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State Papers and Parliament

State Papers and Parliament

State papers can be treaties, credentials for envoys, the king's letters to foreign potentates and other diplomatic documents. Records of the Scottish parliament include acts of parliament and records of the daily business of parliament.

Thumbnail link to image of the Treaty of Perpetual Peace, 1502

Treaty of Perpetual Peace between England and Scotland, ratified by King Henry VII of England. As part of the treaty a marriage was agreed between James IV and Margaret Tudor, the daughter of Henry VII, 31 October 1502 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP6/31)

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Treaty of Union, exemplification under Great Seal of England of the Act of Parliament of England ratifying the Treaty of Union. Portrait of Queen Anne, 7 March 1707 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/210)

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Image of the Declaration of Arbroath. Letter from the barons and freeholders and the whole community of the kingdom of Scotland to Pope John XXII, dated at Arbroath, 6 Apr 1320 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/7)

Declaration of Arbroath. Letter from the barons and freeholders and the whole community of the kingdom of Scotland to Pope John XXII, dated at Arbroath, 6 April 1320 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/7)

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Image of the warrant of Edward I with Seal of the Guardians of Scotland attached, Order by Edward I for payment of 2s. a day to Master Alan de Dunfres, Chancellor of Scotland, and his clerk, 4 July 1292 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, RH5/55)

The warrant of Edward I with Seal of the Guardians of Scotland attached, Order by Edward I for payment of 2s. a day to Master Alan de Dunfres, Chancellor of Scotland, and his clerk, 4 July 1292 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, RH5/55)

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Image of James II's Act of Parliament of Scotland banning both football and golf. The first known written reference to the game of golf in Scotland, 1457 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, PA5/6)

James II's Act of Parliament of Scotland banning both football and golf. The first known written reference to the game of golf in Scotland, 1457 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, PA5/6)

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Image of a letter from Mary Queen of Scots to her mother in French, 1550 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/71)

Letter from Mary Queen of Scots to her mother in French, 1550 (Crown Copyright, National Records of Scotland, SP13/71)

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