24 July 1557.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Alexander Park, thesaurer, and Sir
William M'Dougall, maister of wark, to pas vpoun Mounday nixt and
vesve Sanct Rowkis chapell quhilk is allegeit to thame to be rewynous and
falling doun, and to tak consideratioun quhat will mend the samyn, and
mak report thairof to the counsale vpoun Wedinsday nixt.
31 July 1557.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Alexander Park, thesaurair,
and Sir Williame M'Dougall, maister of wark, to pas the morne and vesie
the wark of the Newhavin, and the laubouris maid thairupoun be the men
laubouraris thairat, and quhat beting and repairing the samin misteris at
this tyme for vphalding and sustening of samekle thairof as is ellis biggit,
and to tak consideratioun quhat money will satefie the samin, and mak
report thairof to the counsale vpoun Mounday nixt.
11 August 1557.
The prouest [bailies and council] being convenit in the ovir counsale
hous, ordanis the said thesaurer to deliuer to Sir Jhonn Wilsoun the sowme
of fourtye twa pundis xij s. iij d. ob., as for the expenssis maid be the said
Sir Johnn, at the command of the prouest baillies and counsale, vpoun the
Newhavin, fra the xix day of Junii in the yeir of God jm vc yeris vnto
the last day of Julii in the said yeir, . . . . and discharges the said
werk in the menetyme.
The prouest baillies done of gild and counsale foresaid ordanis the
thesaurer, Alexander Park, with the avise of Sir William M'Dougall, maister
of wark, to wair the sowme of ten pundis vpoun the beting and mending
of Sanct Rokis chapell for this present yeir.
13 August 1557.
The prouest, William Kar and Allane Dickesoun baillies, James
Carmychell dene of gild, Jhonn Young, Jhonn Sym, Richart Carmychell,
and Archibald Lech, of the counsale, decernit and ordanit Alexander Park
thesaurer, him self being present, to mak payment to Andro Kylle, speir
makar in Sanct Jhonstoun, for thre hundreth speris bocht and arllit be the
saud prouest for seruing of the lieges and inhabitanttis of this burgb, and
to pay for euery speir with the heid the sowme of vj s., and that this be
done with diligence becaus of the wappinschawing that is at hand.
14 August 1557.
The quhilk day, our Soverane Ladeis letteris being direct to the
prouest and baillies of this burgh, bering in effect forsamekill as hir hienes
with auise of hir darrest moder, etc., had direct letteris of before chargeing
all and sindrye schereffis stewarttis baillies prouestis aldermen etc, euery ane
within his awin jurisdictioun, to set wappinschawingis at tymes prefixt, to
the effect that it mycht be considerit how the lieges were providit in
armour and wappinnis and faling of sufficient armour to poynd conforme to
the actis of parliament, nochtwithstanding the quhilkis charges it is vnderstand
to our said Soueranis derrest moder and lordis of counsale that the
maist pairt of the liges of this realme at all wappinschewing wer destitut
of sufficient armour and nocht sufficientlie prouidit, nor thairfor na pvnischment
maid nor vnlawis vptailin conforme to the saidis actis of parliament,
quhairfor charge wes gevin be the saidis letteris to the prouest and baillies
of this burgh that thay within viij dayis following causit set wappinschewing
of new within the boundis of thair jurisdictioun, with certificatioun to
euerye inhabitant thairof that war nocht sufficientlie providit in fensible
armour at the said day effering to thair estait that thay sould be poyndit
conforme to the saids actis, and gyf the saidis prouest and baillies
foresaidis faillit in vptaking of the saidis vnlawis that thay sould be
pvnist thairfor in thair persoun and guddis with all rigour; quhilkis letteris
being red and effect thairof considerrit be the saidis prouest baillies and
counsale, causit William Douglas ane of thair seriandis pas to the mercat
crose of this burgh, and efter forme and tenour of the saidis letteris in our
said Souerane Ladeis name, prouest and baillies of this burgh as said is,
and command and charge all and sindry the inhabitantis foresaidis to
convene vpoun the west end of the Burrow Mwre vpoun the xxix day of
August instant at twa efter none providit as aboue, ilk persoun vnder the
pane of x li., and witnes William Stewert, Johnn Freir, Jhonn Charteris,
with vtheris diuerssis.
17 August 1557.
The provest baillies and counsale ordanis Alexander Park, thesaurer,
to deliuer to Thomas Pettegrew, smyth, xx s., for lokis bandis and keyis
to the almereis in the clerkis chalmer.
[Proclamation made to all indwellers within the bounds, liberty, and jurisdiction,
to "convene vpoun Sonday nixt at twa eftir none vpoun the Burrow Muir of
this burgh at the eist parte of the samin be eist the Sister of the Senis, well bodin
in feir of weir, with sufficient armour, lang wappyynnis, sik as pik speir and vtheris
fensabill lang armour, conforme to the auld consuetude of the realm."]
The provest baillies counsale and dekybnnis, sittand in jugement, hes
gevin and grantis to Cristiane Strang, relict of vmquhile Bartilmo Fairlie,
the bedrelschip of Sanct Marie Wynde now vacand in thair handis throw
deces of vmquhile Jonett Gottersoun, with all proffittis emolimentis and
pertinentis thairof during all the dayis of hir lyfetyme.
17 September 1557.
In presens of the prouest baillies counsale and dekynnis of craftis,
comperit ane worschipfull man maister James M'Gill of Rankelour Nether
clerk of register, and producit the Quenis grace writting subscriuit with
hir hienes hand of the quhilk the tennour followis: Apud Edinburgh xvijo
Septembris 1557. Forsamekle as it is vnderstand to the Quenis grace and
lordis of secreit counsale that to the proclamatioun of the army the mennis
personis ar subject and thaim selffis haldin to pas furth conforme to the
charge, thairfoir it is th ocht resonable that gif the Quenis grace grantis
licence to ony burrowis to remane at hame, and to that effect takis ordour
with thame, that the inhabitanttis be nocht stentit of the auld fassioun of
stenting within burgh, bot that ilk man be taxt conforme to his abilite and
guids be him self, quhither he be craftismen or merchant, without respect.
The prouest bailies counsale and dekynnis of craftis, all in ane voce,
consentis and grantis that thre hundreth men be raisit within this burgh,
furneist vpoun the expenssis of the inhabitantis of the samin, ilk ane efferand
to thair awin pairtis respective eftir thair substance and abilite, eftir the
forme of the Quenis grace writting aboue specifeit; quhilkis iijcmen salbe
reddy to depairt fordwart to Fala Muir with the army of this realme vpoun
the secund day of October nixt, conforme to the proclamatioun maid thairupon.
18 September 1557.
of the craftis.
The quhilk day, in presens of the prouest Archbald Dowglas of Kilspindie,
James Carmichell dene of gild, of the counsale: James Barroun,
Richard Carmichell, maister James Watsone, Robert Fleming, John Sym,
Archbald Leich, and dekynnis of craftis, compeirit Robert Hendersone in
name and behalf of the hale craftismen of this burgh and exponet and
schew that forsamekle as the Quenis grace be hir writing, subscriuit with
hir hienes hand, direct, chargeing the prouest baillies and counsale of every
burgh within this realme to stent every persoun dwelling within the samin
conforme to his abilite and guidis be him self, quhether he be craftisman or
merchant, and nocht of the auld maner, in this present charge laid to the
burrowis that he in name of the rest of his brethir craftismen of this burgh
wald be content to be stentit at this instant tyme conforme to the tennour
of the Quenis grace writting, provyding alwayis that the samin hurt nocht
thair privilegeis nor be nocht ane preparative in tyme cuming to caus
thaim stent in lyke maner in tyme cuming.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Alexander Park, thesaurair,
to content and pay to Alexander Guthre, for the expenssis maid be him
the tyme he raid to Hammyltoun at thair command for desyring of artelyerie
to the defence of the toun, the sowme of xxx s., and v s. for ane
signett quhilk wes put to the Quenis grace letteres for chargeing of the
inhabitantis of this burgh to pay thair taxt, quhilk being payit salbe allowit.
It is statute and ordanit be the rycht honorable maister James M'Gill of
Rankelour, clerk of our Souerane Ladeis register, and maister Thomas
Mariorbankis of Ratho, ane of the lordis of our Souerane Ladeis sessioun,
president depute be our Souerane Ladeis darest mother to have the charge
reule and gouerment of this burgh and caussis thairof to hir hienes returning
fra this present armie and certane space thairefter, as at mair lenth is contenit
in hir hienes commissioun dirrect to thame tharvpone, with awys of the
counsale off this burgh:—[Here follow acts relative to "breid, malt, broustaris,
meil mercat, fische, poultre, flesche, candilmakeris, flescheouris, stabilaris, vagaboundis,
middingis, assyssis, standis on the Hegait," in terms similar to those of
October in previous years. The following are the prices fixed:—The fourpence
loaf of bread, baked by baxters within burgh, to weigh 22½ ounces; and that sold
by outland baxters and other unfreemen to weigh 26 ounces; malt, 9 firlots for £3;
ale, 3d per pint; best mutton "bouke" 8s., and the second, 6s.; a pound of candles,
viij d. the "rag weik," and vij d. the "hard weik," best corn to be sold by "stabillaris"
at 1 s. per peck, and the second, 10 d.; wine, 1 s. 4 d. per pint.]
Item, that na maner of persoun, man nor woman, regratouris of fische
eggis butter cheis breid and frute or vther sic stuffe, hald ony maner of
burdes or crames to sell siclike stuffee vpone the Hiegait nor vndir stairris,
bot in thair awn houssis fra this tyme furth, vndir the pane of banesing
of the town, and that nane of the saidis ragratours be sene in the merket
amangis byaris or sellaris vnto the tyme of the houre of [tuelf] at none
and quhill vj houris at ewin be past, vnder the pane of banesing, and that
na regratour by ony butter or cheis bot in the Monunday and in the
merkat and nocht quhill tuelf houris at none be streikin vndir the pane of
Item, it is statute and ordanit that na beggaris be tholit within this
burgh bot thai that are borne within the samin, and nane of thaim be sufferit
to beg except thai be ald cruikit lame or debilitat be greit seiknes, quhilkis
may nocht labour nor wirk for thair lewing, and gif ony other be at this
present within this burgh that thai dispesche thame of the samin betuix
and Sonday nixttocum, vndir the pane of birning of thair chiek and baneseing
of this town for euir; and that nane of the portaris of this burgh suffer
ony outlandis beggar to hawe entres within the samin, vndir the pane of
extreme punischment of thame in thair personis and deprewatioun of thair
Item, that all maner of personis, merchandis craftismen and vthers
haifand buythis or dwelling houssis vpone the fore gait, be sufficientlie providit
of lang waippinis in thair buythis and houssid, sic as the aichis, halbartis,
jedburgh staiffis, for stopping of tuilye, conforme to the statue
maid of before, vndir the pane of xl s. to be taikin of ilk persoun that beis
fundin desolat thairof.
5 November 1557.
[The council disponed the benifice of St Andrew's altar in St Giles' Kirk to
Robert Craig, son to Robert Craig, goldsmith, "quha promist him to be ane prist
within twa yeirs." or else to renounce his prebendary.]
The wall at
The samyn day, my lord provest baillies and counsale forsaid
ordanis the theasurer, Alexander Park, togidder with the maister of wark
to pas and vesye the toun wallis fallin doun at the Blakfreris, and to caus
reedify and mend the samyn, and the expenssis maid vpoun the samyn salbe
allowit to thame in thair compttis; and siclike to close vp the durris of the
waist land vpoun the west syde of Leyth Wynde.
The prouest, baillies, and counsale disponis and gevis the seriandis
to be equalye delt amangis thame the half pype of wyne quhilk pertenit
to Dauid Somer and escheit for his inobedienttis and braiking of the
statutis be selling of the said wyne aboue the price statute, etc.; and
this said wyne disponit to the saidis seriandis in recompence of thair deutie
of the schereffis gluffis dischargit at this present fair of Alhallomes.
12 November 1557.
The samin day, it being requerit be me lord provest at the baillies and
counsale forsaid that he for the request of my lord the erle of Glanecairn
and vtheris genttillmen of court mycht haue ane burgeschip to [blank];
to the quhilk the saidis baillies and counsale ansuret that thay wer sworne
that thai suld nocht grant to the disponing of ony burgeschippis for ane
yeir intocum except to men of fame honestie and sufficiante substance
quhilkis had or schortlie suld hawe stob and staik within this towne and that
man pay thair dewtie the tyme of thair admissoun, and thairfore prayit
his lordship be nocht offendit with thame, to the quhilk he alswa condisendit, quhairvpone the dene of gild askit instrumenttis.
23 November 1557.
dayis, with the
The prouest baillies and ane pairt of the counsale, being convenit for
resonyng vpoun the commoun effaris of this burgh, and because the hale
nowmer of the counsale wer nocht present, the samyn ceissit at that tyme,
and vnderstanding that conforme to the ordour of this burgh vpoun the
ressonyng and concluding of onye mater of wecht the full nowmer of
counsale sould be present, and that in defalt of thair convenyng on the
dayis apoynttit the commoun materris war deferrit and oursene, to the
greit hurt of the commoun weill, for remeid of the quhilk my said
lord prouest and counsale foirsaid ordanys that Wedinsday and Friday
oulklie be counsale dayis, baith before and eftir none, and that the hale
counsale convene before none at the seising of the bell efter x houris and
at ij efter none, and quha that faillis to pay xviij d. sa oft as the fale is to be
put in ane box to be destribut at the plesour of the counsale.
26 November 1557.
The quhilk day, my lord Seytoun prouest, maister James Lyndesay,
Alexander Achesoun, Eduard Litill, and Williame Lawsoun, ballies, James
Carmichaell dene of gild, James Adamesoun thesaurar, Archibald Dowglas
of Kynspindie, maister Jhone Prestoun, Alexander Park, William Ker,
Dauid Forestar, maister Johne Spens, James Curle, and Robert Hendersoun
of the counsall, being convenit within the Tolybuyth of this burgh,
and efter ressonyng vpoun the complaynt gevin in before thame be
William Fowlar, Alexander Vddert and vtheris, in name and behalf of the
hail young men burgessis sonnis of this burgh, makand mentioun that
thai wer hevely hurt in this last taxt of xijclib. rasit for licence grantit
to the inhabitanttis of this burgh to remane and abyde at hame fra our
Souerane Ladeyis hoist and armye ordanit to convene vpoun Fawlay
Mure the [blank] day of [blank] lastbypast for the assault of Wark,
etc., in sa far as thai wer ordanit be the settaris of the said taxt to pay
ane pairt thairof expres contrar to the laudabill ws and obseruit priuelegis
grantit and obseruit to burges sonis nocht mareit, as at mair lenth is
contenit in thair said complaint; quhilk being considerit, as my lord
prouest ballies and counsall foresaid fand the samyn to be ane noveltye,
and to the gret hurt of thair barnis, and expres contrar to the actis
statutis and priuilegis grantit and obseruit to burges barnis past memour
of man as said is, concludis decernis all in ane voce that na burges sonn
within this burgh salbe haldin to pay taxt stent walk or waird in ony
tyme cumin, nocht haffing stob nor staik and being vnmareit, bot sall
bruke and joyse the privielege of the actis maid in thair fauouris of before,
prouyding alwayis thai pay the sowmes to the quhilk thai wer sett in the
extent aboue wretin.
10 December 1557.
The prouest baillies and counsale foresaidis ordanis James Adamsoun,
thesaurer, to furneis lay in and deliuir to the Quenis grace and hir seruitouris
thre tunnis wyne, and to wair xx lib. vpoun walx to hir grace,
agane this Yuill nixt to cum.
15 December 1557.
of the absentis
fra the mostouris.
The prouest [bailies, dean of guild and councillors], being convenit,
fyndis deliueris and ordanis that all and sindry personis quhilkis wer nocht
present with the prouest arrayit in thair best maner of armour the last
day of the perliament, conrforme to the proclamatioun be sound of bell, that
alsueill thay quhilkis wer nocht rady before the calling of the rollis vpoun
the Castellhill as thay quhilk baid away, salbe vnlawit euery persoun in
the pane of xviij s., vnforgevin, sa monye as ar abill. . . . .
29 December 1557.
The quhilk day the bailies, dean of guild, assessor, councillors, and
deacons], being convenit in the tolbuith of this burgh to the effect
vndirwrittin, all with ane consent thinkis expedient and ordanis this
town to be fortit strenthit and the wallis thairof reparit in all places
of the samin eftir the devyis and sicht of the personis eftir following,
namit to that effect, that is to say:—maister Thomas M'Calyeane [and
nine others]; and for performing and fulfilling of the ordinances and
devyses of the foirsaidis personis, anent the forting and bigging of the
wallis foirsaidis, it is ordanit be the baillies assessour dene of gild counsall
and dekynnis forsaidis that ane generall taxatioun or stent be vpliftit of
all maner of landis and annualrentis within this burgh and wallis thairof,
viz., xij d. of ilk pund of yeirlie mail and annuall of the samin, and for
setting and rentalling thairof hes nominat the personis efter specifeitt to
that effect, viz.: [eight persons for each of the north-west, north-east,
south-east, and south-west quarters.]