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Sir James Melville (1535–1617) was a Scottish diplomat and memoir writer, and father of the poet Elizabeth Melville. Melville wrote the ‘Memoirs of my own Life’, a valuable authority for the history of the period, first published by his grandson, George Scott of Pitlochie, in 1683, from a manuscript discovered at Edinburgh Castle in 1660. Some eighteenth century Scottish historians doubted the authenticity of Scott’s publication. Gordon Donaldson notes in Scott (1683) some editing errors and suppression of the more sinister dealings of English government before Mary’s condemnation.

Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 – 1587), also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567.

James VI and I (1566 – 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns until his death.

Among the most important sources for British history in the second half of the 16th-century through the light they shed on the human qualities of the leading actors on the public stage

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Sir James Melville (1535–1617) was a Scottish diplomat and memoir writer, and father of the poet Elizabeth Melville. Melville wrote the ‘Memoirs of my own Life’, a valuable authority for the history of the period, first published by his grandson, George Scott of Pitlochie, in 1683, from a manuscript discovered at Edinburgh Castle in 1660. Some eighteenth century Scottish historians doubted the authenticity of Scott’s publication. Gordon Donaldson notes in Scott (1683) some editing errors and suppression of the more sinister dealings of English government before Mary’s condemnation.

 

Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 – 1587), also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567.

 

James VI and I (1566 – 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns until his death.

 

Among the most important sources for British history in the second half of the 16th-century through the light they shed on the human qualities of the leading actors on the public stage

 

Main author: James Melville, Sir; George Scot

 

Title: The memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-hill : containing an impartial account of the most remarkable affairs of state during the last age, not mention’d by other historians, more particularly relating to the kingdoms of England and Scotland, under the reigns of Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, and King James : in all which transactions the author was personally and publickly concern’d : now published from the original manuscript

 

Published: London : Printed by E.H. for Robert Boulter …, 1683.

 

Language: English

 

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Pages: complete with all 204 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: London : Printed by E.H. for Robert Boulter …, 1683.

Size: ~11.75in X 7.75in (30cm x 19.5cm)

 

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Sir James Melville (1535–1617) was a Scottish diplomat and memoir writer, and father of the poet Elizabeth Melville.

Contents  [hide]

1          Life

2          Works

3          Notes

4          Sources and editions of the Memoirs

5          Notes

6          References

Life[edit]

 

The vault of Sir James Melville, Collessie churchyard

Melville was the third son of Sir John Melville, laird of Raith in the county of Fife, who was executed for treason in 1548. One of his brothers was Robert, 1st Baron Melville of Monimail (1527–1621). James Melville in 1549 went to France to become page to Mary, Queen of Scots. Serving on the French side at the Battle of St. Quentin in 1557 Melville was wounded and taken prisoner. He subsequently carried out a number of diplomatic missions for Henry II of France. On Mary’s return to Scotland in 1561 she gave Melville a pension and an appointment in her household, and she employed him as special emissary to reconcile Queen Elizabeth to her marriage with Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. After the murder of Darnley in February 1567, Melville joined Lord Herries in boldly warning Mary of the danger and disgrace of her projected marriage with Bothwell, and was only saved from the latter’s vengeance in consequence by the courageous resolution of the queen. During the troubled times following Mary’s imprisonment and abdication Melville conducted several diplomatic missions of importance, and won the confidence of James VI when the king took the government into his own hands. Having been adopted as his heir by the reformer Henry Balnaves, he inherited from him, at his death in 1579, the estate of Halhill in Fife; and he retired there in 1603, refusing the request of James to accompany him to London on his accession to the English throne. By his wife, Christina Boswell, he had one son and two daughters; the elder of these, Elizabeth, who married John Colville, de jure 3rd Baron Colville of Culross, has been identified with the author of a poem published in 1603, entitled Ane Godlie Dreame. Sir James Melville died at Halhill on the 13 November 1617. He was buried in Collessie churchyard.

Works[edit]

At Halhill, Melville wrote the Memoirs of my own Life, a valuable authority for the history of the period, first published by his grandson, George Scott of Pitlochie, in 1683, from a manuscript discovered at Edinburgh Castle in 1660. The most complete edition of the Memoirs is that prepared by Thomas Thomson for the Bannatyne Club (Edinburgh, 1827), based on a manuscript discovered in 1827. Some eighteenth century Scottish historians doubted the authenticity of Scott’s publication. Gordon Donaldson notes in Scott (1683) some editing errors and suppression of the more sinister dealings of English government before Mary’s condemnation.[1]

Notes[edit]

Halhill was the name of the main house of the lands of Easter Collessie in Fife.[2]

Sources and editions of the Memoirs[edit]

Donaldson, Gordon, ed., The Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill, Folio Society, London (1969), edited from George Scott (1683)

Scott, George, ed., The Memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-Hill, Robert Boulter, London (1683)

  1. Francis, ed., Memoirs of Sir James Melville of Halhill, George Routledge London (1929), edited from George Scott (1683), linked Googlebook scan lacks front matter.

Thomson, Thomas, ed., Memoirs of Sir James Melville, Bannatyne Club, Edinburgh (1827), from an original manuscript

Categories

Law & Government

European History

Authors

James Melville, Sir George Scot

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete