25 June 1490.
(After the catalogue of twenty-seven names of sum honest persounis of the
town berand office, and of twelve deikins, it is said that and in lykewyse all the
haill counsale deikynis and community consentit to the assedatioun of the space of
the burrowmuir. (Lowse leiffes.—Tr.)
1 February 1490–1.
The prouest and counsall ordanis the lokman, quhaireuir he fyndis any
swyne betuix the Castell and the Netherbow vpoun the gaitt or commoun throw
gangis owt of band, that he tak of euery sow to his fie iiij d., and quha that will
nocht pay this that he tak the said sow and nocht pairt thairwith quhili he
haif viij d., and chairges that na man tak vponn hand to stop or mak impediment
to the said lokman heirvntill vnder the payne of pvnissing of thair
persounis. (Lowse leiffis.—Tr.)
It is statute and ordanit that fra thyne furth thair be na watter court be
haldin within the burgh but in Leyth, vnto the tyme that the reformatioun and
good rewle may be had and brocht in vpoun the inormiteis iniuries and vsurpatioun
maid and vsit be thame in Leyth vpoun the fredome of the towne, and
quhat tymes and quhensumeuir the counsale of the town fyndis iniuries and
vsurpatioun vsit vpoun the townis fredome, that all nichtbouris and all
deikynis with thair craftismen be reddy daylie, quhen thai ar chairgit be the
provest and bailles, be reddy to pas with thame to Leyth for the haldin of the
watter court for reforming of injuries done aganis thair fredome, vnder the payne
of ane vnlaw of viij s. to be raisit and vnforgevin, and that the commoun soyt
roll be red in Leyth, and he that is absent without lawfuil caus to be pvnisit be
the said vnlaw of viij a. ilk court. (This act in a revin leif about the daitt of 1490.—Tr.)
and tymmer cummand in at Leyth.
Statutum tangens commune bonum. Item it is statute and ordanit
be the prouest baillies counsall and deikynis of the craftis, for the commoun
proffeitt of the towne and inhabiteris thairof, that in tyme to cum, at the
entrie of all schips bringand in any vittaillis or tymmer at the port of Leyth,
that the thesaurer of the towne that happinis to be for the tyme proffer a
goddis penny and bye the same vpoun a competent pryce, gif he can, to the
behuif vtility and proffeitt of the nichtbouris of the towne, and gif any of thame
byes the sam in greitt mair than accordes for his awin sustentatioun and vse
to sell, or euir he resaue or sell any of the saidis vittaillis or tymmer the byaris
sail compeir in presens of the prouest baillies and counsall and thair declair be
his greitt ayth of quhat pryce he bocht the saidis vitaillis or tymmer, and
incontinent thairafter thai sall caus the belman with the handbell pas throw
the towne wairnand all nichtbouris that sic vittaillis and tymmer ar to sell of
sic a pryce, and than the byares thairof in greitt sall tap and sell the samyn to
the nichtbouris of the towne, sum laid sum half laid, as accordis for thair sustentatioun
or for thair biggings, the tymmer of the sam pryce that thai bocht
it of, and thai byes the same in small thai sall mak fayth that it is to thair
awin vse and nocht to regraitt agane, and heirvpoun the byares in greitt sall
remayn thris viij dayes redy delyuerand to all nichtbouris for the payment and
pryce abourewrittin, and gif thai failyie heirintill, and the first byares brekis in ony
of thir thingis abourewrittin or sellis nocht the saidis vittaillis or tymmer of the
samyn pryce as thai bocht the sam, it beand previt with ij persouns, thai sall
pay to the kirkwerk of St Gele x li. but favoures.
dischargit; Byeris of
Leyth in greitt.
Item, that na nichtbour of the toune take ony owte marrow, and speciallie
of thame dwelland in Leyth, in felowschip wiht him in ony merchandice bying
or deling, vnder the payne of the payment of v li. to the said kirkwark but
favoures to be raisit, and that na indwellar in Leyth bye ony sic vittails or
tymmer in greitt bot fra the fremen of the towne, vnder the payne of escheitt
of the guds that beis bocht be thame, vtherwayes to be raisit in brocht to the
said kirk wark. (This act on a reiffin leif with ane daitt 1490—Tr.)
28 August 1491.
The quhilk day the persouns vnderwritten, that ar to say, James Hayne
and his brother William of Bog, Jhone of Schele buklar makare, Jhone Taitt
skynner, (blank), art and pairt of the crewale slauchter of Robert
Malysoun cordiner, committit within this burgh of Edinburgh vpoun Sunday as
evin last wes, the quhilkis persouns hes bene sercheit and socht be the baillies
of the said burgh, schreffis within the samyn, at thair dwelling places, and cowth
nocht apprehend thame, bot ar fugitiue fra the lawes for the said cryme;
Quhairfore the saidis schireffis denunceit the saidis persouns our Soverane Lordis
rebellis at the mercat croce of the said burgh and putt thame to the horne,
becaus thai ar fugitiue fra his lawes for the said cryme, and chairgeit thairfore
all and sundry our Souerane Lordis lieges that nane of thame suld howse herbery
resset supple or intermet with the saidis persouns vnder the payne of deid.
Item, the said day in lykewayis Jhonn Homill pynour, delatit committer
of the cruell slauchter of Adame Patersoun flescheour within the said burgh,
and thair in the forme aboue written he wes denunceit the Kingis rebell and
putt to his horne vt supra. (Lowse leiffes.—Tr.)
17 January 1491–2.
Curia capitalis burgi de Edinburgh et vicecomitatis tenta post festum Natalis
in Pretorio hujusmodi burgi coram balliuis eiusdem, 17 Januarij 1491, curia
[The Head Court of the Burgh and Sheriffdom of Edinburgh, held after the
feast of Christmas, in the Tolbuith of this Burgh, before the bailies of the same,
17 January 1491, the Court fenced.—Assize.]
The best quhett in the mercat was fundin be ane assyse for xij s.; item
the laid of malt for xx s.
Statutum penes regimen magistrii latimi ecclesie collegiate Beati Egidij burgi
[Statute anent the government of the master masons of the College Kirk of
St Giles, of the Burgh of Edinburgh.]
The quhilk day, the prouest dene of gild baillies and counsale of the burgh
of Edinburgh thinkis expedient and als ordanis that thair maister masoun and
the laif of his collegis and seruandis of thair kirk wark that now ar and sall
happin to be for the tyme sall diligentlie fulfill and keip thair seruice at all
tymes and houiris as after followes: That is to say, The said maister and his
seruandis sall begyn to thair werk ilk day in somer at the straik of v houris in
the morning, and to continew besylie into thair lawbour quhill viij houris
thairafter, and than to pas to thair disione and to remane thairat half ane
hour, and till enter agane to thair lawbouris at half hour to ix houris before
none, and swa to wirk thairat quhill that xj houris be strikken, and afternone
to forgather agane to thair wark at the hour of ane, and than to remayne quhill
iiij houris afternone, and than to gett a recreatioun in the commoun luge be the
space of half ane hour, and fra thine furth to abyde at thair lawbour continually
quhill the hour of vij be strikkin: And in winter to begyn with day licht
in the morning kepand the houris abouewritten, and to half bot thair none
shanks allanerly afternone, and to remayne quhill day licht be gane. And
gif the said maister quhatsumeuir or his collegis and seruandis faillis in ony
poyntis abouewritten, or remainis fra his said seruice ony tyme, he to be correctit
and pvnist in his wages at the plesour of the dene of gild that sall
happin to be for the tyme, as the said dene will ansuer to God and to the
guid towne thairvpoun. (Lowse leiff dattit 1491.—Tr.)
12th April 1492.
Assysa on the
paice of breid.
Price of malt.
Curia capitalis burgi de Edinburgh post festum Pasche tenta coram balliuis
ejusdem in Pretorio, 12 Aprilis 1492, curia affirmata.
[The Head Court of the Burgh of Edinburgh, held after the feast of Easter,
before the bailies of the same in the Tolbuith, 12 April 1492, the Court fenced.]
It is fundin and delyuerit be ane assyse that the pais suld be gevin of
the penny laiff to the baxteris after the raitt of the quheitt to x s. vj d. the
boll, the quhilk wes sawld in the last merkat day guid and sufficient stufe.
Item, thai fynd the pryce of the malt for xviij s. the laid, and swa wes sauld
guid and sufficient stufe. (This amang lowse leiffes notit 1488.—Tr.)
19 Aprilis 1492.
We command and chairge in our Souerane Lordis name, prouest and baillies
of this burgh of Edinburgh, that na maner of browster or dry topster within
this burgh sell or tap ony aill derare than for viij d. or xij d. the galloun, under
the payne of pvnitioun extreme after the forme of the statutes maid thairvpoun
at Michaelmes bygane, certefeand thame that quha dois the contrair fra this
day furth the statutes sall be execute vpoun thame to the extreme with the
rigour of justice, and at the first law dayes after Pasche the brekeris heirof sall
haif acknawlege, and quha beis than convict sall be pvnist as said is, and gif the
xij d. aill be nocht of fynare and worth the pryce that it be sawld for viij d., and
ilk persoun sellares of aill haif baith xij and viij d. aile; and heirto the baillies
ar sercheouris, and quha thai will lymit heirto. (Lowse leiffes.—Tr.)
(In April 1492. Is contenit four kepers of the commoun seill.—Tr.)
24 May 1492.
(The baillies and certane vtheris quha wer awand the toune ar chairgeit to
enter in waird for the sam or enter guidis in the officeris handis, and that be the
provest and counsale. (Lowse leiffes.—Tr.)
6 October 1492.
The quhilk day it is deuysit consentit and thocht expedient be the president
baillies counsale greitt dosane and deikinis that for to eschew greitt trubill
and daynger that has bene sustenit in tymes bygane be calanzears quhilkis accept
thame to the court of processis and dilatour, and wald nocht obey to the
haisty priuelege grantit be our Souerane Lord of the court peremptour of xxj
dayes grantit to this burgh for the haisty expenditioun of justice betwix nychtbour
and nychtbour of this burgh, and betwix ws and thame of straynge realmes
and countreyis, that the said court peremptour of xxj dayes be obseruitt putt in
vse and execute after the forme tenour and effect of our Souerane Lordis infeftments
vnder his greitt seill given to us thairvpoun, (fn. 1) and gif any nichtbouris or
persouns inhabitantis [of] this burgh proponis thame in the contrair heirof, it is
avysit and consentit that that persoun quhatsumeuer be callit afore the provest
baillies and counsale and accusit vpoun his ayth as a proponer contrair the
fredome and priuelege and commoun proffeitt of this burgh, and quha sua beis
convict thairvpoun the saidis provest baillies counsale greitt dossane and deikynis
thinkis expedient that he be private of his fredome for euir, quhill he recover
it agane at the townis hand, certifeand that gif any of our said nichtbouris or
indwelleris of this burgh wald cause our said priuelege thus grantit be the Kings
Hienes to [be] resort or prouokit before the lords, and swa putt it in disputatioun,
that the haill body of the towne will with thair substance wisdom and guids
defend the sam at their possibill power. Thir names consentit to this
statute:—Sir Jhone Murray, president, Andro Bertram, James Richertsoun,
Henry Prestoun, David Crawfurd, Jhone Lawder, Georgius Edwartsoun,
Roger Murray, Adame Halkerstoun, Jhone Twedy, Robert Rynde, Jhone
Bercare, William Knox, Jhone Quhyteheid, Henry Aichensoun, Robert
Wardlaw, Jhone Levingtoun, Stevin Borthuic, Archibaldus Todrik, Thomas
Turnour, Alexander Stanely, Robert Bruse, James Rychtsoun younger, Mr
James Henrysoun, Androw Gray, Henry Rynde, Franskyne Peblis, James
Tovnis, William Dunsyre, Thomas Harvy, David Quhyte, baxter, Thomas
Esdale wobster, James Harlawbankes skynner, Jhone Flemying fleschour,
Walter Martzeoun masoun, Johannem Cranstoun wricht, Thomas Ra smyth,
Pat. Forester goldsmyth, David Quhyteheid, Jhone Williamsoun, and the
haill body of the toun. (Lowse leiffes.—Tr.)
(Nota.—This sam act in this maner insert in the convict buik begynand Julij 1505.—Tr.)
12th October 1492.
The quhilk day it is statute and ordanit be the provest bailies and counsale
that in tyme to cum quhen any escheitt happynis to fall in the tounis hand
be any cryme committet within this toune, that incontinent the baillies sall raise
and tak the samyn and delyuer the said escheitt to the thesaurer of the towne
and he to mak compt thairof to the towne siclyke as he dois of the vther commoun
guidis, because the baillies of before appropriat sic escheittis to thameself
and sufferit thame nocht to cum to the commoun proffeitt. (Lowse leiffes.—Tr.)
19th October 1492.
The provest baillies and counsale hes ordanit Adame Halkerstoun thair
thesaurer to intromett with the rents and proffeitts of the towne sen Michaelmes
bygane, exceptand the buith males of the Martymes terme to cum, with the
quhilk thai ordane Johne Patersoun thair thesaurrer of the last yeir to tak vp
and intromett, and ordanis him to gif in his compts als sone as he plesis, and
quhat beis fundin awand to the said Jhone the provest baillies and counsale hes
grantit to gif him thair commoun seill for payment thairof sicklyke as he
desyret before. (Lowse leiffes.—Tr.)
It is ordanit be the hale dusane of the town that gif any of the dusane
beand wairnit cumis nocht betymes for the halding of the counsale in the wirking
of the commoun proffeitt, that he sall pay for ilk defalt vj[pennies?] vn[for]
gevyn, to be drukken be the dusane, and gif the dene or baillies or any of
thame cummis nocht within dew tyme thai sall dowbill als mekill vnforgevin.
Item it is ordanit that ilk dusane day the commoun proffeitt be spokin of and
sene to or ony playntis or vther thingis be hard. (Amang the leiffes of auld gild
10 November 1492.
Baxteris. Floure merchants.
The quhilk day, it is avysit consentit thocht expedient statute and ordanit
be the baillies counsale and community of this burgh, for the honour and
commoun proffeitt thairof, that all baxteris within this burgh that byis ony
floure fra ony pairts beyond sey or within the realme, to baik saile breid of, or
to sell the samyn be les mesoure or mair, sall pay to the fermorer of thair
commoun myln the multure thairof as effeiris, and at na merchant within this
burgh tak vpoun hand to top or sell ony floure in small bot in greitt, vnder the
payne of escheit of the samyn quhaireuir it may be fundin or owertane.
10 November 1492.
Crafts. Burgessis. Stallengeris.
Item, in lyke wyis, it is statute and ordanit that na craftismen or vthers
indwelleris within this towne occupy the fredome of the same, be intrometting
with thair practik or craft quhateuir it be, bot gif thai be frie burgessis, or leif
as stallengeris for the yeir and pay thair dewteis thairfore to the clerk as
effeiris, according to the lawes of the burgh; and this statute to be extendit to
all maner of vnfrie folkis, bayth merchants, browsteris, baxteris, and regratouris
of fysche, butter, cheise, eggis, wyld fowlis, and all vther things sawld and
occupeit within burgh.
22 November 1492.
Poinding for non setting furth of fyris.
The provest, and counsall ordanis the baillies to gadder in the vnlawis of
thame that set furth na fyrris, extending to iiijxx personis, the ane half thairof
to the stallis, and the vther to the officeris for thair labouris.
12 December 1492.
The provest, baillies, counsal, and deykins, hes ratefeit and affermit the
statute anent stallangers dated the xij day of December, etc. [jm cccc], xcij
because it conformis to the commoun law; and ordanis the commoun clerks
to resave the samyn to thair awin vse after the forme of the law, to be disponit
with awyse of the provest.
26 April 1493.
(Anent the Abbot of Narent callit Abbat de Narentia, se in the said [convict]
buik, 26 Aprile 1493. Siclyk 4 Maii 1518, Ibid, quhair he is callit Robin Huid
and Little Jhone.—Tr.)
Assedationes redituum burgi de Edinburgh, facte per Johannem Murray de
Tulchad militem, prepositum, balliuos consules et communitatem eiusdem
burgi, anno jm[cccc] lxxxxiij.
[Tacks of the rents of the Burgh of Edinburgh, made by John Murray of Tulchad,
knight, provost, the bailies councillors and community of said Burgh, in the
The setting of the mylnis.
The mylnis ar set to Henry Rynd thesaurare, with the aventour of deid
and weir, for the sowme of iiijcand ten markis, to be payit efter the forme of
the actis maid vpoun the setting of the commoun rentis.
The petit customes of the toun are set to Henry Rynd thesaurare for
the sowme of jcxv markis.
The petit customes of Leith are sett to the said Henry for jcand xv
The wild aventouris set to the said Henrye for the sowme of thretten scoir
18 July 1494.
It is statut and ordanit be the provest baillies and counsale of Edinburgh,
that in tyme cumming the frawchts of schips within the said burgh, and shipis
passand in Flanders Holland and Seyland, take the common clerk to thame or
his deputtis for to mak thair chairtour pairty, siclyke as is commandit be our
Souerane Lordis acts of parliament, (fn. 2) and at thai caus to be insert thairintill specially
the sek fraucht of the schip aboue fyve lastis of guids, and vnder that birth
of half sek frawcht to thair chaiplane of St Ninianes altare in Bruges, and at
the samyn be payit now to Mr James Wawane thair present chaiplane of the
samyn for his tyme, and in likewayis for the payment of the tvne frawcht hamewart
to St Gelis wark after the tenour of the said act of parliament. (This in
the convict buik begynand 1505 Julij.—Tr.)
20 October 1494.
Powltre.; Powderit geis.; Fleschouris.
It is avysit statute and ordanit be the provest baillies and counsale for the
commoun proffeitt, that in tyme to cum that all maner of wyld fowle brocht to
this burgh to sell that the sellaris thairof putt thame oppinly to the merkett, to
be commonly sawld till our Souerane Lordis lieges at the merkat croce, and
nocht vnder covert, vnder pane of escheitt to the owertakare; and at thai
sell na powderit geis, bot qwik or fresche powlit, vnder the payne of escheitt
quhair the contrare beis funden, and ponesing of their pvrsouns to the rigour
but favouris; and at thai sell the paitriks na dairer nor xij d. the cupill, and the
cuppill pluvoris for vj d., and the laif of the wyld fowlis according thairto; and at
na flescheour tak vpoun hand to powder ony flesche to sell vnder payne of
escheitt; and at bayth fremen and vnfremen obserue and keip thir said statutes
vnder the paynes aboue written. (Ibid.—Tr.)
23 October 1494.
[Tax of the
It is avysit and thocht expedient statute and ordanit be the provest baillies
and counsale that the browsteris zeild be gadderit incontinent be the baillies,
that is to say of euery browstare and dry topstare within [the burgh] be taikin
and raisit xij d. in the yeir, and [that] be the baillies that sall happin to be
for the tyme, and delyuerit till Edinburgh the townis messinger and seriand,
for to be exponit and wairit vpoun the reparatioun of thair commoun wellis of
the towne be the maisters of the wark lymmit thairto, and to be obseruit and
kepit be the said messinger in a close lokkit buist, and compt to be maid and
delyuerit thairof, becaus it is clerely vnderstand [to be for the] commoun proffeit
for the haill nychtboures of the toune, and specially for the said browsteris and
tapsteris that vsis the same, and first to begyn at the new well, and swa about
till continew quhair it sall be thocht maist expedient; and this zeild to be
gadderit yeirly anes in the yeir quhill the haill wellis be completly endit furnist
and putt to poynt as efferis for the honour and commoun proffeitt of the haill
8 November 1494.
Wawponis in buithis.
It is avysit thocht expedient statute and ordanit be the provest baillies and
counsale of this burgh, with avyse and consent of the haill body of the toune, to
the intent for till eschew at thair guidlie power the dyvers and mony barganis
and tulyeis that hes bene committit in tymes bygane into this toune vpoun the
Hie Streitt, and throw the quihilkis thair hes bene sundrie slauchteris bene committit,
that thairfore all and sundry nychtboures and inhabiters [of] this toune
bayth merchandmen and craftismen fra this tyme furth haif reddy into thair
buithis besyde thame thair defensabill geir, sic as jak, sellat, briggantenis, gluiffis
of plaitt, a handaix or a sword, or at the leist the said aix or sword with sellat
and gluiffis [of] plate, to relief thair with and cum to the provest baillies or quartermaisteris
quhen ony sic suddane tulyeis or bargannis happinis, throw the quhilk
guid rewle may be had bayth day and nicht and the honour of the toune obseruet
and kepit; and that ilk persoun haif this said furnist geir besyde him, sic
as he may furnis and accordis for his substance to haif, within viij dayes nexttocum;
certefeand thame that the officers will ger serche the samyn, and quha
swa beis owertane nocht haveand the said geir sall pay the vnlaw of viij s. als
oft as it happinis to be raisit to the kirkwark but favouris, etc.
It is avysit ordanit and thocht expedient be the provest baillies and counsale,
in augmentatioun of the statute abouewritten, to the intent that it sall be
the mair diligently obseruit, that the vnlaw be raisit be the baillies and appropriat
the sam to their awin vse, and at thai rais the samyn but favouris als oft
as it happinis; and at ilk seriand haif a guid cutmais or bastero all tyme at his
belt vnder the payne of depriuatioun of his office.
8 November 1494.
It is avysit thocht expedient statute and ordainit be the provest baillies
and counsale, with avyse of the honorabill persouns of the toun, for the commoun
weill and proffeitt of thair commoun guidis, that in tyme to cum that the
thesaurer of the yeir bygane gif his compt betwix the tyme of the chesing of
the lyttis for the officeris and the day of thair electioun, throw the quhilk thai
may consider how it standis with thame in thair commoun guidis agane the
nixt assedatioun, vnder the payne of his persoun to remayne in wairding of his
persoun within this inner chawmer quhill he gif in his said compt but fauouris;
and gif he be superexpendit that he remayne with the Mairtymes maillis, and Compts.
gif he be nocht superexpendit that the new thesaurer intermett with the samyn.