State Papers, 1644: January-March

Pages 32-33

A Collection of the State Papers of John Thurloe, Volume 1, 1638-1653. Originally published by Fletcher Gyles, London, 1742.

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Letter from the Marquis of Argyll, directed thus:

For the right hon. the lord chancellor and remanent lords, and others of the committie of estats at Edinburgh. Orig.

From the public records of Scotland in the laigh parliament house at Edinburgh.

Right honourable,
By the encloset papers your lordships will resave a full account of what hes past heir since our last with the lord Sinclar. It may be within a day or tuo this message (wherof yow have heirwith a double) will be sent yow. Wee hope your lordships will not be much perplexed about an answer, it being in effect nothing ells, bot a repetition of what hes bene often objected, and als often answered. Alwayes that yow should not be surprised, wee have sent yow the copy beforehand, hoping your lordships will be carefull, that tymous advertisment be given to such of the councell and conservators of peace to be present, as yow shall think fitting; and that the messengers be diligently adverted to, least they should endeavor by thair cuning to abuse such, as are too apt to give credite to such misinformations, as they perhaps would willingly suggest.

Wee have yesternight ressaved your letter with John Lesly; and as wee have already showne your lordships our opinion by the lord Sinclair anent the transportation of the army from Ireland, seing ther are no probable meanes of thair subsistance there, and for any thing wee yitt see, do persist in the same; so wee shall deale with the English commissioners, that yf it be thought fitting they be transported, ships may be sent for convoying of them; bot wee feare the ships for thair transportation must be provided there or in Irland, and wee hop the result of our consultation with the English commissioners anent the interteanment of that army heir shall be approven by the parliament of England.

The erle of Dalhousie doeth complaine and justly, that he wants on wholl troupe out of the sherrifdom of Berwick, besids many other troupers ellis wher, whereof he will send a not, quhilk at his earnest desire wee could not but represent to your lordships; and desire yow to take such an effectuall course for the bringing of them out, as they, throw whose default they have hitherto halted, may undergo thar dew censure and punishment. Wee do also in behalfe of his lordship intreate yow to be carefull, that nothing be determined either in session or exchequer to his prejudice during his employment heir. We rest

Gesmund, 17th Feb. 1644.

Your lordships assured friends and servants

(signed) Argyll, i.p.d.

Votes of parliament upon the propositions agreed to between the committees of both kingdoms, touching the forces in Ireland.

Die Sabbati 9 Martii 1643.

Vol. i. p. 47.

Resolved upon the question, by the lords and commons in parliament assembled,
That the British and Scottish forces in Ireland shall be under one commander in chief. The first, second, and fourth result of the committees of both kingdoms, concerning the demands about the Scottish army in Ireland, were put to the question, and assented unto by the said houses, viz.

1. It is agreed, that the accompts of the Scottish army in Ireland shall be presently made up, and concluded.

2. That there be present providing of 10000 suits of clothes and shoes, 10000 bolls of meal, and 10000 lib. in money, as part of the 60000 lib. formerly promised by the parliament of England to the Scottish army in Ireland, in part of their arrears.

3. The which the English commissioners, and the committee of estates, must presently undertake and advance, that the army may be able to subsist in some measure, without starving, 'till the money hereafter specified, and other provision come to them.

4. The said commissioners do agree, that he who doth, or shall command in chief over the said army, by joint advice of both kingdoms, shall also command the rest of the British forces in Ireland. And for the further managing of that war, and prosecuting the ends expressed in the covenant, that the same be done by joint advice with the committees of both kingdoms.

That touching the 50000 lib. desired in the third demand, to the Scottish army in Ireland, the answer of the houses is expressed in the paper returned by way of answer to the paper of the Scottish commissioners.

That the fifth article of the result of the committees of both kingdoms, concerning the demand about the Scots army in Ireland, be referred to the consideration of the committees of both kingdoms here, who are to present their opinions on it, with all convenient speed.

That the said houses do assent unto the sixth article of the treaty, concerning the sending of 5000 arms to Cariksergus, for the use of the Scots army.

That the said houses do agree to the last article, that as long as the British regiments shall remain in the service of the king and parliament, that the two houses of parliament do give them satisfaction for their maintenance.

That the manner of taking and tendering the national league and covenant in the kingdom of Ireland, be referred to the consideration of the committee of both nations.

Jo. Browne, cler. parl.

Prince Rupert's warrant for apprehending delinquents.

Vol. i. p. 37.

You are immediately after sight hereof to send out a sufficient partie of Horse, which partie is to make diligent inquirie and search for sir Humphrey Orme of Mr. Robert Carryer of Mr. John Budde of Mr. Bernard Walcott of Mr. Thomas Allyson of and Mr. John Turner of and wheresoever the said partie shall find them or any of them, they are immediately to apprehend their persons, and them and everie of them to bring before me at my quarter in Newarke, or elsewhere, soe soon as possible they may. Hereof you and everie one of the said partie, whom it may concern, may in no wayes saile, as yee will answere it. And for your and their soe doing, this shall be to you and them, and everie of them, sufficient warrant. Given at Newarke under my hand this four and twentieth day of March, 1643.

To colonel general Charles Gerrard, or the chief officer of his horse present with the same.


For the right honourable the lords and others of the committee of estates at Edinburgh. Orig.

From the public records of Scotland in the laigh parliament house at Edinburgh.

My lords and gentlemen,
Wee have thought it necessary to give yow notice, that there is sent unto yow by the good ship called the Adventure of London, whereof Robert Wyard is master, cloaths and provisions for the Scottish army in Ireland, whereof the particulars are sent here inclosed. She is to be unladen in six dayes; otherwise he must have three pounds per diem demureage for so long as he shall stay.

Derby house the 25th of
March, 1644.

Signed in the name and by the warrant of the committe of both kingdomes by your very loving friends and servants
W. Say & Seale. Jo. Maitland.