Act for the committees of war in the shires

The estates of this kingdom presently convened, taking into their serious consideration the danger imminent to the true Protestant religion, his majesty's person and authority and peace of his kingdoms by the multitude of papists, prelates and their adherents now in arms in England and Ireland, and the occasion thereby given not only to the public enemies of religion abroad, but even to any disaffected persons at home to labour so far as in them lies to subvert the religion and peace now happily established within this kingdom; and finding it necessary that all means be speedily used for preventing the practices of such for preserving of the peace and keeping of his majesty's subjects in a dutiful obedience to the laws and public judicatories and in Christian unity among themselves, they have therefore resolved that this kingdom be presently put into a posture of defence. And for the better and speedier effectuating thereof, they have nominated and appointed and hereby nominate and appoint the persons particularly underwritten to be colonels of horse and foot within the several sheriffdoms and bounds thereof, as well to burgh as land respectively after-specified, namely: within the sheriffdom of Edinburgh principal, Haddington, Peebles and bailiary of Lauderdale, colonels of the foot, [William Ramsay], earl of Dalhousie or [George Ramsay], lord Ramsay, his son, [John Maitland], lord Maitland, [John Hay], lord Yester, [John Elphinstone], lord Balmerino, [George Forrester], lord Forrester, [Sir Patrick Hepburn], laird of Waughton or his son, and the provost and bailies of Edinburgh for Edinburgh, Leith and Canongate; and who have hereby power and commission to choose their own colonels and under-officers; and for the horse: [Thomas Hamilton], earl of Haddington.

Within the sheriffdom of Berwick, for the foot: [Alexander Leslie], lord Balgonie, Sir David Home of Wedderburn, Sir William Home of Ayton; and for the horse: John Home of Blackadder.

Within the sheriffdom of Roxburgh and Selkirk, for the foot: [William Kerr], earl of Lothian, [Francis Scott], earl of Buccleuch (who has also his own lands within the sheriffdom of Dumfries), [John Cranston], lord Cranston or master of Cranston, and for the horses: Sir William Scott of Harden.

Within the sheriffdom of Lanark, for the foot: Colonel [James] Lindsay of Belstanes, and Sir William Carmichael [of Hyndford], fiar of that ilk, and for the horse: Sir William Baillie of Lamington and Sir James Hamilton of Fingalton.

Within the sheriffdoms of Dumfries and Annandale (excepting so much as is assigned above to the earl of Buccleuch), for the foot: [James Douglas], earl of Queensberry or William Douglas, his brother, Sir Robert Grierson of Lag and Sir John Charteris of Amisfield.

Within the sheriffdom of Fife and Kinross-shire, for the foot: [Charles Seton], earl of Dunfermline, [John Lindsay], earl of Lindsay, [David Wemyss], lord Elcho and [Robert Balfour], lord [Balfour of] Burleigh, and for the horse: [Alexander Lindsay], lord Balcarres.

Within the sheriffdom of Forfar, for the foot: [James Erskine], earl of Buchan, [John Lyon], earl of Kinghorn and [James Scrimgeour], viscount of Dudhope, and for the horse: Sir [...] Erskine of Dun and [...] of Tyllen.

Within the sheriffdom of Perth, for the foot: [James Murray], lord Gask, [James Drummond], lord Drummond, [James Elphinstone], lord Coupar, [...] Ruthven of Freeland, [...] Campbell, younger, of Glenorchy, and for the horse: [...] Rollock, younger, of Duncrub and James Mercer of Aldie.

Within the sheriffdom of Stirling, for the foot: [George Livingston], lord Livingston and [George Buchanan], laird of Buchanan, and for the horses: Sir Charles Erskine [of Alva, Bandeath and Cambuskenneth] and [...] Murray of [Touchadam and] Polmaise.

Within the sheriffdom of Linlithgow, for the foot: [George Dundas], laird of Dundas, elder, or [Walter Dundas], younger, and for the horse: [John Cornwall], laird of Bonhard.

Within the sheriffdom of Dunbarton, Argyll and North Isles (excepting Lewis), and for Lochaber, Knoydart and Araset, [Archibald Campbell], marquis of Argyll.

Within the sheriffdom of Bute, for the foot: Sir Robert Montgomery of Skelmorlie.

Within the sheriffdoms of Wigtown and Kirkcudbright, for the foot: [Robert Gordon], viscount of Kenmure and [Sir James Stewart], lord Garlies. As also for the presbytery of Wigtown (excepting the parishes of Mochrum and Kirkcowan with the presbytery of Stranraer) is to be joined to Carrick, to be commanded by [John Kennedy], earl of Cassilis; and for the horse of Kirkcudbright and Dumfries: [Thomas MacLellan], lord Kirkcudbright, and for the horse of Wigtown and Stranraer: [James MacDowall], laird of Garthland.

Within the sheriffdoms of Ayr and Renfrew, for the foot: [John Campbell], earl of Loudoun, lord high chancellor, [Alexander Montgomery], earl of Eglinton, [William Cunningham], earl of Glencairn, [John Kennedy], earl of Cassilis; and for the horse: the lairds [Sir William Muir of] Rowallan, [Sir Ludovic Houston of] Houston and [Hugh Campbell of] Cessnock (except the horse of Carrick, who are to be commanded by such as the earl of Cassilis shall appoint).

Within the sheriffdom of Kincardine and that part of the sheriffdom of Aberdeen next to Aberdeen and the said burgh and freedom thereof, for the foot: [William Keith], earl Marischal, and for the horse: [Sir Robert Graham], laird of Morphie (the horse of Kincardine being reserved to the Earl Marischal.)

The naming of colonels and committees of Aberdeen, Orkney, Caithness and such other places not named in this act are remitted to the committee of estates.

Within the sheriffdom of Inverness (excepting such places thereof as are assigned to the marquis of Argyll and [John Gordon], earl of Sutherland), for the foot: [George MacKenzie], earl of Seaforth or his brother, [Thomas MacKenzie of] Pluscarden, [Sir John MacKenzie], laird of Tarbat, and Sir James Fraser.

Within the sheriffdom of Banff, for the foot: [James Ogilvy], earl of Findlater, [George Gordon], lord Gordon, and the Earl Marischal (for his own land and in St Fergus parish.)

Within the bounds of Elgin and Nairn containing all the lands between the rivers Spey and Ness and the laird of Grant's bounds, [James Stewart], earl of Moray

Within the sheriffdom of Sutherland, Strathnaver and that part of Inverness between Turbetness and Dingwall by north Cromarty, the earl of Sutherland.

And likewise the estates nominate and appoint the persons underwritten to be committees and commissioners within the several shires (as well burgh as land) in manner to the effect following: that is to say in the sheriffdom of Edinburgh principal, Sir Archibald Johnston of Wariston, [George] Preston of Craigmillar, Sir James Dundas of Arniston, Sir John Wauchope of Niddrie-[Marischal], Sir David Crichton of Lugton, Sir Patrick Hamilton of [Little] Preston, Sir James Foulis of Colinton, Sir John Cooper of Gogar, Mr George Winram of Liberton, [...] Sandilands, tutor of Calder, George Hay of Monkton, Alexander Inglis of Ingliston, James Rig of Carberry, [...] Dobie of Staniehill, George Foulis of Ravelston, [...] Dalmahoy, younger, of that ilk, Alexander Hay of Ravelrig, William Douglas of Overgogar, James Raith, younger, of Edmonstone and Sir John Smith [of Grotehill] and James Dennistoun for Edinburgh. Of which number the Lord Wariston is convener (and in his absence, Mr George Winram).

In the constabulary of Haddington and bailiary of Lauderdale, Sir Patrick Hepburn of Waughton, Sir Adam Hepburn of Humbie, Sir John Hamilton, elder, of Preston, John Hepburn, younger, of Waughton, Sir John Sinclair of Herdmanston, Sir Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington, Sir Alexander Douglas of Spott, Sir William Scott of Harden, Mr John Hepburn of Smeaton, Sir Alexander Morrison of Prestongrange, James Douglas of Chester, Mr James Sydserf of Ruchlaw, Patrick Inglis of Elvingston, George Home of Ford, Francis Hepburn of Beanston, Mr Alexander Home of St Leonards, George Logan of Burncastle, Andrew Kerr of Moriston, John Cockburn for Haddington, [...] Purves for Dunbar and Robert Seaton, bailie of Tranent. Of which number the laird of Waughton (or in his absence, [John Hepburn], his son) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Peebles, Sir Alexander Murray of Blackbarony, Sir David Murray of Stanhope, Sir John Veitch of Dawyck, James Naismith of Posso, John Hadden of that ilk, James Geddes of Rachan, John Dickson of Hartree, William Lyle, sheriff depute, Andrew Hay of Haystoun, William Govan of Cardrona, William Tweedy of Wrae, James Russell of Kingside, John Williamson for Peebles, Sir John Veitch, convener, (or in his absence, Sir Alexander Murray).

In the sheriffdom of Selkirk, Sir John Murray of Philiphaugh, Sir William Scott, younger, of Harden, James Pringle of Torwoodlee, James Pringle of Whytbank, Hugh Scott of Galashiels, Robert Scott of Whitslade, Robert Pringle of Blindlie, Robert Scott of Borthwickbrae, Francis Scott of Synton, William Scott of Tushielaw, Thomas Scott of Todrig, John Murray of Sindhope, James Murray of Deuchar, John Scott of Gilmanscleuch, Robert Scott of Bowhill, Patrick Scott of Thirlestane, Andrew Kerr of Sunderlandlaw, William Scott of Mangerton in Newark, Andrew Scott of Foulsheils, Andrew Scott of Broadmeadows, Thomas Scott for Selkirk and Robert Scott of Whitslade (or in his absence, Sir John Murray) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Berwick, Sir David Home of Wedderburn, Sir William Home of Ayton, John Home of Blackadder, Sir William Cockburn of Langton, Sir Alexander Swinton of that ilk, Sir Patrick Hume of Polwarth, Sir James Nicolson of Colbrandspeth, George Home, younger, of Wedderburn, Alexander Home of Haliburton, Mr Harry Home of Hardrig, John Home of Ninewells, John Renton of Lamberton, Mr George Home of Kimmerghame, Alexander Home of Reston, Sir James Cockburn of Ryslaw, John Wilkie of Foulden, [...] Pringle of Stichill, George Home of Eccles, John Edgar of Wedderlie and Sir William Home of Ayton, (or in his absence, the laird of Blackadder) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Dumfries and the stewartry of Annandale, James Crichton, brother to [William Crichton], earl of Dumfries, Sir Robert Grierson of Lag, Sir John Charteris of Amisfield, Sir John Grierson of Rock Hall, Thomas Kirkpatrick of Closeburn, Mr George Douglas of Pinwherrie, James Douglas of Morton, John Wilson of Croglin, Thomas Ferguson of Caitloch, John Laurie of Maxwelton, John Crichton of Crawfordston, William Douglas of Kelhead, John2 Jardine of Applegarth, James Douglas of Mouswald, Andrew Johnston of Lockerbie, [...] Johnston of Wamphray, [...] Murray of Dumcrieff, Andrew Murray of Moriqhat3, Robert Charteris of Duchra, James Johnston of Corehead, Archibald Douglas of Dornock, Mr John Carson and Thomas MacBirnie for Dumfries, and the said Mr John Carson, (or in his absence, Thomas MacBirnie) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Lanark, Sir James Somerville, Sir James Maxwell of Calderwood, Alexander Hamilton of Haggs, James Hamilton of Woodhall, William Baillie of Carphin, Gavin Hamilton of Raploch, James Hamilton of Bogs, John Inglis of Murdostoun, John Hamilton of Gilkerscleugh, Robert Ross of Thornton, Archibald Baillie of Hills, John Hamilton of Weston, Stephen Lockhart of Wicketshaw, John Bannatyne of Corehouse, William Hamilton of Dalserf, Edward Hamilton of Stillertonhill, Walter Stewart of Alanton, Patrick Hamilton of Gateside, Sir William Carmichael, fiar of that ilk, John Dalziel of Johnston Thorne, George Weir of Blackwood, [...] Muir of Anistoun, George Lockhart of Tarbrax, Mr John Carmichael, commissary, George Porterfield and James Bell for Glasgow, Gideon Jack for Lanark, Mr John Chiesley [of Kersewell], and the said Mr John Carmichael (or in his absence, Dalserf) to be conveners.

In the sheriffdom of Linlithgow, George Dundas of that ilk or [...] Dundas, his son, Sir Archibald Stirling of Garden, Sir James Stewart of Kirkhill, William Drummond of Riccarton, Mr John Bruce of Wrae, John Hamilton of Kinglessie, Sir Robert Drummond of Midhope, George Dundas of Duddingston, Mr George Dundas of Manor, Francis Durham of Duntarvie, Sir Walter Murray of Livingston, John Hamilton of Boghall, James Cochrane of Barbauchlaw, Alexander Hamilton of Binning, George Bell for Linlithgow, and the laird of Midhope (or in his absence, Barbauchlaw) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Stirling, Sir Charles Erskine of [Alva, Bandeath and] Cambuskenneth, John Stirling of Herbertshire, [...] Rollock of Bannockburn, [...] Leckie of that ilk, Alexander Cunningham of Bowhen, [...] Bruce of Auchenbowie, Mr John Edmiston of Boche, Walter Buchanan of Drumikill, [...] Lennox, younger, of Banshogell, John Buchanan of Rosse, George Buchanan of that ilk, Sir William Bruce of Stenhouse, [...] Livingstone of Westquarter, Mr William Cunningham of Broomhill (or in his absence, Thomas Bruce) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Dunbarton, William Semple of Fulwood, Walter MacAulay of Ardencaple, John Napier of Kilmahew, [...] Noble, younger, of Ferme, John MacFarlane of that ilk, Sir Humphrey Colquhoun of Balvie, William Buntine, younger, of Ardoch, Mungo Lindsay of Bonhill, Robert Colquhoun of Ballarneck, John Colquhoun of Kilmardinning, John Dennistoun of Dalquharn, Hugh Crawford of Cloberhill, William Douglas of Kaistoun, Robert Hamilton of Barns, John Semple of Dalmoak, John Darleith of that ilk, John Knock of Barns, Andrew Stirling of Law, John Colquhoun of Milton, Walter Colquhoun of Barnhill, Robert Hall of Fulbar, John Semple [of Stainflett] for Dumbarton, and the laird of Balvie (or in his absence, John Semple) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Wigtown and stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Sir Patrick MacKie of Larg, [John] MacKie of Balmaghie, Alexander Gordon of Earlston, John Lennox of Calie, [...] Lennox, his son, John Fullarton of Carleton, Richard Muir of Cassencarie, Thomas Rome of Skingray, Alexander Gordon of Knockgray, George Glendinning of Mochrum, Robert Gordon of Knockbrex, William Glendinning [of Gelstoun] for Kirkcudbright, John Gordon, apparent heir of Earlston, John Gordon of Cardoness, William Grierson of Bargatton, James MacDowall of Garthland, Sir Robert Adair of Kinhilt, [Alexander] MacDowall of Logan, Andrew Agnew, apparent heir of Lochnaw, [...] Gordon of Craiglands, John Murray of Broughton, John Vans of Barnbarroch, Patrick Hannay for Wigtown, James Ross of Balneil, Thomas Hay of Park, Uchtred MacDowall of Freuch, Lancelot Grierson of Dalcarffe, Fergus Kennedy for Stranraer, and the laird of Garthland (or in his absence, Cardoness) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Roxburgh, Sir Andrew Kerr of Greenhead, Sir Walter Riddell of that ilk, Sir Thomas Kerr of Cavers, John Rutherford of Hunthill, Andrew Kerr of Linton, Mr George Douglas of Bonjedward, Archibald Douglas, fiar of Cavers, William Elliott of Stobs, John Kerr of Lochtour, Henry Cranston, brother to [John Cranston], lord Cranston, Robert Pringle of Stichill, John Scott of Gorrenberry, William Kerr of Newton, Robert Langlands of that ilk, Mr Gilbert Elliott of Craigend, Walter Scott of Goldielands, John Rutherford of Edgerston, John Beirhope of that ilk, John Rutherford for Jedburgh, Gideon Scott in Harden and the said Archibald Douglas of Cavers (or in his absence, Bonjedward) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Ayr, [...] Wallace of Craigie, Sir William Cunningham of Caprington, Sir Hugh Campbell of Cessnock, James Chalmers of Gadgirth, David Crawford of Kerse, Sir William Cochrane of Cowdoun, James Fullarton of that ilk, John Osborne for Ayr, Sir William Cunningham of Cunninghamhead, John Blair of that ilk, Sir William Muir of Rowallan, Sir John Crawford of Kilbirnie, Neil Montgomery of Lainshaw, John Crawford of Craufurdland, Alexander Cunningham of Corshill, Mr Robert Barclay for Irvine, Sir Alexander Kennedy of Culzean, David Kennedy of Kirkmichael, Thomas Boyd of Penkill, Hugh Kennedy of Girvanmains, John Kennedy of Knockdaw, Mr Hugh Cathcart of Carleton, Robert Montgomery of Hessilhead, Thomas Kennedy, younger, of Ardmillan, [...] Dunlop of that ilk, Robert MacAlexander of Corseclays, John MacIlvain of Grimmet, David Boswell of Afflect, John Campbell of Shankston, Harry Kelso, John Lockhart of Bar, Thomas Stewart of Gastoun, and Rowallan (or in his absence, Gadgirth) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Renfrew, Sir Ludovic Houston of that ilk, Sir John Maxwell of Nether Pollok, Sir William Ross of Muriston, Sir Patrick Maxwell of Newark, William Cunningham of Craigends, John Brisbane of Bishopton, [Sir] John Shaw of Greenock, Alexander Porterfield of that ilk, John Stewart, younger, of Blackhall, Patrick Fleming of Barochan, Robert Pollok of that ilk, Bryce Semple of Cathcart, William Home of Glanderston, [...] Caldwell of that ilk, John Spreull for Renfrew, Robert Wallace in Paisley, and the laird of Houston (or in his absence, Craigends) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Bute, [...] Stewart of Kilchattan, elder, [...] Stewart of Kilchattan, younger, [...] Stewart of Ascog, Alexander Campbell of Pennymore, [...] Bellenden of Kames, Robert Bannatyne of Lubas, John Hamilton, bailie of Arran, Robert Campbell of Achinwilling, Donald MacNeill of Kilmory, Donald Campbell of Kirkmichael, and Sir Robert Montgomery of [Skelmorlie], who is also to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Argyll, [Sir] Robert Campbell of Glenorchy, Sir Duncan Campbell of Auchinbreck, Duncan Campbell of Dundron, Colin Campbell of Barbreck, Duncan Campbell of Inverliver, Archibald Campbell, captain of Craigness, Mr Dougal Campbell of Lagg, Hector MacNeill of Taynish, Hector MacAlister of Loup, Malcolm MacNaughton of Dunderaw, Archibald Campbell of Glengarrisdale, John MacLeod of Dunvegan, Sir Donald MacDonald of Sleat, John MacDonald of Eilean Tioram, captain of the Clanranald, Alan Cameron of Lochiel or Donald Cameron, his son, Sir Donald Campbell of Ardnamurchan, Sir Lauchlan MacLean of Duart, Murdoch MacLean of Lochbuie, James Campbell of Ardkinglas, Archibald Campbell of Kilmun, Colin Campbell of Strachur, Archibald Campbell of Otter, Sir James Lamont of Inveryne, Lauchlan MacLauchlan of that ilk, younger, John Campbell of Lochnell, Archibald Campbell, captain of Dunstaffnage, George Campbell, tutor of Cawdor, John MacDougall of Dunollie, and George Campbell, sheriff depute of Argyll, and the said laird of Glenorchy (or in his absence, Auchinbreck) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Clackmannan, Sir Robert Bruce of Clackmannan, Sir Charles Erskine of Bandeath, [Alva, and Cambuskenneth], Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Bruce, Mr Robert Bruce of Kennet, John Hadden of Myreton, Gavin Marshall of Dollar, elder, and Sir Alexander Shaw of Sauchie, who is also to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Fife and Kinross, Arthur Erskine of Scotscraig, [...] Lundin of that ilk or Robert Maitland, [Sir] William Scott of Ardross, Sir Thomas Myreton of Cambo, Colonel Sir James Lumsden, Robert Forbes of Rires or William Forbes, his son, John Cunningham of Barns, George Hay, fiar of Naughton, James Airth for Pittenweem, Sir Andrew Bruce of Earlshall, Sir George Hamilton of Blackburn, Sir Michael Arnott of that ilk, Sir John Wemyss of Bogie, Sir Andrew Skene of Hallyards, James Law for Kirkcaldy, Mr Robert Cunningham for Kinghorn, George Gardyne for Burntisland, Sir George Erskine of Otterston, John Henderson of Fordell, Sir Robert Colville of Cleish, William Monteith of Randieford, Sir James Halkett, fiar of Pitfirrane, James Kidd for Dunfermline, Robert Dempster of Balbougie, Sir David Barclay of Cullernie, David Beaton of Creich, Sir John Aytoun of that ilk, Sir James Arnott of Fernie, John Preston, fiar of Airdrie, David Pitcairn of that ilk, Sir Michael Balfour of Denmilne, David MacGill, fiar of Rankeilour, George Jamieson for Cupar, John Seaton of Lafreis, David Balfour of Balloch, William Halliday of Tullibole, Sir William Douglas of Kirkness, Robert Paterson of Dunmore, David Simpson for Dysart, Mark Kinglassie for Inverkeithing, Captain Alexander for Anstruther, James Sword for St Andrews and Andrew Daw for Crail, and Scotscraig (or in his absence, Denmilne) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Perth, Sir Thomas Blair of Balthayock, Sir Thomas Ruthven of Freeland, John Oliphant of Bachilton, Patrick Kinnaird of Inchture, Peter Hay of Leys, Sir Patrick Ogilvie of Inchmartine, [...] Campbell of Glenorchy, Mr George Graham of Inchbrakie, John Blair of Ardblair, Mr David Kinloch of Aberbrothie, David Graham of Gorthie, David Carmichael of Balmedie, John Graham of Balcomie, Sir John Moncreiffe of that ilk, Sir John Haldane of Gleneagles, Sir James Drummond of Machany, Thomas Durham, dean of guild of Perth, James Stirling of Auchyle, James Mercer of Aldie, Alexander Menzies of Comrie, James Stewart of Ardvorlich, George Campbell of Cronan, [...] Drummond of Balloch, [...] Ramsay of Bamff, Gilbert Campbell, fiar of Keithick, Sir George Preston of Valleyfield, and Inchture (or in his absence, Inchbrakie) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Forfar, Thomas Fotheringham of Powrie, Mr James Durham of Pitkerro or James Durham in his absence, William Durham, elder, of Grange, John Scrimgeour of Kirkton, Thomas Haliburton for Dundee, James Crichton of Ruthven, George Haliburton of Keillor, John Nevay, fiar of that ilk, James Ogilvie of Balfour, Peter Young of Seaton, William Ruthven of Gairn, Sir Alexander Carnegie of Balnamoon, Robert Falconer of Drim, Robert Arbuthnott of Findowrie, George Symmer of Balzeordie, James Scott for Montrose, Frederick Lyon of Brigton, Henry Maule of Melgund, Thomas Fotheringham of Denoon, Sir William Blair of Balgillo, George Campbell of Carsegownie, John Ogilvie of Pitmony, Mr William Clephane of Hedderstakes, [...] Hunter for Forfar, and the laird of Brigton (or in his absence, Balnamoon) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Kincardine, Sir Alexander Falconer, fiar of Halkerton, Sir Alexander Carnegie of Pittarrow, Patrick Falconer of Newton, John Graham of Cragie, [...] Douglas of Stonypath, Alexander Keith of Kirktonhill, Robert Keith of Whiteriggs, Robert Douglas of Brigford, Robert Middleton of Cowdoun, [...] Ramsay of Balmain, younger, [...] of Allardice, [...] Wood of Balbegno, [...] Strachan, tutor of Thornton, [...] Bannerman of Elsick, [...] Straton of Lauriston, James Burnett of Craigmill, William Rait of Hallgreen, John Barclay of Johnstoun-[Barclay], Sir Thomas Burnett of Leys, Mr James Strachan of Fettercairn, Mr David Falconer of Glenfarquhar, and Whiteriggs (or in his absence, Fettercairn) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Banff, Sir Robert Innes of that ilk, [...] Ogilvie of Boyne, [...] Ogilvie of Kempcairn, [...] Abercrombie, elder, of Birkenbog, Sir Alexander Abercrombie, younger, his son, [...] Baird of Auchmedden, [...] Gordon of Glaschoille, [...] Abercrombie of Skeith, [...] Wilson of Brackenhills, James Ogilvie of Raggal, Mr Alexander Douglas [of Downies], provost of Banff, [...] Ogilvie of Poldavie, [...] Ogilvie of Hallyards, [...] Sutherland, tutor of Duffus, [...] Innes, younger, of Auchlunkart, [...] Grant of Ballindalloch, younger, [...] Gordon of Auchanachie, William Lawtie, and the said laird of Birkenbog, younger, (or in his absence, Mr Alexander Douglas) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Aberdeen, Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum, Sir Gilbert Menzies of Pitfodels, Patrick Leslie [of Iden] for Aberdeen, Alexander Fraser of Philorth, Sir William Forbes of Craigievar, Thomas Fraser, younger, of Strachan, John Keith of Clachriach, Robert Farquharson of Invercauld, Sir Thomas Crombie of Kemnay, Robert Forbes of Echt, James Hay of Muriefald, Mr Robert Gordon of Straloch, Mr William Moir of Scotstoun, Thomas Mortimer of Hassilheid, Mr Robert Farquhar of Mounie, Thomas Erskine of Pittodrie [and Balhalgardy], [...] Skene of that ilk, [...] Forbes of Tolquhon, [...] Leslie, younger, of Kincraigie, John Kennedy of Kermuckes, Robert Keith of Knock, [Alexander] Forbes, tutor of Pitsligo, [...] Dalgarno of Garniston, Robert Irvine of Fedderate, [...] of Glenkindie, [...] Meldrum of Haltoun, and the laird of Drum (or in his absence, Philorth) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Elgin, Nairn and a part of the sheriffdom of Inverness, with the town thereof and Strathspey, Duncan Forbes of Culloden, James Cuthbert of Drakies, William MacIntosh of Killachie, William Dallas of Cantray, William Rose of Clava, Hugh Rose of Kilravock, Alexander Brodie of Lethen, John Grant of Moyness, James Sutherland of Kinsteary, Alexander Dunbar of Boath, John Hay of Knockdowie, Thomas MacKenzie of Pluscarden, Alexander Dunbar of Westfield, Thomas Tulloch of Tannachies, Ninian Dunbar of Grangehill, [Sir] Alexander Brodie of that ilk, Alexander Sutherland of Duffus, Sir Robert Innes of that ilk, Sir Robert Gordon of that ilk, Mr John Hay, provost of Elgin, Patrick Campbell of Boath, James Grant of Freuchie, John Grant of Ballindalloch, younger, and the laird of Brodie (or in his absence, Innes) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Sutherland and a part of Inverness, [...] Gray of Skibo, David Ross of Balnagown, Sir Alexander Sutherland of Duffus, Sir Robert Munro, tutor of Foulis, Walter Innes of Inverbreakie, Hector Douglas, younger, of Mulderg, Andrew MacCulloch of Glastullich, Hugh Ross of Littletarcel, Alexander Gray of Ospisdale, Robert Murray of Pulrossie, Donald MacLeod of Assynt, Walter Murray of Pitgrudy, Hutcheon Mackay of Scourie, Alexander Gordon of Carrol, Robert Gray of Culmaily, Sir John Gordon of Embo and [...] Gray of Skibo (or in his absence, Balnagown) to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Caithness, Sir James Sinclair of Murkle, Francis Sinclair of Tusbuster, Sir James Sinclair of Canisbay, Sir John Sinclair of Dunbeath, James Sinclair of Kelter, Alexander Sinclair of Rachlow, David Sinclair of [...], Patrick Sinclair of [...], James Sinclair of Brims Ness, James Sutherland, fiar of Forse, John Sinclair of Assery, John Murray of Pennyland, Alexander Cogle of that ilk, Charles Caddell of Lynegar, David Cogle, fiar of Cogle, David Caddell of Skuthell, William Bruce of Home, Robert Murray in Thurso, John Innes of Thirsetter, David Budge of [...], Alexander Bruce of Holland, Robert Innes of [...], John Davidson, sheriff clerk, and the said laird of Murkle to be convener.

In the sheriffdom of Orkney, [...] Stewart of Maynes, Harry Stewart of Grimsay, Thomas Buchanan, sheriff, Mr Harry Aitken, commissary, Edward Cock, Magnus Tailor, John Baikie and Henry Prince, bailies of Kirkwall, Patrick Smith of Braco, William Sinclair of Saba, John Craigie of Sand, Thomas Sinclair of Campston, James Baikie of Tankerness, Edward Sinclair of Gyre, Edward Sinclair of Ness, John Sinclair of Hamar, Adam Bellenden of Stenhouse, David Heart of Rusland, Hugh Halcro of Gruke, William Craigie of Gairsay, William Irvine of Garslay, Patrick Balfour of Faray, Thomas Trail of Holland, James Cock of Bea, John Grot of Elsness, James Fea, younger, of Clestrain, Robert Stewart of Burch, John Groat of Halston, James Moodie of Melsetter, Hugh Halcro of that ilk, and the laird of Maynes (or in his absence, Mr Harry Aitken) to be convener.

With power to them (being once met by the conveners above-specified or any of them respectively and sworn by them for attendance and faithful administration), or at least any fourth part or more of them beside the convener, whom they have power to make choice of among themselves after the first meeting; and not excluding the colonels of the shire and well-affected noblemen within the same who please to assist, and are hereby declared to have vote and place in their meetings once in the week at the least at the head burgh of the shire or any other convenient place they shall please; and there to take special trial and make perfect lists of the whole fencible persons between 60 and 16 within their shire, both foot and horse, and to have a special care to see them sufficiently provided with arms; and for that effect, to call such persons before them as they shall think most able (either to burgh or land) to give up upon oath the lists of the said whole fencible persons and arms within the shire, and to send an authentic duplicate of the said list to the committee of estates at Edinburgh. As also, with power to them to divide their shires into several divisions and to appoint a distinct part thereof for every one of the colonels within their bounds; and if any debate arises concerning the making of the divisions which cannot be presently settled with consent, that the same be represented to the committee of estates. With power likewise to them to reduce the whole fencible persons in the shire (as well to burgh as land) into regiments, foot companies and horse troops; which being done, that the colonels, by advice of that committee, appoint all under-officers necessary for commanding all those under their charge and to see them sufficiently provided with all equipment requisite, and that they have a care that they be drilled and exercised in managing their arms, every regiment once in the month, and every company or troop once in the week, at such place as the said committees and colonels shall appoint; who are hereby required to see the captains of each company provided with colours and drums, and the rutmasters with trumpets and cornets; and that they be in readiness, as they shall receive order from the committee of estates, to bring forth such number and proportion of their regiments, with sufficient equipment, arms and provision as they shall be required, provided always that the burghs royal within the shires shall have the nomination of their own captains and under-officers and their men to be exercised within their own town, and shall not be obliged to keep other places of mustering in the shire until the regiments of that division where the burgh lies be called to march or go upon service. In which case, each burgh is to furnish a proportional number of well-armed men according to the number furnished by the shire, and who are to go on in the service under and receive command from the colonels and other officers named as said is. And for the more good service, it is ordained that the several committees aforesaid appoint some secure place for magazines of ammunition and arms for the use of the shire. And that this whole service may be better furthered and advanced, the committees and colonels aforesaid are hereby ordained to labour so far as in them lies to maintain unity and love amongst all his majesty's good subjects in these bounds, and that all private quarrels, in case any shall happen to fall out among any well-affected persons, be settled and removed amicably, or otherwise that the same be represented to the committee of estates at Edinburgh. And if any tumult or insurrection break forth in the shire by malignants or other disaffected persons, to use all means to compose the same; and, if need be, to pursue the raisers thereof in a hostile way with the strength of the shire, and if the insurrection or division comes to that height that the shire where it falls out is not able to suppress the same, that the colonels, committees and commanders of the adjacent shires on all quarters (with whom the committees respectively are to keep correspondence) join for suppressing the same as they shall receive advertisement from the committee of estates or committee of the shire where the insurrection is. And in case of any foreign invasion by sea or by land, that the colonels and commanders rise in arms with the whole strength of the shire, horse and foot, for resisting the same, and by beacons and otherwise to give timely advertisement thereof to the country and adjacent shires, who are hereby commanded to rise and concur in the pursuit of the said invaders and raisers of commotion and trouble. And if they or any others assisting them in these unlawful deeds shall flee to strengths and houses, with power to the said colonels and commanders and all others that join with them to raise fire, assuage the said strengths and houses and use all other kind of warlike engines that can be had for recovery thereof and apprehending the said persons or their assisters; and if in execution hereof any slaughter, mutilation or other accident shall fall out upon the persons so pursued, the estates declare the colonels and others aforesaid free thereof and of all pain or danger they may incur thereby for ever; and ordain and command all his majesty's good subjects to assist the said committees and colonels in the prosecution of this commission, under the pain to be esteemed and punished as enemies to religion, the king's majesty and their native country and art and part of the said insurrections. And to the effect the said colonels and committees may the better attend this charge, with power to them, or quorum thereof aforesaid, to inflict and uplift fines off the absents, to nominate and elect clerks and other officers needful, and to appoint fees to them for that service; and if any places of the said committees fall vacant by death or otherwise, with power to the quorum there to receive others in their place. And notwithstanding hereof, it is statute and ordained that none be admitted, nor suffered to remain as members of the said committees, nor have public charge in the shire, but such as shall subscribe the articles to be sent into the shire by the estates or committee thereof, with advice of the general assembly or commissioners thereof. Likewise the said committees are hereby ordained to obey and put into execution all orders and instructions to be sent to them by this convention or committee of estates, and give frequent advertisements of their proceedings and of the condition of the shire and of the names of all the papists and disaffected persons within their bounds to the committee of estates, to whom they shall be answerable for the discharge of this trust committed to them by this commission, which is to endure until the same be recalled by the parliament, convention of estates or committees thereof.

  1. NAS. PA8/1, f.99r-106r.
  2. This is most likely an error for Alexander, son of John Jardine of Applegarth.
  3. ? Possibly Morroch.