[Opening of session; protests over precedency]

Prayers said.

Her majesty's commission to John [Hay], marquis of Tweeddale for representing her royal person in this session of parliament was read by the lord clerk register and ordered to be recorded.

Rolls called.

[Archibald Douglas], earl of Forfar protested, in name of [Archibald Douglas], duke of Douglas, that the calling of any other in the rolls of parliament before him may not prejudice him of his first vote in parliament.

The earl of Forfar protested also, in name of [John Gordon], earl of Sutherland, against the calling any of the earls before him in the rolls of parliament.

[John Erskine], earl of Mar protested against the calling of any earls before him.

[Alexander Montgomery], earl of Eglinton protested against the calling of [William Cunningham], earl of Glencairn before him.

[James Ogilvy], earl of Findlater protested against the calling of [David Ogilvy], earl of Airlie before him.

[William Ross], lord Ross protested against the calling of [John Elphinstone], lord Elphinstone before him.

  1. All NAS. PA6/36 folios are headed 'Minutes of the proceedings in parliament'. NAS. PA3/7, Printed Minutes No.1, 1-2 or NAS. PA6/36,75, f.1-1v. Back
  2. The following declaration follows all 1704 printed minutes: 'By order of his grace John [Hay], marquis of Tweeddale, her majesty's high commissioner, and the estates of parliament, Mr James Johnston, lord clerk register, appoints the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson, her majesty's printer, to print these minutes of the proceedings in parliament, and that no other presume to print the same. James Johnston, Edinburgh, printed by the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson, printer to the queen's most excellent majesty, 1704'. Back
[Commission and patents read; oaths taken]

Her majesty's gift and commission in favour of Mr James Johnston to be clerk register was read and ordered to be recorded, and he thereafter took the oath of allegiance and subscribed the same with the assurance and took the oath of parliament.

Patent creating [Archibald Douglas], marquis of Douglas duke of Douglas read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating [John Murray], marquis of Atholl, lord privy seal, duke of Atholl read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating [George MacKenzie], viscount of Tarbat, lord secretary, earl of Cromarty read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating [John Dalrymple], viscount of Stair earl of Stair read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating [Archibald Primrose], viscount of Rosebery earl of Rosebery read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating [David Boyle], lord Boyle earl of Glasgow read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating Sir James Stewart of Bute earl of Bute read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating Charles Hope of Hopetoun earl of Hopetoun read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating John Crawford of Kilbirnie viscount of Garnock read and ordered to be recorded.

Patent creating Sir James Primrose of Carrington viscount of Primrose read and ordered to be recorded.

[John Campbell], duke of Argyll, the earls [William Cunningham, earl of] Glencairn, [James Stewart, earl of] Bute and [Charles Hope, earl of] Hopetoun, the viscounts [Thomas Hay, viscount of] Dupplin, [John Lindsay/Crawford, viscount of] Garnock and [James Primrose, viscount of] Primrose, with [James Sandilands], lord Torphichen, took the oath of allegiance and subscribed the same with the assurance and took the oath of parliament.

John Murray of Strowan, one of the commissioners elected for the shire of Perth, in place of the deceased [William] Oliphant of Gask, and [James] Sinclair of Stemster, one of the commissioners elected for the shire of Caithness, took the oath of allegiance, signed the same with the assurance and took the oath of parliament.

  1. All NAS. PA6/36 folios are headed 'Minutes of the proceedings in parliament'. NAS. PA3/7, Printed Minutes No.1, 1-2 or NAS. PA6/36,75, f.1-1v. Back
  2. The following declaration follows all 1704 printed minutes: 'By order of his grace John [Hay], marquis of Tweeddale, her majesty's high commissioner, and the estates of parliament, Mr James Johnston, lord clerk register, appoints the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson, her majesty's printer, to print these minutes of the proceedings in parliament, and that no other presume to print the same. James Johnston, Edinburgh, printed by the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson, printer to the queen's most excellent majesty, 1704'. Back
[Warrants for new elections granted; reading of queen's letter delayed; continuation]

Warrant given to the barons and freeholders of the shire of Edinburgh to meet on Tuesday next (being 11 July) to elect another commissioner for that shire in place of Sir James Primrose, now promoted to be viscount of Primrose.

Warrant granted to the barons and freeholders of the shire of Linlithgow to meet on Tuesday come eight days (being 18 July) to elect another commissioner in place of Charles Hope of Hopetoun, now promoted to be earl of Hopetoun.

Warrant granted to the barons and freeholders of the shire of Ayr to meet on Wednesday come eight days (being 19 July) to elect a commissioner in place of John Crawford of Kilbirnie now, promoted to be viscount of Garnock.

Warrant granted to the barons and freeholders of the shire of Bute to meet on Wednesday come eight days (being 19 July) to elect another commissioner in place of Sir James Stewart of Bute, now promoted to be earl of Bute.

Her majesty's commissioner acquainted the parliament that he had a letter from her majesty to them, but, in respect many of the members were not yet come to town, he thought it more proper to delay presenting of the letter until the parliament was more fully assembled, which he hoped would be the next diet, and that then they would proceed to business.

After which the lord chancellor, by order of the lord high commissioner, adjourned the parliament until Tuesday next at 10 o'clock in the morning.

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

  1. All NAS. PA6/36 folios are headed 'Minutes of the proceedings in parliament'. NAS. PA3/7, Printed Minutes No.1, 1-2 or NAS. PA6/36,75, f.1-1v. Back
  2. The following declaration follows all 1704 printed minutes: 'By order of his grace John [Hay], marquis of Tweeddale, her majesty's high commissioner, and the estates of parliament, Mr James Johnston, lord clerk register, appoints the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson, her majesty's printer, to print these minutes of the proceedings in parliament, and that no other presume to print the same. James Johnston, Edinburgh, printed by the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson, printer to the queen's most excellent majesty, 1704'. Back