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Ratification of Royal Charter of 1567, by James VI, 1587 (Back)
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GB1796_2002_146_2
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Inverness
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INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1587
PERIOD
1580s
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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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911
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land rights
property rights
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Ratification of Royal Charter of 1567, by James VI, 1587 (Back)

In 1587, King James VI, being of lawful age, ratified the Royal Charter granted by his mother, Queen Mary, in 1567. The charter granted the burgh of Inverness ecclesiastical lands to provide funding for the hospitality and sustentation of the poor and orphans, etc.

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See also: GB1796_2002_141_1 & GB1796_2002_141_2

In his 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (pp 246-247), Charles Fraser-Mackintosh transcribes James VI's ratification thus:

[For a glossary of some of the terms used in the Inverness burgh documents please follow the link towards the foot of this page]

'Forasmuch as our sovereign lord the King's Majesty, and three estates in this present Parliament taking consideration that the late, his highness' dearest mother of good memory, Queen of this realm for the time, having pity and commiseration of the poor, impotent, and miserable persons, infants, orphans, and fatherless within the burgh of Inverness, and willing to provide hospitality and sustentation to them, and ministers within the said burgh being situated among the Highlands and undaunted people; in respect thereof, and for other good and godly causes, moving her grace for the time, after her lawful and perfect age, with advice of the lords of her secret Council, by her charter under her great seal, gave, granted, and disponed, and for her highness and her successors perpetually confirmed to the Provost, Bailies, Council, and community of the said burgh of Inverness, and to their successors for ever, all and sundry lands, tenements, houses, biggings, kirks, chapels, orchards, yards, acres, crofts, annual-rents, fruits, duties, profits, emoluments, ferms, alms, obits, and anniversaries whatsomever, which any ways pertained, or are known to pertain to whatsomever chaplainaries, vicarages, altarages, and prebendaries, founded in whatsomever kirk, chapel, or college, within the liberty, privilege, and parish of the said burgh, in the possession whereof the chaplains, vicars, and prebendaries of the same were before, wheresoever the said houses, tenements, biggings, orchards, yards, acres, crofts, annual-rents, anniversaries, fruits, profits, and emoluments, lie or were lifted of before respectively, with manors, mansions, places, yards, acres, lands, annual-rents, emoluments, duties, milns, and fishings, which pertained of before to the Dominican Friars or Predicators of the said burgh, together with all and sundry lands, houses, tenements, lying within the said burgh, privilege, and parish of the same, with all and sundry annual rents, lifted furth of whatsomever house, land or tenement, within the said burgh, given, dotated, or founded to whatsomever chaplainaries, altarages, kirks, mortuaries, and anniversaries, wherever the same are within this realm: And with all and sundry annual rents, and other duties used to be paid or which might be craved by whatsomever kirk without the said burgh, from the Provost and Bailies thereof, furth of the common rent of the same with their pertinents: to be holden of her Majesty and her highness' successors, to the said Provost, Bailies, Council, and community, and their successors, to be used and applied by them only to the godly works and use above specified, and not otherwise; with other privileges and freedoms for performing thereof, at length specified and contained in the said Charter and infeftments of the same, of the date of the 21st day of April, the year of God 1567 years, and of her highness' reign the 25th year, shown and produced, examined and considered by his highness and estates foresaid more fully proports: And his highness and estates foresaid knowing and understanding the foresaid gift and disposition to be given and granted for the good and godly causes above mentioned, and upholding and sustentation thereof, and in likewise being of the same goodwill and mind that the said godly work and action be continued, maintained, and observed, in all times hereafter, conform to the said infeftment and disposition granted thereupon: Therefore his highness now after his lawful and perfect age decerned in Parliament and general revocation made by him thereinto, with advice and consent of the three estates of the same Parliament, has ratified, approved, and confirmed, and by this present act for his Majesty and his highness' successors perpetually ratifies, approves and confirms, the foresaid charter, infeftment, gift, and disposition therein contained, made, given, and granted, to the said Provost, Bailies, Council, and community of the said burgh, and their successors of all and sundry the premises therein contained, expressed, or mentioned, to be used, and applied by them to the godly works and uses above specified, and no otherwise, conform to the tenor of the said charter and gift in all points; and wills, grants, and perpetually decerns for his highness and his successors that the foresaid charter and infeftment, gift, and disposition is and shall be valid in itself, and stand in strength, force, and effect, and be observed in all times coming to the use of the godly work foresaid, perpetually without any revocation, contradiction, or again-calling whatsomever, to be made or opponed by his highness and his successors, or any others anyways in the contrary, renouncing the same for ever: Attour his highness and estates foresaid by the tenor hereof revokes, rescinds, overthrows, and annuls all other pretended infeftments, gifts, and titles, whatsomever made, given, or granted, since the foresaid date of the said infeftment, gift, and disposition, now confirmed as said is, in hurt, or prejudice thereof, of any of the premises, or of any profits or commodities contained therein, to whatsomever person or persons, and specially of the Chaplainaries of the Lady of ye Grene, John the Baptist, and St Catherine, and lands thereof, and of the miln and miln lands of Kessock, which miln and miln lands pertained of before to the said Friars Predicators of the said burgh, and which chaplainaries and lands thereof, miln and miln lands of Kessock, which mills and miln lands pertained of before to the said Friars Predicators of the said burgh, and which chaplainaries and lands thereof, miln and miln lands, are comprehended under the foresaid gift and disposition, now confirmed as said is, and are one part of the lands, chaplainaries, and others, mentioned in the same, albeit not contained therein per expressum, and decerns and declares the said infeftments, rights, and titles, granted and given in hurt and prejudice as said is, to have been from the beginning, and to be now and in all times coming null in themselves, and of none avail, force, or effect, with all that has followed, or may follow thereupon, and in noways to be hurtful or prejudicial to the said former gift, now ratified, approved, and confirmed, as said is, and ordains the Clerk of Register to amplify this present Act, insert and register the same among the remanent Acts of this present Parliament to have the strength of an Act of Parliament in all times coming.'

JAMES R
ROBERT MELNE.

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.146

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Ratification of Royal Charter of 1567, by James VI, 1587 (Back)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1580s

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Inverness Burgh Documents (1)

In 1587, King James VI, being of lawful age, ratified the Royal Charter granted by his mother, Queen Mary, in 1567. The charter granted the burgh of Inverness ecclesiastical lands to provide funding for the hospitality and sustentation of the poor and orphans, etc.<br /> <br /> The image shows the back of the document.<br /> <br /> See also: GB1796_2002_141_1 & GB1796_2002_141_2<br /> <br /> In his 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (pp 246-247), Charles Fraser-Mackintosh transcribes James VI's ratification thus:<br /> <br /> [For a glossary of some of the terms used in the Inverness burgh documents please follow the link towards the foot of this page]<br /> <br /> 'Forasmuch as our sovereign lord the King's Majesty, and three estates in this present Parliament taking consideration that the late, his highness' dearest mother of good memory, Queen of this realm for the time, having pity and commiseration of the poor, impotent, and miserable persons, infants, orphans, and fatherless within the burgh of Inverness, and willing to provide hospitality and sustentation to them, and ministers within the said burgh being situated among the Highlands and undaunted people; in respect thereof, and for other good and godly causes, moving her grace for the time, after her lawful and perfect age, with advice of the lords of her secret Council, by her charter under her great seal, gave, granted, and disponed, and for her highness and her successors perpetually confirmed to the Provost, Bailies, Council, and community of the said burgh of Inverness, and to their successors for ever, all and sundry lands, tenements, houses, biggings, kirks, chapels, orchards, yards, acres, crofts, annual-rents, fruits, duties, profits, emoluments, ferms, alms, obits, and anniversaries whatsomever, which any ways pertained, or are known to pertain to whatsomever chaplainaries, vicarages, altarages, and prebendaries, founded in whatsomever kirk, chapel, or college, within the liberty, privilege, and parish of the said burgh, in the possession whereof the chaplains, vicars, and prebendaries of the same were before, wheresoever the said houses, tenements, biggings, orchards, yards, acres, crofts, annual-rents, anniversaries, fruits, profits, and emoluments, lie or were lifted of before respectively, with manors, mansions, places, yards, acres, lands, annual-rents, emoluments, duties, milns, and fishings, which pertained of before to the Dominican Friars or Predicators of the said burgh, together with all and sundry lands, houses, tenements, lying within the said burgh, privilege, and parish of the same, with all and sundry annual rents, lifted furth of whatsomever house, land or tenement, within the said burgh, given, dotated, or founded to whatsomever chaplainaries, altarages, kirks, mortuaries, and anniversaries, wherever the same are within this realm: And with all and sundry annual rents, and other duties used to be paid or which might be craved by whatsomever kirk without the said burgh, from the Provost and Bailies thereof, furth of the common rent of the same with their pertinents: to be holden of her Majesty and her highness' successors, to the said Provost, Bailies, Council, and community, and their successors, to be used and applied by them only to the godly works and use above specified, and not otherwise; with other privileges and freedoms for performing thereof, at length specified and contained in the said Charter and infeftments of the same, of the date of the 21st day of April, the year of God 1567 years, and of her highness' reign the 25th year, shown and produced, examined and considered by his highness and estates foresaid more fully proports: And his highness and estates foresaid knowing and understanding the foresaid gift and disposition to be given and granted for the good and godly causes above mentioned, and upholding and sustentation thereof, and in likewise being of the same goodwill and mind that the said godly work and action be continued, maintained, and observed, in all times hereafter, conform to the said infeftment and disposition granted thereupon: Therefore his highness now after his lawful and perfect age decerned in Parliament and general revocation made by him thereinto, with advice and consent of the three estates of the same Parliament, has ratified, approved, and confirmed, and by this present act for his Majesty and his highness' successors perpetually ratifies, approves and confirms, the foresaid charter, infeftment, gift, and disposition therein contained, made, given, and granted, to the said Provost, Bailies, Council, and community of the said burgh, and their successors of all and sundry the premises therein contained, expressed, or mentioned, to be used, and applied by them to the godly works and uses above specified, and no otherwise, conform to the tenor of the said charter and gift in all points; and wills, grants, and perpetually decerns for his highness and his successors that the foresaid charter and infeftment, gift, and disposition is and shall be valid in itself, and stand in strength, force, and effect, and be observed in all times coming to the use of the godly work foresaid, perpetually without any revocation, contradiction, or again-calling whatsomever, to be made or opponed by his highness and his successors, or any others anyways in the contrary, renouncing the same for ever: Attour his highness and estates foresaid by the tenor hereof revokes, rescinds, overthrows, and annuls all other pretended infeftments, gifts, and titles, whatsomever made, given, or granted, since the foresaid date of the said infeftment, gift, and disposition, now confirmed as said is, in hurt, or prejudice thereof, of any of the premises, or of any profits or commodities contained therein, to whatsomever person or persons, and specially of the Chaplainaries of the Lady of ye Grene, John the Baptist, and St Catherine, and lands thereof, and of the miln and miln lands of Kessock, which miln and miln lands pertained of before to the said Friars Predicators of the said burgh, and which chaplainaries and lands thereof, miln and miln lands of Kessock, which mills and miln lands pertained of before to the said Friars Predicators of the said burgh, and which chaplainaries and lands thereof, miln and miln lands, are comprehended under the foresaid gift and disposition, now confirmed as said is, and are one part of the lands, chaplainaries, and others, mentioned in the same, albeit not contained therein per expressum, and decerns and declares the said infeftments, rights, and titles, granted and given in hurt and prejudice as said is, to have been from the beginning, and to be now and in all times coming null in themselves, and of none avail, force, or effect, with all that has followed, or may follow thereupon, and in noways to be hurtful or prejudicial to the said former gift, now ratified, approved, and confirmed, as said is, and ordains the Clerk of Register to amplify this present Act, insert and register the same among the remanent Acts of this present Parliament to have the strength of an Act of Parliament in all times coming.'<br /> <br /> JAMES R<br /> ROBERT MELNE.<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.146 <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.ambaile.org.uk/?service=asset&action=show_zoom_window_popup&language=en&asset=708&location=grid&asset_list=19947,708&basket_item_id=undefined" target=”_blank”>Glossary</a>