Act in favour of the kirk of Eyemouth

Our sovereign lord, with advice and consent of his highness's three estates of parliament, has ratified and approved and, by the tenor hereof, ratifies and approves the letter and gift of dissolution and erection granted by our sovereign lord's late dearest father of eternal memory, under his highness's great seal, of the date 27 January 1618, whereby his majesty, with advice and consent of the lords of his highness's secret council of the kingdom of Scotland, dissolved and dismembered from the parish kirk and parish of Coldingham and foundation thereof all and whole the town of Eyemouth, with all lands, acres, tenements and cottages thereof, together with the mill of the same, with the lands now called Beinrighous lying within the territory of the said town of Eyemouth, together likewise with all other lands, parts, pendicles and pertinents whatsoever of the said town of Eyemouth within the bounds, jurisdiction and territory thereof, and then created and erected the kirk built in the said town of Eyemouth in a free parish kirk to be called in all time hereafter the parish kirk of Eyemouth, so that the indwellers and inhabitants thereof should in no way thereafter be astricted to the parish kirk of Coldingham nor discipline thereof in no time thereafter; and then willed, ordained and determined that the said kirk of Eyemouth should have, possess and enjoy the like privileges, liberties and immunities as the said parish kirk of Coldingham, from the which the same was dissolved, had and possessed by the foundation thereof in any time bygone, with power to the inhabitants and parishioners of the said kirk of Eyemouth and minister thereof, present and to come, to elect elders and deacons and to keep their sessions for conserving of discipline and good order in all things belonging thereto as freely in all respects as any other parish kirk has or may use in the like, and therefore discharging the minister, elders and deacons of the said kirk of Coldingham of all citing and convening before them of the parishioners and inhabitants of the parish of Eyemouth, or any of them, or in any way proceeding against them for their non-compearance, as the said letter and gift of dissolution and erection at more length bears, in the whole heads, articles, privileges and conditions of the same, according to the tenor thereof in all points. And also our said sovereign lord, with advice and consent of his majesty's estates of parliament foresaid, renounces simply all action and instance competent to his majesty or his highness's successors for reducing and annulling of the foresaid letter and gift of dissolution and erection of the said parish kirk of Eyemouth in any time coming. And further, our said sovereign lord and three estates of parliament foresaid, considering the necessity of the foresaid dissolution and erection of the foresaid kirk of Eyemouth in a separate and free parish kirk and cure from the said parish kirk and parish of Coldingham, whereof it was a pendicle of before in respect of the far distance of the said town of Eyemouth from the parish kirk of Coldingham, therefore, our said sovereign lord and three estates of parliament of new dissolves all and whole the foresaid town of Eyemouth and all lands, acres, tenements, cottages and mill of the same, with the lands now called Beinrighous lying within the territory of the said town, together with all other lands, parts, pendicles and pertinents thereof whatsoever lying within the bounds, jurisdiction and territory of the same from the foresaid parish kirk and parish of Coldingham and foundation thereof, and of new creates and erects the said kirk of Eyemouth in a free parish kirk to the inhabitants thereof to be called in all time hereafter the parish kirk of Eyemouth, with the whole privileges, immunities and liberties before rehearsed, contained in the former letter of dissolution and erection above-mentioned, and ordains this act to be enacted and registered in the books of parliament.

  1. NAS, PA2/21, f.128r-v.