Act of dissolution of the abbacies of Holyroodhouse and New Abbey2

Our sovereign lord, of certain knowledge and proper motive, and for some special causes and reasons moving his majesty, has, with consent of the three estates and whole body of this present parliament, excepted and reserved to his sacred majesty the lands, kirks, teinds and others after-specified from the act of annexation made at this present parliament, and from all other former annexations made by his majesty's predecessors of happy memory, and also from all other acts and statutes made in this present parliament to the effect his majesty may dispose thereupon at his gracious pleasure, namely: all and whole the house, precinct and yards of Holyroodhouse, with the houses, tenements and yards lying contiguous thereto held of old of the said abbacy, with the right of superiority of the kirklands of Dunrod, Whitekirk and Fuirde, with the manor places, houses, yards, annexes and connexes of the same which pertained of before to the said abbacy of Holyroodhouse, and also the parish kirks of St Cuthbert, Liberton, Tranent, Crawford-Lindsay, Dalgarnock, Urr, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcormock, Balmaghie, Dunrod, Kelton, Bara and St Martins, with the whole teinds of the said kirks pertaining to the said abbacy of Holyroodhouse, and also the abbacy of New Abbey, with the whole lands, baronies, kirks, teinds, patronages and others pertaining to the said abbacy, as well temporality as spirituality, of the same. And to that effect his majesty and estates foresaid have dissolved and by this act dissolve the said kirklands, superiorities and others foresaid pertaining of old to the said abbacy of Holyroodhouse, together with the whole lands, baronies and other temporal lands whatsoever which pertained of old to the said abbacy of New Abbey from whatsoever acts of annexation annexing the same to the crown made in this present parliament or whatsoever parliaments preceding by his majesty, or any of his majesty's predecessors of happy memory, to the effect his majesty may convey thereupon at his pleasure. And also his majesty and estates have dissolved and by this act dissolve the foresaid kirks, teinds, patronages and others above-written, together with the houses, precincts, monasteries and yards of the said abbacies, from the said benefices and abbacies of Holyroodhouse and New Abbey respectively, and have suppressed and suppress the said abbacies and either of them with the memory thereof for ever, to the effect his majesty may convey thereupon at his gracious pleasure as said is, and will and declare that it shall be lawful to his majesty to convey of the premises to whatsoever person and in what manner his majesty pleases, notwithstanding of whatsoever general and original laws made in the contrary, and specially notwithstanding of the act of annexation made in 1587 or of any act of annexation made of before or since or at this present parliament; and also notwithstanding of the act of parliament made by his majesty's late dearest father of eternal memory, parliament 10, chapter 11, regarding the leaving of benefices in the same estate as they are found by the titular, and of the act made in his majesty's said late dearest father's 12th parliament, chapter 119, forbidding erection of kirklands and teinds in temporal lordships, and notwithstanding of whatsoever acts and statutes of parliament made since or at this present parliament, which his majesty and estates declare to be null and ineffectual in so far as may concern the lands, kirks, teinds, patronages and others foresaid reserved to his majesty by this present act.

  1. NAS, PA2/21, f.47v-48r.
  2. Sweetheart Abbey.