That no ships sail without our sovereign lord's cocket

Item, it is statute and ordained by our sovereign lord, [John Erskine, earl of Mar], his regent aforesaid, the three estates and whole body of this present parliament, that no ships pass out of this realm to the realm of France or any other parts without our sovereign lord's cocket; and that no cocket nor privy writing be purchased or taken off [Mary], our sovereign lord's mother, her pretended lieutenants or any others in her name in any time coming, under the pain of escheating of all such ships and whole goods being therein; and the persons, owners of the said ships, or purchasers and takers of the said cockets or other writings aforesaid as said is, to be punished in their persons and goods with all rigour.

  1. NAS, PA2/11, p.105.