Official copies, 16th century, of English state papers, 1571-1572. Edit




  • 1571-1572. (Creation)


  • 0.00 Linear metres (Whole)
    ii + 163 folios. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) `Responsum summarium eorum quae serenissima Regina Angliae ... proposuit in colloquio habito de tribus Articulis cum illustrissumis Oratoribus Christianissimi Regis`, 24 August 1571, concerning the proposed marriage of Elizabeth and the Duke of Anjou. See ‘The Compleat Ambassador’ pages 131-133. (Folio 1.)

    (ii) Instructions to Sir Thomas Smith on his embassy to France, 3 December 1571. (Folio 3.)

    (iii) Confession of the Duke of Norfolk, November 1571. See ‘Calendar of the State Papers relating to Scotland’, iv, pages 32-40. (Folio 15.)

    (iv) `A Breife declaration of the Arraignement of Thomas Howard Duke of Norffolk`, 16 January 1572. This is rather fuller than the version printed in ‘The Harleian Miscellany’, vi, pages 382-388. (Folio 27.)

    (v) Thomas Norton`s description of the trial of the Duke of Norfolk, 16 January 1571. Slightly fuller than the version in ‘Complete Collection of State Trials’, i, columns 957-1032, and with the indictment in Latin. (Folio 40.)

    (vi) Description of the trial of Robert Higford, secretary to the Duke of Norfolk, 9 February 1572. See ‘Complete Collection of State Trials’, i, columns 1041-1050. (Folio 129.)

    (vii) Part of the Bishop of Ross`s `A Discourse ... of his whole charge and proceedings during the time of his ambassade.` It covers the period 11 April 1571-26 March 1572. See ‘Collections relating to the history of Mary Queen of Scotland’, iii, pages 149-241. (Folio 137.)

    Sections (vi) and (vii) are in different hands.

  • Bibliography

    Digges, Dudley. ‘Compleat Ambassador’ (London, 1655).

    ‘Calendar of the State Papers relating to Scotland’, iv.

    ‘Harleian Miscellany’ (London, 1744-1746).

    Cobbett, William. ‘Complete Collection of State Trials’ (London, 1809-1820).

    Anderson, James. ‘Collections relating to the history of Mary Queen of Scotland’ (Edinburgh, 1727-1728).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

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