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MS 207: Composite manuscript containing sixteen texts including the Regiam Majestatem, 15th century

Identifier: MS 207
Composite manuscript including the 'Regiam Majestatem' (MS 207)
Composite manuscript including the 'Regiam Majestatem' (MS 207)


This 15th-century Scottish manuscript contains a collection of texts about Scottish law, which seem to have been compiled by the same scribe, with some additions in a later hand. The contents are as follows:
ff. 1r-5v: Rubrics for the Regiae Majestatem
ff. 6r-7r: Compositio Carte, exceptiones contra cartam, expositiones quorundam vocabiliorum
ff. 8r-63v: Regiam Majestatem
ff. 64r-70r: Quoddam notabile de Maritagio
ff. 70r-72r: Statutes of King William I
ff. 72r-77r: Statutes of King Alexander II
ff. 77v-81v: Statutes of Robert the Bruce
ff. 82r-86r: Acts of Parliament of James I of Scotland
ff. 86v-112r: Leges Quatuor Burgorum
ff. 112r-112v: Laws of Malcolm MacKenneth
ff. 113r-132r: Leges Forestarum
ff. 133r-151v: Statutes of James I of Scotland
ff. 152r-169r: Leges Baronum
ff. 169v-174v: Unidentified Scots text
ff. 171r-174r: Laws of James I of Scotland
ff. 175r-205v: Liber de Judicibus
The final two folios, ff. 206 and 207, have been partially torn out. The text on them is in a different hand to the rest of the manuscript, but it cannot be identified further than this.
The texts are described separately, under MS 207/ff. 1r-5v; MS 207/ff. 6r-7r; MS 207/ff. 8r-63v; MS 207/ff. 64r-70r; MS 207/ff. 70r-72r; MS 207/ff. 72r-77r; MS 207/ff. 77v-81v; MS 207/ff. 82r-86r; MS 207/ff. 86v-112r; MS 207/ff. 112r-112v; MS 207/ff. 113r-132r; MS 207/ff. 133r-151v; MS 207/ff. 152r-169r; MS 207/ff. 169v-174v; MS 207/ff. 171r-174r; and MS 207/ff. 175r-205v.
Writing The script is very moderate with coloured capitals. Additions, both marginal and other, have been made at various times in the 15th and 16th centuries.


  • 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 manuscript was probably written towards the middle of the 15th century, and soon after it was written it belonged to one Henry Clerk. This we gather from inscriptions on ff. 1r and 8r: pertinet henrico clerk codex iste magistro.
In the 16th century it was in the possession of R. Alexander, a law clerk, who made many legal additions and notes in margins and on blank leaves. His signature, R. Alexander cause clericus, nianu sua, is on ff. 7v and 205v.
Another hand has inserted the name Guthre after Alexander in the above inscriptions, and also on ff. 1r and 6r, from which it is to be presumed that it passed into the hands of an Alexander Guthrie.
It came into the Library with the Aeneas Mackay Collection in 1912.

Previous reference

D. b. VI. 12.

Previous title

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


Nicholson, Ranald. Edward III and the Scots: The Formative Years of a Military Career 1327-1335. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965. See pp. 239, 242.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper - the paper is now very soft and difficult to handle.

Binding: Oak boards uncovered, leather back, lettered 'Regiam Majestatem et Aliae Scotiae Veteres Leges mss.'


27.9 cm x 19.7 cm


Secundo folio: de libero
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 207, 38 lines to a page

Repository Details

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