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Common-place book of medical, chemical and alchemical recipes and experiments.

Identifier: Adv.MS.23.1.10

Scope and Contents

At the end of the manuscript are numerous prescriptions by a physician in high practice in Scotland in the beginning of the 17th century. One commences ‘Dedi Alexandro comiti Eglintonis uxoris meae confebr[...]ino… 30 Octob.1625’.

On a fly leaf is written ‘I wagered with the young laird of Darfie that his wyff was with a sone (deprehenso pulsu brachii dextri maiore) a paire of stage ledder gloves the last of Januar 1634’.

The description of the manuscript in the folio catalogue (F.R.195) includes the reference: (W.1.24).


  • Creation: Early 17th century.

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1 Volumes ; Duodecimo.

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Other Finding Aids

The description is chiefly based on the “Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Advocates’ Library. XII. Miscellaneous manuscripts” (F.R.195).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

Physical Description


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Repository Details

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