Copies of Cupar Sheriff Court Books, 1563-1576.

Scope and Content

20th century transcript in seven volumes by William Croft Dickinson of the Sheriff Court Books for Cupar, Fife.

Volume I: (In 2 books - a and b): 29 January 1563 - 12 March 1564.

Volume II: (In 3 books - a, b and c): 29 April 1575 - 26 November 1575.

Volume III: (In 2 books - a and b): 30 November 1575 - 18 August 1576.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sheriff Courts tried local criminal cases such as theft and assault; the sheriff might be assisted by a jury.


Chronological order

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by William Croft Dickinson, 13 June 1963.


Originally accessioned as ms141-ms147, subsequently divided between msDA890.C98D4 and ms5560-ms5563. Reunited under one ms number (ms5560) for all seven volumes, 1 August 1996.

Other Finding Aids

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

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.



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