Act John Aitkine to be secretary to the Commander in cheiff
The Lords of their Majesties privie Councell Considering that by their Act of the date the third day of february Jaj vjc nyntie one years upon a representatione made to them Be Sir Thomas Livingstoune Commander in cheiff of their Majesties forces within this kingdome They did nominat and appoynte William Carrmack wryter in Edinburgh to serve as Clark to the said Sir Thomas In respect ther was noe secretary of warr named by the Kings Majestie And Recommended to the Lords Commissioners of their Majesties Thesaurie to Cause payment be made to the said William of three shilline sterline per diemas Clark to the said Sir Thomas untill his Majestie should returne to England That his royall pleasure might be knouen in this matter And Sir Thomas having this day represented to the saids Lords of Councell That his Majestie hes not as yet nominat any persone to be secretarie of warr And that Sir Thomas hes putt the said William Carrmack from his service as Clark upon the account of his malversatione And that he hes Imployed John Aitkine wryter in Edinburgh to serve as Clark to him who accordingly hes continoued in and exerced the said office of Clark since the sixteenth day of June last Inclusive And therfore humbly Craved That the Lords of Councell would authorize the said John Aitkine in the forsaid office untill his Majesties pleasure be knouen anent the secretary of warr And that their Lordships would recommend the said John to the Lords of Thesaurie for payment of the sallarie alloued to the said William Carrmack since the tyme forsaid that the said William was putt from and the said John Entered to the said office The saids Lords doe heirby authorize and appoynte the said John Aitkine to serve as Clerk to the said Sir Thomas ay and while his Majesties pleasure be knouen in this matter And Recomends to the Lords of Thesaury to Cause payment be made to the said John of three shillines sterline per diem during his service Comencing from the said sixteenth of June
Act John Aitkine to be secretary to the commander in chief
The lords of their majesties’ privy council, considering that by their act of the date 3 February 1691 upon a representation made to them by Sir Thomas Livingstone, commander in chief of their majesties’ forces within this kingdom, they did nominate and appoint William Cormack, writer in Edinburgh, to serve as clerk to the said Sir Thomas in respect there was no secretary of war named by the king’s majesty, and recommended to the lords commissioners of their majesties’ treasury to cause payment be made to the said William of three shillings sterling per day as clerk to the said Sir Thomas until his majesty should return to England that his royal pleasure might be known in this matter. And Sir Thomas having this day represented to the said lords of council that his majesty has not as yet nominated any person to be secretary of war, and that Sir Thomas has put the said William Cormack from his service as clerk upon the account of his malversation, and that he has employed John Aitken, writer in Edinburgh, to serve as clerk to him, who accordingly has continued in and exercised the said office of clerk since 16 June last inclusive, and therefore humbly craved that the lords of council would authorise the said John Aitken in the foresaid office until his majesty’s pleasure be known concerning the secretary of war, and that their lordships would recommend the said John to the lords of treasury for payment of the salary allowed to the said William Cormack since the time foresaid that the said William was put from, and the said John entered to the said office, the said lords do hereby authorise and appoint the said John Aitken to serve as clerk to the said Sir Thomas until his majesty’s pleasure be known in this matter, and recommends to the lords of treasury to cause payment to be made to the said John of three shillings sterling per day during his service commencing from the said 16 June.
NRS, PC1/47, 570.