Copy of a work written by Alexander Dickson in support of the claims of James VI of Scotland to the crown of England in reply to ‘A Conference about the next succession to the crowne of Ingland’. Edit




  • 1598. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    viii + 153 folios. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    ‘Conference about the next succession to the crowne of Ingland’ was published in 1594 under the pseudonym R Doleman by a number of authors including chiefly Sir Francis Englefield and Cardinal William Allen: Robert Parsons, Society of Jesus, to whom the work has often been ascribed, was a minor contributor (see ‘Recusant History’, volume 4, page 126). Dickson, who had been a supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots, appears to have become a servant of James VI shortly before he began this reply, which was written during 1598 (see `Alexander Dickson and S.T.C. 6823`, 183-190).

    Doleman`s` work elicited several replies: this, which appears to be unpublished, was originally written, or at least intended, in three books to be entitled `of the present estate of the Realm and the right of the crown after hir M(ajesty)`: the present copy consists of a single book and is entitled `[of the] Right of the crown after hir M(ajesty)`. A strip of paper is pasted over the original title on folio 1, inscribed with the shorter title in a contemporary hand; to this is added `By - Dickson` in an early 18th-century hand. This may have been the author`s copy: it contains several further corrections to the text, and various marginal summaries and notes throughout. Leaves are torn out after folios ii and viii and the lower half of folio v is torn off.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Conference about the next succession to the crowne of Ingland’ (1594).

    ‘Recusant History’, volume 4 (1957-1958).

    Durkan, John. `Alexander Dickson and S.T.C. 6823` in ‘Bibliotheck’, iii.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Bound in vellum, with remains of thongs.

  • 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 manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library at the sale of Sir Robert Sibbald`s books, April 1723.