Extracts From the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh, 1557-1571. Originally published by Scottish Burgh Records Society, Edinburgh, 1875.
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The baillies and counsall, vnderstanding the manesing and boist of the lordis of the West Cuntre aganis the toun, ordanis the haill inhabitantis abone the cors gif neids all require, vpoun the warning of the commoun bell or be the drum, to addres thame to Robert Forratt and William Litill, baillies, and. the vtheris nychtbouris beneth the tolbuth to Adam Foullertoun and Alexander Clerk, baillies.
The baillies and counsall ordanis the deyne of gild to cans mak ane poupat, portative, to be set vp in the Over Tolbuth for preiching to the papistis, and to caus mend the intres of the polpat in the hie kirk.
The baillies and counsall ordanis maister Thomas Bucquhannane, maister of the hie scole, to enter to instructt the yowth of this towne on Mononday nixt, and willis the minister publische the samyn to the pepill.
[The bailies, council, and deacons of crafts] grantis and consentis that ane extent of sex hunder merkis be liftit of the haill nychtbouris of this burgh for furnissing of certane men of weir to my lord Regentis grace for ane moneth nixt heirafter.
The baillies and counsell ordanis Andro Stewinsoun,thesaurer, to pay to Jhone Adamesoun the sowme of fourty merkis for the maill of his hous occupeit be Jhone Knox the yeir past, deduceand thairof the sowme of aucht pund debursitt be the said thesaurar in reparalyng of the said hous in defalt of the said Jhone Adamsoun, being requyrit to do the sam, and als xij merkis xij s. debursit mair be the said thesaurar in reparing of the samyn hous by the viij li. abone mentionat debursit be the said Jhonn.
The baillies and counsell, after avysment with thair gyft grantit to thame of the annuellis landis and dewteis quhilk pertenit to the munkis, preistis and freiris of this burgh, for sustening of the ministrie and hospitale, fyndis thai haif oursene thame selfis in omitting of the Seynis furth of thair said gift; and thairfore ordanis the said gift to be maid our of new, and the four baillies to pas to my lord Regentis grace thair with to gett the samyn subscryvitt.
The baillies and counsell, after avysment with ane writting send to thame be the prowest and baillies of Sanctandrois, bering that the cuntrie about thair said toun wes infect with the pest, for the quhilk caus thai haid dischairgit all mercats and fairis,'and in speciall the fair callit the Seingyie fair, and thairfore willing that the nychtbouris of this burgli sall nocht tyne thair tyme, willit thame to be aduertist that thai cum nocht to thair said towne for the caussis foirsaid, after avisment as said is the baillies and counsell ordanis proclamatioun to be maid dischairging our nychtbouris to pas thair to the said fairis, with certificatioun to thame that dois in the contrair thai sall haif na entres within this toun before thai be ordorit as suspect personis and pay the vnlaw of ten li. for thair disobedience.
[The deacons warned to appear before the council to consider what portion of escheat goods should be given to the " sone and air of vmquhill William Smith and Blak' Meg, quha wer justefeit for breking of the lawis the tyme of the pest."]
The baillies and counsell ordanis Jhone Harwod, dene of gild, to requyre of Dauid Somer the greitt clayth quhilk hang vpoun the bak of thair hie alter the tyme of papistrie, and of maister Jhone Prestoun ane Dornikbuird clayth, ane dissone of seruetis, and ane grein clayth; and gif neid be to call thairfore becaus the samyn pertenis to the gude towne.
The baillies and counsall ordanis Andro Steuinstoun, with all deligence possibill, to caus mak ane chope of tymmer to be set vp besyde the mercatt croce to be ane clypping hous, and ordanis proclamatioun to be maid chargeing all and sindre that hes money to ressaue or deliuer to bring the samyn to the said clipping hous, thair to be nummeritt be Nichole Sym, maister clypper, to the effect the fals money may be clippit and destroyit conforme to the act of parliament, and the said Nicholl gaif his ayth for trew executioun of his office dureing thair willis, and thay ordane him to his awin proper vse the haill fals money clippitt, togidder with Id. of the pund of the gude money, to be payit be the ressauer for his laubouris.
The baillies and counsale ordanis fra this furth, induring the tyme of symmer, quhan necessitie sall requyre, that the clangeris be everie nycht at the Grayfreir port be nyne houris at evin and remane thair quhill ten quhill the baillies or officieris cum for thame, and thairefter to enter to the clainging of the housis and transporting of the guidis of the housis first infectit, and incontinent, befoir all vther laubouris, to burye the deid gif ony be, and put furth the personis of the infectit housis with thame selfis, sua that nane of thame remane within the toun, and in doing heirof quhill four houris in the mornyng that the suasche strek.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurer to mak the waiter yet in Leyth Wynde patent to the nychtbouris for careing furth of thair fuilye, and to hing on the auld trie yet, mak the lokis, bandis, and barris thairof sufficient in the auld maner.