Protestation for the barons and burghs regarding the liberty of parliament

And also the lairds [James Lyon] of Auldbar, [Sir George Stirling of] Keir, [Sir David Home of] Wedderburn and [Sir William Cunningham of] Cunninghamhead for the barons, John Smith [of Grotehill] and Richard Maxwell, commissioners for Edinburgh, and Thomas Bruce [of Weltoun] for Stirling for the burghs, being admitted in presence of his grace, and the noblemen protested that in case his grace by himself only do at this time elect those noblemen that are to be upon the articles, and the noblemen elect the barons and the burghs, that the same act now tolerated for some particular reasons be not hereafter used as a precedent to introduce a custom or preparative to be observed in time coming, but that the same may be without prejudice in all time hereafter of the rights and reasons competent to the noblemen, barons and burghs to elect, nominate and choose by themselves and each estate separately, by itself without the others, those who are to be upon the articles for them; and hereupon the Laird of Auldbar, in name of the barons, and John Smith, in name of the burghs, asked instruments.

[George Gordon], marquis of Huntly, for himself and such noblemen as herein will adhere to him, protested that the privilege of the noblemen in the election of the barons and burghs who are to be upon the articles be not prejudiced; and hereupon asked instruments.

[Archibald Campbell], earl of Argyll and [John Campbell], lord Loudoun, for themselves and such noblemen as herein will adhere to them, protested that the marquis's protestation be not further extended but to such noblemen as being of the same judgment concur therein with the Marquis of Huntly and to no others who differ therefrom, whereof there be many here present.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.6v. Back