The factious crew or Presbyterie di[s]plaid, by Samuel Colvil

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 63
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (46 ff.) Bound in contemporary calf. Begins on front paste-down; subsequent pages numbered 2-92 (ff.1r-46r); ends on f.46v (unnumbered page); rear paste-down blank. In ink, in a single hand throughout, except for a mathematical puzzle and calculation on the last page added in another hand. Text headed "Phillipps MS 2322" [i.e. 23222]

Scope and Content

Part Two of Colvil's "Mock poem", a long Hudibrastic satire largely on the Scottish Presbyterian covenanters. In this case the Latin version of the final 36 lines precedes the English.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Colvil (or Colvill, or Colville), a Scottish satirist, published his "Mock Poem" in London in 1681. It was reissued in 1687 as "The Whiggs supplication" and in 1692 as "The Scotch Hudibras"; it was frequently reprinted in the 18th century. Colvil also published "The grand impostor discovered; or, An historical dispute of the papacy and popish religion" (Edinburgh, 1673).

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Acquisition Information

Bought at Christie's sale, 20 July 1983, lot 358


In English and Latin

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