Commonplace book of Francis Pringle. The whole of the volume, excepting pp.157-159 [copy of a letter of Pringle to Dr John Pringle concerning points of Latin grammar], is in the hand of Francis Pringle. The volume comprises four main categories:
- Material relating to the history of the University of St Andrews, mostly in Latin: address on the meeting of university and town, 1725; introductory address for students in philosophy [with an address for the same from the University of Edinburgh]; address for students on Homer; address of Pringle in application for the chair of philosophy, together with speech of acceptance and inaugural lecture; various addresses of Pringle to students; introductory prefaces to various scholastic exercises; speech of Pringle as rector to the Lothian nation; addresses to the faculty as dean of arts; various declarations at the time of the election of James Hadow as Rector; speeches of Pringle as procurator for the rectorial election of 1736; ode to be set to music by Mr Abel on his trial for the degree of doctor of music [8 February 1706]; prefaces to the diplomas of John Brydges [1st duke of Chandos and Chancellor]  and Augustus Frederick duke of Cambridge ; medical diploma of George Innes; diploma of John Skelly as doctor of theology; diploma of Hugh Warrander as Doctor of Law; expulsion of James Blair, student of St Leonard's College, 1720; on student archery; letter of recommendation to Lord Islay of Thomas Tullideph as next Principal of St Leonard's College [16 October 1738], together with further letters on the same [including a note on the accounts of St Leonard's College]; letter of St Leonard's College to the magistrates and town council of Cupar [Fife] recommending A.C. [Andrew Cornfoot ?] to the vacant post of schoolmaster; testimony of St Leonard's College in favour of James Mill; letter to Rev Dr Niving concerning disciplinary action taken by St Leonard's College against Bruce and two other students [2 June 1742].
- Commemorative verses. The subjects of these verses, mostly in Latin, mostly by Pringle, are Margaret Home of Roweston, William Brown [cook to St Leonard's College], Alexander Campbell [d.1724], Richard Waddell [Rector of the University of St Andrews, 1686-1689], Arthur Makgill [d.1725], David Bruce [d.1710], Charles Ross of Balnagowan [Rosshire] [d.1732], John Melville [d.1734], John Anstruther esq. [d.1717], Alexander Bayne [d.1737], John Scroop, Thomas Pringle [d.1735] [set to music, not extant, by Signor Barsanti, being the first or last song sung in the Catch-Club of which Thomas Pringle was the founder], Walter Pringle [d.1736] [with notes on others of his family], Patrick Bayne [d.1736], Alexander Stuart [d.1739], Robert Rodham [d.1744].
- Other verses, mostly by Pringle. Subjects include Mavisbank [Edinburgh], [home of John Clarke, baron of the Exchequer of Scotland] to Dr John Pringle, on the marriage of William Murray with Lady Eliza [by D.S. of Scotstarvit], on the occasion of John Aikman's death.
- Copies of letters of Pringle. To Alexander Bayne advising on methods of instructing the young in Latin ; to the Rector concerning a proposed change in the regulations governing elections to the rectorial office [not earlier than 1736]; to Scotstarvit on an attempt to have Pringle transferred to Edinburgh ; to Walter Pringle on the same subject; to Dr John Pringle on the same subject [St Andrews, 18 February 1734]; to Dr John Pringle protesting about a recent farce composed by him showing members of the Catch Club in a poor light; to James Austin, merchant of Perth, on an ode in praise of the duke of Argyll; to [Thomas] Ruddiman commenting on his Latin Grammar; to a student at the University of Oxford concerning a translation into Latin; to Miss Katie Hall; to Dr Charles Stuart commending Thomas Tullideph as the next Principal of St Leonard's College, University of St Andrews; letter to Sir Alexander Ramsay of Balmain [Kincardineshire ?], patron of Ramsay's Bursars, asking permission to nominate a successor to James Carnegie now practising as an apothecary in Brechin [Angus] [21 October 1738]; to the same accepting his nomination of Charles Ross despite his lacking one of the four surnames to which the bursaries are attached, with a note on the revised dates of the university terms; to Thomas Simson, Chandos Professor of Medicine, University of St Andrews, concerning his dialogue on the immortality of the soul [22 June 1739]; to John Clarke, Baron the Exchequer of Scotland recommending J..n B..ge, presently schoolmaster at Hitchill [Dumfriesshire ?], lately tutor to the children of Sir Robert Pringle, as schoolmaster of Musselburgh [Mid Lothian]; to [Thomas] Ruddiman on a pastoral elegy by [Robert] Hunter; to the mother of Katie Hall on her death [9 January 1742]; to Sir John Hall on the death of his father James Hall [1 April 1742].
- Other material: Resolution of the Dean and Faculty of Advocates upon the death of Lord Newhall [Walter Pringle] 17 December 1736; instructions on the playing of the flute; formula for the punishment and absolution of a crime.