Apud Dundee, decimo tertio Maii anno etc. lxxxxvijo

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Legislation
Act anent the custumes etc.

Forsamekle as it is undirstand to the kingis majestie, his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis presentlie convenit that the subjectis of all foreyne nationis quhilkis bringis and transportis ony kind of claith or uthiris wairis or marchandice frome ony foreyne cuntrey to thair awne native cuntrey hes bene in use and yit still continewis in the payment of certane custum or uther exactioun thairfoir, cheiflie at the tyme of thair arryvaill and incuming within the sam, and almaist few or nane of the subjectis of ony realme exemit thairfra, the subjectis of this cuntrey only except, quha be ressoun of ane allegeit bipast immunitie clames the previlege of exemptioun, albeit it can not be denyit bot his majestie is a free prince of a soverane pouer, haveing als grite liberteis and prerogatives be the lawis of his realme and privilege of his crowne and diadame as ony uther king, prince or potestate quhatsumevir, and thairfoir aucht to have the lyke custum and exactioun for intertenying of his princelie porte of all claith and uthiris wairis and mercheandice quhatsumevir tobe brocht within this realme be his hienes subjectis at all tyme heireftir, and the rather seing the present necessitie swa requiris. For quhilk purpois, his majestie, with advise of his saidis nobilitie, counsall and esteatis, hes thocht meit, concludit and ordanit that all claith and uthiris wairis and marcheandice tobe brocht within this realme fra all foreyne nationis sall pay the custum following at the tyme of thair arryvaill and entrie thairin in all tyme cuming, that is to say xij deneiris of every pundis worth of all sortis of the saidis wairis; and to this effect, his hienes and his saidis nobilitie, counsaill and esteatis gevis full pouer and commissioun to the lordis auditouris of his chekker and uthiris of his nobilitie and counsale to the noumer alwayes of xj personis at the leist to sett down the A. B. C. of the custum of all claith and uthiris wairis and marcheandice quhilkis salbe brocht and entir within this realme yeirlie heireftir. With power lykwayes to thame to sett pryceis upoun the saidis wairis, conforme to the quhilk the custumaris tobe appointit be his majestie to that effect sall uplift custom thairof and to mak all uthiris ordinanceis necessair for the ease of the marcheantis and suirtie of his hienes custum in the executioun of the premises; as alsua of sic uther guidis tobe transportit furth of this realme as ar not expressit in the A. B. C. alreddy maid. And siclike to tak the lyke ordour anent the pryceis of the seillis and writtaris thairto, and to the signet and of the pryceis of the chalmer feis and quhat kynd of signatouris and infeftmentis aucht to pay chalmer fee, provyding alwayes that thair be nane upoun the taking of the said ordour anent the saidis seillis and pryceis of writtingis that ar of that calling or hes ony entres thairin. And that the saidis commissionaris convene to this effect within the burgh of Edinburgh upoun the first day of Junii nixtocum.

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Act anent the custumes and bulyeoun

The kingis majestie, with avise of his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis presentlie convenit, hes ordanit and ordanis all actis of parliament maid anent the payment to his hienes of his majesteis custumes and maner of custuming thairof in weying, noumering and telling of the guidis custumable tobe putt to dew executioun heireftir according to the tennour of the same in all pointis and A. B. C. gevin to the custumaris to the same effect of befoir comptand fra the date of the act maid be his majestie, his nobilitie, counsaill and esteatis quhilkis convenit at the burgh of Perth upoun the fyft day of Marche lastbipast, gevand commissioun to certane of his majesties trusty counsallouris to tak ordour anent the saidis custumes to this present day and at all tymes heireftir. And inlykmaner that bulyeoun salbe brocht hame for the furnissing of his hienes cunyiehouse and tobe collectit be the custumaris, inbrocht and delyverit be thame to the maister cunyeour according to the lawis and actis of parliament maid anent the quantitie thairof and sortis of wairis for the quhilkis the samin sould be brocht in. With provisioun that forsamekle as his hienes money sen the last act maid anent the bulyeoun is rased fra the price of fourty schillingis the unce, tobe now at fifty schillingis the unce, that everie unce of brunt silver of utter fyne at xij deneiris quhilk the marcheantis sall bring in to the cunyiehouse, the maister cunyeour salbe astricted to redeliver to thame ane unce of silver of his majesteis present current money at xj deneiris. And incais the bulyeoun sua brocht in be the saidis maircheantis be not utter fyne at xij deneiris, thay salbe haldin to supplie it be augmentatioun of the quantitie thairof, and, swa makand it be compt and augmentatioun tobe of the fynnes of xij deneiris, sall ressave for everie unce frome his majesteis maister cunyeour ane unce of his hienes cunyie of xj deneiris.

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Act anent the restreaning of woll

The kingis majestie, with avise of his nobilitie, counsaill and esteatis presentlie convenit, ratifeis, apprevis and confermis the act of parliament maid be his hienes and his esteatis for the tyme anent the restreaning and retening within this realme of all the woll quhilk growis within the same in all and sindrie pointis, articlis and clauses thairin contenit; and ordanis the said act tobe putt to dew executioun in all pointis aganis the contravenaris thairof, nochtwithstanding ony licenceis or uther dispensatioun grantit be his hienes in the contrair; quhilkis licenceis and dispensationis, strenth and effect thairof his majestie annullis and dischargeis simpliciter be thir presentz, promitting on nawayes to grant ony sic licence or dispensatioun at ony tyme heireftir. And that craftismen, strangearis, be brocht hame within this cuntrey for workeing of the said woll within the same for the commoun wele and proffeit thairof in tyme cuming.

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Act anent the restreaning off the hamebringing off Inglis claith

The kingis majestie, his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis presentlie convenit, foirseing the grite hurte and inconvenient quhilk the commounwele of this realme dalie sustenis throu the unproffitable trade usit be maircheantis in the hamebringing of Inglis claith and uthairis Inglis wairis and maircheandice maid of woll, the same claith haveand onlie for the maist parte ane outwarde shaw, wantand the substance and strenth quhilk oftymes it appeiris to have, and being ane of the cheiff causes of the transporting of all gold and silver furth of this realme and consequentlie of the grite scarsitie and present derth of the cunyie now current within the samyn, seing that kynd of exchange cannot weill be intertenyit be ony lauchfull trade or uthiris wairis or marcheandice to be transportit furth of this realme, quhilkis be the lawis of the sam ar not alreddy prohibite and forbiddin; and thairfoir his majestie, with avise of his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis foirsaidis, hes thocht meit and convenient to restreane the hamebringing within this realme off all Inglis claith or utheris Inglis wairis or marcheandice maid of woll in tyme cuming, and ordanis lettres to be direct chargeing officiaris of armes to pas and mak publicatioun heirof be oppin proclamatioun at the mercat croceis of the heid burrowis of this realme and uthiris placeis neidfull, quhairthrow nane pretend ignorance thairof; and to command and charge all his hienes liegis, off quhat estate, qualitie or degree that evir they be of, that nane of thame tak upoun hand to by or bring hame within this realme tobe sauld ony kynd of Inglis claith or uthiris Inglis wairis or marcheandice maid of woll at ony tyme heireftir, undir the pane of confiscatioun of the same claith and marcheandice and all uthiris the movable guidis of the hamebringaris to his majesteis use. Certifeing thame and thay failyie or do in the contrair, that the same claith and movable guidis salbe confiscat and intrommettitwith with all rigour and extremitie in example of uthairis.

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Procedure: commission
Commissioun for setting the priceis of the cunyie

The kingis majestie, with avise of his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis presentlie convenit, gevis and grantis full pouer and commissioun, expres bidding and charge to Walter, lord Blantyre, thesaurair, Schir Archibald Naper of Edinbillie, knicht, Johne Arnot, Henrie Nesbitt, Thomas Foullis, Williame Naper, Francis Naper, George Hereot, eldair, or ony fyve of thame conjunctlie, to sett doun ane table of the prices of all gold and silver usuallie inbrocht within this realme according to the avale, wecht and fynnes thairof quhilk his majesties maister cunyeour salbe astrictit to pay to the inbringaris thairof heireftir; and that the same table be affixt oppinlie in the hous of exchange quhairthrou the samin may the bettir cum to the knaulege of his hienes subjectis at all occasionis, ferme and stable halding and for to hald all and quhatsumevir thingis thay sall lauchtfullie do heirin etc.

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Legislation
Act anent annualrentis etc.

Forsamekle as the exhorbitant proffeitt and usurie tane for the lane of money is not onlie be the law of God condampnit bot lykwise be his majesteis lawis and actis of parliament restreanit, and now undirstanding the grite and enorme hurte quhilk his majesteis subjectis hes sustenit be the oversicht of rigorous okkeraris thir divers [yeiris] bigane, speciallie sen the derth of victuall hes increscit sua that the personis quha lute thair money to proffeit, not content to ressave the ordinair annuelrent thairfoir in silver prescrivit be the act of parliament extending to ten for ilk hundreth, or samekle victuall as micht ansuer in commoun price to the proportioun of the said annuelrent, bot under pretext of the said act of parliament, haveing vindecat to thame selffis greiter libertie to exact mair rigorous proffeitt, hes compellit the ressavearis of the money to pay in tyme of derth the annuelrent of tua, three or foure bollis victuall yeirlie for ilk hundreth markis money, quhairby the proffeit and annualrent payit in victuaill is ather equivalent to the principall sowme, at the leist exceidis threttie, fourtie or fifty for the hundreth, to the extreame wrack of the puir lieges; quha, for releiff of thair present necessitie, ar compellit to yeild to quhatsumevir unlauchfull conditioun of proffeitt the creditour pleises impoise, ather directlie be infeftment or indirectlie be band, contract or uthir forme of securitie maliciouslie divisit to cullour sic ungodlie and inordinate okkare not tollerable in ane reformit and Christeane commounwele and expres contrair the meaning of the said act of parliament. And seing it becumis his majestie of his princelie dewtie not to suffir his lawis and actis of parliament establissed in favour and for the conforte of his majesties subjectis tobe convertit to thair hurte, as ane snair to involve thame in greitair miserie, bot rather that his majesty and his esteatis, as authoris of the law, sould expone and interprete the meaning thairof aggreablie to the occasioun for the quhilk the same wes statute, and that his majesteis lawis sould not appeir to include a contrarietie or permitt that indirectlie quhilk be the expres wordis and ressoun of the law is forbidden, his majestie, with avise of his esteatis, hes thocht expedient to mak manifest and declair to his hienes subjectis that the said act of parliament maid in the parliament haldin at Edinburgh upoun the [...] day of [...] the yeir of God jM vC [...] yeiris anent annuelrentis, ordaning the annuelrent of ten markis tobe payit for ilk hundreth, or certane bollis of victuaill answerand then in price thairto, wes establissed in favour and for releiff of the puir lieges opprest with sic intollerable okkarie, quhairin the intentioun of his majestie and his esteatis wes that the silver and victuall quhilk wes then of a law price sould be reduceit to ane certane correspondence, makand the silver annuell as the price of the annuelrent of victuaill, swa that the proffeitt micht keip ane ressounable proportioun with the stok, answerand ather in victuall or in silver to ten for ilk hundreth as the price of victuaill wes then, and not to giff occasioun to insatiable creditouris with the derth of the victuaill to incresce thair crueltie be the miserie of the puir lieges in thair necessitie, and to uplift for small principall sowmes sic exhorbitant proffeit as the price of victuaill in tyme of derth wald extend to; the quhilk inordinat doing, the kingis majestie and his esteatis presentlie convenit, movit be the havie complaint of the lieges to repres, and willing to putt remeid thairto in tyme cuming, hes statute and ordanit that nane of his lieges tak upoun hand at ony tyme heireftir to tak ony greiter proffeit or annuelrent for the lane of money, ather be infeftment or be band and contract directlie or indirectlie bot ten for the hundreth, under the pane of confiscatioun of all thair movable guides and geir, and tobe uthairwise punist in thair personis as commoun okkeraris according to the lawis; and, for that effect, tobe callit and persewit at particulair dietis befoir the justice and his deputes to undirly the law for the samyn. And for this effect, that all infeftmentis, contractis or obligationis maid for payment of annuelrent of victuaill at ony tyme befoir the date heirof, that the victuall thairin contenit salbe reduceit in tyme cuming eftir the publicatioun heirof to sic conformitie of price as sall ansuer to ten for the hundreth allanerlie, swa that the pairtie addebtit payand ten for the hundreth, the same salbe als lauchfull as giff thay had payit the victuaill contenit in the saidis infeftmentis. And becaus thair is divers personis quha in defraude of the said act of parliament and meaning thairof heirin declairit obtenis thame selffis infeft in the propirtie of landis for small sowmes of money under reversioun, and settis tak bak agane to the heritour or uthiris to his behuiff for payment of ane grite dewitie in silver or victuaill far exceeding the said proffeit of ten for ilk hundreth; as alsua be contract, band or obligatioun makes simulat forme of bying and selling of victuaill tobe delyverit at ane certane day, and, failyeing thairof, certane heich priceis liquidat theirin, off intentioun onlie in defraude of the said act to recover with thair principall sowme sic exhorbitant okkare and proffeit as is directlie foirbiddin heirin. As lykwayes thair is divers personis quha the tyme of the debursing of the said sowme quhilk thay latt to proffeitt aggreis with the pairtie for the usurie and okkare far exceeding the ordinair annuelrent foirsaid, and retenis the same in thair handis and takis thair securitie be plane forme of obligatioun or uthirwayes of the haill sowme tobe payit at ane certane terme as gif na sic exhorbitant proffeitt and okkare had bene deduceit or allowit thairin, thairfoir, and for remeid of the foirsaidis and siclike fraudis divisit for the circumventioun of the liegis, the lawis and actis maid in thair favouris for repressing of sic inordinat okkare exceeding the quantitie foersaid, it is statute and ordanit that all sic infeftmentis, bandis, contractis or obligationis quhilkis salhappin tobe maid in maner foirsaid eftir the publicatioun heirof, in defraude of the saidis actis and statutis and for circumventioun of the liegis astrictand thame to pay forder proffeit in silver nor according to ten for the hundreth or mair silver nor may be answerable in price to the annuellrent in silver foirsaid, in maner abonespecifeit, salbe null and of nane avale, force nor effect, as giff the samin had nevir bene maid, nochtwithstanding quhatsumevir uthir cullourit or pretendit claus be insert thairin; and the said nullitie upoun the caus foirsaid tobe ressavit summarlie, alswele be way of exceptioun and reply as be way of actioun, and to be tryit be the aith of pairtie and all uthir lauchfull probatioun conjoned thairwith competent of the law quhairby the said unlauchfull okkare may be verifeit to the juge, and the said nullitie tobe persewit be the pairtie, his airis, executouris and assignais with concurrence of the kingis advocat aganis the creditour, his airis, executouris and assignais nochtwithstanding quhatsumevir ratificatioun of the band and infeftment or renunciation of the said actions grantit be the pairtie, quhairin it sall not be lesum to him to transact without his majesteis consent and licence grantit to that effect. And the said infeftment, band and obligations being reduceit, the kingis majestie and his donatour to have undoubtit richt to the principall sowme quhilk was delyverit, togidder with the ordinair annuelrent of all yeiris and termes bigane unpayit; and the pairtie to have repetitioun of quhatsumevir exhorbitant proffeitt he has payit exceiding the ordinair annuell foirsaid incais he concur with his hienes advocat in the said reductions, uthirwayes tobe debarrit frome the repetitioun of ony soumes payit be him. The kingis majestie alwayes, his advocat and donatour to have full richt in thair personis to persew the reductions and annulling of the saidis securiteis for the causes foirsaidis, albeit the principall pairtie refuse to concur with thame thairin. And that lettrez of publicatioun be direct heirupoun in forme as effeiris.

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Act dischargeing the transporting of grite burnecoill etc.

Forsamekle as it is undirstand to the kingis majestie, his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis presentlie convenit that the grite burnecoill ar commounlie transportit furth of this realme, not onlie be his hienes awne subjectis bot be strangearis quha at all tymes laidnis thair schippis and utheris veschellis thairwith, and transportis the same at thair plesure, usand the same as a commoun trade, altogidder without his majesteis licence or permissioun, to the grite hurte of the commounwele and expres aganis his hienes lawis, actis of parliament and sindrie proclamationis maid in the contrair. For remeid quhairof in tyme cuming, his majestie, with advise of his saidis nobilitie, counsaill and esteatis foirsaidis, ordanis lettrez to be direct chargeing officiaris of armes to pas, command and charge all and sindrie personis, alsweill strangearis as uthiris borne subjectis of this realme, be oppin proclamatioun at the mercat croceis of the heid burrowis of the same, that nane of thame tak upoun hand to transporte ony grite burnecoill furth of this realme at ony tyme heireftir, nor yit ladin thair schippis, crearis or utheris veschellis thairwith tobe transportit as said is, undir the pane of confiscatioun of the same coillis, crearis, schippis and uthiris veschellis to his majesteis use. Certifeing thame and thay do in the contrair, that the same coillis, schippis, crearis and veschellis salbe confiscat and intromettitwith all rigour and extremitie in example of uthiris; and, to this effect, to command and charge the provestis and baillies of the saidis burrowis, custumaris and sercheouris quhatsumevir to serche, seik, tak and apprehend all and sindrie personis, contravenaris heirof, keip and caus retene thair personis in warde within thair tolbuithis, fens and arreist thair schippis, crearis and veschellis, tak the saillis fra the rais and keip thame undir arreistment at his majesteis instance, quhairthrow thay departe not, notifeand thair names to his hienes that his majestie may giff forder directioun towardis thame as appertenis as the saidis provestis, baillies, custumaris and sercheouris will ansuer to his hienes upoun thair office and obedience.

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Act anent the cunyie

The kingis majestie, his nobilitie, counsaill and esteatis presentlie convenit, considering the present scairsitie of cunyeit money now current within this realme and the grite derth and exhorbitant pryceis quhairunto all sortis of gold and silver, alswele forayne as of his hienes awne cunyie, ar presentlie redactit be the libertie quhilk all sortis and degreis of personis takis at thair awne handis in rasing of the priceis of all gold and silver at thair plesour, far abone the just avale prescrivit in his hienes lawis, actis and proclamationis maid thairanent, be the quhilk forme of doing, and be the unlauchfull transporting of cunyie at all tymes furth of this realme, grite disordour and confusioun hes bene intertenyit and is liklie dalie to incresce, to the hurte of the commounwele and grite contempt of his hienes and his authoritie giff the lawis alreddy maid heiranent sall not be putt to dew execution in all pointis according to the tennour thairof with all convenient expeditioun. And thairfoir his majestie, with avise of his nobilitie, counsall and esteatis foirsaidis, has thocht meit, concludit and ordanit and be thir presentis concludis and ordanis that the lawis alreddy maid anent the dischargeing of the dalie rasing of the priceis of gold and silver salbe of new intimat to all and sindrie his hienes liegis be oppin proclamatioun at the mercat croceis of the heid burrowis of this realme and all uthiris placeis neidfull, quhairthrou nane pretend ignorance thairof, and that all and sindrie personis, transgressouris of the saidis lawis in rasing of the saidis priceis, salbe callit, tryit and punist thairfoir with all extremitie. And forder, that his hienes, with avise of his nobilitie, counsaill and esteatis foirsaidis, hes thocht meit to declair and mak it manifest that fra the xvij day of Maii instant the unce of silver cunyeit in x s. peceis and uther smallair peceis of xj d[enier] fyne cunyeit according to the last act of parliament sall stand at fifty schillings; and the auld xxx s. peceis, being of the lyke wecht and fynnes, at the same price; and the new xxx s. peceis, being three quarteris of ane unce, at xxxvij s. vj d.; and the auld and new xx and x s. peceis according thairto pro rata; and the unce of gold of xxij carrett fyne, being his hienes awne cunyie of v lib. and l s. peceis, sall alsua stand at xxx pund the unce. And forder, that the spaceis of money and fynnes thairof, to witt: of xj d[enier] fyne in silver and xxij carrett fyne in gold, salbe cunyeit and have course heireftir conforme to the act of parliament maid thairanent. And that all maircheantis or uthiris personis, transportaris of the same furth of this realme, be tryit and punist according to the saidis lawis and actis foirsaidis; and siclike that na foreyne cunyie of gold or silver salhave course amang his hienes liegis heireftir, bot haillelie inbrocht to serve as bulyeoun to his majesteis cunyiehous. And that all gold, silver or uthir cunyie quhilk salbe brocht within this realme heireftir, quhairunto his hienes subjectis ar astrictit to bring in be his majesteis lawis as bulyeoun, the unce thairof being of xij deneiris or be ane basser being suppleit be compt and quantitie tobe worth xij deneiris, the maircheantis, inbringaris thairof, salhave ane unce of his hienes awne cunyie of xj deneiris for every unce of bulyeoun brocht in maner foirsaid, and of all uther forayne cunyie that thay sall voluntarlie bring in to the cunyiehouse of the said ordinarie bulyeoun, that thair be onlie the xxx d. thairof retenit to his majesteis proffeitt. And that lettrez be direct chargeing officiaris of armes to pas and mak publicatioun of all and sindrie the premises to all his hienes liegis in maner foirsaid; as alsua to command and charge all the saidis liegis to conforme thame selffis in this mater of the cunyie to the will, declaratioun and determinatioun of his majestie, his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis foisaidis and on nawayes tak upoun hand to infringe, brek or contravene the sam in ony point as thay will answer to his hienes upoun thair obediens at thair uttermost charge and perrell and undir the panes prescrivit in his hienes lawis, actis and proclamationis foirsaidis tobe execute upoun thame without favour. And to this effect, that the thesaurair or his deputis insist and seik the executioun of the panis and punishementis prescrivit in the saidis lawis aganis the contravenaris thairof with all rigour and extremitie as thay will answer to his hienes upoun thair office and obedience, and that the generall maister cunyeour, wardane, counter wardane, assayair, sinkare, meltair, forgeair and all uthiris officiaris of his hienes cunyiehouse proceid to the cunyeing, strykeing and forgeing of new cunyie according to the lawis alreddy maid and this present act and ordinance as thay will answer to his hienes upoun thair office, and to the effect his majesteis subjectis may be resolvit of the priceis of all gold and silver tobe brocht be thame within this realme and quhilk the maister cunyeour salbe astrictit to pay to thame conforme to the tennour of thir presentis, he salbe astrictit to have oppinlie affixt in the house of exchange ane autentik table tobe maid be his hienes commissionaris appointit to that effect, contening the perticulair pryceis of all spaceis of foreyne gold and silver usuallie inbrocht within this cuntrey according to the availl, wecht and fynnes thairof; and that the clerk of his hienes register caus imprent thir presentis and all uthairis actis maid concerning the cunyie, custumes and bulyeoun, quhairthrou his hienes subjectis pretend na ignorance thairof.

  1. NAS, PC1/16, 537. Back
  2. NAS, PC1/16, 537-538. Back
  3. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  4. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  5. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  6. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  7. NAS, PC1/16, 539-540. Back
  8. APS interpolation. Back
  9. NAS, PC1/16, 540. Back
  10. NAS, PC1/16, 540-541. Back
  11. NAS, PC1/16, 541. Back
Act anent the cunyie

The kingis majestie, with advise of his nobilitie, counsale and esteatis presentlie convenit, considdering how that be the grite scairsitie off small penneyis presentlie current within this realme, not onlie is the exchange of gold and silver and of all uther sortis of wairis and marcheandice quhilkis commounlie hes bene entertenyit amangis his hienes subjectis gritlie impedit and hinderit, bot the puir commoun people quhais indigence and miserie hes bene relevit be the supporte and confort quhilk oftymes thai ressave be the liberalitie of sic as wer movit to pitie thair estate, hurte and prejugeit, and the said exchange liklie with tyme altogidder to decay, to the grite hurte of the commoun wele giff tymous remeid be not providit. And thairfoir his majestie, being movit of pitie and commiseratioun towardis the puir, without respect to ony proffeit or commoditie to redound to his hienes, as indeid his majestie nather seikis nor gettis na kynd of commoditie be the cunyie following, hes, with avise of his nobilitie, counsaill and esteatis, thocht meit, concludit and resolvit that thair salbe ane hundreth stane wecht of copper (unmixt with ony uther kynd of mettale) wrocht and forgeit in ane miln, and be the said miln maid reddy to the prenting eftir the accustumat forme of his majesties cunyiehouse, with pyle and cursell quhairthrou the same be not counterfute, for making of the said exchange and releiff of the indigence and miserie of the puir in penny and twa penny peceis, ilk twa penny pece weyand three deneir and ilk penny pece weyand ane deneir, tuelff granes, quhairof threescoir foure peceis of the saidis tua penny peceis tobe in the mark wecht, with twa of the saidis twa penny peceis of remeid of wecht, alswele havy as licht, on the mark wecht thairof, and saxscoir aucht peceis of the saidis penny peceis to be in the mark wecht, with foure of the saidis penny peceis of remeid of weight, alswele havie as licht, on the mark wecht of the samyn, haveing on the ane syde the kingis face, bair heidit, with this circumscriptioun: 'Jacobus 6 D. G. Rex Scotorum', and on the uther syde, three thrissillis distinct, with this circumscriptioun: 'Oppidum Edinburgi'; and the saidis spaceis to have course amangis his hienes liegis for twa pennyis and ane penny ilk pece. Be it alwayes undirstand that nane of his majesties subjectis sall be astricted to ressave the said kynd of copper money in payment of debtis or utheris bloikis, wairis or marcheandice above the valu of tuelff pennyis ilk pund, and swa furth pro rata of all soumes grite and small. And ordanis lettres tobe direct chargeing officiaris of armes to pas and mak publicatioun heirof be oppin proclamatioun at the mercat croceis of the heid burrowis of this realme and uthiris placeis neidfull, quhairthrou nane pretend ignorance of the sam; and to command and charge all his hienes liegis to ressave the saidis copper peceis in payment of all blokis, debtis, wairis and marcheandice in maner foirsaid, and on nawayes to refuis the samin undir quhatsumevir cullour or pretense under the pane of tressoun. And that the maister cunyeour, wardane, counter wardane and sinkair proceid to the workeing, forgeing and printing of the said copper cunyie in maner foirsaid as thay will answer to his majestie thairupoun.

  1. NAS, PC1/16, 537. Back
  2. NAS, PC1/16, 537-538. Back
  3. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  4. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  5. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  6. NAS, PC1/16, 538. Back
  7. NAS, PC1/16, 539-540. Back
  8. APS interpolation. Back
  9. NAS, PC1/16, 540. Back
  10. NAS, PC1/16, 540-541. Back
  11. NAS, PC1/16, 541. Back