Extracts From the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh, 1573-1589. Originally published by Scottish Burgh Records Society, Edinburgh, 1882.
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The provest, baillies, and counsall ordanis ane extent of ane thowsand pundis to be lifted amangis the nychtbouris, to be gevin to the Regentis Grace for licence to remane fra the army ordanit to ryde to Harlaw Wod.
The prouest, baillies, and counsale ratifeis and apprevis the oulklie pentioun of ten schillingis appoynttit to Edwerd, alias Sir Edwerd Hendersoun, for all the dayis of his lyfe for taikin vp of the spalmes, and ordanis the thesaurer mak him payment thairof.
The prouest, baillies, and counsale ordanis Gilbert Thornetoun, Edinburgh maser, to collect the dewtie of the fair and mak payment for the prouestis ox, farne yeir and this yeir, falling thairof ordanis him lay doun his wand, and dischargis him of his office.
It is statute and ordanit be the prouest, baillies, and counsale that the candyll makarris within this burgh sell the pund wecht of thair candyll ragwyk fra this day furth, gude and sufficient stuf, for xvj d. the pund, and the hard wyk for xv d. vnder the pane of fyve pundis vnlaw sa oft as thay failye.
Prouest, baillies, and counsale of Edinburgh, we greit yow hartlie
weill. We vnderstand the superiorite of oure toun of Leyth, with the
linkis thairof and thair pertinenttis, conquest be the Quene Regent, oure
darrest guddame of gude memorie, fra vmquhile Robert Logane of Restalrig, and resignit be him in the fauouris of the Quene oure moder, and hir
successouris, to remane perpetuallie with the Croun of this oure realm, the
sam superioritie and lynkis war analiit be hir to yew, vpoun sic occatioun
and necessitie as occurrit for the tyme, for ane certane sowme of money.
And now we, with Goddis grace, growing to perfectioun of yeris and
knawlege of the effaris of oure crown and realme, vnderstanding na pairt
of oure patrimone to be this analiit, and willing with the first to receve
oure richt and possessioun of the said superioritie and lynkis, we haue
thocht gude be oure awin letter, and this gentilman berer heirof, oure
familier and dalie seruand, hartlie and effectuislie to requeist yow, of quhais
gude effectioun and constancie to oure seruice in oure les aige we haue
had gude prufe, that the premissis considderat, rispecting alsua quhat
commoditie ye haue resauit of the said alienatioun, ye will now thairfor
gratifie ws be letting ws haue again the said superioritie of Leyth lynkis,
and superioritie to be vsit be ws as oure patrymonye, to sic vse and end
as may best serue for avancement of oure seruice; quhairin ye sall nocht
onlie do ws ane thankfull plesour bot ye sall haue experience of oure
fauorable gude will towert yow in ony mater tending to your weill and
commoditie although it wer of greittar avale. And remytting the farther
declaratioun of oure mynde to this gentilman berer heirof, we commyt yow
to God. At oure castell of Striueling the thrid day of December 1577.
The prouest, baillies and counsale, efter avisement with oure Souerane Lordis letter aboue writtin, thay haue thocht gude and concludit that the personis vnderwrittin be send to his Hienes with thair letter and instructionis quhilk salbe gevin thame in wryt, viz: Alexander Vddert, Robert Kar, baillies, maister Jhonne Prestoun [and ten others], and ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to deliuer to Henry Nysbet, money to sustene thair charges honorablie.
The personis before writtin, send to Striueling to the Kingis Maiestie, being weill acceptit with his Grace, reporttis he is nocht willing to be hurtfull to his subiectis of this his awin toun, bot rather sall be fund helpfull to thame in all thair lauchfull effaris, and will nocht foryet the gude seruice done the yeris past in his les aige. and sall gyf thame occatioun to continew in weill doing and seruing of him, and forther he sall write to the Regent in thair fauouris, etc.
Alexander Innes of that ilk being in ward within the tolbuyth of this burgh for the slauchter of [blank] Innes, his kinsman, be my Lord Regentis Grace wryting he is delyuerit in waird within the castell, quhairvpoun James Ros, thesaurer, askit instrumentis and protestis inrespect of the slauchter committit within this burgh it did nocht preiuge the liberitie of this burgh anent his escheit incais he be convictit.