The ratification of an act made of before concerning the alienation of lands and demission of benefices by those that shall happen to be convicted or are convicted of the murders of [Henry Stewart, lord Darnley], our sovereign lord's father, and of [James Stewart, earl of Moray and Matthew Stewart, earl of Lennox], his two regents

2Our sovereign lord, with advice of his three estates of this present parliament, has ratified and approved, and, by the tenor hereof, ratifies and approves the act of parliament underwritten made in the parliament held at Stirling, 28 August 1571, of new, and all points, clauses and articles contained therein after the form and tenor thereof, of the which the tenor follows: Item, it is decreed and declared by our sovereign lord, with advice of my lord regent's grace and three estates, that all alienations, resignations, demissions and other dispositions whatsoever made, or to be made, by any person or persons convicted or that shall happen in any way hereafter to be convicted or forfeited for art and part of the treasonable murders and slaughters of our sovereign lord's late dearest father or regents, of whatsoever lands, heritages, offices, benefices, rooms or possessions since the times respectively of the quitting thereof, are and shall be null in themselves and of no value, force nor effect in all time coming, with all that followed or shall happen to follow thereupon, with this addition: that our said sovereign lord, with advice of his said three estates of parliament, has declared and decreed and presently declares and ordains that the aforesaid act of parliament is and was good and viable from the beginning, and that the same should have had in times bygone and should have in all times coming full effect, and that all things, if any be done in the contrary, are and shall be null and of no value, force nor effect, notwithstanding any alleged practice made in the contrary.

  1. NAS, PA2/12, f.5r.
  2. 'P' written in margin.