[Warrant granted; decreet approved; petition read and granted]

Prayers said, the rolls called.

The minutes of the last sederunt read.

The warrant for citing [Archibald Douglas], earl of Forfar, according to the petition of [Archibald Douglas], marquis of Douglas, granted.

The consideration of the cause pursued by [Thomas Fotheringham], laird of Powrie against [Patrick Gray], lord Gray being resumed, the decreet of the lords of session was read, and the vote stated adhere or alter the decreet, carried adhere.

Petition for [George Melville], earl of Melville for changing the highway about Melville House in favour of his planting and enclosures read, and the desire thereof granted, and the new way ordained to be made at sight of the justices of peace for the shire of Fife.

[Act read; order of business; petition read and laid open]

The act formerly offered in favour of the burgh of Glasgow read.

Resolved that these acts that are offered in favour of particular burghs be considered the first sitting of parliament for private business.

Petition by William Cochrane of Ferguslie for an abatement of his tack duty of the poll tax read and ordered to lie on the table until the committee for inspecting the public accounts be named.

[Petitions read and delayed; warrant granted]

Petition by Captain Boswell and other officers and seamen who served on board her majesty's ship The Royal Mary, complaining of abuse of the public faith by the said William Cochrane in keeping up their pay and anent some of their arrears, read and he ordained peremptorily to make answer thereto the next sitting of parliament for private affairs.

Resolved that the petition for [John Kerr], laird of Morriston be considered the first sitting of parliament for private affairs.

A warrant granted upon a petition offered by John Callander of Craigforth for citing Mr Alexander Higgins, advocate, to insist in his depending action for remedy of law against him, and Mr Higgins ordained to answer it the first sitting of parliament next week, with certification etc.

[Controverted election considered; continuation]

The consideration of the elections for the shire of Linlithgow resumed, and the objection and reply against John Hamilton of Grange insisted in. After advising the same, and the answers and rejoinders made thereto, with the writs produced for instructing thereof, the vote was stated sustain or reject the objections, and carried sustain. The objection against George Dallas of Parkley, that he instructed not his right to a forty shilling land of old extent, distinct from the feu duties, nor to lands liable in public burdens for £400 of valued rent, and the answer being considered with an extract from the valuation books of the shire, bearing the lands to be valued to £402, the objection was rejected without a vote. The objection against Mr Thomas Rigg of Rigland, that he was but an assignee, not in possession, [Catherine Stewart], lady Cardross being in possession of the lands and uplifting the rents, and the answers being considered with the instructions, the objection was sustained without a vote.

The lord chancellor, by order from her majesty's high commissioner, adjourned the parliament until Saturday next at 10 o'clock.

[James Ogilvy, earl of] Seafield, chancellor, in the presence of the lords of parliament2

  1. NAS. PA3/7, Printed minutes No.16, 1-2 or NAS. PA6/36, 27, f.1-1v.
  2. NAS. PA6/36, 27, on rear: '19 June 1703, read in parliament and approved'.