Border Papers volume 1: August 1592

Pages 403-405

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

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765. Lowther to Burghley. [Aug. 12.]

On Tuesday last I received the enclosed letter from Lord Maxwell, and we met yesterday, the day appointed, in the afternoon, and have appointed our clerks to meet on the last of this month, to collect the bills for redress on both sides that we may have a march meeting. "He made shew at the first to call to reconinge all offences comitted sithence the coronacion of their Kinge, which ar unredressed for—in thende contented to begin where the Lord Scrope and Sir John Carmighell lefte. He hath the office of wardenrye during lyfe, with the castell of Loughmaben and lands belonginge, together with halfe the benifittes growinge to the kinge by the wardes and other casualities within the office (beinge accomptable to the kinge for th'other halfe) graunted to him in fee, as I am verie crediblie informed. He intendeth fourthwith to repaire Loughmaben at his owne chardge, and to fortefie at Annand with the chardge that shall yearely arise unto the kinge of his Majesties halfe of the wardes and casualties, which ar appointed to be thereon imployed. He hath delivered me two severall notes—th'one contayninge the names of such Englishmen as were at the roade at Faukland, againste whom they ar plaintifs, beinge to the nomber of xiijen, whereof they have them selves hanged some, and verie lately had some others of them in pryson—th'other bill contayninge the names of such Scotsmen borderers as were at the same roade, and ar by me to be proclaymed outlawes, beinge in all about 80, whereof him selfe hath crossed xix. And this daye I have appointed by proclamacion in this towne, to publish their names and prohibite the receipt of any of them by any Englishman. In the title of the note of Scotsmens names, he intitleth him selfe 'the noble and potent lord, John lord Maxwell earle of Morton,' as maye partely appeare to your lordship by his owne signinge of his lettre inclosed." Carlisle. Signed: R. Lowther.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

Inclosed in the foregoing:—

(Lord Maxwell to Lowther.)

"Being returnit from court and having acceptit from his Majestie the charge of this West Marche, I am myindit God willing, to be at Annand on Thurisday nixt be ten houris for putting ordour to sik as wald mene to disturb the present amitie and peax . . . Geif your laser mycht serve we mycht meit at the watter on Fryday nixt at efternone tyid, to confer and agrie apon sik thingis as salbe necessar for the discharge of our dewteis to utherris in thais two officeis comittit to our cuir. . . . Drunfreis the sevint day of August 1592." Signed: J. Mortoun.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed: "From Therle of Morton." Wax signet lost.

766. Lowther to Burghley. [Aug. 20.]

"Bothwell is commed againe into these oposyte borders. He pretendeth from hencefourth to put aparte all further secrett practises, and publikely to seeke the settinge of his cause on foote. He meaneth to holde house at the Armitage in Lyddersdaile, and to assaye the drawinge of all the borderers to partake with him in his fortune. He is verie desierous to seeke his peace by her Majesties meanes, to whom he will make verie grett offers. He will take and deliver to her Majestie foure Jesuites that ar traficquers in those partes—give good satisfaccion of his soundnes in religion and devotion to her highnes—and will abyde triall of all matters heretofore done. For performance of all which he will pledge his sonne to her Majestie till her highnes shalbe satisfied in all thinges to be done by him. This offer will shortly as I heare, be commended to my selfe to be further preferred and advaunced." If not accepted, and himself well entertained, I fear the Borders will fall into such disorder as will not be easily settled. And therefore I crave your lordship before hand to take her Majesty's pleasure how I shall deal with the same when it comes into my "handlinge." Carlisle. Signed: R. Lowther.

"These Jesuites ar lately commed into Scotland. Two of them ar Englishmen, the other Scotshmen nowe at Edenburgh."

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

767. Forster to Burghley. [Aug. 21.]

Though your lordship is doubtless acquainted by Mr Bowes her Majesty's ambassador, of occurrences in Scotland, yet having this day received some intelligence I thought it my duty to inclose it. "Ye may perceave certaine factions between the Ducke, my lord Hume, and Master of Glames, and the Chauncelor, the Treasurer, and my lord of Spyne—for yt is lookede that uppon Teusdaie the xxixth of this instant the Chauncelor shalbe eyther decourtede or better established." At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.

Inclosed in the above:—

"From Edinbroughe the 10 (fn. 1) of August 1592.

Sence the comeinge of the Master of Glames to Edinbrough, my lord Chauncelor fyndeinge yt to procede without his previtie or consent, hath bin jelous—the rather of the grete companey contynewallie keptt by the Ducke and the Lord Hume with the Master of Glames—for they ryde commenlie togeather betwen Edinbrough and Dalkeithe. It is knowen and comenlie reportede howe the Ducke the Lord Hume and the Master of Glames comeinge from Dalkeithe, did meate my lord Chauncelor, the Erll of Mountrose, and Sir Robert Melvyn tresurer, rydeinge to Dalkeithe: wheir yt was thought ane onsett should have ben made, but the same was sett bye be the discretione of Alexander Hume of North Barwicke. Yet that night yt was lookte that the Chaunceler should have retournede to Edenbrough, and that the Ducke and others in companey intendeinge at the same tyme to ryde to Dalkeith soe to have mett, and the chauncelor beinge the fewer companey to have kepte skaithe. (fn. 2) Wherof he beinge certified (as the brute was) rode that night to Ledington, and Sir Robert Melvyn to Elphingston. Sir Robert uppon the morne, paste over the water to his house of Brunt Ilande. Sence that tyme the Chancelor was not att courte, but the Treasurer retourned to court the xvth of this instant Auguste.

The Lards of Burley and younge Logye beinge suspected for intelligence and resetteinge of the Erll Bothwell, wer apprehendede as ye have hard. Burley confessed franklie and theruppon is sett att libertie. Younge Logie standeinge to denyall, and at laste confesseinge ineugh to marr him selfe, was convoyede to his escapeinge through the Queens chamber by the moyen of his mistris ane of the Queens Danish gentlewomen.

Sen syne my lord of Spyne and Crowner Stewart hath ben befor the Kinge att Dalkeithe, wher the crowner persisteinge in his accusatione and the other in strait denyall, they wer both againe commytted to ward—the crowner to the Blaknes, the Lord of Spyne to Starlinge castle.

Tewsdaie the xxixth of this instant Auguste, is assigned for the further tryall of that matter, and some of the nobylite and counsell wrytten unto for that ende. All things in the mean tyme contyneweth and dryves over, lokeing to the evente which shall fall oute the said xxixth daie: some lookeinge that the Chaunceler, Treasurer, and my lord of Spyne shalbe decourtede—others lyppeneinge (fn. 3) to see them established and injoye their owne places.

Sundrie accounted indeferente, are travelleinge for concorde—namelie my lordes of Marr and Marshall, but none cane tell the likelie successe of that raide. It is spoken that my lord Ducke contyneweth still offended att my lord Chauncellor, makeing quarrell for some speaches and comparisone usede by him to the Duckes offense in the Kinges presentes.

To be short—all men looks to Tewsdaie the 29 of Auguste, thinckeinge then to see greater certaintie or greater confution. Since the begyneinge of thir late occasiones, lytle word hath ben of the Erll Bothwell or other outlawes of his condytion."

pp. Copy by Forster's clerk.


  • 1. Altered to 17 or 19.
  • 2. i.e., Suffered damage.
  • 3. Expecting.