4 January 1575-6.
Iustice airis, nychtbouris.
The baillies and counsale ordanis maister Mychaell Chisholme, Robert
Kar, Jhonne Arnot, baillies, James Young, dekyn of the smythis, and Jhonne
Murdo, dekin of the tailyeouris, and Gilbert Prymros to pas the morne to my
Lord Regenttis Grace and ressoun with him concernyng the iustice airis
and nychtbouris of this burgh, and report his Graces ansuer the morne.
14 January 1575-6.
[The bailies, council, and deacons of craft] efter avisement with the
suplicatioun producet befor thame be Jhonne Dury, ane of thair ministerris,
bering that he had onlie of thair wisdomes the sowme of tua hundreth
merkis yeirlie for his stipend, sustenyng of his houshald and familie, and
vtheris charges, quhairwith he could haue bene content gyf victuellis and
his vther necessaris had bene of reasonable prices, and thairfore besocht
thair wysdomes to considder the yeirlie incres of his bairnys and familie,
the exhorbitantt darth of victuellis and all vther necessaris, and in rispect
thair of to augment his said stipend efter thair gude will and plesour;
quhilk supplicatioun, red and considerit, thay fynd that all thyngis neidfull for the sustentatioun of man ar cum to sa hie prices that the said
Jhonne is nocht abile to haue sufficient lyfe vpoun the said sowme of tua
hundreth merkis; quhairfore thay eik thairto yeirlie the sowme of ane
hundreth, makand of the hale in the yeir thre hundreth merkis, quhilk
thay ordane the collectouris, present and to cum, to deliuer to the said
Jhonne Dury of the radeast of the annuellis and collectioun appoyntit for
the ministrie. And the samyn sall be allowit in his compttis, produce and
the said Jhonnis acquittance vpoun the ressait thairof, and this to indure
during thair willis.
14 January 1575-6.
Regent, villa, Airris.
The baillies and counsall ordanis maister Michaell Chesholme [and
five others] to pas the morne to my Lord Regentis Grace, and in name and
behalf of the provest, baillies, counsall and communitie, to travell with his
Grace for discharge or continuation of the iustice air, and to repoirt his
ansueir the morn.
28 January 1575-6.
The [bailies and council], vnderstanding the ministeris to want thair
stipend sen Yule past, and knawing thame selffis detbound thairfor, thay
ordane the rollis of the commoun collectioun to be veseit, the samyn to be
agmentit be the names of sic as ar laitlie maid burgessis, and sic as are
departit to be put furth of the said rollis, and that sum discreit men be
send to the merchanttis, scribis, and lawaris, for inbringing of the said
11 February 1575-6.
The baillies, counsale, and dekynnis foresaid, vnderstanding Jhonn
Cairnys, reder, in the reparaling and biging of his hous within the ministerris lugeing, and to be detbound to diuers creditouris in the sowme of fowre
score fiftene pundis xij s. xj. d., thairfor quha callis and persewis him in
the law for the samyn, quhilk is nocht thair honestie to suffer, the said
hous being thair awin: quhairfor, thay ordane James Adamsoun, dene of
gild, to deliuer to the said Jhonne Cairnys the foresaid sowme of fowre
score fiftene pund xij s. xj d.; and the same sal be allowit in his compttis,
produce and the said Jhonis acquittance for his warrand.
17 February 1575-6.
Villa, Regent, Air.
The baillies, counsale and dekynnis ordanis maister Mychaell Chisholme [and four others], dekynnis, to pas the morne be vij houris in the
mornyng to my Lord Regenttis Grace, and conforme to the myndis of the
counsale and dekynnis, schew him thair ansuer of new to his Graces
articlis, and craif the continuance of the air, etc., and report his Graces
24 February 1575-6.
The baillies and counsale dischargis maister George Hacquet, conseruitour, of the custome of the merchandice in his coffer, brocht furth of
Flandaris with him self, because he was writtin for be the hale commissaris of burrois, and notwithstanding his office, in his awin presens,
decretis and deliueris that he is subject to custome as ane vnfreman sa
lang as he hes his remanyng furth of the realme, and in speciall for sic
wairis as he sall send to be sauld in the samyn.
Regent, villa, Air.
The baillies and counsale ordanis maister Mychaell Chisholme, Jhonn
Arnot, Robert Kar, baillies, and Gilbert Prymros of the counsale, to pas
the morne to Dalkeyth to my Lord Regenttis Grace, to requeist for continuatioun of the airis, and his Grace continewit to Octobert nixt.
6 March 1575-6.
Counsallouris of new.
The baillies and counsall having certan materis in hand concerning
the commoun weill quhilkis gudelie culd nocht be decydit without the full
nomber of thair counsall, and becaus Andrew Sclaitter and [blank]
war absent, thay chuse and electis in thair places, during the tyme of
thair absence, Eduard Littill and Robert Cunninghame, gevand to thame
powar to elect and voit as the vtheris.
23 March 1575-6.
Fleschouris, fische mercat.
The baillies and counsale vnderstanding the greit oppressioun committit be the fleschouris vpoun oure Souerane Lordis lieges now in this
tyme of lentrone, in braiking of kylling and vther greit fische, regratit
and forestallit be the multitude of the saidis fleschouris, quhairfor thay
statute and ordane that fra this day furth thair be na kylling brokin in
mercat or vtouth bot be fremen, and thay exceid nocht the nomber of
viij stokis for quhome the dekin sall be haldin to ansuer, and that nowther
fre nor vnfremen pas furth of the toun to by fische in greit, nor to forstall the mercat, vnder the pane of escheit of all sic fisches as sall be
apprehendit in thair possessioun; and siclike that na vnfreman fleschour
nor vtheris be found in the mercat braiking or selling fische, vnder the
pane of bannessing the toun, induring the baillies and counsallis willis;
and this act till indure quhill forder ordour be prouidit.
Villa, thesaurer, schore.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Mongow Russell, thesaurer, with all
deligence posseble to lay in lyme and vther materiallis necessar for
mending and biging of the schore of Leyth.
28 March 1576.
Villa, myllis, maltmen, Lowry, Donaldsoun.
The baillies and counsale, efter lang ressonyng vpoun the commoun
efferris, fyndis that all burgessis within this burgh hes evir bene, ar, and
sould be, thyrlit to the commoun mylnis, grynd thair quheit, malt, and
vther cornys at the samyn, pay thair gyrst, and multer to the fermariris or
thesaurer of the gude toun for the tyme, vnder the pane of tynsale of
thair fredomes, and knawing Jhonne Lowrye, vtouth the West Port, and
James Donaldsoun, maltmen, to be thair burgessis and subiect to taxt and
stent and all vther portable charges, ordanis thame to grynd thair malt
and vtheris cornys at the saidis mylnis, pay thair gyrst and multer as
vtheris fre burgessis dois, vnder the pane of escheting of thair stufe,
quhair the samyn may be apprehendit passand to vthers mylnis, and tynsale of thair fredome, but fauouris, conforme to the auld actis of this
burgh euir obseruit in sic caissis.
30 March 1576.
Precept, thesaurer, bancatt.
The baillies and counsale ordanis Mongow Russell, thesaurer, to pay
and deliuer to Jonet Tod the sowme of tuenty merkis for the banket maid
at thair command to the hale commissaris of burrois efter the completing
of the extent of the bulzeoun.
In presens of the baillies and counsale, comperit the richt honorable
maister James M'Gill, clerk of Register, and maister Dauid Borthuik,
oure Souerane Lordis aduocat, sent frome my Lord Regenttis Grace, and
declarit that the Bourdeaux wynis latlie brocht hame being bocht frome
the merchant for lx lib. the ton, and sauld for xxx d. the pynt, the Rochell
and Cherane wynis sauld for xxvj d. the pynt, that his Grace could be
content thairwith, the saidis prices being keipit and na hiear.