Anent cunyie

Item, forsamekle as the ordouring of the cunyiehous and forgeing of money within this realme is ane mater of greit importance to the haill liegis thairof, as may appeir be diveris actis maid in our soverane lordis predecessouris parliamentis of befoir, and seing the greit necessitie now requyrit for having of gude and sufficient cunyie within the realme, seing the gude silver, as testonis and uther auld silver, utterlie meltit and distroyit, swa that the unce of silver is at dowbill price that it wount to be at within thir lait dayis, quhairthrow the realme is utterlie impoverit be evill cunyie; thairfoir, it is declarit in this present parliament that our soverane lord, with avise of my lord regent, may cause prent and cunyie gold and silver of sic fynes as utheris cuntreis dois, to pas within this realme to the liegis of the samin; and that na prent nor cunyie of ony layit money be maid or cunyieit in ony tyme cuming, but avise of the thre estatis of parliament. And siclyke our soverane lord, with avise of my lord regent and thre estatis foirsaidis, ordanis that na maner of gold nor silver alreddy cunyieit within this realme be meltit nor brokin downe in the cunyiehous, or utherwise in ony tyme heirefter, under the paine of confiscatioun of the half of the gudis of the awner and melter for the first fault, and gif the melter be not responsall, to puneis his person at the discretioun of the justice; and the secund fault, confiscatioun of thair haill gudis.

  1. The Actis of King James the Sext, printed by R. Lekprevick (Edinburgh, 1568), ff.16v-17r. 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