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Lenman, Bruce
Records for the study of crime in early modern Scotland, 1450-1800

MSS 0054

These papers were created in the course of a survey undertaken by Dr Bruce Lenman and others of records of potential significance in any study of crime in Scotland in the period 1450-1747. The results of the survey were published in the List and Index Society Special Series in 1982.

The papers were acquired from Dr Lenman in 1990 when a portion of his library on Scottish ecclesiastical, legal and economic history was purchased for the Barr Smith Library.


1. Handlist of records for the study of crime in early modern Scotland (to 1747).
    [final typescript] 3cm

2. Correspondence relating to the project, especially funding and publication.
    1979-82. 1 cm

3. Summary Lists and extracts. 15 cm.

  1. General Assembly [of the Church of Scotland] records (Scottish Record Office CH 1)
  2. Undeposited Church of Scotland records (list of synods, presbyteries and kirk sessions, with location of records where known)
  3. Kirk Sessions records in Old Parochial Registers (Registrar General OPR)
  4. Sheriff Court records (Provision Guide by Ian Grant to the SRO SC series and summary lists of records outside the SRO
  5. Franchise Courts - non-deposited records (Atholl mss, Blair castle; Gardie House muniments, Bressay, Shetlands; Bailie Court Book of Northmaven)
  6. Provisional guide to High Court of Justiciary records series JC 26
  7. Dumfries records (including summary listing of records in the Municipal Chamber, material on witchcraft and magical practices, Glenluce raid)
  8. Transcript of the Register of the Presbytery of Dunkeld 1706-1717
  9. Justiciary Court records - microfilm copy of Justiciary Record Books of Adjournal, v. 5 and v. 6 Index of Pursuers only.
  10. Cannongate Kirk session CH2/122 - microfilm copy of v.3 f214 to v. 6
  11. Claims for compensation o the abolition of hereditable jurisdictions (Summary listing from SRO GD 90/2/232 and other printed and mss papers re compensation cases)
  12. Listings and photocopies of miscellaneous mss (Atholl mss, Blair castle; Marquis of Annandale; files from CS 4, Act and Opinion on cases of John, Earl and Cassilis and Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnan, etc)
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