[Submission of election writs; overtures ordered to be printed; draft acts and overture read]

Prayers said, the rolls called.

The minutes of the last sederunt read.

Ordered that all writs to be founded upon for either party or voter in the competing elections for Linlithgowshire be given to the clerk of the competition between now and 10 o'clock tomorrow, to the end either parties' procurators may have inspection thereof before the next sitting of parliament, with certification that the said controverted election shall be then determined peremptorily.

There being four separate overtures in form of acts for security of the kingdom presented and read, her majesty's solicitors were allowed to cause print these overtures that copies thereof might be delivered before Thursday next at 10 o'clock for the information of the members.

The act anent leasing makers and slanderers read and ordered to be marked a first reading.

The draft of an act and commission of parliament for inspecting the public accounts presented and read.

Overture in form of an act for the more effectual payment of the drawback of customs imposed upon exported victual presented and read.

The draft of an act anent copper coin read.

The draft of an act anent colliers read.

[Order of business; draft acts and report read]

Agreed that the two actions for remedy of law, the one at the instance of Robert Hepburn against George Suttie, and the other at the instance of John Callander against Mr Alexander Higgins, be heard next sitting of parliament for private business.

Another draft of an act for a commission to examine the public accounts read.

The draft of an act in favour of the inhabitants of the isles of Orkney and Shetland read.

The draft of an act on the report of a committee for making up the tenor of burnt writs in favour of Anna Cockburn read and ordered to be marked a first reading.

[Petition read and delayed; overtures presented and delayed]

The petition for the burgh of Lanark read again, and the petitioners ordained to condescend on the customs related to in the petition.

Overture in form of an act anent alimenting prisoners for debt, and another for exportation of pork, and a third for preventing the disloyal curing of salmon, presented and ordered to be read the next sitting of parliament.

Agreed that the overtures prepared by [James Moir], laird of Stoneywood for improving woollen manufactories be read the next sitting of parliament.

[Act read; overture read and laid open; continuation]

The act prohibiting butchers to be graziers read again, and ordered to be marked a first reading.

An overture for exporting sheep skins and lamb skins read and ordered to lie on the table.

The lord chancellor, by order of her majesty's high commissioner, adjourned the parliament until Thursday 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.18, 1-2 or NAS. PA6/36, 29, f.1-1v.
  2. NAS. PA6/36, 29, on rear: '24 June 1703, read in parliament and approved'.