VI. II., No.
267 (fn. 1) .]
479. Chapuys to Granvelle.
Six days ago a worthy man named Maître Baptosard Guerche, (fn. 1)
physician and surgeon, native of Le Bosch in the duchy of Milan, was
made prisoner on suspicion of favouring the Pope's authority and, on
examination, answered like a good Catholic, so that it is to be feared that,
by the English statute, he may be despatched, unless the Emperor
intervenes (by writing a letter of credence for Chapuys, and another to
Chapuys to the effect that his subject Baptosard has not suborned any
person to his opinion nor published it so as to cause slander, and should
not be examined of his private opinion, since English subjects are not so
molested there unless they sow some scandal, and that if he has erred it
may please the King to pardon him, and, if he may not live there, banish
him). The thing is important for the Emperor's honor and the danger of
his subjects who reside in or frequent this country. And as Baptosard and
others who have spoken for him are Chapuys's friends he begs that despatch
may be made at once, for there is danger in delay. With Baptosard are
taken, for the same cause, two of the most familiar [friends] of the bp. of
Winchester, the chancellor of the bp. of London and two other honest men,
who have all avowed their opinion and affirmed their wish to die in it.
Received his letters in favour of Captain Chr. de Landemberg; who has
been welcome, and one of Chapuys's men who accompanied him to Court
was told that the King will retain 1,000 horse and 2,000 foot, pikemen.
Great preparation is made for Don Fernando's coming, who will be
as well received as any person who came hither for a long time. London,
11 Dec. 1543.
French, pp. 2. Modern transcript from Vienna.
Promise of Chr. van Landenburgh to serve the King with 4,000 foot
and 1,000 horse, to be at Maestricht within two months after warning to be
given him in April or May next, upon specified conditions as to pay, etc.
Seventeen articles, concluding with his oath (in Latin) to serve Henry VIII
against all save the Empire and the Emperor, he being come hither at the
Emperor's command and commended by the Ambassador. Signed : C. v.
ii. Declaration of the cost of 1,000 horse. Nineteen articles.
Signed : C. v. Landenberg.
French, pp. 9. Endd.
Acts of the
P. of Sc.,
481. Parliament Of Scotland.
[Continued from 10 Dec.] Present : The lord Governor with the
Three Estates. Business :—
(fn. 2) Declaration of the expiry of the peace and contract of marriage made
with England in the beginning of July last, for which the seals were to be
exchanged before 1 Sept.; because, upon proclamation of it, the merchants
of Scotland put their ships to sea, which were seized as enemies long
before 1 Sept., and so the King of England broke the peace, and because,
although the Governor sealed both contracts and sent them to the King of
England before 1 Sept., the King refused to make like ratification.
(fn. 2) Act, at the instance of Jacques de Labrossa, knight, and Master James
Mesneige, councillor of Parliament of Rowan, ambassadors of the King of
France (who offered aid to this realm against the King of England "quha
actualy invadis the samyn") for the renewal of past treaties with France.
Commission to the lord Cardinal, earls of Ergile and Murray, lord of St.
Jhone and Sir Adam Ottirburn of Reidhall to conclude this.
The same day in the afternoon. Present : The lord Governor. Sederunt :
The lords of Articles. Business :—
Supplication of Patrick Hepburn of Boltoun (for reversal of an Act of
Parliament made by the late King declaring that Angus, George Douglas,
&c., committed no crime in burning his place of Boltoun 17 years ago)
referred to the second day of next Parliament.
Continuation to 13 Dec. of the Queen mother's process against Oliver
Sinclar for Kirkwall castle.
32,653, f. 163.
II., No. 134.
2. Copy of the Act of the Parliament of Scotland annulling the treaty
of peace and contract of marriage made with England. Certified as
extracted from the records by Sir Jas. Murray of Philiphaugh, clerk
register (A.D. 1702 to 1708).
482. The Patriarch, Marco Grimani, to Dandino.
The Queen and the greater part of the lords of the realm are here
for this assembly, which began on the 3rd, but has not yet produced
anything. The alliance of France is necessary if this realm is to be
preserved. Has urged it both publicly and privately, and, yesterday
morning, had public audience in the Council and spoke at length, persuading
them to concord among themselves and to the alliance with
France, and also presented a writing in Latin, with the copy in the
Scottish tongue, which was read and well heard by all, and everyone
seemed satisfied with the writer's zeal for the preservation of this realm
and the service of the French king. Encloses copy of the writing.
Moreover, desired licence to depart, having no more to negociate for the
Pope or the French king; and will leave at the first opportunity. All
ways into France are full of difficulty and danger. Edinburgh, 11 Dec.
1543. Signed : M. Patriarca d'Aquilegia.
Italian. Modern transcript from a Vatican MS., pp. 2. Headed : Di
Monsr Patriarca d'Aquilegia al molto reverendo Monsr Dandino, nunzio di
Nostro Signore al Re Christianissimo.
32,653, f. 165.
II., No. 135.
Papers, I., 348.
483. Sadler to Suffolk.
On Saturday night last, received Suffolk's letters for his revocation,
with the letters and copies in cipher therewith, and with them a letter of
Mr. Douglas mentioning that, whatsoever day he would appoint, Douglas
would convey him from Temptallon to Berwick. Accordingly, Douglas
came to him yesterday with 400 horse and has this day brought him hither
in safety. Likewise, yesterday, came Jas. Dowglas of the Parkehedge with
letters of credence both to Sir George and to Sadler, from Angus, Casselles
and Glencarne. The credence was that Angus, Casselles, Glencarne, the
Master of Maxwell, sheriff of Ayr and laird of Donelanerike were again
assembled at Douglas and had devised to annoy their enemies. Jas. Douglas
declares that Lenoux will join them; and that Argile and Murray have
partly promised to join, they being with others offended at the Governor
and Cardinal detaining the barons lately taken without trial, especially as
they were taken by the only advise of the Cardinal, without the counsel of
the noblemen. So it is thought that they agree not best at this Parliament,
the majority of which are kirkmen. A meeting was appointed yesterday
between Argile and Murray and Cassells and the sheriff of Ayr. If they
agree together they will deprive the Governor, put down the Cardinal and
choose Angus, Lenoux, Huntley and Argile "to be four regents of the
realm." If Argile and Murrey will not join them they will, nevertheless,
annoy the enemies, beginning by taking the abbey of Pasley and burning
the Governor's town of Hamylton. For this they want nothing but money,
and have sent the said Jas. Douglas to Sir George for the money that was
sent hither, sending also the enclosed letter to Suffolk. Sir George desires
to know whether the money shall be sent and how it shall be distributed.
If they will do as they promise, they should lack no aid.
Finally Jas. Douglas said that Angus, Glencarn and Cassells wished that
the King would revoke Sadler from Temptallon, and rather command him
to lie at Carlisle, which was nearer to them by 12 or 16 miles, and all the
country between was their friends'.
Signifies these things by post, specially because of the money matter,
and will wait upon Suffolk on Saturday night. Berwick, 12 Dec. at night.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd. : 1543.
Acts of the P.
of Sc., II., 433.
484. Parliament Of Scotland.
[Continued from 11 Dec.] Present : The Governor and Three
Estates. Business :—
Proceedings in the cases of James Hammiltoun, and James and Robert
Colvile; with the reductions of their fathers' forfeitures.
Confirmation of the act of last Parliament (15 March 1542) in favour of
Sir Walter Scott.
Parliament prorogued to 13 Dec.
The same day in the afternoon. Present : The Governor. Sederunt :
The lords of articles. Business :—
Act appointing lords Fleming, Ruthven and St. John's and Sir John
Campbell of Calder to be of the Great Council, which was chosen at the
convention of Striveling, in place of the earls of Angus, Lennox, Glencairn,
and Marischal who will not come to serve.
Exoneration of Wm. earl of Montrose and John lord Erskyn from other
service while they remain in Striveling castle for the sure keeping of the
St. P., IX., 547.
485. Wotton to Henry VIII.
As the voice goes, and as Granvelle said yesterday, the Viceroy started
for England on Sunday last (fn. 3) ; but, secretly, Wotton learns that only his
company left on Sunday, and that the Viceroy tarried all that day with the
Emperor and left on Monday. Besides his own family, 30 gentlemen
accompany him. Encloses schedule of names of the gentlemen. They
cannot be further than Newporte, for on the first day they went but to
Aloste and on the second to Gand.
Yesterday Granvelle showed Wotton that the Nuncio had, that day, said
he had letters, of 27th ult., signifying that the bp. of Rome, in Consistory,
had determined to send Cardinal Farnese, as legate, to labour for peace,
who should depart on the 28th ult. towards the French king, and thence to
the Emperor. At this the Emperor was not content; and caused answer
to be made to the Nuncio that he marvelled at it, seeing that, before Duren
and at other times, he had told the Nuncio that he would receive no
ambassador for that matter, and that it was the Bishop's part to treat of
no peace for him that brought the Turks into the midst of Christendom.
The Emperor cannot but receive the Legate, but will give him short
answer and inform Henry of all things he shall move; and do nothing
without Henry's consent. Durst not say that he had already heard of this
Legate's coming, lest Granvelle should think he suspected the Emperor's
true dealing; but only said that he would advertise Henry and mistrusted
not but that the Emperor would do as the league and amity required.
Asked whether he would have Henry advertised of anything else. Granvelle
replied that certain of the Duke of Cleves's council were come to treat of a
league for defence of the Duke's countries and agree with the Emperor for
certain towns and lordships "engaged" by the Emperor's ancestors to the
Duke's; also that a good number of Frenchmen were together, either to
revictual Terwyn or Landressy or relieve Luxenburgh. The Emperor
intended going to Gand, but now, having yesterday taken a catarrh, would
keep Christmas here.
The common voice here is that the seneschal of Hainault, governor of
Luxenburgh, with Count Guyllame of Furstenburgh and the Almains sent
to Luxenburgh at the breaking up of the camp, and 3,000 Spaniards lately
sent, so presses the Frenchmen in Luxenburgh that they would yield up
the fortress if suffered to depart with baggage and arms, to which the
Imperials will not assent. Bruselles, 12 Nov. (sic) (fn. 4) 1543. Signed.
Pp. 2. Add. Endd. : "xijo Decemb. 1543."
32,653, f. 167.
II., No. 136.
486. Henry VIII. to Sadler.
Considering that Arren and the Cardinal, at this Parliament which
they have assembled at Edinburgh, will labour to abrogate all things heretofore
passed for the advancement of his affairs, and pretend that the not
observing of things agreed upon proceeded by his default and not of their
disloyal and crafty practises (and because he is loth that Sadler should depart
as they would enforce him), Sadler is forthwith to signify to Arren and the
rest that, having been in the beginning directed to the whole Parliament and
now commanded to remain, as he has done, until it was eftsoons assembled,
he forbore to repair to Arren when sent for, "having no commandment to
commune with him alone, seeing that he failed in his word, honour and
promise" to the King; but now he desires safe conduct from all the states
(or else hostages to be laid at Berwick) to come and declare certain things
tending to their honors, the preservation of the young Queen and the weal
of the whole realm. Refusal of this will show to all the world that they
mind the unquietness of both realms.
To the Parliament he shall say (speech prescribed verbatim) that he never
thought to have cause to speak as he now must; for he knew the affection
of the King to the preservation of his pronepte and the government of
Scotland in peace, and saw here such an appearance of good will to embrace
the same that he hoped for a pleasant end of his legation. Himself a poor
man that ever loved honesty, he was sent from a Prince of great honor to
them that should esteem honor; and, was the more grieved that any here
should will him dishonorably to depart, and therefore desired to abide in a
place of safety until the assembling of Parliament, where he might show
the cause of his departure as he did that of his coming; and albeit the
King means him not to dissuade them from the war they seek, his Majesty
is content that he may declare what has passed since his coming, so that,
by the truth, every man's doings may appear; whereby such as have been
seduced may understand how they ought to work, and such as, with
the trouble of this realm, work their own advancement may be ashamed.
When God, after a great victory given to the King, took their Sovereign
to His mercy, the Three Estates of this realm sued for peace
and marriage between the Prince of England and the young Queen;
and sent ambassadors who concluded the articles, rejoicing (with
others here) that the King took not his advantage to press them
therein, but passed the covenants indifferently. The covenants were here,
by him that occupies the place of Governor, ratified, and sent by the laird
of Fife to the King as the act of the whole realm. Albeit during the
treaty, difficulties were devised by certain who seek their own glory rather
than the common weal, all things proceeded thus far honorably; and if,
with the ratification, the hostages had been delivered as the treaty of
marriage purported, and other things done as agreed unto by their ambassadors,
instead of war they might have had love. The King willed him to
tarry here to declare to them as he has done; and he repeats the conditions
which they promised and ratified, and that they have not caused the
hostages to be delivered, although the King forbore certain days after the
day appointed "and in a manner till the revolt of him which is your
fugitive Governor." They all know by whose means the let has been;
for the King esteems the fault in the Cardinal, who works only to please
France; which pleasing of France some among them have cause to know
how many lives it has cost them. Therefore, if they mind quietness, let
them first render in the King's prisoners whom they detain and cause the
others to return when demanded, put their Queen in safer custody, believe
not the promises of France, perform the promises made in Parliament and
lay in substantial hostages for them. Doing this, they may live quietly
and have a more assured friend than "any other prince or potentate
in the world." As to the arrest of their ships and not ratification
of the treaties by the King; the ships were taken by their Governor's
consent, who desired the King to suffer none of the Cardinal's faction to
pass, nor none other without his safe-conduct, fearing that the Cardinal
would steal away into France; and if it be said that the King denied the
ratification of the treaties, the laird of Fife and the letter he carried from
the King to him who calls himself Governor can testify the contrary, Fife
having requested that, as his master was towards a conflict with the
Cardinal, he might go to serve him and return in time for the ratification.
If the hostages had been laid as the treaty required, the King would gladly
have performed his part. Puts it to them whether it shall be better to
preserve the credit of their Parliament, "imputing the default to such as
have offended," or, else, for the satisfaction of a few, to allow the breach of
that which by all their consents was concluded. Requires "an expedite
and brief answer herein."
In case the Parliament will not grant safe-conduct as above, he shall not
venture to repair to them, but remain at Temptallon until further instructed
Copy, pp. 18. Endd. : Mynute to Mr. Sadleyr, xiij Decembris, 1543.
32,653, f. 177.
II., No. 137.
487. The Privy Council to Suffolk.
The King has seen his letters to them of the 9th and 10th inst., and
the letters addressed therewith out of Scotland, showing Dunlanrike's
and the sheriff of Ayer's continued good inclination and their hope to win
Argile; and also the order taken touching the forbearing of them of
Tyvydale and the Marshe, which the King approves, thinking that their
going or not going to the Parliament will show their disposition towards
him. The King conceives from Dunlanrike's letter that, albeit he and the
Sheriff have been at some charge, they are loth to take any pension until
they have brought his affairs to better effect. Suffolk shall cause Wharton
to signify to them that the King never knew till now, upon the view of
Dunlanrike's letter, that they had been at any expense, or they should not
have been so long unrewarded, and has appointed Wharton to deliver them
each 500 cr. for a token, and will, upon some good effect of their service,
give them pensions; praying them, in their treaty with Argile, to show
him what commodity (or, else, what displeasure) he may receive from
the King, to whose friendship that of France or any other is
not to be compared, and to promise him, if he stick wholly to
the King, a pension of 1,000 cr., yea! rather than fail, 2,000 cr.,
of which pension 1,000 cr. is ready to be delivered (and Suffolk shall send
Wharton 1,000 cr. to be forthwith delivered to Dunlanrike and the Sheriff,
and 1,000 cr. to be kept ready for Argile) and that, whereas he is often
vexed with the wild Irish and "Keterel," he may always be sure of the
King's aid out of Ireland "for the suppression of the said Catterelles,"
but if he neglect this gracious offer and continue with the King's enemies,
the King will, by sending men from Ireland and entertaining Scots, burn
his country when France shall have neither power nor leisure to aid him.
And they shall warn him that if the King once determine to be revenged
upon Scotland, for their dishonorable proceedings, he "will and is able
to go through withal in such sort as it shall be spoken of whiles the world
standeth, and so as all the friends Scotland hath shall not be able to resist
him" though they had nothing else to do; from which hitherto he has
refrained in respect of his young pronept and to save Christian blood.
Wharton shall signify this to Dunlanrik and require knowledge of his
proceedings with diligence. The 2,000 cr. Suffolk may take of the money
he stayed in the receivers' hands, or of the 1,500l. at Berwick, as it may
the soonest be brought to Wharton. The King requires to know with speed
when the Parliament began at Edinburgh and how long it shall continue.
Draft in Paget's hand, pp. 6. Endd. : The Counsaill to the duke of
Suffolk, the xiijth of Decembre.
488. Chapuys to Granvelle.
After several disputes, the affair of Captain Landemberg has been
resolved more advantageously than Chapuys wrote the other day, the King
charging him with 1,000 horse (200 barded, 300 arquebusiers and the rest
lances) and 4,000 foot, of which band he shall be chief and colonel.
Since his last, has sent again to Court to solicit the affair of the safeconducts;
but the Council will not consent thereto, alleging their former
reasons, especially that no greater war could be made to the French than by
interdicting commerce, and saying that 15 or 16 of their merchants who
were detained at Rouen (and are lately returned hither on parole or in
exchange for Frenchmen arrested here) advertise them that, if commerce is
refused, there would shortly be revolt in divers parts of France, where
already the cloth-makers, especially bonnet-makers, murmur because, for
want of wool, they cannot work, nor, consequently, live. The Council
maintain that it is contrary to the treaty (which says that the enemies are
to be damaged by all means) to assist them with victuals like herrings and
other merchandise; and have sent to pray Chapuys earnestly to beg the
Emperor not to permit the safe-conducts. Has replicated and triplicated,
most urgently, things which he will not weary him by relating; and begs
Nothing is heard of affairs of Scotland. London, 13 Dec. 1543.
French, pp. 2. Modern transcript of a Vienna MS. endd. : receues a
Bruxelles le xxvij de Decembre 1543.
489. Chapuys to the Queen Of Hungary.
To the same effect as his letter to Granvelle (No. 488), taking the
matter of the safe-conducts first, with the sentence about Don Fernande's
coming in the letter of the 11th (No. 479). London, 13 Dec. 1543.
French, pp. 2. Modern abstract from Vienna.
490. Anthony Cave to John Johnson.
1543, 13th in Dec. at Tyckford :—Commendations to you and my
cousin your wife. By your letters I perceive the clearing of my bills. I
have appointed my money at Callais much as you write. Your gear that
Cowper brought is delivered to your men, and weighs 664 lbs. Your letters
for London "I will send as soon as I can."
P.S.—I trust you will keep your appointment for Christmas. There is
delivered to your servant your mill with the implements, a fardel and a
small chest mailed with Calais thread, and a little hamper for my cousin
Hol. p. 1. Mutilated. Add. : merchant of the Staple at Calais : at
Polbroucke. Endd. : "Answered by mowthe at X'pemes."
Acts of the P.
of Sc., II., 442.
491. Parliament Of Scotland.
[Continued from 12 Dec.] Present : The Governor. Sederunt : The
lords of Articles and Secret Council, viz., Cardinal, Glasgow, Orkney,
Argyle, Montrose, Cupar, Erskin, Fleming, Ad. Ottirburn, Walt. Ogilby,
Wm. Hammiltoun. Business :—
Oliver Sinclar to deliver Kirkwall castle to the Queen mother.
(fn. 5) The Cardinal accepted the office of Chancellor, at the desire of the
Governor and lords of Articles.
Process of Wm. lord Crechton against John Leslie, parson of Kynnoule,
referred to arbitrators.
2. Parliament held at Edinburgh, 13 Dec., 1543, by the Queen's
Commissioners, viz., Wm. earl of Montrose. John lord Erskin, John
abbot of Paisley, treasurer, Alex. abbot of Cambuskenneth, Walter of St.
John's, Mr. Jas. Foulis, clerk register, and Hen. Lauder, Queen's advocate.
Prorogued to 15 Dec.
28,593, f. 267.
492. Charles V.
Secret instructions for Don Fernando de Gonzaga.
"Par-dessus le contenu en l'autre instruction que vous, etc., le Sr Don
Fernande de Gonsaga, etc., portez et pourrez monstrer si veez, par l'advis de
nostre ambassadeur, Messire Eustace Chappuis," to show confidence and
obviate the scruples which the English are accustomed to make, it will
be very requisite to conclude precisely concerning the enterprise of the
present year, lest the whole war fall upon us through the King of England
not providing his army in time, or withdrawing it on account of the Scots,
or upon some other pretence. You must therefore enquire, especially by
means of the said ambassador, whether there is likelihood of agreement
with the Scots, and what the King means to do this year on that side; and
show the King that this enterprise is necessary to prevent the king of France
sending assistance next year to the Scots or traversing his designs there in the
future. It must also be known who shall have charge of the King's army, in
order that you may gain his good will for us. If after having insisted that
the King discharge us of the pay of the 2,000 (fn. 6) horse and 2,000 lansquenets
mentioned in the other instruction, you cannot attain it, "fauldra regarder
si le pourrez induyre de le faire en prenant a nostre charge l'autre emprinse
d' Italie, dont aussi la dicte instruction fait mencion, mais il sera bien,
avant que venir a ceste particuliere dispute des dits gens de cheval et de
pied, luy faire bien entendre, incorporer, gouter et approuver laditte
emprinse, pour apres le resercher de ceste compensacion." Also you will
try if possible to obtain some money for the Swiss. Brussels, 13 Dec.
French. Modern transcript from Brussels, pp. 2.
28,173. f. 946.
2. Another modern transcript, but so faulty as to be of no value.
French, pp. 4.
493. Bishopric of Worcester.
See Grants in December, No. 14.
32,653. f. 181.
II., No. 138.
494. Suffolk and Tunstall to the Council.
Send herewith a letter of Angus, Glencarne and Cassels to Suffolk,
letters of Sir George Douglas and Mr. Sadleyr, who is come to Berwick
with Sir George before the Council's letters for his stay reached him; and
copies of letters to Angus, Glencarne and Cassels and to Sir George, and of
a schedule sent to Mr. Shelley and Sir George to deliver and receive the
money. Considering that the King wrote that, if there seemed likelihood of
his friends in Scotland doing service, Suffolk should employ the money
among them, and considering also their credence to Sir George and the
declaration to Sadleyr by James Douglas of the Parke Hedge, who was sent
for the money, it was thought best to give it forthwith to be employed
during the sitting of the Parliament, and not by delay to make them think
themselves suspected and shrink back, where now they must needs show
themselves noble men. Where the schedule shows that Suffolk has only
appointed 200l. to Sir George who demanded 300l. (and had 200l. before
which made up the 1,500l.); Suffolk stayed 100l. which was sent for Angus
above his wages but not demanded, and asks whether to give this 100l. to
Sir George if he demand it. The King's friends' device to have Sadleyr lie
at Carlisle rather than at Temptallon is "to little purpose"; for no man
can serve there better than Wharton, who might think some fault was
found in his service if another man should lie there for what he himself
could do. Suffolk has written (copy herewith) to Sir George to send in a
book of the assurance of his friends.
This morning arrived the Council's letters of the 11th; and Suffolk has
accordingly set forth, by Wharton, the practise for winning Argile by the
sheriff of Ayre and Donelangrig, and has also written to Wharton to practise
with them to win Huntley and Murrey also, as the Council wrote. Darnton,
14 Dec. Signed.
Pp. 3. Add. Endd. : 1543.
32,653. f. 183.
II., No. 138 (1).
495. Suffolk to Angus, Glencarne and Casselles.
Has received their letters, written at Douglas, 30 Nov., showing their
intention to proceed against their enemies and desiring credence for Sir
George Douglas. Doubts not but, like noble men, they will accomplish
their promise; and has, therefore, delivered, to Sir George and James
Douglas of the Parke Hedge, money to be distributed amongst them and
the King's friends as in the schedule enclosed. Prays them to see the
money paid, and send the bills of receipt to Suffolk for his discharge.
Darnton, 14 Dec.
Copy, p. 1. Headed : Copie of my lord of Suffolk's lettre to th'erles of
Anguishe, Glencarne and Cassels.
32,653, f. 184.
II., No. 138(2).
496. Suffolk to Sir George Douglas.
Has received his letter of the 12th with one of Angus, Glencarne
and Cassels dated 30 Nov. (which he marvels was so long in coming) desiring
credence for him. Perceives that they mean to serve the King and desire
aid of money, which a gentleman of Angus's is come to receive. Has
written to Mr. Shelley to pay to him and James Douglas of the Hedge,
sums of money contained in the schedule herewith; which is made in
accordance with his letter, save that only 200l. is appointed to him (for
1,500l. was sent to Berwick for this purpose according to his device, whereof
he has had 200l., so that only 1,300l. remains). Prays him and James
Douglas to give a bill of receipt for Shelley's discharge, and to see the
money paid as in the schedule. As he lies nearest, Suffolk was the more
bold to diminish his sum rather than that others should be disappointed.
Prays him to get particular bills of receipt from each man and send them
to Suffolk for his discharge, whereupon Shelley will return his bill; and
also to urge the King's friends now to show themselves men of honor.
Where he writes that he will sign a book of the friends under his assurance
in the Marshe and send it to Suffolk, he should get his friends to set
their hands to the book. Until the book is received the assurance is but at
Suffolk's pleasure. And where he writes that he has advertised his friends
in Tevidale to keep the 20th inst. for making and taking redress; Suffolk
desires word forthwith whether any of them will keep that day, and where
(so that the wardens may be warned), and whom he (Sir George) will send
thither. Encloses a letter to be conveyed to Angus, Glencarne and
Casselles. Darnton, 14 Dec.
Copy, pp. 3. Headed : The copie of my lord of Suffolkes lettre to Sir
Ib. f. 186.
2. The schedule above referred to viz. :—
"To th'earl of Anguisshe two hundreth pounds sterling money of
England." Glencarne 200 mks. Casselles 200 mks. The Master of
Maxwell 100l. The sheriff of Ayre 100l. The laird of Drumlangrig 100l.
The earl Marshall, John Charters and lord Graye's friends in the North,
350 mks. Sir George Douglas and his friends in the Marshe and
283, f. 292.
497. John Robinson to Lord Cobham.
Petition from [John Robinson], baker, of London, for payment of
a debt of 4l. 5s. 7d., the world being "so sore decayed" that he can forbear
it no longer. Durst not send for it before because the plague has been
reigning in London all this year. London, 15 Dec. "in anno xxxv.to"
Signed : "By youer Jhon Robinson."
Hol. p. 1. Add. : Unto the right honorable lorde Cobam.
Acts of the P.
of Sc., II., 443.
498. Parliament Of Scotland.
Held at Edinburgh, 15 Dec. 1543, by Arran, as Tutor and Governor.
Present : The Governor and fifty-four others named. Business :—
(fn. 7) Authority to prelates and ordinaries to enquire of and proceed against
Ratification of the institution of the College of Justice.
The Acts for the Declaration of them that came to Striveling and
Linlithqw, Declaration of the peace and marriage with England, Answer
to the ambassadors of France, and Ratification of the College of Justice,
were read and published.
Ratification of a grant by Kilwynnyng abbey to the College of Justice of
a pension out of the vicarage of Dunlop.
Parliament prorogued to 18 Feb. next.
Precept (recited) of the Governor touching the above pension from
Dunlop, dated — (blank) Dec. 1543.
Teulet, I. 137.
499. Scotland and France.
Treaty between Mary Queen of Scots and Francis I. made at Edinburgh
15 Dec. 1543, 2 Mary, confirming and renewing all the permanent
obligations of certain treaties mentioned in the preamble and of all other
treaties between France and Scotland from the time of King Charles of
France and King Robert of Scotland. Commission (recited) of Francis I.
to the Sieur de La Brosse and Jacques Mesnaige, of the Parliament of
Rouen, to conclude this, dated at the camp of Marolles, 20 June 1543.
In the preamble Mary notifies that, her father having been dead a year
and she still in her cradle, and Henry King of England, her great uncle,
bent on subduing both her and her kingdom by war, Francis King of
France, considering the love he bore to her father and the ancient leagues
between their predecessors against the kings of England, their common
enemies, sent James de Labrossa, knight, lord of the same and of Chattovene,
his cup-bearer, and James Mesnage, doctor of laws, lord of Cagny,
his Councillor, to her and the nobles of her realm. Which ambassadors,
in Parliament held by her Governor and the Three Estates in Edinburgh,
11 Dec. 1543, announced that they were sent to aid her and her subjects,
vexed in war by the King of England, and confirm the treaties between
France and Scotland. And thereupon, after examining all the treaties made
since the time of King Robert I. (especially the treaty made at Paris in
184, that made at Blois 22 May 1512, and that made at Rouen 26 Aug.
1517 and confirmed 13 June 1522) the Governor and Three Estates
decreed that they should be confirmed.
Lat. Printed from the original at Paris.
[R. T. 137
2. Modern copy of the above.
3. Other modern copies are in Harl. MS. 1244, f. 189, and Add. MS.
30, 666, f. 207b.
18 B. VI., 159.
Sc., II., 177.
500. Arran to the Imperial Council at the Hague in Holland.
Although there was no cause why either Hollanders should do anything
offensive to Scots or Scots to Hollanders, considering their constant
friendship through so many centuries and that the Emperor Charles V.,
four years ago, with our King, confirmed and increased the leagues between
the Kings of Scots and the House of Austria; yet, last July, a Scottish ship
under Andrew Buk, bringing from Danzic provisions and some small guns
(minutula tormenta) for war, purchased by our command, is taken by two
armed ships of the lord of Meemblic and led captive into a port of Holland.
Reminds them of the effect of such an injury if not redressed; and begs
them, as the Emperor's justices in Holland, to command restitution and
permit free commerce between Scots and Hollanders. Edinburgh, 16
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
18 B. VI., 222b.
2. Another copy.
Lat., pp. 2.
St. P.X., 569.
501. Layton to Henry VIII.
Arrived on the 10th. On the 13th took Mr. Wotton (with whom he
had had two days' conference) with him to the Regent, and delivered Henry's
letter and declared his credence. She accepted them thankfully and
promised him access at all times for Henry's affairs, and information of all
matters concerning the great amity between him and the Emperor. She
then asked how the Queen, Prince, and ladies Mary and Elizabeth did, and
whether Henry and they "continued still in one household," and the like.
Finally, she said she had no news other than Granvelle had, by the
Emperor's command, declared to Wotton the day before, repeating some of
it to show that Granvelle had been so commanded, and that, as long as the
Emperor abode in the Low Parts, she would refer all to him. Bruxelles,
16 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Sealed. Endd. : 1543.
32,653, f. 188.
II., No. 139.
502. Suffolk and Sadler to the Council.
Received this morning letters to Suffolk from Wharton and from
Angus, Cassells and Glencarne, with others (all sent herewith), showing
how Wharton has proceeded with Donlanrick and the Master of Maxwell.
Where Wharton writes that he has concluded with Donlanerick to offer
2,000 cr. pension to Argile, whereof 1,000 cr. to be paid in hand; this was
Suffolk's advice, for, with the poverty among them, an offer of money in
hand will sooner win him than that of a yearly pension. If the noblemen
of Scotland accept these offered pensions, it is to be remembered how the
money is to be paid to them presently, for here little remains. Darneton,
17 Dec. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Sealed. Endd.
18 B., VI. 159b.
503. [Arran] to Paul III.
John Donald, when, in the Rota at Rome, he obtained the priory of
regular canons of Blantyure, Glasgow dioc., against certain courtiers
(aulicos), "confestim eundem prioratum cum omni suo jure in Thomas (sic)
Hugonis coram certo Camere Apostolice notario transtulit, qui quidem
Thomas simul atque prestiti consensus notulam ab eodem notario ac parvam
datam (neutro enim ultra hec cessio dicitur progressa) signature conficiende
a vestro Datario recepisset, statim in patriam est reversus, ibique
aquandiu (sic) asservatus. Rege deinde mortuo, iniqua et turbulenta
subsequuta sunt tempora que impedimento fuerunt quominus dicta cessionis
notula in Camere Apostolice libris possit explicari, parvaque data signature
in formam solitam digeri." Begs him, on behalf of the said Thomas, to
do what is just in this, upon the instruction of old Duncan, who knows
the matter. Edinburgh, 18 Dec. 1543.
Lat. Copy, p. 1.
283, f. 253.
504. The Privy Council to Cranmer.
As he will be unable, by reason of the fire (fn. 8) which lately happened in
his house, suitably to receive the Viceroy as he intended, the King thinks
that he should be absent from Canterbury; and therefore requires him to
leave the entertainment there of the Viceroy to lord Cobham and himself
repair hither to Court. Westm., 20 Dec. 1543. Signed by Norfolk, Russell
In Paget's hand, p. 1. Add. : in Canterbury. Marked by Paget :
"Haste, post, haste."
32,653, f. 207.
505. The Scottish Prisoners.
"Answer made by my lord Governor of Scotland unto Harry Ray,
officer of arms to the King of England, upon ane writing brought by the
said officer to be shown to the three Estates of Scotland in Parliament."
As the said writing was presented to the Governor on 20 Dec. inst.
(touching the re-entrance of certain prisoners whom the King of England
let home upon hostages, whereof part are now in ward), long after the
Three Estates were departed, the Governor doubts whether his answer will
be acceptable; but if the King desires answer of the Governor and Council,
"tha salbe reddy to mak the samyn quhen it beis requirit." Signed :
P. 1. Endd. : Th'erle of Arren's answer to Henry Raye, pursuyvant of
2. Letter book copy of the above.
18 B., VI. 159.
Epp. Reg. Sc.,
Letters of Mary Queen of Scots in favour of Hans Andersoun and
John Thomeson, her subjects, who are about to set forth with their ship, the
Mary, to trade and to recoup themselves for the loss of all things which
they suffered last year by the English enemy; that they may be received
and aided by her allies, and not counted as pirates. Signed by the earl of
Arran, at Edinburgh, 20 Dec. 1543.
Lat., copy, pp. 2.
18 B., VI. 223.
2. Another copy.
Lat., p. 1.
507. Anthony Cave to John Johnson.
1543, 20 Dec. :—Sorry to see, by his letter, that Cave's sister
Chauntrell's weakness prevents him keeping his appointment here; but
prays him to send his brother Otwell on Christmas Even, for there will be
company enough at Sybbertofte. Sends his male, but has not heard of
the saddle. Mr. Smythe has sent 200l. for him, by Geo. Graunte. Begs
him, if he go to Sybbertofte, to speak with [Mr.] Pulteney, with whom he
made the reckoning last year. Has provided a man for the meal of his
"milnes grinding." Prays him to come hither soon that they may have
some leisure together. Commendations to him and his wife from Cave
and his wife.
Hol., p. 1. Slightly mutilated. Add. : at Polbroke. Endd. : "Answered
by mouth at Tickford."
508. Henry Sudwyke to John Johnson.
Calles, 20 Dec., 1543 :—Has received his of the 26th ult. Wm.
Gifford writes that he has received the "specialties" and can content
John Calthrop and others. I intend to be at the finishing of your affairs
myself. Has here sold lace to Carle Pantin, of Bruges, and also made
sales (specified) of Mr. Cooap's and Mrs. Fayre's wool. In my last I wrote
"the account of your good host of Donckerke."
Hol., p. 1. Add. : at Polbroke.