Miscellaneous material concerning poetry, genealogy, and other matters., 1558-1885.
Scope and Contents
One of the most important sections is that on poetry (folios 1-18). Included here (folio 1) is an anonymous translation into English made in ?1710 of George Buchanan's ‘Francisci Valesii et Mariae Stuartae regum Franciae et Scotiae, epithalamium’. An interesting and anonymous ballad (folio 8) is called 'The Westland Letany', being a satire on the misgovernment of Scotland by Lauderdale, written circa 1673. There is also a copy of 'Hardyknute' (folios 14-16), a ballad attributed to Lady Elizabeth Wardlaw of Pitreavie who was a member of the Halkett of Pitfirrane family.
Medicine is represented by a few prescriptions of the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries (folios 22-25).
A genealogy of the descent of Alexander Wedderburn, 1st Earl of Rosslyn, is included here (folios 28-49); (for a criticism of this work see A Wedderburn, ‘The Wedderburn Book’ (no place of publication, 1898), volume ii, pages 109-110).
There is also a somewhat inaccurate genealogy of the Halkett of Pitfirrane family in the sixteenth century (folio 50) (cf. Sir Robert Douglas, ‘The Baronage of Scotland’ (Edinburgh, 1798), pages 284-286).
Another section concerns Anne Lady Halkett. John Gough Nichols, the editor of ‘The autobiography of Anne Lady Halkett’ for the Camden Society, published a few extracts from her religious meditations at the end of that volume (pages 109-116), and some of the notes he made when choosing passages are present here (folios 98-139).
A final item of interest is a speech made in the House of Commons by Sir Peter Halkett, Baronet, of Pitfirrane (created 1697) after the Act of Union of 1707 (folios 140-154). He spoke against the idea of establishing a separate Privy Council for Scotland.
- Creation: 1558-1885.
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