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Poser 301 - Articles of agreement between English and Scottish Commissioners, 1597

This week's poser is a clause from the articles of agreement between English and Scottish Commissioners for the Suppression of Disorder in the Borders and dates from 1597 (National Records of Scotland, SP6/62 page 3).

It begins: That the lords counsale foirsaid at th[i]r co[n]vening tak diligent
tryell of all notorious thevis and rubbaris W[i]t[h]in thair Wardanrie

Note the abbreviations using the superscript letter r, for example th[i]r in line1, and others such as co[n]veni[n]g in line 1. Also, Scots words, such as gif (or giff), meaning if (lines 4, 12 etc) and fylit (line 6), meaning proved or convicted. The word attemptar (line 7) means a person who commits a violent act (an attempt – line 5).


Passage the articles of agreement between English and Scottish Commissioners for the Suppression of Disorder in the Borders, 1597 (National Records of Scotland, SP6/62 page 3).

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This week's question: what synonym for the word immediately is used in line 7 of the clause, and what is supposed to happen to those convicted who remain fugitives from justice?

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