Judicial proceeding: appointment of pledges

Forasmuch as Master John Ballantyne, secretary to [Archibald Douglas], earl of Angus, compeared on this 4th day of September 1528 in parliament in the presence of the king's highness and the three estates of parliament and gave in certain offers in writing that concerned his grace and appointment, and also the said Master John, passing to the points of rigour offered on the said earl's behalf that he should enter in proper person and underlie the judgement of parliament, and if he was found culpable to pass for his fault, surety being found for his sure passage, upon which desire the king's grace and three estates, because of other great business, assigned to him after noon to come before them and show his mind at more length and to advise therewith. Which Master John, being called in the afternoon and to require the manner of the caution, desired the king's grace and lords to have caution in this manner following: that is to say, to have [Archibald Campbell], master of Argyll, [Robert Maxwell], lord Maxwell and Sir James Hamilton [of Finnart] delivered in to the said hands of the earl's friends as pledges, and the said earl to enter and underlie the judgement of parliament, and if he were found culpable, to be delivered free again to be the king's felon, and the said pledges to be delivered likewise freely.

  1. NAS, PA2/8, I, f.64v.