Act Mr Robert Skeen for stipend
Anent a petitione given In to the Lords of their Majesties privie Councell Be Mr Robert Skeen Late Minister at Dunsyre Sheuing That wheras the petitioner was after whitsunday Jaj vjc eightie nyne necessitat to remove from the church and manse of Dunsyre with his Eight motherless children he having noe other stock but the good providence of God to support them And when the petitioner expected in this present year Jaj vjc nyntie one to have shared of the Benigne influences of their Lordships favour and goodness Togither with other Ministers to whom their Lordships were pleased to shew favour The petitioners Circumstances pleading pity and compassione beyond many others yet the petitioner was sadly prevented by Mr Anthonie Murray minister at Coulter who had upon the fifteenth of october Jaj vjc nyntie made applicatione to the saids Lords and obtained a Gift of the said stipend of Dunsyre for the years Jaj vjc Eightie nyneand Jaj vjc and nyntie He alleadging in his petitione That he was now minister of Dunsyre and had for the forsaids years performed all the parts of the ministeriall functione ther And that the petitioner was removed from the Church of Dunsyre before the threttine of Apryle Jaj vjc Eightie nyne The Contrary of all which is soe nottourly knouen That the petitioner is able to make it appear Thus the petitioner finding himself precluded from his right and the verie half years stipend Jaj vjc Eightie nyne for which he had actuallie served And being Informed that the Church of Morum was vaccant since Jaj vjc Eightie Eight Did therfore in March last give in a petitione to be presented to their Lordships Craving a pairt of the stipends of Morum in Liew of his oune which was Gifted to Mr Anthonie Murray In manner forsaid But before the petitioner could be heard the Heretors of that paroch obtained the Gift of it and so the petitioners bill was not read for ought he knoues wherthrough the petitioner and his poor children are Left in a most Indigent and starving condition unles their Lordships Grant him some means of subsistance aither out of the stipends of Dunsyre or Coulter which last place hes been vaccant the tuo forsaid years For albeit Mr Anthonie Murray doeth lykewayes also claime and Intermedle uith the stipends of Coulter for the year Jaj vjc Eightie nyneand nyntie as minister of that paroch Be vertue of the Act of parliament reponing him thogh all that tyme he never went to preach soe much as once to that poeple yet seing in his petitione upon which he procured the stipends of Dunsyre He acknouledges the church of Coulter vaccant and designes himself sometyme Minister of Coulter etc Importing that he had Renunced all tytle therto And since at once He Cannot be both minister at Coulter and Dunsyre nor in Law have a right to tuo distinct benefices for which he never served it necessarly folloues that one of these churches is still vaccant and the stipend therof at their Lordships disposall Besyds now the said Mr Anthonie Murray hes quyte deserted Dunsyre Having removed with his wyfe the fourteenth of Agust last to duell at Coulter wher he getts the whole stipend of the year Jaj vjc nyntie one And now ther is noe Minister wher the petitioner served And soe the stipend ther for this present year Jaj vjc nyntie one is vaccant and at their Lordships gift as being in the Kings patronadge And therfore Humbly Craving their Lordships In consideratione of the premisses and in regaird of the starving Conditione of the petitioner and his motherless children to allow him such a pairt of the stipend of Coulter for the tuo forsaids years as their Lordships shall think just or otherwayes to Grant him the Stipend of this present year Jaj vjc nyntie one of the Church of Dunsyre which is now vaccant through the removall of the said Mr Anthonie Murray to Coulter the fourteenth of Agust last wher he getts the whole stipend of that Church for this present year Jaj vjc nyntie one as the said petitione Bears The saids Lords of their Majesties privy Councell Having considered this petitione Given in to them be Mr. Robert Skeen late Minister at Dunsyre with the Ansuers given in therto for Mr Robert Antonie with the act of Councell and Decreit of preference before the session in favoures of the said Mr Antonie They allow the petitioner the stipend of the kirk of Dunsyre for the last halfe of the Cropt and year of God Jaj vjc nyntie one And ordaines him to be readily ansuered obeyed and payed therof Be the Heretors Fewers wodsetters Liferenters fermers titulars tacksmen of teynds tennents possessors and others Lyable in payment of the said stipend for the said half year And ordaines Letters of horning to be direct heirupon at the petitioners instance for that effect He alwayes producing a Decreit of Locality and in cass ther be none ordaines the heretors and others forsaids Lyable in payment of the said stipend To make payment therof to the petitioner for the said half year according as they shall be decerned by the Judge ordinary
Act for Mr Robert Skeen for a stipend
Concerning a petition given in to the lords of their majesties’ privy council by Mr Robert Skeen, late minister at Dunsyre, showing that whereas the petitioner was after Whitsunday 1689 necessitated to remove himself from the church and manse of Dunsyre with his eight motherless children, he having no other stock but the good providence of God to support them, and when the petitioner expected in this present year 1691 to have shared of the benign influences of their lordships favour and goodness, together with other ministers to whom their lordships were pleased to show favour, the petitioner’s circumstances pleading pity and compassion beyond many others, yet the petitioner was sadly prevented by Mr Anthony Murray, minister at Coulter, who had upon the fifteenth of October 1690 made application to the said Lords and obtained a gift of the said stipend of Dunsyre for the years 1689and 1690, he alleging in his petition that he was now minister of Dunsyre, and had for the foresaid years performed all the parts of the ministerial function there, and that the petitioner was removed from the church of Dunsyre before the thirteenth of April 1689, the contrary of all which is so well known that the petitioner is able to make it appear, thus the petitioner finding himself precluded from his right and the very half year’s stipend 1689 for which he had actually served, and being informed that the church of Morhum was vacant since 1688, did therefore in March last give in a petition to be presented to their Lordships craving a part of the stipends of Morhum in lieu of his own, which was gifted to Mr Anthony Murray, in manner foresaid, but before the petitioner could be heard the heritors of that parish obtained the gift of it, and so the petitioner’s bill was not read for ought he knows wherethrough the petitioner and his poor children are left in a most indigent and starving condition unless their lordships grant him some means of subsistence either out of the stipends of Dunsyre or Coulter, which last place has been vacant the two foresaid years, for albeit Mr Anthony Murray does likewise also claim and intermeddle with the stipends of Coulter for the year 1689and 1690 as minister of that parish by virtue of the act of parliament reponing him though all that time he never went to preach so much as once to that people, yet seeing in his petition upon which he procured the stipends of Dunsyre he acknowledges the church of Coulter vacant and designs himself sometime minister of Coulter etc, importing that he had renounced all title thereto, and since at once he cannot be both minister at Coulter and Dunsyre, nor in law have a right to two distinct benefices for which he never served, it necessarily follows that one of these churches is still vacant and the stipend thereof at their lordship’s disposal, besides now the said Mr Anthony Murray has quite deserted Dunsyre, having removed with his wife the fourteenth of August last to dwell at Coulter where he gets the whole stipend of the year 1691, and now there is no minister where the petitioner served, and so the stipend there for this present year 1691 is vacant and at their lordship’s gift as being in the king’s patronage. And therefore humbly craving their lordships in consideration of the premises and in regard of the starving condition of the petitioner and his motherless children, to allow him such a part of the stipend of Coulter for the two foresaid years as their lordships shall think just or otherwise to grant him the stipend of this present year 1691 of the church of Dunsyre which is now vacant through the removal of the said Mr Anthony Murray to Coulter the fourteenth of August last where he gets the whole stipend of that church for this present year 1691, as the said petition bears. The said lords of their majesties’ privy council having considered this petition given in to them by Mr. Robert Skeen, late minister at Dunsyre, with the answers given in thereto for Mr [Anthony Murray] with the act of council and decreet of preference before the session in favoures of the said Mr [Murray] they allow the petitioner the stipend of the kirk of Dunsyre for the last half of the cropt and year of God 1691, and ordains him to be readily answered, obeyed and paid thereof by the heritors, feuers, wadsetters, liferenters fermers, titulars, tacksmen of teinds, tenants, possessors and others liable in payment of the said stipend for the said half year, and ordains letters of horning to be directed hereupon at the petitioner’s instance for that effect, he always producing a decreet of locality and in case there be none ordains the heritors and others foresaid liable in payment of the said stipend to make payment thereof to the petitioner for the said half year, according as they shall be decerned by the judge ordinary.
NRS, PC1/47, 560-1.