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‘Letters and instructions of state between England and Scotland’, a volume of copies in a modern hand from original papers in the Cotton Library being chiefly letters of English Ambassadors in Scotland.

Identifier: Adv.MS.31.6.18

Scope and Contents

The description of the manuscript in the folio catalogue (F.R.186) includes the reference: Jac.5.7.2.


  • Creation: 1580-1581.

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Conditions Governing Use

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173 Leaves ; Quarto.

Language of Materials



345 pages.

Other Finding Aids

The description is partly based on the “Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Advocates’ Library. I. State Papers, part I (F.R.184).

At the end of the volume is an index of the contents.

There is also an inserted sheet of notes supplied by research student David Lauder, identifying some writers/recipients.

Custodial History

The volume was presented to the Advocates Library by the Earl of Buchan in 1800.

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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