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11 June 1662

[Act in favour of James Boyd]

To his majesty's commissioner's grace and estates of parliament, the humble petition of James Boyd.

Humbly shows,

That your petitioner (having these 24 years entirely preserved his loyalty to his majesty and duty to his native country) was engaged in the interest of those who laboured to maintain the same against the opposition of misled subjects; and so was involved in the common calamity with others of his judgment, but with a great deal more weight than ordinary, being five years banished from his native country, to save his life, excommunicated by the violence of a precipitate clergy, fined by the state in a considerable sum of money, all his bonds and papers seized upon, and in end endured two years' imprisonment, which exposed his wife and eight children to the hazard of famine, and has brought himself to utter ruin. May it therefore please your lords (seeing God has restored our king to his just right, his subjects to their liberties, and those who suffered to the expectation of some relief) to have compassion on the afflicted condition of your distressed petitioner and to provide some means of subsistence for him, as in your wisdom shall be thought expedient, and he as in duty bound shall ever pray.

Edinburgh, 3 June 1662

The lords of the articles remits the petition above-specified and desire thereof to [Robert Wallace], bishop of Isles and John Bell, provost of Glasgow, to speak with the petitioner and find out some way for the petitioner's satisfaction, and report their opinion.

[William Cunningham, earl of] Glencairn, chancellor, in the presence of the lords

We having, according to your lordships' commands, been upon the papers of James Boyd, find that his papers being seized on by those who took in the house of Towart, and though full evidences thereof be not fully held clear to us, yet notwithstanding finds he merits recommendation to the lords of session for dispatch in his prosecution of persons having any of the same; and that his losses by fining and imprisonment is well-known to us and all who knew him, his fine being the seizure of his moveable fortune to the value of £500 sterling; his imprisonment four months in Tarbert and his banishment for nine years, to be in whole in loss to the value of £1,000 sterling, which we humbly recommend to my lord commissioner's grace and other honourable lords of articles.

It is humbly overtured [...] that out of those who have failed in the observance of the last solemn anniversary, he may have so many applied to his use as your lordships shall think fit, he being a bishop's son whom we humbly conceive not to be contrary to the former act of parliament establishing the same.

Robert, bishop of the Isles; John Bell

Edinburgh, 10 June 1662

The lords of the articles approves the report above-written.

11 June 1662

The estates of parliament approve the report and appoints £500 sterling to the petitioner furth of the stipends of those ministers who have not kept the solemn anniversary day.

Glencairn, chancellor, in the presence of the lords of parliament

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