Record of the Lords of Council 27 Jan 1523

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Record of the Lords of Council 27 Jan 1523

This document records a petition[1] from Alexander Innes, 13th of that ilk, to the Lords of Council concerning his unlawful imprisonment.


Concerning the petition submitted by Alexander Innes of that ilk relating how at a time of conflict he was forcibly removed from his own place of Innes by William Sutherland of Duffus, Robert Innes of Rothmakenzie, Walter Innes of Tulchis and their accomplices. They turned him over to the Earl of Caithness at his castle of Girnigo where he remains to this day. He petitioned the Council to charge the Earl to release him.
The Lords understand that Alexander has been a misguided and profligate man, wasting and destroying his lands without good reason. Therefore his friends intervened to stop any further damage. The Lords note that Alexander comes from a old and honourable House which has been of great service to the King and brought forth many honest men.
Therefore the Lords, by the authority invested in them, and in order to prevent the utter ruin of the House and lands, ordain that Alexander Innes of that ilk be forbidden all manner of alienation of his lands or income thereof, and from renting out the land for a period of more than three years.
A declaration will be made to all subjects of the King that if any man acts contrary to this decision then the contract shall be declared null and void for all future time, for the reasons outlined above.


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