3 January 1652.
Old ruynous hous.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the towne; be sound of drume, to
warne all persones wha desyres to buy that heich hous in the eist syde of the
Saltmercat that was vmquhill Jacob Andersones, that they come this day
aucht days to bid thairfor, to the effect the samyn may be repaired for the
better decorment of this citie, conforme to the act of parliament givine out
anent reparatioun of landis within brugh.
10 January 1652.
Appoynts Johne Grahame, the dein of gild, William Home, Niniane
Gilhagie, with so many of the magistratis as can be present, to meit with the
buikbinders anent thair supplicatioune, and to report.
In regaird of the straits the towne is put to by thair sesse quhich the
weiklie collectioune is not able to beir, and for helpe of these wha war weisted
to get some releife, it is condescendit and inactit that thair be ane stent
presentlie castine for 3 monethis mentenance, viz., 3600 li. And for eschewing
all mistackis anent the stentmasters thair awne stentis, it is condescendit that
in all tyme comeing the stent masteris sall be restranit fra the power to impoise
thair awne stentis and ar heirby discharget thairof. And the magistratis and
counsell ar heirby in all tyme comeing to stent the stent masteris.
17 January 1652.
Moneys for armes imployit on poore boyis.
Appoyntis and ordaynes that the moneyis gottine or to be gottine fra
friemen or gild brether for airmes for the yeir to come, with the byganes,
and ay and quhill the counsell recall it, be imployed for the vse of the poor
boyes; and the committee heirby authoreizit to call for the compt thairof
Item, it is recommendit to the deikine conveaner to conveine the craftis
for getting it condiscendit that who takis poore boyes to be prentessis that
they may be priviledgit to tak a vthir.
A commissioune is granted to Patrik Bryce and Robert Wilsoun and the
clerk to setle with some honest knyfmaker to be brocht to the towne and to
prese his fredome for taking of twa boyes prenteise frie.
21 January 1652.
Committs to the laite proveist, James Hammiltoune, dein of gild, and
deikine conveaner, to meit vpon the buikbinders supplicatioune and to draw
ane dracht thairof.
24 January 1652.
The deikine conveaner maid report anent the boyes and shew the
deikins ar content to dispence with thair actis anent the prenteissis, dischairgeing any to tak prenteissis bot ane in seivin yeiris, in respect of the
Appoyntis Johne Grahame, the clerk, James Hammiltoune and Edward
Robiesoune, to meit in James Hammiltouns house and to setle with Simon
Pickersgill anent the boyes.
6 February 1652.
William Lychtbodie, Thomas Broun and Ninian Gilhagie ar desyred to
inform themselfis of these who ar disabled to saw thair ground by reason of
the losses they had fra the Inglische.
8 February 1652.
Inhabitants to be convened.
In relatioune to the former appoyntment anent the chuising of twa
commissionars, the stent roll was red over and swa many of the number
thairin layd asyde as was thocht to be troublers of the peice of the towne, and
the rest appoynted to be warnit to meit at his place the morne at twa efternoone for that end.
10 February 1652.
Towne pople convenit.
The burgesses and neichbouris of this brugh being conveaned for electing
of ane commissionar to the meitting appoynted to be haldine at Dalkeith the
saxteine of this instant, Mr. John Spreule, clerk, was electit preces of the said
meitting, and efter advyce takine it was thocht guid twa commissionars sould
be chosine, bot they to conclude nothing quhill the towne got tymeous
adverteisment quhat was requyred; and efter voitting, Johne Graham, laite
proveist, and the said Mr. Johne Spreule, be pluralitie of vottis, wer electit
commissionars to that effect, beiring thame to repair to Dalkeith the said day
to meit with the commissionars of the parliament of Ingland to heir and
receave overtouris as sall be proposed in ordour to the setlement of a weill
groundit peace in this natioune, with full power to conclud and aggree to all
suche proposallis as sall consist with the guid of religion and our just fredome
and weellbeing; and appoynts William Yair, thair commoune servand, in
respect the said Mr. John Spreul, clerk, is electit ane of thair commissionaris,
to subscryve thair commissiouns.
14 February 1652.
It is ordanit and appoynted that suche boyes as ar put to craftis and
takine out of Hutchesones Hospitall that the maister of the house be bund for
them quhair they want parentis, and the deine of gild and deikine conveiner
to be bund for all vther poore boyes put to crafts be the towne; and the saids
proveist, bailleis, and counsell obleissis them and thair successouris to releive
them of all danger they can incur thairby.
21 February 1652.
The burgesses and inhabitants of this brugh conveined, and haveing
chosine Robert Mak, balyie, to be preces, Johne Grahame and Mr. Johne
Spreule, [quha] wer chosine commissionars of this brugh to meit with the
Inglisch commissionars, producet the twa declaratiounes givine out be the
saids Inglisch commissionars, quhilk being twyse red at lengthe, with these
particulars demandit be them, efter all men were requyred to declare thair
judgments thairintill, all present declared that they wer not satisfeit thairwith.
13 March 1652.
Grahame, commissionar, Argyle.
Johne Grahame is desyred to goe downe to Dumbarton on Wadnesday
nixt to attend the Marqueis of Argylle and to sie quhat can be gottin of the
townes or hospitallis annualrentis.
Appoynts the proveist, bailees, dein of gild and deikine conveiner, to
compt and reckning with the ministeris anent quhat moneyes ar payed to
thame since (blank) last, in regaird they got not thair Witsonday termes
payment compleited to them, and to allow to ony of the ministeris out of
the moneyis that is payed them ony of the byruns of thair supperplus pryces
of the localiteis the croppe 49 and 50 yeirs that is dew thame, and alse
ordaines that Mr. James Durhame be payed his Witsonday terme insewing
furthe of the excyse.
23 March 1652. (fn. 1)
Election of magistrates and council by warrant of the parliament of the Commonwealth.
At Glasgow, the twentie thrie day of Marche, 1652 yeiris, forsameikille as
vpon the occasioune of ane proclamatioune issued be warrand of the commissionars of the parliament of the commounewealthe of Ingland appoynted for
ordering of the effairis in Scotland, anent the conveaneing of the neichbouris
and inhabitantis of this brugh this day for electing of thair magistratis for the
better governement of this citie, thair did conveine within the tolbuith tharof,
for obedience of the said proclamatioune, ane guid considerable number of the
between 13th March and 2nd April, excepting
this act. A space of more than a page is left
neichbouris and inhabitantis, quha haveing of befoir wpon the occasioune
of ane former proclamatioune, issued also be that same auctoritie, mett and
conveinet in the Merchand Hospitall within this brugh, and they haveing
then electid and chosine James Pollok, merchand, and Walter Neilsoune,
maltman, their commissionaris for them and in thair names to repaire to
Dalkeithe to the forsaids commissionaris of the parliament of the commounewealth of Ingland, and thair in thair names to accept the tender offerit for
incorporating Scotland in ane commounewealth with Ingland, and the saidis
James Pollock and Walter Neilsoune haveing returned and haveing produced
befoir the saids neichbouris and inhabitantis this day conveanet the warrand
and commissioune efter specifeit, beiring dait the eightein day of March
instant, according to thair calculatioune, dewlie subscrybit be four of the saidis
commissionaris,—Makeand mentioune by the commissionars of the parliament
of the commounewealth of Ingland for ordouring and manageing effairis in
Scotland; quhairas the brugh of Glasgow have by thair deputy declared of thair
accentance of the tender of the parliament of the commounewealthe of Ingland
to be incorporated into the commounewealth of Ingland and to be one thairwith, and haveing ingadgit themselfis to leive peceablee vnder and yeild
obedience vnto the auctoritie of the parliament of the commounewealthe of
Ingland exercised in Scotland, quho ar thairfor takine into the speciall protectioune of the parliament, and applicatioune hath beine since maid to ws by
the saids deputy praying our grant and commissioune quhairby the said brugh
may be authoreizit to elect officeris to governe the said brugh; wpon serious
consideratioune thairof, and being desyreous to endeavour by all wayes and
meanis that the people of that towne may have governement and justice
administrat, we, by vertew of the auctoritie on that behalf givin ws by the
parliament of the commounewealth of Ingland, doe authoreize and appoynt
the neichbouris and inhabitants of the towne and brugh of Glasgow, according
to thair former rites and customs, from tyme to tyme, to nominat and chuise
thair magistratis and officers for the governement of the said towne and brugh
and liberteis thairof till furder ordour; quhich magistratis and officers, from
tyme to tyme chosin by tham, ar heirby constituted in thair severall and
respective offices and are authoreized to proceid in the executioune of thair
severall trustis and places and in the executioune of the governement within
said towne and brugh according as hath beine vsuall and accustomed;
provydid that in all caices quhair formerlie the name or styll of King
hath bein vsed in the exercise of the aforesaid governement of the said
brugh the name of the keepers of the (blank) of Ingland, by auctoritie of
parliament, be vsed insteed thairof, and that the persouns from tyme to
tyme electit and chosine as aforesaid sall not proceid to the respectiue
offices and plaices vntill the aithe ensewing be administrat to them by
suche as we shall appoynt to administrat the same; as the said commissioune of the dait forsaid mair fullie proportis. Quhilk being red
and the saids neichbouris and inhabitantis conveined, finding themselfis
thairby fullie authoreized for the making choyse of magistratis for the
better governement of this brugh; and first for ane more ordourlie proceiding thairintill, be pluralitie of vottis, Johne Bell, merchand, was elected
preces of the said meitting, and thairefter it being voyced to the saids
haill persounes conveined quhither they wald delay the said electioune to
ane farder tyme or proceid thairintill presentlie, it was condiscendit be
the maist pairt of the persons conveined that they sould mak choyse of
the magistratis presentlie without farder delay; quhairvpon, with consent
of the maist pairt of the persouns conveined, thair was sett on lyte thir
thrie persounes fallowing, all merchandis, to the effect that ane of them
might be chosine proveist of this brugh till Michelmes nixt, the ordinary time
of the electioune of the magistratis thairof, viz., Robert Campbell, Johne
Andersone, elder, and Daniell Wallace; quhilks being voitted, be pluralitie of
vottis, the said Daniell Wallace was elected proveist of this brughe dureing
the said space, quha being sent for came and accepted the said office and
chairge in and vpon him. And thairefter the said Daniell Wallace, proveist,
and haill remanent persouns conveanet, with ane consent, maid choyse of twa
lytes of the merchand rank, ilk lyte conteaning thrie persons of that same
merchand rank, to the effect that twa persouns out of these sax micht be
chosin to beir office as twa of the bailleis of this brugh, conform to the
ancient custome; as also sett down ane lyte of the craftis, conteining
thrie persons thairin, to the effect that ane out of these thrie might be
chosin to beir office as the thrid baillie within the samyn, conforme to
the said accustomed maner; and thairwpon, efter voyceing, be pluralitie of
, thir thrie persouns fallowing, viz., Johne Andersoune, elder, the
said James Pollok, merchands, and the aforesaid Walter Neilsoune, wer
elected and chosin to be the thrie bailyeis of this brugh to the nixt ordinar
tyme of electioun. And the saids James Pollock and Walter Neilson,
being present, accepted thair saids charges and offices in and vpon them.
And then the haill remanent persons conveined did give and grant thair
full power and warrand, in name of the haill neichbouris and inhabitantis of
this brugh, to the saidis proveist and bailleis, newlie elected, to meit and
convein at thair awne tymes and to mak choyse of suche persounes as they
sould think fitt to put on the towne counsell. And, within some few dayes
thairefter, the saids magistratis haveing mett and conveined for the choyseing
of the persouns to be on the towne counsell for giveing voyce thairin as
ordinar counsellouris, they produced ane list of the persounes fallowing,
quhom they had nominat and elected, conform to the warrand and commissioun givin to thame to be on the said town counsell quhill the ordinar
tyme of electioun, viz., Merchandis: James Bell, Coline Campbell, Mr. John
Dunlop, James Hammiltoun, James Trane, Androw Conynghame, Johne
Herbertsoune, elder, James Bornis, Piter Cumyng, John Andersoun, younger,
Patrik Park, William Barclay, Johne Walkinschaw. Craftis: William Neilsoune, James Colquhoune, Johne Pittilloche, Johne Hall, Robert Cumyng,
Johne Glen, Phillen Snype, George Browne, Adam Wilsoune, Johne Millar,
Androw Mudie, Alexander Taccattis.
2 April 1652.
[The newly elected provost and bailies, and sundry councillors, being convened,
"compeired Capitane James Thompsoune, governour of Dumbarten, and teuk the saids
proveist and bailyeis aithes according to the ordour prescryvit by the commissionars of
the parliament of the commounewealth of Ingland."]
3 April 1652.
The proveist and thrie bailleis being conveined thair convened also with
them the haill persons latelie elected counsellouris abovenamed (except the
said Colin Campbell, James Hammiltoune and William Barclay) and accepted
thair said office and chairge in and vpon them and gave thair aithes of
fidelitie as vse is.
Election of magistrates and council by warrant of the parliament of the Commonwealth.; Actis for lyttis, deane of gild, dekine convenar.
It is appoynted and ordained that the haill merchand rank be wairned
to meit in thair Hospitall and the haill craftis to meit in thairs, vpon
Manonday nixt at ten houris, for electing of thair several lytes, conform to
the ancient custome, to be presented to the magistratis and counsell, to the
effect that the dein of gild and deikin conveaner may be elected and chosine
alse neir as may be in all things conform to the said ancient custome observit
thairanent of befoir.
Appoyntis James Bell and Mr. Johne Dunlope to speik with Mr. John
Spreule and to crave the keyis of the presse in the inner clerks chalmber,
with the towns rentallis and vther things belonging to the towne, as also
anent his acceptance of his place, and to mak report thairof.
William Yair is elected and chosine clerk of this brugh, and power granted
to him to exerce the said office and the fies and casualiteis belonging thairto,
dureing the will of the saids magistratis and counsell.
5 April 1652.
[James Hammiltoune, dean of guild; Manasses Lyill, deacon convener; James Govan,
merchant, master of work.]
10 April 1652.
[Gabrell Corbett, treasurer; James Moresoune, visitor of maltmen; John Wilsone,
12 April 1652.
Appoyntis Mr. Johne Dunlope and Johne Bell to goe to the meitting of
the sessioune, and to schaw the grit numerous billis of poore people givine to
the magistrats and counsell from tyme to tyme, and to craive ane accompt of
the moneys collected for these vses, and to report.
18 April 1652.
[Beer to be sold not dearer than 3s. the pint, and good ale 2s. 8d. the pint.
"Ane lite of four persones being present, to the effect ane of thame micht be chosine
conjunct bailyie with James Andersone, balyie of Gorballis, till the nixt electioune,"
Frederick Hammiltoune, merchant, was elected to that effect.]
Commissioun, Bell, justiciarie, commissariotis.
Appoyntis a commissioune to be sent to James Bell to petitioune the
commissionars at Dalkeithe for obteining the justiciarie of this brugh to the
magistratis and thair successouris, for the better punisching of theives and
malefacturis, and anent the setleing of testamentis of defunctis persounes within
this brugh and liberteis thairof, it being reported that commissariotis ar laid
asyde and the commissioune to be left blank for inserting the name of the commissionar, to the effect he may aither fill vpe his awn name thairine or any
vthers he pleasses; and ordanes thair clerk to sealle and subscryve the samyne.
The twentie pundis that was gottine fra the freindis of Mr. John Forsyth
for his buriall place in the Hie Kirk was givin in keiping to the clerk.
24 April 1652.
Appoynts the deikine conveiner to speik with the rest of the deikines,
and they with thair respective callings, for taking as prenteissis the sax puire
boyes in Hutchesounes Hospitall, and to report.
Appoynts ane banck to be sent throw the towne be touk of drume for
intimating the setting of the manufactorie to any quha will give maist thairfor,
and to geive guid securitie of payment.
27 April 1652.
Compeired Mr. Johne Spreule, late clerk, for himselfe and in name of
the late magistratis and counsell, and gave in and producet the towns wrytis,
efter specifeit, viz., the assignatioune maid be the Lord Blantyre to the towne
of the teyndis, with the principall tack and wrytis he gave thairwith; item,
ane registrat dispositioune maid be the laird of Minto to the towne of the
dischairge of the reversioune of the few dewtie that was payable out of the
killis and Subdeane Mylnes, with the chairtor and seesing fallowing thairvpone;
and the wrytis belonging to Hutchesons Hospitall, amongst the quhilkis thair
ar thir bands, viz., Fergoushillis band, the townes twa bandis, Caipringtoune
and Mr. Robert Stewartis bandis, Argyles twa bands, Lamontis, with the comprysing, Johne Stewartis, Wnderwoodis, William Muiris, Mr. Patrik Gillespeis
bands; item, ane registrat dispositioune granted be Sir Robert Douglas and
his ladie to the towne of the landis of Gorballis, with the chartour and seasing
fallowing thairvpon, with ane dischairge granted be him of fiftie thowsand
merks as a pairt of the pryce thairof and his ladies for twa thowsand merkis.
Money for armes suspendit.
Appoyntis to suspend, till farder consideratioune, the exacting fra burgesses of four punds and fra burges and gild brether ten pundis that wont to
be exacted aff them wnder the notioune of buying of airms.
Appoyntis Mr. Johne Spreule [and three others] to meit betwixt and
Setturday nixt for setting downe of ane compt of the moneys waired vpon the
manufactorie and of the cloathes that ar sold, to the effect the stock of the
house may be the better knowne.
Memorandum, 20 li.
Memorandum. The twentie pundis that was gottine fra the freinds of
vmquhill Mr. John Forsyth for his buriall place in the Hie Kirk was givin to
the relict of vmquhill James Andersone in Gorballis to buy seid corne; and
Robert Stirling, thair, past his word to the proveist to pay it back againe.
1 May 1652.
It being provine sufficientlie that Alexander Maxwellis wyfe had wrought
and enjuret the ballees, and speciallie John Andersone, in poynding of deirer
aill sold contrair to the towns actis, and in saying to the said John schoe
never saw grace in his face and that thair was never grace in Glasgow the
tyme he did beir office. Schoe is therfor convict in ane wrong and to remaine
in fast ward quhill shoe give satisfaction.
8 May 1652.
The tack of the manufactorie set to Simon Peckersgill was subscrivit,
viz., fra the first of Maij last to the first day of Maij nixt, for the sowme of
twa hundrethe fourscoir pundis sterling.
20 May 1652.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the towne be touk of drume for
making of intimatioune that nae couper quhatsomevir presume or tak vpone
hand to mak any barrellis bot suche as sall be on the gadge, and that everie
one of them put on thair awne marks vpon such barrellis as they sall mak,
and for eschewing of fraud and deceit to dischairge all maner of persoun to
mak vse of any barrellis for salting of herring bot such as ar the full gadge,
and that vnder the payne of former proclamatiounes givin out thairanent.
It being takine to consideratioune that dyvers straingers outintownismen
enteris burgessis within this brughe quha ar not knowne quhat qualitie they
ar of nor quhat childreine they have, quhairby it oftymes falls out that many
of them ar raither prejudiciall then helpfull to the place, it is thairfore statute
and ordanet that the dein of gild admit no such persones burges quhill he and
his successouris first acquent the counsell thairwith.
Anent rowpping the commoun good.
It being also taking to consideratioune the prejudice not onlie sustenit
to the takismen of the commoune guids be roppeing the samyne yeirlie vpone
the first Teysday efter Whytsonday, it being moveable, swa it maks some tyme
ane longer yeir and some tyme ane shorter yeir; for preveining and eschewing
of the lyk heirefter, it is statute and ordainet that the mylnes, laidillis and
all vthers the townes commoune guidis, sall be roppit yeirlie in all tyme
comeing on the first Teysday of Junij yeirlie, and that for ane yeir thairefter;
this yeir being excepted in respect of the sett to the present takismen.
29 May 1652.
Appoyntis the deine of gild and maister of work to visite the Hie Kirk
this efternoone, and especiallie ane jeist in the hie stiple that is said to be
brockine, and to give ordoures for remeiding thairof with diligence for
preveining of farder dainger thairby.
Anent the townes debtis.
Appoyntis James Bell, Coline Campbell, Mr. John Dunlope, the deine of
gild and deikin conveiner, to meit first amongst themselfis and to set downe
certane particulars in writ to be interrogat at George Porterfeild, Johne
Grahame and Mr. Johne Spreule, and vtheris they pleis of the lait magistratis
and counsell, for getting knowledge of the townes burdein and debttis and
quhat they have done with these moneyis and quhairwith these moneys wer
payed that was payed, and haveing met with thame to interrogat anent all
these and vther particulars concerning the towne, and to report again in writ
from thame, to the effect that the townis burdeings may be the better known
and the more spidie course gone about for releiving thairof.
To poynt the townes houssis.
Appoyntis the maister of work to caus provyde materiallis to point the
houssis beyond the brige, the Grammer Scooll, manufactorie and Blackfreir
Appoyntis Mr. Johne Dunlope to speik againe with the sessioune anent
the making of the compts of the contributioune and distributioune thairof to
Appoyntis the persouns fallowing to meit and convene for setting downe
ane stent roll vpon the landis within this brugh belonging to outtin townis
men and straingers for vplifting out thairof ane monethlie cess for tyms
bygane and to come, for releif of the town pro tanto as a pairt of that quhilk
they [pay] monethlie to the Inglisch, viz., William Neilson [and eight others].
1 June 1652.
Appoyntis ane bank to be sent throw the towne be touk of drume for
intimating the tyme of the setting of the townes commoune guidis conforme
to the former act set down thairanent, and to intimat that the pittie customs
quhilk fallis to be collectit at the brig and water will be collectit at the
bridge; and the rest of the pittie customs to be set with the rest of the portis
Office of clerk declared vacant and ane appointed.
The saids magistrats and counsell, considering that Mr. Johne Spreule,
lait clerk, had now efter so long tyme left and desertit his chairge, altho oft
requyred be sundrie of them to continow thairin, and moir publictlie of lait,
in presence of Governour Thomsone, the most pairt of the counsell being
present for the tyme, they thairfoir heirby declair his office as clark of this
citie vacand, and reschindis and annullis all actis or quhat ellis maid in
favouris of the said maister Johne thairanent formerlie so that the samyn sall
be heirefter haldin null as tho they had newer bein maid or granted; and
approvis of the election maid be them of William Yair to be thair clark, and
grantis him heirby full richt to the haill feis belonging thairto as of befoir.
3 June 1652.
The proveist, balyeis and counsell, haveing seriouslie takine to thair
consideratioune the present estaite and conditioune of the foirsaid Hospitall,
and finding that the haill sowmes of money now awin to the house will
scairce pay the debt awine for itis pairt of the Gorballis boght, and that thair
is no rent quhairwith to keip the boyes in the house or to hold the scoolmaster as hes bein heirtofoir, seeing the haill rent almost that the said
Hospitall hes to susteine any of these consistis most of the lands of Gorballis
quhilk hes now beine eattine vpe and destroyet these twa yeiris bygane, and
that the annuallis of the sowmes awin to the house will scairclie pay the
annuallis of the sowmes awin be the hous for itis pairt of the landis of
Gorballis; it is thairfor resolvit that the fyve poor boyes that is presentlie
.in the hous be put home to thair parentis, and the maister of the hous
to pay thair parentis for thair enterteinment as he and they can best
aggree, and to see them trained vpe at scooles; and Johne Bell vndertakis to susteine Johne Shirielaw, sone to vmquhill Johne Shirielaw, in
respect he wantis parentis, and the maister is to pay him fourtie pundis
be yeir with his cloathes, and Johne Bell is to see him trainit vpe at
the scooles; and John Walkinshaw vndertakis for James Clydisdaill, ane
vther of the poor boyes, vpon the same conditioun; and dischairges any
farder stipend to be payed to the scoolmaster, bot he to have the vse of
the hous and scooll dureing the counsellis will allanerlie; and appoyntis the
maister of the house to furneis the puir boyes cloathes and to accept of
Thomas Hutchesoun, litster, thairin, in place of Mathow Bannantyne, and
he with the rest of the old men poor thairine, in respect they are not able
to mak any kynd of shift, to be enterteinyeit be the master of the house as
easilie as may be.
It is statute and ordanit, for eshewing of wrong and abuisses heirefter,
that guidis haveing once payed the pittie custome at ane port sall not be
maid again to pay at ane vther; and that any countreyman haveing bocht
some candille, such as ane pund, or any vther small commoditees for furneising
of his house at home, or any small quantitie of iron for laying of his pleugh
irone, of ane staine wecht or within, sall [not] pay any pittie custome; and that
nae victuall exported, except such laidis of meill that is bocht in the mercat
and exported be strangers, sall be lyable in the pittie custome.
5 June 1652.
Mr. Johne Dunlope maid report that the interrogatoris appoynted be the
counsell anent the conferring with George Porterfeild, Johne Grahame and
Mr. John Spreule wer sett downe, and thairfor it is thocht fitt that they be all
convenit by auctoritie; and recommendis the samyne to be done be the magistratis so convenientlie as they can.
Ordaines the trensch at the eist end of the Meikle Greine to be cast
in and ane bank to be sent throw the towne commanding all maner of
persounes to send out thair servandis to doe the same at sick tymes heirefter
as the magistratis sall give ordour.
8 June 1652.
Common good set.
[Common good set for a year as follows:—Mills, 9800 merks (with 42 bolls unground
malt, or 50 bolls ground malt, to the Duke of Lennox); ladles, 4100 merks; mealmarket,
850 merks; tron, 550 merks; bridge, 1400 merks; petty customs at the Gallowgait
and West ports, "the craimes at the crose and lining claith sold thair quhilk hes not
payed the pittie customes at the ports bot is stolne in privisie," £120; the petty custom
at the Stable Green port, 340 merks; grass of Litle St. Mungos kirkyard, 56s.]
12 June 1652.
In regaird that many of the townes people ar summondit to goe to
Edinbrugh anent the Inglischmans tobacco, and seeing Walter Neilsoun,
ballie, and James Trane ar to goe thither, it is recommendit to them to cause
procure ane commissioun for trying of that mater heir.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to Johne Wilsoune, water balyie, twentie
punds viij s. for the redding of the water of the stobbis was thairin, for the
better passing of boattis.
Appoyntis James Bornis, Johne Walkinschaw and Patrik Park to cognosce quhat will be awin to everie minister.
22 June 1652.
Quarter maisteris, fyre.
The foirsaidis magistratis and counsell being conveaneit, and takeand to
thair consideratioune the lamentable desolatioune hes fallen in this place,
quhairby many of thair neichbouris throw suddent fyre ar destitute of houssis,
and they being most willing that all of them off all sortis be provydit and
accommodat, and that the magistratis latlie for that effect had nominat
certane quartermasters in everie streit of the towne, they have thairfor allowit
and approvin the samyn according as they ar sett downe in list, and does
heirby grant vnto them thair full power and warrand to tak notice of all the
houssis in the towne quhich ar saif vnburnt, and quhat everie man may spair
to his neichbour thairof; as also to decyd in all contraversies anent the
removeing of tennentis to and from landis, and presentlie to remove these
whom they think aucht to remove and place vthers thairintill, according as
they find aggreable to law and conscience; as also with discretioune to remove
the haill landwart people wha hes houssis abroad, to the effect that all suche
people wha hes thair houssis burnt may be accommodat.
Forsameikill as it hes pleased God to raise on Thruisday last was, the 17
of this instant, ane suddent fyre in the hous of Mr. James Hammiltoune, above
the crose, quhilk has consuimet that close, the haill close on bothe sydes
belonging to William Stewart, Thomas Norvell, and vtheris, with the haill
landis nixt adjacent thairto, quhilk belongit to vmquhill Piter Jonstoun and
Patrik Maxwell, baith bak and foire, and the haill tenement bak and foir on
the southe syd of the said vmquhill Patrik Maxwellis tenement betwixt that
and the lands occupyet be John Bryssoune, and siklyk the haill houssis bak
and foir vpon bothe syds of the Saltmercat, with the houssis on the west syd
of William Lawsouns close in Gallowgait, and the houssis on the west side
of Gilbert Merschellis close, with dyvers housses on the north syd of the
Briggait; quhairby, efter compt, it is fund that thair will be neir four scoir
closses all burnt, estimat to about ane thowsand families, so that vnles spidie
remidie be vseit and help soght out fra such as hes power and whois hartis
God sall move, it is lyklie the towne sall come to outer ruein; and thairfore
they have concludit and appoynted that the proveist, with Johne Bell, to ryde
to Air to the Inglisch officers thair, quha hes bein heir and seen the towns
lamentable conditioune, such as Collonell Overton and vthers, and to obteine
from them lettres of recommendatioune to suche officers or judges wha sitts
in Edinburgh, to the effect that the samyne may be recommendit be them to
the parliament of Ingland that all helpe and supplie may be gottin thairby
that may be for supplie of such as hes thair landis and guids burnt.
25 June 1652.
For sighting of brunt landis.
The saidis magistratis and counsell being conveinet, and finding it
expedient for the better trying of the towns losses that the names of the
heretouris of the haill burnt lands, with the tennents and occupyers thairof,
be inventarit and takin vpe, they have thairfor nominat and appoynted the
persounes fallowing to goe about the samyne with all diligence, viz., James
Bornis, John Walkinschaw, Edward Robiesoun, James Govane, James Kinkaid, Johne Andersoune, Dowhill, with Androw Conynghame, and James
Bradwood, to survey to the effect foirsaid the haill landis burnt on the west
syde of the Saltmercat and north syd of the Briggait; item, Adame Wilsoune,
Johne Buchanan, Thomas and Robert Scottis, Johne Glen, Johne Miller,
maltman, John Cuik, to tak survey of the haill houssis as is aforesaid on
the eist syd of the Saltmercat and southsyd of the Gallowgat; item, Johne
Herbertsoun, Johne Hall and William Stewart to tak a survey of the haill
burnt lands above the cros as is above wrytin; item, Patrick Park, Robert
Merschell, John Wilson and John Kilpatrick ar to visie the haill houssis
in Trongait on both sydis that ar burnt; and all of thame ar to tak vpe
the names of the heretouris and occupyers of these burnt landis, and to
report thair dilligence this day betwixt and twa houris efternoon.
The foirsaidis magistratis and counsall, takeing to thair consideratioune
the present hard conditioune of the towne, and for the better encouradgement
to everie man to helpe to repaire his awne, seeing the work is lyklie to be
great anent the building vpe and repaireing againe of the decayit pairts of
the towne, and that the work is of suche a necessitie that it must be presentlie
gone about, the necessitie of many poore people requyreing the samyne, they
have thairfor statute and ordanit that the haill wreichtis and maissounes of
the towne shall serve and work according to the pryces fallowing, viz., the
maisterman his waidges to be threttein schilling four penneis ilk day, and the
servand being fund ane sufficient qualefeit craftisman for ten schilling a
day, and vther prenteisses according to thair worth. And seeing that the
wreichtis and maissouns of this citie, for the better preservatioune of thair
liberteis, ar first to be imployit in the said work, the samyne is granted to
them wpon thair observatiounes of the cautiouns fallowing and no otherwayes, viz., gif so be they cannot get that work they sall be imployit in
be the townes people tymeouslie wroght, according as they wha imployes
them may get it done by others not exceiding the pryces foirsaid, it sall
be lisome to the townes people to imploy any countreymen or others for
working of thair said work, Item, that everie craftisman of the qualitie
foirsaid sall work out and compleit the haill work they ar imployed to
work within the towne and shall not leive the samyne, quhither it be task
wark or dayes wark, or seick any augmentatioune of thair pryce and workmanschipe, aither for task or daylie waidges, quhill first the samyne be
fullie compleit according to thair aggreement with the pairtie. Item, that
none of the saidis craftismen, naither maissounes or wreights, tak any
mair work in hand nor that quhilk they ar able to performe within the
dayes aggreit vpone betwixt them and the pairteis. Quhilkis cautiones
gif any of the saids craftismen does transgresse it sall be lisome to any of
the townes people to imploy any others for working of thair wark. And
as for the exorbitancie of all task wark or insufficiencie of any work quhatsomever to be wroght be any of the saidis persounes, vpon ane complaint
maid be any pairtie quhatsomewir, the present magistratis ar to decyde
thairwpone and the samyn to be done according as they sall modifie. And
this present act to stand and indure till the first day of October nixttocome.
28 June 1652.
Pollok and Govane to ryd.
James Pollock, balyie, and Mr. Robert Govane ar appoynted to ryde to
Edinbrugh, with all dilligence, and thair to learne the way the best to goe
about for seiking supplie to helpe to mak vpe the desolate condition of the
towne, and appoyntis James Bell, Mr. Johne Dunlope and John Bell, to meit
and sett downe instructiounes for them.
Appoyntis these quha formerlie touk vpe the number of the brunt
houssis to tak vpe now the value of them also and of other losses sustenit
be the laite suddent fyre.
For cleiring the calsay of red.
The counsell, taking to thair consideratioune the grit number of red
quhilk is to be takine, and that it is verie necessar that the streit be red
thairof and maid patent, they have thairfor maid choyce of Mr. John Dunlope, Johne Bell, Robert Merschell, Piter Cumyng and Thomas Pollok, to
wryt out lettres to the countrey to sik places and to sik tymes as they sall
think convenient for getting in of some horsses out of the countrey for
helpeing away of the said red, and to mak choyse of such persones of the
towne wnder them as they think convenient for attending the saids horsses
quhen they come in and giveing ordours to such men quha comes in for
cleanseing the haill streitis.
Kirk dooris oppinit.
The saidis magistratis and counsell, taiking to thair consideratioun how
that many honest people does now want, throw occasioun of the lait suddent
fyre, chalmbers and vther places to reteir to for making of thair divotioune,
they have thairfor appoynted John Andersoune, balyie, to send for the bedellis
of the severall kirks and to cause them mak patent and oppin the kirk doires
as they wont to be of befoire.
Warrand, petitioune, horse hyre.
Appoyntis the thesaurer to pay to Walter Neilsoune, bailyie, threttie
seivine markis quhilk he debursit to the townes advocattis for drawing vpe
of ane petitioune for obteining ane commissioune to hold our people at home
who wer summondit anent the tobacco; as also to pay him four pundis for his
horses hyre that James Pollok, balyie, raid vpon the last tyme he was at Aire.
Recommendis to James Bell to get quarreouris and put them in the
towns quarrell for the guid of the townes people.
3 July 1652.
It is statute and ordainet that nae windskews or hallens above doir
heidis be sufferrit to be put out heirefter, and that the deane of gild present
and to come tack speciall notice therof, except that it fall out that some
buithes be betwixt twa hinging stairis, in that cais the awneris of which
buithes ar licentiat to put out ane windskew or hallen above thair buith
doirs, bot the samyne to come no farder out nor the saids hinging stairis sall
be, and no hallen at all to be sufferrit to be farder out without hinging stairs.
And seeing now that the maist pairt of the foir landis in Saltmercat will be
re-edifeit againe, it is statute and ordainet that nae maner of persoune be
sufferrit to come farder out then another, and that all houssis on both the
sydes of the gait be buildit conform to ane straicht lyne and none to come
farder out then another, and that the foirsaid dein of gild present and to
come tak speciall heid therto.
All sort of meassounes and wrightis to be imployed.
The magistratis and counsell, taking to thair consideratioune the desolate
conditioune of the towne throw the lait suddent fyre, and that sundrie of the
inhabitantis ar of intention to repaire some places for thair dwelling befoir
the winter come on, and knowing perfectlie that the haill maissounes and
vthers of that kynd ar not sufficient for that work, they, haveing respect to
the guid of the place, doe heirby licentiat all maner of persounes quha hes
ony work or building to performe to imploy any wreicht, maissones and
vtheris, fitt for the work, quherewer they can get them, in the countrey or
ellis quhair; and this to stand dureing the counsellis will allanerlie; and
ordains intimatioun to be maid heirof be sound of drume.
Ordanis the thesaurer to pay . . . to William Clydisdaill fyve punds ten
schilling for the cureing of one Jonet Wood quha was deidlie woundit
in helpeing to quench the fyre quhich brak vpe in the north syd of the
The tack that was subscrivit of befoir betwixt the towne and Simon
Pickersgill of the manufactorie is of new againe subscrivit this day to James
Hammilton, Thomas Allane and John Neill, vpon the same conditiounes.
8 July 1652.
Report, Pollok and Govane.
James Pollok, bailyie, and Mr. Robert Govane maid report of thair
dilligence in goeing to Edinbrugh anent the seiking supplie for making vpe
again the desolatioun of the town, quhilk was allowit and approvin, and
appoynts them to produce the accomptis of thair charges, and the samyne
to be allowit and payed.
10 July 1652.
Appoyntis ane proclamatioune to be maid on Maunonday nixt befoir
noone to warne the haill neichbouris and burgessis of this brugh to meit that
same day at twa efternoon in the tolboothe for the electing of ane deputie or
commissionar for attending the great meitting to be at Edinburgh in August
Appoyntis James Bell, Mr. Johne Dunlope, the deane of gild and Johne
Bell to meit againe the committee of the communalitie and to tak the comptis
of moneyis they have aff thair handis, to the effect that these honest men
wha wantis thair moneyis may be repayed.
13 July 1652.
Ane great number of the burgessis and neichbouris of this brugh being
conveined, conform to the invitatioun maid for electing of thair deputie and
commissioner to keip the great meitting quhilk is to be at Edinburgh vpon
the (blank) day of August nixt, be pluralitie of vottis, Daniell Wallace,
present proveist of this brughe, was electit and chosine for that effect, and
the electouris did subscryve or mark his commissioun.
It is recommendit to the deine of gild to imploy the maister of work for
to cause mend and repair the most ruinous pairt of the casey in Stockwellgait,
and that with the best convenient dilligence, and to cause all wha hes staines
on the said casey remove the same for that effect.
17 July 1652.
Provest, commissionar, Young.
The proveist is nominat and electit commissionar to the general assemblie,
and appoyntis him to have ane commissioune seallit and subscryvit for that
effect, conforme to the commoune ordour; and Mr. George Young is chosin
to goe with him; and they ar bothe ordanit to attend the said assemblie and
to contribute thair best diligence for the helpe of the towne in relatioun of
the great desolatioune maid therin be fyre . . . And siklyk the said proveist
is electit and chosine commissionar to attend the meitting of the burrowis in
August nixt; and appoyntis thair clerk to give him ane commissioun for that
effect; and John Wilsoun, cordoner, is chosine to be assessour to him.
Recommendis to the balyeis [and others] to resolve the best way for
rectifieing the table of the pittie customes for the guid of the towne, and that
all the takismen be wairnit to bring in thair severall brods for that effect.
19 July 1652.
Recommendis to James Bell, Mr. John Dunlop, and the deane of gild, to
agitat the mater anent the summondis givin to the towne at the instance of
the ministers, and to inform the towns ordinar procuratouris theranent the best
23 July 1652.
The teinds of the aickers about the towne that ar in vse to be drawin
yeirlie ar set for this present croppe 1652, efter lauchfull ropping, to Alexander
M'Kinnie, merchand, and William Fleyming, maltman, for payment of the
sowm of twa thowsand fyve hundreth merkis money.
The teyndis of the lands of Gorballis, with the teyndis of the landis of
Kelvinghauche, ar sett to John Young, merchand, Robert Robiesoun, baxter,
and Johne Mitchell, maltman, for the crop foirsaid, efter lauchfull ropping,
viz., twa thowsand thrie hundrethe merkis for the landis of Gorballis and twa
hundrethe fourtie fyve merkis for the teyndis of the saidis lands of Kelvinhauche.
24 July 1652.
It is inactit, statute, and ordainet that nae maner of persone to be chosine
commissionar to goe abroad in the townes affaires vplift any money befoir
hand fra the thesaurer, or fra any vthers wha hes the townes moneyis, till
efter they returne, and then to give in thair comptis and receave payment
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the towne be touk of drume that nae
maner of persons refuis ryells for fiftie sax schillings, the samyn being guid
silver and wecht.
Anent the desyre givin in be the heretoris of the lands of Saltmercat for
the clenseing of that streit, it is statute and ordanit that nae mair rubisch
or red be layed out quhill that quhilk is put out be removeit and takin away,
as also that all manner of persones wha ar not of intentioun to build this yeir
that they remove thair haill staines aff the casie to back sydes, at leist within
the guitter, and that all wha ar in building or intendis to build this yeir lay
the staines togither alse neir and alse convenientlie as they can, and to hald
them aff the riging of the casey twa ellis on both sydes, at leist sax quarteris,
and that also the guitters on everie syde of that casie be red be everie persone
foiranent themselfis, with all diligence, to the effect that nae neichbour may
receave any hurt or damage thairthrow heirefter. And for the mor better
clenging of the streit of the red and rubbisch now lying thairone, it is condiscendit that sax kairters be aggreid with to lead continuallie from morning
to evening quhill that haill streit be clenged; and appoints the magistratis,
with William Neilsoune, Johne Andersoune, younger, and William Barclay,
to aggre with thair kairters for that effect, viz., John Hall, the twa brether
Youngis, Alexander Chopman, Robert Forsyth and vmquhill David Halls
relict; and appoynts the magistratis to caus everie heretour pay quha is able
for removeing away of his awne red and rubisch, and these wha ar not able
the magistratis to cause pay for removing thairof.
31 July 1652.
Anent clenging of the Saltmercat streit.
Recommendis to Johne Hall and Androw Mudie to cause the master of
work mak four or fyve close things of boordis to be layed on the bodies of
kairts for leiding away of the rubbisch and red out of the Saltmercat streit;
and for the better effectuating therof, the haill number of the kairters being
ten, ordaines fyve of them to attend that service allanerlie, weik about, ay and
quhill the samyn be perfected and done; and for this weik fallowing John
Hall, the relict of vmquhill David Hall, Patrik Scot, John Young and John
Buchannan, and the nixt weik thairefter the vther fyve of the saids ten kairteres,
and ilk kairter to have ane schilling sax penneis for ilk draucht they leid; and
appoyntis the saids John Hall and Androw Mudie to attend the saids fyve
kairters and put them to work for the weik nixt ensewing.
9 August 1652.
Report, proveist and Young, minister.
The proveist and Mr. George Young, being of befoir chosine to repair
to the generall assemblie for petitioning the same for ane generall contributioun throw the haill land for supplieing of these wha ar latelie wrakit
be the suddent fyre, anent all thair proceidings thairintill, and anent thair
speiking with the Inglisch judges anent the townes losses also therby, maid
thair report of the granting of the [petition] be the said generall assemblie and
vthers thair proceidings, quhilkis wer allowit and approvine.
Pollok, baillie, Air.
Appoyntis James Pollok, baillie, to ryde to Generall-Major Deanes to
Air, with all deligence, and to inform him of the caise of the towne and its
losses throw the late suddent fyre, and in relatioun thairto to seik ane warrand
to get downe the monethlie sesse, and ane warrand also to seik ane
contributioune for the towns helpe from the souldiarie.
Report anent quhat is awin the ministeris.
Mr. Johne Dunlope, for himselfe and in name of James Bell, to give in
thair dilligence to speik with Mr. Patrik Gillespie and Mr. Johne Carstairs,
ministers, and give in thair comptis quhat is awin them of thair stipendis at
Whytsonday last, be the quhilk it is fund that thair is adebttit to the said
Mr. Patrik seivine hundrethe threttie sax pundis 13 s. 4 d., and to the said
Mr. Johne Carstairs fyve hundreth and ten pundis, and ordaines the thesaurer
to pay to ilk ane of them with the first conveniencie fyve hundrethe merkis.
It being fund necessar, be the informatioune of these quha kennis best
the caise of effaires, that the townes losses be takin vpe particularlie from
everie manis mouth as they will declaire wpon thair consciencis, it is thairfor
recommendit to thir persones fallowing, viz., to Johne Andersoune, younger,
and Johne Walkinschaw for taking vpe of the losses on the west syde of the
Saltmercat Streit and Briggait, Johne M'Kewne and Thomas Smythe for
taking vpe of the haill losses on the eist syde of the Saltmercat Streit,
Robert Merschell, wryter, and Patrik Park to tak vpe the haill losses on the
eist syd of the Saltmercat, and Arthour Taketis and William Stewart to tak
vpe the haill losses above the crose and Gallowgait, on both sydes; and this
to be done be them with all diligence and to give in thair report in wrytt.
Pittie customes dischairgit.
The foirsaidis magistratis and counsell, takeing to consideratioune the
great complaintis comes in daylie against the collectouris of the pittie
custome for wronging of the countrey people in relatioune thairto, and
that no tye can hold them to keepe according to the reule sett downe to
them thairanent, quhilk is the occasioune of great murmureing and crying
out of the haill countrey people, and, quhilk is worse, occasions great and
horrible bannings, swearings and imprecatiouns (oftymes regraited heirtofoir) to the great offence and dishonour of God, and without doubt will not
faill to provok Him to great wrathe against this place in ane more havie maner
nor yet is felt; and seeing now that, for reparatioune of a pairt of the losses
susteanet be many of the inhabitantis of the towne, the generall assemblie hes
granted licence for collecting ane generall contributioun throw the haill land,
quhilk may be retardit in sundrie pairtis throw the evill and bad reportis that
is gone throw the countrey throw occasioune of the collectouris of these pittie
customes; tharfor, and for sundrie vther wechtie caussis, and especiallie for
eshewing of the great curseing, banning and sweiring, that hes beine committed
innumerable tymes heirtofoir, to the great dishonour and offence of God and
the greife of many honest harted people quha hes hard the samyne from tyme
to tyme, wisching that the samyn micht be mendit and the occasioune
thairof tane out of the way, the saids proveist, bailleis and counsell, hes
inhibite and dischairget, and does be the tenour heirof inhibite and dischairge
the collectioun of the said pittie custom, and ordaines the collectours therof
to be conveined and the comptis takine aff thair handis wpon thair great
aithes or allowit to them in quhat they debursit thairfor at Witsonday last, and
the customes to be collectit at the brig, and all that comes in be the water to
be thocht vpon heirefter.
[Ordained the treasurer to have a warrant for the following sums disbursed by him to
the provost:—£36 "for the prenting of the supplicatiounes that was givin in befor the
generall assemblie and actis givin out thairanent in favouris of the town;" 24s. "to the
prenteis boy in drink silver;" 48s. "for wrytting of supplicatiounes;" £134 8s. "for his
awn charges and Mr. George Youngs ordinar and extraordinar, thair boyes and horses
charges quhen they were in Edinburgh the tyme of the late assemblie;" and other sums;
amounting in all to £257 8s.]
10 August 1652.
Clark, scoll maister.
In consideratioun that James Clerk, scoolmaster, hes his haill houssis and
scooll burnit, and that none in towne hes capacitie for instructioun of youthe
to wryte as he can, the foirsaidis magistratis and counsell hes granted to him
dureing their wills allanerlie the vse of the sessioun hous in Trongait for ane
13 August 1652.
Report, Pollok, sess.
James Pollok, bailyie, maid report anent his goeing to Air quhairin he
produceit ane warrand for getting downe the half of the sess dureing the
Generall-Major Deane his will.
Saltmercat streit clenging.
Forsameikill as divers wayes hes bein soght out and gone about for
clensing and reding of the Saltmercat Streit and yet the work is evir ritardit,
findis it thairfor necessar that the towne deburs the charges to the kairteris
for leading away of the red out of the said streit ay and quhill the samyne be
compleitlie red; and ordaines ane perfect nott to be tane vp quhat sall be
debursit thairvpon, and the first money that comes in by anie contribution the
towne to be payit aff the first end thairoff; and appoynts William Barclay and
William Comyng to attend the kairteris and that work the nixt weik and to
tak vp ane exact compt of the haill draughtis.
16 August 1652.
Appoyntis ane bank to be sent throw the towne be touk of drum to
wairne all such who hes not as yet givin vp thair lossis that they come this
day to the tolbuith at twa houris to give vp the same, and to certifie all who
does neglect sall not be hard thairanent heirefter.
17 August 1652.
Fewduties in Gorballis.
William Reid, officer, is electit and chosen collectour for the ingathering
and collecting of the few dewties dew to be payit off the housses and yairds in
Grammer scooll maisteris.
Appoynts James Pollok, bailyie, Mr. John Dunlop, Collein Campbell, and
James Colquhoune, to meit with the maister of the Grammer Scoole and Mr.
Robert Speir anent the contraversie fallin out betuixt thame, and to report
the nixt meiting.
24 August 1652.
Report being maid be these who wer appoyntit to meit with the maister
of the Grammer Scoole and Mr. Robert Speir, ane of the doctouris thairof, it
wes agriet and condiscendit vpon that the said Mr. Robert sould be remowed
fra his chairge, and appoynts William Neillsoune to goe in name of the saids
magistratis and councell to the said schoole and to intimat the samyne and to
declair his place thair to be vaiking.
Pollok to Edinburgh.
Ordaines James Pollok, bailyie, to ryde to Edinburgh, with all expediencie,
to attend the proveist anent the townes affairis, and to tak with him Lowdounes
band and the compt of the townes lossis.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to John Neill vj li. 10 s. for the pryce of
ane meikill paper book the lait magistratis and counsell imployit him to mak
for the vse of the manufactorie.
28 August 1652.
In answer to ane lettre direct to the saids magistratis and counsell be the
Laird of Sillertounhill, craveand the lone of ane sate in the Hie Kirk, in
respect of the seiknes of his ordinar pastour, appoynts Walter Neilsoune to
speik the beddell of the said kirk for keeping that sate in the said kirk quhilk
is commounlie callit Muntroise sate, for the vse of the said laird, his ladye and
familie, and that dureing the counsellis will allanerlie.
4 September 1652.
It was thoght guid that Mr. John Wilkie sould be imployit to goe to
Lundon for agitating of the townes bussines thair anent the making vpe of the
townes losses be fyre, and appoyntis the proveist to speik to his brother, Mr.
William, for that effect, and lettres to be wryttin to the said Mr. Johne thairanent with dilligence to desyr him to come heir.
Provisioun to ministers.
The foirsaids magistratis and counsell, efter consideratioune of the severall
provisiounes appointed to the ministers of this citie, finding some disparitie
amongst them by the laite provisioune maid be the former magistratis and
counsell to thair ministers, daitted the twentie ane day of Apryle jm vjc fourtie
nyne, concerning the conversioune of ane pairt of thair stipendis into victuall
at ane hundrethe pundis the chalder, and allocatioune thairof wpone the
teithes dew to the towne furthe of the rowms within the parische of the
baronie kirk of Glasgow, and that maister George Young and maister Hew
Blair, ministers in the Laiche Kirk in Trongait and in that kirk called the
Blakfreiris, had onlie converted in victuall and allocat to them fyve chalders
victuall betwixt them bothe, quhairof thair was twentie four bollis to hawe
beine takin out of the old myln of Partick, ane boll out of the landis called
Brumelandis, and ane boll out of the landis called Mylnedame, was not payable
nor in vse of payment, quhairas Mr. Patrick Gillespie and Mr. Johne Carstairs,
now successour to Mr. James Durhame, twa of thair ministeris, had converted
and allocat to eache of them fyve chalderis payable victuall; thairfore, notwithstanding of the said late provisioune, and the saidis Mr. George and Mr. Hew
thair acceptance of and acquiesence to the inferior quantitie of victuall dispensed to them, conceaveing it most just and consonant to reasone and equitie
and that it became them in dewtie to endeavour that all thair ministers be
alyke and equallie provydit, since the burdeing of the ministrie lyethe equallie
and alyk vpon them all, and for encouradgement to the saids Maister George
and Mr. Hew, the saidis magistratis and counsell have inacted, appointed and
ordanit, and by this present inactis, appoyntis, and ordaines that the saidis
Mr. George and Mr. Hew, eache of them and their successores, have fyve
chalderis victuall converted to them in place of fyve hundrethe pundis of thair
former stipendis (quhilk to ilk ane of them was ane thowsand pundis by yeir
and four scoir pundis for thair hous maill) and that in all tyme comeing
dureing thair lyftymes and serveing the cure at the saids kirks respectivelie,
and the particularis of the not payable victuall as is aforesaid of thair former
allocatioune supplied for the future by the localitie to follow heirvpon; and in
respect that the victuall alreadie allocat to the saids Mr. Georg Young and Mr.
Hew Blair, quhilkis compted now as guid payment or to be allocat to eache of
them for makeing vpe to ilk ane of them fyve chalderis victuall for the present,
is not yet certane what the number of the bollis therof will be, because the
teynd of some of these lands hes not beine valued, as also some of these allocat
or to be allocat may be affected with tackis, thairfoir the saids magistratis and
counsell, be the tennor heirof, bindis and obleissis them and thair successouris
in office that quhatewir the saidis Mr. George or Mr. Hew, or either of them,
sall be fund to want of thair saids respective fyve chalderis of victuall, by
reasoune of any of the causses abovementionat, that the samyne sall be maid
vpe to them be the towne, efter just compt and rekning, and dewlie payed
with the rest of thair stipendis as effeiris, to ane hundreth punds the chalder,
beginnand and enterand to the vptaking of the saids fyve chalders victuall
for the cropp and yeir jm vjc fiftie ane yeiris; and becaus thair is allocat and
to be allocat to the saids twa ministers ten chalders victuall, it is provydit
heirby that they sall vplift the samyne themselfis and exoner the towne
thairof except in ony of the causes abovewryttin; and binds and obleissis them
and thair successouris in office to warrand the premissis against all deidlie as
7 September 1652.
Report anent the contribution.
James Pollock, bailyie, maid his report at Edinburgh and Leithe and
producet ane buike quhairin was insert the contributioune givine be the
cheife justices and towne of Leithe and all he had receavit in relatioun
to the contributioune, with ane compt of his debursementis in attending
thairvpon, quhilk is all ordanit to be wryttine and insert in the said buik
appointed for that effect, with all vther contributiouns that sall come or
be broght in and the haill expenssis waired or to be waired in ingathering
Johne Wyllie and James Or, merchandis, wer chosine and appointtit to
goe to the northe for collecting and ingathering of the contributioune thair,
and William Cumyng and Johne M'Kewne appoynted to goe to the haill
boundis of Scotland on this syde of Forthe; quha ar to fallow suche instructiounes as sall be givine them. [All undertook the charge, except James Or,
and the provost was appointed] to speik John Semple thairanent.
Appoyntis James Pollock, baillie [and four others] to consider the most
necessitat persounes quha ar in building or intentioune to build presentlie,
and speciallie to have regaird to widowis and orphandis, and to distribut
amongst them with all conveniencie the portioune of the contributione already
broght home be the said James Pollok so much as is frie thairof.
Ordanis the thesaurer to pay to Johne Hall, chirurgeon, for the cureing
of ane poore woman, ane burges bairne, quha had the knap of hir elbow
struckin from hir be ane of the sojouris quha came from Aire about the
maissones, and that in regard of his long attendance be the space of ten
weikis in cureing thairof, the sowm of threttie pundis money.
11 September 1652.
Warrand, Pollok, contribution.
James Pollock, bailyie, is appointed to pay to the four men quha is
ordanit to goe throw the countrey for ingathering of the contributioune alse
muche money as will buy them horses and to beir thair charges, and that out
of the first and reddiest of the contributioun money quhilk he brocht in alreadie
from Leithe and vtheris.
Comptis of communalitie.
Appoyntis the comptis of the communalitie to be againe revised be Mr.
Johne Dunlope and Johne Bell, and be George Brome and suche as he sall
bring with him, at sick tyme as they sall aggree vpone, and the moneyis to
be brocht in that is to the foire, to the effect that these wha did advance any
and yet wantis may be repayit. And becaus Johne Bell, being for the tyme
ane member of the said communalitie, was direct to Sir Charles Erskine be
the said communalitie anent some cesse the said Sir Charles was craveand
of the towne, for the tyme, for the quhilk he then gave his band to the said
Sir Charles and quhich is yit lying above his heid vndischarged, and seeing
that quhilk he did at that tyme was done for the townes weel [the council
bound themselves and their successors to relieve Bell of the bond].
Wood, customes, Inglische.
In answer to James Woods supplicatioune givin in be him anent the
lose he sustenit be taking the customes of the brige and gerse of the Greine
fra Witsonday 1651 to Witsonday last, and they knowing that the Inglische
came heir at the fair of Glasgow that yeir, quhairby the haill gerse of the
Greine was eattine, no custome collectit at the said brige and little for a long
tyme thairefter, and that his band is lying in the town for thrie hundrethe
merkis money, the foirsaids magistrats and counsell thairfor hes remittit to
the said James Wood the sowme of twa hundrethe merkis money.
Warrand, Pettigrew, wryttings.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to Alexander Pettigrew threttie sax pundis
money for twentie indentouris he wreat to the poore boyes, and vther wryttings
of the towne, be directioun of the late magistratis, and for many vther publict
things he hes wryttin sensyne in copeeing of the haill rentallis and vtheris.
The forsaidis proveist, bailyeis and counsell, haveing now long experience
of the former service and cariage of William Yair, thair present clerk, and
vnderstanding that he was onlie admittit and receavit clerk of befoir to serve
thairin dureing thair will and pleasour, they have thairfore vnanimuslie electit
and chosine, and be the tennor heirof electis and choysis the said William
Yair, clerk of the said brugh to the first day of September nixttocome, in
anno jm vjc fiftie thrie yeirs; with full power to him to exerce the said office and
to vplift and dispone vpon the haill feis and casualiteis belonging thairto;
quha being present accepted and gave his aith of fidelitie as vse is.
14 September 1652.
It being thoght fitt be the magistratis and counsell that Mr. Johne
Wilkie, burges of this brugh, sould be imployit to goe to Lundoun to petitioune
in the townes name the parliament thair for ane contributioune for helpeing
of the making vpe of the losses of the towne be fyre, and he being wryttin for
for that effect and haveing come and compeired this day in counsell, efter
much intreatie he vnderteuk the said service; and thairfor the foirsaidis
magistratis and counsell appoyntis twa commissiounes to be drawn vpe to that
end, ane conteining the proveists name and the said Mr. John Wilkeis, to the
effect that the proveist may concurr with him thairintill, being to repair to
Lundon at this tyme with the rest of the commissionars of the nation, and
ane vther commissioune drawin vpe to the said Mr. Johne his alone; and for
his better outreik appoyntis Androw Mudie to pay to the said Mr. Johne
twentie pund sterling, out of the first and reddiest of the moneys he receavis
fra the colectours of the mylnes, and quhatewir sowmes of money it sall
happen the said Mr. Johne to spend in that service and draw vpon the towne,
the foirsaidis proveist, bailyeis and counsell bindis and obleissis them and
thair successouris in office thankfullie to ansuer and pay the samyne to him
or to any vther according to his appointment, as also to pay him honestlie and
thankfullie for his payns.
Warrand, beir distribute at the fyre.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to Marie Scharpe, spouse to Robert Dorroch,
for four barrellis of beir quhilk shoe distribute at command of the magistratis
to people the tyme the late suddent fyre brak vpe in the Trongait, scho giving
hir aith befoir ane of the balyies of the quantitie and qualitie.
Appoyntis the magistratis to provyde glase wreichtis for the weill of the
towne quhairewer they can be had.
[Instructed the treasurer to give back to the tacksmen of the petty customs as much
money as the bailies consider proper, because the "pittie customes ar now dischairgit be
the town and they had no longer collecting thairof."]
Provisioun to ministers. Allocatioun of teyndis.
Forsameikill as the proveist, balyeis, and counsell of this burgh, had of
befoir, takeing to thair consideratioune the declaret intentioune of the former
magistratis and counsell to have allocat to thair ministers, in pairt payment
of thair stipends, the teynds boght be the toun, and to have maid them all
alyk thairanent, yett finding the allocatioune maid in favouris of Mr. George
Young and Mr. Hew Blair to be far schort of any locatioun granted to ony
vther of thair ministers, and they being most willing, so far as did lye on
them, to mak them all alyke, according to these prior intentiones, quhilk is
most consonant to reasone and equitie, as the act maid be the present
magistratis and counsell of the dait the fourt day of this instant beares,
they thairfore conforme thairto haveing caused draw vpe the allocatioune
vnderwryttin, quhilk was this day red, allowed, and approvin by them, and
ordanit heir to be buikit in thair counsell buik, and therefter delyvered to
the saids Mr. George Young and Mr. Hew Blair, quhairof the tennour
followis:—Be it kend till all men be thir present letteris, we Daniell Wallace,
proveist, Johne Andersoune, James Pollok and Walter Neilsoune, balyeis of
the brughe of Glasgow, James Hammiltoune, deane of gild, Manasses Lyill,
deacone conveiner, Gabriell Corbet, thesaurer therof, and remanent counselloures of the samyne vnder subscryveand; forsameikill as we be our act
of the dait the fourt day of September instant [the act printed, supra, pp. 240–2
is here narrated] as our said act of the dait foirsaid mair fullie proportis;
and we being most willing that they be sufficientlie secured in thair said
localitie and maid alyk with thair saids colligs abovenamet; thairfore, and
for many vther guid reasones and causses moveing ws, wit yee ws, for thair
farder securitie therintill, to have farder allocat, mortifeit, assignit and
disponit, lykeas we, be the tennour heirof, by and besyde that which is
allocat to them alreadie and is guid payment, allocats, mortifeis, assignes
and disponis to and in favours of the saids Mr. George Young and Mr.
Hew Blair, equallie betwixt them, dureing all the dayes of thair lyftymes
and serveing the cure within the said brugh, and to thair saids successouris
in office, all and haill the personadge and great teyndis of all and haill
the particular lands, rowmes and maillings, efterspecifeit, to wit, the landis of
Haghill, Keirhill, and Coline Campbell his pairt of Newtoune, Over and
Nether Newtounes, besyde Coline Campbells allocat in the article befoir, and
besyd that which is sett in tak to Mr. Robert Stewart, Ruchehill, Liningishauch, the twa Woodesydes belonging to Coline Campbell and Robert
Fleyming, Stobcorse, with Drumoders Aikers, and Raikinghauche, Eister
and Wester Craigs, Camlauchie, Garroch, the landis in Gallowmuir pertening
to the airs of vmquhill Georg Hutchesone, the landis in Borrowfeild, quhilk
was boght be the said vmquhill Georg Hutchesoune fra vmquhill Adame
Whyte, the teynd quhairof is payable be Mareon Stewart and hir tennentis,
the landis of Over Possill, except that which is sett in tak to Mr. Archibald
Fleyming; and that by and attour the great teyndis and teynd shaives of
the lands vnderwryttine quhilk was allocat to them of befoir, to wit, Over
and Neather Carntynes, Kennihill, Wester Neather Possill, Kelveinhauche,
Kingisinch, (quhich ar onlie in vse of payment), and quhilk we be the
tennour heirof doe ratifie, allow and approve And, for the implement to
them of the former clause contenit in the said act, quhat bollis victuall ar
alreadie allocat to them conforme to the former provisiounes and allocatiounes or is now presentlie allocat be ws to them, in the quhilk they sall
fall schort of payment, it not being yet certane quhat the number of the
bollis therof will be, because the teyndis of some of these landis hes not
yet bein valued and some of these teyndis allocat now and of befoir
may be affected with tackis; thairfore we the saids proveist, balyeis and
counsell, be the tennor heirof, binds and obleissis ws and our saids successoures in office that quhatewer the saids Mr. George or Mr. Hew, or
either of them, sall be fund to want of thair saids respective fyve chalders of
victuall, throw any off the causses abovewryttin, to mak guid and thankfull
payment to them or either of them with the rest of thair said stipend as
effeirs, at ane hundrethe pundis the chalder, and that yeirlie at the feist
of Witsoundaye, and compt to be maid thairat yeirly, and quhat they sall
be fund wanting of thair said localitie to be thankfullie payed at the said
terme conform to our said obleisment above specifiet; quhilk dispositioune,
allocatioune, and vther premissis abovewryttin, we bind and obleis ws and our
said successours in office to warrand, acquyet, and defend to the saids Mr.
George Young and Mr. Hew Blair and thair successouris at all hands and
against all deadlie as law will.
17 September 1652.
Order by parliament for payment of £1000 stg. to poor who have suffered by fire. (A.P.S., vol. vi., part ii., p. 775.)
Ordered that the sum of one thousand pounds sterling be paid out of the
treasury of the sequestrations in Scotland, to such person or persons as the
commander in chief, the governor of Edenburgh, and the commissioners for
sequestrations in Scotland, or any three of them, shall appoint, to be distributed to such of the poor of the city of Glascow in Scotland as have suffered
by the lamentable fire which lately happened there, and in such proportions
as the said commander in chief, governor of Edenburgh, and commissioners for
sequestrations in Scotland, or any three of them, shall direct and sett down.
25 September 1652.
James Pollok, balyie, maid report of his dilligence in Edinburgh anent
the getting of ane lettre subscryvit be Generall-Major Deane to maister Johne
Wilkie for his goeing to Lundon, quhilk he did, as also ane warrand subscryvit
be the said Generall Major to the soldiarie for the contributioun.
5 October 1652.
[From a leet of three persons, the commissioner of the Duke of Lennox nominated
Daniell Wallace to be provost for the year to come.
John Andersone, elder, and James Pollok, merchants, and Walter Neilsoun, craftsman,
8 October 1652.
[Thirteen merchants and twelve craftsmen elected councillors.]
13 October 1652.
[James Hammilton, dean of guild; Manasses Lyill, deacon-convener; John Louk,
treasurer; John Wilsone, water bailie; James Govane, master of work; John Miller,
visitor of maltmen.]
16 October 1652.
Ane lyte of four persones being presented be the fewars of Gorballis, to
the effect that ane of tham micht be chosin to be ane of the balyeis thairof
the yeir ensewing, be plurality of vottis, Robert Stirling, thair, is electit for that
effect; and John Bell, merchand, is electit and chosin, efter votting, to be the
vther balyie thairof the said space; and appoyntis the balyeis to fix ane court
in their own convenient tyme and to repair thither for taking of thair oathes.
Appoynts the dean of gild, maister of work, to goe to the Hie Kirk and
to tak ane compt fra James Elphiesten of the haill leid and vther worklumes
thairintill, and to tak vpe ane perfect inventar thairof.
It being perfectlie knowne that sundrie captiones and actis of wardings
ar past against John Wallace, jeylour, and that sundrie hes escaped furth of
the tolbooth throw his default, quhilk may prove dangerous to the magistratis,
and that now he hes takin vpe his dwelling in the said tolboothe, ordaines
him thairfor to provyde ane vther house for himself against Mertimes nixt.
Statutis, aill, beir, etc.
[Ordained no higher prices than the following to be charged:—Ale, 2s. 8d. the pint;
beer, 3s. the pint; tallow, 50s. the tron stone; candle, 58s. the troy stone.]
23 October 1652.
Ordaines ane lettre of thankis to be wryttine to the magistratis of Edinbrugh for the contributioune sent heir be them, quhilk was colected for the
vse of these wha had thair land brunt, as also ane vther lettre of thanks to be
sent to James Farquhair, merchand, burges of Aberdeine.
It is appointit and ordanit that all the malt grund at the towne mylnes
quhilk is to be brewne in the Gorballis pay at the saids mylnes conforme as
the burgessis and neighbouris in this brugh does pay, for defraying of thair
publict burdings; and the collectouris to give out ane testificat of all such
malt that it hes payed the dewis; as also the haill colectours to delyver thes
moneys to John Bell, balyie of the Gorballis, ilk Setturday at nicht, to the effect
that he and his collige may see the samyn imployit for defraying of the commoun burdeings thair.
Merchand buithis, Gorballis.
For many wechtie reasones and consideratiounes moveing the haill magistrats and counsell of this brugh, they be the tennour heirof inhibitis and
discharges any merchand buith quhatsomewer to be keipit or maid vse of in
the Gorballis, aither be the burgessis and neichbours of this brugh or any
vther persone quhatsomevir, and recommendis this to John Bell and Robert
Stirling, balyeis thair, to sie the samyne fulfilled and performed.
25 October 1652.
It being regrated that the magistratis and counsell ar slichted and
vilipendit be sundrie of the ministeris and kirk sessiones, and how the poore
is neglectit therby and the contributioune appoyntit to be colectit for thair
mentenance is slichtit be many, appoyntis therfore and for vther maters concernis the towne, as the contributioune and other things, that James Pollok,
balyie, repair to Edinbrugh to doe thairin as he sall think fitting quhen he
comes thair, and appoyntis William Cumyng to goe with him and to attend
thair ane space for ingathering of the contributioune fra the presbitrie of
Edinbrugh and thairabout, and appoyntis ane lettre to be sent to James
Colquhoun, merchand, to be assistant to William Comyng thairanent.
Consideratioun being takin be the saids magistratis and counsell anent
the inbringing of the contributioun for supplie of these wha hes thair landis
and guids brunt, and in regaird that the counsell cannot be convenit at all
occasiones anent everie particular insident thairintill, they have thairfor
electit and nominat, and be the tennour heirof electis and nominatis
thir persones, viz., the balyees, James Bell, Colin Campbell, Mr. John
Dunlop, the dein of gild, deikin conveiner, James Bornis, John Louk, and
Patrik Park, and ony fyve of them to be ane quorum, to whom the saids
magistrats and counsell does heirby give thair full power, warrand, and commissioun to meit and conveine at sick tymes as they sall appoynt amongst
thamselfis, and to treat, resolve, and goe about all lauchfull wayes for the inbringing of the said contributioun or advanceing and setting forward thairof,
aither heir at home or abroad in vther pairtis, and to caus send out and direct
lettres for that effect.
30 October 1652.
Gibbit burne to be mendit.
It being takine to consideratioune the great lettis and impedimentis the
kairteris hes at that pairt callit the Gibbet Burne quhen they bring stones
from the quarrell to the neichbouris and inhabitantis, and now in this tyme
quhen thair is so great employment for them the samyn proves prejudiciall to
verie many people, for remeiding quhairof it is resolvit, statute, and ordanit
that that pairt of the way be most commodiouslie mendit be the sicht of the
best craftismen, and recommendis the doeing and overseeing thairof to the
master of work and Johne Herbertsone, and appoynts them to speik to the
quarreouris for wining of stanes and leiding of them thairto frilie without
The place of the jealourschip in keiping of the tolbooth is declairit
vacand, and Charles M'Claine is electit, nominat, and appointed to be ad
mittit and receavit thairto at Mertimes nixt, he findand sufficient cautioune
be band, conforme to the ordour.
6 November 1652.
[Appointed William Colquhoune, writer, to be collector of the rents of the Gorbals,
and he to have 100 merks for his pains.]
Appoyntis James Pollok, bailyie, to speik to Albert Nisbet anent the
summondis givine to the townes people quha hes the persones lands, and to
In answer to ane demand givine in be Manasses Lyill, deicon conveiner,
for himself and in name of the haill deikines of craftis within this brugh,
shewing that thair poore decayit brethrein did daylie greatumlie multiplie and
increase, and they had keipit litle or nothing in thair hands to supplie tham
now in thir great strates, be reasone of the moneyis they had debursit for the
lands of Gorballis, quhairby the poore wha wont to be supplied and supported
be thair severall tredis and craftis ar greatlie prejudged and damnifeit, and
therfor craveand that the severall deikines, visitor of maltmen, and thair
maisters of craft, may tak and exact aff everie man being ane strainger and
ane new enterand with ane of the craftis ten pundis, Scotis money, as ane mair
augmentatioune for thair entrie or vpset nor wont to be payit of befoir be these
of that qualitie; quhilk being considerit vpon be the foirsaid balyeis and
counsell, they doe heirby grant licence and libertie to everie deikine and thair
severall maisters of craftis and quartermaisters, and thair successouris in thair
respective offices, to exact aff everie new enterand frieman with them, not
being ane burges sone nor mareand ane burges dochter or ane prenteis to ane
frieman, ten pundis Scottis mair nor ewir they had warrand of befoir to tak
and was in vse of; and to tak fra everie man quha is or sall be admitted
burges grates and sall desyre to be admitted frieman in ony craft twentie
punds Scottis money, in maner as is abovewryttine; and that for the furder
supplie of the foirsaid poore decayit brethrein for ilk tred and calling. Provyding alwyse that it sall be lisome to the magistratis and counsell to moderat
the haill premissis quhen ewir the samyne sall come before them; and that
this act be not extendit against burgessis bairnes or these wha hes maryed
burgessis dochters or prenteissis to friemen.
13 November 1652.
Coline Campbell is electit commissionar to ryde to Edinburgh to attend
the particular meitting of the burrowes to be convenit thairat vpon the 26
day of this instant.
Appoyntis James Bell, Mr. John Dunlop and James Hammiltone, to
meit with such as hes chairge of the abacie of Pasley and with the Laird of
Nether Pollok, and to speik with them anent the meill that wont to be payed
be thair predicessouris to the Lipper Hospitall beyond the brige.
No landward malt to be grund befoir presentit to mercat.
The magistratis and counsell of this brugh, vnderstanding the former
actis of this brugh sett downe of befoir that all landwart malt broght in be
countreymen to be sold and brewne within this brugh sould first be presented
to the mercat, to the effect that the sufficiencie thairof may be seen and
tryed and the dewis of the laidillis and firlottis payed thairfore in the mercat
place as becomethe, and they now being certainlie informed that the takismen
of the laidillis doe laidill the samyne malt in houssis and vther places altho
it wer newer presented to the mercat, quhilk is not onlie contrair to the
former actis bot also proves oftintymes prejudiciall to the said malt and to
the customers of the peckis anent thair dewis to be vplifted thairfor; and
thairfor it is heirby statute and ordanit, be the magistratis and counsell of
this brugh, that no suche malt broght in be landward men to be brewne within
this brugh be laidled befoir the samyne be presented to the mercat, as also
that all the lyk malt that is brocht to be brewne within this towne sould
not be grond at any of the mylnes belonging to the towne, by thair mylners,
colectors, or servandis, untill the tyme that the awners of the said malt report
to them ane testificat wnder the visitouris hand, or vthers whom he sall
appoint, that the samyne is sichted and tryed be him, and none to be laidled at
the said mylnes heirefter.
20 November 1652.
Appoyntis James Bell, Coline Campbell and Mr. John Dunlop to speak
of new againe with Halbert Nisbit anent the chairge givin to thes anent the
Appoyntis ane watche to be keipit nichtlie in town dureing the counsellis will and pleasour, and recommendis the same to the magistratis to see
it exactlie performed.
In ansuer to ane supplicatioun, givin in be James Scot and John Filp,
for themselfis and in nam of the haill fewars in Gorballis, that ane ease may
be granted to them of these moneys exactit at the townes mylnes for malt
brewn in the Gorballis, the saidis ballees and counsell, for thair better ease,
remit for the present ane fyft pairt thairof, swa that they ar now onlie to pay
threttie twa shilling for the fourtie they payed of befoir, with this condition
and provision that, in regaird these moneyis swa colected ar to be aplyed for
payment of the commoune burdeings of these landis of Gorballis, that if the
samyn burdeings doe encrease that quhilk is now remited sall be thairefter
exactit and is to begin imediatlie.
27 November 1652.
Appoyntis Johne Bell, and any four of the communalitie he pleassis to
tak to himself, to put in ordour the communaliteis comptis, and to forme the
samyne in the best and the breifest way that they may be buikit.
Recommendis James Mayne and John Baird, twa poore boyes craveand
to be put to craftis, to the baillees for getting som of the money that is
colected for the vse of the poor to them for that effect.
4 December 1652.
Appoyntis James Clerk to remove his scoole out of the stiple in Trongait
this nixt weicke, and he to try out, be sicht of the maister of work, ane scoole
in ane more commodious place, and the towne is to help him to pay the maill
It is thocht fitt and convenient that ane man be send to Aberdeine and
other pairtis thairaboutis anent the mater of the contributioune, and ane of
the sessioun to be electit to goe with him; as also James Campbell is electit
to goe to Aire anent the same particular with the souldiarie and others thair;
and appoyntis William Cumyng to repair to Linlithgow against the twentie
twa of this instant for that same effect.
11 December 1652.
It is thocht most conduceable, bothe for the ease and guid of the towne
and for the guid and proffeit of the Hospitallis and poore thairin, that the
lands of the Gorballis be delt to the effect that each of them may know thair
own pairtis thairof, and that fitt men be thocht vpone to be chosin out to that
effect this day aucht dayes.
18 December 1652.
Report, Pollok, £1000 granted be parliament.
James Pollok, balyie, maid report of his haill last diligence in Edinburgh
anent the obtening warrands for making payment to the towne of the thowsand
pund sterling granted be the parliament of England and anent the distributers
25 December 1652.
Appoyntis Johne Bell, ane of the bailleis of Gorballis, to choyse out and
elect some of the most wysest and judicious men of these in the Gorballis for
devyding of the lands thairof in four severall quarteris, haveing relatioune to
the superioritie of the saidis [lands,] toure, houssis and yairds belonging thairto,
and this to be done with the best convenient diligence, and thairefter to produce what is done be them therintill to be weell thocht vpon be the magistrats
and counsell befoir any setled divisioun be set down thairanent.
Men to the northe.
Recommendis to Balyie Neilsoune and the dein of gild to haste away
these men that sould goe to the northe anent the home bringing of the
27 December 1652.
Ordaines ane sharpe lettre to be sent to the Marqueis of Argylle for
ingetting of these moneyis awin be him to the towne and hospitallis, for
defraying of the towns burdeings.