ORDERS For regulating the MEETINGS of COUNCIL.

FIrst, whensoever the Oath as Councellor is administrate to any of them, the Lord Chancellor is in like sort to urge of them the Oath of Supremacy; and such as shall either refuse or delay the giving of it, to be excluded from that place. And he is to discharge all others of whatsoever rank, except the sworn Councellors and the Clerk of Council only, from staying within the Council-house the time of their Consultation. And the Macer of the Council at all such times, when the Party shall be removed, is to ush the house, suffering none other of other quality to stay within the same, except as is aforesaid; and he is to close the door and stay without the same till he be called upon.

At all times when they conveen, so soon as there shall be a full number of them, the Chancellor, if he be present, or in his absence, any such other Coun­cellor who is to supply his place, shall cause the House to be presently ushed; and desire the Lords conveened presently to take their Seats, and suffer none to abide or stay either soliciting, importuning, or conferring with any Coun­cellor, but that all other affairs, except such for which they are then conveened, may be referred to other places, times and occasions.

All Councellors, after they are admitted, shall, during their stay in the Council-house, sit in decent order according to their places and ranks, and none of them shall stand on their feet after that the Council is once set, untill such time as they shall arise, except any such Councellor who is to answer for himself in any cause, and then he is not to stand in the place wherein he formerly sat, but at the head of the Council Table.

During the time of the Lords sitting, no man whatsoever is to stand covered in their presence, but is to regard them with uncovered heads, as the Represen­tative of His Majesties Presence and Authority.

Extract. per me Pet. Wedderburne, Cl. Sti. Concilii.

Edinburgh, Printed by Evan Tyler, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, Anno Dom. 1661.

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