Regarding the customs between Scotland and England

Our sovereign lord and estates of this present parliament statute and ordain that the farmers of the customs in Scotland do keep an original book of all the goods that are entered and shipped for England, the ship's name, place and master's name and to what port the ship is bound, and to keep the entries of every port by themselves, and every half year the farmers of Scotland to send a true copy of the same books to the farmers of England, and the farmers of England to do the like to the farmers of Scotland, and once yearly likewise to send the one to the other all the returns which come from either kingdom for discharge of their bonds, to examine if they be not falsified, which being examined shall be returned back again. Likewise, it is statute and ordained that the cocket do pass in the names of the principal owners of the goods loaded in every ship and not in poor men's names scarcely known in England. Item, that order may be taken that no gear nor merchandise be suffered to pass by land from Scotland into England nor from England into Scotland by the waste grounds and wasches. It is statute and ordained that all goods carried by land from Scotland to England or brought from England to Scotland may pass only by the ways of Berwick and Carlisle and by no other way, to prevent all fraud, and that all merchants do bring a certificate from the farmers' deputes of Edinburgh to the farmers' deputes of Berwick and Carlisle, and also the farmers' deputes of Berwick and Carlisle to give the like certificate for all goods passing those ways for Edinburgh or any other city or town in Scotland, and to keep original books thereof under the pain of warding of the persons of them who shall contravene this present act or any point thereof, and escheating and confiscation of the whole goods, gear and merchandise which any person or persons shall transport between Scotland and England otherwise than is prescribed in this present act.

  1. NAS, PA2/16, f.51v-52r. Back
  2. 'V 5' written in margin beside heading. Back
  3. Defined in DSL as a place liable to ambush. Back