Spain: March 1557

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 13, 1554-1558. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1954.

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'Spain: March 1557', in Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 13, 1554-1558, (London, 1954) pp. 287-288. British History Online [accessed 1 March 2024]

March 1557

291. Philip to Don Fernando de Lannoy
Ghent, 10 March Count Egmont has informed me that he chose you to command his light horse, but that you excused yourself. Now, I would be very glad to see you accept this appointment, being confident that you would render me better service in it than anyone else, wherefore I recommend you to do your best to free yourself from other business and to come as quickly as you can to take over this post, by doing which you will render me good service.
Signed: Yo el Rey. Spanish.
Besançon, C.G.36.
292. “From letters from Lord Wharton, Warden of the Eastern and Middle Marches towards Scotland”
25 March The Scots recently held a meeting in which they agreed to grant £60,000 to the Queen, one fourth to be paid in the coming month of May, and the rest over the next two years.
The Queen Dowager of Scotland (fn. 1) is shortly to return to France.
Several nobles and bishops, belonging to the French faction, negotiated in a meeting with the rest of the nobles about a subsidy to be given to the King of France in the present war. It was replied that the Scots were disposed to support the King of France as England was supporting the Emperor and the King.
The Queen Dowager had secretly informed the Warden that there would be delay in paying reparations to English subjects who had suffered from the raids of the Scots.
The Scots are to hold a Parliament immediately after Easter, to discuss how the country is to be governed during the absence of the Queen Dowager.
800 French foot are to come to Scotland.
Simancas, E.120.
293. “An obligation to pay (unsigned) to Frediano Burlamacchi”
England, 4 April We, King Philip, promise to pay to Frediano Burlamacchi, of Lucca, and his partners, 8 per cent on any money that they may succeed in finding by means of the plan worked out by them and explained in a memorandum they have presented, which we accept, and are content to promise that payment shall be made in Antwerp within six months of this date, by our Receiver General (blank) or treasurers (blank) and that they will give obligations in their own names (as principal borrowers). We also promise in our own name and in that of Queen Mary of England that we will pay 8 per cent on all money we may receive by the above mentioned means, and we promise to have it paid at Antwerp within six months as specified above, acting in all good faith, without any contradiction (i.e. reservation) whatever, in witness of which we set our hand.
Draft. Italian.
Simancas, E.81.


  • 1. Mary of Guise, widow of James V.