Border Papers volume 1: April 1582

Pages 79-81

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

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116. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [April 11. 1582.]

"As I am credibly enfourmed, ther is a Convencion at Sterlinge, which beginneth the xth of this instant, called (as it is said) for twoe causes—the one, to appoint twoo noble men to send embassadours to the King of Denmarke, to move a mariadge to the said King for his daughter for the King of Scottes—the other cause (which is the speciall and greatest) is, sence the Kinges goinge to Sterlinge, the Duke hath created one Mongommery (who was minister of Sterling) bushopp of Glasco, which the most of the lordes is against, and will not allowe of yt—as also the ministerye of Edenbrowghe with the rest of the ministery, is lykewise against yt, for that yt was sett downe in there last parlament, to have no moe busshoppes. The Duke, the viijth of this instant appointed the said newe busshoppe to preache in the Cathedrall churche of Sterlinge; but the congregation refused the said church, and went to an other, so that ther came nether man, woman, nor childe, to the Cathedrall churche. The Duke hearing therof, it was lookt for that he wold have broght the King and the household to the churche, but he did not. The ministerie of Edenbroughe with a great nombre of others of the ministery, made there repaire to the convencion the ixth of this instant, upon purpose to be in the contrary for thadmittinge of the said newe bushopp, whome the Duke saiethe he will manteyne, and shalbe bushopp of Glasco. It is gyven owt if he stand therunto, it will make a present alteracion of the state, and bread great mischefe amongst them about yt. Also the Duke hathe newely incurred the displeasure of the whole towne of Edenbroughe, for commytting a merchant of the same towne to prison at Sterling (as thei say) for a very small occasion." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed: "The Marshal of Barwick."

117. Scrope to Walsingham. [April 23. 1582.]

Having agreed with Cesfurd for a meeting of our deputies at Kirsopfote on Friday next, I signified by letter how I thought we should proceed for justice. This evening I have two letters from him; the one agreeing, "the other clean contrarie and repugnante" to my desire, copies of which and my letter, I enclose, to be made known to her Majesty. Till I hear more, "I mynde not to appoint or kepe any meting with him. Furthe of Scotlande, I heare that the preachers have preached verie playnly against the Duke, and therfore they are sent for to [come?] before the King at Sterling to morrowe, where it is thought they shalbe somewhat hardlie delt withall." Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

Inclosed in the foregoing:—

(1) (Scrope to Cesford.)

I have your letter of the 16th instant, in answer to mine of the 12th, but not so fully answered as I wrote in regard to filing bills and delivering principals on the 27th of this month, the day by you appointed. "Besydes that in this meanetyme, wherin your lordship seamythe to have desyre of meating for redres of attemptates, those people of Liddesdale under your rule have verie cruellie comytted two heynouse attemptates—thone done by the Lardes Jocke in murdring John Rowtledg, called Gerardes John, within this realme, thother by burnynge Sir Symond Musgraves mylne at Bewcastle—the doers wherof are Lyddesdaills, for the trode was followed unto Maingerton, or nere thereunto." Unless I receive due redress at the meeting, for these enormities, and your promise for the same by Wednesday next, I must make my sovereign acquainted, and think it will be to small purpose to meet. Carlisle 20th April. H. Scroppe.

1 p. Copy by Scrope's clerk. Addressed. Indorsed.

(2) (Cesford to Scrope.)

I have received your letter "this Satterdaye afternoune," and as your lordship has mistaken my meaning, "thought good to give your lordship resolucion by thir fewe lynes, that in verie deade, I meyne nathing but to doe justice and to make equall redres and delyverie,"—receiving the like also for the late attempts, on just trial according to March law, if it please your lordship to cause keep the meeting—otherwise to let me be advertised of its stay, "betwixt this and Tuysdaye next at night, or Wedinsday by xij houres." Halliden 21st of April. Cesforde.

1 p. Copy in same hand. Addressed. Indorsed.

(3) (Cesford to Scrope.)

"Sen the directing of my other lettre unto your lordship, perusing the copie therof, I tooke the meanynge of that parte of your lettre (wherin yow desire me to lett yow speciallie knowe, gif I will delyver for the bills alredy fyld, asweill as for the bills to be fyld that daye), to be, that your lordship wolde have me to delyver for slawghter. For aunswere, I ame and salbe redy to cawse delyver for any bills of geir filit or to be filit sen my acceptacion—bot for slawghter, I cannot mell with it, but mon according to the auncient custome, refer the delyverie therof to the prynces and their commissioners. This farr I thought good to make your lordschip pryvie unto, to the effect yow take not my other lettre otherwise nor my meanyng was, for my cheife clerke being awaye, the boy hes not written confyrme to my dyrection." Desiring your answer by the bearer, whether you will keep the meeting or not. Halledon 22nd April. Cesfurde.

1 p. Copy in same hand. Addressed. Indorsed.

118. Forster to Walsingham. [April 24. 1582.]

According to your letter, "I have geven warninge to the gentlemen within myne office, what the Queynes Majestie my soveraignes pleasure is touchinge these banished men forth of Scotlande; but I thinke none would have attempted to offred them any displeasure."

As the gentlemen of this country are continually troubled by the Earl of Northumberland, "forced to repaire to Londone everye terme," and like through poverty to be unable to keep horse and furniture for the Queen's service, nor attend me to the days of truce, where I risk my life for want of them; we must be humble suitors to your honour "that the matter maye come to some finall ende and triall in the contrye," whereby you shall bind us for our lives.

"There is greate discencion risen in Scotlande, betwene the Kinge and the ministers there—what will ensewe I knowe not." At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

119. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [April 26.]

"It is certenly given furth in the Court of Scotland, and likewise bruted and spoken in the head boroughes with the best, that the King and Duke have receaved advertisment furthe of France, to have sent them into Scotland iijmvc Frenchmen, which dayly thei looke for, and that thei are to land at Dunberton, where (as is said) the Duke prepareth for theim—for all that part is his possession. The ministerie have incurred the King and Dukes displeasure about the denyinge of the newe bushopp of Glasco, for that thei alledge (which is trewe) that he can not be bushopp, for that he hath subscribed at there last parlament to the contrary, who chardge him with the same, and mindes to excommunicate him. But the Duke saith he shalbe bushopp, in spyte of all theim that wold the contrary. And so the Duke is at this present at Glasco, establishing him bushopp of Glasco—which proceadinges of the Dukes makethe great suspicion and murmuracion universally in Scotland—fearinge hee intendeth alteracion of religion by all the pollicie and device he can practise or goe about." Their convention is done, but few were at it except the Duke's friends. Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.