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‘Minutes of Parliament, Council, and Exchequer, collected by Earl Hadington’, the title in the hand of Sir James Balfour prefacing a volume of copies made for the 1st Earl of Haddington of minutes of Parliament, 1400-1622, of the Privy Council, 1546-1635, and of Exchequer, 1583-1629.

Identifier: Adv.MS.34.2.2 (I)-(II)

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows: (i) Short minutes of the proceedings of Parliament, 1400-1622 (folio 1); (ii) “Notes furth the books of Secret Council” and “Catalogues of the acts of Secret Council” and “Missive letters in the book of Secret Council” and “Council missives to & from His Majestie”, 1546-1635 (folio 111); (iii) ‘Minute of the Register of the Chekkers beginnand 16 July 1583 to 17 July 1629’ (folio 527).

These notes have originally been written on separate quires and some portions of blank leaves are thus intermixed. There are many notes and titles in Lord Haddington’s own hand.

The description of the manuscript in the folio catalogue (F.R.186) includes the reference: A.4.20.


  • Creation: 1400-1635.

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2 Volumes ; Folio.

Language of Materials



562 folios.

The foliation is divided between two volumes: (I) Folios 1-311; (II) Folios 312-562.

Other Finding Aids

The description is based on the “Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Advocates’ Library. III. History” (F.R.186).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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