On 23 October 1306, before lord W., bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, treasurer of his lord, Sir E., king of England, and others of the council of the same lord king, Sir James, called Steward of Scotland, in the presence of the notary and witnesses subscribed below called especially for this, swore fealty to the said king for all his lands in the following form; and his said fealty he affirmed by oath on Corpus Christi and two holy roods, that is, the Croix Neytz and the Black Rood and other holy relics. And he made this fealty by his letters patent under his own name and fortified by his seal, of which letters the tenor is thus:
James Stewart of Scotland acknowledges that he has made transgressions against his liege-lord, his lord Edward, king of England, lord of Ireland and duke of Aquitaine, against the homage and fealty which he had given him and against their allegiance. He gives himself and his goods and lands to the will of the said lord, and he has, by his special grace, returned the said lands and tenements to him, which he holds in Scotland; for which he has recently performed homage and an oath of fealty to him. James promises that he will be faithful and loyal to the said king of England and his heirs, kings of England and serve them faithfully against all men. Given at the priory of Lanercost, 23 October 1306, regnal year 34.
The same Sir James, on the said day, in the presence of the lord king of England, his lord, performed homage to the said king for all his lands in Scotland in the presence of the notary and the witnesses. And for greater security he appended his seal to this public instrument. Being present: Sirs Aymer de Valence, John of Hastings, John Botetourt, Robert de la Warde, John of Sudley, barons, John Hastings and John de Dounedale, knights; and lords John de Sandale, William de Bevercotes, Robert de Cotingham and John of Winchester, clerks.
23 October 1306
Year of the nativity of the lord 1306, 5th indiction, month of October, the 23rd day.