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Miscellaneous manuscripts, chiefly theological and political., 1590-18th century.

Identifier: MS.2201

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows.

(i) 'The Compt of the Cunze', a record of coins minted from 1588 to 1590, Edinburgh, 1590; endorsed in 1592 by John Mawer, a clerk in the Exchequer. (Folio 1.)

(ii) Latin treatise on kingship and foreign policy, citing instances of French kings, in a hand of the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. Leaves are missing at the beginning, after folio 32, and perhaps at the end. On folio 29 is the name of Dame Mergarit Petfoure. (Folio 29.)

(iii) 'Two pious and propheticall letters of Mr. John Welsch, which he wrot out of his prisoun' to Sir William Livingston of Kilsyth, 9 October 1605, and to 'the Lady Fleaming', i.e., Lilias, Countess of Wigtown, 6 January 1606, both printed in ‘Miscellany Sermons’ (Edinburgh, 1744), part i, 'Thirty-five sermons preached by . . . Mr. John Welch' (folio 47); also a copy of a letter, 20 February 1649, of John McClellan, Minister of Kirkcudbright, to Lord Kirkcudbright, printed in ‘A Collection of Several Papers’ ([?Edinburgh], 1720) (folio 54); and copy of part of a letter of John Livingston, Minister of Ancrum, to Lord Warriston, July 1651, printed in W K Tweedie, ‘Select biographies’ (Wodrow Society, 1845), volume i, page 260 (folio 55). All the copies, which are in a seventeenth-century hand, differ somewhat from the printed versions.

(iv) 'A Briefe Survey of the Errors of the Service-Book', a Scottish criticism of the Book of Common Prayer, seventeenth century. (Folio 56.)

(v) 'Ane narratione of the blissed death and happie departure of the most honourable & worthie ladie Dame Marie Rutherfurde, Ladie Hundallie, spous to Sr James Ker of Craillinghall and the richte worthie Marie McConnell, cousine to the said Ladie', by Archibald Porteous, seventeenth century. The same matter is differently set forth in Archibald Porteous, ‘The spiritual exercise of soul and blessed departure of Dame Mary Rutherford . . . and Mary McKonnel ... in the year 1640’ (Edinburgh, 1699). On folio 74 is a note in a contemporary hand, 'Ther is a great deal of enthusiastick Presbyterian cant heir wt prayers for the Kirk of Scotland but non for the King ... But yitt may be read by knowing (not bigot) persons wt edification'. (Folio 74.)

(vi) 'A testimony in uprightnes to all people of a pairt of the travel of my Soul within thy borders, O Scotland, these many days', by A Robeson, a Quaker, Duns, 1662. ‘Archaeologia Scotia’, volume iii, appendix, page 131. (Folio 98.)

(vii) Political poems of the seventeenth century, by Rochester, Dryden, and others, in a hand of the latter part of the century. (Folio 103.)

(viii) Prayers and praise addressed to Jehovah, in Latin, eighteenth century. (Folio 136.)


  • Creation: 1590-18th century.

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165 Leaves ; Quarto.

Language of Materials

From the Series: Undetermined


165 folios.

Repository Details

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