Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 2, 1595-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.
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1521. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Dec. 1.]
I have sent up Captain Skiner, taking his own bond in 1000l. for his appearance, and one of the garrison horsemen accompanies him. I sent him no sooner, for when he came he told me it was only to show his duty, and hoped having done so, I would let him go up again in 3 or 4 days. Whereof I was glad to find his own occasions called him up, and kept reasonable care over him. Since he came, I see nothing in him but to be merry in good company, the best he can get, and nothing suspicious. He has been somewhat ill with a "defnes and a giddeynes in his hed." If he frees himself of the accusation, it may please you to return him again, for his places here have great want of him. He says he is up on an agreement between Sir Grefien Markeham and him for all their suits. He would be very glad to see his accuser Borley. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
I received your packet of 25th this day, and sent it presently to Master Nicolson.
1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed, Wax signet: swan, &c.
1522. Scrope to Cecil. [Dec. 1. 1602.]
I send you copy of my last letter to George Nicolson, to show thoroughly our proceedings—we crave redress often, but get none: and though as loth to take, as to give, injury, if forced to revenge, it shall be on offenders only, not the King's true subjects, of whom we are very careful. Lately we took 6 notorious Scottish thieves "with read hand," and executed them last gaol delivery. They threaten much, and we say little. Carlisle. Signed: Th. Scroope.
1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet: shield and garter.
Inclosed in the same:—
(1) (Scrope to Nicolson.)
Sending him a breviat of offences done since the King left Dumfries—complaining that the Laird of Johnston does little or no redress—and that the Grames, in spite of their offers, are chief actors in bringing in the Scots and in all their outrages. Carlisle. 25 November 1602. Signed: Th. Scroope.
1 p. Indorsed partly by Cecil.
(2) (Note of spoils.)
Note of robberies, &c., committed since the indent between Lord Scrope and the Laird of Johnston his opposite.
[Seventeen in all between August and December 1602. Robberies only, no murders.]
3 pp. By Scrope's clerk. Indorsed.
1523. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Dec. 11.]
This packet comes with such speed, and Mr Nicolson who is here, desires it to be sent with such secrecy as I can hardly write, but to let you know that he importunes me to write on behalf of Clement Armorer, from whom he has either received, or is to receive, some good service to her Majesty, or he would not be so urgent. His friends "runes" daily on me, on information from Lord Roxburgh of your promise to send warrant for the remission of his fault committed with Sir William Evers: which they will not believe but I have received. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
½ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: swan, &c.
1524. Passport for Johan De La Roaeke, &c. [Dec. 11.]
Licensing the bearers, "Johan de la Roaeke and Ewsteis Blaynchett, servantes unto the French embassatour, now resident in Scotland," to travel by London to France "upon some speciall affaires from their said lord and master": travelling with a "browne bay curtoll" ambling gelding of 15 hands, and a little bay ambling nag of 13 hands, without let or molestation, &c. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1 p. Addressed as before. Fine wafer seal, of 9 quarters: 1 a bend charged with 3 roses (?), a crescent in chief; crest: a unicorn's head: in fragile condition.
1525. Scrope to James VI. [Dec. 13.]
Knowing his princely regard towards peace, shown by his letter as to proclamation: signifies by the inclosed, how little his own subjects obey him, and thus violate their own laws. Assuring himself that his Majesty will order due punishment: otherwise in the meantime, Scrope will endeavour to repair the wrongs done to those under him, hoping it will be good service to his sovereign and contentment to the King. Praying his Majesty not to censure him as rash but bound by necessity to let him know the truth. Carlisle. Not signed.
1¼ pp. Holograph. Indorsed by Scrope: "copy of L. Scropes letter," &c.
1526. Scrope to Cecil. [Dec. 17.]
To-morrow "Robsey" was to have been delivered to Sir Robert Carey for his convoy to Berwick: but on your letter, I have stayed him here till the Queen's further pleasure.
Johnston makes great shows of justice, to which I give way all I can, hoping thereby for my leave through you, whereof pray let me hear, as I mean to start presently after Christmas. Mr John Dalston desires to supply my place—the worst time of year is past—and the Graimes have combined to serve him, and as he is honest himself, her Majesty may see what these men will do for a short time. I enclose copy of my last letter to the King. Signed: Th. Scroope.
1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed: "… Rob. Greame stayed from delivery."
1527. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Dec. 21.]
I have sent your packet of 14th instant to Mr Nicolson. I am sorry to see, by your letter of same date to myself, that Mr Skynner has so far forgot his allegiance as to lose her Majesty's favour: but, since his wit would guide him no better, let him receive his desert. I comfort myself that he was not preferred by me: but was far entered into my offices by my Lord Governor's acceptance before I ever knew or had seen him. Seeing that her Majesty has disposed of his offices, both the chamberlainship and his company, I crave pardon to say somewhat therein. First, I hope, though her Majesty has not thought me worthy, after 10 years' service here, of recompence—not even allowance for my daily expenses—she will never take my right, viz., her gracious gift of the chamberlainship for my life, the patent remaining only in me, for Mr Skynuer had only a "deputationshipp" from me, as the assurance between us shows. So his fault cannot forfeit my patent further than his estate in it: and I hope she will not bestow the place on my body else than where the right should be. For his company: it is in her power to bestow the governorship and all other places, for there is no absolute governor by patent: but the use has been, and by the establishment fortified, that captains were appointed by the governor. So, if it please her to continue the same trust till a fitter governor be appointed, I shall think myself a very happy man: yet submitting myself to her grace, only desiring she may be rightly informed therein. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1½ pp. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: swan, &c.
1528. Sir J. Carey to Cecil. [Dec. 26.]
Saying that he understood from Sir John Stanhope that Captain Jackson was to have Mr Skynner's company: but trusted that her Majesty would not so disgrace him by appointing a man who was his mortal enemy, and had done all he could to overthrow him; begging, if she would resume these appointments, she would be pleased to bestow it on "ani creature living" but Jackson, whose doings to him were well known both to Cecil and Stanhope. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
¾ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: swan, &c.
1529. Petition of John Skynner. [Dec. 1602.]
Begins "most dread, most mighty, and most gratiouse soverayne." Apologizes for presuming to offer his "detested" name to her remembrance, or his handwriting to her view. Confesses his presumption in not walking in her laws, and prays for her compassion. He would not have dared to implore it, had he by "lewd offending" displeased her. But as it sprang out of too ambitious a desire to do her Majesty good service, and not by treacherous or undutiful thoughts, but he must confess out of too great arrogancy, that he a subject of her highness unauthorized, took confidence to counterwork with the subject of a foreign, prince, out of an eager desire to do her service, and vain hope to win reputation with her. Having had a little time while in danger of death, to bethink himself of his true misguider therein, and being a close prisoner in the Gatehouse, sick in body and having lost all hope, the above desire was his chief leader in his presumption. Before any further trial, he humbly offers at her feet the places he holds under her Majesty in Berwick to be resigned as her learned counsel shall devise: and had he any other means, he would throw it down at her royal feet. Prays her grace to his distress, or "many innocents" will suffer.
"Your Majestyes prostrate, and penitent subject, who is nothing, nor hath nothing, but his odious name." Signed: John Skynner.
2 pp. Broad sheet. Holograph; also address. Indorsed: "Sir (?) John Skinner's submission to the Quene of his fait."
1530. Scrope to Cecil. [Dec. 1602.]
A special friend of mine met Henry Leighe in Lancashire "with a falce bearde on his face," and, asking him why he went so disguised? He answered that the Queen had appointed him a spy in State matters, and to report to you, and he had a quarterly pension for the same. The gentleman, "suspecting that he lyed, learned covertly" that he mostly abode in a pretty little house in a forest "destitut of all companie": and was promised for 200l., to get him betrayed. "But I hope for lesse." So let me know how I shall proceed therein? Signed: Th. Scroope.
1 p. Holograph. No address. Indorsed by Cecil: "1602. L. Scroope."