10 January 1682.
Proveist and dean of gild to Edinburgh.
Appoynts the proveist to repair to Edinburgh anent the touns affairis,
and especially anent the debt restand to the toun for the poor of Hutchesones hospitall, and minister of the Blackfrier Kirk, be the lait marquis
of Argyll; as also that the dean of gild goe thither, with his conveniencie,
to assist the proveist therin; as also concerning the obtaining payment of
the legacy left to the merchandis hospitall be Zacharias Zibbs. (fn. 1)
Proveist and dean of gildis absence.
Appoynts James Campbell, lait provest, to preside in counsell in
absence of the present provest, and in his absence the eldest baillie present,
and the same persons swa to preside in the dean of gildis court in absence
of the dean of gild.
Ordains Robert Corse to have ane warrand for thrie hundreth and
twenty punds Scotis, payed to John Woddrop for four scoir bucketis
made be him for the use of the toun, by and attour the fiftie he maid
Warrand, maister of wark.
Ordains the maister of work to pay to George Tod twenty pundis
Scotis, to help him to bigg a ferry boat for carying people over the
water of Irving at Richartoun, and to place the same to the touns account.
4 February 1682.
Warrand, workhous for dying silkis.
Grantis liberty to John Buklie to gett wp a warkhows within the
toun, for dying of silks and linnens and the lyke, in ansuer to the supplication given in be him desyring the same.
Ordains the maister of wark to pay thretty pundis Scotis to Mr. Hugh
Muir, in respect he complains of the fewnes of schollars in the schooll, and
of a small cellary as precenter, and to place the same on the touns
18 February 1682.
Warrand, Corse, wyne.
Ordains Robert Corse to have ane warrand for the sowm of nyne
hundreth and sixty pundis Scotis for French and Spanish wyne payed to
Robert Campbell, quhilk he furnished wpon the touns accompt to his
royall highnes, the primat, and the archbishop of Glasgow, of the
Dean of gild and clerk to Edinburgh.
Appoynts the dean of gild and George Andersone, clerk, to repair to
Edinburgh for getting the mortified landis and utheris belonging to the
hospitallis, and uther poor in the toun, declared frie of paying cess, and
to clear comptis with Sir William Sharp and James Oswald anent the cess
and excyse payed be the toun, and to take nottice of and agent what uther
affairis the toun is concerned in there.
Bell, Grein, salmond fisching.
It is concluded that Patrick Bell get that peice ground on the watersyde, at the heid of the New Grein, belonging to the toun, for satisfaction of the loss and damnage he sustains throw the touns peoples
fishing and taking salmond and drawing their netts ther, wpon his grund
of Proveisthaugh, and ordains a right therof to be drawen wp and subcrivit be the toun in his favouris. (fn. 2)
It was concluded that Walter Corbet get fyve hundreth pundis Scotis,
for taking doun and mending and helping the High Kirk clock, and
putting wp the same again.
18 March 1682.
Dean of gild and clerkis report, Edinburgh.
The dean of gild and the clerk maid report of their diligence at
Edinburgh anent the touns affairis, and that they obtained ane act of the
lordis of the thesaury for freeing the mortified landis belonging to the
hospitallis and uther poor in the toun from payment of any cess, and that
they had cleared comptis with Sir William Sharp and James Oswald.
Warrand, Johnstoun, New Green.
Ordains John Johnstoun to pay to Robert Rae the sowm of four
thousand merkis, for his ten aikeris of land or therby, bowght fra him be
the toun and joyned within the New Grein, and in satisfaction for the
rent of the said landis since the touns possession of the same; and to pay
to Thomas Crawfurd eight hundreth merkis, quhilk, with ane thowsand
merkis payed to him formerly be John Robison, is in compleit payment to
him of the pryce of the four aikeris of land bowght be the toun fra him
and joyned to the Grein, and in satisfaction of the fyne taken fra him
quhen James Campbell was provest.
Return to the privy counsell, constitution of this burgh.
In obedience to ane act of his royall highnes, his Majesties high
commissioner, and lordis of his Majesties privy councell, daitted the nynth
of February last, ordains the clerk to testifie and declare and subscryve
ane extract therof, in their names, that the constitution of this burgh
consists of ane provest and thrie baillies, with threttein counsellouris of
the merchand rank and twelve persons counsellouris of the craftis rank,
quhilkis counsellouris are choysen yearly after Michaelmes be the present
magistratis and the twa yeiris magistratis immediately preceiding.
Few right, Maxwell, Bells Wynd.
There was ane few right subscrivit in favouris of John Maxwell,
wright, and Issobell Findlay, his spous, of ane peice grund in the new
vennell or wynd called Bells Wynd . . . for erecting and building
ane hows and yaird theron, quhilk is now builded; randring and paying
out therof, yearly, twa shilling Scotis for ilk elne of grund in foirfront.
6 April 1682.
Archbishop, teyndis, kilnes in the Craigs.
Appoyntis the proveist, baillies, [and three others] to meet with the
archbishop of Glasgow anent some difference in the tack of the drawen
teyndis of the toun, sett be the archbishop to them, anent the hundreth
merkis sowght be the said bishop be year more then the two thousand
merk, yearly and for ilk year of the nyntein yeiris tack, and anent the
pretension the bishop hes to the kilnes in the Craigs, and to clear these
things and report; as also appoyntis the same persons to sight the kilnes
in Craigs belonging to John Cuming and Robert Tennent, and to consider quherin they are prejudged, conform to their petition given in, and
25 April 1682.
Anent captain Innes abuse to baillie Wallace.
The magistratis and counsell having considered the abuse laitely
done to John Wallace, baillie, be captain Innes and John Innes, his nevoy,
and that the provest hes given ane accompt therof to my lord Ross,
appoynts the lyke information also to be given to the generall, and that
the busines be persewed either befor the generall or privy councell, as
shall be found most propper, after the generallis opinion is gotten theranent, and for that end appoynts the dean of gild to be ready to goe to
Edinburgh with the first conveniencie.
Ordains baillie Corse to have a warrand for the sowm of ane hundreth
and fourtein poundis sixtein shilling, which was payed to Robert Campbell, and quhilk he gave to the dukes servantis in drink money when his
royall highnes wes heir.
Anent adjusting the measouris.
Appoyntis the dean of gild to inform himself what is done in uther
burghs and shyres in relation to the adjusting the measouris, conform to
the lait act of counsell, and appoyntis him to caws doe the same within
this burgh accordingly.
The Marqueis of Montrose, his lordships letter to the toun;
The touns letter of thankis to the Marqueis of Montrose.
The following letter, direct to the magistratis and counsell of this
burgh be the Marqueis of Montrose, was produced and red, quherof the
tennour fallows:—Edinburgh 5th Apryll 1682. My lord proveist and
gentlemen,—His Majestie having appoynted me baillie of the regality of
Glasgow, in quhich, as in all other capacities I am or shall be stated, I
resolve to imbrace every occasion, faithfully and zealously, to advance his
Majesties service, and being confident that yow will be no les forward in
your respective stationes to promote the royall interest, and withall having
many resons to have a singular respect to your city, in which I have my
freedome and intend to have my neighbourhood, (fn. 3) I thowght none fitter to
discharge the dewty that office owes his Majestie, both for his Majesties
service and my credit, then baillie Nisbet, your dean of gild, whom, for
my respect to your city and the personall kyndnes I have for himself, I
have deputed baillie of the regality, as by the commission heirwith sent
appearis; and I doe resolve to continow it to his successouris in that
magistracy, without some indispensible caws to the contrary. This being
the greatest testimony I can at present give of my respect to your city, I
expect, reciprocally, that yow will see that office dewly and honourably
discharged for his Majesties service and my credit, which is my great
concern; and if any thing else fall in my way, wherin I may be servicable
to yow, it shall appear wpon all occasions that I am, really, your affectionat
friend and servant, sic subscribitur: Montrose. Conform quherunto the
forsaid commission was produced and red, and the saidis magistratis and
counsell ordained that ther showld immediately be ane letter of thankis
written and subscryved be them to the said marqueis of Montrose, for the
honour and favour his lordship hes put wpon the toun by his said letter
and commission, and quhich letter was accordingly done, quherof the
tenour also followis:—Glasgow, 25th Apryll 1682. May it please your
lordship,—Your servants, the magistratis and counsell of Glasgow, with all
humility and thankfulness have received your lordshipis most oblidging
letter and commission, therin contained, to Hugh Nisbit, our present dean
of gild, which (as a new chain of obligation to your lordshipis noble predecessouris kyndnesses to this place) hath so straitly obleidged ws that,
without being reckoned among the chiefest of ungrate, we cannot bot
acknowledge the true sentiment we have of your lordshipis great and
undeserved favour, and especially for your lordshipis confidence in his
and our readines to serve his Majestie and the royall interest in our
stations, wherof we hope your lordship shall never have grund to dowbt
either of your lordshipis present choice of the person, or his successouris
in office, bot that it shall rather prove to your honour in seeing justice
administred to the people without their grudge, the peace preserved and
your right maintained. For all quhich, most noble lord, the magistratis
and counsell thowght it their dewty to insert this favour and their gratefull acceptance therof in their recordis, and to return your lordship their
most hearty thankis and humble obedience, and doe promeis and declare
that your lordshipis satisfaction therin shall be our great indavour, and
that they hope your lordship shall never be under that indispensible
necessity of alteration, so long as it shall please the Lord to preserve them
in any capacity to serve your lordship, and chearfully they will imbrace
all occasions to serve his Majesties interestis, and your lordship, with that
humble dewty and dew respect that becometh them who wisheth all
increase of honour, health, weelfare and happines to your noble family;
and that God may long preserve it, is the earnest desyre of them who beggs
pardon to subscribe themselves. (fn. 4)
4 May 1682.
Aggreement with the archbishop, band subscrivit.
These who wer appoynted to meet with the archbishop of Glasgow
maid report that they had settled with him, and aggried to give him twa
thowsand merkis, by and attour the twa thowsand merkis he is to have
yearly for the tack of the teyndis of the aikeris about the toun, and that
he is to assigne the toun to all bygane teyndis of yairdis and utheris
imparked, that wer formerly wont to be teinded; and that the archbishop
declares he passes fra any pretension to the killis in the Craigs; quhilk
sowm of twa thowsand merkis presently condescended to be given him,
with twa thousand merkis restand to him for the last yeiris tack dutie of
the teyndis, and eight thowsand six hundreth merkis restand be the toun
to him, conform to their band, makes in haill the sowm of twelve thowsand
six hundreth merkis, for quhich there is a band subscrivit in his favouris
and Barbara Barclay, his lady, of twelve thowsand merkis, bearing
annuellrent fra Whitsonday nixt, quhilk is to be delyvered to him wpon
his giving wp the band of eight thowsand six hundreth merkis; and there
being resting to compleit the said sowm six hundreth merkis, ordains the
provest to pay the samen to the said archbishop, with the sowm of ane
hundreth seventy twa pundis Scotis, for a quarter yeiris annuellrent of
the said sowm of eight thowsand six hundreth merkis restand at Whitsonday nixt.
Warrand, person of Glasgow.
Ordains John Johnstoun to have a warrand for twa hundreth fourtie
ane pundis fyve shilling Scotis, payed to baillie Barnes, for his expenssis
in going to Edinburgh and Kelso to wait wpon Mr. Richard Tweddale,
who is to be person of Glasgow.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to David Ross, merchand in Invernes,
as having commission fra the magistratis of the said burgh, the sowm of
four hundreth pounds Scotis, for helping the toun to build ane stone
bridge over the river Nes at Invernes, they having ane act of counsell for
seeking a voluntary contribution for that effect.
Litlegill, helping to build two bridges wpon Clyd and Duneden.
The magistratis and counsell, having considered ane act of his
Majesties privy councell, founded on twa actis of parliament in favouris
of William Baillie of Litlegill, for getting a voluntar contribution
towardis the building of twa bridges wpon Clyd and Duneden, (fn. 5) and for
exacting a small imposition fra them that passes the same, conform to
ane petition given in be the said Litlegill for ane supply or contribution
for helping forward so good a work, the saidis magistratis and counsell
have concluded and aggried that the said William Baillie shall have four
hundred pundis Scotis payed him be the toun, for helping to build the
saidis bridges, wpon these termes that he obleidge himself that the haill
burgessis and freemen of Glasgow shall be frie, when occasion offeris, to
pas and repas along the saidis bridges, without payment of any impost or
custome in tyme coming, after building of the saidis bridges, utherwayes
in lew therof, if he refuse to give the said obligation, they will be assistant
to him in collecting a contribution throw the toun to any person he shall
appoynt to collect the same, and that he shall have liberty to exact custome
fra the burgessis passing the saidis bridges allowed him be the act.
27 May 1682.
Anent the touns dinner.
Appoyntis the dean of gild to caws provyde the touns dinner against
the first Twesday of June nixt, and to aggrie als easie as he can, and in
what hows he thinkis fittest for making the same.
Proclamatioune for keeping 29 May.
Appoyntis a proclamatioune to be sent throw the toun anent the
keeping of the 29 of May.
Ordains the proveist to have a warrand for twenty fyve pund
starling for his charges and expenssis in going to Edinburgh when their
royall highnessis went from thence, and in going to Hamiltoun, quhilk
soum is to be allowed to the said proveist at his compt making of the
Anent the abuse to baillie Wallace be captain Innes.
If satisfaction be not given to baillie Wallace for the abuse done to
him be captain Innes and his nevoy, John Innes, betwixt and Twesday
come a eight dayes, appoynts summondis to be raised against them for
citeing them befor the privy counsell.
5 June 1682.
Proclamation, staple port at Camphire.
Appoyntis a proclamation establishing a Scotts staple port at
Camphire to be proclamed on Wednesday nixt, and appoyntis the dean of
gild to intimat the same to the merchandis.
Ordains the proveist to have a warrand for two hundreth and fourty
pounds Scotis payed to Edward and James Fountains, masteris of the
revellis, for discharging the ventneris in toun of the charges of horning
given them for keeping games or playes of quhatsomever kynd in their
howssis, and for freeing them of the lyke in tyme coming during their
gift; (fn. 6) and for twenty poundis starling payed to Mr. Richard Tweddale
for transporting him fra Kelso to be parson in Glasgow, and for ten
pund ten shillings starling for the charges and expenssis the toun was
at the 29 of May last; as also for four hundred pundis Scotis payed
to Litlegill for helping to build the twa bridges wpon Clyd and Duneden,
in respect he hes given his obligatioun, as the toun desyred, for freeing
the burgessis and inhabitantis from paying any custome therat.
Act anent the tron.
It is concluded, inacted and aggried that in tyme coming, for the
advantage of the tron, all butter and cheese browght in to this toun in
quantity, either bowght be burgessis out of the toun or browght in be
strangeris and sold to burgessis, shall be weighed at the tron and pay the
ordinar dewes to the tronner, and that it shall not be in the buyeris power
to accept of any bargain of that kynd on the selleris word without weighing the same, quhilk if they doe they shall notwithstanding be lyable for
the dewes of the tron.
6 June 1682.
Common good set.
[Mills, 10,000 merks; ladles, 3,600 merks; mealmarket and pecks, 850 merks;
tron, 960 merks; bridge, 1,760 merks.]
19 June 1682.
Act anent the new measouris and regulating pryces, common rubberis in the mercat.
Forasmuch as the magistratis and counsell, in obedience to ane act of
his Majesties right honourable privy councell, daitted the tenth day of
March 1682, proceeding wpon and relateing unto severall actis of parliament, have discharged all persons whatsomever, either in burgh or land, to
make use of any uther measure, in buying or selling victwall, then conform to the measouris of Linlithgow, quhich is declared to be the standart,
having cawsed make and conform their measouris to the said standart of
Linlithgow, in quhich they find that great abuses and exorbitancies hes
bein committed by these who brought their victwall to the mercatis within
this burgh, in keeping wp the pryces and selling the same conform to the
old measouris, quherby the leidges, and especially the poor, are prejudged,
quhich occasioned ane wproar within the toun be ane rabble of inconsiderable poor persons, quherof for the most pairt women; therfor the
saidis magistratis and counsell, in consideration of the saidis abuses,
heirby declares that no person who are resting any victwall bowght be
them in the mercatis of Glasgow, be the new measouris, aught to pay the
same untill as much of the pryce be rebaitted be the magistratis as the
new measouris are made les nor the old measouris were. And farder, for
preventing of the abuses and wrong done to the leidges, especially to the
poor, by these who rubbs the meill at the measouring therof, which
occasions ane great clamour, therfor they discharge the common rubberis
fra rubbing any meall in tyme coming, allowing the same to the selleris
only themselves, or their meneall servantis whom they bring with them,
certifieing such of the touns people and common rubberis as shall contravein the premissis, or any pairt therof, in tyme coming, or committ any
abuse or murmure against the helping of the measouris, they shall be
banished aff the toun and farder fyned and punished in their persons.
And farder, for avoyding of difference betwixt the buyeris and selleris of
victwall in tyme coming, the magistratis are appoynted to repair to the
mercat on the ordinar dayes and sie the pryces regulat, conform to the
measouris. And ordains thir presentis to be published throw the toun
by towke of drum that none pretend ignorance.
Anent reparatioun of harbour of Bruntisland.
In ansuer to the supplication given in be captain Michaell Seatone,
baillie of Bruntisland, proceeding wpon ane act of privy counsell for
getting a voluntar contribution fra this burgh and uther places for
helping to repair the harbour of Bruntisland, in manner contained in the
said act, the magistratis and counsell recommendis the same to the archbishop of Glasgow for giving ordour to the respective ministeris in the
toun to intimat the same out of the pulpit, and to appoynt a collection to
be at the kirk door for the use forsaid, and appoyntis baillie Barnes to
acquant the bishop and ministeris therwith.
1 July 1682.
Ane inventar of the Grammer School bibleothick.
Appoyntis the dean of gild and deacon conveener to take ane inventar
of the bibleothick in the Grammer Schooll, and to caws make ane press
to put them in, and delyver the same to the master and take his receipt
Appoynts the bandis restand be Argyll to be sent east to Edinburgh
with the proveist.
Anent proclaming the fair of Glasgow.
In respect it does not consist with the knouledge of the magistratis
and counsell who is baillie of the regality of Glasgow, (fn. 7) it is concluded and
aggried that the fair of Glasgow, for this present yeir, be proclamed in the
Kings name, the archbishop and magistratis, without naming any baillie
of the regality.
15 July 1682.
The proveist made report of his diligence at Edinburgh at the
generall convention of burrows, and that he had given the bandis restand
be Argyll to Hutchesones hospitall and the minister of the Blackfrier
Church, and had gotten the same marked be the clerk of the commission
appoynted to revise Argyllis estait.
Proveist to St. Andrewis and Edinburgh.
Appoyntis the proveist to attend the archbishop to Saint Andrews if
he goe to the consecration that is to be there; as also to goe to Edinburgh
anent the debt dew be Argyll, and to take with him whom he pleases to be
Zacharias Zibbs legacy.
[A discharge was subscribed by the magistrates and council, in name of the
merchants' hospital, for £2,090 17 s. 2 d. "of legacy left to the said hospitall be
umquhill Zacharias Zibbs, (fn. 8) and of five hundred merkis farder given to the said
hospitall that was left to be given to indigent persons."]
Ansuer to George Scheillis petition.
Anent ane supplicatioune presented to the magistratis and counsell
be George Scheills in Partick, mentioneing that quher the petitioner hes
ane tenement of land in Trongait, near the West Port, quhich was nixt to
ane uther tenement of his ther, lately burnt by ane accidentall fyre, and
was pulled doun the tyme therof, and seeing he is now intended to build
and repair the same with ane sclaitt rooff, humbly therfor supplicating the
said proveist and baillies to suffer him to build his said tenement als far
out in the foir syde wpon the high street as John Reid his land wpon the
east syde therof is, the said magistratis and counsell having repaired to the
said tenement and visited the same, and therafter considered the forsaid
supplication presented to them be the said George Scheillis, they have
granted and heirby grantis liberty to the said George to build his said
tenement als far out in the foir syde wpon the high street as the said John
Reid his land is, he always building the same decently in stane work and
putting ane sclaitt rooff theron.
14 August 1682.
Ordains the provest, John Bell, to pay to Mr. John Bell six hundreth
merkis for incouradging him to build his hows above the cross regularly
in sufficient stone work.
Lands joyned to New Grein.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to John Lowke, younger [£340 Scots,
being balance of price of] landis bowght fra him be the toun quhich are
joyned within the New Grein.
26 August 1682.
Provest and utheris to thank marq. of Montrose.
Appoyntis the proveist, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener
to thank the marqueis of Montrose for his favouris and kyndnes to this
toun, and that they think and try for somthing to be given to his lordship
and his lady, by way of complement, in name of the said toun.
Ansuer to doctor Brisbanes desyre anent a tomb.
In ansuer to the desyre of Mr. Mathow Brisbain, doctor of medicine,
grants liberty to him to put a tomb or buriall place in the High Kirk
yaird, at the east end of the wall of the High Kirk, and to sett the back
of the said tomb to the said wall; and appoyntis the dean of gild and
deacon conveener to sie the said wall be not prejudged therby.
Warrand, thesaurer, archbishop.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to George Grahame the sowm of ane
hundreth nyntie fyve poundis Scotis, for his expenssis in waiting on my
lord primat severall tymes to Kilsyth, when he was bishop of Glasgow,
and going to Edinburgh with the present archbishop and his lady, and
uther expenssis in waiting on them these twa yeiris he was baillie.
Ordains the proveist, John Bell, to pay to Cuthbert Campbell four
hundreth merkis farther then the thowsand merk given him formerly for
incouradging him to build his hous in the Saltmercat that was burnt by
the lait accidentall fyre, and to pay to John Blair the sowm of four
hundreth and fifty poundis Scotis for helping him to build his hows in the
Briggait in stane work, and to pay to James Armour four hundreth
poundis for incouradging him to build his hows in Stockwellgait in stane
wark, he being impeded be the magistratis and counsell to theick the same;
and thir presentis, with the foirnamed persons their receiptis in the book,
shall obtain the samen allowed to the said proveist at his compt making
of the excys.
Calseyes to be mended.
Recommendis to the dean of gild to caus mend what calseys are most
neidfull and requisit in and about the toun, and particularly the calsey of
the great bridge over Clyd.
Ordains the provest to have ane warrand for the sowm of . . . ane
hundreth and twenty pundis Scotis, deburst to advocatis and their servandis
in consulting the bandis dew be Argyll to the hospitall and minister of
the Blackfrier Kirk, and for drawing a petition to be presented to the
King and his royall highnes theranent.
2 September 1682.
Report, clerk, his diligence at Edinburgh anent the fynes.
The proveist and baillies made report that they had appoynted the
clerk to repair to Edinburgh for clearing of any mistakes concerning the
fyning of the irregular persons in the toun, and to speak to my lord
chancellour theranent, and to inform him of the affair, and to show him
the decreit extracted against the said persons for their fynes, and to desyre
his advyce what method showld be followed for putting of the said decreit
to execution, as also that they had appoynted him to take advyce of his
Majesties advocat as to the formality of the said decreit; of the quhilk
the clerk made report he had done, and of the chancellour and
advocatis opinion therin, quhilk was allowed and approven of be the
saids magistratis and counsell, and ordains the clerk to wplift and receive
alsmuch of the first and readiest of the saidis fynes as will pay him for
his charges and debursmentis in going to Edinburgh anent the said affair
and advysing the same, conform as he shall give in his accompt, at leist
ordains the person who shall be appoynted to collect the saidis fynes to pay
to the clerk the said charges and debursmentis out of the first and readiest
therof, and for his pains and truble in obtaining the said decreit and
uther pains theranent; as also ordains ilk ane of the clerks servantis in
the chamber to have twenty dollouris out of the saidis fynes, for their
pains in wryting listis, lybellis and utheris, and extract of the said decreit.
30 September 1682.
The proveist, John Bell, made report that he had imployed his son
Colin, who is at London, to use what diligence he cowld for getting preference of the debt dew be Argyll to the hospitall and Blackfrier Kirk,
and that his son had drawen bill for payment of twenty pound starling, for
defraying his charges and expenssis, quhilk was allowed, and any thing
was to be farder allowed him for his pains and expenssis was continowed be
the saidis magistratis and counsell, to be considered be them at the said
Colin his home coming.
Act, merchandis and trades anent their buildings.
The magistratis and counsell taking to consideration that they had
ingadged the dean of gild and merchand rank to build a large stane
lodging, for the use of the poor, wpon the corner of the streetis of Trongait
and Saltmercat, for the better decoreing of the toun, that ruinous ground
ther being by all appearance lyklie to ly unbuilded by any who had
interest therin, or otheris, and that they find the samen cannot be done by
any stock belonging to the said hospitall without ane considerable supply
and help, therfor they have heirby aggried and concluded to pay out of
the moneyes belonging to the toun of Glasgow the haill pryce that the
stane work of the said lodging shall amount to; and farder the saidis
magistratis and counsell heirby inactis and obleidges them that, in case
the memberis of the crafts hospitall will caws build ane other tenement
in a decent manner wpon the uther corner of the street, on the east syde
of the Saltmercat, or any uther publict place of the toun, quher the samen
is ruinous and lately burnt, they shall pay the equivalent sowm to the
deacon conveener and deacons of the said burgh, for incouradging them
to doe the same, as shall be given to the merchandis hows; and if the stane
work therof shall stand more then the merchandis hows they shall
lykwayes pay the samen, with twa thowsand merkis farder in respect the
merchandis have bein formerly supplyed in uther works when nothing hes
bein payed to the trades.
Warrandis, thesaurer, post.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to John Alexander, post, ane hundreth
pounds Scotis to buy him a horse for his extraordinar service this last
yeir, and to pay to him thrie scoir pundis Scotis quhilk he payed to
Robert Mein for furnishing the newes letteris and gazettis the said tyme,
and to pay farder ten pund ten shilling he debursed for confectiones that
the proveist gote on the touns accompt, and ten merkis he gave Donald
M'Kay for half a barrell of herring that was promeist him for sending the
newes letteris and gazettis extraordinar, quhilk half barrell of herring is
ordained to be given yeirly for that end.
Warrand, thesaurer, setting houssis.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to Walter Colquhoun ten dollouris in
hand, and appoyntis him to goe throw the toun and take account of these
who come in to the toun without testimoniallis, and of these that sett them
howssis without ane warrand fra the magistratis, and that he give in ane
list of the samen to the magistratis, for which he is to get allowance out of
fynes that are to [be] exacted of them therfor.
3 October 1682.
Election of the magistratis.
[The archbishop appointed John Barnes to be provost for the ensuing
year.] And thereafter the said John Barnes, proveist, did send for John
Fleyming of Cowtstoun, Alexander Yuill, John Crawford and John
Andersone, called Machlin John, merchandis, for filling wp the number
of the toun counsell as to the merchand rank, in place of two who wer
deceassed and other two who had never compeired to accept; as also the
said provest did send for David Wilsoun, skinner, and John Stirling,
maltman, for filling wp the counsell of these wanting for the craftis rank,
in place of one that was deceassed and another that never accepted;
against quhilk it was objected be John Bell, lait provest, that the samen
was contrair to the sett and priviledges of the burgh, and to the provestis
oun burges oath, to send for any person off the streetis and summarly to
creat them counsellouris without consent of the toun counsell, and that
the samen had never bein the practise of any provest swa to do; and als
it was objected be the said John Bell against the said Alexander Yuill
that he could not be admitted nor received as ane counsellour, in respect
he was never admitted burges and gildbrother of the said burgh, and
swa was contrair to the constitution therof; quherto it was ansuered by
the said John Barnes, provest, that what he did in sending for the foirnamed persons for filling wp the full number of the counsell was to the
end there might be fitt persons gotten who might elect or be elected
baillies, and that he was content to take the said Alexander Yuill his
oath as ane burges and gildbrother, and to admit him presently. Lykas
compeired the said Alexander and offered to give his aith, and desyred to
be admitted burges and gildbrother, declaring that it was none of his
fault that he was not admitted and sworn formerly. Wherto it was
replyed be the said John Bell that it was not the magistratis and counsell
that did admitt burgessis and gildbrether, and take their oathes, bot only
the dean of gild and his bretheren in their oun court. Wherwpon, and
in respect of the forsaid objections, he protested against the haill foirnamed persons, and als the proveist, in case of electing them to be counsellouris, as being illegall for the reasons forsaid; notwithstanding quherof
the said John Barnes, proveist, did admitt, receive and swear the fornamed
persons to be counsellouris. Wherwpon, and wpon the haill premissis,
the said proveist Barnes, John Bell, Alexander Yuill, and ilk ane of them
asked instrumentis, ane or mae, in the handis of George Andersone,
nottar publict, toun clerk of the said burgh. [Thereafter, from leets
presented to him, the archbishop chose John Fleyming and Alexander
Yuill, merchants, and Alexander Ross, craftsman, to be bailies for the
6 October 1682.
[The magistrates of this and the two preceding years, with persons appointed
to supply vacancies, elected thirteen merchants and twelve craftsmen to be counsellors for the ensuing year.]
11 October 1682.
Dean of gild, etc.
[Hugh Nisbit, dean of guild; Robert Telfer, hammerman, deacon convener;
John Mitchell, visitor of maltmen; (fn. 9) Andrew Younger, treasurer; John Anderson,
water bailie; John M'Cuir, bailie of Gorbals; John Andersone, master of work;
John Mackie, visitor of gardeners; John Grahame, procurator fiscal.]
14 October 1682.
Dean of gild and utheris taken the test.
The dean of gild, deacon conveener, Gorball baillie, and James Muir
who was choysen visitour, did all of them, with John Boyd who was
choysen a counsellour and gave his oath, take and swear the oath and
test, and the proveist, baillies and counsell forsaid, with the toun clerk,
did, in ane dutifull obedience to his Majesties lait act of parliament,
subscrive the oath and test, having taken and sworne the same at their
severall elections conform to the tennour therof in all poyntis.
Summondis against toun.
Appoyntis the summondis of reduction and improbatioune given to
the toun, at the instance of the Kings advocat and John Bowie, to be sent
east to the touns agent that he may aquant the touns advocatis therof,
for preventing any hazard that may come wpon the toun therby.
Lait proveist to preceed in counsell.
Be plurality of vottes, it is concluded that what lait proveist shall be
present in counsell he shall preceid therin, in the provestis absence; and
that no person give warrandis for getting malt fra the mylnes excyse frie,
except the present provest when he is in toun.
Bread, tallow, candle.
[The 12 d. loaf to weigh 13 oz.; rough tallow to be sold for 40 s. the stone;
candle, 46 s. 8 d. the stone.]
23 November 1682.
Election of deacon conconvener.
The magistratis and counsell being conveened for electing and choysing ane deacon conveener of this burgh, for the yeir ensewing, conform
to the lordis of his Majesties most honourabll privy councell their
ordinance theranent, compeired William Spalding, deacon of taylouris,
and John Ross, deacon of cordoneris, and presented the lites made be the
deacons and members of the deacon conveeneris hows, wherby they elect
and choyse Robert Telfer, present deacon of the hammermen, James
Fairie, lait baillie, and John Raltoun, lait visitor of maltmen, to be presented to the saids magistratis and counsell, to the effect one of them may
be choysen deacon conveener for the said yeir ensewing; and craved that,
in respect it consisted with the said proveist his knowledge that the haill
deacons and electouris of the saidis lites had ordourly taken and subscrivit the test in his presence, the saidis magistratis and counsell wold
therfor proceed to the forsaid election, conform to the saids lites and the
ordinary custome; wherunto it was ansuered be John Wallace, lait baillie,
then present, that he had commission from the lord chancellour of Scotland and the archbishop of Glasgow, his grace, to be presis in the said
deacon conveeneris hows at the said election, and to make and present lites
to the deacons and memberis therof, out of quhilk they ought to have
choysen any thrie of the number to be presented to the said toun counsell
to the effect forsaid, and quhilk lites he had accordingly presented to
them, and they had refused the same and that therwpon they had
hinc inde taken instrumentis; in respect quherof the saids lites now
presented ought not to be respected, neither any deacon conveener elected
out therof, as being contrary to the effect of his said ordour and commission; and for instruction of his said commission produced ane letter direct
to him be the said lord archbishop of Glasgow importing the same.
Which letter John Bell, lait proveist, desyred might be red in the
councell and insert and recorded in the toun councell bookis, bot the
samen was refused be the provest, in respect that the samen was produced
both at the deacons giving account to his lordship of their election, as
also at the election of the lites for the deacon conveener in the deacon
conveeners hows, and instrumentis taken hinc inde therwpon, and therfor
thowght it not necessar that the samen showld be now produced befor
the councell of Glasgow till he returned a report of his diligence to the
lord chancellor and the said archbishop of the deacon conveeners memberis
their cariage in the affair, and thought it also fitt to adjourn his counsell
to a further dyet till he knew my lord chancellour and the said archbishop
their mynds theranent, which his lordship accordingly [did]; and William
Spalding, in name of the trades, protested the said delay might not be
imputed to their fault, they having ordourly elected and proceeded conform to the councellis ordinance and the constitution and ordinary
practise of the saids trades. Wherupon, and wpon all and sundry the
premissis the saids John Wallace, with John Andersone, maister of wark,
who also concurred with him in his protestatioune, John Bell and William
Spalding, asked and took instruments.
6 December 1682.
Election of deacon conveener.
The magistratis and counsell being conveined, John Bell, lait provest, desyred the present provest to produce and exhibit ane act of his
Majesties privy councell, quhilk he heard was gotten owt, ordaining them
to make choice of ane qualified and fitt tradesman to be deacon conveiner
of this burgh for the ensewing yeir, that the samen might be red publictly.
Quhilk act the provest declared he wold not produce till the counsell wer
filled wp with persons in place of these who are deceissed and had not
accepted. [After various replies and answers James Campbell, late provost, gave in the following protestation:] Wheras by the certain constitution of this city, and by the acts and immemoriall custome and
practise therof, the election of the counsellouris of the samen have bein
immediately after the election of the magistratis yeirly, and in case of
the refusall of any (that current yeir) to compeir and accept, it hes bein
the constant custome and practise to caws warne them be ane officer
thrie severall dyets personally to that effect, and, in case of contumacy or
refusall to accept, the magistratis and councell were in that case constantly in use to proceed to ane election of utheris in their place by votting,
quhilk practise was also followed in case of the deceis of any that year
befor their places were filled wp, and nottheles, finding that yow my lord
proveist is calling for persons aff the streets summarly to receive them as
counsellouris, without ane votte of the toun counsell, contrair to the
forsaid sett, actis, and immemoriall custom and practise aforesaid, therfor
I for my self, and in name and behalf of the remanent councellouris of
this city, and also of the haill incorporatioune adhering to this my
protestatioune, doe heirby humbly protest theragainst, as being illegall
and a direct subverting and overturning the fundamentall lawes, sett and
constitution of this city, and that the same may be null and voyde, and
appealls to the right honourable the lordis of his Majesties privy councell
against yow for remeid of law; and craves yow, George Andersone, city
clerk, to record this protestatioune in the councell bookis.
[The present provost having sent for three merchants, he admitted
them councillors in place of others who were deceased or had not accepted,
and he produced an act of the privy council, dated 30th November last, with
a leet of three persons, that one of them might be chosen deacon convener.
Against this James Campbell and others protested, and nominated for
the office "John Findlay who is nottourly known to be ane honest, discreit and loyall tradesman, fitt to serve in the forsaid office the space
forsaid, and who hes not only bein most ordourly, and against whom no
legall exception can be moved, bot obsequious also to his Majesties lawes
by taking the test, and who wpon all occasions is most willing to serve
his Majesties interest in whatsoever station he shall be called to." The
act of privy council produced by the provost authorised him to convene
the magistrates and council, who were empowered "to elect and make
choice of ane fitt and qualified tradesman, freeman and burges, to be
deacon convener for this ensewing yeir." A majority of the town
council voted for John Wallace, whose name was included in the leet
presented by the provost, and he was appointed deacon convener accordingly, under protest by the minority.]
Visitor of maltmen.
Ther was another act and ordinance produced fra the lords of his
Majesties most honourable privy councell, ordaining the magistrats and
toun counsell of the said burgh to make choice of ane to be visitor of the
maltmen for the yeir ensewing, owt of the lyte last made be the incorporatioun of the maltmen. . . . Be plurality of vottes John Walker
was elected and choysen to be visitor of the maltmen for the ensewing
yeir to the next election.
19 December 1682.
The proveist, with some utheris, having presented that it was fitt
some method showld be taken for releiving the toun and inhabitants of
the burden that lyes on them throw the continwing of the fishing society,
it is heirby recommended to the dean of gild and deacon conveener to convein their respective howssis and incorporatiounes, and to give their
advyce what is fitt to be done for getting the said society dissolved, that
the burgessis may have liberty to make fish when they please, and that
persons be imployed for agenting of the said affair with advyce of the
magistratis and toun counsell. (fn. 10)
Ther was ane act of the lordis of his Majesties privy councell produced, daitted the seventh day of December instant, approving of the
magistratis and toun counsell their electing of John Wallace to be deacon
conveener for the yeir ensewing.