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`A perfyte inventar of all the pious donations gevin to kirks and hospitalls since the dayes of king James the first to the reigne of king James the sixt`.

Identifier: Adv.MS.15.2.25

Scope and Contents

The title is taken from folio 1.

The volume consists of a copy in a late seventeenth-century hand of a list of summaries of formal or legal documents relating to bequests of money and property to various religious institutions, from the early fifteenth century (undated, but before 1425) to 1592, followed by summaries of bequests made at various times between 1613 and 1652 (folio 60).

The entries do not appear to have been written in any order, although a roughly chronological sequence is discernible in places, and the list begins with a number of undated, but early, entries.

The transcriber is unknown, but the hand is similar to that of MS.3857, which was written in 1670.


  • Creation: 1st quarter of 15th century-1652.


0.00 Linear metres (ii + 68 folios. Quarto.)

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Custodial History

This manuscript has had a number of owners: ‘Robᵗ Hamilton Merchᵗ.’ is inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at folios i verso and ii (both deleted); folio 1 is inscribed Jo: (or To:) Graham 1773` in a tremulous hand, and folio i verso is inscribed also `Patrick Fraser Tytler - Bought at the sale of George Chalmers MSS and `Bequeathed to the Advocates` Library by John Hill Burton, LL.D.` Bequeathed to the Advocates` Library, 1882, by John Hill Burton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.373.

Related Materials

This is one of a number of copies at this Library, the others being Adv.MSS.13.2.7, 16.1.1, folio 127 (both by the antiquary Robert Mylne), 24.1.4, folio 330 and MS.3857. The source is unknown, but at Adv.MS.16.1.1, folio 127 `Extracted out of Scotstarvets Collections` is added to the title.

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