15 February 1645.
Ordains ane proclamatioune to goe throw the toune in manner as
followes:—Forsameikle as it hathe pleased the estats of parliament to ordaine
ane excyse to be imposit vpon this kingdome for defraying the great charges
the samein lyes vnder, and have ordanit the magistrats of brughes to nominat
collectours for the ingathering therof, for obedience quherof, the provest,
bailleis and counsall did nominat the persones fallowing for that end, viz., for
the aill, beir and aquavytie, [here follow names;] for collecting of the wyne,
[here follow names;] item, for tobacco and all other merchand wair excysable,
. . . item, for flesche, both slaine within the toune and brought from landwart, . . . therfor, to command, in our Souerane Lordis name, etc., that all
the inhabitants within this burgh com as they sall be warnit to the Tolbuithe therof, and bring with them the moneys dew for the excyse since
the begining of this instant monethe and all tyme befor since Lambmas
last, and that vnder all hiest paine and doubling of these soumes of monye
they sall be fund efter tryell to be dew.
17 February 1645.
Ordains the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the soume of threttie
seavine punds four schilings deburst be him for the interteinement of the
troupers that com in with the Marquess of Argyll.
1 March 1645.
Warrand, Eight Whelpe.
Ordains the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the soume of sextein
punds debursit be him to Capitane Kerse for ane parte of the payment of the
outreik of the Eight Whelpe.
Hammermen againes Smithe and others.
Anent the complaint gevin in be Adam Nicoll, present deacon of the
hammermen, masters, and haill members of the said craft, againes Robert
Smithe, merchand, mackand mentioune that quhair it pleased the saids
provest, bailleis and counsall, ther worthie predicessours for the tyme, for the
weill of ther said craft, the commoditie of his Hienes leiges and profeit of ther
poor of the said tred, to grant ther chartour contening diverse priviledges,
quherin also it hes pleased them for them and ther successours to give them licence to sett doune acts and statuts for the weill of ther said tred, commoditie of the inhabitants and his Hienes leiges, to be ratified be tham and ther
successours, as ther chartour bears; lykas, they finding ther tred, this haill
brughe, and others the Kings liedges mightilie prejudgit be the said Robert his
proceidings, and his cariage was and is ane bad example for others that daylie
shors to vse the lyk courses, had ane purpos to have sett doune ane act for
restraining his stand setting out with yron wark vpon the calsaye but would
not presume befor first they had frequented ther lordships therwith, knawing
that without ther approbatioune all war nought. Quherfor, sieing it is of
veritie that, contrair to ther said chartour, acts of gildrie and custome of
brugh, the said Robert, in despyt of our caling, as he wants not onlie to keip
his stand wpon the calsay without the least acknawledging ther said tred, but
also by himselff and his childrine goes throughe all pairtis about this brughe
to hammermen that vsit the mercats af befor (and for whom they had yearlie
consideratioune for the help of ther poor) buyes and foirbarganes ther haill
wark fra year to year, quherby nather Bannockburne men nor others that
war wont to com knawes at nae tyme the mercats, to the great prejudice of
the said tred and the haill inhabitants wha ar extorcit by him being forcit
to buy ther nails, locks and bands fra the said Robert vpon double pryce, as
certainlie the most pairt of the saids persones on counsall knawes; craveand,
therfor, the saids provest, bailleis and counsall to caus the said Robert keip
himselff and his wair within his owne buithe and drope, to consider that
no buithe keiper aught to be ane creamer, and to ordaine him to buy nor
foirbargane no wark fra vnfremen befoir the same cum to the mercat, according
to justice; as in the said complaint at mair lenthe is contenit. Quhilk complaint being red and considered be the saids provest, bailleis and counsall,
the said Robert Smithe, being present, and at lenthe hard, they, all in ane
voice, discharges the said Robert of setting out any stand with yron wark
on the calsaye in the mercat dayes in tyme coming, but that he keip himselffe within his owne buithe, it being most aggrieable to the laws of the
gildrie. As also they statut and ordaine that it sall not be leasome to any
merchand heirefter to buy any yron wark fra any smithe or travellour that ar
com or coming to this brugh of intentioune to sell the samein quhill the said
yron wark and sellars therof stand within the mercat till four hours efter noone.
22 March 1645.
Ordains the thesaurer [to have a warrant for £43 6s.] deburst for the
troupers that com in with old Col. Killoche and for the officers and horse
hyres that went with them to Linlithgow.
Item, appoynts the Gallowgait port to be bigit presentlie at sik ane
place as sall be thocht fitting efter the samein be visitit.
11 April 1645.
[The common grass last possessed by Adam Tod set for a year for 81 merks; the
grass of the Quarrell-hill for £25; of the Sheep Craigs for £8; of the Sommerhill and
Meikle Lone, adjacent thereto, for £3 13s. 4d.; and of Skellings Myer, and others
belonging thereto, for £12.]
27 May 1645.
[Common good set as follows:—mills, 7600 merks; ladles, 2900 merks; mealmarket
and pecks, 815 merks; tron, 730 merkes; bridge, 680 merks; grass of the Green, 40
merks; Little St. Mungowes kirkyard "for ane dollour gevin to the officers."]
21 June 1645.
It is appoyntit that Patrick Wilsone be recommendit be this place to the
kirk sessioune, to the effect he may be admitit bedle in the Hie Kirk in place
of Gilbert Maxwell.
12 July 1645.
The provest and bailleis producit the stent roll of the thrie moneths
maintenance of Marche, Apryll and May, extending to twa thowsand nyne
hundrethe fourscoir punds, the quhilk they deburst pairtlie for quartering
of Colonell Hoome his regiment and pairtlie to Cowdoune, be warrand of
Archibald Sydserffe, and the superplus delyverit be James Barnes to the dean
of gild and deacon conveinar.
3 September 1645.
The teinds of the burrow aikers about this brughe is sett for this present
crop 1645 to James Ferguisone, maltman, and Williame Stewart, younger,
merchand, for the soume of fourtein hundrethe and fyftie merkes.
18 September 1645.
£40,000 craved by Committee of estates.
The provest, bailleis and counsall, with the most pairt of the honest men
of this brugh, as being the representative bodie of the samein, being convenit,
anent the soume of fourtie thousand punds monye craveit af the toune be the
committee of estates, Mr. John Spreull, notar, did disasent for his owne pairt
anent the payment therof.
20 September 1645.
The provest, bailleis and counsall, being convenit the said day, they did
ordaine the excyse of the aill and beir to be collected heirefter in the mylnes;
and appoyntit the former collectours, viz., David Weymes, Johne Young,
Robert Wilsone and John Findlay, to goe to the mylnes vpon Mononday
nixt the 22 of this instant, and ther aiths with the millars to be taken be
Item, they did ordaine the persones fallowing, viz., the deane of gild,
deacon conveinar, Johne Barnes, Ritchard Allane, Johne Flemyng, thesaurer,
James Barnes, William Hyndshawe and Thomas Scot, to stent the inhabitants
of this brugh for payment, daylie, of thriescoir threttein punds xij s. monye to
the officers of the staff of the Earle of Lanerk his regiment of horsis quarterit
within the toune.
27 September 1645.
Anent the 20,000 lib. lent to the estats.
Quheras the provest, bailleis, and counsall of this brughe, conforme to
the ordours of the estates, of the dait the nyntein day of this instant, hes lent
and advanceit for the vse of the publict the soume of twentie thousand punds
monye, quhilk, in respect the commoune good is not able to beir the same,
is borrowit fra the persones efternameit, and is to be allowit be the towne in
the first end of ther excyse or vtherwayes conforme to the said act of estats,
ordains therfor the provest, bailleis and counsall, present and to cum, to give
sufficient band to ilk persone efterspecifeit for repayment to them, ilk ane for
ther owne pairts, of suche soumes as they shall lend, with the annualrent of
the samein, furthe and fra Martinmas nixt, and the said debt to be first payit
befor any other. Fallowes the names of suche who hes or ar to lend the said
soume, viz.:— . . .
29 September 1645.
Ordains the magistrates to be choisen yearlie vpon the Tuysday immediatlie efter Michaelmas in tymcoming, conforme to old vse and wont,
and the electione for this year to be the morne.
30 September 1645.
Day of the electione prohibited.
The said day, being the day of electing of the magistrates according to
the accustomed forme, compeirit the right honorabill the Earle of Lanerke,
and be vertew of the commissioune grantit to his lordship be the lords and
others of the committie of estates of parliament, dischargeit Gilbert Merschell,
Daniell Wallace and Thomas Pollok, who war joyned in commissioune with
the commissare to capitulat with James Grahame, of any publict charge
within the said brughe; and therefter did discharge James Bell, provest, of
his office of provestrie, his tyme being expyrit, and the tyme cum of the
electione of ane new provest vntill farder tryeall be takine be the said
committie of estates.
The said day, the said noble earle, being authorized with a commissione
from the state to sie all such magistrates within this brughe suspendit
and dischargeit of ther offices wha have bein actours in ther capitulatioune
with James Grahame, or accessorie therto, and ther places filled with men
weill affected to the caus and countrie, did also desyre to knawe from
the thrie bailleis in charge and toune counsall of this brughe gif they
will, for the preservatioune of the liberties of the brughe (quhilk he
desyrit may inteirlie and inviolablie be preserved) presentlie proceid to the
lyting of ther magistrates out of any other lyte then that of the present
Day of the electione prohibited.
The saids bailleis and counsall, haveing at lenthe considered the above
writtine demand, and takeing to ther consideratiounes the oathe gevin be
them all at ther admissiones as burgessis to defend the haill liberteis and
priviledges of this brughe, and knawing the electione of ther magistrates to
be the cheife, did find that they could not therfor yeild to the forsaid demand,
it not being in any sort aggrieable to the accustomed forme observed be
thame and ther predicessours in the lyk, past memorie of man, quhilk is
aggrieable to the laws of burrowes and warranted be acts of parliament, and
therfor they all in ane voice did condiscend to stand firme to the ordour
they have bein in vse to choise ther magistrates out of the present counsall
and no vtherwayes except they sould bring perjurie vpon themselves.
Quhilk answer they did ordaine to be presentit and sent to the said noble
earle, who efter reading of the forsaid demand had removed himselfe.
Therefter, compeirit the said earle and gave in, subscrivit with his
hand, ane paper, quherof the tennour fallowes:—The Earle of Lanerk, finding
that the bailleis and toune councell of Glasgow have declaired that they will
onlye chuise ther magistrats out of ther present councell and no vtherwayes, as by ther declaratioune given him and signed by ther clerk doeth
appeare, and considering that by the commissioune granted to him by the
estates all such as have been actours in, or accessorie to, ther capitulatioune
with James Grahame, ar to be suspendit or discharget of ther offices, and
finding by ther depositiounes of the 29th of September that the proveist,
bailleis, and wholl towne councell (except George Porterfeild) wer accessorie
to the sending to and capitulating with James Grahame, therfor he, finding
that he cannot be answerable to the estaite if any of the said councell shall
be choisen or admited to the charge of being provest or bailleis within this
brughe (by vertew of his commissioune) discharges them to proceid to the
election of any person of ther councell, or any others within ther toune who
hathe bein accessorie to ther capitulatione with James Grahame, to any
publict office within ther brughe vntill they knawe the estates further
pleasure, which with all possible diligence he will labour to have returned
vnto them, wherin they ar not to faill, as they will be answerable vpon ther
heighest perrill. At Glasgow the 30 September 1645. Quhervpon Johne
Andersone, baillie, for himselffe and in name and behalf of the remanent
bailleis, counsall and haill communitie of the said brughe, protestit that
the samein sould be nowayes prejudiciall to the liberteis and priviledges of
the samein anent the electione of thair magistrates not being perfyted this
day according to the accustomed maner allowit be the acts of burrows
and warranted be the acts of parliament; and thairvpon askit acts and
11 October 1645.
Electione of the magistrates and counsall.
Compeirit personallie Sir Williame Baillie of Lammingtoune, Sir James
Lockart of Leye, Sir William Carmichaell, and others of the committie of
Clydusdaill, and producit a letter direct to them be the committie of estates,
witing them to wait in Glasgow and sie the magistrates therof accept ther
charges, and in ther names to tak ther oathes of ther faithfull discharge of
ther dewties therin; and therefter producit ane other letter direct be the
committie of estates to the burgessis of Glasgow quherin ther was contenit
ane list, subscrivit be the Earle of Crawfurd Lindsay, conteining the names
of such as war to be provest, bailleis and counsall of this brughe, viz.,
George Porterfeild, provest; Robert Hammiltoune, Peter Johnestoune, bailleis;
[twelve merchants and twelve craftsman.] Quhilk list being red, it was
protested be the forsaids old provest, bailleis, and counsall above named,
that the said electione of the forsaids magistrates and counsall sould nowayes
be derogatorie or prejudiciall heirefter to the liberteis and priviledges grantit
to the said brughe anent the electione of ther magistrates and counsall,
conform to the act of parliament, ther ancient and laudable custome observit
therin past memorie of man, sieing all who ar now nominat, at least the
most pairt of them, ather war accessorie to the capitulatioune with James
Grahame alseweill as such as ar chargeit or then would have bein if they
had been present; and farder it was protested be the merchand rank of the
old counsall that the forsaid new electione and nominatioune be nowayes
prejudiciall to the said merchand rank in tyme coming, ther being onlie
ane baillie nominat of that rank, wheras ther should be two, and twelfe
counsallours of the samein rank wheras ther should be threttein. Quhervpon the saids lait provest, bailleis and counsall, askit instruments. And
therefter, the saids lait provest, bailleis, and counsall having removed, the
forsaid list was therefter red and everie persone therin nominat particularlie
caled vpon, they all being present except the saids James Lochhead, Peter
Patoune, and Mathow Wilsone, (who war absent,) accepted the forsaid charge
of provest, bailleis, and counsall, as is befor designed, in and vpon them, and
gave ther oathes de fideli administratione therintill as vse is. Lykas the
saids commissioners being removed, Mr. Harie Gibsone, clerk, producit ane
letter quhilk he receaved from the Earle of Lanerk, and quhilk was directed
be the committie of estates to the provest, bailleis and counsall of this
brughe, daitit at Perthe the 27 day of September last bypast, quherintill
the said committie desyres the said toune to choise no magistrates nor commissioners to parliament who had treated with James Grahame or receaved
protectiones from him.
Dean of gild, etc.
Item, The saids provest, bailleis, and counsall ordained the electione of
the dean of gild and deacon conveinar, thesaurer and others, to be vpon
Weddinsday nixt, as vse is.
15 October 1645.
Lytes for dean of gild and deacon conveinar; Protestationes.
Compeirit Walter Stirling, merchand, and presentit ane act sett doune
be the deane of gild and others of the merchand rank, conteining ane lyt sett
doune be them, viz., Colein Campbell and James Hammiltoune, merchands,
and requyrit that ane of the saids two persones might be electit dean of gild
of this brughe for ane year to com, conforme to the letter of gildrie, commoune vse, and practique observeit since the setting doune therof. As also
compeirit Johne Reid, present deacon of the hammermen of the samein
brughe, and producit ane other act sett doune be the deacon conveinar,
deacons of craftes, and ther bretherin of counsall, containing ane list of thrie
persones of ther number, viz., Williame Neilsone, Gawine Neisbit, and
Walter Neilsone, and desyred that ane of the saids thrie persones might be
electit deacon conveinar of this brughe for ane year to com, conforme to the
letter of gildrie, vse, and practique observeit since the setting doune therof.
Quhilks two acts and lytes being read be the saids provest, bailleis, and
counsall, they desyrit the saids persones and others who did accompanie them
to remove out of the counsall hous whill they gott ane answer, and they
having removeit, the saids provest, bailleis, and counsall having read the
letter direct to them be the lords and others of the committie of estate, they
fand that in respect of the said letter they could not mak choise of any of the
persones conteined in the saids two lytes to any of the saids two offices,
and thervpon directit ane of ther commoune servands to the saids two
persones, presenters of the saids lytes and others who war in companie with
them and had voice in the said electione, and desyrit that the forsaid electione
might be continued whill the said committie of estates war acquaint therwith, and therefter compeirit againe the said Walter Stirling, with sundrie
of the deacons of craftes of the said brughe, and others, both of the
merchand and craftes rank, who war present with tham, and first the
said Walter gave in ane paper bearing that he, with concurrence of ane
number of the merchand rank of this brughe, ther present, for thamselves and in name and behalfe of the haill remanent merchands of this
brughe, did therby protest iff the saids provest, bailleis, and counsall receavit
and admitit not the lyt gevin in and presentit to ther lordships for making
choise of Colein Campbell or James Hammiltoune to be dean of gild for
the year fallowing, conforme to ther gildrie and famous ordour therof,
that if any other ordour should be vseit by thair lordships that the
samein be not prejudiciall to the libertie of the gildrie of this brughe
and ther accustomed ordour ever hitherto; and quhat should be done in
the contrair protestit the samein to be ipso jure null. And therefter
it was protested be the deacons of craft of the said brughe ther present,
for themselves and such as would adher to them, that if the saids provest,
bailleis, and counsall did reject and refuis the lyt presentit to them of
thrie persones of that number, and not mak choise of ane of them to
be deacon conveinar of this brughe for ane year to come, conforme to
old vse and wont established by the letter of gildrie of the samein and
hes bein inviolablie keipit sensyne, to the great good, prosperitie, peace,
and tranquillite of the haill toune, that they disaggried therfra, and
that they should not be subject to acknawledge any other persone, if
the saids provest, bailleis and counsall should mak choise of any other
nor is presentit to them to mak clioise of to be deacon conveinar,
and that it should be leasume to them to mak choise of ther owne
deacon conveinar. Efter reading of quhilks protestationes, Georg Porterfeild, provest, protestit in the contrair, in respect of the letter direct to
them be the committie of estates. Quervpon ather of the saids pairteis
Item, they did grant commissione to Georg Porterfeild, provest, to goe
to the estates anent the mater of the electione of the dean of gild, deacon
conveinar, and remanent inferior officers.
Eodem die, post merediem.
Commissione, lytes for dean of gild and deacon convener.
The forsaids provest, bailleis and counsall, above nameit, being convenit,
and taking to ther consideratione that forsameikle as the committie of estates
have declairit that the haill magistrats and counsall of this brughe (all except
Georg Porterfeild) the year preceiding incapable to bear office within the
toune, because of ther capitulatione with the rebell, conforme to ther owne
declaratione; notwithstanding quherof, Colein Campbell and James Hammiltoune, twa of the number of the said counsell, ar sent vp from certane of the
merchand rank to ws to be ane lyte, out of quhilk they would have the
present dean of gild to be choisine, and Gawine Neisbit, William Neilsone
and Walter Neilsone, lykwayes of the number of the said counsell, sent vp in
lite from certaine of the deacons, out of quhilk they would have the deacon
conveinar to be choisine, and by this meanis it would appeare that it is
intendit by some directlie to oppose themselves to the orders of the saids
estates, wha, becaus it is requisite that such men be discoverit and mad
notour to the said committie of estates, and others who throughe ignorance or
other mistackes hes not forsein ther danger may in time prevein the samein,
therfor we have appoynted and ordanit, and be thir presentis appoynts and
ordains James Hammiltoune, younger, Thomas Allane, merchands, William
Coates, William Lightbodie and Johne Cauldwall, conjunctlie and severallie,
to repair to the haill number of men of the merchand rank and craftes within
this toune who have or can pretend to have any interest or power to choyse
the saids lites of the offices respectiue aboue writtine, and trye of them particularlie whither or not they, ilk ane of them respectiue, will adhere to the
saids lites and to the protestationes takine be some of ther severall members
in ther names conforme therto, and to requyre of such as shall not adhere
therto that they evidence the samein by ther subscriptiones. And if any
shall ather pertinaciouslie adhere therto, or not at all declaire themselves, to
tack instruments accordinglie in ane notars hand, befor witnesis, and returne
back ther diligence hither, to the end that particulare notice may be gevin to
the said committie of estaits of the samein.
Fallowes the tennour of that which is to be subscribit be these who pasis
from the forsaids lites, and quherof two doubles ar to be gevin to the forsaids,
commissioners:—We the vndersubscribers, merchands and craftesmen, ilk ane
of ws respective for our owne partes, vnderstanding that the lites of men
presentit to the counsell of this brughe in our names to be dean of gild and
deacon conveinar ar of such who ar declairit incapable of office within this
toune for this yeare by the committie of estates, and vnderstanding the inconvenience that may aryse therfra, doe therfor by thir presentis, ilk ane of vs
respectiue, for our owne partes as said is, simpliciter pas fra the samein lytes
and all protestationes takine theranent.
18 October 1645.
Office bearers elected.
[The provost, bailies and council elected Androe Conynghame dean of guild; Niniane
Gilhagie, deacon convener; Robert Mack, water bailie; Peter Cuming, master of work;
and Androe Mudie, treasurer.]
Depositione of clerk.
Master Henrie Gibsone, clerk, being removed, and efter consultatione
had amongst the saids provest, bailleis and counsall, he was caled in againe
and then the provest declairit to him that they had declairit his place of
clerkshipe to vaik in his persone, and gevs power to Williame Yair, notar, to
exerceis the said office whill they did advyse whither they would continue the
said Mr. Harie or mak choise of ane other in his place. Therefter, the said
Mr. Harie Gibsone producit ane paper and desyred the same to be red, bearing
quheras it hes pleased the present magistrats and counsall of this brughe to
remove him from ther counsall table and to depose him from his office,
intending to proceid to the electione of ane other in his place, for his pretendit concurse to the capitulatione with the enemie, without orderlie and
dew tryeall or any other laufull challeng, notwithstanding that he hes a gift
of the toune clerkshipe of this brughe grantit to him in anno 1642 by the
magistrates and counsall of the same for the tyme, for the space of seavine
years, quherof ther ar diverse yet to come; therfor he did protest that ther
said depositione and new electione be nowayes prejudiciall to his gift,
speciallie since it is notour to the saids provest, bailleis and counsall, that
quhat he did anent the capitulatione (whilk is his onlie challenge) was no
mair but ane subscribing of the commissione gevin by the magistrates and
counsall to these appoyntit to speik the enemie for the saiftie of the toune,
and quhilk his subscriptioune was in name of the magistrates and counsall, at
ther command, and that nather in publict nor privat he did consult, com
moune, nor geve advyce or voyce to the capitulatioune, mair or les, as all of
them will bear him witnes, so that quhat he did in that can be no ground of
challenge againes him since he was necessitat and commandit therto as ther
clerk and servand. Quhilk being publictlie red, the provest protestit in the
contrair, in respect he fell alsweill vnder the compas of the letter direct be
the estates to the burgesis of this brugh as the old magistrates and counsall.
[Walter Bryce elected visitor of the burgh.]
21 October 1645.
Cunynghame and Stewart, counsellouris.
The foirsaidis provest, baillie and counsell, having receavit ane lettre fra
the committie of estaitis daitit the 17 of this instant, quherby the committie
remitis fullie to them to mak choys of ane to supplie the place of ane baillie,
and to mak choys of suche counsellouris as ar wanting of the dew number,
and they vnderstanding that ther is wanting ane counsellour of the merchand
rank, and that Peter Patoun who was nominat be the said committie of
estaitis to be ane counsellour of the merchand rank wold not accept the said
chairge, thairfoir the saidis provest, baillie, and counsell vnanimouslie maid
choys of Gabriell Cunynghame, merchand, lait provest, to be ane counsellour
of the merchand rank of this brughe in place of the ane that was wanting of
that nwmber, and maid choys of James Stewart, merchand, lait provest, to be
ane wther counsellour of the said merchand rank in place of the said Peter
Patoun who wold not accept.
Niniane Andersone, younger, merchand, is electit and nominat to be
ane of the bailleis of this burghe for the yeir enschewing, at leist to the
ordinar tyme of electioun efter Michaelmas nixt.
Mr. Johne Sprewll, notar, is electit and nominat to be clark of this
brughe for ane yeir to cum, and ordanis him to be sent for to accept.
Yair, procuratour fiscall.
Williame Yair is electit procuratour fiscall of this brughe for ane yeir
1 November 1645.
Ordanis the thesaurer to have warrand for the sowme of twentie pundis
money debursit be him at command of the magistratis to ane executionar
that was sent for out of Irwing and for vj li. xvj s. he debursit for his chairgis
ordinar and extraordinar the tyme he was heir.
3 November 1645.
[Ordained the following to be prices for the ensuing year:—Ale, 2s. the pint; bear,
2s. 4d. the pint; rough tallow, 43s. 4d. the stone; candle, 50s. the stone.]
Ordanis Johne Grahame to collect the excys fra the four men collectouris
therof in the mylnes, and he to mak compt therof as he sall be requyred, and
it is to be rememberit that he hes four weikis therof alreddie, and he ilk
Saturday is to produce the comptis and the money.
8 November 1645.
Old actis ratefeit.
The foirnamet provest, bailleis and counsell, be the tenour heirof, ratifeis
and approvis the haill actis sett doun of befoir anent the inbringing of the
wnlawis to the commoun vse of the towne and applaying of the same ad pios
vsus, as also the former actis and caviatis maid anent the electioun of the
townes clark yeirlie.
15 November 1645.
Act anent the clark.
Forsamikle as the saidis provest, bailleis and counsell, having of befoir
electit and nominat Mr. Johne Sprewll, notar, to be clark of this brughe for
ane yeir to cum, and now befoir they admit the said Mr. Johne to the said
place and office, they, be the tenour heirof, statut and ordane that the said
Mr. Johne Sprewll sall mak compt and payment to the saidis provest, bailleis
and counsell, of the equall half of the haill feis and causualiteis belonging to
the said office, and that monethlie, to the effect they may dispois thairwpoun
at thair awin aptioun and pleasour, and conforme to the tenour of this act
and provisioun they do admit the said Mr. Johne to the said place and office
and na wtherwayis, and also that nather this act nor the admissioun of the
said Mr. Johne Sprewll sall no wayis be prejudiciall or hurtfull to Williame
Yair anent his haill feis and causualiteis quhilk perteans to him as the clarkis
man, conforme to old vse and wont and ordour set doun theranent.
In regaird it is ordanit be the committie of estaitis that fyve hundrethe
bollis of meill be advancit for the vse of thes people that cums in to help to
cast the trinche about this citie, quhilk is to be payit out of some sowmes
of money the provest is to receave for the vse of the publict; and becaus the
meill can not be commodiouslie gottine, the said provest, bailleis and counsell,
has concludit to pay to everie man cums in to wirk at the said wark ten schillings Scots for the haill tyme they wirk, in satisfactioun of the peck of
meill ilk man sould have, conforme to the act and ordinance of the said
committie. And ordanis the same to be payit be Johne Grahame out of
the excys money whill it be payit back agane.
29 November 1645.
Money advancit to the draguneris.
Ordaines Johne Grahame to advance to the officeris of the draguneris
twa monethis mentinance out of the first end of the excyse money, quhilk tua
moneths mentinance the toune is ordanit be the committee of estaitis to
pay to thame conform to the localitie appoyntit be the said committee, and
ordanis the baylyies to be instant and vse ther best diligence to get in the
monethlie mentinance according to the roll set doune theranent.
6 December 1645.
Supplie for Pasley.
The saids baylyies and counsell, tacking to ther consideratioune the
lamentable estaite and conditioune of the poore people within the toune of
Pasley, and of the hard strait they ar brought to by Gods visitatioune of the
plague of pestilence lying vpon them now this long tyme, for ther present
supplie they have condiscendit to bestow vpon thame twentie bolls meill
and to tack als much money out of these moneys as wer collectit for Kelso as
will pay therfor.
13 December 1645.
For collecting the monethlie mentinance.
Ordanis the baylyies to goe about be all menis and vse ther best
diligence to get in and collect the sax moneths mentinance that ar awand
be the inhabitantis of this brughe, conform to the stent roll set doune
theranent; and as they go throw the toune and getts in money, ordanis to
pay all those who wantis for quartering of the draguneris, rebaitting of thir
quhat is awing be thame of the scalf money and ther pairtis of the monethlie
15 December 1645.
Anent cognoscing the touns loisses.
They appoynt William Lichtbodie, Walter Neilsone, Walter Bryce and
James Fergisoune to cognosche vpon the loisses of this toune by cornes
cuttine and plunderit; item, ordanis the toune quartermaisteris to tack vp
the haill quarterings of the toune ather by the enemie or by our awine
armyes; item, Robert and Thomas Allan and James Armour to tack vp
ane note of the plunderit guds; item, ordanis Johne Andersoune, callit
Woodsyd, William Neilsoune, George Louck and Thomas Scott to cognosce
vpon the loisses of the toune by the trinch casting; to be resentit to the
parliament that they may be brought in with the commoune burdings.
20 December 1645.
Ordaines that ane tounesman be in the watch at ilk port betuix sevine
in the morning and ten at nicht for tacking notice of testimonialls.
Ordanis the thesaurer to pay to Robert Mure fourtie merks money for
the pryce of four drumes delyverit be him to the toune capitanes, and Robert
Muir to tack back the rest.
27 December 1645.
Ordanis vj s. viij d. to be givine in hyre to Donald Clerk daylie and ilk
day for to be ane ordinar post to them during his service and ther pleasour,
and in the meme tyme that he get ane suit of cloithes and schoes.