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Copies of letters and instructions of Thomas, Baron Wharton, deputy warden of the marches.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.3.8

Scope and Contents

Most of the material concerns the order of the watches in the three marches, giving the areas covered and, in some cases, the names of those concerned.

The volume may have been intended for John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland; his arms are painted on page 2, and the bear and ragged staff of Warwick drawn on page 3. There are large decorated initials in pen and ink on pages 3, 7, 13, 37, 121 and 153, some of which bear the letters IN, TP, CC or TW.


  • Creation: 1552-1553.


0.00 Linear metres (161 pages. Folio.)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Binding of 17th-century brown sheepskin, blind-stamped. Ties missing.

Custodial History

The volume contains the ex-libris and cipher of Sir James Balfour of Denmilne (pages 2,161) (Denmilne number 52). It was bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1698.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


The manuscript was published with minor variations by William Nicolson, bishop of Carlisle, in his ‘Leges Marchiarum’ (London, 1705), pages 206-348.
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