Royal Mines Act 1424

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The Royal Mines Act 1424 was an act of the Parliament of Scotland (1424 c. 12) stating that gold and silver mines containing ore above a certain value would belong to the king.

This made such mines inter regalia under Scots law (that is, property belonging to the sovereign), and by the phrasing of the act lead mines were also included when the ore from those mines produced the requisite amount of silver.

The effects of this act were negated by the Mines and Metals Act 1592 (1592 c. 31), which dissolved mines from the sovereign but did not change their status as inter regalia.[1]

The act in its entirety is as follows: [2]

Item, of any gold and silver mines that are found in any lord's lands of the realm, and it may be proved that three halfpennies may be refined of silver from a pound of lead, the lords of the parliament consent that such mines shall be the king's, as is the custom in other realms.

The act was passed by the Parliament at Perth on 26 May 1424 in the reign of James I, and was titled "Of mynis of golde and silver".

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  1. ^ Bell, William (1861). Dictionary and Digest of the Law of Scotland (Revised and Corrected with Numerous Additions by George Ross). Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute. p. 568. 
  2. ^ "The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707". K.M. Brown et al. eds (St Andrews, 2007), 1605/6/39. Retrieved 2008-02-15.