Bond for regularity, signed by the shire of Stirling, October, 1684.

[Extract from The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland from the Restoration to the Revolution. Robert Wodrow, Ed R Burns. Glasgow, Blackie & Son, (1835) Volume 4, p 133-134. ]

 We undersubscribers, noblemen, heritors, and others, within the shire of Stirling, for testifying our deep sense of duty to our most sacred sovereign the king's most excellent majesty, and from our abhorrence of rebellion, and rebellious principles, irregularities and disorders, and to evidence our firm and constant resolutions to adhere to his majesty, his heirs and lawful successors their interests, and to contribute our utmost endeavours to employ our lives and fortune, for his security, and the peace of the government, and the extirpation of every thing that may tend to the disturbing thereof, bind and oblige us, and ilk one of us, for ourselves, our families, tenants, subtenants, cottars, and servants, that we and they shall live regularly and orderly, according to the act of parliament, and shall not connive at any disorder, but, to the utmost of our power, shall repress the same, by taking and delivering the offenders to justice, if in our power, and shall give timely notice to the next magistrate or officer of his majesty's forces, and shall assist and concur with them, for taking, apprehending any fugitive, vagrant preachers, or such as reset, assist, or maintain any such; and that we shall not harbour, reset, or maintain any rebels, fugitives, or intercommuned persons, nor suffer any such to be upon our grounds or estates. And further, we, and ilk one of us, bind and oblige for ourselves, our families, tenants, subtenant, and cottars, duly and orderly, and ilk Sunday to frequent our own parish churches, unless we have a reasonable excuse to impede us therefrom; and shall partake of the holy sacrament of the Lord's supper, whenever the occasion offers, unless we be able to give satisfaction to our minis­ters, of our present unfitness to partake of that holy ordinance. And such of our tenants, cottars, and servants, as live upon our lands and heritages, as shall refuse to partake of that holy sacrament, without a reasonable excuse to satisfy their minister, as said is, and shall be complained of to us by our ministers, we shall deliver up their persons to the ordinary magistrates, to be punished according to law, if in our power, or shall re­move them from off our lands and heritages; and that we shall not baptize or marry but with our own parish minister, without their allowance: and we bind and oblige us, and ilk one of us, to perform the premises, and every part thereof, under the pains and penalties due to such crimes as we shall connive at. And we shall behave ourselves as loyal and faithful subjects, by declaring and dis­covering what may tend to the disquiet of the kingdom, or disturbance of the peace thereof, any manner of way; and that we shall not rise in arms against his majesty or his authority, or his heirs and lawful successors, but shall defend the same with our live, and fortunes. And as a further evidence of our loyalty and sincerity in the premises, we hereby bind and oblige ourselves, our heirs and successors, to pay into his majesty's treasury, or any who shall be appointed to receive the same, for his majesty's use, three months' cess yearly, over and above the cess imposed by the current parliament and that for two years, payable at two terms in the year, Martinmas and Whitsunday, by equal portions, beginning the first term's payment, being a month and a half month's cost, at the term of Martinmas next, and so forth to be continued termly, aye and while the expiration of the said two year. And we are content and consent, that all diligence pass against us, for inbringing thereof, as may pass against us for the cess imposed by the said parliament In testimony whereof, &c.

18/07/2011

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