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Miscellaneous papers, including some of William Fowler, secretary to Queen Anne, consort to James IV., Circa 1581-[1628, or after], undated.

Identifier: MS.2066

Scope and Contents

Some of the papers are described by Sir William Drummond as being William Fowler's (folios 34 verso, 69 verso, 77 verso).

The contents are as follows.

'Ane Informatioun for remembrance betuix my Lord Drummond and the Laird of Carnok' (Sir Robert Drummond), regarding the lordship of Drummond (folio 7);

'Papers of Sir Jhon Drummond off Hawthornden', copies of deeds (folio 7);

Royal instructions to Sir John Drummond and other Commissioners, with the engagements of the Earls of Montrose, Erroll, and Angus to assist the King, 1600 (folio 12);

Key to a cipher (folio 17);

Copies, in the poet William Drummond's hand, of Robert Carey's written statement of his credit, 1587, which is printed in Robert S Rait and A I Cameron, ‘King James's Secret’ (London, 1927), page 195 (folio 20); and of instructions sent to James Colville of Easter Wemyss as ambassador to the King of Navarre (folio 22);

Copy of petition of Sir Amyas Preston for Sir Walter Ralegh's life, with a note that Preston died in 1609 (folio 25);

Papers, 1605, relating to the case of William Fowler versus John Newe, regarding the latter's post as Groom of Her Majesty's Robes (folios 28-34, 61-80);

Letter, 1610, to the King on the murder of Henri IV (folio 36);

Copy of a letter, undated, of King James to Henrik Ramel, Councillor of Denmark (folio 38);

'Articles tending to the conservatione of the estait of Scotland and the Kingis Magesteis weilfaire ... to be put in deliberatioun afoir the Kingis Maiestie and his Counsel', circa 1581, concerning a projected marriage alliance for James VI, and debating the relative merits of the sister of the King of Navarre and the daughter of the Duke of Lorraine (folio 39);

Manuscript copy of Sir Robert Cotton's pamphlet, ‘The Danger wherein the Kingdome now standeth & the Remedie’, 1628 (folio 41);

Scripture references (folio 43);

Accounts, apparently personal (folios 44, 58-59);

Notes on the family of Innes of that Ilk (folio 45);

Itinerary from London to Edinburgh, with distances and costs (folio 47);

“The Q[ueen']s gifts by patent” (folio 48);

'Compt of ye residue of Dutch money I haiff to giff accompt of' (folio 49);

'A merrie discourse of the oyle of malte' (folio 50);

Extracts on astrology (folio 52);

Notes on medical superstitions, etc. (folio 54);

List of English shires and bishoprics (folio 55);

Note on the English who fled from the Normans into Scotland (folio 56);

Itinerary from Nürnberg to Venice (folio 57);

Letter, 1618, of Thomas Journauld, Edinburgh, regarding a lawsuit (folio 60);

Drafts, in the poet William Drummond's hand, of a work referring to the country of Amauria (folios 70 verso, 71 verso).


  • Creation: Circa 1581-[1628, or after], undated.

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89 Leaves ; Folio.

Language of Materials

From the Series: Undetermined


viii + 81 folios.


Rait, Robert S and Cameron, A I. “King James's secret” (London, 1927).


Hawthornden Manuscript, volume XIV.

Repository Details

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

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