[Protection for labourers]

Item, it is ordained that albeit a gratuity is granted to the king's grace by the three estates of his realm for the support of such necessary errands as his grace has to do, that no exaction be made upon the tenants, labourers of the ground,2 for payment of the said contribution or any part thereof under the pain to be called thereof as common oppressors of the king's lieges at private diets and justice courts or at general justice ayres as it best pleases the king's grace; and that letters be directed to make intimation to all our sovereign lord's lieges at burghs and sheriffdoms at places suitable hereof, and that the justice clerk cause diligent inquisition to be made and take dittay hereupon.

  1. NAS, PA2/8, II, f.17r; NAS, PA2/8, III, f.12v.
  2. Marginalia, 'labourers of the ground', inserted into text in PA2/8, II version.