28 January 1580–1.
The prebendaries of St. Andro, St. Martene, and Trium Puerorum, in
the New Kirk of Glasgw, last possest be vmquhill Sir Robert Watsoun, and
now vacand in the baillies and counsales handis be his deceis, wes gevin to
Alexander Grhame, sone to Johne Grhame, baillie, for the space of fyfe
yeiris nixtocum, for his sustentatioun at the scholes, and that be the baillies
and counsale; and ane tak sett to him agane to the toun for tuenty pundis
24 February 1580–1.
The baillies, counsale, and haill dekynnis condiscendit and aggreit to
haif and vse the mesour of stoipis according to the jug mett as is in wther
townis, and ordanis the tounschip to be warnit to bryng thair stoipis to be
maid and mesourit thairwitht, vnder pane of xvj s. and escheting of the
stoipis eftir the warnyng and disobeying the samyn, and ordanis the craftisman to have for ilk pund wecht of pewder working vi d., and for the only
plovkyng of vtheris iiij d., and the treyn stoipis to be plovkit and merkit
7 March 1580–1.
Archibald Dauidson, fischer, is maid burges and freman, . . .
quhais fyynes wes gevin to Thomas Mylne. chirurgiane, be the baillies and
counsale, for his curing of Thomas Muir, hurt in the townes besynes, and
promist to him be thame thairfor.
7 April 1581.
Anent the libellit precept rasit at the instance of the commoune
procuratour of the town aganis the persones vnderwrittin, being fremen and
burgessis of this toun, nocht duelland nor makand residence thairinto, nor
scattand and lottand, walkand and wairdand, and vnderlyand vther chargis
within the samyn, conforme to thair aythis, to heir and see thamselfis
decernit to haif tynt the priuilege of thair said fredome, conforme to the
actis maid at conuentioun of burrois, as at mair lenth is contenit in precept,
comperit Mungo Wilsoun, and became souertie for Robert Alexander,
Thomas Broun, and William Arthour; [and fifteen others find surety in
like manner] that thai and ilkane of thame sall scatt and lott, walk and
waird, and pay stentis as burgessis suld do. And becaus Johne Tod, James
Byris, Johne Muir, in Cathcart, comperit nocht, being summondit oppinlie
at the mercat croce, thairfor thai are decernit to have tynt thair fredomes
of the toun and to be rekynnit as vnfremen in tym to cum, conform to the
statutis and actis of burrois.
16 May 1581.
Court of perambulation. Faltis gevin vp be outlandmeris.
The court of thee perambulatioun of the merches of the burght
and citie of Glasgu, haldin at the Milndame, be honorabill men, Johne
Grahame, Robert Stuart, and Hector Stuart, baillies thairof.
And mair attour, wee find grit falt at thee towne milne that thee haill
loyne is biggit and maid yairdis thairof that na passage may bee had betuix
the said towne milne and Garnegad.
Siklike, thair is ane brig fallin at thee kirk yard and quhilk was ane
passage to the towne milne.
Siklike, we heir be report that thee passage of thee Stokwell is holkit
vp be thee potter hard bee thee hows.
Ladle, brig, mills.
[The casualties of the ladle set for a year for 385 merks, and those of the bridge for £47.
The old town mill and the mill on Kelving set for £120, and 50 bolls victual to be paid to
Treasurer, master of work, menstrallis.
[From a leet of eight, William Symmer chosen treasurer; from a leet of five, Matho
Wilsoun chosen master of work; menstrallis continuit, Archibald Bordland, Johnne Corbart.]
23 May 1581.
Archibald Hegat, court clerk;.
Thee court being fencit, Johnne Grahame, ane of the bailleis foirsaidis,
twik thee aith of me Archibald Hegate that I sould lelie and trewlie exercei
thee office of court clerkschip of thee said towne, being presentit and
admittit thairto bee ane noble and potent lord Esme erle of Leuinax lord
Dernlie, Dalkeith, Aubegnye, etc., provest, and with authoritie and
command of thee Kingis maiestie to that effect, and thaireftir deliuerit to
mee thee scrow of thee formes and preceding court haldin at the milne
dame as clerk foirsaid.
[Quinto Octobris 1589. This act deleit be command and ordinance of the prouest,
baillies, and haill counsell, be vertew of thair ordinance maid the forsaid daye. J. Ross.]
3 June 1581.
Thee bailleis and counsale being convenit in thee counsallhous,
comperit James Stuard of Cardonald and Gabriell Corbeit of Hardgray and
presentit to thee saidis bailleis and counsale ane lettere direct to thame fra
ane noble and potent lord Esme erle of Leuinax lord Dernlie, Dalkeith,
Aubegny, etc., provest, makand mentioun of ane hurtful and pretendit
statute maid in thee tyme of Robert lord Boyd, sum tyme provest, bee thee
aduice of the bailleis and certane vtheris particularis vpoune counsale for
thee tyme, bee thee quhilk it was statut and ordanit that all new maid
burgessis efter thee making of thee said pretendit statut suld bee astrictit
to cum with thair victuall to the commoun towne milne and milne on
Kelwing, as alswa all brewaris and makeris of equavytie within this towne,
and thairfor desyring thee same to be abrogatit, the bailleis thairfor, vpoune
equall consideration of the zele thee said noble lord bure to the commoun
weill of this town and libertie, and considering that thee said statute was
hurtful, with aduice of counsale, ordanis that na new maid burgessis be
sworne efter thee tenour of thee said pretendit statute, and for deleting of
thee said statute ordanit that thee haill counsale and deaconis sould be of
new convenit to that effect.
Dauid Ramsay, potter, is maid free man and burges of this towne and
hes gewing his grit aith to be leill and trew and to defend the libertie
thairof with his handis to the deid, and that for making of the jug met of
bras, pynt and chopin, vpoune his awin expenssis.
6 June 1581.
Anent the actioun and bill presewit be maister Archibald Craufurd,
persoun of Eglissem, aganis Johnne Ros of Haning and William Ros his
cautioner, makand mentioun that quhair thee said maister Archibald, as
factour and seruitour in that part to ane noble and potent lord Hew erle of
Eglintoun lord Montgumrie, and haveing his lordschipis commissioun to
the effect following, set in assedatioun to the said Johnne Ros of Haning
thee said erlis grit ludgeing liand in the Drygait, sum tyme callit the
persoun of Dowglas place, to wit thee grit hall with twa chalmiris on thee
west part, ane vther chalmer vpoune the eist parte of thee samyn with thee
haill loftis abone and three bak galreis on thee bak syde, with ane laich
wolt quhilk cumis at ane dur at the fute of thee turnpek that cumis downe
fra the hall with thee gardene kurtis and flouris, with diuers insicht and
plennesing being in thee said place, as thee assedatioun maid betuix thee
said maister Archibald, as factour foirsaid, and the said Johnne Ros of
Haning and William Ros, burges of Glasgu, as cautioner and souirtie for
him, quhilk is vnder the forme of contract of thee dait at Glasgu the xxviij
day of Maij the yeir of God jm vc lxxvij yeiris in thee self at mair lenth
proportis, and that for the yeirlie payment of viij li money. [Decreet
given against the cautioner for payment.]
1 July 1581.
The baillies, counsale, and deaconis convenand for the tyme, for the
caus and to the effect vnderwrittin, that is to say, forsamekle anent the complaynt maid be the inhabitantis of this toun and haill communitie thairof
bering that thai being free men and burgessis of this toun aucht and suld be
thirlit nor astrictit to cum with thair victuale quhilk suld happin thame to
have to grind to na myln or mylnis about this toun bot quhair thai pleis
maist for thair proffeit and quhair thai may find reddiast and best seruice,
and it is of veritie that in the tyme of Robert lord Boyd, sumtyme
prouest of this toun, be the consent of the baillies for the tyme and other
personis of the counsale, statute and ordanit that all free men and burgesses
of this toun and otheris to be maid efter the dait of the said pretendit statute
suld sweir and be bund to cum to thair commone myln and myln on Kelving
with thair stufe and victuale to grind, and als statute and ordanit that all
brewaris and makaris of aquavytie within this toun suld bring thair malte
quhairof thai mak the samyn to the said mylnis, or otherwis to be dis
chairgit of brewing and making of aquavytie, and thairupone ordanit
officiares to mak intimatioun na les to the hurt of the commone weill for
diuers respectis than away taking of the libertie and preuilege of free men
and burgessis, first, becaus it is weill and cleirlie vnderstand to the saidis
baillies and haill deaconis and counsale that nane of the saidis mylnis at na
seasoun of the yeir wilbe able to mak continewale and daylie seruice to this
tounschip, being populus and haifing hourelie victuale of gritt quantitie to
grind, and becaus the said mylnis ar situat on burnis quhilk will stand the
haill symmer seasoun dry without watter, nochtwithstanding thair wer
sufficiensie of watter yit ar thai nocht able to grind nor mak seruice to the
haill inhabitantis of this toun, the saidis inhabitantis being burdenit with
the furnesing of passingeris and repair of noble men, togidder with the
repair and charge of the Helandis, and als with the furnesing of fischeris
and trafficquaris of this toun to the Iles, Yrland, and ellisquhair, to mak
change of aill and aquavytie, with the furnesing of the vniuersitie, thee
repair of mercatt folkis twyis in oulk, be the quhilkis occasiones and
ressones foirsaid the said toun and communitie ar inrichit and doith stand
for the maist parte; be the contrare the saidis inhabitantis, be the said
pretendit statute, ar constranit to pay double multuris in symmer seasoun
for laik of watter to thair awne mylnis, the ane to the fermorer of the myln
and the other quhair thai get thair stufe grund for the tyme, quhilk is
intolerable and expres aganis the commone weill and libertie of this toun,
quhilk be the said complaynt wes maist hevylie menit to the said baillies,
and thairfore becaus of the law it is louable that quhatsumeuir thing be
done be magistratis for the tyme to the preiudice of the libertie of ane toun,
hurt and incommoditie thairof, that all magistratis succeding, with cairful
diligence, suld fortifie and remeid the inconveniencie and hurt of thair
commone weill, thairfore the baillies present, be the advys and with
authoritie of ane noble and potent lord Esme erle of Leuenax lord Darnlie,
Dalkeith, Obinze, etc. prouest, with aduis and haill counsale and deaconis,
all in ane voce, for the caussis foirsaidis and otheris diuers considerationis
of the commone weill harde and considerit, cassiss, annullis, abrogatis, and
of na force, strenth, nor effect makis the foirsaid pretendit statute of
thirlage with all that hes followit or may follow thairupone for euir, and
for thame, thair successouris, with aduise and consent fairsaid, simpliciter
dischargis the samyn in all tymes cumyng, grantand and permittand be the
tenour heirof to all and sindrie the burgessis and fremen present and heireftir to be maid free will and libertie to grind thair stufe at quhatsumeuir
myln thai pleis best for thair ease and commoditie; and the said baillies and
counsale for thame and thair successouris, with aduise and consent foirsaid,
statutis and ordanis in tyme cumyng it sall nocht be lesum to thame to
thirle free men and burgessis of this toun present and heirefter to be maid
na maner of way for the hurt of thair commone weill and libertie, bot the
samyn to be keipit, defendit, and preseruit conforme to thair gritt ayth
gifin for defence thairof and preseruatioun of the samyn in all respectis,
conforme to thair auld fredomes and preuilegis had in all tyme bigane.
6 July 1581.
Court of Craigmach.
The court of Cragmak, haldin at the same be honorable men Ihome
Grahame, Robert Stewart and Hector Steward, baillies. The suttis callit,
the court confermit; dempstare, Jhone Andro. The sute roll being callit,
the absentis thai ar vnlawit and amerchiament, conform to vse and wont,
and dwme gifin thairupone.
Proclamatioun of the fair.
The quhilk day, the peace of the fair wes proclamit be David Coittis,
mair of fee, vpone the Greyne, and be Richarde Tod, toun officiare, vpone
the croce, eftir the forme and tenoure vnderwrittin:—Forsamekle, as this
day is the sext day of Julii, quhilk is the fair evin of Glasgow, and the
morne the fair day, quhilk fair continewis the space of aucht dayis, thairfore I inhibit and forbiddis straitlie in our Souerane Lordis name and in
name and behaulfe of ane noble and potent lord Esme erle of Lennox, lord
Darnlie and Obinze, etc., prouest, and baillie of the baronie, and in name of
the baillies of this toun, that nane of oure Souerane Lordis legis cumand to
this fair, reparing thairin, gangand thairfra do ony hurt or trublens ane to
ane vther for auld dett or new dett, auld feid or new feid, bot leif peceablie
and vse thair merchandice and eschange vnder Goddis pece and our
Souerane lordis protectioun, vnder all hiest pane and charge that may be
impvt to thame doand in the contrare, and to be callit and accusit for
breking the Kingis Maiesteis pece and trublance of his hienes mercatt. To
the quhilk proclamatioun the officiares reqvirit witnessis, viz., Dauid
Lindsay, elder, Thomas Cloggie, Mungo Wilsoun, and Niniane Drew.
4 August 1581.
Anent the bill gifin in be Robert Yule, makand mentioun that quhair
he is provydit to ane bed of bak almoushous, and that the borne pertenyng to
the persoun of Glasgw callit the teyne borne is indettit to him yeirlie of the
sowme of fiv s. as ane of the nomber of the said almous, and that thair is
restand awand to him thre termes anuell of the said borne, viz. [7 s. 6 d.],
lik as otheris his predecessouris occupearis of his stall in the said almoushous hes bene in vse of payment thairof, quhilk wes cleirlie vnderstandit to
the said baillies, thairfore thai decerne and ordanis that the grund of the
said borne callit the teyne borne, pertenyng to the persoun of Glasgu, and
occvpearis thairof, be poyndit for thre termes annuell bigane and in all tyme
cumyng, and the occupear of the said stall to be thankfullie payit thairof.
3 October 1581.
Comperit Williame Montgomrie, writter, and producit our Souerane
Lordis lettir, willing and desyring the prouest, baillies, counsale and communitie of the burgh and cietie of Glasgw to acknowlege and recognosce
and vse his Hienes trusty and weilbelouit Robert now bischop of Glasgow
nocht onlie in presenting of the lytis to him for his electioun and admissioun, lyk as thai vsit to his predecessouris of befoir, for this instant yeir
and yeirlie in tyme cumyng during his lyftyme, bot alswa in all other
thingis concerning thair dewitie to the bischop, as thai wald answer to his
hienes vpone thair obedience, and report thair speciall thankis thairanent
as to him to quhome our Souerane Lord had conferrit and gifin the said
archibischoprik, with all preuilegiis, immuniteis, proffeitis, and dewiteis
pertenyng thairto; as the said lettere of the daitt of Glasgw the thrid day of
October fourscoir ane yeiris, and of our Souerane Lordis regnne the fyftene
yeir, in it self at mair lenth proportis. To the quhilk Williame Hegait,
procuratour and foirspeikar for the said prouest, baillies, counsale and
communitie convenit, ansuerit that with thair hart thai wald accept and
obey the said lettir in all poyntis, the said bischop fulfilling his dewitie to
the Kingis maiestie and using himself kynlie to the saidis toun for the weill
thairof in all respectis; vpone the quhilk the said Williame requirit instrumentis of me clerk and notare vnderwrittin.
Lytis for baillies.
Lytis lytit be the auld baillies and auld counsall to be presentit to my
lord archibischop of Glasgu for namyng of thre of thame in baillies this yeir
to cum, for obedience of oure Souerane lordis requeist and charge obtenit be
the said archibischop heirinto: Jhonne Grhame, Robert Stewart, auld
baillies, Hector Stewart [and eight others].
Quhilkis lytis being presentit to my lord archibischop of Glasgw
moderne, be Matho Wilsoun, Johnne Muir and the commone clerk, send
thairto, he namit the thre following:—Baillies for this instant yeir,
Jhonne Grhame, younger, Robert Steuart, Colene Campbell.
Watter baillye, procurator, consilium.
Watter bailye, maister Williame Logane; commone procurator,
maister Adame Wallace; Consilium pro presenti anno:—Jhonne Grhame,
elder [and twenty-six others].
[Statutes passed in terms similar to those enacted at the head courts in October in
Item, it is statute and ordanit that na hydis, skynnis, ischewis, nor na
other filthie thingis, be waschin in the burne of Malyndoner, vnder the pane
of aucht schillingis the first fault, the nixt vnder the said pane and confiscatioun of the guddis, the thrid vnder the pane of warding and punesing of
thair persones and guddis at the proueist, baillies, and counsallis will.
5 October 1581.
In presens of the prouest, baillies, and counsall, being convenit in the
counsalhous, comperit Sir Mark Jamesoun and producit ane litle aikin
coffer contenyng into it all and sindrie the euidentis pertenyng to the
fundatioun of five pund yeirlie annuel-rent to be vpliftit of his place and
yarde occupeit be him foundit and dotit to the pure folkis of Sanct Michaelis (fn. 1)
hospitall, bak and foir, and to the seik folkis at the Brigend, as in the said
infeftmentis in thame selfis at mair lenth proportis, togiddir with the
evidentis of fourtie ane schilling annuell coft be the said Sir Mark in the
toun to the saidis pure folkis at the Brigend, togiddir with the evidentis of
xiiij s. annuell to the court clerk and maister of the hospitall for the
gaddering and distributioun of the saidis annuellis to the pure; quhilkis
euidentis the said Mark reuerentlie requeistit the prouest, baillies, and
counsall to accept and put thame in thair commone kist for sure keiping
thairof, and caus thankfull payment to be maid to the saidis pure folkis of
the saidis annuellis; quhilkis the said prouest, baillies, and counsall resauit
and causit putt the samyn in thair commone kist, and that becaus the said
Sir Mark causit the said court clerk and maister of hospitall entir in
possession of the distributioun of the said annuell the secund day of Julij
Contineuit the officiares quhill the prouest cumyng hame, and in the
menetyme ordanis the drum to pas throw the toun and se quha haid ony
complayntis vpone thame to gif in the same.
10 October 1581.
Heid court. Lipper.
The heid court efter Michaelmes, haldin in the tolbuith of the samyn.
Lipper:—Andro Lawsoun, merchand, Jonet Stewart, Patrik Bogle, maltman, Jonet Auld, Jonet Spang, Jonet Gardner. The prouest and baillies
ordanis the persones abone writtin to remane in thair awin houssis or ellis
to pas beyond the brig to the hospitall.
13 October 1581.
James Law, younger, is maid burges and freman of the burgh and
cietie of Glasgw, and hes gifin his aith of fidelitie to the toun, and that
gratis at the Kingis maiesteis requeist.
20 October 1581.
Jhonne Hunter, being accusit for the thiftus steling and away taking
fra Jhonne Stirling at the brig of Glasgw out of his poutche vpoun Thuirsday wes aucht dayis the xij day of October, ane naipkyn, and being thairin
ane stampit xxx s. pece, ane stampit xx s. pece, ane Inglis testan, twa half
merk peceis, and ten schilling five penneis small money, and in takin
thairof the said Johne Stirlingis name wes into the naipkyn; the said
Jhonne Hunter confessit the said dittay and poyntis thairof. And siclik
being accusit for art and parte of the steling and cutting of Williame
Flemyngis purs in Air, as ane judiciall act bering the declaratioun of
Jhonne Lyntoun and Sara Lauderis confessioun, being adiugit to dit,
proportis, quhilk last article the said Jhonne Hunter denyit. The justice
of the baronie, with the aduis of the assyss, haifand consideratioun of the
youth of the said Jhonne Hunter and that it is possible he may returne to
amendiament heirefter, decernis and ordanis the said Jhonne to foirsweir
burgh and baronie and to be brunt on the schulder with ane hett irne and
scurgit throw the tcun, and dwme gifin thairupoun.
10 December 1581.
The superintendent, accumpaneit with the deyne of facultie, principall
of the college, and otheris members of the kirk, proponand the rwyng and
decay of the kirk to the prouest, baillies, and counsall, being convenit in the
counsalhous, and efter ressonying had in the said mater, ordanis, all with
ane consent, that within thre or foure dayis the kirk, with the prouest and
baillies and maist part of the counsall, to witt, Williame Conyghame,
Archibald Lyoun, Gawin Grhame, George Herbertsoun, Williame Hegait,
and maister Henry Gibsoun to convene in the Hie Kirk, and thairefter to
ressoun vpoun the remeid and help of the kirk, and how the samyn may be
The prouest baillies and counsall ordanis the auld act tueching the
convenyng of the counsall ilk Settirday to be obseruit and the pane contenit
thairintill to be vptane.
14 December 1581.
Court. Ingoun seid.
The court of the burgh and cietie of Glasgw. . . . Inqueist:
Williame Conynghame [and eleven others]. In presens of the baillies
sittand in jugement, the persones and inqueist abonwrittin being sworne
and electit to pas and visie the ingoun seid sawin in the yardis underwrittin,
viz., Gawin Grhameis yarde [and four others], be vertew of ane precept
direct of befoir, quha being sworne acceptit the viseing of the saidis yardis
vpoun thame quhilk thai viseit and pronuncit nocht as than, and thairfoir,
being newlingis callit and chargit to pronunce thair deliuerance, enterit in
face of court, fand and deliuerit the estate of the seid sawin in the saidis
yardis wes in maner following, that is to say that thair was na maner of
growing cam vp in the said yardis worthie ony price bot hapnyng ingounis,
and the maist parte of thais being plukit wes blak and rottin in the heid;
and this thai declair be thair knawlege and conscience. [Decreet subsequently given against seller of seed for repayment of price].