LEC/3 is properly described in the catalogue as ‘Instructions to all officers belonging to the Navy, given by the Earl of Nottingham and Marquis of Buckingham, with a list of Admirals from the reign of King Edward II to 1623.’
As you can see, this is a hand-written copy of the instructions. I was particularly interested in these instructions as they were part of the basis for the Duke of York’s instructions in 1660. Like the post-1700 Regulations and Instructions, all the various instructions are included in this volume. However, this is not a perfect copy as certain pages have sections struck out, and there is marginalia and annotations on several pages as well. This volume is mostly for the Admiralty officers, and those who served aboard ships that weren’t in service (the standing officers) rather than instructions for sea officers.
Unfortunately, the script in this volume is very spidery, and I find it quite difficult to read, especially in comparison with later documents.
I have 73 images from this volume, mostly from 1623. The final 6 images in the folder comprise instructions from the reign of Edward II (1307) and are in Latin.