Ratification to [William Douglas], earl of Morton

2Our sovereign lord, now after his age of 25 years, with advice of the estates of this realm and whole body of this present parliament, ratifies, approves and, for his majesty and his successors, perpetually confirms the charter and new infeftment, donation, disposition and renunciation therein contained, made and granted by his highness after his perfect age of 21 years complete and general revocation declared in parliament, to his majesty's beloved Dame Agnes Leslie, spouse to his highness's right trusty cousin and councillor, William, earl of Morton, lord Dalkeith, during all the days of her lifetime, of all and whole the castle, palace, tower and fortalice of Dalkeith, with yards, orchards, parks, woods, mills, fishings, dovecots and their pertinents, under provision that the said Dame Agnes should keep and preserve the said woods or cut none thereof, or convey thereupon, except so much as should be necessary to the houses and mills contained in the said infeftment underwritten, together with the property of all and sundry the lands and others particularly after-following specified therein; and to the said William, earl of Morton, his male heirs, of tailzie and assignees after-specified in fee heritably, of all and whole the earldom of Morton, containing the particular lands, lordships, baronies and regality mentioned below, at length specified in the said infeftment under the great seal of the date at Edinburgh, 20 June 1589; together with the other infeftment of confirmation of the foresaid infeftment, containing therein a new disposition and renunciation in manner following, made and granted by his majesty after his age of 25 years complete to the said Dame Agnes Leslie in liferent during all the days of her lifetime, of all and whole the said castle, palace, tower and fortalice of Dalkeith, with the yards, orchards, woods, mills, fishings and others particularly after-specified contained in the said infeftment, and to the said William, earl of Morton, his male heirs, of tailzie and assignees under-specified, containing the particular lands, lordships, baronies, regality and others mentioned below of the said earldom of Morton, at length specified in the said infeftment under the great seal of the date at Holyroodhouse, 29 May 1592, with all and sundry other infeftments, services, retours and sasines passed thereupon, granted to the said William, earl of Morton or any of his predecessors upon the said earldom of Morton, lordship and regality of Dalkeith or any part thereof in any time bygone, in all and sundry points, passages, articles, clauses, immunities, privileges, liberties, conditions and circumstances whatsoever therein contained; and decrees and declares for his majesty and his successors foresaid that the same infeftments, services, retours and sasines passed and made in favour of the said William, earl of Morton and his foresaids presently are, have been since the first making thereof and shall be in all time coming effectual, good, valid and sufficient in themselves to the said William, earl of Morton, his male heirs, of tailzie and assignees specified therein for the peaceable possessing and enjoying of the said whole earldom of Morton, lordship and regality of Dalkeith, containing the particular lands, lordships and others following contained in the said infeftments and others above-written, perpetually and in all time coming according to the tenors and substance thereof in all points, notwithstanding whatsoever right our said sovereign lord or his successors has or may pretend thereto or any of the liberties and privileges contained therein, by forfeiture, inability of any person or persons, or yet his majesty's revocation made in this present parliament at any time before, or any other of his highness's acts, laws, statutes or constitutions of this realm, general or special, made to the prejudice or derogation of the foresaid infeftments, services, retours or sasines following thereupon, or any of the liberties or privileges expressed in the same, under the which the same, nor any part thereof, shall never be comprehended by any manner of way.

  1. NAS, PA2/14, ff.89r-v.
  2. Written in margin: 'P'.