2 July 1578.
The baillies and counsal ordanis the kirk durris to be kepit clois all
tymes of the day except the tyme of preching and prayer, for stopping of
the conventionis in the said kirk during the tyme of thir trublis.
9 July 1578.
[The provost, bailies, and council], ordanis Jhonne Fergusoun to be
send to Stirueling for the Kingis leceance to tak the Inglis piratis wpon
his Hienes wateris, quhilk was obtenit and delyuerit to the prowest; and
ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, to gif him sewin li. for his expenssis.
The prowest, ballie, and counsall forsaid, ordanis maister James
Lawsoun, Jhonne Adamsoune, and Jhonne Jhonstoun of Elphinstoun,
to be send to Striueling to the Kyng and his Hienes counsall with their
supplicatioun for ordour to be teakin tuiching the controuersie depending
amongis the lordis of the nobilitie; and ordanes James Ros, thesaurer, to
gif tham twentie li. for bering of their charges.
Precept, Hee Scoill.
The prowest, baillies, and counsall, ordanes James Ros, thesaurer, to
stanchell the wondois of the Hee Scoill with iron, and the expenssis to be
deducit therupoun salbe allowit in his comptis.
10 July 1578.
Jc men to Stirweling.
Jhonne Robertsoun, Henrie Chartouris, baillies, efter their returning
from Stirweling, declaris the Kyngis will and command that are hundreth
of the maist abill young men in the toune be send with possibill dilligence,
prouydit with hagbut and culwering, to await wpon the Kyngis grace then
for serwyng of his Hienes the tym of his present perliament for the space of
fyweten dayis; that they be in Stirweling the xiiij of this instant prowydit wpon their awin charges.
The prowest, baillies, counsall, and deaconis concludis and delyweris
that ane extent sall be set of ane thousand li. and wpliftit commounlie
for furnising of the maist abill men throch all the towne, out of quchom
the said hundrethe men sall be wylit furnist as said is of merchantis and
craftis men furnising the fyft thairof to [be] wnder the charge of Robert
Ker, ballie, elected captane of our commoun consent as said is.
17 July 1578.
Jc men to Stirweling.
The prowest, ballies, and counsale, wnderstanding that it is the Kyngis
Maiesteis will that the young men in this towne being in Stirweling mak
his Hienes ane scarmeish their, quhairfor thei ordane James Ros to send
tham with all dilligence possible fourtie pound wycht of pulder.
23 July 1578.
Precept, Prowest, Ros.
The prowest being send for be the Kyngis wrytting to cum to his
Hienes to Stirweling with all dilligence, it is concludit that he sall hawe
with him in company sex men wpone the townes charges, and ewerie ane
of tham in the day twentie schillingis; and ordanes James Ros to gif in
hand four dayis wages extending to twentie four li.
25 July 1578.
Atholl, Argyll, Montrois.
The ballies and counsall being send for be the Erlis of Atholl, Argyll,
and Montrois, and the caus of their conuentioun in this towne being
declarit, quhilk was only that thei desyrit the Kyngis libertie furthe of the
Castell of Stirweling, quhair thei allegit he was detenit contrar the common weill, etc., and therfor desyrit the assistance and concurrence of this
towne, to quhom it wes ansuerit neidfull it wes to tham to adwyse with
the counsale of the towne, and thei suld gif their ansuer the morn.
26 July 1578.
The ballies, counsall, and deakynnis being convenit in the counsalhous
quhair the dissyris of the Lordis aboue wrytin war proponit, quhilk hard
and considderit thei, all in ane voce, ordanes Henreis Chartouris and
Jhonne Robertsoun, ballies, maister Jhonne Prestoun, Alexander Clerk,
Alexander Guthre, and Dauid Damelstoun of the counsall to pas to their
lordshipis efter nown and to schawe that this is the Kyngis fre towne, in
the quhilk all the Kyngis fre leges salbe welcum indifferentlie, and as to
the pairteis contendan, thei hawe to do with nather of tham, nother will
thei jiune with tham in their particularis, bot only serwe the Kyng to
quhom thei ar only subiect, and to nan wtheris, and therfor maist humblie
desyris their lordshipis to keip guid rewll within this towne, and gif it
pleis tham to discharge their suldartis, this towne salbe their gard sa lang
as the Kyng is nocht in the contrare.
28 July 1578.
The prowest, ballies and counsall ordanes that their be ane daylie
watche at ewerie ane of the twa portis, viz., the West Port and Nether
Bow, of twentie persones of the substantius nychtbouris, ilk man in his
awin propir persoun, vnder the pain of fourtie schillingis, and the portis be
closit daylie at four houris efter nown, and that nychtlie ther be ane stark
wetche of ane haill quarter of the towne, quhill farder ordour be teakin.
Writingis to the King.
The prowest, ballies and counsall ordanes James Ros, and James
Guthre to be send to the Kyng and to the Erll of Mortoun with their
supplicatioun crawing that sum dress may be teakin with the lordis heir
and wtheris of the nobilitie for securitie and quietnes of this towne.
30 and 31 July 1578.
The prouest, baillies, counsale, and dekynnis seing the variance dalie
to incres betuix the lordis, thay ordane ane writing to be maid in thair
names to the Kingis Maiestie and his counsale, and to send maister James
Lowsoun, maister Dauid Lindesay, Alexander Vddert, and James Ros,
thesaurer, with thame, togidder with Thomas Aikinheid, to perswaid and
exhort for peace and quyetnes in this apperant trublis, dalie incresand
amangis the nobelitie; and ordanis Ros to pay thair expenssis.
The baillies and counsale ordanis write to the prouest in the Castell
of Doun in Monteth ansuerand to his bill quhair he desyris siluer to be
send for furnissing of his seruandis grauttis, that in case he be wairdyt for
the townys cause, thair expenssis sal be payit; vtherwise thay dar nocht
quhill the cause be forther knawin.
2 August 1578.
The baillies and counsall fyndis that Jhonne Thomesoun, gatherar of
the almouis for the pvre at the hospitall is ane drunkard, and awaitis
nocht on his office, and sua the pure ar defraudit, quhairfoir they discharge
the said Jhonne, and ordanis the maisteris of the hospitall to reseve Stevin
Forrest in his place.
The baillies and counsall ordanis to big vp with erd and stane the
Grayfreir poirt, the Cowgait poirt, and the Watter yett to remane clois
induring thair willis.
6 August 1578.
Ruiff, Hie Scole.
The baillies and counsall appoyntis maister Jhonne Gordoun, wrycht,
for ruiffing of the Hie Scole in the Blakfreir Kirkyaird, and grantis that
he sal have for his laubouris for euery ilk kippill thairof aucht schillingis.
7 August 1578.
William Littill, in presens of the counsall, delyueris to Alexander
Guthre, clark, the gift of the hospitall; and askit instrumentis.
8 August 1578.
In presens of the baillies, counsall, and dekynnis, comperit my Lord
Lyndesay, the laird of Cesfurde and Coldenknollis, and efter componing the action at lenth quhilk they the Erles of Atholl, Argile, &c.,
quhilk as they allegit was onlie the Kingis libertie quhilk they maist
desyrit, to the effect that all his lieges mycht have frie acces to him, and
thairfoir desyrit quhat assistance the tovne wald mak to thame in this
effect. To the quhilk it was ansuerit they beand few of nomber at that
tyme, desyrit that they mycht be spairit quhill the morn, quhill they mycht
convene thair nychtbouris, dekynnis, and vtheris quha suld haif thair voit
with thame; quhairwith the saidis loirdis stude content, and desyrit thame
to report the morn efter none.
9 August 1578.
The baillies and counsall ordanis Bessy Jhonnstoun, the relict of
vnquhill Thomas Forbes, pure impotent bedrell, to be placit in the
hospitall during thair willis.
Ansueir to the lordis.
The provest, baillies, counsall, and dekynnis, with certan vtheris
honest nychtbouris being convenit and of new demandit quhat assistance
they wald mak to the lordis in the action concerning the Kingis libertie,
efter lang resonyng it is concludit that Alexander Vduart and Jhonne
Robertson, baillies, James Ros, maister Jhonne Preston, James Guthre,
James Inglis, and Patrick Sandelandis, suld pas to the saidis lordis efter
none, and schaw thame that they war the Kingis frie lieges, occupearis and
inhabitaris of this his frie burgh and subiect to his Maiestie onlie, of
quhome they held thair landis, and wald joyne with na vther persones in
thair particularis, bot wald keip thair tovne frie till all the Kingis frie
lieges quha suld be welcum heir at all tymes; and this ansuer they ordane
thame to geve to the said lordis, and forther to desyre thame that they
mak na trubill within this tovne, and they suld have all vther lawfull
plesour in thair power.
12 August 1578.
It is concludit, statute, and ordanit that fra this nycht furth thair
sal be ane watche nychtlie of ane haill quarter of the tovne, and to
watche for the space of xxiiij houris, begynnand at vj houris at evin, and
to endure quhill the morn at the samyn hour, and that bayth of merchant and craftismen and vtheris, but exception of personis, to walk
in thair awin person with sufficient armour and waponis, vnder the payne
of viij s. vnforgevin, to be disponit to the keparis of the corsgaird and
keparis of the poirtis on the daylicht, and this ordour to be kepit induring
the tyme of thir trubilis, or quhill vther ordour be taikin.
15 August 1578.
The expenssis maid and debursit be Alexander Vddert and Henry
Nysbet, commissaris in the parliament at Striueling, hard, sene, and
considderat be [the bailies and council] thay fynd the samyn extendis to
the sowme of thrie score tuelf pundis vi s. viij d., quhilk thay ordane James
Ros to refund and pay to thame.
25 August 1578.
[The provost and council] ordanis ten sulderttis to be rasyt and
gevin vnder the charge of Jhonne Anstruther, and put in the stepill of
this burgh, for keiping of the samyn during the prouest, baillies, and
counsalis [wills] and that thay be burges men induellaris; and euery ane of
thame to haue xx d. on the day, induring thair willis, as said is; and that
because of the brute of the men of weyr to be rasit be capitane Strauchane; and ordanis the thesaurer to mak thame payment.
26 August 1578.
The Kingis Maiesties writing resauit frome capitane Thomas Strauchane, to suffer him to strik his drum throuch this toun for lyfting of tua
hundreth men of weyr; quhilk being thocht to be the occatioun of
trublis in this tyme of variance amongis the nobelitie, and thairfor nocht
meit to haue bandis of men within this toun.
4 September 1578.
Pais, braid, aill.
[The fourpenny loaf to weigh 12 oz.; the sixpenny loaf of the town's
bread 18 oz., and "outlandis breid conforme thairto"; the pint of ale to be sold
for 8 d.]
5 September 1578.
[Proclamation to be made by sound of bell, that the sixpenny loaf weigh
18 oz. and the fourpenny loaf 12 oz., "weill bakin and dryit."]
10 September 1578.
Villa, Capitaine Strachone.
The prowest, baillies, and counsale ordanis officiaris to chairge
capitane Strachone to remowe him self and his cumpaneis of this towne
betuixt and Fryday nixt, with certificatioun and he failye thai will
tak ordour thairanent as thai sall fynd maist meit for thair commoun
12 September 1578.
Precept, stepill, Ros.
The prowest, baillies, counsale, and dekynis efter reasonyng with
the suldartis of the stepill, thai fynd restand awand to thame the fourtene
day of September instant exclusiue, allowand to euery ane of thame
in the day fourtie penneis and to Johne Anstruther, thair principall,
daylie the same space, quhilk is tuentie dayis, fyve s., togidder with tua s.
daylie and nychtlie for coill and candill, extending in the haill to threttie
sewin pund, quhilk thai ordane James Ros, thesaurer, to pay with
Rex, villa, electioun of maiestratis.
The copye of the byll send to the Kingis Maiestie concernyng the
electioun of the Maiestrettis for the yeir to cum.
Pleis your Maiestie. Efter the ressait of your wryting, yesterday,
quhairby we vnderstude that your vther wrytingis send of befoir be the
laird of Cleische war nocht sufficientlie ansuerit, that ye vnderstude nocht
our menyng, and thairfoir willit ws that our provest, twa of our baillies,
twa of our counsall, and twa of our dekynnis suld be send to yow this
day to knaw your mynde out of your awin mouth, and thay suld be
instructed with the myndes of the haill body of this towne twiching the
electioun of our magistrates at the ordinar tym therof nowe approching.
According to your Maiesteis will, we commandit ane generall assemblie
conuentioun of the haill multitud of merchandis, craftismen, and maist of
wtheris the inhabitantis of this your Maiesteis burgh, quhilk syndill hes
bein sein heirtofoir, in quhas presence your wrytting resauit fra the lord
of Clishe, withe the wrytting resauit yesterday being red, all in ane voce,
calling God to their witnessis of their lauchfull and obedient seruice
toward your Maiestie at all tymes past, in the quhilk thei mynd lowinglie
to contenowe and culd nocht be persuadit that ye wald tak from tham
ony libertie or fredome that your predicessouris had grantit and giwin in
tymes past, and in the last Parliament haldin at Stirweling ratifeit be your
Maiestie self. Therefore hes directit thir beraris to declair and wtter their
myndis that thei cane nocht graunt to the diminutioun of ony pairt
of their fredomes being trewe subiectis as thei ar and thinkis euir to be,
and in speciall to want the free electioun of their magistrates at the tymes
appointet, conforme to your lawis, actis of Parliament, and infeftmentis
past thairupone, als auncient as their hes bein burous and of the thre
estaitis of your realme. Quhairfor be the commoun voce, as said is, thei
direct the said beraris gewand tham full commissioun humblie to craiwe
the mantenance of their auncient liberteis, and to disasent to quhatsumeuir
thing sall be socht or desyrit in preiudice therof, certifeing your Maiestie
thei neuir mein to refuis ony thing that sall concerne the weill of your
awin persoun, of commoun weill of your realme, ather in body or guidis,
and becaus tua of our ballies ar furth of the realme, the thrid aving his
wyfe rady to depairt furth of this warld, we could nocht leif oure toun
desolait of the hale maiestratis in this troublesum tyme, and in speciall
of oure prouest having your commandment bayth in word and wryt,
chargeing ws to keip this your toun surelie at your obedience, quhilk, God
willing, we mynde till do in sa fer as may ly in oure power, to quhais
protectioun we commyt your Maiestie for now and evir. Off Edinburgh,
this xx day of September 1578. Your Maiesteis humbill subiectis, the
prouest, baillies, counsale, and dekynnis of Edinburgh.
The prouest, baillies, counsale, and deakynis be common voic findis
the prowest may nocht be sparit to ryd to Stirweling in this present
danger, and therfor ordanis James Ros, thesaurer, Henrie Chartouris,
ballie, Robert Ker of the counsall, James Wod, deakin of the baksteris,
and William Huchesoun, deakin of the Cordineris to pas with the wrytting
aboue wryttin, and present and delywer the samyn to the Kingis Maiestie
and his counsall and allutterlie disasent to the alteratione of ony of thair
priueleges and in speciall to the alteratione of the electioun of the
magistratis of this burgh by the auncient and commoun ordour.
This wrytting delyuerit to the Kingis Maiestie and in presence of his
Hienes counsall the beraris remanit the maist pairt of twa dayis and
returnit but ansuer, and vpoun the morne Hewe Tod presentis the Kingis
wrytting desyring to elect Alexander Clerk, prowest. Jhonne Arnot,
Androwe Sclatter, maister Michael Chisholme and Jhone Robertsoun,
ballies, and Lucas Wilsoun, dene of gild, and James Ros. thesaurer, for
the yeir to cum. Quhilk wrytting was refusit and the persones efter
following lytit and wotit to beir office as followis:—[Here are given the
names of the persons elected.]
30 September 1578.
Rex, villa, electioun of maiestratis.
In presens of the provest. baillies and counsall. Thomes Aikinheid,
for himself and in name of the remanent craftis as he allegit, disassentit
that the thre assissouris suld haif voit in electing and voting of the
magistratis for the yeir to cum, and siclike that the rollis of the names
of the counsall and baillies suld be voitit efter the ordour following as he
desyrit, that is to say, of xij ane as they stand in roll, of xj ane, of x
ane, and sua forduat throw the rollis; to the quhilk it was ansuerit that
it was ane ordour of thame newlie inuented and desyrit, quhilk neuir was
vsit heirtofoir, quhairfoir they disassented to the said Thomas desyres
becaus they fand the samyn mair for thair commoditie than for the commoun weill, and forder nouther durst they nor wald they consent to the
alteratioun to the auld ordour euir obseruit in sic caissis; and Robert
Abircrumby protested for remeid.