Concerning certane abuses in the admirallis procedingis

2Forsamekle as it is heavelie complenit be the haill burrowis of this realme that thay, and the haill townis lyand upoun the sey cost, have bene greitlie opprest be the admirall taking ane cullor upoun the new infeftment maid to Franceis, sumtyme erle Bothuill, of the said admirallitie, in the quhilk infeftment thair is ane greit nowmer of strange clauses, quhilkis wer nevir contenit in ony infeftment gevin to ony admirall of befoir; for repressing of the quhilk oppressioun, it is statute and ordanit be oure soverane lord and his estaitis of this present parliament, that the admirall of this realme, and his successouris in tyme cuming, exerce nor usurp na jurisdictioun, nather yit exact nor crave ony kynd of dewtie, eschaet nor casualitie bot according to that quhilk wes usit to be exercesit or takin be the admirall for the tyme befoir the deceiss of King James the Fyft of noble memorie, nochwtstanding ony greitar specialitie contenit in any of the saidis admirallis infeftmentis bygane or to cum.

  1. NAS, PA2/14, ff.36v-37r.
  2. Written in margin: 'V'.