Committee Members: committee regarding the incendiaries
Committie anente the incendaries

Maister Thomas Nicolsone, one of the procuratouris for the estates, declaired that he insistit at this tyme againes the Erle of Traquair, Sir Johne Hay, clerke register, Sir Robert Spotisswood [...] and Maister Johne Maxwell, sometyme pretendit beshope of Ros, and produced somondis with the executiones therof.

The defenderis abovenamed being thryse publictlie callit at the publicke places and doores of the parliament house, and none compeirand for ony of theme, but all of theme being absent, quharupon and haill premiss the said Maister Thomas Nicolsone askit instrumentis.

The estates of parliament nominatis and appoyntes the committie wnderittine for the incendiaries, viz: for the nobilitie, the Erles of Argyle, Eglingtoune, Cassillis and Findlater and the Lordis Yester and Sinclare; for the barrones, the lairdis of Morphie, Stitchell, Lag, Auchinleck, Elibank and Kerse; for the burrowis the commissioneris of Pearth, Aberdeene, Montrois, Drumfreis, Haddington and Bamffe, or any thrie of ilke estat, whilke is the equall halfe of the haill nomber abovenamed to be the quorum, to be ane committee from the estates of parliament for the incendaries, and anent the sommondis and proces againes them and what may concerne the samene; with pouer to them or the quorum foirsaid to ordeane the procuratoris for the estate to put the sommondis and proces in order and to take ane accompt of the saidis procuratouris ther diligence therof. Item, to get a list of the names of all these who are necessarie to be witness aganes any of the incendaries. Item, to cause draw up preceptis for sommonding the saids witness to suche dayes as they please and the preceptis to be subscryved by the preeses of the parliament at a certain time other than the present or in the present. Item, to designe the witness out of the cuntrie that commissione may be granted for them. Item, to examine the witness who shall compeir wpoun oath or wtherwayes. Item, if the witness compeir not, to represent the same to the parliament that they may direct preceptis for apprehending and wairding them or take any other course the parliament shall thinke fitting. Item, to take any other probatione whilke the committie or quorum therof shall find right and legall, with pouer also to doe all and everie thing which they thinke necessarie for the busines, provyding they doe not determine but report to the parliament, and ordeanes the committie to appoynt dyetis and keepe meitingis at all conveuient tymes to the effect before rehearsed.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.79r. Back