Border Papers volume 1: August 1588

Pages 327-332

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

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617. William Selby to Walsingham. [Aug. 1.]

Understanding there is some likelihood of service, I beg to offer myself to be employed in whatever your honour thinks fittest. I am not tied here by any special charge, for my service in the ordnance was only of good will, and I have written to Sir Simon Musgrave to come and attend it himself, as he will shortly do. Berwick. Signed: Willm Selby.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

618. Sir John Selby to Walsingham. [Aug. 3.]

I have received your letter by my son, and shall not desist from doing your honour such service as I may, for any man's displeasure. "For besides your many favours to myselfe, your honours ending of my sones troubles, together with your furtherance in the obteyning of his wife, doe soe greatly bind me to your honour, that while I live your honour shall comand me." Berwick. Signed: Jhon Selby.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

619. Huntyngdon to Queen Elizabeth. [Aug. 3.]

Though I have not yet seen all the places in these parts meet to be cared for, or their wants, yet finding this good captain here on his way to London, I make bold to let your Majesty know that in your own storehouse at Newcastle there is nothing fit for service but a few brass pieces, and here there is no powder. If it please you, some ships from Newcastle might with most speed bring a supply here, and so the smaller proportion from the Tower might serve meanwhile. Your highness can consider the danger of leaving these parts defenceless. "For tho the storme appeare nowe to bee greatest in the sowthe partes of your realme, yet howe soone yt maye bee turnyd hythyr, your Majesty hathe greatest causse to dowtte. For sure I am, the enemye can not be ignorant of the weakenes of thease partes, neythyr doothe he dowtte to fynde sum frendes heare—too good reason to move hym to send that hythyr, which may breede no smalle daunger to your hole state—and yet the same shalle lyttle hynder hym in any thynge that he purposyth to doo in the sowthe." Durham. Signed: H. Huntyngdon.

1 p. Holograph. Addressed: "To the Quene hyr moste excellent majesty." Indorsed. Fragment of was seal.

620. Huntyngdon to Walsingham. [Aug. 11.]

"This night sone after mydnight, I receyved a lettre from the Marshal of Barwick, with which I thought that a lettre hadd byn sent unto you from the ambassador; but fynding yt not to be so, I have thought good to acquaynte you presently with that which I receyved from Barwick, vidl. that yesterday in the morninge, he receyved credyble intelligence that on Thursday last (fn. 1) about xij of the clock at noone theare came a Spanishe shippe to the Firth besydes Leth, and there cast ancar, and launched out theire cockboote with 16 men, all Spanyards, dyrected to Coronell Symple, who were conveyed to him safely to Edenbroughe, and after they hade conference with him, the towne understandinge they were Spanyards, apprehended them and commytted them to warde, who confessed that in that shippe there are 150 souldyers, and nothinge els but victualls and municion.

Uppon the apprehencion of them that came alande, Corouell Symple roode in great hast to the Erle Bothwell to his house at Creighton within 8 myles of Edenbroughe. Carmichell understandinge thereof, made readye and persewed him with all speade, and brought him backe to Edenbroughe.

The Earle Huntly beinge at Edenbroughe, and informed that Carmichell hadd apprehended Coronell Symple for accompaynyenge the Spanyards, he came and tooke Symple from hym into his custody. The same day in the afternoone, the Kinge came over the water about 4 of the clock to Edenbroughe and hearinge of these proceadings, sent for Huntly, examyned the matter, and, as yt ys sayd, the kinge hath commytted Symple.

The Kinge presently sent to Leth, and commanded the towne to sownde upp theire drummes, and ringe theire allarme bell, and putt them selves in readynes, and if eyther that shippe or any other of the Spanyards offred any landinge at that place, to withstand them, and uppon advertisement, there should be greater forces ready to withstand them.

Uppon Fryday last also about v of the clock in the afternoone, there were discovered xx great shippes against Heymouth, v myles from Barwick. Whether they be of our fleete or of the Spanishe navye, the Marshall dyd not knowe." Newcastle. Signed: H. Huntyngdon.

"Postscript.—There is one come into this port, that sayth there is report that there are 60 sayle of Spanyards newly seene upon the west cost, whereuppon all the becons have byn fyred. I desyre greatly to knowe what truth this report caryeth."

2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.

621. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Aug. 11.]

I received the enclosed this morning by Robert Carvell from Mr Ashbye her Majesty's ambassador in Scotland. And thinking it gives news of proceedings in Scotland, and the landing of the Spanish fleet in the Murray frith in the Earl of Murray's country, I say no more. Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Under the address is the figure of a man on a gibbet. "Life" written five times at the side, and signed by Woddryngton.

622. Report of the Spanish fleet. [Aug. 12. 1588.]

One ship has come to [place lost] and landed Colonel S[ymple?] who has [brought some news of] the Duke of Parma—[the road at S Andrews—Duke of Guise, Symple, the Chancellor, named.]

½ p. The date noted by Huntyngdon. Indorsed: "Mr William Selbyes report of the arrival of the Spanish navy in Scotland."

A fragment—one half lost.

623. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Aug. 13.]

The enclosed was received this morning from Mr Ashbye, to be sent with all expedition to your honour—I wrote in my last that the Spanish fleet had landed in the Murray frith, but now learn that they "made offer, but landed not, so as nowe yt is thought they are either towardes Norwey coast or Shotland." Berwick Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed. On back—"Dd at Barwick the xiijth of Aug. at 5 in the mornyng. London the 16th at one in the morning."

624. Woddryngton to Hunsdon. [Aug. 13.]

To same effect. "The towne of Edenbro' is taking up veth soldiers for the defence of the towne at there owne chardges. And thErle of Huntley, the xijth of this instant, is departed towardes his owne countreye.

The Kynge is in Edenbro', and lyes not in thabbay of Holyroodhowse, but in the Lorde Chancelors howse." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed by Walsingham.

625. Huntyngdon to the Privy Council. [Aug. 17.]

I thank your lorships for your letter of the 10th, with her Majestys gracious acceptance of my service. I have forborne, even before your order arrived, to place any men from Yorkshire at Tynmouth, "&c.," but keep them in readiness. Albeit that the alarm which we had here very hotly, of the Spaniards putting into the Frith in Scotland (besides a report brought to myself in a morning at 3 of the clock, of a beacon to be fired not far from this town) might easily have pricked me forward to send for these forces, if the truth had not been discovered. By the grace of God your lordships shall find me careful in three things (1) that the enemy by my negligence do not steal on this coast, (2) to avoid her Majesty's charges as much as I may, and (3) that the country be not both charged and troubled, except extreme necessity compel it.

On Monday last, I took the general musters of Durham, and find many able bodies fit for service, but "in effect all naked," without furniture. But have taken a course to amend this, as Sir Henry Lee, who was with me at the muster, will particularly inform your lordships. Hartyllpoole. Signed: H. Huntyngdon.

2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed.

626. Huntyngdon to Queen Elizabeth. [Aug. 19.]

"Yt may please your moste excellent Majesty. Because I thynke the advertysement which I have receavyd even nowe of the captayne and master which the Lorde Admyralle dyd send in your hyghnesse pinuas callyd The Advysse, to followe the Spannyshe fleete, ys soche as wyll well lyke your Majesty to knowe yt, I presume with thease few lynes to present the same unto your hyghnes: for whom I doo humblye praye the Lord Allmyghtye allwayes to fyghte, as at thys tyme he hathe pleasyd to doo bothe myghtelye and mercyfullye. And with your gracious pardon geave me leave humblye to beeseache your Majesty yet to remember that your enemyes wyll not sytte downe with thys indygnytee, dyshouor, and losse which they have sustaynyd, but wyll seeke by all meanes they can devyse to revendge the same so sharppelye and so spedealye as they can. Yet I hope, by the mercyes of God, theare successe in the end shalle bee no better then yt hathe been in the begynnynge. But to use all good meanes to prevent them in thease purposys and practysys, wyll bee now not lesse honorable for your Majesty, then necessarye for your safetye, agreeable to all your former princelye actions, fulle of greate wysdom and pollycye. And surelye, post Deum, thys wyll bee one princypalle meane, that your Majesty wyll please to keape your greate neybourre nyest to thease partes, your fyrme frend, which I heare your Majesty may doo. Hys amytye at thys tyme, hathe stande your Majesty in no smalle steed, but the continuance of yt wyll bee one specialle helppe as yt weare, to breake the necke and force of your enemyes in soche sorte, that they shalle not bee hable to prevayle. So as by the grace of God, your faythfulle subjectes of England shalle hearafter injoye your moste happye government mannye more yeares to cum, as we have don allreddye mannye yeares paste, in peace and all good blessynges, to your hyghnes greate honor and owre moste syngular comforte. The Lord in hys ryche mercyes graunte yt, who for ever and ever defend and preserve your Majesty from all evyll. So humblye cravyng pardon for any thynge that hearin your Majesty may myslyke." Newcastle. Signed: H. Huntyngdon.

2 pp. Holograph. Address gone. Indorsed.

627. Forster to Leicester. [Aug. 19.]

I thank your lordship for your letter on my behalf to the Lord President, who was at the last assise at Newcastle, where I attended to see if any of the gentlemen of the country there assembled could charge me, but none said anything, so I had a friendly departure.

I hear from Scotland—"that the Spanyshe fleet lies hoveinge near the haven of Awberdeen in Scotland, and that the King of Scots haith geaven speciall commandment to all his subjects to be in a redynes with armour and weapon to attend upon his parsone for the resisting of the Spayneyards from landing, and that my lord Maxwell is commytted to the Blacke Neste, and that my lord Bothwell is made leivetenent of the armye … The Borders are quiett, but that a fewe theaves of Tevidaill haith entered Harbottle castle, fiudeing it destitut of a keeper, and haith brocken the inner ward and caried awaie mich goods without either showt or crie, as the like haith not ben seen heartofor." At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed: "To the right honourable and his singuler good lord, Lord Robert Dudley erle of Leycester, baron of Denbighe, knight of the most noble order of the Garter and [one] of the lordes of her Majesties most honourable previe counsell." Indorsed. Wafer signet indistinct.

628. Bowes to Walsingham. [Aug. 20.]

This day at 12 o'clock, I received a letter from Mr Ashbye, with the news that the Spanish fleet is lauded in Shetland. He trusts to write with more certainty in a day or two.

"By other advertisement (and whereupon I thynke this report is rysen) I am informed, that a shippe came into the Frith late yesternight the xixth hereof, and shewed that fyve dayes synce he sawe the Spanish fleyt in Shotland, where they did take in freshe water and suche victualls as they could gett there (which were very slender and course)—also that they had taken into them some of the men of that island, but for what purpose he knewe not. Albeit I have this with none other certentye then here is mencioned, yett I thought it my dewty to gyve tymely understandynge hereof...

I neyd not wryte of the good towardnes of the Kinge shewed not onely in his longe tale and oration to the counsell on Friday the ixth hereof (where the Spanish pencioners opened there packes and sould no wares), but also synce that tyme, approved many other wayes by his good course contynewed. Neyther shall I neyd to trouble yowe with the report of the suspicions laytly conceyved of th'intentions of Huntley, Claud Hamylton, James Steward and others noted to be the favourytes of Spayne, all which thynges are advertised (I am sure) to yowe before this—and very spedily yowe will understand what these persons suspected will interprise, or what there powers wilbe to effect therein—wherein it may be that the feare of there evill dispositions shalbe found as great as the danger of there courage and powers to execute the same."

The well affected heartily wish that "some spedy comforth may be sent to the King," to encourage him in his course with her Majesty. "At Barwicke in hast." Signed: Robert Bowes.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

629. The Lord President of York's Memorial. [Aug. 20.]

Instructions from my lord lieutenant of all the provinces northward.

Eleven articles:

12,000 foot of York and Durham, whereof 3000 for the castles, 3000 generally, and 6000 for the country. 2000 horse of same counties, whereof 500 lances, 200 "shotte" and 800 light horse. Fortifications of Tynemoothe and Hartillpoole. The Rooe bucke to be addressed for Scotland, with these others—The Wylliam of Brydgewater, the Ayde of Brystowe, the Jesus of Newcastle, and the Elizabeth Drake, with the Rooe bucke's pinnace. A guard of horse for the lord lieutenant's own person.

1 p. Draft, with marginal notes by Walsingham. Indorsed: "20 August 1588."

630. Memorial by Sir Henry Lee. [Aug. 23.]

A letter of thanks in her Majesties name, to my lord Darce, Mr Perce Stanley, my brother Robert Lee, Mr Stapelton, and Mr John Vavasor in Yorkshire. An other special letter from her Majesty to these gentlemen, who in her Majestys service would have accompanied me with 10 horse a piece well furnished, viz., to Mr Portington, Mr Bryan Lasselles, Mr Basset, and Mr Rodes, all in Nottinghamshire.

Another in her Majestys name to the gentlemen of the Bishopric, most specially to Sir William Bowes, a man best able to serve her, Mr Connyeares of Sockburne, Sir William Hylton, with Mr Phenycke of Northumberland, a brave gentleman.

I hope such things as was committed to me by the Lord President to be advertised to her Majesty, may be answered in such sort from my lords, as he may be partly satisfied, the country somewhat strengthened, and myself in duty discharged. Not signed.

1 p. Holograph. Indorsed: "23 August 1588. Sir Henrie Leas memoriall."

Inclosed in same:—

(1) Copy in another hand. Indorsed as above.
(2) Draft of the Secretary of State's letter of thanks to the above gentlemen in her Majesty's name.

1 p. Indorsed: "27 Aug." [with their names].

631. Memorandum by Sir Henry Lee. [Aug. 23. 1588.]

"Of shuche thinges as I moved her Majeste of, by the apoyntment of my Lord Presydent, conceruyng the northe partes and the wantes there." Under 10 heads, with memoranda on margin by Walsingham. No signature or date.

1 ½ pp. Holograph. Indorsed by Walsingham: "Sir H. Leas Memor...88."


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