Border Papers volume 1: July 1591

Pages 380-382

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

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712. Scrope to Burghley. [July 12.]

I have this day received your letter of the 4th, requesting that the Laird of Buccleuch may have the like correspondence of justice at my hands, as he has had from the wardens of the East and Middle Marches. As I am persuaded that your lordship either knows not or has forgotten how bad a man he has been to this office, I can do no less than call to your remembrance the cruelties and spoils done by him to her Majesty's subjects here, as yet unredressed. He has ridden in day forays at the head of 200 men, slain 4 or 5 of the Queen's subjects and garrison, and driven 200 head of nolt. And I trust your lordship, now you know "the ill offices of the man," will not think him worthy of more favour than the equity of his cause in complaint shall necessarily require. Nevertheless I shall treat with him as her Majesty shall direct, or your lordship advise, me—which I pray may be with expedition. I await your directions as to the Sotherons, prisoners here, of whom I wrote long since. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before, with garter motto.

713. Forster to Burghley. [July 19.]

"Uppon this instante I ame credeblelie enformede of certaine newes owte of Scotlande that the Erle Bothwell, the Lord Hume and the Larde of Buckcloughe, have bonde them selves firmelie togeather againste all others in their contrarie, which is wrouglite by the Lord Chauncelor of Scotlands meanes—who hath taken in hande to dispatche my lord Bothwells affaires with the Kinge, and to make the Kinge at their devotione—all which I beleave to be trewe. And the Admyrall of Deumarke is comede into Scotlande as ambassadore, accompainede with two hundrede in traine, and as yt is thought, the Kinge will come over the water to gyve him presence."

As I had directions from your honour and the Council to keep safely the 16 men driven ashore at Warkworth, who lie here in great misery, desiring their trial, and I am greatly troubled keeping 10 men to watch them, and other charges, having no fit gaol to keep them in—seeing the matter belongs to the admiralty, I beg directions either for their speedy trial, or that they may be taken to Berwick within my Lord Chamberlain's rule as viceadmiral. I have written to Mr Bowes to certify you and the Council what the King of Scots can lay to their charge, not knowing what he has done—but I trust you will disburden me of keeping them any longer. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

714. Scrope to Burghley. [July 28.]

Sir John Carmichael warden of the West Marches has been with me here to-day, to confer of Border matters—and we have agreed to do justice for all complaints on either side since our last meeting. I hear from him, as also Mr Bowes, that Buccleuch is made keeper of Liddesdale, but from the latter I have no word as to redress or otherwise. I inclose note of Buccleuch's two forays mentioned to your lordship in my last. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

715. Forster to Burghley. [July 30.]

Since my last letter to you about the Earl Bothwell, a great change has happened, for he was driven to this strait; either to "tyne" the whole nobility of Scotland, or else the Chancellor. So Bothwell and Hume have given up with him, and are now his enemies; and most of the nobility have joined Bothwell, viz., "the Erles of Athell, Murray, Mourton, Arrell, Mountrose, and Rothos—the Lordes of Hume, Borthwicke and Yester—the Lards of Buckcleughe and Johnston, with others"—so there is like to be trouble. I have this from one who is "greate" with Bothwell, whose letter I enclose. "I hear further that the Ducke and the Chauncelor requyrede of the Larde of Cowdenknowes to have Edenbrough castle for the kings use, but he dryveth of tyme, and refusethe the same; soe that the Kinge hath appoyntede a conventione to be holden at Eddenbrough uppon Mundaie next."

I must pray the Council for some order for the "poor shipmen" that lie in great misery under my custody—either that they may be tried or set at liberty. "At my house nighe Alnwicke the penulte of Julie." Signed: John Forster.

"My lord, they make soe many alterationes and they are soe uncertaine, that in myne opynione they worke rather uppon pollicie to gett money at the Queens hande, then oughte else."

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet: Forster's crest as before.

716. Sir William Reed to Burghley. [July 30.]

We delivered the 3000l. received by your lordship's means under her Majestys privy seal, to Mr Vernon as directed. I brought down 2000l. of it, and Captain Selby, 1000l. At my coming to Berwick, I began to pay, and have fully paid the soldiers serving under me, to their full contentment, and delivered my warrants to Mr Treasurer's deputy for the two years' pay, as we have always done. "For my owne paie, being twyse a sueter att the court to your honour, I did spend yt and a greate deale more. But whilst I lyve, I will never be a sueter againe but for my selfe." If we should follow the schedule to pay by, which your honour has sent down, her Majesty should be behind 200l. a 300l. in victuals, "and the parties nothing good wherewith to paie." We have also found 900l. "in tickattes," more than we can see which way they can be paid—for they who made them have nothing good to pay them with. We have paid the horse, old garrison of foot, gunners and pensioners as had most need, as you directed. Some may find fault with me for paying my company in full for these 2 years. I beg your honour to suspend your judgment till you hear further of me. I shall do the best I can to please all parties. Berwick. Signed: Wyllyam Reed.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet: a quartered shield, indistinct.