Copy, 16th century, of `Recueil des Principaux Seigneurs qui passerent la Mer avec Guillaume Conquereur d`Angleterre`, a treatise on the genealogy and heraldry of the English nobility written by Jean Benard in 1567. Edit




  • 1567. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    viii + 267 folios. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The manuscript is similar to the autograph manuscript of 1572 (Bibliotheque Nationale, MS. français 19000), but lacks the dedicatory letter to Charles IX and has no miniatures. The decoration consists of paintings of flowers and fruit, borders and armorial bearings, with some decorated initials. There is a note, ‘Southampton`s Genealogies`, in a 17th-century hand on folio iii.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.28.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Brown calf binding (rebacked) with 16th-century painted roundels of landscapes.

  • 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 contains the cipher of Sir James Balfour of Denmilne (Denmilne MS. 27). It was bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1698.