19 March 1565–6. (fn. 1)
Precept, Sym, Foular, baillies.
The baillies and counsall ordanis Jhone Westoun, thesaurer, to content
and pay to Jhone Sym and William Foular, baillies, the sowme of four
Pundis for the expenssis maid be the saidis twa baillies, thair hors and
seruandis, in ryding to Dunbar to the King and Quenis Maiesteis, being
thair for the tyme, in this instant moneth of Merche, in effaris and commoun
besyness concernyng this burgh.
20 March 1565–6.
[The treasurer ordained to pay to George Gourlay, officer, forty shillings "for his
expenssis maid vpoun himself and hors in passing at the townis command in thair
effairs to Dunbar in this instant moneth."]
[The treasurer ordained to pay to two persons 6s.8d, each, "for thair playing
afoir the towne be the space of the dayis and conveyng of thame in this instant
moneth of Merche the tyme of the perliament,"]
[The treasurer ordained to pay to "Cudbert Broun, tavernar, quha playit on the
suesche the xviij day of Merche instant quhen our Soueranis come furth of Dunber
to this toun, the inhabitantis thairof being assemblit to meit hir grace, the sowm of
sex s. viij d."]
5 April 1566.
Sir Symone Prestoun of Craigmiller, knycht, prouest of this burgh,[the
bailies, dean of guild, treasurer, council and deacons of crafts,] being convenit
in the tolbuithe of this burgh, comperit maister Dauid Chalmer, ane of
the lordis of our Soueranis sessioun, and presentit ane gift maid to him be our
Soueranis of the commoun clerkschip of this burgh, vnder the testimoniall
of their graces greit seill, and desyrit the saidis prouest baillies and
counsall to admit him and his deputis conforme to his gift, and to the profeitis
and commoditeis thairof conform to his prouisioun, and als presentit
letters of our Souerane lordis of sessioun deule execute and indorsit
vpoun thame quhair thai wer chargit of befoir to do the samyn wnder the
pane of putting of thame to the horne, and gif thai falyeit to put thame
to the horne, escheit and inbring all the movabill gudis, etc., of the quhilk
letteres be declarit that he had supersedit the executioun thir aucht kdayis
bypast hoiping tham to haue admittit him as said is, quhairof he saw bot
delay albeit he had intimat his said gift to thame of thame of befoir, quhairfor he
certefeit thame he culd and wald do na les nor put thame instantle to
executioun gif thai did nocht the samyn; and maister Jhone Prestoun,
dene of gild, for the haill toun and himself, and in thair names, protestit for
remeid of law, and that the admissioun of the said maister Dauid to this
office at this tyme preiuge nocht thair priuilegis, be ressoun thai gaif
the samyn for the feir kof hornyng, and protestit that thai mychat be fre
quhensumeuir the samyn vakit to dispone thairvpoun at thair plesour as
thai haue done in all tymes past, and allegeit the office culd nocht vaik
at this present, bot at the ferrest the dewite thariof induring the tyme
Alexander Guthre wes at the horne, and the said maister Dauid in the
contrair; quhilkis haill baillies, dene of gild, thesaurer, counsall and
dekynnis, with the haill personis abone specefeit, except my lord prouest
(quha declarit he wald nocht voit nor ressaue him) gaif and grantit and be
thir presentis gifis and grantis to the said maister Dauid Chalmer the said
office of commoun clerkschip, with the profeitis commoditeis and dewyteis
thairof induring the tyme that it sall happin the said Alexander to be our
Soueranis rebell and at hir horne only, wnder protestatioun for remeid of
law as said is, and thairvpoun the said maister Jhone Prestoun, in name
forsaid, askit instrumentis; and the said maister Dauid Chalmer protestit
that his ressait and admissioun wes conforme to his gift presentit this day
and nocht induring the tyme of the said Alexanderis being at the horne,
and that he mycht bruke and jois the said clerkschip conforme to the
samyn in all poyntis and na vtherwayis askit instrumentis.
15 April 1566.
Anent the continuatioun
In presens of [the bailies, council and deacons of crafts,] comperit
Sir Symone Prestoun of Craigmiller knycht, prouest of this burgh, and
produceit and presentit ane writing of our Souerane Lady the Quenis
grace, subscryvit with hir hand and wnder hir signet, of the quhilk the
tenour followis: Prouest baillies and counsall of our burgh of Edinburgh:
We greit yow weill. Forsamekill as we wrait laitlie to yow to delay and
superseid taking possessioun kand vsing the jurisdictioun of our toun of
Leithe, be ressoun throw the vrgent and wechty effairs quhilk we haue
now instantle in hand our lasour will nocht permit ws to tak ordour at
this tyme anent the outquiting of our said toun, and we can nocht bot
marvell sa obstinatly to ganestand that our reasonabill desyre and
requeist; quhairfoir it is our will and we requyre and command yow that,
incontinent efter the sycht heirof, ye prorogatt the act and obligatioun maid
anent the redemptioun and outquiting of our said toun and vsing of the
jurisdictioun yit for the space of vther sex monethis nixt efter the presenting
of this our letter to yow and mak ane act thairvpoun that we be
nawayis frustrat nor disapoyntit, assuring yow gif ye faill we can nocht
stand content thairwith, bot ye will constrane ws aganis our awin will to
acquite your obstinacie accordingly. Subscryvit with our hand, at Edinburgh,
the xiij day of Aprile and of our regne the first and xxiiij yeris
1566. Quhilk wryting, beand red in all thair presens, thai ordanit the
samyn to be registrat and insert in thair counsall buke, and the pryncipall
to be deliuerit to maister Jhone Prestoun, dene of gild, to be had to the
register hous and thair to be kepitt.
In presens of the counsall forsaid, Jhone Westoun, thesaurer, desyrit
Andro Steivinstoun, baillie, to delyver the first supplicatioun direct to the
toun be oure Soueranis for the continuation of ony intromissioun with the
toun of Leithe quhill Sanct Lukes day nixt to the counsall to be put in
register, quha refusit to geve it bot said that he suld keip it him self, quhairvpoun
the said Jhone Westoun askit actis of court.
8 May 1566.
The prouest, baillies, counsall and dekynnis gave and grantit, and be
the tenour heirof gevis and grantis, to Edwerd Hendersoun the chaiplenry
callit Sanct Mungois chaiplenry foundit at the alter of the samyn situat in
the paroche kirk of this burgh now vacand in thair handis be deceis of
vnquhile Sir James Terbet, last chaiplane thairof, for all the dayis of the
said Edwerdis lyfe, with all profeitis, oblationis, emolimentis quhatsumeuir.
[The treasurer ordained to pay forty shillings to a locksmith "for certane lokkis
furneist and coft be him to the Quenis grace lugeing the tyme hir grace wes in
Robesonis innis and furneist at command of the baillies."]
17 May 1566.
The prouest baillies and counsall ordanis Jhone Westoun, thesaurer,
to content and pay to Alexander Purvers, walx maker, ij s. vj d. for ilk pece
of tua dosane and allevin torches, extending in the haill to the sowme of
iiij li.vij s. vj d., furneist be him to the gude toun at thair command vpoun
the ix day of Merche the yeir of God jmvcand lxv yeris, to pas to the
abbay to vise the Quenis grace immediatle efter the slauchter of vmquhile
Seinzeour Dauid Ricio.
29 May 1566.
[The treasurer ordained to pay twenty-four pounds Scots "for half ane tun
wyne deliuerit be him at the tounis command to Sir Symone Prestoun of Craigmiller knycht, thair prouest."]
8 June 1566.
[The treasurer ordained to pay to "the bedrellis of Sanct Marie Wynde the
sowme of x s., for the Witsounday terme in the yeir of God jmvc and lxvj, quhilk the
gude toun gevis yeirly in almes to thame."]
19 June 1566.
[The treasurer ordained to pay to William Robertoun, master of the High
School, ten merks for the Whitsunday terms mail of the school and ten merks as
his fee for that term.]
21 June 1566.
The provest [bailies and council] lattis furth of ward and puttis to
libertie Dauid Hoppringill, ypothecar, being input in waird at the instance
of the kirk for mareing of his spous Katheren Creychtoun efter the papis
fassoun, he being of befoir adionit to the kirk of God and thair disciplyne,
nochttheles the saidis provest baillies and counsall latt him to libertie at
the command and charge of our Soveringis writting vnderwrittin, off the
quhilk the tenour followis:— Provest baillies and counsall of our burgh of
Edinburgh, and all wtheris our officiaris present and to cum. Forsameikill
as we ar informit that our louit serwitour Dauid Hoppringill, ypothecar,
hes mareit ane women callit Katharen Creychtoun, douchter to Thomas
Crevchtoun, our masour, efter the vs and consuetude of our religioun, for
the quhilk ye intend to call molest and troubill thame, nochttheles we for
ressonabill caussis and considerationis moving ws, hes dischargit and be
thir presentis dischargis yow and all wtheris our officiaris of all calling
pursewing troubling and molestsing or excommunicating of the saidis
Dauid, his spous, or ony of thame, arreisting poynding distrenyeing warding
or intrometting with thame thair landis gudis or geir in ony wayis, for
the said mariage, or ony wther actioun concerning our religioun, and of
your offices in that pairt, as ye will ansuer to ws thairvpoun, be thir
presentis. Subscriuit with our handis, at Edinburgh, the secound day of
Junii 1566. Et sic subscritur: Marie, R. Henrie, R.