Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 2, 1595-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.
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1450. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [March 10.]
Though my officer the warden sergeant, assured me when these pledges first came down, that none of them were offenders here, yet having occasion to search, I find in the rolls, &c., that they are liable under certain bills for any of their surname therein: therefore they have conferred with their friends and set down under their hands, what they will be content to do, which I send you. The gentlemen of the country are also willing to tryst with them and their friends in any good sort: wherein I can do nothing myself, or further it without your direction.
I had "a rar pese of justes" from Lord Roxburgh on the day we fyled the 37 bills with his deputy warden at Redinge. Amongst those delivered was one George Yonge, "whoe ferst stroke hime that filed him, beinge his fellowe thefe, in the mouthe, and after used verey ill wordes to the depetey warden, offering to laye his hand on his dager, and used him selfe in a verey contemtebell and proud maner of behaver." The deputy warden, however, delivered him to the plaintiff, but when Lord Roxburgh heard of it, he was very angry that his deputy had not delivered another man and brought Yonge home to be hanged. However, he asked me, with my deputy and 6 more, to meet him, his deputy, and 6 more next day: which we did, when he desired to have Yonge delivered and he would give another "fauter worthe the bill": also that on Thursday the 25th February I would meet him, bringing with me 40 of the gentlemen to decide certain bills. We kept our meeting, appointing assisers on both sides to debate on our bills: meantime he caused George Yonge to be hanged "uppon a fayer payer of gallowes he had caused to be mad for the nones, and afterwardes caused him to be striped and hanged in cheynes, wher he remaynes styll hanginge in cheynes at the metinge plase for an exampell." It was more worthy, for he much affected the man and loves his surname best in Scotland: yet never a one of them dare take him down or so much as speak of it. Such a piece of justice has never been before done. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey. Will Tat of the Cherretres, a pledge, has been very sick of "an agewe and the dropsey " ever since he came, and is like to die: another one Rotherford has likewise been very sick.
2 pp. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: swan, &c.
1451. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [March 17.]
The East Tevydale men dare not steal openly since Lord Roxburgh's justice, but they have stirred up the Liddesdale fugitive Armstrangs, &c., who being under bonds to the West and Middle Marches, make "pray of this poore litell March," and have been in three times—at Newton, taking some nags from the herd at noon day—another time some oxen and sheep from the Hage house, where on the fray rising, they stayed and killed one of the followers, hurting others: lastly, they took from Houghtell some nags of Mr Thomas Karres' men, hurting one, and a gentleman called Duke Burrell. Whereon I conferred with Mr Karre who said he would trap them either here or in Scotland: and hearing they were fugitives, I was content any way. So hearing they would on the 14th hereof, be at the town of Gradon in Tyvydale, to steal somewhere—he got a strong party of his friends, and took in a house there 5 of the most notable outlaws whose names are enclosed, and brought them here yesterday "being the XVth," where they are in safe keeping, and before they and I part, I will take a reasonable safe course with them and their friends, to free this wardenry of such men. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed by Cecil's clerk: "xvth Mar. Sir John Carey," &c. Wax signet: swan, &c.
1452. Passport for M. M. de Hallier, &c. [March 20.]
Licensing the bearers, "Mounsier de Hallier and Mounsier de Prine, gentlemen of France, Allexander Borthwick and John Weshart, gentlemen of Scotland, being of the Frence Kinges guard," to pass to London, with 4 horses, viz., 2 grey ambling nags of 15 hands, 1 grey ambling nag of 12 hands, and 1 brown bay ambling nag of 13 hands. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1 p. Addressed as before.