(509) Request by the clergy of Edinburgh for a mandate to elect a bishop addressed to the bishops of Scotland. 17 January, 1740. Second request by the clergy of Edinburgh for a mandate to elect a bishop with a reply from the bishops. Comment in Keith's shorthand transcribed by Christie. Includes notes by Christie and a key to Bishop Keith's shorthand. Letter, 30 April 1740, from Bishop Keith to Bishop Auchterlonie (transcribed from shorthand). Same letter with addendum sent to another bishop. Asks for opinions on the second address from the Edinburgh clergy. Draft of appointment of Alexander Hunter as Dean of Edinburgh. . Continuation of Keith's letter: gives his alteration to a memorial concerning the acknowledgement of the Bishop of Edinburgh with some notes by Christie. Note by Christie on an attempt by Bishop Rattray and Keith to persuade the 'King', [James Edward Stuart] to appoint a Bishop of Edinburgh and a short biographical note on Arthur Elphinston. Note by Bishop Keith, suggests the 'King' would make the appointment if there was unanimity in the Bishops' recommendation.
(514) Letter, from the presbyters of Edinburgh to the Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Scotland. States that they have been convocated. [The rest of this letter is not transcribed but the substance of it can be found in John Parker Lawson's Scottish Episcopal Church].
(520) 17 January, 1744, Bishop Dunbar, Peter Head to Alexander Robertson. States that the convocation was "no encroachment" on [their] just privileges and asks if the Church should be bound by outdated forms; he suggests that a new synodical meeting may be called. Letter, 3 February, 1744, Bishop White to Bishop Keith. Asks Keith's opinion of the Edinburgh Presbyters' letter and makes comparison with past situations. Discusses the Edinburgh Presbyters and the constitution of the church. Letter, 18 February 1744, Bishop Falconer to Bishop Keith. Beginning of letter only. It states that he has received a "most scurilous, bantering, seditious paper" from the Edinburgh Presbyters.
(546) Letter, 22 December, 1740, Bishop Alexander, Alloa [to Alexander Robertson and David Rae]. Refuses to reply to some addresses which he considers disrespectful and sacrilegious. Letter, 15 January, 1747, Alexander Robertson to Bishop Alexander. A critical reply to the previous letter. Includes a note by Bishop Keith which expresses Bishop Rait's fear that the Edinburgh presbyters will not stop short of their brethren in 1638.
(547) Extracts from a copy of a paper 'in answer to some reflections and to a pretended impartial account by someone of the college etc. - perhaps Mr John Gillan'. No name is given for the author of this work. Quotes Gillan who says the unity of the church was disturbed when certain members tried to introduce the ancient usages and gain proselytes, chiefly Gadderar in Aberdeen.
(536) Letter, anonymous, Edinburgh to Robert Forbes, Leith. An attack ostensibly in the form of a 'review' on a letter by Robert Forbes in reply to the letter by Alexander Robertson. [See also DC/60], (552).
(500) Letter, 25 August, 1735, Rev. Alexander Robertson, Edinburgh to Bishop Keith. Asks whether he considers the consecration (of Robert White as Bishop of Dunblane) canonical. Letter, 1 September, 1731, Bishop Keith to Alexander Robertson. Relates to election of David Freebairn to the "district" of Edinburgh.
(590) Protect by the Bishop, Presbyters and Deacons of Brechin against the pretentions to authority over the national (Episcopal) Church in Scotland by the English Bishop, Smith. Includes facsimiles of signatures of the Brechin clergy, the Aberdeen clergy, and some "southern" clergy.
(519) Letter, John McKenzie, Edinburgh to Bishop Keith, Edinburgh. States reason why he cannot comply with Canon excluding him from attending a meeting of the Edinburgh clergy and that the Canon is a direct contradiction to the established maxim "one bishop in one city".
(487) Extract of minutes of the proceedings of the presbytery of Edinburgh [Bishop Millar's first Edinburgh synod]. 1727. Records the ordination to the priesthood of Mr Colin McKenzie and the declaration that there shall be no additions in the enactment of the holy sacraments. Includes a note on the election of a successor to the late Bishop [of Edinburgh].