Procedure: adjudication of John Gordon of Haddo's lands and possessions
Comprising against [Sir John Gordon of] Haddo

The convention of estates ordain a comprising to be led against John Gordon of Haddo for comprising his lands and heritages at the instance of William Thomson, in name of the public, and Archibald Primrose, clerk of council, for his interest, for the fine of £10,000 imposed upon Sir John Gordon of Haddo, whereof £1,200 is assigned by the said estates to the said Archibald Primrose; and in regard that messengers of arms may not safely proceed neither to the lands, heritages and house pertaining to the said Sir John for searching for his moveable goods, nor to the ground of his lands and dwelling house, nor to the market crosses of Aberdeen and Banff within the which his lands lie, to denounce the same apprised, nor to warn him and all other parties having interest to see the said apprising carried out, nor yet can they proceed to him to cite him personally because of the insurrection in the north for which the said Sir John is a special actor, therefore the convention of estates give warrant hereby to the lords of session to direct letters of apprising at the instance of the said Archibald Primrose and William Thomson for apprising of the lands and the others above specified, and to give warrant in the same to messengers of arms to denounce the said lands and to warn the party and all other parties having interest at the market cross of Edinburgh and Stonehaven, because there is no safe access to the ground of his lands, his dwelling house nor the market crosses of Aberdeen and Banff; and in case safe access cannot be had at the time of the said denunciation at Stonehaven, then to denounce at the market cross of Forfar; and in case safe access cannot be had there, at the market cross of Cupar in Fife. Which citation and denunciation and apprising following thereupon the said estates declare to be as valid and sufficient as if the same were done personally at his dwelling places and upon the ground of his lands according to the accustomed order, whereby, and with not being able to search his moveable goods upon the ground of his lands and at his dwelling house, the said estates, in respect of the troubles and in the case aforesaid, dispense by this act, and that the said lords of session grant all other dispensations for leading of the said apprising within the tolbooth of Edinburgh anent the time and place.

  1. NAS. PA8/1, f.141r-141v.