[Oath taken by Lord Sempill]

The oath of Francis [Sempill], lord Sempill taken by order and in presence of parliament

I, Francis, lord Sempill, do from my heart profess and declare before God, who searches the heart, that I do deny, disown and abhor the tenets and doctrines of the papal Romish church, namely: the supremacy of the pope and bishop of Rome over all pastors of the Catholic church, his power and authority over kings, princes and states, and the infallibility that he pretends to, either without or with a general council, his power of dispensing and pardoning, the doctrine of transubstantiation and the corporal presence, with the communion without the cup in the sacrament of the Lord's supper, the adoration and sacrifice professed and practised by the popish church in the mass, the invocation of angels and saints, the worshipping of images, crosses and relicts, the doctrine of supererogation, indulgences and purgatory, and the service and worship in an unknown tongue, all which tenets and doctrines of the said church I believe to be contrary to and inconsistent with the written word of God, and I do from my heart deny, disown and disclaim the said doctrines and tenets of the church of Rome as in the presence of God, without any equivocation or mental reservation, but according to the known and plain meaning of the words as to me offered and proposed, so help me God. Sempill.

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

  1. NAS. PA6/35, 'May 15 1703'.