Transcription of Thomas Hope, Major Practicks, [c.1670].

Scope and Content

A transcription, in several hands of the second half of the seventeenth century, of Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, Lord Advocate, Major Practicks, to the end of Volume I, part 6, Title 8.

A compendium of Scots law derived from Acts of Parliament and statutes, translated from the Latin for the benefit of the many lawyers who could not read Latin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Thomas Hope (1573-1646) of Craighall, advocate and politician. He was solicitor to the Church of Scotland, became a very successful advocate, then worked for Charles I and was appointed Lord Advocate in 1626 and admitted to the Scottish privy council 2 years later. However he had sympathy with the aims of the covenanters and supported them through his decisions when king's advocate from 1637 to 1643.


Single item

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

'Ex Libris Collegii Sti. Salvatoris'. Before 1744.


Call number used to be ms169

Other Finding Aids

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: calf, by William Adamson. Sections bound out of sequence.Paper: 19.5x29.9cm

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.

Custodial History

Signature of John Purves.



Related Material

Probably to be identified with the 'Collection of Scots Laws in Manuscript' held in the library of St Salvator's College [press III shelf II] in 1744.


This manuscript was not among those consulted for the Stair Society edition [J A Clyde, 'Hope's Major Practicks, 1608-1633', Stair Society, 3, 1937].