11 January 1690.
All acts since the poll to be put in a minute book.
It is concluded that there be ane book keeped for filling up the haill
acts and minuts of counsell frae tyme to tyme as they are past in counsell
before they be put in ane publict register, and appoints the haill acts past
since the election of the magistrats and counsell by poll to be filled up in
the said minute book against the nixt counsell day. (fn. 1)
Comittie for reviseing accompts, counsell book.
Appoints the committie appointed to revise the accompts to meet in
the counsell house, frae tyme to tyme as they shall think fitt, for clearing
the saids compts, and appoints the clerk to produce the counsell book to
the said committie at ilk meeting; and if they shall have farder use for
the said book, appoints baillie Peadie or John Corse to keep the samen in
their custodie and returne the same when the clerk shall have to doe
Warrands, thesaurer, churches, etc.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to George Nisbit, baillie, the soume of
ane hundreth and eight pund sevin shilling 8 d., Scots money, for mending
and putting in of glass windowes in the Tron Church, meeting house in
the Wynd, Gramer Schooll and tolbooth, and for furnishing all necessaris
therto conforme to the accompts therof given in and allowed. [Also] to
pay to John Patersone, lait baillie, the soume of sevintie pund fyve
shilling Scots money for wright work done at the Tron Church, tolbooth
and other places in the toune, and furnishing daillis and naillis therto
and other necessaris, conforme to the accompt therof given in and allowed.
18 January 1690.
King William and Queen Maries gift.
John Andersone, proveist, produced ane letter of gift granted be
their most sacreed majesties King William and Queen Marie, whilk their
Majesties ordaine to be made and past under their great seall of this
kingdome of Scotland, not onlie ratifieing, approveing and confirming
the haill chartouris, priviledges, grants and concessiones from any of
their Majesties royall predicessouris to and in favouris of the communitie
and city of Glasgow, to the gildrie, trades and severall incorporationes or
deacones therof, as effectuallie as if everie severall erection, chartor or
grant were particularlie enumerated or therin repeated; and likewayes
their Majesties, being come in place of the archbishop of Glasgow, for
themselves and for any other right competent to them of new give, grant,
and dispon to and in favouris of the said city of Glasgow and toune counsell therof full power, right and libertie to choise and elect their proveist,
baillies and haill other magistrats in the ordinar maner and at the ordinar
tyme, as freelie as any other royall burgh in the said kingdome doe or
may choise their proveist, baillies and magistrats, begining the first
election at Michaelmass nixt, and so to continow in all tyme comeing, and
their Majesties ordaines the said letter to be extended in the most ample
and best forme, and to pass the great seall, and promise to ratifie the
same in the nixt session of their Majesties parliament.
22 January 1690.
Richard Ronnald appointed quartermaster.
Richard Ronnald, couper, is nominat and appointed to be tounes
quartermaster, and to quarter the souldiouris in place of John Andersone,
who is become tender and seicklie, and to have the ordinarie cellarie
therfor, and that he continow onlie dureing the magistrats and counsell
their will and pleasure.
Inventar of the tounes paperis.
It is concluded and agreed upon that there be ane inventar taken of
the haill paperis belonging to the toune, and that they be put all in ane
box or chest whilk is to have two locks and two keyes, ane wherof is to
be keeped be the dean of gild and the other be the deacon conveener.
1 February 1690.
Mr. Patrick Sympsone his call approvine of.
Be pluralitie of votts, the magistrats and toune counsell of Glasgow
doe cordiallie approve of and concurr with the call given to the reverend
Mr. Patrick Sympsone to be ane of the tounes ministers, and subscrivit
the samen with their hands.
Proveist to wryte to Mr. Neill Gilleis.
Appoints the proveist to wryte to Mr. Neill Gilleis to desire him to
accept to be ane of the toune ministeris, conforme to the ordour of the
synod satt last at Glasgow.
Proveist to goe to Edinburgh for getting the gift confirmed.
Nominats and appoints the proveist to repair to Edinburgh for getting
the letter of gift, granted be their Majesties to the toune, for electing of
their magistrats and confirming the other rights, past the great seall, and
to take notice what other business the toune is concerned in there.
List of the poor.
Nominats and appoints the persones following to goe through the
respective quarteris in the toune, with those whom the ministeris and
sessioneris shall appoint, and set doune ane list of the haill poor belonging
to the toune, that some methods may be fallen on for getting them helped
and supplied, viz. [one person for each of the south, the west, the east, the
middle and the north quarters]. And that they take particular notice of
the poor in the first place who are burgesses, and nixt of these who have
bein long resdentaris, and of these who are new entrants and incomeris
to the toune.
Seats in the kirkis; the poor.
As also nominats and appoints the saids persones to set doune
ane list of the inhabitants in toune who are able to take seatts in the
kirks and hes not taken any, seing what is gottine for the seatts is applyed
for paying the ministeris stipends, and to report as to both to the counsell.
And siclike that the forenamed persones, with such as shall be nominat be
the ministeris and session, take accompt what of the inhabitants in toune
may pay, conforme to their respective conditiones, and to enquyre at
them what they will willinglie give for supplieing the said poor weeklie
or monethlie as the samen shall be agreed upon, and to report ane accompt
of their haill dilligence to the saids magistrats and counsell.
Counsell bookes, John Spreull, late clerk.
Anent the petition given in be John Spreull anent the abuse done to
his father be the former magistrats and counsell [anent] the toune clerkship, appoints the counsell bookes to be sighted and try what was done
theranent be the magistrats and counsell for the tyme, and in the meantyme appoints the proveist, when he goes to Edinburgh, to consult what is
to be done in the said affaire and to give him any assistance he can
Appoints baillie Peadie and Peter Corbet to take inspection of what
old persones are in Hutchisones hospitall, and of the young boyes, and if
the old men be burgesses, and the young boyes be burgesses sones or not,
and to report.
Bellmen and toune officeris.
Nominats and appoints the dean of gild and deacon conveener, with
Mathew Cuming and Stephan Crawfurd, to call before them the bellman,
toune officeris, water serjants, and to try if they be burgesses or not, and
to report; the water baillie to be present at the tyme when the water
serjants are tryed.
Proveists accompt, expenses at London.
The saids proveist, baillies and counsell being conveened, John Andersone, proveist, gave in the accompt of his charges and expenses in
rydeing post to London and rydeing post back from London,
being imployed be the magistrats and counsell to goe there for
useing his endeavouris with their Majesties for getting ane letter
of gift or signature to impoure the toune to elect their oune
magistrats, and in waiteing on at London the space of ane hundreth
fourtie fyve dayes till he gott the said letter of gift past his Majesties
hand, except the space of ten dayes he was at in rydeing post to London
and home againe; the personall expence wherof is included in the (blank)
articles of posting, and given to clerks at London for transcrybing the
said gift and wryteing petitiones for presenting the same to their Majesties,
and consulting ane advocat anent the petition presented to the King, and
anent King Charles the Firsts gift to the toune of the teithes of the
barronie of Glasgow, and for the secretaries and his servants dewes, and
what was given to persones of qualitie who were the touns freinds in
dealling with his Majestie to procure the said letter of gift. Whilk haill
debursements and expenses, with the said proveist his personall charges
and expenses, both ordinar and extraordinar, the said haill tyme as is
abovementioned, extends to, conforme to the said accompt in procureing
the said letter of gift for the toune to choise their oune magistrats in all
tyme comeing, to the soume of three thousand six hundreth sevintie three
pund Scots money, and for fiftie sevin pund payed for the exchange of
two hundreth and fyftein pound sterling of the said soume, whilk was
unanimouslie allowed and approven, and ordaines Thomas Peter,
thesaurer, to pay the proveist the samen soume. . . . And the saids
magistrats and counsell gave the proveist their most heartie thanks for
the paines and dilligence in the said affaire.
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveened, anent the petition
given in be Walter Colquhoune, elder, merchand, against William Campbell and James Lawrie, bellman, for their refuiseing to pay him fourtie
shilling weeklie out of the bell money whilk they are ordained to pay
him be the former magistrats, and which being taken to the saids magistrats and counsell their consideration, they ordaine the saids William
Campbell and James Lawrie to pay to the said Walter Colquhoune the
said soume of fourtie shilling weeklie in tyme comeing, and that dureing
the saids magistrats and counsell their will and pleasure.
Address to their Majesties.
The proveist produced ane address to be presented to their sacreed
Majesties, whilk was read, allowed and approven, and subscrivit be the
saids proveist, baillies and counsell, and delivered to the proveist to be
sent to court and presented to their Majesties after the most decent and
propper maner as he shall think fitt.
Proclamation against debaushrie, &c.
Ordaines ane proclamation to be sent through the toune prohibiting
and dischargeing the haill inhabitants and utheris reseiding within this
burgh that they nor nane of them drink in any taverne after ten o'clock at
night on the week dayes, or in tyme of sermon or thereafter on the
Sabbath dayes, under the paine of fourtie shilling Scots to be payed be
the furnisher of the drink, and twentie shilling Scots be the drinker for ilk
failzie toties quoties; whereof the one halfe to the informer and the other
to be applyed to the use of the poor. As also prohibiting and dischargeing the saids inhabitants and utheris that nane of them sell or buy any
kaill pott-herbs or milk on the streets upon the Sabbath day, under the
paine of twentie shilling Scots, to be payed be the seller, and the like
soume to be payed be the buyer toties quoties. And likewise prohibiting
and dischargeing the said inhabitants and utheris that nane of them
bring water from wellis, or doe any other servile work on the Sabbath
day under the paine of twentie shilling Scots of penaltie for ilk failyie
toties quoties. And that nae person profane the name of God by cursing
and swearing. And prohibiting all persones that nane of them set any
houses to tennents or fie servants who are strangeris or vagrant persones
who produces not ane testimoniall of their good behaviour frae these places
from which they came, under the paine of ten punds Scots money for ilk
failyie toties quoties. And, lastlie, dischargeing any person or persones
quhatsomever to suffer any of their bestiall to goe on the Old or New
Greines, or to take away any of the stabbs belonging to any of the saids
Greines, under all seveere punishment at the will of the magistrat.
24 February 1690.
Confirmation under the great seall.
The proveist produced the confirmation under the great seall of the
Letter of gift granted be their Majesties to this burgh for libertie to the
toune to elect and choise their oune magistrats in tyme comeing, whereby
their other chartouris and rights are confirmed, and ordains ane double
therof to be given to the dean of gild, and ane uther to the deacon conveener; and appoints the same to be insert in the counsell book.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to William Baxter the soume of two
hundreth fourtie two punds four shilling eight pennies Scots money for
whyte and blew teffities furnished be him for the tounes collouris, being
ten pair of them, and for silk threed, ribbens and other furnishing therto,
and for the pryce of ane new hatt and ane hatt band, whilk was given be
the magistrats to ane of the officeris of the English dragounes, conforme
to the accompt therof given in and allowed.
Proveist to Edinburgh.
Nominats and commissionats the proveist to repair to Edinburgh to
attend the particular convention of burrowes that is to sitt at Edinburgh
on the threttein day of March nixt, and appoints the clerk to give him
ane commission for that effect.
Mr. Neill Gilleis.
Nominats and appoints Peter Corbet to repair to Mr. Neill Gilleis,
with one of the elderis that shall be appointed for the session, and desire
him to comply with the synods act anent his transportatioun to Glasgow.
Warrand, thesaurer, expenses at Edinburgh.
Ordaines Thomas Peter, thesaurer, to pay to the proveist the soume
of six hundreth eightie ane punds twelve shilling Scots money, whilk he
debursed at Edinburgh to the Kings advocat and the solicitor and their
servants, and to the clerks of exchequer for getting the letter of gift
granted be their Majesties to the toune allowing them to choise their
oune magistrats and confirming their other rights past in exchequer, and
for the expenses at the signet and other charges and debursements in
passing the same through the haill seallis; and for the tounes eque and
eque of Provand for the year 1689; and for the saids proveists expenses
and horse hyres at Edinburgh anent the saids affaires, and in goeing there
and comeing home, and other debursements in the tounes business, conforme to the accompt therof given in, read and allowed.
8 March 1690.
John Barnes, lait proveist, accompts.
The proveist, baillies and counsell of the burgh being conveened,
John Aird made report of his dilligence at Edinburgh in representing to
his Majesties privie councill that John Barnes, lait proveist of the said
burgh, had sold and disposed of his reall and moveable estate and was
going furth of the kingdome, he not having cleared accompts with the
toune the tyme he was proveist, although he was diverse and often tymes
desired to doe the samen; and their Majesties privie councill haveing
ordained the said John Barnes to repair to Glasgow and present himselfe
to the magistrats therof, and that he should not therafter abscond himselfe nor remove from the said city of Glasgow for ane certane space untill
his accompts be cleared, and discover what imbazlements have bein made
of the tounes commone goods; and he not being able to find cawtion at
Edinburgh for performing the same according to the ordour of privie
councill, and being now here at Glasgow, the saids magistrats and toune
counsell doe hereby ordaine the said John Barnes to find cawtion that he
shall not leave this burgh, bot that he shall compear frae tyme to tyme
before the committie appointed be the toun counsell till the saids compts
be cleared, and make such discoveries of what imbazlements have bein
made of the tounes commone goods, and allowes him to take such a convenient tyme for doeing of the samen as he shall think fitt, provideing he
doe the same betuixt and the first day of Maij nixt, and that under the
paine of ane thousand pounds sterling in caice of failzie; and if he shall
not find the said cawtion to the saids magistrats and counsell, ordaines
him to be put in prison and detained therin untill he clear the saids
Glass in windowes of the High Kirk.
The magistrats and counsell have agreed with George Nisbit, baillie,
to mantaine and keep the glass windowes of the High Kirk sufficientlie in
glass and other necessaris for the space of nyne yearis frae his entrie
therto, whilk began at the first of March last, for which he is to have
twentie pounds sterling payed him for the first year for to put the samen
glass windowes in ane good condition, and therafter to have two hundreth
merks yearlie therafter dureing the said space, he upholding and keeping
the said glass windowes sufficientlie in tyme comeing, and takeing nottice
of the haill fabrick of the Kirk and leads therof, and that no abuse be
done therin or in the church yaird, whilk the said George Nisbit, baillie,
hereby undertakes to doe and performe for the said yearlie cellarie of two
hundreth merks; and to see what other thing is necessar to the Kirk
except the glass windowes, and what other work shall be found necessar
to be done in upholding and repairing the said Kirk, the samen is to be
payed be the toune; and appoints a tack to be drawen up betuixt the toune
and the said baillie anent the said bargane.
Graves in the High Kirk yaird.
For preventing abuses done in the High Kirk-yaird by makeing of
graves and buriall places within the samen, nominats and appoints
Marcus Marshall, merchand, to have the overseeing of the makeing of
the saids graves and buriall places, and to imploy what servants he
pleases for doeing the samen, for which he is to have the ordinar allowance
and cellarie payed him as otheris who made the samen gott formerlie;
and that no ground be broken in the said kirkyaird for digging of graves
without the advyce of the said Marcus Marshall; and his entrie therto to
be frae Munday nixt the tenth of this instant.
Nominats and commissionats the proveist [and six others] to meet
with these persones who offeris to take the New Grein, and to plow what
is on the north side of the burne, and to agree and settle with any
responsall person or persones who will take the samen on reasonable
termes and conditiones for the tounes best advantage, and to report; and
to use such methods as they shall judge most convenient for getting the
Petition by Robert Howston, abuse done to his yaird at landmercat.
Anent the supplication given in to the saids proveist, baillies and
counsell be Robert Howstoune, appothecarie, makeing mention that he
hes ane yaird lyand at the back of the landmercat, whilk is made use of
and possest be the flesheris in the landmercat; whilk yaird is utterlie
ruined, destroyed and rendered useless in him, through the saids flesheris
opening ane back door on the north syde of the said mercat, and suffering
their doggs to goe out therat, and not onlie himself bot his nighbouris are
likewayes prejudged thereby; supplicating therefor that the said door
may be closed up and keeped fast, and the saids flesheris discharged in
tyme comeing to open the samen, whereby he may be keeped free of their
skaith. Whilk being taken to the saids proveist, baillies and counsell
their consideration, they remit the same to the dean of gild and his
breithren to sight and visite the samen, and to determine therin according
to justice, and if they shall find any difficultie in the matter wherin they
are not cleir to give their judgement, appoints them to report the same
back to the counsell.
Proveist and utheris to meet anent the pooris billis.
Nominats and appoints the proveist, baillies, dean of gild, deacon
conveener [and six others] to meet and consider on the billis given in be
the severall poor in the toune seeking charitie for to help them in their
necessitie, and to appoint them what they shall think expedient, conforme to their conditiones, and to give warrand to the thesaurer or master
of wark for paying them what they shall allow.
Servants in clerks chamber.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to John Marshall, Richard Manwell
and James Heriott, the three servants in the clerks chamber, the soume
of fyftein pounds sterling, equallie amongst them, for their extraordinary
writing and other paines in the tounes affaires this last year.
11 March 1690.
Lands of Provand.
Nominats and appoints the proveist, baillies, dean of gild and deacon
conveener, with [six others] to meet with any persones that hes a mynd
to buy the lands of Provand, and to try if they can sell the samen at the
best advantage for the toune, and to report to the counsell.
No Scotts school-masteris to have pensiones.
It is hereby inacted that no schooll master who teaches in the English
schoollis get any pension in tyme comeing, and discharges any to be payed
to these who had them.
Ringing the dead bell.
Nominats and appoints the baillies, dean of gild, and deacon conveener to name and condescend on what persones they shall think most
fitt for keeping and ringing the bell for the deceast persones.
29 March 1690.
The proveists dilligence againt proveist Barnes approvine.
The baillies and toune counsell of the said burgh being conveened,
they have allowed and approvine, and heirby allowes and approves of
what dilligence is done be the proveist since his last going to Edinburgh
before the secreet councill, or otherwayes, in geting John Barnes, late
proveist, called to ane accompt of his intromissiones and imbazlements
of the tounes commone goods and revenues the tyme he was proveist, and
commissionats and appoints the said John Audersone, proveist, with
James Sloss, merchand, to attend at Edinburgh and see the compts cleared
betuixt the toune and the said John Barnes, and allowes them to give in
such a charge of the tounes revenues and commone goods against the
said proveist Barnes as they shall find ground for; and nominats and
appoints the proveist to advert and take nottice to the tounes other affaires
at Edinburgh, and to doe therin as shall be thought propper and expedient
for the good and interest of the toune.
1 April 1690.
Ordaines Thomas Peter, thesaurer, to pay to livetennent collonell
Fullertoune, the soume of two hundreth pounds sterling for the use of
the earle of Angus regiment, conforme to ane precept drawen be James
Oswald upon the toune for the said soume, whilk is to be allowed to the
said toune of their cess, which was payable at Whitsounday last, 1689.
8 April 1690.
Counsell bookes sent to Edinburgh.
The baillies and counsell allowes and approves of the two counsell
bookes sent to Edinburgh, whilk are frae the tyme of the election in
Junij last till the year 1674, and appoints the other two counsell bookes
immediatlie preceeding the other two, one wherof begins the last of
December 1659 and ends the 26 of November 1667, and the other begins
the 17 of December 1667 and ends the 6th of October 1674, to be sent east
to the proveist.
21 April 1690.
Call subscrivit for Mr. Patrick Sympsone.
The magistrats and counsell being conveened, they did unanimouslie
allow and approve of ane call to be given to Mr. Patrick Sympsone,
minister at Renfrew, to be ane of the tounes ministeris, whilk call was
produced and read and subscrivit be the saids magistrats and counsell.
Letter of gift to be sent to Edinburgh.
Ordaines bailie Leckie to send east to the proveist the letter of gift
or chartour under the Kings great seall, allowing the toune to choise their
oune magistrats, and confirming their other priviledges and chartouris,
and nominats and appoints the proveist to use his endeavouris for getting
the samen confirmed in parliament.
Two shipps fraughted for transportatioun of 600 souldiouris.
The baillies and toune counsell of the burgh being conveened anent
ane act of the lords commissioneris of their Majesties thesaurie, daited
at Edinburgh the second day of Apryll instant, whereby they recommend
to the proveist of Glasgow, or such as he should intrust, to fraught two
sufficient veshellis for two moneths space or longer, for the transport of
six hundreth souldiouris with their provisiouns to such places as they
shall receave ordour for; as also that such conveniencies of platformes
and utheris as are necessar be provided for the souldiouris to lye upon
dureing their aboad on shipboard, and doe thereby declare that what
fraught shall be agreed upon per moneth, or other expenses for the
souldiouris accomodation as above, shall be satisfied and allowed in the
excyse dew and payable be the tackismen of the excyse of the toune of
Glasgow and westerne shyres out of the quarteris tack dewtie payable be
them for the termes of Whitsounday and Lambmass nixttocome; and in
pursuance of the saids lords their act, the said John Andersone, proveist
of Glasgow, haveing intrusted James Peadie of Roughhill to fraught the
saids two ships as above, the said James Peadie did fraught from William
Walkinshaw, merchand in Glasgow, the good shipp called the Unitie
belonging to the said William Walkinshaw and partineris, of the burdein
of 150 tunnes, for twelve shillings sterling per tunn monethlie; as also he
did fraught from Thomas Peter, merchand in the said burgh of Glasgow,
the good ship called the James of Glasgow belonging to the said Thomas
Peter and partineris, of the burdein of 110 tunnes, for the like pryce of
twelve shillings sterling per tunn monethlie. Therefore the saids magistrats and counsell, as haveing right to the tack of the excyse of this
burgh and westerne shyres, doe bind and obleidge ws and our successouris
in office to make payment [of said sums till the ships return discharged].
Likeas wee obleidge ws and our successouris in office to make payment to
the saids William Walkinshaw and Thomas Peter, ouneris of the shipps
abovenamed, of what money they shall expend upon platformes, water
cask or uther necessaris for the souldiouris accomodation not properlie
belonging to the outreick of the said shipps.
2 June 1690.
Report anent the lait proveist Barnes.
The proveist made report of his dilligence at Edinburgh against John
Barnes for imbazleing the tounes commone goods and revenues the tyme
he was proveist, before the secreet councill, for whilk imbazlement he is
imprisoned in the tolbooth of Edinburgh till he find cawtion, under the
paine of ane thousand pounds sterling, till he clear himselfe of the samen;
whilk dilligence done be the proveist was approvine, and it is hereby
agreed and concluded be the saids magistrats and counsell that the said
John Barnes be persewed, and these who were magistrats and toune
counsellouris with him the haill tyme he was proveist, for the saids
imbazlements, before the lords of thesaurie, exchequer, or lords of session,
as shall be thought most propper be the advice of lawieris; and nominats
and appoints the proveist to advise the samen, and to cause persew the
saids persones before what judicatorie as he shall be advised; and recommends to the dean of gild and deacon conveener to conveen their respective
incorporationes of merchands and crafts for getting their consent and
The double of ane act of parliament anent the Kings gift.
The proveist produced the double of ane act of parliament whilk the
proveist is to try to get past in parliament, allowing the toune to choise
their oune magistrats, toune counsell and otheris in tyme comeing, and
ratifieing the gift and chartour granted be their Majesties to the toune for
the said election, whilk is recomended to the said dean of gild and deacon
conveener to take advice of their respective incorporationes if they be
satisfied with the said scroll.
3 bands of the late Argylls.
The proveist produced three bands for soumes awand be the late
marques of Argyll and his cautioneris to Hutchisones hospitall, and for
paying the ministeris stipend of the Blackfrier Kirk, whilk the clerk is to
put and lay up amongst the rest of the tounes paperis.
The tounes gift of the teinds.
Appoints the clerk to give to the proveist the gift the toune hes of the
teinds of the barronie of Glasgow, Drimond and severall other teinds
within the diocie, with the Kings confirmation therof in anno [1648 (fn. 2) ],
with what other paperis he hes relateing to the saids teinds, that he may
advise the samen at Edinburgh, and to try what methods they shall take
for getting the toune put in possession of uplifting the samen, now when
bishops are abolished.
Bishop Ross to be persewed.
Appoints the proveist to cause persew bishop Ross before the lords
for the three thousand merks of penaltie he exacted aff the toune, and
for what else he shall think convenient to lay to his charge.
Overseeris of St. Nicholas hospital.
In respect bishopes are now abolished, and that the bishop of Glasgow
was patron of St. Nicolas Hospitall, whilk may now be neglected and the
poor therin frustrat of the casualities belonging to the same, recomends
to the proveist to try if the parliament will grant libertie to the toune
to be overseeris of the said hospitall, and to doe what else he shall think
William Kerr to be admitted burges.
In answer to the supplication given in be Margaret Weir, daughter
lawfull to umquhill Archibald Weir, weiver, burges of Glasgow, makeand
mention that William Kerr, tailyeour, her husband, is ane souldiour in
Ireland, under the command of duke Shomeberg, and that he hes never
admitted himselfe burges of the said burgh albeit he hes right therto
as mariand the supplicant, by which neglect her children may be frustrat of
the benefite of her burgesship if her husband should not returne; humblie
supplicating the saids magistrats and counsell to admit him burges in
his absence as if he were present, that their children may have the benefite
therof; whilk being taken to their consideration they appoint the dean
of gild and his breithren to admit and receave the said William Kerr
burges of the said burgh be right of his said wife, and the benefite therof
to redound to their children.
7 June 1690.
Baillie Leckie and utheris to goe to Irwing and attend the synod.
The baillies and counsell of the burgh being conveened, they hereby
nominat and appoint John Leckie, baillie, William Napeir, dean of
gild, Robert Brock and Stephan Crawfurd, hammermen, as commissioneris
frae the saids magistrats and counsell, to goe to Irwing with those who
are commissionat frae the kirk session, to attend the reverend synod of
Glasgow, whilk is to sit at Irwing the tenth of this instant, and to continow and waite on the said synod swa lang as the samen shall sit, for
presenting the callis that Glasgow hes given to the reverend Mr. Patrick
Sympsone, present minister at Renfrew, and the reverend Mr. Thomas
Forrester, minister at Killairne, whilk was referred [be] their respective
presbytrees to the said synod, with power to them to concurr with the
saids commissioneris for the session in all things needfull and usewall
to be done for getting the saids callis discussed be the said reverend
synod, and to use their endeavouris to get the saids reverend ministeris
transported from their respective paroches to Glasgow.
Calseys, key, bridges.
Nominats and appoints the baillies, dean of gild and deacon convener
to agree with some person they best can, for the tounes advantage, for
raiseing, laying and repairing the calsey in Saltmercat, Gallowgate, and
other places in toune as they shall find it necessar, and for to help and
repair the key at the Broomilaw, and the Drygate and Sancteneuchs
23 June 1690.
Record of dead persones names.
Nominats and appoints Walter Colquhoune, merchand, to take up
ane list and keep in record the haill persones names that shall happine to
deceass in the toune, and to begin for this week, and to have threttie
shilling Scots payed him weeklie be the maister of wark for his paines.
30 June 1690.
Lists of heretouris and their tennents maillis and dewties of lands.
The baillies and counsell being conveened, appoints the persones
following to take up ane list and accompt of the haill lands and tenements within the toune, and take up and set doune ane just rentall of
what maillis and rents the saids lands payes yearlie frae the respective
heretouris and tennents therof, as likewayes ane accompt frae the
heretouris of the value and rent of their lands whilkis are not set, and
wherin they dwell themselves, viz. [two persons for each of the north, the
middle, the east, the south, and the west quarters]; and to report their
diligence to the magistrats.
Report, accompts with Lumloch.
Baillie Leckie [and three others] made report that they had met
with James Stewart of Lumloch and cleared compts with him, anent what
is resting for his fourtie merks of few dewtie or ground annwell he had
belonging to him, payable out of some lands above the croce, framed now in
ane lane called Bellis wynd; as also for the pryce of ane aiker of land in
Mylnehill bought be the toune frae him, and whilk was joyned severall
yearis since with the New Grein. They find the toune is yet resting to
him the soume of four hundreth punds Scots for the pryce of the saids
aiker of land and ground annwell, by and attoure the soume of six
hundreth punds Scots whilk was payed him in pairt payment of the
samen in the year 1679, [and the treasurer was authorised to pay the
7 August 1690.
Letter of thankis frae the commissioner to the toune.
The proveist produced a letter direct to the magistrats of this burgh
frae the earle of Crawfurd, lord president of their Majesties privie councill, giveing thanks to the magistrats and toune for their good service in
drawing the inhabitants together and keeping them in armes for their
Majesties service and defending the toune, and ordaines the samen to be
insert in the counsell book; of the whilk letter the tennor followes:—
Right honourable,—Their Majesties high commissioner and lords of privy
councill have thought fitt to signifie to yow that they do not onlie approve
your meeting and keeping together in armes for the securitie and peace of
your toune, and the encouragement of otheris to be foreward in their
Majesties service, alse weell as to be in readiness to goe against the rebellis
in the Highlands that threatned the countries safety, bot also to tell yow
how sensible wee are of this seasonable and readie expression of your
affection and dewtie for their Majesties service, and the preservation of the
peace of the kingdome, for which wee give yow heartie thanks, assureing
yow that as the mantenance of the true protestant religion, now hapiely
satled in this church, and of our lawes, rights and liberties, are and will
be their Majesties cheiff care, so your quiet and contented peace and
prosperitie in mutuall love, sobrietie, and the solid practise of true pietie,
will be ever their greatest satisfaction. Signed by warrand and in name
of the councill by, Your most humble servant,—Sic subscribitur: Crafurd.
I.P.D.S.ti. Con. Daited thuss:—Edinburgh 2nd August 1690; and
directed thus:—For the magistrats of Glasgow for their Majesties speciall
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveened, and taking to
their consideration that be the lait act of parliament all ministeris that
were put frae their churches and were not in the exercise of the ministrie
in their respective churches the (blank) day of Apryll 1689, their said
churches were declaired vacant, and that such of the presbyterian
ministeris as were called be the paroshineris to the exercise of the
ministrie in these or any other churches, it is declaired that they are to
have the stipend for that year, 1689; and therefor the saids magistrats
and counsell doe ordaine such of the presbiterian ministeris as were
called and did serve the cure of the ministrie within the said burgh at or
before the said moneth of Apryll, 1689, shall be payed of their stipend for
the year 1689 as the former ministeris gott payed them, whilk is ane
thousand punds to ilk minister, yearlie, of stipend, and four score punds
to ilk ane of them for their house maill; and that the toune thesaurer
and his successouris in office pay the samen to them for the year 1689, to
commence frae Whitsounday the said year, and yearlie and termlie in
tyme comeing dureing their serving the cure of the ministrie within the
9 August 1690.
Ordaines Thomas Peter, thesaurer, to pay to Mr. James Drummond
the soume of four pounds sterling, and also to pay other four pounds
sterling to Mr. Alexander King for their exerciseing the office of the
ministrie within this burgh at severall tymes, in absence of the toune
ministeris, and supplieing the places of the vacancies.
Robert Stevinstoune to keep the chimnes and haill cloakes in toune.
Be pluralitie of votts, Robert Stevinstoune is nominat and appointed
to keep the chimnes in tolbooth, with the tolbooth clock and haill other
clockis in the toune, for whilk he is to have ane hundreth punds Scots
payed him yearlie dureing his serving and keeping the saids clockis and
chimnes, except for the first year, whilk he is to doe and performe for
nothing, without payment of any cellarie, and ordaines the thesaureris of
this burgh to pay the said cellarie yearlie to the said Robert Stevinstoune,
to begin after the expiratioun of ane year frae the dait heirof, so long as he
shall be allowed to keep the saids chimnes and cloakes.
11 August 1690.
Perseute, John Spreull against the toune.
Nominats and commissionats the proveist to repair to Edinburgh for
defending the toune in the persute persued be John Spreull against the
toune before the parliament and committie therof whilk is to sitt the
morrow, conforme to the summonds given to the magistrats and utheris
for that effect, and appoints the proveist to consult what advocats he shall
think fit therein and anent any otheris the tounes affaires.
Meeting of commissioneris of excyse at Hamiltone.
The proveist made report of his dilligence at Hamiltone on Fryday
last, in the meeting of the commissioneris of excyse for modeling their
fencible men in the shyre with horse and armes, they did remitt the
same to some persones in the barronie paroch, to consider what men is
fitt therin for that end, and to report to the meeting of the shyre the
morrow. Appoints baillie Peadie to meet with the saids persones anent
the said affaire.
Consultation anent the common.
Appoints the proveist and baillies or any of them to put the consultation to execution gottine be the toune against these persones who
hes taken in severall parcellis of land aff the tounes comone, beyond what
was sold them, conforme to the information given to baillie Leckie.
Act of parliament anent the tounes priviledges.
The proveist produced ane act of parliament for confirming ane act
of parliament daited at Edinburgh the fourtein of Junij last, (fn. 3) giveing
power to this citie and toune counsell therof to choise their oune magistrats, proveist, baillies and other officers within burgh als fullie and
freelie in all respects as the citie of Edinburgh or any other royall burgh
within the kingdome enjoyes the same, beginning the first election at
Michaelmass nixt and so furth yearlie in tyme comeing. And further
ratifieing and confirming the chartour granted be their Majesties in
favouris of the communitie and comone counsell of Glasgow in the haill
heads, articles and clauses therof. As also the proveist produced and
gave in the said chartour whereof the tennor followes: (fn. 4) —Gulielmus et
Maria, Dei gratia Magnæ Britaniæ, Franciæ, et Hiberniæ, Rex et
Regina, fideique defensores: Omnibus probis hominibus totius terræ suæ,
clericis et laicis, salutem. Sciatis quia nos considerantes regiam nostram
civitatem de Glasgow in antiquo hoc nostro Scotiæ regno unam esse ex
amplissimis et maximi momenti societatibus in dicto nostro regno tum
propter incolarum numerum, tum etiam propter eorum dispositionem, facultates et ad commercium applicationem, quodque itidem ingentes pecuniarum
summæ a dicta civitate erogatæ et exantlatæ fuere, ex eo quod magistratuum
suorum electionem non habuerunt. Nosque etiam considerantes firmam et
constantem communitatis dictæ civitatis adhesionem religioni reformatæ
summam etiam suam alacritatem et zelum erga servitium nostrum, in quibus
sese notabiles insigniter reddidere, et hinc est quod dictæ civitati jus et
potestatem, prepositum seu magistratus de Glasgow designandi (apud nos
remanentem virtute acti episcopatum abrogantis) tanquam regii nostri
gratiæ indicium concedere benigne statuimus; utque dicta civitas in eodem
sit statu cum reliquis nostris burgis regiis quoad privilegium, prepositum
reliquosque omnes magistratus suos nominandi et eligendi, nos igitur ex
certa nostra scientia proprioque motu et ex potestate nostra regia, cum
avisamento et consensu summi nostri thesaurarij et thesaurarij nostri
deputati seu thesaurarij nostri commisionariorum pro tempore, ac reliquorum
dominorum aliorumque scaccarij nostri ratificavimus, approbavimus et confirmavimus sicuti tenore presentis nostræ cartæ ratificamus approbamus et
confirmamus omnes et quascunque cartas, privilegia, donationes et concessiones per quosvis nostros serenissimos antecessores dictæ communitati civitatis
de Glasgow vel gildæ, mechanicis ac singulis societatibus et diaconis ejusdem
concessas, tam plene ac cum eodem effectu quam si unaquæque particularis
erectio in hac nostra carta speciatim enumeraretur. Atque itidem nos
tanquam in vice archiepiscopi Glasguensis succedentes, pro nobismetipsis
proque omni alio jure nobis competente, de novo damus, concedimus et
disponimus dictæ civitati de Glasgow et consilio burgali ejusdem amplam
potestatem, jus et facultatem, prepositum, balivos reliquosque omnes
magistratos suos ordinario modo et tempore designandi eligendi, et adeo
libere, ac quodvis aliud burgum regium in dicto nostro regno prepositum,
balivos et magistratos suos eligunt seu eligere possunt; incipiendo primam
electionem suam ad festum Michaelis proxime sequentis atque ita annuatim
deinceps omni tempore futuro. Volumus porro actum avisamento et
consensu predicto pro nobis nostrisque successoribus decernimus, declaramus
et ordinamus hanc nostram ratificationem et concessionem, adeo fore
efficatem dictæ civitati de Glasgow ac si unaquæque particularis erectio,
carta, seu concessio in presenti hac nostra carta speciatim exprimeretur et
enumeraretur. Quocirca cumque omnibus defectibus inde sequuturis,
cumque omnibus aliis objectionibus et imperfectionibus contra validitatem
cartarum et securitatum per quosvis nostros regios antecessores dictæ civitati
de Glasgow concessarum, aut hujus nostræ confirmationis et concessionis
opponendis et allegandis, nos pro nobis nostrisque successoribus, cum
avisamento et consensu predicto, dispensavimus et per presentem hanc
nostram cartam in perpetuum dispensamus. Promittimus deinque hanc
nostram confirmationis cartam in proxima sessione parliamenti dicti regni
nostri ratificare, pro cujus ratificatione presens hæc nostra carta sufficiens erit
instructio commissionario nostro. In cujus rei testimonium huic presenti
cartæ nostræ magnum sigillum nostrum appendi precipimus. Testibus:
fidelibus et dilectis nostris consiliariis, Joanne domino Belhaven, Roberto
magistro de Burleigh, et domino Thoma Burnet de Leyes ac fidelibus et
dilectis nostris domino Duncano Campbell de Auchinbreck, milite, et
Joanne Hay de Park, commissionariis pro munere et officio nostrorum
rotulorum et registrorum clerici; et domino Gulielmo Kerr, equite aurato,
et domino Carolo Stewart de Pettindreich, milite baronetto, nostræ
cancellariæ directoribus. Apud aulam nostram de Kensingtoune quarto die
Januarij millesimo sexcentesimo nonagesimo et regni nostri anno primo.
Followes what is writtin on the back of the foresaid chartour: Writtin to the
great seall and registrat the fifteinth day of Februar, 1690. Sic subr.: Dun.
Ronald, depute. Sealled at Edinburgh the seventeinth off Februarij,
1690. Sic subscribitur: Alr. Inglis.
Letter frae proveist Barnes.
There was produced a letter frae John Barnes, lait proveist, desireing
that the magistrats and toune counsell would consent to set him at libertie
upon his oune band or parroll, whilk being put to ane vott, by pluralitie of
votts it was refuised to be granted him unlesse he would give ane
ingenuous accompt how the tounes money that hes bein imbazled was
disposed of, as also the money he gott for the fynes in the toune.
Warrand, thesaurer, calseys.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to Robert Leitch, younger, calsier,
[£ 65 5 s.] Scots money for laying of nyne ruids, ane halfe ruid and fyve
elnes of calsey beyond Sanctenewes burne, and furnishing stones, sand
and other necessars therto at ten merks the ruid, and for mending severall
holes in the bridge.
1 September 1690.
Precept of clare constat, Jermistoune.
There was ane precept of clare constat of the two merk land of
Jermistoune, subscrivit in favouris of James Donnaldsone, as air to
umquhill John Donnaldsone, his father, confirming ane chartor of the
saids lands in favouris of the said umquhill John Donnaldson, granted
to him be John Kirkland, be whilk the said James is to pay ten merks of
few dewtie to the toune yearlie; and appoints the toune thesaurer to
receave what bygaine few dewtie is resting for the saids lands.
Nominats and appoints the baillies, dean of gild, and deacon conveener, and baillie Tennent to meet with the gardineris, and to consider
the petition given in be them anent the libertie they are seeking to their
trade, and to report the samen to the counsell.
4 September 1690.
Seats in the kirkis and meeting housses.
Appoints the dean of gild [and four others] to call in for ane accompt
of the haill moneyes receaved for the seats in the meeting houses and
churches frae the collectouris therof, and to cause pay in the samen to the
toune thesaurer, and that the saids persones set the seats in the churches
and meeting house to such persones and for such pryces as they shall
think most fitt and propper, and to report the samen to the magistrats
and toune counsell.
Anent the tounes people who went to Stirling.
The proveist, baillies and counsell takeing to their consideration that
their Majesties high commissioner did grant ordour to the toune of
Glasgow to send four hundreth of their tounes people to Stirling for
defending of that place in absence of their Majesties forces frae that
place, and accordinglie the toune haveing sent ther about three hundreth
men or therby, whilk coast the toune for their charges, expenses and
intertainment ane considerable soume of money, for defraying wherof
there was delivered to John Aird, who went to Stirling with them, the
soume of ane hundreth and threttie pound sterling.
Porterfield, schooll-master, sallarie.
The magistrats and toune counsell have concluded that, for encourageing of James Porterfield to keep ane schooll in toune, he get his cellarie
as formerlie payed him, whilk is fiftie two pund Scots yearlie for his house
maill; and ordaines the toune thesaurer and these who shall succeed him
to pay the said soume to him yearlie, and that dureing the saids magistrats and counsell their will and pleasure.
Schooll-master in Hutchisones hospitall.
The saids magistrats and toune counsell doe suspend Robert Forrest
frae his office as schoollmaster in Hutchisones hospitall for some speeches
spoken be him against the government, and that till the meeting in the
said hospitall, and nominats and appoints (blank) Watt to supplie and
exerce the said office in keeping of the said schooll till that tyme in the
said hospitall, or swa lang as the saids magistrats and counsell shall
Some leather to be offered by Mr. Robb.
It being represented that (blank) Robb is desireing to be admitted
burges and gild brother of this burgh by right of his father, whose father
hes lived and resided in Ireland these fourtie yearis past, as he hes done
himselfe since he was borne, and hes brought some parcell of leather with
him to be sold, and the end he seekes his freedome is (supposed to be) that
he may have libertie to sell his said leather, therefore the saids magistrats and counsell doe appoint the said (blank) Robb to make offer of the
said leather to the merchands and crafts houses, or to pay what the dean
of gild and deacon conveener shall think fitt for the use of the poor of
their respective incorporationes before he be admitted burges and gild
5 September 1690.
Chamberlands of Provand.
The proveist, baillies and counsell takeing to their consideration that
by neglect of chamberlands of the tounes lands of Provand, there are
about twentie thousand punds Scots or therby of non-payments resting
be the tennents given up as resting be the saids chamberlands, yet
notwithstanding they charge the toune with their cellarie although some
of them have not done dilligence against the tennents, therfor the saids
magistrats and counsell have enacted and concluded, and hereby enact
and conclude, that nae cellarie be allowed to any of the saids chamberlands of Provand who have not done exact dilligence against the tennents
whose compts are not cleared; bot lykewayes, in these compts who are
allowed and discharged and cellaries allowed to them there is no dilligence
done against the saids tennents, altho they have given up considerable
soumes resting be the tennents in their respective accompts, it is also
hereby enacted that the saids chamberlands be persewed for repetition and
paying back the cellaries swa receaved by them.
Baillie Gibsone and utheris to meet with two ministeris.
Nominats and appoints bailie Gibsone and George Buchanan, with
any two that shall be appointed for the session, to repair to the reverends
Mr. Patrick Sympsone, and Mr. Thomas Forrester to intreat them to
comply and accept of the callis given them to be ministeris of this burgh.
6 September 1690.
Ordaines Thomas Peter, toune thesaurer, to pay to Hugh Blair the
soume of ten pounds sterling for his paines in carying letteris on the
tounes accompt betuixt this and Edinburgh, and that in satisfaction to
him of all bygaine service as postmaster till the first of November nixt.
Dean of gild and utheris to goe to Dumbrittane anent free trade.
The magistrats and toune counsell takeing to their consideration
that be the lait act of this current parliament, (fn. 5) the royall burrowes are
restored to their ancient rights, liberties and priviledges, conforme to the
severall acts of parliament made in favouris of the royall burrowes, notwithstanding wherof and contrare to the saids acts, the saids magistrats
and counsell are informed that the inhabitants in Greinock and utheris
on the coast syde are sending out veshellis and useing ane free trade,
they neither being residenteris nor freemen burgesses of this burgh, nor
any other burgh, therefor, for getting a more clear and better information
in that affaire, they nominat and appoint William Napeir, dean of gild,
and John Corse, late baillie, and any other they shall think fitt to take
with them, to repair to the toune of Dumbartane, and to comon with the
magistrats and counsell theranent, and to take their advyce and concurrance therin, and therafter to repair to Greinock with what persones
the burgh of Dumbartane shall please to send with them, and take exact
tryall and information of the wholl matter, and to doe all other things
requisite and necessar theranent, conforme to the said act of parliament,
for impeding and hindering unfreemen to use any trade to the prejudice
of this burgh or other royall burrowes, and in caice the toune of Dumbartane refuise to concur in the said affaire appoints the saids persones
to doe dilligence therin themselves as they shall think fitt.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to John How four rex dalleris for
being assistant to John Anderson when quartermaster to help to quarter
the Danishe horse that came here, and helping to take up ane list of the
stables in toune for their better accomodation.
9 September 1690.
The kirk seats.
The dean of gild, deacon conveener, Simeon Tennent, John Aird, and
James Sloss, who are appointed to set the seats in the churches and meeting house in toune, and to consider on the pryces thereof, and to report,
by act of counsell daitted the fourth of this instant, made their report
that they had met and considered anent the setting the samen seats and
pryces therof, and that it was their oppinion that the haill seats in the
Utter High Kirk and meeting house in the Wynd shall be set, in tyme
comeing, to any who will take the samen, ane thrid pairt doune of the
pryce of what was payed for them formerlie, the present possessouris
allwayes getting the first offer if they will keep the same, and the
comittee to continow in setting the seats of the Inner High Kirk and
Laigh Kirk, conforme to the former act.
Persones appointed to uplift the pryce of the seats.
The persones following are nominat and appointed to uplift and
receave the money that the seats of the kirks and meeting house shall be
set for frae the first of September instant, for the space of ane year, viz.,
Gavine Wood, merchand, to uplift for the seats in the High Church, John
Watsone, tailzeor, for the Outter High Church, John Coats, merchand,
for the Laigh Church, and Thomas Maxwell, merchand, to uplift for the
seats in the meeting house in the Wynd. And what they receave for the
saids seats appoints them to pay in the same to the toune thesaurer, for
quhilk he is to give receipt to the respective collectouris that he shall hold
compt to the toune for the samen.
27 September 1690.
Accompt of the seats.
George Muirhead and Stephan Crawfurd gave in ane accompt of the
moneyes uplifted and receaved be them for the seats of the Tron Church
for the space of ane year frae August 1689 till the last of August 1690
yearis. Charge extends to sixtein hundreth fourtie four pund; and be
the discharge it is found that they have debursed the said haill soume on
the tounes accompt, except two hundreth sixtein pund fyve shilling that
is yet resting and nyntie pund for seats that are not set, and ane hundreth
eightie four punds fyve shilling that were resting in the compteris hands
at clearing the said accompt, whilk they have payed in to Thomas Peter,
thesaurer, and wherwith he is to be charged.
Accompt of the seats.
James Sloss, merchand, gave in ane accompt of the money receaved
be him for the seats in the meeting house in the Wynd frae August 1689
till September 1690, whilk extends to [£ 638 12 s.], with ane accompt of
[£36 6 s.] that is yet resting therof the said year; as also of
[£ 86 7 s. 10 d.] receaved frae bailie Gibsone, that was resting of the
money collected for building the two meeting houses, and [£ 33 3 s. 4 d.]
receaved frae Robert Bogle that was resting of the seats in the meeting
house the tyme he was collector; wherof charge extends in haill to
[£ 794 9 s. 2 d.] and the discharge conforme to the compt therof, with
the soume of [£ 298 13 s. 10 d.] payed in be him to Thomas Peter, toune
thesaurer, for whilk he is to hold compt to the toune, extends to the said
[£794 9s. 2d.]. Swa charge and discharge being compared they find
them both equall and alike.
Warrand, garison at Drumikill
Ordaines Thomas Peter, toune thesaurer, to pay to John Baxter,
meilman, the soume of threescore ane pund 13 shilling four pennies Scots
money for eight bollis of meill sent be the magistrats and utheris to the
garison at Drumikill, in their streats, at desire of captaine Stewart who
commanded the said garison, with twentie eight shilling for cariage of
the said meill.
Warrand, thesaurer, craig at Provand.
Ordaines Thomas Peter, toune thesaurer, to pay to John Corse the
soume of three score eight pund three shilling six pennies debursed be
him to workmen for cutting the craig for takeing away the water through
ane whin craig at the Light burne in Provand.
29 September 1690.
Compts of the Provand rents.
It is concluded that in tyme comeing the compts of the tounes lands
of Provand be booked and insert in the counsell bookes as the thesaureris
Petition given in be the gardineris for a letter of deaconrie.
The proveist, baillies and counsell doe allow and approve of the
petition given in be the incorporation of the gardineris concerning the
libertie and benefite they are seeking frae the toune in favouris of their
trade, with the report of the samen, made, subscrivit and given in be the
committie theranent, who was nominat and appointed be the saids magistrats and counsell to consider the same, and appoints and grants a letter
of deaconrie of the liberties contained in the said petition to be drawen up
formallie in wryte, that the samen may be subscrivit be the said proveist,
baillies and counsell in their favouris.
To take down south meeting-house.; Chapter house synod.
The magistrats and toune counsell takeing to their consideration that
there is no necessitie for keeping up the south meeting house for preaching, therefor they nominat and appoint baillie Nisbit and Mathew Cuming,
elder, to cause take doune the samen, and to sell and dispose of the timber,
ston pillaris therof, and otheris therto belonging, to the best availl they
can, and to dispose of what shall be gottine therefor to the poor, be advyce
of the magistrats and toune counsell, after the two barnes of which the
said meeting house was composed and made up are put in the samen condition they were in before they were turned in the said meeting house.
And the chapter house where the synod sitts be repaired.
[Approval of acts; written on p. 111 of council record.]
The preceeding acts of counsell, contained in the foregoing ane
hundreth and ten pages, begining the thrid day of Julij 1689, ar the acts
made be the magistrats and toune counsell frae tyme to tyme, as they are
particularlie narrated, were this day read in presence of the saids magistrats and counsell, and allowed and approvine by them. (Signed) John
Anderson, provost, John Leckie, John Gibson, George Nisbitt, Will
Napier, John Gillchrist.
30 September 1690.
Ordaines the toune thesaurer to pay to Hugh Lochhead twelve pound
Scots for furnishing flowres to the counsell seat in the high church and
counsell table, this last year.
Election of the proveist and baillies.
The said day being the first Tuesday after Michaelmass, and sua the
ordinary day for electing and choiseing the magistrats of the said city for
the year ensuing, and the saids proveist, baillies and counsell understanding that their sacreed Majesties be their letter of gift, dated at the court
of Kensingtoune the fourth day of Januarij, 1689, hes given and granted
full power, right and libertie to and in favouris of the said city of
Glasgow, magistrats and counsell therof, to choise and elect their proveist,
baillies, and haill other magistrats in the ordinary maner, and at the
ordinary tyme, alse freelie as any other royall burgh in the kingdome doe
or may choise their magistrats; whilk letter of gift is past their Majesties
great seall and confirmed in this current parliament be their act dated
the fourtein day of Junij lastbypast. And therefor the saids proveist,
baillies and counsell went on to the election of the saids magistrats; and
the haill forenamed persones, counsellouris, being removed frae the
counsell table, except the proveist and three baillies, the saids proveist
and baillies, conforme to use and wont, did sett doune the lytts of the
magistrats and haill merchand rank in counsell, to the effect ane of them
might be choisen to bear office as proveist for the year ensuing, and the
haill persones to be lytted being sevintein in number they were divyded in
three lytts, wherof two containing six persones and the other fyve; out of
which by pluralitie of votts (after the counsells returning to the table) the
persones following were elected to the effect foresaid, viz., John Andersone, proveist, John Leckie and James Peadie. Whilk three persones
being removed and the lytt put to ane vott which of them should bear
office as proveist the said John Andersone was unanimouslie elected and
continowed proveist of the said city for the year ensuing, who being
present did accept of the said office and gave his oath de fideli administratione therintill as use is. Therafter the saids haill memberis of counsell,
except the saids John Andersone, present proveist, and the three baillies,
being again removed frae the table, they, to witt the saids proveist and
baillies, did set doune the lytts of the memberis on counsell who are to
bear office and be choisen baillies for the ensuing year; and the merchand
rank who were to be lytted being twelve in number were divyded in four
lytts, out of whilk four persones are to be choisen to be divyded in two
lytts that out of them two persones might be elected to be merchand
baillies for the year to come, out of which the persones following were
choisen, viz., William Napeir, Mathew Cuming, Thomas Peter and John
Aird; and the saids four persones were divided in two lytts, viz., for the
first William Napeir and Mathew Cuming, and for the second Thomas
Peter and John Aird. And the crafts counsellouris who were to be lytted
being ellevin in number they were divyded in three lytts, wherof two four
and ane three, out of whilk three persones were to be choisen to the effect
ane of them might be made crafts baillie for the year to come. Whilk
being votted be pluralitie of votts John Gillchreist, Robert Brock, and
Thomas Pollock were elected to the effect foresaid. And the saids three
lytts of merchands and crafts being severallie removed and put to the vott,
by pluralitie of votts the saids William Napier and John Aird were elected
and choisen baillies of the said burgh for the merchand rank, and the
said Robert Brock was elected and choisen to bear office as baillie for the
crafts rank for the year ensuing; who did all three accept of the said
office in and upon them, and gave their oathes de fideli administratione
3 October 1690.
[The magistrates of this and the two previous years, with persons appointed
to supply vacancies, chose thirteen merchants and twelve craftsmen to be on the
council for the ensuing year.]
4 October 1690.
Act against magistrats keeping ane change or taverne.
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveened, and takeing to
their consideration the severall abuses hes bein committed these severall
years past by electing and choiseing of magistrats and deacon conveeneris
in this burgh who keeped change and publict taverns, which occasioned
much debaushrie and drunkeness, and poor people to spend their money
needleslie in the saids taverns, it is therefore hereby enacted, statute and
ordained in all tyme comeing that nae person or persones be elected and
choisen to bear office as proveist, baillies, dean of gild, deacon conveener,
baillie of Gorballis, or as water baillie who keepes ane publict taverne or
change house; and that in caice any such persones who doe presentlie
keep ane publict change shall be elected and choisen to be in any of the
saids offices before they be admitted to exerce the same, ordains them to
find cawtion obleidgeing themselves that they shall not keep any change
dureing the tyme of his exerceing therof, under the paine of ane thousand
merks Scots money. And, if any persone who keepes ane taverne or
change be presented on lytt frae the merchands or crafts houses to be
dean of gild or deacon conveener before the lytt be admitted, it is hereby
enacted, statute and ordained that the saids persones find cawtion to desist
therefrae under the like penaltie of ane thousand merks dureing the tyme
of his exerceing therof; and that nae persone take up or keep ane change
or taverne who shall be choisen to any of the saids offices dureing the
tyme he exerces the same, under the said penaltie of ane thousand merks.
6 October 1690.
Baillie Napeir and utheris to attend the generall assemblie.
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveened, and takeing to
their consideration that the generall assemblie is to meet at Edinburgh
the thrid Thursday of this instant, being the sixtein day of the said
moneth, they have nominat and comissionat and hereby nominats and
commissionats William Napeir, ane of the present baillies of the said
burgh, James Stewart and Mathew Cuming, elder, merchands, two of their
oune number, and all three elderis of the church, ilk ane of them per
vices to repair to Edinburgh with such as are or shall be appointed be the
presbytree, and there to wait and attend on the said generall assemblie
dureing the haill tyme of the sitting therof, and to give their assistance
and consent to all things that shall be proposed therin for the good and
weill of the church.
Lists of the hearths and uthers.
The magistrats and counsell of the burgh being conveened, and
takeing to their consideration that be act of parliament dated 10th of
September lastbypast, the soume of fourtein shilling Scots for every hearth
within the Kingdome is to be payed, and the lords of privie councill, for
the better ingathering of the said hearth money, have, be their act dated
the 29 of the said moneth of September last, ordained the magistrats of
the royall burghes to meet in their severall burghes at the tyme specifeit
in the said act, and make a true and exact tryall and inquirie what
number of houses, tenements, mylnes, smiddies, killis for drying of graine,
ovens, furnaces for brewing, salt panns, glass and soapworks are within
their respective jurisdictiones and liberties, alsweill these inhabited as
these which are waste, and who are the possessouris of the houses and
utheris foresaids inhabited, and who are the ouneris of such as are waste,
(excepting allwayes hospitallis and the houses of poor people who are
upon the charitie of the severall burghes), and what number of hearths
are in each house, lodgeing or tenement and utheris foresaids, and what
the totall number of these hearths does amount to, and transmitt ane
duplicat therof, under their hands, to the clerks of their Majesties privie
councill, conforme to the said act of parliament, betuixt and the dayes
following, viz., the burrowes on this syde of the water of Tay betuixt and
the first day of November nixt, and these beyond the samen betuixt and
the tenth day of the said moneth, they therefor nominat and appoint [four
persones for each of the north, the middle, the east, the south, and the west
quarters] to take up the said list of the hearths of the houses, tenements
and uthers foresaids.
Warrand, expenses to Edinburgh and Stirling.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to John Gibsone, late baillie, the soume
of two hundreth threttie two pund ane shilling ten pennies Scots money,
debursed be him to severall of the men that went with him to Edinburgh
in attending on the convention of estates, and debursed be him to severall
persones when they went to Stirling to bring here some armes and
ammunition, and other debursements in the tounes affaires, conforme to
the particular accompt therof given in, read and allowed.
John Crawfurd elected baillie of Newport-Glasgow.
The magistrats and toune counsell takeing to their consideration
that there are severall abuses done and committed at Newport Glasgow,
and the key and harbour therof spoilled through want of some fit person
to oversee the samen as baillie ther; and being assured of the abilitie and
qualification of John Crawfurd, late baillie of this burgh, to exerce the
office of bailliarie, the saids proveist, baillies and counsell have elected
and choisen and hereby elects and makes choise of the said John Crawfurd
to be their baillie at Newport Glasgow, with power to him to doe all
things requisite theranent as any other barron baillie may doe, he
observeing such instructiones as shall be given him frae tyme to tyme be
the magistrats and toune counsell of the said burgh; for exerceing of
which office thir presents shall be to the said John Crawfurd ane sufficient
commission, and the samen to continow dureing the will and pleasure of
the saids magistrats and toune counsell.
Proveist and utheris to meet anent Newport.
Nominats and appoints the proveist, with the dean of gild and deacon
conveener [and four others], and any three of them to be a quorum, to
meet and take the case and condition of Newport Glasgow and cellars
ther to consideration, and to draw up such instructiones as is to be observed
there in tyme comeing for the better manadgement of the tounes affaires
ther, and to call before them what persones possest any of the tounes
cellars at Newport, and to cause them pay what they are resting therefor,
and to call for the tounes firlots, and to ordour the disposeing therof in
tyme comeing, and to report their dilligence to the toune counsell, and
appoints their first meeting to be on Friday nixt.
8 October 1690.
Dean of gild, etc.
[James Peadie, dean of guild; John Gilchrist, deacon convener; (fn. 6) George
Buchanan, treasurer; James Sloss, bailie of Gorbals; Stephen Crawfurd, water
bailie; William Barclay, master of work; Peter Corbet, visitor of maltmen;
Robert Tennent, visitor of gardeners; John Graham, procurator fiscal.]
11 October 1690.
The committie appointed be the synod, etc.
The magistrats and toune counsell being conveened, and takeing to
their consideration that the synod had nominat and appointed ane committie to meet and consider of some fit persones to supplie the vacancie of
the ministrie of this burgh, and the ministeris and kirk session haveing
met and conveened to give their oppinion therin, they have given their
oppinion of three persones following, to witt, Mr. George Meldrum,
minister at Killwining, Mr. Gabriell Cunninghame, minister at Dunlop,
and Mr. Patrick Verner, minister of Irwing, to be offered to the said
committie for procureing their advyce and direction in ordour to obtaine
any one of them to be minister of this burgh. Whilk resolution of the
saids ministeris and session being considered be the saids magistrats and
toune counsell, they doe give their consent and concurrence in the said
resolution; and appoints the proveist, baillies, dean of gild, deacon conveener, [and three others] to meet and set doune what instructiones they
shall think fitt in ordour therto, and for planting the universitie of Glasgow with able masters; whilks are to be given to baillie Napeir and John
Robiesone and otheris who are appointed be the saids magistrats and
counsell and presbytree to wait upon the generall assemblie at Edinburgh.
Warrand, Cunshlie bog in Provand.
Ordaines George Buchannan, present thesaurer, to pay to John
Gibsone, late baillie, the soume of twentie nyne pund six shilling Scots
money payed be him to workmen that helped to cutt throw the cast of the
Cunshlie booge in Provand, and seeking to get ane lyme craig ther for
the behove of the toune, conforme to the accompt therof given in and
21 October 1690.
Bread, tallow, candle.
[The 12 d. loaf to weigh 12 oz. 7 drop 4 grains; tallow to be sold for 48s. the
stone; and candle for 56s. the stone.]
28 October 1690.
Call to Mr. George Meldrum subscrivit.
There was ane call presented be Mathew Cuming, elder, in name of
the ministers and kirk session of this burgh, for calling of the reverend
Mr. George Meldrum, minister of the gospell for present at Killwining, to
be ane of the ordinar ministeris of the said burgh; whilk call was unanimouslie approvine and consented to be the saids magistrats and toune
counsell, and subscrivit be them. And appoints the samen to be presented
to the presbytree the morrow for getting their approbation therto.
Thomas Peter to agree with persones awand teinds.
The proveist, baillies and counsell, takeing to their consideration that
there are severall bygane teinds resting to the toune by some of the
heretoris of the toune and barronie preceeding the year 1685, they hereby
grant full power and commission to Thomas Peter, merchand, to transact
and agree the best way he shall think fitt with these persones who are
resting any of the saids teinds, and to uplift and receave the samen and
give discharges therefor, wherat they obleidge them and their successouris
in office to abyde firme and stable, the said Thomas Peter allwayes
making just compt, reckoning and payment of his intromission therwith.
11 November 1690.
Act anent ane stent.
The proveist, baillies and counsell of the said burgh being conveened,
takeing to consideration that there is ane cess imposed on this kingdome
by the current parliament, of which there was elleven moneths of the
said cess payable this present year, wherof four moneths at Whitsunday
last, two moneths at Lambmass last, and fyve moneths of the said cess
falls due to be payed at this present terme of Martimass, whilk ellevin
moneths cess payable at the saids three termes this burghes proportion is
sixtein hundreth and fiftie pounds sterling; and also considering that the
toune is resting to the agents of the burrowes for their pairt of bygane
burrow dewes the soume of (blank); and that the saids magistrats and
counsell have this tyme past used their outmost endeavouris, by dealing
with the maltmen and brewaris and other inhabitants within the burgh
for condescending on some fit methods for getting the said cess and
burrow dewes payed some other way than by stenting the inhabitants,
(and publict stent in this place being knowne to be very griveous and
obnoxious) which meanes and paines hes provine ineffectuall; and therefore the saids proveist, baillies and counsell finds that, of a necessitie,
there must be ane stent laid on upon the inhabitants of the said burgh for
paying the said soume of sixtein hundreth and fiftie pounds sterling
of cess and the said soume of (blank) resting of bygane burrow
dewes; whilk, with the expenses to pay the clerk to the said stent,
and the collector for ingathering therof, the stent to be imposed and laid
on will extend to the soume of twentie four thousand punds Scots money;
and considering that by act of parliament they are impoured to stent the
inhabitants to the effect foresaid, and choise stentmasters for laying on
the same, they doe nominat and appoint [ten persons] to be stentmasteris,
hereby impouring them to impose and lay on the said soume of twentie
four thousand punds Scots for paying this burghs proportion of the cess,
burrow dewes and utheris abovewrittin, for the terme of Martimass instant
and preceedings as is abovementioned; and that upon the heretouris,
merchands, craftismen, victualleris, vintineris, and uther inhabitants of
the said burgh subject and lyable in payment of stent. And the saids
magistrats and counsell hereby earnestlie recommends to the saids stentmasteris to lay on the foresaid stent with all convenient diligence, wheranent thir presents shall be their warrand; and appoints the magistrats
to call for the saids stentmasteris and to take their oathes de fideli
21 November 1690.
Persones who killed John Reid, wright, to be persued.
The magistrats and toune counsell takeing to consideration that upon
the threttein day of October last John Reid, wright, being killed in the
execution of his office, being corporall of the tounes guard, by hindering
some abuse was committed in the toune that night, they have enacted
and concluded that the persones who were present and committed the said
deed be persewed therefor on the tounes expenses and charges, and
appoints James Hamiltone, their agent, to imploy advocats and utheris
for that effect, and to pay out what money is necessar theranent, whilk the
saids magistrats and counsell obleidges them to repay, and allowes and
approves what is done in prosecution of the said affaire alreadie.
Govane and Alstoun refuseing to be stent masters.
Ordaines John Govane, merchand, and Thomas Alstoune, cordoner,
to be put in prison for refuiseing to accept to be stentmasteris, and to
remaine ther till the magistrats and counsell take the affaire to their
22 November 1690.
Localitie, several persones nominat to oversee the samen.
The magistrats and counsell conveened, considering the abuses hes
bein done and committed these severall yearis bygane by quartering of
the souldiouris, and how the poor for most pairt hes borne the burdine
therof, severallis in toune who were more able to quarter them being
keeped free of that burdein, it is concluded that there be ane localitie
payed in to these persones who shall quarter the soldiouris in tyme comeing by these who shall be free of quartering; therefore they nominat and
appoint the proveist, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener to call
before them the persones following, who are hereby nominat and appointed
to lay on ane moderat localitie to be payed to these who shall quarter the
souldiouris, and to see that the samen be made effectuall for the end to
whilk it is designed, viz., [two persons for each of the five "quarters"].
Whilk localitie to be laid on to be paid be the inhabitants and burgesses
to these on whom the soldiouris shall be quartered is at the rates following,
to witt, for ilk collonell, livetennent collonell or major, weeklie, threttie
six shilling Scots, and for ilk capitane twentie four shilling, for ilk livetennent eightein shilling, for ilk ensigne twelve shilling, for ilk serjant
six shilling, for ilk corporall four shilling, and for ilk souldior three
shilling; and whilk localitie swa to be laid on upon the inhabitants and
payed is to be insert in the billgets on whom the souldiours shall be
quartered, and the names of the persones with the quantitie of what
localitie they are to receave weeklie or monethlie, the saids persones on
whom there shall be any quartering, deducing and allowing in the first
end what localitie shall be laid on them upon that accompt.
Anent idle persones and vagabound beggaris.
The magistrats and counsell takeing to consideration that the toune
is heavilly opprest and abused by idle persones and vagabound beggaris
haunting and frequenting within the samen, and the tounes poor thereby
prejudged, and that severall persones setts houses to strangeris not haveing
any interest or freedome in the toune, and brings in haill families of
bairnes who turne beggaris, therefor, and for remeid wherof, it is statute
and ordained that nae persone in toune set any of their houses to strangeris
except they bring testimoniallis with them and be allowed be the magistrats, and that they doe not take in any vagrant poor persones in their
houses, under the paine of twentie punds Scots to be payed be the contraveeneris, by and attoure farder punishment at the will of the magistrats.
And ordaines a proclamation to be sent through the toune by touke of
drum to intimat the samen.
Mr. George Glen discharged to keep any school in toune.
The proveist made report that he had severall tymes discharged Mr.
George Glen for keeping ane schooll, or to teach any schollaris within the
toune, whilk is found to be to the detriment of the publict Gramer Schooll,
and that he had only ane tollerance for teaching till Martimass last, yet
the said Mr. George continows to doe the same, therefore the saids magistrats and counsell, takeing the premissis to consideration, they nominat
and appoint the proveist and baillies to send for the said Mr. George Glen
and cause him find cawtion immediatlie to forbear the keeping any
schooll in toune, or to teach any bairnes therin. And if he refuises to
find cawtion that he be imprisoned till he doe the same.
Accompt of the seats in the High Kirk.
John Stirling, merchand, his compt of his intromission with what he
receaved for the seats in the Inner High Kirk, frae August 1689 to
August 1690, was produced, wherof the charge extends to the soume of
nyne hundreth sixtie four punds Scots, and the discharge to three
hundreth twentie nyne pund yet resting be severall persones, the list
whereof is given in to the subsequent collector, extending to the like
soume of nyne hundreth sixtie four punds, sua charge and discharge being
compared, they are both equall and alike, and therefor they exoner and
discharge the said John Stirling of his intromission with the said seatts.
Accompt of the corne, hay and straw furnished to the Danish forces.
John Aird, younger, his compt of his intromission with what he
receaved of the corne, hay and straw, furnished to the Danish forces,
extending to the soume of fourtein hundreth eightie nyne pund two
shilling six pennies, and conforme to the discharge he hes payed in to
Thomas Peter, thesaurer, the soume of ellevin hundreth threttie fyve
pund fyve shilling, wherewith the said thesaurer is to be charged, and
the rest he payed to severall persones on the tounes accompt, conforme to
the articles contained in the said discharge, makes charge and discharge
both equall and alike, and therefor the saids magistrats and counsell
exoner and discharge the said John Aird of his intromission conforme to
the said accompt.
A letter of deaconrie subscrivit in favouris of the gardineris.
There was ane letter of deaconrie subscrivit in favouris of the incorporation of gardineris, containing the severall articles following, of the
which letter of deaconrie the tennor followes:—Be it knowne to all men
be thir present letteres, wee, John Anderson of Dowhill, present proveist
of Glasgow, William Napeir, John Aird and Robert Brock, baillies therof,
James Peadie, dean of gild, John Gilchreist, deacon conveener, George
Buchannan, thesaurer, and remanent persones of the toune counsell of the
said burgh undersubscryveing. Forsameikle as Patrick Tennent, deacon
of the gardineris of Glasgow, be ane petition given in be him to ws and
our predicessouris for himselfe, in name and with advyce and concurrance
of the haill freemen gardineris of the samen burgh, mentioning that where
the gardineris of the said good toune have, neer these hundreth yearis
bygane, bein incorporat as ane of the trades of the burgh, and were
formerlie in use to elect their oune deacon, and did enjoy alse many and as
free priviledges as any of the rest of the crafts enjoyed or possest frae the
tyme of their first erection in a craft till the year of God jm. vjc. fourtie
six, at which tyme the plague began in this burgh, John Woddrow,
gardiner, then their deacon, was infected with the plague and sent to the
Foull Muir where he was cleansed, and, amongst other of his goods that
were caried out there and lost, the petitioneris letter of deaconrie and
priviledges was also lost, since which tyme the petitioneris have had no
right to authorize them in the execution of their priviledges bot the
tollerance of ws and our predicessouris magistrats and counsell of the
said burgh; through the want of which letter of deaconrie and priviledges,
the petitioneris and their priviledges have not onlie bein abused and
invaded by outtintounesmen and unfreemen, bot evin by memberis of their
oune incorporation, who are contumacious and disobedient to all statutes
made be the deacones and masteris of craft for keeping good concord
amongst themselves, and for provideing the supplie of the necessities of
their poor; notwithstanding of which discouragements, the petitioneris
have ever, and at all tymes and occasiones, concurred, and, to their abilitie,
contribute to the support and defence of the publict good of the toune and
trades and priviledges therof; and since no incorporation or societie can
be right governed without rules and statutes to walk by, and the petitioneris being desireous that for the good of their incorporation and
remanent crafts of Glasgow, wherof they are incorporat as a member,
they may be authorized with such priviledges and such rules laid doune
for their government as may contribute to keep peace, concord and unity
among them, and may tend to the good of the poor, which they humblie
presented to ws in the termes following, viz.:—In the first, that the
petitioneris may be authorized to elect yearlie, at the ordinary tyme, two of
their number and present them to the toune counsell of the said burgh,
to the effect ane of them may be appointed deacon for the ensuing year.
That there be four or more boxmasteris yearlie choisen be the craft, wherof
the deacon to choise two, and the trade the other two. That non be
allowed to set up or exerce a freemans trade till he be first burges and
freeman, and beis found a qualified tradisman (be the deacon and such
masteris as shall be appointed by him), and able and fitt to serve the Kings
leidges. That each freeman at his entrie shall pay the soumes following
for their freedom and upset, viz., a prenteis of a freemans sone the soume
of ten merks Scots money; item, each prenteis of ane unfreemans sone
the soume of eight punds Scots money, and each outtintounesman not a
prenteis, the soume of fourtie merks Scots money. That each freeman
pay quarterlie to the box the soume of three shilling. And that all geir
presented to the mercat, aither by free or unfreemen, that shall be found
unsufficient shall be escheat, and the presenteris therof fyned at the will
of the magistrats, not exceeding the value, the ane halfe to the poor of
the trade and the other halfe to the baillie, the said insufficiencie being
allwayes cognosced and approvine of be the baillie and his authoritie
interponed for the samen; and that no unfreeman have libertie to present
geir to the mercat above the value of four shilling Scots bot in fair dayes
and mercat dayes, under the lyke paine. That the deacon and craft be
authorized to make such acts in their courts as shall tend to the good of
the trade and poor therof, and for keeping good concord among the
memberis of craft, and as shall be for the good of the craft and toune;
and that the deacon and craft be mantained in the execution of their
priviledges be ws and our successouris, and have our concurrance for
putting them in execution, the saids acts being allwayes approvine be ws
and our successouris in office, proveist, baillies and counsell of the said
burgh. Provideing allwayes that if any burges or tounesman have any
work to work, wherin they cannot be alseweel served and at alse easie rates
by freemen gardineris, it may be leisom to them to serve themselves
with any whom they please to imploy, whither freeman or unfreeman.
Whilks priviledges abovewrittin the petitioneris humblie presumed to be
just and reasonable, and that wee would authorize them in the samen,
for, as they are burgesses and freeman of the toune and trade, and bear
burdine as such, it is not reasonable that people that are neither burgesses
nor freemen, nor have contribute any thing for the support aither of the
toune or trade, should enjoy alse much freedome as the petitioneris who
have contribute as said is to both. And therefor expecting our favourable
answer and complyance with their so just a requeist; as the said petition
bearis. Whilk petition being by ws and our predicessouris sein and read,
the samen was recomended to be more seriouslie sein and considered be
baillies John Gibsone and George Nisbit, William Napeir, dean of gild,
John Gilchreist, deacon conveener, and Simeon Tennent, then baillie of
Gorballis, by act dated the first day of September lastbypast; and
whilk petition being accordinglie sein and considered be the foresaids
persones appointed for that effect, they, be their report dated the nyntein
day of September also last, declared that they thought the said petition
reasonable and just, and that there was nothing therby requyred bot what
the said incorporation had bein in use and possession of, since the year
jm. vjc. twentie eight, which was sufficientlie instructed to them by production of the records of the said incorporation since that tyme and dounwards, as the said report also bearis. And wee having of new considered
the said petition, with the foresaid report, by our act of counsell dated
the twentie nynth day of September last, find the samen just and
equitable; and therefore wee the saids proveist, baillies and counsell, for
ws and our successouris in office, doe of new ratifie, allow and approve, and
be thir presents of new ratifies, allowes and approves of the said haill
articles and particulars abovewritten; with power to the said incorporation of gardineris and their successouris in office to use, exerce, enjoy and
make use of the haill liberties and priviledges abovewrittin in all tyme
comeing, in maner and conforme as is abovementioned. In witnes wherof,
wee have subscryved thir presents, at Glasgow, the twenty two day of
November jm. vjc. and nyntie yearis, before thir witnesses: George
Andersone, toune clerk of Glasgow, and James Heriott, his servitor, and
Commission to Silvercraigs daughteris subscrivit.
There was ane factorie or commission subscryved in favouris of
Grissell and Margaret Campbellis, lawfull daughteris to Robert Campbell
of Silvercraigs and to Thomas Weir, husband to the said Grissell, for his
interest, for uplifting the rent of the lands of Silvercraigs, conforme to ane
obleisment granted be their predicessouris for that effect in favouris of
29 November 1690.
Warrand, thesaurer, guard.
Ordaines George Buchannan, thesaurer, to pay to James Coallier,
smith, the soume of ten rex dalleris for his supplie and helping to mend
his hand whilk he almost lost by serveing the toune as ane of their guard.
Warrand, thesaurer, French school.
Ordaines the thesaurer, George Buchannan, to pay to Mr. John
Pujolas, ane French protestant minister, the soume of fyve pounds sterling
for helping to pay the printing of ane French gramer he hes set out; and
also ordaines the thesaurer of this burgh and his successouris in office to
pay him ane hundreth pund yearlie in tyme comeing for his encouragement to keep ane schooll in toune for learning of French, to be payed him
quarterlie, begining the first quarteris payment at Candlemass nixt.
Anent the cess, and election of the deacon conveener.
The magistrats and toune counsell of the said burgh of Glasgow considering the extream aversion of the inhabitants therof from payment of
cess and other publict burdens by way of a particular stent, which has
not bein in use of a long tyme amongst them, and that the difficulties and
insupportable burdens in which the common stock of the burgh is
engadged can allow them no releiffe therof, they remitted the samen to
the consideration of the dean of gild and incorporation of merchants for
that rank, and to the deacon conveener, with his deacones, assessouris and
haill incorporatione of trades for that rank, and particularlie to the visitor
and incorporation of maltmen, to consider the best and readiest course
and method for raiseing the said cess, who all unanimouslie, with one
consent, returned their advyce and offer to the magistrats and toune
counsell that they were content to stent themselves upon the malt to be
broune within this burgh, alseweill in comone ale houses as in privat
families, in maner following, as the onlie readiest and most easie method
for raiseing and paying the ellevinth moneths cess imposed be act of
parliament frae Whitsounday last to Martimass last, inclusive of both,
and in tyme comeing dureing the current cess imposed as said is. Toward
which imposition swa to be raised they, for themselves and in name of the
haill inhabitants of the said burgh, gave in the propositiones following:—
That each publict brewer should pay two merks by and attoure the Kings
excyse, and each privat brewer three pund for each mask of malt that they
shall happine to brew, to such persones as shall be appointed be the merchands and trades houses for collecting therof frae the first day of Januarij,
1691, to the first day of Januarij, 1692; and after the first of Januarij,
1692, continuallie indureing the course of the said current cess, each publict
brewer to pay threttein shilling four pennies by and attoure the Kings
excyse, and each privat brewer fourtie shilling for everie boll of malt to
be broune within the burgh within the space foresaid. Item, that the
imposition of threttie punds Scots on ilk tun of wyne to be vented within
this burgh formerlie agreed upon should be raised and made effectuall
for the better releife of the present burdein the toune lyes under. And
that there may be no fraud in the payment of the said imposition upon
malt, each maltman within this burgh shall, weeklie on Satturday afternoon, give in to the receaveris of the said imposition a particular accompt
of all the malt they have sold that current week, and to whom it was sold
and given in, that the said accompt, compared with the collectouris rolls
at the mylne, may evidence the extent of the consumption and discover
any consealling or imbazleing therof. And wheras there hes bein some
contest betuixt the magistrats and counsell and some of the trades anent
the election of the deacon conveener at Michaelmass last, for shuning of
all farder debate and expenses theranent, and that there may remaine no
discord nor animositie in this burgh, the magistrats and counsell, and the
tradismen, complenaris of the illegalitie of that election, hes mutuallie
agreed that two or four gentlemen, wherof one halfe to be choisen be the
magistrats and counsell, and the other halfe be the saids tradismen, and
whatever the saids gentlemen swa to be choisen shall determine in
reference to the said election the saids parties shall be obleist hinc inde to
acquiesce therintill and abyde therat, and to doe their outmost dilligence
that the same may be determined betuixt and the (blank) day of (blank).
And farder the saids magistrats and counsell hes agreed and hereby
obleidge themselves and their successouris in office that they shall not
quarrell the maltmen at any tyme hereafter in the election of their
visitor, or in exerceing any other liberties and priviledges belonging to
them now or of before, according to use and wont, bot that they shall
continow in the peaceable possession therof without interruption or
impediment; and the maltmen are to be obleist to behave themselves
duetifully to the magistrats and commone weill of this burgh, alseweill in
reference to makeing the foresaid imposition effectuall to their outmost
power as in all other things whatsoever, according to equitie and justice.
Whilks premissis being at lenth sein and considered be the saids magistrats and counsell, and they rypelie advised theron, they have ratified
and approvine, and hereby ratifies and approves the propositiones abovewrittin made for imposing of the stent in maner foresaid upon the said
malt and wyne, and consents that the dean of gild and deacon conveeneris
houses nominat and appoint collectouris, swa many as shall be thought fit
be them, from tyme to tyme for uplifting therof; and obleidge themselves
to concurr in the said arbitration anent the deacon conveeneris election,
and that the maltmen shall nowayes be troubled in the exerceing their
priviledges in maner foresaid, it being allwayes hereby declaired that in
caice the said imposition shall be obstructed in haill or in pairt from
being gathered and collected to satisfie the cess abovewrittin, that the
magistrats and counsell shall have libertie to stent for payment therof in
haill or in pairt as the imposition shall fall short as accords of law.
3 December 1690.
Libertie to John Aird to build ane toofall.
The magistrats and counsell of the said burgh being conveened, in
answer to ane supplication given in to them be John Aird, ane of the
present baillies of the said burgh, desireing he may have libertie to build,
of the tounes ground, ten foot or thereby in length, eastward from the
east gavell of his new house in Bridgegate, for building ane toofall to
his said new house, the breadth of the east gavell of the samen, and whilk
he is to build in sufficient ston work and to sklait the roofe therof for the
better decoreing of the street ther, they have given and granted, and
hereby gives and grants licence and libertie to the said John Aird to
build the foresaid toofall, he allwayes building and sklaiting the samen
in maner foresaid, for whilk he is to pay to the said burgh, or to their
thesaureris or collectouris in their names, the soume of three shilling four
pennies Scots money yearlie in name of few dewtie or ground annwell;
and (if need beis) the toune is to grant to him a few right of the samen
peice of ground.