7 January 1578–9.
The Kingis writing for continuation of the conventioun at Striueling, xvto Januarii 1578.
The Kingis writing for continuatioun of the conventioun appoyntit
at Striueling xvto Januarii to the Parliament xmo. Martii.
Toun of Edinburgh. Amangis vtheris of oure nobelitie and estatis we
wrait laitlie to yow for sending of sum commissionerris heir vpoun the
xv day of Januer instant, bot finding the materis to be tretit vpoun
requiring na sic haist bot that thai may be supersedit quhill the parliament
appoyntit the ten day of Marche nixt, and having rispect to the wechtines
of thame quhilkis cum ta na conclusioun bot be parliament, considdering
alsua the present seasoun of the yeir, the schortnes of tyme betuix the
appoynttit day of the conventioun and parliament, and how irksome and
almaist vnpossebill it is and sould be to keip bayth the dayis within sa
schortt space, vpoun consideratioun quhairof, as alsua for that it apperis
sundry begynnis to wery that thay sould be drauin hidder sa oft seing
sum personis being diuers tymes writtin for to haue reparit vnto ws, and
nochtwithstanding come nocht, we haue thocht gude thairfor, with auise
of our counsale and nobelit present, to stay the convenyng of yow and
vtheris of our nobelite and estatis at this tyme quhill the said parliament,
quhairof we thocht gude to gyf yow wairnyng that ye be nocht put to
vnnecessare travell or tak occatioun to wery to your oft cuming, traisting
in rispect heirof ye will with the better gude will cum prouidit to remane
the longer at oure said parliament. Thus for the present we byd yow
tair weill. Frome our castell of Striueling, the fift day of Januarii 1578.
9 January 1578–9.
Collectouris for releif of the Scottismen with the Turk.
[The provost, bailies, and council] ordanis William Naiper of Wrychtis
houssis, Nicolas Vduart and Henry Charteris to pas amang the merchantis
of this burgh and desyr thair almouis and support for the releif and
libertie of the Scottismen detenit in Argieris vnder the greit Turk conforme
to the Kingis Maiesties lettres direct to all the paroche kirkis of this his
Hienes realme and quhat sal be resauit to be delyuerit to sic as ar
appoynted in the saidis lettres or as sal be thocht gude be the avyse of
the kirk of this tovne and counsall foirsaid, and siclike ordanis Michell
Gilbert, goldsmyth, and James Inglis, skynner, to travell amang the
craftismen of this burgh for the same effect.
Precept, gild, hospitall.
It being found gude be the ministeris and kirk of this burgh that the
taibill of the Lord suld be celebrated vpon Sonday nixt in the hospitall of
the Ternatie College to the bedrellis thair and sic vtheris as sall resort
that day resaving thair tikketis conforme to the ordour, they ordane Lucas
Wilson, dene of gild, to prepair for the said taibill all thingis necessar.
23 January 1578–9.
Lordis, laweris, scribes.
The provest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis Johne Johnestoun and
Henry Charterous to travell amangis the lordis of sessioun, men of law,
and scribes for thair suppoirt of the ministeris stipend, and to repoirt thair
ansuer in the nixt counsall day.
Commissioun, Admirall of Ingland.
In presens of the provest, bailleis, and counsell, Johne Achesoun and
maister Johne Provand produceit certane wryttingis with ane new
commissioun frome the Admirall of Ingland send be Adame Fullertoun for
examinatioun of the witnessis in the actioun of the merchandis of this
realme; quhilk comissioun the saidis maister Johne Provand and Johne
Achesoun hes in thair keping.
30 January 1578–9.
Collectour of annuellis.
[The bailies, council, and dean of guild] being convenit in the counsalhous of this burgh, and efter reasonyng with Robert Kar, younger,
collectour constitute for vplifting and inbringing of the annuellis, males,
dewiteis, and emolymenttis quhilkis heirtofore pertenit to preistis, monkis,
freris, prebendaris, within this burgh, and now pertenyng to the minis
terris of the samyn, appoynttit for thair stipend, and for the sustentatioun
of the pure of the hospitale of the Trinitie College, it was menit be the
said collectour, that in default of the jugeis to quhom commissioun wes
giffin to sit and juge on sic caussis, and in default of vtheris members of
court neidfull, sic as clerk, dempster, seriand, wer nocht as yit nominat,
sworne, and admittit thairto, nor creat as ordoure hes been, quhairfore he
desyrit the saidis commissaris to be send for, and according to thair commissionis to begin vpoun Moninday nixt, within the tolbuith of this burgh, at
laufull tyme of day, thair courtis to fens and hald, thair clerkis, dempsteris, seriandis, and vtheris officiaris to creatt, thair aythis to tak, and
heir be sworne with justice to proceid according to the tennour of thair
saidis commissionis; quhilk done, God willing, he sould be found diligent
in his office, intenting of guid actiones, persewing of the samyn, and forder
to proceid to the glorie of God, commoditie of the kirk and hospitale
foirsaid; quhilk hard, ressonit be the awyis of the bailleis and counsell
afoir writtin, and avysandlie considderit, thay nominat, makis, constitutis,
and ordanis maister Alexander Guthrie, eldest sone to Alexander Guthrie,
thair commoun clerk, thair clerk to the saidis commissioneris, quha in thair
presence being sworn, gaif his ayth for faithfull execution of the said
office; and thay ordane thairfoir the collectouris present and to cum, to
gif him yeirlie for his panes the sowme of threttie pundis vsuall money of
Precept, gild, souyth kirk duir.
The bailleis and counsell ordanis Lucas Wilsoun, dene of gild, with
the awyse of maister James Lowsoun, minister, Williame Litle, maister
Johne Prestoun, Gilbert Dik, baillie, James Ros, and Alexander Vddert,
to big vp the ylis of the kirk and in speciall the souith kirk duir
passand to the said maister James lugeing throuch his yaird, quhair
now is maid ane place of filth, and making of watter, payument and
fluir of the samyn in decent maner according to the devyse of the personis
aboue writtin; and the samyn sal be allowit in his comptis, produceand
the samyn for his warrand, and siclik to big Sanct Jhonis Ile on the
north syde of the kirk.
31 January 1578-9.
[The provost, bailies, council, and deacons of crafts] being convenit
within the counsalehous of this burgh, to quhome it wes proponit be the
said provest that he had hard diuers bruittis and rumoris tending to all
apperance to sum inquietatioun within this burgh, insafer as become him
of his devetie, being thair provest, to be cairfull for the samyn and for
every inhabitant thairof, he jugeit it suld be weill done that the watche
suld be strenthit and inlargeit induring thair plesuris; quhilk hard and
rypelie considderit, thay, all in ane voce, statuittis and ordanis for the
better serving of the Kingis Maiestie, that thair sal be ane nychtlie vetche
of ane hundreth personis, maist honest and qualefeit men, weill furnesit in
thair awin personis with armour and wappinnis, in maner following vizt.—the souyth pairt of the towne to keip the watche the first sax nichtis, and
the north pairt nixt four nichtis, to be set and plaisit with the bailleis of
the quarteris and sik as thai sall depuit, and that nane be thair bot able
and qualefeit men in thair awin personis as said is.
4 February 1578-9.
For cloising of the kirk durris.
The bailleis and counsell foirsaid, eftir avisement with the trubbillis
quhilkis yesterday chansit betuix the Lord Seytoun and the Laird of
Inuermarkie, within the paroche kirk of this burgh, they ordane fra this
furth that the duirris of the samyn be steikit and kepit clois fra this day
furth, exceptand onelie the tyme of preching and prayeris, and that nane
be sufferit for conversatioun or commonyng within the said kirk, and that
the beddellis and keparis of the said kirk keip the duirris thairof clois
exceptand the tyme befoir exceptit, as thai will ansuir vpone thair vthermest chairge.
The provest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis Johne Johnestoun and
maister Johne Prestoun, with awyse of maister James Lowsoun, minister,
to entir in ressonyng with maister Robert Pount, provest of the Trinitie
College, in the materis betuix the towne and him concernyng the hospitall
thair, and to repoirt thair ansuir the nixt counsall day.
13 February 1578-9.
Thesaurer Hie Scole, prouest.
[The treasurer is ordained to pay Archibald Stewart, provost, 35 merks "for
the Mertimes termes maill, 1578, last," and other 25 merks "for the Witsondayis
termes maill, 1579," of the High School, and to give over the said school to the
provost, because there is a new school built in the Blackfreir Kirkyard.]
16 February 1578-9.
The Kingis writing to keip the conventioun the x of Marche nixt at the parliament at Striueling.
[The provost, bailies, and council] ressauit the Kingis Grace wrytting,
off the quhilk the tenour followis:—Toun of Edinburgh, we greit you
hartlie weill. Oure parliament being continewit as ye knaw to the tent
day of Marche nixt, nixt to cum, and now the dyat shortlie approcheing,
quhair sindrye thingis ar to be consultit vpoun tuiching our estait and
commoun weill of oure realme, we haue thocht expedient thairfore, be our
awin letter, with the auise of oure counsale, to remember you and
effectuislie to desyre you that ye will addres and send your commissioneris
to be with ws heir at Striueling, the tent day of Marche nixt to cum, that
with commoun aduise and concurrance, materis may proceid in sic dew
ordour as the grauitie and wecht of thame cravis, to the plesour of God,
oure honour and common weill, and commoun weill of oure realme; and sua
houpping that ye will nocht fale to caus your saidis commissaris keip this
dyat, we commyt yow to the protectioun of the Almychtie. At Striueling,
the xiiij day of Fabruer 1578. JAMES R.
18 February 1578-9.
Villa, Mureheid, dycer.
Robert Mureheid, accusit for vsing of fals dyce and for dissaving of
ane servand of the laird of Buquham fra quhome he wan the sowme of
fyftie merkis or thairby, for the quhilk caus he is decernit to remane in
waird ay and quhill he rander and restoir the said sowme agane; and
incontinent thairefter the said Robert confessit the dissaving of the said
lairdis servand, in wynning of the sowme of xxiiij li., quhilk thai ordane
to be redeemerit as said is, and the said Robert Mureheid and [blank]
Lyndsay, his spous, actis thame selffis neuir to be found vsing the
lyik schift within this towne, vnder the pane of banessing the samyn
25 February 1578-9.
Pont, Litle, Johnestoun, Clerk, vniuerseteis.
The prouest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis Alexander Clerk, Williame
Litle, and Johne Johnestoun to convene vpone Setterday eftirnone nixt
with maister Robert Pont, and entir in forther ressonyng with him tuiching the erectioun and fundatioun of the uniuerseteis in the Trinitie College,
and repoirt thair ansuer the nixt counsall day.
27 March 1579.
Sesing, ministeris, mans.
[The provost, bailies, council, and deacons of crafts] commandis and
chairges Alexander Guthrie, thair common clerk, to gif sesing to maister
James Lowsoun and Johne Durie, for thameselfis and in name of the
ministeris, of the mans, duelling houssis, and yairdis within Sanct Gelis
Kirk yaird, conforme to the designatioun past of befoir; and thai sall
warrand him thairof.