John Malcolm, heads of lectures on dialectics, 1586

Scope and Content

Dialetica ad Aristotelis scientiam non ad Rami opinionem continuat auctore Malcolmo Scoto graeca-philosophie Aristotelice professore Andreopoli in Collegio Leonardino.

  • f.1 Dedicatory preface to Francis Stewart, earl of Bothwell, 1 December 1586.
  • ff.2-22r Heads of lectures in dialectics by John Malcolm.
  • f.22v Diary entries, in a different hand, for 6 January and 16 February ny, concerning a baptism and a marriage.
  • f.23r 14-line polemical poem in praise of the Pope aimed at the Buchananites - Haec Buchananiis.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Malcolm (d.1634) was professor of Greek philosophy, St Leonard's College, University of St Andrews, then from 1591, minister of the East Church, Perth. Here he revised a protestation against episcopacy signed by himself and 41 other clergy during the Parliament at Perth in 1606. He wrote Commentarius in Apostolorum Acta, published in 1615, in the dedication of which he exhorted the king to pardon those ministers banished for holding an assembly in Aberdeen. He was summoned before the Court of High Commission for this action. He died 'a grave, godlie and learned Man'.

Francis Stewart (1562-1612), first earl of Bothwell, grandson of James V, nephew of Mary Queen of Scots, a skilled politician wielding great power at the Scottish court with his influence over James VI, involved in all the intrigues and military activities of the time. Eventually accused of treason by witchcraft, abandoned by his Protestant supporters when he took the money of the Catholic earls, and exiled to the continent.


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Acquisition Information

Purchased as lot 492 at the sale of Dr Lee's library [for 4s.?], 6 Apr 1861.


Call number used to be ms5141

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: vellum, stitched, with remains of two ties. Initials AB separated by three embossed decorations. Lower half of f.22 is excised.Paper: 9.2x14.6cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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Custodial History

Descriptive note on front and back covers in the hand of Dr John Lee.