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Copy of the official report, 31 January 1725 [i.e. 1726], by Major-General (later Field-Marshal) George Wade, of his proceedings in disarming the Highlands; followed by copies of several papers.

Identifier: Adv.MS.17.1.21

Scope and Contents

The report is signed by Major General George Wade, folio 15.

A copy of each of the following papers follows the official report:

a list of the arms surrendered by the clans between August and October 1725 (folio 15 verso);

Wade’s instructions to the Officers Commanding the Highland Companies, 22 September 1725 (folio 16 verso);

letters of submission of persons attainted of high treason, written between August and October 1725 (folio 17 verso);

the form of summons for the surrender of arms (folio 24);

the form of a licence for carrying arms (folio 25); and,

various notes on the clans (folios 25-27 verso).

This was Wade`s second report. The notes on the clans were copied from his earlier report of 1724.


  • Creation: 1726.

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0.00 Linear metres (28 folios. Folio.)

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Custodial History

Previously in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps. The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library at Sotheby`s, 16 June 1896, lot 1044.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

For copies of Major-General Wade’s first report, 1724, see: MS.2200, folios 59-70; and, MS.7118.

A typed transcript, by J B Salmond, of the 1726 report is at MS.7188A, folio 212.


Both the reports of 1724 and 1726 (together with the accompanying papers) were printed from a ‘M.S. communicated by George Chalmers, Esq.’, in ‘Letters from a Gentleman in the North of Scotland ...’ by Edwart Burt, 5th edition, edited by Robert Jamieson (London, 1818), volume ii, pages 268 and 289 respectively.
`Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt.` (1837-1871): manuscript 32000.
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