A PROCLAMATION For Securing the Peace of the High-lands.

IAMES 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 We having by Our late Proclamation of the twen­tieth day of July last by past, Renewed a Commission granted by Our Dearest and Royal Bro­ther, of ever Blessed Memory, of the date the ninth day of August, 1682. years, to the Com­missioners therein-mentioned, and for the Districts therein specified, for seeing to the Peace of the Highlands; And whereas we are Informed, that notwithstanding of the said Commission, and Our said Proclamation, Thieves, Sorners, and Robbers do continue full to Infest, Rob, Spoil, and trouble Our People there; And being Resolved that they should be brought to condign punishment, both for bygones, and in time coming: We with Advice of Our Privy Council, Do hereby Require and Command Our Commissioners for the District of Caithness, and Suther­land, to meet at Lochnaver the first day of October next; And these for the District of the Shires of Ross, Inverness, Cromarty, Nairn and Elgin, to meet at the head of Lochness the said first day of October next; These for the District of the Shires of Bamff, Aberdeen, Kincardin and Forfar, to meet at Kincardin of Neil, the twenty second day of September Instant; And these of the District of the Shires of Perth, Stirling, Dumbartoun and Argile, to meet at the Kirk of Balquhidder, the said twentieth second day of September Instant: And then, and there, To affix and hold Courts, Call and Conveen before them respectively, all persons suspect, or that shall be suspect guilty of any of the Wrongs, Thifts, Robberies, Depre­dations, or any other Crimes mentioned in the said Commission, and Our said late Proclamation, and to proceed against, and punish them according to Our Laws, and as is fully mentioned in the said Commission, and Proclamation; Declaring hereby, that the persons guilty of the saids Crimes, are not to be understood to be comprehended within Our late Act of Indemnity, as to restoring of privat Damnages, Losses and Injuries; But that Our saids Commissioners may proceed against and punish them, as said is: And further, we hereby Impower and Authorize Our saids Commissioners, in their Districts respective (after the said first day of meeting) To appoint their own Dyets, and places of meeting thereafter, from time to time, as they shall find most convenient for Our Service, and the Peace of the Highlands; and therein to Do, and Act every manner of way, conform to the said Commission, and Our Proclamation following thereupon, and the Laws, and Acts of Parliament of this Our Realm, Promitten to hold firm and stable, &c. And We hereby Require and Command all Our Sheriffs, and Our other Magistrats within the saids Districts respective; to be concurring and assisting to Our saids Commissioners in the Premisses, as they will answer at their highest peril. And that Our Pleasure herein may be known, Our Will is, and We Charge you, strictly and Command, that incontinent these Our Letters seen, ye pass to Our Mercat-Cross of Edinburgh, and Mercat-Crosses of the Head-Burghs of the Shires of Caithness, Sutherland, Innerness, Cromarty, Nairn, Elgin, Bamff Aberdeen, Kincardine, For­far, Perth, Dumbarton, Stirling, Argile, Tarbet, and other places needful, and there, in Our Royal Name and Authority, make Publication of Our Pleasure in the Premisses; And We hereby Require the Sheriffs, and other Magistrats of the respective Shires foresaids, to cause this Our Proclamation to be read and affixed at the several Paroch-kirk-doors, upon the first Lords Day, after the fame comes to their hands, and after Divine Worship, besides their causing publish the same at the Mercat Crosses aforesaid, as they will be answerable.

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. 1685.

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