1 January 1659.
Overtours anent Dumbartane.
The provest [and five others] ar commissionat, or ony thrie of them, to
think wpon and advyse wpon the best overtoures can be fund out for setling
of the mater betwixt this burgh and Dumbartane, and to meit with thair
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in be Alexander Dunlope, grantis
him libertie to tack wp ane schol in the north quarter for teaching of young
childerin to reid and wryt.
22 January 1659.
Recomendes to Bailleis Hammiltoune and Rac to reveis the coupers
letter of deaconheid anent quhat lenth they may goe in their wnlawes.
Malt, moulter, excyse.
It is enactit and ordained that quhat maltmen, or ony wther persoune
quhatsumevir, sall present, to be grund at the tounes mylnes, fyve furlotis
malt for ane masck, if it happin to be any mair it sall pay the moulter and
excyse of sex furlotis malt, and sua furth of wther quantities; and recommendis the same to be speciallie tain notice of be the collectours, and they to
be adverteised heirof.
Anent the supplicatioune given in and subscryvit be the deacones of
hamermen, tailyeours, James Wadrop, for the cordoners, the visitour of maltmen, the deacones of skinners, meassones and fleshours, bearing that their
wer divers persones of lait risen amongst them wha, throw brecking and
violating the actis of parliament, keeping wnwarrantable convocatiounes
contrair therto, and wthers their misregardis and contempt to the magistratis,
and throw their wther insolenceis, ar lyklie to caus the haill tredsmen of this
burgh lois ther haill liberties and priviledges, quhilkis hes beine carfullie
hitherto preservit be their predicessoures; cravand therfor, humblie, licence
and warrand of the said provest, bailleis and counsell, for themselfes and all
wther craftismen who will adhear to them, to meit and convein for making
choys of ane preces amongest them quhill ane deacon conveinar be choysen,
for governing of the affaires of the hospitall, poore therin, and wther things
relating to them; as the said supplicatioune mair fullie proportis. Quhilk
being red and considered be the saidis provest, bailleis and counsell, and
finding the same to be verie reasonable, they therfor doe heirby grant licence
and libertie to the saidis supplicantis to meit and convein amongst themselfes
and to goe about everie thing that they think incombent for the guid of the
tredis, weill of their hospitall and poore therin, without ony prejudice of the
tounes liberties quhatsomevir. And the forsaid provest, bailleis and counsell,
having perwsed severall actis of parliament sett doune anent the meitings
and convocatiounes of craftismen, and in particullar the xvii act of the xviii
parliament of King James the sext, they therfor, heirby, in name of his
highnes the Lord Protectour, hes dischargit and, be the tenour heirof, discharges all meitings and convocatiounes of craftismen quhatsoever (the licence
abovewrittin being exceptit) that sall be made contrair the saidis actis of
parliament and lawes of the gildrie in this place, and that wnder such paines
as is conteined in the saidis actis of parliament; and to the effect that no
maner of person pretend ignorance heirof, ordaines the samyne to be published
to the haill inhabitantis with touk of drum, and coppies heirof to be fixed in
the merchand and craftis hospitallis and wther pairts of the toune requisit.
And recommendis to the magistratis the last article conteined in the said
supplicatioune, quhairby it is craved for eshewing of debait and contraversie,
seing the cordoners hes made choys of twa severall deacones of their craft,
that both of them may be dischargit and the said James Wadrop, lait deacon,
authorized for visiting of the mercat anent the trying of the sufficiencie and
insufficiencie of the wark as hes beine done formerlie be the said magistratis.
29 January 1659.
The aforsaid James Campbell, deane of gild, having showine and informed
that he, with the merchand rank within this burgh, had resolved and concludit
to tack doune their hospitall in Briggait and to reedifie the samyne againe in
ane most comly forme and maner, with ane steiple and hous heigher at
least then that of Hutchesounes Hospitall, and to put ane knock and ane
bell quhilk should ring therintill, quhilk will not only be ane great decorment
and ornament to the streit quhair it standis but also verie commodious to all
the inhabitantis theraboutis; and for this end, that the work might be the
moir comly, they had bought ane tenement of land adjacent to the said
hospitall and wer to give about ane thousand pundis therfor; and therfor he,
in name of the said haill merchand rank, did requeist and desyre the forsaid
provest, bailleis and counsell, to grant them som reasonable contributioune
therwnto, as they have done to the college, ye to strangers for advancement
of gode commoune warkis. And the saidis magistratis and counsell, taking the
said mater to their serious consideratioune, did condescend and agrie to give
for the better advancement of the said edifice the hundreth pundis starling
that was awand be John Grahame, merchand, be his tickit, and ordaines the
samyne note and tickit to be delyvered to the said deane of gild, with ane
assignatioune therto if neid beis; and the said deane of gild, in name of the
merchand rank wndertakis that the said steiple sall be as aforsaid. And the
saidis magistratis and counsell having respect to both merchand and craftis
hous, as members of ane and the same corporatioune, doe heirby promis to
be als beneficiall to the craftis hous quhenever they sall build the lyk edifice.
5 February 1659.
In ansuer to Mr. Patrick Gilespies demaund, cravand payment of the
seavine thousand markes awand be the toune to the Colledge, as being the
money mortified be the deceast Mr. William Struthers and Mr. Zacharias
Boyd, quhairwnto the toune ar patrons, it is resolved that the toune being
secured in there patronage off the bussers, conforme to the mortificatioune
mad be the said Mr. William Struthers thairanent, to renew their band as is
desyred, wtherwayes nocht; and for the moneys mortified be the said deceast
Mr. Zacharias Boyd, becaus that is done be ane contract betwixt him and the
toune, and that it is appoyntit be the deane of gild and deacon convener wha
hes speciall entres thairin as sine quo non, it is declared that that cannot be
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in be Alexander Wilsoune, cravand
libertie to tak wp ane Inglish schoole in the Gallowgait, whilk was also
requysted to be done be ane considerable number of the neighboures their,
the samyne was grantit to him during the counsellis will and pleasour.
12 February 1659.
Edinburgh, townes affaires.
In regard severall things may occur betwixt counsell dayes relaiting
to the toune quhilk hes gone wrong, non being in Edinburgh to attend
the tounes bussines, as in the mater betwixt Hunter and Simpsoune, it is
therfor recommendit to the magistratis, [and five others,] or ony thrie or
four of them to be ane quorum, and to meet and direct anie persones quhatsomevir to Edinburgh to attend the tounes bussines there at all occasiones.
Recommendis to the deane of gild, Walter Neilsoune, and excys maisteres,
to put ane checq in the streitis secretly for attending the malt brought in not
grund at the toune mylnes.
26 February 1659.
Bank anent the souldarie.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune to discharge all maner of
persones from vtring any rude or incivill speaches to the sojours, wnder the
paine of most severe punishment, according to the qualitie of the offence and
offender; as also that no persone be fund vaigand on the streitis after the
taptow be struckin.
5 March 1659.
Lettre to Lockhart.
It is concludit that the provest wrytt ane letter to Mr. John Lockheart,
there commissioner now at parliament, to draw wpon the towne ane hundreth
Appoyntis the fier of the Gorballis to be sett doune on Moonday nixt,
and appoyntis the haill counsell to accompanie the magistratis hither.
Recordis brought fra Edinburgh.
It is ordained to be remembrit that the provest brought home ane of the
twa bookis that wer sent to Edinburgh to the counsell of estait and that Mr.
Archibald Grahame brought home the wther.
12 March 1659.
Clark and Wallace, deane of gildis court.
In answer to the complent given in be the deane of gild against George
Clark, skinner, and Williame Wallace, maltman, for compeiring befor the
deane of gildis court and producing there ane neidles and idle protestatioune;
as for George Clark he is remittit back againe to the said court and deane of
gildis bretherin, quhair he did the offence, to the effect he may give them
satisfactioune for the said wrong be thair awine sight; and becaus the said
William Wallace did declyne and pas fra the said paper he is also heirby
remittit to the forsaid court, there to be punished for his said offence
according as they sall think meit and convenient.
21 March 1659.
Heigh kirk and heigh steiple.
Recommendis to the deane of gild, the maister of wark, with ony wthers
they pleas to tak with them, to visit the defectis of the Hie Kirk, especiallie
the great steiple, and to mak report theranent at the nixt meiting.
2 April 1659.
In ansuer to ane letter sent in be Mr. Patrick Gilespie, craving payment
of the 7000 markis mortified money in the tounes hands, the saidis magistrates
and counsell, being most willing to doe what they can for the guid of the
college, appoynts the provest, bailleis, or ony wthers they pleas to tak with
them, to meit with the said Mr. Gilespie and to treat with him theranent, and
in particullar anent the maner of the receaving and interteanment of the
bursers for which the saidis moneyes wer mortified, and to deall with him if
he will tak wp in the first end of theis moneyes the moneyes awand to the
toune be the Ladie Dutches of Hamiltoune.
Ordaines the maister of wark to caus repair the defectis of the great
steiple in the Hie Kirk, with all diligence.
9 April 1659.
Lytts and protestatioune given in.
Compeired Johne Hall, ane of the lait bailleis of this burgh, and, in
name of ane pairtie of the tradsmen therof, producit ane paper conteining ane
lytt of thrie persones names for making choyse of ane of them to be deacon
conveiner, quhilk paper he desyred to be red and took instruments therwpon,
and that it was the first producit of that kind; lykas, instantly, befor the
said Johne Hall removed, compeired Archibald Andersoune, deacon of cordoners, and in name of ane wther pairtie of the tradismen of this burgh,
producit ane wther paper conteaning the names of wther thrie persones, and
desyred also that ane of them might be made choyse of to be deacon
conveiner, and the paper to be red for that effect, and therwpon askit
instruments. Lykas, immediatlie, Williame Boyd, ane of the preces of ane
pairt of the tradismen within the samyne burgh, producit ane protestatioune
against the lytt given in be the said Johne Hall, and therwpon took instruments. Quhilkes papers and protestatioune wer afterwardis red and answered
be ane act wnderwryttin.
Salmond fry or smouts killing.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune, with touk of drume,
discharging of all killing of salmound fry or smouts, quhilk is inhibit be divers
actes of parliament, and that wnder the paine of puting the samyne to
executioune against them.
Barries guidis given to Jonstoune.
Ane letter being producit and red, direct from the Lord Generall Munck,
anent the delyvering to one Robert Jonstoune of certain guidis standing in the
clarkes chamber quhilk perteaned of befor to one Adame Barries, who was
apprehendit heir for venting of fals coyne, it was condescendit that the saidis
guidis should be delyvered according to the said letter, the said Robert
subscryving ane band to warrand the toune at all handis theranent.
In answer to the supplicatioune given be (blank) Knox, in name of
the toune of Barrastounenes, it is condescendit and agried wpon that ane
contributioune be made and collected for the guid of the said toune; and
recommendis to the magistrates to speik and deall with the ministers theranent that the samyne may be done in the most commodious way with all
Lytts producit for electioune of ane deacon conveinar.
Compeared Johne Hall, ane of the lait bailleis of the samyne burgh, and
producit ane lytt of thrie persones sett doune be some of the tradis, to the
effect that ane of theis thrie might be choysen deacon conveinar; as also
compeired Archibald Andersoune, deacon of cordoners, and producit ane wther
lytt conteaning the names of wther thrie persones sett doune be ane wther
pairt of the trades, to the effect that ane of them might be choysen deacon
conveinar within this burgh, quhill the nixt laufull electioune; as also,
William Boyd, now ane of the preces of the trades, producit ane protestatioune againes the said lytt producit be the said Johne Hall; quhilkes being
all red and considered be the said provest, bailleis and counsell, and they
taking to their consideratioune that at Michaelmes last, the ordinar tyme,
their was producit ane wther lytt of wther thrie persones for that same effect,
quhik was then protestit againes, and so ther ar now lying nyne persones to
be lyttit on for choysing of ane deacon conveinar, quhilk is far contrair to
the established letter of gildrie within this burgh, quherby it is appoyntit
that twa persones only be presentit with the old deacon conveinar; and as to
the twa lytts producit this day their was never ane of the persones specifeit
theirintill deacon conveinar of befor, quhilk is contrair also to the said letter
of gildrie (but that the forsaid first lytt, producit at Michaelmes last, was
conforme therto;) and also considering that the forsaid lytt producit be the
said Johne Hall, in name of ane pairt of the tradismen, is protestit againes
be the said Williame Boyd, preces to anowther pairt of them; and againe,
seing the ordinare tyme of electioune of ane deacon conveinar is and hes bein
about Michaelmes yearlie, efter the electioune of the magistrates, conforme to
the ancient and setled custoume therof wswallie observed according to the
said letter of gildrie, theis fyftie yeares bygaine; the saidis provest, bailleis
and counsell, therfor, hes thought guid and fitting to delay ony sick electioune
of ane deacon conveinar quhill the said ordinar tyme of electioune.
23 April 1659.
Glasgow, Calder, and Partick briges.
Recommendis to the deane of gild to speak to the justice of peice anent
the reparatioune of Calder brige, and to caus repair the tounes great brige
and brige of Partick, and to speak to Collin Campbell his brother, for making
ane rige of his land at the new mylne of Partick for getting ane mor
commodious entrie therto.
Protestatioune Hall at the counsellhous doore.
Johne Hall, being knocking at the councillhous doore, desyring to have
entrie, and it being grantit that he sould com in his alone and speak quhat
he pleased; becaus he was not permittit to com in with ane multitud at his
back, he refuised to com in but protestit at the doore.
The gras of the grein given to the Inglish officiares.
It is condiscendit that the gras of the Grein be bestowed on the officiares
of the Inglis souldiers as formerlie, with this caveat that no honest people be
trubled anent the drying of their clothes therwpon.
Lyme for the hie steiple.
Appoynts some lyme to be provydit for and brought home from Bathgait
for the wse of the heigh steiple of the Heigh Kirk.
30 April 1659.
Report, deane of gild; Provest to Hammiltoune.
The deane of gild made report that he had spokin to soume of the justices
of peace anent Calder brige, and that he had also spokin anent the repairing
of Partick brige; and, becaus their is ane justice of peace court to be holdin
at Hammiltoune on Tewsday nixt, appoyntis the provest to attend that
meating and tak with him whom he pleases and to speack to the Dutches
anent the monye awand be hir.
In answer to the supplicatioune given in be Johne Logane, hammerman
in Gorballis, craving licence to sett doune ane stair to his landis there, at the
south end of the great brige of this burgh, in respect he hes given satisfactioune to the toune therfor, they have given and grantit libertie to him to
build his said stair four foot outward the Hie Streit from the syd wall of his
said hous; as also permittis him to have ane windskew as far out as the stair
only, of the thicknes of ane stone, at the north syd of his laigh doore, on the
same syd of his hous.
2 May 1659.
Appoyntis James Hammiltoune to ryd to Judge Ker to try quhen his
leasour wold serve to goe and sight the harberie at Newark, and ane letter to
be wryttin to him for that effect.
Brige at the Southport.
Appoynts the deane of gild and maister of wark to provyd materiallis
for building ane brig at Robert Campbellis for passing to Linnings Haugh
and wther pairtis theraboutis.
7 May 1659.
Bank anent the sealled stoups.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune discharging all maner of
persones to mak wse of any stoupes except such ar sealed this year and of
befor, wnder the paine of punishing of them in their persouns and guidis;
and to intimat to all who hes ony stoups to seall that they bring the samyne
to the deane of gild, first Thursday of ilk moneth, who will give order
theranent; and ordaines the stoupis that wer not fund right to be brunt
publictlie on Wednesday nixt in the Hie Streit; and appoyntis the deane of
gild to caus pay the craftismen who wer imployed for sealling of the stoups,
and the thesaurer to depurs the samyne as he sall give ordour.
Contractis betwixt toune and college anent bursares.
Their was subscryvit twa contractis betwixt the toune and the college
anent the four bursares of divinitie to be susteaned on the moneyes mortified
be wmquhill Mr. Williame Struthers and wmquhill Mr. Zacharias Boyd, all of
them being at the tounes presentatioune, quhairof the ilk ane of the twa
mortified be Mr. Williame Struthers ar to have per annum four scoir pundis,
and ilk ane of the twa mortified be Mr. Zacharias Boyd ar to have thrie scoir
pundis; quhilkes annualrents dew to the saidis bursars was formerlie payit be
the toune to the college, they having in their handis the said seavin thousand
markis mortified be the saidis defunct persounes, but now the toune having
given band therfor to Sir Johne Gilmour, conforme to the act of counsell of
dait the secund of this instant, therfor, as being ane debt awand be the college
as ane pairt of the pryce of the tyndis bought be them of the landis of
Munckland and Calder fra the Ladie Dutches, the college are obleist be the
said contract to pay theis bursares in monye yearlie out of the first and
reddiest of the saidis tyndis, or out of the first and reddiest of the college
wther rents, and to infeft the saidis bursars therintill conforme to the said
contract; be the quhilk the tounes right of patronage is not altered but
standis yit intear with the toune.
8 May 1659.
Protestatioune against the call given to Mr. Johne Livingstoune.
Compeired James Barnes and declared that notwithstanding of all the
paines takin be the most considerable honest men of the wast quarter, and the
humble adressis made be them to the sessioune for giveing ane call to Mr.
James Fergusoune for the supplieing of the vacand place of ministerie there,
throw the deceas of Mr. George Younge, their lait famous pastor, yit the
sessioune had denayed the samyne flatlie and declared they wold give ane
call to one Mr. Johne Livingstoune; quhilk thing the saidis magistratis and
counsell thought verie hard of that any call should be given to any minister
to com heir to this burgh, they, as the representative therof, not being first
acquainted therwith, and thairfoir it was wnanimouslie concludit be them all
to award the said mater as becometh in respect of the oath of God lying
The said day, the haill persones above named, being againe conveined
(except the said Robert Andersoune) and farder with them Williame Boyd,
and being now acquantit that by publict intimatioune out of the pulpit ane
pretendit commoune sessioune of this burgh did proceid to the nominatioune
of one Mr. Johne Livingstoune to supplie the vacand place of their lait
deceased reverand and faithfull pastour Mr. George Younge, one of their
ministers, and ane edict servit for objecting this verie day after the afternoones sermon against the samyne, therby occasioning their meeting sua
extraordinarlie as never in the least made to wnderstand this so summar
and unhard of procedour of befor; and after serious deliberatioune, finding
that they could not without neglecting of the oath of God lying wpon them
to show to all whom it may concerne that the forsaid proceidings of the said
pretendit commoune sessioune is not only a meer tyrannizing over the Lordis
people, in thrusting in of ane minister wpon ane parish wnknowne to the far
most pairt if not to all of them, after so many humble and serious addressis
of the most qualified and eminent persones, maisters and headis of the families
in the said parish quhairof the said deceast Mr. George was pastour; to the
contrair, in behalfe of ane reverand and faithfull minister of the gospell, Mr.
James Fergusoune, knowne to the most pairt of the citie and parish if not to
all, but lykwayes ane manifast slighting and vilipending of the magistratis
of this burgh, whom the Lord in his providence heath ordered over them, and
whom they aught for conscience saik to obay, in that they have not so much
as once acquanted them with their thoughts to have the said vacand place
supplied, they being the proper representative of the burgh; therfoir, and for
sundrie wther reasounes to be eikit and aded heirwnto in the awine dew
tyme and place convenient, they, for themselfes and in name of the whoill
burgh whom they doe present, doe by thir presentis protest against the said
pretendit commoune sessioune their proceidour as most illegall and not
agrieable to the knowne constitutione, practick, and lawes of the disciplin
of this church of Scotland, inviolable observit in all the burghis, cities and
incorporatiounes therof; and that whatsomevir they sall doe contrair to the
expres will of the magistratis and parish, not being agriable to the word of
God and constitutione of the church in this their procedour, sall be null and
of no force nor effect; and doe appeall to the Synodicall and Generall
Assemblies of this natioune for remeid in law, as the Lord in his providence
sall affoord the samyne. And this they ordaine to be subscryvit be their clerk
and presentit be the provest, with the bailleis and counsell to attend them,
and that therwpon they tack instrumentis as becometh.
Letter to Livingstoune, minister.
The same day, after the productioune of the said protestatioune, it is
concluded be the saidis magistratis and counsell, who for the most pairt wer
present, that ane letter should be wryttin to the said Mr. John Livingstoune
to inform him heiranent; and ordaines the clark the subscryve the samyne in
14 May 1659.
It is concluded that Doctour Soutour be delt with to mak his residence
heir, and for this effect to mak him burges and gild brother and to pay him
fourtie pundis be year, he being obleist be contract to cure the poore in toune,
who sall be recommendit to him be the magistrates, of the ston.
21 May 1659.
Appoyntes ane lettre to be sent to Judge Ker to visit the rodis of
Newark; and, quhen he comes for that effect, appoyntes Baillie Rae and John
Walkinshaw to attend him.
Skinues and hydis.
Forsuameikle as it is heavilie regraitit be the skinners within this burgh
that their is great wrong and injurie done by the fleshours within the same
and wthers repairing therto of the cuntrie, for that quhen they flee their
scheip they leive the substance and strenth of the skinn wpon the bouk, and
therby makis the bouk to seim better nor it is, but wakines the skineis and
holles them that they will be no work; as also, it being greatlie regraitit be
sundrie merchandis who buyes skines, and be the saidis skinners, that the
saidis fleshoures cutis the saidis skines in the neck and buttockis; quhilk
regrait is also made be the tanners against the fleshours anent the cutting
and holling of the hydis; quhilkis wronges and enormities tendis to the
great hurt and prejudice to the merchand who buyes them and craftismen
who workis them, and that all this is done contrair the old laudable actis of
this burgh sett doune of befor theranent; it is therfor heirby enactit, statut
and ordained, be the saidis magistratis and counsell, that no fleshoures
within this burgh, nor no wthers who brings skinnes and hydes thairto to
sell, presume or tack wpon hand to doe the lyk heirafter, and that wnder
the paine of confiscatioune of all such skinnes or hydes as sall be fund faultie
in maner above wryttin, quhilkis ar to be tryed be theis to be appoyntit
be the saidis magistratis and counsell for that effect, and to be disposed
wpon be their sight who sall be for the tyme; and ordaines this act to be
intimat throw this burgh by touk of drum.
28 May 1659.
The provest made report that at the meiting in Hammiltoune on Tuesday
last he had endit with the Ladie Dutches anent the byrunes of the tynd tack
deutie of Cambusnethane, and that shoe was to pay ane thousand markis in
compleit payment of all byrunnes for the crop 1657 yeares and preceiding,
with ane hundreth markis for the cropt 1658, and so to pay thankfullie
yearlie therafter; as also that he had setled with the gentillmen of the schyre
anent the assesment craved of the landis mortified to hospitalles.
[It was reported that "the excys of all aill, bear, acquavytie, and wther hot waters,
broune, made, sold and toped within this burgh," had been taken, on behalf of the burgh,
from 1 June next till 1 June 1660, at the same rate as last year, the tack duty being £450
sterling each two months.]
4 June 1659.
Excys acquavytie and the grein to be sett.
It is concludit that the Grein be sett and the excys of acquavytie and
hott waters on Twesday nixt.
Recomendes to the deane of gild for rectifieing the dewes of the trone.
Appoyntes James Colquhoune to caus mack ane standart of bras for the
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in be Patrik Bryce in relatioune
to the coalheugh in moore of Gorballes, it is concludit that no ansuer sall be
given to him tharanent quhill first he give satisfactioune for the byrun tack
dewties quhilkis ar restand awand wnpayit.
7 June 1659.
[Common good set for a year as follows:—Mills, 8800 merks; ladles, 3000 merks;
meal market and pecks, 810 merks; tron, 820 merks; bridge, 1610 merks; "excyse of
acquavytie toppit and sold within this burgh" till 1 June next, £24 sterling; teind fish,
11 June 1659.
[Ordained payment of £168 "for nyne boatfull of sklaites bought be the deane of gild
for the wse of the meilmercat."]
Bank anent the office and entrie of excys.
The magistrates and counsell, fearing that the tacksmen of the excyse of
the acquavytie tack advantage of the inhabitantis throw their not tymous entrie
of their acquavytie conforme to the lawes of the excys, for preveining quhairof,
and to the effect the office and hour of entrie may be the better knowne,
ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune be touck of drum to show the
inhabitants that the office is in Johne Rowatis hous, and the houres of the
entrie ilk day of the weik (the Sabboth exceptit) is to be betwixt ten houres
and elevin houres in the foirnoone and betwixt ane and twa houres in the
afternoone; and this to be done that non pretend ignorance.
18 June 1659.
[Agreed to relieve the dean of guild of the obligations undertaken by him in entering
into "ane contract with Johne Huntar, measoune, and wtheres, for the building of ane
brige at the Barraszett, and was obleist to pay to them sex hundreth markis."]
25 June 1659.
Maister of wark.
Ordaines the maister of wark to caus fill wp the holles about the toune
quhairof the neighboures compleines much against, and to speik to James
Baxter for that effect; as also ordaines the said maister of wark to caus lay
the calsay in the lone at St. Mungowes Trie, according as was desyred be the
land meithers at the last sighting of the marches.
Approves the aggriement made be the deane of gild with John Clark,
measoune, anent the building of the meilmercat.
6 July 1659.
The magistrats and counsell, with the deacones of craftis, after the
ordinarie maner and cerimonies, proclamed the faire grantit to this burgh,
betwixt ten and alevin hours in the foirnoone, to begin the morrow, the
seavinth of this instant, and to conteanow quhill the fourtin day therof at
night, and that in name and behalfe of the burghs present superiour and of
the provest and bailleis therof.
9 July 1659.
It is condescendit that the roof of the Blackfrier Kirk be mendit with
all conveniencie, becaus the toune for the present is not able to doe farder
thairto, and recomendis the same to the deine of gild and maister of wark.
Commoune wealth coyn.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune by touk of drum to
command all maner of persones to receave the commoune wealthes coyne,
without ony exceptioune, the samyne being fund sufficient silver and weight.
11 July 1659.
Pilacie, wast sees.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of fyftine
pundis, deburst for John Boill and John Fisher there charges quhen they wer
sent east to the generall with ane letter to acquaint him with the pilacie in
the wast seaes and for viij li. for their horssis hyre.
23 July 1659.
Commissioune, provest and deane of gild.
The deane of gild is commissionat to keep the meiting quhilk is to be at
Linlithgow, the first Twesday of August nixt to come, be the deanes of gild
of Edinburgh, this burgh, Strivilling, Linlithgow, and wtheres; as also the
provest is commissionat to keep the meiting with the provest of Edinburgh
and wtheres who ar to meit with Mr. James Robertoune; and the magistrats
and counsell obleissis them to abayd thairat quhat they doe thair, and the
clark is appoyntit to subscryve ane commissioune for that effect.
In answer to the supplicatioune given in be Mr. John Weinyett, ane of
the doctores of the grammer schoole, anent his great paines and meanes of his
fiel, quhilk is only ane hundreth markis be year, it is therfor condescendit
and agried that their be payit to him yearlie heirafter, be the thesaurers of
this burgh, fyftie markis mair, and that during his aboad in the said school
and the counsellis will allenerlie.
Warrand, poore womane.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of twelfe
pundis deburst be him to ane poor womane, Jonet Brysoune, to help to buy
ane new acquavytie box and fleikwands for supplie of hir and hir childerin.
Warrands, vagaboundis, meil mercat.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of twentie
punds, deburst be him to Charles M'Cleane for his extraordinarie service in
waiting wpon some vagaboundis in the tolbuith; and for fyve hundreth
marks, deburst to John Clark, in pairt payment to him for building of the
30 July 1659.
[Ordained payment of 100 merks "for casting of the new cast at the toune mylne
Recommends to the deane of gild to caus fill wp againe the cast that was
made in the Meikle Grein and mak that pairt therof levell with the rest of
the grein and agrie with any persones thairanent who will doe it cheipest.
Bank, peise yairds and fuilyie.
Appoynts ane bank to be sent throw the toune to discharge the brecking
of yairds and peise, and to inhibit all persones to suffer their fuilyie to lye
wpon the streit longer nor twentie four houres, or then to command theis who
ar appoyntit for dighting of the samyne to remove it imediatlie therafter.
6 August 1659.
Stank at Greinheid.
The deane of gild made report that he had agried with some sojouris for
casting in of the stanck at the Greinheid, and that their was to be payit
therfor nyne punds starling, quhilk is to be payit according as the work is
Report, deane of gild, and warrand.
The deane of gild made report anent his meiting with the deane of gild
of Edinburgh and wther deane of gilds at Linlithgow, and anent his speacking
with the generall in the mater of the excyse of salt, and brought home from
the generall ane ordour theranent, quhilk was appoyntit to be intimat to the
collectours of that excyse; and ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for
the sowme of fortie fyve punds sextine shillings, whilk was deburst be the said
deane of gild for his and the charges of Johne Young who was with him that
jurney, and for his wther debursments and horssis hyre.
There was red ane petitioune givin in be James Dalgleish, baxter in
Edinburgh, craving licence to com here for exerceising of his calling, the
answer quherof was delayed till this day eight dayes.
Commissioner, Pollok, Puckie and Puckie Mylne.
James Pollok is heirby commissionat to goe and vplift what is restand of
the dewtie of Puckie and Puckie Mylne, and to give discharges therwpon, and
that with the best conveniency, to the effect the samyne may be divydit
amongs the prenteissis according to the mortificatioune sett doune theranent.
13 August 1659.
Minister of Goveanes Manse.
Ane motioune being made anent the repairing of the minister of Goveane
his hous, and craving the toune to contribut therto for the lands in Gorballes,
with the rest of the heritours of the said parishin of Goveane, it was resolvit
and condescendit wnto that how soone the vallowatioune of that parish is
rectified the toune sall contribut to the repairing of the said manse according
to their proportioun.
Their was subscryvit ane tack of Puckie and Puckie Mylnes, with the
20 August 1659.
Recommends to the deane of gild, James and Johne Barnes, to meit and
convein for setting doune the best overtoures they can for remeiding the abuses
committed at the water, and to tak in with them whom they pleas for that
effect, and to report theranent this day eight dayes; and in the meanetyme
ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune, with touk of drum, to discharge all tapsters of herring to buy any herring befor twelfe houres in the
day, wnder the paine of twentie punds how oft and sua oft as they sall
contravein, except theis who buyes herring to serve the toune, who ar war
randit be the old actis to buy als many as ane reasonable maund for serving
of the toune will contein.
Appoyntis Williame Cumyng, James Hamiltoune, and Hendrie Glen, to
tack notice what weomen hes seats sett in the Laigh Kirk who hes chyres in
wther kirkes, and to mack report to the effect that that abuse may be
Warrands.; Inventering tounes wrytes, excys compts.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of twa hundreth
markes monye deburst be him to Williame Yair for sorting and inventering
of the tounes wrytis, according to the counsellis appoyntment, and for wther
services performed be him for the toune in tymes bygaine; and ordaines James
Hammiltoune to have ane warrand for the sowme of ane hundreth punds
deburst be him, out of the monyes he receavit fra the collectors at the mylnes,
to James Barnes for the paines takin be him in wryting and booking the excys
comptis and acting wther things relaiting therto.
27 August 1659.
Warrand, Barraszet brige.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of thrie
hundrethe marks deburst be him to the measounes that bigged the Barrasyet
brige, in compleit payment to them therof.
6 September 1659.
The deane of gild made report that he had agried with James Gray,
wright, for sklaiting of the meilmercat for twelfe pundis the ruid, and the
toune to furnish him foge and nailles, quhilk agriement was allowed and
approvin by the haill counsell.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of threttie
eight punds xviii s. deburst be him to Johne Colquhoune for ane trone stand
of bras weights to the toune and ane buist to keep them in, and for the sowme
of fyftie eight punds thrie shillings, deburst also be him to the said Johne
Colquhoune for renewing and casting of the tounes haill leid weights, furnishing some leid therto, and mending the rings and stapills therof.
Report, Pollok, Puckie.
James Pollok made report of his last diligence in ryding to Puckie and
Puckie Mylne, and the toune having subscryvit of befor twa tackes therof,
conteaning ane blank name, he producit ane of them againe subscryvit be
Johne Hutchesoune, designit in the tack, quherwnto Scotistarbett himselfe is
witnes, quhairin the lands are sett for nyntin yeares and croptis, and this
instant cropt is the first of them, for payment yearlie of the sowme of twa
hundreth fourtie punds, quhairof the ane halfe was to be payit at Witsonday
last; as also he producit ane band grantit be Thomas Thomesoune for
payment of the sowme of fyve hundreth pundes in satisfactioune of all
bygaine rents of Puckie and Puckie Mylne, and is payable betwixt and the
first day of Januar (blank); quhilks are both putt up with the rest of the
wrytis of theis lands.
Warrand, Frank, drogs.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of threttie
punds deburst be him to James Frank in compleit payment of all drogs and
wther medicamentes furnished be him to ony poore people who wer formerlie
direct to him be the magistrats to be cured, Archibald Bischop being excepted,
because it was allegit that the magistrates wer not imployed of him therintill.
24 September 1659.
Everie counsellour on lytt to have ane vott.
It is concluded that everie counsellour who is put out on lytt the tyme
of the lytting and electing of the magistrats sall have the libertie to give his
vott quhen he comes in againe altho it hes not beine the wse heirtofoir in
Ansuer to the ministeris.
In ansuer to the desyre proponit be the ministers to the saids magistrats
and counsell, desyring that they wold joyne with them and the sessioune in
giveing ane call to Mr. Johne Livingstoune, after dew deliberatioune had
theranent, in respect it was formerlie overtoured to the sessioune that the
saids magistrats and counsell wer willing to assent to the calling of Mr. Ralp
Rodger, provyding the sessioune wold goe on joyntlie with them in giveing ane
call to Mr. James Fergusoune, and providence having ordoured the removeall
of Mr. George Young, so that Mr. Ralp is now admitted by them, the sessioune
aught in equitie to condischend to the said call of Mr. Fergusoune, to the
quhilk if the sessioune be willing to harkin, it being the earnest requeist and
desyre of the saids magistrats and counsell and of the most considerable pairt
of the parish and manye moe considerable persones in wther parishes in toune,
as ane thing hoped foir to be ane meanes of this corporatiounes peace and
concord in all tyme coming, quhilk desyre if it be assented to be the ministers
and sessioune the saids magistrates and counsell doe heirby declar that they
sall be most willing to joyne with them in the calling of Mr. Livingstoune to
be the sext minister; and if this be refuised it is heirby declared that the saids
magistrats and counsell cannot but adhear to their former protestatioune.
1 October 1659.
Licence, Marshell, pyntour.
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in be Robert Marshell, pyntour,
showing that he hes skill in washing and pynting of houssis, and given proof
therof in sundrie places within this burgh, and seeing their is but one the lyk
within the samyne burgh and not ane wther in all the wast of Scotland,
desyring therfor licence to practise and occupy the samyne peacablie heirafter
within the said burgh (that occupatioun being rather ane science nor ane
craft) quhilk, being weighted and considered be the saids provest, bailleis and
counsell, they, after consideratioune had theranent, doe heirby grant licence
and libertie to the said Robert Marschell to wash and pynt houssis to any
within this burgh or territorie therof who pleases to imploy him for that
effect, without ony impediment to be made be him therintill.
4 October 1659.
[From a leet of three merchants, the commissioner for the tutrix of the Duke of
Lennox nominated John Bell to be provost for the year to come. James Campbell and
James Pollok, merchants, and James Colquhoune, craftsman, were thereafter elected bailies.]
7 October 1659.
[Thirteen merchants and twelve craftsmen elected councillors.]
8 October 1659.
In answer to the supplicatioune given in be some of the deacones of the
trads, craving the counsells approbatioune of some papers given out be Patrick
Bryce, conveinar; and the saids magistrats and counsell, wnderstanding that
without their approbatioune their cannot any be designit conveiner in this
burgh wnles he war laufullie choysen conforme to the letter of gildrie and
approvin be them, and so they to approve of theis papers war to wrange and
infringe the tounes liberteis, quhilk they wold not doe, and so could not grant
12 October 1659.
Deane of gild.
[James Barnes chosen dean of guild.]
[Two several sections of the trades produced each a leet of three persons
for the election of a deacon-convener.] And the saids magistrates and counsell, being verie cairfull to have union, peace and concord againe setled, did
earnestlie deall with the producers of the saids lyttis that all might be joyned
in one for the better removeing of the wnhappie differences now standing
amongst them. To the quhilk it was answered be the said Robert Wilsoune
and theis with him that they wold alter nothing of that what their pairtie
had done. And the said Archibald Andersoune and theis with him, being
interrogat quhat they wold doe, who declared that, for peace cans, they wer
willing to lay themselfes asyd and wold submitt their haill intrest to the
provest, bailleis and counsell. And they, to wit the saids magistratis and
counsell, having conferred at lenth anent that mater, with the seavine
deacones of craftis present, they promised to doe their best indeavours with
the deacon conveinar to be choysen to gett ane new electioune of the haill
contravertit deacones of trads. And the saids magistrats and counsell having
returned heartie thanks to the said Archibald Andersoune and wthers of his
pairtie for their peaceable deportment, and promist to defend them in all
their just rightis and to wse their best indeavours to gett ane new electioune
of all the haill contravertit deacones; after all which it was voyced be the
saids magistrats counsell, and wtheris forsaids joyned with them for election
of the saids deane of gild and deacon conveinar, quhilks of the said [leet
presented by Robert Wilsoune and others] should be choysen deacon conveinar for the year inshewing, whilks being votted, be pluralitie of voits the
said Johne Buchannan, elder, was electit and choysen deacon conveinar of
this burgh for the year inshewing.
Election of treasurer, &c.
[Other office-bearers elected as follows:—Colin Campbell, treasurer; John Barnes,
water bailie; John Millar, visitor of maltmen; William Gray, master of work.]
15 October 1659.
Baillie in Gorballes.
Johne Ker for this burgh is electit baillie of Gorballes for ane year
Recommends to Baillie Colquhoune, deane of gild, and deacon conveinar,
to sight the Heigh Kirk anent quhat is to be done theirin and demandit be
22 October 1659.
Recommends to Baillie Colquhoune, the deane of gild and deacon conveinar, to consider yit on the making of ane portall doore in the Vter Hie
Kirk, seeing it is fund impossible to height the mid wall there as wes desyred
be some of the ministers.
Tallow and candle.
[Ordained that rough tallow be sold for 46s. the stone and well made candle for 54s.
1 November 1659.
Campbell to Hammiltoune.
Baillie Campbell is appoyntit to ryd the morne to Hammiltoune anent
the letter direct heir be the schyrefe for the bagadge horsis cravit out of the
schyre, and he is appoyntit to speik with the commissioners of the burrowes
in the schyre anent the choysing out of ane man against the fyftin of this
instant conforme to his letter direct theranent.
Wickits to be locked.
The saids magistrates and counsell, taking to their consideratioune the
great stouth made of malt, for eshewing the payment of the excyse therof, to
the tounes great prejudice, who is to pay the tak dewtie therfor, it is therfor
statut and ordained that the haill wickits of the mylnes be loocked at all
convenient tymes, and that the collectors at the waster mylnes lyes there,
and that the collectors at the subdeane and tounes mylnes close both doores
and wickits at night and oppen the same againe in the morning tymeouslie,
about sex hours, and that the brig port be closed.
Baillie Colquhoune, the deane of gild and deacon conveinar, having made
report anent the mater committed to them anent James Frank and some of
the chirurgianes, it is concludit that John Hall be not admittit to sitt on the
deane of gilds counsell quhill their book be produced and that mater endit,
but that the rest of the craftismen choysen to be on that counsell be admittit
Magistrats commissionatanent the maters of the toune.
The saids magistrates and counsell, taking to thair serious consideratioune
the maniefold revolutiounes fallis out from tyme to tyme, and that some things
may occur wpon ane haist quhilk may neirly concerne the toune and be of
weight and importance, and that the haill counsell at all tymes conveniently
cannot be weill had or conveined to consider tymously therwpon nor to give
answers to letters or ordoures may be sent heir theranent, it is therfor heirby
wnanimouslie concludit that the present magistrates and wthers who hes borne
office quhom they please to tak to their selfes, sall have power to doe all things
in theis maters for the guid of the toune as if the haill counsell war warned
and conveined for that effect.
Recommends to Bailie Colquhoune, dean of gild and deacon conveinar, to
agrie with some craftismen for righting of the brig at the Barrasyett.
8 November 1659.
Commissioner, Pollok to Edinburgh.
In obedience to the letter direct heir from the generall, Baillie Pollok is
heirby commissionat to repair to Edinburgh against the fyftin of this instant
to speik with him, and therafter to report what is communicat to him.
Commissioners appoyntit to meit with the sessioune.
The provest, bailleis Campbell and Colquhoune, the deane of gild, deacon
conveinar, Frederik Hammiltoune, Robert Rae, Johne Walkinshaw and Thomas
Allane ar appoyntit to meit with some of the sessioune according to the desyre
of the ministers anent the giving ane call to ane minister for filling the vacand
place in the Laigh Kirk in Trongait and for removing of all wther differences;
and if theis of the sessioune be of ane greater number, the saids magistrates
and wthers abovewryttin ar heirby commissionat to tak such wthers with
them as they sall think fitt; and therafter to report.
Bank anent straingers.
Ordaines ane bank to be sent throw the toune with touk of drum discharging all maner of persones to sett houssis to straingers quhill first they
com and acquant the magistrats, and that wnder the paine of ten punds how
oft and sua oft as they sall contravein; and ordaines the magistratis to sie this
put to executioune.
In relatioune to the statut to be sett doune anent the breid, its appoyntit
that the pryce sall remaine constant, but the weight to alter according to the
pryce of the wheit, and that the baxters merk xij d. and sex penneis breid.
22 November 1659.
Baillie Pollok made report of his diligence in Edinburgh at the generall,
and producit ane letter craving ane answer, whilk was recommendit to the
magistrats to have their thoughts on.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for the sowme of threttie
punds deburst be him to Charles M'Claine for his extraordinarie paines in
attending the tolbuith this long tyme bygaine, having had no imployment
but keeping of some lounes wer wardit therintill.
Chirurgianes and Hall.
The contraversie amangs the chirurgianes being motiounit againe this
day, it is ordained that ane act be produced warranding Johne Hall for interlyning or vitiating ther book befor the samyne was done or then to account
that mater to have bein done without warrand.
Croce to be takin doune and removed.
The saids magistrates and counsell having receavit warrand and ordours
for doune taking of the guard hous was builded about and wpon the croce, and
in regaird the samyne mercat croce throw the building of the said guard hous
therwpon was altogither defaced, it is therfor now concludit to remove the
samyne with all convenient diligence and mak it equall with the grund, and
to lay the timber and staines of the said guard hous apairt be themselfes, conforme to the tenour of the said ordour.
3 December 1659.
The letter drawne wp as ane ansuer to the generalls former letter was
red publictly in counsell and allowed and approvine, and the clark ordained to
subscryve the same in their names and to be sent away in convenient tyme.
For preveining of the great hurt and domage in the futur, quhairof
sundrie inhabitents hes fund the smart heirtofoir throw the breking of their
houssis and buithes be theifes, it is therfor heirby statut and ordained that
ane watch be keepit nightly heirafter during the counsells will, to be
sett ilk night be the bailleis in dew tyme, vicissem, to consist of sick
ane convenient number as they sall think meit; and ordaines ane bank
to be sent throw toune be touk of drume, to command everie persone to
com out, or ane sufficient man for that effect, according as he sall be warned
therto, and that wnder the paine of xxx schillings Scotis ilk tyme they
To calsay where the croce stood.
Appoynts and ordaines that pairt of the streit where the croce did stand
of befor to be calsayed in ane most comly and decent maner, and that by the
sight and advyce of James Colquhoune, baillie, as he sall think it most fitting
to be done, with the best conveniency.
Appoynts the creames sett out for selling of fruit, wniones, and the lyk,
to be removed from the marcat place, and everie one of the awners therof to
remaine about their awine dwellings and not to present their creames to the
mercat place as formerly.
Appoynts the deacon conveinar to produce ane act, subscryvet be the
clark of the chirurgianes of this burgh, warranding John Hall to have interlyned and bloted their book befor the samyne was done be him, and that at
the nixt meiting.
10 December 1659.
Table anent wheit breid.
According to the counselles former ordours, the deane of gild producit ane
table anent the wheit breid whilk he had drawne wp and sett doune according
to the saids ordours, quhilk was allowed and approvin and ordained to be
observed in all tyme coming, the pryce allwayes remaining but the weight to
alter according to the rate of the wheit to be sold.
Appoynts yit the deacon conveinar to exhibit and produce ane act as was
formerlie ordained anent the chirurgianes, and that at the next meiting.
Fruit men and salt wyfes.
Efter reading of the supplicatioune given in be theis who of old keeped
craimes at the croce and wer ordained in tyme coming to keep at thair awne
houssis, their is this day libertie grantit to them to keep thair craimes on
the mercat day in the Trongait, be wast where the cordoners stands, but to
keep at thair awine houssis the rest of the weik, and to keep within the guttar;
and recommends to the baillies to sie the weomen and wyfs who sells salt on
the Hie Streit to stand beneth Dowhills foiryett.
It is concluded that there be payit weiklie to the post for byrunes since
the first of November last, and in tyme coming quhill he be discharged, sex
31 December 1659.
The deane of gild and deacon conveinar ar appoyntit to sight and vew
the tounes foot mantle quhilk is lying now in the custodie of Johne Millar,
tailyeour, and to doe therwith what they think fitt therafter.
Ordaines the deacon of chirurgianes to be wairned to produce the act
that the deacon conveinar was formerlie appoyntit to produce for them anent
the vitiating of their book.
Gilespie, stipend, kirk.
In answer to the desyre maid be Mr. Gilespie, craving payment of the
vacand stipend to the colledge that is awand since the deceas of Mr. James
Durhame, and lofting of the Wtter Hie Kirk, it is resolvit be the forsaids
haill magistrats and counsell that they will give no ansuer therto, nor what
concernes the college, quhill first they get satisfactioune anent the bibleothecar now placed be the said Mr. Gilespie in the colledge.
The saids magistrats and counsell, being informed be ane surmeis that
the excyse should ceas furth and fra the first day of Januarii nixt to com,
they ordoured Baillie Pollok to ryd east to sie if he could gett wp their band
that he had given for the said excys; and for better effectuating therof to
borrow monye there east for compleiting byrunes of the said excys.
Pryces, tallow and candle.
[After consideration of a supplication by the fleshers and candlemakers, the fleshers
were licensed to sell tallow at 54s. the stone and well made candle at £3 the stone.
Distressed gentleman, herring.
[Ordained the treasurer to have a warrant for £20 "deburst be him to ane distressed
gentleman," and for £126 "deburst for the tounes herring."]