Law book compiled by James Blair of Ballindean, Writer in Perth. Edit




  • 1682-1683. (Creation)


  • 180 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Custodial History

    The manuscript was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1953.

  • Arrangement

    180 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    Law book compiled by James Blair of Ballindean, Writer in Perth (folio 28), and subsequently belonging to Robert Blair, Writer in Errol (folio 176 verso).

    The contents are as follows.

    (i) Style-book of Scots Law forms based on examples collected in and around Perth (folio 5); preceded by two indices (folios 1 verso, 3).

    (ii) Latin verses, 1683, entitled 'Carmina auditu digna', possibly written by James Blair. (Folio 92.)

    (iii) Recipes for dyeing wool. (Folio 99 verso.)

    (iv) Fiars' prices of the Sheriffdom of Perth for the years 1641-1682. (Folios 101, 177.)

    (v) Notes concerning the legal position of bastards, tutors, and minors. (Folio 105.)

    (vi) Copy of the Acts of the Parliament held at Edinburgh, 1681 (folio 111), with an index (folio 125), apparently taken from the ‘Laws and Acts of Parliament’, collected by Sir Thomas Murray, Lord Glendoick.

    (vii) Practicks, described as those of Sir Thomas Hope, Lord Kerse, but in fact the ‘Minor practicks’ of Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall (folio 126), with an index (folio 158). The confusion of authorship appears also in Adv.MS.24.3.8 (written in 1701 by Charles Tais, Writer in Perth).

    (viii) A table of Biblical weights and measures. (Folio 161.)

    (ix) 'A short ridling intertainment’, containing more than 100 riddles with the answers. (Folio 161 verso.)

    (x) Note on the lands of Ballindean. (Folio 169 verso.)

    (xi) 'Ane observatione of som Remedies prescribed for severall deseasses by Robert Small, 1688'. (Folio 172 verso.)

    (xii) A poem, "Monmouth's lament", of eight 8-line stanzas, to the tune 'Hold fast thy crowne'. (Folio 178.)

  • Related Materials

    Adv.MS.24.3.8: Volume of Practicks.

  • Bibliography

    ‘Laws and Acts of Parliament’, collected by Sir Thomas Murray (Edinburgh, 1681).