Manuscript of the ‘Regiam Maiestatem’, statutes, burgh and guild laws, ‘Quoniam attachiamenta’, forest laws, ‘De judicibus’, and other smaller legal texts, a few in Scots, mostly written by John Bannatyne in 1520, with some later additions. Edit




  • 14th century-16th century. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    vi + 308 folios.



  • Language of Materials


  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metresvi + 308 folios.190.00 x 260.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    190.00 x 260.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) `Regiam Maiestatem` in four books of 209 continuously numbered chapters (34, 72, 34, and 69 in each book), with table at the beginning (folio 2). This is preceded (folio 1 verso) by a couplet beginning `Me legat antiquas qui vult proferre loquelas` (‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, page xxvi) and 11 verses 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.

    (ii) Tables for sections (iii)-(vi) and (viii) (folio 53).

    Folios 54 verso-56 blank.

    (iii) `Hii non possunt constituere attornatos` and `The maner of Battale within Listis` (in Scots) (folio 57). In the table these are separated by a chapter `de diversis feudis` and described as `inserta posita immediate post Regiam maiestatem`.

    Folio 60 blank.

    (iv) `Tractatus immediate post regiam maiestatem`, 18 in all, beginning with `Quoddam notabile de maritagio` (folio 61).

    (v) `Statuta Regis Malcolmi McKynneth` in 3 chapters numbered xix to xxi (folio 64).

    (vi) `Statuta prima Regis Roberti Bruce` in 19 chapters (folio 64 verso).

    (vii) `Leges et statuta Willelmi Regis` in 11 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 68). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 47-61.

    (viii) `Constituciones Willelmi Regis Scotorum` in 19 chapters (folio 69 verso).

    (ix) `Statuta Alexandri Regis filii Willelmi Regis` in 29 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 72 verso). The table is preceded and followed by notes in Scots on inheritance by sisters. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 65-74.

    (x) `Statuta secunda Regis Roberti Bruce` in 35 chapters (34 in the table), with table at the beginning (folio 78 verso). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 107-114.

    (xi) `Distinctiones curiarum Malcolmi Makkynneth` in 4 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 84 verso).

    (xii) `Modus procedendi in Itinere Camerarie in Regno Scocie` in preface and 34 chapters, with table after the preface (folio 85 verso). The explicit (and an act of James III, 4 October 1466) follow chapter 33. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 329-338.

    Folio 95 recto blank.

    (xiii) `Leges quatuor Burgorum Scocie` in 159 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 95 verso). Chapters 155-156 are `statuta ultima Regis Roberti Bruce` (folio 118 verso). Chapter 157 is `Gilda Regni Scocie` in 24 sections (folio 119 verso). After this come four chapters (two in Scots) on various matters (folio 122). Chapters 158-159 are `Legis Regis Malcolmi McKenneth` (folio 122 verso). Finally there is a note `Qualiter infeodati per baronem Jurare tenentur` (folio 124). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 17-44 and 89*-96*.

    (xiv) `Statuta David Regis Scotorum` in 47 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 124 verso). The writer appears to have attributed chapters 1-39 to David I, 40-47 to David II. These are followed by `poyntis belanging to ye wardane court` and styles of oaths (in Scots) (folio 132). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 3-13.

    (xv) `Acta parliamenti Roberti Tertii Regis Scotorum`, 26 February 1400, in 31 chapters, with a table at the beginning (folio 134). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 213-214.

    (xvi) `The Lawis and ye Custumes of Schippis` in Scots (folio 143 verso). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 303-308.

    Folios 151-152 blank.

    (xvii) `Leges Baronum`, i.e. `Quoniam attachiamenta`, in 92 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 153). Chapters 68-80 are given in title only, reference being made to the `Statuta Regis David`. ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 281-295.

    (xviii) Chapters on various matters, in Latin and Scots (folio 172).

    (xix) `Modus tenendi curias Baronum` in Scots (folio 179). At the end are four verses, beginning `Hec faciunt causas festis tractare diebus`.

    Folio 192 verso blank.

    (xx) `Iter Justiciarie` (folio 193). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 341-343.

    Folios 198 verso-199 recto blank.

    (xxi) `Modus calumniandi Rapinam` and `Modus calumniandi protectionem infrictam` in Scots (folio 199 verso).

    (xxii) `Leges forestarum` in 93 chapters, with table at the beginning (folio 200). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 323-328.

    Folio 216 blank.

    (xxiii) `De Judicibus` in 159 chapters (168 in the table, but 155-163 are in section (xxii)), with table at the beginning (folio 217).

    Folio 251 blank.

    (xxiv) `Leges marchiarum`, 1249 and 1448 (folio 252). ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, pages 83*-86*, 350.

    Folio 256 verso blank.

    (xxv) `Apud quem vel quos iudicem vel iudices causa feodi habeat agitari` (folio 257).

    (xxvi) Three styles in Scots (folio 258).

    (xxvii) `Tractatus corone` (folio 259 verso).

    (xxviii) `Forma defensionis minoris etatis` (folio 260 verso).

    (xxix) `The ordour and maner of schewing of halding` in Scots (folio 261 verso).

    (xxx) Forms of process in Scots (folio 262 verso).

    (xxxi) `Processus Curie purpresture` in Scots (folio 265 verso).

    (xxxii) `De quatuor modis tenendi terras de Rege` (folio 267).

    (xxxiii) `Ye maner ye forma and ye ordour of ye salsing of domes gevin in presens of party` in Scots (folio 268).

    (xxxiv) `The condicionis of gude Jugement` in Scots (folio 275 verso).

    (xxxv) `Of ye consuetudis and keis of ye court` in Scots (folio 275 verso).

    (xxxvi) Explanations of terms (folio 275 verso).

    (xxxvii) List of contents of the volume (folio 276 verso).

    Folio 277 verso blank.

    (xxxviii) Seven acts of Mary Queen of Scots, undated, in a contemporary hand (folio 278).

    (xxxix) Twelve verses on marches, in a later hand, beginning `All kynd of monthis quhair yai be` (‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’, i, page xxvii note), with the note `The principall heirof deliverit to Lesley servand to ye Abbot of Cowper` (folio 279 verso).

    (xl) Precepts on justice ayre, with a list of `places quhair the Kingis Dittay suld be uptaken` and of diets, 1567-1576, in a contemporary hand (folio 280).

    Folio 288 verso blank.

    (xli) `Instructiones ad deducendum processum perambulacionis` and related styles, in Scots, in a late 16th-century hand (folio 289).

    Folio 296 blank.

    (xlii) `The begynung of ye surname of Hamiltonis in Scotland`, late 16th century (folio 297).

    Folios 298-302 blank.

    (xliii) `The forme and manere of Buriall usit in the Kirk of Montrois`, followed by a hymn in twelve stanzas, beginning `Our Broder lat ws put in graiff`, with two five-line staves at the end for the tune (notes omitted), late 16th century (folio 303). Printed in ‘The miscellany of the Wodrow Society’, volume i, pages 295-300. Folio 304 in the middle of this section is blank.

    Folios 307-308 blank.

    Headings and initials are in red. Colophon on folio 277: "Scriptum et finitum per Johannem Bannatyne xiiº Maii Anno domini mº vº xx[?]º` (his name also on folio 250 verso), followed by the note `Atque possessum per Jacobum Bannatyne filium primo genitum dicti Johannis 1561.`

  • Arrangement

    Collation uncertain. No signatures or catchwords. Ruling in ink. 1 column. 36-41 lines. Ruled area 195 x 125 millimetres.

  • Related Materials

    The manuscript is closely related to, if not a direct copy of, that of James Monynet, Adv.MS.25.5.6.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Acts of the Parliament of Scotland’.

    ‘Miscellany of the Wodrow Society’, volume i (1844).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Paper (watermarks: in the main text two coats of arms with one and three fleur-de-lys; in the added leaves at end and beginning gothic P and a pot). 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

    On folio 1 is `Ex libris Jacobi Bannatyne de formonthillis et edinburgen( )` (there and on folio 2 further ownership inscriptions have been deleted). Sections (xxxviii)-(xliii) are in several later hands; (xl) is possibly in that of James Bannatyne. Former pressmark: A.7.25. The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1749.