Border Papers volume 1: October 1594

Pages 548-550

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

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982. Carey to [Sir Robert Cecill]. [Oct. 3. [1594.]]

To show your honour the expedition of the posts, I received your letter of the 24th September on the 29th, and accomplished your instructions by sending your letters "to Master Bowes withe all sped, as allso not deferinge aney tyme to geve warninge to Misteres Colven to avoyed the plase wher she was into Scotland, wiche I ded openley before maney Scottishe and Inglishe; wiche for that her husband was nott ther, uppon her great and earneste sent, I was content she shold staye iij or iiij dayes tyll he came to take order for her, so that he came withein that tym. Whoe deseyered no longer libertey; wiche notwithestandinge I did openley doe it in ase awsteare a maner as I could, for that ther weare divers banished Scottishe men withe her, yet to her selfe in secret I yeuesed the matter so as she was nothinge dismayed witheall, but awensered she wold willingeley obeye her Majestes pleser. I did allso wryghte to her husband, that he shold take noe offens at this remove, whoe I knoe will be satisfeyed withe my letter.

I reseved your honers other letter of the xxvj at Grinwige, and the xxvij at London, at nowen, I reseved it heare the 2 of October albeit it was indorsed uppon the backe withe maney 'hastes' and 'for life.' This is the sped theye make withe your honers lettres, be they never so hastey or of importans. Wher the faulte is, God knoes. Notwithestandinge so sowen as it came to me, I sent awaye Master Boweses letter presentley, ase allso the letter therinclosed to my Ladey Bodwell I sent presentley. Not havinge reseved yet aney awenser from ether of bothe, I feare the ladey is not at the Mose tower, for that the messenger is not yet retorned. I reseved this inclosed even nowe presentley out of Scotland.

It is reported at Edenborrowe for sertayen that the Kinge holdes on his jhorney the 2 or 3 of this monthe withe great senseretey—the succses wherof is yet unknowen. Yet is forther conjactered bey divers that the last of September, Argille and Huntley shold mete, wiche if it had byn so, I thinke I shold a hard sum what therof ere this." Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.

pp. Holograph. Leaf with address lost.

983. [Sir Robert Cecill] to Scroope. [Oct. 8.]

The Queen having been informed of the King of Scots' intention to march against "the rebellious erles," for the good of both realms, commands that good order may be kept in Scroope's wardenry, so as not to weaken the king's forces. Sir John Forster has also been notified in same terms.

1 p. Draft. Indorsed: "8 October. Copy of my master's letter to the lord Scroope and Sir John Forster."

984. Musters at Berwick. [Oct. 16. 1594.]

Defaults taken 16th October 1594—before John Carey as chamberlain and deputy governor.

Absent, with or without passport, from the companies of John Carey, Sir William Reade and six other captains—also of the gunners, ordnance artificers, horsemen and pensioners—in all 71. Signed: Jhon Carey, John Crane.

3 pp. In Crane's writing. Indorsed.

985. Carey to Sir Robert Cecill. [Oct. 17.]

As directed in your last I commanded Mr Colvile and his people to leave England. He was then in Scotland, but on his return last Saturday he willingly obeyed; and on Monday last "(having lyen here one only night in the town)" with his wife children and "wholle familie," departed into Scotland—protesting that he will still continue loyal to her Majesty. He intreated me to send the enclosed to your honour.

For two or three days, and specially this night, I have looked for Mr Bowes' return from Scotland, and expect him "certenlye" tomorrow. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.

On margin lengthways.—I send copies of two letters written by Mr Colvile after he had the Kings remission, "and before he had eyther got speach or presence."

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

986. The Scottish Council to Bowes. [Oct. 24.]

On sight of the answers sent to you by the wardens of your East and Middle Marches, we have called before us the Laird of Cesfurde, with the Gudeman of Hutounhall their opposites, and the Laird Buckcleuch, now keeper of Liddesdale, whom we find very willing to stay disorder by immediate meetings, to be kept as they and their opposites shall agree on, which they are directed to do on their return. Edinburgh. Signed: Mortoun, R. Lord Setoun, Bas, Artht.

1 p. Addressed: "To the richt honorable Robert Bowes esquier, ambassadour for the Quene of England." Wafer signet, on a chief a crescent, 3 piles in base; M.G.Y. at top. Motto, ". . . semper Deus." Probably Mr George Young's.

987. Carey to Burghley. [Oct. 31.]

I have stayed long, hoping to hear of the King's journey against the Papist earls, but the weather has been so "evill" for him, and he far off, that I know nothing save that he makes great show of resolution to overthrow them and their houses, by his preparation of men and money. "Dyvers of his counsell doe desyre a contrarye course."

It is said he means to cast down "Strauboggy" and all their houses, during this winter. And if he comes away, will divide his force to serve monthly, and Argile to be his lieutenant.

"For Bothwell, he is litle herd of, as a man able to doe nothinge."

The cheif news here is—the King being now in his journey, the Lord Hume upon the 21st of this month, came to Fourd, with a dozen of his own men, thence to Etell, where he got two couple of hounds, and home the same night. On Friday the 25th he crossed the water at Carham, rode to Newham that night, and hunted all Saturday in Bambroughshire with some of the gentlemen there. On Sunday he rode to Alnwick and dined with the lord warden, coming back to bed at Newham. On Monday he hunted with Sir William Read at Fennham all day and lay there that night. Next day having got four or five couple of hounds among them, he returned to Scotland. If I had known her Majesty's pleasure, or dared act without it, I would have stayed him, coming thus without warrant. I beg your direction if a like case happen, for I must tell your lordship I had a "great hart" to stop him, for injuries he and his have done here.

I send the defaults of last musters, which I kept till I had some thing worth writing.

As an Englishman and well wisher to my country, I must signify the great complaints of the Queen's subjects here, that since the proclamation for no man riding in Scotland during the King's journey on his northern earls, which is obeyed by us, the Scots ride here almost every night, and Cesford the warden himself with 80 horse took his pleasure in two towns, "slewe three men most bloodylye, him self looking on and his trompet sounding while the men were a killing." So as many of her Majesty's subjects, between fear of disobeying the proclamation, and of his bloody revenges, fly the country—"and no poor man dares almost lyve in his owne howse." Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.

2 pp. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.