Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.
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728. Report of the Council Of State to Philip III. on the
Lord Admiral of Scotland. (fn. 1)
Last July the Lord Admiral of Scotland wrote to your Majesty asking, amongst other things, that you would deign to employ him whenever he might be useful ; and begging for a knight-commandership with a dotation. On the advice of the Council your Majesty replied that if the Lord Admiral would go to Flanders the pension of 250 ducats he now received should be increased to 300. He fell ill, and the matter was again brought before the Council. It was decided to write to him, saying that pending the recovery of his health to serve your Majesty he should enjoy the said pension. His illness was long and severe, but he is now quite well again, and it is desired to remind your Majesty of him, as his stay here can only result in the inconvenience that usually arises out of idleness ; and if he be sent to Flanders he may be of some use in exchange for his pension.