A. D. M.D.LXXXII.
The [extraordinary] Generall Assemblie of the Kirk conveinit at
Edinburgh in the New Kirk therof, the 27 day of Junij 1582:
Where there was present the Commissioners.
Exhortatioun made be Mr. Andro Melvill, [Principall of the New Colledge of Sanct Andrews, and last Moderator,] quho was continewit Moderatour vnto the nixt Assemblie.
Anent the lang discourse made be [their brother,] John Durie, of his
calling before the Kings Majestie and Counsell, his answer, and haill processe vsed against him; as also a charge to him this day, be the Kings letter,
to remove off the towne; craveand in end the good advyce of the breither,
Whither he sould remove from his flock according to the [Kings] charge,
or remaine according to his calling, being alwayes ready to follow thair
determinatioun, howsoevir the brethren thinks expedient to give it. The
Kirk [present thought meet to] direct David Fergusone and Mr Thomas
Buchannan to the Kings Majestie, to vnderstand his meaning therin, and
to crave [humblie] of his Hienes the performance of the promise made to
certaine of the thair brether concerning him: as also to lament vnto his Hienes the case of thair brether of Glasgow, chargit to Sanct Johnstoun, and
to make sute for them to this effect: also ane missive [to be drawn] to
be directit to Johne Duncansone to concurre earnestly with them [in the
[The conclusion of the Moderator and his Assessors being proponed to
the Assemblie, without farther examination, the letter which was written
be them to that effect, was subscrived be the Clerk of the Assemblie, and
they dismissed. C.]
Anent the desyre of the Commissioners direct from the Counsell of
Edinburgh to the Assemblie, craveing thair counsell concerning the charge
givin to the Provest, Baliyies, and Counsell of Edinburgh, for removeing
of Johne Durie their Minister: The Kirk ordainit [their brethren,] Mrs.
James Lowsone, Thomas Smeitoun, Andro Hay, Robert Pont, David
Lindesay, and Johne Craig, to concurre with such as the Counsell will
deput, the morne [at half hour to seven, and] to consult, conferre, and
reason concerning the matter.
[Forsameikle as be many greeves wherewith the godly and faithfull
brethren of the Kirk are wounded, whereupon doubtless great perells are
threatned to the whole Kirk of God within this natione, it is thought expedient, That the brethren of each Eldership conveen themselves together,
and advise diligently upon the said greeves betwixt and the morn, and to
present the same in forme, to be considered be the whole Assemblie. C.]
Anent the informatioun made be [their brother,] Johne Durie, that certaine brether, direct from the Counsell of the towne, movit, to him as appeirs, of good affectioun, has desyrit him, for avoiding of the danger that
may fall vpon his flock, to absent and withdraw himselfe a space aff the
towne priveilie, desyrand [herein] to vnderstand the good judgement of the
Kirk; protesting, for his awin opinion, that because his removeall may be
prejudiciall to the comoun cause, and his privie departing [appear] ane
accepting of the vice vpon him, quherwith he is vniustlie chargeit; that
without thair counsell heirin, his awin deliberat mynd is to abide, be it
with the hazard of his life: And farther seeing that his doctrine, quberof
he was accusit in Counsell, in force and substance was justified at his awin
Presbyterie, and be his awin Sessioun of Edinburgh, That the brether wald
give him that testimoniall, that he had travellit faithfullie in his vocatioun,
no fault being found with him in his doctrine, or impute to his lyse; as
als, if it please God that he be compellit to remove, that he may have
libertie elsequher to preach the Evangell, quher it fall please God to give
him the occasioun of tyme and place, for discharge of his awin conscience
The brether, after good advyce and deliberatioun, in ane voyce thocht
it not meitt that he sould remove off the towne privilie, but abyde the
charge to be given be the Provest and Baillies to him.
And as to his doctrine, lyse, and conversatioun: The haill Krik acknowledgit nothing in him bot sound, true, and wholesome doctrine, vpright
and honest in lyse and conversatioun; giving him libertie, in cace of his
removeing, to preach the Evangell faithfullie, quher God sall offer the occasioun, vntill it please him to restore him to the charge of his awin flock.
[Anent the greeves appointed of the brethren this day to be presented
in publick a certain day, being conceived in writ; being read and considered, it was thoght expedient, that the same sould be qualified in better
forme, collected and presented in better order be their brother, Mr Thomas Smetone, to be again considered after they be put in mundo. C.]
The Kirk gives thair full power and commissioun to [their loved brethren,] Mrs Alexander Arbuthnot, Adame Johnstoun and David Hoome,
to passe to the Dukes Grace, to make informatioun to him of the great
slander [risen be interteanment] of Mr Robert Montgomerie in his societie,
since [the tyme of] the sentence of excommunicatioun pronouncit against
him; to intimat vnto him the said sentence with gentle and discreit perswasiouns; to shew the danger therof, and quhat be Acts of Assemblie is
concludit aganis receivers and mantainers of excommunicat persons; desyreing him earnestlie to remove [him] fra his companie; and to give admonitioun to him to that effect, and in cace he continue inobedient, that
the Kirk will proceid against him according to thair actis.
Johne Duncansone, [his Graces Minister,] presentit a letter from the
Kings Grace concerning the Laird of Mynto, and certaine of the Magistrates and citizens of Glasgow, desyreand, in effect, that matter [to] be
handlit befor the Counsell, with credit to be given to the bearer, [as his
Majesties letter at lenth contains, presented be the said John, bearer hereof,] quho vtterit his crydet, and shew, That his Majestie continues, and sall
constantlie continue to the end, in the true professioun of the religioun presentlie establischit within this realme: And as to the actioun of Glasgow,
vpon supplicatioun to be givin in to the Counsell, such ordour salbe takin
as the Kirk salbe therwith satisfied.
Anent the summounds [and citatione] produceit agains the saids persons
to heir tryall tane of the violence done be them aganis Mr John Howsone,
and to heir them convict, excommunicat, and castin furth of the societie of
the faithfull, for the committing of the said haynous offence and slander;
as the summounds dewlie execut and indorsit at length buire: The saids
persons all being callit, and none compeirand except John Grahame, quho
denyed the contents therof for his part: The saids summounds being givin
to probatioun, and Mrs Johne Davidsone, Johne Hamiltoun, Andro Knox,
Patrick Walkinschaw, Thomas Jack, Richart Wright, Archibald Eglintoun, and John Stoddart, being sworne, receivit and admittit witnesses,
the Kirk ordainit them to be present the morne in the morning, befor the
Moderatour and his Assessours, to depone in the said matter.
The brethren directit to the Kingis Majestie [to understand his meaning]
concerning Johne Durie, and the brethren of Glasgow, reportit his Graces
wryting, in effect bearing, That at the coming of the Dukes Grace, quho
had intress in that matter concerning the said John, vpon supplicatioun to
be givin in, consideratioun sould be had therof: And as to the brether of
Glasgow, the actioun quhilk the Kirk hes in hand against the Provest of
Glasgow and his Collegues being superseidit, he wald dispense with the
brether of Glasgow to the saxt day of July nixt to come, as the letter at
Anent the processe deduceit against the Provest of Glasgow and his Collegues: The Kirk ordaines thair brethren, Mrs James Melvill, Johne
Porterfeild, and Patrick Sharpe, to examine the remanent witnesses afternoone, quhilk are produceit and vnexaminat; and in the meantyme for
the proces to stay: lyke as the saids witnessis were examinat at the tyme
appointed be the said brether.
Anent the actioun laid aganis the Laird of Mynto, Provest of Glasgow,
and his Collegues: The haill Kirk, after publick reiding of the processe,
and probatioun vsed in the matter, and dew consideratioun and examinatioun therof, being weill and rypelie advisit therwith, Finds the cryme, as
it is verified, provin and tryed befor them, to deserve to be punishit with
excommunicatioun; and, nottheless, at the Kings Majesties requeist, continues the pronouncing of any sentence against them to the 6 day of Julij
nixt, quhilk is the day of the Convention of the Nobilitie at Perth, quher
hope is givin of repaire: Giveand, grantand, and committand also full
power and commissioun to the Commissioners, direct be them vnto the
Kings Majestie and Counsell, to the said Conuentioun, in cace they sould
not sie remeid then put to the matter, betuixt the said day and the 24 day
of the said moneth, or sooner, at thair discretioun, to proceid and give
foorth sentence in the said cause, and to appoint severall persons to the
executioun therof, as they will ansuer to the Kirk; and ordaines report to
be made of this continuatioun to the Kings Majestie.
Anent the place occupied be Johne Durie, ane of the Ministers of Edinburgh, [in the functione of the Ministrie there,] presentlie removeit aff the
towne: The Kirk [and whole brethren] present inhibites and discharges
the Kirk and Presbyterie of Edinburgh, to elect, chose, or admitt, in any
wayis, any Minister in his place of the Ministrie therof [to displace him;]
discharging also all Ministers, [or that aspires to the Ministrie,] to attempt
the usurping or taking vpon them of his charge and place therof, except
at the desyre of the Ministers of Edinburgh, to relieve them, at all tymes,
quhill the General Assemblie of the Kirk be farther advysit: and, in cace
any salbe chosin or electit, the haill Kirk decernes the said electioun and
admissioun to be null and of none effect.
[Anent the directione given to certane brethren sent to the Dukes Grace
yesterday: The same brethren reported, that they had shewn to his Grace
and made intimatione of the excommunicatione of Mr Robert Montgomerie, declared what were the Acts made be the Assemblie, and pains conteaned therin, against such as interteane excommunicat persons: C.] The
Duke of Lennox ansuer to the brether that was sent to him concerning
the mantaining of Mr Robert Montgomery, was, first, a interrogatour,
Whether the King or the Kirk were superious; and, therafter, that he
had command of the King to mantaine him, and of his Counsellors; and,
quhill he were contramandit be him, he wald not remove him.
The kirk having considderit his ansuer, Ordaines the brethren of the
Ministrie that ganges in commissioun to Perth, as they sie occasioun ther,
and the greise not remeidit, twitching his mantaining of the said Mr Robert,
to proceid and appoint speciall men, that sall proceid farther against him
with the censuers of the Kirk, according to the acts of the Generall Assemblie, to quhom the Kirk gives thair full power to that effect.
The Generall Assemblie, in ane voyce, gives thair full power and commissioun to the Right Honorabill [and] thair lovit brother, John Erskine
of Dune, the Ministers of the Kings [Majesties] house, Mrs Robert Pont,
James Lowsone, Thomas Smeitoun, Andro Hay, David Lindsay, Andro
Polwart, Peeter Blackburne, Patrick Galloway, William Chrystesone,
David Fergusone, James Melvill, Thomas Buchannan, Johne Brand, Patrick Gillespie, Johne Porterfeild, Ministers [of Christs Evangell,] Andro
Melvil, [Principal of the New Colledge of Sanct Androws,] to repare toward the Kings Majestie and his noble Counsell to be conveinit at Perth,
the 6 day of Julij [nixt,] and there, with all reverence, dew obedience,
and submission, present vnto his Hienes and Nobilitie the speciall greives
of the Kirk, conceivit [and given in to them] in wryte, and in thair behalfes, lament, deplore, and regrat the same vnto his Hienes and Counsell;
craveing, in the name and feare of the Eternall God, the same and every
ane of them to be repairit and redrest, to the glorie of God, and weilfare
of his Majestie, and comfort of his Kirk: And thervpon, if neid be, with
humilitie to conferre, informe, and reason; and quhat heirin beis done, to
report to the next Assemblie: firme and stabill haldand and for to hald
quhatsoevir thair brether in the premisses righteouslie leids to be done.
The tenour of the Greives of the Kirk above specified.
Vnto ȝour Majestie, [most] humblie meanes and schawis ȝour Graces
faithfull and obedient subiects, the Ministers of Gods Word within ȝour
Graces realme, conveinit in the Generall Assemblie haldin at Edinburgh,
the 27 of Junij, That quher vpon the occasioun of diverse great and evident
dangers appeiring to the haill Kirk of God, and professours of his true
religioun in this country, finding the authoritie of the Kirk abrogat, the
censures therof contemned, and violence vsit against some of thair brether,
without punishment therof; the lyke hes not bein sein in this realme, nor
any vther quher the trueth of the Gospell hes being preachit and receivit:
And fearing least ȝour Majestie, for lake of informatioun, [might] neglect
in tyme to provyde remedie for the inconveniences licklie to ensew thervpon, We conveinit ourselves in the feare of God and ȝour Hienes obedience; and after diligent consideratioun of this present estate of the Kirk,
and enormities fallin furth in the same, with commoun consent thoght necessar [be] our Commissioners to present and open to ȝour Grace certaine
of our cheise and weightie greives, without hastie redresse quherof the Kirk
of God and true religioun can no wayes stand and continue in this ȝour
First, That ȝour Majestie, be advyce of some Counsellours, is causit to
take vpon ȝour Grace that spirituall power and authoritie quhilk properlie
belongs to Christ as only King and heid of the Kirk; the ministrie and
executioun therof [is only given] to such as beare office in the ecclesiastical
government of the same; swa that in ȝour Graces person, some men
preases to erect a new Paipdome, as thogh ȝour Majestie could not be full
King and heid of this commoun wealth, unles asweill the spirituall as temporall sword be put in ȝour Graces hand; vnlesse Christ be bereft of his
authoritie, and the twa jurisdictiouns confoundit, quhilk God hes divydit;
quhilk directlie tends to the wrack of all true religioun, as [be] the speciall
heids following is manifest:
1. For benefices are given be absolute power to vnworthie persons intrusit in the office of the Ministrie, without the Kirks admissioun, directlie
against the laws of God, and acts of Parliament; quherthrow the Kirks
livings comes in profane mens hands, and vthers that sells thair soules, and
maks schipwrack of conscience, for pleasure of men, and obtaining of some
2. Elderschips, Synodalls and Generall Assemblies, are discharged be
letters of horning to proceid against manifest offenders, and vse the discipline of the Kirk, and censures therof, according to Gods word.
3. John Durie, be act of Counsell, is suspendit fra preaching; and for
this same cause banischit sra his flocke.
4. Excommunicat persons, in contempt of God and of his Kirk, are
mantaint in chiefe Lords houses; namelie, Mr Robert Montgomerie, authorizit and causit to preach, and brocht to ȝour Majesties presence, quhilk
is a sore wound to the conscience of them that loves ȝour Majestie, and
knowis ȝour Graces vpbringing, and a heavie slander in all natiouns prosessing the true religioun.
5. Ane act or delyverance of Counsell is made against the proceidings
of the Ministrie, with a slanderous narrative, suspending simpliciter, and
dissanulling the excommunicatioun justlie and ordourlie pronouncit against
Mr Robert Montgomerie, a rebellious and obstinat offender and troubler
of the Kirk of God; and opin proclamations made according therto.
6. Contempt of Ministers, and dinging of many doing thair office; and
speciallie the violent drawing of Mr Johne Howsone out of the judgement
seate quher he was placit Moderatour of the Presbyterie, his cruell and
outragious handling, carieing to prison lyke a theife be the Provest and
Bailȝies of Glasgow, and thair complices; and, after complaint made, no
ordour takin with the doers therof, but contraiewaysis, mantaining of
them, as if the same had bein good service.
7. Displaceing of the Minister of Glasgow out of his rowme, quhilk,
without reproach, he hes occupied thir many yeirs; and convocatioun of
the gentlemen of the countrey to that effect.
8. Violence vsit be ane of ȝour Graces awin guard to pull him out of
the pulpitt, the day of the Communioun, in presence of the hail congregatioun, in tyme of sermoun, and no fault found therwith.
9. The officiar of the Kirk was castin in prison in ȝour Graces presence,
and ther keipit a long tyme, for executioun of letters direct against a particular slanderous man.
10. Ministers, Masters of Collegeis, and scholers of Glasgow, in tyme
of publick fast, were, be letters of horning, compellit to leave thair slockes
and schooles destitute, and sensyne, from tyme to tyme, and place to place,
have bein delayit and continued, therby to consume them be exorbitant
expensis, and to wrack the Kirks and Schooles quheros they beare rule
11. The Scholers of Glasgow were invaidit, and thair blood cruellie
shed be the bailyies and commountie gatherit be sound of the commoun bell
and straik of drum, and be certaine seditious men inflamit to have slaine
them all, and to have brunt the Colledge; and ȝet nothing done nor said
to the authors of that seditioun.
12. Hands shakin with the bloodie murtherers and persecuters of the
peiple of God, be propynes giving and receivit.
13. The Dukes Grace oft tymes promised to reforme his house, and
nothing done therin.
14. The lawes made for manteinance of the true religioun, and punisching of the enemies therof, are not put to executioun; swa that all things
goe louse, and worse lyke to ensew.
Many vther things ther be that crave present reformatioun, quherwith,
notwithstanding, we think not expendient to trouble ȝour Majestie untill
we sie quhat ordour be taking with thir greivous complaints; beseikand
ȝour Majestie most humblie, for the love of God, who hes plantit ȝour
Grace in this most royall throne, and heirvnto wonderfullie defendit and
mantainit ȝour authoritie, carefullie to looke vpon thir matters as becomes
the Lievetenant of God, and a Christian King: and with advyce of them
that feare God, and tenders ȝour Graces estate, and quyetnes of this commoun weill, so to redersse the premisses, that, first, Chryst above all be acknowledgit; his Messingers, without feare or stop, sufferit to execute thair
office; the course of the Gospell advancit, [and] be the example of the
worthie punishment of them quho so licentiouslie and contemptuouslie have
wrangit and injurit Ministers and professours of Gods Word, that vthers
heirafter may be affrayit to interpryse the lyke.
The nixt Assemblie was appointit to be at Edinburgh, the 24 day of
October nixt to come, except that necessar and weghtie causes interveine,
be advertisement of the Elderschip of Edinburgh and Ministers of his Majesties house.