The contents are as follows.
A few notes of accounts, 1494-1499, between the Burgh of Hadington and their fermorars.
Decisions of the Court of Session (practicks), December 1550 – October 1577, collected chronologically by Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington. Numbered up to 254 and continued to about 200 more.
Extracts from the Books of Sederunt of the Court of Session, 1532-1568, imperfect at the beginning.
'Tables of the kings of Scotland, France and England &ce collectit, gatherit and set forth be Sir Richart Maitland of Lethingtoun Knight. 1560, - and senator of the College of Justice 1572.'
The king of France’s title to the Dukric of Milan.
The descent of the houses of York and Lancaster.
“The historie and cronicle of the hous and surname of Seytoun to the moneth of November in the yeir of God 1559 yeiris, collectit, gaderit and set furth be Schir Richart Maitland of Lethingtoun knycht, dochteris soun of the said hous“, 1545. Probably the original or the earliest copy extant of this history which has been printed repeatedly.