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A Famous and Flourishing SocietyThe History of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1505-2005$

Helen Dingwall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615674

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615674.001.0001

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(p.299) Appendix II Text of Ratification of Seal of Cause by James IV, 1506

(p.299) Appendix II Text of Ratification of Seal of Cause by James IV, 1506

A Famous and Flourishing Society
Edinburgh University Press

By King James the Fourth, in Favours of the Surgeons and Barbers of Edinburgh. October 13 1506.

James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots, To the provost and bailies of our burgh of Edinburgh, that now are or shall happen to be for the time, and to all other and sundry our officers, leidges, and subjects, whom it effeirs, to whose knowledge these our letters shall come; greeting. Forasmuch as the craftsmen of Surgery and Barber craft, within our said burgh of Edinburgh, have made certain statutes and rules to be had and kept among them, for the honourable serving our lieges, in their crafts and reparation of their altar in the College-kirk of St Geill within our said burgh, and upholding divine service at the same in time coming, as is contained at length in the letters of ratification and confirmation, made by the provost, bailies, and council of our said burgh, under their common seal of cause, made to the said craftsmen thereupon, shown and produced before us, and a part of the lords of our council. We therefore understanding, that the said statutes are made for keeping of good rule among the said craftsmen, and upholding of divine service, and are not prejudicial nor hurting or us nor our lieges, ratifies, approves, and for us and our successors, by these our letters, authorises, and confirms the said statutes and rules, to be observed, used, and firmly kept among the kirkmaster and craftsman of Chirurgery and Barber crafts foresaid, that now are or shall happen to be within or said burgh in time coming, in all points and articles contained in the said letters under the common seal of the said burgh, given to them thereupon, and after the tenor, form and effect of the same. Wherefore, we charge strictly, and command you, all and sundry, our provost, bailies, and others, our officers, leidges, and subjects foresaid, that none of you take upon hand to do or attempt any thing in contrair, or breaking of the said statutes and rules, or of this our confirmation given thereupon in anywise in time coming, under all highest pain and charge that after may follow. Attour, if any of the said craftsmen disobeys, or acts in contrair the said statutes in any ways, that ye, the said provost and bailies, present and to come, in our name and authority, compel them to obey and fullfill the said statutes as effeirs, in all things after the form of your said letters, as ye will answer to us thereupon, and under the pains foresaid.

(p.300) Given under our Privy Seal, at Edinburgh, the 13th day of October 1506 years, and of Our reign the 17th year.

Registrum Secreti Sigilli Regem Scotorum (ed. M. Livingston et al., Edinburgh, 1908), no. 344, notes: ‘A letter maid to the Craftsmen of Syurgery and Barbor Craft, within the burgh of Edinburgh, ratifieand and approvand the statutes and rewlis maid amangis thaim anentis the serying of the Kingis Liegis and uphaldin of their altar in Sang Geilis Kirk. Subscripta per regem.’