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‘Breviary of the Decisions of the Lords of Session ... and of the Acts of Sederunt, from June, 1661, to July, 1681, observed by Sir James Dalrymple of Stair.’

Identifier: Adv.MS.81.1.1

Scope and Contents

The Acts of Sederunt, 1661-1681, as in the printed ‘Decisions of the Lords of council and session’, are followed by a summary of Decisions arranged alphabetically according to subject. The text is apparently copied from an incomplete manuscript.

At the end, inverted, is a copy of ‘Instructions and rules ... to the Commissaries, clerks, procurators fiscalls, and other members of the court of the whole ecclesiasticall jurisdiction,’ forwarded under cover of a Royal letter dated Oxford, 21 January 1666.

The manuscript is in a 17th-century hand.


  • Creation: 1661-1681.


0.00 Linear metres (ii + 255 + 5 inverted folios. Quarto.)

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Custodial History

The manuscript is believed to come from the Library at Kildalton Castle, Islay, and was presented to the Advocates’ Library by H Talbot de Vere Clifton, Kildalton Castle, 1939.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited, 1941, by the Faculty of Advocates.10 January 1941


‘Decisions of the Lords of council and session’ (Edinburgh, 1683, 1687).
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