Volume containing verse and prose, chiefly Jacobite and satirical. Edit




  • Late 17th century-early 18th century. (Creation)


  • 149 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Dowell's, 2 November 1949, lot 280.

  • Custodial History

    The manuscripts were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

    The volume, which was sold at the Keith sale in 1888 (see note on fly-leaf), is the manuscript of Dr Keith used by George Ritchie Kinloch in his Maitland Club edition of ‘Babell’, and it may have been used by James Maidment.

    In 1692 it was owned by William Hempseed (see folios ix verso, x verso), who has entered a few notes on law.

  • Arrangement

    x + 139 + some blank folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The longer pieces include 'The Tragedie of Glenco', 'Proelium Gilliekrankianum', 'Bellum Bothwellianum', 'Tarquin and Tullia', and Dr Archibald Pitcairne's 'Assembly' and 'Babell'.

    There is a recipe for stomach-ache on folio x verso.

  • Other Finding Aids

    There is a list of contents, in which printed editions have been indicated, at folio vii.

  • Bibliography

    Many of the pieces have been printed in contemporary tracts or by James Maidment and other nineteenth-century editors.

    Pitcairne, Archibald. ‘Babell’ (Maitland Club, 1830), edited by George Ritchie Kinloch.