Charters collected by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne. Edit




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


  • 1 Volumes (Whole)
    1 volume + 1 box.



  • 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.

  • Arrangement

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

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

  • 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.

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