Confirmation by James, Archbishop of Glasgow, with the consent of the dean and chapter, of the charter given to the college by William Turnbull, Bishop of Glasgow, dated 1st December 1453, with a novo damus. The privileges of these charters are buying and selling all things necessary for themselves, concerning their food, drink and clothes, without being liable to any customs.

Scope and Content

Two seals: seal of James Law Archbishop of Glasgow and an unidentified seal. Pendant on tags.

The seal of James Law represents an ornamental shield bearing arms: a bend sinister between in chief a pirced mullet and in base a dunghill cock. The legend is between raised borders: IACOBI ARCHIEPISCOPI GLASGVEN.

The document, on parchment, is very faint, but the writing seems to be a neat, round secretary hand with some traditional elements. The first letter is ornamented. It bears the signatures of James Archbishop of Glasgow, Mr James Hamilton Dean, T. Sharpe Archdeacon of Glasgow, David Sharpe Precentor, M. P. Cambuslang, W. Wheitfurde Moffett, M. J. Crichtoun Chantor, J. Hay Renfrew, Mr R. Watson Cardross, Mr Thomas Bannatyne, Douglas, J. Anderson Carnweth treasurer, W. Brisbane Erskine, Mr James Gillespie Killearn, Mr William Nesbitt Torbolston, An. Lismoren Eglisham, E. Annand Ayr, John Strang Govam, Mr C. Hog Stobo, Mr A. Reid, Erskirk, James Sanders, Glasgow Secundo,and the witnesses James Boill, David Law, John McLellane, John McKinnoun.

Custodial History

Previously numbered GUA 813.

Blackhouse charters catalogue description: 'Charter of Confirmation by James Archbishop of Glasgow with consent of the dean and Chapter by which the Charter given to the Colledge by William Archbishop dated 1 Decr. 1453 is Confirmed with a novo damus The priviledges of these Charters are buying and selling all things necessary for themselves Cheefly these things which Concerned their Meat drink and cloaths without being Lyable to exaction of Custome or excyse of bread and ale or other custome And if this exemption should be violat by any person And the Magistrats of the toun should not duly punish him then the Prinll of the Colledge was to have right to Judge and punish But in the case of discord betwixt the City and the university the matter was to be referred to the Archbp. And the rector of the Colledge impoured thereby To cognosce and determine In all but atroscious crimes which are reserved to the Archbp. And the members of the Colledge are to have right to continue in possession of any house hyred by them in the City So long as they pay the rent And do not misbehave in relation to the said possession And for their furder Security of these and some oyr priviledges there mentioned It is provided that the provest baillies and other Magistraes of the city shall at yr elections yearly take ane oath binding them to preserve the priviledges of the Colledge And the Members of the Colledge are exeemed from all Customes taxes and personall burdens of watching and warding etc. This Confirmation and Novo damus is dated the 30 Octor. 1628'.

Related Material

See BL 485.


  • Munimenta Alme Universitatis Glasguensis, Records of the University of Glasgow from its Foundation till 1727, ed. by Cosmo Innes (Glasgow : the Maitland Club, 1856), I, p. 227-228 (entry no 140).
  • Charters and other documents relating to the city of Glasgow, ed. by Sir James D. Marwick (Glasgow: Scottish Burgh Record Society, 1894-1906), vol. I, part 2, p. 322-324.