Edinburgh, 14 April 1644

Procedure: pass granted to the earl of Morton
A pass granted to [William Douglas], earl of Morton

The which day the earl of Morton compeared personally before the estates and, after he had publicly sworn and subscribed the covenant, desired that he might have a pass to proceed to Orkney for some of his private affairs; and being demanded if he had any commission from his majesty to these bounds, declared upon his honour he had none and that his carriage there should be such as may contribute most for the peace of the country, and that he should be ready as he should be desired to give all the assistance in his power for procuring obedience to the orders of the estates. In respect whereof, the estates allow his voyage and ordain a pass to be granted to him for going there and his return.

  1. A copy of some of this day's business can be found in NAS. PA6/8 at 10-16 April 1644. Back
  2. NAS. PA8/1, f.139v. Back