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Unidentified text, apparently 18th century, written in cipher.

Identifier: MS.20769

Scope and Contents

The cipher alphabet included Roman and Greek letters, astrological symbols, and other apparently invented symbols. The text appears to be divided into sections by horizontal lines. The name Baptiste Romin or Romain is added in pencil on folios 27 and 28 (inverted). Loosely enclosed is a fragment of a copy by Robert Mylne of Sir Thomas Urquhart's ‘Παντοχεονοχανον’ (London, 1652). This bifolium, paginated 33-36, contains numbers 98-113 of the 'genealogy' of the Urquharts.


  • Creation: 1652, 18th century.

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57 Leaves ; Oblong quarto and octavo.

Language of Materials



27 + blank + 28 (inverted) + ii folios.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited, 1949, by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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