Skip to main content

Collection of state papers of the reigns of James VI and Charles I made by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne, Lord Lyon King of Arms.

Identifier: Adv.MSS.33.1.1-33.1.15

Scope and Contents

The collection is known both as the `Denmilne State Papers` and the `Denmilne Collection`. Less formally it is often referred to as the `Denmilne Manuscripts`.


  • Creation: 1548-1641.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


30 Volumes ; Folio and under.

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A calendar of the collection, in five volumes, was compiled in the 19th and early 20th centuries and is available on request. Much of the material has been published, and the calendar is annotated with the appropriate references.

‘Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Advocates’ Library. State Papers’. The catalogue includes transcripts and fuller descriptions of certain letters and documents.

Custodial History

For an account of the fate of Sir James Balfour`s library after his death in 1657 and of how the Denmilne Manuscripts were bought by the Faculty of Advocates in 1698, see `The Denmilne Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland`.

Separated Materials

State papers collected by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne: volumes 15-16: Adv.MS.33.3.12.

State papers collected by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne: volume 33: Adv.MS.33.2.30.


Mackie, J D. `The Denmilne Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland.` (Edinburgh, 1928).
National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland
16 05 2014
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Local Descriptive Rules
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
0131 623 3700