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May 1437 Non-parliamentary records mentioning a Stirling general council in May 1437
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27 November 1438 1438, 27 November, Edinburgh, General Council
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27 November 1438 General Council Records
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27 November 1438
27 November 1438 Letters: inspection of a decreet or ordinance of general council
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24 December 1438 1438, 24 December, Edinburgh, Council
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24 December 1438 Additional Record
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24 December 1438
  1. Aberdeen City Archives, Aberdeen Council Register, vol iv, f. 97r; Blair Atholl, Blair Castle Muniments, box 23, parcel 2, no. 1 (printed in Fraser, Melvilles, iii, no. 31); Shirley, John, 'The Dethe of the King of Scotis', ed. M. Connolly, SHR, lxxi (1992), 65-8. For a discussion of the background to this general council, and other business transacted in Stirling at this time, see Tanner, Parliament, 81-6. Back
  2. Source ‘Orig. Penes Dominum Gray of Foulis’ in APS, ii, 31-2, 54. Original to be found in NRAS4320/1/1/1/9 and 10, Gray of Kinfauns papers (not yet seen). Translated in Fraser, Douglas, iii, no. 44. Two versions of this decreet survive, each in letters produced later and sent to the localities. The first letter is addressed generally 'to all good men', while the second is addressed to the sheriffs and bailies of Perth. The decreet itself is identically worded in both versions. Back
  3. The minority of James II, particularly during the lieutenantship of Archibald, 5th earl of Douglas, saw a return to the practice of using councils in a legislative fashion. These councils do not appear to have been referred to as either 'pleni concilii', implying additional powers over a normal council, as they often were in the fourteenth century, or 'concilii generali', which were assemblies of the three estates. Normally the proceedings of council would not be appropriate for inclusion with the business of parliament and the three estates, however on at least one occasion the statutes of council came to be included in the editions of parliamentary acts, and the business dealt with at these councils was without doubt 'quasi parliamentary' in nature. While the attendance, formality and constitutional status of these councils is unclear, it is artificial to separate their legislation from the other acts of parliament and general council with which they have traditionally been recorded since the fifteenth century, and they have therefore been included in this edition. Nevertheless, these councils should not be assumed to have resembled parliaments or general councils. Note, however, that the March 1439 council was held in Stirling tolbooth, the by now traditional location for parliaments and large assemblies. Back