Act in favour of the queen's majesty regarding the ratification of her infeftment of Dunfermline

11. Our sovereign lord, with advice and consent of the estates of this present parliament, ratifies, approves and, for his majesty and his successors, perpetually confirms the infeftment made and granted by his majesty to his highness's dearest spouse Anne, by the grace of God, now queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland, and to the heirs lawfully procreated or to be procreated between his majesty and his highness's dearest spouse foresaid, which failing (as God forbid) to his highness's heirs and successors whatsoever to the crown of the kingdom of Scotland, of all and whole the monastery and abbacy of Dunfermline lying on both the sides of the water of Forth, containing all and sundry the lands, lordships, baronies, mills, woods, fishings, mansions, manor places, kirks, teinds, kirk lands, tenants, tenancies, service of free tenants, yards, orchards, feu mails, ferms, kanes, customs, annualrents and others particularly and generally contained in the said infeftment proceeding upon the resignation of Henry Pitcairn of that Ilk, as commendator of the said abbacy of Dunfermline for the time, with consent of the convent thereof in manner and to the effect mentioned in the same infeftment, which are thereby united, erected and incorporated in a whole and free temporal lordship to be called in all time coming the lordship of Dunfermline, to be held of our sovereign lord and his successors in free blench, free heritage and free lordship forever, for the yearly payment of the sum of 6s 8d money of this realm of Scotland yearly at the feast of Whitsunday [May/June] in name of blench ferm, if it be asked, only, likewise at more length is contained in the said infeftment under his highness's great seal of the date at Linlithgow, 7 March 1593 [1594], and of his highness's reign the 27th year, with the precept and instrument of sasine following thereupon, in all and sundry points, passages, heads, articles, clauses, circumstances and conditions whatsoever therein contained, after the forms and tenors thereof, willing and granting and for his majesty and his successors, with advice foresaid, decreeing and ordaining that this present confirmation is and shall be as valuable, effectual and sufficient in all respects as if the same infeftment, charter, precept and instrument of sasine were at length engrossed herein.

  1. NAS, PA2/17, f.8r-v. Back