`Alphabet of Honnor: or The Succession and Armes of the Kinges, Princes, Dukes, Marquesses, Earles, Barons, and Gentry of England since the Conquest’. Edit




  • 1618. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    ii folios + 448 pages. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The contents include notes on and blazons of the arms of the five conquerors of England and the seven Saxon kings (page 1) based on ‘The Accedence of Armorie’, pages 35-40; notes on and blazons of the arms of the English dioceses (page 5) and the Oxford and Cambridge colleges (page 16); the succession of English princes, dukes and earls since 1066 (page 25); the order of viscounts and barons (page 88); and an alphabetical list chiefly of the English gentry with blazons (page 92).

    The date 1617 has been deleted from the title page, and `this present year 1618’ appears on page 2. The work was probably compiled for James Douglas, one of the Secretaries for Scottish affairs at the court of James VI. His coat or arms is painted on folio ii and he is mentioned as ‘my honourable good friend’ on page 197.

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.31.

  • Related Materials

    For other manuscripts in the same hand, see Adv.MSS.19.3.3, 33.7.14 and 33.7.16.

  • Bibliography

    Legh, Gerard. ‘Accedence of Armorie’ (London, 1612).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    17th-century vellum binding, gilt-stamped with fleurons and cherubs` heads; ties missing. It is related to the bindings of Adv.MSS.19.3.3 and 33.7.14, and British Museum Add. MS.30,075.

  • 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 bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1723 at sale of Sir Robert Sibbald`s library.