Extracts From the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh, 1528-1557. Originally published by Scottish Burgh Records Society, Edinburgh, 1871.
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Town Treasurer, 1553-4
THE COMPT of Robert Grahame, Thesaurar to the Towne of Edinburgh, chosin at Michaelmess in the yeir of God Jm vc liij yers, quhill Michaelmess in the yeir of God Jm vc liiij yers, 1554.
[The charge for this year consists, for the most part, of entries similar to those in the preceding year's account. The rent of the five common mills, as set to James Adamson, is 830 merks; and "the comptar chargis him with the dewte of the wyld aventuris set to him the yeir of his office for the sowme of sevin hundreth merks." The treasurer is duly charged with "the rest," or balance, on the account of the preceding treasurer, and with the value of the timber referred to in the auditors' report on that account. The following is the only other new entry which occurs:—]
|Item, the comptar chargis him with the sowme of viijligottin be him fra Jonet Rynd for her entres silver of ane buith under the tolbuith; summa||viijli|
|Summa of the haill charge, . ane thowsand vijc lxxiijli vjs ijd|
Heir followis the compteris discharge ordenar:
[Under this head, also, the details this year are almost the same as in the preceding account. The Blackfriars get, as their annual, 20lib., in place of 6lib. 13s. 4d, and the annual, of 20lib., to the kirk of Corstorphine does not appear. The following are new entries:—]
|Item, to Agnes Kincaid for the grammer skule maill of the yeir of the compteris office,||viijli|
|Item, to John Young, writter to the signett, for writtin of the townis writtings,||xmks|
|Summa of the haill ordenar,||iijc xlijli xvjd|
Heir followis the compteris discharge be preceptis:
[As in the previous account, the discharge by, or in terms of, precepts or acts of the town council is classified under the several months. The objects for which the payments were made "by precepts" are not generally stated. A few only of the entries are here given:—]
Heir followis the compteris discharge extraordenar:—
Heir followis the expensis maid on the Muss Well and Sanct Michaellis Well:—
The aucht dayis expensis precedand the nynt day of Julij:—
|Item, to twa quarioris that oulk,||xls|
|Item, to fyve men that drew watter and stanis on the day,||xlvs|
|Item, to the samyn five men that drew watter on the nycht,||xxxvs|
|Item, for beirreing of red fra the well,||vjs|
|Summa of this oulk,||vjli vjs|
The expensis maid on Sanct Michallis Well.
The viij dayis expensis precedand the xvij day of Julij:—
The expenses maid in the up-biging of the haill sloppis of the Park Dike, biggit be command of the provest, baillies and counsale:—
The expensis of three stane yeitts made in the said park dike:—
The expensis debursit upon the Calsays:—
Heir followis the expensis maid be Robert Grahame, compter, the yeir of his office, on the bigging of the Schoir of Leyth, quhilk begane in the moneth of Aprile the yeir of God Jm vc liiij yeirs, particularie as efter followis:—
The expensis of the first oulk, whilk wes the viij dayis precedand the vij day of the said moneth of Aprile:—
The expensis of the oulk precedand the xiiij day of Aprile:—
[The account contains weekly details similar to the above, up to 28th December 1554, "the haill expensis of the schoir," this year, being 441lib. 2s. 10d. The following are some of the remaining entries in the treasurer's account]:—
At Edinburgh, the nynetene day of Februar, the yeir of God Jm vc liiij yeirs, the compt foirsaid of Robert Grahame hard, sene, and reiplie avisit and consederat, finds the charge thairof extends to ane thowsand vijc iijxx xiijli vjs ij,d and the discharge to ane thowsand vijc xvli iijs ix,d and sua the compter restis awin to the gud town the sowme of fifty aucht pund ijs vd reservand to him his actioun aganis sum personis allegit addettit to him in sowmes of money quhilk the auditors refusit to allow, and als of his complaynt to the counsale anent sum sowmes of money allegit debursit be him in the townis effaris quhilk the auditors refusit to allow elikways. In witnes heirof the saids auditors hes subscryvit this compt.
[The report is not subscribed by the auditors. There is on the margin of it the following note by Mr Alexander Guthrie, town clerk—]
Maister Jhoun Prestoun charges him with this rest in his compttis.