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Charters collected by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne.

Identifier: Adv.MS.15.1.18

Scope and Contents

The great majority of the charters concern St Andrews Cathedral or Priory; smaller groups relate to the Abbeys of Dunfermline and Lindores and the House of Friars Preachers in Aberdeen; and there is a miscellaneous secular remnant. There are 17 of the twelfth century, 36 of the thirteenth, 18 of the fourteenth, 23 of the fifteenth, and 9 of the sixteenth.

Balfour pasted the charters into a book (which he had previously intended to use for genealogies, having written headings on folios 1-9 inverted) and wrote notes, not always accurate, above each; they have now been removed and are kept loose, so that apart from endorsements the deed on the verso of number 49 is visible.


  • Creation: 12th century-1553, 1627 or after-18th century.


1 Volumes (1 volume + 1 box.)

Language of Materials



The charters are not arranged in accordance with any discernible scheme.

Custodial History

Bought by the Advocates’ Library, 1698, as number 30 in the sale of the library of Sir James Balfour of Denmilne. Denmilne no.29. Former pressmark: A.3.34.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

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