A PROCLAMATION, Against Field Conventicles, and offering a Revvard for appre­hending Iames Renvvick, Alexander Shiels, and Houstoun, Seditious Field Preachers.

JAMES by the Grace of GOD, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith
To Our Lovits [...] Macers of Our Privy Council, or Messengers at Arms, Our Sheriffs in that part, conjunctly and severaly, specially constitute, Greeting:

Forasmuch as We having by Our gracious Proclamation of the Twentieth eight of June last, given so full and comprehensive a Tolleration and Indulgence to tender Consciences, that there can be no pretence left for Field Conventicles, these Readezvouzes of Rebellion, a­gainst which, by the foresaid Proclamation, We have left all Our Laws and Proclamations of Council in full force and vigour, and have thereby of new again, strictly Required and Command­ed all Our Judges and Officers, Civil, Criminal and Military, to surpross the saids Field Con­venticles or Seditious Assemblies in the Fields, and to punish all persons Preachers or Hearers thereat, conform to the outmost rigour of Our Laws; Yet nevertheless, one James Renwick, a flagitious and scandalous person, (whom We by Our Royal Proclamation of the Ninth day of December last by-past, have Declared an open, notorious and avowed Traitor, and Discharged all Our Leidges, all manner of Intercommuning with him) Having with Alexander Sheils, and [...] Houstoun, and some others their Associats, Shaken off all fear of GOD, as well as Alledgiance to Us His Vice-gerent, Do presume to keep numerous Conventicles in the Fields, and in their Preachings disown Us and Our Authority, endeavouring to Seduce some of Our unwarry Commons, from their Duty and Allegiance to Us their native Mo­narch, and expresly Teaching the Doctrine of Rebellion and Resistance; We therefore, with Advice of Our Privy Council, Do hereby Prohibit and Discharge all such Rebellious Assemblies in the Fields, and strictly Require and Command all Our Judges, and all in Authority under Us, particularly the Officers and Souldiers of Our standing Forces, to surpress the saids Rebel­lious Field Conventicles with all rigour, and all Our Judges and others concerned, to punish all persons present thereat, conform to the prescript of Our Laws; Requiring hereby, and Authorizing all Our Officers, Civil or Military, and all Our other good Sub­jects, to apprehend and secure in Firmance the Persons of the said James Renwick, Alexander Sheils, and [...] Houstoun, wherever they can be found; For whose incouragement in this Our Service, We with Advice foresaid, Do hereby Promise and Ensure to them, the sum of One hundred pound Sterling mony for each of the saids three persons who shall be apprehended and secured in manner foresaid, forth of Our Thesaury, as a Reward; And to the end these Presents may be made 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 rema­nent Mercat-Crosses of the Head-Burghs of the Shires of this Kingdom, and other places needful, and there, in Our Name and Au­thority, by open Proclamation, make Publication of Our Royal Will and Pleasure in the Premisses, that none pretend Ignorance.

Per actum Dominorum Secreti Concilii. WILL. PATERSON, Cls. Sti. Concilii.

GOD save the KING.

Edinburgh, Printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson, Printer to His most Sacred Majesty, Anno DOM. 1687.

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