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“Swinton’s kirk MSS’, a collection of copies of Scottish historical documents, originally labelled ‘Kirk manuscripts C’., 17th century.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.2.20

Scope and Contents

A volume of miscellaneous collections consisting among others of: (i) A copy of instructions and letters, 1539-1543, of Sir Ralph Sadler; (ii) A bulky and ill arranged collection of copies of charters to Scotch religious houses and Bishopricks (namely: Aberdeen, St. Andrews, Cambuskenneth, Melrose, Dunfermline, Coldingham, Trinity College of Edinburgh, Dunbar, Lindores, Haddington and Corstorphine), taken from the Chartularies of Aberdeen, St. Andrews (then in hands of H. Maule and formerly belonging to Sir A. Gilmour of Craigmillar), the Registrum ecclesie Eboracensis, Sir William Dugdale’s ‘Monastican’, Sir James Dalrymple, J. Anderson’s manuscript collection of contracts, treaties, etc., Baluz: Epistles of Pope Innocent III - Letters from Eadmer, the ‘Angliæ sacræ’, with a few originals and copies in the Harleian or Cotton libraries; (iii) Abbreviate of Baillies letters; (iv) Extract from “Geographia Sacra”, from the 1704 edition; (v) “Taxatio super Scoticana ecclesia ad nationem £8000 librarum monetæ Scotiæ”.

At page 149 (of the second series of paging) is a copy of a paper called “A present state of benefices, prelacies Abbacies & others erected and not erected in the year 1611” with a note on the collectary and thesaury of new augmentations.

The description of the manuscript in the folio catalogue (F.R.186) includes the reference: Jac.v.1.30.


  • Creation: 17th century.

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1 Volumes


The manuscript is entered in great length in Dillon’s catalogue, page 68.

Repository Details

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

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