Procedure: commission
Anent the jurisdictioun of the kirk

Item, anent the artickle proponit and gevin in be the kirk to my lord regent and the thre estatis of this present parliament anent the jurisdictioun justlie appertening to the trew kirk and immaculat spous of Jesus Christ, to be declarit and expressit, as the artickle at mair lenth is consavit, the kingis grace, with avise of my lord regent and thre estatis of this present parliament, hes declarit and grantit jurisdiction to the said kirk, quhilk consistis and standis in preicheing of the trew word of Jesus Christ, correctioune of maneris and administratioun of haly sacramentis, and declaris that thair is na uther face of kirk nor uther face of religioun than is presentlie, be the favour of God, establischeit within this realme; and that thair be na uther jurisdiction ecclesiasticall acknawlegeit within this realme uther than that quhilk is, and salbe, within the same kirk, or that quhilk flowis thairfra concerning the premissis. And forther, our soverane lord, with avise of my lord regent and thre estatis foirsaidis, hes gevin and gevis power and commissioun to Schir James Balfour of Pettindreich, knycht, priour of Pettinweme, Mark, commendatour of Newbottill, Johne, priour of Coldinghame, lord previe seill, Maister James Mackgill of Rankelour Nether, clerk of register, Williame Maitland, younger, of Lethingtoun, secretar to our soverane lord, Schir Johne Bellenden of Auchinoull, knycht, justice clerk, Johne Erskine of Dune, Maister Johne Spottiswod, superintendent of Lowithhiane, Johne Knox, Maister Johne Craig and Maister David Lindesay, ministeris of the worde of God, to seirche furth mair speciallie and to considder quhat uther speciall pointis or clausis sould appertene to the jurisdictioun, privilege and authoritie of the said kirk, and to declair thair myndis thairanentis to my lord regent and thre estatis of this realme at the nixt parliament, swa that thay may tak ordour thairintill and authoreis the samin be act of parliament, as salbe fund aggreabill to the word of God.

  1. The Actis of King James the Sext, printed by R. Lekprevick (Edinburgh, 1568), ff.12v-13r. Bound with earlier parliamentary material at NLS, Black Acts, 1566-94, H.33.c.21, Scots Acts of Parliament, H.33.c.23 or Scots Acts, H.33.c.25. Back