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PROCLAMATION, Against the importing of Irish Victual.

WILLIAM by the grace of God, King of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith;
To [...] Macers of Our Privy Council, or Messengers at Arms, Our Sheriffs in that part, conjunctly and severally, specially constitute, Greeting:

Forasmuch as, albeit by several Acts of Parliament, and Proclamations of Council, the Importing of Meal or Victual of any sort from the Kingdom of Ireland, and others therein-mentioned, Have been expresly pro­hibited and discharged to be Imported into this Kingdom by any person or persons whatsomever, under the pains and penalties therein mentioned, Yet nevertheless several of Our Leidges, both of Our Kingdom of Scotland, & also of Our said other Kingdom, in manifest defraud of the foresaid Laws and Proclamations, do clandestainly Import Meal and other Victual from Ireland, and landing the same in some remote Islands▪ or at Creiks within this Our ancient Kingdom, do retail and sell the same as the native product of our Kingdom of Scotland, to the great obstruction of the sale of the grouth of this Kingdom, and to the manifest prejudice thereof, by exporting the current Money in specie: For remeed whereof, We with advice of the Lords of our Privy Council ratifie and approve the former Proclamations made against the Importing of Forraign Meal and Victual and particularly that of the date the 13th of March 1694 years, in the whole heads, Clauses and Articles thereof, and penalties therein contained, Hereby requiring and commanding the same to be put to effectual execution in all time coming; Certifying all such Mariners, Sea-men and Sailers, in any Vessel, Importing any Meal or Victual, or others mentioned in the foresaid Proclamation, and contrary to the same, from the said Kingdom of Ireland to this Our ancient Kingdom, and certifying all and every other persons, who shall be found to concurr or assist the saids Importers of the Meal, Victual and others mentioned in the said Proclamation, or who resets the same, that they shall be seized upon, and committed to the next Prison, there to remain during the pleasure of Our Privy Council▪ And We with advice foresaid, do hereby require and command David Crawfurd of Drumsuy presently appointed, and others who shall be appointed in his place for watching the Coast against the Importing of the said Irish Victual, And also the Sheriffs of the several Shires, Justices of Peace, and Magistrats of Burghs within their re­spective Jurisdictions, to seize upon, take and apprehend the persons respectivè foresaid, who shall be found to transgress the premisses in manner abovementioned, and to commit and detain them in Prison▪ until they shall be thence delivered by express warrand of the Lords of our Pri­vy Council, to be granted for that effect. OUR WILL IS Herefore, and We charge you strictly, and command, that incontinent thir Our Letters seen, ye pass to the Mercat cross of Edinburgh, and to the Mercat-crosses of the Burghs of Glasgow and Dumfries, and of the head-burghs of the several Shires within the bounds, betwixt the Sound of Mule and Dumfries, and thereat make publication of Our pleasure in the premisses, that none may pretend ignorance. And ordains these presents to be Printed.

Per actum Dominorum Secreti Concilii. GILB: ELIOT, Cls. Sti. Concilii.

GOD Save the KING.

Edinburgh, Printed by the Heirs and Successors of Andrew Anderson, Printer to His most Excellent Majesty, anno Dom. 1695.

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