The benefit of pacification granted to [Andrew Leslie], earl of Rothes

Our sovereign lord, of his special grace, with advice and consent of the three estates of this present parliament, and upon weighty and good considerations tending to the establishing of peace and quietness and universal obedience of his highness and his authority within this realm, has given and granted and, by the tenor hereof, gives and grants to a noble and mighty lord, Andrew, earl of Rothes, lord Leslie, that he shall have, possess and enjoy the like favour, grace, benefit and privilege which are contained in the pacification made and accorded upon at the burgh of Perth on 23 February 1572 [1573], ratified and approved since in parliament; and decrees and ordains the said pacification to be as favourably and largely extended in his favour for the security of him, his life, lands, heritages, actions, causes, possessions, goods and gear whatsoever as if he were specially and expressly nominated therein, or as if the whole articles, clauses and conditions of the same were herein specially contained and expressed. And for the better security, our said sovereign lord, with advice of his said three estates, has ratified and approved and, by the tenor hereof, ratifies and approves the aforesaid pacification given and granted in manner above-written to the said earl, providing always that the same extend not to the murders of the late [Henry Stewart, lord Darnley], our said sovereign lord's dearest father, and James [Stewart], earl of Moray and Matthew [Stewart], earl of Lennox, regents to our sovereign lord for the time, but by this act specially and expressly excepts the same.

  1. NAS, PA2/12, f.50r. Back