Procedure: commission to the committee of dispatches
Commission to the committee of dispatches

The estates of parliament, now presently convened in the third session of the second triennial parliament, have nominated and appointed and by this act nominate and appoint [Archibald Campbell], lord marquis of Argyll, [Francis Scott], earl of Buccleuch, [William Kerr], earl of Lothian, [John Borthwick], lord Borthwick, [Robert Balfour], lord [Balfour of] Burleigh and [...], for the noblemen; [Sir John Wauchope of] Niddrie-[Marischal], [Arthur Erskine of] Scotscraig, [Sir Robert Adair of] Kinhilt, Sir James Hope [of Hopetoun], [Mr William Sandilands of] Hilderston, [Sir Andrew Kerr of] Greenhead and [Sir Hugh Campbell of] Cessnock for the barons; Sir James Stewart [of Kirkfield and Coltness], George Porterfield, Mr Robert Barclay, Patrick [Ross], James Sword, John Boswell and Hugh Kennedy for the burghs, to be a committee of the parliament; to whom (or any nine of them, two being for every estate as their quorum) the estates of parliament give hereby power to take into their consideration and to prepare for the readier dispatch of parliament all business concerning the army now in Scotland, the affairs in England, Holland, [Ireland] or any other part abroad wherein the kingdom of Scotland may be concerned, and what is fittest to be done in every particular that shall occur [touching the same]. With power to them to take course and order with the quarterings of soldiers and to dispose upon troops and companies in the interim until the parliament take a further settled course with them, and to meet with [such of] the ministry as the commissioners of the general assembly shall appoint to be with them, and to acquaint the said commissioners of the general assembly with every particular that they shall think fit. And the estates of parliament ordain the said committee or quorum aforesaid to make report in writing to the parliament that they may thereafter take the same into their consideration and do relating thereto in every particular thereof as they shall think fitting. And the said estates ordain [John Campbell, earl of Loudoun], lord chancellor, and [Alexander Leslie, earl of Leven], lord general, to be supernumerary.

  1. NAS. PA2/25, f.3v. Back
  2. Not in manuscript. In APS only. Back
  3. Not in manuscript. In APS only. Back
  4. Not in manuscript. In APS only. Back
  5. Not in manuscript. In APS only. Back