21 July 1574.
[The provost, bailies, dean of guild, council, and deacons of crafts]
being convenit in the counsalhous thairof, and efter lang resonyng
vpoun the commoun effaires, fynding thame selues superexpendit,
thair commoun gude debtbound in greit sovmes be resoun of the laitt
trublis, and forther subiect to pay yeirlie rent for the maillis of the housis
occupeit be thair ministaris, extending yeirlie to the sovme of ane hundreth merkis or thairby, quhilk sene and considerit be the personis vnderwrittin, thay, as lufing memberis of the commoun weill foirsaid, quhais
names heirefter followis, hes avancitt and debursit, in name and behalf of
this gude tovne, and at the ernist requeist and desyr of ws the provest,
baillies, and counsall, and dekynnis foirsaidis, the particular sovmes efter
specefeit, extending to the sovme of (blank), to be bestowit and wairit
vpoun the biggin and reparing of the place in the kirk yaird of the said
burgh sumtyme pertenyng to the provest of St Gelis kirk, with the
curatis place adiacent tharito, with the yaird of the samyn and thair
landis, quhilk now, be virtu of the act of parliament and designatioun
made according to the samyn, pertenis to the ministeris and ministry of
the said burgh, quhais gude willis and liberall benefittis, bestowit for sa
gude and godlie ane cause, aucht to be rememberit, and thair sovmes
debursit to be refundit and thankfullie agane payit to thame: Thairfoir we,
the provest, baillies, dene of gild, thesaurer, counsall, and dekynin toirsaidis [grant us] to be bound and obleist, and be the tennour heiroflelely and
trewlie byndis and obleissis ws and our successouris to content and thankfully pay to the saidis debursaris, or ony of tham that thay sall appoynt
to resave the samyn, the sovme of ane hundreth merkis yeirlie ....
quhilk hundreth merkis yeirlie, during the said (blank) yeiris, being compleit, will extend together to the sovme of (blank) debursit as said is, and
that specially becaus we, the saidis provest, baillies, counsall, and dekynis
peyis instantlie the sovme of ane hundreth merkis yeirlie for the maillis of
the houssis of our mynisteris and rederis foirsaidis, quhilk, be bigging
and reparing of the mansis, houssis, and yaird abouewritten, sall releve
ws and oure commoun gude of the said sovme, and mak thame to be weill
eisit and placit in mair commodious place nor thay ar at this present....
Followis the names of the particular personis quha debursit the
sovmes efter following for reparing of the mynistaris houssis, to quhome
the tovne is debtbound. [Follow names of twenty-six persons who contributed £20 each.] Summa vc xiij lib. vj s. viij d.
Regent, bulzeoun, villa.
The baillies, counsale, and dekynis following, that ar to say...
being convenit in the counsalhous of the said burgh, it wes proponit be
the saidis baillies that yesterday thay being send for be my Lord Regenttis
Grace [to] the Abbay, his Grace in presence of the lordis of secreit counsale
he did schew vnto thame that our Souerane Lord the King wes detbound to
certaine his Hienes creditouris in the soume of xxxvijm pundis or thairby,
and gyf the burrois, and in speciall this burgh of Edingburgh, were willing
till do thair dewtie, it sould be esye to releif the said dett without thair
hurt, gyf thay wald glaidlie consent to bring sa mekle siluer to the cunzehous without compulsioun, as thay were detbound be act of parliament,
resaving thairfor the resonable price as siluer gevis at this present, and
desyrit the saidis baillies to shew this his desyre to the counsale, and
bring thair ansuer to him sa schortlie as thay micht; quhilk hard and
considderrit, the baillies and counsale, with auise of the dekynnis foresaid,
ordanis ane act to be direct chargeing the maist substantious merchantis
of this burgh to convene with thame in the counsalehous the nixt counsale day with thame, to ressoun vpoun the premissis for ansuer to be
gevin thairto, ilk persoun vnder the pane of xx sh.
The baillies and counsall ordanis Robert Cunynghame, collectour, to
allow yeirlie to James Olephant the sovme of v merkis, quhilk he payis
yeirlie furth of his hous to the kirk, ay and quhill the xxs lb. be payit to
him that he hes avancit vpoun the bigging of the ministerris hous in the
The baillies and counsall ordainis Henry Neisbet, baillie, to resave
the money avancit be the nychtbouris for the bigging of the ministeris
houssis in the kirk yaird, and to deburs the samyn vpoun the wark as
neid sall requyre.
Maisters of Wark.
The baillies and counsall nominatis and makis Jhonn Harwod and
Dauid Kynloche maisteris of wark and oursearis of the wark of the saidis
mynistaris luging, and ordanis Robert Cunynghame to releve thame quhen
neid sall requyre.
23 July 1574.
Villa, weir schip.
The baillies, counsall, and dekynnis ordanis Henry Neisbet and Alexander Vddart, baillies, at the hame cumming of the schip callit the
William, to contract with the maistouris of hir to be set furth in weirfair,
and to provyde ane bark for stopping of pyratis vpoun the coist of Ingland;
and thair chargis to be furneist and payit of the rediest of the extent of
thrie thousand markis grantit be the haill burrowis in thair last conventioun.
3 August 1574.
The gude tovne, counsall concernyng Dowle, Inglischeman.
In the actioun dependand befoir the Erle of Cathnes, the clark of
Register, and Justice-Clark, vpoun the supplicatioun producit be maister
Kyllegray, Embassadour for the Quene of Ingland, in favouris of ane Doull,
Inglischeman, aganis certan nychtbouris for the allegit spulze of the said
Doull at Lochbrome, etc., the said provest, baillies, and counsall being
requyrit be the saidis loirdis quhat was best to be done for satefeing of
the said Inglischeman, thay wryte as efter followis— Pleis your lordshipis,
according to oure promeis yisterday we convenit oure selues this
mornyng. We haif concludit it salbe mair esie for oure nychtbouris
quhilkis war allegit troublaris of Dowle, Inglischeman, to geve for cutting
away of farther troublis and interteneing of amitie, alevin scoir ten pundis
sterling money, nor to fall in proces with him befoir ony juge in Ingland,
albeit as we are surelie informit his schip and haill gudes war nocht worth
the sovme abouewrittin be far, as his awin libell will estefie, producit in
the proces intentit be him, he being at libertie befoir maister Archibald
Douglas; quhairfor it will pleis your lordshipis resave the copy authentiklie
subscryuit be Gilbert Thornetoun, wrytar. Gif my Loird Regentis Grace
and my Loird Embassadour can be satefeit with this foirsaid sovme,
deducing the money alrady be the said Doule resauit, the allegit spulzearis
and troublaris of the said Doule cum responsall and may be eselie compelit
to satefie for the samyn. This we offer your lordshipis for our counsall
with our seruice quhen ye pleis charge; et sic subscribitur, yours, etc.
The baillies and counsall of Edinburgh, subscryvit be our commoun clark at
our command; To our speciall gude loirdis the Erle of Cathnes and my
4 August 1574.
Villa, Purdye, tax.
The baillies and counsale ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to deliuer
to James Purdy, herold, the letteris for inbringing the taxt of all the townys
frome Forth north, and to gyf him the sowme of xlc merkis for his panys,
on this syde Abirdene, and xij of the pund of all the townys from
Abirdene north; and this to be payit of the radeast of the said taxt.
6 August 1574.
Villa, gyld, Scott, Kirkyaird.
The baillies and counsale ordanis William Patersoun, dene of gyld, to
close the kirk yaird, mend the wallis and dikis thairof, and to close the
passage frome Michele Scottis landis to the said kirk yaird; and Scott
protestit for remeid.
11 August 1574.
The baillies and counsall ordanis Henry Neisbet, bailie, Williame
Littill, James Ros, thesaurer, Nicolas Vddart, and Dauid Kynloche, with
Thomas Wod, wrycht, to tak ordour with Alexander Clark tuyching his
tymmer intromettit with be the gude tovne efter thair returnying
from Leith, and bestowit be thame in the gabionis for resisting of the
artelyrie furth of the castell, and as thay can aggrie with the said
Alexander to repoirt to the counsall that the said Alexander may be
satefeit for his said tymmer.
In presens of the baillies and counsall, the personis vnderwrittin, for
the satefeing of my Lord Regentis Grace desyr anent the hame bringing
of boulzeoun for relief of our Souerane Loirdis debtis, grantis and consentis
to bring hame siluer to serue his Grace purpois of the fynnes of the
Spanye ryall for xxix lib. xxviij s. vi d. or xxviiij s. or they faill, pronyding
his Grace tak the lyke ordour with the remanent burrowis of this realme
for thair help, sua it be his Grace's plessour, vizt:—William Naper [and
13 August 1574.
Craftis extent alterit.
The baillies, counsall, and dekynnis foirsaidis, efter resonyng vpoun
the supplicatioun gevin in be the dekyn of the fleschouris, bering that his
said craft war sa depauperat that that war nocht abill to pay taxationis
according to the auld rollis, and thairfoir in consideratioun of thair povertie
to tak samekill of thair auld extent of thame as thay ples and lay vpoun
vtheris quhilk war riche and mycht beir the samyn; the said complaynt
being knawin to be of veritie, the baillies, counsall, and dekynn's foirsaidis
consentis that the haill rollis of the craftis extent be changit and alterit,
the pvre to be petiet and the richar to releve thame, and heirvpoun the
said dekyn of the fleschouris askit instrumentis.
20 August 1574.
Villa, Franche writteris.
[In presence of the bailies and council,] comperit maister James
Makgyll, Clerk of Register, etc., and exponyt and declaryt that thair wes
cumming to this toun of excellent leirnyng fair writteris and expert in
the art of arithmetik, quha were willing to teche ane Franche scole, and
desyrit onlie of the gude toun ane commodius hous male fre vpoun thair
charges; quhilk hard and considerit, continewis thair ansuer to this day
Villa, Logan, Vddert.
The baillies, counsale, and dekynnis following, vizt:—Dauid Kin
loche, baxster, [etc.], vnderstanding that nowther gentill admonitioun nor
ordour of law may move Johnne Logan of Coitfeild, to desist and ceis from
the violent occupatioun and pasturing vpoun the Linkis of Leyth, being now
thair heritage, thay all in ane voce concludis, decernys, and ordanis the
said baillies to pass the morne to the saidis Linkis, takand with thame sic
nomber of the peple as thay sall think gude, and thair to prope, meath, and
merche the said Johnne Loganys bounds conforme to his awin evident,
and put inhibitioun to him of ony forther pasturing vpoun the saidis
Linkis in ony tyme heirefter, vnder the pane that may follow vpoun the
law in sic caissis; and siclik conforme to the decreit and ordinance pronuncit vltimo Julii. Ordanis the saidis baillies to rais the wall and ground
stanys biggit be Nychole Vddert vpoun the townys passage within the
toun of Leyth, as thay will ansuer vpoun thair vttermost charge.
Precept, thesaurer, Murdesoun.
The baillies and counsale, vnderstanding be Andro Murdesoun,
burges of this burgh, that he and Burthilmo Somerwale is hereit be the
Inglische pyrottis now in thair vaigage from Flandaris, fyndis gude the
said Andro ryde to Abirdene to my Lord Regenttis Grace and maister
Killingray, ambassadour, with the gude townys writingis in his fauouris, and
ordanis the thesaurer pay him his expens at his returne vpoun syt of
his compt, and the samyn salbe allowit to him.
25 August 1574.
Extent xijc li.
[The bailies, council, and deacons of craft] being convenit in the
counsale hous of this burgh, and efter avisement with the supplicatioun
producit before thame be Jhonne Adamsoun and Andro Sclater, bering
that thay at the command of the prouest, baillies, counsale, and dekynnis
in the lait troublis, the tyme of thair remanyng in the toun of Leyth, for
the defence of our Souerane Lordis actioun aganis his hienes inimeis fortifearris and withhaldaris of the toun of Edinburgh, and for the defence of
the nobilitie and thair awin personis, had listit ane band of men of weyr
vndre the charge of vmquhile Capitane Chisholme, and had debursit vpoun
thame the sowme of seven hundreth fiftye pundis, quhilk thay had
borrowit fra diuers nychtbouris quha had thair particular obligationis
thairupoun, and wes ceitand and persewand thame thairfor; and thairfor
desyrit thay mycht be relevit of the said sowme, according to the actis in
the counsale buke made be the said baillies, counsale, and dekynnis for
the tyme for thair releif as said is, quhilk supplicatioun being reid, riplie
avisit and considerrit, the baillies, counsale, and dekynnis foresaid knawing
thame detbound be thair saidis actis for the releif of the saidis personis of
the said sowme of seven hundreth fiftye pund, all in ane voce granttis,
consenttis, and ordanis that this said sowme of vije li. be joynit to the
extent of ve li granttit the penult of Julii last, makand in the hale the
sowme of tuelf hundreth fiftye pundis, and be upliftit with all deligence
possebill frome the hale nychtbouris of this burgh, for the releif of the said
Jhonne Adamsoun and Andro Sclater, and for fulfilling of the act
maid the said last of Julii as said is; and Adamsoun and Sclater askit
3 September 1574.
Villa, Frenche scole.
In presens of [the bailies, council, and deacons of craft] it
is appoinit with (blank) Frencheman, wrytar, that he sall remane
within this tovne and teiche the youth thairof the art of reding,
wryting the Frenche tvng, arithmetik and laying of compte, and he
sall haif for euery bairn in the yeir twenty-fyve shillingis, together with
twenty pundis yeirlie induring thair willis; and ordanis Alexander
Vddart to enter him and his wyfe to his hous at the New Well now occupeitt be the lady Setoun for the said maill the first terme begynnand at
The baillies and counsall ordanis proclamatioun to be maid with
sound of bell throw the tovne, that all buyth duris be steikit the tyme
of preching and prayer during the fasting dayes proclamit, vnder the
pane of aucht schillingis.
15 September 1574.
Alteratioun of the craftis extent, &c.
[The bailies, council, and deacons of crafts] efter lang resonyng
vpoun the alteratioun of the extent rollis for the pairt of the craftis, the
dekynnis foirsaidis all in ane voce consentis to the alteratioun as in the
actis of befoir, and maist humblie desyris and requeistis the baillies and
counsall foirsaidis, in the said alteratioun, to considder the craftis dekayitt,
and deduce of the auld extent according to gude conscience and lay the
samyn vpoun the craftis enrichitt, quhairat thay bynd and obleis thame to
abyde; vpoun quhais sute and ernist desyr, the saidis dekynnis being
removit, the baillies and counsall foirsaid alteris and changis thair rollis in
maner following, and ordanis euery craft to pay of euery hundreth pundis
the particular sovmes efter writtin, and this ordour to stand induring thair
willis, or quhill forther or the like occasioun serue vpoun the pouerty and
incres of the saidis craftis, viz.:—
|Skynnaris and furrouris being of auld of euery hundreth
|Now of new||xx li. xviijd.|
|Tailyouris of auld of euery hundreth pundis||xiiij li. vs. iiijd.|
|Now of new||xviij li. xviijd.|
|Baxter of auld of euery hundreth pundis||xvij li. xijs. vjd.|
|And now of new||xiij li. iijd.|
|Hammermen without alteratioun||xiij li. vs. vjd.|
|Fleschouris of auld||xiij li. ijs. iiijd.|
|And of new||ix li.|
|Cordinaris without alteratioun||vj li. xiijs. iiijd.|
|Goldsmyth of auld||iiij li. xjs. iijd.|
|And now of new||vj li.|
|Wobstaris, walkeris, and bonetmakeris without
alteration of thair rollis||liijs. iiijd.|
|Barbouris without alteratioun||iij li. xvd.|
|Wrychtis and masons of auld||vij li. ijs. ixd.|
|Of new||viij li. iijs. iiijd.|
Summa of this augmentatioun je libris quhilk is the haill craftis pairt
as the particular sovmes beris of euery hundreth pundis.
Protestatio, Danelstoun. Alteratioun of the extent.
In presens of the baillies and counsall foirsaidis, Dauid Dennielstoun,
dekyn of the goldsmythis, and Jhonn Cowper, dekyn of the tailyouris, protestit that incais be occasioun of povertie, as God forbyd, thay be movit
to seik the saidis rollis to be alterit, that the samyn be grantitt as it hes
bene to vtheris at this present, and askit instrumentis.
Villa, Dauidsoun, Raa.
In presens of the baillies and counsale, Hectour Raa, merchant
burges, becom cautioun and sourtie vnder the pane of 1c li. that
Jhonne Dauidsoun, allegit burges of Annane, nor D (blank) Dauidsoun
his sone, sall nocht vse the tred of merchandice before he be maid
burges of sum fre burgh, and the said Dauidsoun oblissis him to releif
the said Raa.
Extentouris extentit be the counsale.
It being murmurit that the extentouris of this last extent, hes partiallie extentit the nychtbouris, in extenting of thame aboue thair avale,
and setting of thame selffis within thair substance, quhilk considerris be
the baillies and counsale thay ordane the clerk to produce before thame
incontinent the extent Rollis, to the effect the samyn may be veseit and
the saidis extentouris to be set be the counsale and baillies foresaid according to the auld, and in all tymes cumming ordanis the extentouris to be
set be the baillies and counsale and nocht be thame selffis.
The baillies and counsale ordanis proclamatioun to be maid that the
iiij d. laif, weill baikin and dryit, gude and sufficient stuf, keip the pace of
xiiij vnces, and the outlandis breid xviij vnces, vnder the panys contenit
in the auld statutes; and that thair be na derrer ale sauld nor for vj d. the
pynt, vnder the said pane.
Logane, Sherefbraa, Villa.
The baillies and counsall sittand in jugement, efter resonyng with
maister Jhonn Logane, of the Sheref Bray, tuyching the wrangis done be
him in taking of ane geist of euery houpe of tymmer laid furth vpoun thair
passage betuix the brig and the said Sheref Bray, quhilk the said maister
Jhonn confest he had done; vpoun the quhilk confessioun James Ros,
thesaurer, askit instrumentis, and desyrit the said maister Jhonn to be compellit to deliuer to him ane lang geist quhilk he had taikin of the gud
tovnes tymmer, and to be detenit in waird ay and quhil he did the samyn,
and maister Jhonn Abircrummy, cautioner for the said maister Johne Logane,
consentit that the said geist sould be delyuerit, vnder protestatioun it sould
nocht preiuge the said maister Jhonn in his rycht, and the said James Ros
in the contrair, in respect it was a novalty and extortioun newly inventit
and raisit vpoun the pepill be the said maister Johne Logane alanerly, neuer
vsit of befoir to the gude tovne nor na vtheris bot tymmer rovme frielie
grantit in all tymes past to all strangeris, to geve thame occasioun mair
willinglie to resoirt to thair schoir and hawin of Leith, and the baillies
and counsall foirsaidis, efter the avysement with the allegeances of baith
the pairties, fyndis and delyueris that the said maister Johnn Logane hes
done wrang in taking of the saidis geistis, and thairfoir decernis and ordanis
him to delyuer the samyn agane to the personis awnaris thairof, and to
remaine in waird quhill the samyn be done, and farther that he sall fynd
cautioun he sall nocht do the like heirefter, vnto the tyme it be found that
he haif richt thairto, and the said maister Jhonn Abircrummy, in name of
the said maister Johnn Logane, protested for remeid.
The baillies and counsall ordanis William Patersoun, dene of gild, to
mak saitis and benkis befoir the Regentis tomb and langis the kirk wall;
and the expensis debursit thairvpoun salbe allouit in his comptes.
22 September 1574.
The prouest, baillies, and counsallis aith, &c.
The forme of the aith neulie publischit in electioun off officiaris:—I, A. B., now electit prouest, baillie, or vther officer of this burgh,
testefeis in my conscience and before God and yow heir convenit,
that I awow and profes with my hart the trew relegioun of Jhesus
Crist as the samyn is now publischet, preichit, and be law establischit
within this realme, renunceand all idolatrie, superstitioun, papisticall erroris quhastumeuer, acknawleging and avowing alsua the
richt excellent, richt heich and michty Prince James the Sext, be the
grace of God King of Scottis, for my onlie Souerane, promissing frome
this furth to perseveir in the professioun of the samyn trew relegioun, and
procuring of all thingis Godlie and reasonable tending to the advancement thairof, as alsua in pvnisching according to the lawis sua fer as to
me apertenis the wikit and vngodlie personis contempning the samyn
trew relegioun, and in like maner to keip fayth and trew allegeance to
our said Souerane Lord, quhais autoritie and seruice I sall assist and
defend at the vtmaist of my lyfe, with my body, landis, and guddis, counsale and hale power, aganis the inymeis of God and of his Maiestie being
outher strangaris [or] his Hienes vnnaturale and dissobedient subjects
quhatsumeuir: Sa help me God, etc. and sall execute justice vprytlie
but feir or fauour at the vttermaist of my power and knawlege.