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A Collection of Ancient Scottish Poems, chiefly by William Dunbar and Sir Richard Maitland, 1623

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Ll.05.10

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A Collection of Ancient Scottish Poems, chiefly by William Dunbar and Sir Richard Maitland, with a few by Kennedie, Stewart, and Hudsone: transcribed by John Reidpeth, apparently from the folio MS. of Sir R. Maitland in the Pepysian Library. On the first blank leaf is written, 'A me Joanne Reidpeth, septimo decembris inchoat. 1622. finis 1623’. Below this is 'Ex libris magistri Cristopheri Cokburne.' The contents are as follows; the titles being taken from the printed editions, except when the MS. gives them. (1) By Dunbar. Meditatioun in wyntir. Petition to the king. 'Responsio Regis.' To the merchantis of Edinburgh. New year's gift to the king. Of men evill to pleis. Dunbar's dream. Of content. Welcome to the Lord Treasurer. On his heid-ake. To the lordis of the kingis chacker. Elegy on the death of Bernard Stewart. The Queinis reception at Aberdeen. Bewty and the Prisoneir, adding at the end, 'et qute sequuntur.' Of Sir Thomas Nory. Of the changes of lyfe. Of covatice. To the king, quhen mony benefices vakit. Of solitaris at court. To the king. Learning vain without guid lyfe. Complaint aganis Mure. Aganis treason: Ane epitaph for Dourlie Owe. The dance of the sevin deidlie synnis (imperfect). Dunbar's complaint to the king. Petition to the king. (2) By Maitland. 'The laird of Ledingtoune's counsall to his [son] being in court.' On the new yeir. 'Of the quenis mariage with the delphin of France.' On the folye of ane auld man maryand ane young woman. (3) By Dunbar. The Devill's Inquest. The twa cummeris. (4) By various authors. Sang aganis the Ladyes (Anon.). On fals freyndschip (Anon.). Of discretion in asking, giffing and taking, by Dunbar. Aganis the thevis of Liddisdail, by Maitland. On the effects of the civil wars in Scotland, by Maitland, unpublished. The testament of Walter [so for Andro] Kennedie, by Dunbar. A hymn to the Trinity, alternately in Latin and English (Anon.). Of the worldis instabilitie, by Dunbar. Ane Orisoun, when the Duke of Albany returned to France, by Dunbar. The Challenge of Robert III. to Henry IV. of England (Anon.). A Collection of Maxims, unpublished. A religious satire (Anon.; imperfect, the MS. has lost the next quire; unpublished). To the king; the last two stanzas only, by Dunbar. On the folye of grefe (Anon.). A brast of wowing, by Dunbar. Of hap at court, by Stewart. Solace in age, by Maitland. Aganis oppressioun of the Commouns, by Maitland, contains only vv. 1-24 and 32-35. Tydingis fra the sessioun, by Dunbar. How sall I governe me, by Dunbar. Of the ladyis solitaris at Court, by Dunbar. A satire on woman (Anon.); unpublished. Ane Orisoun, by Dunbar. Sir Penny (Anon.). None may assure in this warld, by Dunbar. The Visitation of S. Francis, by Dunbar. The birth of Antichrist, by Dunbar. Best to be Blyth, by Dunbar. On the Vanity of man; here said to be by Dunbar, unpublished. 'Of James Dog, keiper of the quenis wardrop', by Dunbar. Of the same, by Dunbar. Of a dance in the quenis chamber, by Dunbar. 'Of Ane Blakmoir', by Dunbar. To the Quene, by Dunbar. 'A ballade consolatoir to Sir R.Maitland' (Anon.); unpublished. 'Fredome in Prisoun (Anon.). On the want of good administration of justice in Scotland, by Maitland; unpublished. A portion of a tale of a man who married a deaf and dumb wife (Anon.). Epitaph of Sir Richard Maitland of Ledington knyt, quho diet of the age of foure scoir and ten yeiris in the yeir of God 1585 die mensis 21 martii', by Thomas Hudsone. 'Ane uther epitaph of the said Sir Richard Maitland', by the same. A poem beginning 'Ceys heart and trouble me no more' [by Arbuthnot]. To King James VI., [by Maitland]; unfinished, giving only as far as v. 37. 'Dunbaris Dirige to the King bydand ore lang in Stirling.' Pious Lynes (Anon.). Epigram (Anon.). Pious Counsale, by Kennedie. A prophecy of prosperity in Scotland in 1581 (Anon.); unpublished. A religious song. (Anon.); unpublished. Nine lines (Anon.), unpublished; 'If that I gif I have.' A Prayer for the king (Anon.); unpublished. The Tod and the Lamb, by Dunbar. The flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie, by Dunbar.


  • Creation: 1623


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1 volume(s) (69 folios, the first and last pair blank)

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In the Library by the mid 1750s.

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