Sections (i), (ii), (v), and (vi) are written by Mylne himself; (iii) and (iv) by another late-seventeenth- or early-eighteenth-century hand; the last addition in (vi) is by an eighteenth-century hand. Sections (i), (ii), (iii)-(iv), and (vi) originally had separate paginations: Mylne has overwritten these in paginating throughout. An instruction to his binder survives on folio 75. There is the beginning of an index on folios 177-178, deleted and with the note that `the index is in loos sheets`.
The contents of the volume are as follows:
(i) `Ane Extract of the originall and succession of the noble hous of Drummond collected out of Many Records and evidences be Mr John Friebairn Minister at Madertie ult: Feb: 1656` (folio 1). Mylne notes (folio 18 verso) that this copy is useless, being superseded by the following.
(ii) Another copy of the above, with minor variations; it is headed Vol:(2), with the note that the first volume is in loose sheets (now Adv.MS.73.1.17, folio 36) (folio 19). The work is unpublished, but has been utilised in other histories of the Drummond family.
(iii) `Of Magistracie and Civil Government. By [blank]` (folio 39). An apparently unpublished treatise in 14 chapters and a conclusion, arguing that kings in general and the King of Scotland in particular should have supreme and unaccountable power.
(iv) `Preservative Against Doctor Sharlock his new Principles` (folio 66). An apparently unpublished reply to William Sherlock, ‘The Case of the Allegiance due to Sovereign Powers’ (London, 1691) (with a reference in the title to the same author`s ‘A Preservative against Popery’ (London, 1688)).
(v) `Account of the severall parish Churches in Scotland And in what presbytry Diocess and comissariot they lye with yᵉ names of yr restive patrons And qt of ym are parsonages or prebendaries` (folio 75).
(vi) `A perfect Inventar of all yᵉ pious Donations Given to Kirks and Hospitalities since the days of King James the 1st To yᵉ Reigne of King James yᵉ sexth extracted out of Scotstarvets Collections’ (folio 127). Additions at the end of this copy of the text are: `Account of severall Mortifications made by the Lord Dalkeith predicessor To the Earle of Morton Taken from Authentick Documents in the charter chist of the said Earle` (folio 171); `Mortification Catherine Rolland Relict of Doctor William Guild Doctor of Divinity in Aberdeen. 1659’ (folio 172); `Copy of Doctor Robert Johnstouns Testament`, 1639 (folio 174); `Sir David Cuninghame his Declaration Anent the Latter will and Testament and Codicil of the deceast Mr Robert Johnstoun`, 1658 (folio 176); and copy of the inscription on the tombstone of Sir James McLurg in Greyfriars’ Churchyard, Edinburgh, 1718 (folio 176 verso).