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

Identifier: MS.5725

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).


  • Creation: 1685-1769.

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173 Leaves ; Octavo.

Language of Materials



47 + 126 inverted folios.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1953, by Miss Christian Steuart, Edinburgh.


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.
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