The first in the second series of State Papers relating to Scotland, containing original letters and papers received from Scotland by the Secretaries of State, as well as drafts or copies of letters and papers sent by the Secretary's Office to Scotland. The main Scottish correspondents were senior office holders (such as the Lord Advocate, the Lord Justice Clerk, the Keeper of the Signet, the Commander in Chief of forces in Scotland, senior military officers and the governors of forts and castles, the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly, the Postmaster, Excise officers, etc), their deputies or their clerks.
The Lord Advocate, in charge of state prosecutions, was in regular contact both as regards political or otherwise controversial trials (with subsequent appeals for mercy) and the enforcement of unpopular laws, such as those which caused the Malt Tax Riots and the Porteous Riot. The Lord Justice Clerk was also in regular contact.
Even when not reacting directly to the risings of 1715 and 1745, official correspondents were preoccupied with the Jacobites and the Catholic threat. Correspondence concerning the economy, education, the universities and the church reflects this anxiety, and the attempts to promote loyalty and Protestantism.
Much material relates to the imposition of excise, and popular resentment of this.