Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 20, 1714-1717. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Mercurii, 14 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Gregory versus Anderson.
Upon reading the Petition and Appeal of David Gregory, of Kinnardy; complaining of several Interlocutors of the Lords of Council and Session in Scotland, in a Cause wherein James Anderson was Plaintiff, and the Appellant Defendant; and praying, "That the same may be reversed:"
It is Ordered, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the said James Anderson may have a Copy of the said Appeal; and shall and is hereby required to put in his Answer thereunto, in Writing, on or before Wednesday the Eighteenth Day of April next.
King's Answer concerning Guards.
The Lord Steward acquainted the House, "That the Lords with White Staves had (according to Order) presented to His Majesty the Address of this House of Yesterday, in relation to the Attendance of Guards during the Trial of the Earl of Wintoun; and that His Majesty was pleased to say, He would give the necessary Orders for that Purpose."
Counsel assigned E. Wintoun:
Upon reading the Petition of George Earl of Wintoun; praying, "That this House will be pleased to assign and add Mr. Kettelby and Doctor Straquhane to his Counsel formerly named; and that they may have Access to him during his Confinement:"
It is Ordered, That the Counsel abovementioned be assigned the Petitioner, to be heard to Matters of Law, but not to Matters of Fact, so as not to put off the Petitioner's Trial; and that they, or either of them, have Access to the Petitioner, from Time to Time, at all seasonable Times.
Order for Witnesses:
Ordered, That John Gordon of Kirkill, Alexand'r Nisbett Writer in Edinburgh, William Knox, Thomas Baine, John Wattesone, all Three in Seton, Mrs. Magdalen Corsbie in Cannongate, Agnes Duncan in Seton, Doctor Lidderdale a Physician, Doctor Cockburne a Divine, Doctor John Inglis, Major Sinclair, George Trotter, and George Hoge in Seton, be, and are hereby, required to attend this House, in Westm'r Hall, To-morrow, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, in order to be examined as Witnesses, on the Behalf of George Earl of Wintoun, at his Trial.
Message to H.C. to desire General Carpenter may be a Witness for E. Wintoun:
The House being informed, "That the Earl of Wintoun desired, that General Carpenter might be examined, as a Witness, at his Trial;"
But the said General Carpenter being a Member of the House of Commons:
A Message was sent to that House, by Mr. Holford and Mr. Lovibond:
To acquaint them, that the Lords do desire, that they will give Leave to the said General Carpenter, to be so examined at the said Earl's Trial.
Oath to the Witnesses:
Ordered, That the Witnesses which shall be produced by the Earl of Wintoun, to be examined in his Defence, shall be examined upon Oath; which Oath, to be administered to the Witnesses on both Sides at the said Trial, shall be this:
"The Evidence which you shall give in this Trial, concerning George Earl of Wintoun, Prisoner at the Bar, shall be the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth. So help you God, and the Contents of this Book."
Peers of Great Britain, not of Parliament, to be examined at the Table:
Ordered, That if any Peer of Great Britain, who has not a Place in Parliament, shall be admitted as a Witness at the Trial of the Earl of Wintoun, a Chair be placed for him near the Table in the Court; and that such Peer shall be sworn by the Lord High Steward, and deliver his Evidence, standing up, there.
Lords to be summoned.
Ordered, That the Lords be summoned to attend the Service of this House, To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock, in their Robes, in order to their proceeding to Westminster Hall, precisely at Ten a Clock, for the Trial of the said Earl of Wintoun.
Dominus Cancellarius declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Jovis, decimum quintum diem instantis Martii, hora nona Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.