18 August 1568

Procedure: preamble

The parliament of the most excellent prince James VI, by the grace of God, king of Scots, continued as the preceding acts contain more fully, now held by the magnificent prince James [Stewart], earl of Moray, lord Abernethy, etc., regent of the same kingdom, on 18 August 1568, the three estates being present, with Sir Simon Preston of that Ilk, justice general, William Henderson, constable depute, Monano Hog, marischal depute, Master John Cunningham, serjeant principal, and Andrew Lindsay, dempster. The suits called and the court fenced.

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Sederunt
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Judicial proceeding: summons of treason

The which day, in presence of [James Stewart, earl of Moray], my lord regent's grace, and three estates of parliament, compeared personally Master John Spence of Condie, advocate to our sovereign lord, and produced and presented the summons of treason underwritten, duly executed and endorsed, given under the testimonial of the great seal, upon John [Hamilton], sometime archbishop of St Andrews, Claud Hamilton, son to James [Hamilton], duke of Chatelherault, earl of Arran, lord Hamilton, etc., Alexander Hepburn of Whitsome, knight, Patrick Whitelaw of that Ilk, Master John Hamilton, brother to James Hamilton of Samuelston, James Hamilton of Sprouston, Frances Tennent of Lasswade, Patrick Hepburn of Kirklandhill, Harry Hepburn of Fortoun, Captain Robert Lauder, Master Thomas Hepburn, parson of Oldhamstocks, Andrew Hamilton of Goslington, knight, Andrew Hamilton of Cochno, John Hamilton, his son and apparent heir, John Hamilton of Stanehouse, Andrew Hamilton of Lickprivick, Master James Hamilton of Neilsland, Alexander Hamilton of Netherfield, brother to Sir James Hamilton of Crawfordjohn, knight, Robert Hamilton, chamberlain of Kilwinning, Toure Hamilton of Garan, James Hamilton of Roughbank, James Hamilton of Woodhall, John Hamilton of Coldcot, macer, David Hamilton, son to the goodman of Bothwellhaugh, Alexander Somerville of Tarbrax, Gilbert [Brown], abbot of New Abbey, Thomas [Campbell], abbot of Holywood, Ferdinand Home of Broomhouse, for certain crimes of treason and lese-majesty committed and done by the said persons and each one of them specified and contained in the summons of treason raised thereupon, and desired the said summons to be called so that justice might be done therein as is appropriate. And thereafter, the said summons being read in face of parliament in presence of the said lord regent's grace and three estates thereof, and the aforesaid persons respectively above-written being three sundry times called at the tolbooth window to have compeared this instant day, with continuation of days, in the parliament which was begun at Edinburgh, 11 July 1568, to have answered to the said summons; and the said persons and every one of them being lawfully called and none of them compearing, and immediately thereafter, the aforesaid whole summons of treason, with the executions and endorsements thereof, being read in presence of the said lord regent and three estates of parliament, and the aforesaid whole persons respectively above-written, being of new called at the said tolbooth window and none of them compearing as said is, the said advocate desired Peter Thomson, Islay herald, and John Paterson, Snowdon herald, to be received upon the probation of the endorsement and execution of the said summons of treason, which, being granted, the said Peter Thomson and John Paterson compeared personally and made faith that the executions made by them respectively upon the said persons respectively above-specified, and upon the days particularly contained therein, were just and true in the self, as the same purports; and for verifying also thereof, compeared personally John Dewar, William Morrison, Walter Pender, John Brown, pursuivant, Hugh Tennent, Andrew Wodderett, witnesses contained in their said endorsements, and also made faith that they were present, heard and saw the aforesaid executions made in manner contained in the said executions and endorsements, and the same was just and true in the self and that they were required witnesses thereto by the said officers. And likewise the said advocate produced letters given under our sovereign lord's signet, duly executed, relaxing all the aforesaid persons above-written from the process of horning led upon them and every one of them, for whatsoever cause bygone, so that they might, without any fear, compear and defend in the said cause, and repeated the notoriety of the whole cause contained in the said summons and therefore desired further process thereupon, upon the which whole premise above-written, the said advocate asked instruments.

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