The pacification of Captain Robert Lauder

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 Captain Robert Lauder 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, John [Hamilton], commendator of Arbroath and Claud [Hamilton], commendator of Paisley and certain others on that other part, and 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 Robert Lauder, his heirs and successors for safety of lives, lands and goods as if the said Robert were specially comprehended and contained therein, notwithstanding the pretended process and doom of forfeiture led and given against the said Robert in the month of [August] 156[8] 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 following thereupon, our said sovereign lord and three estates of parliament rescind, withdraw, repeal, annul, restore and renew the said Robert fully against the same and to his honour, fame, dignity, living, honesty, possessions, tacks, steadings, teinds, rooms and possessions likewise and as freely as he was in all respects before the administering of the said process; and that this act be as sufficient for reduction and withdrawal of the said process and sentence of forfeiture as if the same had proceeded upon a special summons, all parties having interest being called thereto; and that this act be extended in ample and due form as appropriate, providing that if the said Robert be found culpable hereafter of the slaughters and murders of [Henry Stewart, lord Darnley], our sovereign lord's late father, the late Matthew [Stewart], earl of Lennox, his highness's grandfather, and the late James [Stewart], earl of Moray, lord Abernethy, his highness's regents for the time, then and in that [case],2 the benefit of this present act and restitution, now as then and then as now, to be and to have been of no value, force nor effect.

  1. NAS, PA2/12, ff.9r-v.
  2. Written as 'benefit' in the manuscript but clearly a clerical error.