Letter appointing Lord Boyd as the Governor of the King's Person and of the Royal Castles

  English translation:       James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his honest men to whom the present letters hall come [sends] greeting. For we in our last meeting of Parliament at Edinburgh declared our intention before the three estates of our kingdom that it pleased us as much as possible that our kinsman, Robert lord Boyd, should have the government and rule of our person and of our brothers and of the castles as one of our intimate counselors in our royal and just execution of authority up until our lawful age of twenty-one years. On account of these things we have constituted and ordained the said Robert Lord Boyd our kinsman, with both the consent and deliberation of the other lord of our council, governor of our person and of our brothers and of the castles up until our aforesaid age and as it is mentioned before we have constituted it and we ordain it by the present letters, strictly preventing anyone from presuming anything at any time against our present ordnance under every penalty which anyone could bring on himself against our royal majesty in this part. Given under our great seal at Stirling the 25th day of the month of October in the year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and sixty six and in the seventh year of our reign           James, by the grace of God, the King of Scots, to all his honest men to whom the present letters shall come [sends] greeting. Be it known that we have understood a certain act in parliament at Edinburgh, in the year, day and month underwritten and pronounced by us in a special motion in the presence of the three estates of our kingdom, written below by the clerk  of our Rolls and Register in writings under our order and record at any rate in this manner, in the parliament of the most excellent and powerful ruler and lord, our most dread lord, James the third, by the grace of God, most illustrious King of Scotland. In the meeting at Edinburgh on the thirteenth day of the month of October in the year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and sixty six, to the most illustrious ruler himself, sitting on the royal throne, the noble and powerful lord, Robert Lord Boyd, appeared and humbly kneeling before the three estates of the kingdom requested his highness to declare whether he had conceived any indignation of mind or any kind of offence against him because he had ridden with him from his palace of Linlithgow after the exchequer to Edinburgh, in reply to him our supreme lord after consideration and having been ripely advised declared clearly and lucidly by the lively oracle of his voice before the same estates of the kingdom what he decreed, the he conceived no indignation offence or rancour of mind, nor did he wish to conceive any in the future, against the aforesaid Lord Boyd, Adam Hepburn son and apparent heir of Andrew Ker or to others with the same Lord Boyd and equally to the  aforesaid existing person, but that they were beyond all fault and blame since the raid had taken place on the command of his Highness. He deemed them as his faithful lieges and held them in favour, so that because of a raid of this kind no prejudice whatever, harm, injurt or oppressioun should arise against them, or any one of them, now or at any time in the future. This statement and declaration of our supreme lord the King the said Lord Boyd requested for himself and the persons named with him above be recorded in the acts of Parliament and then to be brought and given to him and the other aforesaid persons under the great seal of our supreme lord the King for the everlasting remembrance of the deed. Extracted from the book of the acts of Parliament by me, Fergus McDowell, clerk of the Rolls and Register of our King, under my seal and handwritten signature in the year, day, month and place aforesaid. We approve of that act indeed and all and everything contained in the same in all its points and articles and we declare and confirm in the tenor of the present [letters] that it was given under our great sign at Stirling the twenty-fifth day of the month of October in the year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and sixty-six and in the seventh year of our reign.    
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