26 January 1611.
Act for bardis and scallis.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale, vpone consideratioun of the grit
abuse done to honest wemen be scallis and bardis quha can nocht be
pwinst in thair gudis throw thair mister and provertie, for restraning
and remeid quhairof it is ordanit that all sik scallis and bardis quha
heireftir hapins to abuse honest wemen with thair blasphemous langage,
vpone tryell of thair blasphemie, be pwinst in prissoun viij dayis, and
thaireftir brankit vpone ane mercat day fra x houris to xij houris.
Contempt of dean of gild.
William Laurie, werkman, being accusit for blaspheming and contempning of James Bell, dean of gild, in that tyme the said dean of gild
was in trying of ane lyning betuix nychtbouris, the xix of Januer instant,
according to his dewitie and office; the said William, personallie present,
confessit the same, schewing and declaring that the samyn hapnit in him
throw occasioun of ovir mekle drink, quhairof he repentit him; the
provest, bailleis and counsale ordanis him to be wardit quhill Tysday
nixt that farder ordour be tane with him for the same.
Contempt of Stevinsoun.
The provest, bailleis and counsale, haifing weyit and considdrit the
iniurie and blasphemie done be Williame Stevinsoun, in judgement, to
Archibald Heygait, clerk of this burcht; and the said William, personallie present, being accusit thairof, confessit the wrang done and vttrit
be him against the said Archibald, in saying thee said Archibald had
cancellat and viciat the actis of the court bwik, become in the provest
and bailleis will for the same; ordanis the said William to big ane rude
of calsie for his said blasphemie, and to compeir in ane fensit court and
thair to ask the provest and bailleis and the said Archibald, thair clerk,
pardoun for his said blasphemie, and assignis to him the penult of Januer for that effect, Tysday nixt, and to find cautioun to compeir the said day
for fulfilling of this thair will and ordinance.
Hering to men of law.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale ordanis George Moresoun, maister
of werk, to provyde five half barrellis of hering, twa thairof to be send
to maister Williame Olyphant, twa to maister Alexander King, and ane
to James Wynrame, agent for the burrowis.
2 February 1611.
Landis pertening to the Grammer Scole.
Ordanis proclamatioun to pas throw the town for the thrid tyme
for fewing of the howssis pertening to the Grammer Scole, and to compeir the day foirsaid in the counselhous befoir the provest, bailleis, and
counsale, to mak offir of entres siluir and yerlie dewitie for the same.
14 April 1611.
Act anent printiciss.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale, being convenit, eftir advyse and
consideratioun had be thame of the grit abuse done in tyme bigane in
admitting of printiciss to be burgessis vpone testificatioun vndir the hand
writ of the clerk of thair craft, and that vpone declaratioun of thair
maisteris that they haif seruit compleitlie the tyme of thair indentour
as printiciss, with twa yeir for meit and fie, eftir outrynnyng thairof,
albeit it be trew that sindrie ar admittit quha hes nocht seruit the full
tyme as is abonewrittin, and that be collusioun betwix the maister and
the printeis, to the grit hurt of thair craftis; for remeid quhairof it is
concludit and ordanit that na printeis heireftir salbe admittit burges
except his maister compeir with him in presens of the provest, bailleis,
and counsale for the tyme, and thair the maister to gif his aith solemplie
that the said printeis hes servit the space of sevin yeiris according to his
indentour, and vthir twa yeiris eftir his printischip for meit and fie, and
it being fund that the said printeis hes sa seruit, the dean of gild to
admit the printeis burges, vpone testificatioun vndir the hand writ of the
clerk of the burcht for the tyme; and sik lyke ordanis that all printiciss,
als weill of merchandis and craftis, to be bwikit in the bwikis of the dein
of gild for the merchandis and bwikis of the dekin convener of the
craftis, and that quhen thei first entir to thair maisteris, vthirwayis nocht to be resauit burges nor gild brother, and that he report thair
testificatioun thairanent, vthirwayis nocht to be admittit.
Maister of the Grammer Scole.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale, being convenit to considdir
vpone the offris maid anent the fewing of the landis perteining to the
grammer scole, and how the entres siluir thairof salbe imployit, and that
maister John Blakburn, maister of the said scole, personallie present,
pretendand richt to the haill entres siluir in respect the richt and few
thairof man proceid of him as maister of the said scole with consent of
the provest, bailleis, and counsale; and nochtwithstanding thairof
referrit him self thairanent to the will, pleasour, and discretioun of the
said provest, bailleis, and counsale quhat sall cum to his vse thairof and
vse of the town; eftir advyse and consultatioun had heirupone, the said
provest, bailleis, and counsale concludis and declaris that the said maister
John sall haif the equall half of the said entres siluir, and the vthir
half thairof to cum to the vse of the town, and to be payit to thair
thesaurer for that effect, and thair thesaurer to be comptabill for the
same, lykeas thee said maister John Blakburn be thir presentis renunciss
all actioun, instance, and persuit that he hes or may move against the
said provest, bailleis, and counsale for quhatsumevir caus or occasioun
preceding the dait heirof, quhilk generalitie salbe als sufficient as gif the
samyn war speciallie expressit in this present act.
23 April 1611.
Act for ryding to Edinburcht.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale being convenit, vndirstanding
that the Kingis Majestie hes past the signatour of the ratificatioun of
thair liberteis and new donatoun of thair burcht quhilk was send up to
Lundone with my lord of Glasgu for that effect, for outredding and
expeditioun thairof hes concludit and ordanit that James Inglis, provest,
and Mathew Trumble, baillie, sall ryde to Edinburcht to obtein the same
outred and past the sealis; and this day eftir none ordanis the charter
kist to be opnit and the townis ald charteris and infeftmentis quhilk war
send to Edinburcht of befoir at the formeing of the signatour, be advyse
of men of law, to be tane furth thairof and send to Edinburcht with
thame, and quhilk ar in the lytill rownd bwist, quhilk is presentlie done
and delyuirrit to the said Mathow Trumble, viz., four ald evidentis; and
for outredding thairof partlie at this tyme at the secreitis register, and at the signet, and for thair expenssis, ordanis the thesaurer, Archibald
Russale, to ansuer thame vpone warrand vndir the clerkis handwrit of ane
hundrith pundis money, and as they happin to aggrie for the compositioun
thairof, with power to thame to borrow siluir in Edinburcht to pay the
same that the said infeftment may pas the sealis incontinent, quhairof
the town be this thair act promissis to relleif thame of the same.
8 May 1611.
The counsell, vndirstanding that James Inglis, provest, is to ryde to
Cowrous, is desyrit be thee counsell to bring Henrie Crawfurd to this
town vpone the townis expenssis, to sie and considdir the river how the
same may be helpit.
6 June 1611.
Act for voluntar contributioun.
The provest, bailleis and counsale, vndirstanding that the Kingis
Majestie hes past the signatour of thair new infeftment, and that they
man attend vpone the decyding of the suspensioun rasit be the town
against Dunbartan, and arreistment maid be thame vpone the schippis,
nocht onlie of the nychtbouris of this town bot of strangeris quha cumis
in the river and thair libertie thairof, and that baith the ane and the vthir
wilbe chargeable in expenssis to the town, hes advysit and concludit that
the dean of gild and dekin convener sall consult and advyse with the
merchandis, dekinis, and craftis gif they wilbe willing and content that
thair be ane willing contributioun and taxatioun of merchandis and
craftis set down and tane vp for outredding of the expenssis of the said
new infeftment and for sustening of the pley against Dunbartan, and to
report ansuer Settirday nixt the viij of this instant.
8 June 1611.
Act granting ane voluntar contributioun.
The provest, bailleis and counsall, being convenit to resaif report and
ansuer of the dean of gild and dekin convener anent the voluntarie contributioun to be grantit be the merchandis and craftis for outredding of
the townis new infeftment and ratificatioun of thair ald privilegis now to
be past throw thee sealis, and for susteining of the pley against
Dunbartan, comperit Gabriell Smyth, dekin of hammirmen, John Hall, dekin of cowparis, Gabriell Listoun, dekin of cordoneris, John Muir,
dekin of tailyouris, John Clerk, dekin of wobstarris, William Lufe, dekin
of skinneris, John Rinking, dekin of masonis, William Hereot, dekin
of baxteris, John Govan, dekin of bonatmakeris, James Allasoun, dekin
of wrichtis, and Waltir Dowglas, visitour of meilmen and maltmen, and
for thame selfis and in name of thair craftis respectiue, [consentit] to
ane voluntar contributioun of twa hundritht pundis; and siklyke, comperit John Lawsoun, in absence of the dean of gild, and for himself and
in name of the merchandis, condiscendit to ane voluntar contributioun
of vthir twa hundritht pundis to be presentlie collectit and imployit as
said is; and siklyke, condiscendit that forder voluntar contributioun
sould be maid gif mister war, ay and quhill the said new gift and ratificatioun of the ald liberteis of this burcht and pley betuix Dunbartan
and the town war endit.
14 June 1611.
Writtis tane furth of the charter kist.
The evidentis and writtis eftir mentionat ar takin furth of the townis
charter kist and delyuirrit to Mathow Trumble, baillie, to be tane with
him to Edinburgh, to be schawin and producit thair befoir the chanceler,
and to be sein be his lordschip befoir our new charter be exped conforme
to the Kingis Majesteis will, viz., ane charter maid and gifin be
Alexander, King of Scotland; aue confirmatioun of the same charter be
King Robert; ane lettere and gift be King Robert for establissing the
mercat dayis of this burgh; ane decreit of parliament obtenit of ald be
this town against Dunbartan; ane indentour betuix this town and Dunbartan; ane decreit of King James vpone the act of parliament in favouris
of Glasgu, Dunbartan, and vthir frie burrowis; ane compromit vndir
forme of instrument betuix this town and Dunbartan; ane decreit against
the Lady Lyle and certan Frenchemen for vsurping the libertie of the
river, with ane summondis quhairupone the same procedit; ane act
against the town of Air for vsurping and abusing the libertie of the river,
in selling wyne and salt in smallis; ane act of the conventioun of burrowis exponing the libertie of Dunbartan; ane act of secreit counsall
quhair the expositioun and declaratioun thairof was remittit to the burrowis. Quhilkis evidentis and writtis the said Mathow resauit to the
29 June 1611.
Firlottis and missouris.
It is ordanit that the dean of gild tak ordour with the firlottis of all
sortis, and peckis, elvanis, and stanis, that they be richt and just, and
to seale the same; and for evirrie new firlot that is sealit to pay vj s. viij
d., and for evirrie richt firlot that is tryit to pay viij d., and all haifaris
of fals firlottis to be pwinist thairfoir conforme to the law, and na firlot
to be sealit bot sik as hes yron girris about the mowth.
24 August 1611.
The provest, bailleis and counsall, being convenit, haifing hard the
supplicatioun of James Duncan, noter, craifing and desyring to be exemit
fra all payment of stent in respect he was ane publict noter and ordiner
procuratour, and as vthiris publict notaris and procuratouris war frie of
all stent; quhilk supplicatioun being considdrit and advyse had thairupone, hes fund that the said James, nor na vthiris of his estait and
conditioun quha vsis change and ostlarie, aucht or sould be frie and
exemit fra payment of stent and vndirlying of all vthir commoun burdenis
within this burgh and citie, conform to thair aith of fidelitie; thairfoir
ordanis and concludis that the said James, and all vthiris of stait and
conditioun, sall pay stent, walk and ward, and vndirly all vthir commoun burdenis within this commoun weill in tyme cuming.
Act for the counselhous.
The provest, bailleis and counsale, vindirstanding that thair counselhous is grittumlie abusit be warding of sindrie personis in the same, concludis and ordanis that na manir of persoun salbe wardit in the same
heireftir bot counsellouris.
1 October 1611.
[In terms of a letter of presentation by the archbishop, James Inglis admitted provost
for the year to come.]
[From a leet of nine, the archbishop nominated James Steward, Mathow Trumble and
James Braidwod bailies for the year to come.]
5 October 1611.
[The provost and bailies nominated twelve merchants and twelve craftsmen to be
councillors for the ensuing year.]
Act anent the beir mercat.
The provest, bailleis and counsale, eftir reasoning and consultatioun
had anent the charge gifin to thame and the ordinarrie ministrie of this
burcht be the inhabitantis thairof quha duellis abufe the Gray Freir port,
and at thair instance, for lifting and transporting of the beir and malt
mercat to the Wyneheid, comperit the personis vndirwrittin at quhais
instance the said charge is gifin, as warnit befoir the provest, bailleis,
and counsale to declair gif they will abyde thairat or pas fra the same,
viz., James Lichtbodie, quha abaid be the said charge, William Neilsoun,
elder, quha past fra the same, [here follow the names and decisions of
the others]. And becaus the foirsaidis personis quha abydis be the said
charge, with vtheris thair compliciss, intendis truble and to move
seditioun with the town, and to put thee town to chargis and expenssis
for alteratioun of thee mercattis and mercat steddis, against the auncient
libertie and priviledge thairof, contrar thair aith of fidelitie, and quhilk
the provest and bailleis be the tenour of thair commissionis ar sworn
to mantein, thairfoir concludis, statutis, and ordanis that gif the foirsaidis personis and thair compliciss heireftir conven thame selfis as thej
haif done of befoir, seditiouslie, but licence of the magistratis, they and
everrie ane of thame to be pwnist conforme to the act of parliament maid
and set down against sik mutinall seditionis, and thair fredomes to be
cryde down for evir.
Comperit ane reverend father in God, Johnne archbischop of
Glasgu, quha proponit to the said provest, bailleis and counsale that
certan constabillis sould be nominat, electit, and chosin within this burgh
and citie, conforme to his Majesteis ordinance ordaning thame to be
establissit within this haill realme in all burrowis of the samyn for keping
and preseruatioun of his Majesteis peace in all partis thairof; for
obedience quhairof the said provest, bailleis, and counsale hes nominat
electit and chosin [here follow the names of sixteen persons and their
Ninian Andersoun chosen deacon convener, and Walter Dowglas
visitor of maltmen and mealmen.
12 October 1611.
[Statutes passed in terms similar to those enacted in October in previous years.
Ordained that no higher prices than the following be charged: ale, 1s. 4d. the pint; candle,
53s. 4d. the stone; the 1s. loaf to weigh sixteen ounces.]
14 October 1611.
Dean of guild.
[Williame Wemes chosen dean of guild.]
19 October 1611.
Act anent keping of counsale dayis.
The provest, bailleis and counsale, in respect that the personis chosin
vpone counsale of this burcht convenis nocht as becwmis thame vpone
the ordiner dayis, nor yit extraordinarlie quhen thej ar warnit to consult vpoune the commoun effaris of this town, thairfoir ratifeis the former
act maid anent thair absence, and ordanis thee same to be put exactlie to
executioun in tyme cuming viz. vj s. viij d. the first falt, the secund
xiij s. iiij d., the thrid deprivatioun.
26 October 1611.
Jonet Gibson, seik lipper, vpone supplicatioun gifin in be hir befoir
thee bailleis and counsale, is ordanit to be placit in the hospitall beyond
the brig, be William Smyth, wattir seriand, scho behaveing hirself conforme to the statutis set down anent the seik lipper folk.
2 November 1611.
Anent the beir mercat.
The provest, bailleis, and counsall, dekin and merchandis, being
convenit to consult and advyse vpone the charge gifin be nychtbouris of
this burcht duelland abufe the Gray Freir port for transporting of the
beir mercat out of the Gallogait to the Wyneheid, hes in ane voce concludit to defend the suspensioun rasit be thame against the said charge
with all thair hartis, moyen and power, and that vpone the equall
chargis and expenssis of the merchandis and craftis; and hes presentlie
appoyntit and nominat James Inglis, provest, and James Stuard, baillie,
commissioneris in defens of the said suspensioun, and als as commissionaris for the town to meit in Edinburcht with vthiris burrowis appoyntit
to be thair the xij of Nouember for the commoun effaris of burrowis.
5 November 1611.
Act for proclamatioun of sutis.
The provest, bailleis, and counsale ordanis the twa actis maid at the
generall conventioun of burrowis haldin at Craill and Sterling anent advocationis and suspensionis vsit be the inhabitantis and frie men of
burrowis to be proclamit this day, and quhilkis ar proclamit this present day.
23 November 1611.
Dauid Jak, being apprehendit for thift, speciallie for steling of geis
and vthir geir, and put in the stokis thairfoir be the constabillis of this
burcht, and quha diuers tymes hes been challengit of befoir for the lyke,
and banischit this burcht and baronie; siklyke, Donald M'Feck, Hieland
man, born in Kyntyre, being apprehendit for steling of plydis and vthir
small pykrie committit be him, ar baith ordanit to be scurgit fra the
meilmercat to the brig end, and banischit this burcht and baronie for
evir; and gif evir they or ony of thame be fund or apprehendit within the
same heireftir, of thair awin consent ar judgit and ordanit to be hangit;
thaireftir the magistratis, dispensand with the scurging of the saidis twa
personis, becaus of thair awin consent to be hangit gif evir they be
apprehendit or fund within this burcht and baronie thairof heireftir, and
presentlie to be put furth and banischit as said is this burcht and baronie.
21 December 1611.
Act for the hospitallis.
The bailleis and counsall hes concludit and ordanit that the rentell
dewitie perteining to the four beddis of the bak almoushous be devydit
equalie betuix the hospitall of the merchandis and hospitall of the craftis
in all tyme cuming, and that conforme to that article of the lettre of gild
set down thairanent, and that the dean of gild and dekin convener pay
yeirlie betuix thame to James Lenox during his lyfetyme the dewitie of
ane of the four beddis, becaus he is provydit to ane of thame.