Copies, 19th century, and original papers collected by Sir William Fraser, 16th century-1793. Edit




  • 16th century-1793. (Creation)


  • 0.00 Linear metres (Whole)
    79 folios. Folio and under.



  • Language of Materials


  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) Latin legal abbreviations, 16th century. (Folio 1.)

    (ii) Speech in Latin addressed to `domine doctissime coeterique commilitones mei suavissimi`, in praise of modesty. Late 16th or early 17th century. (Folio 2.)

    (iii) Transcript, 19th century, of the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, 3 February, 1590, concerning the slaughter of David Taillor by William Spottiswood of that Ilk and others. Cf. ‘The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland’, pages 574-575. (Folio 3.)

    (iv) Memorandum, 1742, as to the debts on the estate of James Erskine, Lord Grange. (Folio 7.)

    (v) Letter, 1757, of Thomas Tweedie to Samuel Mitchelson, Writer to the Signet, about the tack of Fingland. (Folio 8.)

    (vi) Copy of a letter, undated (perhaps of a King of Spain), concerning the inducement of soldiers at Gibraltar to desert. (Folio 9.)

    (vii) ‘Notes on the minutes of the convention [of the Friends of the People] published in the [Edinburgh] Gazetteer of Tuesday 26 Novem. 1793’. Limited to notes on the delegates. (Folio 10.)

    (viii) `Note of the names and principal seats of the peers of Scotland`, circa 1790. (Folio 16.)

    (ix) Copies of signatures of Scottish noblemen and lairds, 1498-1786, copied by Fraser from various charter-chests. (Folio 18.)

  • Bibliography

    ‘The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland’, edited by David Masson, volume iv (Edinburgh, 1881).

  • 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

    The manuscript was presented to the Advocates’ Library in 1922 by the trustees of Sir William Fraser, K.C.B.