10 January 1601.
Grammar schole, Blackburne
In presens of the provest, bailleis, and counsale, maister John
Blackburne, scholemaister, is decernit, of his confessioune, to content
and paye to Thomas Pettigrew, maister of work, the sowme of four
hundreyth merkis money, quhilk Hary the porter of the college left to
the said College and now distributit and disponit be the College to help
to the bigging of the Grammer Schole, to be furneist to the work bigging
thairof in taikin quhairof the said maister Johne hes subscryvit thir
presentis. [Signed,] Mr Johne Blackburne.
23 January 1601.
Gibsone, actis of parliament.
Maister Hary Gibsoune, clerk, producit the townes actis of parliament
quhilk is delyverit to John Andersone, baille, and put in the foir almery.
28 February 1601.
The bailleis and counsale ordanes the principall of the college to be
warnit to mak thair compt wpon the first of Merche as the first quarter of
the yeir and to sie quhat daye he will keip to that effect, and the bailleis
to be present, [etc.]
11 March 1601.
In presens of the provest, bailleis, and counsale and deikines, the
thrie bailleis and certane of the counsale being directit, conforme to ane
ordinance of befor, for hering of thair comptis, and thair accusatioune in
breking of the fundatioune, being convenit with the rector and deyne of
faculte to that effect, quha refusit to admit ony assissouris but only the
bailleis, thairfor ordanes the bailleis to pas of new agane with the clerk
with thame to convein with thame and first to heir the greiffis to be gevin
in be the commone procuratour, to be accompaneit with the viij of the
counsale, being nominat assissouris of befoir, and thairto assignit the
xij of this instant at tua houris efter noine.
Maister Henry Gibsone, clerk, producit the fundatioune buik,
togidder with the extract of the fundatioune of the College out of Latine
in Scottis thairin contenit.
14 March 1601.
Richie, grammer schole.
Thai ordane Johne Richie, collectour of the sovmes appointit of the
new reivin out landis, to pay the sovmes that he sall resave to the maister
of work for reparatioune of the grammer schole.
The provest, baillies, and counsale hes appoyntit thir persones onderwrittin to be warnit to the extenting of the sovme of viijc lib., as thair
part of jc m. merkis set dovne at the last conventioune at parliament, and
for help to the reparing of the Grammer Schole, and thair pairt of the jm
merkis sett dovne vpon the burrois for directing to Flanderis and vtheris
anent the societie inbringing.
18 March 1601.
The provest, bailleis, counsale and deikines, for bettir furnising to
the generall wapinschawing to be appoyntit, thai think it meittest and
ordanes the towne to be devydit in four seuerall quarteris, and hes
appoyntit four seuerall commanders to that effect, viz., the provest first,
and ilk baille ane quarter, for tranyng wp and lerning of the inhabitantis
to the weyris, and the four quarter maisteris to be delt in tua quarteris
at scarmousching or wapinschawing with anseinyeis, and the commanderis
to have luifitennentis, viz., John Andersone for the provost, Thomas Muir
with James Forret, Thomas Glen with Robert Rowat, and James Steuart
with Allexander Baillie, and hes appoyntit Thomas Pettigrew and John
Rowat, anseinyeis, and James Bradvode or ellis Ninian Andersone,
anseinzie for the craftis, and the commanderis to cheis the rest of the
membris, and to devyde the towne and to tak tryall ilk monethe anes, and
hes devydit the towneschip in foure seuerall quarteris as followis:—[blank.]
28 March 1601.
The counsale thinkis guid and ordanes the bailleis to proceid in
examinatioune of the principall of the college, and to proceid thairinto,
and to that effect to caus warne the principall to Tysdye nixt to be in
redines, and ordanit John Wilsone officer to warne him.
Communitas, new impoist.
The bailleis and counsale vnderstandand the gift of the impoist of
the watter gevin be his Majestie to thame to be neir expyrit, hes condescendit that the provest salbe imployit and burdeanit to obteyne ane
new gift of the dowbill thairof contenit in the last gift for the space of xix
yeris to cum, and how sone that the same beis obtenit in forme as efferis,
and presentis the same to thame within the counsalhous, thai sall gif
him ane hundreht crovnes for doing thairof, and to be bestowit be him to
that effect or les as he best maye get the same aggreit.
It is condiscendit and ordanit be the bailleis and counsale that the
hors mercat be removit abone the Croce vp foiranentis the Grayefreir porte
wpoun the calsaye, and the officeris to awayte thairon vpoun Mounondaye
nixt, and gif thai refuis to remove to paye xvj s. of vnlaw.
The bailleis and counsale ordanes the superplus of this last extent
of his Majesteis taxatioune and reparing the schole, quhilk is iijc merkis,
and the fyifte merkis to be payit to the ambassader to Flanders, to be
applyit to the reparatioune of the yle of the New Kirk.
8 April 1601.
Thai have appoyntit Frydaye nixt at tua houris efter noine to convein
with the College and to aduerteis the rector and deyne of facultie, and
to meit in the Blackfreris, and to that effect ordanit Robert Herbertsoune
to aduerteis thame.
10 April 1601.
John Sympsone, in Kilbarchane, being banisit the towne of befor for
steilling of foullis, and now is cum in the towne agane, and thairfor
is ordanit to be scurgit throw the towne fra the brig to the castell, and
gif ever he be fund heirefter within the towne to be hangit.
18 April 1601.
My Lorde Duike, the provest, bailleis, counsale, and deikines hes
appoyntit the morne eftir noine to meitt and confer with maister Dauid
Weymis anent the supplicatioune of maister John Cowper, and to tak
The provest, bailleis, counsale and deikines, in presens of my Lorde
Duikes grace, thai have condiscendit that the towne sal be devydit in four
quarteris, as it was appoyntit afor, for vptranyng of thame to the musteris
and wapinschawing, and the four commanderis appoyntit afor to have
four luiftenentis of mercheandis and craftismen equaly, and to be four
anseinzeis, and the corporallis and seriandis to be mercheandis and
craftismen equaly to be choisin betuix thame, and the four anseinzeis to
be mercheandis and craftismen to be chosin equally gevin in; and the
luifitenentis, corporallis and seriandis to be chosin yerle at Michaelmes,
and hes appoyntit Wedinsdaye for devyding the towne and naming the
2 May 1601.
[James Steuarte and four others appointed "to confer with the provest anent the payment of the jc crounes promesit to him for the gift of the new impost."]
[Ordained John Rois "to hamebring ane hundreth speiris, quhilk was condiscendit of
befor, and the said maister Johne to avance the syluer thairof, and he to have xvj s. for ilk
speir incontinent efter the hamebringing thairof."]
9 May 1601.
The bailleis and counsale ordanes the collectoris of the last extent to
delyver to Archibald Faullis aucht scoir ten merkis thairof for help
and reparing of the yle of the New Kirk.
19 May 1601.
My lord duike.
In presens of the provest, [bailies and council,] they haue condiscendit, for honor of my Lord Duikes grace and schawing favor to him
and for his bonevale, being appoyntit ambassador be his Majestie to
France, to mak his lordschip ane bankett wpoun Setterdy nixt the xxiij
of Maij instant, and als ordanit the number of xl persones to accumpany
his lordschip to Edinburcht to remane for ane daye thairefter.
23 May 1601.
Thai have appoyntit James Forret, baillie, to ryde to Edinburgh to
advyse and confer with the townes procuratouris and sic vtheris anent the
tua fundatiounes of the College, greiffis, and haill proces and comptis
thairof, and quha salbe herares of the comptis, and efter the advysement
to acquent his Majestie quhat thai may seik be the law according to the
appoyntment sett dovne be the College, and appoyntit Thomas Muir and
Thomas Glen to speir the principall gif he will keip ather Thuirsdaye or
Frydaye nixtocum, and ordanit the said James Forret to have xx li. for
23 May 1601.
Communitas, my lord duikes grace, lorde of Glasgow, anent the electioune of the magistrattis in his absence.
In presens of my Lorde Duikes grace, provest, bailleis, and counsale
with ane consent, inrespect that my Lorde Duikes grace, lorde of
Glasgw, is appoyntit be his Majestie to pas honorablie in ambassadrie to
the realme of France, and is to pas thairto with expeditione and uncertane
of his returnyng hame, sua that it sal happin his grace not to be present
at Michaelmes nixt at the electione of the provest and bailleis for the yeir
to cum, his grace, with the provest, bailleis, counsale, and deikines
consent, willing bothe to preserve the townes libertie and my lordis, the
bailleis and counsale wpoun the daye appoyntit of auld sall cheis the lytes
and sall continew the presenting of the saidis lytes to be lytit to his lordschis hamecumyng to Scotland, and in the meintyme the auld bailleis and
counsale to continew and stand in office quhill his Grace hamecumyng,
without any preparatiue or preiudice to the libertie of the towne in tymecumyng, and be thir presentis gevis present commissioune to the auld
bailleis and counsale to execute justice and use thair office as thai did of
befoir quhill than.
5 June 1601.
[The casualties of the bridge set for 710 merks, those of the ladle for 810 merks; the
mills set for 500 merks.]
[From a leet of five, Johnne Diksoune chosen treasurer; Thomas Pettigrew chosen
master of work.]
6 June 1601.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale hes ordanit ane lytill custome hous
to be biggit vpoun the Brigend of [blank] lenthe, and that be sicht of
Thomas Glen, Thomas Muir, Archibald Faullis and maister of work,
with sum of the bailleis and certane of the deikines, and ordanit the
townes officeris to assist Thomas Pettigrew, taxman this yeir, in
ingaddering the same, ilk tua of thame thair tyme about; and the copey
of the A B C to be put on the syde of the hous.
8 June 1601.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale hes condiscendit and agreit, with
consent of Thomas Pettigrew, taxman of the brig custome, that the
fremen burgessis of this towne sall only paye the simpill impoist of thair
greyn hering as thai payit the last yeir, viz., ij d. for the thowsand greyn
hering and na farder that cumis in the coiper boittis.
Provest, new gift, Diksone thesaurer.
The bailleis and counsale, in respect that the prouest hes producit the
new gift of the impoist, ordanes John Diksone, present thesaurer, to paye
to the said provest the sovme of fyve hundretht merkis money for the
hunder crovnes promesit to him of befor for the same, conforme to the
former act maid of befor, and that incontinent.
The provest hes presentle deliverit and producit to the counsale the
new gift of the impoist, bering the dowbill thairof for the space of xix
yeirs, quhilk is ordanit to be registrat, and the copy thairof to be gevin
to Thomas Pettigrew, taxman this yeir, and the A B C thairof conforme
10 June 1601.
Communitas, Woddrop, steiptroche.
The provest, bailleis and counsale, hering the supplicatioune of
Richert Woddrope craveand libertie and licence to ane steip troche,
inrespect the same is preiudiciall to the spowtis, the burne, and weill
of the towne thai refuisit to grant him libertie to ony steip troche and
watter discending within thair boundis.
Item, thai have appoyntit James Forret, baillie, [and six others,] to
pas to the College the morne at ten houris efter the preiching for visiting
the letteres of the College, and to reporte to the counsale on Setterdaye
nixt, and quhat the bailleis and counsale, wpon aduertesing the provest,
thinkis meittest to be done in that caus the provest promesit to hald hand
13 June 1601.
The baille and counsale convenit, reasonand anent the principall of
the College ansuer, desyris the principall ather to gif the copey of the new
letteres, viz., quhat fundatioune by the townes fundatioune, ather be
King or Bischop, onder the privey seale or vtheris, and specially the gift
gevin be Quein Mary of the Blakfreris, or ellis be his awin hand wret
or subscriptioune, and to reporte quhat he hes to saye or mene thairto
aganes the fundatioune, that the provest, bailleis, and counsall may be
advysit [thairanent,] sua that thaireftir the last conclusione done in
Edinburgh may be [set] furth, and to that effect hes appoyntit Thomas
Glen, auld baille, and Archibald Hegate.
13 June 1601.
Act, Doctor Low.
The baillie and counsale present, at the special requeist and desyre
of my Lorde Duikis grace, hes licenciat and gevis licence to maister
Peitir Low, chyrurgian, to pas in company with my Lorde Duike as
ambassadour appoyntit to France, and dispensis with his absence and not
remanyng of the said maister Peitir, and that he may injoy his pensione
of the towne, and that quhill the xi of November nixtocum, but preiudice
of his contract in caice of his returnyng or soner at the said tyme as sal
happin his lordschip to returne.
Item, it is statute that the haill inhabitantis, fremen, burgessis, salbe
in redynes with thair armour on futte wpoun Weddinsdaye mornyng,
being the Symmerhill daye, onder the panes contenit in proclamatioune
wpoun Witsontysdaye and the provest bailleis and counsale and deikines
to be on horsbak the said daye.
25 June 1601.
The bailleis and counsale hes condiscendit and aggreit, for keiping of
bettir amitie and freindschip betuix thame and Dunbartane in tyme
cumyng, that thai sall remitt the fremen burgessis of Dunbartane
resortand to Glasgow of thair customes, provyding gif thai will remitt
the burgessis and induellares of Glasgw of thair customes.
30 June 1601.
Act for supporte of nychtbours anent the fyre.
The quhilk daye, efter noine, the bailleis, counsale, ministre, and
dekines present, convenand for taking order anent the supplicatioune
gevin in be the nychtbouris that hes susteanit greit scayth and damage
throw the suddent fyre, and for thair supporte and releiff to thair comfort,
hes condescendit that the bailleis, ministre, counsale and deikines sa
pas to the haill inhabitantis of this towne, and as thai duell throw the
same, to seik ask and crave supporte of thame vpoun thair charitabill
doing and liberte, voluntarlie, and nocht of ony taxatione or compulsione,
and to that effect hes appoyntit the ministre and bailleis and thir persones
onderwrittin on the west syde, viz., John Andersone [and twelve others,]
and for the east syde James Steuart [and twelve others;] and hes
appointit John Andersone, collectour to the west syde, and Thomas
Pettigrew to the east syde; and the morne at tua houris efter noine to
convein in the Hie Kirk yarde to begyn at the Castell for the east syde.
Act, Leischman anent the fyre.
The bailleis, counsale, ministrie, and deikines, having tane diligent
tryall of the suddent fyre laitle arrysin within this burcht, and gif James
Leischeman, smyth, or his servandis in quhais smiddie the same first
enterit into was culpable thairof or not, quha efter tryall taking thairof
findis the same nocht proceidit of the said James nor his servandis be thair
negligence or sleuthfulnes, bot only of the prouidence of God, tharfor
declaris the said James and his servandeis to be wytles thairof, and thairfoire inhibites and forbides all and sindry inhabitantis within this towne
nawyis to truble nor molest thame, athair in worde or deid, vthervyis nor
be order of law, onder sic paynes as the provest, bailleis, counsale, and
sessioune sall inioyne thairto.
11 July 1601.
Communitas, New Kirk.
The bailleis and counsale hes condiscendit and ordanit John Diksone,
thesaurer, to pay to Archibald Faullis, maister of work to the New Kirk,
the soume of xl lib. for reparatioune and making of ane counsale sate
within the yle thairof, provyding the same exceid not xl lib.
18 July 1601.
The bailleis and counsale ordanes and condiscendis that the tymmer
and daillis of the tua over portis, Kirk porte and Rattounraw be tane
doune and transportit to the repairing and making of ane lytill hous on
the Brigend appoyntit of befor to the vse of the towne and releiff of the
customer and his servandes, and that be the maister of work appoyntit
4 August 1601
Commissioner to Edinburcht; anent the clayth.
The quhilk daye, efter noine, in presens of the bailleis and counsale,
having resavit tua missives direct, ane fra the secreit counsale and ane
vther fra the towne of Edinburcht, anent ane commissioner direct to
Edinburgh for ansuer giving to the clayth making to compeir in
Edinburgh the tent of August, quha being present thinkis guid that thair
sal be ane commissioner appoyntit, and to that effect hes appoyntit
Mathow Trumble commissioner to convein in Edinburgh the said tent
The quhilk daye, thai have ordanit John Diksoune, thesaurer, to paye
to Johnne Buchquhan tuenty lib. for his burges fynes indettit be the
towne to him contenit in his contract for this yeir only.
15 August 1601.
Communitas, St. Moungois lytill kirk buriall place.
The bailleis and counsale, with advyse of the deikines, hes ordainit
Sanct Moungois kirk yarde beyond the Gallogate brig to remane and be
ane buriall place in tyme cumyng bothe in kirk and kirkyarde, and to be
dyikit round about and ane yet for to be ane entres, and to be performit
be the towne and the maister of work.
1 September 1601.
The quhilk daye, his Majestie being in Glasgw, in presens of the
provest, bailleis and counsale thir persones onderwritten, his Majesteis
domestic servandis following ar maid burgessis and fremen, burgh and
cite of Glasgw, and hes gevin thair aythes of fidelite as efferit, viz., the
Constable of Dundy, Sir Johnne Ramsaye, Dauid Selcrig, clerk, James
Schaw, [and thirty-nine others.]
12 September 1601.
The baille and counsale having resavit the provestis missive direct
to thame for directing ane or tua of the counsale to be gossopes to him
at his dochteris bapteim in Edinburgh, the xxij of September instant,
thai have condiscendit and appoyntit Williame Wallace to ryde to that
effect, in name of the towne, and hes ordanit the thesaurer to gif him
ten li. for his expenssis, ane aucht merk peis to the nureis, and xl s.
for his hors wadgeis.
6 October 1601.
Prouest for 1601.
Comperit Aulay M'Caulay of Ardincapill and producit ane missive
direct fra my Lorde Duikis grace lord of Glasgw, superiour, and having
power of the nominatioune of the provest and bailleis of Glasgw, desyring
the bailleis and counsale to admitt Sir George Elphinstone of Blyithiswode, knycht, to be provost for the yeir to cum; quhilk missive and desyre
thairof the baillies and counsale admittit and resavit and ordanit commissione to be gevin to him to that effect conforme thairto.
The provest bailleis and counsale ordanit fyve lytes to be of the
merchantis rank, viz., tua fouris and thre threis. Lytis lytit to be bailleis
for this present yeir: James Forrett [and seven others,] and hes continewit the presenting of the lytes to my Lord Duikis grace hamecuming
conforme to the former act.
Statute, bow kaill.
The provest, baillies, and haill counsale, onderstanding the great
preiudice fallin in in the towne be selling and transporting of bow kaill
and vtheris vivars outwith the towne to vther partis in greit quantite,
thairfor thai have statute and ordanit that na bow kaill and vivars be
sauld nor transportit in tyme cumyng in greit quantiteis, onder the paine
of xx lib. to be tane als weill of the byar as the sellar, ilk falt, and the
same to be applyit to the reparatioune of the calsayes; and als it is statute
that the carteris transporte na bow kaill in the nicht, onder the pane
of fyve lib.
15 October 1601.
The provest, baille and counsale, herand maister John Blakburne to
be desyrit to remove furth of the towne to sum ministrie, that is and hes
bein ane guid and sufficient member in instructing of the barnes of the
towne and vther effares of the kirk thairinto, and willing him to be
retenit within the same thai have appoyntit thir persones, viz., James
Steuart, James Tempill, to pas to the Presbitre on Weddinsdaye nixttocum, requeisting thame in the townes name to help and furder him with
ony benefeit about the towne for his support quhen it sall happin to waik,
quhairby he may be retenit within the towne to be master of the Grammer
17 October 1601.
Cowper, minister, contra Stewarte.
[Maister Johne Cowper, minister, represented that Robert Stewart, who had assaulted
him in the month of July 1600, had found caution not to molest him thereafter, and "compleanit vpoun the said Robert for contravening the forsaid act, bering upon the xiij day of
October instant the said Robert callit the said maister John: Murtherer of his barnes,
skaileing of his hous, oppressour and bereiffir of his guidis, and that he suld preiff him
nocht worthy to beir office of ane minister and that he suld have him deposit." The provost,
bailies and council decerned him to appear on Tuesday next and answer for contravening
20 October 1601.
[For contravening the act above referred to, Robert Stewart was ordained "to be put in
the castell to remane quhill he satefie the party be sicht of the provest, baillies and counsale,
during thair will." Thereafter Stewart "oppinly avowit and said he repentit but he had
struikin ane sworde throw the said maister John Cowperis body it suld nocht gang sua, and
that it suld coist him his lyiff bot he suld have his lyiff yit, and that thai had done him in