12 July 1570.
The baillies and counsale makis constitutis and ordanis Dauid Forster,
baillie, and Adam Foullertoun, of the counsale, thair procuratouris and
commissouris, gevand thame power for thame and in thair names to
compeir in this present conventioun of the nobelitie for the Kingis pairt
appoyntit at this burgh xijo instantis Julij, for electing of ane Regent, etc.
The baillies and counsall of the burgh of Edinburgh, sittand in jugement,
in the actioun and caus persewit be Thomas Hendersoun, thesaurare
of the said burgh, makand mentioun that quhair the said burgh being of
auld past memorie of man erected in ane fre burgh of ryaltie, and thairby
haveand all prevelegis of ane fre burgh within the boundis thairof, quhilk
extendis to the boundis of the fredome of Hathingtoun on the eist, quhilk
parte is Edgebukling Bray, and on the west to Almound Watter, on the
north to the sey, and on the south safar as the boundis of the scherefdome of Edinburgh principall extendis to, and yit the burgessis and communitie
of the said burgh of Edinburgh, for amplefeing of thair awin
prevelegis in the moneth of Maij jm thre hundreth four scoir xviij yeiris,
haifand than the hewin and schoir of Leyth annexit to the said burgh
within the fredome and commoditeis thairof, obtenit be dispositioun maid
to thame be Robert Logane of Restalrig, knycht, diuers and syndrie previleges
for thair eis in bigging of the said port and havin of Leyth, togidder
with the haill wayis passages and trans of the toun of Leyth and barronie
of Restalrig, for transporting of thair guidis to and fra the samyn, quha
alswa for him his airis and assignayis perpetuallie ventit the taverning
and selling of wyne, the bakyng of breid to sell, the halding and keiping
of marchand buithis, girnelling of quheit, and all vther thingis that wer
contrair the libertie and consuetude of the said fre burgh of Edinburgh,
swa that nother he his airis nor assignais nor na vtheris in his name or on
his pairt sould hald venting and selling of wyne, baking of breid to sell,
marchand buithis, girnellis of quheit, be thameselfis nor na vtheris within
the toun and landis of Leyth or thairabout, nor yit thole the samyn in
ony tyme thairefter to be haldin, as at mair lenth is contenit in the prevelege
and rycht maid to the saidis burgessis and commonitie thairvpoun;
and albeit it be of veritie that the cheif libertie and fredome of ane fre
burgh of ryaltie consistes in twa thingis, the ane in vsing of marchandice,
the vther in vsing of craftes, resaving of fremen thairto, chesing of
dekynnis of craftis, for examinatioun of thame that ar admitted thairto
that thai be qualifeit, swa that the leigis of the realme be nocht dissauit of
thair occupationes; and that the said burgh of Edinburgh, be vertew of
thair previlegis and erectioun of thair burgh as said is and liberteis foirsaidis
obtenit of the said laird of Restalrig, hes bene and yit is in possessioun,
of thair liberteis and fredomes foirsaidis vsand all thingis concernand
ane fre burgh, nochttheles as the said thesaurare is informet and it is of
veritie that certane persones induellaris of the said toun of Leyth hes
wrangouslie at thair awin hand vsurpet the acceptatioun vpoun thame of
the offices of dekynnis of Craftes, quhilk is contrair the prevelege and
fredome of the said burgh of Edinburgh and rycht maid be the said laird
of Restalrig for him his airis and assignais, that is to say: [Here follow the
names of the deacons of the smiths, coopers, tailors, baxters, cordiners,
fleshers, and websters;] and will nocht desist and ceis thairfra without
thai be compellit, as at mair lenth is contenit in the clame gevin in
thairvpoun: The richtis ressonis and allegationis of bayth the saidis
pairteis, togidder with the depositionis of diuers famous witnes and vther
probatioun led and takyne in the said mater at lenth hard sene and vnderstand, and thairwith being ryple avysit, the said thesaurair comperand be
Alexander King his procuratour, and the saidis defenderis alswa comperand in jugement to heir sentence gewin, the saidis baillies and counsall,
with awys of thair assessouris, decernis and ordanis the saidis persones
and euerye ane of thame to desist and ceis fra the vsurping of the saidis
names and offices and vsing thairof in ony tyme cuming within the said
toun of Leyth or barronye of Restalrig, becaus the said clame being
admitted to the said thesauraris probatioun he previt the samyn sufficientlie
as efferit, as wes clerlie vnderstand and knawin to the saidis
baillies and counsall and thair assessouris.
14 July 1570.
[A contract entered into between the council, on behalf of the whole burghs,
and Captain Ninian Cokburne, whereby the latter was commissioned to obtain the
discharge of "ane proclamatioun obtenit and proclamit at the handis of the maist
mychti King of France dischargeing all maner of Scottismen with thair schippis
gudis or merchandice of all hant resort or trafique within the see townis or vtheris
pairtis of his dominionis except sic as sall bring with thame the certificate of
our Souerane the Kingis moder or hir lewtennentis to acknawledge only hir and
thair authoritie in hir name and nane vtheris."] (fn. 1)
19 July 1570.
Proclamatioun. weyr schippis.
Forsamekle as the prouest baillies and counsale of this burgh ar
certefeit that thair is certane Franche men of weyr arrivit in the raid of
Leyth with certane prissis chargit with the guddis of Hollandis, and
vtheris freindis to oure Souerane Lord his lieges and realme, of mynd to
mak mercatt of thair saidis prissis and guddis in thir pairttis, without
onye lauchfull declaratioun of the admarall gyf the schippis and guddis be
lauchfull prissis or nocht, quhilk may engender greit inconvenienttis, and
alter the freindschip standand with the saidis Hollandis to the greit hurt
of oure said Soueranys liegis gyf mair haistye remeid be nocht providit,
heirfoir I command and charge in our said Souerane Lordis name, my
lord Regenttis, and in name and behalf of my lord prouest and baillies of
this burgh, that na maner of persoun induellar within the fredome boundis
and jurisdictioun of Edinburgh and Leyth trafique by or sell with the
saidis Franche men of weyr, or by onye of thair weirfair guddis, vnder the
pane of tynsale of all thair guddis movable and banischit the fredome
foresaid for evir.
The commissaris of burrois vnderwrittin, convenit at this present
conventioun for electing of my lord erle of Levinax Regent, viz. [the
commissaris of Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth, Stirling, Glasgow, Ayr, Irvine,
Jedburgh, and Haddington], it is statute that in the nixt conventioun the
saidis commissaris, or vther that salbe chosin, bring with thame commissioun
to propone ressoun and conclude vpoun the commoun weill of burrois and
statutis thairfor to mak, and in the menetyme to put in writt sic thingis
quhairby thay ar hurt.
5 Auqust 1570.
The bailles and counsale ordanis Thomas Hendersoun, thesaurare, to
len to [blank] Rutherfourd, baillie of Jedburgh, twa cutthrottis with thair
chalmeris and furnessing in support of the said toun of Jedburgh aganis
the theifis, takand the said baillies obligatioun vpoun the ressait and
9 August 1570.
The baillies and counsale ordanis ane watche to be maid the tyme
during my lord Regentis absence, and that na portis be oppin on the day
bot the West Port and the Nether Bow, and that thair be put to keip
euerie ane of thame on the day by licht thre men, and the baillies to keip
the keis in the nycht.
11 August 1570.
The baillies dene of gyld and counsall ordanis the dekynis to be
wairnit to convene the morne at sevin houris in the tolbuith for ressonyng
vpoun the commoun afferis and for provisioun to be maid for maister Jhone
15 August 1570.
The baillies and counsall, efter the ressait of my lord Regenttis
writting, ordanis proclamatioun to be maid chairging ane stark watch to
be nychtlie induring his gracis absence, ilk man to watche in his proper
persoun, vnder the pane of fyve pund; and siclyke that all maner of
persoun, induellar within this burgh, without exceptioun, be in reddines
in armes and wappounis at the sound of the commoun bell and resort
to the baillie of thair quarter and follow sic ordour as he sall appoint for
thame, as thai will ansuer to the Kingis grace and my lord Regentis,
and vnder the pane foirsaid; that all hostlaris aduerteis the baillie
of thair quarter quhat straingeris resortis to thair houssis, vnder the
pane of deid.
23 August 1570.
The baillies and counsall decernis and ordanis Patrik Portuous,
duelland in the Ovir Bow, to pay fourtie schillingis for brekin of
the Sabboth in kairting of twa polkis of woll send to Leyth on Sounday
last, and gyf the said vnlaw to the puir woman in the Seynis, quhilk vnlaw
was incontinent payit and deliuerit. Ordanis the cairter to be put in
waird induring the counsalis will.
24 August 1570.
[The bailies, council, and deacons of crafts,] efter lang ressoning vpoun
the ministeris stipend and how and quhairvpoun thai sall be sustenit, it
is thocht guid be the baillies and counsall foirsaid that the auld dewtye
quhilk wes payit be the inhabitantis of this burgh to the prouest vicare and
clerk of the paroche kirk be collectit of new and appoyntit vpoun the said
ministrie, and the saidis dekynis desyrit till awys with this quhill the
morne, quhilk wes grantit.
8 September 1570.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the auld hoillis of the Mwse well to
be oppin, that the watter may haue passege sua that the nychtbouris
landis adiacent be harmeles of the vnder walter rissin be closin of the
27 September 1570.
Craftis on the counsale.
[The deacons of crafts having given in a "tiket" containing the names of
craftsmen from which two were to be elected councillors, the bailies and council
objected to the list "becaus thay had bot alterit the saidis tikettis in the changeing
of ane name allenarlie, and thairfor ordanis thame to gif in ane vther new tiket and
vther names nor wer given in of before." The deacons thereupon gave in another
list, from which two names were selected.]
18 October 1570.
The counsel ordanis the baillies and dene of gild to discharge the
cramis of the calsay and place quhair thay presentlie stand befoir the
northeist dur of the parosche kirk, and to appoint thame the kirk yaird
vpoun the souith syde of the said kirk alanerlie and na vther place.
The samyn day, thay ordane the said dene of gild to cloise vp the
buith durris of all sic as ar nocht gild brether vsing onye merchandrise
vther nor cramerye, ay and quhill the counsale be farther avysitt.
20 October 1570.
Efter lang suting of maister James M'Gill to acceptt vpoun him
the office of provestrie to the quhilk he was electit on Mychaelmes last,
efter mony resonis schawin be him quhy he could nocht accept the said
office, at leist gif he acceptit the samyn, for the vther charges quhilk
lay on him, he culd [nocht] be able at all tymes to do sic seruice to
the gude toun as his hert was willing to do, and thairfoir incace he
war burdenitt with vther greter actiouns it mycht be the occasioun that
he micht [nocht] auaitt on the said office, desyritt that he mycht haif ane
president to serue vnder him; to the quhilk it was ansueritt that quhen
the tyme or neid suld requyre, he acceptand the said office, thrie suld be
nominatt, off the quhilkis ane suld be chosin to support him in his
place, and the said maister James askit instrumentis and acceptit the
Extent of vcPundis.
[The bailies, council, and deacons of crafts] grantis and consentis
that the nixt stent of vc pundis be lifted of the nychtbouris of this
burgh, as for the feird pairt of the haill borrowis pairt of the xijm pundis
granttit be the thrie estaitt for furnesing of certane embassadouris to
pas in England.
25 October 1570.
[The bailies and council] ordanis the deaconis of craftis, presentlie
convenit, to convene thair brethrene the morn and inquyre of thair
benevolence quhat thai will geve to the support of the ministeris, and to
report the ansuer vpoun Fryday nixt.
The baillies and counsall fyndis guid that Henry Nisbett pas in
Ingland with the abbot of Dymfermeling for lowsing of the arrestmentis
of the schippis in France, and ordanis the said Henrye to mak him reddie.
1 November 1570.
Comperit the dekynis of the craftis, and gaif ansuer to the provest
baillies and counsall quhat ilk craft wald perfurnis and gif to the sustentatioun of the ministrie, in maner following:—Skynneris, XX li.; Wrychtis
and Masonis, x li.; Tailyeouris, xvj li.; Goldsmythis, vj li. xiij s. iiij d.;
Barbouris, iij li. Jhone Wilsoun smyth, xx merkis; Baxteris, xx merkis;
Cordineris, viij li.; Fleschouris, x li.; Wobstaris, xx s,; Bonat-makaris,
xx s,; Furrouris (blank.)
8 November 1570.
The baillies and counsale, vnderstanding that na apperance is to
luikitt for be the laubouris of Capitane Cokburn for the libertie of oure
schippis in the pairtis of France, quhairfoir, according to the ordinance
maid with the consent of the commissaris of the maist part of the haill
burrois of this realme in the moneth of October last, ordanis as of befoir
that Henrie Nesbett depairt with all diligence possible with the tovnis
wrytingis in name of the haill borrois foirsaid to the king of France,
quhaireuir he may be found within his hienes dominiounis, and thair,
conforme to the saidis wrytingis and articlis gevin him in writ, to crave
and desyre the ancient libertie to be grantit to our natioun inuiolablie
obseruitt for our pairtis of new.
15 November 1570.
The baillies and counsale nominatis collectouris for procuring of the
beneuolence of the godlie to the support of the ministaris stepend, thir
personis vnderwrittin, viz.:—Jhon Harwod and Symoun Marioribankis
for the northwest, Adame Foullertoun and Patrik Rig for the northeist,
Mr Michaell Chesholme and Nicoll Vddart for the southeist, Mr Jhonn
Prestoun and Dauid Forester for the southwest.
18 November 1570.
The baillies and counsale ordanis nichole Vddart, thesaurare, to caus
big ane barrous of tymmer befoir my lord Regentis yaitt, and the samyn
sall be allowit in his comptis.
29 November 1570.
Villa, maryneris, bulwark.
The maist pairt of the maisteris and principallis of schippis within the
toun of Leyth, being convenit within the counsalhous of this burgh,
quhair it wes schawin vnto thame the waiknes of the schoir peir and
bulwarkis of Leyth on bayth the sydis of the walter, quhilkis sould
suddanlie decay be all apperance forevir gif the samyn wer nocht the
mair haistelie helpit and remedit, and quhow thai war myndit to caus
thair nychtbouris the merchanttis and all vtheris resortand with merchandice to the said port of Leyth to pay ane certane dewitye of euerye
tvn of guidis for the space of thre yeiris nixt heirefter, quhilk thai dowtit
nocht sould be frelie grantit to the helpe of sa guid and godlie avtioun,
and thairfore sen the master concernit thair wellis als hielye as ony vtheris,
desyrit thame till convene thame selfis and avys quhat thay wald grant
of everye tun fraucht for the said space and report thair ansuer vpoun
1 December 1570.
Maryneris, dewtye bulwark.
In presens of the baillies and counsall, comperit the maist pairt of
the maisteris maryneris of schippis in Leyth, and frelie of thair awin consentis grantit to gif of euerye tun fraucht at the out passing, and siclyk at
the incuming, during the space of thre yeiris, xij d., to the reparatioun and
support and bigging of the peir and hevin of Leyth; prouyding that
this thair consent induce nocht the preperative in tymes cuming, nother
thai be compellit heirby to consent to the lyk, nor that efter the ische of
the saidis thre yeiris thai be forther chairgit with the said dewtye, and protestit that this thair consent sould nocht hourt vtheris quhilkis had nocht
consentit as yit, quhilk offer the provest baillies and counsall forsaid
acceptit and grantit thair said protestatioun.
6 December 1570.
Statutis for repairing of the schoir of Leith.
[The provest, bailies, council, and deacons of crafts,] with consent and
assent of the maist pairtt of the maisteris skipperis and marinaris of the said
toun of Leith, hes statute and ordanitt that for the space of thrie yeris nixt
[there shall be collected] tua schillingis of euery tun of gudis enterand
within the said portt and hawin of Leith, at the entrie thairof, tua s. of
ilk tun at the outpassing, baith of merchanttis friemen and vnfremen
and strangeris, and siclike of euerye of tunnis fraucht at the incuming xij d.
and at the outpassing xij d.; off the schippis cumand frome Noroway and
vther pairtis, laidnit with tymmer, of euerie hundreth geistis ane, of
euerye hundreth corbellis ane, of euerye hundreth wanescott ane, off
euerye hundreth daillis ane, of euerye hundreth rauchteris ane, and siclike
of euerye sort of tymmer cumand to the said port and hawin ane, or the
availl and price thairof as the remanent salbe sald; item, of euerye chalder
victuall that salbe sauld in the said port and haivin of Leith, of the merchat
xvj d., and fo the skipper and maister aucht penneis, and siclyke
of all vther kynd of gudis qubilk ar vsitt to be disponett be chalderis,
induring the said space of thrie yeiris alanerlie.
Decreit aganis the craftismen of Leyth.
In presens of the provest baillies and counsall, sittand in jugement,
in the actionan and caus intentit be Thomas Hendersoun, thesaurare and
procuratour fiscall, aganis the craftismen and vnfremen occupyaris and
induellaris within the vnfre toun of Leyth, . . . the saidis baillies and
counsall, with avys of thaair assessoris, dischagis the saidis persones of all
vsing of the said artificiall craftis in tyme cuming within the said vnfre
toun of Leyth, and gif ony of thame will vse the samyn to draw thame to
ane fre toun and burghe to the vsing thariof to beir portabill chargis as
the rest of the vsaris of thai craftis dois.
8 December 1570.
Maxwell, Cant, Charge thesaurar.
The baillies and counsall, vnderstanding that Thomas Cant and
Harbert Maxwell, fermoraris of thair commoun mvre the yeir past, quha
wer actit to gif the sowme of ane hundreth markis thairfor the said yeir,
quha gat na proffeit of the samyn be resone the samyn wes flayne be the
capitane of the castell for making of gabionis and strenthing of the said
castell, quhairfore thai discharge the saidis fermoreris of the said sowme of
ane hundreth markis, payand alanerlye for the said yeir [twenty four
27 December 1570.
Wache, commoun bell, portis.
The baillies and counsall ordanis ane nychtlie wache to be sett of
thre scoir of men, and the baillie of the quarter to se the wache sett
according to the ordour, and in case the nychtbouris present vnhable personis
to the said wache ordanis the officeris to hyre hable men and put in
thair places, and to Poynd the saidis nychtbouris for thair waigeis; and
siclyke, ordanis the belman and his bruther to ly nychtlie in the steipill
and attend to the commoun bell, and the baillie of the wache to deliuer
nychtlie to thame of the vnlawis of the wache iij s.; and siclyke, ordanis
the portis of the toun to be all closit, except the Wast Port and Nether
Bow; and the keyis thairof nychtlie to be deliuerit to the baillie of the
wache and him to ansuer thairfore.