20 January 1569–70.
Villa, clerk male.
The baillies and counsale ordanis to caus warne the hale dekynnis
aganis wednisday nixt, that ordour may be taikin with thair avise
tuiching the dewitie callit the clerk male, quhilk in tyme of papistrie wes
gevin to the perroch clerk, to the effect the samyn may be vpliftit for
sustenyng of Jhonn Carnys reder.
Priuelege of burgessis gevin gratis.
The baillies counsale and dekynnis, efter lang ressonyng vpoun the
commoun effaris, and in speciall vpoun sic thingis as war hurtfull to the
commoun weill and fredome of this burgh, thay haue found amangis
vther inconvenienttis that the making of monye burgessis, and in
speciall of sic as ar na burges bairnys and procuris thair fredome and
libertie be way of court, or vtherwayis gratis and payis na dewtie
thairfor to the commoun gude; quhairfor it is statute and ordanit that
the bairnys of all sic as gettis thair fredome gratis in maner foresaid
sall nocht haue the libertie of ane fre burges bairne, and this ordinance
to indure but reuoucatioun.
25 January 1569–70.
The baillies and counsale, efter lang ressonyng vpoun the apperand
danger and troublis like to be now, efter the crewall murthur of my lord
Regentis grace, fyndis gude and ordanis that thair be ane wache in the
toun bayth day and nycht induring the counsallis will, in maner following,
viz., fra vj houris in the mornyng quhill sevin houris at evin viij men,
foure of thame at the West Port and vther foure at the Nether Bow, and
the nycht wache, being in nowmer xxiiij personis, to begyn at vij houris at
evin and to continew quhill sex in the mornyng, and that thay be relevit
be the day wache, and this wache to be of the nychtbouris of the toun
conforme to the auld ordour, begynnand at the Northwest quarter; and
that thair be chosin foure men of credence and honestie, tua of thame to
haue the charge ovir the day wache and tua ovir the nycht wache, quha
salbe haldin to ansuer for the seruice of the remanent; and as ony
cumpaneis cumis within the toun ane of thir to cum to ane of the baillies
and aduertice thame of the nowmer, and quhat thay ar, and quhair thay
luge; and siclike that thair be na porttis oppin induring the counsallis
will bot the Nether Bow and West Port allanerlie.
Proclamatio, lang waponis, powder.
The samyn day, the baillies and counsall ordanis proclamatioun to be
maid be sound of bell throuch the toun chargeing all nychtbouris that
inhabitis foir buithis or houssis vpoun the hie streit that thai haif in
reddines lang waponis for redding of pairteis in cas ony troublis be vpoun
the gait, and that na powder nor lang waponis be careit furth of the toun
without liceance of the prouest and baillies, vnder the pane of escheit;
and sicklike that the baillies tak inuentour of all the powder that is to sell
within this toun and fence and arrest the samyn for serving of the Kingis
souldouris and the gude toun.
27 January 1569–70.
[Lords of session.]
The baillies, counsale, and dekynnis, vnderstanding the lordis to
remove and skaill the sessioun, thay ordane maister Michaell Chisholme,
baillie, Alexander Clerk, Adame Foullertoun, William Harwy of the
counsall, Alexander Guthre, clerk, Walter Wawane and Jhonn Wilsoun,
dekynnis, to ryde to my lord of Mortoun, chansler, to resort to the toun,
move the lordis to remane and to promys his lordschip assistance [and]
fortificatioun in the Kingis actionis, his awin, and revenge of the
The counsall ordanis the baillies to vesie the portis of the toun, the
barris, bandis and lokkis thairof, and se the samyn be suire, and to change
the lokkis thairof and put on new lokkis, siclyk to caus ramforce the
Walter Yait, to vesie the tounis artelyearie vpoun the wallis and caus
mont and mende the sam with diligence be the avys of James Hectour,
1 February 1569–70.
The baillies and counsall namis constitutis and ordanis Alexander
Clerk and Adame Foulertoun thair commissaris, grantand and giffand to
thame thair commissioun and power for thame and in thair names with
the lordis of nobilite to convene, and with thame to conclud the caussis
concernying the glorie of God, the Kingis weill, and commoun of the
3 March 1569–70.
[The bailies and council ratified and approved the commission given to Mychael
Chisholme and others on 27th Junuary, and "promys as of before."]
8 March 1569–70.
The baillies counsall and dekynnis, for keiping of gude reull amangis the
lordis of nobelitie, and all vtheris resorting to this toun during the tyme of
this present conventioun, fyndis gude, statutis and ordanis that thair be
dalie foure gaird houssis, and in euerye ane of thame tuenty men of the
maist honest nychtbouris of the toun in thair awin proper personis, ten of
thame with culveringis and moreonys and vther ten with halberttis, pikis,
and lang wappynnis; and to enter euerye day at the skaling of the
nycht wasche, viz., be sex houris in the mornyng, and remane quhill sevin
houris at evin that the nycht wache enter agane. And of thir gairde
houssis to be ane of thame in Gilbert Dikis foreland abone the auld
tolbuth, ane vther of thame before the auld tolbuth in Jhonn Symsonis
and Frances Tennandis foreland, the thrid in Jhonn Symmis foreland,
and the feird in Thomas Thomsonis foreland; and this day wache to
indure as said is.
The counsale ordanis the officeris to await vpoun thair baillies
continuallie the tyme of this conventioun, vnder the pane of depriuatioun
of thair offices.
22 March 1569–70.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the wache to continew as it wes
first ordanit quhill forther avisement.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Thomas Hendersoun, thesaurer,
to vesy the South Loch and mend the samyn quhair the watter rynnis
The baillies and counsale ordanis the porttis to be opnit euery
mornying be sex houris and closit agane at xij houris quhill tua efternone,
and closit agane at vj houris at evin for all nycht, and the
porteris continuallie to await thairvpoun, viz., the Kirk of Feild
port and Eist port in the Cowgait and keyis to be deliuerit nychtlie
to the baillies.
24 March 1569–70.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurer to pay to maister
Jhonne Sandelandis, persoun of Hawik, the sowme of xx li. in compleit
payment of all maillis restand awand be the gude toun for the grammer
scole in the Freir Wynd, and to deliuer him the keyis of the said scole
and gyf the samyn our.
12 April 1570.
The baillies and counsale, efter avisement with the writing send to
thame be the erllis of Huntlie, Argyle, Athole, and lordis of the west
countre, gevis for ansuer thair lordschippis salbe wilcum to the toun, and
hale nobelitie of this realme.
14 April 1570.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the nycht wache to be eikit induring
the lordis remanying in this toun, viz., the northwest and northeist
quarteris eueryane of thame twa nychtis and the vther tua quarteris
eueryane thre nychtis.
19 April 1570.
It is appoyntit and aggreit betuix the baillies dene of gild and counsale,
on that ane pairt, and Robert Creych, knok makar, on the vther pairt,
viz., the said Robert bindis and oblissis him to mend and vphald the toun
knok, thay furnessing irne allanerlie; for the quhilk caus they ordane
the thesauraris present and to cum to pay him yeirlie during his lyfetime, xl s.
11 May 1570.
Prouest, castell, precept, fermoraris.
[The bailies, council and deacons,] efter consideratioun of the greit
charges and soumpteous expensis maid be the laird of Grange, capitane
of the castell, prouest, vpoun the repareatioun strenthing and fortefeing of
the said castell now at the incuming of the Inglis armye, quhilk castell
hes bene and lukit for to be the resett and defence of the pepill of this
toun and thair guddis, in consideratioun quhairof thay decerne and ordane
Andro Stevinsoun and Alexander Clerk, fermoraris of thair commoun
mylnis for this present yeir, to deliuer incontinent to the said capitane, to
the suport of his charges, the sowme of tua hundreth pundis, and the
samyn salbe allowit to thame in the radiest of the fermes of the said
17 May 1570.
The baillies and counsale ordanis proclamatioun to be maid throuch
Edinburgh and Leith chargeing all the inhabitanttis of the samyn to gif
thair generale mustouris and wappinschewing, in best array with armour
and wappinis, throuch this toun vpoun Friday nixt, ilk persoun vnder the
pane of x li.
26 May 1570.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar to direct the townys
missivis to all the burrois makand mentioun of the proclamatioun purchest
be the bischop of Glasgow in France dischairgeing the cuming of Scottis
schippis thair without the Quenis certificat, requyring thame to support
the expenssis of ane man to be send thair for dischargeing of the said
proclamatioun, and to report thair ansuer.
2 June 1570.
In presens of the baillies and counsale, Nichole Fyldour is becumin
cautioun and souertie for Robert Lakprevik, prentar, vnder the pane of
jc merkis, that the said Robert sall nocht fra this furth prent bukis
ballettis or ony wark of consequence without the licence of the prouest
baillies and counsale; and Lakprevik oblissis him to releif Fyldour.
16 June 1570.
The prouest baillies and counsale, with the avyce of the dekynis,
ordanis ane writting to be send to the erle of Hountlye for the releif of
James Adamesoun, with ane seruand of the prouestis, and the thesaurare
to gif him ten pund for his expenssis.