A. D. M.D.LXXXII.
The Generall Assemblie conveinit at Sanct Androes in the New
Colledge Schooles, the 24 of Apryle 1582: Quher ther was present Commissioners.
[Exhortatioun beand made be Mr John Craig: Leits, Mrs Andro
Melvill, David Lindsay, David Fergusone. The said Mr Andro, be
pluralitie of votis, was chosin Moderatour hac vice; who, for expeditione
of matters to be handled in this Assemblie, desired certane brethren to be
nominat Assessours, to conveen with him at extraordinar hours, to break up
matters to be proponed to the whole brethren, without prejudice any wise to
the libertie of this Assemblie. At his desire were nominat Mr Johne Craig,
Mr James Lowsone, Mr Andro Hay, Mr David Lindesay, Mr Robert
Pont, Mr Thomas Smeitoun, Mr Andro Polwart, Mr Thomas Buchannan,
Mr Patrick Adamsone, my Lord Rector, the Lairds of Lundie, Merchinstoun, Braid, Pilrige, Elphinstoun, Kynninmonth, Johne Johnstoun,
Commissioner of Edenburgh, to conveen daylie, at seven hours in the
morning, and two after noone, and so continue during this Assemblie. C. & B.]
[Anent the constitutione of the Presbytries which were committed to
certane brethren in the last Assemblie: To the effect the brethren might
understand what diligence hath been used in the erectione of the Elderships, the names of the persons having commissione therto were read, and
they being called, so many as were present, made their report as follows:
Mr Alexander Arbuthnet, being one of the brethren named to the
constitutione of the Elderships in Aberdeen and Bams, declared, That they
had entered to the consideratione of the bounds where Presbytries might
most conveniently be had, and had drawn as it were the lineanments of
their labour; but as yet had not perfyted the same.
For Merns: Patrick Bonkle answered, They had erected there a
Presbytrie of Ministers, but not as yet of any Gentlemen or Elders.
For Angus: William Christesone reported, That there was ane Eldership erected in Montrose, another in Brechin, the third in Dundee, but
not long since; and therefore as yet they had holden no Assemblie.
And for Perth, Stratherne, Dunkeld: Answered, They were erected. C.]
[Anent Falkland: Because of the raritie of Ministers, there being there
but thrie, quhairof ane was found slanderous, it was ansuerit, That the
brethren could establish no Eldership ther; bot they thought meittest, quhill
God increase the number of preachers ther, that thair resort sould be to
Sanct Androes, if the Assemblie thocht it expedient.
The Assemblie, willing that the Kirk there be not destitute of discipline
and good order, ordaines these of Falkland Eldership, be west Levin, to
resort to Dumfermling, and to be under the Eldership thereof; and
these that are be eist, to Sanct Androes, vnto the tyme it please God to
give commoditie of Ministers and Elders, that they may have their awin Elderschip.
For Sanct Androes: It was reported, That ane Eldership is begun alreadie, of Pastours and Teachers, bot not of these that hes not the cure of
teaching. C. & B.]
[For Linlithgow and Tweddail: It was answered, Erected.
For Jedburgh: Not erected.
As to Kyle, Carrict, Cunninghame: Mr John Young reported two
Elderships to be established, one in Irvine, and another in Air; but in Carrict, none throughly erected.
None were present to declare what was done in Cathnes, Ross, Sutherland, or Murrey.
Anent the doubts and articles given in be certane brethren, concerning
the matter of Presbytries: The Assemblie appointed their brethren, Mr
John Craig, Mr Robert Pont, Mr James Lowsone, and Mr Patrick
Adamson, to sight the same, and give their judgment thereupon to the
whole Assemblie. C.]
Forsameikle as notwithstanding of diverse godly acts and proclamatiouns
sett out be the Kings Majestie, as acts and constitutions made be the Kirk,
against Papists resorting within the Countrey from beyond sea; ȝet, from
tyme to tyme, ther arryves sindrie prosessing plaine papistrie, be moyen of the
maisters and owners of schips receiving them in thair veschells, and transporting them in thir parts, vnknowin either to Magistrat or Kirk; quherthrow no just tryall could be had of them: For remeid therof, the haill
Kirk hes vottit and thocht meitt, That, in tyme comeing, all masters and
owners of schips, arryveing within quhatsomevir port of this realm,
strangers and passingers, sall, immediatlie after thair arryval, present thair
names to the Magistrate and Sessioun of the Kirk of the townes and ports
quher they arryve, to the effect that the knowledge may be had if they
have inbrocht any papists, vnder the paine of excommunication and censures of the Kirk to be execute against them; and this act publicklie to
be intimate be the Ministers of the saids townes and ports, to the effect
that no ignorance be pretendit heirof: And sicklyke, that supplicatioun
be made to the Magistrats of the saids townes and ports, That they will
that no ignorance be pretendit heirof: And sicklyke, that supplicatioun
be made to the Magistrates of the saids townes and ports, that they will
give charge and commandment to all masters and owners of ships within
thair bounds, that they receive no papists within thair ships or veschells,
to transport to this country; and in cace any be receivit, to present thair
names immediatlie after thair arryvall to the saids Magistrates and Kirk,
that ordour may be takin with them, vnder such straite paines and acts as
they can best devyse; as they will declare themselves zealous of Gods
glorie, and promoters of the Word of his Sonne Jesus Chryst.
The Kirk ordaines the Elderschip of Dumfermling to call before them
Robert Aittoun of Incheberuy, [Inchderny ?] to give consessioun of his
faith; and if he refuses, to proceid against him according to the Kings
proclamatioun and acts of the Kirk.
Forsameikle as the Kirk vnderstands, that ther is certaine papists in
Camphire, that not only troubles the congregatioun of the Scottish
natioun, but also the Flemingis; and will not submitt themselves to the
censures of the Kirk, be reason of thair alledgit power: heirfor the haill
Kirk of Scotland, in ane voyce, gives thair full power and commissioun to
the Minister of Campheire, to procied against them, as they might doe
therin themselves, requeisting also the Conservatour to hald hand vnto the
Kirk, that ordour may be had against them.
[Anent the ordinance made in the last Assemblie, concerning the executione of the Kings Majesties proclamatione against papists, and namely
against the Master of Gray: The Assemblie, after informatione of the
brethren of Edinburgh, how far they had proceed with him there, and of
his offer to subscrive the Confessione of his faith, which they would not
receive before he had participat of the Supper of the Lord, which he also
promised, and be his letter lately renewed to Mr James Lawsone, ordeanes
as before, the commissione given to the Eldership of Dundee concerning
him, to be put in executione in all points be them, according to the tenor
therof, with all convenient diligence.
Anent the Lady Athol: The Assembly ordeanes, understanding the
great travels taken with her, Mr William Glass to proceed to the censures
of the Kirk against her, in case the gave not new obedience, prayers preceeding three severall Sabboths, under the pain of deprivatione of the
said Mr William from his office and functione in the ministry; and sicklyke, to charge her to remove from her company all excommunicat persons and papists. And, generally, as to other papists within the realme:
Seeing small diligence used be the whole brethren, in executione of the
act foresaid, the Assembly yet, in the name of God, charges all Elderships,
where they are already established, and all Ministers, where Elderships are
not yet erected, to proceed against them, conforme to the Kings proclamatione and acts of the Kirk, as the said Elderships will answer to God, the
Kings Majestie, and the Kirk, and the saids Ministers, under the pains
conteaned in the act made of before.
For answering the bills: The Assemblie hath nominat their brethren,
Mr Adam Johnstoune, Mr James Carmichel, Mr Nicol Dagleish, Mr
James Balfour, Mr James Melvil, Patrick Gilespie, and John Johnstoune,
to conveene, at six hours in the morning, in the Assemblie place to that
[Compeired Mr Mark Ker, my Lord of Requeists, directed from the
Kings Hienes with his letter, and a certane Conference which was had in
Edinburgh, betwixt certaine of the Counsel and of the Kirk, and desired
answer therto in write, conforme to his Majesties writing: Which being
read with the said Articles and Conference, the brethren continued to
give answer thereto, till the fighting thereof, and advising therewith
afternoone. C. & B.]
[Followeth the Tenour of his Graces Letter.
Traist Friends, We greet you heartily. Ye remember, in our late Parliament, there is ane act past, anent the provisione of Ministers, and certaine stipends for them, at all parish Kirks, and appointing Commissioners
for ordering thereof; as also some of the articles given in be the Ministrie,
and committed to the consideratione and order of certaine Commissioners
nominat be our act of Parliament: And finding it needfull, that the said
acts should have executione, and that, if it were not done in due time, the
order could not take effect the next year, but continue in the state present,
to the great miscontentment of many, We conveened some of your number
lately at Edinburgh, and caused certane of our Counsel confer with them
for the better understanding of our meaning, and that yee all might be the
better certified thereof, at this your Assemblie, wherethrough the work in
tended might proceed, and take effect at the first day of November nixt,
to the removing of the present disorder and confusione, and satisfactione
of all persons having intress, as accords of equitie and reason, as be the
summe of that whereupon they conserred, we doubt not yee have understand; the copy whereof We have also delivered to this bearer, touching
the making of a new forme of that Assignatione for the Ministrie, which
shall take effect at the first day of November. Albeit large pains have
been taken thereanent; yet can it not be put in such order as were seemly
to be divulgate, while certain of the advices, and answers of your brethren
yet wanting, be returned, as, namely, from Cathness, Elgine, Bamf, Kincairden, and bounds adjacent to Strabogie, Dunkeld, Creif, Falkland,
Edinburgh, Dalkeith, Haddintoune, Dunce, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles, Biggar, Lanerk, Glasgow, Dumbartan, Irving, Mynniboile, Dumfries, Penpont, Lochmabben, and Annand; and also, while it be resolved from the
Assemblie, what is thought meet, and concluded, anent the Readers in
generall; and, specially, annent Viccarages that are given and provided to
Readers for their lifetime; and, last, touching the inequalitie of Stipends,
some having victual allowed at a small price, and others, of the money assigned, constrained to buy the victual at the highest prices: Which points
with the other conferred upon, being once specialy considered, the form of
Assignatione for the nixt year, may be made the meikle more easily; and
the Articles referred be the estates to the Commissioners, answered, and
made in Laws, as appearteneth. Whereanent looking for your certaine
and direct resolutione at this time, wherethrough the work may proceed
how soon conveniently may be, commits you in the protectione of God.
At Stirline, the 16 day of Aprile 1582.
James R. C.]
[The tenour of the] Articles from his Majestie.
1.Quhither thinke ye that all benefices vnder Prelacies, newlie provydit
since the Kings coronatioun, sould pay any thrid, or no thrid.
2. If some sould pay thrid, and some none, What sould be the difference
3. Sould not all benefices presentit to Ministers and Reiddars befor the
first day of November 1581, be allowit in thair ȝeirs stipends from the
same day to the first day of November 1582; and if ȝe think that ther
salbe any difference [or distinctione] be reason of the annat, or vtherwayes, that ye declare it.
4. Sould not all persons presentit and admittit to the benefices in this
time, be placeit in the booke of Modificatioun, as Ministers or Reidars [to]
the Kirks belangand to the same benefices.
5. Aught such, being Ministers, as hes sufficient ecclefiasticall livings of
thair awin, be reason of benefices quhervnto they are provydit for thair
lyfetymes, take stipends to serve at vther kirks.
6. Think ȝe it not convenient, That the reports answering the Kings
Majesties letter, send over all this realme, [this last summer,] salbe sein and
confidderit at this tyme, for the better understanding of the estate of the
Kirks, and to sie how many of the same reports are in in ȝour awin hand;
for so many as the Clerk Register hes, salbe ready and patent.
7. That ȝe let us understand, Quhat ȝe have thocht meitt and concludit
anent the Reidars in generall, and speciallie, Reidars that are presentit to
Vicarages for thair lyfetymes.
8. Think ȝe it reason, That any provydit to the title of a benefice, and
serving as minister and reidar at the onlie kirk belonging to the same benefice, sall have any maner of allowance or stipend nor the rent of the selfe
9. Quhat thinke ȝe most ready and possible [moyen] to sustaine [the
Minister of] the Colledge Kirks.
10. To quhom think ȝe the Kings Majestie and the lawit patrons sould
direct their presentations, for admitting of qualified persons to the benefices
that vaikes be the deceise of such persons as possest them; and that ȝe will
name the persons in speciall.
11. Seing the dearth of victuall makes great inequalitie of stipends, some
having victuall allowit for a merk or xx shillings, and vthers, of that silver
consignit to them, constrainit to buy at 5 or 6, or sometymes 7 marks the
boll; Were it not aggrieable to equitie, that all ministers had thair proportionable part of victuall and of money; or els that the victuall sould
be sauld and allowit at the hiest pryce, quherthrow such as hes small
stipends may be the better augmented.
Ansuers to the saids Articles.
To the first and second: Before they be speciallie ansuerit, it is thocht
meitest, that ther be ane forme of assigantioun made be some [to be] appoyntit therto, betuixt and the nixt Assemblie, to all Kirks and Ministers
that are lickly [and apparent] to stand and continue, respectand the
ansuers and advyce sent out of every countey, and as if the present
possessours were dead; and that charges be directit to such as hes not send
thair ansuers, to send them with expeditioun.
3. It is thocht meitest that the instant to any benesice fall entir and
serve the cure [of the kirk] therof, at the nixt first day of November after
his admissioun, at [the least] the nixt Whitsonday, and sall have no farther
stipend for this ȝeir, but the taxt and superplus, as it salls; because his
executours will fall als mikle at his deceise, according to the ancient ordour
of the annats: And that diligence be done to get [Bagemondis] rollis of all
benefices taxt; and quhatever benefices are not taxed, the rents therof the
first ȝeir to be divydit equallie betuixt the executours of the defunct
and the intrant; quhilk intrant sall only have the halse fruites of the
ȝeir of intrancie, and sicklyke of the stipends.
4. We think nane sould be placit in the book of Modification bot
worthie and qualified persons; and if any be presentit or admittit to
benefices since the Kings coronatioun, that are vnworthie and vnabill [to
discharge their duty,] that they be callit, and depryvit be such ordour as
salbe heirafter condiscendit vpon.
5. For the generall, we think that such, being ministers, as hes sufficient
livings of thair awin, be reason of benefices quhervnto they are provydit
for thair lyfetymes, sould not take stipends to serve at vther kirks, without
great necessite sein and allowit be the Generall Assemblie; and vpon the
speciall knowledge of the persons that are not abill in this heid, ordour
salbe takin to reforme [them] as appertaineth.
6. We think this is most necessar, and aggreiable to that quhilk is appointed in the ansuer to the first and second articles.
7. This article salbe speciallie ansuerit, how soone it may be advyfit be
the Generall Assemblie.
8. Vpon the sight of the forme of the particular assignation to be made,
and quhat particular causes sall fall vnder this rule, we sall give our speciall
ansuer heirvnto, quhilk is coincident, and will depend vpon the ansuer [to
be made] to the first and second articles.
9. We cannot bot think it reasonabill, that the Colledge Kirks be als
weill provydit of Ministers as vther kirks; and thinks, that, in making
[of the forme] of new assignatioun for the nixt ȝeir, the Ministers of the
kirks of the Colledgis, sould be assignit for his stipend vpon the fruites of
the same kirk, as meikle to be assignit to the help of the Colledges vtherwayes; or then the Colledgis to have the rents of the Kirk as befor, and
the Minister to have his assignation vtherwayes.
10. The presentatioun to be direct to the Commissioners of the Kirk
within whose bounds the benefice lyis.
11. This matter is weghtie, and tuitches many, and cannot be weill
ansuerit be vs, without the advyce of the [whole] Assemblie, to quhom it
salbe proponit, and thereafter resoulte ansuer givin.
As the examinations and admissioun of Ministers within the realme, is,
be act of Parliment, ordainit to be in the power of the Kirk now oppinly
and publickly profeft within this realm; so it is thoght, that the deprivatioun of Ministers is in the power of the same Kirk, and them that examinats and admitts them Ministers.
Towards the deprivatioun of Bischops admittit since the Kings coronatioun: It is tocht meitt that the same be lykewayes in the power of the
Kirk, and them that examines, elects, and admitts Bischops; and the
same deprivation asweill to extend from the function of the ministrie
as from the benefice it selfe and fruits therof, quherthrow the same may
be declairit vackand, [and to be presentit] and conferrit of new, as if he
were presentlie dead.
Causes of deprivatioun we take to be, heresie, papistrie, comoun
blasphemie, perjurie, adulterie, fornication, incest, slaughter, thift, comoun
oppressioun, [commoun] drunkennes, vsurie against the lawis of this realme,
nonresidence and absence from his flock [and office] be the space of fourtie
dayes together in a ȝeir, without lawfull impediment allowit be the nixt
Generall Assemblie; pluralitie of benefices provydit sen the Kings coronatioun, to be cause of deprivatioun from them all, except ane that the
possessours will astrict themselves to make residence at; dilapidatioun of
the rents of benefices contrair to the act of Parliament; simonie. For
the some of processe in deprivatioun, Ane libellat precept on xl dayes
warning being within, the realme, and within lx dayes being without the
realme, to be direct be the Kirk and such Commissioners therof, as elects
and admitts the person complainit on, summounding him to compeir and
ansuer vpon the complaint; and, in case of his absence at the first summounds, the second to be direct on like warning, with certificatioun and
he failȝie, the lybell salbe admittit to probatioun, and the samein salbe
haldin pro confesso. After the decreit givin, if the person, against quhom
it is givin, think himselfe wrangouslie greivit therby, it salbe leisum to him
to interpone appellatioun to the nixt Generall Assemblie, and intimate the
same within ten dayis, vtherwayes the decreit to receive present
Anent the questioun movit to the Assemblie, If the Generall Kirk hes
power to revock quhatsoever things done be them, or any particular menber of the same, to the hurt and prejudice of the Kirk, or not: The
brethren, after reasoning and disputting in the matter, at length vottit
affirmative in the questioun, That the Kirk hes power to doe the same.
Anent the summounds [of citatione] raisit to this day be the Elderschip
of Striveling, against Mr Robert Montgomerie, sometymes Minister
therof, to heare the sentence of suspension givin [be them] against him fra
the functioun of the ministrie allowit be the General Assemblie; and
farther tryall tane concerning his lyfe, doctrine, and manners, and vther
things quhilk the said Assemblie sould lay to his charge, as the [citatione
and] summounds [in the matter] at lenth beares: The said Mr Robert
being present, and requyrit to ansuer heirto, befor all protestit, that,
if the Kirk proceidit in any thing against him, or charge him with
any thing without warrand of the Word of God, for remeid and
ansuer to the sumounds, alledged that the Generall Kirk sould not
allow any thing deduceit in the said processe; because he was never
lausullie sumouned therto; knew nothing of his suspensioun from the
ministrie, but [be] only bruite, nor nevir was the samein intimat to him;
and in so farre as the processe bears personall intimatioun to him of the
said suspensioun, tooke instrument thervpon, and offerit to improve the
samein in that point: With all the quhilk alledgances, the Kirk and
brether being weill advysit, notwithstanding therof, Finds the said processe,
decreit, and intimatioun therof, ordourly deduceit and proceidit, and the
said sentence of suspensioun well proceidit and givin; reserving nottheles
to the said Mr Robert, in the second instance, to sute reductioun and
remeid, as appertaineth. Being farther accuseit of contraventioun of the
said sentence of suspensioun, be preaching of the Word, and ministratioun
of the facraments, befoir the intimatioun therof, he grantit the same, bot
pretendit ignorance of the giving of the said sentence.
Befor farther reasoning in this matter, my Lord of Requeifts presentit
[to the Kirk] a wryting sent from the Kings Majestie vnto them, to declare
that his Majesties will was, That the Kirk sould not trouble the said Mr
Robert for any thing concerning the Bischoprick, or that may result thervpon, or for any vther cause bygane committit be him; but that it might be
handlit befor his Grace. Quhilk being reverentlie receivit and red in opin
Assemblie, the brethren praisit God that moveit the Kings Hienes to send
his Commissioner to the Assemblie: and as to the actioun present, with
the assistance of God, such attendance sould be givin therto, [the rather,]
for his Hienes requeist, That nothing sould be handlit belonging to the
Civill Power; and nothing but vprightly, sincerely, and with the just judgement pronouncit against him, as they sould ansuer to God and his Hienes.
Heirafter a plaine and large discourse was oppinly made of the haill
diligence of the brether, to quhom commissioun was givin in the last Assemblie, concerning the said Mr Robert; and the copies of the charges givin
to them at his instance, produceit, declaring and bearing effectuouslie,
witnessing of his knowledge of the said suspensioun, albeit he [plainly]
protestit befor God, he never knew of the raising of any of the saids charges
or executiouns therof; with the quhilk discourse and confessioun of the
said Mr Robert, that he had preachit and ministrat the sacraments sen the
said decreit of suspensioun: The Kirk being advyseit, in ane voyce, after
voteing, Fand the said decreit and sentence contraveinit [and violat] be
him; and superseidit to discerne vpon the paine of the said contraventioun,
quhill the morne at the brether first conveining.
The said Mr Robert demandit the ansuer of the haill Kirk, If they wold
accuse him vpon any thing concerning the Bischoprick, or any thing resultand thervpon: 2. That he might have the copie of the large discourse
made verballie be the brethren, to the effect he might ansuer simplie to
every point therof.
Being removeit out of the Assemblie, within, a little space therafter compeirit Johne Burne, messenger, and be vertue of our Soveraine Lords
letters, delyverit be the Lords of Secreit Counsell, inhibite and dischargeit
the brethren of the Generall Assemblie, the Moderatour and his Assessours,
fra directing of any citations agains Mr Robert Montgomerie, as is therin
conteinit, vsing of excommunication, innovatioun, slandering or troubling
of him in his ministrie, for aspyring to the Bischoprick of Glasgow, or calling or persewing of his brether for the same, or for any promise made be
them theranent, or any vther thing dependand thervpon, in tyme bygane,
vnder the paine of rebellioun, and putting of them to the horne; certifieand them and they failȝie, he wald denunce them our Soveraine Lords
rebells, and put them to his Hienes horne: of the quhilk charge he delyverit instantlie a copie quhilk he subscryvit with his awin hand.
The said Mr Robert being callit, and being absent, the brether ordainit
Mr Thomas Mcgie to warne him to the morne.
Anent the age of persons that sall heirafter entir in the ministrie of the
Word: Seing that sundrie hes being intrusit vpon the Kirk, and entrit to
benefices having cure, that be reason of thair ȝong ȝeirs, and lake of
experience and judgement, cannot be able to discharge that hie and
sacred vocatioun, quhervnto they are called, The Kirk, in ane mynd, hes
vottit and concludit, That, in tyme comeing, none be admittit to the functioun of the ministrie, nor collationat, nor admittit to any benefice of cure,
without they be of the age of xxv ȝeirs, except such that for singular and
rare qualities into them, salbe judgeit be the Generall Assemblie of the
Kirk meitt and worthie therfor.
Anent the ordinance made yesternight concerning the sumouning of Mr
Robert Montgomerie, to compeir [personaly] befor the Assemblie this day
at ten houres: The said Mr Robert being callit, and not compeirand, but
be William Montgomerie his Allegit Procuratour, quho produceit ane
appellatioun, quherof the tenour will heirafter appeare.
Compeirit Mr Thomas Mcgie, and declarit, That, at the command of
the Assemblie, he warnit him ȝesternight to compeir at this houre, befor
the haill Kirk, personallie, in presence of Mrs Walter Hay, Johne Cowper
and Andro Ker, and that he promised to compeir personallie at the houre
appointit, quhilk the saids brethren and witnesses testified to be true.
Heirafter was certaine speciall and enorme crymes produceit and red,
quherof he was alledeit to be guiltie, [which are thir:] 1. Negligence [in
doctrine,] and corruptioun in doctrine also, dissolutioun in lyfe, for the quahilk
he was suspendit; contraveining of the suspensioun in Glasgow, Striveling,
and in the Kings awin Chappell; violating of his [own] promise made to
the Presbyterie of Striveling, that he sould remaine and waite vpon his
cure; horrible lies in the face of the haill Assemblie, denying, with protestatiouns befor God, the intimatioun of the suspensioun, and raising and
executing of the letters; procureing of letters be sinister informatioun, for
overthrowing the discipline of the Kirk; vsurping another mans flock,
accompanied with armed men, since the suspensioun; chargeing the haill
Assemblie, vnder the paine of horning, to stay from all proceiding against
him with excommunicatioun; blasphemous railing against [the brether
and] the Ministrie in pulpit, sen his suspensioun, and [oft] befor; and,
in summa, manifest contempt of the ordinance of the Kirk, and stirring
vp of ane feareful schisme betuixt certaine of the Nobilitie and the Kirk:
Quhilk being tryit, [and put to examinatione,] partlie be his awin
confessioun, partlie be the proces deduceit be the Generall Assemblie
haldin last in Edenburgh, and be the processe deduceit befor the Elderschip of Striveling, and partlie be the testificatioun of good and godlie
brether of the Assemblie, were found all to have fallin in his person,
and him to be culpabill and guiltie therof. For the quhilks most haynous,
soule, and vnworthie crymes, the Assemblie of the brether votitt and concludit, The said Mr Robert, not only to be vnworthie to serve in the office
of the Ministrie, bot to be depryvit therof perpetuallie, in all tyme comeing;
and the sentence of excommunicatioun to strike aganis him, without he
prevent the same be repentance.
My Lord of Requeists craveit of the Kirk, That the pronouncing of the
said sentence sould be superseidit quhill the Kings Majestie were advertised.
The Kirk heirto continued to give ansuer quhill [their meeting at] afternoone.
The letter wrytin to the Kings Majestie, in name of the hail Kirk,
being red, was thocht good to be delyvered to my Lord of Requeists,
quherof the tenour followes:
Please ȝour Majestie, We have received ȝour Graces most loving letter
direct to vs be ȝour Graces Commissioner, Mr Mark Ker, Master of Requeists, and are compellit to burst out with most humble thanks vnto God,
quho of his mercie hes gevin vs so godly a King, carefull and weill willing
that God be glorified, and his Kirk, within ȝour Majesties realme, mantained, as plainlie [appeareth] be the articles be ȝour Grace proponit;
quhervnto with all diligence we began to make ansuer: But in such
shortnes of tyme, and great straites quhervnto we are brocht be certaine
letters raisit at the instance of Mr Robert Montgomerie, we are altogether
stayit in that and many vther godlie actiouns; for vpon the 27 day of this
instant, the Assemblie being occupied in quyet and modest reasoning of
grave and weghtie matters, he causit ane officiar of armes irreverentlie to
entir, and, vnder the paine of horning, command the haill Kirk from all
proceiding against him, for quhatsoevir cause or enormitie committit in
these his wicked attempts; a thing that was never heard nor sein since the
world began, quherof we man lament to ȝour Grace: And having no
vther refuge vnder God, most humblie craves, That, [be] thir extraordinary
charges direct aganis the Word of God and lawis of ȝour Graces countrey,
we be not constrainit to betray the cause of God, be bearing with and
winking at horrible crymes, manifest to all men in the person of the said
Mr Robert, or els to be repute and accountit disobedient to ȝour Majestie, in whose service we have bein, are, and salbe readie to shed our bloods,
and spend our lyves; beseikand ȝour Grace, we may find this grace and
favour in ȝour Majesties sight, to keip our conscience cleane befor God,
and reserve our saules to him quho hes givin vs care of the saules of his
inheritance. This most reasonable requeist we doubt not to obtaine of
ȝour Majestie, our particular reasons being heard and considerit, quhilk we
mynd, be Gods grace, more largelie to expone be certaine brether direct
to ȝour Majestie, both for this effect, and with a full ansuer to ȝour forsaids articles. In the meane season, we beseik ȝour Majestie [to] give no
credit to the sinister report and wrangous informatioun of men, that, be
such dealing, goes about to draw ȝour Majesties heart from your true and
faithfull subjects, and, be this vnhappie schisme, to overthrow the Kirk of
God within ȝ Graces countrey, and, for thair awin particular gaines,
banisch Christ and his Word, quhilk God of his infinite mercie forbid,
and preserve ȝ Grace, soule and bodie, for evir.
Sanct Androes, 28 of Apryle 1582.
As to the sentence to be giving against Mr Robert Montgomerie, and the
enormities conteinit in the acts preceiding: The Assemblie and brether
present, after voteing in the said matter, depryvit the said Mr Robert from
all functioun of the Ministrie in the Kirk of God, dureing the will of
the Kirk of God; and, farther, descernit the fearefull sentence of excommunicatioun to be pronuncit against him in the face of the haill Assemblie,
be the voyce and mouth of the Moderatour present; to the effect, that, his
pound flesh being cast into the hands of Satan, he may be win againe, if it be
possible, to God; and the said sentence [to] be intimat be every particular
minister, at his awin particular Kirk, solemnelie in the first sermoun to be
made be them, after thair returning.
The instant pronunciatioun of the said sentence beand stayit, be the
voyce of the said Moderatour, quhill Monday at nyne houres, be reason
of the compeirance of the said Mr Robert, quho renuncit the appellatioun interponit be his Procuratour in his name, and be himselfe befor
noone, from the sentence of the Kirk, [and] desyrit conference to be
grantit to him of the most godly and learnit brether; quhilk the [Kirk]
grantit quhill Monday at nyne houres, vpon conditioun he remained and
waited vpon the [Exercise of the] doctrine and conference of the brether,
[and made no novatione nor new charges against the Kirk; who promised
to attend upon the doctrine and conference of the brethren] the morne
all day: And as to novatioun or new charge, he sould [use and] purchase
none, in the meane tyme, if the Kirk vsed nane against him. And farther
the Assemblie ordainit prayers to be made the morne in the sermoun for
him, be them that occupied the place for the time.
Anent the conference had yesternight with Mr Robert Montgomery:
To the effect the brether might vnderstand quhat fruit had followit therof,
they demandit of him, in presence of God, to tell the simple trueth of the
accusatiouns that were laid to his charge of befor: Quho, after prayer to
God to be mercifull to him, grantit and confest as after followes:
1. He confest the command givin him be the Reidar at Striveling, to
desist from his office.
2. Grantit baptizeing of bairnes gottin in fornicatioun; bot tooke
cautioun of the parents to satisfie the Kirk, bot not in presence of the
Elders and Sessioun.
3. As to circumcisioun of women: Remembers not that ever he
4. Grants he made promise to the Presbytrie of Striveling to awaite on
his charge of the Ministrie, ther, quhilk he hes brokin.
5. He confest, That, vpon the 20 day of Marche last, he heard mentioun
made of his suspensioun be the Presbyterie of Striveling; bot he was not
certaine therof, for he could not have the proces of his suspensioun.
6. Declarit, That howbeit he knew not the raising of many of the letters
aganis the brether, ȝet he keipit the ordinarie dyatts therof.
7. Grants the vsurpatioun of Mr David Weymis flock, quherin he confesses he had heavilie offendit.
8. And sicklyke grants he hes heavilie failit against God and his Kirk,
be procureing and raising of the charges against the Generall Assemblie;
and in accepting of the Bischoprick of Glasgow without advyce therof, and
in proceiding be this forme of doing quhilk he hes vsed; for the quhilk he
submitts himselfe to the will of the brethren, willing to abyde thair judgement, and to obey and vnderly such injunctiouns as they will ordeane
And as to his simple meaning concerning the estate of Bischops and
corruptioun therof: Being requyrit oppinlie, in the feare of God and
vprightnes of conscience, to declare the same, Defyrit to conferre with
Mrs James Lowsone, Johne Craig, Robert Pont, David Lindesay [and]
the Laird of Colluthie, to the effect he might be farder resolvit, and give
his simple meaning therin to the Kirk; quhervnto the haill Kirk aggreeit.
Anent the protestatioun made be the Prestbyteries of Edenburgh,
Dalkeith, and Lynlithgow, aganis the sentence givin be the King and
Secreit Counsell in favours of Mr Robert Montgomerie, findand them
Judges to the saids Presbyteries and Kirk, as the same beares: The haill
Kirk, after the reiding of the same sentence, and protestatioun, in ane
voyce, adherit therto; lykeas the said Mr Robert, for his part, allowit the
same, and adherit therto.
In respect of many inconveniences and missordour fallin furth be the
ambitioun, covetousnes, and indirect dealing of sundrie, quho gangs about to
entir in the Ministrie, and, being enterit, vses vnlawfull meanes to declyne
all correctioun and punishment for thair offences: The haill Assemblie,
with ane consent, hes vottit and concludit, conforme to the Word of God,
and most godlie acts of Ancient Counsells, That no man pretend to ecclesiasticall functioun, office [promotione] or benefice, be any absolute gift, collation, or admission of the Civill Magistrate or Patrone, be letters of horning,
and quhatsoevir vther meanes then is established be the Word of God, and
acts of the Generall Kirk, and hitherto ordinarlie vsed within the reformed
Kirk of Scotland; and sicklyke that nane beand received to ane ecclesiasticall office or benefice, seik any way, be the civill power, to exeime and
withdraw themselves from the jurisdictioun of the Kirk, nor procure,
obtaine, or use any letters or charges, either be themselves, or any vthers
in thair name, or at thair command or instance, to impare, hurt, or stay
the said jurisdictioun, discipline, correctioun of maners, or punishment for
thair offences and enormities; nor to make any appellatioun from the
Generall Assemblie, to stop the discipline and ordour of ecclesiasticall
policie and jurisdictioun granted be Gods Word to the office bearers
within the said Kirk, vnder the paine of excommunicatioun, summarlie,
and without any proces or admonitiouns, to be pronouncit be the judgement of the Elderschip, be Minister of Ministers, to be appointit be
them therto, how soone it is knawin that any ane of the saids heids is
And this act no wayes to be prejudiciall to Laik patrones and thair
presentatiouns, vnto the tyme the lawes be reformed according to the
Word of God.
Anent the conference with Mr Robert Montgomerie: The said Mr
Robert compeirand, in the face of the haill Assemblie, declarit and promised
befor God, That he sould neither meddle nor attempt farther concerning
the Bischoprick of Glasgow, nor bruik, vse, nor take vpon him the same,
or any office within the Kirk, by the advyse and consent of the Generall
Assembly of the Kirk; renunceand the letters and charges givin to the
Generall Assemblie at his instance, with the letters purchased be him
aganis Mr David Weymis; protesting that, in this matter concerning the
Bischoprick of Glasgow, he meanes no vther wayes nor the haill brether
Forsameikle as the Sabboth day many wayes is profaned [and violated] to
the great dishonour of God, and speciallie be halding of mercatts asweill in
burgh as in landwart vpon that day: The Assembly of the Kirk injoynes
straitlie to every Elderschip within thair awin bounds, to take ordour
therwith as they may of the Law of God, as they will shew thair zeale
towards God, and obedience to the Kirk.
[The Generall Assemblie ordeans the brethren of the Presbytrie of
Glasgow to trie and examine diligently, if Mr Robert Montgomrie any
wife medles with the Bishoprick of Glasgow, or proceeds further in using
thereof, against his promise made openly in publick Assemblie; and if
they find him to meddle therewith any wife, to discerne him to have contraveened the act of the Assemblie and his promise, and to report their
process and decree thereupon to the Eldership of Edinburgh, to whom the
Assemblie giveth power to nominate, in that case, a brother to excommunicate the said Mr Robert out of the Kirk of God and society of the
The Generall Assemblie of the Kirk, in ane voyce, gives full power and
commissioun to [their beloved brethren] Mrs James Lowsone, Johne
Craig, Robert Pont, David Lindsay, Johne Brand, and Johne Durie, to passe
vnto the Kings Majestie, and shew [unto] his Hienes, That concerning the
articles he sent be his Majesties Master of Requeists, to have bein ansuerit
be the Kirk, being so weghtie and important, a part of them also apperirand
to be obscure and captious, they could not presentlie resolve thervpon:
notthelese, for the better resolving therof, they have ordainit certaine
brether to consult thervpon quhill the nixt Assemblie, quhilk they have
appointit shorter for that effect: Farther, lamentablie to deplore vnto his
Grace, quherin the jurisdictioun of the Kirk is and hes bein heavilie hurt
and prejudgeit, and namelie be the letters givin out in Glasgow, dischargeand the Presbyteries to proceid against Mr Robert Montgomerie; charges
of horning vsed against the haill Kirk of Scotland, be the decreit and
sentence of the Secreit Counsell, findand them Judges in the actioun of
Mr Robert Montgomerie; missives sent to gentlemen to assist to the
placeing of him in the pulpitt of Glasgow, against the will of the Kirk;
giving of benefices pleno jure, and of Abbacies in heritage: And, with all
humilitie, due reverence and gentlenes that appertaines, to exhort his
Majestie to the reforming [hereof,] and mantaining of the jurisdictioun
givin be God vnto his Kirk; as also to give admonitioun vnto the Dukes
grace, Erles of Arrance and Gowrie, in the premisses; and quhat they doe
heirin, to report to the nixt Assemblie.
Ordaines the particular Elderschips to have ane copie of the articles sent
be Kings Majestie, that they may be the better resolvit to give their ansuer
advysedlie thereto [at] the nixt Assemblie.
Anent the corruptioun of buriall in the citie of Sanct Androes: The
Kirk ordaines Mr Patrick Adamsone to put the commissioun givin to him
in the last Assemblie, to dew execution in all points, after the tenour
therof, vnder the paine of dissobedience.
Ordaines Mr Craig to lay ane ordour for collecting the Acts of the
Kirk, betuixt and the nixt Assemblie.
[Anent their establishing of Presbytries where none are yet erected:
The whole Assemblie hath nominate their brethren underwritten, to take
travel in the particular bounds after specified, for planting of Elderships
therein, betwixt and the nixt Generall Assemblie, to wit: C. & B.]
[For Cathnes and Sutherland:—Mr George Hay, Mr John Robertsone,
Mr George Monro, John Gray.
For Ross:—The said Mr George, Mr John Robertsone, Mr George
Monro, the Person of Dussus, the Minister of Inuerness, Mr George Hay,
John Strathhutchin, James Reid.
For Aberdeen and Bamf:—Mr Alexander Arbuthnet, Mr George
Pattersone, David Howesone, James Reid, Steven Meson.
For the west end of Fife:—David Ferguson.
For Teviotdale:—Mr James Lowson, and Mr David Lindsay: To whom
the Assemblie giveth power to constitute Presbytrie or Presbytries, and
allow or dissallow such as are erected, or unite or disjoyn, as they think
most expedient; and also appoint how many Presbytries shall be in a
Synodall Assemblie there.
For Teviotdail:—John Brand and Andrew Blackhall, Mr George Hay,
Mr Archibald Douglas, the Laird of Traquair, Skirline, and Black
For Nithsdaile: —Mr James Bryson, the Minister of Dumfries, Mr
Archbald Sinclare, my Lord Heries, my Lord Maxwel, the Laird of
For Galloway:—John Duncansone, Mr James Hamiltone, James Dods,
John Young, the Laird of Lochinvar. C.]
Ansuers to certaine doubts propoint concerning the Presbyteries.
1. That the Moderatour may continue from the Assemblie Synodall to
the nixt Synodall: His electioun to be, be the particular Presbitrie.
2. That the number of such as are associat to the Elderschip for discipline and correctioun of maners, that are not Pastours nor Doctours, quho
travell not in the Word, be not in equall number with vthers, but fewer;
the proportioun as the necessitie of the Elderschip craves.
3. Concerning such Elders as verses not in the Word: Thair resort to
the Presbyterie salbe no farther straitit, but as the weghtines and occasioun,
vpon intimatioun and advertisement made be the Pastours and Doctours,
sall requyre; at quhilk tyme they sall give thair godlie concurrence;
exhorting them alwayes that may commodiouslie resort, to be present at
4. Such of the Ministrie as dois not resort to the Exercise and Presbyterie, salbe subject. to the penaltie arbitrall to be appointit at the discretioun
of every particular Presbyterie, the samein to be aggried vpon be subscriptiouns of every Minister therof; and if any be found to dissagrie ther to a
guid ordour, to be complainit on to the Generall Assemblie nixt to come;
and the ordour quhilk every Presbyterie takes, to be sichtit, and therof ane
good ordour [after] established for the haill.
5. It is thocht meitt, that the same day quhilk is the day of the Exercise,
be in lyke maner the day of the ecclesiastical proces; and if the brether
finds [it] necessar for the haistie expeditioun of the proces, that they may
appoint dayes, tymes and places therfor, by the day of the Exercise.
6. It is not thoght expedient, that the Presbyterie be astrictit to direct
thair Moderatour to the Assemblie, bot libertie to chuse such as they think
most expedient for the comfort of the Kirk.
7. It is not thocht meitt, that visitatioun be exceptit e re nata, within the
bounds of the Presbyterie, and the samein not to be limitat to the Moderatour, bot to such, two or ma, as the Presbyterie sall direct, for the necessitie of the matter, according to the Booke of Policie.
8. The Clerk and Moderatour sall subscryve, in grave matters and forme
of proceiding, in the name of the Elderschip, [ay] and quhill God provyde
some better contributioun in every particular Kirk of the Elderschip for
9. The Minister of the paroch sall cause execute the sumounds concerning his paroch, and beare the burdein of sick things as salbe direct from
the Presbyterie, or some deput be him, within his paroch.
10. Concerning a generall ordour of admissioun to the office of Elders:
Referris it to the ordour vsit at Edenburgh, quhilk we approve.
11. As for collatioun of benefices, and designatioun of manses and
gleibs: The Moderatour of the Presbyterie quher it is requisite, and for
satis factioun of the act of Parliament, that they have a speciall commission
of the Kirk for that effect, quhill it please God to move the King that the
laws may be better reformed; provyding the Moderatour doe nothing
but be advyce of the Presbyterie.
12. It is proponed to the Kirk, Quher ther is no Presbyterie, nor
cannot be gottin, what ordour salbe of admissioun, of collatioun and designatioun of benefices.
13. As for the number of Kirks, how many salbe in every Presbyterie:
Referris to them that hes the commissioun to establisch. Presbyteries.
14. The forme of processe in weghtie matters to be in wryte, at the
discretioun of particular Presbyteries, e re nata; in vther things, verball.
15. For any that will not receive office of Elderschip, and travell not in
the Word: We may exhort, but not compell.
[As concerning designatione of manses and gleibs to Ministers and
Readers, conferring of benefices to persons presented thereto, and planting
of Ministers where no Presbytries are yet constitute: The Assemblie
gives their full power and commissione to their brethren underwritten, in
the particular bounds after specified, to plant and input Pastours and
Preachers of the Word of God, designe manses and gleebs, give and
conferr benefices according to the order observed within the Kirk; and
to doe, exerce, and use such other things as were given of before in commissione to visiters of countries thereanent, while the erectione of the said
Presbytries betwixt and the nixt Assemblie, viz.
For Cathness and Sutherland:—Mr George Hay.
For Ross:— Mr Thomas Howesone.
For Murrey:—The Person of Duffus.
For Aberdeen and Bamf:—Mr George Pattersone.
For the West end of Fife:—David Fergusone.
For Teviotdaill:—The Moderator of Melross.
For Galloway:—John Duncansone.
For Nithsdail; —Mr James Bryson.
As to the Pastor of Stirline: Seing he is deprived of his functione at
the will of the Assemblie, the Assemblie requests John Duncansone and
Patrick Gilespie to support the place thereof while the nixt Assemblie, that
the Kirk take order therewith, and understand farther of the said Mr
Robert his behaviour. C.]
Ordaines a general fast to be [observed and] keipit universallie in all
Kirks of this realme, with doctrine and instructioun of the people, to begin
the first Sonday of Junij nixt to come, and to continue to the nixt Sonday
therafter inclusive, vsing, in the meane tyme, exercise of doctrine, according to the accustomit ordour: and the Kings Majestie to be certified be
the Commissioners sent to him, and desyrit to hald hand therto be proclamatiouns [to be] sett out to that effect.
Causes. 1. Vniversall conspiracies of the Papists, [and enemies of God,]
in all countreyes, against Christians, for executioun of the bloody Counsel
of Trent. 2. The oppressioun and thraldome of the Kirk of God. 3.
Waisting of the rents therof without remedie. 4. Falling from the former
zeale. 5. Flocking home of Jesuites and of Papists. 6. Manifest bloodshed,
incest, adulteries, with such horrible crymes defyling the land vnpunished.
7. The danger quherin the Kings Majestie stands throw evill company
resorting about him, be quhom it is feared he may be corrupted in maners
and religioun. 8. Vniversall oppressioun and contempt of the poore.
[Ordeans every Presbytrie within their own bounds to trie the Ministers
of the same; and if any offence be found, to punish the same according to
the qualitie and estate of their crimes, betwixt and the nixt Generall
The Generall Assemblie, in one voice, gives their full power and commissione to the honorable and faithfull brethren, the Erle of Marshall,
Abbot of Deir, Mr Patrick Adamsone, Mr George Hay, Mr Alexander
Arbuthnet, Mr James Martine, Provost of Sanct Salvators Colledge, or to
any three of them, conjunctlie to pass and visit the North Countrie so farr
as they may, and to call before them, where they shall think most expedient,
such as be suspect of papistrie, to give confessione of their faith, and to
subscrive the confessione set out and authorized be the Kings Majestie:
And to this effect, to begin their journey at Midsummer nixt to come;
and if any be found obstinate and inobedient, to proceed against them,
according to the acts of the Kirk, with the censures thereof; and further
commits unto their said brethren to try the accusationes conteaned in
process layed against Alexander Urquhart be the brethren of Ross; and
quhat they doe in the one and other, to report again to the nixt Assemblie. C.]
Anent persons desyreand to entir in the functioun of the Ministrie:
The Kirk ordaines the particular Presbyteries to try and examine them;
and such as they find qualified, to provyde them to kirks.
[Anent the reconciliatione of the feeds in the West: The Assemblie
ordeans the brethren, to whom commission was given hereto in the last
Assemblie, to travel thereinto, as they will answer to the Assemblie, according to the said commissione. C.]
[Thanks being given to God,] The nixt Assemblie appointit at Edenburgh, the 24 of October nixt, except some necessar occasioune interveine,
be the advertisement of the Elderschip of Edenburgh, and the Kings
Ministers, quherby they may be brocht together sooner.
Ex. REGISTRO SECRETI CONCILII.
Apud castrumm de Striueling, duodecimo die mensis Aprilis, Anno Domini
|Efmeus Dux Lennoxie.||Robertus Commendatarius de Dumfermling.|
|Jacobus Comes de Arrane.||Adamus Commendatarius de Cambuskynueth
Commendatarius de Culros.|
|Dauid Comes de Craufurd.|
|Williemus Comes de Gowrye.||Computorum Rotulator.|
|Jacobus Dominus Downe.||Clericus Registri.|
Bischoprik of Glasgow diuoluit in the Kingis handes.
Anent oure Souerane Lordis lettirs direct makand mentioun, fforsamekle
as be certane Commissioners authorizit be his Hienes and the Generall
Assemblie of the Kirk, convenit at Leith in the moneth of Januar the
yeir of God ImVclxxj yeris, certane articles and ordoures wer aggreit
vpoun, twitcheing the prouisioun of qualifeit personis to Archebishchoprikkis and Bischoprikkis vacand, to stand and continew to his Hienes
minoritie, or consent of Parliament: And the samyn wes allowit and
approvit be his Hienes, and his umquhile richt traist cousing, Johnne Erll
of Mar, Lord Ersking, Regent to his Heienes his realme and liegis for the
tyme, in his Hienes name, and ordanit to haue the strenth of ane act of
his Hienes Secrete Counsale in the meyntyme. According to the quhilk
the Prelaceis and vtheris inferiour benefices within this realme vacand, hes
bene presentit and conferrit sensyne; and namelie the Archebischoprik of
Glasgow to vmquhile Maister James Boyd, last possesour thairof, quha
departit this lyff. His Hienes licence to cheis of all honoure and commendatioun of Maister Robert Montgomery, Minister of Godis Word, for
prouisioun of him to the said Archebischoprik, wes direct to the Cheptoure
of the Seitt of Glasgow, nominat and appointit for electing of the said
Archebischop; quhilk Cheptoure consistit in xxxij Channonries or Prebendareis fundatioun, distinct or seuerall benefices of the present possessoures.
Off the quhilk samony as ar enterit in the functioun of the Ministerie, wer
ordanit to be of the Cheptoure for electioun of the Archebischop: as alsua
how sone the remanent possessoures of the saidis benefices sal happin to
depart this lyff, the benefices alwyse to be disponit to qualifeit personis,
that suld entir in the functioun of the Ministerie, and thay to be of the
Cheptoure: And quhill the personis, present possessoures of the benefices,
not enterit in the functioun of the Ministrie, be departit this lyff, to
adioyne thame quhilkis ar already Ministers prouidit to the saidis benefices.
The vther Ministers of the Kirkis following, to represent and supple the
Chaptoure in electioun of the said Archebischop, quhilkis will not convene
to that effect, without thay be compellit. And anent the charge gevin to
Maister Dauid Wemys, Persoun of Glasgow, Maister Thomas Smetoun,
Principall of the College of Glasgow, as Persoun of Govane, Maister
William Churnesyde, Persoun of Luss, Maister Thomas Jak, Minister of
Rutherglen, Maister Andro Polwort, Subdene of Glasgow, Maister Johne
Howesoun, Persoun of Cambuslang, Johne Andersoun, Minister at Kirkpatrik, Maister Archebald Douglas, Archedene of Glasgow, Maister
Robert Ker, Archedene of Tiviotdale, Maister James Hill, Perfoun of
Erskin, Maister James Brysoun, Subchantoure of Glasgow, James Blakwood, Persoun of Sanquhair, Maister Andro Hay, Persoun of Renfrew,
Johnne Porterfeild, Persoun of Air, Maister Johnne Loverance, Persoun
of Douglas, Maister Hector Douglas, Persoun of Ancrum, Maister William
Hammyltoun, Persoun of Cumnok, Maister James Betoun, Persoun of
Auld Roxburgh, Maister Thomas Cranstoun, Persoun of Askirk, Maister
George Hay, Persoun of Dodilstoun, Edward Custik, Minister at Dumbertane, Maister Johnne ȝoung, Minister at Irwing, Maister Robert
Lyndsay, Minister at Lanerk, Maister Johnne Dauidsoun, Minister at
Hammyltoun, Johnne Spehard, Minister at Campsy, Maister James Greg,
Minister at Cammonell, Maister Petir Prymrois, Minister at Mauchlene,
Maister Johne Inglis, Minister at Vchiltre, Maister Patrik Walkinschaw,
Minister at Stevinsoun, Johnne M'Crone, Minister at Straiton, To haue convenit in the cietie of Glasgow, at the ordinar place of the ecclesiasticall Assemblies, at ane certane day bypast: And thair the said Maister Andro Hay
representing the place of the Dene, the said Maister Archebald Douglas,
Archedene of Glasgow, his awin place, the said Robert Ker, Archedene
of Tiviotdale, his awin place, and the said Maister Dauid Wemys, the
place of the Chancellour, to haue procedit in the electing of the said
Archebischop according to his Hienes licence, and lettirs of commenda
tioun direct to thame to that effect, as thay wald ansuer to his Hienes
vpoun thair obedience, and vnder the pane of rebellioun and putting of
thame to the horne; or ellis to haue comperit befoir his Hienes and
Lordis of Secrete Counsale, at ane certane day bypast, and schawin ane
ressonable cause, quhy the samin suld not haue bene done: with certificatioun to thame and thay failȝeit, vtheris lettirs suld be direct simpliciter to
put thame to the horne, lyke as at mair lenth is contenit in the saidis
lettirs. Quhilkis being callit, and the saidis Maisters Andro Hay, Dauid
Wemyis, Thomas Smetoun, Thomas Jak, Andro Polwart, Johnne Andersoun, and Johnne Porterfeild comperand all personalie, and the remanent
personis abonewrittin being oftymes callit and not comperand, the said
Maister Andro Hay protestit that nathing to be done in this jugement
suld onywife preiuge the Word of God, liberties and preuilege of the Kirk,
nor the lawes of this realme maid anent the same, and depending thairvpoun. Quhilk protestatioun with diuers vtheris the ressonis and allegationis of the foirsaidis personis comperand, as said is, being hard and considerit be the Kingis Maiestie and the saidis Lordis, and thay rypelie aduisit
thairwith, the Kingis Maiestie, with aduise of the saidis Lordis, ffindis and
declaris, That in respect of the foirsaidis personis representing the Dene
and Cheptour foirsaid, had delayit to follow furth in this cais, the said
order and forme aggreit vpon at Leith, in maner foirsaid, notwithstanding
that thay wer diuers tymes, be his Maiesties lettirs and vtherwyse, requirit
tharito, that thairfore the richt dispositioun of the said Bischoprik is diuoluit
and becum in his Hienes handes; and that his Maiestie, in the same
respect, may mak dispositioun of the same heirefter to quhom his Hienes
Discharge of proceding contra Mr Robert Montgomery.
Anent oure Souerane Lordis lettirs raisit at the instance of Maister
Robert Montgomery, Minister, makand mentioun, that quhair, vpon the
xvi day of Marche last bypast, he obtenit ane discharge dischargeing the
Presbiterie of Striueling, and all vtheris Presbitereis, &c. of directing of
ony citationes of excommunicatioun, or vtheris innouatioun, or troubling
of him, for aspiring to the Bischoprick of Glasgow, or troubling of his
brethrene in admissioun thairto, as the act thairvpoun presentit and schawin
at mair lenth beirs: notwithstanding quhairof the said Elderschip of
Striueling hes of new directit ane citatioun, chargeing the said Maister
Robert to compeir befoir the Elderschippis of Edinburgh, Dalkeith, Linlythgow and Striueling, within the New Kirk of the burgh of Edinburgh,
the thrid day of Aprile instant: Quhilkis Elderschippis intendis maist
obstinatlie and dissobedientlie to proceid to excommunicatioun aganis him,
and will not faill to proceid thairintill, without his Hienes and the Lordis
of Secrete Counsale prouide remeid; albeit his Maiestie and the saidis
Lordis, be thair said act, hes found thame selffis only Jugeis competent
thairto, as groundit vpoun the Act maid at Leith, betuix his Hienes and
the Commissioners of the haill Kirk. And anent the charge gevin to
Maister Nicholl Dalgleische, as Moderator of the haill Synodall Assemblie;
Maister James Lowsoun, Maister Robert Pont, Maister Andro Symsoun,
for thame selffis, and in name of the haill Presbiterie of Edinburgh; Patrick Gillaspie, Moderator of the haill Presbiterie of Striueling, for him
self and the said haill Presbiterie; Patrik Kennoquby, Moderator of the
Presbiterie of Linlythgow, for him self and the haill Presbiterie of Linlythgow; and Maister George Ramsay, Moderator of the Presbiterie of
Dalkeith, for him self and the remanent his haill brethrene thairof, To
haue comperit personalie befoir the Kings Maiestie and Lordis of Secrete
Counsale, at ane certane day bypast, bringand and produceand with
thame the said principall citatioun, togidder with all vther process led and
deducit be thame in the said mater, to haue bene sene and considderit; and
to haue hard and sene the samin decernit, to haue bene inorderlie directit
and procedit, as expres contrar the said act and ordoure aggreit vpoun at
Leith, and to be suspendit simpliciter in tyme cuming, lyke as at mair lenth
is contenit in the saidis lettirs. Quhilkis being callit, and the said Maister
Robert Montgomery comperand personalie, and the saidis Presbiterie and
Elderschip of Edinburgh, Linlithgow, and Dalkeith, for the maist part
comperand alsua personalie; quha, be the pronunciatioun of Maister
Robert Pont, ane of thair nowmer, protestit, That albeit thay be personalie
present, and thairin hes declarit thair obedience to his Maiestie, as thay
myndit to continew his Hienes obedient subiectis to thair lyses end; yit
thay altogethir disassentit to accept and admit his Maiestie and the saidis
Lordis to be Judgeis competent in this cause, being ecclesiasticall, as thay
allegeit, quhilk properlie appertenit to the jugement and iurisdictioun of
the Kirk; and, thairfore, that nathing to be done thairin presentlie suld
onywyse be preiudiciall to the Word of God, liberties and preuilegeis of
the Kirk, nor to the lawis of this realme maid anent the samin, and depending thairvpoun. Qubilk protestatioun, with diuers vtheris the ressonis
and allegationes of baith the saidis parteis, being hard and considerit be
the saidis Lordis, and thay ryplie aduisit thairwith, the Kingis Maiestie,
with aduise of the saidis Lordis, dischargeis the four saidis Presbiteries and
Elderschippis, and all vtheris Presbiteries, Elderschippis, and Generall and
Synodall Assemblies, off all proceding aganis the said Maister Robert
Montgomery, for aspyring to the said Bischoprick of Glasgow, or troubling
or persewing of his brethrene for the samin, or for any promise maid be
him thairanent, or ony vther thing depending thairvpoun, in tyme bygaine, and of thair offices in that part; without preiudice alwyse to the
same Presbiteries and Elderschippis, or vthers haueand lauchfull power, to
proceid aganis him for ony vther cause of actioun twitching his lyff, doctrine, maners and conuersatioun, as accordis.