15 August 1662

[Act in favour of the daughter of the deceased Dr Alexander Gladstones, archdean of St Andrews]

To the lord commissioner, his grace, and the right honourable estates of parliament, the humble supplication of Nicolas Gladstones, lawful daughter to the deceased Doctor Alexander Gladstones, archdean of St Andrews.

Shows,

That the petitioner's deceased father, being called and lawfully admitted archdean of St Andrews did, as became him in his station, carry himself very faithfully and loyally for his majesty's interest, and did advance the same so far as lay in his power; for which he was by those who prevailed in power for the time not only most maliciously thrust from his charge, but also in the year 1638 was forced to take exile upon him, and went into England where he lived a long time in great hardship, having left behind him his wife, family and small children. Whereby the petitioner's deceased father's sufferings were exceedingly great, besides the want of two years' stipend which was owing him the time he was thrust from his charge; and seeing the king's majesty has been graciously pleased to appoint that the widows and children of such ministers as have suffered for their loyalty should have some allowance out of the vacant stipends towards the reparation of their sufferings, may it therefore please your grace and lords to take the petitioner's deceased father's sufferings, which was merely upon the account of his loyalty, to your lords' consideration, and appoint such a sum to be paid to her out of the first and readiest of the vacant stipends as your grace and lords shall think fit and as may be in some measure suitable to the sufferings of her said deceased father. And the petitioner shall ever pray etc.

Edinburgh, 13 August 1662

The lords of the articles having considered the supplication above-written, it is their humble opinion that the sum of £100 sterling should be paid to the petitioner out of the first and readiest of the vacant stipends.

15 August 1662

The lord commissioner and estates of parliament approve this report and ordain an act to be drawn accordingly.

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

The estates of parliament taking into consideration the great sufferings of the deceased Doctor Alexander Gladstones, archdean of St Andrews, for his affection and loyalty to the king's majesty and the royal interest; and that for the same he was maliciously thrust from his charge in the year 1638 and banished from the kingdom, therefore the king's majesty, with advice and consent of the estates of parliament, modifies and appoints the sum of £100 sterling to be paid to Barbara Gladstones, lawful daughter to the deceased Doctor Alexander Gladstones, out of the first and readiest of the vacant stipends, and ordains the collector of the vacant stipends to make payment to her of the same accordingly. Extracted.

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[Act in favour of the widow of Mr John Ross, parson of Brass]

To the lord commissioner, his grace, and estates of this present parliament, the humble petition of Elizabeth Wood, widow of the deceased Master John Ross, parson of Brass.

Shows,

That where your petitioner's said deceased husband, having during these late troubles sustained great and insufferable prejudice by quartering, fining, lending of money and imprisonment; as also having been thrust from his charge to his utter ruin in fortune as is well-known to several members of this honourable parliament; and albeit he was by the goodness and recommendation of the commissioner, his grace, restored to his function of the ministry again from which he had been most unjustly thrust for his loyalty and fidelity to his majesty's interest, yet the same reposition has very little profited your petitioner and her poor children, as having not enjoyed his place after his reinstatement thereto above six months, being prevented by death, so that your petitioner and her said children are in a most poor condition, the creditors having seized upon all that he had and confirmed themselves executers and creditors thereto, indeed to the stipend which was due to him since his said reposition. May it therefore please your grace and lords, in consideration of your said petitioner's deceased husband's great sufferings for his majesty's interest and for your petitioner's and her children's present maintenance, to grant power to her to intromit with this year's annuity of the crop of 1662, since she is not in a capacity to pursue it before the lords of session. And your grace's and lords' answer.

Edinburgh, 30 June 1662

The lord commissioner and lords of the articles appoints the annuity of the stipend and benefice of Brass for the crop of 1662 to be paid to the supplicant, and discharges Mr John Wilkie, collector of the vacant stipends, or his sub-collectors to meddle therewith.

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

Edinburgh, 15 August 1662

The parliament approves this report and decrees accordingly.

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

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[Act in favour of Elizabeth Nicolson, the widow of the deceased Dr James Sibbald, minister at Aberdeen]

To the right honourable his grace, [John Middleton], earl of Middleton, his majesty's high commissioner, and estates of parliament, the petition of Elizabeth Nicolson, widow of the deceased Doctor James Sibbald, sometime minister of the gospel at Aberdeen.

Humbly shows,

That whereas your grace and estates of parliament by an act and ordinance of the date at Edinburgh 21 June 1661, upon consideration of the great sufferings of the said deceased Doctor James Sibbald, your petitioner's husband, by deprivation from his place in the ministry and banishment from his country so that he died in exile for his constant loyalty to his majesty and adherence to the true government and discipline of the church of Scotland, did modify and ordain the sum of £200 sterling to be paid to your petitioner for herself and in name and on behalf of her children out of the first and readiest of the vacant stipends, and ordained Mr John Wilkie, collector thereof, to make payment to her of the same accordingly, as the said act in itself at more length purports. Notwithstanding whereof the said Mr John Wilkie and his subcollectors being often required to make payment thereof, neither have given nor intend to give satisfaction of the same, although he has paid and satisfied several persons whom he was pleased to favour. It is therefore the humble supplication of your petitioner that your grace and estates of parliament may be pleased to allocate and ordain to be paid to me, your petitioner, in satisfaction and payment of the aforesaid precept, the vacant stipends of the kirks and benefices mentioned below, namely: Croy, Dores, Daviot and Glenmoriston, with their annexations in the presbytery of Inverness, and the kirk of Assin in the diocese of Caithness, for the crop and year of God 1662 and all preceding and following years if it shall happen any to be, until the aforesaid precept is satisfied; with full power to your petitioner, or any in her name having her order, to pursue thereof the discharges thereupon and to give, compose, transact and agree relating thereto, and raise letters of horning and poinding and to do all other diligence against the persons liable in payment, discharging all other collectors to meddle with any of the said vacancy until your petitioner is paid the said £200 sterling, together with all necessary charges for pursuing thereof, since the former collectors are wanting in their duty. And your petitioner shall ever pray.

Edinburgh, 15 August 1662

The king's majesty and parliament appoint the petitioners to be paid out of the readiest of the vacant stipends of the kirks above-expressed in this petition.

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

Anent the petition given in to the lord commissioner's grace and lords of the articles by Elizabeth Nicolson, widow of the deceased Doctor James Sibbald, sometime minister of the gospel at Aberdeen. Making mention that where by an act and ordinance of this present parliament of the date 21 June 1661 the sum of £200 sterling was appointed to be paid to the said Elizabeth Nicolson for herself and in name and on behalf of Marjorie Sibbald, her daughter, upon consideration of the great sufferings of the said Doctor Sibbald for his affection and loyalty to his majesty, out of the first and readiest of the vacant stipends, and Mr John Wilkie, collector of the said vacant stipends, accordingly appointed to make payment of the same; notwithstanding whereof the said Mr John, though he has been often various times required, has made no payment or of any part of the same; and therefore craving that a locality might be assigned out of the first and readiest of the vacant stipends of the kirks of Croy, Dores, Daviot and Urquhart, with their annexations lying within the presbytery of Inverness, and the kirk of Assin lying within the presbytery of [...], for the more speedy and effectual payment of the aforesaid sum as the said petition in itself more fully bears. Which petition being by the king's majesty and estates of parliament heard and considered, our sovereign lord, with advice and consent of his estates of parliament, assigns and dispenses the first and readiest of the vacant stipends and benefices of the aforesaid kirks of Croy, Dores, Daviot and Urquhart, with their annexations and kirk of Assin, for payment to the said Elizabeth Nicolson and her said daughter of the said £200 sterling, and appoints Mr John Wilkie to grant precepts for that effect. And ordains letters of horning to be delivered at the instance of the said Elizabeth Nicolson upon the sight of this act and the said Mr John Wilkie's precept against the persons liable in payment of the said stipends; the said Elizabeth always finding caution to the said Mr John Wilkie that she shall intromit with no more of the said stipends than shall pay the aforesaid sum of £200 sterling, and to retain her diligence between now and 1 June 1663.

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[Act in favour of Mr John Keith, late servant to Lord Fraser]

To the lord commissioner, his grace, and honourable estates of parliament, the humble petition of Mr John Keith, late servant to [Andrew Fraser], lord Fraser.

Shows,

That your petitioner being upon 11 December last presented to be minister at the kirk of Echt, his admission thereto was interrupted not by his neglect nor refusal to accept the said charge but by law, presbyteries being discharged; and now after long attendance, his entry and presentation to the said kirk being renewed by the right reverend father in God, David [Mitchell], bishop of Aberdeen, his ordinary; likewise your petitioner, being but a poor young man, cannot without his great prejudice for a whole year and a half to come constantly reside and conveniently exercise his office of the ministry in the said parish without exposing the same to contempt (to the great disadvantage of the gospel there) without some means of livelihood and maintenance in the said parish. May it therefore please your grace and lords to inhibit and discharge Mr John Wilkie and his deputes, collectors of the vacant stipends, from meddling with or uplifting the stipend of the said kirk of Echt for this present year 1662, that your petitioner may peaceably possess and enjoy the same, and without distraction may labour in the ministry of the gospel in the said parish. And he shall ever pray.

Edinburgh, 15 August 1662

The commissioner and estates of parliament allow to the supplicant the stipend of the kirk of Echt since December last.

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

The estates of parliament having heard a supplication presented to them by Mr John Keith, mentioning that he being upon 11 December last presented to be minister of the kirk of Echt, his admission thereto was interrupted by the discharge of the presbyteries. And now his entry and presentation to the kirk being renewed by the reverend father David, bishop of Aberdeen, his ordinary, the petitioner, being but a young man, cannot without great prejudice for a year and a half to come exercise his office of ministry, unless he have some means of livelihood and maintenance in the said parish. Humbly thereof desiring that Mr John Wilkie, collector of the vacant stipends, and his deputes may be discharged from uplifting of the stipend of the kirk of Echt for this present year 1662 and that he may enjoy the same, as the supplication bears. Which being taken into consideration, the king's majesty and estates of parliament allow to the supplicant the stipend of the said kirk of Echt since December last; and ordain him to be paid of the same by the parishioners and others liable in payment thereof accordingly; and discharge the said Mr John Wilkie and his deputes from any meddling with or uplifting of the same since the time aforesaid.

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