[Justice clerk admitted; letter and patent read; lord advocate ordered to attend the commissioners of the treasury]

Prayers heard and rolls called.

Sir Robert Moray, knight, being called, did accept the place and charge of justice clerk and made faith for faithful administration in the discharge thereof.

Letter from the magistrates of Aberdeen, with a patent from the duke of York to Captain William King, read in parliament.

Ordain [Sir Thomas Nicolson of Carnock], lord advocate, to await upon the commissioners of the treasury to distinguish what of the prizes belongs to his majesty and what to the admiral.

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[Letter read; supplications approved; additional supply to the army remitted to the several bodies]

Letter from Sir Robert Drummond to the lieutenant general of 27 March read.

Supplication widow of Captain MacNab read and passed.

Remit to the several bodies to consider of some further present supply of maintenance to be appointed to the army over and above the 40 days' provision.

Supplication General Major Robert Montgomery for recruiting of his regiment read and passed.

Supplication [Sir Robert Campbell], laird of Glenorchy anent an exemption from the present levy for putting out horse read and passed.

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[Supplication recommended to certain members of parliament; supplication approved; report read and approved; membership of the committee for managing the affairs of the army]

Supplication [John Murray], earl of Atholl read and the matter recommended to [Archibald Campbell], marquis of Argyll, [Alexander Lindsay], lord Balcarres, [Sir Robert Moray], lord justice clerk, and [Sir Thomas Ruthven], laird of Freeland, to meet and settle the parties, and in the meantime ordain the party to remove.

Supplication Andrew Dick anent the transporting of some victual read and passed.

Report from the conference anent the power of the commission for managing the affairs of the army etc., with another paper given in by [John Campbell, earl of Loudoun], lord chancellor, read. And being put to the question whether the other paper given in with the report should have the vote of the house or no, it was voted negative.

Thereafter the said report containing the power of the committee for managing the affairs of the army read, voted and passed in parliament, and appoint the number to be 24 of every estate, the quorum 11, whereof 2 of every estate.

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[Draft commission to the committee of estates; colonels appointed; protests against]

Ordain a draft of the commission to the committee of estates to be drawn again tomorrow, and four of every estate to be added thereto.

His majesty, with consent of the estates of parliament, did nominate and appoint the persons after-specified to be colonels in the several shires following, namely: for the sheriffdom of Edinburgh, [William Ramsay], earl of Dalhousie or [George Ramsay], lord Ramsay. For East Lothian and Lauderdale, [John Maitland], earl of Lauderdale. For Linlithgow and Tweeddale, [John Hay], lord Yester. For Clydesdale, [William Hamilton], duke of Hamilton and [William Douglas], marquis of Douglas. Ayr, Renfrew and [John Kennedy], earl of Cassilis' division of Galloway remitted to the king's majesty to be determined. Wigtown and stewartry of Kirkcudbright, [James Stewart], earl of Galloway and [Robert Gordon], viscount of Kenmure. Nithsdale, [James Douglas], earl of Queensberry or [William Douglas of] Kelhead, his brother, [James Johnston], earl of Hartfell or [John Barclay], laird of Johnstoun-[Barclay]. Roxburgh and Selkirk with the five kirks of Esdale, Colonel Robert Douglas. Berwick, [James Home], earl of Home.

[Sir Alexander Belsches], laird of Tofts protested against the joining of Lauderdale with East Lothian, and thereupon asked instruments.

[James Douglas], laird of Mouswald protested against the joining of the five kirks of Esdale to Roxburgh, and thereupon asked instruments.

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[Two queries anent those who join with the enemy remitted to the several bodies; funds for a future supply remitted to the several bodies]

Two queries given in by [Sir Thomas Nicolson of Carnock], lord advocate, anent those who go in to the enemy remitted to the several bodies.

Remit to the several bodies to think upon a way of finding money for his majesty's use and the army.

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[Letter ordered to be drafted; supplication remitted to the committee of estates; supplications approved]

Ordain a letter to be written to the north in answer to their letter anent the eight months' maintenance, and the act of parliament to be sent with it.

Supplication laird of Preston anent his evidents read and remitted and recommended to the committee of estates as in the writings.

Supplication town of Culross read and passed.

Supplication town of Kirkcaldy read, and ordain the sum to be allowed in their maintenance, without prejudice of the assignment made to [Colonel James Wemyss], general of artillery.

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[Uplifting of money belonging to Colonel Archibald Strachan; continuation]

His majesty and estates ordain the sum of £3,000 which is resting belonging to Colonel Strachan to be uplifted by John Scott, master wright.

Ordain the bodies to meet presently, and the parliament to meet tomorrow at 8 o'clock.

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