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Miscellaneous letters and documents, relating to Scottish and foreign affairs., 1685-1715.

Identifier: MS.3740

Scope and Contents

The contents include:

Excerpts from historians, chiefly relating to Scotland (folio 1);

Papers on the toleration extended to Roman Catholics by James II and VII, 1685-1686 (folio 46);

Letters of Lieutenant-General Hugh Mackay and other officers, chiefly to William Blathwayt as Secretary at War, on the campaign of Killiecrankie and on the despatch of troops from Scotland to Ireland and Holland, 1689-1690 (folio 80); for transcripts and notes, see MS.3741;

Correspondence on the mission of Captain David Kennedy, author of ‘The late history of Europe’ (Edinburgh, 1698), to the Duke of Schomberg's head-quarters in Ireland, 1689-1690 (folio 153);

Letter, 1693, of the Earl of Nottingham on foreign affairs, including discussion with the Spanish Ambassador of the disposal of the West Indian possessions taken from the French (folio 160);

Excerpts from letters, 1705, reporting unrest in Northern Ireland and Glasgow (folio 175);

Excerpts from the instructions of the Earl of Ormonde as Governor-General of Virginia, 1715 (folio 194).


  • Creation: 1685-1715.

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197 Leaves ; Various sizes, pasted in a folio album.


197 folios.

Custodial History

The manuscript was formerly in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.


'Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt.' (1837-1871): manuscript 8599.

Repository Details

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

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