1 October 1578.
Precept, thesaurer, Ros.
The baillies and counsale ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to deburse
and pay for the charges of Henry Chairteris, Robert Kar. his awin charges
and the charges of James Wod, dekyn of the baxteris and William
Huchesoun, dekyn of the cordineris, send to Striueling with the townys
writing and ansuer for electioun of oure maiestratis, the sowmes of thretty
sex pundis vij s. viij d.; and the samyn sal be allowit in his compttis,
produceand the principale compt for his warrand.
The baillies and counsale ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to pay to
Alexander Vddert the soume of alevin pundis xvj s. vj d., debursyt be
him in the townys effaris, vizt:—for ane lyveray to Cudde at his passing
to Striueling with the young men, dichting of the new wall, clenging of
the thevis hoill, and the vther the commoun effaris, as the particuler
compttis deliuerit to the said James berys.
3 October 1578.
The prouest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis James Ros, thesaurar,
with the auis of Gilbert Dick, Alexander Vddart, maister Johne Prestoun,
Williame Litle, to caus big ane dyik of stane wall foirnent the entrie of
the Hie Schole in the Blackfreir Kirk yaird for assisting of the wedder.
4 October 1578.
[The four penny loaf to "keip the pais and weycht" of 12 ounces.]
[Ale to be sold at sixpence the pint, "and that in respect the nyne firlottis of
groundoun malt is to be sauld for nyne pund, ten schillingis, and the boll of beir for
8 October 1578.
[The provost, bailies, and council are ordained to convene every Wednesday
and Friday for reasoning upon the common affairs of the town "vnder the payne
of auchtein penneis to be put in the box for the puir vnforgiffin."]
11 October 1578.
[Two of the lord provost's servants were made burgesses, and the duties given
them, one by right of the provost's office, and the other at his request.]
12 October 1578.
Prouest, precept, Ros, Cay.
The prouest, bailleis, and counsell vnderstanding my lord prouest
to be summonit to compeir befoir our Souerane Lord and lordis of secreit
counsell, to ansuer vpoun the complaynt giffin in aganis him and the guid
town for allegeit taiking of certane wictualis fra the said Kay, they being
send thair, ordanit James Ros, thesaurer, deliuer to him fourtie pundis.
17 October 1578.
Precept, gild, kirk wall.
The prouest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis Williame Little, maister
Johne Prestoun, James Ros, Alexander Vddart, Patrick Kinloche and
James Inglis to apponit and aggre with the masonis for bigging of the
new wall at the eist end of the kirk, and eftir as thai agre ordanis Lucas
Wilsoun, dene of gild, to furneis thame all necessaris and pay thair
5 November 1578.
In presens of the provest, bailleis, and counsell and deakonis, it
being proponit be [blank], constable of the castell of this burgh, for the
pairt of Alexander Erskin, capitane thairof, that as he wes informit auld
capitanis befoir him had the priuilege at all tymes quhen malt and
wtheris deir wictuallis come to the commoun mylnis of this burgh, the
samyn wes ressauit but impediment, but preferment of places; and ansuer
wes promisit to gif thairanent the nixt counsell day, willing the said
constable to compeir the said day and ressaue his ansuer, quhilk he
Villa, passages, New Heauin.
The provest, bailleis, and counsell vnderstanding that thair commoun passages to and fra thair new heawin are stopit and narrowit be
[blank] Logane of Bonnyntoun, quhairfoir thay ordane the said
provest with soume of the bailleis and wtheris of the counsale and deakynis to sic nummer as thay please, to pas and visie the saidis passages,
reforme the samyn, and mak thame patent conforme to thair ancient
and prestand ordour as thai will ansuer to thair vthermest chairge.
The prouest, bailleis and counsell dischairgeis the ten souldiouris,
keparis of the stepill, fra this day furth, and onelie four men to the
keiping thairof for fyiftein or twentie dayis at the farrest allannerlie at
7 November 1578.
[Candles to be sold for 1s. 4d. the pound for the "raig weik;" and 1s. 2d. the
pound for the "hardin weik."]
10 November 1578.
[Rochell wine, and "small wynis laitlie cum hame," to be sold not dearer than
1s. 8d. the pint.]
11 November 1578.
Villa, Dalmehoy, burs, Leith.
The provest, baillies, counsall, and dekynis vnderstanding Johnne
Dalmehoy in Leith to hai obtenit ane gift of that pairt of the landis
lyand in thair bulwark, sumtyme callit the commoun closetis and of new
callit the burs; and that he hes the Kingis confirmatioun thairvpoun
vnder his Hienes greit seill with precept of sesing as accordis; Quhairfoir they ordane Andrew Stevinsoun, thesaurer, to delyuer to the said
Johnne sovme of ane hundreth merkis for his rycht and titill thairof
and the pertinentis, the said Johnne resignand the samyn in the handis
of ane of the baillies of Leith for heretabill infeftment to be gevin to
the tovne and thair successouris thairof, the saidis Johnnis titillis and
evidentis being delyuerit to Alexander Guthre and Alexander Vdert conforme to the appoyntment maid be thame with the said Johnne at the
command of the provest, baillies, and counsall foirsaid.
Villa, chancellar, Foresteris luging.
The provest, baillies and counsall, vnderstanding the Erll of Atholl,
chancellar, to mak his remaning within this burgh for doing of justice in
his office, and that it lykis his lordship best to haif his duelling in the
luging quhilk he presentlie occupeit sumtyme callit Dauid Foresteris hous,
they ordane the baillies and counsall foirsaid to aggrie with Dauid Nicoll
and his wyfe, heretouris and possessouris of the samyn for sufficient payment of the mall of samony of the saidis houssis as sal be found meit and
convenient for the said lord, his lady, and company, and that they sall
mak the samyn patent to thame agane his nixt cuming to the tovne, and
incais the said Dauid, his wyfe, or ony vther possessour of ony of the
said houssis be wilfull, and will nocht glaidlie grant heirto, they ordane
because the said hous hes euir bene ane hous of lowage rady to serue
euery honest man for payment in respect of the said lord chancellaris
auctorite having honorabill office in action of justice, they ordane the saidis
wilfull possessouris to be removit as said is and reasonabill price set thairvpoun, and the chancellaris obleissis him to releve thame thairof.
Appointment, burrowis, Campfeir.
In presens of the provest, baillies, and counsall comperit Henry
Nesbett, burges of this burgh, commissionar for the merchant estait of this
realme, laitlie efter his arryvall from the pairtis of Flanderis and producit
and delyuerit the appoyntment and conclusion taikin with the tovne of
Campfeir for placing of our staipill thair, writtin in parchement in the
Frenche tong, vnder the common seill of the said tovne; quhilk weill
accepted, and his diligence allowit, they ordane the samyn to be delyuerit
to the common clark to remane in their register, and the samyn to be
transumed and delyuerit to all the burrowis of this realme desyrous thairof,
vpoun thair resonabill expensis.
14 November 1578.
Efter ressonyng to quhome the sereffis gluffis and dewetie of the fairis of
this burgh, fyndis and delyveris that the samyn dois appertene and hes ewer
appertenit to the provest outwith the poirt, as seref-principale of the said
burgh and to the bailleis within the poirt his depuittis, nochtwithstanding
that Edward Masser hes bene collectour thairof for the said provest and
seriandis for the saidis bailleis, quhilkis deweteis the saidis provest and
bailleis hes euir disponit lyik as thay may dispone thairvpone at thair
24 November 1578.
Wilsoun, Jaksoun, extent.
The provest, bailleis, and counsell eftir ressonyng findis and
delyweris that Johne Wilsoun and Johne Jaksoun, sones in law to Lucas
Wilsoun, dene of gild, nochtwithstanding the argument takin be him in
thair defence, sall pay thair extent in all tymes cuming, and that in
respect of thair traffique, and becaus thai haif thair remanyng within this
burgh and may traffique quhen it lyikis thame.
The prouest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis James Ros to pay to the
men of the stepill conforme to thair compt giffin in be thame the sowme
of thre scoir sewintein pund, in compleit payment to the xxv day of
3 December 1578.
The Kingis Maiesteis writting directit vpone the bak to the burgh
of Edinburgh, off the quhilk the tennour followis:—Burgh of Edinburgh,
we greit yow welle. Our nobilitie and counsale laitlie heir convenit
nocht thinking thame selfis a sufficient nomber to deliberat and tak
finall ordour in syndrie wechty materis concerning our estate and the
commoun quietnes of our realme, it is thairfoir thocht convenient be
ws [with] thair aduise that a gede nummer of our haill estaites salbe heir
convenit wpoun the xv day of Januar nixtocum, to the quhilk day we
desyr yow that ye will nocht faill to send your commissioneris that the
materis resting vnresoluit may be then deliberat vpoun be commoun
consent and guide awyse of our haill estaites that salbe present. This we
commit yow to God. At our Castell of Striueling the xxiij day of
November 1578. JAMES R. Quhilk writting red and considderit,
ordanis certane discreit men, maist qualefeit of thair counsell, to keip
the appointit day aboue written, and commissioun to be giffin to thame
according to the ordour, and in the mene tyme ordanis sum of the said
counsell to be sent to Striueling to his Hienes and lordis of secreit
counsell lamenting the hurt done to the estait of burrowis and in speciall
the setting of the lait taxt set furth for repressing of the inobedient
subiectis wpone the bordouris send with the Lord Ruthuen, his Hienes
Protes tatio, Preposito et Dyk.
Archiebauld Stewart, provest, disasentis to the lettres sent be deliuerance and actis of the lordis of secreit counsell wnder his Hienes signet,
insafer as the samin ar preiudiciall to the estait of merchantis, contrair
the tennour of the actis of parliament, and protestit for remeid quhen
tyme and place sall serve; yit nochttheless fand guid the extent for
the pairt of this burgh to be gatherit and inbrocht and had in redines,
yit nocht to be deliuerit befoir the commissaris of burrowis wer forder
hard; and Gilbert Dik, baillie, protestit inlykmaner, and thai ordane the
saidis lettres to be registrat, of the quhilk the tennour followis: JAMES
be the grace of God King of Scottis, to the Provost and Baillies of our
burgh of Edinburgh, and to our lovittis Williame Porteous, messingeris,
oure schereffis in that pairt, coniunctlie and seuerallie specialie constitute,
greting: Forsamekle as our peicable and guid subiectis of our realme,
inhabiting the cuntreis ewest our bordouris, ar heivylie oppressit be the
stouthisreiffis and vtheris enormiteis of the thevis and brokin men
duelland wpoun the saidis bordouris, as alsua be thair frequent ryding
and incursionis in Ingland without redres, the peax betuix the realmes sa
endangerit that without spedie remeid it may be the occasioun of mony
and gryit inconveniencis, and sen experience hes declairit that nocht onlie
ane present repressing of the thevis is requisit bot sum ordinar force to
be employit for ane certane space to repres sic fugitiue and owtlawis as
may lay out efter the ordour takin thairfoir. For suppoirting of the
chairges to be maid thairanent the Estaitis convenit hes willinglie grantit
ane taxatioun of tuelf thousand pundis money of our realme to be payit
betuix and the first day of Januar nixtocum, that is to say, four thousand
thre hundreth threscoir sex pundis xiij s. iiij d. be the Spirituall estait;
four thousand thre hundreth threscoir sex pundis xiij. s. iiij d. be the
Barronis and fre halderis; twa thousand ane hundreth threscoir seiventein
pundis xv s. vj d. twa pairts of a penny be our Borrowis; and ane thousand
four scoir aucht pundis xvij s. ix d. twa pairts of a penny, in compleit payment of the said taxatioun, be the fewaris, tenentis, and occupiaris of our
propertie; and for inbringing of our burrowis pairt of the said taxatioun
our vtheris lettres ar direct quhairwith the provest and baillies of ilk
burgh ar chargit to mak payment of the taxt and extent thairof to our traist
cowsing and counsallour William Lord Ruthven, our thesaurer and collectour generall of the said taxatioun, betuix and the first day of Januar
nixtocum; for quhais relief, Our will is and we chairge yow straitlie and
commandis that incontinent thir our lettres sein ye pas and in our name
and authorite command and chairge all and syndrie the inhabitantis of
the saidis burrowis to convene and elect certane persones to stent thair
nychtbouris, and thairefter that ye command and chairge the personis
electit to accept the chairge vpone thame in setting of the said stent
wpoun the inhabitantis of ilk burgh and to convene and sett the samin
and mak ane stent roll thairvpoun as efferis within xxiiij houris nixt efter
they be chairgeit be yow thairto, wnder the pane of rebellioun and putting
of thame to our horne and eschet and inbring all thair movable guidis to
our vse for thair contemptioun, and the said extent being set that ye in
our name and authorite command and chairge the burgessis, nychtbouris
and inhabitantis of the samin, to mak payment of thair pairtis of the said
extent to our saidis prouest and bailleis conforme to the said taxt roll to
be maid and gevin out thairvpone, within the space of thre dayis nixt
efter thai be chairgeit be yow thairto, vnder the said pane of rebellion and
putting of theme to our horne. And gif they failye thairin, the saidis thre
dayis being bypast, that ye incontinent thairefter denunce thame our
rebellis and put thame to our horne and escheit and inbring all thair movabel guidis to our vse for thair contemptioun, and gif neid be that ye poind
and distrenye thairfoir as ye will answer to ws thairvpone; the quhilk to
do we commit to yow coniunctlie and seweralie our full power be thir our
lettres, deliuering thame be yow deulie execut and indorsat agane to the
berar. Gevin under our signet at our Castell of Striueling the fyiftene
day of November and of our regine the twelft yeir, 1578. Per actum
8 December 1578.
The prouest, bailleis and consell ordanis missive billis to be direct
with all diligence to Perth, Dundie, Abirdene, Couper in Fyfe, Lynlithgow, Striueling, Air, Irving, Dumfreis, to send thair commissioneris to
convene with the commissioneris of Edinburgh befoir the Kingis Maiestie
and lordis of Secreit Counsell for ressonyng wpone the lettres befoir
writtin, grantit to my Lord Ruthven, thesaurer, and for resing of the taxt
of twelf thousand pund grantit by the auise of the Estaitis contrair the
act of parliament, and to meit thair the xx of this instant.
11 December 1578.
Sanct Paulis Wark, Makdougall.
The provest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis Williame alias Sir Williame
Makdowgell, collectour of the hospitale of Sanct Paule in Leyth Wynd, to
mak compt, reknyng, and payment with the bedmen of Sanct Paulis Wairk
of all termes preceiding the feist of Martimes last bypast, and that he
compeir befoir thame vpoun Wednisday last of this instant December,
bringing with him his perfite compt and reknyng, with certificatioun
and he failye he sall be dischairgeit of the said office, and vtheris plaicit
thairintill, becaus he wes chairgeit heirto of befoir and disobeyit.
15 December 1578.
In presence of the bailleis and counsell Nicolas Vddert, maister
Johne Prestoun, Mungo Russell, Williame Wallace, and diuers wtheris
merchantis and marinaris desyring thair wynis newlie cum furth of
Burdeaulis to be enterit in the townys buikis, thair offeris and prices to
be had and ressauit conforme to the ancient ordour and licence grantit
to thame to dispone vpone the samyn; to quhome it wes ansuerit that
befoir ony forder ordour be taikin with thame, maist neidfull it wes that
thair merchand billis sould be first produceit, thair aithis taikin, and giffin
thairvpone, and vtheris solemniteis contenit in the actis of parliament to
be obseruit in sik caissis. Quhilkis merchant billis they produceit subscryuit be thair merchantis and factouris within Burdeaulis, and gaif thair
aythis that thair saidis wynis cost to thame at the first fiftie aucht frankis
ourheid the fraucht and suiring of everie towne thairof twelf pundis fywe
schillingis for lakage of everie towne sex li., and sua making thame sewintene schillingis for the frank, they find the Burdeaulis towne of wyne can
be na better cheip sauld nor for ane hundreth merkis the tun, and the
poynt thairof commonlie for threttie twa penneis; quhilk ordour they
ordane to be keipit and obseruit to all our Souerane Lordis lieges quhill
forder ordour be taikin. And in the menetyme ordanis proclamatioun to
he maid heirof be sound of taborne throchout this towne of Edinburgh and
Leith that na persones transgres this present ordinance wnder the panis of
fywe pund for the first, ten pund for the secund, and escheit of the wynis
for the thrid and last fault, without preiudice of the Kingis actione.
17 December 1578.
Taxt, Leith, chairge, Stevinsone.
The prouest, bailleis, and counsell vnderstanding thame selffis to be
set and extentit to gryit sowmes of money for furnessing of my Lord Ruthveing, luiftennet and his companeis to the bordouris, thay ordane Walter
Cant and Johne Thomesone, baillies of Leyth, to set the inhabitantis thairof
to the sowme of threttie pundis according to thair knaulege and conscience
and with diligence, collect, delyuer, and imbring the samyn to Andro Stevinsone, thesaurer, as thay will ansuer vpoun thair vthermest chairge.
18 December 1578.
Precept, souldarttis, stepill.
The provest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis to pay to the souldarttis
keparis of the stepill the soume of fourtie fywe pund nyne schillingis,
conforme to the ordour taikin and compt maid be Gilbert Dik, baillie, in
compleit payment of thair veages to this day and dischairgeis thame fra
thyne furth; and ordanis Andro Stewinsone, thesaurar, to mak payment
[The provost, bailies, and council], the deakonis of the baxteris,
barboris, cordineris, tailzeoris, skynneris, masonis, goldsmythis, walkaris,
wobsteris, bonnetmakkeris, and fleschouris, efter avisement that this
xx of this instant December wes appoyntit for sending of certane commissioneris of burrowis to the Kingis Maiestie and his Hienes Secreit
Counsell in Striueling, for ressonning vpoun certane wrangis allegeit
downe to the estait of burrowis contrair the actis of parliament, amongis
quhome thai nominat, makis, constitutis, and ordanis thair weilbelouffittis
Robert Ker younger, Henrye Nisbet, Henrye Charterous, and James Inglis,
skinner, thair procuratouris, actoris, factoris, speciall errand beraris, and
commissaris for this burgh gevand thame coniunctlie and seuerale full
commissioun in communi forma, etc., and ordanis the samin to be seilit
vnder the seill of caus and subscryuit be thair commoun clerk as vse is
quhairat thai obleist to abyde, etc.
Protestatio, Kar, Nysbit, Charterous, commissaris.
Forsamekle as at the commandment, eirnist requeist and desyr of
the provest, bailleis, counsell, and deaconis forsaid, the saidis Robert
Ker, Henrye Nisbet, Henrye Charterous, and James Inglis had acceptit
the commissioun and procuratioun befoir mentionat toward the Kingis
Maiestie and lordis of secreit counsell in Striueling, conforme to the
instructionis giffin to thame vnder this protestatioun incais it happinnit
thame or onie ane of thame to be trublit, wairdit or huirt in thair body
or guidis for the caussis giffin thame in commissioun vnto the tyme
ane particular cause be tryit aganis thame deulie as efferis, than and in
that cais the saidis provest, bailleis, counsall, and deaconis obleisis thame
and thair successouris to content, pay and refound to thame all costis,
skaithis and damnages quhilk it salhappin thame to sustene other in body
or guidis quhill tryell be tane as said is; and this present act to endure
quhill forder ordour be taikin.
Lord Seytoun, Dik, Ellot.
The provest, bailleis, and counsell in the counsallhous of this burgh,
Gilbert Dik, baillie, desyrit my Lord Seytoun, being present thair, to
ressaue [blank] Ellot, wardour within the tolbuith of this burgh, furth of the
samyn, and to keip him suirlie, conforme to the Kingis Maiesteis writting
quhilk thay had intimeit to him diuers tymes of befoir as he wald ansuer
to the King, and the said Loird Seytoun refusit it, allegeand he nor his
predicessoris had nocht bein in vse of ressauyng of sic lyke pepill, being
safer within the countrey, and thairfoir as of befoir disassentis and
refuissis, and Dik askit instrumentis.
19 December 1578.
The provest, baillies, and counsell ordanis Andro Stewinsone, thesaurar, to deliuer to maister James Lawsoun, minister, to the suppoirt of
his expenssis in this his journay to Striueling to the Kingis Maiestie in
the caus of the kirk, the sowme of ten pundis, and gif he spendis ony
forder, to refound the samyn vnto the said maister James.
24 December 1578.
The prouest, baillies, and counsell ordanis Gilbert Dik, baillie, Robert
Ker, baillie, Alexander Vddert, Michaell Gilbert, and Dauid Kinloche,
baxter, to pas to Alexander Erskyn, capitane of the castell of this burgh,
and entir in ressonyng with him tuiching the dewetie acclamit be [blank]
Stewart, baxter, allegeit to appertene to the capitannis of the castell of
auld, concernyng thair priuieligis in grinding at the tounis mylnis and
to repoirt thair ansuer the nixt counsall day to the said provest, bailleis,
26 December 1578.
Ordour for the Lord Ruthven, extent.
In presence of the provest, bailleis, counsell, and deaconis, comperet
Robert Ker younger, Henrye Charterous, Henrye Nisbet, and James
Inglis, skynner, commissaris for this burgh, laitlie send to Struieling with
diuerss wytheris commissaris of this realme for ressonyng with the
Kingis Maiestie and lordis of his secreit counsell tuiching the extent
laitlie grantit be thame without auise of the merchand estait etc., for the
furnesing of certane hoirsmen, with the Lord Ruthven luiftennent, for
ordering of the bordouris, thay produceit ane act and ordinance of the
saidis lordis for thair ansuer, of the quhilk the tennour followis, and
desyrit the samyn to be registrat for thair wairand: Apud Castrum de
Striueling xxiij° Decembris anno domini jm vc lxxviij°: Forsamekle as it
being considderit be the Kingis Maiestie and estaitis convenit vpone the
ellevint day of October last bypast how the peciable and guid subiectis of
this realme inhabiting the cuntreis ewest the bordouris wer hawelie
vppressit be the stouthisreiffis and vtheris enormiteis of the thevis and
brokin men duelland vpoun the saidis bordouris, as alsua how be thair frequent ryding and incursionis in Ingland without redres, the peace betuix
the twa realmes wes sa indengerit that gif spedie remeid had nocht bene
prouidit mony and greit inconvennientis wes able to haif follovit; thairfoir
proclamationis wer direct commanding our Souerane Lordis liegeis duelland
within diuers sherefdomes of this realme, to convene at certane places and
dayis bypast for pursuit of the saidis thevis and brokin men and reduceing
of thame to his Maiesties obedience, as at mair lenth is contenit in the
proclamationis direct theirvpone, nochtwithstanding it being considderit
thairefter how irksum and panefull it wes to his Hienes liegeis to travell
in this seasoun of the yeir and thair gryit chairges and expenssis that
thairvpoun wald follow, thairfoir for thair ease and releif it wes thocht
guid and agreit vpoun be the Estaitis convenit for the tyme, that ane
generall taxatioun sould be collectit and tane vp for intertenyng of ane
ordinar force to be employit for a certane space on the saidis bordouris,
quhilk taxt albeit it be grantit for guide and necessarie caussis tending to
the commoun quietnes of this realme quhilk mycht ressaue na delay, yit
it is complenit vpoune alsweill in name of the spirituall estait as be the
barronis and commissionaris of sum burrowis, that the forme in making
and granting of the said taxt wes nocht vsit and obseruit conforme to the
actis of parliament, howbeit at the tyme of the making thairof it wes na
wyis menit that the samyn sould onyvyis preiuge ony estait of this realme
in thair liberteis and priueliegeis nor yit induce ony propertie heireftir bot
onelie for relief of the present necessitie, ease of his Hienes guid subiectis,
and eschewing of a gritter danger that vtherwyis mycht follow be delay,
and thairfor for the bettir satisfactioun of all estaitis of personis the Kingis
Maiestie, with auise of the lordis of secreit counsale, decernis and declaris
that the forme in granting and making of the said generall taxatioun is
nor sal navyis be interpreit as preparatiue, innovatioun or diragatioun of
the forme and ordour appointit be the saidis actis of parliament, nor yit
that the samin sall on navyis be hurtfull or preiudiciall of the liberteis and
priuilegis of ony of the estaitis of this realme, bot the samin actis to stand
in full strenth force and effect and to haif executioun in all tymes cuming as efferis. Extractum de libro actouris S. D. N. R. secreti consilii
per me, Johannem Andro, clericum deputatem eiusdem, sub meis signo et
subscriptione manualibus. JOHANNES ANDRO.