This collection of 241 volumes containing c. 400 items printed in Scotland during the 16th, the 17th and the 18th century - together with 17th-century transcripts of Sir George Mackenzie?s The Institutions of the Laws of Scotland, and Samuel Colvil?s A Mock Poem on the Whiggs Supplication Part Second - was presented in 1954 by the bibliographer and book-dealer Dr F.S. Ferguson (1878-1967). The subject matter of the collection encompasses a wide spectrum of Scottish life of the period, covering religion and ecclesiastical affairs, history, politics, law, education, trade, including material relating to the Darien Scheme, early newsletters, agriculture, medicine and fencing. A number of items are the only recorded copies and many of the volumes are in their original brown leather bindings.
The manuscripts are described and indexed in Vol. VII of the Library?s Catalogue of Manuscripts. W. Beattie, ?For the National Library of Scotland?, Friends of the National Libraries Annual Report 1954-55, 8-10.