The benefit of pacification granted to John Mossman, burgess of Edinburgh

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's authority within this realm, has given and granted and, by the tenor hereof, gives and grants to John Mossman, burgess of Edinburgh, eldest lawful son to the late James Mossman, goldsmith of the said burgh, the like favour, grace and benefit of pacification, so that he may possess and enjoy the like privilege and conditions as 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 in April 1573, and declares the same pacification to be as largely and favourably extended and interpreted in favour of the said John, for the security of him, his life, lands, goods, heritages, rooms and possessions, so that he may possess and enjoy the same with all privileges and commodities likewise and in the same manner as his said late father might have done before his decease, and restores and rehabilitates and makes the said John as lawful to enter by brieves of our sovereign lord's chapel to all lands, rooms and possessions which his said late father had of before, or whereunto he may or ought to succeed as heir to his said late father; given and conveyed to whatsoever person or persons through process and doom of forfeiture led against the said the late James, his father, as if he and his said late father had been specially nominated and comprehended in the said pacification, or as if the whole articles, clauses and conditions thereof were herein expressly specified. And for his better security, [our said sovereign] lord, with advice aforesaid, has ratified and approved and, by the tenor hereof, ratifies and approves the aforesaid pacification given and granted to the said John Mossman, in manner above-written, in all forms, after the form and tenor thereof, and declares the same to have full effect, strength and force in time coming, notwithstanding the forfeiture led against the said late father, likewise and as freely in all sorts and respects as if the said late father had not been forfeited, and extends the same pacification to the said John, as the same is extended to any other person of before, obtainer of the like benefit, providing always that the same extend not to the murders of [Henry Stewart, lord Darnley], our sovereign lord's dearest father, and [James Stewart, earl of Moray and Matthew Stewart, earl of Lennox], his two regents, nor to the crimes of witchcraft and incest, but by this act specially and expressly excepts the same, and ordains the lords of council to direct letters hereupon, if need be, in the appropriate form.

  1. NAS, PA2/12, f108v.. Back
  2. APS interpolation. Back