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Copy of sermons and religious verse written by James Cuninghame of Barns, a Quietist preacher and Jacobite.

Identifier: MS.5166

Scope and Contents

The poems and sermons have for headings the date and place of composition; among the places mentioned are Edinburgh, Stirling, Kilsyth, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

The manuscript is written in a fair hand, and some gaps have been left where the copyist could not read the original.

The original pagination, lacking pages 100-179, is faulty.


  • Creation: 1710-1711.

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72 Leaves ; Folio.

Language of Materials



72 folios.

Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1958.

Related Materials

See also MS.2686, another volume similar to this containing many poems, but with less emphasis on the sermon material.


Although they are of a similar nature, none of the sermons or verses appear in the works published by Cuninghame and his disciple Margaret Mackenzie at this time, such as ‘Warnings of the Eternal Spirit to the City of Edenburgh' (London, 1710); the manuscript appears deliberately to avoid the published items, even where the chronological sequence is broken.

For James Cuninghame, see ‘Mystics of the North-East’ by G D Henderson (Aberdeen: 3rd Spalding Club, 1934), pages 191-199.
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