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16th-century manuscript containing the Accounts of the Archbishopric of St Andrews, covering the years 1539-1549.

Identifier: Adv.MS.17.1.2

Scope and Contents

Manuscript written in Scotland, containing accounts of the Archbishopric of St Andrews from October 1539 to May 1549. The entries provide information on the different kinds of grain delivered and expended as rendered by the 'Granitarius', and on the more general cash accounts rendered by the 'Camerarius'.

Borland suggests that the work is written by one hand. A section from folios 46r-65r, however, exhibits a different character of writing with distinctive pen-strokes, although still contemporary with the hand responsible for the majority of the work.

Each section is headed by a running title and also contains frequent scribal marginal references to the entries.

The contents are as follows:

'Granitarius Lawmouth', 1539. Folios 1r-13r.

Folios 13v-14v are blank.

'Camerarius Lummisden', 1540. Folios 15r-27r.

Folio 27v is blank.

'Croppa Anni Domini 1539, Granitarius Betoun', Folios 28r-37r.

Folio 37v is blank.

'Camerarius Henry Lummisden', 1540. Folios 38r-45r.

Folio 45v is blank.

'Grantarius Betone', 1540. Folios 46r-53v.

'Camerarius Betone', 1541. Folios 54r-65r.

Folio 65v is blank.

'Granitarius Betoun', 1543. Folios 66r-74r.

Folio 74v is blank.

'Camerarius Betoun', 1543. Folios 75r-91r.

Folio 91v is blank.

'Grantarius Betoun', 1543. Folios 92r-105r (folios 94v-95r are blank).

Folio 105v is blank.

'Reste mag[sit]ri Alain Lawmouth', 1540. Folios 106r-109v.

'Dependencie Resta[rum] Ultimi Compoti Mag[ist]ri Henrici Lu[m]misden', 1541. Folios 110r-111r.

Folio 111v is blank.

'Camerarius mag[iste]r Alexander Kynnynmounth', 1543. Folios 112r-120v.

Folio 121rv is blank.

'Camerarius mag[iste]r Bernardus Bailȝe', 1545. Folios 122r-137v.

Folio 138rv is blank.

'Grantarius mag[iste]r Robertus Auchmouty', 1545. Folios 139r-166r.

Folio 166v is blank.

'Camerarius mag[iste]r Alexander Creichtoun', 1546. Folios 167r-176v.

Folio 177rv is blank.

'Grantarius mag[iste]r Robertus Auchmouty', 1549. Incomplete. Folios 178r-198v.

The manuscript is not decorated with any colour, but there are large flourished initials in plain ink.

Quire signatures are occasionally visbile in the lower right corner of the verso sides in the form of upper case letters; however, these appear to be later insertions, probably 18th century.


  • Creation: Circa 1549.


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1 Volumes ; 38.2cm x 29.5cm x 5.5cm

Language of Materials



i-iv + 198 + v-viii folios.

Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the Library of the Faculty of Advocates from a William Munro on the 8th of December 1731 for £1-10-0. It is unclear if Munro was a bookseller by trade; no entry appears for him under relevant dates in the Scottish Book Trade Index.

There are ownership inscriptions for the Library on the rectos of folios ii and 1. The inscription on folio ii dates the manuscript's arrival in the Library as 1734.

The previous shelfmark assigned to the manuscript by the Library is on the recto of folio ii: 'W.1.3', since superseded.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


Borland, C. R. 'Catalogue of Mediaeval Manuscripts in the Library of the Faculty of Advocates at Edinburgh', 4 Volumes. (Unpublished manuscript, Edinburgh, 1906-1908). Volume II, folios 514-516. NLS Reference: FR.198a/2.

Briquet, C. M. 'Les Filigranes. Dictionnaire historique des marques de papier des leur apparition vers 1282 jusqu'en 1600', 4 Volumes (Leipzig, 1923).

'Folio Catalogue of Manuscripts: Chartularies' (Unpublished manuscript, Edinburgh [18??]), folio 36. NLS Reference: FR.189.

'Summary Catalogue of the Advocates' Manuscripts' (Edinburgh, 1971), page 98, number 1248.

Turnbull, W. B. D. D. 'Fragmenta Scoto-Monastica: Memoir of what has been already done, and what materials exist, towards the formation of a Scotish (sic) Monasticon.' (Edinburgh, 1842), page 12.

Physical Description


The binding is 18th-century brown leather. According to an inscription on the verso of folio i the manuscript was bound by Hugh Mosman on the 16th of May 1734. The three edges of the front and back boards have blind-tooled edges. The volume has since been rebacked in red morocco. On the new back there are raised bands and gold tooling for the library stamp, shelfmark, and title which reads: 'RENTALE S. ANDREAE'.

The paper of the flyleaves and the manuscript proper have a watermark of a pot topped by a crown, similar to Briquet number 12645 (Rouen, 1528).

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Repository Details

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