Aganis the schamefull oppressioun and slaying and hoching of oxin and horses

2Forsamekill as be the lovabill lawes and actis of parliament maid of befoir sic speciale respect is had to the lawboring of the ground in dew seasoun as the oxin and cattell occupyit in the pleuch ar forbiddin to be poyndit for onie maner of dett during the tyme of the tylth, yit sindrie wikit personis, movit in dispyte aganis thair nychbouris, ceissis not commonlie in thair private revenge to hoch and slay oxin and horses in the pleuch, byre and uthirwayis, and to hund out bair men and vagaboundis to the attempting of sic foull and schamefull enormiteis, safar prejudiciall to the commone weill and aganis all guid exempill; for stancheing quhairof in tyme cuming, and to the terrour alsweill of the committaris of sic foull and schamefull oppressionis as of the causaris, fortifieris and ressettaris of the committaris thairof, it is statute and ordanit be oure soverane lord, with the advise of the thre estatis of this present parliament, that all sic slayeris and hocheris of horsis and oxin, or uthir cattell in tyme cuming, salbe estimit and punesit as theiffis, and all persounis that salhappin to ressett, supplie and mantene the authoris of sic oppressioun in companie or houshald efter the committing thairof salbe estimit and puneist as resetteris and maneteneris of theiffis, and bayth the committaris of the said unworthie and schamefull oppressioun and the ressettaris, suppliaris and manteneris of thame, being dewlie callit and convict, thairfoir to incur the pane of deith and confiscatioun of all guidis moveabill.

  1. NAS, PA2/12, f.70r.
  2. In the margin: a cross denotes acts to be printed.