Border Papers volume 1: September 1590

Pages 366-368

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

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683. Woddryngton to Burghley. [Sept. 6.]

Richard Blithman a Scotsman coming out of an English pirate, was apprehended at the Sheildes and brought here from Newcastle by Mr Bowes the ambassador's man. On the 2d instant I delivered him to Mr Hume of Hutonhall, and the same day received from the ambassador, a Spaniard who remains in my custody, as to whom I beg your lordship's direction. Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

684. Woddryngton to Hunsdon. [Sept. 6.]

Signifying the capture of Richard Blithe and receipt of the Spaniard. "The horse guarrison have bene very hardly delt with for want of there accustomed imprestes for the winning of there hay. Before my going to the assises, I delt not only with Sheperston Mr Thesaurers man, but also wrote unto him self." They both promised it should be provided for, but nothing has been paid, which has been a great hindrance to the men, who have been unable to "diet" their horses for want of money. I assure you the most of them are grown very poor in consequence. Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

1 p. Addressed: To Hunsdon as Lord Chamberlain, Governor of Berwick and Warden of the E. Marches. Indorsed.

685. Scrope to Burghley. [Sept. 18.]

Yesterday I met Sir John Carmichael at Roakley, where we held a day of march, and entered into such mutual justice as hath not been done this many years. All attempts since he took office about the 20th October 1588, have been mutually settled. I must commend him to your lordship for his willingness to do justice, that thanks may be given him as opportunity offers. And I must thank your lordship for the favour he found, on my letter in his behalf. The only matter now remaining is that the King be earnestly pressed to cause Bothwell to make redress for Liddesdale, otherwise his doings end in nothing but delay.

"I have caused my man to make a tract of the howses and townes neare adjoyninge the borders of both realmes, and the devidinge of this March from Scotland and the Mydle Marche, by the ryvers, hills, and other bounders, which I truste ar truelie and lardgelie sett downe in this inclosed plott as towchinge the owtwardes. And for the inward partes, yf it please your lordship to peruse Christofer Saxton his particuler mappe of Westmerland and Comberland, set oute by Austin Ryvers anno 1576, your lordship maye plainely understand by thadvertisment of any outerage, in what offyce or signiorie the same shalbe committed." Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

686. Works at Berwick. [Sept 29.]

"Barwick-uppon-Tweid.—A breif of the worckes don there within the yeare ended x mo Septembris 1590."


The new gate, all fallen down, "both stonn worck and earth," now done with hard stone, and a fair iron gate set up, 754l. 10s. 10¾d.; the governor's own lodging, for slates and glass windows "torne and blowne awaie with the great windes," 17l. 3s. 2d.; the "Redd tower" in the old town wall, between "Coxes tower" and "Connyers mount," fallen down, so that the water came in to the town, 50l. 1½d.; the "long bridg over Tweid being in danger of falling by the great stormes of ise," 102s. 4d.; the castle "unslated with the great windes," 35s. 8d; "the making of a sluse for keeping the water in the towne diches," 7s. 4d.; the Holy Ilandes, the houses wherof, as well as the fort in the Holy Island as at the Fearne Island, being broken torne and unslated, and sondrie of the chimnies blowne downe by the great windes and stormes," 111l. 8s. 3d.; "consideracions" to Sir John Selbie for winning stone in his quarry in Twedmouth for these works, 66s. 8d. Sum total, 1117l. 7s. 10¼d.

3 pp. Indorsed as title.

687. Receipts, &c., for Berwick. Michaelmas.

"The reckenynge betwene Robert Bowes esquier threasurour of Barwicke, and Robert Vernon esquier surveyour of her Majesties victualls there, for one whole yeare ended at Mychaelmas 1590."

Received by said R. Vernon from her Majesty's receivers, viz., Richard More, of Lincoln, 3000l.: Thomas Scudamour, of York, 8000l.; John Clopton, of Northumberland and others, 4000l., and for the wages of the minister of Berwick, 100s., 15,005l.

Payments to the governor, officers, garrison, pensioners, and for works for the year [detailed] 15,042l. 15s. 4d. "And so defrayed in surplusage over and above the receptes, which is dewe to Robert Vernon," 37l. 15s. 4d. [Among the payments, are Mr Maiour (fn. 1) 10l.; Richard Moryn and Anthony Cariswall, surgeons, 18l. 5s. each; 2 "tipstaffes," the same; Richerd Clerke "preacher," 50l; William Selby, "minister," 100s.] "Examinatur per Chr. Sheperson."

2 pp. Indorsed.

688. The Treasurer of Berwick's fees. Michaelmas.

Fees and other sums paid to Robert Bowes esquire treasurer for the year ending Michaelmas 1590.

Ordinary allowances.—His fee 260l.; house rent, 26l. 13s. 4d.; portage money, 150l.; other fees, &c., 26l. 13s. 4d.—463l. 6s. 8d.

Extraordinary allowances.—His fee upon the works, 79l. 20d.; more he took allowance of the munition in the first half year, 26l. 9s.; for munition in the latter half year "defalked" 11l. 6s. Total of both, 580l. 3s. 4d.

½ p. Indorsed.


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