Discharging Forraign Copper-Coyn to be Imported or made use of in this Kingdom.

JAMES by the Grace of GOD, King of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, De­fender of the Faith;
To Our Lyon King at Arms, and his Brethren Heraulds, Ma­cers of Our Privy Council, Pursevants, Messengers at Arms, Our Sheriffs in that part conjunctly and severally, specially constitute, Greeting:

Forasmuch as We Understanding that there are Copper-Coyn, Imported from Abroad, and passing in this Our Kingdom, which is a great abuse to the Nation, and prejudice to Our Mint: We therefore, with Advice of Our Privy Council, for preventing there­of, Do hereby strictly Prohibit and Discharge, all Merchants, Skippers, Marriners and others, To Import into this Kingdom, after Publication hereof, any Doyts, or other Copper-Coyn, from France, Holland, or any place from Abroad, under the pain of, Consiscation thereof, the one half to Our Use, and the other half to the Discoverer, or Informer, besides what other Punishment We, or Our Council shall think fit to inflict upon the Contraveeners. And further, We Do hereby Prohibit and Discharge the foresaid Doyts, or other Copper-Coyn, from France, or Holland, or any Copper-Coyn, but what is under Our Royal Stamp, to pass within this Kingdom hereaf­ter, or any of Our Subjects to receive the same as Coyn, as they will be answerable: And hereby Autho­rize, and Require all Customers, Waiters, Collectors and others, To seize upon, and appropriat to their own use, any of the said Forraign Copper-Coyn, where ever they can find, or discover the same; Requiring all Magistrates, Officers and Souldiers of Our Forces, to be concurring and assisting hereto, when required, as they will answer at their Perril; And to the end Our Pleasure in the Premisses may be made Notour and Known; Our Will is, and We Charge you strictly, and Command, That incontinent, These Our Letters seen, ye pass to the Mercat-Cross of Edinburgh, and other places needful, and there, in Our Royal Name and Authority, by open Proclamation, make Publication of the Premisses, that none pretend ignorance.

Per Actum Dominorum Secreti Concilij. WILL. PATERSON, Cls. Sti. Concilij.

GOD Save the KING,

Edinburgh, Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson, Printer to His Most Sacred Majesty, Anno. Dom. 1686. This may be Reprinted at London, R. L. S. May the 28th. 1686. By E. Mallet, next Door to Mr. Shipton's Coffee-House, near Fleet-Bridge.

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