26 May 1651

[Supplication of John Leith of Harthill, Jean Forbes and others]

Supplication laird of Harthill

To the king's most excellent majesty, the humble supplication of John Leith of Harthill and Jean Forbes, his wife, and Anna Leith, his only daughter, and others

Humbly shows,

That whereas it is not unknown to your majesty and the honourable house of parliament how many great and grievous crosses I have sustained these many years bygone, notwithstanding it is of truth that William and Patrick Leith, two unnatural and wicked brethren, have against all law, conscience and justice thrust forth most violently us, the said Jean Forbes and Anna Leith and our servants of the house and lands of Harthill, broke up our whole locks, meddled, intromitted with and took away our said whole writs and evidents of the said lands of Harthill, with our whole jewels and clothing; and also that your majesty's advocate may compear for your highness's interest anent the cruel murder of the late William Livingstone, servant to the said John Leith, committed at the kirk of Gartly upon the [...] day of [...], 16[...] years; and also for the committing of the horrible and filthy crime of adultery with Marjorie Leslie, spouse to Patrick Leith, in the mill of Bonnyton; and likewise for raising wilful fire in the mains and parish of Monymusk and for taking in the house of Auchinhove and harrying and plundering [...], Messers Murray; and also for ravishing about twelve hours in the day Marjorie Gordon, spouse to John Leslie, sometime of Durnay; and finally for threatening to kill me, their elder brother, to drown my wife and to kill and shoot me, the said Anna Leith, all which criminal crimes are odious in the sight of God, detestable to his people and ought by all law to be punished by death to the terror of others. May it please your grace for the tender mercy of Jesus Christ to grant us warrant and commission to take and apprehend the said persons and to put them in sure ward until they put us in our own possession and to restore to us our said writs and jewels, at the least to convene them by your grace's high court of parliament for that effect, or justice general and his deputes as your grace shall think expedient, before whom I shall prove my bill under the pain of the law of retaliation, the doing whereof shall oblige us to pray for your majesty's long and happy reign, a prosperous war and happy peace.

Stirling, 26 May 1651

The king's majesty and estates of parliament ordain a messenger of arms to pass, warn and charge the parties complained upon to compear before the parliament or their committee of estates to answer to the complaint mentioned in the supplication, and that upon 15 July, with continuation of days, under the pain of rebellion, with certification etc. And also to summon witnesses under the pain of rebellion.

[Robert Balfour, lord Balfour of] Burleigh, in the presence of the lords of parliament; Mr David Hay

  1. NAS. PA3/2/12, f.211r-211v. Back