Apart from a few entries at the beginning, recording major events since 1370, it covers the period between 1566 and 1603, breaking off in July of that year. All the entries concern public events.
The diary has been published by John G Dalyell in ‘Fragments of Scotish History’ (Edinburgh, 1798).
Bound in 17th-century brown calf with blind fillets. Metal clasps.
Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.
The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library at the sale of Sir Robert Sibbald’s library, 1723.