3 January 1667.
It is concludit that Williame Yair conteinow and remayne clark of
this burgh as formerlie be vertew of his right, and that maister William
Nimmo be conjunct with him, and to have the halfe of the fies belonging
to the toune clarkship, he first compeirand and acceptand and givand his
oath as use is, and serve as becometh; and that during the counselles will
allenerlie. (fn. 1)
22 January 1667.
Yairds at bak of candlehousses.
Recommends to the baillies, deane of gild and deacon conveiner to
meit and lay off sua meikle of theis thrie rigs of land the toun hes, lying at
the bak of the candle housses, to the awners therof, according to everie
manis lenth of his hous, the full breadth of the saids thrie rigs, and to agrie
with them for ane yearlie fewdewtie therfor for the use of yairds.
Warrandis, Gray, Cochrane.
Ordaines William Gray to have ane warrand for the sowme of four
hundreth pundis deburst be him to the minister of the Barrony Kirk for
compleiting to him of his stipend for the cropt 1666 last bypast; and for
the sowme of ane hundreth thrie scoir pundis for twa hogheitis of French
wyne and for twentie seavine pund starling for ane butt of seck, quhilkis
wer given to the Lord Cochrane in recompens of ane dewtie of sextine
markis be year was payable be the toune to the duk of Lennox preceding
the last restauratioune of the bischops.
30 January 1667.
The deane of gild and deacon conveiner made their report that their
respective housses had unanimouslie condeschendit that the excys of the
malt should be heightit at the mylnes fyftine shilling the mask mair nor
it now payes at present; and that for the better releiff of the inhabitantis
of the present stent now laid on [be] the conventioun of estaitis; the said
fyftine shilling now addit being takin aff againe quhen the taxatioune is
7 March 1667.
Ane regrait being made that ther was ane evill corruptioune laitlie
creipit in for that severall maltmen mudles there malt, quherby they grind
fyve furlotis for a boll and yit gives that same boll to the brewers for fyve
furlotis, wherby the toune is defraudit in the fyft pairt of the excyse
and the fermerers of the mylnes of the fyft pairt of their dewtie; for
remeid quherof in tyme comming, it is this day statut and ordained that
all such mudlit malt that sall be brought heirafter to the mylnes to grind
be confiscat for the tounes use.
Yairdis at the candlehousses.
Report was made be the baillies and deane of gild that they had
agreed with sundrie of theis who hes the candle housses at the bak of the
fleshmercat, and that they had set the lenth of ilk ten elnes, with the
breidth of the thrie rigs, for four punds fewdewtie to be payit to the toune
yearlie, and they to be frie for the first year, and each persone to have a
charter therof accordingly.
Peters-hill to be sett.
Grantis power and warrand to the deane of gild and deacon conveiner
to set that hill in Easter Commone callit Peters-hill to the present laborers
therof, the best then can for the tounes profeit, and get cautioune for the
Ordaines Williame Gray to have ane warrand for the sowme of twa
hundreth markis, quhilk was lent to the laird of Silvertounehill the last
tyme the provest was in Edinburgh, and quhilk is to be allowed be him
to the toune att the making of his compt anent the pryce of the landis.
16 March 1667.
Tak, Petershill and Sheip Craigs.
There was subscryvit ane tak of theis lands in Easter Commoune callit
Petershill and Sheip Craigs, last occupyed be umquhill John Shedden, in
favouris of James Gillies and John Miller, present laborers therof, for
nyntine yeares . . . for the yearlie payment of ane hundreth and ten
30 March 1667.
Ordaines William Gray to have ane warrand for the sowme of fyve
pund starling, deburst . . . to Sir James Turnour, and that in compleit payment to him of the fourtie pundis that was monethlie payit to
the companies of Lithgowes regiment that lay last in toune.
13 April 1667.
Rowatis place vacant.; Mathie electit jylour.
The provest, baillies and counsell being conveined, and taking to their
consideratioune the great wrang committed be Johne Rowat, the keeper
and jylour of their prison houssis, in suffering seavine or eight of the
prisoners that wer laitlie brought to this toune out of the wast cuntrie to
have escaped out of the tolbuith, quherin thei wer wardit, his place therfor
as keeper and jylour of the said tolbuith is heirby declared vacant; and
seing their is ane necessitie the said place be supplied with all dilligence,
thei unanimouslie made choyse of Mungow Mathie, merchand, to serve in
the said service as keeper and jylour of the said haill prison housses, he
finding sufficient cautioune as use is in the lyk, and to be lyable to the
enjunctiounes formerlie sett doune to umquhill Gawine Nasmith, somtyme
keeper of the said tolbuith, and utheris his successouris sen syne; and
Dowhill, elder, promisses that he and his sone should be cautiouneris.
George Wilsoune, merchand, burges of this burgh, is electit commoune post in place of Mungow Mathie who occupyed the same last,
and he to have the haill fies and casualties belonging therto, he finding
cautioune to be faithfull and honest therintill.
22 April 1667.
The generallis regiment, their quarters remittit.
The provest, baillies and counsell being conveined, and taking to
their consideratioune how that his excellence the lord generall his regiment of foot ar now lying within this burgh, quherof some hes lyne longer
and some shorter, and seing the single sojouris of them hes nothing to pay
for their quarters in respect thei have got no pay for a long tyme, and
that his said excellence the lord generall may prove heirafter less behovefull and stedable to the toune as all the worth of their quartering will
extend to, therfor the said magistratis and counsell does heirby unanimouslie frielie discharge the payment of the said quarters that is dew and
awand be the said sojouris since their said entrie to this toune, and ordaines
Williame Yair, their clark, to subscryve this discharge for them and in
27 April 1667.
Andersoune of Stobcors.
It is concludit that Stobcors gett ane tak of the tynd of his lands
during the tyme the toune hes tak therof, he depositating ane blank band
in the handis of Robert Rae, baillie, to the effect the magistratis and
counsell may fill wp therintill quhat pleases them for the worth of the
4 May 1667.
Warrand, Dundies troup.
Ordaines Dowhill, elder, to have ane warrand for . . . twa
hundreth markis deburst be him to help to mak up the payment of quhat
was awand be my lord Dundies troup, that everie persone may get the twa
pairt of quhat is awand to them therby.
Anent weiring of armes.
The said magistratis and counsell taking to their consideratioune
the great danger sundrie of our nighbouris may fall in regaird of the lait
proclamatioune emittit anent the inbringing of armes, and that many of
our nighbouris and comburgessis may nocht now frielie travell abroad as
thei wont to doe without carieing of some armes, it is therfor concluded
that the provest sall ryd to Edinburgh and petitioune the lords of his
Majesties privie counsell for granting libertie to our honest nighbouris
for carieing armes quhen thei goe abroad.
3 June 1667.
Appoyntis Dowhill, elder, the deacon conveiner and James Pollok to
meit and convein among themselfes and to consider wpon the right
distributioune of the twa hundreth and ten pundis that is newlie gottin
in of the dewtie of Puckie and Puckie mylne, to the use of the prenteises
alreddie presentit or to be presentit be Scotistarbett.
Appoyntis baillie Rae [and three others] to meit and convein with
John Brodbridge, and to fitt compts with him what is awand to him be
the toune for making of the chymn or utherwayes.
Hall presentit to Phrankis place, chyrurgian.
The magistratis and counsell, taking to their consideratioune how
that James Phrank, their commoune chyrurgian, had desertit his charge
and left the toune, contrair his obleisment conteined in the contract set
doune betwixt the toune and him theranent, and seing necessar it is that
ane uther be appoyntit to supplie that charge, thei have therfor made
choyse of Johne Hall, chyrurgian, to have that place last occupyed be the
said James Phrank, and he to have payit to him ane hundreth markis of
fiell, according as was payit to the said James Phrank, yearlie; . . .
and he to be payit farder for his drogs and plaisters, as the said James
Phrank was payit, besyd his fiell, and he is to use his best dilligence for
curing of all poor people sall be direct to him be the magistratis for
Hoomes rig in Kinclaith.
It is concludit that that rig of land quhilk umquhill Williame Hoome
had, lying in Kinclaith, be bought in from his sone, he being in a capacitie
to sell the samyne and he to be payit therfor, seing Dowhill, elder, is
content to be bund for warrandice therof.
Mylnedame crookis to be bought in.
It is concludit that the crookis of mlyne dame, quhilkis of old belonged
to umquhill Williame Lausoune, be bocht in for the tounes use, and for
the pryce the toune had bought the same befor, quhich is eight hundreth
pundis, and the provest to be bund for warrandice therof.
Warrand, Gray, brig.
Ordaines Williame Gray to have ane warrand for the sowme of ane
hundreth pundis that was promittit to helpe to the building of that new
brig at the foot of Cropnestok.
Great brig to be repaired.
Report being made that the great brig, on the south end therof, was in
ane decay, it is therfor ordained that the same be looked to and repaired
with all dilligence, and recomendis the doeing therof to the deane of gild.
4 June 1667.
Sett of milnes, etc.
Being the ordinar day appoyntit for rouping the tounes commoune
guidis, and the magistratis and counsell being conveined on the Grein for
that effect, conforme to old use and wont, after lawfull rouping the mylnes
and haill casualties belonging therto wer sett [for 8100 merks, "attour
fyftie bolles grund malt quhilk is to be payit ather to the bischop or toune,
as the toune sall give ordour;" ladles, 2650 merks; mealmarket and pecks,
£500; tron, 1120 merks; bridge, 1860 merks; "gras of St. Ninianes little
kirkyaird" for a rex dollar paid to the officers, "to buy their denner."]
16 July 1667.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for [£165 18 s. 8 d.]
deburst to Jonet Reid for the tounes last denner furnishit be her at the
setting of the tounes commoune guides.
Four silver cupes to be made.
The magistratis and counsell considering they have onlie four silver
cupes for serving of the communione tables, and that when they had the
lyk to doe of befoir the toune was necessitat to borrow from otheres,
quhilk was noe credit, it is thairfor this day concludit that the dean of
gild caus mak other four cupes for that effect, soe that the toune be not
putt to borrow the lyk in tyme coming, and ordaines the thesaurer to pay
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of ane
hundreth pundes Scotes deburst be him to Johne Clark, maissone, for
mending and beiting of ane decayed pairt of the south end of the great
17 August 1667.
Act anent the toune officers.
It being sufficiently knoune to the said magistratis and counsell that
there is ane great outcry and complent throu the haill toune against the
officers for not puting their decreitis to dew executioune as thei aught to
doe, conforme as they ar obleist, quhilk hes caused many of the tounes
people desert the toune court alreadie, and that many declairis they
cannot come therto heirafter for the caus forsaid, but ar necessitat (tho
to their far greater charges) to goe to the commissar court, for their he
caussis the officeris and messouris poynd the toune people exactlie as thei
aught to doe; quhilk is ane great discredit to the toune to sie messouris
poynding burgesses upon the commissaris decreitis, quhilk was exceiding
rair to be sein of befor but is now become verie commoune. Which
wrongs and neglectis the said provest, baillies and counsell ar most
desyrous to have remeieit; and becaus it is supposed that the most pairt of
the cautioneris of the said officers ar depairtit this lyfe, therfor it is heirby
statut and ordained be the said provest, baillies and counsell, that the
forsaid officers of this burgh, and ilk ane of them, find of new againe
sufficient responsable cawtioners for doeing their dewtie in their office,
and speciallie for puting of their haill decreitis they have or shall
receave heirafter to dew executioune within fourtie dayes after their
recept therof, ather be obteaning payment to the pairtie who employes
them of their just debt therin conteined, or be poynding the guidis of
thois against quhom thei ar obteaned, and be lawfull apprysing therof
thrie mercat dayes immediatly after poynding, without longer delay, or
then be wairding of the persones of theis against whom they ar recovered
be vertew of acts of wardings to be takin out therwpon.
It is concludit that there be payit for the use of the building of
Lesmahagow brig, in name of the toune, the sowme of fourtie pundis.
3 September 1667.
Warrand, silver cupes.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for [£262 11 s.] deburst
be him to Thomas Moncuir, goldsmith, for the pryce of four new silver
coupes the toune imployed him to mak and bought from him for the
use and celebratioune of the communioune.
Act anent the landis of Provane.
Albeit nothing heirtofoir is recordit in this record anent the buying in
for the tounes use the landis of Provane fra the laird of Silvertounhill, in
respect it was resolved and concluded that nothing should be wryttin or
recorded in the bookis theranent quhill it was first sein whither it wold
be ane bargane or not, and now this day the provest having relaited in
counsell that the said bargane was closed and agried wpon, and that the
pryce of the land was ane hundreth and sex thousand markis, and that the
laird of Silvertounehill was to be discharged of ane comprysing led at the
tounes instance against him, quherunto all present did acquiesce and
accord. Lykas, the same day, in counsell, compeired the said laird and,
in presens of them all and sundrie uther witnessis, subscryved the heretabill
lettres of dispositioune of the said landis, and the magistratis and counsell
subscryved ane band for payment of the said sowme of ane hundreth and
sex thousand markis, quhilk is to be payit to the said Silvertounhilles
creditouris conforme and in maner as is conteaned in the said band; as
also there was subscryved be the said laird of Silvertounhill and the said
magistratis and counsell [ane contract] anent the maner of payment to
be made therof to the saidis lairdis creditouris, be the quhilk it is provydit
that non of these monyes sall be payit without a precept fra the said laird,
to the effect he may mak the best commpositioune he can with the said
creditouris; and theis creditouris who ar infeft in the said landis of
Provane, be wadsetis or utherwayes, ar first to be payit, and in the secund
place theis who hes inhibitiounes; but it is provydit that the said haill
preceptis be direct be the said laird of Silvertounhill betwixt and Mertimes
1668, utherwayes the toune therafter may pay it to any of the said lairdis
creditouris thei pleas, without preceptis; as also there was subscryved
sundrie uther particular wryts, as the inventor of the old wryts and utheris. (fn. 2)
25 September 1667.
It is concluded, as it was of befor, that Kilburnie, Grinok, be bought
in for the tounes use, and seing that Kilburnie himselfe is come heire for
the settling the rentall therof, to the effect the worth of the samyne may be
the better knoune, in respect the samyne landis ar to be sold for sua manye
yeares purches as thei all agrie on, ordaines therfor the provest, Johne
Andersoune, baillie, and the deacon conveiner to ryd doune thither with the
said laird of Kilburnie to sie the rentall of the said landis exactlie satled.
28 September 1667.
Forsuameikle as Thomas Justice, merchand, having ane idiot to his
doughter named Issobell, and least shoe should prove burdingsome to the
toune in caice he war removed by death, he hes payit in to the toune ane
thousand markis, quherof he and Margaret Hill, his spous, ar to have their
lyfrentis during their lyftymes, thei having a care of the said ideot that
space, and after their deceassis the annualrent of the said ane thousand
markis is to be waired wpon the said idiot for her mantenance, and after
her deceas the principall sowme is to be payit in to the said Thomas Justice
his narrest of kin being ane sone, doughter or oy, gotin of lawfull mariage,
and failyieing of theis the monye is to belong to the toune; quherwpon
the toune subscryved this day ane band conforme therto.
M'Kinnies pyp hous; baxters.
In ansuer to the complent given in be sundrie nighbouris in Saltmercat streit anent that hous now sett wp be Alexander McKinnie for
drying of his pyps, appoyntis the baillies, dean of gild, deacon conveiner,
James Pollok, and Johne Cauldwall to sight the sayme; as also the maner
of the baxters placeing and setting their hedder and stickis; and to mack
their report theranent for better preveining of skaith by fyre may come
1 October 1667.
Provost and bailies.
[The archbishop nominated John Andersoune of Dowhill, elder, to be provost;
and from leets chose James Pollok and John Cauldwall, merchants, and John Ker,
craftsman, to be bailies for the ensuing year.]
4 October 1667.
[The bailies of this and the two preceding years chose thirteen merchants and
twelve craftsmen to be councillors for the ensuing year.]
5 October 1667.
Ane entrie book to be made.; Salt furlottis.
It is concluded and ordained that ane book be made, and to ly in
the clarkis chamber, to the effect that the entrie of each ship that come in
this river of Clyd may be booked therintill, and the awners to pay for the
entrie of ilk ship as sall be heirafter declared. And appoyntis fyve salt
furlotis to be made with all dilligence.
Cock stool to be set wp againe.
Ordaines James Andersoune, the bishops chamberland, to be payit of
quhat he wantis conforme to his charge; and that ane couk stool be made
and sett wp for punishing of malefactouris.
9 October 1667.
Deane of gild, etc.
[John Walkinshaw, deane of guild; John Miller, deacon-convener; James
Ker, treasurer; Thomas Padie, water bailie; John Wallace, visitor of maltmen;
Thomas Bogle, master of work; Peter Gemmill, bailie of Gorbals.]
12 October 1667.
Ordaines the lait theasurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of ten
pund starling, deburst be him to the deane, for himselfe and in name of
the chapter of Glasgow, for the subscryving and sealling the tounes tak
of the tyndis of the barrony paroch so far thei have of them.
Statutis, breid, tallow, and candle.
[Wheat loaf of 14 oz. to be sold for 12 d. Scots; "ruch tallow," 48 s. the
stone; candle "of the fynest tallow and small weiket," 54 s. the troy stone.]
[Mr. John Herbertsoune continued procurator fiscal for a year.]
26 October 1667.
Ordaines the proces anent the barrony mens tyndis to be wakned
againe and put on foot, and not to be left aff quhill the finall clos therof.
Eglingtoune hie kirk.
It is concludit that Alexander Eglingtoune be maister of work to the
great Hie Kirk, he and his cautioner with him obleising them to performe
sic conditiounes as hes bein offered be utheris, and keeping the dewtie
quhilk was performed be umquhill Mathow Colhoune and umquhill
William Boyd, conforme to the old actis of counsell sett doune theranent;
and he is to have of fiell twa hundreth markis yearlie, and to conteinow
therin for the space of seavine yeares.
2 November 1667.
In consideratioune that the old taks of the tynds sett formerlie to the
heritouris of the landis of Garngad, Gallowmuir and about Skellings
myre, some aikers in Borrowfield, and the Parsone land, ar expyred, it is
concludit that ane bank be sent throw the toune to wairne all the heritouris
of theis to tak new takis of theis landis, and that they come for that
effect on Twesday and Thursday the nixt weik and the weik therafter,
with certificatioune if thei failyie thei will get no new takis, but the tynd
sheaff of their land will be drawne.
Band subscrivit, archbishop.
There was subscrivit ane band in favouris of the archbishop, conteaning the sowme of sex thousand markis, quhilk is delivered to the provest to
be given to him; and the said provest is to report bak to the counsell ane
band that the said archbishop hes of the toune of ten thousand pund, that
the samyne may be riven and destroyed; and ordaines the said provest to
have ane warrand for the sowme of nyne thousand markis deburst be
him, out of the monyes receavit be him fra the collectouris at the mylnes,
to the said archbishop as a pairt of the said ten thousand pundis, and for
nyne hundreth markis deburst be him also for the bygaine annualrentis
Andersoune, baillie and collectour in Provane.
It is concludit that James Andersoune, sone laufull to Williame
Andersoune, portioner of Newtoune, be baillie of the landis of Provane
and collectour of the rent therof during the counsellis will and pleasour
allenerlie; and he to have ane commissioune for that effect, and recommendis to him to hold courtis there with all conveniencie.
26 November 1667.
It is concludit in counsell that this claus following sall be insert in
the takes of the teindis quhilkes ar now to be subscryvit in favouris of
the heritouris of Garngadhill, Gallowmuires and utheres, to witt:—
that if it sall happine the townes tak they have therof [shall terminate]
before the expyratioune of the nyntine yeires, the magistrates and counsell
and their successouris sall be bund and obleist to pay bak to the takeres of
thes new takes als mutch of the gersume entres they pay as sall be
equivalent to the yeires they sall want of the saides nyntine yeires.
Quat is to be payit for the entrie of salt and shipes.; The thesaurer is to have charge of furlotis.
The provest, baillies and counsell being conveined, and forsuameikle
as they, be their act of the dait the fyft day of October last by past, had
then concludit and ordained that ane book sould be made and to lye in the
clerkes chamber to the effect that each shipe that comes within the river
of Clyd may be booked therintill, and the owners to pay for thair entrie
for ilk shipe accordinglie as sould be therefter declared, in reference
quherunto; and considering that the towne is at the expenssis of the
making and upholding of the furlotes, they have this day statut and
ordainit that everie French hundereth salt sall pay in for the townes use
xiij s. iiij d. of entrie, and everie shipe that is ane hundreth tune and
above sall pay for its entrie ane rex dollour, and everie shipe within ane
hundereth tune to pay xxx s. Scotis; and appoyntis the thesaurers present
and to com to collect the saides entries and to be comptable therfor, as
also to have the charge of keeping the furlotes, and the out giving
therof, and to tak bandis for restoring the samyne bak againe.
17 December 1667.
Band cancellit and riven.
The provest produced the old band formerlie grantit to the bischop
for ten thousand pundis for the tyndis, quhilk was riven and distroyed, in
respect of ane new band quhilk was grantit for quhat is restand of the
Pewes to be sett.
It is concluded be the provest, baillies, and counsell conveined, that
the pewes in the haill kirkis of this burgh be sett out for maill to theis
who pleases to tak them; and appoyntis baillie Cauldwall [and three
others] to visit the haill saitis, and lay on the quantitie of mailles theron.
Takis of the tynd.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune, with touk of drum, to
wairne the whoill heritouris of Garngad, Gallowmurs and utheris whois
tak of their tynd ar fallin to cume and tak new takis.
Appoyntis Robert Rae [and two others] with the quartermaisteris to
sett doune the locallitie that is to be takin aff the inhabitantis who keeps
no sojouris, for paying them that hes sojouris now lying in toune.
Ralstoune, visitour of gairners.
In answer to the desyre made be the deacon conveiner to the said
magistratis and counsell, that thei wold be pleased to name ane visitour to
the gairners for ane year to come, conforme to the lait gift grantit to them
theranent, the saidis magistratis and counsell, after consideratioune had
therintill, nominatis heirby Andrew Ralstoune, gairner, to be visitor of
the saidis gairners in toune, for ane year to come.
Beggers to be putt aff the toune.
The provest, baillies and counsell, taking to their consideratioune how
that this haill citie is greatly overburdined with ane number of commoune
beggers, all straingers, quhilk aught nocht to be permittit in any weill
governed citie within the kingdome, and therefor and for remeiding therof
in tyme cuming, it is heirby statut and ordained that the whoill beggers,
being strangers, be all removed aff the toune, and that non be permittit
to begg therin but such as are weill knoune to have bein borne within the
same; and, to the effect thei may be better knoune, appoyntis ane badge,
with the tounes armes theron, to be made and given to each one who is
suffered to begg, and that non be suffered to begg except such as hes the
28 December 1667.
Warrand, Ladie Elphingstoune.
Ordaines [warrant to be given for £ 887 2 s. disbursed] to Thomas
Moncuir, goldsmith, for the making the propyne of silver work was given
to the Ladie Elphingstone, the bischops doughter, at her mariage.