Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.
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125. Scrope to Walsingham. [June 1.]
Immediately on receipt of your letter of 19th ultimo, I delivered the letter inclosed to "the Pryour," who sent it to Scotland, and looks for answer shortly, which I will send to you at once.
As the Laird of Carmighell, lately returned from Scotland, has written to you at length of the state of the Court and country, I omit to trouble you longer. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.
¼ p. Addressed. Indorsed.
126. Forster to Walsingham. [June 14. 1582.]
"In Maye last there was a strainger beinge as yt is thowght a Jesuite or suche like, past into Scotlande thorowe the wastes and felles in theis partes, as ye shall perceyve by the examinacons of certain parsons, which I send unto your honour here inclosed, and have them selves remaininge in prisone for the escape of him; and had them before the right reverente father in God the Bisshopp of Durhame, and other his associates commissioners for cawses ecclesiasticall, as they went in their circuite for redressinge of misorders in matters of relligione, at my howse the xiijth of this instante June. The parties tooke frome him a bag and ane old portes, (fn. 1) certen instrumentes to drawe forth teethe, and a lookinge glasse, whiche doo remaine in my custodie—but after the said bisshopp and the other comissioners were departed frome my howse, I, lookinge more circumspectlye unto the glas, by chaunce dyd espie paper within the said glasse. Wherupon I serched the said glas thorolie, and openinge the same, dyd finde certen lettres so well compacted together and enclosed within the said glas, that yt was verie hard to be espied or fownde owte. Which I tooke forth and perused, and then put them againe within the said glas, as they were before—which I send unto your honour in this packet here inclosed—the one of the lettres, beinge writen in figures and ciphers, beinge (as yt is to be supposed) of some greate importance—besechinge your honour that when ye have dissifured the same, yf yt doo touche or concerne anye in this countrie, I maye have some intelligence thereof," with the instructions of Her Majesty and the Council. "Their is a greate noumber in theis partes infected with the alteracion of relligione, and that by the backinge and comfort of Scotlande. There are iij or iiij Jesuits recepted with the Lorde Seatone in Scotlande—one Brewerton a Chesshire man, one Shepparde that said masse in the Erle of Northumberlandes castle at Warkworthe, and others—but yf they come againe into Englande, I hope so to practise that they shall not escape my handes. I heare that Scotlande goeth abowte to practise and make a mariage betwene the Kinge of Scotlande and the Kinge of Spaines dowghter, and that Sir John Seatone is minded to pas thorowe Englande, upon colour to travell into other contries—but his meaninge is to pas into Spaine for the practisinge of the said mariage to the overthrowe of relligion and Gods, yf in tyme yt be not prevented." At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.
1¼ p. Addressed. Indorsed.
Inclosed in the above:—
(Examinations referred to.)
"Mathewe Wilkinsone beinge examined the xijth daye of Maye 1582, as concerninge the apprehencion of a strainger, and lettinge him escape—sayeth that upon Wednesdaye last abowte xij of the clock, be this examinat, together with Robert Snawedon and George Stevensone were goinge to the Slyme together, and as they were goinge, they overtooke a man unknowen in ane old graye cloke, and they demaunded his name, but he would not tell them, but sayed he was goinge to Martyne Croser; wherupon they tooke him and sayd they would bringe him to my Lorde Warden, and he desyred them to lett him escape, and offered them for their goodwill therin xj peeces of gold. Wherupon they toke everye of them three ryalles and the other two ryalles, and certen whyte monie he tooke to himself, and they fand certen lettres and certen bookes, and the said Robert Snawedone tooke the man, and the lettres and bookes, and put into the pocket of his hose, and said he would have him to Martyne Croser, and be all their discharge. And since that tyme therhath dyvers come to this examinats to sewe for their kindnes, for they said that the man made reporte that Robert Snawedon had taken all the bookes, lettres and gold frome him—and more he knoweth not.
George Stevensone of Allonton sayeth as Mathewe Wilkinson hathe sayed.
The examinacion of Robert Snawedon taken before Sir John Forster knight lorde warden of the Myddle Marches the xiiijth of Maye 1582, by him, Mathewe Wilkinsone and George Stevensone, sayeth that trewe yt is they tooke a man, to him unknowen goinge to the Slyme, and that he offered them certen gold to suffer him to escape awaye, and that he tooke certen bookes and lettres frome him, and at the fyrst put the said lettres in his hose, and afterwards gave him the said lettres againe, and had him the space of half a myle in his companie, and then lett him goo at libertie. And farther the said Robert Snawedon sayeth he sayd he would bringe him to my lorde warden, and that he gave the other two in his companie his word to discharge theme." Signed: John Forster.
1 p. Indorsed: "1582."
127. Scrope to Walsingham. [June 17.]
I have lately received a letter from the Laird of Cesford keeper of Liddisdale, requiring a meeting between our deputies, for redress of "goodes and geire" only, refusing any for blood, without the special authority of his king. To whom I have answered that unless I receive delivery for the bill of murder of Sympson, already filed by his deputy, and in general terms by himself, though revoked by another letter, as signified to you, I will appoint no meeting without her Majesty's order—finding that his refusal is the chief cause of the late murders in the feuds renewed between the Irwyns, Bells, and Carlells, and our own Grames—also "hath encouraged the Lyddisdails under his own charge on Frydaye last (besydes the spoyles of goodes) to murdre and kill thre of hir Majesties subjectes within thoffice of Bewcastle, wherof one Dodshon was one, of whom it is the more pittie, for that before he had done right good service."
The captain and soldiers here being at Midsummer day "behynde" upwards of 200l. of their pay, and the city here poor, and not able to forbear payment for their victuals, I heartily pray you for her Majesty's warrant to some of the receivers in the north to disburse the sum to the relief of the poor citizens, and no charge to her Majesty. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
128. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [June 30.]
I received a letter from Mr Alexander Hume of Hutounhall deputy warden, this day at 1 p.m., enclosing two letters from the King of Scots—one to her Majesty,—the other to the "Quene his mother," which I enclose. "The King is at this present at Sterling and the Duke at Dawkeath, who is thought this day to take his journey to Sterling to the King. There is great displeasure betwixt the Duke and the ministery about the Bushopp of Glasco. Also there is a secret brute that the ministery should conspire the Dukes death, which as I am secretly enformed, is revealed unto the Duke by thErle of Arraine, and thought some accusation wyll fall owt against the ministery for yt; and thErle of Arraine to be the prover and avoucher of the same. Also yt is delyvered owt in speaches according to the actes sett downe in ther last parlament, that the Duke presently shall keape a justice heire throughout the realme, for leavying of money for the Kinges use, which is generally in all persons of all degrees much mislykte of." Berwick. Signed: Henry Woddryngton.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.