Border Papers volume 1: January 1587

Pages 241-243

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

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473. Cesfurde to Forster. [Jan. 4. 1586–87.]

"Quhairas I had ane appoinctitt meting with youre lordship at Kirknewtoun and Kirkyettame on Thurisday and Fryday the xij and xiij of this instant, quhilk I thocht assuredlie to have kepitt, bot having necessitie ado, I man be in Edinburcht in the end of this wik, and being uncertaue of my returne, may nocht keip the appoinctitt dayis, bot sall nocht faill, God willing, to meitt your lordschip at the places appoinctitt that day xx dayis, quhilkis ar the ij and iij of Februar nixt, and sall at meting do your lordschipe full justice, as I will assuredlie luik for the lyke at youre handis." Roxburcht. Signed: Cesfurde.

"I pray youre lordschipe advertes me with the bearar, quhat panis is to be laid to the charge of thame that bachillis or reprobes in tyme of pace and quhat the commissionaris buik settis doun for the samin."

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.

474. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 16.]

On the arrival of the Lord Hamilton at Dunfreis, who came thither as Lieutenant in the beginning of last week, I am credibly informed that Maxwell persuaded him to take the same course with the borderers as to past offences, as former lieutenants have been accustomed to do, viz. to accept submission for former outrages, and their band or ordinary assurances for future good behaviour. This shows Maxwell's disposition towards order and justice, and I fear if his advice is followed, outrages will break out again.

"Yesterdaye Mr Donkenson one of the Kinges chappell (sent with a booke of certaine articles of the professed religion in Scotland) came unto Dunfreis, to have had Maxwell and others in those partes to subscribe the same—but Maxwell flatlie denyed to subscribe thereunto, and as it is thought some others of good accompte tooke the same course. Yt is crediblie advertised that Maxwell is informed of, and hathe a cattalogue of all the names of the principall Papistes of accompte in England, and as yt is thought, hath frequente intelligence from sondry of them, by the dailie resorte of our Englishe Jesuites and semynaries repayringe unto him from tyme to tyme."

I have also heard that the Master of Gray, both on his way to court and since his arrival at London, had conference with divers great Papists.

Lord Hamilton hath yet required no meeting with me, but I look that he will shortly—therefore I pray you hasten to me her Majestys direction, as I asked in my letter of the 31st December sent to you on 1st instant, the answer whereof and of my former letter which you sent to Mr Davison, I have long expected, and doubt if my last reached your hands. I greatly thank you for accepting my late suit for my servant Feildinge. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

"I would be glad to understand of some good resolucion taken in the greate cause." (fn. 1)

pp. Addressed. Indorsed.

475. Forster to Walsingham. [Jan. 18.]

I send your honour here inclosed a letter to the Privy Council, answering their charge against me of transporting corn into Scotland against the law—which I assure you on my credit, is untrue—for I never transported any kind of grain or made any exchange, since I gave certain oats in exchange for wine, which were taken at Berwick. But this is like their informations against me. "I have ben so sore putt att and sifted by some greatt personages, thatt it was verie harde to have biddenn itt withoutt the good ayding and backinge of youre honour. . . Besetchinge youre honour theirfore. . . thatt whatsoever informacioun be objected againste me eitheir in this or any otheir matter, I maye come to the aunsweareinge theireof before her Majestie or her heighnes most honourable previe counsell. . . And nott to have my creditt thus crackte or my service darkned, withoutt cominge to myne aunsweare theirine, for I doubte not butt to aunsweare that cane be objected against me for any manner of cause."

The only news here is, "that uppoun the reporte of the Scotishe Quenn in Scotelande, the Scotes do make greate brages of warr, and maikes the evill disposed people taike some matters in hande to disquiett the contrie as farr as theie darr—butt theie are but small matters. Butt if that her head had ben strikenn of, I thinke theie would have maide but a Scotes brage." Att my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

476. Cesfurde to Forster. [Jan. 21.]

"I thocht assuredlie to have kepitt the appoinctit metingis at Kirknewtoun and Kirkyettame with your lordschip the secund and thrid of Februar nixt—bot becaus of my lord leiftennentis being in this cuntry, upon quhome bayth I and the haill gentilmen and cuntrymen man awaitt during his remaning, the tyme thairof being uncertane to ws, man desyir youre lordschip to continew the samin xv dayis, quhilkis ar the xvj and xvij dayis of Februar nixt. Quhilk dayis I sall nocht faill at the places befoir appoinctitt to keip. . . Thair suld na uthir thing have impeditt oure appoinctit metingis except the awaitting upon his honour." Jedburcht. Signed: Cesfurde.

"I have ressavit from your man Grene a note of your complainttis and am werry besie to see present ordour takin with thame, quhairin I shall use deligence. For Mr Fynnikis bill aganis the Olifeiris, according to the desyir of your lordschipis lettre, I sall nocht faill to caus the tryst be kepitt at Hyndmerwell the last of this instant, and sall send sum of my awn to sie mesr (?) done, hoiping ye will caus lykewys the tryst for Mr Fynniks part be kepitt."

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.

477. Survey of Berwick. [Jan. 23.]

"Barwicke uppon Twied xxiijmo Januarij 1586, anno regni Elizabethe regine xxixno ."—Certificate of sundry most needful repairs to be done presently, on a survey taken by Sir Henry Woodrington knight, marshal (and for the time in charge of Berwick) Robert Bowes esquire treasurer, Sir John Selbye knighte, porter, Sir Symon Musgrave knight having charge of the Queen's ordnance there, Captain Carey, Thomas Barton deputy comptroller, William Acrigge, deputy surveyor and master mason there, William Larkin master gunner, and Leonarde Fairley master carpenter, with others.


The Masondue keye or wharfe, greatly fallen down, and more ready to fall every spring tide, will cost, 100l. A breach in the wall south side of Connyers mount, will cost 10l. The timber of the Newgate is all broken down, and must be mended with stone to carry the ordnance from one mount to another, and to support the "rampier," which if it fell, would stop the way and let none pass from the town to the castle or the fields, will cost 50l. The conduit head, without the town, at the foreside of the Calfhill, receiving all the water from the "Nynewells," the spring that serveth the town and palace, the ditches about the town, the mills and the castle—being of brick and now so broken that the water cannot run—will cost 20l. The iron gates, viz., the Cowgate, the Mary gate, the gate at the tower of the bridge, the Masondue gate, and Shore gate, will cost 1000l. The iron gate to be set up at the Cowgate being half done, it should be set up in the new wall in the place appointed by Sir Richard Lee knight then surveyor, rather than in the old wall where it was.

A piece of the old wall at the south west side of the palace or victual office, is ready to fall, and overhangeth so that the people are afraid to pass over it, and is dangerous for the night watch who stand thereon—it is 100 feet long, 10 thick, and 26 high, and should be 12 feet high of hewn stone, for the better defence of the "surgies of the sea," beating on it every tide, and will cost 240l. The long bridge over Tweed, being in great decay, will require 20 tons of timber, besides the workmanship, and will cost 60l.

Sum total of all the works above mentioned, 1515l.

Memorandum.—The "peir" must also be looked to, for every winter the storms so beat it that they tear up the work. This last winter it was twice mended at the charge of 73l. "and od," and it is thought better that one man should have a yearly pension to see to it and provide "stuffe" to mend it.

Estimate of the charges for the repair of the storehouse and other houses appertaining to the orduance office, and for the smith's forge in the Masondewe to be new built—viz., stone, timber, smiths' and slaters' work, 405l. 19s.

Memorandum.—There is timber felled in Chapwell wood at the master of the ordnance's charges, which is very necessary to be brought to the town for stocking the ordnance standing on the mounts and in the flankers. Signed: Henry Woddryngton, Robert Bowes, Jhon Selbye, William Carey, Thomas Barton, William Acrigg.

7 pp. Indorsed.

478. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 31.]

"The lieutenante of these oposyte Borders returned yesterdaye towardes Edenburgh to the Kinge, havinge done very litle here for thestablishinge of any quietnes or good order on the Borders. He hath only put downe or executed twelve base fallowes of the Johnstons and his frendes, non of them beinge of any especiall name or accompte." Though the King as I hear, had earnestly written to him to set the Laird of Johnstons at liberty, he has taken him as a prisoner with him, leaving a few of Johnston's friends in irons at Drumfreis. As for Maxwell's tenants and friends—though Maxwell brought them to the lieutenant, they have been all dismissed without punishment. So he has left matters on the Borders worse than he found them, and has done no justice to England, or settled the opposite border. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

¾ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

479. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 31.]

Since the despatch and sealing up of my other, I received a letter from the Lord Hamilton, that his sudden departure was by the King's commandment, and asking me to prohibit the reset of any fugitives from Scotland, as by the King's own letter, a copy of which I sent you in the beginning of this month. Also to know what the King and his officer might expect in that matter. To which I have answered that I would do as enjoined by the treaties in these cases. Carlisle. Signed: H. Serope.

½ p. Addressed: with addition, "At Carlisle the firste of February at after 7 in the morninge." Signed: H. Scrope. Indorsed.


  • 1. The fate of the Queen of Scots, no doubt.