Regiam Majestatem and the Kingis lawis ordourly`, in a later hand (folio 400).

    Headings and initials are in red. The scribe gives his name and the date on folio 59: `Et sic est finis tocius regie majestatis scripte per me Jacobum Monynet xxixº die mensis Junii anno domini millesimo quadringentesimo octuagesimo octavo.` `Per Jacobum Monynet` or `Per Ja M` also occurs on folios 59 verso, 318 verso, and 385. Several slightly later hands have added sections (ii), (iv) (second part), (xxv), (xxvi), (xxxix), and (xliii)-(xlviii) ((xliii), (xlv), (xlvii), and (xlviii) are in the same hand). There are frequent marginal annotations in various hands. On folio iv verso are notes in Latin on the calculation of the date of Easter, and on folio iv verso notes in Latin and English on the phases of the moon.

  • Arrangement

    Collation: a⁸, 1-5¹⁰, 6-7¹², 8¹⁰, 9¹⁴ (-13), 10¹⁰, 11-12¹², 13¹⁰, 14¹², 15¹⁴, 16¹², 17¹⁰, 18¹², 19²² (+6 after 9), 20¹⁶, 21²⁰, 22-24¹², 25¹⁰, 26¹², 27¹⁴, 28¹², 29-31¹⁴, 32⁸. Signatures in the centre lower margin of the last verso (only 3[?] in 3 survives). Catchwords in the inner lower margin of the last verso of each gathering (frequently partially cropped). Contemporary foliation. Ruling with a hard point. 1 column. 25-39 lines. Ruled area 185 x 125 millimetres.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Paper (watermarks: gatherings a, 16, insert in 19, 23-24, 26, 30-32 various forms of gothic P, cf. Briquet 8625, 8573-8581, 8544, France and Low Countries, late 15th century; gatherings 1-6, 17-19 two types of pot, cf. Briquet 12476-12477, 12620, France, 1470s and 1480s; gatherings 7-15, crowned heart, cf. Briquet 4324-4326, Low Countries, late 15th century; gatherings 20-22, 25, 27-29 eight-pointed star, cf. Briquet 6055, France, 1461). Binding of full leather, tooled gilt with Advocates` Library stamp, 1798.

  • 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 following names of owners appear: Mr David Dun, burgess of Edinburgh (folios v, 157, 399 verso, 401, all deleted), Sir William Saint Clair of Roslin (folio vi), Thomas Nicolson, Commissary of Aberdeen (inscription and printed label, folio vi). Denmilne number (48) is on folio v verso and Sir James Balfour`s cipher on folios 400 and 401. The manuscript was number 90-107 in the sale of his books in 1698. Former pressmark: A.1.28. The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1698.

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