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Montgomery, Alexander. Poems, Late 16th century

Identifier: De.3.70

Scope and Contents

This volume contains the poetic works of Alexander Montgomerie, Scottish Jacobean courtier and poet, he was one of the principal members of the Castalian Band. Montgomerie’s poetic output of over 100 pieces is mostly known from this volume, known as the Ker manuscript. Margaret Ker was the daughter of John Lord Herries of Newbattle Abbey, who was a neighbour of William Drummond of Hawthornden.


  • Creation: Late 16th century


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

English, Latin, French, Scots


1 volume

Custodial History

"In my defence god me defend, and bring my soul to ane goid. Margaret Ker" is written on first leaf verso. This is the first two lines from an old Scots prayer that usual end " sould to ane guid end."


Drummond, William, and Robert H. (Robert Hugh) MacDonald. The Library of Drummond of Hawthornden / Edited with an Introduction by Robert H. MacDonald. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1971). Item no. 1381.

Physical Facet

Red morocco over board with gilt tooled border and frame. Gilt stamped title on front and back covers and spine. Gilt stamped shield with Academ Edinburg Guil Drummond Ab Hawthornden D.D.Q in centre of front cover and gilt stamped winged horse over laurel wreath with Hos Gloria Reddit Honores in centre of back cover

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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