Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.
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632. Huntyngdon to Walsingham. [Sept. 9. 1588.]
As lately instructed by your letter, I sent to all the ports in these parts for news of the Spanish fleet, and hear from Newcastle, that no ship is lately come in that can tell more but that they were last seen about Shetland, as is confirmed by divers Scotishmen said to have gone to court with the news, and they still remain in the North isles of Shetland.
"It is reported that there is good stoore of theire gould amonge the noble men of Scotland, as with Huntley, Bothwell, and others." When I get more certainty, you shall hear further. York. Signed: H. Huntyngdon.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.
633. Bowes to Burghley. [Sept. 10.]
As directed by your last letter, "I did indelatly gyve knowledge to Sir Robert Sydney and Mr Ashbye, that I was directed to receave of th'Erle of Huntyngdon 3000li. in gold to be delyvered for the Kynge of Scottes. And therewith I certifyed Carmychell by my lettre that I was redy to pay and delyver the sayd some in gold, as the kynge should by hym appoynt me. Which lettre addressed to Carmychell, I sent open to Sir Robert Sidney and Mr Ashby, that upon viewe thereof, and consideracion of the matter, with there owne procedynges and course with the kynge, they might stay or delyver that letter, and fully dispose of the cause, as should most profit her Majesties service, and best agree with there owne intentious for th'execution of there negotiations.
Sir Robert and Mr Ashby thought it meyt to delyver my lettre to Carmychell, who after his conference with the Kynge and them, appoynted me to meyt hym yesterday at Cawmylles nere Barwicke, where at our metynge, he lett me knowe that it was the Kynges pleasure that I should delyver the sayd 3000li. to hym for the kynge—and accordynge thereunto, I payed and delyvered to hym for the kynge upon his acquittance (the copy whereof I send inclosed to your lordshyp, reteynynge still th'originall for myne owne dischardge, and untill your lordshyp call for the same), the full and whole some in gold, as before I had receaved of th'Erle of Huntyngdon.
The Kynge will shortly (I thynke) bothe acknowledge the recept of this mony, and also gyve thankes by his lettre, with suche further contentment to her Majestie, as shall witnesse his thankfullnes therein. The pursute of which effectes, and convoy of the lettre, I leave to her Majesties ambassadours presently imployed there.
This money is welcome, and thankfully taken—and it is promysed that a good part thereof shalbe imployed aswell for the gard and safety of the person and estate of the kynge and others abowt hym that be well affected and stand in danger, and also for the suppressynge of the troubles of the Borders, which begyn to aryse in every marche, and the inconvenyences whereof I have at lardge discovered to hym.
I have diligently sought to understand whether the Spanish fleyt be hoverynge in any part of the isles or coastes of Scotland, Orkney or Shetland, but hitherto I can lerne none otherwise then that abowt the xth of August they passed betwixt Orkney and Shetland to the Fayre Island, and compassynge Ireland are thought to have taken there course for Spayne, lyke as by my former I have advertised.
The Kynge haith beyn informed by Mackkye and Mackdolland (laytly commed to Edenburgh from Orkney and the West Isles), that the Spanyerdes are not seyn on any of those partes; and it is nowe generally beleyved in Scotland, that they are gone for Spayne... The Papistes, sediciouse, and theves on the Borders, do still thynke that they will not retourne into Spayne before they shall attempt to joyne with Parma, and land in England, and this opinyon encourageth them to follow furth there wicked practises.
Sir Robert Sydney haith alredy imployed and sent some Scottishmen to serche whether that fleyt dothe hover and lye in any part of the north of Scotland, and for th'execution of the chardge geven me in this behalfe, I have geven order to interteyne two botes lyinge on the east and west partes of Scotland—that th'one thereof may discover Orkney, Shetland and the east isles, and th'other the Lewes, Skye and west isles towardes Ireland. Which botes (if neyd shall so require) shall be sett forwardes with all th'expedicion and by all the best meanes I can make in this place, which serveth not so well as if I were in Scotland.
It appeareth that the Lorde Chancellour and Carmychell have laytly fownd them selfes in great danger, and that they are still dryven to arme them selfes agaynst the malice and violence of there enemyes, who they thynke will not sodenly ceasse to attempt some interprise agaynst them.
On Sonday last at the howse of the Lorde Ogleby, Sir John Seaton haith maryed the doughter of the Lorde Forbesse, where many of the northern lordes and there frendes are assembled; and it is thought that they shall there resolve on suche plattes as shall both trouble th'estate, and also endanger some particuler persons, cheifly the Lorde Chancellour.
Collonell Steward (as I am informed) sticketh not very boldly and openly to perswade the Kynge to accept of the Kynge of Spaynes offers, which he assureth shalbe performed for the kynges great honour, profit, and revenge of his mothers deathe, affirmynge therewith that he shall fynd more dalyance then gayne at England, after that there turnes shalbe served. But it is sayd that the kynges answere haith litle pleased hym, as by others will (I thynke) be more particulerly advertised." Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.
2¼ pp. Addressed. Indorsed.
Inclosed in the foregoing:—
(Copy of Carmichael's receipt.)
"i.e° die Septembris 1588 anno xxx
Receaved by me John lard of Carmychell, of Robert Bowes esquier threasurour of Barwicke, to and for th'use of my soveraigne James the vjth kynge of Scotes, the some of thre thowsand poundes sterlynge in gold. As witnesseth these presentes subscribed with my hand the day and yeare above wrytten."
Written by Bowes' clerk. Indorsed.
634. Bowes to Walsingham. [Sept. 12.]
"This mornynge I have receaved thre lettres severally addressed to her Majestie and th'Erle of Essex by the Kynge of Scottes, and to Sir Robert Sydney—all which I have sent by post to hym with good spede, that they may be brought to hym before his comynge to the court. With these I have also receaved one other directed by Carmychell to my selfe, by which I am informed that the Kynge haith bothe acknowledged the recept of all the mony payed by me to Carmychell for the Kynge (agreable to my last before these), and also gevin suche thankes and complementes of good will, as it shall (they thynke) well please her Majestie and obteyne further effectes of her highnes bountye to the kynge.
By these lettres he writeth that the Kynge and the well affected do greatly lament the deceasse of th'Erle of Leycester, and that the Romysh, Spanish and sediciouse sorte do as moche rejoyce, yett he trusteth that they shalbe defeyt of there expectacions and desyres."
There is no more known of the Spanish fleet than when Sir Robert Sydney departed. I hear that a Scottishman lately landed at Leith from his fishing off Shetland, neither saw nor heard of them since they passed between Orkney and Shetland. So it is believed they held their course for Spain. Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
635. Bowes to Walsingham. [Sept. 17.]
I have received your last of the 9th hereof, and the Laird of Carmichael's letter before addressed to me. Mr Richard Douglas has earnestly asked me to get the enclosed packet of importance conveyed to his uncle Mr Archibald Douglas, for speedy answer. Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.
¾ p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed.
636. Provisions for Berwick. Michaelmas.
By Robert Vernon victualler there for the increased garrison ordered by the Privy Council.
Total of the same made in the shires and in Norfolk:—
Malt, 4600 "come"; wheat, 2560 "come"; oats, 400 "come"; Island cod, 1000; butter, 100 firkins.
Total cost, 3243l. 4s.
2 pp. Indorsed. Some notes by Burghley.