Volume 1: Preface; 1. Memoir of the early life of Sir Walter Scott, written by himself; 2. Illustrations of the autobiographical fragment; 3. Illustrations of the autobiography continued; 4. Illustrations of the autobiography continued; 5. Illustrations continued; 6. Illustrations continued; 7. First expedition into Liddesdale; 8. Publication of ballads after Burger; 9. Early married life; 10. The Border Minstrelsy in preparation; 11. Preparation of Volume III of the Minstrelsy; 12. Contributions to the Edinburgh Review. Volume 2: 1. Removal to Ashestiel; 2. Partnership with James Ballantyne; 3. Affair of the Clerkship of Session; 4. Dryden; 5. Edition of Dryden published; 6. Quarrel with Messrs Constable and Hunter; 7. Case of a poetical tailor condemned to death at Edinburgh; 8. Affair of Thomas Scott's Extractorship discussed at the House of Lords; 9. First visit to the Hebrides; 10. Life of Miss Seward; 11. New arrangements concerning the Clerks of Session; 12. The poem of Rokeby begun. Volume 3: 1. The 'flitting' to Abbotsford; 2. Affairs of John Ballantyne and Co.; 3. Insanity of Henry Weber; 4. Voyage to the Shetland Isles, etc.; 5. Diary on board the lighthouse yacht continued; 6. Diary continued; 7. Diary continued; 8. Diary continued; 9. Letters in verse from Zetland and Orkney; 10. Progress of The Lord of the Isles; 11. Battle of Waterloo; 12. Poem of The Field of Waterloo published; Appendix. Volume 4: 1. Publication of Paul's Letters to his Kinsfolk; 2. Harold the Dauntless published; 3. Excursion to the Lennox; 4. Rob Roy published; 5. May 1818; 6. Publication of The Heart of Mid-Lothian; 7. Declining health of Charles Duke of Buccleuch; 8. Recurrence of Scott's illness; 9. Gradual re-establishment of Scott's health; 10. Political alarms; 11. The Visionary; 12. Scott revisits London. Volume 5: 1. Autumn at Abbotsford; 2. Publication of The Abbot; 3. Visit to London; 4. Illness and death of John Ballantyne; 5. Publication of Mr Adolphus's letters on the authorship of Waverley; 6. New buildings at Abbotsford; 7. William Erskine promoted to the bench; 8. Repairs of Melrose abbey; 9. Mons Meg; 10. Quentin Durward in progress; 11. Quentin Durward published; 12. Publication of Redgauntlet; 13. Tales of the Crusaders begun. Volume 6: 1. Marriage of Lieutenant Walter Scott; 2. Excursion to Ireland; 3. Life of Napoleon in progress; 4. Sir Walter's diary begun Nov. 20, 1825; 5. Constable in London; 6. Extracts from James Ballantyne's memoranda; 7. Diary resumed; 8. Domestic afflictions; 9. Diary resumed; 10. Woodstock; 11. Journey to London and Paris. Volume 7: Preface; 1. Life of Napoleon; 2. Excursion to St Andrews; 3. The 'Opus Magnum'; 4. Journey to London; 5. Visit to Clydesdale; 6. Auchindrane, or the Ayrshire tragedy; 7. Winter at Abbotsford; 8. Apoplectic paralysis; 9. Rokeby; 10. Residence at Naples; 11. Death of Goethe; 12. Conclusion; Appendix; Index of names.