Posted on 06/05/2014

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An t-Eilean Sgitheanach
Eilean Sgitheanach
Ionad Clann Dhòmhnaill
Clan Donald Centre
Isle of Skye
Taidh Tasgaidh

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Taigh Tasgaidh, Ionad Clann Dhòmhnaill

Taigh Tasgaidh, Ionad Clann Dhòmhnaill
Anent some rebels, Robbers, Fugitives, and Theives who are, or have been lately in arms in the Braes of Lochaber.

James by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith. To all and sundry our loving Subjects to whose knowledge these presents shall come Greeting.

Forasmuch as we have granted a Commission of Fire and Sword to the Laird of M'intosh for recovering possession of his Lands of Keapoch and others, detained from him illegally by Coll M'donald and his Adherents; and having joyned with' the Laird of M'intosh a Company of our Forces under the Command of Captain M'kenzie of Suddy, the said Coll having associate to himself all the Outlaws and other desperate Thieves and Robers bearing the Sirname of M'donald, and others their Associates and Accomplices, to the number of Seven or Eight Hundred men ; they did in a most Treasonable and Rebellious manner, dare to Invade and Suprize such as were cloathed with Our Authority, and to Murder and Assasinat many of them. And We being fully Resolved in all Cases to Defend and Maintain our Subjects in their just Rights, Properties and Possessions, and to punish severely such as either oppose Our Authority or injure them, We have thought fit and necessary to Com- missionat others of Our Forces, under the Command of Captain Charles Straiton to repair to the said place and to reduce by all possible means and methods the said Rebels, and to require the Chiefs of all the Neighbouring Clanns to be ready with such numbers of their Clanns, Friends, and Followers, as shall be desired and required to assist them in the way and manner exprest in Our respective Letters to them.

And for the more speedy and effectual suppressing of the said Rebels, We do hereby declare, that whoever shall Maintain, Harbour, or Resett them, by themselves or others, give the least Assistance, by Meat, Drink, Money, or other supply, or shall omit to do their utmost endeavour for apprehending them, or shall any manner of way Intercommune with them, shall be punished as accessaries to their Crimes and Accomplices thereof, with the utmost severity of Our Laws. We do also hereby Order and Command all the said Chiefs of Clanns, Heretors, Woodsetters, Liferenters, Tacksmen, Chamberlains and others, Bordering upon any part of Our Seas, Firths, or Isles; to secure all their Boats and Passages, to the end that none of the said Traitors be ferried over, and that, as they shall be answerable upon their highest peril.

And for the better Prosecution of all the said ends and designs, We hereby discharge any of our Subjects to Travel in the Highlands without Passes from their Landlords and Masters, and that ay and while the said Rebels be fully reduced : Im- powering hereby any having Commission from Us, or any under their Command, to seize and apprehend such as want Passes, ay until they be able to give a sufficient account of themselves.

Expecting that all Our good Subjects will concurr in suppressing and rooting out the said Barbarous and Inhuman Traitors, to their utmost power, which We will look upon as most acceptable Service; Indemnifying all such who shall act or concurr in the prosecution of this Our Proclamation. And to the end, Our Royal Pleasure in the Premises may be made publick and known, Our Will is, and We Charge you strictly, and Command that incontinent, these Our Letters seen, ye pass to the Mercat Cross of Edinburgh, and whole remanent Mercat Crosses of the Head Burghs of the Shires of the Kingdom, and other places needful, and there, in Our Name and Authority make Publication of Our Royal Pleasure in the Premises, that none pretend Ignorance.

Given under Our Signet at Edinburgh, the Fifteenth day of August, one thousand six hundred, eighty eight Years, and of our Reign the Fourth Year.

Per Actum Dominorum Secreti Concilii.


Cls. Sti Concilii.
God Save the King.

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