4 January 1637.
Warrand, new infeftment.
Patrik Bell, John Andersone and Walter Stirling producit thair
comptis anent thair debursingis in Edinburgh in purchesing of the tounes
new infeftment and vther affairis of the toun . . . and as to that
article whair the said Patrick hes debursit tua thousand tua hundrethe
nyntein pundis aucht schilingis, as being the haill chargis gevin out for
passing of the tounes new infeftment, conforme to the haill particularis
thairof all red and allowit, ordanes the samyn to be payit out of the stent
money and of the thrie thousand markis quhilk was gottine fra the laird
of Kilmahew and his collidgis. . . .
22 April 1637.
Warrand, new chartour.
Ordanes the thresaurer to have ane warrand for aucht dollouris given
be him to the clerk of Paislay for the tounes seaseing wpon thair new
chartour, and for fiftie four schillings givin be him to his man for
wrytting thairof, and for thrie dolloris and ane half debursit for
registratioune of the samein.
13 May 1637.
The foirsaidis provest, baillies, and counsall, wnderstanding the
great abuisis done and committit be divers inhabitantis of this brughe,
merchandis, cowperis, and wtheris, throw the vsing and wenting of
herring barrellis quhilkis are not the juist jadge, contrar the lawis of
this kingdome and actis of burrowis within the samein, for remedie
quhairof it is statut and ordanit that thais wha sall exerce the office as
watter bailyie within this brughe heirefter sall mak searche and tryall for
trying of all barrellis of the kynd foirsaid within the samein, and sa
money as he can try thairof that he burne, brek, or cause distroy the
samein; lykas Coline Campbell, present watter bailyie, acceptit the said
charge in and wpon him, and gave his aithe de fideli administratione
thairintill during his office.
30 May 1637.
[The mills set for a year for 6750 merks and 42 bolls of unground malt, the casualties of
the ladle set for 2300 merks, the casualties of the trone set for £200, the duties of the meal
market set for 500 merks, the custom of the bridge set for 450 merks.]
24 June 1637.
Ordaines ane stand of claithes of Inglis claithe to be takin off and
maid wpon the tounes chargis to Cloud Cleyland becaus he is to attend
the tounes commissionar att the generall conventioun of burrowis in
Commissioner to conventioun.
It is concludit and ordanit that Patrik Bell, thair commissionar
appointit to the next enschewin conventioun of burrowis to be haldin att
Aberdein, voit and consent in name of this brughe that thair be ane
constant counsall in ilk brughe of this kingdome, for ansuering to that
heid and article conteanit in the generall missive direct to this brughe
to that effect.
19 August 1637.
Form of electioun of counsall.
The foirsaidis provest, bailleis, and counsall, considdering and
wnderstanding that thir maney and divers yeiris bygane thair hes bein
no constant cours obserwit anent the qualitie and nwmber of the persones
who electit the counsell of this brughe, they thairfoir to obviat the evill
and inconvenientis may incur thairby, and for establisching of ane solid
and constant forme of electioun of the counsall in tyme cuming, efter
mature advyse and deliberatioun, the peace and good of this citie foirsein,
have concludit, statut, and ordanit that in all tyme cuming, for satling
of ane constant ruill anent the said electioun, the persones following
sall have voit in electioun of the townes counsall efter the electioun of
the magistratis, the day, tyme, and place obserwit of befoir, viz., the
present new electit provest and three bailleis, the old provest and three
old bailleis who immediatlie preceidit them, togidder with the old provest
and three old bailleis who beare office immediatlie befoir the saidis first
old provest and old bailleis, quhilkis makis wp the nwmber of twelf
persones, and whilkis twelf persons sall be all personallie wairnit be
auctoritie and at command of the present provest be ane ordinar officer
of this brughe to be present the tyme and place foirsaid, and for the caus
abone specifeit; and if it sall happin any of the saidis twelf persones to
be depairtit this lyf, or af the town, or of new electit provest or bailleis,
or visitit be seiknes, or absent any maner of way whatsumever, it sall be
lawfull to the remanent of the saidis twelf persones then present to elect
so maney persones as sall happin to be wanting of the said full nwmber
of the same qualitie of the absentis, whither they be merchandis or
craftis men, and then to proceid to the electioun of the said new counsell,
and no electioun of counsell to be haldin or reput lawfull whill first the
foirsaid nwmber of twelf persones of the qualitie foirsaid be fullie maid
wp and haif voit in the said electioun of the said new counsell.
Soumes for entrie of gild brother.
Forsameikle as it [is] perfylite knawin and wnderstand to the saidis
provest, bailyeis, and counsall, that it is speciallie provydit be the lettere
of gildrie of this brughe, sett doun in anno 1605 yeiris, that the haill
sowmes of money that sould happine to be gottine for the entres of ilk
gild brother sould be devydit betuix the deane of gild and deacone conveinar in this maner, viz., all gildrie fynis payit be merchandis or ony
of thair assessoris to be payit to the deane of gild, and all gild brother
fynis to be payit be any craftisman or thair assisteris to be payit to the
deacone conveinar, and to be applyit be thame baithe to the weill of thair
tua severall hospitalis, ilk ane for thair awin pairtis and thair dekayit
britherine, or to ony vther good and godlie wark quhilk may tend to the
advancment of the commoun weill of this citie, in forme and maner
conteanit in the said lettere of gildrie; and that the said deane of gild
and deacone conveinar for the tyme war in vse and possessioun in
vplifting the samen fra the dounsetting of the said lettere of gildrie to
the yeir of God jm vje and ten yeiris, att quhilk tyme the deane of gild
and his counsall of the merchand rank, as als the deacone conveinar and
remanent deacones of crauftis, wnderstanding the great debt and
burdingis was drawin wpoun this citie be the injureis of thois tymes, they
for releif thairof condischendit and aggreit that the fyne of threttie
pundis to be payit be ilk outintounes man stranger entering gild brother
sould be vpliftit and receavit be the theasurer of this brugh during the
spaice of aught yeiris theireftir, wpon conditioun and provisioun that att
the ische of the saidis aught yeiris the foirsaid fyne sould returne back
agane to the saidis hospitallis to the effect forsaid; and als seing the
thesaureris of this burgh hes had the vplifting of the saidis fynis thais
nyntein yeiris begaine by and attour the aught yeiris above mentionat,
quhilk fynis war all convertit during the spaice foirsaid in payment of
the tounes debt and vtheris effairis thairof; and now in respect it is
humblie meanit and schawin to thame be James Hamilton, present deane
of gild, and Niniane Gilhagie, present deacone conveinar, that throw the
stratnes of thois hard tymes thir divers yeiris bygane they and thair
predicessouris hes bein constrainit to give weri learglie for the help of
thair puir dekayit britherine within the saidis tua hospitallis and vthers
quorum interest, quhairby the revenewis of the samen ar greatlie
diminischitt and impairit, and that the deane of gild and his britherine
of the merchand rank ar of intention to build ane lytill chappell adjacent
to thair hospitall, with ane pirameitt or steiple thairon, for the glorie of
God and weill of thair puir within thair said hospitall, vther inhabitantis
thairabout, good and decoirment of this citie, and that the deacone
convenar and deacones of crauftis hes allreadie wairit and bestowit grait
chairgis and expensis in building of ane pirameitt quhairin thair bell
hingis, bying of ane new bell and repairing of thair said hospitall;
thairfoir the saidis provest, bailyeis, and counsall, wpon the considerationes foirsaidis, efter good advysment (the said lettere of gildrie anent
that mater being weill considderit) hes concludit, statut, and ordanit
that all gild brother fynis of the qualitie foirsaid, viz., threttie pundis
money of fyne to be payit be ilk outintounes men strangers entering gild
brother heirefter sall be intromettit with and vpliftit be the saidis deane
of gild, deacone conveinar, and thair collectoris, efter Michaelmes
nixttocum, to be applyit be thame conforme to the foirsaid clawis and
article conteanit in the said lettere of gildrie in all poyntis.
2 September 1637.
Election of counsall.
The foirsaidis provest, bailyeis, and counsall, all in ane voyce, hes
statut and ordanit that the act of counsall sett doun wpon the nyntein
day of August last bypast anent the forme and maner of the electioun of
the counsall of this burghe heirefter, nor nathing conteanit in the said
act, sall prejudge the merchandis or craftismen within the same anent
the number that aither of thame have had wpon the counsall thir divers
yeiris bygane, bot that the said number sall remaine wnaltered be the
said act in ony sort.
3 October 1637.
[At the desire of the archbishop, the bailies and council admitted James Stewart of
Floack, merchand, burgess of the burgh, provost.]
[From a leet of nine (six merchants and three craftsmen from which to choose two
merchants and one craftsman), the archbishop elected Johne Andersone, Nininane Andersone
and Coline Campbell to be bailies.]
6 October 1637.
[The provosts and bailies of this and the preceding years, with one person chosen to
make up the number of twelve, conform to the act of 19th August last, elected thirteen
merchants and twelve craftsmen to be on the council of the burgh.]
7 October 1637.
[Ordained that ale be sold not dearer than 1s. 4d. the pint, beer 1s. 8d. the pint.]
11 October 1637.
Dean of guild, etc.
[James Hammiltone elected dean of guild; Richard Allane, deacon convener; Robert
Hoggisyard, treasurer; William Hynschaw, master of work; Archibald Faullis, water bailie;
John Gilhagie, visitor of maltmen and mealmen.]
14 October 1637.
[Ordained that no higher prices than the following be charged :—the wheat loaf of 10
oz., 1s.; the "doubill bund" of 18 oz., 2s.; the "mayn shott" of 9 oz., 1s.; tallow, 40s. the
stone; candle, 48s. the stone.]
Ordaines Walter Stirling to ryd to Edinburgh, with maister Robert
Wilkie, to the nixt counsall day, thair to attend ane gracious ansuer of
his Majestie anent the buik of commoun prayer.
11 November 1637.
Ordaines Mathow Hammiltoun to ryd to Edinburgh, with maister
Robert Wilkie, to attend ane graciouse answer of his Majestie the nixt
counsall day anent the buik of commoun prayer.
Act, fyft of November.
It is statut and ordanit that the toun sall be liberat heirefter be the
majestratis of ony chargis sall happine to be spent heirefter wpon the
fyft day of November yeirlie, being the Kingis night.
25 November 1637.
Anent bark sayes.
It is statut and ordanit be the saidis provest, bailyeis, and counsall
that thair be ane ordinar mett, missour, and say maid for bying and
receaving of fruit and bark heirefter, and that na maner of persoun
within this brughe keip in his custody heirefter any missour, mett, or say
bot sick as sall be approvine be the deane of gild and his britherine, and
markit with the deane of gildis mark.
Ordaines the clark to subscryve twa dowbillis of the band of
mantenance grantit be the Lord Darnelie to this brughe, quhilkis ar to be
sent to the Duk.