3 January 1560.
The baillies and counsall ordanis maister James Watsoun dene of gyld to
ressaue sic nychtbouris of this burgh as is knawyn, or salbe thocht be the
said counsall or ballies, nocht of puissance to pay thair haill burges or
gyldschipps in hand, actit for the half of thair dewitie, and to ressaue
reddy payment of the other half. And als that he aduerteis the counsall
or he begyn to ony new wark in the kirk or other pairt, and to tak thair
awys anent the furthsetting thairof.
The baillies ordanis Andro Lyndesay, javellour, to rander agane the
warklomes tane fra the quariouris for douncasting of the Freris, and thai
obleis thame selffis neuir to be fund doing the lyk vnder the pane of the
wanting of thair rycht hand, quhilkis ar Alexander Reid, Andro Reid, Hew
Reid, James Galbrayth, with otheris thair complices to the normer of
Precept, Barroun, Carnis.
The baillies and counsall ordanis James Barroun to deliuer to Jhone
Cairnis the sowme of fourtye pund money for his expenssis maid and
seruice in tymes bigane, and to be maid quhill the feist of Fastrenis ewyn
nyxtocum, and that of the reddiest of the money quhilk be restis awand to
the guid toun.
15 January 1560.
[The treasurer "to pay to Maister Alexander Mauchane the sowme of viij li.
for the Mertymes termes male last bipast of the grammer scule."]
17 January 1560.
[Johne Dowgall, elder, merchant, being charged to give up the jewels and
ornaments in his keeping pertaining to the "Halie Blude aulter," delivered to the
bailies and council "ane syluer challice with ane syluer croce that stude vpone the
aulter, all weyit to thre scoire fyftene vnces syluer."]
4 February 1560.
The provest baillies and counsale ordanis Dauid Corsbe to produce
before thame vpoun Friday nixt the siluer chelleis and vtheris ornamentis
of the Halie Blude altare quhilk he hes in keeping, vnder the pane of
[The treasurer ordained the sum of two hundred merks to be paid to "Archibald
Dowglas, provest, in consideratioun of his seruice and large expenssis in the tounis
The provest baillies and counsale ordanis Luce Wilsoun, thesaurare,
to pay to the beidmen of St Andros hospitale the soume of fyve poundis
as for thair pensioun of the Mertymes last bipast.
In presence of the provest baillies and counsale foirsaid, Michael Bre,
Frencheman, calsay makar, bindis and obleissis him that incontinent heirefter
he, togidder with his sone and samony seruandis as he may get, sall
enter to the making and mending of the tovnis calsayis, and begin at sic
place as pleissis thame to appoint him, continualie to remane and laubour
thairat without taking vpoun him of ony vther menis laubouris, quhill the
haill calsayis of the toun be compleitlie endit and mendit or quhill he be
dischargeit be thame, and sall furneis stane sand and all maner of thingis
necessar for the said work vpoun his awin expenssis; for the quhilk caus
Luce Wilsoun, thesaurar, sall pay to him ouklie on Setterday at evin for
ilk rude of new work the soume of xlviij s., and for ilk rude of auld work
xxxviij s.; and the rudis to be met be Alexander Pery, Jhonne Wilsoun
or James Edmund, and the said Michell grantis him to haue ressauit
at thir presentis iij lib. in pairt of payment of the said work.
7 February 1560.
The prouest baillies and counsale foresaid ordanis maister James
Watsoun, dene of gild, with all deligence to begyn and compleit the stane
gavill ordanit of before at the west end of Sanct Gelis Kirk within the
west gavill of the samyn, conforme to the said ordinance; and siclike
to proceid in the vther necessar warkis within the said kirk.
The prouest baillies and counsale foresaid ordanis Louke Wilsoun,
thesaurer, with all diligence possebill to by lyme and sand and all vther
necessaris for the completing of the toun wall at the Blakfreris, and to
proceid and go fordwert with the samyn as it salbe appoynttit be the
12 February 1560.
[The dean of guild ordained to pay to "Johne Knox, minister, the sowme of
fyftie poundis for supporting of his chargeis;" and the treasurer to pay "Robert
Mowbray, heretour of the hous occupyit be Johne Knox," ten merks, as the duty
thereof to the preceding Martinmas, "and fra thinefurth to pay him termelie
according to fyftie merkis in the yeir sa lang as the samyne sall be occupyit be
19 February 1560.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Louke Wilsoun, thesaurer,
with deligence to put to workmen to the doun taking of the Blackfreir
wallis and dikis, and gadder in all stanys of the samyn intromettit with
be quhatsumeuir persoun, and big the toun wall thairwith, and oblissis
thame and thair successouris to releif and keip him skaythles thairof in all
tymes cuming at all handis quhome efferis.
21 February 1560.
In presens of the baillies and hale counsale, Dauid Corsby burges of
Edinburgh, presentit and deliuerit to maister James Watsoun, dene of gild,
at thair command, conforme to thair ordinance of before, ane siluer challice,
our gilt, weyand twenty vnces and half ane vnce wecht, quhilk pertenit to
the Hally Blude alter, given to him in keiping be the maisteris and
The baillies and counsale foresaid ordanis the dene of gild to call
Alexander Sauchye, tailyeour, for the thre bras pillaris quhilkis he hes confessit
him to haue of Sant Anthonis Ile, and ordanis the said dene of gyld
to be chargit with the samyn in his compttis, and siclike with the hale
vther pillaris and bellis resauit be him.
5 March 1560.
Maister James Watsoun dene of gild, being demandit quhat money he
had resauit fra Adam Foullertoun, baillie, for the bellis and brasin pillaris
of the kirk, confessit him to haue resauit fra the said baillie the sowme of
tuelf score of pundis, and the said baillie askit instrumentis.
12 March 1560.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Luk Wilsoun, thesaurer,
with all diligence possible, to caus begyn and big the town wall at the
Blak freirs, quhair the samyne wes left be maister James Lyndsey, and tak
doun and intromett with the rest of the stanis and wallis of the Blak
freirs kirk and yardis, and siclik to seik throuch all the towne quhair ony
of the stanis of the said freirs ar caryeit, and caus bring the samyne agane
to the said towne wark, and with the saidis haill stanyis big vp the said wall.
The ballies and counsall ordanis Louk Wilsoun, thesaurer, to deliuer
to Andro Williamsoun, wrycht, the sowme of xj s. vj d. for his laubouris in
doun taking and vpsetting of certane beddis and vther necessar besynes,
in maister Jhone Robertsonis hous preparit for the Franche ambassatour.
The ballies and counsall ordanis Louk Wilsoun thesaurer to deliuer
for four elnis and ane quarter of swttis grene bocht to be ane covering to
the Franche ambassatouris buird, the sowme of iij li. iiij s. ix d.
24 March 1560.
Proclamatioun, preistis, freris.
Forsamekill as it is nocht vnknawin that, be the brute of the preistis
monkis freris and vtheris of that vngodlie sort and that opinioun, it wes
doung in the eiris of all pepill of this realme, and speciallie of the inhabitantis
of this burgh, that albeit thai war willing to heir the trew worde
precheit thai durst nocht resorte to this burgh for feir of pvnisment, and
sua be croweltie war debarrit and haldin abak frome hering of the sermounis
now publeist; for remeid heirof, and satefeing of all faithfull, frie licence
wes gevin to all preistis monkis freris channonis nunnis and vtheris of
thair sorte sectis and opinioun, frelie without impediment or ony kynde of
iniurie, to resorte to the saidis sermonis, and thair place appointit, and all
vtheris forbiddin to occupy the same, and siklike of all sic thingis as thai
war in dowte of the samyn to be opinit to thame be word or writ as thai
sykd tgubj naust gude, and albeit the sort foirsaid hes be the space of thre
monethis past had libertie and fredome as said is, na signe nor apperance
is or can be found of thair amendment, bot rather hes done and dailie dois
that may ly in thame to hald the sempill pepill in blindnes and errour,
ganging maist bisselie, as is surelie knawin to vse, the magistratis
of this burgh, [into] all the pairtis of the said toun, sawing thair
vngodlie opinionis and detestable [workis.] Qyharefore sen trew it is
that, be the infallable word of the eternale and [trew] God, we ar commandit
to rute owte from the middis of ws oure toun and commoun weill
the wikit and vngodlie, and in speciale quhen the workis of the samin
dois appeir to the hurte thairof, as we will eschew the wrath and indignatioun
threitnit vpoun ws gif we do nocht oure dewitie, for pureging of
our said toun of sic vngodlie peple thair errouris and detestabill workis, I
command and charge in our Souerane Ladeis name, and in name and
behalf of the lordis of secreit counsale, provest and bailles of this burgh, that
within xlviij houreis nixt heirefter all prestis monkis freris channonis
nunnis and vtheris of the vngodlie sectis and opinionis, quhilkis heirtofore
hes joisit the priuilege and liberte abone writtin, and hes nocht gevin thair
repentence of thair formar iniquiteis and opinionis, as alssua all mes
sayaris and mes manteinaris, huremongairs, adulteraris and frnicatouris,
despesche thame of this toun fredome liberte boundis and suberbbis
thairof, and that thai nothir hant resorte nor frequent sa lang as thai
remane abstinat; yitt nochtwithstanding the said toun being anis purgeit of
thame, quhen it sall pleis the Almychttie to move thair hartis to acknawlege
thair ignorance, and to crave to be hard and ressauit in the fallowschip
of the faithfull, vpoun apperance of thair repentence, efter obtening
of the saidis provest and baillies licence, thai sall nocht be refusit nor
denyit, sua that it salbe knawin to all peple that we the saidis provest
baillies and counsale and hail faithfull within this burgh thristis na thing
mare than thair godlie conversioun and repentence. And this to all
quhome it efferis we mak knawin and requiris yow witnes. Quhilk
proclamatioun being red in presens of the saidis provest baillies counsale
and dekynnis of craftis, the saidis dekynnis approvit the same and thocht
the same maist ressonable to be allowit and put to executioun, and all in
ane voce ordanis the samyn to be proclamyt at the mercat croce, and the
execution to follow vpoun the contempnaris.
The provest, baillies, dene of gild, thesaurare, [council, assessors and
deacons of crafts,] all in ane voce grantis and consentis that the ordour
takin for the sustenyng of the pure, that is to say, that all maner of man
induellaris within this burgh, baith merchandis and craftismen, quhilkis
refussis to gif oulklie almous be compellit be the saidis provest baillies and
counsale, with avise of the saidis dekynnis, to gif of thair gudis for the
caus foirsaid according to thair power and substance, and gif neid be the
reddiest gudis of the refusar to be poindit and distrinyeit thairfore.
[The council ordained the decreet against the fleshers, for payment of their mails
and duties, to be put in force, and appointed "the Blakfreir kirk yarde for the saidis
flesheouris thair to [sett] and place thair flesch stokkis, and to be dischargeit of
[the flesh] marcat that now is, and to flit and remove thair flesche stokkis thairfra
vnder all hiest pane and charge."]
2 April 1561.
The ballies and counsall ordanis to convene the dekynnis on Fryday
nyxt, and to desyre and haif thair awys and counsall to the furthsetting
of certane statutis devisit for ordoring of the towne, the pure of the
samyne, in compleitting of certane gude warkis ellis begowne and nocht
endit in the said towne.
James Barroun deliuerit, in presens of the counsall, the pece of clayth
of gold with Sanct Gelis coit ressauit be him in keeping; . . . . . . . Andro
Sclattar deliuerit the vestment dekyne and subdekyne of clayth of
gold quhilk be had in keping; . . . . Thomas Jaksoun, massoun,
deliuerit the chesobell of red welott myxt with gold, with the
The ballies and counsall, haifing consideratioun of the pure within this
burgh, and movit of petie according to thair bunding dewtie towrt thame,
hes thocht gude that certane honest men of this towne, merchandis and
craftismen, be chosin furth to the nvmer of thre personis within ewery
quartar to pas to the hussis and buthis of euery gud and godly nychtbor
and requyre of thame thair almos and support to the said pure, and samekle
as beis gottin to be distributit to thame euery Setterday efternone be the
eldaris and dekynnis sworne thairto, and compt to be maid of the money
collectit, befoir the minister ballies eldaris and dekynnis euery moneth
anis, be the saidis collectouris and dispositouris, and this ordour to be
obseruit for the said pure quhill it sall pleis God that better be
prouidit; and thir collectouris following to indure for the first quartar
of yeir, begynnand the said secund of Apryle, that is to say:—[Here
5 April 1561.
Williame Lausoun, in presens of the ballies dene of gyld and counsall,
presentit and deliuerit the westment dekyne and subdekyne of grene
dalmes with the pertinentis, quhilk he had in keeping.
[The bailies and council] ordanis maister James Watsoun, dene of gild,
to deliuer and pay to the minister, Jhone Knox, the sowme of fyftie pundis
as for the compleit payment [for a quarter.]
The ballies and counsall ordanis the vestmentis and kirk geir to be
gadderit in and sauld with diligence, and of the reddiest money thairof
the fyfty pund debursit and deliuerit be maister James Watsoun to Jhone
Knox to be refundit and payit to him agane.
[Proclamation to be made forbidding any freeman of the flesher craft to sell
their flesh "in ony vther place within this burgh bot at the overend of the Tolbuith
passand vpwart to the over Bow; and that na vnfreman sell ony fleshce bot in the
Vinell and passage lyand on the sowthe pairt of the Cowgait passand fra the commoun
calsay of the Bow to the place of the Blakfreris."]
9 April 1561.
of the dekynnis
[Referring to a previous act of the council as to the removing of the fleshers
from the fleshmarket, Robert Henrisoun, on behalf of the deacons of crafts, alleged
"that in sa far as the saidis fleschouris wer removit by the avise and consent of the
dekynnis, [thay had been] evill done to, forsamekle as in tymes past in transporting
of all merkettis or placeing of thame the saidis dekynnis consenttis and voittis wer
requyrit, as is notour be the speciall actis maid vpoun the transporting of the clayth
market, in the yeiris of God jmvc lv and lvij yeris," and therefore any act as to
removal of the fleshmarket passed without consent of the deacons was contrary to
their privileges; "quhairfor he in name foresaid desyrit it to be votit of new concernyng the changing of the merket and thair voittis hard thairintill." The deacons
thereupon ratified and approved "the ordinance and decreit laitlie set furth and
pronouncit aganis the flesheouris," "for the common weill."
The provost bailies and council, knowing the disobedience of the fleshers in
refusing to pay their mails and duties or to remove from the fleshmarket, decerned
them to remove, "and to place thair said stokis and hald merket at the west pairt
and end of the tolbuth stairs quhair the landis merket stude of before."]
The prouest baillies counsale and [hale dekynnis], vnderstanding the
place quhair the victuell merkettis is presentlie haldin, viz., vpoun the Hie
Streit abone the tolbuth, to be na convenient place in respect of the
thrang of merkettis haldin thair, and for vtheris diuers caussis moving
thame concernyng the commoun weill, findis gude and all in ane voce
decernis concludis and granttis the said victuell merket be changit and
transporttit to the biggit place quhair the flesche merket is presentlie
haldin sa sone as ane convenient vther place may be gottin bocht and
bigit for the saidis fleschouris.
The prouest baillies counsale and dekynnis, efter aduisement, findis
that the yaird and biggit land liand at the fute of the flesche merket pertenyng
heretablie to Jonet Wycht and Dauid Levingstoun hir spous salbe
the maist meit and convenient place for ane flesche merket. [The council
agree to take steps for acquiring the property.]
23 April 1561.
[Sums resting of the extent granted for bigging of the town walls to be gathered
in and to be delivered "to Dauid Somer, baillie, to be wairrit vpoun the bigging of
the wallis in Leyth Wynde."]
The articulis following proponit to the prouest baillies counsale and
dekynnis for the commoun and commoun policie of this burgh, quhilk thay
ordane to be registrat:—
Item, in the first, it is thocht gude that the renttis annuellis and
vtheris emolimentis quhilkis of before war payit furth of landis and tenementis
within this burgh to papistis, preistis, feris, monkis, nonis, and
vtheris of that wikit sort, for manteinyng of idolatrie and vane superstitioun,
seing it hes plesit the Almychti to oppin the eis of all pepill and to
gyf thame the knaulege of sic vane abussis, thairfor that the saidis renttis
and emolimentis be applyit to mair profitable and godlie vssis, sic as for
sustenyng of the trew ministerris of Goddis word, founding and biging of
hospitalis for the pure and collegis for leirnyng and vpbring of the youth,
and sic vther godlie warkis.
Item, becaus it apertenis to the maiestratis as commandit of God to
defend and procure the caussis of the wedow and peple, heirfor, that ane
ordinance be maid for the ayd and support of pupillis and infanttis quha
ar destitute be inlaik of thair parenttis, that the just inventure being
takin be ane of the juges, with the clerk, of the hale guddis quhilkis pertenit
to the deid, thairefter the samyn to be registrat in the townis bukeis
to be furthcummand to the vtelite of the bairnys, and sufficent cautioun
to be taikin of the tutour curatour or intromettouris thairwith for the
samyn and avale thairof to the bairnys weill as said is, and iiij d. to be
granttit of euerye pound of the dedis pairt to the support and vphald of
the misterfull and puir.
Item, quhair of before, in the tyme of ignorance and blindnes, thair
wes ane choppin of wyne granttit and gevin for the mantenyng the wikitnes
and idolatrie of Sanct Anthonis Ile, of the tvn of wyne, that now of
euery tvn of wyne thair be vplifit be the dene of gild present and to
cum xij d. allanerlie, to be put in ane box and dispoint for sustenyng
of the pure and fallit brethering marchanttis and craftismen of this
Item, becaus it is thocht gude that thair be na buriell within the kirk,
and that the kirk yard is nocht of sufficient rowme for bureing of the died,
and for eschewing of the savour and inconuenientis that may follow thairupoun
in the heit of somer, it wald be prouidit that ane buriall place be
maid farer fra the myddis of the toun, sic as in the Gray Freir yaird, and
the samyn biggit and maid close.
Item, for exercing and vsing of the youth in honest and neidfull
gammys at lauchfull tymes, thair wald be maid in sum convenient place
diuerss pairris of buttis for hand bow corse bowe and culvering.
Item, that the name of God may be had in sic reuerence as in his
awin maist blissit scriptouris is commandit, and for eschewing of the curse
and plaigis hinging our the heidis of all townis cuntreis cieteis and peple
quhair the samyn his blissit name is contempnit and blasphemyt, ane
ordoure wald be establischit for pvnischeing of all proud vane and
vngodlie aithis and sueraris thairof without fauouris.
[Prayers and preaching.]
Item, siclik ordoure wald be taiken for compelling of the stubburne
and abstinat inimeis to the treuth to cum to the prayerris and preiching
of the worde of God.
Quhilkis articules being red in presens of the prouest baillies and
dekynnis, it wes concludit that euery dekin sould haue ane copye thairof
to be schewin to his craft and ansuer reporttit the nixt counsale day.
The prouest baillies counsale and dekynnis ordanis Louke Wilsoun,
thesaurer, and certane of the counsale to pas to my lord Arskin, capitane
of the castell, and in the name of the said prouest baillies counsale and
hale communitie ask and reassaue fra him the townys artailye pulder
bullet, and all vther thing thairto pertenyng, quhilk he ressauit in keiping
the first tyme of the cuming of the congregatioun to this burgh, and gyf
he refussis to report his ansuer the nixt counsale day.
The prouest baillies and counsale, vnderstanding that the prentissis
and seruandis of merchanttis and craftismen and vtheris within this burgh
ar of mynd vpoun Sounday nixt to mak convocatioun and assemblie efter
the auld wikit maner of Robene Hude, nocht regarding the pvnisment
thretnit in Goddis word vpoun the braikaris of the Saboth, nor having feir
of the temporale pvnischment content in our Souerane actis vpoun the
vsurparris of sic vane pastymes, quhairfor they all in ane voce, as cairfull
fadderis our their commontie, and for eschewing of the pvnismentis and
dangerris abone written, ordanis ane proclamatioun to be maid at the
foure principale pairttis of this burgh, in our Souerane Ladeis and thair
names, dischargeing all sic conventionis and assemblais within this burgh
and boundis of the samyn, and of all bering of armour, wappinnis, striking
of suesche, sounding of trumpt, bering of baner standert or ansenye, or
like instrument, for sic vane besynes, certefeing the maister quhais seruand
sall happin to be found cumand in the contrair heirof that he sall tyne his
fredome of this burgh for euir, the seruand prentise or vther apprehendit
or notat to tyne the armour and abulyement apprehendit with him and
banist the toun for euer; the lenneris of armour wappinnis and abulyement
to be reput and haldin as manteinaris of the wikit inemeis to all gude
ordour, and thairfor pvnist in thair personis and guddis at the will of the
said prouest baillies and counsale; and siclik that na assemblay nor convocatioun
be found within this burgh with armour and wappinnis of the
inhabitantis of the samyn, nor of the tounis adiacent, bot euerye man to
gang and behaif him self in honest and sempill maner without multitude
or gaddering, vnder the said pane of warding and pwnisment at the saidis
Item, the samyn day, the prouest baillies and counsale foresaid, vpoun
consideratioun of the maist godlie articule proponit for collecting of xij d.
of euerye tvn of wyne for sustenyng of the misterfull and faillit brethering,
all in ane voce consenttis and approvis the samyn, and ordanis proclamatioun
to be maid dischargeing the auld dewite granttit for mantenyng
the wikitnes of Sanct Anthonis Ile and all confrareis bandis and premissis
thairof, vnder all hieast panys and charge.
24 April 1561.
In presens of [the bailies and council], comperit Dauid Levingstoun and
offerit his yaird and landis diuisit for the flesche merket for the soume of
ane thousand pundis and to mak the gude toun sure thairof for the said
sowme, and Dauid Somer baillie at command and in name of the prouest
baillies counsale and communite offerit him thairfor the sowme of vij' merkis
quhilk the said Dauid Levingstoun refusit, quhairfor the baillies and
counsale foresaid constitute and nominat the personys following to be
comprisaris of the saidis landis and yard, and ordanis thair aithis to be
taikin for just comprysing according to the ordour in sic caissis within
burgh and conforme to the ordinance maid of before, and the said Dauid
Levingstoun dissasentit and protestit for remeid in caise thai procedit in
comprising and askit instrumentis.
The samyn day, the baillies and counsale foresaid desyrit the said
Dauid Levingstoun to cheis for his pairt tua honest men and thay vther
tua for the pairt of thame, and the commonytie with ane discreit ourman
to pas vpoun the comprising of the saidis landis and yairdis, to be sworne
to comprise according to the just avale, and thay in lik maner sworne to
abide at thair deliuerance, quhilk the said Levingstoun refusit, and instrumentis
being taiken thairof be the said Dauid Somer baillie in maner
forsaid, ordanis as of befoire to proceid in comprising according to the
ordour abone written.
The names of the comprisaris: [here follow twelve names.]
The prouest baillies and counsale ordams Louk Wilsoun, thesaurer,
deliuer to Johnne Carnys the sowme of ten pundis to ane compt of his
dewtie for his seruice.
25 April 1561.
The prouest baillies and counsale, efter the forme tenour and desyre
of the secund article befoir writin, and according to thair bundin dewtie
towert the fatherles and desolait youth, statutis and ordanis that fra this
furth all testamentis that salhappin to be maid within this burgh of craftisman
merchant or vther inhabitant quhatsumeuir be presentit and deliuerit
to the vesitouris chosin for the yeir and to the commoun clerk of the
burgh to be registrat in the townis bukeis, to be furthcumand to the
bairnys and freindis of the depairtit and vtheris havand rycht thairto,
and gyf it happinnis ony to depairt vntestit that incontinent the saidis
vesitouris pas to the houssis buthis and vtheris places quhair the guddis
and geir of the depairtit sall happin to be, requyre and call for the narrest
and vnsuspect freindis gyf thay may be, and failyeing of the saidis freindis
that they put in writ and mak just inventour off all guddis quhilk thai
may apprehand out of lokfast lvmes, and seill and lok the saidis lokfast
lvmes, and gif neid be tak the keyis of the samin with thame, and be thair
avise it be aggreit be the narrest freindis thai sall nocht be opinit for
the weill of the bairnis and vthiris haifand rycht and iust intromettouris
thairwith as of befoir togidder with diuisioun according to the ordour,
and gif it beis fundin gude that the gudeis and geir be rowpit to
the just avale sauld and disponit to the weill of the saidis bairnis and
vthiris haifand richt as said is the saidis visitouris tobe settaris thairof, thai
being sworne thairto. This inventure to be registrat in the tovnis bukis
tobe gevin furth to all parteis haifand richt, vnder the subscriptioun of
the commoun clerk. And the saidis visitouris, as thai will ansuer in the
presens of God, without respect of gude proffet hatrent or affectioun, tak
diligent laubour and care that the will of the deid in the testamentis maid be
fulfillit and obseruit, and this present ordour takin for the barnis and (blank)
of thaim that deis vntestit inlikmaner be thame be obseruit and at thair
power set furth, and gif neid be the provest and baillies to assist thame,
and yeirlie as the visitouris salbe chosin thair aith of faithfull administratioun
to be taikin.
The provest baillies and counsale ordanis maister James Watsoun,
dene of gild, with all diligence, with certane of the counsale depute thairto,
to pas and vesie the Grayfreir dykis and yardeis of this burgh, beig vp and
mend the same quhair thai ar ruinous and falty, and to mak ane sufficient
stark yet for owtehalding of beistis; quhilk place is appointit be the said
counsale in all tymes cuming to be the place of buriale as the place maist
apt and conuenient thairto.
Dewtie of wyne.
The provest baillies and counsale, according to the desyre of the thrid
article before writtin, findis gude that xij d. of euery tvn of wyne that salhappin
tobe ventit within this burgh be collectit and takin vp be the dene
of gild and put in ane close box, to be disponit and gevin be the avise of
the said provest baillies and counsale to the support of pure misterfull
falit brethirne, merchandis and craftismen onlie, nychtbouris of this burgh
and nane vtheris, and for the sure knawledge heirof that the viij workmen
of Leith togidder with Jhonne Pinkertoun, gild officiar, and the
workmen of the trone of this burgh be send for and cawsit gif thair aithis
for making of trew and sure inuenture of all wynis that cumis to the
burgh, and to gif vp the names of the byaris and sellaris togidder with
the quantitie of the tvnnis of wyne to the said dene of gild.
The prouest baillies and counsale, vnderstanding that in the tyme of
blindnes and mysknawlege of the treuth thair wes be consent of the
nychtbouris of this burgh ane confrarie and bruderheid of ventaris of wyne
quhilkis payit of euerye puntioun wyne ane choppoun to Sanct Anthonis
alter for sustenyng of idolatrie and wikitnes, and sen at this present it hes
plesit the Almychti to oppin the eis of all pepill, sua that it is knawin that
all sic confrareis bandis and promissis, inventit be the vngoddlie sort of papistis
for filling of thair belleis, ar contrair to the will and glorye of God, thairfor
ordanis proclamatioun to be maid at all pairttis of this burgh neidfull, dischargeing
the confrarie of Sanct Anthonis, the Hally Blude, and all vther
confrareis quhatsumeuir quhilk hes bene heirtofore in tyme of ignorance,
and all sic dewiteis as wes gevin thairto according to the statutis maid
heiranent, to be vptaikin and applyit to the pure, vnder all hieast
pane that to the offender may be imput at the will and plesour of the
juges present and to cum.
10 May 1561.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the proclamatioun following to be
proclamyt and publischit at the mercat croce of this burgh, the schore of
Leyth and vther places neidfull, off the quhilk the tenour followis:—Sen it
hes plesit the Almychti, of his omnipotent mercye and gudenes, to oppin
the lycht of his worde and mak patent to ws, the professouris of his maist
hally gospell, our dewtie towert our nychtbouris, and in speciall towert the
innocent laying to oure charge, to deill with euerye cristeane broder and
nychtbour as we oure selffis wald be delt withall; and hering that laitlie
thair is arryvit certane prissis, apprehendit vpoun sic ground as God
knawis alwayis, to the apperance of the godlie sic guddis as may nocht be
bocht or sauld be ony faythfull with saif conscience, quhairfor I command
and charge in oure Souerane Ladeis name, and in name and behalf of my
lord prouest and baillies of this burgh, that na maner of persoun, merchant,
craftisman nor vther occupear nor induellar within the samyn or boundis
thairof, intromet blok by or sell ony of the saidis prisses or guddis being
thairintill, nor be participant of the bloking bying or selling thairof, vnder
the pane of tinsale of thair fredomes for euir and pvnischement of thair
personis without fauouris at the juges will.
The baillies and counsale, togidder with Andro Elphinstoun dekin of
the furrouris, Jhonn Robesoun dekin of the smythis, Patrik Schang dekin
of the wrychtis, Robert Hog dekyn of the cordineris, James Norvell dekin
of the tailyeouris, Hercules Methuen dekin of the baxsteris, Jhonn Loch
dekin of the skynnerris, Robert Hendersoun dekin of the barbouris, Murdo
[Walker] for the masonis, being convenit within the tolbuth of this burgh,
maister Jhonn Spens, baillie, declarit and schew how that yisterday
eftirnone, being the Saboth of the Lord, the craftismennis seruandis and
prentisses enterit at the Nether Bow with displayit baner in armour and
wappinnis and passit throuch the toun to the Castill Hill, nochtwithstanding
thay war chargit be the said baillie in our Soueranis name and in
name and behalf of the prouest [and] baillies of this burgh; and siclike the
samyn nycht, betuix viij and ix houris at evin, enterit in the samyn maner
returnyt to the Nether Port and keipit the samyn at thair plesour, in
manifest contempt of oure Soueranis autorite and magistratis of this burgh
and thair proclamatione set furth in the contrair, quhairfor the said maister
Jhonne Spens, for himself the remanent baillies and hale counsale, havand
thair speciall command thairto, askit of the saidis dekynnis gyf thay fand
that the personis foresaidis had contravenit the proclamatioun and ordinance
maid the thrid day of Apprile with all thair cousenttis, and gyf thay had
done wrang and deseruit pvnischment for dissobeying of the officeris
yisterday and keiping of the porttis and commanding the baillies to pas
of the stretis, mannesing thame with wappinnis; quhilkis dekynnis, all in
ane voce, declarit the samyn to be expres wrang and inobedience deseruing
extreme pvnischment to the exemple of vtheris, and promist faithfullie to
the saidis juges thair assistance in apprehending and pvnisching of the
saidis contempnaris quhat tyme thay sould be requyrit, and heirupoun the
said baillie in name foresaid askit instrumentis.
It is statut and ordanit be the baillies and counsale that the dekynnis
of craftis convene thair hale maisteris this efternoue and requyre of thame
quhat will be thair pairt in pvnischeing the offendaris before writtin, and
to report thair ansuer the morne before none.
13 May 1561.
The baillies and counsale being convenit, comperit the dekynnis of the
goldsmythis, barboris, skynnaris, tailyeouris, smythis, wrychtis, cordineris,
furrouris, masonis, bonetmakaris, wobstaris, bakstaris and fleschouris, and
takand the burding vpoun thame for the hale maisteris of craftis, and desyrit
that Robert Hendersoun, dekin of the barbouris, and Mychaell Gilbert, dekyn
of the goldsymthis, mycht be hard to report thair and the hale maisteris
ansueris, to quhome thay haue gevin full commissioun, and oblissis thame
to abide at thair sayingis, quhilk wes acceptit and granttit, and be the
saidis Hendersoun reporttit as followis, that is to say, that the hale
maisteris and dekynnis, according to thair boundin dewtie, faythfullie
promyttis thair assistance fortificatioun and manteinance to the prouest
baillies and counsale in the serching and apprehending of the craftismennis
seruandis and vtheris quhilkis vpoun Sounday last committit the inobedience
abone writtin, and sall be rady to ryse and convene quhen thay ar
requyrit, and to fortifie the saidis prouest and baillies in the executioun of
justice vpoun thame, alwayis exhorting the saidis juges, sen thai had
sufficient power and autorite to execute and pvnise the offenssis committit
within thame, that thai wald seik na hiear powerris in this caus and tak
the pvnischment and executioun in thayr awin handis, and to be mercyfull
to sa monye of the saidis offendaris as wer penitent.
14 May 1561.
To tak the
The hale counsale, being convenit, and vnderstanding that the craftis
childer had trublit and molestit diners nychtbouris in thair passeg to
Leyth, ordanis the baillies with all deligence, with sic nowmer of nychtbouris
as thay sall think gude to haue with thame for thair fortificatioun,
and pas tak and apprehend the saidis craftis childer quhaireuir thay
may be gottin and put thaim within warde within the tolbuth
forther ordour be taikin for thair pvnischement.
21 May 1561.
seruing of the
The prouest, baillies, [council, and deacons of crafts,] being convenit in
the tolbuth, and vnderstanding that the nobelite of this realme ar to
convene at this present perliament with greit cumpaneis, and hering of
sum variance amangis sum of the said nobelite, for stopping of trublis,
ordanis that thre score able men hagbuttaris be listit and put in wages
for half ane moneth to await at all tymes of the day and nycht vpoun the
prouestis and baillies, and thair wages to be payit of the radeast of the
commoun gude, and the samyn to be eikit to the nixt extent that sall be
set within this burgh and refoundit to the thesaurer; and siclik ordanis
the saidis dekynnis to aduertice the maisteris and seruandis of thair
craftis to be in radynes to cum to the said prouest and baillies at the
sound of the commoun bell, trumpet or tabroun, in armour and wappinnis,
in case of trublis as said is, and that the saidis baillies be thame selffis
and officeris pas throuch all buthis of merchanttis and craftismen and
vther places neidfull and warne and se the occupiaris thairof be sufficientlie
prouidit in armour and lang wappinnis according to the auld ordinances,
and to be in radynes as said is.
23 May 1561.
The baillies and counsale granttis and gevis licence to Jhonn alias
Sir Jhonne Wilsoun, sumtyme chaplane of Sanct Katherinis alter within
Sanct Gelis Kirt within this burgh, to dispone and set in few, with thair
consenttis, to quhatsumeuir persoun he pleissis, all and sundrye landis
within this burgh pertenyng to the said alterege, and ordanis onye ane of
the baillies, in name and behalf of the prouest baillies and counsale, as
lauchfull patronis to the said alterege, to pas with the said Jhone Wilsoun
and gif the said sesing, without preiudice of the viij merkis yeirlie ground
annuell quhilk thay haue annixt to thair commoun gude of the tenement
of land liand in the Cowgate. . . . .
27 May 1561.
The baillies and counsale ordanis the kaipis, vestimentis, ornamentis
and alter grayth, quhilk pertenit to Sanct Gelys alter presentlie in handis,
or sa fer as may be gottin in, to be deliuerit to Dauid Somer, baillie, and to
James Barroun, and thay to dispone the samyn to the maist avantage.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Louke Wilsoun, thesaurer, to
propyne in thair names to my lord Arskin, capitane of the castell of
Edinburgh, ane tvn of the best wyne, quhite wyne and claret, can be
30 May 1561.
Maister Alexander Skyne, aduocate, being callit and accusit for taking
and ressauing of the diabolicall idoll callit the preistis sacrament at
Pasche last, in the contempt of the religioun and the glorie of God now
establisched, and expres contrar to the actis of parliament incurrand
thairthrow the panys thairintill contenit, confessit the ressauing of the
said sacrament efter the auld maner, bot nocht in contempt as wes allegit
nor yit within thair jurisdictioun; vpoun this his confessioun Dauid Somer,
baillie, askit instrumentis, and the remanent judges ordanit the said
maister Alexander to pas in ward within the tolbuith, thair to remane
vpoun his awin expenssis quhill farther ordour be taking for the offence
The ballies and haill counsall ordanis maister James Watsoun, dene
of gyld, incontinent to deliuer to Jhone Knox, minister, the sowme of fyftie
pundis as for his quartar payment.
The baillies and counsale, yit as of before, ordanis maister Robert
Glen, James Barroun, Eduard Hope, Alexander Guthre, to pas and require
tbair artailyerie fra the capitane of the castell, and to reporte his ansuer.
11 June 1561.
The baillies and counsale, vnderstanding the mysrewle of the craftis
childer in the Over Tolbuith in frie warde, quhilkis war apprehendit for
the lait insurrection, ordanis thame to be put in fast irnis, thair to remane
quhill cautioun be found, vnder greit panis, for keping of gude ordour
induring thair tyme of the said warde, that thai sall nocht eschew furth of
the same induring the said provest and baillies will and quhill forder
ordour be takin with thame anent thair offence.
It being requirit of the provest baillies and counsale, James Barroun
and the vthiris direct for requiring of the tovnis artailyerie fra the capitane
of the castell quhy the samyn wes nocht deliuerit to thame, James
Barroun ansuerand that it wes said to him be the laird of Drvmquhassill
that Dauid Kinloch, baxster, had said to him and Alexander Erskene that
he thocht nocht gude the artailye suld be deliuerit to them that sutit the
same without it war requireit be the haill commvnitie, and that it mycht
be applyit to better vse in the castell nor in the toun, and counsalit thame
to keip still the samyn; and the said Kinloch, being callit and accuseit
heirof, askit instrumentis of the said Baronis reporte, and denyit that he had
spokin to the said laird of Drumquhassill to send the said artailye, bot
being forder inquireit be his aith that he had spokin the said Alexander
Erskine anent the said artailye, confessit that vpoun [blank] lastbipast,
he being gangand abone the tollbuith, Alexander Erskene callit vpoun him
and said to him that certane of the baillies and counsale had cumit to the
castell requiring the tovnis artailyerie, and askit of him quhat his counsale
wes thairanent, and the said Dauid said: This is my opinioun, sen trew it
is that the castell of Edinburgh in tyme of bissines hes bene worth to the
toune jcm lib. be haifing of the haill gudeis of the toun in thair keping, and
the same wes randerit and na man wantit worth a penny, quharefore he
concludeit that thai suld nocht pairt with the artailye for it wald be als
weill keipit thair as better geir is, and thir war the onlie wordis that he
said and nocht ellis; vpoun the quhilkis wordis Dauid Somer, baillie, askit
instrumentis; and the remanent baillies and counsale commandit the said
Dauid in warde quhill forder tryall war tane of his stopping of the said
artailyerie to be deliuerit to the toun agane.
16 June 1561.
At the desyre and requeist of maister William Skene, the prouest
baillies and counsale ordanis maister Alexander Skene, aduocat, to be put
to libertie furth of warde to the x day of Julii nixt, prouiding that in the
mene tyme he behaif himself godlie and honestlie within this burgh and to
all nychtbouris of the samyn, and resort and keip the sermonttis and
prayerris, and to communicat with the minister and vtheris godlie lernyt
men for resoluing of his douttis in relegioun, and in speciall tuiching his
openioun of the idoll the preistis sacrament; and vpoun the said x day, gyf
it sall pleis the Almychti betuix and than to gyf him forther knaulege in
the treuth, to cum before the kirk to gyf his penitence and confessioun of
his former inniquitie, failling heirof to remove him self and hale familie of
this burgh and boundis thairof, and to hawe na enteris thairintill sa lang as
thay remane wikit, vnder the panys contenit in the actis of parliament
statutis and proclamationis of this burgh maid and proclamyt aganis
papistis idolataris and mes mongaris; and this present ordinance beand
red to the said maister Alexander Skene that he sould pretend na ignorance
gyf he war apprehendit within this burgh or boundis thairof ofter the
said x day, ordanis to gif him the copye of the samyn vpone his expenssis
gif it be requyrit.
The samyn day, ordanis Sir George Strauchane, preist, to depesche of
this toun and boundis thairof within xij houris nixt heirefter, and that he
be nocht found thairintill quhyll thay be surelie certefiit of his publict
repentance of his papistrie and former iniquite, vnder the panis contenit
in the proclamationis.
The prouest, remanent baillies and counsale, ordanis Dauid Somer and
maister Jhonne Spens, baillies, to pas to the Justice Clerk and requyre his
lordship to set ane justice court vpoun Wedinsday nixt for accusing the
personis apprehendit and in warde for rasing of the tvmult within this
burgh vpoun Sounday the [xi] day of Maij last, and the said baillies to
caus mak thair dittay and deliuer the samyn to the said Justice Clerk.