24 May 1703

[Petition granted; controverted elections considered; continuation]

Prayers said, the rolls called.

The minutes of the last sederunt read.

A petition for Sir Thomas Wallace of Craigie, craving he might be allowed by taking the oath of allegiance and subscribing the same with the assurance to qualify himself for his employment as an advocate, read and granted, and he allowed to qualify before the lords of session.

Sir George Brown of Colstoun, Sir Peter Wedderburn of Gosford and John Hay of Letham, witnesses cited for adminiculating the commission from the shire of Haddington in favour of Sir George Suttie of Balgown, were called to prove that William Hepburn of Beinstoun truly voted as he had subscribed to the said commission, and gave their oaths relating thereto in presence of parliament. Upon advising whereof, the vote was stated if Sir George Suttie had by the testimonies cited adminiculated his commission by proving that Beinstoun truly voted for him at his election, yes or no, and carried no.

Moved then that the probation cited to instruct that Ogle of Poppilhall had still in the shire of Haddington a fifth part of the ten pound land contained in his retour might be advised, and thereupon the vote stated if in this case the probation should be allowed by the real rent, yes or no, and carried no.

A petition for Sir George Suttie, founded upon new documents relating to Gamelshiel's having right to vote at his election, read, but the matter represented therein not being instructed, the electors for [John Cockburn], laird of Ormiston, younger, were found of equal number to such as were duly qualified of those who had elected Sir George Suttie, and thereupon a warrant ordered for a new election of a fourth commissioner for Haddingtonshire, and the freeholders appointed to meet for that end on Tuesday 1 June next.

The instrument and protestation taken by Sir Thomas Kilpatrick of Closeburn and his son against the elections for the shire of Dumfries was read, and, after hearing the parties upon the objections contained therein and the answers, they were allowed to be withdrawn.

The lord chancellor, by order of her majesty's high commissioner, adjourned the parliament until Wednesday next at 10 o'clock.

[James Ogilvy, earl of] Seafield, chancellor, in the presence of the lords of parliament

  1. NAS. PA3/7, Printed minutes No.7, 1 or NAS. PA6/36, 18, f.1. Back
  2. NAS. PA6/36, 18, on rear: '26 May 1703, read in parliament and approved'. Back