Follow instructions upon the foresaid cornmission.

"Charles R. 1. You shall disarm all heritors who have not taken the test, and all the commons, excepting the militia; and if any shall conceal arms, or refuse to de-pone thereupon, when by you required, you shall fine the heritors in one year's rent, the tenants in one year's rent of their respective farms; the servants, and cottars, and tradesmen, are to be fined according to their substance.

"2.   You are to follow such instructions as we or our privy council shall give you, as to the value of horses, and the persons to whom they are to be allowed within the districts.

"3.   You shall seize all preachers, chaplains, or such as exercise as chaplains, who are not authorized by the bishops, and send them to our privy council to be disposed of as they think fit and see cause.

"4.   You shall punish, according to law, all persons guilty of ecclesiastic disorders, either men or women, and you shall put our proclamations, especially that of the   day  of       ,   in execution, against all who are guilty of conventicles, or concerned in them, as concealers and not discoverers, negligent heritors, sheriffs, bailies, and other magistrates or heritors of the place, where they are kept, or otherwise concerned by our laws and proclamations, according to the tenor thereof; and the husbands of such wives as are guiIty and have not done their endeavours in terms of our letter, bearing date the          day of           .

5. You shall give account to our secret committee, of all persons who have fled from their habitations, whether by retiring out of the kingdom, or removing to other places to evite just sentences.

"6.    You shall examine the indulged ministers on their instructions, and remove such as have transgressed, and imprison them till they find security not to preach or exercise any pert of the ministerial office, or otherwise to remove from our three kingdoms, under caution not to return without special allowance from us or our privy council; and such as refuse to find caution in manner foresaid, you shall send them in prisoners to our privy council, or their committee at Edinburgh.

"7.    You shall diligently search for the heritors, inciters, promoters, or concurrers to the late rebellions, the intercommuners with such, or resetters of them, and others, not heritors, guilty of the said crimes, since July 1st, 1683.

"8.    You shall stop and secure all pedlars who have not passes, according to the tenor of our last proclamation, and secure them till they find caution for their good behaviour.

"9.    You shall stop all posts who carry letters, except such who are allowed by our post-master general.

"10. You shall commune with rebels, to bring them to obedience, upon their address for pardon, and you shall acquaint our secret committee with their proposals, and what passes betwixt you and them; and in order thereunto, you are allowed to give them safe conducts.

"11. You shall command the forces assigned to you by our privy council, according to the necessity of our service.

"12. You shall turn out all the wives and children of the forfeited persons and fugitives, from their habitations, if it shall appear that they have conversed with their parents or husbands, or if they shall refuse to vindicate themselves by their oaths.

- 13. You shall inquire what quarters are unpaid by the soldiers in your several districts, and take care payment be made for bygones, and in time to come.

14. You are to examine what money has been collected by any body within your districts, and not counted for.

15. You shall take care, that decreets for fines, for ecclesiastic disorders, be put in execution, as shall be prescribed by our privy council.

• 16. You shall be assisting to our regular clergy, in bringing people to obedience, in settling church-sessions; and if any corn-plaint be made of any of the regular clergy, you are to recommend the punishment and censure thereof, to our bishops, or judge. competent.

- 17. If you find any part of the country stubborn or contumacious, you shall impose such fines upon them as the law will allow; and in case of not payment thereof, and that you think it fit, you are immediately to quarter our forces on the stubborn and contumacious, until the fines imposed shall be exhausted by them.

"18. You are to keep good and constant correspondence among yourselves; and if it shall happen that any man shall flee from one district to another, when you are advertised thereof, you shall immediately cause the fugitive to be apprehended, and you shall send him to the district from whence be fled, to be judged by the commissioners there, or else sent by them to Edinburgh, as they shall think fit.

19. You shall acquaint any of the neighbouring jurisdictions to which any of the rebels shall flee, to the end they may assist to apprehend them; and if, in pursuit of those, it shall be convenient for you to go out of your district, or to send parties out of the same, the magistrates are hereby required to obey and assist you, as they will be answerable.

"20. You shall suffer no man to travel with arms, excepting gentlemen of known loyalty, who have taken the test; and no yeoman to travel three miles from his own house, without a pass from his minister, or a commissioner of the excise.

"21.You are to call for all or any part of the heritors, as often and where you shall find it needful for our service, who are hereby ordered to obey, under the pains of being punlshed as absents from our host.

"92. You shall put in execution the power of justiciary to be granted unto you by our privy council, with all rigour, by using fire and sword, as in usual in such cases; and we do empower our privy council to insert an indemnity to you, or any employed by you, for what shall be done in the execution thereof.

"23.           You are hereby empowered to give the oath of allegiance to such persons with in your districts, as you shall have reason to suspect; and in case of refusal, you shall banish them to the plantations, whether men or women.

"24.           If you shall be informed, that any within your district shall deny our authority, or their bond of allegiance to us, you shall inquire therein, apprehend the persons, and either judge them upon the place, or send them into Edinburgh, as you find most expedient.

"25.           You shall call for, and dispose of the militia, as you find most fit for our service.

26.            You shall inquire how the ordinary magistrates have carried in our service, and inform the privy council thereof.

"27.           You shall report to the secret com­mittee of our privy council, such propositions as the shires within your district shall make to you for our service.

"28.           You are to obey such orders as you shall receive from us, or our privy council, or secret committee thereof, from time to time; and you are also hereby authorized to forbear the execution of any of the articles of these instructions, if you shall see cause for the same.

"For doing of which these presents shall be to you, and all others who may be respectively concerned, a sufficient warrant Given under our royal hand and signet, at our court at Windsor castle, the 26th day of August 1684, and of our reign the thirty sixth year."

By his majesty's command,


Extract . History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland, R Wodrow, Ed R Burns, Blackie & Son, Glasgow (1835) vol 4, p 114-115.

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