Copy made in or about 1690 by James Clapperton, Dalkeith, of the chronicles of the Civil War in Scotland compiled by Henry Guthrie, Bishop of Dunkeld. Edit




  • Circa 1690. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    ii folio + vi + 162 pages. Quarto.



  • Scope and Contents

    The text of this manuscript is the same as that common to the other copies in this Library, agreeing with them against the printed book in some small omissions and additions, and numerous variants in vocabulary, spelling and word order. In addition to the text, the manuscript contains: summaries (in red) in the margins of most of the pages; at page i, a table of contents (as far as page 105 only); at page 161, a list of Royalist supporters executed in England during the Commonwealth period; and at page 162, passages (in red) relating to the execution of Charles I.

    An omission of part of a paragraph has been supplied on a strip of paper pasted in at the foot of page 29. Clapperton`s initials are scored on the front cover and his ex libris note is written on the front pastedown, which is quite extensively torn.

  • Bibliography

    The work was subsequently printed as ‘Memoirs of Henry Guthrie’ (London, 1702).

    `Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt.` (1837-1871): manuscript 12407.

  • 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 formerly in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps. It was sold at Sotheby`s, 16 June 1896, lot 1032, where it was purchased probably by A Francis Steuart whose letter, 1902, presenting the volume to the Advocates` Library is tipped in inside the back cover (folio i).