3 April 1584.
Maister of the Hie Schole.
The provest, bailyeis [council and deacons of crafts,] in consideratioun that maister William Robertoun, maister of the Hie Schole, is aiget
and failyeit, and yitt standis provydet to the said office induring his
lyfetyme, quhairby the town is putt in this straitt that on the ane pairt
thair yowth is neglectet and nocht sufficientlie instructet, and on the
vther pairt thai can nocht remove the said maister and leve him altogidder destitute of ane indifferent lyfe induring his tyme, thairfore thay
all in ane [consent] consentet and agreit, and be thir presents gevis and
grantes to the said maister William, induring his lyfetyme, ane yeirlie
pensioun of twa hundreth merks, to be payet to him quarterlie, furth of
thair commoun guid, he renunceand and owergevand his rycht, title, and
kyndnes to the said office, swa that the guid town may provyde ane vther
sufficient habill and qualefeit persoun in his rowme.
8 April 1584.
Mesour of the pynt of Stirling.
In presens of the provest, bailyies and counsall foresaid, the principall braysin mesour of the pynt of Stirling beand send for and producet,
thai cawset fill the sam with watter, and thairwith met and mesuret the
townis braysin mesour of the pynt, and fand the said mesures to be just
and agreand togidder, without any maner of difference, and thairfore
ordanet the said Stirling mesour to be sent agane, and the thesaurer to
pay to him that careis the sam to and fra the sowm of threttie shillings.
10 April 1584.
Ordanis proclamatioun to be maid throw this burgh that na Burdealx
wyne be sawld of hiear pryces fra this day furth nor threttie penneis the
Taxt, Kingorn, Innerkething.
Ordanis Robert Gourlaw, customer and collectour of the burrowes
taxt of iijm li., to resaue the pairts of Kingorn and Innerkething of the
said taxt according to the awld ordour, quhilk is Kingorn thre and Innerkething twa of the hundreth of that quhilk this burgh is sett to.
Precept, Kirk of Feild.
Ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to pay and delyuer to Robert Balfour,
sumtyme provest of the Kirk of Feild, the sowm of ane hundreth merks,
and that for subscryuing to the guid towne of ane lettere of renunciatioun
of his title to the said benefice.
15 April 1584.
[Ordained the collectors of the unlaws, upsets, and weekly pennies, to refund to
Henry Nisbet, bailie, £18 disbursed by him to the persons therein named, "puir
and aiget fremen, fremennes wyffes, and seruands of the tailyeour craft, visitet be
him and Alexander Owsteane, tailyeour, be speciall command of the provest, bailyeis,
and counsall, with power to support according to the necessitie," and also £22, 19s.
to other persons "all puir and misterful."]
[Ordained the treasurer "to caus wairne all persouns that hes vsurpet or occupeit
any pairt of the Blakfreir yaird to remoue thairfra at this Witsonday."]
Statute, watter bailyie, schips rowping in Leyth.
Fyndes that of ane ancient custome it hes bene ane proper casualitie
of the office of the townis watter bailyie at thair port and heavin of Leyth
to haif the dewtie vnderwrittin of all schips rowpet and compryset be him
within the said heavin, and thairfore declairis, statutis, and ordanis that as
thair said watter bailyie is subiect to dwell and remayne within this
burgh, swa he awcht to haif the rowpping and comprysing of all schips,
boits, or creares within the said port and heavin, and na vthers, the dewtie
quhairof pertening to the said watter baillie is and sall be for the first dayis,
rowping or comprysing four penneis, and gif he mak twa dayes rowpping
or comprysing to haif aucht penneis, and gif it be thre dayis to haif twelf
penneis, and this of ilk pund that the said schip, boit, or creare is rowpet
or compryset to.
17 April 1584.
Mwre, porter, mwk at the West Port.
Ordanis and commandis Jhonn Mwre, porter of the West Port, being
personallie present, to stay, tak, and apprehend all mwk hors quhilk
careis ony mwk furth of this burgh and layes the sam vpoun the hie streits
owtwith the said port, and to cum, and schaw the sam to the bailyies that
thai may tak forther ordour thairwith. Lykewayes the said Jhonn wes
admonist for his slewthfull handling of the said port in the nicht, in geving
the keyis to his wemen to latt in and owt after the watche sett,
and thairfore wes ordanet to be mair attentive, vnder payne of deprivatioun.
Blakfreir yaird. Hie Schole.
For preservatioun of the Hie Schole, bounds and yaird thairof, ordanis
James Ros, thesaurer, … to big and raise vp the dykes on the north
and eist pairts thairof, conform to the awld meithis and merches of the
sam in tyme of the Blakfreires.
Precept, convoying King.
Ordanes James Ros, thesaurer, to pay to Thomas Aikinheid,
bailyie, the sowme of sex pund deburset be him for the pryce of
threttie torches bocht for convoying the Kings Majestie to the Abbay
after the banket maid to his grace be my Lord Bothwell at the baptisme of his lordschipis bairne, the said bailyie standand alwayes
comptabill to the guid town for swa mony of the said torches as wes
Patrik Durie being accuset for conceilling within his hous of ane
seruand woman beand with chyld, and nocht reveilling the sam to the
bailyeis, contrair the townis statute maid anent fornicatioun, he submittet
him selff in the townis will; for the quhilk caus he was adiuget in ane
vnlaw of fourty schillings to be payet to the collectouris.
21 April 1584.
Commissio. Anent the vc nichtbouris passand to Stirling.
The provest, bailyeis, [council and deacons of crafts,] forswamekeill
as the Kings Majestie hes sett furth his graces proclamatioun, bering in
effect that his Majestie, vnderstanding of the tressonabill surpryse and
taiking of the town of Stirling be certane his graces traitouris and
rebellious subiects trubling the publict peax and quyetnes of the realme
is thairfore deliberat to pas in proper persoun, with his Hienes power,
authoritie, and assistance of his faythfull subiects, to repres the tresonabill attemptats of the said rebellious subiects, and to restore and establische
the publict peace swa trublit, to the performance quhairof his Majestie
haiveand guid pruif of the fidelitie, reddynes, and benevolente seruice of
the said provest, bailyeis, counsall, deykins of craftis, and haill communitie
of his burgh of Edinburgh, nocht onlie of the offer of thair awin corporall
seruice to pas and convoy his Hienes persoun bot in the thankfull bestowing and lenning of thair money now and sindry tymes heirtofoir to the
avancement of his Hienes seruice and suppleying of necessiteis, meriting
his Maiesteis favour and rewaird, quhairof his Maiestie assuris thame as
guid occasioun sall present the selff; and to the effect thai may be the
mair habill to performe and accomplische thair faythfull seruice to his
Maiestie, ordaning and commanding his Maiesties subiects, burgessis and
inhabitants of the said burgh and fredome thairof, quhilk occupeis any
tred of merchandice, craft, or industrie within the libertie of the sam burgh,
that thai and euery ane of thame ansuer and obey the commandment and
directioun of the said provest, bailyeis and counsall, in all things tending
to the avancement of his Hienes present seruice, ather be thair corporall
seruice in passing fordward and serving vnder the chairge of sic capitanes
as thai sall be committet vnto, or in paying of stent and taxatioun as sall
be sett be the said provest, bailyeis, and counsall, or in keiping of watche
and waird within or without thair toun quheneuir thai sall be commandet,
as at full lenth is contenit in the said proclamatioun maid and publist on
Mononday last. For obedience quhairof, the said provest, bailyeis, counsall and deykins, hes cawset cheise furth, elect, and inroll the number of
fyve hundreth persouns of the maist habill and best willing nichtbouris
of the said burgh, to pas in thair proper persouns with his Maiestie, for
thame selffis and in name of the rest quha sall remayne at hame for
watcheing, gairding, and keiping of the said burgh; and for the better
ordour and governament of the said nichtbouris, inrollit as said is, it is
necessar that thair be certane appoyntit commanderis ower thame; and
regairding the fidelitie, guid will, and habilitie of thair weil-belouet
brether, Henry Nesbet and James Nicoll, bailyeis, thairfore hes maid,
creatt, and constitute, and be thir presents, makis, creats, and constitutes,
thair said brether, coniunctlie and seuerallie, thair cheife and principall
rewleris, gyders, and commanderis of thair said nichtbouris appoyntit to
pas with his Maiestie as said is; gevand, grantand, and committand to
thame and ilk ane of thame thair full power, command and authoritie, to
conduct, governe, leid and rewle thair said nichtbouris in passing with his
Maiestie, defending his Graces persoun, and persewing of his Maiesteis
rebellious subiects quhair and at quhat tyme his Maiestie sall appoynt;
with power to thame to elect, cheise, creatt and mak lieutennents,
anseyngyeis, corporallis, seriands and vtheris necessar memberis of bands,
owt putt and imputt at thair plesure, and generallie all and sindrie vther
things to do, vse, and exerce thairanent that to the office of capitanes and
commanderis of cumpaneis is knawin to appertene, or that thai micht do
thame selffis gif thai wer present in proper persoun; ferme and staibill
haldand and for to hald all and quhatsumeuir things thair said bretherein
in the premissis sall fynd necessar to be done, etc. And for thair better
support and releif, hes adioynet vnto thame thair faythfull and guid
nichtbouris, Capitane Hew Lawder and Capitane Patrik Cranstoun, persouns knawin and expert in weirfair, with the said bailyeis, to attend
vpoun the governament of thair said nychtbouris in and be all things as
may best serue to the fortherance of his Majesteis seruice, and forther hes
committet and referrit to the discretioun of the said bailyeis to consider
the nichtbouris quha may nocht pas vpoun thair awin chairges, and thame
to support and releif with the money appoyntit to the owtred of this
present jurney. And sen it is the dewtie of the said provest, bailyeis,
and counsall to be maist beneficiall to the said nichtbouris quhais bodeis
ar to be cassin in perrell for thame and to indure na small travell and
expenssis, thairfore be thir presents agreis, consents, and grantis that the
extent to be sett for the owtred of the said nichtbouris sall be sett be the
said provest, bailyeis, counsell and deykins, or xvj of thame, and na
vtheris, in the quhilk the said nichtbouris quha sall pas in proper persoun
without wedges sall be mair gentlie handlit nor ony vtheris, and gif thai
gett ony skayth in this thair vayage in the Kings grace and townis seruice
sall to thair vttermest releif thair trubill. And ordanis ane lettre to be
maid on all and sindrie the premissis vnder thair seill of caus and
delyuerit to the said twa bailyeis for a commissioun to thame.
Precept, chairge, Nesbet, Nicoll.
Ordanis Robert Gourlaw, customer and collectour of the burrowes
extent of thre thowsand pund, to avance and delyuer of the reddiest
thairof the sowm of ane thowsand pund to Henry Nesbet and James
Nicoll, bailyeis, to be imployet be thame for owtredding of the furnessing
and necessar chairges of the fyve hundreth persouns, nichtbouris of this
burgh, quha suld pas vnder thair chairge toward Stirling with the Kings
Maiestie aganis his graces rebellious subiects thair for the present.
Precept, munitioun to ward Stirling.
Ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, for serving of the nichtbouris quha
passis fordward with the Kings Maiestie aganis his graces rebellis in
Stirling, to prepair, by, and furneis pulder and bullet, with ane dosane
of schuils and sex mattoks, and to conduce a cairt and hors for careing
thairof, and the expenssis heirof vpoun compt and rekning sall be refoundet to him in a pairt of the extent to be grantet for owtred of the
said jurnay. Alswa, ordanes the said pulder and bullett, schuillis and
mattoks, to be delyuerit to Jhonn Watt, deykin, and he to haif the keping thairof, with the cure and distributioun of the said pulder and bullett,
with avyse of the bailyeis quha sall pas with the said nichtbnouris, and
the said Jhonn to be comptabill for the sam.
The foresaid provest, bailyeis, counsall and deykins, forswamekill
as the commoun rent of the said burgh is far superexpendet and run in
greitt dett throw the Kings graces seruice and commoun effairis of the
town, and now the necessar chairges of the fyve hundreth nychtbouris
appoyntet to pas to Stirling with his Maiestie, and the pulder, bullet,
cairt hyre, and vther expenssis belanging to the owtred and furneissing
of thame, thair commanders and members of the bands, will be lairge and
sumptuous; as alswa the guid town is addettit to Androw Lamb, in Leyth,
in the sowm of ane thowsand merk, and to maister Alexander Betoun,
archidene of Lowthiane, in the sowme of fyve hundreth punds, bayth to
haif bene payet at termes of lang tyme bygane; nocht comptand the
sowm of xvjc li. awand to Mungo Russell at the futting of his last
thesaurer compts, with dyuers vthers the townis dettis; thairfore thay
haif thocht expedient, agreit, consentet, and ordanet that ane extent of
fyve thowsand pund be vpliftet, sett, and raiset of the burgessis and
inhabitants of the said burgh addettit in payment thairof, with all possibill
diligence after the returning of the said nichtbouris.
25 April 1584.
Provest, Kings grace jowell.
In presens of certane of the counsall and nichtbouris of the towne,
Alexander Clerk of Balbirnie, provest, resauet in fra Jhonne Gib,
seruitour to the Kings Maiestie, ane of his Maiesteis jowellis, to witt ane
taiblett of gold in ane caise, and on the said taiblett ane dyomont stayne
and ane emerawld stayne, quhilk wes delyuerit be the said Jhonn in
his Maiesteis name to my lord provest, in name of the provest, bailyeis
and counsall of this burgh, in pledge of the sowme of foure thowsand
pund presentlie lent to his grace be certane nichtbouris of the said burgh,
as is metionat in ane lettre of resaitt of the said jowell delyuerit to
the said Jhonne and subscryuet be the provest, bailyeis, and counsall,
and on the bak thairof subscryuet be my lord provest, grantand his
lordschips resaitt of the said jowell. Siclyke my lord provest resauet
the act of Secreitt Counsall.
Electioun of bailyeis in absence of vtheris.
[The provost, bailies, and council,] in absence of the remanent
bailyeis, counsall, and deykins quha ar past in his Maiesteis seruice to
Stirling, in the cumpany of the vc nichtbouris directet thairto in name of
the haill towne, hes fund expedient, for the better gairding, keiping and
watcheing of the said town and rewling thairof, that sum be chosin to
supplie the place of Henry Nesbet and James Nicoll, bailyeis, quha ar in
the said cumpanie, and thairfore, with avyse of the Kings Maiesties
counsalouris appoyntet to remayne within this burgh, being for the
maist pairt personallie present, electit nominat and chuse James Adamsoun for the said Henry, and William Fairlie for the said James, as bailyeis
induring thair absence.
28 April 1584.
Statute anent convening the nichtbouris in airmour.
The provest, bailyeis [and council,] fynding be experience of the
effray quhilk happinet this last nicht at the Kirk of Feild port quhat
misordour is habill to follow heirafter gif the lyke accident sall happin to
fall; thairfore, to remeid the sam in tyme cuming, hes thocht expedient,
statute, and ordanet that thair be certayne pairts of the towne designet
quhairin euerie quarter sall convene with thair bailyeis in airmour and
guid ordour as thai sall be wairnet be the allarum or commoun bell, to
witt, the northwest quarter at my lord provests ludgeing, the northeist at
the Nether Bow, the sowtheist at the Kirk of Feild kirkyaird, and the
sowthwest at the stray merket; and being convenit that the bailyeis caus
putt the nychtbouris in rankis and guid ordour and send and direct a
certane number with ane commander to attend and abyde at the maist
neidfull pairts of thair quarter, the rest to remayne in thair place in
quyetnes and to be reddie to pas with the provest and bailyeis as thai
sall fynd maist necessar; the persouns nocht convenand or nocht keipand
guid ordour and are responsall to be vnlawet in the sowm of fyve li. and
the puir to be wairdet in thair persouns at the will of the maiestrats.
Leyth Wynd, West Port.
Ordanis the bailyeis of the northeist and sowthwest quarters, with the
thesaurer, Andro Sclater, and Robert Henrysoun, to visy the toun wall at
Leyth Wynd quhilk is vnderstand to be falteis, and the toun wall at the
West Port quhair thai vnderstand that folkis cumis in vnder the sam at
the calsay, and to caus repair the sam in all pairts neidfull.
29 April 1584.
St. Marie Wynd.
Ordanis the inhabitants and possessouris of the lands bewest the well
in Saynct Marie Wynd to repair the duris, wyndois, hoillis, and vther
pairts thairof, owt of the quhilk any persouns ar wontet to mak ische and
entrie, incontinent, vnder the payne of ane vnlaw or wairding.
9 May 1584.
Anent the nychtbouris chairges quha past to Stirling.
Forswamekill as vpoun the xxj day of Aprile last thay ordanet ane
extent of fyve thowsand punds to be sett and rayset vpoun this burgh for
the necessar charges of the fyve hundreth nichtbouris of the sam quha
past to Stirling with the Kings Maiestie, and for payment of certane dets
of the towne specifeit in the said act, and the said nichtbouris being
returnet after thai had remanet behind any vthers of the airmy attending
vpoun his Maiesteis persoun at his speciall command, and thairby ar putt
to greitt expenssis besyde the haisard of thair lyffes and trublis and
paynes sufferit in thair jurnay for the behoof of the haill towne, thairfore
thai haif thocht expedient, statute, and ordanet that of the said extent of
fyve thowsand punds thair sall be tayne and delyverit to the said nichtbouris the sowm of thre thowsand pund for making of thair chairges, by
and attoure the chairges of the bailyeis, capitanes, and memberis of the
cumpaneis, and of the pulder and munitioun, and becaus euerie ane wes
nocht of a lyke chairges, rank, and honestie, thairfore gevis power and
commissioun to Henry Nesbet and James Nicoll, bailyeis, [and eight others]
at thair discretioun to distribute the said sowm of thre thowsand punds
amangs the said nichtbouris to euerie ane les or mair according to thair
chairges, ranks, degrie and honesty; and as to the saids bailyeis,
capitanes, and commanderis, ordanis the necessar and honest chairges of
the said bailyeis quha past with the said cumpaneis to be payet to thame
with ane pairt of the said extent. And ilk capitane to haif for his wedgeis
the sowm of fiftie pund; the foure anseyngyeis, ilk ane twenty fyve pund;
the maister of the munitioun, twenty fyve pund; and the four seriands,
ilk ane twelf pund ten schillings; and the sam, with the said pulder and
munitioun, to be payet with ane pairt of the rest of the said extent.
Attoure, in consideratioun that ane certane of the nichtbouris of this
burgh to ane few number hes at this tyme, be command of his Maiestie
direct to the provest and bailyeis, avanceit and lent to his grace the sowme
of foure thowsand pund in name of the haill toun, thair beand dyvers
vtheris of the lyke or gritter substance quha hes nocht bene chairget
thairwith, thairfore [ordained that another extent of £4000 be uplifted of
the inhabitants]; and the said sowme of foure thowsand pund to be
refoundet to the payers thairof swa sone as it may be obtenet and gottin
in of the factorie of Paslay gevin to the toun be his Maiestie for that
13 May 1584.
Precept, schipbrokin Inglismen.
Ordanis the collectouris of the vnlawes, vpsetts, and owlkie penneis,
to pay and delyuer to the schipbrokin Inglismen, viz., sex men and thre
at Orknay, passand to Iseland, the sowm of twentie pund for making thair
chairges hamewart and for thair present support.
Parliament, convoying of provest.
The [provost, bailies, council and deacons of crafts] makis, creats
and constituts my lord provest and William Harvie, tailyeour, commissioneris for the guid town in this present parliament to be begun and
haldin within this burgh the xvj of Maij instant, and ordanis ane commissioun to be maid and gevin to thame vnder the seill of caus. Als
havand regaird to the honour of the town, hes fund guid that my lord
provest and bailyeis suld be honorablie convoyet during the tyme of the
said parliament, and thairfore ordanis the bailyeis be thair quarteris thair
tyme about to caus warne the number of xx persouns of the maist honest
nichtbouris in thair quarteris to attend vpoun the provest in convoying
his lordship to or fra the tolbuith and abbay, ilk persoun to be chairgeit
vnder payne of xl s. swa aft as thai failyie.
20 May 1584.
Marioribankis, pensioun, Bikkertoun clerk of the kirk.
At the desyre of the ministers, eldares and deacones of the kirk of
this burgh, meaning the disease and infirmitie of Michaell Marioribankis,
present clerk of the said kirk, throw seiknes falling to him in his aige,
quhairby he is nocht habill to serue in the said office as he wes wont
to do of before, and thairfore craiving that ane sufficient persoun micht be
appoyntet to be thair clerk, and lykewayes that the said Michaell wer
nocht neglectit bot rather helpet in his latter dayes; for the quhilk caus
the said provest, bailyeis, and counsell and deykins, be thir presents,
exoneris and discharges the said Michaell of the said office; and inrespect
of his present estaitt and bypast seruice, of favour and commiseratioun,
frelie grantis and gevis vnto him induring his lyfetyme ane yeirlie pensioun of threttie pund, togidder with his awld pensioun of ten pund,
makand in the haill the sowm of fourty pund to be payet to him be the
collectouris of the kirkrent present and to cum induring his lyfe tyme as
said is, and dischargeing all vther feis, dewteis, and casualiteis quhilk the
said Michaell hes had of the guid town in tymes past. And als, inrespect
of the qualificatioun and guid report of Henry Bikkertoun, writter, makis,
creats, and constituts him clerk of the said kirk induring thair willis and
the will and plesour of the kirk, and grantis vnto him ane yeirlie stipend
of ten pund for all the dayis of the said Michaell Marioribankis, he seruand
in the said office that space, and after the deceis of the said Michaell to
haif of yeirlie stipend the sowm of fourty merkis induring his seruice, to be
payet be the collectouris of the kirk rent . . . . and the said provest,
bailyeis and counsall ordanis William Littill and Alexander Owsteane to
present the said Henry the morne to the sessioun of the kirk to be resauet
and acceptit be thame.
29 May 1584.
Vnderstanding that the Kingis Maiestie has promest to dispone to
the guid town the abbacie of Paislay quhill the sowmes avanceit to his
grace be payet, thairfor gevis commissioun to William Littill, maister
Michaell Chisholme, and Alexander Owsteane to pas to maister Jhonn
Scherp, aduocat, and caus him mak firme and devyse the townis
Precept, Rollok, grammer schole.
Ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to pay to maister Hercules Rollok,
quha is to be maid maister of the grammer schole, the sowm of twenty
pund to be his expenssis in remaning heir at the townis desyre, and to
mak his charges in transporting frome Dundie his provisioun and buikis.
Precept, provost, cvngyie.
Ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to delyuer to my lord provest ane
crowne of the sone, deburset be his lordship for a protestatioun maid in
playne parliament, in name of this brugh and the haill burrowes, aganis
the acts concerning the laitt cvngyie, and ordanis the said thesaurer to
raise the said protestatioun.
The provest, bailyeis, and counsall hes thocht expedient, statute and
ordanet that na baxters of this burgh sall grynd at the commoun mylnis
any masloch bot sic as cumis furth of vther cuntreis, according to the
awld ordour vset of before, and that thai grynd thair quheitt be itselff
and the ry be itselff, vnder the payne of confiscatioun of the stufe.
3 June 1584.
Commissioun, nichtbouris, Falkland, Paislay.
Makis, creats and constituts my lord provest, Henry Nesbet, bailyie,
[and four others,] commissioneris to pas to the Kings grace with thair
nichtbouris quha ar chairget to compeir in Falkland, and to travell with
his Maiestie in thair favouris that thai be nocht trublit extraordinarlie
bot that cawtioun may be tane to enter thame to the law for ony thing
may be layet to thair chairge; and ordanis the said commissioneris to
remember to gett the townis lettre of factorie of Paislay past and subscryuet attentiklie.
5 June 1584.
Anent the belting of suldiouris.
In presens of the said bailyeis and counsall … Capitan Ramsay
producet ane lettre fra the Kings Maiestie desyring that certane of the
sowldiouris micht be beltit vpoun the toun, to quhome it wes ansuerit
that the provest, twa bailyeis, and maist pairt of the counsall wes absent.
And in the meane tyme it is ordanet that ane lettre be sent to the provest
to gett the sam dischairget.
10 June 1584.
Trinitie fair, the touns mairches.
Ordanis the provest to be wairnet to gadder his awin customes at
the Trinity fair now at hand, and proclamatioun to be maid that forswamekill as it wes statute in December last that the town suld visy thair
mairchis at the Trinity fair on fute, that thairfore the nichtbouris convene on Setterday nixt at fyve houris in the morning, at the provests
lugeing, to pas and visy the sam, ilk persoun vnder the payne of xviij s.;
and ordanis that the loch be visitet the said day.
11 June 1584.
Bill to the ministeris.
Comperit Sir James Chisholme, maister of howshald to his Maiestie,
quha producet lettres fra the Kings Maiestie, the ane beand the forme of
ane ansuer to the lettre sent to the guid town be thair ministers now
beand in Ingland, the vther chargeing the provest, bailyeis, and counsall
to subscryve the said ansuer, quhilkis beand oppinlie red and considerit
tuik thame to avyse thairwith and ordanet the haill deykins of crafts,
with the eldares and deacones of the kirk, to be warnet agane efternone
for gevin ansuer heirinto; and becaus the said form of ane ansuer apperit
to be consavet in scherp and ruch termes ordanet ane vther lettre to be
formet furth of the samyn agane efternone mitigating and mollefeing the
said scherp wordis.
Commissioners sent to the Kings Maiestie.
The foresaidis provest, bailyeis, counsall and deykins of crafts
ordanis, appoyntis, and nominats Henry Nesbett, bailyie, [and five others]
to pas to the Kings Maiestie, now at Falkland, and to lawbour and procuir at his Maiesteis hand the libertie of thair nichtbouris that thai may
repair to thair dwelling howssis; nixt, anent the lettre sent fra his Maiestie,
with Sir James Chisholme, maister of howshald, to be sent to our ministeris
in Ingland, quhilk the towne is chairget to subscryve, to desyre his
Maiestie that thai be nocht burthenit with any thing hurtfull to thair
consciences and to lawbour that his Maiestie may be content with the
secund forme thairof pennit be the town.
17 June 1584.
Factorie of Paislay.
[The bailies, council, and deacons of crafts] makis and constitutes
maister Michaell Chisholme, merchant, thair vnder factor for vplifting the
rents of the benefice of Paislay, conform to the factorie maid thairvpoun
be the Erle of Montrois, thesaurer to the Kings Maiestie, to the guid toun.
24 June 1584.
Precept, maister of the schole.
Ordanis James Ros to pay to maister William Robertoun, maister of
the hie schole, the sowm of ane hundreth merks as for the Witsounday
termes last bypast of his pensioun of twa hundreth merk grantet to him
be the guid town for dimissioun of his office, conform to the contract
maid with him.
26 June 1584.
Precept, wellis, scholehous.
Ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to caus clenge and repair the wellis
of this burgh at the sicht and discretioun of William Littill, bailyie, and
Jhonn Watt, speciallie St. Michaellis Well and the Stokwell. Als the
said thesaurer to repair the wyndois of the schole hous and dyke about
the same, and to hing the bell thairof be the avyse of Robert Henrysoun,
conform to the conditioun maid with the said Robert.