Miscellaneous documents of Sir James Balfour. Edit




  • Circa 1308-1626. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    54 + many blank folios. Octavo.



  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) `De Jure praelationis Nobilium Scotiae or Ane Memoriall of ye Evidents patents and rights producit be sundrie Earles and Lords Befor ye Comissioners ... anent ye precedencie and prioritie of dignities ... 1606`. In 1626 Balfour added (folio 16) notes on peers created since 1606. For other copies of this see Adv.MS.33.7.6 and MS.3171. (Folio 1.)

    (ii) ‘Memorialls extracted out of the imprinted Bookes of the Statuts and Acts of Parliament ... in Anno 1610` . The extracts cover the period 1434 to 1505, and concern peerage creations, forfeitures and annexation of property, and other topics. In most cases, a list of the lords present at the parliament is included. (Folio 18.)

    (iii) Copies of royal charters, circa 1308-1482. (Folio 50.)

  • Bibliography

    The contents of sections (i) and (ii) and one of the charters in (iii) are printed in ‘Various tracts concerning the peerage of Scotland’ by James Carmichael (Edinburgh, 1791) (NLS pressmark: A.114.6).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Bound in 17th-century brown calf, gilt stamped, with fillets in blind and gilt.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

  • Custodial History

    The manuscript was bought at the sale of Sir Robert Sibbald`s library in 1723.