Border Papers volume 1: January 1583

Pages 92-94

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

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145. Forster to Walsingham. [Jan. 1. 1582–3.]

"Pharnihyrst hath sent unto me to desire me to be a meanes unto the Queynes Majestie that he may have licence to pas thorowe this realme, and hath sent me his licence under the Kings haude and seale, the coppie wherof I send unto youe here inclosed." I find him greatly devoted to her Majesty, and I write to remind you that his offers at the time of his first banishment were so very great, that when he was minded to have taken shipping at "Kyrkuberye," I had orders from the Privy Council and brought him into England, in hope that her Majesty would have got him restored to his land and living, which could not be effected, by reason of the particular causes between the Earl of Morton then regent, and him, though he offered to do anything (life excepted) to satisfy him, her Majesty to be judge between them—which was not accepted. Now I find him of the same mind as before, and his living being on the frontiers, he is as necessary an instrument for preservation of peace and serving "her Highnes torne," and one that will keep his promise, as any Scotsman on the Border. "Thoghe he was in the faccion with the Duke, he had good cawse so to doo, for he browght him into Scotlande,"—yet I think he will keep promise to her Majesty.

As the time of his stay in Scotland is very short, I beg you to move the matter to her Highness, if you think it good, and to have answer with convenient expedition.

This last week there was a packet directed from you to Mr Robert Bowes, lost by the post of Belford's son after its delivery to his father on the 26th instant, and was found by a man of mine who brought it to me on the 29th, having four times "for life" with the sign of a pair of gallows. I caused it to be sent away by post, "the seale nor labell beinge nothinge hurte." From my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

p. Addressed. Indorsed.

Inclosed in the foregoing:—

(Copy of K. James's licence to Fernyhurst.)

"We for certane reasonable cawses and consideracions movinge us, be the tennour heirof geves and graunts licence to our lovitt Schir Thomas Ker of Pharnihirst knyght, to depairt furthe of our realme to the parts of Fraunce and uthers beyonde, for doenge of his honest and leiffull affaires, there to remayne for the space of five yeirs after the date heirof." During which space we have taken Sir Thomas his lands, offices, goods and gear under our special protection, notwithstanding any acts made or to be made in the contrary. Discharging our justice clerk and all our servants and ministers from all proceedings against him or his lands, &c.—"Providinge alwayes that duringe his said remanynge and passinge furthe of our realme, he do nor attempt no thinge to the hynderance and derogation of us, our authoritie and trewe relegion profest within our realme," and use this our licence within the space of one month after the date hereof, otherways the same licence to expire and be of no value, force or effect. "Geven under our signet and subscrivit with our hande at Hallirudhowse the xxth daie of December and of our reigne the sixtenthe yeir 1582."

1 p. Contemporary copy. Indorsed.

146. Forster to Walsingham. [Jan. 16.]

"The Lorde Clawde Hambleton," now with me, is very desirous that I would write to you to keep him remembered. He showed me a letter from Mr Robert Bowes in Scotland—"wherin he wrytes, that as yet he canne doo nothinge in his matters, willinge him not to discorage himself, for all matters he hopes shall come very shortly to his contentacion." The special cause of my now writing is, I know Lord Claud and his brother beyond sea, are dealt with by France to come in, especially by means of the Duke of Lennox, but this gentleman says he will never come in by such means, for the Duke seeks his own purposes, and there will never be a firm agreement between the Hamiltons and the house of Lennox. He will be at her Majesty's devotion before any other prince's.

"I dyd see a lettre sent frome the Erle of Huntlie, beinge sisters sonne to the Hambletons, that he will joyne no maner of wayes but with the Hambletons, so that I thinke upon the restoringe of the Hambletons, her Majestie maye have the most parte of all the noblemen of Scotlande at her appointement." As Lord Claud has been assured that those that have his "lyvinge" would gladly see him back as a friend to enjoy his own again, and he will only agree to this by her Majesty's means, it would relieve her Majesty of great charges and troubles if so arranged, which I refer to your consideration. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

147. Sir Symon Musgrave to Walsingham. [Jan. 25.]

"Sens my sunne Christofer Musgrave dydde delyver into the Quenes Majestes jayole the iiijor notabyll theffs of the Armstrongs of Lyddesdayl, of whom thre was executytt, all dying to theyre deservings,—thare frendes the Armstrongs of Scotland, with thare complyses, have nott seassyt to mayk greatt incurtyons within thys offes of Bewcastell, and have murtheryd manye of the Quenes Majestes subjectes and utterlye spoylyd the sayd offes, so as the pore men are redy to departe forthe off the contrie." I have several times advertised Lord Scrope, who has declared the same to the King and Council of Scotland without effect, nor do these rebellious people care for that government, but spoil there daily. Wherfore my humble suit to her Majesty is to grant me 50 horsemen for defence, and send a reply with convenient speed, for there are few nights without some murder or robbery. Bewcastell. Signed: Symon Musgrave.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed: "25 Jan."

148. Musgrave to Walsingham. [Jan. 26. [1582–3.]]

"I am sore trobled and put in great danger of my lyf by the disordered Graymes and the envious Carletons, who sekes my lyf and lyvinge bothe by false and untrue dealing, and by confederating with Scotishemen, to murther me and my sonne Thomas, who beinge in Scotland to take revenge of injuries done to the office of Bewcastle, and dyd seaze certen Scottishe goods of one Francis Graymes, who beinge an Englishe man and taking upon hym to inhabyte in Scotland without hir Majesties licence or the Lord Wardens, and was assalted in Englishe ground by Arthure Grayme and his complices to the number of c Englishe men and Scottishe men, and had nye slane my sonne, who in his defence slewe the sayd Arthure, and the Graymes dyd impannell a jurye of there owne nowghtie men, by the appoyntment of Thomas Carleton the younger, and found my sone giltie of welfull murder, and fourtie of my servantes and office, and wald not suffer the coroner to gyve daie for there verdict, but putt hym in feare of his lyf and caused hym to receyve the verdicte against his will, and therebye myndethe to have our lyves, and to overthrowe my house, against all equitie, that any Englishe men shold assyst Scotishe men against Englishe men within this realme! And then to have such false men as are not honest neyther lawfull subjectes, to trye emongest those traterous people against hir Majesties true subjectes. My most humble suyte to your honour is to stand my good frend in my rightefull causes, and to suspend your openyon towardes, untill the lawe have tryed upon me, which I humbley crave of your honor maye be with expedicion." Bewcastle. Signed: Symon Musgrave.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

149. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 28. 1582–3.]

Reminding him that he has often reported the Liddesdale forays (of the Armstrongs especially) in Bewcastle, since Sir Symon Musgrave's son Christopher brought in 4 notable thieves of that clan, 3 of whom were executed, and that nothing but fair words can be got from the King and Council,—recommending that Sir Symon be allowed 50 horse for two months, and, as the country is "broad and wyde," that 50 foot of the bands of Berwick be also sent to lie there during her Majesty's pleasure, for the better defence of the March. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet: a hawk (?).

150. Scrope to Walsingham. [Jan. 31.]

Being at leisure to further the strengthening of this border, "my Lord of Carlill" and I have written at length to you and others of the Council, touching some matters now here in hand for the above purpose; and I beseech you to be a mean to bring the same to a good conclusion, with such speed as may be—the time of year now best serving, but will soon pass. Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.