Act of exoneration and approbation in favour of Hugh Kennedy

The which day the king's majesty and estates of parliament, having taken to their consideration the petition of Hugh Kennedy, merchant burgess of Ayr, making mention of the employment put upon him as one of the three commissioners for the burghs with the other commissioners by the committee of estates in 1640 in the treaty of peace between the king's majesty and his subjects of Scotland and between the kingdoms of Scotland and England, which was begun at Ripon and thereafter translated to London, according to the commission and instructions respectively granted to the supplicant and the other commissioners contained therein relating thereto, which treaty is now happily concluded and ratified by the parliaments of both kingdoms, and therefore desiring the king's majesty and parliament to try and examine the supplicant's carriage in the foresaid employment, and accordingly either to grant him exoneration and approbation therein, or otherwise to censure him for what shall be found amiss in him in the foresaid employment as they after examination and trial shall find just. And his majesty and estates of parliament finding the foresaid desire most reasonable, and having considered the report of the committee appointed by them for the examination of the said Hugh Kennedy's whole actions and carriage in the foresaid trust put upon him, and compared the same with the commission and instructions granted to him and the other commissioners, together with the testimony of the king's majesty and the other commissioners who were in the like commission and trust with the said Hugh Kennedy, do find and declare that the said Hugh Kennedy has so faithfully, diligently and carefully behaved himself in the foresaid employment in all the passages thereof as he justly deserves their testimony of his approved fidelity and diligence; and therefore his majesty and estates of parliament do not only liberate and exonerate him of all question or challenge that can be laid to him for his carriage in the foresaid charge and employment, but also do give him this testimony and approbation: that he has behaved himself in the foresaid employment, charge and trust as a loyal subject to the king and true patriot to his country.

  1. NAS, PA2/22, f.128r-128v. Back