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`A Description of the Islands belonging to the Crowne of Scotland taken from severall manuscripts, and the relations of thos that lived in them or frequented them`, written probably circa 1700.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.3.20

Scope and Contents

The volume begins with a brief general account of Scottish islands followed by detailed descriptions of the Western isles.

The fullest descriptions are of Mull, Iona, Harris and Lewis, Islay, Skye, Uist and in particular, St. Kilda (folios 21 verso, 26 verso, 27 verso).

Towards the end of the volume are transcripts of ‘Genealogies of the Chief Clans of the Isles’ (folio 34 verso) and `Descriptio Insularum Orchadiarum (folio 35).


  • Creation: Circa 1700.


0.00 Linear metres (37 folios. Folio.)

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Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

For transcripts of the last two items by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne, see Adv.MS.33.2.3, folios 20, 24. See also Adv.MS.35.3.12(iii), pages 294, 348 for transcripts of 1749 which were published in ‘MacFarlane`s Geographical Collections’, volume iii.


Monro, Donald. ‘Genealogies of the Chief Clans of the Isles’ (1774).

Ben, Jo. `Descriptio Insularum Orchadiarum’ (1529).

‘MacFarlane`s Geographical Collections’, volume iii (Edinburgh, 1908).
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