The pacification of Master Thomas Hepburn, parson of Oldhamstocks

Our sovereign lord, with advice and consent of the three estates of parliament, for good considerations moving his highness tending to the quietness of his realm and of his special grace and favour, has given and granted and, by the tenor of this present act, with advice and consent aforesaid, gives and grants to Master Thomas Hepburn, parson of Oldhamstocks, the same grace, benefit and favour as is contained in the pacification made at Perth on 23 February 1572 [1573] between his highness's commissioners on that one part, and the late George [Gordon], earl of Huntly and certain others, his colleagues, on that other part, ratified and approved in his highness's parliament held at Edinburgh on [30] April 1573; and that the said pacification and approbation thereof in parliament be as largely extended in favour of the said Master Thomas and his heirs for safety of their lives, lands and goods as if the said Master Thomas were specially comprehended and contained therein, notwithstanding the said pretended process and doom of forfeiture administered and given against the said Master Thomas in August 1567 for certain crimes of treason and lese-majesty committed by him, as at more length is contained in the same; which process and doom of forfeiture, with all that followed thereupon, our said sovereign lord and three estates of parliament rescind, withdraw, repeal, annul, restore and renew the said Master Thomas fully against the same and to his honour, fame and dignity likewise and as freely as he was in all respects before the administering of the said process; and also decree and declare this act of pacification to be as valid and sufficient in the self in all time hereafter for restoring of him to his full right of his lands, benefice and estate of his person as if the sentence of forfeiture aforesaid had been reduced by a special summons, all parties having interest being specially called thereto; and declare also the said process of forfeiture of no value in all time coming, in so far as the same may be extended in the contrary of the said Master Thomas; and that this act be extended in ample and due form as appropriate, providing that this act contain no pardon, favour nor grace for the murders of [Henry Stewart, lord Darnley], our sovereign lord's late father, and [James Stewart, earl of Moray and Matthew Stewart, earl of Lennox], his late two regents.

  1. NAS, PA2/12, f.9r.