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MS 206: Composite manuscript containing eleven texts, 15th century

Identifier: MS 206


This 15th-century Scottish manuscript contains a collection of texts about Scottish law, which seem to have been compiled by the same scribe. The contents are as follows:
Flyleaf: Notes and inscriptions
ff. 1r-8v: Table of Contents. Contains Assisa Regis David, which is now missing from the manuscript; Leges Burgorum, which is now partly missing; Leges Forestarum, of which all but the Statuta Gylde is missing; and lacks the Statuta Regis Willelmi et Alexandri, which the manuscript contains. The order also is different.
ff. 9r-18r: Quoniam Attachiamenta
ff. 18v-60v: Regiam Majestatem
ff. 70r-71v: Leges Burgorum [fragment]
ff. 71v-73r: Custuma Portuum
ff. 73r-73v: Unidentified legal text
ff. 73v-78r: The Laws of William the Lion
ff. 78r-84v: Iter Camerarii
ff. 84v-89r: Statuta Gylde
ff. 89v-94v: Statues of King Alexander, including De Legibus Marchiarum (ff. 92r-93v) and De Legibus Foreste (ff. 93v-94v)
ff. 95r-100r: Statues of Robert the Bruce
f. 100v: List of the actual contents of this manuscript. From this we can see that it has lost the Assisa Regis David and a large part of the Leges Burgorum.
ff. 103r-113v: Miscellaneous collection of legal texts
The texts are described separately, under MS 206/ff. 9r-18r; MS 206/ff. 18v-60v; MS 206/ff. 70r-71v; MS 206/ff. 71v-73r; MS 206/ff. 73r-73v; MS 206/ff. 73v-78r; MS 206/ff. 78r-84v; MS 206/ff. 84v-89r; MS 206/ff. 89v-94v; MS 206/ff. 95r-100r; and MS 206/ff. 103r-113v. Note that both Tables of Contents are not described separately.
Writing A fair uniform hand with rubrics and plain red capitals. Certain additions have been made in the 16th century supplying some of the blanks.


  • 15th century

Language of Materials

Latin; Middle Scots

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The book contains now no indications of original ownership. It would seem to have been written about the middle of the 15th century. It contains on the vellum fly-leaf at the beginning a note in a 16th-century hand of what is lacking in the manuscript, which has been transcribed in a recent hand and inserted on the inner board. It was presented to the Library by Mr. William Henderson in 1673.

Previous reference

D. b. VI. II.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Regiam Majestatem.


The Acts of the Parliament of Scotland. Volume 1, 1844. See page 186.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper

Binding: Modern bronze morocco, lettered 'Regiam Majestatem MS.'

Collation: a16, b16, c4, d7, e4, f12 (3, 4, 5 cut out, 16 wanting), g2 (inserted between f2 and f3), h8 (blank gathering), i15 (i1 should be i15), k16, l13=113


21.6 cm x 14.6 cm


Secundo folio: Hii non possunt
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 113, 38 lines to a page

Repository Details

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