Miscellaneous material, mostly of a religious nature. Edit




  • 18th century. (Creation)


  • 0.00 Linear metres (Whole)
    300 folios. Octavo.



  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) `A Testamentary Memoir written by Theophilus, in which his own dearest concerns are Ingenuously Narrated, and sundry of a more publick Nature are also touched, all Addressed to his surviving friends`, early 18th century. This is similar in style to the ‘Memorial` of James Hog, and the hand is probably the same as that of Adv.MS.32.3.8. The author appears to have written other memorials and a short history of the Covenanters based on official papers. See Wod.Qu.LVIII. (Folio 2.)

    (ii) Religious memoir by a Presbyterian, undated. The author studied in Holland, where he published some theses and taught privately at the Hague. (Folio 39.)

    (iii) `Excerpts from the memoirs of Theophilus concerning some things in Debate at this time`. A letter, undated, commenting on the memoirs, with special reference to the Marrow Controversy. (Folio 61.)

    (iv) Unsigned letter, undated, possibly by a supporter of the `Marrow men`, to the General Assembly. (Folio 73.)

    (v) Letter, 1723, of John Elphinstone, Woerden, in the same hand as Adv.MS.34.5.19. This letter is apparently original, suggesting that Adv.MS.34.5.19 is in fact in Elphinstone’s hand. Items (vi), (vii) and (xii) are also in this hand. (Folio 77.)

    (vi) Memoir by Mrs Goodall, early 18th century. The author, a Presbyterian, returned to Scotland from Ireland with her family in 1677, and later went to Rotterdam to avoid further religious persecution. An extract (folios 82-85), recording her husband’s experiences in Armagh, was printed in ‘History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’, volume ii, pages 562-567. (Folio 79).

    (vii) Sermon, undated, possibly by Hugh Mackail, on the Song of Solomon i, 7, followed (folio 97) by an account of Matthew Mackaile’s attempts to stop Hugh`s execution in 1666. This account was published by Thomas M`Crie in his edition of the ‘Memoirs of Mr William Veitch’, pages 33-38. (Folio 87).

    (viii) Sixteen verses of a religious poem, undated, headed `Second part`. (Folio 99.)

    (ix) Brief notes of the answers given by the `Marrow men` to the queries of the General Assembly, 1721, together with a list of the queries. For a full text of the answers, see Wod.Fol.XXXIX, folio 303. (Folio 103.)

    (x) Answers of Alexander Hamilton, minister of Airth, to the Committee for the Purity of Doctrine, 1720. (Folio 105.)

    (xi) Treatise on the use of the accent in Hebrew, undated. (Folio 109.)

    (xii) Notes of a series of six lectures on chemistry, undated. (Folio 125.)

    (xiii) Copy of the memoirs of George Brysson, an Edinburgh merchant, 1714. They were published by Thomas M`Crie in his edition of the ‘Memoirs of Mr William Veitch’, pages 267-352. (Folio 161.)

    (xiv) Religious memoir, 1694-circa 1705, of Elizabeth Wast, Mistress of the Trades Hospital. Extracts were published by the Reverend John Brown in ‘The Most Remarkable passages in the life...of Elizabeth Wast’ (Falkirk, 1785). (Folio 194.)

  • Existence and Location of Copies

    Microfilm available: Mf.Sec.MSS.727 (manuscript may not have been filmed in full).

  • Related Materials

    Adv.MS.32.3.8: Copy of James Hog’s autobiography, `Memorial written by Philomathes and addressed to his surviving Friends`.

    Wod.Qu.LVIII: Memorial to his surviving friends by ‘Philomathes’, James Hog.

    Wod.Fol.XXXIX: Papers, mainly on church matters.

  • Bibliography

    Reid, James Seaton. ‘History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’ (Belfast, 1867).

    ‘Memoirs of Mr William Veitch’, edited by Thomas M`Crie (Edinburgh, 1825).

    ‘Most Remarkable passages in the life...of Elizabeth Wast’ (Falkirk, 1785).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

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