Most of the papers relate to the administration of Scotland during the period of the Duke of Lauderdale’s power, and consist of draft letters, warrants, commissions, petitions, memoranda, memorials, etc. They include, e.g. the draft of the letter of Charles II to Mr Robert Douglas to be communicated to the Presbytery of Edinburgh, 10 August 1660 (folio 27), printed in R Wodrow, ‘History of the sufferings of the Church of Scotland’ (Glasgow, 1829), volume i, pages 80-81, and ‘The Apologie of MJS’ [Mr James Sharp] in his sermon on I Corinthians ii. 2, preached on 20 April 1662 (folio 75). Some papers relate to English affairs and others to the claims of the Duchess and of her brother-in-law, Charles, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale.