For ordering of processes of forfeiture

In the presence of the king's grace and whole three estates of parliament Master James Foulis of Colinton, clerk register, prolocutor for our sovereign lord, and at his grace's command, showed and declared how there are diverse dooms of forfeiture given against diverse persons for crimes of lese-majesty, both in parliament and justice courts, and in particular against Archibald [Douglas], sometime earl of Angus, George Douglas, his brother, and the late Archibald Douglas of Kilspindie, their uncle, John [Lyon], sometime lord Glamis, the late Sir James Hamilton of Finnart, knight, and the late John Lyon of Knockenny; and because the memory of traitors should remain to the shame and slander of those that are procreated from them and to be a deterrent to all others to commit such crimes in times coming, and because books may be lost and, through frequent handling, be worn away, and in other ways the said dooms of forfeiture could be destroyed, that therefore all the said three estates would think, if it were expedient, that the said dooms of forfeiture should be extracted out of the books and authentically copied and that the king's grace should append his great seal thereto, and likewise all the three estates should append their seals to the same for the fortification, approbation and confirmation thereof, which desire all the three estates thought very reasonable and by judgement of parliament thought the same should be done and granted to append their seals to the authentic extract of all the said forfeitures both given in parliament and particular justice courts. Then immediately Master Thomas Bellenden of Auchnoull, justice clerk to our sovereign lord, produced the authentic extracts of the dooms of forfeiture given against the said John, sometime lord Glamis and Sir James Hamilton of Finnart, knight, and the late John Lyon of Knockenny, to the effect that the same may be put and registered in the books of parliament to be extracted under our said sovereign lord's seal and the seals of the three estates as is said. And also, our said sovereign lord, with the advice and consent of his said three estates, gave command to the said Master James Foulis, clerk register, to give out the authentic copy of the said dooms of forfeiture to pass as is said under his great seal and under the seals of his said three estates, of which the decreets of forfeiture given in our said sovereign lord's justice courts presented as is said and subscribed by the said Master Thomas, justice clerk, the tenor follows:

[Abstract translation:] In the court of justiciary of James V, held on 8 July 1537 before Archibald [Campbell], earl of Argyll, lord Campbell and Lorne, justice general, (the assize being Robert [Maxwell], lord Maxwell, Hugh [Somerville], lord Somerville, William [Cunningham], master of Glencairn, James Gordon of Lochinver, Ninian Crichton of Ballibooth, Sir John Melville of Raith, John Home of Cowdenknowes, Gilbert [Kennedy], earl of Cassilis, Hugh [Montgomery], master of Eglinton, George [Seton], lord Seton, Sir John Stirling of the Keir, David Barclay of Mathers, Andrew [Stewart], lord Ochiltree, Sir James Touris of Inverleith, and Alexander Fraser of Philorth) John [Lyon], lord Glamis, having been convicted of art and part in the treasonable consulation, conspiracy, etc., tending to the destruction of the king, and art and part with Janet [Douglas], lady Glamis, his mother, in her treasonable imagination, intoxication and destruction towards the king, therefore forfeited his life, lands and his heritable property as escheat to the king and his successors in perpetuity. Court of justiciary of James V in the tolbooth of Edinburgh, 16 August 1540, in the presence of Archibald, earl of Argyll, lord Campbell and Lorne, justice general, (the assize being George [Gordon], earl of Huntly, James [Hamilton], earl of Arran, William [Keith], earl Marischal, William [Graham], earl of Montrose, Gilbert [Kennedy], earl of Cassilis, John [Stewart], earl of Atholl, Hugh [Montgomery], earl of Eglinton, Robert [Maxwell], lord Maxwell, Hugh [Somerville], lord Somerville, Henry [Stewart], lord Methven, Malcolm [Fleming], lord Fleming, Sir William Cunningham, master of Glencairn, Hugh [Fraser], lord Fraser of Lovat, William Lauder of Haltoun, William Cunningham of Glengarnock, David Ramsay of Colluthie, James Douglas of Drumlanrig, Robert Mowbray of Barnbougle, Sir John Melville of Raith, John [Lindsay], lord Lindsay of the Byres and James Lundie of Balgonie) Sir James Hamilton of Finnart, having been convicted of the treasonable shooting of guns and firing of missiles outside the palace of Linlithgow and the bell-tower of the same, at the king and the people in his company, both at the time the king came to the palace and when he withdrew from the same, and especially at his lodging place in the same town, the king being personally present at the time of the firing of the said missiles, and for art and part in the treasonable imagination, planning, consultation, vulgarly called devising of war, at the time it is said he was with Archibald Douglas and James Douglas of Parkhead at the chapel of St Leonard near Edinburgh, after the forfeiture of Archibald [Douglas], formerly earl of Angus, George Douglas, his brother and the said Archibald Douglas, his father, and the siege of Tantallon Castle in consultation with the said Douglases, how he would enter by the window near the upper part of the bed,2 'the bedhead', in his palace near Holyrood Abbey, and how there he would commit the slaughter of the king, and for common treason and conspiracy against the king, his realm and lieges, and therefore it was given that this James forfeited his life, lands, rents and possessions to the king as his escheat, to remain with him in perpetuity.

  1. NAS, PA2/8, III, f.36v-38r.
  2. 'thori': torus, a bed (Medieval Latin Wordlist). Perhaps a bedroom.