[Oaths taken; patents read]

The rolls called.

[John Scrimgeour], earl of Dundee and [John Campbell], laird of Ardchattan took the oath of allegiance and oath of parliament.

The lord commissioner, with advice of his estates of parliament, in regard that there is not any person as yet entrusted with the keeping of the privy seal, allows and accordingly declares that the appending of the great seal to the patent granted to [William Cunningham], earl of Glencairn to be chancellor shall be sufficient, though the seal be presently in the keeping of the said earl of Glencairn.

The lord commissioner produced a patent under the great seal of the [...] day of January instant, making [John Lindsay], earl of Crawford [Lindsay] treasurer principal during his lifetime, and declared that it was his majesty's pleasure that the said lord treasurer should have the same place and precedency that any treasurer formerly had before these troubles, next to and immediately after the lord chancellor. Which patent being read in the presence and hearing of the estates, they did with all humble duty acknowledge his majesty's favour shown to the said earl of Crawford.

The lord commissioner (after the said earl had given his oath for faithful administration) delivered the said patent to him, which he received upon his knees.

The lord commissioner produced a patent under the great seal of 19 January creating John [Maitland], earl of Lauderdale to be sole and only secretary of state of this kingdom etc.; which was with all humble duty acknowledged by the parliament and delivered by the lord commissioner to [John Lindsay], earl of Crawford [Lindsay], who, in the earl of Lauderdale's absence, received the same upon his knee. And also commission to be given for taking his oath of allegiance and administration at London, in regard of his absence in his majesty's service.

The lord commissioner produced a patent under the great seal making Sir Archibald Primrose [of Carrington] during his lifetime clerk of the registers etc.; which being read and acknowledged by the parliament, and the said Sir Archibald Primrose having given the oath of allegiance, and of faithful administration, the lord commissioner did deliver his patent to him, who received the same on his knees.

[Clerks to the session and register admitted]

The lord register having presented Sir John Gibson, Mr John Hay, Mr Thomas Hay, Mr Alexander Gibson, Mr Laurence Scott and Robert Hamilton to be his deputes as clerks to the session, according to the gifts and deputations granted by him to them, they were admitted and gave their oaths for faithful administration.

Forasmuch as Sir Archibald Primrose [of Carrington], by virtue of a warrant under his majesty's hand of 7 August, has until now exercised the office of clerk register and appointed deputies in the session and for keeping the registers of the sessions in the shires, the king's majesty and estates of parliament approve of his exercising the office aforesaid by his majesty's warrant, and of the deputations given by him to two clerks for each of the three ordinary clerkships.

[William Cunningham, earl of] Glencairn, chancellor, in the presence of the lords of parliament

[Act approved; continuation]

Act concerning [George Ogilvy], master of Banff, [James Ogilvy], lord Findlater, Robert Stewart in Linlithgow, David Sinclair in Orkney, John Irvine of Kincousie, the burgh of Dumbarton, Mr William Wishart, minister at Kinneil, Mr James Douglas, Richard Symons, Cunningham of Baidland and Mr Alexander Innes.2

The commissioner continues the parliament until Friday at 2 o'clock, and continues all summons as above etc.3

  1. NAS. PA3/3, f.5v-6.
  2. Numbered 1 to11 in margin.
  3. NLS. Wodrow Qu XXXV, f.23v - 'This day Mr John Hodge said prayer'.