6 January 1577–8.
The prouest, baillies, and counsale assignis Wadnisday nixt to gyf
ansuer to the dekynis desyris tuiching thair gilderis.
15 January 1577–8.
Townys euidenttis to be put in charterhous.
The prouest, baillies, and counsale ordanis Alexander Guthre and
Alexander King to gadder the townys euidenttis quhilk thay haue in thair
handis, and pit thame in the townys charterhous, and ordanis Robert
Kar, Henry Chardis, baillies, Jhonne Arnot, and maister Jhonne Prestoun,
to be present at the inputting of thame in the said charterhous, and that
nane heirefter be taikin furth of the said charterhous without ane speciall
ordinance of the counsale laide in the chartour almery subscriuit with the
29 January 1577–8.
The prouest [bailies, and deacons of crafts] being convenit in the
counsalhous of this burgh, fyndis and deliueris that James Ros, thesaurer,
with all deligence possebill cause big the Hie Scole in the Blakfreir kyrk
yaird, as place maist commodeous, and ordanis maister Jhonne Prestoun,
William Lytill, James Ros, and Jhonne Robertsoun, baillie, and Dauid
Kinloch, to tak the avise of the maist perfyte craftismen masonis and
wrychtis to the situatioun and biging of the said scole.
16 February 1577–8.
Maisterris of hospitale.
William Lytill and Jhonne Harwod ar chosin maisterris of the
hospitale quhill Mychaelmes nixt, and they haue gevin their aithis for
deligent cura and laubouris to be taikin thairupoun, bayth for the pure and
caussis concernying the said hospitale to the said day.
Proclamation to remove the myddyngis.
The baillies and counsale ordainis James Ros, thesaurer, with all
deligence possebell to begyn found and big the Hie Scole in the maist
commodeous place within the Blakfreir kirk yaird and be sa deligent
thairupoun that the samyn be compleit bigit for resaving of the youth
betuix and Witsounday nixt, and that proclamatioun be maid be
sound of bell through the toun that all myddingis within the
said kirk yaird be removat betuix and this day viij dayis, vnder the pane
of xviij s.
7 March 1577–8.
The provest, baillies, and counsall ordanis fra this day furth ane
nychtlie watche to be sett of lx men induring thair willis, and to convene
euery nicht in the nether tolbuyth be aucht houris at evin, and watche
quhill sax in the morning.
13 March 1577–8.
The baillies and counsale concludis and ordanis that the prouest,
Alexander Vddert, Robert Kar, baillies, and Jhonne Arnot of the counsale,
pas to my Lord Regenttis Grace lugeing in Robert Gourlayis hous and
schew him the Kingis Grace writing direct to the toun; quhilk schewin to
his Grace he thankfullie resauit the samyn and willyt thame likewes to be
The baillies and counsale ordanis that the Grayfreris, the Kirk of Feild,
and Cowgait port be closyt togidder with the Watter yet and the keys
thairof to be deliuerit to the saidis baillies, and to condampt the Watter
yet and Grayfreir portt.
14 March 1577–8.
Men of weir.
The baillies and counsall ordanis proclamatioun to be maid throw
Edinburgh and Leith discharging all men of weir raisit, and that nane be
raisit nor tak waiges heirefter bot sic as sall haif the Kingis speciall licence,
vnder the payne of deid.
Kingis writingis to be registrat.
The baillies and counsall ordanis all the Kingis Maiesties wrytingis
send or to be sent to be kepit and registrat in the counsall buke, with the
proclamatioun discharging the wplifting of ony men of weir.
The Kingis letter.
Rex. Prowest, baillies, and counsaile off oure burgh off Edinburgh, we
greitt yow weill. Forsamekill as we ar surelie informit that thair is cumpaneis
off men off war lewiat within oure said burgh, and a greater nomer to be
The Kingis letter.
wplifted wpoun quhat occasioun we can nocht weill wnderstand, quhilk
we altogidder mislyk; quhairfoir it is oure will that ye dischairge the said
cumpaneis samony as ar wpliftet, as alsua sic as ar to be wptaikin, within
oure said burgh, as ye will declair your obedience and thankful service to
ws; and that in tyme cummyng ye permitt na men off war to be wptaikin
except ye resaue oure handwrytt and chairge thairupone, and that with
sic possibill expeditioun as may be ye direct foure of yowr principall baillies
to repair heir towardis ws for sic thingis as we sall gif them to wnderstand
at meting. Sua fair ye weill. At oure castell of Striueling the aucht day
off Marche 1577.
We desyir yow to tak gude attendance that yowr town be nocht
suppresit, as ye will ansuer to ws. James R.
The Kingis wrytting.
Traist Freindis, We greit yow weill. Forsamekill as we haue conferrit
with yowr commissioneris quhairby we wnderstand youre guid will and
promptitude to oure seruice now as in tymes past, and hoipis ye will continew thairin, quhilk we sall nocht foryet as occasioun beis offerit, and
desyris yowe in the meiantyme to hawe yowr forces haill in thair best and
substantius maner in rediness to resaue oure farther plesour; and that
ye suffer nor permit na men of weir to be leweat within youre boundis and
fredome, nor serue na man without oure speciall wairand givin yow thairupoun; and quhen as we sall send oure wtheris lettres to be proclamit at
the mercat croce of that oure burgh that ye se and caus the same be
dewlie execut, as ye sal be requerit be the officiar berar thairof; and siclyke
that ye permit na proclamatioun to be maid within your said fredome bot
sic as beis subscryuit with oure hand, as ye sall ansuer on youre obedience
and repoirte oure thankis. Sa committis yow to God. At oure castell of
Striueling the xj of Marche 1577. James R.
Proclamatio discharging the Erle Mortonis men of weyr.
At Edinburgh the xiij of Marche 1577–8. I command and charge
in oure Souerane Lord the Kingis name, and in name and behalf of
my Lord Prowest and Baillies off this Burgh, that na maner of persoun tak upoun hand to lift ony men off weir or suddartis within the
fredome off this Burgh or boundis thairof; and siclyk that na subiect
or wtheris within this realme tak upoun hand to resaue ony wages
or serue in maner of weir without oure said Souverane Lord the Kingis
Grace speciall license haid and obtenit thairto for thair wairand, wnder
the pane of deid. And siclyk that all and syndrie the inhabitantis of this
Burgh be weill furneist and in radynes with fensibill armour and wappinis
to serue oure said Souerane Lord the Kingis Maiestie wpoun thair first
lauchfull warnying thairto, as thai will ansuer wpoun thair wttermaist
The Kingis wrytting.
Baillies, counsale, and diaconis off craiftis and communitie off oure
Burgh off Edinbyrgh, we greit yew hertlie weill. Having sa gude promissis
of your trew and affectionat seruice att all tymes, and mainelie now sen
our acceptatioun of the gouerment of oure realme in our awin persoun
that ye haue nocht sparit your awin lyffis in the defence of our autoritie
and keiping off yowr toun att our obedience, we rander now youe our
harty thankis theirfoir, requyring youe effectouslie to continew as ye haue
weill and worthelie begwne. We haue deliberat be aduys off oure counsaile
and nobilite present our traist cousingis the Lord Ruthwen, oure thesaurer,
and the Lord Lyndsay, with full commission and autoritie in oure name to
do and sett furthward all thing that salbe meitt for the furtherance off oure
seruice and gouernyng and sawetie of youre towne and your selffis, wnto
sic tyme as ye haue bettir and mair peaceable nychtbourheid. And thus
remitting the farther declaratioun of oure mynd to thair credite and
sufficiency, we committ yow to God. At our Castell off Striuelling the
xix day of Marche, 1577. James R.
The Kingis wrytting.
Traist freindis, we greit yow weill. We haue hard asweill be repoirt
of this berare, maister Robert Creichtoun, oure aduocat, as off syndrie
wtheris, quhat gryt trawellis and guid seruice ye haue laitlie done
thair, mekill to oure reiosing, estemyng the continewance of yowr guide
will als precious to ws as your bypast seruice continewallie sen oure birth
hes bene proffitabill, for the quhilk as we rander wnto yow oure maist hairtlie
thankis, sa lak we na guid will to gratifie yow in onything quhairin we
may schaw yow plesour; as forder of oure guid mynd towardis yow, the
lordis of oure Prewy Counsale quhilk we haue appointit to be with yow
the aucht day off Appryle nixt will declair; quhome we haue lykwayis
appointet to joyne wyth yow in all thingis may be to yowr ease; as forder
this berir sal declair quhome ye sall credite. And sua for the present we
committ yow in the protectioun of God. From oure castell off Striueling,
the xxviij day of Marche 1578. James R.
16 March 1577–8.
The baillies and counsale ordanis during the tyme of this wache
James Nychole, Mongew Russell, and Robert Galbrayth, to tak the charge
of Jhonne Robertsoun, and the peple to obbey thame, siclike James
Adamsoun, Henry Nysbet and William Naper to support Henry Charteris,
siclike William Lytill and Symoun Marioribankis and Jhonne Moryne to
support Robert Kar, baillie, siclike Robert Kar, elder, maister Mychaell
Chisholme, and Nychole Vddert, to support Alexander Vddert, and this
ordoure to indure quhill forther ordour be taikin at the lordis of secreit
counsalis cuming to this toun.
The baillies and counsale ordanis officiaris to pass through all the
quarteris of the toun and charge all sic as vssis hostellerrit lugeing or
stabling that thay nychtlie aduertice the baillies of thair quarteris of sic as
thay resaue in lugeing or stabling, and of thair nomber, as thay will ansuer
vpoun thair vtermast charge.
19 March 1577–8.
The baillies and counsale ordanis maister Jhonne Prestoun, maister
Jhonne Marioribankis, James Guthre, and Dauid Damelstoun to convene
the morne, at vij houris in the counsall hous, to tak ordour for the sturdy
beggerris and lipper folkis.
28 March 1578.
Beggaris, Precept, Ros.
The baillies and counsale ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to put on
lokis and durris vpoun the low voltis or Dingwallis hous in the college,
to be pressoun hous for the outlandis strang beggaris and thay to be
keipit thair vpoun breed and watter quhill thay be actit and oblist to
depairt of the toun.
The provost, baillies, and counsale ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to
deliuer to Alexander Vddert xxiiij li. xi s. ij d. for the expens of the
baillies send to the Kingis Maiestie in Striueling.
Item, the samyn day the prouest, baillies, and counsale ordanis James
Ros, thesaurer, to deliuer to the vj souldderttis quhilkis wachit and keipit
the stepill xij li.
The baillies and counsale fyndis that fremen sall pay na customes.