6 January 1562–3.
[A supplication presented by Andro Murray of Blackbaronye, bearing that when
extents were raised for the proper affairs of the burgh he was taxed among the
common merchants, though "ane gintillman having his leving to landwert and vsing
na maner of tratiquye within this burgh," and desiring the council to discharge him
of all extents in future, as other free barons, "vtherwise he wald discharge himself
of all sic libertie as they mycht allege him to haue of thame, and fra this furth nowther
tak laubouris travell nor thocht of thair efferis as he hes done in tymes bygane."
The council found that the extenters had done wrong, and agreed to make compensation
for past payments, and discharged all extents in future "except at sic tymes as
quben our Soueranys proclamatioun salbe generale vpoun all hir hienes lieges aganis Murray
hir inimeis and than to bruke the benefice of this burgh becaus he is fre burges, or
at sic vther tymes quhen the landis of this toun ar extentit for strenth and policie
of the burgh and than to be extentit efter his rent within burgh."]
[ The following prices ordered to be observed and kept:— " The pair of double
soillit schone of the lairgest mesour, weill wrocht, sufficient wark and sufficient stuf,
for iij s. viij d.; the pair of single solyt schone, of the larirgest mesour and wark,
ij s viij d.; the pair of fynest doubill solyt buttis for xxiiij s.; the pair of singill
soillit buttis, of the like mesour and wark, xx s.; the pair of mulis, pantonis, brotekynnis,
and all vther wark pertenyng to the cordiner craft, conforme to the prices
15 January 1562–3.
[The treasurer to pay to two bailies twenty-six shillings and thirty-two shillings,
"debursit be thame vpoun Newyerday to the porteris at the Quenys vter yet."
Proclamation to be made that no " hydis be sellerit, saltat, nor sauld furth of
this burgh, nor gadderit togidder in greit, bot be sauld commonlie in the merket
fresche to the cordineris and barbaris."
Sesings of the
No resignation of the town's lands to be made, except " in presens of the prouest
baillies and counsale, and thair precept vnder the seill of caus obtenit for the
22 January 1562–3.
The prouest baillies and counsale dischargit Anthone Frankdeveill,
Johne Wemyss, Henry Lumesden, and Jonet Clerk and George Welsche
of all occupeing or vsing of cherurgeanrie or barbour craft vnto the
tyme thay wer admytit and maid fre with the said craft.
27 January 1562–3.
Regina. the Quenis Maiesteis ordinance vpoun wynis and vpoun the cordineris.
Apud Edinburgh, xxvijo Januarii, anno lxijo. The Quenis Maiestie
ordanis the prouest and baillies of the burgh of Edinburgh to put the lait
act and statut of counsale maid anent the selling of wynis within this
realme to dew executioun in all poynttis efter the tenour thairof, within
the boundis and fredome of the said burgh, and thai on na wise suffer
the saidis wynis to be sauld thairin in greit or small vpoun hiear prices nor
is expremyt in the said act, vnder the pane of forfalting and tynsale of
thair fredome; and ald that serch and seik deligentlie within the
fredome of thair said burgh that euery cordiner and man exerceand that
craft thairin haif sufficent ledder and vther stuf to wirk and laubour for
furnessing of the Quenis Maiesteis lieges, vpoun the prices statut be the
said prouest and baillies within the said burgh thairanent; and in case ony
of the said craftismen be destirute thairof that the said prouest and baillies
put thair said act to executioun and depriue the braikaitis thairof fra all
vsing of the said craft and bruking of ony fredome within the said burgh
in tyme cuming, vnder the pane forsaid. Sic subscribitur: Marie, R.
[The provost bailies and council ordained proclamtion to be made in terms of
the foregoing ordinance, a copy of which was to be sent to the deacon of the cordiners.
Wines were ordered to be sold not dearer than " viij d. the pynt of Burdeaux wyne
and vj d. the pynt Rochell and vther wynis."]
5 February 1562–3.
Ordinance for convenyng of dekynnis.
The prouest baillies and counsale, in presens of the maist pairt of the
hale dekynnis, decernis and ordanis thame and thair successouis in all
tymes cuming, quhen it salhappin thame to be convenit be the saidis
prouest and baillies within the tolbuth or vther plaissis neidfull, for
ressonyng vpoun the common effaris quhairintill thair counsale and
consent salbe neidfull, that incontinent, but delay, thay gyf thair jugement
openioum and conclusiun,according to thair knawlege and conscience,
becaus in tymes past thair delayis and avisementis with the multitudes of
thair craftis hes bene the occasioun of tvmults and vproris, nocht onlie
amangis thameselfis bot alsua of this hale toun to the greit inquyetatioun
and trunble of the samyn and hinder of the commoun effaris to the greit
hurt of the commoun weill; and quhat dekynnis that deferris and delayis,
that he remane in waird vpoun his awin expenssis ay and quhill he
deliuer and gyf his jugement according to his knaulege and couscience
as said is; and for his inobedience, sa oft as he refussis, to pay the vnlaw
of xx s. to the commoun warkis, vnforgevin.
6 February 1562–3.
Quhyte, maister of scole.
The prouest, baillies, counsale and dekynnis, all in ane voce, ordanis
ane writing to be maid in maist effecteous maner to maister James Quhite,
Scottisman, in Londone, requeisting him with all deligence to addres him
to this toun and to accept vpoun him the maisterschip of the hie grammer
scole and teiching of the youth of this toun, and becaus thai ar surelie
informyt [he] hes greit proffit be his scole in Londone, and that he is ane man
of excellent lernyng bayth in Lating and Greik toung, thay all in ane voce
ordanis ane yeirlie pentioun to be gevin to him of iiijxx li. of the redeast
of thair commoun gude, besyde and abone the proffit that he sall haue of
the bairnys and scule induring thair willis, and bindis and oblissis thame
and thair successouris for thankfull payment thairof; and ordauis this
promys to be contenit in the said writing; and the samyn to be send to
the said masister James with Archibald Grahame now at his depairting to
England with my lord secreter, and requeist the said Archibald maist
ernistlie to persuaid the said maister James to addres him heir with
231 February 1562–3.
The Quenis grace writing Murdoch.
[The following writing presented and ordered] to be regidtrat and
keipit for the townis releif: Prouest and baillies if oure burgh of Edinburgh.
It is oure will and we charge yow that incontinent efter the sicht
heirof ye freith releif and lat to libertie Patrik Mwrdoch, now being in
your waird within the tolbuth of the said burgh, keipand this present for
your warrand. Subscriuit with our hand, at Sanctandrois, the tuenty day
Fabruer. the yeir of God jmvclxij yeirs. Sic Subscribitur:Marie, R.
5 March 562–3.
The prouest baillies [and council ] ordanis maister Jhonne Prestoun,
thesaurer, to deliuer to Agnes Simsoun, relict of vmquhile Williame
Chepman, and Robert Norvell now hir spous, the soume of threttie
poundis for the stanis and beging of the chapell in the Nehter Kirkyarde
foundit by vmquhile Walter Chepman.
The baillies and counsale ordanis maister Jhonne Prestoun, thesaurer,
to content and pay to my lorde prouest, for the expenssis of the banket
preparit be him to the commissaris of borrowis, auchtene poundis iij s. j d.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis Dauid Somer, maister of
wark, to intromet with the stanis of the chapell in the Nethet Kirkyaird
and bestow the smayn vpoun the new tolbuith.
Pennycuke. Kirk of Feild.
The prouest baillies and counsale ordanis maister Jhonne Spens,
baillie, Andro Murray of Blakbaronye and maister Jhonne Pretoun,
thesaurer, to talk and commoun with the persoun of Pennycuke tuiching
the Kirk of Feild and hale bigingis thairof, and report his ansuer to thame
agane upoun the nixt counsale day.
10 March 1562–3.
[Of this date a supplication was presented to the council by the spouse of
James Kincaid, representing that her late father. John Scott, had obtained from
King James V. the gift of " the kyln and barn foundit be him vpoun the
ground sumtyme callit the Kingis Stabillis, liand contigue to your calsay and
commoun passage to your mylnis, betuix the said calsay on the eist, the commoun
well and entres to the barres vpoun the west, the castell and bank thairof vpoun
the north, and certane landis of my said vmquhile faderris vpoun the south, quhilk
kyll and barn, being sufficientlie bigit be ny said vmquhile fader, Johnn
Hammyltoun of Cliddisdale, prouest of this burgh for the tyme, with certane vther
nychtbouris of this burgh, for quhat caus vnknawin to my fader, kist down the said
kyll and barn." The supplicants now asked that a charter should be given to them
by the council and they complied with the request, the property to be held in "fre
burgage," and the owners paying to the town, a yearly feu-duty of 13s. 4d.]
11 March 1562–3.
The prouest, bailies, counsale, and dekynnis granttis and disponis
to Dauid Grahame, masoun, the beidmabschip in Sanct Paullis Wark,
vacand be deceis of Dauid Young, furrour, with all emolimentis and
dewties thairof, and ordanis ane baillie and clerk to put him in possesioun
be entering of him to the sell of the said vmquhile Dauid as vse is; [and
also] granttis to Jhonne Cuke, talyeour, the beidmanschip vacand in Sanct
Paullis Werk be the deces of Jhone Wilsoun.
[The treasurer ordained " to pay to the calsay makarris, for tua ruddis foure
elnis. calsay bigit fornent the cardinallis lugeing in the Cowgait, the sowme of iij li.
23 April 1563.
Tuiching the convenying of the inhabtantis of this burgh in the tyme of need.
The prouest, baillie, dene of gild, thesaurer, [council and deacons of
crafrs,] egter avisement with the Quenys Maiesteis writing, bering that
thair is ane day of law sett to the laird of Drumquhassill and Jhonne
Schaw, and diuers vtheris greit personis, quhilkis hes maid greit conventioun
of thair freindis agains the said day, and hir Maieste, fering
trublis, commandis and charges the prouest and baillies to convene the
hale nychtbouris for stancheing of trublis as said is, vnder all heast pane;
quhairfor the said prouest baillies and counsale ordanis in all tymes
cuming quhen sic or the like occasionis sall occure that the dene of gild
caus poynd and destrenye euerye merchant that conveynis nocht, beand
warnyt be officer, sound of tabroun, or vtherwise, for the vnlaw of
xviij s. but fauour; and the officers to poynd thame for the said
vnlaw, and gyf the samyn to the said dekyn to be vsit at his plesour,
and this ordour to be obseruit in all tyme cuming.
The baillies and counsale, efter avisement with the supplicatioun gevin
in before thame be Jhonne Patetsoun, dekin of the masonis, bering that he
had seruit treulie and deligentlie at the wark of the new tolbuth to the ending
thairof, and that vtheris masonis nocht sa qualifieit as he had obtenit thair
burgesschippis fre for thair bounteth and reward, and thair desyrit thair
lordschippis to mak him thair free gild broder for his bonteth, etc.; to the
quhilk it wes ausuerit that thay haue nocht bene in vse to grant ony
sic libertie or priuilege to men vnmariit, and thairfor quhen it sould happin
the said dekyn to haue ane lauchful wyfe and mariit according to the
ordour of the kirk now present, vpon his gude behavour and seruice, he
sould be considerit in this his desyre and satifeit to his plesour.
30 April 1563.
The prouest, baillies, counsale and dekynnis, vnderstanding that thir
monye yeris past thay haue bene subiect to pay furth of thair commoum
gude yeirlie the sowme of xx merkis or thairby for the maill of thair clerkis
chalmer, quhilk may be haldin in in all tymes cuming gyf the auld reuestrye
od Sanct Gelis Kirk war put in ordour and maid able thairfor, quhilk at
this present is desolat waist and seruis for litill or na thing, heirfor vpoun
respect to thair commoun weill, and for halding in of sic sowmes in all
tymes cuming, as alsua that thay may haue ane certane hous of thair
awin for suir keiping of thair evidentis bukis and vther commoun euidentis
continuallie in the handis of thair cleakis, fra the quhilk hous thay nor
thair clerk sall nocht be removanble at the plesour of particuler personis as
thay haue bene in tymes past, all in ane voce concludis decernis deliueris
and ordanis that Alexander Guthrie, dene of gild, with all deligence
possebill caus prepair the said reuestrye, bayth laych and heich, in maist
honest and sure maner, with all thingis necessar, and that the dur be maid
in the eist gavill of the siad reuetrie, and the expens debursit thairupoun
be him salbe allowit in his compttis; and ordanis Thomas Reidpeth and
James Young of the counsale to be vesitouris of the wark of the said
chalmer and to tak cure and charge in the ordoring thairof.
11 May 1563.
[The bailies council and deacons, considering the good service done to the town
by Jhonn Stewert, wright, " and in respect of his povertie, having monye bairnys,"
consent that he should have the next vacant beidmanship in St Paul's work.]
17 May 1563.
[Trial of Bishop of St Andrews and other kirkmen.]
The baillies and counsale ordanis that proclamatioun be maid, be
sound of bell, warnyng all nychtbouris, bayth merchant and craftismen,
to be vpoun the hie streit the morne be viij houris, in thair best array in
feyr of weir, for seruing of our Souerane justice, and to remane vpoun
the samyn hie streit vnto the end of the justice court set for the Bischop
of Sanctandrois and the vtheris kirkmen quhilkis ar to thole law for
11 June 1563.
The baillies, counsale and hale dekynnis, vnderstanding that this half
yeir past thair hes bene na maner of provisioun maid nor support gevin to
Jhonn Craige minister and Jhonne Carnys redar, nowther tuiching thair
sustentatioun nor vtherwise; quhairfor thay ordane the personis following
to pas amangis the faythfull quhilkis hes communicat and requyre of
thame thair support to the said minister and reder for ane quarter of yeir
quhill it sall pleis God that better ordour may be obtenit, and quhat euerye
man granttis to wryte with his name, and ordanis the commoun clerk to
guf vnto thame in roll the names of the saidis communicantis, and the
saidis collectouris to present the saidis rollis to the counsale with the
sowmes granttit as said is. [ Here follow the names of three persons for
each of the south-west, south-east, north-east, and north-west quarters.]
18 June 1563.
Commissaris for the kirk.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Andro Murray of Blakbaronye and
Jhonn Adamsoun to pas with the minsiter, Jhonne Knox, to the assemblay
of the kirk to be haldin in Sanct Jonistoun the xxv of this instant moneth
of Junii, and gyffis thame full commissioun and power to treit and conclude
vpoun the caussis of the said kirk.
aThe baillies and counsale ordanis James Thomsoun, Nychole Vddert
and James Young to be ourserris and tak cure vpoun the wark of the
hospitale at the Blakfreris fof the moneth nixt, and siclike that Allane
Dikesoun, baillie, maister Jhone Prestoun, thesaurer, James Mosman,
Gilbert Cleuch and Jhonn Inglis, masonis, to set furth ane patron contenyng
the forme of the said hospitale, and to produce before the kirk and
counsale thair openioun in diuers hedis and artikles concernyng the said
In presene of the baillies and counsale, comperit Jhonne Gray Scribe
to the kirk, and presentit the supplicatioun following, in name of the hale
kirk, bering that it wes laitlie cumin to thair knaulege, be the report of
faythfull brethering, that within thir few dayis Ewfame Dundas, in the
presens of ane multitude, had spokin diuers injurious and sclandarous
wordis bayth of the doctrine and ministeris, and in speciall of Jhonne
Knox, minister, sayand that within few dayis past the said Jhonne Knox
wes apprehendit and tane furth of ane killogye with ane commoun hure,
and that he had bene ane commoun harlot all his dayis; quhairfor it was
maist humlie desyrit that the said Euphame mycht be callit and examinat
vpoun the said supplicatioun, and gyf the wordis abone writtin spokin be
hir mycht be knawin of tryit to be of veritie, that the said Jhonne Knox
mycht be pvnist with all rigour without fauour; vtherwise to tak sic
ordour with hir as mycht stand with the glory of God, and that sclander
mycht be taikin frome His kirk, as at mair lenth is contenit in the said
suipplicatioun; quhilk beand red to the said Eufame, personalie present in
jugement, scho denyit the samyn, and Friday the xxv day of Junii instant
assignit to hir to heir and se witnes prodcit for preving of the allegeance
abone expremyt, and scho is warnyt apud acta.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Dasuid Forster, baillie, to seik and
apprehend Frances Tennand and put him in waird quhill cautioun be found
that he sall ansuer before thaim for the injurious and sclandarous wordis
spokin be him of the ministrie and doctrine, and that becaus be hes bene
oft and diuers tymes requyrit heirto and refusit.
Johnne Grahame, merchant, being callit before the baillies and counsale
foirsaid and accusit of diuers iniurious ans sclandarous wordis spokin
be him in manteinance of the mes, and contrair the doctrine now preichit
in the kirk of God, denyit the samyn, and obkist himself in all tymes
cuming to keip mesour in his speiking and behavour, vnder the pane of
the sale of his fredome and forther pvnisment as the jugis and counsale
sould fynd gude.
21 June 1563.
Villa, Pennycuke, Kirk of feild.
It is appoyntit and endit betuis [the bailies council and deacons of
crafts,] on that ane pairt, for the prouest bailies counnsale and communitie,
and [maister Johne ] Pennycuke, persoun of that ilk and prouest of the
Kirk of Feild, on the vther pairt, in maner following, that is to say, the
said [maister Johne ] Pennycuke sellis and dispoins to the gude toun the hale
bigging, sumtyme callit the Kirk of Feild, bayth auld and new, with kirk
yaird, with lugeingis, biggimgis, mansionis, yardis, annuellis and dewteis
quhatsumeuir pertenit ony tyme of before to the prouest and prebendaris
of the samyn; and forther sall obtene to the gud toun the gyft and few
maid thairof to my lord Robert Stewert of Hallyrudhous, and sall get to
thame the Quenys Maiesteis confirmatioun vpoun the samyn, and sall
transfer in thame all rycht that he had or may haue to the said prosuestrie
sa fer as lyis within the wallis of the toun as said is, and quhat vther
rycht or secutite thay can diuise for thame selffis sall obtene and get the
samyn at our said Soueranes handis or vtheris havand onye rycht to
the said benefice, bigingis, houssis, yardis, kirk yard, kirk annuellis and
dewiteis within the toun as said is, and sall mak na conditioun contract
nor apporyntment with any vther before the fulfikking of the permissis and
obtenyng of the gyftis and confirmationis abone expremut: For the quhilk
caus, sa sone as the premissis beis fulfillit for the pairt of the said persoun,
before the deliuering of ony evidentis gyft or confirnatioun furth of his
handis, he sall haue bund and oblist to him, in maist siker forme he can
diuise, tua or thre of the maist substanteous of the said sounsale, for gude
and thankfull payment to be maid to him of the sowme of ane thousand
pundis vsuall money of this realme, to be payit within tua yeris nixt efter
thair ressait of the saidis gyftis, confimatioun, and sic vther securiteis
ressonable as sall be diuisit.
[One thousand merks to be borrowed on security of the common mills " for
completing of the new tolbuth and paying of the rest of the maister of warkis
25 June 1563.
[The treasurer ordained, " with all deligence, to mend the rufe of the toure of the
auld tolbuth and mak the samyn waltertycht."]
In the actioun and caus of sklander and iniurie persewit before the
prouest baillies and counsale be maister Johnne Chalmer, procurator for
Johnne Knox, minister of Edinburgh, aganis Effame Dundas, relict of
vmquhile Alexander Adamesoun, comperit the said maister Johnne, procutour foirsaid, as at the terme assignit to him to preif aganis the said
Effame pro 'prima, and producit Andro Sklater, Alexander Achesoun,
Mawsie Galbraith, the spous of James Merchell, ane woman of gude fame
and honestie; and the said Effame wes content that maister Johnne Prestoun,
Robert Watsoun and Margarete Nicholl, spous [of] the said maister Jhonne,
ane woman inlikmaner of gude fame, war ressauit witnes in the said caus
thai being suorne thairto and purgeit of partiale counsale, and the saidis
witnesis produceit war admittit suorne ressauit and purgit of partiale
counsale in the said Effamis presence opponand na thing aganis thame.
The said maister Jhonne, procuratour foirsaid, renunceit forder probatioun.
and the iugeis ordanis the saidis parteis to be warnit literatorie to heir
sentence gevin in the said actioun.
30 June 1563.
Dischargeing bonet makarris wyrking on the Hie Streit.
The prouest baillies and counsale, efter avisement with the complaynt
producit before thame be Eduerd Hvme and the remanent nychtbouris,
inhabitaris of the landis pertenyng to James Rig of Carbarrie and Andro
Murray of Blakbarony, lyand within this burgh vpoun the north syde of
the Quenis hie streit of the samyn fornent the croce, . . . vpoun James
Lawsoun, bonet makar and dekin of the said craft, bering that the said
James, havand ane fore buth vponn the forestair of the said land, causit
his seruandis to wirk thair wollin coittis and bonettis vpoun the said stair,
in sycht of the hale nobelitie and strangearris, being ane vile craft never
occupeit in sic oppin places of before, nocht onlie to the detryment of the
policie and honestie of this burgh bot to the greit hurt of the said hale
nychtbouris merchanttis nixt to the said buith, quhais hale merchandice
with thameselffis and vtheris resortand to thair buthis ar sa fylit with the
calk dust, and flokis of the saidis coittis and bonettis, that force it salbe
to thame to leif thair saidis buthis desolait, to their greit dampnage, gyf
mair haistye remeid be nocht providit. Quhilk complaynt being considerit
as said is, the prouest baillies counsale and maist pairt of dekynnis, all in
ane voce, decernys and ordanis the said James Lawsoun to desist and
ceis fra all forther vsing of his occupatioun vpoun or in sycht of the hie
streit, and siclike of hinging forth of coittis or bonnettis oure the stair
of the said buth, bot that he and all vtheris of his craft vse thair said
occupatioun in thair houssis and out places as the samyn hes bene in all
tymes past, vnder the pane of xl s. sa oft as thay salbe apprehendit doing
in the contrair.