2 April 1574.
The baillies ordanis proclamatioun to be maid, dischargeing all
personis of the resort vpoun the hie stretis and commoun venellis the
tyme of the preiching, vnder the pane of pvnisment of thair personis
at the juges will.
14 April 1574.
The baillies ordanis proclamatioun to be maid that na flesche be
sauld nor eittin on Fryday or Setturday within the housis of this tovne,
cukes housis or vtheris, vnder the pane of tyve pundis sa oft as ony
man beis apprehendit doing in the contrair.
23 April 1574.
Jhonne Douglas confest that he resauit his housil in France, and
being demandit quhither the mes was idolatrie or nocht, declairit he
could geve na ansuer thairto, quhairfoir he was commandit to behave
himself quyetlile vnder the paynis contenit in the law quhil thay be
28 April 1574.
The baillies and counsall ordanis proclamatioun to be maid that na flesche be
hand bell throuch all the pairtis of this tovne, charging the pvre to
convene thame selues in the Gray Freir kirk yaird on Setterday nixt be
tua houis efternone, geve up thair names in writt, that ordour may be
takin for their sustentatioun, and to keip thame of the commoun streitis,
with certificatioun to thame that comperis nocht thay salbe scurgit and
baneist the tovne.
30 April 1574.
The saidis baillies and counsall, efter lang resonyng vpoun the
greitt hurtis thay daylie sustenis be non calling of thair actioun befoir
the Loirdis aganis the vnfriemen of the Canogait, ordanis and appoyntis
the personis following to wait on the said actioun and to solist the
saidis Loirdis for expeditioun, viz.: [three persons in each of the four
following months] and sua monethlie, in ordour quhill the said actioun be
callit and vtheris put in thair place.
3 June 1574.
Villa, merchantis, Ingland.
[The bailies, council, and deacons], efter lang resonyng vpon the
greit troublis sustenit be the merchantis of this realme be the piratis of
Ingland vpoun the sea coistis of the samyn, and siclik of the dampnage
sustenit be the persute of ane Dull, Inglischeman, for allegit troubill done
to him at Lochebrome in the yeir of God 1566 yeiris, concludis that ane
expert and diligent man be send to the Quenis Maiestie of Ingland with
my Loird Regentis Grace wrytingis already impertrat at his Graces
handis for the remed of the saidis wrangis.
Villa, Fergeson, Ingland.
The baillies, counsall, and dekynnis foirsaidis appoyntis and aggreis
with Jhonn Fergesonn, merchant, that he sall with all diligence possibill
pas to the Quenis Maiestie of Ingland with wrytingis purchest at my
Loird Regentis Grace hand, for the remedies of the piracie committit be
hir subieetis vpoun the subiectis of this realme, merchantis vpon hir coistis,
and for purging of hir watteris of the saidis piratis; and, because thay haif
na present syluer, thay ordane the said Jhonn to beir his awin chargis of
his awin proper gudes, promiesing faythfullie sua sone as he plesis efter his
return his comptes salbe hard and his money maid gude conforme to his
last compte in his vther weyage maid be him at thair command in Ingland
and France, the samyn to be refoundit to him agane thankfulle but delay,
together with ane honest rewaird for his paynis in baith weyages; and
James Ros. thesaurer, is becum actit and obleist heirfoir at the said
baillies, counsall, and dekynnis command: and thay obleist thame to
releve him. [The following is written on the margin—] Payit to Jhonn
Fergesoun be James Ros for his expens as his compt hard beris, je iijxx xv li.
xix s. xd.
Villa, craftis, Leith.
The foresaidis baillies, counsall, and dekynnis dischargis voluntarlie
all pactioun and band maid betuix thame in ony tyme bygane and the
craftismen of Leith, and of all dewtie acclamit or that thay may acclame
of the saidis vnfrie craftis or vtheris actionis quhatsumevir betuix thame
and Leith, hurtfull and preiudiciall to the fredom and libertie of this burgh,
and bindis and oblesis thame be thir presents for thair selues and thair
successouris gif ony of thame dois in the contrair heirof to tyne thair
fredom and pay xxvi pundis to the common warkis, and to be repute
vnfreyndis of the commoun weill, and this present act to extend and tak
effect vpoun provest, baillies, counsall, dekyn, and all vtheris inhabitantis
of this burgh doand ony thing in contrair the tennour of the samyn.
Villa, Leith, craftis, Logane.
The counsall and dekynnis foirsaidis ordanis the baillies to close vp all
the duris in Leyth on this syde of the brig of all sic as occupeis craftis or
merchandises or ventis wynes, mak oppin all gyrnell durris for seruyng
oure Souerane Loirdis liegis of wittalis, remove Jhonn Loganis gudes of
the Links, poynd and pryse the samyn according to the ordour, and to
reform the biggingis outwith the West Poirt quhairby the passagis ar
narouit and allterit by the auld ordour, as thay will ansuer on thair offices.
4 June 1574.
The baillies and counsall ordanis the dene of gild to cause flure the
Haly Blude yle with burdes, and the expensis debursit be him thairvpon
salbe allowit in his comptis.
The baillies and counsall ordanis writtingis to be direct to all the
burrowis for thair commissairs to be send heir the xx of this instant Junii,
for resonyng concernyng the commissionis to be send to the Quene of
Ingland for stopping the piracie in hir watteris, the commissioun to be
send to the Prince of Orenge, and the commissioun to be send to the King
9 June 1574.
Villa, bulwark, schore.
The baillies, and counsale, and dekynis ordanis James Ros, thesaurer,
to chairge Murdoch Walkere, masoun, to mend the west bulwark hurt be
this present storme and to proceid forwards in repairing of the schore;
and the expensis debursit thairupoun sall be allowit in his comptits.
11 June 1574.
The baillies and counsall foirsaidis ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to
pay to Alexander Vddart, baillie, the sovme of tuenty pundis iiij sh. for
ane new ansenzie maid to the gude tovne.
16 June 1574.
[The bailies and council,] efter rype avysement with the pretendit
act and ordinance maid the tyme of the troublis, bering that all sic as
seruit the King in Leyth sould nocht be removit fra thair housis within
this tovne for ane yeir nixt efter thair cumming thairto, notchtwithstanding
ony wairnyng maid of befoir, quhilk thay fynd preiudiciall to the heretouris
of this tovne and contrair the auld statutis and ordinances of this burgh,
quhairfoir thay discharge the said act and all effect thairof for ever.
18 June 1574.
[The bailies and council,] efter avysement with my Loird Regentis
Grace wryting direct to thame, willing thame to gratefiie the air of
Pumpharstoun, to quhome his Grace is tutour and governour, with the
annuell quhilk thay haif furth of his landis of Lethame, and to discharge
him of all byrunnis as thay wald do him plessour, and repoirt the gretar
benefitt at his Grace handis in recompance thairof quhen thay sall haif
ado, and knawing his Grace to haif bene sa beneficiall to thame in all tymes
bygane, thay ordane Archibald Stewart and Jhonn Adamesoun to pas to
his Grace this efter non and schaw his Grace the actioun betuix tham and
Punfresoun depending befoir the loirdis, and that thay schortlie luke to
haif decrit, quhilk being obtenit his Grace's desyr salbe satefeit nocht only
in that bot in quhatsameuer thing lyis in thair powar to his plessour.
25 June 1574.
Villa, Kyntor, court.
The baillies and counsall, vnderstanding Dauid Kyntor in Leyth to
be ane troublar of the baillies and pepill thair in thair courtis be his dilatoury and manie dilayes, quhairfoir thay discharge him all procuratioun
in all tymes cumming.