Protestatione for the barrones and burroues anent the libertie of parliamente

And sicklyke the lairdis of Auldbarr, Keir, Weddirburne and Cunynghamehead for the barrones, Johne Smyth and Richard Maxwell, commissioneris for Edinburgh, and Thomas Bruce for Stirveling for the burroues, being admitit in presence of his grace, and the noblemen protestit that incaice his grace by himselffe only doe at this tyme elect these noblemen that are to bee upoun the articles, and the noblemen elect the barrones and the burrous, that the same act now tollerated for some particular reasones be not heireftir usit as ane precedent to introduce ane custome or preparative to be observeit in tymecoming, but that the same may bee without prejudice in all tyme heireftir off the rightis and ressones competent to the noblemen, barrones and burrowes to elect, nominat and choose by thameselffis and each estat separatlie, by it selfe without other, these who are to be upoun the articles for thame; and heirwpon the Laird of Auldbarr, in name of the barronis, and Johne Smythe, in name of the burrowes, asked instrumentis.

The Marqueis of Huntlie, for himselfe and such noblemen as heirin will adhere unto him, protestit that the priviledge of the noblemen in the electione of the barones and burrowes who are to be upoun the articles be not prejudgeit; and heirwpon askit instrumentis.

The Erle of Argyle and Lord Loudoun, for themselves and such noblemen as heirin will adhere wnto them, protestit that the marqueis protestatione be not farder extendit but to such noblemen as being of the same judgment concurre thairin with the Marqueis of Huntlie and to no otheris who differ thairfra, quhairof there be many heir present.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.6v. Back