Extracts From the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow Vol. 3, 1663-1690. Originally published by Scottish Burgh Records Society, Edinburgh, 1905.
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10 January 1682.
Appoynts the proveist to repair to Edinburgh anent the touns affairis, and especially anent the debt restand to the toun for the poor of Hutchesones hospitall, and minister of the Blackfrier Kirk, be the lait marquis of Argyll; as also that the dean of gild goe thither, with his conveniencie, to assist the proveist therin; as also concerning the obtaining payment of the legacy left to the merchandis hospitall be Zacharias Zibbs. (fn. 1)
Appoynts James Campbell, lait provest, to preside in counsell in absence of the present provest, and in his absence the eldest baillie present, and the same persons swa to preside in the dean of gildis court in absence of the dean of gild.
Ordains Robert Corse to have ane warrand for thrie hundreth and twenty punds Scotis, payed to John Woddrop for four scoir bucketis made be him for the use of the toun, by and attour the fiftie he maid formerly.
Ordains the maister of work to pay to George Tod twenty pundis Scotis, to help him to bigg a ferry boat for carying people over the water of Irving at Richartoun, and to place the same to the touns account.
4 February 1682.
Ordains the maister of wark to pay thretty pundis Scotis to Mr. Hugh Muir, in respect he complains of the fewnes of schollars in the schooll, and of a small cellary as precenter, and to place the same on the touns accompt.
18 February 1682.
Ordains Robert Corse to have ane warrand for the sowm of nyne hundreth and sixty pundis Scotis for French and Spanish wyne payed to Robert Campbell, quhilk he furnished wpon the touns accompt to his royall highnes, the primat, and the archbishop of Glasgow, of the grouth 1681.
Appoynts the dean of gild and George Andersone, clerk, to repair to Edinburgh for getting the mortified landis and utheris belonging to the hospitallis, and uther poor in the toun, declared frie of paying cess, and to clear comptis with Sir William Sharp and James Oswald anent the cess and excyse payed be the toun, and to take nottice of and agent what uther affairis the toun is concerned in there.
It is concluded that Patrick Bell get that peice ground on the watersyde, at the heid of the New Grein, belonging to the toun, for satisfaction of the loss and damnage he sustains throw the touns peoples fishing and taking salmond and drawing their netts ther, wpon his grund of Proveisthaugh, and ordains a right therof to be drawen wp and subcrivit be the toun in his favouris. (fn. 2)
18 March 1682.
The dean of gild and the clerk maid report of their diligence at Edinburgh anent the touns affairis, and that they obtained ane act of the lordis of the thesaury for freeing the mortified landis belonging to the hospitallis and uther poor in the toun from payment of any cess, and that they had cleared comptis with Sir William Sharp and James Oswald.
Ordains John Johnstoun to pay to Robert Rae the sowm of four thousand merkis, for his ten aikeris of land or therby, bowght fra him be the toun and joyned within the New Grein, and in satisfaction for the rent of the said landis since the touns possession of the same; and to pay to Thomas Crawfurd eight hundreth merkis, quhilk, with ane thowsand merkis payed to him formerly be John Robison, is in compleit payment to him of the pryce of the four aikeris of land bowght be the toun fra him and joyned to the Grein, and in satisfaction of the fyne taken fra him quhen James Campbell was provest.
In obedience to ane act of his royall highnes, his Majesties high commissioner, and lordis of his Majesties privy councell, daitted the nynth of February last, ordains the clerk to testifie and declare and subscryve ane extract therof, in their names, that the constitution of this burgh consists of ane provest and thrie baillies, with threttein counsellouris of the merchand rank and twelve persons counsellouris of the craftis rank, quhilkis counsellouris are choysen yearly after Michaelmes be the present magistratis and the twa yeiris magistratis immediately preceiding.
There was ane few right subscrivit in favouris of John Maxwell, wright, and Issobell Findlay, his spous, of ane peice grund in the new vennell or wynd called Bells Wynd . . . for erecting and building ane hows and yaird theron, quhilk is now builded; randring and paying out therof, yearly, twa shilling Scotis for ilk elne of grund in foirfront.
6 April 1682.
Appoyntis the proveist, baillies, [and three others] to meet with the archbishop of Glasgow anent some difference in the tack of the drawen teyndis of the toun, sett be the archbishop to them, anent the hundreth merkis sowght be the said bishop be year more then the two thousand merk, yearly and for ilk year of the nyntein yeiris tack, and anent the pretension the bishop hes to the kilnes in the Craigs, and to clear these things and report; as also appoyntis the same persons to sight the kilnes in Craigs belonging to John Cuming and Robert Tennent, and to consider quherin they are prejudged, conform to their petition given in, and to report.
25 April 1682.
The magistratis and counsell having considered the abuse laitely done to John Wallace, baillie, be captain Innes and John Innes, his nevoy, and that the provest hes given ane accompt therof to my lord Ross, appoynts the lyke information also to be given to the generall, and that the busines be persewed either befor the generall or privy councell, as shall be found most propper, after the generallis opinion is gotten theranent, and for that end appoynts the dean of gild to be ready to goe to Edinburgh with the first conveniencie.
Ordains baillie Corse to have a warrand for the sowm of ane hundreth and fourtein poundis sixtein shilling, which was payed to Robert Campbell, and quhilk he gave to the dukes servantis in drink money when his royall highnes wes heir.
Appoyntis the dean of gild to inform himself what is done in uther burghs and shyres in relation to the adjusting the measouris, conform to the lait act of counsell, and appoyntis him to caws doe the same within this burgh accordingly.
The following letter, direct to the magistratis and counsell of this burgh be the Marqueis of Montrose, was produced and red, quherof the tennour fallows:—Edinburgh 5th Apryll 1682. My lord proveist and gentlemen,—His Majestie having appoynted me baillie of the regality of Glasgow, in quhich, as in all other capacities I am or shall be stated, I resolve to imbrace every occasion, faithfully and zealously, to advance his Majesties service, and being confident that yow will be no les forward in your respective stationes to promote the royall interest, and withall having many resons to have a singular respect to your city, in which I have my freedome and intend to have my neighbourhood, (fn. 3) I thowght none fitter to discharge the dewty that office owes his Majestie, both for his Majesties service and my credit, then baillie Nisbet, your dean of gild, whom, for my respect to your city and the personall kyndnes I have for himself, I have deputed baillie of the regality, as by the commission heirwith sent appearis; and I doe resolve to continow it to his successouris in that magistracy, without some indispensible caws to the contrary. This being the greatest testimony I can at present give of my respect to your city, I expect, reciprocally, that yow will see that office dewly and honourably discharged for his Majesties service and my credit, which is my great concern; and if any thing else fall in my way, wherin I may be servicable to yow, it shall appear wpon all occasions that I am, really, your affectionat friend and servant, sic subscribitur: Montrose. Conform quherunto the forsaid commission was produced and red, and the saidis magistratis and counsell ordained that ther showld immediately be ane letter of thankis written and subscryved be them to the said marqueis of Montrose, for the honour and favour his lordship hes put wpon the toun by his said letter and commission, and quhich letter was accordingly done, quherof the tenour also followis:—Glasgow, 25th Apryll 1682. May it please your lordship,—Your servants, the magistratis and counsell of Glasgow, with all humility and thankfulness have received your lordshipis most oblidging letter and commission, therin contained, to Hugh Nisbit, our present dean of gild, which (as a new chain of obligation to your lordshipis noble predecessouris kyndnesses to this place) hath so straitly obleidged ws that, without being reckoned among the chiefest of ungrate, we cannot bot acknowledge the true sentiment we have of your lordshipis great and undeserved favour, and especially for your lordshipis confidence in his and our readines to serve his Majestie and the royall interest in our stations, wherof we hope your lordship shall never have grund to dowbt either of your lordshipis present choice of the person, or his successouris in office, bot that it shall rather prove to your honour in seeing justice administred to the people without their grudge, the peace preserved and your right maintained. For all quhich, most noble lord, the magistratis and counsell thowght it their dewty to insert this favour and their gratefull acceptance therof in their recordis, and to return your lordship their most hearty thankis and humble obedience, and doe promeis and declare that your lordshipis satisfaction therin shall be our great indavour, and that they hope your lordship shall never be under that indispensible necessity of alteration, so long as it shall please the Lord to preserve them in any capacity to serve your lordship, and chearfully they will imbrace all occasions to serve his Majesties interestis, and your lordship, with that humble dewty and dew respect that becometh them who wisheth all increase of honour, health, weelfare and happines to your noble family; and that God may long preserve it, is the earnest desyre of them who beggs pardon to subscribe themselves. (fn. 4)
4 May 1682.
These who wer appoynted to meet with the archbishop of Glasgow maid report that they had settled with him, and aggried to give him twa thowsand merkis, by and attour the twa thowsand merkis he is to have yearly for the tack of the teyndis of the aikeris about the toun, and that he is to assigne the toun to all bygane teyndis of yairdis and utheris imparked, that wer formerly wont to be teinded; and that the archbishop declares he passes fra any pretension to the killis in the Craigs; quhilk sowm of twa thowsand merkis presently condescended to be given him, with twa thousand merkis restand to him for the last yeiris tack dutie of the teyndis, and eight thowsand six hundreth merkis restand be the toun to him, conform to their band, makes in haill the sowm of twelve thowsand six hundreth merkis, for quhich there is a band subscrivit in his favouris and Barbara Barclay, his lady, of twelve thowsand merkis, bearing annuellrent fra Whitsonday nixt, quhilk is to be delyvered to him wpon his giving wp the band of eight thowsand six hundreth merkis; and there being resting to compleit the said sowm six hundreth merkis, ordains the provest to pay the samen to the said archbishop, with the sowm of ane hundreth seventy twa pundis Scotis, for a quarter yeiris annuellrent of the said sowm of eight thowsand six hundreth merkis restand at Whitsonday nixt.
Ordains John Johnstoun to have a warrand for twa hundreth fourtie ane pundis fyve shilling Scotis, payed to baillie Barnes, for his expenssis in going to Edinburgh and Kelso to wait wpon Mr. Richard Tweddale, who is to be person of Glasgow.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to David Ross, merchand in Invernes, as having commission fra the magistratis of the said burgh, the sowm of four hundreth pounds Scotis, for helping the toun to build ane stone bridge over the river Nes at Invernes, they having ane act of counsell for seeking a voluntary contribution for that effect.
The magistratis and counsell, having considered ane act of his Majesties privy councell, founded on twa actis of parliament in favouris of William Baillie of Litlegill, for getting a voluntar contribution towardis the building of twa bridges wpon Clyd and Duneden, (fn. 5) and for exacting a small imposition fra them that passes the same, conform to ane petition given in be the said Litlegill for ane supply or contribution for helping forward so good a work, the saidis magistratis and counsell have concluded and aggried that the said William Baillie shall have four hundred pundis Scotis payed him be the toun, for helping to build the saidis bridges, wpon these termes that he obleidge himself that the haill burgessis and freemen of Glasgow shall be frie, when occasion offeris, to pas and repas along the saidis bridges, without payment of any impost or custome in tyme coming, after building of the saidis bridges, utherwayes in lew therof, if he refuse to give the said obligation, they will be assistant to him in collecting a contribution throw the toun to any person he shall appoynt to collect the same, and that he shall have liberty to exact custome fra the burgessis passing the saidis bridges allowed him be the act.
27 May 1682.
Ordains the proveist to have a warrand for twenty fyve pund starling for his charges and expenssis in going to Edinburgh when their royall highnessis went from thence, and in going to Hamiltoun, quhilk soum is to be allowed to the said proveist at his compt making of the excys.
If satisfaction be not given to baillie Wallace for the abuse done to him be captain Innes and his nevoy, John Innes, betwixt and Twesday come a eight dayes, appoynts summondis to be raised against them for citeing them befor the privy counsell.
5 June 1682.
Ordains the proveist to have a warrand for two hundreth and fourty pounds Scotis payed to Edward and James Fountains, masteris of the revellis, for discharging the ventneris in toun of the charges of horning given them for keeping games or playes of quhatsomever kynd in their howssis, and for freeing them of the lyke in tyme coming during their gift; (fn. 6) and for twenty poundis starling payed to Mr. Richard Tweddale for transporting him fra Kelso to be parson in Glasgow, and for ten pund ten shillings starling for the charges and expenssis the toun was at the 29 of May last; as also for four hundred pundis Scotis payed to Litlegill for helping to build the twa bridges wpon Clyd and Duneden, in respect he hes given his obligatioun, as the toun desyred, for freeing the burgessis and inhabitantis from paying any custome therat.
It is concluded, inacted and aggried that in tyme coming, for the advantage of the tron, all butter and cheese browght in to this toun in quantity, either bowght be burgessis out of the toun or browght in be strangeris and sold to burgessis, shall be weighed at the tron and pay the ordinar dewes to the tronner, and that it shall not be in the buyeris power to accept of any bargain of that kynd on the selleris word without weighing the same, quhilk if they doe they shall notwithstanding be lyable for the dewes of the tron.
6 June 1682.
19 June 1682.
Forasmuch as the magistratis and counsell, in obedience to ane act of his Majesties right honourable privy councell, daitted the tenth day of March 1682, proceeding wpon and relateing unto severall actis of parliament, have discharged all persons whatsomever, either in burgh or land, to make use of any uther measure, in buying or selling victwall, then conform to the measouris of Linlithgow, quhich is declared to be the standart, having cawsed make and conform their measouris to the said standart of Linlithgow, in quhich they find that great abuses and exorbitancies hes bein committed by these who brought their victwall to the mercatis within this burgh, in keeping wp the pryces and selling the same conform to the old measouris, quherby the leidges, and especially the poor, are prejudged, quhich occasioned ane wproar within the toun be ane rabble of inconsiderable poor persons, quherof for the most pairt women; therfor the saidis magistratis and counsell, in consideration of the saidis abuses, heirby declares that no person who are resting any victwall bowght be them in the mercatis of Glasgow, be the new measouris, aught to pay the same untill as much of the pryce be rebaitted be the magistratis as the new measouris are made les nor the old measouris were. And farder, for preventing of the abuses and wrong done to the leidges, especially to the poor, by these who rubbs the meill at the measouring therof, which occasions ane great clamour, therfor they discharge the common rubberis fra rubbing any meall in tyme coming, allowing the same to the selleris only themselves, or their meneall servantis whom they bring with them, certifieing such of the touns people and common rubberis as shall contravein the premissis, or any pairt therof, in tyme coming, or committ any abuse or murmure against the helping of the measouris, they shall be banished aff the toun and farder fyned and punished in their persons. And farder, for avoyding of difference betwixt the buyeris and selleris of victwall in tyme coming, the magistratis are appoynted to repair to the mercat on the ordinar dayes and sie the pryces regulat, conform to the measouris. And ordains thir presentis to be published throw the toun by towke of drum that none pretend ignorance.
In ansuer to the supplication given in be captain Michaell Seatone, baillie of Bruntisland, proceeding wpon ane act of privy counsell for getting a voluntar contribution fra this burgh and uther places for helping to repair the harbour of Bruntisland, in manner contained in the said act, the magistratis and counsell recommendis the same to the archbishop of Glasgow for giving ordour to the respective ministeris in the toun to intimat the same out of the pulpit, and to appoynt a collection to be at the kirk door for the use forsaid, and appoyntis baillie Barnes to acquant the bishop and ministeris therwith.
1 July 1682.
Appoyntis the dean of gild and deacon conveener to take ane inventar of the bibleothick in the Grammer Schooll, and to caws make ane press to put them in, and delyver the same to the master and take his receipt therfor.
In respect it does not consist with the knouledge of the magistratis and counsell who is baillie of the regality of Glasgow, (fn. 7) it is concluded and aggried that the fair of Glasgow, for this present yeir, be proclamed in the Kings name, the archbishop and magistratis, without naming any baillie of the regality.
15 July 1682.
The proveist made report of his diligence at Edinburgh at the generall convention of burrows, and that he had given the bandis restand be Argyll to Hutchesones hospitall and the minister of the Blackfrier Church, and had gotten the same marked be the clerk of the commission appoynted to revise Argyllis estait.
Appoyntis the proveist to attend the archbishop to Saint Andrews if he goe to the consecration that is to be there; as also to goe to Edinburgh anent the debt dew be Argyll, and to take with him whom he pleases to be assisting therin.
[A discharge was subscribed by the magistrates and council, in name of the merchants' hospital, for £2,090 17 s. 2 d. "of legacy left to the said hospitall be umquhill Zacharias Zibbs, (fn. 8) and of five hundred merkis farder given to the said hospitall that was left to be given to indigent persons."]
Anent ane supplicatioune presented to the magistratis and counsell be George Scheills in Partick, mentioneing that quher the petitioner hes ane tenement of land in Trongait, near the West Port, quhich was nixt to ane uther tenement of his ther, lately burnt by ane accidentall fyre, and was pulled doun the tyme therof, and seeing he is now intended to build and repair the same with ane sclaitt rooff, humbly therfor supplicating the said proveist and baillies to suffer him to build his said tenement als far out in the foir syde wpon the high street as John Reid his land wpon the east syde therof is, the said magistratis and counsell having repaired to the said tenement and visited the same, and therafter considered the forsaid supplication presented to them be the said George Scheillis, they have granted and heirby grantis liberty to the said George to build his said tenement als far out in the foir syde wpon the high street as the said John Reid his land is, he always building the same decently in stane work and putting ane sclaitt rooff theron.
14 August 1682.
26 August 1682.
Appoyntis the proveist, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener to thank the marqueis of Montrose for his favouris and kyndnes to this toun, and that they think and try for somthing to be given to his lordship and his lady, by way of complement, in name of the said toun.
In ansuer to the desyre of Mr. Mathow Brisbain, doctor of medicine, grants liberty to him to put a tomb or buriall place in the High Kirk yaird, at the east end of the wall of the High Kirk, and to sett the back of the said tomb to the said wall; and appoyntis the dean of gild and deacon conveener to sie the said wall be not prejudged therby.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to George Grahame the sowm of ane hundreth nyntie fyve poundis Scotis, for his expenssis in waiting on my lord primat severall tymes to Kilsyth, when he was bishop of Glasgow, and going to Edinburgh with the present archbishop and his lady, and uther expenssis in waiting on them these twa yeiris he was baillie.
Ordains the proveist, John Bell, to pay to Cuthbert Campbell four hundreth merkis farther then the thowsand merk given him formerly for incouradging him to build his hous in the Saltmercat that was burnt by the lait accidentall fyre, and to pay to John Blair the sowm of four hundreth and fifty poundis Scotis for helping him to build his hows in the Briggait in stane work, and to pay to James Armour four hundreth poundis for incouradging him to build his hows in Stockwellgait in stane wark, he being impeded be the magistratis and counsell to theick the same; and thir presentis, with the foirnamed persons their receiptis in the book, shall obtain the samen allowed to the said proveist at his compt making of the excys.
Ordains the provest to have ane warrand for the sowm of . . . ane hundreth and twenty pundis Scotis, deburst to advocatis and their servandis in consulting the bandis dew be Argyll to the hospitall and minister of the Blackfrier Kirk, and for drawing a petition to be presented to the King and his royall highnes theranent.
2 September 1682.
The proveist and baillies made report that they had appoynted the clerk to repair to Edinburgh for clearing of any mistakes concerning the fyning of the irregular persons in the toun, and to speak to my lord chancellour theranent, and to inform him of the affair, and to show him the decreit extracted against the said persons for their fynes, and to desyre his advyce what method showld be followed for putting of the said decreit to execution, as also that they had appoynted him to take advyce of his Majesties advocat as to the formality of the said decreit; of the quhilk the clerk made report he had done, and of the chancellour and advocatis opinion therin, quhilk was allowed and approven of be the saids magistratis and counsell, and ordains the clerk to wplift and receive alsmuch of the first and readiest of the saidis fynes as will pay him for his charges and debursmentis in going to Edinburgh anent the said affair and advysing the same, conform as he shall give in his accompt, at leist ordains the person who shall be appoynted to collect the saidis fynes to pay to the clerk the said charges and debursmentis out of the first and readiest therof, and for his pains and truble in obtaining the said decreit and uther pains theranent; as also ordains ilk ane of the clerks servantis in the chamber to have twenty dollouris out of the saidis fynes, for their pains in wryting listis, lybellis and utheris, and extract of the said decreit.
30 September 1682.
The proveist, John Bell, made report that he had imployed his son Colin, who is at London, to use what diligence he cowld for getting preference of the debt dew be Argyll to the hospitall and Blackfrier Kirk, and that his son had drawen bill for payment of twenty pound starling, for defraying his charges and expenssis, quhilk was allowed, and any thing was to be farder allowed him for his pains and expenssis was continowed be the saidis magistratis and counsell, to be considered be them at the said Colin his home coming.
The magistratis and counsell taking to consideration that they had ingadged the dean of gild and merchand rank to build a large stane lodging, for the use of the poor, wpon the corner of the streetis of Trongait and Saltmercat, for the better decoreing of the toun, that ruinous ground ther being by all appearance lyklie to ly unbuilded by any who had interest therin, or otheris, and that they find the samen cannot be done by any stock belonging to the said hospitall without ane considerable supply and help, therfor they have heirby aggried and concluded to pay out of the moneyes belonging to the toun of Glasgow the haill pryce that the stane work of the said lodging shall amount to; and farder the saidis magistratis and counsell heirby inactis and obleidges them that, in case the memberis of the crafts hospitall will caws build ane other tenement in a decent manner wpon the uther corner of the street, on the east syde of the Saltmercat, or any uther publict place of the toun, quher the samen is ruinous and lately burnt, they shall pay the equivalent sowm to the deacon conveener and deacons of the said burgh, for incouradging them to doe the same, as shall be given to the merchandis hows; and if the stane work therof shall stand more then the merchandis hows they shall lykwayes pay the samen, with twa thowsand merkis farder in respect the merchandis have bein formerly supplyed in uther works when nothing hes bein payed to the trades.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to John Alexander, post, ane hundreth pounds Scotis to buy him a horse for his extraordinar service this last yeir, and to pay to him thrie scoir pundis Scotis quhilk he payed to Robert Mein for furnishing the newes letteris and gazettis the said tyme, and to pay farder ten pund ten shilling he debursed for confectiones that the proveist gote on the touns accompt, and ten merkis he gave Donald M'Kay for half a barrell of herring that was promeist him for sending the newes letteris and gazettis extraordinar, quhilk half barrell of herring is ordained to be given yeirly for that end.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to Walter Colquhoun ten dollouris in hand, and appoyntis him to goe throw the toun and take account of these who come in to the toun without testimoniallis, and of these that sett them howssis without ane warrand fra the magistratis, and that he give in ane list of the samen to the magistratis, for which he is to get allowance out of fynes that are to [be] exacted of them therfor.
3 October 1682.
[The archbishop appointed John Barnes to be provost for the ensuing year.] And thereafter the said John Barnes, proveist, did send for John Fleyming of Cowtstoun, Alexander Yuill, John Crawford and John Andersone, called Machlin John, merchandis, for filling wp the number of the toun counsell as to the merchand rank, in place of two who wer deceassed and other two who had never compeired to accept; as also the said provest did send for David Wilsoun, skinner, and John Stirling, maltman, for filling wp the counsell of these wanting for the craftis rank, in place of one that was deceassed and another that never accepted; against quhilk it was objected be John Bell, lait provest, that the samen was contrair to the sett and priviledges of the burgh, and to the provestis oun burges oath, to send for any person off the streetis and summarly to creat them counsellouris without consent of the toun counsell, and that the samen had never bein the practise of any provest swa to do; and als it was objected be the said John Bell against the said Alexander Yuill that he could not be admitted nor received as ane counsellour, in respect he was never admitted burges and gildbrother of the said burgh, and swa was contrair to the constitution therof; quherto it was ansuered by the said John Barnes, provest, that what he did in sending for the foirnamed persons for filling wp the full number of the counsell was to the end there might be fitt persons gotten who might elect or be elected baillies, and that he was content to take the said Alexander Yuill his oath as ane burges and gildbrother, and to admit him presently. Lykas compeired the said Alexander and offered to give his aith, and desyred to be admitted burges and gildbrother, declaring that it was none of his fault that he was not admitted and sworn formerly. Wherto it was replyed be the said John Bell that it was not the magistratis and counsell that did admitt burgessis and gildbrether, and take their oathes, bot only the dean of gild and his bretheren in their oun court. Wherwpon, and in respect of the forsaid objections, he protested against the haill foirnamed persons, and als the proveist, in case of electing them to be counsellouris, as being illegall for the reasons forsaid; notwithstanding quherof the said John Barnes, proveist, did admitt, receive and swear the fornamed persons to be counsellouris. Wherwpon, and wpon the haill premissis, the said proveist Barnes, John Bell, Alexander Yuill, and ilk ane of them asked instrumentis, ane or mae, in the handis of George Andersone, nottar publict, toun clerk of the said burgh. [Thereafter, from leets presented to him, the archbishop chose John Fleyming and Alexander Yuill, merchants, and Alexander Ross, craftsman, to be bailies for the ensuing year].
6 October 1682.
11 October 1682.
[Hugh Nisbit, dean of guild; Robert Telfer, hammerman, deacon convener; John Mitchell, visitor of maltmen; (fn. 9) Andrew Younger, treasurer; John Anderson, water bailie; John M'Cuir, bailie of Gorbals; John Andersone, master of work; John Mackie, visitor of gardeners; John Grahame, procurator fiscal.]
14 October 1682.
The dean of gild, deacon conveener, Gorball baillie, and James Muir who was choysen visitour, did all of them, with John Boyd who was choysen a counsellour and gave his oath, take and swear the oath and test, and the proveist, baillies and counsell forsaid, with the toun clerk, did, in ane dutifull obedience to his Majesties lait act of parliament, subscrive the oath and test, having taken and sworne the same at their severall elections conform to the tennour therof in all poyntis.
Appoyntis the summondis of reduction and improbatioune given to the toun, at the instance of the Kings advocat and John Bowie, to be sent east to the touns agent that he may aquant the touns advocatis therof, for preventing any hazard that may come wpon the toun therby.
Be plurality of vottes, it is concluded that what lait proveist shall be present in counsell he shall preceid therin, in the provestis absence; and that no person give warrandis for getting malt fra the mylnes excyse frie, except the present provest when he is in toun.
23 November 1682.
The magistratis and counsell being conveened for electing and choysing ane deacon conveener of this burgh, for the yeir ensewing, conform to the lordis of his Majesties most honourabll privy councell their ordinance theranent, compeired William Spalding, deacon of taylouris, and John Ross, deacon of cordoneris, and presented the lites made be the deacons and members of the deacon conveeneris hows, wherby they elect and choyse Robert Telfer, present deacon of the hammermen, James Fairie, lait baillie, and John Raltoun, lait visitor of maltmen, to be presented to the saids magistratis and counsell, to the effect one of them may be choysen deacon conveener for the said yeir ensewing; and craved that, in respect it consisted with the said proveist his knowledge that the haill deacons and electouris of the saidis lites had ordourly taken and subscrivit the test in his presence, the saidis magistratis and counsell wold therfor proceed to the forsaid election, conform to the saids lites and the ordinary custome; wherunto it was ansuered be John Wallace, lait baillie, then present, that he had commission from the lord chancellour of Scotland and the archbishop of Glasgow, his grace, to be presis in the said deacon conveeneris hows at the said election, and to make and present lites to the deacons and memberis therof, out of quhilk they ought to have choysen any thrie of the number to be presented to the said toun counsell to the effect forsaid, and quhilk lites he had accordingly presented to them, and they had refused the same and that therwpon they had hinc inde taken instrumentis; in respect quherof the saids lites now presented ought not to be respected, neither any deacon conveener elected out therof, as being contrary to the effect of his said ordour and commission; and for instruction of his said commission produced ane letter direct to him be the said lord archbishop of Glasgow importing the same. Which letter John Bell, lait proveist, desyred might be red in the councell and insert and recorded in the toun councell bookis, bot the samen was refused be the provest, in respect that the samen was produced both at the deacons giving account to his lordship of their election, as also at the election of the lites for the deacon conveener in the deacon conveeners hows, and instrumentis taken hinc inde therwpon, and therfor thowght it not necessar that the samen showld be now produced befor the councell of Glasgow till he returned a report of his diligence to the lord chancellor and the said archbishop of the deacon conveeners memberis their cariage in the affair, and thought it also fitt to adjourn his counsell to a further dyet till he knew my lord chancellour and the said archbishop their mynds theranent, which his lordship accordingly [did]; and William Spalding, in name of the trades, protested the said delay might not be imputed to their fault, they having ordourly elected and proceeded conform to the councellis ordinance and the constitution and ordinary practise of the saids trades. Wherupon, and wpon all and sundry the premissis the saids John Wallace, with John Andersone, maister of wark, who also concurred with him in his protestatioune, John Bell and William Spalding, asked and took instruments.
6 December 1682.
The magistratis and counsell being conveined, John Bell, lait provest, desyred the present provest to produce and exhibit ane act of his Majesties privy councell, quhilk he heard was gotten owt, ordaining them to make choice of ane qualified and fitt tradesman to be deacon conveiner of this burgh for the ensewing yeir, that the samen might be red publictly. Quhilk act the provest declared he wold not produce till the counsell wer filled wp with persons in place of these who are deceissed and had not accepted. [After various replies and answers James Campbell, late provost, gave in the following protestation:] Wheras by the certain constitution of this city, and by the acts and immemoriall custome and practise therof, the election of the counsellouris of the samen have bein immediately after the election of the magistratis yeirly, and in case of the refusall of any (that current yeir) to compeir and accept, it hes bein the constant custome and practise to caws warne them be ane officer thrie severall dyets personally to that effect, and, in case of contumacy or refusall to accept, the magistratis and councell were in that case constantly in use to proceed to ane election of utheris in their place by votting, quhilk practise was also followed in case of the deceis of any that year befor their places were filled wp, and nottheles, finding that yow my lord proveist is calling for persons aff the streets summarly to receive them as counsellouris, without ane votte of the toun counsell, contrair to the forsaid sett, actis, and immemoriall custom and practise aforesaid, therfor I for my self, and in name and behalf of the remanent councellouris of this city, and also of the haill incorporatioune adhering to this my protestatioune, doe heirby humbly protest theragainst, as being illegall and a direct subverting and overturning the fundamentall lawes, sett and constitution of this city, and that the same may be null and voyde, and appealls to the right honourable the lordis of his Majesties privy councell against yow for remeid of law; and craves yow, George Andersone, city clerk, to record this protestatioune in the councell bookis.
[The present provost having sent for three merchants, he admitted them councillors in place of others who were deceased or had not accepted, and he produced an act of the privy council, dated 30th November last, with a leet of three persons, that one of them might be chosen deacon convener. Against this James Campbell and others protested, and nominated for the office "John Findlay who is nottourly known to be ane honest, discreit and loyall tradesman, fitt to serve in the forsaid office the space forsaid, and who hes not only bein most ordourly, and against whom no legall exception can be moved, bot obsequious also to his Majesties lawes by taking the test, and who wpon all occasions is most willing to serve his Majesties interest in whatsoever station he shall be called to." The act of privy council produced by the provost authorised him to convene the magistrates and council, who were empowered "to elect and make choice of ane fitt and qualified tradesman, freeman and burges, to be deacon convener for this ensewing yeir." A majority of the town council voted for John Wallace, whose name was included in the leet presented by the provost, and he was appointed deacon convener accordingly, under protest by the minority.]
Ther was another act and ordinance produced fra the lords of his Majesties most honourable privy councell, ordaining the magistrats and toun counsell of the said burgh to make choice of ane to be visitor of the maltmen for the yeir ensewing, owt of the lyte last made be the incorporatioun of the maltmen. . . . Be plurality of vottes John Walker was elected and choysen to be visitor of the maltmen for the ensewing yeir to the next election.
19 December 1682.
The proveist, with some utheris, having presented that it was fitt some method showld be taken for releiving the toun and inhabitants of the burden that lyes on them throw the continwing of the fishing society, it is heirby recommended to the dean of gild and deacon conveener to convein their respective howssis and incorporatiounes, and to give their advyce what is fitt to be done for getting the said society dissolved, that the burgessis may have liberty to make fish when they please, and that persons be imployed for agenting of the said affair with advyce of the magistratis and toun counsell. (fn. 10)
Ther was ane act of the lordis of his Majesties privy councell produced, daitted the seventh day of December instant, approving of the magistratis and toun counsell their electing of John Wallace to be deacon conveener for the yeir ensewing.