Procedure: ratification of king's writ of exception and reservation

Our sovereign lord in parliament, with the authority of the three estates of his realm, ratifies and approves this writing underwritten and wills that the same have strength and effect after the form and tenor of the same in all points, of which the tenor follows:

We, moved of filial love due to our dearest mother, [Margaret Tudor], the queen, and also out of equity, having consideration how Archibald [Douglas], earl of Angus has wrongfully taken over the mails and profits of diverse of her lordships and lands since the sentence of divorce led between them, and diverse other actions which our said dearest mother has and may have against the said earl, as well before the said divorce as since then, therefore we grant and will by these words that all actions and rights to which our said dearest mother has just title and might recover upon the said earl by justice, if he were not forfeited, be excepted and reserved to her in his forfeiture; and by the tenor thereof, we except and reserve the same and give her just interest thereto, commanding and charging our justice or justice clerks to except and reserve the said actions and rights whatsoever to our dearest mother in the doom of forfeiture to be given upon the said earl in this present parliament, so that what sums of money that may be liquidated and made known that the said earl is owing to our said dearest mother shall be apprised on what lordships and lands that pertained to the said earl as she shall best please to name and choose, and to be assigned to her until she is paid of the same; and wills that this present writ of exception and reservation be registered in the books of council pronounced and admitted in parliament foresaid. Subscribed with our hand at Edinburgh, 4 September 1528 and of our reign the 15th year. James Rex.

  1. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.70r-v. Back