12 August 1641

The 20th day of this session of parliament

Procedure

Rolls called and prayer said.

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Procedure: ordinances
Ordinance for cancelling [John Stewart], earl of Traquair's declaration out of the books of council

The which day, regarding the supplication given in to the estates of parliament by the commissioners for the kirk, whereof the tenor follows: To the right honourable the estates of parliament, we the commissioners of the kirk do humbly supplicate that your honours will be pleased to take to your serious consideration the act of the late assembly herewith presented for deleting and cancelling out of the records of council the declarations of John, earl of Traquair urged by himself after the rising of the assembly and inserted therein to the prejudice of the acts of the assembly at Edinburgh 1639, which his majesty in his gracious letter to this late assembly promises to establish; that the same being cancelled by your honours, the kirk may be freed of her fears, encouraged to expect his majesty's gracious performance, and the more enabled to render all cheerful and dutiful obedience to his royal person and government, and your honours answer humbly we beseech. Which supplication, with the act of the assembly therewith produced, being upon 11 August instant read in audience of the estates of parliament, they continued to give answer thereto until this day that they were advised therewith, and the same supplication and act foresaid being this day of new read again and taken to consideration by the estates of parliament, they found the desire thereof above-mentioned reasonable and granted the same, and therefore ordained the foresaid declarations to be cancelled and deleted out of the books of council.

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Ordinance concerning [Archibald Napier], lord Napier and lairds [Sir George Stirling] of Keir and [Sir Archibald Stewart of] Blackhall

The which day the three supplications given in to the parliament by the Lord Napier, the lairds of Keir and Blackhall, all desiring that Sir Lewis Stewart, Mr John Gilmour, Master John Nisbet and Master Robert MacGill may be commanded to consult and plead for them, and that the supplicants may have liberty to meet and consult together, being all three read in audience of the estates in parliament, they allow Master John Nisbet, Master John Gilmour and Master Robert MacGill to plead and do the duty of advocates for the supplicants, and also allow any advocates to consult with them, and all friends to meet with them in the same terms as were granted to [James Graham], earl of Montrose, and allow [Margaret Napier], lady Keir to meet with her husband.

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Procedure: draft legislation
Act regarding the president of the parliament now and hereafter

The which day the estates of parliament agree that it be enacted that in all ensuing parliaments the president of the parliament presiding shall preside until the house be ordered and the oath taken by all members of that parliament; after the taking of the which oath they shall proceed to the finding of a new president, and that one and the same person shall not be continued president in two parliaments without any new election, and this act to have beginning in this present parliament.

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Warrant: for liberating John Alexander
Warrant for putting John Alexander to liberty

The which day the supplication given in to the parliament by John Alexander, craving to be put to liberty out of the tolbooth of Edinburgh where he remains incarcerated by warrant from the committee of estates, being read in audience of the parliament and the desire thereof considered by them, the estates of parliament ordain the jailer of the said tolbooth of Edinburgh to deliver the said John Alexander out of their ward to Sir John MacKenzie, in respect the said Sir John MacKenzie has become acted and has obliged himself to the parliament to exhibit the said John Alexander before them within 20 days.

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Procedure: ordinance in favour of Sir Thomas Stewart
Ordinance in favour of Sir Thomas Stewart [of Grandtully]

The which day the estates of parliament, having read and considered the supplication given in to them by Sir Thomas Stewart, fiar of Grandtully, desiring liberty to return to his own house for his necessary affairs, together with the report made relating thereto to the parliament by Master Adam Hepburn of Humbie, the said estates grant liberty to the supplicant to go home until the [...] day of this instant.

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