Volume containing transcripts by Alexander Brown, Keeper of the Advocates’ Library, of some early Scottish charters, with a few other writings. Edit




  • Before 1172-1781. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    22 + many blank pages. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The volume appears to have been begun about 1780 and entries made until about 1787, but by far the greater part of the volume is blank.

    The contents are as follows:

    (i) transcript of instrument and protest of Sir Alexander Moray of Abercairnay, 7 December 1391 (page 1). Printed (from the original, then at Abercairney) in ‘Liber Insulae Missarum’, page xlix; see page xii.

    (ii) memorandum, 1781, concerning chapel in grounds of seat of Cockburn family at Ormiston (page 3).

    (iii) transcript, from a manuscript then in Sir John Anstruther`s library, of recollections of James Melvill, Minister of Kilrenny concerning the Spanish Armada, 10 August 1600 (page 5).

    (iv) transcript of statement of account of Alexander Louddin in Lystoun concerning Margaret Dowmane in Burnecastell, 1649 (page 10), copied from a manuscript then in possession of George Paton of the Custom House, Edinburgh.

    (v) transcripts, 1785, of a charter of David, Earl of Huntingdon, of the lands of Monorgan in Longforgan, Perthshire, in favour of Gilbert, nephew of the Bishop of Caithness, and of the charter of confirmation of William, King of Scotland (page 11). The originals, which are undated, were written before 2 April 1172. They were in possession of Henry Crawford of Monorgan, Collector of Customs at Dundee when these transcripts were made, and are now NLS, Ch.7710-7711. See ‘The Acts of William I, King of Scots’, page 208.

    (vi) transcript, 15 February 1787, of confirmation by James, Seneschal, Lord of Kilbride, of a charter of the lands of Chapelton of Schellys of Courthraguell in the barony of Kilbride granted by John Sempill, Lord of Elliotstoun to William de Douglas, Lord of Lugtoun, early 15th century (page 12). Copied from the original, then in possession of Archibald Robertson of Bedlay, Advocate.

    (vii) transcript of charter of William, King of Scotland, of the lands of Benholm in favour of Hugh, brother of Elias the Clerk, 1189 x 1195 (page 15). The original is now Scottish Record Office, GD 4/1. Printed (from the original) in ‘Acts of William I, King of Scots’, page 349.

    (viii) transcript of charter of William, King of Scotland, of the lands of Benholm, in favour of Hugh, son of Hugh of Benholm, 20 August 1200 x 1203, probably 1201 (page 16). The original is now Scottish Record Office, GD 4/2. Printed (from the original) in ‘Acts of William I, King of Scots’, page 405.

    (ix) transcript of charter of John de Rossochet of a half davoch of the lands of Easter Davoch of Newbigging, in favour of Sir Michael Fleming, knight, early 14th century (page 17). The original is now Scottish Record Office, GD 4/224.

    (x) transcript of charter of Robert Fleming, Lord of Werdors, of the land of the ferry-boat at Montrose together with the lands of Heatherwick in favour of his brother Michael, 1272 x 1281 (page 19). The original, which was then (together with the three preceding items) in the possession of George Robertson Scott of Benholm, Advocate, is now lost.

    (xi) transcript by William Gibb of grant of common pasture by John Lundy of that Ilk, knight, in favour of the Prioress and nuns of the convent of North Berwick, 3 October 1460 (page 22). Copied from the original, which was then amongst the titledeeds of the Estate of Aithernie.

  • Related Materials


    Scottish Record Office, GD 4/1, GD 4/2, GD 4/224.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Liber Insulae Missarum’ (Bannatyne Club, 1847).

    ‘Acts of William I, King of Scots’, edited by G W S Barrow (Edinburgh, 1971) (‘Regesta Regum Scottorum’ II).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

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