10 January 1519–20.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies and counsall statutis and ordanis, for
resonable caussis moving thame, that na maner of nychtbour nor indweller
within this burgh put thair bairnis till ony particulare scule within this toun
bot to the principall grammer scule of the samyn, to be techeit in ony science
bot allanerlie grace buke prymar and plane douatt, vnder the pane of x s to
be tane of ilk nychtbour that brekis or dois in the contrair heirof, and als oft
but fauouris, to be applyit to the maister of the said principall scule for
21 February 1519–20.
The quhilk day, my Lord Glenlus and Maister Thomas Hay, secretare to my
Lord Governour, comperit in jugement and declarit to the provest baillies and
counsall that it was my Lord Gouernouris mynd that nane of the name of
Dowglas nor Hammyltoun sould bruke the office of provestry within the toun
of Edinburgh, and thairvpoun schew my Lord Governouris writtingis of the
quhilkis the tenour followis: Gif it be questioun of this erand of Edinburgh it
is my avis and haill resolutioun and will that ye command it swa in my name
that quhill my hamecumming and for this yeir thair be maid ane vther provest
that be nocht of the name of Hammyltoun nor Dowglas, and thair at I abyde,
and that he be ane man of gude and sekyr, and that ye name thame thre, of the
quhilk thai cheis ane and will that allanerlie be thir presentis ye command baith
the ane pairtie and the vther, in my name, and that this be done incontinent on
the first day, and gif itt be neidfull, command thame of the toun and to the
provest that is now till do swa, and that be the Kingis aduocat, or be my
secretare or harrald of armys gif it be neidfull, for sa I will be of resoluit mynd
to that effect, that thair be na pairteis in the said toun, and that thai man gang
and travaill sekirlie on that ane syd and the vther. And be vertew of the
saidis writtingis requirit and chairgit the said provest to ceid his office, and
nychtbouris of this toun to cheis ane vther provest efter the forme of the
saidis lettres as is contenit in the samyn, and askyt his ansuer thairvpoun; with
the quhilk chairge the said provest said he wald avys and gif his ansuer
27 February 1519–20.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies counsale and communitie of merchantis,
forsamekle as thair is restand awand to Patrik Govane, Williame Castell,
Alexander Neilsoun and Jhone Scott, the sowme of iiijm frankis or thairby
debursit be thame in the townis name for the doun getting of xij d. the frank,
for the payment of the quhilk sowme the merchantis of this toun ar hevelie
vexit molestit and troublit, quhairfore the provest baillies counsall and communitie of merchandis hes consentit deuisit and ordanit that thair be vj
personis sworne to tax the men of guid and nychtbouris of this said toun that
ar of substance, to the nummer of iiijxx or jc, to lend the sowme of iijm franks
for yeir and day, to the outredding and payment of the foirsaid sowme, quhilk
sowme being debursit, the foirsaid communitie of merchandis ar contentit that
thair be ane taxt put vniuersaly vpoun thame efter the ische of the said yeir,
for outred and payment of the saidis personis that happynnis to lend the said
money, euery ane for thair awin pairt; and als constitutis that the commoun
seill be gevin, oblisand the communitie of merchantis for the payment of the
foirsaid sowme to the saidis personis as said is thair taixt to the quhilk the foirsaidis personis that sould be devysit to lend the said sowme alwayis beand
allowit to thame in payment of the sowmes debursit be thame seueralie for
thair awin pairt.
Stapill, Flanderis Merchandis.
The samyn day, forsamekill as my Lord Glenluis and Mr Thomas Hay,
secretare to my Lord Governour, schew befoir the provest baillies counsall and
communitie of merchantis that my said Lord Governour thocht it necessar that
thair sould be ane stapill in the pairtis of Flanderis, quhair that Scottis
merchantis mycht resort and haif ordour amangis thame, siclyke as vther
natiouns hes, and desyrit that the said communitie of merchandis wald for thair
pairt declair quhilk of thir thre townis, that is to say, Camfeire, Myddilburgh, or
Byrges, ar maist convenient to the said stapill; with the quhilk desyre the saidis
merchandis being avysit, the men of gude of the toun for the maist pairt than
beand present thocht the toun of Myddilburgh maist convenient toun to be
thair stapill, swa that vther borrowis of the realme wald repair thairto siclyk as
the inhabitaris of this toun, and thai haifand siclyke priuelegis as wes grantit
of befoir, and as salbe deuysit to be desyrit at the said toun.
30 March 1520.
Chancellar. Provest. Arrane.
Robertus Logane de Coitfeild, prepositus.
The quhilk day, in presens of the bailies and counsall sittand in jugement,
George Gude, send fra my Lord Chancellar, declarit how that it wes my Lord
Chancellaris will and mynd and that he was content that the toun sould cheis
ony nychtbour of the samyn quhame thai plesit till be thair provest, and als
declarit that my Lord of Arrane said he sould nocht cum within the toun
quhill my Lord Chancellar maid ane finall concord betuix him and the nychtbouris
3 April 1520.
Barnis of the
The quhilk day, forsamekle as it is vnderstand that this contagious seiknes
of pestilence spreddis yeirlie, throw the repair of infectit personis quhilkis ar
ressait within the hous and barnis of the Borrowmure, quhairfore the provest
baillies and counsall decernis and ordanis that all maner of personis quhilkis
hes ony entres to the saidis barnis and houssis that thai incontinent tak doun
the ruffis thairof, remoif all the tymmer werk of the samyn within xx dayis
efter the Feist of Pasche nixttocum, and within vther xx dayis thairefter till
remoif all the stane werk of the samyn, with certificatioun and thai do it nocht
within said space the toun will caus the samyn till be removit.
26 April 1520.
The provest baillies and counsall ordanis James Barroun, thesaurare, till
content furnis and deliuer till iiij men oulklie quhill Michaelmes, till pas with
my lord provest with halbertis for stanching of inconuenientis that may happin
within this toun this troublis tyme, to ilk persoun on the day xvj d, quhilk being
furnist and payit salbe thankfullie allowit till him in his comptis, keipand this
precept for his dischairge and warrand.
10 May 1520.
The quhilk day, the kirk maister and the laif of the maisteris of baxteris
gaif in thair supplicatioun desyrand the toun till gif thame liceance till tak of
ilk laid of breid or flour thame come to the marcat ane penny, quhilk the toun
wald nocht grant.
19 May 1520.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies counsall and dekynnis of craftis consentis
that the aucht over buthis of thair Tolbuith on the north syde be laid in
wodsett vpoun the sowme of ixcand iijxx frankis vnder ane reuersioun, and
to be redemit within yeir and day efter this nixt terme of Witsounday; and the
provest baillies counsall and communitie of merchandis ar oblist and standis
content to be bound to the haill communitie vnder the commoun seill for
redemyng of the saidis buithis within the said terme.
The samyn day, the provest baillies and counsall decernis and ordanis thir
personis vnderwritten quhilk hes promeist till len money vpoun the commoun
buthis, viz Jhone Adamesoun, elder, Maister Frances Bothwell, Michaell
Makquhen, Williame Rynd, Alexander Andersoun, James Aikman, Henry
Wilsoun and Jhone Wicht, elder, till compeir on Mononday nixttocum till mak
and tak sesing of the saidis buthis.
23 May 1520.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies and counsall decernis and ordanis
Margaret Atkynesoun till desist and ceis fra all maner of selling making or
tapping of walx mader within the toun of Leyth, and ordanis hir till fynd
souertye thairvpoun, and to remane still in the Tolbuith quhilk scho fynd the
9 June 1520.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies and counsall statutis and ordanis, with
consent of the tavernaris and dekynis of craftis, that na maner tavernar tap
nor sell ony claret wyne or quhyt wyne fra the morne at none furth darrar na
for vj d. the pynt, vnder the pane of stryking furth of the puntioun heid, and
inlykwayis statutis and ordanis that na maner brouster nor dry tapstare sell
ony aill within this burgh na for xx penneis the galloun fra this viij dayis furth,
vnder the pane of the vnlaw als oft as thai happin till mak falt.
14 June 1520.
Ker. Bying of
The provest baillies and counsall decernis and ordanis that Symon Ker
by na maner of woll in the mercat in tyme tocum bot sa mekle as he will wirk
in his awin hous, vnder the pane of banesing the toun, becaus he patt him in the
townis will of the bying of woll and selling to Frenchmen and to vther townis.
27 June 1520.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies and counsall statutis and ordanis that
the commoun pynouris of this toun haif for thair labouris, for ilk pak of woll
lattin out of the loft, cairtyng and weying of the samyn, iiij d., and of ilk
serplarth takyn furth of the loft, carting and weying vj d., and gif thai refus to
labour of this pryce, it salbe lefull till ony nychtbour till tak ony vther pynour
that will work and mak the saidis labouris of the pryce foirsaid, and that the
servand to the tronar sall haif for his labouris in the weying of ilk polk and sek
ourheid iiij d.
9 August 1520.
The quhilk day, the prouest baillies and counsall decernis and ordanis that
the statute maid befoir tuiching the ordour of the grynding of the gristis be the
baxteris in the commoun myllis be put till executioun in all poyntis, and ordanis
James Wardlaw, now fermorair of the saidis mylnis, of his awin consent, the
thesaurare and vther fermoraris intromettouris with the saidis mylnis, in
tyme tocum till haif power till put this said act till executioun, and to tak vp the
vnlawis thairfor conforme to the said act, and to mak compt and reknyng of
the ane half of the said vnlaw to the kirk werk, and the vther half thairof to
him and thair awin vsis; and James Wardlaw maid fayth in jugement that he
sould lelelie and trewlie obserue and keip the premissis, and put the said act
till executioun but fraude or gyll, and als John Stewart commoun seruand in
the said mylnis hes maid fayth.
The samyn day, the provest baillies and counsall decernis and ordanis
Williame Forsyth to content and pay to the dene of gild, for reparatioun of the
kirk, the sowme of v li. for the selling of his wyne opinlie in the taveroun in
Leith the setting furth of the singis, becaus he confessit the samyn and put him
in the townis willis thairof.
22 September 1520.
[Seal of Cause
to the Walkers,
Till all and sindry quhais knawlege thir present letteres sall tocum the provest
ballies and counsall of the burgh of Edinburgh greting in God euerlesting,
wit ye ws till haif ratifiit and apprevit and be the tenor of thir present letteres
ratifiis and apprevis ane contract gevin in and present befor ws in jugement
be the dekin and kirkmaster of the Walkaris and Scheraris maid with avise
and consent of the personis contenit in the samyn, of the quhilk contract the
tenor efter followis:—At Edinburgh the penult day of the moneth of Maij the
yeir of God ane thousand five hundreth and tuenty yeris proportis and beris
witnes that it is appoynctit concordit and fynalie endit betuix richt worschip
full men, that is to say, Williame Steill, kirkmaster, Johne Yoile, James
Home and Williame Gibsoun, with all the laif of the maisteris and brethir of
the Walkaris and Scheraris within the fredome of the burgh of Edinburgh
beand present for the tyme on that ane part, Johne Lauson, Andro Gardum,
Andro Auld, William Homyll, Thomas Dryburgh, Robert Talyefeir, Johne
Wan, Johne Dalrumpill, the spous of Jonet Watson, William Rogeir,
Thomas Henrisoun, Agnes Yorstoun, the spous of James Williamsoun for
thameself and for the laif of the craft of Bonetmakaris vsand merket and fredome
of the said burgh of Edinburgh apone the tother pairt, in maner, forme
and effect as eftir followis, that is to say;— In the first, to the loving of God
the glorius virgine Marye and the halie ewangelyst Sanct Mark, the fornemmyt
personis bonetmakaris of thar awin fre willis for reparatioun of halikirk and
devyne seruice to be done for thame at the altar of Sanct Mark, and for the
commoun weill of this gud burgh grantis and oblissis thame faithfully till content
and pay oukly to the reparatioun of the said altar ilk ane of thame ane
penny to be ingatherit by thame self in ane box, thai haiffand ane keye thairof
and the kirkmaster or ane vther maister of the Walkaris and Scheraris till haif
ane vthir keye siclike for lele and trew compt till be maid of all thingis ilkane
till vtheris as efferis; and quhen it sall happin the chaplane that dois devyne
seruice at the said altar till cum for his mete amangis the saidis Bonetmakaris
ilkane of thame to perfurnis the said chaplane his met sicklyk as the saidis
Walkaris and Scheraris dois, and quhair it falyeis in his meit to be gevin till
him aucht penneis that day to his wage. And gif sua beis that ane of thame
may nocht gudlie perfurnis the said chaplane, in that cais it salbe lefull till tua
of thame till fulfill and do the samyn als aft as it sall happin him to cum
about to thame. And als the said Bonetmakaris till pay thar vpsettis and
prentischip siluer to the said craft of Walkaris and Scheraris and to thar said
altar, and that to be modifiit and considerit be ane pairt of the best of baith the
saidis craftis; and to be gevin to the reparatioun and vphaldin of the said altar.
And inlykwis the said kirkmaster and brethir of the said craft of Walkaris and
Scheraris within the fredome of this burgh sall walk and caus thar seruandis
to walk thar bonettis quhilk thai wyrk and bringis to thame or to thar said
seruandis als weill and bettir than thai war done in tymes bygane and of the
samyn price. And attour the said kirkmasteris and brethir of the said craft of
Walkaris and Scheraris bindis and oblissis thame that nothir thai na thar
saidis Bonetmakaris promittis faithfully till serch and sik ilk merket dayis gif
that be ony bonettis maid to sell of quhite or vthir colouris of wob yarne or
wrangius gottin yarne or woll, and gif thar be ony apprehendit to be escheitit
to the vphaldin of the said altar. And als the said Bonetmakaris send with
thar saidis bonettis ane seruand for to se that the samyn be weill done. And ilk
persoun of thame sall mark thar bonettis be thame self as efferis. Attour the
saidis kirkmaster and masteris of the said craft of Scheraris and Walkaris faithfull
bindis and oblissis thame till fortefy and manteine the saidis Bonetmakaris
in the opetenyng and getting of the act of the gude toune vnder thar seill of
caus apone thar awin expens. Alsua, the saidis personis bonetmakaris promittis
to the said kirkmaster and masteris of the Walkaris and Scheraris that thai
sall do thar vtyr power and diligens till inbring all the laif of thar craft in all
gudly haist for to fulfill and obserue the premissis as thai do in all thingis
without fraude or gyle to the vtilite and proffit of the said alter. And the said
kirkmaster and masteris of the said craft of Walkaris and Scheraris bindis thame
to the said personis bonetmakaris to mantene supple and defend thame in all
thar honest and leifull actionis, and to supple thame with thar mortclaith and
all vther necessar thingis of thar said altar quhen myster is, thai fulfilland the
premissis in all thingis. Alsua, the said kirkmaster and masteris of Walkaris
and Scheraris promittis that thai sall nocht walk nor thoill thar seruandis nor
prentyssis to walk bonettis to na bonet makar at thar sex myllis, bot the man
or wif be of the said craft, nor at na vther myll at thai may stop or lat. And
ilk bonetmakar wyrkand at thar awin hand as ane maister sall pay for thar
vpset thretty shillingis to thair awin box and to the vtilite and proffit of the
said altar; and for ilk prentys vj s. viij d. And gif ony truble or debait
happinis amangis ony of the saidis craftis, thai till meyne the samyn amangis
tham self in cheritable maner saffand the priuilegis pertenand to the toun.
Item, gif ony of thir ij craftis and pairtiis aboue wryttin brekis till vtheris in
ony poynt of the premissis, the craft brekand till pay ten pundis als aft as thai
sall faill, to the reparatioun of thar said altir of Sanct Mark. To the fulfilling
of the premissis and euery poynct tharof ather of the saidis partiis and craftis
abon wryttin ar bundin and oblist till vtheris be the faith and treuth in
thar bodiis, the halye Ewangellis tuichit but fraude or gyle. In witnes of the
quhilk thing to thir present letter we haif hungin to our common seill of caus of
the said burgh, at Edinburgh the xxij day of September the yeir of God jm vc
and tuenty yeris.
6 October 1520.
The quhilk day, the provest baillies and counsall statutis and ordanis that
in all tymes tocum the mercar for the selling of aitis and hors corne be halden
at the govis aboue the Tolbuith stair on the south syde, and that na maner of
stabillar nor vtheris within this toun by ony maner of sitis or horse corne
cummand to this toun vpoun hors bakkis nor vtherwayis, vnto the tyme the
same be presentit in to the said mercat, vnder the pane of escheiting thairof
fra the byar, and that nane pas outwith the Bow as to the stok corns or vther
places to mett the said corne cummand to the said toun and by the samyn vnder
The quhilk day, the provest baillies counsall and kirkmaisteris, in the name
of the haill communitie, hes grantit and gevin to the provest ane hundreth
merkis of the commoun guid, by the ordinar fie, [for] the sustentatioun of iiij
seruandis till beir halbertis with him for this yier tocum, because the warld is
brukle and trublus, and that it is necessar to haif seruandis with him becaus
he walkis him self in proper persoun the tyme of this contagious seiknes of
pestilence, and als becaus the warld is trublus, and thairfore it is neidfull that
the provest haue seruandis with wapponis till stope all troublis and evill; and
the saidis baillies counsall and kirk [maisteris] ar oblist and surone in jugement
that thai sall mak na preperatiue in tyme cumming nor gif the said sowme to
na vther provest, without the toun haue inymetie of outland lordis, and haif sic
troublis as is now instant.
18 October 1520.
The quhilk day, it is statute and ordanit be the provest baillies counsale
and confraternitie of Sanct Anthone that James Prestoun, Jhone Adamesoun
younger, Andro Dicksoun, Thomas Cuke, with the maister of the facultie, pas
fra this tyme furth quhare ony strangear cummis with wyne of thair awin
aventur and by the haill hoip of the said wynis, or samekle as plesis thame, and
mak competent price thairof, and that the samyn wybe be ewinlie deuidit and
delt amangis the haill confraternitie and tavernaris of this toun of the samyn
price as beis maid first be thame, efter the forme of thair auld actis, and quhen
the saidis strangearis makis thair entres of the saidis wynis in the townis buikis,
that the personis aboue written forgather with the saidis strangearis and mak
the price of thair said wyne within this toun of Edinburgh and nocht in Leith:
and that nane of the tavernaris wyffis, nor wemen seruandis, pas to Leith in
tyme to cum till waill, sey, or by ony wynis vnder the pane of the vnlaw contenit
in the auld actis maid thairvpoun of befoir; and thir personis aboue writtin till
haue for thair labouris viij d. of ilk twne wyne, and ordanis that all the nychtbouris
and tavernaris that hes brocht vp ony wyne fra Leith of thir last
schippis vnmaid and tabillit as said is, that the samyn be had done agane to
Leith incontinent, thair to be tabillit amangis the laif of the wyne ewinlie delt
amangis the saidis confraternitie and tavernaris as is aboue writtin, vnder the
pane contenit in the auld actis of Sanct Anthone.
23 October 1520.
xxiii die mensis Octobris anno etc. xx, hora 3a post merediem, indictione
ix, pontificatus Leonis Pape decimi anno viii°: Personaliter comparuit honeste
persone, viz. Henricus Lille ex vna, Willelmus Watson et Katerina sua
sponsa, partibus ab altera: The quhilk personis war content that Johne Vaiche,
goldsmyth, Alexander Elphinston, and Thom Sanderson, price this geir vnderwryttin,
viz. a belt of siluer ouregilt weyand vi vncis quhilk thai prist the vnce to
xv s.: Item ane ring of gold weyand iii quarteris of ane vnce prisit to vii lib.
as it cummys to the vnce: Item iii govnis ane of rowane tanny, ane vther of
stottis blak, and ane of rycht russat, ilkane of the thre prisit oureheid to xl s.;
the hall sovme extendis to xv lib. xv s.: The quhilk geir this beand prisit, the
said Henry Lille deliuerit till the said William Watson and Katerine his spous,
and the saidis William and Katerine oblissis thaim faithfully thair airis executouris
and assignais till keip, freith, warrand, relief the said Henry harmeles
and skaithles his airis executouris and assignais of the said geir at all handis
now and for euir, and promittis till pay all expenses that euir it sall happin
the said Henry to susteine thro the said geir and deliuering thairof to tham ony
maner of way in tym tocum, et desuper dictus Henricus petiit instrumentum:
Acta erant hec infra burgum de Edinburgh in botha mercatoriale dicti Henrici:
Testibus dominus Robertus Lille et Willelmo Brovne capellanis, et Stephano
Bell cum diuersis aliis.
5 December 1520.
The quhilk day, the, provest baillies and counsall consentis and grantis the
ground and place of the Greynsyde to the Freris Carmelitis now beand in the
ferry for thair reparatioun and bigging to be maid, the Kingis mortificatioun and
liceance being had, togidder with the Bischope of Sanctandrois liceance obtentit,
the saidis freris doand suffrage thairfore as salbe deuysit be the counsall of the
toune, and the quantitie of the said land and ground to be lynit and boundit be
the toun, and Sir Thomas Cannye chaiplane thairof constitute thairto.