Collection of English arms in trick, probably compiled as a working notebook by herald painters in London, one of whom appears to have worked with Sir Henry Saint George, Garter King of Arms. Edit




  • Late 16th century-1664. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    v + 95 folios. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The earliest section (folio 14) includes a number of mythological coats (for example, those of Cupid and the Nine Worthies) and some of members of the nobility and gentry from 1573 onwards. Many of the later additions are dated between 1630 and 1641. There are a few pedigrees and three indices to the compilation (folios i verso, 82 verso, and 86 verso). There is also a list of arms painters authorised in England (folio 88 verso), with a note `all theas in my life time kepte open shope and showes of armes acordinge to the custom of London and acording to our corparation`.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.26.

  • Bibliography

    The letter from Sir James Balfour is printed in ‘Law and practice of heraldry in Scotland’ by George Seton (Edinburgh, 1863), page 501.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Vellum binding.

  • 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

    According to notes on folio 94 verso and elsewhere throughout the manuscript, it was bought in 1655 from Mr Podgson, herald painter in London, by William Law, writer in Edinburgh, on behalf of Joseph Stacey, who became Ross Herald in 1663. Two letters to Stacey and a discharge in his favour are inserted (folios 93-95). The manuscript later belonged to Stacey`s son, Isaac. The signature of John Campion appears on folio i.