Ratificatione in favoures of the toune of Weike of ther infeftment, with a declaratioun declairing the said toune to be the heede burghe of the shereffdome of Caithnes

Our soverane lord, calling to mynde that his majesties umquhile great grandfather, King James the Fourt of blissed memorie, in his fourt parliament and threescoir ane chapter therof, for menteaneing of justice within the cuntrie of Caithnes to all his majesties leidges within the same, and in respect of the farre distance betuixt Caithnes and Innernes, quhilkes wer all wnder ane shereffdome at that tyme, callit the shereffdome of Innernes, and for the bettir ease to his majesties leiges within the cuntrie of Caithnes in all tymecomeing, with advyse of his majesties estates of parliament, disjoyned the cuntrie of Caithness fra the shereffdome of Innernes, and statute and ordeaned that ther should be ane shereff made who should be callit the shereff of Caithnes and to have full jurisdictione of shereffshipe of all the diocie of Caithnes, and that he should sit and have a place for administratione of his office within the toune of Weeke, as the said act of parliament at mair lenth proportes. Lykeas umquhile King James the Sext of blissed memorie, his majesties darrest father, be his letters of patent wnder the great seale of Scotland off the dait the tuentie fyfte day of September, jM vC fourscoire nyne yeeres, erected the burghe of Weeke in ane burghe royall with the lyke priviledge and liberties as any other royall burghe within this kingdome hes, as the saidis letters patent of the dait foirsaid lykewayes beeres, in regaird wherof the said burghe of Weeke is the heed burghe of the shereffdome of Caithnes, and haveing ane sufficient tollbuith and mercat croce within the same, and being situat in the middle place of the said shereffdome of Caithnes and is most commodious for his majesties leiges within the said shereffdome for holding of sherreff courtes within the samene burghe of Weike, and that all proclamationes, denunciationes, inhibitiones and comprysingis be usit onlie at the mercat croce therof in all tymecomeing, as place most convenient for that effect, conforme to ane testificat subscryved be the most pairt of the noblemen and barones within the said shereffdome of Caithness, directed to our soverane lord and estates of parliament for verificatione of the conveniencie of the said burgh of Weeke to be the heed burghe of the said shereffdome of Caithnes and for holding of the shereffe courtes therof, and for useing off all letters and proclamatiouns at the mercat croce of Weeke in all tymecomeing, as the same testificat of the dait the tent day of October, jM vjC fourtie ane yeeres, produced in parliament in presence of his majestie and estates, lykewayes proportes. In consideratione of the whole premiss, and for the bettir ease of our soverane lordis leiges within the said shereffdome of Caithnes, and that the said burgh of Weeke may encrease and florishe in the liberties therof in tymecomeing, therfore our said soverane lord, with advyse of the estates of this present parliament, ratifies and approves the said act of parliament made be umquhile King James the Fourt, with advyse of his estates, anent the erecting of the said shereffdome of Caithnes and ordeaneing the toune of Weeke to be the place wher the shereffe of Caithnes and his deputes and clerkes shall hold there courtes in all tymecomeing, and sicklyke ratifies and approves the letters patent granted be umquhile King James the Sext in favoures of the proveest, baillies, counsell and burgess of the toune of Weeke, erecting the same in ane free burghe royall, with all priviledges and liberties belonging to ony other royall burghe, as the said act of parliament and letters patent of the daits foirsaid beeres, in the haill heedis, articles, clauss and circumstances thairinconteanit, eftir the forme and tennour therof in all poyntes. Lykeas his majestie, with advyse foirsaid, ordeanes the said burghe of Weeke to be the heed burghe of Caithnes, and ordeanes the shereffe of Caithnes and his deputes and clerkes to sit and hold ther haill courtes in all causes, both civile and criminall, within the tolbooth of Weike and direct preceptes to his majesties leiges to compeir ther for all causes in all tymecomeing, and sicklyke ordeanes all proclamationes, denunciationes, inhibitiones, comprysingis and otheres letters and citationes to be usit at the mercate croce of Weeke in all tymecomeing as place most convenient for that effect. Lykeas his majestie, with advyse of the saidis estats of parliament, declaires that all services, decreetes and otheres that shall not be done and pronunceit be the said shereffe of Caithnes and his deputes within the said burghe and tolbooth of Weeke and all denunciationes, proclamationes, inhibitiones, comprysingis and otheres letters and citationes quhatsomevir that shall not be usit at the mercate croce of Weeke in all tymecomeing, shall be null and of none availl, force nor effect, with all that may fallow therwpoun bot ony decreet or declarator to be givine wpoun the samen, bot onlie be way of exceptione, and sicklyke ordeanit the shereffe clerke of Caithnes present and to come to have his actuall duelling in the burghe of Weeke in tymecomeing, otherwayes to loose his office. And our said soverane lord, with advyse foirsaid, dischairges the proveest, baillies and burgess of the burgh of Weicke of the soume of ten merks yeerlie since the dait of thir letters patent of the erectione thairof in a royall burghe as said is, appoynted to have bene payed be them for the dewties of the said burgh, and dischairges his majesties thesaurer and deputes fra asking the samene heerefter; quhairanent thir presentes shall be to them ane sufficient warrand and exoneratione.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.333v-334v. Back