Act of exonoratione and approbatione in favoures of the Lord Loudoun

The quhiilk day the kingis majestie and estates of parliament, having takine to there consideratione the petitione of Johne, Lord Lowdoune, making mentione of the trust put wpoun his lordship, first by the parliament in November 1639 for cleiring to his majestie the proceidingis of the said parliament and for rendring the reassones of there demandis, as is at lenth exprest in the commissione and instructiones givine to his lordship and the other commissioneris joyntlie trusted and authoreized with him, and thereftir in [...] 1640 his lordship with some other commissioneres of each estate war sent from the committie of parliament to the treattie of peace betuixt the kingis majestie and his subjectes of Scotland and betuixt the kingdomes of Scotland and England, which was begune at Rippone and thereftir translated to Londoun, according to the commissione and instructiones respective givine to his lordship with the other commissioneris; and haveing returned in Julii 1641 with the whole proceedingis and conclusiones of the treatty to the estates of parliament, eftir due tryell and approbatione therof, his lordship was sent bake to Londoune with new commissione and instructiones to himselfe and otheres commissioneres joyned with him for finall conclusione and subscryving the articles of the treattie of peace, which accordinglie was done be the commissioners of both kingdomes and thereftir ratified by the kingis majestie and both parliaments. And therfor, humblie desyreing the kinges majestie and the estates of parliament to examene his whole actiones and cariage in the afoirsaid publict negotiationes and weightie imploymentes, and if he heath in everie poynt walked faithfully according to his commissione and instructiones, that he may be exonered of so great a charge and have the publict approbatione of the kinges majestie and estates of parliament, as the said supplicatioune at mair lenth beires. His majestie and the said estates, finding the said petitione most equitable, and haveing compared the petitioner, his whole actiones and deportments in all the pairts of the foirsaid publict neigotiatione, with his commissiones and instructiones, doe find and declair that Johne, lord Lowdoun heath in all wprightnes, wisdome, diligence and faithfullnes walked worthie of so great trust; and therfor his majestie and estates of parliament not onlie doe liberat and exoner him of the said chairge and commissiones, bot also for his encouragment and imitatione of others doe add unto that testimony, which true worthe and the consience of weell doeing heath in itself ther publicke approbatione, and doe honnour him with this ther nationall testimonie: that he heath served weell of the publicke as a loyall subject to the king, a faithfull serveand to the states of parliament and a true patriot to his cuntrie.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.121r. Back