Manuscript written in Scotland in the early 17th century, before 1637, for Thomas Hamilton, 1st Earl of Haddington. The volume consists of copies and extracts of various historical and legal works.
The full contents are listed below, primarily taken from Dolezalek's census and the 'Historical Catalogue' record. Any gaps in the foliation refer to blank sheets or sheets used for titles and headings.
Extracts of the rental book of the Abbey of Dunfermline. This is printed in the appendix of the Bannatyne Club edition. Folios 1r-13v.
Copies of proceedings and litigation papers from various dates of the second half of the 16th century. Folios 18r-107r. A more detailed breakdown of this material follows:
A process of perambulation in a justiciary court, between Hay Laird of Urie and Kay laird of Delgatie, 1575. Folios 18r-47v.
A process of stenting of common between Killeyth and Collington. Starting with a commission by king and Secret Council and continued in the Bailie Court of Saint Andrews, 1582. Folios 54r-83r.
Proceedings of apprysing, Reid of Colliestoun against the Earl of Errol, 1576. Folios 88r-107r
Criminal proceedings of various cases from the second half of the 16th century. Folios 108r-152v. A more detailed breakdown of this material follows:
Minutes of Justice Airs held at Elgin, Banff and Aberdeen 1556. Folios 108r-141v.
Information in criminal proceedings. What appears to be the first draft of a report to the process against the Lairds of Auchindrane Elder and Younger for the murder of Kennedy of Culzean, July 1611. Folios 142r-144r.
Information in criminal proceedings. Folios 146r-152v.
An alphabetical digest of criminal procedure. Quoting literature of Jus Commune. Dolezalek has identified the following references: references mainly to Corpus iuris canonici, with commentaries by Henricus Bohic, Pope Innocent IV, Abbas Panormitanus de Siculo, Johannes de Imola, Franciscus Zabarella; also frequently to Corpus iuris civilis, with commentaries by Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Baldus de Ubaldis, Angelus de Ubaldis, Ludovicus Romanus, Bartholomaeus Salycetus. Furthermore references to Guilielmus Durantis, Speculum iudiciale. Angelus (de Ubaldis de Perusio?), Consilia. Didacus (Covarruvias a Leyva?), Repetitiones ad Clementinas. Gomes, Tractatus de immunitate ecclesiae. Matthaeus de Afflictis, Commentarius super consuetudines Neapolitanas. Antonius Capycius, Decisiones Neapolitanae. Chassanaeus, Commentarius super consuetudines Burgundiae. Alexander Tartagnus de Imola, Consilia. Hippolytus de Marsiliis, Consilia. Folios 154r-156r.
Crimial proceedings, 1611. Folios 158r-159v.
Criminal proceedings: Court of Justiciary. Edinburgh, 1611. Folios 160r-178r.
Extracts of acts of Parliament from 1400, 1466, and 1471-1479. Folios 181r-199r.
Extracts of acts of Parliament, 1581. Folios 203r-205r.
Extracts of acts of Parliament, 1597. Folios 207r-212r.
Extracts of acts of Parliament, 1600-1607. Folios 213r-232v.
Registers of Acts and Decreets January 1531 – 23rd August 1538, repertory with interspersed Acts of the Secret Council. Contains many lists of senators present, Acts of Sederunt and also extracts which concern specific litigations before the Lords of Council and Session. Interspersed are acts of the Secret Council. The registers were not yet strictly separated in those early years. Title reads: Notes furth the Registers of Session 1531 et sequentia, comprehending also divers Acts of Secret Counsell. Folios 233r-244r.
Various registers of Secret Council 1603-1612. Folios 245r-340v.
Various registers of Exchequer 1538-1609, and 'Buikes of Responde'. Folios 341r-370r.
Registers of Exchequer: notes about the Crown’s revenue. Folio 373v.
Registers of Exchequer: various documents regarding the Crown’s revenue, mentioning the years 1591-1626. Folios 376r-395r.
The foliation is scribal. Occasionally there are two sets of foliation to differentiate between sections. This foliation runs inconsistently in the top right over of the recto sides.
The manuscript is in a mixture of Latin and Scots and is written by various contemporary hands.
The decoration of the volume consists of plain penwork initials.