[Supplication of the Earl of Home for reparation of his losses at Dunglass House]

Supplicatione Erle of Home

To the kingis most excellent majestie and honorabill esteatis of parliament, the humble petitioune of James, erle of Home, Lord Dunglas etc., shewethe whairas by that grievous and lamentable accident quhilk fell out at my hous of Dunglas, as this wholl kingdome in generall and ane great many your majesties subjectis in particular have extraordinarie sufferingis and losses of parentis, freindis and wthairs in whom they had neir interest, to the great greif of all guid peopell who have gottin any notice of the same, so have I most sensible prejudice thairby in my meanes and estait. And seing my prejudice was occasioned by the publict service of the kingdome, for whiche my said hous, plenishing and wthairs belonging thairto was taiken up and whollie imployed, namlie for keiping of wittuallis, ammonitioune, beilletting of souldiers, officers and for judging of pryme commanders as opportunitie offerred, in whiche service my said hous was totallie overthrowin, the plenishing thairof spoyled, yeardis, planting and wyre belonging thairto defeased to my great hurt. Quhairupon I haveing supplicat the committie of estaitis that they meight be pleisit to give warrand to examine my losses and tak course thairanent, they, upon the tuentie sewint day of November 1640, did nominat and ordeane the Lairdis of Swyntoune, Langtoune, Kilspindie, Stevinstoune and Colbrandspethe, or any thrie of them, to be appryissers of my loss and prejudice and to use all meanes for informatioune and tryell thairof, and to mak report of the sam to the said committe of estaitis, to the effect they meight mak report thairof to the parliament, as the commissioune direct thairanent at mair lenthe beires. Lykas conforme thairto the saidis commissioners took cairfull informatioune and tryell of the bussines and wholl particular of my losses swa far as concernes my said hous of Dunglas, yeardes, dykes and planting thairof, and concluded that the reparatioune thairof wold amont to the sowme of fourtie thousand ane hundreth threttie thrie punds money, quhilk report being exhibit befor the said committie of estaitis upon the fourtein day of Julii last, reference was maid thairof to the parliament now conveined. Humblie thairfor I beseik your majestie and this honorabill hous to tak to consideratioune the said commissione and report, and to appoynt suche course for reparatioune or payment of my saidis losses efter consideratioune of the haill particulars mentionat in the report and of the conditioune of my said hous befor the ruine thairof, whiche appryseing cannot bot be fund to be far within the worthe valued, seing it was estimat be sum wark men who war builders of the said hous that the reparatioune of the said hous wold amont to the sowme of ane hundreth and threttie thousand merkis, whiche sowme is the duble and more nor that quiche is conteaned in the commissioners report. And your majestie and estatis answer I humblie crave.

15 Septembris 1641

The Erle of Home producit the commissioun with the report of the valuatioun thairof. The committie thinkis yis supplicatioun and desyre thairof deserves the parliamentis considderatioune, and thairfoir they represent the same thairto.

1 Octob[er] 1641

Red in audience of his majestie and estaittis of parliament, who appointis ane dowble heirof, togidder with the commissioune graunted be the committe of estaittis and report thairof, to be gevin to everie estaite and another to the Erle of Lauderdaill for the Lady Home.

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'October 1 1641'. Back