A. D. M.D.LXI.
At Edinburgh, the 26 of May 1561. The haill kirk conveinit in
the Tolbuith of Edinburgh, hes determinit and thoght good that ane
humble complaint be made and givin in, in thair names, tuitching
the suppression of idolatrie, and other points after following, to the
Lords of Secreit Counsell.
In the first, for suppressing of idolatrie throughout the whole realme,
and punishing the users thereof, maintainers of the samein, haunters and
Item, for mantaining and speciall provision to be made for superintendents, for the erecting and establishing of moe in places convenient, and
for punishing of the contemners of the said superintendents and dissobeyars
Item, for ordour to be takin anent the abusers of the sacraments, and
contemners of the samein.
Item, that no letters of the sessioun be givin, to ansuer or pay to any
person ther teinds, without speciall provisioun that the parochiners retaines sae meikle in ther hands as is appointed to the minister; and that
all sick as are els givin be callit in and dischairgit, and lykewayes that no
shiress give precepts to that effect.
Item, that the sessioun nor no uther judges proceid upon sick precepts
or warnings, past at the instance of them that hes obtained fewes of lait of
viccarages, persones mansses, and kirkyeards.
Item, that no letters take place whill the stipends contained in the
Booke of Discipline for sustentation of the ministers, be first consignit in
the hands at the least of the principall of the parochiners.
Item, for ordour to be takin for the punishment of such as purchases, and
brings hame, and executes within this realme, the Popes bulles.
[The tenour of the Supplicatioun.
Pleis your Honours, and the wisdome of sick as ar presently conveined
with you in counsaill, to understand, that be mony arguments we perceave quhat the pestilent generatioun of that Romane antichrist within the
realme pretendis, to wit, that they wald of new erect thair idolatry, tak
upoun thame to impyre above our conscience, and so to command us, the
treu subjectes of this realme, and sick as God of his mercy hes (under our
Soverane) subjected unto us, in all things to obey their apetites. Honesty
craveth, and conscience movethe us, to mak the very secreits of our hairts
patent to your honours in that behalf, quhilk is this, That befoir that evir
these tyrantes and dum dogis impyre above us, and above sick as God hes
subjected unto us, that we, the barones and gentilmen professing Christ
Jesus within this realme, have fullie determined to hazard lyfes, and
quhatsoever we have receaved of our God in temporall thingis. We maist
humely tharefoir beseik your honours, that sick ordour may be taiken,
that we have not occasioun to tak agane the sword of just defence into
our handis, quhilk we have willingly (efter that God hes gevin victory,
bothe to your honours and us) resigned over into your hands; to the end
that Gods evangell may be publictly, within this realme, preiched; the
trew preicheours thareof ressonably susteined, idolatry suppressed, and the
comitteris thareof punisched, according to the lawes of God and man. In
doing quhareof, your honours sall find us not onely obedient unto you in
all things lawfull, bot also redy at all tymes to bring under ordour and
obedience sick as wald rebell against your just authority, quhilk, in absence
of our Soverane, we acknawledge to be in your hands, beseiking your
honours, with upricht jugement and indifferency, to luik upoun these our
few artickles, and by these our brethren, to signifie unto us sick answer
agane as may declair your honours worthy of that plaice, quhairunto God
(efter sum dangers susteined) in his mercy hath called yow. And let these
enemies of God assure thameselfis, that if your honours put not ordour
unto thame, that we sall schortely tak sick ordour, that they sall neyther
be abell to do quhat they lift, neyther yit to leve upoun the sweit of the
browes of sick as ar no detteris unto thame. Let your honours conceave
nothing of us, bot all humill obedience in God. But let the Papistes be yit
ones agane assured, that thair pryde and idolatry we will not suffer.] K.
May 28, 1561.
The kirk convenit, after that they heard the supplication and articles forsaid, beand put in forme, red in thair presence, at length advysit
therewith, ordainit the samein to be presented to the secreit counsell; and
for presenting thereof and obtaining of ansuers therto, nominat and ordained thir brethren after mentioned to awaite theron: The Mr of
Lindsay, the Laird of Fernihirst elder, Thomas Menȝies provest of
Aberdein, the laird of Lochinvar, the laird of Whittingham and George
Lovell burges of Dundie.
Upon the whilk supplication, articles and sute thereof was grantit
and followit be the lords of secreit counsell, and act and ordinance therupon, with letters therupon, ansuering to every heid
of the said articles and supplicatioun, at length specified in the
act of secreit counsell made therupon; whilk is to be had in the
hands of Johne Johnstoun, scrybe therof, and letters and publication past therupon.