Border Papers volume 1: October 1586

Pages 234-237

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

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456. Forster to Walsingham. [Oct. 2. 1586.]

I enclose a letter received from my Lorde Hammylton—the contents to be used as to you seems most convenient. "There is greate contraversie betwixt my Lorde Hammylton and my Lorde Clawde for the mariage that ys mowfed betwixt the Duicke of Lenoxe and my Lorde Hammyltons doghter." There is nothing done at the convention, but a subsidy to be taken up to subdue the evildoers on the Border. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

457. Scrope to Walsingham. [Oct. 3.]

"Your lettre of the xxvijth of the laste month I have this daye receaved, with a note of the Commissioners names appointed to proceed againste the Quene of Scottes, according to thact made the laste parliament, and perceave you were to set forward about those purposes on Satterdaye last. I pray God graunte you a prosperous jurney and such successe in those causes, as God maye be glorifyed, thenymies of his gospell and our Quene and common weale, either in the Lordes mercye converted, or in his just judgementes confounded, to the commune comforte of his truithe, redy by them to be utterlie overthrowne, but mightelie by the Lorde hitherto heild upp and preserved. His name be prayesed therefore. Where you ar informed of many Jesuytes latelie entred the realme of Scotland, and do requier that Fieldinge maye deale with the partie knowne to you and me, I shall accordinglie send him ymediatelie, and uppon his returne, shall advertyse you of his doinges in those matters. Concerninge these matters, I my selfe also did heare that there arre certaine southerne Englishemen come downe to Tyvydale and the Mershe, but I durst not wryte the same, untill I had better certenty thereof. Yet I acquainted my lorde lieutenant with as muche as I have hard of them; and have of purpose sente a man of myne owne to inquier further and learne after them, and there passage. As I shall further here uppon his returne, I shall signifie unto you." Touching your last direction, I shall do everything in my power to find out Maxwell's part in the purposed practices. "Sir, for as much as this man is thus discovered or suspected to be the Quenes enemye, with whom I am nowe often to meete for justice in Border causes, and havinge my selfe also some suspicion of his well meaninge," I pray you that I may have her Majesty's pleasure how to demean myself at our ordinary meetings. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed by Walsingham. Wafer signet, Garter motto.

458. Scrope to Walsingham. [Oct. 13.]

I received your last of the 7th yesternight, and heartily thank you for moving her Majesty for my stay from the parliament in consideration of my debility to travel, and shall wholly employ myself in her service here.

"As concerninge the partie touched in your postscript—I had before the receipt thereof, accordinge to your former direction (and my late lettres to you) sent unto him to deale with him for thunderstandinge of those matters (by you) in that your lettre requiered. And purposed also to have imployed him in that service for the soundinge of Maxwell, with whom I am perswaded he hath the beste credyte, and can do more for the discovery of any matter, then any other that I knowe of in these borders. Nevertheles uppon this your advertisement of the suspition had of him emongste the Catholiques in that countrey, I shall forbeare to proceede any further in that my purpose for his imployement that waye, untill I shall heare further from you and your opynion and direction howe to use him. But for any meete man uppon these Borders to be used in those services for the growinge inward with Maxwell, and soundinge of the bottom of those practises, I assure you I knowe none heare that I dare comitt a matter of so greate waighte and importance unto. Towchinge Maxwelles late behaviour, in myne opynion and as I collect, yt greatlie argueth suspicion of some evell evente shortlie to ensue; for I am advertised by good credyte, that within these 14 dayes, he is fallen afreshe to his accustomed ceremony of the masse, albeit not in such publique manner as aforetyme, yet in pryvate he dalie hath and frequenteth the same. Moreover I also heare that he often repaireth unto Kirkowbraye, where he was uppon Mondaye laste as I am informed—but what busynes he hath there, I cannot certainelie learne as yet." I likewise inclose you "a note of the most material matters broughte me by my man from the partie knowne to you—leavinge the choise of the best to your owne good collection, and refferringe the whole to be handeled accordinge as to your good discreation shall seeme beste." Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

"Postscript.—I understand that there [are] 4 Englishemen at the Lard of Corbettes in Tyvydale."

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

Inclosed in the above:—

(Note referred to.)

"No Jesuytes nor other strangers latelie entred into Scotland this waye, to the parties knowledge. Certaine Jesuytes and others weare at the tyme of the greate search, in Northumberland, where a very slender search was made, as yt is supposed. The same persons ar thought to contynue in that contrey as yet. They ar receipted and quietlie kepte at Cardington Mr Ratcliffes howse, him selfe beinge absente from the same. They frequente the howses of Stephen Phennycke at Longshare, Mr Ralph Grayes, Medfordes of Riall, and Carres of Foard. The cheif conveyoures of these and the lyke in and oute of Scotland, ar Edwarde Collingwood an outlaw, often usinge one Brownes howse in Foard, Robert Carr of Swarland, an outelaw also, and one Carre of Lynton a Scotsman, that most commonlie cometh into England to fetch any person which is to be conveyed into that realme.

Dury alias Lange a Jesuyte contynuallie with Maxwell, who (as the partie affirmeth) is not ignorant of any matter comitted to the Jesuytes, of which sorte of persons there ar said to be 3 or 4 allwaies usinge the New Abbaye, which is neare unto Dunfreis.

In entringe conference with the partie of this late wicked practise against our nation, the said partie let fall emongst others, a message sent (by him) from Maxwell to the French ambassadour, the cheif and most materiall pointe of which errand was, earnestlie to travell with thambassadour that he woulde have an especiall regarde howe he comitted so waighty a matter and general a cause as he had in hand, to the handlinge of Arren or any other particuler or private person—lest the same fell to the grownd through their weaknes and debillity to weld the same."

¾ p. Written by Scrope's clerk.

459. Daily Rations at Berwick. [Oct. 18.]

Rates charged by the Surveyor for the soldiers per diem. From Midsummer till 23d December,—bread, 24 oz., 1d.; "beare" 1 pottell, ¾d.; beef and mutton, 2 lb. at 1¼d., 2½ = 4¼d. From 23d December—bread and beer (as above); beef and mutton at 1¾d. per lb., 3½; in all, 5¼d.

On fish days—bread and beer (as above); with half a pound of butter, 2d., or 1 lb. cheese, 2d., or "codd," a quarter of a fish, 2½d., or "linge, a reasonable pece" 3d., or "white hearinges or red" 7 or 8, 2d.

1 p. Indorsed: "The rate of a manns victuells by the daie as they are served by the surveiour, with all kind of victuells throughoute the yeare. Barwick."

460. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Oct. 23.]

"This inclosed I receaved from the Master of Grey the xxiijth of this instant, requyring yt might be returned unto your honour with expedition, the which I have so done accordingly." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

¼ p. Addressed to Walsingham: "For the Quenes Majesties affaires." Indorsed.

461. Scrope to William Davison. [Oct. 29.]

"Your lettre of the xxth heareof I have received, and do perceive that my lettres which Mr Secretary Walsingham received in his returne from Fothringay, were sent by him unto you to be comunicated to her Majestie, that hath comanded you to signifie her highnes good pleasure unto me in the most materiall pointes of the same—and thinkinge yt meete and conveniente for her Majesties service, that I shoulde use some extraordinary care to discover the devise of Maxwell for any conspiracy or attempte againste this state in favour of the Scottes Quene. Unto which I answere, that albeit the matter wilbe very difficulte (trulie) to sounde the bothom thereof, yet shall I leave nothinge undone that lyeth in me to advance her Majesties service therein (as I am in dutie bounde) by discipheringe Maxwelles doinges with all the best meanes in my power.

Towchinge the informed late meetinge of Huntley, Crayford, Montros, Roothes, Cathnes, with others, tendinge (as was supposed) to some welter and alteracion of that ticle state and courte, whereof her Majestie seeketh to be advertysed what I fynde—I did furthwith (uppon the receipte of your said lettre), dispach one of myne owne, to see what can be learned of any of their purposes or resolucions in the meetinge of those said lordes, and uppon my said servantes returne, I shall advertyse such thinges as shall be brought to my knowledge."

I am credibly informed that the Englishmen at the Laird of Corbet's, were taken to Edinburgh about 20 days ago, and after remaining there 3 or 4 days in secret, were convoyed to some noble men in the north of Scotland. I can as yet find out nothing of "their names, statures &c., or places of their passage"; nor of the Jesuits resetted in the "places knowne to you," wher it is doubtful if they still remain—but shall make the best enquiry with all secrecy, and report to my lord lieutenant, doing what he shall think best for their apprehension.

I hear that Maxwell is earnestly labouring to reconcile himself and Johnston, and to link in friendship with them as many borderers both of England and Scotland, as he can, to strengthen himself in all events.

I hear that Holte was a good while ago dispatched into France by Maxwell, Arran, and the rest of that faction, for money, and it is thought he has lately returned, and as some think not "empty handed." I shall be glad to hear at your leisure any news from beyond seas. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

"Postscript.—I would be glad to heare howe Sir Phillip Sydney doth of his hurte, for that he is one whom I do dearly love.

I am crediblie advertised that Inglebie was at the Lard of Whittawe howse in Liddersdale, and as is thought Wyndsour was there with him also; from whence they were conveyed to one Duke Hoddome servante to the Lorde Harris, who conveyed them to Dumfreis. The certentye of this by my next you shall knowe."

pp. Addressed: "To his assured lovinge frend William Davison esquier, one of her Majesties principal secretaryes." Indorsed by Davison.

462. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Oct. 29.]

Mr William Keithe came to this town on the 29th, sent from the King of Scots to her Majesty, and leaves for the court to-morrow, with 10 persons in his train. Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.