The Lawes and Actes of Parliament

The Lawes and Actes of Parliament


The Lawes and Actes of Parliament 1597 (1599)

through the reigns of James I Through James VI Of Scotland

Printed In Edinburgh by Robert Walde-Grave

The Volume is in Good Conditionrebacked, with half calf over marbled boards, with the spine divided into six compartments by five raised bands, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, and with the leaf edges red speckled. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with some loss of marbled paper, but most major damage repaired. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with mild toning throughout, more severe on certain leaves, such as the title, and with numerous tears to the leaf edges, with notable losses to 2B4 and the final leaf.
The Volume is Predominantly Complete lacking for the engraved title (often missing), h3, the blank h4, l5, the blank n2, S6, T1, the blank 2d4 and S6 second instance and the folding table. See below for pagination & dimensions.

Front Board - The Lawes and Actes of ParliamentTitle - The Lawes and Actes of Parliament

Of Early Prohibition of Golf

The first documented mention of golf in Scotland appears in a 1457 Act of the Scottish Parliament, an edict issued by King James II of Scotland prohibiting the playing of the games of gowf and futball as these were a distraction from archery practice for military purposes. Bans were again imposed in Acts of 1471 and 1491, with golf being described as “an unprofitable sport”. Mary, Queen of Scots was accused by her political enemies of playing golf after her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, was murdered in 1567. George Buchanan subsequently wrote that she had been playing “sports that were clearly unsuitable to women”. Golf was banned again by parliament under King James IV of Scotland, but golf clubs and balls were bought for him in 1502 when he was visiting Perth, and on subsequent occasions when he was in St Andrews and Edinburgh. An entry in the Town Council Minutes of Edinburgh for 19 April 1592 includes golf in a list of pursuits to be avoided on the Sabbath. As the popularity of golf threatened to eclipse the more useful practice of archery, the parliament decreed that “the fute-bal and golfe be utterly cryed downe, and not to be used” “And that the fute-ball and golfe be abused in time cumming, and that the buttes be maid up, and schuting used” (fol. 57)”It is statute and ordained that in na place of the Realme there be used fute-ball, golfe, or uther sik unprofitable sportes, for the commoun gud of the Realme & defense thereof” (fol. 83).

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is foliated as follows: [3], [1]-44, 47-64, 66-73, 75-162, 107, 110-178, 95. The volume collates as follows: [x]3, a-g6, h2, 5-6, l-k6, l1-4, 6, m6, n5, o-2d, A-R6, S5, T2-6, U-2C6, 2D3, 2E-2G6, A-D4, E-F6, G2, H-R6, S5. The volume measures about 27.5 cm. By 19 cm. By 5 cm. Each leaf measures about 260 mm. By 170 mm.

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