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"Bishop Guthrie`s Observations on the late Rebellion Observed", by Sir James Turner, being critical remarks on the chronicle of the Civil War in Scotland compiled by Henry Guthrie, Bishop of Dunkeld.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.1.11

Scope and Contents

From the folio references given, Turner appears to have had access to a folio-sized copy of Guthrie`s ‘Memoirs’, possibly even to Guthrie`s holograph manuscript.

Turner`s criticisms, which are based on personal knowledge or experience of the events discussed, were written specifically to rebut a number of allegations made by Guthrie concerning James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton.


  • Creation: Mid 17th century.


0.00 Linear metres (i + 7 folios. Folio.)

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Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library at the sale of Sir Robert Sibbald`s library, 1723.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


Guthrie’s chronicle was subsequently printed as ‘Memoirs of Henry Guthrie’ (London, 1702).
Turner’s text was published (from this manuscript) as Appendix Number 1 in ‘Memoirs of his own Life and Times by Sir James Turner, 1632-1670’ (Edinburgh: Bannatyne Club, 1829).
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