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NOTE. 

The Plates to illustrate the late Mr. "William Dobie's paper on 
"The SkelmorUe Aisle and Monuments at Largs" (No. VII.), viz. — 
'Exterior View of SkelmorUe Aisle,' 'Details of Monument! 'Monument of 
the Boyles of Kelburn and the Brisbane Vaults which were unfinished 
at date of issue of Volume VI., are now given after page 234 in the 
present volume. 

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The EAEL of STAIR, K.T., LL.D., F.P.B.A. Scot., Lord-Lieutenant 
of Ayrshire and Wigtonshire. 

The duke of PORTLAND. 

The marquess of BUTE, K.T., LL.D., F.S.A. Scot. 

The MARQUESS of AILSA. 

The earl of EGLINTON and WINTON. 

The earl of GALLOWAY, K.T. 

The earl of GLASGOW. 

The lord HERRIES, Lord-Lieutenant of the Stewartry. 

The Rt. Hon. Sir JAS. FERGUSSON, Babt.,M.P.,G.C.S.I.,K.C.M.G.,C.LE., LL.D. 

The Right Hon. Sir J. DALRYMPLE-HAY, Bart., O.B., D.G.L., F.R.S. 

Sir M. SHAW- STEWART, Bart., Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire. 

Sir ANDREW AGNEW, Bart., of Lochnaw. 

Sir WILLIAM WALLACE, Bart., of Lochryan. 

Sir WILLIAM J. MONTGOMERY- CUNINGHAME, Bart., V.C., of Corsehill. 

Sir HERBERT EUSTACE MAXWELL, Bart., of Monreith, M.P., F.S.A. Scot. 

R. A OSWALD, Esq., of Auchincruive. 

i&on. Secretaries for agrsljire. 

R. W. COCHRAN-PATRIOK, Esq., of Woodside, LL.D., F.S.A., Hon. Sec. S.A. Scot., 

Under Secretary for Scotland. 

The Hon. HEW DALRYMPLE, F.S.A. Scot, (for Carrick). 

J. SHEDDEN-DOBIE, Esq., of MorishiU, F.S.A. Scot, (for Cuningliame). 

R. MUNRO, Esq., M.D., M.A., F.S.A. Scot. 

J&on, Secretaries for aaHigtonsi&ire. 

The Rev. G. WILSON, Glenluce, C.M.S.A. Scot. 

SiE HERBERT EUSTACE MAXWELL, Baet., of Monreith, M.P., F.S.A Scot. 

I&on. Secretaries for t|)e StetoartrB, 
Oapiain CLARK KENNED Yof Knockgray. JAMES G.KINNA, Esq., Herron Cottage, Minnigaff. 

3(oint«®reaBurers. 
C. G. SHAW, Esq., and D. W. SHAW, Esq., Comity Buildings, Ayr. 

CounctU 
The Right Hon. The EARL of GLASGOW. 
The Hon. HEW DALRYMPLE, r.S.A. Scot. 

Sir HERBERT EUSTACE MAXWELL, Bart., of Monreith, M.P., F.S.A, Scot. 
Colonel HUNTER-WESTON of Hunterston, F.S.A. 
F. T. R. KENNEDY, Esq., of Dunure. 
J. MACDONALD, Esq., LL.D., F.S.A. Scot., Glasgow. 
R. MUNRO, Esq., M.D., M.A., F.S.A. Scot., Kilmarnock. 
J. SHEDDEN-DOBIE, Esq., of Morishill, F.S.A. Scot., Beith. 
R. D. MURDOCH, Esq., Ayr. 
J. F. DALRYMPLE HAY, Esq., of Dunlop. 
R. M. POLLOK, Esq., of Middleton. 
ROBERT GOUDIE, Esq., Ayr. 



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vi LIST OF MEMBERS. 

%i0t of apemliet0, 1890. 

ABERDEEN University Library. 

Agnew, Alexander, Procurator-Fiscal's Office, Court-House Build- 
ings, Dundee. 

Agnew, Sir Andrew, Lochnaw, Stranraer. 

Agnew, R. Vans, of Barnbarroch, Wigtonshire. 
5 AiLSA, Marquess of, Culzean Castle, Maybole. 

Aitken, a., Solicitor, Stranraer. 

Alexander, Dr., Dundonald. 

Alexander, General Sir Claud, of Ballochmyle, Bart., Mauchline. 

Allan, Rev. William, Manse of Mochrum, Port- William. 
10 Allison, R. A., Scaleby Hall, Carlisle. 

Anderson, W., 149 West George Street, Glasgow. 

Andrews, David, Solicitor, Girvan. 

Antiquaries, Society of, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W. 

Armour, John, jun., Architect, Irvine. 
15 Armstrong, R. B., 6 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh. 

Arthur, M., Fullarton House, Troon, Ayrshire. 

Arthur, William, Arthur Seat, New Cumnock. 

Ayr, Burgh of 

BAILEY, J. Lambert, Banker, Ardrossan. 

20 Baird, J. G. A., of Adamton, M.P., Wellwood, Muirkirk. 

Blair, Captain, of Blair, Dairy, Ayrshire. 

Blair, Rev. D. Oswald Hunter-, O.S.B., St. Benedict's Monastery, 
Fort Augustus. 

Blair, E. Heron Maxwell, Penninghame House, Newton-Stewart. 

Blair, F. C. Hunter-, F.S.A. Scot., Wine Merchant, Leamington. 
25 Blanc, Hippolyte J., 73 George Street, Edinburgh. 

Borland, J., Chemist, Kilmarnock. 

BoRTHWiCK, Lord, Ravenstone, Whithorn. 

Boston Public Library, U.S.A. 

Bowie, J. H., 16 Markland Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow. 
30 Boyd, Colonel Hay, of Townend, Symington. 

Boyd, D. A., Seamill, West Kilbride, Ayrshire. 

Boyle, Col., R.E., 6 Sumner Terrace, Onslow Square, London, S.W. 



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LIST OF MEMBERS. vii 

Brisbane, G. T., of Brisbane, Largs. 

Brown, A. J. Dennistoun, of Balloch Castle, Dumbartonshire. 
35 Brown, D., Townend Cottage, Dairy, Ayrshire. 

Brown, J. Oswald, Orangefield, Monkton. 

Brown, J. T., Gibraltar House, Edinburgh. 

Brown, Miss, of Lanfine, Newmilns. 

Brown, Robert, Abercorn Bridge, Paisley. 
40 Brown, D., & Co., Stationers, 2 King Street, Kilmarnock. 

Bute, Marquess of, Mountstuart, Rothesay. 

CAIRO, Sir James, K.C.B., 3 St. James' Square, London, S.W. 

Cairney, William, 4 Park Grove Terrace, West, Glasgow. 

Caldwell, James, Craigielea, Paisley. 

45 Campbell, Colonel Sir A., Bart., of Blythswood, M.P., Renfrew. 

Campbell, Captain R. M., of Auchmannoch, Glaisnock House, 
Cumnock. 

Campbell, Colonel W. H., Treesbanks, Kilmarnock. 

Caefrae, Robert, 77 George Street, Edinburgh. 

Garment, J., LL.D., 32 Albany Street, Edinburgh. 
50 Carruthers, David, Market Lane, Kilmarnock. 

Christie, William, Royal Bank, Irvine. 

CoMRiE, Alexander, Accountant, Dairy. 

Cooper, Mrs. A. F., of Failford, Tarbolton. 

CORRIE, A. J. 
55 Cowan, Hugh, St. Leonards, Ayr. 

Cowan, John, 12 HiU Street, Edinburgh. 

Craweued, T. Macknight, of Gartsburn, Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh. 

Crichton, James Arthur, Sheriff of The Lothians and Peebles, 
13 Nelson Street, Edinburgh. 

Grum, a., of Thornliebank, Glasgow. 

60 GUNINGHAME, John, Ironmaster, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. 

CUNINGHAME, W. G. S., of Caprington, Kilmarnock. 

CUNINGHAME, Sir W. J. M., Bart., V.C, of Gorsehill, Kirkbride 
House, Maybole. 

CUNLIFFE, Brooke Stewart, Chief Constable of Wigtonshire, Newton- 
Stewart. 

GuRRiE, Dr., Hydropathic Establishment, Skelmorlie. 

65 Cuthbert, Alex. A., 14 Newton Terrace, Glasgow. 



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viii .LIST OF MEMBERS. 

DALEYMPLE, Sir Charles, Bart, M.P., New Hailes, Musselburgh. 

Dalrymple, Hon. Hew H., Lochinch, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer. 

Dalrymple, Hon. North, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer. 

Dalrymple, Hon. Robert, Loch Inch, Castle Kennedy. 
70 Davidson, Patrick, Drumley, Tarbolton. 

Day, Robert, yr., 3 Sydney Place, Cork. 

Dick, G. G., 3 Barns Street, Ayr. 

Dickie, Hugh, Rector, Academy, Kilmarnock. 

Dickie, James, Town Clerk, Irvine. 
75 Dickie, James, 13 Fenchurch Avenue, London, E.C. 

Dickson, George, Sheriff- Substitute of Galloway, Auchendoon, 
Newton-Stewart. 

Dickson, T., General Register House, Edinburgh. 

Dobbie, Robert, M.D., 3 Wellington Square, Ayr. 

DOBIE, J. Shedden, F.S.A. Scot., of Morishill, Beith. 
80 DODD, Mrs. Ashley, Stockton House, Codford St. Mary, Bath. 

Donaldson, J., Sunnyside, Formby, near Liverpool. 

DOUGALL, D., Solicitor, Ayr. 

Douglas, David, 10 Castle Street, Edinburgh. 

Douglas, J. C, M.D., Whithorn, Wigtonshire. 
85 Douglas, W. D. Robinson, of Orchardton, Castle-Douglas. 

Drew, James, Doonhill, Newton-Stewart. 

Duncan, James Dalrymple, 211 Hope Street, Glasgow. 

Dunlop, David, Solicitor, Ayr. 

Dunlop, W. H., of Doonside, Ayr. 

90 E ASTON, John, C.A., 41 St. Vincent Place, Glasgow. 
Eglinton and Winton, Earl of, Eglinton Castle, Irvine. 
Elder, George, Knock Castle, Largs. 
Evans, John, D.C.L., Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead. 

FAED, James, 7 Barnton Terrace, Edinburgh. 

95 Faulds, a. Wilson, Knockbuckle, Beith. 

Fergusson, David, Solicitor, Ayr. 

Fergusson, Right Hon. Sir James, Bart., K.C.M.G.,.of Kilkerran, 
M.P., Maybole. 

Fleming, John, 1 Scotland Street, Woodlands, Glasgow. 



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LIST OF MEMBERS. ix 

Fleming, James, jr., Kilmory, Skelmorlie. 
100 Flint, John, 2 Montgomerie Terrace, Ayr. 
Forsyth, John, Teacher, Castle-Douglas. 
Foster, W. K., 45 Leinster Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W. 
Franks, Augustus W., British Museum, London. 
Eraser, Sir W., K.C.B., 32 Castle Street, Edinburgh. 

105 GALLOWAY, Earl of, Galloway House, Wigtonshire. 

Gardner, Alexander, Publisher, Paisley. 

Gardner, William, Shawl Manufacturer, Paisley. 

Geddes, G. H., 142 Princes Street, Edinburgh. 

Gemmell, Thomas, Banker, Ayr. 
110 Gemmell, William, 150 Hope Street, Glasgow. 

Gillespie, William, Solicitor, Castle-Douglas. 

GiLMOUR, A., Solicitor, Irvine. 

GiLMOUR, Allan, Woodend, Kilmarnock. 

GiRVAN, J. Graham, 186 West George Street, Glasgow. 
115 Glasgow, Earl of, Kelburne Castle, Fairlie, Ayrshire. 

Glasgow, E. B. Robertson, of Montgreenan, Kilwinning. 

Gordon, A. J., Factor, Kirkcudbright. 

Gordon, George W. G. M., Corsemalzie, Whauphill. 

GOTJDIE, Robert, SoKcitor, Ayr. 
120 Graham, J., 212 West George Street, Glasgow. 

Graham, R. C, of Skipness, Argyleshire. 

Gray, G., Clerk of the Peace, Glasgow. 

Greenwell, Rev. Canon, Durham. 

Greig, T. C, Eephad, Stranraer. 
125 Guthrie, Arthur, J.P., Ardrossan. 

HAMILTON, Captain, of Pinmore, Girvan. 
Hamilton, Frank S., Cairnhill, Kilmarnock. 
Hamilton, George, Ardendee, Kirkcudbright. 
Hamilton, H. M., 2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London. 
130 Hamilton, J., Town Clerk, Kilmarnock. 

Hamilton, J. Wallace, of Cairnhill, Kilmarnock. 
Hamilton, John, of Sundrum, Ayr. 
Hamilton, Mrs. M. C, 13 Suffolk Square, Cheltenham. 
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LIST OF MEMBERS. 

Hannah, A., Caimsmore, Bellahouston, Govan. 

135 Hay, J. F. Dalrymple, of Dunlop, Dunlop. 

Hay, Eight Hon. Sir John C. Dalrymple, Bart., of Park, Wigton- 
shire. 

Henry, David, Architect, Church Square, St. Andrews. 

Herries, Lord, Kinharvey, New Abbey, Dumfries. 

Hill, Daniel, Isalee Villa, Ayr. 
1 40 Hogarth, John, 1 Clutha Villa, Ardrossan. 

HoRNE, Eobert R., 150 Hope Street, Glasgow. 

Houldsworth, William, Mt. Charles, Ayr. 

HOWATSON, Charles, of Glenbuck, by Lanark. 

Hume, Lieut. -Col., 8 Abbotsford Crescent, St. Andrews. 
145 Hunter, Andrew, Ayr. 

Hunter, David, Sea Tower, Ayr. 

Hutchison, Graham, of Balmaghie, Castle-Douglas. 

IRVINE, Burgh of. 

JAMIESON, Andrew, Advocate, St. Combe Street, Edinburgh. 

150 Johnston, D., 160 West George Street, Glasgow. 

Johnston, T. B., Geographer to the Queen, 9 Claremont Crescent, 
Edinburgh. 

Jonas, A. C, 4 St. James' Crescent, Swansea. 

KEITH, Rev. W. A., Burham Vicarage, Rochester. 

Kennedy, Captain Clark, of Knockgray, F.R.G.S., F.L.S., F.Z.S., 
Travellers' Club, Pall Mall, London. 

\155 Kennedy, F. T. R., of Dunure, Ayr. 

Kennedy, J., of Underwood, 71 Great King Street, Edinburgh. 

Kennedy, J., yr., of Underwood, 71 Great King Street, Edinburgh. 

Kennedy, James, 25 Greendyke Street, Glasgow. 

Kennedy, Thomas, Glenfield, Kilmarnock. 

160 KiLPATRiCK, William, Solicitor, Ayr. 

King, H. B., Commercial Bank, Kilwinning. 

Kinna, James G., Riverstead, Creebridge, Newton-Stewart. 

Kirkcudbright Museum, per George Hamilton, Ardendee, Kirk- 
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LIST OF MEMBERS. xi 

KiRKHOPE, Thomas, Writer, Ardrossan. 
165 Knox, James, of Langlands, Dairy, Ayrshire. 
Knox, E. W., Eolbirnie. 

LAING, Alexander, LL.D., Newburgh-on-Tay. 

Lamb, J. B., Architect, Paisley. 

Landsborough, Rev. D., Kilmarnock. 

170 Leadbetter, Thomas, 122 George Street, Edinburgh. 

Livingston, Rev. N., D.D., 7 Carrick Park, Ayr. 

Lockhart, John, Sheriff-Clerk Depute, Ayr. 

London Library, 12 St. James' Square, London, S.W. 

Lorraine, Dr., Castle-Douglas. 

175 Lyon, D. Murray, Secretary to Grand Lodge of Scotland, Free- 
masons' Hall, Edinburgh. 

M'ALISTER, J., Surgeon, Kilmarnock. 

M'Call, James, 6 St. John's Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow. 

M'Call, James, Monreith Arms, Port-William. 

M'Calltjm, Robert, Town Chamberlain, Ayr. 
180 M'Chlery, William, Balminnoch, Kirkcowan. 

M'Clelland, a. S., 115 St.' Vincent St., Glasgow. 

M'Connachie, J. A., C.E., 12 Victoria Road, Kensington, London, W. 

M'Connel, William, of Knockdolian, Girvan. 

M'Cosh, James M., Solicitor, Dairy, Ayrshire. 
185 M'CULLOCH, David, Beech Grove, Kilmarnock. 

M'CuLLOCH, Thomas, Founder, Kilmarnock. 

M'EWEN, Robert F., of Bardrochwood, 16 Randolph Crescent, 
Edinburgh. 

M'FiE, Alexander, Banker, Whithorn. 

M'GiBBON, D., 65 Frederick Street, Edinburgh. 
190 M'Gibbon, William, Draper, Stranraer. 

M'Grigor, Dr. A. B., 19 Woodside Terrace, Glasgow. 

M'Hatfie, Wm. J., Torhousemuir, Wigton. 

M'Kerlie, p. H., 26 Pembridge Villas, Bayswater, London, W. 

M'Kerrell, R. M., of Hillhouse, Dundonald. 
195 M'Kerrow, Dr., Ayr. 

Macarthur, Lady, 27 Princes Gardens, London, S.W. 



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xii LIST OF MEMBEES. 

Maodonald, Alexander, 9 Montgomerie Drive, Kelvinside, G-lasgow. 

Macdonald, a. Gt., The Crescent, Ardrossan. 

Macdonald, J., LL.D., 14 Kingsborough Gardens, Kelvinside, 
Glasgow. 

200 Macdonald, J. C. R, "W.S., Dumfries. 

Maodouall, James, of Logan, Stranraer. 

Macdowall, Henry, younger, of Garthland, Lochwinnoch. 

Macfarlane, Dr., 6 Manchester Square, London, W. 

Mackean, J. A., Maryfield, Paisley. 
205 Mackenzie, Alexander, 7 Gilmour Street, Paisley. 

Mackenzie, James, Solicitor, Stranraer. 

MACKINNON, William, 115 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. 

MACLEOD, Eev. W., 112 Thirlestane Eoad, Whitehouse Loan, 
Edinburgh. 

Maopherson, Professor Norman, Sheriff of Dumfries and Galloway, 
2 Eandolph Cliff, Edinburgh. 

210 Macrorie, William, Solicitor, Ayr. 

Marwick, Sir J. D., LL.D., F.RS.E., Town Clerk, Glasgow. 

Matthews, Eev. G. D., D.D., 25 Christchurch Eoad, Brondesbury, 
London, N.W. 

Maxwell, Mrs,, of Carruchan, Dumfries. 

Maxwell, Francis, of Gribton, Dumfries. 

215 Maxwell, Sir Herbert Eustace, Bart., M.P., of Monreith, 
Whauphill. 

Maxwell, Captain John Heron, yr., of Penninghame, Newton- 
Stewart. 

Maxwell, Sir W. F., Bart., Cardoness, Gatehouse. 

Maxwell, W. H., of Munches, Kirkcudbright. 

Maxwell, Wellwood, of Kirkennan, by Dalbeattie. 
220 Mercer, John, C.E., Ayr. 

MiddlemAS, W.,Town Clerk's Oflace, Kilmarnock. 

Mitchell, Sir Arthur, 34 Drummond Place, Edinburgh. 

Mitchell, J. 0., 69 East Howard Street, Glasgow. 

Mitchell, J. W., Lyon-Clerk Depute, Edinburgh. 
225 Mitchell Library, Ingram Street, Glasgow. 

Montgomerie, J. C, Dalmore, Stair. 

Morris, A. Pollok, of Craig, c/o Messrs. M'Grigor, Donald, & Co., 
172 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. 



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LIST OF MEMBERS. ^i" 

Morris, James A., F.R.I.B.A., 28 Canfield Gardens, South Hamp- 
stead, London, N."W. 

MuNRO, Eev. Alexander, D.D., 52 Great Clyde Street, Glasgow. 
230 MuNRO, Dr. R., Kilmarnock. 

MuRCHLAND, Charles, Publisher, Irvine. 

Murdoch, J. B., Barclay, Langside, Glasgow. 

Murdoch, John, Architect, Ayr. 

Murdoch, E. D., Fairfield Lodge, Ayr. 
235 Murray, David, 169 West George Street, Glasgow. 

Murray, WiUiam, Barns Park, Ayr. 

Mutter, James, of Meiklelaught, Ardrossan. 

NIMMO, Mrs. E. H., Alcombe, Chippenham, Wiltshire. 

OLIVER, Eev. J., Manse of Maryhill, Glasgow. 
240 Oswald, R. A., of Auchincruive, Ayr. 

PARLANE, James, Appleby Lodge, Rusholme, Manchester. 

Paterson, John, of Knowehead, Irvine. 

Paterson, Sheriff Orr, Ayr. 

Paton, Hugh, Seedsman, Kilmarnock. 
245 Paton, James B., Merchant, Ayr. 

Paton, Robert, Gartferry, Ayr. 

Patrick, Miss Cochran-, Ladyland, Beith. 

Patrick, R. W. Cocliran-, of Woodside, Beith. 

Patrick, W. Ralston, of Trearne, Beith. 
250 PiCKEN, James, Hillhouse Lodge, Fen wick. 

Pollock, William, Solicitor, Ayr. 

POLLOK, R. M, of Middleton, Ayr. 

Portland, Duke of, Welbeck Abbey, Worksop, Notts. 

Powlett, Hon. A. L. Orde, Bolton Hall, Wensley, Yorkshire. 
255 Powlett, Hon. W. T. Orde, Wensley Hall, Wensley, Yorkshire. 

Procurators, Faculty of, Glasgow. 

RAFF, James, 14 Kingsborough Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow. 
Railton, William, St. Marnock Place, Kilmarnock. 



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xiv LIST OF MEMBERS. 

Eamsay, Dr., Lochwinnoch. 
260 Ramsay, E., 33 Greendyke Street, Glasgow. 

Ranken, G. J., Solicitor, Ayr. 

Reid, Charles, Lily Mount, Kilmarnock. 

Reid, H. G., 1 1 Cromwell Crescent, South Kensington, London, S.W. 

Reid, William, junior, 3 County Place, Paisley. 
265 Rbnnie, Thomas, Banker, Maybole. 

RoBB, George, 11 Germiston Street, Glasgow. 

Robertson, Rev. W. B., Westfield, "West Calder. 

Rose, James, 11 Langlands Street, Kilmarnock. 

RowAT, William, St. Margaret's, Paisley. 

270 SCOTT, John, C.B., Hawkhill, Greenock. 

Selby, R. B., M.D., Port-William. 

Shaw, Charles G., Ayr. 

Signet Library, Edinburgh. 

Smith, Rev. George Muir, 6 Clarendon Place, Stirling. 
275 Smith, J. Guthrie, Mugdock Castle, Milngavie. 

Somervell, James, of Sorn, M.P., Mauchline. 

Stair, Earl of, Lochinch, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer. 

Stephen & Pollock, 31 Sandgate Street, Ayr. 

Stevenson, Allan, Architect, Ayr. 
280 Stevenson, T. G., 22 Frederick Street, Edinburgh. 

Stewart, Gen. The Hon. A., Corsbie, Newton Stewart. 

Stewart, H. G. Murray, of Cally, Gatehouse. 

Stewart, J., Heathfield, Irvine. 

Stewart, Mark J., M.P., Ardwell, Wigtonshire. 
285 Stewart, Sir Michael Shaw, Bart., of Ardgowan, Greenock. 

Stewart, Robert Hathorn Johnston, Glasserton, Whithorn. 

Stillie, James, 19 George Street, Edinburgh. 

Struthers, a. W., 3 Barns Terrace, Ayr. 

Sturrock, Arthur, British Linen Company Bank, Kilmarnock. 
290 Sturrock, J., junior, Solicitor, Kilmarnock. 

Sturrock, Peter, Kilmarnock. 

Symington, G., Banker, Glenluce. 

THOMSON, Rev. J. H., Free Church Manse, Hightae, Lockerbie. 
Trottee, Robert de Bruce, M.D., Perth. 



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LIST OF MEMBEES. xv 

295 TuRNBTJLL, Andrew, Town-Chamberlain, Kilmarnock. 
Turner, F. J., Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, Notts. 
Turner, J. H., Portland Estate OflSce, Kilmarnock. 

VEENON, Hon. G. R., M.P., Auchans, Dundonald. 

Vivian, A. P., St. James St., Buckingham Gate, London, S.W. 

300 WALES, James, of Buckstone, Rawdon, Yorkshire. 

Walker, J., 74 Bath Street, Glasgow. 

Wallace, Charles, Dally, ICirkcolm, Stranraer. 

Wallace, Lieut.-Col. Sir William, Bart., of Lochryan, Stranraer. 

Wallet, Duncan, 15 BUliter Street, London. 
305 Watson, J. C, 19 Kelvinside Terrace, Kelvinside, Glasgow. 

Watson, Peter, Cashier, Annbank. 

Watt, Dr. J. R., Ayr. 

Weir, William, of KUdonan, Portland Ironworks, Kilmarnock. 

Weston, Col. Gould Hunter-, of Hunterston, West Kilbride. 
310 Williamson, Walter, Solicitor, Beith, 

Wilson, Rev. G., Free Church Manse, Glenluce, Wigtonshire. 

Wilson, R. Dobie, 38 Upper Brook Street, London, W. 

Wood, Adam, Portland VUla, Troon. 

Wright, Hugh, of Alticry, Port- William. 
315 Wylie, R, Kilwinning. 

YOUNG, David, Town Clerk, Paisley. 



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PREFACE 



The archives of the Royal Burgh of Irvine, unreservedly placed by the 
Town Council at the disposal of the Association for the purposes of this 
publication, have been found so full of interesting material that, combined 
with documents from other and collateral sources, it has been rendered 
necessary to extend the issue to a second Volume. Even then, however, 
much that is of interest will remain unpublished, which, it is hoped, may 
appear in some future issue of the Association. 

The present Volume, containing the Burgh Charters and Writs and 
Church Grants, together with the article on the Seagate Castle and the 
exploration of its ruins by Mr. Galloway, having been now completed, 
it has been thought better to proceed with its distribution to the Members 
without further delay ; the second Volume, containing Miscellaneous 
Muniments, Council Booh and Excerpts from the Burgh Accounts, to 
foUow at an early date. 

It gives me much pleasure here to acknowledge my great obhgation to 
Dr. Dickson of H.M.'s Register House ; and also to the Eev. Walter 
MacLeod, under whose superintendence the transcriptions, translations, 
and revision of the proofs of the various manuscripts, the facsimiles and 
woodcuts, have been so carefully and ably carried out. My thanks are 
also due to Mr. Paterson of Knowehead, ex-Provost, and to Mr. Dickie, 
Town Clerk of the Burgh, for their most willing assistance. 

JOHN SHEDDEN-DOBIE, 
MOEISHILL, May 1890. Hon. See. for Guninghame. 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



PAGE 

Introduction ... . xxix 

The Seagate Castle . . xxxix 



I.— BUEGH CHAETEES AND WEITS. 

1. Agreement between the Burgesses of Irvine and Brice of Eglinton, granting to 

the latter twenty acres infeuferme — 20<A September 1205. [Copy.] 1 

2. Indenture between Godfrey de Boss and the Burgesses of Irvine in 1260. 

[Notarial copy, made in 1444] . . . 5 

3. Charter by Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, in favour of the Burgh of Irvine — 

\2thMay\Z22 ...... 9 

4. Charter by King Robert the Second in favour of the Burgh of Irvine, following 

wpon the Inquest for the settlement of the dispute with Ayr, about the 
boundaries — 8th April 1372 . . . . . 11 

5. Letter of Protection by Robert the Second to the Burgh of Irvine in the exercise 

of its privileges — lith February 1372-3 . . . . 13 

6. Charter by King Robert the Second to the Burgh of Irvine, of a piece of ground 

for their Council-House — 22d October 1386 . . . 15 

7. Confirmation by King Robert the Third of the Charter (No. 4 hereof) in favour 

of the Burgh of Irvine — 2d January 1390-1 . . . 17 

8. Confirmation by King Robert the Third of the Letter of Protection (No. 6 here- 

of) infavov/r of the Burgh of Irvine — 2d January 1390-1 . . 18 

9. Letters of Notification by Robert Duke of Albany, Governor of Scotland, of the 

decision regarding the right of the Bwrgh of Irvine and William Frances of 
Stame to a piece of moorland — 2 ith July 14:17 . . . 19 

10. Charter by King James the First, renewing the Charter No. 7, supra. [Not 

dated.] ........ 22 

1 1 . Decreet of the Commissioners of Burghs in Parliament anent waste Burgh Lands 

— 6th March 14:29-30. [Notarial copy.] . ... 23 



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12. Transumpt before the Official of Lothian {on 28th September 1482), of G^-ants by 

Robert, Steward of Scotland, to Sir Hugh of Eglintoun, of the offices of Bailie 
of Cxmynghame and Chamberlain of Irwyne, and of other writs relating to the 
same offices — 1336-1448. ["Memorials of the Montgomeries," vol. ii. 
p. 5.] . ...... 25 

13. Extracts from the Minutes of the Justiceaires,anent the Bepledging of certain 

Burgesses of Irvine — 1459-1472 ..... 27 

1 4. Memorandum of Papers produced, relating to the Earl of Eglinton's right to the 

office of Bailie and Chamberlain of Cuninghame — 1366-1482 . 29 

15. Charter by King James the Fowth, ratifying all previous Royal Grants to the 

Burgh of Irvine — %th August \5\\ .... 30 

16. Letters of Charge by King James the Fifth, and Queen Margaret his Mother, to 

the Burgh of Irvine, to provide vessels and mariners for the expedition against 

the Lord of the Isles— 2Uh April 1514: . . . . 33 

17. Letters of Charge by King James the Fifth, to the Burgh of Irvine, to send all 

fencible men, well armed, to Roslin Muir, to resist the English — 31 st 

May 1514 . . .... 34 

18. Minute of the Lords of Council in reference to the Customs of Irvine — Wth 

Apil 1524 ....... 35 

19. Letters of Lawborrows at the instance of the Burgh of Irvine, against Hew Earl 

of Eglinton — ^th August 1522 . . . . . 36 

20. Composition for the Burgh of Irvine fm- absence from the Host, and intercommun- 

ing with Neil Montgomery of Langschaw — 12th February 1529-30 . 37 

21. Signet Summons against Mr. William Montgomery of Stane aud others for 

spoliation — 13th December 1533 ..... 38 

22. Letters of Clmrge to the Burgh of Irvine to choose their officers according to the 

Act of Parliament — 2Mi September 1531 . . . , 40 

23. Letters of Charge forbidding the holding of open markets within Cuninghame, 

except at Irvine — 3d November 1538 .... 41 

24. Summons at the instance of the Burgh of Irvine against the Sheriff of Ayr, for 

infringing their privileges — 11th January 1538-2 ... 42 



25. Letters of Protection by King James the Fifth to the Burgh of Irvine — 1th August 
1540 ,. . . 



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26. Letters of Charge by Mary, Queen of Scots, to the Burgh of Irvine, requiring 

the fencible men to muster for service against troublers of the peace of the realm 

— 8th August 1543 ••.... 46 

27. Commission of Justiciary in favour of the Provost and Bailies _of Irvine, for 

suppression of tlie Pest — 15th August 15 i6 ... 47 

28. Letters of Charge against the Community of Irvine for payment of composition 

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29. Letters of Horning at the instance of the Magistrates and Community of Irvine 

against Hew Earl of Eglinton and others — 2lst September 1557 . 50 

30. Letters of Ghmge by Mathew Earl of Lennox to the Burgh of Irvine, to stent the 

inhabitants for furnishing a seemly number of " hagbutters " for the Army 
—^9th September 1565 . . . . . . 51 

31. Commission of Justiciary by King James the Sixth to the Provost and Bailies 

of Irvine — 1569 ..... 52 

32. Letters of Charge to the Magistrates of Irvine for payment of the General Taxa- 

tion— lith October 1570 ..... 54 

33. Instrument on the Proclamation of the King's Protection and other Grants in 

favmir of the Burgh of Irvine — I2th April 1572 . . . 56 

34. Extract Act of Privy Council regarding the Jurisdiction of the Magistrates of 

Irvine and the Bailie of Cuninghame, and ordering the trial of Thomas 
Gilmowr for slaughter — \%th June \5T2, .... 57 

35. Letters of Protection by Archibald Earl of Argyll to the Burgh of Irvine — 

July 1572 ....... 59 

36. Commission of Judiciary in favour of the Magistrates of Irvine — 2Qth March 

1572-3 ....... 61 

37. Contract of Sale between the Town of Irvine and John Wallace of Dundonald 

and others, of the lands of Marres — 3d August 1572. [Begistered by 
Decreet of the Lords of Council \Zth August 1590.] . 62 

38. Commission of Justiciary to the Provost and Bailies of Irvine to punish 

Thomas Snodgirs for the murder of his wife — ls< ilforc/j 1573-4 . 67 

39. Grant by King James the Sixth to the Burgh of Irvine of the Customs of the 

Burgh for five years, for repair of the Harbour — 15th August 1579 . 68 

40. Commission of Justiciary to the Magistrates of Irvine, for the trial of William 

Portar for the slaughter of Andrew Dickie — 12th November 1579 69 

41. Act of Privy Council ratifying and approving Act of Convention of Burghs at 

Glasgow cmcerning the Taxation of the Burgh of Irvine — 1579-80 . 71 

42. Letter from King James the Sixth to the Magistrates of Irvine anent the Conven- 

tion of Estates — 1st September 15&6 . . 72 

43. Decreet of the Justice-Deputes remitting to the Magistrates of Irvine to adjudicate 

upon a crime committed by one of their Burgesses — 1 Qth November 1586 73 

44. Act of Parliament granting commission anent the Brig [Burgh ?] of Irvine — 

1587 ....... 74 

45. Letters of Charge to the Burghs to guard against the admission of Jesuits, etc., 

into the country — 5th March 1588-9. [Copy.J ... 75 

46. Act of Privy Council granting new commission anent the Harbour of Irvine — 

1590 ....•••■ 77 

47. Letters of Charge against the Town of Irvine for proportion of the " General 

Extent" — 2d January 1590-91 ..... 77 



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48. Missive by King James the Sixth to the Provost and Bailies of Irvine, requiring 

the attendance of their Commissioners at Holyrood in prospect of the birth 

of a successor to the Crown — 18th December 1592 . . . 79 

49. Letters of Charge against the Burghs, for the payment of their Maills in sterling 

money — 2d January Ib^Z-i: . . . . . 79 

50. Missive from the Lords of Parliament to the Provost and Bailies of Irvine, 

anent the payment of Burgh Maills in sterling money — Zd January 
1593-4 ....... 80 

51. Extract Decreet of the Lords of Council in the Action at the instance of Laurence 

Scott against the Magistrates of Irvine, anent the office of Town Clerk thereof 

— 1th December 1594 ... . . 81 

52. Act of Privy Council granting Commission foi- inquiring as to the fitness of a 

particular creek in Little Cumbrae to be a new harbour for the Burgh of 
Irvine — 1596 . . .... 84 

53. Cfrant by the Privy Council to the Burgh of Irvine for five years of a right of 

exacting duties on goods passing up and down the Clyde, the same to go 
towards the new Harbour for the Burgh — 29^A Jidy L596 . . 85 

54. Charter by King James the Sixth, confirming to the Burgh of Irvine all the 

rights and privileges thereof — 1st May IQOl . . . 86 

55. Instrument of Sasine following upon the preceding Charter — 2d September 

1601 ........ 91 

5 6. Summons at the instance of the Magistrates of Irvine against the owners of lands, 
etc., in the Burgh, to produce and exhibit their Charters — 24</t December 

1602 . . . . .96 

57. Act by the Committee of Estates anent the repayment by the Burghs of 150,000 

Gilders, borrowed from the Factors at Campvere — 20th January 1641 98 

58. Ratification by Parliament of the Rights of the Burgh of Irvine — ITth November 

1641 . . 99 

59. Letter from the Marquis of Argyll to the Magistrates of Irvine requiring 1000 

lbs. of powder; and Receipt therefor by Archibald Campbell of Kilmun — Qth 

and 22d December 164:3 ..... loi 

60. Oi'der by Committee of Estates to the Provost and Bailies of Ayr and Irvine to 

supply powder to the forces under Argyll — 30th July IQii . . 102 

61. Letter from the Marquis of Argyll to the Provost and Bailies of Irvine, request- 

ing 2000 lbs. of powder for the Public Service; and Receipt therefor by John 
Campbell — dth and 19th August 1644 . . . . i02 

62. Letter from the Marquis of Argyll to tlie Provost of Irvine, requesting two barrels 

of powder — 27th February 1646 . . . . . iqS 

63. Acts by the Committee of Accounts and Moneys, for the payment of Sir John 

Smyth of Crottall the sums due to him for supplying victuals and arms to 

the troops — 1650-51. [Copies.] ..... io4 

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65. Summons against the Burghs of Ayr and Irvine for arrears of maintenance 

money, due for August and Septemler 1650 — 31si March 1659 . 106 

66. Order ly the Lords of Privy Council to the Magistrates of Irvine, to liberate John 

Beid under caution — 2dth September 1670 . . . 109 

67. Order by the Privy Council regarding the process for the slaughter of Alexander 

Kennedy — 12th January 1671 . . . . 109 

68. Act of the Lords of Privy Council, acquitting the Magistrates of Irvine of the 

slaughter of Alexander Kennedy, Servitor of Sir Alexander Cwninghame of 
Bobertland — Qth February IQ71 . . . . . 110 

69. Letter of Gift by King James the Seventh to the Bwgh of Irvine, of an impost 

upon ale, malt, and mne — 18tA October 1688. [Translation.] . 112 

70. Extract Act of Parliament in favour of the Burgh of Irvine on their petition 

against the impost on ale and wine, etc.- — 2Qth May 1690. [Copy.] 114 

71. Petition of the Magistrates of Irvine anent the Meal Marhet, and minute of 

Parliament thereupon — 1693. [Copy.] . . . . 116 

72. Grant by the King and Parliament to the Bv/rgh of Irvine, of an impost for repair 

of the Harbour and Bridge — I2th July 1695 . . . 117 

73. Assessments imposed on the Burgh of Irvine from 1645 fo 1696, as given in 

the General Index to the Acts of Parliament of Scotland, vol. xii. ^.682 118 

74. Resignation ad remanentiam by Mr. Alexander Cuninghame and others in 

favour of the Magistrates of Irvine, of the piece of ground called the Chappell, 
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1. Grant by Thomas Baxter of an annualrent of Thirty-seven shillings and tenpence 

for the support of a Chaplain in the Parish Church of Irvine — 29th February 
1323-4 123 

2. Charter by Mr. William of Cuninghame, Vicar of Bundonald, of various lands and 

rents for support of two Chaplains in the Parish Church of Irvine — Ist March 
1418-19 ... . .125 

3. Charter by William of Cuninghame, Vicar of Dundonald, granting various lands and 

rents for support of two Chaplains in the Parish Church of Irvine — ^Qth July 

1426 ..... .129 

4. Confirmation by King James the First of Charter \No. 3, supra'\ by Mr. William of 

Cuninghame for support of two Chaplains — 28<A July 1426 . . 133 

5. Letter of Confraternity by the Prior of the Carmelites of Irvine in favour of William 

Greyrson and his spouse Fgidia — 24:th August 1426 . . . 135 

6. Instrument of Sasine in a yearly rent of five merles, granted by Lady Alice Campbell 

of Loudounhill, for the support of a Chaplain at the altar of St. Michael in the 
Parish Church of Irvine — 16th November 1446 . . 136 

7. Confirmation by King James the Second of a Mortification by Lady Alice Campbell 

of certain tenements and annualrents for the support of two Chaplains in the 
Parish Church of Irvine — Zd January 1451-52 . . 139 

8. Charter by Finlay Park, of a Tenement in Irvine, for support of a Chaplain at St. 

Peter's altar in the Parish Church of Irvine — 10th September 1455 . 145 

9. Charter by William Stoupishill, granting several annualrents for the support of a 

Chaplain in the Parish Church of Irvine — 18th August 1477 . . 148 

10. Instrument on the Resignation by James Chalmer of Gadgirth of an annualrent of iO 

pennies for support of the Chaplains of St. Ninian and St. Katherine in tlie Parish 
Church of Irvine — 6th September 1502 . . . 156 

11. Charier by RanJcin Broun, Burgess of Irvine, granting to the Curate of the Parish 

and five other Chaplains certain annualrents, for masses and obit therein specified 

— nth November 1506 . . . , 153 

12. Confirmation by the Archbishop of Glasgow of Letters of Presentation of Mr. Thomas 

Scott to the Chaplaincy of the Virgin Mary of Bank — 2d November 1528 . 163 

1 3. Confkrmtion by King James the Fifth of a Mortification by Alexander Scott, Provost 

of Corstmphine, of certain lands, etc., for support of a Chaplain in the Parish 
Church of Irvine — 10th February 15 iO-il . . . . iqq 

1 4. Mental of the Bwrgh of Irvine of All and Sundry Chaplainries, etc., formerly belong- 

ing to the Church, as received and confirmed by the Provost arid Bailies of Irvine 

in 1542 . . ... . 281 



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15. Agreement regarding the Teinds of the Outer and Inner Bogfaulds of Irvine — 2>0th 

December 1570 ....... 203 

16. Letters in the Four forms at the instance of the Burgh of Irvine against their Tenants 

in the church lands, etc. — 29th February 1572 . . . . 204 

17. Feu-Charter by Thomas Andrew, Vicar of Irvine, to Peter Broun of Burrowland, of 

the KirUands of the Vicarage of Irvine — 1572 . . . . 208 

18. Charter by King James the Sixth, granting' to the Burgh of Irvine the ecclesiastical 

property within the Burgh for the support of a School — S^A June 1572 . 211 

19. Precept of Sasinefor infefting the Burgh of Irvine in the church property granted for 

the Foundation of the King's SeJwol of Irvine — 8th June 1572 . . ; 214 

20. Minute of the Commission of Benefices in regard to the Rental of church lands and 

benefices in Irvine — 1 2th August 1573 . . . . . 216 

21. Instrument of Sasine in favour of the Burgh of Irvine of the lands and rents, etc., 

formerly belonging to the Church and Carmelite Friars of Irvine — idh October 
1574 ........ 217 

22. Receipt by the Chamberlain of Kilwinning to the Burgh of Irvine, for the teind duty of 

half a tun of wine for the Bogflats — 28th October 1511 . . . 220 

23. Contract between the Town of Irvine and Mr. William Strang their minister — August 

1583 ........ 221 

34. Discharge by James Cuninghame of Montgrenan to Ninian Barclay, Provost of 

Irvine, for the Teinds of the Burgh lands of Bogfaulds — ith August 1602 . 222 

25. Discharge by James Cuninghame of Montgrenan to the Magistrates of Irvine, for the 

Teinds of the Bogfaulds— 2lst June 1603 . . . . 223 

26. Discharge by James Cuninghame of Montgrenan for the Teinds of the Bogfaulds — 

30th January 1Q05 ....... 224 

27. Discharge by James Cuninghame of Montgrenan for the Teinds of the Bogfaulds — 

26th June 1605 ....... 225 

28. Discharge by James Cuninghame of Montgrenan for the Teinds of the Bogfaulds — 

30th May \606 ....... 225 

29. Obligation by the Magistrates of Irvine to provide Mr. David Dickson their minister 

with a suficient Manse and Glebe — I5th February 1631. [Copy.] . 226 

30. Receipt by Alexander Fo.rl of Eglinton to Robert Barclay of Pearston fo^- Teind 

Meal— 23d June \6i2 ...... 228 

31. Reasons assigned by Mr. Patrick Warner, Minister of Irvine, for demitting his Charge 

~28th July 1702 ....... 229 

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Charter by Robert I. to Robert the Steward, Son and Heir of Walter, Steward of 

Scotland, of the Barony of Ciminghame — not dated . . . 233 

Index. ........ 235 



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SEAGATE CASTLE. 



Plates — 



I. Geound-plan and Sections ..... 

II. PLAif OF FiEST Floor ...... 

III. South Elevation ....... 

IV. Elevation op Large Window and Panelling over Entrance 

Gateway ....... 

V. Details of Large Windows, First Floor, Panelling, Cornice, 
AND Chimney Copes ..... 

VI. Entrance Gateway ..... 

VII. Armorial Bearings, etc., over Entrance Way . 

VIII. View from North-East ..... 

IX. Inteeioe View of the Ancient Tower 

X. Details of Ancient Tower .... 



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Facsimiles — 

Charter by Robert the Bruce to the Burgh of Irvine, 12th Mat 1322 



facing 9 



Charter by Robert IL, 8th April 1372 .... between 10-11 

Letter of Protection by Robert II., 14th February 1372-73 . „ 12-13 

Confirmation by Robert III. of the above Letter of Protection, 

2d January 1390-91 . . . . . .„ 18-19 

Notification by Robert Duke of Albany, Governor of Scotland, 

24th July 1417 ........ 20-21 

Letter from the Marquis of Argyll, 27th February 1646 . . facing 103 

Grant by Thomas Baxter to the Church of Irvine, 29th February 

1323-24 ....... between .124-125 

Instrument of Resignation by James Chalmer of Gadgirth, 6th 

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Signature of Queen Margaret, Widow of James IV., 1514 . . . 34 

Signature of Jambs Earl of Arran, Governor of Scotland, 1549 . . 50 

Signature of Mathew Earl of Lennox, 1565 . . . . 52 

Signatures of Archibald Earl of Argyll, and Hew Campbell, Provost of 

Irvine, 1572 ........ 60 

Privy Seal of James VI, 1579 ...... 69 

Signatures of James VI., and the Earls of Montrose and Buchan, 1579 . 70 

Signatures of Lords Blantyrb, Newbotle, and Lynclouden, and of A. Hay, the 

Laird op Colluthy, Durhame of Duntervie, and Mr. G. Young, 1593-94 81 

Signature of Lord Chancellor the Earl of Loudoun, 1644 . . . 102 

Seal of the Abbot of Lindores,, 1426 . . . . .131 

Seal of Einlay Park, Burgess of Irvine, 1455 . . 147 

Seal of Rankin Broun, Burgess of Irvine, 1506 . . . .160 

Signatures of John Peblis, Provost of Irvine, Egbert Kyle, Bailie, Thomas 

Brown, Hew Nevin, William Scott, Hew Scott, and Stenb Quhyt, 1570 204 

Signatures op Thomas Andrew, Vicar of Irvine, Alexander Earl of Glen- 
cairn, AND Alexander Commend ator of Kilwinning, 1572 . . 210 

Signatures op Mr. James Cuhinghame op Montgrenan and John Blair of 

that Ilk, 1603 ........ 224 

Signature op John Stewart, Sheriff of Bute, 1605 .... 225 

Signature of Thomas Boyd op Bowinschaw, 1605 . . . 225 

Signature of Alexander Earl op Eglinton, 1642 . . . 229 

ZiNCOGRAPHS — 

Sculptured Stone from the Old Tolbuith . . . . 122 

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It is mucli to be regretted that the earlier records of Irvine have not been 
preserved. No original document of date prior to the reign of Eobert I. 
is now extant in the archives of the Burgh. Eegarding its more ancient 
history gleaned from other sources, there can be no question that as a town 
it was known at a very early period. Eoger de Hoveden, who died about 
1201, mentions "Irewin in Cuninghame," as a place of note in 1184, and 
the historian Chalmers states that the town, and the castle under the 
protection of which it arose, were in existence before the castle and town 
of Ayr were founded.^ This statement, however, seems open to doubt, as 
the Charter of William the Lion erecting the town of Ayr into a royal 
burgh, and which is dated between the years 1202 and 1207, speaks of his 
"new castle at Ayr;" and that an old town and castle existed previous to 
1197, is highly probable from the words in the Chronicle of Melrose,"^ 
" Factum est novum oppidum inter Don et Ar." 

In the year 1205 an agreement is entered into at Irvine betwixt the 
burgesses and whole community thereof and Brice of Eglunstone, by which 
the burgesses granted certain lands to the said Brice, he paying therefor, in 
the parish church of Irvine, ten shillings of sterlings yearly in name of feu- 
ferme.^ In a dispute between the Abbacies of Dryburgh and Eal winning 
regarding their rights to the church of Lauder, decree is pronounced by 
the judges appointed by Pope Honorius III. at Irvine in 1222.* In the 
Chartulary of Paisley, the case of the Abbot against Gilbert the son of 
Samuel of Eenfrew, for withholding and alienating the lands of Monach- 
keneran, belonging to the church of Kilpatrick, is very fully recorded. 

1 Caledonia, vol. iii. p. 545. ^ "Burgh Charters and Writs," No. 1. 

2 Ayr and Wigton Arch. Assoc. Vol. for 1883, * Ayr and Wigton Arch. Assoc, VoL I. pp. 
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The trial took place in the year 1233, the twentieth year of Alexander II., 
and the Papal commissioners sat in the parish church of Irvine.^ In the 
year 1260, an agreement entered into between the burgesses and Sir 
Godfrey de Eoss anent the occupation of the lands of Hormissok and others 
is dated at Irvine.^ It may here be remarked that four members of the 
Balliol family (the name contracted to " Ball ") appear to have been present 
at the arrangement. In July 1297, the English army under Percy ad- 
vanced from Ayr towards Irvine, and on the 7th and 9th of that month a 
treaty was concluded, the original of which is to be found in the Public 
Eecord Office, London,^ by which certain of the Scottish leaders submitted 
to the English. The records of this treaty have been printed in full by 
Eymer and Stevenson.* 

The town and castle of Irvine being within the lordship of Cuning- 
hame, which, in the twelfth century, along with the lordships of Largs 
and Lauderdail, had been granted by David I. to Hugh de Morville, Great 
Constable of Scotland, probably arose under the ownership of that power- 
ful family, or some of its only less potent vassals. In 1196 these territories 
passed from the de Morvilles through failure of heirs -male, and in the 
following century, descending through female succession, were held by 
various families, among whom were the Balliols. On the accession of 
Eobert the Bruce to the throne the greater portion of these possessions fell 
by forfeiture to the Crown, and were granted by Bruce to sundry of his 
faithful adherents. The lordship of Largs was conferred by him upon his 
son-in-law, Walter, the Steward of Scotland.^ He also granted to his 
grandson, Eobert Stewart, son and heir of Walter, the Steward of Scotland, 
for homage and service, all his lands of Cuninghame, as well within burgh 
as without, to- have and hold the same without any reservation, in free 
barony, with all the privileges thereto belonging, — " Doing therefor to us 
and our heirs the service of three Knights in our common army, and suits 
of court at our court of Ayr when it shall happen." This charter is un- 
dated.® As there was no other burgh town in the district of Cuninghame 
at that period, the words, " as well within burgh as without," could only 
apply to Irvine, the chief town and seat of the barony court. On 12th 

1 Reg. Passekt. p. 166; see also Scotch Legal * Kymer's Fcedera (Hague Ed.), vol. i. part 
Antiquities, by Cosmo Innes, pp. 214-221. ii. p. 182. 

2 "Burgh Charters and "Writs," No. 2. 5 Caledonia, vol. iii. p. 562. 

^ Hist Doc. Scot. (Record m., 1870), vol. ii. <^ Beg. Mag. %. Rot. I., No. 54. Vide 

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May 1322, Bruce granted a Charter in favour of the burgesses of Irvine, 
in wMcli he refers to and confirms a charter granted by Alexander 11. , 
freeing and relieving the said burgesses from all toll and custom on their 
burgess goods throughout his whole kingdom, and that they by his present 
charter shall henceforth be altogether quit and for ever free from the toll 
they had been wont to pay in " our burgh of Ayr." The terms used 
relative to Ayr and Irvine seemed to infer that the latter had not been 
erected into a royal burgh when these charters were granted. 

On the death of David II. without issue, the succession to the crown 
devolved upon Robert the Steward, who was crowned at Scoon, on 22d 
February 1371, as Eobert II. On 8th April 1372, in the second year of 
his reign, he grants the charter in favour of the burgh of Irvine, in which, 
in the first place, and following upon an inquest made at his command by 
his bailie of Cuninghame, he settles in favour of Irvine the dispute pending 
between Irvine and Ayr as to their respective rights of traffic and merchan- 
dise within the baronies of Cuninghame and Largs. He then proceeds to 
bestow upon Irvine and burgesses thereof the privileges of a royal burgh, and 
that they should hold and possess the same as a free burgh, with all liberties 
and privileges, as freely, fully, and honourably as any burgh within his 
kingdom, exempting them from any toll or other servitude, and granting 
them every liberty of guild that other burgesses whatsoever of his kingdom 
hitherto have enjoyed. This charter will be found in the original, and 
translated, as No. 4 of the " Burgh Charters and Writs " of this volume, and 
a facsimile of the charter is also there inserted. The foregoing charter is 
followed on 14th February 1372-3 by a precept or letter of protection, 
addressed by the King to the chamberlain and other officers of the Crown, 
as well as provosts and bailies of burghs, and all whom it may concern, 
commanding them to respect and preserve the liberties and privileges which 
had been recognised as belonging to "our burgh of Irvine" by his previous 
charter or confirmation. This document appears in extenso and in fac- 
simile as No. 5 of "Burgh Charters and Writs." It has been thought 
necessary to be thus particular, as the last-mentioned document, ever since 
the publication of Robertson's Topographical Description of Cuninghame 
in 1820, in which the contents of the charter chest of the burgh are 
enumerated, had been looked upon as a precept by Robert the Bruce, and 
it was only when submitted to the critical inspection of Dr. Dickson, the 
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that the suspected mistake was confirmed, and the document in question 
pronounced, without doubt or hesitation, to be the precept or letter of 
protection by Eobert 11. 

The Seagate Castle, the ruins of which are fully described and depicted 
in the article by Mr. Galloway, would seem to have passed into the 
possession of Sir Hugh de Eglintoun, along with the ofiice of bailie of the 
Barony of Cuninghame, granted to him by Eobert the Steward in 1366.^ 
Sir Hugh, who married the Steward's half-sister, Egidia, had an only child, 
Elizabeth, who married John Montgomerie of Egleshame, to whom the 
estates and possessions eventually passed, and whose descendants after- 
wards became Earls of Eglintoun. The Seagate Castle is the only remnant 
of the ancient civil and ecclesiastical buildings in the burgh which has 
survived the ruthless march of so-called modern improvement, all the others 
having been entirely cleared away. 

The Town, or Council House, or Tolbuith, as it is variously designated, 
the site for which was granted by Eobert II. in 1386, and on which the 
original building was no doubt soon afterwards erected, underwent many 
repairs and enlargements at various subsequent periods, and remained an 
interesting landmark of the history of the royal burgh, till, in the year 
1861, it was completely removed. With the exception of the royal arms, 
which crumbled to pieces when being taken down, one of the supporters, 
the lion, only remaining entire, the sculptured stones formerly adorning 
the walls of the venerable building were preserved, and will be found 
inserted in the wall of the vestibule and over the door of the Council- 
room of the modern Town House. The one in the vestibule, bearing the 
sceptre and- sword saltire-wise, surmounted by a crown, with the legend, 
rather illegible, and the first word all but obliterated, "... Lyra triplex 
cui diadema triplex," formerly occupied a position on the wall of the Court- 
room over the bench of Justice. The other, bearing on an ornamented 
shield the arms of the burgh, viz. a lion crowned sejant affronte, in his 
dexter paw a sword proper, and in his sinister a sceptre, the shield sup- 
ported by nude figures resting on foliated scroll work, and holding the 
ends of an escroU inscribed with the motto, " Tandem bona causa triumphat," 
— occupied a position over the street entrance to the old Council Chamber. 
Zincographs of these stones will be found as tail-pieces to "Burgh Muni- 
ments," section I. of this volume and section II. of volume Second. 

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The oldest Seal, and the only specimen in the archives of the burgh found 
entire, is that appended to the Letters of Bailliary to Stephen Tran and 
others, under date 6th October 1552, No. 4 of "Miscellaneous Muniments," 
Vol. II., where a woodcut of the seal will also be found. On one side is 
represented the Virgin and Child, with the legend — Sigillum commune 
hurgi de Erwyne; on the other, a lion sejant guardant chained to a tree, and 
his extended dexter paw grasping it, another tree being placed behind him, 
the legend on which is unfortunately illegible. That this device of the lion 
represents the more ancient blazon of the burgh arms is corroborated by Tim- 
othy Pont in the beginning of the following century, who, writing of Irvine, 
ends his notice by saying, " the toun bears for its arms, argent, a lion chained 
gules." Turning to the Lyon office we find from a letter of Mr. Anderson, 
Lyon Clerk-Depute, in October 1850, that the burgh arms were probably 
entered in the old Eegister of all Armes, lost or destroyed by fire, circa 1672, 
but they do not appear in the new Eegister authorised to be made by Act of 
Parliament, 2 Charles II. In an old MS. volume in the office, however, 
Mr. Anderson adds, the following blazon occurs : " Irvine— Argent, a lyon 
sejant affronte gules, armed and langued azure, in his dexter paw a sword 
proper, hilted and pommelled or, in the sinister a sceptre of the last." 
This blazon coincides with the sculptured arms on the stone of the old 
Townhouse, the legend on which may refer to the restoration of King 
Charles II., while that on the other stone — "Threefold praise to him who 
wears the triple crown " — may allude to his title of King of Great Britain, 
France, and Ireland. The devices in both cases are similar to those on 
some of the coins of the period (vide Coinage of Scotland, by E. W. 
Cochran-Patrick, vol. ii. plates ix. x. xiv.), and seem to ofiier a clue to the 
time when these sculptured stones were executed. In Laing's Catalogue 
of Scottish Seals (vol. ii. p. 218), three seals of the burgh are described. 
The first and larger, bearing the device of the Virgin and Child, and, on 
the counter, the lion sejant affront^, is considered by him as probably not 
earlier than the seventeenth century. The other and smaller seals, bear- 
ing a lion sejant guardant, crowned, between two trees, are of very coarse 
workmanship and apparently modern. The matrices of those seals, the 
two first mentioned in silver, the latter of brass, are preserved in the 
repositories of the Town Council. 

The Bell, formerly hung in the Town House or Tolbuith steeple, has also 
been preserved and hung in the tower of the modern edifice. It bears this 
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inscription : " Tolbuitli bell of the burgh of Irvin 1637 ;" and is still rung 
to summon the magistrates to the Council meetings and the lieges to the 
Justice of Peace Courts. 

Near to the south end of the Town House stood what has been described 
as a " magnificent cross." There is no record of the date of its erection, but 
it was taken down in 1694, and the materials composing it used in the 
construction of the buildings for the Meal Market in 1695.^ The ports 
or gates of the burgh at the town head and town end were ordered to be 
taken down in 1756 ; and the Tron or ancient weighing-house, to the north 
of the Town House, was removed in 1866. 

The Church of Irvine, which, before the Eeformation, belonged to the 
monks of Kilwinning, is of very ancient date, probably coeval with the 
town. From Dempster we learn that St. Inan, a most holy confessor and 
celebrated doctor of Christianity, died at Irvine, of which place he was 
patron. He is said to have flourished in 839, his festival being the 18th of 
August 0. S.^ The cell of this holy man may therefore have been the 
origin of the church, but in later times his name as patron appears to have 
been superseded, and the church of Irvine was dedicated to the B. V. M. 
This is shown in the confirmation by James II., in 1451, of the grant by 
Lady Alicia Campbell, in which the church is called the "parish church 
of St. Mary the Virgin of Irvine."^ St. Inan has not even an altar 
dedicated to him in the church, unless under the name of St. Ninian, 
and Lady-day, or Mary-mass, has long been held as the festival day of 
the burgh.* 

The church became enriched by various endowments, vide " Church 
Grants," the earliest of which, extant in the archives of the burgh, is dated 
in 1323-4. From these the church would appear gradually to have as- 
sumed an extent and importance very much superior to the ordinary run 
of parochial churches. Besides the chaplains for the ordinary service of 
the church it had endowments for chaplains and chaplainries at the altars 
of St. Katherine and St. Ninian ; the altar of St. Michael in the new aisle 
of the blessed Virgin Mary ; the altar of St. Peter the Apostle in the north 
aisle ; the altar of St. Conwal the Confessor, St. Stephen and St. Sebastian 
the martyrs in the south aisle ; the altar of the blessed Virgin Mary, the 
altar of St. Salvator and St. Thomas the Martyr in the aisle built on the 

1 Neio Stat, ^cc, vol. "Ayrshire," p. 625 ; and ^ _g-j'sj_ Secies. Gent. Scot., p. 379. 

Minute of Council, 14tli Aug. 1694. 3 "Churcli Grants," No. 7. 

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north side of the nave ; and the altar of St. John the Baptist, Christopher 
the Martyr, and Mnian the Pontiff. 

Near to the church, but detached from it, stood a chapel also dedicated 
to the Virgin. In the grant by Lady Alicia Campbell of 2d January 1451 
endowing the chaplain thereof, it is described as " situated on the bank of 
the Water of Irvine near the church of the burgh." In the same grant she 
endows another chaplain to serve at the altar of St. Michael in the parish 
church, of which chaplainries the bailies and community of Irvine are to 
be patrons after her decease — the chaplains to be continually resident and 
to minister personally. They were also to be of good moral character. In 
November 1506 a further endowment is made by Eankin Broun to the 
chaplain ministering at the chapel of the most blessed Virgin Mary " de 
Banko," or " Marie de Bank," as it is subsequently called in a confirmation 
of a presentation to the chaplainry by the bailies of Irvine. 

In regard to these grants it is here thought worthy of notice that, in 
the grant of Thomas, called Baxter, in 1323-4, the names of the proprietors 
of lands bounding the lands granted, are for the most part designed by 
their christian names only, e.g. — William son of Henry son of the vicar, 
Isabella daughter of Eoger son of Fergus, James of the Crag son and heir 
of John of the Crag, etc. , — and as the Baxters' seal is little known he 
borrows the seal of Adam, abbot of Kilwinning, and the common seal of 
the burgh, which are affixed to the document. While, in the grant in 1426 
by William, canon of Glasgow and vicar of Dundonald, the names of the 
contiguous proprietors are given in modern fashion, both christian name 
and surname. In the instrument of sasine proceeding on the grant of Lady 
Alicia Campbell to the altar of St. Michael, a procession is described, in 
which St. Michael's image was led to the tenements granted, and invested 
with the symbols of heritable state and sasine. Some of the granters have 
thought it necessary to curb the evil tendencies of the clerics by the 
terrors of dismissal. While, on the other hand, it is pleasant to notice 
that a certain number of the older and feebler inhabitants are provided with 
bread, meat, and ale on the anniversary of the donor's decease. 

The fabric of the church, probably a simple oblong originally, after the 
addition of the three aisles mentioned above, must have assumed a pictur- 
esque exterior, and the many altar-pieces have added much to the appear- 
ance and interest of its interior. It is much to be regretted that no 
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except of the most meagre character, are known to exist. Pont, writing in 
1604-8, calls it " a fair church." Bishop Pococke, who made a tour through 
Scotland in 1760,^ in one of his letters to his sister, thus describes his visit 
to Irvine as he proceeded from Kilwinning : — "I went two miles to Irvine, 
and having crossed the river, observed a tumulus and some works that were 
much like a Eoman camp. Irvine is situated between two rivers, and a 
third falls in very near them. It is a pretty good harbour, and they have 
a great trade in fishing, and exporting coal to Ireland called Scotch coal. 
They make Scotch blue, and have a great manufactory of ropes for shipping. 
There is something singular in the doors and window-cases of the castle or 
old ruined mansion-house of the Earl of Eglinton, to whose ancestors the 
lands of Kilwinning Abbey were granted and erected into a lordship. 
They are adorned with a kind of twisted pilastre and other members, the 
ornaments of which are very delicate [two drawings of them are given by 
the Bishop]. Here was a monastery of Carmelites founded by the laird of 
FuUarton. The church, which now serves the parish, seems to be very 
old, with small windows, turned with two arches. I could get no informa- 
tion whether this was the church of the monastery." ^ 

The steeple or tower of the church having become unsafe it was taken 
down in 1721, and the bell removed and hung in the Tolbuith steeple, 
where it continued to be rung for church services. It bore the inscription, 
" Blessed is they that hear the joyful sound," but no date or maker's name. 
During the rejoicing at the passing of the Eeform Bill the bell was cracked, and 
having been recast was used for secular purposes till it met with a similar 
misfortune at the Queen's Jubilee, and was thereafter sold for old metal. 
The church itself was entirely taken down to make room for the present 
edifice, erected in 1774. James Gibb, the beadle of the church, who 
died in 1851, aged 77, had it from his father, the previous beadle, that 
the old church was built in the form of a cross, and had narrow lancet 
windows. An interesting relic of the interior decorations was found in 
taking down an old dwelling-house, 75 High Street, where it had been 
stowed away in a closet on the second floor. It consists of an oaken 
panelling, measuring (exclusive of the modern frame added for its 
protection) 3 ft. 8^ inches in length by 1 ft. 8 inches in height, and 
would seem to have formed part of a church pew, or front of a gallery. 
Along its upper rail an inscription in Greek extends in two lines, and being 

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translated, is as follows : — " Blessed are they who hear the word of God 
and keep it." The panelling is divided into three compartments; the 
central bearing on an escutcheon the arms of Blair, flanked by the initials 
I. B., the other divisions bearing respectively the date "January 2," and 
" Anno domino 1649." It is supposed to be commemorative of James Blair, 
provost of Irvine, whose name disappears from the records of the burgh 
about that date.^ It is now carefully preserved by Mr. Paterson of Knowe- 
head, who has kindly furnished the photograph from which is taken the 
illustration appended as a tail-piece to " Church Grants." 

The Convent of the Carmelite Friars, said to have been founded by 
FuUarton of FuUarton in the fourteenth century, was situated on the 
southern side of the river, near to the end of the bridge ; ^ but even the 
foundations of the conventual establishment have long, since disappeared. 
As it was thus in the parish of Dundonald and district of Kyle, it was not 
included in the ancient liberties of the burgh. The confraternity had, 
however, acquired by endowment properties both in the town and parish 
of Irvine, These, along with the church property in the burgh, at the 
Reformation were confiscated, and granted in 1572 by James VI. for the 
Foundation of the King's School of Irvine {vide "Church Grants," Nos. 14 
and 18). The King's School is pointed out on the right-hand side of the 
street leading to the church. It was rebuilt and enlarged in 1750, and 
now consists of an oblong building of one story, divided into two equal 
compartments by an entrance vestibule, over which is erected a bell turret. 
But teachers and scholars have long since deserted the King's School for the 
modern Academy opened in 1816. 

The Bridge of Irvine is of ancient date, though nothing regarding its 
origin has been found in the archives of the burgh. It is mentioned by the 
Earl of Bothwell, Great Admiral of Scotland, in the document appointing 
Hugh Earl of Eglintoun his Depute- Admiral for Cuninghame, dated 18th 
August 1533;^ and in 1604-8 Pont describes it as "a fair stone bridge." 
In the "Miscellaneous Muniments" of the burgh, No. 51, we hear of it as 
being repaired and partly rebuilt in 1667, at a cost of £1000 ; and on 15th 
January 1748 a contract is entered into for building the bridge anew. The 
result was the bridge, widened in 1827, and further improved according to 
modern ideas and requirements in 1888. 

1 "Miscellaneous Muniments," Vol. II. ^ Font's Guninghame, by Dobie, p. 215. 

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The Harbour, the principal source of the burgh's prosperity, has under- 
gone various vicissitudes and changes. In ancient times the shipping came 
close up to the Seagate Castle. From the accumulation of sandbanks, 
brought up by high winds and heavy seas, the old arrangements underwent 
many and complete changes, aifecting not only the position of the port 
and estuary of the rivers Irvine and Garnock, but, judging from old maps, 
even the whole line of coast between Irvine and Saltcoats. Notwithstand- 
ing that the Burgh had acquired part of the lands of Marres farther down 
the river, "for lowsing and laidnyng their schippis boittis and merchan- 
dice," so unsatisfactory did the burgesses consider their harbour accom- 
modation that, in 1596, on their supplication, a royal commission 
was appointed to inquire into the fitness of a particular creek in the 
island of Little Cumbrae to be a new harbour for the burgh. Although, 
after inspection, the commissioners gave in a favourable report of the 
creek and an estimate of the amount which would be required to 
complete the same, viz. £4773 : 6 : 8, and the Privy Council had even 
granted to the provost, bailies, council, and community of Irvine a right 
to exact duties on goods passing up and down the Clyde for the space of 
five years in order to recoup themselves for their expenditure, the " com- 
modious " creek in the Little Cumbrae seems to have been given up, and 
the next we hear of the harbour is about one hundred years afterwards, 
when, in 1695, the burgh had a grant from King and Parliament of an 
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The Seagate Castle takes its name from the ancient Via Marina, or 
Sea-Gait, on the north side of which it is situated. Although now no longer 
of its former importance, the Seagate ranks as one of the oldest thorough- 
fares in Irvine, and down to the sixteenth or seventeenth century formed the 
principal means of communication between the town and its harbour, which 
lay at the foot of this street, the state of the river being such as to admit of 
vessels coming up to within a short distance of the bridge. The gradual 
accumulation of blowing sandbanks, bars, and dunes, completely altered 
these ancient and more primitive arrangements, and in 1570 a new harbour 
was commenced farther down the river. Timothy Pont however mentions 
that the old harbour was still in existence, but in a decayed and useless 
state, in 1606. 

Although in so far conforming to the exigencies of street architecture 
as to present to the Seagate an unbroken line of frontage, the Castle is an 
extremely picturesque mass of building, and yet towers above its humbler 
neighbours, ruined and dismantled though it be, with no small measure of 
rugged strength and feudal dignity. In point of date it is a composite 
building. By much the greater part of it was erected in the latter part of 
the sixteenth century, by Hugh third Earl of Eglinton, as the initials and 
armorial bearings of the Earl and his second Countess Lady Agnes 
Drummond, carved on bosses in the vaulted entrance, clearly testify. 
Incorporated with this later building are the remains of a much older 
structure, and especially of a tower at the north-west angle, to be afterwards 
more particularly described. In accordance with a custom extensively 
prevalent amongst the Scottish nobles, it was occupied after its enlargement 
as a town residence by the Earls or members of the Eglinton family. This 
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only a reminiscence, handed down by some of the old residenters, that part 
■of the roof remained until the close of last century. After it ceased to be 
inhabited the Castle acquired a very evil repute as the haunt of smugglers 
and thieves. It was shunned after nightfall, and if any property went 
^.missing it was the first place to be searched ; and there are parties still 
living who remember seeing the smugglers' " wee still " sitting in the kitchen 
fireplace. In a less clandestine way the town's people made free with the 
■old building, without stint using it as a quarry, until reduced to the state 
in which we now see it — a mere wreck of former greatness, with its eastern 
wing swept entirely away to the vaulting, the beautiful cornice of the 
main building, the large heraldic panellings, the lintels and jambs of 
:fireplaces, doors, and windows, with all the serviceable stone conveniently 
to be got at, ruthlessly despoiled. 

As a check to this state of matters, Earl Hugh (the 12th Earl) made 
extensive repairs on the building about 1810, blocking up the windows, 
doors, etc. This would no doubt check the nefarious practices first 
mentioned, but being easily accessible from the rear the spoliation of the 
building still went on. 

In 1839 there was a great storm of wind, in consequence of which a 
■considerable downfall of stones into the courtyard took place. 

When I first went to examine the Castle in 1883, entry had to be got 
by forcing the massive gate, which had not been opened for many years. 
Although well secured in front, the dilapidated walls admitted of easy 
■entry at the back, and the vaults, kitchen, and other apartments, were found 
gorged with stones, soil, and rubbish of all kinds, the refuse chiefly of the 
adj oining gardens. By orders from the Earl of Eglinton this was all removed, 
■and it took about a month's driving to clear away the debris. 

It may be mentioned that on each recurring Marymas Fair day the 
carters, returning from their parade on the racecourse, when passing up the 
Seagate, range themselves before the old Castle, and play " Auld Lang 
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The general arrangement is very simple. A long range of building about 28 
feet in breadth, and having the iirst story vaulted throughout, follows without a 
break the line of the street. At the west end a much narrower range of building 
runs northward at an acute angle, and in the gusset formed by the two ranges rises 
the ancient tower. About 56 feet in length of the front range has been carried 
up to the full height of three stories, the rest has not exceeded two stories. Nearly 
in the centre of the street range is the entrance gateway aud vaulted passage, leading 
through another strong gate, opening directly into the courtyard to the rear. Imme- 
diately to the left, on entering the outer gate, is the door entering into a narrow 
apartment, in all probability forming the guard chamber. It is lit from the front by 
a small window 2 feet high by 7| inches wide, and beneath it a widely splayed shothole. 
The door has been hung on the north side, but the crooks are gone, and for its 
better security when closed there are a couple of bolt holes, and a vertical groove 
1 foot 6 inches long and 2 inches square. On the south side there are two 3-inch 
deep bolt holes near the top, another of the same depth well down, and above it 
another a foot deep by If inch square. Opposite to this door, in the entrance passage, 
is the door to the vault in the east wing. The original lintel had been torn away, 
and with it apparently had come down the third vaulting rib on the east side, the 
present lintel and rib having been renewed by Earl Hugh when the Castle was 
repaired in 1810. 

On the ground floor this east wing is divided into two large vaults, with small 
windows to the front, and archways, now sadly despoiled, opening to the courtyard. 
At the north-east angle, the lower part of a large projecting turnpike stair still re- 
mains, giving access from the vault to the floor above. A stO larger turnpike stair, 
about 10 feet in diameter internally, and 15 feet over aU, projecting into the courtyard, 
immediately to the right of the main entrance, formed the principal access to the 
first floor, entry being obtained by a good- sized doorway decorated with bolection 
mouldings of the usual type. 

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connected conveniences. On the side next the west gable is the large fireplace, about 
11 feet in width between the jambs, nearly 4 feet 6 inches from floor to spring and 
1 foot 11 inches rise of arch ; from top of arch to vault is 5 feet 6 inches, giving a 
total height of 12 feet, which forms the general height of the vaulting throughout. 
From this fireplace an enormous vent goes right up through the various floors, 
diminishing as it ascends, with a small window high up on the west gable. Within 
this vent on the north side of the fireplace, and 7 feet 6 inches above the spring of the 
arch, an oaken beam had been laid across for some purpose or other. When I saw it 
only a few inches protruded from the wall, and on having it taken out it proved to be 
about 5 or 6 inches square, the inserted extremity completely decayed, and the project- 
ing end had evidently been sawn across. This fireplace not occupying the full width of 
the kitchen, a blank space necessarily occurs at its south side. If the reader will look 
at the south elevation, Plate III., it wiU be found that there is a small window near 
the west end of the building. There being no traceable access to the space presumably 
lighted by it, a sense of keen interest was awakened in those minutely acquainted with 
the various outs and ins of the castle. To solve the mystery an opening large enough 
to creep through was broken out in the corner of the fireplace. The space was found 
half-filled with small-sized stones flung in by boys through the window which had 
not been blocked up like the others. The labour was not in vain however, all the 
lower part of the walls on the south and west being clearly distinguishable, from the 
differing masonry, as being part of the older structure, on which the sixteenth century 
work had been superimposed. Whether in inserting the window the builders had 
forgotten the fireplace we do not know. One thing is clear — it being inconvenient to 
have the fireplace the full width of the vault, the superfluous space was built up, and 
with its neatly-formed window left as an enigma to a future generation. The kitchen 
window, which has been sadly despoiled, must evidently have been divided by a 
central mullion into two lights, and is protected by a shothole against possible 
aggression. On the opposite side, close to the fireplace, is an aumbry, giblet-checked 
all round, 1 foot 10 inches wide, 2 feet high, and 1 foot 5 inches deep. Immediately 
to the east of the kitchen there is a trance or passage the full width of the vault, with 
a service opening into the kitchen, very carefully formed and moulded, 1 foot 11 
inches wide by 1 foot 9 inches high. There also runs diagonally across the kitchen 
from the south side of the fireplace to the door, the track of a drain, which seems to 
have been regularly built at one time but is now very much dilapidated. Exterior 
to the kitchen, on the north, is a triangular-shaped cellar, which is really the under- 
part of the ancient tower. Of the range of buildings beyond this nothing remains, 
save the back wall, running northward about 60 feet. Just outside the archway lead- 
ing to the kitchen there was accidentally discovered a regularly built midden or duno-- 
pit, sunk into the ground, and into which a drain, built vertically in the wall, was led 
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The plan here is limited to the western part of the building, as the east wing 
levelled to the vaults shows nothing save an expanse of green turf. Formerly 
accessible by a short passage from the large turnpike, owing to the partial destruction 
of the stair the first floor is now only to be readied by a ladder, or by clambering over 
the ruins at the old tower. It is divided into two large apartments opening e,% suite, 
of which the largest measures about 23 feet 8 inches by 22 feet. It is lit by two large 
and highly decorated windows, the one looking out on the Seagate and the other on 
the courtyard. A fireplace with stone fender appears on the west side, but it is sadly 
dilapidated, and with the lintel gone is now built up. On the opposite side is a small 
aumbry, and, in the corner near it, a door of communication with the east wing, of 
which all that remains on this floor is another aumbry and lower part of a fireplace in 
the fragment of the north wall. 

Owing to the encroachment of the ancient tower and vent from kitchen, the 
western apartment has been only about 18 feet 6 inches square, with a closet or a 
small apartment taken off it at the south-west corner. It has been lit by one large 
window opening on the Seagate, and has a fireplace, dilapidated and built up like the 
other, and dos-a-dos with it. An interesting and pretty complete example of the 
sanitary arrangements of the period will be noticed in the conveniences to the rear of 
these apartments, placed back to back, and communicating with the vertical drain or 
shaft already mentioned. The fittings are formed chiefly of thin slabs of stone. 

Another curious contrivance, deserving of notice, occurs in the large turnpike, 
close to where it joins the east wing. At this point a doorway wiU be observed, 
opening outwards and off the stair, but leading apparently to nothing. It cannot have 
been for communication with the east wing, for at this point the wall there is 
corbelled out for a fireplace and vent, and there are no indications in the doorway 
itself of any connection, either in stone or timber. There is only one purpose, it 
appears to me, which a large doorway in such an unwonted position can have served, 
viz. for the conveyance, by means of a hoist, of bulky articles from below to the first 
floor of the main building. An ingenious way of evading the tortuosity of a turn- 
pike, and it will be noticed that the access from the doorway to the passage is very 
direct. 

The timbers being entirely gone, the second floor is accessible only by ladder. 
The general arrangement has been however the same as the first, but the fireplaces 
which are in a much more perfect state than those below have been placed in the 
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PLATE III.— THE SOUTH ELEVATION. 

This plate shows the entire frontage to the Seagate, with exception of the 
partially demolished east wing, of which only the vaulted portion remains. The plate 
thus comprises aU the three-story part of the building, measuring about 56 feet in 
length and 33 feet in total height, from the ground at the west end to the top of the 
cornice. Of this cornice only a few feet remain at either end, the rest having been 
ruthlessly despoiled, together with the two, no doubt, very handsome dormer windows, 
of which nothing now remains save unseemly gaps. Happily there still exists, 
as the principal feature of this front, the large entrance gateway, more minutely 
illustrated in Plate VI.; also the two very handsome windows with cable-mould 
ornament and quaint little corbels below, with the moulded panelling, once filled with 
armorial bearings, illustrated in Plate IV. In curious contrast with the care bestowed 
on the ornamental work will be noticed the very irregular character of the masonry, 
picturesque enough in one sense, yet presenting a jumble of all sorts and sizes 
of stones, as they came from the quarry. The same feature runs through all the 
sixteenth century work, externally and internally presenting a marked distinction from 
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PLATES IV. AND V.— FIEST-FLOOE WINDOWS AND PANELLING 
OVER ENTRANCE GATEWAY, WITH DETAILS. 

Of the large and ornate windows represented, only three remain, viz. two looking 
out on the Seagate, and one on the Courtyard in the rear. Those in the east wing, with 
the dormers, may have been similarly decorated, but unfortunately no trace remains. 
The front windows are 5 feet 4 inches high, by about 3 feet 6 inches wide ; that in the 
rear being 3 feet 1| inch. The principal decoration has been a large cable-moulding, 
terminating in grotesque little corbels, of which the two represented are the most 
perfect ; within this decoration, two large roll mouldings, with a small neatly carved 
variety of the tooth-ornament, completes the rybat. Round the upper part of these 
windows a groove or raglin is run for a fixed frame, and at the height of about 2 feet 
3 inches above the sUl there is a check for the transom bar, about 3 J or 4 inches deep. 
The space below this bar would doubtless be fitted in with opening lights for air, this 
framework being protected on the exterior by eight upright stanchions. A curious 
mason mark, represented on Plate V, appears in the scoinson arch of east window and 
the door to stair on second floor. It consists of six neatly formed pits, symmetrically 
arranged round a central one, and connected with it by thin lines. 

It may pretty safely be assumed that the large panelling over the Entrance Gate- 
way was formerly filled in with armorial bearings, but in the entire absence of the 
originals, how these were disposed can only now be guessed at. The large panel, 
measuring about 5 feet by 4 feet 6 inches, would in all probability contain the 
combined Eglinton and Montgomerie arms, with supporters, etc., and notwithstanding 
the dissolution of the Earl's marriage with Lady Jean Hamilton in 1562, owing to 
consanguinity, it is quite possible that the lower panels, measuring 3 feet high by. 2 
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PLATE VL— THE ENTEANCE GATEWAY. 

This very handsome doorway in its style partakes of an ecclesiastical rather than 
a baronial character. This is due partly to its mouldings, but still more to the elabo- 
rate use made of the guatre-feuille or dog-tooth ornament. Extraordinary ideas have 
been entertained regarding this gateway by earlier writers. Eobertson tells us that 
" In this old castle there remains still, quite entire, one of the most perfect specimens 
of the Saxon or Norman round arch that is perhaps now to be met with in Britain. It 
is erected over the principal gateway into the house." ^ 

The error arises from the mistaken notion that the "round arch," whether 
dubbed " Saxon " or " Norman," was limited to early times, until it came to be 
superseded by the pointed or Gothic arch. This is true with regard to the mediaeval 
styles as practised in England, the circular or one-centred arch being finally discarded 
in the twelfth century. In Scotland the case was very different. Down to the time 
of the Wars of Independence architectural practice in Scotland adhered very closely 
to that of England. The complete interruption of friendly relationships, and the fierce 
animosities engendered during that eventful period, produced a marked change on the 
entire after-history of Scottish architecture. One of its most characteristic features was 
the retention or frequent employment of the round arch, even in ecclesiastical buildings, 
so long as the Gothic style remained in use. To find it employed then, in the latter 
half of the sixteenth century, in a building like the Seagate Castle, excites no surprise. 
Very far, however, from being a " round," i.e. a semicircular arch, such as was used in 
Norman times, the arch now under consideration is a comparatively flat, segmental arch 
slightly stilted at the spring. It is just such an arch as in England, under similar 
circumstances, would have been a depressed, four-centred, or Tudor arch. Being in 
Scotland, with a wide opening and restricted rise, it forms a curious compromise 
between the round and the depressed arch. 

In its style this doorway is a very creditable example of sixteenth century Gothic 
as practised in Scotland. It shows the decadence of the style of course, and the 
mouldings are heavy and devoid of grace and delicacy, but the elaborate use of the 
quatre-feuille recalls the better phases of an expiring art. On either side are two 
columns, with filleted shafts, a large tooth-ornament being introduced between them. 
The arch mouldings are in three orders, each composed of a large plain roU, with small- 
sized tooth-ornaments intervening, and the entire arch is enclosed with a large hood- 
moulding. 

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PLATE VII.— DETAILS OF VAULTING OVER ENTEANCE-WAY. 

The entrance-way shows a very good example of rib-vaulting. At two of the 
principal intersections there are bosses decorated with the rope-moulding, and carrying 
shields, one bearing the coats of Eglinton and Montgomery quarterly, with the initials 
H. M., for Hugh Montgomery, who while yet a minor succeeded his father in 1546, 
and died June 1585. The second shield bears the three bars wavy and crest of the 
Drummonds, with the initials A. D., for Agnes Drummond, daughter of Sir John 
Drummond of Inverpeffry, and second Countess of Earl Hugh. Four different mason- 
marks appear on the vaulting, and, with exception of that occurring on the Countess's 
shield, such marks appear to have been incised only on the central fillet of the trans- 
verse ribs. Of the four varieties the most numerously repeated is that represented in 
Fig. c, occurring as it does, inclusive of the Drummond shield, fifteen times. 

It may also be mentioned that each alternate pair of ribs — viz. the second, fourth, 
and sixth — have in the lower part of the springers deep batt holes cut. The lead seems 
to have been dug out ; and they have this peculiarity, that, instead of being directly 
opposite to each other, they invariably occur on the reverse side of the opposed 
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PLATE VIIL— VIEW FEOM THE COUETYAED, OE NOETH-EAST. 

When it existed in any degree of perfection the view of the Seagate Castle from 
the rear must have been much more picturesque than the street frontage. The massive 
turnpikes rising to the full height of the main buildings, finished with saddle-back 
roofs and crow-stepped gables, the greater variety of detail, the combination of old 
and new works, with it may be parterres and gardens, must have lent a charm to the 
back the front of the Castle could not possess. 

From the description given in the previous Plates the reader will be able to 
single out the various features of interest. In the foreground there is unfortunately the 
wrecked and despoiled remnant of the east wing, with only the base of the staircase 
remaining, and unseemly gaps where the vault doors were. In the large circular 
staircase will be noticed the door opening outwards from the stair, previously mentioned, 
and it is from the upper part of this staircase that the falls of stone also referred 
to have chiefly taken place. Beyond this appears the large ornate window on first 
floor, from the archway beneath which enters the door to vaults in old tower and the 
kitchen. Terminating the buUding on the right is this tower itself, with the cor- 
belling on the north side comparatively fresh, and on the face of wall beneath, the 
raglin for roof of the sixteenth century north wing, which had apparently been only 
in two stories. The arrangements of the old wing must have been very different, 
but the materials are too scanty to arrive at any definite conclusions as to what these 
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PLATES IX. AND X.— INTERIOR VIEW OF THE ANCIENT TOWER ; 

AND DETAILS. 

As already mentioned, the ancient tower just occupies the triangular gusset 
formed by the two ranges of building running at: an acute angle to each other. This 
being an arrangejnent evidently dictated by necessity rather than by choice, and going 
back to the earliest date at which the building was erected, it is clear that even then 
some conterminous restrictions must have existed, rendering it necessary to adopt this 
very inconvenient plan. The fact of there being no windows or other openings in the 
lower stories of the building points to the same conclusion. As will be seen in the 
various plans given from cellar to battlements, the space thus enclosed within the 
gusset is very small, and although there can be no doubt the original Castle would 
be well defended, this tower can have contributed but little to its defence. It is 
situated at the rear of the main range, and has no shotholes or other means of assailing 
a foe. There is a bartizan round the top, but the projection is slight, and there are no 
machicolations. It has evidently been raised at this convenient spot as a watch-tower 
or look-out, and, commanding as it would all the approaches to the harbour and ofiBng, 
for such a purpose it would be eminently fitted. This might favour the idea that in 
its first erection the Castle was intended to enforce the royal authority, to watch over 
the shipping, and collect the customs. Be that as it may, the building of which this 
tower is only a small remaining fragment, must have preceded by two or three 
centuries the work of Earl Hugh. There, the hewn work is comparatively fresh ; in the 
battlements and corbelUng of the tower it is wasted, often to complete obliteration. 
The whole character of this tower bespeaks a very different age. It is simple and 
severe in style, with the walls bruit for the most part not of quarried, but land stones, 
chiefly composed of the igneous rocks, in the form of small boulders, greenstone, 
porphyry, granite, etc. The heights of the different floors have been much lower than 
those of the later structure, and the levels must have been rather awkward to 
harmonise. The ground floor only has been vaulted, and is entered from beneath an 
open archway, giving access also to the kitchen. On the hewn work of the first floor 
occur the only two mason marks, shown on Plate X, traceable in the tower. They are 
both incised in a much bolder style than those represented in Plates V. and VII., and 
the most characteristic of the two shows the reverted arms of the fylefote or suastika 
in a very marked manner. It wiU be noticed, especially from the view, that at its 
existing termination the north wall shows traces of a circular staircase, and the 
lintels and slQs of various doorways, communicating between the tower and the north 
wing. 

As might be expected the battlements are in a very dismantled state. The 
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above the string over corbels, and 1 foot 9 inches thick. Its projection beyond the 
face of the wall below is only 7 inches, and it has been carried on a double tier of 
corbels ranged alternately, with a moulded string above and below, 2 feet 7 inches in 
total height. On the south side this corbelling runs on for about 8 feet, with what 
farther extension cannot now be known. On the north side it terminates on the 
raggled masonry of the old north wing. Between the parapet and the roof ran the 
usual narrow footway, of which a good many of the over- and under-lap paving stones 
stUl remain, also three of the water-scapes on the west side. At the back of the 
south parapet, and hewn out of one stone over 5 feet in length, the discharge gutter, 
covering the full breadth of the wall, still remains in perfect preservation. From the 
level of the kitchen door to the top of the parapet of the tower is just 37 feet. 

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I.— BURGH CHARTERS AND WRITS. 

1. Agreement between the Burgesses of Irvine, and Brice of Eglinton, 
granting to the latter twenty acres of land in feu ferme. — 
2(dth September 1205. [Copy.] 

Anno gratie millesimo duscentesimo quinto die Lune in vigilia Sancti 
Mathei apostoli ia villa de Irving hec est communicatio facta inter burgenses 
et totam communitatem ville predicte ex parte una et Bricium de Eglun- 
stone filium quondam Eglun domini de Eglunstone ex parte altera videlicet 
Quod burgenses et tota comunitas ville predicte unanimi consensu et assensu 
eotundem unanimiter concesserunt dederunt et ad feodifirmam dimiserunt 
dicto Bricio de Eglunstone illas viginti acras terre integras in tenemento 
de Eglunstone quas Eadulpbus filius et teres quondam Hugonis domini de 
Eglunstone burgensibus et communitati predictis pro quadam finali concordia 
inter eosdem quondam facta dedit concessit et perpetuo mancipavit per has 
metas et differentias Incipiendo scilicet apud Le Burgbfauld ad superiorem 
finem predictarum viginti acrarum versus boream et sic descendendo versus 
orientem per quendam dicum usque Grlyblanysburn et sic descendendo 
versus austrum per Glyblanysburn prsedictum usque perveniatur ad fines 
del Moorsend metantes cum terra Eodalpbi domini de Eglunstone et sic 
ascendendo versus occidentem per Moorasydes usque perveniatur ad 
Kebuccam communem del Hyppriddynges et sic ascendendo versus Boream per 
fines del Hyppriddynges predictorum usque perveniatur ad quendam dicum 
spineum qui dicitur Hawthorne qui dicus est meta inter dictas viginti acras 

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et terrain de Benislay et sic ex transverse versus orientem per Eebuccam 
communem jacentem inter predictas viginti acras et terram de Benislay 
usque perveniatur ad quendam cumulum lapideum et sic ascendendo ex 
transverse de dicto cumulo lapideo per dictam Eebuccam comunem versus 
orientem usque perveniatur in dicum predictum qui dicitur le burghfauld 
dyke Tenendas et babendas predicto Bricio beredibus suis et suis assignatis 
burgensibus et comunitate predictis ad feodofirmam per metas supradictas 
cum omnibus justis pertinentiis suis et asiamentis et liberis consuetudinibus 
ad predictas viginti acras terre infra metas suas predictas de jure 
spectantibus et in futuro de jure spectare valentibus Eeddendo inde 
annuatim dictus Bricius heredes sui vel sui assignati in ecclesia 
parocbiali de Irving ad festum Sancti Jacobi apostoli in estate 
burgensibus et comunitati predictis decem solidos sterlingorum nomine 
feodifirme libere et quiete bene et pacifice plenarie et bonorifice ab omni alio 
onere exactione servili opere et demanda seculari dictus vero Bricius se in 
hoc presenti scripto obligat et heredes suos et suos assignatos et tam terram 
suam de Benislay cum pertinentiis quas dictas viginti acras terre predicte 
cum suis pertinentiis ac omnia alia bona sua mobilia et immobilia ubicunque 
sunt inventa sine aliqua contradictione legittime fore distrinzenda quibus- 
cunque burgensibus et comunitati predictis de dicta feodofirma sua in 
omnibus plenarie et integre fuerint satisfactioni nullo obstante proponendo 
Sciendum est preterea quod dictus Bricius nee heredes sui nee sui assignati 
post eorum predicessorum obitum dictam feodofirmam nullo modo duplica- 
bunt et si contingat dictum Bricium heredes suos vel suos assignatos sen 
eorum homines dictas viginti acras terre inhabitantes in curia dictorum 
burgensium et comunitatis predicte quocunque casu adveniente emejre 
conarere eorum merciamentum prout justum fuerit capiatur dicti vero 
burgenses et comunitas predicta dictas viginti acras terre predicte cum 
omnibus justis pertinentiis suis infra metas suas predictas ut predictum 
est contentis predicto Bricio heredibus suis et suis assignatis contra omnes 
homines et feminas warrantizabunt acquietabunt et defendent in perpetuum 
Et ad majorem hujus rei in omnibus premissis securitatem dictus Bricius 
pro parte sua burgensibus et comunitati predictis Eodalphum dominum 
de Eglunstone fratrem suum invenit fidejussorem et debitorem pro se et 
heredibus suis principalem In quorum omnium et singulorum premissorum 
testimonium uni parti presentis scripti chirographici penes dictum Bricium 
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comunitatis predictorum est appensum et alteri parti predict! scripti penes 
dictos burgenses et communitatem predictam remanenti sigiUa predicti 
Brycii et Eodalphi sunt appensa Hisce testibus domino Godolpho^ de 
Eosse domino Eoberto Boyd domino Bricio de Blair militibus Fergusio de 
Eosse Arthuro de Eosse fratribus Gulielmo Kerr Alexandro del Blair et 
multis aliis. 

Translation. 

In the year of Grace one thousand two hundred and five, on Monday 
in the vigil of saint Matthew the apostle, in the town of Irvine, this is the 
communing made between the burgesses and whole community of the 
foresaid town on the one part, and Brice of Eglunstone son of the late 
Eglun lord of Eglunstone on the other part, to wit : That the burgesses 
and whole community of the foresaid town, with the unanimous consent 
and assent of the same, have unanimously granted given and to feuferme 
let, to the said Brice of Eglunstone, those whole twenty acres of land in 
the tenement of Eglunstone, which Ealph son and heir of the late Hugh 
lord of Eglunstone gave granted and for ever disponed to the burgesses and 
community foresaid, for a certain final concord previously made between 
them, by these meiths and divisions, — Beginning, to wit, at the Burghfauld 
at the upper end of the foresaid twenty acres towards the north, and so 
descending towards the east by a certain dike as far as Glyblanysburn, and 
so descending towards the south by Glyblanysburn foresaid, to the marches 
of Moorsend, bounding with the land of Ealph lord of Eglunstone, and so 
ascending towards the west by Moorasydes to the common Eebucca of 
Hyppriddynges, and so ascending towards the north by the marches of 
Hyppriddynges foresaid to a certain thorn-dike which is called Hawthorne, 
which dike is the march between the said twenty acres and the land of 
Benislay ; and so across towards the east by the common Eebucca lying 
between the foresaid twenty acres and the land of Benislay, to a certain 
cairn of stones, and so ascending across from the said cairn of stones by 
the said common Eebucca towards the east to the foresaid dike, which 
is called the Burghfauld dike : To be holden and had to the foresaid Brice 
his heirs and his assignees, [of] the burgesses and community foresaid, 
in feuferme, by the marches abovesaid, with all their right pertinents, 

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easements, and free customs, of right belonging, and in time to come of 
right to belong, to the foresaid twenty acres of land, within their meiths 
aforesaid : Paying therefor yearly, the said Brice his heirs or his assignees, 
in the parish church of Irvine, at the feast of St. James the apostle in 
summer, to the burgesses and community foresaid, ten shillings of 
sterlings in name of feuferme, freely and quietly, well and in peace, fully, 
honourably, from all other burden exaction servile work and secular 
demand : And the said Brice in this present writ obliges him and his heirs 
and assignees, and as well his land of Benislay with the pertinents as the 
said twenty acres of land foresaid, with their pertinents, and all their other 
goods movable and immovable wheresoever found, to be without any 
contradiction, lawfully distrained, and shall be to whomsoever of the 
burgesses and community aforesaid, freely and wholly in satisfaction of 
their said feuferme, in all respects, no one offering any objection. It is, 
moreover, to be understood, that neither the said Brice nor his heirs 
nor his assignees, after the death of their predecessors, shall in any 
wise double the said feuferme. And if it shall happen the said Brice his 
heirs or his assignees, or their men inhabiting the said twenty acres 
of land, in the court of the said burgesses and community to do wrong in 
any case arising, their fine shall be taken as may be just. But the said 
burgesses and community aforesaid shall warrant acquit and for ever 
defend against all men and women the said twenty acres of land with 
all their right pertinents, with their foresaid marches contained as is before 
said, to the foresaid Brice his heirs and assignees : And for the 
greater security hereof in all the premises, the said Brice, for his own 
part, has found to the burgesses and community aforesaid, Ralph lord 
of Eglunstone, his brother, principal surety and debtor for himself and 
his heirs : In witness of which all and sundry the premises, to the one 
part of this present chirograph writing, to remain with the said Brice 
his heirs and assignees, the common seal of the burgesses and community 
foresaid is appended, and to the other part of the foresaid writing, to 
remain with the said burgesses and community the seals of the foresaid 
Brice and Ralph are appended: Witnesses, Sir Godfred of Rosse, Sir 
Robert Boyd, Sir Brice of Blair, knights ; Fergus of Rosse, Arthur of 
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2. Indenture between Godfrey de Ross and the Burgesses of Irvine in 
1260. [Notarial Copy, made in 144 4. J 

Ik Dei nomine amen : per hoc presens publicum instrumentum cunctis 
pateat evidenter quod anno ab incarnacione Domini millesimo quadrin- 
gentesimo quadragesimo quarto indiccione septima duodecima die mensis 
maije pontificatus sanctissimi in Christo patris ac domini nostri domini 
Eugenij pape quarti anno decimo quarto In mei notarii publici et testium 
subscriptorum presencia personaliter constitutus probus vir Johannes Spens 
ballivus burgi de Erwin quasdam evidencias sive indenturas factas inter 
burgenses predicti burgi de Erwin et dominum Godfridum de Eosse 
sigUlo predicti domini Godfridi de Eos sigillatas publice monstravit et 
mihi tradidit perlegendas quarum tenor sequitur in hsec verba Anno gracie 
miUesimo ducentesimo sexagesimo die Sabbati proxima prius festum Sancti 
Johannis Baptiste coram domino Johanne de Balle domino Willelmo 
comite de Marre domino Hugone de Balle filio dicti domini Johannis 
domino Hugone fratre ejusdem domini Joannis domino Gocelino de Balle 
domino Thoma Eane domino Stephano le Flemyng domino Odinello filio 
Eadolphi et aliis factum fuit recordum apud Erwin inter burgenses de 
eadem et dominum Godefridum de Eosse assensu et bona voluntate 
utriusque partis videlicet per dominum Hugonem de Craweford dominum 
Fergus de Ardrossan, dominum Willelmum de Dunlop magistrum 
Godefridum de Eos David Mor Thomam de Stubhyl Adam Urri Eicardum 
Broun et Willelmum de Gowinskey qui dicunt quod omnibus contencion- 
ibus et querelis cessantibus exaccionibus et demandis quadam finali 
Concordia inter predictos burgenses ex parte una et dictum dominum 
Godefridum ex parte altera pacificatis super tenemento de Hormissok cum 
pertinenciis in quo dicti burgenses clamaverunt eorum Communem 
pasturam ad illos tanquam jus suum pertinere Convenit inter ipsos 
videlicet quod predicti burgenses concesserunt pro se et heredibus suis 
seu successoribus dicto domino Godefrido et ejus heredibus habere et 
tenere bene et in pace totam terram aratam et frussatam in predicto 
tenemento, die predicte Convencionis facte ; solvendo sibi et eorum 
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videlicet meditatem ad festum sancti Martini in hyeme et aliam medi- 
etatem ad pentecosten proximo futurum Salvo tamen dicto domino 
Godefrido et ejus heredibus bosco de Langburst ita quod dicti burgenses 
in Ulo non communicabunt in herba vel in aliis, set dicti burgenses 
et eorum beredes vel successores ubique communicabunt in dicto tene- 
mento de Hormissok cum pertineneiis et asiamentis preterquam in dicto 
bosco de Langeburst et preterquam in dictis terris aratis sen arabilibus 
Postquam vero dictus dominus Godefridus et ejus beredes vesturam dicte 
terre arate asportaverint dicti burgenses de Irewin et eorum beredes sen 
successores in eadem terra arabili sive arata plene cum ipso et ejus 
tenentibus absque uUo impedimento vel contradiccione communicabunt et 
ad noctem dictam terram aratam sen arabilem cum eorum animalibus 
evacuabunt Et dictus dominus Godefridus et ejus beredes facient dictis 
burgensibus et eorum beredibus seu successoribus racionabilem introitum 
et exitum ingrediendi dictam pasturam cum eorum animalibus Si vero 
eorum animalia in dampnis dicti domini Godefridi vel ejus beredum 
inveniantur solvent pro omnibus messori loci unum obolum tantum racione 
dicti escbapii et dampni dicto domino Godefrido et ejus heredibus per 
visum proborum et legalium virorum restituetur Et sciendum quod 
predictus Godefridus vel ejus beredes non assartabunt frussabunt seu 
vacuabunt aliquo modo plusquam tempore predicte convencionis fuit assar- 
tatum frussatum seu vacuatum Nee licebit alicui eorum in dicte pasture 
boscis aliqua ligna scindere ad vendendum vel sibi ipsi appropriandum 
sine consensu et voluntate utriusque partis Ad istam vero convencionem 
et finalem concordiam ex utraque parte tenendam tam dictus dominus 
Godefridus quam predicti burgenses de Irewin in manu domini Abbatis 
de Kylwynin fidem suam spontanea eorum voluntate astrinxerunt. 
Preterea sciendum quod predictus Godefridus et dicti burgenses et eorum 
beredes vel successores babebunt sua estoveria in boscis dicte pasture ad 
comburendum et edificandum sine impedemento vel contradiccione utrius- 
que partis Et ut bee predicte conven clones et finales concordie perpetue 
firmitatis robur optineant uterque eorum sigillum suum alteri parti in 
testimonium futurorum apposuit : Super quibus quidem indenturis sic 
monstratis traditis et perlectis predictus Johannes Spens sub signo publico 
a me notario peciit copiari et in formam publicam redigi et inde sibi fieri 
publicum Instrumentum : Acta fuerunt bee in vico publico predicti 
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indiccione mense die et pontificatu quibus supra Presentibus ibidem 
providis et discretis viris videlicet domino Edwardo de Cunynghame 
vicario de Gauston domino Alexandro Cunynghame capellano Alexandre 
Cunynghame armigero Johanne Eoberti et Thoma Willelmi cum multis 
aliis testibus ad premissa vocatis specialiter et rogatis. 

Et Ego Willelmus de Akinhede presbyter magister in artibus Sancti 
Andree dyoceseos publicus auctoritate Imperiali Notarius pre- 
missarum Indenturarum monstracioni, tradicioni et perleccioni 
unacum prenominatis testibus presens interfui ipsasque Indenturas 
perlegi in hunc modum copiavi et in banc formam publicam redegi 
nil addens vel minuens quod sensum mutare poterit aut variare 
intellectum indeque presens publicum Instrumentum confeci manu- 
que mea propria scripsi et signo meo solito et subscripcione 
vallavi, requisitus specialiter et rogatus in fidem et testimonium 
premissorum. W. de A. 

Translation. 

In the name of God amen Let it evidently appear to all by this 
present public instrument that in the year from the incarnation of our 
Lord one thousand four hundred and forty-four, in the seventh indiction, 
on the twelfth day of May and in the fourteenth year of the pontificate 
of the most holy Father in Christ and our lord lord Eugenius IV. pope, 
in presence of me notary public and of the witnesses underwritten having 
personally compeared a prudent man, John Spens bailie of the burgh 
of Irvine, he publicly shewed certain evidents or indentures made betwixt 
the burgesses of the said burgh of Irvine and Sir Godfrey of Eoss, sealed 
with the seal of the said Sir Godfrey of Eoss, and delivered them to me 
to be read, of which the tenor follows in these words : In the year of 
grace one thousand two hundred and sixty, on the Saturday first before 
the feast of St. John the Baptist, in presence of Sir John of Ball, Sir 
William Earl of Mar, Sir Hugh of Ball, son of the said Sir John, Sir 
Hugh brother of the said Sir John, Sir Jocelin of Ball, Sir Thomas Eane, 
Sir Stephen Le Flemyng, Sir Odinell the son of Ealph, and others, a 
record was made at Irvine between the burgesses thereof and Sir Godfrey 
of Eoss, with the assent and good will of both parties, namely, by Sir 
Hugh of Crawfurd, Sir Fergus of Ardrossane, Sir William of Dunlop, 



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8 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 

Master Godfrey of Ross, David More, Thomas of Stubhill, Adam Urry, 
Eichard Brown, and William of Gowinskey, wlio say that all contentions 
and quarrells being ended, the exactions and demands having been 
peacefully settled by a certain final agreement between the said burgesses 
on the one part and the said Sir Godfrey on the other part, respecting 
the tenement of Hormissok, with the pertinents, in which the said burgesses 
claimed their common pasturage to belong to them as their right : It 
is agreed betwixt them, to the effect that the said burgesses have granted 
for themselves and their heirs or successors to the said Sir Godfrey and 
his heirs, to have and to hold well and in peace the whole land in the 
foresaid Tenement, ploughed and unploughed, at the day of making the said 
agreement, paying to them, and their heirs or successors for ever, two 
merks and a half, vizt., the half at Martinmas in winter, and the other 
half at Whitsunday next to come; reserving, however, to the said Sir 
Godfrey and his heirs, the Wood of Langhurst, so that the said burgesses 
shall not have commonty thereon in grass or others ; but the said bur- 
gesses and their heirs or successors shall everywhere have commonty in 
the said tenement of Hormissoks, with the pertinents and easements, 
except in the said Wood of Langhurst, and except in the said ploughed 
or arable lands : But after the said Sir Godfrey and his heirs shall 
have carried away the crop of the said ploughed land, the said burgesses 
of Irvine and their heirs or successors shall have commonty on the said 
ploughed or arable land equally with him and his tenants, without any 
impediment or contradiction ; and at night they shall evacuate the said 
ploughed or arable land with their cattle : And the said Sir Godfrey and 
his heirs shall make to the said burgesses and their heirs or successors, 
reasonable ish and entry to the said pasture with their cattle : But if 
their cattle shall be found doing damage to the said Sir Godfrey or his 
heirs, they shall pay for all to the Eeaper of the place one halfpenny 
only on account of the said fault, and the damage shall be repaid to the 
said Sir Godfrey and his heirs at the sight of prudent and liege men : 
And it is to be known, that the foresaid Godfrey or his heirs shall not 
in any manner clear, lay fallow or vacate more ground than at the time 
of the said agreement was cleared, fallow or empty : Nor shall it be 
allowed to any one of them to cut any timber in the woods of the said 
pasture for sale or appropriating it to themselves, without the will and 
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agreement on both sides, the said Sir Godfrey, as well as the said burgesses 
of Irvine have voluntarily pledged their faith before the lord Abbot of 
Kilwinning : Further, it is to be known that the foresaid Godfrey and 
the said burgesses and their heirs or successors shall have their allowance 
from the woods of the said pasture, for burning and building, without 
impediment or contradiction of either party : and that these foresaid 
Conventions and final agreements may obtain the strength of perpetual 
endurance, both of them have set their seal to the other party for a 
testimony of the future. Which Indentures thus shewn delivered and 
read, the said John Spens requested to be copied under a public signature 
by me Notary, and to be reduced into public form, and a Public Instru- 
ment made thereupon to him : These things were done in the public 
street of the foresaid burgh of Irvine near the cross, about nine o'clock 
before noon of the year, indiction, month, day and Pontificate above 
mentioned, in presence of prudent and discreet men, namely. Sir Edward 
of Cunynghame vicar of Galston, Sir Alexander Cunninghame chaplain, 
Alexander Cunninghame esquire, John the son of Eobert, and Thomas 
the son of William, with many others, witnesses to the premisses specially 
called and required. 

And I William of Akinhede, presbyter, master of arts of the diocese 
of St. Andrews, notary public by imperial authority, was present 
with the forenamed witnesses at the exhibition, delivery and 
reading of the foresaid Indentures, and I read over the Indentures 
themselves, copied them after this manner, and reduced them 
into this public form, neither adding nor taking away anything 
which could change the sense or vary the meaning, and from thence 
I formed this present public instrument, wrote it with my own 
hand, and vouched it with my usual signature and subscription, 
being specially called and required in faith and testimony of the 
premisses. 



3, Charter by Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, in favour of the 
Burgh of Irvine. — \2th May 1322. 

RoBERTUS Dei gracia Rex Scottorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue salutem : Sciatis nos concessisse et hac presenti carta nostra confirmasse 

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burgensibus de Irwyn et eorum successoribus infra dictum burgum 
manentibus quod liberi sint et quieti de Toloneo et omni consuetudine de 
dominicis catallis suis per totum regnum nostrum prout in carta venerande 
memorie domini Alexandri secundi quondam regis Scottorum predecessoris 
nostri eisdem burgensibus exinde confecta plenius continetur Adjicimus 
eciam et concedimus ac presenti carta nostra confirmamus pro nobis et 
heredibus nostris eisdem burgensibus et eorum successoribus quod a toloneo 
quod solvere solebant in burgo nostro de Are ante presentem concessionem 
nostram liberi sint omnino et imperpetuum quieti Quare firmiter prohibe- 
mus ne quis contra banc concessionem nostram ipsos burgenses aut eorum 
successores vexare gravare seu inquietare presumat super nostram plenariam 
forisfacturam. In cujus rei testimonium presenti carte nostra sigillum 
nostrum fecimus apponi : Testibus Bernardo abbate de Abirbrothoc 
cancellario nostro -^ Waltero Senescallo Scocie ^ Jacobo domino de Duglas ^ 
Gilberto de Haia* constabulario nostro et Eoberto de Keth marescallo 
nostro * militibus : Apud Glasgu duodecimo die Maij anno regni nostri 
septimo decimo. 

Teanslation. 

Eobert by the grace of God king of Scots to all good men of his whole 
land, Greeting : Wit ye us to have granted and by this our present charter 
confirmed to the burgesses of Irvine and their successors dwelling in the 
said burgh that they be free and acquit from payment of all Toll and 
Custom on their burgess goods throughout our whole kingdom, as is more 
fully contained in a charter made for that purpose to the said burgesses by 
Alexander the second of venerable memory sometime king of Scots, our 
predecessor ; We also have added and granted, and by this our present 
Charter for us and our heirs do confirm, to the said burgesses and their 
successors, that they be altogether acquit and perpetually free from the Toll 
which before our present grant they were wont to pay in our Burgh of Ayr : 
Wherefore we strictly order under pain of full forfeiture that no one 
contrary to this our Grant presume to vex oppress or disturb the said 

1 Bernard died in 1327. Crawfurd's Officers 1330.— Douglas (1813), vol. i. p. 421. 

of State, p. 17. 4 He died in 1330.— Douglas, vol. i. p. 546. 

2 Walter, High Stewa,rd of Scotland, died in ^ sir Eobert de Keith, Great Marischal of 
^^^^- Scotland, fell at the battle of Duplin in 1332. 

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burgesses or their successors. In testimony whereof we have caused 
our seal to be appended to this our present charter. Witnesses, Bernard 
abbot of Arbroath our chancellor, Walter, Steward of Scotland, James lord 
of Douglas, Gilbert of Hay our constable, and Robert of Keith our marshal, 
knights : At Glasgow the twelfth day of May in the seventeenth year of 
our reign. 

4. Charter hy King Robert the Second in favour of the Burgh of Irvine, 
following upon the Inquest for the Settlement of the dispute 
with Ayr, about the boundaries. — Qth April 1372. 

RoBEKTUS Dei gracia rex Scottorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Quia per Inquisicionem de mandate nostro 
factam per Ballivum de Conynghame super controversia sive questione 
mota et pendente inter burgenses nostros de Are ex parte una et burgenses 
de Irwyne ex parte altera super finibus limitibus et libertatibus dictorum 
burgorum et burgensium de Are et de Irwyne et consequenter ad nos 
retornatam fuit clare compertum quod dicti burgenses de Irwyne fuerunt 
et sunt a triginta quadraginta quinquaginta et sexaginta annis et ultra et 
citra et a tempore et per tempus de cujus contrario memoria hominum non 
existit in possessione finium limitum et bondarum tocius Baronie de Conyn- 
hame et baronie de Largys dicti burgi de Irwyne libertatibus annexarum 
pro suis tantum mercandisis et mercimoniis in eisdem libere exeercendis 
prout hec et alia per cartas indite memorie predecessorum nostrorum regum 
Scocie ostensas in inquisicione predicta clare patuit prout est dictum 
Noveritis nos concessisse et hac presenti carta nostra confirmasse eidem 
burgo de Irwyne et burgensibus ejusdem pro nobis et heredibus nostris ut 
ipsi duntaxat utendo suis mercandisis et mercimoniis perpetuo pro se et 
suis heredibus libere gaudeant bondis limitibus et finibus supradictis 
firmiter inhibentes nequis eos contra prefatam nostram concessionem 
vexare gravare sen inquietare presumat in prejudicium dictarum suarum 
libertatum super nostram plenariam forisfacturam Concessimus eciam eidem 
burgo de Irwyne et burgensibus ejusdem qui pro tempore fuerint et eorum 
heredibus et successoribus pro nobis heredibus et successoribus nostris in 
perpetuum quod ipsi heredes et successores sui dictum burgum teneant et 
possideant in liberum burgum cum omnibus libertatibus et privilegiis adeo 
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infeodacione quorumcunque regum Scocie predecessorum nostrorum liberius 
tenetur seu honorificencius possidetur absque exaccione cujuscunque tollonei 
seu alterius cujuslibet servitutis jam inpositi seu in posterum imponendi 
volumus eciam et concedimus eidem burgo de Irwyne et burgensibus ejus- 
dem ac eorum heredibus et successoribus pro nobis heredibus nostris et suc- 
cessoribus libertatem Gilde prout alii burgi et burgenses regni nostri ipsani 
libertatem habent et habere consueverant ; quodque fratres Gilde in burgo 
de Irwyne predicto constituere valeant qui gaudebunt et gaudere habebunt 
omni libertate Gilde qua alij quicunque regni nostri burgenses hactenus 
gavisi sunt In cujus rei testimonium presenti carte nostre nostrum pre- 
cepimus apponi sigillum : Testibus venerabilibus patribus Willelmo et 
Patricio Sancti Andree et Brechinensis ecclesiarum episcopis primogenito 
nostro Johanne comite de Carrik et seneseallo Scocie Eoberto comite de 
Fif et de Meneteth filio nostro dilecto Willelmo comite de Douglas con- 
sanguine© nostro Johanne de Carrik canonico Glasguensi cancellario nostro 
Hugone de Eglynton et Eoberto de Erskyne militibus : Apud Edynburgh 
octavo die mensis Aprilis anno regni nostri secundo. 

Teanslation. 

Eoberfc by the grace of God king of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
land clergy and laity, Greeting ; "Whereas by inquest made at our command 
by the bailie of Cunninghame respecting the dispute or question moved 
and depending between our burgesses of Ayr on the one part and the 
burgesses of Irvine on the other part, in regard to the boundaries limits 
and liberties of the said burghs and burgesses of Ayr and of Irvine, and 
afterwards returned to us, it was clearly found that the said burgesses of 
Irvine were and are from thirty forty fifty and sixty years and beyond, 
and before and from and during times, of the contrary of which there is no 
memory of man, in possession of the boundaries territory and limits of 
the whole Barony of Cunninghame and Barony of Largs annexed to the 
liberties of the said burgh of Irvine, for freely exercising only their traffic 
and merchandise in the same, as these and other things clearly appeared by 
charters shewn at the said Inquest, granted by our predecessors kinas of 
Scotland of renowned memory, as aforesaid : Wit ye us to have granted 
and by this our present charter confirmed to the said burgh of Irvine and 
burgesses thereof, for ourselves and our heirs, that they, only for the pur- 



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poses of carrying on their merchandise and traffic, for ever, for themselves 
and their heirs may freely enjoy the bounds limits and territories above- 
written : Inhibiting every person under pain of our full forfeiture to 
presume, contrary to our said Grant, to vex oppress or disturb them in pre- 
judice of their said liberties: We have also granted to the said burgh of 
Irvine and to the burgesses of the same who shall be for the time, and to 
their heirs and successors, for us our heirs and successors for ever, that they, 
their heirs and successors hold and possess the said burgh as a free burgh, 
with all liberties and privileges, as freely fully and honourably as any burgh 
within our kingdom, constituted by whatsoever kings of Scotland our pre- 
decessors, is freely held or honourably possessed, without the exaction of 
any Toll or other servitude whatever, now imposed or to be imposed here- 
after : We will also and grant to the said burgh of Irvine and to the 
burgesses thereof, and to their heirs and successors, for us our heirs and 
successors, the liberty of guild, as other burghs and burgesses of our 
Kingdom have and were wont to have that liberty ; and that they may 
appoint Guild brethren in the said burgh of Irvine, who shall enjoy and 
shall be reckoned to enjoy every liberty of guild that other burgesses 
whatsoever of our kingdom hitherto have enjoyed. In testimony 
whereof we have ordered our Seal to be appended to this our present 
Charter : Witnesses, the venerable fathers William and Patrick bishops of 
the churches of Saint Andrews and Brechin, our first-born son John Earl 
of Carrik and Steward of Scotland, Eobert Earl of Eife and of Menteith 
our beloved son, William Earl of Douglas our cousin, John of Carrick 
canon of Glasgow our Chancellor, Hew of Eglinton and Eobert of Erskyne 
knights : At Edinburgh the eighth day of the month of April in the second 
year of our reign. 

5. Letter of Protection by Eobert the Second to the Burgh of Irvine 
in the exercise of its privileges. — lUh February 1372-3. 

EoBERTUS Dei gratia Eex Scottorum Camerario nostro qui pro tempore 
fuerit ac Justiciariis vicecomitibus coronatoribus burgorum prepositis et 
ballivis ceterisque ministris et fidelibus nostris ad quorum noticiam 
presentes litere pervenerint salutem Quia licet nuper super libertatibus et 
boundis burgi nostri de Irvyne per antiquas evidencias de mandato nostro 
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U MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 

tamen et ex habundanti ad informacionem nostram et ad declaracionem 
boundarum et libertatum bujusmodi per probos et fideles homines patrie 
ac alios per quos rei Veritas melius scire poterat inquisicionem fieri fecimus 
diligentem per quam nobis constabat ad plenum de libertatibus et boundis 
predictis et ad perpetuam declaracionem libertatum et boundarum earundem, 
cartam nostram sive confirmacionem sub magno sigillo nostro fieri fecimus 
pro dicto burgo et pro burgensibus et communitate ejusdem prout bee et 
alia in dicta nostra carta sive confirmacione libertatum et boundarum 
hujusmodi plenius noscitur contineri ; Vobis et vestrum singulis ceterisque 
quorum interest vel interesse poterit damns tenore presencium firmiter in 
mandatis quod dictos burgum burgenses aut communitatem ejusdem contra 
tenorem dicte carte nostre aut contra libertates dicti burgi vexare gravare 
aut inquietare aliqualiter nullatenus presumatis ; seu aliquis vestrum vexare 
gravare aut aliqualiter inquietare presumat seu ab aliis hoc fieri quatenus 
in vobis fuerit permittatis seu permittat. Si vero aliquis in hoc gravari se 
senciat communiter vel divisim volumus et mandamus quod jus si quod 
in hoc se credat habere per brevia communis justicie de nostra capella 
secundum leges regni nostri in nostro parliamento vel aliter coram nobis 
et nostro consilio jus suum debite prosequatur recepturus in hoc comple- 
mentum justicie aut nostri consilii seu parliamenti decretum non pertur- 
bando aliter possessionem burgi communitatis aut burgensium predictorum 
sub omni pena que poterit inde sequi : Datum sub testimonio nostri magni 
sigilli apud Perth quarto decimo die mensis Februarii anno regni nostri 
secundo. 

Translation. 

Robert by the grace of God king of Scots, to our Chamberlain who 
shall be for the time, and to our justiciars, sheriffs, coronars, provosts and 
bailies of burghs, and our other ministers and faithful people to whose 
knowledge the present Letters shall come, greeting : Whereas, although 
lately full faith was made to us concerning the liberties and bounds of our 
burgh of Irvine by ancient evidents, at our mandate seen read and diligently 
inspected, nevertheless however, for our fuller information, and for the 
declaration of the bounds and liberties of the same, we caused diligent 
inquiry to be made by good and faithful men of the country and others by 
whom the truth of the matter might be better known, whereby it was fully 
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perpetual declaration of these liberties and bounds we have caused to be 
made our Charter or Confirmation under our great seal for the said burgh, 
burgesses and community thereof, as it is known these and other things are 
more fully contained in our said Charter or Confirmation of the said liberties 
and bounds : We therefore, by the tenor of these presents, strictly command 
you, and each of you, and others whom it concerns or may concern, that in 
no manner ye presume to vex oppress or disturb the said burgh, burgesses 
or community thereof, contrary to the tenor of our said charter, or contrary 
to the liberties of the said burgh ; or any one of you presume to vex 
oppress or in any manner disturb them, or permit this to be done by 
others in as far as in you lies : If, however, any person thinks himself 
aggrieved in this matter conjunctly or severally. We will and order that if 
he thinks he is in the right he may duly prosecute his suit by Brieves of 
common justice from our chancery, according to the laws of our kingdom, 
in our Parliament, or otherwise before us and our Council, to receive in this 
matter full justice or a decree of our Council or Parliament, not disturbing 
in any other manner the possession of the said burgh, community, or 
burgesses, under every penalty which may thence ensue : Given under the 
testimony of our great seal at Perth the fourteenth day of the month of 
February in the second year of our reign. 



6. Charter by King Robert the Second to the Burgh of Irvine, of a piece 
of ground for their Council-House. — 22c? October 1386. 

RoBERTUS Dei gracia rex Scottorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laycis salute m Sciatis nos dedisse concessisse et hac present! 
carta nostra confirmasse ad decorem burgi nostri de Irwyne burgensibus et 
communitati ejusdem unam peciam terre habentem quadraginta pedes in 
longitudine et triginta pedes in latitudine in vico fori ejusdem burgi in qua 
construere poterint unam domum decentem et honestam in qua sua consilia 
communia teneant et secreta ut sit eis in pretorium et suis successoribus in 
futurum Tenendam et habendam eisdem burgensibus et eorum successoribus 
imperpetuum de nobis et heredibus nostris in feodo et hereditate per metas 
et divisas superius expressatas cum omnibus et singulis libertatibus 
commoditatibus aysiamentis et justis pertinenciis quibuscunque Eeddeudo 
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denarium argenti in festo Assumpcionis beate Virginis annis singulis nomine 
albe firme si petatur tantum pro omni alio servicio seculari In cujus rei 
testimonium presenti carte nostre nostrum precepimus apponi sigillum : 
Testibus reverendissimo in Christo patre Waltero Dei gracia sedis apostolice 
Cardinali venerabili in Christo patre Jobanne episcopo Dunkeldensi 
cancellario nostro Jobanne primogenito nostro de Carrie senescallo Scocie 
Roberto de Fyf et de Mentetb Jacobo de Douglas filiis nostris dilectis 
comitibus Archebaldo de Douglas et Thoma de Erskyne consanguineis 
nostris militibus : Apud Irwyne vicesimo secundo die Octobris anno regni 
nostri sextodecimo. 

Teanslation. 

Robert by the grace of God king of Scots to all good men of his whole 
land, clergy and laity, Greeting : Know ye that we have given and granted, 
and by this our present charter confirmed, for the ornament of our burgh 
of Irvine, to the burgesses and community thereof, a piece of ground having 
forty feet in length and thirty feet in breadth, in the market street of the 
said burgh, on which they may build a decent and fair house, in which 
they may hold their public and private Councils, that it may be a Court- 
House to them and their successors in future. To have and to hold to the 
said burgesses and their successors for ever, of us and our heirs in fee and 
heritage, by the bounds and divisions above expressed, with all and sundry 
liberties, conveniences, easements, and just pertinents whatsoever, rendering 
therefor to us and our heirs, the said burgesses and their successors, one 
penny of silver, at the feast of the Assumption of the blessed Virgin, every 
year, in name of blench ferme, if it is required only, for all other secular 
service. In testimony of which thing we have ordered our seal to be 
appended to this our present charter : Witnesses, the most reverend father 
in Christ, Walter by the grace of God cardinal of the apostolic see, the 
venerable father in Christ John bishop of Dunkeld, our chancellor, John 
of Carrik our first-born son. Steward of Scotland, Robert earl of Fife and 
of Menteth, James earl of Douglas, our beloved sons, Archibald of Douo-las 
and Thomas of Erskine our cousins, knights : At Irvine the twenty-second 
day of October in the sixteenth year of our reign. 



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7. Confirmation by King Rohert the Third of the Charter {No. 4 hereof) 
in favour of the Burgh of Irvine. — 2d January 1390-1.^ 

RoBERTUS Dei gracia rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 

sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis nos cartam recolende memorie domini 

Eoberti Dei gracia quondam regis Scotorum illustris progenitoris nostri de 

mandato nostro visam lectam inspectam et diligenter examinatam non 

rasam non abolitam non cancellatam nee in aliqua sui parte viciatam 

intellexisse ad plenum sub hac forma Robertus (etc., as in No. 4 supra) 

Quamquidem cartam donacionem et concessionem in eadem contentas in 

omnibus punctis suis et articulis condicionibus et modis ac circumstanciis 

suis quibuscunque forma pariter et efFectu in omnibus et per omnia 

approbamus ratificamus et pro nobis et heredibus nostris ut premissum est 

imperpetuum confirmamus salvo servicio nostro In cujus rei testimonium 

presenti carte nostre confirmacionis nostrum precepimus apponi sigillum : 

Testibus venerabilibus in Christo patribus Walter© et Matbeo Sancti Andree 

et Glasguensis ecclesiarum episcopis Roberto comite de Fiffe et de Menteith 

fratre nostro carissimo, Archibaldo comite de Douglas domino Galwidie 

Jacobo de Douglas domini de Dalkeith Thoma de Erskine consanguineis 

nostris dilectis militibus et Alexandre Cokburne de Langtoun custode 

mao-ni sigilli nostri : Apud Edinburgh secundo die mensis Januarii anno 

regni nostri primo. 

Translation. 

Robert by the grace of God King of Scots to all worthy men of his 
whole land, clergy and laymen, greeting : Wit ye us to have fully known 
a Charter of lord Robert of worthy memory, by the grace of God sometime 
King of Scots, our illustrious progenitor, at our command seen, read, 
inspected, and diligently examined, not erased, wasted, cancelled, nor in 
any part of it vitiated, under this form : Robert (etc., as in No. 4 supra), 
the which charter, gift and grant contained in the same, in all its points and 
articles, conditions and modes, and circumstances of it whatsoever, in form 
and eflfect, in all and throughout all, we do approve, ratify, and for us and 
our heirs, as is premised, for ever confirm, saving our service : In witness 
whereof to this our present charter of confirmation we have commanded our 
seal to be set : the witnesses being the venerable fathers in Christ, Walter 

1 This document is embodied in No. 1 infra. 
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18 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF lEVINE. 

bishop of St. Andrews, and Matthew bishop of Glasgow, Eobert earl of 
Fife and of Menteth our dearest brother, Archibald earl of Douglas lord 
of Galloway, James of Douglas lord of Dalkeith, Thomas of Erskine, our 
beloved kinsmen, knights, and Alexander Cokburne of Langtoun, keeper of 
our great seal : At Edinburgh the second day of the month of January, of 
our reign the first year. 

8. Confirmation by King Robert the Third of the' Letter of Protection 
{No. 5 hereof) in favour of the Burgh of Irvine. — id January 1390-1. 

EoBERTUS Dei gracia rex Scottorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis nos quoddam preceptum recolende 
memorie domini Robert! Dei gracia quondam regis Scottorum illustris 
progenitoris nostri de mandato nostro visum lectum inspectum et diligenter 
examinatum non rasum non abolitum non cancellatum nee in aliqua sui 
parte viciatum intellexisse ad plenum sub hac forma Robertus Dei gracia 
rex (etc., as in No. 5 supra). Quodquidem preceptum in omnibus punctis 
suis et articulis condicionibus et modis ac circumstanciis suis quibuscunque 
forma pariter et effectu in omnibus et per omnia approbamus ratificamus et 
pro nobis et heredibus nostris ut premissum est imperpetuum confirmamus 
salvo servicio nostro In cuius rei testimonium presenti carte nostre 
confirmacionis nostrum precepimus apponi sigillum : Testibus venerabilibus 
in Christo patribus Waltero et Matheo Sancti Andree et Glasguensis 
ecclesiarum episcopis Roberto comite de Fif et de Meneteth fratre nostro 
carissimo Archebaldo comite de Douglas domino Galwydie Jacobo de 
Douglas domino de Dalketh Thoma de Erskyne consanguineis nostris 
dilectis militibus et Alexandro de Cokburne de Langton custode mao-ni 
sigilli nostri apud Edynburgh secundo die mensis Januarii anno regni nostri 
primo. 

Translation. 

Robert by the grace of God King of Scots, to all worthy men of his 
whole land, clergy and laymen, wisheth salvation : wit ye us to have fully 
known a certain precept of lord Robert of worthy memory, by the grace of 
God sometime King of Scots, our illustrious progenitor, at our command 
seen, read, inspected, and dihgently examined, not erased, not wasted, not 
cancelled, nor in any part of it vitiated, under this form : Robert by the 
grace of God, King (etc., as in No. 5 supra). Which precept, in all its points 



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and articles, conditions and modes, and in whatsoever its circumstances, in 
form as well as in effect, in all and throughout all, we do approve, ratify, 
and for us and our heirs, as is premised, for ever confirm, saving our 
service : In witness whereof to this our present charter of confirmation we 
have commanded our seal to be put ; the witnesses being the venerable 
fathers in Christ, "Walter and Mathew, bishops of the churches of Saint 
Andrews and Glasgow ; Eobert earl of Fife and of Menteth, our dearest 
brother, Archibald earl of Douglas, lord of Galloway, James of Douglas, 
lord of Dalkeith, Thomas of Erskyne, our beloved kinsmen. Knights ; and 
Alexander of Cokburne of Langton, keeper of our great seal ; at Edinburgh 
the second day of the month of January, in the first year of our reign. 

9. Letters of Notification hy Robert Duke of Albany, Governor of 
Scotland, of the Decision regarding the right of the Burgh of 
Irvine to a piece of Moorland. — 2ith July 1417. 

EoBERTTJS dux Albauic comes de Fife et de Mentethe ac regni Scocie 
gubernator universis et singulis ad quorum noticiam presentes littere 
pervenerint salutem Quia pium est et meritorium veritati testimonium 
perhibere et maxime in causa vel casu quo occultacio veritatis in feodis et 
hereditatibus innocentibus [injuriam] poterit generari Hinc est quod univer- 
sitati vestre notificamus tenore presencium litterum quod propter certam 
discordiam motam inter ballivos burgenses et communitates burgi de Irwyne 
ex parte una et Willelmum Fraunces de le Stane ex parte altera penes 
certum clameum hereditarie possessionis unius pecie moris jacentis ad finem 
occidentalem capelle sancte Brigidie in baronia de Conynghame infra ' 
vicecomitatum de Are propter quam discordiam motam inter partes 
predictas et ad evitandum malum et dampnum que exinde oriri posset 
predictam peciam more cum pertinenciis in manus nostras debite fecimus 
recognosci tempore longo retroacto Et post modum ad sedandum et 
cessandum discordiam antedictam et ad videndum declarandum et finaliter 
determinandum cui parti dictarum parcium dicta pecia more cum per- 
tinenciis debeat pertinere et de jure et racione remanere partes predictas 
unacum melioribus et fidelioribus hominibus patrie in propria persona ac per 
ballivum nostrum baronie de Conynghame per literas nostras patentes sub 
sigillo nostro legittime fecimus sumoniri quod comparerent coram nobis 
die Sabboti vicesimo quarto die mensis Julii anno Domini millesimo 



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quadringentesimo septimo decimo et gubernacionis nostre anno duodecimo 
personaliter propter causam antedictam Quo die predicta summonicione 
coram nobis legittime probata Tunc per probos et fideles homines patrie per 
quos rei Veritas melius sciri potuit magno interveniente sacramento videlicet 
Jobannem de Camera de Gadgartbe Johannem Lokarde de le Bar Kobertum 
Roos de Tarbart Johannem de Arnot de Lochrig Eobertum de Fergoushill de 
eodem Henricum de Conynghame Johannem Boyle de Caleburne Alexandrum 
Fraser de Knok Finlaium de Monfode de eodem Johannem de Langmiire 
de eodem Johani^m Homil Gilbertum Spere Johannem Gibbounsoun 
Willelmum Dobynesoun et Adam Lachlane diligenter fideliter inquiri 
fecimus que pars dictarum parcium fuit in possessione dicte pecie more 
tempore recognicionis nostre antedicte Qui jurati et bene et mature avisati 
et consulti una voce nuUo discrepante dixerunt declaraverunt et finaliter 
determinarunt quod predicti bailivi burgenses et communitates fuerunt in 
possessione dicte more cum pertinenciis tempore recognicionis nostre supra- 
dicte Bt ideo dictam moram cum pertinenciis in presencia plurium regni 
procerum baronum militum et nobilium, videlicet Murdaci Stewart de 
Kynclevine militis locum tenentis nostri Johannis Stewart comitis Buchanie 
filiorum nostrorum carissimorum Johannis de Montegomeri de Ardrossane 
Umfridi de Conynghame de Achtirmachane militum Alexandri de Leving- 
istoun de Kalendare Willelmi de Conynghame de Kilmawris et Archibaldi 
de Conynghame de Achinbawy, cum multis aliis de deliberato consilio 
predictis ballivis burgensibus et communitati tanquam possessoribus eiusdem 
ad plegium deliberavimus sicut ex nostro suscepto officio debuimus et 
debemus quousque dicta mora cum pertinenciis fuerit a dictis ballivis 
burgensibus et communitate legittime recuperata prout expostulat juris ordo 
Quare omnibus et singulis legiis hominibus et subditis regni predicti quorum 
interest vel iuteresse poterit firmiter prohibemus ne quis dictos ballivos 
burgenses et communitates in possessione sua predicte more perturbare aut 
vexare presumat injuste sub pena omni que erga regiam majestatem et 
nos amitti poterunt quoquo modo : In cuius rei testimonium presentibus 
sigillum nostrum apponi fecimus apud Irwine die et anno supradictis. 

Translation. 

Robert Duke of Albany, earl of Fife and of Menteith, and Governor of 
the kingdom of Scotland, to all and sundry to whose notice these present 



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letters shall come, Greeting : Because it is a pious and worthy duty to bear 
witness to the truth, and chiefly in the cause or case in which the hiding 
of the truth would engender wrong to the innocent in their fees and 
heritages, therefore it is that we notify to your university by the tenor of 
the present letters, that on account of a certain discord moved between the 
bailies, burgesses, and community of the burgh of Irvine on the one part, 
and William Frances of the Stane, on the other part, concerning a certain 
claim of heritable possession of a piece of muir lying at the west end of the 
chapel of St. Bridget, in the barony of Cuninghame and shire of Ayr : on 
account of which discord moved between the parties foresaid, and in order 
to evite the evil and hurt which might arise therefrom, we caused the 
aforesaid piece of muir with the pertinents to be duly recognosced in our 
hands, a long time bygone : and afterwards, to pacify and put an end to the 
discord aforesaid, and to have it seen, declared, and finally determined to which 
of the said parties the said piece of muir with the pertinents ought to 
belong, and of right and reason to remain, we caused the parties foresaid, 
together with the best and most trusty men of the country, in proper 
person, and by our bailie of our barony of Cuninghame, to be lawfully 
summoned by our letters patent under our seal, that they should compear 
personally before us on Saturday the 24th of July in the year of the' Lord 
1417, and of our government the twelfth, on account of the cause aforesaid : 
on which day, the foresaid summons being lawfully proved before us, — then 
by prudent and faithful men of the country, by whom the truth of the matter 
might be best known, the great oath intervening, namely, John of Chalmer 
of Gadgirth, John Lockhart of the Bar, Eobert Koss of Tarbart, John of 
Arnot of Lochrig, Eobert of Fergushill of that ilk, Henry of Cuninghame, 
John Boyle of Kelburn, Alexander Fraser of Knok, Finlay of Monfod of 
that ilk, John of Langmure of that ilk, John Homil, Gilbert Spere, John 
Gibbonson, William Dobynson, and Adam Lachlane, we caused it to be 
diligently inquired which of the said parties was in possession of the said 
piece of muir at the time of our recognition aforesaid : Who having been 
sworn, and well and ripely advised and consulted, with one voice, none 
disagreeing, said, declared, and finally determined, that the foresaid bailies, 
burgesses, and community, were in possession of the said muir with the 
pertinents, at the time of our recognition above said ; and therefore, in 
presence of many of the chief men of the kingdom, barons, knights, and 
nobles, namely, Murdach Stewart of Kinclevin, knight, our lieutenant, John 



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22 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF IRVINE. 

Stewart Earl of Buchan, our dearest sons, John of Montgomery of Ardrossan, 
Humfrey of Cuninghame of Auchtermachane, knights, Alexander of 
Livingston of Calendar, "William of Cuninghame of Kilmaurs, and Archibald 
of Cuninghame of Auchinbawy, with many others, of deliberate counsel, we 
have, as by our office undertaken we ought to do, delivered the said muir 
with the pertinents to the aforesaid bailies, burgesses, and community, as 
possessors of the same, at pledge, until the same shall be lawfully recovered 
from them as the order of law requires : Wherefore, we firmly charge all and 
sundry liege men and subjects of the kingdom whom it may concern, that 
none presume unjustly to disturb or vex the said bailies, burgesses, and 
community in their possession of the foresaid muir, under all pain which 
they may incur in whatsoever manner towards the regal majesty or us : In 
witness whereof, we have caused our seal to be set to these presents, at 
Irvine, day and year above mentioned. 



10. Charter hy King James {the First) renewing the Charter 
No. 7, supra. — [Not dated.] 

Jacobus Dei gracia Eex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis quia ex supplicacione nobis et consilii 
nostri dominis per dilectos nostros ballivos et communitatem burgi nostri 
de Irwyne porrecta concepimus quod dicti ballivi et communitas per 
nobihssimos progenitores nostros cum libertatibus et privilegiis sicuti alii 
nostri burgi infra regnum nostrum infeodantur prout eorum carte et 
infeofamenta desuper confecta proportant Et quod una pars suarum 
evidenciarum caduca et in punctu perdicionis existit unde prefati ballivi 
et communitas nobis de remedio supplicarunt Nos igitur utilitatem et 
commodum dictorum ballivorum et communitatis ac burgi nostri predicti 
volentes necnon libertates et privilegia eisdem per dictos nostros progeni- 
tores concessas observare cupientes ex dictorum dominorum deliberacione 
ordinavimus quamdam cartam per progenitorem nostrum Eobertum Scotorum 
regem prenominatis ballivis communitati et burgo confectam reformari 
magnoque sigillo nostro de novo sigillari Cuiusquidem carte tenor sequitur 
et est talis Robertus Dei gracia Rex Scotorum [etc., as in No. 7 supra]. 



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Abstract. 

Charter by King James (the First) narrating that the bailies and 
community of the burgh of Irvine had supplicated the King and his lords 
of council to remedy the decay of some of their charters conferring 
privileges upon the burgh, and therefore ordaining the renewal of the 
charter No. ,7; supra, and that the great seal should be again appended 
thereto. [Not dated.] 



11. Decreet of the Commissioners of Burghs in Parliament anent Waste 
Burgh Lands. — 6th March 1429-30. [Notarial Copy.] 

In Dei nomine amen Noverint universi hoc presens publicum instrumentum 

visuri vel audituri quod anno ab incarnacione eiusdem millesimo quad- 

ringentesimo vicesimo nono indictione octava mensis Marcii die sexto 

pontificatus sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini nostri domini Martini 

divina providencia Pape quinti anno decimo tercio. In mei notarii publici 

et testium subscriptorum presencia personaliter constitutus Johannes Kerde 

commissarius burgi de Irewin peciit copiam cuiusdam decreti facti per 

universitatem burgorum et commissarios eorundem sibi dari per publicum 

instrumentum. Cuiusquidem decreti forma sequitur in hec verba. In 

parleamento domini nostri Regis Jacobi tento apud Pertht die Lune sexto 

die mensis Marcii cum continuacione dierum de anno Domini millesimo 

quadringentesimo vicesimo nono Statutum fuit ordinatum et finaliter 

decretum per universitatem commissariorum burgorum Scocie in dicto 

parleamento existencium unacum consensu et assensu eorundem quod si 

alique terre in aliquo burgo Scocie fuerint vaste et non distringibiles pro 

firma Eegia dicti burgi quod aldermannus eiusdem burgi vel unus vicinus 

eiusdem habens ad hoc potestatem per communitatem dicti burgi sub sigillo 

communi eorundem faciet processum per terre et lapidis capcionem de dictis 

terris coram uno sergiando dicti burgi et testibus vicinis eiusdem presen- 

tando huiusmodi terram et lapidem ad quatuor curias capitales in defectu 

solucionis firme Eegie non solute nominando summam firme Eegie preteri- 

tam et annos preterites ad quamlibet curiam processus et ad quartam 

curiam si huiusmodi terre non fuerint redempte per solucionem firme Eegie 

tunc inde debite dabitur iudicium proprietatis de dictis terris remanendis 



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24 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 

in feodo et hereditate ac in proprietate communitati dicti burgi imperpetuum 
sine recnperacione cuiuscunque prosequentis. Super quibus quidem 
statute ordinacione et decreto predictus Johannes Kerde peciit a me notario 
publico subscripto sibi publicum fieri instrumentum Acta fuerunt hec anno 
indictione mense die et loco ac pontificatu supradictis presentibus omnibus 
commissariis burgorum in dicto parleamento existentibus testibus ad pre- 
missa vocatis specialiter et rogatis. 

Et ego Willelmus de Kynnarde clericus Saucti Andree diocesis publicus 
Imperiali auctoritate notarius Quia premissis omnibus et singulis 
dum ut premittitur agerentur et fierent unacum prenominatis 
testibus presens interfui eaque vidi scivi et audivi ac ad instanciam 
predicti Johannis Kerde in banc publicam formam redegi presensque 
publicum instrumentum me aliis negociis occupato per alium scribi 
feci id meis signo et subscripcione solitis et consuetis signavi in 
testimonium omnium et singulorum premissorum. W. de K. 

Absteact. 

Notarial Instrument certifying that, in presence of a notary and 
witnesses, John Kerde, commissioner of the burgh of Irvine, craved a copy 
of a Decree, made by the whole of the burghs and commissioners of the same, 
to be given to him by public instrument ; which decree was to the effect 
that, in the parliament held at Perth on Monday 6th March, with continua- 
tion of days, in the year 1429, it was statute and ordained by the whole 
of the commissioners of the burghs of Scotland, present in the said 
parliament, with consent of the same, that if any lands in any burgh of 
Scotland were waste and not distrainable for the King's ferme of the said 
burgh, the alderman of the burgh or a neighbour of the same, having 
power by the community of the burgh under their common seal, should 
make process by taking of earth and stone of the said lands in presence of 
a sergeant of the burgh, and witnesses, neighbours of the same, and 
presenting them to the four head courts, in default of payment of the 
King's ferme, naming the sum and the years past, at each court ; and at the 
fourth court, if the lands shall not have been redeemed by payment of the 
King's ferme then due, judgment shall be given of the property of the said 
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burgh for ever, without recovery on the part of any pursuer : On which 
statute and decree the said John Kerde asked an instrument from the 
notary ; the witnesses being all the commissioners of the burghs present 
in parliament and William of Kynnarde, clerk of St. Andrew's diocese, 
notary. 



12. Transumpt before the Official of Lothian (on 28th September 1482), 
of Grants by Robert, Steward of Scotland, to Sir Hugh of 
Eglintoun, of the offices of Bailie of Cunynghame and Chamber- 
lain of Irvryne, and of other ivrits relating to the same offices — 
1336-1448.^ 

In Dei Nomine, Amen : Noverint universi et singuli hoc presens publicum 
instrumentum transumptum inspecturi, lecturi et audituri, quod nos, 
Ricardus Roberti, Rector ecclesie perochialis de Suthek, ac venerabilis et 
egregii viri, Domini Officialis Sanctiandree infra Archidiaconatum Laudonie, 
commissarius ad universitatem causarum specialiter deputatus, ad instanciam 
nobiUs et potentis domini, Hugonis Domini Mowngumry, omnes et singulos 
communiter et divisim, interesse habentes, seu habere putantes, vel quos 
infrascriptum tangit negocium, seu tangere poterit quomodolibet in 
futurum, ad comparendum coram nobis, certis die et loco inferius designatis 
ad videndum et audiendum quasdam cartas, literas, evidencias, indenturas 
et quitancias inferius scriptas, concernentes officium Balliatus de Cunyng- 
hame, et officium Camerarie burgi de Irwyne, transsumi, transcribi et 
exemplari, et in publicam transsumpti formam redigi, per edictum publicum, 
in valuis ecclesie Beati Egidii de Edinburgh, affixum et publicatum, per- 
emptorie citari fecimus, cum intimacione debita, ut moris est : Quibus die 
et loco advenientibus, comparuit coram nobis prefatus Hugo Dominus 
Mowngumry, unacum suo advocato sive prolocutore. Domino Johanne 
Symontoun, presbytero, et dictas literas citatorias debite execucioni 
demandatas, presentavit; quibus receptis, vocatisque in eisdem contentis, 
et non comparentibus, prefatus Dominus Johannes Symontoun contumacias 
accusavit, et in penam suarum contumaciarum, dictas cartas, literas, 
endenturas et evidencias, judicialiter produxit et exhibuit; hujusmodi 
sub tenore : — 

1 Memorials of the Montgomeries, vol. ii. pp. 5-7. 
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\_Then folloio Charters] 

(1.) Eobertus Senescallus Scocie, etc. etc. 

[and'] 

(2.) Robertus Senescallus Scocie, etc. etc. 

[and] 

(3.) Omnibus hoc scriptum visuris vel audituris, Eobertus Senescallus 
Scocie, Comes de Stratherne, Salutem in Domino : Quia concessimus et 
hereditarie donavimus nobili viro. Domino Hugoni de Eglintoun, Domino 
eiusdem, dilecto fratri nostro, et heredibus suis, officium Ballivi Baronie 
de Cunyngbam, unacum officio Camerarii burgi nostri de Irwyn, ad que 
quidem officia nuUus feodus in certo consequitur nee debetur : Noveritis 
nos dedisse, et per presentes concessisse eidem Domino Hugoni et heredi- 
bus suis hereditarie, tertiam partem omnium exituum et amerciamentorum 
in dictis curiis contigencium qualitercunque : Et hoc omnibus quorum 
interest, vel poterit interesse, tenore presentium innotescat : In cujus rei 
testimonium sigillum nostrum, unacum sigillo Johannis Senescalli, Comitis 
de Carrik, Domini de Kyle et de Atholia, filii nostri primogeniti, presentem 
concessionem ut predicitur confirmans et ratificans, est appensum : 
Testibus, religioso viro. Domino Eoberto, Dei gracia Abbate de Kilwynin, 
nobilibus viris, Dominis Johanne de Lindesaye Domino de Thurstoune, 
Adam de Fullartoun Domino de Corsby, militibus ; Kennydy, 

Domino de Donhour, Johanne Wallace Domino de Richardtoun, Thoma 
Sympill Domino de Elyastoun, Johanne Graye de Estelwoude, et multis aliis. 
Hec autem litera sigillata erat unico sigillo, sed tamen portabat signum 
ubi aliud sigillum erat affixum. 

Abstract. 

Notarial Transumpt at the instance of Hugh Lord Montgomery, of 
certain charters and other writs concerning the offices of Bailie of 
Cunninghame and Chamberlain of the Burgh of Irvine : Done before 
Eichard Eobertson, rector of the parish church of Southwick, commissary 
depute of the official of St. Andrews, within the Archdeanery of Lothian, 
in the consistorial place of the church of St. Giles of Edinburgh on 28th 
September 1482 : of which charters the first and second above noted are 
dated at Erth, 15th January 1366-7 ; and the third, as above copied, is not 
dated, but is followed by a charter dated at Eenfrew 30th May 1370. 



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Translation. 

To all who shall see or hear this writing, Robert, Steward of Scotland, 
earl of Stratherne, wisheth salvation in the Lord : Whereas we have granted, 
and heritably given, to a noble man. Sir Hugh of Eglintoun, lord of that ilk, 
our beloved brother, and his heirs, the office of bailie of the barony of 
Cunyngham, together with the office of chamberlain of our burgh of Irvine, 
to which offices no certain fee accrues or is due, — wit ye us to have given, 
and by these presents to have granted, to the said Sir Hugh and his heirs, 
the third part of all the issues and fines of whatsoever kind happening 
in the said courts : and this is notified by the tenor of these presents, to all 
whom it may concern : In witness whereof, our seal, together with the seal 
of John Stewart, earl of Carrick, Lord of Kyle and of Athole, our firstborn 
son, is appended, confirming and ratifying the present grant as is before said : 
witnesses, the religious man, lord Robert, by the grace of God, abbot of 
Kilwinning, the noble men Sir John of Lindesay lord of Thurstoun, Sir 
Adam FuUartoun lord of Corsby, knights ; Kennedy lord of 

Dunure, John Wallace lord of Riccartoun, Thomas Sempill lord of 
EUiestoun, John Gray of Eastwood, and many others. 

[This Letter was sealed with only one seal, but it bore a mark where 
the other seal was affixed.] 



13. Extracts from the Minutes of the Justiceaires, anent the Repledging 
of certain Burgesses of Irvine. — 1459-60, 1472. 

In curia Itineris Justiciarie domini nostri Regis tenta et inchoata apud 
burgum de Air tercio die mensis Marcii anno Domini millesimo quadrin- 
gentesimo quinquagesimo nono Coram honorabili et potenti domino Andrea 
domino Avindaile gardiano occidentalium Marchiarum Scotie versus 
Angliam ac justiciario domini Regis ex parte australi aque de Fortht 
generaliter constitutus comparuit Walterus Grahame ballivus de Irw3riie et 
replegiavit WHlelmum Burne Johannem Burne Thomam Burne Mariotam 
Burne Mariotam Trane Georgeum Pennyr Alexandrum Howstoun Johannem 
Mur juniorem et Jacobum Wilsone ad libertatem dicti burgi de Irwyne. 

Ita est in libro Adjornalis Nicholaus Craufurd clericus Justiciarie. 



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In curia Itineris Justiciarie domini nostri Eegis tenta et inchoata apud 
burgum de Air die mensis Januarii die Martis anno Domini millesimo 
quadringentesimo sexagesimo quinto coram honorabilibus viris Willelmo 
Edmondstoun de Duntreth et Gilberto Kennedy de Bargany justiciariis 
domini nostri Eegis ex parte australi aque de Forth generaliter constituti 
comparuerunt ballivi de Irwyne et replegiarunt Thomam Burne Willelmum 
Pyle Jacobum Burne Finlaium Park Johannem Achinmade Johannem 
Jamesone et uxorem Jobannis Achinmade Thomam Cocherane Margaretam 
Stupqhill Alexandrum Cuninghame Margaretam Dene ad libertatem dicti 
burgi de Irwyne. 

Ita est in libro adjornahs Nicholaius Craufurd clericus Justiciarie. 

In curia Itineris Justiciarie domini nostri Eegis tenta et inchoata apud 
burgum de Air die Lune secundo mensis Novembris anno Domini miUesimo 
quadringentesimo septuagesimo secundo per honorabilem virum magistrum 
David Guthere de eodem justiciarium domini nostri Eegis ex parte australi 
aque de Fortht generaliter constituti comparuerunt ballivi de Irwyne et 
replegiarunt personas subscriptas ad previlegium dicti burgi viz. Willelmum 
Pyll Willelmum Dongane Johannem Jamesone Agnetam Logane Mariotam 
Fresale Elesabetht Wod Willelmum Dogman Archibaldum Stewart Mar- 
garetam Eskdale et Johannem Mylne. 

Ita est in Hbro adjornalis Nicholaius Craufurd clericus Justiciarie. 

In curia Itineris Justiciarie domini nostri Eegis tenta et inchoata apud 
burgum de Air die Sabbato tercio coram honorabili et potenti domino 
C[olino] co[mi]te Ergadie magistro hospicii supremi domini nostri Eegis 
et Justiciario domini nostri Eegis deputato comparuerunt ballivi de Irwyne 
et replegiarunt personas subscriptas ad previlegium dicti burgi, viz. 
Willelmum Fergusone Johannem Smytht Willelmum Cuninghame Johannem 
Watsone Johannem Watsone filium ejusdem Johannem Hill Eduardum 
Arnott Bertholomeum Holland Johannem Holland Galfridum Holland 
Cristoferum Paidzeing et Hugonem Cutlar. 

Extractum de libris adjornalium supremi domini nostri Eegis per me 
Nicholaium Craufurd de Oxingangis clericum Justiciarie generalem 
ejusdem sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

NiCHOLAius Craufurd, 
Productum : J. Miller. Clericus Justiciarie. 



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Abstract. 



Extracts from the Books of Adjournal regarding (l.) Eepledging by- 
Walter Grahame bailie of Irvine of William Burne, John Burne, Thomas 
Burne, Marion Burne, and others, to the liberty of the burgh of Irvine, in the 
court of Justice ayre of the King, held at the burgh of Ayr on 3d March 
1459, before Andrew Lord Avondale, Warden of the West Marches of 
Scotland over against England, and Justiciar of the King on the south side 
of the Water of Forth. 

(2.) Repledging by the bailies of Irvine of Thomas Burne, William Pyle, 
James Burne and others, in a Court of Justice ayre of the King, held at the 
burgh of Ayr iu January 1465, before William Bdmondstoun of Duntreth 
and Gilbert Kennedy of Bargany, Justiciars of the King on the south side 
of the Water of Forth. 

(3.) Eepledging by the bailies of Irvine of William Pyle, William 
Dongane and others in a Court of Justice ayre held at the burgh of Ayr 2d 
November 1472, by Mr. David Guthere of that ilk, justiciar of the King 
on the south side of the Water of Forth. 

(4.) Eepledging by the bailies of Irvine of WiUiam Fergusone, John 
Smyth and others in a Court of Justice ayre of the King, held at the burgh 
of Ayr before Colin Earl of Argyll, master of household to the King, and 
Justiciar depute. [Date obliterated.] 

Extracted by Nicholas Craufurd of Oxengangs,^ general clerk of Justiciary 
of the King. 

1 4. Memorandum of Papers produced, relating to the Earl of Eglinton's 
right to the office of Bailie and Chamberlain of Cunningham. — 
1366-1482. 

Ane Lettre of Bailyerie maid to Hew erle of Eglintoun be Eobert erle of 
Stratherne of the office of bailzerie of the barony of Cuninghame makand 
na mentioun of blude nor of the burght, of the dait j"" iij° Ixvj yeris. 

Ane uthir infeffcment maid be the said Eobert to the said Hew de 
exitibus bailie et camerarie of the said barony, of the dait the yeir forsaid. 

1 Nicholas Craufurd of Oxengangs, Clerk of infeftment in the lands of Poldrait, dated 29th 
Justiciary, has a Precept from James V. for his April 1527. — Beg. Sec. Sig., Lib. vii. fol. 66. 



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Ane uthir charter maid be the samin persoun to the said Hew de tertia 
parte exitibus amertiamentorum wantand ane dait officii camerarii infra 
burgum de Irwin. 

Ane uthir charter maid be the said Eobert to the said Hew of the said 
office of baiUierie and chalmerlanrie within the burght of Irwin gevand the 
said Hew and his aris power to hald courtis to sett the saidis landis to 
ferme to replege the brakaris of the said office to punesche and uthiris to 
put in thair place, etc. quhilk evident is not halelie transumit Be ressoun 
the transsunpt declaris that it mycht not be red and thair mycht haif bene 
uthir provisionis thairintill. 

Ane charter maid be King James to Alexander lord Montgwmery be 
resignatioun of Alexander his fader of all and haiU the office of the barony 
of Cuninghame without ony mentioun of blude or chalmerlanrie of the dait 
j™ iiij" xlviij yeris. 

All thir evidentis ar transsumit in Edinburgh befor ane commissar 
callit Richardus Roberti upoun the xxviij day of Nouember j"" iiif Ixxxij 
yeris And this transsunpt is bot modum vidimus without witnes or 
recognoscheing and na partie being summond thairto. 

Ane charter maid be King James of the office of baiUierie and chalmer- 
lanrie gevin to Hew erle of Eglingtoune als frelie as his fader or his 
predecessouris held the samin of befoir. 

Memorandum that within the court bulk thair is na mentioun maid of 
ony burges of Irwin except ane that duelt in the burrowmur of Irwin quhilk 
wes nolder burges nor inhabitare of Irwin and the last court wes haldin 
perforce by Hewe. 

Indorsed : The productioun of my lord of Eglintowne's letteres. 

15. Charter hy King James the Fourth, ratifying all previous royal grants 
to the Burgh of Irvine. — 8th August 1511. 

Jacobus Dei gracia Rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis nos pro favore speciali quem gerimus 
erga dilectos nostros ballivos et communitatem burgi nostri de Irwin et pro 
ipsorum bono et gratuito servicio nobis impenso approbasse ratificasse ac 
pro nobis et successoribus nostris pro perpetuo confirmasse omnes et singulas 



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donaeiones libertates privilegia et immunitates quascunque prefato nostro 
burgo de Irwin ac ballivis et communitati ejusdem per quondam nobilissimos 
progenitores et predecessores nostros quorum animabus propicietur Deus 
prius datas et concessas necnon omnes cartas scripta et evidencias eis desuper 
confectas Tenendas et habendas omnes et singulas predictas donaeiones 
libertates privilegia et immunitates dicto nostro burgo de Irwin ballivis et 
communitati ejusdem nunc presentibus et futuris per ipsos et successores 
suos exercendas gaudendas et possidendas adeo libere quiete plenarie integre 
honorifice bene et in pace in omnibus et per omnia sicut carte evidencie et 
scripta predecessorum nostrorum predictorum prefato nostro burgo ballivis- 
que et communitati ejusdem date concesse et facte in se plenius proportant 
et testantur Ac secundum tenorem vim formam et eflfectum earundem 
Volumus eciam et concedimus pro nobis et successoribus nostris quod bee 
generalis nostra confirmacio erit dictis ballivis et communitati prefati nostri 
burgi eorumque successoribus talis et tanti valoris vigoris et efficacie sicut 
omnes predicte donaeiones libertates et privilegia carteque et evidencie 
earundem in bac nostra carta confirmacionis specialiter fuissent contente ac 
de verbo in verbum inserte Quas eciam cartas et evidencias pro expressis 
habere volumus in bac nostra carta confirmacionis sine aliquo impedimento 
obstaculo vel contradictione quacunque Insuper volumus ac pro nobis et 
successoribus nostris concedimus et ordinamus quod quocienscumque et 
quandocumque aliquem vel aliquos burgensem vel inbabitantem burgenses 
vel inbabitantes dicti nostri burgi de Irwin ad quascunque curias in antea 
tenendas coram quocunque judice vel quibuscunque judicibus et pro quacunque 
causa attacbiari contigerit seu arrestari Quod ipsi ad libertatem dicti nostri 
burgi de Irwin replegientur et reducantur et in eodem per assisam vicinorum 
suorum jura subeant imperpetuum sine aliquo obstaculo seu contradictione 
nostri aut successorum nostrorum judicum ve aut officiariorum nostrorum 
quorumcunque In cujus rei testimonium presenti carte nostre magnum 
sigillum nostrum apponi precepimus Testibus reverendissimo reverendisque 
in Cbristo patribus Alexandro Sancti Andree arcbiepiscopo etc. cancellario 
nostro Willelmo episcopo Abirdonensi nostri secreti sigilli custode Andrea 
episcopo Catbanensi thesaurario nostro dilectis consanguineis nostris Arcbi- 
baldo comite de Ergile domino Campbell et Lome magistro bospicii nostri 
Matheo comite de Levenax domino Dernlie Alexandro domino Hume magno 
camerario nostro Andrea domino Gray justiciario nostro Magistris Gawino 
Dumbar arcbidiacono Sancti Andree clerico Eotulorum registri ac consilii 



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nostri Patricio Paniter rectore de Tannades secretario nostro et Roberto 
Colvile de Uchiltre nostre cancellarie directors Apud Edinburgh octavo 
die mensis Augusti anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo undecimo et regni 
nostri vicesimo quarto. 

Translation. 

James by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole 
land, kirkmen and laymen, greeting: Know ye that we for the special 
favour which we bear towards our well-beloved the bailies and community 
of our burgh of Irvine, and for their good and thankful service done to us, 
have approved ratified and for us and our successors for ever confirmed, all 
and sundry gifts freedoms privileges and immunities whatsoever, given and 
granted beforetime to our foresaid burgh of Irvine, and the bailies and 
community thereof, by our deceased most noble progenitors and predecessors, 
on whose souls may God have mercy, and all charters writs and evidents 
made to them thereupon : To be had and to be held all and sundry the 
foresaid gifts freedoms privileges and immunities to our said burgh of Irvine, 
the bailies and community of the same, now present and to come, to be 
exercised enjoyed and possessed by them and their successors, as freely 
quietly fully wholly honourably well and in peace, in all and by all, as the 
charters evidents and writs of our foresaid predecessors, given granted and 
made to our foresaid burgh, and the bailies and community thereof, in 
themselves more fully purport and bear witness, and according to the tenor 
force form and efi"ect of the same : We also will and grant for us and our 
successors that this our general confirmation shall be of as much and as great 
strength force and effect to the said bailies and community of our foresaid 
burgh and their successors, as if all the foresaid gifts freedoms and privileges 
and charters and evidents of the same had been particularly contained and 
inserted word by word in this our charter of confirmation : Which charters 
and evidents also we will to be held as expressed in this our charter of 
confirmation, without any impediment obstacle or gainsaying whatsoever : 
Moreover we will and for us and our successors grant and ordain, that so 
often and whensoever it shall happen any one or more burgess or indweller 
burgesses or indwellers of our said burgh of Irvine, to be attached or arrested 
before whatever judge or whatever judges and for whatsoever cause, they 
be repledged and brought back to the freedom of our burgh of Irvine, 



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and underlie the laws in the same by an assize of their neighbours, for ever,, 
without any obstacle or gainsaying of us or our successors, or of our judges 
or officers whomsoever : In witness whereof we have commanded our great 
seal to be affixed to our present charter : Witnesses, the most reverend and 
reverend fathers in Christ, Alexander Archbishop of Saint Andrews, etc. 
our chancellor, William Bishop of Aberdeen, keeper of our privy seal, 
Andrew bishop of Caithness, our treasurer; our wellbeloved cousins 
Archibald earl of Argyle lord Campbell and Lome, master of our household, 
Matthew earl of Lennox lord Darnley, Alexander Lord Hume, our great 
chamberlain, Andrew lord Gray, our justiciar, Masters Gavin Dunbar, 
archdeacon of Saint Andrews, clerk of our Rolls register and council, 
Patrick Paniter, rector of Tannadice, our secretary, and Eobert Colvile of 
Ochiltree, director of our chancery : At Edinburgh the eighth day of the 
month of August, the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and 
eleven, and of our reign the twenty-fourth year. 



16. Letters of Charge by King James the Fifth, and Queen Margaret his 
Mother, to the Burgh of Irvine, to provide vessels and marhiers 
for the expedition against the Lord of the Isles.- — 2&th April 1514. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis and Margrete be the samin grace 
Quene of Scotland oure derrest moder tutrice testamentar and governour to 
the aldermane and bailies of our burgh of Irwin greting Forsamekile as we 
have direct our uthiris lettres to oure cousingis and counsallouris the west- 
land lordis to pas for the resisting of our untrew liegis of the His that is to 
say Donald of the His Lauchlane M'Clane of Dowart and divers uthiris 
thare complicis quhilkis has invadit and dailie invadis oure propir landis of 
the His and uthiris lordis landis thairabout be cruell slauchter hereschip 
and bimyng of oure trew liegis and tendis siclik to invaid the Lawland geif 
it be in thare powere and thai be nocht hastelye resistit in hie contemptioune 
and lichtleiug of our auctorite brekand the cuntre and gevand evill example 
till uthiris now in our tender age and als in dissobeying and lichtleing of 
oure lettres direct to thame of before tharthrou incurrand the pane of 
tressoune contenit in the samyne And atour in maire contemptioune hes 
takin oure officiare and messingere of armez Gilbert Eeoch quhilk we laitlie 
send to thaim with oure lettres and chargis for the stancheing of sik cruell 
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34 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF IRVINE. 

and manifest attemptatis and as yit withhaldis him Oure will is herefore and 
we charge you stratlie and commandis that incontinent thir our lettres sene 
ye provid for all the weschallis and botis ye may furnes togidder with the 
marinaris ye may get to be reddy and pas to Loch Eenesay in Arane and 
thare to meite the saidis lordis and our cousing and counsalour Colyne erle 
of Ergile the xv day of Mali nixt to cum but fait furnest with wittalis and 
expensis to remane for the space of xl dais and eftir as ye salbe chargit be 
the saidis lordis to pas with thame and mak thame service for the resisting 
of oure said untrew liegis And atour that ye furnes vittalis to the saidis 
lordis apoune thare expensis at your powere as ye will half speceale thank 
of us and as ye lufe the commone wele of oure realme and will ansuere to 
us tharapoune at your utter perell. 

Grevin under oure signet at Striveling the xxvj day of Aprile and of oure 
regnne the first yere. 



^V v^^'^^^-v y^ 



Per S. D. N. Eegem Eeginam et consilium. 



17. Letters of Charge by King James the Fifth, to the Burgh of Irvine, 
to send allfencible men, well armed, to Roslin Muir, to resist the 
English.—Slst May 1514. 

James be the grace of God king of Scottis to the bailies of oure buro-h of 
Irwin greting Forsamekil as it is thocht expedient devisit and ordanit be 
the lordis of our counsale that all our liegis fensabil men assembil and mete 
on Eosling mure beside Edinburgh the fift day of Julii nixt to cum furnist 
and bodin for were as efter folowis for defens of our realme and liegis and 
resisting of our auld inymis of Ingland quhilkis as the saidis lordis ar 
sickerlie advertist tendis at thare power to invaid us our realme and liecris 
Oure wil is herfore and we charge you straitlie and commandis that 
incontinent thir our lettres sene ye in our naim and autorite command and 
charge be opin proclamatioun at the mercate croce of our said burgh al and 
sindry oure liegis betuix sexti and sextene and uthiris fensabil men within 
the fredome of our said burgh that thai and ilkan of thame be wele abulzeit 



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and bodin for were on thar best wise in quhite harnes brigantinis gude 
jakkis haburonis splentis sellatis gorgettis gluvis of plate grete speris axis 
halbertis Jedwortb stavis lang tua bandit suerdis band bowis crocebowis 
culveringis pavilyeonis splentis rubbouris creilis and al utber maner of 
abilzeamentis wappinnis and instrumentis for were addres tbaim and convene 
and mete witb tbe lafe of our lordis baronis and trew liegis upone the said 
mure tbe said fift day of Julii nixt to cum furnist with vittalis and expensis 
for the space of xx dais efter thar cuming pas quhare it salbe thocht 
expedient and devisit for the tyme for resisting of our saidis auld inymis 
and defens of our realme and liegis under tbe pane of tynsale of life landis 
and gudis and in the menetyme that ye caus tuo or thre wappinschewingis 
to be maid be al the inhabitaris of our said burgh and assigne dais tharto 
that thai may kepe and that ye se that thai be sufficientlie furnist and 
bodin as said is ilkman in bis aune degre as efferis and that ye charge thame 
to kepe the said dais of wappinschewingis the first day under the pane of 
XX s the secund day under the pane of xl s and the thrid day under the 
pane of iii 11 to be takin of eviry man but favouris that cummis nocht tharto 
bodin as said is and that ye be thar the said day bodin and furnist as said 
is bringing with you thir our lettres deulie execut and indorsat that it may 
be understand quhat diligence ye do herein as ye wil ansuere to us upone 
the executioun of youre office and under the panis forsaidis. Gevin under 
our signet at Striveling the last day of Mail and of oure regne the first yere. 

Per duodecim dominos per generale consilium ad hoc electos, etc. 

18. Minute of the Lords of Council in reference to the Customs of 
Irvine. — 11th April 1524.-^ 

xi Apribs [W V<= xxiiij ). 

Sederunt episcopus Abirdonensis comes de Cassillis dominus 
Hay de Yestir decanus Abirdonensis Archidiaconus Cath- 
anensis Rotulator Nicholaus Craufurd. 

Anent our soverane lordis letres purchest at the instance of the grete 
custumaris of Irwyne aganis Andro Mure Johnne Mure Johnne Eobisone 
Edward Eobisone Patrik Patersoune Johnne Howstoune youngar James 
Airstoune Patrik Patersoun Mathow Multrar Johnne How WHliame Mure 

1 Acta Dominorum Concilii, Lib. xxxiv. 



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iiobert Hunter and Thomas Smyth for the wranguis defrauding of our 
soverane lordis custumis of thair merchandice and gudis sauld be thame to 
Franchemen and had furth of the said burgh and fredome thairof be thame 
uncustumit ilkane for thair awin pairt as at maire [lenth] is contenit in the 
summondis and lettres thairupone the said grete custumaris comperand be 
schir Alexander Scott vicar of Kirkurd thair procuratour and the remanent 
of the saidis personis lauchfuUie summond to this actioun oftymes callit 
and nocht comperit the Lordis of consale continewis the said mater in the 
samin forme force and effect as it is now but prejudice of party onto the 
xxiiij day of Maij nixt tocum with continuatioun of dais and ordanis the 
said custumaris to have letres to summond sic witnes and probacionis as 
thai will use for the preving of the punctis of the principall summondis 
apone the said day and the parti to be warnit of this continuacioun and to 
heir the witnes suorne. 

19. Letters of Lawborroivs at the instance of the Burgh of Irvine, 
against' Heio Earl of Eglinton. — Mh August 1529. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to our Schiref of Are and his 
deputis and to our lovittis Ormond Bute Dingwall persewantis Duncane 
Richardsone David Dowry Archibald Hoge Johue Gourlaw 
messingeris our schireffis in that part conjunctlie and severalie specialie 
constitut greting Forsamekill as it is humelie menit and schewin to us be 
our lovittis the bailies counsale and communite of our burgh of Irwin that 
quhar our said' burgh is infeft with all fredomez and privilegis siclike as 
ony uther burgh within our realme and has bene in use and possessioun 
thairof sen thair first fundatioun quhill now laitlie our cousing Hew erll of 
Eglintoun our bailie of Cunynghame molestis thame thairintill And becaus 
thai wald be our autorite uphald and keip the fredom of our said burgh 
unbrokin or hurt thai ar oft tymez mannissit and boistit be our said cousing 
his complicis and servandis for thair bodely harme and has divers tymes 
cumin upon thame for thare slauchter in thair aune houssis with drawin 
knyffis and siclike has invadit thame' upon our hie streit and uther wais in 
grete skayth to thame and in hie contempcioun of our autorite and lawis 
Our will is herefor and we charge you straitlie and commandis that incon- 
tinent thir our letteris sene ye pas and tak sicker souirte and lauborrowis 
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as the saidis bailies counsale and communite of our said burgh of Irwin will 
mak faith before you thai dreid bodely harme of and gevis their namez to 
you in bill that thai salbe harmeles and skaithles of thame and all that thai 
may let in tyme cuming but fraud or gile bot as law will That is to say of 
the said Hew erll of Eglintoun undir the pane of j'" U and of ilkane of his 
sonnys undir the pane of v" H and of ilk uthir gentill man landit thair 
complicis j° H ilk gentill man unlandit j" merkis and ilk yeman xl H And 
that ye in our name and autorite command and charge our said cousing his 
sonnys servandis and complicis personaly gif thai can be apprehendit 
failzeing thairof be oppin proclamatioune at the mercate croce of the hede 
burgh of the schire quhare thai duell to cum and fynd the said souirte and 
lauborrowis to you within vj dais nixt eftir thai be chargeit be you thairto 
undir the pane of rebellioun and putting of thaim to our home The quhilk 
vj dais being runin and the said souirte nocht fundin that ye denunce 
thame our rebellis and put thame to our home and eschaete and inbring all 
thair movable gudis to our use for their contemptioun The quhilk to do we 
commit to you coniunctlie and severalie our full power be thir our letteris 
delivering thaim be you deuly execute and indorsate agane to the berare. 
Gevin undir our signete at Edinburgh the ix day of August and of 
our regne the xvj yere. 

Ex deliberacione dominorum consilii, etc. Bannatyne. 



20. Composition for the Burgh of Irvine for absence from the Host, 
and intercommuning with Neil Montgomery of Langshaiv. — 12th 
February 1529-30. 

CoMPONiTUR pro remissione cum ballivis burgensibus et communitate burgi 
de . . ac cum omnibus et singulis inhabitantibus infra dictum burgum 
terras burgales ac libertatem ejusdem infra vicecomitatum de Air com- 
morantibus pro eorum remanencia ab exercitu Eegis de Sulway ac aliis 
supremi domini nostri Eegis exercitibus quibuscumque suas contra pro- 
clamationes desuper confectas Ac pro eorum proditoria intercommunicatione 
receptione favore et assistentia datis et exhibitis Nigello Montgumre de 
Langschaw ejus fratribus et eorum complicibus tunc felonibus ac aliis 
supremi domiai nostri Eegis rebellibus quibuscumque Et pro omnibus 
actione et crimine que eis aut [eor]um alicui inde quovismodo imputari 



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poterint Necnon pro omnibus aliis actionibus transgressionibus criminibus 
et offensis quibuscumque per dictas personas aut earum aliquam aliquibus, 
temporibus elapsis ante diem date presentium commissis seu quomodolibet 
perpetratis proditoria traditione in personam regiam furto receptione furti 
murthuro incendio mulierum raptu et homicidio tantum exceptis Sub- 
scriptum per dominos compositores apud Air xii die mensis Februarii anno 
Domini j" v° xxix° Compositio xxxiij lib vj s iij d. 

E. thep. 

H. Candide Case. 

D. de Abirbrotbok. 

Jhon Lord Irskin. 
Abstract. 

Composition for the bailies, burgesses, and community of [Irvine], and 
all inhabitants within the burgh lands and liberty thereof in the sheriffdom 
of Ayr for remaining from the King's host at Solway, and other hosts 
of the King whatsoever, contrary to his proclamations : and for treasonable 
intercommuning, reception, favour, and assistance to Neil Montgumre 
of Langschaw, his brothers and their complices, then felons, and other 
rebels of the King whatsoever, etc. Subscribed by the lords compositors 
at Ayr, 12th February 1529. Composition £33 6s. 8d:. 

Signed by E[obert] treasurer ; H[enry] bishop of Galloway, D[avid] 
abbot of Abirbrothok, and John Lord Erskine. 



and 



21. Signet Summons against Mr. William Montgomery of Stane 
others for spoliation. — 13^^ December 1533. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to our lovittis 
our schereffis in that part conjunctlie and severalie specialie constitut 
greting : Our will is and we charge you that ye lauchfuUy summond 
warne and charge Master Williame Montgomery of Stane Arthur Mont- 
gomery his sone and apperand air and Eobert Arth to compere befoir us 
and our counsale at Edinburgh or quhar it shall happin us to be for the 
tyme the day of nixt tocum gif it be lauchfull 

and failzeing tharof the nixt lauchfull day thareftir following in the hour 
of cans with continuatioun of dayis to answer at the instance of our lovitt 
Patersoun sone and air of umquhile Archibald Patersoun 



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burges of our burgh of Irwin and Schir Eobert Patersone cbaplane his 
tutour for his interes that is to say the saidis personis for the wranguisly 
violent and masterfull spoliatioun be thame self thair servandis and 
complices being with thame in cumpany in thair names of thair causing 
command assistence and ratihabitioun away taking and withhalding fra 
the said Patersone pupill recently upoun the ix day of December 

instant out of Johnne Eankynis hous within our said burgh of thir gudis 
undirwrittin pertening to the said Patersone as his aune propir 

gudis and than being in his possessioun in the said Johne Eankynis hous 
foirsaid that is to say ane tydy kow price xlv s ane stirk price xx s ane 
mete almery price ii merkis tua brasin pottis price of thame xx s thre 
pewdir discheis price of thame xiij s iiij d ane veschel almery price vj s 
viij d: ane mete burd price v s ane irne spete price v s ane pan price iiii § 
V ladis of colis price of thame xxx d xxx ladis of turffis and petis price of 
thame v s as is allegit And tharfoir the saidis personis to here thame or 
ony of thame be decernit be decret of the lordis of our counsale to have 
done wrang in recent spoliatioun of the saidis gudis fra the said 
Patersoun out of the said hous in maner foirsaid and to restoir and deliver 
the samin agane to him and his possessioun and place that thai war takin 
fra als gud as thai war the tyme that thai war takin or the avale tharof 
prices foirsaidis according to justice and for the costis and skaithis sustenit 
be the said Patersoun and his said tutour tharthrow : And forthir 

to ansuer in the said mater insafer as law will Making intimatioun to 
the saidis personis that quhethir thai compere or nocht the saidis day arid 
place with continuatioun of dayis we will proceid and minister iustice in 
the said mater insafer as we may of law according to our act of parliament 
made upoun recent spulze Attour that ye lauchfully summond warne 
and charge to compere befoir us and our counsale the saidis 

day and place with continuatioun of dayis to bere lele and suthfast witness- 
ing insafer as thai knaw or salbe sperit at thame in the said mater undir 
all hieast pane and charge that eftir may follow The quhilk to do we 
committ to you conjunctlie and severalie our full powar be thir our letters 
dilivering thame be you deuly execut and indorsat agane to the berar 
Gevin under our signet at Edinburgh the xiij day of December and of our 
regnne the nynetene yeir. 

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22. Letters of Charge to the Burgh of Irvine to choose their Officers 
according to the Act of Parliament. — 2%th September 1537. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to our lovittis Johne Skrimgeour 
Johne Scheves Williame Campbell masaris Duncan Eiche David Tempilman 
Johne Coupare Eichard M'mannady messingeris oure schireffis 

in that part conjunctlie and severalie specialie constitute greting Forso- 
mekle as it is humilie menit and schewin to us be oure lovittis bailzeis 
and comonite of oure burgh of Irwin that quhare thai have thair bail[zeis] 
and ofl&ciaris of oure said burgh to cheis now at the next court eftir 
Michaelmes nevirtheles thare is certai[n] persouns within the samyn 
quhilkis in the tyme of the chesin of the said bailzeis and officiaris convenis 
with ... of simple persouns fremen within oure said burgh and gadderis 
ane multitude of thame togidder and [will] nocht thole the said officiaris to be 
chosin be the best and wourthiest of oure said burgh for the gud [and] 
wele of the samyn bot quham that thai pies to cheis in grete stopping and 
hindring of justice to be kepit with[in the] said burgh and in contrare the 
actis and statutis of parliament as is al[legit Oure] will is herefore and we 
ch[arge] you straitlie and commandis that incontinent thir our lettres sene 
ye [pas and in oure] name and autorite command [and] charge the saidis 
bailzeis counsale and commonite of oure said burgh th[at thai] cheis thair 
officiaris in the samyn, conforme to our said act of parliament and na 
uthirwayis as y[e will] ansuer to us thairapoun and [on] all the hiaste 
pane and charge thai may commit and inrin agane . . . that part The 
quhipk to do] we commit to you conjunctlie and severalie our full powere 
be thir oure [lettres] Delivering thir oure lettres be yo[u deulie] execute 
and indorsat agane to the berare. Gevin under oure signete at Edin- 
burgh the xxviij day [off] September and of oure regne the xxiii yere. 

Ex deliberatione dominorum consi[lii etc.] 

J. Douglas. 



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23. Letters of Charge forbidding the holding of Open Markets within 
Cuninghame, except at Irvine. — 3d Novemher 1538. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to oure schireflF of Aire and 
bailie of Cunyngbame and thair deputis and to oure lovittis 
messingeris oure scbireffis in that conjunctlie and severalie specialie 
constitute greting For[sa]mekle as it is humelie menyt and schewin to us 
be oure lovittis the bailies and comonite of oure burgh [of] Irwin that 
quhare thai ar of auld infeft in fre burrowage and hes broukit the samyn 
with[out interjruptioun within the boundis of Cunynghame quhill now 
laitlie in this trublus tyme sen the feild of Flowdoun marchandis chepman 
and uthiris oure liegis makis plane mercattis upoun all sondayis at the 
paroch kirkis of Kilmarnok Beith Dairy Largis and uthiris kirkis within 
Cunynghame and sellis hyde woU skynnis claith meill malt fische flesche 
and chepmen haldis plane buthis and sellis all maner of small marchandice 
and cramry wair and will nocht produce the samyn to the market to be 
sauld thair and coft upoun the marcat day quharthrow oure burgh is utirlie 
distroyit for want of repaire and use of change and we gretumelie defraudit 
in oure custumes and without reformatioun oure burgh salbe put to utir 
reuyne and distructioun aganis the commoun and to thair hevy dampnage 
and skaith gif sa be Oure will is heirfore and we charge you straitlie and 
commandis that incontinent thir oure lettres sene ye pas and in our name 
and autorite command and charge all and sindry marchandis and uthiris 
oure legis be opin proclamatioun at the mercat croces of Irwyn and uthiris 
places neidfuU that nane of thame tak upoun hand to use merchandice at 
ony kirkis within Cunynghame uthiris nor meit and drink except pure 
chepmen that beris thair pakkis upoun thair bakkis bot that thai bring 
all sic merchandice to our said burgh and uthiris fre burro wis to be coft 
and sauld in the samin commonely amangis oure liegis quhar we may have 
our custumes as accordis under the pane of escheting of all thair gudis 
being sauld outwith the fredome of the said burrowis That is to say the 
twa part thairof to be inbrocht to us and oure thesaurar in our name and 
the thrid part of the samin to the eschetar for his laubouris sua that our 
burrowis be nocht utirly . . . The quhilk to do we commit to you 
conjunctlie and severalie our full power be thir our lettres delivering 

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[thame] be you deulie execute and indorsat agane to the berar. Gevin 
under our signet at Bdinbu[rgh the] thrid day .of November and of our 
regnne the xxiiij yere. 

Ex deliberatione dominorum cons[ilii, etc.] 

L. GUDE. 



24. Summons at the instance of the Burgh of Irvine against the Sheriff 
of Ayr, for infringing their privileges. — 11th January 1538-9. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to oure lovittis Thomas Nevin 
messinger Adam Mungumry James Broun oure schirreflfis in that parte 
conjunctlie and severalie specialie constitut greting Forsamekill as it is 
humelie menit and schawin to us be oure lovittis the baillies counsale and 
communite of our burgh Irwin That quhare our said burgh is infeft of auld 
be oure maist noble progenitouris of gude mynd quham God assolze with 
siclik previlege and fredome of burgh within thare selfis as utheris oure 
burrowis within oure realme hes and was nevir in use of passing upoun 
inqueistis assisis or utheris actionis before our schirreff of Aire or baillie of 
Cunynghame or thare deputis outwith the fredome and jurisdictioun of 
oure said burgh quhill xxix yeris syne or thareby oure said is schirreff and 
baillie trublit thame tharein and wald have compellit thame to have ansuerit 
before the saidis beillie and schirreff the saidis bailie counsale and communite 
havand provest and bailies of thare aune jugeis ordinare to thame 
Quhareupoun thai menit thame to the lordis of our counsale and for gude 
caussis moving thame obtenitt our uthir letteris discharging our saidis 
schirreff and baillie and thare deputis of all calling arresting unlawing or 
poinding of ony of the saidis baillies consale and communite of our said 
burgh within thare fredome and jurisdictioun for ony actioun or caus sen 
thai war exceptit fra our said schirreff baillie and thare deputis in fre 
burgage and of thaire officis in that parte as our saidis uthir letteris beris 
Nevirtheles oure said schirreff of Air and his deputis has laitlie gart call 
Johnne Kile elder and Thomas Kile thare nychtbouris and burgessis of oure 
said burgh before thame for allegit deforceing of our said schirreffis officiar 
in poinding within oure said burgh thai havand na power thareto and beino- 
dischargit of thare officis in that parte as said is and sa intendis to proceid 
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fredome gretlie thare throw that thai have peciabillie broukit and joisit past 
memor of man as is allegit Oure will is herefore and we charge you that ye 
lauchfuUie summond warne and charge oure said schirreif of Aire and his 
deputis to compere befoire us and our counsale at Edinburgh or quhare it 
sail happin us to be for the tyme the xxiiii day of Januar instant in the 
houre of cans with continewatioun of dais to here oure uthir letteris gevin 
chargeing oure said schirreflf and his deputis gyfe the saidis Johnne and 
Thomas Kile be burgessis and induellaris of oure said burgh and that the 
said deforciament is allegit to be committit within the samyn quhare our 
said schirreff his deputis nor officiariis had na power to poind that thai 
desyst and ces fra all calling and proceding before thame aganis the saidis 
Johnne and Thomas nychtbowris of our said burgh dischargeing thaim 
tharof and of thair officis in that parte for the caussis forsaidis Or ellis to 
schaw ane resonable cans quhy the samyn aucht nocht to be gevin with 
certificatioun to thame and thai failze tharein oure uthir lettres salbe direct 
to the effect abone specifiit Attour that ye in our name and auctorite 
command and charge oure said schirreff and his deputis to continew thare 
courte in the said mater quhill the sext day of Februar nixt efter the said 
xxiiij day of Januar instant Sua that this summondis may be callit in the 
meyntyme as thai will ansuer to us thareupoun, and under all hiest pain 
and charge that efter may follow, as ye will ansuer to us thareupoun : The 
quhilk to do we committ to you conjunctlie and severalie our full power be 
thir our lettres delivering thaim be you deulie execut and indorsat agane to 
the berar. Gevin under our signet at Edinburgh the xj day of Januar and of 
our regnne the xxvj yere. 

Ex deliberatione dominorum consilii, etc. 

J. Maben. 

Fiat ut petitur : and anentis the mater depending before the Schiref to 
send the proces heire of deforce and to send heire the x day of Februar that 
justice may be ministrat. 

The xiiij day of Januere the yere of God j" v" xxxviij yeris I Thomas 
Nevin ane of the Schirreffis in that part within constitut past at command 
of thir our soverane lordis letterez and summond warnit and chargit Hew 
Campbell of Lowdoun Schirreff of Aire personaly apprehendit in jugement 
in the tolbuyth of Aire to compere before the lordis of Counsell day and 
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the effect within writtiu Or ellis to schaw ane resonable caus quhy the 
samin suld nocht be gevin with certificatioun as is within specifyit Attour 
I chargit the said schirreff and his deputis to continew thare court quhill 
the vj day of Februare nixt to cum under the panis contenit in thir our 
soverane lordis letterez And this I did before thir witnes Adam Montgumry 
Archibald Muire William Yong Schir James Craufurd and Schir William 
Mure chaplanis and public notaris with utheris divers And for the mair 
witnessing I have affixt my signet. 



25. Letters of Protection by King James the Fifth to the Burgh of 
Irvine. — 7th August 1540. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to all and sindry oure liegis and 
subdittis quham it eflferis quhais knawlege thir our lettres sal cum greting 
Wit ye us to have takin and be thir oure lettres takis our lovittis the 
provest baillies counsale and communite of our burgh of Irwin and all and 
sindry thair landis rentis heretageis takis stedingis possessionis malingis 
rowmes custumes burrow malis mylnis multuris houssis bigyngis myris 
mossis maner places stoir places grangeis pasturis lesuris woddis lewis 
fischeingis cornis cattell orchartis yardis stankis dykis men tenentis 
servandis familiaris factouris procuratouris and intromettouris and all and 
sindry uthiris thair gudis movable and unmovable quhatsumever had or to 
be had quhare ever thai be within oure realme or outwith under oure 
speciale protectioun supple mantenance defence and saufgard Quharfor we 
charge straitlie and commandis you all and sindry our liegis and subditis 
forsaidis that nane of you tak upone hand to do the saidis provest baillies 
counsale and communite or to all and sindry thaire landis rentis heretageis 
takkis stedingis possessionis malingis rowmes custumes burrow males 
mylnis multuris houssis bigyngis myris mossis maner places store places 
grangeis pasturis lesuris woddis lowis fischeingis cornis cattell orchartis 
yardis stankis dykis men tenentis servandis familiaris fermouraris factouris 
procuratouris and intromettouris and all and sindry utheris thair guddis 
movabill and unmovabill quhatsumever forsaidis ony evill molestatioun 
violence distrublance usurie harme or greif in ony maner of degre uthir- 
wayis than the course of commone law will, under all the hiest pane 
charge and offence that ye and ilkane of you may committ and inrin ao-anis 



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oure majestie in that parte and in speciale under the pane of forfalting and 
escheting of all youre gudis to oure use for your contemptioun gif ye do 
incontrare heirof Certefying you and ilkane of you quha sa dois incontrar 
heirof in ony poynt or wais we will mak you be punist thairfor but favour 
with all rigour as efFeris as aganis thame that committis crymes aganis oure 
majestie and oure familiar servandis Thir oure lettres of speciale 
protectioun and saufgard for all the dais of the saidis provest baillies 
counsale and communiteis lyftymes but ony revocatioun to indure Gevin 
under our prive seile at Falkland the sevint day of August the yeire of 
God j™ v"" fourty yeires and of our regnne the xxvij yeir. 

Per signaturam manu supremi domini nostri regis subscriptam, etc. 
[Seal slightly broken.] 

\_0n the hack.] 

One Settirdaye the fourtene daye of August in the yeir of God anc 
thousand fif hundreth and fourtye yeris I George Adam ane of the officiaris 
and borrowe serjandis of the burgh of Irwin at the command of honorable 
men Jhone Mur prowest Eobert Scot and Steyn Tran bailies the counseill 
and communite of the burgh forsaid past to the mercat croce of the 
sammyne at ten howris afoir none the tyme of the hicht of the mercat 
apon the fayr eyne of the assumptione of our ladye And thair opinlie 
proclamit thir our soverane lordis letteris of protectione mantenance and 
saufgard and maid strait inhibitioun be oppin proclamatioun till all and sindre 
our soverane lordis liegis and utheris quham it efferis that thai nor nane of 
thame presume infer hurt harm molest or injure the provest bailies counsell 
and communite of the burgh of Irwin all and sindre thar landis rentis 
possessiounis heretaige takkis steddingis malis rowmes custumes borrowe 
malys mylnis multuris houses biggingis myris mossis maner plaices stoir 
places grangeis pasturis lesuris woddis lowis fishingis cornis cattell orchartis 
yardis stankis dykis men tenentis servandis familiaris factouris procuratouris 
intromettouris and generalie all and sindre utheris thingis within contenit 
ony maner of waye in tyme cuming under the painis within contenit efter 
the form and tenour and effecte of thir our soverane lordis letteris in all 
punctis and this I did befor thir witnes honorable men James Montgumrye 
brothir germane till Hewe erle of Eglintoun Maister Thomas Scot James 



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Brown John Brown burges of Irwin Jhon Gottraye James Mur and Eychard 
Bauld burgessis of Eddinburgh with utheris divers and for witnessing 
herof I affixit my signet to thir presentis 




[On tag.] Protectio pro communitate Burgi de Irwin, etc. 



26. Letters of Charge hy Mary Queen of Scots to the Burgh of Irvine, 
requiring the Fencihle Men to muster for service against troublers 
of the peace of the Realm. — 8th August 1543. 

Marie be the grace of God Quene of Scottis to our provest and baillies of 
our burgh of Irvin and to our lovittis Alexander Heittone 
messingeris oure schireffis in that part conjunctlie and severalie specialie 
constitut greting Forsamekle as our governour hes evir socht to bring our 
reallme to quietnes sen his cuming to the rewme of governing thairof 
and to that effect hes contractit peax with the King of Ingland contening 
the honorabill comprehentioun of the King of France all uthiris princes 
that ar freindis to us and thaireftir to stanche and sett doun the emotioun 
and insurrection apperand within our said realme hes condiscendit to all 
resonabill menis and wayis that mycht keipe the samin fra cummin within 
the self Nochttheles seand that divers greit men thairof can nocht be 
contentit of na rasonabill concord bot menis be convocatioun of oure liegis 
usurpe aganis oure and oure governouris auctorite in contraire thair 
aithis and handwrittis and sells and expres aganis the commoun weill 
of oure realme Oure will is heirfore and we charge you straitlie and 
commandis that incontinent thir our lettres sene ye pas to the mercat croce 
of our burgh of Irwin and thair be opin proclamatioun in our name and 
auctorite command and charge all and sindry our liegis fensabiU men to be 
in our burgh of Edinburgh at our said governour the xx day of August 
instant with xv dayis wittalis for doun setting of all truble within our 
realme and furthbering of our and our said governouris auctorite and for 
resisting of all personis that wald usurpe aganis the samin under the pane 
of tinsell of lyf landis and gudis and that ane of you our saidis officiaris 



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remane within our said schirefdom to denunce thame our rebellis and 
escheit thair gudis that cumis nocht to our said governour upoune this our 
charg With certificatioune to thame at and tha failze the eschetis of thame 
that bidis at hame salbe disponit to thame that service our said governour 
at this tyme as ye will ansuere to us thairopoun The quhilk to do we 
committ to you conjunctlie and severalie our full power be thir our letteres 
delivering thame to you dewlie execute and indorsat agane to the beirrer. 
Gevin under our signet at Edinburgh the viii day of August and of our 
regnne the first yeir. 

Per dominos consilii, etc. 



27. Commission of Justiciary in favour of the Provost and Bailies oj 
Irvine, for suppression of the Pest. — 15th August 1546. 

Maeia Dei gratia Regina Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus suis ad quos 
presentes litere pervenerint salutem Sciatis quod cum avisamento et 
consensu charissimi consanguinei et tutoris Jacobi Aranie comitis domini 
Hammyltoun regni nostri protectoris et gubernatoris intelligentes quod 
burgus noster de Irwin cum contagiosa pestis infirmitate infectus est Et 
pro ejusdem repressione propositus et ballivi dicti nostri burgi suam 
fecerunt exactam dUigentiam et diversa ad hunc eflfectum acta fecerunt et 
statuta nichilominus nostri diversi ligei et dicti nostri burgi inhabitantes 
in hujusmodi oppositum seu contrarium puniunt unde infirmitas ipsa totam 
patriam apparenter inficiet nisi aspera ad hoc celerius provideatur punitio 
Quocirca cum avisamento et consensu prescriptis fecimus constituimus et 
ordinavimus ac facimus constituimus et ordinamus per presentes dUectos 
nostros prepositum et ballivos dicti nostri burgi de Irwin presentes et 
futures conjunctim et divisim nostros justiciarios in hac parte et ad 
infrascripta dumtaxat Dantes concedentes et committentes illis nostram 
plenam potestatem et mandatum speciale nostre justiciarie curias unam vel 
plures infra bondas et libertatem dicti nostri burgi affigendi statuendi 
inchoandi affirmandi et tenendi ac quociens opus fuerit easdem continuandi 
actorum statutorum et ordinanciarum per dictos prepositum et ballivos ab 



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initio dicte egritudinis et infirmitatis in dicto burgo et simili modo affuturo 
tempore usque cessationem ejusdem pro ipsius repressione confectorum 
infractores seu violatores secundum quantitatem eorum demeritorum seu 
criminum capiendi apprehendendi puniendi Et si necessum fuerit ad 
mortem justificandi Exitus et bona esehaeta omnium personarum justifi- 
catarum sive punitarum pro dictis criminibus intromittendi levandi et 
hujusmodi ad pauperum infirmorum dicti nostri burgi sustentationem 
disponendi ad hunc etiam effectum clericum serjandum judicatorem 
et alios officiarios ac curie membra necessaria faciendi creandi deputandi 
ac quocies opus fuerit jurari causandi et generaliter omnia alia et 
singula faciendi et exercendi que noster justiciarius generalis facere 
potuit si personaliter presens fuisset Quare universis et singulis quorum 
interest vel interesse poterit precipimus et mandamus quatenus prefatis 
nostris justiciariis in hac parte suis officiariis et minis tris in omnibus 
et singulis premissa tangentibus prompte respondeant pareant et in- 
tendant Sub omni pena que competere poterit in hac parte Presentibus 
semper et usque repressionem et plenariam cessationem dicte pestis in 
prelibato oppido absque revocatione in suo robore duraturis Datum sub 
testimonio nostri magni sigilli apud Edinburgh decimo quinto die mensis 
Augusti anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo quadragesimo sexto et regni 
nostri quarto. 

Abstract. 

Commission of Justiciary by Mary Queen of Scots with consent of her 
dearest cousin and tutor James Earl of Arran, Lord Hamilton, protector and 
governor of her kingdom, whereby, understanding that her burgh of Irvine 
was infected with a contagious plague, and that the provost and bailies, for 
the repression thereof had done their exact diligence and made sundry acts 
and statutes to that effect, nevertheless, that divers lieges and inhabitants 
of the burgh put themselves in opposition thereto, whence the said 
pestilence would apparently infect the whole country unless a sharp 
punishment were provided, Therefore the Queen appoints her well beloved 
the provost and bailies of her burgh of Irvine, jointly and severally, her 
justiciars in that part ; giving them full power to hold courts of justiciary 
within the bounds and liberty of the said burgh, to take and punish the 
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the beginning of the sickness and disease, and in like manner in time to 
come till the cessation of the same, for the repression thereof, and if need 
required to justify them to the death, to dispose of the fines and escheated 
goods of such persons for the support of poor sick persons of the said 
burgh, appoint clerks, serjeant, etc. The commission to endure till the 
cessation of the plague in the said town. Given under the Quarter seal at 
Edinburgh, 15th August 1546. 

28. Letters of Charge against the Community of Irvine for payment 
of Composition for absence from the Army to convene on Roslyn 
Muir. — ^th October 1549. 

Marie be the grace of God Quene of Scottis to our lovittis 
messingeris our schireffis in that part conjunctlie and severalie specialie 
constitut greting Forsamekill as we with avise and consent of oure derrest 
cousingne and tutour James Erie of Arane lord Hammiltoun protectour and 
governour of our realme for the compositioune of the soume of saxscoir 
pundis money of our realme hes grantit and gevin licence to our lovittis 
the pro vest balzeis and haill communitie of oure burghe of Irwene to remane 
and byid at hame fra our oist and army devisit to convene on Eoslene 
Mure the xx day of October instant for resisting of our auld Inemiis of 
Ingland and recovering of the fortis of our realme being presentlie in thair 
handis And howbeit the provest and bailzies of our said burghe hes ellis 
maid pament to oure thesaurer in our name of ane parte of the said 
compositione and ar oblist to him for the rest nevertheles the inhabitantes 
and communitie thairof deferris to releif and mak thame pament of the 
said compositione ilkane for thair awne part conforme to the taxatione 
maid thairupon without thai be compellit Owre will is heirfoir and we 
charge you straitlie and commandis that incontinent thir our letteris 
sene ye pas and in our name and authorite command and charge all and 
sindrie the burgessis inhabitantes wedois als weill wemen as men and 
communitie of oure said burghe to releif and mak thankfuU pament to the 
saidis provest and balzeis of the foirsaid compositione ilkane for thair awne 
part conforme to the said taxatione within thre days nixt efter thai be 
chargeit be you thairto wnder the paine of rebellioune and putting of thame 
to our home And gif thai or ony of thame failzeis thairintill that ye 
denunce sa mony of thame as disobeyis our rebellis and put thame to 
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our home and escheat and inbring all thair movabill gudes to cure 
use for thair contemption as ye will answer to us thairupon The 
quhilk to do we committ to you conjunctlie and severalie our full power be 
thir oure letteris delivering thame be you dewlie execut and indorsate agane 
to the berar Gevin under our signet and subscrivit be our said governour 
at Hammilton the nynt day of October and of oure regnne the sevint yeir. 




29. Letters of Horning at the instance of the Magistrates and Community 
of Irvine, against Hew Earl of Eglinton and others. — 2\st 
September 1557. 

Makie be the grace of God Queue of Scottis to our lovittis 
messingeris our schireffis in that parte conjunctlie and severalie specialie 
constitute greting Forsamekill as it is humilie menit and schawin to us be 
our lovittis the provest baillies counsale and commonitie of our burgh of 
Irwin that quhair our said burgh is infeft with all fredomes and previliges 
siclike as ony uthir burgh and hes bene in use and possessioun thairof sen 
the first fundatioun quhill now laitlie that our rycht traist cousing Hew erle 
of Eglintoun baillie of Cunynghame be the avis and assistence of Johnne 
Mure of Caldwell Thomas Caldwell of that ilk Robert Montgomry in 
Auchinchangane James Montgomry sone to Mathow Montgomry of Bar and 
uthiris his evill avisit freindis upoun the day of last 

bypast come to our said burgh with ane grite cumpany of folkis and thair 
nocht allenerlie stoppit and maid impediment to the saidis complenaris in 
balding of thair fair and uptaking of thair custumes and dewiteis thairof 
bot alsuae crewellie invadit thame for thair slauchter and hurt and 
woundit divers of thame and dalie and continewalie sensyne thai ar boistit 
and manissit be our said cousing personis foirsaidis and uthiris thair 
complices becaus thai wald be our authoritie uphald and kepe the 
fredome of oure said burgh and ar invadit and socht for thair slauchter 
suae that thai may nocht do nor exerce thair lefuU besiness for feir of thair 
lyvis in hie contemptioun of us our authoritie and lawis gif suae be Our 



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Will is heirfoir and we charge you straitlie and commandis that incontinent 
thir our lettres sene ye pas in our name and authoritie tak sicker souirtie 
and lauborrois of the foirsaidis personis and thair complices sa mony as the 
saidis complenaris will mak faith thai drede bodelie harme of and gevis thair 
names to you in bill that thai thair kin freindis wyifEs bairnis and 
servandis salbe harmeles and skaithles of the foirsaidis personis and all that 
thai may latt in tyme cuming but fraude or gyle bot as law will That is to 
say our said cousing Hew erle of Eglintoun under the pane of ane 
thousand pundis the said Johnne Mure of Caldwell under the pane of ane 
thousand markis Thomas Caldwell and the uthiris twae speciale personis 
above writtin ilkane of thame under the pane of five hundreth markis and 
thair complices ilk gehtilman landit ane hundreth pundis ilk gentilman 
unlandit ane hundreth markis and ilk yeman fourty pundis And that ye 
charge thame personalie heirto gif thai can be apprehendit and failzeing 
thairof be oppin proclamatioun at the mercate croce of the held burgh of our 
schire quhair thai duell to cum and find the saidis souirtie and laubourrois 
within sax dayis nixt efter thai be chargit be you thairto under the pain 
of rebellioun and putting of thame to our home The quhilkis sax dayis 
being bypast and the saidis souirtie and lauborrois nocht being fundin 
to you in maner foirsaid that ye incontinent thairefter denunce the 
disobeyaris our rebellis and put thame to our home and eschete and inbring 
all thair movabill gudis to our use for thair contemptioun according to 
justice as ye will ansuer to us thairupoun The quhilk to do we committ to 
you conjunctlie and severalie our full power be thir our lettres delivering 
thame be you dewlie execute and indorsate agane to the berair Gevin 
under our signet at Edinburgh the xxj day of September and of oure regnne 
the fiftente yeir. 

Ex deliberatione dominorum consilii, etc. S. J. Nicolson. 



30. Letters of Charge by Mathew Earl of Lennox to the Burgh of 
Irvine, to stent the Inhabitants for furnishing a seemly number 
of " hagbutters" for the Army. — 29«A September 1565. 

Mathow Erie of Levenax lorde Dernelie Luftennende generall in the west 
pairtis of Scotlande to our Soverane lorde and lady the kinge and queneis 
Majesteis to our lovittis the pro vest and bailleis of Irvyn and to our 



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lovittis messingeris our schireffis in that pairt conjnnctlie 

and severalie speciallie constitut greting Forsamekle as we understanding 
that ane semelje number of hagbittaris is mair convenient to be rasit be 
the saidis burght of Irvin upone thair charge and expenssis and mair 
honorable to serve our saidis soveraneis and us thair luiftennend in that 
pairt in this thair majesteis armye laitlie devisit to assemble at Striviling 
nor is the confuse multitude of the haile eommunalitie Quhairfore we ar 
fyneit and aggreit witht the provest and bailleis of the saidis burght of 
Irvin for the numbir of twenty men bodyne as said is Quhilkis the saidis 
provest and bailleis of the saidis burght one nayne wayis may perfurneis 
without the inhabitantis of the saidis burght pay taxt and stent conforme 
to the saidis provest and bailleis ordinance to the effect foirsaidis Oure 
will is heirfore and we charge you straitlie and cummandis that incontinent 
this oure precept seyne ye pas in our soverane lord and ladyis nayme and 
myne thair Luftennend generall cummand and charge all and sindrie the 
inhabitantis of the saidis burght that thai and ilk ane of thame reddely 
ansuer and obey and als thankfuUie content and pay thair taxt and stent 
that thai happin to be taxt to conforme to the taxt roll to be set furth 
thairupone under the pane of tynsall of lyf land and gudis And this on 
nayne wayis ye luif undone as ye will ansuer to us thairupone The quhilk 
to do we committ to you conjunctlie and severalie our full power be thir 
our letteres delyvering the samyn be you dewlie execut and indorsat agane 
to the beirar Gevin under our signet and subscriptioun manuall at Glesgu 
the penult day of Septembar the yeir of God j" v° and Ixv yeiris etc. 




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31. Commission of Justiciary by King James the Sixth to the Provost 
and Bailies of Irvine. — 1569. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to all and sindry our liegis and 
subdittis quhome it efferis quhais knawlege thir our letteris sail tocum 
greting Wit ye us to have made constitute and ordanit and be thir our 
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lord Abirnethie regent to us our realme and liegis makis constitutis and 
ordanis our weilbelovittis the provest and baillies of our burgh of Irwing 
our justices in that part to the effect underwrittin Gevand grantand and 
committand to thame our full fre and plane power generall and speciall 
command expres bidding and charge court or courtis of justiciarie within 
our burgh of Irwing als oft as neid beis to set begin affirms hald and 
continew and in the samyn court or courtis all and sindry personis 
committaris of slauchter murthour and suspectit and delaitit of pykerie 
commoun thift and resset of thift within our said burgh to put to the 
knawlege of ane assyis thairfoir and as thai be fundin culpabill or innocent 
to minister justice upoun thame conforme to the lawis of our realme And to 
that effect assyissis or inq .... best and worthiest personis dwelland 
within our said burgh and four half about to ... . cheis and caus be 
sworne ilk persoun under the pane of ten pundis Sectis to mak .... to 
amerciat trespassouris to puneis unlawis amerchiamentis and eschaetis of 
the saidis c . . . rais and for the same gif neid be to poind and distrenze 
the ane half thairof .... thesaurare and compt and rekining in our chekker 
to mak and the uther half of ... . justices awin use and commoditie to 
apply Deputtis ane or ma in the said of ... . mak with clerkis serjandis 
dempstar and all uther officiaris and memberis of cou .... eat substitute 
and caus be sworne For the quhilk thai salbe haldin to ansuer and g . . . . 
all and sindry uther thingis to do exerce and use that to the premissis of 
law practik or consuetud of this realme is necessarlie knawin to pertene 
fferme and stabill haldand and for to hald all and quhat[sume]vir thingis 
our saidis justices and ilk ane of thame conjunctlie and severalie in the 
premissis ... to be done. And als gevis grantis and committis full 
power and commissioun t . . . . baillies of our burgh of Air to tak the ayth 
of our saidis justices for dew and la ... . our commissioun as efferis quhilk 
during the will of us and our said dearest .... allanerlie indure Gevin 
under oure signet and subscrivit be our . . . .ng and regent at the 

day of and of our regnne the thrid . . . 

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32. Letters of Charge to the Magistrates of Irvine for payment of the 
General Taxation. — lAth October 1570. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to the provest and baillies of 
our burgh of Irwin and our lovittis Johne Hairt messingeris our 

schirrefl&s in that pairt conjunctlie and severale specialie constitute greting 
Forsamekle as for furthsetting of certane effairis tending to the avancement 
of oure realme and quietnes of the commoun wele of oure realme thair is ane 
taxatioun of xij" ti devisit to be upliftit and payit be the estaitis thairof 
within certane space appointit thairto in maner following That is to say vj'" 
ti thairof be the sperituale estait providing that the thrid thairof be taikin 
up of the thridis of the beneifices sua that thai salbe onlie astrictit in pay- 
ment of the tua pairt thairof four thousand pundis to the barronis and 
frehalderis and the sowme of tua thousand poundis in compleit payment of 
the said hale taxatioun of xij™ tib be oure burrowis And foir inbringeing of 
oure burrowis pairte thairof thir oure lettres ar ordanit to be direct in 
maner following as ane act maid thairupoun beiris Oure Will is heirfoir and 
we charge you straitlie and commandis that incontinent thir our lettres 
sene ye pas in oure name and auctorite command and charge the provest 
and bailies of our burgh of Irwin to make payment of the taxt and extent 
thairof to John Cunyngham of Drumquassill appoyntit coUectour generall 
thairto within sex dayis nixt eftir thai be chargit be you thairto conforme 
to the taxt roll gevin to thame thairupoun undir the pane of rebellioun 
and putting of the saidis provest and bailzeis to our home And gif thai 
failze thairin the said day being bygane that ye incontinent thairefter 
denunce the dissobeyarris our rebellis and put thame to our home and 
escheit and inbring all thair movable guidis to our use for thair 
contemptioun And for releif that ye in our name and auctorite command 
and chairge the inhabitaris off oure said burgh of Irwin to convene and 
elect certane persones to stent thair nychtbouris and that ye chairge the 
persones electit to accept the chairge upoun thaim in setting off the said 
stent upoun the nychtbouris off our said burgh And als to convene and set 
the samin and mak ane stent roll thairupoun as effeiris within xxiiij houris 
nixt eftir thai be chargeit be you thairto undir the paine of rebellioun and 
putting of tham to our home and gif thai failze the saidis xxiiij houris 
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thame to otir home and escheit and inbring all thair movable guidis to our 
use for thair contemptioun and siclyk the said stent being maid and set 
that ye in oure name and auctorite command and chairge the burgesses 
nychtbouris and inhabitantis of our said burgh to mak payment to the 
saidis provest and bailzeis of the said extent conforme to the taxt roll 
within thre dayes nixt eftir thai be chairgit be you thairto undir the paine 
of rebellioun and putting of thame to our horn And gif thai failze thairin 
the saidis thre dayes being bypast that ye incontinent thaireftir denunce 
the dissobeyaris our rebellis and put thame to our home and escheit and 
inbring all thair movabill guidis to our use for thair contemptioun and 
gif neid be that ye pund and distrenze thairfoir as ye will ansuer to us 
thairupoun The quhilk to do we commit to you conjunctle and severalie 
our full power be thir our lettres delivering thame be you dewle execuit 
and indorsat againe to the beirar Gevin undir our signet at Edinburgh 
the xiiij day of October and of our regnne the ferd yeir 1570. 

Per actum secreti consilii, etc. 




The soume of the taxatioune to be payit be the provest and baillies of 
Irwing extendis to xxvij Ji as is contenit in the taxt roll gevin furth thair- 
upoun Johne Hairt messinger w* my hand. 

\_0n the back.] 

Ihesus 

At Irwin the xvii day of November anno 1570 I Jhone Hert messinger 
within writtin hes rasavit fra the ha,ndis of the provest and balzeis of 
Irwin and commonitie thairof the sowm off twentie sevin pundis money of 
this realme as haill and compleit payment off the said commoniteis part off 
the taxatioun and obedience off ther our soveren lordis lettres within 
writtin and in all poyntes grantes the part off the saidis provest balzeis and 
commonitie fulfiUit and obeyit quharfor I exoner thaim of the sam and 
oblegis me to sen to the said commonitie the acquittance of Jhon 
Conyngham of Drumfassill coUectour of the said taxatioun be ther presentes 
subscribit with my hand befoir ther witnes Thomas Broun Stene Tran Hew 



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Campbell James Mur James Broun and Gilbert Dunlope burgessis of Irvin 
And flPoulowes the effect of my commission The taxt roll of the burrowis 
committit to be imbrocht be Jhon Hert messinger Striviling L tib x s 
Linlythqow xxx tib vj s viij d Eothissay xiij fib x § Dumbartan xvij tib xv s 
Renfrow xx tib v s Eutherglen xiij tib x s Aire xlvij tib v s Irwin xxvij tib 
Glasgow xl tib x s Lanerk xvj tib xv s 

Summa of the taxatioun abone writtin ij'' iij'''' xviij tib vj s viij d. 

Jhon Conynghem off Drumquhessill. 

JoHNE Hairt messinger w' my hand. 

33. Instrument on the Proclamation of the King's Protection and other 
Grants in favour of the Burgh of Irvine. — 12th April 1572. 

At Irwin the twelft day of Aprile the yeir of God j"" v*" threscoire twelf 
yeiris In presens of us notaris publicque and witness underwrytin AUane 
Ross ane of the serjandis and officiaris of the burgh of Irwin past at 
command of Hew Campell provest Hew Scott and Robert Kyle baillies 
be advyce o[f the couns]all and communetie of the said burgh and be pub- 
lict proclamation proclemit our soverand lordis lettres [of pr]otection 
manteinence defence and saifgaird under his grace prive seill inclusid in 
•eid wax bering the dait at Sterling the last day of Februar and of his 
grace rigne the fyft yeir makand mentioun that our said souveraine lord 
had and hes resavit the provest baillies con sail and communite of the said 
burgh thair landis heritage roumes rentis liberties privilegies servandis 
procuratouris familiaris guidis movable and immovable in his grace 
manteinance saifgaird and protectioun Certefying the contravenaris that 
cummis in the contrair to incure our said soverainis displesour and under 
the panis of foirfalting as the said lettres beris in the self at mair lenth 
Alsua at command foirsaid proclamit and causit reid our soveraine lordis guid- 
scharis confermatioun under the querter seill bering the dait at Edinburo-h the 
saxt day of Julii the yeir of God j" v" xl yeiris descharging the schiref of Air 
baillie of Cunyghame thair deputtis and successouris fra all troubling 
arristing fensing or persewing of the burgessis and inhabitantes of the said 
burgh befoir tham for ony causs and fra passing upon inquestis or assaysis 
and als at command foirsaid presentit and proclamit at the said mercat 
cross our severing lordis g[rand]schir chertour King James the Feird of 



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guid memorie off the datt at Edinburgh the aucht day of August the yeir of 
God j" v'^ and elevin yeiris that all the burgessis and inhabitantis of the 
said burgh and libertie thairof sal be replaigit to the libertie of the said 
burgh and underlye justice be the assyse of the nychtbouris of thair 
awin burgh descharging all justices and juges within the realme to cum in 
the contrair as the said chartour in the self beris And also causid reid and 
proclame tua actis of adjournall under the subscriptioun of Johnn 
Bellenden justice clerk the ane bering the datt at Air the yeir of God j™ v" 
twentie nyn yeiris and the uther the datt at Air the yeir of God j" v" fyftie 
ane yeris the seventein day of Februar quhair the prowest baillies and 
communitie of the said burgh and libertie thairof ar replaigit fra the kingis 
grace progenitouris and predicessouris in justice airis to the fredome of 
thair awin burgh Quhilkis lettres and privileges foirsaidis the saidis provest 
and baillies be the consent of thair counsall and communitie causit proclame 
and intimatioun maik And now specialie that Hew erle of Eglintoun Lord 
Montgomerie baillie of Cunyghame his assistaris and partakeris incure na 
danger of ignorance of the saidis protectioun privilegis and liberties foirsaid 
And heirupon the said Hew Campbell upon us notaris publick tuik 
instrumentis at the said mercat cross at sevin houris befoir none or thairby 
befoir thir witness Jehone Boll Ballachkewin Jehone Boll his sone thair 
Thomas Broun Stevin Tran Stevin Quhyt William Patoun Jehon 
Symontoun youngar William Mur Robert Montgomerie William Cunyghame 
Robert Cunyghame burgessis of the said burgh and us Jehon Mur George 
Boid and James Broun notairis publikis and burgessis of the said burgh with 
mony utheris diverss requerit thairto. 

Jacobus Broun notarius publicus ad premissa testificanda requisitus 
approbo prescripta. Jacobus Begun. 

Ita est Georgius Boyd notarius publicus ad premissa rogatus et requisitus 

manu propria subscribo. 

34. Extract Act of Privy Council regarding the Jurisdiction of the 
Magistrates of Irvine and the Bailie of Cuninghame, and ordering 
the trial of Thomas Gilmour for slaughter. — I8th June 1572. 

At Leith the auchtene day of Junii the yeir of God j™ v'' and Ixxij yeiris 
The quhilk day forsamekle as the lordis of counsale of befoir continewit 
the actioune and cans contenit in our soverane lordis lettres purchest 

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be the provest baillies and communitie of the burgh of Irwin aganis Hew 
erle of Eglintoune baillie of Cunynghame tueching the productioune befoir 
the saidis lordis of his richtis gif he ony hes quhairby he allegis him to haif 
privelege to sit upoune certane person is indwellaris of the said burgh takin 
for thift or ony utheris inhabitantis of the samin and refusis thame to be 
replegit be the saidis provest and baillies to the fredome of the said burgh 
and Courtis thairof Like as at mair lenth is contenit in the saidis lettres 
unto ane certane day bigane with continuatioune of dayis And assignit the 
samin day to bayth the saidis partiis to produce all thair charteris 
infeftmentis titillis actis of replegiatioune richtis and utheris writtis 
quhatsumever quhilkis ather of the saidis par[tiis] hed or wald use in the 
said mater without prejudice of ather of thair defenssis ellis proponit or to 
be proponit thairin and als [in the] meynetyme dischargeit the said baillie 
and his deputis of all proceding aganis ony of the inhabitantis of the said 
bu[rgh] and fredome thairof and of thair offices in that part And siclike 
dischargeit the saidis provest and baillies of all executioune [aganis] personis 
within the samin burgh and fredome thairof in the meynetyme quhill 
the samin day Providing that it salbe lesum to tha[me to] tak apprehend 
keip in presoune and captivitie all sic personis dwelland within the said 
burgh and fredome thairof as [sail] happin committ ony crymes in the meyne- 
tyme Like as at mair lenth is contenit in ane act maid be the saidis 
Sen the making of the quhilk act Thomas Gilmur indwellar in the 
said burgh of Irwin is takin and in the handis of the [saidis] provest 
and baillies for the cruell slauchter of umquhile Eobert Howie thair and 
thairfoir the saidis lordis willing that nochtwithstanding the dependence of 
the said pley befoir thame as said is justice sail not ceis to be execute 
upoune the said Thomas Gilmur for the said slauchter conforme to the 
lawis of this realme without preiudice of the said pley dependand act 
foirsaid and of ather of the saidis partiis richtis and titillis quhatsumevir 
or possessioune or replegiatioune usit or to be usit hes thocht necessar and 
expedient that my lord Regentis grace grant and geve our soverane lordis 
commissioune of justiciarie in dew forme makand constituand and ordinand 
Johnne Crawfurd of Crawfurdland his hienes justice in that part to the 
effect under writtin Gevand grantand and committand to him full power 
speciall mandment expres bidding and charge Court or courtis of justiciarie 
within the tolbuith of Irwin to set begin affirme hald and continew als oft 
as neid beis Sectis to mak be callit absentis to amerciat And in the samin 



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court or courtis the said Thomas Gilmur for art and part of the cruell 
slauchter of the said umquhile Eobert to call and be dittay to accus and as 
he beis fundin culpable or innocent of the said slauchter to minister and 
caus be ministrat justice upoune him conforme to the lawis of this realme 
ane assis to sufficient nowmer of the said burgh and foure halffis about lest 
suspect and that best knawis the veritie in the said mater ilkane under the 
pane of fourtie pundis to summond cheis and caus be sworne clerkis 
serjandis dempstaris and [other] officiaris and memberis of the saidis courtis 
neidfuU to mak creat substitute and ordane for the quhilkis he salbe 
[haldin] to ansuer and the said commissioune to be forder extendit in dew 
forme with all claussis neidfuU contenand and expreslie without prejudice 
of the said pley dependand and act foirsaid and of ather of the saidis 
partiis utheris [richtis] or possessioune quhatsumevir Quhilk the saidis 
lordis ordanis alsua to be registrat in the buikis of counsale ad [perpetuam] 
rei memoriam Extractum de libro actorum per me magistrum Jacobum 
M'Gill de Rankelour Nether clericum registri ac consilii Supremi domini 
nostri Eegis sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

Jacobus Makgill. 

35. Letters of Protection by Archibald Earl of Argyll to the Burgh 

of Irvine. — July 1572. 

Till all and sindrie quhome to it efferis to quhais knawlege thir present 
lettres of protectioun sail cum Archibald erle of Argile lord Campbell and 
Lome and Justice generall of Scotland greting in God everlasting Wittis 
youre universiteis that forsamekle as oure umquhill predecessouris of guyd 
memorie in thair tymes past memor of man hes tane and ressavit the 
provest baillzeis and communitie of the burgh of Irwin (under oure 
soverane lordis majesteis predecessouris of maist noble memorie) in 
thair protectioun mantenance and salfe gard with the mantenance of the 
libertie and fredome of the said burgh and the inhabitantis thairof in all 
thare travellis suitis and besenes lauchfull And siclyck that the said provest 
baillzeis and communitie of the said burgh for the tyme hes cum under the 
protectione mantenance and salfegarde of oure said umquhill predecessouris 
for the tyme Lyck as now the provest baillzeis and communitie thairof 
present hes cum under oure awin protectione mantenance and salfegarde 
and subjectit thame and thare forisaidis to oure service befoir all utheris 
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betwix oure sayd umquliill predecessouris and the said burghe of befoir 
Tharefore we be the tennour heirof tackis and ressavis thame and thair 
successouris provestis baillzeis and communitie of the said burgh in oure 
protectioun mantenance and salfegard wyth the mantenance and defence of 
the fredome and libertie of the said burghe and inhabitantis thairof (under 
oure said soverane lord and his graces successouris) in all thair travellis 
suyttis and besenes lauchfuU during oure lyfetymes swa that quhatsumever 
persone or persones of quhatsumevery stait of hie or law degre wythin 
this realme (under oure said soverane lordis majestic) sail attempt to 
tribull molest harme or injure the foirsadis pro vest baillzeis and communitie 
of the said burgh or thair successouris thair fredomes liberteis landis rentis 
previlegis rowmes and possessiones be ony maner of way (by ordoure of 
law) we sail esteme and rekin the samyn as done aganis oure awin persone 
and sail assist and fortifie oure said servitouris for persuyt thairof wythe 
all rigoure in respect of the foirsaid auld and ancient leage and the present 
renewing of the samyn In witnes of the quhilk thing to thir present lettres 
subscrivit wyth oure hand and be the said provest baillzeis and court 
clerk of the said burgh for the tyme for the said commonitie thairof oure 
proper scale of armes and the commoun scale of the said burgh is to hung 
at the said burgh the day of Julii the yeir of God j'" v'^ threscoir and 
twelfe yeris befoir thir witnessis 




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Robert Kyill bailze 

Jacobus Broun scriba communis dicti burgi de Irwin ex parte 
communitatis ejusdem secundum tenorem acti secreti consilii 
prefati burgi. Jacobus Begun, Scriba. 

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36. Commission of Justiciary in favour of the Magistrates of Irvine. 

20th March 1572-3. 

Jacobus Dei gratia Rex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus suis ad quos 
presentes litere pervenerint salutem Sciatis quod cum avisamento et 
consensu charissimi consanguinei Jacobi comitis de Mortoun domini 
Dalkeith etc. nostri ac regni et liegiorum nostrorum regentis fecimus 
constituimus et ordinavimus ac tenore presentium facimus constituimus et 
ordinamus predilectos nostros prepositum et ballivos burgi nostri de Irwin 
et eorum quemlibet conjunctim et divisim nostros justiciaries in hac parte 
ad affectum subscriptum Dantes concedentes et committentes eisdem et eorum 
cuilibet conjunctim et divisim nostram plenam potestatem et mandatum 
speciale curiam vel curias nostre justiciarie infra pretorium dicti nostri burgi 
de Irwin toties quoties opus fuerit statuendi inchoandi affirmandi tenendi et 
continuandi Et in eisdem curia seu curiis omnes et singulas personas de surrep- 
tione lie pykrie furto furti receptione suspectas et delatas infra dictum 
nostrum burgum commorantes assise cognitioni inde ponendi Et prout eedem 
ree seu innocentes adjudicabuntur justiciam super ipsos legibus et regni nostri 
consuetudini conformiter ministrandi et ministrare causandi Et ad hunc 
effectum assisas seu inquisitiones personarum meliorum et digniorum infra 
dictum nostrum burgum et quatuor dimedietates circa jacentes com- 
morantium quamlibet personam sub pena decim librarum summoniendi 
citandi elegendi et jurari causandi sectas vocari faciendi absentes amerciandi 
transgressores et delinquentes puniendi exitus amerciamenta et escaetas 
dictarum curiarum petendi levandi et exigendi et pro eisdem si necesse 
fuerit namandi et distringendi unam dimedietatem earundem nobis et 
computum et ratiocinium ejusdem in scaccario nostro et alteram dimedieta- 
tem dictorum justiciariorum nostrorum proprio usui et commoditati pro 
ipsorum laboribus applicandi deputatos unum seu plures sub ipsis in prefato 
officio cum clericis seriandis adjudicatoribus et omnibus aliis officiariis et 
curie membris necessariis pro quibus respondere tenebuntur faciendi creandi 
substituendi et ordinandi Et generaliter omnia alia et singula faciendi 
dicendi gerendi et exercendi que in premissis et circa ea necessaria fuerint 
seu etiam quomodolibet oportuna Quare universis et singulis quorum 
interest vel interesse poterit stricte precipimus et mandamus quatenus 
dictis nostris justiciariis in hac parte suis deputatis et ministris in omnibus 
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sub omni pena que competere poterit in hac parte Presentibus pro nostra et 
dicti nostri regentis voluntate in suo robore tantummodo duraturis Datum 
sub testimonio nostri magni sigilli apud Edinburgh vicesimo die mensis 
Marcii anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo septuagesimo secundo et 
regni nostri sexto. 

Per signaturam manu dicti domini Eegentis subscriptam. 

Abstract, 

Commission of Justiciary by King James the Sixth, with advice and 
consent of James Earl of Mortoun Lord Dalkeith, etc., regent, appointing the 
provost and bailies of his burgh of Irvine, and each of them, jointly and 
severally, his justiciars in that part ; giving them power and special 
mandate to hold courts of justiciary within the tolbooth of the burgh, as 
often as need should be, and to put to the knowledge of an assize all 
persons suspected and delated of "pykrie," theft and reset of theft, 
dwelling within the burgh, and to administer justice upon them as they should 
be found guilty or innocent, according to the laws and customs of the 
kingdom ; and for this purpose to cite, choose, and cause be sworn inquests 
of the better and worthier persons dwelling within the said burgh and four 
halves lying about, each person under the penalty of £10, etc., half of the 
issues and escheats to go to the King and his account in Exchequer, and the 
other half to the justiciars' own use and behoof, etc. Given under the 
quarter seal at Edinburgh 20th March 1572. 

37. Contract of Sale between the Town of Irvine and John Wallace of 
Dundonald and others, of the lands of Marres. — Zd August 
1572 : registered hy Decreet of the Lords of Council 13th August 
1590. 

At Edinburgh the xiij day of August the yeir of God j" v'^ Ixxx ten yeiris 
The Lordis of Counsale underwrittin that is to say Mr. Williame BaiUie 
Lord Provand president Adame bischop of Orknay Alexander commendater 
of Culros Sir Patrick Vans of Barnebarroch knycht Mr. Jhone Lyndesay 
persone of Menmuir Mr. Jhone Grahame persone of Killerne Mr. David 
Chalmer chancellar of Eos Williame Douglas of Quhittinghame Mr. AVilliame 
Melvile commendater of Tungland Alexander Hay of Eister Kennet dark 
register Mr. David M'Gill of Cranstoun Riddell advocat to our Soverane 



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Lord and Mr. Thomas Bannatyne of Newtyle Anent oure Soverane Lordis 
lettres purchest at the instance of the Provest baillies counsale and 
communitie of the burgh of Irving aganis Jhone Wallace of Dundonald 
Makand mentioun That quhair be verteu of ane Contract and Appointment 
maid betuix thame on the ane pairt and Jhonne Wallace of Dundonald 
umquhile Eduard Wallace of Sewaltoun and umquhile Eobert Wallace his 
sone and appeirand air on the uthir pairt flfor certane soumes of money 
ressavit be thame fra the saidis persewaris they sauld annaleit and disponit 
fra thame thair airis and assignayes to the saidis persewaris and thair 
successouris of the said burch heretablie for evir ane sufficient rowme and 
quantitie of grund and land of thair landis of Marres extending to the 
quantitie of tuelff fallis of bread fFor lowsing and laidnyng of thair schippis 
boittis and merchandice off quhatsumevir uther that salhappin to resort 
towardis the said Burcht upoun the foirsaidis landis of Marres on ather 
syde of the Watter of Irving with ane sufficient gait and passage throwch 
the foirsaidis landis ffor frie ische and intres to and fra the said Watter 
togidder with ankirage and ankirheid upoun the saidis landis as at mair 
length is contenit in the said Contract Quhilk Contract bearis speciallie to 
be actit and registrat in the Buikis of Counsale that the Lordis thairof may 
interpone thair Decreit thairunto to the effect that Lettres and Executoriallis 
may be direct thairupoun in maner contenit thairintill And albeit it be of 
veritie that the foirsaidis persones contractouris on nawys will fulfill the said 
Contract in thair lyfetymes and the said Eobert and Eduard Wallaces being 
deceissit nevirtheless the said Jhone Wallace of Dundonald on nawys will 
fulfill the said Contract nor yit will compeir befor the saidis Lordis of 
Counsale and consent to the registering thairof in maner contenit thairintill 
to the effect that Executorial may be direct upoun him for fulfilling of the 
samyn without he be compellit And anent the chairge gevin to the said 
Jhone Wallace of Dundonald to have comperit befor the saidis Lordis of 
Counsale at ane certane day bigane to have hard and sene the said Contract 
and Appoyntment decernit to be insert and registrat in the Buikis of 
Counsale and Lettres and Executorialhs to be direct thairupoun in maner 
underwrittin or ellis to have allegit ane ressonable cans quhy the samyn 
sould nocht have bene done as at mair lenth is contenit in the saidis Lettres 
The saidis Provest baillies counsale and communitie of the Burch of Irving 
compeirand be Maisteris Oliver Colt and Thomas Gray thair procuratouris 
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Actioun oftymes callit and nocht comperit the Lordis of Counsale decernis 
and ordanes the said Contract and Appoyntment to be insert and registrat 
in the saidis Buikis of Counsale to have the strength of ane Act and Decreit 
of the Lordis thairof and decernis and ordanes Lettres and Executoriallis to 
be direct thairupoun ffor fulfilling thairof in all poyntis in maner specifiet 
thairintill off the quhilk the tennour foUowis : At the Burch of Irving the 
thrid day of August the yeir of God j" v"^ thriescoir tuelff yeiris, It is 
appointit contractit and finallie aggreit betuix honourable pairteis following 
thay ar to say Jhone Wallace of Dundonald Eduard Wallace of Sewaltoun 
and Eobert Wallace his sone and air appeirand on the ane pairt Hew 
Campbell proveist of Irving Hew Scott and Eobert Kyle baillies thairof 
Thomas Broun Stevin Tran Jhone Peblis Stevin Quhyt Hew Tran Hew 
Neving Alexander Cunynghame Jhone Harvie Thomas Harvie Williame 
Tran Williame Stevinstoun Williame Patoun comburgessis of the samyn 
burch for thameselffis and with consent and assent of the hail communitie 
thairof on the uther pairt in maner following That is to say the said Jhone 
Wallace of Dundonald Eduard Wallace of Sewaltoun and Eobert Wallace 
his sone grantis thame to have taine and actuallie ressavit fra the handis of 
the saidis Proveist and baillies and remanent persones abonewrittin ffor 
thameselffis and the haill communitie of the said Burch the soume of twa 
hundereth merkis money in numerat money gude and usuale of this realme 
and in thair use haillelie committit of the quhilk they grant thame weill 
content and compleitlie payit and thairof for thame thair airis executouris 
assignayes and successouris quitclames exoneris and dischairges the saidis 
Provest and baillies and communitie of the said Burch thair airis executouris 
assignayes and successotiris for now and evir. For the quhilk caus abone 
exprimit the said Jhone Wallace of Dundonald Eduard Wallace of Sewaltoun 
and Eobert Wallace his sone and air appeirand grantis thame to have sauld 
analeit and disponit lykas they be the tennour heirof sellis annaleis and 
disponis ffra thame and thair foirsaidis titulo oneroso ffor soumes of money 
in and to the saidis Provest baillies and communitie of the said Burch and 
thair successouris thairof heretablie for evir ane sufficient quantitie and 
rowme of grund of thair landis of Marres extending to the quantitie of 
tuelff fallis bread for lowssing and laiding of thair schippis barkis and boittis 
with thair merchandice and the merchandice of quhatsumevir utheris that 
salhappin to resort towardis the said Burch upoun the foirsaidis landis of 
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passage throwth the foirsaidis landis ffor frie ische and intres to and fra the 
said Watter togidder with ankirage and ankirhald upoun the saidis landis 
Provyding the samyn be nocht to the distructioun of the coirnes that 
salhappin to be growane upoun the saidis landis and sufficient Eowme 
alwayes of grund being left as said is unmanureit thairto with fredome and 
libertie to the saidis Provest baillies counsale and communitie of the said 
Burgh present for the tyme and thair successouris for ewir to dame and 
mak forcies of darning owirthort the said Watter of Irving quhair and in 
quhat place and sa oft as the saidis Provest baillies and communitie foirsaid 
and thair successouris sail think best and maist expedient for the commoun 
Weill and commoditie of the said Burch Provyding always that thay may 
cans the said Watter of Irving thairby to ryn and half the cours the best 
way as thai sail think expedient for the commoditie of the said Burgh 
schippis barkis and boittis thairof and utheris resortand thairunto swa that 
the samyn on nawayes hurt nor damnage na arable land of the foirsaidis 
landis of Marres ffarther nor privilegis abonewrittin And gif it salhappin the 
foirsaidis Jhone Wallace of Dundonald Eduard Wallace of Sewaltoun and 
the said Eobert his sone thair airis and successouris to sell annalie dispone 
and away put or sett in lang or schort takkis or ony pairt thairof in ony 
tyme heirefter they sail reserve and accept thairintill the boundis liberteis 
and privilegis abone exprimit to the saidis Provest baillies and communitie 
of the said Burch and thair successouris for evir to be usit be thame as 
thair awin propper heretage And attour gif this present Contract be not 
sufficient that thairby the saidis Provest baillies and communitie and thair 
successouris may bruik and joys the Kowmes and privilegis abonewrittin 
grantit to thame be vertew thairof salbe renewit alterit and changeit and 
maid owir agane in the maist sure and ample forme can be devysit be men 
of law and judgment sa oft and how oft the said communitie and thair 
successouris sail think expedient upoun thair awin expensis ay and quhill 
the saidis Provest bailHes and communitie and thair successouris be sure to 
bruik and joys the boundis liberteis and privilegis foirsaidis heretablie in 
the maist sure forme can be devysit keipand the effect and substance abone- 
writtin And for observation heirof ather of the saidis pairteis ar content 
this present Contract be registrat and insert in the Buikis of Counsale and 
that the Lordis thairof interpone thair Decreit thairunto and Lettres in 
forme as effeiris to be direct thairupoun And for registring heirof they half 
maid constitut and ordanit honourable men and ilk ane of thame conjunctlie 
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and severallie thair verray lauchfuU and irrevocable procuratouris committand 
to thame thair full power for registratting heirof in thair names fferme and 
stable In witnes of the quhilk thing they and ilk ane of thame as folio wis 
hes subscryvit this present Appointment day yeir and place foirsaidis befor 
thir witnes Sic subscribitur Jhone Wallace of Dundonald Eduard Wallace 
of Sewaltoun Robert Wallace younger of Sewaltoun Hew Campbell Pro vest 
Hew Scott bailze Eobert Kyle bailze Jhone Peblis Stevin Tran Hew Tran 
Alexander Cunynghame Thomas Broun James Robesoun Becaus the said 
Jhone Wallace of Dundonald wes laufuUie summond to have comperit befor 
the saidis Lordis at ane certane day bigane to have hard and sene the 
foirsaid Contract and Appointment decernit to have bene insert and registrat 
in the Buikis of Counsale or ellis to have allegit ane ressonable caus quhy 
the samyn sould nocht have bene done with certificatioun to him and he 
failzeit thairin the saidis Lordis wald decerne in maner foirsaid And he 
being lauchfuUie summond to that effect compeirit nocht to schaw ony 
ressonable caus in the contrair lyk as wes cleirlie understand to the saidis 
Lordis and thairfoir thai decernit in maner foirsaid and ordanes Lettres to 
be direct heirupoun gif neid beis in forme as effeiris Extractum de libro 
Actorum per me Alexandrum Hay de Eister Kennet clericum Eotulorum 
Eegistri ac Consilii Supremi Domini Nostri Eegis sub meis signo et 
subscriptione manualibus. Alexander Hay. 

23 Merch 1677. 
[_Dorso.] Hew Killpatrick took Instruments. 

31 Merch 1698. 

James Nisbet Baillie took Instruments upon the interruption made by 
Mr. Alexander Cunynghame Provest and him to James Guthrey tennent to 
Shewaltoun quhen plewing on the Sunnybuttbrae upon the tounes libertie 
and that in the hands of me notary publict clerk of Irving Eobert Wallace 
late Baillie and uncle to Shewaltoun George Monro Clerk of Cunynghame 
John Marschell wrytter in Irving Andrew Spark merchant there Allan 
Francis my servant James Mure and Hugh Buckle Borrow officers and 
many others Jo Hamilton 

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38. Commission of Justiciary to the Provost and Bailies of Irvine to 
punish Thomas Snodgirsfor the murder of his wife. — \st March 1573-4. 

Jacobus Dei gratia Rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus suis ad quos 
presentes litere pervenerint salutem. Sciatis quod cum avisamento et 
consensu charissimi nostri consanguinei Jacobi comitis de Mortoun domini 
de Dalkeith etc. nostri ac regni et liegiorum nostrorum regentis fecimus 
constituimus et ordinavimus ac tenore presentium facimus constituimus et 
ordinamus predilectos nostros prepositum et ballivos burgi nostri de Irwin 
conjunctim et divisim nostros justiciaries in hac parte dantes concedentes 
et committentes eisdem nostram plenam potestatem et mandatum speciale 
Thomam Snodgirs burgensem dicti nostri burgi deprehensum et in pretorio 
dicti nostri burgi pro crudeli murtburo et interfectione quondam 
Semple ejus sponse detentum per eum noviter vigesimo primo die mensis 
Februarii ultimo elapsi sub noctis scilentio commisso justificandi et justificari 
faciendi Et ad bunc effectum justiciarie nostre curias unam vel plures 
statuendi inchoandi affirmandi tenendi et quoties opus fuerit continuandi 
clericum serjandum adjudicatorem ac omnes alios officiarios et curie membra 
necessaria faciendi creandi et jurari causandi assisam seu assisas ad hoc 
quamlibet personam sub pena quadraginta librarum summoniendi et 
summoniri faciendi Et generaliter omnia alia et singula faciendi dicendi 
gerendi et exercendi que in premissis et circa ea necessaria fuerint seu 
quomodolibet oportuna Quare universis et singulis quorum interest vel 
interesse poterit stricte precipimus et mandamus quatenus dictis preposito 
et baUivis conjunctim et divisim nostris justiciariis in hac parte antedictis 
suis officiariis et ministris in omnibus et singulis premissa tangentibus 
prompte pareant respondeant et intendant sub omni pena que competere 
poterit in hac parte Datum sub testimonio .nostri magni sigilli apud 
Halyrudehous primo die mensis Marcii anno Domini millesimo quingen- 
tesimo septuagesimo tertio Et regni nostri septimo. 

Per signaturam manu dicti domini Regentis subscriptam. 

Abstract. 

Commission of Justiciary by King James the Sixth with advice and 
consent of James Earl of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeith, Regent, by which he 



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68 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 

appoints the provost and bailies of the burgh of Irvine his justiciars in that 
part jointly and severally; giving them power to "justify" and cause to 
" be justified " Thomas Snodgirs of the said burgh, apprehended and detained 
in the tolbooth thereof, for the cruel murther and slaughter of the deceased 
Semple his spouse, lately committed by him under the 
silence of night on the 21st of February last ; and to that effect to appoint 
courts of Justiciary, etc. Given under the quarter seal at Halyrudehous, 
1st March 1573. 



39. Grant by King James the Sixth to the Burgh of Irvine of the 
Customs of the Burgh for five years, for repair of the Harbour. 
— loth August 1579. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to our comptroUar present and 
to cum his deputtis and officiaris and all utheris our liegis and subdittis 
quhome it eflferis quhais knawlege this oure lettres salcum greting Wit ye 
us and lordis of oure secreit counsall understanding perfytelie that the 
heavin and port of oure burgh of Irving being decayit and brokin doun 
the provest baillies and communitie of the same hes not onlie spendit and 
bestowit thair haill commoun gude for beiting and reparing thairof, bot hes 
alswa raisit syndrie greit taxationis and contributionis amangis thame- 
selffis for help and support of the same And seing the same is not abill to 
serve the turn, we have gevin grantit and disponit and be thir our letres 
gevis grantis and disponis to the saidis provest baillies and communitie of 
oure said burgh all and haill the custumes of oure said burgh extending 
yeirlie to the soume of twenty nyne markis for all the space yeiris and 
termes of fyve yeiris eftir the dait of thir oure lettres to the efiect abone 
writtin with power to thame peaceablie to intromet thairwith uptak and 
dispone upoun the same for beiting and reparing of the said heavin and 
port during the space abonewrittin at thair plesoure Dischargeing you oure 
comptroUar present and to cum youre deputtis and officiaris off all craving 
ressaving uptaking and intrometting with the saidis custumes of oure said 
burgh of Irwing during the said space of fyve yeiris bot to suffer and 
permit the saidis provest baillies counsall and communitie thairof to in- 
tromet thairwith and dispone upon the same at thair plesour Gevin under 
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the yeir of God j" v" threscoir nynetene yeiris and of oure regnne the 
threttene yeir. 

Per signaturam manibus supremi domini nostri regis ac dominorum sui 
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de Irwin. 

40. Commission of Justiciary to the Magistrates of Irvine, for the trial 
of William Portar for the slaughter of Andrew Dickie. — 19th 
November 1579. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to all and sindrie our liegis and 
subditis quhome it eflfeiris to quhais knawlege thir our lettres salcum greting 
Forsameikle as it is understand to us and the lordis of our secreit counsale 
that Williame Portar indwellar within our burght of Irvin upoun the xxv 
day of October last bipast cruellie slew umquhile Andro Dikie in Paistoun 
Eftir the quhilk slauchter he wes takin reidhand and presentlie is in handis 
within our tolbuith of Irvin Quhairfoir we have gevin and grantit and be 
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to the provest and baillies of our said burght of Irvin to do justice upoun 
the said Williame for the said slauchter And to that effect we mak and 
constitutis thame conjunctlie and severalie our justices in that part Gevand 
grantand and committand to thame our full power and commissioun court 
or Courtis of justiciarie als oft as neid beis within our tolbuith of our said 
burght to set begin affix hald and continew Sectis to mak be callit absentis 
to amerchiat trespassouris to puneis Assyissis ane or ma within our said 
burght and four half about leist suspect and that best knawis the veritie in 
the said mater to sufficient nowmer to summound warne cheis and cans be 
sworne ilk persoun not compeirand under the pane of ten pundis Clerkis 
serjandis dempstaris and all utheris officiaris and memberis of court neidfull 
to mak creat substitute and ordane for the quhilkis they salbe haldin to 
ansuer And generalie all and sindrie uther thingis to do exerce and use that 
to the premissis is necessarle requirit to be done Ferme and stabill haldand 
and for to hald all and quhatsumevir thingis our saidis commissioneris 
conjunctlie and severalie lauchfuUie leidis to be done Commanding and 
charging you all and sindrie our liegis and subdittis foirsaid to concur 
and assist our saidis commissioneris and justices in the executioun of this 
our commissioun and do nor attempt na thing to thair hinderance as ye and 
ilkane of you will ansuer to us upon your obeydience at your uttermest 
charge and perrell Gevin under our signet and subscrivit with our hand 
at Haliruidhous the xix day of November and of our regnne the threttene 
yeir 1579. 



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41. Act of Privy Council ratifying and approving Act of Convention 
of Burghs at Glasgow concerning the Taxation of the Burgh 
of Irvine. — 1 579-80. 

Anent the supplicatioun presentit to the Kingis Majestie and Lordis of 
Secreit Counsale be the communitie and inhabitantis of the burgh of 
Irvin, makand mentioun that quhair in the moneth of November last- 
bipast, they meanit unto his Hienes and the saidis Lordis, how that a 
nowmer of thame that war puir men, upoun a certane abuse usit be the 
Magistratis of the said burgh in coUectioun of stentis and contributionis 
within the same in tymes bipast, war alike and equalie stentit with certane 
inhabitantis thairof of gretar rank and substance ; at quhilk tyme it wes 
ordanit be his Hienes and the saidis Lordis that the commissionaris of 
burrowis sould sicht and considder thair supplicatioun, and quhat ordour 
they thocht meit to be taikin thairanent, to report the samin agane to his 
Hienes and the saidis Lordis, that ordour thaireftir mycht be foUowit furth 
as sould be thocht best, as the said supplicatioun and deliverance thairof 
at mair lenth propertis. According to the quhilk the saidis complenaris 
laitlie gave in the same supplicatioun to the commissioneris of Burrowis 
convenit at Glasgw ; quha hes sichtit and considderit the same, and hes 
ordanit, quhen ony taxatioun sould happin to occur, that the said toun of 
Irvin sould be stentit, taxt, and ane taxt roll maid thairupoun, conforme to 
the use of uther burrowis — to witt, the provest, baillies, and counsale 
thairof sail caus and depute certane sworne men of the said toun to taxt 
everie ane within the samin according to thair habilitie — as ane act and 
ordinance maid thairupoun will testifie Quhilk act and ordinance the 
saidis complenaris hes reportit to his Hienes and the saidis Lordis : humilie 
desiring, thairfoir, that, be Act of Secreit Counsale, the foirsaid Act maid 
be the saidis Commissioneris of Burrowis mycht be ratifiit, approvit, and 
confermit, quhairthrow the samin mycht tak the bettir effect and execu- 
tioun heireftir, like as at mair lenth is contenit in the said supplicatioun ; 
quhairwith wes producit the said act and ordinance, off the quhilk the 
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In the conventioun and assemblie of burrowis haldin at Glasgu 
the xxiiij, xxv, xxvj, and xxvij dayis of Februar 1579 
yeiris : 

Item anent the complaint gevin in be Hew Campbell provest and Gawin 
Nasmytht commissionaris of Irvin first gevin in to the Kingis Majestie and 
lordis of Secreit counsale and thairfra remittit to be decidit in this present 
conventioun tuicheing the abuse of the taxatioun and stent roll making 
within the toun of Irvin allegeing the samin to be sett in quarteris of the 
toun not having respect to thame that hes the guidis thairinto as in the 
said complaint is at mair lenth contenit The haill commissionaris of 
burrowis havand consideratioun thairof and advisand thairwith Ordanis 
quhen ony taxatioun salhappin to occur that the said toun of Irvin sould 
be stentit taxt and ane taxt roll maid thairofi" conforme to the use of uther 
burrowis To witt the provest baillies and counsale thairof sail caus and 
depute certane sworne men of the toun to taxt everie ane within the same 
according to their habilitie/ 

Quhilk Act and ordinance of the saidis Commissioneris, togidder with the 
said supplicatioun, being hard, sene, and considderit be the Kingis Majestie 
and Lordis of Secreit Counsale, and thay thairwith being ripely avisit, the 
Kingis Majestie and Lordis of Secreit Counsale, understanding the said Act 
and Ordinance, maid be the saidis Commissioners, to be agreebill to ressoun 
and conforme to the use and ordour of uther Burrowis, hes thairfor ratifiit, 
apprevit, and confermit, like as they be thir presentis ratifiis, apprevis, and 
confermis the said Act, ordaning the same to tak full effect and executioun 
heireftir in all pointis conforme to the tennour thairof. 

42. Letter from King James the Sixth to the Magistrates oj Irvine 
anent the Convention of Estates. — 1st September 1586. 

Traist freindis we greit you heirtlie weill. Upoun gude considerations 
moving us we have thocht meit to alter the day and place of this conven- 
tioun of our estaittis to the tein day of September instant and in our burch 
of Edinburcht quhairfor we desire you richt effectuuslie that ye faill not to 
have your commissioneris present with us the said day as ye will do us 

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speciall plesour and gude service. Thus we commit you to God frome our 
castell of Sterling the first of September 1586. James K. 

[Dorso.'] 

To our traist fr[eindis the provost] 

bailyes and coun[sale of] Irwyne. 

43. Decreet of the Justice -deputes remitting to the Magistrates of 
Irvine to adjudicate upon a crime committed by one of their 
Burgesses.— 16th November 1586. 

Curia Justiciarie Supremi Domini nostri Regis tenta in pretorio de Edin- 
burgh decimo sexto die mensis Novembris anno Domini millesimo quingen- 
tesimo octuagesimo sexto per honorabiles viros magistros Joannem Grahame 
de Halyairdis Willelmum Oliphant et Eduardum Bruce justiciarios 
deputatos nobilis et potentis domini Archibaldi comitis Ergadie domini 
Campbell et Lome etc. Justiciarii generalis dicti supremi domini nostri 
Eegis totius regni sui ubilibet constitutos sectis vocatis et curia legitime 
affirmata : The quhilk day comperit maister Alexander King commissionar 
and procuratour speciallie constitute for the provest bailleis counsall and 
communitie of the burgh of Irrving be thair lettres of procuratorie and 
produceit ane chartoure and infeftment gevin and grantit to the said burgh 
of Irrving the bailleis and communitie thairof be umquhile oure soverane 
lordis predecessoure umquhile King James the Fourt of guid memorie be 
the quhilk it is gevin grantit and ordenit that quhow oft and att quhat 
tyme it salhappin ony burges or burgessis induellar or induellaris of the 
burgh of Irrving to be areistit and atteichit to quhatsumewir court or 
Courtis before quhatsumewir judge or judgeis for quhatsumewir caus that 
thay salbe repledgeit and reduceit to the libertie of the said burgh of 
Irrving And that thay within the samin burgh sail underly the law be ane 
assyis of the nychtbouris of the samin as the said infeftment of the dait at 
Edinburgh the aucht day of August the yeir of God j" v*^ and ellevin yciris 
and of the Kingis regnne the xxiiij yeir att mair lenth beris Accoirding 
to the quhilk chartoure he desyrit and requyrit that Niniane Barclay burges 
of Irrving now enterit on pannell summond to compeir before the justice 
or his deputtis this day and place to underly the law for the mutilatioun 
of Johnne Broun burges of Irrving of his rycht leg committit within the 
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said burgh of Irrving in the moneth of Maii the [yeir of God j"] v"" four- 
scoir and fyve yeiris to be re[pledgeit] red[uce]it and brocht hame fra the 
jurisdictioun and priviledge of the justice generall and his deputis to the 
libertie and priviledge of the said burgh conforme to the tennour of the 
said chartour Quhilk chartour being red sene and considerit be the saidis 
justice deputis and they throwchUe avisit thairwith Thay ordenit the said 
Niniane to be remittit to the libertie of the said burgh Quha fand Thomas 
Harvie ane of the bailleis of the said burgh of Irrving actit cautiouu and 
souirtie that he sail compeir before the provest and bailleis of the burgh of 
Irrving in the tolbuith thairof the aucht day of December nixtocum in the 
hour of caus to underly the law for the mutilatioun of the said Johns 
Broun of his rycht leg Eftir the forme and tennour of our soverane Lordis 
lettres direct thairupoun and under the panis contenit in the actis of 
parliament And siclyke the said Thomas Harvie become cautionar and 
souirtie for administratioun of justice to the partie complenand the saidis 
day and place in the houre of caus under the pane of law Extractum de 
Libro actorum Adjornalis Supremi domini nostri Eegis per me Ludovicum 
Bellendene de Auchnowle militem clericum justiciarie ejusdem generalem 
sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

LuDOVicus Ballenden, Clericus Justiciarie. 



44. Act of Parliament granting Commission anent the Brig [^Burgh'?^ 

of Irving. — 1587.^ 

Our Soverane Lord with advise and consent of the thrie estaittis of this 
present parliament hes given and grantit power and commissioun to the 
richt honorable Eobert Lord Boyde, William Cunynghame of Capringtoun, 
and Hew Campbell of Teringane, or ony twa of thame conjunctlie to pas to 
the burgh of Irving ony time thai pleis appoint to that effect and thair to 
visie and considder the watter mouth heavin port and herborie of the said 
burgh quhair the schippis and barkis wont to repair lose and ladin and 
thairupone to confer with the maist honest and ancient burgessis of the 
said burgh and landit gentilmen duelland nixt. adjacent thairto and sie gif 
the said herbrie possiblie may be helpit and quhat sowmes and moyen wald 
help the saymen and to report thair opinioun and proceedingis in the 

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premissis to the Lordis of Secreit Counsall And in cais eftir the said 
report the said hevin and herbrie beis fundin remedable our said soverane 
Lord with advise and consent of the saidis thrie estaittis gevis and grantis 
full power and commissioun to the saidis Lordis of Secreit Counsall to 
grant and appoint ane ressounable generall stent and taxatioun upone sic 
pairtis of the cuntrie as thai sail think maist expedient for the speciall help 
and support of the said decayit herbrie and heavin and to make speciall act 
and ordinance upone the said taxatioun conteuing the forme and ordour of 
the payment and ingaddering of the samin for the said support siclyk and 
in the samin maner as the saidis thrie estaittis micht have done thame- 
selffis in this present parliament and ordanis lettrez to be direct heirupone 
gif neid beis in forme as effeiris. 



45. Letters of Charge to the Burghs to guard against the admission of 
Jesuits, etc., into the country. — 5th March 1588-9. [Copy.j 

James be the grace of God king of Scottis to our lovittis William Forsyth 
messingeris our schirreffis in that part conjunctlie and 
severallie speciallie constitut greiting Forsameikill as it is understandit to 
us and lordis of secreit consall [from] travelleris in the sey furth of our 
realme that divers strangeris as wele as borne subjectis of the sect of Jcsu- 
ittis excommunicat personis semnare preistis and utheris passangeris ar 
transportit furth of utheris countres and brocht within our realme careing 
to and fra mony trassonable and dangerous wryttingis bukis lettres and 
messaigeis to the hurt and prejudice of the trew religioun and of the 
royale persone and auctoritie of us and our gud subjectis For remeid 
quhairof Our Will is and we charge you straitlie and commandis that 
incontinent thir our lettres sene ye pas and in our name and auctoritie 
command and charge the proweistis and baillies of our burrowis of 
Abirdene Montrois Dumdee Sauctanderois Carraill Anstruder Pettinvene 
Dysert Kirkcaldey Kinghorne Brunt Hand Leith Haymouth Queneisferrie 
Dumbartane Air Irvine Kirkandbrycht and all utheris buorrowis 
and touns within our realme' within quhais harberis portis havinis schipis 
or utheris veschellis arryvis or sail arryve as alswa the custumaris and 
cocquattiaris within the saidis boundis be opin proclamatioun at the mercat 
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to suffer or permit ony of the saidis schipis or veschellis to depairt furthe 
of our realme at ony tyme hencfurth nor yit custume thair gudis nor grant 
cocqueit thairupon Bot to fens and arreist the same schipis and veschellis 
and take the saillis fra the rais unto the tyme they find sufficient and 
responsall souerteis actit in thair tunis bukis that they sail not transport 
furth of oure realme nor yit bring within the same ony Jesuittis 
excommunicat personis semnare preistis passingeris strangeris nor utheris 
inemyis to the treuth thair bukis lettres or messagis proivatlie nor publiclie 
nather cary ony forbidden guidis furth of [the] realme without our speciall 
licenc obtenit to the same effairis and last that th[ey] sail gife up the 

of that equipage and company for quhom thai salle ansuer under 
the pane of confiscatioun of thair . . . blis and of the rest of 

thair moveable guidis to our use certefeing the said provest baillyes 
custumar and cocquattiaris and they faillze or be fund negligent heirin that 
we will crave compt at thair handis and will cans thame ansuer and 
underly the pane and puneisment dew to trassonable practicis aganis the 
said religioun our persone and estat with all rigour and extremitie Quhilk 
catioun and souertie being fund in maner and to the effect foirsaid we grant 
license thairefter be thir presentis to the maisteiris skipperis and ownaris 
of the said schippis and veschellis to depeirt furth of our realme in thair 
lauchfuU traid and merchandres nocht withstanding our lait proclamatioun 
maid in the contrair Certefeing thame that depairtis afoir the finding of the 
Sic. said somond thay salbe persewit in thair personis and guidis according to 
the tenour of the same proclamatioun with all rigour and extremitie as ye 
will ansuer to us thairupone The quhilk to do we commit to you 
conjunctlie and severallie our full power be thir lettres delyvering tham be 
you dewly execut and indorsat againe to the beirar Gevin under our 
signet at Edinburgh the fyft day of Marche and of our regnne the xxij 
yeir 1588. 

Per actum Secreti Consilii. 

WiLLiAME Forsyth, messinger. 

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46. Act of Privy Council granting New Commission anent the 
Harbour of Irvine. — 1590.^ 

Upon a supplication presented by the provost, baillies and council of the 
burgh of Irving to Parliament in July 1587, commission had been granted 
to Eobert Lord Boyd, Williame Cunynghame of Caprintoun, and Hew 
Campbell of Terrinyeane, to report to the Privy Council on the "hevin 
and herbrie" of the said burgh. [Acts of Parliament, 1587, c. 13, iii. 520.] 
The said commission had not, however, been executed ; and no^', as only 
the last named of the said commissioners is alive, and " necessar it is that 
sum utheris be appointit," the King, on petition from the said provost, 
baillies and council, gives full power to Thomas, now Lord Boyd, 
Master of Eglintoun, Blair of that Ilk, and Hew Campbell of Sic. 

Terrinyeane, or any two of them conjunctly " to pas to the said burgh of 
Irwing," and to "visie and considder" the water mouth, haven, port and 
harboury thereof, and to " se gif the same may be helpit," and for that 
purpose to " confer with the maist honest and ancient burgessis of the said 
burgh and landit gentilmen dwelland nixt adjacent thairto, and quhat 
sowmes of money wald help the same, and gif the same can not be helpit, 
to visie sum uther commodious place nixt adjacent to the said burgh 
quhair ane herbry may be biggit, and to set doun ane overture how the 
same may be biggit and quhat expenssis wilbe requisite," reporting to the 
King and council by the Feast of Pasch next. 

47. Letters of Charge against the Town of Irvine for proportion oj the 
" General Extent." — 2d January 1590-1. 

James be the Grace of God King of Scottis to our lovittis William Forsyth 
messingeris our Shirefl&s in that pairt conjunctlie etc. Schawin to us be our 
lovit Henrie Charters merchand burges of our Burgh of Edinburgh CoUect- 
our of the Taxatioun under specifeit That quhair the Commissioners of our 
Burrowis of Edinburgh Perth Dundie and Abirdene for thameselflfis and thair 
saidis Burrowis and as haveand power and commissioun of the remanent 
haill Burrowis of our Eealme being convinit at Edinburgh the xxix day of 
October anno Ixxxix yeiris to heir the customar Comptis thairof and upoun 
the inlaik of the samyn for payment of xxx tunis Wynis furneist to 

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us fra the first day of October anno Ixxxviij yeiris to the first day 
of October anno Ixxxix yeiris foirsaid as yit unpayit to sic as furnist 
the samen the pryces quhairof efter dew advysement according to 
the maner of the dounsetting thairof in tymes preceiding being fund to 
extend : viz., everie tun thairof to vj'"' xij tib The saidis Commissioners 
ordanit ane generale extent of the sowme of four thowsand pund to be set 
and raisit of the haill Burrowis of our Eealme according to the generale 
Roll set doun thairanent and upoun the inlaik of the Custumes efter the 
dounsetting quhairof the saidis Commissioners hes ordanit the CoUectour 
Generall upoun the Burrowis expenssis to ingadder the samyn and upoun 
the refusaris to pay thair particular pairts of the said extent as thai salbe 
extentit to And thir our Lettres of Horning upoun the said act to be 
raisit and execute as in the said Act and ordinance maid thairupoun at 
lenth is contenit According to the quhilk ordinance the saidis Com- 
missioneris being lyikwayis convenit at Edinburgh upoun the first day of 
October anno Ixxxx" yeiris maid and set doun ane extent Roll contenand 
the particular sowmes undir writtin imput upoun everie Burgh within this 
Realme and speciallie upoun our Burrowis under writtin for payment of 
thair pairtis of the said Taxatioun Thay ar to say Irwing tuentie four 
pundis Off the quhilk Taxatioun and particular sowmes abone 

writtin the Proveistis and Baillies of our Burrowis speciallie abone namit 
hes not maid nor will mak the said Compliner payment ilk ane of thame for 
thair awin pairtis as is abone devydit conforme to the said taxt Roll 
without thai be compellit Oure will is heirfoir that ye command and 
charge the Provest and Baillies of the Burrowis speciallie abone writtin to 
set ane extent Roll upoun the burgessis merchantis craftismen and 
inhabitantis of thair saidis Burrowis ilk ane of thame for thair awin pairt as 
is abone devydit and to collect inbring and delyver to the said Compliner 
of the samen ilk ane of the saidis Burrowis for thair awin pairtis according 
to the said taxt Roll maid thairanent within ten dayis nixt eftir thai be 
chargit be you thairto under the pane of rebellioun and gif thai failzie to 
denunce and eschete etc. And immediatlie efter your said denunciatioun 
that ye use the haill ordour prescrivit in the Act of Parliament as ye will 
answer to us thairupoun etc. Gievin under our Signet at Edinburgh the 
secund day of Januar and of our regne the xxiiij yeir 1590. 

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48. Missive hy King James the Sixth to the. Provost and Bailies of 
Irvine, requiring the attendance of their Commissioners at 
Holyrood in prospect of the hirth of a successor to the Crown. — 
18th December 1592. 

Teaist freindis we greit you hartlie weil It has plesit God to our content- 
ment and we ar assurit na les to the comown lyking of all our effectit 
subjectis to blis with appeirance of successioun (our darrest bedfallow the 
Queue being with chyld and neir the tyme of her delyverie) Quhilk and 
uther wechtie effairis geving occasioun of a mair necessar deliberatioun and 
advyse of oure nobilitie and estaittis nor at ony tyme heirtofoir We have 
thocht meit to desyre you maist ernistlie that ye faill nocht all excuissis 
sett apairt to addres your commissioneris towardis us heir at Halyrudhous 
the xj day of Januar nixtocum at quhat tyme ye salbe acquentit with the 
particularis moving your cuming quhilk we assuridlie luik for as ye will 
kyth your afFectioun in that erand furnessing mater of comoune rejoysing 
we dout nocht you and all our subjectis and to the advancement of sic 
purpoissis of grit wecht and importance as ar to be cravit and resolvit in 
that conventioun Sua committis you to Goddis blissit protectioun Frome 

Halyrudhous the xviij day of December 1592. 

James E. 

To our traist freindis the provest baillies and 

counsale of our burgh of Irwing. 



49. Letters of Charge against the Burghs for the payment of their Maills 
in sterling money. — 'id January 1593-4. 

James be the Gres of God King of Scottis to our lovitis David Neilsoun 
messenger our Sherifeis in that pairt conjunctlie and severallie constitut 
greitting Forsemeikill as the Lordis auditouris of our Chaikker considdiring 
how our Burrow ruiddis and privilaig of the maist pairt of our Burrowis of 
our Eeallm ar sett of auld for the Burrow meillis contenit in thair infeift- 
mentis to be payit in Stirlling money and throw negligens of our ofSciaris 
thir diveris yeiris bygane our meillis ar resavit in current money to our 



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greit hurt and prejudice thairfor hes ordanit thir or Lettres to be derect in 
manner following Our will is heirfor and we chairge you stratlie and 
commandis that inconteinent thir our Lettres sene ye pas and in our 
name and auctoritie command and charge the heill Proviestis and Bailies 
within our Eeallm to produce thair infeiftmentis in our Chaikker the xxvj 
Sic. day of Januar instant and the day of next tocum that it may 

be knawin quhiddir they sail pay Stirrveling money or current money of 
our Eeallm with ceirttificatioun to thame and thay failze thay salbe haldin 
and decernit to pay the samen in tyme cumirig or ellis the aweill thair- 
off as is in current money conforme to our Act of Parliament and to 
justis as ye answer to us thairupone The quhilk to do we commit to you 
conjunctlie and severallie our full powair be thir our Lettres delyvering 
thame be you dewllie execut and indorsit agane to the beirair Geivin 
undir our Signet at Edinburgh the secund day of Januar and of our regene 
the xxvij yeir 1593. 

Per actum Dominorum Scaccarij. 



50. Missive from the Lords of Parliament to the Provost and Bailies 
of Irvine, anent the payment of Burgh Maills in sterling money. 
— dd January 1593-4. 

Efter our maist hairtlie commendationis for deliberating upone the materis 
of the custumes and impost of wynis according to the articlis presentit to 
the parliament in Junii 1593 thair wes conference betuix sum that the 
Kingis Majestie directed for that purpois and the commissioneris of 
burrowis about this tyme twelf moneth and then materis left to a new 
meiting and sensyne at the parliament haldin in Junii thair wes directioun 
gevin to tak ordour anent the payment of certane burrow mailis in 
sterling money and seing the chekker is presentlie sittand and that thair is 
also a conventioun of the Estaitis appointed agane the xj day of Januar 
instant we have thocht expedient according to his Majestyis direction gevin 
us to desyre you effectuuslie that your commissioneris to be send to the 
said conventioun may be instructed to confer treat and conclude with sic as 
salbe directit be his Majestie in thir materis sa as the same may be setlit 
to the contentment of his Majestie and you all, God willing To quhais 



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protectioun we commit you at Edinburgh the thrid day of Januarii 1593. 
Your assurit freindis ^ 








I David Neilsoun messinger delyverit this meself to the proveist and 
balyis Irwin the xv day of Januar 1593. Dauid Neilsoun messinger 

w* my hand. 
[Addressed.^ To our richt traist freindis 

the provest and bailies of Irwing etc. 

51. Extract Decreet of the Lords of Council in the Action at the instance 
of Laurence Scott against the Magistrates of Irvine anent the 
office of Town Cleric thereof. — 7th December 1594. 

At Edinburgh the sevint day of December the yeir of God j" v° four scoir 
fourteine yeiris The Lordis under writtin Thay ar to say Johnne lord 
Thirlstane chancellar Alexander lord Vrquhart president Alexander 
commendator of Culros William commendator of Tungland Master James 

1 The Signatures are : — Blantyre, Newbotle, Lyncloudon, A. Hay, Culluthy, Durhame of Duntervie, 

M. G. Young. 

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82 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF IRVINE. 

Elphinstoun of Innernochtie Sir Patrick Vaus of Barnbarroclie knycht 
Master Thomas Hamiltoun of Dumcairne Master Johnne Skene clerk of 
Eegistre Master David M'Gill of Cranstoun-riddell Andro Weymes of 
Maircairny Sir Eicliard Cokburne of Clerkingtoun knycht secretar Sir 
John Cokburne of Ormestoun knycht Justice Clerk Master Johnne Lyndsay 
persone of Menmuire Anent oure Soverane Lordis lettres purchest at the 
instance of Laurence Scott servitour to Master William Scott of Grange- 
mure Director of the Chancellarie aganis Hew Neving provest Alexander 
Dunlop and Archibald George baillies and Niniane Barclay baillie 
commissioner of the burgh of Irwing and the counsell and communietie 
thereof and Hew Garven thair Court Clerk makand mentioun that quhair 
his Hienes be his utheris Lettres of gift under the Pre vie Seill have gevin 
and grantit to the said Laurence the office of the Clerkship and commoun 
toun Notarie of the said burgh of Irwing during all the dayes of his liftyme 
with full power to the said persewar to minister in the said office use and 
exerce the samyn at his pleasour and to creat and substitute ane clerk 
under him for exerceing and using thairof during quhat tyme he pleissis 
ifor quhome he salbe answerable to us upoun the executioun of his office 
and to intromet with all and sindrie casualities fies and dewties pertening 
to the said office ayther be the said persewar for himself or his Depute 
discharging the provest and baillies of the said burgh of creatioun of ony 
uther clerk therein in the meantyme as the saidis Lettres of gift maid to 
the said persewar thairupoun of the dait the penult day of September 
last bipast at mair lenth proportis Be vertew of the quhilkis the said per- 
sewar hes gude and undouttit rycht to the said office and all fies and deuties 
belanging thairto Nochttheles the provest baillies counsell and communitie 
of the said burgh of Irwing will on nawis acknaulege him commoun Clerk 
of the said Burgh suffer and permit him be himself and his deputtis 
minister in the said office use and exerce the samyn intromet and uptak 
quhatsumevir fies and dewties belanging thairto conforme to the Lettres of 
Gift without thay be compellit And anent the charge gevin to the saidis 
defenderis to haif comperit befoir the Lordis of Counsall at ane certane day 
bigane to haif hard and sene utheris Lettres in all the four formes decernit 
to haif bene direct at the instance of the said persewar and ilk executioun 
to be efter uther within xxiiij houris and the wairding place to be in the 
Castell of Blacknes in caice of disobedience chargeing thame and ilk ane of 
thame to haif acknawlegeit the said persewar as commoun clerk of the said 



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Burgh. To haif sufFerit and permittitt him and his deputtis and na utheris 

to haif ministerit thairin usit and exerceit the samyn intromettit and 

uptakin all fies and dewties belanging thairto efter the forme and ten- 

nour of the saidis Lettres of Gift or ellis to allege ane ressonabill cans 

qnhy the samyn suld not be done as at mair lenth is contenit in the 

saidis Lettres The said persewar comperand be Mr. John Russell his 

procuratour and the saidis defendaris comperand be Master William 

Oliphant thair procuratour Thair rychtis ressonis and allegationis being 

hard sene and considderit be the saidis Lordis and thai thairwith being 

ryplie advisit The Lordis of Counsell assoilzeis simpliciter the saidis 

defendaris from the haill poyntis and contentis of the saidis Lettres and 

petitioun of the said persewar aganis thame in the said mater And 

decernis thame frie and quyte thairfra in tyme tocum Becaus it was 

allegit peremptorlie be the said Master William Oliphant procuratour for 

the saidis defenderis that na Lettres aucht to be grantit in all the four 

formes at the instance of the said Laurence Scott aganis thame to 

acknawlege the said Laurence as commoun Clerk of the said Burgh suffer 

and permit him and his deputtis and na utheris minister thairin use and 

exerce the samyn intromett and uptak all fies and deuties belanging thairto 

efter the tennour of the saidis Lettres of Gift Becaus the foirsaidis Lettres 

of Gift proceidis frome our Soverane Lord in the moneth of September last 

bipast anno four scoir fourtene yeiris quha had na power to dispone the 

office of Clerkschip and commoun toun Notarie of the said Burgh of Irwing 

contenit in the said Gift Becaus the Burgh of Irwing lang befoir the dait 

of the said Gift wes ane frie Burgh Regall erectit of auld in ane frie burgh 

regall with all immunities privilegis liberties and fredomes perteining to 

frie burghis regall within this realme and thairby hes undouttit rycht to 

elect and creat all officeris within Burgh be the lawes of this realme and 

speciallie thair toun Clerk for quhome thai ar obleist to be answerable 

Quhilk allegeance being fund relevant be the saidis Lordis and admittit to 

the saidis defendaris probatioun (nochtwithstanding of the haill answeris 

maid thairto for the pairt of the said persewar) The saidis defendaris 

instantlie verefeit the same be productioun of divers and sundrie infeft- 

mentis chartoris evidentis and writtis hard sene and considderit be the 

saidis Lordis as was cleirlie understand to the saidis Lordis and thairfoir thai 

assoilzeit simpliciter in maner foirsaid And ordanis Lettres to be direct 

heirupoun gif neid beis in forme as effeiris Extractum de libro actorum per 



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84 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 

me Magistrum Johannem Skene Clericum Eotulorum Eegistri ac Consilii 
Supremi Domini Nostri Eegis sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

Johannes Skene, (Jls. Regri, etc. 

52. Act of Privy Council granting Commission for inquiring as to the 
fitness of a particular creek in Little Cumbrae to be a new 
Harbour for the Burgh of Irvine. — 1596.-' 

Supplication by the Provest, baillies, and council of the burgh of 
Irvine as follows : — 
The Act of Parliament appointing Eobert, Lord Boyd, William 
Cunynghame of Caprintoun, and Hew Campbell of Terringeane, or any 
two of them, commissioners for reporting on the "heavin porte and 
herbory " of thair burgh, and empowering the imposition of a taxation for 
its support (1587, c. 13, iii. p. 520), hes taken no effect, two of the 
principal commissioners so nominated having died, and the watter mouth 
having become so " ouerblawne and fiUit with sand that it is unremediable 
and can not be helpit through occasioun quhairof sindrie of thair nichtbouris 
hes sustenit grite losse and shipwrack, and thair toun brocht to grite 
miserie and povertie ; and, be appeirance, thay will losse the haill benifite 
and trade of the sey, without remeid be providit : and, thay haveing 
considderit the haill commodious pairtis nixt adjacent to thair burgh, 
quhair ane harborie maist commodiouslie may be had, thay fand na 
parte sa meit as ane creik in Little Comray, quhilk thay ar unable be 
thair awne moyne to gett accommodat for that purpois unless the 
said Act of Parliament tak yit effect." Thay humbly desire therefore 
that commission may be given to Walter, Prior of Blantyre, treasurer, 
Sir Mathew Steuart of Minto, Fleming of Barrochin, James 

Hammiltoun of Ardoch, and Johnne Craufurde of Crawfurdland or any two 
of them conjunctly for attending to the matter. Accordingly the King 
and Council gave full power and commission to the said persons to visit the 
said creek and consider if it may be suitable for a harbour " and to confer 
with sic men of jugement and experience as thay think meit anent the 
expenssis and sowmes of money quhilk will satisfie the heretour of the said 
creek, and perfyte and accomplish the said harborie and to reporte thair 

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procedingis heiranent to his Majestie and his Prevey Counsaill betuix and 
the first day of November nixt to cum, that thaireftir the saidis Lordis 
according to the previlege grantit be the said Act of Parliament may 
appoint the said taxatioun and sett doun the forme and maner of the 
ingaddering and payment thairof" 

53. Grant hy the Privy Council to the Burgh of Irvine for Jive years of a 
right of exacting duties on goods passing up and down the Clyde, 
the same to go towards the new Harbour for the Burgh. — 29th 
July 1596.1 

Reference to the Act of Parliament (1587, c. 13, iii. p. 520), and to 
the Act of Secret Council of 3d June last, appointing certain commis- 
sioners to visit and report upon the creek in Little Comray as a place 
where " ane harborie maist commodiouslie micht be had " for the town 
of Irving. The said commissioners have lately sighted and considered the 
said creek, and found that the same will be a sufficient harboury for ships 
and all other vessels, and that, for repairing and completing of the same, 
payment of masons and wrights and other workmen, and furnishing all 
materials requisite, the expenses will amount in all to the sum of 
£4773, 6s. 8d. This report having been heard and considered by his Majesty 
and Lords of Secret Council, " thay, upoun a speciall cair and regaird had 
be thame to the weill and profi'eit, not onlie to the haill inhabitantis of the 
said toun, bot of all the cuntreis nixt adjacent thairto, quha wilbe accomodat 
and easit at all occasionis be the said harborie, baith at thair outpassing 
and incuming to the same," grant to the provost, bailies, council and 
community of Irwing, for the space of five years from the date hereof, the 
" toust, exactioun, and impoist," to the eff'ect foresaid, of all the following 
sorts of merchandise that shall enter or pass furth of the ports of Air, 
Glasgu and Dunbartane, or that shall " pas up and doun the saidis watteris 
or ony parte to and fra the samin townis and watteris, and betuix the 
saidis townis, alsweill the hielandis as laulandis " viz., " ofi" every last of 
barrellit guidis, quhilk is ane tun and ane halff", fyve shillingis ; and of 
every tun of guidis and merchandice, iii^ 1111** ; and of every pype, hoigat 
and barrell accordingly pro rata ; ofi" every fisheair boit yeirlie, v^ ; and of 
every manis skair within the same boitis yeirlie, v^ ; and that for the three 

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fisheingis of the north and south sey hering and killing ; of every hundreth 
bollis of salt of water mett, ane half boill, and siclyke halff boll of all 
victuaill or uther stuff of barkis, mett be boll ; of every hundreth tree, 
jeist, daill or burde of aik, or uthir tymmer, cabir, or rungis, ane; and of 
every boit that bringis in horse or ky frome the Hielandis, ten shillingis." 
There is also an order to charge all and sundry merchants, skippers and 
mariners of the said ships, crears, boats, barks, " coparis " and other vessels, 
by open proclamation at the market crosses of Irving, Glasgu, Dunbartane, 
and their parish kirks, and all other places needful, to make payment to the 
said town council of the said impost to the effect abovewritten, during the 
said space, within ten days after being charged, under pain of rebellion. It 
is also concluded that no suspension shall be granted of letters of horning 
till the sums charged for be consigned in the hands of James Primrois, writer ; 
who shall keep the same in his hands till the reasons of suspension be dis- 
cussed. It is however, provided that, in case the inhabitants of the said 
burghs complain that they are " extraordinarlie handillit be the rasing of this 
present exactioun and impost upoun thame, without thair consent and 
knauleg, to thair grite hurt and prejudice," then their complaints shall be 
heard and considered, and disposed of according to equity and good conscience. 

54. Charter hy King James the Sixth, confirming to the Burgh of 
Irvine all the rights and privileges thereof. — 1st May 1601. 

jACOBtrs Dei gratia Eex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus totius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis nos cum avisamento et consensu con- 
fisi et predilecti nostri consiliarii Davidis Murray de Gospertie militis 
nostrorum computorum rotulatoris ratificasse approbasse [et pro] nobis 
nostrisque successoribus pro perpetuo confirmasse omnia et singula infeofa- 
menta et cartas per nos nostrosque preclarissimos progenitores datas et 
concessas penes erectionem et creationem burgi nostri de Irwing in liberum 
burgum regalem cum omnibus libertatibus immunitatibus privilegiis et 
commoditatibus quibuscunque in eisdem specificatis in omnibus et singulis 
conditionibus punctis passis articulis clausulis et circumstanciis in dictis 
infeofamentis mentionatis et contentis secundum earundem formas et 
tenores Ac volumus et concedimus proque nobis nostrisque successoribus 
decernimus et ordinamus quod hec presens generalis nostra ratificatio 
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sufficientie in omnibus respectibus ac si omnia predicta infeofamenta per- 
prius facta et concessa penes antedictam suprascripti burgi erectionem 
specialiter et ad longum in hac presenti carta nostra expressa et ingrossata 
fuissent Preterea nos pro bono fideli et gratuito servitio nobis nostrisque 
preclarissimis progenitoribus per prefectum ballivos consules dictique burgi 
de Irwing incolas temporibus retroactis prestito et impenso proque majori 
policie et edificiorum incremento faciendo infra dictum nostrum burgum 
pro nostro nostrorumque subditorum eidem frequentantium asiamento et 
hospitio necnon pro diversis aliis bonis causis et considerationibus nos 
moventibus ex nostra certa scientia proprioque motu cum avisamento et 
consensu antedictis de novo creavimus et ereximus tenoreque presentium 
de novo creamus et erigimus totum et integrum predictum burgum de 
Irving omnesque et singulas terras tenementa domos edificia hortos com- 
munitates pertinen[ciaque eidem] spectantes in liberum burgum regalem 
Acetiam dedimus concessimus et disposuimus tenoreque presentium damns 
concedimus et disponimus prefecto ballivis consulibus burgensibus dictique 
burgi de Irving communitati suorumque successoribus hereditarie totum et 
integrum predictum burgum de Irving una cum omnibus et singulis terris 
aliisque subscriptis eidem spectantibus et pertinentibus, viz. omnes et 
singulas terras et tenementa infra dictum burgum jacentia totas et integras 
terras vulgo nuncupatas lie burrow landis alias Montaber, Gallowmure, 
Knodgerhill, Newmure, Hie Myre, Guildelandis, Weirisholme, Inner et Utter 
Boigfauldis, unacum integris pascuis lie wardis pratis acris et commu[D tati- 
bus infra dicti] burgi territorium aliisque quibuscunque per ipsos possessis 
vel de ipsis perprius immediate tentis unacum omnibus et singulis aliis 
terris tenementis annuls redditibus molendinis multuris piscationibus viis 
semitis aliisque quibuscunque pertinen per ipsos 

eorumve predicessores possessis et gavisis cum omnibus portubus littoribus 
lie harbreis et bulwarkis eidem pertinentibus cumque omnibus custumis 
anchoragiis privilegiis et libertatibus solitis et consuetis 

Similiter et adeo libere in omnibus respectibus quam alius quivis burgus 
regius infra regnum nostrum habent vel privilegia sua et libertates possi- 
dent Idque infra omnes balliatus de Conynghame bond[as 
burgi nostri] de Irwing Ubertati perprius annexatas cum plenaria potestate 
dictis prefecto ballivis consulibus burgensibus dictique nostri burgi de 
Irwing communitati eorumque successoribus pistores brasiatores 

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in eodem emendi et vendendi vinum cibum pannum lineum et laneum 
latum et densum pieces carnes omniaque alia in quovis burgo 

infra nostrum regnum emi vendique solita Acetiam cum potestate ipsis in 
dicto nostro burgo tres liberos nundinarum dies annuatim tenendi et 
habendi Quarum primum per Augusti decimum quartum 

decimum quintum et decimum sextum dies continuando Secundum 

nundinarum Septembris die initiando et ad ejusdem 

mensis [Sep]timum diem nundinarum incipiendo vicesimo 

tertio mensis Octobris die et inde vicesimo quarto et vicesimo quinto 

continuando duas hobdomadatim forales dies 

dictorum dierum foralium 
clericos serjandos adjudicatores aliosque omnes curie officiarios 

nostri burgi communi bono necessaria eligendi 

Burgalis curie affigendi toties quoties 

opus fuerit tenendi leges et constitutiones [pr]edicti nostri 

burgi communi bono faciendi eademque secundum 

constituimus tenoreque presentis carte nostre facimus et con[stituimus] 
prefectum et ballivos dicti [nostri] burgi de Irving presentes et futures 
nostros justiciarios ipsis justiciarias et vicecomitatus curias 

in eodem tenendi ac transgressores et malefactores in eisdem puniendi 
exquirendi capiendi et apprehendi justiciamque erga 

ipsos prout secundum nostri regni leges rei vel innocentes inventi fuerint 
ministrari causandi Inquisitionemque aut inquisitiones necessarias summo- 
niendi quamlibet personam juramenta prestare et admitti 

causandi Sectas vocandi absentes amerciandi exitus amerciamenta et 
dictarum curiarum exactas petendi et levandi et precipiendi 

eadem Necnon super dictorum malefactorum ut dictum est 
communiendi escaetis ad ipsorum placitum disponendi ad commune dicti 
burgi nostri bonum clericos serjandos membra curie 

necessaria in dictis justiciarii et in hac parte vicecomitatuum oflficiis pro 
justicie in eisdem administratione faciendi et constituendi cum omnibus et 
singulis libertatibus et immunitatibus quibuscunque 

quolibet alio libero burgo regali infra regnum nostrum pertinentibus seu 
juste pertinere valentibus quomodolibet in futurum Tenendum et habendum 
[totum et integrum] predictum nostrum burgum de Irving cum omnibus et 
singulis terris tenementis domibus edificiis hortis pomeriis molendinis mul- 
turis piscationibus communitatibus portubus le [harbreis et bulwarkis] viis 



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semitis custumis anchoragiis privilegiis libertatibus immunitatibus pro 
commoditatibus lie outsettis partibus pendiculis dictique burgi nostri per- 
tinenciis quibuscunque seu quorum prefect! ballivi consules et ejusdem 
burgi nostri communitas quovis tempore preterite in possessione fuerunt 
dictis prefecto ballivis coQSulibus dictique nostri burgi communitati eorum- 
que successoribus de nobis nostrisque successoribus in feodo hereditate [et 
libero] burgagio imperpetuum Per omnes rectas metas suas antiquas et 
divisas prout jacent in longitudine et latitudine in domibus edificiis boscis 
planis moris marresiis viis semitis aquis stagnis [rivolis] pratis pascuis et 
pasturis molendinis multuris et eorum sequelis aucupationibus venationibus 
piscationibus petariis turbariis carbonibus carbonariis cuniculis cuniculariis 
columbis columbariis fabrilibus brasinis [brueriis] et genestis silvis nemori- 
bus et virgultis lignis tignis lapicidiis lapide et calce Cum curiis et earum 
exitibus amerciamentis herezeldis bludewitis mulierum merchetis et escaetis 
dictarum curiarum [cum lie] pit et gallons infangtbeif outfangtheif thole 
theme vert wrak wair et vennesoun Ac cum omnibus aliis et singulis 
libertatibus commoditatibus proficuis asiamentis ac justis suis pertinenciis 
quibuscunque tam non nominatis quam nominatis tam subtus terra quam 
supra terram procul et prope similiter et adeo libere in omnibus respectibus 
quam quivis alii nostri liberi burgi regales sua privilegia libertates aliasque 
commoditates quascunque [iisdem] spectantes usi sunt aut potuerunt libere 
quiete plenarie integre honorifice bene et in pace sine aliqua revocatione 
contradictione obstaculo seu impedimento aliquali Reddendo inde annuatim 
dicti prefectus ballivi consules et communitas suorumque successores nobis 
nostrisque successoribus summam septem librarum sex solidorum et octo 
denariorum usualis monete hujus regni nostri Scotie ad solutionis terminos 
solitos et cons[uetos ] annuatim [in] nostris scaccariis computum 

reddere tenebuntur Cum servicio burgi solito et consueto tantum Proviso 
omnimodo quod si quovis tempore futuro per autentica scripta verificatum 
fuerit dictum nostrum burgum de Irving nobis aut nostris predecessoribus 
quovis tempore preterito aliquam monetam Strivilingensem vel majorem 
annuum reditum quam suprascriptum est unquam persolvisse quod tunc et 
in eo casu nos nostrique successores bonum jus ad eandem monetam 
Strivilingensem maximumque annuum redditum pro eodem quovis tempore 
preterito persolutum habemus et habebunt non obstante presenti hoc 
nostro infeofamento supra specificato et ac si idem nunquam [datum et] 
concessum fuisset In cujus rei testimonium huic presenti carte nostre 

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magnum sigillum nostrum apponi precepimus Testibus predilectis nostris 
consanguineis et consiliariis Joanne Marchione de Hamiltoun comite Arranie 
domino Evandale etc., Joanne comite de Montrois domino Grahame etc., 
cancellario nostro Georgio comite Mariscalli domino Keith etc., regni nostri 
mariscallo dilectis nostris familiaribus consiliariis dominis Jacobo Elphin- 
stoun de Barntoun nostro secretario Eichardo Cockburne juniore de 
Clerkingtoun nostri secreti sigilli custode militibus Magistro Joanne Skene 
nostrorum rotulorum registri ac consilii clerico domino Joanne Cokburne de 
Ormestoun milite nostre justiciarie clerico Et magistro Willelmo Scott de 
Elie nostre cancellarie directore Apud Dalkeith primo die mensis Mail 
anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo primo et regni nostri trigesimo quarto. 

Abstract. 

Charter by King James the Sixth by which he ratifies and confirms all 
and sundry infeftments and charters granted by him and his progenitors in 
reference to the erection and creation of his burgh of Irvine into a free 
Royal Burgh, with all the liberties and privileges specified therein : And 
further, for the faithful service done to him and his progenitors by the 
provest bailies and councillors of the said burgh, increase of policy and 
building within the same, etc., the King of new creates and erects all and 
whole the foresaid burgh of Irvine, and lands, tenements, etc., belonging to 
the same into a free Royal Burgh, granting and disponing to the provost, 
bailies, councillors, burgesses, and community of the same, and their successors, 
all and whole the foresaid burgh of Irvine, and lands and others belonging 
thereto, viz. the lands and tenements lying within the said burgh; the 
lands commonly called the Burrow Lands alias Montaber, Gallowmure, 
Knodgerhill, Newmure, Hiemyre, Guildelandys, Weirisholme, Inner and 
Outer Bogfauldis, with the wairds, acres, and commonties within the 
territory of the said burgh and others possessed by them or immediately 
held of them, with all other lands, etc., possessed by them or their 
predecessors; ports and harbours, bulwarks, with customs, anchorages, 
privileges and freedoms, as freely as any other Royal Burgh within the 
kingdom, and that within all the bounds of the bailliary of Cuninghame 
[and also Largisj formerly annexed to the liberty of the Burgh. With 
power to make and have bakers, braziers, etc., sell and buy, etc., and to 
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and continuing till the 16th; the second beginning on the [7th] of 
September and continuing till the [10th] ; and the third beginning on the 
23d of October and continuing till the 25th ; and also two weekly market 
days with power to make clerks, Serjeants, etc., and to hold Burgh Courts : 
The King further creates the provost and bailies of the burgh his justiciars 
and sheriffs in that part within the liberty of the Burgh, with the usual 
powers : To be held of the King and his successors in fee heritage and free 
burgage for ever, for payment of £7 : 6 : 8 Scots yearly, rendering account 
to the Exchequer and service of Burgh used and wont : Provided that if 
it should be verified that the Burgh had at any time previously paid 
sterling money or a greater annual rent, the King or his successors should 
have good right to such sterling money or greater rent. The Great Seal 
is appended at Dalkeith 1st May 1601. Witnesses John Marquis of 
Hamilton Earl of Arran Lord Evandale, etc., John Earl of Montrose 
Lord Grahame, etc., chancellor, and others. 



55. Instrument of Sasine upon Crown Charter in favour of the Burgh 
of Irvine, of the whole rights and privileges thereof — 2d 
September 1601. 

In Dei nomine amen Per hoc presens publicum instrumentum cunctis 
pateat evidenter et sit notum quod anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo 
primq die vero mensis Septembris secundo regnique supremi domini nostri 
Jacobi Sexti Scotorum regis illustris[simi] anno tricesimo quinto In 
nostrorum notariorum publicorum et testium subscriptorum preseutiis per- 
sonahter comparuerunt honorabiles viri Patricius Trane prepositus burgi 
de Irweine Thomas Cuming unus ballivorum ejusdem Joannes Peblis 
Ninianus Barcley et Archibaldus George quidam consiliariorum [dicti] 
burgi pro seipsis necnon nomine dicti burgi et communitatis ejusdem super 
solum et fundum terrarum dicti burgi aliarumque subscriptarum Ac 
habentes et tenentes in eorum manibus quoddam sasine preceptum sub- 
scriptum dicti supremi domini nostri Eegis e ejus cancellaria sub testimonio 
sui magni sigilli cera alba app[en]si ballivo de Cunynghame et depu- 
tatis suis necnon ballivis subtus mentionatis de Cunynghame in hac 
parte specialiter constitutis directum Et ibidem dictum sasine precep- 
tum honorabUibus personis WiUielmo Stevinstoun ballivo deputato de 



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Cunynghame et Hugoni Scot comburgensibus dicti burgi ballivis de 
Cunynghame in hac parte in dicto precepto specialiter nominatis et 
constitutis ea qua decuit reverentia presentaverunt ipsosque humiliter 
requirendo pro executione ejusdem debite facienda Qui vero ballivi in hac 
parte antedicti dictum preceptum sasine a manibus dictorum propositi 
ballivi et aliorum suprascriptorum reverenter receperunt Et idem nobis 
notariis publicis subscriptis perlegendum publicandum et in banc publicam 
instrumentalem formam redigendum reddiderunt tenor cujus precepti 
sequitur verbatim et est talis Jacobus Dei gratia Rex Scotorum ballivo 
nostro de Cunynghame et deputatis suis necnon dilectis nostris Willielmo 
Stevinstoun ballivo deputato de Cunynghame et Hugoni Scot burgensibus 
de Irweine et eorum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim ballivis nostris de 
Cunynghame in hac parte salutem Quia nos cum avisamento et consensu 
confisi et predilecti nostri consiliarii Davidis Murray de Gospertie militis 
nostrorum computorum rotulatoris pro bono fideli et gratuito servitio nobis 
nostrisque preclarissimis progenitoribus per prefectum ballivos consules et 
incolas burgi nostri de Irweine temporibus retroactis prestito et impenso 
proque majore policie et edificiorum incremento faciendo infra dictum 
nostrum burgum proque nostro nostrorumque subditorum eidem frequen- 
tantium asiamento et hospicio necnon pro diversis aliis bonis causis et 
considerationibus nos moventibus ex nostra carta scientia proprioque motu de 
novo creavimus et ereximus totum et integrum predictum burgum de Irweine 
omnesque et singulas terras tenementa domos edificia hortos communitates 
pertinentiaque eidem spectantia in liberum burgum regalem Ac etiam 
dedimus concessimus et disposuimus prefecto ballivis consulibus dictique 
burgi de Irwin communitati suorumque successoribus in perpetuum totum 
et integrum predictum burgum de Irweine unacum omnibus et singulis 
terris aliisque subscriptis eidem spectantibus et pertinentibus videlicet omnes 
et singulas terras et tenementa infra dictum burgum jacentia totas et 
integras terras nuncupatas lie burrowlandis [alias Montaber Gallowmure] 
Knodgerhill Newmure hiemyre Guldelandis Weirisholme Inner et Utter 
Bogfauldis unacum integris pascuis lie wardis pratis acris communitatibusque 
infra dicti burgi territorium aliisque quibuscunque per ipsos possessis et de 
ipsis immediate perprius tentis unacum [omnibus aliis et singulis] terris 
tenementis annuls redditibus molendinis multuris piscationibus viis semitis 
aliisque quibuscunque dicto burgo ejusve libertati pertinentibus per ipsos 
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lie harbries et bulwarkis [eidem pertinentibus] cumque omnibus custumis 
anchoragiis privilegiis et libertatibus iisdem spectantibus solitis et consuetis 
similiter et adeo libere in omnibus respectibus quam alius quivis 
burgus regius infra regnum nostrum habet vel privilegia sua et . libertates 
possidet idque infra omnes balliatus de Cunynghame bondas necnon lie 
Lairgis dicti nostri burgi de Irwene libertati perprius annexatas cum 
plenaria potestate dictis prefecto ballivis consulibus burgensibus dictique 
nostri burgi de Irweine communitati eorumque successores pistores 
brasiatores laniatores piscatores aliosque omnes artifices necessaries in [eodem] 
faciendi simul et habendi necnon in eodem emendi et vendendi vinum ceram 
pannum linium et lanium latum et densum pisces carnes omniaque alia 
mercimonia in quovis libero burgo nostro regali infra regnum nostrum emi 
vendique solita Ac etiam cum potestate ipsis in dicto nostro burgo tres 
liberos nundinarum dies annuatim tenendi et habendi Quarum primum 
super Augusti decimum tertium diem incipiendo ejusdemque mensis 
decimum quartum et decimum sextum dies continuando secundum dictarum 
nundinarum septimo Octobris die incipiendo et inde [ejusdem] mensis 
decimum diem continuando Ac tertium predictarum nundinarum 
incipiendo vicesimo tertio mensis Octobris die et inde vicesimo quarto et 
vicesimo quinto ejusdem mensis diebus continuando Necnon duas 
hepdomatim forales dies quorum unum die dictorum 

dierum foralium et nundinarum custumas solitas et consuetas levandi et 
percipiendi superque eadem ad ipsorum placitum disponendi Et similiter 
cum potestate prefectum ballivos thesaurarios decanos gilde clericos 
serjandos adj udicatores aliosque [omnes curie ofl&ciarios] et membra pro 
ejusdem burgi nostri bono et gubernatione necessaria eligendi Burgales 
quoque curias toties quoties ipsis expediens videbitur initiandi affigendi 
affirmandi totiesque quoties opus fuerit tenendi et continuandi Acta leges 
et constitutiones predicti nostri burgi communi bono faciendi easdem 

ponendi Ac etiam fecimus et constituimus prefectum et 
ballivos burgi nostri de Irving presentes et futures nostros justiciarios et 
in hac parte vicecomites infra ejusdem libertatem Cum potestate ipsis 
justiciarias et vicecomitatus curias in eodem tenendi [transgressores et 
malefactores in iisdem] puniendi exquirendi capiendi et apprehendi 
apprehensosque ad inquisitionis cognitionem ponendi justiciamque erga 
ipsos prout secundum regni nostri leges rei vel innocentes inventi fuerint 
ministrari causandi inquisitionemque aut inquisitiones necessarias sum- 



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m[oiiiendi] pena comparere recipi juramenta prestare 

et admitti causandi Sectas vocandi absentes amerciandi exitus amerciamenta 
et dictarum curiarum exactas petendi et levandi et pro iisdem dummodo 
opus fuerit namandi et distringendi superque eadem nee 

exactis ad ipsorum placitum disponendi ad commune dicti burgi 
nostri bonum Clericos serjandos adjudicatores aliosque omnes officiarios 
membraque curie necessaria in dictis justiciarie et in hac parte vicecomitatus 
officiis pro justicie in iisdem administr libertatibus 

commoditatibus privilegiis immunitatibus proficuis custumis et immunita- 
tibus quibuscunque cuilibet alio libero burgo regali infra regnum nostrum 
pertinentibus seu juste pertinere valentibus quomodolibet in futurum 
Prout in carta nostra desuper dictis prefeeto ballivis 

consulibus dictique nostri burgi communitati eorumque successoribus vel 
suis certis actornatis latoribus presentium sasinam totius et integri predicti 
nostri burgi de Irvin cum omnibus et singulis terris tenementis dom[ibus] 

communitatibus portubus littoribus lie bulwarkis viis 
semitis custumis ancboragiis privilegiis libertatibus immunitatibus proficuis 
commoditatibus lie outsettis partibus pendiculis dictique burgi nostri 
pertinentiis quibuscunque seu quarum prefecti [burgi 

nostri communitatas] quovis tempore preterite in possessione fuerunt 
Secundum formam et tenorem predicte carte nostre quam de nobis inde habent 
justi baberi faciatis et sine dilatione Et hoc nullo modo omittatis Ad quod 
faciendum vobis et vestrum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim 
committimus potestatem Datum sub testimonio nostri magni sigilli apud 
Dalkeyth primo die mensis Maii anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo primo 
et regni nostri tricesimo quarto Post cujusquidem precepti sasine prelecturam 
et publicationem prefati Gulielmus Stevinstoun officii 

tenoreque dicti sasine precepti personaliter existentes super solum terrarum 
aliarumque subscriptarum propriis suis manibus statum et sasinam heredi- 
tariam pariter et possessionem realem actualem et corporalem totius et integri 
predicti burgi de Irving cum omnibus et singulis terris aliisque subscriptis 
eidem spectantibus et pertinentibus videlicet omnium et singularum terrarum 
et tenementorum infra dictum burgum jacentium totarum et integrarum terra- 
rum vulgo vocatarum lie burrowlandis alias Montaber, Gallowmure, Knodger 
[hill] Newmure Hiemyre Guldelandis Weirisholme Inner et Utter Bogfauldis 
unacum integris pascuis lie wardis pratis acris communitatibusque infra 
dicti burgi territorium aliisque quibuscunque per ipsos possessis et de ipsis 



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immediate perprius tentis unacum aliis et singulis terris tenementis annuis 
redditibus viis semitis "aliisque quibuscunque dicto 

burgo ejusve libertati pertinentibus cum omnibus portubus littoribus lie 
harbries et bulwarkis Cumque omnibus custumis anchoragiis privilegiis 
libertatibus immunitatibus proficuis commoditatibus lie outsettis do[mibus] 

pendiculis dictique burgi pertinentiis quibuscunque 
seu quarum prefecti ballivi consules vel ejusdem burgi communitas quo vis 
tempore preterito in possessione fuerunt vel de ipsis immediate tente 
fuerunt Prefatis Patricio Trane preposito et Thome Cuming 
[Joanni Peblis] Niniano Barcley et Archebaldo George quibusdam 

consiliariorum dicti burgi pro seipsis et nomine dicti burgi et reliquorum 
communitatum ejusdem Per deliberationem Ulis personaliter presentibus 
et acceptantibus terre et lapidis fundi dicti burgi terrarumque 

elope et hopper molendinorum ejusdem et unius denarii ut moris 
est Secundum tenorem dicti sasine precepti dederunt contulerunt et 
deliberarunt Super quibus omnibus et singulis premissis dicti prepositus 
ballivus et reliqui consilii suprascripti burgi et com- 

munitatis ejusdem a nobis notariis publicis subscriptis sibi ipsis fieri 
petierunt hoc presens publicum instrumentum seu instrumenta Acta erant 
hec apud crucem foralem dicti burgi necnon super solum et fundum dictarum 
terrarum molendinorum aliarumque singulatim et 

successive per se horas inter decimam ante meridiem et secundam post 
meridiem sub anno die mense et regno quibus supra Presentibus ibidem 
Thoma Boyd Alexandro Montgomerie Alexandro Cunynghame Hugone 
Quhyit Roberto Craig conburgensibus dicti burgi et Olivero Broun uno 
officiariorum ejusdem testibus ad premissa vocatis pariterque rogatis. 

Et ego vero Laurentius Scott Glasguensis diocesis notarius publicus, etc. 
Ante omnia Veritas. L. Scott, N. P. 

Et ego vero Hugo Garvene Scriba balliatus de Cunynghame clericus 
Glesguensis diocesis regia auctoritate notarius publicus, etc. 

H. G. N. P. In te salutis spem posui mese. 



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96 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF IRVINE. 

Abstract. 

Instrument of Sasine, proceeding on the precept following on the fore- 
going charter, dated at Dalkeith 1st May 1601, by which Patrick Trane, 
provost of the Burgh of Irvine, Thomas Cuming, one of the bailies, John 
Peblis, Ninian Barclay, and Archibald George, councillors of the said burgh, 
for themselves and in name of the burgh and community thereof, receive 
from WiUiam Stevinstoun, bailie depute of Cuninghame, and Hugh Scot, 
co-burgesses of the said burgh, bailies of Cuninghame in that part, to whom 
the precept was directed, sasine of the foresaid Burgh of Irvine, with the 
Burro wlandis, etc., all as contained in the preceding charter. Done at the 
Market -cross of the said burgh, and on the various lands and others 
specified, in presence of Thomas Boyd, Alexander Montgomerie, and other 
burgesses, 1st September 1601. 

56. Summons at the instance of the Magistrates of Irvine, against the 
Owners of Lands, etc., in the Burgh, to produce and exhibit 
their Charters. — 24,th December 1602. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to our lovittis 
oure Shireffis in that pairt conjunctlie and severalie speciallie constitute 
greting fibrsamekill as it is humelie menit and schawin to us be our lovitis 
Archibald George provest Alexander Dunlop and William Patoun baillies 
for thameselfis and in name and behalf of the counsale and communitie of 
our Burgh of Irving That quhair thai have guid and undoubtit richt to 
our said burgh with all landis tenementis houssis biggingis yairdis pairtis 
pendicles and pertinentis of the samyn as the infeftmentis seasingis richtis 
and tittillis maid to thame and thair predicessoris thairupoun at mair 
lenth proportis And trew it is that the personis efter nominat bruikis joissis 
and possessis all and sindrie the landis tenementis and utheris particularlie 
underwritin lyand within the friedome and libertie of our said burgh ilk 
ane of thame for thair awin pairtis as is efter devydit To witt 

And thairfoir necessar it is to the saidis complaineris to knaw be quhat 
richt or tittill the foirnemit personis bruikis and joissis the landis tenementis 
and utheris abone writtin and intromet with the proffittis and dewteis 



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thairofF Nevertheless the foirnemit personis wrangouslie reffussis postponis 
and difFerris to exhibite and produce befor the lordis of our Counsale all 
and sindrie Infeftmentis charteris preceptis instrumentis of seasing 
confirmatiounis and utheris securities quhatsumevir maid to thame or thair 
predicessoris or authouris of the Landis and utheris abone writtin to the efifect 
that the saidis complineris may knaw the contentis thairof viz. be quhome and 
to quhome the samyn ar maid and grantit how the samyn ar hauldin and 
quhat yeirlie dewtie provisiounis and claussis irritant ar thairin contenit 
and thairupoun may intent actioun of reductioun or improbatioun of the 
samyn as accordis of the law without thai be compellit Oure wiU is heir- 
for and wee charge you that ye lawfuUie summond warne and charge the 
fornemit personis personallie or at thair duelling places and the tutouris 
and curatouris of the saidis minoris gif thai ony have for thair enteress be 
open proclamatioun at the Mercat Croce of our burgh of and 

utheris places neidfuU to compeir befoir us and our Counsale at Edinburgh 
or quhair it sail hapine us to be for the tyme the day of 

in the hour of cans with continuatioun of dayis bringand and exhibitand 
with thame befor the saidis lordis of our Counsale all and sindrie infeft- 
mentis charteris preceptis instrumentis of seasing confirmatiounis and 
utheris richtis and securities quhatsumevir maid to thame or ony of thame 
thair predicessoris or authouris of the foirsaidis landis tenementis and utheris 
particularlie abone writtin with the pertinentis or ony pairt thairof quharby 
thai bruik and joise the samyn and intromet with the proffittis and dewteis 
thairof of quhatsumevir dait or daittis tennour or contentis the samyn be 
To be sene and considderit be the saidis lordis of our Counsale and to 
heir and sie the autentik copeis and doubillis thairof under our clerk of 
registeris hand writt decernit to be delyverit to the saidis complineris upoun 
thair ressonabill expenssis To the effect that thai may knaw the contentis 
thairof and thairupoun intent and persew actioun of reductioun annulling 
or improbatioun of the samyn as accordis of the law or ellis allege ane 
ressonabill caus quhy the samyn sould not be done with certificatioun to 
thame as effeiris — According to justice as ye will answer to us thairupoun 
The quhilk to do we committ to you conjunctlie and severalie our full 
power be thir our lettres delyvering thame be you dewlie execute and 
indorsate agane to the berar Gevin under our signet at Edinburgh the 
xxiiij day of December and of our regne the xxxvj yeir 1602. 

Ex deliberatione Dominorum Consilij. A. Kynneik. 

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57. Act by the Committee of Estates anent the Repayment by the Burghs 
of 150,000 Gilders, borrowed from the Factors at Campvere. 
— 20th January 1641. 

At Edinburgh the twentie day of Januar j"" vj° and fourtie ane yeiris The 
Lordis and utheris of the committie of the Estaittes of Parliament under- 
standing that the Commissioneris of the Burrowes at thair desire had 
undertaken the advancement of ane hundreth and fiftie thousand gilderis 
debursit be James Weir Thomas Cunynghame and James EUeis factoris at 
Campheir at the desire of the Estaittes of this Kingdom conform to the 
declaration given in be the saids Burrowes in November last and ane act of 
the saidis Burrowes of the dait the eightene of this instant quhairby they 
obleist thair burghis for payment of the foresaid soume to the saidis factoris 
betwixt and the threttene day of May nixt Thairfoir the saidis Lordis and 
utheris of the saidis Committie of Estaittes ordanes all persones of quhat- 
somever qualitie residing within the shireffdome quhair any of the saidis 
burghis ar situate quhen they shalbe requyrit be any of the saidis Burrowis 
quho shall advance thair proportionall pairt of the said soume to subscryve 
such bandis or securities for thair releiff as shalbe presentit to them And 
the refuiseris to be censured and punished according to the former Act of 
the said Committie of Estaites of the daitt the twentie sext day of 
November last. Lykas also the saidis Lordis and utheris of the said 
Committie of Estaites of this Kingdome for thair farder securitie bindis 
and obleissis the Estaites of this Kingdome to repay to the saidis Burrowes 
the said soume compting for ilk hundreth gilderis the soume of ane 
hundreth and eight pundis Scottis and that betwixt and the said threttene 
day of May nixt And sua lang as the samyn sail remane unpayit efter the 
said day Lykas also it is heirby declarit that the saidis Borrowes shall 
have libertie of retentioun in thair awine handis of quhatsomever farder 
taxatioun or impositioun shalbe imposit upoun them efter this dait At 
leist sua meikle thairof as will satisfie and releive them of the annual-rent 
of the proportioun of the said soume undertakin be thame as said is And 
siclyke the saidis Burrowes shall have all the uther immunities contained 
in the said former act and declaratioun inssert in the buikis of the said 
Committie of Estaites upoun the said twentie sext day of November last by 
past And last the said Committie of Estaittes does heirby bind and obleis 



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the Estaittes of this Kingdome to warrand and releive all and everie 
persone that shall bind and give securitie to the saidis Burrowes or ony 
particular persone within burgh for the caus forsaid off all danger perrill 
inconvenient or prejudice quhatsomever quhilk they or thair ares or 
executoris may sustaine or incure thairthrow in ony tyme heireftir Sic 
subscribitur Montrois Cassillis Lindesay Burghly S. D. Home Craighall S. J. 
Hamiltoun S. P. Murray Thomas Hope [Mr. T. Nicolsoun ?] Edward Edgar 
James Scott. 

Extractum de libris actorum prsedictorum Dominorum Commission- 
ariorum Parliamenti Per me 

Eg. Hepburnb. 



58. Ratification by Parliament of the Rights of the Burgh of 
Irvine. — 17 th November 1641. 

In the Parliament haldin at Edinburgh the sevinteine day of November 
the yeir of God j" vj" fourtie ane yeires. Our Soveraine Lord and Estates 
of Parliament ratifies and approves the foure Chairtoris and Infeftmentis and 
utheris respective efterspecifeit videlicet ane chairtor grantit be King 
Robert the Secund to and in favouris of the burghe of Irving and 
burgessis theirof giveand libertie to them allennerlie to use their 
merchandice and injoy the samin frielie within the haill boundis borderis 
and mairches of the haill baronies of Cunynghame and Largis annexit to 
the liberties of the said burghe and dischairging any utheris to disquyet 
thame theirintill With power also to them and their successouris to hold 
and posses the said burghe in ane frie burghe with all priviledgis and 
liberties als frielie and honorabillie as any uther burghe within the 
kingdome With the libertie of gild and to make gildbrether in maner 
conteinet in the said chairtor quhilk is of the dait the aucht day of Apryle 
in the secund yeir of his Majesties regne and confirmed be King Eobert the 
tbrid upon the secund day of Januar in the first yeir of his regne And 
ane uther chairtor of confirmatioun grantit be umquhile King James the 
fourt to the said burghe of Irvin baillies and commountie theirof Eatifieing 
and approveing the haill priviledgis liberties and immunities quhatsomever 
grantit of befoir to the said burghe conteining ane priviledg of Replegiatioun 
grantit to the said burghe ffor Eeplaidging and Eeduceing of quhatsomever 
burges or burgessis indweller or indwelleris within the samin burghe that 



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sail happin to be attatchit or areistit to quhatsomever court or courtis 
befoire quhatsomever judg or judgis to the libertie of the said burghe of 
Irving and that they within the samin burghe sail underly the law be ane 
assyse of the nichtbouris of the samin Quhilk chairtor is daitit the aucht 
day of August j"" v" and ellevin yeiris With the haill actis of Replegiatioun 
grantit in favouris of the said burghe of Irving be vertew of the chairtor 
foirsaid Ane uther chairtor under the great seill grantit be umquhile King 
James the sext with advyse and consent of his hienes Eegent for the tyme 
to the said burghe of Irving and their successoris off all and quhatsomever 
landis houssis tenementis bigingis kirkis chaplenries yeardis orcheardis 
annuellrentis and utheris quhatsomever quhilkis perteinet to quhatsomever 
chaplenries altarages prebendaries chapellis or coUedgis within the said 
libertie of the said burghe of Irving And sex boUis of moulter or suckin 
quhilkis perteinet to the Carmeline freires of the said burghe and wer 
upliftit be them furthe of the landis of Ormisheuche Reddinghill and 
Hoalhous lyand within the bailliarie of Cunynghame and all uther annuell- 
renfis quhatsomever perteining of befoire to the saidis freires within the 
said burghe and libertie theirof daitit the aucht day of Junij j™ v" thriescoire 
twelff yeires And ane uther Chairtor of Confirmatioun under the great 
seill grantit be the said umquhile King James the sext ratifieand and 
approveand all and quhatsomever Infeftmentis and Chairtoris grantit be his 
Majestic and his hienes predicessouris anent the erectioun and creatioun of 
the burghe of Irvine in ane frie burghe royall with all liberties immunities 
priviledgis and commodities quhatsomever conteinet thairintill Quhilk 
chairtour conteines ane claus de novodamus in fa,vouris of the said burghe 
of Irving and thair successouris off all and haill the burghe of Irving with 
the landis and tenementis lyand within the samin The landis callit the 
burrow landis alias Montaber Gallowmure Knodzerhill New mure Hiemyre 
Auldelandis Weirisholme Inner and Utter Boigfauldis with the haill 
pasturage or wairdis meidowis aikeris and commountie within the said 
burghe With all and sindrie utheris landis annuellrentis mylnes moulteris 
fischingis and utheris quhatsomever perteining to the said burghe with all 
seaportis or harbories and bulwarkis perteining thairto With all casualities 
anchoragis priviledgis and liberties belonging to the samin With power 
also to the provest and baillies of the said burghe and their successoris to 
keip and hold Justice and Shereff Courtis within the liberties of the said 
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dispone iipon thair escheitis to the use of the said burghe With the 
priviledg of yeirlie faires and weeklie mercatis in maner specifeit in the 
said chairtor quhilk is of the dait the first day of May j" vj° and ane yeiris 
with all that hes followit or may follow upon the saidis foure chairtouris 
To be haldin in maner specifeit in the saidis ffoure chairtoris and Infeft- 
mentis in all and sundrie the heidis poyntis articles claussis circumstances 
and conditiounes conteinet in the saidis foure chairtoris and efter the formes 
and tennoris theirof in all poyntis And our said soveraine Lord and 
Estates of Parliament decernes and ordaines that this present Ratificatioun 
theirof is and sail be als valied and of als great force strenth and effect to 
the said burghe of Irving and their successoris as if the saidis foure Chair- 
toris and Infeftmentis wer at lenthe insert de verbo ad verbum heirintill 
Quheiranent and with all uther defectis imperfectiounes and objectiounes 
quhatsomever quhilkes may be proponit or objectit againes the saidis foure 
Chairtoris and Infeftmentis or any of them our said Soveraine Lord and 
Estates of this present parliament dispensis forever Extractum de libris 
parliamenti per me Dominum Alexandrum Gibsone Juniorem de Durie 
militem clericum rotulorum Registrj ac consilij supremj domini nostri regis 

sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

Alex. Gibsone, Cls. Regrj. 

59. Letter from the Marquis of Argyll to the Magistrates of Irvine 
requiring 1000 lbs. of Powder; and Receipt therefor by Archibald 
Campbell of Kilmun. — Qth and 22d December 1643. 

Teaist Freind, 

You ar desyred by the publick for whom you keep some ammunition 
ther to delyver to Archibald Campbell of Kilmund the bearer hearof one 
thousand weight of poulder for the use of my men that are going out in 
the expedition against Allaster M'Donald and his complices. This I entreat 
you faill not to doe with all diligence as you would oblidge me to continowe 

Your loving freind to power, 

Argyll. 
Edinburgh, the 6 December 1643. 

Eeceaveit be me Archibald Campbell of Kilmowne tene barrallis of 
powder weiing in haill (ane thousand saxtie twa punds) from the 



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magistrats of the brughe of Irveine conforme to letter above wryttin and 
according to ane ordour sent heir with of the deat the twentie nynt of 
November fourtie thrie under the hand of the dark of the secreit counsell 
and this I testifie to be of treuth by this my not wryttine and snbscryvit 
with my awne hand at Irveine the twentie twa of December ane thousand 
sax hundereth fourtie thrie. Ar*^- C. of Kilmound. 



60. Order by Committee of Estates to the Provost and Bailies of 
Ayr and Irvine to supply Powder to the Forces under Argyll. 
— 30th July 1644. (Signed by the Lord Chancellor.^) 

30 July 1644. 

The Committie of Estates ordanis and commande the Provest and baillies 
of Air and Irvyn to deliver furthwith upon the sight heirof twa thousand 
weight of powlder out of the magasin thair to Johne Campbell to be 

caried for the use of those forces presentlie employed under the Marques of 
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61. Letter from ike Marquis o/ Argyll to the Provost and Bailies of 
Irvine, requesting 2000 lbs. of Powder for the Public Service ; 
and Receipt therefor by John Campbell. — ^th and 19th August 
1644. 

LovEiNa Fkendeis : I have sent the bearer with this warrand frome the 
committie of Estatis to receave that twa thousand weight of powder 
appointed for the use of thes forces employed under my command in the 
publict service and therfoire thes ar moist ernestlie desyreing you to cans 
delyver the samen to him to the eflFect it may be haisted to me with all 
expeditioune possible ffor I stand in neid of it And receave this other 

1 " Loudoun Cancellarius." Sir John Campbell was created Earl of Loudoun by Charles I. 
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warrand for gaitting of the samen bak againe out of the publict magasyne 
So expecteing your care in the delyverie and spedie dispatche of the 
powder as ye respect the good of the publict service and wald obleidge me 
quho am your maist affectionate freind. Argyll. 

Ardnamurchane, 9 August 1644. 

[Addressed.^ 

For my loveing freindis the proveistes and balleis of the 
burrowes of Air and Irvine. 

Resaved be me Johne Campbell servitour to the Marquis of Argyll 
twentie barrelles of pouther conteineing 2000 weght from the bealyies of 
the brughe of Irving conformed to the desyre of the above wrytine letter as 
wittnes my hand this day 19 August 1644. 

Johne Campbell. 



62. Letter from the Marquis of Argyll to the Provost of Irvine, requesting 
two barrells of Powder. — 27th February 1646. 

Loving Freind, 

In respect of the want of ammunitioune for the Expeditioune I intend, 
and because it cannot bee brought in tyme from such places quher it may 
bee had I most mak bold to desyr you to send with all expeditioune (as yee 
would oblidge mee) to Henry Kelso baylly of Largs two barrels of powder 
and I shall stryv to see you satisfied for it from the pubHck otherwayes I 
shall pay it myselfe Expecting your diligence in this I shall remane 

Your assured freind, 

Argyll. 

Largs 27th of February 1646. 
Send lykday matche proportionabll. 

[Addressed.^ 

For my loving and assured freind James Blair, 
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63. Acts by the Committee of Accounts and Moneys, for the payment of 
Sir John Smyth of Grottall the sums due to him for supplying 
Victuals and Arms to the Troops. — 1650-1651. [Copies.'] 

Att Perth the fyft day of Februar j" vj° ffyftie ane yeirs. 

The Committie of accomptis and moneyis haveing sein and considderit ane 
Act and precept of the committie for the provisione of the armie daitit the 
tent day of August last ordaining Johne Denholme Commissarie for the 
armie for the time to give assignment upon the mantenance of the Schyrs 
and Burghes specifeit in the said Act, viz. The Schyres of Lanark Aire 
and Ranfrew and Burghes thairoff To and in favouris of Sir Johne Smyth 
of Grottall Knicht now general Commissar for payment to the said Sir 
Johne of twelflf thousand pund Scotis as for the price of 1200 boUes of oats 
and oat maill for the use of the armie at ten pund the boll And further 
ordaineing the said Johne Denholme to give assignement to the said Sir 
Johne Smyth upon the said mantenance for payment to the said Sir Johne 
of the prices of sevin hundreth ffourscoire threttine stand of armes furneist 
be the said Sir Johne to the armie The price of which armes is be the 
said Act declaired to be 20 merks for ilk stand of armes as the said Act 
proports And in respect that the said Sir Johne Smyth as yet lyes furth 
of the payment of the forsaids prices of the said victuall and armes in 
respect the said former act and precept grantit to him for payment thairoflF 
is becume ineffectuall be reasone of the troubles of the Kingdome And it 
being just and reasonable that the said Sir Johne be thankfuUie satisfiet of 
the samyne as being furneist be him in a tyme so necessarie and seasoneable 
for the publict use Thairfore the said Committie of accomptis and moneyis 
undersubscryveand ordanis the said Sir Johne Smyth to be payit of the said 
twelff thousand punds Scotis as the price of the saids 1200 bollis oats at 
ten pund the boll and of the saids sevin hundreth ifourscoire threttine 
stand of armes at 20 merks the stand conforme to his said former precept 
and allowes and grants warrand to the said Sir Johne Smyth to pay 
himself of the saids soumes out of the first end of the mantenance of the 
Kingdome for August and September last not already assigned be precepts 
and failzieing thairoff out of any other publict dewis and ordains the saidis 
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Sic subscribitur. 

F. Belsches Ard. Blair 

Ja : Sword A. Hepburne 

George Gardin Ja : Murray 

S" J. WaUCHOP J. WiGGLY 

W. Scott J. Couper 

Eo : Hepburne J. Bower. 

This is the trew copie of the originall Actes which were in my custodie 
to be made furthcomeing to the Magistrates of Irevine upon demand. 
Subscryveit att Edinburgh the fyft day of February j" vj° threescore one 
yearis befor thir witnessis Hugh MakcuUoch wryter in Edinburgh and 
James Simsone servitour to Sir John Smyth. S. J. Smyth. 

Hugh MakcuUoch, witnes. 

James Symsone, witnes. 

flforsameikill as Sir Johne Smyth of Grottall Knicht hes furnisched for the 
use of the armie at Leith certane great quantities of meill and oatts 
amounting to twelfF thousand punds Scotis As also their is dew to hitn neir 
sexteine thousand merks for certane other furneisching to the armie as by 
ane warrand sail appeir quhilk is directit to me by the Eychfc Honourable 
the Committie of Provisiones ordering me to give the said Sir Johne 
precept upon some Schyres for payment of the same, in obedience to the 
quhilkis ordour thaise are to desyre you eftir sicht heiroff to cans pay to 
the said Sir Johne or his ordour the mantenance dew by your Schyre both 
for burghe and landwart and that for the twa monethes of August instant 
and September nixt to cum Quhilk twa monethes are only appoynted by 
the Parliament for paying of the provisiones of the armie receaved then at 
Leith tak receipt for what ye sail pay for quhilk with this salbe your 
sufficient warrand. Edinburgh 15th August 1650. 

Sic subscribitur. Jo : Denhame. 

ffor the Eycht Honourable the Lords and others 

of the Committie of Warr of the Schyre of Aire, thais. 

This is the just and treu copie of the originall precept above writtine 
which are in my custodie to be made furthcomeing to the Magistrates of 
Irvine upon demand. Subscryveit at Edinburgh the fyft day of February 

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j" vj" threescore one yearis befor thir witnessis Hugh Makculloch wryter in 
Edinburgh and James Simsone servitor to Sir John Smyth. J. Smyth. 

Hugh Makculloch, ivitnes. 
James Symsone, witnes. 

Nota. — The Provest is to returne ane Act of their Towne Counsell 
subscryveit be their Clerk declareing that notwithstanding of his discharge 
yit the towne hes payed no more bot tuo hundreth pound with a proviso in 
ther Act that the said Act sail militat nothing to the prejudice of the towne 
in any tyme heirefter. 

64. An Ordinance for Distribution of the Elections in Scotland. — 

2,7th June 1654.^ 

For the Broughs of Lannerike, Glasquo, Eutherglen, Rothsay, Renfrew, 
Aire, Irvinn, and Dunbarton, one, and the place of meeting for the Election 
of such person shall be at Glasquo. 

65. Summons against the Burghs of Ayr and Irvine for Arrears of 
Maintenance Money, due for August and September 1650. — 
2,1st March 1659. 

Richard Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England Scotland and 
Ireland and dominions therto belonging To our messingeris 

and shereffes in that pairt conjunctlie and severallie constitut greiteing 
fforsameikle as it is humbly meanit and schawen to us be Sir Johne Smythe 
of Grottall Knycht That whair the Committie for provisione of the late 
Scottish armie by ther warrand direct to Johne Dennhome ther general 
Commissar of the Scottes armie haveing ordained the said Johne Dennholm 
to give precept to the said complinere ffor answereing and paying to him 
the soume of twelve thousand pounds Scottes money for certain quantities 
of meall and oattes and also for sextein thousand merkes money foirsaid 
for certaine other furnishing furnished be him to the said armie as the said 
warrand daited the tenth day of Agust j" vj" fiftie yeirs at mair length 
beirs In obedience to the which warrand the said Johne Dennhome did 
give and grant to the said complinere ane precept drawen upon the 
Committie of Warr of the Schire of Air both for brughe and landwart for 

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answereing and payeing the said perse wer conforme to the order the 
mantinance dew be the said Schyre both for brughe and landwart and that 
for the twa monethes of Agust and September j" vj° fiftie yeirs as the said 
precept of the daitt the ffifteinth day of Agust j"" vj" fiftie yeirs at mair 
length proports Neverthelesse the proveist baillzies counsall and 
communitie of the brughes of Air and Irving and others lyabell in peyment 
of the saids twa monethes mantinance of Agust and September the said 
yeir j"" vj° fiftie yeirs dew and addebted foorth of the saids twa Borrowes of 
Air and Irrving will on nawayes answer obey and make peyment to the 
complinere his factors servitors and uthers in his name of the saids twa 
monethes mantienance extending to the particular quantities under writtin 
aither of the saids brughes for ther owne pairts as is efter divydit, viz. — 
[The said brughe of Air of the soume of ane hundreth fiftie twa pounds 
Scottes money monethlie for the saids two monethes]^ and the said 
brughe of Irving of the soume of ane hundreth and four scoir pounds 
monethlie of the saids twa monethes conforme to the said warrand and 
act of the Committie of Provisioune and precept above -written in all 
poynts without they be compellit as is alledgit Our Will is heirfore and 
we chairge you that ye lawfuUie summond warne and chairge the saids 
proveist bailzies and counsall of the saids twa borrowes [of Air and] 
Irrving personallie or at ther dwelling places and the communities of the 
saids twa brughes be oppen proclamatione at the mercate croces of Air 
and Irrving upon twentie ane dayes warning to 

compeir before our Commissioners for administratione of justice to the 
people in Scotland att Edinburgh or quher it shall happen them to be 
for the tyme the day of in the hour of caus with con- 

tinuatione of dayes to answer at the instance of the said compliner That 
is to say To hear and see the premisses to be suflBcientlie proven to be 
of veritie And the samyen being swa verified and proven the saids 
persones defendars to hear and see themselves decerned be decreit of our 
saids Commissioners to make peyment to the saids compliners his factors 
servitors and uthers in his name of the saids twa monethes mantinance 
extending to the particular quantities under writtine aither of the saids 
brughes for ther awn pairts as is efter divydit, viz. [The said brughe of 
Air of the soume of twa hundreth fiftie twa poundis Scottes money 
monethlie the saids twa monethes] and the said brughe of Irving of 

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the soume of ane hundretli and ffour scoir pounds monethlie the saids twa 
monethes conforme to the said warrand and act of the Committie of 
Provisioune and precept above writtin in all poynts Or els to compeir 
and alledge a reasonable cause why the samyen should not be done With 
certificatioune to them giff they failzie our saids Commissioners will desern 
in maner foirsaid And give the saids defenders shall failzie to compeir 
the foirsaid dyett that then your messengers of armes passe of new and 
lawfuUie summond warne and chairge the saids proveist baillyies and 
counsall of the saids brughes of Air and Irrving personallie and the 
communities of the saids twa brughes be oppen proclamatione at the 
mercatte croces foirsaids upon sex dayes warning to compeir personallie 
before our saids Commissioners att Edinburgh or quher it shall happen 
them to be for the tyme the day of in the hour of 

cans with continuatione of dayes to hear and see all necessar probatioune 
received led and used in the premisses give neid beis and to give and 
depone ther oathes of verity upon the poynts of the saids summonds sua 
farr as shall not be proven be wryt With certificatioune to them giff 
they failzie they shall be halden as confest upon the premiss And decreit 
given against them in the said matter according to justice At tour that 
ye lawfuUie summond warne and chairge 

to compeir before our saids Commissioners the saids day and place in the 
hour of cans with continuatione of dayes to beir leel and suithfast wittness- 
ing in sua farr as they know or shall be speired off them in the said matter 
under all highest paynes and charge that efter may follow as ye will answer 
to us thairupone The quhilk to doe we committ to you conjunctlie and 
severallie our full power be thir our letters delyvering them be you dewlie 
execut and indorsat again to the bearer Givin under our Signett att 
Edinburgh the last day of March 1659. 

By warrand of the Commission eris for administratione of Justice 
to the people in Scotland. John Muiee. 

Secundo Aprilis 1659. 

[iVbte on Back.'] 

In regard ther wer severall necessaries furnisht be the said burgh of 
Air to the army these tuo monethes. 



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66. Order hy the Lords of Privy Council to the Magistrates of Irvine, 
to liberate John Reid under caution. — 29th September 1670. 

Att Edinburgh the twenty nynt day of September j" vj*" and seventie 
yearis : Anent a petition presented be the magistratis councill and com- 
munitie of the burgh of Irving shewing that John Reid one of the burgesses 
of the said burgh being apprehended and imprisoned within the burgh of 
Irving for his alledged accession to the slaughter of the deceast Alexander 
Kennedy servitour to Sir Alexander Cunyngham of Robertland be vertue 
of a warrand from some of the councill And seing the supplicants are 
ready to make it appear that the said Alexander Kennedy was the only 
occasion of the woundis quhich he receaved and of which it is alledged 
he dyed And that the supplicants are ready to exhibit the said John 
Reid to justice when ever he shall be called Humbly therefore supplicating 
that order and warrand might be granted to the effect under wrytten 
The Lordis of his Majestie's privie councill haveing heard and considered 
the forsaid petition doe hereby give order and warrand to the magistratis 
of Irving to set the said John Reid to liberty upon sight hereof in reguard 
they have found caution under the payne of one thousand merks to produce 
the person of the said John Reid to underly the law for th§ said alledged 
cryme when ever he shall be cited. Extracted by me. 

Al. Gibsone. 

67. Order by the Privy Council regarding the process for the Slaughter 

of Alexander Kennedy. — 12th January 1671. 

Edinburgh the tuelt day of January 1671. 

The Lords of his Majesties Privy Councill haveing considered ane accompt 
of depositions of the witnesses cited for the part of the burgh of Irving 
anent the slaughter of the deceast Alexander Kennedy together with a 
bill given in be Sir Alexander Cunyngham of Robertland master to the 
defunct desyring the said matter might be remitted to the Justices as only 
propper judges thairto, at least that warrand might be granted for citeing 
such witnesses as he should condescend upon to clear the maner of the 
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saidis Lordis doe hereby grant warrand for directing of letters at the 
instance of the said Sir Alexander for citing of such witnesses as he will 
adduce for proveing of the said slaughter And lykwayes allowes the 
magistratis of Irving letteris for citeing any moe witnesses they will make 
use of either in relation to the forsaid slaughter or upon what occasion the 
said Sir Alexander came to the toune of Irving and what his cariage was 
thairin Lykas the Councill notwithstanding of any former remitt to the 
Justices declares they will take cognition of the matter themselves and 
discharges the justices to proceid thairin. Ext. 

68. Act of the Lords of Privy Council acquitting the Magistrates of 
Irvine of the Slaughter of Alexander Kennedy, servitor of Sir 
Alexander Cuninghame of Rohertland. — 9iA February 1671. 

Att Edinburgh the nynt day of fFebruarij j*" vj° and seventie one yeares 
anent our Soveraigne Lords letters raised at the instance of the magistrates 
councill and communitie of the burgh of Irving makeand mention That 
whereupon the twelt of September instant Sir Alexander Cunynghame of 
Robertland with some of his servants having come into the said burgh 
and amongst them Alexander Kennedy servitor to the said Alexander 
Cunynghame of Eobertland weell mounted with swords and hulster pistoUis 
and plate-sleives The said Alexander Kennedie in his passage throw the 
street of the said burgh did invade some Irish merchants who stood upon 
the street pretending they were laughing at him and drew out a pistol! 
threatning to shoot them whereupon the saids strangers fled to ane shope 
he following them on horsback to the shope doore Thereafter the said 
Alexander having ridden downe the street and having lighted from his 
horse and comeing up in great furie and the said provest being then upon 
the street and understanding that he intended to attack the saids strangers 
he called to him desyreing him to preserve and keep the peace in a civill 
burgh and iff any wrong was done desired him to complaine and he should 
have redress Whereupon he disdainfuUie answered that he scorned to 
complaine bot he should make these persones the first compleaners So that 
such of the compleaners as were present did command the towne officer to 
secure him untill he should secure the peace Lykeas the said officer havino- 
offered to secure him he the said Alexander Kennedie drew furth his sword 
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to gett his halbart which he wanted for the tyme Whereupon the cry rose 
that the provest was persued for his lyfe Severall of the tounsmen and 
others present seing the same rune to long poUes which were lying one 
the street and did rune in to the defence of the magistrat and the said 
Alexander Kennedie persueing the provest and the saids persones, stricking 
at all quarters round about him with his naked sword he received severall 
strocks both frome the officer after he was returned with his halbart and 
from the people with the saids poUes upon the head and shoulders untill 
in the end he fell Whereupon the magistratis ffinding some others of Sir 
Alexander his servants come in for his rescue shooting pistoUis amongst 
the saids persones who were defending the magistrats whereof one snaped 
a pistoU at the provests head Bot by providence the pistoU did not fyre 
and which persone was pulled from his horse and the pistoll taken from 
him found loden And the rest reteiring the magistrats commanded the 
people to reteire and did carefuUie attend the said wounded person untill 
within ten dayes he dyed. And anent the charge given to David Kennedie 
of Knoknarling neirest of kin to the said deceast Alexander Kennedie 
and the said Sir Alexander Cunynghame his master to have compeired 
personally and to have heard and sein precognition and previous tryeall 
of the way and maner of the forsaid slaughter and the Justices discharged 
to proceid to the tryall of the said matter as the saids letters executiones 
and indorsationes thereof at length proports Whilk being called and James 
Blair present provest of Irving for himself and in name and behalf of the 
said burgh compeirand personallie and the said Sir Alexander Cunynghame 
compeirand also personally The Lords of his Majesties privy councill 
having at length heard and considered the depositiones of divers famous 
witneses ledd and adduced for both parties anent the slaughter of the said 
deceast Alexander Kennedie and the way and maner thereof Doe ffind that 
the magistrates of the said burgh of Irving are innocent of that slaughter 
and that the same could not be imputed to them and therefor doe discharge 
the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary to susteane any criminall persute 
against the saids Magistrates upon the accompt of the said slaughter 
Lykeas upon divers important consideratipnes the saids Lords doe think 
fitt to take to themselves the consideration and tryeall of John Eeid 
burgess of the said burgh of Irving his accession to the said slaughter 
and what censure and punishment should be inflicted upon him and 
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proces against him befor them upon that accompt And recomends to the 
Lord Advocat to raise a lybell against the said John Eeid befor the 
councill to the effect forsaid. Extracted by me Thomas Hay. 

Air, May 8, 1671. 
The abone writtine Act of Councill being produced in ane Justice 
Court holdine be Alexander Lord Halcartoune and Sir John Baird of 
Newbyth tuo of the Comissioners off Justiciarie and being publictlie read 
in face off Court wes allowit and admitted be them In testimonie 
quhairoff thir presents ar subscryvit be me Master Thomas Gordon clerk 
to the west and south Circuit Courts. Tho : Gordone. 

69. Letter of Gift by King James VII. to the Burgh of Irvine, of 
an Impost upon Ale, Malt, and Wine. — l^th October 1688. 

[Translation.] 

Ane Coppie of the Letter of Gift in favouris of the Burgh of 
Irving of the Impositione upon Ale Bear and Wyne translated 
from the Latine into English. 

James be the grace of God King of Great Brittain ffrance and Ireland 
defendar of the faith To all good men to whom thir present Lettres shall 
come Greiting fforsuameikle wee considdering That our burgh of Irving 
is one of the Royall burghs of this our ancient Kingdome of Scotland 
And that the Magistrats and Inhabitants of the said burgh were alwayes 
firme to our Eoyall service and interest and wee understanding that the 
yearlie revenues of the communitie of the said burgh is no wayes sufficient 
to defray the debts and other incident charges of the said burgh and 
that the samen burgh is redacted to great povertie by the decay and 
ruine of the Bridge and Key therof and is rendered altogether unable 
to pay the debts therof already contracted so that it is neither able to 
help the merchants and tradsmen living within the said burgh nor to keep 
up the Church and calseys and pay other incident charges therof And 
Wee being also very desyreous to assist the Magistrats of the said burgh 
every maner of way whereby they may promote the publick good and 
advantage of the inhabitants thereof and may be the better able to serve 
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disponed and be thir presents jffor the reasons forsaid and diverse other 
causses and considerationes Give grant and dispone to the Proveist 
Baillies and Counsell of the said Burgh of Irving in name of the Com- 
munitie thereof ane Imposition of four pennies money of this our Kingdome 
of Scotland upon every pynt of ale or beir browen imported or sold within 
the said burgh With power to the saids Magistrats either to exact the 
forsaid imposition upon ale or beir as is above mentioned, or the pryce 
of tuo merks money forsaid upon every boll of malt browen within the 
said burgh and Liberties therof And ffurther Wee Give grant and dispone 
to the proveist baillies and Counsell of the said Burgh of Irving present 
and to come in name of the Communitie thereof ane Imposition of ffourtie 
pounds money forsaid upon every Tunn of French wynes And the lyke 
soume of ffourtie pounds money forsaid upon every butt of Spanish wyne 
imported and sold within the said burgh and Liberties of the same Which 
Impositiones upon ales and other liquors forsaid Wee hereby declair shall 
be without prejudice of the ordinary excise and custumes granted to us 
by Act of Parliament And Lykewayes Wee will and declair that the 
forsaids Impositions shall continow and take effect ffor the space of nyntein 
years nixt and immediatlie following the feast and terme of Witsunday in 
this instant year of God j"" vj" ffourscore eight years ffrom which tyme 
Wee ordaine the samen to beginn And be thir presents Wee grant full 
power to the Proveist Baillies and Counsell of the said burgh present and 
to come to nominat Collectors of the forsaids Impositions or to ferme the 
samen as they shall see fitt And if neid beis to poynd and distrenzie 
for the samen, and to doe aU other things for the effectual ingathering 
thereof sicklyke and als freelie in all respects as any other royall burgh 
does or by the law by gifts and letters of the like nature granted by us 
or our illustrious brother of ever blessed memorie may doe In testimonie 
whereof Wee have appointed our Great Seal to be appendit hereunto att 
our Court att Whytehall the eighteinth day of October in the year of God 
j" vj° ffourscore eight and ffourth year of our Eeigne. 

Superscribed by Signature of the hand of our So/ Lo/ the King. 

\Bached thiis.^ 
Written to the Great Seal and registrat the sexth day of November 1688. 
(Suhscryveit thus.) Pat : Murray, Dp'- 

Sealled att Edinburgh the sixt day of November 1688. 

{Suhscryveit thus.) J- Hay. 

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lU MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF IRVINE. 

70. Extract Act of Parliament in favour of the Burgh of Irvine on 
their Petition against the Impost on Ale and Wine, etc. — 2Qth 
May 1690. [Copy.] 

Att Edinburgh the tuentieth day of May j"" vj'' and nyntie years : Anent 
the Petition presented to his Majesties High Commissioner and the Estates 
of Parliament by the provost baUlies counsell and community of the brugh 
of Irving, mentioning that quhair in the years j" vj° and eightie-sevin and 
j"" vj° and eightie- eight the provost baillies dean of gild thesaurer and 
toun counsell of the said burgh were illegallie imposed upon the petitioners 
by ane arbitrary power, and they were scarce in the Magistracy when they 
began to contract debts liberally And particularlie three thousand merks 
from John Craig merchant in Glasgow, and tuo thousand merks from John 
Bryce merchant citizen of Dubline, ffor quhich they gave Bands bearing 
annual rents and penalties obleidgeing them and their successors in office ; 
and with the said flfyve thousand merks (as wes pretendit) they purchased 
a gift of a plack upon the pynt of all Ale and Bear browne vended and 
sold within the said burgh containing also ane imposition upon other 
liquors therein mentioned Wherefore the said illegall and unwarrantable 
gift and imposition ought to be declaired void and null ffor the reasones 
following, viz. Primo, Becaus the said gift wes illegallie and unwarrant- 
ablie imposed upon the said burgh against the freedome of the subject 
and Clame of Eight. Secundo, The said gift wes procured after the report 
of the Prince of Orange now King his comeing to Britain wes publick, and 
his declaration declairing these impositions and the imposeing Magistrats 
upon burroughs to be breaches of their priviledge and contrair to law. 
Tertio, The Magistrats and others granters of thir Bands were not the 
representatives of the burgh nor elected by the common counsell or 
burgesses thereof. But were commissionate by the late King James, and 
so their Deeds and Bands can only obleidge themselves and their con- 
stituents, but not the burgh who had no interest in their election and 
admission to be magistrats and counsellers, and especiallie in this case 
where they acted in re illicita in borrowing money for procureing a gift or 
laying on ane imposition upon the inhabitants without their oun consent 
or ane Act of Parliament. Quarto, The Magistrats granters of the Bands 
above written, after the money wes borrowed, and before the money wes 
applyed, by theii* Act dated the tuentie-third day of October j" vj" and 



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eightie-eight years ordained the money to be brought from Edinburgb by 
Robert Wallace baillie and Alexander Broun Dean of Gild, and to have 
payed the said John Craig his three thousand merks and annualrents, 
and applyed the remander ffor paying the burgh's most pressing debts att 
sight of the Toun Counsell, So that they were in mala fide to apply the 
money to any other use, much more to have applyed the samen ffor 
procureing the said gift, after all such gifts were looked upon as greiveances 
and exprest as such in the Prince's now King his declaratione Therefore 
humblie craveand that the said illegall and unwarrantable gift might be 
declaired void, and the said burgh and present magistrats, thesaurer, dean of 
gild, counsell and community thereof declaired free of the saids tuo Bands 
and soumes of money principall, annualrents and expenses therein 
mentioned, and that the samen might be only a debt upon the contraeters, 
and burden and reach them and their oun privat fortunes, as in the said 
petition att more length is contained Which petition being upon the said 
day read in presence of the saids Estates, and they having considdered the 
samen His Majesties High Commissioner his Grace and Estates of Parlia- 
ment Granted and hereby grants warrand to macers and messengers for 
summonding the severall persons granters of the Bands above written, or 
the representatives of any of them who now might be dead And the 
respective creditors to whom the samen wes granted, to compear before the 
high Court of Parliament or commity of their number to be named by 
them, to consider the matter above represented upon fyffcein dayes nixt 
after the citatione, and to hear and sie the tuo Bonds above written 
reduced, and the forsaid Gift declaired null, as his Grace and Estates of 
Parliament should find just, or else to have alleadged ane reasoneable cause 
in the contrair With certificatione, etc. 

Extracted out of the Eecords of Parliament by me Sic subseribitur, 

J. Hay, Cls. Reg. 

I- Messinger Be vertew of the forsaid Act of Parliament 

in our Majesties name and authoritie summonds warns and charges you 
to compear befor the High Court of Parliament above 
written or commity of their number to be named be them to considder 
"the matter above represented upon the day of next to come 

to the eflfect above narrated or else, etc. With certification, etc. conform 
to the forsaid Act of Parliament in all poynts. 



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116 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 



71. Petition of the Magistrates of Irvine anent the Meal Market, and 
Minute of Parliament thereupon. — 1693. [Copy.] 

To his Grace their Majesties High Commissioner and the Honourable 
Estates of Parliament 

The Petition of the Magistrates and Common Councill of the 
Burgh of Irvine 

Humblie Sheweth 
That the ordinary sheltering place of the Victuall Mercat of the said 
burgh of Irvine whear meall corne bear and other graines used to be sett 
down upon the weeklie mercat dayes for sale is now changed and altered 
so that the meaU corne and other graines brought to the said town for 
sale are now exposed to raine wind and weather whereby the victuall is 
greatly damnified and the people about discouraged from bringeing . in 
thereof to the saids weeklie mercates to the prejudice of the towne and 
leidges living thereabouts, for redressing whereof the councill and com- 
munitie of the said burgh doe designe to build and erect ane mercat house 
for sheltering of the said victuall upon the mercat dayes and secureing 
the graines to be brought into the said mercat that shall not at first be 
bought of, from one mercat daye to one other, provideing allwayes that 
those who bring in victuall to the said mercat house should pay for each 
seek of graine (beside eight pennies which is the pettie custom thereof 
alreadie due to the said town) fourtie pennies farder, makeing in haill 
four shillings Scotts for each seek of victuall to be sheltered in the said 
mercat house, and which imposition many of the meall makers and other 
victuall merchants repaireing to the said weekly mercat are willing to pay 
to the said towne for their encouragement to build the said mercat house 
for sheltering of their victuall as said is if the same wer authorized by law 
as their petition heerwith produced doeth testifie. 

May it therefor pleas your Grace and the Honourable Estates of Parlia- 
ment for the said townes encouradgement in building and upholding of the 
said weekly mercat house to impose fourtie pennies over and above eicht 
pennies already payable for pettie dues makeing in the haill four shillings 
Scots upon every seek of meall corne bear pease beans and other graines 
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magistrates and towne councill of the said burgh for the use and behoove 
of the same in all time comeing as a pairt of their common good Com- 
mencing the said imposition how soon the said mercat house shall be built 
so as it can shelter the victuall in manner foresaid As also that your 
Grace and Estates of Parliament would be pleased to change the two 
yearly Faires of the said towne from the 20 of September and 23 of 
October upon which they were hitherto keipt to the last Tuesday of 
October and the first Tuesday of January in all time heirafter And your 
petitioners shall ever pray. Alex" Cuninghame. 

Edinburgh fifteenth Junij 1693. 
Their Majesties High Commissioner and the Estates of Parliament 
having considered the within petition given in by the magistrates and 
common councill of the Burgh of Irvine with ane other petition given in 
to the said councill by the meal makers resorting to the weekly mercat 
days of the said burgh they grant the desire of the within petition. 

TWEEDDALE CANCEL. I : P : D : Pari. 



72. Grant by the King and Parliament to the Burgh of Irvine, of an 
Impost for repair of the Harbour and Bridge. — 12th July 
1695. 

Ax Edinburgh the twelth day of July one thousand six hundered nyntie 
five years our Soveraigne Lord considering that the Harbour of the Toune 
of Irving is ruined and lyes in rubish and that therby the trade of the 
forsaid toun is quyte decayed and the inhabitants therof so impoverished 
that they cannot repair the said Harbour to the great prejudice of all the 
adjacent countrey As lykewayes that the Bridge over the Water of Irving 
is much decayed and if it be not repaired it will suddenly fall and ruine 
And also considering that in the late Government the magistrats who wer 
illegally imposed upon the burgh did contract considerable debts wherof 
ane assigned to the Hospitall of Glasgow and another due to John Bryce 
for both which debts ther is a proces presently depending befor the Parlia- 
ment Therefore his Majesty with advice and consent of the Estates of 
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Bridge and to pay and satisfie the forsaids debts for whicli the burgh is 
like to be distresed and other debts to which they are lyable doth heirby 
Grant to the said burgh of Irving and the community therof ane 
Imposition of ane Marke upon each boll of Malt to be grinded at the 
Milnes of the said Toun and that for the space of ten years comm^nceing 
from the date of this Act The which Imposition is to be manadged by 
two persons chosen by the toun councill and one to be chosen by the 
other inhabitants yearlie who are to uplift and imploy the same for the 
uses forsaid And if need he's to use dilligence therfor at the sight of the 
magistrats and toun counsill And the saids magistrats councill and 
managers are yearly to hold compt for what they shall intromett with be 
vertue of this present Act to my Lord Montgomery Master Francis 
Montgomery of Gifl&n the Lairds of Rowallan Kilbirnie and Kelburn or 
the major pairt of them being on life And in case they shall find the 
same to be mismanaged and otherwayes imployed then for the uses for- 
said the saids overseers or major parte of them are heirby impowred to 
choise other Manadgers for rendering the disigne of this Imposition 
efi"ectuall And notwithstanding that the forsaid Imposition is granted 
for the space of ten years yet it is heirby Declaired that if within the 
forsaid tyme the Harbour and Bridge shall be repaired and the debts of 
the said toun payed that then and in that case this Imposition shall 
terminat and the inhabitants shall be no longer lyable in payment of the 
same 

Extracted furth of the Eecords of Parliament by us George Viscount 
of Tarbat, etc., Clerk to his Majestys CounsiUs Eegisters and EoUs. 

Tarbat, Clerh Register. 

73. Assessments imposed on the Burgh of Irvine, from 1645 to 1696.^ 

The burgh to entertain for sex months twenty-three soldiers at £207 
monthly :— 1645, vi. i. 352 b. 

To pay £207 monthly for 8 months : — 1646, vii. i. 540 b. 
To pay £252 monthly for 9 months : — 1647, vi. i. 701 b. 
To pay £252 monthly for 5 months :— 1648, vi. ii. 60 a. 

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To pay 252 merks for February : — 1649, vol. vi. ii. 156 b. 

1302, 8s. for 3 months :— 1649, vi. ii. 238. 

To pay £252 for July :— 529 a. (1649, vi. ii.) 

To pay £180 monthly for 3 months :^530 a. (1649, vi. ii.) 

To pay £15 monthly for 6 months of a monthly tax of £10,000 : — 
1655, vi. ii. 837 a. 

To pay £8, 6s. 6d. monthly for three months of a monthly tax of 
£5000 :— 1657, vi. ii. 849 a. 

To pay £9, 19s. 8d. monthly for three years of a monthly tax of 
£6000 :— 1657, vi. ii. 861 b. 

To pay £19, 19s. 4d. monthly for six months of a monthly tax of 
£12,000:— vi. ii. 879 b. (1659). 

To pay £130 monthly for a year of a monthly supply of £72,000 : — 
1667, vii. 541 b. 

To pay 18s. of every £100 imposed on the burghs : — 1670, viii. 23 a. 

To pay £108 monthly for 5 months in the year for 5 years of a tax 
of £1,800,000 :— 1678, viii. 222 b. 

To pay £108 Scots monthly for 28 months of a supply of £2,019,733, 
6s. 8d.— 1690, ix. 136 a. 

To pay £60 monthly for 6 months of a supply of £432,000 :— 1695, 
ix. 373 a. 

To pay £60 monthly for 18 months of a supply of £1,296,000 :— 1696, 
X. 27 b. 



74. Resignation ad remanentiam hy Mr. Alexander Cuningham and 
others, in favour of the Magistrates of Irvine, of the piece of 
Ground called the Chappell, etc. — 11^^ March 1761. 

In the name of God, Amen. — Be it known to all men by this present 
instrument that upon the eleventh day of March Seventeen hundred and 
^ixty-one and in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George 
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120 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF lEVINE. 

Ireland, Defender of the Faith, In presence of me notary publick common 
clerk of the Burgh of Irvine and witnesses subscriving and in presence of 
James Alison one of the present . baillies of the said burgh presiding 
magistrate for the time and of the other councellers assembled and sitting 
in common councill within the councill house thereof Compeared James 
McKerrell one of the ordinary officers of the said burgh and as procurator 
for and in name of Mr. Alexander Fergusson minister of the gospell at 
Kilwinning and John Glasgow merchant late provost of Irvine for them- 
selves and as taking burden on them for Loudoun Cuninghame only lawfuU 
son of the deceast James Cuninghame of Collellan procreat betwixt him 
and the deceast Susanna Cuninghame his spouse who was one of the two 
lawfuU daughters and heirs portioners of the deceast Mr. "William Cuning- 
hame surgeon late provost of Irvine, and as procurator for and in name of 
Grizell Cuninghame the other lawfull daughter and heir portioner of the 
said deceast Mr. William Cuninghame, specialy constituted by the Pro- 
curatory of Resignation contained in a disposition dated the fifteenth day 
of February seventeen hundred and fifty-three granted by them to and 
in favours of Edward Ker merchant and late baillie of Irvine his heirs 
successors and assigneys whatsoever to which William Allan merchant in 
Irvine had right from him and Jean Monro his spouse by disposition 
dated the sixth day of December seventeen hundred and fifty-four, and 
to which Alexander Earl of Eglintoun present lord provost, the said James 
Alison, and John McFie baillies, John Eeid dean of gild, Arthur Grahame, 
treasurer, and remanent members of the councill of the said burgh of 
Irvine and their successors in office for the behoof of the community of the 
said burgh superiors thereof have right ad perpetuam remanentiam by 
disposition from the said William Allan dated the twenty-second day of 
December last, and in virtue of the said procuratory of resignation and 
conveyances thereof ad remanentiam the said procurator with all due 
reverence and humility as becomes, purely and simply, by staff and baston 
as use is, resigned renunced surrendered upgave overgave and delivered 
all and haill the peiee of ground called the Chappell sometime possessed by 
the said Edward Ker, with the bleeching or washing house built and the 
well and other improvements and conveniencys made by the said William 
Allan thereon, with free ish and entry thereto and therefrom and pertinents 
of the same lying within the territory of the burgh of Irvine near to the 
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gleib sometime possessed by James Kennedy weaver and part of the chureh- 
yeard dike on the north-west, the road from the townhead of Irvine to the 
Water of Irvine and Chappell well on the south-east, the peice of ground 
fewed to Thomas Davidson postmaster on the north-east, and the Water 
of Irvine on the south-west parts. Together with all manner of right title 
and interest which the saids Mr. Alexander Fergusson, John Glasgow, 
Loudoun, and Grizell Cuninghames, and the other creditors of the said Mr. 
William Cuninghame had have or may any ways pretend to the same or 
any part thereof or maills and duties of the same bygone and in time 
coming in the hands of the said James Alison baillie as their immediate 
lawfuU superior of the same in favours of the said lord provost, baillies, 
dean of gild, treasurer, and remanent members of the Councill of the said 
Burgh of Irvine and their successors in office for the behooff of the com- 
munity thereof To the end that the right and property of the same may 
return to the body and community of the said burgh ad perpetuam re- 
manentiam and be consolidated and remain with the right of superiority 
of the same standing in the persons of the said magistrates and town 
councill and be peaceably enjoyed and possessed by them forever Which 
resignation was so duely and lawfully made by the said James Alison 
baillie his accepting thereof and receiving the symbols into his hands to 
the end and effect particularly above mentioned, and thereupon he asked 
and required instruments under the hand of me notary publick subscriving. 
These things were so acted and done upon the day of the month and in 
the year of God and King's reign above mentioned before and in presence 
of Andrew Hod and Matthew Mackie both officers and Thomas Clark 
drummer of the said burgh, witnesses specialy called and required to the 
premises. 

Et ego vero Alexander Nisbet communis scriba Burgi de Irvine, clericus 
Glasguensis dioceseos et notarius publicus auctoritate regali ac per 
dominos consilij et sessionis secundum tenorem acti parliamenti rite 
admissus. Quia premissis omnibus et singulis dum sic ut premittitur 
dicerentur agerentur et fierent, una cum prenominatis testibus 
presens personaliter interfui, Eaque omnia et singula premissa sic 
fieri vidi scivi, et audivi, ac in notam cepi Ideoque hoc presens 
publicum instrumentum manu mea fideliter scriptum ex inde confeci 
et in hanc publici instrumenti formam redegi signoque nomine et 
cognomine meis solitis et consuetis signavi et subscripsi in fidem 

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robur et testimonium veritatis omnium et singulorum premissorum 
rogatus et requisitus. 



Andrew Hod, witness. 
Mathew Mackie, witnes. 
Thomas Clark, witness. 



Fides PrcBstantior Auro 



Alex : Nisbet N: P. 



At the Burgh of Irvine the eleventh day of March seventeen hundred 
and sixty -one years the within written instrument of resignation ad 
remanentiam was presented and registrate in the 54th and 55 th leaves 
of the Register of Seasines, Reversions, etc., kept within the said burgh by 
me, Alexr. Nisbet. 




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II.— CHURCH GRANTS. 

1. Grant hy Thomas Baxter of an Annualrent of Thirty -seven shillings 
and ten pence for the support of a Chaplain in the Parish Church 
of Irvine. — 29<A February 1323-4. 

Omnibus hoc scriptum visuris vel audituris Thomas dictus Baxter burgensis 
de Irwyn salutem in Domino sempiternam Noveritis me a me et heredibus 
meis pro salute anime mee et anime Ede sponse mee et pro salute animarum 
predecessorum ac successorum nostrorum et animarum omnium fidelium 
defunctorum concessisse dedisse et presenti scripto meo confirmasse in 
puram et perpetuam elemosinam triginta et septem solidos cum decem 
denariis sterlingorum annul redditus annuatim ad terminos pentecostes et 
sancti Martini per me quamdiu vixero levandos et solvendos de terris sub- 
scriptis jacentibus in burgo de Irwyn capellano qui pro tempore fuerit in 
subsidium servicii sui celebraturo divina in perpetuum in parochial! ecclesia 
de Irwyn pro animabus supradictis videlicet octo solidos de terra jacente 
inter terram WiUelmi Moyses ex parti occidentali et terram Willelmi filii 
Henrici filii vicarii ex parte orientali et tres solidos cum sex denariis de terra 
jacente inter terram Isabelle filie Rogeri filii Fergusii ex parte orientali et 
terram Jacobi Fraunces senioris ex parte occidentali et duos solidos et sex 
denarios de terra jacente inter terram Jacobi del Crag filii et heredis quondam 
Johannis del Crag ex parte australi et terram Martini filii Walteri Coci ex 
parte boreali Et duodecim denarios de terra jacente inter terram dicti 
Martini ex parte australi et terram Willelmi filii Rogeri de Monte ex 
parte boreali et quinque solidos de terra jacente in vico ecclesie inter terram 
Johannis filii Thome filii Martini ex parte occidentali et terram assignatam 
per Reginaldum Urry servicio beate Virginis ex parte orientali et duos 
solidos et sex denarios de duabus terris quas Adam Snifiine et Johannes 



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filius prepositi tenent super Mont Mosard et duos solidos de terra jacente 
in vico 1 Eicardi filii Gerardi ex parte australi et terram 

Giliane Brand ex parte boreali et tres decim solidos in 

vico Fori inter terram Willelmi del Stodegarth ex parte orientali et 

Joliannis insuper et fideliter concedo pro me et 

heredibus meis quod dictus Willelmus de Stodegarth 
cessum annuatim levet ad dictos terminos cum consilio 

et auxilio prepositorum et communitatis burgi 

capellani annuatim persolvet et quod prepositi dicti burgi 
qui pro tempore fuerint annuatim levent dictum pe ad 

dictos cessum ipsius et ipsam pecuniam annuatim per- 

solvant dicto capellano per consilium et auxilium dicte com[munitatis] 
ad terminos supradictos In cuius rei testimonium sigillum meum pre- 
senti scripto apposui et quia sigillum meum minus notum est sigillum 
patris domini Ade Die gracia abbatis de Kylwynyn una cum 
sigillo communi dicti burgi presenti scripto apponi procuravi ad evidenciam 
majorem. Datum apud Irwyn die Jovis proximo post festum beati 
Mathie apostoli anno gracie m". ccc". vicesimo tercio. 

Translation^ 

To all who shall see or hear this writing, Thomas called Baxter, 
burgess of Irvine, wisheth everlasting salvation in the Lord : wit ye me to 
have granted, given, and by this my present writing confirmed, from me and 
my heirs, in pure and perpetual alms, for the weal of my soul and of the 
soul of Eda my wife, and for the weal of the souls of our predecessors and 
successors, and of all the faithful dead, thirty and seven shillings with ten 
pennies of sterlings of annualrent, to be uplifted from the lands under- 
written lying in the burgh of Irvine, and paid yearly by me as long as I 
shall live, at the terms of Whitsunday and Martinmas, to the chaplain for 
the time being, in aid of his service, to celebrate divine service perpetually 
in the parish church of Irvine for the souls above written : That is to say, 
eight shillings from the land lying between the land of William Moyses on 
the west, and the land of William son of Henry son of the vicar, on the 
east ; and three shillings with six pennies from the land lying between the 
land of Isabella daughter of Eoger son of Fergus on the east, and the land 

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of James Frances elder, on the west; and two shillings and six pennies from the 
land lying between the land of James of the Crag, son and heir of the deceased 
John of the Crag, on the south, and the land of Martin son of Walter the 
cook on the north ; and twelve pennies from the land lying between the land 
of the said Martin on the south and the land of William son of Roger of the 
Mount on the north ; and five shillings from the land lying in the Kirkgate, 
between the land of John son of Thomas son of Martin on the west, and the 
land assigned by Reginald Urry to the service of the blessed Virgin on the 
east ; and two shillings and six pennies from two lands which Adam Sniffine 
and John son of the provost hold upon the Hill Mosard ; and two shillings 
from the land lying in the gate between the land of Richard son 

of Gerard on the south, and the land of Gilian Brand on the north ; and 
thirteen shillings from the land lying in the Marketgate 

between the land of William of the Stodegarth on the east and of John 
[the remainder of the original is so mutilated as to be untranslatable, except 
that it seems to be provided that the said William of Stodegarth is 
empowered to uplift the money, and with the advice and help of the provost 
and community of Irvine to pay it to the chaplain]. In witness whereof I 
have set my seal to this present writ ; and because my seal is less known, 
I have procured the seal of a reverend father Sir Adam, by the grace of God 
Abbot of Kilwinning, together with the common seal of the said burgh, to be 
set to this present writ for the greater evidence. Given at Irvine on the 
Thursday next after the feast of St. Mathias the Apostle, in the year of 
grace one thousand three hundred and twenty-three. 

2. Charter by Mr. William of Ciminghame, Vicar of Dundonald, of 
various lands and rents for support of two Chaplains in the Parish 
Church of Irvine. — \st March 1418-19. 

Omnibus hanc cartam visuris vel audituris magister Willelmus de Conyng- 
hame perpetuus vicarius ecclesie de Dundonald salutem in Domino sem- 
piternam Noverit universitas vestra me ad honorem et laudem Dei om- 
nipotentis et gloriose matris sue beate Marie semper virginis et beate 
Katerine et Sancti Niniani et omnium Sanctorum ac caritatis intuitu dedisse 
concessisse et hac presenti carta mea pro me et heredibus meis imperpetuum 
confirmasse pro salute anime mee et animarum quondam domini Willelmi 
de Conynghame domini de Kilmawris militis patris mei et Agnetis matris 



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mee et pro salute animarum omnium antecessorum et successorum meorum 
et omnium fidelium defunctorum Deo et altaribus beate Katerine et sancti 
Niniani situatis vel situandis in ecclesia perochiali burgi de Irwyne ad 
sustentacionem duorum capellanorum ibidem divina servicia celebrancium 
et pro perpetuo celebraturorum totas et integras has terras tenementa et 
annuos redditus cum pertinenciis subscriptis, videlicet, totum et integrum 
tenementum quod vulgariter nuncupatur le Sklate Hall cum pertinenciis jacens 
ex australi parte dicti burgi et duas particatas terre cum pertinenciis 
proximo adjacentes eidem tenemento ex parte orientali ex parte una et 
terram Finlai de Bute ex parte occidentali ex parte altera et quinque parti- 
catas terre cum pertinenciis insimul jacentes in vico ecclesie inter terram 
Jobannis Dicsoun de Kilmernok ex parte boreali ex parte una et terram 
quondam Eoberti Taike ex parti australi ex parte altera et duas particatas 
terre cum pertinenciis jacentes inter venellam ecclesiasticam ex parte una et 
tenementum Walteri Brabounare ex parte altera et tres solidos annui 
redditus annuatim levandos et percipiendos de dicto tenemento dicti 
Walteri Brabounare et octodecim denarios annuatim debitos et exeuntes de 
tenemento Nicholai de Loudoun et septem solidos annui redditus annuatim 
debitos et exeuntes de tenemento quondam Eicardi Boure in vico marino et 
quatuor solidos annui redditus annuatim debitos et exeuntes de tenemento 
proximo adjacenti eidem tenemento dicti quondam Eicardi Boure ex parte 
occidentali et tenementum quod vulgariter vocatur Lople jacens inter 
terram Johannis Scherer ex parte occidentali ex parte una et terram Ade 
Tody ex parte orientali ex parte altera et novam fabrinam constructam inter 
antiquam fabrinam et communem venellam et quinque solidos annui redditus 
debitos et exeuntes de tenemento Johannis Marscbell in qua manebat et tri- 
ginta denarios debitos et exeuntes de proxima terra proximo adjacente eidem 
tenemento dicti Johannis Marschell ex parte orientali et sex solidos annui 
redditus debitos et exeuntes de tenemento Gilberti PuUay jacenti inter com- 
munem venellam ex parte orientali ex parte una et tenementum dicti Johannis 
Marschell ex parte occidentali ex parte altera et quinque solidos et octo de- 
narios annui redditus debitos et exeuntes de tenemento Johannis Pill jacenti 
inter terram Johannis Mure juvenis ex parte occidentali ex parte una et 
terram sancte Marie ex parte orientali ex parte altera et triginta denarios 
debitos et exeuntes de tenementis Eogeri Spere que fuerunt quondam 
tenementa Andree Bully jacencia inter terram Willelmi Ker ex parte 
orientali ex parte una et tenementum Magistri Eoberti de Conynghame ex 



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parte occidentali ex parte altera Tenendas et habendas omnes et singulas 
predictas terras et tenementa et annuos redditus cum pertinenciis antedictis 
una cum omnibus aliis et singulis terris cum pertinenciis per predictum 
magistrum Willelmum de Conynghame acquisitis vel acquirendis infra burgum 
supradictum predictis altaribus et duobus capellanis post decessum predict! 
magistri Willelmi de Conynghame per ballivos et communitates predicti 
Burgi de Irwyne qui pro tempore fuerint eisdem altaribus presentandis 
ibidem divina servicia celebrantibus et pro perpetuo celebraturis in puram 
et perpetuam elemosinam imperpetuum adeo libere et quiete plenarie 
integre et honorifice bene et in pace in omnibus et per omnia sicut alique 
terre tenementa vel annul redditus cum pertinenciis aliquibus altaribus seu 
locis sacris infra regnum Scocie per quoscunque liberius conceduntur seu 
donantur vel dari possunt aut concedi. In cujus rei testimonium presenti 
carte mee sigillum meum apposui et ad majorem bujus rei securitatem et 
notoriam evidenciam sigillum commune burgi predicti huic presenti carte mee 
cum instancia apponi procuravi apud Irwyne primo die mensis Marcii anno 
domini miUesimo quadringentesimo decimo octavo hiis testibus Hugone 
Clerk Johanne Flemyng Thoma WUsoun Jobanne Williamesoun Michaeli 
Wilsoun Alano Clerk Adam Boyman et Koberto Boyman burgensibus dicti 
burgi cum multis aliis. 

[Both seals are wanting.] 

Translation. 

To all who shall see or hear this charter, Master William of Cuning- 
hame, perpetual vicar of the Church of Dundonald, wisheth everlasting 
welfare in the Lord : Be it known to your University, that for the honour 
and praise of God Almighty, and of His glorious mother the blessed Mary 
always virgin, and of Saint Katherine and Saint Ninian, and all the saints, 
and in view of charity, I have given, granted, and by this my present charter 
for me and my heirs for ever confirmed, for the weal of my soul, and of the 
souls of the deceased Sir William of Cuninghame lord of Kilmaurs, Knight, 
my father, and of Agnes my mother, and for the weal of the souls of all my 
ancestors and successors and of all the faithful dead, to God and the altars 
of St. Katherine and St. Ninian situated or to be situated in the parish 
church of the burgh of Irvine, for the sustenance of two chaplains there 
celebrating and for ever to celebrate divine service. All and Whole these lands 



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128 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF lEVINE. 

tenements and annualrents, with the pertinents underwritten, namely, All 
and Whole the tenement which is commonly called the Sklate Hall, with 
pertinents lying on the south side of the said burgh ; and two perches of 
land with the pertinents next adjacent to the said tenement on the east, on 
one part, and the land of Finlay of Bute on the west, on the other part ; 
and five perches of land with pertinents lying together in the Kirkgate, 
between the land of John Dickson of Kilmarnock on the north, on one part, 
and the land of the deceased Robert Taike on the south, on the other part ; 
and two perches of land with pertinents lying between the Kirk Vennel on 
the one side and the tenement of Walter Brabonar on the other side ; and 
three shillings of annualrent to be uplifted and taken yearly from the said 
tenement of Walter Brabonar ; and eighteen pennies yearly due and forth- 
coming from the tenement of Nicholas of Loudoun ; and seven shillings of 
annualrent due and forthcoming yearly from the tenement of the late 
Richard Boure in the Seagate ; and four shillings of annualrent yearly due 
and forthcoming from the tenement next adjacent to the said tenement of 
the deceased Richard Boure, on the west side ; and the tenement which is 
commonly called Lople, lying between the land of John Sherer on the west, 
on one side, and the land of Adam Tody on the east, on the other side ; 
and the new smithy built between the old smithy and the common vennel ; 
and five shillings of annualrent due and forthcoming from the tenement 
of John Marshall in which he dwelt ; and thirty pennies due and forth- 
coming from the next land next adjacent to the said tenement of the said 
John Marshall on the east ; and six shillings of annualrent due and 
forthcoming from the tenement of Gilbert PuUay, lying between the 
common vennel on the east and the tenement of the said John Marshall on 
the west ; and five shillings and eight pennies of annualrent due and forth- 
coming from the tenement of John Pill lying between the land of young 
John Mure on the west and the land of St. Mary on the east ; and thirty 
pennies due from the tenements of Roger Spere which were sometime the 
tenements of Andrew Bully lying between the land of William Ker on the 
east and the tenement of Master Robert of Cuninghame on the west : To 
be holden and had all and sundry the aforesaid lands tenements and annual- 
rents with the pertinents, together with all and sundry other lands by the 
said Master William of Cuninghame acquired or to be acquired within the 
burgh above mentioned, to the foresaid altars and two chaplains to be 
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by the bailies and community of the aforesaid burgh of Irvine, who shall be 
for the time, to the said altars, there celebrating and for ever to celebrate, 
divine service, in pure and perpetual alms for ever, as freely and quietly, 
fully, wholly, and honourably, well and in peace, in all and by all, as any 
lands, tenements or annualrents freely granted or given, or that may be 
given or granted by whomsoever to any altars or sacred places within the 
kingdom of Scotland : In testimony whereof, to this my present charter 
I have set my seal, and for the greater security and notour evidence of 
this thing I have procured with instance the common seal of the burgh 
aforesaid to be set to this my present charter, at Irvine the first day of 
the month of March in the year of the Lord one thousand four hundred 
and eighteen ; these being witnesses, Hugh Clerk, John Fleming, Thomas- 
Wilson, John Williamson, Michael Wilson, Alan Clerk, Adam Boyman, and 
Robert Boyman, burgesses of the said burgh, with many others. 

3. Charter by William of Cuninghame, Vicar of Dundonald, granting' 
various lands and rents for support of two Chaplains in the Parish 
Church of Irvine. — 26th July 1426. 

Omnibus banc cartam visuris vel audituris Willelmus de Conynghame 
canonicus Glasguensis ac vicarius ecclesie de Dundonald salutem in Domino 
sempiternam. Sciatis me ob honorem Dei omnipotentis beate Marie semper 
virginis matris sue beate Katerine virginis et martiris et beate Mniani 
episcopi et confessoris ac omnium sanctorum dedisse concessisse et hac 
presenti carta mea imperpetuum confirmasse Deo beate Marie et Sanctis 
supradictis pro sustentacione duorum capellanorum divina celebrancium 
et imperpetuum celebraturorum in ecclesia parrochiali burgi de Irwyne 
ad altaria beate Katerine et Sancti Mniani predictorum pro salubri statu 
excellentissimi principis Jacobi Dei gracia regis Scotorum illustris domine 
Johanne regine Scocie consortis sue et prolium suarum Et pro salute ani- 
marum antecessorum et successorum suorum Ac pro salute anime mee et 
animarum patris mei et matris mee et omnium antecessorum et successorum 
meorum ac omnium fidelium defunctorum Omnes et singulas terras meas 
tenementa mea et annuos redditus meos infra scriptos Videlicet quinque 
particatas terre simul jacentes in burgo de Irwyne inter terram Thome 
Wilson et terram Finlai Chepman ; duas particatas terre que fuerunt 
quondam Johannis Marchele inter terram Patricii Fabri et terram Gilbert! 
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PuUay ; duo tenementa jacencia in communi via regia in loco qui dicitur ly 
Smethy Barr ; unum tenementum inter terram AUani Clerk et terram 
quondam Willelmi Lammok ; duo tenementa jacencia in vico ecclesie que 
fuerunt quondam Michaelis Wylsoun inter terram Thome Sadlare et 
communem Venellam regiam ; et unum tenementum cum pertinenciis jacens 
in vico ecclesie predicto inter terram quondam Eoberti Tayk et terram 
quondam Johannis Turnoure ; octodecim solidos annul redditus debitos 
annuatim et exeuntes de ilia terra que dicitur vulgariter Loplee ; novem- 
decim solidos annul redditus de terris quondam Ade Tody ; decern solidos 
annul redditus de terra Johannis Lokkart ; quinque solidos annul redditus 
de terra Johannis Flemyng ; decern solidos annul redditus de terra 
quondam Johannis Man ; duos solidos annul redditus de terra quondam 
Alani Gibson ; viginti quatuor solidos annul redditus de quatuor 
particatis terre simul jacentibus ex parte oriental! tenementi Johannis Mure ; 
triginta denarios annul redditus de terris quondam "Willelmi de Hall ; 
triginta denarios annul redditus de terris alias Andree BuUi ex parte orientali 
tenementi magistri Eoberti de Conynghame fratris mei ; sex solidos et octo 
denarios annul redditus de tenemento Alani Clerk inter terram quondam 
Thome Henrison et terram Johannis Spere ; duodecim solidos annul redditus 
de tenemento quondam Gilberti Goldsmyth ; tres solidos annul redditus de 
terra quondam Walteri Brabounare jacenti ex parte occidentali tenementi 
Willelmi Yhung ; sex solidos annul redditus de tenemento Gilberti PuUay 
jacenti inter terram quondam Johannis Marschel et communem Venellam ; 
octo solidos annul redditus de tenemento Johannis Kerd inter terram 
quondam Walter! Brabounare et terram Thome Baxstare ; tresdecim solidos 
et quatuor denarios annul redditus de dicta terra Thome Baxstare inter 
terram Johannis Kerd et communem Venellam ; viginti sex solidos annul 
redditus de tribus tenementis jacentibus supra ly Mount Musart inter terram 
Thome White et terram Johannis Davison ; viginti denarios annul redditus 
de tenemento Thome de Knok prope ripam aque de Irwyne ; octodecim 
denarios annul redditus de terra quondam Nicholai de Lowdon vocata ly 
Sclate house ; septem solidos annul redditus de tenemento Patricii Galli in 
Vico Maris ; quatuor solidos annul redditus de tenemento Johannis Eobynson 
in eodem vico ; sex solidos annul redditus de tenemento Willelmi Coupare in 
eodem vico; sex solidos annul redditus de tenemento Jacobi Baxstare 
inter terram Thome Barber et terram Willelmi Boyman ; sex solidos annul 
redditus de tenemento quondam Johannis Turnoure ; et sexdecim solidos 



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anniii redditus debitis de tenemento proximo adjacente tenemento Johannis 

Dikson de Kilmeriiok : Tenendas habendas et percipiendas predictas terras 

tenementa et anniaos redditus cum pertinenciis dictis duobus capellanis et 

suis successoribus per me dum vixero et post decessum meum per ballivos et 

communitatem dicti burgi de Irwyne qui pro tempore fuerint presentandis 

seu nominandis in puram et perpetuam elemosinam cum omnibus et singulis 

libertatibus commoditatibus aysiamentis et justis pertinenciis quibuscunque 

ad dictas terras tenementa et annuos redditus spectantibus seu juste spectare 

valentibus quomodolibet in futurum ita libere et quiete plenarie integre 

honorifice bene et in pace in omnibus et per omnia sicut alique terre 

tenementa vel annui redditus cum pertinenciis aliquibus altaribus seu locis 

sacris per quemcunque seu quoscunque infra regnum Scocie conceduntur seu 

donantur aut dari poterunt seu concedi. In cujus rei testimonium presenti 

carte mee sigillum meum est appensum^ et ad majorem rei evidenciam et 

securitatem sigillum venerabilis in Christo patris Jacobi permissione divina 

abbatis monasterii de Lundoris apponi cum instancia eidem procuravi 

apud dictum monasterium vicesimo sexto die mensis Julii anno gracie 

mUlesimo quadringentesimo vicesimo sexto. Hiis testibus nobilibus viris 

domino Jobanne Forstare de Corstorfyne milite camerario Scocie Jobanne 

Symple domino de Eliotston magistro Willelmo Scott rectore de Bygare 

dicti domini nostri regis capellano Thoma Kenedy Henrico de Levynston et 

Jacobo Story scutiferis cum multis aliis. 




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132 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF lEVINE. 

Abstract. 

Charter by William of Conynglianie, canon of Glasgow and vicar of 
the church of Dundonald, for the support of two chaplains at the altars of 
St. Katherine virgin and martyr, and of St. Ninian bishop and confessor, 
in the parish church of the burgh of Irvine, to celebrate divine service for 
the prosperous estate of James King of Scots, of Johan Queen of Scotland, 
his consort, and their children, and for the souls of their ancestors and 
successors ; and for the soul of the granter, his father and mother, ancestors 
and successors, and of all the faithful dead, granting these lands and yearly 
rents, namely, five perches of land lying together in the burgh of Irvine, 
between the land of Thomas Wilson and the land of Finlay Chapman ; two 
perches of land which belonged to the deceased John Marshall, between the 
land of Patrick Smith and that of Gilbert Pullay ; two tenements lying in 
the common highway, in the place which is called the Smithy Barr ; one 
tenement between the land of Alan Clerk, and that of the late William 
Lammok ; two tenements lying in the Kirkgate, which belonged to the 
deceased Michael Wilson, between the land of Thomas Sadlar and the 
common Vennel, and one tenement with pertinents, lying in the Kirkgate, 
between the land of the deceased Robert Tayk and the land of the deceased 
John Turnor ; eighteen shillings of annualrent furth of the land vulgarly 
called Loplee ; nineteen shillings of annuabent from the lands of the late 
Adam Tody; ten shillings yearly from the land of John Lockhart; five 
shillings from the land of John Flemyng ; ten shillings from the land of 
the late John Man ; two shillings from the land of the late Alan Gibson ; 
twenty -four shillings from four perches of land lying together on the east 
side of the tenement of John Mure ; thirty pennies from the land of the 
deceased William of Hall; thirty pennies from the land sometime of 
Andrew Bully, on the east side of the tenement of Mr. Eobert of Conyng- 
hame the granter's brother; six shillings and eight pennies from the 
tenement of Alan Clerk, between the land of the deceased Thomas Henry- 
son and the land of John Spere ; twelve shillings from the tenement 
of the deceased Gilbert Goldsmyth ; three shillings from the land of the 
deceased Walter Brabonar, lying on the west side of the tenement of 
William Young ; six shillings from the tenement of Gilbert Pullay, lying 
between the land of the late John Marshall and the common Vennel ; eight 
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Walter Brabonar and that of Thomas Baxter ; thirteen shillings and four 
pennies from the said land of Thomas Baxter between the land of John 
Kerd and the common Vennel ; twenty-six shillings from three tenements 
lying upon Mount Musart, between the land of Thomas White and that of 
John Davison ; twenty pennies from the tenement of Thomas of Knok near 
the bank of the water of Irvine ; eighteen pennies from the land of the 
deceased Nicholas of Loudoun called the Sclate House ; seven shillings from 
the tenement of Patrick Gallie in the Seagate; four shillings from the 
tenement of John Eobynson in the same street ; six shillings from the 
tenement of William of Coupar also there ; six shillings from the tenement 
of James Baxter, between the land of Thomas Barber and the land of 
William Boyman ; six shillings from the tenement of the deceased John 
Turnor; and sixteen shillings from the tenement next adjacent to that of 
John Dickson of Kilmarnock ; to hold to the said two chaplains, for the 
time being, to be presented or nominated by the granter while he lived, and 
after his decease by the bailies and community of the burgh of Irvine, in pure 
and perpetual almsgift : Sealed with the seal of the granter, and also, for the 
greater evidence and security, with the seal of James abbot of Lundores, 
and dated at the abbey thereof the 26th day of July 1426 : the witnesses 
being Sir John Forester of Corstorphin, Knight, chamberlain of Scotland, 
John Semple lord of Eliotstoun, Mr. William Scot, rector of Biggar, chaplain 
to the king, Thomas Kennedy, Henry of Livingston, and James Story, 
esquires, with many others. 

4. Confirmation by King James the First, of Charter by William of 
Cuninghame for support of two Chaplains. — 2^th July 1426. 

Jacobus Dei gracia rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem. Sciatis nos quamdam cartam discreti viri 
magistri Willelmi de Conynghame canonici Glasguensis ac vicarii ecclesie 
de Dundolnalde factam et concessam Deo beate Marie virgini matri sue 
beate Katherine virgini et martiri et beato Niniano confessori ac omnibus 
Sanctis ad sustentacionem duorum capellanorum divina celebrancium et 
imperpetuum celebraturorum ad altaria beate Katherine et Sancti Niniani 
predicti in ecclesia parrochiali burgi hostri de Irwyne situata pro salubri 
statu nostro Johanne regine Scocie consortis nostre et prolum nostrarum 
et pro salute animarum antecessorum et successorum nostrorum ac pro 



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134 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 

salute anime predict! magistri Willelmi et animarum antecessorum et suc- 
cessorum suorum ac omnium fidelium defunctorum de omnibus et singulis 
terris tenementis et annuis redditibus suis cum pertinenciis jacentibus in 
dicto burgo nostro de Irwyne de mandato nostro visam lectam inspectam 
et diligenter examinatam non rasam non abolitam non cancellatam nee in 
aliqua parte sui viciatam set omni prorsus vicio et suspicione carentem 
intellexisse plenius in hec verba: Omnibus banc cartam (etc., as in No. 3 
supra). Quamquidem cartam donacionem et concessionem in eadem 
contentas in omnibus punctis suis et articulis conditionibus et modis ac 
circumstanciis suis universis forma pariter et eflPectu in omnibus et per 
omnia approbamus ratificamus et pro nobis et heredibus ac successoribus 
nostris ad manum mortuam imperpetuum confirmamus salvis nobis 
successoribus et burgo nostro predicto serviciis de predictis terris et 
tenementis cum pertinenciis debitis et consuetis : In cujus rei testimonium 
presenti carte nostre confirmacionis nostrum precepimus apponi sigillum : 
Testibus venerabili viro magistro Johanne Cameron ecclesie Glasguensis 
electo confirmato Johanne Forstar de Corstorfyne camerario Roberto de 
Lawedre justiciario et Waltero Ogilby thesaurario regni nostri militibus 
Jacobo de Douglas de Balwany et Jacobo de Dundas de eodem scutiferis 
nostris Apud Perth vicesimo octavo die mensis Julij anno gracie millesimo 
quadringentesimo vicesimo sexto et regni nostri vicesimo primo. 

Innyrkethyngh. 
Abstract. 

Confirmation by James the First, King of Scots, of the charter by 
William of Cuninghame for support of two Chaplains in the parish church 
of Irvine (as in No. 3 supra) : Eeserving the services due to the king and 
the royal burgh of Irvine from the tenements and lands therein specified : 
Dated at Perth 28th July 1426 : Witnesses, Mr. John Cameron, elect 
confirmed of Glasgow, John Forester of Corstorphine, chamberlain, Eobert 
of Lauder, justiciar, and Walter Ogilvy, Treasurer, of the kingdom, 
knights, James of Douglas of Balvany, and James of Dundas of that ilk, 
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5. Letter of Confraternity by the Prior of the Carmelites of Irvine in 
favour of William Greyrson and his spouse Egidia. — 2Ath August 
1426. 

Frater Alexander, humilis prior localis conventus de Irwyne et servus 
fratrum Ordinis Beati Dei genitricis Marie de Monte Carmeli, dilectis sibi in 
Cristo Willelmo Greyrson at Egidie uxori ejus ac liberis eorundem, Salutem 
et per oracionum suffragia regna celestia feliciter promereri: Devocionem 
sinceram quam ad nostrum habetis Ordinem, ob Cristi reverenciam et gloriose 
Virginis Marie matris ejus, cujus titulo idem Ordo noster specialiter insig- 
nitur, prout fratrum nostrorum intelleximus oraculo vive vocis, diligencius 
attendentes et in Domino commendantes, quo ad ea que precipue salutem 
continent animarum, quantum cum Deo possimus vobis vicem cupimus 
refundere Salutarem : Quare in omnibus matutinis, missis, oracionibus, 
confessionibus, predicacionibus, jejuniis, vigiliis, abstinenciis, laboribus, 
ceterisque bonis omnibus et beneficiis universis, que per nos et fratres nostri 
Ordinis dignabitur operari clemencia Salvatoris, tarn in vita quam post 
mortem, vos participes facimus et consortes ; Adicientes, nichilominus, et de 
speciali gracia concedentes ut, cum obituum vestrorum in conventuali nostro 
capitulo memoria fuerit recitata idem pro vobis fiet, quo ad universa et 
singula, quod pro defunctis fratribus nostri Ordinis ibidem communiter fieri 
consuetum est. In cujus rei testimonium sigillum nostri prioratus ofiicii 
presentibus est appensum : Data in conventu nostro de Irwyne in vigilia 
Sancti Bartbolomei Apostoli, anno Domini millesimo quadringentesimo 
vicesimo sexto. 

Translation. 

Friar Alexander, humble local prior of the convent of Irvine, and servant 
of the brethren of the Order of the blessed Mary mother of God, of Mount 
Carmel, to his beloved in Christ, William Greyrson, and Egidia his wife, 
and their children, wisheth health, and that by the suffrages of prayers they 
may happily deserve the heavenly realms. As we have understood of our 
brethren, the sincere devotion which you have towards our Order, on 
account of reverence of Christ, and of the glorious Virgin Mary his mother, 
by whose title our same Order is specially designated, we, earnestly attending 
to the oracle of the lively voice, and commending you in the Lord, do desire 
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as to those things which chiefly preserve the health of souls ; wherefore, in 
all matins, masses, prayers, confessions, preachings, fasts, vigils, abstinences, 
labours, and all other good things and whole benefits, which, in the clemency 
of the Saviour, shall be deemed worthy to be wrought by us and the 
brethren of our Order, as well in life as after death, we do make you par- 
takers and consorts ; adding, nevertheless, and of special favour granting, 
that when the memorial of your obits shall be recited in the chapter of our 
convent, the same shall be done for you in all and sundry respects as is 
commonly wont to be done there for the deceased brethren of our Order : in 
witness whereof, the seal of our office of Priory is appended to these presents ; 
given in our convent of Irvine on the vigils of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, 
in the year of the Lord one thousand four hundred and twenty-six. 
[24th August 1426.J 

6. Instrument of Sasine in a yearly rent of Jive merles, granted by 
Lady Alice Campbell of Loudounhill, for the support of a Chap- 
lain at the Altar of St. Michael in the Parish Church of Irvine. 
— 16^^ November 1446. 

In Dei nomine amen Per hoc presens publicum instrumentum cunctis pateat 
evidenter quod anno Domini m™° cccc""" quadragesimo sexto mensis vero 
Novembris die decimo sexto pontificatus sanctissimi in Christo patris et 
domini domini nostri Eugenii divina providentia pape quarti anno xvj*° In 
mei notarii publici et testium subscriptorum presencia personaliter con- 
stituta nobilis domina domina Alicia Cambell domina de Lowdounhyll 
non vi aut metu coacta nee herrore lapsa sed sua mera et spontanea 
voluntate ac pro salute anime sue ad honorem omnipotentis Dei et 
gloriosissime Virginis Marie ac Sancti Michaelis archangeli dedit concessit 
et confirmavit dictis Deo beate Marie et Sancto Michaeli ac capellano qui 
pro tempore fuerit ad celebrandum ad altare predicti Sancti , Michaelis 
fundatum in ecclesia parochiali de Ervyn in nova insula beate Marie 
perpetuis temporibus duraturis quinque marcas annul redditus annuatim 
levandas et percipiendas sibi domine Alicie debitas de duobus tenementis 
jacentibus in dicto burgo de Ervyn ex parte boreali ejusdem inter tene- 
mentum domini Johannis Merschell capellani ex parte oriental! ex parte 
una et tenementum predicte domine Alicie ex parte occidentali ex parte 
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unum denarium argenti in manibus nobilis viri Alexandri de Conyngham 
tunc ballivi dicti burgi una cum le hesp et stapill dictorum tenementorum 
ad dandum saysinam et statum hereditarium dicto Sancto Michaeli cujus 
ymago illuc processionaliter ducebatur Qui quidem ballivus prenotatus ad 
instanciam dicte domine Alicie ymaginem ipsius Sancti Micbaelis nomine 
et loco ipsius Sancti de dictis quinque marcis annui redditus predictorum 
duorum tenementorum olim predicte domine Alicie debitis investivit 
tradendo inde saysinam et statum hereditarium In signum quarum 
quinque marcarum possessionis tradidit predictus Alexander predictum 
denarium argenti dicto Sancto Michaeli : Post cujusquidem domine Alicie 
obitum ipsa sana et incolumis in tempore predicte saisyne sive status 
tradicionis constituit ballivos et communitatem dicti burgi de Ervyn 
dicte capellanie patronos legitimos ad eligendum et imponendum capellanum 
sufficientem tocies quocies contigerit vacare Salvo tamen et reservato 
dicto servicio capellano per ipsam electo tempore suo quam diu vixerit 
in bumanis et aliud beneficium uberius nondum fuerit pacifice assecutus 
Super quibus omnibus et singulis peciit prefatus Alexander tunc ballivus 
dicti burgi sibi et suis successoribus predicti burgi ballivis et communitati 
ejusdem per me notarium publicum fieri publicum et publica instrumentum et 
instrumenta : Acta sunt hec super fundum dictorum duorum tenementorum 
burgi antedicti de Ervyn bora quasi nona ante meridiem anno mense die 
indictione et pontificatu quibus supra : Presentibus providis et discretis viris 
videlicet dominis Willelmo de Steuartoun vicario perpetuo de Kylbryde 
juxta mare Johanne Cambell Gilberto Heware et Eoberto Kerd capellanis 
et domino Johanne de Farnle capellano Johanne Kerd Johanne Lokart 
Johanne Mur Johanne de Edynburgh Nicholao Glofar et Hugone Briane 
burgensibus dicti burgi cum multis aliis testibus ad premissa vocatis 
pariter et rogatis. 

Et ego vero Stephanus de Heslyhope presbyter Glasguensis diocesis 
publicus auctoritate imperiali notarius premissis omnibus et singulis dum 
sic ut premittitur dicerentur agerentur et fierent una cum prenominatis 
testibus presens interfui Eaque omnia et singula sic premissa vidi fieri et 
audivi ac in notam recepi Indeque presens publicum instrumentum propria 
manu scriptum confeci publicum et in banc publicam formam redegi sig- 
noque et nomine meis solitis et consuetis subscribendo signavi rogatus et 
requisitus in fidem et testimonium omnium et singulorum premissorum. 

S. de Heslyhope. 

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Translation. 

In the name of God, Amen : By this present public instrument be it 
evidently known to all men that in the year of our Lord one thousand 
four hundred and forty - six, on the sixteenth day of the month of 
November, the sixteenth year of the pontificate of the most holy father 
and lord in Christ our Lord Eugenius the Fourth, by divine providence 
Pope : In presence of me notary public and witnesses underwritten, 
personally compeared a noble dame, dame Alicia Cambell lady of Lowdoun- 
hyll, not compelled by force or fear nor fallen in error, but of her mere 
and spontaneous will, and for the weal of her soul, to the honour of 
Almighty God, and the most glorious Virgin Mary and Saint Michael 
the Archangel, gave granted and confirmed to the said God, Saint Mary, 
and Saint Michael, and to the chaplain who should be for the time, to 
say mass at the altar of the foresaid Saint Michael, founded in the 
parish church of Irvine, in the new aisle of Saint Mary, during all time 
to come, five merks of annualrent, due to the said Dame Alicia, to 
be uplifted and taken forth of two tenements lying in the said burgh 
of Irvine, on the north side of the same, between the tenement of Sir 
John Merschell, chaplain, on the east side, on the one part, and the 
tenement of the foresaid Dame Alicia on the west side, on the other 
part : In name of which five merks the said Dame Alicia gave one 
penny of silver in the hands of a noble man Alexander of Conyngham, 
then bailie of the said burgh, together with the hesp and staple of the 
said tenements for giving sasine and heritable state to the said Saint 
Michael, whose image was then being led in procession : Which bailie 
before-noted at the instance of the said Dame Alicia invested the image 
of the said Saint Michael, in name and stead of the said Saint, with the 
said five merks of annualrent of the foresaid two tenements, formerly due 
to the foresaid Dame Alicia, by delivering thereof sasine and heritable 
state : In token of possession of which five merks the foresaid Alexander 
delivered the foresaid penny of silver to the said Saint Michael : After 
the death of the which Dame Alicia, she being sound and well at the 
time of the delivery of the foresaid sasine or state, she constituted the 
bailies and community of the said burgh of Irvine lawful patrons of the 
said chaplainry for choosing and inputting of a sufficient chaplain as 
often as it should happen to become vacant: Saving nevertheless and 
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as long as he should live among men, and should not have peacefully 
obtained another richer benefice : Upon which all and sundry, the foresaid 
Alexander then bailie of the said burgh craved a public instrument and 
public instruments to be made to him and his successors of the foresaid 
burgh, baiUes and community of the same, by me notary public : These 
things were done upon the ground of the said two tenements of the fore- 
said burgh of Irvine the ninth hour before noon or thereby, year, month, 
day, indiction and pontificate as above : Present, provident and discreet 
men, namely. Sirs William of Steuartoun, perpetual vicar of Kylbryde 
near the sea, John CambeU, Gilbert Heware, and Kobert Kerd, chaplains, 
and Sir John of Farnle, chaplain; John Kerd, John Lokart, John Mur, John 
of Edynburgh, Nicholas Glofar, and Hugh Briane, burgesses of the said 
burgh, with many others, witnesses to the premises called and required. 

And I, truly, Stephen of Heslyhope, presbyter of the Glasgow diocese, 
notary public [etc. in forma communi]. 

7. Confirmation by King James the Second of a Mortification by Lady 
Alice Campbell of certain tenements and annualrents for the 
support of two Chaplains in the Parish Church of Irvine. — 3d 
January 1451-2. 

Jacobus Dei gracia Eex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis nos quamdam cartam dilecte nostre 
AJicie Cambell sponse quondam Johannis Cambell de Loudoun militis factam 
Deo beate Marie virgini et ad sustentacionem duorum capellanorum ut infra 
lacius discribitur de tenementis et annuo redditu infrascriptis de mandato 
nostro visam lectam inspectam et diligenter examinatam sanam integram 
non rasam non canceUatam nee in aliqua sui parte suspectam ad plenum 
intellexisse sub hac forma Omnibus banc cartam visuris vel audituris Ahcia 
Cambell sponsa quondam domini Johannis Cambell de Loudoune miUtis 
salutem in Domino sempiternam Noveritis me non vi aut metu ductam nee 
errore lapsam aut dolo circumventam set mea pura et spontanea voluntate in 
mea pura viduitate in laudem et honorem domini nostri Jhesu Christi ac 
beatissime genetricis sue gloriosissime Virginis Marie beati Michaelis 
archangeli et omnium sanctorum pro salute animarum serenissimi principis 
domini Jacobi regis Scotorum illustrissimi et domine Marie regine prolum- 
que suorum et pro salute anime mee et dicti quondam domini Johannis Cam- 



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bell militis mariti mei et prolum nostrorum ac omnium nostrorum ante- 
cessorum et successorum et omnium fidelium defunctorum dcdisse conces- 
sisse et hac presenti carta mea confirmasse necnon dare concedere et hac 
presenti carta mea confirmare Deo beate Marie Virgini et capelle ejusdem 
nostre domine situate supra ripam aque de Irwin prope ecclesiam burgi 
de Irwin et capellano in dicta capella divina celebranti et inperpetuum 
celebraturo ad ejusdem sustentacionem pro animabus predictis quoddam 
tenementum jacens in burgo de Irwin in via ecclesiastica inter tenementum 
Hugonis de Blare ex parte boriali ex parte una et tenementum domini Willelmi 
Yong ex parte australi ex parte altera Et totum et integrum tenementum 
cum pertinenciis jacens juxta cimiterium ecclesie parochialis de Irwin in 
le Kirkgate ex parte occidentali vici regii inter tenementum domini Willelmi 
Yong ex parte boriali ex parte una et tenementum domini Walteri Johan- 
nis cappellani ex parte australi ex parte altera Et quoddam tenementum 
cum pertinenciis jacens in magno vico inter tenementum domini Laurencii 
Traine ex parte occidentali ex parte una et tenementum Johannis Lokart 
ex parte orientali ex parte altera Ac eciam quoddam tenementum jacens 
in dicto burgo inter tenementum Johannis Starbede ex parte orientali 
ex parte una et terram Alexandri de Houstone ex parte occidentali ex parte 
altera Et quemdam annuum redditum quinque marcarum bone et usualis 
monete Scocie exeuncium annuatim et levandarum ad duos anni terminos 
usuales Penthecostes videlicet et Sancti Martini in bieme per equales por- 
ciones de to to et integro tenemento Gilberti Goldsmyth jacente in dicto 
burgo in magno vico ex parte occidentali ejusdem vici inter tenementum 
Alexandri Houstone ex parte orientali ex parte una et communem venel- 
1am ex parte occidentali ex parte altera Dedi eciam et concessisse ac presentis 
carte mee tenore pro perpetuo do et concede pro salute animarum pre- 
dictarum ad sustentacionem alterius capeUani divina celebrantis et in- 
perpetuum celebraturi in ecclesia parochiali beate Marie virginis de Irwin 
ad altare beati Micbaelis archangeli Deo et ipsi capellano qui pro tem- 
pore fuerit totum et integrum tenementum meum cum pertinenciis jacens 
in burgo supradicto in magno vico ex parte orientali vici regii inter 
tenementum quondam domini Johannis Marschale capeUani ex parte 
orientali ex parte una et tenementum domini Willelmi Stewartone ex parte 
occidentali ex parte altera Tenenda et habenda supradicta tenementa ante et 
retro et annuum redditum supradictum cum pertinenciis ut superius est ex- 
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per omnes rectas metas suas antiquas et divisas prout jacent in longitudine 
et latitudine in edificiis muris meremiis lapidibus et calce cum libero intro- 
itu et exitu ante et retro Ac cum omnibus aliis et singulis libertatibus asia- 
mentis ac justis pertinenciis suis quibuscunque tarn non nominatis quam 
nominatis tarn sub terra quam supra terram tam prope quam procul ad 
dicta tenementa et annuum redditum prefatum cum pertinenciis spectantibus 
seu quovismodo juste spectare valentibus in futurum adeo libere quiete ple- 
narie integre honorifice bene et in pace in omnibus et per omnia sicut alique 
terre aut annui redditus in regno Scocie per quoscunque quibuscunque 
altaribus aut capellanis liberius dantur aut conceduntur aut dari vel concedi 
poterunt in futurum qualitercunque ad presentacionem et collacionem post 
mei decessum ballivorum et communitatis burgi de Irwin qui pro tempore 
fuerint quociens vacaverint capellanie supradicte Volo eciam quod dicti 
capellani in serviciis predictis continuam faciant residenciam Et quod non 
sit licitum eis nee eorum alteri loco ipsorum aut alterius eorundem in 
dictis serviciis aliquem vel aliquos substituere deputare aut ordinare set 
tenebuntur omnino in dictis serviciis personaliter ministrare Volo eciam 
quod si contingat aliquem dictorum capellanorum focariam seu concubinam 
detinere quod hoc cognito in contin enter depost vacabit capellania supradicta 
Volo eciam quod dictus capellanus capelle supradicte qui pro tempore fuerit 
iiberam habeat facultatem pro annuo redditu supradicto distringere et namare 
Et tenementum predictum de quo prefatus annuus redditus debetur optinere 
et in defectu non solucionis ejusdem in forma juris lucrare Et volo quod in 
principio cujuslibet misse teneantur capellani prefati populum exhortare ad 
orandum pro animabus predictis et ut dicant oracionem dominicam cum 
salutacione angelica Et ego vero dicta Alicia et heredes mei dicta tenementa 
et annuum redditum cum pertinenciis adeo libere in omnibus et per omnia 
ut premissum est dictis capellanis qui pro tempore fuerint secundum tenorem 
et effectum precedentis donacionis contra omnes mortales warantizabimus 
acquietabimus et presentis carte mee tenore pro perpetuo defendemus In 
cujus rei testimonium presenti carte mee sigillum meum est appensum apud 
Edynburgh secundo die mensis Januarii anno Domini millesimo quadrin- 
gentesimo quinquagesimo primo Testibus venerabili in Christo patre ac domino 
Andrea abbate de Melros suppremi domini nostri Regis confessore et 
thesaurario domino Johanne Cambel milite dompno Simone Wanles mon- 
acho monasterii de Melros Oswaldo Abirnethy Andrea Richardsone Gilbert© 
Huntare et Michaele Johneson cum multis aliis Quam quidem cartam ac 



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donacionem et concessionem in eadem contentas in omnibus suis punctis et 
arfciculis condicionibus et modis ac circumstanciis suis quibuscunque forma 
pariter et effectu in omnibus et per omnia approbamus ratificamus ac pro 
nobis et successoribus nostris ut premissum est admortizamus et pro perpetuo 
confirmamus Reservatis tantum pro nobis et successoribus nostris dictorum 
capellanorum oracionum suffragiis devotarum In cujus rei testimonium pre- 
senti carte nostre confirmacionis magnum sigillum nostrum apponi precepimus 
Testibus reverendo in Christo patre Willelmo episcopo Glasguensi Willelmo 
domino Creicbtone nostro cancellario et consanguineo predilecto Venerabili 
in Christo patre Andrea abbate de Melros nostro confessore et thesaurario 
dilectis consanguineis nostris Willelmo domino Somervile Andrea domino 
le Gray Magistris Johanne Arous archidiacono Glasguensi et Georgeo de 
Scboriswod Eectore de Cultre apud Edynburgb tercio die mensis Januarii 
anno Domini millesimo quadringentesimo quinquagesimo primo et regni nostri 
decimo quinto. 

Translation. 

Confirmation by king James the Second, under the great seal, of a charter 
in the following terms : To all who shall see or hear this charter, Alicia 
Campbell, spouse of the deceased Sir John Campbell of Loudoun, knight, 
greeting in the Lord everlasting. Know ye that I, not led by force or fear, 
nor fallen in error, or circumvented by guile, but of my own pure and 
spontaneous will in my pure widowhood, to the praise and honour of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and of his most blessed mother the most glorious Virgin 
Mary, Saint Michael the archangel, and all saints, for the weal of the souls 
of the most serene Prince lord James, the most illustrious king of Scots, and 
lady Mary his Queen, and their children, and for the weal of my own soul, 
and the soul of the said late Sir John Campbell, knight, my husband, and 
our children, and all our predecessors and successors, and of all the faithful 
dead, have given, granted, and by this my present charter confirmed, and 
do give, grant, and by this my present charter confirm to God, the blessed 
Mary the Virgin, and chapel of our said lady, situated upon the bank of 
the Water of Irvine near the church of the burgh of Irvine, and to a chaplain 
celebrating and for ever to celebrate divine service in the said chapel, to the 
support of the same, for the souls aforesaid, a certain tenement lying in the 
burgh of Irvine, in the Kirkgate, between the tenement of Hugh of Blare on 
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south side on the other part: and all and whole a tenement with the 
pertinents lying beside the cemetery of the parish church of Irvine, in the 
Kirkgate, on the west side of the High Street, between the tenement of Sir 
William Yong on the north side on the one part, and the tenement of Sir 
Walter Johnson chaplain on the south side on the other part : And a certain 
tenement with the pertinents lying in the Meiklegate, between the tenement 
of Sir Laurence Traine on the west side on the one part, and the tenement 
of John Lokart on the east side on the other part : And also a certain tene- 
ment lying in the said burgh between the tenement of John Starhede on the 
east side on the one part, and the land of Alexander of Houstone on the 
west side on the other part : And a certain annualrent of five merks good 
and usual money of Scotland, proceeding and to be uplifted yearly at the 
two usual terms of the year, to wit, Whitsunday and Martinmas in winter 
by equal portions, from all and whole the tenement of Gilbert Goldsmyth, 
lying in the said burgh in the Meiklegate on the west side of the said street, 
between the tenement of Alexander Houstone on the east side on the one 
part, and the common vennel on the west side on the other part : I have also 
given and granted, and by the tenor of my present charter do for ever give 
and grant for the weal of the souls aforesaid, to the support of another chaplain 
celebrating and for ever to celebrate divine service in the parish church of 
St. Mary the Virgin of Irvine, at the altar of St. Michael the archangel, to 
God and the said chaplain who shall be for the time, all and whole my 
tenement, with the pertinents lying in the abovesaid burgh in the Meiklegate 
on the east side of the High Street, between the tenement of the late Sir 
John Marschale, chaplain, on the east side on the one part, and the tenement 
of Sir William Stewartone on the west side on the other part : To be 
holden and had the abovesaid tenements fore and back and annualrent above- 
said with the pertinents as above expressed, to the foresaid chaplains as 
aforesaid, in fee and heritage for ever, by all their right meiths, old and 
divided, as they lie in length and breadth, in buUdings, walls, materials, 
stones and lime, with free ish and entry back and fore, and with all other 
and sundry freedoms, easements, and their right pertinents whatsoever, as 
well not named as named, as well under the ground as above the ground, as 
well far as near, belonging, or that may in time coming in any way justly 
belong to the said tenements and annualrent aforesaid, as freely, quietly, 
fully, wholly, honourably, well and in peace, in all and by all, as any lands 
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or in any way in time to come may be given or granted, by any persons, to 
whatsoever altars or chaplains, at the presentation and collation after my 
decease of the bailies and community of the burgh of Irvine who shall be 
for the time, as often as the abovesaid chaplainries shall fall vacant : I 
will also that the said chaplains in the services aforesaid shall make con- 
tinual residence ; and that it shall not be lawful to them, nor either of them, 
to substitute, depute, or ordain any person or persons in their place, or 
that of either of them in the said services, but they shall be held bound 
entirely to minister personally in the said services : I will also that if it 
happen any of the said chaplains to keep a wench or concubine, that this 
being known, incontinently thereafter the above said chaplainry shall become 
vacant : I will also that the said chaplain of the abovesaid chapel, who shall 
be for the time, shall have free power to distrain and poind for the abovesaid 
annualrent, and the foresaid tenement from which the foresaid annualrent 
ought to be obtained, and in default of not payment of the same to acquire 
it in form of law. And I will that at the beginning of every mass the afore- 
said chaplains shall be bound to exhort the people to pray for the souls afore- 
said, and that they repeat the Lord's prayer with the angelic salutation : And 
I truly, the said Alicia and my heirs, shall warrant, acquit, and by the tenor 
of my present charter shall for ever defend, the said tenements and annualrent 
with the pertinents, as freely in all and by all as is aforesaid, to the said 
chaplains who shall be for the time, according to the tenor and effect of the 
preceding donation, against all mortals : In witness whereof to my present 
charter my seal is appended at Edinburgh, the second day of the month of 
January, the year of our Lord one thousand four hundred and fifty-one : 
Witnesses, the venerable father in Christ and lord, Andrew abbot of Melros, 
confessor and treasurer of our sovereign lord the King, Sir John Campbell, 
knight. Sir Simon Wanles, monk of the monastery of Melros, Oswald 
Abirnethy, Andrew Eichardsone, Gilbert Huntare, and Michael Johneson, 
with many others : The which charter, and gift and grant contained therein, 
we do approve, ratify, and for us and our successors, as is premised, do 
mortify and for ever confirm, in all its points and articles, conditions 
and modes and circumstances whatsoever, in form and also in efiect in all 
respects, reserving only for us and our successors the suffrages of the 
devout prayers of the said chaplains : In witness whereof, to this our present 
charter of confirmation we have commanded our great seal to be set, the 
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William Lord Creichtone, our chancellor and well-beloved cousin, the 
venerable in Christ, Andrew Abbot of Melros, our confessor and treasurer, 
our beloved cousins William Lord Somervile, Andrew Lord le Gray, Masters 
John Arous, archdean of Glasgow, and George of Schoriswod, rector of Culter, 
at Edynburgh the third day of the month of January in the year of the Lord 
one thousand four hundred and fifty-first, and of our reign the fifteenth. 

8. Charter by Finlay Park, of a Tenement in Irvine, for support of 
a Chaplain at St. Peter's altar in the Parish Church of Irvine. — 
10^^ September 1455. 

Omnibus banc cartam visuris vel audituris Finlaus Park burgensis burgi de 
Irwin salutem in domino Noveritis me in laudem et honorem omnipotentis 
Dei beate Marie virginis beate Petri apostoli et omnium sanctorum et pro 
salute anime quondam serenissimi principis domini Jacobi Scotorum regis 
necnon pro salute anime illustrissimi principis domini Jacobi Secundi 
Scotorum regis moderni et successorum suorum regni Scocie necnon pro 
salute anime mee patris et matris mee animarum omniumque parentum et 
benefactorum meorum et anima domine Alicie Cambel et animarum eorum 
contra quos deliqui et pro animabus omnium fidelium defunctorum ad 
sustentacionem unius capellani imperpetuum celebraturi ad altare beati 
Petri apostoli in ecclesia parrochiali de Irwin fundatum et situatum in insula 
boreali ejusdem ecclesie inter altare beate Marie ex parte boreali et altare 
Sancti Niniani ex parte australi dedisse concessisse et hac presenti carta mea 
confirmasse dictis altari et capelano qui pro tempore fuerit ad dictum altare 
divina celebranti totum et integrum illud tenementum meum ante et retro 
cum pertinenciis jacens in burgo de Irwin ex parte australi vici regii ejusdem 
inter terram Willelmi de Stoupishill ex parte orientali ex parte una et 
tenementum Johannis Alani ex parte occidental! ex parte altera Tenendum 
et habendum totum et integrum predictum tenementum ante et retro cum 
pertinenciis dicto capellano qui pro tempore fuerit ad predictum altare divina 
celebranti et suis successoribus dicti altaris capelanis de domino nostro rege 
et suis successoribus a me heredibus meis et assignatis in puram et perpetuam 
elemosinam ac in feodo et hereditate imperpetuum per omnes rectas metas 
suas antiquas et divisas prout jacet in longitudine et latitudine cum 
omnibus et singulis libertatibus commoditatibus et asiamentis ac justis 
pertinenciis suis quibuscunque tam non nominatis quam nominatis tarn 
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subtus terra quam supra terram tarn prope quam procul ad predictum 
tenementum ante et retro cum pertinenciis spectantibus seu juste spectare 
valentibus in futurum et adeo libere quiete plenarie integre honorifice bene 
et in pace in omnibus et per omnia sicut aliquod tenementum seu terra 
infra regnum Scocie per quemcunque cuicunque altari seu capelano liberius 
datur aut conceditur aut dari vel concedi poterit in futurum qualitercunque 
Et volo quod dicte capellanie donacio post mei decessum ad ballivos et 
communitatem burgi de Irwin vere pertineat et quod nulla fiat presentacio 
dicte capellanie sed tantum simplex donacio Volo tamen quod pro toto 
tempore vite mee donacio dicte capellanie ad me pertineat quociens ipsam 
vacare contigerit Et volo quod teneatur dictus capellanus continuam facere 
residenciam ad dictum altare et non alubi Tenebitur etiam dictus capellanus 
qui pro tempore fuerit missam cotidianam cum dispositus fuerit celebrare Ac 
volo quod nuUam teneat concubinam seu focaliam Et si per quadraginta dies 
continuos sanus existens minime celebraverit volo quod vacet capellania 
predicta Et etiam si contingat ipsum capellanum publice tenere concubinam 
per quadraginta dies continuos hoc cognito volo quod vacet eadem capellania 
Et volo quod si contigerit predictum capellanum qui pro tempore fuerit ad 
aliquod aliud beneficium uberius promoveri quod incontinente depost vacet 
capellania predicta et quod novus instituatur per donacionem ballivorum et 
communitatis burgi de Irwin Insuper volo quod predictus capellanus qui 
pro tempore fuerit teneatur in principio cujuslibet misse propulum exhortare 
ut dicant unum pater noster cum salutacione angelica pro animabus supra- 
dictis Et volo quod dictus capellanus qui pro tempore fuerit teneatur 
anniversaria videlicet placebo dirige missa de requiem cum nota post obitum 
meum semper die obitus mei et die precedente suis sumptibus et expensis 
fieri facere pro anima mea Insuper si contingat dictam capellaniam vacare 
per quadraginta dies continuos absque institucione capellani ad eandem volo 
quod incontinenter depost perpetuis futuris temporibus donacio dicte capel- 
lanie remaneat et pertineat ad donacionem abbatis et conventus monasterii 
de Kilwynnyn Eciam nolo quod episcopus aut quicunque ecclesiasticus 
aliquam habeat potestatem dandi seu conferendi dictam capellaniam sed 
quod donacio ejusdem tantum spectat ad ballivos et communitatem dicti 
burgi de Irwin quamdiu instituerint Et ego vero predictus Finlaus et 
beredes mei totum et integrum predictum tenementum ante et retro cum 
pertinenciis predictis altari et capellano et suis successoribus dicti altaris 
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omnes mortales warantizabimus acquietabimns et imperpetuum defendemus 
Insuper volo quod teneatur dictus capellanus sustentare edificium dicte 
capellanie date in eodem statu secundum quod relinquetur tempore obitus 
In cujus rei testimonium presenti carte mee sigillum meum est appen- 



mei 



sum Testibus magistro Andrea Broun dominis Willelmo Stewart vicario de 
Kilbride Jobanne Nele Stephano Hesleop capellanis Alexandro Houstoun 
Willelmo Stoupishill Jobanne Mure Thoma Tran et Adam Irwin apud 
burgum de Irwin decimo die mensis Septembris Anno Domini millesimo 
quadringentesimo quinquagesimo quinto. 




Abstract. 
Charter by Finlay Park, burgess of Irvine, for the honour of God 
Almighty, the blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostle Peter, and all the saints, and 
for the welfare of the souls of James King of Scots, deceased, James the 
second, now king of Scots ; of his own father and mother, and of all his 
relatives and benefactors; of Lady Alice Campbell; and of all against 
whom he had offended, granting towards the sustentation of one chaplain, 
to serve for ever at the altar of Saint Peter the Apostle, founded and situated 
in the parish church of Irvine, in the north aisle thereof, between the altar 
of St. Mary on the north and that of St. Ninian on the south, all and 
whole that tenement of his, before and behind, with the pertinents, lying 
in the burgh of Irvine on the south side of the High street thereof, between 
the land of William of Stoupshill on the east and the tenement of John 
Alanson on the west : To be held of the king from the granter and his 
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ever : and ordaining that the gift of the said chaplaincy should belong after 
his decease to the bailies and community of the burgh of Irvine : and that 
there should be no presentation thereto, but only a simple gift : The 
chaplain to be bound to make continual residence at the said altar, and not 
elsewhere ; and to celebrate a daily mass when he may be disposed ; not to 
keep a concubine or kitchenmaid : And if he should fail during forty days 
continuously to celebrate, he being in good health, the chaplaincy shall 
become vacant ; and if he should happen to keep a concubine publicly for 
forty successive days, this being known, the chaplaincy shall become vacant : 
And if the chaplain should be promoted to any other richer benefice, then 
the chaplaincy shall immediately be vacant, and a new chaplain appointed 
by gift of the bailies and community of Irvine : Further, he ordains that 
the chaplain shall be bound to exhort the people at the beginning of each 
mass that they should say a paternoster with the angelic salutation, for the 
souls above mentioned : and that he shall cause to be performed at his own 
expense, for the soul of the granter, after his decease, anniversary ser- 
vices, namely, placebo, dirige, and requiem, mass, with note, on the day of 
the granter's death, and the preceding day : and if it should happen the 
said chaplaincy to vacate during forty days continuously without the appoint- 
ment of any chaplain thereto, the gift of the office shall incontinent thereafter 
and in all time coming belong to the abbot and convent of Kilwinning : 
also ordaining, that neither the bishop nor any ecclesiastic whatever shall 
have the power of giving or conferring the said chaplaincy, but that the gift 
thereof shall belong only to the bailies and community of Irvine : And further, 
that the chaplain shall be bound to maintain the building of the said chap- 
laincy in the same state in which it may be left at the time of the granter's 
death : The seal of the granter is appended at Irvine on 10th September 
1455, before these witnesses, Mr. Andrew Broun, Sir William Stewart, vicar of 
Kilbride, Sir John Neil, chaplain. Sir Stephen Hislop, chaplain, Alexander 
Houstoun, William Stoupishill, John Mure, Thomas Tran, and Adam Irvine. 

9. Charter by William Stoupishill, granting several Annualrents for 
the support of a Chaplain in the Parish Church of Irvine. 
— 18th August 1477. 

In Dei nomine Amen Omnibus hanc cartam visuris vel audituris WUelmus 
Stoupishill burgensis de Irwyne salutem in Domino sempiternam Noveritis 



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me ad laudem Dei omnipotentis beatissime Virginis Marie matris sue 
sanctorumque Convalli confessoris Stephani et Sebastiani martyrum ac 
omnium sanctorum curie celestis Et ut cultus Eedemptoris nostri crucifixi 
et divinus honos augeatur manuteneatur aula dominici gregis illuminetur 
et nova quidem prole fecundetur dedisse concessisse et hac presenti carta 
mea confirmasse necnon dare concedere et hac presenti carta mea confirmare 
Deo beate Marie et Sanctis suprascriptis pro sustentacione et annuo sallario 
unius capellani divina celebrantis et inperpetuum celebraturi in ecclesia 
parochiali de Irwyne ad altare predictorum sanctorum per me in insula 
australi dicte ecclesie fundatum edificatum et dotatum pro salubri statu 
excellentissimi principis Jacobi tercii Dei gracia regis Scotorum illustris- 
simi Margarete regine consortis sue splendidissime Et pro salute animarum 
antecessorum et successorum suorum Et pro salute anime mee patris mei 
matris mee Elizabeth Boyman Ezabelle Schaw [quon]dam uxorum mearum 
et omnium antecessorum et successorum meorum ac omnium fidelium 
defunctorum omnes et singulos meos annuos redditus subscriptos videlicet 
unum annuum redditum meum septem marcarum exeuncium annuatim et 
levandarum de toto et integro tenemento meo cum pertinenciis jacente in 
dicto burgo ex parte australi ejusdem inter tenementum Johannis Stoupis- 
hUl ad orientem et tenementum Willelmi Esdale ad occidentem Item unum 
annuum redditum meum trium marcarum vj solidorum et octo denariorum 
exeuncium et annuatim levandarum de quodam tenemento templario cum 
pertiuenciis jacente in dicto burgo ex parte australi ejusdem inter tene- 
mentum sive terram Thome Scot ad orientem et tenementum Eankini de 
Symontone ad occidentem Item unum annuum redditum meum decem 
et sex solidorum et octo denariorum exeuncium et annuatim levandorum 
de toto et integro tenemento Jobannis Davisone cum pertinenciis jacente 
in le Grip inter tenementum Willelmi Dunlop ex parte australi et venellam 
que descendit ad vadum fratrum inter dictum tenementum et tenementum 
Ade Cragyne ex parte borientali Item unum annuum redditum quatuor 
solidorum exeuncium et annuatim levandorum de toto et integro tenemento 
Willelmi Eycbisone de Nutyntone cum pertinenciis jacente in monte 
arenoso ex parte occidentali ejusdem inter tenementum Johannis Jamysone 
ex parte australi et tenementum Johannis Dalrympill ex parte borientali 
levandos et recipiendos prescriptos annuos redditus annuatim prius et 
pre omnibus solucionibus et aliis oneribus firma regia duntaxat excepta 
ad festa pentecostes et Sancti Martini in hyeme per equales porciones de 



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omnibus et singulis prenotatis tenementis Tenendos et habendos et 
precipiendos omnes et singulos suprascriptos annuos redditus dicto 
capellano et suis successoribus de me quam diu vixero in humanis et 
post meum decessum de ballivis et communitate dicti burgi de Irvyne 
[obliterated] dicte perpetue capellanie perpetuos constituo 

patronos Et volo quod dicta capellania tociens quoeiens post meum 
decessum vacare contigerit solummodo spectat ad donacionem prefatorum 
ballivorum et communitatis et nuUius alterius in puram et perpetuam 
elimosinam cum omnibus et singulis libertatibus commoditatibus et 
aisiamentis ac justis suis pertinenciis quibuscunque ad dictos annuos 
redditus [et elimos]inam perpetuam spectantibus sen juste spectare 
valentibus quomodolibet in futurum libere quiete plenarie integre honori- 
fice bene et in pace adeo libere in omnibus et per omnia sicut aliqui annui 
redditus cum pertinenciis aliquibus altaribus seu locis sacris per quemcunque 
sen quoscunque infra regnum Scocie conceduntur seu dantur vel dari 
poterunt seu concedi In cujus rei testimonium presenti carte mee in missali 
libro dicti altaris pro perpetua memoria signum et scripturam manualem 
notarii subscripti debita cum instancia inpingi et subscribi rogavi et 
requisivi apud burgum antedictum decimo octavo die mensis Augusti 
anno Domini millesimo quadringentesimo septuagesimo septimo indictione 
x"' pontificatus sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini nostri domini 
Sixti divina providencia pape quarti anno vij° Presentibus ibidem pro- 
vidis et honestis viris Alexandro Mure et Johanne Scot dicti burgi 
ballivis possessionem et saisinam prescripti annui redditus septem mer- 
carum ex speciali mandato dicti donantis capellanie prenotate conferentibus 
et tradentibus David Berclay de Ladylandis scutifero Thoma PuUay 
Johanne Dalrympill Thoma Tran Jobanne Carnbukle Willelmo Lammok 
et Bartholomeo Aide sergiando burgensibus dicti burgi cum multis aliis 
testibus ad premissa vocatis pariter et rogatis. 

Et ego Johannis Symontoune presbyter Glasguensis diocesis publicus 
Imperialique Eegali autoritatibus notarius predicte carte confectioni ac 
saisine donacioni patronorumque constitucioni et universis aliis suprascriptis 
dum sic ut premittitur agerentur et fierent unacum prenominatis testibus 
presens personaliter interfui eaque sic fieri scivi vidi et audivi ac in notam 
cepi Indeque presens publicum instrumentum manuscriptum confeci 



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signoque et nomine meis solitis et consuetis signavi vocatus et requisitus 
In fidem et testimonium veritatis omnium premissorum. 

Johannes Symontoune. 

Teanslation. 
In the Name of God, Amen : To all who shall see or hear this charter, 
William Stoupishill, burgess of Irvine, health in the Lord everlasting: 
Wit ye me, to the praise of Almighty God, the most blessed virgin Mary 
his mother, and of St. Conval the confessor, St. Stephen and St. Sebastian 
the martyrs, and all the saints of the celestial court, and that the worship 
and divine honour of our crucified Eedeemer may be increased and main- 
tained, and the court of the Lord's flock illuminated and enriched with even 
new offspring, to have given, granted, and by this my present charter 
confirmed, and do give, grant, and by this my present charter confirm, to 
God, St. Mary and the other saints above written, for the sustentation and 
yearly salary of a chaplain celebrating and for ever to celebrate divine 
worship in the parish church of Irvine, at the altar of the foresaid saints, 
founded built and endowed by me in the south aisle of the said church, for 
the healthful estate of the most excellent Prince James the third by the 
grace of God most illustrious King of Scots, Queen Margaret his most 
renowned consort, and their successors, and for the weal of the soul of my 
father, my mother, Elizabeth Boyman and Isabel Schaw sometime my spouses 
deceased, and of all my predecessors and successors, and of all the faithful 
dead, all and sundry my annualrents underwritten, namely, my annualrent 
of seven merks forthcoming and to be uplifted yearly from all and whole 
my tenement with the pertinents lying in the said burgh on the south side 
thereof, between the tenement of John Stoupishill at the east and the 
tenement of William Esdale at the west : also an annualrent of mine of 
three merks six shillings and eight pennies, forthcoming and to be yearly 
uplifted from a certain Templar tenement, with the pertinents, lying in the 
said burgh on the south side thereof, between the tenement or land of Thomas 
Scot at the east and the tenement of Eankine of Symontone at the west ; 
also an annualrent of mine of sixteen shillings and eight pennies, forthcoming 
and to be yearly uplifted from all and whole the tenement of John Davisone 
with the pertinents, lying in le Grip, between the tenement of William 
Dunlop on the south side, and the vennel which descends to the Friars' 
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the nortli side ; also an annualrent of four shillings forthcoming and to 
be yearly uplifted from all and whole the tenement of William Eychisone 
of Nutyntone, with the pertinents, lying in the Sandyhill, on the west side 
thereof, between the tenement of John Jamysone on the south side and the 
tenement of John Dalrympill on the north side : To be uplifted and received, 
the beforewritten annualrents, yearly, first and before all payments and 
other burdens, the King's ferme only excepted, at the feasts of Whitsunday 
and Martinmas in winter, by equal portions, forth of all and sundry the 
before-rehearsed tenements : To be holden and had and uplifted, all and 
sundry the above- written annualrents, to the said chaplain and his suc- 
cessors, of me as long as I shall live in the world, and after my decease of 
the bailies and community of the said burgh of Irvyne, [whom] I constitute 
perpetual patrons of the said perpetual chaplainry : And I wiU that the 
said chaplainry as often as it shall happen to be vacant after my decease, 
only pertain to the donation of the foresaid bailies and community, and 
none other, in pure and perpetual alms, with all and sundry liberties, 
commodities, and easements, and their right pertinents whatsoever, pertain- 
ing or that may justly pertain in any manner of way in time to come to 
the said annualrents, in perpetual alms, freely, quietly, fully, wholly, 
honourably, well and in peace, as freely in all and by all as any annualrents 
with the pertinents are granted or given, or can be given or granted, to any 
altars or sacred places, by any person or persons within the Kingdom of 
Scotland : In witness whereof I have, with due instance, asked and required 
the sign and writing of the notary underwritten to be inserted and sub- 
scribed to my present charter in the missal book of the said altar, for 
perpetual memorial, at the foresaid burgh on the eighteenth day of the 
month of August the year of our lord one thousand four hundred and 
seventy-seven, the tenth indiction, the seventh year of the pontificate of 
the most holy father in Christ and our lord Sixtus the fourth by divine 
providence Pope : Present there, prudent and honourable men, Alexander 
Mure and John Scot, bailies of the said burgh, bestowing and delivering 
possession and sasine of the fore-written annualrent of Seven merks, at 
the special command of the endower of the before-mentioned chaplainry, 
David Berclay of Ladylandis, esquire, Thomas Pull ay, John Dalrympill, 
Thomas Tran, John Carnbukle, William Lammok, and Bartholomew Aide, 
Serjeant, burgesses of the said burgh, with many others, witnesses to the 
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And I John Symontoune presbyter of the Glasgow diocese, notary public 
[etcj 

[On the second sheet of the parchment of this Charter is written the 

following Codicil.] 

Infrascriptus Wilelmus Stoupishill fundavit unum obitum sive per- 
petuum anniversarium xxiiij solidorum annul redditus exeuncium et 
annuatim levandorum post ejus decessum in die sui obitus prius et pre 
omnibus solucionibus in una Integra summa de toto et integro tenemento 
Johannis Cowane cum pertinenciis jacente in burgo de Irwyne ex parte 
borientali ejusdem inter tenementum Eduardi Campbell ad orientem et 
tenementum Johannis Blanead occidentem Quern quidemannuum redditum 
xxiiij solidorum ordinavit forma qua sequitur distribuendorum et erogan- 
dorum In primis vij capellanis melioribus cantoribus ecclesie antedicte 
dictum obitum sive anniversarium coram altare Sancti Convalli cum 
placebo et dirige et ix lectionibus si extra tempus Paschale contigerit et 
missa in crastino solemniter celebrantibus cum diacono et subdiacono cum 
nota et vij aliis missis privatis annuatim celebrantibus et celebraturis viij 
solidos Item ordinavit xiij s distribuendos et erogandos post solemnem 
missam ex in esculentis et poculentis xiij pauperibus senioribus et 

debilioribus ville supradicte unicuique cibaria et poculencia ad valorem 
xij d in honorem domini nostri Jhesus Ch[risti et] Apostolorum suorum pro 
salute anime ipsius Willelmi patris sui matris sue Eiizabet Boyman et 
EzabeUe Schaw uxorum suarum Andree Stoupishill et Jonete Stoupishil 
proleum suarum et animabus omnium predecessorum et successorum suorum 
et omnium fidelium defunctorum Item ordinavit clericum parochialem pro 
pulsacione campanarum iiij d Item tyn[tin]abulo ville ij d Item ordinavit 
ad sustentacionem luminum tempore exequiarum arcendorum xij d Item 
ordinavit ballivis ville qui pro tempore fuerint ad attendendum et videndum 
ut universa et singula prescripta debite compleantur xij d ad eorundem 
coUacionem prout in regestro ville plenius continetur Item dictus Willemus 
dedit dicto altari Sancti Convalli [et ad] ornamenta altaris calicem argentium 
et super deauratum et istum librum missalem [apud] dictum altare pro 
perpetuo remansuros. 

Teste me Johanne Symontoune notario publico manu propria. 

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Translation. 

The within-written William Stoupishill founded an obit or perpetual 
anniversary of xxiiij shillings of annualrent, forthcoming and to be uplifted 
yearly after his decease on the day of his obit, first and before all payments, 
in one whole sum, from all and whole the tenement of John Cowane with 
the pertinents, lying in the burgh of Irvine on the north side thereof, 
between the tenement of Edward Campbell at the east and the tenement 
of John Blane at the west : "Which annualrent of xxiiij shillings he ordained 
to be distributed and debursed in manner as follows : In the first, to seven 
chaplains, the better singers of the foresaid church, solemnly celebrating 
the said obit or anniversary before the altar of St. Convall, with placebo 
and dirige and nine lessons, if it happen to be without the time of 
Pasch, and a mass on the morrow with deacon and subdeacon, with note, 
and seven other private masses annually celebrating and to celebrate 
viij s : Also he ordained xiij s to be distributed and laid out after the 
solemn mass in meats and drinks on xiij of the older and feebler persons of 
the foresaid town, to every one of food and drink to the value of xij d, in 
honour of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Apostles, for the weal of the soul 
of the said William, of his father, his mother, Elizabeth Boy man and 
Isabella Schaw his spouses, Andrew and Jonet StoupishiU his children, and 
for the souls of all his predecessors and successors and of all the faithful 
dead : Also he ordained to the parish clerk for ringing of the bells iiij d, 
and to the belLringer of the town ij d : Also he ordained for upholding of 
the lights burning at the time of the exequies xii d : Also he ordained to the 
bailies of the town for the time being, for attending and seeing that all and 
sundry the foresaids were duly fulfilled, xij d, at their disposal, as in the 
register of the town is more fully contained : Also, the said William gave 
to the said altar of St. Convall and to the ornaments of the altar a silver 
cup and overgilt with gold, and the said missal book, to remain for ever 
at the said altar. 

Witness me John Symontoune notary public with my hand. 

^ Oratio pro muliere pregnante. 

Deus qui beatam virginam et matrem Mariam in conceptu et in partu 
et Jonam prophetam de ventre ceti potenti virtu te liberasti tuam famulam 

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gravidam protege et visita earn in salutari tuo ut proles in ea contenta felici- 
ter in lucem prodeat et perveniat ad graciam lavacri salutaris per Christum. 

Secretum. 
Suscipe quesimus Domine hostias et preces humilitatis nostre et famulam 
tuam scuto proteccionis tue diffende et quia pregnantem tua gracia esse 
voluisti hanc adveniente partus tempore graciose libera et ab omnibus 
perturbacionibus cum prole in ipsa contenta clementer conserva. 

Post Communionem. 
Adesto supplicationibus nostris omnipotens Deus et famule tue largiflue 
proteccionis munus concede ut adveniente tempore parturiendi gracie tue 
presidium suscipiat et proles quam ediderat percepto lavacro salutari 
graciosis incrementis feliciter proficiat per Christum. G, Baxter. 

Translation. 
Prayer for a Pregnant Woman. 

God, who didst free the blessed virgin and mother Mary in conception 
and bringing forth, and by Thy mighty power didst deliver the prophet Jonah 
from the whale's belly, protect Thy burdened handmaid, and visit her in 
Thy salvation, that the child contained in her may happily come forth to 
the light, and arrive at the grace of the healing font through Christ. 

Secret. 
Accept, Lord, we beseech, the sacrifices and prayers of our humility, 
and defend Thine handmaid with the shield of Thy protection ; and whereas 
Thou hast by Thy favour willed her to be pregnant, graciously deliver her 
in the approaching time of giving birth, and mercifully preserve her, with the 
child contained in her, from all perturbations. 

After Communion. 
Attend, Almighty God, to our supplications, and grant to Thine hand- 
maid the favour of Thy abundant protection, so that in the coming time of 
bringing forth Thou wouldst of Thy grace undertake her safeguard, and 
happily prosper the child which she shall have brought forth, and when the 
healing font has been obtained, with gracious increase through Christ. 

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10. Instrument on the Resignation hy James Chalmer of Gadgirth of 
an Annualrent of Forty Pennies, for support of the Chaplains 
of St. Ninian and St. Katherine in the Parish Church of Irvine. 
— &th September 1502. 

In Dei nomine amen Per hoc presens publicum instrumentum cunctis pateat 
evidenter quod anno ab incarnacione Domini millesimo quingentesimo 
secundo die vero mensis Septembris sexto indiccione quinta pontificatus 
sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini nostri domini Alexandri divina 
providencia pape sexti anno undecimo In mei notarii publici et testium 
subscriptorum presencia constitutus honorabilis vir Jacobus Cbaumyr de 
Gatgirtht non vi aut metu ductus nee errors lapsus sed zelo devocionis 
accensus ut asseruit in honore Dei omnipotentis beate Marie Virginis et 
Sanctorum Niniani et Katrine ad supportacionem capellanorum divina 
celebrantium et celebraturorum ad altaria dictorum sanctorum Niniani et 
Katrine in ecclesia parochiali de Irvin situata unum suum annuum redditum 
quadraginta denariorum annuatim levandorum et exeuntium de toto et 
integro tenemento vulgariter nuncupato Lople jacente infra burgum de Irvin 
inter tenementum domini Abbatis de Kilvynnyne ex una et tenementum 
quondam Jonete Stoupisbill partibus ex altera in manus honorabilis viri 
Johannis Montgumry unius ballivorum de Irvin per deliberacionem denarii 
sursum reddidit ac a se et heredibus suis pure et simpliciter resignavit 
imperpetuum Qua resignacione facta dictus ballivus de dicto annuo redditu 
quadraginta denariorum domino Johanni Scot capellano altaris beati Niniani 
pro tempore nomine et ex parte sanctorum Niniani et Katrine sasinam et 
statum hereditarium per deliberacionem denarii et assignacionem vectis et 
stapule tradidit et deliberavit Super quibus omnibus et singulis sic premissis 
dictus dominus Johannes Scot capellanus a me notario publico subscripto 
fieri peciit presens instrumentum Acta erant hec super fundum dicti 
tenementi hora prima post merediem vel ea circa sub anno die mense 
indiccione et pontificatu quibus supra Presentibus ibidem Adam Mur de 
Cauldwel milite Willelmo Walles filio et apparente herede Mathei Walles de 
Crago Rankino Broun altero ballivorum de Irvin magistro Thoma Scot 
Thoma Young clerico Patricio Watson et Johanne Symsone serjandis cum 
diversis aliis testibus ad premissa vocatis pariter et rogatis. 

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CHURCH GRANTS. 157 

Translation. 

In the name of God, Amen : Be it evidently known to all men by this 
present public instrument that in the year from the incarnation of the Lord 
one thousand five hundred and second, and on the sixth day of the month 
of September, the eleventh year of the pontificate of the most holy father 
in Christ, and our lord Alexander the sixth, by divine providence Pope, In 
presence of me notary public and witnesses underwritten, personally com- 
peared an honourable man James Chalmer of Gatgirth, not led by force or 
fear nor fallen in error, but inflamed with zeal of devotion, as he asserted, 
to the honour of Almighty God, Saint Mary the Virgin, and Saint Ninian 
and Saint Katherine, for the support of chaplains celebrating and to 
celebrate divine service at the altars of the said Saints Ninian and Katherin?, 
situated in the parish church of Irvine, surrendered and from him and his 
heirs purely and simply for ever resigned, by delivery of a penny in the 
hands of an honourable man John Montgumry, one of the bailies of Irvine, 
his annualrent of forty pennies yearly to be uplifted, and proceeding from 
all and whole the tenement commonly called Lople, lying within the burgh 
of Irvine, between the tenement of the lord Abbot of Kilwinning on the one 
side, and the tenement of the deceased Janet Stoupishill on the other side : 
which resignation being made, the said bailie gave and delivered sasine and 
heritable state of the said annualrent of forty pennies to Sir John Scot, 
chaplain of the altar of Saint Ninian, for the time, in name and on behalf 
of Saint Ninian and Saint Katherine, by delivery of one penny, and 
assignation of hesp and staple : upon which all and sundry, as aforesaid, 
the said Sir John Scot chaplain craved of me notary public underwritten, 
the present instrument to be made : these things were done upon the ground 
of the said tenement the first hour after noon or thereby, year, day, month, 
indiction and pontificate as above ; present there, Adam Mure of Cauldwell, 
knight, William Wallace, son and apparent heir of Matthew Wallace of 
Cragie, Rankine Broun, another of the bailies of Irvine, Master Thomas 
Scot, Thomas Young, clerk, Patrick Watson and John Symsone, Serjeants, 
with sundry others, witnesses called alike and asked to the premisses. 

And I, Thomas Cameron, clerk of the Glasgow diocese, notary public, 
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158 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF IRVINE. 

II. Charter hy Ranhin Broun, Burgess of Irvine, granting to the 
Curate of the Parish and five other Chaplains certain Annualrents 
for masses and obit therein specified. — 17th Novemher 1506. 

Omnibus lianc cartam visuris vel audituris Rankinus Broun burgensis burgi 
de Irvin salutem in Domino Sempiternam Noveritis me zelo devocionis 
et caritatis intuitu ductum ad honorem omnipotentis Dei Jbesu Christi 
crucifixi ejus unigeniti et domini salvatoris nostri ac beatissime Virginis 
Marie matris sue gloriosissime et omnium Sanctorum celestis curie dedisse 
concessisse et hac presenti carta mea confirmasse necnon dare concedere 
et hac presenti carta mea confirmare discretis et circumspectis viris curato 
parrochialis ccclesie de Irvin capellano ministranti ad altare beate Marie 
Virginis, capellano ministranti ad altare Sancti Petri situatum in insula 
boriali dicte ecclesie, capellano ministranti ad altare Sancte Katrine et 
capellano ministranti ad altare Sancti Convalli situatum in insula australi 
dicte ecclesie et capellano ministranti in capella beatissime Virginis Marie 
de Banko et eorum successoribus capellanis observantibus et celebrantibus 
duas missas ebdomidales ad altare Sancti Salvatoris et Sancti Thome 
Marthiris in insula quam construxi in nave dicte ecclesie ex parte boriali 
ejusdem unam videlicet privatam missam omni feria secunda et alteram 
missam videlicet Corporis Cristi omni feria quinta cum processione et cantu 
solemniter pro bono statu serenissimi principis Jacobi quarti domini nostri 
Regis Scotorum illustrissimi ac domine Margarete consortis sue illustrissime 
et pro animabus progenitorum et successorum regum Scocie ac pro salute 
mei necnon pro animabus patris mei matris mee ac Christine Hare, Isabelle 
Houstoun, et Jonete Wodburn, quondam uxorum mearum ac Isabelle Broun 
filie mee, et animabus omnium progenitorum meorum ac benefactorum et 
successorum meorum necnon pro bono statu et felici regimine ballivorum 
et communitatis dicti burgi presencium et futurorum et pro animabus 
omnium fidelium defunctorum omnes et singulos meos annuos redditus 
subscriptos annuatim levandos de tenementis subscriptis jacentibus infra 
dictum burgum In primis videlicet de quodam meo tenemento cum 
pertinentiis jacente ex parte boriali inter tenementum templarium quondam 
Alexandri Stoupishill ex parte orientali et tenementum Jacobi Esdale ex 
parte occidentali tresdecem solidos et quatuor denarios Item de toto et 
integro tenemento meo cum pertinentiis jacente in via pontis ex parte 
boriali ejusdem inter tenementum Johannis Mur ex parte occidentali et 



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tenementum Georgei Bold ex parte orientali tresdecim solidos et quatuor 
denarios Item de meo tenemento cum pertinentiis jacente in monte arenoso 
ex parte occidental! et in cono ejusdem inter viculum qui ducit ad aquam 
ex parte australi ex una et tenementum Alexandri Baxtar ex parte boriali 
partibus ex altera tresdecim solidos et quatuor denarios Item de quodam 
tenemento meo cum pertinentiis jacente in via maris ex parte orientali 
ejusdem inter tenementum quondam Johannis Dene ex parte australi et 
tenementum Hugonis Dunlop ex parte boriali tresdecim solidos et quatuor 
denarios Item quemdam meum annuum redditum sex solidorum et octo 
denariorum annuatim et exeuntium ad duos anni terminos consuetos de 
toto et integro tenemento Eoberti Fultoun cum pertinentiis jacente in dicto 
monte arenoso ex parte occidentali vici qui ducit ad Kilvynnyne inter 
tenementum Johannis Smytht ex parte australi et tenementum Jobannis 
Dene filii quondam Hugonis Dene ex parte boriali Item quemdam meum 
annuum redditum trium solidorum annuatim levandorum et recipiendorum 
ad duos anni terminos consuetos de toto et integro tenemento Georgei 
Makge cum pertinentiis jacente ex parte orientali dicti vici inter tenementum 
Johannis Arnbukle ex parte boriali et aliud tenementum dicti Georgei ex 
parte australi Item quemdam meum annuum redditum decem solidorum 
annuatim levandorum et recipiendorum ad duos anni terminos consuetos 
de toto et integro tenemento Patricii Watsone ex eadem parte vici inter 
tenementum Johannis Scot ex parte boriali et tenementum quondam Johan- 
nis Dene ex parte australi Item quatuor solidos de quodam tenemento 
jacente in dicto monte in cono ejusdem ex parte occidentali vici regii inter 
tenementum quondam Johannis Dalrymple ex parte australi et viam que 
ducit ad mare ex parte boriali Item de quodam meo tenemento cum 
pertinentiis jacente ex parte orientali predicti vici qui ducit ad Kilvynnyne 
inter duo tenementa Jacobi Broun ex utraque parte tres solidos qui se 
extendunt annuatim ad quatuor libras monete Scocie Tenendos et habendos 
omnes et singulos predictos annuos redditus a me et heredibus meis predictis 
sex capellanis et eorum successoribus sic ut premittitur predictas duas 
missas ebdomidales celebrantibus et observantibus in puram et perpetuam 
elemosinam inter eosdem equaliter et proporcionaliter dividendos de domino 
nostro Eege in capite more burgali cum omnibus et singulis pertinentiis 
suis commoditatibus et proficuis ad dictos annuos redditus cum pertinentiis 
spectautibus sen juste spectare valentibus commodolibet in futurum libere 
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160 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF lEVINE. 

que et adeo libere sicut aliqui annui redditus dantur vel conceduntur dari 
vel concedi possunt in puram et perpetuam elemosinam aliquibus personis 
religiosis infra regnum Scocie Item do et concedo dictis sex capellanis et 
suis successoribus anniversarium post meum decessum annuatim in die 
obitus mei celebrandum cum placebo et dirige novem lectionibus si extra 
tempus pascbale et solennem missam requiam ad dictum altare Sancti 
Salvatoris cum cantu sex solidos proporcionaliter dividendos et duos 
denarios clerico parrochiali campanas ecclesie pulsanti et duos denarios 
tintinabilario oranti et ad orandum exortanti pro animabus prenotatis et 
quatuor denarios lumini vel cere tempore exequiarum annuatim post meum 
decessum levandos et recipiendos in die obitus mei integraliter de toto 
et integro tenemento Johannis Dene filii quondam Hugonis Dene jacente 
ut supra similiter tenendos in puram et perpetuam elimosinam Item 
constituo et ordino ballivos et communitatem dicti burgi patronos dicti 
altaris et premissorum omnium pro tempore existentes Et quia ista con- 
cessio et donacio mea facta sunt in presencia honorabilium virorum Thome 
Cameroun et Jacobi Esdale ballivorum et communitatis dicti burgi in 
pretorio ejusdem die date presencium pro tribunali sedentium qui pro- 
miserunt et obligarunt se et suos successores in perpetuum ad causandum 
dictos capellanos et suos successores obligari ad premissa observanda et 
complenda fideliter ut premissum est Et pro majoris roboris firmitate sigillum 
commune dicti burgi presentibus appendi promiserunt Et ego vero dictus 
Eankinus et beredes mei omnes et singulos suprascriptos annuos redditus 
cum pertinentiis predictis capellanis et eorum successoribus in puram et 
perpetuam elimosinam ut premissum est contra omnes mortales warantiza- 
bimus acquietabimus et imperpetuum defendemus In cujus rei testimo- 
nium sigillum meum huic presenti carte mee est appensum apud burgum 
de Irvin decimo septimo die mensis Novembris Anno Domino millesimo 
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CHUECH GRANTS. 161 

Abstract. 

Charter by Eankine Broun, burgess of the burgh of Irvine, whereby, 
being induced by zeal of devotion and instinct of charity to the honour of 
Almighty God, Jesus Christ the crucified his only begotten Son, and our 
Lord and Saviour, and of the most blessed Virgin Mary his most glorious 
mother, and all the Saints of the Celestial Court, he gives, grants, and confirms 
to discreet and circumspect men, the curate of the parochial church of Irvine, 
the chaplain ministering at the altar of St. Mary the Virgin, the chaplain 
ministering at the altar of St. Peter situated in the north aisle of the said 
church, the chaplain ministering at the altar of St. Katharine, and the 
chaplain ministering at the altar of St. Convall, situated in the south aisle 
of the said church, and to the chaplain ministering at the chapel of the 
most blessed Virgin Mary of Bank, and their successors, chaplains ob- 
serving and celebrating two weekly masses at the altar of St. Salvator and 
St. Thomas the Mart3^r, in the aisle which the granter had built in the nave 
of the said church on the north side of the same : that is to say, a private 
mass every second week day, and the other, namely, of Corpus Christi, 
every fifth week day, with procession and chant solemnly, for the good 
estate of the most Serene Prince James the fourth, most illustrious King 
of Scots, and Dame Margaret his most illustrious consort, and for the souls 
of his progenitors and successors. Kings of Scotland, and for the weal of the 
granter's own soul, and the souls of his father, mother, and of Christian 
Hare, Isabel Houstoun, and Jonet Woodburn, sometime his spouses, and of 
Isabel Broun his daughter, and the souls of all his progenitors, benefactors 
and successors, and for the good estate and happy government of the 
bailies and community of the said burgh present and to come, and for the 
souls of all the faithful dead, all and whole his annualrents to be uplifted 
from tenements in the said burgh ; first, from a tenement on the north side, 
between the Templar tenement of the late Alexander Stoupishill on the east 
and the tenement of James Esdale on the west, 13s. 4d. ; also, from his 
tenement in the Bridgegate, on the north side thereof, between the 
tenement of John Mure on the west and the tenement of George Bold on 
the east, 13s. 4d. ; from his tenement on the Sandy Hill on the west, and 
at the nook thereof between the street that leads to the water on the south 
side and the tenement of Alexander Baxter on the north side, 13s. 4d. ; 
from a certain tenement in the Seagate, on the east side of the same, 
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162 MUNIMENTS OF THE BUEGH OF lEVINE. 

between the tenement of the late John Dene on the south and the tenement 
of Hugh Dunlop on the north sides, 13s. 4d. ; an annualrent of 6s. 8d. yearly 
to be uplifted at the two usual terms from the tenement of Eobert Fultoun 
in the said Sandy Hill, on the west side of the street that leads to Kilwin- 
ning, between the tenement of John Smyth on the south side and the 
tenement of John Dene son of the deceased Hugh Dene on the north side ; 
also an annualrent of 3s. to be uplifted at the two terms from the 
tenement of George Makge on the east side of the said street, between the 
tenement of John Arnbukle on the north and another tenement of the said 
George on the south sides ; and an annualrent of 1 Os. to be uplifted at the 
two usual terms from the tenement of Patrick Watsone on the same side 
of the street, between the tenement of John Scot on the north side and 
the tenement of the late John Dene on the south side ; also 4s. from a 
tenement in the said hill, in the nook thereof, on the west side of the High 
Street, between the tenement of the late John Dalrymple on the south 
side and the way that leads to the sea on the north side ; and from a 
certain tenement on the east side of the said street which leads to Kilwin- 
ning between the two tenements of James Brown on either side, 3s. ; which 
extend yearly to £4 money of Scotland : To be held from the granter and 
his heirs to the said six chaplains and their successors celebrating two 
weekly masses as above, in pure and perpetual alms, to be equally and 
proportionally divided among them, of the king in chief, in manner of 
burgage, as freely as any almsgifts in the kingdom of Scotland : Further, 
giving to the said chaplains and their successors for an anniversary after his 
decease to be kept yearly on the day of his death, with placebo and dirige, 
etc., at the altar of St. Salvator, with chanting, 6s., to be proportionally 
divided, and 2d. to the parish clerk ringing the bell, and 2d. to the bellman, 
praying and exhorting to pray for the souls before mentioned, and 4d. to 
the light or wax at time of exequies, yearly, to be uplifted after his decease 
on the day of his obit, from the tenement of John Dene son of the late 
Hugh Dene lying as above : to be held as above in pure alms : And 
ordaining the bailies and community of the burgh for the time being, 
patrons of the said altar and all aforesaid: This grant was made in presence 
of honourable men, Thomas Cameron and James Esdale, bailies, and the 
community of the burgh, in the Tolbooth thereof on the day of date hereof, 
sitting in judgment, who promised and bound them and their successors for 
ever to cavise the said chaplains and their successors oblige themselves to 



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observe and fulfil the premises faithfully ; ■ and promised for greater con- 
firmation to append the common seal of the burgh hereto. Contains a clause 
of warrandice, and is dated at the Burgh of Irvine 17th November 1506. 

12. Confirmation by the Archbishop of Glasgow of Letters of Presenta- 
tion of Mr. Thomas Scott, to the Chaplaincy of tlie Virgin Mary 
of Bank. — 2d November 1528. 

Universis et singulis sancte matris ecclesie filiis ad quorum noticias presentes 
litere pervenerint Gavinus miseratione divina Archiepiscopus Glasguensis 
salutem in omnium salvatore Literas honorabilium virorum ballivorum, viz., 
consulum et communitatis Burgi de Irrvin nostre Glasguensis diocesis de et 
super presentatione donatione et plenaria dispositione capeUanie perpetue 
capelle Beate Marie semper Virginis de Bank vulgariter nuncupate in 
persona discreti viri Magistri Thome Scott presbiteri dicte nostre diocesis 
pereosdemejusdem capeUanie indubitatos patronos occurrente ejusdem vaca- 
tione per obitum quondam domini Johannis Boyde ultimi dum viveret 
capellani et possessoris ejusdem extra Eomanam curiam defuncti factas 
sigillo communi dicti burgi cera alba ex utraque parte impressa sigillatas 
ac signo et subscriptione discreti viri Willelmi Mure presbiteri dicte nostre 
diocesis publici apostolica auctoritate notarii munitas Nobis ex parte dicto- 
rum ballivorum consulum et communitatis dicti burgi de Irrvin presentatas 
Nos cum ea qua decuit reverentia noveritis recepisse hujusmodi sub tenore 
Universis et singulis sancte matris ecclesie filiis ad quorum noticias presen- 
tes litere pervenerint Johannes Mure et Johannes Houstoun ballivi necnon 
consules et communitas burgi de Irrvin Glasguensis diocesis salutem in 
omnium Salvatore Nuper capellania perpetua capelle beatissime Marie 
semper Virginis de Bank nuncupate per obitum bone memorie domini 
Johannis Boyde ultimi dum viveret capellani et possessoris ejusdem extra 
Eomanam curiam defuncti vacante Cujusquidem capeUanie presentatio donatio 
et omnimoda dispositio quotiens earn vacare contigerit ad nos et pro tem- 
pore existentes baUivos consules et communitatfem dicti burgi de Irrvin 
pleno jure spectare dinoscitur Nos ne dicta capellania propter ejusdem 
vacationem aliquatenus incommoda patiatur de bono et fideli ac ydoneo 
capeUano inibi ministraturo providere statuimus Quocirca in pretorio dicti 
burgi nos personaliter congregati et in eodem pro tribunali sedentes dictam 
capeUaniam capeUe beate Marie de Bank prenominatam sic ut premittitur 



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vacantem cum illius connexis et annexis ac universis terris juribus et 
pertinentiis discreto viro Magistro Thome Scott presbitero Glasguensis 
diocesis sufficienti et ydoneo present! et acceptanti dedimus donavimus et 
contulimus prout presentium tenore eandem omnibus melioribus modo via 
forma jure et causa quibus melius et efficatius possumus et debemus con- 
ferimus damns et donamus per eum quoad vixerit pacifice et absque omni 
interruptione possidendam Et ut hec nostra donatio vim valide et efficacis 
ac pure donationis obtineat vos Reverendissimum in Christo patrem et 
dominum Gavinum miseratione divina Archiepiscopum Glasguensem nos- 
trum ordinarium enixe in Domino et attente rogamus quatenus donationem 
nostram predictam de dicta capellania capelle Beate Marie de Bank in 
persona dicti Magistri Thome presbiteri per nos rite factam gratam et ratam 
habere Eamque in singulis suis punctis et articulis cum juris et facti 
defectuum suppletione si qui in eadem quovismodo interveniebant seu 
intervenerint ordinaria vestra auctoritate approbare ratifficare et confirmare 
Aliasque et alia facere gerere et exercere que circa negotium hujusmodi 
necessaria fuerint seu etiam quomodolibet oportuna de gratia speciali digne- 
mini. In quorum omnium et singulorum fidem et testimonium premissorum 
presentes literas patentes sive hoc presens publicum instrumentum 
donationem nostram predictam in se continentes sive continens exinde fieri 
et per notarium publicum subscriptum ad hoc rogatum subscribi et publi- 
cari mandavimus sigillique communis dicti nostri burgi jussimus et fecimus 
appensione communiri Datum et actum in nostro pretorio de Irrvin nobis 
inibi congregatis et ad judicia reddenda et causas audiendas pro tribunali 
sedentibus sub anno incarnationis dominice millesimo quingentesimo 
vigesimo octavo die vero vigesimo octavo mensis Julii indictione prima 
pontificatus sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini nostri domini Clementis 
divina providentia Pape septimi anno quinto presentibus ibidem honorabili- 
bus viris Wilelmo Berclay de Peristoun Jacobo Broun Johanne Broun 
Jacobo Eskdale burgensibus dicti burgi domino Georgio Baxtar capellano 
notarioque publico et Johanne Symontoun cum diversis aliis testibus ad 
premissa vocatis pariterque rogatis Sequitur subscriptio notarii rogati Et ego 
vero Willelmus Mure presbiter Glasguensis diocesis antedicte publicus sacra 
auctoritate apostolica notarius Quia premissis omnibus et singulis dum sic ut 
premittitur agerentur et fierent unacum prenominatis testibus presens inter- 
fui eaque sic dici et fieri vidi et audivi ac in notam sumpsi Ideoque hoc 
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fideliter perscriptum exinde confeci subscripsi publicavi et in banc publicam 
formam redegi signoque et nomine meis solitis et consuetis me subscribente 
cum appensione sigilli communis antedicti burgi signavi in fidem robur 
et testimonium veritatis premissorum omnium et singulorum rogatus et 
requisitus Post quarumquidem literarum presentationem et receptionem 
nobis et per nos ut premittitur fa,ctas fuimus ex parte dictorum ballivorum 
consulum et communitatis dicti burgi de Irrvin necnon dicti Magistri 
Thome capellani debita cum instantia pro premissorum omnium et singulorum 
subsistentia firmiori requisiti quatenus donationem et coUationem dicta 
capellanie capelle Beate Marie de Bank nuncupate per eos ut premittitur in 
personam dicti Magistri Thome Scott presbiteri tanquam persone ad hoc 
habilis et ydonee legittime factas approbare ratifficare et confirmare omnes- 
que et singulos tam juris quam facti defectus si qui in donatione hujusmodi 
et literis desuper confectis quovismodo intervenerint suppleri necnon alia 
in premissis necessaria et oportuna facere et exercere de ordinaria nostra 
auctoritate dignaremur Nos igitur Gavinus Archiepiscopus antedictus 
attendentes requisitionem hujusmodi fore justam et rationi consonam 
desideriisque propterea justa petentium congruo favore persequentes in votis 
eorum que a rationis tramite non discordant libenter exhibentes nos 
propitios et benignos comperimus donationem dicte capellanie in persona 
dicti Magistri Thome Scott ut premittitur rite et canonice fuisse et esse 
factum Et propterea donationem eandem literasque preinsertas desuper con- 
fectas in omnibus et singulis suis punctis et articulis modis et circumstantiis 
forma pariter et effectu ut premissum est auctoritate nostra ordinaria 
duximus approbandas ratifficandas et confirmandas prout harum serie 
prefata auctoritate ac omnibus melioribus modo via forma jure et causa qui- 
bus melius et efficatius possumus et debemus pro nobis et successoribus 
nostris approbamus ratifficamus et confirmamus omnesque et singulos tam 
juris quam facti defectus si qui in premissis et literis desuper confectis 
quovismodo intervenerint prefata auctoritate supplemus In cujus rei 
testimonium presentibus manu nostri secretarii subscriptis sigillum nostrum 
rotundum jussimus appendi apud Edinburgh die secunda mensis Novembris 
anno Domini millesimo quingentej^imo vigesimo octavo et nostre con- 
secrationis anno quarto, etc. 

Per dictum Keverendissimum dominum Archiepiscopum. 

Jo. Lauder, Secretarius. 

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166 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF lEVINE. 

Absteact. 

Confirmation by Gavin Archbisliop of Glasgow, of Letters of Presentation 
granted by John Mure and John Houstoun, bailies of Irvine, and by the 
councillors and community thereof, in favour of Mr. Thomas Scott, 
presbyter of the diocese of Glasgow, to the chaplaincy of the chapel of the 
Virgin Mary commonly called of Bank, vacant by the decease of Sir John 
Boyd, last chaplain thereof : The letters were granted in the Court-house of 
Irvine, in form of Notarial Instrument, attested by William Mure, notary, 
on 28th July 1528, in presence of William Barclay of Peirstoun, James Broun, 
John Broun, James Eskdale, burgesses of Irvine, Sir George Baxter, notary, 
and John Symontoun, witnesses ; and confirmed at Edinburgh on 2d 
November 1528. 

13. Corifirmation by King James the Fifth of Mortification by Alexander 
Scott, Provost of Corstorphine, of certain lands, etc., for support 
of a Chaplain in the Parish Church of Irvine. — 10th Februai^y 
1540-1541. 

Jacobus Dei gracia Rex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis nos quandam cartam donationis con- 
cessionis assignationis et fundationis per dilectum clericum et oratorem 
nostrum Alexandrum Scott prepositum de Corstorphin factam in honorem 
et laudem dive Trinitatis patris et Filii et Spritus sancti gloriose virginis 
Marie Sanctorum Johannis Baptiste Christoferi marthiris et Niniani episcopi 
etc. In sublevamen et sustentationem unius perpetue capellanie capellani et 
suorum successorum capellanorum pro perpetuo divina servicia celebrantium 
apud altare dicti Sancti Johannis Baptiste Christoferi marthiris et Niniani 
confessoris infra burgum nostrum de Irwiu situatum pro salute animarum in 
dicta carta specificatarum de terris acris rudis sive carucatis tenementis 
annuls redditibus subscriptis infra burgum nostrum de Irwin predictum 
et libertatem ejusdem jacentibus Videlicet de uno annuo redditu viginti 
solidorum monete regni nostri annuatim percipiendorum de una terra 
templaria cum Crofto ejusdem jacenti infra dictum nostrum burgum apud 
orientalem partem Vinelle Smedebar nuncupate inter terram quondam 
Thome Powa ex occidentali terram quondam Laurencii Legat ex orientali 
communem viam ex australi et terras Bogflattis nuncupatas ex boreali 
partibus ab una et alia Et de una terra sive tenement© cum orto et cauda 



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ejusdem discendente ad cimiterium dicti nostri burgi inter terram quondam 
Gilbert! Morice ex orientali terram quondam Eoberti Millare ex occidentali 
et communem viam ex boreali partibus Ac etiam de diversis aliis terris 
tenementis acris rudis et annuis redditibus infra dictum nostrum burgum 
unoquoque eorum per seipsos in dicta carta specificato et limitato cum 
omnibus firmis et devoriis eorundem de mandato nostro visam lectam 
inspectam et diligenter examinatam Sanam integram non rasam non 
cancellatam nee in aliqua sui parte suspectam ad plenum intellexisse sub bac 
forma Omnibus banc cartam. visuris vel audituris Alexander Scott, preposi- 
tus de Corstorphin eternam in Domino salutem Notum sit universitati 
vestre quod ego Alexander antedictus superno fretus auxilio zeloque summe 
devotionis accensus ac intenturo sincere caritatis inductus ad salutem anime 
mee peccatoris et paupercule promovendam votis ardentibus totus aspirans 
cupiens utique terrena in celestia ac momentania et transitoria in eterna 
felici commercio commutare ad Sancte et individue Trinitatis Patris et Filii 
et Spiritus Sancti intemerate et gloriose Virginis Marie beatorum Johannis 
Baptiste Cristoferi Martbiris et Niniani pontificis sed et sanctorum omnium 
laudem gloriam et bonorem in divini cultus augmentum sacerdotum et 
pauperum Christi subventionem Et pro animabus excellentissime memorie 
regum omnium Scotorum nostri regis Jacobi quinti moderni progenitorum 
et antecessorum illustrissimorum proque felici et prospero statu ipsius regis 
Jacobi et Marie regine cbarissime consortis sue Et pro animabus suis cum 
ab bac luce migraverint beredum et successorum suorum omnium Necnon 
pro anime mee et animarum patris matris fratrum. sororum parentum 
consanguineorum amicorum benefactorum parrocbianorum meorum eorumque 
omnium et singulorum a quibus bona quevis in vita suscepi que nee officio 
nee beneficio plene compensavi omniumque fidelium animarum tam vivorum 
quam defunctorum ope salute et levamine unam capellaniam perpetuam cum 
capellano etiam perpetuo intra parrochialem ecclesiam burgi de Irwin in et 
ad altare Sanctorum Jobannis Baptiste Cristoferi martbiris et Niniani 
pontificis predictorum in navi antedicte ecclesie situm et locatum divina 
celebrante suisque successoribus imperpetuum ad idem altare celebraturis de 
terris tenementis fructibus et annuis redditibus infrascriptis juxta modum 
et formam quibus infra sit mencio ad perpetuam rei memoriam de novo 
fundavi creavi eregi constitui et ordinavi prout tenore presentis carte mee 
fundo creo erigo constituo et ordino Ad cujusquidem capellanie firmiorem 
subsistenciam et perpetuam manutentionem et capellani et suorum success- 



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orum capellanorum in eadem instituendorum congruam et debitam sus- 
tentationem et alimentationem Necnon ad hujusmodi altaris et ornamentorum 
ejusdem domorumque et edificiorum ipsi capellanie annexorum et pertinen- 
cium reparationem edificationem et sustentationem insuper et aliorum 
omnium ejus supportationem annuam atque in ipsius capellanie perpetue 
dotem terras tenementa domos census redditus et possessiones quas ipse 
de bonis michi a Deo coUatis divina operante virtute et gratia dudum 
conquestavi et de quibus omnibus jam pridem sasivi et investivi ecclesiam 
Dei quam in biis scriptis inde facio constituo et ordino assignatum 
meum specialem verum et indubitum cum omnibus et singulis juribus 
actionibus et modis in hac parte michi competentibus dedi et assignando 
imperpetuum concessi atque in liberam puram et perpetuam elimosinam 
qua nulla infra regnum Scotie liberius datur aut conceditur donavi erogavi 
assignavi et hac presenti carta mea confirmavi prout etiam tenore presen- 
cium do et assignando imperpetuum concedo et hac presenti carta mea 
confirmo prefatis altari capellanie et capellano ac suis successoribus capel- 
lanis ad dictum altare divina celebrantibus et imperpetuum celebraturis 
cum universis suis libertatibus commoditatibus et asiamentis ac justis suis 
pertinenciis quibuscunque In primis videlicet unum annuum redditum viginti 
solidorum de una terra templaria cum crofta ejusdem jacente infra dictum 
burgum de Irwin ex orientali parte vinelle dicte Smedebar inter terram 
quondam Thome Powa ex occidentali et tenementum sive terram quondam 
Lawrencii Legat ex orientali et communem viam ex australi et terras dictas 
le Bogflattis ex boreali annuatim levandorum et percipiendorum : Item unum 
tenementum sive terram cum orto et cauda ejusdem discendens ad cimiterium 
dicti burgi inter terram quondam Gilberti Moris ex orientali et terram quon- 
dam Roberti Millare ex occidentali et communem viam ad boriam : Item 
unam rodam terre jacentem infra dictum burgum inter terram magistri 
Johannis Scott ex occidentali et terram vocatam Barbouris Rig ex orientali : 
Item tres rodas terrarum ibidem jacentes inter terras Johannis Houstoun ex 
parte una et terram quondam Johannis Pill ex parte altera : Item unum 
annuum redditum tresdecim solidorum et quatuor denariorum de tenemento 
et Cauda dictis Stouttisland inter tenementum Willelmi Reid ex australi et 
vinellam que ducit ad aquam de Irwin ex boreali : Item unam peciam terre 
culte jacentem prope pontem de Irwin inter terram Johannis Broun junioris 
ex boreali parte et communiam prope dictum pontem ex parte australi : Item 
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terram Jacobi Boyd ex occidentali et terram quondam Eoberti Caldwell ex 
orientali : Item -unum annuum redditum duodecim denariorum de duobus 
tenementis quondam Johannis Broun jacentibus inter terram quondam 
Robert! Caldwell ex occidentali et terram quondam Jacobi Esdaill ex 
orientali: Item unum annuum redditum. quatuor solidorum de duobus 
tenementis quondam Johannis Henry contigue adjacentibus inter terram 
quondam Johannis Scott ex occidentali et terram quondam Johannis Portar 
ex orientali : Item unum redditum quatuor solidorum de tenemento quondam 
Alani Houstoun inter terram Jacobi Boid ex occidentali et terram altaris 
Sancti Petri ex orientali : Item unum annuum redditum viginti octo 
denariqrum de tenemento Johannis Hall in le Grip inter terram quondam 
Georgii Brokell ex una et terram quondam Alani Hay partibus ab altera : 
Item unum annuum redditum quatuor solidorum de terra et orto Niniani 
Boill in via marina inter aliam terram dicti Niniani ex occidentali et 
tenementum quondam Hugonis Dunlop ex orientali Item unam rodam terre 
jacentem prope ecclesiam inter terram Magistri Thome Scot ex australi et 
terram Eoberti Scot ex boreali : Item unum annuum redditum trium soli- 
dorum de tenemento quondam Jacobi Michell jacente inter tenementum 
comitis de Eglingtoun ex una et terram Jacobi Craufurde de Bathlame 
partibus ab altera : Item duas acras terrarum jacentes infra dictum burgum 
inter terram quondam Willemi Eos ex orientali et terram Magistri Johannis 
Scott ex occidentali : Item alias duas acras terrarum jacentes ibidem inter 
tenementum et horreum Johannis Quhite ex parte orientali et tenementum 
sive terras Johannis Ross ex parte occidentali : Item unum annuum redditum 
quatuor solidorum de terra sive tenemento Thome Hunter inter terram 
Eoberti Lowry ex occidentali et terram Magistri Johannis Scott ex orientali : 
Item unum annuum redditum decem solidorum de tenemento Johannis 
Bauly inter terram domini de Caldwell ex boreali et terram Ade Wilsoun 
ex australi et communem viam ex orientali : Item unum annuum redditum 
decern solidorum de quadam terra templaria infra dictum burgum jacente 
inter terram Georgii Broket ex parte orientali et vinellam dictam Monkmosart 
ex occidentali et communem viam que ducit ad pontem ex parte boreali 
Tenendas et habendas omnes et singulas terras annuos redditus et tenementa 
Deo omnipotenti beatissime Virgini Marie matri sue beatis Johanni Baptiste 
Cristoferi martiri et Niniano pontifici omnibusque Sanctis in liberam puram 
et perpetuam elimosinam et ad manum mortuam in feodo et hereditate 
imperpetuum cum omnibus et singulis libertatibus commoditatibus proficuis 
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et asiamentis ac justis suis pertinenciis quibuscunque ad predictas terras 
annuos redditus et tenementa cum pertinenciis spectantibus seu juste 
spectare valentibus quomodolibet in futurum et adeo libere quiete plenarie 
iutegre honorifice bene et in pace in omnibus et per omnia sicut alique terre 
annui redditus aut tenementa infra regnum Scotie alicui altari et capellano 
perpetuo et puram et perpetuam elimosinam ac piis usibus liberius dantur 
conceduntur aut dari seu concedi poterunt quomodolibet in futurum sine 
aliquo retinemento revocatione contradictione aut obstaculo aliquali Ex hiis 
reservatis michi et ceteris supra nominatis divinarum dumtaxat omnium 
suffragia unacum patronatu dicti capellanie et omnimoda provisione et 
dispositione ejusdem ac institutione capellani in eadem quoad vi^ero et 
postquam tristi carnis onere deposito ex hac migravero lacrimarum valle 
constituo et ordino prepositum ballivos et consules burgi de Irwin capellanie 
predicte patronum unicum qui si quidem patronus ad eandem capellaniam 
infra quindecim dies post iilius vacationem domino archiepiscopo Glasguensi 
pro tempore existenti seu ejus vicariis in spiritualibus capellanum sacro 
presbiteratus ordine preditum de genere et sanguine meo pre aliis alieni 
sanguinis incantu saltem Grregoriano sufficienter instructum scientia moribus 
et vita laudabili alias ydoneum nuUoque publico vicio aut notorio crimine 
defamatum instituendum et providendum presentare teneatur quod si 
contingat patronum antedictum infra dictum quindecim dierum spacium 
ad capellaniam neminem ydoneum presbiterum ut sit qualificatum presentare 
preficiendum ipsius capellanie collatio pro tunc et ilia dumtaxat vice ad 
prefatum dominum archiepiscopum pleno jure devolvatur Ita tamen quod 
per hoc eidem patrono vicibus aliis presentandi facultas omnino non negetur 
Quequidem capellanus sic institutus et provisus in predicto burgo de Irwin 
personalem et continuam faciat residenciam et in choro ejusdem super 
pellicio indutus unacum reliquis chori presbiteris diebus illis universis quando 
et quociens ibidem in divinis contigerit decantari cantando intersit jugiter 
et ofEciando cum eisdem chori presbiteris in chori officio et lucro ejusdem 
per omnia communicaturus sic quod per talem cantandi et officiandi 
necessitatem missas apud jam dictum altare quolibet die celebrare non 
omittat et predictum altare debitis missarum propterea non fraudetur 
obsequiis sed quod in ipsomet altari quotidie cum dispositus fuerit de per se 
absque substituti cuj usque auxilio missas divinas pro animabus omnibus 
superius expressatis circiter horam septimam de mane celebret et officiunb 
suum ibidem piam commemorationem pro animabus eisdem tunc facturus. 



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devota mente perficiat et prosequatur atque statim post quamlibet missam 
ibi celebratam sacerdotalibus sacris ad hue indutus derigens aspectum versus 
locum sepulcri majorum meorum psalmum de profundis et in fine versiculum 
requiescant in pace et Domine exaudi orationem etc., et clamor et etc., oremus 
cum coUecta absolve quesimus animas etc., cum aspersione aque benedicte 
uaacum placebo et dirige cum novem lectionibus pro animabus premissis 
cujusque septimane omni sexta feria vel alia qualibet ad bee electa solus et 
de per se aut alteri sociatus honesto devote etiam dicat et celebrare teneatur 
Preterea volo et ordino quod ex predictis fructibus censibus et redditibus 
tresdecim solidi et quatuor denarii per capellanum antedictum in deposito 
singulis annis seorsum servandi expendantur super reparatione et susten- 
tatione domorum edificiorum tectorum et ornamentorum capellanie et altaris 
predictorum sub solerti semper cura et custodia annua dicti capellani studiose 
commendandorum et honorifice tractandorum et conservandorum de cujus- 
quidem impensa cura custodia et administratione in hac parte facta et 
exhibita memorato patrono compotum quotannis et rationem reddere teneatur 
ac hoc ut de ipsius patroni consilio et deliberatione prehabita Excrescens 
inde summam ad reparationem et sustentationem eandem solum et insolidum 
cedat et dispensetur Quodque die obitus mei et deinceps imperpetuum in 
die mei anniversarii fiant et celebrentur exequie mortuorum et missa de 
requie in crastino cum nota et novem lectionibus per meum et reliquos chori 
capellanos eosdem pro anima mea et pre expressatis animabus cum campanis 
ipsius ecclesie quam campanella manuali et portatili per villam pulsatis 
cereisque lucernis superpositis scabello super tumulum majorum meorum ea 
de causa de more locato stragula vel capite vestito exequiarum toto durante 
officio lucentibus et ardentibus vocatis insuper ad hujusmodi obsequias et 
electis per patronum et capellanum antedictos communiter tresdecim 
pauperibus patribus et matribus familias dicti burgi presertim indigentibus ad 
quarumquidem exequiarum et omnium ejus sustentationem et persecutionem 
lego et legando annuatim assigno unicuique scilicet et predictis capellanis 
qui etiam tenebuntur eodem die apud dictum altare singillatim et per se 
unusquisque missam celebrare duodecim denarios in mercedem laborum atque 
unicuique ex predictis pauperibus tresdecim denarios ad alimoniam cibi et 
potus primitus applicandos hoc est dictu cuilibet eorum quinque nummatas 
panis quatuor nummatas carnium aut piscium et totidem nummatas cervisie 
Item pro comparatione et factura cere tres solidos ac sacriste magnas ecclesie 
campanas pulsanti et regenti octo denarios et portatori campane portatilis et 



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manualis quatuor denarios per manus ejusdem capellani in die anniversarii 
mei singulis quibuscunque annis sine fraude dispensandos et distribuendos 
de reliquis vero dicte capellanie fructibus censibus et redditibus volo et 
ordino quod capellanus antedictus qui pro tempore fuerit per se ac victu et usu 
suo annuatim in burset habeat et retineat quindecim marcas Ceterum volo 
statuo et ordino et hac presenti pagina perpetuo valitura protestor coram Deo 
et decern quod si forte quod absit contingat capellanum eundem concubinam 
aliquam aut focariam publice detinere seu cohabitare seu tabemas taxillos 
meretricum prostibula aut noctivagia aliquam forte frequentare seu rixis 
brigis aut jurgiis publice sese quoquomodo immiscere seu quasvis alias 
insolencias aut perperos mores clericali honestati notam aut maculam 
impingere valentes aliquatenus consuescere et proinde in excessibus delatum 
et notatum non posse sese legitime purgare aut capellanum eundem corporis 
sui sanitate potitum et morbo non laborantem cessare per quindecim dies 
continuos a missarum celebratione apud jam dictum altare aut totidem 
quindecim dierum spacio abesse burgo predicto et ibidem ut premittitur 
personaliter non residere nisi vite necessitatis aut mortis timor probabilis 
absencie tempus prorogare monuerit seu aliud quodcunque sive duplex sive 
simplex beneficium officium aut servicium ecclesiasticum assequi et obtinere 
licet memorati patroni aut cujusvis alterius licencia tollerancia indulgencia 
seu dispensatione etiam apostolica desuper obtenta sese suflfultum et vallatum 
ostenderit per quasquidem licencias tollerancias indulgencias et dispensationes 
aut quamlibet earum banc presentem fundationem et voluntatem meam 
expressatam in ea violari et infringi in aliquo aut illis quovismodo obviari 
seu derogari Nee volo nee statuo nee ordino sepefata capellania eo ipso nulla 
premissa citatione nuUaque interveniente judicis censura sentencia precepto 
aut decreto censeatur vacare et ipso facto vacet alteri prisbitero idoneo ut 
supra per omnia qualificato servatis semper ad unguem quibus supra ser- 
vandis libere disponenda et providenda demum volo et ordino pretaxatam 
capellaniam de novo fundatam omni beneficio officio et servicio ecclesiastico 
sive perpetuo sive temporali incompatibilem fore Et ego vero predictus 
doniinus Alexander Scott heredes mei et assignati omnes et singulas terras 
tenementa annuos redditus et domos cum pertinenciis Deo omnipotenti 
beatissimeque Virgini Marie matri sue et beatis Johanni Baptiste Cristofero 
martiri Niniano episcopo ad sustentationem dicti capellani perpetui et alios 
pios usus suprascriptos et successorum suorum capellanorum ad predictum 
altare divina celebrantium et imperpetuum celebraturorum in puram et 



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perpetuam elimosinam et ad manum mortuam adeo libere et quiete in 
omnibus et per omnia forma pariter et effectu ut premissum est contra 
omnes mortales warantizabimus acquietabimus et imperpetuum defendemus. 
In cujus rei testimonium huic presenti fundationis pagine et carte mee 
manu mea subscripte sigillum meum est appensum unacum sigillo communi 
dicti burgi de Irwin apud dictum burgum quarto die mensis Octobris anno 
Domini millesimo quingentesimo quadragesimo Coram hiis testibus Willelmo 
Cunynghame de Cunynghameheid Petro Eamsay burgensi de Dunde domino 
Georgio Eichardsoun vicario de Kilgour Willelmo Scot juniors Alano Kile 
Jacobo Bold burgensi de Irwin dominis Eoberto Paterson et Jobanne 
M'Gatban notario publico cum diversis aliis Quamquidem cartam nos 
attendentes non solum factam et capellaniam fundatam in contemplationem 
et pro salute animarum dicti Alexandri suorum parentum consanguineorum 
amieorum et benefactorum sed principaliter pro salute animarum nostri 
nostrorum progenitorum et successorum Et pro prospero et felici statu nostri 
Marie consortis nostre quam diu in hac vita vivimus et pro quiete et salute 
animarum nostrarum quando ab eadem egrediemur idcirco nos ex uostris 
potestate et regali autoritatibus pro nobis et successoribus nostris eandem 
cartam donationem concessionem assignationem et fundationem ac omnia et 
singula in eadem contenta in omnibus suis punctis et articulis condicionibus 
modis statutis regulis et observanciis ac circumstanciis suis quibuscunquc in 
omnibus et per omnia forma pariter et effectu ut prescriptum est approbamus 
ratificamus admortizamus ac pro nobis et nostris successoribus ad manum 
mortuam pro perpetuo confirmamus salvis nobis et successoribus nostris 
devotarum orationum suffragiis dictorum capellanorum et suorum successorum 
tantum In cujus rei testimonium buic presenti carte nostre confirmationis 
et admortizationis magnum sigillum nostrum apponi precepimus Testibus 
reverendissimo ac reverendo in Christo patribus Gawino Glasguensi archi- 
episcopo cancellario nostro Henrico episcopo Candide case nostreque capelle 
regie Strivelingensis dilectis nostris consanguineis Jacobo Aranie comite 
domino Hammyitoun Archibaldo Ergadie comite domini Campbell et Lorne 
etc. Malcolmo domino Flemyng magno nostro camerario dilectis nostris 
familiaribus Thoma Erskin de Brechin , milite nostro secretario Jacobo 
Kirkcaldy de Grange nostro thesaurario Davide Wod de Crag compotorum 
nostrorum rotulatore Magistris Jacobo Foulis de Colintoun nostrorum 
rotulorum registri ac consilii clerico et Thoma Bellenden de Auchnowle 
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decimo die mensis Februarii anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo quad- 
ragesimo Et regni nostri vicesimo octavo. 



Teanslation. 

Confirmation by King James the Fifth, under the Great Seal, of the 
following charter : To all who shall see or hear this charter, Alexander 
Scott, provost of Corstorphin, greeting in the Lord everlasting : Be it known 
to all of you that I, the foresaid Alexander, trusting in the help of heaven, 
and inflamed with zeal of the highest devotion, and led by intent of sincere 
charity for furthering the salvation of the soul of me a sinner and very 
poor, with ardent desires wholly aspiring and certainly longing, by happy 
interchange to transmute worldly things for heavenly, and momentary and 
transitory things for eternal, to the praise, glory, and honour of the holy and 
undivided Trinity, Father and Son and Holy Ghost, the unstained and 
glorious Virgin Mary, Saints John the Baptist, Cristofer the Martyr, and 
Ninian the Pontiff, and also of all the saints, for the increase of divine 
worship, the assistance of priests, and of Christ's poor ones, and for the 
souls of all the Kings of Scots, of most excellent memory, of our King 
James the Fifth, now being, his most illustrious progenitors and predecessors, 
and for the happy and prosperous estate of the said King James, and Queen 
Marie his dearest consort, and for their souls when they shall have departed 
from this light, and of their heirs and all their successors, and for the help, 
salvation, and relief of my own soul, and the souls of my father, mother, 
brothers, sisters, forefathers, kinsmen, friends, benefactors, my parishioners, 
and of all and sundry those persons from whom I have received any good 
in life, which neither by office nor benefit I have fully recompensed, and of 
all faithful souls as well of the living as of the dead, have of new, for per- 
petual remembrance of the matter, founded, created, erected, constituted and 
ordained, likeas I by the tenor of my present charter do found, create, erect, 
constitute and ordain a perpetual chaplainry, with a chaplain also perpetual, 
within the parish church of the burgh of Irvine, celebrating divine service 
in and at the altar of St. John the Baptist, Cristofer the Martyr, and Ninian 
the Pontiff aforesaid, situated and placed in the nave of the foresaid church, 
and to his successors for ever to celebrate at the same altar, of the lands, 
tenements, fruits and annualrents underwritten, according to the manner 
and form mentioned beneath : For the firmer subsistence and perpetual 



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maintenance of which chaplainry, and for the congruous and due support 
and aliment of the chaplain and his successors, chaplains to be appointed in 
the same, and for the reparation, building, and upholding of such altar and 
ornaments thereof, and of houses and buildings annexed and pertaining 
to the said chaplainry, and further for the yearly support of all others 
pertaining to it, and for the endowment of the said perpetual chaplainry, I 
have given, and by assigning for ever have granted, and in free, pure, and 
perpetual almsgift, than which none is more freely given or granted within 
the kingdom of Scotland, have gifted, bestowed, and assigned, and by this 
my present charter confirmed, as also by the tenor hereof I do give, and by 
assigning for ever do grant, and by this my present charter confirm, to the 
foresaid altar, chaplainry and chaplain, and his successors, chaplains, 
celebrating and for ever to celebrate divine service at the said altar, the 
lands, tenements, houses, maills, rents and possessions, which I have here- 
tofore acquired from the goods bestowed upon me by God, by the operation 
of divine power and favour, and of all which I have already seised and 
invested the Church of God, which in these writings thereupon I make, 
constitute, and ordain my special, true, and undoubted assignee, with all and 
sundry actions and modes competent to me in that part, with their whole 
freedoms, commodities, and easements, and their right pertinents whatsoever : 
In the first, to wit, an annualrent of twenty shillings to be annually uplifted 
and taken from a Templar land with the croft thereof, lying within the said 
burgh of Irvine, on the east side of the vennel called Smedebar, between the 
land of the deceased Thomas Powa on the west, and the tenement or land 
of the deceased Laurence Legat on the east, and the common way on the 
south, and the lands called Bogflatts on the north : Also a tenement or land, 
with garden and tail thereof, going down to the cemetery of the said burgh, 
between the land of the deceased Gilbert Moris on the east, and the land of 
the deceased Eobert Millare on the west, and the common way on the 
north : Also a rood of land lying within the said burgh, between the land 
of Master John Scott on the west and the land called Barbour's Rig on the 
east: Also three roods of land lying there, between the lands of John 
Houstoun on the one side and the land of the deceased John Pill on the 
other side : Also an annualrent of thirteen shillings and four pennies from 
the tenement and tail called Stouttsland, between the tenement of William 
Eeid on the south and the vennel which leads to the Water of Irvine on 
the north : Also a piece of tilled land lying near the Bridge of Irvine, 



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between the land of John Broun younger on the north side, and the 
commonty near the said bridge on the south side : Also an annualrent of 
ten shillings near the trone of the said burgh, between the land of James 
Boyd on the west and the land of the deceased Eobert Caldwell on the 
east : Also an annualrent of twelve pennies from two tenements of the late 
John Broun, lying between the land of the deceased Eobert Caldwell on the 
west and the land of the deceased James Esdaill on the east : Also an 
annualrent of four shillings from two tenements of the deceased John Henry, 
lying contiguous within the land of the deceased John Scott on the west 
and the land of the deceased John Portar on the east : Also an annualrent 
of four shillings from the tenement of the deceased Alan Houstoun, between 
the land of James Boid on the west and the land of the altar of St. Peter 
on the east : Also an annualrent of twenty-eight pennies from the tenement 
of John Hall in the Grip, between the land of the deceased George Brokell 
on the one side, and the land of the deceased Alan Hay on the other side : 
Also an annualrent of four shillings from the land and garden of Ninian 
Boill in the Seagate, between another land of the said Ninian on the west 
and the tenement of the deceased Hugh Dunlop on the east : Also a rood 
of land lying near the church, between the land of Master Thomas Scot on 
the south and the land of Eobert Scot on the north : Also an annualrent of 
three shillings from the tenement of the deceased James Mich ell, lying 
between the tenement of the earl of Eglingtoun on the one side and the 
land of James Craufurde of Bathlame on the other side : Also two acres of 
land lying within the said burgh, between the land of the deceased William 
Eoss on the east and the land of Master John Scott on the west : Also other 
two acres of land lying there, between the tenement and barn of John 
White on the east side and the tenement or lands of John Eoss on the west 
side : Also an annualrent of four shillings from the land or tenement of 
Thomas Hunter, between the land of Eobert Lowry on the west and the 
land of Master John Scott on the east : Also an annualrent of ten shillings 
from the tenement of John Bauly, between the land of the laird of Caldwell 
on the north, and the land of Adam Wilsoun on the south, and the common 
way on the east : Also an annualrent of ten shillings from a certain Templar 
land within the said burgh, lying between the land of George Broket on the 
east side, and the vennel called Monkmosart and the common way that leads 
to the bridge on the north side : To be holden and had, all and sundry the 
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•Virgin Mary his mother, Saints John the Baptist, Cristofer the Martyr, and 
Ninian the Pontiff, and all the saints, in free, pure, and perpetual alms, and 
in mortmain, in fee and heritage for ever, with all and sundry freedoms, 
commodities, profits and easements, and their right pertinents whatsoever, 
belonging or that may justly belong in any manner of way in time to come 
to the foresaid lands, annualrents, and tenements, with the pertinents ; and 
as freely, quietly, fully, wholly, honourably, well and in peace, in all and by 
all, as any lands, annualrents or tenements within the kingdom of Scotland 
are most freely given, granted, or may be given or granted in any manner of 
way in time to come, to any altar and perpetual chaplain, and in pure and 
perpetual alms, and to pious uses, without any hindrance, revocation, gain- 
saying or obstacle whatsoever : From these, reserving to me and the others 
abovenamed, the suffrages of all divine services only, together with the 
patronage of the said chaplainry, and all provision and disposition of the 
same, and institution of the chaplain in the same, so long as I shall live ; 
and when, the sad load of the flesh having been laid down, I shall have 
departed from this valley of tears, I constitute and ordain the provost 
bailies and councillors of the burgh of Irvine sole patron of the foresaid 
chaplainry : Which patron shall be bound to present, to be instituted and 
provided to the said chaplainry within fifteen days after its becoming vacant, 
to the Lord archbishop of Glasgow for the time being, or to his vicars in 
spiritual things, a -chaplain endowed with the sacred order of priesthood, 
of my own kindred and blood in preference to others of foreign blood, 
sufficiently instructed in the Gregorian chant, at least of laudable knowledge, 
otherwise suitable in manners and life, and defamed with no public vice or 
notorious crime : But if it happen the foresaid patron, within the said space 
of fifteen days, to present to be appointed to the chaplainry no fit priest as is 
specified, the collation of the said chaplainry then and for that time only 
shall devolve, by full right, to the foresaid lord archbishop ; nevertheless, 
so as thereby the power of presentation shall by no means be denied the 
said patron on other occasions : Which chaplain so instituted and provided 
shall make personal and continual residence in the foresaid burgh of Irvine, 
and shall be always present clothed with a surplice, and chanting in the 
choir of the same, together with the other priests of the choir on all those 
days when and how oft it shall happen there to be chanted in divine service, 
and participating in officiating with the said priests of the choir in the duty 
of the choir and emolument thereof in all things, so as by such necessity of 
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singing he shall not neglect every day to celebrate the masses at the altar 
aforesaid, and that the foresaid altar shall not be thereby defrauded of the due 
obsequies of masses, but daily at the said altar, when disposed, by himself 
and without assistance of any substitute, he shall celebrate masses for all the 
souls above expressed about the seventh hour of the morning ; and shall 
perform and fulfil his office thereat with a devout mind, then doing pious 
commemoration for the said souls ; and immediately after every mass there 
celebrated, still clad with the sacred priestly robe, directing his looks towards 
the place of sepulchre of my ancestors, alone and by himself, or associated 
with another, he shall be bound honestly and devoutly to say and sing the 
psalm de profundis, and in the end the verse, Requiescant in pace; and 
Domine exaudi orationem, etc., et Clamor et, etc. Oremus cum coUecta 
Absolve quesimus animas, etc., with sprinkling of the holy water, together 
^ith. placebo and dirige, with nine lessons for the souls aforesaid, on every 
sixth weekday of every week, or any other day chosen for this : Moreover, I 
will and ordain that out of the foresaid fruits, maills, and rents, thirteen 
shillings and four pennies, laid aside every year by the foresaid chaplain, shall 
be expended on the repair and upholding of the houses, buildings, roofs, and 
ornaments of the chaplainry and altar aforesaid, always to be carefully taken 
charge of and honourably treated and preserved under the skilful care and 
yearly custody of the said chaplain : Of which expenditure, care, custody, 
and administration, in this behalf done and exhibited, he shall be bound to 
render yearly an account and statement to the foresaid patron ; and this in 
order that, by the counsel and deliberation of the said patron before obtained, 
he may wholly and together yield and expend the amount accruing there- 
from towards the said repair and maintenance : And that on the day of my 
death, and thereafter for ever on the day of my anniversary, the exequies 
for the dead shall be made and celebrated, and a mass of requiem on the 
morrow, with note and nine lessons, by mine and the said other chaplains 
of the choir, for the souls before expressed, with the bells of the said church, 
both campanile, hand, and carried, rung through the town, and waxen 
candles for this purpose set, according to custom, upon the pedestal over the 
tomb of my ancestors, or on the top covered with fine cloth, shining and 
burning during the whole office of the exequies ; there being moreover called 
to such exequies, and chosen by the patron and chaplains aforesaid in common, 
thirteen poor persons, fathers and mothers of families of the said burgh, 
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and all parts thereof I bequeath, and by bequeathing annually assign to every 
one, that is to say of the foresaid chaplains, who shall be also bound on the 
same day at the said altar, one by one, and per se every one of them, to 
celebrate a mass, twelve pennies, in fee of their labours ; and to every 
one of the foresaid poor persons thirteen pennies, to be applied first for 
aliment of food and drink, that is to say, to every one of them five penny- 
worth of bread, four pennyworth of flesh or fish, and as many pennyworths 
of ale : Also for the preparing and making of wax three shillings ; and to 
the sacristan tolling and directing the great bells of the church eight 
pennies ; and to the bearer of the portable and hand bell four pennies, to 
be dispensed and distributed by the hands of the said chaplain on the day 
of my anniversary, every several year, without fraud : And of the rest of the 
fruits, revenues, and rents of the said chaplainry I will and ordain that the 
foresaid chaplain, who shall be for the time, by himself shall have and retain 
in purse fifteen merks for food and for his own use : Further, I will and 
ordain, and by this my present page to endure for evermore, protest before God, 
and decern, that if peradventure it shall happen, as God forbid, that the said 
chaplain shall publicly keep or cohabit with any concubine or loose wench, or 
frequent taverns, dicing, prostitutes, harlots, or any one perchance night- 
walking, or in anyway mingle with brawlings, branglings, or disputes in public, 
or anyhow be accustomed to any other insolencies or debauched manners that 
may cast a note or stain upon the clerical honour, and thereupon being delated 
and noted in excesses, and not able lawfully to purge himself; or that the 
said chaplain, being possessed of soundness of body, and not labouring under 
disease, shall cease for fifteen continuous days from celebration of masses at the 
already mentioned altar, or for the space of the same number of fifteen days 
be absent from the foresaid burgh, and not reside there personally as afore- 
said, unless necessity of life or fear of probable death shall have moved him 
to prolong the time of his absence ; or shall seek and obtain any other bene- 
fice, office, or ecclesiastical service, whether double or single, albeit he show 
himself fortified and supported by license, tolerance, indulgence of the fore- 
said patron or of any other, or even the apostolic dispensation obtained there- 
upon, by which licenses, tolerances, indulgences, and dispensations, or any one 
of them, I will, statute, and ordain this present foundation, and my will ex- 
pressed in it, to be in no way violated and infringed or by them in any 
way obviated or impaired, the said chaplainry by the fact itself, with no 
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judge, shall be considered to be vacant, and ipso facto shall become vacant, 
freely to be disposed and provided to another fit priest, in all things 
qualified as above ; reserving always to the nail what is above reserved : 
Finally, I will and ordain that the foresaid chaplainry, founded of new, shall 
be incompatible with all benefice, ofiice, and ecclesiastic service, whether 
perpetual or temporary : And I truly, the foresaid Sir Alexander Scott, my 
heirs and assignees, shall warrant, acquit, and for ever defend, all and sundry 
the lands, tenements, annualrents and houses, with the pertinents, to God 
Almighty, and the most blessed Virgin Mary his mother, and Saints. John 
the Baptist, Christopher the Martyr, Ninian the bishop, for the maintenance 
of the said perpetual chaplain, and other pious uses abovewritten, and of 
their successors, chaplains celebrating and for ever to celebrate divine 
service at the foresaid altar, in pure and perpetual alms and in mortmain, 
as freely and quietly in all and by all, alike in form and effect as aforesaid, 
against all mortals : In witness whereof to this my present writ of foundation 
and charter subscribed with my hand, my seal is appended, together with 
the common seal of the said burgh of Irvine, at the said burgh on the 
fourth day of the month of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand 
five hundred and forty, before these witnesses, William Cunynghame of 
Cunynghameheid, Peter Eamsay, burgess of Dundee, Sir George Richardsoun, 
vicar of Kilgour, William Scot, younger, Alan Kile, James Bold, burgess of 
Irvine, Sir Robert Paterson and Sir John M'Gathan, notary public, with 
sundry others. The King, considering that the charter was made and the 
chaplainry founded not only for the weal of the souls of the said Alexander, 
his parents, kinsmen, friends and benefactors, but principally for the weal of 
the souls of himself, his progenitors and successors, and for the prosperous 
state of himself and Marie his consort while living, and for the rest and weal 
of their souls when departed, therefore ratifies, mortifies, and in mortmain 
for ever confirms the said charter, gift, grant, assignation and foundation, 
and all and singular therein contained, reserving to him and his successors 
the suff"rages of devout prayers of the said chaplains and their successors only : 
And commands his great seal to be appended : Witnesses, Gavin archbishop 
of Glasgow, chancellor, Henry bishop of Whithorn and of the Chapel Royal 
of Stirling ; the King's beloved cousins James Earl of Arran, Lord Hammyl- 
toun, Archibald Earl of Argyle Lord Campell and Lome etc., Malcolm lord 
Flemyng, great chamberlain, the King's familiar servitors, Thomas Erskin of 
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Wod of Crag, comptroller, Master James Foulis of Colintoun, clerk of rolls 
Eegister and Council, and Master Thomas Bellenden of Auchnowle, clerk of 
justiciary and director of chancery : At Edinburgh the 10th of February the 
year of God 1540 and of the King's reign the twenty-eighth. 

14. Rental of Burgh of Irvine of All and Sundry Chaplainries, etc., 
formerly belonging to the Church. — 1542. 

Eentale Burgi de Irwin omnium et singularum CapeUaniarum annuo- 
rum Eeddituum annexorum altaribus et capellaniis situatis infra 
ecclesiam parochialem dicti burgi per laudibUem et optimam memo- 
riam quondam predecessorum nostrorum dicti burgi zelo devociouis 
fundatorum Et nunc temporis receptorum et confirmatorum per 
prepositum Johannem Mure Eobertum Scot et Eobertum Twedye 
ballivos dicti burgi et consilium ac communitatem tocius oppidi In 
anno Domini miUesimo quingentesimo quadragesimo secundo 
die vero mensis 

Item in primis Eentale divorum Niniani et Kathrine nunc pertinentium 
domino Eoberto Tempiltone et domino Thome Mur capellanis. 

Item de uno tenemento quondam Alexandri Leys nuncupato vulgariter 
the Kanest jacente ad partem orientalem dicti burgi super vicum regium 
annuatim suscipiendi et levandi de dicto tenemento decem solidi monete 
regni ad duos anni terminos Penthecostes et Sancti Martini in hieme. 

Item de uno tenemento Jacobi Auld quondam domini Thome Auld 
jacente infra dictum burgum inter tenementum domini Johannis Cambell 
rectoris de KUlmalze ad orientem ab una et tenementum domini de Stane 
ad borientem ab altera partibus triginta denarii. 

Item de uno tenemento Stephani Gammyll quondam David Conyghame 
de Eobertland jacente inter tenementum Johannis MakcarreU ab una et 
tenementum Thome Smytht ab altera partibus de dicto tenemento annuatim 
levandi et recipiendi ad duos anni terminos Sancti Martini in hyeme et 
Penthecostes per equales portiones sex solidi et octo denarii. 

Item de uno tenemento nunc Jacobi Scot quondam comitis de Glen- 
came nuncupato Eoxburgh jacente infra dictum burgum inter tenementum 
quondam rectoris de Lochquhowe et tenementum Johannis due marce 
annuatim levande et recipiende ad duos anni terminos Sancti Martini 



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in hyeme et Penthecostes per equales portiones quod tenementum nunc 
temporis habet hereditarie Stephanus Prestone ballivus de Ayre ut asseruit. 

Item de uno tenemento dicti Johannis Houstone jacente infra dictum 
burgum inter tenementum predictum de Eoxburgh nunc dicti Jacobi Scot 
ab una et Thome Smytht ab altera partibus annuatim levandi et recipiendi 
ad duos anni terminos per equales portiones Sancti Martini in liyeme et 
Penthecostes novemdecem solidi. 

Item de uno tenemento dicti Thome Smytht jacente in dicto burgo 
inter tenementum predicti Johannis Houstowne ad unam partem et viam 
ecclesiasticam in cono ad alteram partem quatuor solidi. 

Item octo solidi de tenemento Thome Scot junioris jacente infra dictum 
burgum inter tenementum Alexandri Thomsone in cono vie ecclesiastice 
tendentis ad cimetorium ab una et terras seu tenementum Sancti Trinitatis 
ab altera partibus. 

Item decern solidi de predicto tenemento Alexandri Thomson jacente in 
dicto burgo inter tenementum dicti Thome Scot ad orientem ab una et 
communem vicum ecclesiasticum tendentem ad ecclesiam seu stilam ejus- 
dem ad occidentem ab altera partibus. 

Item de tenemento Bssibelle Montgumry jacente infra dictum burgum 
inter tenementum Roberti Twedye ab una et communem vicum tendentem 
ad le Makmusarthill de dicto tenemento annuatim levandi et recipiendi 
ad duos anni terminos Penthecostes et Sancti Martini in hieme solitos et 
consuetos undecim solidi. 

Item sex solidi octo denarii de tenemento Johannis Montgumry jacente 
in dicto burgo via ecclesiastica inter tenementum Thome Randell ad orientem 
ab una et tenementum Jacobi Browne junioris ad occidentem ab altera 
partibus. 

Item de quodam proximo tenemento dicti Thome Eandell quondam 
fratrum Carmelitarum de Irwin jacente infra predictum burgum inter tene- 
mentum dicti Johannis Montgumrye ad occidentem ab una et tenementum 
quondam Johannis Symontone capellani ab altera partibus octo solidi. 

Item quinque solidi annul redditus de tenemento quondam Johannis 
Gluffar jacente in dicto burgo via ecclesiastica inter tenementum Willelmi 
Scot senioris et tenementum predicti Thome Eandell. 

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de tenemento Robert! Twedye jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum 
predicti Willelmi Scot ab una et tenementum Willelmi Pawtone juxta 
pretorium ab altera partibus. 

Item de tenemento Johannis Baule quondam Thome Boyd in Kilmernok 
octodecim denarii fundalis annui redditus jacente infra dictum burgum inter 
tenementum Patricii Wilsone et tenementum domini de Cauldwell ab altera 
partibus. 

Item de horreo seu tenemento infra dictum burgum inter terras Thome 
Scot super terras Makmowsarthill ad orientem et terras domini Johannis 
Makgaithane capellani rectoris de Kilblane ad occidentem duos solidos. 

Item duodecim denarii de tenemento Jacobi Browne junioris quondam 
Johannis Mure de Brighend jacente infra dictum burgum inter terras 
nostre domine de Banco ab una et terris David Conyghame de Robertland 
ab altera partibus. 

Item octo denarii de tenemento Allani KyUle quondam Thome Kile sui 
patris jacente infra dictum burgum inter tenementum Johannis Mure 
quondam prepositi de Irwin et tenementum et comraunem vicum ducentem 
ad viam marinam. 

Item de tenemento Thome Eobesone jacente infra dictum burgum via 
marina inter tenementum Niniani Boylle ab una et tenementum quon- 
dam Patricii Patersone ab altera partibus quatuor solidi annuatim levandi 
et recipiendi ad duos anni terminos consuetos et Sancti Martini in hieme 
per equales portiones. 

Item quinque solidi de tenemento Johannis Mure in via marina jacente 
in dicto burgo inter tenementum dicti Johannes nunc tegulati ab una et 
tenementum Johannis Quhit quondam Johannis Irwin ab altera partibus. 

Item quatuor solidi de tenemento Thome Robeson annui redditus annua- 
tim levandi et recipiendi ad duos anni terminos Penthecostes et Sancti 
Martini in hieme per equales portiones de dicto tenemento jacente infra 
dictum burgum inter tenementum nobilis et potentis domini Heugonis 
comitis de Eglintone ab una et tenementum Egidie Thomson ad occidentem 
ab altera partibus. 

Item sex solidi annui redditus de tenemento nobilis et potentis domini 
Heugonis comitis de Eglintone jacente in dicto burgo de Irwin inter 
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Item de tenemento Johannis Fultone jacente in. dicto burgo inter 
tenementum Johannis Russall ab una et tenementum quondam Johannis 
Smytht nunc vero Alexandri Riche ab altera partibus de dicto tenemento 
annuatim levandi et percipiendi sex solidi et octo denarii. 

Item de tenemento Johannis Pantone quondam domini Johannis Makge 
jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum dicti Johannis Panton ab una et 
tenementum Willelmi Eanken ad boream ab altera partibus annuatim 
levandi et percipiendi tres solidi. 

Item de tenemento Stephani Mure jacente in dicto burgo inter tene- 
mentum quondam Jacobi Browne ab una et tenementum dicti Johannis 
Pantone ab altera partibus tres solidi annul redditus. 

Item sex solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi ad 
duos anni terminos de tenemento Georgii Pantone jacente in dicto burgo 
inter tenementum quondam Eoberti Cauldwell nunc autem Jacobi Pantone 
ab una et tenementum Johannis Roys ab altera partibus sex solidi octo 
denarii. 

Item de tenemento domini abbatis de Killwyning et ejus conventus 
nuncupato Loplie jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum templarium 
Roberti Twedye ab una et aliud tenementum dicti abbatis et conventus de 
Killwyning ab altera partibus de dicto tenemento annuatim levandi et 
percipiendi ad duos anni terminos Penthecostes et Sancti Martini in hieme 
per equales portiones, viz. viginti quatuor solidi. 

Item decem solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
tenemento Johannis Quhit jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum Stephani 
Trayne ad orientem et tenementum quondam Thome Bold nunc ejus heredis 
ab altera partibus. 

Item quinque solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi 
de tenemento Johannis Symontone jacente infra burgum de Irwin inter 
tenementum Thome Gardiner ab una et tenementum Johannis Stirlynge 
ab altera partibus. 

Item sex solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi ad 
duos anni terminos consuetos de tenemento dicti Thome Gardnar jacente 
in dicto burgo inter tenementum dicti Johannis Symonton ab una et tene- 
mentum Johannis Quhit ab altera partibus. 

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duos anni terminos Penthecostes et Sancti Martini in liieme per equales 
portiones de tenemento Eoberti Frances ab una et tenementum Jacobi 
Wilsone ab altera partibus. 

Item quatuor solidi annui redditus de tenemento dicti Jacobi Wilsone 
jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum predicti Eoberti Frances ab una 
et tenementum quondam Nycholai Gardnar ab altera partibus. 

Item sex solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de tene- 
mento dicti Nicholai Gardnar jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum 
Jacobi WiUsone ab una et tenementum quondam Thome Smyth ac com- 
munem vicum tendentem ad le Smyddebar ab altera partibus. 

Item de una roda burgali Magistri Thome Scot jacente in dicto burgo 
inter tenementum Ade Gait ab una et terras Eoberti Scot ab altera partibus 
annuatim levandi et percipiendi de dictis terris duodecim denarii per 
equales portiones. 

Item quatuor Eode burgales jacentes in dicto burgo ad finem 
orientalem ejusdem inter tenementum ab una et terras Sic. 

Willelmi Scot junioris que terre quondam fuerunt domini de Cauldwell 
nunc autem cum pertinenciis pertinent dicto altari Sanctorum Niniani et 
dive Katherine ratione annexationis dicto altari cum eorum fructibus 
annexis et connexis ac omnibus et singulis emolumentis. 

Eentale divi Altaris Nycholai. 

Item octo solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi ad duos 
anni terminos Penthecostes et Sancti Martini in hieme per equales portiones 
de tenemento Willelmi Montgumrye de Stane jacente infra burgum de Irwin 
inter tenementum Jacobi Auld ab una et tenementum Johannis Makcarrell 
ab altera partibus. 

Item quinque solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi ad 
terminos prescriptos de tenemento quondam Alexandri Myllar jacente in 
dicto burgo inter tenementum domini Alexandri Scot prepositi de 
Crostophin ab una et tenementum Johannis Quhit ab altera partibus. 

Item sex solidi octo denarii annui redditus annuatim levandi et per- 
cipiendi ad terminos prescriptos de tenemento Willelmi Scot senioris 
jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum Eoberti Culper et communem 
venallem tendentem ad le Gryp ab altera partibus. 

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Item duodecim denarii de tenemento Jacobi Browne senioris jacente 
in dicto burgo inter tenementum quondam Andree Browne ab una et 
tenementum Eoberti Mure ab altera partibus. 

Item duodecim denarii fundalis annui redditus annuatim levandi et 
recipiendi ad duos anni terminos consuetos, viz. Sancti Martini in bieme et 
Penthecostes de toto et integro tenemento Johannis Pantone quondam 
domini Johannis Makghe jacente in burgo de Irwin inter tenementum 
Willelmi Rankene ab una et tenementum aliud ipsius Johannis ab altera 
partibus. 

Item tres solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et recipiendi ad 
terminos prescriptos per equales portiones de toto et integro tenemento 
Johannis Peblis jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum Thome Deyne 
ab una et tenementum Eoberti Scot ab altera partibus. 

Item quatuor solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et recipiendi ad 
terminos prescriptos de toto et integro tenemento Johannis Deyne jacente 
in dicto burgo inter tenementum Magistri Thome Scot sive Willelmi Scot 
ab una et tenementum Eoberti Scot ab altera partibus. 

Item de tenemento Eoberti Huntar quondam Johannis Makgaithane 
jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum Mathei Dunwedye ab una et 
tenementum Willelmi Trayne ab altera partibus annuatim levandi et 
recipiendi ad terminos prescriptos octodecim denarii. 

Item sex solidi octo denarii annui redditus annuatim levandi et recipi- 
endi de toto et integro tenemento Wynnini Multraye jacente in dicto burgo 
inter tenementum Thome Newyn quondam domini Willelmi Browne capel- 
lani ab una et tenementum quondam Adami Multraye ab altera partibus. 

Item triginta denarii fundalis annui redditus annuatim levandi et per- 
cipiendi de tenemento Johannis Eoys quondam Jacobi Esdell jacente in 
dicto burgo inter tenementum Georgii Pantone ab una et tenementum 
Willelmi Younge ab altera partibus. 

Item sex solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
tenemento Johannis Quhit jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum 
Stephani Tran ab una ad orientem ab una et tenementum Thome Boyd ad 
occidentem ab altera partibus. 

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tenementum Johannis Symontone ad orientem et tenementum AUani 
Hendre ad occidentem ab altera partibus duo solidi. 

Item quadraginta denarii annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi 
ad duos anni terminos consuetos prescriptos Martini in hieme et Penthecostes 
de tenemento Johannis Quhit quondam Jobannis Maulynge jacente in dicto 
burgo inter tenementum Thome Gardnar ad occidentem ab una et tene- 
mentum quondam Alexandri Myllar ab altera partibus. 

Telos. 

Eentale Sanctorum Petri et Michaelis altaris fundati in insula boriali 
ecclesie de Irwin. 

Item in primis de uno tenemento quondam Stephani Mure in via 
arenosa ex parte orientali ejusdem inter tenementum quondam Jacobi 
Browne ex utraque parte annuatim levandi et percipiendi de dicto 
tenemento quinque solidi ad duos anni terminos Penthecostes et Sancti 
Martini in hieme per equales portiones. 

Item de dictis duobus tenementis predicti Jacobi Browne cum pertinenciis 
simul jacentibus inter tenementum dicti quondam Stephani Mure ex boreali 
ab una et tenementum quondam Thome Deyne ex altera partibus sex 
solidi annui redditus. 

Item de proximo tenemento dicti Thome Deyne jacente etc. quatuor 
solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de dicto tenemento. 

Item quinque solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
toto et integro tenemento David Symson jacente in dicto burgo de Irwin 
inter tenementum Jacobi Weyre ad occidentem ab una et tenementum 
Jacobi Browne senioris ad orientem ab altera partibus. 

Item de proximo tenemento prefati Jacobi contigue adjacente quinque 
solidi fundaUs annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de dicto 
tenemento. 

Item quinque solidi fundalis annui redditus annuatim levandi et perci- 
piendi ad terminos prescriptos de proximo tenemento Johannis Houstone 
contigue adjacente predicto tenemento dicti Jacobi. 

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toto et integro tenemento Adam Montgumrye proximo adjacente dicto 
tenemento Johannis Houstone. 

Item quatuor solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
tenemento Georgii Patersone et Johannis Kankene jacente in dicto burgo 
inter tenementum Johannis Weyre ad occidentem ab una et tenementum 
Johannis Arnbukle ad orientem ab altera partibus. 

Item sexdecim solidi fundalis annul redditus annuatim et levandi et 
percipiendi de toto et Integro tenemento dicti Johannis Arnbukle contigue 
adjacente prefato tenemento Georgii Patersone et Johannis Eankene ab 
una et tenementum Jacobi Newin ab altera partibus. 

Item quatuor solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
toto et integro tenemento quondam Georgii Brokat jacente in dicto burgo 
inter tenementum Johannis Hall ab una et tenementum domini de 
Adamtone in le Grip ducente ad pontem et Makmusart Hill. 

Item sex solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de toto 
et integro tenemento Thome Huntar jacente ad finem orientalem vUle inter 
tenementum Anabelle Laurence nunc Roys ab una et tenementum Stephani 
Eobesone ab altera partibus. 

Item sex solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de toto 
et integro proximo tenemento predictl Stephani contigue adjacente prescrlpto 
tenemento Thome Huntar. 

Item quadraginta denarii fundalis annul redditus annuatim levandi et 
percipiendi de totls et Integris duobus tenementls proximis dicto Stephano 
pertlnentibus Johanni Mure contigue adjacentibus predlcto Stephano. 

Item tres solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
tenemento Johannis Mure de cruce versus crucem foralem inter tenemen- 
tum Johannis Gottraye ab una et tenementum Sancti Conwalli ab altera 
partibus. 

Item quinque solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
toto et integro tenemento domini Johannis Campbell capellani versus le 
Kanest inter tenementum Jacobi Auld ad occidentem ab una et tenementum 
communem venallam ducentem ad eccleslam ab altera partibus. 

Item unum tenementum totum et integrum tenementum quondam 
Fynlai Park jacens infra dictum burgum inter tenementum quondam AUani 
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partibus cum connexis et annexis hujusmodi " tenemento cum pertinenciis 
[annexum altari] Sancti Petri. 

Annul Redditus Sancto Michael! Archangelo annexi et dicto altari 
Sancti Petri. 

Item viginti sex solidi fundalis annul redditus annuatlm levandi et 
percipiendi ad termlnos prescriptos de tenementls duobus Jacobi Boyd 
senioris nunc junioris jacentibus in dicto burgo inter tenementum Johannis 
Andersone ad orientem ab una et tenementum domini Willelmi Browne 
capellani ab altera partibus. 

Item tredecim solidi quatuor denarii annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
toto et integro tenemento Willelmi Younge jacente in dicto burgo inter 
tenementum quondam Alexandri Stoupbill ab una nunc [Roberti] Twedye 
ab una et tenementum Johannis Eois ab altera partibus qui annuus redditus 
annexus est altari Sacro Sanguini. 

Telos. 

Rentale Sancti Conwalli per dominum Georgium Baxter capellanum 
dicti altaris registratum. 

Item in primis de duobus tenementis de duobus tenementis insimul una 
et contigue jacentibus in dicto burgo inter tenementum Johannis Mure 
crucis ab una ad occidentem et tenementum quondam Thome Boyd crucis 
adjacentibus ab altera partibus per dictum dominum Georgium annexum 
et connexum fuit ad annuum redditum quinque mercarum. 

Item viginti solidi fundalis annui redditus de toto et integro posteriori 
tenemento predict! Sancti Convalli nunc pertinente Willelmo Samsone 
ratione feodifirme jacente inter tenementum Thome Boyd ab uno latere et 
Johannis Mur crucis ab altero latere ad occidentem et dictum tenementum 
ad borealem in via regia. 

Item viginti solidi annuatim levandi et percipiendi de toto et integro 
tenemento Johannis Makgathane rectoris de Kilblane jacente in dicto burgo 
inter tenementum Johannis Quhit ab una et tenementum quondam domini 
Johannis Symontone ab altera partibus. 

Item sexdecim solidi annui redditus levandi et percipiendi de toto et 
integro tenemento Willelmi Scot senioris jacente in dicto burgo inter tene- 
mentum quondam Robert! Culpar ab una et communem grippam ab altera 
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Item quatuor solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
toto et integro tenemento Johannis Steinston jacente in dicto burgo inter 
tenementum Johannis Mure ab una et tenementum quondam Johannis 
Howye ab altera partibus. 

Item tredecim solidi quatuor denarii annui redditus de toto et integro 
tenemento Nigelli Osburne jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum Magistri 
Thome Scot ab una in Grippa et tenementum dicti Nigelli ab altera 
partibus qui annuus redditus annexus est altari Sacro Sanguini. 

Item omnia hec pertinent altari et eapellano Sancti Convalli. 

Telos. 

Eentale Sancte Marie Virginis in Insula boriali ecclesie de Irwin. 

Item de tenemento quondam David Eankene nunc Thome Smytht versus 
crucem foralem burgi de Irwin jacente in dicto burgo de Irwin inter 
tenementum Johannis Houstone ad orientem ab una et tenementum Eoberti 
Twedye seu viam ecclesiasticam tendentem ad ecclesiam ad occidentem ab 
altera partibus de dicto tenemento annuatim levandi et percipiendi ad duos 
anni terminos consuetos Penthecostes et Sancti Martini in hieme per equales 
portiones viginti sex solidi. 

Item sexdecim solidi fundalis annui redditus annuatim levandi et perci- 
piendi de toto et integro tenemento quondam Thome Boyd supra crucem 
jacente in dicto burgo inter tenementum Johannis Quhit ab una ad [orientem] 
et tenementum Sancti Convalli ab altera partibus. 

Item viginti solidi annui redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de 
tenemento domini Willelmi Browne capellani nunc Thome Nevin jacente in 
dicto burgo inter tenementum Jacobi Bold junioris ab una ad orientem et 
tenementum Winnini Multraye ad occidentem ab altera partibus. 

Item de tenemento quondam David Hart in via ecclesiastica nunc 
Johannis Mur propositi de Irwin jacente inter tenementum quondam 
domini de Both well nunc Eoberti Twedye ab una et tenementum Eoberti 
Scot partibus ab altera thre s. tres solidi. 

Item de tenemento domini Thome Auld nunc domini de Lyne jacente in 
dicto burgo inter tenementum Archibald! Mure via ecclesiastica ab una et 
tenementum domini de Eobertland inhabitatum per Andream Stenne viginti 
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Item de tenemento Jacobi Boyd jacente inter tenementum domini 
Willelmi Browne capellani ab una et tenementum Johannis Anderson ab 
altera partibus quadraginta denarii. 

Item de magno horto jacente in dicto burgo de Irwin inter tenementum 

ab una et ab altera partibus Sic. 

jacente super le Munkmusarthill occupato per Margretam Wat viginti 
denarii. 

Item tres solidi annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi de toto 
et integro tenemento Johannis Bankheid jacente in dicto burgo inter tene- 
mentum Eoberti Downye occupantis et Jacobi Nevin heredis ab una et 
tenementum quondam Mattel Dunwedye ab altera partibus. 

Item oetodecim denarii annul redditus annuatim levandi et percipiendi 
de toto et integro tenemento Thome Twedye jacente in le Grip inter tene- 
mentum Jacobi Bold ab una ad orientem et tenementum Johannis Hall ab 
altera partibus. 

Item de horto quondam Thome Boyd quindecim denarii jacente inter et 



Item de prato quondam Willelmi Thomson nunc in manibus Jonete 
Ferguschill viginti sex denarii jacente in territorio dicti burgi inter 

terras et rodas. 

Item de prato quondam Eankini Browne nunc in manibus Janete 
FerguschUl oetodecim denarii jacente inter, etc. 

Item de prato Egidie Browne nunc in manibus Jonete Ferguschill oeto- 
decim denarii. 

Item de diversis terris Jacobi Weyr nunc in manibus Jonete Montfoyd 
viginti sex denarii. 

Rentale omnium et singularum burgi de Irwin firmarum registratum in 
anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo quadragesimo quarto die 
mensis Novembris vicesimo octavo In tempore Eoberti Scot prepositi 
Jacobi Mure et Stephani Tran ballivorum dicti burgi de Irwin. 

Item in primis the borrowe landis aucht merkis monye of the realme to 
be pait at twaye termes usuall Witsondaye and Mertymes. 



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Item the Knodirhill sex merkis monye of the realme to be pait at twaye 
usuall termes of the yer Witsondaye and Mertymes in winter be evinle 
portiones in the yer. 

Item the Newmur flfour skoir merkis of monye yerle. 

Item the Gallowmur ffourtie schillinge monye forsaid. 

Item Ormisheuch RoddinhpU] and Hoilhous threttye thre schilling 
four d. 

Item the Lochmyll sex merkis yerle at termes forsaid. 

Item Scottis wardis twaye markis yerle. 

Item Dalrumpillis wardis ane mark. 

Item the Lochmyll wardis threttye schillinge. 

Item the Hie myre twentye schillingis. 

Item the twaye fauldis twaye markis. 

Item the Braid medowe foure markis yerle. 

Item the E[ei]d medowe awand yerle to the towne threttye fif schillinge 
and to our Ladye altar in the northt yille fif shillinge yerle. 

Item the Spittell medowe awand yerle twaye markis of maille at twaye 
usual termes in the yer Witsondaye and Martymes be evinle portiones. 

Item the . . . arndillmos fourtye-four schillinge. 

Item the Bogfauldis as it is nowe set ilk yer [twenti] pundis 

monye of the realme viz. half ane mark ilk aiker of xxv aikkerris. 

Item the . . . buithtis undir the tolbuitht fourtye schilling. 

Item the litle buitht fif schillinge. 

Item Jhone Eankinnis hous fif schillinge. 

Item Anabell Laurance hous threttye pennyis. 

Item Eobert Dunloppis hous wmquhille Besse Michellis thre schiUinge 
yerle at termes forsaid. 

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Item it is to be remembrit of this auld rentall fforsaid quliilk hes bene in 
our predecessouris tymes at the maill afoir rehersit nocht the les geif the 
saidis landis malyngis of the towne be betterr it is the common actione till 
augment it for the common profet. 

This is the Newe Rentall quhilk foUowis, callit the new fond land. 

Item in primis of the tenement of Thom Soutar twelf schillinge yerle 
to be liftit and rasit at twaye usual termes in the yer Witsondaye and 
Martymes in wyntir be evinlie portiones the quhilk tenement lyis wythin 
the burght of Irwin betuix the tenement of Alexander Browne at the eyst 
and the tenement of Jhone Portar at the west xij schillinge anuellrent yerle 
to be liftit and rasit as said is. 

Item of the tenement of [Jhone] Portar twelf schillinge of annuellrent at 
termes forsaid at the west contigue to Thom Soutar. 

Item of the tenement of Jhone Riche twelf schillinge of anuellrent at 
termes forsaid at the west liand contigue to Jhone Portar. 

Item of the tenement of James Cauldwell twelf schillinge of fundall 
anuellrent to be pait to the towne at the terms forsaid contigue liand at 
the west to the tenement of Jhone Riche. 

Item of ane tenement twelf schillinge anuellrent yerlie to be pait to 
the towne the quhilk tenement is the tenement of Gawin Patrik contigue 
adjacente to the tenement forsaid of James Cauldwell. 

Item of the tenement of Jhone Montfoydis contigue adjacente to the 
forsaid Gawin Patrik twelf schilling anuellrent to be pait to the town. 

Item twelf schillinge anuellrent of ane tenement of Jhone Reidis and 
sex schilling anuellrent of ane half tenement of the said Jhone quhilk is 
xviij s. anuellrent in the haill [quhilk] tenement and ane half tenement 
lyis contigue till the tenement of Jhone Montfoyd. 

Item twelf schillinge anuellrent of ane tenement of Jh[one M'Il]martin 
and ane half tenement gratis quhilk tenement lyis contigue till the tenement 
of the forsaid Jhone Reyd. 

Item of ane tenement of Jhone Ker twelf schillinge anuellrent yerlie 
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to be liftit and rasit at twaye usuall termes in the [yer, Witsond]aye and 
Martymes be evinle portiones contigue Hand to the [teneme]nt of Jhone 
M'llmartin. 

Item of ane tenement of Ninian Younge twelf schillinge [of] anuellrent 
yerle to be tane of the said tenement contigue liand to the tenement of 
Jhone Ker. 

Item of ane tenement of Thomas Tempiltone twelf schillinge anuellrent 
yerle to be liftit and rasit of the said tenement contigue liand to the tene- 
ment of Ninian Younge. 

Item twelf ... be liftit and rasit of the tene . . . liand to the tene- 
ment of E . . . 

[On the back of the last leaf of this parchment book, this memorandum 
is written: — "3 Octobris 1587 This buke at the dait heirof contenis 
threttene written levis and blank levis altogidder." In its present condition 
folios 9 and 12 have been cut out, probably to serve for some other writing, 
as they seem to have been blank. One small portion of fol. 12 remains, 
with the last entry, as above, written upon it.] 

Abstract. 

Eental of the Burgh of Irvine, of all and sundry Chaplainries, Annual- 
rents, annexed to the altars and chapels situated within the Parish 
Church of the said burgh, founded out of pious zeal by the laudable 
and excellent memory of our predecessors of the said burgh, and 
now at this time received and confirmed by Provost John Mure, 
Eobert Scot and Eobert Twedy, bailies of the said burgh, and the 
Council and Community of the whole town, in the year of the Lord 
a thousand five hundred and forty-second, on the day of the 

month of 

First, The Eental of Saints Ninian and Katherine, now pertaining 
to Sir Eobert Templeton and Sir Thomas Mure, chaplains. 

From a tenement of the deceased Alexander Leys, commonly called 
the Kanest, on the east side of the burgh, on the High Street, ten shillings 
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From a tenement of James Auld, sometime of Sir Thomas Auld, 
lying within the burgh, between the tenement of Sir John Campbell, 
rector of Kilmally, on the east, and the tenement of the Laird of Stane 
on the north, thirty pennies. 

From a tenement of Stephen Gemmill, sometime of David Cuninghame 
of Robertland, lying between the tenement of John M'Kerrell on the one 
side and that of Thomas Smyth on the other, six shillings and eight 
pennies yearly, at the two usual terms. 

From a tenement now of James Scot, sometime of the Earl of Glencairn, 
called Roxburgh, lying within the burgh, between the tenement of the 
late rector of Lochow and the tenement of John ^ , two merks 

yearly ; which tenement now belongs heritably to Stephen Preston, bailie 
of Ayr, as he asserted. 

From a tenement of the said John Houstoun, lying within the said 
burgh, between the tenement aforesaid of Roxburgh, now of the said 
James Scot, on the one side, and that of Thomas Smyth on the other, 
nineteen shillings yearly. 

From a tenement of the said Thomas Smyth, lying between the 
tenement of the said John Houston and the Kirkgate, in the corner, 
four shillings. 

Eight shillings from a tenement of Thomas Scot, younger, within the 
said burgh, between the tenement of Alexander Thomson in the corner 
of the Kirkgate, leading towards the cemetery, on the one part, and the 
lands or tenement of the holy Trinity on the other. 

Ten shillings from the foresaid tenement of Alexander Thomson, lying 
between the tenement of the said Thomas Scot on the east, and the 
common Kirkgate leading to the Church or style thereof on the west. 

From the tenement of Isabella Montgomery in the said burgh, between 
the tenement of Robert Twedy on the one side and the common road 
leading towards the Makmusart Hill on the other, eleven shillings yearly. 

Six shillings and eight pennies from the tenement of John Montgomery 
in the Kirkgate, between the tenement of Thomas Randell on the east 
and that of James Broun younger on the west. 

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From an adjoining tenement of the said Thomas Eandell, formerly 
of the Carmelite friars of Irvine, lying within the said burgh between the 
tenement of the said John Montgomery on the west and that of the late 
John Symonton, chaplain, on the other side, eight shillings. 

Five shillings of annualrent from the tenement of the late John Glover, 
in the Kirkgate, between the tenement of William Scot, elder, and that 
of the foresaid Thomas Eandell. 

Thirty pennies of annualrent from the tenement of Robert Twedy, 
between the tenement of the aforesaid WiUiam Scot and that of William 
Paton, near the Tolbooth. 

From the tenement of John Baule, formerly of Thomas Boyd, in Kilmar- 
nock, eighteen pennies of ground-annual rent, lying within the burgh, between 
the tenement of Patrick Wilson and that of the Laird of Caldwell. 

From a barn or tenement within the said burgh, between the lands 
of Thomas Scot, upon the lands of Makmusart Hill towards the east, and 
the lands of Sir John MacGaithan, chaplain, rector of Kilblane, on the 
west, two shillings. 

Twelve pennies from the tenement of James Browne, younger, formerlj'^ 
of John Mure of Brigend, lying within the burgh between the lands of 
our lady of Banco on the one side and the lands of David Cuninghame 
of Robertland on the other. 

Eight pennies from the tenement of Alan Kyle, formerly of 
Thomas Kyle his father, between the tenement of John Mure, some- 
time provost of Irvine, and the tenement and common street leading to 
the Seagate. 

From the tenement of Thomas Eobertson in the Seagate, between the 
tenement of Ninian Boylle on the one side and the tenement of the late 
Patrick Paterson on the other, four shillings yearly. 

Five shillings from the tenement of John Mure in the Seagate, between 
the tenement of the said John, now roofed with tiles, on the one side, and 
the tenement of John White, formerly of John Irvine, on the other. 

Four shillings from the tenement of Thomas Eobeson, lying in the 
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Eglinton, on the one side, and the tenement of Giles Thomson on the west, 
on the other side. 

Six shillings of annualreut from the tenement of Hugh Earl of Eglinton, 
lying in the said burgh of Irvine. 

From the tenement of John Fulton, lying between the tenement of 
John Eussall on the one side, and that of the late John Smyth, but now 
of Alexander Richie, on the other, six shillings and eight pennies yearly. 

From the tenement of John Panton, formerly of Sir Thomas Makgee, 
lying between the tenement of the said John on the one side and that 
of William Ranken towards the north on the other, three shillings yearly. 

From the tenement of Stephen Mure, lying between the tenement of the 
late James Broun on the one side and that of the said John Panton on the 
other, three shillings of annualrent. 

Six shillings yearly from the tenement of George Panton in the said 
burgh, between the tenement of the late Robert Caldwell, but now of 
James Panton, on the one side, and that of John Roys on the other, six 
shillings eight pennies. 

From the tenement of the lord Abbot of Kilwinning and his convent, 
called Loplie, lying in the said burgh, between the Templar tenement of 
Robert Twedy on the one side, and another tenement of the said abbot 
and convent of Kilwinning on the other side, twenty-four shillings yearly. 

Ten shillings yearly from the tenement of John White, lying in the 
said burgh between the tenement of Stephen Trayne on the east, and the 
tenement of the late Thomas Boyd, now of his heir, on the other side. 

Five shillings yearly from the tenement of John Symonton, within 
the burgh of Irvine, between the tenement of Thomas Gardiner on one 
side and that of John Stirling on the other. 

Six shillings yearly from the tenement of the said Thomas Gardiner, 
lying between the tenement of the said John Symonton on the one side 
and that of John White on the other. 

Four shillings yearly from the tenement of Robert Frances on the one 
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Four shillings yearly from the tenement of the said James Wilson, 
lying between the tenement of the foresaid Eobert Frances on the one 
side and that of the late Nicholas Gardiner on the other. 

Six shillings yearly from the tenement of the said Nicholas Gardiner, 
lying between the tenement of the said James Wilson on the one side, 
and the tenement of the late Thomas Smyth and the common street 
leading to the Smyddebar on the other. 

From a burgh rood of Mr. Thomas Scot, lying between the tenement 
of Adam Gait on the one side and the lands of Eobert Scot on the other, 
twelve pennies yearly. 

Also, four burgh roods lying at the east end of the burgh, between the 
tenement of on the one side, and the lands of William 

Scot, younger; which lands formerly belonged to the laird of Caldwell, 
but now to the said altar of Saints Ninian and Katherine, by reason of 
annexation to the said altar, with their fruits, annexes and connexes, and 
all and sundry emoluments. 

Eental of the Altar of Saint Nicholas. 

Eight shillings of annualrent from the tenement of William Montgomery 
of Stane, lying in the said burgh of Irvine between the tenement of James 
Auld and that of John McKerrall. 

Five shillings yearly from the tenement of the late Alexander Millar, 
lying between the tenement of Sir Alexander Scot, provost of Corstorphine, 
on the one side, and that of John White on the other. 

Six shillings eight pennies yearly from the tenement of William Scot, 
elder, lying between the tenement of Eobert Culper on the one side and 
the common vennel leading to the Gryp on the other. 

Twelve pennies from the tenement of James Browne, elder, lying 
between the tenement of the late Andrew Browne on the one side and that 
of Eobert Mure on the other. 

Twelve pennies of ground-annual from the tenement of John Panton, 
formerly of John Makgee, lying between the tenement of William Eanken 
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Three shillings of annualrent from the tenement of John Peebles, 
between the tenement of Thomas Deyne on one side and that of Eobert 
Scot on the other. 

Four shillings of annualrent from the tenement of John Deyne, lying 
between the tenement of Mr. Thomas Scot or William Scot on the one 
side and that of Eobert Scot on the other. 

From the tenement of Robert Hunter, formerly of John Makgaithan, 
lying between the tenement of Mathew Dunwedy on one side and that of 
William Trayne on the other, eighteen pennies yearly. 

Six shillings eight pennies yearly from the tenement of Wynnin Multray, 
lying between the tenement of Thomas Nevyn, formerly of Sir William 
Broune, chaplain, on the one side, and the tenement of the late Adam 
Multray on the other. 

Thirty pennies of ground -annual from the tenement of John Eoys, 
formerly of James Esdell, lying between the tenement of George Panton 
on one side and that of William Young on the other. 

Six shillings of annualrent from the tenement of John White, between 
the tenement of Stephen Trayne on the east and that of Thomas Boyd on 
the west. 

From the tenement of John Stirling lying between the tenement of 
John Symonton on the east and that of Allan Hendry on the west, two 
shillings. 

Forty pennies yearly from the tenement of John White, formerly of 
John Maulyng, between the tenement of Thomas Gardner on the west and 
that of the late Alexander Millar on the other side. 

Rental of the Altar of Saints Peter and Michael, founded in the north 
Aisle of the Church of Irvine. 

From a tenement of the late Stephen Mure in the Sandgate, on the 
east side thereof, between the tenement of the late James Broune on both 
sides, five shillings yearly. 

From the said tenement of the foresaid James Broune, lying together 
between the tenement of the said Stephen Mure on the north and that of 
the late Thomas Deyne on the other side, six shillings of annualrent. 



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Ft-om the adjoining tenement of the said Thomas Deyne, four shillings 
yearly. 

Five shillings yearly from the tenement of David. Symson, lying 
between the tenement of James Weyr on the west and that of James 
Broune, elder, on the east. 

From the tenement of the foresaid James lying next contiguously, 
five shillings of ground-annual. 

Five shillings of ground -annual from the neighbouring tenement of 
John Houston, lying contiguously to the aforesaid tenement of the said 
James. 

Five shillings of annualrent from the tenement of Adam Montgomery, 
next adjacent to the said tenement of John Houston, 

Four shillings yearly from the tenement of George Paterson and John 
Ranken, lying between the tenement of John Weyr on the east and that 
of John Arnbukle on the other side. 

Sixteen shillings of ground-annual from the tenement of the said John 
Arnbukle, lying contiguous to the aforesaid tenement of George Paterson 
and John Ranken, on the one side, and that of James Nevin on the other. 

Four shillings yearly from the tenement of the late George Brokat, 
lying between the tenement of John Hall on one side and that of the laird 
of Adamtoun in the Grip, leading to the bridge and Makmusart Hill, on the 
other. 

Six shillings yearly from the tenement of Thomas Hunter, lying at the 
east end of the town, between the tenement of Anabell Laurence, now 
Roys, on the one part, and the tenement of Stephen Robeson on the other. 

Six shillings yearly from the next tenement of the foresaid Stephen, 
lying contiguous to the aforesaid tenement of Thomas Hunter. 

Forty pennies of ground-annual rent from the two tenements next to 
the said Stephen, belonging to John Mure. 

Three shillings yearly from the tenement of John Mure of the Cross, 
towards the market cross, between the tenement of John Gottray on the 
one side and the tenement of Saint Conwall on the other. 



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Five shillings yearly from the tenement of Sir John Campbell, chaplain, 
towards the Kanest, between the tenement of James Auld on the west and 
the common vennel leading to the church on the other part. 

A tenement belonging to the late Fynlay Park, lying in the said burgh, 
between the tenement of the late Allan Houston on the west and the 
tenement of the laird of Caldwell on the other part, [annexed to the altar] 
of Saint Peter. 

Annualrents annexed to Saint Michael the Archangel and to the said 
Altar of Saint Peter. 

Twenty- six shillings of ground-annualrent from two tenements of James 
Boyd, elder, now younger, lying in the said burgh between the tenement of 
John Anderson on the east and that of Sir William Broune, chaplain, on 
the other side. 

Thirteen shillings four pennies yearly from the tenements of "William 
Young, lying between the tenement of the late Alexander Stouphill, now of 
Eobert Twedy, on the one part, and the tenement of John Eois on the 
other, which annualrent is annexed to the altar of the holy blood. 

Rental of Saint Conwall, registered by Sir George Baxter, chaplain of 
the said Altar. 

From two tenements lying together and contiguous in the said burgh, 
between the tenement of John Mure of the Cross on the west and the 
adjacent tenement of the late Thomas Boyd of the Cross on the other part, 
annexed by the said Sir George at the annualrent of five merks. 

Twenty shillings of ground-annualrent from the back tenement of the 
foresaid Saint Conwall, now belonging to William Samson by reason of 
feu-ferme, lying between the tenement of Thomas Boyd on the one side and 
of John Mure of the Cross on the other, to the east, and the said tenement 
to the front in the High Street. 

Twenty shillings yearly from the tenement of John Makgathane, 
rector of Kilblane, between the tenement of John White and that of the 
late Sir John Symonton. 

Sixteen shillings yearly from the tenement of William Scot, elder, in the 

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said burgh, between the tenement of the late Eobert Culpar on the one 
part and the common Grip on the other. 

Four shillings yearly from the tenement of John Steinston, between the 
tenement of John Mure on the one side and the tenement of the late John 
Howie on the other. 

Thirteen shillings four pennies of annualrent from the tenement of Neil 
Osburne, lying between the tenement of Mr. Thomas Scot on one side, in 
the Grip, and a tenement of the said Neil on the other side ; which annual- 
rent is annexed to the altar of the holy blood. 

All these belonged to the altar and chaplain of Saint Conwall. 

Rental of Saint Mary the Virgin in the north aisle of the church of 
Irvine. 

From the tenement of the late David Ranken, now of Thomas Smyth, 
towards the market cross of the burgh of Irvine, between the tenement of 
John Houston on the east and the tenement of Robert Twedy, or the 
Kirkgate, leading to the church, on the west, twenty-six shillings yearly. 

Sixteen shillings of ground-annualrent from the tenement of the late 
Thomas Boyd above the Cross, between the tenement of John White on 
the one side and that of Saint Conwall on the other. 

Twenty shillings yearly from the tenement of Sir William Broune, 
chaplain, now of Thomas Nevin, lying between the tenement of James 
Boyd, younger, on the east, and that of Winnin Multray on the west. 

From the tenement of the late David Hart in the Kirkgate, now of 
John Mure, provost of Irvine, between the tenement of the late lord of 
Bothwell, now of Robert Twedy, and the tenement of Eobert Scott, three 
shillings. 

From the tenement of Sir Thomas Auld, now of the laird of Lyne, lyinc 
between the tenement of Archibald Mure in the Kirkgate on one side, and 
the tenement of the laird of Robertlaud, inhabited by Andrew Stenne, on 
the other, twenty pennies ; which tenement reaches to the water at the 
head of the Kirkgate. 

From the tenement of James Boyd, between that of Sir William Broune, 
chaplain, and that of John Anderson, forty pennies. 



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From a large garden lying in the said burgh, upon the Munkmusart Hill, 
occupied by Margaret Wat, twenty pennies. 

Three shillings yearly from the tenement of John Bankhead, between 
the tenement of Robert Downy, occupant, and James Nevin, the heir, on 
one side, and the tenement of the late Mathew Dunwedy, on the other. 

Eighteen pennies yearly from the tenement of Thomas Twedy in the 
Grip, between the tenement of James Boyd on the east and that of John 
Hall on the other part. 

From the garden of the late Thomas Boyd, fifteen pennies. 

From the meadow of the late William Thomson, now in the hands of 
Janet Fergushill, six pennies, lying in the territory of the burgh between 
the lands and roods. 

From the meadow of the late Ranken Broune, now in the hands of 
Janet Fergushill, eighteen pennies. 

From the meadow of Egidia Broune, now in the hands of Janet 
Fergushill, eighteen pennies. 

From divers lands of James Weyr, now in the hands of Janet Montfoyd, 
twenty-six pennies. 

Rental of all and sundry the Fermes of the Burgh of Irvine, registered in 
the year 1544, on 28th November, in the time of Robert Scot, 
provost, James Mure and Stephen Tran, bailies of the said burgh. 

In the first, the borrow lands, etc. 

15. Agreement regarding the Teinds of the Outer and Inner Bogfaulds 
of Irvine. — 30th December 1570. 

At Irwin the penult day of December 1570 yeris : Forsamekle as capitanes 
Andro Conynghem and Thomas Craufurd servitouris to our soverane lord 
and his Gracis regent hes agreit and concordit for twa yeris teyndes off the 
Uter and Inner Bogfauldes off the burgh of Irwin, with the communitie 
thairof, ofi" the croppes off the yeris of God j" v'^ threscoir nyne and threscoir 
ten yeris, yerlie and ilk yeir of the sadis twa yeris ane twne off wyne and 
upone the pryces thairof hes agreitt and promittes faythfuUy be the tenor 
herof to mak payment off the sowm of foure scoir markis money of this 



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realme within xx dayes nixt efter the dait herof, to Alexander Conynghem 
burges of Irwin in name and behalf of the saidis capitanis provyding the 
said Alexander present and deliver to the said commlinitie ane sufficient 
discharge of the saidis twa yeres teyndes subscribit be the saidis capitanes : 
In witness heroff ther persones following hes subscribit ther presentes as 
foUowes, etc., as persones being upone the appoyntment abone specefeit, viz. 
Jhon Pebles provest, Robert Kyill Jhon Gemmill bailies Thomas Broun 
Stene Tran Jhon Mur Hew Campble Hew Neving Willeam Pawtoun Eobert 
Conynghem Jhone Dene Olever Houstoun Matho Pebles William Androson 
James Bryden James Broun William Scott and Hew Scott Stene Quhyt. 



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16. Letters in the four forms at the instance of the Burgh of Irvine 
against their Tenants in the church lands, etc. — 29iA February 1572. 

James be the grace of God King of Scottis to oure lovittis Thomas Esat 
messinger David Muir messingear Jhone Symontoun 
messingeris oure schireffis in that part conjunctlie and severalie specialie 
constitut greting Forsamekle as anent oure utheris lettres purchest at the 
instance of the provest baillies counsale and commonitie of our burgh of 
Irwine aganis Stevin Trane William Scott Petir Broun Hew Broun James 
Broun Eobert Broun Hew Scott Hew Tran William Tran Johnne Peblis 
Nichole Henrie James Brydin youngar Johne Dene Eobert Craig James 



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Boyd Johne Wilsoun Stevin Boyd William Cuningham Robert Speir 
Stevin Quhite Johnne Harwie William Mur William Kyle Olipheir Houstoun 
Stevin Gemmill James Eos Johnne Tuedy Johnne Bankheid Adam Mont- 
gomery Edwart Reid Patrik Bridin Matlio Peblis William Stevinstoun 
Robert Kyle Robert Montgomery burgessis of Irwing William Fairlie com- 
burges therof David Blair of Adamtoun and Cuthbert Cuningbam of 
Cuttiswray tennentis and occupiaris underwrittin and all utheris intro- 
mettouris witb the landis and annualis underwrittin and utheris addettit in 
payment of the samin makand mentioun that quhair the saidis provest 
baillies counsale and commonitie hes be our gift with advis of umquhile our 
derrest regent Johnne erle of Mar lord Erskyne, etc., to thame and thair 
successouris for evir all and sindrie landis tenementis houssis biggyngis 
kyrkis chaiplanreis orchartis yardis croftis annualrentis fructis dewiteis prof- 
fettis emoliamentis maillis daill silvir obitis anniversaris quhatsumevir 
quhilkis ony wis hes pertenit or salbe knawin to pertene to quhatsumevir 
chaiplanriis alteragiis prebendariis wer of befoir quhairsum 
or college foundit within the libertie of the said burgh be quhatsumevir 
patronis therof in quhais possessioun the chaiplanrie and prebendareis wer of 
befoir forsaidis houssis biggynnis tenementis orchartis 

yardis annualrentis anniversareis fructis proventis and emoliamentis lyis or 
wer upliffcit of befoir to the said burgh and libertie 

thairof and als sex bollis of multure suckyn quhilkis pertenit of befoir to the 
freris Carmilitis of the said burgh of Irwin and thame of 

the landis of Ormisheuch Reddinhill and Hoilhous lyand within the bail- 
lierie of Cuninghame and all uthiris annualrentis lyand within 

and libertie therof quhilkis pertenit of befoir to the saidis freris as the 
saidis persewaris infeftment and saising therof proportis Nevirtheles the 
few and occupiaris of the saidis landis and intromettouris 

with the saidis annuallis fructis and dewiteis and multuris and uthiris 
detbund in payment wis will ansuer obey and mak pay- 

ment to the saidis persewaris and to thair thesaurar of the samin without 
thai be compellit and anent the charge gevin to all and sindrie the speciale 
personis abone writtin and all utheris intromettouris as said is to haif 
comperit befor the lordis of counsale at ane certane day bipast to haif hard 
and sene thir oure lettres direct and gevin in maner under specifiit or ellis to 
haif allegit ane ressonable cans quhy the samin suld nocht haif bene gevin 
as at mair lenth is contenit in the saidis lettres the saidis provest baillies 



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counsale and commonitie comperand be maister David Makgill thair pro- 
curatour and the saidis haill speciale personis abone writtin and all uthiris 
intromettouris and addettit in payment as said is being lauchfullie summond 
to this actioun oftymes callit and nocht comperit the lordis of oure counsale 
hes decernit and ordanit thir oure lettres to be direct in all the four formes 
and ilk form to be execut eftir uthiris within xxiiij houris and the warding 
to be in oure castell of Dunbartane in cais of dissobedience Chargeing the 
saidis speciale personis abone writtin und all uthiris intromettouris and 
uthiris addettit in payment as said is to ansuer obey and mak payment 
to the saidis provest baUlies counsale and commo[nitie] and thair said 
thesaurar present and th[at] salhappin to be for the tyme of all and sindrie 
the saidis landis houssis kyrkis chaipellis orchartis yardis croftis annual- 
rentis fructis dewiteis pr[offe]ttis emoliamentis maillis dail silvir obetis and 
anniversareis quhatsumevir and multur forsaid ilkane of thame for thair 
awin part as salbe gevin in tickett (except the kingis patronageis lande 
patronageis and levand mennis beneficeis) eftir the forme and tennour of thair 
infeftment and saising thairof forsaid schawin and producit befoir the 
saidis lordis for divers caussis as at mair lenth is eontenit in the saidis lordis 
decreit gevin thairupoun. Oure will is heirfoir and we charge you straitlie 
and commandis that incontinent thir oure lettres sene ye pas and in oure 
name and auctorite command and charge the forsaidis speciale personis abone 
writtin and all uthiris intromettouris and utheris addettit in payment as 
said is to ansuer obey and mak payment to the saidis provest baillies 
counsale and commonitie and thair thesaurar present and that salhappin to 
be for the tyme of all and sindrie the saidis landis houssis kyrkis chaipellis 
orchartis yardis croftis annualrentis fructis dewiteis proffettis emoliamentis 
maillis daill silvir obetis and anniversareis quhatsumevir and multur forsaid 
ilkane of thame for thair awin part as salbe gevin to you in tickett (except 
the kingis patronageis lande patronageis and levand mennis benefices) efter 
the forme and tennour of thair infeftment and saising thairof and of the 
saidis lordis decreit gevin thairupoun within xxiiij houris nixt eftir thai be 
chargeit be you therto under all hieest pane and charge that eftir may 
follow The quhilkis xxiiij houris being bipast and the saidis personis dis- 
sobeyand that ye charge thame yit as of befor to ansuer obey and mak 
payment to the saidis complenaris of all and sindrie the saidis landis houssis 
chapellis orchardis yardis croftis annualrentis fructis dewiteis profettis 
emoliamentis daill silvir obetis and anniversareis quhatsumevir and multur 



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forsaid ilk ane of thame for thair awin part as said is (except befoir 
exceptit) conform to the said infeftment and to the saidis lordis decreit 
gevin thairupoun within uthir xxiiij houris nixt eftir thai be chargeit be you 
therto under the pane of warding of ther personis The quhilkis xxiiij houris 
being bipast and the saidis personis dissobeyand that ye charge thame yit 
as of befoir to ansuer obey and mak payment to the saidis complenaris of all 
and sindrie the saidis landis houssis chapellis orchardis yardis croftis annual- 
rentis fructis dewiteis and utheris emoliamentis and multuris abone rehersit 
(exceptand as said is) conforme to the said infeftment and to the saidis 
lordis decreit gevin thairupoun within uther xxiiij houris [nixt] eftir thai be 
chargit be you therto or ellis that thai within the samin xxiiij houris pas and 
entir thair personis in ward within our said castell of Dunbartane thair to 
remane upoun ther awin expenssis ay and quhill thai haif fulfiUit the com- 
mand of thir oure lettres and be fred be ws therto under the pane of rebel- 
lioun and putting of thame to oure home and that thai cum to oure secretar 
or his deputis keparis of oure signet and ressave oure utheris lettres for ressait 
in ward within oure said castell The quhilkis xxiiij houris being bipast and 
the saidis personis dissobeyand that ye charge thame yit as of befoir to 

mak payment to the saidis complenaris of all and sindrie the 
landis houssis chapellis orchardis yardis croftis annualrentis fructis dewiteis 
mentis and multuris abone rehersit (exceptand as said is) 
conforme to the said infeftment and to the saidis lordis decreit gevin thair- 
upoun houris next eftir thai be chargit be you therto or 
ellis that thai within the samin xxuii houris pas and entir thair personis in 
ward within our to remane upoun thair awin expenssis ay 
and quhill thai haif fulfiUit the command of thir our lettres and be fred be 
ws therto under the said and putting of thame to oure 
home and that thai cum to oure said secretare or his deputis keparis of oure 
signet and ressave our uther thair ressait in ward within 
our said castle The quhilkis last xxiiii houris of all being bipast and the 
saidis personis or ony of thame and nocht fulfiUand the 
command of thir our lettres nor enterand thair personis in ward within our 
said castell as said is that ye incontinent den aris oure rebellis 
and put thame to oure home and escheit and inbriug all thair movable guidis 
to be inbrocht to oure use for and immediatlie eftir thair said 
denuntiatioun that ye pas to the schiref of oure schyre quhair the saidis 
dissobeyaris duellis and alsu or his clerkis, and mak intima- 



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tioun to thame respective of your said denuntiatioun to the effect and 
according to oure act and ordinance as ye will ansuer to ws 

thairupoun The quhilk to do we commit to you conjunctlie and severalie 
oure full power be thir oure lettres be you dewlie execut and 

indorsat agane to the berar. Gevin under oure signet at Edinburgh the last 
day of Februar and regnne the sext yeir 1572. 

Per decretum dominorum consilii, etc. R. Scott. 

17. Feu-Charter hy Thomas Andrew, Vicar of Irvine, to Peter Broun 
of Burrowland, of the Kirhlands of the Vicarage of Irvine. — 1572. 

Omnibus hanc cartam visuris vel audituris Thomas Andreas vicarius de 
Irwin salutem in omnium salvatore Noveritis me cum expressis consensu 
et assensu venerabilis clerici Alexandri permissione divina commendatarii 
monasterii de Klillwyning et conventus ejusdem ad hoc capitulariter con- 
gregati secundum Statuta et acta parliamentorum hujus regni principum 
nobis Scotie pro lege observanda pro cultura et policia in regno habenda 
edita utilitateque mea et successorum meorum undique previsa et pensata 
deliberatione matura prehabita pro rentalis niei augmentatione annuatim ad 
summam duodecim denariorum monete hujus regni Scotie plusquam unquam 
terre subscripte mihi aut predecessoribus meis persolverunt aut dederunt 
Necnon pro nonnuUis pecuniarum summis mihi pre manibus per honorabilem 
virum Petrum Broun de Burrowland burgensem de Irwin gratanter et 
integre persolutis in pecuniis numeratis et aliis gratitudinibus et bene meritis 
mihi per ipsum multipliciter impensis de quibusquidem teneo me bene 
contentum pacatum plenarie et integre persolutum cum exoneratione 
earundem plena Assedasse arrandasse locasse et ad feudifirmam seu 
emphiteosim hereditarie dimisisse et hac presenti carta mea confirmasse 
Necnon per presentes assedare locare arrendare et ad feudifirmam seu 
emphiteosim hereditarie dimittere et hac presenti carta mea confirmare 
prefato Petro Broun heredibusque suis et assignatis Totas et integras 
terras meas ecclesiasticas vicarie mee subscripte, viz. quinque rodas terrarum 
aut ea circa jacentes intra territorium dicti burgi inter terras Wilelmi Scot 
ex australi communes rodas terrarum dicti burgi ex orientali communem 
cemitem sive viam discendendo ad aquam de Irwin ex boriali et occi- 
dentali partibus ab una et aliis Necnon totas et integras illas duas rodas 
terrarum aut ea circa unacum terra non manurata lie Buland eisdem 



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adjacente discendendo ad predictam aquam de Irwin ex occidentali terras 
quondam Oliver! Howstoun ex borientali cimiterium ex oriental! et terras 
saeelle nuncupate lie Chappell land ex austral! partibus ab una et aliis 
cum singulis suis pertinenciis pendiculis et pertinenciis quibuscunque 
jacentes in predicto territorio et peroctiali de Irwin balliatu de Conyghame 
et infra vicecomitatum de Air Tenendas et habendas totas et integras 
prenominatas terras prout superius nominantur et limitantur in specie cum 
singulis suis partibus pendiculis et pertinenciis quibuscunque prefato Petro 
Brown heredibus suis et assignatis de me et successoribus meis vicariis de 
Irwin in feodo et hereditate imperpetuum per omnes rectas metas suas 
antiquas et divisas prout jaeent in longitudine et latitudine in bostis planis 
cum communi pastura libero introitu et exitu ac cum omnibus aliis et 
singulis libertatibus commoditatibus proficuis asiamentis ac justis suis per- 
tinenciis quibuscunque tam non nominatis quam nominatis tam subtus 
quam supra terram procul et prope ad predictas terras eccleciasticas cum 
pertinenciis spectantibus seu spectare valentibus quomodolibet infuturum 
libere quiete plenarie integre hon orifice bene et in pace sine aliquo im- 
pedimento obstaculo revocatione aut contradictione quacunque Reddendo 
inde annuatim dictus Petrus Brown heredes sui et assignati pro predictis 
terris mihi et successoribus meis vicariis de Irwin pro tempore existentibus 
summam quatuor solidorum annualis firme monete usualis hujus regni Scotie 
tanquam firmam pro eisdem terris ante presentem infeodationem solvi 
soUtam et consuetam cum predictis duodecim denariis superius specificatis 
in augmentationem dicti mei rentalis extendentes in integro ad summam 
quinque solidorum monete prescripte ad duos anni terminos consuetos 
Penthecostes et Sancti Martini in liyeme per equales portiones nomine 
feudifirme Necnon heredes dicti Petri et sui assignati duplicando dictam 
feudifirmam unius anni eorum primo introitu ad prelibatas terras prout 
usus est feudifirme tantum pro omni alio onere exactione questione de- 
manda seu servitio secular! que inde per quoscunque juste exigi poterunt 
quomodolibet vel requir! Et ego vero dictus Thomas Andreas vicarius de 
Irwin et successores mei totas et integras prenominatas terras ecclesiasticas 
prout superius nominantur et limitantur in specie cum partibus pendiculis 
et pertinenciis suis quibuscunque memorato Petro Brown heredibus suis et 
assignatis adeo libere et quiete in omnibus et per omnia forma pariter et 
effectu ut premissum est contra omnes mortales warantizabimus acquieta- 
bimus et imperpetuum defendemus Igitur vobis dilectis meis Johann! 
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Conyghame ballivis meis in hac parte conjunctim et divisim specialiter 
constitutis salutem Vobis et vestrura cuilibet conjunctim et divisim precipio 
firmiter et maudo quatenus presentibus visis postmodum indelate statuni 
et sasinam hereditariam Necnon realem actualem et corporalem possessionem 
omnium et singularum prefatarum terrarum mearum ecclesiasticarum de 
Irwin prout superius nominantur et limitantur in specie cum singulas suis 
partibus pendiculis et pertinenciis quibuscunque jacentium ut supra intra 
territorium burgi de Irwin memorato Petro Brown de Burrowland burgensi 
dicti burgi ve suo certo actornato latori presentium per terre et lapidis 
fundi earundem deliberationem Secundum vim formam et tenorem hujus 
suprascripte mee carte juste tradatis deliberetis et haberi faciatis sine 
dilatione et hoc nuUo modo omittatis ad quod faciendum vobis et 
vestrum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim ballivis meis antedictis meam 
plenariam et irrevocabilem tenore presentium committo potestatem In 
cujus rei testimonium presentibus manu mea manibusque dicti com- 
mendatarii et conventus in signum eorum consensus et assensus premissa 
subscriptis sigillum meum unacum sigillo communi capituli dicti monasterii 
sunt appensa apud burgum predictum de Irwin at Killwyning diebus 

mensis anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo septuagesimo 

secundo coram hiis testibus viz. apud Irwin 




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Charter by Thomas Andrew, vicar of Irvine, with consent of Alexander 
commendator of Kilwinning and convent thereof, chapterly assembled, in 
favour of Peter Brown of Burrowland, of the Kirklands of the vicarage, 
namely, five roods or thereby of land within the territory of the burgh, 



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between- the land of William Scot on the south, the common roods of the 
burgh on the east, the common way or path going down to the Water of 
Irvine on the north and west ; also those two roods or thereby of land, 
together with the land not manured called the Buland, adjacent thereto, 
going down to. the said Water of Irvine on the west, the lands of the late 
Oliver Houstoun on the north, the cemetery on the east, and the chapel 
land on the south : To be holden in fee and heritage of the granter and 
his successors, vicars of Irvine, for the yearly rent of four shillings, with 
twelve pennies of augmentation of rental in name of feu-ferme : Contains 
precept of Sasine, and is sealed and subscribed at Irvine by the granter, 
the Earl of Glencairn, and the commendator of Kilwinning, 1572. 

18. Charter by King James VI., granting to the Burgh of Irvine the 
ecclesiastical property within the Burgh for the support of a 
School. — 8^^ June 1572. 

Jacobus Dei gratia Eex Scotorum Omnibus probis hominibus totius terre 
sue clericis et laicis salutem Sciatis quia nos impensius munus nostrum 
erga divinum servicium perpendentes et pro ardenti zelo quern ob inter- 
tenendam poleciam et equabilem ordinem inter subditos nostros precipue 
vero infra burgum nostrum de Irwing preservandum habemus Considerantes 
itaque nos ex officio teneri munus erga Deum complecti debere cujus pro- 
videntia regimini hujus regui preponimur sic que nobis ex officio incumbere 
honeste providere ut Scole et gymnasia erigantur et pauperes foveantur infra 
predictum nostrum burgum ubi juventus imbui possit bonis moribus et 
literarum cognitione non solum ad serviendum in ministerio verbi divini sed 
etiam in polecia nostri regni cum avisamento et consensu charissimi nostri 
consanguinei Johannis comitis de Mar domini Erskin, etc., regni nostri 
Regentis dedimus concessimus et disposuimus ac tenore presentis carte 
nostre damns concedimus et disponimus preposito ballivis consulibus et 
communitati dicti nostri burgi de Irwing et eorum successoribus imper- 
petuum Omnes et singulas terras tenementa domos edificia ecclesias capel- 
lanias pomeria hortos croftas annuos redditus fructus devoria proficua 
emolumenta firmas elemosinas lie daillsilver obitus anniversaria quecunque 
que quovismodo pertinuerunt aut pertinere dinoscebantur ad quascunque 
capellanias alteragia prebendarias in quacunque ecclesia capellania aut 
coUegio infra libertatem dicti burgi nostri de Irwing fundata seu fundatas 



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212 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF IRVINE. 

per quoscunque eorundem patrorios In quarum possessione capellani et 
prebendarii earundem perprius fuerunt ubicunque predicte domus edificia 
tenementa pomeria horti annul redditus anniversaria fructus proventus et 
emolumenta jacent aut prius levata erant respective infra predictum nostrum 
burgum et libertatem ejusdem jacentia Ac etiam sex boUas multure lie suckin 
que fratribus Carmelitis dicti nostri burgi de Irrewing pertinuerunt et ab eis 
levabantur de terris de Ormisheuch Reddinhill et Hoilhous infra balliatum 
de Cunynghame jacentibus Et omnes alios annuos redditus qui dictis fratribus 
perprius pertinuerunt infra predictum nostrum burgum et libertatem 
ejusdem jacentes Tenendas et babendas omnes et singulas prefatas terras 
tenementa domos edificia pomeria ortos annuos redditus anniversaria fructus 
proventus et emolumenta firmas elemosinas lie dailsilver obitus ecclesias et 
capellanias predictas cum earundem pertinenciis predictis preposito ballivis 
consulibus et communitati et eorum successoribus de nobis et nostris 
successoribus imperpetuum cum libero introitu et exitu ac cum omnibus 
aliis et singulis commoditatibus libertatibus proficuis asiamentis ac justis 
suis pertinenciis quibuscunque tam non nominatis quam nominatis tarn subtus 
terra quam supra terram procul et prope ad prefatas terras tenementa domos 
edificia et alia suprascripta spectantibus seu juste spectare valentibus 
quomodolibet in futurum libere quiete plenarie integre honorifice bene et 
in pace sine ulla revocatione contradictione aut obstaculo aliquali Cum 
potestate dictis preposito ballivis consulibus et communitati et eorum 
successoribus per seipsos eorum coUectores et officiarios eorum nominibus 
prefatos annuos redditus fructus devoria proficua anniversaria et obitus levandi 
et recipiendi ubicunque perprius levabantur Et predictas domos tenementa 
pomeria hortos et croftas prout ipsis magis videbitur expediens locandi 
similiter et adeo libere in omnibus sicuti prefati capellani aut prebendarii 
eadem perprius locare poterant Ac etiam cum avisamento prescript© unimus 
et incorporamus omnes et singulas predictas terras tenementa domos edificia 
ecclesias capellanias pomeria hortos croftas annuos redditus fructus et 
devoria predicta cum suis pertinenciis in unum corpus deinceps et impos- 
terum appellanda fundatio nostra Scole de Irwing Volumus etiam quod 
unica sasina per predictos prepositum et ballivos aut eorum quemlibet apud 
pretorium dicti nostri burgi semel accepta tam sufiiciens erit sasina perpetuo 
iu futurum ac si eadem super particulares terras ad dictos capellanos pre- 
bendaries et fratres pertinentes accepta extitisset non obstante locorum 
distantia Preterea per presentes nolumus quod capellani prebendarii et fratres 



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qui ante religionis alterationem predictis terris et annuls redditibus prbvisi 
extiterant uUo modo per hoc presens infeofamentum prejudicentur Sed 
reservamus illis usum eorundem durante eorum vita Precipiendo nostrorum 
computorum rotulatoribus coUectoribus tertiarum presentibus et pro tempore 
existentibus ac aliis quorum interest in genere ac speciatim ne eorum 
quisquam predictos fructus et annuos redditus aut eorum aliquam partem 
levare presumat aut uUum impedimentum facere predictis preposito 
ballivis consulibus et communitati et eorum successoribus in pacifica 
possessione et gavisione earundem Requirendo etiam ac ordinando dominos 
consilii et sessionis nostre quatenus literas in omnibus quatuor formis ad 
instantiam dictorum prepositi ballivorum consulum et communitatis et 
ipsorum successorum dirigant ut de eisdem responderi et obediri compellant 
Ac etiam precipiendo intromissoribus cum eisdem fructibus et annuis 
redditibus et occupatoribus terrarum ex quibus iidem levari debent quatenus 
de eisdem ipsis prompte respondeant in amplissima forma absque citatidne 
precedente Proviso nihil[omin]us quod de eisdem annuis redditibus ratio 
quotannis reddatur nostro scaccario ut intelligi queat si iidem debite 
applicentur In cujus rei testimonium huic presenti carte nostre magnum 
sigillum nostrum apponi precepimus Testibus reverendo in Christo patre 
Adamo episcopo Orchadensi commendatario monasterii nostri Sancte Crucis 
prope Edinburgh dilectis consanguineis nostris Jacobo comite de Mortoun 
domino Dalkeith etc., cancellario nostro Willelmo comite MariscaUi domino 
Keith dilectis nostris familiaribus consiliariis Magistro Jacobo Makgill de 
Rankelour Nethir nostrorum rotulorum registri ac consilii clerico Joanne 
Bellenden de Auchnoule milite nostre justiciarie clerico et Magistro Georgio 
Buchannane pensionario de Corsragwell nostri secreti sigilli custode Apud 
Letham octavo die mensis Junii anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo 
septuagesimo secundo et regni nostri quinto. 

Absteact. 

Charter by King James the Sixth, whereby, out of an earnest consider- 
ation of his duty towards God and ardent zeal for the preservation of good 
government and just order amongst his subjects, and especially of the burgh 
of Irvine, and that it was incumbent upon him in virtue of his office to 
provide for the erection of schools and gymnasia, and for the maintenance 
of the poor within the said burgh, where the youth might be imbued with 



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good manners and the knowledge of letters, not only for serving in the 
ministry of the Lord but also in the polity of the kingdom, therefore with 
advice and consent of John Earl of Mar, regent, he gave and granted to the 
provost, bailies, councillors and community of the burgh of Irvine, and their 
successors, all and sundry lands, tenements, houses, buildings, churches, 
chaplainries, orchards, gardens, crofts, annualrents, fruits, dues, profits, 
emoluments, fermes, alms, daill-silver, obits and anniversaries whatsoever, 
which pertained or in any way might belong to whatsoever chaplainries, altar- 
ages, prebendaries, in whatsoever church, chaplainry, or college founded 
within the liberty of the said burgh, formerly possessed by chaplains and 
prebendars ; and also six bolls of multure or sucken, which belonged to the 
Carmelite friars of the burgh, and were levied by them from the lands of 
Ormsheuch, Reddinhill, and Holehouse, in the bailiery of Cunningham, and 
all other annualrents which formerly belonged to the said friars within the 
liberty of the burgh, to hold of the King and his successors for ever, with 
the usual privileges ; and with power to the said magistrates and community, 
by themselves, or their officers in their names, to levy and receive the 
aforesaid annualrents, etc., and to let the foresaid houses, tenements, 
orchards and others, as should seem to them most expedient ; uniting and 
incorporating all and sundry the said lands, tenements and others into one 
body, to be called the King's Foundation of the School of Irvine ; one sasine 
to be taken by the provost and bailies or any of them, at the town hall of 
the said burgh, to be sufficient ; providing, moreover, that the chaplains, 
prebendars and friars who were provided to the said lands and annualrents 
before the alteration of religion should not be prejudiced by this infeftment, 
but reserving to them the use thereof during their lives. Given under the 
great seal at Leith 8th June 1572. 

19. Precept of Sasine for infefting the Burgh of Irvine in the church 
•property granted for the Foundation of the King's School of 
Irvine. — Qth June 1572. 

Jacobus Dei gratia Rex Scotorum ballivo nostro de Cunynghame et de- 
putatis suis necnon dilectis nostris Hugoni Nevene Petro Broun et 

eorum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim ballivis nostris de Cuninghame in 
hac parte salutem Quia cum avisiamento et consensu charissimi nostri 
consanguinei Johannis Comitis de Mar domini Erskin etc. regni nostri 



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Eegentis dedimus concessimus et disposuimus preposito ballivis consulibus et 
communitati burgi nostri de Irrewing et eorum successoribus in perpetuum 
Omnes et singulas terras tenementa domos edificia ecclesias capellaniaa 
pomeria ortos croftas annuos redditus fructus devoria proficua emolumenta 
firmas elemozinas lie dailsilver obitus anniversaria quecunque que quovis- 
modo pertinuerunt aut pertinere dinoscebantur ad quascunque capellaniaa 
altaragia prebendarias in quacunque ecclesia capellania aut coUegio infra 
libertatem dicti nostri burgi de Irreving fundata seu fundatas per quoscunque 
eorundem patronos In quarum possessione capellani et prebendarii earundem 
perprius fuerunt ubicunque predicte domus edificia tenementa pomeria 
horti annul redditus aniversaria fructus proventus et emolumenta jacent 
aut prius levata erant respective infra predictum nostrum burgum et 
libertatem ejusdem jacentia Ac etiam sex bollas multure lie suckin que 
fratribus Carmelitis dicti nostri burgi de Irwing pertinuerunt et ab eis 
levabantur de terris de Ormisheucli Reddinhill et Hoilhous infra balliatum 
de Cunynghame jacentibus Et omnes alios annuos redditus qui dicti^' 
fratribus perprius pertinuerunt infra predictum nostrum burgum et 
libertatem ejusdem jacentes Ac etiam cum avisamento prescript© unimus et 
incorporamus Omnes et singulas predictas terras tenementa domos edificia 
ecclesias capellanias pomeria hortos croftas annuos redditus fructus et 
devoria predicta cum suis pertinenciis in unum corpus deinceps et 
imposterum appellanda fundatio nostra Scole de Irwing Volumus etiam 
quod unica sasina per predictos prepositum et ballivos aut eorum quemlibet 
apud pretorium dicti nostri burgi semel accepta tarn sufiiciens erit saisina 
perpetuo in futurum ac si eadem super particulares terras ad dictos pre- 
bendarios capellanos et fratres pertinentes accepta extitisset Non obstante 
locorum distantia prout in carta nostri desuper confecta latius continetur 
Vobis precipimus et mandamus quatenus dictis preposito et ballivis aut 
eorum cuilibet vel suis certis actornatis latoribus presentium saisinam 
omnium et singularum prefatarum terrarum tenementorum domorum 
edificiorum pomeriorum hortorum annuorum reddituum anniversariorum 
fructuum proventuum et emolumentorum firmarum elemozinarum lie daiU 
silver obituum ecclesiarum et capellaniarum predictarum cum earundem 
pertinenciis secundum formam et tenorem carte nostre quam de nobis inde 
habent juste haberi faciatis et sine dilatione et hoc nuUo modo omittatis ad 
quod faciendum vobis et vestrum cuilibet conjunctim et divisim ballivis 
nostris de Cunynghame in hac parte committimus potestatem Datum sub 



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testimonio nostri magni sigilli apud Letham octavo die mensis Junii anno 
Domini millesimo quingentesimo septuagesimo secundo et regni nostri 
quinto. 

Abstract. 

Precept of Sasine by King James the Sixth, directing his bailie of 
Cunynghame to infeft the provost, bailies, councillors and community of his 
burgh of Irvine and their successors in all lands, tenements, houses, 
churches, chaplainries, annualrents, fruits, duties, dailsilver, anniversaries 
and others, that pertained to any chaplainry, altarage or prebendary in any 
church, chaplainry, or college founded within the liberty of the burgh, in 
possession of which the chaplains and prebendaries of the same were 
formerly ; and of six bolls of multure which belonged to the Friars 
Carmelites of the said burgh and were uplifted by them out of the lands 
of Ormisheuch, Eeddinhill, and Hoilhouse in the bailiary of Cunynghame, 
and all other annualrents that formerly belonged to the said friars lying 
within the burgh and liberty thereof Also erecting the whole foresaid 
lands, houses, etc., into an incorporation to be called the Foundation of the 
King's School of Irving. The preamble states that these had all been 
granted to the burgh with consent of John Earl of Mar Lord Erskin, etc., 
Kegent of the Kingdom. Given under the Quarter Seal at Leith 8th June 
1572. 

20. Minute of the Commission of Benefices in regard to the Rental of 
Church lands and benefices in Irvine. — I2th August 1573. 

Apud Edinburgh xij" August! anno, etc. Ixxiij" : — 
CoMPEEiT befoir the commissionaris Hew Campbell provest and Thomas 
Broun burges and commissionaris of Irvine and producit thair chartour of 
the Freiris landis annueUis and chaiplanreis berand ut scole et gimnasia 
erugantur et pauperes foveantur infra dictum burgum Et in fine habet 
Proviso nihilominus quod de eisdem annuus redditus ratio quotannis 
reddatur nostro scaccario ut intelligi queat si iidem debite applicentur 
Togidder with this rentaile, extending to xlj tixiij sjd, and allegis that the 
chaiplanis of thair chaiplanreis as yit on lyiff and alsua the freiris alyiff 
and that thai gett na intromissioun thairwith : 

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culare rentaillis of the twa altarages of St. Jolinne the Baptist and the 
Trinitie altare quhairof na particulare rentaile as yit is gevin up and towart 
the present rentaile ordanis tham to mak it mair particulare and to designe 
the landis and tenementis quhairof thir annuellis suld be upliftit alsueill 
as the possessouris names of the same agane the nixt assemblie Togidder 
with the rentaillis of all utheris chaiplanreis alsueill pertening to the 
patronage of the toune and inhabitantis thairof as to owt patronis, to the 
effect the same may be disponit conforme to the act of parliament. 

And as twiching the leving chaiplanis ordanis to bring their names and 
surnames agane the nixt assemblie with sufficient testimoniall of thair lyiff 
Togidder with a particulare rentaile of the haill freiris in respect thair is 
na thing gevin up heir bot the mylne alanerlie. S. J. Nicolson. 

21. Instrument of Sasine m favour of the Burgh of Irvine, of the lands 
and rents formerly belonging to the Church and Carmelite Friars 
of Irvine. — 4,th October 1574. 

In Dei nomine Amen Per hoc presens publicum instrumentum cunctis 
pateat evidenter et sit notum quod anno incarnationis Dominice millesimo 
quingentesimo septuagesimo quarto die vero mensis Octobris quarto 
regnique supremi doniini nostri Eegis Jacobi Sexti anno octavo In mei 
notarii public! et testium subscriptorum presentia personaliter constitutus 
honorabilis vir Hugo Campbell urbis prefectus burgi de Irwin quoddam 
regium preceptum sasine subinsertum pergamino scrip turn sub testimonio 
magni sigilli regii ad presentiam providi viri Hugonis Nevein burgensis dicti 
burgi [ballivi] dicti supremi domini nostri regis in eodem specialiter nominati 
et constituti presentavit ipsum ballivum humiliter implorans ad hujusmodi 
debite exequendum quod idem ballivus de ejus manibus reverenter recepit 
ac mihi notario publico subscripto perlegendum et publicandum tradidit 
Cujus tenor sub hac verborum serie sequitur Jacobus Dei gratia Eex 
Scotorum ballivo nostro de Cunyghame et deputatis suis nee non dilectis 
nostris Hugoni Nevin Petro Broun et eorum cuilibet conjuuctim et 
divisim ballivis nostris de Conyghame in hac parte salutem Quia cum avisa- 
mento et consensu charissimi nostri consanguinei Johannis Comitis de 
Mar domini Erskein etc. regni nostri regentis dedimus concessimus et 
disposuimus preposito ballivis consulibus et communitati burgi nostri de 
Irwin et eorum successoribus imperpetuum omnes et singulas terras 

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218 MUNIMENTS OF THE BURGH OF IRVINE. 

tenementa domos edificia ecclesias capellanias pomeria ortos croftas annuos 
redditus fructus devoria proficua emolumenta firmas elemosinas lie daill 
silver obitus anniversaria quecunque que quovismodo pertinuerunt aut 
pertinere dinoscebantur ad quoscunque capellanias altaragia prebendarias in 
quacumque ecclesia capellania aut coUegio infra libertatem dicti nostri 
burgi de Irwin fundata seu fundatas per quoscunque earundem patronos 
in quarum possessione capellani et prebendarii perprius fuerunt ubicumque 
predicte domus edificia tenementa pomeria horti annul redditus anniversaria 
fructus proventus et emolumenta jacent aut prius levata erant respective 
infra predictum nostrum burgum et libertatem ejusdem jacentes ac etiam 
sex boUas multure lie suckin que fratribus Carmelitis dicti nostri burgi de 
Irwin pertinuerunt et ab eis levabantur de terris de Ormishewcht Ridding- 
liill et Hoilhous infra baleatum de Cunygham jacentibus et omnes alios 
annuos redditus qui dictis fratribus perprius pertinuerunt infra predictum 
nostrum burgum et libertatem ejusdem jacentes Ac etiam cum avisamento 
prescripto unimus et incorporamus omnes et singulas predictas terras 
tenementa domos edificia ecclesias capellanias pomeria hortos croftas annuos 
redditus fructus et devoria predicta cum suis pertinentiis in unum corpus 
deinceps et imposterum appellandum fundatio nostra Scole de Irwin 
Volumus etiam quod unica sasina per predictos prepositum et ballivos 
aut eorum quemlibet apud pretorium dicti nostri burgi semel accepta tarn 
sufiiciens erit sasina perpetuo infuturum ac si eadem super particulares 
terras ad dictos prebendarios capellanos et fratres pertinentes accepta 
extitisset non obstante locorum distantia prout in carta nostra desuper 
confecta latius continetur Vobis precipimus et mandamus quatenus dictis 
preposito et balivis aut eorum cuilibet vel suis certis actornatis latoribus 
presentium sasinam omnium et singularum prefatarum terrarum tene- 
mentorum domorum edificiorum pomeriorum hortorum annuorum red- 
dituum anniversariorum fructuum proventuum et emolumentorum firmarum 
elemosinarum lie daill silver obitum ecclesiarum et capellaniarum pre- 
dictarum cum earundem pertenentiis secundum formam et tenorem carte 
nostre quam de nobis inde habent juste haberi faciatis et sine delatione Et 
hoc nuUo modo omittatis ad quod faciendum vobis et vestrum cuilibet 
conjunctim et divisim ballivis nostris de Conygham in hac parte 
committimus potestat[em] Datum sub testimonio nostri magni sigilli 
apud Letham octavo die mensis Junii anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo 
septuagesimo secundo et regni nostri quinto Post cujusquidem precepti sasine 



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perlecturam et publicationem prefatus Hugo Neyein ballivus in hac parte 
de Conygliam in eodem precepto specialiter constitutus ad pretorium dicti 
burgi de Irwin accessit virtute et vigore sui predicti baliatus officii propriis 
suis manibus statum et sasinam hereditariam pariter et possessionem 
corporalem et actualem et realem omnium et singularum prefatarum 
terrarum tenementorum domorum hortorum croftarum edificiorum pomeri- 
orum annuorum reddituum anniversariorum fructuum proventuum emolu- 
mentorum firmarum elemosinarum lie daill silver obitum ecclesiarum et 
capellaniarum predictarum ac etiam prefatarum sex boUarum lie suckin 
cum. singulis suis earundem pertinentiis ubicumque jacentium memorato 
Hugoni Campbell urbis prefecto dicti burgi de Irwin pro se ballivis 
consulibus et communitate dicti burgi et successoribus suis pro perpetuo 
in futurum per terre et lapidis ut moris est traditione[m] secundum tenorem 
predicte carte et precepti sasine suprascripte bereditarie dedit contulit et 
deliberavit imperpetuum Super quibus omnibus et singulis sic premissis 
prefatus Hugo Campbell urbis prefectus a me notario publico subscripto 
sibi fieri petiit instrumenta publica unum aut plura Acta erant hec apud 
predictum pretorium dicti burgi horam circiter nonam ante merediem sub 
anno die mense et regno quibus supra presentibus ibidem Wilelmo 
Conygham David Conygbam Johanne Moriall Wilelmo Conyghame fuUone 
Thoma Cuming Eoberto Scott Johanne Tweid Johanne Nevein AUano 
Eois conburgensibus dicti burgi cum diversis aliis testibus ad premissa 
vocatis pariterque rogatis. 

Et ego vero Gavinus Nasmytht clericus Glasguensis diocesis publicusque 
perprius auctoritate Apostolica notarius, etc. 

Abstract. 

Instrument of Sasine narrating that in presence of a notary and 
witnesses an honourable man, Hugh Campbell, provost of the burgh of 
Irvine, delivered a royal precept of Sasine under the quarter seal to Hugh 
Nevein, burgess of the said burgh, specially nominated and appointed in the 
said precept, and besought the said bailie to execute the same, who 
delivered it to the notary to be read, being Precept of Sasine by James, 
King of Scots, directed to his bailie of Cunyghame and his deputes, and to 
Hugh Nevin, Peter Brown, and either of them, his bailies of Cunyghame in 
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Erskin, etc., regent of the kingdom, he had granted and disponed to the 
provost, bailies, councillors and community of his burgh of Irvine and their 
successors for ever, all and sundry lands, tenements, houses, buildings, 
churches, chaplainries, orchards, gardens, crofts, annualrents, fruits, duties, 
profits, emoluments, maills, alms, daill silver, obits and anniversaries, which 
formerly belonged to any chaplainries, altarages, prebendaries, founded in any 
church, chaplainry or college within the liberty of the said burgh of Irvine, 
by any patrons thereof, in possession of which the chaplains and prebendaries 
formerly were, wherever the same lay within the said burgh and liberty 
thereof, and also six bolls of multure (suckin) which pertained to the 
Friars Carmelites of the said burgh, and were uplifted by them from the 
lands of Ormisheucht, Eiddinghill, and Hoilhous, in the bailiary of Cunyg- 
hame, and all other annualrents which belonged to the said friars within 
the burgh and liberty thereof : The king also with advice foresaid united 
and incorporated all the foresaid lands, tenements, etc. , into one corporation, 
to be called in all time coming the Foundation of his School of Irvine : 
Willing further that a single seizin to be taken at the tolbooth of the burgh 
should be sufficient, as more fully contained in the charter made thereupon : 
Given under the quarter seal at Leith 8th June 1572. On reading of 
which precept the said Hugh Nevein, bailie in that part, passed to the 
tolbooth of the burgh, and gave sasine of the foresaid lands, etc., to the 
said Hugh Campbell, provost of the burgh, for himself, the bailies, 
councillors and community of the said burgh for ever, about nine o'clock 
before noon on 4th October 1574 : Witnesses, William Conygham, David 
Conygham, John Moriall, William Conygham, fuller, and other burgesses : 
Gavin Nasmyth, clerk of Glasgow diocese, notary. 

22. Receipt by the Chamberlain of Kilivinning to the Burgh of Irvine, 
for the teind duty of half a tun of wine for the Bogflats. — 28i5A 
October 1577. 

I, James Conyghame, Chalmerlane of Kilwinning, grantis me to half resavit 
fra the handis of the provest and bailzeis of the burgh of Irwin for thaim- 
selffis and the remanent communite of the said burgh payment for the 
twa part of ane tunne of wynne for thair teindis of the Utir and Inner 
Bogflattis of the cropt and yeir of God I™ v" Ix saxtene yeiris Off the 
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Inner Bogflattis of the cropt abone writtin I grant me weill content satefeit 
and payit and of all utMris yeiris preceiding the said yeir sene I wes 
chalmerlane be this discharge subscrivit with my hand at Irvin the xxviij 
day of October the yeir of God I" v*" Ix sevintene yeiris, befoir thir 
witnes Thomas Essat messinger, Johne Kirkvod, Gawand Nasmyth viccar 
of Drygarne. James Conyghame, 

Chalmerlane of Kilvynnyng. 

23. Contract between the Town of Irvine and Mr. William Strang their 

Minister. — August 1583. 

It is finallie agreit concludit and endit betuix thir parteis following that is 
say betuix the pro vest baillies and towne of Irving upone the ane part and 
Mr. William Strang minister of Goddis word on the uther part, that is to 
say, the said Mr. William is content to accept upone him the office of ane 
pastour to the said towne and bindis and oblisis with Goddis grace faith- 
fuUie to discharge the said office in preching the word to thame in ministra- 
tioun of the sacramentis in execution of the disciplin of the said kirk in 
geving general or particular admonition and instructionis as neid requyres 
and in doing al uther thingis perteining to his office of ministerie and 
speciallie in teching twyse everie Sonday publicle in ordinar teching lik- 
wyse upone the Waddinsday and Fryday at loiat in noting upono tho oxorooioc 
in the occond place or third place in aboono of uthoria or uthorwioc oupploing 
tho placo of oxorooioo^ as neid requyris For the quhilk cause the said provest 
bailleis and towne being weil content with the said minister bindis and 
oblisis them reverentlie to heir and resave the word of God fra the mouth 
of thair said minister to subject themselfis thairto and to the disciplin of 
Chrystis Kirk in all pointis as it is establisit within this realme according 
to the actis of general and sinodal assemblies and presbitereis and never to 
solist nor requeist him in the contrar in favouris or in respect of ony persone 
or personis quhatsumever but rather gif thay or ony of them offend aganis 
the law of God or aganis the said disciplin of Chrystis Kirk thay ar 
content in that caise to be frelie admonisit be thair said minister and to obey 
his godlie admonitionis and for the better execution of disciplin to cheise ane 
sufficient number of elderis of the maist honest and godlie men within the 
said citie quhilk being lauchfuUie chosin sal conven ouklie with the said 

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minister to assist him with consal and to governe the kirk and keip the 
samin in guid ordonr and sal continew in the said office faithfuUie and 
-diligentlie serving be coursis as maist commodiouslie thay may be devydit 
Item the said provest and bailleis promittis faithfuUie to assist and hald 
hand to the said minister and elderis for mantenans of the disciplin of said 
kirk and to punise vicis according to the godlie actis of parliament maid 
thairanent and according to the example of the best reformed kirkis within 
this realme and speciallie to punise the contemneris of the word and sacra- 
mentis and al them that wilfullie and obstinatlie absentis themself from the 
preching of the word cheiflie upone the Sabbath day Finallie to assist man- 
tein and defend thair said minister in al thingis perteining to his ministerie 
that he doing his dewtie be nocht contemnit and to fortifie and help him 
according to thair power to obtein his stipend and dewtie that salbe assignit 
to him in his assignation and failing thairof to support and provyd for him 
upon thair awin chargis gif that utherwayis he can not obtein his stipend 
be the law and likwyse to repair the kirk and kirkyard and use the samin 
according to the richt use thairof conforme to the best reformit kirkis within 
this contrie betuix the day and dait heirof and Candelmes nixtocum that 
the place of burial may be honestlie keipit fra horse swyne and uther bestial 
and that na burial be usit in the said kirk and finallie to reforme them- 
selfis in al thingis according to the exampil of the best reformit kirkis within 
this contrie and to provyd ane sufficient maneo and yard to tho eaid 
minJBt e r upon thair charg e s dwelling-house and yard to the said minister or 
to pay the mail thereof he provyding the samyn himself as he plesis best 
and for the fulfilling of the premissis baith the saidis parteis ar sworne everie 
ane to uther and hes subscrivit thir presentis with thair handis at Irving 
the day of August the yeir of God 1583. 

Mr. Wm. Strang, minister of Goddis word with my hand, 

24, Discharge hy James Cuninghame of Montgrenan to Ninian 
Barclay, Provost of Irvine, for the Teinds of the Burgh lands oj 
Bogfaulds. — Uh August 1602. 

I, James Cuninghame of Mongrenane takisman of the teindis of Uttir and 
Inner Bogfauldis within the territorie of the burgh of Irwein grantis me be 
the tennour heirof to be sufficientlie satisfeit and payit be Niniane Barcley 
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the rest of the burgessis and communitie of the said burgh for thair saidis 
teindis of thair saidis landis of Inner and Utter Bogfauldis of the cropt and 
yeir of God j» sex hundreth and ane yeiris last bypast.And thairof I for me 
my aires executouris and assignayis exoneris and simpliciter dischergis the 
said burgh of Irwene haill burgessis and inhabitantis thairof for ever And 
quhilk acquittance and discherge I as principall and Jhone Blair of that ilk 
cautioner and souertie for me obliss us our aires executouris and assignayis 
conjunctly and severally to warrand to be gud valid and sufficient in the 
selff and for the mair securetie we ar content and consentis thir presentis be 
insert and registrat in the buikis of counsell to have the strenth of ane act 
and decreit of the lordis thairof and executoriallis to be direct thairupoun of 
ane sempliciter of sex dayes allanerlie and for that effect we constitut 

our procuratouris in uberiori forma, etc. In witnes 
quhairof thir presentis wrettin be Hew Garven clerk of Irwene we have 
subscryvit the samin with our handis as followes at Irwein the fourt day of 
August the yeir of God j"" sex hundreth and twa yeiris Befoir thir witnessis 
the said Hew Garven William Patoun John Quhytfurd burgessis of Irwein 
and Niniane Cunynghame servitour to me the said James. 

Mr. J. CuNiGHAME of Montgrinen. 
H. Garven witnes. J. Blair of that ilk cationer. 

Jhonne Quhytfurd witnes. 
William Patoun witnes. 

25. Discharge hy James Cuninghame of Montgrenan to the Magistrates 
of Irvine, for the Teinds of the Bogfaulds. — 2lst June 1603. 

I, James Cuninghame of Mongrenane takisman of the teindis of Uttir and 
Inner Bogfauldis within the territorie of the burgh of Irwein grantis me be 
the tennour heirof to be sufficientlie satisfit and payit be Archebald George 
proveist William Patoun and Alexander Dunlope bailleis of Irwein for thame- 
selffis and in name of the haill commwnitie of the said burgh ffor thair teindis 
of the said landis of Inner and Uttir Bogfauldis of the cropt and yeir of God 
j" vj" and twa yeiris last bypast and thairof I for me my ares executouris 
and assignayis exonouris and simpliciter discharges the said burgh of Irwene 
haiU burgessis and inhabitantis thairof for evir And quhilk acquittance and 
discharge I as principall and Johnne Blair of that ilk cautioner and souertie 
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conjunctlie and severallie to warrand to the said burgh of Irwene and thair 
successouris to be gude valid and sufficient and for the mair securitie we ar 
content and consentis thir presentis be insert and registrat in the buikis of 
counsel! to have the strenth of ilk ane or onie ane of thair decreitis and 
executoriallis of poinding warding and horneing on ane semple cherge of 
ten dayis allanerlie to pas heirupoun and for that effect we mak and constitute 
our procuratouris in uberiorj forma, etc. In witnes 
quhairof thir presentis wreitin be Hew Garven burgh clerk of the said burgh 
we have subscryvit the samin with our handis at Irwene the xxj day of 
Junij the yeir of God j"" vj" and thrie yeiris befoir thir witnessis Mr. 
Alexander Skynner minister of the said burgh Mr. William Wallace 
skulemaister thairof and the said Hew Garven. 



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Mr. Alexander Scynner witness. 

Mr. William Wallace schulm' witness. 

H. Garven witnes. 

26. Discharge hy James Cuninghame of Mongrenan for the Teinds of 
the Bogfaulds. — ZQth January 1605. 

1, James Cuninghame of Mongrenane takisman of the teindis of the landis 
of Bogfauldis perteneing to the burgh of Irvene grantis me to be satisfeit be 
Archebald George pro vest William Patoun and Alexander Dunlopebaillies of 
the said burgh for thameselffis and in name of the haill communitie for 
thair teindis of thair landis foirsaid of the cropt and yeir of God j" vj" thrie 
yeiris last bjrpast and thairof for me and my ares executouris and assignayis 
exonouris and dischergis the said burgh for evir and I oblis me to warrand 
this discherge to be gude and sufficient In witness quhairof (thir presentis 
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with my hand as foUowis at Montgranen the penult of Januar the yeir of j" 
vj" and fyve yeiris befor thir witnes Jhone Stewart scheref off Buit Adam 
Fairlie of Bog Jhone Hervie burgesse of Irwin. 

Mr. J. CuNiGHAME of Montgrinen. 

Adame Fairlie witnes. 
Jhonne Hervie witnes. 

27. Discharge by James Cuninghame of Montgrenan for the Teinds of 

the Bogfaulds. — 2Qth June 1605. 

I Maister James Cuninghame of Mongrenane grantis me be the tennor heir- 

of to be fuUelie satisfeit and compleitlie payit be Archebald George provest 

of Irwene for himselff and in name of the haill burgh off thair teindis of 

Uttir and Inner Bogfauldis the said burghis landis belanging to me in tak 

assedatioun and that of the cropt and yeir of God j™ vj° and four yeiris last 

bypast off the quhilkis I exonour and simpliciter discherge the said burgh 

be thir presentis for now and evir and obliss me my ares executouris and 

assignayis to warrand this discherge to be gude and sufficient In witnes 

quhairof thir presentis (wrettin be Hew Gerven court clerk of Irvene) I have 

subscryvit the samin with my hand at Irvene the tuentie saxt day of Junij 

the yeir of God j"" vj" fyve yeiris befoir thir witnessis Thomas Boyd of 

Bowinschaw Alexander Boyd in Kilmernok Hew Scot burges of Irvene and 

the said Hew Garven. 

Mr. J. CuNiGAMB of Montgrinen. 

Hew Scott witnes. C/y .^^ jfP /kJ 

Alexr. Boyd witnes. jWW^ ^^/^ ^iM^ 
H. Garven witnes. fj ^ 

28. Discharge hy Mr. James Cuninghame of Montgrenan for the Teinds 

of the Bogfaulds. — 30th May 1606. 

I, Maister James Conynghame of Montgrenane taxman of the teindis of the 
toun landis of Irving Granttis me be the tennour heirof to be compleitlie 

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satisfeit and payit be the provest bailleis counsell and communitie of the 
toun of Irving of the haill teind boUis victuell and all utheris teindis and 
dewteis quhatsumevir addetit be thame to me furth of thair landis of Inner 
and Gutter Bogefauldis and all utheris thair burrow landis of the crope and 
yeir of Grod j" sex hundreth and ffyve yeiris last bipast and for me and my 
successouris exoneris and simpliciter discharges the saidis provest bailleis 
counsell and communitie foirsaidis and thair successouris of the samin be 
thir presentis for ever and sail warrand this present discharge to be gude 
and sufficient in the selff at all handis and aganes all deidlie Lyik as we the 
provest bailies counsell and communitie foirsaid exoneris and simply dis- 
charges for us and our sucessouris the said Maister James his aires and suc- 
cessouris of the communion wyne beitting and uphalding of our queir astrictit 
to be payit and done be him to us yeirlie and that for the foirsaid crope and yeir 
of God j" vj" and fyve yeiris be this our acquittance subscryvit with our 
handis at Irvene the penult day of Maij j" sex hundreth and sax yeiris 
befoir thir witnessis Alexander Coninghame Hew Scott and Johnne Neilsoun 
wryter of the premissis burgessis of Irwene. 

Mr. J. CuNiGAME of Montgrinen. 
Hew Scott as witnes. 
Alexr. Cunyngham witnes. 
Johnne Neilsoun witnes. 

29. Obligation by the Magistrates of Irvine to provide Mr. David 
Dickson, their Minister, with a sufficient Manse and Glebe. — 
15th February 1631. [Copy.] 

Be it kend to all men by thir present Letters Allan Dunlop Provost of the 
burgh of Irvine Alexander Cunninghame of CoUelan and James Blair baillies 
of the same for ourselves and with express advice and consent of the Councill 
of the said burgh under-subscribers hereof and we the said Provost Baillies 
and Council taken the burden on us for the community of the said burgh 
that forasmeickle as an noble and potent Lord Alexander Earle of Eglintowne 
Lord Montgomerie, etc., our patron of the Kirk of Irving is carefull and 
desireous that Mr. David Dickson our minister of the said kirk and present 
server of the cure thereat and who was presented thereto by his Lordship 
self (and who is for the present altogether destitute of ane Manse and who 
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have and is appointed and prescribit by the Acts of Parliament) should be 
sufficiently furnisht and providit thereintill according to the equity His 
Majesty's Acts of Parliament laws and practice of this realm and that the 
said Mr. David himself should not be in any sort troublit disquietit or 
distractit from the charge and cure at the said kirk in purchasing and 
procuring of the said Manse and remanent of the said Glieb whereintill he 
is for the present deficient and inlaikand and that the same should be 
procurit and obtainit by us to him by law the said noble Earl himself as 
patron countenancing us thereintill in causing his Lordship's Procurators 
pleid the same in the name of the said Mr. David (we as having the nearest 
and most special interest thereintill) to see our said minister providit in the 
same bestowand the charges and expences thereof giff so be that these 
having kirk lands within the parochin next adjacent to the said kirk of the 
whilk the said Gleib so meickle thereof as the inlaikand should be properlie 
taken and laid by the said Acts of Parliament will not willingly give the 
same ofi" their said kirk lands to the said minister conform to the designation 
to be made and given to him off the same and we not only being most 
willing of ourselves that our said Minister should have his said Manse and 
what is inlaicking to him off the said nearest kirk lands to the said kirk 
furth of the whilk the same is due and that our said Minister should not 
be distracted from his said charge and function and disquietit in pleading of 
the same by law whereintill we ar asured he is far more refractory and would 
rather want the same than to pled by law or offend in any sort any within 
the said parochin having their particular interest in the said kirk lands for 
the same But being also willing to give to the said noble Lord our patron 
foresaid satisfaction in his said so reasonable ane desire the same tending to 
the guide peace and quietness of our said Minister whom we are always 
bound to regard Thairfore and for divers other guide causes and consider- 
ations moving us to the effect under written we by thir presents faithfully 
bind us and our successors to furnish and provide to the said Mr. David our 
Minister foresaid ane sufficient Manse at the least to give to him satisfaction 
and contentment therefor as also gif the Heritors of the said kirk lands 
next adjacent to the said kirk furth of the whilk so meikle as is inlaiking 
to him of the said Gleib is due will not willingly lay the same off to him 
conform to his designation to be made and given to him of the same that 
we shall by our own means and upon our own charges with sic guidely 
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off the said kirk lands or sic other lands as appertains out of the whilk the 
same shall be founden to be proper and due and get him possessed by law 
thereintill the said noble Lord our patron foresaid always countenanceing 
us thereintill by his said Procurators in the pursuit by law thereof upon 
our charges as said is the said Mr. David having likewise gotten lawfull 
designation of so meikle of the said other lands whereof he is inlaiking as 
will stand and subsist in law and in procuring and obtaining whereof we 
shall give to him our help aids and concurrence As also the said Mr. David 
lending his name in the said pursuit to the full and final end and decision 
of the same And hereto we bind and oblige us and our foresaids in the 
surest manner to the said noble Lord for performance of the same in all 
points after the form and tenor in all points and for the mair security we 
and for our successors are content and consentis thir presents be insert and 
registrate in the Books of Council and Session to have the strength of an 
Decreet of the Lords interponed thereto that Letters and Executions of 
Horning may pass hereon if need be in form as effeirs and for that effect 
we constitute our lawful procurators promittentes de rato In witness where- 
of written by Matthew Gemmill servitor to Robert Brown Town Clerk of 
Irvine we have subscribed thir presents with our hands as follows at the 
said Burgh of Irving the fifteine day of February j" vj" and thretty-ane 
years before these witnesses Neil Montgomerie of Langshaw John Mont- 
gomerie of Hugh Niven of Monkridding and William 

Dunlop younger of Allan Dunlop Provost. 

James Blair Baillie. 

A. Cunninghame. 

The four witnesses above named also sign here : and four Councillors 
whose names cannot be written down with accuracy. 
Edinburgh, 5th December 1806. 

The above is a true copy of the original deed. 

John Andeeson, N.P. 

30. Receipt by Alexander Earl of Eglinton to Robert Barclay of 
Pearston, for Teind Meal. — 2Zd June 1642. 

We, Alexander Earle of Eglintoun be the tennour heirof grant us to haif 
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and haill threttie-tua bollis teind meill dew be him to us out of his lands 
lyand withine the parochin of Pearstoun pertening to the said Kobert 
heretablie and that of the crops and yeiris of God j" vj° threttie-sevin vj° 
threttie-eight vj" threttie-nyne and vj" and fourtie yeiris yeirlie and ilk yeir 
Off the quhilkis threttie-tua bollis addebted to us yeirlie and ilk yeir the 
yeiris of God abone writtin we grant the ressait fra the said Eobert Barclay 
and thairfoir exoner quyteclame and simpliciter discharge the said Eobert 
Barclay his aires executoris assigneyis and all utheris quhome it effeiris of 
the samyn except allanerlie of sua meikill of the teinds of the saids lands as 
is adebted and dew to the Minister of Pearstoun for the saids yeares To the 
quhUk this our present acquittance is declared heirby nawayes to be extended 
Providing alwayes that the said Robert Barclay freith and releive us of all 
annuitie and taxations dew for all the saids teindis of the saidis haill yeiris 
mentionat in this our present acquittance and discharge be thir presentis 
subscryveit with our handis at Eglinton the tuentiethrid day of Junij j" 
vj" fourtie-tua yeares befoir thir witnessis Eleazar Maitland and David 
Andersone our servitouris. 

David Andersone witnes. 
Eleazer Maitland witnes. 



31. Reasons assigned by Mr. Patrick Warner, Minister of Irviiie, for 
demitting his Charge. — 2Sth July 1702. 

To the Reverend the Moderator and remanent brethren of the Presbyterie 
of Irving their brother Mr. Patrick Warner Minister of Irving wisheth 
Grace, Mercy, and Peace may be multiplied. 

It is not unknown to many in this Presbyterie how heavy the charge 
of this Congregation hath bein to me for a long tyme and what reasons I 
have to give in a dimission thereof which also I have some tyme offered 
but hitherto have not been taken off my hand And now I am therefore 
constrained more earnestlie to presse the same for these reasons following : — 

1°. I never wes legallie settled Minister of Irving. Having entered 
amongst them before our legaU settlement to preach only in a meeting- 
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for ane interim and did not expect the libertie wee then had would have 
continowed above a year or two, and if I had thought it would have 
bein of longer continowance would never have undertaken so heavy a 
charge. 

2°. My acceptance even of that call wes upon condition and assureance 
given me that I should have a helper (for which I refer to the records of the 
Presbyterie ane extract quhairof is herewith produced) But that condition 
not having bein fuUfilled dureing the whole space of 14 years (though they 
have now the legall stipend of which they had no prospect when that 
promise wes made) I am no more bound by my acceptance of that Call 
which wes but for ane interim and upon that condition. 

3"°. Having latelie perused the Call given 1 find more then the one half of 
these who subscribed it either dead or removed out of the place, and near 
the one half the whole families removed so as neither they nor any of their 
posterity to be found in the place. 

4*". Others are come or brought into their roume, the outcasts of all the 
parishes about and some from very remote places, either altogether without 
Testimonialls or bringing very lame ones And though I have bein for 
many years complaining of this to the Magistrats yet hitherto have had 
litle or no redresse att all But on the contrary they have received such 
as Burgesses whom the Session unanimouslie voted should not be received 
as members of the Congregation, so that a relation of Pastor and people is 
made up between me and a great many of the present inhabitants of Irving 
by meer force and compulsion without allowing me the libei'tie of giveing 
my consent thereto, which yet I conceive is necessary to make up that 
relation. 

5*". My hands are not strengthened in the suppressing of sin and wicked- 
ness : But these too much encouraged by connivance and otherwayes. 

6^. I am now aged above 60, my strength decayed, and my voice too 
weak for so numerous a congregatione. 

7°. I am not willing to mention other greiveances. Some of them are 
known to this Presbyterie. But, in short, animosities are come to so great 
a height (though I hope I can vindicate myself as having given no just 
provocation thereto) that neither can I expect that the Gospel will be 
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the Sacrament, of the Lord's Supper amongst them while these remain Yea, 
my hands are much weakened in preaching of the Gospel. 

To these reasons I crave libertie to add more if neid be. 

And in the meantime doe not press this Presbyterie to any inordorly 
procedure in the affair But allow them to intimate to the Congregation 
that I have here given in such reasons for the Presbyterie's acceptance of 
my dimmission and requyre them to give in their ansuers thereto if they 
have any against the next Presbytery day. But withall earnestlie obtest 
the Presbyterie to doe me justice when they have considdered how weighty 
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APPENDIX 



Charter by Robert I. to Robert the Steward, Son and Heir of Walter, 
Steivard of Scotland, of the Barony of Cuninghame} — The 
Charter is undated. 

ROBEETUS, etc. Sciatis nos dedisse concessisse et hac present! carta nostra con- 
firmasse dilecto consanguineo nostro Eoberto Senescallo filio et heredi Walter! Senescalli 
Scocie pro homagio et servicio suo omnes terras nostras de Cunyngham tarn infra 
burgum quam extra : Habendas et tenendas predicto Eoberto et heredibus suis de 
corpore suo legitime procreandis de nobis et heredibus nostris in feodo et hereditate 
sine aliqiio retinemento in liberam baroniam cum furca et fosso sok et sak tol et theme 
et inSangthef et cum advocacionibus ecclesiarum patronatibus abbathiarum homagiis 
et serviciis omnium liberetenencium cujuscunque status seu condicionis cum feodis 
et forisfacturis contingentibus tarn tempore pacis quam guerre cum bondis bondagiis 
nativis et eorum sequelis et cum omnibus commoditatibus Hbertatibus aisiamentis 
et pertinenciis suis in omnibus et per omnia tam non nominatis quam nominatis ad 
dictas terras et baroniam pertinentibus seu aliquo jure vel titulo pertinere valentibus 
ita libere et quiete plene pacifice et honorifice sicut quondam domini dictarum 
terrarum et baronie eas liberius quiecius aut honorificencius de predecessoribus 
nostris regibus Scocie aliquo tempore in omnibus tenuerunt vel ten ere potuerunt : 
Faciendo nobis et heredibus nostris in communi exercitu nostro servicium trium 
militum et sectam curie ad curiam nostram de Are cum accederit pro omnibus aliis 
serviciis seu demandis que de dictis terris et baronia cum pertinenciis aliquo modo 
exigi poterunt seu demandari a quocunque : Et si contingat ipsum Eobertum sine 
herede de corpore suo legitime procreando in fata discedere, quod absit, volumus et 
concedimus quod omnes predicte terre et baronia cum omnibus suis pertinenciis 
Waltero Senescallo Scocie patri predicti Eoberti et heredibus suis in omnibus ut 
predictum est libere et integre remaneant in perpetuum. In cujus etc. 



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Piobert [by the grace of God, King of Scots, to all good men of his whole realm, 
greeting]. Wit ye us to have given, granted, and by this our present charter to 
have confirmed, to our lovite cousin Eobert the Steward, son and heir of Walter the 
Steward of Scotland, for his homage and service, all our lands of Cunyngham, as well 
within burgh as without : To be had and holden to the aforesaid Eobert and his heirs 
lawfully to be procreated of his body, of us and our heirs, in fee and heritage, with- 
out any withholding, in free barony, with gallows and pit, sok and sak, tol and 
theme, and infangthief; and with advocations of churches, patronages of abbacies, 
homages and services of all free tenants of whatsoever state or condition, with fees 
and forfeitures happening as well in time of peace as of war, with bonds, bondages, 
natives, and their sequels, and with all commodities, freedoms, easements, and their 
pertinents in aU and through all, as well not named as named, pertaining or that 
may by any right or title come to pertain to the said lands and barony, as freely 
and quietly, fully, peacefully, and honourably in all respects as the former lords of 
the said lands and barony held or might at any time hold the same of our prede- 
cessors, Kings of Scotland : Doing therefor to us and our heirs the service of three 
knights in our common army, and suit of court at our court of Ayr, when it shall 
happen, for all other services or demands which can in anyway be exacted or 
demanded by anyone from the said lands and barony, with the pertinents : And if it 
should happen the said Eobert to decease without heir of his body lawfully pro- 
created (which God forbid), we will and grant that all the aforesaid lands and 
barony, with all their pertinents, remain freely and wholly for ever to Walter 
the Steward of Scotland, father of the aforesaid Eobert, and his heirs, in all respects 
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Aberdeen, burgh of, 75, 77. 

Aberdeen, dean of, 35. 

Aberdeen, William, bishop of, 31, 33. 

Abernethy, Oswald, 141, 144. 

Abirbrothok, David, abbot of, 38. 

Achinmade, John, 28. 

Adam, George, Serjeant of Irvine, 45. 

Adamtoun, Laird of, 188, 200. 

Airstoun, James, 35. 

Akinhede, William of, notary, 7, 9. 

Alanson, John, 145, 147. 

Albany, Robert, duke of, 19, 20. 

Aide, Bartholomew, Serjeant, 150, 152. 

Alexander II., king of Scots, xxxi, 10. 

Alexander, prior of the Carmelites of Irvine, 
135. 

Alison, James, bailie, 120, 121. 

Allan, William, merchant, 120. 

Anderson, Mr., Lyon clerk depute, xxxiii. 

Anderson, David, 229. 

Anderson, John, 189, 191, 201, 202. 

Anderson, John, notary, 228. 

Anderson, William, 204. 

Andrew, Thomas, vicar of Irvine, 208, 209, 

210. 
Anstruther, burgh of, 75. 
Arbroath, Bernard, abbot of, 10, 11. 
Ardnamurchane, 103. 
Ardrossane, Sir Fergus of, 5, 7. 
Argyle, Archibald, earl of, 31, 33, 59, 73, 173, 

180. 
Argyle, Archibald, marquis of, 101-103. 
Argyll, Colin, earl of, 28, 29, 34. 
Ambukle, John, 159, 162, 200. 
Amot, John, of Lochrig, 20, 21. 
Arnott, Edward, 28. 
Arran, James, earl of, 47-49, 173, 180. 
Arous, John, archdean of Glasgow, 142, 145. 



Arth, Eobert, 38. 

Auld, James, 181, 185, 188, 195, 198, 201. 

Auld, Sir Thomas, 181, 190, 195, 202. 

Auldelandis, 100. 

Avondale, Andrew, lord, 27, 29. 

Ayr, burgh, of, xxix-xxxi, 10, 11, 28, 29, 57, 

75, 85, 102-108. 
Ayr, scherif of, 36-43, 56. 
Ayr, shire of, 19, 105-107. 
Ayr,' tolbooth of, 43. 

Baillib, Mr. William, lord provand, 62. 

Baird, Sir John, of Newbyth, 112. 

Ball, Sir Hugh of, 5. 

Ball, Sir Jocelin of, 5. 

Ball, Sir John of, 5. 

Balliol, family of, xxx. 

Bank, chapel of, xxxv, 163, 183, 196. 

Bankhead, John, 191, 203, 205. 

Bannatyne, Thomas, of Newtyle, 37, 63. 

Barber, Thomas, 130, 133. 

Barbour's Rig, 168, 175. 

Barclay, David, of Ladylands, 150, 152. 

Barclay, Ninian, burgess of Irvine, 73, 74, 82, 

91, 95, 96, 222. 
Barclay, Robert, of Pearston, 228, 229. 
Barclay, WiUiam, of Pearston, 164, 166. 
Bauld, Richard, burgess of Edinburgh, 46. 
Baule, John, 169, 183, 196. 
Baxter, Alexander, 159, 161. 
Baxter, Eda, wife of Thomas, 123, 124. 
Baxter, George, chaplain, 155, 164, 166, 189, 

201. 
Baxter, James, 130, 133. 
Baxter, Thomas, called, xxxv, 123, 130, 133. 
Beith, parish church of, 41. 
Bellenden, John, of Auchmoule, justice- clerk, 
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Bellendep, Ludovic, of Auclimoule, clerk of 

justiciary, 74. 
Bellenden, Thomas, of Auchmoule, clerk of 

justiciary, 173, 181. 
Belsches, F., 105. 
Benislay, land of, 2, 3, 4. 
Blackness, castle of, 82. 

Blair , of that ilk, 77, 223. 

Blair, arms of, xxxvii, 231. 

Blair, Alexander of, 3, 4. 

Blair, Archibald, 105. 

Blair, Brice of, knight, 3, 4. 

Blair, David, of Adamtoun, 205. 

Blair, Hugh of, 140, 142. 

Blair, James, provest, xxxvii, 103, 111, 226, 

228. 
Blane, John, 153, 154. 
Blantyre, Walter, prior of, 81, 84. 
Blue, Scotch, xxxvi. 
Bogfaulds, lands of, 87, 90, 92, 94, 100, 192, 

222-226. 
Bogflatts, lands of, 166, 168, 175. 
Boll, John, Ballachkewin, 57. 
Boll, John, his son, 57. 
Bothwell, earl of, xxxvii. 
Bower, J., 105. 

Bowie, Richard, of Seagate, 126, 128. 
Boyd, Alexander, 225. 
Boyd, George, 57, 159, 161. 
Boyd, James, 169, 173, 176, 180, 189-191, 

201-204. 
Boyd, Sir Robert, 3. 
Boyd, Robert, lord, 74, 77, 84. 
Boyd, Stevin, 205. 
Boyd, Thomas, lord, 77, 95, 96. 
Boyd, Thomas, in Kilmarnock, 183-203. 
Boyd, Thomas, of Bowinschaw, 225. 
Boyde, John, 163, 166. 
Boyle, John, of Kelburn, 20, 21. 
Boyle (Boill), Ninian, 169, 176, 196. 
Boyman, Adam, 127, 129. 
Boyman, Elizabeth, 149, 151, 153, 154. 
Boyman, Robert, 127, 129. 
Boyman, William, 130, 133. 
Brabonar, Walter, 126, 128, 130, 132, 133. 
Brand, Gilian, 124, 125. 
Brechin, Patrick, bishop of, 12, 13. 
Brechin, William, bishop of, 12, 13. 
Briane, Hugh, 137, 139. 



Bridgegate, the, 158, 161. 

Bryden, James, 204. 

Bryden, Patrick, 205. 

Broken, George, 169, 176. 

Broket, George, 169, 176, 188, 200. 

Broun, Hew, 204. 

Broun, Isabel, 158, 161. 

Broun, James, burgess, 42, 45, 56, 57, 60, 159, 

162, 164, 166, 182-187, 195, 204. 
Broun, John, burgess, 46, 73, 74, 164, 166, 

168, 169, 175. 
Broun, Thomas, 55, 57, 64, 66, 204, 216. 
Broun, Sir William, chaplain, 186-202. 
Brown, Alexander, dean of gild, 115, 193. 
Brown, Mr. Andrew, 147, 148. 
Brown, Andrew, 186, 198. 
Brown, Egidia, 191, 203. 
Brown, Oliver, oflacer, 95. 
Brown, Peter, 204, 208-214, 217, 219. 
Brown, Rankin, bailie, xxxv, 156-158, 203. 
Brown, Richard, 5. 
Brown, Robert, 204, 228. 
Bruce, Edward, justice depute, 73. 
Bruce, Robert the, king of Scots, xxx, xxxi, 9, 

30, 31. 
Bryce, John, Dublin, 114, 117. 
Buchanan, Mr. George, 213. 
Buckle, Hugh, officer, 66. 
Buland, the, 208, 211. 
Bully, Andrew, 126, 128, 130, 132. 
Burghfauld, the, 1, 2, 3. 
Burghley, lord, 99. 
Burne, James, 28, 29. 
Burne, John, 27. 
Burne, Marion, 27. 
Burne, Thomas, 27, 28, 29. 
Burne, William, 27. 
Burntisland, burgh of, 75. 
Burrowland, 208, 210. 
Bute, Findlay, of, 126, 128. 
Bute pursuivant, 36. 

Caithness, Archdean of, 35. 

Caithness, Andrew, bishop of, 31, 33. 

Caldwell, James, 193. 

Caldwell, laird of, 169, 183, 185, 188, 196, 

198, 201. 
Caldwell, Robert, 169, 176, 184, 197. 
Caldwell, Thomas, of that ilk, 50, 51. 



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Cameron, Mr. John, bishop elect of Glasgow, 134. 

Cameron, Thomas, notary, 156, 157, 160, 162. 

Campbell, Lady Alicia, xxxiv, xxxv, 136-145. 

Campbell, Archibald, of Kilmuir, 101, 102. 

Campbell, Edward, 153, 154. 

Campbell, Hew, of Loudoun, 43. 

Campbell, Hew, Provost of Irvine, 56, 57, 64- 

66, 72, 204, 216-220. 
Campbell, Hew, of Terringane, 74, 77, 84. 
Campbell, John, 102, 103. 
Campbell, Sir John, chaplain, 139-144, 188, 201. 
Campbell, Sir John, rector of Kilmally, 181, 195. 
Campbell, William, macer, 40. 
Campvere, 98. 
Carmelite friars of Irvine, xxxvi, 100, 135, 

205, 217, 220. 
Carnbukle, John, 150, 152. 
Carrick, John of, canon, 12. 
Carrick, John, earl of, 16, 26, 27. 
Cassillis, earl of, 99. 
Catherine, St. See St. Katherine. 
Chalmer, Mr. David, chancellor of Eoss, 62. 
Chalmer, James, of Gadgirth, 156, 157. 
Chalmer, John, of Gadgirth, 20, 21. 
Chapel, land of the, 119, 209. 
Chapel well, 121. 
Chapman, Finlay, 129, 132. 
Charles II., king, xxxiii. 
Charters, Henry, 77. 
Chepman, J., 39. 

Christopher, Saint, altar of, xxxv, 166, 174. 
Clark, Thomas, to\vn drummer, 121, 122. 
Clerk, Alan, 127, 132. 
Clerk, Hugh, 127, 129. 
Clyde River, xxxviii. 
Cocherane, Thomas, 28. 
Cokburne, Sir John, of Ormiston, 82, 90. 
Cokburne, Sir Richard, of Clerkington, 82. 
Cokburne, Sir Richard, junior, of Clerkington, 90 
Colt, Mr. Oliver, 63. 
Colvile, Robert, of Ochiltree, 32, 33. 
ConwaU, Saint, xxxiv, 149, 151-154, 189, 190, 

201, 202. 
Cook, Martin the, 123, 125. 
Cook, Walter the, 123, 125. 
Coupar, John, 40, 105. 
Coupar, William, of, 130, 133. 
Cowane, John, 153, 154. 
Crag, James of the, xxxv, 123, 125. 



Crag, John of the, xxxv, 123, 125. 

Cragyne, Adam, 149, 151. 

Craig, John, merchant, Glasgow, 114, 115. 

Craig, Robert, 95, 204. 

Craighall, Lord, 99. 

Crail, burgh of, 75. 

Crawfurd, Sir Hugh of, 5, 7. 

Crawfurd, Sir James, chaplain, 44. 

Crawfurd, James, of Bathlame, 169, 176. 

Crawfurd, John, of Crawfurdland, 58, 84. 

Crawfurd, Nicholas, clerk of justiciary, 27-29, 35. 

Crawfurd, Thomas, 203. 

Creichtone, William, Lord, 142, 145. 

Culper, Robert, 185, 189, 192, 198, 202. 

Culross, Alexander, commendator of, 62. 

Cumbrae (Comray), Little, island of, xxxviii, 84, 

85. 
Cuming, Thomas, bailie, 91, 95, 96, 219. 
Cuninghame, Alexander, 28, 64, 66, 95, 117, 

119, 137, 138, 204, 226, 228. 
Cuninghame, Sir Alexander, chaplain, 7, 9. 
Cuninghame, Sir Alexander, of Robertland, 109- 
111. 

Cuninghame, Captain Andrew, 203. 

Cuninghame, Archibald, of Achinbawy, 20, 99. 

Cuninghame, bailiery of, 11, 25-42, 50-58, 87, 
96, etc. 

Cuninghame, barony of, xxxi, xxxii, 11, 19, 21, 
26, 27, 30. 

Cuninghame, Cuthbert of, Cuttiswray, 205. 

Cuninghame, David, of Robertland, 181, 183, 
195, 196, 219, 220. 

Cuninghame, Sir Edward, vicar of Galston, 7, 9. 

Cuninghame, Grizell, 120, 121. 

Cuninghame, Henry of, 20, 21. 

Cuninghame, Sir Humphry, of Auchtermachane, 
20, 22. 

Cuninghame, James, of Collellan, 120. 

Cuninghame, James, chamberlain of Kilwinning, 
220, 221. 

Cuninghame, James, of Montgrenan, 222-226. 

Cuninghame, John, of Drumqiihassell, 54-56, 
209, 210. 

Cuninghame, lordship of, xxx. 

Cuninghame, Loudoun, son of Collellan, 120, 121. 

Cuninghame, Ninian, 223. 

Cuninghame, Robert, 57, 126-132, 204. 

Cuninghame, Susanna, 120. 

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Cuninghame, William, of Caprinton, 74, 77, 84. 
Cuningliame, William, of Cuninghameliead, 173, 

180. 
Cuningliame, William, burgess, 57, 120, 121, 

205. 
Cuninghame, William, of Kilmaurs, 20, 28, 125- 

127. 
Cuninghame, William, canon, 129, 134. 
Cuningliame, Agnes, mother of said WiUiam, 

126, 127. 
Cutlar, Hugh, 28. 

Dalkeith, 90, 94, 96. 

Dairy, parish church of, 41. 

Dalrympill, John, 149, 152, 159, 162. 

David I., king of Scots, xxx. 

David II., xxxi. 

Davidson, John, 130, 133, 149, 151. 

Davidson, Thomas, 121. 

Dene, Hugh, 159, 162. 

Dene, John, 159, 162, 186, 199, 204. 

Dene, Margaret, 28. 

Dene, Thomas, 186, 187, 199, 200. 

Denholme, John, 104, 105, 106. 

Dickie, Andrew, in Paistoun, 69. 

Dickson, Mr. David, minister of Irvine, 226-228. 

Dickson, John, of Kilmarnock, 126, 128, 131, 

133. 
Dingwall pursuivant, 36. 
Dobynson, William, 20, 21. 
Dogman, William, 28. 
Dongane, William, 28, 29. 
Douglas, Sir Archibald of, 16, 18. 
Douglas, J., 40. 

Douglas, James, lord of, 10, 11, 16, 17. 
Douglas, James, earl of, 16. 
Douglas, James, of Balvany, 134. 
Douglas, William, of Quhittinghani, 62. 
Douglas, William, earl of, 12. 
Doun, water of, xxix. 
Downy, Eobert, 191, 203. 
Drummond, Lady Agnes, countess of Eglinton, 

xxxix, xlvii. 
Drummond, Sir John, of Inverpefifry, xlvii. 
Dryburgh, abbot of, 29. 
Dumbarton, burgh of, 56, 75, 85, 86, 106. 
Dumbarton, castle of, 206, 207. 
Dunbar, Mr. Gavin, archdean of St. Andrews, 

31, 33. 



Dundas, James, of that ilk, 134. 

Dundee, burgh of, 75, 77. 

Dundonald, parish of, xxxv, 129, 132. 

Dunkeld, John, bishop of, 16. 

Dunlop, Alan, 226, 228. 

Dunlop, Alexander, bailie, 82, 96, 223, 224. 

Dunlope, Gilbert, 56. 

Dunlop, Hugh, 159, 162, 169, 176. 

Dunlop, Eobert, 192. 

Dunlop, Sir William of, 5. 

Dunlop, William, 149, 151, 228. 

Dunure, Kennedy, lord of, 26, 27. 

Dunwedy, Matthew, 186, 191, 199, 203. 

Dysart, burgh of, 75. 

Edgar, Edward, 99. 

Edinburgh, 34, 38, 43, 46, 56, 57, 72, 73, 77, 

78, 81, 97-99, 105, 107-110, 114, 115, 

117, 216. 
Edinburgh, John of, 137, 139. 
Edmonstoun, William, of Duntreth, 28, 29. 
Eglinton, Alexander, earl of, 120, 226, 228, 

229. 
Eglinton (Eglunstone), Brice of, xxix, 1, 2, 3, 4. 
Eglinton, earl of, 183, 196, 197. 
Eglinton, Eglun, lord of, 1, 3. 
Eglinton, Hugh, earl of, xxxix, xl, xli, xlvii, 

xlix, 29, 30, 36, 37, 45, 50, 57, 58. 
Eglinton, Hugh, lord of, 1, 3, 12, 13. 
Eglinton, Sir Hugh of, xxxii, 26, 27. 
Eglinton, Master of, 77. 
Eglinton, Ealph of, 1, 2, 3. 
Eglinton, family of, xxxix. 
Ellis, James, 98. 

Elphinston, Mr. James, of Inhernochtile, 82. 
Elphinston, Sir James, of Barntoun, 90. 
England, " auld enemies of," 34, 49. 
England, king of, 46. 
Erskine, lord John, 38. 
Erskyne, Sir Robert of, 12, 13. 
Erskine, Sir Thomas of, 16, 17, 18. 
Erskine, Sir Thomas, of Brechin, 173, 180. 
Erth, 26. 

Esat, Thomas, 204, 221. 
Esdale, James, 158, 160, 162, 164, 166, 169, 

176, 186, 199. 
Esdale, William, 149, 151. 
Eskdale, Margaret, 28. 
Eyemouth, burgh of, 75. 



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Pairlie, Adam, of Bog, 225. 

Fairlie, William, 205. 

Farnle, Sir John., chaplain, 13Y, 139. 

Falkland, 45. 

Fergus, Eoger, son of, xxxv, 124. 

Fergus, Isabella, daughter of Roger, xxxv, 124. 

Fergushill, Janet, 191, 203. 

Fergushill, Robert of, 20, 21. 

Fergusone, William, 28, 29. 

Fergusson, Mr. Alexander, minister at Kil- 
winning, 120, 121. 

Fife, Robert, earl of, 12-19. 

Fleming of Barroohan, 84. 

Fleming, John, 127, 129, 130, 132. 

Fleming, Malcolm, lord, 173, 180. 

Fleming, Sir Stephen, 5, 7. 

Flodden, field of, 41. 

Forester, Sir John, of Corstorphine, 131, 133, 
134. 

Forsyth, William, 75, 76. 

Foulis, James, of Colinton, 173, 181. 

France, king of, 46. 

Frances, James, elder, 123, 125. 

Francis, Allan, 66. 

Francis, Robert, 185, 197, 198. 

Francis, William, of the Stane, 19, 21. 

Fraser, Alexander, of Knock, 20. 

Fresale, Marion, 28. 

Friarsford, the, 149, 151. 

FuUartoun, Sir Adam, lord of Corsby, 26, 27. 

FuUartoun, laird of, xxxvii. 

Fulton, John, 184, 197. 

Fultoun, Robert, 159, 162. 

Gallib, Patrick, 130, 133. 
GaUoway, Henry, bishop of, 38. 
Gallowmure, 87, 90, 92, 94, 100, 192. 
Gait, Adam, 185, 198. 
Gardin, George, 105. 
Gardiner, Nicholas, 185, 198. 
Gardiner, Thomas, 184, 187, 197, 199. 
Garnock river, xxxviii. 
Garven, Hew, 82, 95, 223, 224, 225. 
Gerard, Richard, son of, 124, 125. 
Gemmel, Matthew, 228. 
Gemmill, John, bailie, 204. 
Gemmill, Stephen, 181, 195, 205. 
George, Archibald, bailie, 82, 91, 95, 96, 223, 
224, 225. 



George III., king, 119. 

Gibb, James, beadle, xxxvi. 

Gibbonson, John, 20, 21. 

Gibson, Alan, 130, 132. 

Gibson, Sir Alexander, of Durie, 101, 109. 

Gilmour, Thomas, 57-59. 

Glasgow, burgh of, 56, 71, 72, 85, 86, 106. 

Glasgow, hospital of, 117. 

Glasgow, Gavin, archbishop of, 163-166, 170- 

180. 
Glasgow, John, provost, 120, 121. 
Glasgow, Matthew, bishop of, 17, 18. 
Glasgow, William, bishop of, xxxv, 142, 144. 
Glencairn, earl of, 181, 195, 211. 
Glover (Glofar), John, 182, 196. 
Glover, Nicholas, 137, 139. 
Glyblany.<iburn, 1, 3. 
Goldsmyth, Gilbert, 130, 132, 140, 143. 
Gordon, Thomas, 112. 
Gottraye, John, 46, 188, 200. 
Gourlaw, John, 36. 
Gowinskey, William of, 5, 8. 
Graham, Arthur, 120. 
Graham, John, of Halyairds, 73. 
Graham, Mr. John, of Killerne, 62. 
Grahame, Walter, bailie, 27. 
Gray, Andrew, lord, 31, 33, 142, 145. 
Gray, John, of Eastwood, 26, 27. 
Gray, Thomas, 63. 
Greyrson, William, 135. 
Greyrson, Egidia, his wife, 135. 
Grip, lands of the, 151, 198, 202. 
Gude, L., 42. 

Guildlands, 87, 90, 92, 94. 
Guthrie, Mr. David, of that ilk, 28, 29. 
Guthrie, James, 66. 

Halcaetoune, Alexander, lord, 112. 

Hall, John, 169, 176, 188, 191, 200, 203. 

Hall, William of, 130, 132. 

Hamilton, Sir J., 99. 

Hamilton, James, of Ardoch, 84. 

Hamilton, Lady Jean, xlv. 

Hamilton, John, 66. 

Hamilton, John, marquis of, 90, 91. 

Hamilton, Mr. Thomas, of Duncairn, 82. 

Hamilton, town of, 50. 

Hare, Christian, 158, 161. 

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Hart, John, 54-56. 

Harvie, John, 64, 205, 225. 

Harvie, Thomas, 64, 74. 

Hawthorne-dyke, 1, 3. 

Hay, Alan, 169, 176. 

Hay, Alexander, of Eister Kennet, 62, 66. 

Hay, Gilhert of, the oonstahle, 10, 11. 

Hay, J., 113, 115. 

Hay, lord, of Yester, 35. 

Hay, Thomas, 112. 

Heittone, Alexander, 46. 

Henry, son of the vicar, xxxv, 124. 

Henry, hishop of Whithorn, 173, 180. 

Henry, Alan, 187, 199. 

Henry, John, 169, 176. 

Henry, Nicholas, 204. 

Henryson, Thomas, 130, 132. 

Hepburne, A., 105. 

Hepburne, Robert, 99, 105. 

Heslyhope, Stephen of, 137, 139. 

Heware, Gilbert, 137, 139. 

Hiemyre, lands of the, 87, 90, 92, 94, 100, 192. 

Hill, John, 28. 

Hislop, Sir Stephen, chaplain, 147, 148. 

Hod, Andrew, officer, 121, 122. 

Hoge, Archibald, 36. 

Holehoxise, lands of, 100, 192, 205, 212, 214, 

215, 218. 
Holland, Bartholomew, 28. 
Holland, Galfrid, 28. 
Holland, John, 28. 
Holyroodhouse, 67, 68, 70, 79, 213. 
Home, Sir David, 99. 
Homil, John, 20. 
Hope, Mr. Thomas, 99. 
HormisBok, lands of, xxx. 
Hormissok, tenement of, 5, 6, 8. 
Houstoun, Alan, 169, 176, 188, 201. 
Houstoim, Isabel, 158, 161. 
Houstoun, Oliver, 205, 209, 211. 
Hoveden, Roger de, xxix. 
How, John, 35. 
Howie, John, 190, 202. 
Howie, Robert, 58, 59. 

Howstoun, Alexander, 27, 140, 143, 147, 148. 
Howstoun, John, 35, 163, 166, 168, 175, 181, 

182, 187, 188, 190, 195, 200, 202. 
Hume, Alexander, lord, 31, 33. 
Hunter, Gilbert, 141, 144. 



Hunter, Robert, 36, 186, 199. 
Hunter, Thomas, 169, 176, 188, 200. 
Hyppriddynges, Rebucca of, 1, 3. 

Ireland, xxxvi. 

Irvine, academy of, xxxvii. 

Irvine, bell of, xxxiii-xxxvi. 

Irvine, bridge of, xxxvii, 117, 118, 175. 

Irvine, burgh of, xxxi, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11-24, et 

passim. 
Irvine, Carmelite convent of, xxxvii, 135. 
Irvine, castle of, xxx, xxxii, xxxix-xlix. {Vide 

Seagate Castle.) 
Irvine, church of, xxix, xxx-xxxvii, 2, 4, 123, 

125, 129, 132-154, etc. 
Irvine, churchyard of, 120, 209, 211. 
Irvine, customs of, 35, 68. 
Irvine, harbour of, xxxviii, 84, 85, 117, 118. 
Irvine, market cross of, 41, 86, 97. 
Irvine, meal market, xxxiv, 116. 
Irvine, tolbuith (Council-house) of, xxxii, xxxiii, 

15, 16, 58, 69, 196. 
Irvine, town of, xxix, xxx, xxxvi, 1, 3, etc. 
Irvine, tron of, xxxiv. 
Irvine, water of, xxxviii, 63-65, 117, 121, 142, 

175, 211. 
Irvine, Adam, 147, 148. 
Irvine, John, 183, 196. 
Isles, Donald, lord of the, 33. 

James I., king of Scots, 22, 23, 30, 133, 134. 

James II., xxxiv, 139, 142, 145, 147. 

James III., 149, 151. 

James IV., 30, 56, 73, 99, 158, 161. 

James V., 33, 34, 40-44, 166, 173. 

James VI., xxxvii, 52, 54, 61, 62, 67-78, 86, 

91-100, 129, 132, 145, 147, 211, 219. 
James VII., 112, 114. 
Jamieson, John, 28, 149, 152. 
Jesuittis, sect of, 75. 

Johan, queen of Scotland, 129, 132, 133. 
Johneson, Michael, 141, 144. 
Johnston, Sir Walter, chaplain, 140, 143. 

Kanest, the, 181-194. 

Keith, Sir Robert of, marshal, 10, 11. 

Kelburn, laird of, 118. 

Kelso, Henry, bailie of Largs, 103. 

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Kennedy,- David, of Knoknarling, 111. 

Kennedy, Gilbert, of Bargany, 28, 29. 

Kennedy, James, weaver, 121. 

Kennedy, Thomas, 131, 133. 

Ker, Edward, bailie, 120. 

Ker, Jobn, 193, 194. 

Ker, William, 3, 4, 126, 128. 

Kerd, Jobn, 23, 24, 130, 132, 133, 137, 139. 

Kerd, Robert, 137, 139. 

KiLbirnie, laird of, 118. 

Kilmarnock, church of, 41. 

Kilpatrick, church of, xxix. 

Kilpatrick, Hew, 66. 

Kilwinning, xxxvi, 159, 162. 

Kilwinning, abbey of, xxix, xxxiv, 146, 148, 159. 

KUwinning, abbot of, 6, 156, 157, 184, 197. 

Kilwinning, Adam, abbot of, xxxv, 124, 125. 

Kilwinning, Alexander, commendator of, 208, 

210, 211. 
Kilwinning, Sir Robert, abbot of, 26, 27. 
King, Alexander, 73. 
Kinghome, 75. 
Kirkcaldy, 75. 

Kirkcaldy, James, of Grange, 173, 180. 
Kirkcudbright, 75. 
Kirkgate, the, 126, 128, 132, 143, 195, 196, 

202. 
Kirklands, the, 208, 210. 
Kirk Vennel, 126, 128. 
Kirkwod, John, 221. 

KnodgerhiU, lands of, 87, 90, 94, 100, 192. 
Knok, Thomas of, 130, 133. 
Kyle, Alan, 173, 180, 183, 196. 
Kyle, John, 42, 43. 

Kyle, Robert, 56, 60, 64, 66, 204, 205. 
Kyle, Thomas, 42, 43, 183, 196. 
Kyle, district of, xxxvii. 
Kynnarde, William of, 24. 
Kynneir, A., 97. 

Lachlanb, Adam, 20, 21. 
Lammok, William, 130, 132, 150, 152. 
Lanark, 56, 104, 106. 
Langhurst, Wood of, 6, 8. 
Langmure, John of, 20. 
Largs, XXX, xxxi, 11, 41, 99. 
Lauder, church of, xxix. 
Lauder, Jo., 165. 
Lauder, Robert of, 134. 
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Lawrence, Anabell, 188, 192, 200. 

Legat, Lawrence, 168, 175. 

Leith, 75, 105, 213, 214, 216, 220. 

Lennox, Matthew, earl of, 31, 33, 51. 

Leys, Alexander, 181, 194. 

Lindsay, Sir John, Lord of Thurston, 26, 27, 

99. 
Lindsay, Sir John, of Menmuir, 62, 82. 
Linlithgow, 56. 

Livingston, Alexander, of Calander, 20, 22. 
Livingston, Henry of, 131, 133. 
Lochow, the rector of, 181, 195. 
Lokart, Jolm, 130, 132, 137, 139, 140, 143. 
Lockhart, John, of the Bar, 20, 21. 
Logan, Agnes, 28. 

Lople, land of, 128, 132, 156, 157, 184, 197. 
Lothian, archdeanery of, 25, 26. 
Lothian, official of, 25. 
Loudoun, Nicholas of, 126, 128, 130, 133. 
Lowry, David, 36. 
Lowry, Robert, 169, 176. 
Lundores, abbey of, 131, 133. 



MacGaithane, Sir John, of Kilblane, 173, 180, 

183, 186, 189, 196, 199, 201. 
Mackie, Matthew, officer, 121, 122. 
Maitland, Eleazar, 229. 
MakcuUoch, Hugh, 105, 106. 
Makge, George, 159, 162. 
Makge, Sir John, 184, 186, 197, 198. 
Man, John, 130, 132. 
Mar, John, earl of, 205, 211, 214, 216, 217, 

219. 
Mar, WiUiam, earl of, 5, 7. 
Margaret, queen of James III., 149, 151. 
Margaret, queen of James IV., 33, 158, 161. 
Marischal, George, earl, 90, 91. 
Marischal, William, earl, 213. 
Marres, lands of, xxxviii, 62, 65. 
Marshall, John, 66, 126-143. 
Mary Queen of Scots, 167, 173, 174, 180. 
Maulyng, John, 187, 199. 
M'Clane, Lauchlane, of Dowart, 33. 
M'Donald, Allaster, 101. 
M'Fie, John, 120. 

M'Gill, David, of Cranston Riddell, 62, 82, 206. 
M'Gill, James, of Rankelour, 59, 213. 

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M'llmartin, John, 193, 194. 

M'Kerrell, James, 120. 

M'Kerrell, John, 181, 185, 195, 198. 

M'Mannady, Eichard, 40. 

Meiklegate, the, 140, 143. 

Melrose, Andrew, abbot of, 141, 144, 145. 

Melrose, monastery of, 141, 144. 

Melvile, Mr. William, of Tungland, 62. 

Menteith, Robert, earl of, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19. 

Michell, Besse, 192. 

Michell, James, 169, 176. 

Millar, Alexander, 185, 187, 198, 199. 

Millar, Robert, 168, 175. 

Miller, J., 28. 

Monachkeneran, lands of, xxix. 

Monfod, Finlay of, 20, 21. 

Montfoyd, John, 193. 

Montfoyd, Janet, 191, 203. 

Montaber, lands of, 87, 90, 92, 94, 100. 

Montgomery, Adam, 42, 44, 188, 200, 205. 

Montgomery, Alexander, lord, 30, 95, 96. 

Montgomery, Arthur, 38. 

Montgomery, Mr. Francis, of Giffin, 118. 

Montgomery, Hugh, lord, xlix, 25, 26, 57, 118. 

Montgomery, Isabella, 182, 195. 

Montgomery, James, 45. 

Montgomery, James, younger, of Bar, 50. 

Montgomery, John, bailie, 156, 157, 182, 195, 

196, 228. 
Montgomery, John, of Ardrossan, 20, 22. 
Montgomery, John, of Eagleshame, xxxii. 
Montgomery, Matthew, of Bar, 50. 
Montgomery, Neil, of Langshaw, 37, 38, 228. 
Montgomery, Robert, in Auohinchangane, 50, 

57, 205. 
Montrose, 75. 

Montrose, John, earl of, 90, 91, 99. 
Moorasydes, lands of, 1, 3. 
Moorsend, 1, 3. 
More, David, 5, 8. 
Moriall, John, 219, 220. 
Moris, Gilbert, 168, 175. 
Morton, James, earl of, 61, 62, 67, 213. 
Morville, Hugh de, constable of Scotland, xxx. 
Mosard (Musart, Monkmusard) Hill, 124, 125, 

130, 133, 195, 196, 200, 203. 
Moyses, "William, 123, 124. 
Multrar, Matthew, 35. 
Multray, Adam, 186, 199. 



Multray, Wynnin, 186, 190, 199, 202. 

Munro, George, clerk of Cuningham, 66. 

Mure, Adam, of Oauldwell, 156, 157. 

Mure, Alexander, 150, 152. 

Mure, Andrew, 35. 

Muir, Archibald, 44, 190, 202. 

Muir, David, 204. 

Mure, James, 46, 56, 66, 191, 203. 

Muir, John, 35, 45, 57, 108, 130, 132, 137, 

139, 147, 148, 158, 161, 163, 166, 183, 

188, 196, 200, 204. 
Muir, John, of Brigend, 183, 196. 
Muir, John, of Caldwell, 50, 51. 
Muir, John, of the Cross, 188, 189, 200, 201. 
Muir, John, Provost of Irvine, 181, 190, 194, 

202. 
Muir, John, younger, 27, 126, 128. 
Mure, Robert, 186, 198. 
Mure, Stephen, 184, 187, 197, 199. 
Mure, Sir Thomas, 181, 194. 
Muir, William, 35, 57, 163, 164, 166, 205, 229. 
Mures, Sir William, 44. 
Muir, Roslin, 34, 49. 
Murray, David, of Gospertie, 86, 92. 
Murray, James, earl of, 52, 105. 
Murray, Sir P., 99. 
Murray, Patrick, 113. 
Munro, Jean, 120. 
Mylne, John, 28. 

Nasmyth, Gavin, 72, 219, 220, 221. 

Neil, Sir John, 147, 148. 

Neilson, David, 79, 81. 

Neilson, John, 226. 

Neving, Hew, 64, 82, 204, 214, 217,219, 220, 

228. 
Nevin, James, 188, 191, 200, 203. 
Nevin, John, 219, 229. 
Nevin, Thomas, 42, 43, 186, 190, 199, 202. 
Newmure, land of, 87, 90, 92, 94, 100, 192. 
Nicholson, Mr. T., 99. 
Nicolson, Sir J., 51, 217. 
Nisbet, Alexander, 121, 122. 
Nisbet, James, 66. 

Odinell, Sir, son of Ralf, 5, 7. 
Ogilvy, Walter, 134. 
Oliphant, William, 73, 83. 
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Orkney, Adam, bishop of, 62, 213. 
Ormisheuclie, 100, 192, 205, 212, 214, 215, 

218, 220. 
Osburne, Neil, 190, 202. 

Paidzeing, Christoplier, 28. 

Paniter, Patrick, 32, 33. 

Panton, George, 184, 186, 197, 199. 

Panton, James, 184, 197. 

Panton, Jobn, 184, 186, 197, 198. 

Park, Finlay, 145, 188, 201. 

Parker, Hew, 229. 

Paterson, Mr. of Knowehead, xxxvii. 

Paterson, Archibald, 38. 

Paterson, George, 188, 200. 

Paterson, Patrick, 35, 183, 196. 

Paterson, Robert, 39, 173, 180. 

Paton, William, 57, 64, 96, 183, 196, 204, 223, 

224. 
Patrick, Gavin, 193. 
Pearston, parish of, 229. 

Peebles, John, 64, 66, 91, 95, 96, 186, 199, 204. 
Peebles, Matthew, 204, 205. 
Pennyr, George, 27. 
Perth, burgh of, 23, 77, 104. 
Pettinvene, 75. 

Pill, John, 126, 128, 168, 175. 
Pococke, bishop, xxxvi. 
Pont, Timothy, xxxiii, xxxvi, xli. 
Portar, John, 169, 176, 193. 
Portar, William, 69, 70. 
Powa, Thomas, 168, 175. 
Preston, Stephen, 182, 195. 
Primrose, James, 86. 
Provand, lord, 62. 
PuUay, Gilbert, 126, 128, 129, 132. 
Pullay, Thomas, 150, 152. 
Pyle, WUliam, 28, 29. 

QuHTT, Stevin, 57, 64. 
Quhyte, Hew, 95. 
Queensferrie, 75. 

Ramsay, Peter, of Dundee, 173, 180. 
Randell, Thomas, 182, 195, 196. 
Rane, Sir Thomas, 5. 
Ranesay, Loch, in Arran, 34. 
Rankine, David, 190, 202. 
Rankine, John, 39, 188, 192, 200. 



Rankine, William, 184, 186, 197, 198. 

Rebucca, the, 1-3. 

Reddinghill, 100, 192, 205, 212, 214, 215, 

218, 220. 
Reid, Edward, 205. 
ReiJ, John, 109, 111, 112, 120, 193. 
Reid, WiUiam, 168, 175. 
Renfrew, 26, 56, 104, 106. 
Renfrew, Gilbert of, xxix. 
Renfrew, Samuel of, xxix. 
Reoch, Gilbert, 33. 

Riccartoun, John Wallace, lord of, 26, 27. 
Richardson, Duncan, 36. 
Richardson, Sir George, 173, 180. 
Richardsone, Andrew, 141, 144. 
Riche, Duncan, 40. 
Riche, John, 193. 
Richie, Alexander, 184, 197. 
Rig, Barbour's, 168, 175. 
Robert the Bruce, king, xxix, xxx, 9, 10. 
Robert XL, king, xxxi, xxxii, 11, 13, 15, 99. 
Robert III., king, 17, 18, 22, 99. 
Robert, John, son of, 7, 9. 
Robertland, laird of, 190, 202. 
Robertson, Richard, 25, 26, 30. 
Robertson, Thomas, 183, 196. 
Robeson, Stephen, 188, 200. 
Robison, Edward, 35. 
Robison, James, 66. 
Robison, John, 35, 130, 133. 
Roger of the Mount, 123, 125. 
Ros, James, 205. 
Ros, John, 169, 176, 184, 186, 189, 197, 199, 

201. 
Roslyn mure, 34, 49. 
Ross, Allan, 56, 219. 
Ross, Arthur of, 3, 4. 
Ross, Fergus of, 3, 4. 
Ross, Sir Godfrey of, 3, 5, 6, 30. 
Ross, William, 169, 176. 
Rothesay, 56, 106. 
Rowallan, lord of, 118. 
Roxburgh, tenement in Irvine, 181, 195. 
Russel, Mr. John, 83, 184, 197. 
Rutherglen, 56, 106. 
Rychisone, William, 149, 152. 

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Sandgate, the, 187, 199. 

Sandyhill, 152, 159, 161, 162. 

Schaw, Isabel, 149, 151, 153, 154. 

Scheves, John, 40. 

Sohoriswode, George de, rector of Culter, 142, 

145. 
Scone, xxxi. 
Scott, Alexander, of Kirkurd, 36, 166, 172, 

173, 174, 183, 185, 198. 
Scot, Hew, 56, 64, 66, 92, 96, 204, 225, 226. 
Scott, James, 99, 181, 182, 195. 
Scot, John, 150, 152, 156, 157, 159, 162, 168, 

169, 175, 176. 
Scott, Lawrence, 81, 82, 83, 95. 
Scot, Robert, 45, 169, 176, 181, 185, 186, 

190-194, 198, 199, 202, 203, 208, 219. 
Scot, Thomas, 45, 149, 151, 156, 157, 163, 164- 

166, 169, 176, 182, 190, 195-199, 202. 
Scot, William, senior, 185. 
Scot, William, of Grangemnre, 82, 105, 173, 

180, 189, 196, 198, 211. 
Scot, William, of Biggar, 131, 133. 
Scot, William, of Elie, 90. 
Scots, Mary Queen of, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50. 
Skene, Mr. John, 82, 84, 90. 
Sklate Hall, 126, 128. 
Sklate House, 130, 133. 
Skrimgeour, John, 40. 
Skynner, Alexander, 224. 
Seagate, 126, 128, 161, 169, 176, 183, 196. 
Seagate Castle, xxxii, xxxix-1. 
Sempill, Thomas, lord of Elliestoun, 26, 27. 
Semple, 67, 68. 

Semple, John, lord of Elliotstoun, 131, 133. 
Sherer, John, 126, 128. 
Simson, James, 105, 106. 
Smiddybar, 132, 175, 198. 
Smith, Patrick, 129, 132. 
Smyth, Janet, 229. 

Smyth, John, 28, 29, 159, 162, 184, 197. 
Smyth, Sir John, of Grottall, 104, 105, 106. 
Smyth, Thomas, 36, 181, 182, 185, 190, 195, 

198, 202. 
SnifSne, Adam, 123, 125. 
Snodgirs, Thomas, 67, 68. 
Sol way, the, 38. 

Somerville, William, lord, 142, 145. 
Soutar, Thomas, 193. 
Southwick, church of, 25, 26. 



Spark, Andrew, 66. 

Speir, Robert, 205. 

Spens, John, bailie, 5, 6. 

Spere, Gilbert, 20, 21. 

Spere, John, 130, 132. 

Spere, Roger, 126, 128. 

St. Andrews, 75. 

St. Andrews, diocese of, 7, 9, 24, 25. 

St. Andrews, official of, 25, 26. 

St. Andrews, Alexander, archbishop of, 31, 33. 

St. Andrews, Walter, bishop of, 17, 18. 

St. Andrews, William, bishop of, 1 2. 

St. Bridget, chapel of, 19, 21. 

St. ConwaU, xxxiv, 149, 151-154, 161, 201, 

202. 
St. Cristopher, xxxv, 166, 177. 
St. Giles, Edinburgh, church of, 25, 26. 
St. Inan, xxxiv. 
St. Katherine, xxxiv, 127, 129, 132, 133, 156, 

157, 161, 181, 194, 198. 
St. Michael, xxxiv, 136, 138, 199, 201. 
St. Nicholas, 185, 198. 
St. Ninian, xxxv, 127, 129, 132, 133, 145, 

147, 156, 157, 174, 181, 194, 198. 
St. Peter, xxxiv, 145, 147, 158, 161, 176, 199, 

201. 
St. Salvator, xxxiv, 161, 162. 
St. Sebastian, xxxiv, 149, 151. 
St. Stephen, xxxiv, 149, 151. 
Stane, laird of, 181, 195. 
Starhede, John, 140, 143. 
Steinston, John, 190, 202. 
Stenne, Andrew, 190, 202. 
Stevenson, William, 64, 91, 92, 94, 96, 205. 
Steward, Robert the, xxx-xxxix, 25, 26, 27. 
Steward, Walter the, xsx, xxxix, 10. 
Stewart, Archibald, 28. 
Stewart, Elizabeth, xxxii. 
Stewart, John, earl of Buchan, 20. 
Stewart, John, Sherrif of Bute, 225. 
Stewart, Sir Matthew, of Minto, 84. 
Stewart, Murdach, of Kinclevin, 20. 
Stewart, Sir William, of Kilbride, 147, 148. 
Stewarton, Sir William of, rector of Kilbryde, 

137-143. 
Stirling, 34, 35, 52, 56, 68, 73. 
Stirling Castle, 68. 
Stirling, John, 184, 186, 197, 199. 
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Stouphill, Margaret, 28. 

Stoupishill, Alexander, 158, 161, 189, 201. 

Stoupishill, Andrew, 153, 154. 

StoupisMll, Janet, 153, 154, 156, 157. 

Stoupishill, John, 149, 151. 

Stoupishill, William, 145, 147, 148, 153, 154. 

Stouttsland, 175. 

Strang, William, 221, 222. 

Stratherne, Robert, earl of, 29, 30. 

StubhiU, Thomas of, 5, 8. 

Sword, James, 105. 

Symonton, Sir John, 25, 57, 150, 153, 154, 

164, 166, 182, 184, 187, 189, 196-204. 
Symonton, Eankine of, 149, 151. 
Symson, David, 187, 200. 
Symsone, John, 156, 157. 

Taikb, Robert, 126, 128, 130, 132. 

Tarbat, George, viscount of, 118. 

Tarbart, Robert Ross of, 20, 21. 

TempUman, David, 40. 

Templar tenement, 151, 161, 175, 197. 

Templeton, Sir Robert, 181, 194. 

Templeton, Thomas, 194. 

Thirlestane, John, lord, 81. 

Thomson, Alexander, 182. 

Thomson, Giles, 183, 196. 

Thomson, William, 191, 203. 

Tody, Adam, 126, 128, 130, 132. 

Toungland, William, commendator of, 81. 

Tran (Train), Hew, 64, 66, 204. 

Tran, Sir Laurence, 140, 143. 

Trane, Marion, 27. 

Tran, Patrick, 91, 95, 96. 

Tran, Stephen, xxxiii, 45, 55, 57, 64, 66, 184, 

186, 191, 197-204. 
Tran, Thomas, 147, 148, 150, 152. 
Tran, William, 64, 186, 199, 204. 
Tuedy, John, 205, 219. 
Twedy, Robert, 181, 184, 189, 190, 194, 195, 

197, 201, 202. 
Twedy, Thomas, 191, 203. 
Tumor, John, 130, 132, 133. 

Ukquhart, Alexander, lord, 81. 

Urry, Adam, 5, 8. 

Urry, Reginald, 123, 125. 



Vans, Sir Patrick, of Barnebarroch, 62, 82. 
Vennelkirk, 126, 128. 

Wallace, Edward, of Sewalton, 63, 64, 65. 

Wallace, John, of Dundonald, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66. 

Wallace, Matthew, of Craigie, 156, 157. 

Wallace, Robert, 63, 64, 65, 66, 115. 

Wallace, William, 156, 157, 224. 

Wanles, Sir Simon, monk of Melros, 141, 144. 

Warner, Mr. Patrick, 230. 

Wat, Margaret, 191, 203. 

Watson, John, 28. 

Watson, Patrick, 156, 157, 159, 162. 

Wauchop, Sir J., 105. 

Weir, James, 98. 

Weirisholme, 87, 90, 92, 94, 100. 

Weymes, Andrew, of Maircaimy, .82. 

Weyr, James, 187, 191, 200, 203. 

Weyr, John,, 188, 200. 

White, John, 169, 176, 189, 190, 196, 201, 

202. 
White, John, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 197, 

198, 199. 
White, Steyn, 204, 205. 
White, Thomas, 130, 133. 
Whitefurd, John, 223. 
WhitehaU, Court at, 113. 
Wiggly, J., 105. 

William the Lion, king of Scots, xxix. 
William of the Mount, 123, 125. 
William of Stodegarth, 124, 125. 
William, Thomas, son of, 7, 9. 
Williamson, John, 127, 129. 
Wilson, Adam, 169, 176. 
WUson, James, 27, 185, 197, 198. 
Wilson, John, 205, 229. 
WUson, Michael, 127, 129, 130, 132. 
Wilson, Patrick, 183, 196. 
Wilson, Thomas, 127, 129, 132. 
Wod, David, of Crag, 173, 180. 
Wood, Elizabeth, 28. 
Woodburn, Janet, 158, 161. 

Young, Ninian, 194. 
Young, Thomas, 156, 157. 
Young, William, 44, 130, 132, 140, 142, 143, 
186, 189, 199, 201. 



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