Border Papers volume 1: June 1586

Pages 226-228

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

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432. Scrope to Walsingham. [June 5.]

I have received your letter of 30th ultimo, and shall write to you more fully on Tuesday or Wednesday next as to Thomas Musgrave and stay of entrance to the office of Bewcastell. "But concerninge the Carres or others as prysoners to be sent hither oute of Scotland, to be kepte in this castell and at libertie to walke within the same, with regarde that no escape be made,—I knowe not howe the same maye convenientlie be done, for I have not sufficient roome in the same for myne owne famillie,—my gentlemen beinge in the towne, and non of them loged in the howse in the nighte, by reason of the straitnes therein. So as I cannot so salflie kepe the said persons at such libertie as is thoughte meete for me to do, and by your lettre advised, havinge no place to lodge them in the nighte but the prysons." And therefore I pray you think of some other course, and direct me speedily. Touching the outrage this night in England, by the followers of Maxwell and Drumlangricke on the Graimes who favour Johnston, I refer you to the enclosed copy of my letter to Mr Randolph thereon, and pray you also to write to him to move the King for speedy redress: Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

433. Scrope to Walsingham. [June 12.]

Before your letter to stay Thomas Musgrave's appointment to Bewcastell reached me, his father had placed him there, and his brother is now departed from thence.

If the Carres come hither, I shall use them as I shall be directed.

I delivered your letter "to the partie contayned in the postscript" of y[our letter] to me of 29th May, who "for your good acceptance of his travell with the partie knowne to you, acknowledgeth him selfe and service deepelie bounden to be allwaies at your comaundement. And he shall furthwith comforte thother partie, with such matter and in such sorte as you directed." I am glad to hear of the good prosperity of my Lord of Leicester in the Low Countries. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

434. Sir Simon Musgrave to the Council. [June 16.]

I received your lordships' letter of 8th instant, and have as directed stayed my son Thomas Musgrave from executing the office of Beawcastle till your farther pleasure. Beseeching that I may know it with convenient speed—"for the often alteracion and chaunge of officers makes the people, beinge rude by nature, to be very untowarde and out of provision of suche furniture as they ar bounde by the tenor of ther laundes to have in redines for her Majesties servise, and besydes drives me to suche great charges as I am nott able to beare. For the last I placed ther by my Lord Scrope his advise, att Candlemas last, putt me to lxxx l. chardges in foure mouethes, which is far above the revenewes of that office, consideringe the shortnes of the tyme . . . I placed him so spedilye . . . for that his winter provision for fewell and other necessaryes was to be mayde, as also the grounde lay untilld and oute of order, which his younger brother havinge no certayntye in the office, gave litle regarde unto. As for the agrementt with the Graymes, an offer hathe bene mayde unto them by my Lord Scrope his advise, which they have accepted, so that yt restes onelye in his lordship to call bothe the partyes together, that all feades and displeasures may be fully concluded upon. Butt for my sonne Thomas, yf yt will please your lordships to accepte of hym as officer there, I will pawne both my credytt and livinge for hym, that he shall serve that place as sufficiently for the service of her Majestie, and be as diligentt to please my Lord Scrope . . . as any officer ther this many yeares . . . I have bene officer ther this xxxti yeares, nott without great chardge and loss . . . Nowe I am olde and woulde be at som staye." I bessech your lordships that a commission be granted, as Lord Scrope requests, to some indifferent gentlemen, where the beginnings of these troubles may be recited and it may appear in whom the default principally consists. Newcastle. Signed: Symon Musgrave.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

435. Petition John Anell to Randolph. [June 18.]

John Aneill of Elderton in the Middle Marches, complains that having dwelt these two years bypast at Whitsunday last, on the lands in Elderton, in government and rule of one Robert Rodham of Little Haughton gentleman, and duly paid and done his rent and service for the tenement, with the best of the tenants, yet the wife of the said Rodham came yesterday the 17th June to the suppliant's house, accompanied with 2 servants, and 8 Scotsmen, come out of Scotland for the purpose, and then and there forcibly cast him his wife and children and goods out at the door, and imprisoned 2 of his children in the tower—and against all equity and law, planted a Scotsman with his household goods and cattle, come out of Scotland, as her tenant in his holding. And since Candlemas last the said Rodham's wife has brought in and planted in Elderton, four other households of "Scottes persones," to the discouragement of true English subjects, and the undoing of the suppliant. Signed: John Anelle.

2 pp. Broad sheet. In one handwriting. Addressed: To Randolph as Ambassador in Scotland. Indorsed by him: "This thynge is so commen amonge all men of anye wealthe that have lande neare unto the Borders, that ther is not all moste an Engleshe tenante that cane keape the lande theye have, or gette anye lande to occapie. The lyke also inused by somme men of good credit in thEast Marches—as the owner of Menylaws hathe not an Engleshe man that dwellethe in hyt. The partie named in the supplication, complayned upon by the poore man, is a broker in the lawe, an arrant Papiste. The lande dothe belonge to one Elderton a commen wryter of supplications abowte the Courte and Westmenster Hall. Yt is commenlye reported that everrie thyrde man within x myles of the Borders, is ether a Scote, tenant or servant to an Engleshe man, bothe in Middle and Easte Marches."

436. Scrope to Walsingham. [June 19.]

I have received your letter of 14th, and also another from my lords of the Privy Council, for bestowing the Carres in this town—some in the castle, others either in the "cyttidale," or in gentlemen's houses in my wardenry. "Yow also offer (uppon notice of my dislike of any parte of their lordshippes saide resolucion) to be a meane to procure the same to be altered to my contentement." For which and all other favours I am greatly beholden to you, and shall make shift to lodge the principal of them in the castle, and the others in the citadel, with due regard to their safety. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

437. Scrope to Walsingham. [June 30.]

The bearer Mr Leighe is repairing to court, and intends to prefer his suit to her Majesty for relief. As his good service and sufficiency (well known to you) justly deserve encouragement, I most heartily pray you, as I have done before, to give him your favourable assistance in obtaining his suit, as you shall see time and opportunity. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.