The title of the first item, `The nobilitie of Scotland ... 1606`, and some of the addenda to the genealogical tables are probably in Camden`s hand.
The contents include:
Genealogical trees of the royal and noble houses of Scotland, with some coats of arms drawn in trick, and additions to 1620 (folios 3, 34, 47).
`The generall state of ye Scottish Commonwealth with ye causes of theire often mutinies and ther discords` (folio 38).
`A Booke of Scotish Armes`, 1603, arranged alphabetically with blazons and some coats in trick (folio 64).
Material on the battle of Balrinnes, or Glenlivet, in 1594 (folios 41-56). This contains a Latin account of the battle which, in another manuscript belonging to the Duke of Sutherland, is attributed to the Jesuit, Alexander MacQuirrie. For a summary in English, see ‘Scotish Poems of the sixteenth century’, i, pages 136-152. The account is followed by a poem on the battle, published in ‘Scotish Poems of the sixteenth century’, ii, pages 347-356, and in ‘Scotish Ballads and Songs’, i, pages 245-261.
Three poems by Joseph Hall, bishop of Norwich (folios 76-77). They were published, from British Museum, Harleian MS.1423, in ‘The Collected poems of Joseph Hall’, pages 150-152.
A note on folio 1 reads `Accepi a Dridall famulo Cancellarii Scotiae 27 Martii 1606`. On the cover is an inscription by Sir James Balfour, `Camdeni Clarentii Armorum Regis Regni Angliae collectiones ... ex dono Domini Roberti Cotton ... dicti Camdeni testamenti executore ... 1629`.