10 January 1674.
Offer of tobbaco and utheris.
Appoyntis the deane of gild and deacon conveiner to sight the guidis
offered to the toune be William Johustoune and William Bouk, quhilkis
ar as fallowes, viz., fourtie hodgheidis of Virgin leiff tobacco, twelfe
barrellis roll and cutt, at threttie sex pundis per cent. guid and bad,
eight caskis of casnutt sugger at sextine pundis xvj s. per cent., four
thousand pund weight of ginger at eightine pundis per cent., a tune of
ungrund logwood at ane hundreth and twentie pundis per tune; and they
15 January 1674.
Offer of wynes.
In ansuer to ane offer made to the toune be Charles Charteris,
merchand in Edinburgh, and pertiners, of threttie tun of French wyne, or
therby, imported be them from Burdeaux at twentie fyve pundis starling
the tune full wyne, to be receavit at the ship syd, the magistratis and
counsell did appoynt Robert Rae and Peiter Gemmill to meit with the said
Charles Charteris theranent and to get his offer moir particular, and how
much of the said wyne is whyt and how much claret, with the envoys
therof, and the loest pryce he intendis to sell the same, and they to report.
17 January 1674.
Robert Rae and Peter Gemmill made report that Charles Charteris
refuised to mak offer of the ships loadning of wyne on ony uther termes
or easier rate than he had done befor, quherwpon the said magistratis and
counsell did refuis to accept the samyne on theis termes and at that rate,
and therfor heirby gives him libertie to sell the same in haill saill to any
of the burgessis of this burgh, he not selling the same under that rate
and in haill saill on the same termes, under the penaltie of ane thousand
pundis Scotis. As also they refuised to accept of the offer of the tobacco
and uther guidis offered be William Johnstoune and pertiners, and grantes
them also libertie to sell the samyne to burgessis of this burgh in haill
saill conforme to the termes and at the rate offered.
Few dispositioune of the soparie subscrivit.
There was a few dispositioune [of land] at the bak of the fleshmercat,
for building theron a soaparie subscrivit be the magistratis and counsell
to and in favouris of John Andersoune, younger of Dowhill, James
Colhoune and John Grahame, and their pertiners, of the breadth of threttie
fvye elnes and of the lenth of seavintine elnes or therby, for payment of
fourtine pundis Scotis yearly of fewdutie, and ordaines the same to be
registrat in tounes recordis of dispositiounes and utheris, and the same to
beir als great faith, as also the extractis therof, as the principall itselfe,
in respect the same is hereby ordained be ordour of the said magistratis
and counsell to be given wp to them.
Ordaines Donald M'Gilcreist to have a warrand for the sowme of twa
hundreth fourtie pundis Scotis, deburst be him for French wyne given be
the toune to Sir Johne Harper, at severall tymes, for service done be him to
the said burgh.
24 January 1674.
Act anent poor prenteises.
It is statut and ordained be the saidis magistratis and counsell that all
poor boyes who sall happin to be put to treds heirafter be them, and
their prenteis fies payit to their maisteris be them, that if ever they come
and attein to be able tradsmen that they shall be obleist, be vertew of ane
claus to be insert in their indenters relative heirto, ather to pay bak to the
toune the prenteis fie, sua to be payit for them to ther said maisteris for
puting of a boy to a tred, or then to tak ane poor boy prenteis gratis with
them in their trade, as the magistratis sall present to them, and to keep
the said poor boy in meit, drink, and bedding, in houshold with themselfes, and teach and instruct them in ther trade, under the penaltie of
their loosing their fredome within this burgh.
Tack to Fairie.
There was a tak subscrivit of the oarchyard in Gorballis and hous
therin, last possest be Alexander Pollok in favouris of James Fairie, lait
baillie, for nyne yeares space [for payment of £113 yearly]; and recommendis to the deane of gild and baillie of Gorballis to sight the said
yeard dyk and caus repair the samyne on the tounes expenssis as the
toune sall think fitt.
Ordaines John Grahame to pay to Mr. David Liddell, minister at
the barrony kirk of Glasgow, the sowme of nyne hundreth pundis Scotis,
for his yeares stipend serving the cuir at the said kirk and furnishing
communion elementis, fra Mertinmes 1672 to Merminmes 1673; and for ane
yeares annualrent, conforme to the act of parliament, of twa thousand
markis payit be him to the said Mr. David Liddell, quhilk the toune
is awand to him be band for the samyne year.
20 February 1674.
Agreement with Clark.
The deane of gild made report that he had settled and agried with
Johne Clark, measoun, for building of stone staires to the heigh cellaris
at Newport Glasgow, at fyve pundis starling ilk stair: and the said Johne
Clark is to furnish stone, lymne, and all uther necessaries; quhilk agriement the said magistratis and counsell allowed and approved off.
Act anent the skinners of Gorballis.
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in be the said magistratis and
counsell be William Goveane, deacon of the skinners in Glasgow in name
of the said calling, and be William Fergusoune, oversman of the skinners
of Gorballis, in name of the samyne tred there, mentioning that quher
there is a contract and agriement past betwixt the said skinners of Glasgow, on the ane part, and the said skinners of Gorballis, on the uther
pairt, daitit the twentie twa day of Maij 1657, quherby there is certane
heidis and artickles and severall priviledges grantit, drawne wp and concluded betwixt them, to remayne inviolable in all tyme heiraftir, and
specially in incorporating the said skinners in Gorballis in a calling, granting them the libertie to choyse a oversman yearly, and the admissioune of
friemen; and moir particularly that ilk stranger entrand frieman with
the said skinners of Gorballis sall pay to the skinner craft of Glasgow
for the use of their poor ten markis. Item, that ilk servand or jurnayman that is fied by the skinners of Gorballis and beis booked that he sall
pay to the skinners of Glasgow fyftine shilling Scotis at his booking,
with the clarkis fies. Item, that everie friemans sone pay to the skinners
of Glasgow, quhen he setis up, threttie shilling Scotis at his entrie, and
that ilk persone setting wp with the said skinners of Gorballis mariand a
friemans daughter pay to the said skinners of Glasgow the lyk sowme.
Item, that all prenteisses quhen they ar booked with the said skinners of
Gorballis pay for their booking to the skinners of Glasgow xij s. Scotis,
and that ilk prenteis in Gorballis quhen he enters frieman with them
sall pay at his entrie fyve markis for the use of the poor of the skinners
of Glasgow. As the said contract past theranent, conteining sundrie
uther heidis, obleismentis and conditiounes, of the dait forsaid, dewlie
ratified and allowed be the magistratis and counsell of the said burgh for
the tyme, on the twentie thrie day of Maij 1657, mair fullie proportis.
And the said supplicantis taking to their consideratioune that non of the
said dewes being payit to the poor of the skinners of Gorballis, and that
therby their commoune guid and yearly rent of their tred is no wayes
augmentit, and the poor of that calling throw that meines neglectit, there
being nothing gottin in to helpe them, and that lykly by that meane the
calling will come to ruine, and therfor cravand the said magistratis and
counsell to consider the premissis, and that notwithstanding of the said
contract that they wold authorize the said skinners of Gorballis to exact
aff the said straingers servandis, friemens sones, persones mariand friemens
daughters and prenteissis in Gorballis, that sall happin to be booked and
entred friemen with the said skinners in Gorballis, that they pay to the
use of the poor of the said skinners in Gorballis the lyk mulctis and fynes
that is payit to the said skinners of Glasgow, conforme to the said contract,
to the effect the said skinner tred in Gorballis may florish, and the said
skinner tred in Glasgow may the better obtein performed to them the
haill heidis and claussis specifeit in the said contract, as the said supplicatioune beires. Quhilk being red to the said proveist, baillies and
counsell, and they taking the same to their consideratioune, advyce and
deliberatioune, the said magistratis and counsell, after mature advyce
and consideratioune had theranent, hes statut and ordained, and heirby
statutis and ordaines that the said skinners of Gorbalis sall exact and
requyre off all strangers servandis, friemen sonnes, persones mariand friemens daughters, prenteissis, and utheris entrand and booking them selfes,
and sall pay the lyk mulctis and fynes the samyne persones wer in use to
pay to the said skinner tred of Glasgow, sua that conforme to the said
contract, quhat ever any of them payes to the said skinners of Glasgow
for booking or entry, they sall pay the lyk to the said skinners of Gorballis; and therwpon declares this act to be in full force as if the samyne
had bein done and concluded on by the said contract and ratified by
their said predicessouris therin, the samyne mulctis and fynes being
alwayes applyed for the use of the poor of the said skinners of Gorballis.
21 March 1674.
Survay for orray persons and strangers
Appoyntis the persones fallowing with the respective ministers of ilk
quarter to goe [through] the respective quarters of the toune for taking
notice of strangers and beggers and orray weamen that dwellis in the toune,
viz. [three persons for each of the west, north, middle, east, and south
quarters]; with power to the said persones to punish, benish and fyne
the said persones or imprisone them or their landlordis who setis them the
houssis as thei sall think just and to report.
Ordaines Thomas Bogle to have ane warrand for the sowme of
[£ 455 17 s.] Scotis payit be him out of the excys to the proveist for his
charges and expenssis and debursmentis, and of theis who went with him
to attend the parliament and goeing to meit duik Hammiltoune quhen he
come from London, conforme to the compt therof red and allowed.
27 April 1674.
Bogle, cullouring unfremenis gudis.
The magistratis and counsell having conveined befor them James
Bogle, merchand, wpon complent made be severall of the merchandis
alledging the said James had intrometted with a ships loadning of sek
lying in Clyd that did belong to straingers and had disposed theron, and
so did cullour unfriemens guidis under cullour of his awine, the said
James, be his oath taken be the said magistratis and counsell, deponed
that ther was only a fourt pairt of the said sek that perteined to him,
quhilk fourt pairt extended to eight butis and a quarter, and that he
bought the said fourt pairt of the loading from George M'Kaitnes in
Irland befor the ship come that length; and declared that the rest of the
ships loadning belonged to Alexander Simpsoune, merchand in Edinburgh.
Act to Armour.
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in befor them be James Armour,
elder, merchant, burges of Glasgow, cravand licence to tak doune a peice
of the Laigh Kirk yaird dyk, at the south gavell of his tenement of land
in Trongait, to the effect he may rebuild the same in ane syd wall to the
end of his gavill and put out lightis theron, for the better conveinencie of
a dwelling hous, conforme to the rest of his landis and remanent buildings ther on the south syd of the said dyk yaird, and by doeing therof
the said kirkyaird will be augmentit, as the said supplicatioune beires.
After reiding therof and consideratioune had theranent, the said magistratis and counsell, after their dismissing out of the counsell hous, past to
the said kirk yaird, and their sightit the desyre of the supplicant, and
finding the same to be most reasonable and nowayes prejudiciall to the
kirk yaird, but most helpefull therto, they grantit to the said James
Armour his desyre forsaid therintill, and grantis licence to him to mak
use of the stones he sua takis doune out of the said dyk for rebuilding
therof, or utherwayes as he thinks fitt, he alwayes building that place in
sufficient guid work lyk the rest of the houssis there.
30 May 1674.
The gras of the Old Grein for this present cropt is appoyntit to be
given to James Rowand for fyftine pundis starling payit be him to the
thesaurer in hand, notwithstanding the samyne, after rouping, was set to
Patrik Bryce for nyntine pundis starling, in respect the said Patrik
refuised ather to give monye or securitie therfor.
2 June 1674.
Common good set.
[Common good set for a year as follows:—Mills, 9,700 merks (besides 50 bolls
malt as formerly); ladles, 4,140 merks; mealmarket and pecks, 820 merks;
tron, 960 merks; bridge, 1,860 merks.]
9 June 1674.
Appoyntis [two bailies and four others] to meit and setle with Johne
Grahame, post maister, and to setle with him anent the establishing of a
post in the toune the best way they can.
20 June 1674.
Bennie, office of the deid bell.
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveined, for severall
caussis and guid consideratiounes moving them, and in ansuer to the
supplicatioune given in befor them be Hugh Benny, merchand, burges of
this burgh, they have given and grantit and heirby gives and grantis to
the said Hugh Benny the office of the deid bell of this burgh, and haill
casualities and profeitis therof belonging therto, now vacant in their
handis and at their gift and disposell, and that ad vitam suam aut culpam,
he serving the inhabitentis and utheris as any had that place of befor servit
therin, and with the best decencie as becometh, he paying to the grave
makers for their service; and if he happine to mak any fault in the said
office the magistratis and counsell sall be only judges to the tryell therof.
Bark measuris.; Pearches.; Mylnes and dames.
Appoyntis the deane of gild to call for the bark measouris and to tak
informatioune how big the same war formerly, and to caus mak them so
as they wer. As also appoyntis the deane of gild to agrie with John
Clark, measoune, for setting wp of thrie pearches wpon the thrie lawes
betwixt Newport and Greinock. (fn. 1) And to buy timber for the subdeanes
mylnes. And to caus with all expeditioune repair the new mylne dame
at Partick and to helpe the wallis of the wack mylne ther.
Warrand, Bogle, blewcoatis.
Ordaines Thomas Bogle to pay to Archibald Gray threttie pundis
Scotis in satisfactioune to him of a hors with sadle and brydle he lost in
the tounes service quhen the blewcoatis wer put out by the toune.
Act in favoris of mistres Cumyng.
The magistratis and counsell being conveined it was represented to
them that mistres Cumyng, mistres of maners, was to goe aff and leve
the toune, in respect of the small imployment shoe had within the same,
quhilk they fund to be prejudiciall to this place, and in particular to
theis who hes young weamen to breid therin, it was therfor concluded be
the said magistratis and counsell, for her farder incurragement, if shoe will
stay within the said burgh that shoe sall have payit to her ane hundreth
markis yearly in all tyme coming, to pay her hous maill, so long as shoe
keepes a school and teaches childerin as formerly, and quhilk they obleist
them and their successouris to perform accordingly by thir presentis.
Appoyntis the baillies, dean of gild and conveiner to set doune new
statutis on the wheit breid, in respect that wheit is darer than formerly.
Proveistis yaird to be bought in.
The magistratis and counsell being conveined, in ansuer to the
supplicatioune given in befor them be the haill burgessis about the Wyndheid from James Colhounes hous wpward, craving that the toune wold
[give]to them ane peice grund for washing and bleitching of their clothes,
als commodious as they can, as uther burgessis of the toune hes, in respect
the whoill places quher they wer wont to bleitch and wash on ar dycked
in and parked; quhilk supplicatioune being fund most reasonable be the
said magistratis and counsell, they appoynted the baillies, deane of gild
and deacon conveiner to meit with the proveist, and to buy that yaird he
hes belonging to him at the bak of the Hie Kirk, nixt the burne ther,
at als easie ane rate as they can, to the effect the samyne may be applyed
for the use of the said persones, petitioners, for washing and bleitching
therin, and to report.
4 July 1674.
Bell of the merchand hospitall.
Appoyntis the deane of gild to send the bell of the merchand hospitall
to be castin over againe, and to appoynt the payment therof the best way
25 August 1674.
Ordaines the thesaurer [to have] ane warrand for the sowme of
fourtine pundis fourtine penneis deburst be him to Andrew Steinstoune,
meilman, for nyne furlotis beir as the ferme, conforme to the bishops fear,
of that peice land at the foot of the new vennell in Dowhill, the last cropt
1673, quhilk the toune hes ther for the use of the burgessis washing
and bleitching ther; and farder it is condeschendit be the said magistratis
and counsell that the said peice grund be keeped for the use forsaid, and
the toune to pay the lyk dewtie therfor yearly.
Anent buying in of the tounes fewduties.
[The magistrates and council confirmed former acts authorising the redemption of feu duties and annual rents on payment of 17 years' purchase (see vol. II.,
pp. 483, 485, 488), and authorised "John Grahame, present collector of their fewmaillis and grund annuallis, to receave the monyes sall be gotten in fra the
heritouris that sall happin to buy in their respective annualrents or fewdewties
payable out of their respective lands . . and that the clark give the lyk act of
counsell for ane warrand and discharge to the burgesses, buyers of the samyne
annualrentis and fewdewties, as any former clark gave to any utheris formerly;
and that the samyne annualrentis and fewdewties sua bocht in be scored out of
15 September 1674.
Warrands Bogle, subdeanes mylne, stockis.
Ordaines Thomas Bogle to have ane warrand for the sowme of eight
hundreth pundis Scotis payit to John Clark, measoune, for building the
subdeanes mylnes, conforme to the agriement betwixt the toune and him
. . . and for [£1,032 6s. 8d.] to the mylne wright for work at the
subdeanes mylne, and to John Wallace for uther wright work therat
. . . as also for [£333 6s. 8d.] to Alexander Goveane for iron work to
the subdeane millis and the stockis.
Cauldwall, stair, gutter.
In ansuer to the desyre of Johne Cauldwall, deane of gild, the magistratis and counsell grantis him libertie to put out ane stair in the foir
streit in that tenement of land in Saltmercat quhilk sometyme belonged
to (blank) Park, and now to the said John, quhen he sall happin to build
the said land, with power to him to come als far out with his said stair as
the strand or gutter that rines doune that syd of the streit, that he may
lay a brig stone over the samyne.
Proveistis yaird bought in.
Theis persones who wer appoyntit to buy the yaird at the bak of the
Hie Kirk fra the proveist made report they had bought the samyne, and
therfor the said magistratis and counsell appoynt that the haill burgessis,
inhabitentis of this burgh, sall have libertie for washing and bleitching
theron in all tyme coming, quhilk they heirby grant to them. (fn. 2) Ordaines
John Grahame to have warrand for the sowme of twa thousand markis
deburst be him to the proveist for the pryce of his yaird the toune hes
bought fra him; quhilk sowme sall be allowed to the said John in the first
end of the sowmes he is to compt for, collectit for few and tynd dewties.
Act to Turner and Fairie.
The magistratis and counsell considering that they had appoyntit
James Fairie to quyt that yaird or oarchyaird in Gorballis with the
pertinentis, belonging to the toune, to Sir James Turner, at the earnest
desyre of the said Sir James, for payment of ane hundred pundis yearly,
notwithstanding that the said James Fairie be obleist by tak to pay to
the toune ane hundreth threttine pundis and ane mark thairfor yearly,
and therfor they discharge them of the said threttine pundis and a mark
of yearly tak dewtie during the tak, be thir presentis, and declares that
they ar only to pay therfor ane hundreth Scotis during the tyme of the
24 September 1674.
Warrand, subdeanes mylnes, excyse, Partick mylne dam.
Ordaines Johne Gilhagie to have ane warrand for the sowme of ane
hundreth seavintie ane pundis Scotis payit to John Cauldwall for sklaitis
to the subdeanes mylnes, conforme to the compt. And for [£ 3,228 12 s.]
Scotis sent to Edinburgh for paying of Sir William Scharpe of the thrie
moneths excyse, viz., for February, March and Aprill last . . . And
for ane hundreth markis Scotis given to Robert Hammiltoune for granting
libertie to the toune to dig stones out of his land for mending the new
mylne dam of Partick.
Appoyntis James Andersoune, chamberland of Provane, to give
fourtie penneis doune to the tennentis of Provand of ilk boll of beir of the
Provand fier, the last year, in respect the same was promist to them by
the stryckers therof quhen the said fear was strukin.
Warrand, school, drogs.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have a warrand for ten rex dollouris given
to George Waird for his incuradgment to stay in the toune and keep a
school; and for thrie scoir eightine pundis xij s. Scotis payit to John
Hall, baillie, for drogs furnished be him to poor people in the toune.
Augmentatioune, Wingate, fiell.
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in befor the said magistratis
and counsell be Mr. John Wingait, craving humblie ane augmentatioune
of the fiell and benefeice allowed to him yearly by the toune as ane of the
doctouris of the Grammer School, in respect of the ane hundred pundis
quhilk he getis yeirly cannot mentein him and his familie, they therfor
ordained him to get twentie pundis farder ilk yeir, quhilk is jc. xx li.
Scotis monye, yearlie, during his service as ane of the doctouris of the
Compt baillies fynes.
The baillies made ane accompt of their fynes this last year, quherof
the charge extendis to twa hundreth sextie nyne pundis xij s. viij d., and
quhilk by the discharge they find to be all destribut by puting of four
prenteises to tradis, and given to uther poor persones out of charitie
for their helpe and supplie, and therfor the magistratis and counsell heirby
exoners and discharges them therof.
1 October 1674.
Warrand, fyne for conventickles.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for . . . the sowme
of ane hundreth pundis starling quhilk is sent to Edinburgh for paying
the fyne that the toune was fyned in for conventickles that was keeped
therin sen March last.
jc markis quat to Blair, tron.
In ansuer to ane supplicatioune given in to the said magistratis and
counsell be John Blair, taksman of the tron, craving ane ease of his dewtie
for the los he susteined the last year throw the great storme, and also in
respect he had takin the tron over dear that year, and that at that tyme
ther was a ease promised by sundrie of the counsell; quhilkis being takin
to the said magistratis and counsell their consideratioune they ordained
the thesaurer to quat him ane hundreth markis in satisfactioune of his
said los the last year.
Ordaines Donald M'Gilcreist [and two others] to sight Goveane Kirk
and to tak notice if Johne Clark, measoune, hes builded the wast end
therof sufficiently, and to report the next day, that payment may be
appoyntit him for the tounes pairt therof for the landis of Gorballis.
[James Andersoune, "chamberland of Provan," gave an account of his intromissions with the rents for the six years 1667–72, both inclusive. The charge
amounted to £20,679 12s. 9 d., and the discharge to £17,023 15 s. 3 d., which, with
£3,704 8s. 8d. "restand be the tennentis of non payments," made the discharge
extend to £20,728 3 s. 11 d. The discharge thus exceeded the charge by
£48 11 s. 2 d., which sum was to be allowed the chamberlain in his next account.]
Hyndshaw, tobacco pyps.
In ansuer to the supplicatioune given in befor them be William
Hyndshaw, merchand, burges of this burgh, craving libertie to dig clay,
for making of tobacco pyps therof, in any pairt of the tounes commone
quher he sall find the samyne, or in the landis of Provand belonging to
the toune, the said magistratis and counsell grantis libertie to the said
William Hyndshaw to dig clay for the use forsaid in any pairt of the
tounes commone or landis of Provand belonging to the toune quher he
sall happin to get the samyne, he satisfieing the tennentis and possessouris
of theis pairtes therof quher he sall dig in for the domage they sall
sustein therby, and filling wp the hollis againe sufficiently with earth.
3 October 1674.
Ther was a chartour of confirmatioune of the landis of Balgray
subscrivit in favouris of William Stirling, and his entrie being but
small is remittit to him for service done be him to the toune, having fund
be Silvertounehill his last chartour to umquhill Walter Neilsone of the
said landis that the double of the fewdewtie therin specifeit should be in
satisfactioune of all compositioune of any who should enter therafter.
6 October 1674.
Places vacant, declaratioune.
The saidis magistratis and counsell being conveined, and taking to
their consideratioune that Patrick Bryce, deacon conveiner, and John
Braidie, water baillie, wer both extraordinarie counsellouris, and Simon
Tennent, John Waddrop, and Archibald Bogle, ordinarie counsellouris,
and that non of them had takin the declaratioune, they therfor declared
there places vacant, and declared that they nather should have vott or be
votted on in the electioune of the magistratis.
Electioune of the magistratis.
The said day, being the ordinarie day of the electioune of the
magistratis of this burgh for the enshewing year, compeired (blank),
servitour to ane most reverend father in God, Alexander archbischop of
Glasgow, and producit ane letter direct be the said archbishop to the said
magistratis and counsell, quherin he did nominat John Bell, formerly
proveist of the said burgh, to be proveist therof for the enshewing year,
who being sent for, come, did accept and give his oath of fidelitie as use is.
Therafter the said John Bell, new electit proveist, ordored sex persones
to be sent for to be added to the counsell in place of Patrick Bryce, deacon
conveiner, John Braidie, Simon Tennent, John Waddrop, Archibald
Bogle and the deceast Alexander Elphingstoune, in respect fyve of them
on lyfe had not takin the declaratioune. As also ordored twa persones
to be sent for in place of John Andersone, elder and younger of Dowhill,
who had bein choysen to be ordinarie counsellouris but had never acceptit
the place, and ane uther in place of John Findlay whom the proveist
ordered to remove, being present, in respect he had not takine the
declaratioune altho he then offered to tak it and subscryve the samyne;
quherunto it was ansuered be the proveist, William Andersoune, John
Cauldwall, deane of gild, and severall utheris of the counsell, for them
selfes and in name of the haill counsell, that the present proveist, John
Bell, could not send for any persones to be joyned to the counsell in place
of the foirnamed persones without advyce and consent of the present
counsell, and that ther wes no necessitie of filling wp the places of Patrick
Bryce and John Bradie, they being both extraordinarie counsellouris by
their places, and that non could be choysen in place of Douhill, elder and
younger, their places being never declared vacant, and that John Findlay
could not be removed or ony put in his place in respect of his offering to
tak the declaratioune; to quhich it was replyed be the new electit proveist
that he wold send for persones in place of theis who had not takine the
declaratioune, and that the present counsell had done wrong, contrair the
act of parliament, in suffering them to sitt on counsell without taking the
declaratioune, and that he wold also supplie the places of theis persones
forsaid who had not acceptit as counsellouris, and who ar deceast, befor
he wold mak any lyt for electing of the baillies; quherwpon the said new
electit proveist, William Andersoune and John Cauldwall, for themselfes
and in name of the counsell, took instrumentis hinc inde. Therafter the
proveist, John Bell, without ony of the persones whom he ordored to be
sent for, did sett doune the names of sex persones of the merchand rank,
to wit, . . . being of theis of the present counsell, to be presentit to
the said archbishop that twa of them might be choysen be him to be
baillies of this burgh for the enshewing year; and did also set doune the
names of thrie persones of the craftis who ar on the said counsell, viz.,
. . . that ane of them might be choysen as the thrid baillie of this
burgh for the said enshewing year. [From these leets the archbishop
nominated] John Andersoune and John Johnstoune, for the merchand
rank, and James Colhoune, for the tradis, to be the thrie baillies of this
burgh for the enshewing year.
9 October 1674.
Conveined Johne Bell, present proveist of the said burgh, and James
Colhoune, ane of the present baillies therof, with William Andersoune,
lait proveist, Johne Walkinshaw and Johne Hall, twa of the last yeares
baillies, and with them Peiter Gemmill, Donald M'Gilcreist and James
Fairie, who wer baillies the year preceiding, for electing of the persones
to be on the toune councill the year enshewing, and there being only eight
persones present, and twelve persones being the number for that effect,
the said Johne Bell, proveist, declared it was alwayes in the power of the
proveist to choyse persones and suplie the number of the persones absent,
according to the custome of this burgh, and lykwayes declared that he
wold not suffer William Andersoune, lait proveist, to have vot in the said
electioune becaus he had suffered persones to sitt in councill with him
without requyring them to tak the declaratioune according to the act of
parliament, quhich he contraveining rendered himselfe no elector; quhilk
act being produced and red be the said William, it was ansuered by him
that the said act did not militat against him, seing he had takin the
declaratioune himselfe, and declared also that theis persones counsellouris
who had not taken the declaratioune their places wer declared vacant and
they removed from being counsellouris, and that they wer persones
formerly on the toune counsell quhen the said Johne Bell and James
Campbell wer magistratis, who had not taken the declaratioune; to quhich
it was ansuered be the said Johne Bell, proveist, it was the incumers
pairt, and so his, to have sein to that; notwithstanding of all quhich the
said William Andersoune declared that what the proveist had said as to
the said act it did not militat against him, and that he wold sitt and vot and
tak his hazard therof; to quhich it was ansuered by the proveist, altho
the said William wold tak his hazard yit he wold studie not to fall in the
lyk inconvenience, and that it did militat against him, and therfor he
desyred the said William Andersoune to remove; quherupon the said
William declared that the said Johne Bell, proveist, had brokine the
privileges of this burgh in the said electioune, and took instrumentis
theron and protestit for remeid in law; and the said Johne Bell, proveist,
protestit in the contrair. After all which it was askit be Johne Hall,
lait baillie, and some of the rest present, if the said proveist had any thing
to say to the rest, to quhich the said proveist ansuered he had nothing to
say against them; and it was desyred be them that they might have their
vot for filling up of the number of the electouris, quhilk the said proveist
refuised to grant, declareing it was alwayes the practicque of the burgh to
the proveist to doe the same; and being demanded be Johne Hall if the
proveist wold not suffer William Andersoune to sit and vot he and the
rest wold not sit or vott, quhilk the proveist refuised, so he and the rest
rais and declared they wold not stay to elect, seing William Andersoune
was hindred, and declared that they wer not suffered to have a frie electioune, to quhich it was ansuered by the proveist that they wer not
hindred but only William Andersoune, upon the accompt and for the
reasones forsaid; and the said proveist requyred their concurrance in the
electioune, quhilk they upon ther former reasones also refused, quherupon
the said Johne Bell, proveist, took instrumentis of ther refusall. And
therafter the proveist and James Colhoune, baillie, being only present,
the rest having removed as said is, the proveist sent for out of the gild
brother rank James Campbell, Johne Andersoune, lait proveistis, Johne
Barnes, elder, Frederik Hammiltoune, Niniane Andersoune, Mr. Patrik
Bell, James Ker, Johne Barnes, younger, Johne Wallace and Daniell
Purdoume, to mak up the number of twelfe persones, and so went on to the
electioune of the commoune toune counsell for the enshewing year, who
accordingly made choyse of the persones fallowing, viz.:—[thirteen
merchants and twelve craftsmen].
10 October 1674.
Ker, keeper of the excyse book.
The excyse book was called for and produced be Johne Andersoune,
who was keeper therof, and be pluraltie of votis James Ker was appoyntit
to keep the same and to book the excyse comptis therin, and to have the
ordinarie fiell therfor as utheris got.
Barnes, collectour of the excyse.
Be pluraltie of votis, Johne Barnes, younger, was appoyntit to receave
the excyse fra the collectouris at the mylnes and to begin this day.
14 October 1674.
Act in favoris of Douhill, younger, for conveining the merchand rank.
The proveist, baillies and counsell, considering the complent made be
John Andersoune, younger of Dowhill, lait dean of gild, makand mentioune that in anno 1670, he being deane of gild, conveined his brethern of
the merchand rank and lytted divers personis sufficiently qualified of their
number to be presentit to the commoune counsell of this burgh, that out
of them ane deane of gild might have bein choysen for the year 1671 then
enshewing, conforme to the constant method and practique of this burgh,
past memorie of man, yit notwithstanding the magistratis and counsell
for the tyme, to the great prejudice of the priviledges of the merchand
rank and manifast neglect of the laudable order of the said hous receavit
and observed as said is, conforme to the letter of gildrie, for their awine
endis rejectit the said lytt and gave a pretended warrand to Robert Rae,
lait baillie, who had no office for the tyme, to mak up ane uther lytt (fn. 3) out
of quhich they choysed ane deane of gild most unjustly, and therfor
cravand the said magistratis and counsell to consider the said pretended
act and haill warrandis and grundis therof and hurt that may aryse to
the priviledges of the merchand rank therthrow, and that they wold for
remeid therof in the meine tyme allow him, as being wrongously
extruded in maner forsaid to convein with the magistratis, the merchand
rank and remanent brytherin extruded with him, and to supplie the
number of theis who ar dead or absent, or utheris who ar sufficiently
qualified, that out of them there may be a lyt choysen and presentit to
the magistratis and counsell, to the effect ane of them may be chosen
deane of gild for the enshewing yeare, as the said complent beires.
Quhilk complent, with the said pretended act made in favouris of the
said Robert Rae, and haill grundis and procedour therof being hard,
sein and considered be the said magistratis and counsell, they all in ane
voyce fund the said complent and grundis therof most reasonable in
it selfe, and therfor they grantit the desyre of the said petitione, as they
heirby grant the desyre of the said petitioune in favouris of the said Johne
Andersoune; and in caice of the said Johne his absence they appoynt the
brethren amongst themselfes to choyse any persone quhom they think
fittest to preceid to the effect forsaid.
Deane of gild.
The proveist, baillies [councillors, deacons of crafts, with persons added
to make up the required number, being convened] compeired Robert Rae,
merchand, and producit a lytt of thrie persones who wer electit and
choysen be Johne Cauldwall, lait deane of gild, and his bretherin of
counsell and desyred the said magistratis and counsell to mak choyse of
ane of them to be deane of gild of this burgh for the enshewing yeare,
and therupon took instrumentis. As also compeired Johne Louk, elder, and
produced ane uther lytt of uther thrie persones of theis who wer on the
merchand rank electit be Johne Andersoune, lait deane of gild, and his
bretherin of counsell that year he was last deane of gild, desyring that one
of that lytt might be electit deane of gild for the enshewing year. Quhilkis
twa lytis being taken to the consideratione of the said magistratis and
counsell, it was concluded be them that the deane of gild should be
choysen out of the lyt presentit be the said Johne Louk, quherin was
conteined the persones fallowing, viz. [three names]; quhilkis being
votted, be pluralitie of votis Frederick Hammiltoune was electit and
choysen deane of gild.
Deacon convener, &c.
[William Wallace, deacon convener; Mathew M'Caulay, visitor of maltmen;
Archibald Scheillis, treasurer; John Miller, water bailie; George Campbell, master
of work; James Ker, bailie of Gorbals; John Gillespie, visitor of gardeners.]
17 October 1674.
The persones who wer appoyntit to sight the subdeane mylne made
report they had sein the same, and that shoe wantit severall particulares
quhilkis the same persones wer appoyntit to provyd for hir and mak for a
goeing mylne. And the same day John Gray, former mylner at the said
mylne, was appoyntit to be mylner therat, and to have the same dewes and
casualities that any uther mylner ther had of befor.
Breid, tallow, and candle.
[The 12 d. wheat loaf to weigh 8 oz. 5 drops; stone weight of tallow to be sold
for 46 s. 8 d.; candle, 4 marks the stone.]
Robesoune toune chyrurgian.
The magistratis and counsell being conveined, they have appoyntit
and made choyse of Johne Robesoune, chyrurgian, to have that place as
the tounes chyrurgian quhilk was last occupyed be Johne Hall, and to
have payit to him yearly ane hundreth markis Scotis of fiell, as was payit to
the said Johne Hall; and he to be furder payit for his drogs and plaisters
as utheris wer, besyd his fiell; and the said Johne is to use his best
dilligence for curing of all poor persones sall be direct to him be the
magistratis for that effect.
Campbell, baillie of Provand.
John Campbell, merchand, was made choyse of to be baillie of
Provand, and appoyntit to collect and uplift the rentis therof belonging
to the toune, and to keep and hold courtis therin, and to doe everie uther
thing theranent as James Andersoune, last baillie and chamberland, did
formerly, and he to be comptable for his intromissioune.
Recomendis to the bailies to put that act of the toune counsell to
executioune, in the haill heidis therof, quherby the fleshouris are prohibited and discharged to mak use of or rynd any tallow except quhat they
Parsones hous maill.
Appoyntis baillie Colhoune [and two others], or any twa of them, to
meit with the parsoune and compt with him anent quhat is awand for his
bygaine hous maillis, and to setle with him quhat is to be payit therfor in
tyme coming, and to report.
John Grahame was conteinowed procuratour fiscall of this burgh.
26 October 1674.
Theis that wer appoyntit to meit with the parsone made report they
had bein with him anent his hous maill, and that Thomas Craufurd is to
have twa hundreth markis therfor yearly, since the parsones entrie therto,
to Witsonday nixt, quhilk was concluded should be payit be the toune, as
also the proveist to be payit of half ane yeares maill of his hous at the
Wyndheid quhilk is awand to him since the parsone dwelt therin, and that
the parsone is to be setled with anent quhat sall be payit for his hous maill
in tyme coming after Witsonday nixt.
Act as to the King's letter to the burghs.
The magistratis and counsell of the said burgh, considering the lait
act of the magistratis and counsell therof, importing that William Andersoune, lait proveist, had bein their commissioner at the lait conventioune
of burrowes for making a returne to his Majesties most gratious letter,
quhich they have approvin in generall tearmes, and being informed that
their ansuer doeth contravert with his Majesties most just and royall
desyre imparted to them in his royall letter, and finding the aforsaid
approbatioune of the commissioner here representing the burgh, his proceidings therin in general, and not condeschending, and what pairt he
had therin, the said proveist, baillies and counsell, as they have bein
alwayes ambitious of imbraceing everie opportunitie to show their affection to his Majesties service, and their cheirfull complyance with his
royall pleasour, so now they judge it their dewtie to vindicat themselfes,
the citie and incorporatioune, from any mistack they may fall under with
his sacred Majestie, as being disaffected to his royal intrest and service,
by any accessioune their commissioner had in that returne; therfor they
doe disallow and disawine the said returne and ordaines the proveist and
baillies, and quhom he pleases to call for, to caus wryt letters to quhom
they judge fitting to acquant them with the treuth of their proceidings,
and to assert that they have bein alwayes and ar yit reddie with their
lyfes and fortunes to serve his Majestie in all his royall commandis; and
appoyntis the heidis and substances of the said letters to be recorded in the
tounes register, and ordaines the clark to give out extractis heirof. (fn. 4)
31 October 1674.
Letter to proveist of Edinburgh anent Hugh Campbell.
There was produced befor the said magistratis and counsell a letter
direct by the proveist of Edinburgh to the proveist of this burgh, making
mentioune that Hugh Campbell, merchand in Edinburgh, had informed
him and the toune counsell of Edinburgh of some wrong the said toune
had susteined by some of the former baillies of this burgh, for selling of
wyne to some of the inhabitentis therof and utherwayes, craving them to
assist him and sie him repared, that the magistratis and counsell of Edinburgh wold mak it a tounes pley; quhilk being takin to consideratioune
be the said magistratis and counsell, it was concluded that the proveist
should wryt a letter to the proveist of Edinburgh, and to show him of the
misinformatioune he and their counsell had receavit from the said Hugh
Campbell, and that he should be repaired of any wrong he had susteined,
if any was, quhilk they supposed to be non, and that the said Hugh be
desyred to desist in any such persuit and they to forbeir to assist him
therin, and if any persuit be it is concluded that the toune defend it on
their awine charges.
5 November 1674.
Campbell to preside in counsell.
It is concluded that James Campbell, lait proveist, preside in the
toune counsell in absence of the present proveist, and in absence of the
said James any uther lait proveist on counsell preside therin.
15 December 1674.
Warrandis, thesaurer. parsones hous; Newport Glasgow.
Ordaines the thesaurer to pay to Thomas Craufurd the sowme of sex
hundreth markis, quherof fyve hundreth presently and ane hundreth at
Witsonday nixt, for thrie yeares maill of his hous where the parsone
dwellis preceiding the said terme of Witsonday nixt. And for the sowme
of thrie scoir ane markis deburst to Sir George Maxwell of Newark, and
quhilk he deburst on the tounes accompt for threttie moneths sess dew
be the toune for Newport Glasgow, and for the fewdewtie therof at four
mark be year since their buying therof, and for their proportioune of the
mentinance of ane militia hors.
Sheireris complent anent the laidles.
Recommendis the supplicatioune given in be Thomas Scheirer, takisman of the laidles, quherin he compleines wpon some burgessis who
refussis him the laidle of some victuall brought in be them, to the present
magistratis, to convein theis persones and to caus them satisfie and pay
the said Thomas what laidles sall be fund dew to him.
Recommendis to the magistratis to send a proclamatioune throw the
toune to discharge the haill burgessis and inhabitentis within this burgh
to sell any victuall but at the publict mercat, and that non forstall the
mercat in tyme coming.
Warrand, thesaurer, parsone.
Ordaines the thesaurer to have ane warrand for . . . ane hundreth markis, deburst be him to the proveist for half ane yeares maill of
his hous at the Wyndheid that was restand to him since the parsone
29 December 1674.
Warrandis, thesaurer, minister, wryting school.
[The treasurer authorised to get a warrant for payment to Mr. David Liddell,
minister of the Barrony Kirk, of £540 for what was resting of one year's stipend
preceding Martinmas last, besides £360 paid previously. "As also ordaines the
thesaurer to give to George Waird sex rex dolloris for his incurradgment to keep
a wrytting schoole in the burgh."]