[Scottish thistle, French fleur-de-lis, and Tudor rose]

PROCLAMATION Appointing the Heretors of several Shires to be in readi­ness upon Fourty eight Hours Advertisement, to attend His Majesties Host, and Standard.

WILLIAM By the Grace of GOD, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland. Defender of the Faith,
To [...] Macers of Our Privy Council, Messengers at Arms, Our Sher­iffs in that part, conjunctly and severally, specially constitute, Greeting;

Forasmuch, as this Our Ancient Kingdom is at present threatned with an Invasion from abroad, of French, and Forraign Papists, and other Enemies, of design to make this Nation the Seat of a Bloody War; For preventing whereof, and in order to put this Kingdom in a posture of Defence: We have thought fit, at this time, that the Heretors of the Shires after mentioned, should be in rea­dinesse to oppose the said Invasion, and Suppresse any Intestine Insurrection that may happen; Therefore, with Advice of the Lords of Our Privy Council, Do command and Require all the Heretors, Wadsetters and Life­renters, of whatsoever Quality, within the Shyres of Edinburgh, Hadding­toun, Berwick, Roxburgh, Selkirk, Peebles, Drumfries, Dumbartoun, Bute, Linlithgow, Stirling, Clackmannan, Fife, and Kinross, and Shyres of Wig­toun and Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Air, Lanerk, Argyll, and Renfrew and Perth Shyre. To put themselves presently in readinesse, with their best Horses and Arms, and Provisions necessary, according to their respective Qualities and Estates, to meet and conveen upon Fourtie Eight hours advertisement, and attend our Host, and Standard, as they shall be called by order from Our Privy Council, for resisting the said Invasion and Insurrection, if the same shal happen under such Commanders, and Officers, and at such times, and places, as shall be appointed by Our Privy Council, and there to receive such farder Orders, as shall be given by Us, or these Commissionat by Us: And We do hereby Certifie all herein concerned, who shall not attend such Randevouzes to be appointed, & obey these Presents, in manner above-ordained, that they shall be punished as wilful Absenters from Our Host, and Standard, with all Rigor, OUR VVILL IS HEREFORE, And We charge you strickly, and Command, That incontinent, these Our Lettets seen, ye pass to the Mercat Crosse of Edinburgh and Mercat-Crosses of the remanent Head Burghs of the several Shyres and Stewartries above-mentioned. And there in Our Name and Autho­rity, make Publication of the Premisses, that none pretend Ignorance, and Ordains, these presents to be Printed.

Per Actum Dominorum Sti. Concilii. GILB. ELIOT, Cls. Sti. Concilii.

GOD save the KING.

Edinburgh, Printed by the Heirs and Successors of Andrew Anderson, Printer to [...] most Excellent Majesty, 1696.

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