Border Papers volume 1: April 1585

Pages 177-181

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

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301. Works at Berwick. [April? [1585.]]

A Book made for the Privy Council as to the number of workmen and labourers to be employed on the works in Berwick "this somer," if the present charge of 517l. a month is not exceeded.

The workmen named are "hard hewers," 50; "wardens," 2; "laborers in the qwaries," 50; "laers," 50; laborers to serve theis," 200; "carpenters," 6; "whellwrightes," 2; "smithes," 6; "sawers," 2; "clarkes to ingros and make up the pay bwkes for Sir Rychard Lee the controler, and the swrvaer," 3; besides the officers' wages. "Som totaliz," 515l. 3s. 4d.

"Me lord tressorer willithe me to shew your honoures that ther is on Thomas Sampton haith offeryd hym to maik for the Quens Majesty at Barwick xijcm brik for iij s. iiij d. a m., and he to haiv of the quens Majesty prowen, as collez, straw, sand and all other nessessarys; or he to fynd all cost and charges and serwe them for x s. a m., wyche is as good cheip as the brik that is mad at Hwll, and then the freyght may be savyd, wich is very ner as mych woorth as the brik. The party is her present yff yt pleis your honour to spek with hym sellff on that behallff." Signed: Rowland Johnson.

2 pp. Holograph.

2. "A not of sooche remembranses of the parteculer pesys of woork very nessessary to be doon this somer within the Qwens Majestes woorkes in Barwik to pwt the twn sownest in strenkthe, yf yt may pleis your honourable lordshipes."

First.—The cost of raising the wall at the half bulwark next Tweed, now 14 feet high, from the angle of the flanker to the point of the bulwark, to 18 feet, "and so to stay for this year," 8 "pollez," at 8l. 6s. 8d. the poll, 66l. 13s. 4d. Secondly—the cost of raising the middle bulwark on the north side of the town, now 14 feet high, from the angle of the flanker round to the other flanker in "Ewry plas," same height, staying as above, 15½ "pollez," 129l. Thirdly—"to maik the northest bullwark the syd next the Snowk, wyche is begwn ccc footes long from the mydell off the collyen towerd the poynt of the bullwark and mayd x footes hey, to maik the sam xviij footes hey in lyek sort—and as the wall doyth rys, to bryng in to the bwllwark as myche yerth as may be convenyently," 19 "pollez," 158l. 6s. 8d. Fourthly—cost of raising the middle bulwark on the east side of the town from 14 feet to 18 feet high, 19 "pollez," 158l. 6s. 8d. Fifthly—cost of raising the half bulwark next St Nycolas ward, from the angle of the flanker to the point, now 14 feet high, to 18 feet,—8 "pollez," 66l. 13s. 4d. "Som totaliz the workmenship to latt yt owt be task," 569l. 2s.

"And yf all thes persellez cannot be fully don in this tym, to do so myche of them as may be poseble with thes nomber off men after the rate of vcxvl. a month, and not to exsed the charg. And for the cwrtynges all along betwixt the bullwarkes beffor mencyoned, may be don at moor leaseor afterwards yf yt may stand with your honorable plesores."

If your honours think good to have these bulwarks heightened as above, the above sum of 569l. 2s. will nearly serve, and 250 of the labourers, &c., may be discharged. Signed: Rowland Johnson.

2 pp. Holograph. Indorsed: "A bwk for the stait off the prosedynges off the Qwens Majestes workes in Barvik after the rayt off vcxvli. a monthe."

302. Works at Berwick. [April?]

[A similar estimate by Johnson, but doubling the number of workmen and also including the curtain walls postponed in the former one, largely increasing the cost.]

"Som for 5 monthes 4414l. 9s. 8d." Signed: Rowland Johnson.

3 pp. Holograph. Indorsed by Johnson: "A bwk for the stait off the prosedynges off the Qwens Majestes woorkes in Barvik after the rait of jm li. a monethe or ijm markes a monthe or mor at your honorable plesores as your honours think gwd ayther to agment or to metegayt the charges."

In another hand, "voyd," and by Burghley, "Jhonson."

303. Scrope to Walsingham. [April 7. 1585.]

By my late letters I signified that Robert Maxwell bastard brother to the Earl of Morton, had come to the Borders to stir up the Armstrongs against Johnston. Now I hear that the said Robert with his friends, and the Armestrongs and others to the number of 400, the night last past, "have ridden upon the Johnstons owne landes tenantes and speciall freindes, even at and abowt his cheiff house called the Loughwoode, and there have slayne one of the Johnstons, taken foure moe prisoners, and brent the Lardes owne howse, and his provisyon of victuales, with the spoyle of a great deale of insight of the said house and others his freindes abowt yt." I fear dangerous trouble therefore, as no surname of account on that Border but is a party therein. The Laird is not yet returned from Court or any order taken. I shall report what falls out. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

304. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [April 9.]

"ThEarle of Arraintt is well recovered of his sicknes; and the King is greatly discontented with the Lorde Maxwell for his rebelliouse partes committed in the west partes; for the sayd Lorde Maxwell, as I am credebly enformed, hath now of latt burnt Low woode the Larde Johnson's howse, and slaine vj of his servauntes, and takene xij of his men prisoners. Also the King as I am informed, hath gevene th'earldome of Morton to the yonge Ducke. The King hath commanded the Lorde Claud and some other of his nam and freindes to passe forth of Scotland into Fraunce, and hath sett him downe a peremptory day, at the which or before, he must depart forth of his realme; and the King as I understand doth give him a some of mony, but how much I knowe not—and hes further commanded after his departure out of Scotland, that he shall nether retourne into England, Ierland, nor Scotland. I am also credebly enformed, these yong gentelmen, as the Master of Oliphant, the Lorde Oliphauntes eldest sonne, the young Laird of Lowghleene whose father is in Fraunce, and the yong Laird of Donepese, passed about a moneth sence out of Scotland to goe into Fraunce, and weare met one the seas by a piratt, and are by the sayd piratt drowned. Their frendes do thinck they wear put out one purposse to be made away—the which word is certainly come into Scotlande that they are dead and gone. Oliphaunt and Donepese were ner frindes and kinsmen to the Earle of Marr, yonge Lowghleene a Douglase and twordes thEarle of Aunguishe. Also . . . one Scrymigour the counstable of Dundeth, is slaine in Denmark at a banquett; which Scrymigour was of good accompt—for when the King entreth in armes to the feild, he beareth his standard; so that ther is great noise made for him." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

305. Forster to Walsingham. [April 20.]

The Borders are quiet "since our being at Martyns towre." For detaining the prisoners taken there "under bande," the opposite warden found great fault with me at our last day of truce holden at the Staweforde—as they were taken within Scottish ground; and I answered that they had taken many of her Majesty's subjects prisoners and ransomed them, and if they released them and repayed the ransom, I would release the Liddesdales.

There is a great "stur" between Lord Maxwell and the warden of the West Marches of Scotland, and Sir Thomas Karr the warden of the Middle March, is preparing to receive "Coroner Stewarde" coming with a force against Maxwell; who has sent word to them of East and West Tyvidale, that if any of them join "Coroner Steward" in burning or spoiling him, he will burn as much of them again. We are going to our "someringe on the Border bank" as quietly as ever we were wont to do. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

306. Scrope to Walsingham. [April 27.]

Since I received the 200l. by Mr Clopton to pay the soldiers on the border, I have disbursed nearly 200l. more—for which, with 100l. more, in all 300l., I pray you to procure warrants as speedily as may be, directed to "Mr Genkynes" receiver of Yorkshire, for the pay at Michaelmas next. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

307. Sir John Selby to Walsingham. [April 27.]

"I have received your favourable lettres of the xxth of Aprill, and shall by any service I cane doe, be thankfull for the same. I have sent herewithin some Schottish occurrants, part wherof I could have sent ere this, but unperfectly, which caused me stay, that I might know the certainty and circumstances." Twisell. Signed: Jhon Selbye.

¼ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

308. Scrope to Walsingham. [April 27.]

"The troubles of the opposite borders doe still contynue and encrease, for even of late, Robert Maxwell with Kynmontes and their complices, have brent almoste foure skore howses of the Larde Johnstons his tenauntes and freindes, and have made spoyle of a great deale of victuall, catle, and insight. And albeyt the same was done xxtie myles within Scotlande, yet was there not any parson that made resistance." It is thought the Lord Maxwell would not act thus, without the privity of some of the other noblemen of Scotland. Johnston is not yet returned, and when he does, it is like enough he will ask my help to suppress disobedience; wherein I pray you to procure her Majesty's pleasure and direction. For by the treaty, "I am bound but to ryde alongest our howne borders within England, to avoyde their resett when he pursewe them, which I suppose will stande him in small stead to bring them to obedience with all the forcies he shall have." And if he should desire a certain number of soldiers, or 200 or 300 horsemen, to join him and his force within Scotland in pursuit of the fugitives, I pray you to learn her Majesty's pleasure, it being an unusual thing.

I thank you for advertisement of the Earl of Arundales "commyttrie," and desire that all the disloyal may have the like success. I shall do what favour I can to the party in your postscript. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

"Postscript.—I have directed these lettres for lieff, for that your last pacquet was six dayes in comming."

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

309. Information against Thomas Carlton and others. [April? [1585.]]

On Easter Tuesday last at a horse race in Liddesdale, Thomas Carlton talked secretly with the Lairds of Maingertone, and Whithawghe, and Will of Kinmoth. Humfray Musgrave's horse "Bay Sandforth," ran and won all the three bells—it is thought he ran that Mangerton might see how he liked him, who now has him. Carlton came that night home to Askerton, and next day "ranne the bell of the Wainerigge." Will of Kinmoth, his brother Robbe, and other Scotsmen, came with him to Naworth for the night, and on leaving, Kinmoth got "Gray Carver," a horse of Lancelot Carlton's, and has him yet. Richies Will told Michael James that the week before Langhambie Moor race ran, Thomas Carlton sent a man to take assurance between him and them of the Moote, saying if they did, he should have gold and land. But he refused, and since the news of my Lord of Arandale's apprehension came, suspects Carlton meant them to join his conspiracy. Deafe Atkinsone says there is still at Peareth one John Bardolfe, who wears the coat and "connisence" of Lord Arundel, and was there 10 or 12 days before the news of his taking. He goes every week thrice to Mr John Midleton sheriff of Cumberland. He was lately master of "the Bull" in Doncaster, since Sissone and his wife who accused the Bishop of York, left it. He lies at Richard Ireland's house in Peareth and is well entertained by the sheriff.

Richard Atkinsone and another "that yow mett at Renwicke brigge," who told him this, thought I should certify you hereof. If you wish farther enquiry, let me know your pleasure with great speed.

1 p. Probably sent up by Lord Scrope. Indorsed by Walsingham's clerk: "Information touching Thomas Carlton and John Bardolfe."

310. Prisoners at York. [April?]

"The names of the prisonners at York.—

Mr Metham; Mr Bapthorp; Mr Craythorn; Mistresse Arthington; Mistresse Yorke; John Donnington; John Crosland; George Crosseland; Barnard Wawd: Typping."

½ p. Title and indorsement by Walsingham's clerk.