Notebook of James Steuart, Keeper of the King’s Wardrobe. Edit




  • 1685-1769. (Creation)


  • 173 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    47 + 126 inverted folios.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1953, by Miss Christian Steuart, Edinburgh.

  • Scope and Contents

    The notebook contains: copies of James Steuart’s appointment to the office of Keeper of the King's Wardrobe, 1737 (folio 1); list of perquisites of the office (folio 3); order for drawing up inventories (folio 4 verso); copy of inventories, 1685, 1714, of the furniture in different departments of Holyroodhouse, such as the Wardrobe, Council Chamber, Exchequer, Session House, etc., (folio 8); and a history of the office, including copies of documents relating to it (folio 28 verso). Most of this material was published from another manuscript by A Francis Steuart in 'The plenishing of Holyrood House in 1714'.

    There are some drawings on folios 45-47.

    At the end, inverted, are various notes made by William Steuart, advocate, son of James, comprising a list of scholars at Canongate High School in 1759 (folio 1 inverted); arithmetical definitions and problems (folios 1, 126 verso inverted); notes on Greek (folio 13 inverted); shorthand (folio 88 verso inverted); and notes on chemistry lectures probably given by Dr Joseph Black in 1769 at Edinburgh University (folios 2 verso, 15-88, 89 verso-126 inverted).

  • Bibliography

    Steuart, Francis, A. 'The plenishing of Holyrood House in 1714', in 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland', volume lxii, 1928, pages 181-196.