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CHARTERS AND OTHER WRITS 



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PREFACE. 

A selection, without translations, from the charters of the 
burgh of Aberdeen, was printed by the Spalding Club in 1842 ; but 
this contribution to Scottish municipal history remained without 
a companion for twenty-nine years. In 1871 the Burgh Records 
Society issued a volume of charters and other documents relating 
to the city of Edinburgh, and in 1872 a similar volume dealing 
with the burgh of Peebles. In 1880 and in 1884, the charters 
of Dundee and of Stirling were printed for the corporations of 
these burghs ; and in 1883 the Ayr charters were edited for the 
Ayrshire and Galloway Archaeological Association. Apart from 
a privately printed pamphlet containing translations of the Cupar 
charters, no other volumes of like character have hitherto 
appeared in Scotland ; but the charters of Glasgow and of Irvine 
are understood to be in the press. 

The volume now issued is the outcome of a report prepared 
by the editor at the request of the Law Committee of the Town 
Council of Aberdeen, and embodying four recommendations : — 

I St That the manuscript Chartulary of the Church of St. 
Nicholas, in the possession of the Council, should be printed. 
This has been done at the expense of the New Spalding Club. 



Vi PREFACE. 

2nd. That the volumes of letters in the town's archives 
should be calendared. This undertaking has been approved by 
the same Club, and its execution entrusted to Mr. A. M. Munro. 

3rd. That the town's charters should be printed with 
translations. 

4th. That the Town Council Register, 1398 — 1884, should 
be fully indexed.* 

The documents that it has been thought desirable to print 
have been arranged in three groups. 

Part /. Fifty-four crown charters and letters patent — 
from William the Lion'^s recognition of the burghal status of 
Aberdeen, down to George III.'s concession of the fishings 
adjacent to the burgh lands in Kincardineshire. This series of 
writs is unusually complete and historically interesting, includ- 
ing, as it does, two grants by William, one by Alexander II., 
two by Alexander III., six by Robert I., two by David II., one 
by Robert II., one by Robert III., one by James I., four by 
James II., two by James III., four by James IV., two by 
James V., three by Mary, thirteen by James VI., four by 
Charles I., three by Charles II., and one each by Anne, 
George II., and George III. 

Part II. Forty-four Acts of the Scottish Parliament and 
Privy Council, from the appointment of a circuit court to sit at 
Aberdeen on the 15th June, 1458, down to the renewal of 
certain excise dues on the 25th March, 1707. Appended to this 
is a list of the titles of the principal Acts affecting the burgh, of 
date subsequent to the Union. 

* V. infra, p. 407, footnote, 



PRBfAdfi. vii 



Part III. Twenty-five miscellaneous writs, 1287 — 1696. 
The more important of these are the deed of homage by the 
community to Edward I. (1296); the obligations entered into 
by the burgh for the ransom of David II. (1357), and of James 
L (1424) ; the earliest extant accounts of the burgh fermes and 
customs (1328), and the first tax roll of the citizens (1408); the 
resignations to the burgh of their properties by the Gray Friars 
(1559) and by the chaplains of St. Nicholas (1575) ; the earliest 
narratives of perambulations of the outer marches (1578) and of 
the inner marches (1696) ; the deeds constituting the provost 
and baillies, admirals depute between Dee and Don (161 7), and 
keepers of the Tron (161 7) and of the Cran (1629) ; the endow- 
ment of the Grammar School by Dr. Patrick Dun (1631) ; and 
die charters erecting Old Aberdeen (1489) and Tony (1495) 
into burghs of barony. 

\ 

A fourth part has been devoted to Inventories of Records, 
illustrating the history of the burgh, and under the charge of 
die Town Clerk, the Sheriff Clerk, and the Registrar General 
respectively. Though Aberdeen has been fortunate in having 
its archives subjected to examination by antiquaries so laborious 
as Kennedy, so accurate as John Stuart and Joseph Robertson ; 
though many volumes have been devoted by the two Spalding 
Clubs, and by the Burgh Records Society, to the printing of 
its annals, municipal, ecclesiastical, educational ; yet the amount 
of material that still remains for the future burgh historian 
to explore, is truly astohishing. The four published volumes of 
Selections from the Council Register give, probably, not one- 
thirtieth of the matter in the manuscript minutes of the period ; 
while the eighty-five volumes of the Burgh Register of 



viii PRsrACE. 

Sasines (1484 — 1800); the sixty-two volumes of the County 
Raster (1599 — 1800); the eighty volumes of Sheriff Court Diet 
books (1503 — 1800), and Decree books (1597 — 1800); the forty- 
nine volumes of Deeds registered in the Burgh Court ( 1 569 — 
1 7 10), and in the Sheriff Court (1606 — 1766); the Accounts, 
from the sixteenth century, of the Kirk and Bridge Works, and 
of the Shore Works ; the Baillie Court books ; the Propinquity 
books ; the collection of letters — are as yet practically unworked. 

The history of Aberdeen has. been often attempted : its 
revision is understood to be now in progress in competent hands. 
The present volume is intended to serve but as a contribution of 
material ; and hence it would be out of place in the preface to 
attempt to weave a continuous story from the disconnected threads 
of these charters and acts. Even a recapitulation of their con- 
tents is rendered unnecessary by the ample Table subjoined. 

Some reference to one matter has been promised in a foot- 
note (p. 3) — the dates of the three earliest charters. The 
insertion of a date, by year, was not practised in the time of 
William the Lion ; the regnal year begins to appear under 
his successor; the annus domini not until the reign of the 
first James. In the absence of more conclusive internal evidence, 
limits between which the date of a charter must lie, may be 
deduced from the names of the witnesses. Thus the charter by 
William, printed on page 3, must have been written when 
Gilbert was Earl of Strathearn, i.e.^ not before 1171, and 
when Andrew was Bishop of Caithness, i.e.^ not after 1185: 
this is certainty. It is sealed at Perth, and hence Kennedy 
thinks it was granted by William in 1 1 79, when advancing to 
Ross with an army to quell disturbances : this is conjecture. 



PREFACE. ix 



William's second charter, in like manner, comes during the 
period 1187 — 1203, when Richard was Bishop of Moray. It 
is sealed at Aberdeen, and hence Kennedy suggests the year 
1 196, when the King made a second progress northward to sup- 
press an insurrection in Caithness. The charter of Alexander 
IL must of course date after the accession of that monarch in 
1 2 14, and not later than 1222, when the widow of Walter 
Lindesay married a second time. 

The editor has a pleasant duty to perform in acknowledging 
the co-operation of Mr. A. M. Munro, of the City Chamber- 
lain s Office. All the documents from the burgh archives were 
transcribed for the press by Mr. Munro, with an accuracy 
that could not be surpassed : all the proof sheets have been 
read by him. But the mere work of transcription or of proof 
reading is but a part of his contribution towards the preparation 
of the volume. His familiarity with the contents of the Burgh 
Charter Room made comparatively easy the task of selection ; 
and his intimate knowledge of the municipal history of Aberdeen 
— a knowledge always at the service of every enquirer — proved 
of the utmost use in elucidating many obscure points in the 
earlier deeds. The copious index is entirely due to Mr. Munro. 

The editor wishes also to express his sense of the obligation 
under which he lies, for several suggestions, to Dr. Thomas 
Dickson, of H.M. General Register House, Edinburgh. 

P. J. A. 
Aberdeen, May, i8go. 



Xll CONTENTS. 

PAGE 

IV.— Charter by King Alexander III., granting to his burgesses of Aber- 
deen the right to hold a yearly fair, to last for two weeks from the 
day of the Holy Trinity, with all privileges pertaining to fairs held in 
other burghs. Kintore, 2nd December, 1273, - - - - 8 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 5. 
Seal a fragment. 

v.— Letters by King Alexander III., declaring that he has taken under 
his sure peace and protection his burgesses of Aberdeen, their lands, 
men, and entire possessions; and that no one shall poind their 
goods save for their own proper debts, cautions, or fines. Kin- 
cardine, a 7th January, 127^, 9 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 6. 
Seal a fragment. 

VI. — Charter by King Robert I., under his seal, granting to his burgesses 

of Aberdeen the custody of his forest of the Stocket, with all 

privileges save the greenwood and the right of hunting; with 

freedom from interference by any one save his own person and his 

Chamberlain. Dundee, 24th October, 131 3, 10 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 9. 
Seal a fragment. 

VII. — Charter by King Robert I., under his seal, granting to his burgesses 

of Aberdeen the right to hold a yearly fair, to last for two weeks 

from Low Sunday, instead of from the feast of the Holy Trinity 

(». No. IV.). Berwick, 8th December, 1319, 11 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ xa 
Seal a fragment. 

VIIL — Charter by King Robert I., under his seal, granting in feu to the 
burgesses and community of Aberdeen his said burgh and the forest 
of the Stocket, to be held for ever in fee and heritage and free 
burgage, with the mills, waters, fishings, petty customs, tolls, comts, 
weights, measures, and all other privileges pertaining to the same ; for 
a yearly payment of ^^213 6s. 8d. sterling [c/. Pt. II., No. XXL] to 
his Chamberlain's office at the usual terms : granting also liberty to 
the saids burgesses to cultivate, erect building, dig fuel and eicercise 
all other privileges on the fields, plains, etc., of the said forest next to 
the buigh and outwith the wood of the Stocket, excepting the green- 
wood and game to be found casually in the said forest: with 
freedom from interference by any Justiciary or other person save the 



COITTEIITS. xHi 

PAGB 

King's Chamberlain, in the keeping of the said forest, or any defaults 
committed therein ; and ordaining that every one convicted of 
destroying the greenwood or game shall suffer in his own person 
only. Berwick, loth December, 131 9, 12 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ zi. 

Seal wanting. 

Cy. Robertson's Index of Misung CharUrs, p, 2, No. 42. 

IX. — Charter by Ring Robert I., under his seal, declaring his burgesses 
of Aberdeen free from the payment of duty upon ale and upon red 
fish and white fish as soon as Walter of Berkelay shall cease to be 
sheriff of Aberdeen. Loch Leven, 25th September, 1323, - - 14 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 12. 
Seal a fragment; 

X. — Letters patent by King Robert L, granting to his burgesses of Aber- 
deen all the privileges in which they were formerly infeft ; freeing 
them from all exactions outwith the burgh ; and giving them power 
to punish all who carry arms in the said buigh. Girvan in Carrick, 
6th February, 13^ 15 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 13. 
Seal a fragment. 

XI. — Letters patent by King Robert I., granting to his burgesses of 
Aberdeen ut supra ; and freeing them from all exactions outwith or 
within the burgh. Inchmichell, loth March, 13*^ - - - - 16 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 14. 

Seal a fragment. 

King Robert I. seems to have also granted a charter ** to the Burgh of 

Aberdeen anent their fishing ". Robertson's Index 0/ Missing Charters^ 

p. z6. No. 31. 

XII. — Charter by ELing David II., confirming to his burgesses of Aberdeen 
all the privileges in which they were formerly infefl, without prejudice 
from the subversion of their privileges endured by them during the 
late war. Aberdeen, 21st February, 134^ 17 

Original in Bibgh Charter Ropm, A^ 15. 

Seal wanting. 

C/. Robertson^s Index of Missing Chariers, p. 58, No. zo*. 

XIII.— Letters patent by King David II., remitting to the burgesses of 
Aberdeen all ill-will which he has or can have against them ; and 



xiv CONTENTS, 

PAGE 

all actions which can be brought at his instance against them. 
Edinburgh, ist July, 1345, - - 18 

Original in Burgh Charter Roonii A^ 16. 
Seal a fragment. 

XIV. — ^Charter by King Robert II., under his seal, granting in fee and 

heritage in free burgage to his burgesses of Aberdeen, for a yearly 

payment of one silver penny, the whole land of the tenement of 

Rubislaw, resigned by Andrew de Inchesthur ; to be held as the said 

burgesses hold the burhg of Aberdeen. Kindrocht in Mar, 20th 

August, 1379, 19 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 23. 
Seal as in Laing, I., 33, but much mutilated. 

XV. — Charter by King Robert III., under his seal, granting licence to the 

burgesses and community of Aberdeen to build a townhouse anywhere 

within the burgh save in the midst of the market place. Perth, 

aoth October, 1393, 21 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A> 24. 
Seal as in Laing, I. 37. 

XVI. — Obligation by King James I., under his seal, binding himself in the 

sum of 50,000 merks to the provosts, baillies and communities of 

Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen, payment of which sum to 

Henry King of England had been undertaken by them for their 

sovereign's ransom (Pt III., No. XL). Durham, 26th March, 1424, 22 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 25. 
Seal (Privy) as in Laing, I, 43. 

XVII. — Letters by King James II., under the great seal, granting the aboli- 
tion of customs on English goods imported at Perth or northward 
therefrom (except the customs on cloths, 32d. on each chalder of 
victuals, and 2s. on each barrel of salmon), and on fish in any part of 
his kingdom : this relief to continue till his majority and thereafter 
during pleasure. Edinburgh, 30th July, 1446, - • - - 24 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 26. 
Seal wanting. 

XVIII. — Charter by King James II., under the great seal, granting to his 
merchants, burgesses and community of Aberdeen, in return for 
gratuitous services rendered to him, to be for ever free from customs 
on salt and skins ; and to have power to traffic in such goods with 
strangers and others without and within the kingdom, no custom 



CONTENTS. JCV 

PACK 

being paid save the petty custom due by strangers. Stirling, 6th 
December, 1452, 25 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 27. 
Seal a fragment. 

XIX. — Letters by King James II., under the great seal, altering the begin- 
ning of the Aberdeen yearly fair from the feast of the Holy Trinity 
(v. No. IV.) and Low Sunday (zr. No. VII.) to the feast of St. Michael 
de Monte Tumba (i6th October). Edinburgh, 26th March, 1458, - 27 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 28. 
Seal wanting. 

XX. — Letters by King James II., under the great seal, empowering the 
provost, baillies and burgesses of Aberdeen to escheat wool, skins 
and hides exported outwith the sheriffdom of Aberdeen without pay- 
ment of the great custom : one half of the escheat to go to the 
burgesses and the other half to the exchequer. Edinburgh, 9th 
October, 1458, 29 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 29. 

Seal as in Laing, I. 45. 

C/. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. v., No. no (Print, Vol. II., p. 139). 

XXI. — Charter by King James III., under the great seal, granting in fee 

and heritage to his provost, baillies, councillors and community of 

Aberdeen, the lands of Cruives, resigned by John Bannerman of 

Elsick. Stirling, 26th October, 1465, 30 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 33. 

Seal wanting. 

Cf. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. vi., No. 48 (Print, Vol. II., p. 181). 

XXII. — Charter by King James III., under the great seal, granting to his 
provost, baiUies, councillors and community of Aberdeen, in return 
for gratuitous services rendered to him, to be for ever free from 
customs upon salmon caught in the rivers of Dee and Don : except- 
ing the customs due by strangers and unfreemen. Edinburgh, loth 
December, 1482, 33 

Original in Burgh Charter Chesti A} 35. 

Seal as in Laing, I. 50. 

Cf. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. x., No. 39 (Print, Vol. II., p. 320). 

XXIII. — Letters by King James IV., under the great seal, confirming a 
decreet of the Lords of Council (19th June, 1494) in an action at the 
instance of Andrew Wod and his Majesty's Advocate, against the 
alderman, baillies and community of Aberdeen, which found that 



XVt GONTENTS. 

PAGE 

the Stocket, Castlehill^ and divers other places belonged to the de- 
fenders in virtue of a charter by King Robert I. (No. VIII. ). 
Edinburgh, 20th June, 1494, 35 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 37. 

Seal wanting. 

XXIV. — Letters by King James IV., under the great seal, confirming the 

privileges granted by his grandfather in 1458 (No. XX.). Arbroath, 

nth December, 1495, 36 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 39. 
Seal wanting. 

XXV. — Letters by King James IV., under the great seal, confirming the 
privil^es granted by him in 1495 (^o* XXIV.), and extending like 
privileges to victual. Edinburgh, 17th August, 15 11, - - - 38 
Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 2. 
Seal as in Laing, I. 51. 

Cf. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. xvii., No. 116 (Print, Vol. II., p. 782) ; 
and Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. iv., f. 142. 

XXVI. — Letters by King James IV., under the great seal, confirming a 
Decreet Arbritral of the Lords of Council (24th January, isi^), 
assigning to the provost and baillies of Aberdeen jurisdiction for 
offences committed by burgesses and freemen, and to the Sheriff 
jurisdiction for offences committed by others. Edinburgh, 28th 

January, 15 1^, 41 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' i. 
Seal wanting. 

XXVII.— Letters patent by King James V., under the great seal, remitting 

to the provost, baillies, community, burgesses paying scot and lot, 

and their servants residing within the burgh of Aberdeen, and the 

inhabitants thereof, all ill-will which he has or can have against them 

for absenting themselves from his armies, and for all former treasons. 

Aberdeen, 7th February, 1527, 43 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A* 6. 

Seal not corresponding exactly to Laing, I. 56. 

C/. Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. ix., f. 25. 

XXVIII. — Letters by King James V., under the privy seal, empowering the 
provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen to fortify the 
burgh. Edinburgh, 3rd September, 1529, 45 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 7. 

Seal not given by Laing. 

Cf, Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. viii., f. 8& 



G0NTIlfT8. XVU 

PAGt 

XXIX. — Letters by Queen Mary, under the privy seal, granting to the 
provost, baillies, council, burgesses and community of Aberdeen, for 
the space of thirteen years, exemption from all customs (which David 
Wod of the Crag, Comptroller to King James V<, had wrongously 
compelled them to pay injiespite of King James III.'s charter, 
No. XXII.), save two shillings per barrel, on salmon taken in Don 
or Dee. Edinburgh, 12th August, 1543, 46 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 13. 

Seal as in Laing, I. 65. 

Cf, Registrum Secret! Sigilli, lib. xvii., £ 89. 

XXX, — Letters by Queen Mary, under the great seal, empowering the 
provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen, and a ma- 
jority of their fellow citizens, to feu under certain conditbns the 
freedom lands of the burgh, and the fishings in Dee and Don. 
Edinburgh, 8th February, 155', 48 

Original not extant. 
Copies engrossed in A' 15 and A' 22. 

C/. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. xxx., No. 737 (Print, Vol. IV., p. 150) ; 
and Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. xxiv., f. 124. 

XXXI. — Charter by Queen Mary, under the great seal, confirming a 
charter of date 12th September, 1553, by the provost, baillies, council 
and community of Aberdeen, granting to various persons the fishings 
of Dee and Don in feufarm or hereditary emphyteusis and in free 
buigage. Edinburgh, 15th September, 1553, ----- 52 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 17. 
Seal wanting. 

C/. Registrum Magni SigUli, lib. xxxi.. No. 206 (Print, Vol. IV., p. x88) ; 
and Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. xxvi., f. xx). 

XXXII. — Charter by King James VI., under the great seal, granting to the 
provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen the habitation 
of the Minor Friars of the burgh to be converted into an hospital for 
the poor, maimed, impotent and orphans. Edinburgh, 30th De- 
cember, 1567, 68 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A* 19. 

Seal as in Laing, I. 67, a fragment. 

Cf, Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. xxxvii., t 24. 

XXXIII. — Charter by King James VI., under the great seal, granting to the 
provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen all the posses- 
sions of the Black Friars and of thQ White Friars of the burgh, and 



XVlll CONTENTS. 

PAGE 

all property within the burgh belonging to any other ecclesiastical 
bodies, to be applied to the support of a Poor's Hospital, Gymnasia, 
and other pious uses. Stirling, 26th October, 1583, - - -71 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 27. 

Seal wanting. 

C/. Registnun Magni SigiUi, lib. xxxv., No. 763 (Print, Vol. V., p. 189) ; and 
Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. xlix., f. 172. 

XXXIV. — Charter by King James VI., confirming a grant by Bishop Gavin 

Dunbar of the lands of Ardlair for the support of the Bridge of Dee. 

Holyroodhouse, 12th May, 1587, 81 

Copy in Burgh Charter Room, C (Church, Miscellanea), i*. 

C/. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. xxxvii., No. x68 (Print, Vol. V., p. 406). 

XXXV. — Signature by King James VI., after his Revocation, for a charter 
to confirm the charter of 30th December, 1567 (No. XXXII.). 

15871 SS 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A* 37. 

XXXVI. — Letters by King James VI, under the privy seal, ordaining the 

9' members of the town council of Aberdeen to be elected yearly, but 

to continue in office till their decease, or till found guilty of any fault 

or crime. Falkland, 20th July, 1591, 90 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 38. 

Seal as in Laing, I. 69. 

Cf. Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. Ixii., f. 19. 

XXXVII. — Letters by King James VI., under the privy seal, exempting the 
provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen from attend- 
ance, save on the King in the field or on his lieutenants against 
foreign enemies, and from inquests or assizes, save upon crimes 
committed within the burgh or freedom or two miles round. 
Dalkeith, i6th May, 1592, 92 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 39. 

Seal as in Laing, I. 69, a fragment. 

Cf, Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. Ixiii., ff. 263, 216. 

XXXVIII. — Licence by King James VI., under the signet, to the provost, 
baillies, council and community to remain at home from the army 
passing northward through the burgh. Aberdeen, 23rd October, 

i594i 94 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 49. 

XXXIX.— Letters by King James VI., under the privy seal, empowering 
the provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen to feu 



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CONTENTS. XIX 

PAGB 

part of a road between the western dyke of the Church and the Sow 
croft. Holyroodhouse, 17th March, 159^ - - - - - 95 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A* 43. 
Seal as in Laing, I. 69. 

XL — Letters by King James VI., under the privy seal, granting to the 
provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen certain dues 
upon goods and shipping within the harbour for five years for 
reparation of the Bulwark. Dunfermline, 8th August, 1596, - 97 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 52. 

Seal as in Laing, I. 69. 

Cy. Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. Ixviii., f. 203. 

XLL — Letters by KLing James VL, under the signet, granting to the provost, 
baillies, council and community of Aberdeen, exemption from attend- 
ing the army at Dumfries. Holyroodhouse, i8th March, 159L - 99 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 54. 
Sealed with the signet, not given by Laing. 

XLII. — Charter by King James VI., under the great seal, confirming : — 
Charter by King Alexander IL, - - Su/ra No. IIL 
Charter by King David IL, - - „ Na XII. 

Letters by King James IV., - - „ No. XXVI. 

Letters by Queen Mary, - - - „ No. XXX. 

Feu-charter by provost, baillies, etc., of 

Aberdeen : confirmed by, - - „ No. XXXI. 

Charter by himself, ... - „ No. XXXIII. 

of new erecting the said burgh into a free royal burgh ; granting the 
whole lands of the forest of Stocket and wood thereof according to 
the limits occupied and defined in the annual ridings of the marches, 
the waters of Dee and Don and fishings therein as then enjoyed, the 
two mills within and the two mills without the said burgh with the 
multures and sequels thereof, the castle hill, the green meadow 
under the city called Futtie, the port and pier of Aberdeen, 
anchorages and duties thereof, the bell and toll customs used and 
wont, with courts, weights, measures, and all privileges and immuni- 
ties pertaining to the said burgh ; granting also power of holding 
free markets and market days within the said burgh, and of 
buying and selling all kinds of merchandise thereat, of erecting 
more grain and wind mills within the said burgh, freedom and 
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j hitherto unfeued ; granting also all feuduties, altarages, chaplainries, 

lands and fishings formerly belonging to the chaplains of St. 

! / Nicholas, and as great privileges, liberties and immunities as have at 

any time been granted to Edinbw^h, Perth, Dundee, or any other 

! burgh within the kingdom : To be held all and whole ** in unum 

f liberum burgum regalem": Paying yearly £^1$ 6s. 8d. Scots and 

20S. of augmentation : The King promising, on the word of a prince, 
to have this charter ratified in his next parliament with advice of the 
three estates. Falkland, 14th August, 1601, 100 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 60. 
Seal wanting. 

Cf, Rcgistrum Magni Sigilll, lib, xliii., No. 170; and Registrum Secreti 
Sigilli, Ub. hour., I 26. 

|. XLIII. — Charter by King James VI., under the great seal, homologating an 

Act of the Scots Parliament of date 28th June, 161 7 (Pt II., No. 
XXL), which reduced the annual feuduty of ;£2i3 6s. 8d. from 
Sterling to Scots money ; confirming : — 
Charter by King Alexander II., - - Supra No. III. 
Charter by King David II., - - „ No. XIL 
Letters by King James IV., - - „ No. XXVI. 
Letters by Queen Mary, - - • - „ No. XXX. 
Feu-charter by provost, baillies, etc., of 

Aberdeen : confirmed by, - - „ No. XXXI. 
Charter by King Robert II., - - „ No. XIV. 
Charter by King James III., - „ No. XXI. 

Gift by umquhile King James, under 
his privy seal, dated at Perth, 4th 
February, in the twenty-fifth year of 

his reign, Not found, v. p. 119, 

note. 
Decreet Arbitral between guild bur- 
gesses and craftsmen of Aberdeen, - Pt. III., No. XVIII. 
Letters by himself, .... 5«/«i No. XXXVL 
Licence by himself, - - - „ No. XXXIX. 

Charter by himself, . . . - „ No. XXXIIL 
Charter by himself, . . . - „ No. XLII. 
of new erecting the said burgh with all its crofts and acres, the forest 
of Stocket, the lands of Rubislaw and Cruives, the fishings on Dee 
and Don, ferry-boats, mills miih multiucs and sequds, suburb called 



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Futtie with boats and white-fishings, port and pier of Aberdeen, 
power of lading and unlading ships on both sides of Dee and Don 
and of levying all petty customs and anchorage dues thereon ; bell, 
toll and petty customs, tron weights and measures ; power of holding 
courts within the said burgh and freedom, and of punishing and 
fining within the freedom harbour and flood-mark; power of 
merchandise throughout the shire and of having a merchant guild 
and two weekly markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays ; power of 
erecting more mills within the freedom, and of feuing out those parts 
thereof hitherto unfeued ; prohibiting all other parties from merchan- 
dising or usurping the power of a free burgh within the said shire ; 
granting also power to the provost and bailUes to make and publish 
acts and regulations concerning the maintenance of their privileges 
within the said freedom and shire ; granting also the annual rents of 
the chaplainries of St. Nicholas, the habitation of the Grey Friars, 
the common loch, the Woolmanhfll, Playfield, St Catharine's Hall, 
Hedon's Hill and Gallow Hills, with the Links from Dee to Don, and 
with as great privileges as are possessed by Edinburgh, Perth, 
Dundee or any other royal burgh in the kingdom ; and uniting and 
incorporating the whole with the said burgh of Aberdeen ; to be held 
for ever in free heritage and free burgage, for a yearly payment of 
^213 6s. 8d Scots with an augmentation of 20s. Falkland, 17th July, 
1617, no 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 72. 
Seal wanting. 

C/. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. xlviii., No. 262 ; and Registrum Secreti 
Sigilli, lib. Ixxxvi., f. 177. 

XLIV. — Charter by King James VI., under the great seal, confirming to the 
provost, baillieSy eta, a mortification made (12th July, 161 a) by 
Master Dtmcan Liddell, of the lands of Pitmedden, for the support 
of poor scholars at the colleges of Aberdeen. Edinburgh, 20th 
August, 1617, . 141 

Copy in Burgh Charter Room, P* 4*. 

Cf. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. xhriii.. No. 226 ; and Registrum Secreti 
Sigilli, lib. Ixxxvl, f. 216. 

XLV. — Charter by King Charles I., under the great seal, confirming to the 
provost, baillies, etc., a mortification made (3rd August, 1631) by 
Master Patrick Dun, of the lands of Ferryhill, for the maintenance of 

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four teachers at the Grammar School of Aberdeen. Holyroodhouse, 
2oth June, 1633, 148 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, F 68. 
Seal as in Laing, I. 74. 

XLVI. — Charter by King Charles I., under the great seal, in almost the 
same terms as No. XLIII., but granting two additional mills, the 
shore and sea mills, and two additional yearly markets ; as also the 
Templar lands within the burgh, and revenues thereof to be added to 
the burgh ; ratifying an act of the Town Council anent ground malt, 
dated nth January, 1628; constituting the provost, baillies, council 
and community, sheriffs, coroners and justices of the peace within 
the burgh, common lands and harbour thereof, triers and visitors of 
all weights and measures within the county and burgh, and keepers 
of the gauge for salmon established by act of Privy Council of date 
iSth July, 1619 (Pt. II., No. XXII.) ; ratifying letters patent by King 
Robert I. of date 6th February, 1329 (No. X., supra) ; confirming the 
provost, baillies, council and community in the use and possession of 
the old and new Churches of St. Nicholas, the College Church, St. 
Catharine's Chapel, St. Ninian's Chapel, St. Clement's Chapel, and 
granting to them the right of presentation thereto, ordaining the bishop 
to give collation ; uniting with the said burgh, lands, mills, fishings, 
etc., the said offices of sheriffs, coroners, triers and visitors, and rights 
of patronage into one free royal burgh^ to be now and in all time to 
come called the Burgh of Aberdeen. Otlands, 9th September, 1638, 155 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A* 4. 
Seal wanting. 

Cf. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. Ivi., No. 28; and Registrum Secreti 
Sigilli, lib. cviii., t 372. 

XLVII. — Precept by King Charles I., under the privy seal, for a charter to 
the provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen of their 
parish church of St. Nicholas, with the teinds, parsonage and vicarage, 
and right of patronage thereof. Holyroodhouse, nth November, 
1641, 199 

Copy in Burgh Charter Room, T* xi. 

Cf, Registrum Secreti Sigilli, lib. cix., f. 371. 

XLVIII.— Precept by King Charles I., under the privy seal, for a charter 
to the provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen of 
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of Ross, for the support of the ministers of the burgh. Holyrood- 
house, i8th November, 1641, 201 

Copy in Burgh Charter Room, A' 9*. 

C/. Registnun Secret! Sigilli, lib. ex., f. 49. 

XLIX.— Signature by King Charles II. for a letter under the great seal to 
confirm the preceding and of new to grant to the provost, baillies, 
councillors and community of Aberdeen a yearly pension of ;^ioo 
sterling from the rents of the Bishopric of Ross. Whitehall, loth 

April, 1661, 204 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 13. 

L.— Signature by King Charles II. for a letter under the great seal to grant 
to the provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen the 
patronage of the church lately founded by Geoige Davidson of 
Pettens, at Newhills, within the freedom of the said burgh. [Ct'rca 
1666], 205 

Copy (imperfect) in Burgh Charter Room, A* 17. 

LI.— Letters by King Charles II., under the great seal, granting to the 
provost, baillies and council of Aberdeen, in consideration of their 
expenditure on public works, and of losses incurred during the 
rebellion, certain excise duties for a term of eleven years. White- 
hall, 30th September, 1678, 207 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 29. 
Seal wanting. 

Lll. — Charter by Queen Anne granting, under the great seal, to the provost, 
baillies, and dean of guild, as representing the council and com- 
munity, the teinds of the Cruives, above and below in the Don, for 
payment of the yearly feuduties to the minister of St. Nicholas of j£^S 

Scots, and to the crown of iis. 8d. Edinburgh, 31st July, 1702, - 211 
Original [?] in Burgh Charter Room, T* 14. 
Cf. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. Ixxviii., No. 78. 

LIII. — Charter by King George II., under the seal of Scotland, granting 
to the provost, baillies, council and community of Aberdeen the 
teinds, parsonage and vicarage, of the parish of St. Nicholas, for the 
relief of the inhabitants of the burgh to the amount of said teinds. 
St. James, i6th June, 1737, - - - - - 216 

Original [?] in Burgh Charter Room, T* 18. 
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LIV.~ Charter by King George III., under the seal of Scotland, granting to 
the treasurer of Aberdeen, for behoof of the provost, baillies, 
councillors and community, the right of salmon fishing in the sea, 
adjacent to the burgh lands in Kincardineshire. St. James, ist 
February, 1804, 222 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, T' 4a 
Seal in fragments. 

PART SECOND. 
ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND OF PRIVY COUNCIL. 

I. — Act of Parliament appointing the Lords of Session, nine in number 
(three from each estate), to sit annually at Aberdeen, Perth and 
Edinburgh, for forty days in each place : the first Session to be at 

Aberdeen on 15th June. 6th March, 1457, 229 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. II. p. 47. 

[ II. — ^Act of Parliament appointing the measure of Hamburg, after the old 

' Assise of Aberdeen, to be the standard barrel for salmon, and forbid- 

ding coupers to make smaller barrels, ist June, 1478, • - - 229 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, II. 119 (rf. pp. 213, 237, and III. 302). 
III. — Act of Privy Council ordaining that all properties of Friars be employed 
for hospitals, schools and other godly uses ; and that their buildings 
in Aberdeen, Elgin, Inverness, Glasgow and other burghs where the 
same are not demolished, be applied for the common good of the 

burghs. 15th February, 1562J, 230 

r Register of Privy Council, Vol. I. (print), p. 202. 

IV. — Act of Privy Council absolving the burgesses and indwellers of Aber- 
|i deen from the consequences of all acts done under the ascendency of 
^ George, Earl of Huntly. 12th July, 1569, 230 

Register of Privy Council, I. 683. 

V. — Act of Privy Council enjoining the provost and baillies of Aberdeen to 
/ prohibit the keeping of feasts, blasphemy. Sabbath markets, images, 

oigans in kirks and other popish practices ; to roup the Grey Friars 
place ; to attend to the godly ruling of their own houses ; and to 
< provide for the sustenance of lepers. 1 8th August, 1574, - 231 

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VI. — Act of Privy Council approving an obligation by the provost, baillies, 
council and community of Aberdeen, to continue loyal subjects of 
King James VI. and Regent Morton; and to elect none as office- 
bearers save those professing the true religion established in the 
realm, under pain of ;^2o,ooo forfeit to his Majesty and loss of the 
freedom of the burgh. 31st August, 1574, 233 

Register of Privy Council, II. 394. 

VII. — Also an obligation to employ, within five years, the sum of 1000 

merks in building and repairing a hospital. 3rd September, 1574, • 235 
Register of Privy Council, II. 402. 

VIII. — Act of Parliament appointing the Lords of Session, six with a 

president, to sit at Aberdeen. 6th December, 1577. - - - 236 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, VoU III., p. 39 (cf, p. 43). 

IX.— Act of Privy Council revoking an infeflment of the lands of Polgony 
and Murtour, granted to Geoige Auchinleck of Balmanno during the 
King's minority, so far as the same extended to the contiguous 
salmon fishings on the water of Don, which had been peaceably en- 
joyed by the burgh since the grant of King Robert I. (Pt I., No. 
VIII.). 22nd June, 1580, 237 

Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A* 24'. 

X.— Act of Parliament appointing the Sheriff of Aberdeen and his deputes 

and the provost and baillies of Aberdeen, justices for the Waters of 

Dee and Don, with power to prosecute and punish all contraveners of 

the Acts of Parliament anent destruction of crui ves, slaughter of red fish, 

fry, etc : two justice courts to be held yearly. 29th November, 1581, 239 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, III. 217. 

XL— Act of Parliament, ratifying the revocation by the Privy Council 

{su/^ra No. IX.). 29th November, 1581, 240 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, III. 235. 
XII.— Act of Parliament appointing, inter alia^ the just measure for salmon 
to conform to the old Acts {supra No. IL), and to be kept at Aber- 
deen, and the principal staple of salmon for the north to be at Aber- 
deen and Elgin. 22nd May, 1584, 243 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, III. 302. 
XIII. — Act of Parliament appointing a committee to examine and report 
to the Privy Council anent the bridge of Don, and empowering the 
said Council, if need be, to impose a general tax for upholding the 
bridge. 29th July, 1587, 244 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, III. 518. 



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XIV. — Act of Privy Council granting a full indemnity to the burgh for its 
furnishing of the rebel earls of Huntly, Erroll and Craufurd. 4th 

August, 1589, 246 

Register of Privy Council, IV. 405. 

XV. — Act of Parliament granting licence to the burgh to hold a yearly 
market, to continue for eight days from the Monday after Whitsunday 
(cf. Pt I., Nos. IV., VII., XIX.). 2ist July, 1593, - - - 247 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. IV., p. 39, cap. 57. 

XVI. — Act of Parliament confirming to the burgh the annuals, etc., belong- 
ing to the chaplains of the Church of St. Nicholas (cf. Pt I., No. 
XXXIII. ; Pt. III., No. XVI.). 2ist July, 1593, - - - - 248 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, IV. 39, cap. 58. 

XVII. — Act of Parliament ratifying the erection of Aberdeen into a free 

burgh. 8th June, 1594, 248 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, IV. 86, cap. 78. 

XVIII. — Act of Parliament ratifying two acquittances given by his Majesty 

to the burgh for payment of ;^8ooo lent to them from the Queen's 

tocher. i6th December, 1597, 248 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, IV. 149, cap. 54. 

XIX.— Act of Parliament ratifying King James VI.'s charter of 14th August, 
1601 (Pt. I., No. XLIL), and ordaining new infeftment to be 

'granted thereon. 9th July, 1606, 249 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, IV. 304, cap. 34. 
Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A' 63. 

XX. — Act of Parliament ratifying Mr. Alexander Hay's charter of ist 

February, 1605 (Pt. III., No. XIX). 9th July, 1606, - - - 250 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, IV. 305, cap. 35. 
Extract in Burgh Charter Room, M^ 3. 

XXI. — Act of Parliament approving a verbal alteration of ;^2i3 6s. 8d. 
sterling into ;^2i3 6s. 8d. Scots in the stated amount of buigh maill 
{cf, Pt I., No. VIII.) ; of new granting to the burgh its old privileges 
for yearly payment of the latter sum, with 20s. of augmentation ; 
and ordaining a new gift thereof to be made under the great seal. 
28th June, 1617, 250 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, IV. 579, cap. 61. 
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XXIL— Act of Privy Council appointing the old gauge of Aberdeen, con- 
taining ten gallons, to be the standard measure for salmon throughout 

Scotland (cf, Nos. II. and XII. supra), 15th July, 16 19, - - 253 
Extract in Town Council Register, Vol XLIX., p. 342. 

XXIII. — ^Act of Parliament ratifying King James VI.'s charter of 17th June, 
1617 (Pt I., No. XLIIL), with precept and instrument of sasine 
following thereon ; the Act of Parliament of 28th June, 1617 (supra^ 
No. XXI.) ; and King Robert I.'s charter of 6th February 13?^ (Pt. 

L, No. X.). 28th June, 1633, 255 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. V. (Re-issue, 1870), p. 86, cap 78. 
Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A* 82. 

XXIV. — ^Act of Privy Council granting to the burgh for a term of nineteen 

years certain duties on passengers, etc, for upholding the calseys of 

Cowymonth. 17th July, 1634, 256 

Extract in Town Council Register, Vol. LII.', p. 171. 

XXV. — Act of Parliament ratifying King Charles I.'s grant of nth Novem- 
ber, 1641 (Pt. I., No. XLVIL). 17th November, 1641, - - - 258 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, V. 505, cap. 268. 
Extract in Burgh Charter Room, T* 12. 

XXVI. — Act of Parliament ratifying King Charles I.'s charter of 9th Sep- 
tember, 1638 (Pt I., No. XXXVL), with precept and instrument of 
sasine following thereon. 17th November, 1641, .... 259 
Acts of the Parliament of Scot)^d, V. 509, cap. 277. 
Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A' 8. 

XXVII. — Act of Parliament granting warrant for repayment of ;^i 2,960 
Scots, with interest, to the burgh, from the burgh excise, being propor- 
tion of money furnished to the factor at Campvere for arms sent home 
during the late troubles. i8th July, 1644, 260 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VI. (Re-issue, 1870), pt. i., p. 173. 

XXVIII. — Act of Parliament declaring recent election of council and 
magistrates in the burgh to have been illegal ; and appointing nine- 
teen councillors for the present year, with power to choose magistrates 
from their own number, and at next election to elect successors of 
known affection to the cause. 6th February, 1647, * ~ * 261 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, VI., i., 688, cap. 175. 

XXIX. — Act of Parliament recognising the public indebtedness to the buigh 
to the extent of ^^39,084 los. 8d. Scots lent by the burgh for public 



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uses, and ^£22 1,036 5s. Scots for quartering the artny. 27th March, 
1647, 262 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, VI., L, 829, cap. 500. 
Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A' 10. 

XXX. — Act of Parliament recognising the public indebtedness to the burgh 
to the extent of 927,120 merks; and granting towards the extinction 
of this debt the suspension of the payment of arrears, the town's 
monthly maintenance prior to ist February, 1649, ^^^ & sum of 
^1000 sterling from the burgh excise for February and subsequent 

months. 12th March, 1649, ^^4 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VI., pt. iu, p. 277, cap. 231. 
{cf. pp. 448, 491, 529). 

XXXI. — Act of Parliament ordaining that the Commissary of Aberdeen 
shall in future sit within the burgh of Aberdeen instead of within the 
village called Old Aberdeen. i6th March, 1649, - - • - 265 

Acts of the ParUament of Scotland, VI., ii., 320, cap. 307. 

XXXII. — Ordinance by the Lord Protector and his Council, declaring, thter 

a/ia, that the burghs of Banff, Cullen and Aberdeen shall conjointly 

return a member of Parliament, the place of meeting for election 

being Aberdeen. 27th June, 1654, 266 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VI. ii., 823, cap. 27. 

XXXIII. — Act of Parliament renewing the Privy Council's grant of 17th 
July, 1634 {supra Na XXIV.), for a^ further term of nineteen years. 
22nd February, 1661, 267 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VII., p. 41, cap. 61 {cf. Vol V., 
p.277[?]). 

XXXIV. — Act of Parliament confirming the provisions of the Act of 1 6th 

March, 1649 (^/^« No. XXXI.). 12th July, 1661, - - - 269 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, VII. 329, cap. 357 (cf. Appendix, 85). 

XXXV. — Act of Parliament rescinding the preceding Act, and ordaining 

that the Commissary shall sit in the Oldtown of Aberdeen, where the 

seat of the Bishop is. 17th July, 1662, 269 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VII. 385, cap. 22. 

XXXVI. — Remit by Parliament to the Lords of Session of a dispute 
between the burgh of Kintore and the magistrates of Aberdeen 
anent the selling of ground malt. 5th September, 1662, - - 270 

Acts of the ParUament of Scotland, Vol. VII. 413, cap. 65. 



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XXXVII. — Act of Parliament continuing the grant under the Act of 22nd 

February, 1661 (supra No. XXXIII.), for a further term of nineteen 

years after the expiiy of the former grant 3rd December, 1669, - 271 
Acts of the Parliament of Scoclaad, VoL VII. 55S, cap. la 

XXXVIIL — Act of Parliament providing, inter alia^ for the holding of a 

Circuit Court at Aberdeen once a year. 30th August, 1672, - - 272 
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VIII., p. 88, cap. 40. 

XXXIX. — Act of Parliament ratifying King James VI.'s charter of 17th 

July, 1617 (Pt. I., No. XLIJI.), and King Charles I.'s charter of 

9th September, 1638 (Pt L, No. XLVI.), with the Instruments of 

Sasine following thereon, and specially the de novo gift contained in 

the second charter. 17th September^ 1681, 272 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VIIL, 398, cap. 141. 
Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A' 31. 

XL. — Act of Privy Council appointing a voluntary contribution to be 
collected throi^hout Scotland towards the expense of repairing the 
harbour of Aberdeen. 7th July, 1682, 274 

Print in Burgh Charter Room, A* 33. 

XLI, — Act of Parliament rescinding the Act of 17th July, 1662 {supra No. 
XXXV.), and ordaining that, as Episcopaqy has been abolished, the 
Commissary shall in ftiture sit within the burgh of Aberdeen. 22nd 

July, 1690, - - 27s 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. IX., p. 204, cap. 67. 

XLII. — Act of Parliament renewing King Charles IIJs grant of 30th 

September, 1678 (Pt I., No. LI.), for a term of thirteen years. i6th 

July, 1695, - - - - - 276 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. IX, 457, cap. 60 (cf, VoL XL, 

pp. 335. 382, 427. 478). 
£jrtracc m Bnrgh Charter Room, A' 38. 

XLIII. — Act of Pariiament providing, inter alia^ that the burghs of Aber- 
deen, Inverbervy, Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin shall conjointly 
return a member to the House of Commons in the Parliament of 

Great Britain. 5th February, 1707, 278 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. XL, p. 426, cap. 8. 

XLIV. — Act of Parliament continuing the grant under the Act of i6th 
July, 1695 {ptpra No. XLII.), for a further term of twenty-five 
years after the expiry of the former grant 25th March, 1707, - - 279 

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, XI. 480, cap. 81, 

Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A' 44, 



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Titles of forty-one Acts (public, or local, or private) of the Parliaments of 
Great Britain, or of Great Britain and Ireland, affecting the Burgh 
of Aberdeen : fh>m 8 Geo. I. c. xxviii, of 7th March, 172', to 48 & 

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MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 

I. — Letters patent by the Guardians of the Kingdom appointing a com- 
nussion to settle a dispute anent fairs between the burghs of Aber- 
deen and Montrose. Edinburgh, 8th May, 1287, - - - -289 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 7. 
Seal as in Laing, I. 17, a fragment. 

II. — Letters patent by the community of Banff, addressed to the Guardians 
of the Kingdom, entreating them to cause the provisions of King 
Alexander III.'s Charter (Pt. I., No. IV.) to be observed. Banff, 

1289, 290 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 8. 
Seal wanting. 

III. — Letter by King Edward I., Governor of the Kingdom of Scotland, to 
John of Gildeford, keeper of the castles of Aberdeen and Kincardine, 
commanding him to give sasine thereof to John of Balliol, next heir 
of Queen Margaret Berwick-on-Tweed, i8th November, 1292, - 291 

Rotuli Scotiae in Turri Londinensi, Vol. I., p. 12. 

IV. — Letters patent by the burgesses and community of Aberdeen, pro- 
mising to serve well and loyally their dear Lord Edward, King of 
England, and his heirs. Aberdeen, i6th July, 1296, • - - 292 

Ragman Rolls, (Bannatyne Club), p. 95. 

V. — Letter by King Edward I. to William le Betour, Captain of the Navy, 
enjoining him to take measures for raising the siege of the castle of 

Aberdeen. Windsor, loth July, 1308, 295 

Rotuli Scotiae, I. p. 55. 

VI. — The earliest extant accounts of the burgh fermes, being those of 
Nicholas of Lidell and William Chapman, provosts, rendered at 

Dumbarton, 14th January, 1327, 296 

Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, L, p. 60. 



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VII. — The earliest extant accounts of the burgh customs, being those of 
Nicholas Lidell and Simon Gelchauch, customars, rendered at 

Dumbarton, 14th January, 132Z, 298 

Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, I., p. 90. 

VIIL— Procuratory by the burgesses of Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen, 
Dundee, Inverkeithing, Crail, Cupar, St. Andrews, Montrose, 
Stirling, Linlithgow, Haddington, Dumbarton, Rutherglen, Lanark, 
Dumfries and Peebles, appointing representative burgesses of Edin- 
burgh, Perth, Aberdeen and Dundee to negotiate for the ransom of 
King David II. Edinburgh, 26th September, 1357, - - - 301 
Original in Public Record Office, London : " Chapter House Scots Docu- 
ments". 
Seals as in Laing, I, 1156 (Edinburgh); H. 1197 (Aberdeen); IL Z2ii 
(Dundee); IL 1223 (Inverkeithing); II. 1204 (Crail); I. Z152 (Cupar); 
I. Z183 (St. Andrews); II. 1243 (Montrose); I. zi88 (Stirling); I. 
Z173 (Linlithgow); II. 1219 (Haddington); II. 1210 (Dunbarton, not 
Dunbar); I. ii8z (Rutherglen); II. Z239 (Lanark); I. ZZ54 (Dum- 
fries) ; I. ZZ77 (Peebles). The seal of Perth is wanting, and several 
of the others are much mutilated. 
Cf. Acts of the Parliament of Scotland, Vol. I., p. 157(517 red), cap. Z3. 

IX.—Letters of obligation by the said procurators, binding themselves and 
their principals, one and all, debtors, in so/idum, for the sum of 100,000 
[erroneously printed 10,000 on p. 305] merks sterling, being the sum 
requisite for the ransom of King David IL Berwick-on-Tweed, 5th 

October, 1357, 305 

Original in Public Record Office, London : " Chapter House Scots Docu- 
ments ". 
Seals wanting. 
Copy in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 20*. 

X.— Tax roll of the inhabitants of Aberdeen contributing towards the 

expense of the embassy to England. 1408, 312 

Town Council Register, Vol. II., p. 26. 

XL— Letters of obligation by the provost and baillies of Aberdeen, binding 

themselves, and their successors, one and all, debtors, in solidum^ for 

the sum of 50,000 merks sterling, as surety for the payment of the 

ransom of King James I. i6th February, 142^ {rf. Pt. I., No. XVL), 321 

Original in Public Record Office, London : " Chapter House Scots Docu- 
ments '*. 
Seal as in Laing, II. 1197. 
Copy in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 25^. 



XXX11 



CONTENTS. 






PAGE 

XII. — Letters patent by King Henry VI:, granting a safe conduct to Adam 
Dolas and William Shortyng, merchants of Aberdeen, tiavelling by 
sea to London. Westminster, nth July, 1426, - - - -321 
Rotuli Scotiae, II. 256. 

XIII. — Charter by King James IV., under the great seal, ratifying all pre- 
vious gifts to the Cathedral Church of Aberdeen ; and constituting 
the Cathedral city of Old Aberdeen a fi-ee burgh of barony, with 
usual rights and privil^es. Edinburgh, 26th September, 14S9, - 323 

Copy in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 36*. 

Cf. Registrmn Magni Sigilli, lib. xii., No. x68 (Print, VoL II.» p. 401). 

XIV. — Charter by. King James IV., under the great seal, constituting the 
town of Torry a free burgh of barony. Arbroath, nth December, 

M9S» 329 

Copy in Burgh Charter Room, A^ 40. 

Cy. Registrum Magni Sigilli, lib. xiv., No. 167 (Print, Vol. II., p. 486). 

XV. — Instrument of resignation by Friar John Roger, Superior of the Gray 
Friars of Aberdeen, in favour of the community, of the properties of 
the said Friars. Aberdeen, 29th December, 1559, - - - 33 2 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A' 18. 

XVI. — Narrative of the resignation by the chaplains of the Church of St 
Nidiolas in favour of the community for the support of St Thomas' 
Hospital, of all their properties, reserving a liferent interest therein to 
the then chaplains. Aberdeen, 19th August, 1575, - - - - 335 

Town Council Register, XXVIII. 542. 

XVIL — Narrative of a perambulation, being the earliest described in detail, 
of the Outer Marches of die Bui]^, without the Freedom knds. 

Aberdeen, 22nd September, 1578, - - 336 

Town Council Register, XXX. loa. 

XVIII.^ — Decreet Arbitral by Commissioners nominated by the provost, 
baillies, council and guild brethren on one part, and the free crafts- 
men of the burgh on the other part, defining the privileges of the 
burgesses and of the craftsmen. Aberdeen, 7th July, 1587, - 345 

Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A* 35. 

Cf, Town Council Register, VoL XXXII., p. 233. . 



• • • 



OONTENTS. XXXlll 

PAGE 

XIX. — Charter by Mr. Alexander Hay, Qerk to the Parliament and 
Council, conveying to the burgh feuduties amounting to ^£27 8s. 8d. 
Scots, for the upkeeping of the Bridge of Don. Edinburgh, ist 
February, 1605 (ff. Pt. II., No. XX.), 351 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, M^ i. 

XX. — Contract between Sir Alexander Drummond, Judge Admiral-depute, 
and the provost and baillies of Aberdeen, constituting the latter 
admirals-depute between the waters of Dee and Don, for payment 
to the former of a yearly sum of £,(i 13s. 4d. Edinburgh and Aber- 
deen, 2nd and 8th August, 161 7, 360 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A* 76. 

XXI.— Resignation by Alexander Rutherford in favour of the provost, 
baillies and council of the office of tronarship, with tlie duties per- 
taining thereta Aberdeen, 1 6th September, 16 17, - - - - 363 

Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A' 77. 

XXII. — Resignation by Mr. David Rutherford and Mr. John Mortimer in 
favour of the provost, etc., of the Cran, with the duties pertaining 
thereto. Aberdeen, i6th June, 1629, 366 

Extract in Burgh Charter Room, A* 79. 

XXIII. — Letters of Mortification by Dr. Patrick Dun, conveying to the pro- 
vost, etc., the lands of Ferryhill, for the maintenance of four masters 
in the Grammar Sdiool, with certain privileges to scholars of the 
name of Dun, or sons of tenants of the said lands. Aberdeen, 3rd 
August, 1631. {Cf. Pt. I., No. XLV.), - - - - - - 373 

Copy[?] in Burgh Charter Room, F 67. 

Recorded in Books of Council and Session, i8th July, 1633. 

XXIV.— Matriculation by Sir Charles Erskine, Lyon King of Arms, of the 
bearings of old appertaining to the Royal Burgh of Aberdeen. Edin- 
burgh, 25th February, 1674, 380 

Original in Burgh Charter Room, A* 24. 

XXV.— Narrative of a perambulation of the Inner Marches of the Burgh. 

Aberdeen, nth May, 1696, 381 

Town Council Register, LVII. 518. 



XXXIV CONTENTS. 

PART FOURTH. 

INVENTORIES OF WRITS ILLUSTRATING THE HISTORY 

OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 

PAGE 

I. — Records under the Charge of the Town Clerk : — 

A^ Burgh Charters, etc, to 1500, 387 

A". Do. 1 500- 1 635, 389 

A'. Do. 1635- , 393 

A*. Tenements in Town, 397 

Decreets, 397 

B. Bethelnie, 397 

Bogfairly, 397 

C^ Capraston, 398 

Chaplains, 398 

C*. Church and Bridge Works, 401 

College, 401 

D. Dean of Guild, 402 

E'. Easter Echt, 402 

El Elsick, 402 

F. Ferryhill, 402 

G. Gilcomston, 402 

K*. Kinmundy, 402 

K«. Kirkhill, 403 

M\ Mortifications, ist Division, 403 

Do. 2nd Division, 404 

M*. Murtle, 405 

P^ Pettans, 405 

V\ Pitmedden, 405 

S*. Shettocksley, 405 

S*. Skene, 406 

T^ Tony, 1512-1619, 406 

T*. Do. 1620-1883, 406 

T". Teinds, 406 

Town Council Register, 407 

Burgh Register of Sasines, 410 

Register of Deeds Recorded in Burgh Court, 415 

Accounts, 416 

Baillie Court Books, 419 



CONTENTS. XXXV 

PAGE 

Guild Court Books, 419 

Justice Court Books, 420 

Enactment Books, 420 

Propinquity Books, 420 

Incarceration and Liberation Books, 421 

Register of Indentures, 421 

Raster of Burgesses of Guild, 421 

Raster of Honorary Burgesses, 421 

Letters Received, * - - - 422 

Copies of Letters Sent, 422 

Proclamation Books, 423 

Register of Mortifications, 423 

Records of Commissioners of Police, 423 

Records of Visitations of Grammar School, 423 

Guildry Minute Books, 423 

Weavers* Enactment Books, 423 

Chartulary of Feus of Freedom Lands, 424 

Chartulary of Feus of County Lands, 424 

Miscellaneous, 424 

II.— Records under the Charge of the Sheriff Clerk of Aberdeenshire : — 

Diet Books, 425 

Decree Books, 426 

Register Books of Protests, 427 

Registers of Deeds, 427 

Deeds Registered, 428 

Sundry Records, . - . . 429 

III. — Records under the Charge of H.M. Registrar General : — 

Records of the Commissary Court of Aberdeen, - - - - 433 
Particular Registers of Sasines for the Shire of Aberdeen, 1 599-1660, 439 
Do. do. do. Shires of Aberdeen and Kin- 
cardine, 1661- , 440 

Protocol Books having reference to Aberdeen, - - - 441 

Register of Births, Marriages and Burials for the Parish of St. 

Nicholas, 442 

Raster of Births, Marriages and Burials for the Parish of Old 

Machar, 443 

IV. — Miscellaneous Records, 445 

Index, 447 



y 



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. 

King William the Lion's first charter to the burgesses of Aberdeen, Frontispiece. 
Ancient common seal of the burgh appended to Obligation of 142^, to face page 317 

Emblazonment of the burgh arms, 1674, „ 380 

Small seal of the burgh, page 446 

Map showing conjectural positions of crofts surrounding the burgh, - At end. 



PART I. 



CROWN CHARTERS 



AND 



LETTERS PATENT. 



CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 

I. 

W • d Gia Rex ScoH • Omib^ pfc h6ib^ toti^ ?r€ sue Saluf • Sciant psen- 
tes 1 ftif j me Concessisse * 1 hac Carta mea Confirmasse Burgesib) meis 
i AUoen • 1 Omib^ Bui^csib^ d Morauia • 1 Omib^ Burgensib^ meis ex 
aqlonalj pte de Muneh * manetib^ libu ansu suu Tenedu u^ voluerit ' 1 
q^ido voluerit * Ita libe 1 q^te plenarie 1 honorifice Sicut ancessores eoi^ 

I. 

JDm^ William the Lion grants a free Home to his burgesses of Aberdeen and 

others.^ 

WiLLUic, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men % of his whole 
liod, greeting. Know all men, present and to come, that I have granted, and by 
this my charter have confirmed, to my burgesses of Aberdeen, and to all burgesses 
of Moray, and to all my burgesses dwelling to the north of the Munth, their free 
Hanse, to be held where they will and when they will ; as freely and peaceably, 

* In previous reproductions of the earliest Aberdeen charter (Kennedy's AnnaU of Abirdggn, 

iSiS, Vol. I., Reissue, p. 8 ; 4Ppen4Hx to Report oh Municipal Corporations (Scotland), 1835, 

^6; Gordon's Description of Bothc Touns of Abcrdccnc, 1842, p. 29; The Acts of the Par- 

Smmt of Scotland^ 1875, Vol. I., Reissue, p. 87) this word has invariably been printed 

** Umth *'• It wiU be seen from the frontispiece that the correct rendering is undoubtedly 

ai above. The interchange of lingual and guttural terminations is not uncommon. Compare 

the tans, Meneteth, Meneteh, Meneteht. 

t See PrefiLce with reference to dates of this and next two charters. 

{ ** Theae styles were borrowed almost verbatim from Anglo-Saxon England. . . . The 

dsn of the 'good men,* probi homines, does not precisely mean men of morality. Like 

Ukeretemcntes, the title oi probi homines has been a great subject of controversy in England, 

without much fruit from the strife. ... I think En^ish lawyers have now agreed that probi 

homines may be correctly rendered either vassals or subjects. . . . With us probus homo 

has a stmUar meaning. I have myself a series of charters and letters in which the owners 

of oertttn lands in Moray are styled ' Goodman of Cotts,* * Goodman of Leuchars' ; and that 

deHgnatioo lasted fer a century or two.** — Cosmo Innes* Lectura on Scotch Legal AntiquiHes^ 

MS- 



4 BURGH OF ABBRDBEN. 

tepe Reg DD. Auj mej Ansu suu lifci^ 1 honorificct? habuerunt • Q*re 
phibeo iirmi¥ Ne q^s eos ind vexet aut Disturbet Sup mel plenariS 
forisfactura * Test' • And? * Epo de Katenes • Comif • Dunec • lustic • 
Gillebto Comif • d StMhem • Comif * G * d An^ • Ricardo de MoreuS • 
Costab- Wal?o de Berket * Cam * GdMaleuift* Hugoe Giflfard * MalUio 
fi^ Comitis d Sf b • Apd PERT. 

II. 

W • di gfa Rex ScoH • Epis • Atttib^ • Com • Baron • lustic • vicec • ilpoitis • 
Minist's ' 1 Omib^ pbis hoinib} tot} ?re sue cticisl laicis i sait * Sdant psen- 
tes nt fut'j me in ppetuu quietos clamasse 5es burgenses meos de Aberdoa 
a tolneio de pp*is cataft suis p totu r^^u meu p bono seruicio qd idc bur- 

fully and honourably^ as their ancestors, in the time of King David, my gnmd- 
father, had their Hanse freely and honourably. Wherefore I stricdy forbid anyone 
to trouble or disturb them therein, on pain of my full forfeiture. Witnesses : 
Andrew, Bishop of Caithness ; Earl Duncan, Justiciar ; Gilbert, Eail of Stmth- 
eam ; Earl G. of Angus ; Richard of Moreville, Constable ; Walter of Berkdey, 
Chamberlain ; G. of Maleville ; Hugh Gifiard ; Malis, brother of tht Eaii of 
StratheanL At PERTH. 

II. 

King William the Lion fnes his hurgesses 0/ Aberdeen from the payment qf toll am 
their own goods in any part of his Kingdom. aSth August. 

William, by the grace of God King of Scots, to the bishops, abbots^ earlii 
barons, justiciars, sheriffs, provosts,* officers, and all good men of his whok land, 
churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know all men, present and to come^ that I 
have declared all my burgesses of Aberdeen for ever quit of toll on their own 
goods throughout my whole kingdom, in return for the good service which the 

* ** The word prepontus cannot be constdered equivalent to the modem piOfOit, imMmoch 
as it is generaUy used in the plural, with reference to each bnrgh of any ttie. . . .The 
officers who accounted for the fennes are, during the first half of the fourteenth ce utwy, 
generaUy called prepotUi, ooeasionaUy balUvi, the latter name having probably survived from 
the period when the coUectors of the fermes were Crown officers. . . . Mayor and Alderman 
were terms in use as designations of the chief magistrate of the more important burgfaa.** 
Tk4 Bxckiquer Rolls of Scotland, VoL I., 1878, pp. Ixxxvi., Ixxxvii. In the Scotch MS8. of 
the " Leges Burgorum *' the term propositus is rendered indifferently "burrow greyflf^*' ^aldyfw 
man," and *' baUye *'. Ameieni Laws and Cwsioms of tlU Burghs of ScoOmid, Vol. I., x806» 
PP- 5. «5- 



CROWN cnutmts and uBnms patent. 



genses mq m> fieoerut ' El ido uollo ut nfim f regnQ meu dent tolneiu de 
jfg^'ia catafi * suis * 1 firmi¥ pcipio ut ubicu% in regno, meo uenerit:^ ppetuo 
a Icrifieio q'et} smt de ^'is cataS * suis * Q^r phibeo firaii? pequis in 
ttgoo meo eos iniuste oexare ^pmat in exigendo ab eis de jfpriis 
cataS eoi^ tolneii if sup meam plenariS forisfacturam ' Test * Ric * E5o 
Morauie- Com - DuneS • lustic * Gillex * Com - de Mar - WittolWalVo 
Capitis meis * Philipp - de Valon - Ala& - fit * Rolland - constat • Wiflo 
de Haia* Wiffo Gif&rft* Vmi(r * de Berkat - Henr'Reuet- Thorn* 
Thancard * jruone de ve£|) ponte * Wal¥ * fit - Sibald - apd aberdon xxviij * 
daeAug^. 

III. 

Alex • dd Gfa Rex ScoH • Epis • Abbatib? • Comitib* • lustic • vicecom- 
Wb* • Prepositfa • Minisfs • % Omib^ probis Hoinib^ Tocius Terre sue • 
Qerids ^ laicts ;f Salu{ * Sciant psentes 1 fut'i * me Concessisse * % hac 
Ctita mea confirmasse * burgo meo 1 burgensib^ meis de Aberden ' iura 
% iibtates que predecessores mei concesserut burgo 1 burgensib^ d Pert ' 

ame^ my boigesses, have rendered to me. And it is therefore my will that they 
mr no loQ tbrooghoot my kingdom on their own goods, and I strictly oidain that 
wbe w f e r they come within my kingdom they be for ever quit of toll on their own 
goodk Wherefore I strictly forbid anyone within my kingdom to make bold 
to troaUe them wrongouriy by demanding from diem toU on their own goods, on 
piin of my fhn forfeiture. Witnesses : Richard, Bishop of Momy ; Earl Duncan, 
Jnsdciar ; Gilchrist, Earl of Mar ; William and Walter, my Chaplams ; Philip of 
Yakmes ; Akn, Son of Rolland, ConstaUe ; William of Hay ; William Giffiird ; 
Amiplirey of Berkeley ; Henry Reuel ; Thomas Thancard ; Yvon of Vipont ; 
Water, Son of Sbald. At Aberdeen, the twenty^ghth day of August 

III. 

Bag AUxander IL grants to his burgh and burgtsses of Aberdeen the privities 
gramied by his predecessors to the burgh and burgesses of Perth, ayth February. 

AxJRANDn^ by the grace of God King of Scots, to the bishops, abbots, earls, 
batons, justiciars^ sherifis, provosts, officers, and all good men of his whole land, 
churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know all men, present and to come, that I have 
gnmted* and by this my charter have confirmed, to my burgh and to my burgesses 
of Aberdeen the rights and privileges that my predecessors granted to die burgh 



6 BUROH OP ABBUmSM. . 

Scilt ' ut habeant forum suucn die Sabbati in q^libet Ebdomada ' aieain% 
firmam pacem dedi iuste omib' fbis hdinib^ qui ad forum ilU uenient * 
Et phibeo * ne quis eis i ueniendb ad forum uel i redeundo iiuriam ' ud 
molestiam * aut g^namen iniuste iferat * sup meam pl^iariam forisfikctunMBi * 
jPhibeo % firmiS ne q's iSchator exftieus infra vioecomitatu de Aberdefi * 
ext^ burgum meum de Aberden * aliqu'd emat uel uendat sup meam de* 
fensionem * Set ex^nei merchatores deferant merchat'as suas ad buigum 
meii de Aberden * 1 eas ibi uendant ' \ denarios suos inplicent * Si qub 
uero merchator ext^neus sup defensionem mea inuent^ niit i Viceoomitatu 
de Aberd ' aliq'd emens uel uendens r^ capiat' * 1 detineat' don^ uoluntatS 
mel de eo ^epo ' jPhibeo 1 firmi? ' ne Q's merchator ext^neus secet pan- 
num suu ad uendendu in foro de Aberden :f nisi a die ascensionis dBi ua^ ' 
ad vincula Sci Pet' infra q^ Aminos ' nolo ut ipi secent pannii suu * ad 
uendend in foro de Aberden * % ibi emant 1 uendant pannum % alias 
merchat'as suas comuni? cum burgensib^ meis * sicut dnici burgense* met ' 
saluis Rectitudinib^ meis * Precipio 1 ut omes qui manent in buiigo de 
Aberd % cum b'gensib^ meis ad foru comunicare uoluerit comunicent cum 
illis ad auxilia mea reddenda ' cui^cuc]^ homies sint ' Phibeo 1 ne aliqua 

and to the buigesses of Perth} that is to say, to hold their market on Saturday in 
every week ; and I have rightly given my sure protection to all good men who shall 
come to that market ; and I forbid anyone wrongously to inflia injury or annoy- 
ance or inconvenience upon them while coming to market or while retumiog, on 
pain of my full forfeiture. I also strictly forbid any stranger merchant to buy or 
to sell anything within the sheriffdom of Aberdeen outwith my burg^ of Aberdeeoi 
in despite of my protection ; but stranger merchants are to bring their merchan- 
dise to my burgh of Aberdeen and there sell the same and receive their money ; 
ify however, any stranger merchant shall, in despite of my protection^ be found 
within the sheriffdom of Aberdeen buying or selling anything, he is to be appre- 
hended and kept in custody until I shall have declared my pleasure regarding 
him. I also strictly forbid any stranger merchant to cut his cloth for sale in the 
market of Aberdeen, save from the day of the Ascension of Our Lord to the 
feast of St Peter's Chains ; between which terms it is my will that they cut their 
doth for sale in the market of Aberdeen, and there buy and sell their doth and 
other merchandise in common with my burgesses, in like manner as my proper 
burgesses : saving my rights. I also ordain that all who dwell in the burgh of 
Aberdeen and wish to take part with my burgesses in the market, take part 
with them in paying my dues, whose men soever they be. I also forbid the 



CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTBR8 PATENT. J 

tabema habeat' In aliq* uilla in vicecomitatu de AberdeB * nisi ubi miles 
sit dBs uille * lin ca manens *% ibi no babeat' n^ una sola Tabema * Con- 
cede % riadem biiiigensib' meis de AberdeS ut habeant Gildam svA mer- 
chatricem * exceptis fiillonib^ % telariis Phibeo ^ firmi? ne Q's manens 
extf baigu meu de Aberd i vicecomitatu de AberdeB * faciat pannum 
tinctum uel tonsum in vicecomitatu de Aberd * uel facere faciat * preS 
h^gense* nibs de Aberded * q' sunt in Gilda merchatoria * 1 qui c5muni- 
cant ad auxilia mea reddenda cu brgensib^ meis de AberdeB * exceptis 
illis qui de bac l%tate cartam suam hucusc^ Iiabu^ * Q^re phibeo firmiS ' 
ne q's i vicecomitatu de Aberd ' facere psumat pannii tinctu uel tonsum * 
so]^ mtii plenarii forisfactudi ' Si uero alicui^ pann^ tinctus uel tonsus 
isoen^ fuit factus sup hac defensionem r^ predpio vicecomiti nro qHin^ 
capiat pinum * 1 inde faciat scdm qd consuetudo fuit tpr R^^is * DD * 
pam mei ' Fhibeo 1 firmi? ' ne q's extraneus extra bui^m meum de 
AberdeB r^ emat uel uendat Coria uel lanam n' i burgo nro de AberdeB * 
Has aut 6es libertates ^ consuetudines illis concede 1 hac Carta mea 
Confirmo * Saluis libtatib^ 1 liberis cdsuetudinib' r' q* ante concessionem 
istam date fucSt aliis burgis Ht burgensib' infra balliam de AberdeB * 

kMping of any ta?em in any town within the sheriffdom of Aberdeen, save where 
a knfg^t is lord of the town and dwells therein ; and there no jtavem, save one 
OD^, is to be kept I also grant to the same, my buigesses of Aberdeen, that 
diqr have their merchant guild, the waulkers and weavers being excluded. I 
abo strktiy forbid anyone dwelling outwith my burgh of Aberdeen within the 
dier ifl dom of Aberdeen, to make or cause to make cloth dyed or shorn within 
the sheriffdom of Aberdeen, save my buigesses of Aberdeen who are of the 
merchant guild and who take part in paying my dues with my buigesses of 
Aberdeen : with the exception of such as had hitherto their charter securing this 
privil^e; wherefore I strictly forbid anyone within the sheriffdom of Aberdeen 
to presume to make cloth dyed or shorn, on pain of my full forfeiture ; i( how- 
eter, any person's dyed or shorn cloth shall be found, made in despite of this 
protection, I commiMid my sheriff to seize the cloth and to do therewith as was 
Ae custom in the time of Ring David, my great-grand&ther. I also strictly 
forbid any stranger, outwith my buigh of Aberdeen, to buy or to sell hides or 
wool, save within my buigh of Aberdeen. All these privil^es and usages, how- 
etCTi I grant, and by this my charter confirm to them, without prejudice to the, 
privileges and free usages which before this grant were bestowed on other burghs 
and buigesses within the baiUwick of Aberdeen* Moreover, I strictly enjoin my 



g BOMH OF ABW>m[» [l373- 

Predpio auf firmiS bailliuis meis de Aberdea ' qHin^ jpdictis hmrgmmkt, 
meis de Aberdefi * auxiliantes sint ' 1 eos iuste oiajiiutepcant ad predSaa 
rectas qonsuetudines burgi habendas *. Et phibeo * ne Q'a ^ooa burgenact 
nroa cont^ ^ictas Rationabiles l^es % Consuetudies Iniuste uexai^L psimaft 
»]qp mei plenariam forisfacturam * Test^ * Witt * de boscbo Canctt inio * 
Comite Malcolfil ' de fif * Waltti^ - jde Linde$ * lobe de Maocuawet : I>0 * 
maiescafi * Waltcff * Cufil * lordafi - Cumin * Heruic - Marescaft '- DI> *dt> 
Hastig' Maloolft * pincerna * Rob'de Sco Qa^* Aptf AUcht*:)(xy^« 
die Febnia^. 

IV. 

Alex di g!a Rex Scotto]^ Omibus probis Hominib} Tocius Terre Sue 
Sallm * Notlitis nos concessisse dedisse * ^ psenti Carta nra confirmasse 
Burgensib} nris de Aberden Dilctis Ht fidelib} nris ut habeant' Siuj^is 
Annis a Die See Trinitatis Nundinas in Burgo nro de Aberden p duaa 
septimanas continue sequentes duraturas* cum omibus luribus * iibt^ttSty * 

baillies of Aberdeen to render aid to my foresaid buigesses of Aberdeen, and 
rightly to maintain them in possession of the foresaid true usages of tb^ buigb« 
And I forbid anyone to make bold wrongously to trouble my foresaid buqgessea 
in de^te of the foresaid reasonable laws and usages, on pain of my full forieitqic 
Witnesses : William de Boscho^ my Chancellor ; Malcolm^ Earl of Fif^; Walter 
of Lindesay ; John of Maccuswell ; David, Marischal ; Walter Cumin ; Jordan 
Cumin; Hervey, Marischal; David of Hastings; Malcolm, Cupbearer; Robert 
of Saint Clair. At Alyth, the twenty-seventh day of February. 

IV. 

J!jb^ Alexander IIL grants to his iurgesses of Aberdeen tht right to hold a yearly 
fair for two weeks from the day of the Holy Trinity. 2nd December (iS73].* 

Alexander, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his trixde 
land, greeting. Know ye that we have granted, given, and by our present dharter 
confirmed to our burgesses of Aberdeen, our beloved and trusty, the r%ht to hold 
a yearly fm within our buigh of Aberdeen to last for two consecutive weeks (rom 
the day of the Holy Trinity; with all the rights, liberties, privileges^ and usages* 

* Akxandsr HI. bc|faa to rtign Sth Jii^« xafOi 



227^j CROWN CHilRTERS AND LBTTERS PATENT. 9 

Rectitudinib} * ^ {suetudinib3 * ad alias Nundinas nras In Burgis nris p 
Regnum nrm constitutas iuste ptinentibus Testibus Wifto Cumyn de 
Kylbryde* Thoma Ranulphi tunc : CaiSario* Reginaldo le Chen * Robo 
de Cambrun - Wifto de Sco Claro - Pricio de Graha& - 1 • Wifto Byseth * 
Apud Kyntou ' Scdo * die Decern!^ * Anno regni nri ' vicesimo q'nto. 

V. 

AleS dei gfa^Rex Scott* oninib3 probis hominib} toci^ ¥re ad quos 
presentes littere pueSint r' Salm * Sciatis nos burgenses nros de Abirden 
nas suas homines suos Ht vniusas eo3^ possessiones ac omia bona sua 
mobilia ^ imobilia sub f ma pace-1 ptecCone nra iuste suscepisse Q*re 
finni? phibem^ * ne quis eis malum * molestiam * iniuriam seu g^uamen 
iliquod inferre psumat iniuste sup nram plenariam forisfactuil ' Con- 
oessim^ ^ eisdem vt nullus namos suos vel alicui^ ipoii^ seu hominu suoi^ 
capiat p alicui^ debito * plegiagib vel forisfacto * nisi p suo pp'o debito 
plegiagio vel forisfacto * firmi? inhibentes * ne quis eos vel aliqua ipoi^ 

jusdy pertaining to our other fairs established in our burghs, throughout our 
kingdom. Witnesses : William Cumyn of Kilbride ; Thomas Ranulph, then 
Qiamberlain; Reginald le Chen; Robert of Cambrun; William of Saint 
Oair; Patrick of Graham; and William Byseth. At Kintore, the second 
day of December, in the twenty-fifth year of our reign. 

V. 

IBng Alexander III. declares his burgases of Aberdeen to be under his protection^ 
and their goods to be free from poinding, save for their own ddfts, ajth 
January [la?^ 

Alxxander, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of the whole 

Itnd to whom the present letters shall come, greeting. Know ye that we have 

ri^dy taken under our sure peace and protection our buigesses of Aberdeen, 

their lands, their men, and their entire possessions, and all their goods movable 

and immovable. Wherefore we stricdy forbid anyone to make bold wrongously 

to inflict upon them any hurt, annoyance, injury or inconvenience, on pain of our 

fiill forfeiture. We have likewise granted to the same that no one shall poind 

their goods, whether those of anyone of themselves or of their men, for the debt, 

caudon, or fine of anyone, save for their own proper debt, caudon, or fine ; 

stricdy forbidding anyone to make bold wrongously to trouble them or anyone 

B 



lO BURGH or ABERDBKN. [iS'S- 

cont^ hanc concessionem nram vexare psumat iniuste sup n?am plenarBl 
forisfacturam • Test* • Witto Cumyn dc kelebrid • Witto de Scb Claro • 
Symone fTra^ * pat'cio de Graha& ap^ kyncard)r& vicesimo septimo die 
lanuari Anno regni nri vicesimo octaua 



VI. 

Robertus dei gra Rex Scottoi^ Oiiiibus probts hoininib3 todos ¥re sue 
Sallm Sciatis nos dedisse concessisse et hac psenti Carta nfa confirmasse 
Bui^ensibus % comunitati burgi nri de Abirden Curam Ht Custodiam 
tocius foreste nre de Le Stoket cum ptinenciis Tenend 1 Habend dSo 
Bui^o Burgensibus % Comunitati eiusdm 1 eoi^ Heredibus 1 Successoribj 
p omes Rectas metas suas % diuisas cu oinibus Libtatib3 * comoditatibj % 
aisiamtis ad dcam forestam spectantibus seu de iure vel consuetudine in 
futurum Spectare valentibus * saluis nobis viridi 1 venacione tantu ' Con- 
cedim^ eciam eidm Burgo nro * Burgensibus % Comunitati eiusdm * 1 eoii 
Heredibus et Successoribus ^ nullus lusticiari^ forestall nrai^ * nee aliquis 



of them in despite of this our grant, on pain of our full forfeiture. Wil 
V^lliam Cumyn of Kilbride ; William of Saint Clair ; Symon Fraser ; Patrick 
of Graham. At Kincardine, the twenty-seventh day of January, in the twenty^ 
eighth year of our reign. 

VI. 

JTiVf^ Robert L grants to the burgesses of Aberdeen the custody of his forest of the 

Stocket. 24th October [i3i3].* 

Robert, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
land, greeting. Know ye that we haye given, gmnted, and by this our present 
charter confirmed to the burgesses and community of our burgh of Aberdeen the 
care and custody of our whole forest of the Stocket with the pertinents ; to be held 
and had by the said burgh, burgesses, and community thereof, and by their 
heirs and successors, by all their right meiths and marches, with all the privi- 
leges, conveniences, and easements belonging, or which shall in future belong, 
whether by law or by usage, to the said forest ; reserving for ourselves only the 
green wood and the game. We also grant to the same our buigh, to the buigesses 
and community thereof, and to their heirs and successors, that no justiciar of our 

* Robert I. b^;an to reign aTth March, 1306. 



1319.] CROWN CBARTSRS AND LETRRS PATENT. II 

iltns Regnt nH cuitiscuc^ condicbnis rait siue status se int^mittat ' seu 
cognkioiiem heat sup defectibus dee foreste nre * ^ psonam nram ^ 
CaiSarm vSm qui p Ige rait firmi? inhibentes ne quis cont* banc con- 
cesakHiem nram ipos Burgenses vt Comunitatem ' bedes suos ui succes- 
aores vexare psumat iniuste sup nram plenariam forisfacturam * In cui' 
Rei tesjddm plsenti Carte nre sigftm nrm ^epim^ apponi * Testibus Ed- 
waido de Bruis Comite de Carrick 1 Dno Galwidie fratre nro * Dauid 
Comite Atholie Constabulario nro Scocie Thoma Ranulpbi Comite 
Monuite nepote nro * lobne de Menetetb * Gilbto de Haia * AleSo de 
Meyners * % Robto de Keth Marescallo nro Scocie Militib3 * Apud 
Dunde :f vicesimo quarto die Octobr * Anno Regni nri * Octauo. 

VI I. 

Robtus del gratia Rex Scottoi^^Omnib} Probis Hominib) tocius 9re 
soe SaSm * Sciatis nos concessisse et hac psenti Carta nra conjfirmasse 
Burgensib} et Comunitati Burgi nri de Abirden dilectis et fidelib} ^ ipi 
Recedes ^ Successores sui Nundinas illas quas excercere solebant in festo 

fixesta^ and no other person of our kingdom, of whatsoever condition or rank he 
bc^ AmXL interfere with, or take cognisance of the neglect of our said forest, save 
our own person and our Chamberlain for the time being ; strictly forbidding any- 
one to make bold, in despite of this our grant, wrongously to trouble the same 
burgesses or community, their heirs or successors, on pain of our full forfeiture. 
In witness whereof we have ordered our seal to be appended to our present 
duuter. Witnesses : Edward of Brace, Earl of Carrick, and Lord of Gdloway, 
our brother; David, Earl of Athole, our Constable of Scotland; Thomas 
Kanuli^ Earl of Moray, our nephew; John of Menteith; Gilbert of Hay; 
Aleiander of Meyners; and Robert of Keith, our Marischal of Scotland — Knights. 
At Dundee, the twenty-fourth day of October, in the eighth year of our reign. 

VII. 

Xuiif Robert /. alters the beginning of the Aberdeen fair from the feast of the Holy 

Trinity to Low Sunday. Sth Deeember [1319]. 

RoBSRTt by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
hndy greeting. Know ye that we have granted, and by this our present charter 
have confirmed, to the beloved and trasty burgesses and community of the burgh 
of Aberdeen, that the (air which they were wont to engage in on the feast of the 



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See Trinitatis ex infeodacone pdecessoi^ nroi^ Regum Scocie excerceant 
dece^o teneant 1 possideant in dco Burgo singulis annis a die dffica qua 
cantat^ quasi modo geniti p vnam quindenam sequentem plene 1 con- 
tinue duraturam sub iirma pace Ht protecione nra ' In cui' Rei testlom 
psenti Carte nre Sigillutn nostrum pcepitn^ apponi * Te8tib3 ' Bernardo 
Abbate de Abirbrothoc * Cancefto nro * Thotna Ranulphi Comite Sf orauie 
% Dno Vallis Anandie % Mannie * Wal?o Senescallo Scocie ' lacobo DBo 
de Duglas * Robto de Keth Marescallo nro Scocie ' Dauid de Lindesay % 
Dauid de Berkelay militib} * apud Berewicum sup Twedam Octauo die 
Decembr * Anno Regni nri Quarto decimo. 

VIII. 

Robertus dei gracia Rex Scottoi^' Omnib} probis hominib} tocius terre 
sue Salfm : Sciatis Nos de consilio 1 ordinacoe pboi^ Regni nost* c5ces- 
sisse 1 ad flfeodofirma assedasse ' ac psenti carta nra confirmasse burgen- 
sib} nris 1 cditati burgi nri de Abdene burgu nrm de Atklene jpdcin 1 

Holy Trinity by infeftment of our predecessors Kings of Scotland, they, their 
heirs and successors, shall engage in and otherwise hold and possess in the said 
buigh yearly from the Sunday on which ^^ Quasi modo geniti" ^ is sung for the 
space of a fortnight thereafter, to continue fiilly and without break, under our 
sure peace and protection. In witness whereof we have ordered our seal to be 
appended to our present charter. Witnesses : Bernard, Abbot of Arbroath, 
our Chancellor ; Thomas Ranulph, Earl of Moray, Lord of Annandale and Man ; 
Walter, Steward of Scotland ; James, Lord of Douglas ; Robert of Keith, our 
Marischal of Scotland; David of Lindesay and David of Berkelay, Knights. At 
Berwick-on-Tweed, the eighth day of December, in the fourteenth year of our 
reign. 

VIII. 

King Robert L grants in perpetual feu to his burgesses of Aberdeen^ for a yearly 
payment of £211 6s. Sd. steriing;\ his burgh of Aberdeen and his fore^ of 
the Stocket. 10th December [1319]. 

Robert, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
land, greeting. Know ye that, with the advice and approval of the good men of 
our kingdom, we have granted and set to feufarm, and by our present charter 

* ** Qu<ui modo geniti ** — the opening words of the Introit in the Mass for the first Sunday 
after Easter. 

t See Charter by James VI. of date 17th July, 16x7, posUa. 



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flforestam nram del Stoket cu ptineciis Tenend % habend pdcis burgens^ 

I oflitati eoi^ * heredib} % successorib} in ppetuu * de nob 1 heredib} nris 
in flfeodo 1 hereditate 1 in libo burgag^ • p omes rectas metas 1 diuisas 
snas * cu Mcdedinis * Aquis * piscariis * Minuf Custumis * Tollonds * Curiis * 
pooderibj * Mensur' - 'i cii (Aib} aliis Libtatib) * Comoditatib} * Aysia- 
mctis * Ccmsuetudib) 1 iustis ptinedis suis - ad AssedacOem dcbii^ burg 1 
ffixcste^de iure 1 cosuetudie sp^tantib} ' vel sp^tare valentib> in ffutur' * 
Scddendo inde nob annuati * vt heredib} nns ' dci burgH * eoii^ bedes 1 
successor^ vt sMcm est * Ducetas 1 TresdecS libs * sex solid "i octo denar^ 
ifiling^ tan^ * in CaiSam niam ad duos anni tios * vidlcj MedietatS ad 
ffest* Penth 1 ali& Medietat' ad ffest* SG Martini i hyeme * p omi alio ser- 
iuSd * exactde * {suetudie * sen demand ' Volum^ edl % {cedim^ (| dS 
bnrgfi nH ^ bed ^ successor' eoivd * libe % sine impedimeto c'cuq} * in 
Campis Moris * Ht aliis q'b3cuq3 Locis doe fforeste ex* boscii del Stoket 
pd5o burg' de Abdene p^x adiacente * possint oiodam culturl faceP * Man- 
siones % edificia {st^re * fTocat fodeP * ac alias q^scuq) fmoditat' ex2cere * 
pfiocP % ordinare * put meli' viderint expedire * Saluo tant' nob 1 bedib} 
iSia * viiid gSsai^ arboi^ in pdco bosco et venacde simitr si in ead fToresta 

ooufinned to our burgesses and community of our burgh of Aberdeen, our fore- 
aid burgh of Aberdeen and our forest of the Stocket with the pertinents ; to be 
hdd and had by the foresaid burgesses and community, their heirs and successors, 
fcr ever, of us and our heirs in fee and heritage and in free burgage, by all their 
tifjtd meiths and marches, with mills, waters, fishings, petty customs, tolls, courts, 
veq^ts, measures, and with all other privileges, conveniences, easements, usages, 
iod their just pertinents by law and usage belonging, or which shall in future 
bdong^ to the sett of the said burgh and forest ; paying yearly therefor the said 
brngeves, their heirs and successors, to us or to our heirs, as aforesaid, two hundred 
lad thirteen pounds, six shillings and eightpence sterling only, into our Treasury 
at two terms yearly, half at the feast of Pentecost and the other half at the feast of 
Sanit Martin in winter, in place of all other service, exaction, usage or demand. It 

II abo our will and we grant that our said burgesses, the heirs and successors there- 
of freely and without hindrance from anyone, in the fields, moors and other por- 
tioDS whatsoever of the said forest outwith the wood of the Stocket, hard by the 
fciesaid bur;^ of Aberdeen, may perform every kind of tillage, erect dwelling-houses 
md other buildings, dig fuel, and exercise, carry out and regulate other conveni- 
ences whatsoever, as they shall see fit to arrange : reserving for ourselves and our 
httiooly the green-growtb of the great trees in the foresaid wood, and game like- 



14 BURGH OP ARCTPHM. [xj^S- 



casuali^ inueiat' * Concessim^ eci2 eid burgo nro ' bui^ % COititi dPd' 
hed% % ssuccessorib) suis ' ^ nlP lusticiari^ fibrest^ vt aliq's ali^ IUk^^I 
nri cui^cik;^ ^icdis fuerit siue stat^ sup Custodia pseot^ ConcetaicMiit % 
infeodacdis nre * vel sup defectib^ ci^d se aliq^lit^ int^mittant ant {gSooB 
habeant ' nisi tant^ CaiSar n? q' p tq^ filit ' Ita taffi % q'cij a? hiuPflitf 
defecttb> aut sS destcoe * Vtrid aut VeoaSots in dSa fforesta LegaliS {uki^ 
fSit ' peng hui^mdi Criminis Aportet i pp'a piona "X nfts bI? * PrittdpaK 
tafil (cessione ^ infeodacoe nra in suo Robore f miS 1 ppetuo pmanento * 
In cui^ Rei Testimoniu psentib} sigittu nrm ^epim' apponi * Testibj 
Wittmo 1 Wiftmo Sci Andr % Donkekt Epii * Beroatdo Atte de Attro* 
thoc^ 1 Cancellar nro Tlun Ranulpb Comit Momti 1 Dno Vatt Anandl 
Mann' Rofcto de Keth Mariscaft nro * Gilbto de Haya Con^ nib * Alex- 
andro fTra^ CaiSaf nro Militib) : Apud Berwyc sS Twed * Decib die 
Decemb Anno Regni nH * Quarto decimo. 

IX. 
Robtus del gra Rex Scotto]^ * Omib^ probis hamib3 tocius tfe aue * 

wise, should any such chance to be found in the same forest We have likewise 
granted to the same our burgh, the burgesses and community thereof their heici 
and successors, that no justiciar of the forest or any other person of our kingdom^ 
of whatsoever condition or rank he be, shall in any way interfere with or take 
cognisance of the administration of the present grant and our infeftment, or of 
infringements thereof, save only our Chamberlain for the time being ; but so that 
whosoever shall be lawfully convicted of such infringements, or of destroying Ae 
green wood, or the game in the said forest, shall undergo the punishment of such 
crime in his own person, and no other : the chief grant, however, and our m&A' 
ment remaining in full force strictly and for ever. In witness whereof we have 
ordered our seal to be appended to these presents. Witnesses : William, Bishop 
of Saint Andrews, and William, Bishop of Dunkeld; Bernard^ Abbot of Ar- 
broath, and our Chancellor; Thomas Ranulph, Earl of Moray, and Lord of 
Annandale and Man ; Robert of Keith, our Marischal ; Gilbert of Hay, our 
Constable ; Alexander Eraser, our Chamberlain — Knights. At Berwick-on-Tweedt 
the tenth day of December, in the fourteenth year of our reign. 

IX. 

Xi^g^ Itoberi L frees his burgesses of Aberdeen from payment of duty on ok and on 

red fish and white fish. 2$th September [1333]. 

RoBSRT, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 



I^] CROWN CHAXnEES AKD UtTlU PATBMT. 1$ 

Saffin ' Sciatis nos * concessisse ^ hac psenti Carta nra confirmasse Bur- 
gentib3 iiSb de Abirden ' q^ ipi et eo)^ Successores Libr ' sint 1 in ppetuum 
qncti de omioda assisa seniisie 1 piscis rubei 1 albi * quam assisam tern- 
pib| fetroactis soluere consueuenint ' Volum^ tamen ' ^ dci Burgenses ' de 
pita atsisa Waltero de Berkelay Militi nuc vicecomiti nro de Abirden 
wtiifcciant et plenarie respondeant ' qMiu ibidm nr st^t vicecomes i! In 
Off id tesstiom presenti Carte i^ Sigillum vSm pcepimus apponi * Tes- 
tibs Bernardo Abbate de Abirbrothoc Cancellaro nro * WalVo Senescallo 
Scode * laoobo dBo de Duglas ' AleSo flfras ' caiSario nro ' 1 Gilberto de 
Haya constabulario vSo ' Militibj Apud Lacum de Leu)m * vicesimo 
qmnto die Septembr ' Anno Regni nri Octauo decio. 

X. 

Robtus dei gfa Rex Scottoi^ lusticiariis * Vicecomitibus ' Sp5itis * et eoi^ 
baffis * c^isq^ fidelib} suis vniusis ad quos psentes tre puenlint Salutem * 
Sciatts * 4 concessimus burgensibj nris * et comunitati * Burgi de Abirden ' 

Imd, greetiqg. Know ye that we have gianted, and by diis our present charter 
hue ooofirmed, to our buigesses of Aberdeen, that they themselves and their 
nooenon shall be free and for ever quit of all manner of duty on ale and on red 
irii and white fish, which duty they have been wont to pay in times past It i% 
WwaiCf, our will that the said buigesses shall pay and fully account for the said 
tef to Walterof Berkelay, Knjgh^ our present sheriff of Aberdeen, so long as he 
4llO cootinae to be our sheriff there. In witness whereof we have ordered our 
Md to be appended to our present charter. Witnesses: Bernard, Abbot of 
Aibfoatlv our Chancellor; Walter, Steward of Scotland; James, Lord of 
Doq|^; Alexander Fraser, our Chamberlain; and Gilbert of Hay, our 
CfwWtiMr — Knights. At Loch Leven, the twenty-fifth day of September, in the' 
cji^teentli year of our reign. 

Mbif R^btri L grants to his burgesses of Aberdeen all prwUeges granted by his 
predeeessars^freeing them from all exactions outwith the burgh 6th February 

I'd- 

Sonar, by the grace of God King of Scots, to justiciars, sheriffs, provosts, 
aad Iheir baiOies, and to all the rest of his trusty subjects to whom the present 
tenoB shall come^ greetiag. Know ye Aat we kme^ granted to our buigesses and 



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BURGH OF ABBRDUN. ^ [13! 



•9 



omes libtates consuetudines ' et ' iura * de ' quib} p pdecessores nros * 
fuerut infeodati tempib^ retroactis * Ita 4 de prists * cariagiis capSonibui \ 
attachiamentis * vexaoonibj ' ex{ burgu * aut exacConib^ aliis quibjcumci 
no gtauenf ab aliquib^ Concessimus etiam eisdem plenariam potestatem * 
capiendi ' incarcerandi ' et puniendi omes illos il qui in dSo Buigo nro de 
Abirden armati incedunt coni statuta nra ' et spedali? burgoy nroi^ * Quare 
firmi? phibem^ * ne quis con{ banc concessionem nram * ipos vexare ^so- 
mat iniuste * Sub pena omniii * que erga nos po^nt amitti ' In cuius Rd 
testimoniu has tras nras sibi fieri fecim^ patentes ' Apud Geruan in Cbtp 
ryc * Sexto die ffebruarij ' Anno Regnj nri vicesimo rtia 

XL 

Robtus dei gra Rex Scottoi^ * lusticiarijs vicecomitib^ ^positis 1 eoi^ 
balliuls ce?is% fidelibj suis vniHsis ad quos psentes tre pueSint ' SalEm 
Sciatis 4 concessim^ burgensib} nris et coitati burgi de Abirden omes. 
libtates consuetudines et iura de quib} p ^ecessores nros fuerut infeodati 

community of the burgh of Aberdeen all the privileges, usages and rights in 
which they were infeft by our predecessors in times past, so that they be nol 
burdened by anyone with rights of carriage, captions, arrestments, annoyances 
outwith the burgh, or with any imposts whatsoever. We have also granted to 
the same full power to seize^ imprison and punish all those who cany arms in' 
our said burgh of Aberdeen contrary to our statutes, and especially to those of 
our burgesses. Wherefore we strictly forbid anyone to make bold wrongoudy to 
trouble them in despite of this our grant, on pain of all things which can be 
forfeited to us. In witness whereof we have caused these our letters to be made 
patent At Girvan in Carrick, the sixth day of February, in the twenty-tiiiird 
year of our reign. 

XL 

King Robert /. grants to his burgesses of Aberdeen all privileges granted by Ms 
predecessors^ freeing them from all exactions outwith or within the burgh. 
10th March [13SJ. 

Robert, by the grace of God King of Scots, to justiciars, sheriffs, provosts, and 
their baillies, and to all the rest of his trusty subjects, to whom the present letters 
shall come, greeting. Know ye that we have granted to our burgesses and com- 
munity of the burgh of Aberdeen, all the privileges, usages and rights in which 
they were infeft by our predecessors in times past, so that they be not inconyeni- 



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tvagih^ ret^'actis * Ita ^ de prisis cariagiis capoonibj attachiametis vexa- 
cxNiib} ex^ burgu vt infra aut exactionib} alijs q^b3cum(|^ indebitis no 
fiienl ab aliquib} tempe nudina^ vel temp alio * Concessim^ ecia eisdem 
pienarii potestate captendi incarcerandi et puniendi omes illos qui in dSo 
baigo nib de Abirden armati incedunt con{ statuta nra % specialir burgo^ 
iSca$ * Quare firtni? prohibemus :f ne quis conf banc cocessione nram ipos 
vexare psumat iniuste sub pena omi q erga nos po¥unt amitti ' In cut^ 
Rei testioniu has iras nras sibi fieri fecimus patentes * Apud Inchemichell 
io Galwjrdia * Dcio die Marctj * Anno Regni nH * Vicesimo ¥tio. 

XIL 

Danid dei gra Rex Scottoi^ ' Omib} probis hdib} tocius ?re siie sallm * 
Sciatis nos concessisse 1 ex deliberato consilio nro hac ^senti carta 
tSsL confirmasse burgensib} nris de Abirdene fidelib} nris 1 comunitati 
boigi nri pdci omes libtates consuetudines 1 iura de quib} p ^eces- 
Bones nrbs Reges Scocie quoscunc]^ infeodati fuerunt 1 quib} iuste 1 scdm 



by anyone at the time of the fair or at any other time with rights of 
carriage^ captions, arrestments, annoyances outwith or within the burgh, or with any 
iioii4eviable imposts whatsoever. We have also granted to the same full power to 
idi^ imprison and punish all those who carry arms within our burgh of Aber- 
deen contrary to our statutes, and especially to those of our burgesses. Where- 
fare we strictly forbid anyone to make bold wrongously to trouble them in despite 
of dtts our grant, on pain of all things which can be forfeited to us. In witness 
whereof we have caused these our letters to be made patent. At Inchmichael in 
GaDoway, the tendi day of March, in the twenty-third year of our ^ign. 

XII. 

JBt^ David IL amjirms to his burgesses of Aberdeen ail the prwiUges granted by 

his predecessors, a ist February [i34f|»* 

Davu), by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole land, 
greeting. Know ye that we have granted, and of our deliberate judgment have 
by our present charter confirmed, to our trusty burgesses of Aberdeen and to the 
community of our f6resaid burgh, all the privileges, usages and rights in which 
they were infeft by our predecessors, Kings of Scotland, whomsoever, and of which 
they have, rightly and according to the laws of the burghs, availed themselves ; 

* Pavid II. began to reign 7th June, 132^ 



l8 BURGH OF ABBRDKW. [^SA5* 

leges burgoy vsi sunt oppressione siue subuerstone libtatu suai^ qiuurp 
guerram niam in absencia nro hucusc^ pass! sunt non obstante ^ lioel 
dci burgenses nri % comunitas ad instanciam«n^m vel ex pmisskme con- 
tra iibtates 1 iura sua eis % Regib} Soocie pdecessorib} nris oonoessa 
dampna % iniurias de facto sint ppessi ' Volttm^ tamen 4 liHtates ne 
consuetudines % iura sua sibi 1 successorib^ suis deceSo integra fmaxh- 
eantl illesa ' Quare firmi? phibem^ ne quis contra banc concessioaem 
main ipos vexare grauare seu inquietare ^umat sup ilram plenarimm 
forisfacturam ' In cui^ rei testimoniu psenti carte nre sigiUum taSm 
pcepim^ apponi * Testib^ Robto Senescallo Scocie Nepote nro Duncano 
Comite de f!yf Patricio de Dunbarr Comite Marchie * Robto de Keth 
Marescallo nro Scocie * Malcolmo fflemyng' Ht Thoma de Camoto Can- 
cellario nro Militib} in pleno consilio nro tento * Apud Abirdene vicesimo 
primo die ffebruar * Anno regni nn Tercio decimo. 

XIII. 

Dauid dei gra Rex Scotto)^ Omib} probis hominib^ suis tocius tre sue 
Sattm * Sciatis 4 remisim^ % totali? imppetuii pdonauim^ ac quietum 



without prejudice from the oppression or the subversion of their privilege 
they have hitherto undeigone during our war in our absence. And although oiir 
said burgesses and community have in truth suffered losses and injuries at our 
instance or by oiir permission contrary to their privileges and rights granted to 
them by the Kings of Scotland our predecessors;, it is^ however, our will that 
thieir privileges, usages and rights shall henceforth endure fgr them and their 
successors undiminished and unimpaired. Wherefore we stricdy forbid anyone 
to make bold in despite of this our grant to trouble or annoy or inconvcfnience 
them, on pain of our full forfeiture. In witness whereof we have ordered our seal 
to be appended to our present charter. Witnesses : Robert, Steward of Scotland, 
our nephew ; Duncan, Earl of Fife ; Patrick of Dunbar, Earl of March ; Robert 
of Keith, our Marischal of Scotland; Malcolm Flemyng; and Thomas of 
Charteris, our Chancellor — Knights. In our full Council held at Aberdeen the 
twenty-first day of February,' in the thirteenth year of our reign. 

XIII. 

JCifig Datnd IL remUs to the hurgtsses of Aberdeen all his UhoUl and grounds of 

action against them, 'ist July \\^^^. 

David, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his good men of his whole 



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damauim^ omib} burgensib^ ^ singtis ac comunitati bui^ nri de Abir- 
defi dem racancorem [sic] animi nri quern erga eosdem 1 eoi^ quemiibt 
h ibo ini^ vel kere poom^ ex causa seu moSone quacunq^ vscj^ in diem 
coiifiBdbiiis psenciu vna cum omimodis acfonib^ petiooibj 1 t^nsgressio- 
nib} que eisdem vel eon, alicui ex parte nra aliquali? obici po^nt ' Quare 
firm$ l^ibem^ ne quis eisdem burgensib^ niis 1 comunitati burgi ^ci 
mahun molestiam calumpnia iniuri§ dampnu aut g^amen aliquod inferat 
quoquo modo cont* banc remissionem pdonacbem 1 quiet3cIamaooem 
iffiun * In cui^ rei testimoniu has has nras sibi fieri fecim^ patentes * 
Apod Edynburgh pmo die lulij * Anno regni nri Septimo decimo. 

XIV. 

Robertus dei gfa * Rex * Scottoi^ Omibus pbis homibus tocius ?re sue 
derids % laicis Salute Sciatis nos dedisse concessisse 1 hac ^ti carta nra 
ooofirmasse fidelibus nris burgensib} % coitati burgi nri de Abyrden tota 

Ungdom, greeting. Klnow ye that we have remitted, and have wholly for all time 
given up, and have declared at rest, as concerns all the individual burgesses and 
the community of our burgh of Aberdeen, all our illwill which we had or could 
have bad towards them or any one of them, from any cause or motive whatsoever, 
to die date of the completion of these presents; together with all manner of 
actioiiSy petitions and charges which could in anyway have been brought at our 
iBStance against them or any one of them. Wherefore we strictly forbid anyone 
to inflict on the same our burgesses and community of the foresaid burgh any 
hnty annoyance, misrepresentation, injury, loss or inconvenience, in any manner 
vfaalaoever, in despite of this our remission, pardon and acquittance. In witness 
whereof we have caused these our letters to be made patent At Edinburgh, the 
(bit day of July, in die seventeenth year of our reign. 

XIV. 

JBi^ Rcieri II. grants to his burgesses of Aberdeen in fee and heritage^ in free 
burgage^ the land of Rubtsiaw resigned by Andrew de Inehesthur, 20th 
August [i379].* 

Robert, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
land* churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that we have given, granted, 
and by this our present charter confinned, to our trusty burgesses and community 

* Robert II. began to reign 22nd February, 137^. 



20 BXJRGH OF ABSRDBEN. [l379* 

¥ri tenement! de Rubbyslaw cu ptinenciis iacentc iux' bui^ nrm de 
Abren que fuit Andree de Inchethur in liik> tenemento 1 qui idm An- 
dreas nd vi aut metu * ductus n^ error lapsus S3 mera 1 spontanea volun- 
tate sua nobis p fustu % baculii sursum reddidit pun]^ 1 simplic^ restg- 
nauit ac totii ius 1 clameii que in dicta terra cu ptinenciis habuit vel 
haber potuit p se 1 hedib^ suis onio q'et' clamauit in ppetuu Tenend 1 
habend eisdm burgensibus 1 coitati ac eo^ hdibus "l Successoribus 
de nobis 1 hedibus nris in feodo % heditate in liik> burgagio p omes 
rectas metas 1 diuisas suas cu omibus 1 singulis libtatib^ cSmodi- 
tatib} aysiamentis 1 iustis ptinenciis suis q'buscun^ ad dSam ^A 
sp^antib} seu quoq^modo iuste spHar valentib} in futur* adeo libe 1 
quiete plenarie int^ 1 honorifice in omib} % p omia Sicut pdS 
burgenses nri pdcm burgu nrm de Abden de nobis "l bedibus nHs 
libius q'etius pleni^ integus 1 honorificenci^ possident at% tenent ffaci- 
endo inde anuatim vna secta ad S camarie nre infra burgu de Abden Et 
Reddendo inde nobis 1 hedibus nris Inuatim in caiSa nra pdicti bur- 
genses nn ^ hedes sui % successores vnii denariu argenti nOie Snui 
reditus ad quodlib} festii Pentecost ' si petat' p omibus alijs fiiicijs 

of our burgh of Aberdeen, the whole land of the tenement of Rubislaw, with the 
pertinents, lying beside our buigh of Aberdeen, which belonged to Andrew de 
Inchesthur in free tenement, and which the said Andrew, not influenced by fioroe 
or fear, nor led astray by error, but of his own accord and free will, rendered up 
to us by staff and baton, and purely and simply resigned ; and for himself and his 
heirs wholly renounced for all time all right and interest which he had or could 
have in the said land with the pertinents. To be held and had by the said bur- 
gesses and commimity and their heirs and successors, of us and our hein^ in fee 
and heritage in free burgage, by all their right meiths and marches, with all and 
sundry privileges, conveniences, easements, and their just pertinents whatsoever 
belonging or which shall in any way in the future justly belong to the said land, 
as freely and quietly, frilly, wholly and honourably, in all and through all, as our 
foresaid burgesses possess and hold our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen of us and our 
heirs freely, quietly, fully, wholly and honourably. Making therefor yeariy a suit 
to the chamberlain ayre * within the burgh of Aberdeen, and paying therefor to 
us and to our heirs yearly in our treasury the foresaid our burgesses and their 
heirs and successors one silver penny in name of annual rent, at every feast of 

* An itinerant court of justice. See the Atui^t Laws and Customs of ths Burghs of Scot- 
land, VoL I., p. 132. 



I393-] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBITBRS PATENT. 21 

exadoibiui seu demandis inde nobis ^ hedibus nris aliqMi? faciend * In 
Cu? Rei Testionu pnti carte nre nrm ^epim^ apponi Sig^Uu * Testibus 
Ve&bilib} in x^ pribus Wittmo 1 lohane cancellario nrb Sci andree % 
DuokeldeB eccKaivi EpiS ' lohne p'mogenito nro de Canf SenesS Scocie * 
RolKo de flfyfe 1 die Meneteth filio nro ditco * Wittmo de douglas 1 de 
Mtrr consang*nio nro comitibus * lacobo de Lyndesay nepote nro 
carissimo 1 AleSo de Lyndesay consang'nio nrb militibus * Apud Kyn- 
dn>clit in Mart Vicesimo die mensis Augusti * Anno Regni nri Nona 

XV. 

Robertus dei g'tia Rex Scottorum Omnibus probis hominibus tocius 
fire sat clericis et laicis Saitm * Sciatis nos dedisse concessisse et hac 
psenti carta nostra confirmasse burgensibus 1 comunitati burgi de Abbir- 
dene licendam nram specialem faciendi construendi et edificandi vnam 
domum pro ^orio suo cum solariis et selariis de longitudine octoginta 
pedum et triginta pedum in latitudine ' vbicumc]^ sibi melius placuerit 

Fentecosti if it be asked for, in place of all other services, exactions or demands 
in any way to be made thereupon by us or by our heirs. In witness whereof we 
htre ordered our seal to be appended to our present charter. Witnesses : The 
feneiable fathers in Christ, William and John, our Chancellor, Bishops of the 
chaicbes of St Andrews and Dunkeld ; John, our eldest bom. Earl of Carrick^ 
Steward of Scotland; Robert, Earl of Fife and Menteith, our beloved son; 
William, Earl of Douglas and Mar, our cousin ; James of Lindesay, our dearest 
nephew; and Alexander of Lindesay, our cousin— Knights. At Kindrocht in 
Mar, the twentieth day of the month of August, in the ninth year of our reign. 

XV. 

Cu^ Rob€rt II L grants iicence to the burgesses of Aberdeen to build a townhouse. 

2oth October [1393].* 

Robert, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
Imd, churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that we have given» granted, 
ind by this our present charter confirmed, to the burgesses and community of 
the boxgh of Aberdeen, our special licence to make, construct and erect a building 
to serve as their townhouse, with upper and under floors, eighty feet in length and 
tiurty feet in breadth, wherever within the said burgh shall seem best to them ; 

* Robert IIL began to reign xgth April, 1390. 



2S BUKGH OF ABIKDBIII. [t4M- 

infra ' dictum burgum medio fori eiusdm bitrgi dutaxat excepto ' • Teoenft 
et habend dictam domii ^torij cum solariis et selariis suis ac ptinendis 
vniusis dtis burgensibus \ comunitati ac eorii successorib^ iikippctuS in 
feodo 1 hereditate de nobis et hedibus nris lifee quiete plenmiie int^poe et 
honorifice bene et in pace * In Cuius Rei testimoniu pBti carte SigtUiiiD 
nrm ^epimus apponi ' Testibus Ve&abilibus in xpo patribus Wateeio et 
Matheo Sancti Andree et Glasguens} ecclesiai^ episcopis * Roberto Comite 
de ffyf^ de meneteth fratre nrb carissimo ' Archebaldo comite de Doii^* 
las domino Galwidie ' Jacobo de douglas domino de Dalketh * thoma 
de Erskine consangneis nris dilctis * militibus * Et Alexandro de Cocburn 
de langton custode magni Sigilli nri * Apud Perth ' vicesimo die mensis 
Octobr * Anno Regni nostri Quarto. 

XVI. 

Jacobus dei gra Rex scottorum Omibus hominib} clericis et laicis Regni 
nostri notum facimus nos aucto'te nostra R^ia teneri et tenore pSdmn 

excepting only the midst of the market place of the same burgh. To be held 
and had the said building of the townhouse with upper and under floon 
by the said burgesses and community and their successors for ever in fee and 
heritage^ of us and our heirs, freely, quietly, fully, wholly and honourablyy wdl and 
in peace. In witness whereof we have ordered our seal to be appended to die 
present charter. Witnesses : The venerable Others in Christ, Walter and Mattiiew, 
Bishops of the churches of Saint Andrews and Glasgow ; Robert, Earl of Fife 
and Menteith, our dearest. brother; Archibald, Earl of Douglas, Lord of GaUo- 
way ; James of Douglas, Lord of Dalkeith ; Thomas of Erskine, our bdoved 
cousins — Knights ; and Alexander of Cocbum of Langton, Keeper of our Great 
Seal At Perth, the twentieth day of the month of October, in the fourdi year 
of our reign. 

XVL 

Kingjamet I. binds himself to keep the burghs of Edinburgh^ Perth^ DusuUe emi 
Aberdun scathless of the payment of 50,000 merks undertaken by tkmfur 
his ransom.* 26th Afarch, X424.t 

Jambs, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all men of our kingdom, chtudonen 
and laymen, we ^ake known, that we by our royal authority are held, and by tbe 

* See the Bond entered into by the Four Burghs, of date i6th Febnuury, t^^,^stsiu 
t James I. began to leign 4th April, 1406. 



I4a4«] CROWN CHARHBtS AND LSmOtS PATENT. 2$ 

finniter et fidditer obligari dilectis % fidelibj nris burgensibj videlic 
ppSitb % balliuis et oomunitatib} quatuor burgorum regnt nri predti 
S de Edinbuffgth Perth Dunde 1 Abirden ac eorum hedib} 1 succes- 
sorib} ad oblaand ipos 1 iLedes suos 1 successores .1 eorum quemlib 
iodempnS seu indempnes de solucone quiquaginta millium marcaii^ pro 
qoa suma Soluenda serenissimo primari henrico Regi Anglie pro Bra 
libetaSone predti ^poiti % coitates \ balliui quatuor burgoy ad mandatum 
noitnimwnt litteratorie obligati ad terminos inde cpncordatos' Et ad 
hoc iadendu ut premissum e sine ei^cepcoe reuocatdne aut imp^meto 
quihwvfif^ * Obligamus nos auctoritate are r^ie magestatis heredea oros 
et niccessores Reges scocie firmiter "l sine fraude pnciii p terKMrem 
losup promittim^ % curabim^ nos facere omes et singlos ^poitos . et 
balliuos ac cf^tates^ ceteroi^ burgoufi regni nostri se heredes suos Ht suc- 
cessores sub suis cdib} sigillis obligare in forma sufficient! prepoitis et 
balUuis &tan, quatuor burgorum ad assistend \ adherendum eisd in solu- 
tie dte sume pecnie in casum et euentum quib} pro ea distringantur 
sine tii soluit in toto t in pte et ad participadu et contribuend cum eisd 
iuxta vires in OiSii onere ti occasione p^ncipai solucois prefate sume 



of these pieients are firmly and &ithfully bound to our beloved and trusty 
to wit, to the provosts and baillies and communities of the Four Burghs 
of our kingdom aforesaid, that is to say, of Edinburgh^ Perth, Dundee and Aber- 
deen, and their heirs and successors, to keep them and their heirs and successors, 
md any one thereof scathless of the payment of fifty thousand merks; for the pay- 
■em, of which sum to the most illustrious Prince Henry, King of England, for 
our linsom, the foresaid provosts and communities and baillies of our Four Burghs 
leie at oar command bound by writ at the terms therein agreed And for the 
perfbnnance of this as before set forth, without exception, revocation or impedi- 
flient whatsoever, by the authority of our Royal Majesty, we bind ourselves, pur 
heixs and successors Kings of Scotland, firmly and without fraud by the tenor of 
tbese presents. Moreover we promise and will undertake to cause all and sundry 
the provosts and baillies and communities of the rest of the burghs of our king- 
dom to bind themselves, their heirs and successors, under their common seals in 
miBcient form, to the provosts and baillies of the said four burghs, to assist and 
idhere to diem in payment of the said sum of money in the case and event of 
Aeir being distrained therefor, or of their paying it in whole or part ; and to share 
ind contribute with them according to their ability in every burden, as well in the 
event of the principal payment of the said sum not being made, as of the charges 



/ 



24 BURGH OF ABBRDSKN. [l44^« 

pecnie no solute^* suptuu et expnsay circa factum huioi obligaSois tam 
factor It imposterum fiendo)^ * In Cuius rei testimonium sigillum nrm 
pntib} iussimus apponi ap"^ diielmia xxvj die mes^ marcii Anno dni 
millesimo quadragetessimo vicesimo quarto et .Regni nostri xviii^ 

XVIL 

Jacobus dei gratia Rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus sub ad 
quos pntes tre pueSint salutem Sciatis 4 de avisamento et deliberaci^ 
Consilii nri concessimus supsedere de Custumis quibuscu^ pcipiendis de 
bonis Anglicorum aliquib} in hoc Regno nib viz * ad burgum tSm de 
perth Et ab hinc in omnibus partibus borialib} Regni nH predicti 
importandis exceptis solumodo Custumis pannorum et de qiialibet 
celdra victualiu triginta duob} denariis et de Cado salmonu duob) solidf 
Et ^ omnes ligii nostri de partibus predictis viz. de perth et ab hinc ad 
fines boriales Regni nri supradicti de omnibus Custumis quoriicSc^ 
bonorum Anglicorum psoluendf Necn5 et de Custumis pLsciu vbi% locoiii^ 

and expenses incurred concerning the making of this obligation, both those 
already made and those afterwards to be incurred. In witness whereof we have 
ordered our seal to be appended to these presents at Durham^ the twenty-sixth 
day of the month of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand four, hundred 
and twenty-four, and of our reign the eighteenth. 

XVII. 

King James IL abolishes all customs on English goods imported ai Perth or North- 
ward therefrom^ except on doths^ victuals and salmon, z^hjuly [1446].* 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his good men to whom the 
present letters shall come, greeting. Know ye that by the advice and recom- 
mendation of our Council we have granted the abolition of customs whatsoever 
levied on any goods of Englishmen in this our kingdom, namely, goods im* 
ported at our buigh of Perth and thence in all the Northern parts of our king- 
dom aforesaid, — excepting only the customs on cloths, and on every chalder of 
victuals thirty-two pence, and on the barrel of salmon two shillings,— and that all 
our lieges of the parts aforesaid, namely, of Perth and thence to the Northern 
limits of our kingdom aforesaid, shall be free and exempt from all customs payable 
on any English goods whatsoever, as well as from customs on fish in any places 

* James II. began to reign 20th Febniary, 143^. 



145^] CROWN CHARTERS AMD LETTERS PATENT. 35 

mfira R^ou nrm predictum libeii sint et exempt! hac nra concessione 
vs^ ad nostram etatem viginti vnius Snorum Et deinde ad nram volun- 
tatem absc]^ preiudicio nri et mercatoru ligiorum(|^ nostrorum predictorum 
dmatur' Et hoc omnib3 quoni invest vel in?esse poftt in futurum notifi- 
camiis p pBtes Daf sub magno Sigillo nro Apud Edinburgh die peultimo 
meosis Julij Anno Regni nri decimo. 

XVIII. 

Jacobus dei g?a Rex scotoru Omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue derids et laids salutem Sdatis nos p sing'lari fauore quem gerim^ 
oga dflectos nrbs mercatores burgenses et comunitatem burgi nri de 
Abeidene et pro suis gratuitis ftiiciis nobis hactenus multiph'ci$ impens) 
dedisse concessisse et hac pnti carta nra confirmasse p nobis nrisc^ 
heiedibus et successoribus p ppetuo prefatis burgensibus et comunitati 
boigi vR de Aberdene eoruq^ heredibus et successoribus burgensibus 
duds burgi vt ipi ppetuis fiituris temporibus liberi absoluti % quieti sint 
ab omi Solucone custume salis et pelliii subscptaru wlgari? dictaru 
skoriingf skaldingf futefell len&iwar lambskynnys todskynnys calf- 

witUii oorlringdom aforesaid. This our giant to remain in force till we reach 
die age of twenty-one years, and thenceforward at our pleasure, without prejudice 
to ua and to our merchants and lieges aforesaid. And this we make known by 
tfaeae preaents to all whom it concerns, or may concern in time to come. Given 
onder our great seal at Edinburgh, the thirtieth day of the month of July, in the 
tenA year of our reign. 

XVIII. 

Kmg James II. relieves his merchants and burgesses of Aberdeen of all customs on 

salt and skins. 6th December^ 1452. 

Jamxs, by the grace of God Ring of Scots, to all good men of his whole land, 
diurchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that we, for the singular favour that 
we bear to our bdoved merchants, burgesses, and community of our burgh of 
Aberdeen, and in return for dieir manifold gratuitous services done to us heretofore, 
have given, granted, and by this our present charter confirmed, for us and for our 
hens and successors for ever, to die foresaid burgesses and community of our burgh 
of jAberdeen and to their heirs and successors, burgesses of the same burgh, that 
tbey be in all time coming free, discharged and quit of all payment of custom on 
sab and on the skins underwritten, commonly called skoriings, skaldings, futefdl, 

P 



a6 BURGH OF ABERDBBN. ['45'- 

skynnys cunyngskynnys ottirskynnys et foumartskynnys Et maratpres 
ac burgenses de Aberdene eoru(]^ heredes et successores dicti burgi bur- 
genses de solucone dicte Custume salis et pelliu predictaru absoiiiiin^ 
exoneramus 1 quittos clamam^ p nobis et nxis successoribus p ppetyo 
^ea volum^ ac p nobis et nris successoribus concessimus dictis burgen- 
sibus et comunitati de Aberdene libera potestate at% facultate vendcadi 
mercandizandi vel in excambiu aut all pmutandi tarn extraneis psonis et 
non liberis q* quibusdiq^ aliis psonis % tarn infra nrm Regnu q* extra 
mercimonia jpdicta Salis et pelliu abs(]^quacii% custuma per ipos exti:aiieo8 
aut alios quoscuc^ quibuscu% futurf temporibus persoluend Ita qde. dictis 
sale nt pellibus per ipos extraneos a nris burgensibus supdictis emptf sen 
acquisitf Custuma nuUatenus psoluetur Nisi tantii pua Custuma per ipo6 
extraneos et non liberos dictis bqrgesibus et comunitati de dictis sale et 
pellibus Retroactis temporibus hactenus debita et psolui consueta Qu9J^ 



lentrinwBie,*'lamb skins^ todf skins, calf skins, cunjring} skins, otter ddii%«Md 
foumart § skins. And the merchants and burgesse9 of Aberdeen and their heuB 
and successors burgesses of the said burgh, we^ for us and for our sucoasrari for 
ever, discharge, release, and declare free from payment of ihe said custom on sak 
and on the foresaid skins. Further we will, and, for us and for our sucncwom WB 
have granted to the said burgesses and community of Aberdeen free poma: aa4 
privil^e to sell, buy, or exchange in barter or otherwise^ as well with utxwgdm 
and unfreemen, as with other persons whatsoever, and as well within our kingdom 
as without, the foresaid merchandise of salt and skins without the payment of anf 
custom by the said strangers or by any others whatsoever in all time to come; ap 
that on the said salt and skins bought or acquired by the said strangers from our 
foresaid burgesses no custom shall be paid, saving only the petty custom on the 
said salt and skins heretofore due and wont to be paid in time past by the said 
strangers and unfreemen to the said burgesses and community. Wherefore we 

* SkorUng, SchoirUng. The skin of a shorn sheep. 
Scalding, SkaUUng, A spedes of dressed skin formerly exported from Seotlaad • • . 

Qu. if as having the wool taken off by ualding. 
Putfaillt Futfellt Fitftal, A species of dressed skin ibnnerly exported from Smflaml. 

. . . Footfalls, I am infbnned, are the skins of those lamhs that have died ioon 

after they were dropped — ^perhaps q. fallen at the dam*s/oo/. 
LiHfrtnvari, The name of a kind of skins ; those of lamhs that have died soon after 

being dropped ; still called Lentrins ; q. those that have died in Lenuoii or 

6pring.«*JamiesoD's Etymological Dictianaiy, 

i Fox. I Rabbit. | Polecat, 



I4S8-] CROWN CHAKTBRS AND LttTBUS PATENT. a? 

vn&is et singulis quorii invest vel in¥ee po$it stricte ^ipiedo madamus 
qosieniis in contrariu dicte nre donaoonis exoneraeonis et quitclamac5is 
mrilateniis denenire psumat sen eoru aliquis deueire ^sumat sub omi pena 
qaun erga nram R^ii incuirere po^nt seu po¥it maiestate In cui^ Rd 
testtfim pntibus nHs tris p ppetuo duraturis nrm magnii Sigillum apponi 
pracepimus Testibus Retlendo in csto pre Wittmo epo glasgueS Wittmo 
Ado Creichtoane nro Cancellario et consanguineo predilecto dilectis 
ooQsanguineis nHs Andrea dno le gray magro hospicii nri Wittmo dno 
SoiSvile Alexidro de Name de Sandfurde nroru Compotoru Rotulatore 
et magro geoigio de Schoriswod Cancellario dunkeldeS ctico nro apud 
Striuelyne sexto die mens decembris Anno Dni millesimo quadringen- 
tnimo quinquagesimo secundo Et Regni nostri decimo sexto. 

XIX. 

Jacobus dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omibus probis hdinibus tocius terre 
sue clerids ^ laicis salutem Quia dilecti nri burgenses et cdmunitas burgi 
vR de Aberdene suic]^ heredes 1 successores infeodati fuerunt hereditarie 

itikHj enjoin all and sundry whom it does or may concern that neither they nor 
any dT ihem make bold in any degree to contravene our said gift, release and 
acquittance^ under every penalty that they conjointly or severally can incur to our 
Royal Majesty. In witness whereof we have ordered our great seal to be appended 
to our present letters to remain m force for ever. Witnesses : The reverend &ther 
m Chrbty William, Bishop of Glasgow; William, Lord Creichtoune, our Chancellor, 
and wdl-beloved cousin ; our beloved cousins, Andrew, Lord le Gray, Master of 
oar Household; WUiam, Lord Somervile; Alexander of Name of Sandfurde, our 
Comptroller; and Master George of Schoriswod, Chancellor of Dunkeld, our 
Clerk. At Stirling, the sixth day of the month of December in the year of our 
Lord one thousand four hundred and fifty-two, and of our reign the sixteenth. 

XIX. 

KmgjMUS IL alters the biginmng of the Aberdeen fair to the feast of St. Miehael 

de Monte Ilimha {i6th October). 26th March, 1458. 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole land, 
cfaorchmen and laymen, greeting. Whereas our beloved burgesses and community 
of our buigh of Aberdeen, and their heirs and successors, were heritably infefk by 



•28 BURGH OF ABBRDBm. L'^S** 

per iUustrissimu principem Robertum Regem scotorum predicessoran 
nrm aliosc^ nros antecessores de nudinis publids i festo sancte trinitatis 
a die dmca qua cantatur quasi modo genitj et per vnam quidenam 
sequen plenarie 1 cont le duratur Nos igitur in fauorem dictorum bur-. 
gensiu 1 inhabitantiu dictum burgu mutauimus et per pfites mutamus 
detendone nudinai^ predictarum a dicto tempore ad festum bead 
michaelis de monte tumba It tuc inchoand % tenend anuatim 1 4^"^ 
cdtinuand 1 duratur per vnam quidenam plene \ cdtinue ac imediate 
sequen adeo libere quiete bene 1 in pace sicut dicti burgeses dictas 
nudinas in dicto festo sancte trinitatis temporibus retroactis liberius 
tenuerunt seu possederunt Quare vniusis % singulis ligiis ^ subditis nHs 
stricte precipiendo madamus ne quis in contrariii detenoonis 1 ifeodaoonis 
nudinarii predictarum quicqm attemptare presumat temporibus profuturis 
sub omi pena que competere po?it i hac parte Daf sub magno sigillo 
nro apud Edinburgh vicesimb sexto die mes^ marcii Anno domini mille- 
simo quadringetesimo quiquagesimo octauo Et R^fni nostri vioesiiDo 
secundo. 



the most illustrious Prince, Robert, King of Scots, our predecessor, and by others 
our ancestors, in a public fair on the feast of the Holy Trinity, from tfie Sunday 
on which ** Quasi modo geniti " is sung* and for the space of a fortnight thereafter^ 
to continue fiilly and without break: We, therefore, from favour to the said 
burgesses and dwellers in the said burgh, have changed, and by these presents do 
change, the time of holding of the foresaid fair from the said time to the fisast of 
St Michael de Monte Tumba, to begin and be held yearly on that day, and 
thereafter to continue and last for the space of a fortnight fully and without 
break and following immediately thereon, as freely, quietly, well and in peace^ as 
the said burgesses freely held and possessed the said fair on the said feast of the 
Holy Trinity in times past Wherefore we strictly enjoin all and sundry our 
lieges and subjects not to make bold in times to come to attempt anything in * 
opposition to the tenure and infeftment of the foresaid fiur, under every penalty 
competent in the circumstances. Given under our great seal at Edinburgh, the 
twenty-sixth day of the month of March in the year of our Lord one thousand 
four hundred and fifty-eight, and of our reign the twenty-second. 

* Some confusion appears here between the provisions of Alexander III.'s Charter of 
2nd December, 1273, and those of Robert I.*s Charter of 8th December, 13x9-^.9. pp. 
8, iz. 



145^] CROWN CHARTIHtS AND LBTTSR8 PATENT. 29 



Jacobus dd gratia Rex scotorum Vniuersis et singulis ligiis et subditis 
nSs ad qoorum notidas pntes tre pueSint salutem Quia Intelleximus ^ 
bnigenaes et mercatores burgi nH de Abirdene q magna dampna 1 
inoBmoda hactenus perpessi sunt ob exportaoone lane pellium *\ corriorum 
extnr vicecomitatum nrm de Abirdene In contrariu priuel^orum 1 
Hktmtis dictorum burgensium in fraudem nre magne Custume dci burgi 
Nos Igitur attenden et perpenden infrictione dicte libertatis et limod 
dampna nra ^ dictorum vSon, burgesiu Cdmisimus 1 pntiii tenore 
Gomittiin^ prepSito balliuis et burgensibus dicti buigi nri qui pro tem- 
pofe fiierint eonim% deputatis liberam facultatem et plenari§ potestate 
eschaetandi et ad vsum nostrum appropriandi capiendi limdi bona lanas 
pdles Goria sic extra dictum vicecomitatum 1 libertate dicti burgi 
abdocta seu Imposterum forsita abducenda absc^ solucoe nre custume 
De quibttsquid bonis eschaetatf cocessimus et pntiii tenore concedimus 
dktis burgensibus burgi nH de Abirdene dimedietate eschaete eorund 

XX. 

IRitg James 11. emfawers the provost^ haiUies^ and burgesses of Aberdeen to escheat 
woel^ duns^ and hides exported outwUh the sheriffdom of Aberdeen without 
payment of the great custom, gth October^ 1458. 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all and sundry our lieges 
and subjects to whose knowledge the present letters shall come, greeting. 
Whereas we have understood that the burgesses and merchants of our burgh of 
Aberdeen have heretofore sustained very great losses and inconveniences on 
locount of the exportation of wool, skins and hides outwith our sheriffdom of 
Aberdeen, in despite of the privileges and liberty of the said burgesses, to the 
detriment of our great custom of the said burgh : We therefore, giving heed to 
and wei^^iing well the violation of the said liberty and the consequent losses to 
ooxsdves and our said burgesses, have entrusted, and by the tenor of these 
piesents do entrust, to the provost, baillies and burgesses of our said burgh for the 
time being, and to their deputies, free privilege and full power to escheat and to ap- 
propriate and take for our own use such goods, wools, skins, hides, as have been thus 
taken, or shall in time to come chance to be taken, outwith the said sheriffdom and 
fieedom of the said burgh, without payment of our custom. From which escheated 
goods we have granted, and by the tenor of these presents do grant, to the said 
bmgesses of our burgh of Aberdeen, half the escheat thereof, in return for their 



30 B0ROH OF ABBRDEKW. ['465- 

pro eorum laboribUs sumptibus 1 expens^ faciendis circa eorum eschae- 
taoonem Atiam vero dimedietate doe eschaete ad nos importare ^ de 
eisdem bonis anuatim in nro scaccario compotum reddere tenebuntur 
ppdit^ et balliui bui^ supradti Quo circa Vniuersis et singulis iigiis et 
subditis nils quorum Infest vel intesse poterit stricte precipiendo man- 
damus qtus dictis prepoito balliuis et burgensibus doe bui^ eorum^ 
ministris et Aiitoribus in omibus et singulis eschaetacione dictDnim 
bonorum concemetib} 1 deportaconem eorund ad vsus nros vt premHitur 
prompte mdeant pareant % Intendant 1 q in contrariu presentium nulla- 
tonus deuenire presumant teporibus prbfuturis sub omi pena que compe- 
tere po¥it In hac pte pntibus p nra voldtate duraturf Datum sub magno 
sigillo nro apud Edinburgh nono die mes3 Octobrf Anno Dni millesimo 
quadringentesimo quiquagesimo octauo Et Regnj vSi vicesimo 



XXI. 

Jacobus dei gratia Rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius 

trouble, chaiges and outlays incurred in connection with their escheating. But 
the other half of the said escheat the provost and baillies of the burgh zSoresaid 
shall be bound to hand over to us, and yearly to render account of the same 
goods to our treasury. Wherefore we strictly enjoin all and sundry our lieges 
and subjects whom it does or may concern, promptly to answer, obey and attend 
to the said provost, baillies and burgesses of the said burgh and their oflSeers and 
servants in all and sundry matters affecting the escheating of the said goods 
and the handing over thereof to our uses, as aforesaid; and not to male 
bold in any degree to contravene these presents in time to come, under every 
penalty competent in the circumstances. These presents to remain in fiiroe 
during our pleasure. Given under our great seal at Edinburgh, the ninth day of 
the month of October in the year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and 
fifty-eight, and of our reign the twenty-second. 

XXL 

Xing James III. grants to his provost^ baillies^ ceunciUars^ and eommmniif tf 
Aberdeen in fee and heritage the lands of Cruives resigned by John Bammer- 
man of Elsick. 26th October, 1465. 

jABfts, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of hts whole king- 



1465.] CROWN CHARTBR5 AND UCITEMM^ PATENT. 31 

tarn we clerids et lafds salutem Sdatis nos dedisse ooncessisse et hac 
pati carta fira confirmasse dilectis nostris preposito balliuis consulibus et 
oomunitati biirgi nostri de Aberdene ¥ras de Crwuys cum pertinedis 
jaoenE infta vicecomitatum nostrum de Aberdene Quequid terrecum 
peirtnieiicii9 fiienmt dilecti nostri lohannis Bannyrman de Alesike heredi- 
taoe Et quas idem Iohanne$ non vi aut metu ductus nee errore lapsus 
set fua mera et spontanea voluntate in manus nras apud Striueline coram 
snbscriptis testibus per fustem et baculum ac suos procuratores ad hoc 
l^gitdme constitutes sursum reddidit pure% simpliciter resignauit Ac 
totum jus et dameum que in dictis terns cum pertinenciis habuit seu 
habere potuit pro se et heredibus suis omnino quittclamauit imperpe- 
tnom Tenend et habend dictas terras de Cruvis cum pertinenciis dictis 
prepoito balliuis consulibus et comunitati dicti burgi de Aberdene et 
eonuo successoribus ^pditis consulibus et comunitatibus eiusdem burg) 
(petuis fiituris temporibus de nobis heredibus et successoribus Sris in 
feodo et hereditate imperpetuum per omnes rectas metas suas antiquas 
et dkiisas prout jacent in longitudine et Is^tudine Cum omnibus et sin- 
gulis JiteiMtibus ca]niQdit9^bu3 ^t jasiameti^ ap j^fstk pertinenciis quibus* 



dom, churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that we have given, granted, and 
hflkmcm pvesent charter coi^nned, to our beloved provost, bullies, councillors 
and coamumily of our burgh of Aberdeen the Unds of Cniives with the pertinents 
Ifing miAm oar sherifidom of Aberdeen : Which lands with the pertinents 
in btfilage to our beloved John Bannerman of Elsick ; and which the 
Johiiy not influenced by force or fear, nor led astray by error, but of his own 
looond and fiee will, did, by staff and baton and by his procurators, lawfully 
lU tt HiliHfd therefor, give up and purely and simply redgn into our htnds at 
Staling in piesence of the witnesses underwritten ; and did for himself and his 
hein wlxdly renounce for ever all right and interest that he had or could have 
in the said lands with the pertinents. To be held and had the said lands of 
Gmivesi, with the said pertinents, by the said provost, baillies, councillors and com- 
mmvitf of the said buigh of Aberdeen and their successors, provosts, councillors 
and <commumrifis of the same burgh, in all time to come, of us, our heirs and 
w^ommoBi in fee and heritage for ever, by all their true ancient meiths and 
■aiiltrn, -m they lie in length and in breadth, widi all and sundry privileges, coa- 
feniences and easements and just pertinents whatsoever, as well not named as 
oamed, bdon^nj^ or which may in future in any manner justly belong, to the 



32 BUROH OF ABBRDBXN. [l4^5- 

c5% tarn non nominatis 4 noouatis ad dictas ^ras cum pertinSc&s 
spectantibus seu quouismodo juste spectare valentibus in futurum Et 
adeo libere quiete plenarie integre honorifice bene et in pace in omnibus 
et per omnia sicut dictus lohanes aut predicessores sui predictas firM 
cum pertinenciis de nobis aut predicessoribus nris ante dictam res^^- 
fonem nobis inde factam liberius tenuit seu possedit tenuerunt seu pos- 
sederunt Refuatis nobis et successoribus 8ris ftiiciis oneribus vtilitatibj 
et emolumentis de dictis terris ante ditam resignafonem debitis et con- 
suetis In cuius Rei testimoniii pnti carte nre magnu Sigillum nostrum 
apponi precepimus Testibus Reuerendis in cisto patribus AndresBi' Spo 
glasguen Thoma epo Aberdonen dilectis consanguineis Bris Andrea tfno 
Avandale cancellario nro colino comite de ergile domino cambell magro 
hospicii nri gilberto domino kennedy Johanne domino Demle Alex- 
andro boide de drumcoll lohanne de culquhone de eodem nrorum 
compotorum Rotulatore militibus magistrf Dauid de guthre de kincal* 
drum thesaurario Bro et Archibaldo quhitelaw Archidiacono morauieB 
Secretario Sro apud Striueline vicesimo sexto die mensf Octobris Anno 
domini millesimo quadringentesimo sexs^esimo quinto Et Rtgni nostri 
Sexto. 

said lands with the pertinents ; and as freely, quiedy, fully, wholly, honouiably, 
well and in i)eace, in all and through all, as the said John or bis predecessois 
freely held or possessed the foresaid lands with the pertinents of us and our pr&* 
decessors before the said resignation made thereon to us. Reservingto usand to 
our successors the services, burdens, advantages^ and emoluments due and cus- 
tomary from the said lands before the said resignation. In witness whereof we 
have ordered our great seal to be appended to our present charter. Witnesses : 
The reverend fathers in Christ, Andrew, Bishop of Glasgow ; Xbomas, Bishop 
of Aberdeen; our beloved cousins, Andrew, Lord Avandale, our Chancellor ; 
Colin, £arl of Argyle, Lord Campbell, Master of our Household; Gilb^ Lord 
Kennedy; John, Lord Demle; Alexander Boide of Drumcoll, John of Col- 
quhon of that ilk, our Comptroller, Knights; Master David of Guthrie of 
Kincaldrum, our Treasurer; and Archibald Whitelaw, Archdeacon of Moray, 
our Secretary. At Stirling, the twenty-sixth day of the month of October in 
the year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and sixty-five, and of our 
reign the sixth. 



1483.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 33 

XXII. 

lacobus dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus totius 
terre sue Clerids et laicis salutem Noueritis q pro singular! fauore amore 
et aflfectione quos et quam habemus erga dilectos et fideles nostros pre- 
positmn balliuos consules et coffiitatem burgi nostri de Abirdene et pro 
sots gratuitis seruiciis temporibus exactis nobis exhibitis et impensis Ex 
auisamento et deliberatione nostri concilii dedimus concessimus et con- 
firmanimus ac pntis carte nostre tenore damus concedimus et confir- 
mamas eisdem prep5ito balliuis consulibus et burgensibus dicti burgi et 
eomm snccessoribus libertatem eiusdem burgi -habentibus et habituris vt 
tfi et successores sui predicti liberi fuit pro perpetuo et quitti de omni 
sohicione custumarum salmonum de dicto buigo exeuncium et captorum 
in aquis de done etdee eisdem liberis burgensibus pertinenciu et pertinere 
ndencium qualitercuq^ in futurum Saluis et exceptis nobis et successori- 
bns nostris custumis salmonu per extraneos ac ligeos nostros liber^tem 
dosdem burgi non habentes de dicto burgo carcand et habend prius 
odbb debitis et consuetis Tenendas et habendas dictas custumas salmo- 

XXII. 

KS^f Jamta IIL relieves his provost^ baillies^ coundttars^ and community of 
Aberdeen of all customs on salmon caught in Dee or Dan save those payable 
by strangers and unfreemen. 14M December^ 1482. 

Jambs, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole land, 
dniicfamen and laymen, greedng. Know ye that for the smgular favour, love and 
affection which we have towards our beloved and trusty prbvost, baiUies, councillors 
iod community of our buigh of Aberdeen, and in return for their gratuitous 
leraoes rendered and devoted to us in times past, we have, with the advice and 
recommendation of our Council, given, granted and confirmed, and, by the tenor 
of our present charter, do give, grant and confirm to the same provost, baillies, 
coondllors and burgesses of the said burgh, and to their successors having and 
to have the fipeedom of the same burgh, that they and their foresaid successors shall 
be fi)iever firee and quit of all payment of customs on salmon exported from the 
said burgh and caught in the waters of Don and Dee, belonging, or which shall in 
fataie in any marmer belong, to the same firee burgesses. Saving and excepting for us 
andfor our successors the customs formedydueand customary to us on salmon leased 
and hdd firom the said burgh by strangers and by our lieges not having the freedom of 
tbesaidbargh. To be hdd and had the said fiee customs on salmon by the foresaid 



34 BURGH or ABERDEEir. [^4$^- 

num liberas prefatis preposito balliuis et burgensibus liberis diet! burgi 
de Abirdene et eonim suecesisoribus predictis de nobis et sUccettoiibus 
firis in feodo et hereditate imperpetuum Ubere (Juiete honorifice intq^ 
bene et in pace sine Reuocacione quacun% aut contradictione altquaU 
nostri aut su'ccessorum nostrorum exceptis prius exceptis quouismodo 
inde faciend in futurum De quibusquide custumis omnibus salmohS 
predictorum exceptis prius exceptis cUstumarios nostrod dicti buigi 'ac 
nostros Receptores compotoiUm Rotulatores scaccariorura et compolo- 
rum auditores ac ceteros officiarios nostros pBtes et futuros pro nobis et 
successoribus nostris exonerauimus et tenore p&tis carte nostra exoiiefft>> 
mus pro perpetuo In cuius Rei testimoniii pnti carte nostre magnuin 
sigillum nostrum apponi precepimus Testibus Reuerendis in cristo' pafc- 
ribus lohanne Epo glasguen cancellario nostro Jacobo Epd Dukeldefi 
Andrea electo morauieB nostri secreti sigiUi custode Dilectis auiiculb 
nostris lohanne comite atholte Dno de baluany Jacobo comite faudiaiii^ 
Dno de oUchtirhoul magno camerario nostro venerabili in crbto patre 
afchibaldo abbate monasterii nostri sancte cruets de Edinburgh tiiesao^ 
rario nostro Dilectis consanguineis nostris thoma Dno Erskin Wffimo 
Dno borthwik alano Dno cathkert dilectis clericis nostris magistris 
archibaldo quhitelaw archidiacono laudonie secretario nostro et p^tricio 

provost, baillies and free burgesses of the said buigh of Aberdeen and by their 
foresaid^successors, of us and oar successors in fee and heritage for ever, freefyi 
quietly, honourably, wholly, well and in peace, without any revocation or challenge 
whatsoever to be made thereupon m any way in time to come by us or by oiur suc- 
cessors, except as before excepted. From all which customs on salmon aforesaid, 
except as before excepted, we have for us and for our successors discharged^ and 
by the tenor of our present charter do for ever discharge, our custumars of the said 
burgh, and our receivers, comptrollers and auditors of exchequer and accounts and 
our remaining officials present and to come. In witness whereof we have ordered 
our great seal to be appended to our present charter. Witnesses : The reverend 
fathers in Christ, John, Bishop of Gla^;ow, our Chancellor ; James, Bishop of 
Dunkeld ; Andrew, elect of Moray, Keeper of our Privy Seal ; our beloved uncles, 
John, Earl of Athole, Lord of Balvany, James, Earl of Buchan, Lord of Ouchtir- 
house, our High Chamberlain ; the venerable father in Christ, Archibald, Abbot 
of our Moruistery of Holyrood in Edinburgh, our Treasurer ; our beloved cousins, 
Thomas, Lord Erskine, William, Lord Bothwick, Alan, Lord Cathkert ; our bdoved 
derks, Masters Archibald Whitelaw, Archdeacon of Lothian, our Secretary, and 



1494-] CROWN CHARTEBg ANP LMXinS PATSNT. ^ 

Idcbe caocnico glasguefi derico nostrorum Rotulatonim et Rjegistri apud 
Edinburgh decimo die mensis Decembris Anno Dni millesimo quadrin- 
geotesimo octuagesimo seciido Et Regni nostri vicesimo tertia \ 

XXIIL 

laicobus dei gracie Rex scotonim Omnibus Probis homtnibus suis a4 
qoQB pfites Ire peruefitint Salutem Sciatis Nos quodd actum sine decretum 
per dominos nn consiiii inferius descriptos datum et promulgatum vtix^ 
intellexisse sub hac forma 

At Edtnbuigh the xix day of lunij The yere of god i"4iij<^ Ixxxxiiij 
aeris The lordis of counsale vnderwrittin that is to say a maist reuerend 
and reuerend faderis* in god robert archibischop of glasgow george 
bbchop of Dunkeldin nobill and michty lordis Archibald erle of Angus 
dumcellare of Scotland archibald erle of Ergile Williame erk iSschell 
Icdmne lord glamys andro lord gray Williame lord borthuik laurence 
kffd Oliphaunt Robert lord lile lohnne lord driimond Williame lord 
of aantt lohnne venerabile faderis in god george abbot of Dunferm- 
line Robert abbot of Kelso george abbot of paslay maister Richard 
murehede dene of glasgow and secref to o' souerane lord maister 
lohnne finesale dene of lestaalrig and clerk of ye register s' duncane 
forest of Skipynch knicht coptrollare to oure souerane lord lohnne of 
Ogiluy sonn and apperand air to lames lord Ogiluy of Arly s' lames 
Alleides provost of oure lady kirk of ye heuch and maister richard lau- 
soun Anent ye terme assignit be a bill to the alderman balezeis and 
oofikite of aberdene to produce and schew sic richtf as yai wald vse 

Patrick Leiche, Canon of Glasgow, Clerk of our Rolls and Register. At Edin- 
bugh, the tenth day of the month of December in the year of our Lord one 
Aoiisand four hundred and eighty-two, and of our reign the twenty-third. 

XXIII. 

Et^ James IF. confirms a decree of the Lords of Council {i^th/une, 1494) rcUtfy- 
ing a Charter by King Robert L (No. VIIL). 20th June, 1494. 

JambSs, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his good men to whom the 
present letters shall come, greeting. Know ye that we have fully considered a 
certain act or decreet given and pronounced by the Lords of our Council under- 
written, in this form — *'At Edinburgh the .19th day of June, &c. . . . but 



36 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l49S* 

• 

anent ye clame of the forest of stokket ye castellhill and diuers' v]^is 
placis clamyt to pertene to oure souerane lord Oure souerane loidis ad- 
uocate and andro Wod comperand for yare interest^ and and ye parte of 
oure souerane lord Alexander Rede ald^man of Aberdene and ye procu- 
ratourf of ye said tovnn beand pnt The charter and infeftment maid to 
ye said tovne be king Robert the brois' of maist nobill mynde at lenih 
sene hard and vnderstandin ♦ The lordis of {sale y'with Ripely avisit de- 
cretis and deliueris yat for ocht yat yai have zit sene the said alderman 
baillies and comite sail broik and jois' ye said burgh of Aberdene with 
ye pertinence as yai brokit of before becaus yai clamyt the said boundf 
and placis be vertew of ye said charter ay and quhill thai be lauchfully 
put y'fra and but ^iudice of oure souerane lordf Richt Extract de Ubro 
actorum per me lohanne fresale decanQ de lestalrig clericum Rotulonim 
1 regri ac consilii Supremi Dni nH regis Sub meis Signo et Subscripdone 
manualibus 

Quodquid actum siue decretu ad omia et singula in eodem ^tenta 
in omibus suis punctis et articulis approbamus Ratificamus et pro nobis 
et successorib3 nris vt ^missum est ^firmamus Datum sub testimo- 
nio magnj Sigilli nri Apud Edinburgh viceslmo die mesf lunii Anno 
Dfii millesimo Quadringetesimo Nonagesimo quarto Et Regai nH Sep- 
timo. 

XXIV. 

lacobus dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus Probis hominibus suis ad 

prejudice of oure soverane lordis richt. Extracted from the book of the Acts 
by me John Fresale, Dean of Lestalrig, Clerk of the Rolls, and of the Register 
and Council of our sovereign lord the King ; under my sign and subscription 
manual.'' Which act or decreet and all and sundry contained therein, in all its 
points and articles we approve, ratify, and for ourselves and our succeKon as 
above set forth, confirm. Given under witness of our great seal, at Edinbttig^, 
the twentieth date of the month of June in the year of our Lord one thousand 
four hundred and ninety-four, and of our reign the seventh. 

XXIV. 
King James IV. confirms the privikges granted by his grandfather in 1458 (No. 

XX.). nth December^ 1^^$. 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his good men to whom 

♦ Sec No. VIII., p. 12. 



1495*] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. $7 

quos pfites ire penienerint salutem Sdatis 4 intelleximus 4 burgen et 
mercatores bargi nH de Aberdene q magna dampna et inc5moda hacte- 
nus perpesst sunt ob exportadonem lane pellium et corriorum extra 
vioeoomitatum tSm de Aberdene Incontrarium priuil^orum 1 libertatis 
dktonim butgensium in fraudem nre magne custume dicti burgi Nos 
iptxur attenden et perpenden infrictionem dicte libertatis et hui6i dampna 
nia et dictorum nrorum burgensium comisimus et tenore pntium comit- 
tim' prepoito balliuis et burgensibus dicti burgi nri qui pro tempore 
iberint eoninu^ deputatis liberam facultatem et plenariam ptatem 
eschaetandi et ad vsum nrm appropriandi^et capiendi llmoi bona lanas 
pelles corria Sic extra dictum Vicecomitatum et libertatem dicti burgi 
abducta seu Imposterum forsitan abducenda absc^ solucione nre custume 
De quibusquid bonis eschaetatis concessimus et tenore pntium {cedimus 
dictis Prepdito balliuis 1 burgesib3 burgi nn de Aberdene dimedietatem 
escfaaete eonindem pro eorum laboribus sumptib3 et expens} faciendis 
drcaeomm eschaetata} [sic] aliam vero dimedietatem dicte eschaete ad nos 
Importare et de eisd bonis aiiuatim in nro Scaccario compotum Reddere 
tenebuntur prepditi 1 balliui burgi supradicti Prout )re ptatis quond 

the present letters shall come, greeting. Know ye that we have understood 
diat the buigcsses and merchants of our burgh of Aberdeen have heretofore 
nstaiiied -very great losses and inconveniences on account of the exporta- 
tion of ifooly skins and hides outwith our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, in despite 
oF the privileges and liberty of the said burgesses, to the detriment of our 
greit custom of the said burgh : We therefore, giving heed to and weighing well 
die violation of the said liberty, and the consequent losses to ourselves and to our 
isid boigesses, have entrusted, and by the tenor of these presents do entrust, the 
pnnrost, baillies and burgesses of our said burgh for the time being and to their 
deputies free privilege and full power to escheat and to appropriate and take for 
oor own use such goods, wools, skins, hides, as have been thus taken, or shall in 
time to come dumce to be taken, outwith the said sheriffdom and freedom of the 
said bmgh, without payment of our custom. From which escheated goods we have 
granted, and by the tenor of these presents do grant, to the said iux)V06t» baillies 
and burgesses of our burgh of Aberdeen one half of the escheat thereof in return for 
their trouble, charges and outlays incurred in connection with their escheating. 
But the other half of the said escheat the provost and baillies of the burgh afore- 
nid iball be bound to hand over to us, and yearly to render account of the same 
goods to our treasury ; according as the letters of privilege addressed aforetime 



$8 BURGH OF ABERDE£M. [^51 1* 

carissimi 1 nobilissimi aui nri dictis Prepoito t^alliuis 1 burgensibus prius 
desup {fectis in se plenius proportant % testantur Quare vniuers} % sin- 
gulis ligeis et subdictis rSis quorum interest vel interesse poterit stricte 
precipiendo mandamus quatenus dictis prepdito balliui et burgensibus 
dicti burgi eorum(^ deputatis mistris et Aiitoribus in omnibj et singulis 
eschaetacionem dictorum bonorum concemen et deportacionem eorund 
ad vsus nros vt premittitur prompte Rndeant pareant 1 Intendant Et % 
incontrarium pntium nuUatenus deuenire presumant temporibj profuturi^ 
Sub omi pena quam erga nram R^^iam incurrere poterint maiestatem 
Pntibus pro nra voluntate et deinde vs% ad nram Specalem reuocacionem 
earund duratur ' Datum sub magno Sigillo nib Apud Abirbrothok vnde- 
cimo die mens} Decembrf Anno dni mittmo quadrin"^ nonagesimo 
quito Et Regni nri Octauo. 

XXV. 

lacobus dei gracia Rex scotorum Omnibus Probis homibus suis ad 
Quos pStes littere peruenerint salutem Sciatis Quia Intellexim^ ^ bur- 

by our umquhile most dear and most noble grandfather to the said provost, 
baillies and burgesses in themselves more fully set forth and attest.* Wherefoce 
we strictly enjoin all and sundry our lieges and subjects whom it does or may 
concern, promptly to answer, obey and attend to the said provost, baillies and 
burgesses of the said burgh, their deputies, of&cers and servants, in all and sundry 
matters affecting the escheating of the said goods and the handing over thereof 
to our uses as aforesaid ; and not to make bold in any d^ree to contravene 
these presents in time to come under every penalty that they can incur to our 
Royal Majesty. These presents to remain in force during our will, and up to our 
special revocation of the same. Given under our great seal at Arbroath, the 
eleventh day of the month of December in the year of our Lord one thousand 
four hundred and ninety-five, and of our reign the eighth. 

XXV. 

J^i^g James IV. of new grants the privileges granted in 1495 (^^ XXIV.) and 
grants like privileges with respect to victual, lyth Angust^ 1511. 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his good men to whom 
the present letters shall come, greeting. Know ye that we have understood 

^ See No. XX., p. 29. 



15 1 1.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 39 

genses et iScatores buif^ nH de ^Urdene q* magna dampna et Incom- 
moda hactenus ppessi sunt ob exportacionem lane pelliu corrionim et 
victnalioni extra vicecomitatum nrm de abirdene Incontrariu priuH^oru 
et Ubertatem diet! nH burgi et- burgensiu eiusd' ac contra statuta Itineris 
nie ca^arie et in fraudem nre magne custame dicti nri burgi Nos igitur 
attendeB et perpendentes Infrictionem dicti libertatis dampnaq^ et In- 
comoda nra et dictonim bui^ensiu nostrorum Inde perpessa Comisimus 
tenoreqi p&ciu pro nobis et successorib) nris c5mittimus prep5ito balliuis 
et biiiigensib3 dicti nH bui^ nuc pntibus et qui pro tempore fuerint liberi 
facoltate plenariS ptatem et mandatum speciale ad eschaetandum et ad 
vsQin nrm ^>plicand' et appropriand' oinia Hmod bona lanam pelles 
corria et victulia sic vt premittitur per quascumq} personas extra dictum 
nrm vicecomitatS et Ubertatem prefati nri burgi abducta seu forsan 
Iiaposterum abducenda abs% solucoe nre magne custume inde debiC de 
qiubusquid' bonis vt premittitur eschaetatis concessim^ tenoreq^ pStiii 
concedim^ dictis prepdito balliuis et burgen de Abirdene dimedietatem 
eschaete nre eorund' bonorum pro iporum laboribus sumptib} et expensis 
drca eschaetacione eorund' faciendis Aliam vero dimedietatem dicte 

that the buigesses and merchants of our burgh of Aberdeen have hereto- 
fxe sustained very great losses and inconveniences on account of the exporta- 
tion of wo(dy skins, hides and victuals outwith our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, in 
desfMte of the privileges and liberty of our said burgh and of the burgesses 
thereof and contrary to the statutes of our chamberlain ayre and to the 
detriment of our great custom of our said buigh : We therefore, giving 
heed to and weighing well the violation of the said liberty, and the losses 
and inconveniences thereby sustained by ourselves and by our said burgesses, 
have entrusted, and by the tenor of these presents do for ourselves and our 
successors entrust, to the provost, baillies and burgesses of our said burgh, present 
and to come, free privilege, full power and special mandate, to escheat and to 
appropriate and apply to our use aU such goods, wool, skins, hides, and victuals 
as have been taken, or shall in time to come chance to be taken, as aforesaid, by 
what persons soever, outwith our said sheriffdom and freedom of our foresaid 
buigh, without payment of our great custom thereon due. From which goods 
escheated as aforesaid we have granted, and by the tenor of these presents do 
grant, to the said provost, baillies and burgesses of Aberdeen one half our escheat 
of the same goods, in return for their trouble, charges and outlays incurred in 
connection with the escheating thereof. But the other half of the said escheat 



40 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [xSH* 

eschaete nobis Importare et de eisdem bonis Iniiatim in scaccario nxb 
compotii reddere tenebuntur prepditus balliui et buif;enses suprascript' 
Quare vniuersis et singulis ligeis et subdictis nns quorum Interest stricte 
precipimus et mandamus quatenus dictis prepdito balliuis et boigenaib) 
dicti nri b'gi de abirdene pntibj et futuris eorun% mistris et Aiitorib) in 
omibus et singulis eschaetacionem dictorum bonoru concern^ et asporta- 
Clone eorund' ad vsus nros vt premittitur prompte rndeant pareant et 
Intendant et 4 Incontrariu pntiiL nullatenus deuenire presumSt temporib) 
aflTuturis Sub omi pena que competere poterit in hac parte Ac second' 
tenore aliarii nrarum trarum ac litteraru quond' nobilissimi progenitoris 
nri Jacobi Secundi cuius anime propicietur Deus prefatis prep5tto 
balliuis et burgen dicti nri bui^ sub nris magnis sigillis prius desuper 
cdfect' In Cuius Rei testimoniii pntibus nris iris pro nobis et suc- 
cessorib} nris pro perpetuo in suo robore duraturis magnii solium 
nrm apponi precit)imus apud Edinburgh decimoseptimo die mens' 
augusti Anno domi millesimo quingentesimo vndecimo et R^^ni nri 
vicesimo quarto. 



the provost, baillies and burgesses above written shall be bound to hand over to 
us, and yearly to render account of the same goods to our treasury. Wherefore 
we strictly order and enjoin all and sundry our h'^;es and subjects whom it 
concerns, promptly to answer, obey and attend to the said provost, baillies and 
burgesses of our said burgh of Aberdeen^ present and to come, their officers and 
servants, in all and sundry matters affecting the escheating of the said goods 
and the handing over thereof to our uses as aforesaid ; and not to make bold in 
any degree to contravene these presents in time to come, under every penalty 
competent in the circumstances, and according to the tenor of our other letters* 
and of the letters of our umquhile most noble ancestor, James the Second f 
(on whose soul may God have mercy), addressed thereanent aforetime under 
our great seals to the aforesaid provost, baillies and burgesses of our said burgh. 
In witness whereof we have ordered our great seal to be appended, for us 
and our successors, to our present letters, to remain in their full force for 
ever. At Edinburgh, the seventeenth day of the month of August in the 
year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and eleven, and of our reign 
the twenty-fourth. 

* See No. XXIV., p. 37. + Sec No. XX., p. 29. 



151,*] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 41 

XXVI. 

lacobus dei gracia Rex scotorum Omnibus probis hciminibus suis ad 
Quos pntes ire peruenerint salutem Sciatis nos Quodd actu siue decretu 
arbitrale per dnos nn consilii inferius descriptos datum et promulgatum 
ytk^ intellexisse sub hac forma 

At Edinburgh ye xxiiij day of lanuare the yere of god j*" v^ ^ 
xj zeris We William bischop of Abirdene Andro bischop of Caithnes 
comendator of Kelso thesaurar to oure souerane lord Dauid bischop 
of Ergile george postulat of ye ylis Edward byschop of Orknay 
archibald erle of Ergile andro lord gray lustice generale to our 
souerane lord and mais? gawane Dunbar archidene of Sanctandr clerk 
of R^^ter lugjs arbitratourf and amicable compositourf q5monly chosen 
betuix ane noble and my*y Lord Willia erle of Eroll fef of Abirdene 
principale on ye ta part and gilbert mezeis provest of ye burgh of Abir- 
dene lohnne mar and lohne colisoun bailzeis of ye samyn 5h' lohne Ruy^- 
furd knicht patrick Lesly lohnne culane and lames colisoun burgess} 
y'of for yame self and as procuratourf for ye hale conite of ye said burgh 
constitute under yar comoun sele on ye toy^ part tuiching ye cotraversy 
movit betuix yame anet ye vse and possessioun allegit to be had be ye 
saidis provest bailzeis and conite and yar predecessourf of punysing of 
trubbil and blude yat happinit amangf nychtbourf of ye said burgh and 
anct yar lurfdictioun and priuilege y'of and an6t the stop maid to yame 
yaruntill as wes allegit in yar complaint be ye said sheflT in ye arresting 
of yare coburgess} to shef courtis contrar yar said priuilege and vse and 
tuiching ye Rycht of ye said mater and all actioun movit or to be movit 
y'apoun and how ye saidis ptiis suld bruke and loiss anent ye premiss} in 
tyme tocum like as Is coteint in ane c5promisse maid herapoun in lugemet 

XXVI. 

Kmg James IV. confirms a Decreet Arbitral of the Lords of Council {t^h Jcmuary^ 
151^) Of tent the jurisdiction of the sheriff and the provost and baillies, 
2Zth January^ 151^ 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his good men to whom the 

present letters shall come, greeting. Know ye that we have fully considered a 

certain act or decreet arbitral given and pronounced by the Lords of our Council 

underwritten, in this form.— "At Edinburgh the twenty-fourth day of January, &c. 

F 



42 BURGH OF ABERDBIM. [^S^r 

in pns of ye lordis of counsale The saidis ptiis being bundin oblist and 
Suorne to vnderly fulfill and complete oure decrete sentence and deliuer- 
ance or ony five of Us lugis forsaid 1 being pnt before Us And yar Richtis 
Resonis and allegatiounis at lenth be Us herd sene understand and Us 
deligently and Riply y'wt auisit havand god befor ws all in ane voce decretis 
deliueris pniicis and for oure finale sentence and decrete arbitrate ordanis 
yat in all tyme tocu quhar yar sail happin ony blude to be comittit betuix 
burgess} of ye said burgh and fremen and yat Josis ye privilege of ye 
s3my amongf ya self within the bui^h and fredome That ye provest and 
bailzeis yarof yat salbe for ye tyme sail know and haif cognitioun 
y'^apoun like as yai haif done in all tymes bigane And the said shef nor 
his successourf nor yar deputis to haif na Intrometting yarwith And 
quhar blude beis comittet in ony tyme tocum within ye said burgh or fre- 
dome betuix persouns nocht burgess} duelland owtwith ye same % nocht 
joisand ye priuilege y'of ye said shef to haif cognitioun and knawledge 
y'apoun and quhar yar beis blude comittit betuix burgess} of ye said 
burgh or vtheris joisand ye priuilege of Ye samyn and vtheris persouns 
Remanend outwt ye burgh and fredome the said burgh and ye provest 
and bailzeis y'^of to haif jurisdictioun and cognitioun in that cais} apoun 
ye burgess} and yame yat josis ye priuilege as said Is And ye said shef 
vpoun ye vther persouns no^ burgess} nor joisand ye said priuilege Rel- 
vand alwas to ye said provest and bailzeis and yar successo'^f to knaw 
apoun trublance yat beis comittit be'quhatsueuir persouns within ye said 
burgh and fredome like as yai haif done of befor And quhar any burgessj 
fremen or vtherf joisand ye priuilege of ye said burgh comittis blude 
outw* ye samyn 1 fredome yof in yat cais) ye forsaid shef and his succes- 
sorf to haif cognitioun apoun ye said blude alwayis and al3 wtout pudice 
to ye said shef or ony vther Richt or Juilege y* he of resoun aw to exerS 
within ye said burgh and fredome And yis oure decrete and sentence to 
haif ye strenth of ye decrete of ye lordis of ye hale sete becaus' ye said 
actioun wes ^romittit to Us Jugis forsaidf In Jugemet befor ye saidf 
lordis And it wes ordanit y' o' decrete to gevin y'uppoun suld haif siclike 
strenth as It had bene gevin in lugemet be ye lordf of ye hale Sete And 
y'^for ordains tre} be direct herapoun gif nede beis in dew forme as eflferis 
Extractum de libero [sic] actorum per me magistrum gawinu Dunbar archi- 

... in due form as effeirs. Extracted from the book of the Acts by me. 



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CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 43 



diaconu sanctiand clericu Rotuloru registri ac cosilii supremi Dni nri 
reps sub meis signo et subscriptone manualibus * 

Quodquid actu siue decretum arbitrale In omibus et per omia appro- 
bamus ratificamus Et per pStes vt premissum est coniinnamus Datum 
sub testimonio magni sigilli nri apud Eldinburgh vicesimo octauo die 
mes' Januarii Anno Dni mittmo Quingentesimo Vndecimo Et Regni nri 
irto. 



ft ^Mii[« • 



XXVII. 

Jacobus dei gracia Rex scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus suis ad 
quos presentes ire peruenerint salutem Sciatis quia cum auisamento et 
consensu nri thesaurarij et dnorum compositorum Remisimus preposito 
hallinis comitati burgensibus le scot et lot soluentibus et eorum seruitor- 
ibus actualiter remanentibus infra burgum nrm de Abirdene et inhabitan- 
tibus intra terras et limites siue marchias burgales eiusdem seu in genere 
et in specie latoribus pntium Rancorem animi nri sectam regiam 1, omne 
actione quern et quas erga ijpos concepimus habemus seu quouismodo in 

Master Gavin Dunbar, Archdeacon of St. Andrews^ Clerk of the Rolls and of 
the Register and Council of our sovereign lord the King, under my sign and 
subscription manual." Which act or decreet arbitral, in all and by all, we approve, 
latiiy and by these presents, as above set forth, confirm. Given under witness 
of our great seal at Edinburgh the twenty-eighth day of the month of January 
m the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and eleven, and of our reign 
the twenty-fourth. 

XXVII. 

JRiijf Janus V, remits to the provost ^ baillies^ community ^ &*c,^ of Aberdeen all ill 
wiU and action against them because of their absenu from his armies, ith 
February^ 152J. 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his good men to whom the 
piesent letters shall come, greeting. Know ye that, with the advice and consent 
of our treasurer and lords arbiters we have remitted to the provost, baillies, 
commanity, burgesses paying scot and lot,* and their servants actually living within 
oar burgh of Aberdeen, and to dwellers within the burghal lands and boundaries 
or marches thereof, or in general and in special to the bearers of these presents, 
our iUwill, royal process, and all action which we conceived, have, or could in any 

* To pay uoU Of sco^i and loi^Xo pay iharet in proportion.^ — yami4u>n't DicUanary* 



44 BURGH OrABBRDESN. ['S'S* 

futurum habere poterimus pro eorum proditoriis remanentia mora et 
absentia ab exercitibus nris de sulway 1 werk ac aliis nris exerdtibus 
quibuscunq^ nras contra proclamationes et mandata desuper direct Et pro 
omnibus actione et crimtne que eis aut eorum alicui quouismodo impu- 
tari poterint Necnon pro omnibus aliis actionibus transgressionibus cri- 
minibus et oflTensis quibuscunq^ per dictas personas aut earum aliquam 
aliquibus temporibus retroactis vsc^ in diem date pntium comissis seu 
quomodoti} perpetratis proditoria traditione in nra persona regia incendio 
murthuro mulierum raptu comi furto fabricatione finctione et importa- 
tione false monete in regnu nostrum dispositione eiusdem per importato- 
res ac homicidiis per dictas personas aut earum aliquam post prinra diem 
mensis lanuarij Anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo vigesimo sexto 
perpetratis tantiimodo exceptis diimodo partibus conquerentibus ac 
dampna passis taliter satisfaciant q nullam super hoc decetero iustam 
querimoniam audiamus Et supradictos prep5itum balliuos comitatem 
burgenses et eorum seruitores actualiter infra dictum burgum nrm de 
Abirdene remanetes et inhabitantes intra terras et limites eiusdem sup- 
rascript in genere % in specie sub firma pace et protectione nra iuste 

way have in time to come towards them, because of their treasonable holding 
back, delay and absence from our armies of Sulway and Werk and finom our other 
armies whatsoever, in opposition to our proclamations, and orders directed theie- 
anent ; and be cause of every action and crime which could in any way be imputed 
to them or to any of them ; as well as because of all other actions, transgressions, 
crimes and offences whatsoever committed or in any way done by the said persons 
or by any of them in any times bygone until the day of the date of these presents 
— excepting only treasonable insurrection against our royal person, fire-raising, 
murder, ravishing of women, common theft, the making, passing and importing 
into our kingdom of false money, the disposal of the same by the importers, and 
manslaughters, committed by the said persons or by any one of them after the 
first day of the month of January in the year of our Lord one thousand five 
hundred and twenty -six — provided that they give such satisfaction to the 
accusers and those who have suffered losses, that we may hear no further just 
complaint thereanent And rightly taking under our sure peace and protection 
the aforesaid provost, baillies, community, burgesses and their servants actually 
living within our said burgh of Aberdeen and dwellers within the above-wntten 
lands and limits thereof in general and in special, we strictly forbid any one to 
make bold unjustly to inflict any hurt, annoyance, injury or inconvenience on 



f 



1529.] CROWN CHAPTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 45 

suscipien firmiter inhibemus ne quis eis aut eorum alicui occasione diet 
proditoriaru remanencie more et absencie aut aliarum actionu transgres- 
sions criminu et ofTensarum quarucuiK]^ predict malum molestiam iniuriam 
sell grauamen aliquod inferre presumat iniuste super nram plenariam 
forisfacturam aut mortem eis aut eorum alicui inferat sub pena amissio- 
nis vite et mebrorum In Cuius rei testimoniu has tras nras remissionis 
pro toto tempore vite prefab propoiti balliuorum comitatis burgensium % 
eorum seniitorum ac inhabitanciu terras ct limites burgi nH antedicl et 
cuiuslibet iponim duraturas sub nro magno sigillo sibi fieri fecimus pa- 
tentes apud Abirdene septimo die mcnsis februarij Anno domini millesi- 
mo Quingentesimo Vigesimo septimo Et regni nri decimo quinto. 

them or any one of them on account of the said treasonable holding back, delay 
and absence, or of other actions, transgressions, crimes and offences whatsoever 
aforesaid, on pain of our full forfeiture ; or to inflict death on them or any one of 
them, under penalty of the loss of life and limbs. In witness whereof we have 
caused to be made patent under our great seal these our letters of remission, to 
remain in force for the whole time of the lives of the aforesaid provost, baillies, 
community, burgesses and their servants, and dwellers within the lands and limits 
of our buigh aforesaid, and of any one of them. At Aberdeen, the seventh day 
of the month of February in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and 
twenty-seven, and of our reign the fifteenth. 



XXVIIL 

Kkng/dmes V, empowers theprtwost^ baillies^ &*c,y of Aberdeen to fortify the burgh, 

^rd September^ 1529. 

James be the grace of god king of Scottis To all and sindry oure lus- 
tices chalmlains shreffis stewartis bailies lustice clerkis crowneris and 
yair deputis And all vy^is oure oflficiaris piit 1; tocum liegis and subditis 
quham It efTeris quhais knawlege thir oure tres salcum greting Wit ze 
Us to haue gevin and grantit And be thir oure tres gevis and grantis To 
ye provest bailies counsale 1; comunite of oure burgh of Abirdene and 
yair successouris full power fredome faculte and speciale licence to big 
joist brouk haue and hald wallis of stane and lyme or Vyirwayis as yai 
sail think maist expedient with fortalices strenthis fousseis and muni- 
tionis about ye said burgh and boundis yairof as yai sail think maist 



46 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l54J- 

expedient perpetualie in tyme cuing but ony impediment molestation or 
truble to be maid to yame yairin be Us or oure successouris be ony 
maner of way in tyme to cum Nochtwithstanding any lawis actis or 
statutis maid or to be maid in ye contrar Anent ye quhilkis We dispens' 
with ye saidf provest bailies counsale and comite and yair successouris 
foreuir dischargeing zou all % sindry oure Justices chaliSlains shrefBs 
stewartis bailies Justice clerkis and vy^is oure officiaris pnt and tocum 
and zour deputis and all vy^is oure liegis subditis foresaid^ of all accusa- 
Uoun trubling and intrometting with the saidis provest bailies counsale 
and cdmite yair landis or gudis yairfore And of zour offices in yat part 
be thir oure tres foreuir Gevin vnder oure priue sele At Edinburgh ye 
thrid day of Septcber The zeir of god Ane thousand five hundreth 
tuentynyne zeris And of oure Regne ye xvj zeir. 

Per signaturam manu S. D. N. Regis Subscriptam etc 

XXIX. 

Qu€£n Mary of new grants to the provost , baillies^ 6f*c., of Aberdeen for thirteem 
years exemption from great customs on salmon. 12th August^ ^54-3- 

Marie be ye grace of god quene of Scottis To oure comptrollare and 
custumaris of oure burgh of Abirdene now piit and zat salhappin to be 
for ye tyme and all vy^is o'^ liegis \ subditis quham it efferis quhais 
knawlege yir oure tres salcum greting fforsamekle as it is vnderstand to 
oure derrest cousing and tuto' James erle of arrane lord hamiltoun pro- 
tect©' and gounoure of oure realme That ye provest baillies counsale 
bui^ess' and cdmunite of oure said but^h of Abirdene for ye tyme and 
yair successouris War infeft be oure maist nobill gudsh' king lames ye 
ferd of gude mynde quham god assoilze to be fre and quyte ppetualie fra 
all payment of custumis of salmond passand furth of oure said burgh and 
tane in ye watteris of done and dee pertenying and that may pertene to 
ye fre burgess' of oure said burgh SaufTand and exceptand to him and 
his successouris yc custumes of salmond aucht and Wont be vtheris his 
subditis nocht havand ye fredome of oure said burgh as at mair lenth. is 
conteint in o' said derrest gudsh" infeftment maid and gevin to ye saidis 
pvest baillies counsale burgess' and comunite of oure said bur^ yair- 
upoun* Be verteu of ye quhilk yai \ yair successouris war in continowale 

* See No. XXII., p. 33. 



1 543-] CROWN CHARTXRS AMD LSTTXR8 PATENT. 47 

and pedable possessioun of ye custumes of ye said salmond fre be ye 
space of fourty foure zeiris quhill laitlie zat Dauid Wod of ye Crag 
oomptroUar for ye tyme to vmquhile o' derrest fader wrangiuslie com- 
pellit yame to pay ye saidis custumes of yair salmond to oure said 
vmquhile derrest fader in contrare ye tennor of ye said infeftment And 
now becaus ye pvest baillies counsale burgess' and ^munite of our said 
buigh y* now ar for augmetatioun of oure proffitt and for pleso' of Us 
ar content to satify Us for ye custumes of ilk berrell of yair salmond 
The sovme of twa schillingis notwithstanding yat yai ar infeft frelie 
Tairin in maner foirsaid Thairfore with auise consent and autorite of 
oare said tuto' and gouno' We haue gevin grantit and disponit and be 
yir oure tres gevis grantis and disponis To ye saidis pvest baillies 
counsale burgess' and comunite of our said bur' and yair successouris 
havand or yat salhappin to haue ye fredome yairof All and sindry ye 
custumes of yair salmond passand fur' of oure said bur' and tane in the 
foirsaidts Watteris of done and dee pertenying or yat ony wyse salhappin 
to pertene to yame except befoir exceptit for all ye space and termes of 
threttene zeiris nixt and Immediatlie following ye day of ye dait heirof 
quhilk day and dait salbe yair entre in and to ye saidis custumes And 
yaireftir to Indure and peciable to be broukit and loisit be yame vnto ye 
Ische n compleit end of ye saidis threttene zeiris with all and sindry 
^oditeis fredomes proflittis asiamentis and richtius pertinentis quhat- 
sumeuir pertenying or richtiuslie may pertene yairto ffrelie quietlie weill 
and in peax But ony reuocatioun or aganecalling quhatsumeuir Payand 
during ye saidis threttene zeiris ye saidis provest baillies counsale bur- 
gess* and comunite of oure said burgh and yair successouris To Us oure 
successouris comptrollaris custumaris chaliSlains or factouris in o'^ name 
for ye custume of ilk barrell of ye said salmond ye sovme of tua 
schillingis vsuale money of oure realme alanerlie Quhairfoir We charge 
straitlie and {mandis zow oure said comptrollare and custumaris of oure 
said burgh now pnt and yat salhappin to be for ye tyme And all vy^is 
oure li^;is foirsaidis That ze and ilkane of zou decist and ceist fra all 
molestatioun and trubling of ye saidis provest baillies counsale burgess' 
and cdite in ye peciable brouking 'I loising of ye saidis custumes of 
salmond thay payand for ye same as said is Bot suffir yame peciable to 
brouk ye same during ye said space vnder all pane 'I charge yat eftir 
may follow dischargeing zou and ilkane of zou y'^of and of zoure offices 



48 BX7R0H OP ABERDUN. [^55r 

in yat parte Notwithstanding ony o^ tres or writingis gevin or to be gevin 
in ye contrare Gevin vnder oure priue seill at Edinbui^h ye tuelf day of 
August The zeir of god j" v* fourty thre zeiris And of oure regne ye 
first zeir. 

Per signaturam manu dni gubematoris Subscriptam, etc. 

XXX. 

Maria dei gratia regina scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus suis ad 
quos piites tre peruenerint salutem Quia nobis ac nro charissimo consan- 
guineo et tutor! lacobo duci de chattellerault aranie comiti dno hamiltoun 
regni nn protectori et gubematori ac secreti nri consilii dominis certo 
compertum est prepositum balliuos et comunitatem ac ciues populares 
burgi nri de Abirdene in aquarum piscariis de de et done ac in nonullis 
terrarum prediis infra libertatem dicti nri burgi jacen per quond 
Inuictissimu robertum bruce scotorum regem et alios ab eo in hiis nris 
temporibus succedentes predecessores firos nobilissimos recolende memo- 
rie quorum animabus propicietur deus multis retroactis seculis infeodatos 
esse Eas de nobis et predecessoribus nris tenentes pro anua solutione 
feudi ducentarum tresdccim librarum sex solidorum et octo denariorum 
nobis ac iiris pensionariis quibus ndnulla pars eiusdem feudi in salariu 

XXX. 

Qti^en Mary empowers the provost^ baillies^ &*c.^ of Aberdeen to feu the freedom 
lands of the burgh and the fishings in Dee and Don, Sth February, 155^. 

Mary, by the grace of God Queen of Scots, to all her good men to whom the 
present letters shall come, greeting. Whereas it is well known to us and to our 
dearest cousin and tutor, James, Duke of Chatelherault, Earl of Arran, Lord 
Hamilton, protector and governor of our kingdom, and to the Lords of our Privy 
Council, that the provost, baillies and community and inhabitants of our burgh 
of Aberdeen were many centuries past infefl in the fishings of the waters of Dee 
and Don and in the several estates lying within the freedom of our said burgh, 
by umquhile invincible Robert Bruce, King of Scots, and others his successors in 
these our times, our most noble predecessors of cherished memory, on whose souls 
may God have mercy ; holding the same of us and our predecessors by the 
annual payment of a rental of two hundred and thirteen pounds six shillings and 
eight pence to us and to our pensionaries, to whom a certain portion of the said 



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hereditarie assignatur Quas etiam terrarum predia et aquarum piscarias 
antedicti prepositi et balliui et cdmunitas dicti Bri burgi non hiis solum 
temporibus verum vltra hominu memoriam particulatim diuisas ad inex- 
plicable comodum dicti nii burgi conciuibus eiusdem locarunt Non mi- 
nus tamen nri regni coadiacentes proceres ea inde proficua dicti nri burgi 
incolis perspicientes euenire Spe eorundem acquirendi sese dicto iiro burgo 
intrudunt inuolunt comiscent ac rempublicam eiusdem ita disturbent vt 
nulla requies nulla deni(^ pacifica ciuiu vita suis incolis istis relinquitur 
Quare ad has turbas euadendas expellendasc]^ et ad tollendam omnem 
earum occasionem seu causam precipuam vt ne omninc) in futuru quedam 
sit que procerum animos huic iiro burgo allicere quoquo modo possit ac 
vt resp eiusdem et suus annuus census pro strenuiore tuitione suorum 
ciuiu augeatur cum spealibus consensu et assensu antedicti iiri guberna- 
toris dnorumc]^ secreti consilii nri dedimus conccssimus et comisimus ac 
pro nobis et nris successoribus tenore pntiu damus concedimus et cdmit- 
timus nram plenariam ptatem .liberam facultatem et licentiam spealem 
preposito balliuis et consulibus et cdmunitati dicti iiri burgi de Abirdene 
presentibus et futuris ac conciuibus eorundem maiori parti antedictas 
aquaru piscarias et terrarum predia quas infra libertatem dicti iiri burgi 

rental is heritably assigned as salary : And which estates and fishings the aforesaid 

piDvosts and faaillies and community of our said burgh, not only in these times, 

bat beyond the memory of men, to the very great advantage of our said burgh, 

have let, divided into portions, to the fellow-citizens thereof: Nevertheless the 

neighbouring nobles of our kingdom, perceiving the profits accruing therefrom to 

the inhabitants of our said burgh, do, in the hope of acquiring the same, intrude, 

encroach, mix themselves up with and so disturb the common weal thereof, that 

there is left for its inhabitants no rest and no peaceful municipal life. Wherefore 

to avoid and put an end to such disturbances and to remove all occasion and 

eidting cause therefor, and lest in future there be anything which can in any 

way allure the nobles to this our burgh, and that the common good thereof, 

and its annual rental be increased for the more efficient protection of its citizens ; 

with special consent and assent of our aforesaid governor and Lords of our Privy 

Coundl, we have given, granted and committed, and for us and our successors 

fay the tenor of these presents do give^ grant and commit, to the provost, baillies 

and councillors and to the community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, present and 

to come, and to a majority of their fellow citizens, full power, free privilege and 

special license to lease, rent, let, and, now and at all future times as often as 

G 



50 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. ['55^ 

de nobis et predecessoribus nris in feudifirma tenent habent et possident 
conciuibus et liberis burgensibus eiusdem nri burgi potissimu hiis quibus 
de piiti pro firma assedantur et suis heredibus masculis liberis similiter 
burgensibus etiam dicti nri burgi actualiter incolis et in eo fruentibus 
libertate priuilegiorum et merciu mutationem frequentantibus nullis aliis 
assedandi arrendandi locandi ac in emphiteosim seu feudifirma nuc et 
omnibus temporibus futuris quoties vacare contigerit imperpetuu heredi- 
tarie dimittendi pro anua augmentatione firmarum earundem an- 
tedictis preposito balliuis et consulibus soluenda ac in vsum reip 
dicti nri burgi et pro defensione eiusdem applicanda hiis tamen 
feudifirmariis nullo pacto exemptis a curiis et placitis dicti nri 
burgi nee a solutione subsidiorum et contributionii (que taxtis et stentis 
appellantur) nec^ a debitis qbedientiis dicto iiro burgo suis officiariis 
gubematoribus et officia publica gerentibus prius solitis et cdsuetis 
Prouiso etiam 4 nulle femine concedetur facultas fruendi seu possidendi 
antedictis feudis seu vUa iparum parte nee in vitali reditu hereditarie 
coiucta infeodatione nee aliter quouismodo Et ad premissa facienda 
dedimus et concessimus ac tenore pntiu pro nobis et successoribus iiris 
damus et concedimus antedictis preposito balliuis et comunitati dicti nri 

a vacancy shall occur, to give in perpetual heritable emphyteusis or feufeurm, 
the aforesaid fishings and estates, which within the freedom of our said burgh 
they hold, have and possess in feufarm of us and our predecessors, to the 
fellow citizens and free burgesses of our said burgh, especially to those to whom 
they are at present leased for rent and to their heirs male likewise free burgesses 
and also actual inhabitants of our said burgh, and therein enjoying the freedom 
of privileges and carrying on trade, and to no others : in return for an annual 
increase of the said rent to be paid to the aforesaid provost, baillies and councillors, 
and to be applied to the use of the common good of our said burgh, and for the 
protection thereof: such feuars, however, to be by no agreement exempted from 
the courts and pleas of our said burgh, or from payment of subsidies and contri- 
butions (which are called taxes and stents) or from the obedience due by use and 
wont to our said burgh, its ofhcers, governors, and holders of public offices. 
Providing also that to no woman shall be granted the privilege to enjoy or 
possess the aforesaid feus or any part thereof, in heritable liferent, conjunct 
infeftment or any other way. And for the carrying out of the premises we have 
given and granted, and by the tenor of these presents for us and our successors 
do give and grant, to the aforesaid provost, baillies and community of our said 



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buigi et eorum successoribus plenariam ptatem comissarios pro prefatoru 
feudorum assedatione locatione et dimissione eligendi quibus comittetur 
hereditaria infeofamenta feudifirme piscariarum et prediorum antedict 
dandi concedendi et conficiendi cum talibus restrictis et annexis clausulis 
et conditionibus vt ex eorum animi sententia magis videbitur reip expe- 
dire precipue ne licitum erit cuiquam illorum neue suis heredibus 
quibus cotigerit antedicta feuda concedi ea ipa aut vllas earum minimas 
particulas quibuscun<]^ personis vel persone disponere seu alienare pre- 
terquam dicti nri burgi masculis burgensibus et eiusdem mercatoribus et 
actuaiibus incolis superius recitatis et si secus fecerint ea eorum feuda 
dicto nro burgo et eius disposition! plenarie reuertere et in manibus 
prepositi balliuorum consulum et cdmunitatis eiusdem pro tempore vacare 
absc^ pntis iire facultatis et licentie priuilegiorumve eiusdem preiuditio 
aut grauamine vel quaqua lesione ceteris feudifirmariis supradictis quo- 
quo modo inde sequenda aut inferenda Saluis omni modo et reseruatia. 
Nobis et successoribus hris feudifirmis predictarum aquarum et piscaria- 
rum de eisdem nobis et predecessoribus nris ante pfltem concessionem 
jmos debitis cum computo earundem in scaccariis iiris anuatim fiendo 
more solito et consueto In Cuius Rei testimoniii pfttibus magnu sigillum 

btifgh and their successors, full power to choose, for the leasing^ letting and 
giving of the foresaid feus, agents to whom shall be committed [power] to give, 
grant and complete heritable infeftments of feufarm of the fishings and estates 
tfinesaid, with such stringent and binding clauses and conditions that their 
intention to benefit the common good may be clearly seen; especially that it 
shall not be lawful for anyone of them or their heirs to whom it may happen 
that the aforesaid feus are granted to dispone or alienate the same, or any the 
least portions thereof, to any person or persons whatsoever except to male 
burgesses of our said burgh, merchants and actual inhabitants thereof, as above 
set forth ; and if they shall do otherwise, their feus to revert to our said burgh 
for its free disposition, and for a time to lie vacant in the hands of the provost, 
biillies, councillors and community thereof, without prejudice or injury or any 
loss of our present permission or licence or the privileges thereof, to follow or 
be brought about in any way to the remaining feuars aforesaid. Saving in all 
respects and reserving for us and our successors the feu-duties of the aforesaid 
waters and fishings thereof formerly due to us and our predecessors before the 
present grant, with the account thereof made yearly by use and wont to our 
exchequer. In witness whereof we have ordered our great seal to be appended 



52 BUSpU OF ABKEBKDI. [^$5$- 

firm apponi precepimus Apud Edinburgh octauo die meosis febmarii 
anno dfii millesimo quigentesimo quinquagesimo primo et regni ftri 
decima 

XXXL 

Maria dei gratia r^na scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus 
TOTIUS terre sue clericis et laicis salutetn SciATis nos cum auisa- 
mento consensu et auctoritate charissimi consanguine! et tutoris nostri 
Iacobi ducis de Chattellarault aranie comitis domini hamiltoun regni 
nostri protectoris et gubematoris quandam cartam feodifirme et dona- 
tionis factam per dilectos nostros prepositum balliuos consules et 
cdmunitatem burgi nostri de Abirdene vnanimi consensu et assensu 
necnon cum nostris express^ facultate et licentia cum auisamento et 
consensu dicti iiri gubematoris et dominorum nostri secreti consiiti 
prcfatis preposito balliuis consulibus et comunitati concess' conduibus 
dicti firi burgi subscriptis eorumc^ heredibus et assignatis masculis 
prefati burgi burgensibus et eiusdem actualiter incolis in eodem liber- 

to these presents. At Edinburgh, the eighth day of the month of February in 
the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and fifty-one, and of our reign 
the tenth. 

XXXL 

Queen Mary confirms a feu charter of the fishings of Dee and Don granted (12M 
September^ iSSZ) h the provost^ baillies^ 6^^., of Aberdeen, i^th SeptemAer, 
1553- 

Mary, by the grace of God Queen of Scots, to all good men of her 
WHOLE land, churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know te that with the 
advice, consent and authority of our most dear cousin and tutor, James, 
Duke of Chatelherault, Earl of Arran, Lord Hamilton, protector and governor 
of our kingdom, we have fully considered a certain charter of feu&rm and 
gift — by our command seen, read, inspected and carefully examined, being 
whole, entire, not erased, not cancelled, nor suspected in any part — made 
by our beloved provost, baillies, councillors and community of our burgh of 
Aberdeen, by unanimous consent and assent, as well as by our express 
privilege and licence granted to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors 
and community, with advice and consent of our said governor and the Lords of 
our Privy Council, — in favour of the underwritten fellow-citiaens of our said burgh, 



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tite priuil^riorum suorum et mercium mutatione vtefl et nullis aliis 
de omnibus et singulis piscariis aquarum de dee et done acetiam de 
omnibus et singulis terris subtus specificatis cum suis proficuis pendiculis 
et pertinentiis solitis et consuetis jacefl intra libertatem prefati bui^i 
Dostri et vicecomitatum nostrum de Abirdene dictis preposito balliuis 
oonsulibus et c5munitati et prefato ftro burgo hereditarie incumbefl 
cuilibet eorundem pro suis propriis partibus respectiue prout sequitur 
videlicet thome Menzes de petfoddellis preposito prefati nostri burgi de 
tola et Integra piscaria dimedii rethis de lie raik et stellis super dicta 
aqua de die et solit et consuel acetiam de terris de bogfarlay Alexandre 
ruthirfurd de dimedietate rethis eiusdem piscarie acetiam de terris de 
rubbislaw thome chalmer et eo deficiente Alexandre chalmer eius filio 
et heredi apparenti de dimedietate rethis eiusdem piscarie et terris de 
gardyne dauidi mar de dimedietate rethis eiusdem piscarie et terris de 
kti^shill gilberto CoUesoun de dimedietate rethis dicte piscarie et terris 
de frosterhill Alexandre knollis de dimedietate rethis eiusdem piscarie 
patricio Meyngeis de dimedietate rethis dicte piscarie thome meynzeis 
juniori filio et heredi quondam Andree Menzeis de dimedietate rethis 
eiusdem piscarie waltero cullane de dimedietate rethis eiusdem Andree 

their male heirs and assignees, burgesses of the foresaid burgh and actual 
inhabitants thereof, making use therein of the liberty of their privil^es and of 
tnute, and to no others — of all and sundry the fishings of Dee and Don, and also 
of all and sundry the lands set forth below, with their profits, pendicles and 
pertinents used and wont, lying within the freedom of our foresaid burgh and our 
sheriffdom of Aberdeen, heritably belonging to the said provost, baillies, council- 
km and community, and to our foresaid burgh : to each his own respective 
portions as follows, to wit : To Thomas Menzies of Pitfoddels, provost of our 
foresaid burgh, all and whole the fishing of the half net of Raik and Stellis on 
the said water of Dee, as used and wont, and also the lands of Bog&irlay ; to 
Alexander Rutherfurd a half net of the same fishing, and also the lands of 
Rubidaw ; to Thomas Chalmer, and failing him to Alexander Chalmer. his son 
and heir apparent, a half net of the same fishing, and the lands of Gard3me ; to 
David Mar a half net of the same fishing, and the lands of Kingshill ; to Gilbert 
CoBison a half net of the said fishing, and the lands of Frosterhill ; to Alexander 
Kndlis a half net of the said fishing ; to Patrick Menzies a half net of the said 
fishing ; to Thomas Meiuies, junior, son and heir of the late Andrew Menzies, 
a half net of the same fishing ; to Walter Cullan a half net of the same ; to 



54 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l553- 

leslie de dimedietate rethis eiusdem andree lowsoun et eo deficieB Johanni 
lowsoun eius filio et heredi apparent! de dimedietate rethis eiusdem pis- 
carie wittmo lioun de dimedietate rethis piscarie de lie midchingill super 
dicta aqua de dee jacobo collisoun seniori de dimedietate rethis eiusdem 
lacobo Kintor de dimedietate rethis eiusdem lacobo chene de dimedietate 
rethis eiusdem Alexandre Cullane de dimedietate rethis eiusdem lohanni 
nicholsoun et deficien eo suis^ heredibus et assignatis theme nicholsoun 
eius patruo et tutori de dimedietate rethis eiusdem georgio bissate de 
dimedietate rethis eiusdem gilberto guthre de dimedietate rethis eiusdem 
georgio meynzeis de dimedietate rethis eiusdem quam Alexander gray 
nunc occupat magistro roberto andersoun de dimedietate rethis eiusdem 
dauidi arrate de tertia parte rethis eiusdem magistro thome menzeis 
de dimedietate rethis piscarie de lie pot super dicta aqua de dee Martino 
howisoun de dimedietate rethis eiusdem Gilberto mar de dimedietate 
rethis eiusdem Roberto rettary de dimedietate rethis eiusdem Andree 
scherare de dimedietate rethis eiusdem lohanni scherare de dimedietate 
rethis eiusdem lohanni leslie de dimedietate rethis eiusdem Thome 
andersoun et eo deficien lohanni andersoun eius filio et heredi apparent! 
de dimedietate rethis dicte piscarie lohanni rolland et eo suiscj^ heredibus 
et assignatis deficien dauidi rolland eius patruo et tutori de dimedietate 

Andrew Leslie a half net of the same ; to Andrew Lowson, and failing him to 
John Lowson his son and heir apparent, a half net of the same fishing ; to William 
Lyon a half net of the fishing of Midchingle on the said water of Dee ; to James 
Collison, senior, a half net of the same ; to James Kintore a half net of the same ; 
to James Cheyne a half net of the same ; to Alexander Cullan a half net of the 
same ; to John Nicholson, and failing him, his heirs and assignees, to Thomas 
Nicholson his uncle and tutor, a half net of the same ; to George Bissat a half 
net of the same ; to Gilbert Guthrie a half net of the same ; to George Menzies 
a half net of the same which Alexander Gray now holds ; to Master Robert 
Anderson a half net of the same ; to David Arrat a third part of a net of the 
same ; to Master Thomas Menzies a half net of the fishing of Pot on the said 
water of Dee ; to Martin Howison a half net of the same ; to Gilbert Mar a half 
net of the same ; to Robert Rattray a half net of the same ; to Andrew Scherar 
a half net of the same ; to John Scherar a half net of the same ; to John Leslie 
a half net of the same ; to Thomas Anderson, and filing him to John Anderson 
his son and heir apparent, a half net of the said fishing ; to John Rolland, and 
failing him, his heirs and assignees, to David Rolland his uncle and tutor, a half 



<S530 CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 55 

lethis eiusdem lacobo collesoun junior! de dimedietate rethis eiusdem 
Alexandre meynzeis de dimedietate rethis de lie furdis super dicta aqua 
dedee magro roberto chalmer de dimedietate rethis eiusdem et terris de 
hesilheid lohanni KnoUis de dimedietate rethis eius(]em patricio cullane 
de dimedietate rethis eiusdem archibaldo senz' de dimedietate rethis 
eiasdem Alexandro lowsoun de dimedietate rethis eiusdem roberto crag 
de dimedietate rethis eiusdem Thome branche de dimedietate rethis 
eiaadeni quam gilbertus kintor nunc occupat roberto mar de dimedietate 
rethis eiusdem quam Alexander blinscheill nunc occupat lohanni Maly- 
soon de dimedietate rethis eiusdem quam patricius gray nunc occupat 
WiBmo ferquharsoun de dimedietate rethis eiusdem nunc per andream 
stevin eorumc^ subtenentes suis nominibus occupat respectiue Gilberto 
meynzeis seniori de dimedietate rethis piscarie super aqua de done 
lohanni blak de dimedietate rethis eiusdem piscarie Alexandro Collesoun 
de dimedietate rethis piscarie eiusdem johanni Irwin de dimedietate 
rethis eiusdem piscarie et terris dimedietatis ville de schedokisley gil- 
berto malysoun de tertia parte rethis eiusdem piscarie gilberto brabaner 
de tertia parte rethis eiusdem piscarie dauidi menzeis de sexta parte 
I»scarie de lie criwis super eadem aqua de done Gilberto kintor de 
sexta parte piscarie eiusdem Alexandro hay de sexta parte eiusdem 

net of the same ; to James Colleson, junior, a half net of the same ; to Alexander 
Mcn»es a half net of the Foords on the said water of De^ ; to Master Robert 
Chalmer a half net of the same, and the lands of Hazelhead ; to John Knollis a 
half net of the same ; to Patrick Cullan a half net of the same ; to Archibald 
Singer a half net of the same ; to Alexander Lowson a half net of the same ; 
to Robert Crag a half net of the same ; to Thomas Branche a half net of the 
same which Gilbert Kintore now holds ; to Robert Mar a half net of the same 
which Alexander Blinshell now holds ; to John Malyson a half net of the same 
which Patrick Gray now holds ; to William Farquharson a half net of the same 
DOW held by Andrew Steven and their subtenants in their names respectively ; to 
Gilbert Menzies, senior, a half net of the fishing on the water of Don ; to John 
Black a half net of the same fishing; to Alexander Collison a half 
net of the same fishing ; to John Irvine a half net of the same fishing, 
and the lands of half the town of Sheddocksley ; to Gilbert Malyson a third 
part of a net of the said fishing ; to Gilbert Brebner a third part of a net 
of the same fishing ; to David Menzies a sixth part of the fishing of the Cniives 
on the same water of Don ; to Gilbert Kintor a sixth part of the same fishing ; 



56 BUROH OF ABBRDim. ['553- 

piscarie Alexandre fraser de sexta parte eiusdem piscarie andree Me}m- 
zeis et suis°* heredibus et asstgnatis deficien roberto meynzeis de octaua 
parte eiusdem piscarie lohanni reid de octaua parte eiusdem gilberto 
knollis de dimedietate octaue partis eiusdem piscarie ac de dimedietate 
ville et terrarum de cruvis Gilberto Meynzeis luniori de terris de tullo et 
lohanni Mar de terris de Kingiswallis quas lohannes artho' per se et soos 
subtenentes nunc occupat cum omnibus et singulis proficuis pendiculis 
iuribus et pertinentiis earundem quibuscunq^ de prefatis preposito balltuis 
consulibus et comunitati burgi iiri de Abirdene antedicC in feodifirma 
hereditate et libero burgagio Tenend de mandato nro visam lectam 
inspectam et diligenter examinatam sanam integram non rasam non 
cancellatam nee in aliqua sui parte suspectam ad plenum intellexisse 
sub hac forma 

Omnibus banc cartam visuris vel audituris Prepositus balliui con- 
sules et comunitas burgi de Abirdene eternam in dno salute Quia nos 
super republica dicti Sri burgi mutuo disceptantes ut policia eiusdem 
augeatur opes% inopibus nostri burgi incolis facilius accrescant re- 
cordantes etiam parliament! statutorum r^ni Scotie per quondam 

to Alexander Hay a sixth part of the same fishing ; to Alexander Fraser a sixth 
part of the same fishing ; to Andrew Menzies, and filing him and his heirs and 
assignees, to Robert Menzies, an eighth part of the same fishing ; to John Reid 
an eighth part of the same ; to Gilbert Knollis a sixteenth part of th<i same 
fishing, and a half of the town and lands of Cruives; to Gilbert Menzies, 
junior, the lands of Tullo ; and to John Mar the lands of Kingswells which John 
Arthur now holds in person and by his subtenants — with all and sundry profits, 
pendicles, rights and pertinents thereof whatsoever : to be held of the foresaid 
provost, baillies, councillors and community of our burgh of Aberdeen aforesaid, 
in feu&rm, heritage and free burgage, — in this form : 

" To ALL who shall see or hear this charter, the provost, baillies, councillors 
and community of the burgh of Aberdeen, eternal greeting in the Lord. Wheieas 
we, taking into consideration the common good of our burgh, in order that the 
polecy * thereof may be increased and that wealth may more easily be acquired by 
the poor citizens of our burgh, calling to mind also the Acts of Parliament of the 
kingdom of Scotland, made by umquhile most noble kings of Scots, of cherished 

* ** PoUeyt an alteration made in a town for the purpose of improving its appearanw**' — 
yamUstni'i Dictionary » 



1553-] CROWN CHARTSRS AND LETTBRS PATENT. 57 

noKlinrfmos scotorum reges recolende memorie penes feudifinni loca- 
tioocm eonfectonim vtilitate prefati &ri burgi in hac parte vndi% preuisa 
penaata et considerata longo et diligent! tractatu maturaq^ deliberatione 
ptdiaUtis omnes et singulas piscarias nostras aquarum de dee et done 
necnon terranim predja seu villas iiras cum earundem pertinentiis 
jacentes infra libertatem dicti nostri burgi nobis hereditarie incumb^ 
noitrig conduibus suis heredibus et assignatis masculis burgen et actu- 
aKter incolis prefati firi burgi in eo libertate priuileg^orum fruentibus et 
m e i ciiu n mutationem frequentantibus et nuUis aliis pro republica nri 
biifgl et annua rentalis ftri augmentatione in feudifirmam seu perpetuam 
em^iiteositn hereditariam locare statiuimus decreuimus ordinauimus 
Noueritis nos igitur vnanimi consensu et assensu premissis suadentibus 
alifacj^ causis et occasionibus animos iiros rationabiliter mouentibus et 
lemp Bram concementibus acetiam pro certis pecuniarum summis nobis 
per quosdam conciues nostros inferius nominatos in pecunia numerata 
peiacdatis ac in vsus necessarios dicti firi bui^i pro repub eiusdem 
tolmliter conuersis et applicatis Necnon pro rentalis nostri annua aug- 
mentatione ad summam duodecim libraru duorum solidorum et duonim 
denarkMrum vsualis monete regni Scotie plusq vnq dicte fire piscarie et 



memory,' rq;arding letting to feufarm, the advantage of our foresaid buigh in this 
laatter being kept in view, weighed and considered by means of long and careful 
diiciiMon and mature deliberation, have ordered, decreed and ordained that all 
and sundry our fishings in the waters of Dee and Don, as well as^ our estates 
or townships, with the pertinents thereof lying within the freedom of our said 
buigb, belonging to us in heritage, be let in feu&rm or perpetual heritable 
emphyteusis to our fellow citizens, their male heirs and assignees, burgesses and 
actual inhabitants of our foresaid burgh, therein enjoying the liberty of privi- 
leges and carrying on trade, and to no others, for the common good of our 
buigb, and for the increase of our yearly rental: Know ye, therefore, that 
w% widi unanimous consent and assent, induced by the above considerations 
and by other reasonable causes and motives influencing us and afifecting our 
common good, and also in return for certain sums of money to be paid to us 
in coin by sundry of our fellow citizens named below, and to be wholly con- 
lerted and applied to the necessary uses of our said burgh for the common good 
diereo( as well as for the yearly increase of our rental by the sum of twdve 
pounds two shillings and two pence, usual money of the kingdom of Scotland, 
more than ever our said fishings and lands with their pertinents, whether by way 

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5^ BURGH OP ABBRDKSN. [l553- 

terre cum suis pertinentiis singulis proficuis computaE tarn untixf firma 
q^ quinquennali gressuma nobis aut predecessoribus nris prius per- 
soluebant Cum expressis etiam facultate et licentia serenissime domine 
nre r^ne Mariae dei gra scotorum modeme Cum consensu et auisaodSto 
charissimi consanguinei sui et tutoris lacobi duds de chattellaraolt 
aranie comitis domini hammiltoun regni scotie protectoris et gubeniatorts 
invictissimi et secreti dominorum consilii sub magno sigilio nobis desuper 
concessis assedasse arrendasse locasse et ad feudifirmam seu perpetuam 
emphiteosim hereditarie dimisisse et hac pnti carta fira confirmaase 
Necnon tenore pntium assedare arrendare locate et ad feudifirmam aeu 
emphiteosim hereditarie dimittere et hac {Ati carta fira confiniuue 
eisdem nris conciuibus respectiue subinsertis suisc]^ heredibus et assig- 
natis masculis antedict et nullis aliis omnes et singulas predictas 
aquarum de dee et done piscarias Necnon omnes et singulas feeims 
Bras subscriptas cum suis proficuis pendiculis et pertinentiis aolitis et 
consuetis Videlicet diome menzes de petfodellis * * * [etc $U Ji;^] 
* ^ ^ quas nunc occupat per se et suos subtenentes lohannes aitlmr 
Cum uniuersis et singulis earundem proficuis pendiculis iuribus et 
pertinentiis quibuscun<]^ prout in firis cartis particulariter ipis respectiue 
desuper confecl latius continetur Tenendas et habendas omnes et 

4 

t 

of old rent or of quinquennial grassum, formerly paid to us and to our prede- 
cessors ; also with express privilege and licence of our most serene lady, Mary, 
by the grace of God reigning Queen of Scots, with consent and advice of her 
most dear cousin and tutor, James, Duke of Chatelherault, Earl of Arran, Lord 
Hamilton, invincible protector and governor of the kingdom of Scotland, and of 
the Lords of the Privy Council, granted to us as above under the great seal — 
have set, rented, let and put heritably to feufarm or perpetual emphyteusis, and 
by this our present charter have confirmed, as well as by the tenor of these pre- 
sents, we do set, rent, let and put heritably to feu&rm or perpetual emphyteusis, 
and by this our present charter do confirm, to our same respective fellow citizens 
named below and to their male heirs and assignees aforesaid, and to no others, all 
and sundry the aforesaid fishings of Dee and Don, as well as all and sundry our 
lands underwritten, with their profits, pendicles and pertinents, used and wont, to 
wit : To Thomas Menzies of Pitfoddels . . . [«/!?., as abiwe, p. 53 segq."] , . . which 
John Arthur now holds in person and by his subtenants, with all and sundry tfie 
profits, pendicles, rights and pertinents thereof whatsoever, as is more fiiUy set 
forth in our charters, specially executed thereanent to them respectively. To be 



1553*] CROWN CHARTBRS AND LXITBR8 PATENT. 59 

fj f^l as suprascript aqiiarum piacarias et terras oum pertinentiis aolitis 
et consueE prefatis nostris conciiiibus respectiue aupra nominatis suiscj^ 
beredibus et assignatis masculis burgen et actualiter incolis dicti mi burgi 
in €o libertate priuilq^orum fruentibus et mercium mutationem frequen- 
taatibaa et nullis aliis de nobis et successoribus firis prepositis balliuis 
OQQsulibus et oomunitate dkti burgi in feudifinna seu emphiteosi ac in 
libcffo buigagio imperpetuum per omnes rectas metas suas antiquas et 
diiiitts prout lacent in longitudine et latitudine in bondis et limitibus 
emmdem in boscis planis moris marresiis viis semiti^ aquis stagnis 
riaulis pratis pascuis pasturis aucupationibus venationibus pisca- 
tioaibiis cuniculis cuniculariis columbariis columbis cum edificiis de- 
super oostructis et construendis cum lapicidiis lapidibus lignis et calce 
cum libero introitu et exitu ac cum omnibus aliis et singulis liber- 
tatibus commoditatibus et asiamentis ac iustis suis pertinentiis quibus- 
cuoq( tarn rum nominatis q*^ nominatis tam subtus terra q^ supra terram 
piociil et prope ad predictas piscarias et terras cum pertinenciis 
^wctanribus seu iuste spectare valentibus quomodolib in futurum 
adeo libeie quiete plenarie int^^ honorifice bene et in pace sicut 
allele piscarie seu terre infra r^;num scotie dantur venduntur in feudi- 
finni dimittuntur seu possidentur sine reuocatione reclamatione aut 

HiLD and had all and sundry the above-written fishings and landSy with the 
peffmenli used and won^ by our foresaid fellow citizens above named respec- 
dfdtyy tibeir male hein and assignees, burgesses and actual inhabitants of our said 
buiB^ therein enjoying the freedom of privileges and carrying on trade, and by 
no otfaei% of us and our successors^ provosts, baiUies, councillors and community 
of the said buigh, in feufimn or emphyteusis and in free burgage for ever, by all 
tbdr right ancient meiths and marches as they lie in length and in breadth, in 
die bousds and limits thereof in woods, plains, moors, marshes, roads, paths, 
mtttm, poolif, streams, meadows^ pastures, pasturages, hawkings^ huntings, fishii^gSi 
ndibit% labbit-wanDenSy dovecots, doves, with buildings thereon constructed or to 
be coQStnictad, with quarries, stones, firewood and lime, with free ish and eptry, 
and with all and sundry other liberties, conveniences and easements and just 
pertinents whatsoever, as well not named as named, as well below the ground as 
9bam the ground, fiur and near, belonging, or which may in any way in future 
ju^jr bdopg^ to the foresaid fishings and lands, with the pertinents, as freely, 
qyiedy, fiilly, whoUy, honourably, well and in peace as any fishings or lands 
lithio 4iic kiiMCdom of Scotland^ are given, sold, put to feufiurm, or pofsqssad» 



6o BURGH OF ABBRDBEN. [^SSi' 

contradictione aliquali nostrum nostrorum suocessoram seu alionim 
quorumcuiK]^ Reddendo inde annuatim prefati nH oonburgenses 
superius recitati sui heredes et assignati masculi nobis et successoribus 
nris seu collectoribus pro tempore pro hmoi piscariis et terris suprasped- 
ficatis firmas annuas seu pecuniarum summas respectiue subscriptas viz 
Quicunc]^ possessor hereditarius vniuscuiusc]^ piscarie dimedii rethis de lie 
raik et.stellis antedicC summam octo librarum trium solidorum et duorom 
denariorum vsualis monete regni scotie que prius in rentali nrb compu- 
tando antiquam firmam cum gressuma ad summam septem librarum 
sexdecim solidorum et sex denariorum annuatim solum extendebat et sic 
augmentando dictum nrm rentale annuatim ad summam sex solidorum 
et octo denariorum monete antedicte Quicunc]^ possessor hereditarius 
vniuscuius^ piscarie dimedii rethis de midchingill summam sex librarum 
quindecim solidorum et decem denariorum que prius in rentali nro com- 
putando antiquam firmam cum gressuma ad summam sex librarum 
duodecim solidorum et sex denariorum annuatim solum extendebat et 
sic augmentando dictum nrm rentale annuatim ad summam trium add' 
dorum et quatuor denariorum Quicunc]^ possessor hereditarius tertie 
partis rethis de mydchingill summam quatuor librarum decem solidorum 
et septem denariorum que prius in rentali nro computando antiquam 
firmam cum gressuma ad summam quatuor librarum octo solidorum 
et quatuor denariorum solii extendebat annuatim et sic augmStando 
dic{ nrm rentale annuatim ad summam duorum solidorum et trium 
denariorum Quicunc]^ possessor hereditarius cuiuslibet piscarie dimedii 

without any revocation, reclamation or challenge by us, our successor^ or 
others whatsoever. Paying therefor yearly our foresaid co-buigesses above 
set forth, their male heirs and assignees aforesaid, to us and our sucoessorSi 
or to the collectors for the time, for such fishings and land above specified, the 
annual rents or sums of money respectively underwritten, to wit : Every heritable 
possessor of each half net of the fishing of the Raik and Stells aforesaid the 
sum of eight pounds three shillings and two pence usual mopey of the kingdom 
of Scotland, which formerly, in estimating the old rent with grassum in our 
rental, extended only to the sum of seven pounds sixteen shillings and six 
pence yearly, thus increasing our said rental yearly by the sum of six nhillingK 
and eight pence money aforesaid; for each half net of the fishing of Mid- 
chingle £6 155. lod, formerly j£6 12s. 6d., an increase of 3s. 4d. ; for a third 
part of a net of Midchingle £4 los. yd^ formerly ^£4 8s. 4d., an increase of 



IS5S-] CROWN CHARTmS AND LBTTBR8 PATENT. 6 1 

lethis de ly pot summam quatuor librarum et duorum solidorum que 
prius rctali nfo computando antiquam firmam cum g^ressuma ad summam 
qvatnor librarum annuatim solum extendebat et sic augmentando dictum 
nrm rentale annuatim ad summam duorum solidorum Quicunc]^ possessor 
hereditarius cuiuslibet piscarie rethis de lie furdis summam triginta trium 
solidorum et sex denariorum que prius in rentali nro computando anti- 
qoftin finnam cum g^ressuma ad summam triginta duorum solidorum 
annuatim solum extendebat et sic augmentando diet nrm rentale anuatim 
ad mnnwA octodecim denariorum Quicunc]^ possessor hereditarius cuius- 
libet piscarie dimedii rethis aque de don summam nouem librarum et sex- 
dectm solidorum que prius in rentali nro computando antiquam firmam cum 
gressuma ad summatn nouem *librarum et duodecim solidorum annuatim 
solum extendebat et sic augmentando dictum nrm rentale annuatim ad 
saaunam quatuor solidorum Quicunc]^ possessor hereditarius cuiuslibet 
tertie partis rethis piscarie de don summam sex librarum decem solidorum 
et octo denariorum que prius in rentali nro computando antiquam firmam 
aim gressuma ad summam sex librarum et octo solidorum annuatim solum 
extendebat et sic augmentando dictum nrm rentale annuatim ad summam 
dttomm solidorum et octo denariorum Quicunc]^ possessor hereditarius 
cuiuslibet piscarie sexte partis de lie cruvis summam quatuor librarum 
trium solidorum et quatuor denariorum que prius in rentali nro compu- 
tando antiquam firmam cum gressuma ad summam quatuor librarum 
aSnatim solum extendebat et sic augmentando dictum nrm rentale 
annuatim ad summam trium solidorum et quatuor denariorum Quicunc]^ 
p oss e ss or hereditarius cuiuslibet piscarie octaue partis de lie cruvis sum- 
mam trium librarum et duorum solidorum que prius in rentali nro com- 
pntanda antiquam firmam cum gressuma ad summam trium librarum 
annuatim solum extendebat et sic augmentando dictum nrm rentale 
annuatim ad summam duodecim [sic] solidorum Quicunc]^ possessor here- 

ts. 3d. ; for each half net of the fishing of the Pot £4 2s., formerly £4^ an 
increase of 28. ; for each net of the fishing of the Foords £1 13s. 6d, 
fannerly jQi 12s., an increase of is. 6d ; for each half net of the fishing 
in die water of Don j£g i6s., formerly £g 12s., an increase of 4s.; for each 
third part of net of the fishing of Don j£6 los. 8d., formerly /^6 8s., an 
increase of 28. 8d. ; for each sixth part of the fishing of the Cruives jQ4 3s. 4d, 
Cormeriy ^£4^ an increase of 3s. 4d ; for each eighth part of the fishing of the 
Cnnves the sum of j£$ 2s., formerly ^^3, an increase of 2s. ; for each sixteenth 



6s BUltGH or ABERDBSN. [<5S<>* 

ditarius cuiuslibet piscarie dimidii octaue partis dc lie cravis sHmmam 
triginta unius solidorum que prius in rentale nro computando aattcpiani 
firmam cum gressuma ad summam triginta solidorum annuatim aoliM 
extendebat et sic augmentando dictum nrm rentale annuatim ad Mumnun 
duorum denariorum Quicunc^ possessor hereditarius dictarum terramai 
de bogfarlay summam trium librarum decem solidorum et octo dmukxu 
que prius in rentali nro computando antiquam firmam cum gressuma 4d 
summam trium librarum et quatuor solidorum annuatim solum extendebat 
et sic augmentando dictum nrm rentale annuatim ad summam sex soli* 
dorum et octo denariorum Quilibet possessor hereditarius dictaniflt 
terrarum de rubbislaw summam quatuor librarum sex solidorum et odd 
denariorum que prius in rentali nro computando antiquam firmam cum 
gressuma ad summam quatuor librarum annuatim solum extendebat et 
sic augmentando dictum imn rentale annuatim ad summam sex solidoifMin 
et octo denariorum Quilibet possessor hereditarius dictarum terranw 
de gardin summam quinc]^ librarum et sex solidorum que prius io rentaU 
nro computando antiquam cum gressuma ad summam quatuor libranun 
et sexdecim solidorum annuatim solum extendebat et sic augmentando 
dictum nostrum rentale annuatim ad summam decem solidorum Quilibet 
possessor hereditarius dictarum terrarum de frosterfaill summam quinqM^ 
ginta vnius solidorum et quatuor denariorum que prius in rentali nib. 
computando antiquam firmam cum gressuma ad summam quadraginta 
octo solidorum annuatim solum extendebat et ^ augmentando dictiim 
nrm rentale annuatim ad summam trium solidorum et quatuor denario- 
rum Quilibet possessor hereditarius dictarum terrarum de hesilheid 
summam trium librarum septem solidorum et quatuor denariorum que 
prius in nro rentali computando antiquam firmam cum gressuma ad 
summam trium librarum et quatuor solidorum solum extendebat et sic 
augmentando dictum nrm rentale annuatim ad summam trium solidorum 
et quatuor denariorum Quilibet possessor hereditarius dictarum ter- 

part of the fishing of Cruives j£i iis., formerly jQi los., an increase of is.; for 
the lands of Bogfarlay ^3 los. 8d.y formerly j£^ 4$., an increase of 68. 8d. ; for 
the lands of Rubislaw ^£4 6s. 8d., formerly ^£4^ an increase of 6s. Sd. ; for the 
lands of Gardin ^^5 6s., formerly ^£4 i6s., an increase of los. ; for the lands of 
Frosterhill £2 iis., formerly jQa 8s., an increase of 3s. ; for the lands of Hazle- 
head £$ 7s. 4d., formerly j£^ 43^ an increase of 3s. 4d.; for the lands of 



1553*] CROWN CHARTERS AND LKTTBRS PATENT. 63 

finiin de IdngbwRllis tantunde per omnia sicuti possessor hereditarius de 
hewlhcid Qaflibet possessor hereditarius dimedietatis ville et terrarum 
de sdiedoidaley tantundem per omnia sicuti possessor hereditarius de 
hfsiilhrid Quilibet possessor hereditarius dictarum terrarum de tullo tan- 
tmidem per omnia sicuti dictus possessor de hesilheid cum augmenta- 
tiooe quatuor denariorum Quilibet possessor hereditarius dimedietatis 
riile de cnivis summam iquadraginta vnius solidorum et octo denariorum 
^pie fHriiis in rentali nro computando antiquam iirmam cum gressuma ad 
wmimim qnadraginta solidorum annuatim solum extendebat et ^c aug^ 
ocntando dictum rentale annuatim ad summam vigintie denariorum 
fNialis monete regni scotie plus% vn% dicte piscarie et terre antedicC 
i c sp ec U ue cum suis pertinenciis nobis aut predecessoribus nns prius per- 
mlnriMtnt Quilibet possessor hereditarius dictarum terrarum de kingishill 
wmmam quadraginta solidorum que prius in rentali nro vltra memoriam 
hSnumnihil peisoluebant ad duos anni terminos vsuales penthecostes 
m ct sanctt martini in hieme per equales portiones nomine feodfirme 
Bttooo quilibet de nouo intrans ad hmoi piscarias seu terras duplicabit 
fiBudifimiam antedict in suo primo introitu ad easdem tantum pro omni 
ilto ooere seruitio seculari exactiooe seu demanda que de predictis 
piscariis et tenris cum suis pertinenciis aliqualiter exigi poterint aut 
requiri ProUISO tamen per omnia 4 dicti nri. conciues sui heredes et 
Miipiitl masculi aotedicti nuUo modo sint exempti a curiis et placitis 
dictl vR bufgi nee a solutione subsidiorum et contributionum que tax- 



as lor Hazlehead ; for half the town and lands of Sheddocksley, as for 
; fi>r the lands of Tullo, as for Hazlehead with four pence additional ; 
for half the town of Cruives ^£2 is 8d, foraierly £2, an increase of is. 8d, 
opau what the fishings and lands aforesaid formerly paid to us or our pre- 
decessors; for the lands of Kingshill £2^ which formerly beyond the memory of 
■MU paid nothii^; — at the two usual yearly terms, namely, Pentecost and St 
Martin in winter, in equal portions in name of feu-duty, as also every one enter- 
al of new on fishings or lands shall pay a double feu-duty aforesaid at his first 
SBtiy thereto only, in place of all other burden, secular service, exaction, or 
demand, which could in any way be exacted or required from the foresaid fishings 
and lands with their pertinents. Providing, however, through all, that our said 
fellow citisens, their male heirs and assignees aforesaid, shall be in no way 
oempt firom the courts and pleas of our said buigh or from payment of the 
iobiidies and contiibations which are called taxes and stents, or from the due 



X 



64 BURGH or ABERDBKN. ['SSS- 

tis et stentis appellantur nec^ a debitis seruidis et obedientiis dicto tSo 
burgo nHs officiariis gubematoribus et publka ofiicia gerentibus prius 
solitis et consuetis prouiso etiam 4 non erit licitum vlli femine vtendi 
fruendi nee poasidendi antedictas piscarias seu terras nee vllam partem 
aut proficuum eanindem in vital! reditu hereditate coniuncta iqfeo- 
datione nee aliter quouismodo ad hec non licebit dictis nHs eondui- 
bus suis faeredibus aut assignatis nee eorum alieui duas dimediatates 
rethium siue duas piscarias nec^ duas villas terrarum insimul heredi- 
tarie possidere qucmis priuilegio licentia vel aucthoritate vllis tempori- 
bus aiTuturis insuper non erit lidtum dictis nostris conburgensibus 
heredibus suis aut assignatis nee eorum tenentibus terras mode non 
cultas prefatarum terrarum supra recitatarum cum suis pertinenciis de 
nouo arrare manurare colere vrere nee seminare quouismodo in futunim 
(dempto possessore hereditario dictarum terrarum de kingishill et suis 
heredibus et assignatis antedictis eorumc]^ tenentibus quibus lidtum erit 
laborare arrare et seminare easdem terras infra limites spedficatas in 
carta nra particulari desuper cofecta prout in eadem continetur attento 
4 hfiioi terre de pnti sunt penitus vaste deserte et steriles nullum fructum 
producentes) et 4 ceteri nri comburgenses conuicini et incole diet! nH 
burgi p&tes et futuri gaudebunt et fruentur priuil^is solitis pascendi ani- 

service and obedience formerly used and wont to our said burg^ our offioeit» 
governors and those holding public offices; providing also that it shall not 
be lawful for any woman to use, enjoy or possess the foresaid fishings or 
lands or any part or profit thereof in liferent, heritage, conjunct infeftment or 
any other way ; further, it shall not be lawful for our said fellow dtizens, their 
heirs and assignees, or for any one of them, to possess in heritage two half 
nets, or two fishings, or two townships of lands at the same time, in virtue of any 
privilege, licence or authority in any time to come ; moreover, it shall not be law- 
ful for our said coburgesses, their heirs or assignees, or their tenants, in any manner 
in future of new to plough, manure, cultivate, bum or sow portions not already 
under cultivation of the foresaid lands above set forth with their pertinents 
(excepting the heritable possessor of the said lands of Kingshill and his heirs and 
assignees aforesaid and their tenants, for whom it shall be lawful to till, plough 
and sow the same lands within limits specified in our special charter executed 
thereanent, as is set forth in the same, because these lands at present are 
almost waste, desert and sterile, produdng no fruit) ; and that the rest of our 
coburgesses, neighbours and inhabitants of our said burgh, present and to 



I553>] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 65 

malia et pecora ac proiiciendi fodiendi et ducendi glebas focalia turbaria 
oespites bruaria et id genus quid comburendum infra cdmuniam dicti 
borgi toties quoties opus fuerit modo et forma quibus ante pntis carte 
confectionem gaudefaant et possidebant Vlterius si contigerit dictos 
no^tros conciues eorum heredes aut assignatos masculos antedictos seu 
eomndem aliquem deiicere in solutione dictarum feudiiirmarum respectiue 
annuatiint erminatim ut premittitur ad terminos suprascriptos vel saltern 
iijfina viginti dies immediate post quemlibet terminum dumodo ad hoc 
legitime requisil fuerint seu fuerit per collectorem dicti burgi pro tempore 
^ illis casibus et quolibet eorum occuren delinquentes seu delinquens cadent 
aeu cadet a iure hmoi infeodationis in [sic] carta sibi desuper confecta erit 
in ae nulla inualida et omnino expirata Reseruando tamen per omnia 
pre&tas piscarias et terras cum suis pertinentiis personis que de presenti 
easdem respectiue in assedationc habent durantibus annis et terminis 
unanim assedationum cursuris dumtaxat Saluis etiam et reseruatis 
prefote supreme domine n?e regine et suis successoribus feudifirmis 
annuls seruitiis bui^agiis inde debitis et consuetis et nos vero dicti 
picpositus balliui consules et comunitas de Abirdene et nri succes- 
aores omnes et singulas aquarum piscarias et terras superius recitatas 

oome, shall enjoy and have the benefit of the customary privil^es of feeding 
animals and flocks, and of casting, digging and leading earth, firewood, peats, 
tm^ heath, and all kinds of fuel within the commonty of the said burgh, as often 
as need shall be, in manner and form as before the execution of this present 
dutfter they enjoyed and possessed : Further, if it shall happen that our said 
fdlow citizens, their male heirs and assignees aforesaid, or any one thereof, fail to 
pay the said feu-duties due at the respective yearly terms as aforesaid, at the 
terms above-written, or at least within twenty days immediately following any term, 
iriiile l^ially requested to pay by the collector of the said burgh for the time, in 
that case and as often as it occurs the delinquent or delinquents shall lose the 
ii|^t of infeftment, and the charter proceeding thereon shall be null, void, and 
altogether without effect. Reserving, however, in all respects, the foresaid 
fishings and lands with their pertinents to the persons who at present have the 
same respectively in lease, while the years and terms of their lease are still to run. 
Saving and reserving also to our foresaid supreme lady, the Queen, and to her 
ro c oessars, the annual feu-duties, burgage services thereon due and customary. 
And we, the said provost, baillies, councillors and community of Aberdeen and 
our successors shall warrant, acquit and for ever defend all and sundry the fishings 

I 



66 BURGH or ABXRDKnr. [1553- 

cum suis proiicuis pendiculis et pertinentiis solitis et consuetis prefatis 
nils conciuibus supra nominatis suis heredibus ct assignatis mascuUs 
antedictis et nullis aliis in omnibus et per omnia forma pariter et 
effectu ut premissum est varantizabimus acquietabimus et imperpetuum 
defendemus In cuius rei testimonium pntibus maioris partis oom- 
missariorum nrorum pro tempore subscriptionibus manualibus roboraE 
Sigillum nrm appendi c5mune fecimus apud Abirdene duodecimo die 
mensis Septembris anno domine mittmo quingetesimo quinquagesifno 
tertio Coram testibus domino lacobo barclay magro Edwardo menzes 
Capellanis magris Andrea harvey Toma Young Gilberto murray 
loanne Nicholsoun et loanne Kennedy notariis publicis cum diuersis aliis 
QUAMQUIDEM cartam feodifirmam et donationem in eadem contenE 
in omnibus suis punctis et articulis conditionibas et modis ac drcum- 
stantiis suis quibuscunq^ in omnibus et per omnia forma pariter et 
effectu ut premissum est Cum auisamento consensu et aucthoritate 
dicti nfi carissimi consanguinei et tutoris approbamus ratificamus ac 
pro nobis et successoribus nris pro perpetuo confirmamus saluis nobis 
et successoribus nris firmis feudifirme iuribus et seruitiis dictarum terra- 
rum et piscariarum cum suis pertinentiis ante p&tem nram amfirmar 
tionem nobis debitis et consuetis Insuper cum auisamento consensu 

and lands above set forth» with their profits, pendicles and pertinents iised 
and wont, for our foresaid fellow citizens above-named, their male heirs and 
assignees aforesaid, and for no others, in all and through all, in like form 
and effect as aforesaid. In Witness whereof we have caused our common 
seal to be appended to these presents, strengthened by the subscriptions of 
the greater part of our commissaries for the time: at Aberdeen, the twelfth 
day of the month of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand five 
hundred and fifty-three, before witnesses : Sir James Barclay, Master Edward 
Menzies, chaplains ; Masters Andrew Harvey, Thomas Young, Gilbert Murzay, 
John Nicholson, and John Kennedy, Notaries Public, with divers others." 

Which charter, feufarm and gift therein contained, in all its points and articles, 
conditions and forms, and circumstances whatsoever, in all and through all, in 
like form and effect as aforesaid, with advice, consent and authority of our said 
most dear cousin and tutor, we do approve, ratify, and for us and our successors 
for ever confirm : reserving to us and our successors our feu-duties, rights and 
services of the said lands and fishings with their pertinents, due and customary to 
us before our present confirmation. Moreover, with advice, consent and authority 



I5$3-] CROWH CHAHXII8 AND LBTTBKS PATENT. 67 

et authoiitate nH gubernatoris antedid ex nra reginali potestate et 
authoritate regali volumus concedimus ac pro nobis et successoribus 
nHs decernimus et ordinamus 4 hec presens nostra confirmatio tanti 
erit roboris valoris et efficatie conciuibus dicti nri burgi suprascriptis 
eonunc^ heredibus et assignatis predictis et eorundem cuilibet ac sic 
eadem per nos sub nfo magno sigillo in maiori forma eis et eorum 
cuilibet ante sasinas per ipos de prefatis piscariis et terris respectiue 
captas data et concessa fuisset non obstanti sasinis per ipos de eisdem 
ante pntem nram coniirmationem susceptis In CUIUS rei testimonium 
bnic pnti carte nre confirmationis magnum sigillum nrm apponi pre- 
cepimus Testibus reuerendissimo in christo patre lohanne Archiepo 
Saocti Andree thesaurario nfo dilectis nris consanguineis Georgio Comite 
de huntlie ac morauia domino gordoun et badzenauch cancellario nro 
aichibaldo comite ergadie domino cambell et lome venerabili in Christo 
patre Georgio comendatario monasterii nri de dunfermling nri secreti 
sigilli custode dilectis nostris familiaribus magris toma marioribankis de 
rathe nrbrum rotulorum regri ac consilii ctico johanne bellenden de 
auchnoule nra iusticiarie ctico et alexandro levyngstoun de donypace nfe 
cancellarie directore Apud Edinburgh decimo quinto die mensis sep- 

of our governor aforesaid, of our own queenly power and royal authority, we 
win, grant, and for us and our successors decree and ordain^ that this our pre- 
sent Gcmfirmation shall be of as great strength, power and efficacy for the fellow 
cktiem above-written of our said burgh, their heirs and assignees aforesaid, and 
any one thereof, as if the same had been given and granted by us under our 
great seal in greater form to them and each one of them before the sasines 
taken by them on the foresaid fishings and lands respectively, notwithstanding 
that the sasines were taken by them thereupon before our present confirma- 
tion. In wttness whereof we have ordered our great seal to be appended 
to this our present charter of confirmation. Witnesses : The most reverend 
firther in Christ, John, Archbishop of St, Andrews, our Treasurer ; our beloved 
cousins, George, Earl of Huntly and Moray, Lord Gordon and Badenoch, our 
Chancellor; Archibald, Earl of Argyle, Lord Campbell and Lome; the vener- 
able father in Christ, George, Commendator of our Monastery of Dunfermline, 
Keeper of our Privy Seal ; our beloved familiar Masters Thomas Maijoribanks 
of Ratho, Clerk of our Rolls, Register and Council ; John Bellenden of Auch- 
noule, our Jusdce Clerk; and Alexander Livingston of Don3rpace, Director of 
oor Cbanoery. At Edinburgh, the fifteenth day of the month of September 



68 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [^S^?* 

tembris anno domini mittmo quingentesimo quinquagesimo tertio Et 
regni nostri vndecimo 

XXXII. 

lacobus dei gra Rex scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus Totius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis nos pro ardenti zelo quern ob inter- 
tenendam poletiam et bonu ordinem inter subditos nros gerimus precipue 
vero intra burgum nostrum de abirdene Intelligentes itaq^ 4 super omnia 
Munus erga deum (cuius prouidetia regimini nro preponimur) amplecti 
obuincti sumus Ac pro sustentatione hospitalitatis pauperibus mutilatis 
Impotentibus% personis orphanis et parentibus destitutis infantulis pre- 
seruande sollicitos fore Cum auisamento et consensu charissimi auun- 
culi nri Jacobi morauie comitis domini abimethie et nri regni ac ligeorum 
nrorum regentis dedisse concessisse et hac pnti carta nra confirmasse 
hereditarie dilectis nris preposito balliuis consulibus et comunitate burgi 
nri de abirdene eorumc]^ successoribus Imperpetuu Totum et int^[rum 

in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and fifty-three, and of 
our reign the eleventh. 

XXXII. 

King James VI, grants to the provost, dail/ies, etc., of Aberdeen, the habitation of 
the Minor Friars of the burgh to be converted into a Hospital, 30M De- 
cember, 1567.* 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole land, 
churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that from the ardent zeal which we 
have for the encouragement of polecy and good order among our subjects, but 
especially those within our burgh of Aberdeen ; and recognising therefore that 
above all things we are bound to fulfil our duty towards God, by whose provi- 
dence we are placed in our government; and anxious for the upholding of 
hospitality to the poor, the maimed, and the impotent, and to orphans and 
infants deprived of their parents ; with the advice and consent of our very dear 
uncle, James, Earl of Moray, Lord Abemethy, Regent of our kingdom and of our 
lieges, we have given, granted, and by this our present charter confirmed in heri- 
tage to our beloved provost, baillies, councillors and community of our burgh of 

* See Resignation by the Minor Friars to the Corporation, aglh December, 1559, potUa^ 



1567.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 69 

habitaculum siue mansionem jacen intra dictum nostrum bui^m cum 
hortis et pertinentiis eiusdem ad fratres minores dicti burgi olim spectan 
per ipsos% inhabitat^ ad effectum 4 prefati prepositus balliui consules 
et comunitas idem in hospitale pro receptione dict^ pauperum mutila- 
tarum et Impotentium personarum orphanorum et infantulorum paren- 
tibus destitutorum predict^ conuertere possent et non alias Pro quoquidem 
etiam effectu nos tenore presentium dict^ mansionem habitaculum et 
hortos earundem in vnii perpetuum hospitale facimus creamus et erigi- 
mus Nouii hospitale de abirdene omni tempore afiuturo nuncupand^ 
Teneii et haben totum et integrum dictum habitaculum et mansionem 
cum bortis et pertinentiis earundem dictis preposito balliuis consulibus 
et comunitati eorumc]^ successoribus ad effectum predictum de nobis et 
successoribus niis in feodo et hereditate Imperpetuu Cum potestate 
ipsis cum dicto habitaculo et mansione intromittendi Idem et hortum 
dusdem vel aliquam earundem partem prout ipsis ad efiectum superius 
qpecificatum videbitur bonu et expediens alterandi mutandi dimoliepdi 
reformandi et reparandi in omnibus que pro asiamento et receptaculo 
dic^ pauperum et Impotentium personarum comoda esse poterint l^es 
ac constitutiones pro obseruatione dicti hospitalis in bono et decenti 

Aberdeen and their successors for ever, all and whole the habitation or dwelling- 
house lying within our said burgh, with the yards and pertinents thereof, for- 
meily belonging to the Minor Friars of the said burgh and by them inhabited ; 
to the end that the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and community should 
ooQveit the same into a hospital for the reception of the said poor, maimed, and 
impoCenty for orphans and for infants deprived of their parents as aforesaid, and 
DO otherwise. For which purpose also we by the tenor of these presents make, 
create, and erect the said dwelling-house, habitation, and yards thereof into a per- 
manent hospital to be called in all time to come the New Hospital of Aberdeen. 
To be held and had all and whole the said habitation and dwelling-house with 
]fards and pertinents thereof by the said provost, baillies, councillors and com- 
muoityy and their successors, for the foresaid purpose, of us and our successors 
in fee. and heritage for ever ; with power to the same of intromitting with the 
aid habitation and dwelling-place and yard thereof, or any part of the same, 
as shall seem to them good and expedient for the purpose above specified; 
of altering^ changing, demolishing, reforming, and repairing in all things which 
may be convenient for the easement and shelter of the said poor and impotent ; 
of making and issuing laws and constitutions to be observed in the said hospital 



70 BURGH OF ABERDBSIf. [x5^7* 

ordine faciendi et promulgandi que adeo valibiles tanticj^ [sic] eflicacle erant 
ac si eedem in hac presenti nra infeodatione latius erunt exprease Cum 
omnibus et singulis aliis libertatibus comoditatibus proficuis et asiamentis 
ac iustis suis pertinentiis quibuscunc]^ tarn non nominate ?} nominate ad 
predict^ habitaculum et mansionem cum hortis et pertineB eanindem 
spectan seu iuste spectare valen quomodolibet in futurum adeo libere in 
omnibus et per omnia sicuti aliqua hospitalia in quibuscunc^ paitibtis 
regni nri per quoscum]^ nostros progenitores temporibus preteritis fuQ- 
data dotata et erecta sunt sine aliqua reuecadone [sic] aut contradictione 
quacun<^ Reddendo inde anuatim dicti prepositus balliui consules et 
comunitas dicti burgi ardentes et deuotas suas preces 5ipotenti dec p 
statu prospero nri et successorum nrorum tantum In Cuius rei testi- 
moniu huic presenti carte nre magnu sig^llum nostrum apponi precepimos 
Testibus reuerendissimo in xpo patre lohanne archiepo sanctiandree 
et dilectis nostris consanguineis lacobo comite de mortoitn domhio 
dalkeith cancellario nrb Wilelmo comite mariscalli dSo kdth Venerabill 
in xpo patre lohanne priore monasterii nri de coldinghame nH s e cy et i 
sigilli custode dilectis nris familiaribus consiliariis Magistro lacobo 
makgill de rankelour nethir nrorum rotulorum r^stri ac conaiUi clerioa 

in good and decent order, which shall be of as great force as if the same had been 
set forth at greater length in this our present infeftment : With all and sundiy 
other liberties, conveniences, profits, and easements and their just pertinents 
whatsoever, as well not named as named, belonging, or which shall in any way in 
future belong, to the foresaid habitation and dwelling-house, with the yards and 
pertinents thereof; as freely^ in all and through all, as any hospitals in any parts 
whatsoever of our kingdom by any of our ancestors whatsoever in times past have 
been given, endowed and erected : without any revocation or challenge whatso- 
ever. Paying therefor yearly the said provost, baillies, councillors and community 
of the said burgh, only their zealous and special prayers to Almighty God for the 
prosperity of us and our successors. In witness whereof we have ordered our 
great seal to be appended to this our present charter. Witnesses: The most 
reverend fisither in Christ, John, Archbishop of Saint Andrews ; and our beloved 
cousins, James, Earl of Mortoun, Lord Dalkeith, our Chancellor ; William, Earl 
Marischal, Lord Keith; the venerable father in Christ, John, Prior of the 
Monastery of Coldingham, Keeper of our Privy Seal ; our beloved ^miliar coun- 
ciUors, Master James Macgill of Nether Rankelour, Clerk of our Rolls, Register, 
and Council; and John Ballenden of Audmoule^ Knight, our Justice ClerL 



I5t5>] CROWN CHAJtTARS AND LETTERS PATENT. 7 1 

et lohanne bdlenddi de authnoule milite nre iusticiarie clerico Apud 
Edinbargh penultimo die mensis decembris anno domini millesimo 
qaingentesiniG sexagesimo septimo Et regni nostri primo 



XXXIII. 

lacobus dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus Totius 
terre sue clericb et laicis salutem Sciatis nos statum et conditionem 
pauperum intra regnu nrm perpendentes cdmiseratione eiga eos cristiana 
et patema pietate inducti presertim pro sustentatione pauperum hospi- 
talittin et gymnasiorum aliorumc]^ piorum vsuum intra burgum nrm de 
Abtrdene ac vt sustententur Igitur cum auisamento dnorum nn secreti 
omsilii dedisse concessisse disposulsse et hac pnti carta nra confirmasse 
Predilectis nns preposito balliuis consuli et comunitati dicti nri burgi de 
Abiidene ac eorum successoribus imperpetuu Omnes et singulas croftas 
terras tenementa et alia subscript que perprius tam ad fratres predictores 

At Edinbargh, the thirtieth day of the month of December in the year of our 
Loid cxie t^^"g^"^ five hundred and sixty-seven, and of our reign the first 



XXXIII. 

Bng Jtmus VL grants to the provost^ baillies^ etc,^ of Aberdeen^all the properties 
' €f the Black and of the White Friars^ and of other ecclesiastical bodies 
within the burgh^for the support of a Hospital and other pious uses, 26th 
Odoier, 1583. 

JambSi by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole land, 
dmrdiaien and laymen, greeting. Know ye that we, weighing well the state and 
condition of the poor within our kingdom, influenced by Christian pity and fatherly 
ffrft*^?" towards them, especially for the upholding of the poor's hospitals and 
gjfiniiasia and other pious uses within our burgh of Aberdeen, and in order 
6mt they may be kept up, have therefore, with the advice of the Lords of our 
PlDfy Council, given, granted, disponed, and by this our present charter confirmed, 
to our well beloved provost, baillies, council and community of our said buigh of 
Aberdeen and their successors for ever, all and sundry the crofts, lands, tenements 
and others under-written, which formerly belonged either to the Friars Preachers 



72 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. ['S^S* 

quam fratres albos lie quhyte freiris de Abirdene pertinuerunt Ac nunc 
nobis tanq* pars proprietatis nre corone per ordinem generalem desuper 
susceptum pertinent Acetiam in manibus nris virtute nre vltime generalis 
reuocationis de eisdem confecte deuenerunt viz illam croflaiti vocat lie 
zaird croft lacen inter terram et croftam Adami Mar ex oriental! lie 
womanishill ex occidental! domu gilberti andersoun appellatum lie blak 
freiris mans^ et templum ex australi et lacum ex boreali partibus Croftam 
terre vocat lie sowcroft lacefi inter viam publicam ex orientali lie den- 
burne ex occidental! croftam georgii harrow ex australi et viam cdmunem 
ex boreali partibus Croftam vocaC craigwell croft lacen inter croftam 
magri gilberti bisset ex orientali croftam georgii Watsoun ex occidental! 
croftam Andree Dun ex australi et viam publicam ex australi [boreali ?] 
partibus Tres porcas lie riggis terrarum lacen prope lie Crabstane Inter 
porcas terrarum diue trinitatis ex orientali croftam Alexandri leich ex 
occidental! viam publicam ex australi ac croftam georgii Watsoun ex 
boreali partibus Croftam vocaC Cunyngarhillis lacen inter cunicularium 
de Abirdene ex orientali viam publicam ex occidental! croftam gilberti 
Williamesoun ex australi et lie gallowhillis ex boreali partibus Duas 

or to the White Friars of Aberdeen, and now belong to us as part of the property 
of our crown, through the general order thereanent, and also came into our hands 
in virtue of our last general revocation executed with respect to the same — 
namely : That croft called the Yard Croft, lying between the land and croft of 
Adam Mar on the east, the Womanshill on the west, the house of Gilbert 
Anderson, called the Blackfriars Manse and Kirk, on the south, and the Loch on 
the north ; the croft of land called the Sow Croft, lying between the public road 
on the east, the Denburn on the west, the croft of George Harow on the south, 
and the common road on the north; the croft called Craigwell Croft, lying 
between the croft of Master Gilbert Bisset on the east, the croft of George Watson 
on the west, the croft of Andrew Dun on the souths and the public r(Mul on the 
south [north ?] ; three rigs of land lying near the Crabstane between the parks 
of the Holy Trinity on the east, the croft of Alexander Leith on the west, the 
public road on the south, and the croft of George Watson on the north ; die 
croft called Cunningarhills, lying between the rabbit warren of Aberdeen on 
the east, the public road on the west, the croft of Gilbert Williamson on the 
south, and the Gallowhills on the north ; two p>arks of land called Filthy Coppis,* 

* In earlier deeds the name of this crolt appears as ' Filyecope ' (1477) and * Philleoop ' 
(1^29). The form ' Fill the Cap * is used in the 17th century. 



1583*] CROWN CHARTBRS AND LSTTBRS PATENT. 73 

potcas tenarom vocat filthy ooppis laceS inter futismyre ex orientali 
mm publicam ex ocddeB croftam Alexandri cullane ex australi et 
croftam loannis Irwing ex borekli partibus Duas porcas terrarum lie 
ffiggis lacd in fluiis inter lie gallowhillis ex orientali publicam viam ex 
occidcB croftas Alexandri Malysoun ex australi et croftam olim ad 
gObertum kintor pertinen ex boreali partibus Porcam terre vocal bar- 
bouris Cfoft lacefi inter viam publicam ex orientali lie crukit myre ex 
ooddentali croftam magri Roberte liimisdane ex australi et croftam 
Alexandri Rutherfturde ex boreali partibus Vnam porcam terre lacefi 
intor comune cunicularium ex orientali croftam Willelmi vmphray ex 
ooddentali vinellam vocal garrakis Wynd ex australi et croftam Alex- 
andri Cullane ex boreali Vnam porcam terre lacen in fittieland Inter 
oSmune cunicularium ex orientali torrentem vocal ye trinitie bume ex 
occidentali croftam gilberti gray ex australi et croftam lacobi blak ex 
boraali Vnam porcam laceB prope lie gallowgaitheid inter lie gallowhillis 
ex orientali viam publicam ex occidentali croftam Andree lak ex aus- 
tnli et croftam Andree Malysoun ex boreali vnacum omnibus et singulis 
terris croftis horreis mansipnibus et hortis ad predictos fratres predica^ 
toies perprius pertinentibus Acetiam omnes et singulas croftas terras et 

^fii^; between Futtie's Mire on the east, the public road on the west, the croft of 
Aknnder Cullane on the south, mid the croft of John Irving on the north ; two 
qgi of land lying in the Floors^ between the Gallowhills on the east, the public 
nad on the west, the crofts of Alexander Malyson on the south, and the croft 
fameriy belonging to Gilbert Kintor on the north ; the park of land called Bar- 
boot^ Croft lying between the public road on the east, the Crooked Mire on the 
the croft of Master Robert Lumsden on the south, and the croft of Alex- 
Rudierfiird on the north; one park of land lying between the common rabbit 
wanen on the east, the croft of William Umfray on the west, the vennd called 
Ganakis Wynd on the south, and the croft of Alexander Culkme on the north; 
one park of land lying in the land of Futtie between the common rabbit warren 
on dte east, the stream called the Trinity Bum on the west, the croft of Gilbert 
Gny on the south, and the croft of James Black on the north ; one park of land 
lying near the Gallowgaithead between the Gallowhills on the east, the public road 
on the west, the croft of Andrew Jack on the south, and the croft of Andrew 
Malyson on the north ; together with all lands, crofts, bams, dwelling-houses and 
yuds, belonging formeriy to the foresaid Friars Preachers. And also all and 
nindry crofts, lands, and others under-written pertaining and bdon^n^ to the 

K 



74 lURGH or ABEUMUEM. [^Sl^^ 

alia subscript ad fratres albos vocal lie quhyte freirb dc Abirdene speetao 
et pertinen viz Croftam vocai lie dowcat croft laoen inter croftam auutr 
tini howesoun ex orientali croftam voeai langlandis ex occidentali viam 
publicam ex australi et croftam geoi^ii Watsoun ex boreali Croftam 
vocaE langlandis lacefi inter croftam magri gilberti bisset ex orientali 
croftam duncani Donaldsoun ex occidentali viam publicam ex austiali 
et croftam martini howesoun ex boreali Croftam vocat Pyno^uke laoeB 
inter lie Denbume ex orientali et croftaa gilberti Menzda ex ioocidentali 
fyndmark ex australi et viam publicam ex boreali croftam voeaf ladycfoft 
lacen inter lie pynour croft ex orientali croftam Martini howeioua ex 
occidentali croftam magri lacobi bumet ex australi et croftam diid 
loannis ex boreali Croftas vocai cuttingis laoefi inter croftam magri 
lacobi bumet ex orientali croftam Martini howesoun ex ocddenlali 
Terras gilberti menzeis senioris ex Uustrali et octo rodas lie ruddia ex 
boreali partibus Octo rodas seu particatas lie ruddit lacex inter caroftam* 
georgii Watsoun ex orientali croftam gilberti gr^ ex occideo croftam 
martini howesoun ex australi et viam publicam ex boreali Cpo&am ^ocsif 
pringillis cioft lacen inter croftam loannis Aodersouo ex orieataJj 
Koblaw ex occidentali croftam gilberti gray ex austiali et croftam 

White Friars of Aberdeen, namely : The croft called die Dowcot Croftt l^ri^g 
between the croft of Martin Howeson on the east, the croft called Tanglanris 
on'the west, the public road on the south, and the croft of George WatK>n on 
the north ; the croft called Langlands, lying between the croft of Master Gilbeit 
on the east, the croft of Duncan Donaldson on the west, the public load oalfae 
south, and the croft of Martin Howeson on the north ; the croft called Pynouiv 
neuk, lying between the Denbum on the east, and the crofts of Gilbert Menzias 
on the west, the Fyndmark on the south, and die public road on the north; th( 
croft called Lady Croft, lying between the Pynour Croft on the east, the croft of 
Martin Howeson on the west, the croft of Master James Bumet on the south, 
and tfie croft of Saint John on the north; the crofts called Cuttings, lyiQg 
between the crofts of Master James Bumet on the east, the croft of Martin 
Howeson op the west, the lands of Gilbert Menzies, the elder, on the south, sod 
the eight roods on the north ; eig^ roods or pardcates, lying between the croft 
of George Watson on the east, the croft of Gilbert Gray on the west^ the croft 
of Martin Howeson on the south, and the public road on the QOith; the /cmft 
ieidled Pringill's Croft, lying between the croft of John Anderson on the eas^ 
flubitflaw on the west, tbc croft of Gilbert Gray on tfaie south* and the croft of 



]593>] CROWM CHARTIIUI AMD LUTKRS PATENT. 75 

gilberti ecrilcamm ex boreal! partibim Vnam croftatn lacefl Inter eroftam 
geoigii WatsoQfi ex oriental! croftam fratnim predicatonim ex ocd* 
dentuli croftatn Duncan! donaldsoan ex austral! et croftam magri gilberti 
bi«et ex boreali vnacum omnibus aliis et singulis terris croftis Inuts 
redditibiia horreis tenemStis et mansionibus ad predictos fratres albos 
p ei tin cn ti bus lacefi infra vicecomitatum nrm de Abirdene Necnon cum 
omnibos et singulis terris tenementis donfiibus edificiis ecclesiis capellis 
hortis pomeriis croftis inuis redditibus fructibus deuoriis emolumStls 
fimis elemorinis pecunia lai^toria et obitus lie daill siluer et obittis et 
inioersariis quibuscun^ que quouismodo pertinuerunt seu pertinere 
dinoscuntur ad quascunc]^ capellanias prebendas seu alteragia in quibus- 
ciin% eccfia capella seu collegio infra libertatem dicti burg! nri de Abir- 
dene per quamcnc^ persona seu patronii fundaf in quarum possessione 
cqiellan! et prebendarii eanindem perprius extiterunt vbicunque infra' 
ifgnu nfm lacent vel {{Sribus retroactis percipi consueuerunt Acetiam 
cam onmibos et singulis terris domibus et tenementis intra dictum nrm 
borgnm et libertatem eiusdem cum omnibus 3nuis redditibus de domibus 
terris seu tenementis Intra dictum nrm burgum datis dotatis ac 



Gilbert CoIIeson on the north; one croft lying between the croft of Geoige 
Watson on the east, the croft of the Friars Preachers on the west, the croft of 
Duncan Donaldson on the south, and the croft of Master Gilbert Bisset on the 
soffth; together with all and sundry other lands, crofts, annual rents, bams, 
tenements, dwelling-houses, belonging to the foresaid White Friars, lying within 
our sheriffdom of Aberdeen ; as well as with all and sundry lands, tenements, 
booseSi buildings, churches, chapels, yards/ orchards, crofts, annual rents, fruits, 
duties^ emoluments, rents, alms, daill silver * and obits, and anniversaries whatso- 
ever, which in any way belonged or are distinguished as belonging to chaplainries, 
prebends, or altarages whatsoever, founded by person or patron whatsoever, in 
diurch, chapel or college whatsoever, within the freedom of our said burgh of 
Aberdeen, in possession of which the chaplains and prebendaries of the same 
Icxmeily were, whereso^er within our kingdom they lie, or in times past used t6 
be gathered ; and also with all and sundry lands, houses and tenements within 
our said buigh and. freedom thereof with all annual rents from houses, buildings, 
lands or tenements within our said burgh, given, endowed and founded to 

*Jkdtt Sit9it^ — Money for distribution among the clergy on a foundation, yaminon^s 



76 BUKGH OP ABIBDBN. ['S^S- 

fundatis quibuscuikj^ capellaniis alteragiis eodesie mortuariis soi intiier^ 
sariis vbicun^ infra regnu nrm existefi Necnon cum omnibus et sii^lis 
annuis redditibus aliisq^ deuoriis quot antea perdin oonsueuenmt aeo 
acdamari poterint per quamcun^ ecdesiam extra dictum nrm buigom a 
preposito et balliuis eiusdem de eorum repuUica aeu oomuni bono 
Tenendas et habendas Omnes et singulas prenoiatas terras croftas tete- 
menta hortos mansiones ac alia tam particulariter quam generaltter 
supra script cum suis pertinentiis predictis preposito balliuis consul! et 
comunitati ac successoribus suis de nobis et sucoessoribus nfis Imper- 
petuu prout lacent in longitudine et latitudine In domibus edifidis boscts 
planis moris marresiis viis semitis aquis stagnis riuolis pratis pascub et 
pasturis molendinis multuris et eorum sequelis Aucupationibus vena- 
tionibus piscationibus petariis turbariis carbonibus caibonariis cunicnlis 
cuniculariis columbis columbariis falmlibus Iwastnis brueriis et genestb 
siluis nemoribus et virgultis lignis tignis lapiddiis lapide et calce Cum 
curiis et earum exitibus herezeldis bludewitis et mulierum merdietis 
Cum cdmuni pastura libero introitu et exitu Ac cum omnibus aliis et 



chaplainries, alterages, church burials or anniversaries whatsoever, wheresoever 
in existence within our kingdom ; as well as with all and sundiy annual rents and 
other duties, which used formeriy to be gathered or could be datmed bj anj 
church whatsoever outwith our said buigh, fiom the provost and baiUies thereof 
out of their general fund or common good. To be hdd and had all and sundiy 
the aforenamed lands, crofts, tenements, yards, mansions, and others above set 
forth as well in detail as generally, with their pertinents, by the foresaid provost, 
baillies, council and community, and their successors, of us and our successors 
for ever, as they lie in length and breadth, in houses^ buildings, forests^ plains, 
moors, marshes, roads, paths, ponds, streams^ meadows, pastures and pasturagesi 
mills, multures and their sequels, hawkings, huntings, fishings, petaries, turbaries^ 
coals, coal-pits, rabbits, rabbit-warrens, pigeons, dovecots, smithies, brew houses, 
heath and broom, woods, groves and thickets, firewood, timber, quarries, stone 
and lime, with courts and their issues, herizdds, bloodwits, and merdiets of 
women,* with common pasture, free ish and entry, and with all other and sundry 



* ''H<riMitd or herioC is the best horse or ox— the best animal— the best ancht— f^lnmaM 
averium of the vassal, which became the pro p er ty of the lord on his decease." 

Bloodwit ** means the jurisdiction in assaults where there is bloodshed, and where the wnU 
or fine was to the lord of the court. The fine varied ooe-third at the woond was above or 
below the breath.** 



I5S3.] CROWM CBASTBRS AMD LBTTER8 PATENT. 77 

stngulis libertatibtis comoditatibus proficuis asiamentis ac lustis suis 
peitineg quibuscuikj^ Tarn non noiatis quam nominatis tain subtus terra 
qaam supra terrain procul et prope ad predict terras croftas tenementa 
boftos mansiones ac alia suprascripf cum suis pertinen spectan seu luste 
qiectare valen quomodolibet in futurum libere quiete plenarie integre 
hooorifioe bene et in pace sine aliqua reuocatione contradictione Impedi- 
mento aut obstaculo aliquali Cum ptate dictis preposito balliuis consuli 
et oSmunitati ac successoribus suis per se ipsos suosq^ collectores quos 
coostitiiere placuerint prefatos 2nuos redditus fructus deuoria proficua 
et emolumenta quecumc]^ percipiendi et leuandi vbicuui]^ antea percipi 
coDsueiierunt ac eadem pro sustentatione pauperum hospitalium et gym- 
oaaionun alios^ vsus pios intra dictum nrm burgum applicandi dictas 
terras et tenementa tenentibus assedandi et locandi ac eos remouendi 
Adeo libere sicuti prebendarii capellani et alii suprascripti eisdem antea 
ggtidere et possidere poterint ad effectum et vsum antedictum Ad hec 

ISKrties^ ooDYenienceSy profita, easements, and their just pertinents whatsoever, as 
vdl not named as named, as well under the ground as above the ground, £ur 
and near, belonging, or which may justly belong in any way in time to come, to 
the foresaid lands, crofts, tenements^ yards, mansions, and others above-written, 
wA dieir pertinents ; free, quietly, fully, wholly, honourably, well and in peace, 
vidioiit any revocation^ challenge, hindrance, or obstacle of any kind; with power 
lo die said provost, baillies, council and community, and their successors, of 
gitlhering and uplifting, by themselves and by their collectors, whom they shall 
to appoint, the foresaid annual rents, fruits, duties, profits and emoluments 
r, wheresoever they used formerly to be gathered, and of applying the 
to tiie support of the poor's hospitals and gymnasia, and to other pious uses 
within oar said buigh, of setting and letting the said lands and tenements to tenants, 
and of removing these, as freely as the prebendaries, chaplains and others above- 
written could formerly enjoy and possess the same for the purpose and use aforesaid. 

Msrekdts of wf&msH, ** Some learning has been brought to show that, on the Continent, 
tins tax — mircheta mutUmm — ^represented an ancient seignorial right — ^the jus frima noctU, 
I hate not looked carefuUy into iht French authorities ; but I think there is no evidence of a 
costom so odious existing in England ; and in Scotland, I venture to say that there is nothing to 
gfoand a suspicion of such a n^t. The merchet of women with us was simply the tax paid 
by the different classes of bondmen and tenants and vassals, when they gave their daughters 
b mairiage, and thus deprived the lord of their lervices, to which he was entitled jurs 
fongmndsJ* Cosmo Innes* Scotch Legal Antiquities^ pp. 54, 60, 53. 

also the TrtmsacHons of the Society of Antiquaries ofScotUmd^ VoL III., p. 56. 



78 BORGB or ABBRDIIIf. UfiS* 

eonsidemites qoam magna fraade fratres prebendarii et cApeflani sttprnr 
icripti post aboletam papisticam religionem et superstitionem alienaaemnt 
delapidauenint et resignarunt in manibus particulariS homlnfi term 
croftas ftnuos redditus tenementa et alia respectiue perpritis mortifiGata 
Ac % diuersi nri liegii lus ad quasdam terras tenementa et innos fiQd- 
ditus antea mortificaf pretenderunt et acclamarunt per breuia capelle'fl6e 
ac alias sasinam eorundem tanq" heredes eorum predioessoribtifl qai 
easdem antea dotarunt susceperunt que sequnta sunt partim n^%;entia 
officiarionim dicti nri burgi ac 'partim collusione fratmm prebendariomm 
et capellanaru superius spectificaf Ideo nos cum auisamento dictorum 
dBonim tenore pntis carte nre rescindimus et SnuUamus omnes et 
singulas tales alienationes dispositiones et sasinas quouismodo datas et 
confectas in alterationem et mutationem prioris propositi intentionis et 
mentis fundatorum earundem et eas in particulares vsus couertendo Sic 
^ eadem ad vsus suprascriptos conuerti et applicari poterint Quam- 
quidem declarationem volumus tanti valoris roboris et effectus fore Ac 
si persone obtentores dictarum dispositionii particulariter vocate folsaent 
ac earum infeofamenta ordinario luris cursu seu processu rescinderentur 
Necnon cum auisamento antedicto vnimus et Incorporamus omnes et 

Farther, taking into consideradon how dishonesdy the friars, pcebendaries and 
chaplains above-written, after the abolition of the pqpish religion and soperrtition^ 
alienated, damaged and resigned into the hands of private persons, the lands, 
crofts, annual rents, tenements, and others respectively, formerly mortified, and 
that diverse of our lieges have asserted and claimed, by brieves of our dianoeiy, 
the right to certain lands, tenements and annual rents formerly mortified, and 
otherwise have obtained sasine of the same as heirs of their predecessors who 
formerly gifted the same ; which happened partly through the negligence of the 
officials of our said burgh, and partly through the collusion of the friars, preben- 
daries and chaplains above mentioned : We, therefore, with the advice of the said 
lords, do, by the tenor of our present charter, rescind and annul all and sundry such 
alienations, dispositions and sasines, in whatsoever manner given and completed 
in alteration and change of the former purpose, intention and design of the 
founders, and for the conversion of the same to particular uses, so that the same 
may be converted and applied to the uses above-written, which declaration it is 
our will shall be of equal value, strength and effect as if the grantees of the said 
dispositions had been individually summoned and their infeftments rescinded by 
ordinary course or process of law. Moreover, with the advice aforesaid, we unite 



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singulaB tarns croftas tenementa domus edifida templa templorum 
hortos capellas pomeria hortos Snuos redditus fructus deuoria proficua 
emolumeta firmas elemosinas obitus aniuersaria cum suis pertinen in 
von corpus nram fundationem de Abirdene in futurum nucupand Ac 
wlumus ^ vnica sasina semel per predictos prepositum et balliuos vel 
eonim aiiquem apud pretoriu dicti nf i burgi Adeo sufficiens erit sasina 
pro perpetuo in futuru ac si eadem super particularibus tems croftis 
teoementis et aliis supiadictis suscepta fuisset Non obstante distantia 
loooru Et 4 in diuersis locis seu partibus lacent Preterea uoluniU3 4 
fiatfes prebendarii et capellani ab antiquo prouisi ante aboletam super* 
ititioneiQ antedictam per banc pntem infeodacionem non preiudiceotur 
led ipb vsum dictorum fructuii et deuoriorum durante eorum vita tantum 
Secundum ratam reseruamus Quare tenore pntis carte nre mandamus 
oomputorum rotulatori collectori generali pntibus et futuris eorun9% col* 
ledxiribus et factoribus ac onibus aliis interesse pretendentibus vt nemo 
oonim prei^imat fructus deuoria et alia particulariter suprascripta pro 
aliquo tempore preterito seu futuro percipere seu leuare nee Impedi* 
metum aliquod predictis preposito balliuis consuli comunitati et suc- 
oessorfbus suis in pacifica gauisione et possessione eorundem inferre 

and ineorpcHite^ all and sundry the lands, crofts, tenements, houses, building^ 
ttmplfia, temple yards, chapels, orchards, yards, annual rents, fruits, duties, profits, 
cmolomenta^ rents, alms, obits, with their pertinents, into one body to be styled 
Is time io come our foundation of Aberdeen. And it is our will that a single 
Mine^ taken once for all by the foresaid provost and baillies, or any one of 
tiMB, at the townhouse of our said bur^ shall be as effective a sasme for ever 
m time to come as if the same had been taken on the individual lands, crofts, 
tenements, and others above-written, notwithstanding the distance of the places^ 
and that they lie in diverse places or parts. Further, it is our will that the 
firim^ ptebendaries, and chaplains of old provided for, before the abolition of the 
supemil ion aforesaid, shall not be prejudiced by this present infeftment, but we 
Mnne far them, aocoidiDgto their shares, the use of the said fruits and duties, 
daring their lives only. Wherefore, by the tenor of our present chartei; we 
dinct the oomptroller, collector general, present and to come, and their collectors 
aid agenti, and all others professing to be interested, that none of them shall 
make bold to gather or uplift the fruits, duties, or others above set forth in 
detail far any period past or to come^ or to hinder in any way the foresaid 
provoat, bailliei^ conocil and community, and their successors^ from peaceftilly 



8o BURGH OP ABBRDSm. [l5&5- 

preterea requirimus dnos nH consilii et sessionis alias nras litems in 
quatuor formis ad instantiam prepositi balHuoru consulum et comunitatis 
dicti nri burgi dirigere Ad causandum eos eorum^ factores ac alios eonim 
nominibus de omnibus et singulis prenoiatis terns croftis tenemeiitis 
domibus edificiis fructibus deuoriis et aliis particulariter suprascriptis ac 
nullis aliis in futurum responderi ad effectus supra specificatos In Cuius 
rei Testimoniu huic i^ti carte nre magnum sigillum nirn apponi pre- 
cfepimus Testibus predilecto nro consanguineo et consiliario Colino 
Argadie comite dfio Campbell et lome etc Cancellario ac lustidario i^ 
generali Reuerendissimo ac venerabilibus in x^ patribus Patricio Sancti* 
andree Archiepo Roberto comendatario mo^ nri de dunfermeling nib sec- 
retario Waltero comendatario prioratus nri de blantyre nfi secret! sigiUi 
custode dilectis nris familiaribus et consiliariis Alexandro hay nronim 
rotulorum regri ac consilii clerico lodouico bellendefi de Auchnonle 
milite nre lusticiarie clerico Et Roberto Scott nre Cancellarie directofe 
Apud Striuiling vicesimo sexto die mensis Octobris Anno dfii millesimo 
quingentesimo Octuagesimo tertio Et R^^i nil decimo septimo 

enjoying and possessing the same. Furtheri we require the Lords of our Council 
and Session to direct our other letters in four forms * at the instance of the 
im>yo8t, baillies, councillors and community of our said burgh, to cause them 
and their factors and others in their names in future to account for all and 
sundry the before-named lands, crofts, tenements, houses, buildings fruits, 
duties, and others above written in detail, and no othere, to the effect above 
specified. In witness whereof we have ordered our great seal to be i^qpended to 
this our present charter. Witnesses : Our well-beloved cousin and coundilor, 
Colin, Earl of Argyll, Lord Campbell and Lome, etc., our Chancellor and 
Justiciar General ; the very reverend and the venerable &thers in Christ, Patrick, 
Archbishop of Saint Andrews; Robert, Commendator of our Monastery of 
Dunfermline, our Secretary ; Walter, Commendator of our Priory of Blaotyre^ 
Keeper of our Privy Seal ; our beloved familiars and councillors, Alexander Hay, 
Clerk of the Rolls, Register, and Council; Lewis Bdlenden of Auchnoulei 
Knight, Clerk of our Justiciary; and Robert Scott, Director of our Chancery. At 
Stirling, the twenty-sixth day of the month of October in the year of our Loid 
one thousand five hundred and eighty-three, and of our reign the seventeenth. 

* Ldiiers in four forms. ** The first was a charge to pay or perfonn, without any certifi- 
cation ; the second was a charge to the same effect, hut with certification that homing would 
foUow ; the third was homing ; the fourth was caption.*'— Stair's ImtitnHont^ IV. 47, | a. 



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XXXIV. 

Jacx>BUS Dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus probis hoibus totius 
terre sue clericis et laicis Salutem SCIATIS Nos quandam cartam et 
infeofamentum feudifirme assedationis et locationis factam datam et 
coocessam per quond' Gavinu Episcopum Abirdonen cum express 
atusamento consensu et assensu decani et capituli ecctie cathedralis 
At»fdonen dilectis nostris quonda Gilberto Menzeis preposito balliuis 
oonsilio et communitati burgi nri de Abirdene pro tempore et suis suc- 
cesscMTibus prepositis balliuis consilio et communitati dicti nri burgi pro 
tempore De totis et integris terris de Ardlaire cum vniuersis suis per- 
tinell lacefi infra dominium et schira de Clate comitatum de Gareoche 
ac Vicf nrm de abirdene ad sustentationem manutentionem repara- 
tioiiem et quum opus fuerit Reedifjcationem noui lapidii pontis super 
flauio seu aqua de Die prope idem nrm burgum de Abirdene inter terras 
de Kincorth ad abbatem et conuentu de Abirbrothok spectan ex aus- 

XXXIV. 

Kmg James VL confirms to the provost^ baUlies^ etCy of Aberdeen^ a grant made 
(4M DetetiUfer^ 1529) h Bishop Gavin Dunbar of the lands of Ardlair^for 
ii^ mpkeeping of the Bridge of Dee. 12th May, 1587. 

Jauss, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole land, 
churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that we have fully considered a 
certain charter and infeftment of feufarm, assedation and lease — by our com- 
maud seen, read, inspected and diligently examined — being whole, entire, not 
emed, not cancelled or suspected in any part thereof— made, given and granted 
by umquhile Gavin, Bishop of Aberdeen, with express advice, consent and assent 
of die dean and chapter of the cathedral church of Aberdeen, to our beloved 
Gilbert Menzies, provost, the baiUies, council and community of our butgh of 
Aberdeen for the time being and their successors, provosts, baillies, council 
and community of our said buigh for the time; of all and whole the lands of 
Ardhir^ with their entire pertinents, lying within the lordship and parish of 
Clatt, the earldom of Garioch, and our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, for the up- 
keeping, maintenance, repair, and, when it shall be necessary, the rebuilding 
of the new stone bridge across the river or water of Dee, near our buigh 
of Aberdeen, between the lands of Kincorth, belonging to the abbot and 

L 



82 BURGH OF ABBRDBBN. [iS^?- 

trail et terras de Ruderistoun ad heredes quondl Henrici Leicht olim 
de bamis spectan ex boreali partibus earundem Tenen de dicto e^Ms- 
copo et suis successoribus pro solutione anuatim viginti sex solidorum 
et octo denariorum nomine feudifirme tantum de Mandato nro visam 
lectam inspectam et diligenter examinatam sana Intq^ram non rasam 
non cancellatam nee in aliqua sui parte suspectam Ad plenu intel- 
lexisse sub hac forma 

Omnibus banc cartam visuris vel audituris Gavinus miseratione 
diuina Abirdopen Epus Salutem in Dno Sempitemam Noueritis nos 
cum consensu et assensu ac auisamento decani et capii nfe ecctie 
cathedralis Abirdonen ad hoc specialiter die capitular! per sonu cam- 
pane maioris vt moris est captr congr^^torum vocatis% vocandis et 
interesse haben et pretenden precedente solemn! tractatu matura de- 
liberatione prehabita ecclesiec^ nre cathedralis Abirdonen atcj^ reipub- 
lice ac r^^i Scotie vtilitate consideratis dedisse concessisse alfeoaase 
ac imperpetuum confirmasse Necnon dare concedere alienare et hac 
pnti carta nra confirmare imperpetuum dilectis nostris Gilberto Men- 
zeis preposito balliuis consilio et communitati burg! de Abirdene et 
suis successoribus prepositls balliuis consilio et communitatj pro tem- 
pore eiusdem burg! de Abirdene [totas et intq^ras terras de Aidlaire 

convent of Arbroath, on the south side, and the lands of Ruthrieston, belonging 
to the heirs of umquhile Henry Leith, late of Barnes, on the nordi side thereof; 
to be held of the said bishop and his successors for an annual payment of . twenty- 
six shillings and eight pence^ in name of feu-duty only — in this form : — 

" To all who shall see or hear this charter, Gavin, by divine mercy Bishop 
of Aberdeen, eternal greeting in the Lord Know ye that, with consent and 
assent and advice of the dean and chapter of our cathedral church of Aberdeen, 
specially assembled as a chapter for this purpose, on a chapter day, by sound 
of the greater bell, as is the custom ; and all being summoned who should be 
summoned, and who have, or pretend an interest, after previous solemn dis- 
cussion, mature deliberation, and consideration of the wellbeing of our cathedral 
church of Aberdeen, and of the commonwealth and kingdom of Scotland, we 
have given, granted, alienated and for ever confirmed, and do give, grant, alie- 
nate, and by this our present charter for ever confirm, to our beloved Gilbert 
Menzies, provost, the baillies, council and community of the buigh of Aberdeen, 
and to their successors, provosts, baillies, council and community for the time 
being of the said burgh of Aberdeen, All and whole our lands c^ Ardlair, with 



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cttm vnhiersis suis pertineB laceH infra dominium et schirS de Clate 
ooraitatum de Gareoche ac Vicf nrm de abirdene] ad sustentationem 
manuten sione reparationem et cum opus fuerit Reedificatione noui 
lapidij pontis super fluuio seu aqua de Die prope idem bui^m de 
Abirtoie inter terras de Kincorth ad abbatem et conuentum de Abir- 
brodiok ex aostrali et terras de Ruderistoun ad heredes quond* Henrici 
liclit <>lim de bamb spectaB ex boreali partibus Quequidem terre de 
Atdlair com pertinentiis allegaf fuerut perprius Iiereditarie pertinere 
Androe Levingstoun^ de solmys ac de nobis et etiam nia ecclesia 
cadiedrali AMrdoneB per seruitiu feodifirme tente in capite Et ob non 
exhlbitionem seu ostentationem carte sue infeodationis dictarum ter- 
nuum noUs vt de jure tenebatur per nostros legitimos processus prout 
jori congniit prefato Andrea ceterisq^ omnibus ad easdem terras cum 
pertinentiis interesse habentibus seu jus in eisdem quomodolibet habere 
pietendeK ad instantiam nram super premiss' legittime citatis sepius% 
focatb sniscj^ contumadjs legittime accusatis cuius ob qui causam et 
Mam rationabiles causas nobis et successoribus nHs ad perpetuo in pro* 
ptietate permanendum adiudicate fuerit ac la{M anno et die ad pl^um 

tbeir entire pertinents, lying within the lordship and parish of Clatt, earldom of 
Gsrioch and sherifldom of Aberdeen^ for the upkeeping, maintenance, repair, and, 
when it shall be necessary, the rebuilding of the new stone bridge across the river 
or water of Dee, near the same burgh of Aberdeen, between the lands of Kin- 
earth, belonging tb the abbot and convent of Arbroath, on the south side^ and 
te tamds of Rndirieston, bdonging to die heirs of umquhile Henry Leith, bte of 
Bttnei, on the nosth side : which lands of Ardlair, with the pertinents, were 
alleged formerly to pertain m heritage to Andrew Livingston of Sohnys^ and 
were Ikdd in diief of us, and also of our cathedral church of Aberdeen, by the 
senrioe of feufiurm ; and by reason of his not exhibiting or producing to us his 
charter of infeftment of the said lands, as by right he was bound to do^ the 
foreiaid Andrew, and all odiera having interest in, or pretending in any way to 
hife ti^t to the said lands, with their pertinents, being agreeably to justice cited 
by our p p o ccs se s of law anent the premisses at our instance, and often summoned, 
aiid lawfiAy accused of contumacy ; wherefore, and for other reasonable causes [the 
aridlmds] had been adjudged lo us and to our successors, to remam in prc^perty 
ibr ew, wait after the kpae of die caotionaiy year and day having been ndthcv 

* So b JSifis#nwi Magm SigitU: hot '* Elphintton dc Sehnys" in Rigistrum E^scafaius 
Ahehtaiuiui$9 SpaUBng Clob fidition, Vol. I., p. 393. 



84 BURGH OF ABERDEXN. ['S^?- 

minimc dimiss scu petitis [sic] in rem judicata transienint Et quas etiam 
terras de Ardlaire cum pertinentijs idem Andreas non vi aut metu ductus 
nee errore lapsus de sua mera libera ac spontanea voluntate pro quadam 
certa summa pecunie per nos eidem Andree in sua magna et vigoiti 
necessitate persoluta in manibus nHs tanqu§ in manibus domioi lupe- 
rioris earundem cum omni iure et iuris dameo titulo proprietate^et 
possessione si quod quem aut quam habet habuit aut habere potnit in 
seu ad huiusmodi terras cum pertinentijs per fustum et baculum ad 
perpetuam remanentiam pure et simpliciter resignauit cessit et dimiait 
prout in processibus et instrumentis publicis desuper oonfectis lathis 
continetur Teneii et haben totas et integras terras nras de Ardlair pie- 
dicf cum pertinefr supradictis prepositis balliuis et communitate de 
Abirdene ct buigi predict et suis successoribus prepositis baUiuts et 
communitate pro tempore eiusdem burgi de nobis et successoribus 
nostris Epis Abirdonen in feodo et hereditate imperpetuum per omnes 
rectas metas suas antiquas et diuisas prout iacent in longitudhM ,et 
latitudine in boscis planis moris maresijs viis semitis aquis stagnis rhiolis 
pratis pascuis pasturis moliidinis multuris et eorum sequdis aucupa- 
tionibus venationibus piscationibus petarijs turbarijs carbonarijs cdum- 



restored nor claimed, became so finally. And whidi lands (tf Ardlairi with the 
pertinents, the said Andrew, not influenced by force or fear, nor led astray by 
error, but of his own accord and free will, in return for a certain sum of money 
paid by us to the said Andrew in his great and uigent need, did, for ever, by 
staff and baton, purely and simply resign, grant and demit into our hands, as into 
the hands of the superior thereof with all right and claim of right, title, property 
and possession which he has, had, or could have, in or to such lands, with the 
pertinents, as in the processes and public instruments thereanent executed is 
more fully set forth. To be held and had all and whole our fiM:e8aid lands of 
Ardlair, with the pertinents, by the above-mentioned provosts, baillies and com- 
munity of Alierdeen and the foresaid burgh, and by their successors, provosts, 
baillies and community for the time being of the same buiigh, from us and our 
successors, bishops of Aberdeen, in fee and heritage for ever, by all its true 
ancient meiths and marches, as they lie in length and in breadth, in forests, 
plains, moors, marshes, roads, paths, ponds, streams, meadows, pastures, pas* 
turages, mills, multures and their sequels, hawkings, huntings, fishings, petaries, 
turbaries, coal pits, dovecots, rabbits, rabbit warrens, yards, orchards, stone and 



1587.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 85 

barijs coniculis cunicularijs hortis pomarijs lapide et calce lapicidijs 
frbrilibiis brasinis bruerijs et genestis cum curijs et earum exitibus 
herezeldis Uiiduitis et mulierum merchetis cum coi pastura consueta 
ct vsitata cum Ubero introitu et exitu Ac cum oibus alijs et 
aiiq^iilis libertatibus commoditatibus asiametis et justis suis pertinenfijs 
qgiboacuiicfc tarn non noiatis qua noiatis tam subtus terra q"* supra 
tenam pcocul et prope ad predictas terras cum pertinen spectan seu 
inste spectare valen quomodolibet in futurum et adeo libere quiete 
pieaarie integre honorifice bene et in pace sine impedimento reuo- 
catioiie aut contradictione aliquali In omnibus et per omnia sicuti 
alique tales terre infra r^^u Scotie habentur tenetur seu possiden- 
tur Reddendo inde prenoiati prepositi balliui et communitas buigi 
de AUrdene predict et sui successores prepositi balliui et coitas pro 
tempore eiusdem burgi de Abirdene pro perpetuo anuatim nobis et 
sQooesaoribas nfis Epis Abirdonen viginti sex solidos octo denarios 
vsualis monete regni Scotie ad duos anni terminos consuetos festa 
Viz penthecostes et Sancti Martini in hyeme per equates duas medias 
pofftioiies noUs prius ante dictam resignations seu recognitionem anuar 
tim debitos unacum sustentatione manutentione reparatione construc- 
tidie et reedificatio'ne cum opus fuerit predict noui pontis super aqua 

lime^ quarries, smithies^ brew bousesi broom and heath ; with courts and their 
jmesi herizelds, Uoodwits, and merchets of women, with common pasture used 
and wont, fiee ish and exit ; and with all and sundry other liberties, easements, 
and their just pertinents whatsoever, as well not named as named, as well 
under the earth as above the earth, far and near, belonging, or which may 
in any way come to belong in future to the foresaid lands, with their perti- 
nents; and as freely, quietly, fully, wholly, honourably, well and in peace, 
without any hindrance, revocation or challenge, in all and through all, as any 
sodi lands within the kingdom of Scotland are had, held or possessed 
Faying therefor yearly the above-named provost, baillies and community of 
the foresaid bur;^ of Aberdeen, and their successors, provosts, baillies and 
community for the time being of the same buigh of Aberdeen, for ever, to us and 
our successors, Ushops of Aberdeen, twenty-six shillings and eight pence usual 
money of the kingdom of Scotland, at the two customary yearly terms, the feasts, 
namelyi of Pentecost and St. Martin in winter, by two equal portions, due to us 
yearly before the said resignation or recognition, together with the upkeeping, 
maintenance, repair, construction and rebuilding, when need be, of the foresaid 



86 BuitoM or ABBRvnm. [is*?- 

seu fluuio de Die per nos strati stracti et edfficati secundum yhh 
tenorem eflTectam et continentia cuiusdem obligationis per pre pofl l t n m 
balliuos et communitatem bargi de Abirdene pre&f desuper noUs 
pro se et suis successoribus nobis et successoribus hHs episcopis Abir- 
donen facte prout in eadem de data Apod Abirdene die dedmo 
quarto mensis Decembris anno Domini millesimo quingenterimo V^[e- 
rimo nono latins continetur nomine feudifirme tantum pro cimit aHo 
onere seruitio exactione vel demanda que de dictis terris com peftfn c B 
quouismodo ex^ poterint vel requiri Et nos antedictus Gaviniv Abir- 
donen Epus nit% successores episoopi AbirdoneB Omnes et dingalfts 
predictas terras de Ardlaire cum pertineft prefatis preposito baUfnb et 
communitati dicti burgi de Abirdene et suis suocessoribiis prepoiStift 
balliuis et communitati eiusdem pro tempore In omnibus et per omnia 
forma pariter et effectu vt premissum est contra omnes mortales war^ 
rantizabimus acquietabimus et imperpetuum defendemus In coins rel 
testimonium sigillum nostrum autenticum necnon sigillum c5mune capM 
nH Abirdonen predict huic present! carte nre in signum sul eonaentas 
sunt appensa Et eandem manu n% et manibns decani et canonfeonim 
Abirdoneii capituli AbirdoneS pro tempore i^tium su b s cuptlm o s [ni^ 

new bridge across the water or river of Dee, by us built, constracted and erected, 
according to the tenor, efiect/and contents of a certain obligation, made to us 
thereanent by the provost, baiHies and community of the burgh of Aberdeen 
aforesaid, for themselves and their successors, to us and our success or s, bishops 
of Aberdeen, as in the same^ of date, at Aberdeen, the fourteenth daj of the 
month of December in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and 
twenty-nine, is more fully set forth, in name of feufarm only, in place of all other 
burden, service, exaction or demand, which from the said lands, with the perti- 
nents, could in any way be exacted or demanded. And we, the foresaid Gavin, 
Bishop of Aberdeen, and our successors, bishops of Aberdeen, shall against all 
living warrant, acquit and for ever defend all and sundry the foresaid lands of 
Ardlair, with the pertinents, to the foresaid provost, baillies and community of the 
said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, provosts, baillies and co mmun ity 
thereof for the time being, in all and through all, in like form and effect as afore- 
said. In witness whereof our authentic seal, as well as the seal of our chapter of 
Aberdeen, are appended to this our present charter in sign of their consent; 
and we have subscribed the same with our hand, and with the hands of the dean 
and canons of Aberdc^ of the chapter of Aberdeen for the time being. At the 



Ij^] CROWN CUAHTBRS AND LBTTBRS PATENT. 87 

AfNid ciuttatem Abtrdonefi decimo quarto die mensis Decembrb anno 
Domtoi miUesiniD quingentesimo vicesimo nono Coram testibus Vii 
nobfli et potenti domino Georgio comite de Huntlie venerabili patre 
GoMgio priore de Plusquardin coadiutorum [sic] nib et successore 
nofaOibus venerabilibusc^ et discretis viris magistris et dominis Waltero 
Ogilvie de Mo&ycalbek Johanne Keith de Ravyniscraig Hectore 
Boetio sacnurum literarum possessorum [sic] colegij Abirdonen primario 
WQUeUno Hay earundem literarum bachalario Willielmo Hay et 
Daoide Makeaoun notarijs publids cum diuersis alijs 

QUAMQUIDEM cartam feudifirme et infeofamentum assedationem et 
kxalicMieui in eadem content! in oibus suis punctis et articulis condi- 
tionflmt et modis ac drcumstantijs suis quibuscunc]^ in omnibus et per 
ooBia forma pariter et effectu vt premissum est Approbamus Ratificamus 
ac pro nobis et successoribus nris pro perpetuo Confirmamus Salvis et 
reteruatis nobis et successoribus nHs juribus seruitijs ac precibus pre- 
noiatarum terraru ante banc pntem confirmationem inde solui solitis et 
c on m e tE i Preterea Volumus et concedimus ac pro nobis et successoribus 
oEb pro perpetuo Decemimus et ordinamus ^ hec pns nra confirmatio 
est et erit tanti roboris fortitudinis et efficacie dictis preposito balliuis 
Goosulibus et communitati dicti nH burgi de Abirdene et eorum sue- 

tkf of Aberdeen, the fourteenth day of the month of December in the year of our 
Locd one thousand five hundred and twenty-nine, before witnesses, namely, the 
noble and potent lord, George, Earl of Hundy ; the venerable father, George, 
trior of Phiscarden, our coadjutor and successor ; the noble and venerable and 
dtsoeet men, masters and sirs, Walter Ogilvie of Monycabock, John Keith of 
Savensciaig, Hector Boece, Professor of Divinity and Principal of the College of 
Aberdeen, William Hay, Bachelor of Divinity, William Hay and David Macke- 
lon, Notaries Public, with diverse others." 

Which charter of feufarm and infeftment, assedation and lease therein con- 
tained, in all its points and articles, conditions and forms, and its circmnstances 
whatsoever, in all and through all, in like form and effect, as aforesaid, we approve, 
ntifff and for us and our successors for ever Confirm — ^saving and reserving for 
us Mid our successors our rights, services and prayers of the above-named lands, 
used and wont to be paid before this present confirmation. Further, we will and 
glint, and for us and oar successors for ever decree and ordain, that this our 
present confirmation is and shall be of as much strength, force and efficacy, to the 
laid provost, baillies, councillors and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, 



88 BU&GH OF ABERDIBN. [l5^7- 

cessoribus pfx> ipsorum perpetua et hereditaria gauislone et pofisesskme 
prefatarum terrarum de Ardlair cum suis pertinefi Acsi eadem per nos 
aut predicessores nibs per cartam idam confinnatioius nro sub magiio 
sigillo in maiori forma aut per bullas et prouisiones in curia Romana 
ante sasinam de predictis terris per ipsos suscepE Et ante acta parlia- 
menti leges et constitutiones in contrarium facf data et confirmata fuisse 
non obstante eisdem seu aliquibus penis et clausulis in eisdem coatenl 
Circa qua et omnia alia pericula et inconuenientias quascunc^ que oocitim 
dictam cartam et infeofamentum feudifirme quouismodo obijd poterint 
Nos pro nobis et successoribus imperpetuum per p&tes dispensamus 
In cuius rei testimonium huic pnti carte nre confirmationis Mi^[iiani 
sigillum nrm apponi precepimus Testibus (vt in aUjs cartis oonsimilts 
date preceden) Apud Halyrudhous duodecimo die mensb Maij anno 
Domini millesimo quingentesimo octuagesimo septimo Et regjin nS 
vicesimo. 

and their successors, for their perpetual and heritable enjojrment and posaeasion of 
the foresaid lands of Ardlair, with their pertinents ; as if the same had been madei 
given and confirmed by us or our predecessors, by our charter of confirmatioii 
under our great seal m the greater form, or by bulls or provisions in the Roman 
court, before the sasine of the said lands taken by them, and before the Acts of 
Parliament, laws and constitutions to the contrary ; notwithstanding the same or 
any penalty and clauses therein contained, with which and all other risks and 
inconveniences whatsoever, which, in despite of the said charter and infeftment 
of feufarm, could in any way be incurred. We, for us and our successors, do for 
ever by these presents dispense. In witness whereof we have ordered our 
great seal to be appended to this our present charter of confirmation. Wrr- 
NESSES [as in other preceding charters of same date*]. At Holyrood House, 
the twelfth day of the month of May in the year of our Lord one thousand 
five hundred and eighty-seven, and of our reign the twentieth. 

XXXV. 

AjVi^ /amcs V/,, after his Kevocatiotiy ordains a charter to be tnade to confirm 
the charter of y>th December^ 1567 (No. XXXII.). 1587. 

Oure Souerane Lord eftir his perfyte age of xxi zeiris compleitf and 
generall reuoca^n maid in pliament| Ordains ane chartor to be maid 

* See Registrum MagtU SigilU^ Vol V., p. 40a t igCh June, 1587. t 2gUi Jnly, 1587. 



\ 



1587.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 89 

▼nder the greit seill in jre mair forme Ratefeand apprevand and [dr his 
hienis and his successoris perpetualie confermand the infeftment gtStit 
be <f said souerane lord w* consent of his dairest cowsing vmqil James 
erie of Murray lord abimethy his regent for the tyme to the prouest 
bafllies counsall & comunitie of the hurt of Abirdene of all and hail! 
the place and mansioun w^ the zairds and ptinents yrof qlk wes sumtyme 
occopyt and Inhabite be the gray freirs of ye said hurt erectit be his 
hienes ni ane hospitall for supporte of ye pure Impotent and orphaling 
as the samyn of the dait the penult day of December J°* v^ Ixvij zeiris 
And of his R^^e the first zeir at mair lenthe As alswa o' said souerane 
» lord of his princelye clemencie for the zeill he beris for Intertenyng of 
polyde and gud ordor amag his subjectis And specllie w4n the burt of 
Aften Vndirstanding alswa That aboue all thingis his hienes is obliste to 
be thankfuU to god be quhais puidence he is preferrit to his govemament 
And being cairefiiU & soliste for the sustenta^n of hospitalitie of pure 
Impotent mutilat persones orfalingis and zoung infantis destitute of 
parentis To haue gbvin and grantit and disponit and confermit heritablie 
to the prouest baillies counsall and comunitie of ye said burt of Abirdene 
and to thair successoris for euir all and haill That duelling place or 
mansioun liand w^in ye said burt w^ the zairdis and ptinents yrof qlk 
sumtyme ptenit to the gray freiris of the said hurt and ues inhabite be 
tliem To the effect That the saidis prouest baillies counsale and comu- 
nitie may convert the samyn in ane hospitall for resaite of the saidis 
pure mutilat and Impotent persones orfalingis and infantis destitute 
of parentis For the qlk effect We be thir pntis makis treatis and erectis 
tiie said Mansioun duelling place and zairdis In ane ppetuall hospitall 
To be callit in all tymes ciiinge the neu hospitall of abirdene To be 
haklin and to be had all and haill ye said duelling place or Mansioun 
w^ tiie zairdis and ptinentis yrof to the saidis prouest baillies & counsall 
& cdmunitie and thair successoris to the effect forsaid of Us & o^ suc- 
cessoris in fie & heritage for euir With power to them To Intromet w* the 
said duelling place or Mansioun And to alter change dimolische Reforme 
and Repaire the samyn for the eisment and resaite of the saidis pure and 
Impotent psones as zai sail think expedient Lawes & Constitutionis for 
obseruanm of the said hospitall in gude ordor To mak and set suo the 
qlk salbe als valiabill & of als grite effect as gif the samyn had bene 
expressit at mair len^ in this piit infeftment W' all and sindrie vtheris 

M 



90 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. ['591* 

liberties eismentis and Richteous ptinentis q^umeuir Gevand thairfor 
zeirlie The saidis puest baillies counsall & c5munitie of the said hurt 
ardent and diuote prayeris to the omnipotent god for the prosperous 
state of o' said souerane lord and his successoris allanerly And that the 
said chartor be exteneit in the best forme w^ all clausS neidfuU Sub- 
scryuit be o' said souerane lord At the day of 1 587. 

[Signed] James R. 
XXXVI. 

Jamts VL ordains the members of the Unvn council of Aberdeen to be elected yearly, 

20th July, 1591. 

lames Be the grace of god king of Scottis To oure aduocat and all 
vyeris o' liegis and subdittis quhome it efferis Quhais knawl^e yir 
o' ires salcum greting Wit ze Us considering the guid trew and thank- 
full sendee done to Us and o' predicessor^ be ye provest bailleis and 
counsall of o' hurt of Abirdene alsweill in ye wyis' and prudent gover- 
nament of ye sai& According to ye ancient custome liberteis and 
priuileges yairof Inviolable obseruit past memorie of man As in yair 
reddie and dewtefuU obedience gevin pruif of from tyme to tyme 
toward vs be exponying of yair landis and lyifls in o' seruice and re- 
pressing of dyveris rebellionis and vproiris movit at sundrie tymes in ye 
north pairtis of yis o' realme And we vnderstanding yat ye cheif grund 
and caus of the long flurischeing of o' said hurt in peace tranquillitie and 
guid seruice towardis Us Consistit in a guid and substantious counsall of 
ye gravest wyis* and discreit Inhabitantis of o' said hurt best dispost and 
affectit to oure obedience qlkis hes contenuit in ye saim office sen yair 
first electioun vnalterit or changeit be ye space of fourtie or fyiftie zeiris 
According to ye lovabill consuetude of o' said hurt Inviolable obseruit 
the space of a hundreth zeiris befoir Qlk consuetude of ye contenwing of 
yair counsall efter yair first lauchfull electiou vnto ye tyme of yair deceis 
Except yai had been tryit or fund giltie of sum cryme meriting depriva- 
tioun Is ratefeit and approvin be dyveris actis and constitutionis of o' said 
burgh And hes bene maist wyislie and prudentlie establishit be yair.pre- 
dicessorf for avoiding of grit dangeris and Incouenientis qlkis vyerwyis 
myt haue fallin out within o' said burgh be ye zeirlie changeing and 



I59I«] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 9I 

alteratioun of ye said counsall Qlkis cheiflie suttit be dyveris vnquiet and 
ambitious personis To ye efiect that ye governament of o*^ said burt suld 
be devoluit in ye handis of outlandis men of grit clannis and surnames 
qllds compass* and dwellis round about o' said burt And hes be all 
meains baith directlie and indirectlie aspyrit to ye reule and governa- 
ment of ye samjm Expres' agains o^ actis of parliament Inhibiting and 
diachargeing ye electioun of outlandis men In provest bailleis or aulder- 
men w^in burgh In ye qlk cais o^ said burgh suld rather becum a 
mcmople thrallit and astrictit to yat factioun and clan qlk suld happin 
to be preferit to ye governament Nor a fre burgh To ye vtterwrak and 
detriment yairof In consideratioun quhairof and yat o' act of parliament* 
maid anent ye changeing of ye zeirlie counsall hes nevir zit tane effect 
w*in o' said burgh Bot ye personis anes lauchfullie chosin vpoun counsall 
hes contenuit yairon vnto ye tyme of zair deceiss Alwyis subiect to ye 
tryall of ye ny'bouir' of o' said burgh And incais oT ony fait or crjnnc 
the sam hes bene ordorlie tryit vpoun ye gyld court day efter ye elec- 
tioun of ye magistratis yairof And being fund giltie yai haue bene 
removit and depryvit and vyeris placeit in yair rowmes qrvpoun hes 
foUomt a grit tranquillitie and concord w^ or said burgh And in respect 
of mony vyer Incouenientis qlk ye zeirlie changeing of ye said counsall 
may carie w^ it Namelie ye abrogatioun of ye auld Lawis and statuteis 
of o^ said burgh The disturbance of ye comoun peace yairof The tumle 
disordO' and discentioun yat micht follow yairvpoun w' ye infinite con- 
fiisioun and perrell qlk comounlie accumpantis all new changeis and 
imifationis In comoun welthis * We haue allowit and be yir o*^ tres allowis 
of yat pnt electit counsall of o' said burt and Willis and declaris yat ye 
saifiSi counsall sail remane and stand efter ye ancient consuetude and 
custome yairof in all tyme cumying And incais of yair deceiss or tryit 
vnvorthines That ye remanet of ye counsall elect vyeris in yair places 
It being alwyis vnderstand yat ye saim counsall be zeirlie heirefter electit 
be voit of counsall and sic vyer ceremoneis as ar accustomat in electioun 
of magistratis within burgh Notw'standing of o' act of parliament maid 
anent ye zeirlie change and electioun of magistratis within burgh Anent 
ye qlk We haue dispensit and be yir o^ ires dispenssf in yat pairt con- 
cemying ye changeing of ye counsall allanerlie Renuceand and dis- 

* Ads of Parliament of Scotland f Vol. II., pp. 95, 244, 252. 



93 BURGH OF ABBRDBBH. [^59^ 

chargeand all actioun and persute competent to Us or o^ sucoesaorc 
twiching ye contraventioun of o' said act of parliament yairaneot 
Dischargeing zow o' said aduocat of all persute movit or to be movit 
agains ye said counsall for contraventioun of ye saim act And not ful- 
filling of ye saim in yat point And of zor office in that pairt be ysr 
o' ires Gevin vnder o^ {Mivie seiU At falkland the twentie day of July 
The zeir of god j"* v^ fourescoir ellevin zeiris And of o^ rigtrnt the 
twentie fo' zeir 

Per signature Manibus S. D. N. Regis 
ac cancellarij subscript 



XXXVII. 

•^^^ /ames VL exempts the provost^ haiUUs^ eic^ at Aberdeen from attemUma 

at certain assemblies, itth May^ 1592. 

lames Be ye grace of god king of Scottis To all and sindrie our 
Sh'effis stewartis lustice Justice clerkis thesaurare aduocate and all 
vyeris lugcis and ministeris of our Law yair deputtis and officiaris 
present and to cum liegis and subdittis quhome it efTeiris quhais know- 
lege yir our ires salcum greting Wit ze ws vndirstanding that the 
Frovest bailleis counsall and comunitie of oure burgh of Abirdene ar 
oftymeis atteichit and summondit to pas vpoun inqueistis assyisB to our 
burgh of edinburgh and vyeris pairtis outwith yair boundis and juris- 
dictionis in crymeis comittit far distant fra yame quhairof yai ar alto- 
gidder ignorant and yat yai had ane expemtioun to the effect vnderwrittin 
gevin and grantit to yame be Us with avise of vmqle o' ryt traist cousing 
James erle of mortoun Lord dalkeith etc Regent to Us oure realme and 
liegis for ye tyme As the samin exemptioun of the dait at Abirdene ye 
third day of September ye zeir of god j°* \^ thriescoir fouretene zeires 
dewlie and ordourlie past admittit in the lustice court holdin at our said 
burgh of Abirdene immediatlie yaireftir be umqie S' lohne bellenden 
our lustice clerk for ye tyme at mair lenth beiris As alswa considdering 
how vpoun ye occasioun of commissionis of Lieutennendreis and lusti- 
ciareis grantit in fauoris of ye nobilmen of ye cuntrie or to vyeris for 
administratioun of lustice passing vpoun oure rebellis and disorderit 



IS9<-] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTBRS PATENT. 93 

peisonis for revenge of privat querrellis and contraverseis betuix pairtie 
and pairtie ye saidis Provest bailleis counsall and comunitie ar oftymeis 
drawin furth of yair awin toun to vyeris pairtis of ye cuntrie to ye gryte 
kaiaid of yair l3n^s and wrak of yair guidis Albeit yat according to ye 
libertie of frie burgh quhairwith yai and yair pridicesso'f ar infeft and 
faandit yai aucht onlie to attend vpoun oure self being in ye feildis in 
piopir persoun or with oure Lieutennent in defence of oure realme 
agains forane nationis And haueand consideratioun that oure said burgh 
cf AlMfdene lyis within ye north pairtis of oure realme far distant fra Ws 
Ami of ye gude trew and thankfuU service done to Ws and oure predi- 
oessouris be ye Prouest bailleis counsall and communitie of (/ said 
bur* alsweill in tyme of weir as of peace and of yair reddy and dewtifull 
obedience towardis Ws quhairof we haue daylie pruif and experience 
and respecting yair guid mjmd to continew yairin heirefter Thairfore 
We haue gevin and grantit and be yir our ires gevis and grantis to ye 
Provest bailleis counsale cdmunitie burgess craftismen and indwellaris of 
oure said burgh of Abirdene pnt and to cum Speciall licence to remane 
and abyde at hame fra all raidis conventionis oistis assembleis armeis 
gatheringis wapinschawingis or weris to be maid be ony oure lustices be 
commissioun of Lieutennendrie lusticiarie or vyer commissioun quhat- 
smnevir to be grantit be Ws or oure successor^ or meiting of yame in 
ooy pairt within oure realme in tyme aiming except yat ayer oure self 
be pBt in propir persoun or yat our lieutennent accompaneit with ye 
remanent of oure realme be vpoun ye defence of ye cuntrie agains forane 
nitioof Ofry^ (f self pas for repressing of rebellf and traitcn-f againis oure 
posoun within Ye cuntrie And fra all comperane or passing vpoun any 
ugyisM or inqueistis in quhatsumevir crymeis or actionis (except sick 
oymes as ar comittit within oure said burgh fredome )rairof and tua 
mjrks about ye same) Exemis and dischargeis yame and ilkane of yame 
yairfra during all ye dayis of yair lyvetymes And willis and grantis yat 
yai in doing yairof sail incur na payne skaith cryme nor danger in 3rair 
jKraonis landis or guidis nor be callit nor accusit yairfore criminalie nor 
diiilie be ony maner of way in tyme cuming notwithstanding ony our 
actis statutis ordinanceis tres proclamationis or chargeis quhatsumevir 
speciall or generall maid or to be maid in ye contraire Anent Ye quhilkt 
and all panis contenit yairintill We haue dispensit and be yir oure tres 
with ye Provest bailleis counsall comunitie burgess craftismen 



94 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [>594- 

and indwellaris of our said burgh pnt and to cum for cvir DISCHARGE- 
ING hcirfore zou all and sindrie oure Sh^^effis stewartis lustice lustice 
clcrkis thesaurare aduocate and all vyeris lugeis and ministeris of 
o' lawis zoure deputtis and officiaris pnt and to cum Off all calling 
accusing attciching arreisting summonding warning poinding tnibling 
or onywysc intrometing w' ye saidis Provest bailleis counsall comunitie 
burgess craftismen and indwellaris of oure saide burt pnt and to cum 
yair landis or guidis in onywysc in tyme cuming for yair said remaining 
and abydeing at hame fra oure saidis raidis armeis and vyeris forsaidis 
and fra all and sindrie inqueistis and assyisS to be comittit as said is and 
of z' offices in yat pairt be yir oure tres Gevin vnder oure Privie seill At 
dalkeith ye sextene day of Maii The zeir of god j" v*^ fourescoir tuelflf 
zeiris And of our Rcgnne ye twentie fyve zeir 

Per signaturam Manibus S. D. N. R^s 
Ac sccrctarii Subscriptam etc etc etc 



XXXVIII. 

-^^'^^ /««r« VI, grants licence to the provost^ baillies, etc,^ of Aberdeen to remain 

at htmie from the army, 2^rd October, 1594. 

We be ye tenno' heirof gevis and grantis o'^ Licence to the prouest 
baillies counsale communitic and haill inhabitants of o' burgh of Abir- 
dene and fredome thairof To remanc and byde at hame fra oure piit 
oist and armey conuenit at o' said burgh of Abirdene and appointit to 
pas fordware with us to ye north pairtis of o'^ realme without ony pane 
cryme skaith or dangeir to be Incurrit be yame y'throw in thair psonis 
landis guidis or geir Nochwithstanding quhatsumeuir o' actis statutis or 
pclamationis maid or to be maid in ye cotraire Q'anent and all panes 
^tenit y'intill we dispens be yir pnts Gevin vndir o' signet and Sub- 
scryuit w* o' hand At abirdene ye xxiij day of October and of o^ reignne 
ye xxviij zeir 1594 

James R. 

I. T. Cancttrius 



1595] CROWN CHARTERS AND LKTT£RS PATENT. 9$ 



XXXIX. 

Kmg Jama VL grants power to the provost^ daiiiieSy etc,^ of Aberdeen to feu part 
of a road between the Kirk and the Forecroft. \ith Marchy 159I 

lAMES be the grace of god king of Scottis To all and sundrie oure 
leigis and subditis quhome it effereis Quhais knawlige thir oure letteris 
Sakmn Gretting Witt ze ws efle^ oure age of tuentie fyve zeiris And 
all oure reuocationis alswill speciall as generall With auise and consent 
of oure thesaurair Vnderstanding how the provest bailleis counsall and 
CDinunitie of oure burgh of Aberdene ar of mynd and purpois to joyne 
the paroche kirk of o"" said burgh contigue with the remanent of the 
samyne burgh houss tenementis and biggingis thairof for the policie and 
decoratioun of the said toun fibr the quhilk effect necessair it is to thame 
to sett in feu Rentall or vtherwyis to the nichtbouris of the said toun or 
sum vtberis That pairt of the gait and way betuix the wester zaird dyke 
of the said kirk and the foircroft sumtyme belangand to the blak freiris 
of Aberdene with vtheris pairtis round about the said kirkzaird tc^idder 
with vther waist places of the said burgh ffor bigging of housS and 
tenementis thairupoun Quhairby not onlie sail the boundis of the said 
burgh be enlairgit in housS and policie Bot also the said parroche kirk 
salbe circuit with tenementis and biggingis according to the maner of 
sindrie vtheris dure burrowis within oure Realme And We being of 
gnde mynd and purpose to further and incurage the provest bailleis 
counsall and comunitie of oure burgh foirsaid to the performance and 
accomplishment of the said gude work Thairfore with auise and 
consent foirsaid efter oure aige and reuocationis abouewritin To haue 
gevin grantit and disponit and be thir oure Letteris gevis grantis and 
disponis to the provest bailleis counsall and comunitie of oure said 
burgh of aberdene present and to cum and thair successouris Expres 
licence libertie and facultie to sett out to the nichtbouris of oure said 
toun Or to onie vther persoun or personis in few rentall tak or simpill 
alienatioun As the saidis provest bailleis counsall and comunitie sail 
think expedient That pairt of the said gait and way betuix the wester 
zaird dyke of the said kirk and the said croft sumtyme belanging to 
the blak freiris of Aberdene with vtheris pairtis round about the said 



96 BUROH OP ABBRDBEM. [^595* 

kirkzaird Tc^idder with vther waist places of oure said bui|^ fibr big- 
gingis hous8 and tenementis To be maid and biggit thainipoun And 
to that effect To designe the samyne bigginges housB and tenementis 
sua to be biggit vpoun the samyne be particulair places boundis meitiiis 
and merchis And als to have gevin grantit and disponit and be thir 
oure Letteris gevis grantis and disponis full power to the personis to 
quhome the pairtis befoir specifeit Salbe sett out as said is To mak and 
big housS tenementis and biggingis thainipoun According to the ptr- 
ticulair designationis rychtis and titlis to be maid to thame tibairaiient 
be the saidis provest bailleis counsall and comunitie Lykeas also we 
with consent foirsaid efter oure aige and reuocationis befoirspSit be thir 
oure letteris for us and oure successouris Now as gif the pairtis befoir 
mentionat war alreddy set out and than as now Ratifie approve and 
perpctuallie confirmis All and quhatsumeuir fewis rentallis tak» and 
vtheris dispositionis to be maid be the saidis provest bailleis counsall 
and comunitie of aberdene and thair successouris pBt and to cum of the 
samyne partis or Onie portioun thairof And Lykwyis be thir presentis 
We for us and oure successoures Renunce and simpliciter dischaige all 
actioun criminall and ciuile Quhilk we or oure foirsaidis mi^ have 
agains thame for setting out of the pairtis befoirmentionat or onie por- 
tioun thairof narrowing of the foirsaid gait and way or for pur[Miisioim 
or for quhatsumeuir vther cans Quhilk we or oure foirsaidis mi^ lay 
to thair charge thairanent Renunccand the samyne simpir for euir 
PROUIDING alwayis That the saidis provest bailleis coun^l and ctitie 
and thair successouris Leve ane sufficient passage in that pairt of the 
said toun betuix the wester zaird dyke of the said kirk and the foirsaid 
foircroft ffbr entre and ischue to our said toun According to the sicht 
and discretioun of the saidis provest bailleis and counsall And forder 
we for us and oure successouris be thir oure Ires with auise and consent 
foirsaid now efler oure aige and reuocationis abouewrittin Ratifie and 
approve All and quhatsumeuir dispositionis Licences and tollerances 
maid gevin and grantit be the saidis provest bailleis and counsall of 
oure said burgh and thair predicessouris in onie tyme bigane Or to be 
maid gevin and grantit be thame and yair successouris in onie tyme 
cumyng To onie personis induellaris within oure said burgh ffbr 
Ugging amplifeing and extending of the boundis of the housS and 
tenementis vpoun onie pairt of the streitis wayis or Comoun gaitb of 



tSSfi^] CROWN CHARTERS AND UBTmS PATENT. 97 

ame said liiiugli of Aberdene or round about the samyne And sail 
aeuh mave questioun querrell or actioun thairancnt agains tbame nor 
thaiv suocessouris nor ztt agains the saidis personis To quhqme the 
midh dispositiouns Licences and toUerances hes bene and salbe maid 
gorift and gnuitit And quha hes biggit or sail big According thairto Or 
thair aiii$ Bot renunces and simpir dischargis the same for Us and 
Qme foooeasoures now and in all tyme cuing * Gevin vnder oiirc 
prilrie Seill at Halyruidhous jthe Sevintene day of March The zeir of 
god J" V* foureacorefourtene zeiris And of oure Reignne the tuenty 
andit 2eir 

Per Signaturam Manibus S. D. N. Regis etc Subscriptam etc 



XL 

Kh^ James VL grants to the provost^ baitties^ etc, of Aberdeen^ for five years, 
certain dues upon goods and shipping, Zth August, 1596. 

Jambs be, the grace of god king of Scottis To the lordis of oure 
conniaU and Sessioun And all and sundrie merchantis marineris inhabi- 
taotiB aad induellaris within oure burgh of Aberdene and all vtheris 
OBie liegts firemen and vnfremen and vtheris strangearis of quhatsumeuir 
ftber natioun resortand and repairand to the said port harberie and 
iMaviD of oure said burgh Greiting Wit ze Us vnderstanding that the 
bolwaffk peir schoir heavin and harbrie of the burgh of Aberdene Is be 
of tempestuous wedder Invndatioun of fluidis vchemencic of 
grit streamis and hie springis now becum ruynous and decayit 
Qohilk wes befoir weill and substantiouslie biggit be the grit chargis of 
tha kihafaitantis of oure said burgh Sua that gif the samme be not 
lepttrit and helpit in tyme The samyne wer abill altogidder to perish 
Ta the grit hurt of the inhabitantis of oure said burgh and vtheris 
fOKMrtand and repairand yairto Thairfore and for ye comoun weill of 
ome said burgh and for ye helping bigging repairing and making of 
the said bulwark peir schoir and harbrie and for the comoditie of all 
onn Uegis alswele fremen and vtheris within oure Realme as straungiris 
of quhatsumeuir natioun resortand and reparand with thair schippis 

Laidiningii and gudis To and fra the said port and heavin of Aberdene 

N 



9^ BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l59^- 

To have gevin and grantit and be the tennour of thir oure letteris gevis 
and grantis Licence to the provest ballleis counsall and comvnitie of 
oure said burgh of Aberdene pnt and to cum To vplift the impost tolrst 
and exactioun following To be vpliftit resauit and vsit be the thesaurair 
of oure said burgh for the tyme in thair names To the effect fofiesaid 
During the space of fyve zeiris nixt following the day and date heirof 
That is to say of ilk tun gudis loissit in ye said heavin tua schillingis at 
the incuming and at ye laidining and outganging Tua schillingis And 
of the veschell Tuelf penneis for the tun at the incuming and tudf 
pcnneis at the outganging And that of all sort of gcir Except cole 
Lyme sklait and frestune quhilk is ordanit to be fre of the said impost 
Item of ilk chaldcr victuall dischargit or lossit within ye said harbrie 
tua schillingis at the Incuming and of ilk chalder victuall transportit 
furth thairof tua schillingis and of the veschell tuelf penneyis ilk chalder 
incuing or loissing and tuelf penneis at hir outganging and laidinyng 
Item ane tre of ilk hundreth loisit or Ladinit within the said harberie 
With power to the saidis provest and bailleis To ask crave resave 
intromet with and vptak Be thame selflfis thair thesaurair in thair name 
and vtheris thair oflficiaris and seruandis The forsaid impost toirst and 
exactioun induring ye space foirsaid And gif neid beis to po3md and 
distreinze thairfore flfrclie quietlie wele and in peax But oure reuoca- 
tioun or again calling quhatsumeuir QUHAIRFORE we charge straitlie 
and comandis Zou all and sundrie the mirchantis marineris inhabi- 
tants and induellaris within oure said burgh of Aberdene And all 
vyeris oure liegis fremen and vnfremcn and vtheris strangearis of 
quhatsumeuir vther natioun resortand and repairand to the said port 
harberie and heavin of oure said burgh That ze reddilie ansuir intdnd 
obey and mak thankfull payment To the saidis provest and bailleis 
thair thesaurer officiaris seruandis and collectouris pnt and to cum 
And to nane vtheris in the premissis during the said space And yat 
zc mak na stop trubill nor impediment to thame in the executioun 
of the samyne and vptaking of the deuteis foirsaidis to the effect 
abouespecifcit Commanding also zou the saidis Lordis of oure coun- 
sall and sessioun To grant and direct oure vtheris Letteris of poinding 
and homing vpoun ane simpill charge of sex dayis allanerlie fTor an- 
suiring thame thairof in sic competent and dew forme as effeiris 
Gevin vnder oure previe seill At Dqmfermling the Aucht day of 



159^.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 99 

August The zeir of god J"^ v^ fourscore sextene zeiris And of oure 
Reignne the thretty zeir 

Per signaturam manibus S. D. N. Regis etc subscriptam 

XLL 

JCuig famis VL grants Ucetue to the provost^ baillies^ etc,^ of Aberdeen to remain 
ai home from the army at Dumfries. iSth March, 159^. 

We vnderstanding that o' weilbelouittis the prouest baillies counsall 
and comunitle of o*^ burgh of abirdene his satisfeit and pait to Archibald 
pfymrois writter o' collecto' appointit for ressaving of the taxatioun 
ordanit to be vpliftit w^in the s}^efdomes of abirdene Banff elgin and 
tones for intertenying of o' Lieutenent and garinsons on ye west 
boido'f of o^ realme in ye moneth of Marche instant and Licence 
grantit to ye inhabitantis of o^ saidis sy'^efdomes to remane at hame 
fra o^ raid and army ordanit to haue ^venit at drumfreis vpoun the 
first day of Marche instant Off the sowme of Twa hundreth pundf 
money for the taxatioun of o^ said burgh Q^^foir we haue dispensit and 
be the tenno' heirof dispenss with the saidf prouest baillies counsall & 
comvnitie of o^ said burgh of abirdene for y^ nocht convenig at drum- 
ires vpoun ye day aboue($ttin And gevis and grantis thame Licence to 
lemane at hame fra o' said raid and army And uills and grantis that 
th^ sail nocht be callit nor accuseit thairfoir criminalie nor ciuilie be 
ony maner of way in tyme cuing Nor incur ony skaith or danger thair- 
throw in y*^ personis landf nor gudf Notwithstanding q'sumeuir o' actis 
or piodamationis maid or to be maid in the contrair or ony panis 
omtenit thairin anent the qlk we dispens be thir piitis Dischairgeing 
thetrfoir oF iustice iustice clerk thesaurair aduocat and vtheris lugeis 
and ministeris of d' Lawis q^umeuir Off all calling accuseingorvnlawing 
of the saidf prouest bailies counsall and cdmvnitie of o^ burgh of abir- 
dene for ye cau3 foirsaid Poinding troubling or intrometting with thame 
thair Landf or guidf y'foir And of thair offices in y* pairt for euir 
Gevin vnder o' signet and subscryuit w^ o' hand At halirudhous the 
xviij day of Marche And of o' Reigne the xxxj zeir 1597 

James R 
Blantyre 
I Cokbume 



lOO BURGH OF ABERDEEN.' [160I. 



XLII. 

lacobus dci gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus Probis hominibus Totius 
terre sue clericis et laicis Salutem Sciatis Quia nos in memoriam reuo- 
cantes feruentem illam magnaq^ solicitudinem quam nH nobilissimi pro- 
genitores recolende memorie temporibus retroactis in ercctione burgonim 
infra regnu nrm susceperunt quorum multitudine magna para ciuilitatis 
seu omamenti comodi emolument! ac decoris eiusdem indies augescit et 
consistit Inter quorum numcrum pro bono fideli et gratuito seruitio per 
bui^enscs et inhabitantes burgi nil de Abirdene dictis nHs nobilissimis 
prc^enitoribus Impcnso Cuius consideratione Ac pro singular! fauore 
et afTectu per ipsos dicto burgo burgensibusc^ eiusdem habito et declarato 
Ipsi nri progenitores ab antiquo dictum burgum In vnu liberum burgum 
regalem erexerunt Ac eidem burgo bui^nsibus et Inhabitantibus eius- 
dem Totas et intcgras terras vocatas forestam nfam de stockett cum 
silua earundem partibus pcndiculis et suis pcrtinentiis cum molendinis 
aquis piscariis minutis custumis telloniis curiis ponderibus mensuris 



XLII. 

King James VL confirms sundry charters granted by his predecessors^ and of new 
erects the burgh of Aberdeen into a free royal burgh^ with all privileges 
pertaining thereto, \^th August ^ 1601. 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
kingdom, churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that calUng to mind that 
great and earnest care which in times past our most noble ancestors of cherished 
memory bestowed on the erection within our kingdom of burghs, by the number 
of which a great part of the refinement or ornament, advantage, gain and glory of 
the same is formed and increased from day to day ; in the number of which, in 
return for the good, trusty and gratuitous service rendered to our said most 
noble ancestors by the burgesses and inhabitants of our burgh of Aberdeen, and 
because of the singular favour and regard had and declared by them for the said 
burgh and the burgesses thereof, these our ancestors did of old time erect the said 
burgh into a free royal burgh, and did give, grant and dispone to the same buigh, 
the burgesses and inhabitants thereof, all and whole the lands called our Forest 
of Stocket, with the wood of the same, and their parts, pendicles and pertinents, 
with mills, waters, fishings, petty customs, tolls, courts, weights, measures, free 



l60Z.] CROWN CHAltmS AND LETTBR8 PATJSNl*. lOI 



Ubeio poftli o&iifaii8% idiis priuilegiis libeftsttibns comodltfltlbus ac Itidtis 
peflinc9ltii8'valeiltibii8 ad aliquem alium liberutn bui^m regalem intra 
ifi natka Ac sicuti Idem nunc per prepositum banhios consules et 
Item dicti nH burgi eormn tenentes a]ios% eomm nominibus per 
hB ac dispodtionem possidentur dedemnt concesserunt et dis- 
qidois maxima pars antiquorum inleofamentorum et eviden- 
dmdem nt notorie et manifeste nobis constat per Incursiones et 
InfaoriHun ang^onim tempore combustionis dicti nii burgi ac castri eiusdem 
Combnta et destructa fuerunt pauds preseruatis Exceptis infeofamentis 
svbeeqiientibus dic{ nib burgo per nibs predicessores fact et concess^ viz 
Vno infec^unento per quondam Alexandrum regni nfi Regem pro tem- 
pore date et concesso piedicto nib burgo burgensibus% eiusdem con- 
tmentie el proportante licitum non fore aliquo peregrino mercatori 
quioqaam intra vkecomitatum nrm de Abirdene emendi aut vendendi 
aed apod dictum nrm burgum ac ibidem eadem vendendi ac eomm 
p ec uiih un impendendi cum diuersis aliis libertatibus et priuilegiis in 
eodem infeo&roento expressis de data apud Alich vicesimo septimo 
febmarii Alia carta confecta per Dauidem Regem pro tempore nri regni 
tSo burgo Confirmando ones libertates ddem conoess^ per ali- 



tnd all other privileges, liberties, conveniences and just pertinents 
bdonging'to any odier free royal burgh within our kingdom, and as the same are 
m pMKOt possened by the provost, baillies, councillors and community of our 
and bmi^ their tenants and others in theu names by reason of then: right and 
diip o aitio n, atehoogh the chief part of the old infeftments and evidents thereof as 
h openly and accmratel y known to us, was burnt and destroyed by the invasions 
and iBfages of the English at the time of the burning of our said buigh and 
OHdediereo^ saving a few preserved infeftments, made and granted to our said 
bBf^ fay our predecessors, as follows, viz. : An infeftment given and granted by 
*—ir***'>* Aleiander, sometime King of our realm,^ to the foresaid burgh and 
thereof providing and setting forth that it should not be lawful for any 
merchant to buy or to sell anything within our sherifidom of Aberdeen 
at our said bur{^, where they should have the right to sell the same and to 
eipeiid their money, with divers other liberties and privileges mentioned in 
die wuDft infeftment, dated at Alyth the twenty-seventh of February ; another 
diarter executed by David, sometime King of our realm,t confirming to our fore- 

* See N0..III., p. 5. t See No. XII., p. 17. 



X02 BURGH OF ABKROIBM [160I. 

quos eius antecessores Sootie reges Alia carta coocessa et oonfecta per 
quondam charissimu nrm proauu lacobum quartum Rq^em nri ttfpd 
dignissime memorie Continent nulla corea pdles nee victuaUa extra 
vicecomitatum nrm de Abirdene transportata fuerint ab8% adutioiie 
magne custume nobis earundem debil de data Apud Edinburgh decimo 
septimo die mensis Augusti Anno Dni miUesimo quingentesima va- 
decimo et eius regni Anno vicesimo quarto Alia carta confecta per 
quond charissimam nram matrem cum consensu gubematoris huios rq^ 
pto tpre Dando concedendo% plenariam ptatem ac comissionem preposito 
balliuis consulibus ac coitati dicti nn burgi Salmonii piscarias super 
aquis de Die et done Ac terras infra libertatem et comuniam dicti nH 
burgi hereditarie in feudifirma locandi et assedandi specialibus peraonis 
in eadem carta specificatis et contends Alia carta feudifirme facta per 
prepositum balliuos et comunitatem dicti nil burgi quibusdam eiuadem 
burgensibus de predictis salmonu piscariis super aquis de die et Done 
Terrasq^ infra eiusdem libertatem de data Apud Abirdene duodecimo 
die mensis septembris Anno Dni miUesimo quingentesimo quinquagesdmo 

said burgh all liberties granted thereto by any of his ancestors Kings of Scotland; 
another charter granted and executed by our umquhile dearest great-grandfiither» 
James the Fourth, King of our realm/ of most worthy memory, providing that 
no skins, hides or victuals should be exported out of our sheriffdom of Aberdeen 
without payment to us of the great custom due thereon, dated at Edinburgh, the 
seventeenth day of the month of August in the year of our Lord one thousand 
five hundred and eleven, and of his reign the twenty-fourth ; another charter 
executed by our umquhile dearest mother, with the consent of the Governor for 
the time being of this kingdom,t giving and granting to the provost, baillies, 
councillors and community of our said burgh full power and commission to let 
and set heritably in feufarm the salmon fishings on the waters of Dee and Don, 
and the lands within the freedom and commonty of our burgh, to particular persons 
specified and provided in the same charter ; another charter of feufiarm made by 
the provost, baillies and commimity of our said burgh ^ in ^Eivour of certain 
burgesses thereof of the foresaid salmon fishings on the waters of Dee and Don, 
and lands within the freedom of the same, dated at Aberdeen, the twelfth day of 
the month of September in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and 

• Sec No. XXV., p. 38. t See No. XXX., p. 48. 

X Engrossed in No. XXXI., p. 56. 



l6oi.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 103 

teitio Ac alia carta per nos facta preposito balliuis consulibus et coitati 
dicti nH burgi de Snuis redditibus firmis feudifirmariis iniversariis 
aharagiis terris piscariis ac capellaniis que ad capellanos eccKe paro- 
chialis' de Abirdene antea pertinuerunt Ac etiam ^ nobis satis et suffi- 
denter constat q prepositi balliui et consules dicti nri burgi continuo 
omnibus temporibus retroactis vltra hominu memoriam Computum et 
aolationeni in Scaccario nro fecerunt Sicuti adbuc faciunt de suma 
ducentanim trededm librarum sex "solidorum et octo denariorum vsualis 
monete regni nri pro firmis burgaiibus eiusdem burgi que recepta et 
allocata fiiit in computis nri . Scaccarii per auditores eiusdem anuatim 
dnifaus fpribus preteritis Respectu ac consideratione cuius nos non minus 
q* antecessores nH animati et inclinati in presidium ac defensionem 
priinlegioru ac libertatum omni burgorum nroru intra r^^nu nrm in 
genere Sed presertim predicti nri burgi de Abirdene Fro bono fideli et 
gratnito seruitio non solum nris nobilissimis antecessoribus Veru etiam 
nobismet ipis per prepositum balliuos consules coitatem dicti nH burgi 
eoniin% predicessores Impenso Cuius multiphariam continuo omnibus 
temporibus retroactis abs^ defectione fpre aliquo ab eorum fideli debitaq^ 
obedientia vti fideles subditos decet bonii sufiiciens% experimentum 

.fifty-three; and another charter made by us* in favour of the provost, baillies, 
coandllors and community of our said burgh, of the annual rents^ feu-duties, 
annivenaries, altarages, lands, fishings, and chaplainries which formerly belonged 
to the diaplains of the Parish Church of Aberdeen : and also because it is fully 
and toflbaendy known to us that the provosts, baillies and councillors of our said 
bmgh, without intermission in times past beyond the memory of men, rendered 
(as they still render) account and payment to our Exchequer of the sum of two 
hundred and thirteen pounds six shillings and^eightpence, usual money of our 
kingdom, which was received and entered in the accounts of our Exchequer by 
the anditora thereof year by year in all times past : In respect and consideration 
whereof we, disposed and anxious, no less than our ancestors^ to guard and defend 
the ptvniegts and liberties of all our burghs within our kingdom in general, but 
eqiecially of our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, in return for the good, trusty and 
gratuitous service rendered not only to our most noble ancestors, but also to our- 
idve% by the provost, baillies, councillors and community of our said burgh and 
their predecessors, of which we have good and sufficient proof in their trusty and 
dutifiil obedience in all times past, without fail at any time, as becomes faithful 

• See No. XXXIII,, p. 71. 



I04 BURGH OF ABBRDBBM. [lAOMk, 

habemus Ideo Nos eonun non Immemores sed ddiberatai Intentions 
vti nos ex principal! nro honore ac officio decet eadem reGompensam 
vnde died prepositus balliui consules et comunitas maionem occafliooeai 
habeant cum ardenti bona^ afTectione in eorum fideii seruitia debitMjk 
obedientia Indies magis perseuetare et cootinuate RatifiGaiiiinttB appfli>r 
bauimus ac pro nobis et sucoessoribus nris pro. perpetuo confimum&iiiB 
Tenorec^ pntis carte nre Ratificamus approbamus ac pro nobis d n^ 
cessoribus nris pro perpetuo confirmamus prenoiatas Cartas. dfrnationuPt 
et dispositiones cum omnibus et singulis libertatibus priuilefjfiis: et 
Immunitatibus in eisdem contentis confecE et concesa? per didot 
quondam R^es Alexandrum Dauidem ac lacobum nros nobttiiiiaQS 
antecessores recolende memorie Ac per pre&tam nram rh<riw0iam 
matrem et nosmet ipsos praedicto burgo ac buqfensabns einHdeai Nec- 
non predictam cartam feudifirme per prefatos preposttum halliooa' oon* 
sules et c5munitatem dicti buigi quibusdam partkularibua pfwomii 
burgensibus eiusdem de pre&tis salmonu piscariis et tenia In ooinibiis 
et singulis capitibus punctis dausulis articulis ac conditionibns ia eisdem 
contentis Secundum formam et tenorem earundem in oomibuff punctis 
Ac decemimus et declaramus eadem adeo valida efficacia ac mfl i f i rwH a 

subjects : We, therefore, not unmindful x>{ them, but with ddiberste intnl^ si 
beonnes our honour and duty as a prince, to make return for the same^ whence 
the said provost, baillies, councillors and community may have greater occasion 
to persevere and continue with ardent and great affection in their fiuthftil service 
and dutiful obedience, more and more from day to day, have ratified, approved, 
and for ourselves and our successors for ever have confirmed, and by the tenor 
of our present charter do ratify, approve, and on behalf of ourselves and our 
successors for ever do confirm, *the above-mentioned charters, gifts and disposi- 
lions, with all and sundry liberties, privileges and immunities contained diesein, 
executed and granted by the said umquhile Kings, Alexander, David and Jamei^ 
our most noble ancestors of cherished memory, and by our dearest mother afose- 
said^ and by ourselves to the foresaid burgh and burgesses theieod Am well m 
the fores&id charter of feufarm by the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and 
community of the said burgh to certain individual buxgesses thereof of the fore- 
said salmon fishings and lands ; in aU and sundry heads, points, dauses, aitidcs 
and conditions contained therein, according to the form and tenor thereof in all 
points. And we decree and declare the same to be as valid, effective and 
sufficient for the said provost, baillies, councillors and community, and their 



l60f ;] CROWK CRAKTIKS AVD LKITCRS PATENT. 105* 

fbfe dfeds preposito balliuis consultbus ct cdmunitati eorum^ successo- 
rBms perpetoo onibus temporibus affuturis Ac si eadcm ad longnm in 
faae pnti n^ carta inserta et express^ fuerunt non obstafi ^ eadem hie 
fldoinie inserta sunt Penes que nos pro nobis et suocessoribus nHs pro 
perpetoo per pntis carte n!e tenorem dispensamus Insuper pro causis 
sqwrios specificatis aliisc^ causis occasionibus et constderationibus nos 
nooentibus De Nouo Ereximus ac per pntis nre carte tenorem erigimus 
predictom bnrgum de Abirdene In unii liberum burgum r^alem Ac 
dc di n m s concessimus disposuimus et confirmauimus ac tenore pntis carte 
tSe pro nobis nHsc^ successoribus damus concedimus disponimus ac pro 
p cfpet u o confirmamus Prenoiato burgo ac preposito balliuis consulibus 
et oBmnnitati dusdem eorum^ successoribus Omnes et singulas pre- 
noiatas terras comunes ad eundem burgum pertinentes cum partibus 
peodicnlis et suis pertinentiis ab antiquo vocal forrestam nram de 
a t ockctt et sQuam dusdem cum suis pertinentiis intra limites et bondas 
eanmdem sicuti eedem nuc occupantur et possidentur ac SLnuatim equitari 
et peiambulari solent per dictos prepositum balliuos consules et comuni- 
tatcm Vna cum aquis de Dee et Done respectiue salmonu piscariis super 
infra et per ones bondas et partes earundem sicuti eadem per 



for ever in all time to come, as if the same were inserted and set 
fordi at length in this our present charter, notwithstanding that the same are 
not here inserted, wherewith we, for us and our successors, by the tenor of 
our present charter do for ever dispense. Moreover, for the causes above 
set fnrth and for other causes, reasons and considerations moving us, we have 
of new erected, and by the tenor of our present charter do erect, the fore- 
sud hoatf^ .of Aberdeen into a free royal buigh ; and we have given, granted, 
d i y m edj and confirmed, and by the tenor of present charter we, for us and 
our snooessorsi do give, grant, dispone, and for ever confirm to the above- 
naaied bmgh, and to the provost, baillies, councillors and community thereof 
and their s accesso r s, all and sundry the above-named common lands belonging 
U> the same burgh, with parts, pendicles and their pertinents, called fix>m of 
old oar Forest of Stocket, and the wood thereof, with their pertinents within, 
the limits and bounds of the same ; as the same are now occupied and 
potMcd, and are wont to be annually ridden and walked by the said provost, 
baiDiesi councillors and community; together with the waters of Dee and Don re- 
spectively, the salmon fishings therein, within and through all the bounds and parts 

thereof as the same are at present occupied and enjoyed by the foresaid provost, 

O 



to6 BURGH or ABSRDBBN. [l6oi. 



i^iT^^n ( ~. 



prefatos prepositum balltuos consules et cdmunitatem eonun 
et senittores suis ndibus pro pnti occupantur et gauisi sunt Vna cum 
comunibus molendinis vi2 duobus illts molendinis infra dictum nSm 
burgum vocaf lie Over et neyir mylnis Ac alib Duobus molendinis 
extra eundem burgum voca{ lie lusdce mylnis cum multuris et sequdis 
eorundem de omnibus grants crescentibus infra territorium dicti faafgi 
et Itbertatem eiusdem Ac ad burgenses et inhabitantes dicti burgi per- 
tineii Vna cum lie castelhill lie grene medow suburbe vocat (ittie portu 
propugnaculo ac lie peir de Abirdene ancoragiis et deuoriis eisdem per- 
tinentibus Ac etiam minutis custumis lie bell custome toUonds custumis 
solids vsitatis et consuetis Ac cum curiis ponderibus mensuris dnibos^ 
aliis, libertatibus priuilegiis et Immvnitatibus que ad prefatum boifrum 
antea spectarunt et pertinuerunt Cum ptate edam infra prefatum vSm 
burgum liberas niidinas ac dies forales lie mercat doyis habendi cu»- 
todiendi et tenendi Ac vinu ceram lie Wadd pelles corea ac omne aliod 
genus mercantiarum intra eundem burgum emendi ac vendendi ac cum 
libertate et potestate plura molendina granorum ac ventosa lie Wind- 
mylnis Intra dictum nrm burgum libertatem et territorium dustt edifi- 
candi et construendi Talesq^ partes predict comuniii terrarum pre&te 

baillies, councillors and community, their tenants and servants in their names ; 
together with the public mills, namely, those two mills vrithin our said burgh 
called the Upper and Nether Mills, and other two mills outwith the same burgh, 
called the Justice Mills, with the multures and sequels thereof of all grain grow- 
mg within the territory of the said burgh and the freedom thereof, and bdonging 
to burgesses and inhabitants of the said burgh ; together with the Casdehill, the 
Green Meadow, the suburb called Yinie, the haven, the blockhouse, and the pier 
of Aberdeen, the anchorages a:nd duties belonging thereto, and also the petty 
customs, the bell custom, tolls, customs used, wont and habitual, and with courts, 
weights, measures, and all other liberties, privileges and immunities, which 
formerly belonged and pertained to the foresaid burgh ; with power also to 
have, keep and'^hold within our foresaid burgh a free fair and market days, and to 
buy and sell wine, wax, wadd,* skins, hides, and every other kind of merchandise 
within the same burgh ; and with liberty and power to build and erect more grain 
mills and wind mills within our said burgh, the freedom and territory thereof, and 
to' set and let for the use and advantage of said burgh such parts aforesaid of the 

* Waddt Woad, used in dyeing. — ^Jamie80n*8 Dictionary, 



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foreste de stockett que hactenus minus locantur pro utilitate et comodo 
dkti nri burgi assedandi et locandi Ac cum omnibus aliis et singulis 
libertatibus et priuil^is quibuscuncj^ ad eundem spectantibus seu iuste 
spectare et pertinere valentibus Ac quorum dictus burgus et burgenses 
dusdem aliquibus {pribus retroactis in possessione extiterunt Cum% 
predictis Snuis redditibus feudifirmariis anniversariis altaragiis capellaniis 
terns piscariis que ad capellanos ecctie parochialis de Abirdene antea 
pertinoerunt Vna cum etiam tam amplis et magnis priuilegiis libertatibus 
et Immunitatibus sicuti per nos aut aliquos nros antecessores burgis 
niis de Edinburt Perth Dundie aut alicui alio burgo intra regnu nrm 
aliquibus {pribus preteritis die date pntis carte nre precedentibus donata 
concessa et disposita sunt TeneH et habeR Totum et integrum burgum 
predictum terras comunes ab antiquo voca¥ forrestam nram de^ stocket 
siluam eiusd cum partibus pendiculis et suis pertineil aquis salmonu 
piscariis de Dee et Done ac molendina multuras portus propugnaculum 
mootem castralem suburbus [sic] vocat iittie tellonijs custumis lie bell 
custome inuis redditibus feudiiirmas alteragia capellanias ac alia supra 
specificata priuilegia libertates et Immunitates quecuncj^ eidem spectan 
et pertinen de nobis et successoribus nris in liberum burgum rqgalem 
hereditarie Imperpetuum Vna cum onibus et singulis aliis libertatibus 

oommoD lands of the aforesaid Forest of Stocket as heretofore have not been let ; 
and with all and sundry other liberties and privileges whatsoever belonging, or 
fifaidi shall come rightly to belong and pertain to the same, and of which the said 
bui;^ and burgesses thereof were in possession in any times past ; and with the 
albiesaid annual rents, feii-duties, anniversaries, altarages, chaplainries, lands, 
fishings which formerly belonged to the chaplains of the Parish Church of 
Aberdeen ; and together with as full and extensive privileges, liberties i^^d im- 
mimities as were given, granted and disponed by us or by any of our ancestors to 
our bni|^ of Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, or any other buigh within our kingdom 
in any times past prior to the date of our present charter. To be held and had 
an and whole the foresaid burgh, the common lands from of old call^ our 
Forest of Stocket, the wood thereof, with parts, pendicles and their pertinents, 
waten^ salmon fishings in Dee and Don, and mills, multures, havens, block- 
hoose, Castlehill, suburb called Fittie, with tolls, customs, bell custom, annual 
rents^ feu-duties, altarages, chaplainries, and other above specified privileges, 
Sberties and immunities whatsoever, belonging and pertaining thereto, of us and 
oar successors in heritage for ever as a free royal burgh ; together with all and 



to8 BURGH OF ABRRDSEM. [160I. 

priuil^^ cdmoditatibus proficuis asiamentis ac lusds suis pertineft qui- 
buscuiK^ tam non ndiatis ^^ noiatis quam noiatis [sic] tarn subtus terra 
quam supra terrain procul et prope ad predict burgum terras aquas 
salmonu piscarias molendina portus propug^aculum telonias custumas 
anuos redditus feudifirmas alteragia capellanias ac alia particulariter et 
generaliter reue prescript cum suis pertinen spectan seu luste spectare 
valen quomodolibet in futunun libere quiete plenarie int^fre honorifice 
bene et in pace Sine aliqua reuocatione contradictione Impedimeto aut 
obstaculo quocunqi Reddendo Inde inuatim nobis et successoribus nris 
tSiss^ computorum rotulatoribus noie nro Predictam sumam ducentarum 
tredecim librarum sex solidorum et octo denariorum vsualis monete 
regni nri In terminis solutionis eiusdem solitis et consuetis tanquam 
antiquam diuoriam seu inuu censum pro firmis burgalibus dicti nri burgi 
solui solif et consuef ac in scaccario nro per auditores eiusdem inuatim 
onibus temporibus retroactis recepf et allocaf vna cum suma viginti 
scdidorum monete antedicte In augmentationem rentalis nri plusi^^ vn^^ 
I»edic{ burgus prepositus balliui consules ct comunitas pro eodem aliqui- 
bus temporibus preteritis persoluere consueuerunt Nomine firmarum 
burgalium tantum absc^ aliqua alia exactione onere questione demanda 

sundry other liberties, pririleges, conveniences, profits, easements and their just 

pertinents whatsoever, as well not named as named, as well under the ground as 

above the ground, fiir and near, belonging, or which shall in any way in future 

justly belong, to the foresaid buigh, lands, waters, salmon fishings, mills, havens, 

blockhouse, tolls, customs, annual rents, feu-duties, altarages, chaplainries and 

others set forth above in special and in general respectively with their pertinents ; 

firedy, quietly, fully, wholly, honourably, well and in peace, without any revocation, 

challenge, hindrance or obstacle whatsoever. Paying therefor yearly to us and 

to our successors, and to our comptrollers in our name, the foresaid sum of two 

hundred and thirteen pounds six shillings and eightpence usual money of our 

Jungdom, at the terms of payment used and wont in the same, as the ancient 

duty or annual maill for the buighal rents of our said burgh used and wont to be 

paid, and received and allocated in our. Exchequer by the auditors thereof annually 

in all times past ; together with the sum of twenty shillings money aforesaid in 

augmentation of our rental more than the foresaid buigh, provost, baillies, coun- 

dUoffs and community were ever accustomed to pay for the same in any times 

past, in name of buighal rents only, without any odier exaction, burden, question, 

demand or secular service, which could in any way be rightly exacted or required 



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sen seroitio seculari que de predicto burgo per quoscunc^ luste exigi 
potnmiit quomodolibet vel requiri Insuper Promittimus fideliter in 
verfao {Mincipis hanc nram cartam et infeofamentum in proximo nrb 
parliamcto Ratificare et approbare Ac ad causandam actum nri parlia- 
ment! super eadem extendi Inibi contineii etiam Nouam dispositionem 
com auisamento trium regni nri statuu de dictis comunibus terris ab 
antique vocaf nfa foresta de Stockett siluamc^ eiusS salmonu piscariis 
iafira dictas aquas de Dee et Done aliisq^ supra expressis Prefatis pre- 
potito balliuis consulibus et comunitati burgi nri de Abirdene eorum% 
socoestoribus pro solutione dicte Inue deuorie pro eiusdem firmis burga- 
fibioin moneta supra specificat In Cuius Rei Testimoniii huic pnti carte 
vSe oonfirmationis et noue donationis magnu sig^llum nrm apponi pre- 
oepimus Testibus predilectis nris consanguineis et consiliariis Joanne 
nuucfakme de hamiltoun comite Arraine dno Aveii etc loanne comite de 
Montrois' dno g^rahame etc Cancellario nro Georgio comite mariscalli dno 
Intli etc regni nri mariscallo Dilectis nris familiaribus cdnsiliariis dnis 
lacobo Elphinstoun de bamtoun nro secretario Ricardo Cokbume 
luntore de Clerkingtoun nri secret! sigilii custode militibus Magro 
loanne Skene nrbrum rotulorum regri ac consilii clerico Diio loanne 

from the foresaid burgh by any whatsoever. Moreover, we faithfully promise, on 
the word of a prince, to ratify and approve this our charter and infefbnent in our 
neiEt parliament, and to cause an act of our parliament * therein to be extended there- 
vpoD, containing also the new disposition, with the advice of the three estates of 
oar kingdcmi, of the aforesaid common lands from of old called our Foresk of 
Stodcet and the wood thereof, the salmon fishings in the said waters of Dee and 
Don, and others above set forth, to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and 
coommnity of our buigh of Aberdeen and their successors, for payment of the 
add annual duty for the buighal rents thereof in money above specified. In 
witnetB whereof we have ordered our great seal to be appended to this our present 
dbupBt of confirmation and new grant Witnesses : Our well-beloved cousins and 
ooonciUocs, John, Marquis of Hamilton, Earl of Arran, Lord Avon, &c ; John, 
Eail of Montrose, Lord Graham, &c., our Chancellor; George, Earl Marisdial, 
Loid Keith, &c. Marshal of our kingdom ; our beloved fiimiliar councillors, Sir 
James EljAinston of Bamton, our Secretary ; Sir Richard Cockbum, younger 
of Oerkington, Keeper of our Privy Seal, Knights ; Master John Skene, Clerk 

* See Act of Parliament of nth July, 1606, fostea. 



no BURGH OF ABERDBEN. [1617. 

Cokbume de Ormestoun miltte nre lusticiarie clerico et Magro Willdmo 
Scott de Elie nre Cancellarie directore Apud falkland decimo quarto die 
mensis August! Anno dni millesimo sexcentesimo primo Ac anno R^^i 
nH Tricesimo quinto 

XLIII. 

Jacx)BUS Dei gratia Rex Magne Britannie Francic et Htbemie fidci^ 
defensor Omnibus Probis hominibus tottus terre sue clerids et laicis 
Salutem SciATis Quia in Parliamento nro tento Apud Buigum tfSm 
de Edinburgh Vigesimo Octauo die mensis Junii proxime elapsi anno 
domini millesimo sexcentesimo decimo septimo instante Nos et Parlia- 
menti nri status Intelligentes quod nobilissimi nn predicessores d^e 
memorie Burgum nrm de Abirdene vnum vetustissimorum et cdeberri- 
morum R<^^i nri Scotie burgorum erexerunt et fundarunt ac amplis 

priuilegiis libertatibus et immunitatibus donarunt TeneR de nns 

« 

of our Rolls, Register and Council ; Sir John Cockbum de Onneston, Knight, 
Clerk of our Justiciary; and Master William Scott of Elie, Director of our 
Chancery. At Falkland, the fourteenth day of the month of August in the 
year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and one, and of our reign the 
thirty-fifth. 

XLIII. 

Kif^ James VL confirms sundry charters granted to the hurgh by himself and by 

his predecessors, I'jth/uiy^ 161 7, 

James, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, 
Defender of the Faith, to all good men of his whole Umd, churchmen and 
laymen, greeting. Know ye that, in our Parliament held at our buigh of Edin- 
burgh on the twenty-eighth day of the month of June last,* in the current year of 
our Lord one thousand six hundred and seventeen, We and the estates of our 
Parliament, considering that our most noble predecessors of worthy memory 
erected and founded our burgh of Aberdeen, one of the most ancient and 
most renowned burghs of our kingdom of Scotland, and endowed it with full 
privileges, liberties and immunities, to be held of our predecessors for annual 

* See Act of Parliament of 28th June, 1617, fosUa, 



1617O CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. Ill 

{yedicessoribus pro annua solutione summe ducentarum trededm libra- 
nun sex solidoram et octo denariorum bui^lis firme in infeofamentis 
el evidentiis dicto burgo desuper confectis specificate et contente £t 
qnamuis in quibusdam dictorum antiquorum infeofamentorum dicta 
fiima burgalis exprimitur Sterlingorum moneta esse Nihilominus Pre- 
positi Balliui Consules nee Communitas dicti nri burgi de Abirdene 
ac ipsorum predtcessores nunquam aliter assueti aut in usu fuerunt 
aoluere nobis vel nns computorum rotulatoribus sed sumam ducentarum 
trededm librarum sex solidorum et octo denariorum currentis et vsualis 
mooete r^ni nri Scotie solummodo Cuius summe computum factum fuit 
in nib scaccario annuatim vltra hominum memoriam Et si dictus noster 
bmgus vrgeretur et gravaretur in anua solutione dicte firme burgalis in 
moneta Sterlingorum hoc casu idem ad extremam ruinam tenderet 
Respectu quod omnes comunes terre et redditus ad eundem nrm burgum 
pertinefi dictam firmam burgalem in moneta Sterlingorum persoluere 
msnime snfficientes sunt Ac Quod Nos ex respectu per nrm cartam 
sab nib magno sigillo de data apud Faulkland decimo quarto die 
menris Augusti anno dni millesimo sexcentisimo primo dedimus con- 
cesstmus et disposuimus Dicto nro buigo Omnes et singulas terras 

payment of the sum of two hundred and thirteen pounds six shillings and 
ejghtpence of burgh rent, set forth and contained in the infeftments and 
evidfiQts thereupon executed in favour of the said burgh ; and although in cer- 
tain of the said ancient infeftments the said burgh rent is stated to be sterling 
money,* nevertheless the provosts, baillies, councillors and community of our said 
bugh of Aberdeen and their predecessors have never been accustomed or in use 
to pay to us or our comptrollers saving only the sum of two hundred and thirteen 
pounds six shillings and cightpence current and usual money of our kingdom of 
Scotland, the account of which sum has been rendered annually to our treasury 
beyond the memory of man ; and if our said burgh were oppressed and burdened 
with the annual payment of the said burgh rent in sterling money, in this case the 
same would thereby be brought to utter ruin, inasmuch as all the common lands 
and the rents pertaining to our said burgh are wholly insufficient to discharge the 
said buigh rent in sterling money ; and that we, inasmuch as by our charter 
under our great seal, dated at Falkland, the fourteenth day of the month of 
August in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and one,t gave, 
granted and disponed to our said burgh all and sundry the lands, mills, houses, 

* See No. VIII., p. 12. t No. XLII., p. loa 



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112 BURGH OF ABSRIHSir. [1617. 

molendina domos piscationes aquas et ipsum burgam Omntaq^ alia 
priuilegia libertates Imunitates et alias cdmoditates quasculi^ que 
quouis tempore ad dictum nrm burgum spectanint et pertinneniiit 
Tenen de nobis et nris successoribus in libero burgagio Pro anoua 
solutione dicte sume ducentarum tredecim librarum sex sdidonim et 
octo denariorum vsualis monete Regni nH Scotie et Viginti scrfidomm 
eiusdem monete in augmentationem nri rentalis Prout in dicto vSo 
infeofamento de data predicta ContineS nrm ratificationem omniniD 
aliorum priorum iurium et evidentiarum dicto burgo nro conoess^ latioi 
continetur; Quamquidem cartam postea nos in nro parliamento Tento 
Apud Perth Nono die mensis Julii Anno dni millesimo seie< 
sexto Ratificauimus Et nos V£R0 et parliamenti nri status 
quod dicta nra donatio et erectio concess^ diet nro burgo de Abiidene 
Ita formaliter expedita sit iuxta l^^s nras vt eadem efficax sit prqioattD 
balliuis consulibus et comunitati eiusdem burgi ac suffidens jus ipsis 
eorum% successoribus omnibus temporibus affuturis pro solutione dkte 
sume et (irme burgalis ducentarum tredecim librarum sex solidorum et 
octo denariorum vsualis monete regni nri scotie et viginti solidomm 
eiusdem monete pro augmentatione solummodo Igitur Nos Virtute 

fishings, waters, and the burgh itself, and all other privileges, liberties, immunities, 
and other conveniences whatsoever, which at any time belonged and pertained to 
our said burgh, to be held of us and our successors in free buigage for annual 
payment of the said sum of two hundred and thirteen pounds six shillings and 
eightpence usual money of our kingdom of Scotland, and twenty shillings of the 
same money in augmentation of our rent, as is set forth at greater length in our 
infeflment of date aforesaid, containing our ratification of all other former rights 
and evidents granted to our said burgh ; which charter we afterwards ratified in 
our Parliament held at Perth on the ninth day of the month of July in the year of 
our Lord one thousand six hundred and six. And we in truth and the estates 
of our Parliament, wishing that our said gift and erection granted to our said 
burgh of Aberdeen be so expede in due form, according to our laws, that 
the same may be effectual for the provost, baillies, councillors and community 
of the said burgh, and a sufficient right for them and their successors in all 
time to come, for payment of the said sum and burgh rent' of two hundred and 
thirteen pounds six shillings and eightpence usual money of our kingdom of 
Scotland, and twenty shillings of the same money for augmentation only. We 
therefore, in virtue of our said Act of Parliament, with the advice and consent of 



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dicti nn acti parliamenti cum auisamento et consensu omnium eiusdem 
parliamenti statuum pro nobis et successoribus nris Ex certa scientia 
dissoluimus A Corona nra et eiusdem annexationibus dictum nrm 
bvfgum de Abirdene Cum omnibus et singulis ipsoram terns forrestis 
sQuis aquis salmonum piscationibus super aquas de Dee et Done Molen- 
dinis astrictis multuris castris pratis lacubus rupibus viridariis lie Linlds 
portubus lie heavins et portis propugnaculis ag^eribus lie blok-houB et 
bolwarids Anchoragiis et lie bell customes Minutis custumis et vecti- 
galibas He toll et small customes ponderibus mensuris lie trone wechtis 
and measouris Omnibuses aliis proficuis casualitatibus et deuoriis quibus- 
con% que quouis tempore ad dictum nrm burgum de Abirdene perprius 
^KCtabant et pertinebant Vna cum predicta firma burgali et annua 
denoiia ducentarum -Tredecim librarum sex solidorum et octo denario- 
nunrcontenf in quibuscunq^ infeofamentis seu euidentiis diet nro burgo 
coocess? Cuiuscum^ designationis did firme bui^ales sint vel monete 
Sterlingorum seu vsualis monete regni nri Scotie Ad hunc effectum 
Vt no6 de Novo dare concedere et disponere poterimus Dictis Preposito 
Balliois Consulibus et Communitati dicti bui^i de Abirdene ac ipsorum 
successoribus Dictum burgum cum omnibus et singulis suis terns 
ibnestis siluis aquis salmonum piscationibus super Die et Done Molen- 



all the estates of the said Parliament, for us and our successors, of certain know- 

ledlge have dissevered from our Crown and the annexations thereof, our said 

buigh of Aberdeen, with all and sundry their lands, forests, woods, waters, salmon 

fishingv on the waters of Dee and Don, mills, astrict multures, castles, meadows, 

\ochs, hills, links, havens and ports, blockhouses and bulwarks, anchorages and 

bell customs, petty customs and tolls, tron weights and measures, and all other 

profifSi casualties and duties whatsoever, which formerly at any time belonged and 

pertained to our said burgh of Aberdeen ; together with the aforesaid burgh rent 

and annual duty of two hundred and thirteen pounds six shillings and eightpence 

contained in any infeitments or evidents whatsoever granted to our said btugh 

(of whatever designation the said buigh rents may be — sterling money or the 

usual money of our own kingdom of Scotland) : To this effect, that we may of 

oew give, grant and dispone to the said provost, baillies, councillors and 

community of the said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, the said burgh 

with all and sundiy their lands, forests, woods, waters, salmon fishings upon Dee 

and Don, mills, astrict multures, castles, lochs, meadows, links, blockhouses, bul- 

P 



114 BUKGH OF ABERDBUf. [x^I?. 

dinis astrictis multuris castris lacubus pratis viridariis lie Hnkes pro- 
pug^aculis aggeribus lie blokhou9 bulwarkis anchoragiis minutis cos- 
tumis et lie bell custumis ponderibus lie trone wechtis et measouris aliis% 
proficuis casualitatibus et diuoriis quibuscun^ que quouis tempore pre- 
terito ad dictum iirm burgum de Abirdene spectabant seu pertinebant 
Tenen de nobis et nris successoribus in libero burgagio pro annua aolu- 
tione dicte sume ducentarum tredecim librarum sex solidorum et octo 
denariorum ct viginti solidorum pro dicta augmentatiotie Totaliter 
existeii vsualis monete Reg^ni nri Scotie solummodo Cum tam amplis 
priuilegiis Immunitatibus et libertatibus quam alius quivis burgus intra 
dtum r^num nrm Scotie habet Ac ordinamus nouam donationem pre- 
fatis Preposito Balliuis Consulibus et comunitati dicti burgi sub nib 
magno sigillo post dictam nram dissolutionem desuper conficiendam 
Quamquidem cartam ita expediendam Nos cum auisamento preclicto 
per dictum nri parliamenti actum ac si eadem tunc perfecta fuisset Ra- 
tificauimus approbauimus et confirmauimus In omnibus suis capitibus 
articulis et clausulis Ac voluimus et declarauimus dictam nram cartam 
dictam nram dissolutionem subsequuturam esse validum et perpetuum 
jus predict Preposito Balliuis et Comunitati dicti burgi de Abirdene 
pntibus et futuris pro ipsorum possessione gauisione et fruitione 

warks, anchorages, petty customs and bell customs, tron weights and measures^ and 
other profits, casualties and duties whatsoever, which at any time past belonged 
or pertained to our said burgh of Aberdeen ; to be held of us and our successors 
in free burgage for the annual ixiyment of the said sum of two hundred and 
thirteen pounds six shillings and eightpence, and twenty shillings for the said 
augmentation, the whole in the usual current money of our kingdom of Scotland 
only ; with as full privileges, immunities and liberties as are possessed by any 
other burgh within our said kingdom of Scotland. And we order a new gift 
to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and community to be executed 
thereupon, under our great seal, after our said dissolution. Which charter 
so to be expede we, with the advice aforesaid, have, by the said Act of our 
Parliament, ratified, approved and confirmed in all its heads, articles and 
clauses, as if the same had been then completed. And we have willed and 
declared our said charter to follow on our said dissolution to be a valid and 
perpetual right for the foresaid provost, baillies and community of our said 
burgh of Alierdeen, present and to come, for their possession, use and enjoy- 



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dicti bufgi nS ac omnium et singulanim terrarum forrestarum molen- 
dinoram siluaru salmonum piscationum custumarum casualitatum 
lie Trone wechtis priuilegiorum libertatum imunitatum ac aliarum 
denoriamm quarumc^ in eadem carta content pro solutione dicte firme 
bargalis ducentarum Tredecim librarum sex solidorum et octo denari- 
onun vsualis monete regni nri Scotie et viginti solidorum eiusdem 
monete in augmentationem dicti nri rentalis solumodo et non amplius 
Ac 81 dicta nra carta hactenus expedita et in dicto nro acto specialiter 
expressa fuisset ac eo non obstante Penes 4 nos pro nobis et successori- 
bus nHs cum auisamentor et consensu predicto in perpetuum dispensaui- 
mus Prout dictum parliamenti actum latius proportat Et NOS multum 
SOUCrri de vigente et florente statu dicti nri burgi de Abirdene et 
ReipuUice eiusdem et exinde recordantes plurima bona officia et 
aoniitia nobis per prepositum balliuos consules et comunitatem eiusdem 
tunqiiatn fiTOS obscquiosos ct fidos subditos omnibus opportunitatibus 
pnestita et impensa Quapropter nos nunc post omnes nras reuocationes 
ex certa sdentia et proprio motu Cum special! auisamento et consensu 
predilecti et fidelis nri consanguinei Joannis Comitis de Mar Domini 
Erskyn Principalis Thesaurarii Computorum rotulatoris et collectoris 



ment of our said buigh, and of all and sundry lands, forests, mills, woods, 
almoQ fishings, customs, casualties, tron weights, privileges, liberties, im- 
munities and other duties whatsoever contained in the said charter, in return 
for the payment of the said burgh rent of two hundred and thirteen pounds 
six shillings and eightpence usual money of our kingdom of Scotland, and 
twenty shillings of the same money in augmentation of our said rent only, and no 
more ; as if our said charter had been already expede and inserted in detail in 
our said act, and notwithstanding [the non-insertion], wherewith we, for ourselves 
and our successors, with advice and consent aforesaid, have for ever dispensed, as 
the said Act of Parliament sets forth at greater length. And beino oreatly 
soucrrous for the wellbeing and prosperity of our burgh of Aberdeen and the 
common good thereof and furthermore, calling to mind the very many good 
offices and services discharged and rendered to us on all occasions by the 
provost, bailUes, councillors and community as our dutiful and trusty subjects; 
now, therefore, after all our revocations, of certain knowledge and of our own 
accord, with the special advice and consent of our well-beloved and trusty 
cousin, John, Earl of Mar, Lord Erskine, High Treasurer, Comptroller and 



ii6 BURGH OP ABSRDsnr. [x6i7. 

gnalis huius R^[ni nri Scotie et cum consensu ^amiliaris tnSi coiwiliarii 
Domini Gedionis Murray de Eiiebank militis thesaurarii computonim 
rotulatoris et coUectoris gnalis deputati Nee non cum consensu et 
assensu Reliquorum dnorum secreti concilii nibrum commissionarioniiii 
eiusdem Regni nn Scotie Ratificauimus approbauimus ac pro nobis 
et successoribus nris pro perpetuo confirmauimus tenorec]^ pntium cum 
auisamento consensu et assensu predicto Ratificamus approbamos ac 
pro nobi^ nrisc^ successoribus pro perpetuo confirmamus Omnes et 
quascun% cartas infeofamenta precepta sastnaru instrumenta coofirma- 
tiones acta sententias decreta dcHiationes exemptiones jura tituloa 
securitates literas scripta euidentias concessiones libertates comoditatet 
imunitates et priuil^[ia in eisdem contend fact et ocMicesB sen confinnai 
per nos nr6s% nobilissimos predicessores Reges et R^finas huias Rq[iii 
nri vel per eorum Gubematores Regentes et Dftos sessionis pro tempore 
Predicto nrb burgo de Abirdene Preposito Aldermanis Balliuis Decanb 
gilde Thesaurariis Consulibus Bui^nsibus et Cpmunitati eiusdem ac 
ecclesiis ministris et hospitalibus'dicti burgi eorum% successoribus ex 
quacunc^ forma seu formis contenta seu contentis data seu datis nit 
rex^ Et presertim minime gnalitatem antedicf preiudicafi particulaies 

Collector General for this our kingdom of Scodand, and with the consent of our 
fiuniliar councillor, Sir Gideon Murray of Eiiebank, Knight, Depute Treasuiert 
Comptroller and Collector General, as well as with the consent and 
of the remanent lords of the privy council, our commissioners for our 
kingdom of Scotland, we have ratified, approved, and for us and our suocessois 
for ever confirmed, and by the tenor of these presents, with the advice, consent 
and assent aforesaid, do ratify, approve, and for us and our successors for ever 
confirm, all and each the charters, infeftments, precepts, instram^its of sasines^ 
confirmations, acts, sentences, decreets, gifts, exemptions, rights, titles, securities, 
letters, writs, evidents, grants, liberties, conveniences, immunities and privil^ies 
contained therein, made and granted or confirmed by us and by our most 
noble predecessors the kings and queens of this our kingdom, or by their 
governors, regents, and lords of session for the time being, to our foresaid buigfa 
of Aberdeen, the provost, aldermen, baillies, deans of guild, treasurers, coun- 
cillors, burgesses and community thereof, and to the churches, ministers and 
hospitals of the said burgh, and their successors, of whatsoever form or forms, 
content or contents, date or dates, they be respectively; and especially, in no 
way prejudicing the generality aforesaid, the particular charters, infeftments. 



l6l7*] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. II7 

cartas infeofamenta confirmationes decreta donationes exemptiones acta 
scripta euidentias aliaq^ subtus specificata concessiones libertates imuni- 
tates et priuil^a rexiue in eisdem content viz Cartam per quon- 
dam Alexandrum Regni nri Regem pro tempore datam et concessam 
predicto nro burgo burgensibusq^ eiusdem continents et proportante 
licitum non fore aliquo peregrino mercatori quicquam intra vicecomi- 
tatum nrm de Abirdene emendi aut vendendi sed apud dictum nrm 
burgum Ac ibidem eadem vendendi ac eorum pecuniam impendendi 
cum priuilegio et libertate Gildrie vulgo ane Gildrie bui^ensibus et 
mercatoribus dicti nri burgi diversisq^ aliis libertatibus et priuil^iis in 
eadem carta expressis de data Apud Alich vicesimo septimo Februarii 
Aliam cartam Confectam per Dauidem Regem pro tempore nH 
Regni prefato nib burgo confirmando omnes libertates eidem concesS 
per aliquos nros antecessores Scotie Reges ALIAM cartam concessam 
et confectam per quondam charissimum nrm proavum Jacobum quartum 
R^em nri Regni dignissime memorie contincn 4 nulla corea pelles 
nee victualia extra vicecomitatum nrm de Abirdene transportata fuerint 
absc^ solutione magne custume nobis earundem debite de data Apud 
Edinburgh decimo septimo die mensis Augusti anno diii millesimo 

coniimiations, decreets, gifts, exemptions, acts, writs, evidents and others, set 
forth below, the grants, liberties, immunities and privileges respectively contained 
therein, viz. : A Charter given and granted by umquhile Alexander, sometime 
king of our realm,* to our foresaid burgh and the burgesses thereof, providing 
and purporting that it should not be lawful for any stranger merchant to buy or to 
sell anything within our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, save at our said burgh, where they 
should have the right to sell the same and to exi)end their money, with privilege 
and liberty of a Guildry to the burgesses and merchants of our said burgh, and 
with divers other liberties and privileges set forth in the same charter, dated at 
Alyth the twenty-seventh of February ; Another Charter, executed by David, 
sometime king of our rcalm,t confirming to our foresaid burgh all the liberties 
granted thereto by any of our ancestors kings of Scotland; Another Charter, 
granted and executed by our umquhile dearest great-grandfather James the Fourth, 
king of our realm,:^ of most worthy memory, providing that no skins, hides or 
victuals should be exported outwith our sherififdom of Aberdeen without payment 
to us of the great custom due thereon, dated at Edinburgh the seventeenth day 
of the month of August in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and 

* Sec No. III., p. 5. t Sec No. XII., p. 17. J Sec No. XXIV., p. 36. 



Il8 BURGH or ABERDIBir. [1617. 

quii^ientesimo vndedmo et etus Regni anno vioesimo quarto AUAIC 
CARTAM confectam per quond charissimam nram matrem cum conacnsu 
gubematoris huius regni nH pro tempore Dando et conoedendo ple- 
nariam ptatem et commissionem Preporito Balliuis consnlibua et 
comunitati dictt burgi nn de Abirdene Salmonum piscarias super 
aquas de dee et done Ac terras infra Itbertatem et comuniam dti on 
burgi hereditarie in feudifirma locandi et assedandi specialibus peraonis 
in eadem carta specificatis et contends Aliam cartam feudifirme 
factam per Prepositum Baliiuos Consules et comunitatem dicti tSi 
burgi quibusdam eiusdem burgensibus De predictis salmonum piscariis 
super aquis de Dee et Done Terris% infra eiusdem libertatem de data 
apud Abirdene duodecimo die mensis septembris anno dfii millesimo 
quingentesimo quinquagesimo tertio Auam CARTAM factam et ooo- 
cessam per quondam Robertum secundum pro tempore n& Regni 
Scotie R^em Burgensibus et comunitati dti nH buj^ de Abiidene 
eorumc]^ successoribus de totis et integris terris tenementi de Rubislaw 
cum pertinentiis iaccn juxta burgum nrm de Abirdene Tenen in feodo 
hereditate et libero burgagio de data apud Kindrocht in Mar vigesimo 

eleven, and of his reign the twenty-fourth ; Another Charter, executed by our 
umquhile dearest mother,* with the consent of the Governor for the time being of 
this kingdom, giving and granting full power and commission to the provost, baillies, 
councillors and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen to let and set heritably 
in feufarm the salmon fishings on the^waters of Dee and Don, and the lands within 
the freedom and commonty of our said burgh, to particular persons specified and 
provided in the same charter; Another Charter of feu&rm made by the 
provost, baillies, councillors and community of our said burgh,t in favour of 
certain burgesses thereof of the foresaid salmon fishings on the waters of Dee 
and Don, and the lands within the liberty of the same, dated at Aberdeen the 
twelfth day of the month of September in the year of our Lord one thousand five 
hundred and fifty-three ; Another Charter made and granted by umquhile 
Robert the Second, sometime king of our realm of Scotland,^ to the burgesses and 
community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, of all and whole 
the lands of the tenement of Rubislaw, with the pertinents lying close to our 
burgh of Aberdeen, to be held in fee, heritage and firee burgage, dated at Kin- 
drocht, in Mar, the twentieth day of the month of August, and the ninth year of 

♦ See No. XXX., p. 48. t Engrossed in No. XXXI., p. 56. $ Sec Na XIV., p. 19. 



i6t7.] crown charters and letters patent. 119 

die mensis August! Et Regni sui Anno Nono Aliam CARTAM con- 
cessam per quondam Jacobum tertium pro tempore nH Regni scotic 
R^em dignissime memorie dictis Preposito Balliuis consulibus et 
comunitate prefati bui^i nri de Abirdene eorumq^ successoribus De totis 
et integris terris de Cruiffis cum pertinentiis jacen infra vicecomitatum 
nrm de Abirdene de data Apud Sterling vigesimo sexto die mensis 
Octobris anno dni millesimo Quadringentesimo sexagesimo quinto Et 
Regni sui sexto DONATIONEM et Priuilcgium ConcesS per quondam 
Jacobum pro tpre dicti nri Regni Regem dignissime memorie Sub suo 
priuato sigillo Burgensibus et fratribus gilde dicti nri burgi de Abirdene 
pro arrestatione apprchensione et punitione quorumcunq^ forrestella- 
torum infra vicecomitatum nrm de Abirdene De data Apud Perth 
Quarto die mensis Fcbruarii et anno Regni sui vicesimo quinto 
Decretum Arbitrate inter burgenses gilde dicti nri burgi de Abirdene 
et artifices eiusdem concernen eorum libertates ac pro compositione 
omnium contraversiarum inter eosdem datum et pronunciatum per 

his reign ; Another Charter granted by umquhile James the Third, sometime 
king of our realm of Scotland,* of most worthy memory, to the said provost, 
baillies, councillors and community of our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, and their 
successors, of all and whole the lands of Cruives, with the pertinents, lying within 
our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, dated at Stirling the twenty-sixth day of the month of 
October in the year of our Ix)rd one thousand four hundred and sixty-five, and 
of his reign the sixth ; A Gift and privilege granted by umquhile James, some- 
time king of our said rcalm,t of most worthy memory, under his privy seal, to 
the burgesses and guild brethren of our said burgh of Aberdeen, for the arrest, 
apprehension and punishment of any forestallers whatever within our sherilfdom 
of Aberdeen, dated at Perth the fourth day of the month of February, and in the 
twenty-fifth year of his reign; A Decreet Arbitral between the guild burgesses of 
our said burgh of Aberdeen and the craftsmen thereof^ concerning their liberties 
and for the setdement of all disputes between the same, given and pronounced by 

• See No. XXL, p. 30. 

t This Gift is not extant. The only King James found executing charters at Perth on 
February 4th in the twenty-fifth year of his reign, is the first of that name. See Rcgittrum 
Magni Sigilli, vol. ii., p. 41 ; Feb. 4, 143^* The Registrum Secreti Sigilli extends no further 
back than the reign of James IV. 

X See the Decreet Arbitral postca. 



I20 BURGH OF ABERDEn. [l6l7. 



Alexandnim Cullen Dauidem Meinzeis daos balliuoram dti burgi 
nri pro Ire et per Alexandnim Forbes comissionarios pro parte Pre- 
positi Balliuorum et fratrum Glide eiusdem electos ex parte vna ac 
etiam per Georgium Elphingstoun deaconum conventoiem lie deacoo 
convenar Joannem duncane vestiarium et Alexandnim Ronaldsoun 
pistorem commissionarios pro artificibiis dicti burgi nri dectios ex 
parte altera Nee non per magrum Alexandnim Cheyne Rectofem 
de Snaw et commissionarium de Abirdene lie odisman et oSsman 
equaliter per dictos coinissionarios nominatum de data Apod Abir- 
dene septimo die mensis Julii anno dni millesimo quingentesimo 
octuagesimo septimo Vna cum literis procuratorialibus et submis- 
sione super quibus dictum decretum latum fuit inserta et regrata in 
libris comissariatus de Abirdene septimo die mensis Julii anno 
immediate supra dicto LiTERAS exemptionis per nos sub nib secieto 
sigillo datas et conccssas Preposito Balliuis consulibus comunitati 
Burgensibus artificibus et inhabitantibus dicti nri burgi pntibos et 
futuris ab omnibus equitationibus conventionibus exercitibus et guerris 
infra dtum R^^um nrm Scotie vulgo lie Raides conventiones Oists 
assembleis armeis gatherings Wapinshawings or waris demptis vbi nos 



Alexander Cullen, David Menzies, two baillies of our said buigh for the time 
being, and by Alexander Forbes, commissioners for the provost, baillies and 
guild brothers thereof, chosen on the one part, and also by George Elphinston, 
deacon convener, John Duncan, tailor, and Alexander Ronaldson, baker, com- 
missioners chosen for the craftsmen of the said burgh on the other part, as well as 
by master Alexander Cheyne, Rector of Snaw and Commissary of Aberdeen, odd- 
man and oversman, named equally by the said commissioners, dated at Aberdeen 
the seventlyday of the month of July in the year of our Lord one thousand five 
hundred and eighty-seven, together with the procuratorial letters and submission 
upon which the said decreet was based, inserted and registered in the com- 
missary books of Aberdeen on the seventh day of the month of July in the year 
above written ; Letters of exemption given and granted by us under our privy 
seal * to the provost, baillies, councillors, community, burgesses, craftsmen and 
inhabitants of our said 'burgh, present and to come, exempting them from all raids, 
conventions, oists, assemblies, armies, gatherings, wapinshaws or wars, except 

♦ Sec No. XXXVII., p. 92. 



1617.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 121 

et successores nri vel in propria persona vel per nostros locum tenentes 
cum reliquis nris subditis dti nri Regni pro defensione eiusdem contra 
exteras nationes sumus vel q nos pro repressione rebellium et traditorum 
contra nram personam infra dtum Regnum nrm eamus Ac etiam exi- 
mendo ipsos ab omni comparendo vel eundo super aliquibus assists 
vel inquisitionibus in quibuscunqi criminibus et actionibus Exceptis 
criminib^ infra dtum nrm burgum libertatem eiusdem et duo miliaria 
circa eundem commiss^ de data Apud Dalkeith decimo sexto die 
mensis Maii Anno Dni millesimo quingentesio nonagesimo secundo 
et Regni nri anno vigesimo quinto Cum tris publicationis desuper 
concess^ Vnacum acto de libris nri Justiciarii extracto virtute cuius 
dicte litere nre exemptionis in Curia Justiciaria infra pretorium Edin- 
burgi per quondam Dominum Willielmum hart de Prestoun militem 
nrm Justiciarium pro tempore secundo die mensis Decembris anno dni 
millesimo sexcentesimo decimo quinto Tenta producte et admisse 
fuerunt Privilegiu licentiam et libertatem per nos sub dto nFo 
secreto sigillo concessam Preposito Balliuis Consulibus et comunitati 
dicti nri burgi pntibus et futuris eorumqi successoribus Quasdam vastas 



when we and our successors, either in proper person or by our lieutenants, are 
present with the rest of our subjects of our said kingdom for the defence thereof 
against foreign nations, or when we pass within our said kingdom for the repression 
of rebels and traitors against our person ; and also exempting them from all com- 
pearing or passing upon any assizes or inquests on any crimes or actions whatever, 
except crimes committed within our said burgh, the freedom thereof and two 
miles around the same : dated at Dalkeith the sixteenth day of the month of 
May in the year of our Ix)rd one thousand five hundred and ninety-two, and of our 
reign the twenty-fifth, with the letters of publication granted thereupon ; together 
with an act extracted from the books of our justiciary in virtue whereof our said 
letters of exemption were produced and admitted in the Justice Court held within 
the courthouse at Edinburgh, by the late Sir William Hart of Preston, Knight, 
our justiciar for the time being, on the second day of the month of December in 
the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and fifteen ; A Privilege, licence 
and liberty * granted by us under our said privy seal to the provost, baillies, 
councillors and community of our said burgh, present and to come, and their 

* See No. XXXIX., p. 95. 
Q 



122 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1617. 

partes et loca dicti nri burgi vicinis eiusdem vd cuicunc]^ aut quibusciin% 
persone aut personis in feudifinna rental! assedatione vel simplid 
alienatione assedandi et disponendi continen etiam ratificationefii 
omnium priorum dispositionum licentiarum et 'priuQ^orum per nos 
vel predicessores nros ipsis concess^ de data Apud Halieruidhous 
decimo septimo die mensis Martii anno dni millesimo quingentesimo 
nonagesimo quarto Cartam factam datam et concessam per nos 
Preposito Balliuis consulibu» et comunitate dicti nH buigi de anniib 
redditibus firmis feudifinnis anniuersariis altaragiis terris piscariis et 
capellaniis que olim ad capellanos Ecdie parochialis Sancti Nlcolai 
de Abirdene spectabant cum omnibus tenementis croftis mansionibus 
lie dail siluir et aniversariis quibuscunc]^ que antea pertinuerunt ad 
quascunc]^ capellanias prebendaria et alteragia in quacun<]^ eodesia 
capella vel coll^o infra libertatem dicti nH burgi de Abiideiie per 
quascunc]^ personas aut patronos fundat vbicun% jacent infra dtum 
R^^um nfm Scotie vd quocunc]^ tempore preterito levari sddiant 
de data Apud Striuiling vigesimo sexto die mensis Octobris anno 
dni millesimo quingentesimo octuagesimo tertio Quequidem carta 

successors, empowering them to set and dispone in feu, rental, tack, or simple 
alienation, certain waste parts and lands of our said hva^ to the neighbours 
thereof, or to any person or persons whatsoever ; containing also a ratificatiOQ of 
all former dispositions, licences and privil^es granted to the same by us or by 
our predecessors ; dated at Holyrood the seventeenth day of the month of March 
in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and ninety-four ; A Charter 
made, given and granted by us * to the provost, baillies, councillors and com- 
munity of our said burgh of the annual rents, rents, feu-duties, anniversaries, 
altarages, lands, fishings and chaplainries, which of old bdonged to the chaplains 
of the Parish Church of Saint Nicolas of Aberdeen, with all tenements^ crofts, 
dwelling-houses, daill silver and anniversaries whatsoever, which formerly pe^ 
tained to any chaplaiiuies, prebends and altarages whatsoever in any church, 
chapel or college whatsoever within the freedom of our said burgh of Aberdeen, 
by whatsoever person or patrons founded, wheresoever they are situated within our 
said kingdom of Scotland, or whensoever in time past they used to be uplifted ; 
dated at Stirling the twenty-sixth day of the month of October in the year of our 
Lord one thousand five hundred and eighty-three ; which charter was afterwards 

* See Na XXXIII., p. 71. 



1617O CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 1 23 

postea in decimo tertio nib parliamento tento apud Edinburgh 
v^^esimo primo die mensis Julii Anno dni millesimo quingentesimo 
nooagesimo tertio Ratificata fuit Ac etiam carta per nos factam 
datam et concessam Preposito Balliuis Consulibus et comunitati dicti 
tR borgi de Abirdene eonim% successoribus Non solum Ratificando 
et appfobando sex particulares cartas inibi expressas Verum etiam 
de nouo dando concedendo et disponendo dictum buigum cum terris 
mdeDdinis piscariis custumis libertatibus et priuilegiis rex^ inibi 
^ectficatis de data Apud Faulkland decimo quarto die mensis 
Angnsti anna dni millesimo sexcentesimo primo Et R^^i nn anno 
Trkesimo quinto Vnacum Omnibus et singulis aliis cartis infeo- 
fiutnentis concessionibus. donationibus priuil^is imunitatibus et ju- 
ribus parliamentorum generalis conventionis secretin consilii actis 
sententiis decretis per nos nrosq^ nobilissimos progenitores seu per 
qtianican% aliam personam seu personas factis et concessf ad et in 
faaareni aldermani Prepositi Balliuorum Consiliariorum et comuni- 
tatnm dicti nH bui^ de Abirdene pro tempore eorumc^ predicessorum 
et soccessorum quorumcunc]^ eiga et concernen erectionem antedti 
vR baigi In vnum liberum burgum regale cum omnibus juribus 

ratified in our thirteenth parliament, held at Edinburgh on the twenty-first day of 
the month of July in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and ninety- 
three. And also a Charter made, given and granted by us* to the provost, 
baiUieSi councillors and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their suc- 
oess(»Sy not only ratifying and approving six particular charters therein set forth, 
but also of new giving, granting and disponing the said burgh, with lands, mills, 
fishings^ customs, liberties and privileges respectively therein specified; dated 
at Falkland the fourteenth day of the month of August in the year of our 
Lord one thousand six hundred and one, and of our reign the thirty-fifth. 
ToGXTHiR WITH all and sundry other charters, infeftments, grants, gifts, 
privileges, immunities and rights, acts of parliaments, general convention, and 
privy council, sentences, decreets, made and granted by us and by our most noble 
ancestors^ or by any other person or persons whatsoever, to and in favour 
of the alderman, provost, baillies, coundllors and community of our said 
boigh of Aberdeen for the time being, and their predecessors and successors 
whatsoever, with respect to and concerning the erection of our burgh aforesaid 

* See No. XLII., p. xoo. 



124 BURGH OF ABERDEUf. [1617. 

tituHs ct priuil^iis ad id spectaii per I^es et consuctudincm nS 
Regni Ac de omibus terris domibus tenementis forrestis silois moiis 
marresiis comunitate aquis salmonum piscariis molendinis astrictis 
iDultuiis castris pratis lacubus montibus viridariis propugnaculis 
anchoragiis minutis custumis Bell-customis et Trone wechtis ponder- 
ibus mensuris aliisc^ proficuis casualitatibus et diuoriis quibuscuiM]^ 
que ad dictum nfm burgum antea spectabant et quas ipsi vel eonim 
predicessores aut authores vllo tempore preterito possidebant seu vte- 
bantur Ac volumus et concedimus ac pro nobis et successoribus 
nris cum auisamento predict decemimus et ordinamus quod antedicta 
generalitas specialitati minime damno seu preiudicio fuerit et quod 
specialitas generalitati nullatenus derogauerit eamve preiudicauerit 
Et quod hec pns nra confirmatio et premissorum approbatio sit et 
5nibus temporibus fuerit tanti roboris valoris et in se efficacie et 
effectus in omnibus respectibus dicto nib burgo de Abirdene ac 
praeposito Balliuis consulibus bui^ensibus et comunitati dusdem 
eorumc^ successoribus ac si omnia et singula antedta infeofamenta 
dispositioncs donationes concessiones confirmattones jura tituli securi* 
tates decreta exemptiones litere scripta acta et evidentie omnest^ 

into a free royal bui^h, with all rights, titles and privil^es belonging thereto 
by the laws and custom of our kingdom ; and of all lands, houses, tenements, 
forests, woods, moors, marshes, commonty, waters, salmon fishings, mills, astrict 
multures, castles, meadows, lochs, hills, links, blockhouses, anchorages, petty 
customs, bell customs and tron weights, weights, measures, and other profits, 
casualties and duties whatsoever, which formerly belonged to our said burgh, 
and which they or their predecessors or authors possessed or made use of in 
any time past And we will and grant, and for us and our successors, 
with advice aforesaid, decree and ordain, that the generality aforesaid shall be 
no injury or prejudice to the speciality, and that the speciality shall in no 
way detract from or prejudice the generality; and that tins our present con- 
firmation and approbation of the premises is, and at all times shall be, of as 
much strength, force, self efficacy and effect, in all respects, to our said burgh 
of Aberdeen, and the provost, baillies, councillors, burgesses and community 
thereof, and their successors, as if all and sundry the foresaid infeftments, 
dispositions, gifts, grants, confirmations, rights, titles, securities, decreets, 
exemptions, letters, writs, acts and evidents, and all gifts, liberties, con- 



1617O CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. II7 

cartas infeofamenta confirmationes decreta donationes exemptiones acta 
scripta euidentias aliac]^ subtus specificata concessiones libertates imuni- 
tates et priuilegia rexiue in eisdem content viz Cartam per quon- 
dam Alexandrum Regni nri Regem pro tempore datam et concessam 
predicto nro burgo burgensibusq^ eiusdem continente et proportante 
licitum non fore aliquo peregrino mercatori quicquam intra vicecomi- 
tatum nrm de Abirdene emendi aut vendendi sed apud dictum nrm 
burgum Ac ibidem eadem vendendi ac eorum pecuniam impendendi 
cum priuilegio et libertate Gildrie vulgo ane Gildrie bui^ensibus et 
mercatoribus dicti nri burgi diversisc]^ aliis libertatibus et priuil^iis in 
eadem carta expressis de data Apud Alich vicesimo septimo Februarii 
Ajliam CARTAM Confectam per Dauidem Regem pro tempore nH 
Regni prefato nro burgo confirmando omnes libertates eidem concesi 
per aliquos nrbs antecessores Scotie Reges Aliam CARTAM concessam 
et confectam per quondam charissimum nrm proavum Jacobum quartum 
Regem nri Regni dignissime memorie contincn q nulla corea pelles 
nee victualia extra vicecomitatum nrm de Abirdene transportata fuerint 
abscj^ solutione magne custume nobis earundem debite de data Apud 
Eldinburgh decimo septimo die mensis Augusti anno dni millesimo 

confinnations, decreets, gifts, exemptions, acts, writs, evidents and others, set 
forth below, the grants, liberties, immunities and privileges respectively contained 
therein, viz. : A Charter given and granted by umquhile Alexander, sometime 
king of our realm,* to our foresaid burgh and the burgesses thereof, providing 
and purporting that it should not be lawful for any stranger merchant to buy or to 
sell anything within our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, save at our said burgh, where they 
should have the right to sell the same and to expend their money, with privilege 
and liberty of a Guildry to the burgesses and merchants of our said burgh, and 
with divers other liberties and privileges set forth in the same charter, dated at 
Alyth the twenty-seventh of February ; Another Charter, executed by David, 
sometime king of our rcalm,t confirming to our foresaid burgh all the liberties 
granted thereto by any of our ancestors kings of Scotland ; Another Charter, 
granted and executed by our umquhile dearest great-grandfather James the Fourth, 
king of our realm, { of most worthy memory, providing that no skins, hides or 
victuals should be exported outwith our sheriffdom of Aberdeen without payment 
to us of the great custom due thereon, dated at Edinburgh the seventeenth day 
of the month of August in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and 

• Sec No. III., p. 5. t Sec Na XII., p. 17. X Sec No. XXIV., p. 36. 



ia6 BURGH OF ABIRDKKM. [1617. 

eorumc]^ successoribus pro perpetuo TOTUM et integrum antedtum 
burgum. de Abirdene cum meniis muris fossis portis viis plateis 
passageis onibus<]^ et singulis domibus edificiis hortis tenemcfitts 
croftis acris et rudis infra territoriii et libertatem eiusdem Ac etiam 
omnes et singulas terras coinunes ad dtum nrm burgum spectaB 
cum onibus moris marresiis pratis partibus pendiculis et pertinefi 
ab antiquo vocal forresta de Stockat et siluam eiusdem intra 
limites metas et bondas earundem Sicuti esedem nunc occupantnr 
et possidentur ac anuatim equitari et perambulari sclent per pre- 
dtos Prepositum Balliuo? consules et cditatem Totas et integras 
dictas terras de Rubislaw ac etiam totas et int^;ras dtas terras 
de Cruiffis cum toftis croftis domibus edificiis partibus pendicalis 
et pertinen earund Totas et integras omnesi)^ et singulas aquas de dee 
et done et salmonum piscarias earund infra et per omnes bondas 
partes et limites eiusdem sicuti eedem per prefatos Prepositum Balliuos 
consules et comunitatem eorumc]^ tenentes et servilores pro pnti oocu« 
pantur et gauise sunt et specialiter salmonum piscarias super dicta 
de dee vulgo nuncupat lie Raik et Stellis MidchingUl Pott et fiiirdis 
ex vtroq^ latere eiusdem aque et prout dicte piscarie vna ab aliis 



the foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, with ramparts, walls, ditchei^ gatei^ ways, 
streets, passages, and all and sundry houses, buildings, yard% tenements, 
crofts, acres and roods within the territory and freedom thereof; and also all 
and sundry common lands belonging to our said burgh, with all moors, 
marshes, meadows, parts, pendicles and pertinents from of old called the 
Forest of Stocket, with the wood thereof, within the limits, meiths and 
boundaries of the same; as the same are now occupied and possessed, and 
ate wont to be annually ridden and walked by the foresaid provost, baillies, 
councillors and community; all and whole the said lands of Rubislaw, and 
also all and whole the said lands of Cruives, with tofts, croft% houses, 
buildings, parts, pendicles and pertinents thereof; all and whole, conjointlj 
and severally, the waters of Dee and Don and the salmon fishings thereof 
within and through all boundaries, parts and limits thereof, as the same are at 
present held and enjoyed by the said provost, baillies, councillors and com- 
munity and their tenants and servants; and especially the salmon fishings on 
the said water of Dee commonly called the Raik and Stells, Midchingle, Pott, 
and Foords on both sides of the same water, and as the said filings are 



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tincte et cognite sunt et etiam jacent et bondantur a lie bar et watter- 
mouth dtcti nH burgi *de Abirdene vst^ ad lie Brigwatter spectafi Wit 
Uelmo forbes de Bairaes apud pontem de Dee Ac similiter salmonum 
phcarias super didL aqua de done vulgo nuncupal the Kingis Cavill 
dusdem acque de done Tarn subtus quam supra pontem eiusdem vulgo 
aboue and beneth the brig yairof cum onibus et singulis salmonu pis- 
earns de lie CruiflSs prout eedem piscarie et lie Cruiffis rexiue bondantur 
et jacent a lie Wattermouth dicte aque de done vst^ et donee venerit ad 
tor ient em vocaf Cruiff bume vna cum onibus et singulis aliis salmonum 
piscariis aiiisc^ piscationibus quibuscunc]^ super did aquis de dee et done 
intra et per omnes bondas earundem rexue superius expressis ad dictum 
vSm burgum spectan et quarum ipsi eorumqi predicessores in vsu et 
poasessione fuerunt et cum onibus et singulis lie Inchis et scheillis intra 
et super dictis acquis de dee et done ac cum libertate et priuil^o casas 
edifioEUidi vulgo lie schealis trahendi dissipandi et arifaciendi retia vulgo 
diawii^ spredding and drying of nettis ex vtroc^ latere dictarum aquarum 
reSuae prout dictus noster burgus eorumc]^ predicessores possessores et 
occopatoies dictarum piscariarum similiter in vsu et possessione antea 
fuenint cumc]^ etiam libertate et priuilegio habendi cymbas vulgo lie 



distinguished and known one from the others, and as the same lie and are 
boonded from the bar and watermouth of our said burgh of Aberdeen to the 
B^g water at the Bridge of Dee, belonging to William Forbes of Bams ; and 
likewise the salmon fishings on the said water of Don, commonly called the 
Kinj^s Cavfll of the same water of Don as well above as below the bridge 
diereof; with all and sundry salmon fishings of the Cruives, as the said 
fishings and Cruives respectively are bounded and situated from the water- 
month, of the said river of Don till it comes to the stream called the Cruive 
bum, with all and sundry other salmon fishings and other fishings whatso- 
eier on the said waters of Dee and Don, within and through all the bounds 
thereof, ieq)ectively above set forth, belonging to our said burgh, and of 
which Aey and their predecessors were in use and possession ; and with all 
and sundry inches and sheills within and upon the said waters of Dee and 
Don, and irith liberty and privilege to build huts, commonly called sheills, 
to diaw» spread and dry nets on both banks of the said waters respectively, 
as our said burgh and their predecessors, possessors and occupiers of the said 
fiahittgSi were formerly in use and possession of the like ; as also with liberty 



128 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1617. 

ferrie boittis vnam vel plures super dictis aquis de Dee et Done et in 
(^uibuscun^ locis et partibus earundem pro transportatione nibrum sub- 
ditorum eoruin% bonorum et animalium prout eedem per dktos Prqx>- 
situm Balliuos et consules dicti nri burgi designabuntur et prout ipsis 
magis expediens et visum fuerit cum 5nibus diuoriis feodis et oomodi- 
tatibus ad dictas cymbas lie ferrie boittis juste spectan Omnia et 
singula molendina comunia dicti nH buigi viz Duo ilia molendina 
infra dtum nrm burgum vocat lie ouir et nather mylnis alia duo OKden- 
dina extra eundem burgum vocat lie Justice mylnis et alia duo molendina 
jaceii infra libertatem dti nri burgi Vnum eorundem vocaf the new m^ne 
on buckisbume et aliud vocat the new mylne vpone the deri bum cum 
molendino ventoso apud lie Gallowgaitheid dicti nri burgi cum multuris 
et sequelis dtorum molendinorum de onibus grants crescentibus super 
omnibus et singulis croftis acris et terns comunibus dti buigi et infia 
territorium et libertatem eiusdem et de omnibus granis ad buigenses et 
jnhabitantes dicti nH burgi spectan aquam et ignem infra eundem pali- 
entibus vulgo thoilling fyre and watter within the same Totum et 
integrum montem castri lie greinmedow suburbem vocal futtie cum 
capellis earundem onibuscj^ cymbis et albis piscationibus eid incumbeB 



and privil^e to have ferryboats, one or more, on the said wateis of Dee and 
Don, and in any places and parts thereof whatsoever, for carrying across our 
subjects and their goods and beasts, as the same shall be appointed by the 
said provost, baillies and councillors of our said burgh, and as shall seem to 
them best and most expedient, with all duties, fees and advantages justly 
belonging to the said ferryboats; all and sundry common mills of our said 
burgh, to wit, those two mills within our said burgh called the Upper and 
Nether Mills, other two mills outwith our said burgh called the Justice MiUs, 
and other two mills lying within the freedom of the said burgh, one thereof 
called the New Mill on Buxbura and the other called the New Mill on the 
Denbum, with the Wind Mill at the Gallowgatehead of our said huifh ; with 
multures and sequels of the said mills from all grain growing on all and 
sundry crofts, acres and common lands of the said burgh, and within the 
territory and freedom thereof, and from all grain belonging to burgesses and 
inhabitanu of our said burgh, tholing water and fire within the same; all 
and whole the Castlebill, the Green Meadow, the suburb called Futtie, with 
the chapels thereof, and all ferryboats and white fishings pertaining thereto; 



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1617.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. I29 

Vnactiin propugnaculo portu ac lie peir de Abirdene aqueductibus et 

pa a aa g il s eiusdein cum libertate et priuilegio onerandi et exonerandi 

naues et cymbas alia% vasa quecunc]^ in dtis aquis de Dee et done ex 

vtio% latere eonindem et ad quaslibet partes et loca ac toties quoties 

dicda Prepodto Balliuis consulibus et coinunitati placuerit Ac etiam 

leuandi et redimndi omnes minutas custumas anchoragias et lie schoir 

aOuir alias^ deuorias adeo libere in omnibus respectibus sicut bui|^ 

noster de Edinbui^h eorumcj^ collectores apud portum et lie pier de 

Zjeith leuant et recipiunt Et vt per quemcunq^ alium liberum burgii n?m 

legalem apud quoscunc]^ portus maris infra dictum regnum nrm scotie 

knantur Et presertim leuandi et recipiendi omnibus temporibus futuris 

Ties 9olido8 monete regni nri Scotie de qualibet twnna bonorum vulgo 

of everie Tunn guidis exportaf et importat in quacunc^ naui C3nnba vel 

alia vasa infra dictu portum et lie harberie de Abirdene pro reparatione 

edificatlone et sustentatione propugnaculi lie bulwark eiusdem applicandl 

in perpetuum prout dicti prepositi balliui consules et coinunitas earum% 

coUectores his multis annis preteritis in vsu et possessione fuerunt totam 

et intq^ram custumam vulgo vocal lie Bell custome dti nri burgi minutas 

custumas et tolloneas custumas eiusdem solitas et consuetas vna cum 



together with the blockhouse, haven and pier of Aberdeen, the mill dams 
and diannels thereof with liberty and privil^e to load and discharge ships 
and boats and other vessels whatsoever in the said waters of Dee and Don, 
on either side thereof, and at any parts and places whatsoever, and as often 
as diall seem proper to the provost, baillies, councillors and community; and 
abo to uplift and receive all petty customs, anchorages and shore silver, and 
other duties, as freely in all respects as our burgh of Edinburgh and their^ 
coDectors up6& and receive at the haven and pier of Leith, and as the same 
are uplifted by any other our free royal burgh at any seaports within our 
add kingdom of Scotland; and especially to uplift and receive in all time 
coming fhret shillings money of our kingdom of Scotland from every tun of 
goods exported and imported in any ship, boat or vessel whatsoever, within 
die said haven and harbour of Aberdeen, to be applied to the repair, building 
and upholding of the bulwark thereof for ever, as the said provosts, baillies, 
councfllors and community and their collectors have been in use and posses- 
sion tor these many years past; all and whole the custom commonly called 
the bell custom of our said burgh, the petty customs and toll customs thereof 

R 



I^O BURGH OP ABBRDEBir. [1617. 

ponderibus lie Trone wechtis dicti nfi burgi feodis et diuoriis eisdcm 
spectafi cumq^ omnibus aliis ponderibus et mensuris libertatibus priui- 
legiis et iinunitatibus ad dtum nfm burgum quouismodo pertineB Et 
cum plena et libera potestate tenendi curias infra dictum nrm bofigiim 
territorium et libertatem eiusdem pro justicie administratione et trans- 
gressorum punitione secundum quaJitatem eorum offenskMiu juxta leges 
et practicam huius r^^i nH toties quoties opus fiierit Et leuandi exitns 
amerciamenta et eschetas dtarum curiarum cum bludevetis toties 
quoties contigerint Tam infra dtum nrm burgum libertatem et terri- 
torium eiusdem quam infra portum et fluxum maris lie heavin hari»erie 
and fludemark dti nri burgi Et huidi exitus eschetas et bludewetas 
ad rem publicam dti nH burgi applicandi Ac ETIAM cum spedali 
ptate priuilegio et libertate dictis Preposito Balliuis consulibus et bor^ 
gensibus gilde dicti nn buiffi eorumcj^ successoribus imperpetuum 
habendi frequentandi vtendi et exercendi vulgo the tied and traffiq* of 
merchandice ac emendi et vendendi vulgo lie Blok by top and sdl 
vinum ceram lie wade pelles coria ac omne aliud genus mercantlarum 

used and wont, together with the tron weights of our said burgh, fees and duties 
belonging thereto, and with all other weights and measures, liberties, privileges 
and immunities in any way pertaining to our said burgh ; and with fiiU and 
free power to hold courts within our said burgh, the territory and freedour 
thereof, for the administration of justice and the punishment of transgressors, 
in proportion to the nature of their offences according to the laws and practice 
of this our kingdom, as often as shall be necessary; and to uplift the issues, 
fines and escheats of the said courts with bloodwits as often as they shall 
occur, as well within our said burgh, the freedom and territory thereof, as within 
the haven, harbour and floodmark of our said burgh, and to apply such issues, 
escheats and bloodwits for the common good of our said burgh. And also 
with special power, privilege and liberty to the said provost, baillies, council- 
lors and guild burgesses of our said burgh and their successors for ever, 
to have, essay, use and exercise the trade and traffic of merchandise, and to 
block, buy, top and sell* wine, wax, wadd, skins, and every other kind of 
merchandise and goods, as well of this our kingdom as of any foreign nation 

* Block, to bargain, to exchange ; top or tape, to sell in small qnantities or by retail— 
Jamieson*s Dictionary. 



1617.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 131 

et bonoram tarn huius r^^i nH quam cuiuscunqi extranee nationis 

Naa solum infra predtum nrm burgum territorium et libertatem 

etttsdem verum etiam infra per omnes bondas vicecomitatus nn de 

Abiidene Tarn rq^alitatem quam r^ale Necnon habendi et tenendi 

infira dtum nfm bui^m et libertate eiusdem pro perpetuo Vnam 

mercatoriam Gildriam vulgo ane merchand Gildrie cum curiis glide 

coosilariis membris et jurisdictione ad eandem pertinen libertatibus et 

priuilqriis eiusdem eschetis et exitibus dictarum curiarum similimodo et 

adeo libere in omnibus et per omnia sicuti per nos nrosue predicessores 

cuiciUK^ alio libero bui^o regali infra dtum regnum Scotie conceditur ac 

cum omnibus aliis immunitatibus et libertatibus que de legibus huius 

vSi rcgni ad eorum mercimonii exercitum vel ad curias gilde et Bursas 

spectant seu spectarunt Necnon infra predtum nrm burgum habendi 

tenendi vtendi gaudendi et exercendi hebdomadati duas dies publicas 

ibcales viz Diem Mercurii et diem Satumi vna cum duabus liberis 

nundinis Bis in anno Vnam earundem ad festum Penthecostes et aliam 

ad festum diui Nicolai cum tholloneis et custumis earund incipiendi 

tenendi et continuandi secund vsum et consuetudinem vsitat et consuel 

whatever; not only within our foresaid burgh^ the territory and freedom thereof, 
but abo within all bounds of our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, as well regality as 
loyalty;* as well as to have and hold for ever, within our said burgh and 
the freedom thereof, a Merchant Guildry, with guild courts, councillors, 
members, and jurisdiction pertaining thereto, liberties and privileges thereof, 
escheats and issues of the said courts in like manner and as freely, in all 
and through all, as is granted by us or our predecessors to any other free 
foyal burgh. whatsoever within the said kingdom of Scotland, and with all 
other immunities and liberties which by the laws of this our kingdom belong 
or belonged to the exercise of their merchandise, or to guild courts and 
bozies; as well as to have, hold, use, enjoy and exercise within our foresaid 
boigh, every week, two public market days, namely, Wednesday and Saturday, 
tcgether irith two free fairs twice in the year, one thereof at the Feast of 
Pent e cost, and the other at the Feast of St. Nicolas,t with the tolls and 
customs thereof, to begin, hold and continue according to the use and 

* RoydUy^ territoiy immediately under the jurisdictioii of the king ; regality, territory the 
joritdictioa over which has been granted by the king to a subject, 
i* Gch December. 



132 



BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



[1617. 



ET cum libertate et Ptate plura molendina tain ventosa quam granoram 
et fullonum infra dtum nrm bui^m libertatem et territoriQm eiusdem 
edificandi et constniendi taXesc^ partes predict comunium terrarum 
prefate forreste de Stockat que hactenus minime locantur pro vtilitate 
et c5modo dicti nri burgi assedandi et locandi Precipiendo mandando et 
inhibendo omnibus personis tam regalitatis quam r^^lis (burgensibus 
gilde dicti nri burgi de Abirdene minime existen) Ne presumant 
vsurpare exercere seu occupare exercitium mercantiarum vulgo the 
tred and traffiq^ of merchandice aut aliquod priuil^ium seu punctu ad 
vnum liberum burgum regalem pertinen infra libertatem et bondas dti 
nri burgi et victum eiusdem Sub pena incarcerationis personarum et 
forisfacture et eschete eorum bonorum ct mercantiarum vbicunc^ eadem 
apprehendi poterint Insuper Nos cum auisamento et consensu predicto 
dedimus et concessimus Tcnore% pntis carte nre damus et concedimus 
pro nobis et successoribus nris plenam ptatcm coinissionem et nram 
authoritatem Prefatis Preposito Balliuis et consulibus dti nri burgi 
de Abirdene eorumq^ successoribus acta statuta et Ordinationes pro 
comuni bono et proficuo dti nri burgi ac manutentione iibertatu et 



custom used and wont. And with liberty and power to build and construct 
more mills, as well windmills as grain and fulling mills, within our said 
burgh, the freedom and territory thereof, and to set and let such parts of the 
foresaid common lands of the foresaid Forest of Stocket as are not already 
let, for the profit and advantage of our said burgh : Enjoining, commanding 
and forbidding all persons, as well in regality as in royalty (not being guild 
burgesses of our said burgh of Aberdeen), that they do not make bold, within 
the liberty and bounds of our said burgh and the sheriffdom thereof, to usurp, 
exercise or appropriate the trade and traffic of merchandise or any privilege 
or point pertaining to a free royal burgh, on pain of imprisonment of their 
persons and of forfeiture and escheat of their goods and merchandises, where* 
soever the same can be seized. Moreover, with advice and consent afore- 
said, we have given and granted, and by the tenor of our present charter do 
give and grant, for us and our successors, to the foresaid provost, baillies 
and councillors of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, full 
power, commission and our authority to make and publish acts, statutes and 
ordinances for the common good and profit of our said burgh, and for the 
maintenance of the liberties and privileges thereof, to be observed and fulfilled 



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l6l7*] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTBRS PATENT. 133 

priuilegionim ejusd per omnes burgenses et inhabitantes dti nH borgi ac 
omnes alias personas eund frequentan et reparan observanda et perim- 
ple nd a Sub talibtis penis prout ipsis magis videbitur expediens faciendi et 
ac eadem acta et ordinationes cu onibus parliamentoru nrorum 
m conventionu et secret! consilii actis burgorum constitutionibus 
dnitwis eorum propriis actis decretis et sententiis datis seu dandis in 
fauoieai dki eorum iibertatii debite obseruari causandi et ad finalem 
executionem ponendi et prosequendi infra territorium et libertate dti 
miH baigi de Abirdene et vicecoitatum eiusdem predict Cum speiali 
ctam ptate dictis Preposito Balliuis et consulibus personas did eorum 
priuilegiis actis constitutionibus decretis et sententiis contravenientes 
irocandi prosequendi arrestandi et incarcerandi Ac cum eorum bonis 
introoitttendi et eadem esceatandi Quequidem eschete bona et exitus nos 
pro nobis et successoribus nris cum consensu predto damns et concedi- 
mus oomuni vsui dti bui^ nri de Abirdene et ad supportationem 
oomuniu reru et operum ejusd cum dnibus exitibus et amerciamentis 
curiaro penes que dic{ contravenientes incurrere contigerint Et SIMI- 
LITER Nos cu auisamento et consensu predict Dedimus concessimus et 



hf all burgesses and inhabitants of our said burgh, and by all other persons 
frequenting and repairing to the same, under such penalties as shall seem 
most expedient to them; and to cause the same acts and ordinances to be 
didy observed, with all acts of our parliaments, of general conventions, and of 
privy council, constitutions of the burghs, and all their own proper acts, 
decreets and sentences made or to be made in favour of their said liberties, 
and to put and prosecute the same to final execution, within the territory and 
freedom of our said burgh of Aberdeen and the sheriffdom thereof aforesaid ; 
alK> with special power to the said provost, baillies and councillors to sum- 
mon, prosecute, arrest and imprison persons contravening their said privileges, 
acl% constitutions, decreets and sentences, and to intromit with their goods, 
and to escheat the same, which goods, and issues of escheat wc, for us 
and oor successors, with consent aforesaid, give and grant for the common 
use of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and for the upholding of the common 
affidis and works thereof, with all issues and fines of the courts which 
the said contraveners shall happen to incur. And likewise, with advice 
and consent aforesaid, we have given, granted and disponed, and by the 
tenor of our present charter, for us and our successors, do give, grant and 



134 BURGH OF ABEHDEEN. [1617. 

disposuimus Tenoreq^ pntis carte nre pro nobis et successoribus nns 
damus concedimus et disponim^ prefatis preposito Balliuis consalibus et 
comunitati dti nH burgi de Abirdene eoruin% successoribus Omties et 
singulos anuos redditus firmas feudifirmas Snuas deuorias alteragia 
terras piscarias tenementa domos croftas et ci^lanias que antea ad 
capellanias [capellanos? of. p. 122, L 10] dicte ecciie parochialis diui 
Nicolai de Abirdene spectabant cum omnibus tenementis croftis 
mansionibus lie daii siiuir et anniversariis quibuscun% que anlea 
pertinuerunt ad quascunc^ capellanias prebendaria et altangia in 
quacunqi ecctia capella vel collegio infra libertatem dti bufgi nH 
de Abirdene per quascunc]^ personas aut patronos fundaf vUcun^ 
jacent infra dtum regnii nrm Scotie vel quocunc]^ tempore preterito 
leuari solebant Totam et integram mansiones locum domos edificia 
hortos et eccteam que ad franciscanos vel fratres minores dicti boigi 
vulgo Grayfreiris antea spectabant ac etiam cdem lacu dti nH bwgi 
infra et per omnes bondas et partes eiusdem nee non montes vulgo 
nuncupat lie Woman hill Playfeddill Sanctkathareins hill hedoniahill 
et gallowhillis Vnacum viridariis et campis vulgo lie Linkis dti nH burgi 
prout jacent in longitudine et latitudine ab ostio vulgo the wattermouth 

• 

dispone, to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and community of our 
said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, all and sundry annual rents, 
rents, feu-duties, annual dues, altarages, lands, fishings, tenements, houses, 
crofts and chaplainries, which formerly belonged to the cha{^ains of the 
Parish Church of Saint Nicolas of Aberdeen, with all tenements, crofts, 
dwelling-houses, daill silver and anniversaries whatsoever, which formerly per- 
tained to any chaplainries, prebends and altarages whatsoever, in any church, 
chapel or college whatsoever, within the freedom of our said burgh of 
Aberdeen, by whatsoever persons or patrons founded, wheresoever th^ lie 
within our said kingdom of Scotland, or whensoever in time past they were 
wont to be uplifted; all and whole the dwellings, place, houses, buildinigBi 
yards and church, which formerly belonged to the Franciscans or Minor 
Friars of the said burgh, commonly called the Gray Friars ; and also the 
common loch of our said burgh, within and through all bounds and parts 
thereof; as well as the hills commonly called the Woman Hill, Playfield, 
St. Katharine's Hill, Hedonis Hill and Gallowhills ; together with the greens 
and fields commonly called the Links of our said burgh, as they lie in 



l6l7.] CROWN CHARTKRS AND LBTTERS PATENT. I35 

of Dee vs% ad osUuin vulgo the Wattennouth of Done cum tenen tetiafi 

fibere^ teneB seruitiis o&m et singularu predict terranim et piscaiiarum 

paurtibus pendkulis et pertinen quibuscucj^ ac cum 5nibus aliis et singulis 

iibertalibus imunitatibus juribus et priuilegiis quibuscun<]^ ad eund 

spectan et quorum dti prepositus balliui consules et c5itas eorum% pre- 

dmssofcs al^uib^ Ipribus retroactis possne extiterunt Vna etiam cum 

taun Iplts et magnis priuil^is libertatibus et imunitatib^ sicuti per nos 

atit aliquos nros antecessores burgis nHs de Edinburt Perth Dunde aut 

aUcoi idio burgo r^^i infra dtu regtiu nrm Scotie quouis Ipre preterito 

diem datik^ pntis carte n?e preceden donata concessa et disposita sunt 

cam^ onibus iure titulo interesse jurisclameo proprietate et possessione 

que nos vd predicessores aut successores nH habuimus habemus seu 

qoouismodo habere clamare aut pndere poterimus aut poterint in 

et ad predtum burgum nrm de Abirdene terras acras croftas terras 

c6es molendina multuras piscarias castra lacum prata montes viri- 

daria propugnaculum anchoragia lie Toll et Bell customes lie Trone- 

wechtis mensuris inuos redditus mansionem locum domos hortos 



kngth and teeadth from the watermouth of Dee to the watermouth of Don; 
with tenants^ tenandries,* and services of free tenants, of all and sundry the 
foresaid lands and fishbgs, with all parts, pendicles and pertinents whatsoever, 
and with all and sundry other liberties, immunities, rights and privil^es what- 
soever belonging thereto^ and of which the said provost, baiUies, councillors and 
community, and their {Mredecessors, were in possession in any times past ; also 
together with as full and great privileges, liberties and immunities as were given, 
granted and disponed by us' or by any of our ancestors to our burghs of 
Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, or any other royal burgh within our said kingdom 
of Scodand, at any time past preceding the day and date of our present charter; 
and with all right, title, interest, claim of right, property and possession, which 
we-or our predecessors or successors had, have, or in any way may claim or 
pretend to have, in or to our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, lands, acres, crofts, 
common lands, mills, multures, fishings, castles, loch, meadows, hills, links, 
blockhouse^ anchorages, toll and bell customs, tron weights, measures, annual 

* **Cum tnuuHhus, tenandriis^yrith tenants and tenandries, Bcems to give the grantee only 
the rights of a landlord over a free tenant, though no doubt there were services exacted from 
the finest tenant tiy the lord — service in harvest, carriages, labour on the roads of the barony.*' 
Innea' Scotch Legal AnHquiHcs, p. 49. 



IS^ BURGH OF ABKRDBm. [l^I?- 

et eccHam que olim ad dtos fratres frandscanos sen Mtnores 
spectabant aliac]^ tain spealiter qui gSaliter supra recital vd ad 
aliqua partem pendiculu aut portioaem earundem firmas proficua 
casualitates et deuorias eiusmodi quorucuni| Snorn et tenninorii 
preteritorii aut futurorum pro quacuni| causa facto aut occaaiooe 
preterita diem datStt^ pntis carte nre precedeft renuciando quiete da- 
mando et simpliciter exonerando dsd cu onibus actione instantia et 
execune nobis vel successoribus nHs competes seu competere valcB 
prefatis Preposito Balliuis Consulibus et comunitati dti buiigi nfi isuifli^ 
successoribus ac in fauorem eorii pro nuc et in perpetuu cum pacto de 
non petendo ac cum supplemento dniu aliorS defectuu objectioou et 
imperfectionu quorucuncj^ tl non noia{ qu2L noiat pntium preteritom qid 
futuroru quos nos tanq** pro express in hac pnti carta nra haberi vohunus 
ac desuper pro nobis et successoribus nris in perpetuum dispensamus 
Vlterius cum auisamento et consensu predicto ex nfa regia ptate 
authoritate regali certa scientia et proprio motu vniuimus Snexauimus 
et incorporauim^ tenore^ pntis carte nre pro nobis et successoribus oSs 
vnimus Snexamus et incorporamus ad et cu dto bui^o nro de Abirdene 



rents, dwelling, place, houses, yards and church whidi of old bdooged to 
the said Franciscan or Minor Friars, and others above redted as well specially 
as generally, or to any part, pendicle or portion thereof, renouncing, quit- 
claiming, and simply upgiving to the same, the rents, profitSi casualties and 
duties thereof for any years or terms whatsoever bygone or to come, for any 
bygone cause, deed or occasion whatsoever, preceding the day and date ci 
our present charter, with all action, instance and execution competent, or that 
may be competent to us or our ^ successors against the foresaid provost, 
baillies, councillors and community of our said buigh, and their successors, 
and in their favour now and for ever, with the agreement of not seeking^ and 
with supplement of all other defects, objections and imperfections whatsoever, 
as well not named as named, present, bygone and to come, which we wish 
to be held as set forth in this our present charter, and wherewith we, for 
us and our successors, do for ever dispense. Further, with advice and 
consent aforesaid, of our royal power, regal authority, certain knowledge and 
free will, we have united, annexed and incorporated, and by the tenor of 
our present charter, for us and our successors, do unite, annex and incorporate 
to and with our said burgh of Aberdeen, the liberties and privileges thereof 



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UbertatibP H j^uilegiis eiusdem ones et smgulas pk-edtas terras acras 
tR^kat %u cdes molendina multuras piscarias castra lacii prata monies 
inridaria propugnaculu anchoragia lie toll et bell customes lie trone 
ureditis mensuras Snuos redditus mansionem domos hortos aliaq^ gnaliter 
et parter supra recitaE ac volum^ et concedimus ac pro nobis et suc- 
ceaaoribus iiris decemim^ et ordinam^ Quod vnica sasina virtute huius 
fotis carte nre preposito aut vni balliuoru dti nri burgi apud crucem 
fbnten etnsd per terre et lapidis fundi deliberationem danda et conce- 
dedda Stabit et erit sufficiens sasina dicE Preposito Balliuis consulibus 
et o5itati dti burgi eorumcj^ successoribus oni tpre futuro pro toto et 
fntegro dto burgo omnibuses et singulis ¥ris d5ibus edificiis hortis tene- 
mentis pcMtis croftis acris rudis terris comuniis Terris de Rubislaw et 
tenia de Cruiffis salmonu piscariis super dtis aquis de Dee et done 
OMtendinis multuris monte castri futtie propugnaculo portu lie havin 
peir et schcMr lie Bell custome toll et small customes lie Trone wechtis 
mensuris ponderibus pratis lacu viridariis montibus anchoragiis anuis 
redditibus mansionibus libertatibus priuilegiis aliisq^ specialiter et 
gllaliter supra mentionaE adeo libere in onibus respectibus ac si dtus 



all and sundry the foresaid lands, acres, crofts, common lands, mills, multures, 
MiingB^ castles, loch, meadows, hills, links, blockhouse, anchorages, toll and 
beO customs^ tron-wdghts, measures, annual rents, dwelling place, houses, 
yaids and others, generally and particularly set forth slbove; and we will and 
grnnt, and, for us and our successors, decree and ordain, that a single sasine, to 
be given and granted in virtue of this present charter to the provost or to one 
of die baiUies of our said buigh, at the market cross thereof, by the delivery 
of earth and stone, shall stand and be a sufficient sasine to the said provost, 
baillie% councillors and community of the said burgh and their successors in 
aD time to come, (or all and whole the said burgh, and for all and sundry 
hodM, houses, buildings, yards, tenements, gates, crofts, acres, roods, common 
lands, lands of Rubislaw and lands of Cruives, salmon fishings on the said 
wateis of Dee and Don, mills, multures, Castlehill, Futtie, blockhouse, haven, 
pier and shore, bell custom, toll and petty customs, tron-weights, measures, 
aeig^ta, meadows, loch, links, hills, anchorages, annual rents, dwelling places, 
liberties, privileges and others, specially and generally mentioned above, as 
fttdy in all respects as if the said burgh and others above written lay 
togeUier and side by side, and not in divers places and parts, and also as if 

s 



138 BUKOH or ABSRDBDr. [1617. 

burgus aliaq^ prescripl simul et contigue et non in dioeiBis lods et 
partibus jacerent ac etiam si paiticulares sasine iqmd qulUbet partem 
et locu earund cum 5nibus solemnitatibus requisitis capcfentur 
Et non obstafi iisd Super quibus nos pro ncbis et suocessori- 
bus nris dispensauimus ac per pntis carte nre tenorem pro nuc et 
in perpetuum dispensamus Sic q sasina nunc modo et forma supra 
expressf capienda Stabit ac in se erit valida itima et suffidens ab8% 
aliqua alia sasina de eisdem aut de aliqua earund parte in posterum 
suscipienda Tenen et haben Totum et integrum dtum nrm burgum 
de Abirdene cum omnibus et singulis terris domibus edifidis hortis 
tenementis portis propugnaculo portu lie Bulwark pdr et schoir croftis 
acris rudis terris comuniis Terris de Rubislaw et Cniifiis Salmonfi pis- 
cariis super dtis aquis de Dee et Done molendinis multuris roonte castri 
pratis et suburbe callit futtie cum capellis cymbis et albis piscationibus 
lie Bell Custome Toll et small customes lie tron wechtis mensuris 
lacubus montubus viridariis anchoragiis custumis annuls redditibus man- 
sionibus libertatibus priuilegiis aliis^ spealiter et gnaliter supra men- 
tiona{ prefatis Preposito Balliuis Consulibus et comunitati dicti nH buigi 
eorumq^ successoribus de nobis nrisq^ successoribus in feodo hereditate ac 



particular sasines were taken on every part and place thereof» with all the 
requisite solemnities ; and notwithstanding the [omission of the] same^ where- 
with we, for ourselves and our successors, have dispensed, and by the tenor 
of our present charter do now and for ever dispense; so that a sasine now 
taken in the mode and form above set forth shall stand and be in itself valid, 
lawful and sufficient, without the execution in time to come of any other 
sasine thereupon, or on any part thereof. To be held and had^ all and 
whole, our said buigh of Aberdeen, with all and sundry lands, houses, 
buildings, yards, tenements, gates, bulwark, haven, pier and shores croft% 
acres, roods, common lands, lands of Rubislaw and Cruives, salmon fishings 
on the said waters of Dee and Don, mills, multures, Castlehill, meadows, 
and suburb called Futtie, with chapels, boats and white fishings, bell custom, 
toll and petty customs, tron-weights, measures, lochs, hills, links, anchor- 
ages, customs, annual rents, dwelling places, liberties, privileges and others, 
specially and generally mentioned above; by the foresaid provost, bailliefl^ 
councillors and community of our said burgh, and their successors, of us 
and our successors, in fee, heritage and free burgage for ever, by all their 



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liberb burgagio in perpetuu per ones rectas metas suas antiquas et 
rtinfaas prout jacent in longitudine et latitudine in domibus edificiis 
plants mods marresiis viis semitis aquis stagnis riuolis pratis 
et pasturis molendinis multuris et eorum sequelis aucupationibus 
venationibus piscationibus petariis turbariis carbonibus carbonariis cuni- 
culis cnniculariis columbis columbariis fabrilibus brasinls brueriis brueriis 
\sie\ et genestis Siluis nemoribus et virgultis lignis tignis lapicidiis 
lafride et calce Cum curiis et earn exitlbus herezeldis bludewetis et 
midfenim marchetis cum cdi pastura liberoc^ introitu et exitu ac cum 
dnibiis aliis et singulis libertatibus comoditatibus proficuis asiamentis ac 
tostis snis pertineS quibuscuncj^ t§ non noia{ qua noiaC tam subtus ?ra 
qui supra Bram procul et prope ad predict burgum ?ras alisu^ predict cum 
pertiiiefi spectan seu iuste spectare valen quomodolibet in futurum libere 
qaiete plenarie intq^ honorifice bene et in pace absq^ vlla reuocatione 
contradictione impedimento aut obstaculo aliquali Reddendo inde 
annuatim nobis nHsc^ successoribus nrisq^ computorum rotulatoribus nro 
noie predictam summam ducentarum tredecim librarum sex solidorum 
et octo denariorii vsualis monete huius r^^ni nri scotie In terminis solu- 
tionis dusdem solids et consuetis Tanquam antiquam diuoriam seu 



andent right meiths and mardies, as they lie in leogth and breadth, in 
housefly buildings, woods, plains, moors, marshes, roads, paths, waters, ponds, 
ttreamsi meadows, pastures and pasturages, mills, multures and their sequels, 
faawldngii huntingSf fishings, petaries, turbaries, coals, coal pits, rabbits, rabbit 
wums, doves, dovecots, smithies, brewhouses, heath and broom, woods, 
groves and thickets, firewood, timber, quarries, stone and lime, with courts 
and their issues, herezelds, bloodwits, and merchets of women, with common 
pasture and free ish and entry, and with all and sundry other liberties, con- 
vemences, profits, easements and their just pertinents whatsoever, as well not 
named as named, as well under the ground as above the ground, far and near, 
helonginfc or which may in any way justly belong in time to come, to the 
foresaid burg^ lands and others aforesaid, with pertinents ; freely, quietly, fully, 
wholly, honourably, well and in peace, without any revocation, challenge, hind- 
nnce or obstade of any kind. Paying therefor yearly to us and to our 
w cce«a a ra » and to our comptrollers in our name, the foresaid sum of two 
bondred and thirteen pounds six shillings and eightpence usual money of this 
our kingdom of Scotland, at the terms of payment thereof used and wont, as 



140 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1617. 

anuu censum pro firmis burgalibus dti nri bui^ solui soliE et oonsueE 
Ac in scaccario nro per auditores eiusd annuatim dibus ^ribus retioacds 
recep{ et allocal vna cu suma viginti solidorum monete antedte in aiig- 
mentanem rentalis nri nomine firmarum burgalium Tantu ab9% aliqtia 
alia exactione onere questione demanda seu seruitio seculari que de 
predicto burgo aliisc;^ supra script aliqualiter exigi poterint quomodolibet 
vel requiri In CUJUS rei testimonium huic pnti carte nfe magnum 
sigillum nrm apponi precepimus Testibus predilectis nris consanguineis 
et consilariis Jacobo Marchione de hamiltoun comite arranie dno Evafi 
etc Georgio Mariscalli comite dno Keith etc Regni nn Mariscallo 
Alexandro comite de dumfermling dno fyvie etc nro Cancellario Thoma 
dno Bynning etc nro secretario dilectis nris familiaribus consiliarib 
Dnio Ricardo Cokburne juniore de Clerkingtoun nn secreti sigilli custode 
Georgio Hay de NetherlifT nforum rotuloru regri ac consilii clerico 
Joanne Cokburne de Ormestoun nre justiciare clerico Et Joanne scott de 
Scottistarvet nre canceilarie directore militibus APUD Faulkland decimo 
septimo die mensis Julii anno dni miliesimo sexcentesimo ^^ctnio 
septimo Ac Annis r^norum nrorum Quinquagesimo et deoimo. quintq 



the ancient duty or annual mail, by way of burgh rents of our said buigh, 
used and wont in all times past to be yearly paid, and received and allocated 
in our exchequer by the auditors thereof; together with the sum of twenty 
shillings money aforesaid in augmentation of our rental in name of huif^ 
rents only, without any other exaction, burden, question, demand or secular 
service which could be in any way exacted or required of the foresaid buq^ 
and others above written. In witness whereof we have ordered our great 
seal to be appended to this our present charter. Witnesses: Our well- 
beloved cousins and councillors, James, Marquis of Hamilton, Earl of 
Arran, Lord Avon, etc ; George, Earl Marischal, Lord Keith, etc., Blar- 
shall of our Kingdom; Alexander, Earl of Dunfermline, Lord Fyvie^ etc, 
our Chancellor ; Thomas, Lord Binning, etc., our Secretary ; our beloved 
familiar councillors. Sir Richard Cockburn, Younger of Clerkington, Keeper of 
our Privy Seal ; George Hay of Netherchft, Clerk of our Rolls, Register, and 
Council; John Cockburn of Ormeston, our Justice Clerk; and John Scot of 
Scotstarvet, Director of our Chancery, Knights. At Falkland, the seventeenth 
day of the month of July in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred 
and seventeen, and in the years of our reigns the fiftieth and the fifteenth. 



I^}.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTBS3 PATENT. I4I 

XLIV. 

Jacobus Dei gratia Magne Britannic Francie et Hybemie Rex 
Fideiq^ defensor Omnibus probis hominibus totius terre sue clericis 
et laicis salutem SciATis nos cum auisamento ct consensu predilecti 
nn consanguine! et consiliarii Joannis comitis de Mar d&i Arskene et 
Garioche etc magni thesaurarii computorum rotulatoris collectoris 
gnalis ac nri thesaurarii nrarum novarum augmentationum infn^ 
regnum nhn Scotie necnon predilecti nri consiliarii dni Gedionis 
Murray de Eliebank militis nri thesaurarii computorum rotulatoris 
collectoris gnalis et thesaurarii nrarum novarum augmentattonum depu- 
tati infra dictum nrm regnum dominorumq^ nrorum comissidnariorum 
infra eiusdem regnum nrm dedisse concessisse et in feudiftrma here- 
ditarie disposuisse et hac pHti' carta nra confirmasse tenore^ eiusdem 
cum avisamento et consensu predict dare concedere et in feudifirma 
hereditarie disponere ac pro nobis et successoribus nris pro perpetuo 
conlirmare dilectis nris dno Thoma Menzeis de Cultis militi preposito 
WilKdmo Gray Thome Forbes Roberto Johnestxnin et Gilberto cuUeB 



XLIV. 

Kin^ James VL confirms to the provost^ baUiies^ etc.,, a grant made (12th Jkfy^ 
161 2), by Master Duncan Lidddl^ of the lands of PUmedden^ for ilk 
maintenana of poor scholars. 20th August^ 1617. 

James, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, 
Defender of the Faith, to all good men of his whole land, churchmen and 
laymen, greeting. Know ye, that with advice and consent of our well-beloved 
cousin and councillor, John, Earl of Mar, Lord Erskine and Garioch, etc, high 
treasurer, comptroller^ collector-general, and our treasurer for our new augmen- 
tations within our kingdom of Scotland, as also of our well-beloved coundllor,. 
Sir Gideon Murray of Eliebank, Knight, our depute treasurer, comptroHeri. 
collector-general, and treasurer for our new augmentations within our said 
kingdom, and of our Lords Commissioners within our same kingdom, we have 
given, granted and heritably disponed in feufarm, and by this our present 
charter have confirmed, and .by the tenor thereof, with advice and consent 
aforesaid, do give, grant and heritably dispone in feu£Eurm, and for us and our 
successors for ever do confirm, to our beloved Sir Thomas Menzies of Cult%, 
Kojgbt, prpyo((^.; William, Gray, T\^vf^^ Foibes, Robeis^ Jolinfiloii, and Gilbeil 



142 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l^I?* 

BalHuis et magistratibus Burgi nH de Aberdene pro se et nomine con- 
silii et communitatis dicti burgi et eonim successoribus prepositis balliuis 
magistratibus consilio et communitati dicti burgi ad vsum infrascripE et 
pro sustentatione pauperum studiosorum in modo subsequefi Omnes 
et singulas villam et terras de Pitmedden cum domibus edifidis hortis 
toftis croftis partibus pendiculis et pertinen petariis pratis lesuris 
cum comunitate ac coi pastura eiusdem et piscaria salmonum dictis 
terris spectan et priyilegio eiusdem supra aqua de Done ac cum libera 
potestate fodiendi lucrandi et transportandi glebas et focalta de glebario 
de Dyce jacen in parochia de Dyce et vicecomitatum de Aberdene 
necnon decimas garbales oum et singularum predictanim ville et ter- 
rarum cum partibus pendiculis et pertinen nunc cum trunco annexatas 
vnitas et incorporatas eo fine vt cum dictis terris omni tempore future 
inseparabiliter remaneant QUEQUIDEM villa et terre de Pitmeddefi sal- 
monum piscatio aliaq^ suprascript per quondam Magrum Duncanum 
Liddell Doctorem Medicine acquisita fuerunt ad hunc finem vt pro 
sustentatione sex pauperum studentium in coll^o Abirdonensi fundarl 
et mortificari possent Ac per ipsum Geoi^o Strauchane in Glithno in 



Cullen, baillies and magistrates of our burgh of Aberdeen, for themselves, and 
in name of the council and community of the said buigh, and to their 
successors, provosts, baillies, magistrates, council and community of the said 
burgh, for the use underwritten, and for the maintenance of poor scholars in 
manner to follow. All and sundry the town and lands of Pitmedden, with 
houses, buildings, yards, tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles and pertinents, petaries, 
meadows, leasures, with commonty and common pasture thereof, and the 
salmon fishing belonging to the said lands, and the privilege thereof on the 
water of Don, and with free power to cast, win and lead peats and fuel from 
the peat moss of Dyce, lying in the parish of Dyce and sheriffdom of Aberdeen, 
as also the teind sheaves of all and sundry the aforesaid town and lands, with 
parts, pendicles and pertinents, now annexed, united and incorporated with the 
stock, to the end that in all time to come they may remain inseparable from 
the said lands. Which town and lands of Pitmedden, salmon fishing and 
others above-written were acquired by the deceased Master Duncan Liddell, 
Doctor of Medicine, to the end that they might be devised and mortified for 
the maintenance of six poor students in the College of Aberdeen ; and by him 
were conveyed in feu to George Strachan in Glithno; to be held of us and 



l6l7.] CROWN CHARTERS AMD LBTTERS PATENT. 1 43 

fendifirma alJenate fuenint Tenefi de nobis et successoribus nSs in 
fbadifirma et hereditate pro solutione ccrti annui redditus nobis facien 
Ac aliafum reddituum subscript pro sustentatione dictorum studiosorum 
Qiic% allenatio facta dicto Geoi^o Strauchane per nos itime confirmata 
fait QUASQUIDEM terras salmonum piscatione aliaque suprascript dictus 
Georgtus Strauchane per suos procuratores et iras procuratoriales ad 
hnnc effectum itime constitut in manibus dnorum commissionariorum 
tcgni nfi Scotie ptatem habentium resignationes nfo noie recipiendi 
taoquam in manibus nris imediati superioris apud Edinburgum resig- 
nautt cam omne jure titulo et interesse jurisclameo proprietate aut 
poisessionc que et quas dictus Georgius Strauchane in et ad predictas 
terns piscationes aliax^ supradicta aut aliquam earundem partem omni 
tempore afiuturo habuit habet seu quouismodo habere potuit in favorem 
et pro hoc novo feudifirme infeofamento dictis preposito balliuis consilio 
et communitati dicti burgi de Abirden et eorum successoribus per nos in 
debita et competenti forma dando et concedendo Quequidem decime 
gubales dictarum terrarum aliarumcj^ suprascript antea- ad rectoriam de 
Kiokell tanquam pars patrimonii eiusdem pertinuerunt et quas Magr 
Joannes Walker rector de Kinkell cum avisamento et consensu Reuerendi 



our m cceiaora in feu&rm and heritage, in return for a certain annual rent to 
be paid to us, and for other rents underwritten towards the maintenance of 
the aud poor scholars; which conveyance made to the said Geoige Strachan 
WM kwftdly confirmed by us. Which lands, salmon fishing and others above- 
written the said George Strachan, by his procurators and procuratorial letters 
to Aat end lawfully constituted, did resign at Edinburgh in the hands of the 
Lends Commissioners of our kingdom of Scotland, empowered to receive resig- 
nations in our name, as in the hands of us, the immediate superior, with all right, 
tide and interest, daim of right, property, or possession, which the said George 
Stiachan bad, has, or in any way could have in all time to come, in and to 
the foreiaid lands^ fishings and others above-written, in &vour of, and for this 
new infeftment of feufarm to be given and granted by us in due and com- 
petent fiirm to^ the said provost, baillies, council and community of the said 
bmig^ of Aberdeen and their successors. Which teind sheaves of the said 
lands and of others above -written formerly belonged to the parsonage of 
Sjnkm as part of the patrimony thereof, and which Master John Walker, 
paison of Kinkell, with advice and consent of the Reverend Father in God, 



144 mMB 6P AlMIMHl. [t6tt. 

I 

in Deo patris Joannts Archepiscopi Sancti AAdrefe patRMl dieM nNtorfe 
ac episcopt et cafHtuli ecciie cathedralis Abirdondl III manibus dkfconim 
dnorum comissionarionim r^^i nri Scotie dictam ^tem habentium 
tanquam in manibus nris demisit extradonauit resignauit ad hunc 
cffectum vt predicte decime pro meliori mortificatione dictarQ terranim 
de Pettmeden et decimarum earundem ad sustentationem dictoram 
studiosorum omni tempore afiuturo disponerentur conjugerCtur et cum 
trunoo seu stipite vnirentur secundum voluntatem et intentionem dicti 
quondam Magri Duncani Liddell mortificatoris earund apud {tic] 

per suas procuratores et IrSs procuratoriales eorum mantbus subscriptas 
ad efTectum supra specifica{ cum oni jure et titulo dicto Magro loanni 
et suis successoribus rectoribus de Kinkell ad dictas decimas tenrarnm 
suprascript competentibus Quamquidam mortificationem dictarum ter- 
ranim et decimarum earundem nos in nro parliamento • • • 
* * * * ratificamus approbamus et confirmamus 

♦ •♦♦♦♦••• 

Tenendas et habendas omnes et singulas predictas vfllam et 

John, Archbishop of St Andrews, patron of the said parsonage, and of the 
bishop and chapter of the Cathedral Church of Aberdeen, did demit, upgive, 
resign, in the hands of the said Lords Commissioners of our kingdom of 
Scotland, empowered as above, as in our hands, to this effect, that the foie^ 
said teinds, for the better mortification of the said lands of Pitmedden and 
the teinds thereof towards the maintenance of the said scholars in all time 
to come, might be disponed, conjoined and united with the stock or , 

conform to the will and intention of the said deceased Master Duncan 
Liddell, the morti6er thereof, at , by his procurators and pro- 

curatorial letters subscribed by their hands^ to the end above set forth, with 
all right and title competent to the said Master John afid his successors, 
parsons of Kinkell, to the said teinds of the lands above - written. Which 
mortification of the said lands and teinds thereof we in. our parliament * * 
do ratify, approve and confirm.* 

To BE HELD AND HAD all and sundry the foresaid town and lands of Pit- 

* Liddeirs Deed of Mortification, xath July, z6i2, and the ratifying Act of Parliament 
28th June, 1617, will be printed in the Fasti Academia Mariscallana, to be iMued b 
the New Spalding Club. 



X6l70 CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. I45 

tanas de Petmedden cum domibus edificiis hortis toftis croftis parti- 
iNB pendiculis et pertinen petariis pratis lesuris cum cdi pasturagio 
et oomunitate earundem et salmonum piscaria eiusdem spectan et 
priuilegio eiusdem supra dicta aqua de Don cum libera ptate 
fbdiendi lucrandi et transportandi glebas et focalia in dicto glebario 
de Dyot vna etiam cum dictis decimis garbalibus dictarum terrarum 
partibus et pendiculis earundem nunc vnit annexat et incorpora{ 
cum stipite vt dictum est prefatis preposito et balliuis consilio et 
communitati dicti burgi de Abirdene eorumcj^ successoribus De nobis 
et suooessoribus nns in feudifirma et hereditate imperpetuum per omnes 
xectas metas suas antiquas et diuisas prout jacent in longitudine et 
latitudine in domibus edificiis boscis planis moris maresiis viis semitis 
,aquis stagnis rivolis pratis et pasturis molendinis multuris et eorum 
aequelis Aucupationibus venation ibus piscationibus petariis turbariis 
caibonibus carbonariis cuniculis cuniculariis columbis columbariis fabri- 
libus brasinis et genestis silvis nemoribus et virgultis lignis tignis 
hpicidus lapide et calce cum curiis querelis herezeldis bluidewitis et 
mnlieram merchetis cum cdi pastura libero introitu et exitu Ac cum 
Qomibus aliis et singulis libertatibus commoditatibus proficuis asiamentis 



oiedden» with houses, buildings, yards, tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles and pertinents, 

petaries, meadows, pastures, with common pasturage and commonty thereof, and 

idmon fishing belonging thereto, and the privilege thereof on the said water of 

Don, with free power to cast, win and lead peats and fuel in the said peat moss 

of Dyce, together also with the said teind sheaves of the said lands, parts and 

pendicles thereof now united, annexed and incorporated with the stock, as 

said IS ; by the foresaid provost and baillies, council and community of the 

said boxgh of Aberdeen and their successors ; of us and our successors in feu- 

bxm and heritage for ever, by all their true ancient meiths and marches, as 

they lie in length and in breadth, in houses, buildings, forests, plains, moors, 

marsbesi ways, paths, ponds, streams, meadows and pastures^ mills, multures 

and their sequels, hawkings, huntings, fishings, petaries, turbaries, coals, 

coal pits;, 'rabbits, rabbit warrens, doves, dovecots, smithies, brewhouses and 

broom, woods, groves and thickets, firewood, timber, quarries, stone and 

lime, with courts, actions, herizelds, bloodwits, and merchets of women, with 

common pasture, free ish and entry, and with all and sundry other liberties, 

conveniences, profits^ easements and their just pertinents whatsoever, as well 

T 



146 BURGH or ABBROKBK. U^tJ. 

ac justis suis pertinefi quibuscunq^ Tarn non noiatis quam noiat tarn 
*subtus terra quam supra terrain procul et prope ad predict terras 
decimas aliac^ particulariter supra recitaf cum perHnefi spectafi seu juste 
spectare valen quomodolibet in futurum libere quiete plenarie int^[re 
honorifice bene et in pace Sine aliqua revocatione contradictione impedi- 
mento aut obstaculo quocunq^ Reddendo annuatim dicti prepositus 
balliui consules et communitas dicti bui^i de Abirdene Nobis et succes- 
soribus nris pro dictis ville et terris de Petmedden salmonum piscaiia 
decimis aliis^ supradictis summam sex librarum vsualis monete regni 
Scotie ad duos anni terminos festa viz Penthecostes et Sancti Martini 
in hyeme per equales portiones et dictis sex studiosis dicti ooUqgil 
annuatim post eorum pntationem vt dictum est octuaginta quatuor hollas 
victualiu currentis mensure cuius dimedia pars sit ex poUenta alteio 
vero ex pharina Viz vnicui% ex dictis sex ^tudiosis quatuor decern hollas 
predicti victualii boni et suRicientis mercimonii de granis super dictas 
terras de Pitmedden annuatim crescentibus ad terminos solutionis 
firmarum vsitatos et consuetos Necnon soluendo pro dictis decimis 
rectori de Kinkell et suis successoribus jus ad id habentibus summam 
octo librarum monete Scotie annuatim ad festum Sancti Martini in 



not named as named, under the earth and above the earth, &r and near, 
belonging, or which may in future in any way come to the foresaid lands, 
teinds and others particularly set forth above; freely, quietly, fiiUy, wholly, 
honourably, well and in peace, without any revocation, challenge, impediment or 
obstacle whatsoever. Paying yearly the said provost, baillies, councillors and 
community of the said burgh of Aberdeen to us and our successors for the said 
town and lands of Pitmedden, salmon fishing, teinds and others above named, 
the sum of six pounds usual money of the kingdom of Scotland, at two terms 
in the years, the feasts, to wit, of Pentecost and St Martin in winter, by two 
equal portions ; and to the six scholars of the said college yearly after their pre- 
sentation, as said is, eighty-four bolls of victual, current measure, half meal, half 
malt, viz., to each of the said six students fourteen bolls of the foresaid victual, 
good and sufficient stuff, of grain growing on the said lands of Pitmedden 
yearly, at the terms of payment of rent used and wont ; as well as paying 
for the said teinds to the parson of Kinkell and his successors, having right 
thereto, the sum of eight pounds money of Scotland annually at the feast 
of St Martin in winter ; and also to the minister actually serving the cure in 



j6i7*] crown chartkrs and letters patent. 147 

hyeme Ac etiam ministro Curam actualiter ad ecclesiam de Dyce 
seniiente quatuor boUas victualium nempe duas farine et duas poUenti 
suffidentis mercimonii ad festum puriiicationis vulgo Candilmes nucupaf 
et ddiberando dictam rectoriam de Kinkell piitem et suos successores 
ab omnibus taxationibus de dictis decimis exigendis note feudifirme 
tantum pro omni alio onere exactione questione vel deuoria que de 
dictis terns aliis% suprascriptis exigi potent quomodolibet vel requiri 
Proviso etiam quod non licebit dictis preposito balliuus consilio et 
communitati dicti burgi de Abirdene pntibus aut futuris predictas 
dedmas garbales ad vllum aiium vsum quam pro sustentatione dictorum 
sex studiosorum applicare et si in contrarium fecerint hec piis morti- 
ficatio dictarum decimarum nulla erit xac^ ad rectoriam de Kinkell 
cuius olim pars fuerant revertentur In cuius kei testimonium huic 
pllti carte nre Magnum Sigillum apponi precepimus Testibus (vt in 
aliis cartis consimilis date preceden) Apud Edinbuigum Vigesimo die 
Mensis Augusti Anno Dni Millesimo Sexcentesimo Decimo-septtmo 
Annis rtgni nfi Quinquagesimo primo et Decimo quinto 



the church of Dyce four bolls of victual, two meal, two malt, sufficient stuff, 
it die feast of the Purification, commonly called Candlemas, and freeing the 
aid present parsonage oF Kinkell and his successors from all taxes levied on 
the said teinds in name of feufiarm only; for all other burden, exaction, 
^oeitkm or duty could in any be exacted or demanded from the said lands 
and others above written. Providing also that it shall not be lawful for the 
atid psomst, baillies, councillors and commjonity of the said burgh of Aberdeen, 
present or to come, to apply the foresaid teind sheaves to any other use than 
fer die maintenance of the said six scholars, and if they shall act otherwise this 
preKnt mortification of the said teinds shall be null, and the same shall revert 
to tlie paiBonage of Kinkell, of which they had formerly been part. In witness 
VURBOF we have ordered our great seal to be appended to this present 
dmtcr. WiTMBSSBS (as in other charters of same date).* At Edinburgh, the 
twentieth day of the month of August in the year of our Lord one thousand 
six hundred and seventeen, and in the years of our reign the fifty-first and 
H it eftntPi 

* Recorded in Registrum Magni SigilU* 



148 BURGH OF AB£RDBBK. [l^SS- 

XLV. 

Carolus Dei gratia magne Britannie Francie et Hybernie Rex fide^ 
defensor Omnibus Probis hominibus Totius terre sue clerids et laicis 
Salutem SciATis Quia dilectus noster Magister Patritius Dwne medidne 
Doctor ac Primarius novi collegii Abredonefi emit et acquisivit sibi in 
vitali redditu pro omnibus sue vite dieb' et post ejus obitum tunc 
destinat et destinand ad pios vsus via mortificationis per ipsum nomi- 
nand quovis tempore ante ejus decessum TOTAS et int^^ras terras et 
villam de Ferriehill tarn solarem quam vmbralem dimidietatem cum lie 
ailhouss et smiddiecroftis earundem cum molendino terris molendinarits 
multuris et sequelis cum% omnibus et singulis domibus edifidis hortis 
toftis croftis teneS tenan libere teneS servitiis partibus pendiculis et 
pertinen suis quibuscunc^ jacen infra parochiam de Sanct Machar et 
vicecomitatum nostrum de Abirdeine TeneS^ de Nobis et succes- 
soribus nris hereditarie in feudifirma Et que olim de priore et con- 
ventu Sancte trinitatis de Abirdein tente fuerunt pro afiua solutione 

XLV. 

King CharUs I. confirms to the provost^ haiUies^ etc^ a grami made {yd At^ptst, 
1631),* fy Master Patrick Dun^ of the lands of FtrryhUl^ fifr the mam- 
tenanee of teachers in the Grammar School. 20th Jufy^ 1635. 

Charles, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, 
Defender of the Faith, to all good men of his whole land, churchmen and lay- 
men, greeting. Know ye that our beloved Master Patrick Dun, doctor of medicine 
and principal of the new College of Aberdeen, did buy and acquire, for himself in 
liferent for all the days of his life, and then after his death destined and to be 
destined to pious uses by way of mortification to be named by himself at any 
time before his death, all and whole the lands and town of Feiryhill, as well the 
sunny as the shady half, with the alehouse and smithy crofts thereof with the 
mill, mill lands, multures and sequels, and with all and sundry houses, buildings, 
yards, tofts, crofts, tenants, tenandries, services of free tenants, parts, pendides 
and their pertinents whatsoever, lying within the parish of St Machar and our 
shire of Aberdeen ; To be held of us and our successors, heritably in feuform, 
and which were formerly held of the prior and convent of the Holy Trinity of 
Aberdeen for an annual payment of the sum of twenty pounds usual money of 

* See the Charter by Patrick Don, fosUa. 



1633.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 149 

sume viginti librarum vsualis monete huius regni nostri Scotie ad duos 
anni terminos festa viz pentecostes et sancti Martini in hyeme per 
equales portiones prout in carta et infeofamento fact et concesS per 
Patritium Hepbume Apud molendinum de E^s[lemont] heredttariuni 
proprietarum diet ?rarum molendini aliorumcj^ predict cum avisamento 
et consensu Magistri Wiilielmi Hepbume apud molendinum de Abirdour 
ejus fratis germani et Duncani Wilsone burgen burgi nostri de Abirdein> 
pro se ipso ac onus in se suscipien pro Georgio et Willielmo Wilsones 
ejus iiliis ttimis et per ipsos omnes vnamini consensu et assensu prefato 
Magistro Patritio Dwne in vitali redditu Et postea ad pios vsus per 
ipsum destinaft et mortifican quovis tempore durante sua vita de data 
Apud Abirdene quarto die mensis Junii anno domini millesimo sexcen- 
tesimo vigesimo nono cum precepto sasine in eadem carta contento et 
sasina desuper sequuta latius continetur Et simili? dictus Magister 
Patritius Dwne jamdudum acquisivit sibi suis^ heredibus assignatis 
subten^tibus et adjutoribus a principali comune procuratore et reliquis 
membris nri collegii de Abirdene et a diacono ecclesie cathedralis 
ejusdem vnam assedationem decimarum garbalium dictarum Antrum 
de Ferriehill et ?rarum molendinariarum cum toftis croftis partibus 

this our kingdom of Scotland at two terms of the year, the feasts, to wit, of 
Pentecost and St Martin in winter, by equal portions, as is more folly set fordi in 
the charter and infeflment made and granted by Patrick Hepbume, at the MiD of 
Esslemont, heritable proprietor of the said lands, mill and others aforesaid, with 
advice and consent of Master William Hepbume, at the Mill of Aberdour, hb 
brother german, and of Duncan Wilson, burgess of our burgh of Aberdeen, for 
himself, and taking the burden on himself for George and William Wilson, his 
lawful sons, and all for themselves, with unanimous consent and assent, to the 
foresaid Master Patrick Dun, in liferent, and afterwards for pious uses to be 
destined and mortified by himself at any time during his life ; dated at Aberdeen 
the fourth day of the month of June in the year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred and twenty-nine, with the precept of sasine contained in the same 
charter, and the sasine thereupon following. And likewise the said Master 
Patrick Dun did long since acquire for himself and his heirs, assignees, sub- 
tenants and helpers, from the principal, common procurator and remanent 
members of our College of Aberdeen, and from the deacon of the Cathedral 
Church thereof an assedation of the teind sheaves of the said lands of 
Ferryhill and mill lands, with the tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles and pertinents 



150 BURGH OF ABEftDUW. [^^SS- 

pendiculis et pertineB earundem pro omnibus diebus vite dicti princi- 
palis et pro spatio quinque annorum post ejus decessum pro Snua 
solutione quinquaginta mercarum mo'^ hujus tegai nri Scotie ad dictum 
terminum Sancti Martini In quaquidem assedatione dicti Magistri et 
membra dicti coUegii astrinxerunt et obligaverunt se ipsos et suos suc- 
cores post expirationem dicte assedationis subscribere et tradere dicto 
Magro Patritio Dwne et suis predict vnam novam assedationem dkSt 
decimarum garbalium debite extensam pro vita titulatoris pro tempore 
representan diaconum de Abirdene et pro spatio quinque annorum post 
ejus decessum Et sic a nova assedatione ad alteram novam asseda- 
tionem toties quoties dicte assedationes expirabunt pro perpetuo 
omnibus temporibus afTuturis pro solutione dicte 2nue divorie quinqua- 
ginta mercarum Ac sub conditionibus et provisionibus in dicta assedar 
tione latissime specifica? prout eadem facta finita et perfecta per modum 
contractus de data Apud dictum nrm Collegium de Abirdein vigesimo 
octavo die mensis Maii vltimo elapsi anno domini millesimo sexcen- 
tesimo trigesimo tertio etiam latius proportat QUEM ad modU 
secundum dictam hereditariam dispositionem did ?rarum de Fenriefaill 
aliorumq^ predict et jus did decimarum garbalium earundem per dicE 

thereof, for all the days of the life of the said principal and for the space of 
five years after his death, for a yearly payment of fifty merks money of this oar 
kingdom of Scotland at the said term of St. Martin; In which assedation 
the said masters and members of the said College bound and obliged them- 
selves and their successors after the expiry of the said assedation to subscribe 
and deliver to the said Master Patrick Dun and his foresaids a new assedation of 
the said teind sheaves duly extended for the life of the titular for the time being 
representing the deacon of Aberdeen and for the space of five years after his 
death ; and thus from new assedation to other new assedation, as often as the 
said assedations shall expire, for ever in all time to come, for payment of the 
said yearly duty of fifty merks ; and under conditions and provisions specified 
at length in the said assedation, as the same was made, finished and com- 
pleted by the nature of the contract dated at our said Collie of Aberdeen the 
twenty-eighth day of the month of May bypast in the year of our Lord one 
thousand six hundred and thirty, more fully sets forth. Whereby, according to 
the said heritable disposition of the said lands of Fenyhill and others aforesaid, 
and the right to the said teind sheaves thereof conquest and acquired by the said 



l633-] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. IJ! 

magrum Patritium Dwne vt supra conques? et acquisit dictus magister 
Patritius per ejus tras mortificationis per ipsum facf et subscript de 
data tertio die mensis augusti anno domini millesimo sexcentesimo 
trigesimo primo declaravit notumq^ et manifestum fecit ejus voluntatem 
penes mortificationem diet ?rarum et decimarum earundem fore pro 
sustentatione quatuor ludimagistrorum in schola gramaticali predict 
burgi nostri de Abirdein pro perpetuo omnibus temporibus afiuturis 
Et ad hunc effectum dictus Magister Patritius Dwne ad hohorem 
dei omnipotentis et pro benificio ecclesie et reipublice dedit concessit 
disposuit et pro perpetuo mortificavit preposito ballivis consulibus et 
comunitate dicti burgi nri de Abirdene et eorum succoribus prepositis 
ballivis consulibus et comunitati ejusdem omnibus temporibus affuturis 
pro sustentatione dictorum quatuor ludimagistrorum in eorum schola 
gramaticali modo et sub conditionibus ac cum clausulis provisionibus 
et limitationibus in eadem mortificatione content TOTAS et integras 
dictas villam et terras tie Ferriehill cum molendino ?ris molendinariis 
multuris et sequelis earundem cum dictis lie ailhouss et Smyddie croftis 
domibus edificiis hortis toftis croftis tenen tenaii libere tenefi servitiis 
partibus pendiculis et pertinen vna cum dictis decimis garbalibus earun- 



Master Patrick Dun as above, the said Master Patrick, by his letters of mortifica- 
tion made and subscribed by himself, of date the third day of the month of 
August in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and thirty-one, did 
declare and make known and manifest his will in the said mortification of the 
said lands and teinds thereof to be for the maintenance of foiu: teachers in the 
grammar school of our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen for ever in all time to come ; 
And to this effect the said Master Patrick Dun, to the honour of Almighty 
God and for the benefit of the church and the commonwealth, did give, grant, 
dispone and for ever mortify to the provost, baillies, councillors and community 
of our said burgh of Aberdeen and their successors, provosts, baillies, councillors 
and community thereof in all time to come, for the maintenance of the said four 
teachers in their grammar school in manner and under the conditions and with 
the clauses, provisions and limitations contained in the said mortification, All 
and whole the said town and lands of Ferryhill, with the mill, mill lands, multures 
and sequels thereof, with the said alehouse and smithy crofls, houses, buildings, 
yards, tofts, crofts, tenants, tenandries, services of free tenants, parts, pendicles 
and pertinents, together with the said teind sheaves thereof, included with 



t5a 6URGH OF ABBkOtEK. [x^SS- 

dem cum trunco inclusis jacen vt supra Tenen de nobis et sucooribus 
nostris nunc imediatis superioribus did rrarum virtute acti nH anexa- 
tionis rrarum ecclesiasticarum huius r^^ni nostri Scotic patrimonio 
coronc nostre In puram et perpetuam elemosinam ac in feudifirmft pro 
anua solutione feudifirme in dicta carta content modo et forma latissime 
in dictis iris mortificationis speciiicat et content prout eedem litere 
mortificationis de data predict in libris nostri consilii et sessionis pro 
meliore preservatione earundem inserte et regrate decimo octavo die 
mensis lulii instantis anno domini millesimo sexcentesimo trigesimo 
tertio etiam latius proportant Et nos maxime volentes slU^ curam 
habentes corroborare ratiiicare et approbare premissa Necnon alios 
incitare ad hujusmodi bonam resolutionem et propositum IGITUR cam 
avisamento et consensu predilecti et confisi nn consanguine! et con- 
siliarii Willielmi comitis de Mortoun Domini Dalkeyth et Abirdour etc 
nri magni thesaurarii computorum rotulatoris collectoris generalis seu 
novarum ilrarum augmentationum the^ infra hoc regnum nrm Scotie 
Ac etiam predilecti nri et confisi consanguinei et consiliarii loannis 
Comitis de Traquair diii de Lintoun et Caberstoun nii deputati in dktis 
officiis necnon reliquorum dSorum et aliorum nri scaccarii dicti regni 

the stock, lying as above : To be held of us and our successors now immediate 
superiors of the said lands by virtue of our act of annexation of the church lands 
of this our kingdom of Scotland to the patrimony of our crown, in pure and 
perpetual alms, and in feufarm, for a yearly payment of feuduty contained in the 
said charter, in manner and form most fully specified and contained in the said 
letters of mortification, as the same letters of mortification of date aforesaid, 
inserted and registered, for the better preservation thereof in the books of our 
Council and Session on the eighteenth day of the month of July now current in the 
year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and thirty-three, do more fiilly set forth. 
And we, earnestly desiring, and paying heed to, the confirmation, ratification and 
approbation of the foresaid, as also to the inducing of others to the like resolution 
and design, have therefore, with advise and consent of our well-beloved and 
trusty cousin and councillor, William, Earl of Mortoun, Lord Dalkeith and Aber- 
dour, etc., our high treasurer, comptroller, collector-general or treasurer of our 
new annexations within this our kingdom of Scotland, and also of our well-beloved 
and trusty cousin and councillor, John, Earl of Traquair, Lord of Lintoun and 
Caperstoun, our depute in the said offices, as well as of the remanent lords and 



1633O CROWN CHARTXRS AND LETTCRS PATENT. X53 

nn Scotie nostrorum comissionariorum Ratificavimus approbavimus 
et hac pnti carta nra confirmavimus tenoreq^ ejusdem Ratiiicamus appro- 
bamus ac pro nobis et successoribus nris pro perpetuo confirmamus 
dictam cartam infeofamentum et jus did ?raruin et decimarum per dicE 
Magrum Patritiu vt supra conquest et acquisil vnacum dicta mortifica- 
tione per ipsum desuper facC et concess do datis et contentis respiue supra 
expressis In omnibus et singulis suis capitibus clausulis conditionibus 
drcumstantiis et provisionibus respiue et secundum formas et tenores 
hujusmodi Et Volumus ac concedimus et pro nobis et succbribus 
nostris decemimus et ordinamus quod pns hec nostra Ratificatio et con- 
brmatio est et erit adeo bona valida suffidens et effe prefato 

Magistro Patritio Dwne durante sua vita et post ejus decessum dictis 
preposito ballivis consulibus et comunitati dicti burgi nri de Abirdeine 
et eorum succoribus pro erectione stabilitione et conservatione 

dicte mortificationis ac pro fruitione gavisione et possessione did 
¥rarum et decimarum ad vsum predict ad quem date et mortificate 
sunt Ac si dicta carta assedatio decimarum et mortificatio hujusmodi 
et earum quelibet verbatim et per expressum in hac pnti confirmatione 
nra speciali? expresse et inserte fuissent Non obstan eadem Quodrca 

others our commissioners of our exchequer of our said kingdom of Scotland, 
RATIFIED, approved, and by this our present charter confirmed, and by the tenor 
thereof do ratify, approve, and for us and our successors for ever confirm the said 
charter, infeftment and right of the said lands and teinds conquest and acquired 
by the said Master Patrick as above, together with the said mortification made and 
granted thereupon by him, of dates and contents respectively above set forth, in all 
and sundry their heads, clauses, conditions, circumstances and provisions respec- 
tively, and according to the forms and tenors thereo£ And we will and grant, and 
for us and our successors decree and ordain, that this our present ratification and 
confirmation is and shall be as good, valid, sufficient and effective to the said Master 
Patrick Dun during his lifetime, and after his death to the said provost, baillies, 
coundllors and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen and their successors, for 
the erection, establishment and preservation of the said mortification and 

for the benefit, enjoyment and possession of the said lands and teinds for the use 
aforesaid to which they were given and mortified; as if the said charter, assedation 
of teinds and mortification thereof, and each of these, verbatim and at length, were 
speciaUy inserted and set forth in this our present confirmation, notwithstanding 

U 



154 BURGH OF ABERDBBN. [1633. 

et cum omnibus aliis defectubus objectionibus et imperfecttonibus qui- 
buscunq^ que contra jus dicE ¥rarum et dedmarum nunc vt supra mor- 
tificat allegari aut proponi poterunt nos cum consensu predicE pro nobis 
et sucooribus nris dispensavimus tenore% pntis carte nre diqpensamus in 
perpetuum In cuius rei testimonium huic p&ti carte n!e coofinnar 
tionis magnum sigillum nrm apponi precepimus Teshbus predilecds 
nris consanguineis et consiliariis lacobo Marchione de Hamiltoun Comite 
Arraine et Cantabrigie Domino Aven et Innerdaili etc Geoigio Comite 
de Kinnowle vicecomite de Dupline Dno Hay de Kynfawins dicti regni 
nri Scotie magno Canceliario Willielmo Mariscalii comite Dfio Kcytih 
et Altrie ejusdem regni nostri mariscallo Thoma Comite de Hadintoun 
Dno Bynning et Byris nri secreti sigilli custode Willielmo Comite de 
Stirling vicecomite de Cannada Dno Alexander de TulUdxxiie tSo 
secretario principali Dilectis qHs familiaribus consiliariis Dominis loume 
Hay de Laud nrorum rotulorum regri ac consilii clerico Geoigio El- 
phingstoun de Blythiswood nre justitiarie clerico et loanne Scott de 
Scottistarvett nre Cancellarie directore militibus Apud Halyruidhoos 
vigesimo die mensis lulii anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo tri- 
gesimo tertio et regni nri anno Nono 



[the omission] of the same, wherewith, and with all other defects, objections and im- 
perfections whatsoever, that could be allied or brought forward against the right 
to the said lands and teinds now as above mortified, we with consent aforesaid, for 
us and our successors, have dispensed, and by the tenor of our present charter do 
dispense, for ever. In witness whereof we have ordered our great seal to be 
appended to this our present charter of confirmation. Witnesses : Our widl- 
beloved cousins and councillors, James, Marquis of Hamilton, Earl of Arran and 
Cambridge, Lord Avon and Innerdaili, etc. ; George, Earl of Kinnoul, \^soount 
Duplin, Lord Hay of Kin&uns, High Chancellor of our said kingdom of Scotland ; 
William, Earl Marischal, Lord Keith and Altrie, Marischal of our said kingdom ; 
Thomas, Earl of Haddington, Lord Binning and Byres, Keeper of our Privy Seal ; 
William, Earl of Stirling, Viscount of Canada, Lord Alexander of Tulliebodie, our 
Chief Secretary ; our beloved familiar councillors, Sir John Hay of Laud, Clerk of 
our Rolls, Register and Council ; Sir George Elphinston of Blythswood, our 
Justice Clerk ; and Sir John Scott of Scotstarvet, Director of our Chancery, 
Knights. At Holyrood House, the twentieth day of the month of July in the year 
of our Lord one thousand six hundred and thirty-three, and of our reign the ninth. 



163S.] CROWN CHARnUtS AND LETTERS PATENT. 1 55 

XLVI. 

Carolos Dd gratia Magne Britannie Francie et Hibemie Rex fideiq^ 
Befenaor Omnibus probis hominibus totius terre sue clericis et laicis 
Salntem Sciatis NOS (exacta provecta nra etate et revocatione nostra 
turn speciali turn general! in parliamento eque ac extrafacta pluribus his 
annis preterita) recolentes antecessores nibs illustrissimos memorie non 
moriture bargum de Aberdene (qui est de antiquissimis et illustrissimis 
qui sunt in hoc r^no nro Scotie burgis) in liberum et regium burgum 
ipsis^ prefecto Ballivis consiliariis buigensibus et communitati 
eoruin% successoribus eundem burgum cum nonnullis terris heredi- 
tatibus tenementis domiciliis structuris moiendinis piscationibus privi- 
legiis libertatibus et immunitatibus eidem spectan et pertinen per 
valida infeofamenta jura et securitates ipsis eorumq predicessoribus 
desuper foci et concesS dedisse et concessisse prout in iisdem latius 
habctur juxta que dti prefectus Ballivi consiliarii burgefi et communitas 
dd hH burgi eorumq^ predicessores tenent et tenuerunt (hum burgum 



XLVI. 

King Charles L confirms the privileges granted to the durgh by his 

predecessors, ^h September^ 1638. 

Charlb, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, 
DeCender of the Faith, to all good men oif his whole land, churchmen and lay- 
men, greeting. Ejtow ye that we — (having these many years bypast attained our 
fbn age, and having made, thereto and beyond, our revocation both special and 
geneial in parliamentX calling to mind that our most illustrious ancestors, of im- 
mortal memoiry, erected the buigh of Aberdeen (which is one of the most ancient 
and most ilhistrious buighs in this our kingdom of Scotland) into a free and royal 
bmg^ and gave and granted to the provost, baillies, councillors, burgesses and com- 
manity thereof and their successors, the same burgh, with several lands, heritages, 
tcnfmentSi houses^ buildings, mills, fishings, privileges, liberties, and immunities, 
bdnnghig and pertaining thereto, by valid infeftments, rights and securities made 
and granted thereupon to them and their successors, as is set forth at greater 
leogth in Oie same, according to which the said provost, baillies, councillors, 
b u i ge aaes and community of our said burgh, and their predecessors, hold and 
have held in all time past the said burgh, lands, mills, fishings, and others per- 



15^ BURGH OF ABBRDBm. ['^S^ 

tras molendina piscationes alia% eidem pertineH libertates et privilegia 
eiusd omni tpre preterito vnde et ex erectume eiuadcia biusi ia tiuigpuii 
Uberum et r^ium et dotatiooe cum libertatibos et privikgiis aotodW 
piefatum burgum virtute industria et ctira proborum: vjrtiite% pradl- 
torum ipsius incolarum facta est dvitas popnloea humanitale et. fium 
celeberrima supra alios quoscuni]^ burgos et ctvitates in boieali pute 
dicti nfi regtd plurimum elevata Que% ad hospitium et alimcnUian sufch 
ditis nris (in conventionibus anni terminis aliis% tam publids q* privati^ 
consiliis et conventionibus ibid habitis) suppeditandum abunde m^Sdt 
que deni% oppressos nros subditos ex partibus borealibus et montMlii 
iuxta dtum bui^m jacen cum hue veneiint vt in a^Io propiigium 
admodum valeat adeo vt civilitate proba gubernatiooe et cufa magbk 
tratuum dicti burgi ipse florentissimus evasit maximo incolanam alior 
rumq^ circumcirca subditorum nrbrum commodo quorum liber! educap 
tionem in Uteris artibus et vocationibus omnis generis copiosam habent 
Nos IGITUR sollicti magis vt indies vigeat dtus burgus et ampticnttti 
et dilatentur ipsius redditus libertates et securitates ddem et predi- 
cessoribus facf quam vt quovis modo minuantur cuni spedali avisamento 



taining thereto, the liberties and privileges thereof; whence, and from the erec- 
tion of the said burgh into a free and royal burgh, and the endowment thereof 
with liberties and privileges aforesaid, the aforesaid buigh, through the virtue^ 
industry, and diligence of the worthy and virtuous citizens thereof has become a 
populous city, roost famous for learning and repute, much extolled above anjr 
other burghs or cities whatsoever in the northern part of our said kingdom ; and 
which affords abundant supply for the lodging and entertainment of our subjects 
(at the term meetings and at other councils and meetings held there, both 
public and private) ; which, in fine, is well able to defend as in a sanctnaiy our 
oppressed subjects when they resort thither from the northern and highland parti 
lying near the said burgh ; so that by the culture, good government, and diligence 
of the magistrates of the said burgh, the same has become most flourishing, to the 
very great advantage of the inhabitants and our other subjects thereabout, wlioae 
children haye ample education, in letters, arts, and callings of all kinds — Wb 
THEREFORE, being desirous rather that the said buigh should flourish from day to 
day, and that the rents, liberties, and securities granted thereto and to the pre- 
decessors should be increased and extended, than |hat they should in any way be 
diminished, with the special advice and consent of our well-beloved and okM 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTBRS PATENT. 157 

et consensu prediiectt et fidelissimt nri consanguine! et consfliarii Joantiis 
Coinitis de Traquair Dni Lintoun et Caberstoun principalis nK the* 
saurarii computorum rotulatoris et collectoris dicti regni nri Scotie 
myvanim% nrarum augmentationum the'^ necnon fidelis nostri consiliarii 
Domini Jacob! Carmichaell de eodem Militis Baronetti nri deputati in 
iisdem officiis ac reliquorum Dnorum et aliorum nrorum commissionari- 
orum nr! Scaccarii eiusdem regni nri Ratificassb approbasse et hae 
piit! carta nra confirmasse tenoreque eiusdem ratificare approbare ac 
pro nobis et successoribus nris pro perpetuo confirmare Cartam factam 
datam et concessam per quond charissimum patrem nrum Jacobum 
Dei gratia Magne Britannic FVancie et Hibemie Regem memorte non 
moriture cum avisamento et consensu sui principalis the^ thesaurarii 
deputati et reliquorum Dnorum sui secret! consili! commissionarionim 
suorum pro tpre sub eius magno sigillo de data apud Falkland decimo 
septimo die mensis Julii anno Dtii millesimo sexcentesimo decimo sq>- 
time per quam dtus quondam noster charissimus pater cum avisamento 
et consensu supredto pro causis inibi contentis non sohim ratificavit 
approbavit et confirmavit omnes et singulas cartas infeofamenta sasitie 



trusty cousin and councillor, John, Earl of Traquair, Lord Linton and Caberston, 
our high treasurer, comptroller and collector for our said kingdom of Scotland, 
and treasurer of our new augmentations, as also of our trusty councillor Sir 
James Carmichael of that ilk, baronet, our depute in the same offices, and of the 
remanent Lords and others our Commissioners of our Exchequer of the same our 
kingdom, have ratified, approved, and by this our present charter confirmed, 
and by the tenor thereof do ratify, approve, and for us and our successors for 
ever confirm, a Charter * made, given and granted by our umquhile dearest 
fiither James, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, of 
immortal memory, with advice and consent of his high treasurer, treasurer 
depute, and remanent Lords of his Privy Council, his commissioners for the 
time under his great seal, dated at Falkland the seventeenth day of the month of 
July, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and seventeen : Whereby 
our said umquhile dearest father, with advice and consent aforesaid, for causes 
therein contained, not only ratified, approved, and confirmed all and sundiy 
charters, infeftments, precepts of sasine, instruments, confirmations^ acts, sen- 
See No. XLIIL, p. no. 



158 BURGH OP ABERDHM. [1638. 

precepta instnimenta confirmationes acta sententias decreta donatJoocs 
exemptiones iura titulos securitates literas scripta evidentias oonoestioaes 
libertates commoditates immunitates et privilq^ inibi mentioiiaZ tui 
concess^ vel confirmal per dicC quond nfum charissimu patrem 8iioa% 
illustrissimos predicessores R^es et Rqrinas Sootie vd per eonun 
gubematores Rq^entes aut Dominos sessionis pro tpre prefato bmgo 
nro de Aberdene preposito Ballivis senioribus decants gilde thesanntiis 
conciliariis burgensibus et c5itati eiusdem ecclesiis% ministris et hoqpitffii 
lie hospitalls suist^ successoribus cujuscun% forme vd fonnanim oootente 
vel contentanitn date vel datarum reitiue eedem sunt Et q^edaliter 
absc^ preiudicio gnalitatis antedicE particulares cartas infeofamenta cxmh 
firmationes decreta donationes exemptiones acta scripta evidentias aliai% 
specialiter et particulariter in dicta carta mentional concessiones dona- 
tiones privilegia libertates et immunitates reStiue iniU contenta com 
dibus et singulis aliis cartis infeofamentis concessionibus donatiooibiis 
privilegiis immunitatibus iuribus parliamentorum actis conventioiiibiis 
gnalibus secreti consilii sententiis et decretis daE et conoessP per Atom 
quond nrum charissimum patrem emst^ illustrissimos progenitoces vd 
per aliq"' aliam personam aut personas Ad et in favorem Prepostti 



tences, decreets, gifts, exemptions, rights, titles, securities, letteiSi writ% evidents, 
giants, liberties, advantages, immunities, and privileges therein mentioned, made^ 
granted, or confirmed by our said umquhile dearest fiither, and by his most illos- 
trious predecessors, Kings and Queens of Scotland, or by their governors, regents, 
or Lords of Session for the time, to our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, the provost, 
senior baillies, deans of guild, treasurers, councillors, burgesses and commimity 
thereof, and to the churches, ministers, and hospitals, and their successors, of 
whatsoever form or forms, content or contents, date or dates, respectivdy the 
same are; and especially, without prejudice of the generality aforesaid, the 
particular charters, infeftments, confirmations, decreets, gifts, exemptions^ acts, 
writs, evidents, and others specially and particularly mentioned in the said 
charter, the grants, gifts, privileges, liberties, and immunities respectivdy therein 
contained, with all and sundry other charters, infeftments, grants, gifts, privileges, 
immunities, rights, acts of parliament, general conventions, sentences and 
decreets of Privy Council, given and granted by our said umquhile dearest fiitfaer 
and by his most illustrious ancestors, or by any other person or persons, to and 
in favour of the provost, senior baillies, councillors and community of our said 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTBRS PATENT. X59 

seniorum Ballivorum consiliariorum et cditatis diet burgi nri de Aber- 
dene pro tpre suonimq^ predicessonim et sucoorumc^ quorumcunc^ de 
erectione eiusd nri burgi in iibero burgo regio cum dibus iuribus titulis 
et privilegiis ad eund spectaii et incumben per leges et consuetudinem 
dti regni nri Scotie cumq^ dibus ¥ris tenementis forrestis sylvis moris 
marresiis c5itatibus aquis salmonu piscationibus molendinis astrictis 
muituris castris pratis lacubus montibus viridariis munitoriis lie Block- 
housS anchoragiis custumis lie bell customes aliis^ custumis ponderibus 
lie tron weghtes mensuris et aliis proficuis casualitatibus et divoriis 
quibuscunq^ que per prius ad dtum burgum nrum de Aberdene pertinue- 
runt et que illi eorumve predicessores vel au^ores quovis tpre retroacto 
possidebant et vtebantur Sed ETIAM dtus quond noster charissimus 
pater cum consensu predict de novo dedit concessit erexit et disposuit 
prefatis Preposito Ballivis consiliariis burgen et coitati dicti burgi nri 
de Aberdene suis^ successoribus imperpetuu TOTUM et integrum dtum 
burgum de Aberdene cum precinctu muris fossis lie fousies portubus 
viis plateis passagiis dibus^ et singulis domibus edificiis hortis tene- 
mentis croftis acris et rudis ¥rarum infra ^ritorium dicti nil bui^ Et 
similiter omnes et singulas terras coinunes ad dtum burgum nrum 



buigh of Aberdeen for the time being, and their predecessors and successors what- 
soever, concerning the erection of our said burgh into a free royal burgh, with 
all rights, titles, and privileges thereto belonging and pertaining according to the 
laws and custom of our said kingdom of Scotland, and with all lands, tenements, 
forests, woods, moors, marshes, commonties, waters, salmon fishings, mills^ 
astrict multures, castles, meadows, lochs, hills, links, blockhouses, anchorages, 
bell customs and other customs, tronweights, measures, and other profits, casual- 
ties and duties whatsoever, which formerly pertained to our said burgh of Aber- 
deen, and which they or their predecessors or authors possessed and used at any 
time past : But also our said umquhile dearest father, with consent aforesaid, of 
new gave, granted, erected and disponed to the foresaid provost, baillies, coun- 
cillors, burgesses and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen and their 
successors for ever, all and whole the said burgh of Aberdeen, with the pre- 
cinct, walls, fousies, havens, ways, streets, passages, and all and sundry houses, 
buildings, yards, tenements, crofts, acres and roods of land, within the territory of 
our said burgh ; and likewise all and sundry common lands belonging and per- 
tainuig to our said burgh, with all moors, marshes, meadows, parts, pendicles and 



l6o BUBGH OP ARffgDMnf^ [l^l^ 

spectan et pertineS cum dibus moiis manesiis pratis partibiis pndicolis 
et pertinen ab antiquo forrestum de Stoket nuncupaC cuin% sylva dasd 
infra limites merchias et bondas humoi prout eedem per dkC Prepositum 
Ballivos consules et cditatem tunc occupabantur et possidebantur et 
&nuatim equitari et perambulari vtebantur ToTAS et intpgias terras 
de Rubbisiaw Totas et integras ¥ras de Cruiffes cum tofti$ croftb 
domibus edificiis partibus pendiculis et pertinen earund TOTAS el 
int^ras aquas de Die et Done et salmonu piscarias earund inira et per 
integras bondas partes et limites humdi prout eedem tunc per dtum 
Prepositum Ballivos consules et cditatem eorumc^ tenentes et ftems 
occupabantur et possidebantur Et nominatim salmonu piscarias super 
dtis aquis de Die et Done spealiter et particular!? in dta carta men- 
tional et express infra bondas merchias et limites et posset modo in 
eadem carta specificaC vna cum dibus et singulis casis lie Scheills et 
Insches infra et supra did aquas de Die et Done Ac cum privilegio 
et libertate edificandi casas lie Scheills trahendi spargendi et are&cieiidi 
retas ex vtris% lateribus dic£ aquarum reitiue sicuti dtus burgus noster 
Propositus Ballivi consules et cditas eiusd sui% predicessores possessGtes 
et occupatores did piscationum perprius in vsu et possessione fueniot 



pertinents of old called the Forest of Stocket, and with the wood thereof widitn 
the limits, marches and bounds thereof, as the same were then occupied and 
possessed, and in use to be ridden and walked by the said provost, baillies^ coun- 
cillors and community ; all and whole the lands of Rubislaw ; all and whole 
the lands of Cruives, with the tofts, crofts, houses, buildings, parts, pendicles and 
pertinents thereof; all and whole the waters of Dee and Don, and the salmon 
fishings thereof, within and through the whole bounds, parts and limits thereof 
as the same were then occupied and possessed by the said provost, baiUies, coun- 
cillors and community, and their tenants and servants ; and the salmon fishings 
on the said waters of Dee and Don, specially and particularly mentioned and set 
forth by name in the said charter, within the bounds, marches and limits, and 
possessed in the manner specified in the same charter, together with all and 
sundry sheills and inches within and upon the said waters of Dee and Don ; and 
with privilege and liberty to build sheills, to draw, spread, and dry nets on both 
sides of the said waters respectively, as our said buigh, the provost, baillies, 
councillors and community thereof, and their predecessors, possessors and occu- 
piers of the said fishmgs, were formerly in use and possession; as also with 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 161 

Necnon cum priviiegio et libertate tcnendi et habendi cymbas lie feme 
boatts vnam vel plures super dtas aquas de Die et Done et in quibus- 
cunq^ locis et partibus earund pro transportatione nrorum leigionim et 
subditorum bonorumq^ et bestiarum vbi dti Prepositus Ballivi et consules 
antedti nostri burgi designabunt et ipsis visum fuerit cum 5ibus divoriis 
feodis et commoditatibus dtis cymbis spectaii incumbentibus OlA et 
singula coia molendina dti bui^i viz Duo molendina infra dtum burgum 
nrum superiora et inferiora molendina nuncupaf alia duo molen- 
dina extra dtum burgu nrum lie Justice Mylnes nuncupat et duo 
alia molendina jacen infra libertatem dti burgi nri vnum eorund 
novum molendinum nuncupaE super Buksburne et aliud novum 
molendinu nuncupaf super torrentem lie Denbume et ventimolam 
apud Gallowgaitheid dicti nri burgi cum multuris et sequelis dicE 
molendinorum oium granorum super 5ibus et singulis croftis acris 
et tris coitatis dti burgi nri et infra libertatem et ?ritorium 
eiusd crescen et 6ium granorum ad burgenses et inhabitatores diet 
burgi nri spectaii et pertinen focum et aquam infra eund patiefi 
TOTUM et integrum montem castri lie Castel hill viridariu lie Greine 
pratum et subvrbem vocaf Futtie cum capella ejusd dibus^ cymbis et 
piscationibus alborum piscium eisd spectan' cumq^ navium statione 



privilege and liberty to hold and have ferry boats, one or more, on the said waters 
of Dee and Don, and in any places and parts thereof whatsoever, for carrying our 
lieges and subjects, and goods and beasts^ where the said provost, baillies and 
councillors of our aforesaid burgh shall appoint and see fit, with all duties, fees and 
advantages belonging and pertaining to the said ferry boats; all and sundry 
common mills of the said burgh, namely : two mills within bur said burgh called 
the Upper and Nether Mills, two other mills outwith our said buigh called the 
Justice Mills, and two other mills lying within the freedom of our said burgh, one 
thereof called the New Mill on Buxbum, and the other called the New Mill on 
the Denbum, and the Windmill at the Gallowgatehead of our said burgh, with 
the multures and sequels of the said mills from all grain growing on all and 
sundry the crofts, acres and lands of the community of our said burgh, and 
within the freedom and territory thereof, and from all grain belonging and 
pertaining to the burgesses and inhabitants of our said burgh, tholing fire and 
water within the same ; all and whole the Castlehill, Green Meadow, and suburb 
called Futtie, with the chapel thereof, and all boats and fishings of white fish 

X 



X63 BURGH OF ABUEDBBII. [1638. 

portu propugnaculo et iittore dti burgi aqueductibus et passagiis eiusd 
libertatibus et privil^is humdi spealiter in dta carta mentionaC Vna 
CUM TOTIS et integris custumis lie bell-customes aliis^ custumis et 
toloniis pti nH burgi vsitat et consueE cum ponderibus lie tron-we' dti 
burgi nH feodis et divoriis eisdem spectafi cumc^ dibus aliis ponderibus 
et mensuris libertatibus privil^is et immunitatibus ad dtum buigum 
nrum spectafi ET SPECIALITER quasdam libertates privilegia et im- 
munitates in dta carta mentionat Stum burgum nrum et guber- 
nationem ejusd concemen per quam cartam antedid etiam dantur 
conceduntur et disponuntur memoratis Preposito Ballivis consulibus 
et cditati diet burg^ nostri de Aberdene suist^ successoribus omnes et 
singuli annui redditus feudifirme annue divorie alteragia terre pfsca- 
tiones tenementa domus crofte et capellanie que ab antiquo ad 
capellanos S^ Nicolai ecctie parochialis Aberdonen spectabant cum 
dibus tenementis croftis mansionibus lie daill silver et Sniversariis 
quibuscunq^ que perprius ad quascunq^ capellanias et alters^a in 
quacunq^ ecctia capellania [capella? v. p. 178, L 4] vel coUegio infifa 
libertatem dti burgi nri de Atkl pertinuerunt per quamcunc^ personam 
vel patronum fundaE vbicunq^ eidem infra dtum regnu n?m Scotie 

belonging thereto, and with the station for ships, haven, block-house, and shore 
of the said burgh, milldams and channels thereof the liberties and privileges 
thereof specially mentioned in the said charter ; togethbr with all and whole 
the bell customs and other customs and tolls of our said burgh, used and wont, 
with tron weights of our said burgh, fees and duties belonging thereto^ and with 
all other weights and measures, liberties, privileges and immunities belonging to 
our said burgh ; and especially certain liberties, privileges and immunities men- 
tioned in the said charter, concerning our said burgh and the government thereof; 
By which charter aforesaid are also given, granted and disponed to the said 
provost, baillies, councillors and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen and 
their successors, all and sundry annual rents, feu-duties, annual duties, altaragesi 
lands, fishings, tenements, houses, crofts, chaplainries, which from of old be- 
longed to the chaplains of the Parish Church of Saint Nicholas of Aberdeen, with all 
tenements, crofts, dwelling-houses, daillsilver, and anniversaries whatsoever, which 
formerly pertained to any chaplainries and altarages whatsoever, in any chtuch, 
chapel, or college whatsoever, within the freedom of our said burgh of Aberdeen, by 
whatsoever person or patron founded, wheresoever the same lie within our said 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTBR8 PATENT. 163 

jacent aut quovis tpre preterito levari sou percipi solebant Necnon 
tota et Integra mansio domus edificia horti et ecctia que perprius ad 
Franciscanos dti burgi nri pertinuerunt Et SIMILITER cdmunis lacus 
eiusd burgi per omnes bondas et partes humdi et montes voca{ 
Womanhill Playfeild St Katherineshill Heidingishill et Gallowhill 
cum campis et viridariis dti burgi lie Linkes nuncupaE prout eidem 
jacent in longitudine et latitudine inter ostium fluvii lie Wattermouth 
dte aque de Die ad ostium fluvii lie Wattermouth diet aque de Done 
cum tenen tenan liberec^ tenen servitiis omnium et singularum predict 
terrarum et piscationu cum partibus pendiculis et pertinen earund vna 
etiam cum dibus et singulis aliis libertatibus immunitatibus iuribus et 
privilegiis quibuscunq^ dto burgo nro spectan et incumbefi et quorum 
did Prepositus Ballivi Senatus et coitas eiusd burgi suive predicessores 
quovis tpre preterito in possessione fuerunt Ac ETiAM cum tam amplis- 
simis et magnis privilegiis et immunitatibus sicuti burgis nris de 
Edinbur^ Perth Dundie vel aliquibus aliis burgis regiis infra dtum 
regnii nrum Scotie per dtum quond charissimu nrum patrem suosve 
antecessores quovis {pre preterito diem date antedict carte preceden 
concedebantur Et Vnivit anexavit et Incorporavit ad et cum dto burgo 



kingdom of Scotland, or whensoever in time past they were wont to be uplifted 
or gathered ; as also all and whole the dwelling place, house, buildings, yards 
and church which formerly pertained to the Franciscans of our said burgh ; and 
LIKEWISE the common loch of the same burgh by all the bounds and parts thereof, 
and the hills called Womanhill, Playfield, St Katherine's Hill, Heading Hill, and 
Gallow Hill, with the fields and greens of the said burgh, called the Links, as the 
same lie in length and in breadth between the watermouth of the said water of Dee 
and the watermouth of the said water of Don ; with tenants, tenandries and services 
of free tenants of all and sundry the foresaid lands and fishings, with the parts, 
pendicles and pertinents thereof, and with all and sundry other liberties, immuni- 
ties, rights and privileges whatsoever belonging and pertaining to our said buigh, 
and of which the said provost, baillies, council and community of the same burgh 
or their predecessors have been in possession at any time past ; and also with as 
full and great privileges and immunities as were granted to our burghs of Edin- 
burgh, Perth, Dundee, or to any other royal burghs within our said kingdom of 
Scotland, by our said umquhile dearest father or his ancestors at any time past, 
preceding the day of the date of the aforesaid charter : And he united, annexed 



l64 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1638. 

nro de Aberdene libertatibus et privilegiis dusd 6es et singulas predict 
¥ras acras croftas ¥ras communes molendina multuras pisca^^es castrum 
lacum pratum montes viridarium propugnaculum lie Bulwark anchoFS^a 
tolonias custumas lie Bell customes pondera et mensuras lie trone- 
weghtes et measoures inuos redditus mansiones domos hortos aliac^ 
gnaliter et particulariV supra express^ cum privilegio dandi sasinam 
humdi apud Cnicem foralem dti bui^i nri preposito vel alicui Ballivomm 
eiusdum Que sasina stabit et sufficiens fore ordinatur dtis Preposito 
Ballivis consulibus et coitati dicti burgi nri pro toto et intq^ (tto 
burgo oibus^ et singulis terns domibus edificiis aliis^ spealiter et gna- 
liter inibi mentionaC modo et forma inibi express^ TenenS per diet 
Prepositum Ballivos Senatum et Cditatem dti burgi nostri de Aberdene 
suos^ successores in feodo hereditate et libero burgi^io imperpetuum 
prout dta carta de data prescript in se latius proportat Cum preoepto 
sasine et sasine instrumento desuper sequen et cum acto dissoluticmis 
fact in Parliamento tent apud Edinburgh vigesimo octavo die mensis 
Junii anno Dni millesimo sexcentesimo decimo septimo cui acto carta 
supra mentionat relationem habet et desuper fundatur et conoeditur 



and incorporated to and with our said burgh of Aberdeen, the liberties and 
privileges thereof, all and sundry the foresaid lands, acres, crofts, common lands, 
mills, multures, fishings, castle, loch, meadow, hills, green, bulwark, anchorages, 
tolls, bell customs, tron weights and measures, annual rents, dwelling-places, 
houses, yards, and others, generally and particularly set forth above, with privilege 
to give sasine thereof at the market cross of our said burgh, to the provost or any 
one of the baillies thereof; which sasine shall stand, and is ordained to be suffi- 
cient, to the said provost, baillies, councillors and community of oiu: said burgh, 
for all and whole the said burgh and all and sundry lands, houses, buildings 
and others, specially or generally therein mentioned, in manner and form 
therein set forth ; To be held by the said provost, bstillies, council and 
community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, in fee, heritage 
and free burgage for ever, as the said charter of date above written in itself 
at greater length purports : With the precept of sasine and instrument of 
sasine following thereon, and with the act of dissolution made in the parlia- 
ment held at Edinburgh on the twenty-eighth day of the month of June, in 
the year of our Lord one thou^nd six hundred and seventeen ; to which act 
the charter above mentioned relates, and is thereupon founded and granted: 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT 1 65 

Et similiter cum 5ibus et singulis aliis cartis infeofamentis preceptis 
sasine instrumentis confirmationibus actis sententiis decretis donatipni- 
bus exemptionibus iuribus titulis securitatibus iris scriptis evidentiis 
concessionibus libertatibus commoditatibus immunitatibus et priviiegiis 
inibi mentionatis factis concessis vei confirmatis per nobilissimos nros 
predicessores quond WiLLlELMUM Regem Scotie quond Ai.EXANDRUM 
Regem secundum quondam Alexandrum Regem tertium quond 
RoBERTUM Regem primum quond Davidem Regem eius filium quon- 
dam Robertum Regem secundum quond Robertum Regem tertium 
quond Jacobum Regem primum quondam Jacobum Regem secundum 
quond Jacobum Regem tertium quond Jacobum Regem quartum 
quondam JACOBUM Regem quintum quondam Mariam Reginam eius 
filiam et dtum quond nrum charissimu patrem JACOBUM Regem sextum 
optime memorie vel per eorum aliquos aut per aliquos alios eorum pre- 
dicessores Reges et Reginas Scotie vel per eorum Regentes Gubema- 
tores aut Dnos sessionis pro tpre prefato burgo nro de Aberdene 
Preposito senioribus Ballivis Decanis gilde the^ consulibus burgensibus 
et inhabitatoribus dti burgi nri ecctiisc^ ministris et hospitiis lie hospi. 
tails eiusd burgi suisc^ successoribus cujuscunc^ forme aut formarum 
contente aut contentarum date aut datarum eedem sunt de et super 

And LIKEWISE with all and sundry other charters, infeflments, precepts, instru- 
ments of sasine, confirmations, acts, sentences, decreets, gifts, exemptions, 
rights, titles, securities, letters, writs, evidents, grants, liberties, advantages, 
immunities and privileges therein mentioned, made, granted, or confirmed by 
our most noble predecessors, umquhile William, King of Scotland, umquhile 
King Alexander II., umquhile King Alexander III., umquhile King Robert 
I., umquhile King David, his son, umquhile King Robert II., umquhile King 
Robert III., umquhile King James I., umquhile King James II^ umquhile 
King James III., umquhile King James IV., umquhile King James V., 
umquhile Queen Mary, his daughter, and our said umquhile dearest father King 
James VI. of excellent memory, or by any of them, or by any others their prede- 
cessors, kings and queens of Scotland, or by their regents, governors, or lords of 
session for the time being ; to our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, the provost, senior 
baillies, deans of guild, treasurers, councillors, burgesses and inhabitants of our 
said burgh, and to the churches, ministers and hospitals of the same burgh, and 
their successors, of whatsoever form or forms, content or contents, date or dates, 



l66 BURGH OF ABSRDRBM. ['^3^ 

erectione dti burgi nH de Aberdene in libero burgo regio cum Sibus 
iuribus titulis et privilegiis eidem per leges et praxsin dicti r^^i nH 
Scotie spectand et incumbend ac cum 5ibus domibus ¥ris tenementis 
forrestis silvis moris marresiis communitatibus aquis salmonum piaca- 
tionibus molendinis astrictis multuris castris pratis lacubus montibus 
viridariis propugnaculis anchoragiis minutis custumis lie Bell customes 
aliisc^ custumis ponderibus et mensuris lie w^htes and measoures pro- 
ficuis casualitatibus et divoriis quibuscunc^ que perprius ad dtum burgom 
nrum pertinuerunt Et que per did Prepositum Ballivos Senatum et 
Coitatem suosve predicessores aut authores quovis {pre preterito possi- 
debantur et vtebantur Et VOLUM^ et concedimus et pro nobis nris^ 
successoribus cum avisamento et consensu predicf decemimos et ordi- 
namus quod predict gnalitas minime dirogabit spcalitatem nee spedalitas 
gnalitatem Et quod hec pns nra confirmatio et ratificatio premissorum 
est et omni {pre affuturo erit tanti valoris roboris efficacie et effectus in 
dibus respectibus dicto burgo nro de Aberdene Preposito Ballivis Con- 
sulibus et C5itati eiusdem suisc^ succoribus ac si dicta carta cum sasine 
precepto et acto dissolutionis supramentionat omnesc^ et singule alie 
carte infeofamenta dispositiones concessiones confirma^nes jura tituli et 



the same are ; of and regarding the erection of our said burgh of Aberdeen into 
a free royal burgh, with all rights, titles and privileges thereto belonging and 
pertaining by the laws and practice of our said kingdom of Scotland, and with 
all houses, lands^ tenements^ forests, woods, moors, marshes, commonties, waters, 
salmon fishings, mills, astrict multures, castles, meadows, lochs, hills, links, block- 
houses, anchorages, petty customs, bell customs, and other customs, weights and 
measures, profits, casualties and duties whatsoever, which formerly pertained to 
our said burgh, and which at any time past were possessed and used by the said 
provost, baillies, council and community, or their predecessors or authors. Ann 
WE WILL, and grant, and for us and our successors, with advice and consent 
aforesaid, we decree and ordain that :he foresaid generality shall in no way 
detract from the speciality, or the speciality from the generality ; and that this 
our present confirmation and ratification of the premises is, and in all time to 
come shall be, of as much force, strength, efficacy and effect in all respects to our 
said burgh of Aberdeen, the provost, baillies, councillors and community thereof, 
and their successors, as if the said charter, with the precept of sasine and the 
act of dissolution above mentioned, and all and sundry other charters, infeft- 



I^] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 1 67 

securitates decreta exemptiones ire scripta acta evidentie donationes 
^ft^ertates oommoditates immunitates privilegia aliac^ particularif et 
SmUter inibi mentional ad longum de verbo in verbum in hac p&ti 
^aita i£a insereientur (non obstan ratione multitudinis numeri longi- 
^Qdnis et prolixitatb humoi eedem in hac pnti carta nra minime insere- 
^totur) penes que nos pro nobis et successoribus nris dispensavimus ac 
]Krpfitis carte nostre tenorem dispensamus imperpetuu Insuper (absc^ 
lenooe derogatione aut preiudicio antedict prioribus cartis infeofamentis 
iuribiis decretis actis titulis iibertatibus privilegiis et aliis particularif et 
fnaliter supra express et pro majori corroboratione earund accumulando 
tma iuribus) nos pro bono fideli et gratuito servitio nobis nobiiissimisc^ 
flfis progenitoribus per Prepositum Ballivos Senatum et Coitatem dicti 
vR bnigi de Aberdene suosc^ predicessores prestito et impenso et vt in 
posternm in dicto servitio melius persistent De novo dedimus con- 
oessJinuB ereximus disposuimus et hac pnti carta nra confirmavimus 
teoore^ eiusdem cum avisamento et consensu predict damns concedimus 
erigimus disponimus et hac pnti carta nra confirmamus dilectis et fide- 
liiiiis nSs servitoribus Preposito Baliivis Consulibus buigensibus et 



mentSy disposidons, grants, confirmadons, rights, titles and securitiesi decreets, 
cmnptionsi lettersi writs, acts, evidents, gifts, liberties, advantages, immunities, 
privilege^ and others, particularly and generally mentioned therein, were inserted 
itleqgth, word by word, in this our present charter (notwithstanding that by reason 
of die multitude, number, length, and prolixity thereof, the same have not been 
ioKrted in this our present charter), wherewith we, for us and our successors, 
lunre dispensed, and by the tenor of our present charter do dispense, for ever. 
MmBOVER (without hurt, disparagement or prejudice to the foresaid former 
cl M U t cra , infeftments, rights, decreets, acts, titles, hberties, privileges, and others 
paftimlariy and generally set forth above, and, in further corroboration thereof, 
rig;bts upon rights), in return for the good, faithful and gratuitous service 

and rendered to us and to our most noble ancestors by the provost, baillies, 
and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their predecessors, 

in order that hereafter they may the better persist in the said service, we 
or MEW given, granted, erected, disponed, and by this our present 
charter confirmed, and «by the tenor thereof, with advice and consent aforesaid^ 
do gtve^ grant, erect, dispone, and by this our present charter confirm, to our 
lidoved and trusty servants the provost, baillies, councillors, burgessesi and 



1 68 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1638. 

Coitati diet burgi nK de Aberdene suisq^ succoribus totum et integrum 
predtum burgum nrum de Aberdene cum precinctu muris fossis por- 
tubus viis plateis passagiis 5ibusc^ et singulis domibus edificiis hortis 
tenementis croftis acris et ¥ris infra ¥ritorium et libertatem eiusd: burgi 
nri Et similit omnes et singulas predict terras communes ad dtum 
nrum burgum spectan et pertinen cum oibus moris marresiis pratis 
partibus pendiculis et pertinen ab antiquo forrestam de Stokett vocat 
cum sylva eiusd infra limttes merchias et bondas hum5i prout eedem 
pro piite possidentur et occupantur et anuatim per dicf Prepositum 
Ballivos Senatum et coitatem equitari et perambulari solent Totas 
et integras predict terras de Rubslaw Totas et int^^ras predict rras 
de CruifTes cum toftis croftis domibus edificiis partibus pendiculis et 
pertinen earund Totas et integras predict aquas de Die et Done cum 
salmonum piscariis earund infra et per integras bondas partes et limites 
humoi prout eidem pro pnti per diet Prepositum Ballivos Senatum et 
C5itatem suosc^ tenentes et servitores possidentur et occupantur Et 
spealiter predtas salmonu piscarias supra diet aqua de Die vocat lie 
Raik Stellis Midchingill Pott et Fuirds ex vtrisc^ lateribus antedte 



community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, All and 
whole our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, with the precinct, walls, foussies, 
havens, ways, streets, passages, and all and sundry houses, buildings, yards, 
tenements, crofts, acres and lands within the territory and freedom of our 
same burgh; and likewise all and sundry the foresaid common lands belong- 
ing and pertaining to our said burgh, with all moors, marshes, meadows, parts, 
pendicles and pertinents, from of old called the Forest of Stocket, with the 
wood of the same, within the limits, marches and bounds thereof, as the same 
are at present possessed and occupied, and in use to be yearly ridden 
and walked by the said provost, baillies, council and community; all and 
whole the foresaid lands of Rubislaw ; all and whole the foresaid lands of 
Cruives, with the tofts, crofls, houses, buildings, parts, pendicles and perti- 
nents thereof; all and whole the foresaid waters of Dee and Don, with the 
salmon-fishings of the same, within and through the whole bounds, parts and 
limits thereof, as the same are at present possessed and occupied by the said 
provost, baillies, council and community, and their tenants and servants; 
and especially the foresaid salmon-fishings on the said water of Dee, called 
the Raik, Stells, Midchingle, Pot and Foords, on both sides of the foresaid 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 1 69 

aque et vt predict piscarie distinguantur absq^ aliis distincte cognos- 
cantur sicuti etiam jacent et bondantur ab ostio fluvii lie Bar et Watter- 
mouth diet nH bui^ de Aberdene ad aquam lie Bridgewater apud 
pontem de Die olim ad Willie!"* Forbes de Barnes spectan et per- 
tinefi Nee non salmonu piscationem super aqua de Done vocaf King's 
Cavill antedte aque de Done tarn supra q°' infra pontem eiusd cum 
oibus et singulis salmonum piscariis de lie CruifTes prout dta piscaria 
et lie cruves rextiue bondantur et jacent ab ostio fluvii lie watter 
mouth dte aque de Done ad torrentem vocat cruif bume cum dibus et 
singulis aliis salmonu piscariis aliisc^ piscariis quibuscunc^ supra did 
aquas de Die et Done et per omnes bondas et limites earund reitiue 
supra express ad dtum burgum nrum spectan et incumben et vt illi 
sui^ predicessores easd possidere solebant ac cum oibus aliis pis- 
cariis tarn salmonii q™ alborum piscium in aqua salsa seu mari in? 
dta ostia fluviorum lie mouthes de Die et Done et apud did ostia 
fluvionim antedic{ aquarum ex vtrisq^ lateribus earund Ac etiam 
cum dibus et singulis casis et lie insches et scheils infra et super 
dicE aquis de Die et Done cumc^ libertate ac privilegio edificandi 
casas lie schdlls et scheillings et trahendi dispergendi et arefaciendi 



water, and as the foresaid fishings are distinguished and distinctly known from 
each other, as the same lie and are bounded from the bar and watermouth 
of our said burgh of Aberdeen to the Bridge Water at the Bridge of Dee 
formeriy belonging and pertaining to William Forbes of Barnes; as also the 
salmon-fishing on the Water of Don called the King's Cavill of the fore- 
sakl water of Don, both above and below the bridge thereof, with all and 
sondiy the salmon-fishings of the Cniives, as the said fishing and the Cniives 
respectively are bounded and lie from the watermouth of the said water of 
Dc«i to the stream called the Cniive Bum, with all and sundry other salmon- 
fishings and other fishings whatsoever on the said waters of Dee and Don, and 
through all the bounds and limits thereof respectively set forth above, belonging 
and pertaining to our said burgh, and as they and their predecessors were wont 
to possess the same, and with all other fishings, as well of salmon as of white 
fish, in the salt water or sea between the said mouths of Dee and Don, and at the 
said mouths of the foresaid waters, on both sides thereof; and also with all and 
sundry inches and shells within and upon the said waters of Dee and Don, and 
with liberty and privilege to build shells and sheilings, and to draw, spread and 

Y 



I70 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1638. 

retas ex vtrisq^ lateribus did aquahim tarn super viis nHs q™ super 
aliis commodissimis locis et partibus prope dic{ aquas sicuti 9tus 
bui^s noster suic^ predicessores possessores et occupatores did pis- 
cariarum easdem perprius possidebant et gaudebant Nee non cum 
libertate et privilegio habendi cymbas lie fenie boates vnam vd plures 
super dtis aquis de Die et Done ad ostia fluviorum lie watter. 
mouthes de Die et Done vbi habent proprias piscarias pro trans- 
portatione liegiorum et subditorum nrorum eorumc^ bonorum et 
bestiarum vt ipsis visum fuerit cum 5ibus divoriis feodis et commo- 
ditatibus dtis cymbis lie ferrie boates spectan et incumbefi Omnia 
et singula predta communia molendina dti burgi nri de Aberdene 
viz predicta duo molendina infra eund burgum vocaf superius et 
inferius molendina alia duo molendina extra dtum bui^m nrm 
vocaf lie Justice Mylnes et alia duo molendina jacen infra libertatem 
dti burgi nri vnum eorum novum molendinu nuncupat super torren- 
tem lie Bucksburne et alterum novum molendinum nuncupat super 
torrentem lie Denbume cum dicto ventimolo apud did lie Gallow- 
gaitheid dicti burgi nri Necnon tota et int^^ duo molendina 
maritima lie Schoir et sea mylnes noviter edificata et constructa per 
diet Prepositum Ballivos Senatum et Coitatem antedti burgi nn 



dry nets on both sides of the said waters, both upon our highways and upon 
other most convenient places and parts near to the said waters, as our said burgh 
and their predecessors, possessors and occupiers of the said fishings formerly pos- 
sessed and enjoyed the same; as also with liberty and privilege to have ferry 
boats, one or more, on the said waters of Dee and Don, at the watermouths of 
Dee and Don where they have their own fishings, for carrying across our lieges 
and subjects and their goods and beasts, as they shall see fit, with all duties, 
fees and advantages belonging and pertaining to the said ferry boats ; all and 
sundry the foresaid common mills of our said burgh of Aberdeen, to wit, the 
two foresaid mills within the same burgh called the Upper and Nether Mills, 
other two mills outwith our said burgh called the Justice Mills, and other two 
mills lying within the freedom of our said burgh, one of these called the New Mill 
on the Buxbura and the other called the New Mill on the Denbura, with the said 
windmill at the said Gallowgatehead of our said burgh, as also all and whole 
two shore or sea mills newly built and erected by the provost, baillies, council 
and community of our foresaid burgh, since the date of their last infefbnent 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 171 

post datam vltimi eorum infeofamenti supra script! virtute pntis 
carte nre ratificati et approbati cum privilegio et libertate illis edifi- 
candi plura molendina ad eorum arbitrium cum(^ multuris et seque- 
lis dic{ molendinorum dium granorum super omnibus et singulis 

Sredtis croftis acris et terris communiis dicti burgi nil et infra 
ritorium et libertatem eiusd crescen oiumq^ granorum ad burgenses 
et inhabitatores eiusdem burgi spectan et pertinen vel per iilos ali- 
quasve alias personas importaf seu importand focum et aqua inibi 
patien Totum et int^rum predtum castrum montem viridarium 
pratum et subvrbem vocal Futtie cum capelia eiusd oibusq^ cymbis 
et albis piscationibus humoi spectan cumq^ dto propugnaculo portu et 
littore de Aberdene et lie mylne dames et passagiis eiusd Ac cum 
libertate et privil^o onerandi et exonerandi loading et lossing naves 
cymbas alia% vasa quecunc]^ in dtis aquis de Die et Done ex vtrisc^ 
lateribus earund in quibuscunq^ locis aut partibus et toties quoties 
visum fuerit prefatis Preposito Ballivis Consulibus et Coitati Et 
similiter levandi et recipiendi omnes minutas custumas anchoragia 
et lie schoir silver alias^ divorias tam libere in dibus respectibus 
sicuti dtus burgus noster de Edinburgh suiq^ collectores apud portum 
et littus de Leith recipiunt et levant et tam libere sicuti eidem per 



above written, ratified and approved by virtue of our present charter, with privi- 
lege and liberty to them to build more mills at their pleasure, and with the 
multures and sequels of the said mills from all grain growing on all and sundry the 
ftnesaid crofts^ acres and common lands of our said burgh and within the territory 
and freedom thereof, and from all grain belonging and pertaining to burgesses and 
inhabitants of the same buigh, or imported or to be imported by them or by any 
other person, tholing fire and water therein ; all and whole the foresaid Castle- 
hiU, Green Meadow, and suburb called Futtie, with the chapel thereof and all 
boats and white fishings belonging thereto, and with the said blockhouse, haven 
and shore of Aberdeen and the mill dams and channels thereof; And with liberty 
and privil^e to load and loose ships, boats and other vessels whatsoever in the 
said waters of Dee and Don, on both sides thereof in any places or parts what- 
soever, and as often as shall seem fit to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors 
and community -, and likewise to uplift and receive all petty customs, anchorages 
and shore silver^ and other dues, as fireely in all respects as our said burgh of 
.Bdinbttix)^ and its collectors receive and uplift at the haven and shore of Leith, 



172 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1638. 

aiiquem alium liberum burgum r^um apud quemcunq^ portum seu 
littus infra dtum regnum nrum Scotie levantur et percipientur Et 
spealiter cum ptate levandi et percipiendi fpre futuro summam trium 
solidorum vsualis mo^ dti regni nri Scotie ex qualibet tunna lie 
Tunne bonorum exportat et importaf in quacunc]^ nave cymba vd 
aliqua vasa infra dtum portum et stationem de Aberdene pro re- 
paratione edifa^ne et sustenta^^e antedti propugnaculi lie Bulwark 
applicand sicuti dicf Prepositus Ballivi Senatus et Coitas suic^ coUec- 
tores eadem his multis annis retroactis fruebantur et possidebant 
Nee non totas et integras predtas custumas vocat lie Bell costomes 
dti burgi nri minutas custumas tolonias et alias custumas vsitaC et 
consuef cum ponderibus lie Trone weghtes dti burgi nH feodis et 
divoriis iisdem spectan cum(^ dibus aliis ponderibus et mensuris 
iibertatibus privilegiis et imunitatibus ad dtum burgum nhim ali- 
quali¥ pertinen et spectan Ac etiam cum ptate libera curias infira 
dtum burgum nrum ¥ritorium et libertatem eiusd tenendi pro admin- 
istra^ne justicie et delinquentium et transgressorum punitione secundu 
qualitatem suorum diiictorum legibus et praxi dti r^^ni nri Scotie 
conforme Et exitus amerciamenta et eschaetas dtarum curjarum 



and as freely as the same are uplifted and gathered by any other free royal bmgh 
at any haven or shore whatsoever within our said kingdom of Scotland; and 
especially with power to uplift and gather in all time coming the sum of three 
shillings usual money of our said kingdom of Scotland from every tun of goods 
exported or imported in any ship, boat or other vessel whatsoever within 
the said haven and station of Aberdeen, for the repair, building and upholding of 
the bulwark thereof, as the said provost, baillies, council and community and 
their collectors have enjoyed and possessed the same these many years 
past; as also all and whole the foresaid customs called the bell customs of 
our said burgh, the petty customs, tolls and other customs used and wont, with 
the tron wdghts of our said burgh, fees and duties belonging thereto, and with all 
other weights and measures, liberties, privileges and immunities in any way per- 
taining and belonging to our said burgh ; and also with free power to hold courts 
within our said burgh, the territory and freedom thereof, for the administration of 
justice and the punishment of delinquents and transgressors, according to the 
nature of their offences, conform to the laws and practice of our said kingdom of 
Scotland, and [to uplift] the issues, fines and escheats of the said courts with 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 173 



com Uudewitis toties quoties contigerint tarn infra dtum burgum nrum 

libeitatem et ^itorium eiusdem q™ infra portum et stationem et fluxum 

maris lie floodemaric dti bui^ et infra did aquas de Die et Done in 

paitibiis earundem Quarum predte piscarie virtute pntis carte nre dis- 

ponantur Et did exitus eschaetos amerciamenta et bludewitas ad 

vtilitatem et commodum dti burgi nri applicandi Ac etiam cum 

spedali ptate privilegio et libertate diet Preposito Ballivis Consulibus 

et tmrgen gilde dti burgi nri suiso^ succoribus imperpetuu vtendi 

finequentandi et exercendi negotia<^em mercaturam et comercium et 

eaicaidi et vendendi in magnis et minutis vinum ceram lie wad pelles 

coria flia% alia genera mercimoniorum et bonorum tarn dti regni nri 

Sootie q"* aliarum nationu quarumcun% extranearum non solum infra 

dtnm burgum nrm territorium et libertate eiusd sed etiam intra per et 

pie [sic\ integras bondas et limites vice^ nri de Aberdene tam intra 

Riqialitatem q"> regalem vel r^ium Nee non tenendi et habendi 

imperpetuu infra dtum burgum et libertatem eiusd gildriam merca- 

toriam cum gilde curiis consiliis membris et iurisdictionibus huffioi 

iocnmb^ Exitus et eschaetas dic{ curiarum levandi et percipiendi 

similiter adeo% libere in dibus respectibus et per dia sicuti in similibus 



bloodwits as often as they shall occur, both within our said burgh, the freedom and 
tenrltory diereo^ and within the haven and station and floodmark of our said burgh, 
•ad widiin the said waters of Dee and Don, in the parts thereof where the fore- 
nid fishings are disponed by virtue of our present charter, and to apply the 
nid issues, escheats, fines and bloodwits to the utility and advantage of the said 
bmglh; and also with special power, privilege and liberty to the said provost, 
bsillies, councillors and^uigesses of guild of our said burgh and their successors 
for ever, to use, resort to, and exercise business, traffic and commerce, and to buy 
sad sdl in great and small quantities, wine, wax, wad, skins, hides and all other 
kinds of merchandise and goods both of our said kingdom of Scotland and of 
tajr oClier foreign nation whatsoever, not only withm our said burgh, the territory 
and freedom diereo^ but also within and through the whole bounds and limits 
of our sheriffdom of Aberdeen, within both the regality and the royalty ; as 
also to hold and have for ever within the said burgh and the freedom thereof a 
Merchant Guildry, with guild courts, councils, members and jurisdictions pertaining 
thereto^ to uplift and gather the issues and escheats of the said courts, in like 
manner and as fteely in all respects, and through all things, as in like cases is 



174 



i^URGH OF ABERDBBN. [1638. 



per nos nrosve predicessores alicui alio iibero burgo regio infra dtum 
regum nrm Scotie conceditur cumcj^ dibus et singulis aliis libertadbiis 
et immunitatibus per leges huffioi dic{ negotia<"ibus commerdis merca- 
turis glide curiis et burse spectafi seu iuste spectare vakn Et stmiliE 
tenendi habendi vtendi exercendi et fruendi infra dtum burgum vStmn 
hebdomadatim duo publica fora lie mercatb viz die Mercurii et die 
Satumi Secundum consuetudinem vsitatum et consuetum Cum qua- 
tuor liberis nundinis anuatim inchoan tenen et continuaB in dicE burgo 
Quarum prima ad festum Pen'"^ Secunda ad festum S^ trinitatis 
Tertia ad festum sancti Michaelis ac quarta et vltima ad festum aancti 
Nicolai Quarum nundinarum singule durabunt per spatium octo die- 
rum Ac etiam cum libertate et ptate edificandi et construendi pluia 
molendina tam ventimola q"' granorum et fuUonum molendina infia 
dtum burgum libertatem et ?ritorium eiusd: Et locandi et assedandi 
humoi partes did ?rarum suarum comni dte forreste de Stoket que 
hactenus non assedantur et locantur ad vtilitatem et oommodum tfti 
burgi nH per assedationes longas vel infeofamenta feudifirme pro 
solu^ne feudifirmarum precipiendo mandando et inhibendo fiibus 
personis tam regalitati q regaM (burgensibus gilde dti buigi nS de 



granted by us or our predecessors to any other free royal buigh within our said 
kingdom of Scotland^ and with all and sundiy other liberties and tmmnpi^ 
belonging, or that can jusdy belong by the laws thereof to the said businessi com- 
merce, traffic, guild courts and merchant court ; and likewise to hold, have^ ute» 
exercise and enjoy within our said burgh every week two public markets^ to wit, on 
Wednesday and on Saturday, according to the custom used and wont, with four 
free fairs yearly, to be begun, held and continued in the said buigfa, irfieieof 
the first at the Feast of Pentecost, the second at the Feast of the Holy Tdnity, 
the third at the Feast of St. Michael, and the fourth and last at the Feast of Sl 
Nicolas, every one of which faais shall last for the space of eight days ; and also 
with liberty and power to build and erect more mills, as well windmills aM gnin 
and fulling mills within the said burgh, the freedom and territory thereof; and 
to let and set such parts of their said common lands of the said Forest of Stocket 
as are not already set and let, for the profit and advantage of our said buigh, by 
long tacks or infeflments of feufarm, for payment of the feu-duties, enjoining^ 
commanding and forbidding all persons, both in regality and royalty (not beii^ 
burgesses of jguild of our said burgh of Aberdeen), that they do not make btMt 



163S.] CROWN CHAirrBRS AND LlTmS PATENT. T7S 

Aberdene tnie existeS) vt non presumant vsurpare nee exercere nego- 
ttaonem commerchim et mercaturam vel quodvis privilegium aut punc- 
tam eiusit libero burgo r^o incumben infra libertatem et bondas 
(hi burgi et Vlce^ nn antedicti sub pena incarcerationis personarum 
soaram et forisfacture et eschaete bononim et mercimoniorum suorum 
fbiciin% apprehend! poterint Preterea nos cii avisamento et consensu 
predid dedimus et concessimus tenore^ pfitts carte nre pro nobis 
tStsf^ saccessoribus Damus et concedimus plenam ptatem commis- 
flODem et auEtatem nram prefatis Preposito Ballivis et Consulibus dti 
bargi fiH de Aberdene suisc^ succoribus faciendi et publicandi acta 
statuta e^ordina^es procdi bono et proficuo eiusd burgi et defcnsione 
privflegiorufn in [sic] libertatum huffioi per 5es burgenses et inhabitatores 
dti bargi nH omnesc^ alias personas ad eundem reparaS et frequentan 
observanda sub similibus penis ut ipsis visum fuerit Necnon causandi 
Aa acta statuta et ordina^es cum 5ibus parliamentorum actis actisq^ 
gBaliom conventionu et secreti consilii cumc^ constitu^nibus burgorum 
0ibii9% suorum propriorum actorum in favorem libertatum eorum daf 
vd dand debite observari et prosequi et final! exequutione poni infra 



witbin the freedom and bounds of the said burgh and our sheriffdom afore- 

Mid, to usurp or exercise business, commerce and traffic, or any privilege 

or point there(rf^ pertaining to a free royal burgh, on pain of imprisonment 

of their persons, and of forfeiture and escheat of their goods and merchan- 

diM^ wheresoever they can be seized. Further, with advice and consent 

aioresatd, we have given and granted, and by the tenor of our present 

duuter, for us and our successors, do give and grant, to the foresaid provost, 

btiDiet and councillors of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, our 

till power, commission and authority to make and publish acts, statutes and 

ordinances for the common good and profit of the said burgh, and in defence of 

the privileges and liberties thereof, to be observed by all burgesses and inhabi- 

tuits of our said burgh, and by all other persons repairing to and frequenting the 

under like penalties as shall seem fit to them ; as also to cause the said 

statutes and ordinances, with all acts of parliaments, and acts of general 

con v entions and of Privy Council, and with constitutions, of the burghs, and 

idl [provisions] of their own proper acts made or to be made in favour of 

fSieir liberties, to be duly observed and followed and put to final execution 

^^thin the freedom and territory of our said burgh of Aberdeen and the sheriff- 



176 BURGH OF ABERDBBI. [163S. 

libertatem et territoriu dti bui^ nH de Aberdene ct Vice*" eiusd 
predict Ac etiam cum speali potestate dicC Preposito Ballivis et con- 
sulibus vocandi prosequendi arrestandi et incarcerandi personas ddin- 
quentes et contravenientes predict privil^ia acta statuta decreta et 
sententias et cum eorum bonis intromittendi et ead bona eschaetandi 
Que bona et exitus ita eschaetand nos pro nobis nHs(^ successoribns 
cum avisameoto et consensu predict Damns et concedim^ ad oom- 
munem vsum dti burgi nri de Aberdene et ad suppedita^em renim 
cdium et operum eiusd cum oibus exitibus et amerciamentis cuzianim 
quibus dti delinquentes forsitan incidere contigerint et incunere Et 
SIMILITER nos cum avisamento et consensu antedto dedimus conoessi* 
mus et disposuimus tenorec^ pntis carte nre damns concedimus et dis- 
ponimus prefatis Preposito Ballivis Consulibus et Coitati dti buigi nfi 
de Aberdene suisq^ sucooribus omnes et singulas ?ras domos tenementa 
hortos tenementa templaria cum omnibus pertinefi earund iaceB infia 
precinctum dti burgi nri de Abd que perprius ad quascunc^ abbadas 
prioratus preceptorias ministeria capellanias prebendarias alteragia 
aliac^ beneficia pertinuerunt vna cum integris feudifirmis aliis^ divoriiB 
humoi omni tpre affuturo cum dicto burgo nib tanq"^ partem eiusd 



dom thereof aforesaid ; and also with special power to the said proTost, baillies 
and councillors, to summon, prosecute, arrest and imprison persons tianifgiesi- 
ing and contravening the foresaid privileges, acts, statutes, decreets and sentences, 
and to intromit with their goods, and to escheat the said goods, which goods 
and issues so to be escheated we, for ourselves and our successors, with advice 
and consent aforesaid, do give and grant to the common use of our said buig^ of 
Aberdeen, and for the support of the common affairs and works thereof wiUi all 
issues and fines of the courts which the said transgressors shall happen to fidl 
into or incur. And likewise, with advice and consent aforesaid, we have 
given, granted and disponed, and by the tenor of our present charter do give, 
grant and dispone, to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and community 
of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, all and sundry lands, houses, 
tenements, yards, templar tenements, with all the pertinents thereof, Ijring within 
the precinct of our said burgh of Aberdeen, which formerly pertained to any 
abbeys, priories, preceptories, monasteries, chaplainries, prebends, altarages and 
other benefices whatsoever, together with the whole feu-duties and other duties 
thereof in all time coming, to remain with and pertain to our said burgh as a part 



1638.] CROWN CHARTBR8 AND LBTTERS PATENT. 177 

remaneB ct pertinefi cum ptate dic{ Preposito Baliivis et Consulibus 

mdm^ successoribus tanq"^ Baliivis nris in hac parte intrandi et recipi- 

endi Iterios vassallos et tenentes earund super resigna^^em vel per 

aemthim et retomatum aut per traditionem fixule et tenelle lie hespe 

et staple sitnUiter eodemc^ modo sicuti illi alii% nri regales burgi dti 

ngni tSi Scotie inhabitatores hei4os pro'^ et possessores quarumcunq^ 

^numin et tenementorum infra territorium et precinctum huffioi intrare 

et recipere solent Necnon dedimus et- concessimus ac disposuimus 

tenorecj^ p&tis carte nre cum avisamento et consensu predict damns 

concedimus et disponimus prefatis Preposito Baliivis Consulibus et 

Ctitati saist^ sucooribns oes annuos redditus feudifirme firmas et 

inuas divorias de predict domibus hortis tenemetis templariis aliisq^ 

tenementis. predict debit et solvi solet et consuet cum ptate illis intro- 

mittendi et desuper disponendi de dibus annis et ?minis futuris et easd 

ad commune bonu dti burgi nri applicandi Ac etiam dedimus con- 

oeasimos et disposuimus tenoreq^ pntis carte nre cum avisamento et 

consensu predto damns concedimus et disponimus prefatis Preposito 

Baliivis Consulibus et coitati suis% successoribus omnes et singulas 

capdlanias alteragia et Inuos redditus perprius ad diet capellanias 



diereof ; with power to the said provost, baillies and councillors, and their suc- 
cemaOf as our baillies in this part, to enter and receive the heritable vassals and 
tenants thereof on resignation, or by service and retour, or by delivery of hasp 
and staple, in like manner as they and our other royal burghs of our said 
kingdom of Scotland are wont to enter and receive the inhabitants, heritable 
proprietors and possessors of any lands and tenements whatsoever within the 
tenr i t o fy and precinct thereof. And also we have given and granted and dis- 
poned, and by the tenor of our present charter, with advice and consent afore- 
audy do give, grant and dispone^ to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and 
oommnnity, and their successors, all annual rents, feu-duties and annual duties 
doe and used and wont to be paid from the foresaid houses, yards, templar tene- 
ments, and other tenements aforesaid ; with power to them to intromit therewith 
and dispone thereupon, for all years and terms to come, and to apply the same to 
the common good of our said burgh. And also we have given, granted and 
disponed, and by the tenor of our present charter, with advice and consent afore- 
said, do give, grant and dispone, to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and 

community, and their successors, all and sundry chaplainries, altarages and annual 

Z 



178 BUItOH OF ABSXDBDI. [x^SS. 

[? capellanos, v. p. 162, 1. 14] sancd Nicolai antedti eodie parochialis 
Abredonensis pertinen et spectaB cam% dibus annivenariis et lie dmill 
silver quibuscunq^ que perprius ad quascuiMk capellanias prebendarias 
et alteragia pertinuerunt in quacun% ecctia capdla vd coUegio infirm 
libertatem dtl burgi nH de Abd per quascumj^ pefsonam vd penoms 
fundat vbicunq^ jacent infra dtum regnum nhim vd quocmi^ fgtt 
preterito levari seu percipi solebant cuok^ tota et int^^ predta 
sione loco domibus edificiis hortis et ecctia que perpiiiis ad 
canos dti burgi nri pertinuerunt cum dibus divmis et redditibus hnfikii 
et ad premissa pertinen de omnibus annis. et terminis futuris Ac cum 
dto lacu c5i antedicti burgi nri infra et per omnes bondas et partes 
eiusd predtis% montibus lie Womanhill Playfdld St Katherines hill 
Heidinghill et Gallowhill nuncupaf cum viridariis et campis lie LiakiB 
dti burgi nri prout jacent in longitudine et latitodine inter ostium flovti 
lie Wattermouth de Die ad ostium fluvii lie Wattennooth de Done 
cum tenen tenan libereque tenen servitiis oium et singulamm pnedicE 
¥rarum et piscariarum cum partibus pendiculis et pertinefi eanind Gunii| 
5ibus et singulis aliis libertatibus immunitatibus iuribos et privilegfls 
quibuscunq^ ad dtum bui^m spectan et incumben et quorum did 



rents formerly pertaining and belonging to the said chafdains of our foresaid parish 
church of Saint Nicolas in Aberdeen, and with all anniversaries and daill silver 
whatsoever, which formerly pertained to any chaplainries, prebends and ahaiages 
whatsoever, in any church, chapel or college whatsoever, within the freedom of our 
said burgh of Aberdeen, by whatsoever person or persons founded, wheresoever 
they lie within our said kingdom, or whensoever in time past they were wont to be 
uplifted or gathered ; and with all and whole the foresaid dwelling, place, bouseii 
buildings, yards and church which formerly pertained to the Franciscans of our 
said burgh, with all duties and rents thereof, and pertaining to the premiseiy for all 
years and terms to come ; and with the said common loch of our foresaid bmgfa, 
within and through all bounds and parts thereof and the foresaid hills called 
Woman Hill, Playfield, St Katherine's Hill, Heading Hill, and GaUow Hill, wiA 
the greens and links of our said burgh, as they lie in length and Ixeadth between 
the watermouth of Dee and the watermouth of Don, with tenants, tenandries and 
services of free tenants of all and sundry the foresaid lands and fishings, with 
parts, pendicles and pertinents thereof and with all and sundry other libertieii 
immunities, rights and privileges whatsoever, bdonging and pertaining to the 



l6jS.] CROWN CHARTUIS AND LKTTSRS PATENT. 1 79 

Pr epo ai tus Ballivi Senatus et Communitas eiusd sui% predicessA'es 

qoovis tpm preterito in usu et possessione fuerunt cum% etiam tarn 

juiiplissimis et magnis privilegiis ac immunitatibus quam per nos nrosq^ 

predioeflB(»es dtis bu^;is nostris de Edinburgh Perth Dundie aliisq^ 

brnigiB fcgiis infra dtum r^^um nostrum Scotie quovis fpre preterito 

tlksin date pfitis carte nre pieceden dantur conceduntur et disponuntur 

Ciiiii% omni iure titulo interesse iurisclameo proprietate et possessione 

quacmi^ que sea quas nos predicessores vel successores nostri in et ad 

dtnm tNtrgnm nfum de Aberdene terras acras croftas terras communes 

motendtna multuras {nscationes castrum lacum pratum montes viridaria 

profNigiuiciila anchoragia tolonias custumas lie bell customes pondera 

lie tfone wegfates mensuras anuos redditus mansionem locum domos 

lioctos et ecciias que olim ad did Frandscanos pertinuerunt aliac^ 

pttrtidilariter et gnaliter supra recitaf vel ad aliquam partem pendi- 

cufami ant portionem earundetn census firmas casualitates proficua et 

di f oriaa hufidi de quibuscunc^ annis seu ?minis preteritis aut futuris 

pfD qnibuscunc]^ factia causis seu occasionibus preteritis diem date p&tis 

nve preceden habuimus habemus aut quovis modo in futurum 

ckunare aut pndere poterimus aut poterint Renunciando quiete 



mid boic^ and of which the said provost, baillies, council and community 
dMreo^ nd their predecess o rs, were in use and possession at any time past ; and 
aho witti as fall and great privileges and immunities as are given, granted and 
dapoficd hf ns and our predecessors, at any time past preceding the date 
of our present charter, to our said royal burghs of Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, 
and other royal burghs within our said kingdom of Scotland; and with all 
rjglit, titles interest, claim of right, property and possession whatsoever, which 
mtf onr predecesscMrs or successors, had, have, or in any way in time to come 
WKf haie^ daim, or assert, in and to our said burgh of Aberdeen, the lands, 
acres^ cmdMf common lands, mills, multures, fishings, castle, loch, meadow, hills, 
link% blockhouses, anchorages, tolls, bell customs, tron weights, measures, 
annual rents, dwdling, place, houses, yards and churches which of old pertained 
to the aid Franciscana» and others particularly and generally above recited, or to 
any paft» pendicle or portion thereof maills, rents, casualties^ profits and duties 
thereof €i any years or terms whatsoever past or to come, for any past deeds, 
causes or occasions whatsoever preceding the date of our present charter: 
reoouncingf relinquishing, and altogether upgiving the same, with all action. 



l8o BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1658. 

ckemando et simplidS extra donando eadem cum omni actione inrtantia 
et exequutione nobis et successoribus nHs eocirca competefi vel oom- 
petere valen Memoratis Preposito Ballivis Consulibus et Coitati dkti 
burgi nri de Aberdene suis% successoribus pro nunc et imperpetuum 
cum pacto de non petendo ac cum supplemento dium defectuum obiec- 
tionum et imperfectionum quarumcun^ tam non noiatarum q* noiatanim 
preteritorum pntium et futurorum quos tanquam pro express^ in hac p&ti 
carta nostra haberi volumus penes que nos pro nobis nris% successoribus 
dispensavimus ac per {mtis carte nre tenorem dispensavimus [sic] imper- 
petuum Preterea ratificavimus approbavimus et hac pnti carta nra con- 
firmavim^ Tenore^ eiusdem ratificamus approbamus ac pro notris nSsi^ 
succoribus pro perpetuo confirmamus Actum et statutum dicti burgi 
nri per dtos Prepositum Ballivos Senatum et Cditatem eiusdem fieicl 
vnde statuitur et ordinatur quod nullum mollitum polentum ad forum 
dicti nri burgi feretur pntabitur nee venabitur in eodem private vel 
publice quodquidem actum et statutum est de data vndecimo die 
mensis Januarii Anno Dffii millesimo sexcentesimo vigesimo octavo 
Et nos perfecte intelligentes quod dtum actum et statutum non solum 
concordat cum actis et statutis omnium burgorum regiorum dicti 



instance and execution competent or that can be competent thereanent to us 
or our successors, in fiEivour of the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors and 
community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, now and 
forever; with the paction of not requiring, and with the supplement of all 
defects, objections and imperfections whatsoever, both not named and named, 
past, present and to come, which we will to be held as set forth in this our 
present charter, wherewith we, for ourselves and ouf successors, have db- 
pensed, and by the tenor of our present charter do dispense, forever. 
Further, we have ratified, approved, and by this our present charter have 
confirmed, and by the tenor thereof do ratify, approve, and, for us and our 
successors, for ever confirm, an Act and statute of our said burgh, made 
by the said provost, baillies, council and community thereof whereby it 
is statute and ordained that no ground malt shall be brought or presented 
to the market of our said burgh, or sold therein, privately or publidy; 
which act and statute is dated the eleventh day of the month of January 
in the year of our Lord one thousand six' hundred and twenty-eight ; and we, 
perfectly understanding that the said act and statute not only accords with the 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTERS PATENT. iSl 

regni nri Sed etiam aptum et necessarium est pro bono et commodo 
dicti burgi nri IGITUR volumus et ordinamus quod nullum moUi- 
tum polentum importabitur nee venabitur infra eundem burgum 
private vel publice per quascunq) personam vel personas infra liber- 
tatem dicti burgi vel extra incolan sub pena confiscationis cujuscun% 
molliti polenti quod importabitur per quascun% personam vel perso- 
nas contra tenorem antedicti acti statu ti et ordination is nfe predict 
infra predtum burgum cum potestate dictis Preposito et ballivis con- 
fiscandi dtum polentum et humoi ad eorum vsum applicandi Ex NOS 
CONSIDERANTES quod dictus quondam noster charissimus pater beate 
memorie per eius infeofamentum supraspecifical ratificavit et dispo- 
suit dto burgo nro de Aberdene omnes alias libertates iura et privi- 
legia tam amplas et amplissime quam dtis burgis nris de Edinbur' 
et Perth qui sunt Vicecomites coronatores et pacis lusticiarii intra 
se et quod magna est necessitas vt did burgus noster de Aberdene 
habeat possideat et fruatur dtis privil^is et hoc spedaliter pro cau- 
sis et respectibus subsequen viz quod dictus burgus noster de Aber- 
dene in Burgum et civitatem copiosam et populosam crevit et de- 
venit in quo magna et quotidiana est mercatura et mercium mutatio 



acts and statutes of all the royal burgbif of our said kingdom, but is also fit and 
necessary for the good and advantage of our said burgh, do TuBRsroRS will and 
ordain that no ground malt shall be imported or sold within the said burglv 
privately or publicly, by any person or persons whatsoever dwelling within or 
outwith the freedom of the said burgh, under pain of confiscation of any ground 
malt whatsoever that shall be imported within our said burgh by any person or 
persons whatsoever against the tenor of the foresaid act, statute, and our 
ordinance aforesaid ; with power to the said provost and baillies to confiscate the 
said malt and to apply the same to their own use. And considering that our 
said umquhile dearest father, of blessed memory, by his infeftment above specified, 
ratified and disponed to our said burgh of Aberdeen all other liberties, rights and 
privileges as fiiU and as fiilly as to our said burghs of Edinburgh and Perth, which 
are sheriffs, coroners and justices of the peace within themselves ; and that there 
is great necessity that our said burgh of Aberdeen should have, possess and enjoy 
the said privileges, and this especially for the causes and reasons following, to 
wit, because our said burgh of Aberdeen has grown and become a rich and 
populous burgh and city, wherein is great and daily traffic and exchange of Wares, 



iSs BURGH OF ABREDHOI. [l^jS. 

fnagmi9% concursus liegiorum et subditonim nronilli tarn nohiliaai 
et generosonim vironim aliorunKj^ inoolantiu in partibiis borealibii^ 
dicti regni nri in dibus eorum conventionibos aliifl^ magnis et gm^ 
vibus rebus quam aliorum Sinm popuiorum ad form naadinaa «t 
mercaturam infra dtum burgum nrum et apud portum etuadem •&* 
parantiu et noiatim quod dicE burgus noater situatur prope montaa ct 
montanos in quibus sunt rebelles multi et homines male afiecti He 
Brokin men qui dtum burgum frequentant qui% pugnando et Ut»- 
gando in eodem pacem eiusdem omnesi^ congregadoiies ttimaa coo^ 
ventiones et mercaturas liegiorum et subditonim nibnml infra eatMkm- 
perturbant Et quod vicecomites dti vioe^ n9 de Abeidene infim 
bondas cuius dictus burgus noster iacet Snuatim de Baioniblis et 
generosis rusticis eligentur qui cum eorum deputatis ruri faabitanl ct 
pntes omnibus {pribus non sunt pro exequutione eorum ofBoionuB 
iis in hac parte incumbeB prout de iure congruit vnde dtus bulgua 
noster inhabitatores eiusd alii^ leigii vSi inibi dommorafi gnmter 
perturbantur et preiudicantur IGITUR et pro ranedio huflM |Mro% 
multis bonis officiis veris et gratuitis servitiis nobis dtD% qttondaflii^ 
vSo charissimo patri optime memorie aliis^ nHa nobilissimia p i og e ni- 



and great concourse of our lieges and subjects* both noUes and yntkipacn 
and other dwellers in the northern parts of our said kingdom in all their mecring 
and other great and weighty affiurs, and of other common people repairing to the 
markets, fairs and traffic within our said burgh, and to the haven therecrf; and 
especially because our said burgh is situated near the hills and mountains, wherein 
are many rebels and disaffected (broken) men, who frequent the said buif^ and 
who, by fighting and striving therein, disturb the peace thereof, and all the lawfid 
assemblies, meetings and traffickings of our li^es and subjects within the same; 
and because the sheriffs of our said sheriffdom of Aberdeen, within the bounds of 
which our said burgh lies, are chosen yearly from the barons and country gentle- 
men, who, with their deputes, live in the country, and are not at all times present 
for the discharge of their duties incumbent on them in this matter, conform to 
law, whence our said burgh, the inhabitants thereof and others, our lieges dwell- 
ing therein, are seriously disturbed and prejudiced: We thereforb, both for 
remedy thereof and in return for the many good offices, true and gratuitous 
services rendered and performed in times past to us and to our said umquhile 
dearest fiither, of excellent memory, and to our other most noble ancestora» by 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTKRS PATENT. 183 

toribus Ipribus retroactis per dtos Prepositum et Ballivos dti hat^ 
nH de Aberdene suosc]^ predicessores prestitis et impensis ac pro 
diversis aliis magnis respectibus bonis causis et considerationibus 
nos moveii ex certa nra scientia proprioq^ motu cum avisamento et 
consensu predict Dedimus concessimus et disposuimus tenorecj^ pBtis 
carte nre damus concedimus et disponimus dictis Preposito Ballivis 
Consulibus et Coitati dicti burgi nri de Abd suis(% succoribus Preposi- 
tis Ballivis Consulibus et Cditati eiusd imperpetuu Officia vtcecomitis 
coronatoris et pacis Justiciarii infra dtum burgum nrum de Aberdene 
integras^ bondas terrarum cdium acrarum croftarum molendinonim 
aquarum piscariarum montium viridariorum portuii stationu viarum 
platearum passagiorum aliorum% iisdcm pertinen jacen infra precinctum 
et territorium dti bui^ nri cum dibus et singulis libertatibus privilegiis 
feodis casualitatibus divoriis immunitatibus et commoditatibus ad 
dta officia Vice^^ Coronatoris et pacis Justiciarii de iure et regni nri 
consuetudine spectan et incumben Ex FECIMUS creavimus constitui- 
mus et ordinavimus tenorec]^ pntis carte nre cup avisamento et con- 
sensu predict facimus creamus constituimus et ordinamus Prepositum 
dti burgi nri de Aberdene electum et eligendum in perpetuu VlC£- 



the said provost and baillies of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their predecesson, 
and for divers other weighty reasons, good causes and consideratioiis moving ui, 
from our certain knowledge, and of our own accord, with advice and consent afore- 
said, have given, granted and disponed, and by the tenor of our present charter 
do give, grant and dispone, to the said provost, baillies, councillors and tom- 
munity of Aberdeen and their successors, provosts, baillies, councillors and com- 
munity thereof for ever, the offices of sheriff, coroner and justice of the peace 
within our said burgh of Aberdeen, and whole bounds of the common lands, 
acres, crofts, mills, waters, fishings, hills, links, havens, stations, ways, streets, 
passages, and others pertaining thereto, lying within the precinct and territory of 
our said burgh, with all and sundry liberties, privileges, fees, casualties, duties, 
immunities and advantages belonging and pertaining, by law and the custom of 
our kmgdom, to the said offices of sheriff, coroner and justice of the peace. Awd 
WE HAVE MADE, Created, constituted and ordained, and by the tenor of our 
present charter, with advice and consent aforesaid, do make, create, constitute 
and ordain, the provost of our said burgh of Aberdeen, chosen and to be chosen 
for ever, Sheriff and Coroner principal, and the baillies of our same buigfa 



184 BDROH OF ABBRDBBN. [1638. 

COMITEM et CORONATOREM prindpolein et Ballivos diiadem burgi 
nH electos et eligendos Snuatim Vic^^ et Coronatores deputatos con- 
junctim et divisim sub illo dtos^ Prepositum et Ballivos dti twrgi 
tin inuatim electos et eligendos conjnnctim et divistm omni l^pte 
aifuturo pads justiciarios infra dtum burgum ¥ras coes eiusft alia% 
supra script eod spectan et incumben imperpetuu cum plena et libera 
ptate illis eorum(]^ deputatis conjunctim et divisim curiam et curias 
tarn criminates quam dviles toties quoties ipsis visum, fuerit infia 
dtum bui^m ¥ras coes molendina piscarias moras vias plateas pas- 
sagia aliaqfi supra express^ vel super aliq"^ partem bondarum pre- 
dict tarn contra eorum vicinos bui^n et inhabitatores diet bondarum 
q"^ contra alias personas ad dtum burgum nrum de Aberdene et %i- 
torium eiusd resortan et frequentafi qui pro quacun^ causa crimine 
aut oflfenso criminali vel civili per illos infra dicE burgum nrum bon- 
das et fritorium eiusd vel quamcun% partem hunioi facE et commisV 
attachiabuntur affigendi afiirmandi inchoandi et tenendi et quoties 
opus fuerit continuandi et predtum officium Vice^ exercendi et 
vtendi pro quibuscunc^ aliis actionibus causis oifensis crimine seu 
criminibus contingeii contra omnes personas capiend et 



chosen and to be chosen yearly, sheriffs and coroners depute, conjointly and 
severally under him ; and the said provost and baillies of our said buigh» dioaen 
and to be chosen yearly, conjointly and severally in all time comingi justices oi 
the peace within our said buigh, the common lands thereof and others above 
written belonging and pertaining thereto, for ever ; with full and free power to 
them and their deputes, conjointly and severally, to fix, sanction, hegta and hold, 
and as often as need be continue, a court and courts, both criminal and dvil, as 
often as shall seem fit to them, within the said burgh, common lands, mills, fish- 
ings, moors, ways, streets, passages, and others above set forth, or upon any part 
of the bounds aforesaid, both against their neighbour burgesses and the inhabi- 
tants of the said bounds and against other persons resorting to and frequenting 
our said burgh of Aberdeen and the territory thereof, who shall be attached for 
any cause, crime or offence whatsoever, criminal or civil, done and committed by 
them within our said burgh, the bounds and territory thereof, or any part thereof 
whatsoever ; and to exercise and use the foresaid office of sheriff for any other 
actions, causes, offences, crime or crimes whatsoever that may happen against all 
persons to be taken or attached within our said burgh of Aberdeen, the common 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS ANI> LETTERS PATENT. 185 

infra dtum bui^m nrm de AM ?ras coes molendina piscarias sta- 
tionem littus vias plateas passagia aliaq^ particular!? supra recitata 
ad eund spectan justitiam administrandi Sectas did Vice'" curiarum 
vocandi conveniendi et convincendi absentes amerciandi transgres- 
sores delinquentes et ofTensores comburgensium et inhabitafi alios<]^ 
transgressores et delictores ad mortem vel per exula<>ncm flagella^nem 
super manu et buccam combustionem aliamve penam in aliquo alio 
burgo regio vsitatam puniendi secund qualitatem eorum delictorum 
et legibus dti regni nostri concordaii membra et administratores dti 
vicecbmitis curiarum necessaria faciendi creandi et constituendi ex 
burgensibus dti burgi nri solumodo et de nullis aliis extra did! bur- 
gum eligendis et imponendis et dtum officium Vice^ infra diet bur- 
gum nrm de Atkl et bondas eiusd predtas exercendi et vtendi similif 
adeoq^ libere in dibus respectibus sicuti aliquis alius vicecomes infra 
aliquem alium burgum dti regni nri idem officium Vice'^' in suo 
burgo exercet Ex similiter cum ptate did Preposito et Ballivis 
dti burgi nri de Abd suisq^ successoribus Prepositis et ballivis eiusd 
predta ofiicia coronatoris et pacis Justiciarii infra eund burgum in- 
tegrasq^ terras possessiones aquas portum stationem aliases partes 



lands, mills, fishings, station, shore, ways, streets, passages, and others particularly 
recited above, belonging thereto ; to administer justice ; to call, convene and con- 
vict the suits of the said sheriff courts ; to fine absentees ; to punish transgressors, 
delinquents and offenders of co-burgesses and inhabitants, and other transgressors 
and criminals, by death, or by banishment, flogging, branding on the hand and 
cheek, or any other punishment used in any other royal burgh, according to the 
nature of their crimes, and agreeably to the laws of our said kingdom ; to make, 
create and constitute the necessary members and administrators of the said sheriff 
courts from out of the burgesses of our said burgh only, and from no others to be 
chosen and appointed outwith the said burgh ; and to exercise and use the said 
office of sheriff within our said burgh of Aberdeen and the bounds thereof afore- 
said, in like manner and as freely in all respects as any other sheriff within any other 
burgh of our said kingdom exercises the same office of sheriff within his own burgh: 
And likewise with power to the said provost and baillies of our said burglf of 
Aberdeen, and their successors, provosts and baillies thereof, to use and exercise 
the foresaid offices of coroner and justice of the peace within the said burgh and 
whole lands, possessions, waters, haven, station, and other parts thereof abov^ 

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lS6 BUXGH OF ABERDBBI. [1638. 

eorund prescript et integras bondas libertates et fritorifi huffioi cum 
dibus libertatibus privilegiis immunitatibus et commoditatibus eisd in- 
cumben vtendi exercendi similiter adeoq^ libere sicuti aliqui alii corona- 
tores et pacis Justiciarii talia officia Coronatoris et pacis Justiciarie in 
aliquo alio vice^ burgo vel jurisdictione infra Stum r^fnum nFum vtan- 
tur et exercentur Et Similiter nos cum avisamento et consensu pre- 
dto pro causis suprascripl pnx]^ diversis aliismagnis respectibus bonis 
causis et considera^ibus nos moveS ex certa nra scientia proprio% 
motu Dedimus et concessimus tenorec]^ pntis carte tSe daimus et 
concedimus plenariam ptatem warrantum et libertatem prefatis Prepo- 
sito ballivis et consulibus dti burgi nri de Abd suisq^ sucSoribus per 
semetipsos vel per eorum Decanii gilde aliasve personas quas Snuatim 
noiabant et constituerint pondera et mensuras lie weghtes mettes and 
measoures subtus specificat infra bondas antedti burgi nH totiua% 
vice^^ nil de Aberdene ac infra oia communia fora et nundinas tarn 
burgo q^ ruri infra bondas dti burgi et vice^ nH de Afkl visitandi 
inquirendi scrutandi et experiendi Ac FECIMUS et constituimus tenorec^ 
pntis carte nre cum avisamento et consensu predto facimus et con- 
stituimus prefatos Prepositum Ballivos et Senatum dti burgi nH suosk^ 



written, and whole bounds, freedoms and territory thereof, with all liberties, 
privileges, immunities and advantages pertaining thereto, in like manner and as 
freely as any other coroners and justices of the peace use and exercise such oflSces 
of coroner and justice of the peace in any other sheriffdom, burgh or jurisdiction 
within our said kingdom. And likewise, with advice and consent aforesaid, for 
the causes above written, and for divers other weighty reasons, good causes and 
considerations moving us, from our certain knowledge, and of our own accord, we 
have given and granted, and by the tenor of our present charter do give and grant, 
full power, warrant and liberty to the foresaid provost, baillies and councillors of 
our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors, by themselves or by their dean 
of guild, or other persons whom they shall yearly nominate and appoint, to visit, 
inspect, search and try the weights, mettes and measures under specified, within 
the bounds of our foresaid burgh and our whole sheriffdom of Aberdeen, and 
within all common £airs and markets, both burghal and landward, within the 
bounds of the said burgh. And we have made and constituted, and by 
the tenor of our present charter, with advice and consent aforesaid, do make 
and constitute the foresaid provost^ bailli^ and council of our said buT]gh, 



1638.] CROWN CHARTIRS AND LRTERS PATENT. 187 

succores visitatores inquisitatores scnitatores et experitores oium mensu- 
rarum aliarumq^ predict infra bondas dti bui^i et Vice^°* nil de Atkl 
dando concedendo et comittendo illis suisq^ succoribus predic{ plenariam 
ptatem et privilegium notandi et signandi dia vasa mensuras et pondera 
magna et minuta subscript vulgariter to mark and stamp all firlottes 
peckes pund-weghtes stane-weghtes elvewandis quart pynt choppin and 
mutchekin stopes oiaq^ alia eihoi cii signo et sigillo ferreo vel eneo cum 
leone et corona impress^ secund diversas mensuras lie standerts per 
actum parliamenti nri prescript et constitut et dia feoda et divorias 
de et pro eisd debit et vsitat percipiendi Necnon cum consensu 
predto ratificavimus approbavimus et hac priti carta nra confirmavimus 
tenoreq^ pntis carte nre pro nobis nnsq^ succoribus ratificamus appro- 
bamus ac pro perpetuo confirmamus actum secret! concilii fact Apud 
Ha*^ decimo quinto die mensis Julii anno Dni millesimo sexcentesimo 
decimo nono quoquid acto Dni secreti concilii concluserunt et ordina- 
runt vnam constantem mensuram pro salmonibus per et pre vniversum 
regnum nrum Scotie solummodo fore et hoc secundum antiq** men- 



and their successors, visitors, inspectors, searchers and triers of all measures 
and others aforesaid within the bounds of the said burgh and our sheriffdom 
of Aberdeen, giving, granting and committing to them and their succesaors 
aforesaid full power and privilege to mark and stamp all vessels, measures 
and weights, great and small, underwritten, commonly called firlots, pecks, 
pound weights, stone weights, ell wands, quart, pint, choppin and mutchkin 
stoups, and all others of that kind, with an iron or brass stamp and seal, with 
the lion and crown impressed thereon, according to the divers standards pre- 
scribed and appointed by act of our parliament ; and to gather all fees and duties 
used and wont therefrom and therefor. And also, with consent aforesaid, we have 
ratified, approved, and by this our present charter confirmed, and by the tenor of 
our present charter, for us and our successors, do ratify, approve and for ever 
confirm, an act of the Privy Council made at Holyrood House on the 15th day of 
the month of July in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and nineteen,* 
whereby the Lords of the Privy Council concluded and ordained that there should 
be only one constant measure for salmon through and over our whole kingdom of 
Scotland, and that according to the ancient measure commonly called the old 

* See the Act of Privy Coiiiicil« posUa, 



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1 88 BURGH OP ABBRDBKN. [1638. 

suram vulg^o lie auld gadge et Standert de Afkl decern gallones lie 
gallones continen cum qua mensura 5es liegti et subditi nri salmones 
ebrum di Cpre futuro recipere et deliberare debent modo forma et sub 
penis in dto acto nri concilii content prout dtum actum de data pre- 
script in se latius proportat In OMNIBUS et singulis suis capitibus 
punctis clausulis articulis circumstantiis et conditionibus inibi content 
secund formam et tenorem eiusd in oibus punctis Ac VOLUMUS et 
concedimus ac pro nobis nris^ succoribus pro perpetuo decemimus et 
ordinamus q^ hec pns ratificatio antedti acti concilii tanti erit valoiis 
roboris efficacie et efTectus ac si idem actum nri secreti concilii ad 
longum in hac priti carta nra insereretur penes q"^ nos pro nobis nns<^ 
succoribus dispensavimus tenore^ pntis carte nre dispensamus imper* 
petuii Ac ETIAM cu consensu predto fecimus constituimus et ordinavi- 
mus tenorec]^ pntis carte nre facimus constituimus et ordinamus prefatos 
Prepositum Ballivos et Senatum dti burgi nH de Atkl suost^ sucoores 
imperpetuu custodes dte mensure lie Gage et Standert de Aberdene ad 
mensurand et gadgiand recipiend et deliberand salmonii infra dtum bur- 
gum nrum constitut et signatores et gadgiatores diet mensurarum do- 
lioru et salmonu vasorum Ac per pntis carte nre tenorem damns et 



gauge and standard of Aberdeen, containing ten gallons, with which measure all 
our lieges and subjects ought to receive and deliver their sahnon in all time 
coming, in manner, in form and under the penalties contained in the said act of 
our council, as the said act of date aforesaid in itself at greater length purports, 
IN ALL and sundry its heads, points, clauses, articles, circumstances and condi- 
tions therein contained according to the form and tenor thereof in all points. And 
WE WILL and grant, and for ourselves and our successors for ever, decree and 
ordain that this present ratification of the foresaid act of council shall be of as 
great force, strength, efficacy and effect as if the said act of our Privy Council were 
inserted at length in this our present charter ; wherewith we, for ourselves and 
our successors, have dispensed, and by the tenor of our present charter do for 
ever dispense. And also, with consent aforesaid, we have made, constituted and 
ordained, and by the tenor of our present charter do make, constitute and ordain 
the foresaid provost, baillies and council of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their 
successors for ever, keepers of the said measure, the gauge and standard of Aber- 
deen, appointed for measuring and gauging, receiving and delivering salmon 
within our said burgh, and stampers and gangers of the said measures, barrels 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTSRS PATENT. 1 89 

disponimus prefatis Preposito Ballivis et Consulibus dti burgi nri de Atkl 
suis^ succoribus dia feoda divorias et commoditates de et pro custodia 
antedte mensure lie gadge et standert et signa^ne did mensurarum do- 
liora et salmonu vasorum debit vsitaf et consuef Necnon cum con- 
sensu predict pro nobis nris^ succoribus damus et concedimus plenam 
ptatem et privilegium diet Preposito et Ballivis dti burgi nri suisq^ suc- 
coribus des personas infra dtum burgum vteii et gereii arma illegitima et 
prohibita per leges regni nri et consuetudines burgorum geri vehi aut vti 
secund tenorem carte concesS per dtum quond Regem Ro*^ Primu bur- 
gcn et Cditati dti bui^i nri de Abd pro tpre et clausule inibi specificat 
desnper confect capiendi apprehendendi incarcerandi et puniendi sicuti 
did Prepositus et ballivi suiq^ predicessores idem perprius possidebantur 
et vtebantur Et quia ecctie sancti Nicolai vetus et nova Ecctia Fran- 
ciscanorum ecctia collegiata vocat capella sancte Catharine capella sancti 
Niniani super montem castri capella S" Clementis Ecctia de Futtie nun- 
cupal infra dtum burgum nrm de Aberdene libertatem et ?ritoriii eiusd 



and salmon-vessels. And by the tenor of our present charter we give and 
dispone to the foresaid provost, baillies and councillors of our said burgh of 
Aberdeen and their successors, all fees, duties and advantages, due, used and 
wont, of and for the keeping of the foresaid measure, the gauge and standard, 
and for the stamping of the said measures, barrels and salmon-vessels. And 
ALSO^ with consent aforesaid, for us and our successors, we give and grant to 
the said provost and baillies of our said burgh and their successors full 
power and privilege to take, apprehend, imprison and punish all persons 
within the said burgh using and carrying arms unlawfully and as prohibited 
by the laws of our kingdom and the usages of the burghs to be carried, borne 
or used, according to the tenor of a charter granted by the said umquhile King 
Robert the First to the burgesses and community of our said burgh of Aber- 
deen for the time being,* and of a clause therein specified, made thereanent ; as 
the said provost and baillies and their predecessors formerly possessed and used 
the same. And whereas the old and new churches of Saint Nicolas, the 
church of the Franciscans called the College Church, Saint Catherine's Chapel, 
Saint Ninian's Chapel on the Castlehill, Saint Clement's Chapel called the 
Church of Futtie, lie within our said burgh of Aberdeen, the freedom and territory 

* See Nob. X. and XI., pp. 15, 16. 



ipO BURGH OP ABEKDBSIf. [tCjS. 

jacent Ad quas ecciias et capellanias did! Prepositus Ballivi Senatus 
et Cditas eiusd burgi nri sui% predicessores Oibus Ipribus retroactia 
quando vacare contigerint Ministros et capellanos eligere jAtare 
nominare et providere solebant et illis persolvere stipendia (nulla alia 
stipendia nee victus habentes) IGITUR proque causis supra^cripf noa 
cum consensu predto ratificavimus approbavimus et hac pBti carta idk 
confirmavimus tenorec]^ eiusd ratificamus approbamus ac pro nobis nfi8% 
succoribus pro perpetuo confirmamus antedicl vsum consuetudinem et 
possessionem que dti Prepositus Ballivi Senatus et Cditas did buigi nH 
de Abd sui% predecessores in eligendo ndiando p&tando et providendo 
Ministros et capellanos antedic? ecciiis et capellis et capellaniis earunft 
quando vacare contigerint Et volumus concedimus pro% nobis nils^ 
succoribus pro perpetuo decemimus et ordinamus q^ dti Prepositus Bal- 
livi Senatus et Coitas dicti burg^i nri de Abd suic]^ sucoores omnibtis 
{pribus afTuturis antedtum privilegium vsum et consuetudinem observa- 
bunt et exercebunt et in futurum vt in {pribus retroactis in eorum ime 
et po^ne hmoi permanebunt at% ministros capellanos aliasf^ personas ad 
curam serviend apud did ecctias et capellas in futurum (vt in Cpribus 



thereof; to which churches and chaplainries the said provost, baiHies, council and 
community of our said burgh and their successors in all times past have been in 
use whenever a vacancy occurred to choose, {^resent, nominate and provide 
ministers and chaplains, and to pay them stipends (they having no other stipends 
or livings) : Therefore, and for the causes above written, with consent aforesaid, 
we have ratified, approved, and by this our present charter confirmed, and by the 
tenor thereof do ratify, approve, and for us and our successors for ever confirm, 
the foresaid use, custom and possession, which the said provost, baillies, council 
and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen and their predecessors [had] in 
choosing, nominating, presenting and providing ministers and chaplains for the 
foresaid churches and chapels^ and the chaplainries thereof whenever a vacancy 
occurred. And we will grant, and, for us and our successors for ever, decree 
and ordain that the said provost, baillies, council and community of our said 
burgh of Aberdeen and their successors in all time coming shall observe and 
exercise the foresaid privilege, use and custom, and, in the future as in times past, 
shall remain in their right and possession thereof, and shall choose, present, 
nominate and provide ministers, chaplains, and other persons to serve the cure 
at the said churches and chapels in future (as in times past) without any bin- 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND UCTTKRS PATENT. I9X 

preteritis) eligent pntabunt ndiabunt et providebunt abs% vllo impedi- 
mento molestia perturba^e vel contradic^e Et volumus et ordinamus 
vt Epus abredonen et ordinarius pro {pre recipeat et admittat ministros 
et personas per dic{ Prepositum ballivos et Senatum dti burgi nn suos(^ 
succores eligendos noiandos et pntandos in et ad ecctias et capellas ser- 
vitium earund et functionem aptos et qualificatos existen Et illis insti- 
tUonem et collationem si opus fuerit in debita forma absc^ obstaculo seu 
impedimento quocunq^ desuper dabit Preterea cum consensu predto 
ex certa nra scientia proprioq^ motu vnivimus annexavimus et incor- 
poravimus tenoreq^ pntis carte nre pro nobis nns% succoribus vnimus 
annexamus creamus et incorporamus in ad et cum dto bui^o nro de Atkl 
terrisq^ molendinis multuris piscariis anchoragiis portu statione aliis% 
libertatibus et privilegiis eiusd predict eid bui^o concesB Tota et In- 
tegra predta officia vice'*^ Coronatoris et pacis Justiciare infra bondas et 
limites predict et iurisdictionem humoi cum dtis eschaetis amerciaments 
exitibus et aliis libertatibus et privilegiis earundem predict Necnon 
dtum officium visitandi inquirendi scrutandi etcxperiendi mensuras et 
pondera suprascripl intra bondas supraspecificat cum dto privilegio ob- 
servandi diet mensure lie gadge et Standart predict salmonu doliorum et. 



drance, annoyance, trouble or challenge. And we will, and ordain, that the 
bishop of Aberdeen and ordinary for the time being shall receive and admit 
ministers and persons to be chosen, nominated and presented by the said provost, 
baillies and council of our said burgh and their successors in and to the churches 
and chapels, being fit and qualified for the service and function thereof ; and if 
need be he shall give them institution and collation thereupon in due form with- 
out any obstacle or hindrance whatsoever. Further, with consent aforesaid, 
from our certain knowledge and of our own accord, we have united, annexed and 
incorporated, and by the tenor of our present charter, for us and our successors, 
do unite, annex, create and incorporate, in, to, and with our said burgh of Aber- 
deen, and the lands, mills, multures, fishings, anchorages, haven, station and other 
liberties and privileges thereof aforesaid, granted to the said burgh, — all and 
whole the foresaid offices of sheriff, coroner and justice of the peace within the 
bounds and limits aforesaid and jurisdiction thereof, with the said escheats, fines, 
issues and other liberties and privileges thereof aforesaid ; as also the said office of 
visiting, inspecting, searching and trying the measures and weights above written, 
within th^ bounds above specified, with the said privilege of observing the sai4 



Tpa BURGH OF ABBRDBIN. [1638. 

vasorum ac huffioi signandi et gadgeandi cum dibus feodis privilegiis 
commoditatibus et immunitatibus ad dtum officium spectan et incumben 
cumq^ predto privilegio eligendi ndiandi pntandi et providendi dicE minis- 
tros et capellanos ad ecciias et capellas predid! et quamlibet earand 
quotiescunc^ in futurum vacare contigerint modo presciipE IN VNUM 
liberum burgum regium nunc et omni {pre futuro BURGUM de Aber- 
DENE nuncupand Ac volumus et concedimus proq^ nobis et sucSoribus 
nris decernimus et ordinamus q^ dici Prepositus Ballivi Decanus glide 
The^"» Consules burgen et Coitas dicti burgi nK de Aberdene suii^ suc- 
cores omni {pre afTuturo libere et pacifice pOssidebunt fruentur et gaude- 
bunt eund bui^m oesc^ et singulas predtas rras acras croftas terras 
coes molendina multuras silvas piscarias aqiias castrum pratum latum 
montes viridaria propugnacula anchoragia tolonias et custumas lie Bdl 
customes pondera lie trone weghtes mensuras annuos redditus man- 
sionem domos hortos vias plateau pass^a bMbx^ spealiter et gftaliter 
supra mentionaC cum dibus et singulis libertatibus privilegiis immuni- 
tatibus et commoditatibus iisdem spectan et incumben catnip predtis 
ofBciis vice^ coronatoris et pacis Justiciarie infra bondas et limites pre- 



measure, the gauge and standard of the foresaid salmon barrels and vesseisi and 
of stamping and gauging the same, with all fees, privileges, advantages and 
immunities belonging and pertaining to the said office; and with the foresaid 
privilege of choosing, nominating, presenting and providing the said ministers and 
chaplains to the churches and chapels aforesaid and every one thereof, as often 
as a vacancy shall occur in future, in manner above written, — into one free royal 
burgh to be called now and in all time coming the Burgh of Aberdeen. And 
we will, and grant, and, for us and our successors, decree and ordain that the said 
provost, baillies, dean of guild, treasurer, councillors, burgesses and community 
of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors in all time coming, shall 
freely and peacefully possess, hold and enjoy the said burgh, and all and sundry 
foresaid lands, acres, crofts, common lands, mills, multures, woods, fishings, 
waters, castle, meadow, loch, hills, links, blockhouses, anchorages, tolls and 
customs, bell customs, weights, tron weights, measures, annual rents, dwelling- 
place, houses, yards, ways, streets, passages, and others, specially and generaUy 
above-mentioned, with all and sundry liberties, privileges, immunities and advan- 
tages belonging and pertaining thereto ; and with the foresaid offices of sheriff, 
coroner and justice of the peace within the bounds and limits foresaid f^id 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. I93 

script et jurisdictiones eorund ac cum dtis eschaetis exitibus amercia- 
mentis aliisq^ libertatibus et privilegiis humoi supra script Necnon dtum 
officium visitandi inquirendi perscrutandi et experiendi mensuras et 
pondera supra specificat infra bondas predict atq^ etiam dtum privilegium 
et libertatem custodiendi et observandi antedict mensure lie Gadge et 
Standert diet salmonu doliorum et vasorum et eiusd signandi et gad- 
geandi cum dibus feodis privilegiis commoditatibus et immunitatibus 
ad dtum officium spectan et pertinen ac etiam predict privilegium et 
libertatem pritandi noiandi eligendi et providendi ministros et capellanos 
ad predict ecclesias et capellas et ad quamlibet earum quoties in futurum 
vacare contigerint modo et forma supra script cum oibus suis pertinen 
(que brevitatis causa in hac piiti carta nra non repetuntur) in feodo here- 
ditate et libero burgo regio imperpetuum Et VOLUMUS et concedimus 
ac pro nobis et successoribus nostris cum avisamento et consensu pre- 
dict pro perpetuo decemimus et ordinamus quod vnica sasina semel 
virtute pntis huius infeofamenti nostri danda Preposito et vni Ballivorum 
dicti burgi nri de Aberdene apud crucem foralem eiusdem Stabit et 
sufficiens erit sasina prefatis Preposito Ballivis Decano gilde Thesau- 
rario Senatui burgensibus et Communitati eiusdem burgi nostri suisc]^ 



jurisdictions thereof; and with the said escheats, issues, fines and other liber* 
ties and privileges thereof above written; as also the said office of visiting, 
inspecting, searching and trying the measures and weights above specified within 
the bounds aforesaid, and also the said privilege and liberty of keeping and 
observing the foresaid measure, the gauge and standard, of the said salmon Imrrels 
and vessels, and of stamping and gauging the same, with all fees, privileges, 
advantages and immunities belonging and pertaining to the -said office ; and 
also the foresaid privilege and liberty of presenting, nominating, choosing and 
providing ministers and chaplains to the foresaid churches and chapels, and to every 
one of them, as often as a vacancy shall occur in future, in manner and form above 
written, with all their pertinents (which for brevity sake are not repeated in this our 
present charter) in fee, heritage and free royal burgh for ever. And we will, and 
grant, and for us and our successors, with advice and consent aforesaid, for 
ever decree and ordain, that a single sasine once given in virtue of this our pre- 
sent infeftment, to the provost and one of the baillies of our said burgh of Aber- 
deen, at the market cross thereof, shall stand and be a sufficient sasine to the fore- 
said provost, baillies, dean of guild, treasurer, council, buigesses and community 

BB 



194 BURGH OF ABBRDEBN. [1638. 

succoribus imperpetuum pro toto et integro antedicto burgo proc]^ dibus 
et singulis predtis terris molendinis possessionibus aquis piscariis officiis 
annexis connexis incorporationibus aliisq^ particulariter et gnaliter supra 
recital ab antiquo ad dtum burgum pertinen et virtute pntis carte nre da{ 
et concesS vtq^ premittitur huihoi burgo vnil et annexaC similiter adeo^ 
libere in omnibus respectibus ac si dictus bui^s noster aliac^ supra- 
scripta insimul et contigue iacerent et non in diversis locis et partibns 
ac etiam si particulares sasine apud quamlibet partem aut locum earun- 
dem cum 5ibus solemnitatibus requisitis capte fuerint et non obstafi 
huihoi penes que nos pro nobis et successoribus nostris cum avisamento 
et consensu predicto dispensavimus ac per pBtis carte nre tenorem dis* 
pensamus imperpetuum Sic quod vnica sasina nunc capienda mode quo 
supra stabit et in se valida itima et sufficiens erit absc;^ aliqua alia sasina 
huihoi vel de aliqua earundem parte in futurum capienda TENENDUM 
et HABENDUM totum et integrum predictum nostrum burgum de Aber- 
dene cum omnibus et singulis antedictis terris domibus edificiis hortis 
tenementis portu propugnaculo littore croftis acris rudis terris commu- 
nibus terras de Rubslaw et Cruiifes Salmonum piscarias super dictis 



of our said burgh and their successors for ever, for all and whole the 
burgh, and for all and sundry the foresaid lands, mills, possessions, watersi fish- 
ings, offices, annexes, connexes,* incorporations, and others, particularly and 
generally recited above, from of old pertaining to the said buigh, and given and 
granted in virtue of our present charter, and united and annexed to the said burgh 
as above set forth ; in like manner and as freely in all respects as if our said burgh 
and others above written lay together and contiguous, and not in divers places and 
parts, and also as if particular sasines had been taken upon every part and place 
thereof, with all requisite solemnities, and notwithstanding [the omission] thereof, 
wherewith we, for us and our successors, with advice and consent aforesaid, have 
dispensed, and by the tenor of our present charter do dispense for ever ; so that a 
single sasine now to be taken in manner as above shall stand and be in itself valid, 
lawful and sufficient, without any other sasine to be taken thereof^ or of any part 
of the same, in future. To be held and had all and whole our foresaid buTgh of 
Aberdeen, with all and sundry foresaid lands, houses, buildings, yards, tenements, 
haven, blockhouse, shore, crofts, acres, roods, common lands, the lands of Rubis- 



• (I 



Annexes and connexes, a legal phrase denoting everything in any way connected with the 
right or property referred to." Jamieson's Dictionary. 



1638.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. I95 

aquis de Die et Done molendinis multuris castro montibus pratis sub- 
vrbe vocaf Futtie cum capelHs cymbarum piscariis custumis lie Bell- 
customes toloniis minutis custumis ponderibus lie trone-weghtes mensu- 
ris lacubus viridariis anchoragiis anuis redditibus mansionibus officiis 
vicecomitis Coronatoris et pacis Justiciarie eschaetis amerciamentis cum 
dicto officio visitandi inquirendi perscrutandi et experiendi dictas men- 
suras et pondera infra bondas supra specificat cum feodis et divoriis 
humoi ac cum dicto officio custodiendi et observandi antedtam men* 
suram lie Standart et Gadge Salmonum doliorum et vasorum eiusdemc]^ 
sigandi et gadgeandi cum feodis et privilegiis humoi ac cum potestate et 
privilegio eligendi nominandi et pntandi ministros et capellanos dictis 
ecclesiis et capellis proq^ aliis particulariter et generaliter suprascripl 
cum omnibus libertatibus privilegiis et pertinen Memoratis Preposito 
Ballivis Decano gilde Thesaurario senatui burgensibus et Communitati 
antedicti burgi nri de Aberdene suisq^ succoribus De nobis et successori- 
bus nris in libero burgo regio feodo hereditate libero burgagio libero 
Vicecomitis officio libero Coronatoris officio et libero pacis Justiciario 
infra bondas predict imperpetuum per omnes rectas metas suas antiquas 
et divisas prout iacent in longitudine et latitudine in domibus edificiis 



law and Cniives, the salmon fishings on the said waters of Dee and Don, with 
mills, multures, castle, hills, meadows, the suburb called Futtie, with chapels, 
boat fishings, customs, bell customs, tolls, petty customs, weights, tron weights, 
measures, lochs, links, anchorages, annual rents, dwelling-houses, offices of sheriff, 
coroner and justice of the peace^ escheats, fines, with the said office of visiting, 
inspecting, searching and trying the said measures and weights within the bounds 
above specified, with the fees and duties thereof, and with the said office of kcepe 
ing and observing the foresaid measure, the standard and gauge, of salmon barrels 
and vessels, and of stamping and gauging the same, with the fees and privileges 
thereof, and with power and privilege to choose, nominate and present ministers 
and chaplains to the said churches and chapels, and for others, particularly and 
generally above written, with all liberties, privileges and pertinents : by the said 
provost, baillies, dean of guild, treasurer, council, burgesses and community of our 
foresaid burgh of Aberdeen and their successors; of us and our successors 
in a free royal burgh, fee, heritage, free burgage, free office of sheriff, free 
office of coroner, and free justice of the peace, within the bounds aforesaid, 
for ever ; by all their right meiths, ancient and divided, as they lie in length and 



196 BURGH OF ABERranm, [1638. 

boscis plants moris marresiis viis semitis aquis stagnis rivolis piatis 
pascuis et pasturis molendinis multuris et eorum sequelis aucupationibiis 
venationibus piscationibus petariis turbariis carbonibus carbonariis cani- 
culis cuniculariis columbis columbariis fabrilibus brasinis bnieriis et 
genestis silvis nemoribus et virgultis lignis tignis lapicidHs lapide et 
cake cum curiis et earum exitibus amerciamentis herezeldis bludewitis 
et mulierum merchetis cum cdi pastura libero^ introitu et exitu cumq^ 
furca fossa * sole sale thoill theme vert wraik waith wair vennysoun in- 
fangtheifT outfangtheifT pitt et gallows ac cu dibus aliis et singulis liber* 



breadth, in houses, buildings, woods, plains, moors, marshes, ways, paths, waten^ 
ponds, streams, meadows, pastures and pasturages, mills, multures and their 
sequels, hawkings, huntings, fishings, petaries, turbaries, coals, coal pits, rabbits^ 
rabbit warrens, doves, dovecots, smithies, brew houses, heath and broom, woods, 
groves and thickets, firewood, timber, quarries, stone and lime, with courts and 
their issues, herezelds, bloodwits and merchets of women, with conmion pasture, 
free ish and entry ; and with right of pit and gallows, sok, sak, thol, them, greenwood, 

* " Furca et fossa — the right of pit and gallows, the true mark of a true baron in the ancient 
time, who had curia vita et membrarumt jurisdiction in life and limb. It was not the peculiar 
taste of our barbarous ancestors : all feudal lords through feudal Europe were equally fiMid 
and proud of the right of executing those whom they had 6rst coovlbted and sentenced to 
death. . . . The Gallowhill is still an object of interest, and, I fear, of some pride, near oar 
old baronial mansions ; and I know some where the surrounding ground is full of the lemaioi 
of the poor wretches who died by the baron*s law. Perhaps the fossa — the pit — was fior the 
female thief; for women sentenced to death were, for the most part, drowned.*' 

'* Sac is the abbreviation of sacn^ and means placitum — a plea or suit at law, and the juris- 
diction or right of judging in litigious suits. Soc again strictly denotes the district tnchided 
within such a jurisdiction.'* 

*' Thol has sometimes been supposed to mean exemption from toll or custom. • • • But 
in the common case I confess I prefer the interpretation which makes Thol — the definite, 
technical privilege — the right of exacting the duty rather than the right of refusing to pay it.*' 

" Them is explained by Kemble as warranty, a word which has a very great variety of 
meanings in connexion with jurisdictions and forms of process of old. . . . Some bond of 
mutual warranty, such as was known in England under the name oi frank fUdgs • . • to 
such a system this old word Them may apply.** 

'* Infangthcf is a short way of expressing the right to judge and punish a thief caught 
*with the fang ' within the grantee's jurisdiction. Outfangtkef which is much less conmion, 
gave the same power over a thief caught beyond the jurisdiction of the lord, he being foUowed 
and caught with the fang." 

Cosmo Innes' Scotch Legal AntiquitieSt pp. 55-59. 






163S.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTKRS PATENT, I97 

tatlbus commoditatibus proiicuis asiamentis ac iustis suis perttnen qui* 
bnscun^ tarn non nominal quam nominal tarn subtus terra q" supra 
terrain procul et prope ad predict terras burgum aliaq^ rextiue particular- 
iter suprascripl cum vniverisis et singulis suis privilegiis et pertinen qui- 
buscuiK^ predict spectan seu iuste spectare valeii quomodolibet in futu- 
rum libere quiete plenarie integre honorifice bene et in pace sine aliqua 
revocatione contradictione impedimento aut obstaculo quocunq^ Red- 
dendo inde anuatim dtcti Prepositus Ballivi Decanus glide Thesau- 
rarius Senatus burgenses et Communitas dicti bui^i nostri de Aberdene 
soi^ successores nobis et successoribus nris nostrisq^ Thesaurariis et com- 
putorum rotulatoribus nris nominibus Summam ducentum et quatuor- 
decim librarum sex solidorum et octo denariorum vsualis monete 
died regni nri Scotie tanquam antiquam divoriam et censum augmen- 
tationemc]^ eiusdem pro censubus burgagiis dicti burgi nostri solvi soli- 
tam et consuetam et in scaccario nostro per auditores eiusdem Anua- 
tim temporibus retroactis ad terminos solutionis vsitatos et consuetos 
receptam et allocatam nomine census burgalis secundum tenorem dicti 
vltimi infeofamenti huiusmodi specialiter supra mentionati Necnon 
PRO dictis officiis Vicecomitis Coronatoris et pacis Justidarie aliisq^ 



wredE, wai( seaware, Tenison, in&ngthef, outfangthe^ and with aM and sundry 
other liberties^ advantages, profits, easements and their just pertinents whatsoever, 
both not named and named, both under the earth and above the earthy far and 
near, belonging, or which may in any way justly belong in time to come, to the fore- 
said lands, burgh, and others respectively, particularly above written, with all and 
sundry their privileges and pertinents whatsoever aforesaid, freely, quietly, fully, 
wholly, honourably and in peace, without any revocation, challenge, hindrance 
or obstacle whatsoever. Paving therefor yearly the said provost, baillies, dean 
of guild, treasurer, council, burgesses and community of our said burgh of Aber- 
deen, and their successors, to us and our successors, and our treasurers and comp- 
trollers in our names, the sum of two hundred and fourteen pounds six shillings 
and eight pence, usual money of our said kingdom of Scotland, as the ancient duty 
and maiU and augmentation thereof, by way of burgh maills of our said burgh, 
used and wont in times past to be yearly paid, and received and allocated in our 
exchequer by auditors thereof at the terms of pa3anent used and wont, in name of 
burgh maill, according to the tenor of the said last infeftment thereof^ specially 
above mentioned. As also for the said offices of sheriff, coroner and justice of 



198 BURGH OF ABBRDBBN. [163& 

iurisdictionibus supra specificatis debitam et itimam Justitie adminis- 
trationem in iisdem officiis et iurisdictionibus omnibus fpribus futuris 
vnacum servitio burgagio vsitato et consueto tantum pro omni alio onere 
exactione que de predicto burgo aliisq^ prescript cum pertinen per quos- 
cunc^ iuste exigi poterint quomodolibet vel requiri In CUJUS RBI 
TESTIMONIUM huic pnti carte nre confirmationis magnum sigillum nrm 
apponi precepimus Testibus Reverendissimo in Christo Patre et pre- 
dilecto nro Consiliario Joanne S'^ Andree Archiepiscopo et nro Can- 
cellario predilectis nris Consanguineis et Consiliariis Jacobo Marchione 
de Hamiltoun Comite Arranie et Cantabrigie Domino Aven et Inner- 
dail &c Roberto Comite de Roxburgh Dno Ker de Cessfuide et 
Cavertoun &c nri secreti sigilli custode W*"^ Comite de Sterling 
Vice^ de Cannada Domino Alex' de TuUiebodie &c nostro secretario 
dilectis nostris familiaribus consiliariis Dominis Joanne de Barro Hay 
nrorum rotulorum regri ac consilii clerico Joanne Hamiltoune de Or- 
biestoun nre Justiciarie clerico et Joanne Scott de Scottistarvett nostre 
Cancellarie directore Militibus apud Otlandis nono die mensis Septem- 
bris anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo trigesimo octavo et anno 
regni nostri decimo quarto 



the peace, and other jurisdictions above specified, the due and lawful adminis- 
tration of justice in the same offices and jurisdictions in all time coming, together 
with burgage service used and wont only, in place of all other burden and 
exaction, which could in any way be justly exacted or required by any whatsoever 
from the foresaid burgh and others above written with the pertinents. In wfiness 
WHEREOF we have ordered our great seal to be appended to this our present 
charter of confirmation. Witnesses : The most reverend father in Christ, and our 
well-beloved councillor, John, Archbishop of Saint Andrews, and our Chancellor ; 
our well-beloved cousins and councillors, James, Marquis of Hamilton, Earl of 
Arran and Cambridge, Lord Aven and Innerdail, &c; Robert, Earl of Roxburgh, 
Lord Ker of Cessford and Caverton, &c.. Keeper of our Privy Seal; William, Earl 
of Stirling, Viscount of Canada, Lord Alexander of TuUiebodie, &c., our Secretary; 
our beloved femiliar councillors. Sir John Hay of Barro, Clerk of our Rolls, 
Register, and Council ; Sir John Hamilton of Orbieston, our Justice Clerk ; and 
Sir John Scott of Scotstarvet, Director of our Chancery, Knights. At Otlands, the 
ninth day of the month of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred and thirty-eight, and of our reign the fourteenth. 



1 64 1.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 1 99 

XLVII. 

Carolus etc Quia nos considerantes ecclesiam Sancti Nicolai infra bur- 
gum nrum de Aberdene esse principalem et precipuam ecclesia parochia- 
lem dicti nri burgi et perprius fuisse propriam ecclesiam episcopatus 
Abredonen atq^ nunc nomen et titulum episcopatus dissolutum et sup- 
pressum esse per leges et acta parliament! nri huius nri regni e pio et 
regio nro amore ad augendam et promovendam religionem infra dictum 
nostrum regnum nobis benigne visum est dare fundare mortificare et dis- 
ponere dictam ecclesiam Sancti Nicolai cum omnibus decimis rectoriis et 
vicariis eiusdem preposito ballivis consulibus et communitati dicti nostri 
burgi nunc pntibus eorumq^ successoribus omni tempore afTuturo Igitur 
nos cum avisamento et consensu predilectorum nostrorum consanguin- 
eorum et consiliariorum Joannis Comitis de Loudoun dni Terrin3ean et 
Mauchline nri cancellarii Archibald! Marchionis de Argile et reliqua in 
communi forma etc Dedimus concessimus fundavimus mortiiicavimus et 
disposuimus tenoreq^ pntium cum avisamento et consensu predicto damus 



XLVII. 

King Charles L grants to the provost^ baillies^ etc.^ their parish church of St. 

Nicholas, nth November ^ 1641. 

Charles, etc. Whereas, considering that the church of St. Nicholas within 
our burgh of Aberdeen is the chief and principal parish church of our said 
burgh, and was formerly the proper church of the bishopric of Aberdeen, 
and that now the name and title of the bbhopric have been dissolved and 
suppressed by the laws and the acts of our parliament of this our kingdom, it 
has seemed right to us, from our pious and royal regard for the increase and 
promotion of religion within our said kingdom, to give, found, mortify and dis- 
pone the said church of St Nicholas, with all the teinds thereof, parsonage 
and vicarage, to the provost, baillies, councillors and community of our said 
burgh now in office, and to their successors in all time to come : Therefore, 
with advice and consent of our well-beloved cousins and councillors, John 
Earl of Loudon, Lord Terrinzean and Mauchlin, etc., our chancellor, Archi- 
bald Marquis of Argyll, and the rest in ordinary form, etc., we have given, 
granted, founded, mortified and disponed, and by the tenor of these presents, 
with advice and consent aforesaid, do give, grant, found, mortify and dispone, to 



800 



BUROH OF ABERDSUI. [164I. 



concedimus fundamus mortificamus ac disponimus dictis preposito 
Ballivis consulibus et communitati dicti burgi nH de Aberdene nunc 
pntibus eordmq^ successoribus omni tempore futuro Totam et inte- 
gram predictam ecclesiam Sancti Nicolai cum dibus decimis rec- 
toriis et vicariis eiusdem vnacum jure patronatus et pnta^^is minis- 
trorum eidem toties quoties eadem vacare et occurrere coi\tigerit in 
futurum remansur cum dictis preposito ballivis consulibus et com- 
munitate dicti nri burgi eorumc^ successoribus imperpetuum omni tem- 
pore futuro Et similiter nos cum consensu predicto vnimus et annex- 
amus dictam ecclesiam Sancti Nicolai et decimas rectorias et vicarias 
eiusdem cum dicto jure patronatus eiusdem ad predictum nostrum 
burgum de Abd Et ordinamus quod vnica sasina eiusdem nunc 
semel capienda per dictos prepositum ballivos consules et communi- 
tatem dicti nri burgi apud crucem foralem eiusdem stabit valida 
efficax et sufficiens erit sasina eiusdem eis imperpetuum omni tem- 
pore futuro absq^ vlla necessitate nove sasine eiusdem capiende quocun% 
tempore postea in futurum Tenend dictam ecclesiam Sancti Nicolai 
et omnes decimas rectorias et viccarias eiusdem cum jure patronatus 
dicte ecclesie et pnta^nis ministrorum ad eand prefatis preposito ballivis 



the said provost, baillies, councillors and community of our said buigh of 
Aberdeen now in office, and to their successors in all time to come, all 
and whole, the foresaid church of St Nicholas, with all the teinds thereof, 
parsonage and vicarage, together with the right of patronage and presentation 
of ministers thereto, as often as the same shall happen to occur and be vacant 
in future, to remain with the said provost, bailiies, councillors and community 
of our said burgh, and their successors for ever in all time to come. And, 
likewise, with consent aforesaid, we unite and annex the said church of St 
Nicholas, and the teinds thereof, parsonage and vicarage, with the said right 
of patronage thereof, to our foresaid burgh of Aberdeen. And we ordain that 
a single sasine thereon, once now taken by the said provost, bailiies, coun- 
cillors and community of our said burgh, at the market cross thereof shall 
stand and be a valid, effective and sufficient sasine thereon for them for ever 
in all time to come, without any necessitate for a new sasine to be taken 
thereon at any time afterwards. To be held, the said church of St Nichcdas, 
and all the teinds, parsonage and vicarage thereof, with the right of patronage of 
the said church and of presentation of ministers thereto, by the foresaid provost, 



l64I«] CROWN CHA&tKkS AHD LEITIRS PATENT. 20I 

consulibtts et commimitati diet! nri bui^ eorumq^ successoribus de 
nobis et nHs successoribus in puram elimosina imperpetuu Reddendo 
inde preces Deo omnipotent! pro nro et successorum nrorum felici et 
prospero regno necnon sustentando ministrum apud dictum ecclesiam 
parochialem in quantum decime dicte parochie Sancti Nicolai extendi 
poterint Proviso q^ pntes sint absq^ prejudicio nre annuitatis et 
provisionis ministrorii stipendiorum Vobis etc Apud Halyruidhous 
mdecimo die mensis Noris anno Dni millesimo sexcentesimo quadra- 
gesimo primo Et regni nH anno decimo septimo 

XLVIII. 

Carolus etc Quia nos considerantes secundum nrum warrantum 
et directionem examina^em factam fuisse de conditionc ministrorum 
burgi nH de Aberdene et scholarum grammaticae et musicae ac tipo- 
graphi eiusdem burgi nri et de suarum provisionum communitate 
Post quam examina^iem relatio facta fuit quod super et vltra instantem 



boilliesy councillors and community of our said burgh, and their successors in 
pure alms for ever. Rendering therefor prayers to Almighty God for a happy 
and prosperous reign to us and to our successors, as also paying stipend to the 
minister of the said parish church in so far as the said teinds of the parish of St 
Nicholas can allow. Providing that these presents are without prejudice to our 
annuity and provision from ministers' stipends. To you, etc At Holyrood 
House, the eleventh day of the month of November in the year of our 
Lord one thousand six hundred and forty-one, and of our reign the seven- 
teenth. 

XLVIIL 

Kw!g Charles I. grants to the provost^ haillieSy etc.^ for support of the ministers 
ef the burgh^ the annual sum of ;^ioo sterling from the rental of the 
Bishopric of Ross. iZth November, 1641. 

Chajiles, etc. Whereas, considering that, according to our warrant and 

direction an examination was made into the condition of the ministers of our 

burgh of Aberdeen, and of the grammar and song and writing schools 

of our said burgh, and into the common fund for their allowances, after 

which exam i na t io n , a report was made that over and above the present 

CC 



208 BUKGH OF ABERDSBN. [^^4^* 

prouisionem requiritur pro competent! sustenta*^e ad vsus predictos 
annualis summa tricentarum triginta duanim librarum quindeoem 
solidorum et septem denariorum monete strivilingen sicut relatio sub- 
scripta ab iis quibus commissa fuit potestas examinandi latius proportat 
Et nos considerantes magna damna a dicto burgi nro de abd sustenta 
in suis nuperrimis turbula^nibus quibus omnimodo inhabiles facti sunt 
subeundi onus suorum ministronim et scolarum sustentati^is sine nib 
auxilio et supplemento Et nos quodammodo graciose placati vt eorum 
necessitas in eisdem supportatur et suppleatur Nos ideo grratiose 
placati sumus concedere dicto burgo nro de Abirdene pro sustenta^^e 
suorum ministronim annualem summa centum librarum monete strivi- 
lingen et securitatem de eisdem eis dare modo sequent! Igitur nos 
cum avisamento et consensu predilectorum nrorum consanguineorum 
et consiliariorum Joannis Comitis de Lowdoun dni terrin3eane et 
mauchline nri magni Cancellarij huius r^^i nri Scotiae etc et reliqua 
in comuni forma Dedimus concessimus mortificavimus et dis- 
posuimus tenoreq^ pntium cum avisamento et consensu predict damns 
concedimus mortiiicamus et disponimus preposito ballivis consiliarijs 
et communitati dicti nil burgi de Aberdene suisq^ successoribus pro 



allowance, there is needed for adequate support of the foresaid uses an 
annual sum of three hundred and thirty-two pounds fifteen shillings and seven 
pence, sterling money, as the report subscribed by those to whom was com- 
mitted the power to examine more fully sets forth; And, considering the 
great losses sustained by our said burgh of Aberdeen, in its most recent dis- 
turbances, whereby [the inhabitants] are altogether unable to bear the burden 
of supporting their ministers and schools without our aid and supplement; 
And, being graciously pleased that their need therein should be relieved and 
cherished : We therefore have been graciously pleased to grant to our said 
burgh of Aberdeen for the support of their ministers an annual sum of one 
hundred pounds sterling money, and to give them security therefor in manner 
following. Therefore, with advice and consent of our well-beloved cousins and 
councillors, John, Earl of Loudon, Lord Terrinzeane and Mauchline, our high 
Chancellor of this our kingdom of Scotland, etc., and the rest in ordinary form, 
have given, granted, mortified and disposed, and by the tenor of these presents, 
with advice and consent aforesaid, do give, grant, mortify and dispone to the 
provost, baillies, councillors and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, 



164I.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 203 

vsu auxilio et supplemento sustenta^nis suorum ministrorum Totam 
et integram annuam divoriam centum librarum monete strivilingeS 
iuatim levan et percipien de primis et proptioribus censibus feudi- 
finnx firmis decimis et decimarum divorijs nuperrimi episcopatus 
Rossensis vel de aliqua eiusd parte Et specialiter de particularibus 
terns et locis subsequentibus Viz de davata et dimidia davatx 
terrarum de Cullicudden dimidia davata terrae de Culbo davata terras 
de wester Culbo davata terrae de Idoll quarteria siue quarta parte 
terrarum de Wodheid St Mairtene Craighous et Balblair dimidia 
davata terrae de Kinbeachie terris de Vrqrt Essie Inchchulter Kenloch 
glas Balracoule Auchnagaid Bothmore Kinkell Annes terris de Arthour- 
seir Craigheid et easter Rachrie terris de Syrressar Arconduch Kin- 
curdle Kilchoane Strommady et Little Moy terris de Alves Tarbert 
molendino de Tarbert Dibbidill molendino de Rosqueine terris de 
Kildermoir Auchnaculleine et de terris dni de Lovat in prioratu de 
Bewlie Cum potestate prefatis preposito ballivis consilarijs et com- 



and to their successors, and for the use, aid and increase of the income of their 
ministers, All and whole annual duty of one hundred pounds sterling money^ 
to be uplifted and gathered yearly from the first and readiest maills, feu duties, 
tdods, and teind duties, of our late bishopric of Ross, or from any part 
thereof; and especially from the particular lands and places following, viz., 
from the davach* and half davach of the lands of Cullicudden, the half 
davach of land of Culbo, the davach of land of Wester Culbo, the davach of 
land of Udale, the quarter or fourth part of the lands of Woodhead, St. Martins, 
Craighouse and Balblair, the half davach of land of Kinbeachie, the lands of 
Urquhart, Ethie, Inchcoulter, Kinlochglass, Balracoul, Auchnagaid, Boath- 
more, Kinkell, Alnes ; the lands of Ardersier, Craighead and Easter Raddery ; 
the lands of Syrressar, Arcandeith, Kincurdy, Kilchoane, Strommady and Little 
Moy ; the lands of Alves, Tarbat, Mill of Tarbat, Dibidale, Mill of Rosskcen ; 
the lands of Kildermorie, Auchnaculleine ; and from the lands of Lord Lovat 
in the priory of Beauly : with power to the aforesaid provost, baillies, coun- 
cillors and community of our said burgh of Aberdeen, and to their successors, 

* Dawaek, ** A measure of land known chiefly over the north-eastern counties. ... It 
seems to follow that . . . half a davach consisted of two ploughs, and that a whole davach 
would be equal to four ploughs.** Cosmo Innes* Scotch Legal Auttquitiest pp. 271-3. Cf» 
Proe. Soc. Ant* Scot,, xviii., 258 ; xx., 200. 



Sp4 mntGH OP ABERDBBT. [1661. 

munitati dicti burgi nn de abd suisq^ snccessoribos levanae preditf 
census feudifirmae firmas decimas et decimaram divorias did! paiticnl- 
ariu tiarum aliorumque suprascripE a feoditarijs feudifirmarijs tenenti- 
bus assedatoribus alitsc;^ humOj debitoribus de cioppa et anno Dfli 
millesimo sexcentesimo quadragesimo primo et 9nuati omni tempore 
future eademq^ vsibus predictis applicandi sicut nos cum oonsenso 
predict dissolvimus predict census feudifirmae firmas dedmas et ded- 
n^arum divorias a dicto episcopatu Rossensi et beneficio eiiisd et 
annexavimus eadem dicto burgo nfo de abd omni tempore affntaro ad 
vsus predictos Vobis etc Apud Halyrudlious dedmo octavo die 
mensis Ndris ano Dni millesimo sexcentesimo quadragesimo primo et 
regni nri Sno decimo septimo 

XLIX. 

JTf n(f Charles 11. ordains a Utter to be expede^ confirmifig to tki provosi^ bmUk$^ 
etc,^ tki grant made (18M November, 1641) by King Charles /.• lotf 
April, 1661. 

Our Soveraigne Lord Ordaines An Letter to be made and expede 
vnder his Ma^^ great Seals of his ancient Kingdome of Scotland In 
due form : Ratifying and approveing : Likeas, his Ma^ hereby Ratifyes 
and approves, an former Guiflt made and granted by his Ma^^ royall 
fTather (of ever blessed Memory) In favours of his ancient Burgh of 
Aberdene, and of the Ministers and Schooles thereof, of the date at 
Hallyrudhouse, the i8th day of November, 1641; And Giveing, 



to uplift the aforesaid maills, feu duties, teinds and teind duties of the said 
particular lands, and of others above written, from the feuars, tenants^ lessees 
and others in debt thereto, for the crop and year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred and forty-one, and annually in all time to come; and to apply the 
same to the uses aforesaid. And we, with consent aforesaid, dissolve the fore- 
said maills, feu duties, teinds and teind duties, from the said bishopric of Ross, 
and the benefit thereof, and annex the same to our said buigh of Aberdeen in 
all time to come, for the uses aforesaid. To you, etc. At Hoiyroodhouse, the 
eighteenth day of the month of November in the year of our Lord one thousand 
six hundred and forty-one, and of our reign the seventeenth. 

• No. XLVIII., p. 201. 



lM6.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 8O5 

Grantin|r, and of new disponeing, Likeas, his Ma^ by these presents 
Gives, Grants, and of new dispones, To and in favours of the Provest, 
Bafllies, Councello'", and Community of the said Burgh, and their suc- 
cessore ffor the vse, help, and behoofe of the Ministers thereof and 
other pious vses; All and haill an yearely Pension of an hundreth 
pounds sterling, To be payd yearely, out of the first and readyest 
Rents, ffewfermes, Teinds, ^nd other duetyes whatsoever, of, or be- 
longing, to the late Bishoprick of Rosse, or any part of the samy. 
And Especially of the lands and Others particularly designed and ex- 
pressed, in the said Guift With power to the said Provest, Balives, 
Councellors and Comunity of Aberdene foresaid, and their successors, 
To ask, crave, receive, intromett with, and vptake the pension aboue 
written from the ffewars, ffewfermers, Tennants and odiers lyable in 
payment for the samp ; And that of all yeares and cropes bygane vn- 
payd ; And siclike yearely and termely in tyme comeing, and the same 
to apply allenerly, to the vses foresaid, Conforme to the Tenor of the 
said former Guift, In every particular point and Clause, therein con- 
tained. And the said Letter be further extended in the best forme, 
with all clauses necessary : And these presents, to bee a sufficient war- 
rant to the Director of the Chancellary and the Keeper of the great 
Seale, to write, and append the samy without passing any other Re- 
gister or Seales. Given at Our Court, at Whitehall, the tenth day of 
Aprfle 1661 and of our Regine, the 13th yeare. 



JSng Charles IL ordains a letter of gift to be extended conveying to the provost^ 
baUlkSy ete,^ the patronage of the church of NewhiUs. [Circa 1666.] * 



As also considering that by several! Charters Gifts, and Graunst, 
Maid by Our Soveraigne Lord His said vmq" father and others 
his Highness predicessors KINGS, AND QuEENS OF SCOTLAND In 
favors of the Provost, Baillies, Councill, and Comunitie of the said 
Bui^h of Aberdein, They have the right of Patronadge of all churches, 
Cheplenries Altarages and others builded, erected, and founded within 

* The beginning of the document is torn. 



9o6 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1666. 

the said Burgh, and limits thetx>f AND Being now informed that ther 
wes ane kirk laitlie builded Be the deceast George Davidsone burges 
of the said Burgh vpon the bounds, and within the friedome of the foir- 
said Burgh and terratories therof, Called the kirk of Newhills^ or Caple- 
hills, And w^ kirk is laitlie erected in ane Faroch kirk in all tyme 
coming, Be the Lords Comissioners for plantatione of kirks And vale- 
watione of teynds, And that the s^ Geoi^e Davidsone for the mand- 
nence of a Minister to serve the Cuir att the said kirk did Mortefie 
the towne and Lands of Newhills with ther pertinents haill rents, and 
Casualities thereof Holdin be him of the said Burgh of Aberdein, in 
frie Burgage Quhairthrogh the Comon Good and Interest of the said 
Burgh Is in some pairt prejudged, and damnefied, In regaird the Lands 
Mortefied, will not be lyable to bear stent and Impositiones, As the 
rest of ther Comone Lands does. And that they will want ane vassal! 
to watch and ward with them, and to be lyable to all burdens, as the 
other Inhabitants are And siclyk Considering that the right of Pat- 
tronadge Advocatione and Donatione, of the said kirk perteens, and 
belongis To OUR Soveraigne Lord By the Priveledge of the Croune, 
As not beeng appoynted, and determined be the said deceast Greorge 
Davidsone, Founder, and Mortiiier befoir his deceass Therfor OUR 
Soveraigne Lord, With advyce of His Malies Right trustie Casings 
and Cowncillors lohne Earle of Rothes etc Heigh Chancelo*^ of Scot- 
land, lohne Earle of Lauderdaill soil Secretarie of Stait, lohne Earle 
Tweddaill, Allexand' Earle of KinCarden, William Lord Bellendine, 
His MaKes Thesaurer deputt, William Lord Cochron his MaGes 
trustie Councillo' S' Robert Murray lait Justice Clerk, His MaGes 
Comissioners for the Thesaurie, Comptrollerie, and Thesaurie of new 
augmentationes within His kingdome of Scotland, And also with 
advyce and Consent of the Lords and others Comissioners of the 
Excheq' of the said kingdome Ordaines Ane Letter of Gift to be 
maid vnder his MaGes great Seall In dew and competent forme To 
his Heighness Lovits The Provost, Baylies, Councill, and Comunitie 
of the sd Burgh of Aberdeen and ther successors in all tyme coming, 
off the Advocatione, Donatione, and right of Patronage off the said 
new erected parochine and paroch kirk of Newhills, or Caplehills, haill 
privileges, Imunities, and Casualities thereto belonging, Or that is 
knowene to belong to aney others Patrons of parochines and parish 



1678.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTERS PATENT. 207 

Churches within this said kingdome of Scotland With power to the 
sds Provest Baylies, and Cowncill of the sd Burgh of Aberdein To 
present Ministers for serving the Cuir att the said Kirk, To the said 
Mortefied steepend and mantinence, and to the provisiones granted 
and appoynted furth of the nixt adjasent parochine of Old Machar, 
for the better provisione of the Minister serving the cuir att the said 
new erected kirk, And to the Manse, and Gleb provyded or to be 
provyded to the saids Ministers, fruits, rents, emoluments, and dew- 
ties therof, teins, Customes and Casualties belonging therto And that 
the said Gift be farder extended in the best forme GiVEN ATT * * * 



LI. 

Carolus Dei gratia magnae britanniae Franciae ct hibemiae Rex fidei% 
defensor Omnibus probis hominibus suis ad quos praescntcs literae nrae 
pervenerint Salutem SciATiS Quia Nos animo nostro revolventes 
deploratam et tristem conditionem antiqui nri burgi de Aberdein 
ejus^ civium in hoc antiquo Regno nostro Scotiae ex gravi onere a^ris 
alien! per eos debiti eorum propriis mortificationibus aliisc^ vsibus piis 
per eos contractis extruendo eorum portum instaurando eorum ecclesias 
et pontes de Don et dee et diversa alia publica opera eorumq^ gravia 
damna tempore calamitoso nuper tumultum ct rebellionis perpessa 



LI. 

King Charles 11, grants to the provost, baUlies, etc, certain excise duties for a term 

of eleven years. 30M Septembery 1678. 

Charles, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, 
Defender of the Faith, to all his good men to whom our present letters shall 
come, greeting. Know ye that we, reflecting on the deplorable and sad 
condition of our ancient burgh of Aberdeen and its citizens, in this our 
ancient kingdom of Scotland, owing to the heavy burden of debt due by them 
to their own mortifications and other pious uses, incurred by them in construct- 
ing their harbour, restoring their churches and the bridges of Don and Dee, and 
diverse other public works ; and their heavy losses suffered in the late disastrous 



2o8 BURGH OF ilBBRDSEN. [1678. 

Annul redditus quorum quidem debitorum excedit et exhaurit eorum 
publicum peranum adeo ut si eorum creditores executione l^[um contra 
eos vterentur vna cum ruina comercii et paupertate dvium dUX burgus 
et nostra gubematio prope interitum esse videtur Idcirco Nos cupientes 
opem ferre Magistratibus et comunitati did burgi nostri de Abetdein 
Quoad solutionem did ut% eorum opera manufactoria instaurentur et 
cdmercium foveatur et noster gubematio in dicto burgo adjuvetur pro^ 
eorum incitamento ad persistendum in nostro servitio in postenim 
Dedimus concessimus disposuimus Tenorec]^ praesentium pro causis 
antedict et diversis aliis rationibus Nos tnoven Damus concedimus et 
disponimus praeposito balivis et consulibus dicti burgi nostri de 
Aberdein nomine communitatis ejusdcm Impositionem quatuor dena- 
riorum monetae hujus Regni nostri Scotix super vnoquoq^ pincto 
cerevisiae concoctae venditae vel infra did burgum et libertates ejusdem 
absumptae summam quinquaginta librarum monetae praedict super 
vnoquoc^ dolio lie Tunn vini Gallic! Sumam Quinquaginta librarum 
monetae praedict super vnoquoq^ dolio lie Butt vini Saccati seu 
hispanensis vel vini Rhenensis Summam duorum solidorQ super 
vnoquo(]^ pincto vini exotici vocaf lie brandie wyne vel lie strong- 



time of tumults and rebellion, the annual interest of which debts exceeds and 
exhausts their public revenue^ so that if their creditors were to put the laws in 
execution against them, in addition to the ruin of the commerce and the destitu- 
tion of the citizens, the said burgh and our government would be almost de- 
stroyed : We THEREFORE, being desirous to assist the magistrates and community 
of our said burgh of Aberdeen in the said payment, and in order that their 
manufactures should be restored and their commerce encouraged and our 
government in the said burgh upheld, and to incite them to continue in 
our service in the future. Have Given, granted, disponed, and, by the tenor of 
these presents, for the causes aforesaid, and for diverse other reasons moving 
us, do give, grant and dispone to the provost, baillies and councillors of our 
said burgh of Aberdeen, in name of the community thereof, an impost of 
four pence, money of this our kingdom of Scotland,- upon every pint of 
ale, brewed, sold or consumed within the said burgh and the liberties 
thereof; the sum of fifty pounds money aforesaid upon every tun of French 
wine ; the sum of fifty pounds money aforesaid upon every butt of sack, or of 
Spanish or Rhenish wine; the sum of two shillings upon eveiy pint of 



167S.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 209 

waters et aquavite sive importal concocC vel vendiC infra dicf burgum 
Cum potestate dictis Magistratibus exigendi praedictam Impositionem 
super cerevisia zitho sive ad ratam viginti solidorum monetae praedici 
super vnaqua^ bolla polenti concocti per quamcunc^ personam seu 
personas intra dictum burgum et libertates ejusdem vel ad ratam 
quatuor denariorum super vnoquoc^ pincto cerevisiae et zithi potabilis 
vtrumcunc]^ eoru eis efficacius videbitur Et Similiter imponendi et 
exigendi Summam Tredecem solidorum et quatuor denariorum monetae 
praedicf super cadavere cujusc;^ bovis Summam duodecem solidorum 
monetae praedicT super cadavere cujusc;^ vaccae Summam octo solidorum 
monetae praedicT super vnoquoq^ vitulo pretii octo librarum Summam 
sex solidorum monetae praedici super vnoquoq^ vitulo minoris pretii 
Summam octo solidorum monetae praedict super vnoquoq^ porco 
Summam duorum solidorum motae praedic^ super vnoquoq^ vervece 
sSmam vnius solidi Scoticani pro vnoquoq^ agno quem contigerit vendi 
in publico foro did burgi CUNCTiG quaequid impositiones solvendae sunt 
per venditores vini cerevisiae zithi lie Brandie aquavite strongwaters 
per concoctores polenti invectores ejusdem et per laniones in dicto 



foreign wine called brandy-wine or strong waters, and of aqua vitae, whether 
imported, distilled or sold within the said burgh. With power to the said 
magistrates to exact the foresaid impost upon ale and beer, either at the 
rate of twenty shillings money aforesaid upon every boll of barley malted 
by any person or persons whatsoever within the said burgh and the 
liberties thereof, or at the rate of four pence upon every pint of ale 
and drinking beer, whichever of these shall seem to them more effective; 
AND UKEWisE to impose and exact the sum of thirteen shillings and 
four pence money aforesaid upon the carcase of every ox, the sum of 
twelve shillings money aforesaid upon the carcase of every cow, the sum 
of eight shillings money aforesaid upon every calf of the value of eight 
pounds, the sum of she shillings money aforesaid upon every calf of less value, 
the sum of eight shillings money aforesaid upon every pig, the sum oi two 
shillings money aforesaid upon every sheep, the sum of one shilling Scots for 
every lamb, that shall chance to be sold in the public market of our said 
burgh. All which imposts are to be paid by the sellers of wine, ale, beer, 
brandy, aqua vit«, strong waters, by the malters of the barley or im- 
porters thereof, and by the butchers in our said burgh of Aberdeen and 

DD 



no BUBGfl OF ABERDBX. [1676. 



burgo nostro de Aberddn et libertatibus ejusdem rextive 
impositto super vino cerevisia aliis<^ liqiioribus antedkC dedaratur esse 
et fore absc^ praejudicio ordinariae excisae et annuitatis Nc^ms per actual 
parliamenti concessf Et Nos volumus et dedaramus impositioiies ante- 
dictas et vnamquamc^ earundem persistere et vim habere pro spatio 
vndecem annorum post 'primum diem mensis Novembris proxime 
futuri millesimo sexcentesimo septuagesimo octavo A quo tempore 
praesentes hae literae nostras inchoature sunt et dictae imposttiones 
incipient CUM plena potestate praeposito balivis et consulibus dicti 
burgi nostri eonunc^ successoribus in dictis offidis de tempore in 
tempus duran annis et spatio supra expresso eoruoH^ colectoribus 
nominandis et eorum auctoritate muniendis levandi et ex^^endi 
antedictas imposines pro solutione debitorum dicti burgi Idc^ vel 
super cerevisia et zitho vel super bolla poUenti ut dictum est et super 
vino lie brandie aquavite et strongwaters came et cadaveribus ad 
publicum forum allatis ut particulariter supra exprimitur Et acceptil- 
ationes desuper concedendi Ac pro eisdem namandi et distringendi 
Et generaliter cuncta alia eatenus gerendi et exercendi pro efficaci 
solutione faciend earund Similiter adeo^ libere sicut Magistral et 



the liberties thereof respectively. And every impost upon wine, beer aad other 
liquors aforesaid is declared to be, oom and henceforth, without prejudice to 
the ordinary exdse and annuity granted to us by Act of Parliament. And 
we will and declare that the imposts aforesaid and everyone thereof shall 
continue and have force for the space of eleven years after the first day of 
the month of November next to come, one thousand six hundred and seventy- 
eight, from which date these our present letters shall come into force and the 
said imposts shall b^n. With full power to the provost, baillies and 
councillors of our said burgh, and their successors in the said offices, from 
time to time within the years and space above set forth, and to their collectors 
to be nominated and strengthened with their authority, to uplift and exact the 
foresaid imposts for the payment of the debts of the said burgh, and that 
either upon beer and ale, or upon the boll of barley as aforesaid^ and upon 
wine, brandy, aqua vit» and stroi^ waters, flesh and carcases brought to 
the public market, as particularly set forth above; and to grant discharges 
thereupon; and to poind and distrain therefor; and generally to do and 
execute all other things thereanent for bringing about the effectual paynient 



I7cn.] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 211 

■ 

oonsules cujusvis alterius burgi nostri Regalis infra hoc Regnum 
nostrum facere potuerat vel facere potuerit virtute quanimcunc^ litera- 
ram privilegii similis naturae per nos cuivis eorum concesf In CUJUS 
REI TESTIMONIUM prxsentibus magnum sigillum nostrum append! 
mandavimus Apud Aulam nostram de Whytehall Trigesimo die 
mensis septembris Anno Domini Millesimo Sexcentesimo septuagesimo 
octavo et anno Regni nri Trigesimo 

LI I. 

Anna Dei gratia Magnae Britanniae Franciae et Hiberniae Regina 
fideic^ defensor, Omnibus probis hominibus totius terrae suae Clericis 
et laicis Salutem, Sciatis nos cum avisamento et consensu [ut in alijs 
Cartis consimilis datae praeceden] Dedisse, concessisse disposuisse et 
hac praesenti Carta nostra Confirmasse, Tenorec^ ejusdem Dare conce- 
dere disponere, et pro nobis et successoribus nostris pro perpetuo 



of the same; in like manner and as freely as the magistrates and councillors 
of any other our royal burgh within this our kingdom can or could do in 
virtue of any letters of privilege whatsoever of like nature granted by us to 
any one of them. In witness whereof we have ordered our great seal to 
be appended to these presents. At our court of Whitehall, the thirtieth 
day of the month of September in the year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred and seventy-eight, and of our reign the thirtieth. 

Lll. 

Quim Anne grants to the provost^ bailUts and dean of guild the ttinds of the 
Cruives^ within and helow^ in the Don for paytnent of the yearly feu-duties : 
^38 Scots to the Minister of St, Nicholas^ and lis. Zd. to the Crown. 31X/ 
July^ 1702. 

Anne, by the grace of God Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland, 
Defender of the Faith, to all good men of her whole land, churchmen and 
laymen, greeting. Know ye that with advice and consent [as in other previous 
charters of like date *] we have given, granted, disponed, and by the present 
charter have confirmed, and by the tenor thereof do give, grant, dispone, and 

* Recorded in Rtgistrum Magni SigilU. 



2J2 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1702. 

Confirmare Joanni Allardice praesenti praeposito burgi de Aberdein, 
Alexandre Ray, Joanni Ross, Alexandre Drem et Alexandre Forbes 
de Ludquham ballivis et Jacobo Catanach decano gildae dicti burgi et 
eorum successoribus praeposito ballivis decano gildae Concilio et Com- 
munitati ejusdem burgi pro usu et beneficio Communitatis ejusmodi, 
sine uUa redemptione reversione seu regressu in perpetuum, TOTAM 
et integram Salmonum piscationem subtus specifical, Viz: Omnes et 
singulas Salmonum pisces cum pertinen quae olim pertinuenint ad 
Episcopum Aberdonie!} tam ratione decimarum quam temporalium 
jurium vel ullo alio modo preden et capien quibuscun^ temporibus infra 
[stc, cf. p. 214] piscationem de lie Cruives tam infra [sic] did lie Cruives 
quam infra easdem Super aquam de Don extenden in numero ad Sex- 
tam Salmonum piscem et Septimam Salmonum piscem omnium pis- 
cium cujuscunq^ generis Salmonum piscium et cujuscunc^ alterius generis 
piscium ViZ: lie laxes grilses trouts et aliorum piscium quorumcun^ 
prenden et capien super did piscatione ut praedicitur cum privilegijs 
et pertinen ad eandem spectaii Jacen in parochia de St Marchar [sic] 
et vicecomitatu de Aberdein QUiEQUlDEM piscatio Salmonum perprius 
haereditarie pertinuit ad Jacobum Grordon de Seatoun, et per ilium 



for us and our successors for ever confirm, to John Allardyce, for the time 
being provost of the burgh of Aberdeen, Alexander Ray, John Ross, Alexander 
Drem, and Alexander Forbes of Ludquham, baillies, and James Catanach, dean 
of guild of the said burgh, and their successors, provost, baillies, dean of 
guild, council and community of the same burgh, for the use and benefit of 
the said community, without any redemption, reversion or withdrawal for ever, 
ALL and whole the salmon fishing under specified — namely, all and sundry 
the salmon with the pertinents which formerly belonged to the Bishop of Aber- 
deen, to be caught or taken by way of teinds or of temporalities, or in any other 
way, at any time whatsoever, within the fishing of the Cruives, as well within the 
said Cruives as below the same on the water of Don, Extending in number to the 
sixth salmon fish and the seventh salmon fish of all fishes of any kind, salmon fishes 
and any other kind of fish, viz. : lax, grilse, trout and other fishes whatsoever caught 
and taken on the said fishing as aforesaid, with the privileges and pertinents 
belonging thereto, lying in the parish of St. Machar and sheriffdom of Aberdeen ; 
WHICH salmon fishing formerly belonged in heritage to James Gordon of Beaton, 
and by him and his lawful procurators in his name specially constituted for this pur- 



X70a.J CROWN CHARTERS AND LBTTSRS PATENT. 213 

ejii9% legitimes procuratores ejus nomine ad hunc efTectum specialiter 
Goostitut virtute procuratdriae resignationis content in dispositione con- 
cesl ab illo Jacobo Moir de Stony wood ejusc^ haeredibus et assignatis 
de data tertio die mensis Decembris anno Domini millesimo sexcen- 
t€8iiiio nonagesimo octavo, Cum omni debita reverentia et humilitate 
uti decet pure et simpliciter ut moris est per fustim et baculum de- 
bite et legitime resignal fuit in manibus diet Dominorum Commis- 
sioiuuiorum nostri Thesaurarij et Scaccarij, potestatem et commissionem 
haben a nobis recipere resignationes et desuper concedere nova infeo- 
famenta, tanquam in manibus nostris immediati I^itimi superioris 
ejusdem tanquam devenien in locum Episcopi Aberdonien virtute acti 
pariiamenti Episcopatum abolien apud Edinburgum decimo die mensis 
Julij itistantis in favonem et pro hoc novo nostro infeofamento earun- 
dem faciend et concedend dictis praeposito ballivis et decano gildae dicti 
biirgi de Aberdein pro seipsis, et in nomine et tanquam representan 
Concilium et Communitatem ejusdem et eorum successoribus in loco et 
officio^ haereditarie et irredimabiliter omni tempore futuro Et hoc tan- 
quam assignatis et jus habend prxdictae dispositionis et procuratoriae 
f€8^^tionis inibi content virtute dispositionis et assignationis illis con- 



poaey by virtue of a procuratory of resignation contained in a disposition granted 
by him to James Moir of Stonywood and his heirs and assignees, of date the 
Aird day of the month of December in the year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred and ninety-eight, with all due reverence and humility, as is becoming, 
pmdy and simply, as is the custom, by staff and baton, was duly and lawfully 
resigned into the hands of the said Lords Commissioners of our Treasury and 
Exchequer, having power and commissioh from us to receive resignations, and 
thereon to grant new infeftments, as in the hands of us the immediate lawful 
superior thereof (as coming in place of the Bishop of Aberdeen, by virtue of 
the Act of Parb'ament abolishing Episcopacy), at Edinburgh the tenth day of 
July current, in fovour of, and in order that this our new infeftment thereof might 
be made and granted to, the said provost, baillies and dean of guild of the said 
bttig^ of Aberdeen, for themselves and in name of and as representing the council 
and community thereof, and their successors in place and office, heritably and 
iiredeemably in all time to come : And this as to the assignees and those having 
n^t to the foresaid disposition and procuratory of resignation therein contained, 
by virtue of the disposition and assignation granted to them by the said James 



214 BI7R0H Cff ABERDSnr. [1703. 

cesS per dictum Jacobum More ea circa de data dedmo quinto die rnensis 
Maij anno Domini millesimo septingentesimo primo TeneK de nobis 
et Successoribus nostris modo Subscrip{ £t hoc in tali debita et compe* 
tenti forma uti congruit Sicuti authentica instrumenta desuper suicepCa 
in manibus Magistri Arthur Forbes notarij publici latius proportant 
TeneR et HABEN diet piscationem cum pertinen ejusmodi quibuacun^ 
tam ratione decimarum quam jurium temporalium seu tillo alio modo 
capien et prenden quocun^ tempore intra piscationem didf lie Crams 
tam bene intra diet He Cruives quam infra easdem super dicE aquam de 
Don extenden ad sextam et septimam piscem omnis generis pisdum 
prenden super diet aqua, dictis prxposito ballivis et decano gildae et 
eorum successoribus pro usu et beneficio communitatis dicti buigi, De 
nobis et successoribus nostris superioribus ejusmodi, in feodo et heiedi- 
tate in perpetuum, per omnes rectas metas suas antiquas et divisas prout 
jacent in longitudine et latitudine, et sicut tales pisces capiuntur per 
omnes partes et bondas did piscationis supra dicta aqua de Don com 
omnibus partibus et privil^ijs, etc. REDDENDO inde annuatim dicti 
prxpositus ballivi decanus gildae, Concilium et communitas dicti burgi 
de Aberdein praesenti rectori de St Nicolas et ejus 



More thereanent, of date the fifteenth day of the month of May in the year of 
our Lord one thousand seven hundred and one : To be held of us and our suc- 
cessors in manner subscribed, and this in such due and competent form as 
accords, as the authentic instruments therefrom taken in the hands of Master 
Arthur Forbes, notary public, more fully set forth. To be held and had the 
said fishing with the pertinents thereof whatsoever, to be caught or taken, whether 
by way of teinds or of temporalities, or in any other way, at any time whatsoever, 
within the said fishing of the Cruives as well within the said Cruives as beknr the 
same upon the said water of Don, extending to the sixth and seventh fish of all 
kinds of fishes caught upon the said water, by the said provost, baillies and dean 
of guild and their successors, for the use and benefit of the community of the said 
burgh, of us and our successors superiors thereof, in fee and heritage for ever, 
by all their right meiths, ancient and divided, as they lie in length and breadth, 
and as such fishes are taken through all the parts and bounds of the said fishing 
on the said water of Don, with all the parts and privileges, etc Paviko tberefiv 
yearly the said provost, baillies, dean of guild, council and community of the said 
burgh of Aberdeen to present rector of St Nicholas, and his 



I702.] CROWN CUARTSBS AND LEITERS PATENT. 215 

soocesaoribus curam servieS apud dicE Ecclesiam tanquam jus habeS 
viitiite dispositionis concess^ per Patricium Episcopum de Aberdein de 
data dedmo quarto die mensis Aprilis anno Domini millesimo sex- 
centesimo et decimo tertio sumntiam viginta octo libras monetx Scotiae. 
£t rimiliter Reddendo nobis et successoribus nostris tanquam devenien 
in locum dicti Episcopi summam undecem solidorum et octo denario- 
rum monetae praedicC ad duos anni terminos festa Viz. pentecostes et 
Sti Martini hieme per aequales portiones nomine feudiiirmae, Et si con- 
tigerit dicl praepositum, ballivos, decanum gildae, Concilium et com- 
munitatS dicti burgi seu eorum successores deiicere in solutione prae- 
dlctae feudifirmae annuatim et terminatim ut praedicitur sicut unus 
terminus curret in alium non solu7, Tunc illi duplicabunt dictam 
fieadtfirmam, Et si duo termini current in tertium non soluf post legiti- 
mam requisitionem eacirca faciend, Tunc praesens infeofamentum nos- 
trum cadet et expirabit et postea nullius valoris aut moment! erit Et 
in eo casu l^timum erit nobis nostrisq^ praedic? super dicta piscatione 
ad pladtum disponere, pro omni alio onere, etc. Insuper vicecomiti 
et ballivis suis de Aberdein, necnon dilectis nostris 

et eorum quilibet conjunctim et divisim vicecomitibus 



ntrrifttfTf serving the cure of the said church, as having right by virtue of the 
di^XMHtion granted by Patrick, Bishop of Aberdeen, of date the fourteenth day of 
the month of April in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and thir- 
teen^ the sum of twenty-eight pounds money of Scotland : And likewise paying 
to us and our successors, as coming in place of the said Bishop, the sum of eleven 
sbUlingf and eight pence money aforesaid at two terms of the year, viz., the feast of 
Pentecost and of St Martin in winter, by equal portions in name of feufarm. And 
if it shall happen that the said provost, baillies, dean of guild, council and com- 
munity of the said buigh, or their successors, &il to pay the foresaid feu-duty 
yearly and termly as aforesaid, so that one term shall run into another unpaid, 
then they shall double the said feu-duty ; and if two terms shall run into a third 
unpaid^ after the lawful requisition to be made thereanent, then our present 
tnfeftment shall foil and expire, and shall afterwards be of no strength or moment. 
And in that case it shall be lawful for us and our foresaids to dispone the said 
fishings at pleasure, for all other, etc. Moreover, to the sheriff and his baillies of 
Abeideen, as also to our beloved and each of 

them conjoindy and severally our sheriffs of the shire of Aberdeen in this part 



2l6 BURGH OF ABSRDBEN. [l737* 

nostris in hac parte vice de Aberdein specialiter constituE Salutem, 
Vobis praecipimus et mandamus quatenus praefaC praeposito Joanni 
Allardyce, ballivis decano gildac, Concilio et communitati dicti burgi de 
Aberdein, vel eorum certo actomato latori presentium, sasinam dicE 
Salmonum piscationis cum pertinen ejusdem quibuscunc^ jacen ut prae- 
fertur secundum formam et tenorem antedictae Cartas nostras quam de 
nobis inde habent juste haberi faciatis sine dilatione. Et hoc nuUo 
modo omittatis. Ad quod faciendum vobis et vestrum cuilibet con- 
junctim et divisim vicecomitibus nostris vice de Aberdein in hac parte 
antedict, committimus potestatem. In cujus rei testimonium huic 
presenti Cartas nostras Magnum Sigillum nostrum append! mandavimus, 
Testibus [ut in alijs Cartis consimilis data prascedefi] Apud Edin- 
burgum trigesimo primo die mensis Julij anno Domini millesimo septin- 
gentesimo secundo et anno reg^ni nostri primo. 

LIU. 

Georgius Dei Gratia Magnas Britannias Francias et Hibemias Rex 
fideiq^ defensor OMNIBUS probis hominibus totius terre sue clericis et 

specially constituted, greeting : We charge and command you without delay to 
give in due form to the foresaid provost, John Allardyce, the baillies, dean of 
guild, council and community of the said buigh of Aberdeen, or their undoubted 
attorney bearing these presents, sasine of the said salmon fishing, with the 
pertinents thereof whatsoever lying as aforesaid, according to the form and 
tenor of our foresaid charter, which they have of us thereupon ; and this in no 
wise to omit. For which end we grant power to you and each one of you, con- 
jointly and severally our sheriffs of the shire of Aberdeen in this part aforesaid. 
In witness whereof we have ordered our great seal to be appended to this our 
present charter. Witnesses [as in other previous charters of like date]. At 
Edinburgh, the thirty-first day of the month of July in the year of our Lord one 
thousand seven hundred and two, and of our reign the first. 

LIII. 

H^t'ng George IL grants to the provost^ baillies^ etc.^ the teinds of the parish of St, 

Nicholas. i6th /une, 1737. 

George, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, 
Defender of the Faith, to all good men of his whole land, churchmen and 



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Luds Salutem Quia Nos considerantes Ecclesiam Sancti Nicola! intra 
buigum de Aberdeen esse principalem Ecclesiam parochialem did civitatis 
et olim fuisse propriam Ecclesiam Episcopi Abredonensis Et quod sup- 
presso in Scotia Episcopatu Carolo primo Regi beatae memoriae benigne 
visum est ad pastores curae apud diet Ecclesiam inservientes melius sup- 
peditandos et sustentandos Dare et mortificare Praeposito Balivis 
Consiliariis et Communitati dicti Burgi de Aberdeen eorum% in officio 
Successoribus Totas et integras Decimas Rectorias et Vicarias diet 
Ecclesiae et parochiae Sancti Nicolai Secundum Cartam sub magno 
Sigillo Scotie concesS undecimo die Novembris anno Domini Millesimo 
Sexcentesimo quadragesimo primo Que Carta decimo septimo die did 
mensis Novembris in Parliamento Scotie ratificata fuit et Sasina did 
Communitati desuper data Et quod mense Aprilis Anno Domini 
Millesimo Sexcentesimo Sexagesimo primo Carolus Secundus Rex 
beatae memoriae warrantum sub manu sua regali concessit pro carta 
confirmationis omnium priorum donationum aliorumve jurium per 
R^os suos Praedecessores in favorem did civitatis concesS quod ineffi- 



laymeoy greeting. Whereas We, considering that the church of St. Nicholas, 
within the boigh of Aberdeen, is the chief parish church of the said city, and 
was fimneiiy the proper church of the bishop of Aberdeen, and that on 
the suppression of Episcopacy in Scotland it seemed fit to King Charles I. of 
blessed memory to give and mortify to the provost, baillies, councillors and 
community of the said burgh of Aberdeen, and their successors in office, for 
the better support and maintenance of the ministers serving the cure in the 
said church, all and whole the parsonage and vicarage teinds of the said church 
and parish of St Nicholas, according to the charter granted under the great 
seal of Scotland on the eleventh day of November in the year of our Lord 
one thousand six hundred and forty-one,*^ which charter was ratified in the 
Fteliament of Scotland, t and sasine thereon given to the said community, 
on the seventeenth day of the said month of November, and that in the 
month of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and sixty- 
one, King Charles IL of blessed memory granted a warrant under his royal 
hand for a charter of confirmation of all former gifts or other rights granted 
by his royal predecessors in favour of the said city,^ which was rendered void 

« No. XLVIL, p. Z99. t No. XXV., p. 25S. t No. XLIX., p. 204. 



«|8 BVWU 09 AB8RDIKB1I. [^lih 

cax redditum fuit quoad decimas per Restitutionem Episcopatiis anno 
Domini millesimo Sexcentesimo Sexagesimo secundo Et NOS ETIAIC 
Considerantes quod jus did decimarum per L^[es in Nos revertit et 
nunc nrae Regiae donationis et Dispositionis est Et quod did dedmae ad 
sustentandos pastores curae infra did parochiam inservientes naturaiiter 
designantur Et quod applicatio earundem in dicE usum ad Rcdevium 
did Magistratuum et Communitatis magnopere tenderet qui nullam 
Stipem habentes pro maxima parte pastorum Stipendiorum solvenda 
pecunias hunc in finem mutue accipere necessario coguntur ex quo 
debitum Communitatis valde auctum est et semper cresoere opportet 
Et Nos ex Regia nostra Benignitate et Benevolentia Volentes dedmas 
dic{ parochiae magistratibus et Communitati did Burgi De Novo Dare 
et Mortiiicare ad pastores apud did Ecclesiam curae inservientes melius 
suppeditandos et sustentandos Et Communitatem pro tanto de Stipen- 
diis pastoribus ejusdem solubilibus relevandam Ig^tur Et tanquam 
insigne nostrae Regiae Benevolentiae erga magistratus et Incolas did 
Civitatis ludicium Et pro multis magnis et insignibus Servitiis per illos 
nobis nostrisq^ Regiis praedecessoribus factis et praestitis Nos cum 



with respect to the teinds by the restoration of Episcopacy in the year of our 
Lord one thousand sue hundred and sixty-two; And wk also, considering 
that the right to the said teinds did by law revert to us and is now in our 
royal gift and disposal, and because the said teinds are naturally designed to 
maintain the ministers serving the cure within the said parish, and because 
the application thereof to the said use would tend very greatly to the relief of 
the said magistrates and community, who, having no endowment for paying 
the greater part of the ministers' stipends, are of necessity compelled to 
borrow money therefor, whereby the debt of the community has been 
much increased and must always continue to increase ; And we, of our royal 
favour and benevolence, wishing of new to give and mortify the teinds of the 
said parish to the magistrates and community of the said burgh for the better 
support and maintenance of the ministers serving the cure in the said church 
and for the relief of the community pro tanto from payment of the ministers' sti- 
pends : Therefore, and as a prominent mark of our great favour for the magistrates 
and inhabitants of the said city, and in return for many great and eminent 
services done and rendered by them to us and our royal predecessors, We, 
with special advice and consent of Matthew Lant, Esquire, lord chief baron 



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spedali Avisamento et consensu Mathei Lant Armigeri Domini capi- 
talis Baronis Scaccarij nostri in ilia parte Magnae Britaniae Scotia vocal 
Domini loannis Clerk de Pennycuick Georgii Dalrymple Thome 
Kennedy et Edwardi Edlin Armigerorum reliquorum Baronum did 
Scaccarij Dedimus Concessimus Mortificavimiis Et pro perpetuo 
Confirmavimus Sicuti tenore pra&sentium cum avisamento et consensu 
pnedicl Damus Concedimus et Mortificamus Et pro nobis nostrisc^ 
Rj^ts Successoribus pro perpetuo Confirmamus nostris dilectis Prae- 
posito Balivis Consiliariis et Communitati did civitatis de Aberdeen 
nunc praesentibus eorumque successoribus pro perpetuo omni tempore 
fiituro Totas et int^^ras Decimas dic{ parochialis Ecclesiae et parochiae 
Sancti Nicolai Rectorias et viccarias cum integris proiicuis Libertatibus 
et pertinentibus earundem Et Nos volumus et Declaramus Quod haec 
praesens Carta nullo modo intelligetur tanquam donatio uUius additio- 
nalis Stipendii pastoribus dic{ Burgi plusquam pro praesenti illis a Magis- 
tratibus et Conununitate stabilitur Sed vera intentio et significatio 
hujus douationis est quod dic{ decimae in solutionem did Stipendiorum 
pro tanto applicando sint ob relevium Communitatis et Incolarum diet 
Bufgi de iisdem Stipendiis ad did decimarum valorem et extentum 
Et nos cum consensu praedict unimus et annexamus did decimas ad 



of our Exchequer in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, John Clerk 
of Ptnnycuick, Geoige Dalrymple, Thomas Kennedy, and Edward Edlin, 
eiquires, remanent barons of the said Exchequer, have given, granted, morti- 
fied and for ever confirmed, as by the tenor of these presents, with advice 
and consent aforesaid, We give, grant and mortify, and for us and our royal 
wioc cMorB for ever confirm, to our beloved provost, baillies, councillors and 
community of the said city of Aberdeen at the present time, and their successors 
fix eier in all time to come, All and whole the teinds of the said parish church 
and parish of Saint Nicholas, parsonage and vicarage, with whole profits, 
liberties and pertinents thereof. And we will and declare that this present 
charter is in nowise to be understood as a gift of any additional stipend to 
the ministers of the said burgh over and above what is at present guaranteed 
to them by the magistrates and community, but the true intention and meaning 
of this gift is that the said teinds be applied pro tanto in payment of the 
said stipends to relieve the community and inhabitants of the said burgh from 
the same stipends, to the value and extent of the said teinds. And we with 



320 BURGH OF ABERDBBN. [l737* 

did Burgum de Aberdeen Et ORDINAMUS quod unica Sasina capienft per 
diet Praepositum Balivos Consiliarios et Communitatem apud crueem 
foralem diet Burgi de Aberdeen vel super solo cujusvis partis vd 
portionis did terrarum intra diet parochiam Sancti Nicolai per tradi- 
tionem manipuli Graminis vel Segitis dicif terrarum solummodo sine 
uUo alio symbolo Est et erit valida et sufficiens Sasina pro dic{ totis et 
integris decimis Rectorijs et viccarijs pro perpetuo omni tempore futuro 
abs(]^ necessitate novam Sasinam postea capiendi TenenC et HabemS 
did totas et integras Decimas Rectorias et vicarias did parochiae qux 
jacet in vicecomitatu de Aberdeen did praeposito Balivis Condiiariis et 
Communitati did Burgi eorumque Successoribus De nobis nostris^ 
R^iis Successoribus in puram Elemosinam pro perpetuo cum libero 
introitu et exitu ac cum omnibus aliis libertatibus proficuis et commodi- 
tatibus ad easdem spectantibus Libere quiete bene et in pace sine ulla 
revocatione obstaculo aut impedimento quocun^ Reddendo inde praeces 
Deo Omnipotenti pro nostro et nostrorum Riorum Successorum felid 
et prospero Regno Necnon applicando did decimas in solutionem 
Stipendiorum pastoribus did Bui^ stabilif et Relevando dic{ Corn- 



consent aforesaid unite and annex the said teinds to the said buigh of Aberdeen. 
And we ordain that a single sasine to be taken by the said provost, batllies, 
councillors and community at the market cross of the said burgh of Aber- 
deen, or upon the ground of any part or portion of the said lands within the 
said parish of St. Nicholas, by delivery of a handful of the grass or com of 
the said lands only without any other symbol, is and shall be a valid and 
sufficient sasine for all and whole the said teinds, parsonage and vicarage, for 
ever in all time to come, without the necessity of taking a new sasine afterwards. 
To BE HELD AND HAD all and wholc the said teinds, parsonage and vicarage, 
of the said parish, which lies in the shire of Aberdeen, by the said provost, 
baillies, councillors and community of the said burgh and their successors, 
of us and our royal successors, in pure alms for ever, with free ish and 
entry, and with all other liberties, profits and advantages belonging thereto^ 
freely, quietly, well and in peace, without any revocation, obstacle or hindrance 
whatsoever. Rendering therefor prayers to Almighty God for a happy and 
prosperous reign for us and our royal successors ; as also applying the said 
teinds to pay the stipends guaranteed to the ministers of the said buigh, 
and relieving the said community and inhabitants from the said stipends to 



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munitatem et Incolas de diet Stipendiis ad diet decimarum valorem 
et extentum PRiETEREA Nos VOLUMUS et Declaramus quod 
haec praesens Carta cuivis personae seu personis jus seu titulum 
ad dedmas dicE parochiae vel ullius ejusdem partis per assedationem 
seu aliter habeS nuUatenus laedet seu prxjudicabit Insuper vicecomiti 
et Balivis suis de Aberdeen nee non Dilectis nostris 

Et vestrum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim vice- 
comitibus nostris vie de Aberdeen in hac parte specialiter constitut 
salutem Vobis Praecipimus et mandamus Quatenus Praeposito Balivis 
Conciliariis et Communitati dic{ Civitatis dc Aberdeen nunc praesentibus 
eonim^ Successoribus pro perpetuo omni tempore futuro vel eonim 
certo Actomato latori praesentium Sasinam Totarum et int^^rum 
Decimarum dic{ parochialis Ecclesiae et parochiac Sancti Nicolai Rec- 
toriarum et vicariarum cum integris proficuis libertatibus et per- 
tinehtiis earundem (sub declaratione tamen supramentionaQ Secundum 
formam et tenorem antedict Cartas nostras quam de nobis inde 
habent unionis annexationis et dispensationis prasdici juste haberi 
faciatis sine dilatione Et hoc nullo modo omittatis ad quod faciendum 
vobis et vestrum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim vicecomitibus nostris 
vie de Aberdeen in hac parte antcdici Committimus potestatem In 



the value and extent of the said teinds. Further, we will and declare 
that this present charter shall in nowise hurt or prejudice any person or persons 
haviQg right or title by tack or otherwise to the teinds of the said parish or of 
any part thereof. Moreover, to the sheriff and his baillies of Aberdeen and to 
our beloved and to each one of you, conjointly 

and severally, our sheriffs of the shire of Aberdeen, in this part, specially con- 
stituted, greeting : We charge and command you without delay to give in due 
form to the provost, baillies, councillors and community of the said city of Aber- 
deen for the time being, and their successors for ever in all time to come, or their 
undoubted attorney bearing these presents, sasine of all and whole the teinds 
of the said parish church and parish of St Nicholas, parsonage and vicarage, 
with whole profits, liberties and pertinents thereof (under, however, the 
declaration aforesaid), according to the form and tenor of our foresaid charter 
of union, dispensation and annexation aforesaid, which they have of us there- 
upon ; and this in nowise to omit. For which end we grant power to you 
and each one of you, conjointly and severally, our sheriffs of the shire of 



332 BDBGH OP ABBItI»Blf. [1804. 

cujos rei testimonium huic praesenti Cartae nostrs sigillum nostrum 
per unionis tractatum custodiend et in Scotia vice et loco magni 
Sigilli ejusdem utend ordinal appendi mandavimus Testibus praedflecto 
nostro consanguineo Carolo Comite de Selkirk nobis ab Archivis et 
R^[istris clerico et praedilectis nostris Andrea Fletcher de Milntown 
nostras Justiciariae derico et Roberto Kerr Armigero nostras cancel- 
lariae directore Apud Aulam Nostram de St James's decimo sexto 
die mensis lunij anno Domini millesimo septingesimo trigesimo sep- 
timo R^^nk^ nostri anno undedmo 

LIV. 

Georgius Tertius Dei gratia Britannianim Rex fidei defensor 
OMNIBUS probis hominibus totius terras suae Clericis et Laicis salutem 
SCIATIS Quod Nos propter favorem quern habemus erga prasdilectos 
nostros Praepositum Balivos Thesaurarium Condliimi et Commimitatem 



Aberdeen in this part aforesaid. In witness whereof we have ordered 
to be appended to this our present charter our seal ordained by the treaty 
of Union to be preserved and used in Scotland in stead and in place 
of the great seal thereof Witnesses : Our well-beloved cousin, Charies, Earl 
of Selkirk, clerk of our archives and registers ; and our well-beloved Andrew 
Fletcher oi Milntoun, our Justice Clerk ; and Robert Kerr, Esquire, Director 
of our Chancery. At our Court of St James", on the sixteenth day of the 
month of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
thirty-seven, and ci our reign the deventh. 



UV. 

JGng George III, grants to the Treasiirer cf Aberdeen^ far behoof cf the provost^ 
baiiiieSf etc,^ the right of salmon fishing in the sea adjacent to the burgh lands 
in Kincardineshire, 1st February ^ 1804. 

George the Third, by the grace of God King of Britain, Defender of the 
Faith, TO ALL good men of his whole land, churchmen and laymen, 
greeting. Know ye that for the fiavour which we have towards our well- 
beloved provost, baillies, treasurer, council and community of the city of 



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Qvitatis de Aberdeen cum special! avisamento et consensu Robert! 
Dundas Annigeri curiae Scaccarii nostrae in hac parte regni nostri 
Magnae Britanniae Scotia vocata Capitalis Baronis Fletcher! Norton 
Annigeri Domini Joannis Daliymple Hamilton M^ill Baronetti 
Archibald! Cockbum et Georgii Buchan Hepburn Armigerorum die:' 
Scaccarii nostri remaneh Baronum dedimus Concessimus et Disposuimus 
sicuti nos per praesentcs cum avisamento et consensu praedicr' Damns 
Concedimus et Disponimus et pro Nobis nostrisque regiis successoribus 
in perpetuum CX)NFIRMAMUS dicto Thesaurario Civitatis de Aberdeen 
atque successoribus suis hunc Magistratum gesturis pro'commodo 
dicti Praepositi Balivorum Thesaurarii Concilii et Communitatis dictae 
Civitatis et eorum Assignatis haereditarie et irredimabiliter JUS SAL- 
MONUM PISCATIONIS in Mar! adjacent! terris in quibus dictus 
Thesaurarius pro commodo praedicto stat haereditarie infeodatus et 
sasitus in Vicecomitatu de Kincardine per Littus Maris jacentibus 
ATQUI per praesentes specialiter providetur et declaratur quod die:' Jus 
Piscationis non extendetur versus septentrionem ultra promontorium 
voca:' Girdleness nee versus meridiem ultra Lapidem Numero decimo 
aignatum in quadam Ichnographia die:' terrarum et Littoris Maris in 



Aberdeen, with the special advice and consent of Robert Dundas, Esquire, 
Chief Baron of our Court of Exchequer in that part of our kingdom of Great 
Britain called Scotland ; Fletcher Norton, Esquire ; Sir John Dalrymple Hamil- 
ton MKM, Baronet; Archibald Cockbum and George Buchan Hepburn, 
Esquires, remanent Barons of our said Exchequer, we have given, granted, 
and disponed, as we by these presents with advice and consent aforesaid do 
give, grant and dispone, and for us and our royal successors for ever con- 
firm to the said treasurer of the city of Aberdeen, and his successors who 
shall hold this office, for behoof of the* said provost, baillies, treasurer, council 
and community of the said city, and their assignees, heritably and irredeem- 
ably, THE RIGHT OF SALMON FISHING in the sea adjacent to the lands in 
which the said treasurer stands heritably infeft and seised for the foresaid 
beho<^ lying in the shire of Kincardine along the sea-shore : But by these 
piesents it is specially provided and declared that the said right of fishing 
shall not extend northward beyond the promontory called the Girdleness, 
nor southwaid beyond a stone marked with the number ten in a certain plan 
of said lands and sea-shore lodged in our said Court of Exchequer: With 



a24 BUSOH OP ABBRDEUr. [1804. 



dicta Curia Scaccarii nostra collocata CUM potestate dicto Thesannuio 
suisque praedictis talibus Cymbis et Retibus utendi quales ad eandem 
Piscationem aptas-fore judicaverint Atque omnes alios cohibendi 
nequando intra dictos limites piscentur ET NOS volumus et concedi- 
mus et pro Nobis nostrisque regiis successoribus decemimus et 
ordinamus Quod sasina per die:' Thesaurarium suosque praedic::' 
suscipienda nunc et in omni tempore futuro supra Ripas dic:^ Pis- 
cationum per traditionem Retis et Cymbae est et erit valida et 
sufficiens Sasina pro dicta Salmonum Piscatione sine usu cujusvis 
alius symboli Quocirca Nos dispensavimus et per praesentes in perpe- 
tuum dispensamus TeneR et HabeR dictam Salmonum Piscationem 
supra disposi:' cum privilegiis praedic:^ per dic:^ Thesaurarium suosque 
praedictos de Nobis regiisque nostris successoribus in libera alba firma 
feodo et hxreditate in perpetuum Reddendo inde annuatim dicto 
Thesaurario suisque praedictis Nobis nostrisque regiis successoribus 
summam unius denarii monetae Scotiae in Praetorio Munidpall de 
Aberdeen ad terminum Pentecostes annuatim si petatur tantum Et 
hoc pro omni alio onere exactione demanda seu servitio seculari quae 
pro dic:^ Salmonum Piscatione quovismodo exigi sive imperari potuerint 
INSUPER Vicecomiti et Balivis suis de Kincardine Necnon dilectis 



power to the said treasurer and his foisaids to use such cobles and nets as 
they may judge to be fit for the same fishing, and to restrain all others at 
any time from fishing within the said Umits. And we will and giant, and 
for us and our royal successors decern and ordain, that a sasine to be taken 
by the said treasurer and his foresaids on the banks of the said fishings, by 
delivery of net and coble^ now, and in all time coming, is and shall be a 
valid and sufficient sasine for the said salmon fishing, without the use of 
any other symbol, wherewith we have dispensed, and by these presents do dis- 
pense for ever. To be held and had the said salmon fishing above disponed, 
with the privileges foresaid, by the said treasurer and his foresaids of us and 
our royal successors in free blench-farm fee and heritage for ever. Paying 
THEREFOR YEARLY the Said treasurer and his foresaids to us and our 
royal successors the sum of one penny of Scots money in the Burgh Court- 
house of Aberdeen, at the term of Pentecost yearly, if asked only : And this 
in place of all other burden, exaction, demand or secular service which for the 
said salmon fishing could be any wise exacted or demanded. Moreover, to the 



lte4-] CROWN CHARTERS AND LETTERS PATENT. 235 

fiostris et vestxum cuilibet conjunctim 

et divisim Vicecomitibus nostris Vicecomitatus de Kincardine in hac 
parte spedaliter constitut:' Salutem vobis praecipimus et mandamus 
Quatenus praefato Thesaurario Civitatis de Aberdeen vel suo certo 
Actomato latori praesentium atque successoribus suis hunc Magis- 
tratum gesturis pro commodo dicti Propositi Balivorum Thesaurarii 
Cotidlii et Communitatis dictae Civitatis Sasinam praefati Juris 
Salmonum Piscationis supra deposit' cum privilegiis praedicr' secun- 
dum formam et tenorem antedictae Cartae nostras quam de Nobis 
inde habet et dispensationis praedicr' juste haberi faciatis sine 
dilatione Et hoc nuUo modo omittatis Ad quod faciendum vobis 
et vestrum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim Vicecomitibus nostris 
Vicecomitatus de Kincardine in hac parte antedic:^ committimus 
potestatem In CUJUS rei testimonium huic praesenti Cartae 
nostrae Sigillum nostrum per Unionis Tractatum custodiend et 
in Scotia vice et loco Magni Sigilli ejusdem utend ordinatr' appendi 
mandavimus Testibus PRiEDlLECTis nostris Domino Frederico 
Campbell Nobis ab Archivis et Registris Clerico Davide Rae de 
Eskgrove Armigero nostrae Justitiariae Clerico et Domino Jacobb 



sheriff and his baillies of Kincardine, as also to our beloved 

and any one of you, conjointly and severally, our sheriffs of the 
shire of Kincardine, in this part specially constituted, greeting: We charge 
and command you without delay to give in due form to the foresaid treasurer 
of the city of Aberdeen, or his undoubted attorney bearer of these presents, 
and his successors holding this office, for behoof of the said provost, baillies, 
treasurer, council and community of the said city, sasine of the foresaid right 
of salmon fishing above disponed, with the foresaid privileges, according to 
the form and tenor of our foresaid charter which he has of us thereupon, 
and of the foresaid dispensation ; and this in nowise to omit. For which 
end we grant power to you and each one of you, conjointly and severally, 
our sheriffs of the shire of Kincardine in this part aforesaid. In witness 
WHEREOF we have ordered to be appended to this our present charter our 
seal ordained by the Treaty of Union to be kept and used in Scotland in 
stead and in place of the great seal thereof Witnesses : Our well-beloved 
Lord Frederic Campbell, clerk of our archives and registers, David Rae of 
Eskgrove, Esquire, our Justice Clerk, and Sir James St Clair Erskine of 

FF 



226 BUROH OF ABBRDKEN. [l3o4. 

St Clair Erskine de Sinclair Baronetto nostrae Cancellariae Direc- 

tore APUD Aulam nostram de St James's primo die. mensis 

Februarii Anno Domini millesfmo octingentesimo et quarto 
regnique nostri anno quadragesimo quarto 



Sinclair, Baronet, Director of our Chancery. At our Court of St James'i^ 
the first day of the month of February in the year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and four, and of our reign the forty-fourtlu 



PART II. 



ACTS OF PARLIAMENT 



AND OF 



PRIVY COUNCIL 



ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL 

I. 

ITke PariiafneHt appritii the Lords of Session to sit annuaUy at Aberdeen, tth 

March, 145}. 

INPRIMIS as to ]^ artikill of the Sessione it is seyne speidfuU to ]>e 
king ande ]^ thre estate Y it be cdtynuit to J^e nixt pliamet in maS as 
ef¥ folowys That is to say J>e lordf of the Sessione sail syt thrys^ in 
]^ 3er ilk time xi dais in )>ir thre plac^ Edinburghe perthe and abyrdene 
The nowiS of ]^ psois }>t sail sit salbe ix haifande power and voUs in ]^ 
deliSance of cau^ of ilke Estate thre and )>e clerk of ]>e RegesS The 
Sessione nowe nixt to begin ^ be haldin at abirdene J^e xv day of Junii 
and cdtinuande xl dais The secunde Sessione to begyne at perthe Jr'efr 
)^ V day of October and cotinew vp xl dais The thride Sessione to begyn 
in Edinburghe ]^ xiij day of februare next Jr'ef? and {tinew xl dais 
The lord( Y ar chosyne to }7e first Sessione in abyrdene ar )>ir The 
Bischope of Ros^ catnes^ or m'^ray )> abbot of der dene Dauid bane and 
maisS waiS ydyll for J?e clergy J?e Erie of Errole J?e lorde glamys' ande 
J>e lord forbes^ for J?e baroiiys Jhone of fyffe Andro me3eis and wait 
thomsone of Inunes for ]?e burowys 



II. 

The parliament appoint the measure of Hamburg, after the old assise of Aberdeen, 

to be the standard barrel for fish, istjune, 1478. 

Item becaus' It is hevili m'^m'^rit % )> Realme gretly skland'it be 
strangerf 1 vj?is Y byis salmond of J>e mynising of vesschiatt % barellis 
Y ^ salmond Is pakit In It is statut ^ ordanit Y ^ ^^^^ ^^ ^ ^'^ 
salmonde be pakit i barellis of )> measur of hamburgh ef¥ )^ aid assise 
of Abirdene And na smallar bar^ nor veschett And J^t na coup within 
)>e Realme mak smallar barett to pak fische i }7a }>e said measur of 



250 BUBCa or ABERDEEV. [^5^ 



bambargh 1 aid assise of aberdene And gif ooy dob i ]« ootnr of ^s 
In time to da \pe first sellar )i^ sdlis ]« fisclie of fids? pakh^ i sic soiall 
bardlis sail tyne ^ fisclie And be oar soilai lordf escaete And )9t ]« 
Idngf custumarf »lbe sercfaeo^C bmippoo i Ilk tovne And als^ It salbe 
a poynt of ditta* i tyme to da 

IIL 

1^ Prkj Council ^riam ike pnmsi^ bmilks^ eU^ U ufkM ike Frimrf Ftmm 
far ike anmrncm goad af ike imrgk. 15M Rk r wa w j^ 156^ 

Mairour bir Hienes, be the avyse of hir Connsale fotrsakl, bes statute 
and "ofdanit tbat all annueUis, males and dewiteis witbin fine bmrowis 
or ntheris townis of tbis realme, alsweill pertenyng to cbapellanrets, 
prebendariis as to freris, tc^^der witb tbe rentis of tbe freris landis 
qnbairevir Aai be, setting and disponyng thainipoun, be intromettit 
with and taldn up be sik as hir Grace sail depute thairto, for employing 
of the same be hir Hienes to hospitaliteis, scolis, and utheris godlie 
uses as sail seme best be hir Hienes, be the avyse of hir Counsale: 
And knawing that nathing is mair commodious for the said hospitalitie, 
nor the places of freris, as 3it standand undemolissit, as als to the inter- 
tenyng of scolis, colitis, and utheris usis foirsaidis, ordanis the Provest 
and Baillies of Abirdene, Elgin in Murray, Invemes, Gla^^w, and 
ntheris burrowis of this realme quhair the samyn ar nocht demolissit, 
to interteny and uphald the saidis freris places standand in the saidis 
townis, upon the commone gudis thairof, and to use the samyn to the 
commone weill and service of the saidis townis, ay and quhill the 
Quenis Majestic be forther avysit, and tak finale ordour in sic thingis ; 
nochtwithstanding ony uther gift, title, or interes, gevin to quhatsumevir 
personis of the saidis places, with thair yardis, orchardis, and pertinentisi 
be our Soverane Lady of befoir. 

IV. 

The privy Council absdve ike community for any acts done under the ascendent of 

Hunily, 12th July ^ 1569, 

At Abirdene the xii day of lulii the 3eir of God j'V^lxix 3eris, my 
Lord Regentis Grace commandit and ordanit the lettre and discharge 

* Ditiay, the ground of indictment. 



IS74-] ACTS OF PARUAMBNT AND PRIVY COl>NaL. 231 

foUowingy subscrivit with his hand» to be insert and regbtrat in the bukis 
of Secreit Counsale ad perpetuam rei memoriam, of the quhilk th^ 
tennoiir followis : — ^We havand consideratioun of the procedingis of the 
bmgessis and inhabitantis of the burgh of Abirdene, anent the assisting, 
ooDtribatioun, and stent making in tyme bipast, with George Erll of 
Huntly, and his complices partakaris, contrair our Soverane Lordis 
authorities understanding the samyn done ba feir and compulsioun, thair 
glide mynd and will beand to the trew service of our Soverane. Thair- 
foir .we» with avise of the Lords of Secreit Counsale, dischargeis for evir 
all actkxin and cryme that ony wayi^ may be imput to thi^ burgessis of 
the said burgh^ and indwellaris in the samyn, and all our Soveranis 
offidaris present and to cum, of all proceding contrair thame twicheing 
the premissis ; alwayis at thir presentis extend nocht ncH* comprehend 
the burgessis and indwellaris of the same burgh that hes accepUt com- 
ponitur for the samyn crymes, nor 3it the personis that ar summond or 
to be Mmmond for fals cryme at ony tyme ; and thir presentis to be 
insert in the bukis of Secreit Counsall in forme of Act, with extension 
necessan Subscrivit with our hand at Abirdene the xii day of lulii the 
leir of God j"v^lxix jeris. 

V. 

Tti Privy Cimndl issue injunctions to the prauost^ baillieSj etc,^ in furtherance of 

iheprindples of the Reformation. iSth August, 1574. 

The quhilk day comperit Gilbert Mein3eis of Cowlie, Maister Patrik 
Rudierfurde, Maister George Middiltoun, and Alexander Chalmer, Baillies 
of Aberdene^ quhilkis uer admoneist be my Lord Regentis Grace in 
presence of the Lordis of Secreit Counsall, in maner and to the effect 
following: — 

That thay suld inhibite and expreslie punishe the superstitious keping 
of festuall dayis usit of befoir in tyme of ignorance and papistrie, and 
all playis and feisting at thay tymes. 

That thai punishe the blasphemaris and abusaris of Godis name, and 
appoint sum honest and godlie personis to note the ofTendouris, lifting 
the panys contenit in the Acts of Parliament, and apprehend the same 
according thairto. 

That thai permitt na mercat to be kepit uithin the toun nor fredome 



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BURGH OF ABKRDKBN. [<574- 



thaimf upoun the Sabboth day, quhairby the people may be withdrawin 
frn the serving of God, under the pane of escheting of the guidis that 
salbe presentit to the saidis mercattis, conforme to the Act of Parliament 
maid thairanent; gevand, grantand, and committand to the saidis 
Provest and Baillies commissioim, power, and charge sa to do, as thai 
will answer upoun thair obedience. 

That the persounis knawin and sospectit to haif and kdp yma- 
gerie or utheris monumentis of ydolatrie be chargdt to present 
the same. « 

That the organis with all expeditioun be removed out of the kirk, and 
maid proffite of to the use and support of the pure, and that the prcysltis 
stallis and bakkis of altaris be removed fiirth of the places quhair thai 
now remane, and situat in the partis of the kirk quhair men may be best 
easit be thame to heir the sermonis, and sic thingis as servis not for that 
use to be utherwyise disponit or maid money oC 

That the pure be not defraudit of the almus collectit at the kirk dur, 
bot the same to be distributit as is the custum in the utheris reformit 
kirkis of this realme ; and that thair be contributioun maid be all the 
parochynaris for leting and reparatioun of the paroche kirk, acoordu^ 
to the Act of Parliament maid thairanent, quhairanent ordanis the 
Provest and Baillies to do diligence. 

That the haill place, alsweill kirk as the rest, sumtyme pertenkig to 
the Gray Freiris — except samekle as is thocht requbite for the ludgeing 
of the pure — be roupit to the maist avale, and sett in few heretabillie to 
sic as will gif maist 3eirlie dewitie thairfore, and the same to be fully 
applyit to the use and sustentatioun of the pure. 

That the Provest and Baillies in thair awin houssis tak cair upoun 
the godlie rewlling thairof, and admonishe all utheris thair nichtbouris 
to do the like, and that thai cullour nor foster not the vices and 
slaunderis of thair tenentis and houshald servandis, bot further the cor- 
rectioun of thaim as thai sal happin to offend, ather be ordour of the 
kirk or the magistrattis, as the cause requyris. 

That the Provest, Baillies, and Counsall of Abirdene uptak fra lames 
Leslie, present possessour of the croft and myre pertening to the lipper- 
folk betwix New and Auld Aberdene, the 3eirlie dewitie thairof, off the 
fyve 3eiris bigane confessit awand be him ; and thairwith and sic uther 
collectioun as may be had, to caus the said hous be theikkit and reparit 



1574*] ACTS OF PARUAMENT AND PRIW COUNaL. 933 

for tfie ressett of the said lipperfolk in tyme cuming ; and efter the end 
of the ane 5eiris talc now clamyt be the said lames Leslie, to cans rowp 
the said croft and myre qnha will gif maist 3eirly dewitie thairfore fra 
thre 5eir to thre jeir, and to cans the haill proffite that may be had 
thairof be employit upoun the uphalding of the said hous and sustenta- 
tidin of the lipperfolkis that salbe thairin. 

VI. 

Tke Privy Gnmcii approve a band or MigaHon to loyalty and good servue presented 

ky the community of Aberdeen. $ist August^ 1574. 

The quhilk day» in presence of my Lord Regentis Grace and Lordis 

of Privie Counsall, comperit Maister Robert Lummisden in name of the 

Provost Baillies and Communitie of the Burgh of Abirdene and gaif in 

this bond and obligatioun underwrittin, — subscrivit be Mr. lohne 

Kennedy comrooun clerk of the said burgh, and under the commoun 

seill of the samyn, — and desyrit the samyn to be actit and registrat in 

the builds of Secreit Counsall, to have the force and strenth of ane act 

and decreit of the Lordis thairof in tyme cuming, and letters and 

ezecutoriallis to be direct thairupoun in forme as eflferis ; quhilk desyre 

my Lord Regentis Grace finding ressonable, ordanit the same to be 

insert and r^strat in the saidis buikis to the effect foirsaid, off quhilk 

the tennour followis : Be it kend till all men be thir present letters, — 

We^ the Provest, Baillies, Counsall, and Communitie of Abirdene, to 

be bundin and oblist, and be the faith and treuth in oure bodyis faith- 

fiillie bindis and oblissis us, to the richt excellent, richt heich and 

michtie Prince lames the Sext, be the grace of God King of Scottis, 

our Soverane Lord and his richt traist cousing lames Erll of Mortoun 

Lord of Dalkeith Regent to his Hienes, his realme and liegis; that 

foraamekle as for the removing of the lait publict troublis and civile 

weir quhairwith this realme wes sa lang grevit and inquietit to the 

displeasure of Almichtie God, the danger of his trew religioun, hurt 

and prejudice of our Soverane Lord and haill commoun of this 

realme, — the said Lord Regent hes brocht to pas and concludit ane 

gade and godlie Pacificatioun, thairby — for publict quietnes caus ; 

remitting not only greit and haynous crymes and offences to the 

personis properlie comprehendit in the said Pacificatioun, bot to divers 

GG 



234 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l574- 

utheris, quhilkis notwithstanding the same micht justlie have been 
punist with rigour and extremiUe ; for quhilk favour and demencie 
ressavit be us amangis utheris, we sail in all tyme cuming condnew 
faithfuU and obedient subjectis to our Soverane Lord, his auctoritie 
and Regent foirsaid, and sail never knaw of ony tressoun, rebellioun, 
skaith or danger, to be conspirit attemptit or interprisit aganis the 
same within or without this realme, quhilk we sail not reveill to his 
Hienes and his said Regent with all possibill diligence, and tak, 
apprehend and present all suspect persounis and writtingis, cuming in 
the realme or intending to depart thairfra be our port, in tyme 
cuming; and als that we sail na wyis resett, supple, assist, fortefie, 
schaw favour or mantene, ony of our Soverane Lordis present declarit 
tratouris and notorius rebellis, or utheris strangearis or borne sub- 
jectis of the realme that heirefter sail happin to conspire, usurp and 
rebell agains his Hienes, his said Regent and auctoritie, bot sail resist 
and repres thame to our utter power ; and gif we be not abill to 
withstand thair force and invasioun, we sail remove our selffis, oure 
famileis and guidis furth of the said burgh to the partis of the realme 
than abyding in oure Soverane Lordis obedience, and concur with 
his faithfull liegis, to the defence and preservatioun of his estait and 
authoritie ; quhairthrow the saidis declarit tratouris, rebellis, conspira- 
touris, and tribularis of the common weill, strangearis or utheris, sail 
not be aidit, suppleit, fumesit, harbureit or intertenit be us nor our 
moyen, or voluntary be our guidis, directlie or indirectlie. And in like 
maner that we sail on na wyis elect or admitt ony persoun or personis 
to the offices of Provestrie, Baillierie, Thesaurarie, Denerie of Gild, 
Commoun Clerkschip, or to be of the Counsall of the said Bui^h at 
the Feist of Michaell — Michaelmes nix to cum— or thairefter in tyme 
cuming, bot sic personis as ar knawin zealous professouris of the 
trew and Christiane religioun, now publictlie precheit and be law 
establishit within this realme, and that hes bene and is knawin to be 
emist and afTectionat weilwillaris to the avancement and furthsetting 
of his Hienes auctoritie and service, as we sail answer to God and 
his Hienes upoun our allegeance and dewitie — under the pane of 
twentie thowsand pundis to be pait be us to his Majesties use, and 
tinsall of the fredome of the said Burgh for us and oure successouris 
perpetuallie. And attour we are content and consentis that this oure 



I574«] ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 335 

band and obligatioun be actit and registrat in the buikis of our 
Soverane Lordis Previe Counsall and Sessioun, or ather of thame 
to have the strenth of ane Act, and decreit of the Lordis thairof, 
and that letters and executoriallis be direct thairupoun in forme 
as efferis. In witnes of the quhilk thing, to this our present band, 
pfomeise and obh'gatioun subscrivit be our commoun clerk at com- 
mand, the commoun seill of our said Burgh is to be hungin. at the 
same Burgh the last day of August, the 3eir of God j"V^ threscoir 
and fourtene 3etris. Sic subscribitur : Ita est Magister Joannes 
Kennedy notarius publicius ac scriba burgi de Aberdene de mandato 
Prepositi, Ballivorum, Consulum, et Communitatis ejusdem bui^i 
manu propria. 

VII. 

7%e BurgKs obUgatwn to build a Hospital is recorded in the Register of Privy 

Council, yd September^ i574* 

Be it kend till all men be thir present letters, We, the Provest, 
Bailliesy Counsale, and communitie of the burgh of Abirdene ; that 
forsamekill as oure Soverane Lord, with avise and consent of his rycht 
traist cousing, James Erll of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeyth, Regent to 
his Hienes, his realme and liegis, — considering our procedingis in the 
resetting, assisting, contributioun and stent making with George Erll 
of Huntlie, Adam Gordoun of Auchindoun his broder, thair complices, 
tenentiSy servandis, dependentis and partakaris during the t^me of the 
lait rebellioun and conspiracy aganis his Hienes and his authoritie, 
being of mynd for publict quietnes caus, to reduce all his Hienes 
subjectis to his full obedience respecting oure humble offeris faythfuUie 
to continew in our dewitifull obedience, loyaltie and trew service to his 
Hienes and his authoritie in tyme cuming as oure band and obh'gatioun 
to that effect deliverit to my Lord Regentis Grace beris ; and for certane 
coropositioun hes dischargeit us for evir all actioun and cryme that 
may onywayis be imput to us for the caussis and crymes abouewrittin, 
as in the discharge thairupoun at mair lenth is exprcssit ; of quhilk 
compositioun my Lord Regentis Grace of his mere favour and clemency, 
and in respect of oure trew service to be maid in tyme cuming hes 
frelie dischargeit to us the sowme of ane thowsand markis, and als hes 



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236 BURGH OF ABBRDERN. [l577« 

grantit ane uther thowsand * markis of our said compositioun to the 
big^ng and reparatioun of ane Hospitall within our said burgh for the 
harbring and ressett of the puyr and impotent personis of the same ; 
thairfoir to be bundin and obleist, and be the tennour hdrof faythfullie 
bindis and obleissis us and oure suocessouris, to bestow and employ 
the said sowme of ane thowsand markis money foirsaid upoun the 
bigging and reparatioun of the said Hospitall within our said burghi 
within the space of fyve 3eris eftir the dait heirof ; quhilk we sail 
demonstrat and mak cleirlie knawin be true compt to oure Soverane 
Lord and his Regent at the end of the saidis fyve jeiris, but iSunder 
delay, fraude or gyle; and heirto we bind and obleissis us, as said 
is, in the stratest forme and sickir style of obligatioun that can be 
devisit or maid, — na remeid nor exceptioun of law to be proponit 
or allegeit in the contrair, renunceand the same for us and oure 
successouris for evir ; and ar content and consentis that this obliga- 
tioun be actit and registrat in the bukis of Previe Counsale to 
have the strenth of ane Act and decreit of the Lordis thairof^ and 
that letteris and executoriallis be direct thairupoun in forme 
as cflferis : In witnes of the quhilk thing we have causit our 
commoun clerk be our commoun vote and consent subscrive this 
our band and obligatioun at the said burgh of Abirdene, the thrid 
day of September the 3eir of God j"V^lxxiiii 3eris, and alsua our 
commoun seill is afllixt to the same. Sic subscribitur. Ita est 
Magister Joannes Kennedy notarius publicus ac scriba burgi de 
Abirdene de mandato Prepositi Ballivorum Consulum ac Communi- 
tatis dicti burgi teste manu propria subscripsit 

VIII. 

Tke Parliament appoint the Lords of Session to sit at Aberdeen. 6th DecemUr^ 1577. 

Item for mantenying of Justice, balding of )?is realm in peax and 
tranquillitie and vnder obedience Necess}*^ it wer ane sessioun to be 
sett done in Abirdene to ]?e nombre of sex lordf w^ ane president 
and to assigne and limitat certaine boundf to )>at sessioun And gif 
Abirdene be not maist convenient ony v}>er place within ))is realme 
quhair necessitie requiris maist Sua tua saitis may be made for \t 
furtherance of Justice within )?is realme. 



XSSa] ACTS OF PAHMAMRNT AND PRIVY OOXJVClh. ajj 

IX. 

21k Privy Cmmdl rtvoke a right to fishm^ in Dan in an tnfyftment cbtaimd 
during the JUng*s minority by George Auchinleck of Balmanno. 22nd 
Jutu^ 1580. 

■ 

Anent the supplicatioun pntit to the kingis maiestie and lordis of 
s e creit counsale be the prouest counsale and comvnitie of the bui^ of 
Aberdene Makand mentioun That quhair his hienes progenitor king 
Robert of gude memorie quha restis w^ god sumtyme beand w^in the 
said bui* persaving the barrennes and sterilitie of the cuntrie quhair the 
said bui* is situat and the gret honestie ydi Togidder w* the fervent lufe 
scfaawin be thame to his hienes and his progenitor^ then and at all tymes 
of befoir Considdering alsua thair bauld manheid in the Recouring and 
distfoying of the strong castell biggit and mantenit thair be the englis- 
men sumtyme for dan ting and suppressing of the bur^ and cuntrie 
Vpoun thir respectis dotit the said bur^ and comvnitie ydi of his boun- 
tifiill liberalitie and clemencie with certaine comoditeis liberteis and 
immvniteis for the ayd and support of the same And namelie with ane 
pece ground callit the stokkat adiacent to the bur^ and the salmound 
fischdngf of the same bur^ vpoun the wattris of dey and done for 3eirlie 
paiment to his grace and his successor^ of thre hundreth and tuentie 
n^kis vsuale money of this Realme in name of feuferme as thair infefl- 
ment thairof proportis * According to the quhilk they and thair predi- 
cesso^f hes peciabillie bruikit and joisit the saidis salmound fischeingis 
of the same bur^ contiifewallie sen the obtenig of thair said infeflment 
without impediment or molestatioun of any persoun Q'^ laitlie within thir 
five jeiris lastbipast that geoi^e auchinlek of balmanno havand the lande 
of polgony and murto' liand contigue to the salmound fischeingis of 
Done on die north and nor^ist side of the saidf fischeingf purchest ane 
(Adit new infeftment of the saidis landf including thairin salmound 
fischeing per modu de nouo damus qlk he nor his predicesso'f neuir had 
in ony infeftment befoir Bot maist wranguslie purchest and gevin be his 
moder broder the erll of mortoun then being Regent of his hienes 
Realme and liegis not onlie to the gret dampnage and detriment of his 
hienes the cdmvnitie forsaid and thair posteritie Bot alsua to the gret 

* See No. VIII., p. 12. 



2$S BURGH OP ABERDEEN. ['5^ 

preiudice of his ma^*^ 3eirlie revenew and patrimony of his Croun In sa 
far for the said prouest counsale and comvniteis p' that gif the said 
george be sufTerit to cum in possessioun (in the qlk as ^it he neuir cam) 
of the said new pndit conqueist of the said fischeing Thay and thair 
successo'f will be debarrit and stoppit fra all salmound fischeing on that 
wattir in all tymes cuing in respect he pndis his said new fischeing to be 
betwix thame and the sea and in the sey forganis the watter mouth of 
Done thair scarring and debarring of the salmound fischis w^ cobillis ams 
and nettis stopping thame to entir in the wattir and thairby chaissing of 
thame agane in the mayne sey to the saidf prouest counsale and comvniteis 
vtter heirschip and wrak seing that without the industrie and comoditie 
. of salmound na bur^ nor inhabitant of bur^ culd weill be thair bot desert 
solitude And as concerning his hienes p^ in preiudice of his patrimony 
they can not be abill to pay the 3eirlie feuferme of thre hundreth and 
tuentie iSkf to his hienes gif they inlaik the comoditie q'foir the same is 
payit mairouir his ma^* will inlaik the 3eirlie dewitie and custume of 
the salmound fische qlk now is payit 3eirlie gif the salmound be not 
takin bot stayit and impeidit be the impediment foirsaid For the maist 
speciall dewitie and custume of the said bur^ consistis in the custume of 
salmound 3eirlie as the cheker comptis testifies Sua ar they not onlie hurt 
and dampnifiit be this new infeftment of the nouo damns Bot alsua his 
hienes patrimony is and wilbe meikle hurt jT'by Humilie thairfoir de- 
syiring oure souerane lord that for releifT of his awin conscience Redres 
of the saidf prouest counsale and comvnitie and reteing his ma*^ awin 
richt and 3eirlie rent ,that his hienes wald prouide remeid heirto be 
revoiking of the said pndit new infeftment of de nouo damns for the 
caussf foirsaidf lykeas at mair lenth is contenit in the said supplicatioun 
Quhilk being red sene and considderit be his ma^* and lordis of secreit 
counsale and they having respect not onlie to the scaith sustenit be the 
saidf prouest counsale and c5mvnitie be granting of the said new infeft- 
ment of the saidf fischeingis Bot alsua that his hienes is and wilbe 
gretlie preiudgit J^'by respectand thairw^hall the comoditie that sail 
redound to his ma^^** selff be making of the said reuocatioun Hes thair- 
foir eftir mature aduise and deliberatioun Reuoikit cassit annuUit and 
dischairgit lyke as his maiestie be thir pntis with auise of the Lordis of 
his secreit counsale Revoikis cassis annullis and dischairgis the said new 
infeftment of de nouo damns sa far as the san\ extendis or may extend 



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I581.] ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNUL. 239 

to the saidf fischeingis allanerlie as gevin to the said george in his ma^^ 
minoritle not onlie to the scaith of the saidf prouest counsale and 
comvnitie Bot alsua to the gret hurt of his hienes awin 3eirlie rent 
Declairand the sam w^hall that foUowis or may follow thairvpoun 
tuicheing the said fischeingis to haue bene fra the b^^yning and to be in 
all tyme cuing of nane availl force nor effect in judgement or outwith 
qreuir the samin beis producit 

X, 

7%e Parliament appoint the provost and baillies justices for the waters of Dee and 

Don, 29M November^ 1581. 

Ourc Souerane Lord, and thre estatis of this present parliament, 
Ratefeis and apprevis all actis maid be his hines, and his maist noble 
progenitouris, anent ]>e distructioun of cruuis and 3aris, slauchter of 
reid fische, smoltis, and ]>e fry of all fisches. And ordains the samy 
to haue effect and executioun in time cuing. And becaus it is vnder- 
stand to his hines and his said is thre estatis, That albeit panes and 
trauellis wes tane to cast done and distroy the saidis cruuis and 3aris, 
3it in default of the execusioun of }7e panis cotenit in the saidis actis 
vpoun the contravenaris ]7airof. The saidis cruuis and 3aris ar not 
haldin doun nor onie v)>ir thing in eiTect (appointit to be done in the 
saidis actis) put in executioun throw J^e defalt, and negligence of )>e 
ordinar officiaris, To quhome }>e executioun thairof wes ^mittit Thair- 
foir oure Souerane Lord w^ aduise of his saidis thre estatis hes 
maid {stitute and ordanit, and be the tenoure of this present Act, 
makis constitutis and ordanis the personis efter specifeit w^hin )>e 
boundis particularlie foUowand his hines Justices in that pairt, To )>e 
effect vnderwrittin : They are to say . . . The schiref of abirdene and 
his deputis, and J^e provest and bailleis of abirdene for the watterris of 
dee and done . . . Gevand, grantand and comittand to J^e saidis 
Justices, in }7at pairt, coiunclie, and seueralie w«in }7e boundis particu- 
larlie aboue written full power Speciall comand, expres bidding and 
charge: To Inquire and tak vp dittay of all persounis, contravenerts 
of the saidis actis of parliament, w^in the boundis Particularlie aboue- 
written, alsweill )>e principall offendaris, as thair maisteris, landislordis 
1 resettaris, and to call thame to vnderly }>e law, Thairfoir in Jfc 
tolbuy* of the heid burgh of euerie schire, or vj)ir place covenient at 



240 BURGH OF ABBRDBBH. ['S^Z- 

Ye discretioun of Ye saidis Justices, and put thame to )w knawlqie of 
ane assyse, As they be fundin culpabill or Innocent to minister iustioe 
vpoun thame conform to Ye lawes of ]ns Realme. The panes ootenit 
in the saidis actis, to rais and vplift, and of )w samyn to mak compP, 
Reknyg and payment to oure souerane lord, and his hines thesaurair 
in his chekker. And to )w effect, That )w executioun of the saidis 
actis sail no* be neglectit as in tymes hypaat Ordanis twa ofdtner 
iustice Courtis to be halden 3eirlie, The ane the first day of februar, 
and ]>e v)>ir at )>e first day of [August], or ]>e nixt lawful! dayis ihair- 
efter following besyde v^ir cowrtis to be haldin at v)>ir dayts, qohen 
occasioun semis at ]>e discretioun of )w saidis iustices. And in ca&l 
\)e saidis iustices or onie of thame fail3e in doing thatr exac diligence 
for executioun of }>is present Comissioun at twa tymes euerie jetr as 
said is, being callit and convic thairfoir befoir o' Souerane lordt iusdce 
principall or his deputis at \>e instance of [his] hines aduocat Euerie 
ane of thame sail incur ]>e pane of twa hundre' pundis to be vpliftit 
of thame be his hines thesaurair, to his maiesteis vse. Be it alwa)ris 
vnderstand, That ]ns present act^ nor nathing thairin contenit, salbe 
preiudiciall to his hines subiectis, being dewlie infeft and in pos- 
sessioun of balding of cruuis, lynis or loupis w4n fresche watteris, Bot 
that they may vse, Jois, bruik, and occupy )w same in tyme aun|^ 
according to )>air richtis, kepand )w setterda}ris slop and sic distance 
betwix euerie hek, as ^e actis of pliament appoyntis. And in ca^ 
they failze ]Pin to be accusabill and suffer punischment, as the 
remanent transgressouris of )>e saidis actis. 

XI. 

Tk^ Pariiament ratify the revocation of the grant to George AuchinUck.* 29/4 

November^ 1581. 

Forsamekill as Anent the suppHcatioun geivin in be the prowest 
baillies counsale and c5mwnitie of the burgh of aberdene to the 
kingis ma*^ and thrie estatis of parh'ament Makand mentioun, That 
quhare wpoun thair suppHcatioun presentit to his hienes and lordis 
of secreit counsale At dunottir ^fe xxij day of Junij the 3eir of god 

* Sec No. IX., p. 237. 



1581.] ACTS OP PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 241 

V* tad foureacoir 3eiris declaring how his mat^ predecessoures hade 
dotit die said buigh w^ certane Comodeteis liberteis and Immuneteis 
far the support of the continewance thairof namelie w^ ane pece 
of giomid callit the stokkat adiacent to the said buigh and w^ the 
Salmond fischeingis of the samy burgh wpoufi the watteris of die 
and done for ^eirlie payment of thrie hundreth and twentie i3kis 
moii^ of this reaime to be pa}rit in name of fewferme to his hienes 
and his successo^f And how that thay hade bene trublit in bruiking 
of )Mdr saidis fischeingis be ane pretendit infeftment purchest be 
goofge Auchinlek of balmino In the tyme of the r^entrie of 
ynaql^ James erte of mortouS mother brother to the said george 
fra & said souerane lord w^ consent of the said vmq^ erte of )>e 
landis of polgonye and mvrto' lyand Contigue to the said Salmond 
fischeingis oS don^ And including in the said pretendit infeftment 
Safanotid fischingis be ane claus (de nouo damus) IcP insft thairin 
Cantdouslie to questioun the saidis complenaris auld infeftment and 
possesdoufi of thair saidis fischingis bruikit and possessit be thame 
of before but impediment sen thair first obtenig thairof And thairbye 
tending nocht onlie to preiuge thame of thair saidis fischingis and 
fanner ry^ )^of foirsaid Bot als to tak fra o' said souerane lord and 
Us soccessoures die patremonie of the few maill foirsaid of the saidis 
fiidieingis and to demineis and stay the samp and 3eirlie customes 
of salmond fisches takin and to be takin wdn the saidis fischingis 
being the maist speciall dewtie of the said buigh detbund to be 
payit 3eirlie to o' said souerane lord and successoures testefeit be 
the chaker comptis Quhairwpoun and for vtheris gude ressones rehersit 
in the said supplicatioun It thaii plesit o' said souerane lord being 
at dunottir as said is To revoik caB anull and discharge w^ aduise 
of the lordis of his hienes secreit counsale than present the said pre- 
tendit new infeftment of de nouo damus Ic^ safar as the Samy 
esctendis or may extend to the saidis fischeingis allanerlie as gewin 
to the said george in His hienes minoritie no* onlie to thair skaith Bot 
ab to the greit hurt of his maiesteis awin 3eirlie rent declaring the 
samy W all that foUowit or may follow )?wpoun tuiching the saidis 
fischeingis to haue bene fra the begymig And to be in all time ciimfg 
of nane awaill force nor effect^ in iugement or outw* quhare«-euir the 
ssaatkf beis produdt As ane decreit and act^ of secreit Counsale of 

HH 



242 BURGH OF ARBRDKKN. [>58l. 

the dait foirsaid heir pnt to schaw at mair lenth prqportis And ab 
at halyruidhous the xxiiij day of Januar last bipast o' said souerane 
lord w^ aduise of the lordis of secreit counsall foirsaid th2 ^venit 
Ratefeit and apprewit the said reuocatioun and act^ of secreit Coun- 
sale maid )>air\¥poun in all effectis respectis and conditiones expressit 
thairin And als than of new Revoikit cassit Unullit and dischargit 
the said new pretendit infeftmet (de nouo damns) %c? Sa far as 
the samy extendis or may extend to the saidis fischingis In maner 
at lenth abouewrittin And atto^ thi Ordanit the saidis Reuocationes 
and approbatioun to be ratefeit in his hienes nixt parlianmt w* new 
reuocatioun gif neid beis thi to be maid thairin in corroboratioun of 
the saidis complenaris ry^ and securetie and his hienes Comodetie of 
the few main foirsaid As ane act^ and decreit of secreit Counsale 
maid J^anent including the said former act^ off the dait At haly- 
ruidhous the said xxiiij day of Januar last bipast heir radye to 
schaw at mair lenth dois testeiie Desyring maist humblie thair- 
fore o' said souerane lord and thrie estatis foirsaidis to sie and con- 
sidder the saidis former actis of Reuocatioun and haill contentis 
thairof And in respect^ of the samy and ressonable causs thairin 
expressit That his hienes of new in this pnt parliament w^ aduise 
of the saidis estatis wuld revoik cas) inuU and discharge the said 
pretendit new infeftment gewin be dispositioun and claus (de noao 
damns "^c^) To the said geoige Auchinlek aud vtheris thairin con- 
tenit of quhatsumeil dait the samy be Sa far as the samy extendis or 
may extend to the saidis fischeingis allanerlie as gewin to the said 
george and vtheris ]P\n nominat^ In his hienes minoritie No^ onlie 
to the skaith and detriment of the said bur^ Comodeteis and priui- 
legis Jy^of Bot als to the greit hurt of his ma'^ 3eirlie rent And 
to declare the Samy now as of before w^ all that hes followit 
or may follow ]Pwpouh tuiching the said iischeing To haue bene 
fra the begynig and to be In all tyme cOmig null and of nane 
awaill force strenth nor effect^ in Jugemet nor outw^ quhaireii the 
samy hes bene or beis producit and schawin At at mair lenth In 
{tenit in the said supplicatioun Qik being sene and considerit first 
be the lordis of articles And thairefter be the kingis g and estatis. 
OURE Said Souerane Lord w^ aduise of the saidis thrie estatis of 
this pnt parliamet Revoikis cas} anullis and dischaiges the said 



1584O ACTS OF PARUAMSNT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 243 

pretendit new infeftment gewin be dispositioun and claus (de nouo 
damus %c?) to the said george auchinlek and vtheris thmrifi contenit 
of quhatsuflfieil dait the sam^ be Sa far as the samy extendis or 
may extend to the saidis fischeingis allanerlie As gewin to the said 
george and vtheris ]Pin nominat^ In o' said souerane lordis ntiino- 
ritie no^ onlie to his hienes skaith and detrement of the said burgh 
But als to the greit hurt of his ina*«» awin 3eirlie Rent And thairfore 
Decemis And declaris the santiy now as of before with all that hes 
followit or may follow thairwpoufi Tuiching the saidis fischingis To 
haue bene fra the begynig And to be in all tyme cumlg null 1 of 
nane awaill force strenth nor effect^ In Jugement nor outw^ quhaireu 
the samy hes bene or beis producit and schawin, And ordanes Ires of 
publicatioun to be direct^ heirvpoun gif neid beis in forme as eflferis. 

XII. 

Tk€ Parliament appoint a Just standard for salmon to be kept at Aberdun. 22nd 

May, 1584, 

Item our Souerane lord with auise of the thrie estatis of }>is present 
Parliament Ratef^s and apprevis all and syndrie [actis and] statutis 
maid be his hienes and his predicessouris concerning the measure of 
salmound, hering and quheit fish : gageing, burning, and measuring 
thairof, And to }7e effect the saidis Actis may be the better kepit, 
And for eschewing of defraud of the saidis measuris, and of fals and 
vniust paking of salmound, hering and quhit fish, quhilk is mekle 
vsit be vnfremen, fisharis and vtheris slayaris of )>e said fische to )>e 
great hurt of [the fremen], burgess}, and merchandis and haill c5moun 
Weill of )7is realme Thairfoir it is statute and ordinit That thair be 
ane iust measure and standert for the salmound maid be ]>e burrowis 
conforme to )7e auld actis of parliament, and the samyn to remane 
at J>e burgh of Aberdene. And siclike that thair be ane iust standert 
and measure for hering and quheit fish, quhilk salbts brint, and remane 
in the keping of J>e provest and baillies off Edinburgh. And that all 
salmound treis hering treis, and quhiet fish treis vniuersallie throw 
the realme Salbe of the )7e measure and gage foirsaid. And that ilk 
burgh sail ressaue ane patroun of )>e gage and measure foirsaid, and 
sail caus thair cowparis within thair boundis to mak thair treis con- 



244 BURGH OF ABERDBBN. [^S^?* 

forme to )>e said measure and \>e same to be brint be Ye toune Ime 
and cowparis Irne on baith \>e endis» and vpoun )w stop beside the 
bung. And incace ony salmound, hering or quheit fish be paktt in 
vther treis nor of )>e lust gage foirsaid, brint and marldt as sud is. 
The samyn salbe escheat to our souerane lord, And ordinis the 
principall stapill of saimound fra die northe to be at )w burgfais 
of Aberdene and Elgine, And the principall stapill oS hering and 
quheit fish slane be the Inhabitantis within the watter of forthe to be 
in leithe within ]>e priuil^e and fredome of )>e burgh of Edinburgh 
and within the port and hevin of Creill, And the stapill of saimound 
hering and quheit fish slane benorthe fyvisnessP to )w watter of die 
To be at dundie or perth. And that ]>e saidis proveist and baillies 
of Edinburgh Aberdene, Craill, Elgine perthe and dundie sail appcmit 
ane discrete man to be visito', wraker, gagear and bimar of the saidis 
treis, and appoint to him ane ressounable duetie [of] ilk last thairof 
for his lawbouris, That all vnfremen, fisharis and slayeris of hering 
and quhytfish duelland within [the boundis of] the watter of forthe 
on baithe ]>e syidis to ])e watter mouth of Tay bring thair hering 
and quheit fishe to be slane be thame in tyme cuming to )w pords 
of leithe or CrailL And at ])e west syid to Air and dumbritane 
deuidand \fe boundis betuix and )>e clochestane, thair to be gageit, 
markit and sawld to ]>e frie burgess} of }>is realme. And that na 
fisharis or vtheris vnfremen sell thair said hering or quheit fishe to 
ony strangeairis or vnfremen or carie the same furth of this realme 
to ony vther cuntreis to be sauld be thame selflfis vnder the pane of 
eschaeting of all thair movable g^idis, The ane half to o' souerane 
lordis vse, and the v)7er half to ]>e burrowis quha Sail ^ct thame 
be vertew of thair Commissionis. 

XIII. 

T/te Parliament grant a tax for the upkeeping of the Bridge of Don, 

29M July, 1587. 

Anent the supplicatioun gevin in to o' souerane lord and thre 
estaittis of this pnt pariiament be >e prouest baillies counsall and 
c5munitie of the burgh of Aberdene Makand metioun That quhair 
o' souerane lordis maist noble pr(^enitouris considering the guid 



1587.] ACTS OF PARUAMBNT AND PRIVY COUNaL. 245 

Iruice done at all tymes be \>e said burgh dotit the sami w* diuers^ 
comodities liberties and Immvnities for ]>e aid and support \>airo{ qlk 
)>ai haue broukit in all tymes bigane And be ressone of \>e barreones 
and sterilitie ' of \>e cuntrie quhair )>e said burgh is situat }>air is na 
fertilitie of comis nor victuallis growand about \>e said burgh Nor 3it 
within ten or tuelf mylis distant ]^fra bot sic as growis in the cuntries 
of buchane and gareoch and v)>eris be north the said burgh qlkf ciiis 
resortis and repairis to )>e said burgh be ]>e brig of done qlk is \fe 
onlie passage and way that ]>e haill fumessing of \>e victuallis repairing 
of merchandis cuntriemen and vj^eris strangeris to ]>e said burgh and 
vj^eris pairtis tounis and cuntries be south )>e said toun of Aberdene 
is maid be \>e brig of done being tua mylis distant fra the said burgh 
zit neuirtheles being now fast decaying and \>e north end J^airof alreddie 
fallin doun quhairthrow ])e rest of }>e samyn is likelie to fall suddenlie 
lyk as present liein tyme of windie and tempestuus weather na man 
is liable to travell J^airon nather on fute nor hors} The qlk decay 
and rewine of )>e said brig as ]>e sami wilbe maist danabill to ]>e 
haill baronis gentilmen and vtheris o' souerane lordis li^es duelland 
in ]>e north pairtis and in vse to frequet to )>e said burgh for selling 
of ^ victuallis and vther traffio]^ of merchandice as also to all sic 
as duellis be north ]>e same in all countries cuing and resorting to 
the south pairtis of the realm suk will ]>e sami tend to ]>e wrak and 
destructioun of ]>e said burgh gif ]>e same be not preventit be sum 
solide and substantious ordour in this piit parliament viz be )>e 
granting of ane taxatioun throuchout \fe haill north cuntrie for repa- 
ratioun of \>e said brig to the qlk taxatioun }>e saidis prouest baillies 
counsall ^ cdmunitie ar willing to contribute according to thair 
power and habilitie albeit )>ai ar vtherwyse oblist w^ vphalding of )>e 
brig of die and thairthrow maid \>e mair vnhable to help to )>e re- 
paratioun of \fe said brig of done As the said supplicatioun at mair 
lenth beiris Oure souerane lord w' avise and consent of the thrie 
estaittis of this piit parliamet hes gevin and grantit full power and 
cdmissioun to the erle of huntlie the erle of erroll ]>e erle marschall 
\>e laird of auchindoun ]>e laird of vry the laird of reviniscrag the 
laird of drum the laird of essilmonth \fe laird of foueme }>e laird 
of vchquhone and ane comissioner for ]>e said burgh of Aberdene 
or ony thrie of thame c5iuclie to pas to }>e brig of done at ony 



246 wamm op a bmmdemm . [k5^ 

tyme thay plds appoint and diair to vise and cosidder )« said hr^ 
and to confer )iairvpone w* )« maist honest ancient landit gentilme 
nixt adiacent )?to and »e gif )« said br^ possible m^ be hdpit 
and be quhat best moyen pe same may be done and to report ^ir 
opinioon and procedingis in the premiss? to pe lofdb of secreit 
Coonsall And incais? efter )raur said report the said br^ beis fondin 
possible to be mendit and repairit Onre said Sooerane lord w* adnise 
fcnrsaid gevis and grStis full power and comisrioon to pe lofd» of 
secreit coonsall to grit and appoint ane ressounaUe generall stent 
and taxatioun vpone sic pairtis of pe cantrk as \m sail think maist 
expedient for help and support of )« said decayit br^ and to mak 
speciall act and ordinace vpone \>e said taxatioun Contening )« forme 
and ordo^ of payment and ingaddering of \fc samyn. 

XIV. 

27k€ Prwy Council grant an indemniiy to the burgh for Us furnishing of the rebel 

Earls. 4M At^gusff ^5^- 

Forsameke as it is undirstand to the Kingis Majestie and Lordis 
of his Secreit Counsaill that George, Erll of Huntley, Francis, Erll of 
Erroll, and David, Erll of Craufiirde, in the moneth of Apriie last 
bipast, repairit within the burgh of Abirdene, with sic a force of his 
Hienes subjectis in arms as the provest, baillies and inhabitantis of 
the said burgh, wer not able at that tyme to resist, bot, for eschewing 
of mony and dangerous inconvenientis, cheiflie the rasing of fyre, 
biming and distructioun of thair houssis, exponing of thair guidis in 
pray, bereving of thair lyveis and sindrie utheris violenceis quhairwith 
thai wer threatned, in end compellit not onlie to grant ressett to the 
saidis Erllis and thair compliceis within thair said toun, bot utherwise 
to supporte and fumeis thame, aganis thair willis, and upoun na de- 
liberat mynd ather to allow and approve thair treasonable dealing, 
nor yit to participat with thame thairin, continewand alwayes thair 
aflfectionat myndis towardis his Hienes, as thay and thair predicessouris 
had at all tymes done to his Majestie and his predicessouris of befoir, 
— quhairof his Hienes, immediatlie eftir his repairing to the said burgh, 
finding gude and sufficient prufe, not onlie be [thair ?] advanceing 
and delivering to George, Erll Mairshael, be his Hienes commandi- 



I593«] A^^^ ^' PARTJAMBNT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 247 

ment, of divers grite sowmes of money, bot als in thair personal! service 
and reddlnes to the advancement of his Hienes authoritie and service 
chieflie aganis the saidis Erllis and thair compliceis, besydis the fur- 
nissing of werkmen, with thair werklumes, and sindrie utheris pre- 
parationis for the dimolissing and douncasting of thair houssis and 
stienthis ; — his Majestic thairfoir, accepting and allowing of the bipast 
behaviour of the saidis provest, baillies and inhabitantis of the said 
biugh, thair constant and aflfectionat myndis towardis his Hienes at 
all tymes, hes decemit and declairt and, be thir presentis, with advise 
of the saidis Lordis of his Secreit Counsaill, decemis and declairis, 
thame and every one of thame to be free and unaccusable for thair 
lessett and fumissing grantit to the saidis Erllis and thair compliceis 
in maner and at the tyme foirsaid ; like as his Majestic, with advise 
of the saidis Lordis, remittis, renunceis, and dischargeis all actioun 
and caus criminale and civile quhilkis his Hienes had, hes, or ony 
wise may have, agains them for the samin : exonering thame be thir 
presentis off all pane and dangeir that may be imputt to thame thair- 
thfow for evir ; dischargeing his Hienes justice, justice-clark, thesaurair, 
advocatis, and all utheris his officiaris and ministeris of his lawis, off 
al calling accuseing or onywayes proceding agains thame for the samin, 
and of thair offices in that parte : and that thir presentis be als sufficient 
bsft the suretie of thair lyveis, landis, guidis, and previl^eis, as giff 
the samin wer past undir his Hiene^ grite seill in forme of remissioun 
with all solempniteis requisite, or as giff thay had been ordourlie 
aoquite of the samin be ane assise befoir the justice or his deputis. 

XV. 

I%e Ihirliameni grant leave to the burgh to hold a yearly fair,^ 2 ist/utyt 1593. 

OURE SOUERANE LORD w^ auise of the estaitis of this pnt parlia- 
ment Gevis and grantis licence and libertie to the burgh of abirdene 
To hald ane marcat and publict fair w'^^in the fredome of the said 
burgh To begin 3eirlie heireftir vpoun monuday Immediatlie befoir 
uitsonday And thaireftir To continew for the space of aucht dayes 
w* the haill iurisdictionis fredomes, toill and custumes off the same. 

♦ C/. Noe. IV., VII., XIX., pp. 8, II, 27. 



248 BURGH OF ABKRDXKK. [l597« 

XVI. 

Tke I^rliament amfirm to the burgh the ammalSt etc,^ bekmgmg to the du^imbu §f 

St. Nicholas (^rch. 21st /uly, 1593. 

OuRE SOUERANE LORD and estaitis of this pnt parliament Ratifies 
apprevis and conf^mis and of new gevis grantis and disponis to the 
burgh of abirdene All and sindrie the anuellis few malis chaiplanries 
and pbendariis qlkis belangit of befoir, To chaiplanis of thair paroche 
kirk of abirdene, c5tenit in the gift maid to the said burgh of befoir.^ 

XVII. 
The Parliameni ratify the erection ef Aberdeen as a free burgh. Zth/une^ 1594. 



OURE SoUERANE LORD and estaitis of diis pBt pliamet 
apprevis and for his hienes and his successo*'f perpetuallie conf^mes 
the erectioun of the burgh of abirdene in ane ftie burgh w^ all infeft- 
metis privilegis richtis and titles maid and gritit be his hienes and 
his ^icessorf vnto thame ofbefoir And decemis and declaris the same 
to stand in the full strenth force and effect in tyme to cum. 

XVIII. 
The Parliament ratify acquittances given to the burgh for faymeni of £^000 

lent from the Queefts tocher, i6th December^ i597- 
Oure Soueraue Lord and estaitis of this p&t parliamet Ratefeis 
apprevis and coiirmis the tua acquittaceis and dishargis gewin be his 
maiestie with advyis of his hienes comptroller and lordis of secreit 
counsale to the toun of abirdene vpoun the paymet of aucht thousand 
pudis qlk wes dcliuerit to }p2L of the tocher of his maiesteis deirest 
spous the quenis grace and qlk )>ai had for anuell and profTeit Togidder 
with the pfTeit of ]>e sami aucht thousand pundis of all 3eiris and 
termes bipast as the sami acquittlcis and dishargis in tha selffis mair 
Splie beris The ane Jr^of being of the dait J>e fyift day of Junij the 
3eir of god fourscoir fourtene 3eiris and the vj^ J^of being of the dait 
J>e last day of Julij J^efter J>e sami 5eir and decemis and ordanis that 
this piit act^ of Ratifica^un foirsaid salbe als valiable and effectuall 

* See No. XXXIII., p. 75. 



l6o6.] ACTS OF PARUAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 249 

for y effect^ as gif the saidis tua acquittaceis and dishargis war insert 
and ingrossit everie word heirintill and ordanis ane act^ of parliamet 
to be maid and fonnit heirvpoun 

XIX. 

7%e Pariiament ratify the charter of 14th August, 1601,* granted to the burgh by 

King James VL 9th July, 1606. 

OURE SOUERANE LORD and estaittis of this piit parh'amet be the 
tenno^ heirof Ratefeis appreves and perpetualie confermis the charto>^ 
maid and grantit vnder his hienes great seall To the burgh of Aberdene 
provest baiileis counsaill and comunitie J^airof and thair successouris 
Off all and sindrie thair cdmoun landis pertenig to the said bur' mylnis 
small customes salmond fisheingis Liberteis privileges Immuniteis and 
vtheris quhatsumeuir generalie and specialie comprehendit and contenit 
in the foirsaid charto' In all and sindrie pointis heidis articlis clausS 
drcustances and coditionis thairof As the foirsaid charto' of the date 
at falkland }?e fourtene day of August the 5eir of god J"vj*^ and ane 
3eiris in the self at mair lenth proportis with the precept and InstrumEt 
of seasing following )>airvpoun And willis that )>is piit Ratiiicatioun and 
cdfirma^un Is and sail be of als great strenth force and effect as gif 
the sami charto' precept and Instrumet of seasing wer word be word 
heirin ingossit quhairanet our said souerane with advyse foirsaid for now 
and evir be thir pntis dispensS And als oure said souerane w' advyse 
foirsaid Hindis decemis and declaris the foirsaid charto' precept and 
Instrumet of seasing following thairvpoun To be ane gude valide and 
perfyte richt to the provest baillies counsaill and comunitie of the 
said bur' of aberdene and )>air successouris ffor bruiking and Joising 
of all % sindrie landis mylnis iischeingis salmond iisches privileges 
Liberteis and Immuniteis and vtheris q'sumeuir generalie and specialie 
coprehendit and expressit in the samI charto' ffor paymet of the 3eirlie 
duetie thairin c5tenit And gif neid beis oure said souerane And 
estaittis foirsaidis Ordanis ane new infeftmet to be maid grantit and 
gewin To the said bur' of Aberdene provest baiileis counsaill and 
cdmunitie }>airof ag^reable word be word w' the said chartour ffor 
the qlk new Infeftmet this piit act sail be ane sufficient warrand 

* No. XLII., p. 100. 

II 



250 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1617. 

XX. 

Tke Parliament ratify the charter of ist February^ 1605, granted to the burgh by 

Mr. Alexander Hay.^ ^^/^fy% 1606. 

OURE SOUERANE LoRD with advyse of the Estaittis of this pnt 
pliament Be the tenno^ heitx)f Ratefeis appreves and for his hienes 
and his successouris perpetualie Confermis the chartour maid gevin 
and grantit be m' Alexander hay clerk of o' said souerane Lordis 
counsaill and sessioun To the provest bailleis counsaill and oomunitie 
of the burgh of aberdene and thair successouris Off all and sindrie 
the fewfermes and Ilrentis )>airin Contenit extending in the haill to 
tuentie sewin pundf aucht schillingis and aucht penneis with the super- 
ioriteis of all landis tenemetis alrentis and vtheris thairin cdtenit In 
all and sindrie pointis clauss articlis circustances and conditiounes )nurof 
As the foirsaid charto' of the date at Edinburgh the first day of 
februar The 3eir of god J^^vj^ and fyve jeiris in the self at mair lenth 
proportis with the precept of seasing cotenit in the said charto^ and 
Instrumet of seasing following )>airvpoun And willis that this pnt 
Ratificatioun and coiirmatioun Is and sail be of all great force strenth 
and effect As gif the sami charto' precept and Instrumet of seasing 
wer word be word heirin ingrossit Quhairanet oure said souerane 
with advyse for now "X evir Be thir pntf dispense 

XXI. 

The Parliament appraise an alteration of the amount of hurgh maill from sterling 

to Scots money, 2%thjune^ 161 7. 

OURE Souerane Lord and estaittis of Parliament perfyitlie vnder- 
standing That his Maties bui^h off Abirdene being ane of the most 
ancient ^ famous borrowes of this his majestyes kingdome off Scotland 
wes erectit be his maiestyes maist nobill predicessoures of worthie 
memorye and doted with ampill priuiledges ^ Immunityes for 3eirlie 
payment of the soume of Tua hundereth threttene pundis sex schillingis 
Aucht Penny es of borrow maill speit and conteanit in the rightis and 
Infeftmentis maid to )>e said burgh thairvpouh As ]>e samyne in the 

* See the charter fost€a. 



1617.] ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY CX)UNCIL. 251 

selflT proportis And howbeit in ane of the saidf auld infeftmentis 
The said Borrow maill and 3eirh'e dewtie be exprest to be steriing 
tacf yt it is of veritie that }?e Provest bail3eis Counsell "X Communitie 
ci the said burgh off Abirdene and thair predicesso'f wes nevir in vse 
of Payment to his Matie or his hienes Comptrollaris bot off the soume 
off Tua hundereth threttene pundis sex schillingis aucht pennyes 
current and vsuall money of Scotland allanerlie Q'off compt hes bene 
maid in his hienes exchekquer past memorie of man And his 
maiestye considdering that giff the said burgh of Abirdene suld be 
vrgit and burden it with the payment of the said borrow maill in 
sterling money The same wald tend to the vtter Ruine of the said 
burgh In respect the haill commoun landis and rentis pertening 
Jmirto Ar not able to pay the said borrow maill it being Comptit in 
sterling money His hienes thairfore be Infeftment vnder the gryit 
seill Off the date at faulkland the fourtene day off August the 3eir of 
god J* vj® and ane 3eiris ♦ of new gave grantit and disponit to the said 
burgh all and sindrie thair landis mylnes housS iischeingis watteris 
and die said burgh it selff and all vtheris priuiledgis Liberties Im- 
munities and vtheris Commodities quhatsumeuir Qlk did at ony tyme 
of before pertene or belang to the said burgh To be haldin of his 
MStie and his successoures in frie burgage for yearlie payment of the 
soume of Tua hundereth threttene pundis sex schillingis aucht pennyes 
vsuall money of the realme of Scotland and tuentye schillingis in 
augmentatioun of the rentall As in the said Infeftment off the date 
foirsaid Contening ane ratiiicatioun of all former rightis and euidentis 
grantit to the said burgh at mair Lenth is conteanit Qlk infeftment 
hb MStie hes Ratefiet in J>e Parliament haldin at Peirth the nynt 
day off Julii J"*vj*^ and sex 3eirisf And now his matie being of mynd 
that the said gift and erectioun maid to the said burgh may be sua 
formalie exped according to his maties lawes that )>e same may be 
effectuall to the provest bail3eis Counsell and Communitie of the said 
burgh and ane sufiiciet Right vnto thame and thair successoures in 
all t5rme cuming for payment of the said 3eirlie dewtie and borrow 
maill of Tua hundereth and threttene pundis sex schillingis aucht 
pennyes vsuall money of this realme of Scotland and tuenty schillingis 

• No. XLII., p. 100, t No. XIX., p. 249. 



252 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [^^^7* 

money foirsaid of augmentatioun allanerlie Thairfore his Majestic 
with aduyse And Consent of the haill estaittis of this pnt Parliament 
Hes dissoluit and be the tenno' heiroff for his hienes and his suc- 
cessoures with consent and aduyse foirsaid off certane knawledge 
perpetuallie dissolvis fra the Croun and all Annexatioun thairto The 
said Burgh of Abirdene with all and sindrie thair landis forrestis 
woddis watteris salmond fischeingis vpoun dee and done mylnes thirle 
multeris castellis medowis hillis linkes heavines poirtis blokhous bul- 
warkis anchorages small Customes Bell customes Trone wechtis 
measures vtheris proffittis casualities and dewties quhatsumeuir qlk 
at ony tyme before perteanit or belangit to the said burgh of abirdene 
Togidder with the said borrow maill and 3eirlie dewtie of tua hundereth 
threttene Pundis sex schillingis aucht pennyes money Conteanit in 
quhatsumeuir Infeftmentis or^euidentis grantit to the said burgh off 
quhatsumeuir designatioun the said borrow maill and 3eirlie dewtie be 
of quhither sterling money or vsuall money of this realme To this 
effect that his Matie may of new give grant and dispone to the Provest 
Bail3eis Counsell and Communitie of abirdene and thair successoures 
The said burgh with all and sindrie thair Landis forrestis woddis 
wateris salmond fisheingis vpoun dee and done mylnes thirle multo'^f 
castellis medowis hillis linkes blokhousS bulwarkis anchorages small 
Customes bell Customes trone wechtis measures vtheris proffittes 
casualities and dewties q^sumeuir qlk at ony tyme bigane pertenit or 
belangit to the said burgh of Abirdene To be haldin of his Matie and 
his hienes successo'f in frie burgage for 3eirlie payment of \>e said 
sowme of Tua hundereth threttene pundis sex schillingis aucht pennyes 
and tuentye schillingis of augmentatiouii vsuall money of Scotland 
allanerlie with als ampill priuiledgis Immunities and liberties as ony 
vther burgh w4n this realme Lyik as his Matie ardanis ane new gift* 
to be maid to the saidis Provest bail3eis Counsell and Communitie 
off the said burgh and vtheris abone speit efter this pnt dissolutioun 
vnder his hienes gryit seall Qlk infeftment swa to be exped His 
Matie w* consent foirsaid Now as gif the samen wer alreddye perfyittit 
Ratefies affermes and apprevis in the haill heiddis articles and clausS 
thairoff And willes and declairis the said Infeftment to follow vpoun 

♦ No. XLIIL, p. no. 



l6l9-] ACTS OK PAKUAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 253 

thb i^t dissolutioun to' be ane guid valide and perfyit right for the 
saidf Provest bail3eis Counsell and Communitie of the said burgh off 
Abirdene present and to come for bruiking and joysing of the said 
burgh and all and sindrie Landis forrestis mylnes woddis salmond 
fiacheingis customes Casualityes trone wechtis Priuiledgis Liberties 
Immunities and vtheris dewties quhatsumeuir thairin to be conteanit 
for payment of the said yearlie dewtie of Tua hundereth Threttie 
pundis sex schillingis aucht pennyes vsuall money of Scotland and 
tuenty schillingis of the same money in augmentatioun of the rentell 
allanerlie and na farder As giff )>e same were alreddy past and ex- 
preslie sett doun in this pnt act And nochtw'standing thairoff Quhair- 
anent his hienes for his Matie and successoures with aduyse and 
consent foirsaid Hes and be thir pntis dispense for euir 



XXII. 

Tke Privy Council appoint the old gauge of Aberdeen to be the standard measure 

for salmon throughout Scotland.* i$th /ufy, 16 19. 

Forsamekill as the comissionaris nominat be the lait parliament 
ibr reduceing of the weychtis and measoris of this kingdome to 
one conformitie haueing with gryte paines diligence foirsicht and 
deliberatioun bro* that wark to ane gude conclusion by appoynting 
and setting doun of a perfyite Just and trew proportioun of measure 
for the firlot stoupe eln and weychtis by the quhilkis all his 
maiesties liegis and subiectis ar commandit to ressaue and delyuer 
buy and sell thair commodities and wairis and of the qlkis measuris 
and weychtis double standartis war presentit to his maiesties councell 
be the burrowis quho hes the charge and keiping of the same and 
ar put in his maiesties castell of Edinburght and Dumbartane to 
remane as warrandis for the saidis weychtis and measuris in all 
tyme comeing thair onlie rested at that tyme the measour of 
salmond q'with the saidis commissionaris medlit not ather in 
respect that no mentioun wes maid of that mesour to the parlia- 
ment Or els becaus the standart thairoff qlk was committit of auld 

• See page 187. 



354 BURGH OF ABERDKEir. [1619. 

be his maiesties predicessoris of famous memorie to the Burght of 
Abirdeine hes beine ressauit Imbraceit and acknowledgit alsweill in 
yis kingdome as in forane pairtis to be a Just trew and vpridit measour 
And whereas be the cair and diligence of the saidis commissionaris 
the diversitie and disproportion of all vther measouris quilk fonnerlie 
wes so frequent and commoun in this cuntrie Is now remowit and 
taine away And seing lykwayis thair hes newir beine ane vther 
standart of Salmond maid in this Kingdome bot the auld standart 
of Abirdein Thairfoir the Lordis of secreit counsall hes thocht it 
meit expedient concludit and ordaint both for the credite and weill of 
the cuntrie and for eschewing the hurt and preiudice quhilk the dis- 
proportioun betwixt the measouris of salmond may produce to his 
maiesties li^s that thair salbe bot ane constant measure for the 
salmond throught out the haill kingdome and that this measure salbe 
according to the auld gadge and standart of abirdein quhilk conteine 
Ten gallowins with the quhilk measour all his maiesties li^is sail 
ressaue and delyuer thair salmond in all tyme comeing Ay and quhill 
the estaitis of this kingdome to be convenit in parliament tak vther 
ordour thair with And the saidis Lordis ordaines thir pntis to begin 
and to tak effect and executioun fra the First day of Januar nixt to 
come allanerlie and to continew thaireftir till vther ordour be taine 
in parliament as said is And ordaines letteris to be direct to mak 
publicatioun heirof be oppin proclamatioun at the mercat croceis of 
the head burrowis of this kingdome and vther places neidfuU quhair- 
throw nane pretend Ignorance of the same And to command charge 
and Inhibite all and sundrie his maiesties liegis and subiectis that 
nane of thame presume nor tak vpoun hand at any tyme eftir the 
said first day of Januar nixt to cum To ressaue or delyvcr thair 
salmond w* any vther measure bot according to the- gadge and 
standart of abirdein containing Ten gallowins as said is and that all 
thair barreUis be maid conforme thairto vnder the paine of confiscatioun 
of the haill salmond that salbe barrellit be thame vtherwyise the ane 
halff of the said confiscatioun to apperteine to the kingis maiestie 
and the vther to the discover and reveiler of the fals and disconforme 
barrellis And siclyk to Command charge and Inhibite all and sundrie 
cowparis mackeris of barrellis That nane of thame presume nor tak 
vpoun hand" to mak any barrellis for salmond bot according to the 



1633.] ACTS OF PARUAMBNT ilND PRIVY COUNCIL. V^ 255 

standart of abirdein contdning the gallowins as said is vndir the paine 
of fywe pundis to be Incurrit be thame for everie barrell that they 
sail mak of ane vther measour 

XXIII. 

Hk IkrUament ratify the charter of \ith July ^ 1617, granted to the burgh by King 

James V/.^ 2^thjune, 1633. 

OURE SOVERANE LoRD and estates of this present parliament ordaines 
ane ratificatioun To be maid thairin In favours of his hienes lovitts 
The proueist baillies counsall and c5mwnitie of the burgh of Abirdeine 
and thair successors Ratiiiand approveand And for his hienes and his 
successors perpetuallie coniirmand The chartors maid and grantit be 
his Ma**" vmq* darrest father James be the grace of god king of great 
Britane france and Ireland defendar of the faith Ic^ of etemall 
memorie With advyse and consent of his hienes principall thesaurar 
deputtie thesaurar and remanent lords of his hienes secreit Counsall 
of Scotland his hienes Comissioners for the tyme Wnder the great 
scale of the dait at falkland the sevinteine day of July The jeir of 
god J"vj* and sevinteine 3eirs Quhairby our said lait vraq* Soverane 
lord . . . [see p. no] ... as the said chartor of the dait forsaid in 
itselflr at mair lenth beirs : with the precept of sasing following thair- 
vpon« vnder the testimonie of the Great Scale of the samyne dait, and 
faistrament of sasing following thairvpon, of the daite the day 

of , the jeir of god J°Vi* 3eirs ; as als the act of 

dissolutioun maid in the Parliament haldin at Edinburgh, the tuentie 
aucht day of Junii, the said yeir of God J"»vi*^ and sevinteine jeirSjf 
quhaininto the said chartor abone mentiopat is relative and quhairone 
the samyne proceids and followes in maner thairin contenit; as als 
the chartor maid be vmq^ King Robert the First, to the saids burgesS 
and comwnitie of the said burgh of Abirdeine of all the liberties, con- 
suetudeSy and jmmwnities quhairine they wer infeft be his predicessors 
of befor, in tyme bygaine ; and giving full power to the saids burgess 
and comwnitie of the said burgh, to talc, waird, and punishe all thes 
that sould come in armes within the said burgh, againes the statuites 
of his Majestic and borrowes of this realme in tyme coming, Wnder 

• Na XLIII., p. no. t No. XXI., p. 250, 



256 BURGH OF ABERDBEM. [1654. 

the Great Seale of the dait at Gairuane in Carrik, the saxt day of 
Februar, and of his Majesties reigne the tuentie-thride jeir,* IN ALL 
and sundrie the heads, pointes, clausS, articles, and condttiones thatrin 
contenit, and eftir the formes and tennors thereof in all pointes. And 
our said Soverane Lord and Estates of Parliament wills and grants, 
and for thame and thair successours decemes and ordaines that this 
present ratiiicatioun of the said chartor, precept and sasing following 
thairvpon, and of the act of dissolutioun abone writtine qubairvpon 
the samyne proceidit, and the vther chartor abone mentionat, maid 
be the said vmq^ King Robert the First, is and sail be als valide and 
sufficient, and of als great force, strenth, and effect to the saids 
proueist, bailleis, counsall, and comwnitie of the said burgh of Abir- 
deine and thair successors for bruiking and joysing of the said burgh 
of Abirdeine and all and sundrie lands, heretages, forrests, mylnes, 
wodes, salmond fishings, casualities, liberties, priueledges, jmmwnities, 
and vthers quhatsumever contenit in the saids chartors, and ather of 
thame, and vtherwayes belonging thairto, as if the saids tua chartors, 
precept, seasing, and act of dissolutioun abone writtine were all at 
lenth insert, ingrost, and contenit in this present ratificatioun. Quhatr- 
anent, and with all vther defects and imperfectiones, quhilks may be 
proponit or alledgit againes the saids tua chartors, precept, sasing, and 
act of dissolutione, or any of thame, and this ratificatioun thairof, oure 
said Soverane Lord and Estates of Parliament hes dispensit, and be 
thir presents dispenS for ever, and that the said ratificatioun be farder 
extendit in the best forme with all clauss necessar 

XXIV. 

The Privy Council grant to the hurgh for a term of nineteen years certain duties on 
passengers^ etCyfor upholding the Calseys of Cowymonth. \lthjuly^ 1634. 

Anent the supplicatioun presented to the Lordis of secret counsall 
be the prouest and Baillies and counsell of the burghe of Aberdeine 
Makand mentioun That where the calseyes in Cowiemont ar now 
so worne and decayed as there will be no possibilitie of passage in 
this approaching winter and the supplicantis hes done alreadie all 
that lyes in thame for the mending and vpholding of these calseyts, 

* No, X., p. 15, 



1634O AC^ OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNaL. 257 

bot the work is so great and the mante other burdeins lying vpoun 
the said burghe presseth thame so hardlie as it lyis not in thair power 
To outtred and perfytee that work there being none within the king- 
dome more Important and necessir and if some course be not tymouslie 
tane for mending and vpholding of the saidis calseyis It wil become 
altogidder impossible thairefter and the supplicants can for see no way 
how these calseyis can be biggit and upholdin bot be a collectioun and 
dewtie To be takin off passingeris on horse and foot and of all horse 
LfOaddis and quhatsumewir c5modities passing that way Humblie 
dcsyiting thairfoir the saidf Lordf To grant vnto the saidf supplicants 
a warrand and c5missioun To raise and lift the dewtie following on 
passengeris horse Loadis and other comodities comeing and going be 
the saidf calseyis Lyik as at more Length is conteaned in the said 
supplicatioun Quhilk being red hard and considered be the saidf Lordf 
and they hawing also hard seine of the barons and gentilemen in the 
Norihe anent this matter and anent the necessitie of repairing and 
vpholding of the saidf calseyis and the saidf Lordf finding by thair 
awne knowledge and also by the report and declaratioun of the saidf 
Barons and gentilemen That the reparatioun and vpholding of the saidf 
Calseyis is a most important and necessar work Tending to the weell 
of the countrey and good of the subjectis And finding no other 
expedient for the present how the saide calseyis salbe mendit and 
vpholdin bot be the vplifting of the dewtie following Thairfoir the 
saidf Lordis hes Given and granted and be the tenor heirof Giwes and 
grantis full power warrand and powir to the saidf supplicants and to 
thair coUectoris To be nominat and appointed be thame frome tyme 
to tyme as thay sail think expedient To ask crave ressave intromett 
with and wplift the dewtie following of all passingeris travelling be the 
saidf Calseyis and of all horse Loadis or cartis sheep and noct comeing 
or going that way That is to say of ewerie footeman twa pennies, of 
everie horsman eight pennyes, of everie horse Load of whatsumewir 
c5modities eight pennies, of everie ten sheep eight peneys of ewerie kow 
and oxe foure pennies, and of everie cart of whatsumewir comodities 
twa shillingis To be applyed to the belting mending repairing 
and wpholding of the saidf calseyis And for the better collecting 
and ingaddering of this custome and dewtie With power to the saidf 

supplicantf To caus big and sett ane port at suche pairt and place 

KK 



258 BU&GH OF ABSRDSSIC [x64I- 

of the calseyis as they frome tyme to tyme sail think expedient 
and to close the port and suffer none to hawe passage that way 
hot such as sail pay the dewtie foirsaid debarring all otheris frome 
passage who sail refuse to pay the same With power Lyikwayes 
to the saidf collectorf To pound the reddiest goodf and geir of the 
personis refuiseing to pay the said dewtie according to the availl 
and proportioun of that quhilk is dew to be payed be thame And 
the saidf Lords ordains this commissioun and warrand to stand in 
full force and effect and to continew and indure and have execu- 
tioun for the space of nynteine yeeres nixt and Imediatlie following 
the day and date of thir pntes during the quhilk space the saidis 
Lordis Ordains the saids supplicant^ to enterteaine and vphold the 
saids Calseyis 

XXV. 

7^ Parliament ratify King Charles I! s grant (of 11th November, 1641*) of the 

Church of St, Nicholas, it th November^ 16^1. 

Our Soverane Lord and haill estates of this pnt parlia' ordeanes 
ane act to be made therine Ratiiieing and approveing ]>e lers of Gifle 
made and granted be our said soverane Lord To and in favoures of 
the proveist baillies counsell and comvntie of the burghe of Abirdene 
now present and to there successoures in all tyme comeing of the 
Dait the ellevint Day of november instant Quhairby our said soverane 
lord for the considerationes therin contenit Hes gfivine granted foundit 
mortified and Disponed To the sds Proveist baillies counsell and com- 
montie of the said bur' and ther successoures in all tyme comeing All 
and haill the kirke of S' nicolas within }pt said bur^ with the haill 
teyndis personage and viccarage therof Togidder with the right of 
patronage 1; presentatione of the ministeres therto As ofte and sua 
ofle as )7e samene shall happine to occurre in tyme comeing To remaine 
with the saidis Proveist baillies counsell and commontie of the said 
bur* and ther successoures for evir in all tyme comeing And sicklyke 
hes vnite and annexit J^c said kirke of S' Nicolas and teyndis personage 
and viccarage therof with the right of patronage therof foirsaid to the 
said burghe of Abirdene And hes ordeaned that ane seasing to be 

♦ No. XLVII., p. 199. 



1641.] ACTS OF PARLIAMBNT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 259 

now once takine therof be J>e saidis Proveist baillies counsell and 
oommontie of the said bur* at \>e mercat croce ]fo{ shall stand 
eflectuall and be ane sufficient seasing to them for evir in all tyme 
oomdng without any necessity for taking new seasing therof at any 
tyme thereftir To be holdine in maner specified in J>e said gifte As 
the samene of the dait foirsaid at mair Lenth beeres In all and 
sindrie J>e heedis Clausg and conditiones therin contenit And eftir the 
forme and tenno' }>airof in all poyntes 

XXVI. 

Tke Pariiammt ratify King Charles Us charier (of ^th September^ i638*) cm- 
firming the privileges of the Burgh, i*]th November^ 1641. 

Our Soverane Lord and Estates of this pnt Parliament Ratifies 
and approves and for his hienes and his successoures perpetuallie 
Confirmes The Charter mad and granted be his hienes with advyse 
and consent of his Maties thesaur^es prin^^ and deputie and remanent 
Lordis of his hienes excheker of this realme for the tyme wnder J^e 
great scale of J>e dait J^e Nynt day of September The jeer of God 
j»YJc Therttie eight jeeres Quhairby our said soverane Lord . . . 
[see p. 155] ... as the said charto' of the dait foirsaid at mair lenth 
beeres with J^e precept of seasing fallowing therwpon under the testi- 
mony of ]>e great scale of J^e samene dait and instrument of seasing 
falloweing J^airvpon off the dait )7e last day of October the said jeer 
of God J"vi^ therttie eight jeeres IN ALL AND sindrie J^e heedis 
poyntes clausS articles and conditiones therin conteined ; and eftir ]>e 
formes and tennore J^airof in all poyntes and oure said Soverane 
Lord and ]>e Estates of Parliament willis and grantes and for them 
and ther successoures decemes and ordeanes that this present ratifi- 
catione of the said charto' precept and seasing falloweing J^'wpoun 
and others actes and charto'f J^airin mentionat is and shall be alse 
valied and sufficient and of alse great strenth force and effect to J^e 
saidis proveist baillies counsell and comonitie of J^e said burghe of 
Abirdene and ther successoures, for bruiking and joysing of }>e said 
bur^ of Aberdeine and all and sindrie landis heritadges forrestes 
mylnes wodis fisheinges ofHces casualities liberties priviledges im- 

• No. XLVI., p. 155. 



26o BURGH OP ABERDEEN. [x644* 

munities and oj^'s whatsomevir, conteaned in Jtc said charto' and 
otherwayes belonging therto as if ]>t samene charto' precept seasing 
actes and otheres above speit therin mentionat ware all at lenth 
word be word insert ingrost and conteaned in the said ratificatione 
therof Notwithstanding that the samene be not sua done Quhair- 
ANENT and withall other defectes and imperfectiones whatsomevir 
whilkis may be proponit or alledged aganes J>e samene charto' precept 
and seasing actes charto'f and otheres writtes foirsaidis J>airinmentionat 
or any of them, and the said Ratificatione J>airof OUR said soverane 
Lord and Estates of this present parliament Hes Dispensit And be 
J^ir pntes Dispense For evir 

XXVII. 

77i€ Parliammt grant warrant for payment of £12^^60 Scots to the burgh from 
the burgh Excise^ being proportion of mon^ furnished to purchase arms. 
iZthJulyy 1644. 

The Estates of parliament presentlie conveint By vertew of the Last 
act of J?e last parliament Haldine be his Ma^ and thrie estates in Anno 
1 64 1 Be thir pntes Gives precept and warrand to J>e Thesaurer or 
collecto' Generall of the excise and to J>e Commis' and intrometeres 
with the moneyes harrowed for J>e use of J>e publict To make payment 
to J?e burghe of Aberdene or ony haveand ther power and warrand out 
of J?e first and reddiest of the Excise or harrowed moneyes w** shall be 
exacted uplifted or harrowed for J^e use of the publict within the said 
burghe of Abirdeine of the soume of Tuelff Thousand Nyne hundreth 
thriscoire pundes scotes with the arent therof sence mertimes J°*vj^ T; 
fourtie tuo yeeres Quhilke is that pairt and proportion payed and 
advanced be )?e burghe of Aberdene for J?e publict To the facto' at 
campheir of the pryces of J?e Armes and ammunitione sent home be the 
facto^C for J?e use of the publict to this Cuntrie the tyme of the late 
troubles And q'of J?e frie royall burrowes and ther burgess rextiue 
advanceres and payeres therof to J?e facto'f at campheir Are ordeind 
to be repaycd be ordinance of )?e parliament Out of the said Excise and 
harrowed moneyes within ther owne burghes rextiue Conforme to J>e act 
and ordinance made heirwpoun of J^e dait heirof Quhairanent thir pntes 
shall be a sufficient warrand 



1647O ^^^^ ^^ PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. a6l 

XXVIII. 

I%€ Parliament elect the Councillors of the hurgh for the current year, 

6th February, 1647. 

Forsamekle as there being ane proces depending before the 
Gomittie of estates and remitted to J?e determina^une of the parlia- 
ment concerning the Late election of the counsell and magistratis 
of Abirdene And the samen being now takine in consideration be 
the estates of parliament with what hes bene said for and against 
the samen They Find That in regaird of some excomunicat per- 
sones and otherp of the rebellis being in armes within the toune 
Imediatlie before and about the tyme of thair election and of there 
intermedling Ym The election hes not bene caried on w* that 
friedome q* is allowed be J?e Law and vsuall in the Lyke catses 
And therefore declares and decemis the said election to have bene 
and to be enforced vnfrie and illegall And for removeing of anie 
scandall that hes rissen and prejudice that hes or may ensue vpon 
the said election if it sould have cours : for reestablishing the election 
in the ordinarie dew and Legall way for the tyme to come and for 
diverse other good and Important considerations The estates of 
parliament have thocht fitt to tak vpon themselfis the election of 
the Counsell of Abirdene for the piit yeir And haveing informed 
themselfis sufficientlie of the persones ablest and fittest for the charge 
They Doe Nominat and appoint patrik Leslie elder M' Ro* farq' 
M' Thomas gray Johne hay m' w™ moir Thomas Mortimer Alex' 
Jaffray george cullen patrik Leslie yo' Walter Cochrane Alex' burnet 
elder Johne Jaffray Alex' farq' Thomas mowat george aedie david 
sinclare charles robertsone peter sheirar and W™ Sangster To be 
the Nyntene counsello'f of J^e said burgh for the pnt yeir And 
ordains them vpon J?e tuentie fourt day of this moneth at fardest 
or sooner if convenientlie they can To conveene in the ordinarie 
place of meitting And thair be themselfis onlie to mak election of 
the provest bailHes and other magistratis and officer^ w4n the s<* 
burgh for the samen yeir of thair awne number Quhilks persones 
ar to exerce the saidis places and offices of magistracie and counsell 
vntill the nixt ordinar tyme of election And then they ar to mak 



a6a BUROH op aberdeew. [i647- 

choose of \^ successo'f in the saidis places for the nixt yeir to come 
of men of knawne affection to the caus conforme to \>e Law and 
vsuall custome of the burgh And it is heirby provydit That this 
act sail neither prejudge anie infeftmentf and saisingis given by 
the persones elected In maner foresaid nor anie LaufuU deid done 
by them in conveyance of richtis and administration of justice or 
keiping the said toune in order this tyme bygone nor the priviledges 
of the said burgh in the election of the counsel! and magistratis 
In tym comeing Declaring Lykewise Inr^^aird that the clerk who was 
in place is Laitlie deceissed That the counsell abouenamed and 
magistratis be them to be elected Sail satle and dispose of the said 
place as they sail find most conduceable to \>e Peice of \fc toune 
and to ]>e publict caus And ordains Lres to be direct heirvpon to 
the effect before ordaned vpon ane simple charge of xv dayis 

XXIX, 

Tike Pariiament recognise the public indebtedness to the burgh to the extent cf 
;;^39>o84 lox. Zd, and ;;^22 1,036 5^. Scots. 21th March^ 1647. 

The Estates of parliament Haveing hard and considered the Report 
of that Comittie appointed for hearing of }>e duplications and sitling 
of J?e accomptis of the burgh of Abirdene and \y distrest burghes 
and schyres CONCERNING the suplication and accomptis of ]>e 
s** burgh of Abirdene For payment of Y quarteringis the fleymis 
money and other sowmes furneist and Lent be them for J>e vse of 
the publict by order of )?e Comittie of estates THEY FIND That thair 
is justlie restand awand be the publict to the toune of Abirdene of 
fleymis money advanced be them in anno 1641 and of vy moneyis 
furneist and lent be them and payed to Johne denholme Comiss' for 
)?e north in anno 1644 be order of J^e CSmittie of estates The sowme 
of Threttie nyne thousand fourscore foure pundf ids. 8d. money 
of prin" sowmes and anuelrentis at Candlemes Lastbypast J"vj*^ 1 
fourtie sevin yeirf By vj?' great sowmes of money borrowed from 
severall persones Inhabitantes of the burgh of Abirdene and not 
compted nor comprehendit in the sowme abonewrin Quhilk sowme 
of Threttie nyne thousand Fourscore foure pundf los. 8d. abone- 



ld470 AC^ OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIYY COUNCIL. 26$ 

mentioned The estates of parliament declares to be ane publict 
debt adebtit be the kingdom to J>e burgh of Abirdene And grants 
heirby to them the publict securitie and publict faith for payment 
Jrof to them w* anuelrent for the fleymis money and lent moneyis 
fores** since Candlemes Last and whill the payment And doe heirby 
obleidge the estates of J>e kingdome for that effect And ordains 
the foresaid fleymis money and anuelrentis ])^o{ w* \>e anuelrent of 
'pe said Lent moneyis To be payit out of the excise of J>e kingdom 
cftir ]>e sowme appointed out of the excise for mantenance of ]>t 
armie beis first compleit and made vp to the armie And also The 
s*f estates of parliament FiNDlS by the fores** Report That thair is 
restand awand to ]>e burgh of Abirdene and inhabitants yof be 
the publict for quarteringis of horss and foote officerf and souldio'f 
their from tyme to tyme at frie quarterf preceiding J?e twentie of 
februar J"*vj*^*1t fourtie sevin yeirf and for vj?' incident necess' charges 
debursed be them vpon warrandis instructed The sowme of Twa 
hundreth tuentie ane thousand threttie sex pundis fyve schillingis 
scotis money And that it is the opinion of J?e fores** Comittie That 
suche restis as is 3it vnpayit be the toune of Abirdene of y awne 
mantenance of J>e first sevintene monethis Sould be allowed to them 
In pairt of payment of J>' s**f quarteringis Quhilk article of J>e 
fores** Report concerning the fores**f quarteringis and vj?' incident 
charges debursed be J>e toune of Abirdene amounting to J>e fores** 
sowme of Two hundereth tuentie ane thousand threttie sex pundf 
5s. scotis money w* the alloweing of these restf of J>e toune of 
Abirdene mantenance of }?e first sevinten monethis suche as is 
vnpayed J^'of to them In pairt of payment of ]>e s**f quarteringis 
The saidis estates of parliament In respect of ]>e singular caise and 
condition of J?e toune of Abirdene Remittis to the Comittie of 
estates To be tane in consideration be J?m and W* power to them 
to determine J^'anent and tak some effectuall course for J>e tounes 
releise J^'of as the Comittie sail find just and reasonable But pre- 
judice of the pay* of ]>e armie and w' Re?va**une of J?e Lord humbies 
act and pay* and of former assignementf And that no assignementf 
be granted of anie of ]>e money dew be the parliament of England 
to this kingdome 



364 BURGH or ABERDEEN. [l6i9- 

XXX. 

The ParliamaU relieve the burgh from the payment of certain arrears^ and grant 
the sum of jQiooo sterling to the Magistrates, 12th March^ 1649. 

The Estates of Parliament Taking to thair consideratioune 
the Supplicatioune given in to thame be the Magistratis and counsall 
of ^ft, burgh of Aberdene for thameselffis and in name and behalflf 
of the Inhabitantis of the said burgh Shewing the great soumes 
dew to thame by the publict with y Losses and sufleringes as the 
samyne are mentioned and instructed in the said supplicatioune And 
that without present helpe they in that toune will be vterlie ruined 
And Thairfore desyreing whill some vther effectuall course be 
taken for Y releife That the mantenance and exc)^se W** is dew 
and payable be thame for byganes and What sail be due in tyme 
to come may be allowed to the supplicantis in y awne handis As 
the supplicatioune mair fullie beires And als considdering The 
Reporte of the Comittee of comoune burdings Wherevnto the samyne 
wes remitted Finding the haill soumes resting to the said burgh 
cleirlie instructed (uherof one great pairt formerlie approven and 
declaired publict debt by act of parliament*) And Y y will be 
due and restand to the said bui^h in haill The soume of Nyne 
hundreth Tuentie sevin thousand ane hundreth and twentie Merkis 
and no pairt Yo{ peyed And that it is the opinione of the said 
Comittee In regarde of the great soumes advanced by the said burgh 
to the publict And to encourage and strengthen the handis of 
their honest magistratis and ministeris That the soume of Ane 
thousand Merkis monthlie continew suspendit as formerlie And what 
of y mantenance is formerlie suspendit and fund resting by the said 
burgh be allowed to thame in pairt of peyment of the soumes dew 
to thame by the publict And that the Excyse of the said Burgh since 
the first of februar Last be signed and alloued to thame in tyme 
cumeing Whill y flemis and Lent moneyis with the ahuel-rent yoi 
be compleitlie peyed And that some present and effectual course be 
taken for the farder reparatioune and releefe of the saide burgh and 
that they be seriouslie recomendit to the Cdmittee of estaites for that 

• No. XXIX., p. 262. 



l649-] ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 265 

effect QUHILK Supplicatioune and Reporte Jt'oF being considderit 
by the estaites of parliament THEY In r^arde of J>e present sadd and 
distrest conditioune of the said burgh of Aberdene Ordaine thame 
to be liberate and fred and doe heerby Dischairge and exoner the 
said burgh of Aberdene of all bygane Monethlie mantenance ather 
restand vnpeyed be thame Or suspendit to thame for any monethis 
preceeding the first of februar last 1649 yeires Whereof the parliament 
declaires thame frie And allowis the samyne to thame in satisffactioune 
pro tanto of the soumes dew to thame be the publict And Farder 
The said estaites of parliament Ordaines The Soume of Ane thousand 
pundis sterling To be allowed and payed to the Magistratis of 
Aberdene out of the first and reddiest of the mantenance Excyse 
or vther publict dewis to be vplifted out of the said burgh of Aber- 
dene or shire J^'of For the Moneth of februar last 1649 yeeres and 
subsequent monethis J^'efter And to that effect The saidis Estaites 
Gives heerby precept and Warrand to the Generall C5missar and his 
deputtis To mak payment to the Magistratis of Aberdene of the 
foirsaid Ane thousand pundis sterling in maner foirsaid And Declaires 
thir pntis with their dischairge to be ane sufficient Warrand To the 
General Comissar and his deputtis for ]^ exdneratioune in ]j^ accomptis 
for the said thousand pundis sterling pro tanto And Ordaines the 
said soume to be imployed be the Magistratis of Aberdene for making 
vp of a pairt of the mortified moneyis in "jp^ burgh Tane vp and 
advanced be thame for the vse and service of the publict And for 
the remanent memberis of y Supplicatioune and report With the 
actis and instructiounes jT'of concemeing the remanent soumes yin- 
mentionat dew be the publict to the burgh of Aberdene The saidis 
Elstaites of parliament Remittis and rec5mendis the samyne in ane 
serious maner To the Committee of estaites That ane speedie and 
effectuall course be taken for \h releese aud reparatioune of the 
burdinges and Losses of the said burgh as the said Comittee shall 
think expedient 

XXXI. 

T/ke Parliapunt ar^iain the Commissary of Aberdeen to sit within the burgh, i6/h 

March, 1649. 

' The Estates of parliament Taking to \f consideratioune that 



266 BXniGH OF ABERDEEN. [1654. 

the Comissar of Aberdene hes his seatt of lustice uithin ane village 
Called old aberdene where nether pro^f nor vthers memberis of 
Court dwelHs nor can convenientlie attend So that the Leidges 
dwelling within the said dyocie of Aberdene are much damnified 
and dissapoynted of lustice J^^by And that it wald tend much to 
the gude of the Leidges That the said Comissar did sitt and ad- 
ministrat justice uithin the burgh of Aberdene where all \>e vj^ 
ludicatories of that boundis does sitt and memberis of the said 
Comissariote dwells Thairfore and inrespect that it is the earnest 
desyre of the Comissioneris of the schire and burgh of aberdene and 
memberis of the said Cdmisariote THEY doe ondaine That in all 
tyme cuming the said C5missar of Aberdene and his deputtis Sail sitt 
and administrat lustice uithin the burgh of Aberdene where pro'f 
and memberis of Courte may attend and the Leidges may be eased 
and not preiudged throw want of y attendance And declaires thir 
piitis sail be ane sufficient warrand for the said C5misar to change his 
seate of lustice to the place foirsaid 



XXXII. 

7i(^ Lord Protector and his Council ordain that Aberdeen^ Banff ^ and CulUn shall 
conjointly return a member to Parliament, 27M June, 1654. 

Whereas by the Government of the Commonwealth of England, 
Scotland and Ireland, publiquely Declared at Westminster the 
sixteenth day of December 1653. It is declared, that the Distribution 
of the Persons to be chosen for Scotland, and the severall Counties, 
Cities and places uithin the same shall be according to such propor- 
tions % numbers as shall be agreed upon and declared by the Lord 
Protector, T; the major part of the Couhcil, before the sending forth 
Writs of .Summons for the next ParlamenL And whereas His High- 
ness and the major part of the Council, before the sending forth of 
any Writs of Summons aforesaid, did Agree and Declare the Dis- 
tribution of the persons to be chosen for Scotland, According to 
the proportions and numbers hereafter mentioned ; It is therefore 
Ordained, Declared and Agreed by His Highness the Lord Protector 
uith the consent of the Council, That the persons to be chosen 



l66l.] ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 267 

for Scotland, and the severall Counties, Cities and Places uithin the 
same, shall be according to the proportions and numbers hereafter 
expressed : That is to say, . . . For the Broughs of Bamph, Cullen 
and Aberdeen, one, and the place of meeting for the Election of 
such person shall be at Aberdeen ; . . . And it is further Ordained 
by his said Highness the Lord Protector uith the consent of the 
Council, That for the effectual and orderly Election of the persons 
aforesaid to be chosen to sit and serve in Parlament, as in the said 
Government is declared, several Writs under the Great Seal of England, 
shall issue and be directed to the several and respective Sheriffs of the 
several and respective shires, wherein the respective Elections are to 
be made of the respective persons to serve in Parlament for J?e respective 
shires, T; to the respective Sheriffs of the County where the Elections 
for the Boroughs are hereby appointed to be made according to the 
distribution aforesaid ; and that the respective Sheriffs to whom such 
Writs shall be directed, are hereby Authorized and Impowred to make 
or cause Proclamation to be made of such Writ in all the Counties 
Boroughs and places respectively for the making such Election and 
Elections, and to issue his Warrant to the Chief Officer of the place, 
where such Election for Boroughs is to be made, notuithstanding 
the same be not within the shire wherof such person is Sheriff, and to 
Cause the Elections to be made accordingly ; Which Writs the Chan- 
cellour. Keeper, or Commissioners of the Great Seal of England, for 
the time being, shall Seal, Issue, and send forth. 

XXXIII. 

The Parliament renew the grant of I'jth July^ 1634, by the Privy Council to 
the hurgh^ for a further term of nineteen years, 22nd February ^ i66i.* 

The Estates of Parliament takeing to their consideration a supplica- 
tion given in to them by the Provest Baillies and Councill of the 
burgh of Aberdein Shewing that the Lords of Secreit Councill by 
their Comission dated the Seventeinth of July 1634 yeers did grant 
warrant to the Magistrats & Councill of the said burgh of Aberdein 
to vplift a certaine dutie for the space of nyntein yeers after the date 

♦ No. XXIV., p. 256. 



368 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1661. 

of the said C5mission from all passengers and for all horse loads 
carts sheip and nolt comeing or goeing be the Calsayes of Cowy- 
month for vpholding & maintaining of the said Calsajrs And that 
they did not enioy the beneiite of the said Comission above the space 
of three or four yeers preceiding the late troubles And therfor craveing 
that in regaird the said Calsays are now become broken & rwinous 
and the said burgh is not able to repair them vpon their oune 
charges That it would please the saids Estates of Parliament to 
grant warrand to the supplicants & their Collectors to exact & vplift 
the dueties contained in the said Comission of Secreit Councill of 
all passingers horse loads cairts sheep or nolt passand be the skid 
calsayes and in the maner speit in the said Comission in all points 
As the said supplication at more lenth beares And the saids Estates 
of Parliament haveing also seen & considered the forsaid Comission 
of Secreit Councill and particular dueties therin contained Have of 
new given & granted And be the tenor heirof Give & g^rant full 
power warrand & Comission to the saids supplicants and to their 
Collectors to be nominat and appointed by them from tyme to tyme 
As they shall think expedient To ask crave receave intromet with 
& vplift the dueties following of all passengers travelling be the 
said calsays and of all horseloads or cairts sheip or nolt comeing or 
goeing that way That is to say of everie footman two pennies, of everie 
horseman Eight pennies, of everie horseload of whatsumever comoditie 
Eight pennies, of everie ten sheip eight pennies, of everie cow & ox 
four pennies, and of everie cairt of whatsomever comodities two shilling 
to be applyed for the beiting mending repareing & vpholding of the 
saids Calsayes With power lykwayes to the saids Collectors to poind 
the readiest goods & geir of the persones refuiseing to pay the said 
duety according to the availl & proportion of that which is due to be 
payed by them And to close the port of the saids Calsayes and suffer 
non to have passage that way bot such as shall pay the forsaid duetie 
And the saids Estates of Parliament Ordaines this Comission & war- 
rand to stand in full force & effect And to continew & endure & have 
execution for the space of nyntein yeers next & imediatly following 
the day & date of thir pnts And lykwayes ordains the said supplicants 
pntey to repair the said Calsayes And to mantaine & vphold the same 
As they will be anserable 



1 66a.] ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRI7V ' COUNCIL. 269 

XXXIV. 

Tke Parliament confirm the pnwiswns of the Act of i6th March^ 1649,* a$ieiU the 

seat of the Commissary Court, 12th July , 1661. 

The Kings Maiestie and Estates of Parliament takeing to their con- 
sideration that the Comisser of Aberdein hes his seat of lustice within 
ane village called old Aberdein wher neither procurators nor other mem- 
bers of court duells nor can conveniently attend So that the leidges 
duelling within the said dyocie of Aberdein are much damnified and 
disappointed of justice thereby, and that it uold tend much to the good 
of the leidges that the said Comisser did sit and administer justice 
uithin the burgh of Aberdein wher all other judicatories of that bounds 
does sit and administer justice and the members of the said Court duells. 
Thairfor and in regaird of the earnest desire of the Comissioners of the 
Shire and burgh and members of the Comissariot It wes formerlie ap- 
pointed that the Comisser Court should sit uithin the burgh of Aberdein 
The Kings Maiestie uith advice and consent of his Elstates of Parlia- 
ment Doth ordeane That in all tyme comeing the said Comisser of 
Aberdein and his deputs Shall sit and administer justice within the 
buif^H of Aberdein wher procurators and members of Court may attend 
and the leidges may be eased and not preiudged for want of their atten- 
dance And declares that thir presents shall be ane sufficient warrand 
for the said Cdmisser to change his seat of lustice to the place forsaid 
and to sit and administer justice therein to all his Maiesties leidges in 
tyme comeing 

XXXV. 

The Parliament rescind the preceding Act of 1 2th July^ 1 66 1 . 1 7M /nly^ 1 66a, 

Forasmuch as the Seat of the Comissariot of Aberdein wes formerlie 
in the oldtoun of Aberdein, Wher wis also the Seat of the Bishop 
of the diocie, And that vpon the desire of the Magistrats of the 
Newtoun of Aberdein before the late restitution of Bishops The 
C5missary Court wes removed and appointed to sit in the Newtoun ; 

* No. XXXI., page 265, which, perhaps, was regarded as flailing under the providonsof 
Uie Rescissory Act of 28th March, 1661. 



270 BUROH OF ABERDEEN. [1663. 

And it being most iust that the Seat of the Comissariot be wher it 
wes in former tymes befor these late troubles, and wher the Seat of 
the Bishop is Thairfor the Kings Maiestie with advice and consent 
of his Estates of Parliament Ordaines and Appoints, That the 
Comissar Court of the diocie of Aberdein shall be in all tyme 
comeing kcept at the oldtoun of Aberdein And therfor Rescinds 
and annulls all orders or acts made to the contrarie And declarse 
the same voyd in all tymecomeing 



XXXVI. 

The Parliammt remit to the Lards of Session a dispute anent the selling of ground 

malt in the Burgh, s^h Septemder, 1662. 

The Estates of Parliament having heard a supplication presented 
vntb them in name of the Comissioners of the Shire of Aberdein and 
burgh of Kintor Shewing that the Magistratis of Aberdein haveing 
hindered the sale of grund malt within the said burgh vpon the 
weekly merCat dayes therof and made acts and prohibitions in the 
contrare, to the great preiudice not only of the haill heritors lyve- 
renters wodsetters and others within the said shire and bui^h of 
Kintor by diminishing their rentalls and Milne rents and depriveing 
the tennents of their readiest meane to make money Bot also to the 
great preiudice and against the consent of the whole trades of the 
said bui^h of Aberdein as instruments and protestations taken ther- 
vpon beares Humbly desireing that the Magistrats of Aberdein might 
be discharged from any wayes hindering of any within the said Shire 
to bring in and sell their grund malt within the said burgh vpon the 
weekly mercats thairof as the supplication bears Which with the 
report of the Lords of the Articles who had heard the differences 
betuixt the Shire and burgh of Aberdeen, Being taken into considera- 
tion The Kings Maiestie with advice of his Estates of Parliament 
Doth remit the decydeing of the pretences of their severall Rights 
to the Lords of Session In relation to this particular anent the malt 
Allowing the Shire in the meantyme to reteane thair possession of 
bringing and selling their malt in the said mercat as formerlie And 
this without preiudice of either parties rights as accords 



1669.] ACTS OF PARUAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. . 37 1 

XXXVII. 

Tke Parliament extend the grant of 22nd February^ 166 1,* for^ a Jurther 

term of nineteen years, $rd December, 1669. 

The Kings Maiestie and Estates of Parliament haveing heard a 
supplication presented vnto them in name of the Magistrats and 
Council! of Aberdein Mentioning That the petitioners haveing been 
at a considerable expence for building and maintaining of an long 
calsay in Cowiemonth which is the ordinarie way & passage from 
the South to the said burgh and to that place of the North of Scot- 
land wher the samen lyes In consideration whairof And for man- 
tenance of the said calsay The late Parliament by their act dated 
the tuentie tuo day of ffebruary 1661 yeers Did grant warrand to the 
supplicants to impower some persone to vplift and receave ane pettie 
imposition from all persons travelling alongs the said calsay viz tuo 
pennies scots for everie footman, eight pennies for everie horsman, 
and for everie load that passeth that way eight pennies, for everie 
ten sheip eight pennies, for every ox and kow four pennies, And 
tuo shilling for everie carte of whatsomever c5moditie And that for 
belting repairing and vpholding the said calsays And to endure for 
the space of Nyntein yeers iinediately after the date of the said act 
As the same of the date forsaid more fully proports And now in 
regaird the saids calsays are prcsentlie to be repaired and the ditches 
casten which will stand the petitioners ane considerable soume of 
money And that heirefter the same will be neiding always reparations 
for keepeing the way passable without which in the winter tyme it 
wer impossible either for horse or foot to travell Humbly desyring 
That the said imposition may be continewd for the vse afofsaid 
during ane longer space As the supplication at lenth bears Which 
with the Report of the Lords of the Articles made theranent being 
taken into consideration. The Kings Maiestie with advice and consent 
of his Estates of Parliament Hes continewed and heirby continews 
the impositions above written formerlie granted to the petitioners for 
repairing of the said calsay of Cowiemonth Conforme to the former 
act of Parliament of the date above written And that for the space 

• No. XXXIII., p. 267. 



272 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. ;'^'[.x68l. 

of Nynteen yeers After the expyreing of the said former act With 
power to the saids petitioners, their factors or such as they shall 
appoint To collect introtnet with and vplift the impositions above- 
written dureing the space forsaid And to vse all legall and fair 
means for vpHfting of the same And to apply the moneys so collected 
for the vse aforsaid at the sight of Sir Johne Keith of Keithall the 
Lairds of Elsick Haddo and Pitfoddells To whom or any tuo of 
them the Kings Matie and Estates of Parliament Recdmends to sic 
this imposition effectually imployed for the vse before mentioned 

XXXVIII. 

T^ Parliament appoint Circuit Courts to he held annually in Aberdeen. 30M 

August^ 1672. 

The Kings Maiestie being Desireous that the publict Judicatories 
of this Kingdome might be soe regulat, that all abuses which had or 
might probably creep into the same be redressed and prevented ; and 
that the best, most summar and equall way, of bringing and calling of 
Processis for Dispensing of Justice should be setled, as his subjects 
might be releived and secured against oppression and exactions, and 
that justice might be administrat to them with expedition and as 
litle trouble and charge as may be . . . For that effect . . . Ordaines 
. . . Concerning the Justice Courts . . . 

5. That once a yeir in the moneth of Aprile or May, Circuit Courts 
be keiped, tuo of their number appointed to goe and keep Courts 
at Dumfries and Jedburgh, Tuo at Stirling, Glasgow and Aire, and 
other tuo at the tounes of Perth Aberdein and Inuerness ; the Justice- 
Generall being always super-numerary in anie of these Circuit-Courts 

XXXIX. 

The Parliament ratify King James VI 's Charter 0/ i^th July^ 161 1^"^ and King 
Charles I.^s Charter of ^th September, i638.t I'jth September^ 1681. 

Our Soveraigne Lord with advice and Consent of the haill Estates 
of Parliament presently conveened Hes Ratified And approven And 
be thir presents Ratifies Approves and Confirmes Ane Chartor Granted 

* No. XLIIL, p. no. f No. XLVI., p. 155. 



l68l.] ACTS OF PARUAMENT AND PRIVY COUNCIL. 273 

be King James the Sext hb MSties Royall Grandfather of Blessed 
memorie of the date the Seventeenth of July I"Vj^ and seventeen 
years To the Provest Baillies Counsell and Cdmunitie of the Burgh 
of Aberdeen whereby his Mities vmq^ Grandfather In relation to 
And by vertue of ane Act of Parliament Holden At Edinbui^h The 
tuenty Eight of June I"vj*^ seventeen years Dissolved from the Crown 
and annexations thereof The said Burgh of Aberdeen &c . . . [See 
page 1 1 3]. Likeas His Matie and Estates of Parliament foresaid Have 
Ratified and Approven And be thir presents Ratifies approves and 
Confirmes Ane Chartor granted by his Maties Royall father King Charles 
the first of blessed memorie of the date the Ninth day of September 
Imyjc threttie eight years whereby his Matie with consent of his 
Thesaurer and deput Ratified and approved The foresaid Chartor 
granted be his Maties said vmq^ Grandfather with the precepts of 
Seasing and Instruments of Seasing following thereupon And act 
of dissolution above mentioned with all and sudrie other char- 
tors Infeftments precepts of seasing following thereupon . . . And 
whereby His Maties said vmq** Royall father Did of new Give and 
Grant To them The foresaid Burgh of Aberdeen with etc. . . . [See 
page 167.] And Our Soveraign Lord and the Estates of Parliament 
Wills and Grants And for them and their successors Decerns and Ordains 
that this present Ratification of the foirsaids tuo chartors and Instru- 
ments of Seasing following thereupon And other acts Chartors and 
other writs particularly and generallie therein mentioned And of the 
foresaid Gift granted be Our Soveraign Lord to the Provost Baillies 
Counsell and C5munitie of the said Burgh Is and shall be als valide and 
sufficient And of als great force strength and effect To the saids 
Provest Baillies Counsell and Communitie of the said Burgh And all 
and sundrie, lands heretages, fforrests milnes woods fishings. Offices, 
Casualities liberties priviledges Immunities and others whatsomever 
Contained in th^ saids Chartors and otherwayes belonging thereto 
And for uplifting exacting and receaveing the haill Impositions above 
mentioned Contained in the said Gift for the use and during the space 
therein contained As if the samen Chartors precepts of Seasing, Acts 
and others particularlie and generallie above specified and therein 
mentioned Togither with the foresaid Gift under his Mities great 
Scale were all at length word by word Insert, Ingrossed and contained 

MM 



274 BUHGH or ABERDEEN. [1682. 

in the said Ratification thereof Notwithstanding that the samen be 
not sua done Whereanent and with all othdr defects and imperfections 
whatsomever which may be proponed or alledged against the foresaids 
tuo Chartors precepts of Seasings Acts Chartors and other writs above 
specified therein mentioned Or against the said Gift granted by his 
MStie to the said Bui^h under his Highnes great scale Or any of 
them Or against this present Ratification thereof Our Soveraign Lord 
And Estates of this present Parliament Have dispensed And hereby 
dispenses for ever. 

XL. 

TJke Privy Council appoint a voluntary contribution to be colUded ihraughoui 
Scotland towards repairing the Harbour of Aberdeen. 1th July ^ i682. 

Forasmuch, as there being a Petition given in to the Lords of His 
Majesties Privy Council, by the Magistrates, and Town-council of Aber- 
deen, Representing, that the town of Aberdeen having a considerable 
Sea trade within themselves, and which is of a considerable advantage 
to the Countrey, and without a good Harbour, cannot be well mannaged ; 
and at the entry thereto, near the mouth of the River of Dee, there 
being by stress of Weather, several Banks casten up, and which is like- 
wise, partiy occasioned by the diversion of the current of the River, 
which, when running in the middle Channel, did cleanse the entry of 
the Harbour from Sand .and Banks ; and after serious and deliberate 
advice, its found, that the River cannot well be preserved, in running 
its due course, without having a Bulwark upon the North shore, as 
there is one already on the south side thereof; and whereby the 
Stream will run in the middle, the building whereof at an equal 
computation, will cost at least one thousand pound sterling, besides 
the reparing of the Key alongst the Shore, which is of a considerable 
length ; and which expenses, the Town in regard of the publick 
burdens, and great debt they ly under, of themselves, are not able 
to defray it, without that by the Councils Act, they have some 
assistance of their neighbours, by way of general Collection, as is 
usual to be granted in the like cases ; and as the town of Aberdeen 
hath never hitherto been burdensom to their neighbours, in addresses 



1690.] ACTS OF PARUAlfSNT AND FRXYT COUNCIL. 275 

of this nature, so they were never wanting to contribute to the out- 
most of their power, in the assisting the building of all publick Works, 
when occasion required ; and as the Harbour of Aberdeen is of neces- 
sary use, to preserve the Trade of that place, so the keeping up, and 
maintaining of the same, is of no less concern to the hail Liedges, and 
which inevitably will mine without present supply; And therefore 
humbly Supplicating, that a voluntar Contribution might be granted, 
in manner under-written, towards the Building and Reparing of the 
said Harbour. The Lords of His Majesties Privy Council, having 
heard and considered the foresaid Petition, Do hereby grant Order and 
Warrand, for a voluntar Contribution to be Collected through the hail 
Kingdom, towards the Building and Reparing of the said Harbour of 
Aberdeen ; and Recommend to the Arch-bishops and Bishops, to cause 
the Ministers in their respective Diocesses, to make intimation of the 
said Contribution, in their several Paroch Kirks, upon the Lords Day 
And ordain Alexander Anderson, present Town Thesaurer of Aberdeen 
and his successors in the said Office, for the time being, to uplift aiid 
Collect the foresaid voluntar Contribution, in regard sufficient Caution is 
found for them, that what Money shall be Collected, shall be made 
forthcoming, and imployed to the use foresaid, and to be countable 
therefore, when required. 

XLI. 

75k Parliament rescind the Act of 17M July, 1662,* anent the seat of the 

Commissary Court. 22nd July, 1690. 

Our Soveraigne Lord and Lady The King and Queens Majesties wfth 
the Advyce and consent of the Estates of Parliament Considering That 
the Commissar Court of Aberdeen was alwayes in use to sitt and be 
holden within the burgh of Aberdein as Head burgh of the shyre most 
commodious for the Leiges who resort thither about their lawful! affaires, 
and for the whole members of the Court who have their residence in the 
said burgh untill the yeare I"vj*= and sixty tuo that Episcopacie uas es- 
tablished, At which tyme there uas ane act of Parliament impetrate Or- 
daneing and appointing the said Commissar Court to sitt in the old 

♦ Na XXXV., p. 269. 



276 BDIKGH OF ABBRDKm. [x^^* 

toun of Aberdein in respect the samine uas the Bishop of Aberdeins 
seat, And now seeing that Episcopacy is now abolished and that the 
said burgh of Aberdein is not only the place where the said Commissar 
Court uas in use to sitt and be holden before the said Act, but alsoe is 
the most commodious both for the Leidges and members of Court for 
the cause above written Therefore their Majesties uith advyce and con- 
sent of the Estates of Parliament hath thought fitt to Rescind and 
hereby Rescinds the forsaid act of Parliament appointing the said 
Comissar Court to sitt and be holden uithin the old Town of Aberdein 
And Ordaines the present Comissars of Aberdein and their successors 
to sitt, afHx and hold their ordinary Courts uithin the said burgh of 
Aberdein Notwithstanding of the forsaid Act or any other act to the 
contraire. 

XLII. 

The Parliament renew King Charles IL^s grant {of 30/A September^ 1678*) to the 

burgh of certain excise duties, 16th July, 1695. 

Our Soveraign Lord considering that the Toun of Aberdeen one 
of the most eminent of the Burghs Royal of this Kingdom both for 
Trade Policy Learning and Loyalty hath these many years bygone 
and ever since the beginning of the late intestine troubles anno One 
thousand Six hundred and fourty sustained great Sufferings and loses 
not only by their being subject to quarterings and other publick 
burdens but also by their being exposed to the frequent Incursions of 
Enemyes who have plundered their goods and wasted and destroyed 
their corns and houses And particularly by their being insulted invaded 
and opprest since the late happy Revolution by the Highland Rebells 
under the command of Major-General Buchan Likas the sufferings 
and losses of the' said burgh, having been formerly taken into con- 
sideration were by Act of Parliament f Estimat and stated to no less 
than nyne hundred and twenty sevin thousand merks which moved his 
late Majesty King Charles the Second to give to the sd Burgh in the 
year One thousand Six hundred sevinty eight an gift of the Imposition 
of four pennies scots on the pint of ale and drinking beer with other 

* No. LI., p. 207. t No. XXX., p. 264. 



i6950 ^^^^ ^^ PAEUAMXNT AND PRIVY COUNaL. 977 

Impositions on wine brandy and other Commodities therein mentioned 
for the space of elevin years which though it proved some reliefTe to 
the said Burgh to prevent their utter undoing yet it did fall farr 
short of defraying all their debts so that to this day they are in no less 
than one hundred and twenty thousand pounds scots of burden for payment 
o( the annual rent quherof they are necessitat to tax their Inhabitants 
yearly the Toun good not being able to pay the saids annual rents 
with the other necessary charges and expenses of the Burgh Likas 
there is a present necessity for mending and repairing their peer and 
harbour which tends not only to the privat advantage of the said 
Burgh and Community, but likewise to the common good and interest 
of the whole Nation And his Majesty finding nothing more just and 
easie for the reliefTe of the said Burgh and its Inhabitants than diat 
a gift of the forsaid former Impositions should be renewed in their 
favours seeing the same for the most part will be patyable by< them- 
selves Therefore His Majesty with the advice and Consent of tiie 
Estates of Parliament Gives grants and Dispones to the Frovest 
Baillies and Toun Council of the said Burgh for the use and in name 
of the Community thereof, the Imposition of two pennies Scots on 
every pint of ale browen and vended within the said Bui^h and its 
liberties with fifty pounds money forsaid on every Tunn of ffrench 
wine and fifty pounds on every butt of Sack Spanish or Ranish wine 
Tue shilling Scots on every pint of brandy wine imported or of strong 
waters or aquavitae imported browen or vended within the said 
Bui^h All which Impositions are to be uplifted from and payed by 
tfie Sellers or Vintners of the wine, ale, drinking beer, brandy aqua- 
vitae, strong waters the brewars of malt% As also his Majesty with 
advice and consent forsaid Statutes and ordains that the money to be 
raised by the Impositions above written shall be waired out and 
imployed at the oversight and by the advice of the Earles of Erroll and 
Kintore and S' Thomas Burnet of Leyes and the present Commissioners 
for the shire of Aberdeen to the Parliament to the effect the samen may 
be rightly managed for the ends and uses above specifyed And which 
Impositions upon the wine ale and other liquors shall be without 
prejudice and over and above the ordinar and annexed excise pay- 
able to his Majesty And the forsaids haill Impositions are to endure 
the space of thretteen years after the date hereof With power to the 



378 BURGH OF ABERDBBM. [tjOJ. 

fotrsaids Magistrats and Toun Council to uplift the same and if need 
beis to poynd Distrin3ie and use all other lawful! diligence for in- 
gathering thereof as they are in use to do for any of their ordinar 
Customs and other parts of their publick good and revenue As like- 
wise to appoynt Collectors one or more for. the end forsaid, or to 
farm and sett the same in great as they shall judge convenient 
Providing allwayes likas it is hereby provided that the saids Magistrats 
Town Council and their Successors Administrat the forsaids Imposi- 
tions faithfully and imploy the same carefully, for payment of their 
debts in the first place, and next for repairing of their harbour and 
other publick works belonging to the Burgh by the advice 
as they will be answearable And notwithstanding that the 
Imposition is granted for the space of thretteen years yet it is hereby 
Declared that if within the forsaid time the whole debts of the said 
Bui^h shall be compleatly payed And the said harbour with the 
other publick buildings repaired That then and in that case the 
forsaid Imposition shall terminat and the Inhabitants shall be no 
longer lyable in payment of the same 



XLIIL 

Tke Parliament appoint one of the Representatives of Scotland in the BriHsh 
Parliament to he chosen by Aberdeen, Inverbervy^ Montrose^ Arbroath cmd 
Brechin, ^th February^ 1707- 

Our Soveraign Lady Considering that by the twenty second Article of 
the Treaty of Union as the same is ratified by ane Act past in this 
Session of Parliament upon the sixteenth of January last It is provided 
that by virtue of the said Treaty of the Peers of Scotland at the time of 
the Union Sixteen shall be the number to sit and vote in the House of 
Lords and Fourty five the number of the Representatives of Scotland 
in the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain ordains 
that of the said Fourty five Representatives of Scotland in the house 
of Commons in the Parliament of Great Britain Thirty shall be chosen 
by the Shires or Stewartries and Fifteen by the Royall Burrows as 
follows viz . . . The burghs of Aberdeen Inverbervy Montrose Aber- 
brothock and Brechin one • . . 



1707*] ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND PRIVY COUNaL. 279 

XLIV. 

T^ Parliament continue the grant of i6tA July^ 1695,''' for the further space 

of twenty-five years, 25M Afarch^ 1707. 

Our Sovereign Lady and Estates of Parliament considering a Petition 
given in by the Provost Baillies and Councill of Aberdeen Representing 
the expence they have been brought to by the reparation and building 
of a bulwark for supporting their harbour by the reparation of their 
prison and expence they will be put to in bringing water into the 
Toun By which and their former debts they are reduced to straits and 
therefore Craving a prorogation of a former gift in their favors for 
the space of twenty five years after outrunning thereof Therefore Her 
Majesty and Estates foresaid Do hereby Ratifie and Approve the said 
former Act in their favors which is dated the sixteenth day of July 
I"Vj*^ and ninety five And after expiration thereof Prorogat the same 
for the space of twenty five years more to be uplifted and collected 
by them in such form and manner during the said twenty five years 
as they shall think fit They being always oblidged to apply the sum 
so uplifted by virtue of this and the former gift towards the payment 
of the principall sums due by them in the first place And that at the 
sight of the Earl of Seafield Lord High Chancellour the Earl of 
Mar Lord Secretary the Earl of Erroll Earl Marischall Earl of Kin- 
toir the Lords Forbes and Eraser Sir Thomas Burnet of Leyes and 
the present Commissioners to the Parliament for the shire of Aber- 
deen to whom from year to year they are to be accountable for their 
management With the burden always of fourty pounds Sterling yearly 
during >he continuance of this and the former gift towards a sallary to 
DoctSTThomas Bowar Regius Professor of Mathematicks in the Kings 
CoUedge of Aberdeen and his successors in office payable at two terms 
in the year Whitsunday and Martinmas by equal portions beginning the 
first terms payment at Whitsunday next And thirty pounds Sterling 
payable at Whitsunday and Martinmas next by equall portions to Alex- 
ander Baillie servitor to the Lord Register or his assigns in part pay- 
ment for his great pains and expence in putting in order the Records 
and Warrands in the Lower Parliament house Making Inventorys of the 

• No. XLIL, p. 276. 



38o BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l707« 

books and Searching out and writing a regfister of the old Publick Trea- 
ties betwixt this and other Nations And Ordain the Magistrats of the 
said Bui^h to pay the said respective sums accordingly And to the effect 
the said Toun of Aberdeen may be the better inabled to pay the said 
sum of fourty pounds Sterling yearly to the said Doctor Bowar and his 
successors and the said Thirty pounds Sterling to the said Alexander 
Baillie in manner forsaid out of what arises from the said gift And in 
regard they have severall publick and useful works of their own to 
finish and carry on for the publick utility Therefore Her Majesty and 
the Estates of Parliament Extend the imposition upon Liquors men- 
tioned in their said gift to what shall be brown and vended in the old 
toun of Aberdeen, Colledge bounds Spittle and Seaton, from and after 
the said term of Whitsunday next And Statut and Ordain That all 
liquor brown and vended in the said old toun Colledge bounds Spittle 
and Seaton, from that term and during the continuance of this gifl shall 
be lyable to the same imposition on liquors that are brown and vended 
in the New-toun, And that the said Toun of Aberdeen their Collectors 
or tacksmen may levy collect and uplift the said imposition during the 
space foresaid in the same way and manner as they have levyd and 
collected or shall levy and collect the same from their own brewars and 
retailers And Declare this Act to be as effectual as if it had been con- 
tained in their first gift hereby prorogated 



ACTS OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT. 

Subpwud are the titles of the frinc^ Ads affecting the Burgh rf Aberdeen of 

date subsequent to the Union. 

8 George I., c. xxviii. 

An Act for supplying the Records of the Commissary Court ot 
Aberdeen, burnt or lost in the late Fire there. 7th March, 172^. 

9 Geoi^e I., c xxv. 

An Act for making more effectual an Act passed in the Eighth 
year of His present Majesty's Reign, Intituled, An Act for supply- 
ing the Records of the Commissary Court of Aberdeen, burnt or 
lost in the late Fire there. 27th May, 1723. 
4 Greoi^e II., c. xiit 

An Act for the further continuing the Duties granted by an Act 
passed in the Parliament of Scotland in the year One thousand six 
hundred and ninety five,* and continued by an Act passed in the 
Year One thousand seven hundred and seven,-|- for payment off 
the Debts of the Town of Aberdeen, and for the other publick 
Uses of the said Town. 7th May, 173 1. 
13 George III., c xxix. 

An Act for deepening, cleansing, and making more commodious, 
the Harbour of Aberdeen ; for erecting new Piers and Quays 
therein ; and for regelating Ships and Vessels trading into, and 
going out of, the said Harbour, ist April, 1773. 
35 George III., c xli. 

An Act to continue the Term and alter and enlarge the Powers, 
of an Act, made in the Thirteenth Year of the Reign of His 
present Majesty, intituled an Act for deepening, cleansing and 
making more commodious, the Harbour of Aberdeen ; for erecting 
New Piers and Quays therein ; and for regulating Ships and 

♦ No. XLII., p. 276. . + No. XLI v., p. 279. 



282 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 

Vessels trading into and going out of, the said Harbour. 28th 
April, 1795. 

35 Geoi^e III., c. Ixxvi. 

An Act for the better paving, lightings cleansing and otherwise 
improving the Streets, Lanes and other Publick Passages of the 
City of Aberdeen, and the Roads and Avenues within the Royalty 
thereof ; for the better supplying the Inhabitants with fresh Water, 
and for the removing and preventing all Obstructions and Annoy* 
ances within the said City and Ro3ralty. 19th May, 1795. 

36 Geoi^e III., c. Ixviii. 

An Act for making and maintdning a Nav^ble Canal from the 
Harbour of Aberdeen, in the Parish of Aberdeen or Saint Nicholas, 
into the River Don, at or near the South end of the Bridge over the 
same (adjacent to the Royal Bui^h of Inverurie), in the Parish of 
Kintore, all within the County of Aberdeen, North Britain. 26th 
April, 1796. 

37 George III., c ci. 

An Act for enlarging and iniproving the Harbour of Aberdeen ; 
for building new Quays, Wharfs and Docks ; and for making new 
Roads and Passages, and widening others leading to and from the 
said Harbour. 4th July, 1797. 
39 and 40 George III., c. xl (Local) 

An Act for opening and making Two new Streets in the City 
of Aberdeen. 4th April, 1800. 

41 George III., c iii. (Local.) 

An Act ibr better enabling the Company of Proprietors of the 
Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation to complete the same. 24th 
March, 1801. 

42 George III., c. xl. (Local.) 

An Act for building and maintaining a House of Correction in 
and for the City and County of Aberdeen, and for raising a Fund 
for defraying the Charges of apprehending, prosecuting and sub- 
sisting Criminals, Rogues and Vagabonds found within the said 
City and Liberties thereof. 7th May, 1802. 
48 George III.,c xx. (Local.) 

An Act for altering and enlarging the powers of so much of an 
A9t of the Forty-second Year pf his Majesty's Rei^, as relates 



ACTS OF THE BRITISH PARUAMSNT. ^3 

to building and maintaining a House of Correction in and for 
the City and County of Aberdeen. 14th April, 1808. 

49 George III., c. iii. (Local.) 

An Act for better enabling the Company of Proprietors of the 
Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation to raise the necessary Fund to 
complete the same. 13th March, 18 10. 

50 George III., c. Ixx. (Local.) 

An Act to amend several Acts of the Thirteenth, Thirty-fifth and 
Thirty-seventh Years of His present Majesty for deepening and 
making more commodious the Harbour of Aberdeen. i8th May, 
1810. 

53 George III., c clvii. (Local.) 

An Act for further improving the Harbour of Aberdeen. 22nd 
June, 1813. 

54 George III., c c (Local.) 

An Act for erecting and maintaining a new Court House and 
other offices for the City and County of Aberdeen, and for pro- 
viding and maintaining an additional Gaol for the City and 
County, and for other purposes relating thereto. 17th June, 
1814. 

58 George III., c. lix. (Local.) 

An Act for better Paving, Cleansing, Lighting, Watching, and 
Improving the Streets, Lanes and other Public Places and Passages 
of the City of Aberdeen, and the Roads and Avenues within the 
Freedom and Royalty thereof; and for supplying the Inhabitants 
of the said City with Water. 23rd May, 1818. 

59 George III., c xxxiii. (Local.) 

An Act to alter and amend an Act of the fiffy-fourth year ot 
his present Majesty, for erecting and maintaining a new Court 
House and other offices for the City and County of Aberdeen, 
and for providing and maintaining an additional Gaol for the said 
City and County and for other purposes relating thereta 19th 
May, 1819. 
6 George IV., c lix. (Local.) 

An Act for Building a Bridge over the River Don near the 
village of Balgownie or Polgownie in the Parish of Old Machar 
and County of Aebrdeen. 20th May, 1825. 



284 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 

6 Geoi^e IV., c. Ixv. (Local.) 

An Act to alter and amend two Acts of the fifty-fourth and 
fifty-ninth years of his late Majesty for erecting and maintaining 
a new Court House, and other offices for the City and County of 
Aberdeen ; and for providing an additional Gaol for the said City 
and County; and to provide a safe and convenient place for the 
custody and preservation of the Public Records of the said City 
and County, and for other purposes connected therewith. 20th 
May, 1825. 
10 Geoi^e IV., c xxxiv. (Local.) 

An Act for the ^ Improvement of the Harbour of Aberdeen. 
14th May, 1829. 
10 George IV., c xli. (Local.) 

An Act for better Paving, Cleansing, Lighting, Watching, and 
Improving the Streets, Lanes and other public places and passages 
within the City of Aberdeen, and certain grounds adjacent, for 
rq^lating the Police thereof, and for supplying the Inhabitants 
with Water. 14th May, 1829. 
2 and 3 WilUam IV., c. LXV. (Public) 

An Act to amend the Representation of the People in Scotland. 
17th July, 1832.* 
6 and 7 Vict, c Ixxii. (Local.) 

An Act for Improving and Maintaining the Harbour of Aber- 
deen. 1 2th July, 1843. 
14 Vict, d xxxviii. (Local.) 

An Act for erecting and maintaining new Public Offices for the 
County of Aberdeen ; for altering and enlarging the present 
Record Office of the County, and for other Purposes. 5th June, 
1851. 
25 and 26 Vict, c cciii. (Local.) 

An Act for paving, cleansing, lighting, watching, draining and 
improving the City of Aberdeen and adjacent Districts ; for regu- 
lating the Police thereof ; for supplying the Inhabitants with 
Water, and for other purposes. 7th August, 1862. 
28 and 29 Vict. c. ccxl. (Local.) 

An Act for more effectually maintaining and keeping in repair 

* Town of Aberdeen to return one member. 



ACTS OP THB BRITISH PARUAMENT. 885 

the Roads, Highways, and Bridges, in the County of Aberdeen ; 
for making New Roads in the said County ; and for other purposes. 
Sth July, 1865. 
29 and 30 Vict, c. civ. (Local.) 

An Act for erecting and maintaining a new Court House, Town 
House, County and Town Hall, Police and other County and 
Municipal Buildings and Offices for the County and City of 
Aberdeen; and for other purposes. 28th June, 1866. 

29 and 30 Vict, c. XCHI. (Public) 

An Act to confirm a Provisional Order under ",The General 
Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act 1862" relating to the 
Burgh of Aberdeen. lOth August, 1866. 

30 Vict, c. li. (Local.) 

An Act to amend " The Aberdeen Police and Waterworks Act 
1862 " and to authorise the Commissioners of Police to raise further 
sums of money for the purposes thereof 31st May, 1867. 

31 and 32 Vict, c cxxxviii. (Local.) 

An Act for improving and maintaining the Harbour of Aber- 
deen. 13th July, 1868. 
31 and 32 Vict, c. 8. (Private.) 

An Act to provide for the vesting and management of certain 
Funds held in trust by the Town Council of Aberdeen ; and for 
other purposes. 31st July, 1868. 
34 and 35 Vict, c. xcviii. (Local.) 

An Act to confer further Powers on the Aberdeen Harbour 
Commissioners. 13th July, 1871. 
34 and 35 Vict, c. cxli. (Local) 

An Act to extend the Municipal Boundaries of the City of 
Aberdeen ; and for other purposes. 13th July, 1871. 
42 and 43 Vict, c. Ixxxviii. (Local.) 

An Act to confer further Powers on the Aberdeen Harbour 
Commissioners. 3rd July, 1879. 
44 and 45 Vict, c. Ixxiii. (Local.) 

An Act to confer further powers on the Lord Provost, 
Magistrates and Town Council of the Royal Burgh and City of 
Aberdeen, for municipal, police and other purposes. 27th June, 
1881. 



986 BUitOH OP AaERDllN, 

46 Vict, c viii. (Local.) 

An Act to continue and am6nd the Aberdeenshire Roads Act 
1865 ; and for other purposes. 31st May, 1883. 

46 and 47 Vict, c Ix. (Local.) 

An Act to extend the municipal boundary of the dty of Aber* 
deen ; to authorise the Town Council to make new streets, execute 
certain street improvements, and construct a connecting railway 
to the Gasworks ; and for other purposes. 29th June. 1883. 

47 and 48 Vict, c. cviii. (Local) 

An Act to confirm a Provisional Order made under the Artisans' 
and Labourers' Dwellings Improvement (Scotland) Acts, 1875 ^^^ 
1880, relating to the improvement of the Buxgh of Aberdeen. 14th 
July, 1884. 

48 and 49 Vict, c XXIIL (Public) 

An Act for the Redistribution of Seats at Parliamentary Elec- 
tions, and for other purposes. 25th June, 1885.* 
48 and 49 Vict, c. cxxiii. (Local). 

An Act to authorise the Lord Provost, Magistrates and Town 
Council of the Royal Burgh and City of Aberdeen to construct 
additional Waterworks ; and for other purposes. 22nd July, 1885. 

* Town of Aberdeen to return two memben. 



PART III. 



MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 



MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 

I. 

W 1 R pmissione diuina s2 Andr^ 1 Glasgueft Epi ' Duncan^ Cofii de 
ffyf* Alex Cumy Coft de buchn ^sf 1 lusf Scoc lohes Cumyl Jacobus 
sefi Scoc custodes Regni Scoc de comuni ^silio ^stituti Omibj pbis 
hoib} eiusde regni ad quos ^sentes tre puenerint * Sait ' Sciatis q const!- 
tuim^ loco nS • Religiosos viros Andrea ' 1 hugone • de Cupir 1 de ScoB 
Abbates * Crislinu de Insula * lohem Ailbot 1 lobem filiu Ricardi bur- 
gen de P! vel eoo^ t«s aut duos * apd Scon die louis px post ascensions 
d&i px futur ad audiendu 1 fminandu iuste 1 scdm assisam ¥re loqMam 
seu q^relam mota in¥ burgen 1 communia de Abirden ex vna pte*et 
burgen et ^munil de Munros ex altera * Sup niidinis villan^ de Abirden 1 
Munros Scdm tenore Cartao^ suan^ q*s inde hnt • Q»re vob mandam^ 1 
pcipim^ qHin^ dcis And? 1 hugoni Abbatib} * Cristino • lohi % lohi • bur- 

I. 

2^ guardians of the kingdom appoint a commission to settle a dispute anent fairs 
between the Burghs of Aberdeen and Montrose, Sth May, 1287. 

William and Robjert, by divine permission Bishops of St Andrews and 
Glasgow ; Duncan, Earl of Fife ; Alexander Cumyn, Earl of Buchan, Constable 
and Justiciar of Scotland ; John Cumyn and James, Steward of Scotland, Guar- 
dians of the kingdom of Scotland, appointed from the General Council, to all good 
men of the same kingdom to whom the present letters shall come, greeting. Know 
ye that we have appointed in our place the godly men Andrew and Hugh, Abbots 
of Cupar and Scone ; Cristinus de Insula, John Ailbot, and John, son of Richard, 
burgesses of Perth, or three or two of them, [to meet] at Scone on Thursday 
next alter the Ascension of our Lord next to come, to hear and terminate, accord- 
ing to justice and the assize of the land, the dispute or quarrel arisen between the 
burgesses and community of Aberdeen on the one part and the burgesses and 
community of Montrose on the other, touching the fairs of the towns of Aberdeen 
and Montrose, according to the tenor of their charters which they hold thereanent. 
Wherefore we command and order you to attend on and answer anent the 
premises the said Andrew and Hugh, Abbots, Cristinus, John and John, bur- 

00 



290 BURGH OP ABERDEEN. [i^Sq. 

gensibus vel eo^ {bus aut duobj * Ta^* loco nn ^stitutis sitis in ^missis 
intendentes 1 respondentes * In cui^ rei Testimoniu has iras patentes 
sigillo regimini r^^i Scoc deputatp ' fecim^ sigillaii ' da{ apud Edinburg 
octauo die Maij Anno g?e m^' cc^ octogo septimo 



IL 

Viris puidis discretis custodibus r^^^ Scoc de cdi {silio constitutis 1 
c^is magnatibus eiusdS constlii residentibus ' ^positi ac ce% burgenses 
comune de Banff Saixn % debitam ad honoris obsequia r^endam ' Vob 
grauit conquerendo monst*mus qd cu dns Alei q<^di rex scoc indite 
recordaconis q«sdam nudinas in burgo de AberdiS tenendas 1 bndas ad 
utilitate nram et alio>^ bui^>^ ex aquHonari pie mondu existendS p 
cartam suam concessisset et imppetuu confirmasset * que qkle nudine p 
burgenses de Munros inpediuntur ^ singlis annis ptuii>antur in no modi- 

gessesy or three or two of them, appointed in our place. In witness whereof 
we have caused these letters patent to be sealed with the seal of the regency of 
the kingdom of Scodand. Given at Edinburgh on the eighth day of May, in 
the year of grace one thousand two hundred and eighty-seven. 



IL 

I^, provost and burgesses of Banff entreat the guardians of the kingdom to 
cause King Alexander's Charter to the Burgh of Aberdeen to be dufy 
observed, 1289. 

To the wise and prudent men, Guardians of the kingdom of Scotland, ap- 
pointed from the General Coundl, and to the remanent resident Magnates of 
the same Coundl, the provosts and remanent buigesses of the community 
of Banff, greeting and reverence due to a position of honour. We, sordy 
complaining, do point out to you that whereas our Lord, Alexander, umquhile 
King of Scotland, of renowned memory^ Sid by his charter* grant and /or 
ever confirm certain fairs to be held and had in the buigh of Aberdeen for the 
benefit of us and of other buighs lying to the north of the mountains ; which iurs 
are obstructed and every year disturbed by the buigesses of Montrose, to the no 
small prejudice and injury of the foresaid burgh of Aberdeen, and indeed of the 

• No. IV., p. 8, 



Itgi,] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 29! 

cu ^udiciu ^ gua& pfati burgi de Abdin immo tocius puncie ex aqui-t 
lonari pte * Q*re vre discretoi reuende humili? Supplicam^ attencius pe- 
testes q^inus tenore carte supius nominate dco burgo de Abdin concesse 
pp utilitate pupplicam ac necessitate dcoo^ burgensiu de Abdifi ille^ si 
placet scdm libtates infra cartam suam contentas obSuari faciatis * Ita ne 
occasione inquietaconis seu pturbaconis dcoo^ burgenciu de Munros 
ul^us dampnu seu iactura nob inferatur n' inde mafia conquerendi p 
defcu iusticie nob tribuat' * In cui^ rei testimoniu sigillu nrm cdmune 
hiis iris patentibus est appensu Da{ apd Banff do°ca pS ante camipOiu 
Anno diii • m<* * cc*" octog • nono 

III. 

R ' & supior dns regni Scot' ditto & fideli suo lohi de Gildeford cus- 
todi castroo^ de Aberden & Kyncarden saitm Cum lohes de Balliolo 
nup in pliamento nro apud Berewik sup Twedam venisset coram nob & 
petivisset pdtm regnu Scotie sibi p nos adjudicari et seisinam ipius r^ni 

whole northern province : Wherefore, we humbly petition your esteemed 
discretion, earnestly entreating you to cause the tenor of the above-men- 
tioned charter^ granted to the said buigh of Aberdeen for the public benefit 
and the need of the said buigesses of Aberdeen^ to be observed unimpaired, 
if so it seem good, according to the privileges contained in their charter: 
so that no further loss or detriment may be inflicted upon us by reason of 
agitation or disturbance caused by the said buigesses of Montrose, and no 
matter of complaint be brought up against us on the plea of injustice. In 
witness whereof our common seal is appended to these letters patent. Given 
at Ban£f on the Sunday next before Lent, in the year of our Lord one 
thousand two hundred and eighty-nine. 

III. 

ASM(f Edward /. orders sasine of the Castles of Aberdeen and Kincardine to be 

given to John of Balliol, iSth Novefnber [1292]. 

The King and governor of the kingdom of Scotland to his beloved and 
trusty John of Gildeford, keeper of the castles of Aberdeen and Kincardine, 
greeting. Whereas John of Balliol recently appeared before us in our parlia- 
ment at Bervrick-on-Tifeed, and craved that the foresaid kingdom of Scotland be 
adjudged to him by us, and that sasine thereof be given, by right of succession, 



293 BUROH OP ABE&DKBN. [1296. 

s' ut pximiori heredi Margar* fit r^ Norwag* dne Scot & neptis quon- 
dam Alexi ultimi reg' Scot' jure successionis liberari Ac nos auditis & 
intellectis petitionib} & rSnib} tarn ^i lohis de Balliolo q* alion^ peten- 
tium ^m regnu & eisdem petitionibj & rdnib} diligent examinatis in- 
veSim^ ^atum lohem de Balliolo esse ppinquiorem heredem pAte 
Margar* quod.^m regqu Scot' optinend' pp¥ quod ide regnu Scot* 
& seisinam ejusdem eidem lobi de Balliolo salvo jure nro & heredum 
nroo^ reddidim^ Vob mandam^ qd seisinam ^o>^ castroi^ de Aberden 
and Kyncardyn cum oiiiibus ptin' una cu oinibus aliis rebj vd6 p 
cyrog^fum tMitis & scdm qd in ddtoi^ castroi^ vob comissa custodia res 
huj^ modi recepistis sine ditone pdto lohi de Balliolo vi attomatis suis 
has tras deferentib} deliberari fac' In cuj^ &c * apud Berewik sup Twedam 
xviij** die Nov* 

IV. 

Anno Dni, Indictoe, et loco proximo prenotatis, mensis Julij die 
decimo septimo, presentib} nobilibus viris dnis, Waltero de Bello 

to him as next heir of Margaret, daughter of the King of Norway, Queen of 
Scotland, and granddaughter of umquhile Alexander, last King of Scotland ; 
and whereas, having heard and understood the petitions and pleas both of 
the foresaid John of Balliol and of other claimants of the foresaid kingdom, 
and having diligently examined the foresaid petitions and pleas, we have 
found the foresaid John of Balliol to be the next heir of the foresaid Margaret 
with regard to the succession to the foresaid kingdom of Scotland ; wherefore we 
have delivered the same kingdom of Scotland and sasine thereof to the same 
John of Balliol, saving the rights of ourselves and our heirs : We command 
you to give, without delay, to the foresaid John of Balliol, or his attorneys 
bearing his letters, sasine of the foresaid castles of Aberdeen and Kincardine, 
with all pertinents, together with all other things entrusted to you by our 
signature, and according to your instructions in the custody of the foresaid 
castles. In witness, &c At Berwick-on-Tweed, the eighteenth day of November. 

IV. 

71h< burgesses and community of Aberdeen do homage to King Edward L 

\*lth July^ 1296. 

The year of our Lord, indiction, and place [Aberdeen] aforesaid, on the 
17th day of the month of July, in presence of the noble men, Walter de Bello 



ta96.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 293 

Campo, et Johanne Tr^otz, militib}, dftis Johanne de Drokenesford, 
et Johanne de Benestede, Witto de Meltofi, Robo de Cotingh^, 
Johanne de Wyntonia, et Galfrido de Stokes, ciicis, testib} uocatis 
et rogatis, cum aliis q^mplurib}, et me No{ subscripto, Nobiles, viri, 
dfii Duncanus de Femdragh, Patricius de Berkelye, Hugo de la Haye, 
R^naldus le Cheen, Johannes Herberti de Makeswelle, Johes dns 
de Makeswelle, et Witts de Mohaut, milites, dns Heruius de Crambath 
decanus Dunkeldeii, Johes filius Randulphi de Petscotyn, Robs de 
Walghop, Robs le Fauconer, Witts de Inays, et Burgenses et comunitas 
ciuitatis Abirdoh, non ui nee metu coacti ut dicebant, S3 spontanei ad 
fidem et uoluntatem diii Regis Angt memorati venientes, confedera- 
Sones, contract^, couencones et pacta quocu% nomie censeanf, si que 
vnq'm suo nomie cu Rege F^ncon^ (f^ dcm dfim regem Angt * inite 
extitisset, qHenus in eis fuit, et ipos contingebant, penit^ anullarut, et 
eisdem, vi, forme, et effectui eao^em, cu omi comodo quod exinde sibi 
uel suis po^it prouenire quomodolib} in fulm, sponte, pure, et absolute 
expresse renunciarut organo uiue uocis, et tactis sacroscis et osculatis 
Dei Eu^ngeliis in subscripta forma fidelitatem fecerut dno Regi Angt 



Campo and John Tregotz, knights; John of Drokenesford and John of 
Benestede, William of Melton, Robert of Cotingham, John of Wynton and 
Galfrid of Stokes, clerks, witnesses, called and summoned, with many others ; 
and of me, notary, subscribing : the noble men Duncan of Frendraught, 
Patrick of Berkeley, Hugh of the Hay, Reginald le Chen, John, son of 
Hubert of Maxwell, John, Lord of Maxwell, and William of MoWat, knights ; 
Hervy of Crambath, dean of Dunkeld^ John, son of Randulph of Pitscottie, 
Robert of Wauchop, Robert Falconer, William of Innes, and the burgesses 
and community of the city of Aberdeen, not driven by force or fear, as they 
8aid> but of their own accord coming in trust and goodwill to the said King 
of England, did altogether renounce, so far as in them lay, the alliances, con- 
tracts, conventions and compacts, by whatever name called, thiat at any time 
were in force in their name with the King of France against the said King 
of England; and, by word of mouth, did freely, simply and wholly abjure 
the same in force, form, and effect, with every advantage that could in any 
way accrue therefrom to them and theirs in future ; and, having touched and 
ki^ed the holy Gospels of God, did, in form underwritten, do homage to the 
said King of England, and, anent the homage thus made, did execute their 



294 BUBOH or ABERDBBN. [yB9& 

memorato, et super fidelitate sua sic facta, suas patentes fecenint 
litteras sq^atas, suis sigillis pendentib} consignatas, tenores qui secuntur 
continentes. . . . Item * A touz ceaus qui cestes lettres verront ou 
orront, les Burgoys 6 la Comunaute de la vile de Abreden, saluz ' Pur 
ceo qe nous sumes venuz i la foi 6 i la uolunte du tresnoble Prince 
nre chier Seigneur Edward par la grace Dieu Roi DengleSre, Seigneur 
Dirland, 6 Dues Daquitaigne, nous promettoms pur nous, i pur nos 
heirs, sur peine de cors i dauoir, 6 sur q^nt qe nous peussoms enooure, 
qe nous li seruiroms, bien 6 leaument contre totes gentz qui punont 
viure 6 morir, totes les foiz qe nous serroms requis ou gamiz de par 
nre Seigneur le Roi DengleSre auantdit, ou par ses heirs, 6 qe nous 
leur damage ne sauroms, qe nous nel destorbeoms i tot nre poer, e le 
leur faceoms i sauoir * £ i cestes choses tenir i garder, nous 
obligeoms nous 6 nos heirs, 6 touz nos biens, 6 outre ceo auoms 
jurez sur seintes Eu^ngeiles * En tesmoignance de queu chose^ nous 
auoms fait faire cestes lettres ouertes seal6^ de nre comun seal * 
Don^ a Abirden le disesecime Jour de Juyl Lan de Regne nre 
Seigneur le Roi DengleSre vintisme quart 



separate letters patent, confiraied by their seals attached, of the tenor as 
follows : ... To all who shall see or hear these letters the burgesses and com- 
munity of the town of Aberdeen, greeting. Whereas we have come in trust 
and goodwill to the most noble prince and our dear Lord Edward, by the 
grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine^ 
we promise, ^n our own part and on that of our heirs, under pain of person 
and property, and of whatsoever else we possess, that we will serve him well 
and loyally against all people that can live and die, whensoever we may be 
called on or summoned by our Lord aforesaid, the King of England, or by 
his heirs, and that we shall know no hurt to them, that we will defend them 
with all our power; and this we will give them to know. And to hold and 
keep these conditions we bind ourselves and our heirs, and all our goods, and 
further we have sworn on the Holy Gospels. In witness whereof we have 
caused these letters patent to be sealed with our common seal. Given at 
Aberdeen, the sixteenth day of July, the twenty-fourth year of the reign of 
our Lord, the King of England. 



a^joft.] MISCSLLAXEOUS WRITS. «9S 



V. 

R ditto sibi Wi&o le Betour saitm Quia p expeditde guerre nre Scof 
auxilio tain marinarioo^ q* alioo^ plurimum indigemus nos de diligentia 
& fidelitate vra spali? confidentes constituim^ vos capitaneu nrm marina- 
tioi^ naviu de Hertelpol de Novo Castro sup Tynam de Berewico sup 
Twedam ac alioo^ locoi^ in¥ Hertelpol & Aberden in subsidiu obmdionis 
castri nri de Aberdene amovende et ad alia que ad expeditdem niam 
cont* Scotos inimicos & rebelles nros in ptib} illis atingut virili? faciend' 
put diitus et fidelis nf Gilfes Petche & . . . caiSar* nr Scot' vob ex pte 
nra plenius injunget Et ideo vob mandam^ ^d ad hoc omib} aliis p^misdis 
modis oib} intendatis Mandam^ aute oTb} et singtis magris naviu & 
marinar* pdtis qd ad pficiscend' vobiscu una cu navib} suis & hoTbus 
armis competentib} bene munitis ad pmissa poten? & virilit faciend' put 
& quotiens if!k>s marinar' pmuniend' du^itis ex pte nra vob peant & 
intendant In cuj^ &c • apud Wyndes' x die Jul' 



V. 

King Edward L appoints William le Betour Captain of the Navy to assist 
in raising the Siege of the Castle of Aberdeen, loth July [1308]. 

The King to his beloved William le Betour, greeting. Whereas we are 
much in need, for our invasion of Scotland, both of sailors and of others, 
specially trusting in your diligence and faithfulness, we have appointed you 
captain of our navy at Hartlepool, at Newcastle on Tyne, at Berwick on Tweed, 
and at other places between Hartlepool and Aberdeen, to assist in raising 
the siege of our castle of Aberdeen, and to take strong measures in all 
matters affecting in these parts our expedition against our hostile and rebellious 
Scots ; as our beloved and trusty Gilbert Petche and . . . our chamberlain 
of Scotland will more fully direct you on our behal£ And, therefore, we 
command you to attend to this in every respect, to the postponement of all 
other concerns. Moreover, we command all and sundry shipmasters and 
sailors to obey and assist you on our behalf by accompanying you with their 
ships and men, properly armed, to carry out the premises effectively and 
valiantly, and as often as you lead the said sailors for our defence. In 
witness, &c. At Windsor, the tenth day of July. 



99^ BUROH or ABERDSSir. [^^1^ 

VI. 

Compotum Nicholai de Lidell et Willelmi Chepman, prepositorum 
burgi de Abirden, redditum die, loco et anno supradictis, et de tenninis 
predictis. lidem onerant se de ccxiij )i. vj X. viij (L per firmas dicti 
burgi de duobus terminis predictis. Summa recepte patet De qua 
computant in liberacione facta camerario, per vnam robam, de mandato 
suo liberatam Dauidi de Marre, nuncio domini regis, xiij S. iiij d. Et 
eidem camerario, confitenti receptum super compotum, cxv ti. et vj &, 
de quibus camerarius respondebit Et Fratribus Predicatoribus de 
Abirden, ex elemosina regis annua, de eisdem terminis, xvij )i. vj I. 
viij d. Et Episcopo Orcadensi, cxviij 8. et iiij d. Et episcopo Abirdo- 



VL 

Tke fratmts of Aberdeen render aceaunt of ihe hurgh fermes. 

14/A January^ 132I. 

The account of Nicholas of Lidell and William Chepman, provosts* of 
the burgh of Aberdeen, rendered day, place [Dumbarton] and year as 
above, and for the same terms : — 

Lib. s. d. 
The aforesaid charge themselves with the fermes of the 

said burgh at the two terms aforesaid ... 213 6 8 



Amount of the charge, ... 2^3 6 8 

For which they account in the discharge made to the 

Chamberlain : — 
To a robe made by his order for David of Marr, Lib. s. d. 

nuncio of our Lord the King, o 13 4 

To the same Chamberlain, acknowledging receipt on 

the account, for which the Chamberlain will 

be answerable, ... ... ... ... 115 o 6 

To the Friars Preachers of Aberdeen, of the King's 

yearly alms, for the same terms, 17 6 8 

To the Bishop of Orkney, 5 18 4 

* See p. 2, iiote. 



Z33|.] MISCBLLAMBOUS WRITS* 997 

nensi, pro secundis decimis suis ad terminum vite sue tantum, xxj ii. 
vj 8. viij d. Et Fratribus de Monte Carmeli, ad fabricam ecclesie sue, 
de mandato regis, per literam suam de precepto, vj H xiij 8. iiij ft. Et 
ecclesie sancti Gilberti de Dumach, ac ministris eius, percipientibus 
per annum vnam celdram frumenti et vnum doleum vini, pro confeccione 
corporis Christi, ex elemosina regis, per tempus compoti, Ixvj 9. viij ft. 
Et Ricardo filio Radulphi, pro feodo suo annuo, x ti. Et Symoni de 
Grenlaw, ex elemosina regis, ad voluntatem suam, per tempus compoti, 
X X. Et Nigello de Squecia percipienti per annum de firmis dicti burgi 
pro toto tempore vite sue viginti marcas sterlingorum, quousque de 
viginti marcatis terre sibi fuerit prouisum, per tempus compoti, 
xiij tL vj 8. viij d. Et per allocacionem factam burgensibus de Abir- 
den de viginti marcis quolibet anno decern annorum proxime futurorum, 

Lia s. D. 
To the Bishop of Aberdeen for his second teinds, to 

the end of hb life only, 21 6 8 

To the Carmelite Friars for the fiibric of theur 

church, by the King's command by his 

precept, ••• ••• ••• ••• ••• 013 4 

To the Church of St. Gilbert of Dumach and its 

ministers receiving annually a chalder of com 

and a cask of wine for the feast of Corpus 

Christi, from the King's alms, for the period 

of the account, 368 

To Richard, son of Radulph, for his yearly feu, ... 10 o o 

To Simon of Greenlaw, from the King's alms, at his 

will, for the period of the account, ... o 10 o 

To Neil of Squecia, receiving annually from the 

fermes of the said burgh for the whole 

period of his life twenty merks sterling, for 

which land of twenty merks was allotted 

to him, for the period of the account, ... 13 6 8 

To annual allowance of twenty merks made to the 

burgesses of Aberdeen on account of the 
^ burning of the said burgh, for the ten years 

next to come,' of which one and a-half are 

past, for the two terms of this account, ... 13 6 8 

PP 



398 BURGH OP AfiSRDKBN. [^3^1* 

de quibus vnus cum dimidio est elapsus, racione combustionum dicti 
burgi, de duobus terminis huius compoti, xiij ti. vj 8. viij d. Et in 
donacione facta per regem Dauidi de Marre, nuncio domini Regis, pro 
seruicio suo dum stetit in seruicio domine regine, per literam domini 
regis de precepto et ipsius de recepto, ostensas super compotum, xl S. 
Et duobus Fratribus de Monte Carmeli, ex dono r^is, xl 8. Summa 
expense, ccxj ti. iij 8. x d. Et sic debent xlij 8. et x d., quos soluerunt 
camerario super scaccarium, de quibus respondebit Et sic eque 

VII. 

Compotum Nicholai Lidell et Symonis Gelchauch, collectorum noue 
custume burgi de Abirden, redditum apud Dunbretan xiiij die Januarii, 

Lib. s. d. 
To a gift made by the King to David of Marr, 

nuncio of our lord the King, for his service 

while he was in the service of the Queen, 

per the King's precept and his own receipt 

shewn on the account, 200 

To two Carmelite Friars, by gift of the King, ... 200 



Amount of the discharge, ... 211 3 10* 

Balance paid to the Chamberlain in the Exchequer, 

for which he will be answerable, 2 2 10 



Equal to the charge, 213 ,6 8 

VII. 
The custumars of Aberdeen render account of the burgh customs^ 

i^th January, 132^. 

The account of Nicholas Lidell and Simon Gelchauch, collectors of the new 
custom of the burgh of Aberdeen, rendered at Dumbarton on the fourteenth 

* A minute scrutiny of the accounts as we now have them will bring to light a good many 
errors of summation which have been overlooked in the audit, a fact which need not surprise 
us, if we consider how difficult and cumbersome the most ordinary calculations were before 
the introduction of the Arabic numerals.**— T/wr Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, Vol. I., 1878, 
p. xxxix. 



I32g.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 299 

anno gracie millesimo trescentesimo vicesimo septimo, de receptis et 
expensis eiusdem custume, a tercio die Februarii, anni gracie, etc, 
xxvi. vsque in septimum diem Januarii proxime preterit!. lidem 
onerant se de cccxlix ti. x 9. iiij d., receptis per custumam octingento- 
rum quadraginta quatuor sacconim dimidii sacci et duarum peciarum 
lane, sex millium quingentarum triginta nouem pellium lanutarum 
quinque lastarum dimidie laste vnius dacre dimidie dacre coriorum et 
duorum coriorum, carcatorum et custumatorum in viginti quatuor 
nauibus et batelUs per totum tempus compoti. Summa recepte patet 
De qua allocantur computantibus, per superexpensas suas in compoto 
suo precedent! lij fi. xvij 8. vij d. Et in liberacione facta camerario, 
confitenti receptum super compotum, ccxxxij ti. xvj 9. vd. et q., de 
quibus respondebit. Et Johanni de Dunfermline, clerico liberacionis 
domus domini nostri regis, per literam suam de recepto, per duas libras 



day of January, in the year of grace one thousand three hundred and twenty- 
seven, of the receipt and expenditure of the said custom from the third of 
February, in the year of grace, etc, and twenty-six, to the seventh day of 

January last : 

Lib. s. d. 
The aforesaid chaige themselves with the custom on 844^ bags 

and 2 pieces of wool, 6539 hides of wool, 5^ lasts, i^ dacres, 

an(l 2 skins laden and taxed in 24 ships and boats for the 

whole period of the account, ... 349 10 4 



Amount of the chaige, 349 10 4 



For which are credited td^the counters : Lib. s. d. 

To balance from last account, 52 17 7 

To the chamberlain, per discharge, acknowledging receipt on the 

account, for which he will be answerable, 232 16 s^ 

To John of Dunfermline, clerk of the household, dischaige of our 
Lord the King, per his letter of receipt, for two pounds of 
saffron, four pounds of , eight pounds of cinnamon, 

one hundred pounds of almonds, one hundred pounds of 
rice, forty pounds of ginger, forty pounds of pepper, and 
one hundred ells of linen cloth, for which the said John will 
be answerable, ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 9 ^ ^o 



300 



BURGH OF ABERDBBN. 



[«s4- 



ciod, quatuor libras . . '. octo libras canelle* centum libras amygdal- 
larum, centum libras de risis, quadraginta libras gingiberis^ quadn^^ta 
libras piperis^ et centum* vlnas tele linee, de quibus idem J<dianne8 
respondebity ix il viij I. x d. Et pro dimidia peda panni, liberata 
domino Waltero de Lacy, ex mandato regis, xxxyj I. et viij iL Et 
pro quarta parte pecie panni, liberata in gardrobam regis, testante litera 
r^isy ostensa super compotum, de qua dericus gardrobe responddnt, 
xvij I. ij d Et domino Thome Dere, abbati de Kynlos, perctpienti 
per annum pro tempore vite sue viginti marcas, ex concessione ngiM^ 
per literam regia de precepto, et ipsius de recepto, xiij iL vj I. viij d. 
Et Rogero de Irwyn, ex dono regis, x iL Et per remissionem factam 
domino Alexandro Fraser de custuma viginti sacconim lane, vj tL 
xiij s. iiijd. Et pro coUecta dicte custume, viij IL xiiij I. ix d. Summa 
expense, cccxxxvj iL xj 8. vd. et q. Et sic debent xij iL xviij I. x d: 
ob et q. De quibus conceduntur, de dono regis, Rogero de Irwyn, 
clerico Ixvj 8. viij d. Et in liberacione facta camerario, confitenti 
receptum super compotum Iviij 8. x d. ob. et q., de quibus respondebit 



To half a piece of doth given to Walter de Lacy, by the King's 

v^ji m I l a f io, ••• ••• ••• ••• ••• ••• ••• 

To a quarter piece of doth given to the Sling's wardrobe, per 
the Sling's letter shewn on the account, for which the derk 
of the wardrobe will be answerable, 

To Thomas Dere, abbot of Kinloss, recdving yearly during his 
lifetime twenty marks, by grant from the King, per the King's 
precept, and his own receipt, 

To Roger of Irvine, by gift from the King, 

To remission made to Alexander Fraser of the custom on twenty 
bags of wool, ••• ... •.. ... ... 

To the collection of the said custom, 

Amount of the discharge, • . . 
Balance due, distributed as follows : 
To Roger of Irvine, derk, by gift of the King, 
To the chamberlain, per discharge, acknowledging 
receipt on the account, for which he will be 



Lib. s. d. 
I i6 8 



o 17 



answerable, 



• • • • • • 


»3 


6 


8 


... . • • 


10 








1 on twenty 








. • • .. • 


6 


13 


4 


• • • • • • 


8 


13 


9 


• • • ... 


336 


II 


Si 


Lib. s. d. 








368 









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t • ' 



t • • 



2 18 10} 



1357*] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 30I 

Summa huius expense, vj it. v 8. vj d. oK et ^. Et sic debent yj )L 
xiij 8. iiij d., de quibus computantes exonerantur de mandato regis, et 
qui leuandi sunt de terra Rogeri de Irwyn, ad festum Pentecostes 
proxime futurum, per vicecomitatem de Forfar. Et sic eque quoad 
computantes. 

VIII. 

No3int vni3si p pntes q nos Alexander Gylyot Adam Tore 1 Johnes 
Goldsmyth de Edynburgh Johnes Mincer Johnes Gill 1 Robtus de 
[Gatmilke] de Perth Laurencius de Garuok Willms de Leth et Johnes 
Crab de Afcden Magr Johnes de SoiSuytt 1 Rofctus Kyd de Dunde 
Rogus Phipitt 1 Thomas fil Johis de InSkethyn Ricardus Hendchyld 
1 Ricardus Skrc^er de Carale Nichs Rector Scola^ et Dauid Com)m 
de Cup Laurenci^ Bell 1 Adam de Kirkyntolach Sci Andre Ricardus 
de Cad30ch 1. Johnes Ctic^ de Monros Johnes de Burgo 1, Witts 

Lib. s. d. Lib. s. d. 
Balance due, for which the counters are discharged 

by command of the King, and which shall be 

uplifted from the land of Roger of Irvine, next 

Pentecost, by the sheriff of Forfar, 6 13 4 



12 ]8 10^ 



Equal to the chaige, 349 10 4 



VIIL 

TTke Burghs of Scotland appoint representative burgesses of Edinburgh^ Pertk, 
Aberdeen and Dundee as procurators to negotiate for the ransom of King 
David II. 26th September, i3S7- 

Know all men by these presents that we, Alexander Gylyot, Adam Tore 
and John Goldsmith, of Edinburgh ; John Mercer, John Gill and Robert of 
Gatmilk, of Perth ; Laurence of Garvok, William of Leth and John Crab^ of 
Aberdeen; Master John of Somerville and Robert Kyd, of Dundee; Roger 
Phipille and Thomas Johnson, of Inverkeithing ; Richard Hendchild and 
Richard Scroger, of Crail ; Nicholas, Rector of the Schools, and David Comyn, 
of Cupar ; Laurence Bell and Adam of Kirkintilloch, of St Andrews ; Richard 
of Cadyoch and John Clerk, of Montrose ; John de Burgo and William Sauser, 



30a BURGH OP ABERDEEN. [l357« 

Sauser de StOielyn Johnes Rl Johis ^ Witts de Saltoun* de Linlithgow 
Adam de Haddyngton* ^ Adam de Congleton* de Haddyngton* Symon 
Po^ 1, Petrus Waghorn de Dunbrctanc Patrcius Cti2 1 Paf dus Red 
de Rothirglen Andras Ade ^ Andras de Ponfret de Lanark Willfiis de 
DuncoU ^ Thomas Lang de Drufres Nichs iilius Jobis 1 Johnes fil 
Witti de Peblis Aldirmani M^catores % BurgenS delibacbm Dni nri Regis 
Dauid a carce Dili Edward! Regis Angi illustris plurimil affectantes de 
consensu 1 uoluntatc 5ium cditatu dco^ burgo^ ^ pciu adiaceticiu eistfm 
facim^ constituim^ ^ ordinam^ p pntes nros 1, dium burgensiu ac iScatoi^ 
dSi Regni Scoc ueros pcuratores negocio^ gestores ^ nuncios spates Aldcm 
Gylyot Adam Tore Johem Goldsmyth Johem M^cer Johem Gill Robtu 
de Gatmilk Laurenciu de Garuok Witt de Leth Jofeem Crab Magrm 
Johem de SoiSuill ^ Rohtum Kyd de Ed)mburgh Pth Abirden ^ de 
Dunde burgenses * Dantes eisdm 1 eo^ sex aut quatuor plenam *\ libam 
potestatem ac mandatu spale ad finatr concordandu cu consilio ^ati DSi 
Regis Angi sup lihacone Dni nri Regis Dauid sup^dci et ad admHendu 
frmandu Bt(^ approbandu noie nro ^ dium burgensiu ac iScatoi^ tocius 



of Stirling; John Johnson and William of Salton, of Linlithgow; Adam of 
Haddington and Adam of Congilton, of Haddington ; Simon Potter and 
Peter Waghom, of Dumbarton ; Patrick Clerk and Patrick Reder, of Ruther- 
glen ; Andrew Ade and Andrew of Ponfret, of Lanark ; William of Duncoll 
and Thomas Lang, of Dumfries; Nicholas Johnson and John Williamson, of 
Peebles; aldermen, merchants and burgesses, earnestly desiring the liberation 
of our Lord King David from the prison of the Lord Edward, the illustrious 
King of England, by the consent and will of all the communities of the said 
buighs and parts adjacent thereto, do make, appoint and ordain by these 
presents as true procurators, agents and special messengers for us and for 
all the burgesses and merchants of the said kingdom of Scotland — Alexander 
Gylyot, Adam Tore, John Goldsmith, John Mercer, John Gill, Robert of 
Gatmilk, Laurence of Garvok, William of Leth, John Crab, Master John of 
Somerville and Robert Kyd, burgesses of Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen and 
Dundee : Giving to them, and to six or four of them, full and free power 
and special mandate to come to a final agreement with the Council of the 
foresaid Ix)rd the King of England for the liberation of our Lord King David 
above named ; and to admit, confirm and approve, in name of us and of all 
the burgesses and merchants of the whole kingdom of Scotland, all and sundry 



1357*] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 3O3 

Regni Scoc omes 1 singios tractatus et concordias fcos'bitos seu 
faciendos in? dcm consiliu Dni Reg Angt ac Prelates "l alios nobles 
regni Scoc ^ quoslib} % puctus in eisdm contentos q^ libacdm dci D&i nH 
Reg Dauid tan gun t seu tan^e po¥unt quouismodo * Et ad confitendu 1 
recognoscendu nos 1 omes alios burgenses ^ iScatores dci Reg Scoc 
hedes % successores nrbs ^ quelib3 nrm ^ eoa^ pnicipalr *\ in solidu 
obligari 1 teneri jpfato Dno R^i Angt hedib} *\ successorib3 suis 
occasione redenipc6is jpfati Dni nri p.eg Scoc in Centu Milib3 M*rcai^ 
srlingo]^ soluendis eidm Dno Regi Angt ut suis pcuratorib} in locis ^ 
rminis in dcis tractatib3 ^ concordiis statutis seu statuendis Et vlSius 
ad faciendu noie nro ^ cui^libj nrm ac cditatQ alioi^ burgensiS ^ 
mcato]^ dci reg Scoc paccones obligacones securitates pmissiones Iras 
1 iuramenta quascu^ ^ quecu<]^ que ad i^mitate % approbacoem 
^misso^ mint quomodolib3 faciend Et ad obligandu % submHendu 
nos 1 quelib3 nrm in solidu ac oia bona nra ^ singta ^ cui^lib3 nrm 
ac cexo]^ burgensiu ^ iScatoi^ dci R^ni Scoc mobilia ^ immobilia 
pncia 1, futura vbicuq^ constituta filint % inuenta compulsion! ^ coherooi 



treaties and agreements made, held, or to be made between the said Council 
of the Lord the King of England, and the prelates and other nobles of the 
kingdom of Scotland, and also any points whatsoever contained therein that 
touch or can in any way touch the liberation of our said Lord King David; 
and to own and acknowledge us and all the other burgesses and merchants 
of the said kingdom of Scotland, our heirs and successors, and anyone what- 
soever of us and of them, as debtors principal and in soltduniy to be bound and 
held to the foresaid Lord the King of England, his heirs and successors, for 
the redemption of the foresaid our Lord the King of Scotland, in one hundred 
thousand merks sterling, to be paid to the said Lord the King of England, 
or to his procurators, at the places and times appointed or to be appointed 
in the said treaties and agreements; and further to make, in name of us and 
any one of us and of the other communities of burgesses and merchants of 
the said kingdom of Scotland, any contracts, obligations, securities, under- 
takings, writs and oaths whatsoever, which may in any way be made for the 
confirmation and approval of the premises; and to oblige and submit us and 
each of us in solidum^ and all and sundry the goods of us and of each of us 
and of the remanent burgesses and merchants of the said kingdom of Scot- 
land, movable and immovable, present and to come, wheresoever they shall be 



394 BUSOH OP ABXRDKBM. I'SSI* 

quaycu^ buriai^ eccHasticai^ ui seculariu illon^ locon^ in quibj dSa bona 
constituta (dint 1 inuenta 1 eay Judicu 1 mlstroii 1 cu?lib5 i^ 
quous^ de total! Suma Centu Miliu M'Hiai^ *\ cui'lib3 eius ptis ac de 
omib} aliis capillis in dcis tractatib} ^ concordiis content una cu dampnis 
expnB 1 in^esse si que ut quas ipm Dnm Regem Angt in exigendo 
prosequendo aut recuperando dcam sumam pecunie ac ppS retardaSom 
soluoois eiusdm ut alicui^ eius ptis qd absit incuirere seu sustinere in 
iudicio ui ex* contig^t quouismqdo pfato Dno R^ Angt ut etas in 
hac pte pcuratorib} spatr deputatis (Sit plenarie ^ int^^ satisAn 
£t ad pstandu in alas nras et cui'lib} nrm ac suas quodcu% gen^ 
liciti saCmenti qd a nob in hac pte exigi po¥it seu requiri Et ad 
renunciandu noie nro 1 cut^lib} nrm oinib3 1 singulis iurib} remediis 
auxiliis 1 cautelis ti iuris Canoici q* Ciuilis % oinib} tris aplicis ipetratis 
seu ipetrandis p que ut quas cont* ^Sa nos defende possem' quomodo- 
lib} ut tueri necno ^ omia alia "l singia fadendu *\ expediendu i| in 
j^missis ^ Cca ^missa necSa filint % optima q*ntucii(]^ mandatu exigant 
spate Insup ad cautelam 1 maioris roboris (^mitate oim pmissooi 



situated and found, to the compulsion and constraint of any courts^ diuicfa 
or civil, of those places in which the said goods may be situated and found, 
and of their judges and officers, and of any of them, until full and entire satis- 
&ction shall have been made to the foresaid Lord the King of England, or 
to his procurators specially deputed in this matter, for the whole sum of one 
hundred thousand merks and of any part of it, and for all other heads contained 
in the said treaties and agreements, together with loss, outlay and interest, 
if it shall in any way happen that the said Lord the King of England incur 
or sustain such, whether in judgment or outwith, in exacting, prosecuting or 
recovering the said sum of money, and on account of delay in paying the 
same or any part thereof (may such not happen); and to make on the souls 
of us and of each of us and them any kind of lawful oath that can be 
exacted or required from us in this matter; and to renounce, in the name 
of us and each of us, all and sundry rights, remedies, helps and cautions of 
both the canon and the civil law, and all letters apostolic, obtained or to 
be obtained, by which we could in any way defend or protect ourselves against 
the foresaid; likewise to do and complete all and sundry other things which 
in the premises and about the premises shall be needful and proper, even if 
they require special mandate. Moreover, for the security and stronger con- 



1357*] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 505 

ftirauim^ 1 qtlib} nrm iuravit ad Sea Dei euanglia p nos corpair tacta 
iuram^ ^ q^ib} nrm [sponte iurat 4 "dia 1 singta l%acoem dci DSi nri 
Re^s Scoc quaircuq^ con^nencia que p conciliu dci Dni Reg Angt 
% pTatos Folates ^ Nobles dci Regni Scoc ac pcuratores nros sup^dcos 
ut eoi^ sex aut quatuor tractata ordinata concordata submissa iurata 
renunciata *\ facta filint in ^missis % in quolib} ^missoi^ rata g*ta 
hebim^ at% f'ma % eis in omib3 adq'escem^ 1 cont* in aliquo no £Eiciem^ 
n^ ueniem^ de iure ut de fco tacite ui exjpsse S3 ipa exnuc put extunc 
ratiiicam^ % approbam^ p pntes In quoi^ oim testidm sigilla cdia 
dooi^ burgoi^ % cditatu eo^m pntib} sunt appensa Apud Edynburgh 
xxYJ*® die Mens Septembr Anno Dni M? ccc™* L® Septima. 

IX. 

Vniusis [praesentes] tres [seu praesens Pu]blicum Instrbn inspectur 
1 auditur Alexander Gyllyot Adam Tore Johannes Goldsmyth de 

firmation of all the premises, we all and each have swom, and all and each 
of our own accord do swear on the holy Gospels of God actually touched 
by us, that all and sundry matters in any way concerning the liberation of our 
said Lord the King of Scotland, which shall have been stipulated, ordained, 
agreed, submitted, sworn, renounced and done in the premises and in each of 
the Dremises, by the Council of the said Lord the Eling of England, and the 
foresaid prelates and nobles of the said kingdom of Scotland, and our pro- 
curators above-named, or six or four of them, we shall hold ratified, approved 
and confirmed; and we shall acxjuiesce in them all, and shall not do or 
come contrarywise in anything, in law or in deed, tacitly or expressly ; but we 
now as then ratify and approve the same by these presents. In witness 
of all which the common seals of the said burghs and communities thereof 
have been affixed to these presents at Edinburgh, the 26th day of the month 
of September, in the year of our Lord MCCCLVII. 

IX. 

The procurcUars appointed by the burghs of Edinburgh^ Perth^ Aberdeen and 
Dundee enter into an obligation to pay 10,000 merks sterling, ^th October^ 

1357. 

To all who shall see or hear these present letters or this present public 
instrument, Alexander Gyllyot, Adam Tore, John Goldsmith, of Edinbuigh; 

QQ 



3o6 BURGH OP ABBRDBSN. [l357- 

Edenbourg Johannes M?cer Johes Gill Robtus de Gatemilk de Perdi 
[Lauren tins de Gar]uok Wittus de Leth ^ [Johannes] Crab de [Aber- 
deen M] gf Johannes de SoiSuille ^ Robtus Kyd de Donde villaf 
M^catores 1 Burgen tarn nro q* alioi^ mercato^ r^^i Scocie note plenam 
ab eis [Potestatem ha]bentes salv[t]e[m Domijno Cum serenissimos 
T^nceps % dns nf dns Dauid dei gra Rex Scotoru illustris filit illustrissimi 
r^ncipis dni Edwardi R^s anglie v^us et le[galis Pris]onarius ^ captiu' 
Idemc]^ dns Rex Anglie sub 2tis modis % ^iconib3 nup concesSat 
p ^fatus dns Rex Dauid redimaf ^ car2e suo libPef % inde ad RegnS 
Scocie reiltatur pro cent Mitt marc [Sterlingorum eidem Domino R^ 
Angliae soljuendis pro redepcone sua [certjis ¥mis et lods put in 
quada indentura [in]de confta plenius continef cuius quide indenture 
tenor seq*tur in hec [verba] * 

Nos delibPacom jpfati dni nH R^s Scocie ptimu aflfectantes bita sSl 
tractatib} % concordanciis bm^ vnacu platis magnatib3 sapientib} ac nob 



John Mercer, John Gill, Robert of Gatmilk, of Perth; Laurence of Garvok, 
William of Leth and John Crab, of Aberdeen ; Master John of Somerville and 
Robert Kyd, of Dundee; merchants and burgesses of these towns, in name 
of us and of other merchants of the kingdom of Scotland, having full power 
therefrom, greeting in the Lord : Whereas our most serene prince and lord, 
Lord David, by the grace of God illustrious King of Scots, was the true and 
lawful prisoner and captive of the most illustrious prince. Lord Edward, King 
of England, and the same Lord King of England had lately granted under 
certain forms and conditions that the foresaid Lord King David should be 
ransomed and set free from his prison and should go back thence to the kingdom 
of Scotland, in return for one hundred thousand merks sterling to be paid 
as his ransom to the same Lord King of England at certain terms and places, 
as is more fully set forth in a certain indenture executed thereanent, of which 
indenture the tenor follows in these terms : — 

We, earnestly desiring the liberation of our foresaid Lord the King of 
Scotland, after serious and mature deliberation regarding the treaties and 
agreements thereanent, with the prelates, magnates, wise men and us merchants 

♦ The terms of the Indenture wUl be found in Rymer's Fader a^ 1708, vol. vi., pp. 46-,5Z. 



X357*} MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 307 

iScatorib} 1 aliis eiusd Regni Scocie quo^ consSus in hac pte reqiritF 01 
ai esse di[gnoscitur] oportun^ bona ^ matura delibPacone de coi assensu 
om[nium] ^ato^ magnatum ^ alio^ iScato^ 1 cditat eiusd Regni Scocie 
jpfatis tractatib} 1 concordiis sic fcis ^ bitis pure simplic ex 2ta scia 
% voluntate libPa consentim^ ^ eisde in omib3 vnanimif concordam^ 
Pmittim^ el ^ concedim^ nro % quo sup noie % qi} firm pmittit ^ ^cedit 
p solene stiplacbm in?poitam ^ 8r Bacris nris inf^ius desc'pt ta in afias 
nfas q* alio^ iScato^ absentiu q oms articlos % capla singla in dca Con- 
cordia cotenta sine dolo arte ul ingenio obAiabim^ tenebim^ % pficiem^ 
^ quit} nrm obAiabit tenebit ^ implebit ac faciem^ ab aliis qHu in nob 
est fidetr obAiari Et ad maiore Roboris securitate ul firmitate om[nium] 
1 singulo^ sup* et infrasc'^pt Et maxie quoad int^^ram sotom tocius 
sume pecuie videt} Cent mitt marc s^ing debite dco dno R^ Anglie 
p delibPacone ^fati dni nri Dauid Reg Scocie in 2tis locis et tmis in 
dca f cordia limitat p soluend obligam^ recognoscim^ % ^stituim^ nos 
^ alios iScatores ut pmittit^ absentes p^ncipales debitores % qi} nrm *\ 
ipo^ insolid debitore p^ncipale totius some % debito^ ^dco^ VoUum^ el 



and others of the said kingdom of Scotland, whose consent thereto is necessary 
or is otherwise considered desirable, by common assent of all the prelates, mag- 
nates and others, merchants and community of the said kingdom of Scotland, 
do purely, simply, of certain knowledge and free will consent to the foresaid 
treaties and agreements thus made and had, and unanimously approve thereof 
in all respects. We do also promise and grant, for ourselves and for them, and 
each one of us promises and grants by a solemn compact entered upon and 
sworn to by us as under, as well upon our own souls as upon those of the other 
absent merchants, that without deceit, fraud or guile we, all and each, will observe, 
hold and fulfil all the articles and every head contained in the said agreement, 
and will do what we can to have them faithfully observed by others. And for 
the greater security and confirmation of all and sundry above and underwritten, 
and especially for the payment in full of all the sum of money, viz., one 
hundred thousand merks sterling, due to the said Lord the King of Englaild 
for the liberation of our foresaid Lord David, King of Scotland, at certain * 
places and terms fixed in the said agreement for the payment ; we bind 
and oblige and constitute debtors principal, ourselves and the other merchants 
aforesaid, and each one of us and them debtor principal in solidum for the 
whole sum and for the debtors aforesaid. And we also will and agree, con* 



3o8 BURGH OP ABERDBBV. ['SST* 

% ^sentim^ ^ iunctim % divisim ut si ^tingat qd absit q ^Ositus Dfis Rex 
Anglie aut q4us ex pte sua expen aliqs fe2int aut feSit dcam suinl 
pecuie ul aliq*m ptem eius requirendo exigendo 1 recupando aut |rp& 
moram soluSonis tardaoonis ul restitucois dapna gHtamia in^esse % expefi 
incurreiit ul sustiniiint aut q^uis eius note ic>erit ul sustinuerit omes illas 
expeii ^ omia ilia g*uamia dampna % in¥esse deb dno Regi Anglie aut 
suo 2to nucio '\ Procuratori reddle restitSe % integre restaurare 
Pmittim^ % q^} nrm pmittit bona fide 1, illis oinib3 "l singlis 1 eo^ 
qHitate ac cl de sorte p*ncipali debite supMci stare ordinaconi taxaSoni 
1 execuconi quo&cuq^ iudicu eo^ quib3 vocati ul citati filim' aut niit 
aliquis nrm occone tardac5is ^ soldis sume pPdoe fr quo& dipno^ expefi^ 
% infesse estimacone 1 q*titate sbst^ alia pbacbne Juramto ptis d5 dni 
Regis anglie credatur at% stetur Pro quib} omib3 ^ singlis supMSs 
tenend ^lend ^ firmi? obfuand % no ^ueniend dicendis seu fadend 
ast^ngim^ Sbmittim^ "l obligam^ nos % alios absentes iScatores ac nrm 
^ ip(^ qlib3 ii^solid ^ omia bona nia % ipo^ iura acoones liedu ^ 
successor nro^ ^ ipo^ iScato^ pdco& pncia 1 futura vbicu% exnda fstituta 
% iuenta fuint copulconi 1 coh^oni q»rucu(^ Curiar tam ec^ q' seclariu 



jointly and severally, that if it should lumpen (as may it not) that the foresaid 
Lord King of England or any one on his behalf should in any way incur 
expense in demanding, exacting and recovering the said sum of money or 
any part thereof^ or should suffer or sustain loss, injury, interest and expense 
through delay in paying or restoring; to return, restore and fiilly make up 
such expense, loss, injury and interest to the said Lord King of England or 
his undoubted messenger and procurator. And, all and each, we promise 
in good faith to fulfil to them, all and each, anent such amount, and also 
anent the principal of the aforesaid debt, the decision, taxation and execution 
of any of their judges before whom we may be called and summoned 
by reason of delay in the payment of the sum aforesaid : in estimating 
the amount of which losses, expenses and interest, the oath of the said Lord 
King of England shall stand and be believed without other proof. That 
which all and sundry aforesaid be held fulfilled, strictly observed and not 
contravened by word or deed, we bind, submit and oblige ourselves and 
the other absent merchants, and every one of us and them in solidum^ and 
all our and their goods, rights and actions of our and their heirs and suc- 
cessors, present and to come, whensoever such shall take effect, be constituted 



1 35 7-] MI9CBLLANEOUS WRITS. 309 

Judicuq^ % mistro^ eo^ "l cuiusi3 earude in q* ul quib} hoc Insfim 
pu» ondi <;tin^it pduci Ita q realis 1 debita execuco possit fi?i ^ nos 
% qit} nrm % alios mcatof pdcos ta in bonis nns q* suis ac si est sBia 
lata p fpetente Judice q* in re ti*sfuiss3 Judicata 1 ibide ^^pere 1 Juri 
pere pmittim^ 1 quit} nrm pmittit £t ^ dear Curiar ^fatus Dfis Rex 
Anglie 1 pcur sui eli^e possint qua malHint illi% seu illas dimi^e 1 ad 
alia seu alias recurr^e q^ciens sibi videbr expedire no obstan q pcesS 
filit in ead Curia inchoat^ nullu eide Rege Anglie p elcom hmd pludidu 
geSando sponte nos ^. alios iScatores pdcos 1 ql} nrm omia% bona ta 
nra q* sua iura ^ accones faedu executor 1 success pncia ^ futura ^ iure 
pc^ario noie dci dni Reg angt ta nos q* alios iScator absentes ^ stituim^ 
posside quous(]^ dco dno Regi angi lil 2tis attomatis de tota silma 
peciiie 1 q^} eius pte cu dapn expen 1 in^esse filit plenarie % int^^re 
satisfcm in ipas Cur ^ q^t} ipa^ nos % ipsos ac bona omia supMca 
sponte Sbmittedo obligando % iurisdconi prc^ando Et volum^ e{ ^ nee 
nos n^ aliquis nrm aut dco^ iScato^ absentiu ul hedes aut successor nH 



and happen, by compulsion and coercion of any courts, church or civil, and 
of their judges and officers, or any one thereof, in which this public 
instrument shall in any way chance to be produced: so that real and due 
execution can be had against us all and each, and other merchants aforesaid, 
as well on oiur goods as on theirs, as if after sentence pronounced by 
a competent judge, and that we all and each promise to compear and 
obey the law. And whereas of the said courts the foresaid Lord King 
of England and his procurators can choose which they please, can leave these 
and resort to others as often as it seems expedient to them, notwithstanding 
that a process were b^un in the said court, causing no prejudice to the said 
King of England by such choice ; we have of our own accord appointed ourselves 
and the other merchants aforesaid and each one of us and all our and their 
goods, rights and actions of heirs, executors and successors, present and to 
come, both ourselves as procurators and the other absent merchants, 
to be bound to the King of England, until the said Lord the King of 
England or his undoubted attorneys shall be wholly satisfied in the total sum 
of money and in every part of it, with losses, expenses and interest, freely 
submitting, obliging and subjecting ourselves and them and all the goods 
aforesaid in the said courts and in any one thereof. And we desire 
also that neither we nor any one of us or of the said absent merchants, nor 






SCO ecM pofismt ant dfbf jnt 4foof^ aliifs 

fsactn alio dc Tuiiis no p rtffHf ^ Ir inte^ sotooc dcai ocoi mille 
ant alk^ enis |)te nisi p^no foint cooie 1 pbale p booos 1 kgaks 
dd Aoi Regis Angt 1 ib magDo s^ dnsd s^illai 1 pdocte p ^dSos 
ad fc mandatn botes ^pale Renodam^ iosi^ 1 qft) imn in i ik ijf ^JSoy 
^ ndie diuisiin in pdSs 1 gc^ pdca omib) 1 singlis jnriby AmdISs Iwifiiih 
1 rexnediis 1 cantrits ac Iris ^>p[ostoIids] ipetratis \ itrtii ilh ac cmu 
apprilinis \ pnocacocs remedio qb} fTirdiatih3 ^ pdca ol ali^ ^dco^ venire 
posBim^ sen ea ai eo^ aliqd qi]ot3 ipedff aot nos sen [Bona iiostr]a 3 ipc» 
iSc^ afaseotia ima ol accboes ant bed dxc^ 1 sno^ poda 1 iatiiia de/. 
fiencr e qnooismodo ol tuen Renadant ct Jnri dicenti g ra a lmi i miM iinrm 
DO va^e Tenor y*o pcurat dco« mcatcn de quo sopins fit menoo sic iodptt 
Nooint vnnii per potes q nos AlexancP Gil>'ot \ Adam Coce Ic Et sac 
Pntib^ sat appensa ap Edcboorgfa xxvi die Mensis Sepldvis Amm 
ni MilliS Trecent q'nq>g septio In qoo^ oim tesdoo potes iras sen pos 
poblicu Ins&n sigillis cdib3 villa^ de Edenbonrg de Perth de Ab^den 



oar or diexr beiis or soccesKfSy giant anj acquillanoe or acqiiiltanoe% or 
anj agreement not to sedc fiuther, oo foil payment of die said hmidied 
thomand merks or any part thereof unless such be first gianlfd and 
sqiproved by competent and recognised officers of our said Lord, the King 
of England, and sealed with his great seal, and produced by die fioccsaid 
officers having special mandate thcyeanenL MoreoTer, we, all and each, 
and in name of the foresaids, renounce, in and anent the foresaids^ all 
and sundry rights, aids, benefits and remedies, and cautions and letters 
apostolic obtained or to be obtained, and ali remedy by appeal and provocation, 
whereby we can contravene the foresaids or any part thereof or hinder 
the same or in any way, or defend or protect ourselves or our goods or the 
rights or actions of the said absent merchants or their or our heirs, present 
and to come. Renoimcing also the right of declaring the general renunciation 
to be not vahd. And the tenor of the procuratory of the said merchants, 
mentioned above, b^ins thus : Know all men by these presents that we, 
Alexander Gilyot and Adam Core, etc. ; and ends thus : Are appended to 
these, presents at Edinburgh, the xxvi day of the month of September, in 
the year of our Lord thirteen hundred and fifty-seven. In wimess of all 
which we have caused the present letters or the present pubUc instrument 
to be strengthened with the conmion seals of Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen 



1357*] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 3x1 

% de Donde vna cu Signis % subs(^ptdib3 notario& subsdpto& fecim^ 
comuniri Daf ^ Act ap Berwyk 5r Twede die qinto Mens Octobris 
Anno Dm Mille [Trecent] quinquag Septimo 

£t ego Adam de Hilton cticus Lichefelden dioc publicus A^lica ^ 
Impiali Auc^:e Notarius jpmissis tractatibj ^ concordiis 
obsidumc]^ admissioni ^ recepconi ac pmissionib3 obligaconib} 
?niino^ assignacdib3 iuramento^ ^sta?onib3 Sigillo^ apposi- 
conib} ac omibj aliis ^ singlis sup^c^tis dum sic ut jpmittitr 
a^ent' et fierent sub Anno Dni Mitto ccc<* Ivij** Indicc 
vndecima die Q'nta mens Octobris Pontificat^ dni Innocent!! 
dia puiden* pp« vjti Anno Q*nto vna cum magris Witto ^ Johe 
Notariis publicis subsdptis ac dnis Ro^o de Percy Ricardo 
Tempest ^ Rico de Totesham militib3 de Angt ac Wittmo 
de Ramesey Wittmo de Vause 1 Johe Herys mil!tib3 de 
Scoc testib3 ad ^misS vocatis jpsens inWu! cax^ sic fieri v!dl 
1 audiui p aliu scribi feci publican! Et in hanc publica formi 



and Dundee, together with the signs and signatures of the notaries under- 
written. Given and done at Berwick-on-Tweed, the fifth day of the month 
of October, in the year of oiur Lord one thousand three hundred and fifty- 
seven. 

And I, Adam of Hilton, clerk, of the diocese of Lichfield, by apostolic 
and imperial authority notary public, was present while the foresaid 
treaties and agreements, giving and receiving of securities, 
promises, obligations, appointings of terms, takings of oaths, 
appendings of seals, and all and sundry others above written 
were taking place and being done, in the year of our Lord 
MCCCLVII, the eleventh indiction, fifth day of the month 
of October, in the fifth year of the Pontificate of Innocent 
VI,. by Divine Providence Pope : Together with Masters John 
and William, notaries public, subscribing, and Roger of Percy, 
Richard Tempest and Richard of Totesham, knights of Eng- 
land, and William of Ramsay, William of Vaus and John 
Herys, knights of Scotland, witnesses cited to the preceding : 
And these things 1 saw and heard being done, and caused to be 
written by another, published and to this public form reduced, 



3fi« 



BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



[1408. 



redegi signoc^ meo solito signaui Rogatus in testimoniii 

^misso^ 
Et ego Willms de Ragenhill dicus Ebo^ dioc, &c 
Et ^o Johes Clerenans ciicus Ebo^ dioc, &c. 



and signed with my accustomed sign — being smnmoned 

witness the foresaid. 
And I, William of Ragenhill, clerk, of the Diocese of York, etc 
And I, John Clerenans, clerk, of the Diocese of York, etc. 



to 



The inhabitants of Aberdeen 



X. 

contribute towards the expense of the embassy to 
England, 1408. 



TaxaCo jpma 


facta p expenB nucioi^ intend^ 


ad 


anglii 


Johes Goven 


- xijd 


Joh fraf - 


- 


•••• • 
- mjd 


Jobes coup - 


.... « 
- mjd 


Alex' litstar 


- 


- xviijd 


Johes hervy 


vjd 


Thom lowna 


• 


vjd 


Thom^ Webs* - 


yjd 


Vxor Alex Voket 


▼Jd 


Johes scot - 


yjd 


Johes crag - 


- 


vjd 


Meg^ femwale - 


«... • 
- mjd 


Marion Marr 


- 


- xijd 


Cu socia sua 


- nijd 


Sim5 Scynar 


- 


- xijd 


Waldy 


vjd 


Thom dauid 


- 


vjd 


And? bax? - 


- viijd 


Rob^t^ sadillar 


- 


- iiijd 


Magy corbrand - 


- mjd 


Marion abel 


- 


vjd 


pa? garntuly 


vjd 


Rob^t^ lyly - 


«M 


• • • • « 

- iiijd 


Andro Nase 


vjd 


Anny carras 


- 


.... a 

- mjd 


Joh thome - 


• • • • f 

- mjd 


Andr coup - 


- 


• • ■ • « 

- injd 


Wiil sutar - 


• • • « . 
- mjd 


Wat bowar - 


- 


- mjd 


RobPP stragryffe 


• • • • « 

- mjd 


Vat sutar - 


- 


- mjd 


Jamys browne 


a • • • . 

- mjd 


vxor Johis scherar 


- mjd 


Galfrid^ Jnflnochty 


vjd 


Andr gilfeti - 


- 


- xviijd 


Andr Walkar - 


- viijd 


laur dauid - 


- 


vjd 


WRotfti . 


- viijd 


Andro schsewas 


Ml 


vjd 


Elena louche 


vjd 


Rotf t^ Wan 


Ml 


vjd 


Scalpy 


- xijd 


Ada litstar - 


- 


• •a. « 

- mjd 



i4o8.] 



MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 



313 



Joh Wiltmi - 
JohWal?! - 
Joh trayle - 
Andr Webs? 
Ric fichet - 
Joneta diibar 
Thorn de Morauia 
Dns Andre Sen - 
Joh Mungwale - 
Iby sadillar 
Vxor Alex alne - 
Hankyn crioufl - 
Rot?t^ browne - 
vxor thome yhung 
Thorn de Marr tailo' 
tho molfane 
W crag 
BricP Roly^ti 
thorn sprinct 
Roly^t^ Walkar - 



ferg^ .' 
W gicht - 
Stephan^ tho* 
Joh - - . 
May lamb - 
fynla^ Taillo"- 
vxor DD tho* 
Simo baxt - 
W foty 
Anny norma 
Cristiana Walace 
Joh qwite - 
Jamys fleschewar 
W dc cama 



W InSrory 

iiis Joh smale - 

xijd Joh modane 

vjd WWricht - 

xijd Anny modane cu soc 

vjd Joh smale Junior 

vjd Anny crag - 
Mb^ Rauff 

vjd Katina lydale 

iiijd Tho Iamb - 

vjd Joh peryson 

xijd Rolx^t^ Johis 

xviijd W strade - 

liijd W harp 

vjd Ang^ gleny 

xviijd Tho bugp - 

xijd Tho club - 

vjd Joh fichet - 

xijd Alex' clynt* 

iiijd lowdefi 



- xijd 

vjd 

- iiijd 

• • • • • 

- iiijd 

vjd 

- nijd 

- iHJd 

• • • • • 

- injd 

vjs 
vjd 

• • 

IJS 

njs 

• • • 

iijs 

- xijd 

- us 
vjd 

• a*« 

- nijs 
vjd 

- xijd 



• • • • •• • • • « 

uj hb V s uj d 



ThoWitti - 

viijd Rotf t^ borthw<^ - 

vjd W ettale 

Rotf t^ lowna - 

iiijd Th6 blyndsele 

viijd laur Johis - 

iiijd vxor thome scherar 

vjd W bax? - 

Malcolm 

iiijd Spaldyng - 

ijd W col 

xviijd Tho col 

viijd Alex' galfridi 

xijd hen' scla? - 
RR 



• a •• • 

iiijd 

xviijd 

xijd 

xijd 

ijs 

xijd 

vjd 

vjd 

ijd 
ijd 

xijd 
xijd 

• •a* • 

nijd 

• aaa • 

iiijd 



3»4 

Thofii Andrd 
galfrid* tailltf - 
pa?cius Alex' 
M^ Stewart 
hug aftbvthnot - 
hesilhede - 
Anny Nory 
Tho chekar 
Abam stratheykyn 
Joh biykme 
vxor pa?cii bax? - 
Anny scbewyn - 



Andr scherar 
Malice sprinct 
Ductan' carnifex 
Wittms calma - 
Joneta clauda 
Joh bell - 
Andreas Bax? - 
Andreas Mathei - 
Joties M'nys 
Marion fetes 
Johes Stmonis 
Joh Andf huny Jon 
vxor Willi lambton 
Johes And? 
Johes gledstane - 
Simo lamb - 
Marion lamb 
Johes edmudson - 
Joneta soutar 
Alex' lep - 
WittKyntor 
Johes atkynson - 
Joh c'stini - 





[■♦A 


- xijd 


paVcii cuik - 


. 


- iiijd 


Anny schewyn - 




- xviijd 


Joh diiny - 


- iiijd 


- ijs 


pa^cii scharp 


- iiijd 


- viljd 


SdecaiSa - 


- - iiijd 


- iiijd 


Joh henrici - 


- - iiijd 




Brici* ferleV 


- iiijd 


- iiijd 


Brici^ diictani - 


- xviijd 


- iiijd 


Dauid Riburn 


- xviijd 




Joh c'stini - 


- - xijd 


- vjd 


Witt Wricht 


- iiijd 


- vjd 


thotaillc - 


- - iiijd 

xxxj s iiijd 


- xijd 


Wat taillour 


- iiijd 


- iiijd 


Joh lambynton - 


- - vjd 


- vjd 


Johes bax? - 


- iiijd 


- iiijd 


Thofii huntar 


- - vjd 


- vjd 


WalSus Rotf ti - 


- - xijd 


- iiijd 


Meg Davy - 


- - iiijd 


- viijd 


Andreas gifford - 


- xviijd 


- xijd 


Witt Andree 


- - xijd 


- vjd 


laur leth - 


- - vjd 


- vjd 


chirdoc 


- - iiijd 




JohsJohis - 


- iiijd 


- xijd 


Angus lom - 
Ro|us Willi 


- iiijd 


- iiijd 


- - xijd 


' iiijd 


Michael Johis - 


- - iiijd 


iiijd 


Johes spaigney - 


- iiijd 


- iiijd 


Johes harrow - 


- - vjd 


- iiijd 


Donald glcy 


- iiijd 


- vjd 


Johes lawson 


- - iiijd 


- iiijd 


Marion beset 


- iiijd 


- vjd 


ThoiK henrici 


- - vjd 


vs 


Wittms quithed - 


- iiijd 


- xijd 


Joh surych - 


- uijd 


- xijd 


Andr Johis crag - 


- iiijd 



i4o8.] 



MISCl^LLANEOUS WRITS. 



315 



Ductan^ kerd 
vxor Alex' benyn 
hanay - - - 
vxor Johis Alani 
Johes Rob^ti Webs? 
Andro bowar 
Jamys browne 
Marion sprouston 
Wittms daynore - 
Stephan^ Andr - 
Johes tulach 
vxor Andr Johis - 
Joh scrogs - 
Adam Thome 
pauP coup - 
Johes fyffe - 
Ruthirford - 
Gilb^t^ meignes - 
Anny Rauff 
Roly^t^ ductani - 
Gilly^t^ kynros - 
Andr kynros 
Johes Ricardi 
Wittms Jacsofi 
Ductan^ h?vy 
c'stin^ clunes 
Suet barry - 
Johes Witti - 
Johes Wal?son - 
Galfridus Renfrw 
Wittms scot 
Meg bowar - 
vxor gilb?ti h?vy - 
Johes gilb?ti 
Akynhede - 



■ • • • • 

- nijd 


vxor Rotfti Wricht - 


- 




• • • • « 

- nijd 


Joh Wittmi - 


- 


«■ 


•••• • 
nijd 


vjd 


Wittms fit Ade 


- 


- 


viijd 


• • • • « 

- uqd 


Johes Rothy 


- 


- 




vjd 


Adam Wricht 


mm a* 


- 




• • • • « 

- uijd 


Alex' stane 


- 


- 


xijd 


vjd 


Soror bruysur 


- 


- 


•••• • 
nijd 


• • • • • 
- uijd 


Johes Garnoch 


- 


- 


viijd 


• • • 
njs 


henr Martyn 


- 


- 


• •■• a 

injd 


- xijd 


Witt bruysur 


- 


- 


nijd 


- xijd 


Wat patonsqii 


- 


- 


• ■«• a 

nijd 


- xijd 


Joh thome - 


- 


- 


injd 


- xijd 


Thorn Lynron 


- 


- 


vjd 


- xijd 


Thorn Lukar 


- 


- 


vjd 


• • • • f 

- nijd 


Witt Watson 


- 


- 


vjd 


• • • • « 

- nijd 


Thom Andr 


- 


- 


xijd 


ijs cu mat* 


Elyn - 


- 


- 


injd 


- xijd 


Joh . 


- 


- 




vjd 


Bertholomey 


- 


- 


iiijd 


vjd 


Joh Wormot 


- 


^ ^ 

4 


Kviijd 


- xijd 


Tho squiar - 


mm ^ 


- 


vjd 


vjd 


Alan^Ric - 


- 


- 


vjd 


vjd 


Wat taillour 


- 


- 


nijd 


vs 


Joh pa?cij - 


- 


- 


vjd 


• • • • « 

- nijd 


Joh Wittmi - 


- 


- 


vjd 


• • • • • 
- nijd 


duo tene** Johis fichet hui^ 




• • • • « 

- injd 


vij dom^ 


- 


- 


a* 

IJS 


vjd 


Witt nory - 


- 


- 


aaa* a 

iiijd 


- nijd 


Wittms Michael 


lis 


«• 


xijd 


- xijd 


cu vno alio - 


- 


- 




- nijd 


Joh nory - 


- 


- 


vjd 


• •• • a 

- injd 


Dom^ Johis a 


tkynson 


hus 




• • • • « 

- injd 


vij dom^ 


- 


- 


•• 

IJS 


vjd 


AndrRic - 


- 


- 


xijd 


- nijd 


cu V dom^ - 


- 


- 


xijd 



iij lib XV s 



3i6 



BURGH OP ABERDEEN. 



[1408, 



Ductan^ futhas - 


- uijd 


Gwny goldsmyth 


•••• • 
- lujd 


Thorn amfray 


- xvjd 


Wtdale 


• •as a 

- mjd 


Joh vscher - - - 


- xvjd 


Wittms taillour - 


vjd 


Wittms vscher - 


- uijd 


And? branche 


•• 


Johes Voket 


• • 

- ys 


laur buchan 


- mjd 


Joh Rotf ti - 


vjd 


Wittms sprinct - 


vjd 


Simo stil - - - 


vjd 


Roht^ gray - - - 


- xijd 


Johes henrici 


• a ■ 

UJS 


Thorn Roule 


- xviijd 


Andr Andison 


• • •• • 

- nijd 


vxor blyndsele - 


vjd 


Joh buchan 


- xijd 


Joh Nesbit - - - 


- xviijd 


vxor Vicarij 


• • • • • 

- nijd 


Jacobus scynar - 


aa aa m 

- nijd 


Thorn crowtane - 


- xijd 


cristin^ crusonk - 


- nijd 


Joh futhas - - 


vjd 


Joh Ahnethy 


aaa a a 

- nijd 


Elyn - - - - 


- 


Marion nucx 


a aa a a 

- uijd 


Robt^ fra* - 


- xijd 


Thorn turno' 


aa a a a 

- lujd 


Thorn lawson 


vjd 


Witt trayle - - - 


vjd 


Joh Schelp - 


vjd 


Simo palframa - 


- viijd 


vxor Johis lucrf - 


- 


Rohtus ham 


vjd 


Johes Jacobi taillo' 


vjd 


Joh barry - - - 


vjd 


Anny lethe - 


•• 


vxor hen? ewynson 


•••• • 
- mjd 


Girkyn 


vjd 


Joh Sucrdslep 


• •a* • 

- mjd 


Duthac^ lowna - 


vjd 


Wittms gilruth - 


vjd 


Joh tulch - 


vjd 


vxor thaynston - 


aaa a % 

- mjd 


Mauld cuykl 


• •• • a 

- uijd 


Nicholayus gy - 


- xijd 


cu socia sua 


• • • • « 

- uijd 


Rog^us sprinct 


vjd 


Thorn abraam 


- 


Meg Scynar 


• • • • • 

- iiijd 


Meg Walchop 


• • • • • 

- injd 


Mathy coupar 


• • • • • 

- mjd 


Johes fynlay 


vjd 


Gib gley 


- 


Joh ductani 


- 


Aby coupar 


- 


Vnus faber - 


• •• a • 

- nijd 


Joh Rohti - 


• • • • • 

- iiijd 


Wittms de caina - 


• • 

IJS 


Joncta de hall 


«■ 


Ppoe- - - . 


• • 

IJS 


Archibald smyth 


vjd 


And? Johis - 


- xviijd 


Witt sperk - 


vjd 


Alex' poUoc 


• • • • • 

- mjd 


Alex' scynar 


a aaa _ 

- lujd 


Meg huet - 


- 


And? Wricht 


vjd 


Joh scot 


• • • • • 

- nijd 


Edy bxsta? - 


• • • • m 

- uijd 


Johes scherar 


- xijd 


Robt^ lichardwod 


• • • « m 

- iiijd 



142^.] 



MISCELLANEOUS WRITS, 



Joto polloc - 


- uijd 


Joh goldsmyth - 


> • • • • 
- uijd 


Camebee - 


- uijd 


Nicholayus loryiS 


• • • • « 

- uijd 


Thorn Alani 


vjd 


Ricp] 


vjd 


Blackall - 


- xijd 


Robt^ glespy 


•• 


Dauid blabir 


- xviijd 


R de Cama - 


vid 



Donald^ lyinysoii 
Tho Johis - 
Joh crusank 
Alex' Johis 
And? girg - 
Andr martyson - 
Joh de Morauia - 
Adam Wiffi 
And? polgowny - 
Jac JoftVayson 



31? 

vjd 

xijd 

• • • • • 

iiijd 

xijd 

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Vniuersis pntes tras insp*^turis seu audituris pateat *l sit notu q cu ' 
nup de % sup liberaione Serenissimi principis *l dni n?i Domi Jacobi 
Regis Scottoi^ int Serenissimu p*ncipem Henricu Regem Anglie de 
auisameto consilii sui ex vna pte 'I dcm dnm Jacobum ac certos 
ambassiatores regni Scotie ad regnu anglie occasione liberaconis hihoi 
transmissos ex alta Int ceta concordatu appuctuatu r conclusu existat 
q dictus dns Jacobus Rex soluet pfato Henrico Regi anglie ipiusve 
successorib} % hedibus aut eoi^ deputatf in ecctia sci pauli london in 



XI. 

Tke provost^ baillieSy eiCy of Aberdeen bind themselves in the sum of 50,000 
merks sterling for the ransom of King James L i6th February^ 142 J** 

To all who shall see or hear these present letters be it manifest and known 
that Whereas of late with respect to the liberation of the most serene prince 
and our lord, Lord James, King of Scots, between the most serene prince 
Henry, King of England, with advice of his council on the one part, and the 
said Lord James and certain ambassadors of the kingdom of Scotland sent 
to the kingdom of England in connection with the said liberation on the 
other part, it was among other things agreed, appointed and concluded that the 
said lord King James should pay to the foresaid Henry, King of England, or his 
successors and heirs, or those deputed or to be deputed by them, at the Church 
of St. Paul, in I^ndon, in England, forty thousand pounds of good and lawful 

♦ Sec No. XVL, p. %t. 



3l8 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [^4^* 

anglia quadraginta millia librai^ bone % legalis monete anglie videlicet 
in ecciia sci pauli ^ca decern millia marcai^ monete pdoe infra sex 
mSses computandos a p^mo die p^mi sui ingressus in regnu suu scotie 
vel p Jpm st^it quomin^ ingrediat' £t quolib} ano ex tuc sequete 
indpiendo anu a fine ani computapdi a p>mo die in^ssus sui pdicti in 
ecctia sci pauli pdca decern millia marcai^ q^s% dca xl millia libraii 
fuerunt integre psoluta ac q p securitate soluionis pdce fiende J^ictus 
dns Jacobus Bex iratorie sub suo sigillo se obliget ceteri<]^ ponantr 
obsides ^ ire etia quatuor burgoi^ siue villain regni scocie concordataii 
V} de Edynburgh perth de Dunde *\ de Abden obligatorie pfato regi 
anglie tradanf *\ lifeent'' Nos ppoitus et balliui burgi siue ville de Atklen 
^icf ac cditas eiusdem ad sonii campane vt moris est in domo nra 
cdi ad infrasdpta spali¥ congregati *\ cditaX. nre ville facienl ac con- 
sideranC ^ati Dni Regis lifeacbnem no solu nobis S3 ecia toti regno 
scocie p ipius bono regimie desideratissima ^ ipius aduetu a SAtf dieb5 
exp^tatu nobis 'I toti reg^o suo fore iocundissimfl ac pp?ea volentes 
pdca appuctuameta 'I conclusa quatu ad nos cii efTectu exequi ^ 



money of England, to wit, at the Church of St Paul aforesaid, ten thousand 
merks of money aforesaid, within six months, to be reckoned from the first day of 
his first entry into his kingdom of Scotland, or whenever he shall appoint bis 
entry, and in every year thereafter following, banning the year from the end of 
the year to be reckoned from the first day of his entry aforesaid in the Church 
of St Paul aforesaid, ten thousand merks until the said forty thousand pounds 
shall have been fully paid; And that, in security of the payment aforesaid 
being made, the said lord King James should bind himself by writing under 
his great seal, and that other hostages should be given, and that obligatory 
letters also of the four burghs or towns of the kingdom of Scotland in agree- 
ment should be granted and delivered to the foresaid King of England : We, 
the provost and baillies of the burgh or town of Aberdeen aforesaid and the 
community thereof, being specially convened for the matters underwritten at 
the sound of bell, as our use is in our town-house, and there constituting the 
head court of our town, and considering that the 'liberation of our foresaid 
lord the King is much to be desired, not by us alone, but also by 
all the kingdom of Scotland for its good government, and that his anrival, for 
many days looked forward to, would be most joyful for us and for the whole 
kingdom, and therefore wishing effectively to carry out and fulfil the foresaid 



142^.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 319 

pimplere de pfati dfli Regis consensu 1 volutate scien¥ sponte % in 
veritate dicim^ fatem' ac noie nro omniii ^ siguloi^ 'I coffiitatis nre 
pdce recognoscim^ dns pfatus dns Jacobus Rex loco ¥mTs seu ¥mio 
appuctuatf seu appuctuato no soluit 'I n5 obAiauit vt ^cm est nos % 
successores nros obligatos pfato regi anglie % ipius hedib} % successoribj 
in quiquaginta millib} marcai^ bone *\ legalis monete anglie' quaquid 
suma quiquaginta milliu marcai^ vice 1, noib} nrm dim 1 singloif ac 
Comitate nre p nobis *l sUccessorib} nris pm'tim^ % vnusquisc^ nrm 
p'ncipaliV p se faede % successore suo in solid pm^tit i casu no soluconis 
1 no obftiaconis pdcai^ soluere dco Henrico R^i anglie 'I hedib} suis % 
ipius successorib} vi eoi^ 2to nucib pntes iras seu eai^ transsuptum 
deferent! v) habenti in ecctia sci pauli londoii in anglia infra mesem 
computand a tempe seu ¥mio q^ p*mo pfatus Jacobus Rex in soluedo 
contra appuctuametum in ea pte hitu 'I supius recitatu defecit abs<| 
dilacone vltiori Volum^ insup 1 concedim^ p pntes p nobis *\ successorib} 
nris vt ipe Henricus Rex anglie Rictus ipiusve heres aut q^uis 
successor possit fori p*uilegio n5 obstan nos *\ successores nros ^ 



appointments and agreements as ^ as they concern us, with the consent 
and will of the said lord the King, knowingly, of our own accord, and in truth, 
say, declare, £^d in name of ourselves, all and sundry, and of our community 
aforesaid, bind ourselves that if the said lord King James shall not at the 
term or terms appointed have made payment and observed the stipulations 
as aforesaid, we and our successors shall be bound to the foresaid King of 
England and his heirs and successors in fifty thousand merks, good and lawful 
money of England, which sum of fifty thousand merks on the part and in 
name of ourselves, all and sundry, and of our community, we, for us and our 
successors, promi^, and each of us as a principal for himself, his heir and 
successor, in solidum^ promises, in case of the non-payment and non-observance 
aforesaid, to pay to the said Henry, King of England, and his heirs and 
successors, or to their accredited ambassador bearing or having the present 
letters or a transumpt thereof, in the Church of St. Paul in London, within 
a month, to be reckoned from the time or term when the foresaid King James, 
conttary to the appointment made in that matter and above set forth, shall 
first fail to pay without further delay : We will, moreover^ and by these presents 
grant for us and oiur successors, that the said Henry, King of England, or 
his heir or successor whosoever, notwithstanding the privil^e of fonmi| shall 



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BURGH OP ABERDEEN. 



quelib^ nrm in solid T; que volSit vice % noie cditatf nre T; ipain 
coitatem vbic^ locoi^ at% tran^ 1 omi foro ^ sub quocuq^ iudice tarn 
ecSastico q* sclari 1 omi curia ad solucone sume pdce in toto vel in 
pte couenir no obstante vt piudicante s* vt si ptem debiti in iudico 
vt extra exi^it vt recipit ab aliquo nrm n5 min^ possit ipm eundem 
vel eciam reliquos nrm 'I que nrm maluerit ad residuu sume vt debif 
hmoi pincipalir *\ in solidu couenir pm^tentes nos n5 pbare soluoonem 
aut libaoonem hmoi debiti fore fcam nisi p pntes tras incisas vel 
cancellatas aut acquitancia sub magno sigillo Regis anglie in hac 
pte conficienda p solucone vero supMca ceterisc^ pmissis fidelir ac 
firmJr pimplendf obligamus ftos ^ nrm quelibet p se principalir ^ 
insolift noie 1 vice nre c5itatf pdicte ^ nram coffiitatem ac omia bona 
nra pp^a 1 comitatis nre andie pncia ^ futura vbicii% locon^ *\ rrai^ 
iuenta Reniiciates excepfoni rei non sic geste bnfico lesionis resti- 
tuoonis *\ circiiueconis iurf canonic! % ciuilis auxilio oini statuto con- 
suetudini pKiilegio 1 omi iuri p quod geStalis renuciaco reprobaf vel 



have power to convene us and our successors and any one of us in soiidum^ 
whomsoever he may wish, on the part and in name of our community, and 
the community itself, in any place or land, in any forum, and before any 
judge, ecclesiastical or secular, in any court, for payment of the sum afore- 
said, in whole or in part, there being no obstacle or prejudice to him, although 
he shall have exacted or received part of the debt, judicially or otherwise, 
from any one of us, from summoning, as a principal and in solidum^ the same 
or the rest of us, or whichever of us he may prefer, for the balance of this sum 
or debt, promising not to prove the payment or discharge, save by the present 
letters being cut or cancelled or by an acquittance hereof under the great 
seal of the King of England. For |)ayment, moreover, above-mentioned, and 
for the faithful and sure implementing of the other premises, we bind ourselves 
and each of us for himself, as principal and in solidum, in the name and on 
the part of our community aforesaid, and our community and all the goods 
of ourselves individually and of our community aforesaid, present and future, 
in whatever place or land they may be found, renouncing the exception of 
ns non sic gtsta^ benefit of lesion, restitution and circumvention, the aid of 
the canon and civil law, all statutes, usages, privileges, and all laws by which 
a general renunciation is reprobated and said to be of no force, and all other 



1426.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 331 

dicit' no valere ac omib} aliis excepconib} obligaconib} 1 defensionib^ 
que possint contra pntes tras vel contenta in eisdm obici vel op- 
poni In cui^ rei testiSm atx]^ fidem sigillum nrm Comiie pntib} est 
appensum apud perth decimo sexto die mens februarii Anno diii 
Miltmo quadringetesimo vicesimo rcio secundum computalonem 
ecctie scoticane 



XII. 

R. p iras suas patentes p unu annu duratur' ad supplicatoem Thome 
Weston civis et piscenarii civitatis ft London' suscepit in salvu et 
securum conductum ft ac in ptectoem tuitdem et defensionem suas 
spales Adam Dolas et Wittm Shortyng iScatores ville de Abirden in 
Scotia ad pdtam civitatem ft London' cum decem hdib} in comitiva sua p 
mare in quadam navi div^sis iScandisis carcata veniendo ibidem morando 
et phendinando et exinde }Psus partes suas pdtas absc^ impedimento 



exceptions, obligations and defences which can be objected or opposed. In 
witness and faith whereof our common seal is appended to these presents at 
Perth, the sixteenth day of the month of February, in the year of our Lord 
one thousand four hundred and twenty-three, according to the reckoning of the 
Church of Scotland. 

XII. 

J^ifig Henry VI, grants a safe conduct to tun? Aberdeen merchants. 

nth July ^ 1426. 

The King, by his letters patent, to be in force for one year, on petition of 
Thomas Weston, citizen and fishmonger of the royal city of London, has taken 
in safe and sure royal conduct, and under bis special protection, guard and 
defence, Adam Dolas and William Shortyng, merchants of the town of Aberdeen 
in Scotland, travelling with ten men in their company to the foresaid xoy2\ city of 
London by sea in a certain ship, laden with divers merchandise, remaining there 
and taking in cargo, and thence returning towards their own country without 

SS 



3S3 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1496. 

vel pturbatoe quacufn% redeundo Et quia pdtus Thomas ac Ricus 
Esgaston et Reginald us Darlyngton civcs et piscenarii London' coram 
R' in cancellar' sua psonali? constituti manuceperunt videh quil't eo4 
sub pena viginti libra^A qd ^i Adam et Wifts navem pdtam ad eandem 
civitatem ^ London inibi discarcand' et non alibi adduci fac' et qd ante 
eoi^ recessum abinde de custumis subsidiis et aliis dev^iis Qt p iScandisis 
debitis iidelit respondeat' quam quidem sumam quil't manucaj>to>^ 
pdtoi^ p se concessit de ¥ris et catallis suis ad opus ^ levari si pdti 
Adam et Will's navem pdtam ad dtam civitatem B inibi discarcand* 
et non alibi non adducant seu adduci fac* ac $ de custumis subsidiis 
et aliis dev^iis in ea parte debitis non respondeat' ut pdtm est Proviso 
semp qd pdti Adam et Wiits ac ipi quos secum adducent se bene et 
honeste gerant erga R' et ppim suu quicq^m in R seu ejusdem ppH 
Q ^judicium vel dampnu nullatenus faciendo vel attemptando cont* 
statuta et ordinatoes regni ^ Angl' qd^ ipi in aliquo castroi^ 
fortalitio2A seu villain $ firmatai^ absq^ eo qd ipi psentes tras !^ de 
salvo conductu capitaneis officiariis seu custodib} eoi^em quib^ ptinet 



any hindrance or obstruction. And whereas the foresaid Thomas and Richard 
Esgaston and Reginald Darlington, citizens and fishmongers of London, ap- 
pearing in person before the King in Chancery, have given caution each in the 
sum of twenty pounds, that the foresaid Adam and William shall cause the 
foresaid ship to be brought to the said royal city of London, there to be unladen 
and not elsewhere, and that before their return thence they shall faithfully 
discharge the customs, imposts and duties leviable on the merchandise ; which 
sum each of the cautioners aforesaid has granted by himself from his lands 
and chattels for the King's behoof, if the foresaid Adam and William shall not 
bring, or cause to be brought, the foresaid ship to the said royal city of London, 
therein to be unladen and not elsewhere, and if the King shall not be satisfied of 
the customs, imposts and duties leviable thereon as aforesaid. Providing always 
that the foresaid Adam and William, and those that they bring with them, shall 
conduct themselves well and honourably towards the King and his people, doing 
or attempting nothing to cause prejudice or loss to the King or his people against 
the statutes and ordinances of the realm of the King of England ; and that they 
shall not enter any fortified royal castle, stronghold or town, without in the 
first place exhibiting the present royal letters of safe conduct to the captains, 



1489.] MISCSLLANEOUS WRITS. 333 

primitus dcmonstrent non ingrediant' quovis modo Apud Westm' xj 
die Julii [1426] P bfe de private sigillo* 

XIII. 

Jacobus dei gra Rex Scotorum Omnibus &c sal?ffi Sciatis q pro 
singtari devocoe qua gerim^ erga gloriosissima ugine maria patrona 
ecctie cathedralis Aberdonen in laudc 1 honore eiusd ac p spcali fauor 
zelo et dilecoe quos habemus erga reuerend in xpo^ prem Wittm de 
Elphinston eiusd ecctie cathd" modernu epm et prelatu ^siliariu nrm 
intime dilectu et pro suis fideli et gratuito ?uicio magnisq^ laboribus 
ac q* pluribus expenS et in pte recompensafois earud diuS tpibus in 



officers or keepers thereof whom it may concern. At Westminster, nth July 
[1426], under the priVy seal. 

XIII. 

King Janus /F., inter aha, crtaies the city of Old Aberdeen a free burgh of 

Barony, 26th December, 1489. 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all, etc., greeting. Know ye 
that, for the singular devotion that we bear towards the most glorious Virgin 
Mary, patron of the Cathedral Church of Aberdeen, in praise and honour 
of the same; and for the special favour, zeal and affection that we have 
towards the reverend father in God, William of Elphinston, now bishop and 
prelate of the said Cathedral Church, our much beloved councillor; and for 
all his faithful and gratuitous service, and great labours and heavy expenses 
(and in part repayment thereof) incurred at divers times in missions and embassies 

* Similar letters of safe conduct are granted to the following burgesses of Aberdeen : 

1433* Oct. 6. John Fyf, Matthew Fycheat, and Andrew Coleyn. 

1435, Dec. la John Fyf, Matthew Fychet. 

143J, Feb. 23. Andrew Coleyn, John Kempty, John B^ak, and David Symson. 

1438, May 14. John de Vaus, Richard de Kyntore, I>uncan de Glait, David Clerc, John 

Vocate, James de Vaus, smd William de Vaus. 
Nov. 20. Andrew Coleyne and William Voket. 
143^, Feb. 10. Richard Rotherford, Robert Blynsell, John de Stratton, and John 

Burnard. 
144^, Feb. 10. John de Fyf, Thomas Kyndy, John Kyndy, and Andrew AUynson. 

14631 Mar. 14. David Menies. 



324 BURGH OF ABSROSBM« [14B9. 

legacionib^ et ambassiatf ad francie 1 anglie Reges 1 Regna bur- 
gundie 1 austrie duce ac ad partes alias necnon in nib %iicio infra 
nrm Regnu p Repu* 1 tranquillitate eiusd Approbaim^ ratificaim^ 
et cii auisameto nH {silii de nouo dedim^ {cessim^ mortificalmus % 
^firmaim^ et hac pnti carta nra approbam^ ratificam^ dam^ qcedim^ 
et p nobis et successorib^ nris mortificam^ et ad manS mortui p 
ppetuo {firmam^ omes % singtas donacdes {cessiones fundacoes \ 
infeodationes p predecessores aut j^nitores nros inclitissimos siue 
alios dnos aut barones vel quascunu]^ alias psonas spuales a^ temporales 
Ste {feccbem pntis carte nre factas epis et ^atf ac eccKe cathc^ aber- 
donen de quibuscu} ¥rf anuis redditib} molendis piscacoib^ liberf 
forest^ % warenis ecctis capellaniis 'I possessionibj quibuscu3 datt 
vnitis aut mortificatf cid ecctie cathe*^ aberdonen seu infra eanft p 
aniusariis seu ais quouismodo cii omib} ^ilegiis iiiiunitatib} liberta- 
tibus et coinoditatibus quibuscu3 ad hmoi spectan seu quali?cii3 spectar 
valen in futun^ p ipm reOerenft in xpo prem suosq^ successores epos 
aberdonen tenend possedend 1 habend de nobis et successor nHs i 
pura 1 ppetua elimosina adeo libe 1 quiete in omibus et p oniia sicut 



to the kings and kingdoms of France and England, the dukes of Burgundy and 
Austria, and to other foreign parts, and in our service within our kingdom on 
behalf of the commonwealth and the peace thereof; We have approved, ratified, 
and, with consent of our council, of new given, granted, mortified and con- 
firmed, and by this our present charter do approve, ratify, give, grant, and 
for us and our successors mortify, and for ever confirm in mortmain, all 
and sundry gifts, grants, foundatipns and infeftments made by our most 
renowned predecessors or ancestors, or by other lords or barons, or by any 
other persons whatsoever, spiritual or temporal, before the expeding of our 
present charter, to the bishops and prelates and Cathedral Church of Aberdeen, 
of lands, annual rents, mills, free fishings, forests and warrens, churches, 
chaplainries, and possessions whatsoever, given, united or mortified to the 
said Cathedral Church of Aberdeen, or within the same, for anniversaries or 
other purposes, with all privileges, immunities, liberties, and conveniences what- 
soever, belonging or that may in any way belong in future thereto: to be 
held, possessed and had by the said reverend father in Christ, of us and 
our successors, in pure and perpetual alms, as freely and quietly, in . all and 
through all, as the charters and evidents thereon expede, and our present gift 



I489.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 325 

carte 1 euidecie inde {fecte et preseB nosti^ dona® *\ mortifica® in se 
pportant et testantur Concessim% 1, tenor pnt^ carte nre ^cedim^ 
q Ruptores 1 violatores dictani^ imunitatu capiatur i nris idictametf 
p cticos nre Justiciarie et crime p illos inde comisS p pncto nri 
dictamis in futurf reputetur et dicti delinquetes p eod ad morte 
punietur Acecia dedim^ et fcessim^ % hac pnti carta nra dam^ et 
concedim^ predicto reuerendo pri suisc^ successor ac capitulo et 
canoicf dicte ecciie cathe*^ aberdonen nuc pntib} % futurf plenariii 
puilegiu libertate et ptatem quecuj victualia vina aut alias i3c3cias 
infra portu nrm de aberdene seu extra eunft apportal a quibuscu3 
nris ligeis seu extraneis alion^ regnon^ illuc aduenietibus p eon^ opor- 
tuis vtilitatib} et ad ipson^ 'I suon^ ddicilion^ sustentatoes honestas 
emedi Et diet victualia vina seu mcancias iteru mce vendcdi a' desup 
quouismodo ii]candi3andi put tempibus retroactf inuiolabilitP otiSuatu 
fuit Ac insup q nobis nro<]^ {silio p antiqua nra Registra ^ ats 
euiden^ luculen^ q ^stat qu5d serenissimu ^ecessore nrm Dauid 
Scoton^ regem gloriosissimu infeodasse canonia de Aberdone cu ptinen 
vulgaris nucupat le aid aberdone in sede epale HE ciuitate imppe" cu 



and mortification in themselves set forth and testify. And we have granted, 
and by the tenor of our present charter do grant, that transgressors and violators 
of the said immunities be taken on our indictments by our justice clerks, and 
the crime so committed by them be henceforth held as a ground of indictment ; 
and the said delinquents be punished therefor even to death. And also 
we have given and granted, and by this our present charter do give and 
grant, to the foresaid reverend father and his successors, and to the chapter 
and canons of the said Cathedral Church of Aberdeen, for the time being 
and to come, full privilege, liberty and power to buy all sorts of victuals, 
wines and other merchandise brought within the port of Aberdeen, or outwith 
the same, by our lieges whatsoever, or by strangers from other kingdoms 
coming thither for their own profit and for the honourable support of them- 
selves and their households; and to sell again the said victuals, wines or 
merchandise; or to traffic therewith in any way, as in times past has been 
inviolably observed. And moreover, whereas by our ancient records and other- 
wise it is fully and clearly evident to us and to our Council that our umquhile 
most serene predecessor David, King of Scots, of glorious memory, did infeft 
the Chanonry of Aberdeen with its pertinents, commonly called Old Aberdeen, 



326 BU&OH OK ABERDSEN. [l4^- 

omibus jurib} libertatib} et ^ilegijs ad citate spectan Ipainq} canonift 
reputam^ et declaram^ sic infeodati esse % fuisse et eand edi de 
nouo infeodaim^ cu dibus jurib} libertab} et puilegijs ad ciuitate 
spectan ut pmittitur et adeo libere sicut aliqua ciuitas infra r^^u 
nrm infeodatur aut possidetur Et pro maiori firmitate ac clariori liber- 
tate pdicte citf et p vtilitate quiete % neccssaria sustenta"* pfati reuendf 
in Spo pris suonM]> successor]^ ac capituli canonicon^ et capellanorn^ 
dicte ecctie cathe*^ Aberdonen eon^ ^uiton^ et familiariu apud didt 
ciuitata 1 villa de le aid aberdone residenciu creaui^ et fed^ et tenor 
pnt]^ carte nre 2am^ 1 facim^ ^icl ciuitate 1 villa de le aid aberdone 
in vnu meru *\ liberu burgu in baronia imppe" Concessim^ ecil 1 
fcedim^ inhitantib} pdicf citate villa 1 burgu et in postru ihabita,f 
plenariSL pfatem et liber*^ emedj et vendendi in ipo burgo vina cert 
panu laneu 1 lineu latu et strictu alia^ mcimonia Ac tlndj et tenedj 
pistores brasiatores camiiices 1 ta camiu % pisciu macellarios alio9q5 
artiu oparios ad libPtate burgi i baronia qualircu} spectan Necno ^essim^ 
et concedi^ ^icto Reuerendo pri 1 suis successorib} aberdonen epia 



as the See of a bishop and as a city for ever, with all rights, liberties and 
privileges belonging to a city : the said Chanonry we do acknowledge and 
declare to have been and to be so infeft ; and the same also we have infeft of 
new with all rights, liberties and privil^es belonging to a city as aforesaid, 
and as freely as any city within our kingdom is infeft and possessed. And for 
the greater security and ampler liberty of the foresaid city, and for the behoof, 
ease and necessary maintenance of the said reverend father and his successors, 
and of the chapter, canons and chaplains of the said Cathedral Church of Aber- 
deen, and their households and servants residing in the said city and town 
of Old Aberdeen, we have created and made, and by the tenor of our present 
charter do create and make the foresaid city and town of Old Aberdeen a true 
and free burgh in barony for ever. We have also granted and do grant to the 
inhabitants of the foresaid city, town and burgh, now and to come, full power 
and liberty to buy and sell within the said burgh, wines, wax, cloth, woollen 
and linen, broad and narrow, and other merchandise; and to have and to 
hold bakers, brewers, butchers and sellers of flesh and of fish, and other 
craftsmen in any way belonging to the freedom of a burgh in barony. As 
also we have granted and do grant to the foresaid reverend father and his 
successors, bishops of Aberdeen, power to choose annually,* in the said city. 



1489.] 



MUCXLLAMBOUS WRIT& 



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ptate anuati balliuos %ados et alios officiarios infra did cite villi % 
burgu in baronia p regemie eiusd neces%os eligendj Et 4 sint bur- 
geses in eisd et 4 heant teneat et possedeat cruce et forii in ipis 
citate villa 1 burgo ^ die fori singlis ebdomidf in die lune et nudinas 
pu<^ singtis anis ippetuu vna V13 in cena Dni ante pascha vulgaris 
nucupal Skyr thurisday Alia vero in die sancti luce ewang^liste et p 
octauas eiusd cti dib5 theolo** liber^} et puilegijs ad hmoi nudinas ac 
ad citate et liberu burgu in baronia spectan seu juste spectar valefi 
in futuru Tenend ^ habenft omes 'I singlas terras inuos redditus 
molendina pisca^ liberas forestas 'X warenas ecctias 1 capellanias et 
possessiones quascQq^ eid ecctie cathe^ aberdonen seu infra eanft p 
aniusarijs seu ats quouismodo cQ oinibus suis puilegijs imunitatib^ 
liber**3 et comodita^} quibuseu3 pus vt pmitti' daf vnlf a* mortificaf 
et nuc p nos de nouo qcGsS appbat ratificat mortifica£ et ^firmat cti 
alijs libertatib} sup'sc'ptf et cu capella breuia deliberandi pdicto 
reueredo pri et suis successo^} epis Aberdonen de nobis et successor 
nris 1 pura et ppetua elimosina ac ad manu mortua imppe" adeo liheSr 
et quiete i omibus et p omia sicut carte 1 euidende inde {fecte et 



town and burgh in barony, baillies, Serjeants and other officers necessary 
for the government thereof; and that there be burgesses therein, and that 
they have, hold and possess a cross and a market-place in the said dty, town 
and burgh, and a weekly market-day on Monday, and public fairs every year 
for ever, viz., one on the day before Good Friday, commonly called Skjfxe 
Thursday, and the other on St. Luke the £vangelist*s Day [iSth October], 
and during eight days therefrom, with all tolls, liberties and privil^es belonging, 
or that may in future rightly come to belong, to such fairs and free burgh in 
barony, and to a city and a university. To be held and had, all and sundry lands, 
annual rents, mills, free fishings, forests and warrens, churches and chaplainries, 
and possessions whatsoever, given, united or mortified to the said Cathedral 
Church of Aberdeen, or within the same, for anniversaries or other purposes, with 
all their privileges, immunities, liberties and conveniences whatsoever as aforesaid, 
and now by us of new ratified, mortified and confirmed, with other liberties 
above-written, and with a chancery for issuing brieves ; by the foresaid reverend 
father and his successors, bishops of Aberdeen, of us and our successes in 
pure and perpetual alms, and in mortmain for ever; as freely and quietly 
in all and through all as the charters and evidents thereon expede, and our present 



Mb 



3^8 BURGH OF ABBRDBSN. [1489. 

^se& nostr doha^ et mortificatio vt pmissu est in se pleni^ pportaC et 
testantur Et adeo libere sicut aliqua elimosina cuicu3 epo vel prelate 
aut sedi epali infra Regnu nrm datur {ceditur infeodatur ^firmatur 
mortifica' a' possedetur aut dari ^cedj infeodari ^rmari mortificari 
vel possedj poterit qualitcum% in futun^ Necno tenend et habend 
predict cV^ et villi nucupaC le aid aberdone ppetuis futurf temporibus 
I citate ac meru et liberii burgu in baronia cO sup'dictf j^ilegijs 
libertatibus 1 cdcessioib} ac vniuS alijs liber^ pficuis comoditatit^ 
et asiametf ac justf suis ptinen quibuscii} tarn no noiatf q^ ndtatf ad 
ciuitate et burgu I baronia spectan seu juste spectare valen in futurii 
Et adeo liber quiete plenarie integre hono^ bn et in pace in omibj 
et p omia sicut aliqua citas aut aliquis burgus i baronia in r^^o 
nro quibuscu% tempibus retroactf liberius infeodatur seu tenetur sine 
aliqua reuo°* aut i^tradiccoe nrj aut successo)^ nro)^ q^cuc^ quouis- 
modo sup pmisS facicd in futurf Faciendo inde p ppetuo id reuerendus 
in xpo pater Ht successores sui ac canoicj et capitulu aberdonen p 
nobis ac pdecesso^ et successoribus nris oronQ sufTragia deuotan^ 
Im In cuius rei testimo"^ pnti carte nre magnii sigillQ nrm apponi 



gift and mortifipation as aforesaid do in themselves set forth and testify ; aqd as 
freely as any alms is or can anywise in future be given, granted, infeft, confirmed, 
mortified to or possessed by any bishop, or prelate, or episcopal See within our 
kingdom. As also to be held and had the foresaid city and town called Old 
Aberdeen in all time to come as a city and as a true and free burgh in barony, 
with the foresaid privileges, liberties and grants, and with all other liberties, 
profits, advantages, easements and their just pertinents whatsoever, both not 
named and named, belonging, or that may in any way in future come jusdy 
to belong, to a city and a burgh in barony; and as freely, quietly, fully, 
wholly, honourably, well and in peace, in all and through all, as any city 
or burgh in barony within our kingdom in any times past was infeft or held, 
and without any revocation or challenge to be made by us or by our successors 
whatsoever in any way on the premises in time to come. Rendering therefor 
for ever the said reverend father in Christ and his successors, and the canons 
and chapter of Aberdeen, on behalf of us and our predecessors and successors, 
the offering of devout prayers alone. In witness whereof we have commanded 
our great seal to be appended to this our present charter. Witnesses: The 



1495*] MISCBLLAKEOX7S WRITS. 339 

^cepim^ Testibus reuerendf in xpo piibus Roberto e^ GlasgUeB 
Geoi^o epo DunkeldeH Wittmo epo Aberdonen dilectf {sangneis 
nris Colino coite de Ergile dno Campbell 1 lome cancellario nro Parcio 
coite de Boithvile dno Halys magro Hospicij nri Wittmo comite de 
Eroll dno Hay ^sta"** r^ni nH Jolie dno Glamys Johe dno Driimond 
Justiciarijs nris Alex<* Hume de eod magno camerario nro Andrea 
dno Gray Laurencio dno Oliphant Wittmo itio sancti Johis thesaurario 
nro venerabli i xpo pre Johanne ^r monasterij nri sanctiandrf nH 
secreti sigilli custode et dilectis cPicf nns magris Alex** inglis arch** 
sancti andrf Ricardo murhede decano Glasgueii rotulon^ nron^ 1 
regis? ac ^silii cPico 1 Archi**® quhitlaw subdecano Glasguen secre- 
tario nro Apd Edinburgh vicesimo sexto die mes Decembrf Anno 
Dni j* iiij*^ Ixxxix** Et Regni nri scdo 

XIV. 

Jacobus Dei gracia Rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius 
terre sue clericis et laicis saltffi Sciatf quia pro singulari deuocione 

reverend father in Christ, Robert, bishop of Glasgow ; George, bishop of Dun- 
keld ; William, bishop of Aberdeen ; our beloved cousins, Colin, Earl of 
Argyll ; Lord Campbell and Lome, our Chancellor ; Patrick, Earl of Bothwell, 
I-^rd Hales, master of our household; William, Earl of Enrol, Lord Hay, 
constable of our kingdom ; John, Lord Glamis ; John, Lord Drummond, our 
justiciars ; Alexander Hume of that Ilk, our high chamberlain ; Andrew, Lord 
Gray ; Laurence, Lord Oliphant ; William, Lord St John, our Treasurer ; the 
venerable father in Christ, John, Prior of our Monastery of St Andrews, Keeper 
of our Privy Seal ; and our beloved clerks. Masters Alexander Inglis, Archdeacon 
of St. Andrews ; Richard Muirhead, Dean of Glasgow, clerk of our rolls, and 
register, and council; and Archibald Whitelaw, sub-Dean of Glasgow, our 
secretary. At Ekiinburgh, the twenty-sixth day of the month of September 
in the year of our Lord mcccclxxxix., and of our reign the second. 

XIV. ^ 

/^ing James IV, creates the town of Torry a free burgh of barony. 

lUh December^ i495- 

James, by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
land, churchmen and laymen, greeting. Know ye that for the singular 

TT 



330 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [X495- 

qua habemus bfo iStiri sancto Thoma et sancto Fotino patruno ville 
de Tony jacen infra vicecoHi nrm de Kincardin ac pro amore 1 fauore 
quos gerim^ erga venerabile in xpo p?} Dauid abbate monasterij nH 
de Aberbrothok necnon asiameto 1 supportacoe extraneoy alienora 
nr6ru% legio)^ in dicta villa hospitandorii qui venientes extra mdtein 
versus burgu nrm de Abirdene aliasve boriales r^;ni nH ptes ppS 
aieris intemperie aqua de Dee forte ptransire nd poterunt infeodauimus 
creauim^ et fecim^ 1 hac piiti carta nra infeodamus creamus et fecimus 
diets villa de Tony liberu burgu in baronia pro ppetuo Concessim^ 
ecia et hac piiti carta nra cocedim^ inhabitantibj dim burgu et 
iposterii inhabitaturf plenaria plate et liber§ facultate emedi et ven- 
dendi in ipo burgo vina cera panu laneu et lineO latu et artu aiia% 
iScimonia quecuc^ cu ptate et libertate habendi et tenendi pistores 
brasiatores 1 camifices et ta camiu %° pisciu macellarios aliosc^ artium 
oparios ad libertate burgi in baroia qualitercuc^ spectan 1 ptinen Con- 
cessim^ ecia 1 hac pnti carta nra cocedim^ ut in dto burgo sjpt 
burgenses et ibidem cu consensu dicti abbatis 1 successorii suorii qui 



reverence which we have towards the blessed martyr, Saint Thomas, 
and towards Saint Fotin, patron of the town of Tony, lying within our 
sheriffdom of Kincardine, and for the love and favour which we bear towards 
the venerable father in Christ, David, abbot of our monastery of Arbroath, as 
well as for the convenience and support of alien strangers and of our li^es 
lodging in the said town, who, coming from beyond the mount towards our 
burgh of Aberdeen, or other northern parts of our kingdom, might by reason 
of tempest be imable to cross the water of Dee — we have infeft created and 
made, and by this our present charter do infeft, create and make the said 
town of Torry a free burgh in barony for ever; we have also granted, and 
by this our present charter do grant, to the dwellers in the said burgh, and to 
those who shall dwell therein for ever, full power and free faculty to buy and 
to sell in the said burgh wines, wax, woollen and linen cloth, wide and narrow, 
and other merchandise whatsoever, with power and liberty to have and hold 
bakers, brewers, and sellers both of flesh and of fish, and pther craftsmen 
belonging and pertaining in what way soever to the liberty of a burgh in 
barony ; we have also granted, and by this our present charter do grant, 
that there be burgesses in the said burgh, and that therein, with consent of 
the said abbot and his successors for the time being, they have in future the 



I49S0 MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 33I 

pro tempe fuerit ptatem habeant future tempibus el^endi balliuos 
alios^ officiarios pro gubema^ eiusd burgi necessarios Necno c5- 
cessim^ 1 hac pBti carta nra cocedim^ burgeii 1 inhabitafi dim 
burgu vt in ipo burgo habeSt teneat 1 possideant pro ppetuo 
cruce ^ foru die vener^ singulis ebdomadis 1 nudinas publicas 
singulis anis in festo sine die sancti Fotini cO quatuor dieb} prox- 
imo inde sequefi cu theoloneis 1 omib) libertatib) ad hffioi 
nudinas spectan seu juste spectare valeii in futuru Tenend et habend 
predtam villi de Torry in liberu ac meru burgu in baronia cum supra- 
dtis preuilegiis libertatib} 1 cocessionib} ac vniuerS aliis libertatib} 
proficuis comoditatib} et asiametis ac justis ptinen quibuscun% ta no 
ndiatis <^° noiatis ad burgQ in baroia spectafl seu juste spectare valeR 
in futurii Et adeo libere sicut aliquis bui^ in baroia infra regnu nrj 
infeodat^ seu tenetur sine reuocacoe quacSt^ In cuius rci testimoniu 
pnti carte nre magni! sigillfl nrm appoT precipimus Testib} reuerendo 
in xpo patre Wittmo epo abirdonen n^ secreti sigilli custode dilectis 
cosanguineis nris archibaldo comite Angusie diio Dowglas cancellario 
nro Patricio coite de Boithuile dno Half Alexro domino Hume magno 



power to choose baillies and other necessary officers for the government of 
the said burgh; we have as well granted, and by this our present charter do 
grant, to the burgesses and inhabitants of the said burgh, that therein they 
may have, hold and possess for ever a cross, a weekly market on Friday, and 
a yearly public fair on the feast or day of Saint Fotin with the four days 
immediately following, with tolls and all liberties belonging, or which may 
in future justly belong, to such markets : To be held and had the 
foresaid town of Torry in free and mere burgh of barony, with the aforesaid 
privileges, liberties and grants, and with all other liberties, profits, conveniences 
and easements and just pertinents whatsoever, both not named and named, 
belonging, or which in future may justly belong, to a buigh in barony; 
And that as freely as any burgh in barony within our kingdom is 
infeft or held, without any revocation whatsoever. In witness whereof we 
have ordered our great seal to be appended to oiu- present charter. Witnesses : 
The reverend father in Christ, William, bishop of Aberdeen, keeper of our 
privy seal ; our beloved cousins, Archibald, Earl of Angus, lord Douglas, 
our chancellor; Patrick, Earl of Bothwell, Lord Hales; Alexander lord 



3^2 BUROH or ABBRDWN. [<559* 



caiSario nrb Jdianne dno Drumond justidario oro Et dilectis 
nris mi^s Ricardo murehede decano Glasguen secretario nfo et 
Waltero Drumond decano Dumblanen nrorQ rotulorfl 1 registti ac 
cosilii cierico apud monasteriu nrm de Abirbrothok vndecimo die mS 
Decembrf anno Dni miftaio quadringentf"^ nonagesimo quito Et 
reg^i i^ octauo 

XV. 

In DEI nOie amen per hoc pns publicum Instrumetum cunctis 
pateat euidenter et sit notum quod anno incamationis dominice 
millesimo quingen*"^ quinquagesimo nono mensis vero decebris die 
vigesimo nono indictione tertia pontificatus pii pape quarti anno 
primo In mei notarii public! et testium infrascripjtorum pntia per- 
sonaliter constitutus religiosus vir frater Joannes rc^er gardianus 
fratrum minoritarum burgi de abirdene qui publice exposuit qualiter 
certi enormes holes huius r^ni Scotie quo animo. ducti deus scit 



Hume, our high chamberlain ; John lord Drummond, our justiciar ; and 
our beloved clerks Masters Richard Muirhead, dean of Glasgow, our 
secretary, and Walter Drummond, dean of Dunblane, clerk of our rolls and 
roister and council. At our monastery of Arbroath the eleventh day of the 
month of December in the year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and 
ninety-five, and of our reign the eighth. 

XV. 

TAe Minor or Gray Friars resign their possessions in favour of the Burgh, 

29M December y 1559. 

In the name of God, Amen. By this present public instrument be it 
made manifest and known to all men that in the year of the incarnation of 
our Lord, one thousand fiv^ hundred and fifty-nine, on the twenty-ninth day 
of the month of December, in the third indiction, in the first year of the 
pontificate of Pope Pius the fourth : In presence of me, notary public, and 
of the witnesses underwritten, personally compeared a holy man, Friar John 
Roger, Superior of the Minorite Friars of the burgh of Aberdeen, who 
publicly proclaimed how certain iniainQus men of this kingdom of Scotland, 



1 559-] MISCELLANEOUS WBIX8. 353 

distruxerunt et dissipauenint templa hospicia edes et ortos monft- 
steriorum et locorum religiosorum regni eax^ funditus .euerterunt tt 
solo equarunt Et (vt cdis populi vox est) certi eiusdem secte homines 
regno capite destituto in absentia dne nre r^ne jam pridem ^venturi 
sunt obruere et dissipare templa loca hospicia edes et ortos eocimdem 
fratrum minoritarum quibus Inuasoribus vt asseniit trensten mequst 
Ideo cum consensu et assensu cduentus aui capttulariter nongrtgaX, 
resignauit huiusmodi hospicia edes et ortos Ipsis tncnmbeii Infra 
dictum burgum lacen In manibus Dauidis miar vnius balliuorum 
dicti burgi In fauorem prepositi balliuorum consulum et tcoitatis pre- 
fati Burgi de Abirdene pure et simplici? prouiso lamen quod si 
contigerit supremam dnam nram reginam restituere reliquis fratribus 
religiosis eorum loca templa vel edificia 4 ipsis fratribus minoritis 
similis restitutio fiet absq^ eorum preiudicio aut indignatione regine 
incurren Super quibus 5ibus et singulis thomas nicolson balliuus 
procuratorio noie totius coitatis dicti burgi a me notario publico sub- 
scripto Sibi fieri petiit instrumetum seu instrumeta vnum vel 



prompted by God knows what design, destroyed and scattered the churdies, 
hospitals, buildings and yards of the monasteries and Holy places of the 
kingdom, and utteriy overthrew the same and levelled them with the ground ; 
and how (as common report has it) certain men of the same persuasion, whfle 
the kingdom was bereft of a head through the continued absence of our lady 
the Queen, were about to overturn and scatter the churches, places, hospitals, 
buildings and yards of the same Minorite Friars, whidi intmders, as he 
asserted, it was impossible to resist : Therefore, with consent and assent of 
his convent in chapter assembled, he purely and simply resigned the said 
hospitals, buildihgs and yards belonging thereto lying within the said buigh, 
in the hands of David Mar, one of the baillies of die said burgh, in favour of 
the provost, baillies, councillors and community of the foresaid burgh of 
Aberdeen : Providing, however, that if it shall come to pass that our 
sovereign lady the Queen restore to the remanent holy friars their places, 
churches or buildings, a like restitution shall be made to the said Minorite 
Friars, without their being prejudiced or incurring the displeasure of the 
Queen. Upon which, all and sundry, Thomas Nicholson, baillie, as pro- 
curator for the whole community of the said burgh, craved from me, notary 
public subscribing, an instrument or instruments, one or more, to be made 



334 M^ BURGH OF ABBRDBBN. \}SS9^ 

plura Acta erant hec In aula dictonim fratrum minoritarum hora 
tertia post meridiem sub anno mense die indictione et pontificatu 
quibus supra presentibus Ibidem gilberto menjes Patricio men3es 
Patricio malysoun colino porterfeld georgio Lesly Joanne gareaucht 
Vilheimo barclay Vilhelmo craufurd hallibrando men3es cum diuersis 
aliis Testibus ad premissa vocatis pariterq^ rogatis 

Et ego magister Joannes kennedy clericus diocesis abirdonefi 
sacra authoritate apostolica notarius publicus ac scriba 
cdis Burgi de Abirdene premissis omnibus et siiiglis sic vt 
premittitur dictf actis et factf vnacum pnoiatf testibus 
psonali? interfui Ea^ dia et singula sic fieri vidi scivi et 
audiui Ac in notam cepi Ex quibus hoc publicG Instru- 
metum manu aliena fideliter scriptum exinde confeci signaui 
et subscripsi In fidem et testimoniO veritatf omniu et 
singuloru pmissorum rc^atus et requisitus 



to him. These things were done in the hall of the said Minorite Friars at 
the third hour after noon, in the year, month, day, indiction and pontificate 
above stated. Present Gilbert Menzies, Patrick Menzies, Patrick Malysoun, 
Colin Porterfieldy George Leslie, John Gareaucht, William Barclay, William 
Ciaufurd, Hallibrand Menzies, with sundry others called and summoned as 
witnesses to the premises. 

And I, master John Xennedy, clerk of the diocese of Aberdeen, by holy 
apostolic authority notary public and common clerk of the burgh 
of Aberdeen, together with the above-named witnesses, was per- 
sonally present at all and sundry the said acts and deeds; and 
saw, understood, and heard and took note that these things, all 
and sundry, were done; Whereupon this public instrument, 
feithfuUy written by another hand, I have executed, sealed and 
subscribed, being asked and required in faith and testimony of 
the truth of all and sundry the premises. 



1575*] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 335 

XVI. 

7?k Chaplains of the Church of Saint Nicholas resign thdr possessions in 

favour of the Burgh, igth August^ 1575* 

The said day maister Johnne Kennedy procurator and gEall 
collectour to the cheplains of the paroche kirk of abirdene w^ {sent 
and assent of Sir Johnne collesoune mais¥ eduard meng3es Sir James 
barclay Sir Johnne blak and Sir Wil5eam walcar his breither and 
cheplains only on lyf of the queyr and college of the said bur^ com- 
peirit in presens of thomas meng3es of petfoddellis prouest of the 
said bur^ and in ^scns of the bailies and haill ^^11 of the samy 
bur^ and thair ryplie aduysit w^ detfull deliberatioune resignit and 
geff our be ane peny as vse is in the handis of robert meng3es ane 
of the bailies of the said burght all and haill thair landis fisheingis 
mailis few mailis and anuell rentis quhatsQeuir ptenyng to thame in 
patrimonie and propirtie Hand w^in this bur^ and w^ut the samyn 
in favouris of the prouest bailies {sell and comunite of this bur^ thair 
successouris and assignais quhatsueuir Reseruand alwais the samyn 
to the saidis cheplains during thair lyftymes Frovyding alwais that 
gif ony of the saidis sex cheplains quhilkis now are lewand happ^is 
to deceis that his p' and pensioun of the saidis landis fisheingis mailis 
few mailis and inuell retis sail retume and remane w' the saidis 
prouest bailies {sell and comunite and thair assignais quhatsueuir 

The said day the haill toune being lau'fully wamit to this day 
and {peiring personaly in Jugemet for the maist p^ representid the 
haill body of the toune It was exponit and declairt oppinly to 
thame be robert meng3es ane of the bailies of the said bur^ Quhow 
that the cheplanis of the queyir and college of thair proche kirk of 
abirdene hes resignit in his handis in presens of the prouest bailies 
and haill {sell this ^sent day all and haill thair landis fischeingis 
mailis few mailis and anuell quhatsueuir pten^g to thame in patrimonie 
and propirtie hand w4n this bur^ and w'out the sam^ in favouris of 
the prouest bailies {sell and cdmunite of this bur^ thair successouris 
and assignais quhatsueuir Reseruad alwais the samyn to the saidis 
cheplains during thair lyftymes Frovyding alwais that gif ony of 
the said sex cheplains quhilkis now ar leifand happynis to deceis that 



3X6 BURGH OF ABBRDBXN; [l 

his f^ and pensioune of the saidis landis fisheingis mailis few mailis 
and inuell retis sail retume and remane w^ the saidis prouest bailies 
{sell and comunite and thair assignais quhatsueuir The quhilk the 
saidis cheplains being psonaly ^sent ratefeit and approvit in Judgemet 
And the said bal5ie Inquyrit at thame gif thai uald cdsent and be 
{tent to resigne renuce and ourgifT the samy agaiie to the support 
and vphald of sanct Thomas hospitall fundit w*in this bur^ besyd 
thair proche kirk quhill forder supplie and support mycht be maid 
be thame thair vnto To the quhilkis thai all in ane yoce cosentit 
and assentit And resignit and renucit and ourgefT the samyn als 
frelie as is ptenit to thame in the handis of the said bal3e to the 
support of the said hospitall and the puir folkis thairof to be Snexat 
thto perpetually in all tym cuing w^ reseruatioune as is aboune 
wietin 

XVII. 

Comfnissianers appointed by the Community perambulate the Outer Marches of the 
jBur^ffh, without the Freedom Lands, 22nd September^ 15 73. 

The said day the prouest bailies cosale and c5munite of this bui* 
being covenit and assemblit upon the comonte and fredome of this 
bur' be ane act and ordinance maid thairupoun obefoir to peramble 
the boundis and limitis th'off and to the efTect that the psonis of the 
cosale quhilks war noiat and chosin of befoir That is to say Gilbert 
Meng3es eldar Robert Meng3es eldar Dauid Mar Androw Buk 
Alexander Meng3es eldar Gilbert Gray Johnne Lowsoii Alexander 
Cullen Martyn Howesoun and Androw Huntar togidder w* the 
remanent psonis that war noiat and electit be the said comunite 
That is to say Alexander Howesone Alexander Forbes Dauid Ander- 
soune maister James Burnet Patrik MoUisoune and Alexander Donald- 
soune micht see perambill and cosidder the wrangis done and comittit 
be the saidis heretable fewaris of the townis and landis w4n the said 
fredome and thair tennentis in thair names in ryving out telling and 
sawing of cornis upoun the townis comontie adiacent to the saidis few 
landis vsing and occupeing the samy thir dyuerss 5eiris bygane sen the 
setting of the saidis landis heretably in fewferme transgressing th'by 
the- effect tenour and stryntht of thair few chartouris maid to. thame 



1573.} MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 337 

th^upoun and to cognosce and deceme th'^intill and to proppe meithe 
and iSche the boundis and limitis of propirte of the saidis townis and 
landis respectiue Quhilkf thai sail vse as propirte in tyme cuing and all 
wrangis done be thame to reforme without preiudice of the valour and 
stryntht of thair heretabill ry' and fewferme maid to thame respectiue 
th'upoune And all the forsaidis fewaris being psonallie convenit 
vpoune the ground and comontie forsaid thair ry^s reasonis alle- 
gationis and defensis being proponit considerit and vnderstand and 
dyuerss and sundrie famus witnessis vnsuspect admittit swome and 
diligentlie examinat and eftir dew and detfull deliberatioun visitatioune 
and considera^n of the ground the forsaidis juges all in ane voce to 
quhom the saidis psonis was submittit in maner forsaid ffand decemit 
decretit and delyuerit in maner following 

And ferst the saidis visitouris past and begane at the Justice Mylnis and 
fand that the lonyg gaitt passand th^fra to the comoune pasture on the 
comontie is diminishit and maid narrow and ordanis the same to be of 
quatite of the auld passage that the gudis th^off may pas to the fredome 
of the said bur' as thai did ofbefoir and that the first iSche of the saidis 
Justice Mylnis begynis at the graye stane quhair it is pottit and ingrauit 
the townis comoun iSk viz' ane sauser and swa callit the sawscr stane 
lyand in the bume betuixt the landis of the Justice Mylnis and the landis 
of Ferrihill and th''fra passing vp the said bume to ane vthir sauser 
stane ingrauit as said is liahd in the myddis of the bume of the Justice 
Mylnis foirganis the vptreiking of the gaitt that passis to Petfoddellis 
ascendand bak vp to the bra to the Justice Mylnis for intakin of the 
lonyg gait as the samy is presentlie proppit and pottit and th'fra 
ascendand vp linealie to the merche stane vnder the eird of the medow 
of Rubislaw and haldand the stane linealie quhill it croce the Bume at 
the mortar bank vnder the south-wast fauld of the towne of Rubislaw 
and th^fra linealie up the dyk of the said fauld wastwart quhill it cu 
to the sausar stane in the ground fourtie elnis or th'by w4n the 
southmest th''of and th'fra to the said southmaist nuik and the 

betuixt the lang fauld and the bume southt and northt 
decernit new nouatioun and to ly ley in all tyme cuing as it is proppit 
and the dyk to be destroyit and cassin doun And th'fra the saidis 
visitouris past to the towne and landis of Hessilheid begynand the first 
merche th^of at the eist end of the come land Hand at the eist end of 

UU 



338 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [^S1^* 

the peit moss of Dikynschaw ascendand vp the said moss to ane gryt 
crag stane at the heid of the samy on the southt syd th'of passand 
wast-north-wast or th'by to the Dry Den and th''fra nor^-wast or 
th'by as it is camit quhill it cu to ane gryt sauser stane passand 
th'fra north-eist or th'by till it cu to the nor* end of Bachtley 
besyd the aid stane cott passand th'fra northt-eist or th'by haldand 
the stane dykis till it cu to the end of Leggis Croft in the bume and 
passand th'fra northt or th'by haldand the wynter strype that rynnis 
be the wast syd of the Nathir Stracht to the heid of the said Nathir 
Stracht passand eist langwayis the heid th*^off till it cu anet the 
Wellheidis cotigue and be waist the peit myris in the Kowslak and all 
the land that lyis be eist the gryt saser stane and w4n the saidis 
iSchis to ptene in ppirte to the saidis landis of Hessilheid and the 
come land be wast the said saser stane to be new nouatioun and to ly 
ley and to ly in commonty and siclyk all the landis be eist the said 
Wynter Strype viz^ the Nethir Stracht and the corne land be eist the 
said Welheidis to be new nouatioun and to ly ley and remane in com- 
montie And fra the said townc and landis of Hessilheid the saidis com- 
missionaris juges and visitouris past to the towne and landis of Cuntas- 
walHs begfynand the first iSche th^^off at the burnc descendand to 
the Myln of Petfoddellis and linealie ascendand as the saser staneis ar 
now maid to the heid of the eistmaist aid come fald quhair the mkatt 
gaitt passis and haldand the heid of the said come fauld quhill it cu to 
the strype on the wast syd th'off to the saser stane and haldand 
th«fra platt wast linealie as the same is now proppit and carnit to the 
inland of the CutaswelHs reseruand the aid faldis in the mvir as thai 
stand and the haill rcmanEt labourit teilit and manurit land eistwart 
wastwart and northtwart to remane in commonte in all tyme cuing 
and the new cott biggingis of the said towne of Cuteswallis decernit 
*l ordanit be removit and cassin down betuixt this and Witsonday 
next to cu and ordanis Alex^ Chain! fewar of the saidis landis and 
his tenetis to desist fra forder labouring of the faucht land upon the 
southmest p* under the hill and the faucht land on the nor' syd of 
the said towne and to ly ley and comoty in all tyme cuing and 
the haill boundis leyis and fauchtis about the aid faldis at the 
southtwast p' of the Cuteswellis decemit to ly ley and in comontie 
ppetually in all tyme cuing And thairfra passand to the towne and 



15 73.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 339 

landis of Gardyn ptenyg to the said Alex^ ChaliS the saidis judges 
and visitouris decemit ^ ordanit the smythis houss to be removit and 
the 5aird th^off to be laid waist betuixt this and Witsonday nixt cuis 
and als ordanis the spott of brunt land on the south syd of the moss of 
the Gardyne to ly ley in c5montie and the grene ley betuixt the moss 
and the towne of Gardyne togidd? w^ the hail! grene ley with\,thc 
aid dykis to ly in commontie in ail tyme cuming with^ the buittis 
rewin out under the faldis on the sou^ syd th^of to ly waist and als 
decemis the thre peces of come land of the towne and landis of Bruther- 
feild Hand narest and cotigue to the Bume of Breddeacht to ly in 
comontie in all tyme cuing And thairfra the saidis juges and com- 
missionaris being convenit upon the ground of Kygyshill to perambill 
the merchis th'off requyrit Alexander Chalmer feWar of the samy to 
ryd his merchis and to preif and verifie the samy quha being psonalie 
present ansurit he had no^ his witnessis present bot desyrit ane day to 
be assignit to him to verifie and preif the samy and affixit to him at his 
awin desyr the sevytene day of October nixt to cu to verifie and 
preifT the samy and the said Alex' betuixt this and the said day to gif 
ane offer th'^of to the towne And thairfra the saidis commissionaris 
judges and visitouris past to the towne and landis of Kigiswallis 
begynand the first merche thairof at the saser stane besyd the Wellheid 
quhairout the Den Bume rynis and proceidis linealie descendand eist to 
ane vthir saser stane and th'fra ascendad linealie nor*^ fra the said 
saser stane to ane vthir niche stane at the nlcat gett and haldand the 
nlkat gett eistwart quhil it cu to an vthir eird fast stane in the said 
gett now saserit and th'fra ascendand north-wast to ane karne and fra 
that came to ane vthir came and th'fra keipand the gett plat waist be 
the gait side to ane vther saser stane at the nuik of the fald and th'fra 
haldand the said gett wastwart to ane saser stane in the said gett and 
3it ascendand the hie gait ry^ wast to ane eird stane pottit and saserit 
at the syd of the aid loune dyk of the Intoune and frathynfur^ haldand 
waist to ane vther saserit stane at the stane 3ard Dyk quhilk 3ard dyk 
the saidis judges and visitouris decemit ^ ordanit to be cassin dovne 
and laid waist at the feist of Witsonday nixt to cu and als decemis 
and ordanis the come landis be nor^ and w^out the saidis mchis to 
ly in comontie and the new houss theikit w' dowat and the yard 
th'off decernis to be removit simple 1 laid waist at Witsonday nixt 



340 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [iS?^. 

to ctl and passand fra the saser stane in the SwifTwrichtis Croft linealie 
nor^wast as the saser staneis lyis quhill it cu to the Welheid quhair it 
is camit and th^fra discendand linealie southt as it is pottit to ane saser 
stane beside the Ailhouss and thairfra to ane Welheid at the bak of the 
5ard of the said Eilhous Croft and th'fra enterand in the markat gett 
corsand the said gett southt-waist and the stane dyk to ane vthir eirdfast 
stane now saserit quhill it enter in the moss and all be southt northt and 
wast the said moss aboun the gait and under the samy (except the Caird 
Hillok) quhill it cu to the Bume of Breddeacht to ly in commontie and 
decemis the haill biggingis th'upoun to be removit 1 cassin doun 
and als ordanis the outseyttis biggit on the nor^ syd of the said gett 
and wast syd of Bogfarlay quhair Gilbert Banerman duellis to be removit 
and cassin doun betuixt this and Witsonday and to ly ley in commonte 
in ail tyme cuing and als decemis the haill housseis to be fillit And 
eftir the mething and merching of the said towne and landis of Kyngis- 
vallis the saidis judges 1 visitouris past to the towne 1 landis of 
TuUo^ and thair fand new nouatioun of cornis fra the Flokwelheid 
southt betuixt Tullo^ and Bogfarlay and ordanis the samy to ly waist 
in t^ cuing as commontie and the come land be northt the said 
Grene Ley quhairin thair is ane saser stane at the quhilk Welheid thair 
is ane new maid saser stane and als decemis the Muir betuixt the said 
Welheid and the Auld Grene and the Aid Grene Ley quhar thair is ane 
vthir sasar stane to ly comontie and the come land be northt the said 
Grene Ley quhairin thair is ane saser stane to ly in c5monte in all 
tyme cuing and th'fra the haill landis benetht that den to the heid of 
the Blak Bume to ly in comontye except four buittis at the wast pt 
of the Tullo^ upon the Blak Burne ege fornet Kymudeis and 
th'fra begynand at the nor' syd of the Wayne Furd quhair thair is 
nyn buittis of corne land j?tenyg to the fewaris of the said towne of 
Tullo' in propirte as thai ar pottit and the haill remanet to be and 
remane as comontie and thrfra keipand the aid come fald dykis 
quhill it cu to the miff quhair the saser stane is maid in the syd of the 
said ruiff And the saidis juges and visitouris passad fra the said toun 
and landis of Tullo' and being assemblit vpon the townis and landis 
of Bogfarlaye ffyndis and decemis the haill corne land at the wast p' 
of the Cloghill except fyve buittis in the resk and twa faldis callit the 
Pluverane Ley at the south syd of the said hill new nouatioun and 



^57^0 MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 34I 

ordainis the same to \y ley as comonty in tyme cuing and sidyk 
the new stibill land w'out the laicht brig to be new nouatioun 
and the haill new land w^out the new maid saserit stane w^out 
the fald dykis of the Cloghill at the northt wast p' of the Cloghill 
to ly ley and in comontie to ane vther saser stane w'out the 
Slak and th'fra our the straitht to the fald nuik to ane gryt stane 
quhairin is ingrauit ane saser at the heid of the Ra Den Fald and 
fra the said stane haldand eist' the fald dyk quhill it cii to the 
ley at the eist nuik thairoff and th'fra corsand the said ley to 
ane new maid saser stane at the heid of the samy and als fyndis 
the haill landis of the Cloghill to be new nouatioun except ane aid 
fald upon the heid th''oif as the said fald is merchit and pottit w^ 
saser staneis and fra the said stane at the heid of the said four riggis of 
ley haldand the aid fald dykis nor'-eist quhill it cu to the saser stane 
at the wast nuik of the Mure Fald of the Intoun of Cloghill and th'fra 
ascendand northt linealie keipand the heid of the faldis to the new maid 
saser stane and litill pece w4n the heid of the ley and th'fra 
descendand linealie eist to the saser stane at the nuik of the litill fald 
and th'fra discendand linealie quhill it enter in the moss and all the 
rest benetht the come land w'out the Welheidis on the eist syd betuixt 
that and Schedokisley to ly in comontie except the Law Bog And fra 
the said toun and landis of Bogfarlay the saidis judges 1 visitouris 
past directlic to the toun 1 landis of Schedokisley begynand the 
mchis of ppirte th'off at the saser stane in the nor* p' of the 
Bogfald and besyd the Caldwell passand th'fra linealie wast as the 
samy is pottit to ane uth' eirdfast stane saserit and fra that to ane uth' 
saser stane at the wast end of the moss and th^fra southt as it is saserit 
And thairfra the saidis juges and visitouris past to the towne and landis 
of Frosterhill and thair decernit 1 ordanit the wastmest houss w* 
the 3ard th'off to be removit betuixt this and Witsonday nixt cuis 
and the west corne riggis to ly commontie in tyme cuing and 
decernit the fald betuixt it and Caprastoun new nouatioun and to ly ley 
and commontie in tyme cuming and the pece faucht land w'out the 
faldis at the eist syd of the gait to ly in commontie and the haill w'out 
the Dene Fald to the likarstane to ly commontie quhill it cii to 
Cabrastoun and als fyndis new nouatioun maid be the fewaris % 
tennetis of the Cruvis on the hill syd at the sou'-eist syd of the Cruvis 



343 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [^ST^* 

of the Grenc Welheidis and the haill corne land betuixt the Cruvis and 
the Cottoune fyndis new nouatioun 

And the haill fornamit townis 1 landis being proppit methit and 
merchit in the boundis 1 limitis of propirte in maner Ht way as is aboun 
rehersit the saidis juges visitouris Ht commissionaris for the reformatioun 
of the wrangis committit w4n this bur^ and at dyuerss partis of the gaittis 
and commoun passageis passand and cuand th'fra past and begane at the 
Bowbrig quhair thair is ane new biggit bame pten^g to Androw Gothray 
quhairof thair is four fut of the lyntht takin in and fyve fut of the 3ard 
quhilk the saidis juges and visitouris ordanis Ht decernis to be demoliscit 
and ane free passage to be betuixt the said barne and the Den Bume in 
all tyme cuing as it is pottit Ht merchit and als decernis the litill houss 
vpon the gavill of James Kay is houss to be cassin doun and the said James 
stair to be biggit on himselff and als inhibitis Androw Gothray to big 
ony stair or galry vpon the eist gavill of his new biggit houss decernis 
alsua the litill houss of Jonat Chene biggit on the kygis hie gett to be 
cassin doun and siclyk ordanis the houss of Johnne Kay psentlie begun 
to big contigue adiacent to the said Den Burne to be demolescit and ane 
free passage to be th'^fra quhill it cii to ane saser stane quhilk devydis 
the Blak Freiris Croft fra the 3ard of George Watsoun and ane passage 
of four fut to be betuixt the said croft and the said 3ard and thairfra 
passand linealie northt to ane uthir saser stane and decemit the haill 
breis betuixt the Dukat and the Corbie Well on the wast syd of the said 
Den Bume to remane in commontie as it did befoir and passand fra the 
last saser stane to the northt-west nuik of the dyik of the said Blak 
^ Freris Croft Begynand at the southt-eist nuik of Martyne Howeson 
Croft quhill it c5 to the pottit merche and th^fra to ane new saser 
stane and frathyn as it is pottit directlie northt to ane vther eirdfast stane 
now saserit and th''fra direct wast as it is pottit linealie quhill it cu to 
the Cragwell Croft ptenyg to Mr Gilbert Bisset and th'fra linealie 
wast to the stane dyk on the sou' syd of the gait that passis to Rubis- 
law quhill it cu to ane saser stane on the southt syd of the said gett 
And thairfra the saidis juges 1 visitouris past to the croft callit Hard- 
weird ptenyg to Alex' CuUen begynand at ane new maid saser stane 
on the wast syd of the dyk of the said croft as it is pottit quhill it cu to 
ane vther saserit stane and th^^fra to ane slottit stane and frathyn to ane 
pottit mche and fra the said pottit niche linealie eist keipand the 



157^.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 343 

heicht of the bra as it is pottit to ane gryt stane new saserit and fra that 

the saidis visitouris past to the Blak Freris Yard passand linealie to ane 

saser stane at the Cluiss Heid on the wast syd of the said burne and 

thair viseand Androw Rais bark pottis ordanit the samy to be fillit 

w^ eirtht w4n fourtie dayis eftir the dait heirof and siclyk decemit 

1 ordanit the bak dyk of Alex' Anderson litster to be cassin doun 

and biggit equiualent w' the rest of the bak dykis on the wast syd of 

the Gallowgett and siclyk decemis 1 ordanis Hedonishill on the eist 

syd of the said Gallowgett w'out the Gallowgett Port to ly grene ley 

and in commontie in all tyme cuing as it is methit proppit ^ pottit 

fra the nuik of Neilie Powis yard 1 land and ordanis ane passage fra 

the said port round about the hill of four space and the litill hillok on 

the eist end of Thomas Philppis barne to remane in all tyme cuming ane 

grene hillok onlabourit fre about as the same is pottit ^ methit 

decemis alsua the gaitt passand fra the Cruvis behynd the said burght 

vpon the nor' syd th'off quhill it cu to the Theiffis Port to be tuelff 

fut of breid at narrowest p* of the said gett and swa to stand 

ppetually in all tyme cuing and decemis the croft ptenyg to DQcan 

Donaldson liand on the northt syd of the Butefield behynd the 

Gray Freiris to be 1 remane w'in the boundis and methis beg^nand 

at the north-wast nuik passand linealie eist as it is pottit methit ^ 

merchit and alsua ordanis the haill pprietaris of the Cuttingis behynd 

the Gray Freris fra Johnne Lowsoun rig quhill it cu to the buittis 

behynd the towne to be warnit to pduce thair aid Infeftmctis betuixt 

this 1 itttimes nixt to cu and siclyk ordanis Alex' Cullen to exhibit 

his titill of the pece ground 1 land behynd the eistmest buitt betuixt 

this 1 iStimes nixt and the said Alex' croft on the northt syd of the 

said burght to be labourit 1 occupeit w'in the boundis proppis and 

methis proppit and pottit be the saidis judges and visitouris and thairfra 

the saidis judges and visitouris past to the Castelhill beg^and at the 

northt syd th'off and decemit the litill houss sett out be adrow Jak 

liand nixt the said Castellhill to be dimoliscit and als fyndis that the said 

Androw hes done wrang in the bigging of his gavill of the wast houss 

five fut in vpon the Castelhill and in likwayis in bigging of the bame 

and kyll besyd the samy upon the boundis of the Castelhill and decemis 

• 1 ordanis the said Androw Jak to big his 3ard four fout within the 

traveis of tymer as it standis quhilk travels thai ordanit to be dimolis- 



344 BURGH OP ABERDEEN. [>578« 

chit and the said dyk to be biggit wMn the samen four fout as said is 
and decernis and ordanis the Myddingis betuixt the buittis upon the 
northt syd of the Castelhill to be removit within tuEtie dayis under the 
pane of fourtie s to be uptakin and liftit of the unlaw of euerie mydding 
in case the samyn be no' removit as said is and escheting of the ful5ie 
the said xx. dayis being bypast and siclyk decernis and ordanis the 
croft callit the Sow Croft ptenyg to Johnne Donaldson to be labourit 
and manurit w4n the boundis as it is ^sentlie proppit pottit and 
merchit and the hie gett passand direct eist to the Lynkis betuixt the 
croft of the said Johnne Donaldson and the croft of the costabill of 
Abirdene quhill it cu to Futteis Myre to be fyftene futtis of breid in all 
prtis in all tyme cuing and decernis the 3ard big^it be Willis 
Ronaldson fra the northt cQ3ie of his houss to be dimolischit linealie as 
it is pottit and decernis 1 ordanis the cuttingis be eist of the towne of 
Futtie to remane ley and linkis as thai ar pottit ordanis Sanct Clementis 
Kirk Yard to remane ley in all tym cuing as it is pottit ^ merchit 
decernis Garwakis Wynd to be tuelff fut breid and tuelff space at the 
eist end th'off in all ty cBing and fand decemit ^ declarit that the 
haill groundis^ of the landis aboun wretin quhairupoun the comis war 
sawin of new nouatioun upon the places 1 boundis aboun wretin 
w^out the boundis of propirte afoir limitat to pteine to this burght 
communite 1 comonte th'off as Justlie ptenyg to thame to ly ley 
onlabourit as comontie in all tyme cuing and ordanis thame to 
desist 1 ceis fra all forder occupatioun of the samy in all ty cuing 
and that the Merches aboun wretin of the townis 'I landis aboun 
specefeit aucht to stand as ppetuall Merches of ppirte in all tyme cuing 
Quhilk declaratour decreit and ordinance the prouest bailies 1 
cosale aboun wretin acceptit ratefeit approvit cofermit and pnucit 
thair decreit and sentence coforme th'to fyndand the haiU ground and 
landis of new nouatioun forsaid maid be the saidis heretable fewaris thair 
tennetis in thair names upon the townes commontie adiacent contigue 
to thair saidis landis at the placeis and ptis afoir specefeit w'out the 
methis 1 merchis of propirte befoir limitat to ptene justlie to this 
burght commontie and communite th'off and to ly ley onlabourit in all 
tyme cuing 'X that the methis and mchis of propirte respectiue aboun 
specefeit sail stand as ppetuall merchis of ppirte in all tyme cuing 



1587.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 345 

XVIII. 

Commissioners nominated by the burgesses and by the craftsmen of the burgh define 

the privileges of these bodies, "jth fufyy 1587. 

At Abirdene the sewint day of Julii the 3eir of god Mv« fourscoir 
and sewin 3eiris We ALEXANDER CULLAN Dauid Meng3es bailleis 
of the bur' of abirdene and alex' forbes burges of the said bur* comis- 
sionaris electit and ndiat be the prouest bailleis counsaill bretherene 
of gild of the said burght on the ane p' and george elphinstone 
deacon convenar alex' ronaldsone baxster Johun tail30' comissionar 
chosin electit and ndiat be the haill craftismen fremen of the said 
bur* on the vther part And M' alex' chene persoun of snaw and 
comiss' of abd odma and o^ma equalle chosin be the saidis comis- 
sionaris anent the decisioun of the ^trauersie efter speit betuixt the 
saidis c5missionaris for the saidis pteis That is to say flforsamekill 
as the saidis cdmissionaris haueand sufficient power of bay* the 
parteis foirsaidis ar finalle appointit and aggreit vpone all and sindrye 
the headis efter following And first to tak away all difference qlk 
hidderto resultit vpoun the admissioun of fremen of craft and for the 
estabilissing of ane perpetuall ordo** thairanet We ORDANE and 
declairis all personis willing to be maid fre and incorporal to the 
fra?nite of ony craft That thay sail first present thame selff* to the 
prouest bailleis and counsaill to be maid fre burgesS of the said 
burght and gif thai meayne to leif be th' said craft the saidis prouest 
bailleis and counsaill and deane of gild befoir ony forder proceiding 
sail remit the intrant be thair testimoniall to the deacone and maisteris 
of craft profess' be the said In?rant to be examinat be thame And 
being examinat and no' fund qualefcit salbe repellit baith fra the 
suit of burgess ship and fremanship o' the craft foirsaid bot be the 
contrar gif thai be fund qualefeit be the said deacone and fremen of 
the said craft reportand to the prouest bailleis and ^saill and 
deane of gild ane sufficient testimoniall vpoun thair conscience of the 
in?rantis qualeficaoun and habilite Than and in tha' caice they salbe 
admittit aggreand for the freedome of the burgeship according to the 
antient vse and laudable consuetud of the said burght Prouyding 
that this claus viz secundum libertatem sue artis or sicklyk wordf 
si|piifeand oderis restrictionis be no' insert in thair t^stimonjall bpt 



34^ BURGH OF ABERDEEN. l^S^J- 

that the same be dne admissus in bui^ensem tatummodo And thairefter 
no^ w^ standing of the qlk admissioun the said interant sail no^ haue 
place to work nor excerceis his craft vnto the tyme he report his 
testimonial! of the saidis prouest bailleis and deane of gild vnder 
the subscriptioun of the toun dark that he is admittit to be burges 
and pressent the same to the deacone and maisteris of that craft 
quha thairefter sal compone w^ the intrant for the fredome and 
fre licence to excerceis the craft And be ressone sum doutis 
resultis anet the saidis comissionaris concerning the compbsitioun 
of intrant It is finalle aggreit be the saidis c5missionirf and decemit 
be thame that the saidis composition is and Bankatis be maid after 
the auld vse and custume and no^ efter the will of the intrant BOT 
BECAUS consideratioun aucht to be haid dyuerslie efter the estait 
and conditionis of dyueris psones suitaris of the fredome To wit gif 
the intrant be the eldest sone of ane free burges or 3it the eldest 
aone of ane fre craftisman that hes passit thair prentischip w'in the 
said burght of Atkl he salbe fre w^ the craft for the bancat onlie bot the 
rest of iSchandis sones or fre craftismenis sones that hes passit th' prentis- 
chip within the said bui^ht of abirdene sail pay fourte s diead 
w^ the bancat as obefoir allanerlie And all prentesis learning w4n 
the said toun and 3it being ane forane or borne out of the said toun 
as also thai that ar no^ freemenis sones suppois thai be borne w'in 
the toun sail pay ten markis o'head w^ the bancat for thair fredomes 
to the deacone and bretherene of thair craft Sicklyk outlandis craftis- 
men that ar nocht borne burgesS sones or fremenis sones of the said 
bur^ nather hes past prenteis w'in the same bot hes learnit thair craft 
In ony vther place nor w^n the toun They sail pay to the deacone 
and maisteris of thair craft for thair fredome at the least tuentie 
markis money foirsaid w^ the bancat as saidis And decernis the com- 
positioun of the money foirsaid for the fredome as is aboue expreamt 
to be delyuerit and payit to the deacone of the craft he to be 
ansurabill for the twa p^ of the same to the dean of gild and to 
delyuer the same to him for to be waired and bestowit vpoun the aid 
support and help of the comoun charges of the toun accordying to 
the directionis to be given to the prouest baillies and counsaill of the 
said burght to him thairanent And the third pt of the saidis 
coposissionis with the bankatis foirsaid to be distributit and bestowit 



1587.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 347 

at the pleso' of the deaconis of the craftis and thair bretfaerene feirsald 
fremen of the said craftis And sicklyk the twa pairt of the composition^ 
of the entreS of euerie prenteis qlk is the soume of tuente s the twa 
pt thairof to be delyuerit to the dean of gild and the third pt to the 
deacones and maisteris of craftis to be vsit in maner and to the 
effect aboue expriinit Secundlie we the saidis comissionaris for ba)r* 
the pteis hinc inde decemis and ordanis that the saidis craftismen sail 
no^ meddle u^ na kynd of forane nor oursie wairis bot to haue thdir 
skair of timber conforme to vse and vont and of salt samekill to 
serue thair houss all anerlie And as concerning the bearing of offices 
of magistratis sic as to be prouest bailleis deanis of gild and 
thesaurar We decerne that na craflkisman sail aspyr thafto vnto 
the tyme that thay be premotit to be bretherc of gfild but preiudice 
allwayis that it sail be lissum to the saidis craftismen to chuis saX 
personis of thair awin number 3eirlie to be vpoun lytis of quhom the 
counsall sail cheis twa thairof 3eirlie quha sail haue place w^ the 
rest of the ordinar auditorf to heir and see all and sindrie the townis 
comptis bay* of properte and casualiteis Thirdlye in respect that 
gryt contrauerseis hes bein at all tymes betuixt the saidis parteis 
concerning the vsing of the trafique and exerceis of all k3nnd of 
mchandreice in generall or in speciall permissabill or notht per- 
missabill to the craftismen quhairanent we the said comissionarf for 
the prouest bailleis and bretherene of gild willing all matterls debaitabill 
to be satlit and put to rest ar content to grant the saidis craftismen 
lyk as be the tennor herof grantes to thame the fre vse and traffique 
of barking of ledder lying of buttir victuall cheis scheip and nolt 
lyme collis carsayes plaiding raw clay* hiland grayis mantling and 
linning claithe and to sell and top the same in all partis within the 
realme of Scotland als frely as merchandis bretherene of g^ld dois 
And forder permittis to thame the traffiquin of littil clay* qlk Is 
maid w*in thair awin hous allanerlie and na vtherwayis Off the 
quhilkis speciallis grantit in maner foirsaid the saidis craftismen not 
being contentit in respect the same wes no* sufficient recompanis 
as thai allegit to thame for thair refusall of all kynd of oursie and 
forane iSchandreice Lyk as be the tennor of thir pntis us the comis- 
sionaris for the saidis craftismen refusS the same w* dyueris vtheris 
preuilegeis grantit to us and the remanent craftismen be oure 



34^ BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [iS^T- 

souerane Lordf dispositioun vnder his maiesteis giyt seill so that 
us and the saidis craftismen and our successor^ micht Juioiss frie 
libertcis to trafique onlie w' all kynd of scottis wairis but stop or 
impediment to be maid to us be the saidis prouest bailleis and 
brether of gild in tymes ciiing and forder contentioun appeiring for 
to esuew to the Inquietnes of the comoun wealth of the said burght 
The prouest bailleis counsaill and brether of gild being movit w' naturall 
pitie to put the saidis craftismen being memberis of thair awin 
comounwealthe fra forder trubill on the ane part and the saidis 
craftismen as nichtborf willing with detfull reuerens to obey thair 
saidis Magistratis war content on the vther part to refer the samj^ 
to us commissionaris hinc inde rexue foirsaidis with powar to'ws in 
caice of discord to chuis ane o'mane to deceme [thairanent as] he 
sail think guid And efter ressoning maid hinc inde thair vpone we 
the saidis comissionaris haueing powar and comand of baith the 
saidis pteis in maner foirsaid hes referit lyk as be the tennor of thir 
pntis referris the decisioun of the said ^trauersie formit efter folio wis 
to M' alex' chene persone of snaw and cdmissar of abirdene according 
to the tennor of the designatioun within wretin viz quhidder gif besyd 
the former thingis aggreit and grantit to the saidis craftismen &c 
The Counsaill and bretherene of gild sail grant the libertie of all 
scottis wairis be noiation of sum speciallis and excluiding the craftismen 
from the rest or gif thai sail grant to the saidis craftismen the libertie 
of all scottis wairis in gfiall reserwand certaine speciallis to thame 
selffis And I THE said M' alex' chene efter the acceptatioun off 
the samyne haueing hard and considerit the ressonis and allegationis 
maid be the said comissionaris hinc inde for bay' the pteis foirsaid The 
name of the Lord callit to quhom I man be ansurabill this day and 
the day of iugcmcnt FiNDls that fforsamekill as the mcrchandis and 
bretherene of gild hes the prerogatiue and dignite far abouc the 
saidis craftismen in sic sort as thay haue powar to call and accuse 
and caus thame be ^uictit and corrcctit for the transgressioun 
of all and sindre the pointis of euery thing ather grantit or notht 
grantit to thame quhairbe the contrar the saidis craftismen hes notht 
the lyk powar at all to call accuis or persew the saidis mchandis 
bretherene of gild for bying selling or ^ topping ather of oursie 
and foranc wairis or 3it of scottis wairis guidis or geir considering 



15^7] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 349 

that all kynd of merchandrice quhatsumeuir is fre to the said 
bretherene of gild uithout questioun or contrauersie Bot namly becaus 
the saidis craftismen hes consentit and aggreit to gif and delyuer 
the twa part of all the compositionis as is afoir exprimit maid and 
givin to thame for the admissioun of all fremen and ressaueing of 
all prenteisis to thair craftis rexue foirsaid to the dean of gild for 
to be bestowit be him vpoun the comoun charges of the toun as is 
aboue rehersit quhairbe the ^trar the saidis craftismen micht haue 
imployit the samyne to thair awin pticular vois as thai had vont to 
do in tyme past AND thairfoir I the said M' alex' chene w* consent 
and assent of the saidis comissionaris electit and chosin for bayth 
the saidis parteis Prouncis and decernis that the counsaill sail 
grant lyk as be the tennor herof grantis to the saidis craftismen and 
thair successor? the gnall libertie of all scottis wairis by and atto' the 
thingis gratit to thame as saidis to by and sell the same vniuersallie 
wnn the realme of Scotland as thay sail think expedient reseruand 
speciallis to the saidis bretherene of gild th^me selffis and specialle 
the heidis wairis and forme thairof as efter followis secludand the saidis 
craftismen and thair foirsaidis thairfra foreuir viz that it sail no^ be 
lisum to ony of the saidis craftismen or thair foirsaidis to haue the 
handling of ony steppill guidis stappell guidis [sic] quhidder the same 
be scottis or forane wairis Bot that the onlie vse of handling of the 
samyne That is to say packing and peilling of fische hyddis skin 
and woll sail properte apertein vnto the mchandis bretherene of 
gild allanerlie but preiudice allwayis to the saidf craftismen that 
thai be notht stoppit to by and sell the said wairis in smallis in ony 
part within the realme as saidis And the saidis craftismen in speciall 
to by sell and top samekill woll as thay sail caus be wrocht reiue in 
thair housS And sickly k reseruis to the saidf bretherene of gild 
to haue the onlie powar to transport scottis wairis in schippis boitis 
other be see or be land in forane cuntreis thairto trafique thairw' And 
the saidis craftismen not to haue power to do the samyne nather 
directlie nor Indirectlie Prouyding allwayis that it preiuge notht the 
saidis craftismen and thair foirsaidis to trafique by sell and top all 
maner of scottis wairis in gnall (except as is befoir exceptit) w*in 
the realme of Scotland and thai newer to be callit accusit nor comitit 
for the samyne bot to be frie thairto as saidis And but preiudice 



350 BURGH OF ABBRDKBN. [iSS?- 

of the liberte and preuilege of leddir barcaris in bying of sich hyddis 
in all partis within the realme and barking and selling of the same 
as saidis and preuilege of couparis according to auld vse and vonnt 
Prouiding also that gif it sail chance the saidis craftismen and 
thair successor^ to be teachtit and leamit in making of uolnes 
seatingis silkis tafieteis or ony kynd of stuf that hes notht bein 
maid of auld w^in the realme of Scotland bot of lait throw the 
inciiing of strangaris w^in the cuntrie That it sail notht be lisum 
to the craftismen to sell the samyne except it be thair awin handle 
wark and that in haill peices dispensand alwayis w^ thame to sell 
and top in small or gryt thair said handie wark of seyis worseitf 
linningis and singill sergis but stop or impediment And anent the 
transgressioun of the saidis pointis or ony of thame befoir rehersit 
gif it sail happin ony of the saidis craftismen and thair foirsaidis in 
tymes cuing to be callit and accusit for the transgressioun of the 
headis and pointis afoir inhibeit to thame as •is aboue exprimit 
thay being ^uict thairfoir to be vnlayit according to the antient 
lawes of the said burght Prouiding allwayis that it sail notht be 
lisum to qdeme the allegit {trauenar vpone ane bair suspitioun 
in ony sort bot be sufficient tryall maid and hed be witness onsuspect 
and ondefamit ather iSchand or craftisman purgeing thame selffis be 
thair corporall ay^ of partial! counsaill And iinallie it is ordainit that 
bathe the saidis pteis merchandis and craftismen present and to cum 
inviolabilly obserue fulfill and keip this present appointment and 
decreit of euerie head claus 1 artikill thairin continit Lykas we the 
saidis comissionaris and our«men foirsaidis ordanis thame to do 
the same and the pratique and exccutioun thairof to be and begin 
the day and dait of thir pfitis and to continew as ane perpetuall law 
in all tyme cuing And for the better obseruing keiping and fullfilling 
of the premiss we the saidis comissionaris and oucrma ar content and 
consentis that the designatioun wrettin on the vther syd thairof and 
this present decreit be insert in the buikis of counsaill off abirdene 
as also in the comisseris buikis of abirdene alsweill ad perpetua re* 
memoriam as also to have the strynthe of ane confessit act and 
Judicall decreit w^ executoriallis of poinding and horning the ane 
but preiudice of the vther to pas thairto vpone ane chingill chairg 
of four dayis warning And forder ordanis that the prores and 



1605.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 35 1 

mandads givin to the saidis comissionaris be regrat in the saidis 
comisser* buikis in lyk maner ad perpetua rei memoriS and g^f neid 
beis consentis that ane act of pliament salbe procurit for ratificatioun 
and approba^un of this pnt appointment and decreit for to stand as 
ane perpetuall law betuixt the parteis foirsaidis and thair successor^ 
rexue for euer And to that effect constitutis and ordanis discreit 
men &c. and ilkane of thame ^riunctly and seueralie our lawfull 
and ondouttit pror To compeir for us and in o' names befoir the 
said comisser prouest bailleis foirsaid as also in pns of the Lordis of 
pliament to the effect foirsaid promitten de rato &c. IN WITNESS 
of the quhtlk the saidis cdmissionaris and oma in signe and takin and 
fortefica^un of our decreit and appointment foirsaid hes subscruit the 
same as efter followis day }eir and place foirsaid Befoir thir witness 
Maisteris george barclay richart Irwing gilbert bissat Johne kennedy 
robert paip thomas mollysone James dauidsone and James c^tone 
no¥is publict Sic subscribitur alex' CuUan cdmissionar w^ my hand 
dauid meng3es cdmissionar w^ my hand alex' forbes w^ my hand 
george elphinstone saidlar Johne duncane tail3or and alex' ronaldsone 
baxsteris w' our handis at the pen led be the notaris vnder wretin at 
o** cdmadis becaus we ca noth wret ourselffis Ita est magr robertus 
paip notarius publicus ac testis in premiss de madatis dictoru alexandri 
ronaldsone georgii elphinstone et Joanis dunca scribere nescieft ut 
asseruerunt ad hec manu sua rogatus et requisitus per dictos c5mis- 
sarios Ita est alex** donaldsoun conotarius in premiss rogatus et 
requisitus per dictos cdmissionarios ad hec manu propria Master 
alexander chene comiss' of abirdene w^ my hand. 

XIX. 

Omnibus hanc cartam visuris vel audituris Magister Alexander hay 
Clericus Senatus et Consilii S. D. N. Regis ac hereditarius proprietarius 

XIX. 

Mr, Alexander Hay mortifies to the provost^ baiUies^ etc,^ feuduties amounting to 
£2*1 8j. Zd. Scots for the upkeep of the Bridge of Don. 1st February^ 1605. 

To all who shall see or hear this charter, Master Alexander Hay, Clerk to the 
Parliament and Council of our sacred lord the king, and heritable proprietor 



352 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1605. 

omnium terrarum feudifirmarum et annuorum redituum olim ad Capel- 
lanos seu vicarios chori ecclesie Cathedralis Abirdonen spectan eternam 
in domino Salutem. Noueritis me Pro zelo motum in honorem dei 
Omnipotentis et vt sustineatur policia huius regni in hac parte, Et 
quia annates testantur pontem lapideum super aquam de Done Prope 
burgum de Abirdene Constructum fuisse ex mandato et impensis 
Quondam Invictissimi principis Robert! Brucii scotie Regni optime 
memorie Regis qui partim Iniuria temporis partim quod NuUi annul 
proventus suppetant vnde sustineatur ad interitum perduci videtur, Et 
quia plurimum Interest toti boreali parti Prefati regni presertim 
Ciuibus dicti burgi Ne antiquQ illud Monumentum corruat Et ex aliis 
causis rationi consonis animum meum ad hoc moueii Ita% donasse 
concessisse alienasse et hac pnti carta mea confirmasse Tenoreq^ 
piitium donare concedere alienare et hac pnti carta mea Confirmare 
Preposito balliuis consulibus et Communitati dicti burgi de Abirdene 
et eorum successoribus Totas et integras firmas feudifirmarias et 
annuos redditus meos subscriptos annuatim leuaH et precipicn ad 

of all the lands, feuduties, and annual rents formerly belonging to the 
chaplains or vicars of the choir of the cathedral church of Aberdeen, eternal 
greeting in the Lord. Know ye that I, moved by zeal for the honour of 
Almighty God, and for the maintenance of polecy* in this part of the 
kingdom, and because history testifies that the stone bridge over the water 
of Don, near the burgh of Aberdeen, was built by command, and at the 
expense of, the deceased most invincible prince, Robert Bruce, king of the 
kingdom of Scotland, of most excellent memory, which bridge, partly by 
the injury of time, partly because there exists no annual provision for its 
maintenance, seems to be falling into decay; and because it greatly 
concerns the whole north part of the foresaid kingdom, especially the 
citizens of the said burgh, that that ancient monument should not come 
to ruin ; and for other reasonable causes moving my mind hereto : Therefore, 
I have given, granted, alienated, and by this my present charter confirmed, 
and by the tenor of these presents do give, grant, alienate, and by this my 
present charter confirm, to the provost, baillies, councillors, and community, 
of the said burgh of Aberdeen, and to their successors, All and whole my 
feuduties and anf^ual rents underwritten, annually leviable and receivable at 

* See p. 56, 



1605.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 353 

terminos consuetos de terris et croftis subscript Viz Annuam firmam 
feudiiirmariam quatuordecem librarum vsualis monete Regni scotie 
de croftis subscriptis debitam olim Mgro Roberto Lumisden de 
clova^ incumben et nunc ad alexandrum culen burgen de Abd 
hereditarie spectan lacen infra territorium croftarum burgi de Abir- 
dene viz vna crofta vocaf adiepingill lacen inter croftam quondam 
Alexandri gray ex australi Croftam quondam lohannis cheyne ex 
boreal! communem viam regiam ex oriental! et Lie cruiket myir 
ex occidental! partibus Ac alia crofta terre nuncupaE lie Langrig 
inter croftam quondam andree Brabner postea Alexandri Mollisoun 
et nunc Alexandri Kempt ex australi Croftam olim fratribus predic- 
toribus incumben ex boreal! Communem viam regiam ex oriental! et 
dictum lie cruiket Myre ex occidental! partibus, Et alia crofta lacen 
prope domum leprosorum inter croftam quondam Mariote Vmphray 
nunc ad collegium regale de abirdene spectafi ex austral! croftam 
quondam lohannis Wear ex boreal! Communem viam regiam ex 
oriental! et lie calsey myir ex occidental! partibus, Ac alia crofta 
prope lie spittel hill inter croftam diet! quondam lohannis Wear ex 



the usual terms from the lands and crofts underwritten, viz. : — An annual 
feuduty of fourteen pounds usual money of the kingdom of Scotland, due 
from the crofts underwritten, belonging formerly to Master Robert Lumsden 
of Clova, and now heritably pertaining to Alexander Cullen, burgess of 
Aberdeen, lying within the territory of the crofts of the Burgh of Aberdeen, 
viz. : — One croft, called Adiepingill, lying between the croft of umquhile 
Alexander Gray on the south, the croft of umquhil^ John Cheyne on 
the north, the king's common-way on the east, and the Cniikit mire on 
the west parts; and another croft of land, called the Lang rig, between 
the croft of umquhile Andrew Brabner, afterwards of Alexander Mollisoun, 
and now of Alexander Kempt, on the south, the croft formerly belonging 
to the preaching friars on the north, the king's common-way on the east, 
and the said Crooked mire on the west parts; and another croft, lying near 
the lepers* house, between the croft of umquhile Mariota Umphray, now 
belonging to the King's College of Aberdeen, on the south, the croft of 
umquhile John Wear on the north, the King's common-way on the east, 
and the Calsey mire on the west parts; and another croft, near the 
Spital hill, between the croft of the said umquhile John Wear on tb^ 

YY 



354 BUR6H OF Afi£RD£SN. [^^S* 

australi lie spittel hill ex boreali Communem viam regiam ex boreal! 
[sic] et lie calsey myir ex occidental! partibus, Ac alia crofta vocat 
fill the cop per quondam Mgrum adamum gordoun fundaf lacen 
prope lie theiffis briggis inter croftam dauidis Mar ex australi et 
orientali partibus Croftam olim dtctis fratribus predicatoribus pertineS 
ex boreali et coem viam regiam ex occidentali partibus Item aliam 
firmam feudifirmariam nouem librarum monete predict de terris 
quondam mgri Alex'^ galloway rectoris de Kinkell voc|it Crynis 
Wallis nunc thome quhyit naute burgen dicti burgi incumb^ lacen 
in territorio de futtie infra libertatem dicti burgi inter terras dauidis 
andersoun ex boreali terras voca^ thrie lang riggis ex australi fluxum 
Maris ex occiden [sic] et terras quondam lohannis Mar ex occiden 
partibus, ,£t de dictis terris voca{ thrie lang riggis lacen ex australi 
parte de lie auldwallis inter terras dicti dauidis andersoun et terras 
Andree Murray ex australi terras vocat Sandilandis et terras lohannis 
Mar ex boreali terras communitatis de Abirdene lie linkis appela^ 
ex orien et terris dicti andree Murray ex occiden partibus, Et 
de dictis terris vocat Sandilandis lacen inter dictas terras vocat thrie 



south, the Spittell hill on the north, the King's common high way on the 
north (east ?), and the Calsey mire on the west parts; and another croft, 
called fill the Cop, built upon by umquhile Master Adam Gordon, lying near 
the theives' bidge, between the croft of David Mar on the south and east 
parts, the croft formerly pertaining to the said preaching friars on the north, 
and the King's common-way on the west parts : Also another feuduty of nine 
pounds money afore§aid from the lands of umquhile Master Alexander Galloway, 
rector of Kinkell, called Crynis Walls, now belonging to Thomas White, 
mariner burgess of the said burgh, lying in the territory of Futtie, within 
the freedom of the said burgh, between the lands of David Anderson on the 
north, the lands called Three lang rigs on the south, the Sea on the west 
(east?), and the lands of umquhile John Mar on the west parts; and from 
the said lands, called Three lang rigs, lying on the south side of the old 
walls, between the lands of the said David Anderson and the lands of Andrew 
Murray on the south, the lands called Sandilands and the lands of John Mar 
on the north, the lands of the Community of Aberdeen called the links on 
the east, and the lands of the said Andrew Murray on the west parts ; and 
from the said lands, called the Sandilands, lyin^ between the said lands. 



1605.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 355 

lang riggis ex australi terras andree murray ex boreali terras Lie 
Linkis nuncupat ex orien et terras dicti lohannis Mar ex occiden 
partibus, Et de terris nuncupat Lie cuttingis de futties myre lacen 
inter terras dicti Alexandri Cullen ex australi futties myir ex boreali 
dictas terras vocal lie linkis ex orien et terras quondam Willelmi 
fuddes ex occidentali partibus, Ac de terris dicti quondam Mgri 
Alex" lacen inter viam publicam vocat boulget ex boreali Aqueductum 
discendeii a lie futties myir ex australi terras quondam domini de 
Bamis ex occideii et futties myir ex orien, Ac de tribus peciis terrarum 
vocal lie Cuttingis lacen inter aqueductum predict ex boreali terras 
fratrum domus sancte trinitatis de Abd ex australi terras dicti Willelmi 
fuddes ex oriefk et fluxum Marinum ex occiden partibus nunc dicto 
thome quhyit naute in feudifirma pertinen Item vnum annuum redditum 
triginta trium solidorum et quatuor denariorum moe predict' de crofta 
terre olim quondam Willelmi Kyntor burgen dicti burgi et nunc 
lohanni donaldsoun burgen eiusdem pertinen lacen prope lie gallow- 
gait poirt dicti burgi vocat calsey croft al9 ly lang riggis inter croftam 



called Three lang rigs, on the south, the lands of Andrew Murray on the 
north, the lands called the links on the east, and the lands of the said John 
Mar on the west parts; and from the lands called the Cuttings of Futties 
mire, lying between the lands of the said Alexander Cullen on the south, 
Futties mire on the north, the said lands called the links on the east, and 
the lands of umquhile William Fuddes on the west parts ; and from the 
lands of the said umquhile Master Alexander, lying between the public way, 
called the Boulgate, on the north, the aqueduct descending from Futties 
mire on the south, the lands of umquhile laird of Barnes on the west, 
and Futties mire on the east; and from three pieces of lands, called 
the Cuttings, lying between the foresaid aqueduct on the north, the lands of 
the brethren of the house of the Holy Trinity of Aberdeen on the south, the 
lands of the said William Fuddes on the east, and the Sea on the west 
parts, now pertaining to the said Thomas White, mariner, in feufarm : Also 
an annual rent of thirty three shillings and four pence, money aforesaid, from 
the croft of land, formerly pertaining to umquhile William Kintor, burgess of 
the said burgh, and now to John Donaldson, burgess thereof, lying near the 
Gallowgate port of the said burgh, called Calsey croft, otherwise the Lang 
riggs, between the croft of the Chaplains of the College of Aberdeen on the 



356 BURGH OP ABERDEEN* ['^5- 

Capellanorum coUegii Abirdonen ex australi Croftam quondam Willelmi 
edie ex boreali Coem viam r^am ex orien et lie cruikit myir ad occiden : 
annuum redditum viginti sex solidorum et octo denariorum de crofta 
terre nunc lohanni Leith de Montgarie pertinen lacen prope lie 
crabstane ex parte occidental! territorii croftarum diet! buigi inter 
croftam quondam Ricardi Kyntor ex orien croftam quondam Alex- 
andri Kyntor ex occiden coem viam regiam ex australi et croftam 
quondam lohannis Mar ex boreali partibus Item annQ redditum 
viginti octo solidorum et octo denariorum monete predicE leuand et 
precipien de crofta terre olim quondam lohannis Howy burg^ dicti 
burgi et nunc lohanni tulliedaflf burgeii ibidem spectan lacefi ex parte 
oriental! territorii croftarum dicti burgi inter croftam quondam alex'' 
gray ex australi Croftam quondam Robert! Scr(^;gis ex boreali odem 
viam regiam ex occidental! et lie Gallowhillis ex oriental! partibus : 
extenden in toto ad summam viginti septem librarum octo solidorum 
et octo denariorum vna cum superioritate mea dictarum terrarum et 
croftarum cum pertinen : Quequidem feudiiirme seu annui redditus cum 
superioritate predict quatenus per me licitum est de pnt! mortificantur et 



south, the Croft of umquhile William Edie on the north, the King's common- 
way on the east, and the Crooked mire at the west ; An annual rent of twenty 
six shillings and eight pence from the croft of land, now belonging to John 
Leith of Montgarry, lying near the Crabstane, in the west part of the 
territory of the crofts of the said burgh, between the croft of umquhfle 
Richard Kyntor on the east, the croft of umquhile Alexander Kyntor on the 
west,' the King's common high way on the south, and the croft of umquhile 
John Mar on the north parts ; Also an annual rent of twenty eight shillings 
and eight pence, money aforesaid, leviable and receivable from the croft of 
land, formerly of umquhile John Howie, burgess of the said burgh, and now 
belonging to John TuUidaff, burgess there, lying in the east part of the 
territory of the crofts of the said burgh, between the croft of umquhile 
Alexander Gray on the south, the croft of umquhile Robert Scroggs on the 
north, the King's common-way on the west, and the Gallow-hills on the east 
parts : Extending in whole to the sum of twenty seven pounds eight shillings 
and eight pence ; together with my superiority of the said lands and crofts 
with the pertinents ; which feuduties, or annual rents, with the superiority afore- 
said, so far as is lawful for me, are, by these presents, mortified and granted 



1605.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 357 

ad manum mortu^m conceduntur ad reparationem et sustentationem 
dicti pontis de don pro tanto : Ita quod licitum erit dictis preposito 
balliuis consulibus et ciuibus dicti burgi eorum% successoribus aut eorum 
mgro operis dicti pontis pro tempore dictas feudifirmas et annuos 
redditus predict croftarum cum suis pertineh annuatim et terminatim 
recipere et easdem ad reparationem et sustentationem dicti pontis 
applicare et ad nullos alios vsus prout deo in cxtremo ludicio Respon- 
dere voluerint : Tenen et haben Omnes et singulas predictas annuas 
feudifirmas et annuos redditus particulariter superius specificaf ex- 
tenden in toto ad dictam summam viginti septem librarum octo 
solidorum et octo denariorum annuatim leuan et precipien ad terminos 
consuetos de dictis terris et croflis superius bondal et limitat cum 
superioritate predict terrarum et croftarum Dictis Preposito Balliuis 
Consulibus et comunitati dicti burgi et eorum successoribus A me 
meis heredibus et assignatis De S. D. N. Rege et suis successoribus 
in feodo et hereditate ac in libero Burgagio hereditarie in perpetuum 
Cum omni lure et luris clameo titulo proprietate et possessione ac 
cum omnibus aliis et singulis libertatibus commodatibus proficuis 
asiamentis et iustis pertinen quibuscunc^ ad predict cum pertinen 



ad manum mortuam^ for the reparation and support of the said bridge of 
Don, pro tanto ; So that it shall be lawful to the said provost, baiUies, 
councillors, and citizens, of the said buigh, and to their successors, or to their 
master of work of the said bridge, for the time, to receive annually and termly, 
the said feuduties and annual rents of the foresaid crofts with their pertinents, 
and to apply the same to the repair and upkeep of the said bridge, and to no 
other uses, as they shall wish to answer to God at the last Judgment. To 
be held and had all and sundry the foresaid annual feuduties and annualrents 
set forth in detail above, extending in whole to the said sum of twenty seven 
pounds eight shillings and eight pence yearly, leviable and receivable at 
the usual terms from the foresaid lands and crofts bounded and limited 
as above, with the superiority of the foresaid lands and crofts, by the said 
provost, baillies, councillors, and community of the said burgh and their suc- 
cessors, from me, my heirs and assignees, of our sacred lord the King and 
his successors, in fee and heritage, and in free burgage, heritably for ever : 
with all right, claim of right, title, property and possession, and with all and 
sundry liberties, conveniences, profits, easements, and just pertinents whatso- 



35^ BURGH OF ABERDEKH. [1605. 

spectantibus seu iuste spectare valentibus qaomodolibet in fiiturum 
Libere quiete plenarie integre honoriiice bene et in pace sine impedi- 
mento obstaculo reuocadone aut contradictione aliquali Reddendo 
inde annuatim Dicti prepositus balliui Consules et C5itas dicti burgi 
de Abirdene eorumq^ successores Prefato S. D. N. Regi et suis 
successoribus Seruitium Burgagium quantum spectat ad predict terras 
feudiiirmas et annuos redditus et alia seruitia et deuoria pro rata que 
ego heredes mei et assignati pro loco habitationis feudiiirmis et annuis 
redditibus olim ad dictos capellanos spectan virtute mei infeofamenti 
earundem facere tenemur tantum pro 5i alio onere seruitio secular! 
exactione questione seu demanda que de predict feudiiirmis annuis 
redditibus et superioritate antedict aliqualiter exigi poterint vel 
requiri Et Ego vero dictus mgr alexander hay heredes mei et 
assignati Totas et integras predictas annuas feudifirmas et annuos 
redditus dictarum terraii^ et croftarum particulariter supra specat et 
bondat Cum superioritate earundem terrarum et croftarum et suis 
pertinen Prefatis preposito balliuis Consulibus et Communitati dicti 
burgi et eorum successoribus In Omnibus et per 5ia forma pariter 



ever, belonging, or that may anywise in time to come justly belong, to the 
foresaids, with their pertinents ; freely, quietly, fully, wholly, honourably, well, 
and in peace, without any hindrance, obstacle, revocation or challenge what- 
soever. Rendering therefor yearly the said provost, baillies, councillors and 
community of the said burgh of Aberdeen and their successors, to our fore- 
said sacred lord the King and his successors, such burgage service as pertains 
to the foresaid lands, feuduties, and annualrents, and other services and dues, 
pro rata^ which I, my heirs and assignees, were bound to render for the 
dwelling place, feuduties, and annualrents formerly belonging to the said 
chaplains in virtue of my infefiment thereof, in place of all other burden, 
secular service, exaction, question, or demand which could anywise be exacted 
or required for the foresaid feuduties, annualrents, and superiority. And I, 
the said Master Alexander Hay, my heirs and assignees, shall warrant, acquit, 
and for ever defend against all mortals, all and whole the foresaid annual 
feuduties and annualrents of the said lands and crofts set forth in detail and 
bounded as above, with the superiority of the said lands and crofts, and their 
pertinents, to the foresaid provost, baillies, councillors, and community of the 
said buigh and their successors, in all and through all, in like form and effect 



1605.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. ^9 

et effectu vt premissum Necnon liberas Immunes et exoneratas ab 
omnibus oneribus et periculis a facto nro proprio duntaxat hoc est 
quod neq^ fecimus ne^ faciemus quippiam in preiudicium huius infeo- 
famenti Contra Omnes mortales varrantizabimus acquietabimus et in 
perpetuum defendemus Omnibus dolo et fraude seclusis Insuper 
dilectis meis Magistro Gulielmo Barclay aduocato et eorum 

cuilibet coniunctim et diuisim balliuis meis in hac parte specialiter 
et Irreuocabiliter constitutis salutem Vobis precipio et iirmiter mando 
quatenus Statim sasinam et possessionem hereditariam realem actualem 
et corporalem omniu et singularum predict feudiiirmarum et annuorum 
redituum specialiter superi? specificatorum et superioritatis antedicC 
Prefatis preposito balliuis consulibus et communitati dicti burgi de 
Abirdene et eorum successoribus destina? ad vsum et eflectum 
suprascriptii et non aliter vel eorum certo actomato aut procurator! 
pntium Latori per terre et lapidis fundi dictarum croftarum dona- 
tiones vt moris rexiue et sucessiue tradatis et deliberetis seu alter 
vrum tradat et deliberet Secundum tenorem suprascripte carte mee 
et pntis Precepti sasine in omnibus visis pntibus sine dilatione Et 
hoc nuUo modo omittatis ad quod faciendum vobis et v&um Cuilibet 
coniunctim et diuisim balliuis meis in hac parte antedictis meam 



as aforesaid, and free, exempt, and discharged from all burdens and risks from 
our own deed, only, that is that we neither have done nor shall do anything 
in prejudice of this grant — all fraud and guile excepted. Moreover, to my 
beloved Master William Barclay, Advocate, 

and each of them, conjointly and severally, my baillies in this part specially 
and irrevocably constituted, greeting : I charge and strictly command you, or 
either of you, forthwith to give and deliver to the foresaid provost, baillies, 
councillors, and community of the said burgh of Aberdeen and their successors, 
for the use and effect abovewritten, or to their undoubted attorney of procurator 
bearing these presents, sasine and heritable possession, real, actual, and 
corporeal, of all and sundry the foresaid feuduties and annualrents set forth in 
detail above, and of the superiority aforesaid, by delivery of earth and stone of 
the said crofts, as use is, respectively and successively, according to the tenor of 
my abovewritten charter and this present precept of sasine, without delay : and 
this in no wise to omit For which end, by the tenor of these presents^ I grant 
to you and each of you, conjointly and severally, my foresaid baillies in this 



360 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l^l?- 

plenariam et Irreuocabilem tenore pntium Committo ptatem In cuius 
rei testimonium pntibus per Robertam Rawsoun secreti sigilli scribam 
deputatum scriptis ac subscriptione mea manuali subscriptis Sigillum 
meum propriQ est appensum Apud Edinburgh Primo die mensis 
februarii anno dni millesimo sexcentesimo quinto Coram his testibus 
Magistro Ricardo douglas fratre germano domini quhittinghame 
georgio hay de Monktoun Magistro georgio tod scriba iinlao tail3eour 
seruitore dicti dni Regis et dicto Roberto Rawsoun pntium scriba 



part, full and irrevocable power. In witness whereof my own Seal is appended 
to these presents, written by Robert Rawson, Clerk depute of the Privy Seal, 
and subscribed by my own hand. At Edinburgh, the first day of the month 
of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and five, 
before these witnesses. Master Richard Douglas, brother german of Lord 
Whittingham ; George Hay of Monkton ; Master George Tod, writer ; Finlay 
Taylor, servitor of our said lord the King ; and the said Robert Rawson, 
writer of these presents. 

XX. 

Sir Alexander Drummond^ Judge Admiral Depute^ appoints the provost and baillies 
admirals depute between the waters of Dee and Don, Sth August, 161 7. 

At Edinburt Aberdeine and the secund and aucht 

dayis of August The 3eir of god J"* Sex hundreth and 

sewinteine yeiris It is appoyntit aggriet contractit and endit Betuixt 
the richt honorabill pairties following To wit Sir Alexander Drumond 
of meidhope kny' ane of the lordis of his hienes secret counsall and 
senatour of the colledge of Justice Prin" Judge deput Vnder My 
lord dukis Grace of Lennox In the office of admiralitie of this 
kingdoms With advyse and consent of Sir James weynne of bogis 
knyt vice admirall On the ane pairt And Sir Thomas mein3ies of 
Cultis knyt provest of the hurt of Aberdeine William gray Thomas 
forbes Robert Johneston and Gilbert Cullan present bail3eis of the 
sam burgh for thamselfis and in name and behalf of thair successouris 
provests and bail3eis th^of pnt and to cum On the vther pairt In forme 
maner and to the efTect eftermentionat That is to say fforsameikill 



1617.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 361 

as the said Sir Alexander drumond being maist willing for the ea9 
of the liegis and to the intent that they be not distractit fra thair 
lau" adois In pleeding of seyfairing causS and vtheris belanging to 
the said office of admiralitie Bot within the boundis of thair awin 
residence and Jurisdictioun And vnderstanding that the foimamit 
persouns contracteris w^ him ar verrie meit and habill to vse and 
exerte The office of subdeputie of the said admiralitie In all actiouns 
and causSf quhatsumever competent thairto Within the said hurt of 
Abirdeine port and harbour thairof and in all pairtis alsweill be sey 
as land perteining to the said office of admiralitie Betuixt the wateris 
of dee and don On baith the sydis of the sam Including heirintill 
baith the saidis wateris and riveris and all the portis and harbories 
th'of allanerlie Thairfoir The said Sir alexander drumond w^ consent 
forsaid Hes maid nominat constituit and ordainit And be the tennor 
heirof makis nominatis constituitis and ordanis The saidis provest 
and bail3ies of the said burt of Aberdeine and thair successouris 
foirsaidis present and to cum Conjunctlie and seuerallie depuctis in 
the said office of admiralitie wHn the haill boundis particularlie 
abouementionate Vnder the said Sir alexander Induring all the day is 
of his lyftyme or sa lang as he salhappin to bruik and posses the said 
office as prin" Judge deput in the foirsaid office of admiralitie And 
hes gevin grantit and disponit to • thame conjunctlie and seuerallie 
as said is all blindis vnlawis goldpennyis casualities profeitis and 
cmodities perteining and belanging to the said office of admiralitie 
w'in the boundis and during the space befoirmentionat Exceptand 
allanerlie thir greit casualities of the said office of admiralitie viz 
piracies and prysis thairof all schippis barkis crearis and vtheris 
veschellis landit w* merchandice arryveand at onie pairt of the sey 
w4n the saidis boundis belanging in casualities to the said office of 
admiralitie (Nawayis comprehending in this exceptioun onie schippis 
barkis crearis or vther veschellis belanging to the said bur^ and toun 
of aberdeine or onie Inhabitantis thairof Seing the samyn as they 
occur ar be thir pfitis disponit to the foimamit persounis and thr 
foirsaidis w^ the rest of the small casualities of the said office during 
the space abouewrittin) And siclyk exceptand furth of this piit 
comissioun and dispositioun All and quhatsumever Quhaillis Quhilkis 
ar nawayis disponit fra the said office of admiralitie be vertew of this 



36a BURGH OF AB£RD££:N. [^^ly. 

appoyntment Bot altogidder exceptit and reservit furth of the sain 
With powar To the saidis provest and bail3ies of aberdeine piit 
and to cum Conjunctlie and seuerallie as said is To substituit creeit 
and ordaine deputtis ane or mae In the said office clerkis seijandis 
dempstaris and all vther officearis and memberis of hurt necessar for 
quhom thai salbe haldin to ano' Courtis ane or mae of the said 
admiralitie als oft as neid beis wnn the particular boundis abouespeit 
or onie pairt thairof To affix affisrme set doun hald and continew 
preceptis and vtheris citatiounis In all and q^sumeuer actiounis and 
causg concerning the said office of admiralitie againis and in favouris 
of all pairties haveand interes To direct and caus be execute Decreitis 
arreistmentis poyndingis and all vtheris executorialls To give pronunce 
and put in executioun Vnlawis bluidwitis and amerciamentis of burt 
to vplift and ressave The samyn to their awin vse to apply and 
gfiallie to do vse and exert all and q'sumever vther thing is la# and 
requisit thairanent Qlke the said Sir alexander drumond micht do 
himself in the said office of admiralitie gif he wer personallie present 
ffirme and stabill haldand and for to hald this pnt comissioun Qlk 
the said Sir Alexander declairis to be as ane valid and sufficient tak 
anent the premiss during the said space The entire of the qlk tak is 
declairit to be and begin at the dey and dait heirof And swa furth to 
continew and Induir Indwiring the said S" alexander drumondis lyftyme 
Or sa lang as he sal happin to oruik and posses the said office of admirali- 
tie as prin" Judge deput thrintill FFOR THE QUHILK The saidis provest 
and bail3ics of aberdeine Bindis and oblcisS thame and thair successouris 
To content and pay to the said S' alexander drumond 3eirlie during 
his lyftyme At the leist during his richt to the said office of admiralitie 
The sowme of Sax pundis thretteine schillingis four pennyis money 
of this realme Anis in the yeir viz at the feist and terme of michaelmes 
The first 3eiris payment of the said deutic to be and begyn at the 
terme of michaelmes nixtocum And swa furth 3eirlic threfter at the 
said terme during the haill tyme and space abouementionate Ordaining 
and requyring the Comisser of aberdeine and the cmisser clerk th^of To 
tak the aithis of the foirnamit persounis In ane Judiciall fensit court 
de fideli administratione In the said office And to give thame actis 
and Instrumentis thrvpoun DISCHARGING be thir pntis Lykas the said 
S' alexr drumond w^ advyse and consent abouespeit dischairgis all 



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MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 



363 



and quhatsumever vther deputtis and substituitis in the said office gif 
onie be w^in the boundis abouewrittin of all forder vseing and exerceing 
th'of And of all stopping debarring and Impeiding of the foirsaidis 
persounes In the lau" bruiking Joysing and vseing of the sam office 
In tyme cuing Within the boundis abouespecifiet during the space 
foirsaid And that tre of publicatioun be direct and execute heirvpoun 
In dew forme as effisiris And for the mair securitie baith the saidis 
pairties ar content and consentis that thir pntis be insert and regrat 
in the buikis of counsall To give the strenth of ane decreit of the 
lordis th'of That exe"* of hoiming vpoun ane simpill chairge of sax 
dayis and poynding The ane but prejudice of the vther may be 
direct heirvpoun And to that effect institute Thair 

procuris In forma &c. In witness q'of baith the saidis 

pairties hes subscryuit thir pntis (writtin be James bardie s'vitor to 
Johnne gilmo' wryter) day moneth 3eir of god and place rexiue 
foirsaidis Befoir thir witness Mr James hamiltoun brother in law to the 
said S' alex' drumond waiter robertsone clerk deput of the said 
bur^ of aberdeine and the said James bardie witness to the subscrip- 
tioune of the saidis S' alex' and S*^ thomas men3ies 

J Wemys of Bogie 
N forbes witnes A Drummond 

paull meng3es witnes Tho* Men3eis 

J hamiltone witnes W Gray baillie 

W Robertsoun witness Robert Johnstone baillie 

J hardie witnes gilbert Cullen baillie 

XXI. 

Alexander Rutherford renounces in favour of the burgh his office of Tronarship, 

16th September^ 161 7. 



The Quhilk day In Presence of the Provest Baillies and Counsall 
of the burghe of Aberdene Compeirit personallie Alexander Rutherfurd 
sone and air to vmq" Alexander rutherfurd Lait prouest of the said 
burghe quha haweand the pnt possessioune as air to his said vmq" father 
of the office of Tronarschip of the said burghe of Aberdeine with the 
troneweychtis fees and casualities belanging thairto Lykeas the said 



364 BURGH OF ABERDBBN. [1617. 

vmq^L Alexander his father hed the possessioune thairof dywers 
3eiris befoir his deceas be vertew of sume titill maid to him of the 
samen be the Laird of Balbeigno for the time And the said Alexander 
knawing that the Prouest. baillies counsall and Communitie of the 
said burghe hes ane ancient richt of all weyghtis and measuris 
belanging to the same burghe disponit to thame be vmq^ king 
Robert bruice of most worthie memorie and that thay have lyikwayis 
acquired ane new particular gift and Infeftment of the said Trone- 
weychtis and deuties thairto belanging of our Souerane Lord the 
Kingis Maiestie under his hienes great seall and confermit in 
Parliament Be wertew quhairoff thay haue intentit proces and 
actioune of reductioune of the said Alexander rutherfurd his richt 
of the same befoir the Lordis of Sessioune howsoeuir for the many 
gude offices done to the toune be his said vmq" father thay owersaw 
him to bruik the comoditie of the said tron during his Lyiftyme. 
Thairfoir the said alexander sone and air foirsaid acknowleg^ng 
the waliditie of the Tounes richt to the said Troneweychtis and 
dewties belanging thairto And being most unwilling to contest in 
Law with the said Toune of Abirdeine ffor thir respectis and soumes 
of money payit to him at the making heirof and of befoir be the 
Prouest Baillies Counsall and Comunitie of the said burghe in full 
satisfactioune of all titill or richt he hes or may pretend to the 
saidis Troneweychtis in any tyme comeing The said Alexander of his 
awin frie will Uncoactit compellit or circumwcinit Renunceit quyt- 
clamit dischargit simptr owergawe and transferrit and be the tenor heir- 
of titulo oneroso Renunccis quytclames dischairgis simptr owergiwes 
and transferris the said office of Tronarship with the Troneweychtis 
fees casualities and dewties belanging thairto Togiddcr with all richt 
and titill of richt clame entres propertie and possessioune quhilk the 
said Alexander as sone and air to his said vmq" father or be any 
richt or titill quhatsumewir hed hes or onywayis may hawe clame or 
pretend thairto in any tyme for ewir And that In fauorf of the 
Prouest Baillies and Counsall of the said burghe and thair successor^ 
for ewir With powar to thame to mell and Intromett with the said 
Troneweychtis and to caus vse and exerce the said office of Tronarschip, 
vplift and ressaiwe the fees profites and dewties thairof sett and roup 
the same to the Tounes best awaill in all tyme comeing as thay sail 



1617O MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 365 

think most expedient Quhilk renunciatioun and translatioune aboue- 
writtin the said Alexander Rutherfurd bindis and obleiss him his 
airis and successouris To Warrand and defend to the saidis Prouest 
Baillies Counsall and Comunitie of the said burghe of Abirdeine and 
thair successor^ from all fact or dead done or to be done to the said 
alexander or his foirsaidis preiudiciall heirto allanerlie And farder 
In respect the said vmq" Alexander Rutherfurd his richt of the said 
office of Tronarship proceidit frome the laird of Balbeigno for the 
tyme and that vmq" Andro Wod of Owerblairtoune predicessor to 
the said laird of Balbeigno is alledgit to hawe acquired ane heretabill 
gift of the said office of Tronarschip from vmq" King James the 
fourt of worthie memorie Thairfoir albeit the said vmq" Andro Wod 
his gift be posterior for many 3eiris to the said Toune of Abirdeines 
richt abouespeit made to thame be the said vmq" King Robert bruice 
The said Alexander Rutherfurd for the said Toune of Aberdeines 
better securitie et accumulando Jura Juribus ObleisS him to caus 
S' Johnne Wood now of Balbeigno pcuir him selff to be seruit 
generall air to the said vmq" Andro Wood of Owerblairtoune his 
predicessor And being serwit gnall air to him To caus the said 
S' Johnne dimitt owergive and transfer all titill and richt he hes or 
may pnd to the said office of Tronarschip fees dewties and casualities 
bclanging thairto In fauorf of the said Toune of Aberdeine and 
thair successor^ to be bruikit and Joyit be thame perpetuallie and 
heretablie in all tyme comeing Lyke as the said Alexander Rutherfurd 
obleisS him and his foirsaids To mak all wther richt and titill sic as 
may stand be law to the said Toune of aberdeine of the said 
Troneweychtis and dewties belanging thairto as he or his foirsaidis 
requyred Prowyding that the said Alexander be not forder obleist 
in Warrandice bot from his awin and his successor^ factis and deadis 
allanerlie and na farder Et sic subscribitur Alexander Rutherfurd 
with my hand. ExTRACTUM de libro actorum curie balliuoru Burgi 
de Aberdeii per me Scribam coinunem eiusdem subscriptum. 

MoUesone scriba 

Inventor of the Wreittes in this Wallett concerning the tronship. 
I. Ane tak of the tronship giwin be king James anno 1484 to Andrew 
Wood of ower blairtoune for his lyftime 



366 



BURGH OP ABERDEEN. 



[I' 



I. Ane chartor of the said tranship giwin be king James to the said An^ 
Wood and his airs maill in ppetuie of the dalt 1495 

3. Ane charter of alienation of the said tronship from Jhone Wood 

Babeignoe to Allex' Rutherford of the dait 1543 

4. Ane vther charter of the said tranship giwin be AValler Wood of Babeij 

to Allex' Rethorfort of the dait 1601 

5. Procuratorie of resignatione of the Tronship be Walter Wood to AJ 

Rethorfort of the dait 1601 

6. Acquittance Laird Babeignoe to Allex' Rethorfort of the Dait i6oa 

7. Contract betuixt the Provest of Abd and the Laird of Balbeigno 

the dait 1601 

8. Supplication Allex' Rethorfort to the Toune Abd of the dait 1585 

9. two missive Letters with ane information 

la Disposition Allex' Rethorfort of the tranship of the Bu^h of Abd to 
Provest Baillies and Comunitie thclrof of the dait 1617 u' the Lairc 

II. of Babeignoes renunceation and approbation in faworsof Allex' Ret 
ford of the dait 1616 



i 



Mr. David Hather/ord and Mr. John Mortimer, heritable proprietors of the C. 
resign their rights thereto in /aiwur of the provost, baillies, etc. 
February, 1630. 

At Aberdene the sevinteine day of fcbruar the jeir of god J" 
hundreth and Threttie 3eiris in presence of maister alex' Jaffray 
of the bailleis of the burghe of abcrdeine compeired Maister Al 
dauidsone procurator speciallie constitute To the effect eftersi 
Be maister dauid Rutherford and M' Johne Mortimer burgess of 
said burghe and in thair names consented to the registratione of 
letteris of dispositioun and resignatioun ad perpetuam remanenti 
vnderwrittin in the burrow court bookes of the same burghe thai 
to remane ad futuram rci memoriam and to the effect exectioun n 
be direct thairon as neid beis in manor thairin contenit To the qui 
the Baillie foirsaid interponed his aiictie and ordaines the saidf lett< 
of dispositioun and resignatioun to be insert and regrat in the sai 
books To the effect foirsaid quhairof the tennor foUowis Be it ke 
till all men be thir present tres We Maister Dauid Rutherfurd ; 



1630.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 367 

M'^ Johne mortimer burgesS of aberdeine heretabill fewares and 
portionares of the Cran situat vpon the shoir or sea port callit the 
keyheid of the said burghe with the fruiclis rentes custumes and 
dueties thairefter mentioned fTorsameikle as all and haill the said 
cran situat upon the schoir or sea port callit the keyheid of aberdeine 
with the fruictes rentes custumes and dueties thairof extending to 
auchteine penneis scottis money of ewerie twn of gudes brocht to the 
schoir or fra the schoir in quhatsumewer sailling weschell with the 
heretable richt and propertie thairof wes duelie and lauchfullie 
apprysed at the instance of me the said M' Johne mortimer fra 
Thomas Meng3eis sone and air of vmq^ Robert Meng3eis burges of 
the said burghe his tutorf curatory for thair entres and that for the 
sowme of Sex hundreth thrie scoir nyne pundf thretteine schillinges 
four penneis scottes money as principall and threttie thrie pundis 
Nyne schillinges aucht pennies of sh'eff fie To be hauldin of the 
Prouest Bailleis Counsell and cdmunitie of the said burghe of aberdeine 
siclyk and as frielie as the said wmq" Robert Meng3eis or the said 
Thomas Meng3eis his sone held the samen befoir the said, apprysing 
quhilk is of the dait the fyft day of december the 3eir of god J" 
sex hundreth and nyne 3eiris as the samen sein and considdered be 
lordis of Counsell and fund be thame ordo'lie procedit at lenth 
proportis Quhairwpon I the said Maister Johne mortimer purchest 
our Souerane lord^ ires and thairwith causit charge the prouest 
Baillies counsell and comvnitie of the said burghe superior^ of the 
said Cran To Infeft and safe me the said M' Johne my airis and 
assignayes in the samen Cran with the custumes and dewties throf 
foirs^ Conforme to the said apprysing Lyk as the saides prouest 
Baillies Counsell and comvnitie Superiorf foirsaidf for obedience to 
the said chairge be thair charter wnder thair comoun seall Infeft me 
the said M' Johne Mortimer my airis maill and assigneis gild burgesS 
of the said burgh in the said cran custumes and dueties th'of To be 
hauldin of thame and thair successor^ siclyk and as frielie as the 
said wmq" Robert Meng3eis held the same befoir the said apprysing 
as the said charter with the said M*" Johne his Instrument of sasinge 
following thairwpone of the dait the sevinteine day of Januar the 
3eir of God J°* sex hundred and ten 3eiris at lenth beares Lyk as 
also I the said Maister Johne Mortimer vpon the auchtein day of the 



368 BUROH OF ABERDEEN. [163O. 

said moneth of Januar the 3eir of god foirsaid disponit the equall 
halfT of the said cran and equall halff of the comoditie custumes and 
dewties thairof to the said M*^ Dauid Rutherfurd his aires mail! and 
assigneis quha upoun my Resignatioun procured the said Superior^ 
charter and Infeftment of the said halff Cran and wes heretablie 
Infeft thairin the day foirsaid as his Infeftment and sasing proportis 
And in lyk maner the said Thomas Meng3eis sone and air to the 
said wmq" Robert Meng3eis long efter his perfyt age of tuentie ane 
3eiris compleit and efter he was seruit air to his said wmq" faither 
Be his ires of Ratification and Renunceation of the dait the tuentie 
fourt day of Aprill the 3eir of God J" sex hundre^ Tuentie sevin 
3eiris for the causS onerout thairin speit Not onlie Ratified and 
approved the said proces and decreit of comprysing led and deducet 
at the instance of me the said M' Johne Mortimer againes him wpoun 
the apprysing of the said Cran for the soumes of money aboue writtin 
with my Infeftment charter and sasing following thairwpon To have 
bene gude valid and ordorlie procedit with all that had followed or 
micht follow thairwpon Bot lyikwayes Renuncet discharget and 
owergave fra him and his aires the legall Reuersion competent or 
quhilk might have bene competent to The said Thomas and his aires 
be the Lawes and practiq^ of this realme for Redemptioun of the 
said Cran fra me the said M' Johne and my foirsaidf Togidder with 
all wther ficht titill entres kyndnes clame of richt alsueill petite' as 
possessor quhilk the said Thomas as sone and air to the said 
Wmq" Robert Meng3eis his father haid hes or onavayes micht hawe 
clame or pretend thairto in any tyme comeing To and In favorf of 
me the said M*" Johne Mortimer my aires maill and assignayes To 
the effect we might Bruik and Joise the said Cran haill rentes 
Custumes and benefeittes thairof heretablie and Irredeemablie as cure 
awin proper heretage But regres or Reuersion foreuir as the saidis 
ires of Ratificatioun and Renunciatioun of the dait foirsaid Registrat 
in the Baillie court bookf of the said burghe and ane decreit of the 
Prouest and Baillies thairof interponit thairto vpoun the ffyftein day 
of Mali J°* sex hundreth tuentie nync 3eiris at lenth in the selff 
does testifie Be wertew of the quhilkes richtes the heretable proprietar 
of the said Cran is now fullie divolued and established in the persones 
of Us the saidis M"" Dauid Rutherfurd and M*^ Johne Mortimer equallie 



1630.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 369 

betuixt us and we have undowbte richt to dispon thairvpon at our 
pleasour And Becaus Robert Alexander present Thesaurer of the 
burgh of AbeWeine in name of the Prouest Baillies counsell and 
comvnitie thairof our Superior^ of the said Cran be thair special! 
warrand and dirrection hes payed and delyuered to ws reallie and 
with effect in reddie money at the subscryving heirof of all and haill 
The sowme of Nyne hundreth merks vsuall Scottes money convertit 
to our particular vse and benefeit equallie betuixt ws Quhairof We 
grant the recept and thairof quytclames exoneris and discharges the 
saids prouest Baillies counsell and comvnitie of the said burghe and 
thair successors and als the said Robert Alexander thair Thesaurer 
foirsaid his aires executors and successors Thairfoir Witt ye us 
with vniforme consent and assent To haue sauld analiet and heretablie 
disponit and be the tennor heirof fra us and ilk ane of us our aires 
and assignayes quhatsumewer Sellis anallies and dispones heretablie 
and Irredimablie without any Reuersione redemption or regres for 
euer to the saidf Prouest Baillies Counsell and Comvnitie of the said 
burghe of Aberdeine our Superior^ aboue named and to thair successorf 
Prouest Baillies Counsell and comvnitie th''of perpetuallie in all tymc 
comeing All and haill the said Cran situat wpone the schoir or sea 
port callit the keyheid of aberdeine with the fruictes rentes custumes 
and dueties thairof extending to auchteine penneis Scottis money 
of ewerie twn of goodf brocht to or fra the schoir of Aberdeine in 
quhatsumewer sailling weshell And for the saides prouest Baillies 
Councell and Comvnitie thair securitie thair anent and to the effect 
our heretable richt and propertie of the said Cran with the rent and 
dueties th'of may be consolidat with thair superioritie of the samen 
Witt ye us with wniforme consent as said is for the onerous causS 
aboue Writtin To hawe Resignit Renuncit surranderit quyteclamed 
dischargit and simptr ouergiwen And be< thir pntes of our awin frie 
will set purpose and deliberat mynd uncoactit or compellit for us 
and ilk ane of us our aires and successor^ whatsumeuer purelie and 
simplie Resignes Renunces surranderes quytclames discharges and 
simptr wp and ouergiwes be staff and baton as vse is in sic caces 
In the handf of the Prouest Baillies Counsell and comvnitie of the 
said Burgh our Superiorf aboue named All and haill the samen 
Cran situat wpon the said schoir and sea port callit the keyheid of 

AAA 



370 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. ['^JO. 

Abcrdeinc with the fruictes rentes and ducties belonging thairto 
extending to auchtcine pennies Scottes money of ewerie twn gudes 
brocht to or fra the said schoir in quhatsumeuer weshell as said is 
Togidder with all richt titill of richt clanie entres propertic and 
possession quhilk we or ather of us had hes or onavayes may have 
clame or pretend thairto in any tyme cuming To and In favorf of 
the saidf Prouest Baillies Counsell and comvnitie of the said burgh of 
Aberdene and thair successorc our Superiorf aboue named Consolidating^ 
heirby our propcrtie and heretable richt of the said Cran In the 
pcrsones and favorf of the saides Prouest Baillies counsell and 
Comvnitie of the said burgh of Abd. and thair successort with thair 
Superioritie th'of abouespcit ad perpetuam remanentiam heretablie and 
Irredimablie but Reuersion redemption or regres for euer And obleiss 
us and our foirsaidf To warrand this our Resignation aboue writtin 
of the foirsaid Cran with the rent and deuties "^thairof abouespeit ad 
perpetuam remanentiam as said is To the saidf prouest baillies 
Councell and Comvnitie of Aberdene and thair successorf from our 
awin proper facts and deidcs allanncrlie That is to say that we have 
not done nor shall do any fact in preiudice heirof and no forder Lyk 
as for that effect we have instantlie delyverit to the saidf Prouest 
Baillies and Councell the said proces of apprysing and regrat band 
quhairwpon the same procedit with our Infeftmentes and all wtheris 
writtes tres and sccurites quhatsumeuer quhilkf we haue or. had 
concerning the said Cran to be keipet and vset be thame and thair 
successorf in all tyme comeing as writtes and euidentf Belonging 
to the said toun of Aberdene And for thair forder secureitie We 
obleis ws and our foirsaidf To compeir personallie in presence of 
the Prouest Baillies and Councell of the said burghe and thair with 
all solempnitic requisite To resigne surrander and Upgive fra us 
and athcr of us and our foirsaidf the said cran with the fruictes 
rentes and ducties belanging th^'to In the handf of ane honorable 
man Paul Meng3es of kynimvndie present prouest or any of the 
Baillies of the said burghe in name of councell and comvnitie of the 
said burghe our Superiorf th^of abouenamed ad perpetuam remanentiam 
as said is To and In favor of the saides Prouest Baillies Councell 
and Comvnitie and thair successorf our Superiorf foirsdf in due *\ 
convenient forme as cfferis With warrendeis And forder We have 



1630.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 37 1 

maid and constitute and be thir pntes Makes and constitutes the 
saidf Prouest Baillies Counsell and Comvnitie our lauchfuU Cessioneris 
and assignayis In and to the profTeittes casualities and dueties of 
the said Cran sic as the same hes randerit or that Justlie may be 
knowin to belong thairto sen the feast of michaelmes Last bypast in 
the 3eir of God J™ sex hundreth tuentie aucht zeires With powar to 
thame to mell Intromet with and wptak the same to the comon 
benefeit and vse of the haill toun call persew and charge thairfoir 
and all wther thinges to do for recoverie and uplifting of the same 
quhilk we micht have done our selffes Promittand to hauld firme 
and stabill Declairand heirby the said Toun of Aberdenes entrie to 
the said cran and propertie th'of to have bene and begwn at the 
said feist of michaelmes Lastbypast as gif this present Resignation 
ad perpetuam remanentiam in thair favorf had bene maid and 
grantit be ws befoir the said terme of Michaelmes Last and notwith- 
standing thairof Quhair and we dispense be thir presentes for euer 
MOREOUER To the effect our haill richt and titill of the said Cran 
and dueties thairof With our richt of the said proces and decreit of 
apprysing may be fullie dissolued and established In favorf of the 
said toune of Aberdene Witt ye me the said M' Johne Mortimer at 
whoes instance the said proces of apprysing wes led and deducet 
and in qhoes favorf the saidf trcs of Ratification and Renunceation 
wer grantit be the said Thomas Meng3eis with expres consent and 
assent of the said M' Dauid Rutherfurd and he for himselff his awin 
richt and entres and we both with vniforme consent for the onerous 
causS aboue writtin To have maid Constitute creat and ordanit and 
be the tennor heirof Mackf constitutes creattes and ordanes the saidis 
Prouest Baillies councell and comvnitie of Aberdene and thair successor^ 
Our verie lauchfull wndoutted and Irrevocabill cessioneres assigneyes 
and donatorf veluti in rem suam propriam cum dispositione libera 
In and to the foirsaid proces of apprysing of the said Cran and 
dueties thairof led and deducet at the Instance of me the said 
M' Johne Mortimer againes the said Thomas Meng3eis of the dait 
foirsaid and sowmes of money aboue writtin both principall and 
sheref fie for the quhilk the said cran wes appryset and in and to 
the Bandis gewin wpon the saidf sowmes haill heidf clausS condi- 
tiones provisiones and circumstances of the samen And In and to 



373 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1630. 

the saidf ires of Ratification and Renunceation aboue mentionet 
maid and grantit be the said Thomas Meng3eis In favores of me 
the said M' Johne Mortimer and my foirsaidf TURNAND transferrand 
and simpliciter disponand fra us and ilk ane of us and our foirsaidf 
The foirsaid proces of apprysing sowmes of money aboue speit 
bandis and decreites quhairwpone the same procedit ires of RatiB- 
catione and Renunceation abouespeit haill strenth forse and effect 
thairof With our haill richt and titill of the samen And of all that 
hes followed or may follow thairon To and In favorf of the said 
toune of Aberdene and thair successores for euer in the most ample 
forme of Constitution but revocation Obleising us be thir presentes 
and our foirsaidis To Warrand this our assignation and translation 
gude valid and effectuall to the saidf Prouest Baillies Councell and 
comvnitie and thair successor^ from our awin proper factes T; deidf 
allannerlie And to male all wther securitie to thame concerning the 
premiss be aduyse of men of law as we shall be requyred 
with warrandice alvayes from our awin proper factes and deidf as 
sSld is and no fordir Concerning [sic] for the moir securitie that thir 
presentes be registrat in the bookf of our Soverane Lordf Councell 
and Session or Baillie court bookf of the said Burgh thairin to 
remaine ad futuram rei memoriam and to have the strenth of ane 
act and decreit of ather of the saidf Judges tliat ires and executorialles 
may be direct thairon as neid beis in forme effeiris and to that effect 
Constitutes Magister Alexander Daudsone advocat Our iaulfull pro- 
curatorf promitten dc rato In witnes quhairof we have subscryued 
thir presentes with our handf written be M^ George Robertsone 
writtar in Abd. At aberden the Sextene day of Junii J™ sex 
hundreth tuentie nyne 3eires Befoir thir witness Gilbert Meng3eis 
of Petfoddellis M' Vedast Lawsone Alexander Rutherfurd Alex'' 
Stewart burgesS of the said bur* and Walter Robertsone comoun clerk 
of the same bur' sic subscribitur Maister Dauid Rutherfurd M' Johne 
Mortimer Gilbert Meng3eis witnes M*" Vedast lausone witnes Alexander 
Rutherfurd witnes Alexander Stewart witnes Walter Robertsone witnes 

Extractum de libro Registri contractuii in Burgi de Aberderi per 

me walterum Robertsone scribain comunem sub hac mea 

subscriptione manuali 

W. Robertson 



1631]. MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 373 



XXIII. 

Dr. Patrick Dun mortifies the lands of Ferry /till to the provost^ baiilies^ etc, 
for the maintenance of four nuisters in the Grammar School, yd 
August^ T631.* 

Be it kend till all men, be thir present Lers, Me M» Patrik 
DWNE, Doctor of Medicine, and Prin" of the New Colledge of Aberdene, 
Forsameiklc as I considering with my selff that gramr scooles qulkis 
the seminaries of all kynd of sciences and learning, sould be planted 
in all Christiane coinoune wealthes, and competent meanes provydit 
for mentinence of Maisteris of the saidis scooles, to the intent that 
with the gritter allacritie and cheirfulnes they mey attend th' chairge, 
and be the mair vigilant and painfull in training wp the 30Uth 
comitted to ther educ*on in vertew and gude lers ; I thairfoir out 
of my zeall to Godis glorie, and to the floorisching of learning, and 
for the love I carie to the Burch of Aberdene, q'of I am ane borne 
citizen, maid laitlie, conqueist to my myselff, in lyfrent, during all 
the^dayes of my lyiftyme, and eftir my deceis, to be employit & 
mortified ad pios usus^ in sic forme and maner, and to the particular 
use, as be my awne writ and declar*one I sould set doune and 
appoynt : All and haill the toune and LANDIS of Ferriehill, 
with the mylne, myllandis, multoris, and sequellis thairof, and with 
the haill ailhouss and smiddie croftis, houSs, biggingis, yairdis, tenentis, 
tcnendries, and service of frie tennentis, pairtis, pendicles, & ptinentis, 
of the foirnamit landis, togidder with the teynd schevis of the samen» 
lyand within the parochine of S' Machar, and Schirrefdome of 
Aberdene, contigue, adjacent to the burrow ruidis of the said burch, 
as the lers of dispositione, charter, and infeftment following th'upone, 
maid to me be Patrik Hepburne, at the litle mylne of Essilmonth, 
with ^sent of Mr W™ Hepburife, his broths and certane wy' psones 
th'in nominat, of the dait the fourt day of Junii, j™vj*= twentie nyne 
yeiris, at mair lenth proportis : — And now, becaus I am fullie resolved 
anent the forme & maner of the mortefeing of the saidis landis & 

♦ Sec XLV., p. 148. 



374 BURGH or ABERDEEN. [163I. 

teyndis, and to q^ particular use the same sail be mortefeit and 
destinat; thairefoir be thir pnttis I declair and mak manifest and 
knawin my will th'anent, to be for mentinence of four Maisteris 
within the Gramer Scoole of the said Bnich of Abd, perpetuallie in 
all tyme coming, in forme, substance, & effect eftir following, & upon 
the conditiones, provisiones, limit'nes underwrittin, and na wth'waycs : 
That is to say, Witt ye me to the honor of Almichtie God, and 
for the beneiite of Kirk and Comoune wealth, to have frielie gevuiy 
grantit, destinat, and perpetuallie mortefeit, and be the tenor hdrof 
now and for evir I frielie giff, grant, destinat, and perpetuallie 
mortiiie to the Provest, Baillies, Counsel!, and Coinountie of the Bd 
burch of Aberdene, and to th' successores, Provest, Baillies, Counsell, 
and Comountie th'of in all tyme coming, for mentinence of the saidis 
four Maisteris of ther Grainer Scoole, in maner and upon the conditiones 
underwrittin allanerly, and na wth^ayes : All & haill the foirsaid 
toune & landis of Ferriehill, with the mylne, myllandis, multoris, and 
sequellis th'of, with the haill ailhousS & smiddiecroftis, houSs, biggingisy 
yairdis, tennentis, tennendries, & service of frie tennentis, pairtis, 
pendicles, & pertinentis, of the foirnamit landis, togidder with the 
teynd scheaves th^of includit w^ the stock, lyand as said is ; To be 
haldin of our Soverane Lord the Kingis Ma^, and his Hienes 
successores, now imediat superioris of the saidis landis, be vertew d 
the Act of Annex'ne of the Kirk landis of this real me to the 
Patrimonie of the Croune in puram et perpetuam elemosinafn ; or in 
few ferme or frie burgage, as his Ma"* sail be pleasit to grant the 
same ; Qlkis landis wer haldin of auld of the Pryor and gvent of 
the Trinitie Freiris of Abd, in few ferme for yeirlie pay* of the soume 
of twcntie pundis usual Scottis money, to the minister of the saidis 
freiris, or to q' sum'wther psone havand richt th*^to, at tua termes in 
the yeir, witsonday & mairtimes in winter, be equall portiones : And 
siclyke pay and yeirlie for the teynd scheavis of the saidis landis to 
the Prin" Subprin" Maisteris and memberis of the Kingis Colledge 
of auld Aberdene, the soume of fyiftie merkis money foirsaid, at the 
termes of pay* usit & wont allanerly : Reservand alwayes to me, the 
said Mr Patrik Dun, my lyfTrent of the saidis landis, teyndis, & utheris 
foirsaidis, during all the dayes of my lyiftyme : And for the better 
performance of the Sd mortific^one, and obtening of his Ma"** infeftment 



1 631.] lilSCEU^ANEOUS WRITS. 375 

th'upone, for the use, & upon the conditiones eftir speit, Witt ye me, 
with expres advyse & <2sent of the said Patrik Hepburne, my author 
of the saidis landis & mylne ; and als the said Patrik, for himselff, 
his awne richt and entres, as last imediat tennent and vassall th'of 
to our said Soverane Lord, and we baith with mutuall & uniforme 
^sent & assent, to have maid, ^stitute, & ordanit, and be thir pnttis 
makis, ^stitutes, and ordaines, and ilk ane of them, 

conjunctlie & severallie, our verie lawfull, undouttit, & irrevocable 
pro'is, acto'is, facto^is, mess''is, and speciall earand beareris, to the 
effect underwrittin, gevand, grantand, & comittand to them, and ilk- 
ane of them, conjunctlie & severallie, as said is, our verie full, frie, 
plaine power gnrall and speciall comand, expres bidding, & chaii^e« 
for us, in our name, & upon our behalf, to compeir befoir our said 
Soverane Lord, or his Hienes Successores, or befoir the Lordis 
Comissioneris appointit be his Ma^, for ressaving of ressign^es, & 
granting new infeftmentis thoipone, and th* at qtsum' day or dayes, 
tyme & place ^venient, with all humilitie & submissione, as becometh, 
purelie and simplie be staff* and bastoune, as use is, to resigne, 
renunce, surrander, wp and overgive, lyikas I the said Mr Patrik 
Dwne, with ad^^ce & ^sent of the said Patrik Hepburne, and we 
baith with ane ^ sent and assent, now as than, and than as now, be 
thir pnttis, resignes, renunces, surranderis, purelie and simplie for ws, 
& aith' of ws, our aires and ass^, wp and overgives. All and Haill 
the said toune and landis of Ferriehill, with the mylne, mylnelandis, 
multoris, sequellis, ailhousS and smiddie crofUs, housS, biggingis, 
yairdis, t^nnentis, tennendries, and service of frie tennentis, pairtis, 
pendicles, & pertinentis of the saidis haill landis, lyand as said is, 
togidder with the teynd scheaves th^of, includit with the stock, with 
all richt, title, entres, clame of richt, propertie, & possessione, q^ 
we, or aith^ of ws, had, has, or ony wayes mey have, clame, or pretend 
th'to, or any pairt th^of, in tyme coming, in the handis of our said 
Soverane Lord, or his Hienes successores, superioris th'of, or in the 
handis of the saidis Lordis Comissioneris ; and that in speciall favor, 
and for new heretable infeftment of mortific*ne, to be gevin and 
grantit back againe thairof, be our said Soverane Lord Superior 
foirsaid, under his Mafi^ Grit Seill in dew and competent forme, as 
effeiris, to the saidis Provest, Baillies, Counsell, & comountie of 



376 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [l^S^* 

the said Burch of Aberdene, and to th' successores, Provestis, Baillies, 
Counsell & comountie th'of, for evir, to the use and for mentinence 
and interteinment of four M"* within the Gramer Scoole of the said 
Burch of Abd, perpetualHe, in all tyme coming, proportionallie 
amonge them, with the conditiones, provisiones, and limifnes, as is 
eftirmentionat, and no wth^'wayes, viz. I ordane the yeirlie dewtie of 
the Sdis landis, mylne, & teyndis, to be upliftit and layde upon 
bank ay and quhill the same grow and accres to such ane soume 
of money, as mey buy and conqueis sa meikle landis, weill haldin» 
& comodiously lyand, as will render & pay sex hundreth merkes 
money scotis of yeirlie frie rent, makand in all, with the present 
rent of the saidis landis, and mylne of Ferriehill, the soume of 
twelff hundreth merkis yeirlie ; and incace of my deceis befoir the 
full pformance th'of, I appoint and ordane the Provest, Baillies, & 
Counsell of the said Burch of Abd, w' advyce and concurrance of 
my loving freindis M' W°* Johnstone, Doctor in Phisick, M' Alex"" 
Jaffray, and M' Ro' Farq', burgess of Abd, or ony of them being on 
lyiff, to tak the paines for manageing of the rent of the saidis landis, 
mylne, and teyndis, and of the yeirlie imployment th'of upon bank, 
till the same mey accres in maner, to the proportione, & for the effect 
foirsaid ; Qlk haill full rent of twelf hundreth merkes Scottis money, 
I ordane to be imployed upon the mentinence and interteinment of 
four Maisters of the Grainer Scoole of the said Burch of Aberdene ; 
the first & prin" Maister q'"of I ordane to teache the Hie Clas of the 
sd Scoole, and to have the inspectione & oversicht of the rest of 
the Maisteris, and to have of yeirlie stipend the soume of sex 
hundrethe merkes money, of the rent of the saidis landis ; and 
everie ane of the remanent thrie Maisteris to have yeirlie twa 
hundrethe merkes mo*, with this alwayes conditione that it sail not 
be law" to ony of the saidis four Maisteris to tak any more salarie or 
stipend from ony scoller within the said scoole, except only thretteine 
shillingis four pennies Scottis money, at the maist, ilk quarter of the 
yeir, unles he be the sone of ane Marquis, Erie, Vicount, Lord,, or 
Barone, fra q°* the Maisteris sail have libertie, to tak sic stipend for 
instructione of th' bairnes, as the Noble men or Barones sail be 
plesit to bestow upon them, and that ilk Maister sail tak the said 
stipend from the scollares of his awnc clas allanarly : Secundly, 



163 1.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 377 

q^m' scollar comeing to the said Gramer Scoole, and bringand 
w^ him ane testimonial!, sub* be honest & famous men, declaring his 
povertie, or the povertie of his parentis, sail be teached gratis: — 
Thridlie, all theis that ar of the surname of Dune, of q' rank or 
{ditione soevir they be, sail be ly leeway es teached gratis ; and gif 
it sail be tryed, that any of the saidis four Maisteris ressave, 
aith' directlie or indirectlie, any money, or any wth' benefite, from 
any poore scolar, or yit from ony of the surname of Dun, the 
Maister contravening, immediatlie eftir dew tryell th'of, sail be 
depryved, ipso facto, of his place in the said scoole, & ane wth"" admitted 
& placed thin ; and so also sail the whole tennentis sones of the saidis 
landis of Ferriehill, and remanent landis to be conqueist for the use 
foir**, be teached gratis perpetuallie, in all tymes coming : And for 
the better performance and conserv*ne of this my mortific*ne, I 
declair, that, induring all the dayes of my lyiftyme, I my selff sail 
be only and absolute Patrone and presentar of the saidis four 
Maisteris, & ilk ane of them, as th*^ places sail happin to vaik ; and, 
eftir my deceis, I nominat, ^stitute, appoint, and ordane the Provest, 
Baillies, Counsell, & comountie of the said Burch of Abd for the 
tyme, with M' Ro^ Charles, and Patrik Dunes, my brother sones, 
and th*^ aires maill of pfyte aige, they being knawin to be honest & 
consciencious men, and not gevin to railling, to be Patrones and 
^servato™ in perpetuum, of this my mortific'ne, and presentaris of 
the saidis four Maisteris, & everie ane of them, as their places 
happnis to vaik, and to sie the haill poynttis of this pnt mortific^ne, 
preceislie performed & executed, as it is heir set doune, and the 
yeirlie rentis of the foirsaidis landis, teyndis, & wtheris, abovewrittin, 
\p be bestowit & imployit to the wse afoir designit, and to no uther 
use, s^ib pena anathematis : And farder, I ordane the first & prin" M' of 
the said scoole to come yeirlie, at Michelmes, to the saidis Provest, 
Baillies, and Counsell of Aberdene for the tyme, and desyre them to 
nominat and appoint visitoris for visifne of the said scoole, anes at 
lest everie moneth for th' yeir, and to appoint the saidis visitoris to 
tak just notice & tryell gif the lawis of the said scoole be observit 
both in doctrine & discipline, and gif the haill conditiones of this my 
mortific»ne be also keipit be the saidis M™ eftir the forme & tenor 
th'of ; and q'in the saidis visitoris findis any brack or viol*ne, that 

BBB 



373 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [^^3^ 

they mak faithfull report accordinglie to the saidis Provest, Baillies 
and Counsel!. Lykas I appoint the said Prin" Maister to come 
anes ilk moneth, and put the Magistratis in mynd to direct ther 
visitoris to mak a visitatione of the said scoole to the effect foir* ; 
q'in, giff the said prin" M' sail be fund deficient in not desyring 
the said monethlie visit^ne, I ordane him for ilk monethes defect in 
this dewtie, toties quoties^ to tyne and amit ten merkes mo® of his 
stipend : Declairing heirby, that it sail be law" to any honest man 
w*in the Toune of Abd, to challenge the said prin" M' of this 
neglect, befoir the Provest & Baillies of the said Burch for the tyme, 
and he being fund culpable & defective thairin, I ordane the said 
challenger to have ten merkes for his paines, sa oft as the said 
prin" M' sail be fund deficient in desyring the said monethlie 
visit*ne: And in lyik maner, giff ony of the saidis four Maisteris 
sail deboird or deboische in lyiff or convers*ne, or to be tiyed any 
tyme absent causles, and defective in th' dewtie incumbent to them 
be th' office, I ordane also, ipso factOy that the M' fund debording in 
lyiff, or defective in dewty, sail be depryved of his office be the 
Provest, Baillies, & Counsell of the Sd Burch for the tyme, and of 
all benefite th'of, in all tyme th'eftir, and ane wth' to be admitted in 
his place eftir the ordor above prescryvit ; and as for the tiyell of 
the qualific^es of the saidis four Maisteris, comit the same, in all 
tyme comeing, to tua of the Ministeris of the said Burch of Abd, 
q" the Counsell for the tyme sail be pleslt to ndminat to th* effect, 
and to the Prin" and four Regentis within the New CoUedge of the 
said Burch, quho being solemnly swome, in pnce of the Counsell, 
sail testifie the presented ane or mae to be worthie, and sufficiently 
learned and qualefeit for such a place : Bot gif any of my awne 
surname, or ony of the sones of the tennentis of Ferriehill, or the 
sones of the tennentis of any wth' landis that sail happin to be 
conqueist & mortefeit to the use foirsaid, be fund qualefeit for such 
a place in the said Gramar Scoole, q" the same sail vaik, let them 
be preferred, without ony ^test'ne ; and fail3eing of them, that 
they be not suitaris for th* place, I ordane ane program to be affixit 
on ane Sunday, on the maist patent doore for the tyme, of S' Nicolas 
Paroche Kirk of Abd, and intim*ne maid, baith south and north, 
within thrie monethes to present themselffis, q^ ar desyrous of such 



1631.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 379 

•> 

a place ; and eftir tryell taken of theis that sail present themselffis, 
let them aither be admitted or rejected, according to th' sufficiencie 
or insufficiencie ; and immediatly befoir th' admissione, ane aith sail 
be exacted of them, to doe q' lyes in ther power for the weill of 
the Colledge Marschell within the Burch of Abd, and to prefer the 
same to all wth' Colledges, in geving counsell to th' scollares to be 
brocht up in the foirsaid Colledge Marschell ; humblie intreating 
that our gracious and dread Soverane the Kingis most excellent 
Ma: and the Lordis Comissioneris appointit for granting infeftmentis, 
wald be plesit to give & grant, in maist ample forme, his Ma^** Charter 
of Confirm*ne of this my mortific^ne, under the Grit Seall, in dew 
& competent forme, under & upon the conditiones & provisiones 
abovewrittin : Lyikas I DECLAIR, DECERN E, and ORDANE this my 

WILL and MORTIFIC^ONE tO STAND UNALTERABLE, INVIOLABLE, and 

UNCHANGEABLE, in all tymes, heireftir and for evir ; and for th' effect 
I most humblie desyre the Richt Noble and Potent Erie, Williame 
Erie Marschell, his aires and successores, Erles of Mareschell, to sie 
this my mortific'^ne conserved in full integritie, and imployit to the 
use abovewrittin allanerlie, and no wth' wayes, seing it tendis to the 
Weill & standing of his Lordschipis Colledge w4n the said Burch : 
As lyikwayes I earnestlie intreat the saidis Patrones to be cairfuU 
that the few & teynd dewties of the saidis landis & teyndis be 
preceislie payit at the terme of Mairtimes yeirlie, that no incon- 
venient come upon stock or teynd, in default of not tymous 
pay' of the saidis few & teynd dewties, to q'sum' psone or psones 
havand richt th'to ; and for the mair securitie, I ordane, am ^tent, 
and ^sentis that thir pnttis be insert and regrat in the Bookes 
of Counsell & Sessione, or Tounes Bookes of Abd, ad futuram 
rei memoriam ; and to that effect I ^stitute M' Thomas Sandilandis 
my law" procurato'*", promitten. de rato, be thir pnttis, writtin be 
Patrik Smith, Notar Publict, and sub' be me : — At Aberdene, 
the thrid day of August, the yeir of God y^v'f threttie and ane 
yeires befoir thir witness, the said M' Alex' Jaffray, M' Thomas 
Merser, writter in Ed', & the said Patrik Smith, writter helrof; 
Sic sub' Patrik Dune, D. with my hand ; Mr Alexander Jaffrey, 
witnes ; Maister Thomas Merser, witnes ; Pa. Smith, writter & 
witnes. 



380 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [1674. 

XXIV. 

Sir Charles Erskine^ Lyon King of Arms^ confirms the arms of old appertaining to 

the Royal Burgh of Aberdeen, 2<^th Februaryy 1674. 

To All and Sundrie Whom it effeers I Sir Charles Araskine 
of Cambo knight Baronet Lyon King of Armes Considering That 
Be Severall acts of Parliament Especiallie Be the Tuentie one act 
of the third session of the Second parliament of our dread Soveraigne 
Lord Charles the Second be the Grace of God King of Scotland 
England France and Ireland defender of the faith I am Impowered 
to visit the wholl armes and Bearings Within this kingdome And 
to distinguish them with congruent differences And to Matriculat 
the same in my books and Roisters and to Give Extracts of all 
armes Expressing the blazoning therof vnder my hand and seall of 
office Which Register is be the forccited act ordained to be respected 
as the true and unrepeatable rule of all armes and Bearings in 
Scotland To Remaine with the Lyons office as a publict register of 
the kingdome Therfore Conforme to the power given to me be 
his sacred Majestie And According to the tenor of the said act of 
parliament I Testifie and make knowcn That the armes and 
Bearings of old apertaining to the ROVALL BURGH of Aberdein 
And now confirmed be me to them Is matriculat in my said publict 
Register vpon the day and dait of thir presents and is thus 
blazoned Viz The said ROYALL BURGii of Aberdein Gives for 
cnsignes Armoriall Gules three Towers Triple towred within A 
Double Tressure countcrflowred Argent Supported by two Leopards 
proper The motto in anc Escroll above BoN -ACCORD And vpon 
the reverse of the seall of the said burgh is Insculped In A fcild 
Azure A Temple Argent Saint Nicolas standing in the porch 
mitred and vested proper With his dexter hand Lifted vp to 
Heaven praying over Three Children in A Boyling Caldron of the 
first and holding in the sinister A Crosier Or Which Armes Above 
blazoned Being granted and Confirmed to the said Royall Burgh 
Be Severall of his Majesties Most Royall predecessores Kings of 
Scotland for their Loyall services performed to them I declare to 
have bcin and to be the true armes of the said Burgh IN Testimonie 



1696.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 381 

Wherof I have subscryved this Extract with my hand and have 
caused append my seall of office therto Given at Edinburgh the 
Tuentie fyft day of februarij and of our said soveraigne Lords reigne 
the Tuentie Sexth year. 1674. 

(Signed) Ch: Araskine Lyon* 



XXV. 

TIu provost^ baillieSy etCy perambulate the Imur Marches of the Burgh, nth 

May^ 1696. 

Which day the counsell ordained ane true report of the perambu- 
latione of the towns inner marches as they wer preambulat the 
eleventh of May instant to be insert in the counsell books and 
whereof the tenor follows viz' Att Aberd the eleventh day of May 
J°vi and nyntie six yeirs The said day the Provost Baillies Dean of 
thess'' past and visited the common getts and passages about this 
towne and for the better cleireing and verifieing the gates and passages 
following took with them certan famous honest men who best knew 
the samen witnesses sworne and examined conform to the old dec'* 
pronuncit thereanent And first began at the Gallowgate head and ther 
fand that George Reid stabler at the east syde of the Gallowgat Port 
hade taken out ane march stone out of his yard dyke, wes ordained 
to be conveened therefore and ordaines the stons on the porthill to be 
removed And from thence divideing equally viz* the on halfe keepeing 
the high way as they goe to the old towne till they came to ane 
new house latly builded on the east syde of the ^ highway by 
Robert Duguid customer made interruptione thereat And from thence 
keepeing the kings highway till they came T; mett the other halfe 
of their number at the foote of the rode which descends from the 
backgates of the head of the Gallowgat by Alexander Toasch bame 

* The docquet annexed to the emblazonment is as follows : — 

"This is the true Bearing of the Royall Burgh of Aberdein as it is now confirmed be the 

Lyons warrand and extract of the dait of thir presents And collationed be me Master Robert 

Innes Clerk to Sir Charles Areskine Lyon King of Armes and Keeper of the Register of 

Armes At Edinburgh the 25 February 1674 

'* Signed Robt. Innes.** 



383 BURGH or ABERDEEN. [1696. 

which highway from the s^ Robert Duguids house thereto ought % 
should be four ells in breadth conform to the march stons and fand 
the s*' highway only a litle encroacht upon The other halfe keepeing 
in the highway by the old wind milne for visiteing the back gaits 
of the head of the Gallowgate which rode from the s** wind milne 
to the sd Alex' Toasch bame ought to be four ells in breadth at 
the narrowest ordained the march stone at the s** old wind milne to 
be minded and fand that William Lumsden had incroachit upon 
the s<* road about three foots with the gavell of his barne made in- 
teruption therat and ordained him to be conveened And from the 
s** Alexander Toasch barne keeping the highway south-east or 
thereby till they came to the house formerly belonging to W" 
Lindsay % now to which is four ells in breadth at the 

narrowest Ht fand the same ordinarly well observed and ordained 
and ordained ane timber ravelling to be built befor Captan 
Melvills stank And from thence divideing equally viz' the on halfe 
keeping the highway lineally to the Thieves Bridges from the well 
' called the Nook Well without the Justice Port which rode from the 
s^ well to the Theivs Bridges ought and should be four ells in breadth at 
the narrowest and fand the same rode greatly incroachit upon by Alexan- 
der Forbes tennent to the Lady Bams and be Alexander Smith hyrer 
tennent to Marjorie Burnet for encroacheing on the neu calsie built 
there made interruptione on both And from thence keeping the stank 
at the Thieves Bridges straight eistward to Footysmyre % fand the 
same rightly observed the other half straight downe the Bowll Rode 
(which ought to be also four ells in breadth) and fand the march 
stons on both sydcs almost extinct ordained the same to be re- 
newed And from thence meeting all in the Links went be the heads 
of the crofts betwixt the first holl of the Links and Garvacks 
Wynd and fand the same rightly observed except ane march stone 
which wes lifted at Footiseholl ordained to be renewed and fand 
ane great holl casten in the Links about the eist end of Garvocks 
Wynd by the cariers of sand ordains the same to be filled up and 
the makers thereof conveened T; fyned And from thence divideing 
equally the on halfe from the eist end of the s^ Garvocks Wyne 
keipeing the heads of the crofts nixt the sea towards the block- 
house fand the same ordinarily well observed from incroachments on 



1696.] MISCELLANEOUS WRITS. 383 

the Links and the other halfe keepeing Garvacks Wynd westward 
(which ought to be also four ells in breadth) fand the same ordinarily 
well observed on both syds And from thence south-east or thereby 
to the butts of land at the back of the town of Futtie and fand the 
same ordinarly well observed and which in old tyme wes lineally 
potted % marked for march stons from the well of Footy to the 
eistmost cun3ie of the blockhouse lineally and from the s^ well of 
Footy passand straight north lineally to ane march stone at the east 
end of ane corne rigg (formerly called Lyons Rigg) at whilk rigg ther 
ought to be twentie foots in breadth of ane rode all the way to 
Garvacks Wynd and fand the same rod a litle below the gate of 
Footy Kirk greatly encroached upon ordained to be marked 1 
the guilty conveend And from thence passand allongst the shoar 1 
by the Trinities and in by the back of George Browne and Baillie 
Gellie ther yards keeping the highway till they came to the Bow- 
bridge fand the same rightly observed And fra the s** Bowbridge 
divideing equally the on halfe towards the Crabston who fand that 

tennents to Janat Cruickshank relict of John 
Licklie maltman hade incroacht greatly on the s^ highway by build 
of three corss housses theron which wer ordained to be demollished and 
the s*^ Janet conveened and that the narrowest part of the s^ way 
from the s^ Bowbridge to the Crabstone ought to be twenty on foots 
in breadth The other halfe keepeing westward straight up the Denbume 
fand an great incroachment on the comontie of the s^ bume not only 
on the eist syde thereof by the yard pertaineing to the aires of 
James Allan Litster and croft now labored by David Ord ordained 
both to be helped and made interuptione and ordaines the s^ comon 
rode to be repaired which goes allongst the east syde of the s** 
burne but also that hade labored ane rigg of land 

lyand benorth the duckat at the foot of the brae and west syde of 
the s^ burne which ought to be coity made interuptione thereat and 
ordaines the tennent to be conveened and the corns thereof to be 
shorn when rype And also fand that the croft now laboured be 
Arthur Robertsone late in Caberstone wes greatly enlarged upon the 
commonty of the eist syde of the s^ bume ordained the corns therof 
to be cutted when rype till they come lineally with the march stons 
of the s** croft and the s** Arthur to be cited ^ fyned and from 



3^4 BUROH OF ABERDEEN. [1696. 

thence goeing up the sd burne took interuptione at the Skinners Scons 
as also at ane litle house built on the west syde of the sd burne on 
the south syde of the high rode to Robslaw because it incroached 
upon the s** rode And from thence keeping the high rode to Robslaw 
above Sant Johns Well fand the north ends of the crofts on the 
south syde therof rightly observed And from thence bcgining at the 
westmost end of the croft called Hardweird fand that the present 
tennent hade encroached greatly on the comonty of the Denbume 
made interruptione both at house ^ croft and ordained Alexander 
Sangster measone to build ane dyke ther on the north syde of the 
s** burne upon his oun expenss conform to his obligement seeing the 
old stons of the old dyke wer taken away by him And from thence 
keepeing close by the s** burne till they came to the Womanhill wher 
divideing the on halfe went about the calsie at the Broad Foord 
keeping the highway to the carne till they came to the Gallowgat 
head *l fand all rods and marches rightly observed the other 
halfe keeping the road whych lyes betwixt the Colledge Croft now 
possest be Charles Sangster weaver and the lands of the Loch be- 
longing to the towne fand the same ordinarily well observed except 
a little incroachment in the nor* syde of the s** croft upon the s'^ 
rode wherat interruptione wes made till they also came to the 
Gallowgat Port keepeing the way of the cloussis 1 backgates T; 
fand all rightly observed 



PART IV. 



INVENTORIES OF RECORDS 



ILLUSTRATING THE HISTORY OF 



THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



CQC 



I.— RECORDS UNDER THE CHARGE OF THE TOWN CLERK. 

A^* BURGH CHARTERS, ACTS OF PARLIAMENT, &c. 

*i. Charter by King William the Lion, printed on p. 3, No. I. 

2. Charter by King William the Lion, „ 4, „ II. 

3. Charter by King William the Lion, verbally, though not literally, identical 

with the preceding. Reproduced in facsimile in Kennedy's Annals 
of Aberdeen^ Vol. I., p. 9. 

4. Charter by King Alexander II., printed on p. 5, No. III. 

5. Charter by King Alexander III., „ 

6. Letters by King Alexander III., „ 

7. Letters patent by Guardians of Kingdom, „ 

8. Letters patent by Community of Banff, „ 

9. Charter by King Robert I., „ 

10. Charter by King Robert I., „ 

11. Charter by King Robert I., „ 

12. Charter by King Robert I., „ 

13. Letters patent by King Robert I., „ 

14. Letters patent by King Robert I., „ 

15. Charter by King David II., „ 

16. Letters patent by King David II., „ 

17. Letters of reprisal by King David II., giving warrant to apprehend all 

Flemings, sailors excepted, found in Scotland, until a sentence of 
banishment against all his subjects foimd in Flanders be removed. 
1 2th November, 1347. Printed in Gordon's Description of Both 
Touns of Aberdeen (Spalding Club), p. 41. 

18. Letters patent by King David II., providing that Scotch Merchants 

shall have a staple of merchandise at Middleburgh in 2^ealand. 
1 2th November, 1347. Printed in Descr. of Both Touns, p. 42. 

* These letters and numbers are the pressmarks of the bundles in which the writs are 
at present arranged in the Town House Charter Room. A^ embraces the period down to 
X500 A.D. 



8. 


» 


IV. 


9> 


99 


V. 


289, 


99 


I. 


290, 


99 


II. 


10, 


99 


VI. 


"f 


99 


VII. 


". 


99 


VIII. 


14. 


99 


IX. 


IS. 


99 


X. 


16, 


99 


XI. 


17, 


99 


XII. 


18, 


99 


XIII. 



388 BURGH OF ABERDEEN. [^SS^ — 1483. 

19. Charter by Alexander Ysaac to John de Edynhame, burgess of Aberdeen, 

of a feuduty of twenty shillings sterling from a piece of ground in 
the Castlegate. i8th April, 1350. Printed in Descr. of Bath Touns^ 
p. 42. 

20. Attested copy, by John, Bishop of Moray, of a charter by King William 

the Lion granting to the Church of St. Mazy of Kinloss five crofts 
in the burghs of Inverness, Eren, Forres, Elgin and Aberdeen. 
Copy dated 29th August, 1355. Printed in Dtscr. of Both Tmns^ 
p. 44. 
2o',Copy of Obligation by Procurators of Four Buighs, printed on p. 305, 
No. IX. 

21. Copy, from Books of Council and Session, of a Charter by King David II. 

granting to his burgesses of Scotland exclusive right to buy and sell 
within the freedom of their respective btizghs. 8th March, 136J. 
Printed in Descr, of Both Touns^ p. 86. 

22. Charter by King Robert II. to Andrew de Inchestur of the lands of 

Rubislaw, resigned by John de Inchestur. 20th May, 1378. 

23. Charter by King Robert II., printed on p. 19, No. XIV. 

24. Charter by King Robert III., „ 

25. Bond by King James I., „ 
25*. Copy of Obligation by Burgh, „ 

26. Letters by King James II., „ 

27. Charter by King James II., „ 

28. Letters by King James II., „ 

29. Letters by King James II., „ 

30. Charter by John Bannerman of Elsick to his uncle John Bannerman, 

burgess of Aberdeen, of the lands of Cruives. 13th November, 1440. 

31. Charter by John Bannerman of Elsick to the provost, baillies, etc., of 

Aberdeen, of the lands of Cruives. 12th January, 1459. Printed 
in Descr, of Both Touns^ p. 50 ; and in Cartularium EccUsie Sancti 
NUholai (New Spalding Club), i., p. 8. 

32. Charter by King James III., confirming A^ 30. 2nd April, 1465. Printed 

in Cart, EccL S. Nich.^ i., p. 10. 

33. Charter by King James III., printed on p. 30, No. XXI. 

34. Instrument of sasine following thereon. 25th June, 1466. Printed in 

Cart, Eccl. S, Nich,^ i., p. 6. 

35. Charter by King James III., printed on p. 33, No. XXII. 

35*. Copy of Charter by King James III., almost verbally identical with last, 
but dated 6th September, 1483. Cf. Reg, Mag, Sig,, vol. ii., p. 329. 



21, 


» 


XV. 


22, 


„ 


XVI. 


317, 


„ 


XI. 


24, 


»» 


XVII. 


25, 


„ 


XVIII. 


27, 


„ 


XIX. 


29, 


„ 


XX. 



1484-— 153^*] INVENTORY OF RBCORDS (TOWN CLERR). 389 

36. Letters by King James III., appointing Andrew Wod of Overblairtoun, 

for his lifetime, tronator of the burg^ of Aberdeen. 20th April, 
1484. Primed in Dtscr. of Bdih Toums^ p. 55. 
36*. Copy of Charter by King James IV., printed on p. 323, No. XIII. 

37. Letters by King James IV., printed on p. 35, No. XXIII. 

38. Charter by King James IV., appointing Andrew Wod and his heirs male 

perpetual tronators of the burgh of Aberdeen. 7th June, 1495. Pnnted 
in Descr. of Both Touns^ p. 55. Cf. Reg, Mag. Sig^ vol. ii., p. 478. 

39. Letters by King James IV., printed on p. 36, No. XXIV. 

40. Copy of Charter by King James IV., printed on p. 329, No. XIV. 

41. Copy of Charter by King James IV., confirming A^ 36^. 2i8t August, 

1498. Printed in Registrum Episcopatus Aberdamnsis (Spalding Club), 
iiM p. 303. Cf. Reg. Mag, Sg.^ vol iL, p. 519. 

A*.« BxntGH Charters. 

1. Letters by King James IV., printed on p. 41, No. XXVI. 

2. Letters l^ King James IV., „ 38, „ XXV. 

3. Extract tack by the provost, baiUies, etc, to William and Elizabeth Make* 

soun, of the Justice Mills, with the multures, etc. 13th December, 

1518. 

4. Discharge by John of Barbon to the btugh from going to the Host and 

Raid, for the sum of ^^650 Scots. 31st August, 1522. Printed in 
jDescr. of Both TounSy p. 63. 

5. Factory and Commission by the burgh appointing the provost and certain 

burgesses to compear before arbiters appointed to judge between the 
buigh and the family of Leslie. 15th January, 1522. Printed in 
Desrr. of Both Touns, p. 63. 

6. Letters patent by King James V., printed on p. 43, No. XXVII. 

7. Letters by King James V., „ 45, „ XXVIII. 

8. Factory and Commission by the burgh appointing the provost to compear 

before the King and Council to demand justice against Alexander 
Forbes of Burghis. 31st July, 1530. Printed in Descr. of Boih 
TounSf p. 68. 
8^ Instrument of Sasine in favour of David Anderson, burgess, of an annual 
rent of forty shillings Scots from the Kilbanks croft 7th May, 1532. 

9. Instrument of Sasine in favour of Henry Irvine and Janet Collison on 

the said croft. 27th October, 1534. 
10. Charter by John Collison to David Anderson of the said crofk. 2nd Jimc, 

1536. 

• A", X500 to 1635. 



390 BURGH OF ABERDS£M. [lS37 — 83. 

11. Factory and Commission by the buigh appointing Commissioners to com- 

pear before the Auditors of Exchequer relative to the freedom of 
burgesses from custom on salmon. 12th September, 1537. Printed 
in Descr. of Both Touns^ p. 70. 

12. Factory and Commission by the burgh appointing the provost to meet at 

Dundee commissioners from Dundee, Montrose, St Johns, and St. 
Andrews, relative to the conventions and staple at Campvere in 
Holland. 5th August, 1541. Printed in Descr. of Bath Totfrns^ 
p. 71. 

13. Letters by Queen Mary, printed on p. 46, No. XXIX. 

14. Charter by John Wod of Balb^no to Alexander Rutherford, burgess, of 

the tronatorship. 13th August, 1543. 
14'. Instrument of Sasine in favour of William, son of David Anderson (A^ S*), 
of the said annyal rent 25th June, 1547. 

15. Factory and Commission by the buigh, appointing Commissioners for 

setting in feu the town's fishings on Dee and Don, under licence 
from Queen Mary (engrossed therein, and printed on p. 48, No. 

XXX.). 4th March, 155!. 

16. Feu Charter by the Provost, Baillies, etc, proceeding on the last and 

engrossed in the next 12th September, 1553. 

17. Charter by Queen Mary, printed on p. 52, No. XXXI. 

18. Instrument of Resignation by the Gray Friars, printed on p. 332, No. XV. 

19. Charter by King James VI., printed on p. 68, No. XXXII. 

20. Precept of Sasine on last. 30th December, 1567. 

21. Instrument of Sasine thereon. 22nd July, 1569. 

22. Transumpt of A* 11, 15, 37 ; of licence engrossed in A^ 15 ; of A* 16, 17 ; 

and of Town's Account rendered to Court of Exchequer in 1576 : 
executed by James Makgill, Clerk Register, 17th June, 1577. 

23. Petition by Burgh to King James VI. anent claim by George Auchinleck 

of Balmanno to the fishings of Don. Prior to 22nd June, 1580. 

24. Notarial copy of the next. 

24'. Act of Privy Council, printed on p. 237, No. IX. 

25. Printed copy of last. . 

26. Extract Acts of Council and Head Court interdicting neighbours from 

pursuing any actions, except in regard to Testaments, before the 
Commissary. 3rd April and 14th July, 1581. 

27. Charter by King James VI., printed on p. 71, No. XXXIII. 

28. Precept of Sasine on last 26th October, 1583. Printed in JDescr. of 

Both TounSt p. 76. 



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29. Instrument of Sasine thereon. 13th January, 1584. 

30. Duplicate of last 

31. Another duplicate of same. 

32. Decreet by Lords of Council and Session : Provosts, baillies, etc, against 

tenants of Black and of White Friars. 26th May, 1584. 

33. Precept of Sasine by provost, baillies, etc., for infefting Patrick Jack in 

a third part of the Gray Friars Place. 5th December, 1584. 

34. Extract Act of Council appointing a Committee to consider proposals 

from Alexander Rutherford anent the Tron, purchased from the laird 
of Balb^no by his grandfather. 8th October, 1585. 

35. Extract of Indenture, printed on p. 345, No. XVIII. 

36. Charter by King James VI. to Geoige, Earl of Himtly, of the property 

of the Gray Friars of Aberdeen. 29th July, 1587. Cf. Xeg. Mag. 
Sig., vol. v., p. 445. 

37. Signature by King James VI., printed on p. 88, No. XXXV. 

38. Letters by King James VI., „ 90, „ XXXVL 

39. Letters by King James VI., „ 92, „ XXXVII. 

40. Charter by James Settoun, buigess, to William Thomson, burgess, and 

Isobel Rolland, his spouse, of the Lochfield Croft. i8th May, 1593. 

41. Letters of publication on A' 39. 31st December, 1593. 

42. Discharge by Thomas Achesoun, Master Cunzeour to the King, for a 

payment from the Dean of Guild of 3585.merks Scots. 28th 
January, 1S9J. 

43. Letters by King James VI., printed on p. 95, No. XXXIX. 

44. Copy Summons, burgh against burgh of Old Aberdeen, anent dispute as 

to Marches. 27th April, 1594. 

45. Lawburrows obtained against burgh by burgh of Old Aberdeen in same 

dispute. 4th June, 1594. 

46. Dischaige by King James VI. for sum of ;^7ooo Scots paid by burgh 

towards expenses of baptism of Prince Henry. 5th June, 1594. 

47. Extract discharge by King's Comptroller for sum of ^1000 Scots paid 

by burgh towards his Majesty's tocher. 31st July, 1594. 

48. Disposition by Sir John Carmichael to Robert Towse, burgess, of his 

right to the last payment 31st July, 1594. 

49. Licence by King James VI., printed on p. 94, No. XXXVIII. 

50. Licence by Ludovick, Duke of Lennox, granting exemptions, in terms of 

the last 13th December, 1594. 
5T. Act of Privy Council annulling exemptions from passing on assize. 5th 
March, 159^. 



392 BURGH or ABERDEEN. [^S9^ X617. 

52. Letters by King James VI, printed on p. 97, No. XL. 

53. Discharge by King James VI. for payment of 700 merles towards expenses 

of army. September, 1596. 

54. Licence by King James VI., printed on p. 99, No. XLI. 

55. Instrument of resignation, by Gilbert Menzies of Pitfoddels, to the buigh 

of the Upper and Nether and Justice Mills, with the multures, etc 
7th April, 1597. 

56. Contract between Andrew Eraser of Stoneywood and the burgh, anent die 

marches betwixt Stoneywood and the freedom lands. 3rd August, 

1597- 

57. Commission by King James VI. appointing George Ttoup, buigess, his 

Commissioner for the shires of Aberdeen and Ban£^ for carrying 
out the Acts of Parliament anent metts, measures and weights. 
loth August, 1599. 

58. Copy, made about 1600, of A^4. 

59. Signature by King James VI. for next 

60. Charter by King James VI., printed on p. 100, No. XLII. 

61. Precept of Sasine on last 14th August, 1601. 

6?. Discharge by James Balfour for payment of ;^8io, the price of 45 stand 
of burgess armour. 9th June, 1603. 

63. Extract Act of Parliament, printed on p. 249, No. XIX. 

64. Instrument of Sasine following on A* 61. 18th December, i6o6. 

65. Duplicate of last. 

66. Extract Decreet by Lords of Council and Session anent Litsters of Aberdeen. 

17th July, 1611. 

67. Catalogue of Register and Court Books of Aberdeen. January, 161 3, 

68. Extract Submission and Decreet Arbitral anent King's customs and imposts 

on wines. 14th December, 1613. 

69. Contract, burgh with Thomas Watson, mason, Old Rayne, for building a 

prison. 20th and 24th February, 16 16. 

70. Extract Act of Parliament, printed on p. 250, No. XXI. 

71. Duplicate of last 

72. Charter by King James VI., printed on p. no. No. XLIII. 

73. Precept of Sasine on last 17th July, 161 7. 

74. Instrument of Sasine thereon. 8th August, 161 7. 

75. Duplicate of last 

76. Contract, printed on p. 360, No. XX. 

77. Mass of Writs (8) relating to the Tron, of dates from ist June, x6oi to 

1 6th September, 161 7 : the last printed on p. 363, No. XXI. 



1627 — 65.] INVENTORY OF RECORDS (tOWN CLERK). 393 

78. Instrument of Institution o