The benefit of pacification granted to John Richardson

Our sovereign lord, with advice and consent of the three estates of parliament, for good considerations moving his highness tending to the quietness of this realm, and of his special grace and favour, has given and granted and, by the tenor of this present act, with advice and consent aforesaid, gives and grants to John Richardson, saddler, burgess of Edinburgh, the like grace, benefit and favour as is contained in the pacification made at Perth on 23 February 1572 [1573] between his highness's commissioners on that one part, and the late George [Gordon], earl of Huntly, and certain his colleagues on that other part, ratified and approved in his highness's parliament held at Edinburgh in the month of April 1573; and has ordained the said pacification to be as largely and favourably extended in his favour for the security of him, his life, lands, heritages, 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 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 this present pacification now given and granted to the said John and that the same be as largely and amply extended to him as the same is or shall be extended to the said George, earl of Huntly, his colleagues or any others named in the said first pacification and as if he were specially nominated in the same, providing that the same extend not to the murders of [Henry Stewart, lord Darnley], our said sovereign lord's late dearest father, and [James Stewart, earl of Moray and Matthew Stewart, earl of Lennox], his two regents, but he to be answerable thereof as appropriate, notwithstanding this pacification.

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