The commonplace books were bound together but not in chronological order. Some are made up from old legal style books (folios 161, 197, 248, 331, 479), one (circa 1697) belonging to a James Strachan (folio 199). The contents of the volumes are predominantly Episcopalian and Jacobite in sympathies, covering a range of theology, drama, poetry, polemic and ephemera. There is a copy of Dr Archibald Pitcairne`s Anti-Presbyterian play ‘The Assembly’ (folio 162) and also several pages of elaborate cipher drawings (folio 186).
The contents are partially indexed.