Extracts from the Accounts
Town Treasurer, 1552-3

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'Extracts from the Accounts: Town Treasurer, 1552-3', Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh, 1528-1557 (1871), pp. 269-280. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=58534 Date accessed: 15 September 2014.


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I.—THE TOWN TREASURER'S ACCOUNTS.

Town Treasurer's Accounts, 1552-53.

THE COMPT of Alexander Park, Thesaurer to the Towne of Edinburgh, chosin at Michaelmes in the yeir of God ane thousand five hundreth fifty twa yeiris, quhill Michaelmes in the yeir of God Jm vc and fifty thre yeiris; his entre being yeirlie at Mertymes efter his chesing.

THE CHARGE.

Item, in primis, the compter chargis him with the dewiteis of the five commone mylnis, sett in the yeir of the counter office to Robert Grahame and his sourteis, James Adamsoun and Robert Flemyng, for the sowme of ane thousand twa hundreth merks; summajm ijc mkis.
Item, the counter chargis him with the dewiteis of the wyld aventuris, being in the townis handis the yeir of the counter's office and intromettit with be him, extending to five hundreth ane pund aucht schilling nyne penneis, as the schip buke of the entres purportis; summavc jli viijs ixd
Item, the counter chargis him with the dewiteis of the pitte customes of this burgh, sett in the yeir of the counter's office to Johne Spottiswod and his sourteis, James Loch and Robert Flemyng, for the sowme of four hundreth four scoir merkis; summaiiijc iiijxx mks.
Item, the counter chargis him with the malis of the fleschehous, extending to xxxvj stokkis; summaxxxvjli
Item, the counter chargis him with the malis of the xviij cordinar choppis at the fute of the kirkyard, extending to xviijli xiijs iiijd; summa xviijli xiijs iiijd
Item, the counter chargis him with the four ovir north buithis under the tolbuyth, unannalyit, extending to xvjli; summaxvjli
Item, the counter chargis him with the threttene schilling four penneis of the rest of the sex merkis payit yeirlie be Isobell Litill for hir buith, be ressone the towne annalut the uthir five merkis thairof to Johne Johnstoun; summa xiijs iiijd
Item, the counter chargis him with the malis of the vj skynnars' buithis, extending to nyne punds; summaixli
Item, the counter chargis him with the sex goldsmyths' buithtis, extending to fiftene punds; summaxvli
Item, the counter chargis him with the malis of Dame Mele and George Heirott's choppis, extending to ls; summalss
Item, the compter chargis him with the few malis of aucht pairtis of the commone mure, unannalyit, extending to vjli vs; summavjli vs
Item, the counter chargis him with the rest of the fewferm of the commone unnalit, extending to vjli vs; summavjli vjs viijd
Item, the counter chargis him with xvs gottin fra Johne Henrysoun for his entres silver to the akers on the mure; summaxvs
Item, the counter chargis him with xvs gottin fra Thomas Boyis for the putting of his wif in liferent of his thre akers; summaxvs
Item, the counter chargis him with xxxvs for the rentaling of Matho Lille, in place of James Lille, in ane of the skynnars' buithtis,xxxvd
Item, the counter chargis him with the sowme of xvli vs gottin for ane hundreth hemp, four dosone cairdis and xj bowettis quhilks wer in ane punschone, quhilk wes eschete fra William Birne for non entering thairof; summa,xvli vs
Item, the counter chargis him with the sowme of xxjli ijs gottin for the proffitt of the guidis of ane Hamburgh schip, bocht be the toun and rowpit in the tolbuyth for proffitt; summaxxjli ijs
Item, the counter chargis him with the rest of Robert Grahame's compt, quha wes thesaurer the yeir precedand the counter office, extending to xxvijli ixs xd; summa,xxvijli ixs xd
Item, the counter chargis him with xxd for the Mertymes termes of the annuall of Maister James Watsoun; summaxxd
Summa of the hale charge isjm vijc iiijxx xviijli xvs vijd

DISCHARGE.

Heir follows the counter's discharge ordinar:—

Item, in primiss, to the provest for his fee,xxli
Item, to the four baillies for thair fee,xxvjli xiijs iiijd
Item, to the twelf counsalors for thair fee,xxiiijli
Item, to the thre assessors for thair fee,ixli
Item, for the thesaurar's fee,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, to the commone clerk for his fee,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, to Richart Trowop, Edinburgh masser, for his fee,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, to the viij serjands and Thomas Hall, jevellor, for thair yule fee,xxjli
Item, to thame for thair Pasche fee,xli xs
Item, to thame for thair Sanct Gelis fee,xli xs
Item, to Thomas Hall for the furnessing of the collis to the tolbuyth in the winter cessioun,vjli
Item, to Andro Fynne, lokman, for his fee,xiijli vjs viijd
Item, to the twa gild servands for thair fee,iijli
Item, to the kepar of the knok for his fee,iijli
Item, to the maister of the grammer scule for his fee,xiijli vjs viijd
Item, to the maister of the sang skole for his fee,xli
Item, to Sir William M'Dougall, maister of werk, for his fee,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, to Vincent Strauchan for his penschioun,xiijli vjs viijd
Item, to Johne Barroun for his penschioun xxli
Item, to James Marjoribanks for his penschioun in the queir, xli
Item, to the vicar of Sanct Cuthbertis kirk for the teyndis of the five elnis [mylnis],xls
Item, to the Blackfrers for thair annuall awing to thame,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, to the kirk of Corstorphin for thair annuall awing to thame,xxli
Item, to Dunfermeling for thair awnuall, vli
Item, to the beidmen of the Trinetie College for thair annuall,xli
Item, to the beddars of Sanct Mary Wynd,xxs
Item, to Sir James Crawfurd for his annuall of the rude loft,xxs
Item, to Sir Johne Ormistoun, prebendar of [Sanct Andro's] alter for his annuall,iijli
Item, to Sir James Bairnisfader, prebendar of Sanct Salvator's alter, for his annuall,vli
Item, to Sir Johne Leirmonth, Sir Williame Johnstoun and Sir Walter Halyburtoun, prebendars of the queir, for thair annualls,ixli vjs viijd
Item, to the queir for the Lady Messis silver,xxs
Item, to the Blakfrers and the Grayfrers for thair penschioun yeirlie, xij barrels beir; summa,xijli
Item, to the prebendars of the Kirk of Feild for thair annuall,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, to Sir Johne Bauld for the annuall of the grammer scule, awing be the toun,xls
Summa of the haill ordinar,iijc xxvli

Heir follow is the counter's discharge be preceptis:—

November.
Item, in primiss, payit to certane men that tuk doun James Culanis turrgate, and to the serjandis massers that past thairto, as the precept of the date, the xix day of November 1552, purportis,vijli xvjs
December.
Item, payit to Agnes Kincaid be ane precept of the date the thrid day of December 1552,xxs
Item, payit to the Grayfrers be ane precept of the date the nynt of Decebember 1552,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, payit be the counter for the lokman's leveray, and allowit to him be ane precept, the xxiij of December,iijli xjs
Item, allowit to the counter be ane precept of the dait the xxiij of Decemberxjli xs
Item, payit to James Fawsyde be ane precept of the dait foirsaid,xs
Januar.
Item, payit and allowit to the counter be ane precept of the date the tent day of Januar 1552,xxiiijs iiijd
Item, payit to Elizabeth Baty be hir precept datit the xiij day of Januar, vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, payit to Alexander Stewinsoun be his precept of the date the xxviij day of Januar,vli
Item, payit to the provest purs maister, be ane precept of the date the xxviij of Januar,xjli xs
Februar.
Item, payit to Peter Thomsoun be his precept the thrid day of Februar,xiiijs
Item, payit to Johne Baldrane, keipar of the Kirk of Feild Port, be his precept of the xvij of Februar 1552,iijli iijs
Item, payit to Thomas Hall be ane precept of the date foirsaid,xls
Marche.
Item, payit to the prebenders of Corstorphin be ane precept of the date the xv of Marche 1552,xli
Item, payit to the dene of glide be ane precept of the date the xvij of Marche,xli
Item, the xxij day of Marche payit to Margrete Leyis be ane precept,xijs
Item, payit to Mawris Towris be ane precept the xxvij of Marche 1552,iijli
Item, the vj of Maij payit to the said Mawris uthirxxs
Aprile.
Item, allowit to the counter be ane precept daitit the xiij of Aprilelijs
Item, payit to Johne Galloway be ane precept of the samin dait,iiijli
Item, payit to Johne Weir be ane precept of the samin date,xxvjs viijd
Item, payit ot Johne Mair and his spous be ane precept datit the xx of Aprile,iijli
Item, payit to the thre procurators that procurit for the toun afoir the lords, be ane precept datit the xxviij of Aprile,xxvli
Maij.
Item, payit to Agnes Kincaid be ane precept daitit the xj of Maij,iiijli
Item, payit to Johne Baldrane be ane precept datit the last of Maij,xls
Junij.
Item, payit to Alexander Stewinsoun be nae precept datit the nynt of Junij,vli
Item, payit to Johne Galloway be ane precept of the said dait,vli
Item, payit to Oger Coquell be ane precept datit the xxiij of Junij,Ili
Item, payit to Thomas Hall be ane precept of the samin date,xs vjd
Item, payit to William Craik, provest, be ane precept dait the last of Junij,xxijli iijs vd
August.
Item, payit for the provest expensis in passing to the conventioun to stirling, be ane precept daitit the ferd of August,xli
Item, payit to Thomas Cok be ane precept of the samin dait,vjli xiijs iiijd
Item, payit to Johne Baldrane be ane precept of the date the xxviij of August,xxviijs
Item, payit the samin day to Alexander Masoun be ane precept,vli vjs viijd
Item, payit to Robert Boyll and his colligs be ane precept datit the xxv of August,xijs
September.
Item, payit to Michaell Drowmond and his colligs be ane precept datit the nynt of September,xls
Item, payit to William Carnoquhen be ane precept datit the xx of September,xxxs
October.
Item, payit to James Drowmond be ane precept datit the xiij of October,xs
November.
Item, payit to James Drowmond be ane precept datit the secund of November,xxs
Item, payit to Johne Galloway be ane precept datit the xiij of November,ls
Item, payit to Johne Baldrane be ane precept datit the xxiij of November,xxvjs viijd
December.
Item, payit to Francis Tennend be ane precept datit the xv of October,iijli vjs viijd
Summa of the haill preceptis,ijc xlvjli xjs xjd
Heir followis the counter's discharge extraordinar:—
Item, in primis, on the tent day of November the yeir of God Jm vc lij yeirs, for candill and turchess at the rowping of the commone gude,xxviijs
Item, that samin nyt, gevin to the provest for the wyld aventurs, becaus thai wer held in the town's hands, ane ross noble,iijli viijs
Item, gevin the xvj of November, for ane slott to the counsalhous duir and the on putting of it,ijs
Item, the xx day of November, gevin to four men that dicht all the schoir and bure away the red,iijli vs
Item, the xxvij day of November, gevin to four men that dicht the calsay betwix my Lord Governor's lugeing and the Queen's lugeing, and bering away the red,xs
Item, for two sculis and bussumis to thame,xxxd
Item, to Johne Wod, wrycht, for the setting of the buirds in the clerk's chalmer,vs
Item, for nalis thairto,ijs
Item, to the peononirs for carying of the buirds,vjd
Item, the xxix of November, gevin to David Weir for the flagging of the syre at the West Port, and all the grayth thairto,xxxvs
Item, the ferd of December, gevin for ane band and ane crowk to Francis Bell buith,ijs
Item, the tent of December, gevin to Johne Banks, smyth, for ane lok to the Grayfreir Port,vj
Item, the fift day of Marche, gevin for the copy of ane letter that chargit the provest,xviijd
Item, the xxvij of Marche 1553, gevin for the expensis of the portell maid to the counsalhous, for grayth and werkmanschip,vli vjs
Item, gevin to Mungo Hunter, for mending of the lokkis of the tolbuyth, and ane band thairto,vijli
Item, the xxviij of Marche, gevin for ane wey balk to the ovir trone,xxxvjs
Item, gevin to Alexander Stoddert, for five stanis wecht to the ovir trone,xvs
Item, for ane lok and ane key to the trone,iiijs
Item, for mending of the irne chenze,iijs
Item, gevin to Thomas Watsoun, Glassewrycht, for ane woundok above the nether portell of the counsalhous, contenand xxiiij futts, and sex futtis to Thomas Hall's hous, for ilk fute xxd; summaxlviijs iiijd
Item, to John Ahanna, for bands to the saids windowis,iiijs
Item, the fift of Aprile, gevin for ane grete geist to the west bekin,xxxiiijs
Item, for twa treis to be standarttis thairto,xiiijs
Item, to Adam Purveis, and twa servands with him, for twa dayis lauboring thairof,xxs
Item, to Johne Kyle, smyth, for thre stane wecht of irne work,xls
Item, to sax men that laubourit twa dayis in the redding of the bekyn and the casting of the stanis thairto agane, ilk man xxd in the day; summaxxli
Item, the vij day of Aprile, gevin at the provest command for bering of sewin tabernors furth of the kirk,ijs
Item, gevin for bering of pekkis and furlatts to the provest hous,iijs
Item, the xxviij of Maij, for ane tre to mend the Grayfreir Port, workmanschip, sawing and nalis,xxxijs
Item, efter the bekyn being brokin be ane Inglis schip, the maister payit the hale expensis in the upsetting thairof exceptxxiiijs
Item, on the sacrament day gevin to the Bischop of Ross that bure the sacrament, in wyne and scrottiszarttis that extendit toxvjs viijs
Item, to the massers that day the toun gat the decrete aganis Johne Creith,xijs
Item, the xxij of Junij, gevin to George Tod for making of ane skaffalt on the hill to the clerk play, the bering of day lis and punschonis thairto, and the aill and the wyne that day thai playit, and furnessing of sax sparris thairto,xxvjs
Item, the xxiij of July, gevin for ane lok to the gallois dure,vs
Item, the samin day, gevin for twa plankkis to be broddis to the ovir trone,xs
Item, to Adam Purves for the making thairof,xijs
Item, vijxx garrone nalis thairto,ixs
Item, gevin to Johne Ahannay, smyth, for eking of the bands to the broddis and his werkmarischip,xijs
Item, gevin for eking of the chenze of the trone,vjs
Item, to John Banks, smyth, for mending of ane lok and key to the ovir trone,vs
Item, the xiiij day of August, gevin for twa dalis to be ane skelf in the clerkis chalmer,vjs
Item, for the making thairof, to Adam Purves, and nalis and bering thairof of to the chalmer,vjs vjs
Item, gevin to the masser that presentit the chekker precept to the towne,vs
Item, gevin the ferd day of September, to twa men that kepit the Kirk of Feild Port ane day,iiijs
Item, to David Purves for the copy of writtings quhairwith he chargit the provest,ijs
Item, the tent day of October, gevin for the townis malis in the chekker,iiijli
Item, to the clerks,xijs
Item, to Williame Foulis, kepar of the duir,ijs
Item, for the bankat maid to the Lord and Auditors of Chekker,xls
Item, for the gravator rasit at the townis instance for the acquittance,ijs
Item, for the scharping of the commone sweird ilk tyme it wes usit, vs; summa xs
Item, for the hale towis and bussumis usit be the lokman in the counteris office,xiiijs
Item, for leching of ane Thomas Cok quha wes hurt be ane Franisman, he beand in Leith in the townis service uptakand the wyld aventors,xxviijs
Item, for the tow to the bull on Sanct Gelis day,xs
Item, givin to Mungo Hunter for ane lok to the gallois,xld
Summa of the haill extraordinar,xlviijli viijs iiijd
The expenses maid on the New Well at the townis command, as efter followis particularie:—
Item, in the first, payit on Saiterday at even, quhilk wes the xxj day of October, for the oulk precedand that day, as efter followis, viz.: to twa quariors dayle xld; summaxls
Item, to the quarior's sone, on the day, auchtene penneis; summaixs
Item, to four workmen, ilk ane on the day auchtene penneis; summaxxxvjs
Item, for twa grete bukkattis,iijs iiijd
Item, for ten fawddum of towis,xs
Item, for bering of tymmer and ledderis to the well, xijd
Item, for garroun nalis iijs iiijd
Item, for half ane hundreth plenchone nalis, xvd
Item, for four stirrop irnis to the bukkatts, ijs
Summa of this oulk,vli vjs xjd
The expensis of the oulk precedand the xxix day of October.
[Details similar to those of the first week are entered of this and four subsequent weeks' expenses at the new well, up to 26th November 1553. The following are a few of the entries:—]
Item, to the thre workmen that drew watter on the nycht, the hale oulk, ilk ane xiiijd dayle,xxjd
Item, for twa weggis of irne to the pille,viijd
Item, for four hespis and stappillis to the closin of the liddes of the well, xiiijs
Item, for half ane stane of leid,iiijs
Item, given to Michaell, the calsay maker, for the making of ane rude and ane half, half ane quarter, and vj elnis of calsay about the well, the ruid xxxs; summalvijs vjd
Summa of the hale expensis of the well,xxxvjli xvjs
Heir followis the expensis maid be Alexander Park, thesaurer, on the schoir of Leyth, on the stane-work of the bulwark, maid at command of the provest, baillies and counsale, particulary, as eftir followis:—
Item, in primis, begun the said work in the oulk precedand the xix day of Marche 1552 [1552-53] yers, and gevin, that oulk, to Alexander, quarior of Grantoun, for ane hundreth pece wynning of hewin stanis to the schoir,vli
Item, for bringing of stanis furth of the querrell, and drinksilver to the quariors,xjs
Item, to ane masoun for the dressing of the js stanis, ane dayis wage,iijs
Item, for the careing and boit hyre of xxiij pece of the stanis in ane small boit fra Grantoun to Leyth,xiiijs
Summa of this oulk,vjli viijs
The expensis of the ulk precedand the xxvj day of Marche Jm vs liij yers:—
Item, in that ulk, ressavit at the querrell fra Alexander Reid, js viij pece hewin stane work, price of the pece wynnyng xd; summavli vjs viijd
Item, to Laurence Tod for the boit hyre of the said stanis fra Grantoun to Leyth, for ilk pece vijd; summaiijli xiijs viijd
Item, to David Grahame, masoun, dressand and ressavand thir stanis at the quarrell this ulk,xxiiijs
Item, to vj barromen in thre dayis and ane half at the quarrell, landand and lossand thir hewin work, ilk man daylie xxd; summaxxxvs
Item, for mending of ane lok to the lyme hous dure, and nalis to the barrois,xviijd
Item, in drinksilver at the quarrell,vs
Summa of this oulk,xijli vjs xd
[The particulars of the weekly expenses of the works at the shore and bulwark of Leith, up to 23d October 1553, extend over 26 pages of the account. A few only of the entries are here given:—]
Item, to Laurence Tod for thre grete boit of wall stanis wynnyng, and caring of ilk grete boit full xxvjs viijd, and four gang with his small [boit] wynnyng, and caring of ilk boitful, xixs; summaixli xjs
Item, to Allane Rankin and his marrowis for thre draucht of stoppis and carying fra Grantoun to Leyth, ilk draucht iiijs; summaxijs
Item, to the men of Cosland for ij dosone ane laid lyme,xxxvs vd
Item, to William Stratoun for twa dosone and twa laids Gilmertoun lyme,xxxiijs xd
Item, saxtene laid Westhouses lyme,xvijs iiijd
Item, ane hundreth sand,xvs
Item, for xvj men feit for ane tyde,xvjs
Drinksilver to the masonis on the Magdalen day, and the workmen at the querrell,xs
Summa of the hale schoir,vijs lxxiiijli ijs ix d
Item, the counter is to be dischargit of the sowme of xx merks and xxviijs, for half ane eln velvet gevin to the Laird of Carube for gevin of licence to wyn stanis on his lands of Grantoun, to the schoir, for the hale space of the yeir of the counteris office; summaxvli iiijs viijd
Item, the counter is to be dischargit of the sowme of xxxvli xiiijs viijd, as for the mending, making, and beting of the standing grayth of the five commone mylnis in the yeir of the counter's office, as the count gevin in thairupon particulare, heir present to shaw, purportis; summa xxxvli xiiijs viijd
Item, the counter is to be dischargit of the malis of the cordinars' choppis, extending to xviijli xiijs iiijd, becaus the provest, baillies and counsale for the tyme assignit the malis thairof to James Carmichaell, dene of gild, in the yeir of the counter's office; summaxviijli xiijs iiijd
Item, the counter is to be dischargit of vjli for sex flesche stoks of the personis following, quhairof thre stands waist, ane uthir occupiit be Andersoun, ane puir man, and the occupiars of the uthir twa past to France to the weris and left thair stokkis waist; summavjli
Item, the counter is to be dischargit, be the space of the counter office, gevin be him to Thomas Cok quha past dayle at morning to Leyth, to await upoun the ingaddering of the wyld aventuris and to oversie the workmen, to be his disjune allanerlie; vjs dayle; summa,ixli
Item, the counter is to be dischargit of the sowme of ten pund xvs xd for five pair of hois and five doublatts of fustain gevin to the four masonis by the pryncipale masone and to ane quarior as for thair bountetht; summa,xli xvs ixd
Item, to Johne Dalmahoy for his clois male,xliiijs
Summa of the hale discharge, ane thousand five hundreth twenty aucht punds, xs v.d
And sua restis, twa hundreth thre scoir ten punds vs ij.d

Apud Edinburgh, Secundo Martij, Anno Jm vc quinquagesimo tertio.

[At Edinburgh, the second of March, in the year 1553 (1553-54).]

The quhilk day, the auditors of comptis underwrittin hes deligentlie vesyit the compt foirsaid and fund, the charge and discharge being seine, hard and understand, that the compter restis awing to the towne the sowme of twa hundreth lxxli vs ijd declaro of his haill comptis; and als ordains in the nixt yeir Robert Grahame, new thesaurer, be chargit herewith; and als with the silver of the tymmer extending to xliijli xvjs quhilk he bocht to the towne in the moneth of July the yeir of God Jm vc lj yers to the bulwerk, and thairefter allowit and dischargit to him in his comptis the samyn yere, he beand thesaurer, and intromettit with be the said Robert and sauld be him to his awin utilite agane.

Maister Johne Prestoun, baillie.William Hammyltoun, provest.
William Lawson, balze.Wilzem Craik.
William Muirheid, baillie.Mr James Lindesay.
Duncane Levingstoun, baillie.Johne Sym, with my hand.

Item, I fynd in Robert Grahame's compt, nixt thesaurer, that he charges him with the sowme of twa hundreth thre score tenli vs ijd resavit be him fra the said Alexander Park, and siclik charges him with the xliijli xvs [xvjs ] for the tymmer above writtin in the samyn compt; and sua hes Alexander Park payit this rest.

[Equidem. ]

Guthre.