DIE Veneris, 16 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Georgius Princeps Walliœ.
|Ds. Cowper, Cancellarius, & Senescallus
Mag. Britanniœ pro hac Vice.
Comes Sunderland, C.P.S.
Dux Devonshire, Senescallus.
Dux Bolton, Camerarius.
Dux St. Albans.
Dux Bucks & Nor.
Dux Ancaster, Magnus Camerarius.
Comes De Loraine.
Viscount Say & Seale.
|Ds. Willoughby Er.
Ds. Willughby Br.
Ds. Howard Eff.
Ds. St. John.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, to robe.
The House was resumed.
Persons not to go below the Throne in Westm. Hall:
Notice being taken, "That there was so great a Crowd
Yesterday in the Court below in Westm'r Hall, as
to incommode the Lords of this House:"
It is Ordered, That no Person whatsoever presume
to stand below the Steps of the Throne, in the said
E. of Wintoun's Trial:
The House was adjourned into Westm'r Hall; and the
Lords and others proceeded thither, in the same Order
And the Lords being seated, Proclamation was made
for keeping Silence; as also Proclamation for bringing
the Prisoner to the Bar.
The Earl at the Bar:
Who was brought to the Bar accordingly; and there
kneeled until the Lord High Steward directed him to
And then acquainted the Prisoner the Earl of Wintoun, "He might proceed in his Defence."
Who offering nothing material therein; but desiring
his Counsel might be permitted to speak in his Defence; and that further Time might be allowed for
bringing up his Witnesses:"
The Managers for the Commons began to reply.
And the House being thereupon moved, "To adjourn to the House above:"
Their Lordships adjourned accordingly.
And being there resumed;
The following Order was made:
"Ordered, That the Lord High Steward be directed to acquaint the Prisoner at the Bar, That the
Lords are yet ready to hear any Thing he can offer
in his Defence, or his Witnesses; but that, if he
does not proceed in making his Defence, it will be
signified to the Managers for the Commons, that they
may reply; and after that, he cannot be heard farther in his Defence; and that, if he has any Matter
of Law, he must propose it himself.
Then the House was adjourned into Westm'r Hall.
And the Lords being there seated, and Proclamation
made for keeping Silence:
The Lord High Steward acquainted the Earl of
Wintoun with the abovementioned Order.
And the said Earl offering nothing material in his
Defence, nor calling any Witnesses:
The Lord High Steward told the Managers for the
Commons, "They might proceed to reply."
And they having replied accordingly:
The House was adjourned to the House above.
And being there resumed;
Bishops Protestation delivered:
The Lord Bishop of Winchester, for himself and the
rest of the Bishops, delivered a Protestation; which
they desire may be entered.
And the same was read, as follows:
"The Lords Spiritual of the House of Peers do
desire Leave of this House, to be absent from the
Judgement now to be given in the Case of the Earl
of Wintoun; by Protestation, saving to themselves
and their Successors all such Rights in Judicature as
they have by Law, and of Right ought to have."
And Leave was given accordingly; and the said
Protestation was ordered to be entered, as desired.
E. of Wintoun unanimously found guilty:
Then the House, being called over by the Clerk, was
adjourned again into Westm'r Hall.
And the Peers being there seated, and Proclamation
made for Silence:
The Lord High Steward, by a List, called every
Peer by his Name, beginning at the lowest Baron;
and asked them, "If George Earl of Wintoun was
guilty of the High Treason whereof he stands impeached, or not guilty?"
And thereupon every Lord, severally, answered,
"Guilty, upon my Honour;" laying his Hand upon
Then, the Lord High Steward standing uncovered at
his Chair, as he did when he asked the other Lords
their Opinion, declared his Opinion to the same Effect,
and in the same Manner.
Proclamation was again made for keeping Silence; as also Proclamation for bringing the Prisoner
to the Bar.
Who being brought to the Bar accordingly;
The Lord High Steward spake to him, as follows:
"George Earl of Wintoun; The Lords have considered
of the Charge and Evidence given against you, and
likewise of what you have said in your Defence,
and also of the whole Matter of this Impeachment;
and have unanimously found you guilty of the High
Treason whereof you stand impeached.
Then the House was adjourned to the House above.
And being there resumed;
Remanded to The Tower.
Ordered, That George Earl of Wintoun be, and he is
hereby, remanded Prisoner to His Majesty's Tower of
London, to be there safely kept until further Order of
To the Constable of His Majesty's Tower of
London; and, in his Absence, to the Lieutenant or Deputy Lieutenant of the same.
Dominus Senescallus Magnæ Britanniæ pro hac Vice
declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse
usque ad et in diem Sabbati, decimum septimum diem
instantis Martii, hora undecima Auroræ, Dominis sic decernentibus.