Act in favour of [James Livingstone], earl of Callander and others

The estates of parliament, taking to their consideration a supplication presented to them by James, earl of Callander, James [Baillie], lord Forrester, John Murray of Polmaise, Sir William Livingstone of Westquarter, William Livingstone of Langton, Norman Livingstone of Milnehill, the heirs of the late James Livingstone, portioner of Falkirk, Sir William Callander of Durrator and several other gentlemen of the shire of Stirling mentioning that they, being employed in the Engagement of 1648, for his majesty's relief out of prison and restitution to his royal government were, at their return from that expedition, most rigorously used by the pretended authority of some unnatural countrymen who ruled for the time, and ordained them and other engagers within that shire to put out an exorbitant number of horse and foot in levies of that year far amounting their proportions, and that by way of fine for their loyalty, humbly desiring that the sums of money, so exorbitantly exacted, might be refunded to them; and the king's majesty, finding it just that they should be relieved of these burdens and sufferings they were liable to for their loyalty, do therefore ordain the commissioners of the excise within the shire of Stirling to give intimation to the heritors to meet at Stirling upon the [...] day of [...] next to come, and that then, with the concurrence of such as shall meet, they lay on the proportions of that levy then imposed after the Engagement according to the general rule of burdens, that the petitioners may be freed and relieved and have repetition of what they paid and gave out more than their just and equal proportions, and the proportions being calculated and set down under the commissioners' hands, ordains letters to be directed for payment accordingly.

  1. NAS. PA2/27, f.81v.