[Supplication of John Blair of that Ilk for the passing of his gift through the exchequer]

Supplication of the Laird of Blair2

My lords and others of the estates of parliament, to your lords humbly means and shows I, your servant John Blair of that Ilk, and my curators for their interests, that where ever since the decease of the late Sir Bryce Blair of that Ilk, my father, I have been attending and ready to have settled with [John Stewart, earl of Traquair], his majesty's treasurer principal, or [Sir James Carmichael, treasurer] depute for the gift of my ward and marriage vacant in his majesty's hands by my father's decease, which has not yet been done by reason of the absence of his majesty's treasurers out of this kingdom. And seeing Sir James Carmichael, his majesty's treasurer depute, is now present and that it is well-known to many of your lords' number that my late father and grandfather contracted sickness whereof they died in your employment in the public business, and that the longer delaying of the passing of the said gift may prove hurtful and prejudicial to me, therefore I humbly beseech your lords to give command and warrant to the said Sir James Carmichael, his majesty's treasurer depute, to convene the lords and others of the exchequer and to pass and complete in my favour the gift of my ward, non-entry and marriage upon the payment of a reasonable composition thereof according to justice and equity. And your lords' answer humbly I beseech.

5 August 1641

Produced by [James Chalmers], laird of Gadgirth.

5 August 1641

The estates of parliament, in respect of their certain knowledge of the verity of the within written supplication, find the desire thereof reasonable and ordain the gift to be passed freely, according to the act of parliament, and ordain the clerk to give out the duplicate hereof under his hand if need be.

[Robert Balfour, lord Balfour of] Burleigh, in presence of the lords of parliament3

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'August 5 1641'.
  2. This clause is written on the rear of the document.
  3. Both these dated clauses are written on the rear of the document.