17 July 1568.
[The bailies and council,] vnderstanding that thair North Loche is
dry and passable bayth be man and hors at the west end thairof;
for remeid quhairof thay ordanit Jhonn Harwod, thesaurer, to fie xxiiij
werkmen with spaid, schule, and matok, for casting of the fowseis at
the heid of the said loch, and to geve to everilk ane of the said werkmen
ij s. in the day, to be vplifted of the nychtbouris conforme to the stent
roll, passand be ordour throw all the quarteris of the toun, geve neid sall
requyre, viz., everilk nychtbour to furneis ane man for ane day, and
makis Eduard Hendersoun maister of wark induring thair will.
The baillies and counsall ordanis the thesaurer to caus theik and
cover the Stok wall, Muse wall, and Sanct Michaellis wall, and ordanis
the kepar of the West port to keip the said Stok wall, the portar
of the Greyfreir port the Muse wall, the porter of the Kirk of Feild
the new wall, and the porter of the Cowgait port Sanct Michaellis wall;
and thes wallis tilbe oppinit for seruing of the nychtbouris at fyve houris
in the mornyng and tua efter none in somer, to be closit at xij houris
opinit at tua and cloisit at four for all nycht.
28 July 1568.
Maister of scole.
The baillies and counsale ordanis maister Alexander Guthre to ryde
to Sanctandrois for maister Thomas Buchquhennane to be maister of
thair hie scole.
6 August 1568.
Villa, thesaurer, toun warkis.
The prouest baillies counsale and dekynnis, being convenit in the
counsale hous, eftir lang ressonyng vpoun the apperand troublis to be
maid be the lordis of the south and north and west countreis betuix and
the nixt parliament, and hering that thay pretend with all thair forces
to cum to this toun, ordanis Johnn Harwod, thesaurer, with all possabill
deligence, to caus ranforce the blokhoussis of the toun wallis, byg and
mend quhair myster is at the saidis wallis, and to big ane stane wall at
the eist end of the North Loch, cast fowseis, and repair all vther thingis
neidfull for strenthing of this toun.
11 August 1568.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the hale dekynnis, being
personallie present, to convene thair craftis, bayth maister, taskman,
prentise and seruand, and tak inquisitioun be thair aithis quhat will be
thair pairttis in this present troublis, to enroll thair names and report
thair depositionis the morne efternon, as they will ansuer vpoun thair
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Jhonn Harwod, thesaurer,
to borrow Walter Cant and William Logannys artailye and to becum
oblist for deliuering of the samyn agane or the avale thairof.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis ane Strang wache to be set
nychtlie for keiping of the toun, and that euerye man walk be his awin
persoun without exceptioun bot of sic as ar aigit or seik, vnder the pane
of xviij s. vnforgevin, and this wache be ordour throuch the toun to indure
quhill the end of the parliament.
26 August 1568.
[The provost, bailies, and council,] efter lang ressonyng with maister
Thomas Buchquhennane concernyng the instructing of the youth of this
toun, knawing him to be maist abill and qualifeit thairfor, for thame
selffis and in name and behalfe of the hale counsale and dekynnis, havand
thair command and consent thairto, appoynttis and aggreis with the said
maister Thomas in maner following, that is to say: for the first yeir, in
case it be knawin to thame that the said maister Thomas, with the fiftie
merk thay haue grantit him of yeirle pensioun, with the dewite of the
barnis, quhilk is iiij s. of ewerie barne, be nocht worth thre hundreth
merkis for the said first yeir or thairby, thay sall caus thair thesaurer,
present or for the tyme, to gif vnto him vther fifte merkis quhilk salbe jc
merkis for the samyn first yeir, and yeirle thairefter according to thair
appointment to be maid fifte merkis as said is.
The baillies and counsall ordanis writingis to be direct to the haill
borrowis for thair consent to ane taxt to be maid for satisfeing of Nicholl
Vddart of the sowmes debursit be him in doungetting of the x siluer
deneris of ilk tun wine in Burdeaux, and to register thair ansuer with
5 September 1568.
Guthre, Inglis, villa.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Alexander Guthre and
Jhonn Inglis, masoun, to ryde to Dunbar and vesy the stanys thairof
laitlie castin doun, and gyf thai be found meit and convenient for the
wark of the schore of Leyth to by the samyn.
5 October 1568.
Regent, villa, continuatio prepositi et balliuorum.
The copye of my lord Regenttis writing producit be Capitane Mailuill
:—Counsale and dekynnis of the burgh of Edinburgh, we greit yow
hartlie weill. Being, as ye knaw, in radynes to pas in Ingland for that
commoun caus that is sa deyr to ws all, we haue had speciall thocht and
consideratioun of tua thingis belanging your toun, that is of the electioun
of the magistratis the appoyntit tyme now approching, and of the publict
ordour to be obseruit anent the plaige quhairwith God hes presentlie
veseyit the samyn, that in sa fer as mannis pairt and dewtie is the
occasioun of forther infectioun may be cuttit of be all gude menys, amangis
quhilk we fynd na mene mair apperant to proffit nor that tha samyn
magistratis that hes begvn the ordour, and presentlie takis cair for the
preseruatioun thairof, remane and be continewit in thair offices, be ressoun
vtheris to be electit, perauenture refusing to accept, or at leist delaying,
the leist tyme protractit may be the occatioun of rycht greit skayth, or
than sic as salhappin to tak the office vpoun thame throuch laik of
experience may omyt the maist necessar thingis that in sa strait ane tyme
ar requisit to be done. Ye ar nocht ignorant of the cair deligence and
gude will of your present prouest, and of Alexander Clerk and Adam
Foullertoun, baillies, in all commoun seruices sen thay war placet be yow
in that charge, and thairfor it is best, be oure aduise and openioun, and
we will effectuallie desyre and pray yow in your electioun now approching
to continew the prouest and the tua baillies abone writtin for
the yeir to cum, quhairin we dout nocht bot ye sall greitlie avance and
further your commoun weill in monye respectis, and thairwithall we will
think that in this as diuers vtheris wayis ye do ws werray thankfull and
acceptable plesour. God in this your present actioun and all vtheris
comfort and conduct yow. At Temptalloun, the xxvj of September 1568.
Your rycht assurit freind, James, Regent. Quhilk writing, in presens of the
baillies and hale counsale, being red and considerit, thay all in ane voce
granttis consenttis and obeyis the samyn, bot, for obseruing of the
ordour, willis the said prouest and baillies to be electit of new and to
be continewit for the yeir to cum, vnder protestatioun this be nocht
preiudiciall to the priuelegis grantit in the act of parliament concernyng
the electing of officeris within burgh.
13 October 1568.
The baillies and counsall ordanis proclamatioun to be maid that na
maner of persoun tak vpon hand to pas to the Borrow Muir for veseing of
the seik, or quhatsumeuer vther caus, befor xj houris afore none, at quhilk
time euerie day thair salbe ane officiar appointit to remane at the West
Port for convoying of thame that hes ado on the said muir, and of all sic
as sall pas with him do thair besines in his presens and return agane with
him; and siclike na maner of persoun tak vpoun thame the charge of
keping of seik without licence had and obtenit of the baillie of thair
quarter, wnder the pane of deid.
15 October 1568.
Statutes for the baillies of the Mure and ordouring of the pest as
Item, in the first, for ordouring of the said mure and pepill infectit
thairvpoun, for clenging of thair claythis and clengeing of houssis within
the toun, that Jhone Steuart, wobster, and Robert Fleming, cordiner, be
electit baillies of the said muir and suorne for doing of thair office treulie,
conforme to the statutes vnderwrittin and panis contenit in the samyn,
[they receiving for their labours £8 monthly].
Item, that Jhone Leggat and Alexander Frencshe haue the charge of
of the bureing of the deid, and with thame Jonet Wylie and Agnes
Broun, and thay to haue the monethly wages following:—[John Leggat
and Alexander Frensche, £5 each; and Jonet Wylie and Agnes Broun,
Item, that the thesaurer caus mak, with all deligence, for euerie ane of
the baillies, clengeris, and the burearis of the deid, ane goun of gray with
Sanct Androis cors, quhite, behind and before, and to euerie ane of thame
ane stalf with ane quhite clayth on the end, quhairby thai may be knawin
quhaireuer thay pas.
Item, that thair be maid tua clois beris with foure feit colourit our
with blak, and ane quhite cors with ane bell to be hungin vpoun the heid
of the said beir quhilk sall mak warning to the pepill.
The baillies, counsale and dekynnis, vnderstanding the greit necessite
in this troublis tyme of pest requyris deligent and expert men to tak
panys, and seing Adam Foullartoun, baillie the tua yeris past, nochtwithstanding
my lord Regentis graces writing for continewing of him,
refussis to tak ony forth er burding or pane, and will nocht accept the
office of baillierie for the yeir to cum, nochtwithstanding he be electit
thairto, thay all in ane voce, vpoun the sure experience of the said
Adameis habelite and gude seruice, maist ernistlie requeistis and desyris
him to accept the said office of baillierie for the yeir to cum as saidis, and
faythfulie promissis that thay sall recompance and rewarde him, bayth for
his laubouris past and tocum, quhilk promyst the said Adam acceptit and
Item, it is statute and ordanit that how sone ony maner of persoun
fallis seik within this burgh, in quhatsumeuir kynde of seiknes that euer
it be, the awneris of the hous inclose thame selffis and cum nocht furth of
thair houssis, nowther suffer ony to resort to thame vnto the tyme thai
aduertice the baillie of the quarter and ordour be taikin be him, vnder the
pane of deid.
Item, that na maner of persoun pas to the mure for veseing of thair
frendis thair quhill xj houris before none, in cumpanye with the officer
appoynttit for that day, vnder the said pane.
Item, that the buriell be maid in the Grayfreir kirk yaird, lairge and
wyde, of deipnes sevin fute and of breid (blank) futtis.
Item, that all personis sic as sellis weddis be dischargit, and in
speciall sic as sellis wollin and lynning, and nane of thame be fundin
makand merket, vnder the said pane.
Item, that na maner of persoun that salhappin pas be the caldrone
abstract ony of thair guddis, vnder the pane of deid.
Item, that with all deligence posseble, sa sone as ony hous salbe infect,
the hale houshald with thair guddis be depeschit towert the mwre, the deid
bureit, and with the like deligence the houssis clengit.
Item, that the clengerris cum nocht within the toun quhill ane officiar
pas for thame, and all the tyme of thair besynes the said officer await
vpoun thame and gyf attendance that thay haue na commonyng with ony
personis be the way, nother interchanging of ony guddis, vnder all hieast
pane may be imput to thame.
Item, that na persoun clengit enter within the toun with[out] licence
of the baillie, and be convoyit with ane officer to the place appoyntit for
thame, vnder the pane of deid; and that thay cum nocht furth of thair
houssis for the space of xx dayis efter thair entre within the toun, vnder
the said pane; and in the menetyme that [thai] keip cumpany with na
clene personis nor thay with thame, vnder the said pane.
[The council and deacons gave "tua beidmanschippis vacand he deceis of
William Couttis, officer, and Hagy Walkar, to Jhon Richertsoun and Gottersoun,
[The council and deacons dispond to Michael Chisholm, "in name of the
hospital, the benefice vacand be deceis of Sir Robert Robertsoun, and ordanis him to
collect the dewties thairof to the pure.]
16 October 1568.
The Prouest baillies and counsale granttis that commissioun be gevin
be the lordis of Sessious to maisteris Thomas Makcalyeane, Clement Litille,
Alexander Mauchane and James Barroun, makand thame baillies deput
induring thair willis to juge vpoun the annuall and dewiteis of the kirk of
auld, to the vtilite of the ministrie and hospitale.
17 October 1568
Precept, thesaurer, pikis.
[The treasurer ordained to pay to Adam Foullertoun and six others, "energy ane
of thame v li, avancit be thame at thair command to ane man of Hamburgh for
certane lang pikis bocht be the counsale fra him."]
21 October 1568
[Proclamatioun to be made, charging "all sic as ar burgesses, and hes nocht
stob and staik within this toun, to cum and mak thair remanyng within the samyn
within xl dayis nixt heirefter, vnder pane of tynsale of thair fredome."]
10 November 1568.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Jhonn Forrest, cordiner, to tak
vpoun [him] the charge of all pepill that salhappin to be clengit of the
pest, and appoynttis him the west pairt of thair Borrow Mwre for clenging
of thame and thair guddis, with this conditioun gyf falt be found in his
clengeing and the pepill clengit infect agane in his defalt that he sall
incur the deid thairfor.
Extent ve li.
The baillies counsale and dekynnis granttis and consenttis that ane
extent be vpliftit of veli. for suntenyng of the pure in this present pest.
Jhone Lausoun of Hie Riggis produceit befor the baillies and counsall
the supplicatioun vnderwrittin, bering, as he wes informit, thair wisdomes
had causit big ane heid dike vpoun his ground and landis of Hie Rigis
and thairthrough stoppit the watter passege of thair South Loch passing
throuch his landis in all times past, quhilk will nocht faill be proces of
time mak the said loch to enter at vther partis vpoun his saidis landis and
distroy the samyn to his greit hurt, quhairfore he desireit thair wisdomeis
to caus reforme the said dike, sua that the watter mycht haue passege as
it had of before, and thair ansuer. To the quhilik it wes ansuerit be the
prouest baillies and counsall forsaid, thay fand thai had done na wrang in
rasing and biging of thair awin dike, vpoun thair awin ground of thair
awin South Loch, for halding in of the watter thairof, for seruing of the
wellis of the Kowgaitt to the furnesing of haill pepill of thair taun and
vtheris our Souerane Lorids lieges resortand thairto, and thairfore
certefeis the compleneris that thai will proceid according to thair
14 November 1568.
The baillies counsale and dekynnis, efter consideratioun of the greit
injurie and wrang done to thame be Jhonn Lawsoun of Hierigis and his
complices, vpoun Sounday at evin last, within silence of nycht, in the
destroying, doun casting, and braik of thair new dike bigit vpoun thair
awin ground at the end of the arrabill landis callit Hierigis for inhalding
of the watter of thair South Loch for seruing of the haill wellis in the
Cowgait, etc., ordanis proclamation to be maid chargeing all the inhabitanttis of theis burgh, merchant, craftismen, and all vtheris without
exceptioun, with all deligence possebil, with schole and mattok and
spaid, to pas with the baillies to the said South Loch for reformyng of
the said wrang, the occasioun thairof, and all vther wrangis within thair
boundis and fredome, ilk persoun vnder the pane of xl s. vnforgevin.
18 November 1568
Watche, xviij personis.
The baillies counsale and dekynnis grantis and consenttis that thair
be lystit xviij men of the maist abill within this burgh, with culvering, to
await vpoun the baillies at all tymes neidfull and to keip wache within
the toun for saiftie of the nychtbouris houssis and guddis that ar furth
of the samyn, and ordanis euerye ane of thame to haue iij li. x s.
monethlie to be taikin of the hale nychtbouris at the discretioun of the
baillies induring the said counsale and dekynnis willis.
Villa, demoleshing of houssis on the toun wallis.
The baillies counsale and dekynnis ordanis to demolische and cast
doun all houssis jonyt to the toun wallis vtouth and inwith the samyn, sua
that the pepill may haue fre passage in the tyme of neid for defence
of the toun.
The baillies and counsall ordanis the calsay from the Ower Trone to the
Castelhill to be maid of new, vpoun the expenssis of the heritouris of the
landis on bayth sideis of the gait and within clossis adiacent thairto, viz.,
euerie pund maill the annuell xij d., and gif neid beis ordanis officeris to poind thairfor.
19 November 1568.
[The treasurer ordained "to caus mend and repair the necessaris of Jhone
Knox dwelling hous, vpoun the expenssis of Johne Adamsoun and Bessie Otterburne his spous, coniunct fear thairof, and deduce the samyn of thair hous maill,
becaus thai haif bene oft tymes requyrit to do the samyn and refussit."]
The baillies counsell and dekynnis, vnderstanding the greit necessite
of the pvir infectit of the pest vpoun thair borrow mvir for laik of
victuallis quhilk can nocht be had becaus thair is na market kepit within
this toun, ordanis Alexander Guthre to furnis and delyuer to James
Wod,boxter, of the reddiest of the quheit of the commoun mylnis being
in his possessioun, and the pryces thairof, viz., fourtie four s. the boll,
to be payit to him be the baillies or the said James Wod of the reddiest
of the extent grantit for susteining of the pvir.
17 December 1568.
The baillies and counsale ordanis ane nychtlie wache of xxiiij men,
and quha that comperis nocht, being warnyt, to pay ij s. to ane vther to
be put in his place, and quha sa evir beis set vpoun the wache and departis before vj howris to pay xviij s. vnlaw.
 December 1568.
Officieris of the mwre dischargit.
The baillies and counsale, seing that God of his mercye and gudnes
hes metigat the raige of the pest within this toun, and vnderstanding
the monethlie wages payit to the officeris of the mwre to be lairge, thairfor
fyndis and deliueris that frome the xxv day of this instant December
Johnn Stewert, [Alexander] Franche, and the tua wemen with thame, salbe