For punishment of parricide

Our sovereign lord and estates of this present parliament, understanding the abominable and odious cruelty that has been sometimes heretofore used within this realm by children against their parents in murdering of them and taking of their lives most unnaturally, has therefore statute and ordained that whosoever he be that has slain or shall hereafter slay his father or mother, grandfather or grandmother and has been already or shall be hereafter convicted by an assize, the committers of the said crime and his posterity in a direct line shall be disinherited in all time hereafter from their lands, heritages, tacks, possessions and the same shall appertain to the next collateral and nearest of blood who otherwise might succeed failing of the right line.

  1. NAS, PA2/15, f.38r.