4 April 1582.
Making of ane regester of the extent rollis, precept, thesaurer.
[The bailies and council] vnderstanding the greitt inconvenientis
sustenit be the towne in tymes past for want of ane register of thair rollis
of all bygane extentis, for be ressoun that the principall rollis beand pairtit
and gevin furth amangis the officiaris quhairof sum ar depairtit and sum
hes tynt the said rollis, it is nocht possibill to atteyne to ane perfyte compt
of the restis thairof in the handis of the baillies or officiaris; for escheuing
of the lyke inconvenientis in tymes cuming, ordainis ane register buik to
be maid of all extentis rollis in tyme cuming, and the clerkis to insert and
register thairinto the said rollis, and ane extract thairof to be gevin and
delyuerit to the officiaris vnder the subscriptioun of the said clerk, and to
begyn the said buik with this last extent rollis of the extent of xxxiijc
merkis, and ordanis Jhone Robertsoun, thesaurer, to caus mak the said
buik and delyuer the samyn to the clerkis to the said effect.
Chairteris, Gibsoun, Cowper.
Jhonn Moresoun, baillie, Jhonn Harwod, dene of gild, Jhonn Robertsoun, thesaurer [and the council] anent the supplicatioun gevin in before
thame be Henry Chairteris, baillie, Jhonn Gibsoun, buikbinder, for thame
selffis and in name of the remanend nychtbouris burgesses and fremen
of the burgh, leivand be the trafficque of selling and binding of buikis,
vpoun Mr. Jhonn Cowper, seruand to Thomas Vantrollier, prenter and
straynger, makand mentioun that quhair it is nocht only provydet be
ancient lawes, customes, and priuelegeis maid in favouris of burgesses and
fremen of burrowes, and for vphalding of thair estaitt, but als be speciall
actis and statutes of this burgh, with continuall possessioun followand
thairvpoun, that na strayngeris or vnfremen may top or sell in smallis
within the fredome of the burgh ony kynd of merchandice or wairis, vther
wayes it were nocht possibill to frie burgessis to leif and ber chairges
with the burgh, and better it wer to be vnfrie than frie, for gritter is
thair skayth and gritter is the vnfremenis commodity than vtheris: And
it is of verity that Thomas Vatrollier, prenter, beand ane straynger and
vnfrieman, hes thir dyuers yeiris bygane, be him selff and his seruandis,
and speciallie be the said maister Jhonn quha is lykewayes ane vnfreman,
toppit and sauld within this burgh all maner of buikis in smallis, and
lykwayes bindis the sam contrair to the priuelegeis of the burgh, and to
our intollerabill damnage, quha hes na vther tred quhairby we and our
famelies are sustenit, he bering na charges whateuir, and we watcheing
wairding and extenting at all tymes, as at lenth is contenit in the said
supplicatioun,—the said Henry Charteris and Jhonn Gibsoun on the ane
pairt, and the said maister Jhonn Cowper on the vther pairt, comperand
personally in jugement thair ressonis and allegatiounis hard and vnderstand,—the saidis baillies, dene of gild, thesaurer, and counsall decernis
and ordanis the said maister Jhonn Cowper to desist and ceis fra all topping
and selling in smallis of ony maner of buikis in tymes cuming within this
burgh and fredome thairof, becaus the said maister Jhonn culd shaw na
ressonabill caus in the contrair.
18 April 1582.
Burrowes lettres to Sanct Johnestoun, schipis to Deip.
Ordanis lettres missiues to be sent to the burgh of Sanct Jhonestoun
quhair the nixt conventioun of burrowes is appoyntit, desyring thame to
writt of new to the burrowes and remember thame of dyueris heidis
omittit furth of thair lettres, quhilk ar anent the expenssis of the
nychtbouris of this burgh quha wes wairdet be vmquhill Erle of Mortoun;
anent the xijc merk awand to the towne be the burrowes; anent the
alteratioun of the Kingis customes, and to that effect to send thame the
copy of the rollis to avyse thairwith; and last anent the new customes
raisit vpoun all Scottis guidis in France: and to desyre all burrowes to
stay thair schipis in passing to Deip, to the effect the said nouatioun be
nocht putt in practise quhill ane ordour may be tane thairwith, and in the
meane tyme ordanis the dene of gild of this burgh lykewayes to fraucht
na schippis thairto, nor enter thame in the townis buikis.
2 May 1582.
Rex, Dik, baillie.
My lord prouest producet ane lettre from the Kingis Grace, off the
quhilk the tenour followis:—Rex. Prouest, baillies, and counsale of our
burgh of Edinburgh, we greitt you weill. The manefest contempt and
disobedience schawin be Gilbert Dik, baillie of your towne, to our commissioun and lettre verefeit and provin before ws and our counsall be the
indorsatioun of the officiare executour thairof, being sa vnsemelie for a man
in office and careing with it a dayngerous exampill to vtheris our guid
subiectis to attempt the lyke rebellioun, gyf this suld be misregairdit and
vnpvnist; thairfore we haif thocht guid, for exemplis caus, to lett him be
removit from that publict chairge and office quhilk he hes swa abusit, and
to command yow be the present to convene your self incontinent the
sicht heirof and to depose him thairof and chuse some vther in his rowme
to supplie his place this present yeir and in all tyme to cum, to putt him
of the lyttis of ony publict office ay and quhill ye vnderstand our contrare
will and plesure in his behalf, as ye will ansuer to ws vpoun your obedience,
keping this present for your warrand. Subscryuet with our hand at
Streveling castell, the last day of Aprile 1582. James R. Lennox, Arrane:
quhilk beand red and considerit, the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsall
appoyntis my lord prouest, Robert Ker, baillie, James Adamsoun, Michael
Gilbert, Alexander Vddert, and Alexander Scott to pas to Dalkeyth to
the Duik of Lenox and intreatt with him concerning the said lettre and
for dischairgeing thairof, becaus it is preiudiciall to the liberteis of the
Ordanis Jhone Moresoun, baillie, Jhone Fairlie, and Thomas Miller to
pas and visy the burrow loch quhair the guid towne is hurt in thair
possessioun and priuelegeis thairof, and to caus to dam the rynning
Maillis of the tolbuith of Leyth, auld thesaureris.
Ordanis the thesauris of the yeiris bypast to be callit to compt and
chairget with thair intromissioun with the maillis of the tolbuith of Leyth,
flesche stokis, and bak houssis thairof, the yeiris of thair offices, becaus it
is vnderstand thai haif intromett with mair nor thai gaif vp in thair
4 May 1582.
Tymmer at Leyth.; Taverneris, maltmen.
[The provost, bailies, and council] ordanis the haill Norway tymmer
quhilk is to come in at Leyth this present yeir, to be placeit and layit
besyde the schore in the place callit the burse, and in the houssis callit
Littill Londoun, and siclyke ordanit the baillies with all diligence to putt
the maltmen and taverneris to the knawlege of ane assyse for breking of
the statutes, and collect and inbring thair vnlawes to be imployit on the
Precept, thesaurer, mesouris of Leyth.
Fyndis the watter mettis and land mettis of this burgh seruing at thair
port and heavin of Leyth, to be awld, worn, and decayet, and thairfore
ordanis Jhone Robertsoun, thesaurer, to caus renew and mak ower the
sam conform to the awld just mesour of the realme in straiket mett, stark
guid and sufficient with bandis of irne, and handis for lifting thairof, and
to be half boll mettis, to witt, ane sort of watter mett to serue for the
quheitt, rye, peyis, beynis, and salt; and the vther sort of watter mesour
to serue for beir and aittis, of ilk sort twa; and for the land mett siclyke,
and of ilk sort ane principal or patrone measour to be maid and putt in
the chairterhous with the mesour of Linlythgow quhilk seruis to the
mercattis of this burgh.* * *
1 June 1582.
Precept, Ker, baillie, chairge, thesaurer, maltmenis vnlawes.
Ordanis Robert Ker, baillie, to pay and delyuer to Jhone Robertsoun,
thesaurer, the vnlawes of the baxteris for nocht having of new furlottis
conform to the townis act, the said vnlawes extending to twenty pund, and
the sam to be imployet in repairing of the calsayes at Plesance.
8 June 1582.
[Of this date there is recorded the following Act of the Secret Council.]
Abbot of Kinlos, villa, cawtioneris for the town, act of secreitt counsall.
Apud Castrum de Striueling xj die mensis Aprilis anno domini, jm vc
lxxxij. The quhilk day, in presens of the Lordis of Secreitt Counsall,
Alexander Clerk of Balbirnie, prouest of Edinburgh [two bailies and six
burgesses of the burgh] become actit and oblist coniunctlie and seuerallie
that the saidis prouest, baillies, counsale, and communitie sall persew and
do thair vtter and exact diligence for recoverie of the sowme of aucht thousand merkis fra Walter Abbot of Kinlos and vtheris addettit in payment
thairof, quhilk vmquhill Robert Bischop of Orknay in his testament and
latter will left for founding of ane college within the burgh of Edinburgh
for exerceis of leirning thairinto, and the samyn being recouerit be thame
according to the power to be gevin to thame be the Kingis Maiestie with
avyse of the lordis of secreitt counsale, that thai sall bestow the samyn to
the vse abouementionat, according to the will of the deid within the space
of ane yeir nixt thairafter but langer delay.* * *
13 June 1582.
Precept, thesaurer, Ker, baillie.
Ordanis Johne Robertsoun, thesaurer, to pay to Robert Ker, baillie, the
sowm of threttein schillingis foure penneis for hors hyre, and nyne schilling
aucht penneis for meitt and drink, debursit be him for himself and Thomas
Miller in thair passing to Dalkeyth, on Sonday last, in the townis effairis
anent the banketting of the Duik of Gwis seruandis.
15 June 1582.
Precept, thesaurer, Landellys, provest, Dalkeith.
Ordanis Jhone Robertsoun, thesaurer, to pay to Andro Landellis,
mylne wricht in Markinche, the sowm of thre pund for his expenssis in
cuming to this burgh and remayning thairin the tyme the town wes to
contract with him for repairing of thair mylnis; item, to pay to my lord
prouest ten schillingis debursit be his lordship for sending for the said
Andro; item, to pay to his lordship fyftie schillingis for bying of twa
hammis and thair furnesing to the preparatioun of the bankett quhilk suld
haif bene maid to the seruandis of the Duik Gweis; item, to pay to James
Adamsoun iiij s. debursit for sending for Mungo Ros, baxter, for the said
bankett; item, ordanes the said thesaurer to pay to the persones following the sowmes after mentionat debursit be thame in thair expenssis for
thame selffes, my lord prouest, and dyueris nychtbouris, merchantys, and
craftismen quha past to Dalkeith on Tysday last to the Kingis Grace in
the tounes effaires speciallie for the nychtbouris laitlie exylit, viz:—to pay
to Alexander Stewart, for iij hors hyre to the prouest and his seruandes,
and twa hors to James Adamsoun and maister Alexander Guthree, xxxiij s.
iiij d.; item, for hors hyre, meit, and boyes, and a quart aill, and ane breid,
viij s. vj d.; item, for dyueris honest nychtbouris denneris v li. vij s.; item,
to pay to Mungo Russell for certane of the craftys denneris xxxviij s.;
item, for viij hors hyre to certane nychtbouris of the craftys, four merk.
Proclamatio breid, malt, aill.
Ordained that no higher prices than the following be charged:—18 oz. loaf, 6d.;
malt £6, 13s. 4d. for 'ix furlettis auld messour'; ale 7d. the pint