THE BOOKE OF THE UNIVERSALL KIRK OF SCOTLAND:
WHEREIN THE HEADIS AND CONCLUSIOUNS
DEVYSIT BE THE MINSTERIS AND COMMISSIONARES
OF THE PARTICULAR KIRKS THEREOF
ARE SPECIALLY EXPRESSED
A. D. M.D.L.X.
The Names of the Ministers and Commissionars of the particular
Kirks of Scotland, conveinit to consult upon these things whilk are
to fett fordward Gods glorie, and the weill of his Kirk in this
Realme, in Edinburgh the xx day of December 1560 yeirs.
Johne Knox minister, James Barron and Edward Hope, commissionars
Christopher Gudman minister, David Spens and Maister Robert Kynpont,
for St Androes.
Maister Johne Row minister, for the towne of Perth and kirk thereof.
William Darroche and William Norvell, for the towne of Striveling and
Charles Drummound provest, James Witherspoone and Andrew Mylne,
Hew Wallace of Carnall, Johne Fullerton of Dreghorne and Charles
Campbell of Skeldoun, for the kirks of Kyle.
George Hoome of Spott, for the kirks of East Lauthiane.
David Lindesay minister, Andrew Lamb and Patrick Boyman, for Leith.
William Harlaw minister and Robert Fernelay of Braid, for St Cuthberts kirk.
William Christesone minister, George Lovell and William Carmichaell,
Alexander Guthrie of Halkertoun, William Durhame of Grange, for
Johne Areskine of Dunne and Andrew Mylne, for Montrose.
The lairds of Tullievaird and Fethercairne, for the kirks of the Mernes.
The laird of Gairlies ȝounger, for the kirks of Nithesdaile.
Maister David Weymis, for the kirk of Carnbie.
Maister Walter Balfour, for the kirk of Lyntoun.
Johne Broun, Thomas Boyd and James Polwart, for Torphichen.
William Lamb, William Bonkle, for Dumbar.
James Douglas, James More, for Calder Comitis.
John Kincaid, for Kirklistoun.
Master Robert Wynrhame, for Ratho.
The names of them whilk the ministers and commissionars think maist
qualified for the ministring of the word of God and facraments, and
reiding of the commoun prayers publicklie in all kirks and congregations, and givin up be them every ane within there awin bounds.
In Kyle for reiding.
Ranken Davidson, Richard Bannatyne, Robert Campbell, Hew Wallace,
Andrew Lochart, Andrew Chalmer, James Dalrumple, Adam Landells, all reidars, and John Chalmer apt to teach.
In St Androes for ministreing and teaching.
Maisters Johne Ruthersurd, William Ramsay, James Wilkie, Robert Hamiltoun, Patrick Constane, William Rynd, William Skene, Archibald
Hamiltoun, Alexander Arbuthnet, James Kirkaldie, David Collasse,
William Scott, David Weemes, Thomas Buchanan, David Spens,
Robert Kynpont, Johne Wynrhame of Kirknesse, Alexander Spens,
Johne Wood, David Guild, Robert Patersone.
Uthers whilk are thoght apt and able be the ministers and commissionars
forsaids to minister.
Johne Areskine of Dunne, Johne Fullertoun of Kynnaber, David Forres,
Patrick Kyninmonth, Mr James Melvill, Richard Melvill, Maisters Johne
Kellow, Robert Montgomerie, Johne Hepburne, Thomas Hepburne,
George Hepburne and William Lamb.
Mr Johne Ramsay presentit be Sir John Borthwick as minister for the
kirks of Aberdoure and Tyrie.
December 21, 1560.
The ministers and commissioners forsaids being assemblit, finds that
the ministrie of the word and sacraments of God, and assemblie of the
peiple of the whole parochin of Restalring, be within the kirk of Leith; and
that the kirk of Restalring, as a monument of idolatrie, be raysit and utterlie castin downe and destroyed.
The question being proponed anent mariage in second and uther degries
of consanguinitie, forbidden be the Pope to be solemnizat betwixt parties,
it is found that, of the law of God, mariage may be solemnizat betwixt
parties beand of second, thrid, and serd degries of affinitie or consanguinitie, and uthers sick as are not prohibited expressely be the word of
God; and therfor to desyre the Lords and estates to interpone there authoritie, and approve the samein, and make lawes therupon.
December 27, 1560.
The kirk appointit the electioun of the minister, elders and deacons,
to be in the publick kirk, and the premonition to be made upon the Sonday preceiding the day of the electioun.
The kirk appointed that to the punishment of fornication, the law of
God be observit: Publick repentance to be made be them that sall use
carnall copulation betwixt the promise and solemnization of mariage.
[The petitioun of weights and measures was referrit to the Parliament.] C.
That all sick as hes bein in the ministrie of the Popes kirk, good and
well conditioned persones, that they sall live upon the almes of the kirk,
with the number of poore.
Consentit be the kirk that none be put in judiciall offices to be magistrates, as provest, baillies, and officers of townes, exceptand them who
are knowin to be plaine and true professours of the Evangell.
It is also thoght expedient that earnest supplication be made to the
estates of this realme in parliament, and to the lords of secreit counsell,
that all judges ordinaire and officers judicial, sick as the Lords of the
Sessioun, shireffis, stewarts, baillies, and uther judges ordinarie, be professours
of the trueth of the true word of God; and all ministers thereof to be
removit fra sick offices according to the civill law.
[Item To desire the Estates in Parliament to take order with the confirmatioun of testaments, that pupils and orphans be not desrauded, and
that lawes be made thereupon in their favours.] C
To aske at the estates of parliament and lords of secreit counsell, for
eschewing of the wrath and judgement of the eternall God and removeing
of the plagues threatned in his law, that sharp punishment may be made
upon the persons underwriten, and uthers idolaters and mantainers thereof,
in contempt of God his true religioun and acts of Parliament, whilk
sayes and causes messe to be said and are present thereat within the places
In Nithesdaile and Galloway.
The Pryor of Whitherne and his servants in Crugletone.
The Laird of Corswell, in Corswell.
The Lord Cairleill.
The Laird of Kirmichaell, who causes masse daylie to be said, and images
holden up, and idolatrie to be mantained within his bounds.
The Lairds of Balwerie and Lathrisk, and Mr John Scrymgeours wife.
In Kyle, Carrick and Cunninghame.
The Erles of Eglintoun and Cassills, William Hamiltoun of Cambuskeith,
the abbot of Corsraguell, the parochiners of Mayboill, Girvan, Oswald
and Dalay, within the kirk whereof messe is openly said and mantained.
In East Lauthiane.
Johne Carkettle in Markill causes messe daylie to be said; the auld ladie
Hoome in Thornetoun; the curate of Currie for abusing the sacraments.
In the Forrest of Ettrick.
The goodman of Gallowscheils, who not only causes messe to be said,
but als mantaines the sayers thereof, who are enemies to God and his
trueth, and therfor were exylit out of Edinburgh.
The kirks conveinit continues this thair assemblie till the 15 day of
Januar nixt to cum, and hes thoght expedient that the said day ane comissionar at the least be sent fra every kirk, for requyring of sick things of the
parliament as salbe thoght for the weill of the halie kirk; and every commissioner present promitteth to come themselves, or cause some others fra
the kirk, the said day to the brugh of Edinburgh to the effect forsaid; and
ordains every commissioner, alsweill of townes as of paroch kirks to landward, to bring a roll with them of the whole teyndis, lands, annualls, profeits and emoluments of the paroch kirks nixt adjacent to them, and what
persones hes tacks thereof, to whom the samein pertains, and there names
to be specially named, and what duetie they pay for the samein.