Volume containing notes, copies and extracts from manuscripts and documents, together with a few extracts from printed books, collected between about 1709 (folio 15) and about 1717 (folio 230 verso), many of the entries, which include a number of genealogies, relating to persons, families and places in Fife. Edit




  • Circa 1709-circa 1717. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    287 folios. Small quarto.



  • Scope and Contents

    A large number of the sources used were at the Advocates` Library, and of these many had previously been in the possession of Sir James Balfour of Denmilne, Lord Lyon King of Arms (for example, the charters (now in Adv.MSS.15.1.18 and 15.1.19) excerpted at folio 91, and what follows, and folio 263, and what follows, and the cartularies excerpted at folios 1-8, 22-33, 43-49 verso, 230 verso-274 verso), as had the manuscript (now British Library, Harl MS. 4693) once in his possession which is the source of the copies and extracts at folios 214 verso-219 verso. Further information came from sources privately owned or personally communicated or forwarded to the compiler by Sir Robert Sibbald and other persons in Edinburgh and Fife.

    The compiler is unidentified: the collection has been ascribed (for example, in ‘Regesta Regum Scottorum’, volume ii) to Richard Augustine Hay, but the hand does not seem to be his, and he appears to have been out of the country whilst the information was being recorded. Two small pieces of paper containing notes in the same hand have been tipped in at the back of the volume (folios 279, 281). Notes on fishing are written in another early 18th-century hand on some of the blank leaves at the end (folios 286 verso-287). Documents contained in collections already amongst the Advocates` Manuscripts have not been separately indexed.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilms available: Mf.Sec.MSS.285-286.

  • Related Materials

    Adv.MSS.15.1.18 and 15.1.19.

    British Library, Harl MS. 4693.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Regesta Regum Scottorum’, volume ii.

    A translation of the submission between the Abbot of Inchcolme and Sir William de Erth, 15 November 1428 (folio 230), is printed in ‘History of Inverkeithing and Rosyth’ by William Stephen (Aberdeen, 1921), page 514.

    Pages 217 and 248-249 are printed in ‘Scottish Tradition’, edited by G W S Barrow (1974), pages 25 and 33. (Pressmark: NG.1178.b.2.)

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.