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Taylor Collection: papers relating to Scottish affairs.

Identifier: MS.68

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows.

(i) Notarial copy of the proceedings in the case of the magistrates of Elgin v the Procurator of the Church of Scotland, 1713. (Folio 1.)

(ii) 'Memorial concerning the opposition offered by the Bank of England to the draught of a warrant for a charter to incorporate the proprietors of the Scots Equivalent Debentures', 1719. (Folio 12.)

(iii) Correspondence, 1719, of the Lord Advocate, Sir David Dalrymple, on the prosecution of the non-juring clergy in Scotland. (Folio 22.)

(iv) 'Additional memorial concerning the growth of Popery' in Scotland, 1720. (Folio 31.)

(v) "Memorial from His Majestie’s Advocat in Scotland in relation to the facts set furth in an other Memorial from the Magistrates of Edinburgh concerning the death of Thomas Boyd citysen there", 1721. The magistrates had complained that the case had been taken out of their hands and sent to the Court of Justiciary. (Folio 33.)

(vi) 'A letter to the Peers of Scotland', 1721. An appeal to choose 'an equal number of Whigs and Torys to represent you'. (Folio 35.)

(vii) The affidavits of such persons 'as best knew the truth of the abuses said to have been committed about the time of the last election of magistrates and Councillors' in Dingwall and Nairn, 1721. (Folio 38.)

(viii) Opinion, 1766, of Alexander Lockhart and David Graeme in the case of Katharine Nairn 'respecting the competency of an appeal from the Court of Justiciary in Scotland to . . . the House of Lords'. (Folio 75.)

(ix) Case concerning bribery, 'Whether bribery committed in the annual election of magistrates and councillors [in Scotland] is to be considered as a crime punishable at common law'. Opinion of Mr C Yorke, 1768. (Folio 91.)

(x) Petition, 1768, of the Synod of Merse and Teviotdale to the General Assembly to apply to Parliament for relief from the tax on houses and windows. (Folio 93.)

(xi) Petition, 1790, of the Earl of Abercorn to the House of Lords in respect of an 'undue return' of Scots Peers at the last election. (Folio 97.)

(xii) 'Heads of a Bill for the better administration of Justice in Scotland and securing the peace of the Highlands', undated. (Folio 101.)


  • Creation: 1713-1790.

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107 Leaves ; Folio.

Language of Materials



iii + 104 folios.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1926, by Mrs du Plat Taylor, Purves Hall, Greenlaw.

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