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Border Papers volume 1: April 1591

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Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.

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709. Forster to the Privy Council. [April 18.]

"(As I ame credeblelie enformede) the Erle Bothwell is commyttede to Eddenbroughe castle in warde and verie straitlie holden their, for what cause I knowe not, but the reporte is the mynisters procurede yt, for frequenteinge to my lord Ryven his doughter, and his disordered lyfe that waye: thoughe some suspectethe greater matters to be the cause therof." If he be "kepte faste any tyme," it will encourage the evil disposed, as there is no keeper of Liddesdale in his absence, and Cesford and Farnyhirst are still at feud, unless the King and Council take some speedy course. I have therefore thought good to certify the matter to your honour for my discharge. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed: "To … my lord Burghley Lord High Treasurar of England, and to the reste of her Majesties moste honourable privie counsell." Indorsed. The last figure of the year altered by a later hand to 3. In the text of the letter it is 1591.