Ratification to [Andrew Keith], lord Dingwall

2Our sovereign lord and estates of this parliament having seen, read and considered a charter and infeftment of feu ferm made and granted by his majesty under the great seal after his highness's perfect age of 25 years complete, and all his revocations, both special and general, to his well-beloved cousin Andrew, lord Dingwall of all and whole the lands, lordship and barony of Dingwall, comprehending therein diverse lands, mills, multures, offices and others specified particularly in the said infeftment, all united, annexed and incorporated in the said lordship and barony of Dingwall, and giving and granting thereby to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall and his foresaids, the honour, order, estate and dignity of a free lord of parliament with all privileges belonging thereto, as the said charter made thereupon of the date at Holyroodhouse, 24 November 1591, at more length purports; together with a letter of pension made, given and granted thereafter by our said sovereign lord under the privy seal to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall during all the days of his lifetime of the sum of £1,000 money of this realm to be yearly uplifted out of the readiest mails, ferms, profits and duties of his highness's property, and for sure payment thereof, assigning and conveying to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall during his lifetime the whole silver duty for the mails, ferms, kanes, customs, fishings and duties of the said lands and lordship of Dingwall with the pertinents and others thereof above-rehearsed, specified in the said infeftment of feu ferm, as the said letter of pension made and granted thereupon of the date at Holyroodhouse, 8 January 1591 [1592], containing also therein express ratification of another former letter and gift of the said pension made and granted of before to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall during his lifetime in manner foresaid, of the date 6 March 1588 [1589], bearing also sundry other heads and privileges therein contained likewise at more length purports. And our said sovereign lord, with the estates above-mentioned, having sufficiently tried and considered in this present parliament the causes and considerations specified in the forenamed infeftment and letters of pension wherefore the same were granted, and namely the said Andrew, lord Dingwall's true and faithful service therein mentioned bestowed upon his own charges and expenses, as well within this realm as in foreign nations without the same in our sovereign lord's most honourable and weighty affairs, with the furnishing and delivering by the said Lord Dingwall to his majesty of sundry precious and fair trimmings of diverse sorts, very costly and princely, extending to the great values and prices specified in the said last gift, they find and declare the same to have been, and to be, of truth and verity as is contained in the forenamed infeftment and letters of pension, and to tend to the advancement of our sovereign lord's honour and common welfare of this realm; therefore have ratified and approved and, by the tenor hereof, ratify, approve and confirm the forenamed infeftment and letters of pension with the whole contents thereof in all points after the tenor of the same, with all that has followed or may follow thereupon; and interpose their decreet and authority thereto, likewise our said sovereign lord, with the estates above-mentioned, finds, decrees and declares the forenamed infeftment and letters of pension to have been lawfully made and granted, and to have been from the beginning and to be in all time coming, good, valuable and sufficient rights and titles to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall and his foresaids, as well for holding, enjoying, using and possessing of all and sundry the forenamed lands, lordship and others above-rehearsed, specified in the said infeftment heritably and perpetually after the tenor thereof, as also to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall himself for holding, enjoying, receiving, taking up and conveying to his own commodity of all and whole the yearly pension above-specified and of the silver duty, customs and others above-rehearsed assigned for sure payment thereof, yearly and termly, during the said Lord Dingwall's lifetime, in manner contained in the foresaid letters of pension made and granted thereupon, and that notwithstanding whatsoever acts of annexation, other acts of parliament or secret council, laws, statutes, constitutions, decisions and proclamations made, or to be made or passed in the contrary; and as need be, ordains the forenamed infeftment of feu ferm and letters of pension to be inserted word by word in this present act and confirmation. And for the more security and causes above-written, our said sovereign lord, with advice and consent of the forenamed estates, of new gives, grants, conveys and sets in feu ferm to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall and his foresaids, all and whole the said lands, lordship and barony of Dingwall, with all and sundry the said particular lands and others above-mentioned, annexed and incorporated thereinto, specified in the said charter, to be held of his majesty and his successors in manner and for yearly payment as is therein contained, which our sovereign lord and estates foresaid hold as for expressed in this present act; and also as need be ordain a new charter and infeftment to be made thereupon by his majesty under the great seal to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall and his foresaids in manner contained in the said former charter, to be extended in due and ample form with all clauses needful, which they declare shall be good and sufficient to the effect above-written. And also for the causes above-written, our sovereign lord, with advice and consent foresaid, of new by this present act, gives, grants and conveys to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall all and whole the said yearly pension of £1,000 with the forenamed silver duty for the said mails, ferms, kanes, customs and others above-rehearsed assigned for sure payment of the said pension, to be yearly and termly lifted and taken up out of the forenamed lands, lordship and others above-mentioned during the said space, and after the form and tenor of the foresaid letters of pension granted thereupon in all points. And our sovereign lord, with the estates above-mentioned, decrees and declares that the acceptance by the said Andrew, lord Dingwall of the letters of pension above-rehearsed, and receiving, taking up and detention by him of the silver mails and duties therein contained of the said lands and lordship of Dingwall in payment of the said pension during his lifetime, shall in no way hurt, prejudice nor annul the foresaid infeftment of feu ferm and heritable right made and granted to the said Andrew, lord Dingwall and his foresaids of the forenamed lands and lordship of Dingwall, nor shall make no derogation thereto in any heads, points, nor contents thereof.

  1. NAS, PA2/14, ff.80r-v.
  2. Written in margin: 'P'.