Act in favoures of Schir Andro Hammiltoun of Reidhous

Oure soverane lord and estaittis of this present parliament, respecting and considering the gude, trew and thankfull service done to his majestie be his trustie and weilbelovit counsellour Schir Andro Hammiltoun of Reidhous, knycht, ane of the senatoures of the colledge of justice, in the publict effairis in this realme in tyme bygane, and his majestie and estaittis foirsaidis willing to encourage him and to gif him occasioun to continew in the lyik thankfull service in tyme cuming, thairfore his majestie hes ratiefiet, approvin and confermit and, be the tennour of this present act, with avise and consent of his estaittis and haill bodie of this present parliament, ratiefies, approvis and perpetuallie confermes the chartour and infeftment maid and grantit be his majestie, with avise and consent of his majesties principall thesaurer and comptroller, thesaurer and comptroller depute and of the remanent lordis commissioneris within the said kingdome, under his majesties gryit seale thairoff, of the date at Newmercate in England, the tuentie day off Februar, the yeir of God jM vjC nyntene yeiris, to the said Schir Andro Hammiltoun, his aires maill and assignais quhatsumevir heretablie, off all and haill the landis of Eister Spittell, alias Eister Reidspittell, with the maner place thairoff callit Reidhous, houssis, biggingis, yairdis, orcheartis, toftis, croftis, medowes, outseittis, pairtis, pendicles and pertinentis thairoff quhatsumevir; all and haill that housband land of the landis of Ballincreif callit Wester Bissetleyis; all and haill the halff of the manis of Ballincreiff sumtyme pertening to Johnne Borthuik, portionar off Ballincreif, with the cornemilne biggit be umquhile Frances Borthuik, father to the said Johnne Borthuik, upoun the foirsaid halff of the manis of Ballincreiff, with the multouris and sequellis of the said mylne, with the mansioun, yeardis, doucattis and medowes of the samene, halfis landis and maynes lyand within the lordschip of Ballincreif, constabularie of Hadingtoun and schirefdome of Edinburgh; and als of all and haill the heretable office off bailyerie of all and sindrie the landis, milne and utheris abovewrittin, with the haill liberties, priviledges, casualities and commodities pertening to the said office sua far as concernis the landis, milne and utheris abovespecifit allanerlie, conteaning ane new gift and dispositioune of the foirnamit landis, milne2and utheris abovementionat and heretable office of bailyerie thairoff foirsaid, erecting, creating, uniting and incorporating the samene in ane haill and free barronye to the said Schir Andro, his aires maill and assignais, callit the baronie off Reidspittell, with the precept of seasing under the testimonye of the greit seale and instrument of seasing gevin conforme to the said chartour, and als the lettres of procutorie of resignatioun made and grantit be Robert Trottar, prebender of the prebendarie of Reidspittell, foundit within the colledge kirk of Dunglas, with avise and consent of the provest and remanent prebendaris of the said colledge kirk, and siclyik with speciall avyse and consent of James, earle of Home, lord Dunglas, undouttit patrone of the samene colledge kirk, provestrie and prebendaris thairoff, and of Dame Marie, countes of Home, his mother and tutrix testamentar for hir entres, off all and sindrie the landis of Reidspittell, als Wester Reidspittell, with the maner place, housis, biggingis, yairdis, orcheartis, doucattis, milne, multeris, milnelandis, medowes, pairtis, pendicles and all thair pertinentis, and off all and haill the landis of Coittis, with pairtis, pendicles, annexis, connexis, and all thair pertinentis, quhilkis landis and fewferme dewties thairof wer of before proper pairtis and partinentis of the patrimonie of the said prebendarie of Reidspittell in the handis of the lordis of secreit counsell within the kingdome off Scotland, his majesties commissionaris haveing power and commissioun of his hienes to ressave all resignatiounes in his majesties name, togidder with all rycht, tytill, entres and clame of rycht quhatsumevir quhilkis the saidis prebendar and provest or patrone of the colledge kirk of foirsaid, or any of thame, thair aires or successouris, had, hes or any wayes may have clame or pretend in and to the landis and utheris abovewrittin, propertie or superioritie of the samen or onye pairt thairoff, or to the maillis, fermes, gressumes, rentis, proffittes and dewties of the samene in speciall favouris of the said Schir Andro Hammiltoune of Reidhous, knight, his aires maill and assignais. And to the effect that his majestie may dismember, dissolve and seperate all and sindrie the landis and utheris foirsaidis frome the said prebendarie of Reidspittell and colledge kirk of Dunglass and gif, grant and dispone the samen to the said Schir Andro and his foirsaidis heretablie, to be haldin of his majestie and his successouris in frie blensche for payment of ane pennie money of Scotland upoun the ground of the saidis landis or ony pairt thairoff yeirlie at the feast of Witsonday, gif the samene beis askit allanerlie, off the date the 23, 27, 13, 7 dayis of Marche, Maii, Junii, the yeir of God jM vjC and tuentie ane yeiris instant, with the instrument of resignatioun following thairupoun; and als the band of alienatioun and procuratorie of resignatioune thairin insert, maid and grantit be Johnne, lord Halierudhous off all and haill the teindschevis of the landis callit the Eist Outfeildland of Langniddree, pertening heretablie to the said Schir Andro Hammiltoun, in favouris of the said Schir Andro, his aires maill and assignais foirsaidis, to be haldin of his majestie and his successouris in free blensche for payment of ane pennye usuall money of Scotland yeirlie at the feist of Witsonday, gif the samene beis askit allanerlie, with the instrument of resignatioun following thairupoun, togidder with the chartour under the gryit seall grantit be oure soverane lord to the said Schir Andro Hammiltoune and his foirsaidis off all and sindrie the landis, maner places, milnes and utheris respective and particularlie above expressit, conteaning ane new gift and dispositione and ane new unione and erectioun of the samene in ane haill and frie baronye callit the baronie of Reidhous, with the precept of seasing under the testimonie of the gryit seale gevin conforme to the foirsaid chartour and instrument of seasing following thairupoune in all and sindrie heiddis, clauses, articles, provisiounes, conditiounes and circumstances off the saidis chartouris, procuratories, instrumentis, preceptis and utheris wreatis and evidentis before mentionat, specifit and contenit thairintill, efter the formes, tenouris and contentis thairoff in all poyntis, with all that hes followit or may follow thairupoune. And oure said soverane lord and estaittis foirsaidis decernis, willes and declaires that this present ratificatione is and salbe als gude, valide, effectuall and sufficient in all respectis to the said Schir Andro Hammiltoun and his foirsaidis as gif the samene haill chartouris, procutories, instrumentis and utheris wreatis and evidentis wer at lenth worde be worde insert heirintill and expreslie ratiefiet, nochtwithstanding quhatsumevir actis, statutes, ordinances or constitutione made or to be made in the contrair. Lyikas his majestie and estaittis foirsaidis, be the tennour of this present act, have dismemberit, dissolvit and seperatit and dismemberis, dissolves and seperattis all and haill the saidis landis of Reidspittell, als callit Wester Reidspittell, with the maner place, housis, biggingis, yairdis, orcheartis, doucattis, mylne, mylne landis, multouris, medowes, pairtis, pendicles and all thair pertinentis, and als all and haill the saidis landis of Coittis, with pairtis, pendicles and pertinentis thairoff, quhilkis and fewferme dewties of the samene wer of before proper pairtis and pertinentis of the patrimonie of the said prebendarie of Reidspittell and pertenit thairto before the resignatioun foirsaid frome the said prebendarie of Reidspittell and colledge kirk of Dunglass foirsaid, to the effect the samene landis respective and few dewtie thairoff may be the more effectuallie establischit in the persone of the said Schir Andro and his foirsaidis; and gif neid beis ordanis ane new chartour and infeftment to be made and grantit off the samene to the said Schir Andro Hammiltoun and his foirsaidis under his majesties gryit seale, to be haldin of his hienes and his successoures in frie blenche for payment of ane pennye money of Scotland upoun the ground of the saidis landis or ony pairt thairoff yeirlie at the feast of Witsondaye, gif the samene beis askit allanerlie.

  1. NAS, PA2/20, f.72r-73v.
  2. Written superscript.