Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.
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411. Scrope to Walsingham. [Feb. 3. 1585–86.]
I received your letter of the 26th ultimo this evening, and as directed shall do my uttermost endeavour to discover the practice and intelligence of the Jesuits with any in Northumberland or Cumberland, and also to "cary like watchfull eye," to any persons within my charge, suspected by myself, or by you and others, and signified to me. Concerning the number of the Jesuits, there names and friends, "I am credibly given to understand that there are iiijor at the Newabbaye which kepe them selfes quiet with John Browne there, the abbott of the same, a great practiser and cheife instrument in this worke of Maxwelles. Theire names ar said to be William Holte, Englisheman, Messrs Frosoment, Frenchman, William Lange and Allexander Macquhorne (?) Scottesmen, all preistes, clad in blacke, well stored of money, but from whence that provision cometh, is yet unknowne to me." To learn more certainly I shall send one of my own to find out, and report to you on his return. Signed: H. Scrope.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
412. Scrope to Walsingham. [Feb. 9.]
I am assured by my very friend, and well credit it, that "Arren did speake with the French ambassadour before he had presence of the Kinge, and that he came to this conference accompanyed with iiijor or v persons, lightinge from his horse on the backe syde of Kannygate, and so came on foote to the ambassadoures lodginge there. Albeit I have no other certentye then this reporte and others of like good credyte, yet I do verelie thinke the same to be most true. Arren remayneth still at the towne of Ayre. The Lorde Gloyde Hamilton as it is thought, shalbe made Lorde Chauncellour of Scotland, who is presentlie at Edenburgh. The Jesuites whose names I advertised of, do still contynue at the howse of one John Browne within a flight shute of Newabbaye. The Abbott of the same is brother to this Browne, and a verie greate man with Maxwell, who doth drawe him on in this matter of the masse. Yt is thought that he is very learned, havinge bestowed 4 or 5 years (as I am informed) in the Universitie of Oxford, whose contynuance there and acquaintance, with some other circumstances, induceth me to thinke and greatlie suspect that his practice and intelligence streacheth as fare as those partes. I have employed one (of trust) of the borderers both to viewe the said Jesuites and to looke into their doinges," and shall then advertise you more certainly. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
413. Scrope to Walsingham. [Feb. 11.]
"I am geven to understand for certaine, that this morninge the shott soldiers of Maxwell, beinge to the nomber of 100 yet retayned in paye by him, did runne a forrey uppon one Runnyon a frend of the Johnstons, whereuppon the Johnstons gatheringe them selfe together, have skermished with them, and with losse [of] foure of the Johnstons viz., the Larde of Corry, Willy Hayhill, Willy Little, and Arther of the Banke, they [have] taken the capten, the ensigne, and all the reste excepte the serjeante, and six of shott which were slane, and foure others that very hardlie escaped." And I hear that both sides are assembling and gathering strength, so that the matter between Maxwell and Johnston is likely to grow as evil as ever, as I warned yourself. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.
½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.
414. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Feb. 13.]
I received the inclosed two pacquets from the Master of Gray and Roger Ashton, by the messenger I weekly employ into Scotland as you directed, and another from Mr Moullins to his wife, who required it might be "convoyed" in your pacquet. "The vjth of this instant the King freended the Hamiltons and Douglasses, as the Lord of Arbrothe, the Lord Claud and thErle of Anguishe. Collonell Steward is in great favour with the King and (as is said) shalbe employed embassadour into Denmarke. ThErle of Arren is commanded to departe the xxjth of this monethe furth of the realme, and yet it is thought he will not goe—for that he accomptes him selfe so sure of the Kinges favoure. The Master [of] Grey is envied by some of the lordes for his inclination towardes England, and betwixt the Master Glammes and him appeares a manyfest disdeyne. The Lord Maxwell was to be set at libertye the xiijth or xiiijth of this moneth at the furthest; and a proclamacion is published in all corporate townes, that who soever shall either say or heare masse, shalbe presently apprehended, and with all spede informacion made therof to the King or his secret counsell.
I am credibly enfourmed that the King and his secret counsell have decreed and set downe with the French embassadour an absolute answere to be given to her Majesties embassadour. And that the King with certen of the lordes is fully resolved to binde and knitte up with France. The French embassadour is dayly more and more greatly esteamed with the Kinge, who determynes to make his aboade as a ledger in Scotland—and of late beginnes to buy all the fine horses he can get, not sticking to give twoe hundreth crownes for a palfreye." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
415. Sir John Selby to Walsingham. [Feb. 13.]
I received your last on the 4th instant, and am very glad to hear of Mr Randolls coming north, which I hope shall do great good for the advancement of God's glory and discouraging the French and Papist faction. Also to keep the lords that came out of England stable, for there is great working to stir controversies among them. "Capten James Steward latt Earll of Arrain remaynes at the new towne of Ayerr, and manye of the gentillmen of that partt favour hym verey muche. Yt is geven forthe that he haith bene latlye at Edenburghe with the French ambasadour, but I cannot learne that of trewth. I learne that a servant of his, one Ormston, was at Eddenburghe, but to verey few knowen. I learne that his seilf was assurredlye at Roslen, a gentill manes house hard by Eddenburghe; the Earll of Boethwell came and spake with hym neare the house. Corronell Steward is come to the court agayne with thirtie or fourtie men attending on hym, and remaynes ther, and is a great sewtter to the Keng for the Earll of Morton." Signed: John Selbye.
"Postscript.—At the Lord Gloiedes arryevall at the court, having spoken with the King err ever he had his bottes of, he went frome thene to the yong Dewkes lodging, and after to the French ambassadores lodging, and is soupposed of the common sort that he will become French."
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed by Walsingham.
416. Scrope to Walsingham. [Feb. 17.]
I send you copy of letters "from my secret frendes, and a nobleman of good accompte," which I have just received, and refer you to my next for more certain news. The extremity of the weather is such that men can hardly pass betwixt this and Edinburgh. I hear that Bothwell is "verie inwarde" with the French ambassador, and has had secret speech with Arran. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.
½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.
417. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Feb. 24. 1585–86.]
"The xxjth of this instant Mr Randolphe her Majesties embassador came unto this towne, and presently wrote unto the King for his lycence, which was returned unto him the xxiiijth of the same. Who the next mornynge set furthe of this towne unto the Court of Scotland, and required that he might have Robert Carvell to accompanye him, whome I licenced accordinglye. I receaved this inclosed from Roger Ashton, which I doe returne unto your honour."
I hear the Master of Gray is not in such favour with the King as of late, and is withdrawing from court homewards. The Secretary is in great favour and credit at present. There was a late ineffectual conspiracy against the lords, devised (as is thought) by Arran. Sir William Steward was apprehended on suspicion, examined by the Lorde of Arbrothe, and then taken to the King, who had great conference in secret, and then set him free, now resident in court. The Earl of Arran, it is said shall depart out of the realm on the 3d or 4th of March, and Collonell Steward has taken his leave already of court, and is to depart also. Moreover I hear that if her Majesty's ambassador had not now arrived, there would have been great displeasure and alteration suddenly among them at court, for there is great disdain and envy among the noble men. Lord Maxwell is still in ward, and much suspected by the lords for his conspiracy. They are turned his enemies and are moving the King to bring him to an assise, when it is thought it will go hard with him, both for his former and late actions. "I am certenly infourmed that Sir Thomas Carre the lard of Farnihearst is deceased in the towne of Aberdene." . . . Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.
2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed by Walsingham.