A collection of documents relating to the earldoms of Caithness and Orkney.
ff.4r-14r A Short discourse of the Earle of Sutherland, his Precedencie in Parliament befor the Earle of Catteynes. Anno Domini, 1617. ff.1, 2 appear to be wrapping papers to this. f.3r has a line decorated capital identical to that of the title page and the words 'A Short discourse of the Earle of'. Sets out to prove the greater antiquity of the earldom of Sutherland, to justify the precedence in parliament by eight degrees over the earl of Caithness, showing continual possession in writs and charters. Marginalia in the hand of the main text and in a second hand.
ff.15r-17r A reply to the above [incomplete] [in a different hand].
f.21r: a transcript [in a different hand] dated 7 November 1671, of a purported charter of Malcolm Canmore, king of Scotland, to Ronald [sic] earl of Caithness as a reward for defending the person of the king during the war against Macbeth, dated 22 May 1060, with cover label for same f.22v.
ff.23, 24 Summary valuation of the lordships of 'Wilzeme Sinclar prince off Orknay and lord of Zetland' [William Sinclair earl of Orkney] in a seventeenth century hand.
f.25r A summary pedigree of the Sinclair family, in the same hand as f.21 tracing descent from William Sinclar who came from France in the time of Malcolm Cranmore, down to 'John Lord Sinclar who maried Marie Weymes daughter to the Earle of Weymes' [John 9th Lord Sinclair married Mary, daughter of John, 1st earl Wemyss in July 1631].
f.25v Supplementary genealogical notes [in a different hand].
f.26 a wrapper to f.25 with title.
Line drawing f.1r, f.20v.