Border Papers volume 1: January 1584

Pages 127-128

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

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198. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 13. 1583–4.]

As you signified to me, I have received from Mr Bowes treasurer of Berwick, some intelligence and "particular notes" concerning the Laird of Endermarkye, whereunto at his return I will have special regard, and use him as I find cause.

Regarding revenge on the Liddesdales, I have so dealt that "on Frydaye morning laste, Humfrey Musgrave my deputie, Henrie Leighe stewarde of Brughe, with Captein Pickman and the souldioures (Captein Walker being at Berwicke abowt the reckininges of their paye), have taken the Larde of Mangerton in his owne house in Liddesdale and brought him hither unto me, where now I have him in close warde to answere what shall be layd unto him."

This man is the chief and principal of his surname, and also the special evildoer and procurer in the spoils of this March, next after the laird of Whithaugh, whom though I cannot well come by, yet I hope in time to grieve him and his. His taking is greatly wondered at here, for it was never heard of that a laird of Mangerton was taken in his own house either in peace or war, without the hurt or loss of a man. Now I have him, I trust it will be to good effect and keep the others quiet, and I will provide against requital, so far as I can.

When you were at Durham I told you of a Scotsman who about 8th September last passed into Scotland this way with a passport from the Earl of Shrewsbury, suspected to have had a great sum of money with him. I am now assured by a Scottish gentleman of credit, that his name was Harkenesse, and he had 500 marks in gold, whereof 20 or 30 score was French crowns, and the rest in angells and other gold, and was conveyed from hence with the gold by another Scottish man. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed.

199. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 28.]

Whereas in your letter of the 7th instant, received "with the others sent by them of Bewcastle the xxiiijth of the same," you require me to send you some "colleccion of particularitie," to be used against Thomas Carleton, who is ordered to appear before the Privy Council as a man ill affected to the state of religion,—without these charges appearing to come from me—I have taken him bound in good securities to appear before their lordships, and if I knew any thing particular against him, would send it.

"On Wednisdaye laste the Elwooddes of Liddesdale having made incursion . . . within thre myles of Hexham, did there as well take at the least xxtie prisoners as also the spoyle of their catle, upon the which affraye coming nere to Bewcastle in their owtgoyng, Leonerd Musgrave (being brother to Humfrey Musgrave my deputie) lyeing now at Bewcastle as deputye for Sir Symon for the tyme, dyd not onelie reskewe a dosson of the prisoners at the least (the moste part of the goodes being before reskewed in the other wardenry) but also killed one of the principall men of the Elwoodes." That surname threatens revenge, which I will have a care to prevent as far as I can. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

200. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 28.]

Your letter sent by Browne and Dodshon of Bewcastledale, I received on Friday last the 24th, with their petitions inclosed. As to James Rowtledge's complaint against Thomas Carleton for his goods, that matter was compounded before receipt of your letter. But Carleton is taken bound to appear before my lords on Monday 17th February next, if you approve that day.

Hobbe of Cumcrooke is an English outlaw, "resett" some times in both countries—for whose apprehension I shall do my diligence. I have sent for the others complained of, and shall take order with them in equity. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet: a hawk.