2 April 1516.
The quhilk day, Johane Deacon, servand to Lucs Gelis merchant of Paris,
is convict be ane assys for breking of the statutes of the toun, in contrare the
fredome thairof, in tapping and selling, viz. velvott, dalines, feytyng clayth, and
vther staple guidis to vnfremen and vtheris than to my Lord Governour and
his houshald men, for the quhilk cause he wes adiudgit to mak ane mendis to
the toun as sould be modifiet be thame.
The samyn day, Anthone, Frenchman, merchant of Rowane, grantis in
judgment that he had coft fra Robert Bartane and Walter Ker in Leyth four
last of hydis, and fra George Cornetoun ane last, quhan the provest baillies and
counsall decernit the said hydis to be escheit to the town, or ellis the availl of
thame to be at the tounis will, and thair in presens forsaid the said Anthone
held vp his hand to byd at the townis will anent the saidis hydis.
3 April 1516.
The quhilk day, Dauid Mailvill provest, in presens of the baillies counsale
and communitie, hes frelie gevin over and dischairgit him quite of the bigging
that he hes maid vpoun the Borrow mure, and siclyke of his arable acris and
land lyand thairto, but ony clame in tyme to cum, and ordanis the stuf of the
biggit land to be applyit to the commoun walling of the toun.
The provest bailies and counsale hes decernit Jhone Marioribankis and
Edward Litill, baillies, Jhone Irland, James Barroun and Williame Mele to pas
and vesy the biggit land and akerris of the Burrowmure sett furth be the toun
betuix this and Tyisday nixtocum, and than thai to compeir and declair thair
consideratioun in that mater, and continew the hale mater of the Borrow mure
18 April 1516.
The quhilk day the provest baillies and counsale diligentlie considerit the
supplication and complaint maid be the communitie tuicheing the tenendreis
sett furth on thair Borrow mure to the tenentis thairof for the tyme, that dew
reformation mycht be had thairof according to the first act maid thairvpoun,
thairfore thir personis vnderwrittin sall compeir on Wedinsday nixt within
the Tolbuith till avys and consider the said mater, and to decerne be thair
deliuerance and quhat sall be done to thame that hes nocht completit the
effect of the said first act, and how the mater sall stand in tyme focum;
and heirefter followis the personis, viz.:
Dauid Mailvill, provest
Williame Cuirry, Mr Lyone
King of Armes
Mr. Ad. Ottirburne, commoun
Mr Thomas Hammyltoun
Mr Robert Galbraith
Mr James Symesoun
Mr Alexr. Borthuik
The Captane of the Castle
The samyn day, Edward Litill, baillie, protestit that quhatsumevir personis
hes tane akeris on the Borrow muir and that hes nocht fulfillit according to the
first act maid thairvpoun, that the vnlaw of thame that hes failitt may be raisit
and inbrocht to the commoun workis of the toun, and siclyke protestit Thomas
Barthelmo, kirkmaister of the baxteris.
22 May 1516.
xxii die mensis Maii anno Domini Jm vc xvi° hora 4a post merediem,
indictione quarta, pontificatus Leonis Pape decimi anno quarto. In mei notarii
publici et testium subscriptorum presentia personaliter constituti prouida et
honeste persone Mergareta Quhiteheid filia et heres quondam Willelmi
Quhiteheid burgensis burgi de Edinburgh et Johannes Liddaill suus sponsus
vnanimi consensu et assensu fatebantur se recepisse et habuisse a prouido viro
Francisco Touris huiusmodi burgi burgensi tutore predicte Mergarete
quamdiu sub tutorie subiectione existebat plenariam ratiocinium compotum et
solutionem omnium et singularum firmarum et proficuorum terrarum suarum
cum pertinentiis vbilibet infra dictum burgum jacentem et annuorum
reddituum quorumcunque sibi Mergarete pertinentium pro tempore qualitercunque;
atque idem Mergarete et Johannes fatebantur se recepisse a dicto
Francisco omnes et singulas suas literas cartas instrumenta et euidentias de
predictis terris suis et annuis redditibus quascunque, vnacum obligationibus
ac quittantiis et aliis scripturis cum quibus aliqualiter intromisit et habuit;
etiamque fatebantur se predicta Mergareta vt eius sponsus recepisse a predicto
Francisco specialiter et expressa ista bona in vulgari sequentia, videlicet:—Ane
comptar, ane irne chimnay, ane standand bed, ane pres with courtingis of reid
and greyne sey, ane mete almory, ane lang sadill, ane forme, ane paling of
verdour, ii verdour beddis, courtingis of reid sey and grene, and Flandris
schryne, ane greit round coffyr bandit with quhit irne, ii tykis of beddis, xvii
pece of pewder veschell, viz. plaitis, dischis, and salsaris, v chandlaris, ane bassyn
and lawar, x iiii pynt stopis, ten towallis, vi of lynyn and iiii hardy, a rufe abone
the comptar heid, ane burdclath of dorne werk: Item, in the compertas of Craufurdis
ane standand bed, and ane schryne: Item into Thom M'Dowellis, ane
standand bed, and ane cavy to foulis. Et omnia alia bona mobilia hereditaria et
non-hereditaria que habuit ipsa Margareta ratione dicti quondam patris sui aut
aliis qualitercunque pertinentia de quibusquidem firmis redditibus proficuis
cartis literis instrumentis obligationibus acquittantiis et bonis vt supra continetur
et aliis quibuscunque cum quibus idem Franciscus aliqualiter intromisit et
habuit prescripti Mergareta et Johannes Liddaill suus sponsus tenuerunt se
bene contentos et plenarie satisfactos atque pro se heredibus suis executoribus et
assignatis sepedictum Franciscum Touris heredes suos executores et assignatos
quittum et quittos inde clamarunt et quitteclamant pro perpetuo sine reclamatione
fraude et dolo. Super quibus dictus Franciscus petiit instrumentum.
Acta erant hec in domo habitacionis dicti Francisci. Testibus, magistro
Dauid Lauder vicario de Erslidon, magistro Johanne Rynd, Willelmo Murray,
notario, Willelme Lauder, Mertino Nycholl, et Roberto Liddaill.
[On the twenty-second day of the month of May, in the year of our Lord one
thousand five hundred and sixteen, at four o'clock afternoon, in the fourth indiction, in
the fourth year of the pontificate of Leo the Tenth, Pope. In presence of me, notarypublic,
and the witnesses subscribing, personally appeared a prudent and honest
person, Margaret Whiteheid, daughter and heiress of the late William Whiteheid,
burgess of the Burgh of Edinburgh, and John Liddaill, her spouse, with one consent
and assent acknowledged to have had and received from a prudent man, Francis
Touris, burgess of this Burgh, tutor to the foresaid Margaret, as long as she remained
under tutory, full explanation, account and payment of all and singular the rents
and profits of her lands, with the pertinents wherever situated within the said Burgh,
and of the annual rents whatsoever pertaining to the said Margaret for the time in
any manner of way. And the said Margaret for John acknowledged themselves to
have received from the said Francis all and singular those writs, charters, instruments,
and evidents of the foresaid lands and annual rents whatsoever, together
with obligations, acquittances, and other writings with which he had in any way intromitted.
As also, the said Margaret acknowledged that her spouse had received
from the foresaid Francis, specially and expressly, the following goods, viz.:—Ane
comptar, etc. [as above], and all other moveable goods, heirship and not heirship,
which the said Margaret had in right of her said father and others in any manner of
way, of which fermes, rents, profits, charters, letters, instruments, obligations, acquittances,
and goods, as above contained, and others whomsoever, with which the said
Francis had in any way intromitted, the before-written Margaret, and John Liddaill,
her spouse, held themselves to be well content and fully satisfied, and for themselves,
their heirs, executors, and assignees, declared the frequently referred to Francis
Touris, his heirs, executors, and assignees, to be freed and discharged for ever,
without reclamation, fraud or guile. Upon which the said Francis asked instruments.
These things were done in the dwelling-house of the said Francis.
Witnesses—Master David Lauder, vicar of Erslidon; Master John Rynd; William
Murray, notary; William Lauder, Martin Nycholl, and Robert Liddaill.]
7 August 1516.
Act. Sailling of merchants without ane last of guidis.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies and counsale hes grantit the desire of
Robert Glen anent the act of parliament that nane sould saile without half
ane last of guidis to the foirsaid Robert for the space of ane yeir to cum, and
langer at the will of the provest and baillies, and the said Robert swore in
presens foirsaid in jugment to be lele and trew to the town, and exerce
diligentlie the said office, (fn. 1) nother for fere nor fauour lufe nor hatrent meid nor
reward, bot eifter the forme of the act of parliament maid thairvpoun, and he to
haif the ane half of the vnlaw sa far as pertenis to the toun, and the toun
the vther half, to be applyit to the commoun werkis of the toun.
22 August 1516.
The quhilk day, the provest ordanis Mr Francis Bothuell, baillie, till putt
the porter of the Wast Port in ane publict place with ane row in his hand, for
his oppressioun of the men that brocht the hadder to the toun, in example of
vtheris in tyme tocum, and dischairgit him of his office of the said port.
5 September 1516.
The quhilk day, it is statute and ordanit be the provest baillies and counsall
that gif ony burges colloris the sailing of chepman and vther pure merchandis,
nocht havand half ane last of guidis or ellis als mekle in sterege, aganis
the statute and act of parliament, the said burges sall pay ane vnlaw of x li. to
the commoun werkis of the toun.
6 September 1516.
The seall of
the metter of
The quhilk day, the provest baillies and counsall hes diligentlie avisit and
considerit be the auld rite and consuetude that the Kingis metter of claith sould
haif of strangearis of thair claith that passis furth of the realme, that is to say,
of ilk hundreth braid claith viij d., and of ilk hundreth narow claith iiij d.
Quhairfore thai decerne and ordanis the said metter for the tyme till haif
thankfull payment thairof, and to be obeyit thairintill as efferis; and as anentis
the claith that cummis furth of vther borrowis, of the quhilk thai haif the coquet
to schaw that thai haue payit thair dewteis and custome, the saidis provest
baillies and counsall decernis Robert Glen, metter, to tak nathing thairof becaus
they haif done to the King of this realme as accordis vpoun the law.
3 October 1516.
Dauid Mailvill, prepositus.
The quhilk day, it is statute and ordanit be the provest baillies and counsall
that all personis that ar chosin vpoun the counsall compeir ilk Wedinsday and
Fryday in the Tolbuith or the straik of ten houris befoir nwne, till decerne
vpoun the commoun materris, ilk persoun that comperis nocht ilk day at the
said hour to pay xij d. vnforgevin to the commoun werkis of the toun als aft
as evir thai failye.
12 December 1516.
The provest baillies and counsale hes statut and ordanit, for the commoun
weill of the burgh, that all maner of browsteris and tapstares within the samyn
keip and fulfill the statutes of the towne maid abefore anent the pryce of the
aill, that is to say that nane of thame tak vpoun hand to tap nor sell darrer aill
na for xij d. the galloun fra this day furth, vnder the payne of spayning fra the
occupatioun for yeir and day, and thairvpoun to be pvnist but favouris.