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BSTER, “ Councel to injoyn that all heritors and landlords be "advance bis Majesties service may be gratifyed, which J.,WEBSTER" obliged and mead ansuerable for their servants and "will retain them without given offence to others."

Esq. “ tenants being orderly and not withdrawing from ordi. Letter, Colin, Earl of Balcarres, to Lord Godolphin, “ nances or keeping of conventicles, and for that end with a statement of his pretentions to be employed in " that they may be impowred and reqwayred to Her Majesty's service (undated). “ remove them, and that a remedy may be prowided A series of 43 letters from the Earl of Seafield, " wher they have taks or are rentalers, and Magistrats Lord Chancellor of Scotland, to Lord Godolphin (dated " of Burghts to be ansuerable for ther burgesses and from 20th June 1703 to 4th Sept. 1707), containing his " inhabitants who reside within ther respective libertys confidential views as to the treaty of Union, and par“ for, the space of six months and upwards.” This liamentary and other proceedings in Scotland. One letter, unknown to Woodrow, originated the King's or two of them are partly in cipher, with readings of the severe orders to the Privy Council of 1st Oct., and cipher. Two 'holograph copies of Lord Godolphin's their rigorous proclamation of 11th Oct.

letters to Seafield, 17th July 1703, and 31st Jan. 1704-5. Letter, James II., when Duke of York, to the Duke A series of letters from John, Duke of Argyll, to Lord of Lauderdale, Whitehall, 28th Oct. (1670):—"My Lord Godolphin in the years 1705 and 1706, while bis Grace “ Lauderdaill, I am very glad to find by your letter was Commissioner to the Scotch Parliament, with his “ and what you sent me, that the affaire of the Union confidential views of men and parties. “ goes on so well where you are; I wish it may [be] Letters of other leading statesmen and politicians to " so here, I am sure nothing shall be wanting that I Lord Godolphin on the subject of the Union, (C. Moncan do to further it, and were his Ma. as well serued tague,) Lord Halifax, Principal Carstares, Earl of Mar, “ here as he is where you are, I should make no kind of Harley, Marquises of Atholl and Montrose, Lord Leven, “ doubt of its being etfected. As yet nothing hes been &c. “ done in it, nor will it be speaken on in Parliament Letter, in French, from James Edward, called the Old “ till next weeke, the House of Commons being so fond Pretender, to the Marquis Grimaldi, Rome, 2nd June “ of their bill which concerns the Lords, that they have 1725, in which he speaks of the Duke of Ormonde, the “ a mind to meddel with nothing till that be sent up. interests of England and Spain, &c. " I beleve Robin Moray will give you so long an Letter from Prince Charles Edward to Cluny Mac" account of what passes here that I shall now say no pherson, 21st Sept. 1754, containing authority to deliver more, but to assure you that you shall always find me up to John Waters all the Prince's effects which Cluny “ your affectionat friend.-James.”

had brought over from Scotland. As soon as ever le Letter dated Lethington, 28th August 1677, from the “ am informed of your arrivall, shall take measures to Duke of Lauderdale to the Earl of Danby, as to Scotch “ lose no time to have the pleasure of seeing you; in affairs and the business of that little rogue Murray “the meantime be assured of the particular regard and (whom my Lord Shaftesbury in his letter stiled Deare “ friendship I shall always have for you.”—Charles, P. Mr. Murray). “He is a pestilent fellow, and keeps Autograph letters from Cardinal York, but with" dangerous correspondence.'

out the address. In the first (which is undated), he Another letter, dated Holyroodhouse, 8th Nov. 1677,' refers to a rumour circulated by the enemies of his from the Duke to the Earl, informing his Lordship of family that “the King, my brother, was actually, marwhat had been done for making ready a good body of " ried to a certain lady, and which he believes when she Highlanders and others, in case the fanaticks ins the “ hears of it, she will schiver to imagine that anybody west should rise in arms, and desiring that Lord “could think her capable of such an intrigue, and of Granard may be ordered to the sea coast in the north “ such a supposition, the falshood of which no body of Ireland.

can know better than herself.” Letter from the two Archbishops and four of the Bishops The second, dated Frascati, 12th May 1767, is partly of Scotland to the Duke of Lauderdale, dated 12th June on the same subject. God be praised, last Saturday 1680, asking his aid for their afflicted church, and as to evening, after a good deal of batleying upon very the steps for that end.

“ trifling circumstances, I carried my brother to the Letter from General Sir Thomas Dalzell to the Duke “ Pope's privately, as a private nobleman, by which of Lauderdale, dated 29th Novr. 1666:-“ May it pleis mean he certainly has derogated nothing of his just “ your Greis to pardon my refering you to G. L. and “ pretentions, and has at the same time fulfilled with an " his relation of our last matche, onle this I sal ad to “ indespensable duty owing to the Head of the Church. “ intret you not to consave the busines extinke be this, “ The visit went much better than I expected, the Pope for if I be not totale discevit, vithout estirpation the " was extremely well satisfied, and my brother seemed “ maist part of this cuntray vil secund this rebelion “ well enough content, tho? I asked him very few ques" with a gritur ; nather do I kno whider this be totale “tions, and so I hop to draw from it a great deal of good, “ extink, bot if anay flam apeir after a dayes reist or “ provided my brother does not obstruct all by his “ two ve sal marche to the vaist, for all the forsis layes “ indocility, and most singular way of thinking and “ in redenes twixt Hedenton and Stirlen if artikel and " arguing, which, indoed, passes anybodys comprehen“ airmes be to be had thay are nesesar.”

" sion.” Letter from Sir George Mackenzie to the Duke of In the third, dated 7th July 1767, he writes, “I have Lauderdale, 30th April (no year].

very little to say, except to deplore the continuance “In this intervall of parliamente I hav sent your

“ of the bottle; that I own to you makes me despair of “ Grace the remanent sheets of the first part of my

". everything, and I am of opinion that it is impossible “ Criminalls. The 24 part is at the presse, and con.

for my brother to live if he continues in this strain; “ tains the severall jurisdictions of Scotland and our " you say he ought to be sensible of all I have endea" whole forms of processe in Criminalls. I have sent

“ voured to doe for his good; whether he is or not is « your G. one chapter of a treatise I have writ upon pre “ more than I can tell, for he never has said anything cedencie that you may correct and assist mee in it,"

“ of that kind to me; what is certain is, that he has Letter, the Duke of Queensberry (Her Majesty's

“ singular tenderness and regard for me, and all reCommissioner to Parl“), to Queen Anne, dated Holyrood

" guards myself, and as singular an inflexibility and house, 7th April 1705. “Your Majesty may be pleased

“ disreguard for everything that reguards his own good.

“ I am seriously afflicted on his account when I reflect “ to remember, that the greatest difficulty I did forsee

“ on the dismal situation he puts himself under, which " and fear was from your own servants; I shall not “now trouble your Majesty with any complaints of

" is a thousand times worse than the situation his “ what is passed, if they will yet concur heartely and use

" enemys have endeavoured to place him ; but there is " theire influence where they have interest to unite

" no remedy except a miracle, which inay be kept at

“ last for his eternal salvation, but surely nothing else, “ parties so far as to preferr the publick good and your

“ for what reguards the Lady, I am in very little trouble “ Majesties service to theire own particular and party

" about her, since I am persuaded she might writ to the “ interest, your bussinese cannot possibly miscarry."

“ day of Jugement without having any answer. I am Letter, John Earl of Stair to Lord Godolphin (not

“ sorry to afflict you with such melancholy reflexions,

so dated, but in 1703], with his views as to the state of par.

but it is allwise a comfort to open ones mind with

con ties in Scotland. “For the tolleration, I confess its rea

“ freedom to such a friend as you are. You know my ' " sonable, bot ther hath bein so much noice and bustle

“ unalterble sentiments towards you." “ mad about it, and so many wild pamphlets dispersed

Mr. Webster will afford every facility for having the “ treating both the revolution and the presbyterian

documents calendared, if the Commissioners desire to • government so hersly, that many who wer for the

have that done.
" tolleration do not think it of that consequence as to
“ loose the presbyterians for it who ar the most nume-

“ rous and the most eager party in the parliament.
" Some of the Caballer lords who has beenwilling to

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Of the miscellaneous documents and letters, the following are worthy of notice :

Bond of manrent by John Melville, heir apparent of Raith, to Sir John Wemyss of that ilk, 16th August 1487.

Bond of maintenance by James, Archbishop of Glasgow, to David Wemyss, his kinsman and man, 16th July

The territory of Wemyss, on the north side of the Firth of Forth, probably derives its name from the group of Caves in the rocky coast by which it is bounded. The walls of some of these caves are covered with curious sculpturings, apparently the work of the early Christian missionaries, to whom, as we may infer from our Chronicler Wyntoun, they gave shelter, and they must always have been a prominent object in the topography of the district.

The family name of Wemyss is obviously derived from the barony, and the pedigree of its possessors has been traced back to the earliest period of record,-and by some, to a younger son of the Earl of Fife in the 12th century, as its fountain.

The early importance of the family is witnessed by the ambassage to Norway, in 1290, of Sir David of Wemyss in company with Sir Micbael Scot, the object of these “honorabil knychtis and gret men," as they are styled by Wyntoun, being to convey to Scotland, Margaret, the young maid of Norway.

It appears that we owe the Chronicle of Wyntoun to the influence with the author of Sir John Wemyss, who lived about a century after this time :

... This tretys sympylly
“ I made at the instans of a Larde
“ That hade my serwys in his warde,
“ Schyr Jhone of the Wemys' be rycht name
" Ane honest knycht and of gude fame.”

Bond of maintenance by Cardinal David Beaton, Archbishop of St. Andrews, to John Wemyss of that ilk, 21st March 1549.

Licence by King James V., to David Wemyss of that ilk, to remain from a Justice Air at Haddington, 1529.

A licence to him by the King to pass into France, January 1530-1.

A letter from the King desiring the Laird to meet him at Edinburgh on his return from France with his Queen, 8th Feb. 1537.

Letter to him from the Earl of Arran (1546) as to the expected invasion by the English, and desiring him to come forward with all his artillery, &c., for aiding to resist.

Licence by Arran, dated 12th July 1547, permitting certain persons to abide in the house of Wemyss during the absence of John Wemyss at the host.

Letter, dated 10th February 1559-60, from James, Duke of Chatelherault, and others, requesting the Laird to subscribe the band which had been already subscribed by the principal barons of the country.”

Letter, dated 4th October 1576, from James Earl of Morton, Regent, to Sir D. Wemyss, requesting him to receive into his custody Archie Armstrang, son of the Laird of Quhithauch.

Letter from King James VI., to the Laird of Wester Wemyss, 25th April 1597. “Being moved with the “ mony and oft supplicationis of yourselff and other nobilmen, baronis, and gentilmen heirtofoir burdynit " with the keiping of the pleges and broken men re. “ teinit for gude ordour on the bordouris, we have at “ last concludit that sa mony as ar yet in handis sal be

distributit and keipit in our awin houssis and castellis. Wherefor it is our will and we comand you that ye “ caus convoy and put Archie Armstrang, sone to the “ Laird of Quhithauch, now being in your custodie with “ this lettre and warrand, to the Captaine, Counstable, “ and keiperis of our Castell of Falkland.”

Letter from James VI., 15th and 21st May 1583, as to a sum of money which the King wished to borrow from

The family as Wemyss of Wemyss took part in many of the national transactions down to the time of James VI., when Sir John Wemyss was created a Baronet, and thereafter Earl of Wemyss.

In 1756 the estate of Wemyss devolved on the Hon. James Wemyss, third son of the fourth Earl, and the present owner is his descendant.

As might be expected in the case of a family of long continued historical importance, the papers in the Charter room are both numerous and interesting.

They may be divided into two classes; the first being those connected with the descent of the land, and the second composed of Royal and other letters, with documents of a miscellaneous character.

The latter, and the more ancient of the former, have been recently arranged in volumes, and are readily accessible by means of indexes to each.

The first charter in point of date is one by John of Anesly, in favour of John of Wemyss and Amabilla his spouse, of the lands of Upper Cambroun, circa 1250.

Charter by David Wemyss of that ilk to David Wemyss, Knight, of the lands of Nether Cambroun, circa 133ő.

Indenture between John of Wemyss and Duncan of Wemyss, relative to the lands of Cambrun and Reres, 8th Dec. 1370.

Instrument of resignation by Sir David Wemyss of all the lands which he held of Robert Styward, Earl of Fyf and of Menteth, and of Sir Alan of Erskyne, in favour of John of Wemyss, 1373-4.

Charter by Robert Stewart, Earl of Fyf and Menteth, to John of Wemyss of the lands of Tvlibrec in Fyf, 1372-99.

Indenture between Sir John of Glen and Margaret his wife, and Sir John of Wemyss and Isobel his wife, touching the lands held by Sir John of Glen in exchange for other lands from Sir John of Wemyss, between 1373 and 1428.

Tack by Alan Erskyn, of Inchemartyn, to Sir John of Wemyss, Knight, of the lands of Petlassy. 15th Dec. 1386.

Instrument of protest by Sir John of Erskyne, Chancellor of Glasgow, against the legality of a court and assize held by the Duke of Albany regarding Robert of Levingstones possession of the third part of the third part of the lands of Wemyss, 18th June 1400.

Retour of service of Margaret and Isabella, daughters of Lady Isabella of Inchmartyne, as heirs to their mother, in the lands of Auchlevin, and a half davach of Ardoyn, 8th Sept. 1401.

Letters of protection of King Robert III. to Sir John Wemyss, of Wemyss, 24th May 1402.

Indenture between David Weymss, of Methkill, and Robert Levyngstoun, of Drumry, for the marriage of Eufame Wemyss with William, son of the said Robert, and of John Wemyss, son of the said David, with Isabel, daughter of the said Robert, 19th Nov. 1428.

Notarial instrument relative to a contract of marriage between the son and heir of Sir Andrew of Ogilvy, of

Letter from James Lord Down to his son-in-law, Sir John Wemyss, younger, of that ilk, relative to the feud with the Laird of Balmuto, 31st May 1583. “Bot the “ Kyng hes written twa missives, the ane to the Lard “ of Balmvto, qubilk he ressauit yeistrein, and I think " ye haif ressauit ane vther or now baytht to ane effect, “ to remane at your aune houssis aud cum nocht toward " him unto the day affixit befoir the Counsall, quhair “ his Majestie is off extreme mynd to try in quhais syd “ the gretist disobedence hes bene, and to puneis the " offendaris.”

Letter from James VI. to Sir David Wemyss, requiring him to receive into his custody John Graham of Stobvhel, 18th May 1587. “The lang trouble and unquietnes of “the thevis and broken men inhabiting oure bordoures “ hes moued us to repair thair in proper person and to “ gett in plegeis for the maist disordourit sorte to be kepit “ in the in-cuntry amangis the noblemen, barronis, and “ vtheris of best habilitie seing our awne houssis are not “ hable to keip sic a multitude as necessarlie for this “ gude occasioun must be detenit,” and requires him to receive in keeping John Graham

Letter, 24th Nov. 1587, from the King, sending Archibald Armstrang, sone to the Lardis Johne, plege for the Armstrangs of Mangertoun and Quhithauch, to remain in custody of the Laird of Wemyss.

Letter from George, Earl of Huntly, to Sir David Wemyss, dated 31st Jan. 1588. “Richt traist frend. “ Efter hartlie commendatioun, ye sall wit that thair is “ a day of law, the v and vi days of Februar nixt for “serving of the Douglas of the lands of Angus and “ Mortoun ;” and concluding by asking Sir David's attendance on the occasion.

Letter from James VI. to Sir David Wemyss, requesting him to entertain the Danish Commissioners, “ to treate and interteny thame the best ye can that “ nycht, as ye luif the honour of us and the cuntrie,” 7 May 1590.

Letter from Anna, Queen of James VI., 9th November



1592, in which she thanks Sir John Wemyss for the There are other two letters from the King to the R. G. E. * gud intertennement and fauorable courtesie ye hawe Countess on the same subject, 15th August 1661 and WEMYSS, “ shawne to Maistres Margaret, our servant and dame 7th April 1662.

“ of honnour, proceiding rather of your guid will than A letter, dated 11th July 1663, from James Duke of
“ any chairge given yow thairanent.”

Monmouth to David Earl of Wemyss. Several from
Letter from James VI., dated 3rd Aug. 1594, to Sir Anna Duchess of Buccleuch and Monmouth to her step.
John Wemyss, about the baptism of the young Prince, father David Earl of Wemyss, dated in 1663. One is of
and requesting Sir John to send provisions for the 12th September in that year. “My Lord, I could not
solemnity; " that ye will haisten sic quick stuf as ye " bot let you know of ane verie fine galant I have gotn
“ may haue in redynes and may spair to the support of " sene the Duke went with the King to carie me to
" the charges, to Halierudhous betuix and the vii or “the play; it is my brother Elcho. Hi does love
“ viii day of the said moneth, and vennysoun and " them verie well, and verie oft we do wish your Lord-
" wyld foull as it may be had calloure about the day of “ ship with ous. Remember my serveses to my sister
“ the solemnltie.” In a postscript the King adds: “We “ Lady Marg., and ever estim me, my Lord, your L.
“ knaw that vennysone and wyld foull ar nocht frequent “ most obed daughter, Anna Buccleuch. I do wish
“ in that cuntrie, albeit thai be expressit in this our “ your L. war hir that you might kep my Lady with
" lettre as we wrait to the Hielandis."

“ me all thes wentr, for shi dos intend to go much to
In the years between 1594 and 1598 there is a con- “ toun."
tinued correspondence relating to the custody of pledges. Others of this series are dated 9th Jan. 1664, 29th
for the peace of the borders.

March 1665, 10th May 1665, 11th Sept. 1665, 24th June
In January 1594, Andrew Johnston, son of Cristy, of 1666, 19th July 1666, 11th Oct. 1666, 21st Nov. 1666.
Millbank, is “ plege for the branch of Millnbank." In 23rd Dec. 1673, 14th Nov. 1674.
January 1595, Jok Johnstoun, of Brumell, is “ plege for One, dated 28th Sept. 1678, from the Duchess to her
" the gang of Brumell and Elscheschelis." In De mother, Lady Margaret Leslie, Countess of Wemyss,
cember 1598, Willie of Grenesyde is “ plege for the states, “My Lord Melvill is so soone to leve this place
“ gang of Myreheid and Lokerby."

" that I should not have wrettin this day by the post
Letter from James VI. to Sir John Wemyss, asking " but to acquaint your Ladyship the Duchess has
him for the loan of a horse for the French ambassador, “ comanded me to wait on her to Holland to see the
who was to be “at Perth the morne or vthermorne, we “ Princess of Orange.” Ther goo only the Duchess
" haue thocht guid effectuusly to requeist and desir you “ of Buckingham and the Duchess of Richmond, and
" that ye faill nocht as ye respect our honnour to send “ besids, Lady Ann and my Lady Peetrbrough and
“ heir to Falkland with a seruand of your awne with “ my Lady Herriet Hid (Harriet Hyde), my Lord
" ane of your fynest hacquenays with the fynest sadle “ Ossarey, and my Lord Roscomon. We are to ley
“ and furnitour ye haue betwix and the more at evin.” “ in a hous nigh" the Princess, but verie preevitly,

Letters, James VI., dated 10th April 1603, and Queen “whilk they are used to in that cuntray."
Anna, 25th April 1603, requesting Sir John Wemyss to Others of this series are dated 7th Oct. 1678, 21st Jan.
attend the Queen on her journey to London.

1679, 29th May 1679.
Letter, James VI., 8th July 1618, asking David

Of manuscripts I noted the following: -
Wemyss, of Wester Wemyss, to attend the General

A copy of the History of Scotland, from 1436 to 1565,
Assembly at Perth.

by Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie, probably of the end
Letter from King Charles I. to Sir John Wemyss,

of the 16th century, with the following note written relative to the title of Knight Baronet, dated 24th

on it by the Earl of Wemyss :-“In anno 1670, this March 1626. He states that he did passe a signator

“ book was given me by Mr. James Nairne, Minister
“ of the said honour in your name, wherein wee thought

“ of Wemyss, who was chaplane to the King Cha"
“our favour wold haue been acceptable unto you. " secund, and the sead Mr. Nairne deied in anno 1678. —
“ Therefore these presents are to require yow to passe " Wemyss."
“ the said signatour and to perform the like conditionis

A journal by Lord Elcho, in French, begun in August
" as others do, or otherwise do not complaine hereafter

1721, and ending April 1783. David, Lord Elcho, of the precedencie of others whom wee will the rather

eldest son of James, fourth Earl of Wemyss, was born “ preferre, that by the imbracing of the said dignitie

in 1721 ; and having engaged in the Rebellion of 1745, " they be carefull to further so worthie a work as doth

he became Colonel of the first troop of horse guards " depend thereupon. And as it is a next stepp to a

of the Chevalier ; escaped abroad after the battle of
“ further title, so we will esteeme it accordinglie.”

Culloden, and was attainted by Act of Parliament.
Letter from King Charles I., 21st April 1643, from

Lord Elcho resided abroad, and on his father's death
Oxford, referring to his wish to preserve the affection in 1758, as he could not inherit, the title fell dormant,
of his people, and of those who were stirring up dis-

and continued so till his death at Paris in 1787, when
affection by private agents; requesting the Earl of

it devolved on his next brother, Francis, who became .
Wemyss and Lord Elcho to call together their friends, fifth Earl of Wemyss.
vassals, tenants, and dependants, and to give assurance

of his willingness to preserve all the graces recently
granted to that his kingdom.
There are several other letters from King Charles I.

in 1642 ; two from General Monck, 1659-60; one from


OF GLASAnn Monck, wife of the General, to Margaret Countess The University of Glasgow was the second of our

GOW. of Wemyss, 2nd April 1662.

educational institutions which sprang up-to meet the
Letters to the Earl of Wemyss from Archbishop renewed thirst for knowledge of the fifteenth century-
Sharp, in 1664, 1666, 1668, 1675, 1676, 1678, the last that of St. Andrews having been founded in the be-
being dated in May 1687. Several of these relate to ginning, that of Glasgow in the middle, and that of
the settlement of ministers in different parishes in Aberdeen in the end of the century. They all originated

in the patriotism of the bishops within whose dioceses
Letter from Charles II. to the Archbishop, 2nd Ja- they were placed, the founder of the University of
nuary 1668. “My Lord St Andrews, I am assured of Glasgow having been William Turnbull, bishop of the
" your true affection and zeill, and I am confident you see. By the influence of this prelate and that of the
" medle not with foolish jealousies. In so doing you reigning sovereign, King James II., a bull was procured
“ doe well. I am fullie persuaded of your care and from the Roman pontiff, Nicolas V., dated 7th January
“ fidelitie. It is my desire that you continue in so 1450, constituting a studium generale in theology,
doing, which will oblige me to continue your affec- canon and civil law, and the arts, to continue in all time
“ tionat freind. C., R.”

coming, in the city of Glasgow, which it was stated was
Letter from Charles II. (holograph) to Lady Margaret a notable place, and suitable for the purpose, from its
Leslie, Countess of Wemyss, dated, “ Whithall, 14th climate and its abundance of all the necessaries of life.
“ June 1661. Madam, I have receaued your letter of The constitution and privileges of the new establish-
“ the 28 of May by William Fleming, and am very ment were framed on the model of the University of
" sensible of the affection which you shew to me in the Bologna, and it was secured in its immunities by a
6 offer you make concerning the Countess of Buccleuch, Royal Charter dated in 1453.
" which I do accepte most willingly, and the rather for The Records of the University are complete from its
“ the relation she hath to you. I will in a shorte time origin to the present time, and have been rendered
send more particularly to you about settling that accessible to the student, in four volumes, printed by
* whole affaire, which I look upon now as my owne the Maitland Club under the editorship of Mr. Cosmo
" interest. In the meanwhile I must thank you againe Innes, in the year 1854, with the title of “Munimenta
“ for it, and be most assured that I am, Madame, your “ Alme Universitatis Glasguensis; Records of the
“ very affectionat frinde, Charles, R

University of Glasgow, from its foundation till 1727."



UNIVERSITY The first volume contains the deeds of foundation OF GLAS- granted by popes, kings, and bishops, illustrating the

constitution of the University, its privileges, and endowments.

In the second are documents which shew the internal regulations, discipline, and proceedings of the University; the Statutes; Annals of the University Proceed. ings, as well as of the Faculty of Arts, and records of visitations.

The third volume is occupied with lists of graduates, beginning in 1578; lists of matriculated members, from 1590; names of students of theology, from 1644 ; of bursars, from 1630, with lists of chancellors, rectors, deans of faculty, principals, and professors. There are also documents bearing on the formation of the University Library ; the buildings; the common table and furniture of the college from 1582, with specimens of the household books kept by the Economus from 1601. The fourth volume contains a Preface, with Indexes to the whole.

A full Inventory of the University Records was formed in the year 1712, in which are thirty-one divisions of title deeds, &c.

The first (No. 1 to No. 311) contains the “rights “ which before the Reformation did belong to the “ Vicars of the Quier, the Mendicant Friers, and the “ other religions orders in and about Glasgow, with “ the rights which the University of Glasgow now have “ to the same;" and here are many documents of early date of considerable value for purposes of local history.

An examination of this Inventory satisfied me that every record of academical interest had been included in the printed Selection, and it is thus unnecessary that I should speak of its contents in detail.

One curious Charter may be referred to, being a grant by Charles II. of a tenement in Drygait, of Glas. gow, under burden of a payment to the College. In this Charter the King reserved to himself and his successors the right to one chamber and a stable in the back part of the tenement, and the liberty of walking in the “ gairdenes” attached thereto whenever he or they might visit the burgh of Glasgow. The document is a Charter under the Great Seal, and is dated 6th April 1649, " in the first year of the King's reign.”

The following manuscripts in the Catalogue of the Hunterian Museum belonging to the University seem • worthy of notice :

Ranulphi Polycronicon, in vellum, folio.

History of the Royal line of Scotland from the most early times to the year 1688, by Frederic van Bosa, folio, filled with curious details about the nobility.

Ye cronycles of yis lande, Englonde, that first was called Albyn, throch whom hit hadde ye name; with illuminations, in vellum, 4to; old, and finely written.

Another copy of Higden's Polycronicon. 4to. The handwriting is supposed to be about 1360.

Romance of the Monk, in folio, vellum, with illumi. nations.

A volume of sacred poetry, viz., The nativitie of our Ladye; The Counsel of the Trynitie ; The Nativitie of Chryste ; The Circumcision; The Offrynge of the three Kings. Vellum, folio.

Croniques de Charles VII. tto.

Myrrour of the blessed lif of Jesu Christ, in vellum. 4to, with illuminations.

Johannes Gower; vox clamantis, et carmina quædam alia ejusdem autoris. Folio, with curious illuminations.

Beda in Actus Apostolorum. Descrip. situs terræ. Libellus Retract. Small folio, vellum.

Henry Parker's Dives et pauper.

Letter addressed to Frederick, Prince of Wales, by Arthur Dobbs, on the probability of a north-west pas sage to Japan, China, &c. by Hudson's Bay; with map by Thornton. 1731.

Nectarii patriarchæ Hierosolymitani responsum ad Latinos de primatu papæ ex Greco in Arabicum ser. monem conversum a Christo doulo Gazæ archiepiscopo.

A great collection of Medical Recipes. Vellum, old.

Le proces criminel de Thomas Howart en son vivant Duc de Norfolk pretendant epouser Marie Stewart a present Reyne d'Eccosse, avec une table bien ample des. principales choses contain au dict proces, le tout traduict des langues Angloise et Eccossois a la Francoise par Jean Bonard, Secretaire du Roy, son Interprete et Historiographe general des langues Septentrionales et estrangeres, 1573. 4to, with illuminations.

Volume containing Voyages of Marco Polo (the first Latin translation made from the original Italian, by • Fr. Pepon, of Bologna, in 1320). 4to, vellum.

Cronice Regis Henrici Quinti, in verse. 4to, vellum.

A fine copy of the Statutes, temp. Edward III. and UNIVERSIT
Richard II. 4to, vellum.
On blank folios are the following entries :-
This Booke is myne.

Humphrey Bourchier.
Lord Cromwell by the gift of the right noble and
famous Judge Sir John Markham, Chief Justice of the
King's Benche.

Cha. Fairfax. 1619.
This Book is mine. Mary, the wife of Michael
Fawks, of Farnley, Esq., by the gift of Cha'. Fairfax,
The gift of Mrs. Mary Fawks.

Robert Markham.
Liber Johis Markham Capitalis Justicii B. Regis.

Liber Humphredi Bourchier dns Cromwell ex dono supradicti..

Galfridi Monumetensis Historia Britannica. Vellum. Imperfect.

On the title page, “Ro. Thoresby. Antiquiss. hoc “ MS. DDC. Josephus Hill.”

A set of small maps, charts, &c. finely drawn on vellum, and illuminated. Supposed to be Spanish.

Nicolaus Hostresham. Antedotarius (medical),
Hardyngs' Chronicles, in verse. 4to.

A folio volume, containing 68 original proclamations by Queen Elizabeth, relating to the coinage, mint, wool, Spanish, Irish, and Scotch affairs, wines, pardons, com. missions, war, peace, treaties, &c. They are written on vellum, and signed by the Queen. To some the Privy Seal is affixed, and many of them are countersigned by the Chancellor and other great officers of State.

“The Earl of Oxford once offered Mr. Martin a hun. “ dred guineas for the Collection, which he refused."

John Gower de Confessione Amantis. Folio, vellum. Imperfect. With illuminations.

The volume is said to have belonged to the Abbey of Bury in Suffolk.

Froissart's Chronicle of the War between Philip, King of France, and Edward, King of England, and others their successors. In French. 4to, vellum.

Ludolpbus Vita Christi. 4 vols., folio. With numerous miniatures finely painted, and illuminated margins. They are said to have originally belonged to M. Guignat at Paris, and their date is supposed to be about 1380.

A large collection of original letters addressed to the Earl of Clarendon and other persons of distinction during the period from 1671 to 1691.

Leges Walliæ. . 4to. Very old.

Henrici Archidiaconi Huntinedonei Historiarum lib. Vellum, 8vo. Imperfect.

On the title is written“ W. Cecill," and his arms are on the board.

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Sparling, of Norwich, and his son, 1476, 16 Edward IV.; also Tractatus Sancti Patricii de Purgatorio. 24 pages.

Le livre de Jean Boccace, supposed to be about 1409. Vellum, 4to. There are finely painted vignettes and delicate illuminations.

Higden's Polycronicon, by Trevisa. Folio, vellum.

Cartularium "Prioratus Sanctæ Trinitatis, Aldgate,
London. The volume belonged to John Anstis, Garter
King, and consists of 205 folios, some of the pages
being illuminated.

The Charters are dated from 1107 to 1420.
Bedæ Presbyteri Liber de temporibus, &c. 4to.
With illuminated initial letters. At the beginning is
a kalendar and sundry tables.

Chaucer's Romaunt of the Rose. Vellum, illuminated with flowers and devices. 297 pages.

“ Given to Thomas Martin by James Sturgeon, of Bury St. Edmunds. 1720.”

Doctrina Orthodoxa super ritum Angliæ Ecclesiæ & pueris antiquum ab Episcopo confirmandis memoriter addiscenda Ex latino idiomate in Turcicum translata A.D. 1654, Constantinopoli.

The following manuscripts are in the Library of the University :

“Liber Kinlossensis taken off Dr. J. Jamieson's copy “ which he transcribed from the Queen of Sweden's “ Library at Rome."

Baillie's Letters, 1637-1652. 3 vols., folio.
Joanris Forduni Historia Scotorum.

Historiæ Britanniæ. Tom. I. Marked at the top of the first page, "Scheviz;" and at the end as follows: “ Iste liber scriptus fuit apud Dunfermline Willo. Se " And. Archiep de Mandato Domini Thomæ Mong. “ melle Monachi et Sacriste ejusdem loci."




Cartularium Glasguense. 2 vols., 4to. Certified by Principal Gordon of the Scots College at Paris.

Letters of James Sharp, Robert Douglas, David Dickson, Ministers, respecting the Church of Scotland in the year 1660.

A small volume, on vellum, being a collection of English Laws and Ancient Statutes.

Sixteen volumes, with four volumes of appendix, relating to the Ecclesiastical History of Scotland. By the Rev. Robert Woodrow.

In conclusion I beg to repeat a suggestion, which I ventured to offer in my first report, for calendaring the deeds of foundation of the Scottish Universities, with the view of illustrating the educational principles and arrangements of the time, as well as the position and duties of the Members of these Ancient Corporations.





These muniments, on which a preliminary notice appeared in last year's report,* may be divided into the following classes :

i. Charters, grants, rolls, and other vellum docu. ments, from the 12th to the 16th century.

ii. Manuscript books.

iii. State Papers, correspondence and miscellanea, from the 16th to the 18th century.

Among the documents earliest in date in the first class are many both unique and of high importance, including charters of the 12th century, executed by Dermod MacMurragh, King of Leinster; Donall O'Brien, King of Limerick; Richard Fitz Gislebert, known as "Strongbow ;' and Prince John, nominal Lord of Ireland before his accession to the crown of England, on the death of his brother “Caur de Lion," in 1199.

Of the early part of the following century there are here rare specimens of instruments of Henri de Loundres, Archbishop of Dublin, one of the witnesses to Magna Charta; William Maréchal, earl of Pembroke, who acquired the lordship of Leinster by marriage with Isabel, daughter of Strongbow, and grand-daughter of Dermod MacMurragh; Theobald Gaultier, founder of the Ormonde family in Ireland; and William de Braose, whose contest with King John led to the starvation of his wife and son in prison.t

Of subsequent date in this class are the following:

Royal letters and instruments under great seals of England and Ireland.

Series of deeds exhibiting the arrangements under which James, Earl of Ormonde, acquired Kilkenny Castle and the Irish lands of the Earl of Gloucester in 1391.

Roll of proceedings of the Council of Richard II. in Ireland, 1392-3.

Surveys, inquisitions, rolls of tenants, manors, and

Returns of men and monies levied for royal service on various occasions.

Documents of dissolved monasteries and religious houses.

Writings connected with the honours, lands, manors, and castles of the Botillers, their many branches and connections.

Acts of the Earls of Ormonde in their numerous vice. royalties.

The majority of these documents may be said to be in good condition, and many still retain their seals. A full examination of them would require much time and labour, as they are very numerous, written in obsolete and contracted Latin or Anglo-Norman, and without catalogue or inventory.

ii. Manuscript Books. The following may be mentioned as of most importance :

1. The Red Book of the Earls of Ormonde :

A vellum folio, containing copies of charters, surveys, rentals, and other documents of or connected with the House of Le Botiller, from the 12th century; transcribed apparently towards 1350, with some entries of later date. At the end, on the last leaf, is the following partly obliterated note : “ There are contayned in this

“ booke liiij. whole leaves, whereof two have nothing MARQUIS “ written upon them, with two hafe leaves fixed unto o “ them. Wytness my hand the .. June 1612, T. “ Butler).” The “Red Book,” usually accepted in courts as legal evidence, suffered severely in a fire at the Ormonde estate office, Kilkenny, in 1839. No leaf, however, entirely perished, and by direction of the Marchioness of Ormonde, the surviving portion has been with great care repaired and bound under the superintendence of Sir Frederic Madden, who refers to it as “a remarkable instance of a monument of family as “ history rescued from oblivion and almost destruc. « tion.”

2. Grants to and by Thomas, Earl of Ormoride, to 1607, copies certified by John Denham and Francis Aungier, in pursuance of Her Majesty's letter.

3. Historical collections, folio. In front, “ Liber “ Gulielmi Laud, Archiepiscopi Cantuar, et Cancellar. “ Universitat. Oxon, 1636.”.

Contents: Extracts from annals respecting Butlers of Ireland; and in a different hand at end, list of officials in England and Ireland, numbers of parish churches, &c.

4. Transcript of letters from Government in Dublin, from commencement of the rising, in October 1641 to 15th January 1643, addressed to the following: Earl of Leicester, Lord Lieutenant; Sir Henry Vane, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State; Charles I. ; Speaker Lenthall; the Commissioners for affaires of Ireland ; Sir Edward Nicholas, Secretary of State; the Committee chosen at London for the affairs of Ireland ; George Lord Digby, Secretary of State; and to "our “ agent, Richard Fitzgerald, Esq., at a baker's house in " the Strand, over against the Ivy Bridge.”

5. Table and Cellar Book of Charles I. at Oxford, 1643-1644.

6. A Kallendar or Table of the most remarkable matters that are contained in 195 bundles of papers belonging to the Duke of Ormonde. This extends to 451 pages, followed by “Substance of several letters “ from His Majesty Charles I. to Duke of Ormonde, " when he was Earl and Marquis,” numbered from 1 to 13, 1641-1648, with dates. No. 14 commences with letters of Charles II., in 1648-49, followed by extracts from letters of Charles I. and II., 1641 to 1649; the last is dated Jerzey, 23rd October 1649. At end are the initials M. C. The entries are under general heads, such as : Affaires of Ireland, Affaires of Eng. land, Affaires of Scotland, Law Martial, Letters, London City, Orders, Parliaments, Papers, Ministers, Misfortunes, &c.

7. Extracts from Civil Survey of Baronies in Tipperary, including Lower Ormonde, Eliogarty, &c. with survey of Kilkenny town.

8. State of the Receipt of His Majesty's Revenue in Ireland, by Arthur, Earl of Anglesey, Vice-Treasurer, for year ending 20th March 1661.

9. Diary and accounts of members of the Mildmay family, 1653–1665.

10. Army Orders and Commissions, 1661-1666.

11. State of the Receipt of His Majesty's Revenue in Ireland, by Arthur, Earl of Anglesey, Vice-Treasurer, for year ending 20th of March 1661.

12. State of Earl of Arran's affairs in Ireland, 1661 : Report of Alex. Clayton, and Mr. Hutcheson's remarks thereon.

13. Petitions and Addresses to Duke of Ormonde, 1663.

14. An accompt of Lands sett out to transplanted Irish in the province of Connaught by final settlement. Received from the Deputy Surveyor-General, the 4th May 1664.

15. Letters of Duke of Ormonde to Sir Robert Southwell, 1672–1687. Contemporary copies. well,

16. Oxford letters of first Duke of Ormonde, containing contemporary copies of those addressed to Vice-Chancellor, &c. from 20th April 1675 to 6th June 1684 ; also copies of documents issued by Duke of Ormonde as Lord Steward of His Majesty's Household, from 20th April 1675 to 16th July 1684.

17. Verses and Addresses :-Congratulation to Sir Richard Blacke, chairman of the General Assembly. Consilium ad Hiberniam.-Latin poems, epigrams, chronograms, and anagrams on Ormonde, Charles I., Oliver Cromwell, Michael Jones, Charles Coote, Colonel Wogan, George Lane.- Sir Richo Black's Latin translation of Mr. Richard Belling's verses uppon the much lamented death of Colonel John Barry.-Letter and Irish poem from a “poor old feeble Franciscan fryer at “ Armagh,” 1680.- English verses on "The '48 and " '49 men;" Discovery of the late plot; defeat of rebels in the west ;-Clarendon, Clifford, Danby, Sun


* Secord Report of the Royal Commission on Historical MSS. (1871), p. 209.

See History of the Viceroys of Ireland, by J. T. Gilbert, 1865, pp. 67 and 505.

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