The contents are as follows:
(i) Relief, 1541, of the castleward of Belton (folio 1);
(ii) Copy of the instrument of sasine, 1603, of Lady (Margaret) Hay of Yester of the lands of Belton, Killpallet, Byrecleuch, Yester Park and 'Hedinghill' (folio 2);
(iii) Papers, 1629-1648, concerning tacks of teinds to East Lothian lairds (folio 4);
(iv) Papers, 1647-1653, of a dispute between the 1st Marquess of Tweeddale and Patrick Hepburn of Nunraw concerning the multures of the Steads (folio 23);
(v) Various papers, 1580, 1635-1662, undated, concerning the Steads (folio 32);
(vi) Papers, 1654-1687, concerning the lands of Oldhamstocks (folio 97);
(vii) Memorandum, 1687, by the 1st Marquess of Tweeddale concerning the disposition of lands at Belton and Oldhamstocks and in Fife (folio 129).