LV: Letter of Mary exempting certain members of the University from two subsidies (1557)

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Charters and Documents Relating To the City of Glasgow 1175-1649 Part 2. Originally published by Scottish Burgh Records Society, Glasgow, 1894.

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LV. Letter by Queen Mary and the Queen Regent, discharging the rector of the University, the dean of faculty, and the principal regents in the pedagogy from payment of any part of two subsidies, the one of £2000, the other of £2500, granted by the clergy. Stirling, 14 March 1556–7.

We and our derrest moder Marie Queine Drowrear and regent of oure realme, wnderstanding that the Vniuersite of Glasgw and membris thairof has beine fre and exemit fra all payment of taxationes and contributiones to ony our noble progenitores of guid mynd sen the first erectioun tharof. And beand myndit rather to augment nor hurt thair priuilegis, for the zele and fauore we beyr thairto and commowne weill of oure realme, dischargis, exoneris and quitclamis Master Archibald Betoune, chantoure of Aberdeine, instant Rector of the said Vniuersite, Master Johne Howstoune, vicar of Glasgu, deine of faculte, and Maister Johne Dauidsone, pensionar of the personage of Kinkell wythtin the diocesy of Aberdeine, principall regent of the said Vniuersite and Pedagoge thairof, for thair partis of the taxationes and contributiones grantit to ws and oure derrest moder be the clergy of Scotland, videlicet of tua thousand pundis in the moneth of Maij, and wtheris tua thousand and five hundred pundis in the moneth of December last and immediatly bipast in this instant yeir of God jm vc lvj yeris. Dischargeand heirfoir all and syndry oure collectores of the foirsaidis taxis, be the tenor of thir presentis, of all asking, crawing, monissing and leding of process quhatsumeuir aganis the saidis personis for thair partis of the saidis contributiones, for thair beneficis foirsaidis, be the tenor heirof. Geven wnder oure signet, and subscriuit be oure said derrest moder Marie Queine Drowrear and regent of oure realme, at Striueling, the xiiij day of Marche the yeir of God jm vc lvj yeris, and of oure regnne the xiiij yeir.