20 January 1683.
Appoynts the provest with John Bell, lait proveist, dean of gild,
deacon conveener, and the clerk, to meet with James Stewart of Limloch
and to settle and aggrie with him anent the pryce of his aiker of land
joyned to the New Grein and the few duties he had out of umquhill James
Bells landis above the cross, and to report.
It was concluded and aggried that William Charteris get twelve
hundreth merkis for the pryce of his thrie aikers of land joyned to the
Ordains baillie Fleyming to pay to Mr. John Zymbathie the sowm of
twa hundreth and fifty merkis, partly for charity and for twa written
broadis furnished to the toun, being ane Hungarian and left his countrey
for his religion.
31 January 1683.
The magistratis and counsell, taking to their consideration that Mr.
Alexander Kinneir was formerlie presented to serve the cure as a minister
of the toun in place of the minister of the Blackfrier Kirk, and that his
yeirly stipend was not fully aggreed and condescended on, it is therfor
concluded and aggried that he get ane thowsand pound Scotis payed him
yeirly, during the magistratis and counsell their will and pleasour, and his
serving the cure as a minister of the toun, on this condition that his
present allowance of ane thowsand pounds yeirly, during pleasour, shall
not be binding on them nor their successeris in office for paying the same,
bot that they may restrict him to the soum contained in his presentatioune,
quhilk is the annualrent of ten thowsand pound dew by the lait Argyll, or
The proveist declared that he had bein at great charges and expenssis
in persewing the trades befor the lordis of his Majesties privy councell,
for votteing and making lites and choysing their deacons at the last
election, as also for the deacon conveener, and in getting ane ordour for
making of new electiones, in respect they had not taken the test at their
former electiones, to quhilk it was ansuered be proveist James Campbell
that ther was no reason any such charges or expenssis showld be allowed
him, in respect that what he did in that affair was without any act or
warrand from the toun counsell, quhilk he owght to have had for that
effect if he had expected any allowance from the toun of his expenssis,
and quhilk is ordinar for any person imployed in the touns affairis to
have; to quhilk it was replyed be the provest that he found no necessity for
taking advyce or ordour from the toun counsell for that end, in respect
that what he did was in persewing the Kings interest; to quhilk it was
duplyed be the said James that it was not the Kings interest the provest
was persewing, and swa the said James Campbell and Alexander Ross,
baillie, declared that they wer against allowing him any charges or
expenssis for the cawssis forsaid; bot the said baillie was content (as he
declared) that the proveistis charges showld be allowed him be the toun, on
these termes that the expenssis the trades had bein put to in that persuit
showld lykwayes be payed them and no utherwayes; quherwpon the said
proveist, James Campbell and Alexander Ross took instruments. Therafter the proveist did put it to a votte of counsell if they wold allow him
his expenssis or no, and be plurality of vottes it was caried and aggried
on that the same showld be allowed him and payed be the toun.
Crawfurd of Crawfurdsburne, fyne.
The magistratis and counsell, taking to consideration the supplication
given in to them be Thomas Craufurd of Craufurdsburne, merchand,
ordains his burges and gild brother ticket to be given wp to him, and his
fyne of ane hundred pound delyvered back, which was taken fra him be
the magistratis in anno , (fn. 1) and that for taking away differences and
animosities and keeping concord amongst freindis.
13 March 1683.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to Johne Maxwell, wright, the soum of
fyve poundis starling quhilk he payed to the montebank (fn. 2) for cutting off
umquhill Archibald Bishops legg.
5 May 1683.
Dunbartans petition anent building their bridge.
In ansuer to the supplication given in be the magistratis of Dunbartan, for themselves and in name of the burgh, cravand a supply for
helping to build a bridge over the water of Levin, whilk being taken to the
saids magistratis and counsell their consideratioune, it is inacted and
ordained that ane contribution be collected throw the toun towardis the
helping to build the said bridge, be such persons as the proveist, baillies,
dean of gild and deacon conveener shall name and appoynt for that effect,
on these termes that the haill burgessis and inhabitants of this burgh,
and goodis belonging to them, shall be frie of any dutie in coming or
going alongst the said bridge, and on such uther termes as the magistratis and counsell, with the toun of Dunbartan, shall aggrie wpon, and
the toun of Dunbartan to obleidge themselves therto befor the said contribution be payed them.
Strangeris and vagabondis.
John Ritchie, elder, merchand, and Thomas Urie, wright, to take
account throw the haill toun of what persons resetts and harbours
strangers and vagaboundis, and of the strangeris and vagaboundis themselves, and to give nottice of the same weekly to the magistratis and
counsell, and what fynes are gotten fra the transgressouris that the samen
be given in and distribute to the poor, and appoynts the saidis John
Ritchie and Thomas Urie, each of them, to have fourty shilling Scotis
weekly for their pains.
Ansuer to petition of taksman of the peckis.
Baillie Fleyming, the dean of gild and deacon conveener, made
report that they had considered the petition given in be Robert Fleyming,
tacksman of the peckis, desyring the magistratis and counsell to give him
allowance for the loss he sustained throw breaking the pecks and changing the measours, and declared that they had taken information fra
severall honest men, knoun in that affair, quherby they find that the
supplicant cowld not get so much this year as will make him wp the four
hundred twenty fyve merkis he hes payed already for the half of the tack
dewty, yet they think it not fitt he should have any thing of that payed
him back, bot its their opinion the magistratis and counsell give him wp
his band they have for the uther half, and to free him of any farder
payment; quhilk report was allowed and approven be the saids magistratis and counsell, and ordains the clerk to delyver him wp his band, and
heirby discharges him of the soum contained in the same.
Ane minut of contract was produced, subscrivit be the memberis of the
fishing society and the proveist, bearing that he had bowght, at the
desyre of the merchandis and trades in the said burgh, the salt, cask,
hoopes, knappell, wood and utheris, with the two store howssis and haill
pertinentis therto belonging, quherby the said proveist as principall, and
William and George Andersones as cautionouris for him, are obleidged to
give responsall and sufficient security to the said fishing society for the
soume of threttie thrie thowsand and thrie hundreth pundis Scotis, (fn. 3) payable
at Martimes nixt, as being the pryce at quhilk the said store and storehowssis was rowped; quhilk bargain swa made be the provest was allowed
and approven be the saidis magistratis and counsell, and heirby binds and
obleissis them and their successouris in office to take the said bargain aff
his hand, and to pay or caws the said soum obleist therfor be payed.
. . . And to the effect the said salt, cask, hoopes and utheris abovewrittin, except the two storehoussis, quhilk the toun is to keep in their
oun hand and to pay the pryce proportionally, as the samen was rowped
with the rest, may be the easier payed against the term, and for freeing
the town of any farder trowble, appoynts the dean of gild and deacon
conveener to conveen their respective incorporationes of merchandis and
crafts, and to sell the said salt, with the cask, hoopes, knappell, wood and
utheris, amongst themselves, either by rowpe or utherwayes, at the best
availl and pryces they can.
21 May 1683.
Act anent the bargain of salt, etc., belonging to fishing society.
The magistratis and toun counsell having taken to consideration the
bargain of the salt, cask, hoopes, knappell, wood, with the rest of the store
and storehowssis bowght be the provest fra the fishing company, lying in
Greinock, and what way the samen shall be disposed of for paying the
pryce therof, it is concluded that the merchandis and trades shall accept
and take the salt, cask, hoopes, knappell, Holland wood and French wood,
at [£28,243 11s. 5d.]; and to sell and dispose therwpon at the best availl
they can, and give sufficient security amongst them for paying the said
soum at Martimes nixt; and that the toun is to detain and keep the two
storehowssis, with the sheddis, iron chist, and pertinentis belonging
therto, for the use of the said burgh and commonality, and to give the
toun security for [£5,109] Scotis payable at the said term; and recommendis to the dean of gild and deacon conveener to appoynt persons of
their oun number to receive the said salt and utheris fra Patrick Murray,
or any having warrand to delyver the same; and that the toun will
appoynt some person to repair to Greinock for sighting of the twa storehowssis and shedds and having a care of the same.
Militia horssis, kilnes in the Craigs.
Appoynts the provest, baillies [and five others] to meet and name
what persons they think most fitt for putting out of militia horssis
for the toun; as also to consider of the loss and damnage sustained be
Mary Rowand, John Cuming and Robert Tennent, by spoylling their
kilnes in the Craigs, throw the touns winning of stanes ther, and to
sight the samen, and to condescend what they think fitt to be given them
for the said loss, and to report.
26 May 1683.
Anent the bargain of the fishing society.
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveined, the proveist and
dean of gild made report that they and the merchandis in the toun,
having conveened in the merchandis hospitall on the twenty ane of this
instant, they had sold the salt, cask, hoopes, knappell, wood and utheris,
except the storehowssis, quhilk is reserved to the toun, bowght fra the
fishing company, to Robert Campbell, lait dean of gild, by ane publict
rowpe in the said hospitall, for the sowm of twenty seven thowsand
poundis, for quhich he was to give security to the said fishing society for
paying the said sowm at Martinmes nixt, and releiving the proveist and
his cautioneris and all utheris concerned of any obleisment granted
therfor; conform quherto the said Robert, the said day the forsaid bargain
was rowped, did accept and receive ane ordour fra the proveist and
William and George Andersones, his cautioners, direct to Patrick
Murray, who was then at Greenock, to delyver him the salt and utheris
sold to him, quhich accordingly he shew and produced to the said Patrick,
who went alongst with the said Robert and shewed to him the said salt,
kask, knappell and utheris, and offered and declared he was content to
delyver the samen to him conform to the said ordour, quhilk after sighting the said Robert refused to accept of and receive, in respect the said
salt was not conform to bargain, not being all Portugall salt, bot a considerable pairt therof Alicant salt, and therwpon the said Patrick Murray
had taken instrumentis against the said Robert for not acceptance, and
for coast, skaith and damnage; and this day the proveist, merchand
baillies, dean of gild, and severall of the merchand rank, having conveened the merchand hows, the proveist, for himself and in name of the
toun of Glasgow and these present, desyred and requyred the said Robert
Campbell to receive the said salt and utheris sold to him at the rowpe,
quherunto it was ansuered be the said Robert that he wold not accept of
the same for the reasons aforesaid contained in Patrick Murrayes instrument, bot that he wold receive the said bargain in case the salt wer conforme as the samen was sold to the proveist, quhilk it was not; wpon
quhilk refusall the proveist took instruments against the said Robert and
protested for coast, skaith, damnage and remeid of law. All quhilkis
being taken to the said proveist, baillies and counsell their consideration,
it is concluded that the proveist, baillies, dean of gild, deacon conveener,
with John Andersone, maister of wark, shall meet with the said Robert
Campbell and try if they can perswade him yet to receive and accept of
the said bargain of salt and utheris forsaid, and wpon his refusall to
protest that he may be lyable for all coast, skaith, damnage, penalties or
utheris quherin the toun are lyable by quhatsomever obleismentis or contractis granted be them in favouris of the fishing society, and all danger,
interest or expenssis they shall happen to sustain therthrow, as also for
the pryce for quhilk the samen was bowght. And in case he shall
refuse to receive the same and give security, it is heirby inacted and
aggreed on that the magistratis and toun counsell shall give band and
security to the fishing society for the same for frieing the toun of any
penalties that may be incurred throw delay therof.
20 June 1683.
The magistratis and counsell having taken to their consideration ane
charge of horning given to the provest and his cautioners, at the instance
of the fishing society, for accepting and receiving the salt, cask and
remanent store and storehowssis bowght fra them, and to give security
for the same, it was concluded that Robert Campbell be sent for and tryed
if he will accept of the said salt and utheris bowght be him in the
merchandis hospitall, and that he shall be no loser by the bargain, sieing
the salt is not all of that species, and as he declared not so vendible, the
said Robert doing his owtmost indavour and diligence for disposing and
making sale of the said salt and goodis, and giving no ease or abaittment
in selling therof, as if the same wer sold on his oun account, and no
abaittment to be given him; the said Robert allwayes giving security to
the said fishing company for paying the pryce of the said salt and utheris,
more or less, as they have to delyver to him conform to the aggreement,
and releiving the provest and his cautioneris and the toun of Glasgow
of the samen. At quhich tyme compeired the said Robert and declared
that he was willing and content to accept and receive the said bargain of
salt and utheris on the termes aforsaid, that they wold not suffer him to
be any loser and make wp what loss he showld sustain therthrow, and
wpon the rest of the termes and conditions above mentioned, quhilk was
condescended to be baith pairties. And for that end appoynts the provest,
and whom uthers he pleases to take with him, to repair to Greenock with
the said Robert tomorrow, and put him in possession and receiving of
the said salt and utheris, and to take nottice what of the same is not
conform to the bargain.
John Scott to supply Ninian Johnston's place at Newport.
The magistratis and counsell, taking to their consideration severall
complaints made this long tyme past against Ninian Johnston, who hes
the keeping of the touns closs and sellaris at Newport and the measouring
of the salt ther, they therfor discharge him fra that office and imployment, and all in ane voyce nominatis and appoynts John Scott, merchand
in Glasgow, to have that place and haill caswalities belonging therto, as
the said Ninian had, and appoynts the provest at his downgoing to put the
said John in possession therof.
Anent anchorage within harbour of Newport.
Appoynts proveist, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener to
consider and appoynt what anchorage shall be exacted fra any vessells
and boats that comes within the harbour of Newport, and what of the
vessellis shall be lyable in, or free of the same, and to report.
Warrand, college of St. Andrews.
Ordains the thesaurer to have ane warrand for twenty fyve pound
starling payed to doctour Skene, proveist of the old colledge of St.
Andrews, for helping to repair the said colledge.
[The treasurer to have a warrant for £13 4s. paid to "Thomas Young,
schoolmaister in Govean, for the touns pairt of the Gorballis for helping the bell
4 August 1683.
Remitt anent Sir Adam Blairs affair.; Convention, stent roll.
The proveist made report that Sir Adam Blair was insisting against
the toun, befor the exchequer, for the soum of fyve thowsand twa hundreth
merks, as the touns proportion of eightie thowsand merks imposed on the
borrows to be payed to his Majestie in anno 1650, (fn. 4) and that be the moyan
he hes made he is lyke to get the toun decerned to pay the same, notwithstanding of all the defences proponed in the touns favouris, yet be the
interposition of freinds the samen was last exchequer day delayed till
my lord high thesaurer and the archbishop of Glasgow showld canvesce
the said affair, to whom Sir Adam and his freinds were content to referr
the same if the magistratis and counsell of Glasgow were satisfied; whilk
being taken to the saids magistratis and counsell their consideration, for
avoyding of pley and expenssis, they remitt the same to the determinatioune of the said high thesaurer and archbishop, with consent of the
proveist, and to doe therin as they think fitt for the best advantage of
the toun. The same day, the proveist also made report of his diligence at
the last convention of burrows, and that the toun was highted in the stent
roll thrie poundis Scotis more then what they payed formerly, (fn. 5) and produced ane extract of ane instrument taken against Sir James Rochheid for
refusing to extract ane instrument taken in his hands against the convention for their illegall proceeding in that affair; and ordains the proveists expenssis to be payed for his being at Edinburgh by any person that
hes money in their hand, as also that the clerk be payed for his expenssis
and debursmentis for his being at Edinburgh anent the touns affairs in
Horologes in Hutchesons hospitall.
Appoynts the proveist, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener,
with proveist Bell, to sight the horologe in Hutchesones hospitall put wp
by James Colquhoun, and to settle and aggrie with him for what he is to
have for his pains in doing of the same, and to report.
Allowance for damnage of kilnes in Westercraigs.
The proveist, baillies and dean of gild, with these who were appoynted,
made report that they had considered the loss and abuse done to the kilnes
of Westercraigs belonging to John Cuming, Robert Tennent and Mary
Rowand, throw the touns winning of stanes ther, and that they find that
the kilne belonging to the said John, quhilk had a well that furnished
water to the steep, the same is altogether become dry and his kilne
rendered useles, in respect the water quhich was in the well runs into his
kilne pott, and the gavell therof also is spoyled by the redd laid therto;
and that Robert Tennent hes lost the benefeit of a well he had there, and
the gavell of his kilne and yaird dyck is spoyled; and finds Mary
Rowandis kilne spoyled and abused in the gavell; for quhilk loss it was
their opinion that John Cuming showld have ane hundreth poundis
Scotis, and ilk ane of the uther two ane hundreth merkis the peice;
quhilk was allowed and approvin be the said magistratis and counsell;
and ordains the clerk to give a warrand wpon Frederick Hamilton to pay
the same out of the ground anwellis, feu duties and utheris wplifted be
him and belonging to the toun.
28 September 1683.
Report anent horologes in Hutchesons hospitall.
These who wer appoynted to aggree with James Colquhoun for putting
wp the new horologes in the steeple of Hutchesouns hospitall made report
that they had settled with him for four hundred and fifty merkis, which
is allowed and approven be the saids magistratis and counsell.
Warrand, Bellis Wynd.
Ordains the thesaurer to have ane warrand . . . for fyve hundred merkis payed to Mr. John Bell, which was allowed to him be the
toun more then what he gote formerly for building his land in a decent
way and decoring Bellis Wynd.
Hoofe for coalls at Newport.
The proveist, baillies and toun counsell, being conveened anent the
supplication given in to them be James Crawfurd of Gartnavill, merchand,
burges of the said burgh, desyring liberty of als much ground at Newport
Glasgow as to build ane hooff of stane wark for laying in and keeping of
coalls at the back of the touns key and on the north syde of the passage
and high way, betwixt the touns howssis and closs and the harbour
towardis the sea, of the length of about fifty foot and thretty foot of
breadth or therby, for which he shall pay to the toun what they shall think
fitt in reason to exact. Whilk [being taken to their consideration] and
finding the same not to be prejudiciall to the toun bot rather ane advantage
to have ane hooffe for coalls there, both to them that dwellis on the touns
ground and them that posseses the touns great lodging, they [granted the
liberty James Crawfurd desired, he paying a reasonable feu-duty for the
Act, vending drink at Newport.
Anent ane supplication given in to the saids magistrats and counsell be
James Andersone at Newport Glasgow, making mention that at his entry
to the touns hows ther, for his incowradgment it was promised that no
persones showld vent ale, beir or wynes wpon the touns ground ther bot
himself, except these who wer there befor his entrie and did the same,
and that he is informed some persons doe designe to brew and vent drink
ther, quhilk will be to his prejudice, therfor supplicating that they may
be discharged to doe the same; whilk being taken to the saids magistratis
and counsell their consideration [they declared] that no person shall brew
or sell any drink either within the touns closs there or any of the touns
ground except these who are tolerat to doe the same befor the said James
his entry to the hows, and if any shall presume to doe the same in tyme
coming that they be discharged excepting as said is.
29 September 1683.
It was concluded that these who putts out the militia horssis for the
toun shall be payed at Mertimes nixt at the rate that otheris gote formerly,
which is thrie hundred merkis for horse, furniture and armes and a man
to ryde, and a hundred merk by yeir for maintaining the horse and
eightein shilling ilk day they ryde, the putteris out of the horse giving
such security for doing duty and releiving the toun as these did befor who
had the same.
John Alexander, postmaster, burges and gild brother.
Anent ane supplication given in be John Alexander, postmaster,
humbly desyring that the toun wold allow him somthing as formerly for
his extraordinar ryding in the tounes affairis, and the loss he hes sustained
throw the deadnes of the tyme and want of the summer session, and to
ingadge him the farder to be ane obedient and dutifull servant that they
wold be pleased to admitt him burges and gild brother of this burgh, he
being only burges gratis; quhilk being taken to the saids magistrats and
counsell their consideration, it is inacted and ordained that the said John
be made burges and gild brother for him and his posteritie, without
paying any dewes, and to hold his fynes as payed for service done and to
be done, and appoynts the dean of gild to admitt him accordingly; and
farder ordains the thesaurer to pay to the said John Alexander ane
hundred merkis for extraordinar ryding and service the last yeir.
Ordains Robert Fynnisone to have ane warrand for fyve pound
starling payed to John Alexander, quhilk he debursed to Robert Mein for
furnishing newes letteris and gazetts to the toun this last yeir, with ten
merkis farder paid for sending the saidis letteris extraordinar; and also
for six poundis starling payed to James Muir and Richard Manuell,
servantis in the clerkis chamber, for extraordinar wryting in the touns
affairis the last yeir, and for attending above a quarter of a yeir in the
chamber till ten aclock ilk night for taking wp a list of what strangeris
came into the toun and giving wp the same to the guard.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to James Park, the dean of gildis officer,
the sowm of (blank) and to pay to Robert Andersone the deacon conveeners officer eight poundis fourtein shilling, for their service done to
the toun the last yeir; and to pay to James Duncan twenty four poundis
for service done be him in furnishing of roses and floweris to the cownsellhows and kirkis, to the magistratis and counsell.
Act of privy councell, test.
The proveist produced ane act of his Majesties privy councell, daitted
the 12th of September instant, ordaining and declaring that the dean of
gild of burghs and their counsell, and the liters and electouris of them and
their clerk, are obleidged and owght to take the test befor the magistratis
of the severall burghs, befor their respective elections, and appoynts the
same to be given to the dean of gild to be intimat to the merchandis at
1 October 1683.
Protestatioune given in be James Campbell, lait provest.; Ansuer thereto.
James Campbell, lait provest, gave in ane protestation quherof the
tennor followis:—Whereas ther was ane voluntar gift made by the
merchandis and deacon conveeneris howses to the magistratis for the
tyme of raising the excyse of the boll of malt from two merkis wpon each
boll (conform to act of parliament) to three poundis Scotts, of purpose for
defraying the charges and expenssis of the burgh, and for paying of the
debtis and uther publict burdens affecting their toun and common good
therof, and now finding that the same hes, conform to the said voluntar
gift, bein exacted these twelve moneths bygane by yow the present magistratis and counsell without imploying the same for the ends and uses
aforsaid, and without so much as making ane compt therof, contrair to
the practise of former magistratis and counsellis, therfor I, James Campbell, lait provest, for myself and in name of the merchands and trades of
the toun counsell, and of both the saidis howssis adhereing heirunto, doe
heirby protest against my lord proveist, baillies and counsell, refuseris to
adhere, that ye may be lyable for compt, reckoning and payment of what
shall be made appear to be received by yow or any of yow of the said
excyse since Michaelmes last, to the effect the same may be imployed for
the endis and uses above rehearsed, and that befor the judge competent,
and for what coast, skaith and damnage this burgh hath received by your
misapplying the same; and wpon this my protestatioune, for myself and
in name forsaid, I ask and take instrumentis in the handis of yow, George
Andersone, toun clerk, and desyres the same to be insert and recorded
in the councell bookis, and requyres each of yow present witnessis heirunto; and farder that no money be allowed in any compts except what
ther is warrand for of the toun counsell, conform to the constitution of the
toun. Quhilk protestatioune being given to the provest he made and
gave in the following ansuer therto:—The proveist, baillies and counsell
of Glasgow, and swa many as will adhere to them, asserts and mentains
that the protestatiounes given in be James Campbell, lait provest, are
in themselves most calumnious, groundles and unjust, and meere forgeries,
in so far as the protester himself was provest of Glasgow for severall
yeiris, and his accomptis ought and showld be canvasced alsweill as ever
any proveists accomptis were (without reflection), as also his successour to
that office and who was provest priour to him in the said burgh, his
accomptis is in that same station with his; and the absurdities committed
by both of them, not only by inverting the state of the counsell, sett of the
burgh, and inhaunsing the excyse in their oun hands, is too palpable,
especially sieing that John Bell, when he was provest of Glasgow, did by
himself intromett with the excyse of the toun of Glasgow and disposed
wpon the same at his pleasour, having no warrand therfor from the toun
counsell of Glasgow. Yea, furder, many of his procedouris and actings
when he was proveist was without any booked or registrat act of counsell,
to the great hurt and prejudice of the common weill therof, as can be
instructed; as, particularly, the said John Bell, being proveist of the said
burgh did, in the year 1681, at his oun pleasour, without any act of
counsell, provyde severall silver plate and rich furnishing for intertaining
of great persons, wpon the toun of Glasgow its propper and great expenssis,
and did appropriat the same for his oun behove by ane surreptitious or
clandestine act of counsell, and his accomptis now given in to the magistratis and present counsell of Glasgow cannot be allowed by them to him,
either in conscience or reason, being most exorbitant; bot it seems and
may easily appear their refusall therof to him is the occasion and caws
wherfor the said James Campbell and he is drawing ane factious and
contentious pairtie with them, that was joyned with them the last yeir,
which party hes occasioned great dispeace, trowble and expenssis to the
toun of Glasgow in severall actions, and particularly befor the lordis of
his Majesties most honorabill privy councell the last yeir, by whose
lordshipis they wer found to be factious persons, conform to severall
sentences. And farder the said proveist, baillies and counsell protestis
that, as they are requyred to make compt and reckoning with the excyse
of the burgh of Glasgow and other caswalities belonging therto (which
they are willing to doe and in present action to performe), that also the
said James Campbell and John Bell, and those who were baillies and
counsell with them for the tyme, may also make compt and reckoning for
their bygane intromissions, and be lyable for the excyse and common
goodis belonging to the said toun during their imployments, for it is
nottour and evident that the present magistrats of Glasgow have only
intrometted with ane yeirs excyse and toun goodis, bot that the said
James Campbell and John Bell have intrometted with therof above nyne
or ten yeiris, and it is not known nor understood what compt they have
made therof, or how they have applyed the samen. By all quhich it may
appear the forsaid protestatiounes are of purpose to disturb the peace of
the toun of Glasgow, and are in themselves meer janglings, proceeding
from ane discomposed, unjust and fanaticall principle (and party whom
they formerly connived and complyed with against his Majestie and lawes)
who of purpose to reestablish themselves in that former imployment, for
monopolizing the toun of Glasgow in their oun handis, makes so great
clamour; and with all submission this ansuer is remitted to the judge
competent, together with ane humble subjection of the accomptis of the
provest, baillies and counsell of Glasgow, and their intromission with the
excyse and publict goodis of the said city since their acceptatioune of
their imployments; and therwpon they take instruments. And farder, as
to the last addition that no money be allowed in any accomptis except
what is warranded for of the toun counsell, conform to the constitution of
the toun, it is ansuered that the protester and his adhereris have bein and
are for the present the reall impederis of the allegance, becaus they wer
about the same when the protestatioune was entered against them, and
have notwithstanding gone on in diligence, conform as uther magistratis
have done or wer in use to doe in any former tymes, in justing and
closing their accompts.
2 October 1683.
Election of magistratis.
[The archbishop continued John Barnes as provost, and from leets presented
to him chose Hugh Nisbit and John Andersone, merchants, and George Grahame,
craftsman, as bailies for the ensuing year.]
5 October 1683.
[The magistrates of this and each of the two preceding years chose thirteen
merchants and twelve craftsmen to be on the town council for the ensuing year.]
10 October 1683.
Dean of gild, etc.
[John Fleyming, dean of guild; John Wallace, deacon convener; Robert
13 October 1683.
Visitor of maltmen, etc.
[John Stirling, visitor of maltmen; James Robesone, bailie of Gorbals;
Andrew Purdoun, water bailie; Robert Tennent, visitor of gardeners; John
Grahame, procurator fiscal.]
Bread, tallow, and candle.
[The 12 d. loaf to weigh 11 oz. 13 drop; rough tallow to be sold for 40 s. the
stone; candle, 48 s. the stone.]
Excyse, touns burdens.
The magistratis and counsell, taking to their consideratioune the
great and considerable sowmes of money that are restand be the toun to
severall persons be band, and for the lands joyned to the Green, and to
these that are repairing the burnt lands, they have inacted and ordained
and heirby inacts and ordains the present collector of the excyse, or any
who shall be appoynted to receive the same fra the collectouris at the
mylnes in tyme coming, to pay and delyver ane weekis excyse ilk moneth
to the toun thesaurer, and ordains the thesaurer to give a recept of the
same to the collectour, quhilk is to be payed every second week of the
month, beginning at the second week of November nixt, with the quhilk
soum swa to be received the thesaurer is to be charged at his compt
making, and quhilk soumes are to be applyed for helping to pay the touns
debtis and burdens.
Money or cures to the poor.
It is inacted and concluded that in tyme coming the maister of wark
pay no money to any poor person or utheris by ordour of any of the magistratis, except the warrand be subscrivit under their handis, and that the
touns chirurgian shall not cure or furnish any drogs to any poor persons
without ane subscrivit warrand, utherwayes their comptis not to be
allowed; and ordains them to produce the warrandis at the reading of
their accomptis. And farder it is inacted that nane of the baillies give
ordour for anything to be given to the poor except ane of them monethly
per vices; and that baillie Nisbit shall have warrand therfor till the first
of December, baillie Andersone the month therafter, and baillie Grahame
for the nixt month therafter, and swa to continow monthlie, and that none
of the baillies give any warrand in that month belonging to the uther.
Act discharging any person to ryde or spend without warrand.
It is inacted, statute and ordained that no person shall ryde in convoying any persons ather fra or to the toun, nor spend any money in
taverns or otherwayes, without ane ordor fra the provest, or in his absence
fra the eldest baillie present and the dean of gild, utherwayes the same is
to be wpon their oun expenssis and the toun not to pay the samen.
Ordains Robert Fynnisone to have ane warrand for the sowm of
twenty pound sterling payed be him to the provest, quhilk he debursed for
the portraiture of his royall highnes, quhich is put wp in the tolbooth in
that rowme quher the toun counsell sitts.
Dean of gildis court.
The magistratis and counsell taking to their consideration that they
had elected and choysen John Fleyming to be dean of gild of this burgh
for the ensewing yeir, with his representatioune that he cannot conveniently keep dean of gildis courts wpon Thursday, in respect of his
keeping the comissar courts that day, and desyring wpon that consideratioune that they will allow him to keep the dean of gildis cowrts
wpon the Fryday afternoon, quhilk was allowed, and the dean of gildis
cowrt swa to be keeped during his being dean of gild allanerly, bot that
uther deans of gild in tyme coming shall keep their courts on the former
27 October 1683.
Doctor Wallace, touns physitian.
Doctor Michaell Wallace was elected and choysen to be the touns
physitian in place of doctor Brisbane, and to have ane hundreth merkis of
pension payed him, yeirly, as doctor Brisbain gote.
Master of wark.
John Andersone, called Machlin, was elected and choysen master of
wark for the ensewing yeir.
Report, fishing society.
[The provost reported that he and his cautioners "were charged with horning
to give security to the fishing societie for the salt and tree and haill store and
storehowssis" for the sum for which they were purchased, payable at Martinmas
following. The council, considering that the purchase had been made on the
town's account, agreed to give bond for the amount if Robert Campbell, who
bought the "salt and tree," did not give security.]
John Scott, merchand, was elected and choysen to be the touns
quartermaster for quartering the sojouris in the toun, and to have the
pension conform as utheris gote formerly.
[Walter Brock, maltman, chosen "to be the touns jaylour and keeper of
their tolbooth, in place of Colin Hammill, who is suspended therfra."]
21 November 1683.
Band subscrivit to the fishing society.
There was ane band subscrivit be the magistratis and toun counsell
in favouris of Thomas Moncreiff of that Ilk, for himself and in name and
to the behove of the fishing society, containing the sowm of threttie twa
thowsand and thrie hundreth poundis Scots as the pryce of the salt, cask,
store and store howssis formerly bowght be the provest fra them for the
behove of the toun. . . . And appoynts the provest and George
Andersone, clerk, to repair to Edinburgh and receive security fra the
said fishing society for the haill store and storehoussis, with what papers
they have relateing therto; and wpon recept therof to delyver wp to them
the touns band for the pryce therof.
Ordains John Grahame to pay to John Patersone, wright, the soum
of ane thowsand merkis, in pairt payment of [£1,262 15 s. 8 d.] restand to
him for trees, daills and knappell furnished for the use of the toun to the
High Kirk, Stable Green port, and uther places, conform to the compt.
17 December 1683.
Report, provest and clerk fra Edinburgh.
The provest and clerk made report of their diligence at Edinburgh
anent the touns affairs, and that they had settled with the fishing society
and delyvered them the touns band for the soum of thretty twa thowsand
thrie hundreth pounds for the pryce of the store and storehowssis at
Greenock, bowght fra them, and that they had received ane assignation
fra the said society to any right they had to both the new and old storehowssis and haill pertinents belonging therto, and to the haill salt, cask,
knappell, and haill store, with their said right and interest of the samen,
and had retired and taken out of the register the hornings and captions
raised against the toun and utheris that wer concerned for giving security
and making payment of the said pryce; quhilk assignation and paperis
were produced, and the samen being subscrivit befor be the fishing
society and the provestis name only insert therin, the same cowld not weell
be gotten renewed and put in the magistratis and toun counsellis name
without great trowble and difficulty, swa the provest heirby declares and
obleidges himself to assigne and transferr the samen haill right he hes in
their favouris, the samen being really for their behove, they having given
security for payment therof. (fn. 6)
Dean and deacon to conveen their incorporatiouns.
Appoynts the dean of gild and deacon conveener to conveen their
respective incorporatiounes and try if they can sell the salt and cask and
knappell belonging to the fishing society, either by rowpe or to get them
to take it amongst themselves for the touns best advantage.
Brock, jaylour, his band produced.
There was ane band produced, subscrivit be Walter Brock, maltman,
as principall, Walter Gibsone, merchand [and four others], as cautioneris
for him for keeping the toun skaithles, throw his default as being jaylour
of the tolbooth; with the quhilk band and cautioneris the saids magistratis
and counsell wer satisfied and did accept therof, and appoyntis the provest,
dean of gild and deacon conveener to enter the said Walter to the possession of the said jaylouris place, and to delyver to him the keyes of the
tolbooth, and to sie him give a recept to Colin Hamill of what prisoners
are in the tolbooth, with ane obleisment to satisfie him of their bygane
jaylour fie befor they goe out of prison.
Provest and utheris to Greenock.
Appoynts the provest and John Crauford, with Robert Campbell, lait
dean of gild, to repair to Greenock and receive the keyes of the storehowssis with the salt, cask and utheris bowght fra the fishing society.