Extracts From the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh.
13 November 1573.
Drummond, gild seriand, deposit.; Smyth, gild seriand, admittit.
Alexander Vddert, Henry Nisbet, and Symoun Marioribankis,
baillies William Lytill, [and ten others,] of the counsale, and James
Ros, thesaurer, efter avisement with the supplicatioun gevin in before
thame be Robert Drummond, gyld officer, granting him to be penitent for
the creuall striking of his wyffe to the effusioun of hir blude, and all vther
offenssis committit be him to thair lordshipis and all vtheris, and to be
in thair willis thairfor, being put to libertie furth of waird, fyndis and
deliueris that the said Robert salbe put to libertie, and becaus of his lang
wikitnes and monyfald offenssis committit be him, and oft tymis pardonit,
na amendment following, thay all in ane voce depose and dischargis the
said Robert Drummond of all offices, feis, and dewiteis he hes had of thame
or of the kirk in ony tyme past, and resauis and admyttis in his place Jhonne
Smyth, cramer, as thair gild and kirk seriand, and ordanis the thesaurer
to ansuer him of the feis and dewiteis wsit and wont, quhilk salbe allouit
in his compttis.
The baillies and counsale granttis licence to Robert Mowbray in
Leyth, with his wyf, bairnys, and familie, to remane and duell, because of
his wyffis greit seiknes, in the said toun of Leyth quhill Witsounday nixt,
and the said Robert actis himself, vnder the pane of je merkis, to cum and
duell in this toun at the said feist of Wytsounday, and in the meantyme
to taxt and stent with the gude toun vnder the pane foresaid.
Ros, thesaurer, villa, thesaurer.
The baillies and counsale foresaid ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, with
all deligence possebill, to dampt and hald in the North Loch to the hieast
clouse, to eik, mend, and repair the mettis and messouris of the toun and
of Leith, to inquyer for the auld and mak new, to repair and mend the
wyndois at the laich tolbuith, and glas, breddis and saittis, and all vther
necessars; and the samyn salbe allowit in his compttis.
17 November 1573.
The baillies and counsale hes statute and ordanit that the iiij d. lait
be weill baikin and dryit, gude and sufficient stuf, wey and keip the pace
of xiij vnce, and that in rispect the quheit is sauld of iij lib. the boll.
25 November 1573.
Villa, schoir, etc.
[The bailies, councillors, dean of guild, treasurer and deacons of
crafts,] efter lang resonyng vpoun the forther reparing and completing of
the schoir and bulwark, vnderstanding the gift grantit to thame be oure
Soveraine Lord for vplifting of certane of every x last of gudes, to that
effect to ryn furth and tak end the saxt of December next, fyndis gude,
and all in ane voce consentis maist ernistly to desyer and requeist my
Lord Regentis Grace for renewing of the said gift for vther thrie yeiris
next efter the said saxt of December, and concludis and ordanis that only
the contributioun and takis to be lifted of the saidis schippis to be wairit
vpoun the reparing of the said bulwark and schoir, and nane of thair
commoun gude to be wairit thairvpoun, with certificatioun to thair successouris that gif thay at ony tyme heirefter ordane the commoun gude
to be disponit to that effect, na allowance salbe thairof, bot the disponaris,
for releve of the said commoun gude, salbe haldin to pay the samyn of
thair awin proper gudes.
The baillies, counsall, and dekynnis, vnderstanding the greit danger
that all our Souerane Loirdis lieges are intill havand remanyng passage or
resoirting in the commoun passage of the Overbow, be the ruynous and
decayit gallery of Jhonne Lawsoun of Hieriggis at the nethir end of his
greit biging, ordanis officiaris as of befoir to charge him with all diligence possible to tak doun the same, sua that the Kingis lieges be
hairmeles thairof, with certificatioun, and geve he failye within xlviij
houris nixt efter his chairge, that nocht onlie for the recompance of the
damynage that salhappin salbe askit and requyrit at his hand, but alsua
the said hous salbe taikin doun vpoun his double expenssis, becaus he hes
bene oft tymes chairgit heirto of befoir and refusit; and siclike to charge
him within the said space to remove and tak away his houssis quhilk he is
now biggand vpoun the tovnes commoun passage outwith the West Poirt
foirnent his sclait barn, vnder the pane foirsaid and for the cause abouementionat.
Villa, Hairt, Canogait.
John Hairt in the Canogait, being callit and accusit be James Ros,
thesaurer, for the blasphemous and evill wordis spoken of the juges and
nychtouris of this burgh, confest and grantit that the tovne of Edinburg had left thair tovne thryse, and that it was ane meschant deid to
leve thair tovne as thay did, bot he spak it nocht of evill mynde to haif
bene careit to the counsale, and Alexander Vddart, baillie, protestit for
remeid quhen tyme sould serue, and askit instrumentis of the said Jhonis
The baillies and counsall ordanis maister Jhonn Prestoun, maister
Michaell Chisholme, and Adame Foullartoun, to assist Robert Cuninghame
in collecting of the annuelis, and ordouring of his comptes and inbringing
of the sovmes restand for the ministrie.
The baillies and counsale ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, with all dili
gence possible to dam and had in the North Locht to the vmest hous, to
repair the windois in the heche and laicht tolbuyth and clarkis chalmer, to
by ane chymna for the laich counsalhous, to furneis stringis, yrne wark,
and vther necessaris to the over trone, to repair and mend the metis and
mesoures of this tovne and Leyth, and to set vp ane stoup in the fischemercat for joggis; and the expensis to be debursit be him thairvpoun salbe
allowit in his comptis.
2 December 1573.
[The bailies, councillors, treasurer, and dean of guild] statutis and
ordanis that in all tymes heirefter, euerye yeir vpoun Mertymes evin,
quhen the commoun gude of the toun salbe rouppit, the possessouris and
occupearris of the townys aikerris sal be callit be the rentell buke, pay
thair dewtie, and be inquyrit gyf thair kyllis and barnys be biggit gude
and sufficient, and gyf thay have maid the commoun mylnis the year
before worth fyve pund of multer according to the acts maid thairvpoun
and thair infeftmentis, and quha that enteris nocht to satifie the gude toun
and fermoraris of thair dewteis to be callit the nixt law day to heir thame
be decernit to haue tynt thair rycht of the saidis aikerris, and this act to
be obseruit in all tymes cuming.
My Lord Lindesay, prouest, baillies, dene of gild, counsale and
dekynnis of craftis settis to maister William Balfoure in Leyth the Links
of Leyth and thair West Linkis betuix Sanct Nycholace chapell and
Weirdy Brow, for the space of thre yeris nixt efter the feist of Mertymes
last, payand thairfor yeirlie xxv merkis.
11 December 1573.
In presens of the provest, baillies, and counsall, comperit maister
James Quhyte, prebendar of Coristorphin, and desyrit the sovme of four
scoir pundis acclamit of thame be Robert Douglas, provest of Coristorphin,
as the pensioun awand be the gude tovne to the College and Convent of
Coristorphin, in respect the samyn, as the said maister James allegit, was
awand to him and the remanent prebendaris.
Statuta, scheip skynis.
Lyndesay, provest, [bailies, council, etc.] com
perit James Inglis [and three others], haifing commissoun and taking the
bourding on thame for the remanent merchantis of this burgh, and producit the supplication following, bering that of laitt it was cum to thair
knawlege, from thair factouris and vtheris in Flanderis, that the haill
scheip skynnis, transportit furth of this realm, did want, be the subtilitie
and falset of the fleschouris, the quarter of ane skyn with the woll cuttit
round about the nek and sua forduart to the birsynet, the ox and cow
hyde so cuttit and carteylit (?) as an greit parit thair of did laik, quhilk falset,
knawin in the pairtis foirsaidis, did engender and rais sic schamefull brute
as did redound to the infamy of the haill natioun, and siclike that the
saidis fleschouris, be thair subtilitie and craft, did cutt, steill, and tak
away from euery carkache of beif presentit to the mercat almaist half
quarter of flesche, to the greit hurt of our Soueraine Lordis liegis,
quhairfor thay, for thame-selves and the name of the remanent merchantis as said is, desyrit thair loirdshipis to fynd sic remeid as mycht
cutt away sic fraudfill schiftis, the schame and sclander, laid vpoun the
haill natioun thairthrouch, as at mair lenth is contenit in the said supplicatioun; quhilk sene and considerit, the said provest, baillies, and
counsall, and thairwith being rypelie avysitt, the dekyn and brether of
the fleschouris craft being befoir thaime incallit and accuse of the falset
and crymes abouewrittin, and be tham vtterlie denyit, and for remeid in
tymes cuming the said provest, baillies, and counsall causit be red vnto
thame the act of parliament maid be our Souerane Lordis mother, off the
quhilk the tenour followis:- Item, it is statute and ordanit be our Souerane
Lady, with the awyse of the thrie Estaitis, that all beif and muttoun,
veil, and lyke bestiall, slane to landwairt and burgh, or presentit to frie
burrowis or frie mercatis, bring with thame in al tymes cuming thair
hydis, skyn, and birn, vnder the pain of confiscatioun and escheting
of siclike bestiall and gudis as wantis the said hyde, skyn, and birn,
to be applyit to our Souerane Ladies vse. Quhilk act red and intymeit
to the said dekyn of fleschouris, thay ordane him to intymeit and
declair to the remanent haill fleschouris of this burgh, commanding
and charging thame to obserue and keip the samyn in all poyntis,
and to desist and ceis fra all sic falsett in tymes cumying as is abouewrittin, vnder the paynis of tynsall of thair fredomes and banesching
this burgh and libertie thairof, induring the saidis provest, baillies,
and counsallis will, and for forther remeid spying and trying of the
said falsett they nominat and gevis as cersouris thairof [blank]
induring thair willis, and ordanis the saidis merchantis to geve to the
saidis cerchouris vj d. for the scoir of skynnis that is to be bocht be
thame, and that the saidis skynnis be bocht be the awyse of the saidis
cersouris, to the quilk cersouris it is ordanit that the copy of this
present statute be delyuerit to be intymat and red to the saidis
fleschouris, to the effect thay allege or pretend no ignorance thairof
in tymes cumying.
16 December 1573.
Lord Lindesay, provost, mills.
The baillies and counsale foresaid, togidder with the hale dekynnis
of craftis following, taiking the burding vpoun thame for the communitie, that ar to say [here follow names of deacons], declaris that
ane noble lord Patrick Lord Lindesay of the Byris, now prouest of
Edinburgh, acceptit the said office of prouestrie vpoun him be thair
ardent sute and desyre, and that be the acceptatioun thairof throw
ony act or deid that he hes done or heirefter sal do as prouest in
the common effaris of the said burgh, be rouping of the mylnis thairof,
be subscriuing of letter of tak of the sevin mylnis, callit the commoun
mylnis, to Nycholace Vddert or ony vtheris, or be assignatioun of the
yeirlie deutie of the saidis mylnis to the said Nycholace or ony vtheris,
for quhatsumeuir yeir that the samyn dedis, actis, and subscriptioun
done or to be done be the said prouest during the tyme of his office
of prouestrie, sall in nawyse hurt or preiug the said noble lord nor
his air in quhatsumeuir richt, tytill, entres, or profittis, quhilk the
said lord effermes and pretendis him to haue of tua of the sevin
commoun mylnis, to wyt, of tua of the commoun mylnis lyand vpoun
the north syde of the brig of the Watter of Leith.
[Of this date there is recorded a contract between the Town Council
and Nicholas Uddart, burges of Edinburgh, whereby the council] having
consideratioun of the greit sovmes of money debursit be the said Nicholas
in the avancing and furthsetting of the effaires of the said gude tovne at
all tymes, and speciallie the tyme of the last troublis quhen thay war exilit
furth of the said gude tovne and alluterlie secludit fra the vptaking of the
maillis, fermis, and dewties pertenyng to the samyn, and neuertheles in
the menetyme being subiect to greit chargis, the quhilk the said Nicholas
outred and avancit vpoun his awin expenssis, and now willing him thairfoir to be recompansit of the expenssis, and skaythis sustenit be him, and
als for the causis efter specefeit, hes set in tak and assedatioun to the
said Nicolas, his airis and assignayis, the sevin commoun mylnis Iyand
vpoun the Watter of Leyth pertenying to the said gude tovne in heretage,
with the haill multeris, suckin, knaveschip, proffeitis, deuties, previleges,
commodities or vtheris esiamentis or casualities quhatsumeuer pertenying,
or that heirefter ony wayis mycht pertene, vnto the samyn, [and that
without payment of any duty to the town].
In presens of the baillies and counsall, comperit the pairties vnderwritten and desyrit this contract to be insert in thair bukis of counsall, off
the quhilk the tenour followes:— At Edinburgh, the penult day of
October, the yeir of God jmvelxxiij yeris, it is appointit, agreit, and
fynaly endit betwix the richt honorabill the provest, baillies, counsall, and
dekynnis of the said burgh, representand the communite of the samyn,
and taking the bourding vpon thame for the provest, baillies, counsall, and
communite of the said burgh thair successouris in this case in tymes
cuming, on that ane pairt, and maister James Lowsoun, thair principall
minister, on that vther pairt, in maner following, that is to say: forsamekill as the provost, baillies, counsall and communite forsaid, vnderstanding
thamselves to be debtbond and obleist be thair act of counsall of the
dait the sevint of November the yeir of God jmvelxxij yeris, to cause
cautioun yeirlie be found to thair said minister for payment to him of the
sovme of four hundredth merkis money of this realme as for his yeirlie
stepend induring his ministrie with thame, and thairfoir be this present
causes and hes causit Archibald Stewart, Alexander Vddart, Henry
Nesbet and Symoun Mariorebankis, baillies of the said burgh, fra this
instant yeir vnto the fyft of October the yeir of God jmvelx fourtene
yeirs, becum actit, lyke as the saides baillies of thair awin consent and fre
willis actis thame selves, coniunctlie and severalie, renunceand the
benefite of diuisioun, to content and pay to the said minister the sovme
of four hundreth merkis, quharof the ane half at Yule nixttocum, the
other half at the feist of Lambes nixt thairefter in the yeir of God
jmvelxxiiij yeris as said is, and that for his stepend of the said yeir as
is above-written. And for the yeris following the said etc. lxxiiij yeris,
the said provest, baillies, counsall, and dekynnis byndis and oblesis thame
selves and thair successouris yeirlie to caus the four baillies that salhappin
to occupy the office and place of baillierie during the tyme of their offices,
to be actit, bound, and obleist, to the said maister James for full payment
to him yeirlie of the said sovme of iiijemerkis sa lang as he remanis thair
minister, singill and vnmareit, and quhen it sal pleis him to mary, for
euery yeir thairefter to cause the saidis baillies and thair successouris to
be actit, bound, and obleist, to mak him gude and thankfull payment of the
sovme of sax hundreth merkis yeirlie during the time foresaid: For the
quhilk cause the said maister James, principall minister, byndis and
oblesis him to mak his residence and remanyng within the said burgh,
and nocht to depairt furth of the samyn to remane ony lang tyme without
the knawlege of the said provest, baillies, and counsall, and thair licence
had and obtenit thairto, sua that the kirk be nocht desolat of preching,
ministre, and otheris godlie exercises requisit.
25 December 1573.
[Of this date, an act was passed ordaining the "dekyn of baxteris to keip the
pace of xvij vnces for vj d., and to resaue new pace on Mononday nixt."]
30 December 1573.
The baillies and counsall ordanis proclamatioun to be maid throughout
the tovne be sound of bell, charging all nychtbouris that hes ony choppis
ontuith thair foirlandis to tak doun the samyn betuix and Witsonday nixt,
failling than thay salbe tane doun vpoun their double expenssis.