Anent schuiting and beiring of culveringis and daggis

Item, forsamekle as be the use of culveringis, daggis, pistolettis and sic uther ingynes of fyre wark ar not onlie of the lovabill constitutiounis of this realme in slaying of wylde beistis and foulis forbiddin, bot als diveris our soverane lordis liegis ar schamefullie and cruellie murthourit, slaine and hurt, quhilkis utherwyse war abill to mak defence sufficientlie for thame selfis at all tymes of persute, as hes bene laitlie sene within this burgh of Edinburgh; and for eschewing and remeid thairof in tyme cuming, it is statute and ordanit be our soverane lord, with avise and consent of my lord regent and thre estatis of this present parliament, that na maner of person nor personis of quhatsumever estate, degre or conditioun thay be of schuit with culveringis, daggis, pistolettis or ony uther gunnis or ingynis of fyre wark in ony pairt of this realme, nouther to burgh nor to land (except sic as for pastyme will schuit within thair inner clois and yaird adjacent thairto, and marinaris and sic as hantis the seyis, being actuallie upon the samin, for defence of thair bodyis and gudis), under the paine of cutting of thair rycht hand; and siclyke that na maner of person nor personis of quhatsumever estate, conditioun or degre thay be of beir, weir or use ony culveringis, daggis, pistolettis or ony uther sic ingyne of fyre wark upon thair personis or in thair cumpany with thame, privatlie or oppinlie, outwith housis without licence of our soverane lord and my lord regent had and obtenit thairupon, under the paine foirsaid; provyding alwayis that the capitanis and men of weir serving our soverane lord and his regent foirsaid actuallie in his hienes wagis, nor yit the liegis of this realme, asweill in regalitie as royaltie, at wappinschawing, nor the provest, bailleis and inhabitantis of the burgh of Edinburgh, or utheris burrowis of this realme, chargeit be our soverane lordis authoritie to assembleis, wappinschawingis and conventionis for furthsetting of his hienes service and effairis in the tyme thairof, nor yit nane of our soverane lordis liegis in thair cuming, remaning, or departing to and fra ony hoistis, weiris, armyis, raidis, wappinschawingis, or assembleis, being speciallie and expreslie commandit and chargeit to that effect be his hienes letteris and authoritie, wardanis meitand, at dayis of trew and siclyke thay that ar followand theifis in defence of steilling of leill mennis gudis, and in rescours thairof, sall not be apprehendit under this present act.

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