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Manuscript of 'The history and chronicles of Scotland', John Bellenden's translation of Hector Boece's ‘Scotorum historiae’.

Identifier: MS.5288

Scope and Contents

Most of the manuscript is, with slight alterations, similar to the first printed edition of John Bellenden's translation (circa 1536), but in places it differs substantially from that and from other texts; it contains only chapters 2 and 3 of 'The cosmographie and discription of Albion' which precedes the main work, but is otherwise complete.

Bellenden's chronicle is continued at folio 313 without a break by Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie's 'Historie and chronicles of Scotland' to the year 1565 (folio 439). There is another continuation until the year 1604 in considerably less detail, further brief notes (folio 457) of events of 1612-1637, and a list of the kings of Scotland in the form of an index, beginning with Fergus I and ending with Mary, Queen of Scots, described as 'the 107 King' (folio 459).

There is no indication of the name of the scribe.


  • Creation: 17th century.

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462 Leaves ; Folio.

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Custodial History

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

There are no marks of ownership.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1950, from Captain Frank Forbes Mackay, Edinburgh, who remitted half the price.


Boece, Hector. ‘Scotorum historiae’ (Paris, 1527).
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