2 October 1576.
The baillies and counsale, assassouris, and dekynnis being convenit for
chesing of the officiarris for the yeir to cum, my Lord Regenttis Grace
writing being presentit before thame, thay ordane the samyn to be
registrat, of the quhilk the tenour followis:—
Regens—Baillies, counsale, and dekynnis of the burgh of Edinburgh,
We greit yew weill. Forsamekle as we vnderstand that now approches the
tyme of the electioun of your officiaris, nocht douting bot ye ar of that
mynd to cheis sic qualifeit personis to haue the places in your principale
offices as ye sall think maist meit to serue oure Souerane Lord and ws
vnder his Hienes the tyme of oure regiment; and we being weill willing
rather to corrobrat nor thrall youre liberteis and gude myndes, haue
licenced and granttit, like as be thir presentis we licence and grantt yew
fre libertie to elect and chuse quhat personis ye pleis in the saidis offices
for the yeir to cum, nochtwithstanding ony act of parliament or prouisioun
that may be obiectit in the contrair anent the quhilk dispens be this present, and willis and declaris that ye sall incur na preiudice nor hurt in
your liberteis or vtherwayis thairfor in ony tyme cuming. Subscriuit
with oure hand at Dalkeyth the last day of September, the yeir of God
lmvc lxxvjyeris,—James, Regent.
George Dowglas, prouest.
Be commoun voit of the baillies, dene of gyld, thesaurer, counsale,
assassouris, and dekynnis, George Donglas of Parkheid, capitane of the
castell of Edinburgh, is chosin prouest for the yeir to cum, and his aith
taikin according to the ordour.
Abircromby, craftis, assasouris, electioun of baillies.
Robert Abircrumby, saidler, dekyn of the hammermen, for himself
and remanent deyknnis, allegit that in the actis of the burrois is na
mentioun maid that the assasour is sould haue voit in electing of officieris,
and thairfor dissasentit to thair present vottis and in all tymes cuming,
and protestit for remeid, and forther in sa fer as the roll of the names for
chesing of the baillies war diuidit in threis, and out of euery thre ane to be
baillie, protestit that that maner of chesing stude nocht for ane ordour in
tymes cuming, and that thay may be hard to resoun forther tuiching that
ordour at sic tyme as the prouest, baillies and counsale wald appoynt, and
askit instrumentis, and the baillies and counsale allegeing na thing done
in the premissis bot according to the auld ordour, fyndis na protestatioun to
be admyttit, nochttheles thay assing to the said Robert and remanent
dekynnis to be forther hard this day xv dayis vpoun thair supplicatioun,
and ansuer salbe gevin thame according to ressoun.
Statute for the craftismen auditouris.
The prouest and counsale statutis and ordanis that the tua craftismen quhilkis hes bene on the counsale the yeir past be auditouris of
the townys compttis for the yeir to cum conforme to the act of parliament, and na vtheris of the craftis, because thay onlie haue the experience
of the townys effaris the yeir of thair office.
4 October 1576.
George Douglas, of Parkheid, prouest, [the bailies and council]
ordanis the wallys of the toun to be veseit vpoun Friday nixt, and to
cause the samyn to be mendit quhair neid is.
13 October 1576.
Seill of Leyth.
The baillies and counsale ordanis charge Walter Cant to produce
before thame, the nixt counsale day, the auld seill of Leyth, and deliuer
19 October 1576.
The baillies and counsale eftir tryell takin diuers tymes of the
monyfald offenssis committit be [blank] hangman, in oppressing of the
peple for commoun tulye and for greit dettis restand awin to diuers
personis, ordanis Dustyefute to be put in his place during thair willis.
26 October 1576.
Villa, craftis, hangman.
James Young and Jhonne Wilkye, skynner, allegeand na officer sould
be changet or chosin of new without avise of the dekynnis, and thairfor
desyrit the saidis dekynnis to be hard and have voce in chesing of the
hangman; and the provest, baillies, and counsall foirsaid fynding thay may
impute and it onlie does appartie to thame to output officeris for thair
deseruing for breking of the statutes maid be thame for the commoun
weill, and as of befoir dischargis the auld hangman for his offences
quhairof he is convict, and this new hangman, callit Dustefute, to haif his
place with all fies and dewties perteining to him during thair willis; and
James Young and Jhone Wilky, craftismen vpoun the counsall, disassents
and protestit for remeid.
15 November 1576.
Commoun seill of Leith.
Walter Cant, sumtyme baillie of Leith, vnder the prouest and baillies
foirsaidis, delyueris to Alexander Guthre, thair commoun clark, the auld
commoun seill of Leith, and askit instrumentis.
22 November 1576.
[Ale to be sold not dearer than 5d. the pint.]
24 November 1576.
Villa, Leith, prymegiltt.
Comperit maister Dauid Lyndesay, minister in Leith, John Littill
and maister Alexander Coustoun, baillies thair, Lourence Neilson, George
Pady, George Kar, Dauid Duff, kirk maisteris in the said tovne of Leith,
and presentit thair supplicatioun bering that the dewtie callit the prymegiltt, quhilk was gevin be the liberalitie of merchantis, hes vene in all
tymes past vplifted and spent be the marinaris in vane and wicked vses,
quhilkis marinaris now persuaded be godis wourd, granted and consented
that the said dewtie in all tymes cuming suld be spendit and bestowit
vpoun the reparatioun and vphald of the kirk of Leith and hospitall
thairof, and support of the pure; quhairfoir thay humblie desyrit that
the provest, baillies, and counsall of this burgh wald geve thair consent
and interpone thair autoritie thairto, and that the rather becaus the samyn
was converted to gude and godlie vses, quhilk thay granted, provyding
alwayes that yeirlie compte be maid of the said prymegilt, and twa of the
counsall of this burgh to be auditouris thairof, and heirvpoun the said
minister, baillies, and kirk maisteris, askit instrumentis.
11 December 1576.
Statuta consilii, ordour in the counsalhous.
The provest [bailies and council] statutis and ordanis that in all
tymes cuming vpoun the council dayes the haill counsall convene in the
counsalhous at the hour of ten befoir none, vnder the payne of poynding
for the vnlawis contenit in the auld actis, and that na billis be red befoir
the commoun caussis be resonit and concluded, becaus of the disordour in
resoning ordanis nane to speik bot ane at anys, and ane vther to tak the
argument, and the purpois being sufficiently resonit, in absence of the
provest, the baillie for that oulk to be moderator and to command silence
according to his discretioun; and this ordinance to be obseruit without
particular commvning, vnder the payne of thre schillingis to be taikin of
ilk person that dois in the contrair, to be aplyit to be pure sa oft as
14 December 1576.
[Ordained that wine be sold not dearer than three shillings the pint.]
24 December 1576.
The baillies and counsall and maist pairt of the merchantis ordanis
Alexander Guthre, dene of gild, Adame Foullerton [and five others] and
dyueris vtheris of the merchantis, as thay sall think gude, to pas the morn
and reson with my Lord Regentis Grace concerning the staipill menit to
be transported to Bruges, and to repoirt ansuer the nixt counsall day.