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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9 January 1684.
Robert Campbell, lait dean of gild, produced the keyes of the two closses at Greenock, with the keyes of the howssis and haill sellaris within the closs quher the salt lyes, with the key of another sellar in Greenock quher some French salt is, belonging to the toun, that was bought fra the company, and gave in ane accompt of the haill salt, cask and knappell sold be him with ane accompt of the persons to whom the samen was sold.
The provest produced a letter direct from my lord high thesaurer and the thesaurer deput to the magistrats and toun counsell, wherby they desyre to send in ane of their number for giving them ane accompt of what excyse is uplifted for malt or laid wpon ale more then the Kings allowance, and how the samen is disposed; whilk being taken to consideration they appoynt the provest to repair to Edinburgh for giving satisfaction anent the said affair to my lord thesaurer and thesaurer deput as best can be done, and to take with him what information and instructions he can, and appoynts him to take nottice of any utheris the touns concernes ther.
Appoynts the provest to repair to Edinburgh anent the touns affairis, and particularly for giving satisfaction to the fishing society of the sowm restand to them be the toun for the pryce of the store and storehowssis, in respect they have given the magistratis and counsell ane charge of horning therfor.
25 February 1684.
There was ane band of eight thowsand merkis Scotis subscrivit be the saidis magistratis and counsell in favouris of his grace the archbishop of St. Andrews, primat and metrapolitan of all Scotland, bearing annualrent fra Candlmes last and payable at Lambmes nixt, quhilk soum is borrowed for paying a part of the soum resting to the fishing company for the store and storehowssis and releiving the touns band of the said sowm pro tanto.
26 March 1684.
Ordains John Fleyming, dean of gild, to have ane warrand for the soum of thrie hundreth pounds Scotis payed to James Boyd, maisson, to ane accompt of what he is to have for helping and repairing the great bridge. . . . As also to have ane warrand for [£309 5s. 8d.] Scotis, payed to Walter Corbet for iron work made and furnished be him for the use of the toun to the High Kirk, tolbooth, wells and uther places, conform to the accompt therof given in and allowed.
Anent ane supplicatioune given in be Alexander Wotherspoon, merchand, makand mention that quher the said Alexander hes ane tenement of land on the sowth syde of the foir street of the Briggait, near the great bridge, at the end of the westmost gavell quherof there is a litle peece waist ground besyde the litle custome hows, that is made use of for no other end then laying middings and fulzie therwpon, quhilk is noysom for people coming and going alongst the foir street; therfor supplicating the saids magistratis and counsell that they wold be pleased to grant liberty to the said Alexander to build ane stair wpon the said waist ground, that he may have ane entry therby in to his hows wpon the gavell therof, for which he should pay such satisfaction to the toun as the saids magistratis and counsell showld modifie, as the said supplication in itself at mair length beiris. Quhilk peece waste ground being formerly sighted be the provest, dean of gild, and severall other members of the toun counsell, they, after mature advyce and deliberatioune had theranent, finding the samen to be nowayes prejudiciall to the toun, have granted and heirby gives and grants liberty to the said Alexander Wotherspoon to put wp and build ane stair wpon the said waist ground, that he may have ane entry therby in to his hows wpon the gavell therof, he not damnifieing the lights of John Watsouns laigh hows in the said gavell, and the said Alexander allwayes paying the sowm of thrie shilling four pennies Scotis yeirly to the toun, or their collectouris in their name, for the liberty aforesaid; and ordains the clerk to give out ane extract heirof to the said Alexander which is heirby declared shall be als valid as if the samen wer subscryved be the saids magistratis and toun counsell.
19 April 1684.
The provest, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener made report that they had mett and communed with his grace the archbishop of Glasgow anent the taking of ane nyntein yeirs tack of the teynds of the barrony of Glasgow, for the use of the toun, quhilk wer formerly sett in tack to their predecessouris be my lord archbishop of St. Andrews, primat of Scotland, then archbishop of Glasgow, conform to the tack past betwixt him and the magistratis and toun counsell for the tyme, and that they had aggried with the said archbishop and taken the samen teynds for the space of nyntein yeirs, quherof the cropt 1685 is the first yeir, and that they have aggried to give to the said archbishop twenty thowsand merks for the said tack; quhilk aggreement was allowed and approven be the saids magistratis and toun counsell, and ordains the clerk to draw wp a band to the said archbishop for the said sowme, bearing annualrent fra Whitsonday nixt, to be delyvered to his grace the said archbishop, he delyvering to them ane sufficient nyntein yeirs tack of the said teyndis.
The proveist, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener made report that it was the desyre of the archbishop of Glasgow his grace to renew and give ane new tack of the drawen teynds of the aikers about the toun, formerly drawen be him and his predecessouris, for paying of eightein hundreth merkis yeirly, with sixtie poundis to the parson of Glasgow for his hows maill, yearly, the saids magistratis and counsell reserving and leaving out of the said tack the gleib lands that wer formerly possest and pertained to the parson of Glasgow, quhilk was included in the former tack sett be the said archbishop to the toun, be the quhilk former tack the toun was obleidged to pay twa thowsand merkis, yeirly; and the archbishop is now content to grant the said tack for payment of the said eightein hundreth merks, yeirly, and the said parsons hows maill, whilk the saids magistratis and counsell consented and aggried unto and accepted of the said archbishops [offer], and ordains the tack to be drawen wp and renewed accordingly.
22 April 1684.
The tack of the personage and viccarage teynds of the paroch kirkis and paroches of Glasgow and barrony therof, granted and subscrivit be the archbishop of Glasgow his grace in favouris of the magistratis and toun counsell of the said burgh, and their successouris in office, wherby the said archbishop hes sett to them the haill teyndis within the saids boundis that wer formerly sett to them be archbishop Burnet, now primat and metrapolitan of Scotland, conform to the tack granted be his grace to them of the samen, except the teynds of the landis of Mylntoun and Camlachy, whilk wer sett and included in the former tack and not sett and included within this new tack, being for the space of nyntein yeirs to come fra their entry therto, quhilk is for the first yeir the cropt 1685, was produced and publictly read in presence of the saids magistratis and toun counsell, and they accepted and approved of the samen; for the quhilk tack they and their successouris in office are to pay him for the said nyntein yeiris tack the soum of twenty thowsand merkis, bearing annualrent fra Whitsonday nixt, and farder to pay to his grace, or his successouris in office, twa hundreth poundis of tack duty, yeirly, conform to the said tack; for which soum of twenty thowsand merkis the saids magistratis and counsell subscrivit ane band of borrowed money in favouris of the said archbishop, bearing annualrent fra the said term of Whitsonday nixt, payable to Martimes therafter; and although the band bear for borrowed money yet the same is really granted for the said teynds and wpon no other accompt quhatsomever; and in respect the teynds of the said lands of Mylntoun and Camlachie are not contained in this new tack, that wer formerly sett and included in the tack sett to the toun be archbishop Burnet, the provest, dean of gild, and utheris who wer present at the aggreement, declared in the said archbishops name that he hes faithfully promised to renew this tack granted be him to the toun when requyred, and prolong the same for a yeir or twa longer then the said nyntein yeiris space of the samen, and that in favouris of the saidis magistratis and toun counsell and their successouris.
There was another tack, be way of contract, made and past betwixt the archbishop and the magistratis and toun counsell, for the haill drawen teynds of the aikers abowt the toun, with what is inclosed in yairds and in the New Green, formerly drawen be the archbishop and his predecessouris, subscrivit, and that in place of ane former tack made be way of contract betwixt the said archbishop and the magistratis and toun counsell for the tyme, be vertew of quhilk former tack the gleib landis formerly possest be the parson of Glasgow was included, and the archbishop was to satisfie him for his mans, and the toun was obleidged to pay two thowsand merkis yeirly therfor, and be the present tack the gleib lands are not sett and the toun is to pay to the archbishop and his successouris in office eightein hundreth merks, yeirly, and to give satisfaction to the parson of Glasgow for his mans; whilk tack was also allowed and approven of be the saids magistratis and counsell and subscrivit be them as said is. (fn. 1)
Ordains ane proclamatioune to be sent throw the toun tomorrow ordaining all nonconformist preacheris to remove themselves off the toun within fourty eight hours after the proclamatioune, and their families betwixt and Whitsonday nixt, conform to ane act of his Majesties privy councell daited the 27th of July 1680.
17 May 1684.
Ordains the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowm of eight rex dollouris payed to Mr. William Geddes, minister, for his incowradgment to print the twa bookis called the Memoriall Historicum and another book sett out be him. (fn. 2)
3 June 1684.
6 June 1684.
The magistratis and counsell being conveened, and taking to their consideration that wpon Twesday last, at ane publict rowpe, the dewty of the mylnes and casualities belonging therto wer sett to John Rob, maltman, for payment of nyne thowsand six hundreth and fifty merkis, conform to use and wont, for payment of quhilk soum he can neither give band nor security in respect of his condition, being bot poor, notwithstanding of his being put in prison wpon that accompt; and after offer made be the saidis magistratis and toun counsell to James Robisone and John Wilson, who wer the persons that offered for the dutie of the saidis mylnes at the rowpe, the samen wer sett to James Robisone, last tacksman, for the soum of eight thousand and six hundreth merkis, as he who bade most therfor, to be payed conform to use and wont, and wpon consideratioune the same are sett to him at the rate forsaid, for making wp any loss he sustained throw his tack of the mylnes the last yeir, and recommendis thir presentis to be ratified be the magistratis and toun counsell at their nixt meeting, there not being a full quorum this day. (fn. 3)
9 June 1684.
The magistratis and toun counsell allowes and approves of the magistratis and dean of gild their making Patrick Dundas burges and gild brother of this burgh, the samen having bein promised him at the making of the bargain of the store and storehowssis with the fishing company; as also of the making of Robert Maitland, clerk to the custome hous at Newport, burges and gild brother, for his kyndnes and service to the merchandis of the toun and holding of their fynes as payed, being remitted to them; and siclyke appoynts Robert Wair to be made burges and gild brother, at the desyre of the archbishop of Glasgow, his lady and daughteris; and Mr. Gabriell Russall, minister of Govean, to be made burges and gildbrother lykwayes; and to remitt their fynes to them and hold the samen as payed; and appoyntis the dean of gild to take their aithes and admitt them, and the clerk to give them out extractis of their ticketis conform.
14 June 1684.
It is concluded that payment be made to these who hes put out militia horssis for the toun, as the magistratis and counsell shall condescend on, they giving band and cawtioune for doeing service therfor and freeing the toun of any hazard they may sustain throw their default, wpon quhich termes ordains the clerk to give out warrandis for paying them wpon any of the touns collectouris that hes money.
26 June 1684.
The provest, baillies and counsell of the said burgh, being conveined anent ane supplication presented to them be Allan Marshell, present deacon of the wrights of the said burgh, for himself and in name of the masters and remanent memberis of the said incorporation, makand mention that quher by contract of aggreement made, ended and perfyted betwixt the said Allan Marshell, present deacon, with consent of John Otterburne, William Liddell, John Wallace, younger, William Selkrig, Robert Raltoun and William Rob, his masters of craft, for themselves and in name forsaid, on the ane part, and James Gilkersone, William Murdoch, George Shanks, James Andersone, George Murdoch, Thomas Peady, John Murdoch, Robert Blair, George Milne and John Smith, wrights in Gorballis, on the uther part, of the dait the fourtein day of December jm. vjc. eightie thrie yeiris, it is mutwally condescended and aggried upon betwixt the saids pairties that it shall not be lawfull nor leisome to any stranger, being ane wright professing any wright work whatsoever, to have liberty to install, settle or sett wp himself to work in the said trade within the said village of Gorballis, or liberties therof, in all tyme coming from this dait, till first he make good and thankfull payment of the sowm of fourtie merkis Scotis, the ane half to be payed to the wrights of Glasgow for the use of their poor and the uther half to the wrightis of Gorballis and their poor; and ilk stranger professing the forsaid airt, befor he have liberty to sett wp to work, is and shall be obleidged to make ane sey to be prescryved to him be the oversman and masteris of the wrights of Gorballis, as judges to the sufficiencie or insufficiencie therof, that it may be knoun if he be able to serve his Majesties leidges. Item, that ilk prenteis it shall happen the wrights of Gorballs to take in prenteisship shall pay, at his first entry for his booking, the soum of (fn. 4) merks Scotis, the ane half to be payed to the wrights of Glasgow and the uther half to the wrights of Gorballs; and that the said prenteis shall be bound for fyve yeirs as prenteis and ane yeir therafter for meat and fie, as the master and prenteis shall best aggree. And also that ilk journeyman that shall happen to be fied with any of the forsaid wrights of Gorballis shall pay, at his first entrie for his booking, thretty shilling Scotis, the ane half to the wrights of Glasgow and the uther half to the wrights of Gorballis. Item, that ilk prenteish within the said village, after his prenteiship, before he shall have libertie to sett wp to work, is and shall be obleidged to pay ten merkis for his freedome fyne, to be equally divyded as said is, for the use of the saids parties their respective poor. Item, that ilk freemans son within the said village shall pay, befor he sett wp to work, the sowm of fyve merkis Scotis, and ilk freemans son in law the soum of fyve poundis Scotis money, to be equally payed and divyded as said is, for the use of the saids parties their respective poor. Item, that ilk freeman or master within the said village of Gorballis and liberties therof is and shall be obleidged heirby to pay to the wrights of Glasgow, or to their collectour in their names, for the use of the poor of the said calling, yeirly and ilk yeir, in all tyme coming, the soum of fyftein shilling Scots money at twa termes in the yeir, Martimes and Whitsonday, be equal portions, beginnand the first termes payment therof wpon Whitsonday evin jm. vjc. eightie four yeiris, and swa to continow in the thankfull payment therof, yearly and ilk yeir, termly and proportionally, at the saids termes in all tyme coming. Lykas it is aggried wpon betwixt the saids parties that the saids wrights of Gorballs is and shall be obleist, as they be the said contract obleidges them and their successouris, being wrights, to present yeirly in all tyme therafter to the deacon of the wrights of Glasgow and his masteris and their successours in office ane list or lite of thrie persons of their number, of the best and worthiest of their calling, wpon the first Fryday in the nixt week after the ordinary election of the deacons in Glasgow, betwixt ten and twelve hours in the foirnoon, within the crafts hospitall of the said burgh of Glasgow, to the effect the said deacon and masteris may make choice of one of the forsaid list or lite to be oversman to the wrightis of Gorballis and liberties therof for the ensewing yeir; and the said oversman being swa choysen shall give his oath de fideli administratione befor them; and therafter shall have liberty to make choice of two of the number of the wrights of Gorballis to be his masteris, and the rest of the said trade to make choice of uther two masters for the said calling, yeirly. Morover it is aggreed wpon betwixt the saids parties that the said oversman, or any two of the saids masters, as he shall happen to choise, shall, at such tymes as he shall think most fitt, goe throw, search and try the wright work made within the said village and see if the samen be sufficient to serve his Majesties leidges, and to confiscat what shall be unsufficient for the use and behove of the wrights of Gorballs their poor; and the person in whose hands the said insufficient work be found shall be fyned at the will of the said oversman and his masters for the use of their said poor. As lykwayes the said oversman and wrights of the said village shall have liberty, yeirly, to choyse ane of their number to be collectour to the nixt ordinary tyme of election, and that the said oversman, masters, and their said collector, shall be obleist to make just compt, reckoning and payment of their intromission with their poors goodis to their succeeding oversman, masters and collectouris, yeirly, within the chappell of Gorballs; and they, with the deacon of the wrights of Glasgow and two of his masteris, if they please to come, to audite and see the said compt. As also that the said oversman, masteris and collectour, shall have power to make acts and statutes among themselves for the weill of their calling and poor therof, the samen being nowayes prejudiciall to the wrights of Glasgow, or to any acts or statutes made or to be made be the magistratis or toun counsell therof or their baillies in Gorballs in their names. Item, it is condescended to and aggried betwixt both the said parties that the wrights of Gorballis shall not be hindered be the wrights of Glasgow to aggree with any person within the said burgh for any peece of work, the samen being made within the Gorballis, and being swa made that the wrights of Gorballis shall have libertie to bring in and sett wp the samen within the said burgh weekly, on two dayes ilk week allanerly, viz., Wednesday and Fryday, with their oun work loomes, not exceeding half ane dayes tyme for setting wp that peece of work, and what shall be sett wp and brought in any other day then the dayes forsaid, be the said wrights of Gorballis, and shall be apprehended be the wrights of Glasgow, the samen shall be confiscat for the wrightis of Glasgow their poors use; excepting allwayes furth heirof and liberty forsaid any work as building and repairing of howssis, glass work and making of mortchists. Item, that it shall be leisome to any of the wrights of Gorballis, freemen ther, to hyre and conduce with the freemen of the wrights of Glasgow as journeymen for wadges, as they may best aggrie, without being booked in their bookis or paying to the said wrights of Glasgow anything therfor. Item, anent the compt and reckoning to be yearly made of the poors goodis of the wrightis of Gorballis, that the oversman and his masters shall aquant the deacon and his masters yeirly therwith to meet with them. Lykas, the saids wrightis of Glasgow are be the forsaid contract bound and obleist to deall with the saidis magistratis and councell in ordour to the procuring of their ratification of the haill premissis; as the said contract of the dait forsaid at more length beiris. Humbly therfor supplicating the saidis provest, baillies and counsell to ratifie, allow and approve the forsaid contract and aggreement, and interpone their authority therto; as the said supplication also more fully beirs. Whilk supplication being considered be the saids provest, baillies and counsell, they have ratified, allowed and approven, and heirby ratifies, allowes and approves of the forsaid contract and aggreement in the haill heidis, articles and clawssis therof, and have interponed and heirby interpones their authourity therto, and ordains the samen to stand in full force, strength and effect betwixt the saids parties and their successouris in all tyme coming; and whatever controversie or difference shall fall out betwixt aither of the saids parties, as to any of the articles of the said contract and aggreement, it is heirby declared that the saids magistratis and counsell themselves and their successouris in office shall be judges therto and decyderis therof allenerly; wpon quhich termes thir presentis are granted and swa accepted be them, and no utherwayes.
Ordains John Fleyming, dean of gild, to pay to Alexander Thom the soum of four hundreth merkis for helping to repair the consistoriall court, at the west end of the High Kirk, that was promised to be given for incowradgment to doe the same, quhilk sowm shall be allowed to the said dean of gild at his compt making of the excyse.
The magistratis and toun counsell ratifies, allowes and approves of George Andersone, clerk, his giving any former deputation to James Muir, or any others, to exerce the said office of clerkship in his absence, and heirby gives their power, warrand and consent to the said George, in tyme coming, to grant and subscryve ane deputation to the said James Muir, or any other whom he shall think fitt, for whom he will be ansuerable, and that during his being absent.
Ordains John Fleyming, dean of gild, to pay to George Grahame, baillie, the sowm of thrie hundreth merkis Scotis money for furnishing and outreiking of ane sufficient horse, with man and armes, for serving the present militia, as ane of these the toun is obleidged to furnish, with the sowm of ane hundreth merkis for ane yeiris maintinance of the said horse, the said baillie giving ane obleisment that he shall give sufficient band and cautioune for performing of the samen and freeing the toun of all inconvenience they can sustain throw his default, as utheris gave band formerly.
17 July 1684.
The provest and clerk made report of their diligence at Edinburgh anent the touns affairs, and what was done at the convention of burrows, and that they went beyond Dunbar to meet my lord high thesaurer and chancellour. (fn. 5)
Ordains John Fleyming, dean of gild, to pay to Jean Main thretty pounds Scotis for helping to pay the funerallis of Jonet Hutchesone, ane pensioner of the toun, who deceist in Holland. (fn. 6)
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to Walter Brock sixtie eight pounds six shilling, quherof nyntein poundis was formerly given to the executioner (fn. 7) for mentaining him in the tolbooth when he was last here.
The proveist, baillies and counsell, being conveened anent the supplication presented to them be William Govean, George Johnstoun and John Kennedy, candlemakers, burgessis of the said burgh, makand mention that they, by ordour of the magistratis, dean of gild, deacon conveener, and severall otheris of the toun counsell, had builded a litle hows of the length of thretty footts (fn. 8) or therby and about eightein footts (fn. 8) in breadth within the loan and on the east syde of the street that passes to Cowcaddens, on that place called the Trumpling Brae, quher the butts stood somtyme of old, for melting and ryning of their cracklings; humbly therfor supplicating the saids provest, baillies and counsell to allow and approve of the former ordour given to them for building of the said hows, and of their building the samen accordingly, and to declare the same to belong to them, or to any of their trade and incorporatioune that shall be at equall charges and expenssis proportionally with them in building the said hows and obtaining liberty for the same, conform to the compt to be given wp wpon the saids thrie persons their oathes, conform to what ilk interessed person shall desyre therof, and to their airis and successouris, candlemakers in the said burgh; as the said supplication at mair length beirs. Whilk being taken to the saids provest, baillies and counsell their consideration, and after mature advyce and deliberatioune had theranent, and finding the desyre of the said supplication reasonabill, they have allowed and approven, and be thir presentis, for them and their successouris in office, ratifies, allowes and approves of the said candlemakeris their building of the forsaid hows in manner and for the use abovewrittin, and declares the same to belong to them or any otheris of their incorporation that shall joyne with them and pay in manner forsaid, and to their airs and successouris, candlemakers in the said burgh, in all tyme coming; and thir presentis are heirby declared to be als valid and sufficient a right to the said candlemakeris as if there were ane disposition and chartour subscrivit in their favouris of the said hows, and ordains the clerk to subscryve and give out ane extract heirof in their names.
26 July 1684.
The magistratis and counsell have concluded and appoynted ane contribution to be collected throw the respective howssis of the toun for helping the toun of Kelso that was lately burnt, and appoynts the magistratis with the ministeris to imploy what person they think fittest for collecting therof.
Andro Purdoun is appoynted to receive the excyse fra the collectouris at the mylnes, and to begin this day eight dayes, and the maister of wark is to receive the black money (fn. 9) therof.
In ansuer to the supplication given in be John Andersone, elder, of Dowhill, makand mention of the great loss he sustained by the lait fyre and throw decay of trade and utherwayes, and of the ill condition he is in, desyring the saids magistratis and counsell to consider the same and give him wp his notte of thrie hundreth and three scoir ten poundis he is resting to the toun, quhilk was severall tymes promeist him, for which he offeris to give a right to George Herbertsone of his high chope quher George Herbertson hes builded his land in Saltmercat. Quhilk being taken to the saids magistratis and counsell their consideration, they ordain the said notte to be delyvered wp to him, and discharges him of the same and soum therin contained, wpon his granting ane disposition to the forsaid chope as said is.
23 August 1684.
The proveist, baillies and counsell of the said burgh being conveened, and taking to their consideration their calling and presenting of ane able and qualified person for serving the cure as ane of this burghs ordinary ministeris, now vacant throw the transportation of Mr. John Gray, late minister here, from this place to Aberlady, they all with ane unanimous consent, being assured and weill informed of the qualificatioune, good lyfe and conversatioune of Mr. John Saige, student of divinity, hes called, nominat and presented and heirby calls, nominats and presents the said Mr. John Sage to be ane of the ordinary ministeris of this burgh in place of the said Mr. John Gray, and to the ordinary stipend payable yeirly to any of the ministeris within the said burgh serving the cure ther, quhilk is, yearly, ane thowsand pounds money of stipend and four scoir pounds of hows maill, to be payed at twa termes in the yeir, Whitsonday and Martimes, be equall portions, beginnand the first termes payment therof at the term of Whitsonday jm. vjc. and eighty fyve yeiris for the half yeir immediately preceeding; and wills and desyres the most reverend father in God, Arthur by the mercy of God archbishop of Glasgow, to try and examin the literature, qualificatioune, good lyfe and conversation of the said Mr. John Sage, and, being found qualified, to admitt and receive him to be ane of the ministeris of this burgh for exercing the function of the ministrie therin, and to give him collation, institution and all uther sort of ecclesiastick ordouris requisit for that effect, and to take his oath for giving dew obedience to his grace the said archbishop, his ordinary, in forme as effeiris; and ordains the clerk to subscryve and give furth to the said Mr. John Sage ane extract of thir presents, quhilk is declared to be als sufficient as if ther wer a presentatioune drawen wp and subscrivit be the saids magistratis and counsell themselves.
Ordains Robert Fynnisone, thesaurer, to pay to . . . James Andersone the sowm of ane hundreth twenty eight poundis Scotis for rosa solis (fn. 10) and chesnuts furnished be him to the magistrats, that was given be them to some persons the last yeir.
20 September 1684.
The provest and dean of gild made report that they had mett and cleared compts with James Boyd, maisson, for repairing the great bridge [when it was found that the sum of £433 6s. 8d. was owing and payment was authorised].
The magistratis and toun counsell have concluded and appoynted that Mr. Alexander Kinneir get four scoir pounds payed him, yeirly, for his hows maill, as the rest of the ministeris of the toun gets, and that during his serving the cure as ane of the ministeris of the toun.
26 September 1684.
There was ane factoury and commission subscrivit in favouris of George Andersone for wplifting and receiving the teynds of the barrony, taken be the toun fra the archbishop for the space of nyntein yeirs to come, as also for the bygane teynds restand.
The magistratis and counsell taking to their consideratioun the great pains and trouble Walter Corbet, hammerman, is at in keeping the tolbooth clock and chimms, and that the sellary sattled on him is small and inconsiderable, being fyve pound starling, yeirly, [augmented it to £10].
The provest, baillies, dean of gild and deacon conveener made report that they had settled and aggried with Robert Boyd for paying him fifty pounds Scots for ilk ruid of ane stane dyck quhilk he was formerly appoynted to build at the back of the High Kirk, for keeping fensible that yaird that belongs to the toun, quhilk they bowght for the touns [use for] washing and bleitching, (fn. 11) and keeping the Craigs park more fensible and the said washing place fra being spoyled by horse and kyne going in therto, for quhich the said Robert is to furnish stane, lyme and all necessaris. Quhilk report was allowed and approven, and ordains the said Robert to build the said dyck sufficiently and als high as the magis tratis and counsell shall think fitt. As also ordains (blank) to pay to the said Robert Boyd the sowm of twa hundreth merks for building a bridge beyond the Cowcaddens and furnishing stane and lyme therto and casting the goats for taking the water aff the highway, quhich was unpassible ther, conform to the agriement made with him by the saidis persons theranent.
The proveist, baillies, dean of gild, deacon conveener and thesaurer made report that they had considered John Woddrops petition, with the loss of his hydes that was taken owt of his holes and laid on wpon the sydes of the howssis for saving them from the lait fyre in Gallowgait, which they find to be very considerable, and therfor for helping to repair the same they thowght fitt to give him wp his band of nyne hundreth and fifty merks granted be him to the toun for the drawen teynds this cropt 1684; whilk report was thowght just and reasonable.
The magistratis and counsell having considered the petition given in be Robert Stirling, maltman, makand mention of the great loss he sustained in keeping the subdeans mylne, and the charges and expenssis he was at in convoying the archbishop to Drumfreis and home again be Air, they ordain the said Robert to have ane hundreth pounds Scotis payed him for the said loss and expenssis, and ordains the clerk to give warrand on the thesaurer or any utheris that hes money belonging to the toun for paying the same.
The magistratis and counsell considering the petition given in be John Cuming, maltman, anent the loss he sustained by the tack of the Green the last yeir, he having taken few beasts theron and none bot burgessis kyne, and the generall having cawsed him take far les for the officeris and dragouns horssis then he gote fra otheris, having promised to caws get him allowance therfor, they ordain the thesaurer to pay him ten poundis sterling for the said loss, with fourty fyve poundis farder quhilk he was cawsed pay by the magistratis to ane dragoun for a horse that he alledged was taken owt of the park and spoyled, the said John having made appear that the samen was not done throw his default; quhilk soumes shall be allowed to the said thesaurer at his compt making.
Ordains the thesaurer to pay to James Woddrop, land laborer, the soum of twenty four pounds Scotis for the maill of a hows at the Gallowgate port that was taken from him, at command of the magistratis, to be a guard chamber to the officers quhill the new guard was builded, and for uther loss he sustained therby.
Ordains (blank) to pay to baillie John Andersone the soum of twelve pounds ten shillings sterling for the last yeiris allowance in plenishing the generallis lodging and furnishing him coall and candle. Baillie Andersone gave in ane accompt of the haill particular furnishing furnished be him that is within the generalls lodging, quhilk he was desyred to buy for that end wpon the touns accompt, and quhilk compt extends to seven hundreth twenty fyve punds ten shilling, and was allowed and approven be the saids magistratis and counsell. And ordains the said baillie to be payed of the said soum, he making the said plenishing furthcoming and delyvering the same conform to the said compt to some person in name of the toun, quhilk they are to keep for the use abovewritten.
Ordains (blank) to pay to John M'Cuir, wryter, the soum of ane hundreth pounds Scotis for his pains and expenssis in going to Edinburgh lately for getting the archbishops hand to a new tack of the teynds of the barrony, and going throw the countrey and getting the dean and chapters hands to the same; and ordains the uther tack formerly subscrivit be the said archbishop of the saids teynds to be delyvered wp to him wpon the recept of this new one.
Alexander Thom gave in ane accompt of his cutting the Kings armes wpon stone, furnishing ane stone therto, poynting and gilding therof, and cutting the Kings armes on timber for the Kings seat in the High Kirk, contryving the modellis of the frontispeece of the lafts ther, and for cutting severall thistles and crouns for the use of the said seat, and his haill pains and attendance therwpon, and the taking doun and putting wp the said lafts, and for eight cedar tables and the pertinentis belonging therto, furnished be him for the use of the toun, wherby the toun will be restand to him, by and attour what he hes received formerly, the soum of four hundreth and fyve poundis Scotis, quhilk compt was allowed and approven, and ordains the clerk to give owt warrand for payment of the same wpon the thesaurer or any of the touns collectouris that hes money.
The said provest, baillies and counsell, taking to their consideratioune the contract and aggreement made and past betwixt their predecessouris in office and the masteris of the colledge of Glasgow, be vertew quherof it was concluded and aggried that the bibleothicarius of the said colledge be presented per vices be the said toun and colledge ilk four yeiris, and the caswalities belonging to the same; and the colledge having presented Mr. James Young, master and professor of humanity, and given him the last presentatioune as belonging to them for the space of four yeirs, quhilk are not yet owtrun till Lambes 1687, therfor the saidis provest, baillies and counsell, for keeping a good correspondence betwixt the toun and colledge, and for the respect and kyndnes they bear and carry not only to the said Mr. James himself bot lykwayes to the memory of his umquhill father and uncle, who wer masters of the said colledge, and his grandfather who was a minister in this city, for them and their successouris in office have given, granted and presented, and be thir presents gives, grants and presents to the said Mr. James Young the forsaid place of bibleothicarius in the said colledge, and that for the space of four yeiris after the expyring of the presentatioune granted to him be the said colledge, quhilk is at the said term of Lambmes 1687, and to the haill caswalities belonging therto, at the saidis magistratis and counsell their gift and presentatioune; and willis and desyres the principall and remanent masteris of the said colledge of Glasgow to admitt and receive the said Mr. James Young to the said place and caswalities forsaid belonging therto at the said term of Lambmes 1687 and that for the space of four yeirs therafter.
27 September 1684.
George Andersone gave in ane accompt of his and his servants expences, with their horses, being imployed to goe to Edinburgh in March 1683, be the toun, when Sir Adam Blair was persewing them befor the exchequer, and in the touns uther affairs ther, and staying there at that tyme till the store and storehowssis were rowped belonging to the fishing society; for the space of twenty four dayes. And for his goeing to Edinburgh, being imployed be the toun, with his servant and horses, to the convention of burrows in July 1683, and his staying then the space of sixtein dayes. Item, his charges and expenssis, being imployed to goe to Edinburgh in November 1683, to sie the touns band for the store and storehowssis delyvered and to receive wp the paperis, with a right fra the society therto, quhilk accordingly was done. As also his expence when he went to Edinburgh in March 1684, being called to give ane accompt of the fynes to my lord high thesaurer and thesaurer deput, where he, with his servant and twa horses, stayed twenty dayes. Item, his expence and debursments, with his servant and 2 horses, at Edinburgh, being called in to give ane accompt to my said lord thesaurer and thesaurer deput of the touns excyse and common goods, in Apryll. And siclyke for being at Edinburgh, being ordored thither be the magistratis and counsell, to the convention of burrows in July 1684, and clearing comptis of the cess and excyse with James Oswald, and delyvering wp his recepts and getting ample discharges, and ryding beyond Dunbar and meeting my lord high chancellour and thesaurer. And for his expenssis in borrowing and sending to the provest at Edinburgh a considerable pairt of the money that payed the royall company, spent be the said George at the borrowing and receiving therof. As also his expenssis and debursments in going to Greenock and taking William Stirling, baillie deput of the regality, with him, as he was desyred, for taking instrumentis in his hand against Patrick Murray and Robert Campbell anent the salt, and spent in Glasgow with Patrick Dundas anent the said bargain, quher the provest and severall uthers was present. Quhilk compt and ilk article therof being red and calculat and laid be the saids magistrats and toun counsell, they find the samen extends to the soum of [£491 2 s. 8 d.]; quhilk was allowed and approven be them. And farder, they give and allow to the said George Andersone, clerk, the soum of four hundreth and eighty pounds partly for his pains in oft ryding anent the saids affairs, and for the haill gratis tickets writtin be him and severall rights, wryting and compts, and uther extraordinar wryting, this last yeir.
Ordains Robert Fynnisone, thesaurer, to have ane warrand for the sowm of twa hundred and fourty poundis Scotis, payed be him for silver and gold ribbens for burgessis ticketis given to noblemen and gentlemen and their servants since May 1683.
Ordains (blank) to pay to James Muir, Richard Manuell and James Heriot, wryteris in the clerkis chamber, the sowm of ane hundreth and eighty poundis for taking wp severall listis of the haill inhabitantis in the toun, and wryting bilgets and helping the quartermaister for quartering the soldiouris, and for attending at the chamber for a considerable space till ten aclock ilk night for taking wp of strangeris names and giving them in to the guard, and for furnishing of parchment to gratis burges ticketis these twa yeiris, and for severall tymes wryting the test, and uther extraordinar pains and wryting, quhich was very meikle this last yeir.
The magistratis and toun counsell, taking to their consideration the great pains and trowble the provest hes bein at in ryding and doing the touns affairis these twa yeirs, they ordain the thesaurer to delyver him wp his band of ane thowsand seven hundreth six pundis 12 s. 6 d. he is restand to the toun, without payment, and declares him to be frie of the same; (fn. 12) as also ordains the thesaurer to delyver to John Wallace, deacon conveener, his band that he restis to the toun of four scoir poundis, for his pains and ryding in the touns affairis.
The magistratis and toun counsell, taking to their consideration the new tack of the teynds of the barrony taken be them fra his grace the archbishop of Glasgow, for the space of nyntein yeirs yet to run, be acceptance of the quhich tack they are lyable in paying the minister of the barronies stipend, and in respect the quantity to be payed is not particularly exprest in the said tack, the saids magistrats and counsell heirby bind and obleis them to pay to Mr. Alexander George, minister of the said barrony, the soum of nyne hundreth pounds Scots for his stipend, yeirly, at twa termes in the yeir, Whitsonday and Martimes, be equall portions, with fifty pounds yeirly for furnishing the communion elements, and that during the yeirs of the said tack and his serving the cure at the said kirk.
Ordains Robert Fynnisone, thesaurer, to pay to Alexander Yuill the soum of thrie hundreth merkis for owtreiking and furnishing a militia horse for the toun, with ane hundreth merkis for a yeirs maintinance of the said horse, the said Alexander giving band and sufficient cawtioune for serving in the said militia with a man and a sufficient horse and armes, and freeing the toun of any hazard they shall happen to sustain throw his not performance, on quhich condition thir presentis are granted to him.
It is concluded that baillie John Andersone and James Hamilton, merchand, be payed for owtreiking their militia horssis with a years maintinance, they giving band and cawtioune as uthers who putts owt horses for the said militia are obleidged to doe.
29 September 1684.
Ordains the thesaurer to have ane warrand to pay baillie Grahame the soum of twa hundreth twenty thrie poundis Scotis, quherof fourty pounds is for expenssis in going to the archbishop of St. Andrews buriall, (fn. 13) and the rest of the said sowm is for drink spent in his hows be the magistratis wpon the touns accompt since the twenty eight of June last, conform to the compt therof red and allowed.
The magistrats and counsell have appoynted two hundreth merkis to be payed be the toun to Patrick Maxwell, tanner, for three scoir hydes and wpwards that he lost at the late fyre, that wer taken fra him for laying wpon howssis for saving them from the fyre; and ane hundreth merkis to be payed to Gabriell Listoun for thretty hydes he lost at the said fyre.
The magistratis and counsell have concluded and appoynted that William Stirling, baillie deput of the regality, and John Johns, procuratour fiscall of the comissariot of Glasgow, get twenty fyve poundis sterling payed them for their pains and service in the touns affairs these twa yeirs past, and for their discretion to the toun and inhabitantis therin in their severall imployments.
The magistratis and counsell, in ansuer to the supplication given in to them be Allan Glen, they ordain him to be payed be the toun of the six pounds nyne shillings sterling for a horse that he had new bowght that died at Edinburgh, being bursten ryding thither be the provest.
30 September 1684.
[The archbishop nominated John Johnstoun of Clachrie as provost, and from leets presented to him chose George Johnstoun and John Craufurd, merchants, and William Watsoun, tailor, to be bailies for the ensuing year.]
3 October 1684.
22 October 1684.
[Robert Corse, dean of guild; John Smith, deacon convener; David Craufurd, treasurer; Alexander Ross, bailie of Gorbals; John Purveyance, water bailie; James Corse, visitor of gardeners; John Grahame, procurator fiscal.]
27 October 1684.
The magistratis and counsell considering the sad condition the toun is in throw the great debt they are resting, it is therfor concluded that the toun shall make use of no person as the touns physitian or chirurgian in tyme coming, and if any person who is unweill and deserves to be cured, wpon their application to any of the magistratis they are impowered to recommend them to any physitian they shall think fitt; and discharges the paying of any money to any pensioners or utheris on the touns accompt till the councellis farder order. As also, in respect forsaid, it is enacted and concluded that none of the baillies shall have power to give to any poor person above half a dollour at a tyme; and discharges the maister of wark to ansuer any money upon that accompt except wpon warrand subscrivit be twa of the baillies.
The magistratis and counsell, considering the great clamouris made be the touns people by the abuses committed be the lait magistratis these few veiris past, by decerning severall persons to pay debtis and sowmes of money to others, and extorting and exacting fynes from severall of them without using any probatioune or decerning any formall sentence against them in publict court, far contrair to the law and practique of the burgh, for remeid quherof it is inacted and concluded that in tyme coming none of the magistratis within the burgh, baillie of Gorballis nor water baillie, shall have power to fyne any person except by conveening the transgressours in a publict cowrt and using a legall probation and giving a formall sentence against them, and that the touns baillies shall not determin anything betwixt the touns people above fourty shilling Scotis except they be convicted as said is. (fn. 14)
4 November 1684.
The provest, baillies and counsell being conveened, and taking to their consideration ane formesr act of the magistratis and toun councell, daited the twenty seventh day of September last, ordaining the thesaurer of the said burgh to delyver wp to John Barnes, lait provest, his band granted be him to the magistratis and toun counsell for the tyme of the sowm of seventein hundred and six punds twelve shilling six pennies, quhilk he is restand to the toun, without any payment, and declaring him to be frie of the samen soum for the great pains and trouble he hes bein at in ryding and doing the touns affairs these two yeiris; (fn. 15) and also finding by the accomptis given in be the said John Barnes, lait provest, and allowed to him be the magistratis and councell for the tyme, that the samen is very exorbitant and far beyond any allowance given to former provestis, considering the touns affairs was in agitation for the tyme; and lykwayes taking to their consideration that ther was never any allowance given be the toun to any former provest for his pains in their affairs, bot only allowance for their just debursmentis and expenssis, and swa they conceave it unreasonable that he showld be exonered of the said band; therfor the saids provest, baillies and toun councell have rescinded and declared, and heirby rescinds and declares, the said act of councell ordaining the said band to be delyvered wp to the said John Barnes, lait provest, and declaring him frie of the samen, to be voyd and null; and ordains George Andersone, toun clerk, in whose hands the said band is, to exhibit and produce the samen to the present provest, quhilk accordingly he went for and gave to the said present provest in presence of the remanent magistratis and toun councell, who immediatlie delyvered it to David Craufurd, present toun thesaurer, who was ordained to put the samen to executioun against the said John Barnes as accords of law quhill he pay the sowmes therin contained. (fn. 16)
6 December 1684.
Nominats, commissionats and appoynts George Johnstoun, baillie, to settle and aggrie with some fitt person for lifting of about ane hundred and twenty ruid of the Trongate calsey and laying the samen of new again, and that from the West Port till ye come on this syde of the Tron Church, the breadth of six elnes on every syde from the croun therof, and that he pay the samen out of the maltmens fynes or utheris that shall be gotten quhilk will amount to so much.
For clearing of any mistakes that may fall out betwixt the maltmen and the collectouris anent the excyse of what malt they shall bring in to the toun, it is heirby statute and ordained that every maltman be himself, his wyfe or servant, give ane subscrivit list weekly, on the Saturnday morning, to the collector, befor they pay the excyse of what malt they had that week out of the mylne, and the person who received the same; and if the maltman, his wyfe or servant, cannot wryt that they sett to their mark to the said list in presence of ane honest and famous witnes who shall subscryve witnes therto; and that wnder the pain of ten punds Scotis to be payed in case of failyie toties quoties any of them shall happen to contraveen.