For keping clene the heavin of Leyth.
It is statute and ordanit be a richt nobill and michty lord Patrik erle
Bothwell, Maister of Houshald till our Souerane Lord the King, and cheif provest
of Edinburgh, with his avysit counsale burgessis of the samyn, forsamekill as it
is heavely complenit to his lordschip that thair heavin of Leyth is daylie greitly
fylit and hurt be the casting of mollassis, mwk, ballast of schippis, and siclyk in
the said heavin, thairfore quhatsumeuir he be that may be owertayne castand
ony maner of sic stufe in the said heavin fra this day furth it sall be lefull to
the watter baillie to raise ane vnlaw of a mark of that persoun to Sanct Geillis
wark, and gif it pleissis the barone bailyie he to raise ane vnlaw of viij s. to the
kirk wark of Leyth, but favouris.—(This on ane lowse leif of sum wattir baillie
court in January. Amangs the leiffis betuix 1530 and 1538. (fn. 1) —Tr.)
17 June 1535.
Act of Parliament. For maltmakers.
Item, becaus our Souerane Lordis liegis, inhabitantis the burgh of Edinburgh
and vtheris reparand thairto, ar gretlie oppressit and iniurit be the malt
makaris of Leith and vtheris within and about the said burgh in selling of thair
malt to hie and exhorbitand price for four five sex schillingis hiear than thai
by the bere, tharefor it is statute and ordanit that the said maltmakaris in tyme
cuming sall mak and sell thare malt for competent wynning, takand ij s.
allanerlie mair for the boll of malt than the boll of bere is sauld and nocht
abone, with certificatioun that quha commys in the contrar herof that the
prouest and ballies of Edinburgh sall eschete the said malt, and the said maltmakaris
takand mare than twa schillingis for the boll abone the boll of bere
quhilk sall mak the different price salbe callit and pvnist thairfor as oppressouris
of the kingis liegis, and particular justice courtis salbe sett to thame
thairfore, and oure Souerane Lord sall gif commissioun to sik as plesis his grace
best to call all the said maltmakaris, brekaris of this statute and act, before
thame in the tolbuth of Edinburgh to do justice vpoun thame as thai think expedient,
and to caus the said act and statute to be obseruit and kepit in all
Act of Parliament. Off craftismen browstaris, sellaris of salt and vittale within burgh.
Item, becaus of the gret oppressioun dailie done vpoun our souerane
Lordis liegis becordonaris, smythis, baxtaris, browstaris and all vther craftismen,
sellaris of vittale and salt, compelland thaim to pay for thair stuff and werkmanship
exhorbitant prices to the gret scaith of all our Souerane Lordis liegis
bringand sik derth in the cuntre that the samyn may nocht be sustenit, and
for remeid hereof it is statute and ordanit that our Souerane Lord sall gif ane
commissioun to certane his lordis and vtheris, quham his grace plesis best, to
sitt and with thame the provest of Edinburgh and mak sik statutis and ordinancis
as thai sall think maist expedient for the commoun wele, to caus all
craftismen within the toun of Edinburgh and vtheris of the realme to mak
gude and sufficient stuff and sell the samin of ane comptent price and to tak
competently for thair werkmanschip and laubouris gif thai werk ane vther manys
stuff and mater, and to mak all sellaris of vittale or salt to sell the samyn of
ane ganand price without derth, and quha dois in the contrar to pvnys thame
with all rigour, and the saidis commissaris to do justice vpoun the brekaris of
thir ordinances als oft as thai here murmuris or complant thairof, and to pvnis
thame in thair gudis as thair find the gretnes of the falt as efferis.