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Poser 270 - Privy Council records, 1587

In this week's poser, taken from the Privy Council records, 1587, we asked you what was to happen to notorious thieves.

Extract from the Privy Council records, 1587 (National Records of Scotland, PC8/1 page 3).

Answer: Thieves would have to be returned to the places where they were born unless the landlord stood surety for them.

Transcription

Item That all sic notorious thevis as wer borne in Liddisdale
Eskdaill Ewisdale Annerdale and the Landis sumtymes callit
Debatable Or in the Landis of the hyelandis that hes lang con-
tinewit inobedient Salbe removit only of the Inlandis quhair thay
ar plantit and p[rese]ntlie duellis or hantis to the pairtis quhair thay
wer borne Except thair landislordis quhair thay p[rese]ntlie duell will
Becum souirties for thame To mak thame answerable to the Law
as Lawland and obedient men vnder the painis contenit in the
actis of parliament

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