Copy, 18th century, written on paper watermarked 1742 or 1749, of an extract from `An Abridgment of the Scotishe historie`, written by John Maxwell, 4th Lord Herries of Terregles and dated 1656. Edit




  • 1656. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    i + 58 + many blank folios. Folio.



  • Scope and Contents

    The extract covers the period 1541-1571. There is a brief description of the original manuscript on the flyleaf of the present volume. According to Robert Pitcairn in his preface to the published work, the original manuscript was probably destroyed sometime during the French Revolution, having been housed in the Scots College at Douai. The copyist, whose initials appear to be J P (folio 1), may have been Friar John Pepper, Society of Jesus, who was a student at the Scots College, Douai from 1739 until 1747, and rector from 1766 until 1772, and who was a missioner at Terregles and Dumfries from 1774 until his death in 1810.

  • Bibliography

    The extract was published by the Abbotsford Club, Edinburgh, in 1836, edited by Robert Pitcairn.

    The manuscript is referred to in ‘Innes Review’ (1977), page 97.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Bound in original vellum.

  • 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 inscriptions at the beginning of the volume reveal that this manuscript belonged to Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe in 1796 (folio i), who presented it to Archibald Constable in 1817. It was bought by the Advocates’ Library at the David Constable Sale, November 1828, where it was number 3003.