Genealogical and other material collected by William Camden, the antiquary. Edit




  • Early 17th century. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    77 folios. Folio and under.



  • Scope and Contents

    The title of the first item, `The nobilitie of Scotland ... 1606`, and some of the addenda to the genealogical tables are probably in Camden`s hand.

    The contents include:

    Genealogical trees of the royal and noble houses of Scotland, with some coats of arms drawn in trick, and additions to 1620 (folios 3, 34, 47).

    `The generall state of ye Scottish Commonwealth with ye causes of theire often mutinies and ther discords` (folio 38).

    `A Booke of Scotish Armes`, 1603, arranged alphabetically with blazons and some coats in trick (folio 64).

    Material on the battle of Balrinnes, or Glenlivet, in 1594 (folios 41-56). This contains a Latin account of the battle which, in another manuscript belonging to the Duke of Sutherland, is attributed to the Jesuit, Alexander MacQuirrie. For a summary in English, see ‘Scotish Poems of the sixteenth century’, i, pages 136-152. The account is followed by a poem on the battle, published in ‘Scotish Poems of the sixteenth century’, ii, pages 347-356, and in ‘Scotish Ballads and Songs’, i, pages 245-261.

    Three poems by Joseph Hall, bishop of Norwich (folios 76-77). They were published, from British Museum, Harleian MS.1423, in ‘The Collected poems of Joseph Hall’, pages 150-152.

    A note on folio 1 reads `Accepi a Dridall famulo Cancellarii Scotiae 27 Martii 1606`. On the cover is an inscription by Sir James Balfour, `Camdeni Clarentii Armorum Regis Regni Angliae collectiones ... ex dono Domini Roberti Cotton ... dicti Camdeni testamenti executore ... 1629`.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.700 (part only).

  • Related Materials

    British Museum, Harleian MS.1423.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Scotish Poems of the sixteenth century’, edited by John G Dalyell (Edinburgh, 1801).

    Maidment, James. ‘Scotish Ballads and Songs’ (Edinburgh, 1868).

    ‘Collected poems of Joseph Hall’, edited by A Davenport (Liverpool, 1949).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Rebound. Original vellum binding preserved separately.

  • 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 in 1723, at the sale of Sir Robert Sibbald`s library.