Border Papers volume 1: February 1584

Pages 128-129

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

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201. Forster to Walsingham. [Feb. 9.]

There have been no days of truce or meetings since I wrote last—so for want of justice "they are doinge on both sydes." I send inclosed a packet sente to me from "the Lorde Hambleton," to be forwarded to you by post for security. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

202. Forster to Walsingham. [Feb. 20.]

Since last writing I have had no meetings with the opposite warden, and enclose his letter and my answer. I will not meet him unless he answers for his whole wardenry as I do. "There is a brewte that the Erle of Anguse is craftelye and evill handled. Some of his owne frendes are charged to make of the contrarie, especiallie George of the Parkehead, and his two sonnes. The youngest of them two gave in a bill to the secret counsell, desiringe to have licence to remaine, in respect he is a scoller and waytes upon the Towlebowthe. His bill was refused, the Kinge himself especiall opponinge himself therunto. It is also reported that the Lorde Gowrie is to be straightned shortlie and that the Erle of Anguse last passinge by to his warde, to be tryed and what was his enterprise which came not to pas.

Mr Andrewe Melvine was ordeined by the Secret Counsell to appeire upon paine of treason, to produce somme of his prechings, conteigninge treason as yt is sayde, and hath appered accordinglie before the Kinge and counsell—where he beinge charged openlie, he said he was not able to answer to them all, but desired that he might aunswer to any one of them; and then James Steward tooke upon him to examine him, but he refused to aunswer him, becawse he was not a man of lerninge nor judgement. Wherupon Mr Mawtelande (fn. 1) was put to examine him before the Kinge, where he aunswered the matter so wiselie, that there could be no advantage taken at his wordes—in so muche that the Kinge grewe in a great rage towards him—and he is remaunded to geve his attendaunce frome tyme to tyme, and there is greate unquietnes like to arrise amonge them touchinge relligion." At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

Postscript.—There is two English gentlemen come through the West Marches into Scotland—first to Pharnihyrst, and now with the Warden of Scotland, and Greinhead—I cannot learn their names yet.

2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed.

Inclosed in the foregoing:—

(1) (Cesford to Forster.)

Signifying that the King and council have ordered him to appoint a meeting for redress of old as well as recent offences, and offering to "interchange" bills with Forster, "that in dew tyme thai may be arreistitt," when the latter is to appoint a reasonable day for meeting. "Kelso the xvj of Februar 1583." Signed: Cesfurde.

½ p. Addressed. Wafer signet: a chevron charged with three mullets, unicorn's head in base; "W.K." at sides.

(2) (Forster to Cesford.)

Acknowledging his letter, and that he will send a copy of his bills "to be arrested," expecting the like from Cesford—and that he makes redress for his whole wardenry, Liddesdale, East and West Tevidaill, and to appoint an early meeting. "At my howse nighe Alnewicke this xvijth of Februarie 1583."

½ p. Copy by his clerk.


  • 1. "Secretarie Lydingtons brother" added and scored out.