[Supplication of John Chisholm of Cromlix for passage of his gift through the exchequer]

My lords and others of the estates of parliament, to your lords humbly means and shows your lords' servant, John Chisholm, apparent heir of the late James Chisholm of Cromlix, my brother-german, that where by an act of this current parliament and by sundry former acts of parliament of this kingdom made by his majesty's predecessors of blessed memory it is statute and ordained that whosoever should happen to be slain or take sickness through which they should die at the army or coming therefrom, that their heirs should freely have their own wards, reliefs and marriages conferred on them to be conveyed upon by them as they should think expedient, and that freely without any composition. And true it is that the said late James Chisholm, my brother, being employed in the public service when made captain of a foot company in my Lord Drummond's regiment and continued captain therein until his decease; likewise my said late brother being in the said service at Newcastle contracted sickness thereat and died at Kelso. And therefore I should have the benefit of the said acts of parliament conferred on me to have my own ward, relief and marriage granted to me freely without any composition, I being only brother-german and apparent heir to my said late brother. Therefore I beseech your lord to have consideration of the premises and to recommend the passing of a gift of my ward, relief and marriage in my own favour, freely, without any composition, according to the tenor of the foresaid acts of parliament. And your lords' answer.

23 September 1641

Read in presence of his majesty and estates of parliament, who ordain [Sir James Carmichael], treasurer depute, and lords of exchequer to pass the gift written within to the supplicant or any other to his benefit whom he shall desire freely, and ordain the clerk to give forth the duplicate hereof under his hand if need be.

[John Elphinstone, lord] Balmerino, in presence of the lords of parliament

  1. NAS, PA6/4, 'September 23 1641'.