Elizabeth: August 1573

Pages 601-611

Calendar of State Papers, Scotland: Volume 4, 1571-74. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1905.

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710. Captain Cockburn to Henry Killigrew. [Aug. 1.]

Sir, that morning I departed out of Teboish I "disjoynit" in Waltoun with your servants, and after dinner came to Sir Walter Mildmay, who took well with me. On the morrow, at night, I came to York, "quhairas" my Lord President "loukit the date of my letters, thairefter sperit my aige and marvellit." I departed from York at 9 "houris" in the morning, "sowpit" with the Dean of Durham, and lay that night in Newcastle. "On the morne come to Sir John Forrester, quha tuke weill with me and tretit me weill, and gart mak me gude their." It appeared to me that he read not your letter by reason he was playing at the tables. I came that night to Berwick; the treasurer treated me well, "and very weill." On the morn I passed by Coldinghame, "and he was away." "Thereafter to Coldinghame; he and his wife were both away. I came by Clerkingtoun and "soupit" in Ormistoun; the laird and lady "hes thame commendit to zow." I delivered your tokens to her and the others: all were accepted. Thereafter I came to my bed at Edinburgh. I met on the way the Laird of Elphinstoun and Andrew Ker of Fawdounsyde. On the morrow I came to Cramar and asked where the Regent's grace was. He said "in Abirdour, and wald be in Edinburgh that Thairsday at mest," and for that cause I tarried that day; and hearing he was not there I met his grace on Wednesday thereafter at the Queen's Ferry; "and thair spak at lenth be the way," and at night I delivered his letters. I found his grace and all who favour God and the King and the Queen's majesty of England wish you to be here again. "The ministeris langis for zow and hes thame all commendit to zow, and wisses to se zow sone heir." You have heard of Captain Robison's good success in his first coming. There are great numbers to follow, and "imbarcand" daily;—such as Captain Adamsoun, Captain Campbell, Captain Ogilvy, Captain Edmonstoun, and Captain Montgomery. Robert Montgomery, servant to the Regent, passes direct from my Lord of Cathcart, the Master of Glammis, and many other young noblemen to know the estate and to return with speed. In the meantime all the "gudefelowes" wait on the wind and "dreamis on Spanzeartis and Vallonis." The Lord Seton is excommunicated, and Atholl has a short day to come, or else to be excommunicated. The Lord Sempill is here in Court. The Earl of Argile marries the Earl of Glencairn's daughter shortly. The Earl of Huntlie's brother, Adam Gordoun, has sailed to France; the Papists here hope he shall "steir up some stimp and stamp." But the good Regent here "is evir the langer the better luiffit." On the last day of July John Dury preached in St. Giles' Kirk before the Regent; he forgot not to recommend "the folkis ze ken, and siclike the King of France and the quene his moder." Even now it is given me to understand that there is a little book set out of there innocently. I have not seen it. If it be of effect I think it will be thought that the Regent and you have done them great wrong; but it appears to me that my Lord Regent's grace "hes the better end of the stalf, and ze too." It is given me to understand that there is a young woman who has borne a bairn of late to the Laird of Grange, and that he has yesterday written a love letter to her, and the bearer is taken: all is deciphered, and therefore you shall not be put to pains. "Vith langer leter thes efter my most hartle commendationes to zou and to zour bedfallou. I dout not be ze vill cause my serves be communicet to my gud lordes of Lessester and my Lord Tresorar, and Master Secretare, Master Bell, and Master Somres and I desir Master Volson to for gef me ye nep I gaf hem, and ye Lord to presarf zou. I vill nevar cum haim to zou less nor zou or sum uyer vrit for me." Edinburgh. Signed: R. Cokbourn.

1 large p. Part holograph. Addressed. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).

Cott. Calig., C. IV., fol. 129.

Copy of the same.

711. Robert Montgomery to Henry Killigrew. [Aug. 2.]

Having the opportunity of this bearer, Captain Cokburn, I would not fail to write to you this my "dewoire, be quhilk ze have oblissit me be ye gudwill and fawour ze have schawin me at all tymes," and yet, by the grace of God, your lordship shall not find me unthankful where my service and power may extend. I am directed by my Lord Regent's grace to go towards Flanders, to the Prince of Orange, to offer him 1000 horsemen or more, as he requires, with 2000 footmen to be "liftit" in this country to assist him in the general cause under my Lord of Cathcart's charge, he being general to the whole, and so intends, God willing, to make hasty expedition, that after the knowledge of the Prince's will he may have our men all ready to march and be embarked. I pray your lordship to inform the Queen's majesty that if God "tholis" us to arrive on any of her coasts on our voyage we may find her favour and goodwill towards us upon our expenses. Edinburgh. Signed: R. Montgomery.

½ p. Addressed: "To ye rycht honorable Maister Hary Kyllegraye, esquyer."

712. The Regent Morton to Henry Killigrew. [Aug. 5.]

Received his letter from Captain Cockburn as he returned from Stirling towards this town on the 29th of July, wherein he found a loving continuance of his care and goodwill toward the amity of these countries and friendship to himself, for which he heartily thanks him. On Monday the 3rd of August, Grange, his brother Mr. James, with Mosman and Cokky, the goldsmiths that made the counterfeit money in the Castle, were executed according to the judgment of the law pronounced against them; and further execution as yet is not made. Sends herewith a copy of what offers were made on Grange's behalf for the safety of his life, which, as he may consider, are as large as possibly might have been offered: yet, considering "quhat hes bene and daly is spokin be the prechearis that Godis plague will not ceasse quhill the land be purgeit of blude," and having regard that such as are interested by the death of their friends etc., could not be satisfied by any offer made to him in particular, accepting which he should have been "cassin" in double inconvenience, he deliberated to let justice proceed as it has done. His intention is shortly to write the more particular discourse of all matters by Captain Cockburn, whom he intends to direct again with his answer of the Queen of England's letter, and by him likewise to write to the Earl of Leicester and the Lord Treasurer.

Has written to Lady Lennox to crave the King's jewels of the Marshal of Berwick. Has caused Lord Hwme and Grange to be examined. Trusts all letters that they had be deciphered, especially a long one from Lethington to the bishop of Ross. Will require of Mr. Peter Young that such things as he finds any difficulty in may be sent to him, which he will direct to Killigrew. Has been busy putting order to the King's house at Stirling. Is now in hand with the Border matters. Had lately caused some inquisition to be taken of John Maitland, Lethington's brother, now remaining in "Thomptalloun" [Tantallon], what were the dealings of them in the Castle with foreign countries, and what were their designs that they travailed to have brought to pass. He declared that the King of France, as well of his own "natural," as fearing the dissolution of the amity and good intelligence between Scotland and his crown, is altogether enemy to the King's estate, and would do what he is able to compass the overthrow thereof, as he would have uttered in effect if by the keeping of Rochelle his forces had not been diverted; that there is a league to assail this isle and to contribute money monthly for the entertainment of their several numbers to the issue of their exploit. There was a practice of marriage between Don John of Austria and the Queen of Scots. The foreign nation in whom they of the Castle had greatest confidence was France, wherefrom they should have had 60,000 francs by the year: that which John Chisholme brought home was the first quarter. The cause wherefore the King of France was so earnest to maintain that faction and bears so great enmity to the King's estate is that he thinks not only that he has lost by that mean the amity and good intelligence so long continued between Scotland and his crown, but also has received divers foils and been constrained to suffer great indignities of England; so he intends by all means possible to subvert the present State and alter the government here, which he thinks—having quieted his own country—should be easy to compass, either by force—the Queen of England being otherwise occupied—or by capitulation, or compounding differences with the Queen of England, and offering himself to be a mean to divert the violence intended against her and her country. Sends falcons. Holyrood House. Signed: James Regent.

pp. Addressed. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).

Cott. Calig., C. IV., fol. 129b.

Copy of the same.

Add. MSS., 33,531, fol. 117.

Draft of the same.

Inclosure with the same:—

(Offers to the Regent for Grange's life.)

"Offers in the behalff and name of five scoir of gentlemen landit, the leist of thame haveand heritage worth foure hundreth merkes Scottis in the zeir, kynnismen, … freindis and weilwillares to William Kirkcaldy, sumtyme of Grange, to be presentit in thair awin names and his, to the richt noble and michtie Prince James erll of Mortoun, Regent to the Kingis Majestie and realme of Scotland."

First;—the said William and the five score aforesaid offer to become servants themselves and their offspring perpetually to the houses of Angus and Mortoun, or to any of them the Regent shall please, by giving of their band and "man rent" in the amplest form that can be devised with clause needful; and in like manner that they and each one of them shall hold their whole heritage ward of the said houses, or any of them, and for "mair thraldome" every one of them shall pay 20l. yearlie for themselves and their heirs to the said houses; which will extend to 3000 marks by the year.

Item;—they offer for satisfying "custes" [costs] made by the Regent 20,000l. —all to be paid betwixt this and Michaelmas.

Item;—in case the Laird of Grange shall at any time hereafter come in the contrary of the King's service, the barons aforesaid offer that "claus irritant" be contained in their infeftment whereby they may lose their heritage there, with all other things that best may serve for satisfying his honour.

Item;—there are jewels of the Queen's in sundry hands to the value of 20,000l. and better, which they offer to be delivered to the Regent. Signed: Barnbowgall; "Presentis this to my Lord Regentis grace in name of sindrie gentlemen quha heirefter sall gif thair names in writt."

1 p. Indorsed: "The copy of the offers maid for Grange."

713. The Regent Morton to the Countess of Lennox. [Aug. 5.]

"Madame; pleas it zour grace," that on the 3rd of this present August, Grange, his brother, and the two goldsmiths who forged the counterfeit and false money in the Castle of Edinburgh, "wer executed to the death for thair demerites," according to the judgment of the law given against them. Further execution as yet is not done. Of this I thought good to advertise your grace, and therewith to let you understand that in the contract and indent lately made before the incoming of the Queen's majesty's forces, it is specially accorded that the ordnance and munitions, royal plate, jewels, wardrobe, and household stuff etc., should be reserved and delivered to me to the King's use. Of all this, especially the jewels, little was left in the Castle, but "dispersit and ingageit for money to intertene that unhappy weir, and utherwyse liberally disponit to acquire guidwill and freendschip unto thame." Yet (as God would) the inventories and manner of disposition of them fell into my hands. Since, I have used my goodwill and diligence to recover such again as were recoverable, and so am proceeding daily with such as have them in their hands. Amongst others, the Marshal of Berwick has the quantity contained in this inventory, as appears by Grange's "dispositioun," which "restis" authentically subscribed with his hand, and subscribed also by some noblemen and others of good credit, present at the making thereof. These pieces justly pertain to the King, which I am willed to seek and procure, and I trust your grace will be a special furtherer of my travails in that behalf. So have I thought meet to let the craving of these the King's jewels from the Marshal—now being there in the south—be by your grace, whereby I think he will be the rather moved to do that which he is debtbound to do by accord and promise. It may be that he will be liberal of this gear now at his coming to Court, and by that means think to acquire favour, which your grace will try, and, as you find convenient, so proceed with him; "quhairanent" Mr. Killegrew will give you his best advice, as being well acquainted with the Marshal's dealings in this and other matters. "Halyrudehous." Signed: James Regent.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).

714. Robert Melville to Burghley. [Aug. 6.]

I have understood how the Queen's majesty has been favourable to me "bye uthers" in suiting for my life, and that your lordship has been my special good lord in remembering your old favour shown to me in all times past. I cannot be able presently to do my duty in showing my goodwill to give the Queen's majesty humble thanks, "either" with my service to acquit your lordship's great benefit towards me, but if it please God to make me able to recompense the same with my service and goodwill, her majesty shall be assured "to employe me als fare to her hyeness plesor as my lyf maye awayll," and your lordship shall be assured that to my life's end my heart and service shall be yours. Please excuse me for my "ewyll wret and few lynis, quhilk wes hard to me to obteyne be raysown of my strayt imprysonement." Ledingtown House. Signed: R. Melvill.

1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk). No flyleaf.

715. Robert Melville to Burghley. [Aug. 12.]

Albeit I have written already to trouble you, I have taken this boldness to advertise your lordship again that in case my other letter comes not to your hands your lordship may receive the one. As for your great favour shown to me in my great need, I am not able to acquit [it], but at my power shall wish your lordship prosperity and be thankful for your benevolence to my life's end, and as your lordship has already travailed for me in procuring your sovereign to solicit the Regent's grace that I may find favour "bye others," so I humbly pray your lordship to insist and write again to my lord Regent's grace, for I have some enemies who are busy to hinder me, albeit I have good "esperanse" in his grace on her highness' soliciting; and that it may please your lordship to write in my favour, which will do me great good. I have taken the boldness to write to your sovereign to give her humble thanks as a poor prisoner may, who is willing to bestow my life in her service. Ledingtown House. Signed: R. Melvill.

1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).

716. Robert Melville to Burghley. [Aug. 14.]

I have understood of your lordship's benevolence toward me in this my great need, whereby your lordship has called to remembrance your old acquaintance and kindness in times past in procuring your sovereign to request the Regent's grace for my life, wherefore I am not only bound to give [your] lordship humble thanks but to bestow my life in your service, and as your lordship has begun to suit the Regent for my safety, so I humbly pray your lordship to continue in requesting the Queen your sovereign to write in my favour, and in like manner that it may please your lordship to write to his grace, for I have good hope in his grace's own goodness, but I have some particular enemies that travail in the contrary to hinder his grace to show me favour. There is none can burden me either of knowledge or consent to any murder or bloodshed, "bot is fallyne in this trubyll for the promise I mayd to the quene, beyng movit be others to deyll theryn, as I dout not my Lord Regentes grace consyderys weyll aneuhe," and in like manner Mr. Kylligrew will inform your lordship of my part. Albeit I excuse not myself but I have offended, and at my power am willing to be a faithful servant to the King's majesty and my lord's grace in all times coming; praying your lordship according to your wisdom and favour to "kayr" for me who is both sick and sorrowful and looks for comfort from your sovereign. I pray your lordship to present my service to her ladyship. "At Ledingtoun House in prissoun." Signed: R. Melvill.

Postscript.—I pray your lordship to present my letter to the Queen's majesty and to excuse my boldness and evil hand.

1 p. Holograph, also address. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).

717. Mary to Burghley. [Aug. 17.] Cott. Calig., C. IV., fol. 135.

The president Vergier, chancellor of her dowry, has reported to her the good and courteous [answer] he has received from him. Prays him to give credit to the bearer. Has written to the King of France, the Queen mother, and other Princes, her allies, and to several of her relations, friends, and servants only to pray them to aid and favour the affairs of her dowry, wherein, if the Queen of England should have any opinions, she prays him to make them known to him, and she will command this bearer to declare to him the particularities of his charge to each one. As regards those Kings and Queens, her good brothers, mother, and sister, although they may be resolute, she will pray Monsieur de la Mothe to burden them to the end that the Queen of England may see the sincerity with which she proceeds with her when it pleases her to do her any favour or to give her credit, which she would not hazard for anything. "Chatswirth." Signed: Marie R.

1 p. Holograph, also address: "A monssieur le grand tresorier dangleterre." Indorsed by Burghley: "Q. Scottes to me."

718. Elizabeth to Shrewsbury. [Aug. 18.] C. P., Vol. IX.

Whereas by your letters we perceive your determination to be about the end of this week to conduct the Queen of Scots to Buxton Wells, as by the letters of the Lord Burghley you were advertised that upon her solicitation we were content, if you should think that the same might be done without peril. True it is that so we commanded our Treasurer to write to you upon the earnest pressing of us by the French ambassador, and we do well allow of the consideration which we perceive you have in providing a convenient number both of horsemen and footmen to be a guard for her as well in her removing as for her abode. Nevertheless we think it good to let you understand that within these two or three days we have intelligence given us from sundry places that there is presently some practice in hand to put her to liberty out of your hands, and there is some probable suspicion had of the late long abode of the President with her, and that now on his return and this her removing to Buxton some attempt will be made. Wherefore, if that we had not already yielded to her in this behalf as we have done, or that you had not opened the matter to her, as we perceive you have, we could have been well content that she had now gone to "the Buctons" [Buxton] at this time, but seeing it cannot be well altered, we think it good that you be the more watchful of her and have your company increased, and that no resort of strangers be suffered to come near her, neither that she be suffered to trifle out her time there, but that she be advised to apply the use of the wells as the physician shall direct her, and not to tarry above [ ] or [ ] days, or rather, if you can, fewer. And further, we would have you understand that some of the French ambassador's ministers that have been there with the President now report since their return that she is now in a house of less strength than she was before, and that she is there also at more liberty, but how truly he judges, we leave it to yourself, knowing that, being made acquainted herewith, you will the more circumspectly look to that charge, as we cannot but most earnestly commend your care hitherto bestowed in the same; and these advertisements you shall retain to yourself, as she understand not the same, and yet you to do that for avoiding of perils which yourself shall think meet.

pp. Draft in Burghley's hand. Indorsed: "18 Aug. 1573. M[inute] to the Erle of Shr"

719. The Regent Morton to Leicester. [Aug. 19.] Cott. Calig., C. III., fol. 487.

"Richt honorable and my very gude Lord, efter my maist hertlie comendationis, with like thankes for zoure honorable and freindlie lettre of the xixth Julii, ressavit from the berare hereof, quhom I have thocht gude presentlie [to] returne with my answer to the quenis majesties lettre brocht unto my hand be him. And yairwithal to remember zoure gude lordship to further expeid unto me hir majesteis resolutioun alswell towardes that … have now writtin as of the remanent poyntes gevin in memoire … very freind Mr Killegrew hir majesteis late ambassadour here … superflew to repeit be wrett to … not … and sall se the lettrez, and will credite his declaratioun. In the meyntyme, attending hir majesteis further plesoure, I mynde, God willing, to occupy my self in ordouring the materis of the Bordouris and quieting of the thevis and wicked people be quhome the gude subjectz of baith the realmes hes bene soe greitlie troublit," wherein I have found the ready offer of concurrence of her majesty's wardens, according to the commandment of her majesty and her favourable Council, and look to find the same by experience ere it be long. Touching foreign matters, as I can have no certain or "tymouse" advertisement of them otherwise than from that Court, so I heartily pray your lordship to let us be made participant of the state beyond sea with your neighbours, so far as is convenient, that, as cause shall require, we may provide here for the worst, and be ready to do and perform what for mutual defence and aid shall be thought necessary. Halyrudhouse. Signed: James Regent.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet.

720. The Regent Morton to the Countess of Lennox. [Aug. 19.]

"Madame," it may please your grace. I have now returned this bearer Captain Ninian Cokburne with my answer to the letters received from the Queen's majesty by him, with whom I thought meet to send your grace these few lines of my most "hartlie" thanks for the great care and goodwill you show to the furtherance of the King your dearest nephew's affairs there, wishing of God that you may long continue in good health, and so be able to stand him in good stead there, as you have always heretofore. What I wrote lately to your grace as concerning his highness' jewels, I need not now to repeat, trusting shortly to understand from you what you have done in that behalf, or what expedition you are like to find in that suit, "quhairin that mannis dealing I hope sall not be allowed or found honest." The "pecis" which are mentioned to have been delivered to him by "Maister" Archibald Dowglas are delivered into the hands of my good friend Sir Valentine Browne, knight, "thesaurar" of Berwick, who at my desire has disbursed the money for which (it is alleged) they lay in pawn; and so they remain in his hands till I redeem them, as I think to how soon possibly I may provide the money. In the mean season I have been making, and still make, the diligence that possibly I can for collecting the "remanent" out of the hands of them that had them. Praying your grace "effectuouslie" in "semblable" manner to extend your travails and goodwill there, as also [to] be a good mean in furthering answer again to me, for that as yet I stand unresolved of a great part of the matters delivered in memorial to my loving friend Mr. Henry Killegrew, with whom, because I trust your grace has had conference, I will now forbear to make longer letter. "Halyrudhouse." Signed: James Regent.

1 p. Addressed: "To the richt honorable and my verie gude Ladie the Countesse of Levinax hir grace." Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).

721. The Regent Morton to Burghley. [Aug. 19.]

Although I received in sundry matters resolution of the Queen's majesty's mind by her letters returned by this bearer, Captain Cokburne, yet I felt great "defalt" of your presence then from Court, as I understand by your own letter and his report. Now I have sent him again with my answer to her majesty's letter, and have written somewhat amply of our matters here to your "broder" and my very friend Mr. Killegrew, her highness' late ambassador with us, in respect of whom I will forbear to trouble your lordship with repetition by writing. I have good cause to acknowledge with thankful heart and action, where I can, his honest and true part toward me, and as I have not found better dealing with any of that nation of his quality, so I think none could have done greater honour and service to his sovereign and country in the charge where he was employed here than he did, or none, I am assured, departed with greater contentment of all honest men, "nor shall be better liked of at his returning by the best and greatest sort whensoever it shall be her majesty's good pleasure to return him here," which I wish for, and should be most glad it should soon be. I pray your lordship effectuously to be a good mean in furthering and expeding of her majesty's answer and resolution to me of that which rested before unanswered by occasion of the absence of your lordship and others my Lords of the Council, and of that which I have newly written.

We stand not ignorant of the condition of foreign matters, the knowledge whereof "I mon louke for frome that court," to the end that we omit not anything undone that the time present "cravis" either for ourselves or in showing us thankful to her majesty and that country for benefits received, whereof I "think" never to be oblivious, God willing. Holyrood House. Signed: James Regent.

¾ p. Addressed. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).

722. Alexander Hay to Henry Killigrew. [Aug. 19.]

I was indeed acquainted with my Lord Regent's letters brought by this bearer, and where his grace has answered, I will not repeat. I found him well satisfied with the answer at that present, and now he looks for more full resolution upon his reply, reposing chiefly on your goodwill and travails, "quhilk mair avalis nor ony embassadouris we culd send." I sent your excuse and commendations to my Lord of Huntlie and communicated the same to Alexander Drummond, who I trust presently writes to you. By all the intelligence I can have, the Earl of Huntlie means truth and "peax," and would have wished his brother (fn. 1) to have tarried at home or have passed another way; but Adam not finding suits in Court granted, and having a greater charge of attenders than his rent might bear, he was constrained to cross the seas, whereby he might be discharged of his burden. It may be he shall not find such golden hills in France, but that he shall have need ere it be long to charge his friends for furnishing, and peradventure in the end come home unpaid of his pension, as many of our countrymen do, which will make him the more calm and tractable all the rest of his lifetime. And thus I leave him till I hear what course he takes, which I wish were such as for his occasion his brother should not be harmed nor our present quietness troubled. It shall not be evil done that your ambassador [in] France be warned to take heed of the state and behaviour of Adam, and how . . . . looked on. I cannot "leif" to pause of the queen's majesty's advice sent . . . . touching the last of the two articles sent concerning the murders, which, as it is conceived . . . . "contenis thay folkis in dispair," and gives them matter to think what [will] be their relief when the King comes to perfect age, which I take to be dangerous for this Estate. I trust also the words of your promise at St. Johnstoun extend further. This I "wraite" to you in good faith, uninformed, that, if you think it convenient, that article may be answered according to the words of your promise; for I trust it shall be more to the King's commodity to find his realm quieted when he shall take the "manyment" thereof on his own person, than that old displeasures shall then be renewed and examined, which men will always study to avoid.

The General Assembly of the Ministry has plainly denied to discharge the Earl of Huntlie's intromission with the thirds in the troubles. Alexander Drummond now awaits upon my Lord's grace's resolute answer to all his master's demands. This Assembly in conclusion has allowed the order for planting and distributing of the present ministers over all parts of the realm, which may well help the policy of the Kirk, but it will not greatly enrich the King, as now we find by calculation. From this labour I am driven to prepare my "jak" and pass forward to the gist against the thieves, "alwayes" I shall hereafter certify you of the particular conclusion. There are no public troubles presently, saving betwixt the Earl of Atholl and Makkintoshe, and betwixt the Laird of Johnestoun and the Grahams, but neither the one nor the other does great harm to the common weal, for their folks beheld us in the time of our unquietness. Yet I think "travellis" shall be taken to remove these with the rest. My Lord's grace has recovered many of the jewels that were dispersed in this realm, saving that piece which was in your mistress' hands, which in the end, it is thought, she will grant and deliver, before the which I "traist" she shall not find great favour. At Striveling [Stirling] the charge of the King's house is committed to Alexander Erskin. My Lady [Mar], for her attendance, has some commodity appointed to her, and keeps house in the castle by herself. I wish your presence here if it were for your own avail and with your heart's contentment, for I am assured it would do great good to our estate, and entertain the amity better than any other means. Edinburgh. Signed: A. Hay.

pp. Indorsed by Burghley: "Alexander Haye to Mr H. Killigrew." No flyleaf or address. Mutilated.

Cott. Calig., C. IV., fol. 132.

Copy of the same.

723. The Regent Morton to Burghley. [Aug. 30.]

I have so travailed these days past with our disordered people inhabiting the frontiers that I hope good fruits shall follow thereon to the comfort of the good people of both the countries, wherein I have found the ready goodwill and concurrence of the Queen's majesty's wardens, according to the direction of your lordships of the Council sent unto them, for the which, amongst many more your good offices shown for the increase of amity and common profit of both our countries, I most heartily thank your lordship. It rests that her majesty's commandment be renewed to the wardens to "hald hand" that the work now begun may be with like goodwill and affection prosecuted; specially that none of our thieves, fugitives, and some others, being declared traitors to the King my sovereign and his crown, find "ressett" in England, or be furnished with victuals in the "Hairlaw Woddis," where now I hear they have withdrawn themselves, and at this hand, God willing, they shall find no ease; so that we concurring, they cannot long enjoy this place which they have chosen for their receptacle. This commandment it will please your lordship "to cause expede," and be sent to them: wherewithal I pray your lordship that I may also know her highness' pleasure what shall be thought meet of me to be done. Kelso. Signed: James Regent.

Postscript.—The commandment I wish to be sent to all the wardens.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed (by Burghley's clerk).


  • 1. Adam Gordon.