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

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.4.9

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.


  • Creation: 1571-1572.


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

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


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).
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