4 January 1580–1.
Court buiks of Leyth.
Jhonne Guthre, clerk of Leyth, confessit and grantet him to haif resauet in name of the guid toun awchtein cowrt buiks of the toun of
Leyth, writtin be vmquhill Jhonn Robertsoun, clerk thairof, and his
seruandis, to witt, ane court buik begynnand 4 Decembris 1567 and ending
xj Aprilis 1573, certane court buikis fra the xj of Julij 1573 to the viij
of Marche 1575, extending to sevin buiks, ane buik begynnand 5 Junij
1576 and endand xv of November 1576, ane buik begynnand xvij
Novembris 1576 and endand xv Maij 1577, ane buik begynnand xvi of
Maij 1577 and endand xiiij Novembris 1577, ane buik begynnand xv
Novembris 1577 and endand the penult of May 1578, ane vther buik
begynnand viij Junij 1580 and endand xxv Octobris that yeir, ane buik
begynnand the last of May 1578 and endand xx Januarij 1578, ane
minute or scrow buik begynnand in November 1569 and endand in May
1570, ane buik begynnand the xvj Aprilis 1574 to the xxvij of Julij that
yeir, ane buik of the daitt xiij Decembris 1572 and endand the viij of
Julij 1573, ane scrow buik begynnand viijo Septembris 1568 and endand
the xxix Martii 1569, making in the haill awchtein buikis. Quhilkis he
oblist himselff to mak furthcumand to the prouest, baillies, and counsale
of this burgh quhen thai pleis call thairfore.
13 January 1580–1.
Clengeris in St. Colmes Inche.
Vnderstanding the haill merchants and mariners of the schip callit
the William of Leyth quhilk wes infectit with the pest and lyand at
S. Colmes Inche, to be haillie transported furth of the said Inche, and that
na infectioun is apperand to follow, prayset be God, the only clengeris
remanand in the said ile quha hes biddin this laug tyme thair and hes
bene clengeit, thairfore ordanis maister William Balfour, baillie in Leyth,
to caus thame be clengeit of new in the said ile, and thairafter transportet
and incluset in the houssis at the New Heavin in maist sure maner quhill
forther ordour be tane with thame.
3 February 1580–1.
Anent the prouesterie of the Kirk of Feild.
[The provost, bailies, council and deacons of crafts] ratifeis, approvis
and consentis to the appoyntment to be maid betuix the toun and Jhone
Gib anent the prouestrie of the Kirk of Feild, as the samyn is commonit
and agreit with the said Jhone, be my lord provest and the persouns
deput for the making thairof. Quhilk persouns thai ordane to schaw
the same to the townes assessouris and to tak thair avyse thairanent for
supplying thairof gif neid beis as thai find may stand with the townes
20 March 1580–1.
For preseruatioun of the toun in this apperant trublis [tyme,] hes
accordit that ane nichtly watche be sett of the nychtbouris of this burgh
and suirly kepit be the commanders of the fifties, euery man and his
company thair nycht about, and the baillies to sie the sam be nocht swa
slak and negligent as it hes bene in tymes past, and the absents to be
vnlawet for the vnlaw of xl s. ilk persoun without any favour.
19 April 1581.
Proclamatio, South Loch.
Ordanis proclamatioun to be maid that na gyrs wemen nor vtheris pas
within the South Loch to cheir the gyrs thairof, hary the burd nestis, tak
away the eggis of the saming befoire Midsymmer nixt, vnder the payne
22 April 1581.
Setting of the rin of the Sowth Loch.
Vnderstanding that heirtofoire thaire Sowith Loch hes bene gritlie
misvsit and evill handlit in sindrye pairtis thairof, bot specialie at the clowse,
be sindry personis be thaire priuate commoditie, latting owt and halding
in the sam at thair plesour, breking the clowse and distroying the fischeing;
and thaire nychtbour, Edward Galbrayth, having oft tymes desyrit ane
tak of the commodity of the rin of the said loch and offerit thairfoire ather
to pay xiij s. iiij d. yeirlie to the commoun rent or ellis to vphald the
calsey at the eist end of the said loch, sa far as the loch boundis at that
eist end of the samyng, beand anes maid sufficient to him, and forther, to
latt owt in the said loch at the townis plesour. Quhilk offer being fund
ressonabil and to tend to the weill of the burgh, therfoire the saidis
prouest, bailles, cownsale and deykines hes sett … to the said
Edward, his airis, assignais and subtennentis, ane or ma, all and haill the
rin of the said loch and all commodity that mey redound to him thairthrow
[for 19 years from this date]. For the quhilk caussis, the said Edward
hes obleist him selff and his foirsaidis to mak, big and repaire the said
calsay at the eist end of the said loch, sa far as the said loch boundis of
breid at the eist end, in substantious maner at all pairtis neidfull and
falteis thairof, and to vphald the same sufficientlie in all thingis during
this present tak, and to clame na farther titill to the girs of the said loch
bot as ane common nychtboure of the towne, and farther to mak ane
sufficient clowse in the said loch, at the sicht of the prouest, bailleis and
counsale, and the same to dame in or latt furth swa oft as thai sall think
neidfull, in somer or wynter. And becaus the repairing of the said calsay
wilbe sumpteous and greitt expenssis to the said Edward, and the commoditie of the said rin is ane thing of littill consequence and hes nocht
bein regairdit hitherto, thairfore thai have grantit to gif to the said
Edward the sowme of ten lib. to help him to repaire the said calsay.
5 May 1581.
Burs in Leyth.
Ordanis Johne Robesone, thesaurer, to caus red the grund of the
townis land and waist besyde the schoir of Leyth, callit the Burse, and to
dyke and fowsie the same, and to sett vp ane place thairvpoun and ordour
the townis aisler staynis lyand owt of ordour and in perrell of tynsale and
10 May 1581.
Ordanis lettres missewes to be direct to the conseruatour in Flanderis in faworis of Williame Broun and certane merchantis of this burgh,
be quhome it is complenit that the said conseruatour stayis thaire gudis
in the stapill at Campheir, compelling thame to mak markatt thaire and
will nocht suffer thame to transport the saming in the countrie, to thaire
gritt hurt and preiudice of thaire priuelegis.
Gift of escheit.
Grantis, gewis, and disponis to Margatt and Issobell Lilleis, laufull
dochteris to vmquhill Mathow Lillie, the escheit of all guidis, geir, jowellis,
sowmis of money and vtheris quhatsumewer quhilk appertenit to the
said Mathow in tyme of his deceis and now fallin and become in the hands
of the guid toun as escheit throw being of him conuict and execute to
the deid, befoire the provest and bailleis of the burgh, for the cruell
slauchter of wmquhile Barbary Sym, his spous.
St Colmes Inche.
Ordanis Johne Robesone, thesaurer, to pay to Alexander Wddart,
baillie, Johne Harrot, and William Littill, the sowme of saxe pund
auchtein s. iiij d. for thaire expenssis in passing in the townis effaires to
Sanct Colmis Inche for visiting of the aisler stanes thaire quhilk ar to be
brocht to the townis warkis.
12 May 1581.
Extent of Leith.
Anent the supplicatioun gewin in for the pairt of the inhabitants in
the toun of Leith, desyring thaire present extent to be dischairgit, in
respect of thaire present povertie, and that thai war nocht in vse in
paying of ony extent to thaire superioris in tymes bypast, findis the contrarie heirof to be of weritie, and thairfoire ordanis thame to mak payment
of the said extent nochtwithstanding the premissis. And als ordanis the
bailleis of Leith to dischairge the baxteris thairof of bakein of ony aitt
laewis conforme to the proclamatioun maid thairvpoun.
16 June 1581.
Gourlaw, buikbindare, dischairget merchandice.
The prouest, baillies and counsale dischairges Robert Gourlaw, buikbinder, of all tred of merchandice within thair fredome quhill he be
maid frie burges with the towne, vnder the payne of escheitt of his guidis
quhaireuir he may be apprehendit within the samyn.
21 June 1581.
Privie seill, Kirk of Field.
Becaus it wes meanit that maister Thomas Buquhanane, kepare of
the privy seill, is verray exorbitant in his pryces for passing the townes
lettre of confirmatioun of Jhone Gibs renunciatioun of the Kirk of Feild,
ordanis Jhone Jhonestoun, William Naper, James Nicoll and Henry
Nesbet to speik and agrie with him thairanent, and that it be rememberit
in the nixt parliament to propone for remeid in tyme cuming.
23 June 1581.
Precept, Kirk of Feild, pryvie seil.
Ordanis Jhone Jhonestoun, collectour, to pay to maister Thomas
Buquhannane the sowme of fyve pund for passing throw the privy seill of
the townes lettre and signatour of confirmatioun of renunciatioun maid
be Jhone Gib of the provestry of the Kirk of Feild.
28 June 1581.
Baillies to solist lords for towne of Forfare.
The bailies [and council] hes consentit that twa of the baillies, with
sic of the counsale as thai sall requyre, pas with the clerk of Forfare to the
lordis of sessioun and solist for the said towne in the caus betuix thame and
the inhabitants of Kynnemuir for vsurpeing thair liberty and to defend
and assist thame in all that may forther thair caus.
Lyoun, cuik burges.
At request of the Kings Grace, admittis Jhone Lyoun, his Hienes
maister cuik, burges of this burgh, and grantis vnto the said Jhone
owersicht and licence to exerce the tred of ane gild brother in lyke maner,
and the dewty of the said burgesschip gevin gratis to the said Jhone.
Anent the multure quhilk the castell suld pay.
Fyndis that of awld vse and consuetude the capitane of the castell of
this burgh awcht to pay at the commoun mylnis bot half multure of the
malt grund thairat to the vse of the place and to serve within the same
allenerly, and thairfore dischairges thair fermorers of all taking of ony
gritter multure of the said place, provyding thai se that the malt grund
be to the vse of the place allanerly and nocht to the vse of any particulare
persoun within the samyn.
30 June 1581.
Villa, tymmer lying, aisler staynes.
Becaus it is necessar that provisioun be maid for the townis commoun
warkes of the best and reddiest tymmer presently in Leyth, ordanis the
dene of gild and thesaurer and Andrew Steuinsoun to visy the said
tymmer and by the sam and mak pryce thairof to the townes behuif; and
syclyke referris vnto thame and Robert Bog of the counsale to tak ordour
for vpbringing and placeing of the aisler staynes cum fra St Colmes Inche
and lyand on the schore of Leyth.
12 July 1581.
Clerk of Leyth.
Comperit Alesoun Makneill, the relict of vmquhill Jhone Robertsoun,
clerk of Leyth, and Archibald Noruell, notare, and producet twa court
buiks of the said town of Leyth, the ane thairof begynnand the xxj of
Januar 1578 and endand the xvij of October 1579, the vther begynnand
the said day of October and endand the fourt of Maij 1580; quhilk buiks
wes instantly delyuerit to Jhone Guthre, clerk of Leyth, quha oblist himself to mak the sam furthcummand to the guid towne. Forther the saids
provest, baillies and counsale decernis and ordanis the said Archibald
Noruell to desist and cease frome all vsing or exerceing in ony tyme
cuming of any thing quhilk the clerk of Leyth in tymes past hes bene in
vse to excerce concerning his office; and specially fra all subscryving or
gevin furth of ony acts or decreitts in tyme cuming; to the quhilkis the
said Archibald consentit.
14 July 1581.
Appoyntment with Gray, prebendare.
Comperit Sir Thomas Gray, ane of the prebendares of the College
Kirk of St. Jeill of the said burgh, and of his awin frie will renunceit, gaif
ower, and simpliciter dimittit, lyke as he, be thir presents, renunces, gevis
ower, and simpliciter dimittis his prebendarie callit Prebenda S. Michaelis
de Monte Tumba, foundit at the altare callit St. James alter, sumtyme
situat within the said kirk, to the quhilk he wes provydet of before be the
provest and baillies of the said burgh for the tyme . . . and that in
favouris of the saidis prouest, baillies, counsale and community and thair
successoures . . . For the quhilk caus [the bailies and council bound
themselves and the community to pay to him £18 Scots yearly during his
16 August 1581.
Vallange in Leyth.
It was schawin be my lord provest that it wes reportit to his lordschip that Andro Vallange, tailyeour in Leyth, had laitly in his drinking
spokin evill of our Souerane Lord, quhairvpoun his lordship cawsit tak
the said Andro and putt him in ward in Leyth, and dyuers witnessis to be
examinat vpoun his speking, quhais depositiouns beand red and considerit, it wes ordanit that the said provest, with William Naper, baillie,
and Henry Nesbet suld pas to the Kings grace in Dalkeyth and schow
the mater to his Grace and Secreitt Counsale, and requyr thair willis
quhat wes forther to be done concerning the said ordour.
27 October 1581.
Decreitt of the Seynis.
Jhone Robertsoun, thesaurer, producet the townis decreitt reductiue,
obtenit aganis the sisters of the Seynis, tennents and possessouris of
certane landis appertening thairto, gevin furth to thame be the toun,
decerning the said landis to returne to the towne, inrespect of the claus
irritant contenit in the charter maid thairvpoun, and declairit that he
debursit to George Gibsoun and his seruands thre pund allevin schilling
aught d. for extracting thairof, and thairfore ordanis the said sowme to be
allowet to the said thesaurer in his compts.
17 November 1581.
Precept, thesaurer, Scherp.
[Ordained that the treasurer be allowed in his accounts £6, 6s. 8d. "for ane
rose nobill, delyuerit at the baillies command to Mr. Jhone Scherp, aduocat, for his
consultatioun in the townis effairis and making of the billis to the lordis of articles
of this present parliament, viz., ane concerning the abbott of Kinlos, ane vther for
confirmatioun of the townis gift of the annuellis, and the thrid concerning the
Cannogaitt for staying thair desyre to the parliament anent thair pretendit