Item, as to the article touching the holding of justice ayres, the lords think it expedient that justice ayres be held universally throughout all the realm, and to begin at Aberdeen on 5 February next to come, and from there to Forfar, Perth and other parts needful beyond the Forth, and thereafter at the shires on this side of the water where it is most needful to hold justice ayres, and that the justice clerk and his deputies pass and receive dittay within all shires as appropriate.

These are the lords chosen to remain with the king's grace quarterly as after follows: that is to say, from this day forth until All Hallowmass next to come [1 November 1525], [Gavin Dunbar, younger], archbishop of Glasgow and [Archibald Douglas], earl of Angus, and with them in company [John Benston], bishop of Orkney, [James Douglas], earl of Morton, [George Crichton], abbot of Holyroodhouse, [George Seton], lord Seton and [David Beaton, commendator], abbot of Arbroath.

The second quarter, that is to say, from All Hallowmass [1 November 1525] to Candlemas [2 February 1526], [Gavin Dunbar, elder], bishop of Aberdeen, [James Hamilton], earl of Arran, and with them [John Hepburn], bishop of Brechin, [Hugh Montgomery], earl of Eglinton, [Robert Shaw], abbot of Paisley and [John Forbes], lord Forbes.

The third quarter, that is to say, from Candlemas [2 February 1526] to Beltane [1/3 May 1526], [James Beaton], archbishop of St Andrews, [Colin Campbell], earl of Argyll and with them [Robert Cockburn], bishop of Dunkeld, [Alexander Milne], abbot of Cambuskenneth, [John Erskine], lord Erskine and [Robert Fleming], lord Fleming.

The fourth and last quarter, from Beltane [1/3 May 1526] to Lammas [1 August 1526], [James Chisholm], bishop of Dunblane, [John Stewart], earl of Lennox, and with them [Andrew Stewart], bishop of Caithness, [Cuthbert Cunningham], earl of Glencairn, [William Graham], earl of Montrose and [Alexander Stewart, commendator], abbot of Scone.

Item, the whole lords refer the activities of the king's most noble person to the discretion of the lords being with him for the time.

Item, as to the article to advise upon the ordering of the king's household, the lords will consider and order the same immediately after they have concluded upon the points concerning the parliament and over the ending of the exchequer.

Item, as to the article touching [Margaret Tudor], the queen's grace, the lords will provide for that as appropriate, or at the conclusion of the parliament.

Item, that summons of treason be made against the great lords who were charged by our sovereign lord's letters to have come in to this present parliament for such urgent necessities as occur, to be summoned against the next parliament for such causes as the king's advocate shall think expedient to libel against them etc.

Item, regarding the eschewing of violent outrages or troubles to be made close to the king's grace, the lords ordain the laws in such cases to be kept in time to come. And the lords being with the king's grace for the time are to put the same to execution, with certification to them if they do not, they shall be accused as accomplices to those who commit the said crimes.

9Item, it is statute and ordained that, because men's seals may be lost through adventure, through which great hurt may be generated to those who own the same, and that men's seals may be forged or put to writings after their death, to the hurt and prejudice of our sovereign lord's lieges, that therefore no faith be given in time coming to any obligation, bond or other writing under a seal without the subscription of he who owns the same and with witnesses, or else, if the party cannot write, with the subscription of a notary thereto.

11Item, it is statute and ordained that, forasmuch as the acts of damnable opinions of heresy are spread in diverse countries by the heretic [Martin] Luther and his disciples, and this realm and lieges have firmly persisted in the holy faith since the same was first received by them and have never, as yet, admitted any opinions contrary to the Christian faith, but have ever been clean of all such filth and vice, therefore that no manner of stranger who happens to arrive with their ships within any part of this realm bring with them any books or works of the said Luther, his disciples or servants, dispute or rehearse his heresies or opinions, unless it be to disprove them, and that by clerks in the schools only,12 under the pain of escheating of their ships and goods and putting of their persons in prison; and that this act be published and proclaimed throughout this realm at all ports and burghs of the same so that they may allege no ignorance thereof; and all other the king's lieges, assistants to such opinions, be punished in similar ways and the effect of the said act to strike upon them etc.13

  1. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.14r-14v.
  2. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.14v.
  3. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.14v.
  4. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.14v.
  5. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.14v.
  6. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.14v.
  7. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.15r.
  8. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.15r.
  9. In margin: 'act agreed and drawn up anew'.
  10. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.15r.
  11. In margin: 'act drawn up anew'.
  12. Marginal note, 'and that by the clerks in the schools only', inserted into main text.
  13. 'And that this act be published ... and the effect of the said act to strike upon them etc'. Addendum in darker ink, with marginal note: 'Added by the chancellor and lords of council, 4 September 1525'.