The contents are as follows:
(i) ‘Substance of a speech delivered by the Lord Advocate at a dinner given to him by his constituents at Leith, on Friday 8th January, 1841’ (Edinburgh, 1841) (folio 1);
(ii) Manuscript of a speech by Lord Rutherfurd, probably his address of congratulation on behalf of the Faculty of Advocates to David Boyle on his elevation to the Lord Presidency of the Court of Session, 1841 (folio 9);
(iii) ‘Inaugural address by Andrew Rutherfurd Esq., M.P., on his installation as Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow’ (Edinburgh, 1845) (folio 13);
(iv) ‘The speech of the Right Honourable the Lord Advocate on . . . the registering births etc. (Scotland) Bill’ (London, 1847) (folio 23);
(v) Election address ‘To the electors of Leith, Newhaven, Portobello, Musselburgh and Fisherrow’ (Edinburgh, 8 April 1851) (folio 31);
(vi) Obituary of Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, 1850 (folio 33);
(vii) Extracts from various tributes paid to Sir William Hamilton, Edinburgh, 1857 (folio 41);
(viii) Memorial address for William Henry Playfair, delivered to the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Sir Robert Christison, December, 1857 (folio 45);
(ix) Obituary of Sir John Archibald Murray, Lord Murray, reprinted from the ‘Scotsman’, 14 March 1859 (folio 56);
(x) Receipt, 1746, signed by Margaret Elphinstone, Lady Balmerino (folio 62);
(xi) 'Narrative respecting the trial of Messrs. Muir and Palmer in 1793', and the later legislation on the punishment for sedition, circa 1840, accompanied by a copy of part of an official return made by Lord Chief Commissioner Adam to Robert Peel, January, 1823 (folio 63);
(xii) 'The present query of all lawyers. Who is to be Dean? Rutherfurd Robertson or Wood?', a manuscript copy of an anonymous pamphlet addressed to members of the Faculty of Advocates, October 1841 (folio 75);
(xiii) Extract from the minutes of the Board of H.M. Printers in Scotland, 18 October 1841 (folio 86);
(xiv) Account of Andrew Rutherfurd with Messrs Walker Richardson and Melville, 11 November 1841 (folio 90);
(xv) Memorandum by Lord Rutherfurd on the law of marriage, probably for his Registration Bill, 1847 (folio 112);
(xvi) 'A sketch of Pitt by Lord Macaulay done at Lauriston Castle', undated (folio 118);
(xvii) Recipes, undated (folio 120);
(xviii) 'The Marquis of Hastings', a short story, undated (folio 122).
(xix) 'David Swan', a short story, undated (folio 126);
(xx) Lists of French vocabulary, undated (folio 135).
(xxi) Report on the contents of the Rutherfurd Papers by C E S Chambers, addressed to J S Leadbetter, Vice-Dean of Faculty, 26 June 1930 (folio 141).