23 September 1641

[Supplication of the commissioners of shires and burghs for exoneration of their carriage in the treaty negotiations]

Wnto the kingis most excellent majestie and the honorable estates of parliament, the humble supplicatioun of Sir Patrik Hepburne of Wauchtoun, Sir William Dowglas of Caveris, William Drummond of Rickartoun, Johne Smythe, baillie of Edinburgh, Maistir Alexander Wedderburne, toun clerk of Dundie and Hew Kennedy, burges of Air, humblie schewing that quhair we, the saidis Sir Patrik Hepburne, Sir William Dowglas, Johne Smyth and Maistir Alexander Wedderburne wer this last yeir bygane entrusted with ane commissioun and employed in the treatie of peace begun at Rippon and still did continow under the same burding and charge till the treatie was transferrit to Londoun, at which tyme we your saidis haill sex petitioneris wer authorized with ane commissioun to proceid in the said negotiatioun, which we undertooke and have undergone till the happie conclusioun of the said treatie. Efter the which, haveing now returned to this honorabill meeting of parliament the whole proceidingis and articles of the treatie, we, and everie ane of ws, do in all humilitie lay doun that commissioun laid upon ws at the seite of his majestie and this heich court of parliament and doe most willinglie and humblie submitt our selffis, our whole actiounes and deportment in that great and wechtie charge to your examinatioun and consideratioun, quhairin we offer ourselffis reddie to give ane compt and mak answer to the effect that gif we or any of ws have bene remiss or negligent in the discharge of our dewties and obedience unto the commandementis and instructiounes gevin to ws, or gif we have for feare of any hazard or upon hope of any benefeit, preferment or any thing ellis quhatsumever done any thing contrair to your instructiounes or prejudiciall to the publick, we or any of ws who hes beine defective may undergoe that censure which the wrongeris of the cuntrie and abuseris of such great trast deserves. And gif your majestie and this honorabill hous sall find that we have acquat our selffis faithfullie of that charge and trust was laid upon ws then do we all and everie ane of ws most humblie crave (seing our negotiatioun is now at ane end, and that by Godis assistance and blessing the treatie of peace is closed) that as our weake endeavores hes beine trewlie and sincerelie contribute to the service of this kirk and kingdome, so we may be exonered and discharged of that wechtie burding we have so long lyne under, and that our proceidingis thairin may be approvin. And the answer of his majestie and this honorabill hous humblie we crave.

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
  2. Followed by a series of clauses, dated 23, 24 and 25 September, signed by John Elphinstone, lord Balmerino, reporting different readings of this supplication before parliament. Back
  3. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
  4. Followed by a series of clauses, dated 23 and 24 September, signed by John Elphinstone, lord Balmerino, reporting different readings of this supplication before parliament. Back
  5. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
[Supplication of Mr Robert Barclay, provost of Irvine, for exoneration of his carriage in the treaty negotiations]

Unto the king's most excellent majestie and the honorabill hous of parliament,

I, Maistir Robert Barclay, provost of Irwing, humbly sheweth that quhair I wes directed by these who wer entrusted by the parliament in November 1639 as one of the commissionaris from them in company with the Earle of Dumfermeling, Lord Lowdoun and shirreff of Teviotdaill for cleiring the imputatiounes layed upon the said parliament and to give satisfactioune to his majestie anent their proceidingis at that tyme, in the quhilk negotiatione I studyed to behave my selfe as become one who wes entrusted with suche ane honorable charge. And howbeit the Earle of Dumfermeling, the shirreff of Teviotdaill and I at our returne to Scotland did rander ane accompt of our proceidingis, yet in respect of the troubles of the tyme these entrusted in the effairis of the kingdome had not tyme to examine particularly my particular cariage and either to have approven or censured me according as I sould have bene found to demerite, this makis me now, in all humilitie, to entreat your majestie and this honorabill hous to tak tryall of my cariage in the said employment and either to censure me if I salbe found to have omitted any thing entrusted to me in charge or to have comitted any thing to the prejudice of your majestie and the kingdome; or uthairwayes to approve my proceidingis if they salbe so found to deserve. And I sall ever as I am bound pray etc.

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
  2. Followed by a series of clauses, dated 23, 24 and 25 September, signed by John Elphinstone, lord Balmerino, reporting different readings of this supplication before parliament. Back
  3. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
  4. Followed by a series of clauses, dated 23 and 24 September, signed by John Elphinstone, lord Balmerino, reporting different readings of this supplication before parliament. Back
  5. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
[Supplication of John Chisholm of Cromlix for passage of his gift through the exchequer]

My lordis and uthairis of the estaits of parliament, unto your lords humblie meanes and shawis your lordis servitour, Johne Chisholme, appeirand air of umquhill James Chisholme of Cromlix, my brother german, that quhair be ane act of this current parliament and be sundrie former actis of parliament of this kingdome maid be his majesties predicessouris of blissed memorie it is statute and ordanet that quhosoever sould happen to be slain or tak seiknes quhairthrow they sould deceis at the armie or cuming thairfra, that their airis sould frielie have their awin wairdis, releives and mariages conferrit on theme to be disponit upon be theme as they sould [think] expedient, and that gratis without any composition. And trew it is that the said umquhill James Chisholme, my brother, being imployit in the publict service wen maid captane of ane foott companie in my Lord Drummoundis regiement and continewit captane thairin quhill his deceis; lykas my said umquhill brother being in the said service at Newcastell contractit seiknes thairat and deceist at Kelso. And thairfor I sould have the benefeit of the saidis actis of parliament conferrit on me to have my awin weird, releiff and mariage grantit to me frielie without any compositioun, I being onlie brother german and appeirand air to my said umquhill brother. Heirfor I beseik your lord to have consideratioun of the premisis and to recommend the passing of ane gift of my weird, releif and mariage in my awin favouris, gratis, without any compositioun, conform to the tenour of the foirsaidis actis of parliament. And your lords answer.

23 September 1641

Red in presence of his majestie and estaittis of parliament, who ordanes the thesaurer depute and lordis of exchekquhair to pass the gift within written to the supplicant or any other to his behuife whom he shall desyre gratis, and ordanes the clerk to give forth the dowble heirof under his hand gif neid beis.

Balmerino, I[n] p[raesentia] d[ominorum] parliamenti

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
  2. Followed by a series of clauses, dated 23, 24 and 25 September, signed by John Elphinstone, lord Balmerino, reporting different readings of this supplication before parliament. Back
  3. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back
  4. Followed by a series of clauses, dated 23 and 24 September, signed by John Elphinstone, lord Balmerino, reporting different readings of this supplication before parliament. Back
  5. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'. Back