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Glasgow letters of guildry

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 192
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Glasgow letters of guildry
Date(s): (1605), 1722
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 8 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

In the latter half of the sixteenth century, the craftsmen of Glasgow possessed few governing privileges, most of which belonged exclusively to citizens of merchant rank. Their assertion of rights, however, grew more violent, until eventually the question was submitted to arbitration, the result of which was the award termed 'The Letter of Guildry', which was approved and sanctioned by the Town Council on 16 Feb 1605, and ratified by Parliament in 1672.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume containing a transcript, 24 Mar 1722, of the Glasgow letters of guildry dated 6 Feb 1606, with the minute of the City Council of 16 Feb confirming them.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

This manuscript formed part of the library of James T Bell.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

The original letters were printed in Charters and documents relating to the city of Glasgow, 1175-1649, (1907) ed James David Marwick.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) 2nd edition, and NCA rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names (1997).

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2000

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