Concerning those that shall bear public office hereafter

Item, the king's grace, with advice of [James Stewart, earl of Moray], my lord regent, and three estates of this present parliament, statutes and ordains that no manner of person nor persons be received in any time hereafter to bear public office removable of judgement within this realm, except such as professes the purity of religion and doctrine now presently established; and that none be permitted to procure nor be admitted notary, or created a member of court in any time coming, unless he likewise profess the evangel and religion aforesaid, providing always that this act be in no way extended to any manner of person or persons having their offices heritably or in liferent, but that they may use the same according to their infeftments and dispositions granted to them thereof.

  1. The Actis of King James the Sext, printed by R. Lekprevick (Edinburgh, 1568), f.12r. Bound with earlier parliamentary material at NLS, Black Acts, 1566-94, H.33.c.21, Scots Acts of Parliament, H.33.c.23 or Scots Acts, H.33.c.25. Back