8 January 1676.
Letter to Harper.
Appoyntis the clark to send the proveistis letter, as it was formerly
drawine be him, to Sir John Harper, in ansuer to his anent the
tounes being absent fra the heid courtis of the shyre for the landis of
Provand, and his seiking payment for his attendance in the parliament as
commissioner for the shyre.
Bell, M'Callaster and Davidsoune.
Appoyntis baillie Wallace [and three others] to buy in that land
above the croce quhilk belonged to James Bell and Walter M'Callaster,
that there be made a streit ther from the landmercat to the Candle streit;
as also to buy that aiker of land ther belonging to umquhill Robert
22 January 1676.
Act in favouris of the hammermen.
The proveist, baillies and counsell of the said burgh, being conveined
anent the supplicatioune given in and presented to them be the deacon of
the hammermen and his maisteris of craft and haill incorporatioune of the
said trade, making mentioune that, wpon the (blank) day of (blank)
jm vjc (blank) yeares, they having conveined and takin to their consideratioune how their poor multiplies wpon them, they not being able to supplie
them, and finding that straingers who hes never servit their prenteiship
with friemen in the said incorporatioune enters frie with the said trade,
for payment of ane verie litle and inconsiderable sowme of monye, sua that
ther is verie litle betwixt these that hes servit their prenteiships with
friemen, and these who ar altogether straingers, and thes who hes never
servit at all, therfor that the poor of the said trade may be better supplied,
and that the farder abuse of promiscuous admissiounes of friemen
strangers might be stopped for tyme to come, they did statut and ordaine
that no strainger at any tyme therafter should be admittid friemen of the
said calling except to pay for his wpsett the sowme of ane hundreth pundis
Scotis, and that it should not be in the power of any deacone, maister of
craft, or any persone, member within the said incorporatioune, at any
tyme therafter to alter or change the said act, ather for moyen or friendship, but that the samyne shall stand as ane perpetuall law for the said
incorporatioune, and that quhatsomever persone, deacon, maister of craft,
or ony uther member therof, should alter or change the said act should
be lyable to the said sowme of ane hundreth pundis, as ane fyne then
modified be the said deacon, maisteris of craft and haill members of the
said calling, as the said act of the dait forsaid beries; and quhilk act
abovewryttin was be the deacon conveiner of this burgh, deacones of
craft and their bretherin of counsell, ratified, allowed and approvine wpon
the twentie thrid day of November jm. vjc. seavintie twa yeares, and recommended be them to the said magistratis and counsell for getting their
approbatioune and ratificatioune therof, humblie supplicating therfor the
said proveist, baillies and counsell to ratifie and allow the said act; quhilk
being takin to their consideratioune, they, for them and their successouris,
in office, have allowed, ratified and approvine and heirby allowes, ratifies
and approves of the samyne act, in the haill heidis, artickles, claussis and
circumstances therof, with all that hes fallowed or may fallow wpon the
samyne; reserving only as is heirby reservit to the said magistratis and
counsell and their successoris in office to modifie the upsettis to be payit
be burgessis bairnes, or these who maries burgessis daughters, and serves
not their prenteiships with friemen of the said calling within this burgh,
at their entrieng frie with the said calling, in caice any difference sall
happin theranent, the said persones being fund qualified craftsmen that
sall crave to enter frie.
Colhoune to attend the Hie Kirk.
The magistratis and counsell being conveined, and taking to their
consideratioune the conditioune of the Hie Kirk, how the same is become
ruinous, in the windowes, doores and utheris belonging therto, they have
appoyntit and nominat James Colhoune, lait baillie, to be oversier of the
said kirk, and to get the pensione yearly therfor as utheris who had the
same formerlie, and appoyntis him to mend and repair the said kirk in
quhat is fund necessarie to be mended with all expeditioune.
24 January 1676.
Lymnhous boig. Provanerent to be rouped.
It is concluded that that peice of the commoune land called the
Lymehous boig, with the pertinentis, formerly possest be Johne Liddell,
be set out in few to any who bidis most therfor, and appoyntis a proclamatioune to goe throw for rouping therof in the tolbuith; as also for
rouping of the rent that is to be receavit fra the tennentis in Provand the
5 February 1676.
Few to be grantit to Andersoune; Uther pairtes of the commoune to be fewed out.
The said magistratis and counsell did allow, ratifie and approve of
the rouping of the Lymnhous boig set to Ninian Andersoune, baillie, for
the sowme rouped for, being nyne hundreth and fourtie pundis, with fyve
markis be year of few dewtie; and ordaines a few right to be grantit to
him for that effect; and that march stones be set round about the samyne
with all conveinencie for bounding therof, and appoyntis the dean of gild
[and seven others] to set the said marches. As also to sight the commoune loch and that pairt therof or therabout may be sett out in few. As
also ordaines the dean of gild [and six others] to sight Moodies and
Peiters maillings in commoune, for setting out therof in few, or ony
uther pairt of the comoune.
To goe throw the quarters with the ministers.
Appoyntis the persones fallowing to goe throw the toune with the
ministers and elders, for taking up the names of these who ar to be
examined, in ordour to their taking the communion against Maij day
nixt, viz.:—[two or three persons with each of (1) the parsone, (fn. 1) (2) Mr.
Johne Gray, (3) Mr. Alexander Mylne, (4) Mr. William Stirling;] and
to tak officeris with them, with their best conveniencie.
Agriement, bulwark at Newport subscrivit.
There was a contract subscrivit be the proveist, deane of gild and
thesaurer, on the ane pairt, and John Clark, measone, on the uther pairt,
anent his building of the bulwark at Newport and utheris therin specified,
conforme therto, for quhilk he is to have seavintine thousand markis, with
twa chalder victuall at the termes therin mentioned, quhilk was allowed
and approvine be the haill counsell.
Drummers Yuill wadges.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune to adverteis these who
hes not payit their Yuill wadges to the drummers, that they pay the same,
utherwayes that the magistratis will caus poynd them therfor.
22 February 1676.
The baillies and counsell, in obedience to the actis of parliament and
of his Majesties secreit counsell, did all of them tak and subscryve the
declaratioune and oath of alledgiance, except Robert Cors, who refuised
to subscryve the same, declaring that he was not concerned to doe it in
respect he was not choysen nor is one of the ordinarie members of the
toune counsell, but only the tounes collectour of their rentis for this year;
and it is fund that Mr. Patrik Bell [and six others], the remnant of the
toune counsell who were absent have all of them takine and subscrivit the
declaratioune formerly, except James Campbell, maltman, and ordaines
the clark to wryt to the proveist theranent, and to send east both the new
and the former subscrivit declaratiounes that he may report the same to
the privie counsell.
Report anent Bellis and M'Allisters landis.
These appoyntit made report they had met with James Bell and setled
with him for ane thousand markis for his bak landis above the croce,
and that he is to have ten foot of the foir land reservit to him of the
landis the toune is to get fra Mr. Alexander Kinneir and Barbara
M'Callaster, his spous, quhilk was approvine be the counsel, the toune
buying M'Callasters land.
4 March 1676.
Wayes at Howgait heid and Sighthill; cassayes to be laid.
Appoyntis the deane of gild, deacon conveiner James Colhoune and
the maister of wark to sight the hie way at the Howgait heid and over the
Sighthill, and to tak notice quhat places therof is neidfull to be repaired,
that it may be don with all dilligence; as also that the deane of gild
caus lay casayes from the fleshmercat to the soap wark, and from that to
the Gramer School, and to caus helpe the Trongait and Stokwelgait
Hie Kirk and yaird dyk.
Appoyntis the deane of gild [and two others] to sight the Hie Kirk,
and to caus repair the windowes and uther pairtes therof most neidfull,
and to mak the kirk yaird dyk feasible.
Act in favouris of the fleshouris.
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveined, anent ane supplicatioune presented to them be James Watsone, present deacone of the
fleshouris within the said burgh, for himselfe and in name and behalf of
the haill remanent friemen of the said calling, making mentione that
they having ane letter of deaconrie incorporating them in ane frie incorporatioune, and that they pay yearly to the toune the sowme of thrie
hundreth markis yearly for the benefeit of the fleshmercat, and also that
they mentein divers poor people amongst them, notwithstanding quherof
there ar divers and sundrie persounes inhabitentis within this burgh, not
friemen with the said calling nor burgessis within this burgh, who at their
awine hand, in manifast contempt of divers actis made in the contrair,
and against all good ordour, sett wp and kill sheip, lambis, veillis,
hudrones and uther bestiallis, and sellis the same publictly in the hie
street foiranent the mouth or entrie of the said publict fleshmercat, and
therby inhances in their awine handis the haill benefeit that friemen
should have; as also, notwithstanding that ther is in this burgh, as in all
uther weill governed cities and burghs within this kingdome, ane landmercat place for such persones, to the effect forsaid, craving therfor the
said magistratis and counsell to tak the permissis to their consideratioune,
and to discharge all such persones as ar unfriemen to sett up or sell anie
of the saids bestiall in any place but in the publict landmercat, utherwayes
the said craft will be randred unable to pay the said dewtie of the fleshmercat, (fn. 2) or to supplie their poor, as in the said supplicatioune at mair
lenth is conteined; quhilk being takin to the said proveist, baillies and
counsell their consideratioune, and after deliberatioune had be them theranent, they have inhibited and discharged and heirby inhibitis and discharges all maner of persones who ar not burgessis off this burgh, and
friemen with the said incorporatioune of fleshouris, to kill or sell any
sheip, lambes, veillis, huddrons, or uthour bestiall, but at the land mercat,
or at least not within the haill boundis of the Trongait and wyndis,
except wpon the ordinarie mercat dayes, after the terme of Witsonday
nixt to come, under the paine of fourtie shilling to be exactit aff the contraveiners, be the magistratis of this burgh, toties quoties they transgres, for
the use of the poor, by and attour farder punishment at their will and
pleasour; and ordaines thir presentis to be intimat to all concerned.
11 March 1676.
Moodies land, Peiters, Cowlaires, and Seggieholme, greines and utheris.
Appoyntis ane proclamatioune to be sent throw the toune by touk of
drum, to intimat that the landis in Waster Commoune, formerlie possest be
umquhill James Moodie and David Peiter, and the landis in Easter Commoune, called the Cowlaires and Saggieholme, presently possest be
Alexander Jamesone and Alexander Cowane, ar to be rouped in the
tolbuith of Glasgow on Twesday come eight dayes, and set in few; as also
the twa Greines and yaird to the bak of the Hie Kirk ar to be rouped the
said day for this cropt of the gras, and who bidis most therfor sall have
18 March 1676.
Kinneirs land bought in and Broomesland.
These who wer appoyntit made report that they had met with Mr.
Alexander Kinneir and his wyfe, and agried with them for their landis
above the croce, for twa thousand markis, and ane hundreth markis to his
wyfe, quhilk was approvne be the counsell; as also it was concluded be
the said magistratis and counsell that they should give for that land at
the bak of the fleshmercat and hous quhilk sometime perteined to Robert
Broome twa thousand markis, and that Broomes relict get somthing over
and above to her selfe at the tounes pleasour.
New entrie in kirk dyk.
It is condeschendit to and agried on that there be ane entrie keeped
in that pairt of the kirk yaird dyk neir to Major Thomesones tomb, and a
yet put theron and locked, except at such tymes as necessarie.
25 March 1676.
Seggieholme, Cowlairis, and utheris feued.
The magistratis and counsell allowes and approves of the rouping
and setting in few that mailling in Easter Commoune callit the Cowlaires
and Seggieholme, with the pertinentis, as the same is presently possest
be Alexander Jamesoune and Alexander Cowane, to Hugh Nisbit
for payment of thrie thousand markes against Witsunday nixt, and
ten markis of fewdewtie, yearly; reserving the hie wayes and passages
throw the said landis, usit and wont; as also of the rouping and setting
out in few of theis maillings in Waster commoune, sometyme possest be
James Moodie and David Peiter, to Johne Campbell, for payment of twa
thousand and fiftie markis to be payit at the said terme, and paying also
ten markis of fewdewtie, yearly; reservand the hie wayes, passages to the
quarrell, and uther hie wayes throw the said lands, as also the passage for
the watergang therthrow of the syck that comes throw Galstounes Park
fra the Lymhous boig; and lykwayes reserving to the toune and burgessis
therin the use of any quarrell within the said landis, with libertie to win
and tak away stones furth therof, and in lykmaner reserving to the
tennentis of the saidis haill maillings their takis during the yeares therof
yit to run; and appoyntis the proveist [and five others], and quhom utheris
the proveist pleases, to goe out with ther best conveniencie to stob and
march the said maillings. (fn. 3)
11 April 1676.
Sir Patrick Maxwellis quarrell at Newport.
The proveist made report of his dilligence at Newport, that he and
Stobcors had commouned with Sir Patrick Maxwell anent getting libertie
for the toune to winn stones out of his quarrell there, and that they had
measoured the grund to be tirred, and conteinowed the agriement to be
made with Sir Patrick till George his homecoming, and appoyntis the
proveist, and quhom utheris he sall pleas to tak with him, to meit and
setle with the said Sir Patrick theranent quhen occasioune offers.
Thrie rowmes at Newport set to the Kings customers ther.
It is concluded that these thrie rowmes at the heid of the clos at
Newport, nixt to Mr. William Conynghames yaird, quhilk enters (blank),
be given to the taksmen of the custome and excyse, for keeping ther
their custome office, and appoyntis baillie Nisbit to repair them for that
Appoyntis the proveist and baillies to dispose wpon the doytis (fn. 4) belonging to the toune to the best advantage they can for the tounes behove.
Anent the supplicatioune given in be (blank) M'Ildounie, craving to
enter burges be right of his father umquhill William M'Ildounie, burges
of the said burgh, for payment of the ordinarie dewes as a burges sone,
quhilk was refuised in respect he is ane old man and hes many childerin
and never lived in the toune himselfe nor borne any burdine therin, unles
he enter as a strainger and pay accordingly.
Manufactorie to be sett.
Recommendis to the deane of gild and deacon conveiner to lett out the
tounes hous in Drygait for ane manufactory, and to report upon the
termes befor they agrie.
Clos at Newport.
Recommendis to Mr. William Conynghame to appoynt some fitt
persone for keping the clos at Newport and having a caire of quhat guidis
sall be laid in there, for quhilk it is concluded that he sall have aff everie
cellar fra the possessouris therof twentie shilling Scotis yearly, and sex
pennies Scotis aff ilk last herring sall be laid in into the clos, he being
obleidged that quhat guidis he sall receave and sall be delyvered to him
he sall redelyver the samyne bak in sayftie.
Agriement with the minister of the Barrony.
The proveist made report that he had setled and agried with Mr.
Alexander George, minister at the Barrony Kirk, for payment to him of
stipend yearly for serving the cuir at the said kirk the sowme of nyne
hundreth pundis Scotis, with fyftie pundis Scotis farder, yearly, for
furnishing the communion elementis; and in caice throw default of the
said minister the communion sall not happin to be given yearly at the said
kirk, and the fyftie pundis bestowed that way, the samyne is to be destribut to the poor be advyce and appoyntment of the archbishop of
Glasgow and magistratis therof; quhilk report was allowed and approvine
be the said magistratis and counsell.
9 May 1676.
Report of the twa houssis.; Excyse on brandie.
The deane of gild and deacon conveiner made report that they had
conveined their twa houssis and red the draught of the right to be given
to theis who will tak aff land to build houssis at Newport, and quherwith
they wer all satisfeit. And as concerning the exactioune of the impositioune imposed by act of parliament wpon ilk pynt of brandie ventit within
this burgh they referred the same to the magistratis and counsell to do
therin as they should think fitt.
Excyse to be exactit aff brandie.
The magistratis and counsell taking to their consideratioune the
secund act of the fourth and last session of his Majesties secund parliament, holdin at Edinburgh the first of December 1673, entituled ane act
concerning the importatioune and excyse of brandie wyne, quherby it is
appoyntit that ilk Scotis pynt of brandie is to be lyable in the payment of
sex shilling Scotis for excyse, quhilk excyse of brandie is to be raised in
the severall schyres and burghes quher the same sall be retailled by topping
and selling in smallis, and imployed for the proportionall releiff of the
annuitie of excyse payit be the said shyres and burghs; as also having
considered the small quantitie of excyse gottin at the tounes mylnes,
and the great burdings the toune is in, and the power grantit to them be
the said act of parliament, they have statut and ordained that there sall
be exactit for ilk Scotis pynt of brandie that sall be topped, sold and
retailled in smallis within this burgh, after the first day of Junij nixt to
come, the sowme of four shilling Scotis monye, for the better reliving of
this burgh of the annuitie of excyse and uther publict burdings; and if
any brandie sall happin to be topped and vented within the said burgh,
imported be straingers not burgessis therin, or uther royall burghs, there is
to be exactit for ilk pynt therof sex shilling Scotis, and ordaines ane
proclamatioune to be sent throw the toune intimating the samyne is to be
rouped on the Grein the first Twesday of Junij nixt, wpon such provisiounes and restrictiounes the said magistratis and counsell shall think
fitt, quhilk sall be then intimat to theis who sall tak the samyne.
In answer to the supplicatioune given in be Garnkirk anent the
Coshnoch hill, appoyntis the proveist, baillies [and four others] to advyse
what interest the toune hes to theise landis and Garnkirkis interest if he
ony hes, and to report.
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in be John Louk, merchand,
quherby he craves libertie of a cast to bring water fra the Provand loch
to his mylne callit Halhill mylne, appoyntis proveist Campbell, [and
three others] to sight the grund if it will be without prejudice to the
toune or their tennents in Provand, and to report.
27 May 1676.
Poores roll to be revised and rectified.
Baillies Andersone and Wallace [and four others] ar appoyntit to
meit with the ministers to tak inspectioune of the poors rollis and to put
out these persones fra having any benefeit therby they think least
indigent, to the effect the said roll may be deminished of that it was
augmentit, the victuall being now come much moir cheiper, and in respect
of the tounes great burdine they are in.
5 June 1676.
Excyse of brandie.
The magistratis and counsel taking to their consideratioune the way
and maner of the exacting the small custome imposed wpon brandie sold
or topped within the respective shyres and burghs, conforme to the act
of parliament, they have concluded and agried that all persones within
this burgh, ather importer or ventiner, that sellis any brandie within the
said burgh and druckin within the same, in les quantitie nor ane gallon,
quhilk is eight Scotis pyntis, sall be lyable in payment of the said excyse
at four shilling Scotis ilk pynt, to be payit be the retaillers or ventiner;
and farder it is concluded that quhat brandie sall happin to be imported be
straingers, vented, sold and druckin within the said burgh, sall be lyable
in the payment of sex shilling Scotis ilk pynt therof, and that the samyne
be exactit accordingly; and it is heirby declared that all brandie, ather in
great or small quantities, sold within the said burgh to any outintounes
people living in the cuntrie and spent there, sall be frie of the said impositioune; and ordaines the said brandie to be rouped on Twesday nixt with
the rest of the commoune guidis of this burgh on the termes forsaid, and
with this qualificatioune that nather the taker therof, nor his pertners,
sall have libertie to import any brandie themselfes during the tak, as also
that they sall not have power and libertie to convein the inhabitentis befor
any judge quhatsomever except the proveist, baillies and counsell of
Glasgow, anent any difference sall happin to aryse betwixt the said taksman and inhabitentis, who ar heirby declared to be the only judges to
determine theranent, and that the taksmen sall have libertie, monethly
or quarterly as they pleas, to convein the said inhabitentis befor the
proveist or ony of the baillies of this burgh, for judging and decerning
of them to mak reddie payment of the said impositioune, and that the said
magistratis sall attend accordingly, and that no pairticular persone sall
be exempted as to quhat is druckin in his familie, but that the taksmen
sall not have libertie to convein these privat persones except they can be
reputed ane retailer and give their oathes they suspect them to be so.
16 June 1676.
Common good set.
[Mills, 8,250 merks; ladles, 3,700 merks; tron, 1,120 merks; meal market,
770 merks; bridge, 1,620 merks; "excyse of brandie, aquavytie and utheris,"
30 June 1676.
Ordaines Johne Campbell to have ane warrand for [£432 6s. 8d.]
deburst to advocatis at Edinburgh and their servandis, and to the clarkis
of secreit counsell and their servandis, and to the macers and utheris,
in defending the pley persewit be Hugh Campbell, merchand in Edinburgh, befor the secreit counsell against the deane of gild and some of his
bretherin, and severall utheris the late magistratis of this burgh, and for
the said deane of gild, Hugh Nisbit and utheris, their charges and
expenssis at Edinburgh anent the said pley, conforme to the compt therof
given in and allowed.
Resignatioune, Bell, Kinneir, and utheris.
Compeired Robert Allane, notar, as procuratour speciallie constitut
be James Bell of Proveistishaugh, Mr. Alexander Kinneir, and utheris,
conforme to the procuratorie conteined in ane dispositioune made be them
to the toun of their certaine landis above the croce, now intended to be
made in ane commoune streit, lane or vennell, (fn. 5) and resignit the same in
the handis of the said magistratis and counsell and their successouris, to
remayne with them, proveist, baillies, and counsell of this burgh ad
perpetuam remanentiam, being resignit as in the handis of their superiouris,
and therupon they askit instrumentis in the handis of their toune clark,
and ordained him to record the samyne accordingly in their register
22 July 1676.
Report, proveist, conventickles, Grinock excyse.
The proveist made report of his dilligence at Edinburgh in the tounes
affaires, and of his appeiring befor the secreit counsell for getting the
toune keeped frie of fyning for conventickles, (fn. 6) as lykwayes that he had
attended the generall conventioune of burrowes himselfe notwithstanding
of the commissioune given to James Campbell, and that the said generall
conventioune had ratified and approvine the particular act of the burrowes
made in [17 November (fn. 7) ] last, by which it is concluded that the tounes
pley against Grinock sall be persewed on the expenssis to be payit be the
29 July 1676.
Cast at the Provand Loch.
It being presentit that some persones, at their awine hand, without
ony ordour, hes clandestinely castine a cast fra the Provand Loch towardis
the Halhill mylne, for taking the water that way, the magistratis and
counsell recommendis the same to Johne Barnes, their baillie of Provand,
to tak tryell theranent who did it, and to caus punish them therfor, and to
fill up the said cast; and conteinowes the giving any answer to the
petitioune given in be Johne Louk, quherby he craves the libertie of the
said cast to his mylne, till that tyme.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of fourtie
sex pundis for coall and candle to the guards the moneths of Maij, Junij
last, and Julij instant; and for twa hundreth markes payit to Thomas
Craufurd for a yeares maill of his hous in Rottinraw quher the bischop
of Argyll (fn. 8) dwelt fra Whitsoundy 1675.
Thrugh stones in the Hie Kirk yaird.
The proveist, baillies and counsell, taking to their consideratioune the
great abuse in the Hie Kirk yaird, throw the many thrugh stones laid
therin, and in heighting of them by their setting the stones upon rodis and
ballasters, so that quhen any corps ar to be interred it is verie hard to get
them caried therthrow to their buriell places without hazard to the persones who caries them, therfor these ar to command and charge, by bank
throw the toune of the drum, all maner of persones who hes thrugh stones
in the said Hie Kirk yaird, sua heighted with rodis or ballasters beneth
them, to tak doune the same and lay them flat on the grund, betwixt and
the first of September nixt, with certificatioune the stones of the contraveiners heirof sall without faill be brokin and castin out of the kirkyaird, besyd farder punishment, and of their being fyned at the will of the
magistratis, quhilk may be the los of the benefeit of their buriell place.
22 August 1676.
Hieways in Gorballis.
Appoyntis the deane of gild [and three others] to sight the wayes that
leidis to Rutherglen and the Muir houssis in Gorballis and tak notice
quhat therof neidis to be mended, and to report.
Thrie fewes subscrivit to Andersone, Campbell, and Fairie.
There was a few dispositioune of the Lymnhouse boig, with the
pertinentis, as the samyne was roupit, subscrivit to Niniane Andersoune;
as also ane uther few right of theis twa maillings in Waster Commoune,
somtyme possesit be umquhill James Moodie and David Peiter, subscrivit
to John Campbell; quhilkis ar to ly in the clarkis handis till the toune
be payit of the monye for quhilk the said maillings wer rouped and sold
for; as lykwayes there was a thrid few right of the landis of Cowlaires
Seggieholme and pertinentis, as formerly publictly rouped and sold to
Hugh Nisbit, subscrivit to James Fairie, with consent of the said IIugh,
and the sowme being thrie thousand markis for quhilk the same was
roupit is payit be the said James Fairie in manner fallowing, viz., nyne
hundreth markis therof to these who keepes the tounes militia hors for
this year, and the remander of the said sowme, being twa thousand ane
hundreth markis payit to the thesaurer, quherwith he is to be charged at
his compt making. The double of the quhilk thrie few dispositiounes
is conteined and insert in that book quher the contractis ar betwixt the
toune and umquhill Sir John Scot anent Peickie and Peikie mylnes, and
the proveist, with James Campbell, the deane of gild and the maister of
wark, with quhom they pleas to tak with them, to sie the march stones
sett in about the said maillings as the samyne was formerlie stobbed.
9 September 1676.
Ordaines Johne Campbell to have ane warrand for the sowme of
fourtine pundis starling deburst to the proveist, quhilk was spent on the
tounes accompt quhen the archbishop of Glasgow and severall utheris
went to Newport and at Dumbartane, and spent in the toune quhen the
committee of the counsell sat here anent the Irish victuallis.
Calsay to the Broomielaw.
The magistratis and counsell having considered how the calsayes and
hie way to the Broomelaw is broken and abused, appoynts the water baillie
to repair the same, and that he charge the whoill cairters to lead rubish
and gravell for that effect, and who refuissis that he discharge them from
their tred and punish them farder as he pleases.
Hie Wayes in Gorballis.
Appoyntis the hie wayes to be mended in Gorballis at the Guschat
fold and way that leidis to Litle Goveane.
Ker, quarter maister, locallitie discharged.
James Ker, merchand, is electit and choysen to be the tounes quarter
maister, and to quarter the sojouris in the toune, for quhilk he is to have
ten pundis starling yearly for his paines; and the magistratis and counsell
hes discharged and heirby discharges the uplifting of locallitie in tyme
Robert Sanders, stationer, purchase of fewdeutie.
The magistratis and counsell, taking to their consideratioune that
Robert Sanders, stationer, hes bought in fra them ane yearly fewdeutie
of threttine markis Scotis payable to the toune out of that tenement of
land above the croce, nixt to the tolbuith, quhilk somtyme perteaned to
umquhill George Baillie and now to the said Robert Sanders, and hes
payit the toune therfor at seavintine yeares purches, as utheris hes bought
the lyk, conforme to the former actis and proclamatiounes made theranent,
and payit also quhat was restand of byrunes, and therfor they have
exonered and herby exoners him anent the payment of the said yearly
fewdeuty in tyme coming, and declares the said tenement to be frie of the
samyne in all tyme heirafter, and ordaines for that effect the same to be
scored out of the rentallis, and thir presentis to stand in force for his
exoneratioune of the premissis as if that wer a particular discharge grantit
for the effect forsaid subscrivit be the said magistratis and counsell to him
30 September 1676.
Supplicatioune, weavers and Louk.
Ordaines the supplicatioune given in be the weavers to be consulted
be the tounes advocatis, whither or not the desyre therof may be grantit
[be] the toune according to law; as also to advyse whither or not the toune
may grant to Johne Louk the draught he craves to his mylne at Halhill
throw the Provand landis and stop the same quhen they pleas, conforme
to the band he is to give in for that effect.
3 October 1676.
Election of magistrates.
[The archbishop nominated James Campbell, merchant, to be provost for the
ensuing year, and from leets presented to him chose Mr. Patrick Bell and John
Barnes, elder, merchants, and John Miller, craftsman, to be bailies.]
6 October 1676.
[The magistrates of this and the two previous years, with persons appointed
to supply vacancies, chose thirteen merchants and twelve craftsmen to be councillors.]
7 October 1676.
Appoyntis Johne Bell and James Colhoune to meit with James Clark,
measoune, and to agrie with him for building a guard houss.
11 October 1676.
Dean of gild, etc.
[Ninian Andersoune, dean of guild; James Fairie, deacon convener; Mr.
David Sharp, treasurer; Mathow M'Caulay, visitor of maltmen and mealmen;
James Ker, bailie of Gorbals; John M'Kewne, water bailie; George Campbell,
master of work; Robert Tennent, visitor of gardeners.]
16 October 1676.
Warrand, Alexander, minister.
Ordaines Markus Marschell to have ane warrand for threttie pundis
Scotis deburst be him out of the excyse monye to Mr. John Alexander,
sumtyme minister in Polland.
Breid, tallow, candle.
[The 12 d. wheat loaf to weigh 14 oz.; rough tallow to be sold for 48 s. the
stone; candle, 4 merks the stone.]
[John Grahame continued procurator-fiscal for the burgh.]
23 October 1676.
Under doctor in Grammer School.
Be pluraltie of votis, Mr. Hugh Muir was nominat and presentit to be
the secund doctour of the Grammer School of this burgh, in place of
umquhill Mr. Johne Wingait, and to have the haill casualities belonging
therto, as the said Mr. Johne possest the same.
Smiddie and hous at Newport given to collector of customes and excyse.
It was concluded that the smiths hous with the smiddie at Newport be
takin from the smith there, and that the present collectouris of his Majesties
customes and excyse be presently putt in possessioune therof, keeping their
office therat; and appoyntis Mr. William Conynghame, and utheris quhom
the magistratis sall think fitt, to tak ane accompt of the whoill worklumes
and utheris belonging to the toune within the said hous and smiddie, and
that they be laid up and secured in some of the tounes chambers at
5 November 1676.
Declaratioune to be subscrivit.
It is concluded that the declaratioune be drawne up and signed and
subscryved be the haill magistratis and counsell and sent east and presentit to the secret counsell. (fn. 9)
Proveist to Edinburgh.
The proveist is appoyntit to repair to Edinburgh, with all conveinencie, to prosecut and fallow out the pley against Grinock, and to
caus suspend the charge given to the toune be James Johnstone and his
spous, and to caus attend and agent uther the tounes affaires there.
Monye gotten fra Sanders, tounes printer.
The nyntie nyne pundis sex shilling and viij d. gottin fra Robert
Sanders for the fewdewtie or grund annuell of his tenement nixt the
tolbuith, quhilk he hes bought in fra the toune at nyntine yeares purches,
and the bygaine restis therof, the rest being allowed to him in his awine
hand for severall bygane termes sellarie was awand be the toune to him
as the tounes printer, was distribut and given be advyce of the proveist
and baillies [and others] to the persones fallowing out of charitie, viz.,
twentie nyne pundis therof to Daniell Broune, threttie four pundis xvj s.
therof to (blank) Gray, a minister in Polland, to Thomas Findlay twelfe
pundis, and uther twelfe pundis therof to umquhill Alexander Watsounes
sone named Walter, and the remander therof, being alevine pundis
x s. viij d. was given to a indigent woman.
23 December 1676.
Report, decreit against Grinok.
The proveist made report of his dilligence in Edinburgh anent the
tounes affaires, and that he had obteined a decreit of declarator befor the
lordis against the toune of Grinock. (fn. 10)
[The treasurer to have a warrand for £250 Scots disbursed "for thrie hogisheidis French wyne, furnished last year, quherof twa to the archbischop of Glasgow
and the uther to Sir John Harper."]
Thanks to the bishop.
Appoyntis the thrie baillies [and four others] to give the archbishop
of Glasgow thankis in the tounes name for his paines and cair takin on
their accompt in the pley persewed against Grinok.
Lockhart and M'Keinzie.
John Bell [and two others] ar appoyntit to consider quhat is fitt to be
given to Sir George Lockhart and Sir George M'Keinzie for their extraordinarie paines takin be them in the pley against Grinok.
Birscat, precentor in the Laigh Kirk.
Mr. James Birscat is nominat and appoyntit to be precentor in the
Tron Kirk in place of Robert Forrest, and to get his pension accordingly,
and to begin the morrow; and the deane of gild and deacon conveiner is
appoyntit to send for Robert Forrest to discharge him to medle in that
imployment in tyme coming, and appoyntis the maister of wark to give
to the said Mr. James twentie pundis for his incurragement and to place
it in his compt.