Manuscript relating to Scotland's church history: 'A perfect Invantar of all the pious donations given to the kirks & hospitals since the day of King James the first of Scotland to the reign of King James the Sixth'

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The inventory includes mention of John Kennedy of Blairquhan and his chapel at St. Ninian's (1508). There is also the will of the jeweller and philanthropist, George Heriot (1563-1624), who left funds to Edinburgh's ministers to found the hospital which bore his name (now a school). In addition there are letters from Lord Salisbury, Fentoun (Alexander Erskine, Viscount Fentoun), and others, and including Scottish government letters of condolence on the death of Henry, Prince of Wales, 1611-1613.

In reverse orientation there is an extract from A Continuation of the History of Scotland by Way of Annals from the beginning of K. James VIth Reign.

This is a bound manuscript, and an excellent complement to the Writs and Charters section component of the vast Laing collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Entitled A perfect Invantar of all the pious donations given to the kirks & hospitals since the day of King James the first of Scotland to the reign of King James the Sixth', this manuscript comprises: extracts from charters and documents recording annual rents and gifts to churches, colleges and hospitals between the 1450s and the 1540s; 17th century legacies and 'mortifications'; and, proclamations made by James VI of Scotland from 1604 to 1605.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased at Christie's auction, and from the Foljambe Collection removed from Osberton Hall. Accession no: E2008.22

Note

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using auction catalogue information, Christie's. London. The Foljambe collection removed from Osberton Hall, Wednesday 30 April 2008.

Other Finding Aids

None prepared for this collection.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library