In the range of its functions the council was often more
important than Parliament in the running of Scotland. The registers include
a wide range of material on the political, administrative, economic and
social affairs of Scotland. The council supervised the administration of the
law, regulated trade and shipping, took emergency measures against the
plague, granted licences to travel, administered oaths of allegiance,
banished beggars and gypsies, dealt with witches, recusants, Covenanters and
Jacobites and tackled the problem of lawlessness in the Highlands and the
We have acquired pdf copies of volumes 2 to
8 from Google...
Each of these volumes has a substantial
Introduction which gives a flavour of the contents you will find in each
volume. On their own they make an interesting read. Most of these pdf files
are around 36Mb in size.
Here is a
wee bit of the introduction from Volume 2 to give you a flavour of the
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