Border Papers volume 1: June 1594

Pages 533-538

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

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953. Carvill to Burghley. [June 2.]

By your honour's letter of 28th May received this day, "Mr Archimbald Duglasse" has informed her Majesty that I have stayed divers letters written by him to Scotland, and from Scotland to him. I never stayed any, but sent them away at once, "according to a warrant which Mr Secretary Walsingham in his lyfe time, sent me to that end—untill now of latte about the latter end of December, that I receaved a packett from Mr Archimbald Duglasse to goe into Scotland (the which I sent by the first convenient messinger I could gett, as I had done all the rest) which was by one William Hoppe a man of Mr Boweses, both then and now lord imbassitor in Scotland for hir Majestie; which packett by the said Hoppe was delyvered unto his mayster, and not to the partie yt was sent as I directed him; and so coming to my lord imbassitors hands, my lord Souch then being imbassitor also, and hearing of this packett sent by me to Mr Richard Duglasse, sent me word in his lettre as appeareth herinclosed, that yf any packettes came unto my handes from Mr Archimbald Duglasse, or any others not being a councellor, I should conveye them unto his lordshipp, which I observed accordingly; which his lordshippes lettre I humble referre unto your honors due consideracion for my dischardge therin." I thereon sent word both to Mr Archibald and Mr Richard, his nephew, to send me no more packets without special warrant from the lords of the council, and since then have had none. Berwick. Signed: Robart Carvill.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

954. Scroope to Burghley. [June 5. 1594.]

As it is very necessary that the officer of Burgh barony should dwell in her Majesty's castle of Rocklieffe, and Henry Lee now "marshiall steward" thereof, is unable to abide there for want of sufficient maintenance, as has been formerly shown to your lordship—and there is being collected in this country according to the statute, a certain sum for the maintenance of soldiers. I have thought good to move your lordship that the money or a convenient part thereof, may be paid yearly to Mr Lee for the above parpose. Carlisle. Signed: Th. Scroope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.

955. Carey to Burghley. [June 8.]

As directed by your honour's letter of 14th May, sent by Nycholas Pindleburye merchant of London, touching debts due him by Edward Conyers and Heughe Gregson victuallers here and others, both on the two years' pay and since, I called these victuallers before myself, Sir John Selby, the comptroller and captains, and on sight of Pindlebury's reckonings, we find that Conyers is only due him on the two years' pay "(yet unreceaved)," 58l. or thereabouts,—to discharge which, Conyers has made proof that he "hath good to receave" on that pay above 200l. And in like manner we find that Gregson is due Pindlebury 180l. "and odde," to meet which and his other debts here, Gregson has "good to him" on the said two years' pay, 400l. odds. "So as in reason, according also to your owne honorable censure in your lettre, I can not see but Pindlebury ought and must remayne unpaid both at the said Conyers and Gregson there handes, untill the ij° yeres pay yet behinde, be made, seing thei have twice as much good to receave as thei doe owe." For other debts due him here, he shall have order taken to content him—except by such captains as are dead, and their wives in such poor estate that they live "on the benevolence of the soldier, having nothinge els left theme."

I have little Scottish news, "but that the three papist erles, Huntley, Anguishe, and Arrell and one other of verye great accompte in his countrey, being one of the Gordons, are all forfaited at this parlament, chefely by the meanes of the king him self. For when therle Montrosse stood upp in parlament howse and said ther was no law to forfett noble men and such great men as thei were, upon blanckes, the King him self stood upp and answered that he knewe that those blanckes were signed with there owne handes, and that he knewe certenly of him self, that it was there handes, and that thei had both receaved monye, and practised with Spaigne. Wherupon Montrosse made answere, that if his Majestie wold say that upon his owne knowledge, he wold reply no further in there behalf. So as the Kinges wordes made a great staie both of him and many other of the noble mens frendes that wold have stood in that case. But it is said they are forfeit, and all there landes annext to the crowne and geven presently for the mantenance of the young prince—not only there owne landes in possession of themselves, but all other landes holden of theme by whosoever. What wilbe the sequele hereof I think your lordship will fynde by this gentleman Mr Davyd Fowlys, who as I understand is come upp onlye to see if he can gett any monye of her Majestie. I could not certyfy any sooner of his commynge, for that he was comme into the towne, before I understood (or at least could beleave) that he should have had so present a dispatche." Thanking your lordship for the warrant sent to Mr Bowes to pay me the marshal's fee. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.

2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed: "Mr John Carey to my L. By Mr John Fowles."

956. Carey to Burghley. [June 19. 1594.]

This place is quiet, but the Scots of Liddesdale having given up their "kyndenes" with Tyndale and Redesdale, "have already made one journey with at least iiijxx horsemen, wherof xven had peces on horseback, and taken upp a towne of Mr Ralphe Greys called Myndram."

The King makes great preparation for christening the young prince, "which I think wyll have but small performance, unles her Majestie help him with monye. His journeys upon the Papist erles goe but slowly forward."

I have today received Mr William Clopton's letter that your lordship has directed a warrant to him to pay me the marshal's fee, for which I am greatly bounden. But he also writes that he has as yet no warrant for the midsummer half year's pay, or to the receiver to make assignment to him—though he is ready with his part. I humbly pray your lordship to continue your favour to the poor soldiers, by present dispatch of the warrants, or the "soldier, towne and countrey wold be beggered and undone." I thought it my duty to put your lordship in remembrance "(knowing your lordship hath so many irons in the fyer of expence and layinges owt, as you might happelye otherwise not think of poore us)." Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.

pp. Addressed. Indorsed.

957. Indenture of Ordnance at Berwick, &c. [June 24.]

"The Book or Indenture trepertite, mentioning all the remaynes of the ordenaunce, munitions and other habillimentes for the warres, aswell at the townes of Barwick and Newcastell as at Tynmouthe castell, the Holy Ilande, Warcke and Norham castells, in the chardge of the righte worshipfull Sir Symon Musgrave knight, and by him delivered over unto the chardge of Richard Musgrave esquire master of her Majesties ordenaunce in the northe partes—the xxiiijth of June 1594, anno regni serenissime domine nostre Elizabethe regine, &c., xxxvjto, viz."


Berwick.—In the long ordnance house.—Brass ordnance.—1 cannon "royall"—weight, 8450 lb., "her carriadges serviceable"—5 others; 1 "serpentyne;" 4 demi-cannons; 1 small mortar of 203 lb. weight; and a "rabonett," of 300 lb. weight, without carriage. (fn. 1)

Carriages.—" For sackar and falcon, with shod wheeles, lymmers and hoopes, the carriadges being newe and serviceable onlie wanting linche pinues," 5. "Gynnes, serviceable, wherof two do wante shivers of brasse."

At the west mount, in charge of John Pratte, quarter master. Brass ordnance.—1 demi-cannon; 1 "demi-culveringe"; 1 "sakret," 1 falcon, 1 falconet. "Caste Iron" ordnance.—1 demi-cannon; 1 "culveringe". In the "flancker" of said mount. Brass ordnance.—1 "cannon perior"; 1 "culveringe." Iron round shot for the above pieces [in all] 75. "Crosbarre shott" for the culverin, 4. Necessaries—a "halinge roape with two broken hookes"; 2 trays to dry powder; 1 "skellett."

Over the New gate, in same charge.—1 brass falcon. On the "curteyn" in same charge.—1 brass demi-cannon.

At the tower on the bridge, in same charge.—1 brass falcon.

At the middle mount, in charge of William Leeminge, quarter master. Brass ordnance.—1 demi-cannon; 1 culverin; 2 "sakars"; 1 "sakrett." At the west flanker of same mount.—1 brass demi-cannon; 1 "hammer wroughte porte peece" all decayed. In the east flanker of same mount.—1 brass demi-cannon; 1 culverin; 5 "crossbarre," and 115 round, shot for these.

At the east mount "alias Bedforde" mount, in charge of John Selbie, quarter master. Brass ordnance.—1 demi-cannon, 1 culverin, 1 saker, 1 demi-culverin, 1 culverin, 1 falcon. In the west flanker of same.—1 brass demi-cannon; 1 hammer wrought iron "porte peece" mounted on "truckles."

In the south flanker of same.—1 brass culverin, 1 "caste iron" demiculverin; and 1 iron "chamber," unserviceable.

Against the Cowgate, in same charge.—1 iron "bumberde," weight 900 lb.

In the north part of the "Milne" mount in same charge. Brass ordnance.—1 demi-cannon; 1 demi-culverin; 2 falconets.

In the the north flanker of same mount.—1 brass demi-cannon; and 1 "venetian" brass cannon.

In all the flankers in said John Selby's charge.—8 "crossbarre" shot—[in all] 93 iron round shot.

Upon the south side of the "Milne" mount in charge of Anthony Atchison quarter master.—1 brass sakar. In the south flanker.—1 iron sakar; 1 iron "porte peece" decayed.

"At Mounte Hunsdon."—Brass ordnance.—1 culverin; 1 sakar; 1 sakret; and in the flanker, 1 demi-cannon; 1 cannon "perier."

On the curtain there.—1 "greate chamber of iron," weight 1000lb.; another of 400lb.

At "Conniers" mount, in same charge.—Brass ordnance.—2 sakers; 1 falcon; 1 "fouler" of iron decayed.

On the wall at the palace gate.—1 iron port piece, 1 iron fowler, 1 iron chamber. In the flankers of said mounts, in same charge.—6 "crosbarre" shot; [in all] 153 iron round shot, and 8 "stone shott."

Munition, &c.—2 cannon ladles; "olde morter of wood."

In the "Masondue."—1 brass morter, unmounted; 2 old port pieces, and 2 old fowlers,—all hammer wrought iron.

At the castle in charge of Henry Sisson master gunner's mate. Brass ordnance.—2 sakers; 2 sakrets; 2 falcons. Iron fowler, "herself stocke and all" decayed.

At the "Whyte walle" in same charge.—2 brass falcons; 1 iron fowler and chamber, hammer wrought, "all decayed."

At the Mary gate in same charge.—1 iron "bumbarde" hammer wrought, 1800lb. weight—"her stocke and wheeles" decayed. Over the Mary gate in same charge, 1 brass falcon. Upon the "Broade stayer heade" in same charge, 1 brass falcon. At the Old Bell tower in same charge. Brass ordnance.—1 saker; 1 sakrett; 1 falcon; 1 falconet. In the powder house at the castle in same charge; 21 round shot; 31 "waste shott of all sortes"; and 5 "cases with hayle shott." In the great storehouse in the fort at Berwick, 267½ barrels of corn powder; 3 barrels [besides loose] bowstrings; bows, 315; arrows [various] 3741 "sheafe"; Almaine and Flaunders corslets [600 in various conditions]; black and white armour, black and white "cusshes" and "cuffes" for horsemen, 21 pair; 9 "chaffornes for horse faces"; 141 pieces of old leather "barbes" for horses; 82 old "trellessed galtroppes" for horsemen; 251lb. "horshowe nayles" in cask.

In the armoury in charge of Henry Pinner, armourer.—3 wood horses to dress armour on; 2 pair "platesheires"; 1 pair "nippers." In the storehouse called Ravensdale, in the lower room.—174 "crosbarre" shot; 5388 round shot of iron [various]; 6 stone shot; 41 lead shot; 930 iron "galtroppes." Carpenters' tools.—1 "tenaunte sawe"; 2 "wymbles"; 1 pair "callapers"; 1 "chizell." Various weights of iron, lead and stone [detailed].—1 "olde spundge." In the upper loft of same storehouse.—1 "sixe men barrowe."

In the smiths' forges, in charge of George Holmer, master smith; [long list 2 pp.]. Wheelers' tools in the "Masondue" in charge of John Dallowe master wheeler.—Naves of elm 10 pair; 1 "dogge of iron"; 2 lathes; 1 "heddinge blocke." Carpenters' tools there in charge of James Purvis master carpenter.—1 "fearne gynne with a pye"; 1 "whippe sawe"; 1 "grynde stone with a troughe." In the "Masondue" yard—2 chalders coals. Iron round shot [various] 7730. "Ronge ladder" belonging to the ordnance office. Signed: Jhon Carey, John Crane.

"The remaines at Newcastell viz., at the mannour there, in the greate churche or storehouse viz."—Brass ordnance.—7 sakers; 2 "mynnions"; 2 falcons; 2 falconets; all mounted on shod wheels; 1 "rabonett" on bare wheels. Iron.—1 culverin; 1 broken sakar; 2 brass and 3 iron harquebusses "of crocke." Iron round shot, 4005 [various]; 756 "dagges or pistolls decayed;" 15 "partizantes"; armour [various]; 29 pair "sleeves of male olde and decayed"; 24 "jackes olde rotten and myce eaten"; 27 "steele sadles." In the middle room of the little tower.—1½ "firkin" of "galtroppes"; 40lb. "verte grease." In the highest room of the little tower.—20 "curriers with stockes decayed," and 11 with barrels decayed. In "the arrowehowse."—3700 "sheafe." In the powderhouse—2 barrels condemned powder; 1 barrel condemned coal dust. In the forge.—3 pair bellows, 2 of them decayed; 1 "anvile"; 1 "vize"; 1 pair compasses. In the "Tylehowse."—34 cannon shot; 140 stone shot. In the house at the Sandhill.—6 iron "quarter slinges"; 4 chambers; 1080 round shot for cannon and culverin; 3600 "smale shott of sondrie sortes." Signed: Jhon Carey, John Crane.

Tynmouth castle.—Brass ordnance.—2 sakars, 1 dismounted; 3 falcons, dismounted. Cast iron culverin, and demi-culverin. Signed: Jhon Carey, John Crane.

Holy Island.—In the fort.—Brass ordnance.—2 demi-culverins; 1 sakar; 1 falcon. 1 demi-culverin of cast iron, dismounted, new stock for it; round shot of iron 105. In the storehouse.—4 cwt. powder. In the "pallaice."—Iron round shot [various] 1179. Signed: Jhon Carey, John Crane.

Wark castle.—Caste iron ordnance.—1 culverin; 3 demi-culverins; 3 sakars; 1 sakrett; 1 base. Brass ordnance.—4 falconets, 2 without wheels, 1 dismounted and 1 "with a pintle of iron." Round shot [various] —60. 60lb. powder. Signed: Jhon Carey, John Crane.

Norham castle.—Brass ordnance.—1 demi-culverin; 1 sakar; 2 falcons; 3 falcons "dismounted"; 6 rabonetts, 2 of them dismounted [weights from 104 to 86 lbs.] "Waste shotte of all sortes" 80. Signed: Jhon Carey, John Crane.

46 pp. Written by Crane. Indorsed partly by Burghley: "24 Junij 1594. Booke of the remaines in the office of the ordonnance at Barwick." The condition of the ordnance and carriages is given throughout.

958. Forster to Burghley. [June 28.]

Since the Lord Bothwell was "by proclamatione expulsed" out of this realm, he has been for a time at the "Hermytage" in Liddesdale, and appears greatly discontented with me for making the proclamation so strait against all his resetters, and has done his best to stir up Liddesdale and other broken countries to invade us, and as they assemble in large numbers, I have thought good to order all men to stand on their guard to resist if necessary.

I hear he is gone to the Earl of Atholl, and all the Stewarts convene to consult I know not on what.

The opposite warden refuses to answer for any except East Tevydale in his own charge, and I refuse to meet till he answer generally for his wardenry as I do, till I know the Queen's pleasure. The King has yet appointed no keeper for Liddesdale, or West Tevydale, and I have written divers times to Mr Bowes the ambassador to move him to perform his promise—as yet without success. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.


  • 1. The weights and condition from this point generally omitted.