Subscription List for Brydson's Order of the Peerage

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 39
  • Dates of Creation
      June 1787-July 1787
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume (4 folios);

Scope and Content

Two letters dated June and July 1787, containing the signatures of those who promised to subscribe to the proposed publication of the Order of the Peerage by Thomas Brydson. There are 151 autograph signatures, including those of David Dalrymple, William Robertson, Adam Smith, Robert Burns, and many members of the Scottish nobility, scholars and professional men.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Brydson (fl. 1785-1815) was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Edinburgh. In 1795 he published A summary view of heraldry in reference to the usages of chivalry and the general economy of the feudal system: with an appendix respecting such distinctions of rank as have place in the British constitution.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist, and Elizabeth Gow.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928 (English MS 39).

Custodial History

Formerly part of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the Library of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, from Haigh Hall, Wigan, Lancashire.