The benefits of the pacification granted to Adam MacCulloch, sometime Marchmont herald

Our sovereign lord, of his special grace, with advice and consent of the three estates of this present [parliament], for 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 the said Adam MacCulloch, burgess of Edinburgh, the like favour, grace and benefit of pacification, so that he may possess and enjoy the privileges and conditions contained in the pacification made and accorded upon at the burgh of Perth on 23 February 1572 [1573], and since ratified and approved the same in his highness's parliament held at Edinburgh in April 1573, and declares the same pacification to be as largely and favourably extended and interpreted in favour of the said Adam MacCulloch, for surety of him, his life and possessing of his honours, offices and liberties, as if he had been specially nominated and comprehended therein, or as if the whole articles, clauses and conditions of the said pacification 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 Adam MacCulloch in manner above-written, in all points, after the form and tenor thereof, and declares the same to have full strength, force and effect in time coming, and extends the same pacification to him as the same is extended to any other person of before, obtainer of the like, providing always that the same be not extended to the murders of [Henry Stewart, lord Darnley], our sovereign lord's 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 also providing that the giving of this present pacification and confirmation thereof in no way hurt nor prejudice Gilbert Guthrie, now Marchmont herald, concerning the possessing of the office thereof during his lifetime, according to the said Adam MacCulloch's renunciation and discharge following, subscribed with his hand, of the which the tenor follows:

I, Adam MacCulloch, sometime Marchmont herald, now Orkney herald, by the tenor hereof, is content and consent that in the pacification to be granted to me by our sovereign lord at this present parliament there shall be specially reserved and excepted the office of Marchmont herald, which was conveyed by my forfeiture in the late troubles to Gilbert Guthrie, now Marchmont herald, during all the days of his lifetime, without prejudice of the rest of the benefits of the said pacification and of the first ordinary place to be given to me that shall happen to become vacant; renouncing and discharging all right, title, interest and kindness which I have or may have to the said office of Marchmont herald during the said Gilbert's lifetime in his favour by this act, subscribed with my hand at Edinburgh on 16 November 1581, before these witnesses: Robert Menzies of Pitfodels, provost of Aberdeen, Master Thomas Menzies of Durne, Alexander Hay, burgess of Aberdeen, William Henderson, constable depute and William MacCartney, writer. It is thus subscribed, Adam MacCulloch, Orkney herald, with my hand.

  1. NAS, PA2/12, ff.110v-111r. Back
  2. APS interpolation. Back