Border Papers volume 1: May 1592

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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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746. Christopher Dacre to Burghley. [May.]

The Lord Warden of this march, having, on the complaint of her Majesty's tenants, and of myself for my own poor tenants, written to your lordship by me for your good offices in procuring some relief, I have here set down after my simple skill and discretion, such a course as may be followed to her Majesty's least cost, for defence of her true subjects against these Liddesdale borderers—seeing that the liberty of revenge is taken away by this moost happie pece." Signed: Chr. Dacre.

1 p. Indorsed.

Inclosed in the same:—

(1) "The pityfull state of a great number hir Majesties tennauntes and other hir subjectes inhabyting upon the West borders nere adjoyning to that parte of the Scotishe border called Lyddisdale, with the cawse and causes of the same and howe and by what meanes the same is to be helped and reformed, etc."—

He suggests that the Queen shall retain and pay from 1st October to 1st April, being the most dangerous half of the year, a captain and fifty light horse (20 of them to be "shotte"), the whole wardenry paying for another captain and fifty light horse (20 of them good bowmen), to serve for defence against Liddesdale under special directions from the Privy Council and warden of the West Marches.

pp. Indorsed.

(2) "Greate causes to persuade that there is not any hope of redresse to be had for Lyddisdale."—

He points out that there has been no redress for Liddisdale for 14 years and more—that they do a great deal more damage to their fellow subjects of Scotland, and levy "a blacke male" yearly from them—intending to do the like to the English. And as the King does not redress his own subjects' wrongs, it is not likely he will do any thing for her Majesty's. He also recommends a change to be made in the mode of proving march offences, which is practically useless at present.

2 pp. Indorsed. Letters and inclosures all in same handwriting.