8 January 1500–1.
JAMES be the grace of God King of Scottis, To the provest baillies and
custumaris of our burgh of Edinburgh now present and tocum, greiting:—Forsamekill as it is be our greit Chalmerlen and commissaris of our borrowis,
with avyse of thair assessouris, in the parliament of oure burrowis haldin
at Edinburgh the tent day of Nouember the yeir of God j m vc yeiris, statute
and ordainit for the common proffeit of our borrowis that the actis of
parliament maid in the tyme of vmquhill our darrest fader, quhome God
assolye, salbe observit and keipit in all poyntis in tyme to cum, anent craftismen
vsand marchandice within the burgh: that is to say, that na craftismen
sall vse ony maner of merchandice within the burgh, bot occupye his awin
craft, vnder the pane of ten pundis, to be raisit vpon the brekeris of the saidis
actis be our sercheouris, that is to say provest baillies and custumaris within
ilk burgh; and als that na persoun pas in Flanderis nor France with merchandice
bot he that is burges and induellar within the burgh; nor that na
persoun out burges occupy the fredome of the burgh, nor hand merchandice
without he mak continuall residence within burgh and pay his dewiteis that
accordis him to do thairfore, as vtheris nychtbouris dois within burgh, vnder
the pane of ten pundis, to be raisit vpon the brekeris of the saidis actis and
statute be our saidis serchouris, and compt maid thairof in lykewayis in our
Chekker, like as at mair length is contenit in the saidis actis and statute of parliament
of four borrowis thairvpon. Our will is heirfore, and we charge yow
straitlie and commandis, that ye with all diligence put the said act and statute
of parliament of foure borrowis to dew executioun in all poyntis efter the
tenour of the saymn, within the boundis of your office; and that ye diligentlie
serche and seik the brekeris of the said act, gif onye be, and rais vpoun thame
the panis contenit thairin without fauouris, and inbring and mak compt
thairof to our thesaurare in our chekker yeirlie, according to the said act, as
ye will answer to ws thairvpoun; The quhilk to do we commit to you coniunctlie
and seuerallie oure full power be thir our lettres, deliuering thame
to yow sene and vnderstanding and execute as efferis agane to the beirar.
Gewin vnder our signet, at Edinburgh, the viij day of Januare, and of our
regne the xiij yeir.
21 January 1500–1.
Schippis to Flanderis.
The quhilk day
the provest baillies and counsall hes statute and ordanit
that for this yeir tocum na schippis be frauchtit in Flanderis bot in presens
of the prouest baillies and counsall within the Tolbuith, and gif ony nychtbour
presumis or dois the contrare heirof the breker to pay xviij s. to Sanct Gelis
werk but fauouris, gif thai fraucht in taverns or ony vther place bot in the
Tolbuith alanerlie as said is, and that thai be frauchtit commounlie efter the
forme of the act of parliament. (fn. 1)
28 January 1500–1.
The quhilk day the provest baillies and hale counsall hes grantit and
consentit that the gild court begyn on Fryday nixt cummis, and swa continow
out throw the haill toun for the commoun proffit and honour of the
The saidis provest baillies and counsall hes statute and ordanit that
quhat persoun beis wairnit to compeir to the gild court be the officer, and
comperis nocht, thai sall pay to the kirk wark xx s. to be raisit but fauouris.
19 March 1500–1.
The biging of the toure of the auld Tolbuith.
The quhilk day it is appoynttit and concordit betuix the baillies, Jhonn
Adamsoun, Johnne Williamsoun, William Carmychell, thesaurer, Andro
Bartrahame, William Bothuell, and Robert Rynde, in the townis name, on
that ane pairt, and Jhonne Marser, massoun, on the vther pairt, in this wys,
viz. that he sall furnys in hewing vjc fete of aslaurris to the furnessing and
completing of the towre of the Tolbuith, and he sall furnys ilk fute of the astler
weill hewin on all faces for ij d. the fute, and as for the broching at the
querrell and dressing, thay to rewaird him thairfore as accordis be ressoun; and
attour he hes promyttit to furnis oulklie vther fyve masouns to him self quhen
thay begyn to lay the wark, to wyrk thairat with him, the toun payand to him
oulklie for his awin wages ten shilings, and to ilk ane of the vthers ix allanerlie,
and this hewin wark to be furnist betuix this and Mydsommer, the
toun directtand and careand the wark fra the querrell, and the toun till do
thair deligence to cause the saidis personis to wyrk to thame before ony vtheris,—Jhonne Williamsoun souertie for the said masoun and fulfilling of his promyt,
and he oblist to freith him.
22 April 1501.
to Leyth with
Alexander Lauder, provest. The quhilk day it is statute and ordainit be
the provest baillies counsale and assesouris and communitie of the toun for
the tyme, for the commoun weill and proffit of the samyn, that in tyme
cumming all nychtbouris within the toun, fremen, pas with the watter
baillie doun to Leyth quhen it happinis him till haue ado in his watter
courttis, thay beand wairnyt thairto be the said watter baillie or his watter
seriand, to the nowmer of xvj, xx, or xxiiij personis, or ma or fewar as he
thinkis expedient for the tyme, swa that ilk nychtbour be tane in his awin
rowme and cours leill gangand about the toun, and quha dissobayis that beis
commandit to pas with him and passis nocht, the command and chairge beand
provin be him and his seriand, ilk persoun to pay viij s. als aft as he falttis, and
that to be rasit and inbrocht to the kirk wark but fauouris, sua this devise is
statute and maid for the commoun weill and proffit of the toun and conservatioun
of thair rychtis and priuelegis of thair watter courttis.
30 April 1501.
of houssis at
Quo die. Thir personis vnderwritten, for thameselffis and in name of the
hale communitie wairnit and callit heirto, thocht expedient and consenttit that
compositioun be maid with the Kingis Hienes, als reasonable as can be gottin,
tuiching the actioun movit aganis thame anent the doun casting of the houssis
besyde Sanct Paullis hospitale, for the quhilk the communitie ar delatit to be
indytit to this present justice air:— Alexander Lauder, prouest, Henry Cant,
elder, Andro Bartrem, William Todrik, Jhonn Williamsoun, Jhonne Adam
soun, Stevin Borthuik, Patrik Halliburtoun, William Strachauchin, Jhonn
Levinstoun, Roger Murray, Alexander Stanelie, Jhonn De, William Lokhart,
Jhonn Richertsoun, Jhonn Quhyte, tailyeour, James Romyll, Jhonn
Levingstoun, Walter Blaklok, James Richertsoun, Patrik Richertsoun,
Robert Gray, Thomas Smyth, Henry Cant, Jhonn of Lattis, Jhonne Currour,
Vincent Strauthauchin, Adam Stewert, baxter, Thomas Turnour, Adam
Edzer, fleschour, Andro Thomsoun, baxter, Andro Moncur, William Scheirsmyth,
George Young, Thomas Hathwye, Richert Hopper, William Adamsoun,
William Carmychell, Andro Bog, Walter Cant, William Boithuell, William
Goldsmyth, Jhonn of Merche, Jhonn of Glen, and the remanent gude nychtbouris of the toun.
30 July 1501.
Penultimo die Julii, hora decima ante meridiem, Alexander Lauder provest,
Johne Williamsoun, Stevein Borthwik bailies, William Carmychel thesaurare,
Andro Bertram and vtheris diuers of the nychtburis of the toun past to
the presens of a nobil and mychti lord William earle of Erole, declarand forsamekle
as he had thame vnder summondis before the Lordis for the intrometting
and withhalding fra him of the barras in the quhilk Johne Coupance and
Schir Patrik Hammyltoun facht in Edinburgh, thai wald stand in pley with
him thairinto bot in contentacioun, tharfor thai gaf him certane mone, of the
quhilk he held him content, for the said barras, and als thai promittit to supple
the said lord in his office of constablari in tyme tocum, and nocht to be in his
contrare in sic cais quhen it hapenis nor nain vtheris concerning his office, for
his fauor and kindues in tyme tocum. Testibus, Andrea Strathauchin, Willelmo
Strathauchin, Edmond Hay of Meginche, Johne Ramsay of Murey, and Patrik
Hay of Leyis.
14 August 1501.
[Pro Thoma Constane.]
Hora ixº ante merediem. Magister Johannes Lokhart rector de Scraling
libere dedit et assignauit Thome Constane filio sorosis sui sua vtensilia et
dominicilia viz. a doubil counter, a strekbed, a press, a counter, a almery, a chimnay,
et omnia alia dominicilia sua et vtensilia quecunque in camera sua existencia,
in contentacionem summe xxtili. quam sibi promisserat vt asseruit
persoluere pro suis gratuitis seruiciis sibi factis et fiendis. Reseruando ipsi vsum
huiusmodi bonorum pro tempore vite sue, ita quod post eius decessum valeat
idem Thomas omnia predicta vtensilia et dominicilia libere tenere et possidere
quousque heredes sui vel assignati plenarie persoluerint dictam summam
xxti li. in vna et integra summa eidem Thome sine fraude vel dolo. Testibus
Johanne Adamsoun ballino, Jacobo Bischop, Willelmo Currour et Willelmo
[At the ninth hour before noon, Master John Lokhart rector of Scraling
gave and assigned freely to Thomas Constane, his sister's son, his utensils and
household furnishings, viz a doubil counter, a strekbed, a press, a counter,
an almery, a chimnay, and all his other household furniture and utensils what
soever in his chamber, in satisfaction of the sum of twenty pounds which, as he
asserted, he had promised to pay to him for his gratuitous services done and
to be done. Reserving to him the use of the same goods for his lifetime, so that
after his decease the said Thomas might freely hold and possess the foresaid utensils
and household furnishings, until his heirs or assigness should fully pay the said sum
of twenty pounds in one and entire sum, to the said Thomas, without fraud or guile.
Witnesses—John Adamsoun, bailie, James Bischop, William Currour, and William
20 November 1501.
xxmo die mensis Nouembris, hora xi. Georguis Touris prepositus instanter
requisiuit caricatiue monuit et precipit prebendarios ecclesie collegiate beati
Egidii de Edinburgh vt custodirent sua seruicia debita in dicta ecclesia secundum
tenorem fundationis et erectionis eiusdem collegii sub penis que per ipsum
prepositum balliuos et consules huiusmodi burgi eiisdem prebendariis imputari
poterint. Testibus, Alexandro Lauder, Waltero Yong, Jacobo Touris, et multis
aliis, Johanne Foulare decano gilde.
[On the twentieth day of the month of November, in the eleventh hour, George
Tours, Provost, instantly required, advised in all kindness, and commanded the
prebendaries of the Collegiate Church of St Giles of Edinburgh to observe their
due service in the said church, according to the tenor of the foundation and erection
of the same college, under the penalties which might be imposed on the same
prebendaries by the said Provost Bailies and Councillors of the burgh. Witnesses—Alexander Lauder, Walter Young, James Tours, and many others, John Fowler,
Dean of Guild.]