Regiam maiestatem, c.1500

Scope and Content

Regiam maiestatem, a collection of Scottish statutes and other legal texts. It includes laws of William I, Alexander II, Robert I, acts of Robert III, burgh laws, collection of oaths for court officers, laws of Malcolm Mackenneth, and forest laws. f1-4 table of contents. Capitals and headings underlined in red. The manuscript terminates with the heading for a table of contents of the Liber de iudicibus, which follows at this point in National Library of Scotland MS Advocates A.1.28., to which this manuscript is closely related. Folios 63-74 are in Scots (how to hold courts).

Primus Liber Regie Maiestatis [ff.5-49] is wanting a leaf after folio 10.

Dating is given by watermarks of 1489-1497 and c.1498. [See note pasted on front free endpaper].Also a note on the contents by R M Mextone Graham, Edinburgh, 16 April 1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

Written in Scotland.


Single item

Access Information

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Property of the university library by mid nineteenth century.


Call number used to be ms1979

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: red calf with crest of University of St Andrews. Old Scotch Laws MS Sec.XV. on spine.Paper: 21.3x29cm

Archivist's Note

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

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.




Fully described in N R Ker and A J Piper Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, IV (Paisley to York), Oxford, 1992.