Henry VIII: August 1515, 21-31

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Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 2, 1515-1518. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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August 1515

21 Aug.
R. O.
As the Pope is occupied by the impending war, he cannot write at present. Will answer the King's letters by the first messenger. Refers Wolsey to the letters of Ammonius. The Pope requires no stimulus to serve him, Rome, 21 Aug. 1515. Signed.
Lat., p. 1. Add.: Tho. Archiep. Ebor.
21 Aug. 837. For JOHN ESTON of London, cooper.
Licence to import 500 tuns of Gascon wine, and 8 bales of Tholouse woad for each tun of wine. Otford, 21 Aug.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 7.
22 Aug.
Vit. B. XVIII. 178. B. M.
Wrote last on the ... from Lynce, "in which was comprised such ... unto me upon such overture as I made unto ... since I have not been in any place where I might [see his] majesty; but I am advertised by Master Loys Marroto[n] ... faithful chaplain and servant that for certain [the Emperor] hath written a letter of his own hand to my Lady [Margaret], advising her that in all goodly haste as possible he ... his mandate of plain power to conclude for him [with the] King of Arragon; howbeit he hath delayed the sending [of the] mandate in manner by force, for in that matter which ... meet to be kept secret till it may take full effect [he has] about him no secretary to that purpose; for Mr. Ja[mes Banisius ?] was behind at Vienna, but now he is come, and hath [been ordered] of the Emperor to make the said mandate with all dil[igence, in] so much that this day "the said Mr. James hath c[ommand] to see the minute, which is in as ample form as c[ould be;] and shall be sped in all goodly haste. Also the said Mr. Loy[s Marroton told] me that the Emperor hath given charge to Mr. Han[s Reynner] to make a letter to the Prince concerning the conf[irmation of the] amity and the intercourse; howbeit the said Mr. Hans [is] much slack in his expeditions and despatches but also ... he favoureth Schevirs and the others, it is too great [that servants] for "lucour" (lucre) of money should lead matters [un]to their master's dishonour and damage; but ... now it seemeth to proceed of the infection of a ...[which] is almost universal. But out of doubt ... just and good in which your grace ... grace may now be sure of the King of Arragon [ ... see]meth ought to be a diligent and desirous to procure [your hon]our and weal as his own ye shall not need to doubt ... enterprise ye shall "lust to make, and it be well founded, [and] taken in time; all which I commit to your most excellent [pr]udence for the matters been great."
Wingfield will do all he can to advance the weal and honour of England, not with words only, but with his proper blood and life, should occasion require it. Hopes Henry has many subjects and servants of the same mind. Thinks there will be no firm peace in Christendom in their days, "but if the crown of France be once set on your head, to bring which about, me seemeth that all or the principal part of Christian princes should now be more than inclined, and not only to the winning but also to the preserving." The French hoped by diligence to pass a part of their army over the mountains but were bearded so by the Swiss that they returned with much more diligence than they came; and lest they should be too sore pressed, brake a bridge; they lost 120 horsemen, two of which were found "in coats of velvet guarded with cloth of gold." They (the Swiss) gave no quarter. "The Pope hath sent unto them ... 5,000 ducats and the King of Arragon 10,000; and by this time the ... yrs horsemen and the Viceroy be joined with them, which Swissers ... number 32,000 men divided in three parties to defend three ... passages, and so ordered that if need be the one part with short ... succour the other; and furthermore if the French come not forward shortly to win, [the Swiss] are determined to seek them at home ... for those merchandise as much more propp ... untruss a pack than make it. In trust that the French should have entered at th ... Rence which is captain of Creme for the Veneti[ans ...] the truce for provided of 2,000 footmen trusted to h ... city of Lood or that of Cremone but that enterpri[se ...] they took two small walled towns whereof th ... to Mons. Andre de Bourge, and when he perceived that t ... were repulsed he led forth the said footmen "as to ... have made another enterprise and at the passage of ... caused all the footmen to pass first and as soon as the ... he caused the bridge to be broken and so delyvd him of ... without other payment and returned again to Cre ... garrison. And the Duke of Genys having like trust made an arm[y ...] taken two places appertaining to the Duke of Me ... which act he hath declared himself French, and so ... there is much 'broylerye' in the world." (fn. 1) W[elce the 22nd] August 1515.
Hol., pp. 3, badly mutilated. Add.
Vit. B. II. 159.
B. M.
Has received his letter and the money, and delivered the letter to the Chevalier "à la Palice." The King's army goes straight to Switzerland. The Swiss at Villane are determined to oppose him. There are 20,000 at Milan. The Pope and Bartholomew D'Alviano have prepared armies to attack the Swiss, but the army of the King is near the said Swiss, and he has sent 16,000 men to Genoa, who intend to join (se mettre) with D'Alviano and the papal forces. The Pope and the King have a good understanding, as the latter has promised the Pope to assist him in the recovery of Naples and to drive out the Spaniards. The Duke of Gueldres has brought great reinforcements to the King. The King has spent large sums, and greatly oppressed his people. Bourbon is ... the great captain Jehan Jaques, Lautree, Guel[dres], and La Palice, follow. On the defeat of the Swiss part of the army will go with the Pope to Navarre and Rousillon. The King starts immediately to attack the Swiss, having heard that they have sent a large force into Burgundy, and that the Papal army and the Venetians are to join those sent by Genoa. Wants money—things are very dear. The Swiss care nothing for the Pope's forces, as they are not men of war. "A la Palice, ce Vendredi."
P.S.—All the merchants of France and others who came from your country say you will repent of the war you made. It consumed all your wealth, and had it lasted a year longer the people could not have endured it, and that what the King of England did was by means of French traitors, and that there never was in France, nor would have been any of France ...
Fr., pp. 2, mutilated.
22 Aug.
Received on 20 Aug. by a French messenger, his letter of the 6th; stating that the Pope's ambassador, Balthasar Stuerdus, had told him of the good health of herself and her sons. Has written to him by this messenger, before receiving his letter, of the state of matters between her and Albany. Albany has shown her Henry's letter desiring an embassy to be sent from Scotland to confirm the peace. He says that before it fail on his part he will go to Henry himself. Edinburgh, 22 Aug.
Signed: Your loving sister, Margaret R.
P. 1. Add. and endd.
22 Aug.
Has written the news at great length to the Council. Is sorry to be so tedious. Sends him a list of the tenants at Hexham that were to have gone to Berwick if need had been. Herbottell, 22 Aug.
P.S.—Has written to Wolsey for the Prior of Hexham for his prize wine. Signed.
P. 1. Add.: My Lord Abp.'s grace of York.
22 Aug.
S. B.
842. For SIR HENRY WIAT, knight of the Body.
Annuity of 20l. during pleasure, a similar annuity of 20l. granted by King Hen. VII. to Wiat, then master and keeper of the jewels, being at present insufficient for ransoming him from the Scots. Del. Otford, 22 Aug. 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10.
22 Aug.
S. B.
843. For SIR HENRY WIAT, King's councillor.
To be master or treasurer, during good conduct, of the King's jewels, with an annuity of 50l. Del. Otford, 22 Aug. 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10.
23 Aug. 844. GAOL DELIVERY.
Cambridge Gaol.—Hen. Halhed, mayor of Cambridge, John Parys, John Wood, John Hynde, Wm. Colyns, Hugh Chapman, Hugh Rankyn, John Bury, John Erl ..., John Crakynthorp, and Wm. Barbour. Otford, 23 Aug.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 8d.
23 Aug.
Calig. B. II. 180. B.M.
Wrote to the Laird of Farnhirst this Tuesday morning. Believes he has forwarded the letter to Dacre. Dacre's men have departed all but a few that are in Howm. Believes they will not come hastily again. They are laboring for concord. Desires Dacre's advice. With his help hopes to do everything to the pleasure of his master, as he has already explained to Dacre's servant, the bearer.
Hol., p. 1. Add. Endd. by Dacre: Received by the hands of Thos. Scot. Wednesday 23 (fn. 2) Aug.
24 Aug.
Calig. B. II. 186. B. M. Pinkerton's Appendix.
The Lords have sat upon his matters since their coming to Edinburgh. The Duke will not be satisfied unless he leave the kingdom unconditionally, and has "grat" (gart, i.e. compelled) the Queen against her will to write to her brother that she is content. She has sent him word of it this Friday, and bade him let Dacre know. There is no remedy except he receive help from England at once. He must know at once or he is likely to be destroyed. They have given him fair words, and all is but to deceive. The Bp. of Glasgow expects to meet Dacre the last of this month. Newark, this Friday.
P.S.—Is he to keep "strast" (? tryst) this day, eight days? "Gyff ever zowr master wold take his tym of Scotland, now or never."
Hol., p. 1. Endorsed by Dacre: "Received by Thomas Lord Dacre on Saturday in the morning, the 25th day of August, by the hands of Peter Raa, servant to the Lord Home within written."
24 Aug.
Giust. Desp. I. 124.
Has received'his letters with the news of Hungary; also others of the 23rd of June, mentioning that the Venetian army had retreated to the Brentelle. A report had been circulated by the friar who represents Spain, that the said army had been defeated. The Spaniards are very boastful. The President of Rouen [De Selva] arrived on the 7th as an ambassador from France. He has announced that Francis intends to cross the Alps, and will keep on good terms with England. Henry complained much of Albany's conduct in Scotland, where he had been sent by France, and of the plunder of the English ships. The Scotch have risen lately to attack England; and their Queen has fled into a fortress (Stirling). London, 24 Aug. 1515.
25 Aug.
Galba, B. III. 319b. B. M.
... yn the ... how the next day after ... Colona and Petro Morgano went with 400 spears to join the Swiss; were attacked and taken prisoners by the French. The French King followed up his advantage. As soon as the Swiss heard of the arrival of the French, "by unthought way, where they had set no watch, and seen execution made against their horsemen," they left the passes they had taken and assembled in strong position. "A merchant, amongst other things, writeth that one of the g[overnors] of France being at Lyons was from the field adver- tised [that the] Swiss went towards Novara," where they won the last conflict against the French. Thinks it probable as they have no horse "... favour unto th[em ...] ways more like they should lose them. By the next letters I trust to advertise your grace of the ... grounds, for it is to be thought coming these news [that] they have been to their advantage and not totally [to] the truth." Gualterrotti tells him that the [King] of Arragon was at a town 14 leagues from Burgos, that no peace has yet been proclaimed,—that a good [power] is sparkled abroad in Navarre and Lopuscua without invading France. There is a small garrison at Bayonne;—the French take the Spaniards for lawful prizes. Thinks Arragon must awake, or else Naples will be in danger. Leaves this morning for the court. Bruges, 25 Aug. 1515. Signed.
P. 1, mutilated.
25 Aug.
Sends him a copy of a letter on the part of Henry to the French King, which letter ought to have been sent a month ago; for the messenger who brought the bulls of the Bp. of Ely says that he left the French army at the foot of the Alps,—that all Lombardy was bristling with arms,—that the Swiss had fallen back a little, and that all things portended victory to the French. Is afraid, therefore, the King will be angry at not receiving a copy in French of the letters, which ought to have been dispatched at once. Begs Wolsey to set his signature to the letters enclosed on his part to the Bp. of Worcester. Wishes to hear by Will. Edwards what answer he is to give as to the ships for Normandy and the compensation of John Cavalcanti. Westminster, 25 Aug.
Hol., Lat., p. 1. Add.: Domino Eboracensi.
25 Aug.
Calig. B. II. 187. B.M.
Received his letter dated Windsor the 19th, with a copy of a letter to the Abp. of York, expressing the desirableness of some outward demonstration of the King's approval of Lord Home the Chamberlain's loyalty to the King of Scotland, trusting the Scotch lords would favor him and leave the Duke; that this would put them in great fear on the frontiers, and drive them to send an embassy to England;—and if the men of Tyndedale and Ryddisdale would join the inhabitants of Tevidale by arrangement of Home, it would compel the Duke to submission.—Since his last on the 22nd, Dacre has received a letter from Albany, which he sends, by which it appears that Albany is in a fright, and thinks that Sir Chr. Dacre has been banished under the pretext of helping Home. Dacre sends his answer (see No. 834, p. 226). His reason for such plain writing was that, as the Scotch commissioners must meet for redress on the 31st, and cannot give up the murderers, the comprehension is void, and the fault lies with them. At the last day of the month "it shall be 62 days since the yeving in of the slaughter of Henry Milne, and of the slaughter of Oliver Jakson 47 days, and of the slaughter of Raufe Strothre Englishman, 34 days." Sends a copy of his letter to Albany of Maxwell's overshooting the day (see p. 226). Sends also two letters received from the Lord Chamberlain Home (see p. 230). The best aid will be to let him have the assistance of the light men of Tyndale, Riddisdale, Bowcasteldale, and Gillesland. As the lords have made an outlaw of the Chamberlain, proposes his brother Sir Chr. Dacre should be outlaw for England, and join their powers to waste Scotland, and so compel the Duke to send ambassadors, or the lords to join the Chamberlain, or the young King to be governed by England.
By his advice the Chamberlain has cast down and burnt the castle of Home, taken away the iron gates, unroofed all the houses and chambers, leaving no "thakke," except only a vault wherein Fleming lay with a small company. It is now proposed that he should be expulsed, all the timber burnt, and the walls cast down. As the purpose for which Carlisle herald came has failed, has written to Albany to say it was only to see redress made. Keeps him that he may take his oath at the meeting not to obey the Duke nor visit him without Henry's consent. Has endeavoured to obtain the credence of Dene Thomas Fassington in writing for the delivery of the King of Scots' brother into Henry's hands. Believes it is a forgery. Is obliged by the communication of Ughtred's letter, touching Albany's secretly resorting to a ship in the Frith, supposed to be of Denmark, and the falsehood between the Duke and the Chamberlain of which Sir Anthony had due proof by Dacre's letters. Sir Anthony's letter to the Abp. of York "is of no substance." Is surprised he had not more wisdom. Dacre will always look to the security of that town, (fn. 3) whatever Sir Anthony may surmise, who follows too much the counsel of Laungton. Herbotell, 25 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 6.
25 Aug.
Calig. B II. 358. B. M.
Has received his letter dated Windsor the 19th. Could do no less than take in a crew for the defence of Berwick, notwithstanding that the King and his Council think the danger was not imminent, as advertised in his last letter, wherein he stated that Albany had raised a power against the Chamberlain of Scotland, intending it really against Berwick; because the Chamberlain had entrusted Fast Castle to his brother and has now given it to Albany. The Duke's brother was at Coldingham; Fleming and other Earls at Home; and are only just departed, as he will see by Dacre's letter enclosed. Neither he nor Dacre, who has failed to give intimation of any such design, can know the secret purpose of the Scots. Will send word of any occurrence in those parts that the King may make preparation against his enemies, who is disinclined to do so now. Will defend Berwick to the uttermost with such power as he has. Desires to know what he is to do hereafter in such a contingency. Lord Dacre's letter enclosed will justify what he has done in assembling the crew. Begs a speedy answer and money for the men's wages. Berwick, 25 Aug. Signed.
Pp. 4. Add.: To my Lord Archbishop of York.
25 Aug.
Calig. E. I. 144. B. M.
852. GUILLERMUS BERNARD, Canon of Tournay, to WOLSEY.
Requesting payment for certain tapestries bought of his mother by Wolsey at Tournay, for which prompt payment had been promised. John Villanus, receiver of the bishopric, after many delays had referred them to Richard Sampson. Now begs that as his mother has suffered much loss by the war, both before and since the coming of Wolsey, he will see satisfaction made according to the tenor of the bill signed by himself, and that Lord Monjoye, the captain general, be commanded to discharge it. Tournay, 25 Aug.
Hol., Lat., p. 1, mutilated. Add.: Rmo, &c. Archiep. Eboracensi.
25 Aug. 853. For JOHN HERON, citizen and mercer of London.
Pardon and release as overseer of customs in London; commissioner for the capture and retention of ships for the transport of the King, and his sister Mary Queen of the French, to France, and of the Duke of Suffolk and other noblemen going on the King's affairs, and late victualler for the forces; of all sums received for the wages of soldiers and sailors, &c. Croydon, 25 Aug.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 10.
25 Aug.
S. B.
Commission to make inquisition in the Island of Jersey, concerning the crown possessions. Del. Otford, 25 Aug. 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 9d.
26 Aug.
Calig. B. VI. 91. B. M.
Has received his letters by David Cameroun at Edinburgh last Saturday. Is glad to hear that the things complained of in his letter to Dacres are untrue. Will observe the peace diligently, and will send commissioners to meet him at Coldstream on Friday the last of August. Requests that the bills of complaint be sent in "to David Ker, appointed warden of the East Marche; to be arrestit agane ye dietis of meting." The Scotch bills shall be sent to Dacres at Harbottle. Will take measures for the bounds of Eskdale, Ewisdale, Walthopdale and Liddesdale. Will also write to Lord Maxwell to put off till another day the trysts between him and Dacre. Edinburgh, 26 Aug.
P. 1. Signed. Add.: To our weilbelovit cousing, the Lord Dacre, &c.
27 Aug.
Calig. D. VI. 194. B. M.
On the 18th inst. they sent their last letters to the King, with certain articles devised by the inhabitants of Tournay, who, before writing them, had represented that they would take the keeping of the city if they had a captain deputed by the King with 500 or 600 men, "promising to give not only their oath of fidelity, but also to bind themselves, their heirs and successors, their goods moveable and unmoveable, in whose dominion soever they were found, for the performance thereof. And over that Master John Hagard, recorder of the said city, came to me, Master of the Rolls, the 20th day of this present month, and affirmed faithfully to devise the minute of the obligation as well in Latin as in French, and within three days after to deliver it to me; but the said three days are not yet effectually come according to his promise; nevertheless, the 25th day of this month, he repaired unto me showing that he had commoned with the council of the city," and examined the treaty made between the King and them when Henry was there. On remarking that they were as straitly bound by this as they might be, they answered that there was no express article as to the keeping of the city, which they offered to undertake as above.
The recorder replied that they were true and faithful subjects to the King. By this the writers suppose he was anxious that the obligation should proceed from the King and not from them, "and [that he] would peradventure hereafter say that the said obligation was [made at] the commandment of your grace, and durst none otherwise do ... lytenes and unstableness we find in them, that their w[ords and] deeds agree not." The writers suspect that they "hov[er] ... [a]s a bird doeth for his prey, to understand to what ... causes in Flanders shall be reduced or they bind th[emselves] with the bonds above specified; or else they have h[eard the reports] we had lately from Calais, which were that the Pr[esident of] Normandy (fn. 4), the French King's ambassador, now being with your g[race] to treat for the delivery of this your city to the French King ... Whereupon (as we have been credibly informed) there is a merchant, that offered in Brussels to Peter Van Hauls ... dwelling in the said town to deliver him a good horse or [pay] to him double the value, if this your city were not in the Fr[ench King's] hands before New Year's day next coming; to the which b[argain] it is noised the said Peter would in no wise condescend."
They are perplexed, "and in a manner at a stay," what more to do in the King's matters. Have been unable to induce the citizens to contribute to the building of the citadels, their excuse being extreme poverty. On the 25th they rode to the abbey of St. Amand, and were well received by the abbot. It is a very [strong ?] place, and with little cost might be made much stronger. If the King mean to keep the city there is [nothing] so necessary as to call Mortayne again into his own hands; "for if the Lord Lyngne be not friendly to th ... (as it is said he is not) he may stop their victual, and do many other great displeasures." As to the ret[aining of] the Master of the Rolls, "I your Chamberlain can nor will not [desire] him any longer to remain, seeing his continual disease increaseth on him more and more; yet, nevertheless, at my i[nstance], he is contended, though it be greatly to his pain, to tarry [until your] servant, bearer hereof, return unto us again, or till the 10th [day of next] month; and after his departure I cannot see what ... your grace tarrying here, except it be to spend your money and mine ... Your causes may be as well or better sped by my Lord Mountjoy, your [lieu]tenant, and Dr. Sampson, or some other doctor whom it shall please [y]our grace to appoint. Wherefore in most humble wise I beseech your grace of your licence to return, for the fifty days appointed me to tarry, for the which I had allowance, were expired on St. Bartholomew's day last past." Tournay, 27 Aug. Signatures burnt away.
Pp. 2. Add.: [To] the King's grace. Endd.: My Lord Chamberlain and othe[rs], 27 Augusti.
Edges burnt.
27 Aug.
He and the Master of the Rolls have written to the King, but received no answer. My Lord's lieutenant here, and a doctor, can do as well as they. Runs in an evil name for talking so much about the building of citadels and making the officers comfortable, if, as is noised, it be not the King's intention to keep the city. This is the fifth letter to which he has had no answer. Tournay, 27 Aug.
P. 1. Add.: Abp. of York.
27 Aug.
Galba, B. III. 243. B.M.
... whereupon I arose immediately, [and went to] a place apart with him, where he said he had been informed by the Lady Margaret that a person had come out of [Scotland], to which he had been sent by the Pope to pacify the disturbances. He said that the Duke of Albany, after he arrived there, [made] the Queen, her husband and children come before him, and after he had forgiven her offences took her children from her and committed them to the custody of t[wo] knights; that he caused four of the greatest lords of the Queen's party to be imprisoned; that he is made Protector, and peaceably obeyed. The same man told her that England agreed to the arrangements, and that when he passed by England he declared them to the King. He asked Sir Edw. Ponynges "what effect the reconciliation between your highness and his master (the K. of Arragon) did take;" to which Ponynges could give no answer.
A post came this day out of Almayn, with letters from the Emperor, dated Lynce, 16 Aug., stating that the league has been published between the Pope, the Emperor, Arragon, and the Swiss; that the Viceroy of Naples is captain-general. No mention is made of the French crossing the mountains, or of the capture of Prospero Colonna. I have not pressed for an answer about the amity, as they are in doubt what to do in the intercourse. Received this day a letter from Sir Rob. Wingfield, which they send. Bruges, 27 Aug.
Pp. 2, mutilated. Knight's hand.
28 Aug.
S. B.
859. For WILLIAM CORFI, merchant of Florence.
Licence to export 100 sacks of lokes. Del. Otford, 28 Aug. 7 Hen. VIII.
Fr. 7 Hen. VIII. m. 7.
28 Aug. 860. For LAURENCE BONVIXI, merchant of Luca.
Licence to export woollen cloths, notwithstanding acts 1 and 11 Hen. VII. and 6 Hen. VIII. Otford, 28 Aug.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 13.
29 Aug.
Calig. B. III. 133. B. M.
Came to Norham on Tuesday the 28th; found it well fortified with "contremures and murderers." The long wall from the S. W. of the dungeon to N.W. of the kitchen, in length 44 yards, in height 30 feet, is 28 feet thick with the contremure, the chapel walls 8 feet thick, 30 feet long, 18 wide, with a closet over the same; "and so from the S. W. of the dungeon unto the N.E. part of the dungeou." The Lord Chamberlain has retaken from Albany on the 26th Aug. the castle of Hume; keeps prisoner its captain the Lord Lemyng's uncle. Next day he pulled it down, razed the walls, "and dammed the well for ever more." This day Will. Hume his brother has taken the Castle of Blackater. Albany is in Edinburgh, his army, to the number of 40,000, at Burgh Muir. He and his council have resolved that on Friday next the Duke's commissioners, Sir Will. Scot, Sir Rob. Lawdor, and Master Hals, shall meet Dacre and Magnus at Coldstream. The King and his brother are under Borthwick's keeping at Stirling. The Duke has in Dunfermline the Abbot of Kelsay, Davy Hume, the Laird of Wetherborne, Sandy Hume, the Laird Blayneherne, and Adam Tinmo, the constable of Hume. The kinsmen of the Humes, who are fully resolved to destroy the Duke before Sunday next, will know what the Duke intends with his army and great ordnance. Dacre sends letters on Saturday. Norham, Wednesday, 29 Aug.
Signed: By your chaplain, William Frankelayn.
Endd.: The copy of Frankeleyn's letter, dated 29 Augusti. Pp. 3.
29 Aug.
Sends back Mons. de Villebresme to Henry VIII., with instructions which he will show to Dacre. Begs him to continue his efforts for peace. Edinburgh, 29 Aug. Signed.
P. 1. Add. Endd.
29 Aug.
Calig. B. VI. 94. B. M.
i. "Copy of the commission given to the Commissioners of Scotland," to settle the complaints upon the Borders. Edinburgh, 29 Aug. 1515. Lat.
ii. "The demands made by the warden of England, and signed with the hands of the Commissioners of Scotland."
After the failure of the Scotch commissioners to keep their appointment, Dacre, at their request, met them at Cornell on 3 Sept., and gave in a roll of complaints of slaughter and misdemeanour, especially of one Henry Mylne slain by the Dalgleishes; to which no answer could be given that day because no officer appeared for the East Marches of Scotland. It was deferred, therefore, till the Thursday after, on which day the warden serjeant confessing that the persons complained of had been arrested, of whom Lord Dacre demanded the delivery; which was deferred till the next day, when Lord Dacre, "openly seeing" one of the slayers in the presence of the commissioners, demanded his surrender.
iii. "The answer of the Commissioners of Scotland."
(1.) Excusing themselves for not keeping their appointment; (2.) as to the appearance of one of the murderers in the presence of Lord Lindsay, they knew him not, and if they had they could not have delivered him, as is well known. They will cause the officers of the warden to use all diligence for that purpose. They have appointed the wardens of the West Marches to meet at Tollercrike on Monday 17 Sept., the wardens of the Middle Marches at Kersopbrige on Thursday the 20th, and on Monday next at Hexpethswire, the wardens of the East Marches at Coldstream or Cornell. 30 Sept.
Pp. 5.
29 Aug.
864. For GRUFF VACHAN, of the Guard.
To be forester of the lordships of Kere and Kidewen, Wales. Del. Otford, 29 Aug. 7 Hen. VIII.
Pat. 7 Hen. VIII. p. 2, m. 9.
30 Aug.
Vit. B. II. 164. B. M. Rym. XIII. 515.
865. LEO X. to HENRY VIII.
Had written to him already in behalf of Polydore Vergil, subcollector, detained in prison some months at the King's command. Repeats his requests for Polydore's liberation, and his goods to be restored. Recommends Hadrian Cardinal of Bath. Rome, 30 Aug. 1515.
30 Aug.
Er. Ep. VII. 46.
Stayed two days with the Abbot [Ant. de Berghes] with much hilarity. On returning from his inn his horse started at some cloths lying on the ground, and wrenched Erasmus' spine. Suffered intolerably in a cold and barren country where there are no inns, and was 7 miles from Ghent. Vowed to St. Paul that he would finish the Commentaries on the Epistle to the Romans if he escaped this danger. Reached Ghent; could not stand, except with a supporter on both sides. Gives an account of his recovery. Met here the president of Flanders. Is going to Antwerp. Arrived at Basle after 25 March. Is no less busy about his own trifles than Caesar is in fighting with the Venetians. Basle, 3 kal. Sept. 1515.
30 Aug.
S. B.
Wardship of Elizabeth, d. and h. of Sir Thomas Cheyne of Irtlyngburgh, North., to hold to the use of Sir Nicholas Vaus and Anne widow of the said Thomas Cheyne, Francis Haselden, James Stevenson clk. and Henry Wykeley, his executors. Del. Otford, 30 Aug. 7 Hen. VIII.
30 Aug.
Calig. B. VI. 87. B. M.
Were sent by the Lord Governor to meet him at Coldstream this Friday for redress of grievances on the Borders. Could come no further than Ellenkirk "this penult day of August," "quhill we herd" new advertisements from Albany. Beg he will understand that Albany is well disposed to redress. As soon as they know his determination, will advertise Dacre thereof. Hope he will "giff sakers at ze cum to zor diet and David Ker at is we ... met zw." "Ellenkirk the penult day of August." Signed. Patryk Lyndese, Robert Lauder of ye Bas Kt., William Scot of Balwery knyt.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord Dacre baron of Grastok, wardan of ye marchis of Ingland.
31 Aug.
Calig. VI. 90. B. M.
869. PATRICK LORD LINDSAY and others to DACRE.
Wrote last "Turisday" that they had come to Ellen Kirk. Have since received letters from my lord governor, which they send. They would have been at the tryst at Coldstream had the paper reached them in time. As David Ker of Cesford is with him, as they suppose, they propose either that they should remain together until the commissioners arrive, or appoint some other short day or place, and rather than incur blame will meet him, even in England, at any place he will name, if he will send a safeconduct. Dunbar, 31 Aug.
P. 1. Signed and addressed as above.
31 Aug.
Calig. B. VI. 96. B. M.
870. DAVID KER of Cesford to DACRE.
Has received his letter this Friday "at 6 of the knok," desiring him to meet Dacre to-morrow at Colstreme or Cornell. Will not meddle with the East Marches without the command of his master. Will meet him for the Middle Marches at any day or place he pleases. "At Kelso ys Friday at ewyn." Signed.
P. 1. Add.: To my Lord Dachars wardayn of Ingland.
31 Aug.
Sends by the bearer a letter dated 20 Aug., concerning the state of matters between herself and Albany. The Duke had so much to do in bringing the realm to peace, that he postponed sending the letters till now. Edinburgh, 31 Aug.
Signed: Your loving sister Margaret R.
P. 1. Add.
Calig. B. II. 368.
B. M.
872. _ to [WOLSEY ?]
His credence from the Queen of Scots to Henry VIII. is to the following effect:—(1.) To carry a secret token with the words she had formerly written to him, "saying God if she bene a pur woman at sche mothe have brought her child in her arm unto his grace." When she sent a letter by Unicorn herald for the Duke of Albany, desiring ship, mules and artillery, and saying he was very kind to her, the King knew no credit was to be given to it, as it was not in the hand of the clerk of her closet, or subscribed "by your loving sister." (2.) His charges were that she was in much woe and pain, and besought remedy for God's sake. The Duke of Albany gave her fair words, but since her marriage she has not had a penny of her conjunct-fee. It is sold with the money she formerly had, and given to the lords to take her part, but now it is gone they fall from her. She has had no letters from Henry since Candlemas. His letter in the beginning of July was taken by the chamberlain of Scotland and Lord Dacres, she supposes; for she has written frequently through Dacres, and had no answer from the King; and when the clerk of her closet went to speak with Dacres and Magnus at Carlisle, their conference was known in Edinburgh before he came home, and it was reported she had sent the King of Scots into England, and had but a poor child in his stead at Stirling, "else the King's grace had gotten his purpose long ago, and this she said weeping," telling him if he discharged his errand well she would benefice him, or ask Henry to do so; he was not otherwise paid. She referred to him for news, and how Albany was so extreme against her husband's friends.
P. 1. Endd.: Credence to the King's grace from the Queen of Scots.


  • 1. Place and date supplied from a marginal note.
  • 2. Apparently an error for 22nd.
  • 3. Berwick.
  • 4. John de Selva.