9 January 1581–2.
Anent bannyng and suering.
The subdene, with the minister and otheris memberis of the Kirk, convenand with the baillies in the tolbuith, producit lettiris direct be act of
Secreit Counsall, constitutand the said prouest and baillies coniunctlie and
seueralie to hald court or courtis vpoun bannyng and suering and thais
quha heipis nocht the Sabboth day, quhilkis commissioun and lettiris the
saidis baillies acceptit vpoun thame and appoyntit euerie first Thuirsday of
ilk moneth for halding of courtis to the effect abonwrittin, and the first
Thuirsday of Februare assignit to begyn the first court, and in the menetyme to tak inquisitioun of the banneris and suereris, and to that effect hes
chosin the inqueist vnderwrittin:—Inquisitio: Rattounraw, Drygait and
to the croce, Jhonne Robertoun [and nine others]; Gallogate and Troyngait, and to the Barrasyet, Robert Mure [and eight others]; for the
Briggait, Williame Howie [and five others].
1 May 1582.
Anent the ordinance to be vptakin anent the lippir folkis quha contempnatlie contrair the auncient statutis of the toun repairis thairin as thai
wer haill, and that na infectioun nor euill suld cum of thair repair, off the
quhilkis lippir sum hes speciall freindis within the toun quha resauis thame
and gifis thame intertinement by the auld ordour, and without remeid be
prouidit and the auncient ordour tak effect grit hurt and inconvenient sall
cum thairthrow, thairfoir the baillies ordanis the auncient aith to be
obseruit and that thay repair bot twa dayis in the oulk and that in quiet
and secreit maner, and gif ony of thair friendis resavis thame in thair
houssis thay to [be] puneist at the sicht of the baillies, and ordanis the
officiares and watter baillie to cherce this act.
5 June 1582.
Court of Perambulation. Lonis.
The court of the perambulatioun of the burgh and cietie of Glasgu,
haldin at the mylndam . . . . Ordanis visitouris to be appoyntit to
visie the haill lonis and to sie thame reformit and mendit and stanis infixt
be the possessouris, and this to be dewysit be the counsall.
Ladle, brig, mills.
[The casualties of the ladle set for 360 merks, and those of the bridge for 80 merks.
The old common town mill set for £100 money and 50 bolls victual.]
Treasurer, master of work, menstrallis.
[From a leet of eight, William Bornnis, elected treasurer; from a leet of six, Dauid Hall
elected master of work. Menstrallis continewit, Archibald Bordland, Johnne Corbart.]
16 June 1582.
Comperit Hectour Stewarte and presentit to the baillies and counsall
ane lettere directe to thame fra the duik as ane sufficiente warrande to the
baillies and towne to resiste the violence and bosting of the college incace
thai incure ony skaithe be the toun throw thair awin occatioun, quhilk
wrytting Johnne Grahme ane of the baillies hes in keiping for the townes
Using weapons against bailies.
The baillies, with aduyse of the counsall and deaconis, ordanis the
particular persownes burgessis of the toun quhilkis contrair thair aythis
hes wsit wapounes aganis the baillies and toune to be callit and warnit to
Tyisday the xix of this instante to heir thair accusatioun, and the commoun
procuratour be thair accuser.
The tenour of the Dwikis lettere:—
College, Dukis litter.
Baillies, being knawin to the Kingis Majestee and ws, be the tenour of
the lettere that ye haue sende to the larde of Mynto your proueiste, the
truble maid laitle into your toun of Glasgw be the colleigis mouit be the
ministeris, it hes pleasit his hienes to gif ane charge to the said college nocht
to do the lyke of it agane under the pane of disobedience, and to yow nocht
to suffir that sick motiownes haue place in your proweistis absence. (fn. 1)
30 June 1582.
Waltir Gray, of his awin confessioun and consent, is oblist himselfe his
airis and assignayis to big ane bow brige, of ten quarter breid and sax elnis
of calsay at euery end, wpoune the gote and burne that passis throw the
commowne bog besyde his awin lande quhilk he presentlie occupyis, and to
begin to the labour in Merche in the lxxxiij°, and to perfyte the samyne
betuixte and Midsimmer nixt thaireftir, and in the meanetyme to mak the
samyne passable, for the quhilk the baillies and counsall is content to pas
ony burges he pleissis present gratis; and oblissis him and his foirsaidis to
wphalde the samyne in all tymes cuming.
3 July 1582.
The proweiste, baillies, and counsall, being conuenit, comperit the
haill bodye and number of merchandis of this toun and be thair ernist
requiste and petitioun effectualie craiwt that they mycht hawe nominat
and electit out of thair hale number ane of thair vocatioun to be preferrit to
clame in the office of ane presedent, according to the aulde obserwit custome
and wse haide in this toun of befoir, and as wtheris honorable borrowis hes,
quhilk desyre the proueist and baillies, with the aduyse of the counsall
conuenit, thocht reasonable and ordanit that for lytis soulde be electit ane
of the four nominat as presedent to indure for the space of ane yeir, and ane
autentek euident and write to be maide heirvpoun contenyng the speceall
heidis of the office to laste and stande in all tyme cuming; according thairfoir to thee fauorable and willing consent of the said proweist, baillies, and
counsell, the bodie and number of merchandis conuenit electit the persounes
following as lytis to be nominate for the said office;—George Elphinstoun,
Hectour Stewarde, Johne Lyndsay, Robert Adame. President for this
present yeir:—George Elphinstoun.
Mettis and furlottis.
The proweiste, baillies, and counsall decernis and ordanis that all the
heipe mettis and furlottis of this toun be brokin and in na tyme cuming to
haue place nor wse in this toun bot onlie the straike furlate, and ordanis
publicatioun heirof to be maid wpone Mounovnday nixt.
Compeirit Georg Elphinstoun, in presens of the proweist, baillies, and
counsell, and bodie of merchandis, and requirit that the proweist, baillies,
counsell and remanente soulde concur, assist, and fortefie him in all and
sindrie thingis perteining to the office of presedent as salbe specealie
contenit in the lettere and write to be extendit thairvpoun, and to caws him
be obeyit according to the same, quhilk the said proweiste, baillies, and
counsell promiste faithfullie to do, be the extentioun of thair handis; and
thaireftir the said George acceptit glaidlie the office and gaife his aythe to
wse the same trewlie to the Kingis Majeste seruice, honour and proffeite of
the towne, and fortificatioun of the said proweiste and baillies.
20 July 1582.
Comperit James Richie, in name of the rest of the deaconis, and
protesit that na thing that beis done in absence of the prouest, or thame
that ar deaconis, tuiching the office of presedent preiuge nocht thame in na
thing belanging to thair libertie.
27 July 1582.
It is dewysit, statute, and ordanit be the provest, baillies, and counsell
that the anseinyeis of the toun, ane or maa, with the palyeoun and wther
lyk ordinances perteining to the commowne-schipe of Glasgow in commown, for weirfair, be yeirlie presentit and delyuerit to the intrant baillie
wpoun the morne eftir Michaelmes and his electioun to preserue the
samyne quhill that tyme tolmunt, and that baillie or balyeis to preserue
and delyiur tha saidis anseinyeis to the intrant baillies of the nixt yeir, and
sa contineualie in all tyme cuming yeirlie to be delyuerit to the intrant
baillies be the former baillies.
The proueist, ballies, and counsell hes grantit and permittit to the haill
deacones of this toun ane burges fynes for the powlder thay spendit in the
townes effairis, thay findand thame self the burges; and siclyk thair is
grantit and permittit ane wther burges fynes to the yonkeiris and wther
yung men of thair rank.
3 August 1582.
Comperit Michaell Wilsoun, sone to James Wilsoun, masoune, haveand
be gift of the proueist and baillies of Glasgow the preuandrie of Sanct
Christopher for the space of sewin yeiris and yeiris thairof to ryn, hes
resignit and renuncit his title thairof in the said baillies handis as patrons
of the said preuendarie in fauouris of Johnne Wilsoun, his brother, beand
blinde, quha is ressauit and admittit thairto be the space of further sewin
16 August 1582.
Gavane Wilsoun is maid burges and freman of this guid toun at the
raqueist of Archibald Hegaite, court clerk.
19 August 1582.
The baillies and counsell, convenit, ratifeis and appreuis the act and
constitutioun maid anent the gers mercat, and ordanis the samyine to be
transportit to the new Kirk yarde besyde the bell hows, and als the hering
and fische mercate to be haldin and keipit at the fische corse at the Weste
Porte conforme to the said act, and to be intimit at the mercat cros, and that
under the pane of escheting of the gers and hering that beis fund selling in
ony wther place and prissonyng of thair persownes that dois in the contrar.
2 October 1582.
Lytis to the baillies:—Johnne Grahme, elder, William Cunynghame,
master Adam Wallace, Hectour Steward, George Herbertsoun, Archibald
Lyoun, Johne Wyse. Quhilk lytis being presentit and direct to the castill
fand na bischope thairin, and thairfoir reportit the lytis to the remanent
counsell quha nominat the persownes wnderwrittin to be baillies for this
yeir, and ordanit thame thair commissioun conforme to the ancient style
and wse obserwit of befoir. Baillies for this yeir:—Johnne Grahme,
master Adam Wallace, Hectour Stewarde.
3 October 1582.
Compeirit Johnne Grahme and Hectour Stewarde, nominat baillies, and
war content gif the counsell quha hes nominat thame baillies for this yeir to
come walde be thair wotis tak fra thame the said office thay walde dimit the
samyne, wtherwayis the said Johnne protestit for his parte that that quhilk
he haide at the requeist of the rycht honorabill Sir Mathow Stewarde of
Mynto knycht, proveist, soulde na wayis tend to the alteratioun of the
libertie of the towne in his former electioun nor be na preparative in tyme
cuming to do the like, quhairvpoun hee requirit instrumentis; thairfoir the
said proveist, be the aduise of the priour of Blantyre, his brother, direct
from the Kingis Maiestie with commissioun to the nominatioun of the
baillies for this yeir, nominat thee persownes following to be baillies for
this yeir to cum, and ordanis thair commissioun to be selit:—William
Cunynghame, master Adam Wallace, Robert Stewarde.
Thaireftir the said pryour requeistit the said Sir Mathow, his brother,
conforme to his credeit and commissioun of the Kingis majestee, to accept
the provestrie wpoun him for this yeir to cum; quha ansuerit he walde be
4 October 1582.
Compeirit Johnne Grahme and Hectour Stewarde and protestit that na
thing done heir sould preiuge thame in nominatioun of baillies, becaus thee
maiste parte of the pluralite was wyth theme in woting, and siclyk that the
towne be nocht preiugit in thair libertie in tyme cuming, and siclyke
protestit that this present act for remeid of law quhen tyme and place soulde
Protestit likeuise William Coninghame and Mr. Adam Wallace, in
name and behalfe of the haill toun, that quhatsumevir thing is done contrar
thee libertie of the toun at this instant be nocht preiudiciall to our auld
ancient libertie in tyme cuming.
Consilium pro presenti anno: maister Andro Hay [and twenty-two
Master of work, procuratour.
Master of Work, Dauid Hall; commoun procuratour, James Flymyng.
Statuta pro presentianno.
[Acts passed in terms similar to those of October in previous years. Ordained that no
higher prices than the following be charged: ale, 8d. the pint; tallow, 16s. the stone; candle,
1s. 2d. the pound; the fourpence loaf to weigh 12 ounces.]
8 October 1582.
It is statute and ordanit that na burges be maid be the bailleis without
the thesaurer and ane sufficient number of the counsell be present, to witt
iiij or vj, wtherwayis he sall nocht be haldin as lawfull burges, and the
names of the counsell and the thesaurer to be contenit in the act.
16 October 1582.
It is statute and ordanit be thee proveist and baillies, with the aduise
of the counsell, that all malt bocht and saulde wythin this toun be met,
delyuerit and ressavit wyth thee auld heip furlat as was wsit of befoir, and
wther stufe to be met and ressaifit be the new straik furlot, and that the
commoun metstar met the malt as he wsit of befoir.
13 November 1582.
Compeirit maister Patrik Scharpe, maister of the grammer schole of
Glasgow, and demittit his office, togidder with the chapellanrie of Alhallow
alter and all wther annuellis and deweteis perteining thairto, in the handis
of the proveist baillies and counsall and communitie for ane new maister to
be prowydit to the said grammer schole be thame, quha incontinent, becaus
the samyne may nocht vaik, hes instantlie, be mature deliberatioun be
aduise of the maisteris of the Vniuersitie and wtheris haifand power be act
of parliament, hes chosin and electit maister Johnne Blakburne to be
maister to the said schole and wse the office thairof in tyme cuming, quhome
to thai haife conferrit the said chaplanrie with wther dewteis perteining
thairto during his teiching thairin, ordanand ane gifte to be maid
thairvpone in forme as effearis baithe of the office and chappillanrie; and
the said maister Jhone comperand acceptit the said office vpone him on the
said [condi]tioune of stepande and scolledge as the said maister Patrik had
of befoir, and sall nocht remove fra the teicheing of the said schole vnto the
tyme he mak warneing to the proveist, bailleis, and counsell ane quarter of
yeir of befoir; vpone the quhilk the commoun procuratour askit actis of