A PROCLAMATION, For the better Inbringing of the Pole-Money, Imposed in Anno 1695.

WILLIAM by the Grace of GOD, King of Great Britain, France [...] 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; Forasmuchas, by the Act past in the last Session of Our currant Parliament, Entituled, Act for Pole-money appointing the Lists and Rolls of Poleable Persons to be made and recorded, in manner therein exprest; it is also ordered, that an Abstract thereof should be sent to the Lords of Thesaury, between and the first of this instant Month of October, which day is now past; and seing the said day neither was, nor could be observed, because of the lateness of the present Harvest, and the broken and uncertain Weather of [...] Season: Therefore VVe, With advice of the Lords of Our Privy Council, have thought fit to prorogat, a [...] hereby prorogates the said day to the first of November next, Ordaining the foresaid Abstracts to be sent into the Lords of our Thesaury, betwixt and that day, as if the first of November, in place of the first of October had been set down in the foresaid Act of Parliament. And to the effect that the Orders contained in the late proclamation of Our Pri­vy Council, for Collecting the said Pole-money may be the better observed, and the Collectors for Shires and Paroches therein-mentioned more encouraged, VVe have farder thought fit, with Advice foresaid, to allow for the payment of the saids Collectors Five per Cent. of their respective Collections, [...] wit, Three per Cent: to the Collectors for Paroches, and Two per Cent. to the Collectors of Shires, in manner prescribed in the former Proclamation. And because there is a General Question arisen, anent the [...]ole of Ministers, whe­ther they be only to pay the single Pole of six pence, or to be reckoned in the Class of, and pay as Gentlemen: It is hereby declared, with Advice foresaid, that all Ministers of the Gospel within this Kingdom, are to be reckoned in the Class of, and to pay as Gentlemen. And because it is informed that several Heretors refuse to give up Lists, and to make the Division amongst their Tennents of their valued Rent, conform to the Tennents respective Possessions, in manner prescribed by the Act of Parliament, alledging it sufficient that they, the Heretors pay for their respective valued Rent in Cumulo. As likewise, that Elders refuse to give up Lists, in manner prescribed by the foresaid Act of Parliament, and Proclamation of Council. And far­der that the Tutors and Curators of Minors refuse to give an account upon Oath, of the value of their Pu­pils and Minors moveable Estates, in manifest defraud of the foresaid Pole: Therefore VVe, with advice foresaid, do hereby Ordain, that in all and every of the said Cases, the persons refusing as said is, shal be ly­able to be charged with Horning, to give due Obedience: and that Letters be raised at Our Sollicitors in­stance, and put in the hands of the respective Collectors of Supply, in the several Shires, to be by them due­ly execute, upon Our Expenses, as they will be answerable. And because that in some Paroches, there may be but one or no residing Heretor, nor Commissioner to take up Lists within the same and execute the other Orders, conform to Our former Proclamation; Therefore in such Cases, VVe here [...] allow and ordain the Commissioners of the Shires within which the saids Paroches lyes, to nominat and appoint an substantial Man or two, within the saids Paroches, to take up the foresaid Lists, and execute the other Orders, proper for Com­missioners of Paroches, mentioned in the former Proclamation. Our VVill is herefore and we charge you strictly, and command, that in continent these Our Letters seen, ye pass to the Merc [...] Cross of Edinburgh, and to the Mercat-Crosses of the whole Head-Burghs of the several Shires and Stewa [...] cries within this King­dom, and there, in Our Name and Authority, by open Proclamation, make Intimation hereof, that none may pretend ignorance: And Ordains these presents to be Printed and Published.

Ex Deliberation Dominorum Sti. Concilij.
GILB. ELIOT, Cls. Sti. Concilij.

[...] by the [...] and Successours of Andrew Anderson, Printer to His most [...] 1695.

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