Act in favour of Thomas Crombie of Kemnay

Our sovereign lord and estates of this present parliament ordain a ratification to be made therein to and in favour of his highness's beloved Thomas Crombie of Kemnay and Margaret Kerr, his spouse, their heirs and assignees underwritten, ratifying, approving and, for his highness and his successors, perpetually confirming, likewise, by the tenor hereof, our said sovereign lord and estates of parliament ratify, approve and, for his majesty and successors, perpetually confirm the charter and infeftment of the date at Holyroodhouse, 1 July 1624, made, given and granted by his highness's late dearest father James, king of Great Britain, France and Ireland, defender of the faith, of worthy memory, with advice and consent of his majesty's principal treasurer, treasurer depute and other lords of secret council, his majesty's commissioners for the time, to the said Thomas Crombie, then designed writer to his majesty's signet, now of Kemnay, and to his heirs and assignees therein mentioned, of all and whole the lands and barony of Kemnay, with manor place, mills, multures, orchards, yards and salmon fishings upon both the sides of the River Don, cruives, privileges, liberties, casualties, commodities, profits, duties and others at more length specified and contained in the said charter and infeftment, containing therein a particular part and portion of the said lands and barony conveyed expressly to the said Margaret Kerr, spouse to the said Thomas, in liferent, with a new gift and disposition of the said whole lands and barony proceeding upon the resignation of Sir William Douglas of Glenbervie, knight, and with the teind sheaves of the town and lands of Inverurie, mill lands and [...] lands proceeding upon the resignation of Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum and of Dame Margaret Scrymgeour, his spouse, and the late Alexander Irvine of Drum, his father, united and annexed in a whole and free barony called the barony of Kemnay, to be held of our sovereign lord and his majesty's successors in fee and heritage, taxed ward and free barony for ever; together with another charter and infeftment made, given and granted by his majesty's said late dearest father of worthy memory, with advice of his principal treasurer and lords of secret council, his majesty's commissioners for the time, of the date at Newmarket, 3 December 1622, to the said Sir William Douglas of Glenbervie, knight, author to the said Thomas, and to his male heirs and assignees whatsoever, of all and whole the said lands of Kemnay, with the mills thereof and their pertinents, lying within the sheriffdom of Aberdeen, proceeding upon the resignation of William [Douglas], now marquis of Douglas, then styled earl of Angus, lord Douglas and Abernethie etc., containing also therein a new gift and disposition of the said lands, mills, salmon fishing, cruives, ferry boat, privileges, liberties and others at length specified in the said charter, all united, erected and incorporated in a free barony, to be held of his highness's said late dearest father and his majesty's successors in fee heritage, taxed ward and free barony for ever, with the precepts of sasine and instruments of sasine respectively following upon the said two charters and each one or either of them in all and sundry the heads, points, passes, clauses, articles, circumstances and conditions contained in the said two charters, precepts and instruments of sasine and each one of them, and after the form and tenor thereof in all points. Likewise our said sovereign lord and estates of parliament will and grant and, for his majesty and successors, perpetually decree and ordain that this present ratification of the said two charters, precepts and instruments of sasine following thereupon is and shall be of as great strength, force and effect to the said Thomas Crombie and to his heirs and assignees contained in the said infeftment, and also to the said Margaret Kerr, spouse to the said Thomas, in liferent for her part and portion for possessing, enjoying, assigning and conveying upon the said lands and barony of Kemnay, salmon fishings, cruives, ferry boat, mills, multures and others specified in the said infeftments conforming and according to the conditions and provisions therein mentioned, as if the said charters, precepts and sasines were all at length word by word herein inserted and engrossed, and notwithstanding thereof and of whatsoever objection, question, defect or imperfection that may be alleged or proposed in the contrary, his majesty and estates of parliament have and, by this act, dispense for ever. And further our said sovereign lord, with consent foresaid, gives full power and liberty to the said Thomas Crombie and his foresaids to intend, prosecute and pursue all actions and causes which are, or in any way may be, competent to his majesty regarding the said lands and barony, salmon fishings, ferry boat, cruives, privileges and commodities thereof and others above-written contained in the said two infeftments, or either of them, by virtue of any right which his majesty has or may pretend thereto against whatsoever person or persons, and to prosecute and pursue the said actions to the final end and decision thereof, likewise and as freely as his majesty might do himself.

  1. NAS, PA2/21, f.118r-v.