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Border Papers volume 1: March 1586

Pages 222-223

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

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418. Scrope to Walsingham. [March 15.]

"Sythence my advertisementes longe agone sente unto you (and declaringe the supposed intention of Johnston to take his tyme and make his owne revendge againste Maxwell), Johnston hath at two severall tymes assayed to wracke and herrye Maxwell and his frendes—once prepared to ryde uppon them and to burne the towne of Drumfreis, and sythence to burne Annon—but both these purposes faylinge and beinge defeated, through thextreamyty of the wether—which now servinge fytlie to putt any accion in execution—yt ys verely thought that he will againe, and that verie shortlie enterpryse some greate matter against his said enemies to recompence former deedes. For which purpose yt is thought he sytteth the Kinges lettres—for yt is reported that albeit the Kinge hath sent for him, yet he will not hastely make his appearance till he have atcheived some exployte against his enemies."

As St Georges day is near at hand, when I greatly desire to see my sovereign and also to take part in the ceremonies injoined by the Order into which by her Majesties favour I have been elected, I pray you to take her Majesty's pleasure whether I shall come to court at that day, or attend on this my charge, in case of incursions from Scotland. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed by Walsingham.

419. Scrope to Walsingham. [March 22.]

As I signified to you in my last, that Johnston would enterprise some revenge on his unfriends, so it has fallen out. "For verie lately the said larde accompanied with his frendes and partie, made a rodde uppon Sir Alexander Garden knight, called the Larde of Applegarthe, being a gentleman of him self verie sufficient, of power great, and welbeloved of sundrie borderers; and hath not onelie owtragiouslie brunt and spoiled all his howses, steadinges, stackes of corne and other utensells—but also taken and brought awaye all the cattle and howsell stuffe belonging him selfe and his frendes. So as I doe thinke the sayd Applegarthe to be a man of that stomock and partie, as that he will not disiest to suffer suche a manyfest injurie passe, without the taken of a spedie revendge." Therefore unless the King take some good and speedy order for redress, there is great likelihood of further disorders and outrages, which may spread to this border, though at present in great quiet. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

420. Scrope to Walsingham. [March 27. 1586.]

Since you wrote to me in January to discover the practices of certain Jesuits then with Maxwell, I have been unable to learn any thing. But now a Scottish borderer has come to me and offered for "a good somme of money," to take and bring to me one of the principal Jesuits, na[med] . . . (fn. 1) Holte, at this instant in Scotland. As this will be a hard matter, if it be thought good service to her Majesty, and her highness will bear the charges, I shall deal further with the borderer on hearing from you. He requires nothing unless he delivers Holte to me.

On Friday night last, Johnston gathered his friends and burnt and spoiled 10 or 12 towns of the servants and tenants of Maxwell, bringing away about 20 score of nolt, to the great impoverishment of the poor commons "that like to paye for the synnes of others." Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed by Walsingham.

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