Procedure: production of commission

The which day the said Sir Thomas Hope [of Craighall], our sovereign lord's advocate, produced his highness's commission under the quarter seal, of the date above-written, for fencing and continuing of this present parliament to the day after-specified, whereof the tenor follows:

[Abstract:] The king sends greeting to all. Considering that parliament has been proclaimed to be held at Edinburgh on 26 August instant, and is to be continued from time to time according to necessity, the king appoints commissioners Robert [Ker], earl of Roxburghe, etc., keeper of the privy seal, John [Drummond], earl of Perth, John [Maitland], earl of Lauderdale, David [Carnegie], earl of Southesk, Alexander [Elphinstone], lord Elphinstone, Alexander [Napier], lord Napier, and Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, king's advocate, and Sir James Hamilton of Orbiston, justice clerk, Sir James Carmichael of that Ilk, treasurer depute, and Sir Alexander Stewart of Blackhall, or five or three of them, with power to convene in Edinburgh on 26 August instant and there begin and hold the parliament according to the usual form used in similar cases before when any of the necessary members of parliament are absent, to do all that is necessary for the lawful affirmation of the court of parliament. Immediately after the affirmation the king commands them to prorogue the parliament until 30 August instant, and then to continue it or declare it to be a running parliament, as seems best. Under the great seal at Whitehall on 20 August 1639, fifteenth year of the reign.

And thereupon asked instruments.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.2v-3r. Back