8 January 1555-6.
The baillie Richart Carmichaell, James Barroun dene of gild, Maister
Johnne Prestoun, Adam Foulartoun and Eduard Hoip of the counsale, hes
licentiat the personis vnderwrittin to stand in the placis vnder specifiit for
selling of sic cramery wair as thai may sell be the ordinance of the toun and
na vtheris, and sall pay yeirlie ilkane of thame thairfor xx s. at twa termes, viz.,
Williame Heleis and Thomas Greif and Peter Fairbarn to haif the place
betuix the butrege on the bak of Sanct Mertenis ile, Paull Donaldsoun and
John Dewar to haif the place betuix the butrege on the baksyde of the goldsmythis
alter, Johne Makmillane and Richart Archibald to haif the place
betuix the butrege on the bak of Sanct Nicoles alter, James Dauidsoun and
Thomas Alexander to haif the place betuix the butrege on the bak of Sanct
10 January 1555-6.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar in the yeir bygane
Maister Johne Prestoun, to content and pay to Robert Quhyntin the sowme of
xj li. ij s. d. restand awand to him at the futing of his compitis, and siclike
the sowme of v li. x s. debursit and payit be him to ane sterisman that past
with him to Norroway, and siclik the sowme of x li. for the said Robertis
expensis the xv vlkis quhilkis he wes in his viage in Norroway, and xviij li.
for the said Robertis wagis xvij vlkis quhilkis he avatit and ouersaw the werk
of the Newhavin.
11 January 1555-6.
[Act of Privy
Council as to
price of bread,
Apud Edinburgh, vndecimo Januarii anno Domini, etc. Ivto.
Forsamekle as the breid, all, flesche, fische, wilde meit and vtheris
victuallis within the realme ar risyn to sic ane exorbitand darth that the lieges
can nocht be sarvit thairwith vpone ressonabill prices, the Quenis [grace] and
Lordis of Secreit Counsall takand deliberatione quhat maner the samin mycht be
represt, the prouest and ballies of Edinburgh being callit thairto and thair
opinione hard, hes deuisit and ordanit that the boll of quheit being commonly
sauld in the marcat for four merkis the baxteris fremen of burrowis sall sell
xiiij vnce of bakin breid gud and sufficient stuff for four penneis, and vtheris
baxteris duelland in landwart and vnfremen sall eik ane vnce weycht for ilk
penny to the quantite foirsaid, thai bryngand thair breid to be sauld in the
marcat of Edinburgh, and sua as the prices of the prices of the quheit risis or diminisis
the breid to be sauld thairefter, and gif ony man deliveris quheit to ane baxtar
tobe bakin to him that he ressaue sevin scoir pund weycht of bakin breid gud
and sufficient stuff for ilk boll. Item, that the prouest and baillies of ilk burgh
sall at the end of ilk moneth mak proclamationes at thair marcatt croces vpone
quhat prices the malt salbe sauld in the moneth ensewing, conforme to the
prices of the beir commonly sauld in the marcat, and consequently how the
aill salbe sauld in the same moneth, and quhatsumevir prices be statute within
burgh that the samin be vniuersally observit alsweill to burgh as land regalite as
rialte throughout the haill schire; and becaus it is difficult to put ane ordour
to the flesoris vtherwys it is ordanit that for ane yeir it salbe leifull to
all maner of persones, quhithir thai be fremen of burrowis or nocht, at thair
plesure, to inbryng vpone all the dayis of the oulk beif muttone veill and
pork within burgh, brak and sell the samin in all the marcattis thairof,
the said licence onely for the spaice of ane yeir nixtocum to endure. Item,
the saidis prouest and ballies sall advert that in thair marcattis na poultry
be sauld darrer than the pricis following, that is to say ane capone xx d.,
ane hen xiiij d., ane gryce [illegible], ane tame guse ij s., ane tame
duke xiiij d., the best kypill of chykkynnis fra Pasche furth xij d., and the
smallar of smallar prices, ane kypill of dowis vj d., ane kypill of cvnnyngis of
creche betuix Alhallowmes and Fastroneveyn iij s., and vther war xxx d.:
Provyding always that the conyngis and lapronys be sparit betuix [illegible]
and Alhallowmes and nane to be coft nor sauld; and becaus the prices of
the befoirsaid hes bene raisit to ane exorbitand darth heirtofor vpone the occasione
sione of ane number of regratouris duelland within the toun of Edinburgh, it is
ordanit that four of the principallis of thame haifand heirefter barnes at the
discretione of the prouest and baillies of the said burgh salbe banist and commandit
mandit nocht to remane nor resort within the haill schyre of Edinburgh for
the space of ane yeir nixtocum, vnder the pane of [illegible], and the remanent
regratouris dischargeit of forthir exersying thairof vnder the pane of banesying
foirsaid; and to the effect that [several words destroyed or illegible] vsit, this
ordinance to be publist be opin proclamatioun, and that nocht onely the prouest
and baillies of burrowis within burgh bot alsweill the schireffis of ilk schyre and
lordis of regaliteis within thair jurisdictiones tak heid that it be vniuersely observit
and pvnis the transgressouris alsweill byaris as sellaris as thai will ansuer to
the Quenis grace vpone thair vtermost charge. It is also ordanit that the act of
parliament maid of befoir for presentyng of all fisches to the mercat, and thair
remanyng ane certane houris or merchandis haif liberte to by the samyn to
pak and peill, salbe proclamit on Mononday nixtocum in tyme of marcatt at
the croce of Edinburgh, and sicklyk at all the portis and se tounys quhair
[fisch] vsis commonly to be takin and sauld, that the subiectis may the bettir
haif knawlege thairof. Atour, it is ordanit that na wylde foull be tane coft
sauld nor eityn within this realme be na maner of persones of quhatsumeuir
degre or qualite thai be of fra Fastronisevyn nixtocum vnto the Feist of
Pasche in the yeir of God jm vc lvij yeris, vnder the pane of ten libris to be
vpliftit and takin vnforgevin fra the transgressour heirof for ilk tyme sa oft as
he sall offend thairin, and to be applyit the tua panis thairof to oure Souerane
Ladyis vse, and the thrid to him quha sall denunce the falt to the Quenis
grace or hir officeris for punisment of the samin. And to the effect that the
samin be na wys neclekkit ordanis the provest and ballies of burrowis within
burgh, the serefis of ilk schyre, lordis of regaliteis within thair jurisdictiounis
and baronys within thair baronyis, to informe vpone the transgressione heirof
as thai will ansuer to the Quenis grace vpone the executioun of thair offices.
Extractum de libro actorum secreti consilii.
15 January 1555-6.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Johne Dowgall merchand and
Thomas Reidpeth to ressaif the pure folkis bred and siluer thairof and ordour
the samyn quhill Michaelmas nixt tocum.
The prouest baillies and counsale grantis to Johne Finder wrycht his
burgeschip gratis, in consideratioun that he beand wirkand at the townis werk
in the tolbuith in the propping thairof hurt himself in lifting of tymmer that
he lay xv vlkis seik thairby.
The prouest baillies and counsale grantis to Alexander Thomsoun his
burgesschip and gylry gratis, at the requeist and desyre of Andro Murray of
17 January 1555-6.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis, for caussis and considerationis
moving thame and for the commoun weill of thair calsay, the Borrow-loch to
be lattin furth and the dyke thairof sloppit sua that it may ryn quhair it ran
of befoir, quhill the feist of Pasche nixt tocum, and than ordanis new consider
atioun to be tane quhether it be better the samyn be lattin furth or haldin in as
it is now.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar Master Archibald
Grahame to pay to Thomas Hall the sowme of xl s. by the vj li. quhilk he
suld haif of the towne for furnissing of the colis to the lordis, in consideratioun
sideratioun that he this yeir furnissis colis to the towne and lordis befoir
none and efter.
The prouest baillies and counsale, haiffand consideratioun of the complaynt
gevin in be Maister James Lindesay firmorar of the commoun mylnis, and als
haiffand respect of the grete hurt of the saidis mylnis now instant and apperandlie
tocum thairto, and to the awld actis and ordinancis maid thairanent in tymes
bygane, hes statute and ordanit that na maner of persoun induellar within the
fredome of this burgh, makar of malt or vtheris, thyrlit to thair commoun
mylnis, in tyme cummyng pas fra the said commoun mylnis to ony vther mylnis
with thair malt to grynd the samyn thairat, vndir the pane of eschete of the
stufe quhair it may be apprehendit be the said Maister James or the firmorar
for the tyme, and failyeing of the apprehending thairof to pay dowbill mvlter
for the samyn as it may be provin be the firmorar for the tyme; and alsua it is
statute and ordanit that gif ony persoun that duellis outwith the fredome of
this burgh and makis malt within the samyn that malt cummand within this
fredome to be thirlit to the saidis tounis mylnis; and the possessour of the
killis and barnis quhair the said malt salhappin to be maid to be astrikit to
the firmorar of the said mylnis for the said malt gif it beis abstrakit or away
tane fra the saidis mylnis.
20 January 1555-6.
The quhilk day, the prouest baillies and counsale, at the command of the
Quenis grace wryting vnderwrittin, nemmit and chesit Archibald Douglas of
Kilspindy prouest, Andro Murray of Blakbarony, and Maister Johne Prestoun,
for the merchandis, and Thomas Reidpeth, skynnar, for the craftismen, to convene
vene with the rest of the commissinaris of borrowis, conform to the said
wryting, of the quhilk the tenour followis:—Provest, baillies, and counsale of
Edinburgh we grete yow weill: Forsamekil as we are informit of diuers
debaittis and pleyis amangis merchandis and craftsmen within syndry borrowis
of this realm quhilkis we ar werray desyrous to haif recounselit, for furthsetting
ing of the commoun weill and avanceing of sic seruice as consernis oure derrest
dochter twiching hir cunye myndis and fischingis, quhairfoir we charge yow
that vpoun the xv day of Januar nixtocum ye caus twa commissinaris, ane of
the maist honest merchandis and ane vther craftismen, to be in Edinburgh to
ressoun in the materis foirsaidis with sic commissinaris as we sall appoynt to
that effect, as ye will ansuer to ws thairvpoun. At Falkland the xxvij day of
Nouember 1555. Sequitur subscriptio, Marie R.
The quhilk day, in presens of the baillies and counsale, Maister Archibald
Graham, thesaurar, protestit that the chesing of Thomas Reidpeth, skynnar,
beand ane craftisman, as commissionar, conform to the act aboue writtin, be
vertew of the Quenis grace wryting, preiuge nocht the towne in tyme cuming,
insafer as craftismen wer neuir chosin commissinaris of befoir.
The quhilk day, in presens of the baillies and counsale, Michael Gilbert,
goldsmyth, in name of the haill visitouris of craftis, desyrit the saidis visitouris
to be hard and to haif voting in the chesing of the commissinaris quhilkis the
Quenis grace be hir wryting desyrit to be chosin, and becaus the baillies and
counsale refusit, protestit for remeid, and als desyrit thame to cheis twa
craftismen alsueil as thai had chosin tua merchandis.
23 January 1555-6.
The quhilk day, in presens of the commissinaris of borrowis convenit in
Edinburgh in the Tolbuith thairof, Maister Johne Prestoun askit instrumentis
that he, Andro Murray of Blakbarony, and Thomas Reidpeth, thre of the commissinaris
to Edinburgh, ansuerit to the secund article gevin in to thame be
James Henrisoun in the Quenis grace name, negatiue, as thai that had commissioun
thairto and to na vther effect.
24 January 1555-6.
The quhilk day, Archibald Dowglas of Kilspindy, prouest, John Sym,
Robert Fleming, Richard Carmichael, and Alexander Home, baillies, James
Broun dene of gild, Andro Murray of Blackbarony, Maister Johne Prestoun,
Maister James Lindesay, Eduard Hoip, Johne Spottiswod, James Carmichael,
Adam Foulartoun, Alexander Achesoun, Johne Symsoun, of the counsale,
Maister Archibald Graham thesaurar, Cuthbert Dik visitour of the walkeris,
Thomas Boyis visitour of the baxteris, Johne Gilbert visitour of the goldsmythis,
Nicoll Rynd visitour of the tailyeouris, Johne Banx visitour of the
hammermen, Thomas Clerksoun visitour of the skynnaris, Gilbert Gray visitour
of the masonis, Virgil Calder visitour of the wrychtis, Alexander Bruce
visitour of the barbouris, William Smyth visitour of the cordinaris, and
William Mochry visitour of the wobstaris, vnderstandand that the haill
borrowis of this realm ar hevely hurt be the compelling of thaim to bring
hame bulyeon furth of vther cuntreis, it beand inhibit thair, and als that
thai ar inhibit nocht to send fischeis furth of the realm without licence quhair
thai war frie of befoir, and als be ane act maid anent the prices of wyne be the
Secreit Counsale quhair the borrowis had the making of the prices thairof
ofbefoir be act of parliament, and becaus thair is now at this tyme ane pairt of
the commissinaris of borrowis in this burgh desyrand the saidis hurtis to be
remedit: thairfor the saidis prouest baillies dene of gild counsale and
visitouris of craftis consentit, and be the tenour heirof consentis, that thair be
thre chosin as commissinaris of this burgh to convene with the rest of the
commissinaris of borrowis and consent that ane generall contributioun and
propine of money be vpliftit of the haill borrowis and gevin to the Quenis
grace to obtene the discharge of the saidis hurtis done to the borrowis anent
the bulyeoun fische and wyne, and als that na sic ackis nor ordinancis to the
hurt of the borrowis be maid in tyme cuming bot in parliament, providand
always that the said discharge be first optenet and grantit; and to the effect
foirsaid nemmis the prouest, William Craik, and Maister Johne Prestoun, commissinaris,
and ordanis thaim to grant to na sowme in speciall quhill thai
aduertis the counsale agane.
In presens of the prouest baillies counsale and visitouris, Thomas Reidpeth
in name of the craftis protestit that na vther articulis be gevin in to the
Quenis grace nor ar aboue expremit without thai be schawin in presens
25 January 1555-6.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Thomas Boyis in the name
of the haill visitouris of craftis desyrit, conform to the Quenis grace wryting,
becaus [what] the saidis prouest baillies and counsale desyrit wes to dispens with
bulyeoun fischeis and wynis or thai wald grant to len or gif to the Quenis
grace ony money, siclik to desyre for thair pairt to dispens with the act of
parliament quhilk wes maid in hurt of thair priuilege that the craftismen may
brouke thair auld priuilege as the Quenis grace dearest husband King James
the Fift left tham with, quhome God assolye, vtherwys thai wald tak the
addres that thai mycht get for tham selffis.
27 January 1555-6.
Anent the Commissinaris.
The quhilk day, the prouest, Johne Sym, Richard Carmichael, Alexander
Home, baillies, dene of gild, thesaurar and counsale, ratifyit Maister Johne
Prestoun and William Craik commissinaris for this burgh to the effect specifyt
in thair commissioun the xxiiij of Januar instant, and ordanit tham to grant
that four thousand merkis wer contribute be the borrowis for the caussis
specifiit in thair said commissioun and to na hiear sowme.
Protestatio. Achesoun, Adamsoun.
The quhilk day, in presens of Alexander Home, baillie, James Adamsoun
and Alexander Achesoun askit instrumentis that thai disassentit to the act
31 January 1555-6.
The prouest baillies and ane pairt of the counsale grantis and gevis to
Alexander Scott ane pensioun of ten pundis furth of thair commoun gude for the
yeir to cum alanerlie, and ordanis the thesaurar to pay him thairof, and that for
his avating and singing in thair queir during the said tyme all the haly and
festiuall dayis and playing on the organis quhen he salbe requirit be the towne
7 February 1555-6.
The prouest and counsale allowis to Maister Archibald Graham thesaurar
the sowme of xxvij li. viij s. debursit be him for the expensis of the prouest
twa of the baillies and certane of the counsale that past to Striueling to the
Quenis grace for the getting of the delay of the summondis raisit aganis the
towne for the bulyeoun and vtheris the townis effaris.
The prouest and counsale allowis to Maister Archibald Graham the sowme
of xvj li. debursit to him for the price of four tvnis wyne, quhairof thre wes
deliuerit to the Quenis grace and ane to Monsieur Dosell mair nor wes allowit
to be debursit thairfor.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Maister Johne Prestoun thesaurar in
the yeir bygane to content and pay to Robert Quhyntin the sowme of v li. in
augmentatioun of his expensis the tyme he wes in Northway.
Anent the charterhous.
The prouest, Richard Carmichael, bailie, and the counsale ordanis the thre
keyis of the charterhous durris to be kepit in tyme cummyng in maner following,
viz., the key of the inner bindin dure to be keipit be the dene of gild for the
tyme, and the dene of gildis predecessour, viz., the dene of gild in the yeir
precedand, to haif ane of the keyis of the irne dure, and anent the vthir ke of the
irne dure ordanis the samyn at this tyme to be deliuerit in keiping to Johne
Symsoun to be kepit be him induring the prouest, baillies and counsalis will.
24 February 1555-6.
We do yow to wit: Forsamekill as our Souerane Ladyis letteres be ane act
of the lordis of secreit counsale ar direct to the prouest and baillies of this
burgh twicheing the making of wappynschawing conform to the act of parliament
thrys this nixt yeir and twis ilk yeir followand, as at mair lenth is contenit
in the saidis letteres proclamit thairupoun, and conform thairto the saidis
prouest and baillies assignis wappynschawing of the nychtbouris and inhabitaris
of this burgh to be the nixt morn efter Law Sonday efter pasche nixt tocum on
the west part of the commoun Borrowmvre, at ten houris before none, conform
to the tenour of the saidis letteres.
Breid, malt, aill.
We do you to wit: Forsamekle as be ane act and ordinance sett furth be
our Souerane Ladyis derrest moder Mary, quene drowriar and regent of this
realm, and the lordis of secrete counsale thairof, it is commandit that the
prouest and baillies of ilk burgh, sereffis of schyre and vther officeris, etc., suld
ilk moneth tak cognitioun of the pais and prices of quheit and of the prices of
malt and aill, and the prouest and baillies of this burgh vnderstandand that
the boll quheit is now commonlie sauld for xliij s. iiij d. or thairby, ordanis all
the baxteris of this burgh baik thair breid gud and sufficient stufe and that
the iiij d. laif wey xvij vnces, vnder the panis contenit in the statutis of the
town; and siclik vnderstandand that the boll beir is commonlie sauld for
xxxvj s. or thairby, ordanis the nyne furlettis grundin malt of the auld
mesour to be sauld for iiij li. and the pynt aill iiij d., vndir the panis respectiue
contenit in the statutis of this town.
20 March 1555-6.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Alexander Barroun sone
and air to vmquhile Patrik Barroun last watter baillie desyrit the said office
to be haldin still in the townis hand conform to his bill, and desyrit the seruice
thairof quhill Michaelmes nixt tocum, he findand souerte for gude seruice
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Maister Henry Foulis in
name and behalf of Johne Litill presentit twa wrytingis direct be the Quenis
grace to the towne in favouris of the said Johne twicheing the office of watter
bailyery, and desyrit thair ansuer thairupoun.
24 March 1555-6.
Villa, anent the watter bailyery.
Alexander Home, Johne Sym, Robert Flemyng, Richard Carmichael
baillies, Maisteris Thomas M'Calyeane, Johne Spens, Robert Hereot assissouris,
James Barroun dene of gild, Andro Murray of Blakbarony, Johne Symsoun,
James Carmichael, Maister Johne Prestoun, Maister James Lindesay, Adam
Foulartoun, Eduard Hoip, James Adamsoun, Johne Spottiswod, and
Michael Gilbert of the counsale, Thomas Clerksoun visitour of the skynnaris,
Johne Banx visitour of the hammermen, Gilbert Gray visitour of the masounis,
Virgill Calder visitour of the wrichtis, William Smyth visitour of the cordi
naris, Cuthbert Dik visitour of the walkeris, William Mochry visitour of the
wobstaris, Archibald Dewar for the visitour of the tailyeouris, Johne Mosman
for the visitour of the goldsmythis, William Craik, Francis Tennand, William
Muirhead, Allane Dikkesoun, William Lausoun, Alexander Barroun, Dauid
Symmer, and George Todrrik, burgessis convenit in the Tolbuyth thairof,
vndirstandand that the said burgh thair havin of Leyth liberte and
fredome thairof hes bene hevely hurt in all tymes bygane throw the
geving of the office of watter bailyery in liferent to vmquhile Patrik
Barroun quha broukit the samyn during all the dayis of his liftyme and
is now laitlie deceissit, and that the said office wes of befoir the gevin
thairof to the said vmquhile Patrik vsit yeirlie to be elekit and chosin
at Michaelmes as the prouest and baillies wer; thairfor the saidis baillies
assissouris counsale visitouris and men of gude and burgessis foirsaidis thinkis
expedient and als statutis and ordanis that the said office in all tyme cummyng
be changit yeirlie at Michaelmes as the laif of the officeris of burgh, sic as
prouest baillies thesaurar and dene of gild ar, and that the samyn be neuir
gevin in lifrent to ony persoun of quhatsumeuir degre he be of; and quha purchessis
requeistis or chargis of the princis or vther superiouris in the contrar,
decernis that persone to be vnhabill to brouke liberte fredome or office in this
burgh, and heirto the saidis prouest baillies assissouris counsale and honest
men burgessis and communite oblissis tham and thair successouris; and ordanis
the thesaurar to intromet with the doksiluer quhil thai be forther avisit, to be
furthcummand to the tounis vs.
1 April 1556.
Anent the Borrowloch.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar, personalie present, to big
vp the west end of the Borrowloch and hald in the watter thairof.
Anent the baxteris.
The baillies and counsale ratifiis and apprevis the act maid for the tyme
anent the baxteris and thair vsing of the grynding of thair girstes at the commoun
mylnis, of the dait the xj day of October the yeir of God jmvj yeris, and
the vther act maid the xij day of Julij the yeir of God jm jc yeris, and
ordanis the samyn to be fulfillit in all poyntis.
Anent the choppis.
The baillies and counsale ratifiis and apprevis the act maid anent the
dountaking of the choppis on the hie gait, and ordanis the dene of gild and his
seriandis to put the samyn to executioun on the Witsounday nixt tocum, and
gif thai failye to tak tham downe on the awnaris expensis.
10 April 1556.
The quhilk day, Alexander Home, Richard Carmichael, baillies, and the
maist pairt of the counsale, findis that Hector Blacader hes falit in the
refusing and dissobeying to pas with the pece to the procuratioun to Sanct Gelis
werk on Palm Sonday last bypast, he beand chairgit thairto as he confessit be
the gild seriandis, nochtwithstanding his excuse maid in the contrar, and thairfor
ordanis him to pay alsmekil as Johne Wicht quha procurit that day gat
viz., xxiij s, and to be poyndit thairfor.
Kincaid, dene of gild.
The bailies and counsale findis that Hector Blacader wes suorn and admittit
burges and gild and suorn in Johne Symsoun's tyme, and thairfor ordanis
him to be put in the buke, and the dene of gild present to ressaif his dewite,
viz. xxxiij s. iiij d., quhilk wes for that tyme.
Anent the procuring with Sanct Gelis pece.
The baillies, Richard Carmichael and Alexander Home, and the maist
pairt of the counsale ordanis and statutis that quhatsumeuir persone induellar
within this burgh in tyme cummyng, beand warnit to procure with Sanct Gelis
pece, and dissobeyis or refusis, to pay xl s. and to pas the nixt Sonday thairefter,
and ordanis the dene of gild and his seriandis to poynd thairfor.
Dene of gild, villa.
The baillies, Richard Carmichael and Alexander Home, and the maist
pairt of the counsale ordanis in all tymes cummyng that quhatsumeuir persone
beis maid burges or gild that the dene of gild put him in the bukis and ansuer
for his dewite in his comptis.
20 April 1556.
Anent the breid, aill, malt.
The baillies causit proclame at the merket croce of Edinburgh the prices
of quheit and breid malt and aill, conform to the act maid be the Quenis grace
and Lordis of Secreit Counsale, and als conform to ane act maid in thir bukis
the xxiiij day of Februar last bypast, viz., that the boll quheit wes sauld commonlie
for xlvj s. viijd.; and thairby ordanit the iiij d. laif to wey xvj vncis, and
siclik the boll of beir commonlie sauld for xxxvj s., and that thairby the laid
malt wer sauld for iiij li. and the pynt aill for iiij d., vnder the panis specifiit
in the statutis of the towne.
24 April 1556.
The prouest baillies and the maist pairt of the counsale ordanis Maister
Archibald Graham thesaurar, of his consent, to furnis of the reddiest of the
commoun rentis and avance ane thousand merkis to the bigging of the Newhavin
this yeir instant.
Precept, Maister of scule.
The prouest baillies and counsale allowis to Maister Archibald Grahame
thesaurar the sowme of ten merkis payit and deliuerit be him to the maister
of the Franche scule deliuerit be him to the said maister at thair command.
27 April 1556.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Maister Archibald Graham
thesaurar to tak vp the restis of the baillies comptis of the yeir bygane contenit
in the register, and als to mak ane grene clayth to the burd and cushounis
thairto to the counsalhous.
The prouest baillies and counsale allowis to Maister Archibald Grahame
thesaurar the sowme of xiiij li. x s. debursit be him the tyme the prouest
baillies and assissouris past in lentrone last bypast to Striueling, and siclike the
sowme of v li. x s. debursit the tyme Maister Johne Spens and Robert Flemyng
past to the Quenis grace to Striueling.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Johne Litill presentit ane
writing subscriuit be the Quenis grace of the tenour following, viz.:—Provest
baillies and counsale of Edinburgh: Forsamekill as we haif oft and diuers
tymes requeistit yow be oure vthir speciall writtingis to haif prouidit oure dalie
seruitour Johne Litill to the office of wattir bailyeschip, wakand in your handis
be deceis of vmquhile Patrik Barroun, quhilkis oure vthir requeistis and
speciall writtingis ye haif as yit contempnandlie dissobeyit and postponis and
deferris to fulfill the effect of the samin, quhairthrow we ar movit to charge
yow to do the samin: Heirfor it is oure will and we charge yow this writting
being sene that ye convene and mak the said Johne be dewlie prouidit to the
said office siclik as vtheris hes bene of befoir, quhilk gif ye failye to do we can
nocht stand content thairwith and salbe als ingrait and vnthankfull to yow gif
ye charge ws with ony besynes concernyng yow in tymes cuming; and we
assuir yow this oure vtir ansuer to yow in this behalf. Subscriuit with our
hand at Halyrudhous the (blank) day of April 1556.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Alexander Barroun askit
instrumentis vpoun the productioun of the writting aboue writtin and desirit
the samin to be registrat.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Archibald Dewar declarit
that it wes the haill craftis mynd that the Quenis Grace writting presentit
be Johnne Litill tuiching the wattir bailyery suld be obeyit, and thairupoun
28 April 1556.
In presens of the prouest, the four baillies, the thre assissours, the haill
counsale, and nyne of the vesitouris of craftis, Alexander Barroun askit instrumentis
and protestit in cais the office of wattir-bailyery quhilk his fader [had]
ofbefoir wer gevin to ony perticular persoun that it preiudgit nocht him nor
his rycht thairof, bot that he mycht persew thairfor tyme and place convenient.
Nota. Protestatio, Lausoun.
In presens of the prouest baillies counsale and vesitouris forsaid, James
Lausoun, bonetmaker, desirit in place of dekin to haif ane vot with the craftis
in respect of the act of parliament maid that in place of dekynnis suld be chos
vesitouris, (fn. 1) and that as he allegit the said craft had ane dekyn and wot of befoir,
and thairupoun askit instrumentis.
Protestatio, Young et Dewar.
In presens of the prouest baillies assissouris counsale and vesitouris forsaidis,
James James Young and Archibald Dewar desirit that samony of the vesitouris
of the craftis as wer absent that vtheris of thai craftis wer chosyn in thair
placis to wot anent the wattir-bailyery, and declarit that thai had commissioun
for the haill xiij vesitouris and the twa craftismen of the counsale to wot
conform to the Quenis Grace desir anent the said office to Johne Litill.
In presens of the baillies assissouris and counsale, Archibald Douglas of
Kilspyndy, prouest, declarit to thame that he had speciall command of the
Quenis grace, and that hir grace had chargit him to caus thame wot anent
the office of wattir-bailyery conform to hir gracis writting, euery man particularly
be thamself, and chargit thame thairwith and that he mycht schew
the samin to hir grace, quhilkis baillies assissouris and counsale refusit to wot
and gif thair particular wottis in writt, in respect that thai wer ane counsale
sworn to gif the best counsale thai culd and consele the counsale schewin to
2 May 1556.
Anent the office of watter bailyery.
The quhilk day, Sir Hew Kennedy presentit ane wryting to the prouest
direct be the Quenis grace to him, of the quhilk the tenour followis:—Prouest
of Edinburgh, we command yow this wryting sene ye caus convene the hale
counsale and communite of the said burgh in the Tolbuyth thairof, and caus
our daylie seruitour Johne Litill be lauchfullie providit to the office of wattir
bailyeschip conform to diuers our vtheris wrytingis direct to yow of befoir, and
gif ony of the counsale happynis to be absent that ye neuirtheles proceid to
the geving of the said office to the said Johne as ye will ansuer to ws thairupoun.
Subscriuit with our hand, at Halyrudhous the (blank) day of (blank)
1556. Efter the quhilk writing presenting the said prouest and the baillies
counsale and communitie vnderwrittin comperand votit in this maner:—
The prouest gevis the office of wattirbailyery to Johne Litil with all proffittis
and commoditeis thairof for all the dayis of his liftyme, conform to the
Quenis grace command and wryting.
Mr Archibald Graham thesaurer gaif the samin to the said Johne siclik.
Johne Sym, Robert Flemyng, and Richard Carmichael baillies, declarit
thai culd nocht voit becaus the counsale wes nocht all present nor yet warnit.
Alexander Home bailie votit that the said office remane in the townis
Johne Symsoun, Adam Foulartoun, and James Carmichael of the counsall
votit as the thre baillies did.
Johne Loch and Michaell Gilbert of the counsale grantit the office foirsaid
to John Litill for ane yeir at the Quenis grace desyre.
William Mochry, visitour of the wobstaris, John Gilbert, visitour of the
goldsmythis, Alexander Bruce, visitour of the barbouris, Johne Banx, visitour
of the hammermen, William Smyth, visitour of the cordinaris, Thomas Clerksoun,
visitour of the skynnaris, Gilbert Gray, visitour of the masonis, Henry
Robertoun, visitour of the flescheouris, and Cuthbert Dik, visitour of the walkaris,
grantit the office of wattirbailyery to Johne Litill for all the dayis of his
7 May 1556.
Anent the office of watter bailyery.
In presens of the prouest, John Sym, Richard Carmichael, Robert
Flemyng baillies, the haill counsale except Michael Gilbert and Andro Murray,
and the thre assissouris present, Johne Litill presentit and producit to tham
ane wryting and charge of the Quenis grace, of the quhilk the tenour followis:—
Prouest baillies and counsale of Edinburgh: Forsamekill as we haif oft and diuers
tymes requeistit and als chargit yow to haif providit and disponit the office of
wattirbaillieschip now vacand in your handis to our daylie seruitour Johne
Litill, likeas diuers our vther wrytingis direct to you of befoir at mair lenth
proportis, quhilkis as yit ye haif nocht fulfillit bot contempnandlie hes dissobeyit
the samyn, quhairfor we charge yow yit as of befoir that incontinent this
our wryting sene ye gif and dispone the said office of wattirbailieschip to the
said Johne for all the dayis of his life, to be broukit and vsit be him during
his liftyme siclike as vmquhile Patrick Barroun last watter baillie vsit the
samyn, and your ansuer heirintill quhat ye will do in this behalf but delay, for
it is our vtir mynd that the samyn be done but ony forther excusatioun, as ye
will answer to ws thairupoun. Subscriuit with our hand, at Halyrudehous
the (blank) day of Maii 1556.
8 May 1556.
In presens of Johne Sym, Richard Carmichaell and Robert Flemying
baillies, and the haill counsale except Michael Gilbert, Maister Johne Hay, persone
of Monymusk, presentit ane wryting of the Quenis grace, subscriuit with
hir gracis hand, off the quhilk the tenour followis:— Prouest of Edinburgh:
Forsamekill as we perfytlie vnderstand that James Barroun, Johne Sym,
Edmund Hoip, Adam Foulartoun, Maister James Lindesay and Johne Spottiswod,
now being vpoun the counsall of the said burgh hes bene and ar werray
dissobeydient to our chargis and commandis, and ar nocht gevin for the commoun
weill of the said burgh, quhairfor we charge yow this wryting sene that
ye incontinent depryve the forisaidis personis of the counsale of the said burgh,
and elect and cheis vtheris qualyfyt burgessis in thair placis, as ye will ansuer
to us thairupoun. Subscriuit with our hand, at Halyrudehous the viij day of
Anent the office of walter bailliery to Johne Lytill.
The quhilk day, John Sym, Richard Carmichael and Robert Flemyng
baillies, James Barroun dene of gild, Andro Murray of Blakbarony, Maister
James Lindesay, Maister Johne Prestoun, James Adamsoun, James Carmichaell,
Adam Foulartoun, Alexander Achesoun, Eduard Hoip, Johne
Symsoun, Johne Spottiswod and Johne Loch of the counsall, and Maister Robert
Hereot ane of the assissouris, gevis and grantis the office of watter bailyery of
the port of Leyth, now vacand in thair handis throw the deceis of vmquhile
Patrik Barroun of Spittalfeild last watter baillie thairof, with all and syndry
the proffitis commoditeis and dewiteis thairof, to Johne Litill burges of the said
burgh, at the Quenis command, be hir Gracis wrytingis of requeistis and chargis
direct to thame thairanent, and that indurand the Quenis Gracis plesour, to
be broukit and vsit be him at hir Gracis plesour and will, providand that the
commoun clerk of the said burgh and his deputtis be his clerkis to his wattir
cowrttis and he to cheis na vtheris.
11 May 1556.
Protestatic, Symsoun, Carmichael.
In presence of the baillies and ane pairt of the counsale, James Barroun
input the box with the commoun seill in the charter hous, and James Carmichael
and Johne Symsoun keparis of the keyis of the said hous protestit that quhat
wes done with the said seill in tymes bygane that thai wer nocht oblist to
15 May 1556.
The counsale ordanit Thomas Hal, javillour, to releif the baillies anent
the boy quhilk was input in the tolbuith for the steling of the Quenis grace
siluer plait or to enter the boy agane.
Anent the puris bred.
John Sym Richard Carmichael baillies and the counsale ordanis James
Stewinsoun and Alexander Park to ressaif the pure folkis bred, and vs the distributioun
thairof for the space of thre monethis nixt tocum.
Anent the wattirbailyery.
In presens of Johne Sym and Richard Carmichael baillies, and the counsale,
John Litill made his aith to exerce the office of wattirbailyery conform to
the gift maid to him thairof be ane act the viij day of Maij instant lelely and
trewlie but feid or fauour.
Graham, thesaurer, villa.
The baillies Johne Sym and Richard Carmichael baillies, and the counsale
and assissouris ordanis Maister Archibald Grahame, thesaurar, to big vp the
dure of the irnehous incontinent, and to mak the wechtis to the trone, vnder
the pane of depryvatioun of him of his office and releving of the jugis and the
counsale sa fer as thai salhappin to incur danger thairthrow.
30 May 1556.
Anent the watterbailyery.
In presens of the prouest baillies and the maist pairt of the counsale,
comperit Johne Litill and presentit ane wryting subscriuit be the Quenis
[grace] of the quhilk the tenour followis: We vndirstanding that Johne
Sym, Richard Carmichael and Robert Flemyng baillies, James Barroun
dene of gild, Andro Murray of Blakbarony, Maister James Lindesay,
Maister Johne Prestoun, James Adamsoun, James Carmichael, Adam
Foularton, Alexander Achesoun, Eduard Hoip, Johne Symsoun, Johne
Spottiswod and Johne Loch of the counsale, and Maister Robert Hereot,
ane of the assissouris of the burgh of Edinburgh, gaif and grantit the
office of watter bailyery of the port of Leyth, vacand in thair handis throw
deceis of vmquhile Patrik Barroun of Spittalfield last watter bailye thairof,
with all and syndry proffittis commodities and dewiteis of the samyn, to our
louit Johne Litill burges of the said burgh, and that induring our plesour
to be broukit and joysit induring our will, as ane act maid thairupon vndir
the signe and subscriptione of Alexander King commoun clerk of the said
burgh beris, quhilk will we declair be thir presentis in maner following, that
is to say, the said Johne sall brouke joys vs and exerce the said office be him
self and his deputtis during all the dayis of his life, and vptak and intromett
with all and syndry proffitis commoditeis and dewiteis pertenyng thairto
during the said space, siclike as the said vmquhile Patrik Barroun brukit
vsit and vptuke the samyn during his liftyme, and this our will to all and
syndry quhome it efferis we mak knawn be thir presentis. Subscriuit with
our hand, at Halierudhous the xxix day of Maij the yeir of God jm vc fyftysex
Henrisoun, Barroun, villa.
The prouest baillies and the maist pairt of the counsale, ordanis the
thesaurer, Maister Archibald Grahame to pay to James Barroun and Robert
Flemyng the sowme of xx s. for x half pund wecht candill furnist be tham to
the pane on the hie altar, and that to be allowit of the first of Sir Edward Henrisoun's
5 June 1556.
Anent the extent of jm merkis.
In presence of the baillies, sittand in jugement, Patrik Dauidsoun presentit
ane writting of the Quenis grace of the tenour following viz.:—Prouest
and baillies of Edinburgh, this owre writting sene ye sall incontient efter
the sicht heirof convene with your counsall to stent and taxt the haill
burrowis of this realme to the sowme of sex hundreth thre scoir sex pundis
xiij s. iiij d. grantit to ws the ix day of May last bypast, as ye will ansuer to us
thairupoun. Subscriuit with our hand, at Edinburgh the fift of Junij the yeir
of God jm vc lvj yeiris. Conform to the quhilk writting the baillies and counsall
maid this extent following conform to the auld rollis, viz.:—
|Edinburgh||jc lxviij li.||xiij s.||iiij d.|
|Stiureling||xvj ||li.xvj s.||x d.|
|Linlythgw||x li. ij|| s. vij d.|
|Rothesay||iiij li.|| x s.|
|Dumbartane||v li.||xij s.||j½ d.|
|Renfrew||vj li.||xv s.|
|Ruglin||iiij li.||x s.|
|Air||xv li.||xv s.|
|Glasgw||xiij li.||x s.|
|Kirkcudbrycht||vj li.||xv s.|
|Wigholm||vj li.||xv s.|
|Dunde||lxxxiiij li.||vij s.||v d.|
|Perth||xlix li.||x s.|
|Banff||iiij li.||x s.|
|Dunfermling||vj li.||xv s.|
|Forfar||iij li.||vij s.||vj d.|
|Brechin||xj li.||v s.|
|Elgein||vj li.||xv s.|
|Innernes||xj li.||v s.|
|Quthihorn||vj li.||xv s.|
|Lanerk||v li.||xij s.||½ d.|
|Jedburgh||vj li.||xv s.|
|Selkirk||iiij li.||x s.|
|Peblis||iiij li.||x s.|
|Hadingtoun||xx li.||v s.|
|Dunbar||iiij li.||x s.|
|Lawder||iiij li.||x s.|
|Drumfreis||xj li.||x s.|
|Summa||iijc xxxix li.||xvj s.||xj d.|
|Fores||v li.||xij s.|
|Nairn||xlv s.||j½ d.|
|Thane||iiij li.||vij s.||j d.|
|Dysart||vij li.||xvij s.||vj d.|
|Kirkcaldy||iiij li.||x s.|
|Summa||iijc xxxvj li.||ij s.||½d.|
|Summa Totalis||vic lxxv li.||xviii s.||xi½d.|
19 June 1556.
Anent the stanis to the mylnis.
The prouest, Richard Carmichael baillies, and ane pairt of the counsale
ordanis in all tyme cummyng that the quariouris of the Borrowmure serue the
commoun mylnis of this burgh in stanis thairto of the auld price callit the
townis price, and gif the stanis beis bettir nor the townis price, and sua jugit
and apprisit be the firmoraris of the mylnis for the tyme, that sa fer as he
jugis the samin bettir be recompansit to the awner of the stane be rest of the
quarrouris and himself equale.
29 July 1556.
The prouest baillies and counsale foirsaid deputtis Dauid Symmer to be
oursear of the well callit Sanct Michaellis well, and Johne Loch to the Mvs
well, to caus tham be maid depar and preparit for watter gaddering.
14 August 1556.
Statut penes hurris.
The prouest baillies and counsale assissouris and ane greit parte of the
commonite of merchandis and craftismen of this burgh [hes statut] that in all
tymes cuming na maner of personis, wemen within this burgh that ar wedois or
maryit, that ar knawin commonlie to vs adultre or furnicatioun, vs thame self in
thair clething as honest menis wyffis, viz., with ane litill hat in the foirheid,
vnder the pane of cutting of the samyn litill hat and banessing of thame of the
town, and eschete of all the clething that salbe on thame for the tyme to the
lokman for serching and apprehending of all sic personis.
28 August 1556.
In presens of the baillies counsale and assissouris, viz.: Johne Sym, Robert
Flemyng and Alexander Home baillies, Maisteris Thomas M'Calzeane, Robert
Hereot assissouris, James Carmichael, Johne Symsoun, Eduard Hoip, Andro
Murray of Blakbarony, Adam Foulartoun and Johne Loch of the counsale,
comperit Maister James Lindesay ane of the counsale and firmorar of the
commoun mylnis offerit to big ane myln vpoun the watter of Leyth within the
boundis pertenyng to the burgh of Edinburgh betuix this and Mertymes nixt
tocum, and that scho salbe gangand gryndand corn or than, on his awne expens
inwith the sowme of four scoir pundis, and gif he maid the samyn myln with
the hous thairof nocht sufficient and without hurt or skayth to the rest of the
townis mylnis in thair watter and passage the exces maid thairon to tyne to
the said Maister James in his awne hand; quhilk offer the saidis baillies assissouris
and counsale acceptit and promittit to the said Maister James in cais the
said myln being biggit and perfyttit sufficientlie gangand agane the said
terme to pay to him the said sowme of lxxx li. at the maist, or samekill les as
he salhappin to wair vpoun the bigging of the said myln and hous, the said
myln and hous propirte thairof with the multur of the samin to pertene to the
said burgh of Edinburgh perpetualie in tyme cummyng.
2 September 1556.
Anent the extent.
The baillies and counsale vnderstanding that ane venerabill man
Gavin Commendatour of Kylwynning and James Maxwell burges of
Rowane hes debursit grete sowmes of money respectiue for the down
getting of the xvj deneris of ilk frank waring of gudis coft be Scottis
merchandis in Rowane and Deip by the four deneris payit be thame, as the
said Commendatour and James comptis respectiue hard sene and subscryuit
be certane commissinaris of borrowis deput and the sam thairto producit
afoir the said baillies and counsale proportit, be the quhilk thai fand that the
said Commendatour and James had debursit in the effaris foirsaidis the sowme
of foure thousand ane hundreth fourty four frankis xviij s. ix d. vsuall money
of France, and becaus in ane ordinance maid be the haill borrowis of befoir
it wes ordanit be thame that the saidis comptis beand hard and considerit that
ane generall extent suld be set on the haill borrowis for payment of the
saidis sowmes debursit be the saidis personis as said is for payment thairof.
Quhairfor the saidis baillies and counsall extentit the said sowme particulary
as followis vpoun the haill borrowis of this realme, conform to the auld rollis
of extent, viz.:—
|Edinburgh||vc xlj li.||xiij s.||iiij d.|
|Striueling||liiij li.||xiiij s.||viij½d.|
|Lynlythgow||xxxij li.||xviij s.||j½d.|
|Rothesay||xiiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Dumbartane||xviij li.||iiij s.||v d.|
|Renfrew||xxj li.||xviij s.||ix d.|
|Ruglin||xiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Air||lj li.||iij s.||ix d.|
|Irwyne||xxix li.||v s.|
|Glasgow||xliij li.||xvij s.||vj d.|
|Kirkcudbrycht||xxj li.||xviij s.||ix d.|
|Wigtoun||xxj li.||xviij s.||ix d.|
|Quhithorne||xxj li.||xviij s.||ix d.|
|Lanark||xviij li.||iiij s.||v d.|
|Jedburgh||xxj li.||xviij s.||ix d.|
|Selkirk||xiiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Peblis||xiiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Hadingtoun||lxv li.||xvj s.||iij d.|
|Northbervik||vij li.||vj s.||iiij d.|
|Dunbar||xiiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Lauder||xiiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Dumfreis||xxxvj li.||vij s.||vj d.|
|Abirdene||ijc iiij li.||xv s.|
|Dundie|| ijc lxxiiij li.||iiij s.||j d.|
|Perth||jc lx li.|| xvij s.||vj d.|
|Bamff||xiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Dunfermling||xxj li.||xviij s.||ix d.|
|Forfar||x li.||xix s.||iiij½d.|
|Brechane||xxxvj li.||xj s.||iij d.|
|Montrose||lviij li.||x s.|
|Elgyn||xxj li.||xviij s.||ix d.|
|Innernes||xxxvj li.||xj s.||iij d.|
|Abirbrothok||xxix li.||v s.|
|Cowpar||lviij li.||x s.|
|Culane||vij li.||vj s.||iij d.|
|Forres||xviij li.||iiij s.|
|Narne||vij li.||vi s.||iij d.|
|Thane||x li.||xix s.||iiij½d.|
|Dysart||xxv li.||xj s.||x½d.|
|Kirkcaldy||xiiij li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Summa||jmlxxxx li.||xiiij s.||viij½d.|
|Summa Totalis||iim ic lxxxviii li.||xiiii s.||viii½d.|
4 September 1556.
Anent the extent of jm merkis.
The prouest baillies and dekynnis of craftis following, viz.: Archibald
Douglas of Kylspyndy prouest, Alexander Home, Robert Flemyng, Richard
Carmichael, and Johne Sym baillies, Andro Murray of Blakbarony, James
Carmichael, Johne Symsoun, James Adamsoun, Maister James Lindesay,
Eduard Hoip, Adam Foulartoun, Michael Gilbert and Johne Loch of the
counsale, Maister Archibald Graham thesaurar, James Forret dekin of the
skynnaris, James Norwell dekin of the tailyeouris, Thomas Ewin dekin of the
goldsmythis, Robert Henrisoun dekin of the flescheouris, James Stirk of the
walkaris, James Young dekin of the hammermen, Alexander Bruce dekin of
the barbouris, Archibald Leche dekin of the furrouris, Thomas Jaksoun dekin
of the masonis, Robert Finder dekin of the wrychtis, consentit all in ane voce
that ane extent wer set and rasit vpoun the haill towne of ane thousand merkis
for payment of thair pairt of the money debursit be the Abbot of Kilwynning
and James Maxwell for doungetting of the xvj deneris in France and als for
payment of thair pairt of the jm merkis quhilk wes payit be the haill borrowis
for furnissing of men of weir laitlie to the bordouris.
16 September 1556.
The baillies and counsale ordainis the thesaurer to mak ane powpet to
Maister Alexander Sym to reid in in the Magdalene Chapel, and quhat expensis
he makis thairon salbe allowit to him in his comptis.
22 September 1556.
Cognitioun for dountaikin of ymagis.
In presens of the prouest baillies and ane [pairt] of the counsale, comperit
Maister Thomas Makcalzeane and presentit ane wryting of my Lord
Archbischop of Sanctandrois, and eftir the reding thairof the said prouest
baillies and counsale thocht expedient and als ordanit for tryell of the caus
specifiit thairin, viz., for the getting knawlege of the personis that tuke downe
the images of the Trinite, Our Lady and Sanct Francis, laitlie, that euery
baillie with twa honest men of his quarter and ane seruand of my Lord of
Sanctandrois gif thai plesit tocum, and ane chaplane of the kirk, viz., the
curat, his substitute, Sir Henry Loch and Sir Andro Bartraham, ane to ilk
baillie, pas throw thair haill quarteris and take cognitioun anent the said dountaking
of the images as salbe put to tham in ane article to be gevin in be the
said Maister Thomas Makcalzeane thairupoun.
23 September 1556.
Dountaking of ymagis.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Maister Alexander
Forrest prouest of the Kirk of Feild, in name of my Archibischop of Sanctandrois,
presentit ane wryting of the Quenis Grace subscriuit with hir Gracis
hand and vnder hir Gracis signet, and desyrit the samyn to be registrat and
the effect thairof to be obeyit, of the quhilk the tenour followis: Prouest
baillies and counsale of Edinburgh, we greit you weill: Forsamekle as we ar
informit that thair is certane odious ballettis and rymes laitlie sett furth be
sum ewil inclinit personis of youre town, quha hes alssua tane doun diueris
imagis and contempnandlie brokin the samyn, quhilk is ane thing werray
sclanderous to the peple and contrarious to the ordinancis and statutis of haly
kirk, and it is gewin ws to vnderstand that the makaris of the said misordor ar
all indwellaris and inhabitaris of your said town: quhairfoir we chairge you
that incontinent efter the seicht hereof ye deligentlie inquire serche and seik
for thair names and delyuer thame in writ to our cousing the Archibischop of
Sanctandrois, to be vsit conforme to the statutis of the kirk, assuring you gif
ye do nocht your extreme devoir thairin to bring the samyn to lycht that ye
salbe na vtherwayis estemit be ws nor as fauoraris and manteinaris of sic personis,
and sall vnderly the samyn ponisment that thai aucht to sustene in cais
we get knawlege hereof by you. Subscriuit with our hand and vnder our
signet, at Aberdene the xxi day of September 1556.
1 October 1556.
The prouest baillies and counsale findis that Johne Sym maid expensis in
the ryding of the townis besynes to Sanctandrois and laitlie to the bordouris to
the commissinaris at the townis command, and thairfor ordanis the sowme of
tuelf pundis tobe payit to him for his expensis.
16 October 1556.
Acts anent breid, &c.]
[Of this date acts were passed relative to "breid, malt, aill," "candill,"
"talloun," "flescheouris," "aittis," "hay," stabillaris," "meill," and "messouris,"
in terms similar to those of October in previous years. The act as to bread, malt,
and ale bears reference to the act of Secret Council, dated 11 January 1555.—
Antea p. 230.]
Flescheouris, vsaris of ischeis.
Item, it is statute and ordanit that all the flescheouris of this burgh
slairis of nolt scheip swyne or siclike bestall, and als the vsaris of ischeis thairof,
caus cary the feilth of the samyn to the North Loch or outwith the porttis
to secrete partis, and erd the samyn vnder the eird, and nocht to teme the samyn
to na parte inwith the burgh, vnder the pane of xl s. to be tane of the sellar of
ischeis als oft as this statute beis brockin be him or the byar thairof; and that
na slaing of nolt [scheip nor swyn be on the hie gait in foirbuithis] nor yit na
ischeis wessin at commoun wellis, vnder the pane foirsaid. (fn. 2)
22 October 1556.
Litill, Graham, villa.
The baillies Alexander Barroun, William Ker and Allane Dikkesoun and
ane pairt of the counsale thocht expedient that Johne Litill and Maister
Archibald Graham suld pas to the Quenis grace with ane wryting of thairis to
mak hir grace knawlege of the new wynis that ar cumin in, and to get hir
gracis mynd anent the prices thairof, on the townis expens.
26 October 1556.
Anent the counsall.
The prouest baillies and counsale ratifys the act maid anentt the convenying
of the counsale the xxv day of October 1555 yeris in all poyntis
except the panis, and alteris the samyn in this maner, the pane of non comperance
ilk Wedinsday and Friday to be xviij d., and the vther dayis ij s.
30 October 1556.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the dene of gild to ressaif fra
Sir Henry Loch the key of the litill dowket aboue Sanct Thomas ile, and
deliuer the samyn to Dauid Rowane indurand the townis will.
2 November 1556.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Johne Sym offerit to tham
to put vp and mak the twa pannallis quhilkis ar now grathand to the Newhavin
and bemefill the samyn, and mak tham als sufficient in werk tymmer irn
graith and bemefilling as ony of the rest of the pannallis of the west bulwerk
ar, betuix this and Yule nixt tocum, thai deliuerand to him the hail tymmer
that is thair at the Newhavin now, except the lang tymmer that is of the lenth
of standartis, and payand to him the sowme of xl li. of money; and offerit to find
souerteis for doing thairof vpoun his awne expens, sauffand to him the said
tymmer and sowme of xl li., viz.: Maister Thomas Makcalzeane, James Barroun,
Richard Carmichael and Maister James Lindesay, quhilk offer the saidis prouest
baillies and counsale acceptit, and the saidis personis become souerteis for
fulfilling of the premissis, and the said Johne oblist him to releif tham thairof;
and ordanis Maister Archibald Grahame thesaurar to pay to the said Johne
xx li. of the said sowme at Mertymes nixt to cum, and Alexander Park to pay
the vther xx li. at Yule thairefter, and the said Mr Archibald desyrit that the
tymmer werk and werklvmnis of the Newhavin wer ressauit fra him, and als
protestit that in cais ony skayth or danger come to the pannellis that ar put vp
in defalt of barkcattis considdering the said Johne will intromet thairwith, that
the falt thairof be nocht input to him.
3 November 1556.
Anent ane tvn wyne to the Quenis grace.
The prouest baillies and counsale, haiffand consideratioun that the Quenis
grace hes bene this lang tyme bygane furth of this towne in the northlandis, and
now arryvit and come to the palyce of Halyrudehous, ordanis the thesaurar
Maister Archibald Grahame to caus ane tvn of new wyne to be bocht and
cartit and had to hir Gracis palice and deliuerit to hir Gracis fammeleiris,
quhilk beand done the price thairof salbe allowit to him.
6 November 1556.
The prouest baillies and counsale findis that Adam Foulartoun had done
wrang and dissobeyit insafer as he raid nocht with the prouest and the rest of
the haill towne on Alhallow evin last bypast about the townis Commoun as vs
is, he knawand the vs thairof, and al personis beand warnit thairto be the
officeris vnder the pane of xl s., and thairfor decernit him to haif incurrit the
said pane and ordanit him to be poyndit thairfor.
7 November 1556.
The prouest baillies and counsale and communite giffis and grantis the
beddelschip of Sanct Mary Wynd now vacand in thair handis throw the deceis
of (blank) to Margaret Murray for all the dayis of hir liftyme, and ordanis
hir to be institute thairin.
10 November 1556.
Dischargeing of Mr Thomas M'Calzeane of assissoury.
The prouest baillies and counsale, vnderstandand that Maister Thomas
Makcalzeane ane of the assissouris of this burgh yisterday, the ix day of
Nouember instant, past to the palice of Halyrudehous to the Quenis grace,
our Souerane Ladyis moder and regent of this realm, and thair by the avys or
command of the towne spak and said evill heych and vnplesand langage to hir
grace concernyng the effaris of the towne, quhairthrow hir grace wes offendit
justlie, as hir gracis self schew to the prouest baillies and ane pairt of the
counsale, likeas the samyn wes schawin to tham this day be the Justice Clerk
comperand at hir gracis command; quharfor the saidis prouest baillies and
counsale dischargis and removis the said Maister Thomas M'Calzeane off his
office and place of assissoury and counsall induring the Quenis grace will
In presens of Alexander Barroun and Allane Dikkesoun baillies, Maister
Thomas Makcalzeane dissassentit to the decreit gevin be the towne aganis him,
and protestit that it preiugit nocht him insafer as he wes nocht callit nor
accusit thairupon nor yit submittit him to thair jurisdictioun, and for remeid
18 November 1556.
The prouest baillies and counsale sittand in jugement, maid nemmit and
constitute Maister Robert Creichtoun assissour to the towne in place of Maister
Thomas Makcalzeane induring the townis will, and ordanit him to haif yeirlie
thairfor x li. of fe, quha acceptit the samyn on him and maid fayth thairintill
27 November 1556.
[Mail of grammar school.]
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar in the yeir bygane,
Maister Archibald Graham, to content and pay to Johne Letem the sowme of
viij li. for the Witsonday termes mail last bypast of the grammer scule, and
siclik ordanis Alexander Park now thesaurar to pay to the said Johne vther
viij li. for the last Mertymes termes maill thairof.
Commoun seill to Culros.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale sittand in jugement, Johne
Litill in name and behalf of William commendatour of Culros presentit ane
instrument or transsumpt vnder the signe and subscriptioun of vmquhile Thomas
Brovne notar publict, and the commoun seill of this burgh hungin thairto, and
becaus the samyn seill wes auld and abill to dekay haistely, sua that the samyn
culd nocht be knawin, desyrit tham to hing thair commoun seill of new thairto
agane, quhairto thai consentit in respect that thai knew the said auld seill to
be thair commoun seill, and the notar to be clerk of this burgh for the tyme.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Alexander Carpenter to be maid
burges and gyld brethir gratis, in respect of the Quenis grace wryting direct
thairupoun, providand alwys that he duell within the burgh and vs the fredome
thairof within the samyn, and vnderly all chargis of the burgh as vtheris dois.
28 November 1556.
Extent of viijcxxxvij li vj.s.viij d.
The quhilk day, Peter Thomsoun, Ila Herald, presentit the writting following
subscryuit be the Quenis grace to the [counsale] viz.:— Prouest baillies
and counsale of Edinburgh, ye sall incontinent efter the sycht heirof convene
this Satterday efter none [and extent] all the borrowis within this realme to the
sowme of aucht [hundreth] xxxiij li. vj s. viij d. for thair pairtis of the taxt
of [words destroyed] pundis grantit to ws the xiiij day of Nouember [instant],
and this ye faill nocht to do. Subscriuit with our hand [at Halyrudehous]
the xxviij day of Nouember 1556. Quhilk beand [red the prouest] baillies
and counsale ordanit and maid the [extent following] conforme to the auld
|Edinburgh||ijcviij li.||vj s.|
|Lynlithgow||xij li.||xiij s.||j.d.|
|Rossa(Rothesay)||v li.||iij s.||vj d.|
|Ramfrow||viij li.||viij d.|
|Ruglene||v li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Air||xix li.||xiij s.|
|Wigtoun||viij li.||viij s.||ix d.|
|Quhithorn||viij li.||viij s.||ix d.|
|Jedburgh||viij li.||viii s.||ix d.|
|Selkirk||v li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Peblis||v li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Heidingtoun||xxv li.||vj s.||iij d.|
|Northberwik.||lvij s.||vj d.|
|Irwin||xij li.||v s.|
|Glasgow||xvj li.||xvij s.||vj d.|
|Kirkcudbricht||iij li.||viij s.||ix d.|
|Dunbar||v li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Lawder||v li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Dumfries||xiiij li.||vj s.||vj d.|
|Summa||iiijcxxij li.||vj s.||iiij d.|
|Aberdene||iijxxxviij li.||xv s.|
|Dunde||jcv li.||ix s.||iij.d.|
|Perth||iijxxj li.||xvij.s.||vj d.|
|Banff||v li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Dunfermeling||viij li.||viij s.||ix d.|
|Forfar||iiij li.||iiij s.||iiij d.|
|Breichin||xiij li.||v d.|
|Elgin||viij li.||viij s.||ix d.|
|Innerness||iiij li.||v d.|
|Abebrothok||xj li.||v s.|
|Cowper||xxij li.||x s.|
|Culane||lvij s.||vj d.|
|Narne||lvij s.||vj d.|
|Dysart||ix li.||xvj s.||x½d.|
|Kirkcaldy||v li.||xij s.||vj d.|
|Summa||iiijcxix li.|| xij s.||vij d.|
2 December 1556.
In presens of the prouest baillies and counsale, Gilbert Balfour producit ane
act of this court of the dait the xx day of Nouember anno, etc., Imo, and desyrit
in respect thairof, and that thair wes diuers personis maid burges and gyldbrethir
gratis be the towne without payment sensyne, that thai wald refound to
him the xv li. quhilk he payit for his dewite of his burgeschip and gyldry, and
protestit becaus thai refusit that it preiugit nocht to him to seik forther remeid
4 December 1556.
Propine of the Quenis grace and Monsieur Dosell.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar Alexander Park
to deliuer to the Quenis grace seruitouris thre tunnis wyne and tuenty pundis
worth of spycery as to ane propine to hir grace for hir remanyng heir at the
tyme of Yule nixt to cum; and siclik to deliuer to Monsieur Dosellis seruitouris
in his name xx li. worth of spycery, quhilk beand payit and deliuerit
sall be allowit to him.
The bailies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar Alexander Park to content
pay and deliuer to Archibald Dowglas of Kilspindy prouest, in consideratioun
of his remanyng within this burgh haldand hous and awatand on the townis
effaris, the sowme of ane hundreth pundis worth of clething and spycery and
half ane twn wyne by that, quhilk beand payit and deliuerit sal be allowit.
Anent the passage at the West Port.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the passage lyand throw the
landis of Hie Riggis outwith the Gray-freir port, quhair the hous is now
biggand, to be maid fre, in respect that the samin is ane commone passage
bayth to horsmen and futemen, and hes bene swa vsit past memor of man.
9 December 1556.
Compttis in the cheker.
We do you to wit: Forsamekill as the prouest baillies and counsale of
this burgh ar chargit to gif in thair comptis in the chekker of the twa yeiris
bigane, viz.: liiij yeris and lv yeris, the xv day of December instant, thairfor I
warn all maner of personis inhabitaris within this burgh or ony vtheris that
will impunge the saidis comptis or ony parte thairof that thai compeir the said
day the chekker hous and appone aganis the samin, with certificatioun and
thai compeir nocht thai sall nocht be hard. Eodem die, proclamat per William
Cowttis seriando, apud crucem foralem, testibus Georgio Todrik, Patricio
Barroun et Thoma Hall. [The same day proclaimed by William Cowttis, seriand, at
the Market Cross, witnesses George Todrik, etc.]
11 December 1556.
[Inquiry as to ability of inhabitants and quantity of their substance and goods.]
The quhilk day, Alexander Barroun, Maister Johne Pirstoun, Allane
Dikkesoun and William Ker eldar, baillies, William Craik, James Carmichael,
Alexander Park, William Ker, youngar, convenit in the Tolbuith of Edinburgh
as commissinaris deput with the saidis baillies in our Souerane Ladyis letteres
direct to the prouest and baillies of this burgh for takking of cognitioun of the
habilite of all mennis personis within this burgh, the quantite of thair substance
and gudis heritage movabill and vnmovabill, as at mair lenth is contenit in the
saidis letteres, for obeying of the quhilkis, becaus it is ordanit in the saidis
letteres that the saidis prouest baillies and commissaris suld summond four fyve
vj vij viij ix ten ma or fewar as tha suld think expedient to mak inquisitioun
in the premissis, the saidis baillies and commissaris nemmit the personis
following viz.: Johne Symsoun, James Nicoll, Robert Crag, Alexander Masone,
James Curle, Peter Mertyne, David Symmer, James Young, Johne Charteris,
eldar, Richard Gray, William Lausoun, Johne Aldinstoun, Andro Vigholm,
Johne Westoun, Alexander Lyel, and Michaell Gilbert, to convene with tham to
tak the inquisitioun foirsaid, and ordanis to begyn at the ovir end of the north west
quarter of this burgh on the morn the xij day of December instant to mak the
said inquisitioun, in Sanct Anthonis ile in Sanct Gelis Kirk, at vij houris in the
mornyng; and ordanis the officeris to warn the saidis personis chosin to the
effect foirsaid to compeir the said day hour and place to the effect foirsaid,
vndir the panis contenit in the said letteres and all hieast pane and charge that
efter may fallow.
16 December 1556.
Anent the tavernaris.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis that in all tymes cummyng na
maner of personis within this burgh vs tavern or went ony wynis in greit or
small in ony pairt thairof except thai be fre burgessis, gyld brethir, and be
admittit in the confrary of Sanct Anthone, except the pece or pype of wyne
that thai haif instantlie rynnand quhilk thai ordane to be compleit run betuix
this and Twisday nixt tocum, vnder the pane of v li. to be tane of ilk persone
that failyeis heirin, the twa pairt thairof to be warit vpoun the calsayis, and
the thrid vpoun Sanct Anthonis alter, and to the reparatioun of the ile thairof,
and ordanis the dene of gild the baillies and maist of the said confrary to concur
Anent the wellis.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar Alexander Park
to reperell the wellis callit Sanct Michaellis well, the Mws well, and the
Stok well, and to begyn thairto at Sanct Mongois day nixt tocum, and ordanis
Maister Johne Pirstoun to be oursear to Sanct Michaelis well, Johne Loch to
the Mws well, and Alexander Barroun to the said Stok well, and quhat
expens he makis thairon salbe allowit to him.
Anent the extent, baillies
The prouest and counsale ordanis and findis that nother of the baillies
present nor tham that wer of the yeir bygane aucht to pay extent of the last
extent of jmmerkis in respect of thair laubouris done for ingaddering thairof.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis the thesaurar., Maister Archibald
Graham, of the yeir bygane, to pay to Jacques and his sonis for thair playing
on Alhallow evin and all the tyme of the fair twis in the day throw the towne
the sowme of iij li.
23 December 1556.
Precept, ischaris of the Quenis chalmer.
The prouest baillies and the pairt of the counsale ordanis the thesaurar,
Alexander Park, to ansuer the baillies of yj crownis of the sone to be gevin to
the officeris ischaris of the Quenis chalmer duir for obtening of thair benevolence quhen the toun salhappin to haif ado, quhilk beand payit salbe
30 December 1556.
Anent the torcheis.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis that all merchandis craftismen
and vtheris induellaris within this burgh in tyme cnmmyng send thair seruandis
with torcheis to the convoying of the prouest all the festuall dayis of Yule
New-yeir-mes and Vphellymes fra the evinsang to his awne lugeing, vnder the
pane of xl s. to be tane of ilk persone that failyeis heirin.