Charter: ratification

Ratification in favour of Bisset of Lessendrum, read and approved in parliament, and is as follows.

Ratification in favour of Robert Bisset of Lessendrum and Alexander Bisset, his son

Our sovereign lady, with the special advice and consent of the estates of parliament, ratifies, approves and perpetually confirms a charter under her majesty's great seal, proceeding on a signature of the date at Kensington, 24 June 1698, granted by the deceased King William, with consent of his commissioners of the treasury and exchequer for the time, upon the resignation of Robert Bisset of Lessendrum, to and in favour of the said Robert, in liferent, and to Alexander Bisset, his eldest lawful son, and his other male heirs and of tailzie therein mentioned, which failing his heirs and assignees whatsoever, in fee heritably and irredeemably, under the provisions, restrictions, reservations and irritancies therein-specified, of all and whole the lands and others underwritten, that is to say all and entire the lands and davach of lands of Lessendrum, containing the town and lands particularly after-mentioned, namely the town and lands called the Mains of Lessendrum, with the manor place, houses, biggings, yards, tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles and pertinents of the same; the town and lands called the Overton of Lessendrum, the loan descending to the water of Divves,2 with the privilege of the said loan according to the possession of the tenants and possessors of the said lands of Overston; and also all and whole the lands called the Leys of Lessendrum; the town and lands of Crichie; the town and lands of Knightsmill, with the mill thereof, mill lands, astricted multures, sucken and knaveships of the same, together with all and sundry houses, biggings, yards, tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles, annexes, connexes and pertinents of the foresaid davach of the said lands of Lessendrum, and particular towns and lands therein contained and above-expressed, lying within the barony of Drumblade and sheriffdom of Aberdeen, of old bounded and formerly united in a tenantry, in manner mentioned in the said charter. And also, of all and whole the town and lands of the Kirkton of Drumblade, with the mill thereof, mill lands, astricted multures and knaveships of the same, together with the houses, biggings, yards, tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles and pertinents thereof, together also with the privilege of peat moss and of casting and winning of peat and fuel within the bounds of the middle third part of the lands of Camalegie,3 and transporting the same; and also all and whole the superiority and property of the two part of the lands of Bogie's hill, with the mills, mill lands and pertinents of the same; and likewise of the two part of the lands of Stanyfield,4 and third part of the lands of Wedderburn, and third part of the lands of Thomeston, tenants, tenantries and service of free tenants, with the pertinents, whereof the property formerly belonged to William Troup of Balnacraig, and now pertains to the said Robert Bisset, lying within the said barony of Drumblade and sheriffdom of Aberdeen foresaid. Of all which lands and others above-written, the rights and securities granted to the said Robert Bisset and his foresaids, and to their authors and predecessors, are confirmed by the said charter, which contains also a new gift or disposition of the said whole lands and others above and therein-mentioned, with the privilege of keeping two yearly fairs at the said Kirktoun of Drumblade, one thereof to begin upon the second Tuesday of May, called St Agnes fair,5 and the other on the second Tuesday of October, called St Michael's fair, ordaining each of the said fairs to continue three days, with power to the said Robert, and his foresaids, to uplift the tolls and customs thereof, and a disjunction of all the said lands and others foresaid from all other baronies to which they or any part thereof were formerly united, with a union and erection of the same whole lands, towns, mills and others above-written, with the pertinents and the said two yearly fairs, in a whole and free barony to be called, in all time coming, the barony of Lessendrum, ordaining the manor place of Lessendrum to be the principal messuage thereof and one sasine to be taken thereat, or at any other part of the said lands, to be sufficient for the whole, to be held of his majesty and his successors, in manner mentioned in the said charter, whereby the ward, non-entry and relief of the said lands and marriage of the heir or heirs, one or more, when the same shall fall, are given and conveyed, with all the profits of the said marriages, to the male heirs, assignees and successors of the said Robert and Alexander Bisset, succeeding to them in the lands, barony and others foresaid, by virtue of the tailzie and substitution expressed in the said charter. And it is ordained that whenever and as often as the lands and others foresaid, or any part of the same, shall fall in ward and non-entry and that the relief and marriage of the heirs and successors shall fall in the hands of his majesty or his successors, that then and as often the said male heirs, successors and assignees of the said Robert and Alexander Bisset and their tenants for the time shall not only possess the same during the whole space of the ward and non-entry, with the whole profits thereof and the whole benefit of the relief and marriage, but also it shall be lawful to the male heirs and other successors and assignees of the said Robert and Alexander Bisset to obtain themselves served, retoured, entered, infeft and seised at any time of their age, even though in minority, without any dispensation, in the lands and others foresaid erected in manner above-mentioned, notwithstanding the same are held ward, for payment yearly at two terms Whitsunday [15 May] and Martinmas [11 November] by equal portions of the sum of £190 Scots money for the ward and non-entry, or any of them when they shall happen, and of the like sum for the relief, with the sum of £380 for the said marriage or marriages of the heir or heirs, when the same respectively shall happen to fall, which several sums his majesty, with consent foresaid did, by the said charter, esteem reasonable for the values and profits of the said ward, non-entry, relief and marriage respectively, in manner fully expressed by the said charter, together with the precept of sasine therein contained and instrument of sasine following thereupon, in all and sundry heads, articles, clauses, provisions and conditions of the same. And her majesty, with consent of the estates of parliament, wills and grants and, for her and her royal successors, statutes and ordains, that the foresaid charter and infeftment to follow thereon shall be good, valid and sufficient rights, conforming to the tenors of the same, to the said Robert and Alexander Bisset, and the male heirs and other heirs, successors and assignees mentioned in the foresaid charter, for possessing and enjoying the towns, lands and others particularly above and therein mentioned erected as is above-written, without stop or impediment, in so far as concerns the interest of her majesty or her successors, and that the same shall never be quarrelled by her or them in time coming, and also that this present general ratification is and shall be as effectual and sufficient to the said Robert and Alexander Bisset and the male heirs, and other heirs, successors and assignees mentioned in the said charter, as if the sasine thereon were already taken, and as if the same charter and sasine were word by word inserted herein, with the not inserting whereof and with all other objections that may be proposed against the validity of this present ratification or rights hereby ratified, her majesty, with consent foresaid, hereby dispenses forever. Extract.

Procedure: adjournment

Then the lord chancellor, by order of her majesty's high commissioner, adjourned the parliament until Friday next at 10 o'clock.

  1. NAS. PA2/39, f.87-88v.
  2. Not identified.
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  5. Date appears not to be directly linked to a saint's feast day. Conventional St Agnes saint's day is 21 January.