Border Papers volume 1: November 1583

Pages 115-117

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

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184. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Nov. 8.]

Signifying that on the 4th he had received a letter from the King of Scots, asking a passport through the town and precinct, for "Mr James Colville of Eyster Weymis in Scotlande," which he granted, and Colvile after staying two days with the Scottish gentlemen in the town, took his journey towards London with 6 servants and 10 horses. Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

That the Lord Seton is appointed ambassador to France, and getting ready. The town of Edinburgh and some others, being ordered to furnish him with shipping and all other necessaries he demands.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. by Walsingham.

185. Forster to the Privy Council. [Nov. 11.]

"Uppon Tuesday last the vth of this instante, I mett with the lorde warden of the Midle Marches of Scotland, and accordinge to your honours letter to me directed, I demaunded restitucion and justice of those notoriouse attemptes, which were lately done—and uppon our metinge I called all the gentlemen bothe of England and Scotland together before us, to here my demaunde and his answer. And then and there, I first demaunded justice according to the treatice of the peace," for the slaughters last committed by the Armstrongs of the West Marches of Scotland, and then by them of Liddesdale on the Redesdale men—and also to answer for Liddesdale under his charge, which has not been done for 8 years past, to the great disorder of the Borders. "And therfore I declared that her Majesties pleasure is not to have any further delinge in those causes, except he woulde indent subscribe and appoynte a certeyne daye for redresse, accordinge to the treatie of the peace, without further delay. Whereuppon he made aunswer (for to put of tyme) as heretofore he hathe alwayes bene accustomed, desiringe a longer tyme, which I woulde not concent unto, but offered to departe. And then he called the gentlemen of Scotland together, and toke their advise—and there uppon he said unto me, he woulde bothe indent and subscribe, accordinge to my demaunde—which he did not, neither ment to do—but saide unto me—'Seenge you deale so hardly with me, you shall se what comaundyment I have from the Kinge my soveraigne touchinge slaughters and all other deficell matters, so that I can not deale but only for goodes, untill further order be taken by comyssioners of boathe the realmes.' And so shewed me the King's letter openly, for his warraunte to that effecte. And yet I woulde not leave hym thus, seeinge his warraunte, but we satt downe and called certeyne billes of boath sides, and have appointed the vth daye of the next moneth to mete att Kemblespeth uppon the Marche, and there to procede accordinge to justice for them of Lidesdale—and to this agrement he did indent and subscribe for goodes only. Yet have I no gret confidence in hym, for he kepeth no band nor promyse, excusinge him self by the disobedience of them under his charge—which is no lawfull excuse, for the Kinge and warden shoulde redresse that faulte." I know not how to deal with him, for the King and Council wink at the matter (as his letter shows) to delay justice. I beseech your honours to move her Majesty that I may answer for myself in purgation of the charges against me. At my house ear to Aluwick. Signed: John Forster.

2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed.

186. Forster to Walsingham. [Nov. 11. 1583.]

I refer your honour to my letter to the Council on the matters touching the days of truce, and will only add, if the horsemen had been sent as resolved at Durham, they would have done twice as much good here as a greater force hereafter. The Earl Bothwell lies at Kelso, and Lord Seton came the other day to him with a message from the King, charging him on his allegiance, to leave the company of the Earls of Angus and Mar, and come and join "the rest of the Stewardes" at Court, or he would incur his heavy displeasure. It is also said that a certain day is fixed for Angus to depart from Scotland to some foreign country, but not to England or Ireland. I have desired my lords of the council that I may be put to my purgation of the accusation against me, and beg your honour to be mindful of me in that respect, for never was gentleman for his true service so condemned without trial. At my house at Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.

187. Scrope to Walsingham. [Nov. 15.]

I signify some additional services of the foot soldiers, which I forgot in my last. One was, when Captains Carvell and Selbye were here, the soldiers rescued Sir Simon Musgrave, when pursued in his own bounds by the Liddesdales, and would have been slain or taken. They also saved the life of his son Thomas, when Arthure Grame of the Mote was slain. Thirdly—but for them, the men of Bewcastle durst not have manured, ploughed, sown or occupied their grounds. I hear the King of Scots hath "uttered some speaches of grieff against me," because our borderers have taken some revenge on his West Marches. "But nothing yt greyveth him, the heynowse and manifolde murdres and spoyles of the Liddesdales, with whom no ordre is taken neither by himselff nor his officer!" But since our borderers "have ben adoyng" with them, we have had more quiet, and I hope shall have. "Some tyme in this moone, I meane to cause some prooffe of revendge be made emongest the Liddesdales." Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Mem. by the indorser: "Mr Fra. Gawdy, Mr Fra. Rhodes, her Majesties sergeantes."

188. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Nov. 21.]

"I receaved a lettre from the King of Scottes, the xxth of this instant in the behalf of thArchbushopp of St Andrewes one of his pryvie counsell, not only requyring lycence for his ready passadge thorowe theis precinctes and boundes, but also pasport for his accesse unto her Majestie—which accordingly I have graunted. Who the next day after, departed furth of this towne towardes the Court, having in his companye the nombre of six gentlemen, whose names are Mr Robert Nicoll, doctor of Phisick, Capten Robert Melvin, Mr Walter Cowburne, Mr Henry Williamson, Mr William Tompson, Mr Thomas Murrey his page, and James Arthur. . . .

The Kinge came to Edenbroughe upon Satterday last being the xvjth of this instant—and nowe accompanyed with thErle of Arrain, thErle Huntley, thErle Crawfurthe, thErle Mountrosse, Collonell Steward, and thErle Bodwell, who came to Court upon the Kinges commandment, being the principall of the nobilitie in Court with the Kinge at this present.

The Duke of Lennox his sonne arryved at Leyth the xvjth of this instant, with certen gentlemen both Scottes and French to the nombre of xltie or theraboutes—who are reported altogither to be addict to papistrie. The King at his commynge to Edenbroughe presently sent for the childe, and greatly doth esteame of him, showing to take great care for his bringinge upp." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

189. Bowes to Walsingham. [Nov. 22.]

Commending the bearer "Mathewe Johnson burgesse of this towne," who has a suit to be preferred to the Queen, to his favour in furtherance of the same. Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.