Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.
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641. Woddryngton to Burghley. [March 18.]
On the 15th instant her Majestys two messengers came to this town, from whom I received your lordship's packet, and Thomas Pringle the prisoner. The packet has been sent to the ambassador, as you directed, and I shall keep the prisoner safe "untill he be delyvered accordinglye."
To satisfy your expectation in your last, I signify the manner of Huntly's departure from the King on Thursday last, and some other news of which I am credibly informed.
"ThErle Huntley having invited the Kynge to dyne with him that day, rode on hunting in the mornyng with the kynge, and about twoe howers after the kynge was ridden into the feildes, the newe Erle of Anguishe, thErle Marre, thErle of Mourton, thErle Marshall, the Chancelour and the Master of Glames, with others there followers, in as secret maner as they could, not only put them selves in armour, but also sent to the provest that the towne should be in a readynes with armour and weapon, of full purpose and intent that if Huntley had comde back agayne, to have slayne him. One capten Carre, servant to thErle Huntley, being in great credyt with him, and at that tyme lefte in the towne, understanding of thes lordes aforsaid there pretence, very quyetly horsed him self and road with all spede into the feildes, where he fownd thErle Huntley his master with the Kynge, and declared unto him as aforsaid. Uppon which message, thErle Huntley road presently to the kynge, who upon his commyng to him, left of his hunting and conferred togither almost ij howers. And in the end, capten Carre was called, and was with the Kynge and Huntley almost half an hower; and then Huntley tooke his leave of the kynge and road his waye, the kynge returnyng to Edenbrugh. And before the Kynge had rydd a quarter of a myle, Huntley came back and brought thErle Arrell with him to the kyuge, and there left him, and so departed back him self agayne. The said erle Arrell road with the Kynge untill he came within a thowsande foote of the towne, and then tooke his leave and followed after Huntleye. This Arrell is that noble man that stole owt of Edenbrugh that day that Huntley was commytted.
The Kynge dyned that day at thErle Huntleys lodging, and sent twoe of his owne servantes in all haist unto Huntley, and they returned unto him agayne before he went to the abbaye. And every day sence, the kynge sendes to Huntleye.
I am also credibly infourmed that the court which nowe is, will not long contynewe, and that Huntley will welter yt, and so determynes, and not without the privitie of the Kynge. Yet it is thought before this be brought to passe, that thErle Huntley will goe into his owne countrey to leavye forces in a readynes, and to knowe his frendes there—for he makes accompt to have partakers ynoughe this way. And if this practise take effect, the Chancelour is sure to be slayne.
Huntley at his going away, payd the guard which he had chardge of, every penny that was there dewe, and commanded theme they should serve under no other—who all observes the same.
The Chancelour and the Master of Glames wold have the Kynge to have a newe guarde, but the kynge is not willinge therunto.
Ther is a hundreth horsemen newe leavyed, which the Kynge lykewise thinkes not well of, who shalbe payd with a fyne that the newe erle of Anguishe payes, which is the some of forty thowsand markes Scottes.
The Master of Grey about xiiijen dayes sence, being in Roan, wrote lettres to the Kynge and to a brother of his owne. In his brothers lettre was expressed, howe the Spaniardes were in a readyues, and wold be in Scotland before May were past.
Ther is word come from him sence, that he is nowe in Deip, and is presently to returne into Scotland so soone as wynd will serve. He hath bene wryt for to comme home, both by the Kynge and Huntley, and lykewise by the others, so that bothe the factions lookes dayly for his commyng; and yt is thought that where he leanes unto, that side will have court altogether.
The lordes in court nowe with the Kynge at this present are, the Chancelour, Anguishe, Bodwell, Marre, Erle Marshall, and the Master of Glames.
And Bodwell showes him self to meddle nothing at this present, and yet sure on Huntleys parte.
It is spoken that the Kynge myndes to doe justice on Claud Hamilton and Maxwell—but I am infourmde they wilbe in no dainger." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.
2½ pp. Addressed. Indorsed by Burghley.