The contents are as follow:
(i) Correspondence, 1655-1717 (folio 1);
(ii) Catalogues of books at Spottiswoode, 1735, 1793, and belonging to Father Richard Augustine Hay, circa 1732 (folio 14);
(iii) Legal and financial papers, 1653-1748, undated, including some papers on the election of the Bishop of the Isles in 1672 (folio 53);
(iv) Notes, 1784-1785, by John Spottiswoode (died 1793) for his work on Scottish monasteries (folio 115);
(v) Poems and miscellaneous items, 1733-1804, undated (folio 134).