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transcription, translation, fact, and interpretation—a depressingly wide scope
for human frailty, I fear—are attributable solely to myself.
Documents found in the National Library of Scotland are published here
with the permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland. Those
materials deposited in the National Archives of Scotland are published with the
permission of the Keeper of the Records of Scodand. New College Library and
Edinburgh University Library gave permission to publish materials found in
their collections. I am grateful to all these and to the British Library for their
general cooperation in the production of this volume.
This volume is dedicated to the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Hu¬
manities, University of Edinburgh, in appreciation for three marvellous terms
spent in residence (1995, 1996, 1998) under the then director Professor Peter
22 August 1999

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