Border Papers volume 1: August 1586

Pages 229-231

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

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441. Scrope to Walsingham. [Aug. 10.]

"Havinge the comoditie of this bearer Mr Harry Leigh, I coulde not let him passe withoute somethinge unto youe." I look for no justice from the opposite Border, as I am told that Maxwell has refused the wardenry—and every laird, gentleman and borderer rides against the other. As the nights grow long and dark, I expect their accustomed insolencies against us will proceed afresh. If you knew the cruelties among themselves within these twenty days, and no order taken for redress or stay, you would agree with me that no justice can be expected from them.

I heartily thank you for your favour to Mr Leigh, and pray the continuance thereof. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

442. Scrope to Walsingham. [Aug. 12.]

"Yesternighte verie late, I receaved your letter of the viijth of this instante, signifyenge her Majesties pleasure for the staye and apprehention of such persons as have latelie slipped oute of London, and supposed to be drawne downe to these borders for Scotland." On receipt, I forthwith ordered all passages, fords &c. hereabouts, to be stopped and watched for suspected persons, and will likewise take all means to find out who (if any) have entered Scotland, and advertise you from time to time. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

443. Scrope to Walsingham. [Aug. 21.]

"I have this daye receaved a lettre from my Lorde Maxwell (by a gentleman of his) whereby I perceave that nowe at the last his lordship acknowledgeth him selfe warden of these opposyte Marches, and fyndinge him selfe greived with my fetchinge in of the Belles by Capten Case and others, signified unto you by my laste—for which their doinges he craveth redresse and the delivery of Capten Case and others in this exployte." But having had the King's licence through Mr Randolphe our ambassadour, to have his country delivered of these "combersome persones," I have refused Maxwell's demand, and given him that reason—offering however in all other matters to concur with him for the peace of the Borders to the uttermost of my power. Now that he has taken office, if he becomes a good neighbour, I will act accordingly—but if he continues his present slackness, you shall hear thereof. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

444. Scrope to Walsingham. [Aug. 24.]

"I have receyved your lettres of the xviijth of this instant, wherby I do not onely understand of the great and most dangerous consparycye of layt ment and intended against hir Majestie, but also the apprehencion of the most part of thos wycket persons who shold have offered the performance therof. Whos apprehencion as it is most confortable newes to my self, so may it dewly bynd all other hir Majesties good subjects contynewally to prayse God and be thankfull for the same. And ther is no dowbt now but by ther apprehencion it will please God to dyscover all ther said pretended practiz and ther assocyates and confedderats therin, to the good sayffytye of hir Majestie (which I most hartely pray God may longe contynew) and to the greate confort of all hir trew and loving subjects. And wheras also I do perceyve that the Quene of Scots in this tyme shold have bene tayken away, trewly sir, she hayth bene the occasyon of many evell parts intended against hir Majestie—but as God hayth hytherto most gracyously defended hir Majestie from the same, even so I tryst and shall dayly pray to God still to contynew his defence over hir against all her enymyes and ther most wycked practizes." Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

445. Forster to Walsingham. [Aug. 25.]

"Maye yt please your honour to recave fra the beirare a caste of jaerfacons—gevenge your honour humble thanks for all your goodnes shewed unto me frome tyme to tyme." At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed partly by Walsingham: "25 August 1586. From Sir John Foster. Sendeth me a caste of jarre faucons."

446. Forster to Walsingham. [Aug. 30.]

"I have receaved your lettre at the hands of your servande the beirare, where upon I presentlie cawsed the same towe bretherne the Halls of Girsonsfeilde to be broght before me, and examyned theme. Who did confes to me that they convayed one Inglishe man to Jedbrughe called George Hall dwellinge in the bisshopricke of Durisme, who hathe fled into Scotlande for the slawghter of a man—and so at there beinge in Jedbrughe in one Madders howse, there came to theme one called Selbie of Gryndonrige, a sisters sonne to Sir Johne Selbie, and did there in there companye bothe eate and drynke. So that he can testefie this which I have writtin to your honour, to be of credit." Since receipt of your first letter touching the couspiracy, I have caused, and shall continue diligent search both in England and Scotland for those matters. At my house nigh Alnwicke. Signed: John Forster.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.