[Proclamation for the riding of parliament at the closure of the session]

Proclamation for riding of the parliament on Wednesday 17 November2

Charles Rex

At Edinburgh, 15 November 1641. Forasmuch as his majesty and the estates of this present parliament have resolved to ride and conclude the said parliament on 17 November, therefore his majesty and estates foresaid command and ordain the whole members of this present high court of parliament, as well the noblemen as the commissioners of shires and burghs, to be in readiness with their robes, horses, foot-mantles and other equipment at his highness's palace of Holyroodhouse the day foresaid at 9 o'clock before noon, to convoy his majesty from the said palace of Holyroodhouse to the parliament house of Edinburgh and from thence back to the said palace. And ordain public proclamation to be made hereof by the lyon or his brethren, the heralds, at the market cross of Edinburgh by sound of trumpets, for the which this proclamation shall be a sufficient warrant. Subscribed by [John Elphinstone, lord Balmerino], president of the parliament, at command of the king and parliament.

15 November 1641

Read and approved in parliament.

Balmerino, in presence of the lords of parliament

15 November 1641

This day between 10 and 11 o'clock before noon the lyon himself did proclaim this proclamation written and above-mentioned according to the ordinance above-specified.


  1. NAS, PA6/5, 'November 15 1641'.
  2. This clause is written on the rear of the document.