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Letters of various correspondents mostly addressed to Mary of Lorraine, Queen Consort of James V., 1473-1568, and undated.

Identifier: Adv.MSS.29.2.1-29.2.4

Scope and Contents

Unless otherwise stated the letters are in French and are addressed to Mary of Lorraine. The correspondents are mostly members of the French royal family, of the Guise-Lorraine family and of Mary`s household in France. The subjects of the letters include family news and affairs of state.


  • Creation: 1473-1568, and undated.

Language of Materials

French, Middle (circa 1300-1600) ; English; Swedish; Scots; Italian


0.00 Linear metres (4 volumes.)


Most of the correspondence has been published in full, or summarised, in `Foreign correspondence with Marie de Lorraine`, edited by Marguerite Wood: Scottish History Society, 3rd Series, numbers 4 and 7 (Edinburgh, 1923, 1925). Specific page references to this work are normally only included in the catalogue descriptions where a correction has been noted. The references in Wood refer not to the foliation at the top right of each folio, but to an earlier number sequence recorded at the top left of most folios. Each of the published volumes includes an index.
A number of extracts in French and English are printed in:

Michel, Francisque, ‘Les Ecossais en France’ (London, 1862); and,

Strickland, Agnes, `Lives of the Queens of Scotland` (Edinburgh and London, 1850-1859).
Most of the letters written before 1546 have been summarised in `Letters and Papers foreign and domestic of the reign of Henry VIII` (London, 1862-1932).

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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