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RECORDS 



CONVENTION OF THE ROYAL BURGHS 
OF SCOTLAND. 



1295-1597. 



...• i. 



RECOKDS 



CONVENTION OF THE ROYAL 
BURGHS OF SCOTLAND, 



EXTRACTS FROM OTHER RECORDS RELATING 

TO THE AFFAIRS OF THE BURGHS 

OF SCOTLAND. 

1295—1597. 



IJubligbeir far tfjt Contjtntbn of |Io||hI ^urgbs 

BY 

WILLIAM PATERSON, EDINBURGH. 



MDCCCLXVI. 



PREFACE. 



In the latter half of the twelfth century, if not, as is most probable, at a 
still earlier period, there existed in Scotland burghs, holding of the Crown, 
possessing a structure and constitution not essentially different from those 
of a much later date, and enjoying various privileges and immunities, of 
which a monopoly of trade and commerce was one of the earliest, and not 
the least important. 

In their general constitution, as in the minuter details of their internal 
economy, these Burghs possessed many features of resemblance to the 
English Burghs of the same, and of an earlier date. But, in England, 
the Burghs do not appear ever to have entered into any confederation 
for mutual advice and support. In Scotland, on the contrary, they 
seem to have entered at an early period into combinations for these purposes. 
One of these associations, known as the Hanse, was established to the 
North of the Gittmpians, a century before the great Hanseatic Confedera- 
tion of the Baltic came into existence Another, as old almost as the 
original constitution of Burghs, existed in the South, and was presided over 
by the Qreat Chamberlain of the kingdom.^ This association included 
at first only Edinburgh, Stirling, Berwick, and Roxburgh, and from these 
Burghs in their Court or Parliament, is supposed to have emanated the code* 
of Scottish burgal regulations, known as the Leges Quatuor Burgorum, But 

* The great Chamberlain, as the name implies, had probably the general control of the 
Treasury, but his functions, both administrative and judicial, had more particular reference 
to the aJFairs of the Burghs, [Mr Innes* Preface to vol. i. of the Acts of Parliament of Scot- 
land, p. 5.] The nature of the supervision which he exercised over the Burghs is indicated 
in the *^ Articuli inquirendi in Burgo in itinere camerarij secundum vsum Scociae," a docu- 
ment supposed to be of the latter half of the reign of King Robert I. (1306>1329), and in the 
" Modus procedendi in itinere camerarij infra regnum Scociae," apparently of the end of the 
fourteenth century. [Acts of the Parliament of Scotland i., 316 and 329. Mr Innes' Pre- 
face, pp. 44, 46.] 

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vi PrefcLce. 

in 1368, when Berwick and Roxburgh had fallen into the hands of the 
English, an Act of a Parliament of King David 11./ held at Perth in that 
year, appointed Lanark and Linlithgow to take their place as two of the 
Four Burghs. At that time the Four Burghs appear to have met annually 
in Haddington for the purpose of disposing of Appeals from judgments of 
the great Chamberlain in his Air or Circuit. In 1405, however, they are 
found assembled in Stirling, at which place they passed an Act extending 
their constitution, by ordaining two or three sufficient burgesses of each 
Boyal Burgh on the south side of the water of Spey, having sufficient 
commission, to compear yearly at their Convention, wheresoever held, to 
treat, ordain and determine upon all things concerning the utility of the 
common weal of all the Kings Burghs, theii- liberties and Court.* 
Some years later, Edinburgh was the place of the annual meeting 
of the Burghs, and King James I, who reigned from 1406 till 1437, 
ordained, with consent of the three Estates of his realm, that it should con- 
tinue thenceforward to be so. This ordinance was confirmed by King 
James II., who, by Letters Patent under the Great Seal, dated 5th Novem- 
ber 1454, commanded his Great Chamberlain and his deputed to cause 
the Court of the Parliament of the Four Burghs to be held at Edinburgh 
yearly, in manner used and wont; calling together and summoning 
to compear thereat, the commissioners of the four principal Burghs, to wit, 
Edinburgh, Stirling, Linlithgow, and Lanark, with the attendants or asses- 
sors of the said Court.' 

So, in all probability, matters remained till the reign of King James IIL, 
when it was enacted by the Parliament held at Edinburgh in 1487, 

''that zerely in t3mie tecum certane commissaris of all burrowiB baith south 
and north convene and gadre togiddir, anis in ilk zere in the burgh of Inuerkethin 
on the mome efbir sanct James' day " [25th July] .... and quhat brogh 
that oomperis not the said day, be thair commissaris to pay to the oostis of the 
commissaris five It., and zerely to haue our Souerane lonhs lettrez to distrenze 
Ihairfor and for the inbringing of the samyn.^ 

» Acta of the Parliament of Scotland, i., 149. Page 541. 
» Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland, i., 839. Page 602. 

* See original Letters Patent in the Archives of the City of Edinburgh. Page 542. 

* 1487, c. 17. Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland ii., 179. 



Preface. vii 

Notwithstanding this enactment, the Burghs still held meetings in Edin- 
burgh, and it seems that even so late as 1500/ these assemblies retained 
the designation of " the Parliament of the Four Burghs/' and continued to 
be presided over by the Lord Chamberlain. How long that high oflScer of 
State attended these assemblies, or how long they retained the title of the 
" Court or Parliament of the Four Burghs," does not appear, but a minute 
in 1529, and all the minutes subsequent to that date, refer to the acts 
set forth in them as having been passed by the commissioners of the 
Burghs alone, and make no mention of the Lord Chamberlain.^ Several of 
these Conventions, it may be remarked, seem to have been held in obedi- 
ence to royal letters issued to the Burghs, requiring them to send commis- 
sioners to a particular town, at a specified time, to treat of the several 
matters enumerated in the letters.^ In other cases the commissioners of 
some of the Burghs fixed the time and place of the annual meetings, and 
missives were thereupon directed to all the Burghs requiring them to send 
up their commissioners to the Convention so fixed/ As regards the time 
and place of their meetings, the Burghs seem to have acted without any 
reference to the statute of 1487, c. 17. 

No record of any meeting in Inverkeithing is now extant, and the 
practice of holding annual Conventions there, if such a practice ever existed, 
seems to have been speedily discontinued ; for an act of Convention, held at 
Edinburgh, on 4th April 1552, referring to the old statute merely 
as a matter of understanding, appointed the whole Burghs of the realm, 
by their provosts or commissioners, to convene annually, on the last day of 
July, in such place as might be appointed/ This resolution, however, seems 
to have been very imperfectly observed, notwithstanding that, in 1555, the 
fine to be exacted from Burghs who did not appear by their commissioners 
was raised by an act of Convention to £10/ The irregularity in the 
meetings of Convention arose in a great measure no doubt from the 
unsettled state of the times, but sometimes also, it appears, from the care- 

» Page 506. ' Pages 508, &c. ' Pages 507, 512, 515, 520. 

♦ Page 618. * Page 2. * Page 14. 



viii Preface. 

lessness of the Bui^h in which the Convention was appointed to meet, 
who neglected to dispatch the missives to the other Burghs, requiring 
their attendance at the time appointed. With reference to St. Andrews, 
which appears as a defaulter in this respect, an appointment to hold a Con- 
vention there, in January 1 570, is accompanied with the certification that, 
" gif thai failze thar sail nocht be ony conventioun appoyntit to be in 
thair toun at ony tyme heirefber, becaus thair was syndrie conventionis ap- 
poyntit to be in the said toun abefoir, and nocht keipit in thair defalt.*** 
In 1 578 the Burghs were authorized by an act of a Paiiiament of King 
James VI. held at Stirling, 

" to convene foiir tymes in the zeir for aic materia as concernis thair estait And 
that in quhat burgh it salbe thocht expedient to the maist pairt of the saidis 
burrowis ; Providing alwayis for eschewing of tumultis that thair be present at the 
saidis conventionis for euerie burgh in nowmer ane except the toun of Edinbuigh to 
haif ane ma nor the vtheris burrowis."* 

It will be observed, however, that as previous to this act the Burghs 
sometimes held two or more meetings in the course of a year, whenever 
they chose to appoint, so after it was passed, they did not exercise the power 
of convening four times a year. They seem just to have adhered to their 
old custom of meeting at such times and places as best served their 
purpose, — ^fixing their conventions frequently with reference to the meetings 
of Parliament, of which the representatives of the Burghs formed a constituent 
part.* But no year between 1577 and 1 6 3 1 * passed over without Conventions 

* Page 16. » 1678 c. 11, Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland, iii., 102. 

• Pages 108, 120, 206. 

Tn the famous Parliament of King Robert the Bruce, held at Cambuskenneth on the 15th 
of July 1326, the representatives of the Burghs are, for the first time, distinctly mentioned as 
being present [Acta of the Parliaments of Scotland, i., 113] ; and they thereafter formed an 
essential part of all Parliaments and General Councils. The Burghs had, however, from a 
much earlier date, contributed to the necessities of the State, and were probably included in 
the " majores communitatum," who took part in the settlement of the Crown on Edward 
Bruce in 1315 [Ibid i. 104]. There is some reason to believe that they may have been present 
at the Parliaments of King Robert the Bruce in 1314, 1315, and 1318. Some of the Burghs 
were certainly parties to the ratification of the Treaty with France in 1295 [Ibid i. 97.] 

« There is a likiim in the Records between February 1631 and July 1649 as if a volume had 
been lost. 



Preface. ' ix 

being held. The practice of the Burghs' fixing the time and place of their 
meetings to suit their own convenience is referred to, and sanctioned, in 
the preamble of the Act of 1581, c. 26, which ratified and approved the 
former Acts of Parliament, relative to the Convention of Burghs, 

" Forsamekill," it says, " as it wes found necessar to cure Souerane lord, and his 
hines predioessouris, that the commissionaris of burrowis convene at sic t3rmes as 
they suld think guid, in quhat burgh they thocht maist expedient with fiill commis- 
sion : Thairfoir," it proceeds, " oure Souerane lord with aduise 

of hiB thre Estatis of this present Parliament Eatifeis and apprevis the saidis actis. And 
for bettir obseniatioun of the saidis conventionis be sic burrowis as hes heirtofoir not 
send thair commissioneris at onie tyme thairto, hes statute and ordanit that in tyme 
coming, quhen onie conventionis of burrowis is appointit to the maist pairt of the 
saidis burrowis, or be the burgh of Edinburgh, and onie sex or aucht of the rest, The 
burgh wamit thairto be onie missiue bill of the provest and bailzeis of the btirgh, 
quhair the said oonventioun is to be haldin, or vther wayis lawfiillie cytat thairto, 
and not compeirand be thair commissioner sufficientlie instruct, sail pay to the chargeis 
of the burghis that sail convene the sowme of twentie pimdis. And ordanis the 
Lordis of coimsell and sessioun, to grant and direct letteris of homyng or poinding 
agams the burrowis absent, fra the same conventioun, and adiudget be the remanent 
burrowis, to haue incurrit the said pane and unlaw, and this at the instance of the 
biugh of Edinburgh without farther proces and calling of pairtie thairto. The saidis 
Lordis seand the act autentikle subscrivit be the clerk of that convention, that thai 
ar absent and convict as said is."^ 

It is to be observed, however, that previous to the passing of this act 
an act of Convention, held at Stirling in 1579,^ had increased the penalty 
on Burghs who fSedled to attend to £20, and this fine was imposed on 
absentees firom the following Convention at Aberdeen in 1580. 

In conformity with the act 1 581, c. 26, the Burghs met from time to time 
at such places as the majority were pleased to appoint. But in 1 5 86, an act 
of Convention was passed whereby, to secure unanimity on the part of the 
Burghs, they were appointed to meet previous to the assembling of national 

' Acts of the Parliameutw of Scotlaud, iii., 224. * Page OO. 



X Preface. 

conventions and parliaments, and to discuss by themselves separately such 
business as might be set down for consideration thereat. 

The Act 1581 c. 26 is still in observance, except in so far as it 
directs letters of horning to pass at the instance of the burgh of Edin- 
burgh. After a time, the Clerk, Agent, or Collector ^f the Convention of 
Burghs was appointed to recover the penalties incurred by absentees '} and 
in 1607, according to Sir George Mackenzie, an Act of Parliament allowed 
execution to pass at the instance of the Agent, in whose name the letters 
are now raised * 

Sir George Mackenzie states* that in his day the Burghs met in July at 
Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Stirling. But if that state- 
ment was intended to mean either that the Burghs met in these towns 
in rotation, or that they assembled in those towns only, it was not 
supported by the actual practice. All the general and particular Con- 
ventions between July 1676 and February 1692, both inclusive, were 
held in Edinburgh; the genei'al Conventions in 1657 and 1675 were 
held in Glasgow; the general Convention in 1656 was held in Had- 
dington; that in 1650 was held in Cupar; that in 1649 in Queensferry ; 
that in J 630 in Jedburgh; that in 1629 in Culross; that in 1627 in 
Ayr, and that in 1626 in Dunbar. Of the fifty-one general and particular 
Conventions recorded between 1625 and 1656, both inclusive, three 
general and thirty- nine particular Conventions were held in Edinburgh, 
one general Convention was held in Glasgow, and one in Perth, the 
remainder being held as above stated. Of the forty-two general and 
particular Conventions recorded between 1657 and 1675, both inclusive, 
twelve general, and twenty-four particular Conventions were held in Edin- 
burgh, two general Conventions were held in Glasgow, and one in each of, 
Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, and Stirling. With the exception of the general 
Conventions in July 1692, and in 1697, 1698, 1703, and 1704, which 
were held respectively in Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen, and twice successively 

» Pages 185, 192, 199, 215, 216, 241, 267, 348, &c. 

» Obfiervations on Acts of Parliament, &c., p. 206. Edin. 1686, folio. 

» Ihid, p. 98. 



Preface. xi 

in Glasgow, all the other Conventions and meetings of Committees of 
Convention between 1692 and 1704, were held in Edinburgh. Since 
1704 the meetings have been invariably held in Edinburgh. Propositions 
to revert to the old custom have been submitted to the Convention on 
two or three occasions, but have never been received with any favour. 

What were the precise functions of the Court or Parliament of the Four 
Burghs cannot now be fully ascertained ; but it is obvious that it decided 
questions involving the usages of Burghs, and the rights and privileges of bur- 
gesses, and even legislated in regard to such matters as the principles 
of moveable succession. Accordingly, in a Parliament held at Newcastle 
by King Edward I. in 1292,^ it was ordered on the motion of the parties in a 
private suit depending on the law and practice of the Burghs of Scotland, that 
the Four Burghs should be consulted. This having been done, judgment was 
pronounced in conformity with their record and verdict. Again, in 12^5,* 
the burgesses of these burghs, assembled at Holy rood Abbey, are found 
issuing an ordinance as to the division of moveables among heirs and other 
children. It also appears from the Act of the Pailiament of King 
David II., in 1368, that the Four Burghs were in use to determine 
appeals from the judgment of the great Chamberlain of the kingdom. 
At that time, as has been said, both Berwick and Roxburgh were in 
the hands of the English, and are referred to in the Act as towns " quae 
sunt et esse debent duo de quatuor burgis qui habent, ex antiquo, curiam 
facere camerarii semel in anno apud Hadington, super judiciis, si quae 
forent, coram ipso in itineribus suis ubicunque contradicta," &c. At a some- 
what later period these Burghs are found exercising still more important 
functions. The decree of the Court of Four Burghs held at Stirling in 
1405^ to which allusion has already been made as having extended 
its own constitution, also enacted a series of regulations of a general 
character, affecting the rights, privileges, and duties of the burgesses. 
These functions, or functions scarcely less important, appear to have 
been recognised and indirectly sanctioned by the Crown somewhat later; 

» Rotuli Parliamentorum, I. 107. » Page 501. 



xii Pnface. 

for King James II., in his Charter to the Burgh of E<linbiirgh in 1454, 
already referred to, defines the duties of the Parliament of the four prin- 
cipal Burghs of Edinburgh, Stirling, Linlithgow, and Lanark to be 

" Ad subeundum ordinanduin et finaliter detemiinandum de et super judiciis 
Burgorum yniuersalem rogiii nostri curiis datis siue contradictis ac eciam mensuram 
vine ferlote siue bolle lagine et petre more solito ligiis et communibus nostris dandum 
liberandum et recipiendum : Necnon omjiia alia et singula facicnda et exercenda qui 
in huiusmodo curia Parliamenti secundum leges statuta et Burgorum oonsuetudines 
sunt tractanda subeunda et finaliter determinanda." 

And the Act 1487 c. 17 empowered the whole Burghs, at their annual 
Convention in Inverkeithing, 

" To commoun and trete apoun the welefiire of merchandes, the gude rewle and 
stalutis for the commoun proffit of borrowis, and to provide for remede apoun the 
scaith and injuris sustenet within burro wis." 

In ratifying the whole privileges of the Burghs, and empowering them to 
convene four times in the year, in whatsoever burgh the majority might 
determine, the Act 1678 c. 11 declared the object of their Convention to be 
simply "for sic materis as concerns thair estait" The Act 1581 a 26 
again, in still farther enlarging their powers as to meeting '' at sic times as 
they suld think guid, in quhat Burgh they thocht maist expedient," defined 
the object of their meetings to be 

*^ To treat vpoun the weil£dr of merchandis, merchandice, guide rewle, and sta- 
tutis for the commoun profit of burrowis, as at mair length is contenit in the actis 
of parliament maid thairanent, and anent the privelege of burrowis." 

But, after all, the Records of the Convention themselves afford the only 
satisfactory materials for ascertaining what were the subjects dealt with by 
the old burgal parliament of Scotland, and what were the nature and ex- 
tent of its action. Upon that subject it is not intended to enter here. But 



Preface. xiii 

a very cursory inspection of the present volume, will show that scarcely any- 
thing affecting the Burghs of Scotland, in their internal administration, or in 
their commercial relations at home and abroad, escaped the cognizance of the 
Convention. It defined the rights, privileges, and duties of Burghs ; it 
regulated the merchandise, manufactures, and shipping of the country ; it 
exercised control over the Scottish merchants in France, Flanders, and other 
countries in Europe, with which from time to time commercial relations 
existed ; it sent commissioners to foreign powers, and to great commercial 
communities, entered into treaties with them, and established the staple trade 
of Scotland wherever this could be most advantageously done; it claimed the 
right, independently of the Crown, to nominate the Conservator, and it 
certainly did regulate his emoluments, and control his conduct ; it some- 
times defrayed, and sometimes contributed towards, the expenses of ambas- 
sadors from the Scottish Court to that of France and other foreign powers 
in matters affecting the Burghs and the common weal ; it allocated among 
the whole Burghs of the kingdom their proportions of all extents and 
taxes granted by the three Estates of the realm ; it adjudicated on the claims 
of Burghs to be admitted to the privileges of free Burghs, and to be added 
to its roll ; it took cognizance of weights and measures ; it submitted 
propositions to parliament in regard to all matters affecting the interests of 
the country, and influenced to an incalculable extent the national legisla- 
tion. In a word, it formed a complete and powerful organization for 
the protection of burgal rights and privileges, and for the promotion of 
whatever the Burghs conceived to be for their own interest and that of the 
country generally. Its records thus contain much that throws light on every 
department of Scottish history, and their publication will, it is believed, 
facilitate the labours of the future historian. 

In the early period of the Convention as has already been remarked, 
the Burghs used to meet from time to time in various towns. As a rule, 
the Provost of the Burgh in which the Convention was held presided over 
its meetings, and the Town Clerk acted as its Clerk, and wrote and appar- 
entlyretained itsminutes. Theinconvenience of this arrangement as regarded 
the records induced the Burghs, in their Convention at Aberdeen in July 1580, 



xiv Preface. 

to pass an act whereby, "finding thame greitlie preiugit be that inlaik of ane 
general! buke quhilk suldcontenethe haill lawis and constitution of burro wis/' 
theyunanimouslyempoweredtheBurgh of Edinburgh to require all the Burghs 
in which Conventions had been held, to send, previous to the 1st of Sep- 
tember thereafter, and under a penalty of £30, extracts of the whole laws, 
acts, and constitutions made at these Conventions, in order that these 
extracts might be engrossed in a general book to be made for the purpose. 
Edinburgh was further required to produce the book, with all the 
extracts engrossed therein, at the next general Convention, and also 
to require all the Burghs to send their Commissioners "maist ancient 
and wysest, fuUie instructed, to the said next Conuention, for approbation 
ratification and confirmation of the acts and constitutions used and registrat 
in the general buke foirsaid." The subject was again under con- 
sideration at the next genei*al Convention in Edinburgh on 18th 
Apiil 1681, when the former act was renewed, and every Burgh, "but 
speciallie Ljulythqu," was ordained to search out the acts of the Conven- 
tions held within it, and to send them to Edinburgh with expedition, in 
order to their being engrossed by John Guthrie. Tlie minute of this Con- 
vention also bears that Dundee and Cupar exhibited "sic acts as thai declarit 
was in thair burchis, and nocht contenit in the bulk of Edinburgh and 
delyuerit thame to the said Ihon and thaii-vpoun askit instrumentis.'** At 
the following general Convention in Perth, held in June 1582, John 
Guthrie presented the book, prepared in terms of the previous acts of Con- 
vention,' when it was unanimously resolved that it should be kept, 
during the pleasure of the Burghs, by Edinburgh, the commissioners of 
which should bring it to every Convention wheresoever held. And because 
the want of the book had in times past been the cause of great ignorance 
and confusion among the most part of the whole burghs, and to the effect 
that they might be better informed as to the laws and constitutions made 
for the welfare of their estate in years bygone, Edinburgh or its 
C/lerk, was directed to make and deliver to every Burgh wish- 

»Pagc, p. 112. 



Preface. xv 

ing it, a book of the same size as tlie geueiul book containing the whole 
laws and constitutions of Burghs mentioned therein up to that time, at 
a cost of ten merks for each volume.^ John Guthrie was thereafter ap- 
pointed common Clerk of the Convention and keeper of the general book.* 
It is believed that the office has since been held by the Town Clerks 
of Edinburgh, under an obligation to attend the Convention wherever it 
was held, and to produce the Records of the body. 

There is every reason to believe that the fii*st volume of the MS. 
Records of the Convention is that prepared by John Guthrie in conformity 
with the acts of 1580 and 1581, and probably it contained all the 
minutes which were furnished to him, but it obviously does not 
contain the minutes of all the Conventions which had been held. 
Reference, for example, is made in pp. 10, 13, to acts of a Convention held 
at Perth in August 1555, but the Record contains no such minute. 
A Convention was also appointed to be held in Stirling on 3l8t July 1553^ 
but the next minute is that of a Convention in Edinburgh on 29th May 
1555.* Conventions were ordered to be held in St. Andrews on 
30th June 1556,^ and on Trinity Sunday 1567, or the next lawful 
day thereafter,^ but no minute of either meeting exists in the Records. 
It is probable, however, that neither was held owing to the negligence of 
the Provost and Bailies already alluded to. It will also be observed that 
there are no minutes of any Convention at Linlithgow in the Records previous 
to 1581, though it appears from the act of the Convention in April of that 
year that Conventions had been held in that Burgh, the minutes of which 
were tlien specially called for. 

In these circumstances, and while the present volume waa passing 
through the press, it was considered probable that minutes or other 
documents connected with the Convention, of an earlier date tlian any of 
its own records, might be discovered in the Registers of other Buighs. A 
minute examination was accordingly made not only of the Council Records 
of Edinburgh in the Archives of the city, but also of a MS. volume in the 

> Page, 128. = Page, 168, 185. » Page 6. 

* Page G. » Page, 14. • Page, 15. 



xvi Preface. 

Advocates' Library containing extracts made in 1 570 bj Alexander Gntbrie 
Town-Clerk, from older Records not now extant, and among these were 
found an Act of the Court of the Parliament of four Burghs at Edinburgh 
in November 1500, minutes of Conventions held at Edinburgh in 
March 1533, Dec. 1539, April 1541, Feb. and March 1563, March 1583, 
and Jan. 1586, and Extent Bolls of the Burghs in 1535, 1545,? 1550, 
1556, and 1557. 

Communications were afterwards addressed to the Town-Clerks of Perth, 
Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen, Si Andrews, Haddington, Linlithgow, and 
Inverkeithing, asking them to assist in making the present publication as 
perfect as possible, by causing a careful search to be instituted in the 
Archives of these burghs, and by allowing copies to be taken of any 
important documents or minutes connected with the Convention prior 
to 1600 which might be found in them. These communications were 
courteously received, but in the case of Aberdeen alone has the result 
been the discovery of any documents available for the present purpose. 
From Perth the reply was that the Burgh records do not go farther back 
than 1597 ; that there is no entry in the Council records relative to the 
Convention prior to 1600; and that if any minutes of Convention are 
extant they must be in some other volume unknown to the Clerk. In 
Dundee the records are in a state which made it a work of labour on the 
part of Mr. Kerr to afford the following information which, however, is 
of so much interest as to justify its quotation. 

"We have a volume of Acts of the Head Courts of the Burgh from 1664 to 
1682, and Minutes of the Council from 24th September 1661 to 21st January 
1668. Then we have a volume of Minutes of the Council from 7th March 1687-8 
to 26th January 1 603, and thence downwards, except that there is a blank from 1 663 
to 1663, — ^a volume being aatray. 

"We have an early volume of Laws and Statutes of the Burgh enacted at the 
Head Courts from 6th October 1560 to 30th September 1622. 

" Earlier than these dates there are various minutes of the Town Coimcil to be 
found in the Register of Decrees, dfc., of the Burgh Court, which begun 



Preface. xvii 

in 1520, and seems to contain Acts of the Head Courts and very likely much 
curious matter/' 

No minute book of the Town Council of St. Andrews exists, so fitr as is 
known, prior to 1656. The minute books of the Town Council of Inver- 
keithing previous to 1689 are all lost. There are older sasine records, 
and the guildry minute book goes back to 1 580, but no trace can be found 
in them of any meeting of Convention as having been held in the burgh. 
It was stated, however, that the house used to be pointed out where the 
early meetings of Convention were held. The ancient records of Hadding- 
ton^ and Linlithgow remain to be examined, and it is believed that the 
Councils of these Burghs will afford every facility for having this done. 
Mr. Angus forwarded excerpts from the Index of the Council Records 
of Aberdeen from 1491 to 1783, in so far as reference is therein made 
to the Convention ; and he afterwards most kindly caused the requisite 
extracts to be made from the valuable registers in his custody, — the 
oldest and most complete of any burgal records in Scotland. He has 
thus not only supplied the Minutes of a Convention held at Edinburgh 
in April 1529, but has shown that commissioners were elected by the 
Burgh of Aberdeen to attend Conventions in 1491, 1497, 1530, and 1555, 
no minutes of which, however, have as yet been discovered. Other 
extracts from the Aberdeen registers have also been given to iUus- 
trate the mode in which the election of commissioners to the Convention 
of Burghs was made at an early period. 

Probably a minuter search than most of the Town Clerks, with their 

» Mr. Thomas Thomson, "W.S., F.S. A. Scot., has contributed to the Proceedings of the 
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland an interesting '^ Description of the oldest Council Books 
and other Records of the Town of Haddington, with copious Extracts " [Vol. II. 384], and 
from that paper it appears tliat the two earliest voliunes containing Acts of the Town Council 
and Decrees pronounced in the Burgh Court, and Deeds of Mortification and Bequest to the 
Church, extend, the^nv/ from Gth March 1423 to 23d June 14G3, and the second from June 
1630 to 30th April 1565. The ** Counsale liooks or Acts and Statutes of the Counsale," so 
far as descrihed hy him, consist of three volumes, the Jirst extending from 13th December 1554 
to 3d March 1580, the second from 13th October 1581 to November 1602, and the third from 
14th January 1603 till 24th June 1616. None of the extracts given in this paper, howeviT, 
relate to the meetings or affaii-s of the Convention. 



xviii Preface. 

multifarious ojfficial and professioual engagements, can find time to make 
among the old records of the more ancient Burghs of Scotland, might 
bring to light many documents that would supplement in a very inter- 
esting way the defective early records of the Convention. In such 
records most valuable materials for local and national history are to be 
found ; and it is earnestly to be hoped that the various Town Councils 
and other corporate bodies in Scotland may take means to have their records 
put into such a form, and so preserved, as to be really accessible. 
On the representation of the Town Clerk of Dundee, following on the com- 
munication above alluded to, the authorities there have had their attention 
directed to the matter. The subject was earnestly pressed on the con- 
sideration of the representatives of the Burghs present at the last Con- 
vention, and was then warmly received; and it is to be hoped that 
subsequent volumes of the Convention Records may afford pleasing evi- 
dence that it has not been lost sight of 

In explanation of the arrangement of the present volume, it may be 
stated that the first 500 pages contain the proper records of the Conven- 
tion, as these are engrossed in its Minute Books from 1 552 till 1597. The 
portionof the book extending fi:om page 500 to page 5 33 contains supplemen- 
tary extracts from other records of minutes of Conventions, extent rolls, and 
minutes of election of Commissioners to attend Conventions — all of them 
of equal authority with the earlier records of Convention. The remaining 
portion of the book, extending from page 535 to page 562, contains 
copies or abstracts of various documents relating to the affairs of the Burghs, 
— ^the sources from which they have been obtained being in every case 
specified. 

To make the volume more serviceable, a chronological list of Conventions 
has been prepared, with references to the documents in which the Conven- 
tions are alluded to. Whether some of the Conventions to which Commis- 
sioners were elected actually took place cannot be assumed, but it is to be 
hoped that entries in the records of other Burghs may be discovered and 
communicated which will throw light on this subject. A table of contents 
arranged in chronological order has also been added. 



Preface. xix 

Considerable progress had been made in the prepaitttion of an index of 
matters, to be appended to this volume ; but the last Convention having 
authorised the publication of another volume similar to the present, it has 
been considered expedient to make the general index applicable to the entire 
work. 

J. D. MARWICK. 



10 Bellevue Crescent, 
Edinburgh, Ibth May, 1866. 



CHRONOLOGICAL LIST 

or THE 

CONVENTIONS OF THE BURGHS OF SCOTLAND 

REFERRED TO IN THIS VOLUME. 



Date of 
ConTemUon. PMre- 

1 295. January 10. Convention of the Burgesses of Berwick, Edinburgh, 
Roxburgh, and Stirling, at Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh. 

See Decree of these Burgesses, . . . .501 

From the Acts of ihe ParliamenU of Scotland^ i. 360. 

1405. October 12. Court^of the Four Burghs (Edinburgh, Stirling, 
Lanark, and Linlithgow) at Stirling. 

See Decree of the Court, . . . . 502 

From the Acta of the ParliamenU of Scotland, i. 338, 339. 

1483. March. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Tax Roll of the Burghs beyond Forth, as modified by the Com- 

missioners present at the Convention, . . 543 

From the Council Records of Aberdeen, vi. 803. 

1491. March 16. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Act of the Council and Community of Aberdeen, dated 7th March 

1491y appointing Commissioners to attend that Convention, . 504 
From ihe Council Records of Aberdeen^ vii. 243. 



xxii Chronological List 

Date of 
Convention. Page. 

1491. August. Convention of the Burghs of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, 
Perth, Dundee, and Haddington. 

See Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen, dated 22d August 1491, 604 
From the Council Recm^ds of Aberdeen^ vii. 709. 

1497. Convention of Burghs. 

See Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen, dated 6th March 1497, 

appointing Commissioners to attend the Convention, . 504 

Frofn the Council Records of Aberd^eUy vii. 865. 

1500. November 10. Court of the Parliament of Four Burghs at 
Edinburgh. 

See (I) Act of Court, ..•••. 505 

(2) Charge by the Provost of Edinburgh to the craft of Skin- 
ners in that city, in virtue of signet letters, foUowing on 
the preceding Act, ..... 506 

From the Council Records of Edivhurgh, i. 28. * 

1529. April 14. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See (1) Act of a Head Coiui; of the Community of Aberdeen, and of 
the Town Council of that City, dal^ed 5th April 1529, ap- 
pointing Commissioners to attend the Convention, . 507 

And (2) Minute of Convention, .... 508 

Fro^n the Council Records of Aberdeen, xii. 537. 557-562. 

1530. March 15. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen, dated 6th March 1530, 

appointing Commissioners to attend the Convention, . 512 

From the Council Records of Aberdeen, xiii. 105. 

* The first volume of the Council Records of the City of £din])urgh, now preserved in the 
City Chambers, consists of a series of Extracts from older Records not now extant. It is 
entitled, ^* Brevis et Compendiosa Collectio veterum et maxime vtiliiun statutorum. Ex 
antiquis libris Curiae, Edinburgi. Made by Alexander Guthrie, 1570" A voliune of 
similar extracts made about the same time is preserved in the Advocates Library, marked 
31 : 4 : 9. 



Chronological List. xxiii 

Date of 
OooTentioii. Faye. 

1533. March 17. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, . .513 

From the Council Records of Edinburgh^ i. 39-40. 

1539. December 18. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, .515 

From the Council Records of Edinburgh^ i. 42. 

1541. April 2. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See (1) Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen, dated 25th March 

1541, appointing a Commissioner to attend the Convention, 517 
From the Council Records of Aberdeen^ xvi. 764. 

(2) Minute of Convention, . .517 

From the Council Records of Edinburgh, i. 44. 

1552. April 4. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, ..... 1 

From MS, Records of the Convention of Burghs, i. 1 ; ii. 1. 



July 31. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, ..... 

From MS, Records oftlie Convention of Burglis, i. 3 ; ii. 3. 

1555. May 29 and 31, and June 3. Convention of Burghs at 
Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, ..... 
From MS. Records of Convention, i. 4 ; ii. 3. 

July 30 and August 3 and 5. Convention of Burghs at Perth. 



See (1) Minute appointing Convention to be held, . . 9 

From MS, Records of Convention, i. 6 ; ii. 4. 

(2) Minute of subsequent Convention at Dundee bearing refer- 
ence to it, . . . 10-13 
From MS, Records of Convention, ii. 9, 11. 



xxiv Chronological List. 

Date of 
Conrention. Page. 

1555. September 18. Convention of Burghs at Dundee. 

See Minute of Convention, . . .10 

From MS. Records of Convention^ ii. 9. 

1555. January 15. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Act of the Community of Aberdeen, dated 16th December 1555, 

appointing Commissioners to attend that Convention, . 520 

From the Council Records of Aberdeen^ xxii. 211. 

1563. February 24-28, and March 4. Convention of Burghs at 
Edinburgh. 

See (1) Act of the Community of Abenleen, dated 7th February 1563, 

appointing a Commissioner to attend that Convention, . 527 
From the Council Records of Aberdeen, xxv. 202. 

(2) Minutes of Convention, ..... 527 
From the Council Records of Edinburgh, iv. 93-95. 

1567. April 17. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .15 

From MS, Records of Convention, i. 6 ; ii. 5. 

1570. October 21. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .16 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 7 ; ii. 5. 

1570. January 6 (5 ?). Convention of Burghs at Saint Andrews. 

See Minute of Convention, . .17 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 7 ; ii. 6. 

1574. June 23. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, ..... 24 

Fro7n MS. Records of Convention, i. 10; n, 12. 



Chronological List. xxv 

Dmteof 
ConTentioiL P^ge. 

1574. July 16. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See (1) Act of Town Council of Edinburgh, appointing Commis- 
sioners to attend Convention, .... 24 

(2) Minijte of Convention, ..... 25 

From MS. Records of Conventiany i. 10 ; n. 12. 

October 25. Convention of Burghs at Stirling. 

See Minute of Convention, . .30 

From MS, Records of Conventiany i. 14 ; ii. 15. 

1575. July 15. Convention of Burghs at Dundee. 

See Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen dated Ist July 1575, 

appointing a Commissioner to attend the Convention, . 533 

From the Council Records of Aberdeen, xxviii. 503. 

October 17 and 27, and November 5. Convention of Burghs 

at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .37 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i. 18 ; ii. 18. 

January 20-27. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .41 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 20 ; il 20. 

March 4-8 and 17. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Con vention, ..... 45 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i. 23 ; il 22. 

1577. April 24, and May 3. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 49 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 26 ; n. 25. 

February 3 and 1 2. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . .50 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 26 ; u. 25. 



xxvi Chronological List 

Date of 
Conrention. Pa^. 

1578. July 18. Convention of Burghs at Stirling. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 53 

Fr(ym MS. Records of Convention^ i. 28 ; ii. 27. 

October 31 -November 5. Convention of Burgbs at Dundee. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 66 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i. 35 ; ii. 34. 

February 24-28. Convention of Burghs at Cupar. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . . .71 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i. 37 ; ii. 36. 

1 579. August 5, Convention of Burghs at Stirling. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 78 

From MS. Records of Concentionj i. 40 ; ii. 40. 

October, Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .80 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i, 41 ; ii. 41. 

February 24-27, Convention of Burghs at Glasgow. 

See Minute of Convention, ..... 83 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i. 43 ; ii. 42. 

March 3-1 4. Convention of Burghs at Stirling. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .90 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i. 46 ; ii. 45. 

1580. July 11-16. Convention of Burghs at Aberdeea 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 97 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 50 ; ii. 49. 



Chronological List xxvii 

Dfttc of 
Conrentlon. Page. 

1580. July 31. Convention of Burghs at Saint Andrews. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . . .109 

From MS, Records of Convention^ l 55 ; ii. 65. 

1581. April 17-23. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .110 

From MS. Records of drnventiony i. 56 ; ii. 55. 

1681. October 17-26. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . . .121 

From MS, Records of Convention, i. 62 ; ir. 61. 

1582. June 15-23. Convention of Burghs at Perth. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . .126 

From MS, Records of Convention, i. 67 ; ii. 72. 

November 8-16. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . . .139 

Fro7n MS. Records of Convention, i. 74 ; ii. 80. 

December 7-17. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . . .145 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 76 ; il 84. 

February 25-27, March 9-12. Convention of Burghs at 

Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . .149 

From MS, Records of Convention, i, 79 ; ii. 86. 

March 20. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . .165 

From MS. Records of Convention, i. 81 ; ii. 90. 



xxviii Chronological List. 

Date of 
ConTentton. Pafre. 

1688. March 17. Minute of Meeting of five Burgbs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . .513 

Frojn Council Records of Edinburgh^ i. 39, 40. 

June 10-19. Convention of Burghs at Ayr. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . . .162 

From MS. Records of Convention^ i. 84 ; ii. 94. 

1583. November 12-15. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention. . . .181 

From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 106. 

1584. July i3-l7. Convention of Burghs at Linlithgow. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .184 

From MS. Recm'ds of Convention, ir. 108. 

1585. July 12, 13. Convention of Burghs at Haddington. 

See Minutes of Convention, . .198 

From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 117. 

December 1-10. Convention of Burghs at Linlithgow. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 200 
From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 118. 

1586. January 3J. Convention of Burghs at 

See Minute of Convention, ..... 453 
From Volume of Extracts from the Council Records of 
Edinburgh, preserved in the Advocates' Library, fol. 148. 

May 2-5. Convention of Burghs at Cupar. 

See Minutes of Convention, . • . . 206 

From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 121. 



Chronological List xxix 

Date of 
CooTentton. **»(?«• 

1586. August 1-4. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, . . . .217 

From MS. Records of Convention^ ii. 127. 

1587. July 3-6. Convention of Burghs at Dundee. 

See Minute of Convention, . , . . . 229 

Frmn MS. Becx)rd3 of Convention, ii. 133. 

1587. October 30, Nov. 1-6. General Convention of Burghs at 

Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 244 
From MS. Beeords of Convention., ii. 141. 

February 6-12. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 269 
From MS, Records of Convention, n. 153. 

1588. July 2-6. General Convention of Burghs at Glasgow. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . . 274 

From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 156. 

1589. April 10-14. Convention of Burghs at Saint Andrews. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 294 
From MS, Records of Convention, ii. 165. 

August 30. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minute of Convention, ..... 309 

From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 173. 

1590. June 8-15. Convention of Burghs at Aberdeen. 

See Minutes of Convention, . . . . .310 

From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 174. 
d 



XXX Chronological List 

Date of 
Convention. Pa^. 

1690. September 28-30, and October 1-6. Convention of Seven 

Biirgbs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 342 
From MS. Records of Convention^ ii. 188. 

1691. June 16-21. Convention of Burghs at Montrose. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 362 
From MS. Records of Convention^ n. 193. 

1592. June 12-17. General Convention of Burghs at Kirkcaldy. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 369 
From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 199. 

January 23-26. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 392 
Froyn MS. Records of Convention, ii. 209. 

1693. June 11-16. General Convention of Burghs at Dysart. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 393 
From MS. Records of Cfmvention, ii. 210. 

July 9-20. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 

See Minutes of Couvention, ..... 423 
From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 227. 

November 2. Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 426 
From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 229. 

1694. Juno 27-29, and July 1-4. Convention of Burghs at Stirling. 

8<»o MinuU^s of Convention, ..... 428 
From MS. Rerords of Convention, ii. 230. 



Chronological List. xxxi 

Dftte of 
C<niTeiition. Page. 

1595. June 27-31, and July 1. Convention of Burghs at* 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 453 
From MS. Records of Convention, ii. 246. 

1596. July 1-6. Convention of Burghs at Aberdeen. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 472 
From MS, Records of Convention^ ni. 1. 

July 1-24. Particular Convention of Burghs at Aberdeen. 

See Minutes of Convention, ...... 492 

From MS. Records of Convention, ui. 12. 

1597. April 1-6. Particular Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh. 

See Minutes of Convention, ..... 499 
From MS. Records of Convention, in. 15. 

* Two folios of the Record, containing the scdernnt and three act« at the beginning of this 
Convention are wanting. A portion of the Record at the end is also wanting. 



CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Pagb. 
1. Decree of the Burgesses of Berwick, Edinburgh, Roxburgh, and Stirling, 

convened at the Abbey of Holyrood, Edinburgh, 10th January 1295, 501 



ERRATA. 

Page 105, line 16, /or "1564," mwZ "1574." 
„ 426, line 22, for " j™ v^ IxxxxijV read *' j™ v" Ixxxxiij^' 
„ 504, line 3, for " 1 2th," rmd '* 1 6th " March. 
„ 520, line 16, for " 16tlj," rmd " 1 5th " January. 



YtiiMaTcA 1491, ....... 504 

10. Act of a Convention of the Burghs of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Dun- 

dee, and Haddington, 22d August 1491, . ... .504 

11. Act of the Council of Aberdeen appointing Commissioners to attend a 

Convention of Burghs, 6th March 1497, .... 504 

12. Act of the Court of Parliament of Four Burghs held at Edinburgh, 10th 
November 1500, ....... 505 



CHRONOLOaiCAL TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Page. 

1. Decree of the Burgesses of Berwick, Edinburgh, Roxburgh, and Stirling, 

convened at the Abbey of Holyrood, Edinburgh, 10th January 1295, 501 

2. Confiimation by King David 11. of a Contract between the Burgesses 

and Merchants of Scotland and the Burgesses and Merchants of Middle- 
burgh, 12th November 1347, ...... 537 

3. Judicial Transumpt dated 24th May 1605 of Charter by King David the 

IL, to the Free Burghs of Scotland of their privileges, 28th March 1364, 538 

4. Translation of the preceding Charter, . . . . .541 

5. Act of a Parliament of King David II. held at Perth appointing Lanark 

and Linlithgow to take the place of Berwick and Roxburgh as two of 

the Four Burghs of Scotland, 6th March 1368, . . 541 

6. Decree of the Court of Four Burghs (Edinburgh, Stirling, Lanark, and 

Linlithgow), held at Stirling, on 12th October 1405, . . . 502 

7. Letters Patent by King James II. appointing the Court of the Parliament 

of the Four Burghs to be held yearly at Edinburgh, 5th November 1454, 542 

8. Tax Roll of the Burghs north of the Forth as modified by the Commis- 

sioners of Burghs at Edinburgh, 1483, . . . .543 

9. Act of the Council and Community of Aberdeen appointing Commissioners 

to attend a Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 16th March 1491, 

7th March 1491, 504 

10. Act of a Convention of the Burghs of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Dun- 

dee, and Haddington, 22d August 1491, . . . . .504 

11. Act of the Council of Aberdeen appointing Commissioners to attend a 

Convention of Burghs, 6th March 1497, .... 504 

12. Act of the Court of Parliament of Four Burghs held at F>linburgh, 10th 
November 1500, ....... 505 



xxxiv Chronological Table of Contents. 



Page. 



13. Charge by the Provost of Edinburgh to the Craft of Skinners in Edin- 

burgh, following upon Signet Letters, dated 8th January 1500, ordain- 
ing the preceding Act to be put to execution, 4th December 1500, . 506 

14. Abstract of Commission under the Seal of the Burgomasters and Council 

of the Town of Bruges, in Flanders, in favour of certain persons to 
prosecute for recovery of goods taken by a Scots ship from a ship called 
Sancta Maria, belonging to Bruges, 22d October 1509, . . 543 

15. Act of the Town Council and Community of Merchants of Edinburgh, 
relative to the establishment of the Scots Staple in Flanders, 28th 
February 1519, . . . . . . .544 

16. Act of a Head Court of the Community of Aberdeen, and of the Town 

Council thereof, appointing Commissioners to attend a Convention of 
Burghs at Edinburgh on 12th April 1529— 5th April 1529, . * . 507 

17. Minute of the Convention of Burghs held at Edinburgh, on 14th April 

1529, 508 

18. Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen appointing Commissioners to 

attend a Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, on 15th March 1530 — 

6th March 1530, . . . . • . . .512 

19. Minute of the Convention of Burghs held at Edinburgh 17th March 

1533, 513 

20. Extent Eoll of the Burghs of Scotland, showing allocation among them 
of 5000 merks, being their propoi-tion of an extent of L. 20,000 Scots, 
granted to King James V. by the Tliree Estates, for sustaining his 
honourable expenses in the parts of France, 1535, . . . 514 

21. Act of the Town Council of Edinburgh, relative to a supplication by the 

Bailies and Council of the Burgh of Inverkeithing, to have their share of 
the contribution by Inverkeithing and Kinghom towards the taxation 
of Edinburgh modified, in respect of poverty, 28th February 1536, 545 

22. Minute of the Convention of the Burghs of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dun- 
dee, Perth, and St Andrews, at Edinburgh, 18th December 1539, . 515 

23. Abstract of Contract between the Burgomasters, Magistrates, and Council 
of Antwerp of the one part, and certain Commissioners or Deputies sent 
from the Provost, Bailies, and Council of Edinburgh, and others of the 
Kingdom of Scotland on the other part, relative to the establishment of 

the Staple in Antwerp, April 1540. ..... 546 

24. Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen appointing a Commissioner to 

attend a Convention of Burghs, 25th March 1541, '. 517 

25. Minute of Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 2d April 1541, 517 



Chronological Table of Contents. xxxv 

Page. 

26. Acts of the Town Council of Edinbuigh, relative to the establishment of 

the Staple in Middleburgh, dOth April and 5th May 1541, . 550 

27. Abstract of Contract between the Burgomasters and Council of the Town 
of Middleburgh on the one part> and certain Commissioners or Deputies 
from the City of Edinburgh and other Burghs of the Kingdom of Scot- 
land on the other part, relative to the establishment of the Staple in 
Middleburgh, 19th May 1541, ...... 551 

28. Act of the Town Council of Edinburgh, undertaking to pay to King 
James V. L.2000 Scots, lent by His Majesty for the whole Burghs, and 
delivered to the Lord Cardinal for expedition and doAvn-getting of the 
custom of twelve pence " through all the parts of France, now taken 
from the merchants of this realm of ilk frank warjrt," 14th July 

1541, 554 

29. Acts of the Town Council of Edinburgh, relative to the Staple Contract 

with Middleburgh, 23d August 1541, ..... 554 

30. Abstract of Letters Patent, under the Signet, granted by Queen Mary, 

confirming a grant by King James Y. to James Bannatyne and Thomas 
Davidson, to be Searchers General of English ships and goods coming 
to Scotland, 18th December 1542, ..... 555 

31. Allocation among the Burghs of L.2,666, 13& 4d. Scots, being their pro- 

portion of an extent of L. 16,000 Scots granted by the Three Estates 
for supplying and sustaining of the West and Middle Borders, 518 

This allocation bears no date, but probably had reference to the 

extent granted by the Act of Parliament 1645, c. 3. Acts of the 

Parliaments of Scotland II. 460. 

32. Allocation among the Burghs of 2,454 Crowns, being their proportion 

of a taxation of 2,400 Crowns of the sum, for furnishing of the^ [Embassy] 
toward the Emperor for peace, 25th August 1550. . . .519 

33. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 4th April 1552, . 1 

34. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 30th July 1552, . 5 

35. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 29th and 3l8t May, 

and 3rd June 1555, . . • . ... 6 

36. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Dundee, 18th September 1555, 10 

37. Abstract of a Commission by the Provost, Bailies, and Council of Edin- 
burgh on behalf of the community thereof, and also on behalf of the 
whole citizens and merchants in all the towns of Scotland, in favour of 
Gilbert Logan, Indweller in Dieppe ; and James Maxwell, Indweller in 



xxxvi Chronold^ical Table of Contents. 



Page. 



Rouen, in Nonnandy, empowering them to pursue the Collectors of the 
King of France for exacting more from the Scottish nation thanis due. 
27th Septemher 1555, ....... 555 

38. Act of the Community of Aberdeen appointing Commissioners to attend 

a Convention at Edinburgh on 15th January 1655. 16th December 

1555, ......... 520 

39. Abstract of an Act of the Privy Council of Scotland concerning Ships 

coming from Bordeaux and other places where the plague raged, pro- 
hibiting the landing of passengers or the unloading of goods without the 
authority of the Provost and Bailies of Edinburgh. 20th December 
1555. ......... 665 

40. Abstract of an Act of the Privy Council rating the price of bread, ale, 

flesh, fish, and other victuals, in respect that they " were risen to such 
an exorbitant dearth that the lieges could not be served therewith upon 
reasonable prices." 11th January 1555. . . . . 553 

41. Precept by Queen Mary, dated 5th June 1556, directing the Provost and 

Bailies of Edinburgh to stent and tax the Burghs in the sum of L.666, 
13s. 4d. granted to Her Majesty on 9th May 1556, with the Stent Roll 
following thereon, . . . .521 

42. Allocation by the Bailies and Town Council of Edinburgh among the 
whole Burghs of a sum of L. 2, 188, 14s. 8d. Scots, disbursed on account 
of the Burghs for the " doun getting of the sixteen doniers of each frank 
wairing of guides coft be Scots merchants in Rowane and Dieppe, by 

the four deniers payed by them." 2nd September 1556, . . 522 

43. Act of the Provost, Bailies, and Council of Edinburgh, following on 

Order of the Privy Council, dated 9th April 1557, directing them to 
allocate among the Burghs L. 10,000, being their proportion of an extent 
of L. 60,000 Scots, for defraying the charges of the Queen's marriage 
with the Dauphin of France, and allocation following thereon. 6th 
September 1557, ....... 524 

44. Precept by Queen Mary and the Privy Council relative to the mode of 

extern ting the inhabitants of Burghs allowed to remain away from the 

Royal Army, 16th Sept<5mbor 1557, ..... ^2Q 

45. Abstract of Letters by Queen Mary, under the Signet, regarding the 

plague at Dantzic, commanding all persons i'rom those parts to keep 
themselves and their goods on shipboard, and not to repair to any burgh, 
town, or common passages, imder pain of death, 1 6th July 1.563, . 556 

46. Act of the Community of Aberdeen api»oiiiting a Commissioner t^^ attend 

a Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 7th February 1563, . 527 



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47. Minute of the Convention of Burglis at Edinburgh, on 24th, 25th, and 

28th February, and 4th March 1563, .... 627 

This Minute contains the Allocation of an Extent of 28,000 merks 
granted by the Convention towards defraying the expense of 
Douglas of Whittingham's embassy to the King of 
Denmark, " for the affairs of merchants and other business Her 
Highness (the Queen) has ado with the said King, concerning 
the common weall of this realm." 

48. Abstract of a Grant or Letters Patent by Charles IX., King of France, under 

his Great Seal, ordering no more custom to be taken from the Scots 
nation for Wine imported into Scotland from Bourdeaux than was due by 
old treaties, 20th April 1565, ..... 557 

49. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Eduiburgh on 1 7th April 1567, 15 

60. Contract between the Town Council of Edinbui^gh on behalf of them- 
selves and the other Burghs on the one part, and Captain Ninian Cock- 
bum on the other part^ as to tlie sum to be paid him if he should procure a 
discharge of the proclamation by the King of France against Scottish 
merchants trafficking with France without the certificate of the King^s 
mother or her lieutenants, 14th July 1570, .... 631 

51. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 2l8t October 1570, 16 

52. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at St. Andrews on 5th January 1570, 17 

53. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 23d June 1574, 24 

54. Act of the Town Council of Edinburgh appointing Commissioners to 

attend a Convention of Burghs at E<lin burgh on 15th July 1574, 14th 

July 1574, . 24 

56, Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 15th July 1574, 25 

56. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Stirling on 25th October 1574, 30 

67. Act of the Town Council of Aberdeen, appointing a Commissioner to 
attend a Convention of Burghs at Dundee on 15th July 1575 — Ist 
July 1575, ........ 533 

58. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 17th and 27th 

October and 5tli November 1575, . . . . .37 

This Minute contains Articles to be observed and kept by the Conserva- 
tor in Flanders for the weall of the haill merchants of the realm. 

59. Minute of the ( 'onvention of Burghs at FMinburf^'h, on 20th-27th January 

1575, , . . ' . . .41 



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60. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 4th, 8th, and 

17th March 1575, ....... 45 

This Minute contains a copy of the Extent Roll of £11,000, Hs., 
granted by the Burghs to the Eegent on 26th January 1576, for 
discharge of the Bullion for defi»ying the charges of men to be 
sent to Flanders for trial of the false cunzie, and for recompense 
of the expenses of ingathering the same. 

61. Abstract of a Decree obtained before the Bailie of Dieppe, at the instance 

of. Robert Aikman and Henry Tod, burgesses in said town, against 
John Edgar, merchant there, as factor for John Morrison, merchant in 
Scotland, for nine score livres, 21st August 1566, with discharge thereof, 
28th September 1576, ...... 560 

62. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, on 24th April and 

3d May 1577, 49 

63. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, on 3d and 12th 
February 1577, ....... 50 

64. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Stirling, on 18th July 1678, . 53 

65. Commission granted by the Burghs at their Convention in Stirling to 

Henry Nesbett, Burgess of Edinbuigh, for establishing the staple in 
Campvere, ........ 56 

66. Instructions to Henry Nesbett as to things to be desired by him of the 
Magistrates of the Town of Campvere, . . .57 

67. Copy of Commission and Procuration given by the Magistrates of Camp- 
vere to Alexander Segait concerning the staple, ... 60 

68. Copy of Instructions by the Magistrates of Campvere to Alexander 

Segait, relative to the several matters entrusted by them to him for 
negotiation with the Commissioners of Burghs in Scotland, . 61 

69. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Stirling, on 18th July 1578, 65 

70. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Dundee, on 31st October, and 

lst-5th November 1578, ...... 66 

71. Abstract of an Act of the Privy Council of Scotland making certain 
stamped moneys a legal tender, 18th December 1578, . . 660 

72 Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Cupar, on 24th- 28th February 

1578, 71 

73. Tax Roll as altered at the above Convention, shewing the amount pay- 
able by each of the Burghs in respect of every L.100 Scots leviable 
from the whole burghs, .73 



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74. Abstract of Receipt by the King's Comptroller to the Provost and 
Bailies of Edinburgh, for themselves and the Provosts, Bailies, Councils, 
and Communities of Perth, Dundee, and Aberdeen, for L.IOOO Scots in 
payment of the Candlemas terms tack duty of the Customs. 30th 
March 1583, 561 

75. Equies fitted in Exchequer by the Magistrates of Edinburgh on behalf of 

the Burghs, tacksmen of the Customs of Scotland. From 1582 to 1589, 562 

76. Acts and Statutes made by the Convention of Burghs at Stirling, 5th 
August 1579, 78 

77. Acts and Statutes made by the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 

October 1579, ........ 80 

78. Acts and Statutes made by the Convention of Burghs at Glasgow, 24th- 

27th February 1579, ....... 83 

79. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Stirling, on 3rd-Uth Marcli 1579, 90 

80. Discharge by the Regent Morton in favour of Mungo Russell, Treasurer 
of the Burgh of Edinburgh, for himself and the whole other Burghs of 
Scotland of L.9,747, 6s. 4d., in part payment of L.10,000 Scots, granted 
by the whole Burghs to the Regent for discharge of the duty of Bullion 

owing by the merchants of said Burghs. 4th March 1576, . 92 

81. Account by Mungo Russell of his intromissions in 1575, with the Bullion 

Silver ordered to be uplifted of the whole Burghs during the Regency 
of the Earl of Morton, March 1579, with docquet by the Auditors 
thereoi^ 10th March 1579, ...... 92 

82. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Aberdeen on llth-16th July 

1680, 97 

83. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at St. Andrews on 31st July 1580, 109 

84. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 17th-24th April 

1581, 110 

85. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 17th-24th Octo- 
ber 1581, . . 121 

86. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Perth, 15th-23rd June 1582, 126 

87. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 8th November 

1582, 139 

88. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 16th November 

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89. Minute of tlio Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 7th- 17th Decem- 

ber 1582, ........ 145 

90. Supplication by the Burghs to the King and his Privy Council for a 
tack of the Customes of the Realm, 13th December 1582, with Answer 

by the Privy Council thereto, 15th December 1582, . . .147 

91. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 25th and 27th 

February 1582, . . . .149 

92. Decreet Arbitral pronounced by certain Commissioners of Burghs relative 
to various questions between the Burgh of Ayr and the Burgh of Irvine, 

9th March 1582, ....... 150 

93. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 9th- 12th March 

1582, 152 

94. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 20th March 1582, 155 

95. Copy Contract entered into between King James VI., with the 
advice of the Lords of the Privy Council, the Auditors of his Exchequer, 
and John Fenton his Comptroller, on the one part, and the Commis- 
sioners of Edinburgh and various other Burghs, for themselves and for 
the other free Burghs on the other part, for the set of the Customes of 
the Ee^lm to the Burghs for four years from 1st October 1582. 14th 
March 1582, 1§3 

96. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at A}t, 10th-19th June 1583, . 162 

97. Letters by King James VI., under the Signet, charging the Commis- 
sioners of Burghs convened at Ayr to receive as Commissioners from 
Edinburgh, any Acts of Parliament or of Convention to the contrary, a 
Merchant and Craftsman elected in terms of His Majesty's Decree 
Arbitral. 6th June 1583. ...... 164 

98. Tax Roll, as altered at the above Convention, showing the amount pay- 
able by each of the Burghs in respect of every L.100 Scots leviable from 

the whole Burghs. 17th June 1583, . . . . .173 

99. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 12th- 15th Novem- 
ber 1583, ........ 181 

100. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Linlithgow, 13th- 17th July 

1584, 184 

101. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Haddington, 12th- 1 3th July 

1585, 198 

102. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Linlithgow, Ist-lOth Decem- 
ber 1585, ........ 200 



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103. Minute of tlio Convention of Burghs at Cupar, 2d-5th May 1586, 206 

104. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, l8t-4th August, 

1586, 217 

105. Copy Contract entered into between King James VI., with the advice of 
the Lords of his Privy Council, the Auditors of his Exchequer, and 
Andrew Wood of Largo, his Comptroller, on the one part, and the Com- 
missioners of Edinburgh, and various other Burghs, for themselves and 
for the other free Burghs, on the other part, relative to the set of the 
Customs of the realm to the Burghs for three years from 1st October 

1586 to 20th January 1586, . . ... 223' 

106. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Dundee on 3d July 1587, . 229 

107. Articles agreed to be given in by the Burghs at the next Parliament, . 240 

108. Minute of the Convention and General Assembly of Burghs at Edin- 

buigh on 30th and 31st October and Ist to 6th November 1587, 244 

109. Tax Roll showing the amount payable by each of the Burghs in re- 
spect of every £100 of all taxations to be imposed upon them during 
one year to con^e, of the King's Customs upon the inlaik thereof, and 
thirty tuns of wine to be paid by them yearly to His Majesty therefor. 
October 1587, 246 

110. General Tax Roll, as altered at the above Convention, showing the 
amount payable by each of the Burghs in respect of every £100 Scots 
leviable from the whole Burghs. 3d November 1587, . 253 

111. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 6th-12th February 

1587, 269 

112. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Glasgow, 2d-6th July 1588, 274 

113. Letter by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Ambassador from the King of Scot- 
land to the King of France, acknowledging the receipt from Henry 
Nisbet, Burgess of Edinburgh, on behalf of the Burghs, of several - 
writings relating to the privileges of the Scots nation trading with 
France, 18th May 1588, 284 

114. Missive of the Archbishop to the Provost and Bailies of Edinburgh and 
Commissioners of the Burghs, promising to render his best service for 

the furthering of their affairs and the augmenting of their privileges, . 285 

115. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at St Andrews, 10th- 14th April 

1589, 294 

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116. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 30th August 

1689, ... .... 309 

117. Minute of the Convention of Burghs of Aberdeen, 8th-15th June 1690, 310 

118. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 28th September 

and 5th October 1690, ...... 342 

119. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Montrose, 16th-21st June 1591, 352 

120. General Extent Roll, as altered at the above Convention, showing the 
amount payable by each of the Burghs in respect of every £100 Scots 
leviable from the whole Burghs, 21st June 1591, . . . 365 

121. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Kirkcaldy on 12th June 1592, 369 

122. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, 23d-26th January 

1592, 392 

123. Minute of the General Assembly and Convention of Burghs at Dysart, 

llth-16th Juno 1593. ...... 393 

124. Form of Prayer to be used at the beginning of each Convention, 1593, 395 

125. Fonn of Prayer to be used at the end of each Convention, 1593, . 418 

126. Letter from the Magistrates of Campvere to the Burghs of Scotland, 
relative to the Scots factors buying and selling Scotch goods, for their 

own behoof, to the prejudice of merchants, 15th May 1593, . , 420 

127. Letter from Count Maurice of Nassau to the Burghs of the Realm of 

Scotland relative to the same subject, 3d May 1593, . .421 

128. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 9th, 20th July 

1693, 423 

129. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh on 2d November 

1592, 426 

130. Minute of the Convention of Bui^hs at Stirling, 27th-29th Juno, and 
lst-4th July 1594, . .428 

131. General Extent Roll, as altered at the above Convention, showing the 

amount payable by each of the Burghs, in respect of every L.lOO Scots 
leviable, from the whole Burghs, 4th July 1693. . . . 461 

132. Abstract of an Act of the Privy Council of Scotland, approving of the 
conduct of James Colvill, of Easter Wemyss, who had been sent to 
France, and had got renewed all former treaties with Scotland, in re- 
spect to trade with France, 20th March 1594. . . 563 



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133. Minute of the Convention of Burghs at * on 27th to 30th 

June, and Ist July 1595, ...... 453 

134. Minute of the General Convention of Burghs at Aberdeen, Ist-Gth July 

1596, 472 

135. Minute of the Particular Convention of Burghs at Aberdeen, Ist- 24th 

July 1596, 492 

136. Answers made by the Commissioners of Burghs to the Privy Council 
lelative to certain Articles proponed by the Council to the Commis- 
sioners, Ist July 1596, . . . . . .497 

137. Minute of the Particular Convention of Burghs at Edinburgh, lst-16th 

April 1597, ........ 499 

* Two folios of the Becord containing the sederunt and three acts at the beginning of this 
Conrention are wanting. A portion of the Becord at the end is also wanting. 



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RECORDS 



OK THE 



CONVENTION OF THE ROYAL BURGHS 
OF SCOTLAND. 




™ ConventioiiniB 
r of borroifl 4to 



HE feird day of the moiieth of Aprile the zeir of God 

Y^ and fyfty twa zeiris, convenit in the Tolbuith ui Appriiis 1662, 
Edinburch the prouestis and commissaris of the borrois 
of this realme following, viz : Williame Craik prouest of 



the burch of Edinburch, for himself and the said burch ; lohne Craggelt 
of that ilk prouest of Striueling ; lames Dennestoun prouest of Lin- 
litqw ; lohne Makbrair prouest of Drumfreis ; Alexander Urquhart of 
Brieszeardis prouest of Foress ; Dauid Brynton commissinar of Laneark ; 
Andro Douglas commissinar of ledburch ; lohne Forhous and NicoU 
Swyntoun commissaris of Hadingtoun ; lames Kene commissinar 
of Selkirk ; lohne Quhytelaw commissinar of Northbeirik ; lames 
Wilsoun and lohne Wychtman commissinaris of Peblis ; William Ache- 
soun, lohne Kelly commissinaris of Dunbar; William Gaddrar and 
Maister Alexander Douglas commissinaris of Elgyn ; Andro Vannand and 
George Lowall for Dunde ; Maister Alexander Sibbald and George Brovne 
commissinaris for Sanctandrois ; Dauid lamesoun and Alexander lamesoun 



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Conventionis 
zeirlie. 



Mesouris. 



OvistoDies. 



commissinaris of Cowpar ; William Bowsy and loliiie Ramsay commissin- 
aris of Craill ; William Baly commissinar of Montros; Maister Robert Lum- 
isdane commissinar for Abirdcne ; Andro Hamiltoun prouest of Glasg w, and 
loLne Mvre commissinar thairof ; Archibald Spittall, William Smart, lames 
Famlie, commissinaris of Striueling with the said prouest; lames Ka, Maister 
Barthilmo Kello, commissinaris of Linlithqw with the said prouest ^ lames 
Rig commissinar of Dumfreis with the said prouest; Quhilkis prouestis of 
boiTOwis and commissinaris foirsaidis efbir the productioim of thair commis- 
sionis ratifiit and apprevit the statutis following to be vniuersalie obseniit 
in the haill borrowis of this burch (realm) and for verificatioun thairof 
subscriuit the samyn as foUowis, day, zeir, and place foirsaid. 

Item, in the firet, Becans it wes vnderstand that of lang tyme bipast, it 
wes statut and ordanit that the haill borrowis of this realme be thair 
prouestis or commissaris suld convene zeirlie anis in the zeir to consult 
vpoun sic effaris and commone weillis of borrowis, and for reformatioun of 
hurttis done thairto, as wes neidful to haif bene done, Thairfor it wes con- 
cludit and statute be the prouestis and commissaris of l^orrowis foirsaidis, 
that zeirlie in tyme cuming the saidis provestis of the hale borrowis of 
this realme, or thair commissaris, convene the pennult day of lulij in sic 
place as salbe statut thaii-to ; and the first conventioun to be vpoun the 
said pennult day of lulij nixttocum, in this burch of Edinburgh. 

Item, Becaus of differance of mesouris within borrowis of this realme 
in tyme bigane, part being mair nor the rycht, and part less. It is concludit 
be the prouestis and commissaris of borrowis foirsaidis, that the hale 
borrowis of this realme ressaue their mesouiis of the burghis following, 
quhilkis hes the iust mesouris, viz; the stane wecht of Lanark, the pynt 
stope of Striuiling, the ferlatt of Linlytqw, and the eluand of Edinburch, 
and conform to thai wechtis, mesouris, thai to vse thame selffiis within 
thair borrowis; quhilkis mesouris salbe brocht the said pennult day of 
lulij nixttocum to the burch of Edinburgh. 

Item, Becaus of the giete mvrmour risin vpoun the hale borrowis of 
this realme in rasing of nouationis and exactionis of thair pittecustomes 
of the burch, and for stanching thairof, and that na hamie nor wi*ang be 
done to oure Souerane Lordife liegis repairand thairto with sic stuf as 
payis custome, It is concludit be the prouastis and commissaris of borrowis 
foirsaidis, that all the borrowis of this realme tak the copy of the tabill 



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of the pitte customes of Edinburgh, and conforme thairto, vse thair taking 
of thair customes, and na vtheris. 

Item, Becaus of the grete variance standand in diuers and sindry Chesin^ of 
borrowis of this reahne of the nianer of the chesing of thair officiaris, sic ^ '^""** 
as provest, baillies, thesaurer, dene of gild, and counsale, zeirlie at Michael- 
raes; for eschewing thairof, and for perpetuall guid ordour to fie vsit thairin 
in tyme cuming, It is concludit and statut be the provestis and com- 
missaris of borrowis foirsaidis, that sic ordour be tane thairin as is in the 
burch of Edinburgh, viz. Becaus the maner of the chesing zeirle is at 
Michaehness, that vpoun Wednisday, nixt precedand the said feist of 
Michaelmes, the provest, baillies, dene of gild, thesaurer, and counsale for 
the tyme, convene in the Tolbuyth thereof, and thai to cheis ane new 
counsale to the nowmer of twelf pei-sonis, quhilkis salbe thir, viz; Tlie pro- 
vest of that zeir, the four baillies, the dene of gild, and thesaurer salbe 
seven thairof ; and thairefter to cheis sic thre vthir honest merchandis, and 
twa craftismen, quhilk sail mak xij personis, and thai to be callit the new 
counsale. Quhilk new counsale and auld counsale to convene on Fryday 
thairefter, and cheis the litis to the offices, sik as provest, baillies, dene of 
gild, and thesaurare, and to Ukane thairof thre merchandis of the burch, and 
na craftismen. It is of ressone and auld vse, that the provest than present, 
the dene of gUd, and thesaurare ar litis to that samin office for the zeir to 
cum, and not the baillies, without thai be new chosin thairto. And vpoun 
the Tuisday next following the feist of Michaelmes, thair sail convene in 
the Tolbuyth the auld counsale and new, and the dekynis of craflis, and 
thair to begyn at the litis of provestre, and to woit about throw that haill 
nowmer and se, and he that gettis monyest wottis to be chosin and sworn 
incontinent ; and swa furth to the four baillies, thesaurar, and dene of gild. 
And gif of the personis chosen vpon the new counsale happynnis to be 
chosin ane lite to ane vther office, and promo vit thairto, ane vther to be 
chosin be the auld counsale and new allanerle in his rowme. And als that 
thair be na maner of personis, suppois he be burges of burch, and abill 
thairfor, be chosin to be provest, baUlie, thesaurar, or dene of gild of the 
burch, without he haif bene ane zeir or twa vpoun the counsale thairof. 

Item, Because the haill borrowis of this realme thinkis thame hevyle Bui-esis. 
hurt be certane personis quhilkis lies been sworn and ressauit firemen and 
burgessis of borrowis, and duellis outwith the samin, and beris na portabill 



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chargis within the burch quhairof thai ar fre, quhen thai haif ado, 
Thairfor it is concludit and statut that thair be generale proclamationis 
maid in the hale borrowis of this realme at the mercat croces thairof, that 
all sic personis as allegis thameself to be fre within ony borrowis, compere 
within xl dayis thairefter, and hald stob and staik therein, and walk, ward, 
pay ext^ntis and skattis within the burch, conforme to thair substance; 
with certificatioun and thai failze thai salbe decernit to haif tynt thair 
fredome, and to be vsit fra thyne furth as unfremen; quhilk proclamatioun 
being maid, and xl dayis bypast, to decern as said is. And gif ony of the 
burrois bcis fundin negligent heirin, and be notit be vtheris borrowis, thair 
nychtbouris, that the burch failzeing of the first fait pay v li. and the 
secund fait x li. and the thrid fait xx li; and thir sowmes to bebrocht in 
with the borrowis failzeing at the nixt conventioun efter thai be fundin 
culpabill, and distribute as the haill provestis and commissaris sail devyse. 



Welzem Craik prouest of Edr. 
lohnn Cmgingelt of that ilk 

prowest of Steriveling. 
lames Danyelstoun prowest of 

Linlytqw. 
Ihon M'Brair prowest of Drum- 

fres. 
Alexand Vrqwhard of Burris- 

zerdis prow^est of Forras. 
Dauid Breintoun commursaris 

of Lanerk. 
Andro Douglas wyt my hand on 

the pen led be the notar un- 

dirwrittin. 
Ihon Fores of Hadentone. 
Nicholaus Swyntoun ane of the 

comissionaris of Hadingtoun. 
lames Kene ballze of Selkerk. 
Ihonn Quhitlaw ane of the 

baylzeis of Northberweik. 
lamis WolLsson of Peblis. 



lohne Wechtman of Peblyis. 
Wilm Atchesoun of Dunbar. 
Ihon Kelle off Dumber. 
Villiam Gaddrar commissinar of 

Elgin. 
Mr Alexr Douglas etc. 
Mr Alexr SibbaJd wyt his hand. 
George Broun wyt my hand of 

Sanctandrois co^*^**. 
Dauid lamysoun vyt my hand. 
Allxr lamesone wyt my hand of 

Couppar. 
Wilzemm Bowsy wyt my hand 

of Carail. 
lohne Ramsay wyt my hand on 

the pen led be the Notar vn- 

dirwrittyn. 
Georgis Lowell off Dunde vyt 

my hand. 
Andro Annand of Dunde wyt my 

hand. 



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Arsbald Spettall of Striuelyng. lames Kaa of Linlytqw. 

William Smart wy t my band on M. Bartholomeus Kello ballius ac 
the pen led be the Notar commissarius de Lynlytqw. 

vndirwrittin. James Riig wyt my hand of 
lames Farnly of Striueling. Drumfreis. 

Partibns predictis act. dictum penultimum diem mensis lulij prout in primo 
statuto citis. 

Ita est vt premittitur Alexr King Notarius publicus scriba curie 
Edinburgensis de mandato dicte loannes Ramsay et Willelmi 
Smart subscribens teste meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

A King. 



,Apud Edinburgh penultimo lulij anno etc. quinquagesimo 

secundo. 

The quhilk day, at the tei-m assignit to the haill borrowis of this Tuiching the 
realme to convene in the burch of Edinburgh conforme to the statutis eiivaind, Edin- 
afoirwrittin,comperit the commissinaris of borrowis following, viz; Williame ingfstowpe^^ 
Crake prouest of Edinburch, lohne Symsoun, and lames Carmichaell com- l^^^^e^k, stane. 
misinaris thairof ; lohne Cragelt of that ilk prouest of Striueling, and 
lames Farnlie commission aris thairof; George Brovne and Maister Alex- 
ander Sibbald commissinaris of Sanctandrois ; lames Lovall and Robert 
Kyde commissinaris of Dunde; Dauid lamesoun commissinar of Cowpar; 
Archibald Blyncheil and Blais Colt commissinaris of Perth. And thairefter 
the saidis prouestis of Edinburch and Striueling presentit and producit 
the commoun stope and eluand specifiit in the laste statutis maid thair- 
anent, and offerit the mesouris thairof to aU the commissinaris of bon-owis 
that requiris the samyn ; and the saidis prouestis and the haill vtheris 
commissinaris of bono wis aboue writtin protestit, insafer as this day 
wes assignit to the rest of the boiTOwis to convene, and to Lanark 
to haif producit the stane wecht, and to Linlithqw to haif producit 
the commoun ferlot, and comperit nocht, that thai incurrit the painis 



6 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

contenit in the actis of parliament thairapoun, and that na fait be imput 
to thaim throw the wantyng of the saidis mesouris. And thaireftir the 
prouestis and comniissinaris foirsaidis ordanit the nixt conventioun to be 
in the towne of Striueling the pennult day of lulij nixt tocum, 1553 
zeris, and the said prouest of Striueling to aduertis and varn the haill bor- 
rowis thairof 

Ita est Alex^ King Notarius Publiciis scriba curie Edinburgensis 
teste ineis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

A. King. 



Conyentioun ^^ Edinburch the xxix day of Maij the zeir of God ane thousand fyve 

xxix Maij 1655. imndreth and fyfty fyve zeiiis, Comperit the personis following, prouest, 
baillies, and as commissinaris of borrowis, viz; lohne Sym, Maister lames 
Lyndesay, lames Carmichael, lohne Symsoun, and Iame» Broun for Edin- 
burgh ; Henry Levingstoun prouest, William Norwell dene of gild, Robert 
Forestar baillie, lames Watsoun thesaurer, for Striueling; Robert Widdir- 
spvne prouest, Heniy Forrest, lames Dennestoun for Lynlythqw; William 
Hiegait for Glasgw; lohne Lokkart and Maister Miehaell Wallace for Air; 
Archibald Mvre and lames Brovne for Irwyne ; Andro Dowglas, and Stevin 
Riddell for ledburch ; lohne Makbrair prouest, and lames Rig for Drum- 
freis ; Patrik Porterfield for Dumbartane ; lames Oliphant prouest, and lohne 
Forrest, and Adam Wilsoun for Hadingtoun; William Leirmonth for 
Dunbar; lames Wilsoun for Peblis; Patrik Mvn'ay, and Thomas Flemyng 
for Perth; George Lovell, and Robert Kid for Dunde; Thomas Menzeis 
prouest, and Dauid Mar for Abirdene; William Bowsy, Thomas Bane for 
Grain ; Alexander lamesoun, and lames Caniitheris, and lames Andersoun 
Aiterationn of ^^^ Cowper; Thomas Marty ne, and Maister Alexander Sibbald for Sanctan- 
extent drois; lohne Arskin of Dvn prouest of Montros; Archibald Sandilandis for 

Kingom; Compeirand for thame self, and in name and behalf and as com- 
missionaris of the siiidis borrowis, and takand the burding on thaim for 
thair saidis borrowis, And vndirstandand that be occasioun of weir, pest, 
and vtheris cummeris quhilkis hes occurrit laitlie in borrowis sen oure 



C(ynventiayi of Royal Burghs. 7 

Sourane Lordis deceis, that last deceissit, quliome God Jissolze, thair is 
diuers and syndry borrowis of this realme that throw the occasioun of the 
saidis weir, pest, and cummeris, tliat ar depauperit and purit and dekeyit 
at this tyme thaiillirow, nochttheless the auld generall extent roll of 
the borrowis remainis in the samyn ordour as it wes of befoir, Tliairfor 
the saidis personis, comperand as said is, hes thocht expedient that altera- 
tioun be maid of the said generall extent of the haill borrowis of this 
realme, that the borrowis that ar depauperit may be relevit of sum pairt 
of thair extent, and vtheris that ar richit may be ekit be samekil as salbe 
tane of the saidis dei>aupeiit borrowis, for the space of thre zeiris nixt 
tocum alanerlie, and thairefter nemmit thairto sex borrowis, viz. Edin- 
burch, Striueling, and Hadingtoun, for the south syde of Forth, and Perth, 
Abirdene, and Montros for the north syde thairof, and twa personis to be 
chosen of ilkane of the saidis borrowis to mak the said alteratioun of the 
said generall extent for the said space. And gif it sal happin ony vthir 
occasioun to acure in the meyntyme of the saidis thre zeiris that neid be 
of vthir alteratioun be maid of new, that conventioun of borrowis be maid 
to that effect. And thaireftir the saidis personis of Edinburch nemmit 
Maister lohne Prestoun, and William Craik for thair burch ; Stirling 
nemmit Henry Levingstoun, and William Norwell ; Hadingtoun nemmit 
lames Oliphant, and lohne Forrest ; Perth nemmit Patrik Mvrray, and 
Thomas Flemyng ; Abirdene nemmit Thomas MenzeLs, and Dauid Mar ; 
Montros nemmit lohne Arskin of Dvn, and William Paniter; quhilkis sail 
all convene on Friday nixt tocum at vij houris befoir none, and accept thir 
pi*esentis vpon thame, and be suome to decyde thairintill eftir thair 
knawlege and conscience, and decern thairintill betwix that and Trinite 
Sonday nixt tocum; and as thai sail deliuer thairintill, the haill borrowis 
to abyde thairat, and vnderly the samyn during the saidis thre zeiris, gif 
na alteratioun be maid in the meyntyme. 

And all the saidis personis hes subscriuit thir presentis, day, zeir and 
place foirsaid. 

lohn Symsoun. lames CarmychelL 

Mr lames Lindesay. Hendry Levingston provest of 

lohne Sym. Strilyng. 

lames Barron. Welezam Norwell. 



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lames Watsoun. 

Robert Wotherspovn provest of 

Lynlytqw. 
Henre Forrest, 
lames Danyelstoun. 
Williame Hegait. 
Ihone Lokhart. 
M. Micbael Wallace. 
Archebald Mwre. 
lames Browne. 
Aiidro Douglas wyt my hand on 

the pen led be the notar 

vndirwrittin. 
Stewin Riddall. 
Ihone Makbrair. 
lames Rig. 

lames Oliphant prouyst. 
Ihone Forast. 
Adam Willsoun. 
Wm. Lermount. 
lames Wollssone. 



Patryk Mwray. 

Tliomas Flemyng. 

Robert Kyd. 

Thomas Menzeis. 

Dauid Mar. 

Wilzem Bowosye. 

Thomas Bane wyt my hand on 

the pen leid be the notar 

vndirwrittin. 
Sanderis lamesone. 
la. Andersoun. 
lames Camitheris wyt my hand 

on the pen led be the Notar 

vndirwrittin. 
Tliomas Martyn. 
M. Alexr. Sibbald. 
Ihon Erskyn. 
Archebald Sandilandis, with my 

hand on the pen led be the 

Notar vndirwrittin. 



Ita est Alex^ King, notarius publicus de mandato dicti Andrea 
Douglas, Thome Bane, lacobi Carrutheris ct Archibaldi Sandi- 
landis, subscribens teste meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

A- Kino. 



Ultimo Maij anno etc. qui?iquagesimo quinto. 

Tee quhilk day Henry Levingstoun, William Norwell, lames Oliphant, 
lohne Forrest, Patrik Murray, Thomas Flemyng, Thomas Menzei.s, Dauid 
Mar, lohne Arskin of Dvn, and William Paniter, nemmit in the act afoir 
specifiit, accepted vpon thame the chairge laid to thame specifiit in the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 9 

said act, and maid fajrth to mak alteratioun of the extent contenit in the 
said actt eftir thair knawlege and conscience. 



Tertio lunij anno predicto. 

The quhilk day, William Craik and Maister lohne Prestoun, cbosin 
for the burch of Edinburgh, conform to the act maid the xxix day of Maij 
last bypast, acceptit the samyn vpon thaim, and maid fayth to mak altera- 
tioun of the extent specifiit in the said act eftir thair knawlege and 
conscience. 

The quhilk day the pn)ue8ti8 and commissinaris of the borrowis fol- Alteration 
lowing convenit in the Blak freris of Edinburgh, viz: The commissinaris^**^* "* 
of Edinburgh, the prouest of Striueling, the prouest of Linlythqw, the 
commissinaris of Perth, the prouest and comissinaris of Abirdene, the 
prouest and commissinaris of Montros, the prouest and commissinaris 
of Hadingtoun, the commissinaris of Air, the commissinaris of Dunde, — 
hes thocht expedient for diuers causis, and specialie becaus the maisi 
pairt of the prouestis foirsaidis wer chosin Lordis Articlis of Parliament, 
and mycht nocht avait vpon the alteratioun of tlje extent of the 
borrowis, conform to the act maid the xxix day of Maij last bypast, 
Prorogatis the deliuerance of the personis chosin to mak the said 
alteratioun anent the said extent quhill the aucht day of August nixt 
tocum, and ordanis ane new conventioun of borrowis to be in Perth 
the pennult day of lulij nixt tocum, and ordanis the prouest thairof to 
write to haill borrowis to be thair that day, to consult vpoun the efferis 
of borrowis ; and als ordanis all the saidis personis, chosin as said is to mak 
the said alteratioun, to be in Perth the said pennult day to deliuer thair- 
intill ; and gif ony of thaim beis absent, it salbe lesum to personis that 
sail compeir to deliuer, and thair deliuerance to stand in als grete effect 
as the haill had deliuerit. 



10 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Apud Dundie die dedmo octauo mensis Septembris anno 
domini millesimo quingentesimo quinqua^emno quinto. 

Convenyng of CoNVENiT within the burgh of Dundie, Patrik Leirmonth of Derse, pro- 
rioneris^f* vest, Thomas Martene and Maister Alexander Sibbald, commissionaris of 
borrowis. Sanctandrois ; James Oliphant, prouest, and lohne Foras, commissionaris of 
Hadingtoun; Andrew Annand, George Lowell, Robert Kyd, and George 
Vischert, commissionaris of Dundie; lohne Erskene of Dwne, provest, and 
Williame Panter, comraissionar of Montrois; Alexander lamesone acnd 
lames Carrudris, commissionaris of Cowper; Williame Bowsie and Maister 
Alexander Mortoim, commissionaris of Oaill; lohne Quhytlaw, commis- 
sionar of Northberwik ; Thomas Scott, commissionar of Selkirk; Alexander 
Wilkesone, commissionar of Lawder; Maister Thomas Bowsie and lohne 
Low, commissioneris of Brechene ; Stevin Riddill, commissionar of ledburch ; 
lohne Lyne, lohne Dunlap, commissionaris of Abirbrothok ; Williame 
Leirmonth and Williame Bonkill, commissionaris of Dunbar; lesper Vaus 
and Williame Cunnynghame, commissioneris of Innernes; lames Ord and 
lames Baird, commissioneris of BamfT; Walter Baxter and Williame Cowper, 
commissioneris of Dunfermeling ; Tliomas Kar and lohne Bamsay, commis- 
sioneris of Forfar, for the commoun weill and effairis of all burrowis, con- 
forme to the act and ordinance maid thaii-upoun at the conventioun of 
Perth, off the dait the thrid day of August last bypast. Is concludit be the 
saidis prouestis and commissioneris, that the actis and ordinans heirefter 
following be obseruit and keipit in all burrowis of this realme, for the 
commoun weill thairof, in all tymes cuming : — 
Anentthe Item in the firat, the saidis provestis and commissionaris, haveing 

and^aw^^ considcratioun of the grite diuersiteis of petecustumis of burrowis, and of 
syluer "» t«r-. hcwiu silucr of the burrowis adiacent to the sey, seueralie vpliftit and taikin 
sea poM[ti». bayth of fremen and vnfremen, sum takaud niair hewin siluer and small 
customes, and vtheris takand less, swa that puir travellouris, fremen, ar 
towistit as vnfremen be ignorant and gredie kei)aris of portis and hevynis 
of the borrowis of this realme, to the havie dampnage of the commoun 
Weill of burrowis and vtheris, oure Souerane Ladyis liegis, resortand to the 
samin ; and for remeid thairof, it is devysit, statute, and ordanit, that ane 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 1 1 

ordour vniforme and quantitie of pete customes and liewin siluer be had 
and vsit within all the borrowis of this realme ; and in lykemaner of all 
vtheris customeH, deweteis, and casualiteis of the samyn, and that to be efter 
the rycht fassoun and ordinance of Edinburgh ; and that nane of the bor- 
rowis suld pretend ignorance aganis this present aot, ordanis ane out 
draucht or copy to be maid of the petecustbmes buikis of Edinburgh, of 
all hewin siluer and dewiteis foirsaidis, and the samyn thairefter to be 
transumet again in sa mony buikis as thair are borrowis within this realme, 
swa that euerie burgh haif ane autentik copy of the samyn, quhilk salbe 
delyuerit to thair petecustomer to vse it himselff, conforme thairto ; and gif 
ony burch or thair customer cumis in the contrair thairof, bot vsis extor- 
tionis vpoun fremen and vtheris, oure Souerane Ladeis liegis, resortand 
thairto, the contravenar and brekar of this foirsaid act sail pay the sowme 
of fourtie schillingis, to be applyit to the commoun gude of the burch 
quhome to the fait is committit, and the complenare to quhome the wrang 
is done sail haif his expenssis of the said contravenar, at the sycht and 
modeficatioun of the provest and baillies of that burgh. 

Item, Becaus grite hurt is day lie done, and appeirandlie for to be done, Anent fremen 
be fre men bindand thame selffis in societie with vnfremen and vtheris, ^th^^^iSri^ 
exceptand the office of ane merchand, being fremen to vnfremen, and cul- ™®'^- 
loring vnfremenis geir, vnder the pretence of thair libertie, to the grit de- 
fraud of file merchandis, and of the customes and hawin siluer of burrowis, 
allegeand at the vpgevipg of thair entres the guidis and geir of vnfi^emen 
to pertene to thame, outlier be ressoun that thai ar in sociatie and thair 
markis vpoun the samyn, or than becaus thai ar merchandis to vnfremen, 
and knawis the danger conforme to the actis of parliament to cum vpoun 
vnfii^menis guidis, swa^that the iuges and custumaris ar dayle defraudit 
be sic mensworne fremen, to the grite hurt of the commoun weill and 
libertie of burrowis ; It is thairfoir devysit, statute, and ordanit, that na fire- 
men of quhatsumevir burgh within this realme tak vpoun hand tokeip 
sociatie in merchandice, or ressaif ony geir to trauffique thairwith, fi:^ ony 
vnfremen to his vtilitie and proffett ; and gif thai failzie of this command 
foirsaid, bot obstenatlie, in contrair thair aith as mensworne fremen, vsis 
pretence and cullour with thair markis, and vtheris wayis ressavand and 
delyuerand vnfremenis guidis and geir, the persone or perscMis, firemen, 
that beis apprehendit and takin thairwith sail tyne his fredome within 



12 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

burgh, and thairefter his persone to be pvneist at the will of his superioris, 
prouestis and baillies of the burgh quhair he duellis, as accordis vnto sic 
defemit, menswome, and peri\uit personis. 
ThatnasWppifl Item, Becaus diuers skipperis and awneris of schipis, alsweill fremen as 
I^^^^^^^Wnfremen, quhilkis daylie frauchtis thair schipis with foirstallaris and 
the dene of gild, vnfrcmen, to the grite hurt and dampnage of the libertie and commoun 
^thouri^ Weill of burrowis, swa that fremen vseand and hantand with merchandice 
tikket within burgh, may [nocht] haif ony schip or schipis of competent fraucht at 

fischear hewinis and portis, and landwart kirk styllis outwith freburgh, 
throw the quhilk thai ar gritlie onrecheit, and be bying of stapill guidis, and 
frauchting of schipis, as said is, — ^they being alsua fre fra all chargis, stentis^ 
and taxationis imput vpoun firie burrowis. For remeid thairof it is dewysit, 
statute, and ordanit, that na schip be frauchtit within ony burgh bot in 
presens of the dene of gild of the samyn, and failzeand of him in presens 
of ane bailzie, and that na merchand tak vpoun hand to saill out of ony 
biirgh of this realme without the dene of gildis ticket, swa that the skip- 
per allege na ignorance of vnfremen be fremen, and als that the said dene 
of gild gif na ticket bot to qualifeit fremen, honest of conuersation, having 
iugement of merchandice, and substance requiring thereto; and gif ony fre- 
men, being ane skipper or owner of schip, or vnfremen, contravenis this 
present act, he sail pay to the commoun gude and warkis of the toun quhair 
he committis the fait the sowme of tuenty lib ; and als ordanis the dene of 
gild to command his oflSciar to pas and warne euerie strangear that arryvis 
at the portis of the burrowis of this realme of the making of this act, and 
declair to thame the tennour of the samyn ; and gif the dene of gild be ftind 
negligent heirintill, he to pay to the effect foirsaid the sowme of xx lib. 
Thatt burrowis Item, Becaus the havie complaint of sum burrowis that thai ar opprest 
•Mist vtheris. gjj J gritlie defraudit of thair privelegis and liberties be grit men of the 
cuntrey, tending to put thame to vtter decay; Thairfoir it wes devysit, 
statute, and ordanit, that all burrowis within this realme concur togidder 
in ane peceabill and agreabill maner as becumis ; and gif ony ane of the 
saidis burrowis beis opprest or hurt in thair fredome or priuileges, all the 
remanent sail support the samin in counsale, geir, money, and gif forder 
neid requyris, as law will. 
Stwltiouno?** Item, Forsamekill as be aduis, counsale, and consent of the haill com- 
theExtenttEoi- missionaris of all burrowis of this realme, that convenit in the Tolbuyth 
Fcrtfa. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 13 

of Edinburgh the xxix day of Maij last bypast, it wes thocht expedient 
that sex burrowis, twa commissionaris for ilk burgh, suld be electit and 
chosin for reformatioun and alteratioun of the auld taxt roll, quhais namis 
wer Williame Craik and Maister lohne Prestoun, for Edinburgh, Henrie 
Leivingtoun and WiUiame Norwell, for Stirling, lames Oliphant and lames 
Fores, for Hadingtouu, Patrik Murray and Thomas Fleming, for Perth, 
Thomas Menzeis and Dauid Mar, for Abirdene, and lohne Erskine of Dwne 
and Williame Panter for Montrois, quhilkis personis thairefter convenit 
and exceptit the decisioun of the said mater in and vpoun thame; and 
becaus that sum of thame at that tyme war chosin Lordis of Parliament, 
and sua mycht nocht convene and desyde than instantlie, thay, with 
consent of the remanent haill burrowis, prorogatit and prolongit thefurth- 
geveing of thair delyuerance vnto ane certane day thairefter, and to 
convene to that effect in the burgh of burgh (Perth), with this additioun, 
that gif ony of thame beis absent it suld be lesum to the personis that 
compeirit to deliuer and mak reformatioun, and thair delyuerance to stand 
in ids grite effect as the haill haid convenit and delyuerit. At the quhilk 
day all the foirsaidis personis being convenit in the burgh of Perth, to the 
effect aboue writtin, and the commissionaris of the burgh of Edinburgh 
departand fra the samyn conuentioun, and wald nocht apply thameselffis 
to this effect, quhairvnto thai wer oblist of befoir, the remanent fyve 
burrowis, and commissionaris thairof aboue specifeit, reformit and alterit 
the said auld taxt roll, addit the reche burrowis, and deminissit the 
depauperat of thair exorbetant taxatioun, conforme to gude conscience, 
quhilk suld stand in effect for the space of thre zeiris nixt, efber the dait 
of the samin, and na alteratioun to be maid in ony taxationis to cum, 
without ane new conventioun of the haill burrowis or maist pairt thairof, 
as at mair lenth is specifeit in this present bulk of reformationis, maid 
thairupoun, and subscryvit with the saidis commissionaris handLs, of the 
dait at Perth, the fyft day of August, the zeir of God V^, v^. Iv zeris : 
Thairfoir the provest and conventioun of burrowis at this present con- 
ventioun, thinkand and considerand the said electioun and nominatioun 
of the personis aboue specifeit, thair acceptatioun of the said mater, maid 
vpoun thame, of the dait at Edinburgh the last day of Maij, and thrid 
day of lunij respectiue last bypast, the prorogatioun of the samin, for the 
causses aboue specifeit, off the dait at Edinburgh the thrid day of lunij. 



14 Cofivention of Royal Burghs. 

foirsaid additiouu aboue expremit, and conventioun at Perth, haill actis 
and reformatioun maid be the saidis personis the tyme foirsaid, to be 
resonabill, consonant, agreable for the coramoun weili of burrowis, Be the 
tennour of this present act ratifeia, and appreves, and confermis the said 
electioun, noininatioun, acceptatioun, prorogatioun, and thair finell decreit 
and reformatioun foirsaid, togidder with the haili actis, statutis, and 
constitutionis contenit in this present buik, and decemis the samin to haif 
effect and strenth in tyme cuming, during the spaces respectiue contenit 
thairintill ; and sail maintene, fortifie, and defend the samin in all poyntis, 
articlis, and claussis contenit thairintill, aganis euerie burgh within this 
realme that wald presum to mak derogatioun thairof, as law will 
Dene of Gild to Item, Becaus the act of parliament ordanis all and sindrie borrowis 
be putUn^^^^ Within this realme just wechtis, mettis, and mesouris suld be vsite within 
burrowis. burgh, and ane qualifeit persone to be deput in ilk burch to considder the 
samin, Heirfoir it is statut, and concludit, that ilk burch sail haif ane dene 
of gild zeirlie, to be chosin as vse is to ordour the samin zeirlie. And gif 
the said dene, to be chosin, negligencis the executioun of his office, haveand 
bene requyrit be the prouest and the baillies, ane or ma, sail incur the 
panis of borrowis, contenit in thair actis maid thairupoun of befoir. 
Continuatioun The haill commissionaris of borrowis, beand at this present conventioun 
ve^oun.!^" in Dundie, hes affixt the last day of lunij nixtocum, to convene agane in 
Sanctandrois, for treitting vpoun thair commoun weillis of borrowis, and 
conserning of thair actis and statutis within burrowis, conforme to the 
actis of parliament, and lawis of this realme. And quhatsumevir buich 
being wairnit be Sanctandrois to send thair commissionaris, with suffi- 
cient commissionis, the said day, and compeiris nocht in Sanctandrois the 
said day, to pay x lib. to the remanent commissionaris that keipis the said 
day. (sic subscribatur) 

lames Oliphant, wyt my hand. Alex*" lamesone. 

lohne Foris, wyt my hand. lames Carruderis, wyt my hand. 

Andrew Annand, wyt my hand. Williame Bowsie, wyt my liand. 

Robert Kyd, wyt my hand. M. Alex'" Mortoun, wyt my hand. 

George Lowell, wyt my hand. Walter Baxter, wyt my hand. 

George Wischeart, wyt my hand. Williame Cowpar, wyt my hand. 

ITiomas Martene, wyt my hand. Stevin Riddell, wyt my band. 

M. Alex*" Sibbald, wyt my hand. Alex'" Wilkesone, wyt my hand. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 15 

M. Thomas Bowsie, wyt my hand, Williame Leirmont, wyt my 

and for lohne Law. hand. 

Williame Panter, wyt my hand. lohne Lyne, wyt my hand. 



XVII die mensis Apprilis Anno domini 1"". P. Ixvy. 

The quhilk day, Symoun Prestoun, of that Ilk, Knycht, prouest of this New Convcn- 
burch of Edinburch, Alexander Clerk, Alexander Vddert, baillies, with Dauid **^"* 
Forstar, commissar; Ritchert Blyth, commissar for Dunde; Ihonn Craigingelt 
of that Ilk, prouest, and William Forster, baillie, commissar for Striueling; 
William Flemyng, baillie, and Ihonn Maxtoun, commissaris for Perth; 
Patrick Meinzes, commissarforAbirdene; Ihonn Forres, prouest, and Thomas 
Puntoun, commissaris for Haddingtoun; Matheu Heriot, baillie, and Ihonn 
Grahame, commissar for Glasqw ; Richert Rutherfurde, prouest, and William 
Hepbume, baillie, commissaris for ledburch; Ordanis ane conventioun of 
the commissaris of the hale burrois of this realme to begyn and be haldin 
at Sanctandrois, on Trinitie Sounday nixt, or the nixt lauchfuU day thair- 
eftir, for reasonying and treting vpouu the commoun effaris of mercliantis, 
and for statutis to be maid concernying thair commoun weill ; and to this 
effect ordanis the prouest and baillies of Sanctandrois to wryte to the 
saidis burrois for keiping the said daj^, bering certificatioun to thame that 
comperit nocht that thay salbe haldin to abide and vnderly the statutis 
to be maid be thame that sail compeir. 

Alexander Clark. Cragmillar, Knit. 

Maister lohne Prestoun. Alexander Uddartt. 

Patrick Menzeis. lohn Cragingelt, prowest. 

Alexand. Knowis. I. Forest. 

Robert Clark. Thomas Povntovn. 



16 Conventio7i of Royal Burghs. 



XXI mensis Octohris 1570. 

The QUHILK day, 'flie comissaris efterwrittin, viz., Adam FouUertoun, 
and Maister Ihonne Prestoun, comissaris for Edinburch ; lames Lovell, and 
Alexander Scrymgeour, for Dunde; Thomas Monypenny, and William Flem- 
yng, for Perth ; William Norvell, for Striueling; Mathew Heriot, for Glasqu; 
Archibald M'Brair, prouest, lames Rig, for Dimfreis; Charlis Drummond,and 
Nychole Townis, for Linlythqw; Dauid Patersoun, for Cowper; Ihonne 
Aj'toun, prouest, and Barnard Thomsoun, for Haddingtoun ; being convenit 
to the parliament, the xxij of this instant, for autorizing of my Lord Erie of 
Sending Co- Lcvinax, of Regcntrie, etc. Efter lang resonying vpoun the proclamatioun 
France*"" ^^ maid in France discharging all Scuttis schippis of ony hant or ti*afique 
thair, bot of sic sis bringis with yame the Kingis modirreis, or hir lieu- 
tennentis, writingis in thair favouris; For remeid quhairof thay all in ane 
voce consenttis, and granttis, and ordanis, that ane or tua honest men, 
merchanttis, be chosin and send to the King of France with writtingis for 
getting of the said j)roclamatioun dischargit, in name of the hale burrois, 
sic as the pro vest, baillies, and counsall, thinkis guid ; and ordanis thame 
to derect the saidis writtingis vnder thair comoun seill, and to mak the 
said mannis expenssis ; for the releif quhairof, thai ar content and con- 
sentis that ane generall extent be raisit and sett vpoun the haill borrois 
of the realme; and thai oblis thame and thair successouris to releif 
thame for thair pairtis. 
The Conven- The samyn day the comissiaris foiraaidis ordanis a conventioun of the 
hTin^imcton- ^^^^ burrois to be in Sanctandrois the secound of lanuare nixt, and 
droii. ordanis the provest and baillies of Sanctandrois to direct thair writtingis 

to vther burrois for keiping of the said day, with certificatioun to tham 
in Sanctandrois, gif thai failze, thai sail nocht be ony conventioun 
appoyntit to be in thair toun at ony tymc heircfter, becaus thair was 
syndrie conventionis appoyntit to be in the said toun abefoir, and nocht 
keipit in thair defalt, etc. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 17 



At SanctandroiSy sexto (quinto?) die mensis lanuarij 1570. 

Commisaris for Edinburgh, Adame Foullertoun, dene of gild, Niehole 
Vdartt, thesaurer, Alexander Guthre, dark ; Stirveling, Robert For- 
ester, zounger, baillie, Robert Alexander, mercbantt; Perth, Thomas 
Monypenny, thesaurer ; Dundie, Alexander Scrumgeour, dene of gild, 
lames Lovell, mercbantt ; Coupar, Dauid Lyndesay, provest, Dauid 
Welandis, thesaurer, lames Andersoun, dark ; SanctandroLs, Maister 
William Cok, baillie, Maister Alexander Sibbald, baillie, Maister Thomas 
Balfour, baillie, Alane Watsoun, dene of gild, Thomas Welwod, mer- 
cbantt ; Linlithqu, Nicoll Tovnes, dark ; Hadingtoun, lames Cokbum ; 
Monros, Robert Clark ; Carrell, Thomas Baine, bailze, Williame Bousie, 
eldar, Patrik Geddey, Ihonn Ramsay ; Innerkeithing, Henry Dauid- 
soun, baillie, Andrew SpittelL 

Item, for Abirdene, ane speciall writing direct to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsale of Dunde, vnder thair commoun signet and subscriptioun of 
thair commoun clerk, desyring thame to voit in thair places, quhais votis 
salbe approvin be thaim as gif thai war present, and this writing deliuerit 
to Maister Ihonn Bonkill, commoun clerk of Sanctandrois. 



V^ Januarij 1570. 

The quhilk day, the commisaris abouewrittin, efter lang aduissmentt 
and consideratioun takin of the greitt hurtt and manifold dampnages 
quhilkis, be the sleuth and negligence of the magistratis of burrowis, 
quhilk hes daylie fallin and fallis to the estait of merchantis, for non con- 
venying at sic tymes as hes bene appointitt for resonying vpoun thair 
eommoun effaires. For remeid quhairof, thai haif maid the statutis efter 
following : — 

Inprimis, Forsameikle as be the occasioun of weris and manifold trou- Aitorttioim 
blis that hes chansitt within this realme of laitt tj'me past, ane greitt ^'^ ^ *** 



18 



Co7ive7ition of Royal Burghs. 



Extontt of i°» 
markis. 



pairt of the burrowis, quhilkis of befoir war riche and substaiitious, are 
now beeurain vnable and pure, and may nocbt at this present sustene 
sic charges, nor pay sic sovmes in taxtis or stentis, as thai had wontt to 
do, For remeid quhairoff, itt is statute and ordanit that the aid taxt and 
stent rollis of the burrowis saJbe changitt and alteritt, and the burrois 
decayitt thairintill consideritt, and vtheris incressit to be thair releif, for 
the space of thrie zeris nixt heirefter alanerlie ; and to this effect thay 
nominat sic as salbe chosin commisaris be the magistratis of Edinburgh, 
Sterveling, Perth, Dundj^ Abirdene, Montros, Air, Lynlithqw, Sanct- 
androis, or ony sax of thame, quhilkis commisaris sail compeir in Edin- 
burgh, in case the parliament had appointitt ye xxij of lanuar instant, the 
xviij day of the samyn, and failling thairof, at sic vtheris dayis as thai 
salbe aduerteist be the provest and baillies of Edinburgh. 

The samyn day, the commisaris foirsaidis grantis and consentis, that 
with all diligence thar be ane extentt rasitt of ane thousand markis of 
all the burrois of this realme, to be gevin to NicoU Vddartt for doun- 
getting of the ten solz of the tvn of wyne in Burdealx, rasitt vpoun the 
merchantis of this realme thair, and ordanis the discharge thairof obtenitt 
be the procurementt of Capitane Niniane Cokbum, vnder the King of 
Franci's greitt seill, presentlie in the said Nicolli's hand, to remane in the 
keping of the provest, baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh ; quhilk dis- 
charge thai ordaine authentiklie to be translatitt, and thairefter insert 
and registratt in the buikis of oure Souerane Lordis Cessioun, to the 
effect that euery burgh may half the copye thairof for the resonable ex- 
pensis. 
Commission- Item, Becaus it is cum to the knawlege of the saidis commisaris, that 
kyne, Denmark i^ aU paxtis wherc the merchantis of this realme resortis towart the eist 
sees, and in speciall within the dominionis of the King of Denmark, and 
toun of Danskyne, thair is new exactionis and impoistis rasitt, to the 
greitt hurtt of the saidis merchantis, and all resortand in thai partis, For 
remeid quhairof, itt is statute and ordanitt be the commissinaris foirsaidis, 
that be all meanis possible laubouris be maid att the handis off the said King 
of Denmark, the magistratis of Danskyne, and vtheris neidfuU, for dis- 
charging of the said new impoist and obseruyng of the aid, and gif neid 
sail requyre, to the better furtherance thairof, thay grantt and consentt 
that the haill burrois be taxtt, and ane extentt nusitt, conform to the 



Conventmi of Royal Burghs. 19 

ordour to be takin at sic tymes as salbe found neidfuU the samyn be 
done. 

Item, Forsamekle as itt was thoeht gude be the commisaris of burrois Coramisdon- 
in thair last eonventioun halden at Edinburgh the xxj of October this *"* ^ France, 
instant zeir of God 1570, for the commoun weill of the haill estait of 
merchantis, that ane special] man suld be direct be the provest and baillies 
of Edinburgh, in all thair names, to the maist Cristintt King of France, 
for obtenying of discharge of the edict laitlie proclamit in his Hienes 
dominionis, discharging the traffik and resort of all Scottis schippis to 
ony of his see tovnis, bot sic as brocht for thair warrand wrytingis frome 
oure Kings mothir, or hir liewtennentis ; be the quhilk edict, the saidis 
haill merchantis estait hes bene greitlie hurtt ; And becaus itt is knawin 
to thame that the said provest, baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh, hes 
direct away to the said maist Cristant King, thair weilbeluffit nychtbour 
Henry Nesbett, thair comburgess, to quhame thai haif causitt thair 
thesaurer avance certane sovmes of money, and hes farther obleist thame 
to geve and delyuer to him at his return xv schi Hingis for ilk frank sal 
happin him deburs in the caus foirsaid, The saidis commisaris, for the 
reletf of the saidis provest, baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh, and thair 
thesaurer, grantis and consentis that ane extent be sett and rasitt of the 
haill burrowis of this realme, at sic tyme as the said Henry sail return, or 
sonar, as sal be found neidfull by the provest, baillies, counsall foirsaid, 
efler the resaitt of the said Henrie's comptis and consideratioun takin be 
thame thairof And consentis that executoriallis of hornyng or poynding 
be obtenit afoir the lordis of oure Souerains Cessioun for the better obedi- 
ence of this and the uther ordinances abouewrittin. 

The samyn day, efber lang resoning as said is, the saidis commisaris VnfrieBaiUerw. 
knawing thame selves to be greitlie hurt be the multitude of vnfremen 
saillaris, For remeid quhairof, thai haif statute and ordanit, that every 
burgh within this realme causs letters be rasitt vpoun the actis of parlia- 
ment grantit for the mantenance of the fredome and liberties of frie 
burrois, and caus the same be execute within the boundis of thair iuris- 
dictioun, as tliai will the regarid of their commoun weillis. 

Item, [t is statute and ordanit be the saidis commisaris, that no burges 
purches lordschip againis the fredome and libertie of his burgh, nouther 
procure ony thing that may be contmir the commoun weill thereof, by 



20 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Pakking and 
pedlling out- 
with frie bur- 
ro wis. 



Making of gild 
brother within 
bux^h. 



the consent and avyce of the tovnschip, vnder the pane of periurie and 
tynsall of his fredome, and that na man colour the guidis of vnfre- 
men vnder the coulour of his awin, nothir be partinaris with thaime, 
factouris, nor doaris for thaime in causis of merchandres, vnder the paine 
foirsaid. 

Item, Forther it is statute be the saidis commisaris, that every frie 
burgh, within thair awin jurisdictioun, caus letteris be i-asitt as said is 
vpoun sic as pakis or peillis outwith frie burrois, and in sic caisis to put 
thair awin actis and statutis, founded vpoun the act of parliament, and 
conform to thair liberties and privileges, to executioun, vnder the pane of 
twentie pundis to be collectitt and vptakin of euery burgh that faillis to 
do the samyn, and the said xx liis. to be collectitt and vptakin of all the 
burrois be south Forth be Adame Foulertoun, dene of gild of Edinburgh, 
and be Alexander Scrumgeour, dene of gild of Dundie, of all the tovnis 
be north Forth, efter the intimatioun and publicatioun of this present ordi- 
nance : And grantis and consentis that letteris be obtenit befoir the Lordis 
of oure Soueranis' Cessioun, to mak the saidis Adame and Alexander 
obeyitt of the saidis sovmes, vnder sic panis as thai think gude; provyd- 
ing alwayis that the saidis Adame and Alexander mak compte and reknyng 
to the commisaris of burrois, at every conventioun, of sic sovmes as it 
salhappin thame resave. 
id Ttem, Becaus the saidis commisaris thinkis thame selves greitlie hurt 
be the multitude of the burgessis and gild brether, and for certane causis 
moving thame, they haif statute imd ordanit, that nane be gild Iwrether 
within burgh fra this day fiirth without the payment of xl pundis to the 
dene of gild, to be applyitt to the commoun gude ; and gif it salhappin 
the provest, baillies, and counsall of ony burgh to consent and give ony 
burgeschippis or gildries gratis, for requeistis of greitt men or vtheris 
occasionis quhatsumeuir, the consentaris thairto to be haldiu to refound 
the said sovme of xl pundis to the commoun gude, sa oft as itt salhappin 
thame do the contrair the tenour of this present ordinance : And becaus 
itt has bene in vse in tymes past, the provest, baillies, and vtheris offici- 
aris of the burgh hes had grantitt to thame be rycht of thair offices cer- 
tane burgeschippis, quhilkis thai disponit at thair plesour, It is found be the 
saidis commisaris, that the saidis officiaris sail haif na farther [claim] for the 
dewties of the saidis burgeschipp and gildries, nor thai had befoir the making 



C(mventto7i of Royal Burghs. 21 

of the saidis ordinances, nouther sail it be lesum to thame to dispone to 
vtheris than to men of gude fame and honestie ; provyding alwayis this 
present ordinance be nocht preiudiciall to the bamis of frie merchantis 
and &ie craftismen. 

Item. Becaus it is knawin to the commisaris foirsaidis, that thair is Pi™^»cbippi8 

, , m Leith. 

certane piratt schippis in redynes in the hawin of Leyth, and vtheris 
partis of this realme, to pass forth in piracie, and knawing thameselves 
and the haill lieges of the realme to be in amitie and friendschip with all 
nationis, For stopping of the saidis piratis of thair wickitt interprises, 
they desyre the commisaris of Edinburgli, witli all diligence possible, to 
rais letters vi)oun the xxiij act of parliamentt haldin at Edinburgh be 
oure Souerane Lordis mothir, and cans the samyn be execute vpoun all 
schippis within the boundis of thair iurisdictionis, and speciall vpoun sic 
as ar to pas vpoun the Poi*tingalx, quhilkis ar dischargitt be the said 
act. 

Item, the saidis commisaris ordanis letters to be rasitt vpoun the j° Con»eruatour. 
and xiiij act of parliamentt haldin be King lames the feird, for hame 
bringing of the conseruitour of Flanderis. and that the letteris be directt 
away with diligence for hame bringing of him, that ordour may be takin 
concemyng the merchantis that travellis in thai partis. 

Item, That letters be raisitt vpoun all vnfremen, slayaris of herring Biayans of 
and quhite fische, inhibeting thame of all sailling thairwith transporting quhytf flwjhe. 
of the samyn furth of the realme, or disponying thairof to vtheris nor to 
fne merchantis, as vse hes bene. 

Item, Becaus of the eviU brute and sclander rasitt on the haill mer- Skyimis,hydis. 
chantis of this realme in France, Flanderis, and vtheris partis bezond the 
see, as it is alledgitt, that of the wambes of all hydis and skynnis thair 
is tar letheris cuttit and tane away, the haslokis and fyne woll of the 
skynnis in lykmanner thifteouslie stollin, to the greitt hurtt of the byar 
and dishonestie of this realme. For remeid quhairof, itt is thocht maist 
necessar be the saidis commisaris that statutis be maid in every frie 
burgh of this realme, that all flesche slane to landwart be presentitt to 
the mercatt with the skyn and bym vn tarletheritt, and plukkitt or 
powitt, and that the scheip skyn be flane to the horn, the cow and 
olxin hydis stykand to the bouk; and gif ony beis found apprehenditt 
slane within burgh or to landwartt vtherwayis, the skyn or hyde to be 



ciinzie. 



22 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

escbeitt, and applyitt to the commoun warkis of the toun, or to the 
pure, as the magistratis sail think exi>edientt; and ordanis this statute to 
be proclamitt dyueris mercatt dayis, to the effect that nane sail pretend 
ignorance, incace thai contravene the samjTi. 
Aneiitfaiis Item, Bociius of the sclander and evill brute rasitt on the haill mer- 

chantis of this realme, quha ar allegitt to be the hame bringaris of the 
fals hardheidis, fals plakis, and vther fals cunze, quhilk is the priueipall 
occasioun of all derth, the commisaris foirsaidis, for purging of thame- 
selves, and all honest merchantis, maist heitlie requeistis the provest, 
baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh to geve in supplicationis in all thair 
namis before the Lordis of Articlis of Parliament, or Lordis of Secreitt Coun- 
sall, maist humlio craving and desyring that inquisitioun may be tane with 
diligence, sua tiyall may be had of sic as ar the hamebringaris of the 
said fals money, to the effect that, for the offence of the giltie, the inno- 
cent and honest persoun remane nocht in sclander and suspicioun, and 
the wickitt may be pvneist withoutt fauouris. 
DaidingofwoU Item, The saidis commisaris foirseing that it suld greitlie avance the 
cuntrie^^^ commoun Weill of the realme gif the haill woll of the samyn mycht be 
haldin at hame be the space of thrie zeris nixt heireftir, quhairby suld 
nocht onlie the desolatt craftismen and pure laboraris, quhilkis ar now 
putt to extreme povertie for fait of laubouris and hand wark, be helpitt 
and suppleitt, bot alsua oure Soueranis customis greitlie advancitt and 
augmentitt, Quhaiifoir the commisaris foirsaidis maist hertlie requeistis 
the provest, baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh, that this be pi-oponit be 
speciall artikle the nixtt parliament, and be all menis possible procuritt 
to be grantitt for the causis aboue written. 
Auontis com- Item, To remember be specitdl artikle the nixt parliament, that it be 
nu88ioneri8 lamcutitt tho ffrcitt hurt done, nocht onlie to the buiToLs, bot to all oure 

I*a>nng of quot . i . i i i i o • . « 

boueranis lieges decesand, be the ordour of commisary now vsitt, forsa- 
mekle as nane salbe executour admittitt to ony persoun departitt, bott 
sic as salbe nominatt in presence of minister, redar, notar, and witnessis, 
(quhilkis can nocht be had att all tymis in all places, etc.. Item, In cace itt 
happin men to be debtbound to vtheris in greitt sovmes of money, and 
the same in radynes and laid by to be gevin to the creditour, zitt the 
executouris of the departitt are com pell itt to \)k\y quott thairfoir; and 
siclike, incase greitt sovmes be restand awin to the defunct, quhilkis ar 



Convention of Royal Bunjhs. 23 

neuer able to be gottin, the executouris ar eompellitt to pay quott thair- 
foir. In thir and siclike that remeid be socht as said is. 

Memorandum. To mak ane supplicatioun to tlie Lordis of Artiklis, etc., 
for discharging of the customes of scaldingis and schoirling and fute- 
falis, etc. 

Item, Ane supplicatioun to the saidis Lordis anent the taxationis rasitt 
vpoun the borrois at every particular raid, by thar auld privelegcs, etc. 

Item, Ane supplicatioun for the mesour of barrelis of salmond, hering, 
and quhyte fische. 

Item, That the salmond barrell contene xij gallonis; the quhyte fische, 
and hering, ten gallonis ; and euer ilk couper mark his barrell with his 
awin biming yrne, and be haldin to ansuev tliairfoir vpoun sic panis as 
salbe devysitt. 

Item, Tlie foirsaidis commisaris efter conclusion takin be thame in sic 
thingis as concernis thair commoun weill aggreing with the tyme, con- 
tinewis forthir resonying in thair effaires to the nixt conventioun, quhilk 
thai appoint to be haldin at Edinburgh the xxv day of Merche nixtt, 
incace the appointit day of the parliament hald nocht, and ordanis the 
provest of the said toun to direct letteris to the remanent buiTowis con- 
forme to the ordour, and incace thai couipeir nocht quha ressavia letteris, 
that the act of poyndiug according to the aid ordour be extenditt vpoun 
thame; and to the said day suspeudis all extentis, butt langer delay. 

Adam FuUertoun, dein of gilcL lames Lowell. 

Nicolas Wduart, 1570. Wilzem Bowsye. 

Alex'" Guthre. Ihone Ramsay, ss^ 

Robart Fostir, bailie. Patrik Geddey, thesaurer. 

Thomas Monypenny. Thomas Kene, bailze. 

Alex** Scrymgour, dene of gyld. lames Andersone. 

M. Thomas Balfour. Dauid Weland. 

M' Alex** Sibbald. Robert Alschinder, etc. 

Allein Watsoun. lames Forester. 

M. William Cok. Robert Clark. 

lliomas Welwod. Andrew Spettell. 

D. Lyndsay, provest. Hary Dauidsoun be Alex'" 

No. Thownis, clerk. Guthre, at my command. 

lames Cokburn. 



24 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Apud Edinhurch^ xxiijo Junij T^ V^' IxxHif" 

The quhilk day the commissaris of burrois, vnder subscrivand. con- 
tinewis all actioDis concemying tbair estait to the xv day of lulij, qubilk 
day thay appoynt for ane generale conventioun of the hale burrois to be 
haldin in this toun, and requeistis the prouest and baillies of this burch 
to direct writingis for keiping of the said day, according to the ordour, 
and to send letteris for poynding of sic as keipit nocht this present con- 
ventioun appoyntit xx"^^ instant lunij. 
For Edinburch, Henry Neisbett. For Perth, Ihone Monypenny. 

Maister lohnne Preston. For Linlytqw, Ni Thowinis. 

Wm. Litill. For Air, Ihone Lokhart. 

lohne Harwod. For Dunfreis, Archibald Makbrajrr. 

lames Lowell. For Kirkcaldy, 

For Dundie, lames Lovell, Henry 

Blythe. 



Decimo quarto Ivlij. 

The quhilk day, the provest, baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh 
makis, nominatis, constitutis, and ordainis Henry Neisbet, baillie, Maister 
Ihonn Prestoun, Williame Littill, and Ihonn Harwod of the counsall, thair 
commissaris for thame in this present conventioun to be haldin in this 
tovne the morn to convene, and thair, with the remanent commissaris of 
burrowis, to treat, reson and conclude, and forther, in all caussis concernyng 
the commoun weill of the merchant estait of this realme to do, as thay 
mycht do thame selves gif thay war personaly present, promesand firme 
and staybill haldand, and for to hald, etc. 

A Guthrie. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 25 



Apnd Edinburgh^ decimo quinto Julij\ T^ P* Ixxiiif 



Ct>mi8ari8 for Edinburgh, Henry Neisbet, Williame Littill, Maister Ihonn 
Pi-estoun, Ihonn Harwod ; Dondy, Alexander Scrymgeour, Richart Blythe ; 
Abirdene, Patrik Menzeis ; Sterveling, Ihonn Williesoun ; Coupar, Robert 
Pryde ; Hadingtoun, lames Cokbum, Ihonn Aytoun ; Elgjme, Walter 
Mawer ; Kingorn, Robert Cunyngharae, lames Logane ; Kyrcaldye, 
Williame Iiamb, Ilionn Racket; Kyrkcudbrycht, Robert Hall, Halbert 
Glaidstanis ; Peiblis, Patrik Veche ; ledburch, Dauid Anislie, lames 
Laidla ; Glasgw, lames Flemyng ; Linlithqw, N. Tliownis ; Ii-ving, Robert 
Scott ; Sanctandrois, Thomas Wallet: 

In the conventioun of burro wis haldin at Edinburgh the xv day of 
lulij anno 1574 zeris, The commisaris of burrowis eftir subscryvand 
statutis and ordanis as foUowis, etc. 

In the first, It is statute and ordanit, that in all conventionis, baith Anentis voting 
in parliament and outwith, quhair the commisaris of burrowis ar requyrit tionis. 
to be for geving of thair voitis in the commoun eflfaires, that na man tak 
vpoun hand to vote for vtheris, nouther for the haill nor for pairt, with- 
out speciall commissioun, efter rype avysement grantit and gevin thairto, 
bot that euery commisar haif the frie libertie according to his conscience 
to geve his vote, exceptand it be concludit befoir be the haill that ane 
sail speik and vote for all ; and gif it sa be concludit, that ane act be 
maid of the commoun consent of sa mony as salbe present for the tyme, 
for bis warrand that salbe choisin to vote for the haill as said is. 

Item, Efter rype avysement and consideratioun takin be the saidis com- Anentis sic as 

. ^ • • ii L^ ' Ml- Tx • sal have place 

misans tor causis moving thame concernyng than* commoun weillis. It is at conventioun 
statute and ordanit, that na commissioun salbe gevin att ony tyme heir- ^^ b^^rro^^ >»*• 
efter to ony maner of persoun to treat, reson, or conclude in causis con- 
cernyng the commoun weill of burrowis or estait of merchantis, bot to sic 
as ar merchantis and trafficquaris, haifand thair remanyng and dwelling 
within burgh, and beris bourdene with the nychtbouris and inhabitantis 
thairof, vnder the paine of ane hundreth puudis to be vptakin of the 
provest and baillies of the burgh that dois in the contrair heirof, to bi^ 

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26 Co7ive7itioH of Royal Burghs. 

applyit in the commoun effairea, as salbe thocht gude be the remanent 
commisaris that salbe present for the tyme ; and for inbringing of the 
said paine and vnlaw, the commisaris present, efter subscryvand, consentis 
and grantis for thame selues, and in name and behalf of the tovnis of 
quhome thai haif thair commissioun, that v[X)un this present act and 
ordinance letteris salbe raisit befoir the Loirdis of Sessioun for poynding 
of the contravenaris thairof be sic as salbe nominat in the act and ordi- 
nance efter following. 
Inbringing of Item, It is statute aud ordanit, that for collecting and inbringing of 
aSoiw writSn. ^^^® paynis and vnlawis contenit in the statute abouewrittin, and in the 
statutis maid of auld, that the provest, baillies, and counsall of Edin- 
burgh sail rais letteris vpoun the commoun charges vpoun all burrowis 
from Forth, south, — the provest and baillies of Dondye frome Forth, north 
to the watter of Dye, — the provest and baillies of Abirdene frome Dye, 
north ; and thay and thair commisaris to be haldin accusabill in eueiy 
conventioun, incase of non doing of diligence for inbringing the saidis 
paynis, and siclike to be subject to compte, raknyng, and delyuerance in- 
cais ony sovmes be delyuerit. 
Auent trans- iThM, The saidis commissaris, efter lang resonyng vpoun the troubilsum 
iiSSpii? ^^ ^^^ estait presentlie in Flanderis, and foirseing the dainger that sail apper- 
andlie fall vpoun the merchantis of this realme resoirting thairto, hes 
thocht gude that ane suppliciitioun be maid to my Loird Regentis Grace, 
and Loirdis of Secreit Counsall, for obtenyng of thair gude will and con- 
sent to the haill merchantis of this realme to transpoirt thair traffique 
frome the saidis partis of Flanderis to the tovne of Calais, for ane tyme, 
quhill it sail pleis God to bring that contry of Flanderis in quyetnes as it 
hes bene befoir ; quhilk being obtenit and giiintit, that ane qualefeit man 
of the merchant estait, aud nane other, be electit and chosin be sic of the 
burrowis as commission salbe gevin to, to pas to the said tovne, to avyse 
and resoun the principal! is thairof concernyng the privilegis that salbe 
desyiit for the weill of oure natioun, and of the vtheris offerit and gran tit, 
incais it be found gude to transpoirt the traffique, as said is. And in the 
menetyine, gif ony schippis of this realme passis to Holland or Zcland, 
that the merchantis and awnaris thairof vse na trafficque of thair gudes 
or geyr in We.st Flanderis, for eschewing of danger, vnto the tyme that 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 27 

£etrther ordour be taikin, and ansuer gottin agane frorae Calais, concernyng 
the premiasis. 

Item, Efter lang resonying vpoun the eontentis of the King of Den- coquettu to 
markis wryting, direct to oure Souerane Lord, desyring that all schippis pp^^f 
of oure natioun resoirting to Noroway or vtheris pairtis in his domin- 
ionis bring with thame, for testefeing of thair honestie and estait, his 
Hienes wrytingis. It is thocht gude that, be supphcatioun to my Loird 
Regentis Grace and Loirdis of Secreit Counsall, it be desyrit that all 
schippis passing to the pairtis foii'saidis haif for thair warrand the coquet 
of the burgh or poirt quhairfra thay pas, bering the name of the maister, 
merchant awnar, and schip, and this to be sufKcient ; and that his Grace 
wrytingis may be had to the said King of Denmark declaring this ordour 
to be taikin for the honestie of the liegis of this realme, and the samyn 
of him to be haldin sufficient in all tymes cnming. 

Item, Inlykemaner, that it be proponit to my Loii-d Regentis Grace For staying of 
and Loirdis foirsaidis, incais tbe Quenis Maiestie of Ingland will grant P*™"**- 
and consent that sum of hir schippis sail remane vpoun hir sea coistis 
and watteris for purging of the samyn of pyratis, and vtheris wicked 
personis, That inlykewajds it may be grantit be his Grace and Loirdis 
foirsaidis to the merchantis of this realme, vpoun thair commoun clmrgis, 
to set furth ane schip with ane bark for purging of oure Soueranis watteris 
of the saidis pyrattis and wicked personis, and for convoying of the 
schippis of this realme langis the coist of Ingland, and vtheris pairtis 
neidfull, from the danger of innemeis, during sic tyme as we sail fynd 
glide ; and incais the samyA be graatit, the commisaris of burro wis foir- 
saidis gevis thair commissioun and full powar to the provestis, baillies, 
and counsallis of Edinburgh, Dondye, Abirdeue, and Sterveling for the 
said schip and bark to provyde men, meit, mvnitioun, and all vther fur- 
nesingis necessar thairto, during quhat tyme thay sail think gude; and 
oblesis thame that the expenssis thairvpoun to be debursit to releve for 
thair pairtis according to the discretion n of the saidis foure burrowis, as 
the samyn salbe taxit be thame, provyding that nane beir charge within 
the said schip or bark bot merchantis, as principallis thairof, and sic 
vtheris as thay sail chuse, qualefeit abill men, that thay may imput and 
output at thair plesouiis, be the avyse and command of the saidis foure 
burrowis. And gif it beis found that be the Queue of Inglandis schippis 



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Syluer to the 
Cunzehous. 



To pas to the 
Regontt 



ExtenU for 
debarring of 
pimttis. 



the seas in tbir pairtis beis clengit, than the schip and bark foii'naid, 
vpoun the sute of the nychtbouris (of) the biirrowis of the north and 
west pairtis, to pas for clenging of thair seais and watteris ; and sua be 
ordour be rady to seme quhair neid salbe gretest, be the avyce of the 
saidis foure burrowis. 

Item, It being knawin to the commisjuis of burrowis foirsaidis, that 
my Loird Regentis Grace, vpoun Tliurisday last the xv day of this instant 
moneth of Julij, had requyrit of tbe bailUes, counsall, and merchantis of 
this burgh of Edinburgh, to furneis samekill fyne siluer to oure Souerane 
Lordis cunze hous, vpon tlie hiest price, as wald be the proffeit thairof 
releve oure said Souerane of the sovme of xxxvij™ lib. quhairintill his 
Hienes was addettit to certan his creditouris, and that it was geven to 
his Grace be thame for ansuer that thay sould avyse with the saidis 
commisaris thairanent, and that thay sould repoirt all thair ansueris 
together, — the saidis commisaris haifiug na sic thingis proponit to thame, 
nor forther commissioun gevin, hot onlie to treatt and resoun vpoun the 
heidis contenit in thair wrytingis laitlie direct frome the said burgh of 
Edinburgh to thair tovnis, quhairvnto they had gevin sufficient ansueir 
according to thair commissioun, and farther could nocht interpryse, nor 
tak vpoun hand, without the avyse of thair magistrattis, and thairfoir 
desyrit that sic resonabill excuse mycht be maid to my said Loird Re- 
gentis Grace as thay of Edinburgh sould think maist meit and expedient 
for satefeing of him for this presentt. 

Item, It is ordanit, that the commisaris of Edinburgh, Dondy, Aber- 
dene, Sterveling, Sanctandrois, pas to the Abbay to my Loird Regentis 
Grace, thair to procure at his Graces hand the benefite of the articules 
abouewrittin, to be grantit for the causis aboue expremit. 

Item, The saidis commisaris of buiTOwis, daylie seing the incres of 
troublis vpon the merchantis of this realme be the occasioun of the slak- 
nes of prouisioun in resisting of the pyratis, quhais nomber and tyranny 
daylie incressis as said is. For remeid quhairof, tliay all in ane voce* con- 
sentis concludis and grantis, that ane generall extent be vplifted of the 
haill buiTOwis with all diligence poesibill, for furthsetting of the schip 
and bark foirsaid, furnesing of the companies and necessaris thairof, sate- 
feing of Nicolas Vddart of his thousand merkis debursit for doungetting 
of the ten deniers, and payment to him of tlie money debursit to Heniy 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 20 

Neisbet, and this extent to extend to thiie thousand merkis alanerlie for 
this present; provyding alwayis that the first and rediest of the said 
extent be wairit vpoun the outred of the saidis schippis, — the superplus 
for satefeing of the saidis dettis, and vtheris cliairgis necessar debursit be 
the tovne of Edinburgh, to be allowit vpoun compte ; and the saidis 
commissaris takand the bourding vpoun thame, for thame selues and thair 
burrowis, oblesis thame, according to tlie auld rolUs, to releyf for thair 
pairttLs ; prouiding that this present act preiuge nocht the statutis and 
ordinances maid of befoir for alteratioun of the saidis auld rollis, quhilk 
alteratioun thay ordane to be fyrst ressonit and concludit in thair nixt 
conventioun, appoynttit to be halden at Striueling the xxiij of Octo- 
ber nixt. 

Item, The saidis commisaris of burrowis ratefeis and apprevis the actis, Eatificatioim 
statutis, and ordinances maid in thair last conventioun, haldin at Sanct- befoirwritthi. 
androis the saxt day of Januar 1570, and ordanis the copyes thairof, 
subscryvit be the commoun dark of Edinburgh, to be gevin to euery 
commisar vpon thair resonabill expensis, that letteiis may be raisit thair- 
vpoun conforme to the ordour thairintill contenit ; and ordanis the saidis 
commisaris to cause the saidis letteris to be execute within thair boundis, 
vnder the panis to be accusabill befoir the haill commisaris of the nixt 
conventioun, without preiudice of the pecuniall paynis contenit in the 
saidis actis, ordanit to be vplifted and inbrocht be lames Ros, thosaurer 
of Edinburgh, of all the tovnis be south Forthe, and be Alexander 
Scrymgeour of Dondy, of all the tovnis be north Forth to the Watter of 
Dye, and be Patrik Menzeis of Abirdene, of all the tovnis be north Dye, — 
and thay to mak compte thairof in the nixt conventioun ; and sua for 
this present levis of and continewis all forther resonjmg in thair effaires 
vnto the twenty-thrid day of October nixt, appoynting the said day to 
convene in the tovne of Stirveling ; and thairfoir ordanis the provest and 
baillies of Sterveling to direct thair wrytingis to the haill burrowis, 
makand mentioun heirof, and of the speciall causis quhaiifoir thay sail 
convene, willing euery commissar to bring his commissioun to that effect, 
vnder the pane of ane hundreth pundis to be vplifted and distributed at 
the plesour of the remanent commisaris comperand. And in approbatioun 
thairof the saidis commisaris hes subscryvit this present at the said burgh 
of Edinburgh, the nyntene day of lulij i™ \^ Ix fourtene zeris. And 



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ordanis lames Ros, thesaurer of Edinburgh, to be coUectoiir of the stent 
of thrie thousand merkis foinsaidis, etc. 



Henry Neisbett, etc. 
Maister lohne Prestoun. 
lohne Harwod. 
Wm. Litm. 
Richard Blytli. 
Alex^. Sciy^mgeour. 
Patrik Menzeis. 



Robert Pryd. 

Thomas Waluod. 

Ihone Aytoun. 

N. lliownis. 

lohnne Willesoun, wyt my hand 

tuiching the pen led be Ni- 

choll Thownis, notar. 



Certane Actis and Statutis maid at the last Conventioun 
of Burroiois haldin at Striveling^ the xxv day of October^ 
1574. 



The quhilk day, in the conventioun of burrowis appoyntit to be 
haldin at Striveling the xxiij day of October instant, It is statutit and 
ordanit be the commissionaris efter subscryvand, that this ordour in all 
thair conventiounis be foir evir obseruit, That is to say. In quhatsumevir 
burch the conventioun is appoyntit to be haldin, the principall of that 
burch, hafing comraissioun, beand ane man having his remanj^ng within 
the said burch, and bering charge with his nychtbouris, that principall 
Moderator. man to be moderator in all thingis that sal be proponit and ressonit in the 
said conventioun, and the particulair coinplaintis proponit and hard, the 
remanent commissionaris opinionis gevin thairintill at sic tyme as the said 
moderator sail think gude, silence to be coramandit, and eftir conclusioun 
takin, and the samyn be the said moderator pronuncit, na forder argu- 
ment in that matter to be haid for that tyme. 
Pouffiafl, cor- Item, Efter advysement with the auld statutis in the conventiounis of 
diner, prouost burrowis past of bcfoir, it being fundin that na commissioun suld be 
depoait gcvin to ony maner of persoun to conveine in the conuentioun of bur- 

rowis bot to sic as ar of the merchandis estait, bering burding with the 
merchandis, and having residence with tharae in thair townis; and efter 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 31 

ressoiiing, fynding tliat ane lolmne Dowglas, alledgit proveist of Hading- 
toun, being ane cordinar of his occupatioun, to present ane commissioun 
of the said toun of Hadingtoun desyring to be haid as commissionar of 
the said burch, — ^the auld actis and ordinances respectit, — ^the saidis com- 
missionaris all in ane voice fyndis and delyveris, that na craflisman hes 
evir had, nolder aucht or suld haif, voit or commissioun amangis thame ; 
Quhairfoir thay decemit the said lohnne Dowglas, cordiner, to remove 
himself fra thair society, and, for his pairt, the said commissioun to be of 
nane availl ; and in his place, for the said toun of Hadingtoun, admittis 
lohnne Seyttoun, bailie thairof, and nane vthair; and ordanis in all thair 
names ane commissioun to be send to the said toun of Hadingtoun that 
na commissioun be gevin be thame to ony craflisman heireftir vnder the 
pane of i*^. lib. 

The samyn day, efler ressoning vpoun the act and ordinance sett furth Extents iij» 
in the last conventioun of burrowis, haldin at Edinburch the xxv day of '°*^* 
lulij last, bering that tliair suld be ane extent of thrie thousand merkis 
liflit and vptakin fra the haill fre burrowis of this realme, for satisfjdng 
and paying of ane thousand merkis to Nicolas Vdwart, ane of the bailies 
of the town of Edinburgh, for downgetting of ten sows of the twn of 
wyne in Burdeaulx, and for satisf3ring and paying of dyueris vtharis greitt 
sowmes debursit be the said toun of Edinburch, Henry Neisbitt, and 
lohnne Farguissoun, and vtheiis, send be commoun consent in Frans and 
Ingland, for the commoun welth of the estaitt of merchandis, and for 
furthsetting of ane schip and bark for resisting of Inglis pyrattis vpoun the 
sea, as at mair lenth is contenit in the said act, — the saidis commissionaris 
now convenit thinkis not neidfuU that the schip and bark be set furth 
now at this present, in respect of the wynter seasoun approchit^ and 
vtharis causes moving thame ; and thairfoir ordanis that of the said thrie 
thousand merkis thay salbe onlie vpliftit and imbrocht twa thowsand 
merkis alanerly, to be delyverit to the thesaurar of Edinburch, to be 
furthcummand vpoun compt to be randerit in the nixt conventioun. And 
gif it beis fundin that the dettis awand to the said Nicolas Vdwart, and 
toun of Edinburgh, sail exceid and gang aboue the said sowme of twa thou- 
sand merkis, the commissionaris efter subscryvand, takand the biuxling 
vpoun thame for thameselfis and thair burrowis, oblissis thame to refound 
and pay the supei-plus to the said toun of Edinburch, or thair thesaurar in 



32 Convention of Royal BurgJis. 

thair name, at quhat tyme the same salbe requyrii And siclyik giflT it 
Kalbe fundin that thair beis not restand awand to the said Nicolas, and to 
the said toun of Edinburgh [so much] as the said sowme of twa thousand 
merkls, the superplus thairof that salbe fundin restand awand salbe delyverit 
in the said conventioun to quhome it salbe thocht guid in that assemblie, 
and the commissionaris of Edinburcli, eftir subscryvand, obleissis thame 
heirto. And becaus the thesaurar of Ediiiburch hes alreddy ressavit fra 
certane of the burrow is thair extentis, sett efler thrie thousand merkis, the 
saidis commissionaris of Edinburgh obleissis thame that the thrid pairt 
ressavit be the said thesaurar salbe refoundit agane to thame quha hes 
maid pament according to the said thrie thowsand merkis, the acquit- 
tances of the ofHciaris, resavaris thairof, being producit and delyverit to 
the said thesaurar of Edinburgh ; and incais ony of the burrowis refuissis 
to mak pament of thair pairtis of tlie said tua thousand merkis, all in 
ane voice grantis and consentis that the lotteris, alreddy purchest for pay- 
ment of the said extent, salbe putt to executioun aganis the dissobeyaris, 
or vtharis letteris raisit of new, as the said toun of Edinburgh sail think 
maist expedient; attour the commissionaris in the said nixt conventioun 
to be auditouris, or nominat sic auditoris as thay pleis, to heir the saidis 
comptis of Edinburch. 
SaiinginFian- The samyn day, cfter lang ressoning vpoun the act of parliament maid 
^*"**- be King lames the Fyft, of guid memory, bering that na viages salbe 

maid nor schippis saill furth of this realme in the cuntrey of Flanderis, 
bot twyiss in the zeir, viz., to the Pasche mercat, and Rude mercat in 
September, all in ane voice vottis and concludLs, that the said act of 
parliament hes bene devysit and set furth for the oommoun weill of auld 
burrowis, and is maist neidfuU, alsweill for the commoun policie as com- 
moun commoditie, to be obseruit in all tymes curaming : Thairfoir thay 
decerne and ordane, that na schippis pas furth of this realme to the saidis 
pairtis of Flanderis, chargit with hyde, woU, skin, clayth, or siklyik stapill 
guidis, bot at the ternies aboue oppoyntit, vndir the pane of twenty 
pundis, to be vpliftit and takin of every party ti*ansgressand and brekand 
this presant ordinance, to the provest and bailies of the burch quhair the 
said transgressor hes his remaning, to be imployit to the commoun weill 
of the said burch ; and this without preiudice of the pane and vnlaw 
appoyntit for our Souerane Lordis vse in the said act of parliament; pi-ouyd- 



Conve7itio7i of Royal Burghs. 33 

ing alwayis that this present ordinance do nocht preiudge the fre mer- 
chandis of Me burrowis^ to trafique in the saidis pairtis of Flanderis at 
all tymes convenient, by and attour the saidis twa mercat dayis, with all 
vtharis waris, (the said stapiil guides exceptit), and consentis and grantis 
that letteris be raisit heirvpoun for vplifting of the saidis panis and 
vnlawis aboue specifyit. 

It£M, The saidis commissioneris, efter lang ressoning vpoun the ordi- 
nltDces maid for alteratioun of the auld stent roUis, continewis the said thelromaT'^ ^^ 
alteratioun vnto the xvth day of lulij nixtocum, in thair conventioun to 
be haldin at Dundie the said day, and in tlie meyntyme dischargis all 
taxatioun and stentis to be rasit vpoun the saidis burrowis befoir the 
said day ; and ordanis the commissionaris of Edinburgh to cause produce 
and be presentit in the said conventioun at Dnndie, the principall buik 
bering the actis and statutis of burrowis, togidder with the auld extent 
rollis, to the effect that efter advysment thairwith, the said alteratioun 
may be the mair perfytlie ordanit and sett furth ; and incais the saidis 
commissionaris of Edinburgh faiize thairintill, ordanis the remanent that 
salbe convenit to alter the saidis rollis according to guid conscience ; and 
vpoun that thair alteratioun, ordainis letteris to be raisit to compell the 
haill burrowis to obey the samyn for the space of thre zeiris nixt thair- 
eftir alanerly, provyding alwayis that this present ordinance be na im- 
pediment or defens aganis the taxt sett, and letteris obtenit thairvpoun 
for vptaking of the twa thousand merkis befoir mentionat. 

Item, Becaus the princes of guid memory hes bene in vse of setting of 
taxatiounis, and vplifting of sowmes of the haill estatis of this realme, for f^"^^^***^^ 
sic caussis as dois occur for the tyme, to the granting of the quhilkis extentt. 
taxatiounis it is speciallie provydit be the act of parliament that the 
commissionaris of burrowis or maist pairt thairof, salbe convenit for thair 
consent to be had thairto. And incais the lyik occasioun heirefter follow- 
and, the saidis estaitis happin to be burdenit with oiiy taxatiounis, becaus 
the necessitie may swa requyre that the tyme may nocht be sparit for 
abyding vpoun the haill commissionaris off burrowis : Thairfoir the 
commissionaris efter subscryvand, all in ane voice consentis, grantis, and 
concludis that the commissionaris of Edinburgh, Stry veling, Lynlythqw, 
Hadingtoun, and Dundie, Air, Perth, Abirdene, Sanctandrowis, or Coupar,, 
or ony four or sax of thame, with Edinburgh, grant and consent to sic 



Vnlawis. 



34 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

taxatiounis as salbe sett for the tyme be the remanent estaitis, for the 
Weill of oure Souerane Lord, and commoun weill of this realme ; and that 
the stent grantit for the pairt of the burrowis sett without the consent of 
the said toun of Edinburch the nomber foirsaid be of na strenth and 
effect without their presens as said is, thay being dewly requyrit thairto, 
and being requyrit and refusand to cum to the stent, sett be the vtharis 
to be sufficient. 

Item, Becaus be the small nombre of commissionaris off burrowis in 
thair generall conventionis, the principall caus concerning thair estait is 
ovirsene, diferrit and dilayit, to the greit hurt of thair commoun weill : 
For remeid quairof, the commissionaris presentlie convenit, statutis and 
ordanis, that all sic burrowis as hes been sufficientlie vaimit to haif 
comperit in this present conventioun, or that heirefter salbe vaimit, and 
hes not or dois not compeir, and in speciall, the burrowis eftir following^ 
that is to say, Dumbartan, Bugling, Dumfreis, Lanark, ledburch, Selkirk, 
Peblis, Northbervik, Lawder, Abirdene, Banff, Carreil, Forfar, Brechin, 
Monros, Elgyn, Culane, Forrest, Name, Thane, Djrsart, Kirkaldy, that 
of every ane of thame thair salbe vpliftit and tane the pane and vnlaw of 
X lib., but favouris, to be imbrocht to lames Ros thesaurar of Edinburgh, 
for all the townis absent on this syide of Forth, and be Alexander 
Scrimgeor of Dundie, of all the townis vpoun the coist syide, and benorth 
Forth. And the said lames Bos and Alexander Scrimgeor to caus 
letteris to be raisit for imbringing of the saidis panis and vnlawis, and 
thay or the commissionaris of Dundie to be haldin to mak payment and 
ansuer thairof in every conventioun, and to be accusable vpoun thair 
diligence. 

Item, It is statutit and ordanit, that all tymes giff ony firie burch of 
bS^ ^^ ^"^ *^ realme haif ado in law, the toun of Edinburgh and the haill vtheris 
burrowis of this realme sail fortifie, assist, concur, and supplie thame in 
thair actiounis lawfull, as neid sail requyre, swa that it salbe fundin that 
for the incress of amitie, luiff, and commoun welth of thair estaitt, thair 
lawfull actiounis, liberties and fredomes salbe tender and deir till vtharis, 
and of the "haill fauoris, and supportit as with the glory of God, commoun 
welth foirsaid, and the law sail aggre ; and becaus of the commoun con- 
traversie and questionis debetable amangis mony of the burrowis concern- 
ing thair saidis liberties, quhairby is not only greit hatrent, ungenerant. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 35 

contentionis, uid stryiff, bot alsua bayth tyme and guidis spendit in the 
law and vtherwayis ; For remeid quhairof, it is fundin guide be the saidis 
commiBsionaris that all actiounis amangis burrowis, not intentit or 
depending in the law, sail, befoir all proces or pley, be proponit in the 
generall conventionis of burro wis, and the samyn amieablie referrit to 
tbrie or four that salbe chosin be commouii consent to decyde thairintill, 
and the pairtyis oblissit to abyde at thair delyveraunce, without appella- 
tionn or reclamatioun ; and quha that refuisis the iudgis chosin, gevand 
thair aythis amicable to decyid as said is, but feid or favour, the pairty 
refusar salbe nocht of that nomber quhais mantenance may iustlie be 
cravit of the haill burrowis quhen thay haif ado. 

Item, The saidis commissionaris requeistis the nychtbouris of Edinburgh Sondayis mer- 
in the nixt assemblie of the Kirk to the remanent burrowis, desyring all °*^ 
Sondayis mercattis dischargit at kirkis ; in land wart, as thay ar aJreddy in 
the burrowis. And to that effect to giff command to the ministeris to 
discharge the samjn at thair kirkis ; faikeand that, the generall kirk be 
nocht offendit ; that sic vther burrowis as ar greitlie hurt thairby kep 
thair mercattis vpoun Sondayis, as thay had wont ; and this petitioun 
being of the kirk obtenit, desyris thair said nychtbouris of Edinburch to 
caus letteris to be raisit thairvpoun, and vpoun the actis of parliament, 
discharge all sic mercattis, and the samyn to be delyverit in every burch 
that is desyrous thairof 

Item, To remember to be proponit in the nixt assemblie, giflF, for Vnfre tounis. 
releiff of the decayit burrowis, the vnfre townis vpoun the coist syde salbe 
ressauit into the society of fire burrowis, to beir burding with thame 
or not. 

Item, In lyikmaner that it be proponit in the nixt assemblie, giff it RewMiuing of 
salbe for the commoun weill of merchandis that nane be ressauit in gyld giidbretiier. 
brothir bot sic as hes beine, or salbe, prenteissis be the space of zeiris 
to ane fre merchand, trafiquar of merchandice. 

Item, The commissionaris foirsaidis ordanis ane wry ting to be send to oonseruator. 
thair conseruator in Flanderis, gevand him thankis for his guid seruice, 
willing his continewance in hoip of rcM'^aird, and, forder, to desyir him to be 
at thair nixt conventioun of Dundie, bringand with him his comptes of 
bis taxatioun grantit to Edwart Lytill and vmquhil George Luiff And, 
in the meyntyme, dischargeing all sic dewtie fra ony forther vptaking of 
the saidis schippis be him or ony vther in his name. 



36 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Nixt Conven- 
tioiiiL 



Item, The haill commissionaris of burrowis efter subscryvand, ordanis 
thair nixt conventioun to be haldin at Dundie, the xv day of lulij nixto- 
cum, and ordanis the provest and bailies of the said toun of Dundie to 
direct thair letteris to the haill buiTOwis of this realme, aduertising thame 
of the said day and sett conventioun, willing thame to keip the sam jn be 
thair commissionaris, qualefeit men, merchandis, induellaris within thair 
townis, instructit with thair myndis of all sic things as dois conceme the 
merchandis estait, with thair consent to the alteratioun of the auld taxt 
rollis for relieff of decayit burrowis for cei*tane zeris to cum, with sic 
vther instructiounis as they sail think needfull, according to the auld 
ordour. And swa for this present, the saidis commissionaris concludis thair 
said conventioun, craving continewance of luiflF and charitie amangis 
thame selfis, humble and trew obedience to God and our vndoutit 
Souerane. And ratifiis and approvis all actis made in the conventiounis of 
befoir, be thir presentis subscryvit with thair handis, as efter foUowis. 
Sic aubacrihitury 



Nicolas Vdwart. 

Mr. lohnne Prestoun. 

Henry Neisbitt. 

Alexr. Guthrie. 

Robert Forest of Balquhan, 

provest. 
Williame Norwell. 
lohnne Leishman. 
Alexander Scrimgeor. 
lames Fynlasoun. 
Adame Hall of Fullair, comisr. 

of Eanfrew. 
lohnne Somervell be Alexander 

Guthrie. 
Nicol Thownis, comisr. 
Oliuer Peblis, dene of gild. 
George Elphinstoun, bailie, 
lames Flemyng. 
lohnne Lockart, provest of Air. 
lohnne Seytoun, comisr. of 

Hadingtoun. 



Williame Scott, bailie of Irre- 

wing. 
Robert Foirestar, bailie of Kir- 

kudbryt. 
Michaell M'Kracane. 
lohnne BoswelL 
Robert Pattouu. 
Williame Cudbert, provest of 

Innemes. 
Mr. Alexander Sybbald, com- 

issionar for Sanctandrs. 
Alexr. lamesoun. 
lohnne lamesoun for Cowpar. 
Dauid Persone and lohnne 

Tyrie for Aberbrothok. 
Patrik M'Gowane, provest of 

Quhithome. 
Moreis Lawder, bailie of Dum- 

bar. 
Alexander Kay, comissr. of 

Lynlytqw. 



Conve?ition of Royal Burghs. 37 

Decimo septimo mensis Octohris 1575. 

The quhilk day comperit the commissaris vnderwrittin, and brocht 
with thame thair commissionis, vnder the seillis of thair tovnis, as at the 
day appoyntit to convene in this burgh of Edinburgh : That ar to say, 
for the said burgh of Edinburgh, Nicolas Vduart, lames Eos, thesaurer 
of the said burgh, and Alexander Guthre, commoun dark, as commissaris 
thairof ; for Sterveling, Robert Forester, provest, and Ihonn Auchmowty ; 
for Dondie, lames Lovell, Robert Kyd ; for Glasqw, lames Flemyng and 
George Elphinstoun ; for Sanctandrois, Thomas Walwod ; for Cowper, 
Ihonn Jamesoun ; for Montros, Robert Gark ; for Dumfreis, Harbart 
Ranyne and Thomas M*Meneis ; for Air, George Hamyltoun ; for Had- 
ingtoun, Dauid Forrest and lohnn Seytoun, [the sowter repudiat] ; for 
Linlithqw, Alexander Ka, NicoU Tovnis ; for Wigtoun, Williame Gor- 
doun, Ihonn Martyne ; for Dunfermeling, Ihonn Boiswell ; for Craill, 
Ihonn Lesselis, Ihonn Bousy ; for Lawder, Gilbert Lawder ; for Kingome, 
Ihonn Kirkcaldy, Robert Cunynghame, lames Logane ; for Dumbar, 
Cuthbert Kelly; for ledburch, the provest commissioun gevin to Edinburgh. 

The commissaris abouewrittin, knawing the haill burrowis of this Bouizeoun. 
realme to be vnder summondis for non payment of the bouizeoun thir many 
zeris past, contenit in the actis of parliament. And foirseing the daj-nger 
that maye follow thairvpoun gif the mair hastie ordour be nocht talking 
with my Lord Regentis Grace : For the mair haistie remeid thairof, they 
all in ane voce concludis and delyueiis that they will delyuer to his grace 
for thame selues, haill burrowis of this realme, the sovme of ten thousand 
merkis — ^the ane half thairof at Whitsonday nixt, the vther half betuix 
and Mertymes nixt thairefter, for discharge of all thing that may be laid 
to thair chargis concerning the said bouizeoun for all zeris past and in- 
during owre souerane lordis les age Jind his" regiment. And to mak and 
geve this offer to his Grace, they nominat thair belufit nychtbour lames 
Ross, thesaurer of Edinburgh, Alexander Guthre, commoun dark, 
Robert Forest, provest of Stirveling, and Robert Kyd, commissar of 
Dondie, Promesand ferme and stabill to abyde at this direction of X™ 
merkis^ the premisis grantit. Quhilkis personis incontinent past to my 
Lord Regentis Grace and offerit the saidis X™ merkis for the caussis aboue 
writtin, and his grace refusit the samyn. 



38 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

xxvij^ Octobris 1575. 

The quhilik day, in presence of the commissaris before writin, and 
maist pairt of the substantious merchanttis of this burch of Edinburch, 
comperit Maister George Hacquet, conseruitour, and efter lang resonyng 
Wrvti to th ^^ ^^^ eflFaris and troublis presentlie in Flandaris hurtfull to the estait of 
Conseruatour merchanttis, he proudicit the Avriting efter following, send to him furth 
n e B, ^£ this realme, frome the last conventioun of burrowis haldin at Striueling 
— willing the samyn to be ressonit, considerrit, thairefber to be registrat 
in this conventioun buke, and ordour to be taikin concemyng thair 
promissis and rewaird thairintill contenit, and to gyf him thair ansuer. 
Tlie writing beginning this : Rycht honorabill, Efter allhartlie commenda- 
tioun in this oure conventioun haldin at Striueling, zour lettir, resauit 
frome oure nychtbouris the commissaris of Edinburgh, the samyn being 
red and considderrit, we all togidder do acknaulege zour stedable and 
gude seruice, and do esteme zow thairfor worthye of rewaird, quhUk, God 
willing, sail be sufficientlie prouidit for zow, and sould haue taikin effect 
at this present conventioun, gif we had bene of full nomber or the maist 
pairt of burrowis convenit. We have set ane new conventioun to be 
haldin at Dondie, the xvth day of lulij nixt, at the quhilk day, gif ze 
may gudelie, we pray zow be with us, nocht onlie for zour awin com- 
moditie, bot for zour counsall to be had in sic thingis as we have ado in 
the pairtis quhair ze ar ; and in the menetyme wiUis zow to tak in gude 
pairt this dilay of tyme. Ze sail wit that it is iugit be the maist pairt 
of oure nomber at this present, that the sovme grantit to Eduard littill 
and vmqhill George Lufe is, with the mair, collectit alraddy, as oure 
nychtbouris of Edinburgh wrait to zow of befoir. Quhairfoir we will that 
na sic dewtie be forther claimit or vptakin of owre schippis, and dis- 
chargis the samyn vnto oure nixt conventioun, at quhat tyme we luke 
for zow, as said is, with zour comptes of the collection. And sua for 
this present, desyring zour continniance in gude seruice, the Lord be with 
zow. Off Striveling this xxviij of October 1 574. Etsic subscribitur be 
zour friendis, the commissaris of burrowis, subscryvit be the clark of 
oure conventioun, at oure commandis, — Johannes Graham clericus curie 
burgi de Streveling, etc. 



CanvefUion of Royal Burghs, 39 

Die quinto mensis Nouembris j™ v^ lxxv°. 

The quhilk day the maist pairt of the coinmissaris of burrowis in this 
thair present conventioun, haJdin at Edinburgh, and begun the day aboue 
writtin, with the avyse and consent of the multitude of tlie principall ^°"* 
merchandis of the said burgh of Edinburgh, — efter lang resonyng vj>on 
the troubilsum estait in Flanderis, quhair sumtyme was thair commoun 
tred, and now considering the same at this present nowyes abill to be 
sustenit without the laubouris, paynis, and greit travell of the Rycht 
honorabill Maister George Hacket thair conseruatour, be quhais avyse and 
oounsall thay have taikin sic ordour at this tyme as maist liklie is to be 
observed uid followit, as at ferther lenth is contenit in certane articles 
interchangeablie subscryvit betuix thame and thair said conseruatour, by 
and attour thair privileges of auld, — and considering his paynis and 
laubouris to be greit, in respect of the dangerous tymes, as said is, Thay 
all in ane voce liberally, frielie, and of gude will, grantis, gevis, and 
disponis to thair said cbnseruator, for sustenyng of his honorable chairges, 
ane schilling greit of euery sek of thair gudes that sail ary ve within the 
pairtis of Manderis, by and attour the twa stures of the sek quhilk is 
his dewtie of auld ; the first payment thairof to be begyn and taikin vp 
of the schippis and gudes that first sail aryve to the saidis pairtis of 
Flanderis, and fira thyne to endure to the feist of Witsonday in the zeir of 
God, i°^ v° thre scoir sevintene zeris, and fra thyne to ceis and expire and 
be of ane effect, without the new consent of the burrowis of the rcalme, or 
maist pairt thairof in maner foirsaid, be had and obtenit thairto. And 
ordainis the said Maister George to poynd, areist, and distrenzie at his 
plesour, be himself and his officiaris, thairfoir, sa oft as neid sail requyre. 
In witnessing heirof the sadis commissionaris and merchantis hes causit 
this present, autentikly extractit be Alexander Guthre, commoun dark 
of the said burgh, vnder his signe and subscription manuell, to be 
delyuerit to the said Conseruatour. 

Followis certane articles gevin to the said Conseruator be the Articuiosti)tho 
saidis commissaris, quhilkis thay adione to him to be obseniit and °'^™* *^"'^* 
kepit in tymes cuming, for the weill of the haill merchantis of 
this realme, quhilkis thay ordane him to subscrjrve, and the 



40 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

said Alexander Gutbre to geve him the copy thairof for his 
warrand. 

Item, That the said Conseruatour, in quhatsumeuir pairtis of Flanderis 
within the boundis of his office, quhair it sail happin the merchantis of 
this realme, skipperis, marinaris, thair schippes and gudes to be in 
danger, for quhatsumeuir occasion, that he sail, at the vttermest of his 
powar, travell and mak laubouris for thair ayde and relief, vpon thair 
resonabil chairgis, according to his accustomat ordour. 

Item, He sail do exact diligence throw all the pairtis of Flanderis 
quhair it salbe possibill to him to travell, for tryall of the fels cunzie 
bfocht in this realme, and of the bringaris thairof, sua that the merchantis 
of gude name and honestie may be dischargit of sclander brocht vpoun 
thame, and the gilty made knawin, and thair names gevin to oure 
Souerane Lordis Aduocat. 

Item, He sail suffer na maner of personis bant nor vse the tred of 
merchandis in the pairtis foirsaidis, bot sic as ar fre merchantis, knawn to 
him of fame and honestie, and bringand with thame the testimonial of 
thair fredome and licence to saill frome ane frie port or hawin quhair 
thay inbark, vnder the subscription of the iuge of the poirt ; and that na 
mairinar, nor na vther, transport ony stapill gudes, nor vther merchandise, 
vnder pretence of thair awin or vtheris. 

Item, That he salbe present at the loissing of euery schip be himself or 
his speciall seruand, for quhome he salbe haldin to ansuer, incais ony 
forboidin gudes pertenying to merchant, marinar, or ony vther, be found 
or apprehendit thairintill ; the quhilkis gudes he sail keip vndisponit 
quhill aduerteisement heirof, and of the awneris of the samyn, be maid to 
oure Souerane Lordis Thesaurer or Aduocat. 

Item, he sail keip, and cause be keipit, all and syndry the actis, statutis, 
and privileges gran tit to oure nation, contenit in his commissioun of auld, 
and siclike to cause and compell oure said natioun to obserue and- keip 
all the auncient statutis iniunct to thame, for honestie and commenda- 
tion of this realme. 

Item, That thair be summer iustice betuix merchant factouris and 
marinaris, or vtheris to quhome he is iuge, and cause executioun of his 
decreitis be had with expeditioun, but dilay. 

Item, Incais ony factour appeill frome the iugement of the said 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 41 

Conseruatour, this factour to be dischargit be him of all factoury witli 
cure natioun ; and in lykemaner the merchantis dischargit of all haifing 
ado with him. 

Item, That the factouris be nocht assissouris, nor sit in iugement with 
the said conseruatour, becaus commounlie thay ar pairty to the mer- 
chantis, and thairfoir, in tyme of neid, he adione with him the maist 
discreit merchantis, that salbe ^urgit of affection or particularitie, and vse 
the counsall of sic, and nocht of the saidis factouris. 

Item, That the said Conseruatour, be himself, nor nane in his name, 
by ony foirbodin gudes cummand furth of this realme, bot, according to 
the actis befoir, escheit the samyn, and male compte thairof as said is; 
and gif ony sic beis fundin with him or his, to be accusit thairof as 
brekaris of the lawis and statutis maid be oure Soueranis of gude mynde 
that restis with God. 



Apud Edinburgh xof die mensis Januarij 1575. 

The quhilk day, in the convention of burro wis appoyntit to be haldin 
at this burgh of Edinburgh, the xx** day of Januar J^ v^, thre scoir fy ve- 
tene zeris, for taking of ordour with my Lord Regentis Grace concerning the 
boulzeoun, comperit the commissaris of burrowis vnderwrittin, havand 
with thame thair commissionis, vnder the seillis of thair tovnis, to the 
effect following : That ar to say. For Edinburgh, Ihonn Arnott, Robert 
Kar, bailies, lames Ros and Ihonn Robertson of the counsall, or ony thrie 
of thame ; for Stirveling, Ihonn Auchmowty and Andrew Cowan ; for 
Dondie, Richart Blythe and Peter Clahillis ; for Perth, Williaine Flem- 
yng ; for Cowper, Ihonn Patersoun, provest, and Paitrik Glasfurde ; for 
Carraill, WiUiame Annand ; for Anstruther, Ihonn Anstruther ; for Mon- 
tros, Robert Leighton and Robert Clark ; for Hadingtoun, Robert Nesbet 
and^Ihonn Aytoun ; for Dumbar, Williame Bonkill ; for Dunfermeling, 
Alexander Nicoll ; for Wigtoun, Williame Gordoun and Ihonn Martyne ; 
for Kirkcudbrycht, lames Makcartnay ; for Dumbartan, Ihonn Hardrig ; 
for Lawder, Andro Lawder ; for Aberbrothok, Dauid Peirsoun. 



42 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Vigesimo tertio January 1575. 

The commissaris foirsaidis, efter lang reselling vpoun the action of 
lommiseioun bulzcoun, findis nocht gude to enter in the law with my Lord Begentis 
be Uo^eoun^ Grace concerning the said actioun, bot rather to seik and crave of his 
Grace sum i-esonabill composition to be grantit to thame for the said bool- 
zeoun for all tymes bypast and dureing tUe tyme of his regiment ; And 
to this effect thay nominat the personis following to pas to his Grace, and 
enter in resoning with him, and to report thair ansuer the mom, viz., 
Ihonn Arnott, Robert Rar and lames Ros foir Edinburgh ; Richart 
Blythe and Peter Clayhillis, commissaris for Dondie ; Williame Flemyng, 
commissar for Perth ; Ihonn Patersoun and Patrik Glasfurde, commissaris 
for Cowpar ; Ihonn Auchmowty and Andrew Cowan, commissaris for 
Stirveling ; Robert Leychtoun and Robert Clark, commissaris of Montros; 
to quhome, or ony sax of thame, thay geve full power and commissioon 
for thame selues and the haill burrowis of this realme, with my Lord 
Regentis Grace, compositioun to mak, sovmes of money to offer, dayes of 
payment to grant and set, for discharge of the boulzeoun, as said is, and 
all and syndry vther thingis to do thairanent that thay micht do thame 
selues gif thay war present in proper persoun ; promesand ferme and stabill, 
haldand and for to hald, etc 



Vigesimo sexto Januarij 1575. 

Granting of "^^^ quhilk day the personis abouewrittin, according to the commis- 

'» ^?**^? sioun gevin to thame, efter lang resonyng with my Lord Regentis Grace, 
ouizeon. grantis and consentis to geve to his Grace the sovme of ten thousand 
poundis for discharge of the bulzeoun bygane and during the tyme of his 
Grace regiment, and in houpe of his Grace favouris and manteinance of 
the libarties of burrowis in tyme cuming, to be payit at the termes fol- 
lowing, viz., the ane half thairof at the feist of Witsonday'in the zeir of 
God j"^ v° threscoir saxtene zeris, the vther half at the feist of Mertymes 
nixt thairefber. Quhilk offer acceptit of his grace, the saidis haill com- 
missionaris ratefeis and apprevis the samyn, and ordanis ane taxatioun to 
be bett heirfoir, to be vplifled of the haill burrowis of this realme, regalities. 



ConveiUion of Royal BurghH. 43 

and vtheris, but exception of pereonis that traffecquis and vsis mei-chan- 
dise. And this taxatioun to be sett efler tlie chakker and custome rollis 
of euery burgh, tovne, or sea poirt, quhair trafficquaris hantes or bes thair 
remaning. And for setting of Uiis extent according to the saidis rollis, 
knawl^e and gude conscience, thay nominat Ihonn Arnott, Robert Kar, 
lames Ros, commissaris for Edinburgh, or ony twa of thame ; Eichart 
Blythe, Peter Clayhillis, commissaris of Dondy, or ony ane of thame ; 
Williame Flemyng, commissar of Perth ; Ihonn Patersoun, Patrik Glas- 
fiirde, commissaris of Cowper, or ony ane of thame ; Ihonn Auchmowty, 
Androw Cowane, commissaris of Stirveling, or ony ane of tham ; Robert 
dark, Robert Lychtoun, commissaris of Montros, or ony ane of thame ; 
Ihonn Aytoun, Robert Nesbett, commissaris of Hadingtoun, or ony ane 
of thame. Quhilkis persones salbe swome the said extent to sett con- 
forme to the saidis custome roUis, thair knawlege and gude conscience, 
but feid or fauour, and the burding heirof vpoun thame to accept. 



Vigesimo septimo Jannarij 1575. 

The saidis commissaris, efter lang resoning, as said is, Findis that this 
extent of ten thousand pundis can nocht gudlie be set at this present in nurrowist<i 
defalt of the custome rollis and custome bukes of the tovnis, burro wis, »«°d the cus- 
and portis foirsaidis, and thairfoir continewis this thair convention and Betting of tho 
forther proceeding hereintill to the feird day of Marche nixttocum ; and ^Jjz^un.^* 
ordanis letteris to be direct to the haill burro wis of this realme to send 
thair speciall commissaris, with thair ampill commissionis and custome 
rollis and bukes, to this burgh of Edinburgh, the said feird day of Merche, 
for setting of the said extent, and that the provest and baillies of Edin- 
burgh send speciall letteris to all pairtis neidful for keping of the said day 
and setting of the said extent, w^ith certificatioun to thame that dois 
nocht compeir the commissaris comperand will sett the said extent vpoun 
thame for thair pairtis according to thair knawlege and conscience, and 
will purches and obtene letteris of homing or poynding vpoun the non 
comperaris for obedience and payment of thair pairtis as they salhappin 
to be sett ; and quhat expensis salhappin the provest and baillies of Edin- 
burgh, or Uiair thesaurer salhappin deburs in obtening of letteris directing 



44 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

of missiues or vtherwayes in this actioun, the saidis commisRaris oblissis 
tharae and thair burrowis to refound and pay the samyn agane to the 
said thesaurer of Edinburgh, euery burgh according to thair pairtis, 
togiddir with the expensis debursit for conveuyng the commissaris to the 
samyn effect, the xvij of October last, and failing theirof, consentis and 
grantis that letteris of poynding or horning be raisit on thame and thair 
burrowis for the samyn. 
Ab°f ^ r*k-' "^^^^ samyn day, anent the actioun debatabill in the law betuix the 
customiB. tovne of Abirbrothok, Dondy, and Perth, tuyching the pittecustum of the 
said tovne of Abirbrothok, the commissaris of the saidis tovnes referis the 
mater to be decydit at the nixt conventioun of burrowis be the com- 
missaris that salhappin convene for the tyme. In the menetyme, the 
saidis commissaris of Dondy and Perth oblesis thame that na customes 
salbe acclamit of the inhabitantis of Abirbrothok, and baith the pairties 
askit instrumentis. 
ProtoRtatioun Th.e samyn day Ihonn Anstruther, commissar of Anstruther, askit in- 
^ ^^' stni mentis of the acceptatioun of him and his commissioun, and that he 
glaidlie consentit, as commissar foirsaid, to beir burding with the 
remanent burrowis in all thair resonabill effaires according to the habilitie 
of the inhabitantis of the said tovne of Anstruther, and protestit that 
this his acceptation n and admission be registrat in the conventioun buke 
of burrowis, and the extract gevin him thairof autentiklie vnder the signe 
and subscnptioun of the dark, vpoun his expensis, and Williame Annan, 
commissar of Carraill disassentit. 
Letteris to tho The samyn day the saidis commissaris vnderstanding the seals to be 
replenischit with piratis and sea revaris, and in speciall with Flessingaris 
and. vtheris vnder the Prince of Orange dominioun'; quhairfoir thay 
ordaine letteris to be sent to the said Prince, with Captaine Balfour, 
Coronall, desyring him to put sic ordour to his pepill as oure natioun be 
nocht trublitt be thame in tymes cuming, and to will the said Prince to 
send his ansuer to the provest and baillies of Edinburgh. 

Iti-im, Thay statute and ordanes, and for ane generale law to be keipit 

TuichiDg tho in all tymes cuming concludes, that incais ony schippis be pilleitt the 

MhippL *^ gudes saiff sail contribute scatt and loitt for the relief of the personis 

dampnefeit, bay th schip and gudes according to thair wairing ; and gif 

neid beis, ordainis the magistratis of the poirtis within this realme 



Coiivention of Royal Burghs. 45 

quhair the saidis schippis sail bappin te ai-yve, to sett ane scatt and 
extentt for releif of the persoiiis dampnefeit as said is, and to arreist 
poynd or comprise the schippis and gudes of thame that refusis for 
obejring of the said scatt, euery man according to his pairt as he sail be 
sett, and the samyn ordour to be kepit anent the gudes casten for saiftie 
of lyfe and gudes vpoun commoun consent. 

Robert Ker, I. Anstruther, Notar Commissar of 

Wilzeam Flemying. Anstruther. 

Ihon Aytoun. Andro Lauder be Alexr. Guthrie. 

Robert Nysbet be Alexr. Guthrie. Ihonn Auchtmowty for Sterllyng. 

WiUiame Bonkle,Commissionarof Richarde Blyth. 
Dumbar. Peter Clayhillis. 



The Conventioun of Burrois haldln at Edinhurch the feird 
day of Merche^ /*" V Ixxv, etc. 

Apud Edinburgh, viij*^ Martij 1575 : — The quhilk* day the commis- 
aris efter subscryvand ratefeis and approvis thair actis and statutis maid p*^^ *"*" 
in thair last conventioun, haldin at the said burgh of Edinburgh the 
xxth day of Januar last bypast, and eikis to the aucht personis nominat 
in the said last conventioun for setting and extenting of the haill bur- 
rowis and traffecquaris of this realine, for payment of the contributioun 
of ten thousand pundis grantit to my Lord Regentis Grace, for discharge 
of the boulzeon, Maister George lohnnstoun, commisar of Abirdene, and 
George Elphinestoun commisar of Glasqw. And the saidis haill commis- 
saris taking the burding on thame, for thamselues, thair tovnis, and 
occupearis thairof, bynds and oblesis thame and thair saidis tovnes to 
fulfill, obey, and cans be fulfillit, quhaisumeuer stentis or sovmes of money 
thay salbe sett to be the saidis ten pei-sonis or aucht of thame ; and ar 
content and conseutis taking the burding on thame as said is, that vpoun 
this present act and ordinance, lett^ris executoriallis of poynding or 
homing be obtentit befoir the Lordis of Secreitt Counsall or Sessioun, 



46 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

vpoun thame, thair saidis tovnes, occupearis thairof, and vtheris personis 
quhatsumeuer, to burgh or land, regalitie or ryaltie, that salbappin to be 
extentit be the saidis extentouris for the causis foirsaidis, and for the 
fulfilling, obeying, and keping of quhatsumeuer act or statute it salhappin 
thame to mak for the causis foirsaidis, and commoun weill of the bur- 
rowis of this realme ; gevand thame full commissioun thairto, promesand 
ferme and stabill haldand, and for to hald, all thingis neidfull ia the 
premissis, but reuocatioun or agane calling quhatsumuever. 
.i« cimze. The same day the commisaris foirsaidis, for talking away of the sclander 

and fouU brute raisit vpoun the burrowis of this realme for hamebringing 
of fals cunzie, and for eschewing of the danger the saidis burrowis ar into 
for careing away of talloun, flesche, and vther forbodin gudes, contrair to 
the actis of parliament, hes fund gude and concludis, that ane or ma pei^sonis, 
at the discretioun of the saidis extentouris, be send away to Flanderis or 
vtheris pairtis, quhair thay sail think gude, for tryall of the said faJs 
cunzie and hame bringaris thairof, as alsua for cersing and trying of the 
transportaris of the saidis forbodin gudes, vpoun the commoun charges by 
and attour the said extent of ten thousand pundis ; and the saidis haill 
commisaris bynds and oblesis thame to do thair exact diligence for tryell 
of the saidis offendarLs within the boundis of thair iurisdictions or vtheris 
places, quhair thay may gett knawledge, and to mak the provest, baiUies, 
and counsall of Edinburgh to be aduerteist thairof with diligence |K)S8ibill, 
incais of the absence of the saidis extentouris, and this aduerteisment to 
be maid betuix and the first day of August nixt. 

Followis the names of the saidis extentouris : — for Edinburgh, Robert 
Kar, Ihonn Amot, baillies, lames Eos, Ihonn Robertsoun, of the coun- 
sall, or ony twa of thame ; Dondie, Richart Blythe ; Perth, 
for Streveling, Williame Norowell, bailzie ; for Glasqw, George Elphing- 
stoun ; for Abirdene, Maister George lohnnstoun ; for Hadingtoun, Ihonn 
Carkettill ; for Cowper, Patrik Glasfurde ; for Montros, Robert Clark. 

«ptAtioimof The same day the extentouris present hes acceptit the burding of the 

lett ^he°ex- Setting of this extent on thame, and hes gevin thair aythis, without r^aird 

jt of the of thair a win pai'ticularis, according to thair knawlege and conscience, to 

set the samyn, and hes promeist euery day to convene be vij houris in the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 47 

morning, and remaine quhill x or xi bouris, and fra ane efber none quhill 
iiij efler none, or langer at thair plesour. 

The haill commisaris of burrowis foirsaidis, decemis and concludis that Appointing of 
the ordour of this extent gall nocbt be obseruit in tyme earning, naither *enUoun*^'*" 
be ane privilege to ony vnfrieman, or ony vnfrie tovne heirefter, and 
ordainis ane new coventioun to be sett and haldin at the tovne of Dondie, 
the day of nixttoccum, and the commiBsaris of Edinburgh 

to bring with thame the auld extent rollis, for reformatioun of the extentis, 
conforme to the actis and statutes maid of befoir, and to wryte to euery 
burgh for tryell of the hamebringaris of fals cunzie, and transportaris of 
forbodin gudes. 

Robert Ker. lohne Lowth. 

lohnne Arnote. Herbert Ranyng. 

lames Lowell. Dauid Peirsone. 

Maister George lohnston. Patrik Glasfurd. 

Wm. NorwelL lohnne OarkettilL 

George Elphynstoun. Robert Pryd. 

Richarde Blytha George Hamyltoun. 

Thomas Andersona Robert Pattoun. 

WiUiame Bonkle. Tames Mwriesoun. 

Thomas MychelL Dauid Clark. 

la Bannatjme. 

Alexander Ka, for linlythqw ; Ihonn Lindesay for Glasqw ; Alexander 
Scot for Banf ; Nychole laksoun for Renfrew, with oure handis, led at 
the pen be Alexander Guthre, noter, at oure command. 

A. Guthre. 

Walter Scot, Wrytar in Edinburgh. lamus Twedy. 

Robert Cunningaym. lohnne Anstruther, commisar. 

Robert Clark. Mr. Williame Broun, Commissar of 

lamis Thayne. Pittinweme. 

Wellzem Gordoun. 

FoLLOWis the copy of the extent roll, for payment of the sovmes 
grantit to my Lord Regentis Grace, for discharge of the bul- 
zeoun, for the charges of men to be send in Flanderis, for 
tryell of the falis cunzie, and for recompance of the expensis 
debursit and to be debursit for ingathering of the same. 



48 



Convention of Eoyal Burghs. 



Edinburgh, iiij™ij<^lxxxx lib. 
Dondie, j'^i^^vii lib. vij s. j d. 
Perth, viij^xxviij lib. ij. s. 
Abirdene, vj^iiij**xix lib. xviij s. 
Air, iij^lvij lib. x s. 
Glasqw, iij^ij lib. x s. 
Sanctandrois, iij^xxx lib. 
Striueling, j<^lxxxxij. lib. x s. 
Disart, ij^lij lib. xix s. 
Kircaldie, ij^xx lib. 
Pettinweme, j^xxxvij. lib. x s. 
Craill, j^xxxvij lib. x. a. 
Anstruther on the eist syde of the 

burn, j^xv lib. x. s. 
Anstruther on the wests yde of the 

burn, Ixxiiij lib. v. s. 
Sanctmynanis, iiij^^ij lib. xs. 
Cowpar, Ixviij lib. xv s. 
Montros, j^xvij lib. v. s. vj d. 
Erowene, iiij^^xiiij lib. x s. 
Leith on the south syde of the brig, 

Ixvj lib. 
Cannogait and Leith on the north 

syde of the brig, vj'^^xvij lib. x s. 
Innernes, j*^x lib. 
Elgene, Ixxxij lib. x s. 
Bruntiland, xxxiij lib. 
Prestoun and Prestounpanis, iiij**ij 

lib. X s. 
Dunfreis, j*^lxxxxij lib. x s. 
Linlithqu, Ixviij lib. xv s. 
Hadingtoun, Ixxiij lib. ix s. 
Selkirk, xxij lib. 

Somma, xj"^ 



Lanairk, xxiiij lib. xv a 

Peiblis, XXXV Ub. xvij a 

Abirbrothok, xviij lib. vj a viij d. 

Dunibar, xxvij lib. x a 

Jedburgh, xxxvi lib. xiiij a 

Wigtoun, xxvij lib. x a 

Dumbartan, xxvij lib. x a 

Kirkcudbricht, xxxv. lib. xvij a 

Culros, xxvij lib. x a 

Dunfermeling, xx lib. 

Quenis ferrie, xviij lib. yj a viij d. 

Innerkething, xj lib. 

Kingorn, xliiij lib. 

Banff, xxvij lib. x s. 

Forfar, xj lib. 

Brichan, Iv lib. 

Wester Wemys, xvi lib. x s. 

Forres, xxvij lib. x s. 

Fersoche, Iv lib. 

Weik, xxvij lib. x a 

Dornoch e, v lib. x a 

Abirnethie, v lib. xiij s. 

Kelsow, xxxiij lib. 

Dalkeith, xj lib. 

Annan, xj Ub. 

Renfrew, xj lib. 

Quhithom, xiij lib. xv s. 

Northbervik, viij lib. v s. 

Lawder, xj lib. 

Name, v lib. x s. 

Crummatie, viij lib. v a 

Thaine, viij lib. v a 

Chanonrie of Ros, vi lib. 

lib. xiiij. a 



ConveffiUon of Royal Burghs. 49 

xvij*^ Martij 1575. 

The quhilk day the commiflaris and extentouris foirsaidis, ratefeis and 
apprevis the extent befoir writtin, and for collectioun thairof nominatis 
Mongow Russell, thesanrer, burges of Edinburgh, together with powar to 
him to dispone thairvpoun, conforme to the directioun ellis gevin and to 
be gevin to him be the saidis commisaris. And sua for this present 
desoluis this thair conventioun to the day contenit in the act befoir 
writtin. 

lohnne Amote. Robert Ker. 

Richarde Blytha Maister George lohnstoun. 

George Elphinstoun. Wm. Norwell. 

Patrik Glasfurd. Robert Clark. 

lohnne Carkettill. 



The conventioun of burrowis, haldin at Edinburgh the 
xxiiij of Apprih \bll^ for suting of redres of the 
guddis pylleit he the pyrattis of Ingland. 

The quhilk day comperit in the Tolbuyth of this burch of Edinburch, 
Adam Foullertoun and lohnne Amot commissaris for the burch foirsaid, 
Richert Blythe and Patrik Clayhillis for Dunde ; Forster, prouest 

of Striueling ; lames Cokburri, thesaurer of Haddingtoun ; lames Bowsy, 
for Craill ; Andro Lauder for Lauder ; 



Q 



50 • Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Tertio Maij 1577. 

Sending of ''^^ quliilk day, George Douglas of Parkheid, provest of the burgh of 
^ri""to^*T d ^*^^^l^"^g^» Robert Kar, zoungar, Maister lohnn Marioribankis, lames 
for stoying of Adamsouu, Maister Michaell Chesliolme, Mungow Russell, lohnn Amott, 
pirattis. Robert Kar, elder, Adam FouUartoun, Alexander Barclay, and James 

Zoungof the Counsall ; together with Richarde Blythe, Thomas Dauidsoun 
and Peter Clayhillis for Dondie ; lohnn Hacquet, for Kirkcaldy ; Maister 
George lohnstoun for Abirdene ; Robert Forester, provest of Striveling, 
for Striveling ; lames Cokbum for Hadingtoun ; Androw Lawder, for 
Lawder ; and lohnn Bowsy, for Craill. Fyndis that Adam FouUertoun 
be dispeschit with all jdiligence to Ingland, for suting of redres of the 
schippis and gudes pilleit be the Inglischmen fra the merchantis of this 
realme, and tliat thairfoir thair be ane extent of tuelf hundreth merkis 
sett to be vplifted of the haill burrowis of this realme, viz : nyne hundreth 
merkis thairof to be delyueiit to the said Adam, instantUe in hand, for 
making of his expenssLs, and ane hundreth and aucht merkis to pay for 
ane zeiris interest thairof, according to the raitt of tuelf for the hundreth, 
and the rest of the said sovme for ingathering thairof And gif there 
be ony superplus, mair nor makis the saidis expenssis, 'the tovne to be 
ansuerabill thairfoir gif the haill beis ingottin, and ordanis lames Ross, 
thesaurer, to aduance the said sovme of nyne hundreth merkis instanUie 
to the said Adam vpoun the interest foirsaid. 



Tertio Febrmi/ 1577. 



Commission- The quhilk day, in the conventioun haldin at Edinburch the day 

•ri»D*mis. aboue writtin, comperit the commissaris efter following, and producit 

thair commissionis, Villiam Norwell for Striueling ; lames Ros, thesaurer 

of Edinburch, Henry Nysebet, lohnne Amot, Maister lohnne Prestoun, 

for Edinburch ; Richert Fyscher, for Dunbar ; for Dunfermeling, Robert 



Co7iventio7i of Royal Burghs. 51 

Pantoun ; Maister Thomas Forret, for Craill ; for Perth, Dyonece Con- 
queror, baillie ; Henry Adamsoun, for Dundie ; Alexander Skrymgeour, 
William Man for Sanctandrois ; lames Smyth for Linlythqw ; Alexander 
Kar, Patrik Seller, for Abirdene ; Maister George Ihonnstoun, and the 
prouest for Glasqw, George Elphinstoua 



xij^ February anno i)rediet<). 

The quhilk day the commissaris befoir writin, vnderstanding the causse CommwMon- 
of this conventioun to be for ordoure to be taikin tuiching the placeing of deria. 
the stapill in the pairttis of Flanderis, at the desyre of my Lord Regentis 
Grace, for the caussis contenit in the missivis direct to thame from this 
burch of Edinburch, xviij*^ Decembris, anno predicto. Efler lang avise- 
ment and ressonyng with my said Lord Regentis Grace, and disputatioun 
amangis theme selues, it is concludit that nocht onlie for the commoun 
Weill of the merchant estait and honestie of the natioun, bot alsua for 
the bundin dewtie and ol>edience aiicht to oure Souerane Lord, in 
obseruing of his Hienes lawis statutes and ordinances, maid tuyching the 
careing away of forbodin gudes to the greit hurt and preiudice of his 
Hienes customes, and commoun weill as said is, that thair be electit and 
chosin sum speciall man of honestie, gude fame and vnderstanding, to be 
sentt with ampill and full commissioun to the pairtis of Flanderis, sic as 
Antuerp, Campheir, Bruges, Berry, Middilburgh, and vther places neidful, 
to enter in commoniug with the principallis of the tovnis foirsaidis 
tuyching the said staipill, and with thir commissionis to tak with thame 
my said Lord Regentis Grace wrytingis in thair fauouris, together with 
his Hienes instructionis and informationis, and ouris the saidis commisaris, 
be the quhilkis thay salbe rowlit and ordourit, keping the samyn for 
thair warrand. 

Item, that the conseruatour, qha is now present in this realme, becaus Oonaeruatour. 
be the authoritie of his oflBce he is knawing to be ane man, abill and 
qualefeit to be helpful in this actioun, addres him to depairt with the 
said commissioner, and assist and ayde him be his counsall and credite, 
for furthering of the purpois in placeing of the said stapill in place maist 
commodious, and appeamnd proffitabill for the honour of the natioun 



52 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

and commoun weill of this realme ; for the quhilk cause it is concludit, 
statute and ordainit be the commissaris of burrowis foirsaidis, tliat the 
augmentatioun of sex stures of the sek grantit to the said conseruatour, by 
and attour the twa stures of auld, in the moneth of Nouember 1575, 
continow and indure to be vptaikin of euery sek of all manner of gudes 
pertening to Seottismen, alsueill cuming from Flanderis as vtherwayes, 
vnto sic tyme it salhappin the saidis burrowis in generall conventioun 
discharge him of tlie samyn. And this present ordinance to tak effect 
and be obeyit in all poyntis conforme to the said ordinance in Nouember, 
as said is. 
mMo^T^to Item, It is concludit and ordanit that for sustening of the said 
Fiauderis. commissioner that salbe send to the pairtis of Flanderis forsaidis, thair 
sail be vpliftit and gadderoit the sowme of fourtye pundis greit, in maner 
as folio wis, viz : — that samekle be taikin of the sek, bayth of merchanttis 
guddis and marineris fi-aucht of euery sek of guddis, quhill the said 
sowme be payit, or vtherwayis to aggre with sum particular man that will 
deburse the said sovme, and to gyf him xij nobillis, viz: tua hundreth 
and fourtye pundis Scottis thaiifoir betuix and Witsounday ; and further 
granttis that ane taxatioun be lyftit for payment thairof, and euerye 
burch to send thair aw in paii-t to ane of the baillies of Edinburch, and 
that becaus the saidis commissaris referris the qualificatioun, fame and 
honestie of the man that salbe send in commissioun to the provest, baillies, 
and counsale of the said burch of Edinburch. 

Item, Tlie xviij day of Fabruer, the provest, baillies, and counsale of 
Edinburcli being convenit in thair counsalhous, and efter ressonyng vpoun 
the qualificatioun of the man that salbe send in commissioun to Flandaris 
for placeing of thair stapill, thay nomiuat Nicholace Vddert, merchant, as 
maist meit, and ordanis him to be fumist for his charges conforme to the 
ordinance aboue writtin. 



Convention of Royal Burghs, 53 



In tJie parliament haldin at Striueling the xviij day of lulij 
P* P, thi^e score auchtene zeris. 

The quhilk day it is concludit be tlie commissaris of burrois, efter Discharge con- 
subscrivand, that the procuratioun and power obtenit be Maister George uJ^x gtur^^ 
Haquet, conseruatour, vnder the Greit Seill, for establishing of the stapill ^^ 
for the Scottis natioun in Flandaris, salbe presentlie be thame cansellit and 
brokin. 

Item, Decemis, concludis and ordanis, that myssiue letteris sail be direct 
be Edinbureh, Dunde, and Aberdene to the conseruatour, commanding 
him to desist and ceis fra forther vplifling or taikin of the sowme of sex 
stures of euer ilk sek of guddes grantit vnto him in the last conventioun 
of burrowis, to endure enduring thair willis, quhilk they discharge be thir 
presentis ; and incais the said conseruatour lift or cause be taikin ony 
pairt thairof efter he be dischargit be ony of the foirsaidis tovnis as said 
is, in that cais that he be persewit thairfoir at his nixt hamecuming in 
Scotland And gif mister be that he be warnit at the instance of ony 
person or personis quhome he sail preiuge, in this cais to ansuer accord- 
ing to the act of parliament. 

Item, Concludis decemis and ordanis that the staipill salbe transported RtapUiinthe 
to the tovne of Campfeir, and ordanis Henry Nesbett, burges of Edin- 
burgh, to pas with diligence vnto the said tovne, to confer with the 
magistratis and counsall thairof, and to conclude wnth thame vpon sic 
thingis as he sail think gude for the weill of the merchant estait, and to 
seik the counsall and assistance of my Lord Conseruatour and Alexander 
Segait to this ejBfect. And quhat the said Henry sail do herein, we bynd 
and obleiss us coniunctlie and seueralie to hald ferme and staibill be thir 
presentis. And ordanis the said Henry Nesbett to have to mak ane 
pairt of his charges the sovme of tuenty-four pundis greit, to be vplifted the sek. 
and tane of eueiy sek of gudes that sail cum in Flanderis, the sovme of 
ten stures, quhill the said sovme of xxiiij lib. greit be payit compleitlie ; 
and incais the said Henry be nocht thankfullie payit as said is, or that 
ony obstacle or impediment be maid to him, or ony in his name, in the 
ressait thairof, we the commissionaris, efter subscryuand, bindis and obleis- 
sis ws coniunctlie and seueralie to pay to the said Henry the sovme of 



54 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



sevin scoir fyve pundis Scottis money, at quhat tyme he or they sail re- 
quyre the sam, provyding alwayes the said Henry Nesbett produce the 
roll of ressait quhat salbe tane fra euery schip, gif ony be. 

Appoyntis the last day of October nixttocum to convene in the tovne 
of Dondie, to foirse sic thingis as salbe found gude for the weill of 
burrowis. 

Item, Decernis and ordanis that, in all conuentionis and parliamentis 
in tyme cuming, all the commissionaris of burrowis salbe convenit be the 
provest or commissionaris of the tovne quhair they sail convene, and 
thairefber sail pas altogether to the place appoynted for parliament or 
conventioun. Et sic subscnbitur, 
Alex^ Vduart. 

Robert Forester, provest of 
Sterling. 



Oliver Peiblis, dene of gild. 
Dioneis Conquerour, baillie for 

Perth. 
Alex' Anand. 

Alex' Scrymgeour, for Dondie. 
Gilbert Menzeis, of Petfoddelis. 
Ihonn Lokhart, provest of Air. 
Eduard Wallace, baillie of Air. 
lames Cokburn. 
lohnn Aytoun. 
Alex' Chalmer. 
lames Fleschour, commissioner 

for Coupar. 
Alex' Carstairis, commissionar 

for Sanctandrois. 
Richart Rutherfurd, provest of 

ledburgh. 



George Halywall, baillie in Sel- 
kirk. 
W™ Bonkill, commissionar of 

Dumbar. 
Androw Lawder, commissioner 

for Lawder. 
Gilbert Twedy, commissioner 

for Peiblis. 
Tliomas Lawder, commissionar 

for Northbervik. 
Richart Aleson, commissionar 

for ledburgh. 
Henry Nesbett. 
W™ Annand, commissionar for 

Craill. 
Dauid Mair. 
Hew Campbell, provest of 

Irowyne. 



This is the trew copy of the wryting producit be Henry Nesbett befoir 
the provest, baillies, mid counsall of the burgh of Edinburgh, efter his 
returning from Stirveling, quhairof he hes the principall himself: — 



Co7iventio?i of Royal Burghs. 55 

The copy of the commissioun send and granted to Henry Nesbet, for 
placing of the staipill in the Campfeir, baith in Scottis and 
Latene, quhairof the principallis ar sent to him as followis : — 
Amplissimis et nobilissimis dominis, consulibus, burgimagistris, scabinis, 
decarionibus aliisque judicibus et magistratibus ciuitatis Yerensis in 
Zelandia, amicis nobis charissimis, prepositus, balliui, et consules Edin- 
burgensis ciuitatis, in regno Scotie, salutem, cum mense lulio proxime 
preterito in vrbe Striuelingensi haberentur pene omnium huius regni 
ciuitatum publica comitia, que pro veteri nostro iure et consuetudine et 
priuelegijs a serenissimis huius regni principibus cuiusque ciuitatis 
ordini mercatorio concessis, per procuratores (quos burgorum eommissarios 
nominamus) sepius fieri solent, vt de rebus omnibus, que ad rem vtili- 
tatemque et commodum totius ordinis facere posse videbuntur, libere 
statuant et concludant, inter cetera, que his comitijs acta sunt de regni 
emporio in idoneo loco constituendo satis prolixa habita est disputatio 
tandem vero vestre ciuitatis incidit memoria cuius vetus amicitia inuio- 
lata, ac benevolentia que nobiscum retroactis temporibus cum summa 
animorum coniunctione intercessit emporium nostrum quod per hos ciuiles 
tumultus qui totam pene Flandriam iamdiu multumque obnoxiam tenue- 
runt incertis locis vagabatur in vestram ciuitatem solitam et antiquam 
sedem magno omnium consensu reuocauit, quo autem id possit commodius 
perfici, Henricum Nisbet mercatorem conciuem nostrum virum fide et 
probitate longoque rerum vsu satis commendatum hisce rebus tractarum 
abl^andum censuerunt — hunc itaque dictarum ciuitatum procuratores seu 
commissarii nobiscum, vna voce et consensu earum legitimum actorem, 
fiictorem, syndicum, commissarium specialem negotiorum gestorem con- 
stituerunt, nominarunt et elegerunt ei plenam potestatem facultatem et 
mandatum speciale concedentes tractandi deliberandi et vobiscum con- 
cludendi de hoc publico regni emporio in cuitate vestra constituendo, per 
id temporis spatium quod in articulis instructionibus seu directionibus 
hac de re iUi datis iniunctis et impositis continetur, atque etiam, vt im- 
munitates libertates et priuelegia nostro mercatorum ordini concessa 
renouanda postulet, que preterea vobis promissa impetret alique his 
maiora tutioraque quantum fieri possit addenda procuret sicut is a vobis 
petiturus est, in eamque rem securitates et cautiones ad certiorem pacto- 
rum fidem exigat et componat, et in genere vt ea anima dicat agat gerat 



56 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

et exerceat, ac que ad totius ordinis utilitaiem et commodum spectabuut, 
que ad officia procuratoris actons syndic! commissarii et negotiorum 
gestoris de jure pertinere noscuntur, queque ipsimet constituentes plenis- 
sima vti fuerant suarum ciuitatum authoritate instructi presentes agere 
facere possunt ratum gratum firmum et stabile id omnino habituri quod 
ab eo in premissis rite gestum fuerit, sub pena et obligatione omnium 
bonorum mobilium et immobilium presentium et futurorum — ^Volumua 
tamen vt is opem consilium et autlioritatem Magistri Georgii Hakkett 
priuelgiorum nostre gentis in Flandria vindicis et Alexandri Segat ciuis 
vestri imploret exigat et sequatur quantum publice cauSe inseruiant. In 
quorum omnium, etc. 

The provest, baillies, and counsaile off the burgh of Edinburgh in 
Scotland. To the mychtie and nobill lordis, burrow maisteris, judges, 
and maeistrates of the citie of Campfer in Zeland, willis guid health, For- 
samekill as in ane assemblie, maid and haldin in the towne of Striueling 
of the maist pairte of all the cities of this realme, in the moneth of Julij 
last bypast, be thair procuratouris lawfuUie constitute to that effect, 
quhilk ar commonlie callet the commissaris of burrois, conforme to the 
la wis and priueledges graunted be owre Souerane Loird the Kingis Maiestie 
to his lieges, callit the estait of merchandis, for reasonyng and concluding 
wpoun thingis concemyng thair commoun weill, quhair amongis vther 
thingis quhilk wes resonit, votit, and concludit in the said assemblie. 
That in respect off the auld freindschip lang and mutuall lowe haid betuix 
ws the merchand estait, and zow the inhabitantis of the towne of Camp- 
fer, to send this owre belouit nychtboure, Henry Nisbet, merchand, com- 
burges, and induellar of oure towne of Edinburgh, ane man of fame, 
honestie, and guid name, for placing of the commoun stapill of this realme 
with zone in the auld place, quhair it wes of befoir duiing the commis- 
sioun and space thairintill contenit, quhilk hes bene waquant and removet 
to syndrie places this tyme bypast, throwe the occasioun of the ciuill 
tumultis, quhairwyth the maist pairte of the cuntrie off Flanderis hes 
bene thir dyueris zeires occupiit to the huii of mony; to the quhilk 
Henry Nisbet, the saidis commissaris and we, all in ane voce, hes grauntet 
and givin full commissioun, with zowe the judges and magistrates of the 
said towne of Campfer to reasoun, treitt, and conclude wpoun the placing 
of the said stapill, and to that effect constitutis, makis, and nominatis 



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him oure factoure, actor, and special! erand berar, to quhome we have 
givia and graunted full and fiie power, spedall mandement, and charge, 
to do, awys, treitt, resone, and conclude the placing, establiasing, and 
oonseruing of the said stapill of the haill merchantis of this oure realme 
in the citie of Campfer, during the space contenit in the instructionis and 
directionis givin to him thairupoun, and to desyre all and syndrie the 
immunities and priveledges graunted to us of befoir, and vtheris to be 
Tenewet conforme to zoure promisis to be fulfiUit, augmentit as oure said 
commissioner sail require, and fynallie to desyre cautioun and all securi- 
ties for obseruing of the leag and band to be maid betuix ws ; and gene- 
rallie to do, say, vse, and exeroe all and syndrie thingis that may redund 
to the vtilitie of the commoun weill of the merchandis of this realme, and 
all that to the office of ane procuratour or commissioner of burgh, actor, 
&ctor, or spedall erand berar in sic caissis is knawin to appertene, quhilk 
the saidis haill commissaris of burrowis mycht do gif thai wer present 
thame selffis, haueand ftill power to that effect ; promisand ferme and 
stabill haldand, and for to hald, all and quhatsimieuer thingis the said 
Henry thair commissioner in the pi-emLsses thinkis neidfuU to be done, 
takand with him the help, counsale, and assistance of the Rycht Honora- 
bill Maister George Hakket, conseruatour and judge of oure natioun in 
the partis of Flanderis, with the heipe off Alexander Segait, zoure dtezane, 
in witness off the quhilk thing, etc. 

Instructiones off the thingis to be desyret of the magistrates off the 
towne off Campfer, for informatioun of Henry Nisbett, commis- 
sioner, direct thair for placing of the stapill in the said towne of 
Campfer, during the commissaris of burrois wiUis of this realme of 
Scotland. 
Item, In the first, to desyire that all priveledges and fredomes graunted 
to the stapill off Scotland of befoir in the said towne of Campfer, be the 
Erlis off Flanderis, Dukes of Brabant, Emperor Charlis the Fyft, his sone 
the King of Spaynie, and vtheris princes in the Low Cuntries, be ratifiet^ 
approwet, and of new graunted, obseruit, and keipit, without violatioun 
or diminutioun off ony pairte thairof 

Item, To desyire of new the redressing off thair townis and heidis, and 
marking off the beet deip for the mair assurit entrie of oure schippis. . 

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58 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Item, To haue ane place in the hawin for oure schippis to los and ladiu 
in ; or at the last, command givin to the key maister to mak place to 
oure schippis for lossing and ladnjmg, noctwithstanding the nummer of 
fyschearis being in the said hawin, sua that oure merchandis or marinellis 
haue na occasioun to enter in termes or contrauersie with the fyschearis, 
and als to se the schoir be weiU ordorit and reparit. 

Item, That ordour be taikin with the customer, that he submitt him 
self to the iudgment of the judges of the towne, incais of ony wariance 
betuix him and ony of oure natioun concemjmg thair customes. 

Item, That ane lyst be givin to the conseruatour be the customer off 
the dewtie off all sortis off geir, als reasonabill as it may be procurit. 

Item, That thair be procurit that ane place be designit for the payment 
of few custome, als weill for the incummyng of oure schippis 

as for the guidis bocht in Antuerp in the outpassing, that oure natioun 
may be fre for anis paying thair custome, and nocht compellit to pay 
tuys. 

Item, That oure natioun may be absoluit frome all kynd off conuoy 
gilt, als in the incummyng as the outpassing, and siclyke for this paying 
or ony other new toll sett on the guidis ; and incais ony new impost or 
taxatione be put, or heirefter salbe put on the guidis in incummyng or 
passing furth, that the said towne off Campfer salbe thair procurement 
mak the samyn fre and releis oure natioun thairof 

Item, Tliat ordour be taikin of the warkmen, awneris of sellaris, lofbis, 
pak-houssis, and wyth the skipperis of the schippis and hoyes for trans- 
porting of persones or guidis, and that the samyn pas be list and inuen- 
toure, subseryuit be deaconis of thair craftis and the towne, quhairof ane 
autentik copy salbe givin to oure conseruatour, and that for awoyding of 
all ewill consequence. 

Item, That guid ordour and competent waiges be appoyntit to the 
fyschearis and pylatis, incais oure natioun or particular suppost thairof 
haue to do for inbringing thair schippis outpassing or conuoying about 
the He. 

Item, That ze awys with the conseruatour, quhither it sail be maist 
commodious for oure natioun to haue sex houssis appoyntit to thame fre " 
of excis and all impost, alsweill auld as new, or to haue ane hous 
togidder, quhair thai all sail resort, referring to zour discretioun quhilk 



Convention of Royal Bui^ghs. ^ 59 

of thai tua salbe best, that ane ordour may be taikin quhat salbe payit 
for the melteth. 

Item, That the houssis of the factour, quhair oure natioun sail maist 
resort, sail be fre from ludging, and in commotatioun of soldiouris or men 
of weir. 

Item, That incais ony wariance betuix ony suppost of oure natioun 
and ane of the towne, or ony of the kingis subiectis, for ony ciuiU or 
criminall caus, that the conseruatour be callit to heir the reasonyng and 
alledgeanee of bay th the pairteis, and to give his opinioun, befoir defini- 
tive be pvin out, and that for keiping off preveledges in tbair awn 
integrite. 

Item, That in criminall actiones betuix the suppostis of oure ifatioun, 
the judges handis of Campfeir may be seeludit, and the decisioun and 
punischment thairof reseruit to oure conseruitour, lykas in all ciuill 
actionis the same is dew to him. 

Item, That ane place of puuischement or presone be appoyntet to the 
commandment of the said conseruatour, quliairintill he salbe obeyit 
alsweill for imputting as releiving, and that without ony knawledge or 
askyng at the baillie of scout, according to the auld custome. 

Item, That ane honorabill and commodious place be appoyntit for 
preching and prayeris, according to the religioun professet within this 
realma 

Item, Becaus off the ewiU air within the lill, ingenerit to the deid and 
loist of mony of oure natioun, quhilk be apperance saU gretumlie incres, 
incais the salt pannis in the feir be nocht remowit and taikin away, 
quhadrfoir ze sail desyire the samyn to be dimolisit. 

Item, That it be procurit to impetrat of the magistratis of Antuarp, 
tua or thre houssis, calUt hoist houssis, to be excist fre thair, and to 
desyire aJl preveledges to be renewit, quhilk we haue had grauntet be 
thame to ws of befoir, conforme to the commissioun quhilk we haue with 
zow. Farthir, in thir and all vthir thingis we sail haue to do con- 
cemyng the weill and quietnes off oure natioun, we refer to zoure awin 
judgment, praying zour consult and awys with the conseruatour, and tak 
his opinioun thairintill. And incais it sail happin, as God forbid, that 
newe weiris or trublis rys in the cuntrie, it salbe lesum to zoue to 
depairt thairfra^ that the judges and pepill of the towne of Campfer sail 



60 Convention of Royod Burghs. 

a 'sist, fortdfie, and aid sowe at thair wtter pouer. And fdclyk, thai giff 
it sail happin zow to contract with them, that ze keip zowr self sua frie 
that it salbe lesum to zowe to depairte quhair ze lyk wpoun the occa- 
sioun of ewill interteniment, extorciones, or inuiries that sail happin to 
be done, the breaking of oure priveledges, or ony paii-te thairof Farther 
and last, we refer to zowr awn discretioun, and the Lord be with zow. 

We desyire maist hairtlie, that ze remember, with the assistance of the 
iudges of Campfer, to procure at the Princes handis the redres of the 
gaidis pylleit be thame of Flisaing frome oure nychtbouris Mongo Russell, 
Allexander Clerk, Allexander Russell, Maister lohne Frowand, lohne 
Henrysoun, Mark Kar, etc. For this purpois we haue send zow the 
extract of the pace betuix Emperour Charles and ws, quhilk declaris that 
oure guidis can nocht be lauchfull prys be the ordour off ony waris past. 

Item, To desyire the towne of Handwarp, be procurement of the towne 
of Campfer, that oure natioun may hawe hoyis for transporting of thair 
giudis fra Handwarp without impediment or ony regaird haid to thair 
places or rowmes, and that thai may haue the priveledg to fraucht hoyes 
as thai can best aggrie, but stop as said ia 

The Copye of the Commissioun and Procuratioun giwin be the toun of 
Campfeir, concerning the stapill their, as foUowis : — 

Nos Consules Scabini et reliqui Senatores Ciuitatis Verensis in Zehadia^ 
etc, notum fitcimus omnibus et singulis quorum hec scire interesse potent 
quod ordinauimus et commisimus Alexandrum Segait illique plenam et 
specialem auctoritatem dedimus vt nostro et totius corporis huius duitatia 
nomine profidscatur, et se transferat in regnum Scotie, ibique cam no- 
bilibus et deputatis siugularum vibium senatoribus dusdem regni agat 
illisque apenat et proponat seria et grauia negotia que ad preseruationem 
et salutem huius oppidi spectent in iisdemque rebus prout sua fert opinio 
suam sententiam pronuncet, omnia secumdum iUius instructionem illi a 
nobis ea de causa in scriptis datam, et preterea generaliter et spedaliter 
in agendis negotiis antedictis sese exerceat atque preheat quemadmodum 
fidelem commissarium decet, promittentes nos vel vnuroquemque nostrum 
pro firmo et rato habituros vel habitunim quicquid in re predicta a pre&to 
nostro commiseario secundum substantiam materiel illius instmctionia 



Convention of Royal BurgJis. 61 

actum transactum vel resolutum fuerit, idqae quantum ad nos nostrosque 
Bubditos pertmet fideliter in omnibus partibus exequuturoa In cuius rei 
testimonium sigillum ad causas predicte ciuitatis his appendi jussimus 
aecundo die mensia lunii anno 1578. £t sic subscribitur. 

In absentia secretarii subscripsit J. Smit. 

The Copy of the Instructionis efler the quhilk Alexander Segait salbe 
reuUit in the effaires committit vnto him be the tovne of Campfeir, 
to entreit or handill with my Loirdis Commissionairis or Deputes of 
Estaitis of the gude tovnes of Scotland. 

Item, in the first, he sail present vnto thair wisdomes and gudnessis 
our maist effectuall commendationis, Mrith oure offeris of seiniice at all 
tymes, quhensoeuer occasioun sail serue, or quhen we salbe requyrit be 
ihame thaii-to. 

Thanking thame maist hertfuUie of thair gude ancient lufe and affec- 
tion bom at all tymes towardis ws, and now as we vnderstand at this 
present they haue and beris towartis ws, be report of the said Alexander 
Segait 

Beseking thame that they will continew thair gude will towart ws 
and oure tovne, the maist mutual ancient lufing affection quhilkis we haif 
bom aither towartis vtheris of auld tymes. 

Elxcusing ws, alsua, that we have na qualefeit persoun of ouris for this 
tyme to send to thame to be at the dyet of thair assemblie, quhilk we 
vnderstand to be haJdin at Edinburgh in the moneth of Julij nixt 1578, 
for to intreit with thame vpoun the returning and estableisment of thair 
merchantis of thair stapil within this oure said tovne. 

Vtherwyes, to schaw thame that we had na vthir persoun qualefeit 
amangis ws that was prompt or perfyte of the Scotis langage, except 
George Eincaid, quha haid sindiy tymes of befoir being requyrit be ws to 
accept the sam charge, hes excusit himself, declaring for syndry his parti- 
cular busynessis, he mycht nocht wait vpon the said weyage, and he beand 
for the present in Handwarp, and we nocht certan of his return againe, 
quhairthrow the weyage of the said Alexander Segait mycht be hinderit, 
quhilk we desyre to be maist forderit and avancit. 

Alsua, we haif thocht gude for the fidelitie and auld 



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ancient lufe born towardis ws lyke as we vnderstand he zit bens to ws 
and quhorae we beleve hes na les credit with zour lordschipa Thairfoir 
fyndis proper and meit that he sail handill and treit with zour lordschips 
in this effaires, quhilk we pray ze will accept and interpreit to the best 
pairt. This done, the said Alexander sail cause thair lordschips vnder- 
stand, in the best maner or forme that he can, that the magistratis of the 
tovne of Campfeir sail do thair devoir and vtter diligence, to the end that 
the Scotis nation may be mantenit in thair auld ancient privileges, frie- 
domes, and liberties, nocht alanerlie that they had and bruikit of auld 
tymes, bot alsua that they vsit and joysit the tymes of thair last frequen- 
tation heir, — althocht or howbeit ony quairell or actioun suld happyn 
or mycht fall betuix ony of the said natioun and subiectis of this cuntrie, 
ather ciuiU or criminall, quhither it be of the eifaires or actions criminallis 
amangis the merchantis of the Scotis nation alanerlie, — bot alsua to promeis 
thame alsweill for the pairtis of the saidis magistratis, as particularlie for 
the pairt of the present baillie, to quhais charge the estait and office of 
the effiiires appertenis mair nor vtheris, that nocht alanerlie they salbe 
confennit or avancit of thair auld ancient rychtis and privelegis vsit heir, 
bot alsua that they salbe accomodat and helpit in all thingis resonabill 
heirtofoir rehersit, sua that the honour and ayth of the said baillie and 
magisti-atis be nocht violentit nor interest. 

Forther, to assure thame that we sail agrie with thame for the place of 
ane hous for the natioun, of fyve or sax principall houssis of factouris, 
quhairof we refer the naming or chosing to the discretioun of the com- 
missioneris of thair saidis tovnes, or to the conseruatour and the foir 
namit George Kincaid, quhither they pleia. 

And alsua that we vnderstand and promeis that the saidis houssis salbe 
exemit and frie frome ludging or intertenyng of ony soldartis or men 
of weir. 

And as tuyching the friedome of the excyse or ony kynd of impoist, 
alsweill vpon the wyne as vpon the beir, sail schaw vnto thame that they 
salbe fi-ie of sic ane quantietie of barrellis according to thair houssis and 
houshaldis, lykeas the said conseruatour and George Kincaid, together 
with the Magistratis of the tovne of Campfeir sail fynd convenient for the 
sam, to the end they salbe contentit with resoun, and greitlie to thank the 
liberalitie of the said magistrat of Campfeir mon agrie thairfoir, and mak 



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payment of the samyn to the estaitis of Holland againe to the last 
penny. 

And geve peraventour it suld happin that ony question suld ryse at 
thair cnming betuix ony merchantis of the said nationn, and the customer 
of the said tovne, lyk as oft tymes befoir hes happynit, assuring thame 
that we sail laubour so far with the said customer, that he sail submit 
the said action in the handis of the magistrat of the said tovne of Camp- 
feir, the quhilk we sail nocht suffer on na manor of way that nane of the 
said natioun, zet nochtyeles of thame sail suffer ony dommage, hurt, or 
evill intertenement. And to the end that they sail knaw quhat they sail 
pay to the said customer, we sail geve to the conseruatour ane iust copy 
of the said custome roll. 

Schawing thame akua, that at this tyme, at cure requeist and persute, 
the ordour is tane with the generall estaitis of the Low Countries for the 
ressait of the custome of Zeland be provisioun maid within the tovne of 
Handwarp efter the auld vse and custome. 

And geve they desyre or requyre to be excusit fra the paying of the 
convoy gilt or license, quhilk is very liklie to be done, schaw vnto thame 
that we ar besy solistand for the exemption of the sam, in the sam 
maner and soirt lykas the natioun of Ingland hes already, and lykas we 
vnderstand is aggreit, and as we hald almaist done and endit, away ting 
daylie for oure commissioner with the octroye or ordinance of the sam. 

Alsua, ze may assure thame that the channell entrie or gate of Camp- 
feir is for the present sua gude as ever it was, and, nochtwithstanding, 
tm help and accommodat thame forther, we have put oure tunnis and 
markis in the said gat, alangis all places neidfull and accustomat. 

How aLsua we vnderstand surelie ordour to be tane for help of the 
said channell be laubour of dyking and mending of the heides and 
bekynnis, in all places neidfull and accustomat. 

Augmenting alsua> that we haif procurit that they of Flussing hes 
taikin ordour of the pylot, for entring and outpassing of schippis at thair 
tovne ; and as tuyching otheris, thay salbe helpit and accommodat in all 
reson to thair contentment. 

As for the accommodating of thaim and thair schippis in our tovne 
and havin, for to help them forther, we sail cause oure awin schippis, and 
fischaris, and vtheris, to mak thame place. 



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And gif it suld happin that thay doubt at oure warkmen, maisteris 
of schippis, or vtheris, wald exaction or tak mare for thair laubouris nor 
resoun, assure thame that we will nocht suffer the sam on nauyes, how 
that we ar begvn already and labouring to tak ordour for the sam to be 
publest and ordanit, of the quhilk, alf^ua, we sail delyuer ane copy to the 
sade conseruatour, in sic soirt, that thay sail haif na occasioun to 
plenzie, and inlykmaner better cheip seruice nor thay haif bene in 
vtheris places. 

Fynally, in quhat manor of wy we may help, plesour, or benefite the 
said nation, in generall or particiilar, that we sail nocht faill to lat thame 
vKderstand be oure doingis, with als gude hert or will as ever we did 
plesour or seruice to ony man in this warld. 

Because of th& publict exercyse of thair religion, as it is vsit for the 
pre-sent in Scotland, quhilk aucht to be the end and principall of all 
thingis, thay ar surelie informit and assurit be our letteris send to thame, 
quhairof thay neid nocht doubt. 

And quhairas sum of the nation wald think to conceave unhelsimi air 
of the saltpannis, quhilkis ar biggit and set in ane nuik of the tovne, 
tliey sail knaw be experience of thair cuming, that thair is litil reson for 
the samyn. 

And for the occasioun of the saltpannis, thay sail' nocht find thame- 
selues to be sua miscontentit, as thay ar persuaded, because thair is 
bot ano wynde from the north that makis ony reik, the quhilk apperandly 
blawis north euery day. And aboue that, the pannis gangis bot 
ane season of the zeir. Nochtheles, the natioun beand heir, thay sail zit 
be accommodat and helpit in sic soirt, that thay salbe contentit with 
resoun, insamekill that we vnderstand, with litill expenssis and skayth 
the awner of the saidis pannis may be remedit and helpit ; In the quhilk 
foirsaid, befoir the cuming of the said natioun, it can nocht be brocht to 
effect without skayth, etc. etc, 



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In the parliament haldin at Striueling the xviij day of lulij 
/"* F^, thrie score auchtene zeris. 

The quhilk day it is concludit be the commissaris of burrois, efter DischaiTfe con- 
subscrivand, that the proeuratioun and power obtenit be Maister George uesax sLrL'^" 
Haquet, conseniatour, vnder the Qreit SeUl, for establishing of the stapill ^^ 
for the Scottis natioun in Flandaris^ salbe presentlie be thame cansellit and 
brokin. 

Item, Decsemis, concludis and ordanis, that myssiue letteris sail be direct 
be Edinburch, Dunde, and Aberdene to the conseniatour, commanding 
him to desist and ceis fra forther vplifling or taikin of the sowme of sex 
stnres of euer ilk sek of guddes grantit vnto him in the last conventioun 
of burrowis, to endure enduring thair willis, quhilk they discharge be thir 
presentis ; and incais the said conseniatour lift or cause be taikin ony 
pairt thairof efter he be dischargit be ony of the foirsaidis tovnis as said 
is, in that cais that he be persewit thairfoir at his nixt hamecuming in 
Scotland. And gif mister be that he be warnit at the instance of ony 
person or personis quhome he sail preiuge, in this cais to ansuer accord- 
ing to the act of parliament. 

Item, Concludis decemis and ordanis that the staipill salbe transported stapiii inthe 
to the tovne of Campfeir, and ordanis Henry Nesbett, burges of Edin- 
burgh, to pas with diligence vnto the said tovne, tg confer with the 
magistratis and counsall thairof, and to conclude with thame vpon sic 
thingis as he sail think gude for the weill of the merchant estait, and to 
seik the counsall and assistance of my Lord Conseniatour and Alexander 
Segait to this effect. And quhat the said Henry sail do herein, we bynd 
and obleiss us coniunctlie and seueralie to hald ferme and staibOl be thir 
presentis. And ordanis the said Henry Nesbett to have to mak ane * . *. , 
pairt of his charges the sovme of tuenty-four pundis greit, to be vplifted the sek. 
and tane of euery sek of gudes that sail cum in Flanderis, the sovme of 
ten stures, quhill the said sovme of xxiiij lib. greit be payit compleitlie ; 
and incais the said Henry be nocht thankfullie payit as said is, or that 
ony obstacle or impediment be maid to him, or ony in his name, in the 
ressait thairof, we the commissionaris, efter subscryuand, bindis and obleis- 
sis ws coniunctlie and seueralie to pay to the said Henry the sovme of 



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sevin scoir fyve pundis Scottis money, at quhat tyme he or they sail re- 
quyre the sam, provyding alwayes the said Henry Nesbett produce the 
roll of ressait quhat salbe tane fra euery schip, gif ony be. 

Appoyntis the last day of October nixttocum to convene in the tovne 
of Dondie, to foirse sic thingis as salbe found gude for the weill of 
burrowis. 

Item, Decernis and ordanis that, in all conuentionis and parliamentis 
in tyme cuming, all the commissionaris of burrowis salbe convenit be the 
provest or commissionaris of the tovne quhair they sail convene, and 
thairefter sail pas altogether to the place appoynted for parliament or 
conventioun. Et sic subscribitur, 
Alex^ Vduart 

Robert Forester, provest of 
Sterling. 



Oliver Peiblis, dene of gild. 
Dioneis Conquerour, baillie for 

Perth. 
Alex' Anand. 

Alex' Scrymgeour, for Dondie. 
Gilbert Menzeis, of Petfoddelis. 
Ihonn Lokhart, provest of Air. 
Eduard Wallace, baillie of Air. 
lames Cokburn. 
lohnn Aytoun. 
Alex' Chalmer. 
lames Fleschour, commissioner 

for Coupar. 
Alex' Carstairis, commissionar 

for Sanctandrois. 
Richart Rutherfurd, provest of 

ledburgh. 



George Halywall, baillie in Sel- 
kirk. 
W°* Bonkill, commissionar of 

Dumbar. 
Andrew Lawder, commissioner 

for Lawder. 
Gilbert Twedy, commissioner 

for Peiblis. 
Thomas Lawder, commissionar 

for Northbervik. 
Richart Aleson, commissionar 

for ledburgh. 
Henry Nesbett 
W™ Annand, commissionar for 

Grain. 
Dauid Mair. 
Hew Campbell, provest of 

Irowyne. 



This is the trew copy of the wryting producit be Henry Nesbett befoir 
the provest, baillies, and counsall of the burgh of Edinburgh, efter his 
returning from Stirveling, quhairof he hes the principall himself: — 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 55 

The copy of the commissioun send and granted to Henry Nesbet, for 
placing of the staipill in the Campfeir, baith in Scottis and 
Latene, quhairof the principallis ar sent to him as foUowis : — 
Amplissimis et nobilissimis dominis, considibus, burgimagistris, scabinis, 
decurionibus aliisque judicibus et magistratibus ciuitatis Yerensis in 
Zelandia, amicis nobis charissimis, prepositus, balliui, et consules Edin- 
burgensis ciuitatis^ in regno Scotie, salutem^ cum mense lulio proxime 
preterito in vrbe Striuelingensi haberentur pene omnium huius regni 
ciuitatum publica comitia, que pro veteri nostro iure et consuetudine et 
priuelegijs a serenissimis huius i*egni principibus ctiiusque ciuitatis 
ordini mercatorio concessis, per procuratores (quos burgorum commissarios 
nominamus) sepius fieri solent, vt de rebus omnibus, que ad rem vtili- 
tatemque et commodum totius ordinis fSeu^re posse videbuntur, libere 
statuant et concludant, inter cetera, que his comitijs acta sunt de regni 
emporio in idoneo loco constituendo satis prolixa habita est disputatio 
tandem vero vestre ciuitatis incidit memoria cuius vetus amicitia inuio- 
lata, ac benevolentia que nobiscum retroactis temporibus cum summa 
animorum coniunctione interceasit emporium nostrum quod per hos ciuiles 
tumultus qui totam pene Flandriam iamdiu multumque obnoxiam tenue- 
runt incertis locis vagabatur in vestram ciuitatem solitam et antiquam 
sedem magno omnium consensu reuocauit, quo autem id possit commodius 
perfici, Henricum Nisbet mercatorem conciuem nostrum virum fide et 
probitate longoque rerum vsu satis commendatum hisce rebus tractarum 
ablegandum censuerunt — hunc itaque dictarum ciuitatum procuratores sen 
commissarii nobiscum, vna voce et consensu earum legitimum actorem, 
fiictorem, syndicum, commissarium specialem negotiorum gestorem con- 
stituerunt, nominarunt et elegerunt ei plenam potestatem facultatem et 
mandatum speciaJe concedentes tractandi deliberandi et vobiscum con- 
cludendi de hoc publico regni emporio in cuitate vestra constituendo, per 
id temporis spatium quod in articulis instructionibus seu directionibus 
hac de re illi datis iniunctis et impositis continetur, atque etiam, vt im- 
munitates libertates et priuelegia nostro mercatorum ordini concessa 
renouanda postulet, que preterea vobis promissa impetret alique his 
maiora tutioraque quantum fieri possit addenda procuret sicut is a vobis 
petiturus est, in eamque rem securitates et cautiones ad certiorem pacto- 
rum fidem exigat et componat, et in genere vt ea anima dicat agat gerat 



56 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

et exerceat, ac que ad totius ordiois utiliiatem et commodum speciabuut, 
que ad officia procuratoris actoris syndici commissarii et oegotiorum 
gestoris de jure pertinere noscuntur, queque ipsimet constituentes plenis- 
sima vti fuerant suarum cinitatum authoritate instructi presentes agere 
facere possunt ratum gratum firmum et stabile id omnino habituri quod 
ab eo in premissis rite gestum fuerit^ sub pena et obligatione omnium 
bonorum mobilium et immobilium presentium et futurorum — ^Volumus 
tamen vt is opem consilium et authoritatem Magistri Geoi^ Hakkett 
priuelgiorum nostre gentis in Flandria vindicis et Alexandri Segat ciuis 
vestri imploret exigat et sequatur quantum publiee caude inseruiant In 
quorum omnium, etc. 

The provest, baillies, and counsaile off the burgh of Edinburgh in 
Scotland. To the mychtie and nobill lordia, burrow maisteris, judges, 
and maeistrates of the citie of Campfer in Zeland, willis guid health, For- 
samekill as in ane assemblie, maid and haldin in the towne of Striueling 
of the maist pairte of all the cities of this realme, in the moueth of Julij 
last bypast, be thair procuratouris lawfullie constitute to that effect, 
quhilk ar commonlie callet the commissaris of burrois, conforme to the 
la wis and priueledges graunted be owre Souerane Loird the Kingis Maiestie 
to his lieges, callit the estait of merchandis, for reasonyng and concluding 
wpoun thingis concemyng thair commoun weill, quhair amongis vther 
thingis quhilk wes resonit, votit, and concludit in the said assemblie. 
That in respect off the auld freindschip lang and mutuall lowe haid betuix 
ws the merchand estait, and zow the inhabitantis of the towne of Camp- 
fer, to send this owre belouit nychtboure, Henry Nisbet, merchand, com- 
burges, and induellar of oure towne of Edinburgh, ane man of fame, 
honestie, and guid name, for placing of the commoun stapill of this realme 
with zone in the auld place, quhair it wes of befoir duiing the commis- 
sioun and space thairintill contenit, quhilk hes bene waquant and removet 
to syndrie places this tyme bypast, throwe the occaaioun of the ciuill 
tumultis, quhairwyth the maist pairte of the cuntrie off Flanderis hes 
bene thir dyueris zeires occupiit to the hurt of mony; to the quhilk 
Henry Nisbet, the saidis commissaris and we, all in ane voce, hes grauntet 
and givin full commissioun, with zowe the judges and magistrates of the 
said towne of Campfer to I'easoun, treitt, and conclude wpoun the placing 
of the said stapill, and to that effect constitutis, makis, and nominatis 



Convention of Boycd Burghs. 57 

him oure fiictoure, actor, and spedall erand b^ar, to qohome we have 
giyia and graunted full and fiie power, spedall mandemeni, and charge^ 
to do, awya, treitt^ resone, and condnde the placing, estabUssdng, and 
conseming of the said stapill of the haill merchantiB of this oure lealme 
in ihe dtie of Gampfer, dozing the space contenit in the instractionis and 
directionis givin to him thairupoon, and to desyre all and syndiie the 
immonities and priveledges graunted to us of befoir, and yiheris to be 
renewet conforme to zoure promisis to be fulfillit, augmentit as oure said 
commissioner sail require, and fynallie to desyre cautioun and aU securi* 
ties for obseruing of the leag and band to be maid betuix ws ; and gene- 
rallie to do, say, vse, and exerce all and syndrie thingis that may redund 
to the vtiUtie of the oommoun weUl of the merchandis of this realme, and 
aU that to the office of ane procuratour or commisdoner of burgh, actor, 
fibctor, or spedall erand berar in sic caissis is knawin to appertene, quhilk 
the saidis haill commissaris of buirowis mycht do gif thai wer present 
thame selffis, haueand fiill power to that effect ; promisand ferme and 
stabill haldand, and for to hald, all and quhatsumeuer thingis the said 
Heniy thair commisdoner in the preuiLises thinkis nddfull to be done, 
takand with him the hdp, counsale, and assistance of the Bycht Honora* 
bill Maister Qeorge Hakket, conseruatour and judge of oure natioun in 
the partis of Flanderis, with the heipe off Alexander Segait, zoure dtezane, 
in witness off the quhilk thing, eta 

Instmctiones off the thingis to be desyret of the magistrates off the 
towne off Campfer, for informatioun of Henry Nisbett, commis- 
doner, direct thair for pladng of the stapill in the said towne of 
Campfer, during the commissaris of burrois willis of this realme of 
Scotland. 
Item, In the first, to desyire that all privdedges and firedomes graunted 
to the stapill off Scotland of befoir in the said towne of Campfer, be the 
ErUs off Flanderis, Dukes of Brabant, Emperor Charlis the Fyft, his sone 
the King of Spaynie, and vtheris princes in the Low Cuntries, be ratifiet^ 
approwet, and of new graunted, obeeruit, and keipit, without violatioun 
or diminutioun off ony pairte thairof 

Item, To desyire of new the redressing off thair townis and heidis, and 
marking off the beet deip for the maar assurit entrie of oure schippis. , 

H 



58 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Item, To baue ane place in the hawin for oure Bchippis to los and ladiu 
in ; or at the last, command givin to the key maister to mak place to 
oure Bchippis for lossing and ladnyng, noctwithstanding the nummer of 
fyschearis being in the said hawin, sua that oure merchandis or marinellis 
haue na occasioun to enter in termes or contrauersie with the fyschearis, 
and als to se the schoir be weill ordorit and reparii 

Item, That ordour be taikin with the customer, that he submitt him 
self to the iudgment of the judges of the towne, incais of ony wariance 
betuix him and ony of oure natioun concemyng thair customes. 

Item, That ane lyst be givin to the conseruatour be the customer off 
the dewtie off all sortis off geir, als reasonabill as it may be procurit. 

Item, That thair be procurit that ane place be designit for the payment 
of few custome, als weill for the incummyng of oure schippis 

as for the guidis bocht in Antuerp in the outpassing, that oure natioun 
may be fre for anis paying thair custome, and nocht compellit to pay 
tuys. 

Item, That oure natioun may be absoluit frome all kynd off conuoy 
gilt, als in the incummyng as the outpassing, and siclyke for this paying 
or ony other new toll sett on the guidis ; and incais ony new impost or 
taxatione be put, or heirefter salbe put on the guidis in incummyng or 
passing furth, that the said towne off Campfer salbe thair procurement 
mak the samyn &e and releis oure natioun thairof. 

Item, That ordour be taikin of the warkmen, awneris of sellaris, loftis, 
pak-houssis, and wyth the skipperis of the schippis and hoyes for trans- 
porting of persones or guidis, and that the samyn pas be list and inuen- 
toure, subseryuit be deaconis of thair craftis and the towne, quhairof ane 
autentik copy salbe givin t<o oure conseruatour, and that for awoyding of 
all ewill consequence. 

Item, That guid ordour and competent waiges be appoyntit to the 
fyschearis and pylatis, incais oure natioun or particular suppost thairof 
haue to do for inbringing thair schippis outpassiDg or conuojring about 
the He. 

Item, That ze awys with the conseruatour, quhither it sail be maist 
commodious for oure natioun to haue sex houssis appoyntit to thame fre 
of excis and all impost, alsweill auld as new, or to haue ane hous 
togidder, quhair thai all sail resort, referring to zour discretioun quhilk 



Convention of Royal Burghs. ^ 59 

of thai tua salbe best, that ane ordour may be taikin quhat salbe payit 
for the melteth. 

Item, That the houssis of the factour, quhair oure natioun sail maist 
resort, sail be fre from ludging, and in commotatioun of soldiouris or men 
of weir. 

Item, That incais ony wariance betoix ony suppost of oure natioun 
and ane of the towne, or ony of the kingis subiectis, for ony ciuill or 
criminall caus, that the conseruatour be callit to heir the reasonyng and 
alledgeanee of bayth the pairteis, and to give his opinioun, befoir defini- 
tive be givin out, and that for keiping off preveledges in thair awn 
integrite. 

Item, That in criminall actiones betuis: the suppostis of oure li^tioun, 
the judges handis of Campfeir may be sedudit, and the decisioun and 
punischment thairof reseruit to oure conseruitour, lykas in all ciuill 
actionis the same is dew to him. 

Item, That ane place of punischement or presone be appoyntet to the 
commandment of the said conseruatour, quhairintill he salbe obeyit 
alsweill for imputting as releiving, and that without ony knawledge or 
askyng at the baillie of scout, according to the auld custome. 

Item, That ane honorabill and commodious place be appoyntit for 
preching and prayeris, according to the religioun professet within this 
realma 

Item, Becaus off the ewill air within the lill, ingenerit to the deid and 
loist of mony of oure natioun, quhilk be apperance sail gretumlie incres, 
incais the salt pannis in the feir be nocht remowit and taikin away, 
quhadrfoir ze saU desyire the samyn to be dimolisit. 

Item, That it be procurit to impetrat of the magistratis of Antuarp, 
tua or thre houssis, callit hoist houssis, to be excist fre thair, and to 
desyire all preveledges to be renewit, quhilk we haue had grauntet be 
thame to ws of befoir, conforme to the commissioun quhilk we haue with 
zow. Farthir, in thir and all vthir thingis we sail haue to do con- 
cemyng the weill and quietnes off oiure natioun, we refer to zoure awin 
judgment, praying zour consult and awys with the conseruatour, and tak 
his opinioun thairintill. And incais it sail happin, as God forbid, that 
newe weiris or trublis rys in the cuntrie, it salbe lesum to zone to 
depairt thairfra^ that the judges and pepill of the towne of Campfer sail 



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Convention of Royal Burghs. 61 

actum transactum vel resolutum fuerit, idque quantum ad nos nostrosque 
Bubditos pertinet fideliter in omnibus partibus exequuturoa. In cuius rei 
testimonium sigillum ad causas predicte ciuitatis his appendi jussimus 
secundo die mensia lunii anno 1578. £t sic subscribitur. 

In absentia secretarii subscripsit J. Smit. 

The Copy of the Insiructionis efler the quhilk Alexander Segait salbe 
reuUit in the effaires committit vnto him be the tovne of Campfeir, 
to entreit or handill with my Lnirdis Commissionairis or Deputes of 
Estaitis of the gude tovnes of Scotland. 

Item, in the first, he sail present vnto thair wisdomes and gudnessis 
our maist effectual! commendationis, with oure offeris of sei*uice at all 
tymes, quhensoeuer occasioun sail serue, or quhen we salbe requyrit be 
Uiame thairto. 

Thanking thame maist hertfullie of thair gude ancient lufe and affec- 
tion bom at all tymes towardis ws, and now as we vnderstand at this 
present they haue and beris towartis ws, be report of the said Alexander 
Segait 

fieseking thame that they will continew thair gude will towart ws 
and oure tovne, the maist mutual ancient lufiug affection quhilkis we haif 
bom aither towartis vtheris of auld tymes. 

Excusing ws, alsua, that we have na qualefeit persoun of ouris for this 
tyme to send to thame to be at the dyet of thair assemblie, quhilk we 
vnderstand to be haldin at Edinburgh in the moneth of Julij nixt 1578, 
for to intreit with thame vpoun the returning and estableisment of thair 
merchantis of thair stapil within this oure said tovne. 

Vtherwyes, to schaw thame that we had na vthir persoun qualefeit 
amangis ws that was prompt or perfyte of the Scotis langage, except 
George Kincaid, quha haid sindry tymes of befoir being requyrit be ws to 
accept the sam charge, hes excusit himself, declaring for syndry his parti- 
cular busynessis, he mycht nocht wait vpon the said weyage, and he beand 
for the present in Handwarp, and we nocht certan of his return againe, 
quhairthrow the weyage of the said Alexander Segait mycht be hinderit, 
quhilk we desyre to be maist forderit and avancit. 

Alsua, we haif thocht gude for the fidelitie and auld 



62 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

andent lafe bom towardis ws lyke as we vnderstand be zit beris to ws 
and qubome we beleve bes na les credit with zour lordscbipa. Tbairfoir 
fyndis proper and meit that he sail handill and treit with zonr lordscbips 
in this ef&ires, quhilk we pray ze will accept and interpreit to the b^t 
pairt This done, the said Alexander sail cause tbair lordscbips vnder- 
stand, in the best maner or forme that he can, that the magistratis of the 
\A)\ne of Campfeir sail do tbair devoir and vtter diligence, to the end that 
the ScTitis nation may be mantenit in tbair auld ancient privileges, frie- 
doracH, and liljerties, nocht alanerlie that they bad and bruikit of auld 
tymeH, Uit alsua that they vsit and joysit the tymes of tbair last frequen- 
tation heir, — althocht or bowbeit ony quaiTell or actioun suld happyn 
or rnyclit fall l^etuix ony of the said natioun and subiectis of this cuntrie, 
ather eiuill or criminall, quhither it be of the elfaires or actions criminallis 
arnangis the nierehantis of the Scotis nation alanerlie, — hot alsua to promeis 
tbaroe alsweill for the pairtis of the saidis magistratis, as particularlie for 
the pairt of the present baillie, to quhais charge the estait and office of 
the efdires appcrtenis mair nor vtheris, that nocht alanerlie they salbe 
c^mfennit or avancit of tbair auld ancient rychtis and privelegis vsit heir, 
bot alsua that they salbe accomodat and heli)it in all thingis resonabill 
beirtofoir rehersit, sua that the honour and ayth of the said baillie and 
magistratis be nocht violentit nor interest 

Forther, to assure thame that we sail agrie with thame for the place of 
ane hous for the natioun, of fyve or sax principall houssis of factouris, 
quhairof we refer the naming or chosing to the discretioun of the com- 
missioncris of thair saidis tovnes, or to the conseruatour and the foir 
namit George Kincaid, quhither they pleis. 

And alsua that we vnderstand and promeis that the saidis houssis salbe 
exemit and frie frome ludging or intertenyng of ony soldartis or men 
of weir. 

And as tuyching the friedorae of the excyse or ony kynd of impoist, 
alsweill vpon the wyne as vpon the heir, sail schaw vnto thame that they 
salbe frie of sic ane quantietie of barrellis according to thair houssis and 
houshaldis, lykeas the said conseruatour and George Kincaid, together 
with tlie Magistratis of the tovne of Campfeir sail fynd convenient for the 
sam, to the end they salbe contentit with resoun, and greitlie to thank the 
liUiralitie of the said raagistrat of Campfeir mon agrie tbairfoir, and mak 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 63 

payment of the samyn to the estaitis of Holland againe to the last 
penny. 

And geve peraventour it suld happin that ony question suld ryse at 
thair cuming betuix ony merchantis of the said natioun, and the customer 
of the said tovne, lyk as ofb tymes befoir hes happynit, assuring thame 
that we sail laubour so far with the said customer, that he sail submit 
the said action in the handis of the magistmt of the said tovne of Camp- 
feir, the quhilk we sail nocht suffer on na maner of way that nane of the 
said natioun, zet nochtyeles of thame sail suffer ony dommage, hurt, or 
evill intertenement. And to the end that they sail knaw quhat they sail 
pay to the said customer, we sail geve to the conseruatour ane iust copy 
of the said custome roll. 

Schawing thame alsua, that at this tyme, at cure requeist and persute, 
the ordour is tane with the generall estaitis of the Low Countries for the 
ressait of the custome of Zeland be provisioun maid within the tovne of 
Handwarp efter the auld vse and custome. 

And geve they desyre or requyre to be excusit fra the paying of the 
convoy gilt or license, quhilk is very liklie to be done, schaw vnto thame 
that we ar besy solistand for the exemption of the sam, in the sam 
maner and soirt lykas the natioun of Ingland hes already, and lykas we 
vnderstand is aggreit, and as we hald almaist done and endit, awayting 
daylie for oure commissioner with the octroye or ordinance of the sam. 

Alsua, ze may assure thame that the channell entrie or gate of Camp- 
feir is for the present sua gude as ever it was, and, nochtwithstanding, 
till help and accommodat thame forther, we have put oure tunnis and 
markis in the said gat, alangis all places neidfull and accustomat. 

How alsua we vnderstand surelie ordour to be tane for help of the 
said channell be laubour of dyking and mending of the heides and 
bekynnis, in all places neidfull and accustomat. 

Augmenting alsua^ that we haif procurit that they of Flussing hes 
taikin ordour of the pylot, for entring and outpassing of schippis at thair 
tovne ; and as tuyching otheris, thay salbe helpit and accommodat in all 
reson to thair contentment. 

As for the accommodating of thaim and thair schippis in our tovne 
and havin, for to help them forther, we sail cause oure awin schippis, and 
fischaris, and vtheris, to mak thame place. 



64 GonverUion of Royal Burghs. 

And gif it said happin that thay doubt at oure warkmen, maisteris 
of schippis, or vtheris, wald exaction or tak mare for thair laubouris nor 
resoun, assure thame that we will nocht suffer the sam on nauyes, how 
that we ar begvn already and labouring to tak ordour for the sam to be 
publest and ordanit, of the quhilk, alfiua^ we sail delyuer ane copy to the 
sade conseruatour, in sic soirt, that thay sail haif na occasioun to 
plenzie, and inlykmaner better cheip seruice nor thay haif bene in 
vtheris places. 

Fynally, in quhat maner of wy we may help, plesour, or benefite the 
said nation, in generall or particular, that we sail nocht faill to lat thame 
viiderstand be oure doingis, with als gude hert or will as ever we did 
plesour or seruice to ony man in this warld. 

Because of the^ publict exercyse of thair religion, as it is vsit for the 
present in Scotland, quhilk aucbt to be the end and principall of all 
thingiB, thay ar surelie informit and assurit be our letteris send to thame, 
quhairof thay neid nocht doubt 

And quhairas sum of the nation wald think to conceave unhelsum air 
of the saltpaDuis, quhilkis ar biggit and set in ane nuik of the tovne, 
they sail knaw be experience of thair cuming, that thair is litil reson for 
the samyn. 

And for the occasioun of the saltpannis, thay salt nocht find thame- 
selues to be sua miscontentit, as thay ar persuaded, because thair is 
hot ano wynde from the north that makis ony reik, the quhilk apperandly 
blawis north euery day. And aboue that, the pannis gangis hot 
ane season of the zeir. Nochtheles, the natioun beand heir, thay sail zit 
be accommodat ^nd helpit in sic soirt, that thay salbe contentit with 
resoun, insamekill that we vnderstand, with litill expenssis and skayth 
the awner of the saidis pannis may be remedit and helpit ; In the quhUk 
foirsaid, befoir the cuming of the said natioun, it can nocht be brocht to 
effect without skayth, etc. etc. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 65 



In the parliament haldin at Striueling^ the xviij of 

lulij 1578. 

The quhilk day, in the assemblie and conventioun of burrois haldin 
the said day. It is statute and ordanit be the hale commisaris of bums of 
Scotland, that thair stapill be placit and sett doun in the Campheir, 
induring thair willis, conforme to thair commissioun and procuratiouii 
granttit and gevin to the richt honorabill Heniy Nysbet, thair commissar, 
and ane of the counsale of the burch of Edinburgh, with the avise and 
counsale of Maist«r George Hacquet, conseruatour for the Scottis natioun 
over all the pairtis of Flandaris. And to this effect ordanis the said 
Henry and Maister George to mak this present ordinance to be publischit 
in all the pairtis of Flandaris, and to charge ail the Scottis factouris in 
tha pairtis with deligence to addres thame, togidder with all Scottis mer- 
chantis with thair schippis, guddis, and merchandice to the said toun of 
Campheir, to mak thair exchange and remanyng thair fra the nixt feist of 
Mychaelmes furch, quhill forther ordour be taikin. "And that thair be 
vpliflit ten stures of euerye sek of guddis pertenying to the saidis mer- 
ehantis, to be deliuerit to the said Henry in recompance of his panys, 
ay and quhill the sowme of tuentye foir pundis greit be payit to him 
thairfoir. And, gif neid beis, ordanis the said Maister George, thair con- 
seruatour, to waird, poynd, or arreist thairfoir, and mak the names 
of the dissobeyaris, with thair duelling, knawin to the saidis com- 
missaris in thair nixt conventioun, to be haldin in the toun of Dunde 
the last of October nixt, that thai may suffer punischement in thair 
bodeis and guddis for thair dissobedience. And that the saidis Henry 
and conservatour be haldin to mak compt, reknyng, and payment of the 
sowmes thay ressaue, and intromit with na forther fra the said xxiiij li. 
greit be payit as thay will ansuer. 



6G Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Conventio hurgorum regni Scotice tenia in pretorio hurge 
de Dondie^ ^>er commissionanos hurgorum subscriptes 
vltimo die mensis Octohris^ ac primo tertio quarto et 
quinto diehus Nouembris anno 1578, etc. 

At quhilk tyme comperit Maister lohnn Preston and Henry Chair- 
teids, commissioneris of Edinburgh ; Alexander Culane, coiumissioner for 
Abirdene ; Williame Norowell, commissioner for Striveling ; Dioneis 
Conquerour, commissioner for Perth ; Walter Quthre, commissioner for 
Montrois ; Charles Drummond, provest, and lames Hamylton, baillie, 
commissioneris for Linlithqw ; Harbart Ranyng, commissioner for Dum- 
fireis ; lohnn Ayton, commissioner for Haddington ; Williame Bonkill and 
and Williame Kelly, commissioneris for Dumbar ; Williame Hey, commis- 
sioner for Elgyne ; lohn Lathreische, commissioner for Dysart ; Williame 
Annan and Dauid Ramsy, commissioneris for Craill ; lames Anderson and 
lames Fleschour, commissioneris for Cowpar ; lohnn Traill, commissioner 
for Forfar ; lames Eamsy, commissioner for Abirbrothok ; lohnn Hakket 
and John Lowdan, commissioneris for Kirkcaldy ; Thomas Lawder, com- 
missioner for Northbervik ; and Alexander Scrymgeour, William Forester, 
and Peter Clayhillis, commissioneris for Dondie ; be virtu of the seuerall 
burghiscommissionis aboue speceifeit, specialliec onstitute,convenit for thair 
dewfuU and trew obedience to oure Souerane Lord the Kingis Grace, and 
for the commoun weill of the estait of the burghis of the realme of Scot- 
land, hes concludit, maid, statute, and ordanit, as efter followis, etc. : — 
Aiterationn of. In the first, Forsamekill as the alteratioun and change of the auld 
taxt roll hes bene concludit vpon in dyueris conventions of the estait of 
burrowis, to the effect that the dekyit bunowis may be releuit, and the 
importabill chairges be stentis and taxations be the burghis incressit in 
riches be proces of tyme, according to equitie and gude conscience. And 
specially in the convention haldin at Striveling the xxv day of October 
1574 zeris, it was concludit, statute, and ordanit, alsweill with consent 
of the commissioneris of the burgh of Edinburgh, and the remanent of 
the commissioneris of burrowLs than being present, that the auld taxt 



the taxt rolles 



Cmivention of Royal Burghs. 67 

roll suld be alierit and cbangit at the nixt convention of the saidis 
estatis to be haldin in the burgh of Dondie, and the commissioneris for 
the said burgh of Edinburgh to bring with thame to the said convention 
the saidis auld taxt rollis, to the effect the samin mycht be alterit, and 
equalitie maid for releif of the dekayit burrowis, in maner aboue writtin, 
and to endure for the space of thre zeris, or quhill new occasion of the 
reformation of the said taxt rollis war offerit. And gif the commission- 
aris of Edinburgh failzeit in bringing of the said auld taxt rollis to 
the effect abouewrittin, that it suld be lesum to the remanent commis- 
sionaris of vtheris burrowis to be convenit at Dondie, or ony sax of 
thame to be electit and chosin be voit of the saidis commissionaris, to 
alter and change the said auld taxt roll, as the said act at mair lenth 
proportis, quhilk suld haif tane effect and executioun befoir ony vtheris 
materis had bene handelit at this present conventioun ; bot in respect 
that the saidis Maister lohnn Preston and Henry Charteris, commission- 
eris for Edinburgh, declairit planelie that they culd on nawayes at this 
present obtene the saidis aid taxt rollis, and that be reson of the procla- 
matioun maid for the raid of ledburgh and Dumfreis, quhaiithrow they 
supponit na present convention suld haif bene within this burgh, and 
als thair dark quha hes the saidis rollis in keping wes havelye vexit with 
infirmitie at thair departing fra Edinburgh, sua that the said roll culd 
nocht be had. And the saidis causis being fund resonabill, the saidis 
commissionaris now convenit, alsweill of Edinburgh as vtheris, hes all in 
ane voce concludit, statute and ordanit, that the auld actis preceding, 
and speciallie that quhilk was maid at Striveling the day foirsaid, the 
said auld taxt roll suld be alterit and reformit at the next convention to 
be haldin at the burgh of Cowpar in Fyfe, the saxtene day of Marche 
nixttocum, and that the commissioneris of the said burgh of Edinburgli to 
bring with thame the said auld taxt rollis to be alterit and reformit, in 
maner foirsaid. And for the alteratioun and reformatioun thairof, the saidis 
commissioneris convenit lies electit and chosin thair honorabill nycht- 
bouris efter following : to wit, the said Maister lohnn Preston, commissioner 
for Edinburgh ; Alexander Culane, commissioner for Abirdene ; William 
Norowell, commissioner for Perth [Striveling]; Walter Guthre, commissioner 
for Montros ; James Fleschour, commissioner for Cowpar ; lohnn Ay ton, 
commissioner for Hadingtoun ; and Patrik Clayhillis, commissioner for 



68 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Dondie, or ony sax of thame that salliappin to be present at the said 
nixt convention. And gif thir personis foirsaidis, or ony of thame, beis 
absent at the said nixt convention, the first person contenit in ilkane in 
the saidis burghis commissions as saidis elected sail supplie the place of the 
saidis absentis, and proceid to the said alteratioun and reformatioun of the 
said auld taxt roll, and that alsweill vpon the copy of the said auldtaxt roll 
now had be the commissioneris of Perth and vtheris burrovris, as vpon 
the said auld taxt roll itself, gif it war presented and raised be the com- 
missioneris of Edinburgh, without all forther dilay renuncing all cause 
or allegeance that mycht be maid in the contrair ; and all the saidis 
commissioneris be thir presentis consentis that the Lordis of oure Soue- 
rane Lordis Counsall direct letteris of homing vpon the said jiew taxt 
roll to be maid in maner fou-said, for obedience thairot vpon all burrowis 
within this realme, siclike as was directed of befoir vpon the said auld 
taxt roll. 
Anoni the Item, It is coucludit and ordanit that ane supplicatioun be maid and 

tobBOTows^ gevin in to the Kingis Grace and Lordis of Secreit Counsall be the commis- 
P*J^.Wfj^^®» sioneris of Edinburgh, Dondie, Sterveling, Perth, and Lynlythqu, concem- 
nont raids. ing the charges gevin to the burghis of this realme to pas to Wairdan or 
Lieutennend raidis expres aganis the privileges of burrowis, and thair 
accustomat liberties in the tyme of King lames the Fyft and his maist 
nobill progenitouris, quhen the saidis burrowis war frie of all sic raidis, 
and onlie subiect to pas quhair the Kingis awin proper persoun past him- 
self, or quhen the haill body of the realm war chairgit to pas aganis 
forain ennemeis, and to seik remeid thairin. 
Aneni the vn- Item, It is statute and ordanit, that in respect of the act of parliament 
maid for discharging of all tovnis vnfrie using the traffique and libertie 
of frie tovnis, in the quhilk act there is na payne nor penaltie maid 
aganis sic personis as contravenis the samyn, and zit, nochtwithstanding 
of the said act, thair is dyueris tovnis in the coist syde and vtheris that 
handlis and vsis the libertie and friedome of frie burrowis. Thairfoir at 
the nixt parliament, or at oure Souerane Lord and Hienes Counsall that ane 
penaltie or payne be maid aganis all thame that occupeis vniustlie, as said 
is, the libertie and friedome foirsaid, to be execute but fauouris, be reson 
the saidis burghis ar nocht onlie privilegat be the King oure Soueranis 
maist nobill progenitouris, bot aLsua ar subiect to all taxationis, imposi- 



frie townis. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 69 

tionis, and chairgis for the commoun weill of the realm, quhairof the 
saidis vnfirie tovnis ar fiie and delyuerit. 

Item, It is statute and ordanit, that in respect of the greit hurt sus- Sonday mer- 
tenit be the frie burrowis of this realme in balding of oppin merkatis at *^ 
landwart kirkis vpon the Sonday, quhilk is baith aganis the law of Qod 
and actis of parliament, that the bun*owis hurt and adiacent to the saidis 
landuart kirkis rais letteris of the lordis aganis the inhabitantis of the 
tovnis quhair sik merkatis ar haldin, and als vpon the personis that 
bringis ony geir to be sauld thairat, to be callit at particular dyettis and 
pvneist for thair demerites for breking of the saidis actis of parliament, 
and that letteris may be gottin fra the Kingis Grace and Lordis of Sccreit 
Cotinsall nocht onlie to dischairge the saidis merkatis simpliciter, bot alsua 
to confiscat the gudes that salbe apprehendit in the saidis mercatis, the 
ane half to oure Souerane Lordis vse, and the vthir half to thame that 
puttis the letteris to execution, and that the execution is may be producit 
befoir the commissioneris of burrowis at ilkane of thair conventionis, 
that na diligence be omitted quhill the fynall abolesing of the saidis 
merkatia 

Item, It is statute and ordanit that na merkat be haldin vpoun the Anent Sonday 
Sonday in na frie burgh within the realm of Scotland according to the ™®"^^- 
act of parliament, and quhat burgh or tovne that contravenis this present 
ordinance the burgh failzeing sail pay ten pundis sa oft as they failzie, 
and the samyn to be triat, and the payne to be collected be the dene of 
gild of Edinburgh of aU burghis and tovnis fra the watter of Foii'th, and 
be the burgh of Cowpar in Fyfe, betuix the watter of Forth and Tay, and 
be Dondie fra Tay to the watter of Die, and be Abirdene fra Die in all 
the north pairts, and that thay send thair executionis and diligence at the 
nixt convention of burrowis, together with the money collected, to the 
effect the samyn may be applyit at the sicht of the saidis commissioneris, 
and letteris to be raisit aganis the burrowis contravening this present 
ordinance, that the samyn may be put to execution but fauouris, etc. 

Item, It is statute and ordanit that the act maid of befoir concerning Tabiesofpittie- 
the vniformatie of all pitte-customes lifted within the Kingis Maiesties bummil^ 
frie burrowis of this realme be put to executioun, and that the commis- 
sioneris of Edinburgh bring with thame thair taibillis of pittiecustomes 



70 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

the nixt convention to be haldin at Cowpar the day foirsaid, with the 
quhilkis the saidis commissioneris of Edinburgh ar content. 
Outiand bur- Item, They ratefic and appreve the act maid for charging of burgessis 
^^^^^^ remanand without the burgh to resoirt to the tovne thay ar maid fne- 

men within fourty dayes nixt effcer thaii* chairge, vnder the payne of tyn- 
sall of thair fredomes, and that the said act be put to executioun im- 
mediatlie. 
Ratificatioun of Item, Ratcfeis and apprevis the actis efter following, and ordanis the 
^^^^^ samyn to be put to execution with all diligence, to wit, the act maid of 
the concurrance and assistance of ilk frie burgh in thair defence of thair 
privilege ; als the act anent tlie taking of vnfiiemenis gudes vnder the 
cullour of their awin, and handeling and traffecquing thairwith. 
Conseruatour: Item, It is statute and ordanit, that the conseruatour in Flanderis be 
chwSt^*^ discliargit simpliciter of ony vptaking of ony dewtie fra the Scottis 
schippis thair arryvand, alsweill he is dischargit of the vplifting of the 
sax stures of the sek. 
The burrowis Item, It is statute and ordanit, conforme to the act maid at Striveling 
fore°Uk^^riia- tuiching the convention of burrowis, that quhairever the parliament is 
»neut haldin, or convention of the nobilitie or estaitis of the realme, that the 

provest of the burgh quhairin the samyn is haldin sail mak aduerteisment 
to the remanent burrowis or thair commissioneris thar being present, 
that thay may convene together and pas to the parliament or convention 
for vttering and declaring of thair materia concerning the commoun weill 
of thair estaitis. 
Ten thousand Item, The saidis commissioneris be thir presentis consentis that the 
Pwth brig. fl^t of parliament maid at Striveling tuiching the vplifting of ten thou- 
sand merkis for support of the brig of Perth, be obeyit and vpUfted as 
eflferis. 
Nixtconven- Item, This convention being concludit and endit, the commissioneris 
Cowpar. foirsaidis hes appoynted thair nixt convention to be haldin at Cowpar in 

Fyijff, the saxtene day of Merche nixttocum, and ordanis the said burgh 
of Cowpar to direct thair missives to the remanent haiU burrowis of this 
realme for making of thame dew and lawfuU wairning to compeir the said 
day and place, specialie for reformatioun of the auld taxt rollis and vther 
materis concerning the Kingis obedience, and weill of burrowis ; and what 
burgh failzeis to compeir salbe poyndit imediatlie for the sovme of ten li. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 71 

In witnes of the quhilk thing the saidis commissioneris hes subscryuit 
thir presentis with thair handis. Extractum de libro statutorum dicte 
coniientioniB per me Alexandrum Wedderbum seribam communitatis dicti 
bnrgi de Bondie sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. £t sic 
subscribitur. 

A. WEDDERBURN. 



Apud Dondie, tertio die niensis Nouembris, 1 578. 

The quhilk day the commissioneris of burrowis in thair conventioun staipui in 
presentlie haldin in the burgh of Dondie, hes all in ane voce concludit *™^ ^^^' 
the staipill of the haill merchandis of this realme resoirtand to the pairtis 
of Flanderis be estaiblescht in the tovne of Campfer, according to the 
commission granted to Henry Nesbett, burges of Edinburgh, at the last 
parliament to that effect, and in to na vther place, quhairvpon Maister 
lohnn Preston and Henry Charteris, commissioneris for Edinburgh, askit 
actis and instrumentis. Extractum de libro statutorum dicte conuentionis 
per me Alexundrum Wedderbum scriba communitatis dicti burgi de Dondie 
sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. Et sic subscribitur. 

A. WEDDERBURN. 



At Cowpar, in the convention of burrowis haldin thair the xxiiij, xxv, Cowpar. 
xxvj, xxvij, and last dayes of Februar, the zeir of God, I™ V^ Ixxviij zeris, 
comperit the commissioneris vnderwrittin of the bun*owis of this realme 
be thair commissionis vndir thair commoun seillis, and pairt thairof vnder 
the subscriptionis of the common clarkLs thairof, off quhome thair names 
efter followis : Edinburgh, Maister lohnn Preston, lames Ros ; Striveling, 
Williame Norowell ; Dondie, lames Forester, dene of gild, Peter Clayhillis; 
Olasqu, Gawine Grahame ; Perth, Dioneis Conquerour ; Sanctandrois, 
Williame Ferry; Cowpar, Schir Dauid Lyndesay, hone pro vest, Alexander 
lameson, lames Peterson ; Innemes, Williame Baillie, George Ros ; Dum- 
freis, Harbart Ranyng ; Air, Robert Campbell, baillie ; Lynlithqu, Andn)W 



72 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Kar ; Hadington, lohnn Aytoun ; Dunbar, Maureis Lawder, Williame 
Bonkill ; Forfar, lohnn Traill ; Breichan, Kobert Kynair ; Rugling, Daoid 
Spens, baillie ; Northbervik, lohnn Spens ; Montros, Walter Guthre ; 
Aberbrothok, lames Ramsay ; Kirkcaldy, lames Littilihon, lohn Lowdon, 
Pettinweme, lohnn Carsaw. 
Aiteratioun of The QUHiLK DAY, Forsamekill as in the conventioun of burrowis haldin 
be the commissioneris thairof in the tovne of Dondie, the last day of 
October, the first, secimd, thrid, feird, and fyft dayes of Nouember, 1578 
zeiris, it was statute and ordainit that in the conuentioun of burrowis, to 
be haldin in the burgh of Cowpar the nixt day, that the taxt roUis of the 
burrowis of this realme suld be alterit and reformit in sic soirt that the 
dekeyit burrowis of this realme decrest in substance suld be empairit and 
diminischit, and the vther burrowis thairof incressit in substance to be 
augmentit in the saidis roUis ; and to the effect the samyn mycht be 
alterit, they have ordainit the commissioneris of Edinburgh to bring with 
thame in the foirsaid nixt convention the auld taxt roUis of the burghis 
of this realme to the effect foirsaid ; and for aiteratioun of the saidis 
rollis, the saidis commissioneris convenit in the foirsaid convention haldin 
at Dondie, hes electit thair honourabill nychtbouris efter following : — 
Maister lohnn Pi*eston, commissioner for Edinburgh ; Alexander Culane^ 
commissioner for Abirdene; William NorOwell, commissioner for Striveling; 
Dioneis Conqucrour, commissioner for Perth; Walter Guthre, commissioner 
for Montrois ; lames Fleschour, commissioner for Cowpar ; lohnn Ayton, 
commissioner for Hadington ; and Patrik Clayhillis, commissioner for 
Dondy ; or ony sax of thame that suld happin to be present in the said 
convention to be haldin in Cowpar, and gif ony of the saidis personis 
war absent in the foirsaid convention, in that cais the first person 
contenit in ilk ane of the thrie burghis commissionis elected as said is, 
sail supplie the place of the absentis, and proceid to the aiteratioun of the 
saidis rollis, as the said act at lenth proportis ; conforme to the quhilk, 
comperit the said Maister lohnn Preston, commissioner for Edinburgh, 
and hes producit the auld taxt roll of ane hundreth pundis to be 
collectit of the haill burrowis of this realme, vnder the subscription of 
Alexander Guthre, commoun dark of Edinburgh, quhilk the said Maister 
lohnn declairit vpon his conscience the samyn to be the trew extract of 
the principall taxt roll foirsaid, quhairvpon they devyde the haill 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 73 

exientis and taxationis vpoun the burrowis of this reahne, qulien taxa- 
tionis occurris and ar imposit vpoun the burrowis of this re«lme, and 
thidrupon asket instrumentis. And the said Maist#r lohnn Preston, 
commissioner foirsaid, Williame Norowell, Dioneis Conquerour, Walter 
Gathre, lohnn Ayton, Patrik Clayhillis, and Alexander Jameson eommis- 
sionar for Cowpar, present in place of the said lames Fleschour, be reson 
of the commission of Cowpar and absence of the said lames, quhilkis 
commissioneris foirsaidis of the burrowis aboue rehei-sit respectuie, acceptit 
reformatioun and alteratioun of the saidis taxt roUis vpon thame in 
presence of the haill commissioneris foirsaidis, and hes maid fayth to do 
the samyn lealelie and ti*ewlie conform to thaii' knawlege ; sua that they 
efter lang avysement thair be thame thairanent, haifand God and gude 
conscience befoir eis, hes altogether refformit the saidis roUis, as they ar 
particularlie vnderwritten vpon ilk burgh in speciall vpon the sovme of 
of ane hundreth pundis to be tane and collected of the haill burrowis. 
And this reformatioun to stand for the space of thre zeiris nixt heirefter 
following, and ay and quhill the samyn be new reformit and alterit be 
the commissioneris of the burrowis appoyntit and convenit to that effect 
efter lawfull aduertisement maid to the hailL And the saidis commission- 
eris hes assignet for collection of ilk hundreth pundis of tax foirsaid 
thretty schiUingis and ane penny, and quhatsumeuer taxatioun salbe 
heirefter lemated and ordainit to be tane of the burrowis of this realme, 
the samyn to be stentit be Edinburgh conforme to the said new reformit 
roD, and vpon na vtheris ; and that oure Souerane Lordis ^ letteris of 
homing directit vpon the said new taxt roll for obedience thairof, as was 
ever at ony ty me directit vpon the auld taxt rollis. 

The alteratioun of the taxt^ roll, alterit and reformit at Cowpar, the 
penult day of Februar, the zeir of God 1578, be the commis- 
sioneris of burrowis of this realme appoynted thairto, and of the 
sovme of ane hundreth pundis money to be coUectit of the haill 
burrowis of this realme. 
tnprimis, Edinburgh with Kingorn Rugling, viij s. 

and Innerkething, xxviij li. Air, iij li. vij s. iij d. 
Striveling, xlyj s. vi d. Irrewing, xxvij s. 

Linlithqu, xxiij a viij d. Glasqu, xliiij s. vj d. 



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Rothesay, x s. 
Dumbartan, xvij s. ix d. 
Eanfrew, xx s. iij ^ 
Laneark, xvj s. ix d. 
Jedburgh, xxiij s. 
Selkirk, xiij s. vj d. 
Peiblis, XV s. j d. 
Hadingtoun, xl s. 
Northbervik, v s. 
Dumbar, viij s. 
» Lawder, viij s. 
Dumfreis, xxxvij s. vj d. 
Abirdene, ix li ix s. 
Dundie, xj li xvj r. viij d. 
Perth, vj li. xvj a 
Banff, xiij s. vj d. 
Dunfermeling, xvj s. 
Craill, XXX s. 



Kirkcudbrycht, xvj a 
Wigtoun, xvj 8. 
Quhithom, xvj a 
Forfar, x s. j d. 
Breichan, xxx s. 
Montrois, xliij s. 
Elgyne, xxvj s. viij d. 
Innemes, xxx s. 
Abirbrothok, xx a 
Sanctandrois, iij li x a 
Cowpar, XXXV a vj d. 
Culane, vj s. x d. 
Forres, xvj s. ix d. 
Nairn, vj a x A 
Thayne, x a j d. 
Dysart, xxx a 
Kirkcaldy, xxa 
Pittinweme, xiij a iiij d. 



Sumina totalis, ane hundreth ane pundis ten schillingis ane penny, and 
this ane pund ten a ane penny for the collection thairof Et sic sub* 
scribitur. 

Maister lohnn Preston, commissioner for Edinburgh. 

Peter CSayhillis, commissioner for Dondie. 

Dioneis Conquerour, commissioner for Perth. 

Wm. Norowell for Striveling. 

Walter Guthre, commissioner for Montros. 

*Ihonn Ayton, zounger, commissioner for Hadington. 

Alexr. lameson, commissioner for Cowpair. 

J. ANDERSON. 



Tikket of mer- The QUHILK DAT the saidis commissioneris statutis and ordanis that 

SSTndto ^^m- *^^' ^ ^^® wryting dii-ected be the tovne of Edinburgh to the tovne of 

pbeir. Campfeir, that ilk merchant within this realme that arryvis thairin 

produce to the said Conseruatour ane tikket vnder the subscription of 

the dene of gild, baillie, or dark of the tovne that thay saill furth of, 

testefeing thame to be irie merchantis and gild brethir, and quha dois 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 75 

vtherweyis, the Conseruatour to intromet with thair geir thair present, 
escheit the samyn, as ane vufriemannis geir. 

And ilk persoun merchant of this realme bring with thame ane tikket 
vnder the subscription of the dene of gild, baillie, or clark of the tovne, 
they ar frie burgesses and gild brethir and induellaris in the tovne 
quhairof they resave the said tikket, to be presented be thame befoir the 
magistratis of the burgh or tovne they saill furth of, and quha dois nocht 
the samyn to be haldin as vnfriemen, and stoppit and debarrit fra the schip 
they pretendis to saill in. 

Item, That thair be na commissioner direct furth of the burgh to the Commissioii. 
parliament or convention of burrowis, bot sic as ar frie merchantis and ^^uo*b«frie 
ild brethir traffecquaris thairin as ane frie merchant, and quhat burgh ^"rg^sia. 
directs ony vtheris, the commissioner contenit in the said burghis com- 
mission to be repellit fra the societie of the remanent of the commis- 
sioneris of the saidis burrowis, and the burgh directar of thame to be 
pvneist thairfoir at the discretion of the remanent of the commissioneris of 
the saidis burrowis, and nocht to be admitted in societie with thame 
quhill thay be of new ressauit in the fauouris of the remanent burrowis. 

Item, That na merchant within this realme, vnder the pi-etence of Cuionngvufne 
culour of dissimulatioun, tak in company with him ony vnfriemennis ^^ 
geir, nocht gild brethir, to be sauld or interchangit be him to the vnfriemen, 
nocht gild, and quha that dois vtherwyes, to be haldin as periure and 
defamit, and neuer to bruik office in the tovne they ar frie in. 

Item, Ordanis ane article to be maid to the parliament to be haldin in woii,etc.traua- 
Striveling the x day of Merche nixttocum, that na woll be transportit poking. 
furth of this realme for the space of thre zeris nixt efter the dait heirof, 
nor zit ony butter, naither Orknay nor meil butter. 

Item, To desjdr the act of parliament to be put to executioun anent Fische. 
the filscheris quhilk slayis fische vpon the coistis of Scotland, and that 
thay sell nocht the samyn bot to frie merchantis of this realme. 

Item, That ane speciall supplicatioun be directed to the King andSerche«iurw: 
Lordis of his Hienes parliament be the commissioneris of burrowis to be ® ^ ^ 
convenit thair in Striveling the day foirsaid, for desyring of reformation 
to be put to the sersouris vplifland ane extraordinar dewtie of x s. of ilk 
chalder of salt passing furth of this realme, to the greit hurt and preiudice 



76 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

of all oure Souemne Lordis lieges, quhilk dewtie they onlie apply to 
tliame selues. 
Sercheouris: Item, To desyre in the said parliament that remeid be socht aganis 
forbiddin guide gersouris quhilkis ouerseis the forebodin wairis of this realme, to be trans- 
ported or careit furth of the samyn, and that ane penaltie be maid vpon 
thame quhilkis takis brybis or rewairdis for the said ouersicht 
Merchant to Item, To desyro that na stop nor impediment be maid to sic personis 

Korway with ^f ^\^ realmc as passis to Noroway with schone, salt, malt, or lynning 
clayth, for hamebringing of tyinmer, bot they to be frie to transport the 
saidis wairis thaii-to. 
ingiis clayth. Item, To be rcmomberit to be proponit in the said parliament that na 
peraon in this realme bring hame Inglis clayth furth of Ingland to this 
realme to be sauld thairin, becaus the samyn is ane greit hurt to the 
realme, and is the occasion of mony vagabund women to pas ydill thairin 
for laik of woll, laubouring and making of clayth. 
Fai8 litt Item, Ordanis euery burgh within this realme to tak ordour anentis 

thame quha hantis the litting of Ms litt, sic as blew brissell, ochart litt, 
or ony vther fals litt, quhilk is ane greit hurt and dessait to the Kingis 
lieges, and thairfoir the committeris thairof to be pvneist at the disci*e- 
tioun of the magistratis of the burgh they are tano in. 
Now inipoistis Item, To dcsyre the tovne of Edinburgh in all thair names ane suppli- 
iii France. catioun to the Magistratis of Deip in France, desyring reformatioun of 
the new impoistis raisit vpon the lieges of this realme arryving thairait, 
quliairthrow they ar compellit to pay to the pylatis and vther customaris 
sic extraordinar chairges within the samyn as ar to the greit hurt of the 
treddaris thair, and to crave remeid thairanent. 
Dags and Item, To propone in Parliament that thair be na dagis nor lang hak- 

hakbuts. butis worn within burgh, vnder sic payne as salbe thocht gude be the 

* Kingis grace and Lordis of- Parliament. 

Wechts. Item, That all burrowis within this realme haif thair wechtis, sic as 

stane, half stane, pund, and half pund, the trone wecht, according to the 
stane of Laneark, to be maid of bras, and markit with the tovnis stamp 
of the burgh the samyn is in, and that na person by nor sell ony geir 
vAih ony vther mesour nor that quhilk salbe maid of bi*as ; And that 
uniuersally throw the haill burrowis of this realme, euer ilk tix)is wecht 
keip the iust wecht of xvj vnces for the pund, conforme to the Frenche 



Cmivention of Royal Burghs. 77 

wecbt, and that the Magistratis of euery burgh put this present ordinance 
to execution betuix the dait heirof and the first day of September nixt- 
tocum. And quhat burgh failzeis thairin to paj*^ x li. toties quoties. 

Item, That ilk burgh within this realme haif thair furlotis and mesouris Furlots and 
conforme to the staine of linlithqu in all soirtis, and that na maltman 
haif nor vse ony half boll metis, exce[)t they be brokin and markit with 
the tovnis mark quhairin the samyn is, vnder the pyne of x li. 

Item, This convention being concludit be the commissioneris foirsaidis, Nixt conven- 
hes appoynted thair nixt convention to be haldin in Glasqu the xxiiij day Jji^^ ^ ** 
of Februar 1579 ; And ordanis the said burgh to direct thair missives to 
the remanent burrowis of this realme for making of dew and lawfuU 
waiming to thame to compeir the said day and place for trcitting vpon 
sic thingis as tend to the glorie of God, dew obedience of oure Souerane 
Lord, and estait and weill of buiTowis. And quhat burgh failzeis to com- 
peir to pay X li. In witnes of the quhilk thing the saidis commissioneiis 
hes subscryuit the samyn with thair handis as efter foUowis. 

Mr. lo". Preston, commissioner for Edinburgh. 

lames Ros, commissioner for Edinburgh, with my hand at the pen 
led be lohnn Guthre notar at my command. Ita est loannes 
Guthre notarius de mandato dicti lacobi scriberi nescientis 
ut asseruit teste meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. 

lames Forrester, commissioner for Donde. 

Peter Clayhillis, commissioner for Dondie. 

Dioneis Conquerour, commissioner for Pei-th. 

W™. Norowell, commissioner for Striveling. 

Gawine Gmhame, commissioner for Glasqu. 

D. Lyndesay, commissioner for Cowpar. 

Alex^. lameson, commissioner for Cowpar. 

Walter Guthre, commissioner for Montrois. 



78 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Followis the Actis and Staiviis maid at Strivding the fytt 
day of August the zeir of God /*". V". threscoir nym- 
tene zeiris. The commissioneris of hurrois convenit 
in the Tolbuith of the same, quha eondvdit and deliherit 
vpon the articles following, in maner as is efter 
deduirede. 



Conventioan 
befoir the 
parliament 



Campheir : 
salt pannis ; 
loist mailles. 



Conseniatour i 



In the first, The commissioners of burrowis presentlie convenit aggreis 
and voitis that thair be new meitting and conuentioun of burrois com- 
missioneris in quhatsumeuer place it salhappin the nixt parliament to be 
haldin in, fyve days befoir the first day of Parliament, to the effect deli- 
beratioun may be tane vpoun particularis of burrois. 

Secoundlie, It is aggreit that the prouest, baillies, and counsale of Edin- 
burgh write effectuouslie to the toun of Campheir anent the demoliscbeing 
of the salt pannis thairof sa far as thai ar troubilsome, as alsua tuiching 
the loist mailles, and werkmen quhairin diners ar extortionat be the 
tousting vsit vpoun thame be thair compromit maid thairanent. 

As alsua write to Maister George Halket dischargeing him of receaving 
c^mpt"tEairo? ^^ ^^® ^^^ sturis of the seek in all tyine heirefter ; and likewayis that he 
bring himself, or send be his commissioner, his comptis sen the last receav- 
ing of his commissioun, and that betuix and the xv day of October nixt- 
tocum. 

Thridlie, It is aggreit that the toun of Edinburgh, prouest and baillies 
thairof, tak ordour anent the payment of frauchting of schippis, and thai 
to prescryve the same as they think maist expedient. 

Feirdlie, It is votit that commissioun be grantit to ane or tua of Edin- 
burch, or tua of Dunde, Peirth, Striveling, Abirdene, to tak ordoure anent 
the vsing of the excise beir and wyne in Campheir. 

Articlis following remittit to the nixt meting of burroia 

Item, Forsamekill as be the exhorbitent toust of marineris and schip- 
maisteris of guidis imput in schippis not of tun mesour, nor that be the 
same the fraucht may be payit, ordour is to be tane thairin the xv day of 
October nixt. And in the menetyme the commissioneris present to 



Frauchting of 
schippis. 



Canv€ntio7i of Royal Burg lis. 79 

report the discommoditie thairof to thair nychtbouris and haue thair 
adtiise agane the said day. 

Anent the supplicatioun gevin in be the prouest, baillies, counsale, andNichtbomisof 
communitie of the burch of Edinburgh, makand mentioun that it is nochtq^^^^Jim- 
unknawin how thair was sevin nichtbouris of Edinburgh put and detenitP"*®^*- 
in waird vpoun materis concerning weilfair of burrois, and in speciall con- 
cerning the bolleheoune, and thairfoir desiring the mater may be resonit 
amangis the assemblie present, that thair menis expenssis maid in thair 
wairding may be rembursit, as the supplicatioun beris, the commissioneris 
convenit remitts the ansuer heirof to thair nixt conventioun ; and in the 
menetyme ilk commissioner to confer with thair nichtbouris as efferis. 

Ferder, Remittis the suplicatioun direct be Alexander Segat tuichingMiniateTin 
the uphald of ane minister in Campheir to the nixt assembley as said is. Campheir. 

Followis the namis of the commissioneris for the burrois efter declairit, 
covenit day and place foirsaidis. 

Gilbert Dik, baillie for Edinburgh. Robert Raning, Drumfreis. 

Henrie Nesbet. Moreis Lauder, Dumbar. 

Henrie Charteris. Tliomas Lauder, Northbervik. 

Alexander Scrymgeour, bailie, Dunde. lames Cokbume, Hadingtoun. 

Dioneis Conquerour, Perth. Robert Sempill, Dumbertane. 

Andro Balfoure, Sanctandrois. Hew Campbell, Irving. 

Gawane Grahame, Glasqw. Hew Neuen, Irving, 

Thomas Murray, Striviling. Adame Moflfet, baillie, Peiblis. 

Williame Norwell, Striviling. Gilbert Tuedie, Peiblis. 

Andro Buke, Abirdene. Robert Waus, Innernes. 

Williame Stewart, Air. Dauid Brintoun, Lanark. 

Schir David lindesay of Mounth, Rolland Mwir, Lanark. 
Cowper. lohne Traill, Forfar. 

lames Flescheour, Cowper. lohne Ramsay, Carreill. 

Charles Drummond, prouest, Lin- Robert Cuik, Pettinveyme. 
lithgw. lohne Barclay, Pettinveyme. 

This is the iust copie of the procedingis in the assemblie befoir writtin, 
oollationat be the principall, subscriueit be me, lohne Muschet, clerk 
thairto, witnessing my signe and subscriptione manual! Et sic subscri- 
bitur. 

I. MUSCHETT. 



80 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



FoUoms the actis and statutis maid he the commissioneris 
of hui^owis assemhlit to the Parliament haldin at 
Edinburgh in October 1579, as alsita the articules 
gevin in be thame thairto. 

For Ediuburgh, with commission seillit and subscryvit, Alexander 
Clark, pro vest, Henry Nesbett, baillie, and Maister lohnn Preston; Perth, 
Dioneis Conquerour, Williame Flemyng ; for Dondie, with commission, 
Alexander Scrymgeour, Peter Clayhillis ; for Craill, Williame Bowsy, 
Williame Annand, with commission ; for Striveling, Thomas Murray, 
baillie, Robert Alexander, dene of gild, without commission producit ; for 
Dumbar, Williame Bonkill, commission schawin ; for Abirdene, Gilbert 
Meinzeis, pi'ovest, Williame Meinzeis, his brother, and Alexander Kuther- 
furde, baillie, without commission schawin ; Sanctandrois, Maister Dauid 
Kussell, without commission ; Hadingtoun, lames Cokburn, and Williame 
Broun, baillie, but commission ; Cowper, Dauid Patersoun, without com- 
missioun schawin ; Pettinweme, Maister Thomas Beinston, without com- 
mission, and William Bowsy, commissioner for Craill, protested this the 
said Maister Thomas* admission suld nocht preiuge thame in thair liber- 
ties ; Forfar, lohnn Ti-aill, without commission schawin ; Elegene, lohnn 
Annand, provest, but commissioun ; Dumfreis, Harbert Banyng, Archi- 
bald Makbrair, provest, but commission ; Laneark, the auld Laird of 
Carmichaell, but commission ; Irewing, Hew Campbell, provest, but com- 
mission ; Dumbarton, lohnn Hardrig, without commission ; Glasqu, 
George Elphinston, Williame Cunynghame ; Linlithqu, Chairles Drum- 
mond, provest, Andrew Ker, dark, thairof; for Abirbrothok, Adame 
Peirsoun; for Northbervik, Thomas Lawder; for Dunfermling, Robert 
Pawton ; for Air, Edward Wallace. 
Dondie vniawit The samyn day the commissioneris of burrowis abouewrittin, being con- 
'^af'JI^itinVenit in the Nether Tolbuyth of the said burgh of Edinburgh, all in voce 
commissioun. fyndis the tovne of Donndie suld pay ane vnlaw of fourty pundis 
for contravening of thair act maid at thair convention in Cowper in 
Februar 1578, anentis the election of thair provest, the tutour of Petcur, 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 81 

nocbt beand ane merchant trafficquar, in commission at the convention 
baldin at Striveling in August last bypast. 

The aamyn day Alexander Scrymgeour, commissioner for the said Protestatioun 
tovne of Dondie, in name thairof protested the act abouewrittin suld tak ^^°^^'^^'^- 
na effect, insefar as the commissioneris now convenit for the maist pairt 
heB scbawin na commissioun to treitt vpoun the effaires of burrowis, bot 
onlie war convenit to the Parliament. 

Itek, The saidifl commissioneris statutis and ordanis that zeirlie at the JedgeniaiBteris 
feist of Michaellmess, quhilk is the ordinar tyme of the electioun of 
ofiiciaris in burrowis, thair be elected and chosin certan jedge maisteris at 
every sea poirt within this realme for setting of all gudes nocht of tun 
mesour, and the jedgis of euery burgh and sey poirt to be conforme to 
the jedge of the burgh of Edinburgh, to quhome they geve full commis- 
inon to mak the samyn. And the jedge maister to have for jedging and 
setting of euery tun jedgit and mett be him tuelf penneis, quhairof the 
ane half to be payit be the skipper, and the vther half be the awner of 
the gadea. 

Item, Anentis the des3n'e of the commissioneris of Glasqu, desyrit the pesyreof heip- 
heipit mettis uniuersalie to be reformit, and that ane Act of Parliament Giwqu. 
war maid thaLrrpoun, sua that all fourletis, pekis, and vther mesouris war 
maid of the lairgnes of the heipit mett, to be straikit and nocht heipit ; 
Fyndis the mater of sic importance, and the tyme sua impertinent for this 
present^ as at this t}rme na resolutioun can be had thairof, continewing 
alwayes the samyn to thair nixt conventioun. 

Item, It being proponit be the commissioners of the burgh of Edin- ExpenMia 
buigh that the answer to be gevin to thair supplicatioun presents befoir l^bui^hf ^ 
the commissioneriB of biurowis last convenit in Striveling, anentis the 
rembarsement of thair nychtbouris chairges sustenit be thame the tyme 
of thair imprisonment in the Palace of Linlithqu, Dern of Monteith, and 
Dumbarton, for defence of the commoun cause of burrowis, and in speciall 
the boulzeon, the tyme of the Erie of Mortounis govemement, was con- 
ionewit to this present conventioun, as ane act maid thairvpoun proportis ; 
Condudis that at the nixt conventioun of burrowis quhilk is to be in 
Glasqu the xxiiij day of Februar nixt, resolute ansuer salbe gevin to 
thame thairanent^ and promesis euery ane for their awin pairt, thatt thair 
commissioneris to be sentt to the said convention salbe sufficientlie in- 



82 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

8tructed to that effect, and have speciall commission thau'to ; and this 

becaus the commissioneris now assemblit, in defalt and negligence of the 

commissioneris convenit at Striveling, nocht being aduerteist be thame, 

brocht na commission to determyne thairvntill. 

Kxtentt to be Item, Efter lang resonyng with ane act producit befoir thame be the 

bureing of the saidis commissioneiis, quhairby it was ordanit that Adame Fullerton suld 

STE^nbu^h" l>^ dispeschit with all diligence to Ingland for suting of redres of the 

intheburrowisggljippig ^^^ orudes piUcit be the Infflismen fra the merchandis of this 

names to * *^ . . 

•Adame Foul- rcalme, and that for making of his chairges thair, thair suld be ane geno- 
^^ rail extent of tuelf hundreth merkis sett to be vplifted of the haill 

burrowis of this realme, viz., njnie hundreth merkis thairof to be de- 
lyuerit than instantlie to the said Adam for making of his expenssis as 
said is, and ane hundreth and aucht merkis to pay for ane zeris interest 
thairof, according to the rate of tuelf for the hundreth, and the rest of 
the sovme for the ingathering thairof ; as the samyn insert in counsall 
buke of the said burgh of Edinburgh, extractit furth thairof be Alexander 
Guthre, common dark, vnder his subscription of the dait at Edinburgh 
the thrid of Maij 1577, proportis. The saidis commissioneris for the 
maist pairt fyndis the tovne of Edinburgh debursaris thairof suld be rem- 
bursit thairof, and that the said extent suld be sett and vplifbed with 
diligence of the haill burrowis of this realme conforme to the tennour of 
the said act to that effect. And the commissioneris of Perth, Sanctan- 
drois, Cowpar, Dumbartan, and Dumfreis dissa^sented to the making 
heirof. 

The conmiissioneris present continewis the resonyng vpoun the placing 
of thair estaipill in Flanderis into thair nixt convention, to be haldin at 
Glasqu the day abouewrittin, and promesis that the commissioneris to be 
direct to the samyn salbe sufficientlie instructit and haif commissionis to 
that effect to se all things promesit be the iuges of Campfeir be obseruit, 
and ordanis the tovne of Edinburgh to wryte to the conseruatour to be 
at the said conventioun. 

Alex"" Clark. lames Cokbum. 

Henry Neisbett. Williame Browne. 

Alx^ Scrymgeour. • Maister Dauid Russell, dissas- 

Robert Alschindir. senting to the penult artikle. 

George Elphynstoun. Eduard Wallace. 



Conve7itio7i of Roycd Burghs. 83 

Hew CampbeL Williame Bonkle, commissioner 

Thomas Lauder. of Dunbar. 

Dawid Peirsone. H. Ranyng, of Drumfreis. 

Rolland Mwir. 



FoUouns the actisj statutis, and conclusioivn^ maid and taikin ?^*«i^- 
at GlasqUy in the convention and assemblie of hurrovris 
haMin thairat, the xxiiij\ xxv^ xxnj\ and xxvij dayis of 
February 1579, he the commissioneris thairof vndiriorit- 
tirij quha presented thair commissionis pairtlie vender 
thair commoun seillis^ aud ane vther pairtt vnder the 
svbsainptions of the common clarkis of the saidis hur^ 
rowis^ of quhome the namis foUoims : 

Edinburgh, Henry Nesbett, baillie, Henry Chairteris; Air, George 
Lokkart, George Cocheran ; Cowper, Dauid Philp, thesaurer ; Irowyne, 
Hew Campbell, provest, Gawane Nasmyth ; Craill, Dauid Eamsay ; Ljm- 
liihqu, Androw Kar ; Striveling, Robert Alexander ; Perth, Dioneis Con- 
querour, Maister Patrik Quhytelaw of Newgrange; Laneark, Dauid Bryn- 
toun, Williame Wilkene ; Ruglene, Dauid Spens ; Dondie, Alexander 
Scrymgeour, baillie, Richartt Blythe ; Hadington, Robert Nesbett, pro- 
vest, Alexander Synison ; Dumbartan, Maister Williame Houstoun ; 
Glasqu, George Elphinestone, Williame Cunynghame, baillies ; Peebles, 
Gilbert Twedy, thesaurer ; Dumbar, Maurise Lawder, Williame Kelly ; 
Abirdene, Williame Menzeis ; Sanctandrois, Maister Dauid Russell ; 
Pettinweme, Stevin Martyne ; Ranfrew, Adam Hall, Patrik Jaksoun. 

The quhilk day, comperit lohnn Wyce, burges of Glasqu, and producit Commiaaion- 
ane commission to compeir for the tovne of Wigtoun, and desyrit to be wgtouiJ^^ 
admitted commissioner for thame, quhilk desyre the haill commissioneris 
abouewrittin thocht nawayis resonabill, and repellit the samyn, becaus 
he was na burges of the said tovne of Wigtoun, and that thair comperit 
na burges thairof thairwith instructed be thame, and thairfoir the said 
tovne was vnlawit as absentt. 



84 Convmtion of Royal Burghs. 

Commission- The samyn day, comperit Nicoll Palmer as ane messenger direct be the 
Misiwe. baillies and communitie of Dunfries, and presented ane letter of ratifica- 

tion of all thingis to be done in this present conuention to be concludit on, 
subscryuit be thair commoun clark, quhilk the commissioneris accepted, 
bot nocht as ane com mission. 
Protestatioun Siclike, compcrit Stcvin Martyne, and producit ane commissioun fra 
CraiU. the baillies counsall and communitie of Pettinweme, and desyrit to be 

admitted as commissioner for thame, quhome the baill commissioneris foir- 
• saidis, together with his commission, admitted, without preiudice of the 
burgh of CraiU, and the action intented and dependand betuix thame, 
presentlie befoir the Lordis of Sessioun : And Dauid Bamsay, commis- 
sioner for Craill, protested thatt the recept of the saidis commissioner of 
Pettinweme and his commission suld nocht preiuge thair richt or privel^e, 
nor zit the action dependand betuix thame thairupoun befoir the Lordis 
of Session, becaus, as he allegit, Pittenweme was and is within the boundis 
friedome and libertie of Craill, and heirvpon askit instrumentis. 
Ratificatioun, Alsua, comperit Alexander Scrymgeour and Richart Blythe, commis- 
oUht^wjfm*2id sioneris for Dondie, and ratefeit and aprevit the act maid at Striveling 
in sterveiing. in the Convention of burro wis haldin thair the xxv of October, 1679, 
bering that quhatsumeuer contention beis betuix burrowis concerning 
thair liberties salbe proponit in generall conuention of burrowis, and re- 
ferrit to certan to be chosin be thame thairfoir, as in the said act at lenth 
is c^ntenit; And lykewyis Dioneis Conquerour and Maister Patrick 
Quhytelaw, commissioneris for Perth, ratefeit and apprevitt the samyn, 
and thairupon the saidis commissioneris of Perth take note with provision 
thatt the said ratificatioun, maid be thame of Perth, preiugit thame nocht 
touching the prioritie of thair place, albeit they be second in ratification 
as said ia 
Protestatioun, The samjm day, Robert Alexander, commissioner for Striveling, pro- 
^* °^' tested thatt quhatsumeuer thing beis done or decemit betuix the barghis 
of Dondie and Perth tuiching the second place of burrowis clamit be 
ather of thame, preiugit nocht Striveling and the privilege it hes to the 
second place of burrowis, and thairupoun askit instrumentis. 
Dcmdy, Pertii. Item, Forsamckill as be act of parliament maid at Edinburgh in Octo- 
ber last, the question and debait betuix Perth and Dondie anent thair 
place in parliament was referrit to the decision of commissioneris of bur- 
rowis, to be decydit at this convention now in Glasqu, and efter lang 



Ckmvention of Royal Burghs. 85 

resohyng thairwitb be the saidis commissioneris, it wafi emistlie requestit 
be tbame, in respect of the wechtie materia now to be treittit tuiching the 
weilfare and libertie of the haill burrowis, that the saidis commissioneris 
of Perth and Dondie Buld tak vp, in boip of concord, the said mater, and 
all vther materis debatabill and questionabill betnix the saidis tua bur- 
rowis, sua thatt perpetuall amitie may heirefter reroane amangis thame : 
At the quhilk emist requeist, and for the causis foirsaidis, the saidis com- 
missioneris of Perth and Dondie hes obeyit, and the saidis haill commis- ^ 
sioneris hes continewit thaii* conclusioun thairin quhill thair nixt conven- 
tion, with consentt of pairtis as the mater standis now, butt preiudice of 
the act of parliament thairanent, and ather of thair rychtis ; And thair- 
Ibir the saidis commissioneris of Perth hes promeist to cawse thre honest 
induellaris, gild brethir of the samyn tovne, to cum to the kirk of Raitt 
on the Wednisday immediately preceding Palme Sonday nixt, and inlyke 
wayis the saidis commissioneris of Dondie hes promeist in lykemaner to 
cauBe thre honest men induellaris, gild brethir of thair tovne, to cum on 
the said day to the said kirk of Raitt, and the saidis thre, or twa of 
thame, on ilk syde, as the counsallis of the saidis burghis sail think ex- 
pedient, to accept the decision of the saidis materis on thame, together 
with ane ouerisman to be chosin in this maner : thatt ather Dondie sail 
cheis fyve burgessis, induellaris within seueral burghis, of quhilkis Perth 
salbave the chois of ony ane of thame, or giff it happynnis Perth to 
nominatt the fyve men, Dondie to have thair chois of ony of the saidis 
fyve men to be ouerisman as they salhappin to agrie vpoun, — twa tikketis 
to be put in ane hatt, the ane to contene fyve mennis names, and the vther 
nane, and quhilk of the tovnis gettis the tikket contenaud the names 
thatt tovne sail nominatt the men, and the vther tovne salhave thair 
chois quhilk of the fyve men they will cheis to be ouerisman for thame 
baitb, and the iuges and ouerisman to decreitt thairanentt as they sail 
agrie, within sic space as they sail appoynt at thair meting ; provyding 
the wryting of the names of Perth or Dondie in this present act preiuge 
nane of thame in the prioritie of thair places clamit. 

The commissioneris foirsaidis hes with ane consent promeist to pas Act for vniaw- 
altogether to StriveUng in proper personis, at the leist for euery tovne ^^ n(Sht to 
ane commissioner, and Edinburgh twa, to geve thair ansuer to the ^*^^®^»- 
Kingis Maiestie, to his Hienes petitionis, and to pas furth of this tovne 
of Qlasqw on Sonday nixt, the xxviij of Februar instant, to be thair 



86 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

that nycht, God willing, ilk tovne presentlie conuenit vnder the payne of 
tuenty pundis. 
ExteE^^ui- ^^^ commissioneris foirsaidis hes maid creat and constitute Henry 
2«oun. Nesbett, baillie, Henry Charteris, commissioneris of Edinburgh, Kichart 

Blythe in Dondie, George Lokkart in Air, George Elphinestoun in Glasqu, 
Moreis Lawder in Dumbar, Robert Nesbett provest of Hadington, and 
Alexander Symson, commissioneris and procuratouris to pas to Edinburgh, 
and thair to persew crave and sute Mungow Russell for compte rekning 
and payment, to be maid be him to the bun-owis of the superplus and 
rest of the extent of the boulzeon gatherit and collected be him, and 
immediatlie to pas to that effect furth of Striveling and performe the 
samyn, with power to substitute procuratouris, and ak to thame to pro- 
pone and agrie thairupon, and to geve dischargis of thair ressait in ample 
forme, and thair expenssis to be tane of the superplus of the said compte, 
and the rest that happynis to be recouerit to be furthcumand to the haill 
burrowis, and brocht in to thame at their nixt convention ; provyding 
thair expenssis exceid nocht tuenty pundis. 
Sglto^* ^*^' Item, The commissioneris foirsaidis hes found the tovne of Hading- 
toun hes transgrest the act maid at Striveling, the xxvth of October 
1579, in persewing the towne of Dumbar befoir the Lordis of Sessioim, 
nocht being first menit or complanit on in the conuention of burrowis, 
becaus they baith be thair commissioneris war present at the making of 
the said act ; and thairfoir the haill commissioneris of burrowis present, 
with consent of baith the saidis burrowis contendantis, hes depute and 
chosin thir personis following, viz : Henry Nesbett, baillie of Edinburgh, 
lames Olephant, lohnn Wilsoun, Henry Chairteris, burgessis of Edin- 
burgh, or ony twa of thame, as iugis for Hadingtoun ; and Maisteris 
Robert Glen, lohnn Prestoun, Frances Lynton, and lohnn Amott 
burgessis of Edinburgh, or ony twa of thame, iuges chosin for Dumbar ; 
and incais of variance, with power to the four iuges, acceptaris, to cheis 
ane odman and ouerisman, and to decyde vpoun the questionis mouit 
betuix ather of the saidis tovnis, and specialie concerning the contentis of 
the twa lybellit summondis raisit be aither of thame aganis vtheris 
befoir the Lordis of Sessioun, hinc inde, as salbe contenit in dames. 
And the saidis iuges to convene in Edinburgh vpon the ix day of Merche 
nixt, and to decern thairanent betuix and the xx day thairefber, with 
power to the saidis iuges and ouerisman to prorogat for aucht dayes nixt 



Conventiwi of Royal Burghs. 87 

tbairefler. Provyding incais the provest, baillies, and counsall of Hading- 
ton condiscendis vnto this present compromit, and aprevis the samyn, 
the haill commissioneris of burrowis present absoluis thame fra the 
penaltie for breking of the said act maid at Striveling, vtherwayis baith 
the saidis pairties eontendantis to be frie for persute and defence of thair 
summondis, hinc inde, as they ar intented, and as they mycht haif done 
befoir this present act making, and in that cais the tovne of Hadington 
to incur the penaltie of the act maid at Striveling, and the haill 
burrowis to tak pairt with the vther pairty conforme thairto, etc. 

Item, The haill commissioneris of burrowis presentlie conuenit hes Anentisaction- 
ratefeit and aprevit, etc., the act maid in the conuention of biuTOwis ^^ ^'^ 
haldin at Striveling thexx\th of October 1574, beringthatt all commoun 
contrauersies and questions debatubill, and actions amangis burrowis 
concerning their liberties, salbe, befoir ony proces or pleyis, proponit in 
the generall conuentioun of burrowis, and the samyn amicablie referrit 
to thre or four that salbe chosin bo common consent to decyde thair- 
intUl, as in the said act at mair lenth is contenit, quhilk they ordane to 
be obseruit inuiolablie in all tymes cuming ; that the thre or four to be 
chosin to decyde the contrauersies betuix the burrowis contendand salbe 
chosin be consent of the maist pairt of the conmiissioneris present at the 
conuentions quhen they sail occur, albeit the pairties contendand consent 
nocht thairto, and als that the pairtie contravenar of the said act, by 
the payms contenit in the actis ellis maid, sail pay of penaltie to the 
pairtie willing to abyde at the samyn the sovme of ane iiundrith IL 
money, for coistis skaythis and dampnages sustenit and to be sustenit 
thairthrou. 

Itebi, The commissioneris of Hadingtoun dissassented fra the appoynt- Protestatioun, 
ing of the said sovme of penalty that it preiuge thame nocht, and thair- ^"^ ^^' 
vpoun askit instrumentia 

Item, Anent the complaynt gevin in be Hew Campbell provest, and Extentt irow- 
Gawine Nasmyth, commissioneris of Irowyne, first gevin in to the Kingis "^®- 
Grace and Lordis of Secreit Counsall, and thairfra remitted to be decydit 
in this present conuention, tuiching the abuse of the taxatioun and stent 
roll making within the tovne of Irowing, alleging the samyn to be sett in 
quarteris of the tovne, nocht having respect to thame that has the gudis 
thairinto, as in the said complaynt was at mair lenth contenit. The haill 
commissioneris of burrowis present having consideratioun thairof, and 



88 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

avysing tbairwitb, ordaiuis quhen ony tazationis salbappin to occur that 
the said tovne of Irowing suld be stentit and taxt^ and ane taxt roll 
maid thairof, conforme to the vse of vther burrowis, to wit, the provest, 
baillies, and counsall thairof sail cause and depute certan suom men of 
the tovne to taxt euery ane within the samjm according to their habilitia 
Protestatioun, Item, Maister Williame Houstoun, commissioner for Dumbartan. 

iioiiston com- ' ' 

miseioner protested that the said ordinance be nocht preiudiciall to the said burgh 

of Dumbartan anent thair vse of stenting, and thairupoun tuke note. 
Laneark, Rug- Item, Anent the Complaint gevin in be Dauid Biyntoun and Williame 
lene. Wilkyne, commissioneris of lianeark, aganis the provest, baillies, and 

counsall of Buglene, comperand be Dauid Speus thair commissioner, 
committed be thame in making of ane greit nomber of cuntrie landwart 
men, nocht duelland nor willing to duell within thair burgh, burgessia 
and frieman with thame, as was at large contenit in the said complaynt ; 
the haill commissioneris of burrowis present, having consideratioun of 
the complaynt, ordanis the provest, baillies and counsall of Ruglyn to 
cause vame and charge all and sundrie personis quhome they have maid 
fremen, nocht duelland within thair tovne, to cum, duell, and remane 
within the samyn within fourty dayes efter they be chairgit thairto, 
with certificatioun gif they failzie that they salbe put furUi of thair 
rollis, thair friedomes tynt doun, and to have na privilege nor libertie in 
thair burgh be thair fredome in all tymes thairefter ; and to repoirt thair 
diligence and decreitis aganis thame to the nixt conuention of burrowis, 
vnder the payne of ten lb. And in tyme cuming ordanis thame to 
receave nor admitt na burgessia bot according to actis of parliament and 
lawis of burgh. 
ContinuatioQii Item, Anent the supplicatioun gevin in be George Lokkart, for him- 
fXbui^^of ^^ ^^^ lohnn Lokkart, Robert Chalmer, Eduard Wallace, and George 
Air. Kennedy, burgessis of Air, desyring suppoirt and contributioun for the 

greit expenssis maid be thame in manieinance and persute of thair 
privilege tuiching the chesing of thair prouest and bailies aganis the 
Schiref of Air, as in the said supplicatioun is at mair lenth contenit. 
The haill commissioneris present ordanis ilk commissioner now presentt 
to declair and oppin, euery ane to thair nychtbouris respectiue, and 
repoirt thair ansueris, and be fiillie instructed quhat they will do thair- 
anent at the nixt convention of burrowia 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 89 

Itebc, It is statute and ordanit be the haill commissioneris of burrowis ^ fl!^^"®*?|| 
present, that the provest and baillies within euery burgh, fra Glasqu weiu oakkit 
west, quhair ony sahnond keilling or vther fisches ar pakkit, sail dili- bSid? *^^*^ 
gentlie vesie and se thatt the barrellis and treis quhairin the saidis 
fisches ar pakkit be of iust mesour, conforme to auld vse and wont, and 
the samyn to be bryntt or markit with the mark of thair tovne ; and 
thatt all fisches that ar to be saltit be weill and suffieientlie salted, and 
the samyn veseit be the office men in euery tovne, to quhome it 
apertenis, or salbe appoynted thairto be the provest, baillies, and counsall 
thairo^ vnder sic paynis to the transgressouris as the provest baillies 
and counsall sail appoyntt. 

Item It is statute and ordainit be the haill commissioneris of burrowis acSbo? PaSL- 
present, for execution of the actis of Parliament granted to the libertie "?*»»* ^ ex«cu- 
and privilege of burrowis, and concerning the privilege gevin to the 
provest and baillies of burrowis within thair awin iurisdiction, that the 
sudis provest and baillies sail cause execute the saidis actis, conforme to 
the tennour of the samyn, and to be ansuerabill thairfor in euery 
conventioun of burrowis, as they salbe accusit thainipon, vnder the payne 
of tuenty pundis. 

Itebc, The haill commissioneris of burrowis presentlie convenit, at the Continuatioun: 
requeist and desyre of the Kingis Maiestie, continowit and supersedit, ^'^^"^ 
as they continow and supersedis, all preceding aganis Maistcr Grcorge 
Hacquett^ Conseruatour in Flanderis, quhill the nixt convention of 
burrowis. 

Item, The haill commissioneris present hes promest to assist, fortifie, and ^IJJr P^ST 
concur with the tovne of Peiblis in defence of the cawse persewit 
contrar thame be my Lord of Newbothhill, as becumis thame to do, con- 
forme to the actis of burrowis maid of befoir. 

Item, The conmiissioneris of burrowis present ordanis the tovnis that Visiiaaouii, 

111 .1 "I • A -r-i-i n J ."1 . • • Hawin : Sanct- 

ar appoynted to vesy the hawin of £lay, sail, at thair convemng in androia. 
Sanctandrois, vesy the schoir and hawin of Sanctandrois, and tak cogni- 
tion gif the haill money appoyntit for the reparing thairof be wairit, 
and to requiest the provest, baillies, and counsall of Sanctandrois to cawse 
the collectour of this extent to mak compte and rekning quhow he hes 
bestowit the sam money vpon the reparing of the said schoir, certefeing 
the saidis provest, and baillies counsall gif they failzie, the haill com- 

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conTentiouii. 



90 Conventio7i of Royal BurgJis. 

missioneris of burrowis will complene to the Kingis Grace and his Coirn- 
sall, for ordour to be tane thairanent. 
S'^^to^a^ Item, The haill commissioneris of burrowis present hes found eueiy 
eentt fra the ane of the tovnis following to have ineurrit ten lb., for the payne and 
vnlaw for thair non comperance to this present conuentioun, as they 
quha war lawfuUie vamit thairto, according to the act maid in the last 
convention at Cowper, viz : — Innemes, Elgene, Forres, Montrois, led- 
burgh, Dumfreis, Kirkcudbrycht, Quhithom, Lawder, Northbervik, 
Kirkcaldy, Dysert, Forfar; and for vptaking of the saidis vnlawis, 
ordanes Edinburgh to cawse letteris be raisit for poynding thairfoir, and 
sum officer of armes to inbring the samyn, and Edinburgh to be fiirth- 
cumand and comptabill thairfoir at the nixt conuention of burrowis. 
C5onYeS5o^Qto Item, The haiU commissioneris of burrowis present hes apoynted that 
luUj nixt j.jjQ jjj^^ conuention of burrowis be haldin in the burgh of Edinburgh 
the alevint of lulij nixttocum ; and the prouest, baillies, and counsall of 
the said burgh to mak dew vaming to the haill burrowis to oompeir 
thair the said day, with continuation of dayis, for treitting vpoun sic 
thingis as sail tend to the glorie of God, and common weill of burrowis, 
and quhat burgh failzies to compeir, being vamit, thair commissioneris 
to pay ane vnlaw of xx lb. money, euery ane nocht comperand, to be 
bestowit on the common weill of burrowis. 



Apud Striveling^ tertio Martij^ 1579. 

The commissioneris of burrowis vnder subscryvand, nochtwithstand- 
ing the last act anentis thair conuentioun to be haldin in Edinburgh, 
maid at Glasqu, dispensis thairwith, and for sindrie causis moving thame, 
hes appoynted thair said conuentioun to be haldin in Abirdene the alevin 
of lulij nixt, and the tovne of Abirdene to mak dew aduertisement as 
efferis, and that becaus at thair last conuention in Dondie the samyn was to 
be haldin thair be commoun consent; quhairvnto Maister Williame 
Houston, commissioner for Dumbartan dissassented, and thir subscriptionis 
aprevis onlie this act. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 91 

Alexr. Sciymgeour. Andro Ker. 

M. P^trik Quhytlaw. Dauid Philp. 

Richard Blyth. Dauid Bamsay. 

Robert Alschunder. Stewin Martyne. 

Dionis Conquerrour. ^ George Lokhart. 
Maister Dauid Russell. George Elphynstoun. 

Dauid Brintouu. 



Quinto Marti/ 1579. 

The quhilk day the commissioneris of burrowis appoynted at the Se^^5Sleon!^ 
last conuentioun of Glasqu to heir the comptes of Mongow Russell, 
bulges of Edinburgh, collectour of the extent of the boulzeoun, as ane 
act maid be the commissioneris of the maist pairt of the saidis burrowis 
in the said tovne of Glasqu the xxvj of Februar last propoirtis, to wit, 
Henry Nesbett, baillie of Edinburgh, and Henry Charteris, Ihonn Amott, 
and Robert Kar eldar, for Edinburgh, William Meinzeis for Abirdene, 
Richart Blythe for Dondie, George Lokhard for Air, George Elphinestoun 
for Glasqu, ordanis the acquittance vnderwrittin to be registratt, quhairof 
the tennour followis : — We, lames Erie of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeith, 
R^ent to oure Souerane Lord, his realme and lieges, grantis us to have 
ressauit fra Mongow Russell, thesaurer of the burgh of Edinburgh, the 
sovme of nyne thowsand sevin hundreth fourty sevin pundis sax schillingis 
four penneis, in pairt of payment of ten thowsand pundis granted be 
the haill burrowis of this realme to oure Souerane Lord and ws, his 
Regent foirsaid, for discharge of all dewtie of boulzeon restand awand 
be the merchantis of the saidis burrowis, in ony tyme bygane, or that 
may be damit heirefter during the tjrme of oure regiment, or of oure 
said soueranis les age, and be delyuerance of the said sovme in pairt of 
payment foirsaid to oure seruitour, George Auchinleck of Balmanno ; oflF 
the quhilk sovme of nyne thowsand sevin hundreth fourty sevin pundis 
sex schillingis four penneis, in pairtt of payment of the said sovme of 
ten thowsand pundis, as said is, we hald us weill content and satisfeit. 



92 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

quyte clamis, exoaeris, and discharges the said Mongow Russell, ihesaurer 
foirsaid for himself and for the haill burrowis of this realme of the 
samyn for euer, be thir presentis subscryuit with oure hand at Dalkeith, 
the fourt day of Marche the zeir of God j™ v<^ Ix sextene zeris, befoir thir 
witnessis oure weilbelouit brother George Douglas of Parkheid, Capitane 
of Edinburgh Castell and Provest of Edinburgh, Archibald Douglas, 
Constabill of the said Castell, Alexander Jardan and Alexander Lawson 
oure seruitouris, with vtheris dyueris. Et sic subscribitur. 

JAMES REGENT. 

The Compte of Mongow Russell, thesaurer of the burgh of Edinburgh, 
in anno 1575, of his intromissioun with the boulzeon syluer 
ordanit to be vplifted of the haill burrowis of this realme the tyme 
of the Erie of Mortouns regiment, — chairge and dischairge, as fol- 
lowis, maid the day oflF Marche, 1579. 

AUDITOURIS. 

Henry Nesbett, baillie, Henry Chairteris, Robertt Kar, eldar, and Ihonn 
Arnott for Edinburgh ; Williame Meinzeis for Abirdene ; Richartt Blythe 
for Dondie ; George Elphinestoun for Glasqu ; George Lokhartt for Air ; 
Robert Nesbett, provest, and Alexander Symson for Hadingtoun. 

Charge. 

Item, The Comptar chargis him with the haill 
extentt of the boulzeoun syluer, by and 
attour the sovme of money eikitt thairto 
for making of the expenssis on the collect- 
ing thairof, and vtheris the saidis burrowis 
extraordinar effidres, as the Roll beris in 
particular, xj°^ 11 xiiijs. ' 

DiSCHAIRGK 

Item, The said Comptar is to be dischargitt with 
the sovme contenit in the acquittance on the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 93 

vtber syde, subscryuit be my Lord Erie of 
Mortoun, Regent for the tynie, of the dait 
the fourt day of Maix^he, 1576, extending 
to ix'"vij*^xlvij li. vjs. iiijd. 

Item, The said Comptar is to be dischargitt with 
the sovme quhairto the tovne of ledburgh 
was extented vn resauit be him, for non- 
payment quhairof they ar putt to the horn, 
as the executionis thairof bens, xxxvj li. xiiijs. 

Itebc, He is to be dischargitt with the sovme 
quhairto the tovne of Dalkeith was ex- 
tented, quhilk is putt to the horn as the 
executionis producit beris, xj 11. 

Item, With the half of the sovme quhairto North- 
bervik is extented, in respect of the execu- 
tionis of homing producit, iiij li. ijs. vjd. 

Item, With the sovme quhairto Annand is extented, 
be resoun of the executionis of homing 
producitt, xj li. 

Item,!) With the sovme quhairto the tovne of 
Sanctmynnanis is extented, be resoun of the 
executionis of homing producit, iiij^^ij li. xs. 

Item, With the sovme quhairto Weik in Caitnes 
wes extented, in respect of the executioun 
producitt, xij li. vjs. viiijd. 

Item, With the sovme quhairto Abimethy is ex- 
tented, inj respect of the executionis of 
homing producit, v li. xiijs. 

Somme of the Comptaris discharge of the 
tounis putt to the horn for non-pajrment 
of their pairtLs of this extentt, extending 
to j^'lxiij li. ^s. ijd. 

Item, The Comptar is to be dischargitt with the 
sovme of sex li. for directing of letteris to the 
burrowis, the first of December 1675, vj li. 



94 Convention of Boyal Burghs, 

Item, At the second tyme for sending of letteris 

thairto, iiij li xs. 

Item, To officeris of armes for charging the haill 

burrowis to bring with thame the custome 

roUis and custome buikis of euery burgh 

for setting of this extent, xlvj li. xiijs. iiijd. 

Item, For signeting of aucht letteris, xla 

Item, Drink syluer to the clarkis suerandis, xxiijs. uijd. 

Item, To lames Makcartney, for sycht of the 

custome buikis at twa syndrie tymes, vj li. xvjs. viijd. 

Item, To Williame Lagane, pursuiuant, and 

Williame Forsythe, as thair acquittances 

beris, for ingathering of the extent of the 

boulzeon on this side of Forthe, j^xl li. xjs. vjd. 

Item, To Patrik Dauidson for ingathering of this 

extent be north Abirdene, j^ li 

Item, to lames Furdy for collection of this extent 

betuix Forth and Abirdene, j*^lij li. js. viijd 

[tem. To the ix commissaris of burrowis awaitt- 

ing on the setting of this extent, ix" li. 

Item, To Alexander Guthrie dark, and his sone, 

be ane precept, for thair paynis in wiyting 

the roUis, xliij li. 

Item, To ane procuratour to assist aganis the 

Cannogaitt for non-payment of thair pairt 

of this extent, iij li 

Item, For leyeran polkis to put the syluer in xxxixs. 
Item, For ane decreit aganis the Cannogait, xls. 

Item, For wryting of copies of letteris for suspen- 

sioun thairof, xiijs. 

Item, To the maseris, xxs. 

Item, To the wryteris seraandis, xxvs. 

Item, For the Oomptaiis expenssis in awaiting 

vpoun the getting of the acquittance of the 

boulzeon in Dalkeith, liiijs. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 95 

Item, Deducit to the tovne of Edinburgh for 

certan wad careit fiirth of the reahne, ij^lxxvij li. 

Item, To Mongow Russell, Comptar, for his paynis 

and inlaik of money, 1 li. 

Item, To ane man sentt to Flanderis for sersing 
of the transpoirtaris of foirbodin gudes ac- 
cording to the act of burrowis, Iv li. xiijs. iiijd. 

Item, For expenssis maid be the said Comptar 
vpoun wairningis, letteris, and obtening of 
decreit aganis the tovne of Preston, xj li. 

Summa of the comptaris discharge is 
x^^ix^iiij^^xix li. xiijs. iiijd. 



Decimo Martij, 1579. 

The quhilk day the Comptis of Mongow Russell, burges of Edin- 
burgh anentis his intromissioun and collectioun of the extent of elevin 
thowsand pundis, fourtene schUlingis, sett vpoun the baill burrowis and 
traffequaris of this realme, for payment of the boulzeon syluer to James 
Erie of Mortoun, Regent for the tyme, of all zeris bygane, and induring 
oure Souerane Lordis les age, and for making of vther extraordinar expens- 
sis as the samjm in particular proportis, being be the commissioneris 
of burrowis vnderwrittin, auditouns appointed thairto, at lenth hard, sene, 
and avysitlie considerit, they fynd the said Mongowis charge to extend 
to the sovme aboue writtin, and his discharge to the sovme of ten 
thowsand nyne hundreth four scoir nyntene pundis threttene schillingis 
four penneis, and sua the saidis comptes to be sic eque ; and ordanis the 
extract of this present act to be delyuerit to the said Mongow, vnder the 
subscriptioun of thair dark, quhilk salbe to him ane sufficient dischaige, 
etc. 

Henry Neisbett. George Elphynstoun. 

Henrie Charteris. A. Symsone. 

Richard Blythe. Robert Nesbett, with my hand led 

Williame Menzeis. be Ihonn Quthre notar. I 

George Lokhart. . Guthre. 



96 Convention of Eoyal Burghs. 

booizeoD deiy- Th® samyne day, the Erie of Mortonis acquittance of the boulzeon, 
N«Bbet ^^"^ together with the haill execntionis of homing aganis the burrowis nocht 
payand, and vtheris wrytes vsit be Mongow Russell for his dischai^e, at 
command of the commissioneris, auditouris of the saidis Mongowis 
comptes, delyuerit to Heniy Nesbett baillie of Edinburgh, and he to be 
ansuerabill to the burrowis thairfoir ; and the saidis commissioneris ar 
content the said acquittance be put in the Charterhous of Edinburgh£to 
remane thair in sure keping, efber the samya be producit afoir the Lordis 
of Chakker, incais it be requyrit. 

Decimo Quarto Martij, 1579. 

Biking of the The QUHILK DAY the commissioneris of burrowis efkir following, to 

nutrids in the wit, Henry Nesbett and Henry Charteris, for Edinburgh ; Richartt 

maSs for ex- Blythe for Dondie ; William Meinzeis for Abirdene ; George Elphinstoun 

a*Stonite' *^f ^^^ Qlasq^ ; a^<i George Lokhartt for Air, Having condudit all sic 

the buizeonn thingis as they had in directioun gevin to thame in Glasqu and Striveling 

comp «• jjj Februar last and Merche instant as the actis beris to treitt vpoun, 

and vnderstanding Mongow Russellis comptes of the boulzeon to be sic 

eque, quhairby thair expenssis during thair awaitting in the said tovne 

on the hering of the saidis comptes and Adame Foullertonis, be the 

space of saxtene dayes, can nocht instantlie be pyit to thame, Thairfoir 

hes ordanit the provest, baUlies, and counsaU of the said burgh of 

Edinburgh to eik thair extentt of tuelf himdreth merkis to be vplifted 

of the haill burrowis for rembursing of the said tovne of Edinburgh 

thairof, quhilk was delyuerit at thair commandis to Adame Foullerton 

^or making his expenssis in Jngland, as the actis of burrowis beris, the 

sovme of thre hundreth merkis to the effect abouewrittin, and the said 

tovne of Edinburgh to be ansuerabill thairfoir to the commissioneris of 

burrowis at thair conuentioun to be haldin in Abirdene in Julij nixt, 

deducand thairof to the commissioneris abouewrittin, and Ihonn Guthre 

thair clark, the sovme of sax scoir pundis, to be equalie devydit amangis 

thame, and this for the paynis and traveU tane be the said Ihonne 

Guthre in wryting and forming of thair actis, comptes, and vtheris 

wrytingis enduring the said space. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 97 

Henry Neisbett. Williame Meinzes. 

Henrie Charteris. George Elphynstoua 

Richarde Blythe. George Lokhart 



At Abirdene, in the Conuentioun and Assemblie of Burrowis haldin 
thair the xj, xij, xiij, xiiij, xv. and x'vj dayes of lulij, 1580 zeris, 
comperit the commissioneris vnderwrittin of the burrowis of this realme, 
efter specifeit, be thair commissionis under thair seillis of caussis, and 
pairt vnder the subscriptionis of thair commoun clarkis, off quhome thair 
names efter followis ; — Edinburgh, Henry Charteris, lames Nicoll ; 
Perth, Dioneis Couquerour, Henry Adamson ; Dondie, Alexander Scrym- 
geour, George Spens, Alexander Annand; Abirdene, Gilbert Menzeis, 
provest, Alexander Rutherfurde, baillie; Sanctandrois, Ihonn Wod, dene of 
gild, Ihonn Thomesoun ; Linlithqu, Androw Kar ; Innemes, Williame Haillie, 
provest, George Ros ; Glasqu, Archibald Lichtoun ; M ontrois, Williame 
Murray; Cowpar, Dauid Peterson, dene of gild; Abirbrothok, lames Ramsay. 

The commissioneris of burrowis presentlie assemblit and convenit hes inlawing bar- 

^ rowis abeentt. 

found and fyndis everie ane of the tovnis and burrowis following to have 
incurrit the sovme of tuenty pundis ilk burgh, for the payne of thair 
vnlaw for non comperance to this present conuentioun as they quha war 
lawfully vairnit thairto, according to the act maid in the last conuentioun 
of burrowis at Glasqu, in Februar last bypast, viz., Striveling, Dumbartan, 
Renfrew, Rugline, Air, Irowine, Kirkcudbrycht, Wigtoun, Laneark, led- 
burgh, Peiblis, Craill, Forfar, Breichan, Elgyne, Forres, Nairn, Dysartt^ 
Kirkcaldy, and Pettinweme ; and for vptaking of the saidis vnlawis, 
ordanis Edinburgh to rais letteris for poynding thairfoir, and to send the 
saidis letteris to Glasqu and Abirdene for putting of the samyn to dew 
executioun in the west and north pairtis of this realme, — Edinburgh to 
be ansuerabill for the vnlawis of the burrowis absent of the south cuntrie, 
Glasqu of the west, and Abirdene for the haill burrowis be north the 
same, at the nixt conuentioun of burrowis. 

Anent the supplicatioun of Williame Baillie provest and George Ros Innomefc 

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Vnlawing 
Dambar ab- 
soutt. 



Burgeesis. 



commissioneris for Innernes, desyring the vnlaw of ten li. to be remitted 
and dischargitt to thame for non-comperance at the last conuentioun of 
burrowis haldin at Glasqu in Februar last bypast, bering thatt they war 
nocht lawfiiUy vairnit thairto, and the said burgh lay far distant fra the 
said tovne of Glasqu, and the sesoun of the zeir tempestuous. Quhilk 
supplication being thocht resonabill, the commissioneris of burrowis 
present remitted and dischargitt the said vnlaw to the said tovne of 
Innernes, they gevand thair comperance in the assemblies and conuen- 
tionis of burrowis heireflir to be aflSxt, being vairnit thairto ; to the 
quhilkis the said Williame and George, commissionaris for the said burgh 
of Innernes, granted. 

Item, Anent the supplicatioun gevin in for the tovne of Dumbar, for 
thair excuse of thair absence fra this conuentioun, berand in effect that 
be resoun of the greit contrauersie and debait laitlie fallin out betuix 
thame and Hadingtoun anent thair rychtis and privil^es, quhilk debait 
hes lyin and presentlie lyis in the law befoir the LonUs of Sessioun, zit 
dependent vndiscusit, and that be resoun of the principall burgessis of 
the said tovne of Dumbar, quha ar awating on the said pley in the 
tovne of Edinburgh, and for vther lattis and impedimentis, they gudelie 
without thair greitthurt culd nocht cum nor send theireommissionerisfullelie 
instructed to this present conuentioun, as in the said supplicatioun at mair 
lenth was contenii The haill commissioneris of burrowis present, being 
throwlie avysit with the said supplicatioun, repellit the desyre thairof, 
and ordanit the said tovne to be vnlawit as absent. 

Forther, efter lang resoning vpoun the complaint gevin in anent the 
greit multitude of fi-e burgessis and gild brether maid and created within 
dyueris burghis of this realme, quhilkis duelt and remanit forth of the 
burgh quhairof they war frie, and maid na residence thairin, tending to 
the greit hinderance of the inhabitants of the burgh, and na less disad- 
uantage of the estait of merchantis, as the said complaynt mair fullelie 
purportis; for remeid quhairof the commissioneris of burrowis present 
hes statute and ordanit, and in ane vniforme consent aggreitt, that the 
provest and baillies of ilk burgh of this realme sail cause mak lawfuU 
citatioun and vaiming, vpoun the premonition of fourty dayis, to all and 
sundrie personis quhome they have maid fremen and gild brether, nocht 
duelling within the tovne quhairof they ar frie, to cum duell and mak 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 99 

thair actual residence with their wyfis baimis familie fyre and flett, 
within the burgh quhair they ar fne, hald. stob and staik within the 
samyn, scatt, loitt, watche, walk and waird with the inhabitantifi 
thairof, betwix this and the xvth day of December nixttocum^ and &illing 
thairof, to heir and se thameselues and ilk ane of than^e decemit to 
have tynt thair firiedome and privilege of the burgh quhairof they ar 
frie, putt furth of the rollis thairof, and to haue na libertie nor privilege 
within the burgh in na tyme thairefter ; and ordanis ilk burgh to repoirt 
thair diligence and decreit aganis thame to the nixt conuentioun of bur- 
rowis, vnder the payne of fourty pundis ilk burgh. 

Item, For avoyding of the greit and infinit nomber of foirstalleris, andFoi™*»Ueria. 
for restraning of vnfriemen, quhilkis importis greit hinderance to the frie 
merchantis of frie burrowis of this realme, it is statute and ordanit be 
the haill commissioneris of burrowis ])resentlie assemblit, that gif it sail 
happin ony foirstaller, being attechit, to flie out of the boundis and juris- 
dictioun of ane frie burgh to the jurisdictioun and boundis of ane vther 
frie burgh, the burgh quhairto the foirstaller is fled, being aduerteist be 
the vther burgh quhilk attechit the foirstaller of befoir, sail rander the 
said foirstaller agane to the burgh within quhais jurisdictioun he was 
attechit, to be caJlit, conuict, and pvneist for his demeritis ; and the 
burgh aduerteist be the vther, failling to rander the said foirstaUer to the 
effect foirsaid, sail pay the vnlaw o( the foirstaller, and be ansuerabill 
thairfoir in the nixt conuention of burrowis. 

The commissioneries of burrowis presentlie convenit hes ratefeit andA."®?*^^®^ 
apprevit and be thir presentis ratifeis the act maid in the conuention of 
burrowis haldin at Edinburgh the xxvij day of Januar 1576 zeris, 
berin in effect, that incais ony schippis be pilleit the gudes saiff sail con* 
tribute scatt and loitt for releif of the personis dampnefeitt, baith schip 
and gudes, according to thair waring, and that the magistratis of all sea 
poirttis within this realme, quhair the saidis schippis salhappin to 
arryve, sail sett ane scatt and extentt for releif of the personis damp- 
nefeitt, and sail arreist, poind, and comprise the schip and guidis of 
thame, gif neid beis, that refuissis the said scat, euerie man according to 
his part as he salbe set, and the samin ordour to be keipit anent the 
guidis cassin for saiflie of life and guidis ; quhilk act thai ordane to be 
observit inuiolablie in all tyme cuming, with this addition, that no 



100 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

cloithis nor vther geir quhatsumeaer within sey kistis cassin or pilleit sail 
scatt and lot with the vther guidis and merchandreis cajssin or pilleit, as 
alsua no vther gudis imput in the schip ai ony vther port> vther nor at 
hir ladinning port, salbe haldin to scat and lot. 
CommisBion- The commissioneris of burrowis presentlie convenit hes with ane con- 
ensto Ian- ^^^^ ^^^.^ ^^^ aggreit, statute and ordanit the tounis of Edinburch, 
Peirth, Dundie, Abirdene, Glasqu, Sanctandrois, 

to send the commissioneries, ilkane of thame ane qualifeit persoun at the 
leist fullelie instnictit^ to Flanderis, agane the Michaelmes mercat nixt, 
to tak ordoure anent the vsing of the excise of beir and wyne in Cam- 
pheir, and anent the salt pannis thairof safer as thai ar trowbilsum ; 
and sik ordour as happynnis to be taikin thairanent be ony thre of the 
saidis tounis, the commissioneris of burrois present assentis and aggreis 
thairto, and obleissis thame to abyde thereat, etc 
paris and^- Item, For eschewing of the greit inconveinencis and intolerabill skaith 
^Gris of flsche. that in tymes bigane and now laitlie has happynnit to the merchandis 
and trafiecquaris of this realme, of the new inventit craft and felset commit- 
tit and done dailie be the cowperis, pakkaris of salmound, throuche pakking 
of roustie and insufficient salmound fische, quhairthrowch thair is greit hurt 
and dampnage nocht onlie sustenit be the byeris thairof but alsua be the sel- 
leris of the samyn, and no less sclander sustenit be the haill natioun throuch 
deMt of the said salmon pakkeris, For remeid thairof, the haill commis- 
sioneris of burrowis presentlie convenit hes statute and ordanit that fra 
this furth, in all burrowis of this realme be eist Glasqw, quhairin thair is 
cowparis, salmound pakkeris, that the cowper pakker salbe sworne to 
vse his office lelelie and trewlie, and sail set sikker caution and souertie 
actit in the tounis buikis that he sail pak no salmound fische, but fische 
quhilk ar gude and sufficient, and no grilses with salmound, bot sax 
grilses in ane barrell at the maist, viz., thre in ilk heid thairof, and to 
pay the dampnage and skaith to the merchand that it salhappin him to 
sustene at the mercat in the pakkeris defaJt, other throw pakking of in- 
sufficient salmound or be insufficiencie of the trie and barrell ; and that 
he sail bime and mark ilk barrell immediatlie efter the pakking thairof 
with his awin proper mark, and thairefter the same to be brent with the 
tounis mark, and the cowpar pakkir failzeing in the premissis, being callit 
and convict thairfoir, beside the skaith and dampnage to be payit be him 
to the merchand and awner of the fische, sail pay ten pundis of penaltie, 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 101 

and be discbargit for euer in pakking be the prouest and baillies of the 
burgh qiihair he duellis, and the penaltie to be payit to thame. 

The haill commissioneris present aggreit votit and condescendit the sovme ^^^Jrifbouf- 
of ane hundreth pundis be gevin to Henry Nesbett, Henry Chairteris, in zeon comptes. 
Edinburgh ; Richard BIythe in Dondie ; Williame Menzeis in Abirdene ; 
George Elphineston in Glasgu ; George Lokhart in Air ; and Johnn 
Guthre, clark, for thair expenssis in remaning in Edinburgh on the 
hering of Mongow Russellis comptes of the boulzeoun, and Adam Fuller- 
tonis comptes, to be payit of the rest and superplus of the said Mongowis 
comptes thairof, four scoir twa pundis ten schillingis to be payit of 
the extent of the tovne of Sanctandrois of thair pairt of the boulzeon, 
the acquittances thairof being delyuerit to the saidis personis. 

Alsua, the saidis commissioneris aggreit votit and condiscendit that ^^^^^^^^^ 
Henry Chairteris and James Nicoll, commissioneris of Edinburgh, sail <>' ^® ^"^®" 

1 1 . Tx. . ^ , Vr A 1 . . ^ . ^oun to Perth. 

delyuer to Dioneis Conquerour and Henry Adamsoun, commissioneris of 
Perth, the letteris and executionis of homing gevin vp be Mongow Rus- 
sell, general coUectour of the extent of the boulzeon, vpoun the burrowis 
restand awand the said extent, and the saidis commissioneris of Perth to 
repoirt thair diligence aganis the burrowis denuncit for the said extent, 
and be ansuerabill and comptabill for payment, or ellis the saidis letteris 
and executionis, at the nixt conuentioun of burrowis. 

Tlie haill commissioneris of burrowis presentlie conuenit, efler lang te^i^^i sup- 
resoning on the efFaires concerning the common weill of the estait oiv^^p^^^ 
merchantis, hes condiscendit and aggreit, and alsua votit, that the tovnis remeding of 
of Edinburgh, Dondie, Perth, Abirdene, Cowpar, Montrois, Sanctandrois teuit b^e**" 
pas together to Sanctandrois, or quhair it salhappin the Kingis Maiestie ^^>^™^i«- 
to be, vpoun the xxiij day of Julij instant, and thair to desyir his Hienes 
and Grace Secreit Counsall to tak ordour with the toust lifted and gatherit 
for the repairing of the schoir and hawin of Sanctandrois, quhilk as zit is 
vnrepairit, and cause the collectour of the said extent to mak compte and 
rekining quhow the same is bestowit to the burrowis. As alsua to requyre 
his Maiestie and his Grace Secreit Counsall foirsaid for ordour to be tane 
with the lait pilleit gudes of the merchantis of this realme, sic as Dondie, 
Perth, Abirdene, Innemes, Montrois, Cowpar, Sanctandrois, and alsua 
Edinburgh, be the piratis of the Inglis natioun, and vtheris gudes pilleit 
of befoir be the said natioun fra the trafficquaris of this realme ; And for 



102 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

ordour to be taikin anent the distructioun of cruvis and zaiiis, and spe- 
cialie within the boimdis and schirefdome of Innemes quhair greit clannis 
and surnames prevaillis ; As to requyre his Hienes alsua, and his Counsall 
foirsaid, for taking of ordour with euery parochyn to land wart for sus- 
tening of thair awin pure people and impotent personis, according to the 
act maid in his Grace last Parliament, quhilk hes bene as zit neglected, 
without the quhilk impossibill it is to the burrowis to tak ordour thair- 
anent, being oppressit with ane greit and infinit nomber of Strang and 
extraordinar beggeris nocht bom nor bred within the saidis burrowis : 
And ordanis the comraissioneris of burrowis efter specefeit, at the leist sa 
mony of thame as salhappin to be conuenit to the effect foirsaid, in name 
of the haiU burrowis of this realme, to geve in and present to the Kingis 
Grace and his Hienes' Secreit CounsaU foirsaid supplicationis ane or ma 
vpoun the premissis ; and namelie ane supplicatioun for getting and 
obtening of Maister George Hacquet, conseruatour of the Scotis natioun, 
dischargit of the vplifting of the extraordinar stent taikin be him by auld 
vse and wontt, as salbe specifeit in the said supplicatioun ; Ab alsua ane 
vther to be gevin in to his Hienes and Counsall foirsaid anent compte and 
rekoning to be maid of the intromission with the syluer collectit and 
gathered for releif of the captives Scottismen in Moroco taikin be the 
Turkis ; and efler as the saidis coramissioneris, to the effect foirsaid con- 
uenit, resavis the Kingis Hienes ansuer and counsall foirsaid, the haill 
commissioneris presentlie convenit in this present conuention aggreis, 
votis, and condiscendis in ane voce, that the commissioneris of the bur- 
rowis aboue specifeit, or sa mony of them as salhappin to be conuenit, or 
at the leist four or sax of thame, with the tovne of Edinburgh, sail sett 
ane extent and toust throw the haill burrowis of this realme for seking of 
redres of the pilleit gudes foirsaidis, be sending of commissioneris ane or 
ma to Ingland for restitutioun of the samyn, gif, efter the Kingis Grace 
and Secreit Counsallis ansuer, it beis fchocht expedient. And als ane sup- 
plication to be gevin concerning the cunzie. 
Putting of the Item, It is statute and ordanit be the haill commissioneris of burrowis 
ment moid for present, for exccution of the actis of parliament granted for the liberties 
bmrowistoex-*^^ privilegis of burrowis within thair awin boundis and iurisdictioun, 
ecution. and Concerning the privileges gevin to the provest and baillies of bur- 

rowis within thair awin boundis and iurisdictioun, sail fra this furth 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 103 

cause execute the actis of parHament, and specialie the actis maid in oure 
Souerane Lord King James the Saxt last twa parliamentis, to wit, anent 
the pvneisment of Strang and idill beggeris, — anent bering, wering, and 
schuting of culueringis and daggis within burrowis, — for pvneisment of 
rogratouris and foirstalleris, — anent the destruction of cm vis and zairis, 
— anent the dischai-ge of mercatis on Sondayis, and labouring thairon, or 
playing and drinking in tyme of sermon, — anent pakking and peilling of 
lierring, and quhyte fische, — anent transporting of coillis furth of the 
realme ; for pvneisment of thame that tynis plies within burgh, conforms 
to the tennour of the saidis actis in all poyntis, and to be ansuerabill 
thairfoir in euery conuention of burrowis, as they salbe accusit thaii- 
upoun. 

The commissioneiis of burrowis efler subscryvand, fynding thame Anentthemak- 
greitlie preiugit be the inlaik of ane genei-all buke quhilk suld contene the LmU bukefoil- 
haill lawis and constitution of burrowis, all in ane voce gevis full com- *®^^.^?® ^*^ 
missioun and power to the burgh of Edinburgh to cause the said buke ro^w- 
be maid, and to the effect the samyn may be the mair perfytelie practesed, 
the sjiid burgh of Edinburgh, quhairin they ar to hald thair nixt conuen- 
tion, to mak dew and lawfuU aduerteisment to the haill burrowis parti- 
cularlie to send the extract of quhatsumeuer lawis, actis, and constitu- 
tionis maid in the conuentioun of burrowis haldin in thair burrowis 
concerning the weilfair of burrowis in ony tyme bygane, to the said 
burgh of Edinburgh, betuix this and the first day of September nixi- 
tocum, vnder the payne of xxx li, to be vplifted of euery buigh failzeing 
to send the saidis actis at the tyme presciyuit ; And alsua ordanis the 
said burgh of Edinburgh, as they will ansuer to the commissioneris of 
burrowis at the said nixt conuentioun vpoun thair diligence, to have in 
radynes the said buke and haill actis send to them and insert and 
registrat thairin, and unto thair nixt conuentioun continewis all forther 
resoning vpun the artikle producit be the commissioneris of Aberdene 
heiranent, to wit, towardis the custodie of the said buke quhen it is 
maid, in quhais handis the samyn salbe gevin in keping; And ordanis 
alsua the said burgh of Edinburgh, quhair the said assemblie of burrowis 
is appoynted to be haldin, to diiect thair missives to the haill burrowis 
of this realme to send thair commissioneris, mai^t ancient and wysest, 
fullelie instructed to the said nixt conuention,' for approbatioun, ratifica- 



104 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

tioun, and confirmatioun of the actis and constitutionis insert and regis- 
tmt in the generall buke foirsaid ; And ordanis tuenty pundis to be gevin 
to Ihonn Guthre, clark, for wiyting of the said buke, to be payit of the 
first end of the superplns of the boulzeoun. 
innernea, The Said day, anent the complaynt gevin in be the tovne of Innemes 

g^K^ . tuiching the usurping of the libertie, tred, and traffique of merchandise of 
mar^. all kynde staipill gudes of the said burgh, be the tovnis and villages of 

Dingwall, Chanonrie, Eoismarky, Cromarty, Domoche, Weik, sa tending 
to the lairge detriment of the said burgh of Innemes, as at mair lenth is 
contenit in the said supplicsatioun gevin in thairupon. The commission- 
eris of burrowis present, having exactlie considerit the said supplieatioun, 
and being rypelie avysit thairwith, fyndis and dedairis that the saidis 
tovnis and villages of Dinguall, Chanrie, Roismarky, Crummaty, Domocht, 
and Thurso ar na frie burghis, and that in respect they ar nocht in the 
societie of the remanent frie burrowis, naither enroll] t in thair rollis, nor 
zit pay the extent and contributio\m with the frie burrowis ; and pro- 
mesis to concur and assist with the said tovne of Innernes quhen 
they have ado in the law for defense of thair liberties, conforme to the 
actis of burrowis maid thaii'anent of befoir. 
Innemes, The said day, the commissioneris of burrowis presentlie assemblit 

Thayne. ordanis the tovne of Edinburgh to direct missives in thair names to the 

tovne of Thayne to compeir befoir the commissioneris of burrowis of this 
realme, in thair conuention to be haldin in the said tovne of Edinburgh 
vpon the xvij day of Aprile nixttocum, for ansuering to the complaynt 
of the tovne of Innemes producit aganis thame, and exhibitioun of the 
said tovne of Thaynes rycht, charter, and privilege, quhairby they ar 
erected in fre burgh, gif they ony have, to the effect the commissioneris 
conuenand at the said conuention may cognosce thairupoun, with certifi- 
catioun to the said tovne of Thayne that gif they compeir nocht, being 
lawfully vaimit to the effect abouewrittin, the commissioneris of burrowis 
present at the said nixt conuentioun will decern according to justice. 
Anent LittU- FoRTHER, efter lang resonyng and disputatioun anent the article gevin 
taris and Malt- j^ |^ commissioneris of Abirdene, berand in effect that the common weill 
of the said burgh sustenit great detriment, and the haill lieges of this 
realme mekill preiugit^ be the littistaris and maltmen thairof seking 
emistlie dekynis to be granted to thame as to vther frie craftis, quhilk 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 105 

is cOiie noualtie. The commissioneris present having exactlie considderit 
the said article, and being throwlie a\^sit thairwith, fy^^des and declairis 
that it has nocht bene the receavit custome of the burrowis of this reahne, 
nor zet thair antecessouris, provest bailliea and magistratis of burrowis, 
hes at ony tyme heretofoir ony wayes receaved ony dekin or admitted of 
the sad is craftis of littisteris and maltmen, and be admitting and receav- 
ing of the samyn the common welth of this realme is havelie hurt, and 
the haill commonis to be mekill preiugit thairby, and to sustene intoler- 
abill skaith, Thairfoir, all in ane voce hes statute and ordanit that na 
dekyn salbo granted receaved nor admitted to the saidis littistaris and 
maltmen within ony burgh of this realme, but they salbe repute as na 
craftis in all tymes herefter, conforme to the act of parliament. 

The said day, the commissioneris of burrowis presentlie assemblit hes ^^^°^^ **' 
ratefeit and apprevit, and be thir presentis ratefeis and apprevis, the act 
maid in the conuention of burrowis haldin at Striveling the xxvth of 
October 1564 zeris, makand mention that na schip suld pas furth of this 
realme to the pairtis of Flanderis chairgit with hyde, woll, skyn, claith, 
or siclike staipill gudes, bot twyse in the zeir, viz., to the Pasche merkatt 
and Rude merkatt in September vnder the payne of tuenty li, to be 
vplifted and taikin of euery pairty transgressand and brekkand this pre- 
sent ordinance, to the provest and baillies of the burgh quhair the trans- 
gressouris hes his remaning, to be applyit to the common weill thairof, and 
that but preiudice of the frie merchandis of frie burrowis to traffecq in 
the saidis pairtis of Flanderis at all tymes conuenient, by and attour the 
twa merkatt dayes, with all vther wairis, the saidis staipill gudes excepted, 
— quhilk act the saidis commissioneris decemis statutis and ordanis to be 
obseniit inuiolablie in all tymes cuming. And als hes statute and ordanit, 
and be thir presentis ordanis, and for ane law and ordinance in tymes 
cuming to be obseruit, concludis that it sail nocht be lesum to na fiiemen, 
merchantis, brether of gild, trafficquaris, to fraucht ony schip in ony tyme 
heirefter to France, Flanderis, Suadin, Denmark, or vther pairtis quhat- 
sumever bezond sea, bot in presence of the dene of gild of the burgh 
quhair the schippis salhappin to be frauchtit, and in his absence in pre- 
sence of the baLQies of the said burgh, and the contravenar of this ordi- 
nance to incur the penaltie of xx li., to be applyit in maner as is aboue 
expremit. 

o 



106 



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Elgyne, 
Forres. 



lonemes 
excyse boU. 



EiDgiB Grace 
Conseruatour 
Burro wis 
letter. 



Comperit certan merchantis, burgessis of gild, trafficquaris of this 
realme, quha resoirtis to the hawins and tovnes of Elgyne and Forres 
with boittis chargit with wyne^ salt and vther merchandise, transported 
fra sindrie poirtis of this realme to the said tovnes of Elgyne and Forres, 
and being menit be thame thatt by and attour all lovabill vse obseruit 
within vther burrowis of this realme that [be] the magistratis, proveet and 
baillies of Forres and Elgyne, the saidis merchantis war compellit to mak 
offer of the salt, wyne, and vther merchandise to the saidis hawins to the 
provest and baillies of the saidis Elgyne and Forres, desyring remeid to 
be put thairto. The commissioneris present for the tyme ordanis Edin- 
burgh, quhair the nixt conuention of burrowis is appoynted to be haldin, 
to mak dew aduerteisment be thair missives to the saidis tovnis of Elgyne 
and Forres for keping of the nixt conuentioun, to be haldin the xvij day 
of Aprile nixt in the said tovne of Edinburgh, in sending thair conunis- 
sioneris thair fullie instructed to ansuer to the accusation foirsaid, with 
certificatioun as efferis, eta 

Comperit lohnn Wod and lohnn Thomsoun commissionaris for Sanct* 
androis, and complenit vpon the provest, baillies, and counsaJl of Innemes 
for the wrang done and committed be thame in lifting and taking of the 
excyse boll of salt transported fra the poirt of Sanctandix)is to the hawin 
and burgh of Innemes aganis the lovabill vse of vtheris burrowis, desyr- 
ing the commissioneris present to tak ordour thairanent. And the saidis 
commissioneris being rypelie avysit thairwith, and considering the ansuer 
maid thairto be WiUiajne Baillie provest and George Bos commissioneris 
for Innemes, personalie present, ordanis Innemes to send thair commis- 
sioneris fullie instracted to the nixt conuention of burrowis, to be haldin 
vpon the xvij day of Aprile within the burgh of Edinburgh, with thair 
titilis rychtis and defenssis anent the vplifting of the said excyse boll, 
with certification as efferia 

The commissioneris presentlie convenit devysit and ordanit ane ansuer 
to be send to the Kingis Grace of the letter delyuerit to thame be Patrik 
Fyldour anent the desyir of ane ansuer to his Hienes towartis certan 
heidis presented to the commissioneris of burrowis in the conuention haldin 
at Glasqu last bypast, and als tuiching his Hieness desyr anent the ' 

continuatioun to be granted concerning Maister George Hacquet, conser- 
uatour, quhilk letter the commissioneris of burrowis ordanit Maister 



Conversion of Royal Burghs. 107 

Thomas Mollysoun, dark of this present conuentioun, in thair names and 
at thair commandis to subscrjrva 

Efter lang resonyng vpoun the desyir of the expenssis of the nycht- Oontinnatioii 
bouris of Edinburgh, quha war detenit and imprisoned in the castellis of bomS^o?Sun- 
Doun, of Monteith, linlithqu, and Striveling, be the Erie of Mortoun, ^'^'^^ 
Regent to oure Souerane Lord for the tyme, to be rembursit to thame, 
diuerstie of opinionis in the said mater being had, and in consideration 
of the small nomber of burrowis conuenit in this present assemblie, and 
for vtheris caussis, the commissioneris of burrowis presentlie convenit hes 
continewit, and continewis, the said desyre and article in the same 
strenth force and eflfect as it is now, to the nixt conuentioun of burrowis, 
and to be rememberit in the missiues Jbo be sent thairto. 

Lang disputatioun being had vpoun the contrauersie and debait de- l>ondi«» Perth, 
pendant vndiscussit betuix the tovnis of Perth and Dondie anent 
prioritie in place of parliament, counsall, and conuentioun, remitted be 
act of parliament to have bene discussit in the last conuention haldin 
at Glasqu in Februar last bypast, and thairfra continowit to this 
present conuention to haif bene decydit thairin, The commissioneris 
of burrowis presentlie conuenit, vpon dyueris considerationis moving 
thame, and specialie becaus the nomber of commissioneris of burrowis 
heir assemblit is feu and small and the mater wechtie, with expres con- 
sent and assent of Alexander Scrymgeour, Alexander Annand, and Geoi^ 
Spens, commLssioneris for Dondie, Dioneis Conquerour and Henry 
Adamsoun for Sanctiohnstoun, continewit the said mater in the same 
forme, force, strenth, and effect as it is now, but preiudice of aither of the 
pail-ties and thair rychtis thairanent, to the nixt conuention of burrowis 
ap|)oynted to be haldin within the burgh of Edinburgh vpon the xvij day 
of Aprile nixttocum, or quhatsumeuer day it salhappin the said conuen- 
tion to be, and the said mater to be first handlit, resonit, and discust 
thairin, and aither of the saidis pairties to produce and exhibit thair 
allegeances defenssis and ressonis in writt qualefeit, together with thair 
ryclitis and tytUlis writis and documentis quhilk thay will vse in the 
said cawse, at the said nixt conuention ; and ordanis the tovne of Edin- 
burgh to direct thair missiues to the haill burrowis of this realme to have 
thair commissioneris fuUie instructed to the effect foirsaid, and with sure 
informatioun anent the ranking and placing of all vther burrowis in par^. 



108 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

liament convention or counsall^ in cais it salbappin thame to sute the 
samyn, and this without preiudice outher of the act of parliament or 
vther actis maid of befoir, 
Deeoiuing of Last, the haill commissionaris of burrowis presentlie convenit hes in 
tiuflwnuen- ^^^ vniforme consent apunctit the nixt conuention of burrowis to be 
haldin in the burch of Edinburgh the sevintein day of Aprile nixttocum, 
and oixlanis the prouest, baillies, and cownsall of the said burch to mak 
dew warning to the haill burrowis of this realme to compeir thaire the 
said day, with continuation of dayis ; and ordanis the dark of the burch 
quhair the conuention is apunctit to be haldin in all tyme heirefter to 
direct the missives to everie burch in particular, insert and wryt the name 
of the berer of the missive and quhat day he delyuer the same in ane 
bulk, and present the said buik to the nixt conuention, quhilk sail hawe 
&yth and be haldin sufficient citatioun^ nochtwithstanding quhatsumeuer 
excuis of absence maid in the contraire ; And in cais betuix l^his and the 
said sevintein day of April, apunctit for the nixt conuentiouu of burrowis 
to be haldin in the said toun of Edinburgh, thair happinis to intervine 
ane parliament affixit and proclamit to be haldin and begin within ony 
burch of this realme afoire the said sevintein day of Aprile, or ony 
vther wechtie mater of grytt ccmsequens concerning the veilfare of this 
realme and estait of burrowis to occur in the mid tjmtie requyring ane 
assemblie of burrowis, in that cace the toun of Edinburch to aduerteis 
be thair missive the haill burrowis of this realme for convening tham 
thrie dayis afoir the parliament, or quhatsumeuer vther day afoir the 
said sevintein day of Aprile, for treating of materis of gryt consequens, 
tending to the commoun estait of burrowis and weilfaire of the samen 
requyring expeditioui;i as saidis ; and quhat burch faillies to compeir, being 
warnit as said is, to incur the unlaw and pane of threttie pundis, to be 
bestowit upoun the commoun weill of burrowis. In witnes of the quhilk 
the saidis commissionaris hes subscry wit thir presentis with thaire handis, 
and sua it is subscryvit 

Henrie Charteris. Ion. Thomsoun. 

lames Nicoll. Andro Kar, commissionar for 

Alexr. Scrymger Lythgow. 

George Spens. Archibald Lyoun. 

Alexr. Annand. Wm. Baillie. 



Co7ivention of Royal Burghs. 109 

Dionis Conquerour. Wm. Murray. 

Henrie Adamsoun. Dauid Petersouu. 

Gilbert Mengzes. lames Ramsay. 

Alexr. Rutherfurd. George Roa 
Ion. Wod. 
Et sic subscribitur. 

Ita est Magister Tliomas Mollison, scriba dicte conuentionis manu 
propria. 



At SanctandroiSy vUimo Ivlij 1580. 

The commissionaiis presentlie convenit and vnder subscryvand, con- Exteiittv«'lib 
forme to the act maid at Abirdene in thair last conuentioun haldin 
tliairat, all in ane voice concludis that ane extent of fyve hundreth lib. 
be sett v{X)un the haill borrowis of this realme, and vniuersalie collected 
and ingathered of thame with all diligence, and that for making of the 
menis expenssis to be sent in Ingland for seking of redres of the gudes 
pilleit be the Inglismen ; and the toun of Edinburgh, according to the last 
rollis maid at Cowpar in thair conventioun haldin thairat in Februar last 
bygane ane zeir, to be the settaris and the ingatheraris thairof ; And that 
the sowme of money abouewritten be deuydit in manor following, to wit, 
ane hundreth merkis for making of the mennis expenssis send from 
Dondie and Sanct lohnestoun to Newcastell for trayell of thair gudes 
pilleit in lu last, incais they obtein the gudes pilleit as said is at 

this present jomay, sax hundi*edth merkis for making of the mennis ex- 
penssis to be sent in Ingland for seking redres as is aboue written, and 
the vther fifty merkis for the lane of the said principall sowme quhill 
the sowme may be ingatherit ; And incais the said men to be sent beis 
found superexpendit, and that the sowme of sax hundreth merkis beis 
nocht sufficient to mak thair expenssis induring thair remanyng in Ing- 
land, that thaire superexpenssis salbe rembursit to thame at thair hame 
cuming, provyding that the samyn exceid nocht the sowme of ane hun- 
dreth pundis at the sycht of the rollis. 



110 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Item, Concludis that Dondie mak aduerteisment to the haill burrowis 
to conuein in Striveling vpoun the xxiiij of Agust nixt, incais thai fynd 
the maronaris thairof insist in thair persute at the said day anens the 
contributioun to be maid of schip and gudes pilleit, and that the bur- 
rowis failling to conuein the said day salbe vnlawit according to the act 
maid at Abirdene in Julij instant. Et sic subscribitur. 

Henrie Charteris. lohne Thomesoun. 

Wm. Fairlie. Alexr. Bamsay. 

Henry Adamsoun. Patrick Lyoun. 

lohne Couthbert of Kyrkcaldy, Dauid Ridawcht. 

subscryuit be lohne Guthre loannes Bonkle clericus ciui- 
notar at my command. tatis Sanctiandree.^ 



Edinbwgli. ^ *'^® Conuentioun or Parliament of Burrowes haldin and begun at 

Edinburgh the xvij. day of Apryle the zeir of God 1°^ V° fourescoir ane zeirs, 
and continuand to the xxiij day of the said moneth, Comperit the com- 
missioneris of the burrowis quhais names followis, and producet thare 
commissionis, pairtlie \nder the seillis of their burghis, and pairtlie 
subscriuit be thair commoun clerkis, viz. : for Edinburgh, Alexander 
Clerk, provost, Henry Nesbet, and Henry Chairteris ; for Glasgw, Ihonn 
Grahame, balllie, and Maister Henry Gibsoun ; for Montrose, William 
Murray ; for Linlythqw, Andrew Ker, thesaurer ; for Dumbartane, 
Donald Conyngham, baillie; for Dunfermeling, William Mekilihone, 
Robert Pawtoun; for Elgein, lohne Annand, provost; for Selkirk, 
Gavine Wilkyne ; for Lawder, Andrew Lawder ; for Striueling, William 
Noruell ; for Dunbar, William Boncle ; for Peblis, Ihone Hay ; for Kirk- 
caldy, Alexander Dalzell, William Lamb ; for Cowper, Dauid Petersoim ; 
for Perth, Maister Patrick Quhytlaw, Dioneis Conquerour, Henry Adamson ; 
for Caraill, Dauid Ramsay ; for Innemes, William Cudbert ; for North bervik, 
Hew Baillie ; for Ruglein, Dauid Spens ; for Dundie, Alexander Scrym- 
geour, James Finlawsoun ; for Hadingtoun, James Cokbume ; for 
Lanark, William Wilkyne ; for Forfaire, Walter Lyndsay ; for Pittin- 
weme, Stevin Mairtene ; for Abirdene, Gilbert Meyngzeis of Petfoddellis, 



Convention of Royal Burghs. Ill 

provost, Dauid Moir, Alexander Rutherfurde, William Meyngzeis ; for 
Dyzart, Archibald Meluile, Johnn Luthrisk. 



At Edinburgh xviij° Aprilis I"* V<^ Ixxxj^. 

The quhilk day, anent the complaynt maid in the last conuentioun at Forrest, Eigein. 
Aberdene vpoun the burrowes of Eigein and Forest for compelling the Frie merohants 
merchandis of frie burrowes arryvand at their ports with wyne, salt, and l^^^guidBy' 
vther merchandise frome uther frie ports of the realme to make ane offer di«chwrgit 
to thame of the same, and the decision heirof being referrit to this present 
conventioun, The commissioneris of burrowes befoir rehersit, in pre- 
sence of Ihone Annand, provest and commissioner for the burch of Eigein, 
and in penam contumacie of the said burch of Forrest, fyndis the 
saidis burrowes to haif done wrong in the premissis, and, tharefore dis- 
charges thame in speciall, and all vther burrowes in generall, to cans or 
compell any frie merchant cummand with his guids firome ane frie port 
within the realme to mak offer to them of the samyn ; but thatt it salbe 
lesum to the saidis merchants to dispone vpoun thair saidis guidis 
frielie but impediment or offer making in tyme cuming, without preiu- 
dice alwayes to the liberty of the burch. 

Item, Quhairas it wes ordanit in the said last conuentioun halden at Ontiand bor- 
Aberdene that ilk burch suld discharge thare outland burgessis, and to *^*"^ 
repoirt thare diligence heirvpoun to this present conuentioun, the burch 
of Edinburgh, for thair diligence, declairit be thair commissioneris that they 
had na owtland burgessis exerceing tuaffique, or doand contra the liberty 
of the burch, and zett had be thair decreit decernit thame in generall 
quha repairit nocht to the burch vpoun xl days waiming to beir 
ordinare chai*ges to haif forfalted thair fr^edome ; the commissioneris 
of Perth gaif in alswa thair generall diligence by letteris of the Lordis ; 
the commissioneris for Glasgw and Eigein, Invemes, and Lanerk gaif in 
thair diligence aganis thair outland burgessis, with thair names in speciall 
quha ar discharget thair fredome ; and therefor the commissioneris 
ordanis ilk burch, speciallie sic as ar on the coist syde, to haif the 
attentik roll of the burgessis dischairget, and euery ane requestis ane 
uther as thai wald be carefull of thair freedome to sa the act aboue 



112 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

mentionat obseruit and putt to executioun in all poynts ; and ordanis 
the burch of Edinburgh to send aduertisement to Kingorn and Inner- 
kething that thai dischairge thair owtland burgessis and gif in to thame 
the rail of thair names with diligence, beeaus thai vnderstand thair 
nowmer to be verray gritt and hurtfuU to the friedome of burrowea 
GeneraU bulk. Item, Anent the making of ane generall buik of the haUl acts of thair 
conventionis conforme to the act maid at Abirdene, apprevis the said act 
in all poynts, and continewis the questioun vpoun the custody of the 
said buik to the nixt conventioun that the said buik be perfyttit; agane 
the quhilk tyme thai ordane ilk burch, but speciallie Lynlythqu, to serche 
furch the acts of the conventiouns haldin within thame, and send . the 
same to Edinburgh with expeditioun, and Jhonn Guthre, cl^k, to con- 
tinew in his diligence for writting and compleitting of the said buik, and 
to present the same to the said next conventioun, at the quhilk tyme 
thae promeist to se him satisfeit for his paynis. And the commissioneris 
for Dundie and Cowper exhibit sic acts as thai declarit was in thare 
burchis, and nocht contenit in the buik of Edinburgh, and delyuerit 
thame to the said Ihon, and thairvpoun askit instrumentis. 



Vigesimo Aprilis, V^ V^ Ixxxj*'. 

Hadingtoun, The QUHILK DAY, in presence of the commissioneris of burrowes, com- 
^°''*^' perit William Boncle, commissioner for Dumbar, and declairit that albeit 

ha had on Tysday last compromitt the debaittabil mater betuix his 
burch and Hadingtoun, zitt sensyne he was dischairgit thairof be the said 
burch of Dunbar, and thairfore culd nocht abyde at the said compromitt, 
bot renunceit the saymn ; and the commissioner for Hadingtoun declairit 
that thai wald willinglie vnderly the iugement of the remanent burrowes, 
or of the arbitratouris and owersman ellis nominat and chosin, and thair- 
vpoun askit instrumentis, and vpoun the said renunciatioun and declara- 
tioim maid be Dunbar. 
Dnndie, Perth. The SAME DAY, Anent the questiouu depending betuix the burrowes of 
Perth, Dundie, and Stirling for the priority of place and dignity, quhilk 
wes referrit to this last conventioun, with the generall ordour to haif 
been tane for ranking and placing of the haill burrowes, as is contenit in 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 1 13 

ane act of the last conventioun of burrowes at Abirdene, The saidis com- 
missioneris being of mynd to half begun at the particular debaitt betuix 
the saidis twa burchis of Dundie and Perth before the generall questioun 
wes decydit, and efter lang debaitt and controuersie had betuix the saidis 
twa burchis and thair commissioneris yesterday, and bayth thair ressouns 
and allegatiouns being producit this day in writt, and the samyn hard 
red and at lenth avysitlie considerit, the saidis commissioneris of bur- 
rowes fyndis be the said ressouns geven in that the particular questioun, 
as als the generall toward the ranking and placing of the haill burrowes, 
will be swa debaitabill and intricat on ilk syde, and forther redound to 
the particulare of ilk burch quha wiU clame the like prerogatiue befoir 
vther for the same self ressouns, that as thai can nocht be iuges in thair 
awin caussis swa thai may nocht decyde this present questioun ather in 
general or in particular betuix the saidis twa burchis, and therefore hes 
votit and concludit the decisioun heirof to be remitted to the vther twa 
estaitts in the next parliament or generall counsale and conventioun, or 
to the Kingis Maiestie and Lordis of Secrett Counsal as maist proper 
iudges heirvnto ; and, in the meane tyme, ordanis the saidis twa burchis 
contendant to stand in the same estaitt as thai now presentlie remayne, 
but preiudice the ane of the vther and ayther of thair richtis and priue- 
leges or prerogatiues ; to the quhilk premisses the commissioneris for Perth 
dissentit, and William Noruell commissioner for Stirling protested that 
this be nocht preiudiciall to his said burch, and to the discussing of thair 
richt and place conforme to the act of parliament, bot that they may bruik 
and posses thair place next Edinburgh as secund thairto in parliament ; 
lykewayis the commissioneris for Linlythqw and Abirdene the sam 
preiuge thame nocht toward the thrid place as dew vnto euery ane of 
thame, as thai allegeit. 

The sam day, for executioun of the first act of the last conventioun in For execniioun 

'^ .of the acts ox 

Abirdene toward the vnlawes of the burrowes absent, and for the mair burrowes. 
reddy executioun and obedience of the haill acts and constitutiouns of 
the parliament or conventionis of burrowes maid or to be maid con- 
cemyng the weill of thair estaitt, and nocht contmir to the lawes of the 
realme, and for vplifting of the vnlawes amerciaments and penalties of 
the sam, gif ony wald presume to violat ony pairt thairof, appoynts and 
nominats Henry Charteris, Henry Adamsoun, and Alexander Scrymgeour 



114 



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Ezoyse and 
B&lt pannis in 
Oampheir. 



Bestis of the 
bulzeoun. 



Salraond and 
herring bind. 



to caus forme and devyse ane bill to be geviu in to the Secreitt Counsale, 
and ane vther to the Lordis of Sessioun, for obtening our Souerane Lordis 
letteris for concurrance of his Hieness authority and officiares to the exe- 
cutioun of the saidis acts, and vpliftiiig of the paynes before rehersit. 

Item, The saidis commissioneris of burrowes fyndis the act of the last 
conventioun anent sending of commissioneris to Flanders for ordour to be 
tane anent the excyse of here and wyne in Campheir, and anent the salt 
pannis thair swa far as thai ar trubilsum, nocht to haif tane sufficient 
effect, and thairfor of new ordanis Edinburgh, Perth, Dundie, Abirdene 
and Glasqu and Stirling, or any thre of thame, to send ilk ane an-e com- 
missionar to Flanders in the first schippis for intreatting heirvpon, and to 
that effect to send to Edinburgh, within ten days nixt heirafler, the names 
of the peiTSonis quhome thai lyke best for this purpose, quha are to pas to 
Flanders, And the said burch in name of the haill burrowes to direct ane 
commissioun vnder their seill of caus with sufficient instructioun to the 
saidis persouns to be gevin in and nominat to thame, as said is, and to 
resaue the report of thair ansuer heirvpoun. 

Item, For inbringing of the restis of the extent of the bulzeoun grantit 
to the Erie of Mortoun, ordanis Henry Charteiis to delyuer to Maister 
Patrik Quhytelaw the letteris of horning and executiouns thairof vpoun 
the burrowes and towns awand ony pairt of the said extent, and the said 
Maister Patrik hes promist, vpoun the expenssis of the burrowes, to 
caus denunce the saidis bruchis and townis of new, and register the sam 
in the schireffs bulks ; for the quhilk caus thai ordane the said Maister 
Patrik to vplift the saidis sowmes restand, and of the fii-st and reddiest 
thairof to pay the auditouris of the bulzeoun comptis the sowme of ane 
hundredth pundis for thair expenssis, specially of St. Minanes pairt of the 
said extent, conforme to the act maid heiranent in the last conventioun, — 
in the quhilk act, quhair mentioun is maid in the end thairof of Sanct- 
androis, thai fjnid it owcht and suld be St. Minanes, — And the said Maister 
Patrik to be comptabill for the rest of the saidis sowmis swa far as he 
sail intromett ather for the money or hornings, alwayis thai will him to 
supersede the executioun aganis Northbervik, becaus thair commissioner 
hes promist ather to schaw guid acquittances, or to mak payment betuix 
this and the thrid of May nixt. 

Item, The saidis commissioneris approuis the act of the said last con- 



Convention of Royal BurgJis. 115 

ventiouii toward the salmond bind, cowparis and pakkeris of fische ; and 
ordanis ilk burch to serclie and seik within thair selffs quhair the sam is 
brokin, and to be diligent for executioun thairof in all poynts Eikand 
heirto that thair be na diuersity in the salmond bind, bot that the salmond 
barrells be of ane bind vniuersally throw the hail I realme, and ilk barrell 
to contene twelf gallouns, siclyke of the hering bind, and that the sam be 
of Flemys bind, confc»rme to the actis of parliament. 

Item, For suppressing of the multitude of vnfrie traffiquers, thai ordane "^'^« trafflq- 
ilk burch within thair selff to vse thair priueleges and execut the acts of 
parliament heiiunent, or vtherwayes that thai send the names of the saidis 
vnfrie traffiquers, als weill within thair selffis as in the schyre quhair 
thair burch lyes, to the burch of Edinburgh, that thai may delyuer the 
saidis names to the Kingis thesaurer, serchour, or vther officiaris, for 
executionis of the acts of parliament and priueleges of burrowes aganis 
the saidis personis, and that vnder the payne of ten pund to be tane of 
the burch failzeand heirvnto. 

Item, Thai ordane the commissioneris of the burrowes of Edinburgh, Croivos aad 
Abirdene, Perth, Dundie, Stirlinjr., Linlythqw, Hadingtoun, Cowpar, and Hakkett con- 
Innernes, to cans mak ane bill in name of the haill burrowes, and gif the 8®™**^^'^- 
sam in to the Kingis Grace and Secreit Counsale, and to obtene ansuer 
heirvpoun for executioun of the act of parliament anent destroying of the 
cruvis and zairis. As alswa complening vpoun Maister George Hakkett, 
conseruatour, for vplifting of the dewty of ten stuiris dischargeit, and for 
nocht repairing to this cuntrey conform to the act of parliiiment, and 
thairforc desyring his Grace concurrance with letteris to Campheir for 
dischairging him of his office, and putting ane mair diligent man in his 
place, and that he may be callit to cum hame and mak compt of his 
iiitromissioun, and to ansuer vpoun the poynts of his office. 

Item, Becaus tlie burch of Thayne lies sent na commissioner to this pre- nmemet, 
sent conventioun, ather to intreatt of the effi^iris of thair estaitt, or zet to 
ansuer to the compla^Tit of Innernes, and for exhibitioun of their ereo- 
tioun in ane frie burch and thair rycht thairof, Ordanis the burch quhair 
the nixt conventioun beis haldin to remember thame heirof in thair mis- 
siues, and to wame the said burch of Thayne to compeir at the said nixt 
conventioun to the effect foirsaidis, with certificatioun, gif thai tailzie, thai 
sail lienor be repute ane frie burch nor half voitt amangis thame, And 



116 . 



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Edinb 

xijci 

Foullertonn. 



Innemes 
exoysebol]. 



that this citatioun may the better cum to thair eares, ordanis the said 
lettir or missiue and waiming to be delyuerit to Innemes, and thai to se 
thame dewly waimit, and tak witnes heirvpoim, and report the sam to the 
said nixt conventioun, And the said commissioner of Innemess protestit 
that the placing of Thayne in the taxt rollis of the said burchis mak 
thame nocht thairfoir to be ane frie bnrch gif thai haif na vther rychty 
and that the sam preiuge thame nocht in thair actioun aganis Thayne. 

Item, The saidis haill commissioners of burrowes quhilk wer present 
and convenit in the towne of Edinburgh, except the commissioners fol- 
lowing, fyndis the haill burrowes to be addettit to the said burch of 
Edinburgh in the sowme of twelf hundreth merkis for dyuers commoun 
effaires of the buiTOwes, principally for the sowmes debursitt for Adame 
FuUertoun's expenssis to Ingland, conforme to sindiy acts in sindry con- 
ventiouns maid at sindry tymes heirtofoir, and thairfoir hes willinglie 
votit and consentit to remburs, content, and pay the sam to the said 
burch for thair pairtis thairof, according to the taxt rolls of burrowesw 
The burchis dissentand heirto are Montros, Selkirk, Cowpar, Carraill, and 
Ruglein, and Perth. 

Itkm, Anent the act of the last conventioun, quhair it wes complenit of 
Innemes for taiking the excyse boll of frie burgessis, for anything schawin 
or producit be the said burch the haill commissioners of burrowes dis- 
chairgeis thame in all tyme cuming of taking of the said excyse boll of 
ony mauer of guids pertening to the burges of ane &ie burch, without it 
be fund that the said burch of Innemes haif guid rycht thairto be the 
lawes of the Maiestie, as wes alleget be thair commissioner thame to haif. 



Vigesimo primo Aprilis I"^. V*^. Ixxxj^. 



Vnfrie oraftto- The QUHILK DAT, it being desyret be the commissioner of Perth that 
S^biOToweSr** 8^^^°^ remeid mycht be fund and devysitt aganis the vnfrie craftismen 
working and dwelling in the suburbs of thair burch, and dyuers vtheris 
burrowes of the realme, to the greitt hurt of the frie craftismen bemnd 
chairges within the burch, the commissioners presentlie convenit ordanis 
the same to be rememberit in the articles to be gevin in to the nixt parlia- 
ment, and to the conventioun quhilk will preceid the samyn, and in the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 117 

meanetyme that ilk burch be diligent to serche and try thair richts and 
priueleges that may withstand this greit innormity, as thai wald schaw 
thame selffis cairfuU of thair awin estaitt and weilfair. 

Item, Quhair it wes meiiit and proponit be the burch of Edinburgh that New impoet on 
thai ar suiily aduertist be the factoures of Deip that the King of France France!^ 
intendLs to raise ane new impost vpoun all Scotts clayth arrivand within 
liis dominionis, and schew the said factoures bill direct to thame thair- 
anent, Quhilk being oppinly red, and the preiudice thair to follow thair- 
vpoun considderit and weyit, thai ordane the commissioners of burrowes 
appoyntit to gif in the supplicatioun concerning the acts and penalteis, 
and concerning MaLster George Hakkett, amangs the rest to meane this 
mater to the Kings Grace, and to seik his Hienes avyse and help for 
remeid heirof in tyme. 

Item, Anent the supplicatioun gevin in. for the pairt of the skipperis SJ"^]^" °' 
and awners of schips of the burch of Dundie desyring the articles vnder- PiUeit guids- 
written to be eikit to the acts of burrowes maid anent the scajiting and 
lotting for pilleit and cassin guids, to wit, that gif it sail happin any 
schip to be laidin furch of France or Flanders with Rowane or Flanderis 
wairis and siclyke coistlie guidis and merchandice, and the schip to be 
pilleit be pirats, in that case that the schip be nocht haldin to scatt or 
contribute, but onely hir fraucht, Alsua gif ane schip cumand fra Bur- 
deaulx beis pilleit in hir veyage, that it sail be in the optioun of the 
gevar quhidder the schip or fraucht saU contribute with the guids pilleit, 
Als if it sail happin the appareling and geir of the schip, as ankers, 
caibills, saillis, ordinance, or ony vther geir pertening to the schip, or 
airmour being thairin for defence of the merchants guids, to be pilleit 
and taikin, the schip and guids to be haldin togidder to contribute with 
the same, Attour gif it happinis any schip laidin or licht to be constray« 
nit, be tempest or vehemencie of wedder, or be men of weir, to be putt 
vpoun the schoir for saifty of the schip, merchants guids, and mennis 
lyves, in that case the schip and merchants guids togidder to contri- 
bute all damnage and skayth that happinis to faU thairthrow. And gif it 
happinis ony merchant or mariner to be hurt or mutilate in defence of the 
schip and guids, in that respect uniuersall contributioun to be had of the 
haill schip and guids to the support of that persoun hurt or mutilat ; as 
at lenth is contenit in the said supplicatioun. The commissioneris pre- 



118 



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Elgein, Forest, 
Naime. CJom- 
niifisioiiers. 
Vnlawos. 



Captiues in 
Maroco. 



Dundie. 
Perth. 



sentlie assemblit declaris this to be ane new mater quhairof thai haif 
nocht the avyso and ansuer of thair burrowes, and thairfoir continewis 
thair ansuer heirto to the nixt eonventioun, and ordanis the sam to be 
rememberit in the missiues to be direct befoir the said eonventioun. 

Item, In consideratioun of the supplicatioun gevin in for the pairt of 
the burchis of Elgein, Forest, and Naime, mening the fitr distance of thair 
burchis and poverty of thair commoun rents to merite fauour in thair 
bypast vnlawes for non comperance, and desyring that vther burchis may 
haif thair vote in tymes to cum, Fyndes the vnlaw of Elgein to be dis- 
ponit in the last eonventioun, and thairfore can nocht now be retreittit 
As for the rest, thai remitt and dischaii'ge to thame thair vnlawes of this 
present eonventioun and all vther conventionis bypast, thay schawand 
thair diligence in amendement for tyme to cum, bot declairis thai will on 
na wayes alter the ordour to suffer ane burch to haif the voitt of ane 
vther absent. 

Item, For compt to be had of the imployment of the money coUectit 
for redemptioun of the captiues in Maroco, thai ordane Maister Patrik 
Quhytelaw, being present, to speik the Clerk of Register and inquyre of 
his lordschip quha hes ressauit the sam, that forther ordour may be tayne 
thairanent, and the same bestowit to the vse quhairfor it wes coUectit, or 
ellis randerit thame. 

Item, The commissioners presentlie assemblit beand chargeit be delyuer- 
ance of the Secreitt Counsale to decyde the questioun of priority in place 
betuixt Perth and Dundie befoir the dissoluing of this present eonven- 
tioun, vnder paynes of horning, and with certificatioun letteris suld be 
direct simpliciter, and the sam beand veray hard to do in respect of the 
interloquitur befoir rehersit, the commissioneris of Perth being instantlie 
requeistit to stand content with the first ansuer, and refusand the samyn, 
bot at last offerand to abyde thairat gif the priority suld be grantit to 
thame quhill the questioun were decydet, but preiudice of Dundy, Stir- 
ling, or any vther pairtie contendant, and the commissioners for Dundy 
aUuterly dissentand heirto. Baith the saidis pairteis beand remouit, the 
mater votit and debaittit, and thai incallit agane, the commissioners of 
burrowes foresaidis, for feir of the said horning and to eschew the samyn, 
for the maist pairt votis and concludes and als decemis and ordanis the 
burch of Perth to haif the priority and first place before the burch of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 119 

Duadie qiihill the nixt parliament or conventioun of estaitts, and quhill 
the questioim be deeydib be the saidis estaitts or Kings Grace and Lordis 
of Secreitt Couusale, Prouyding alwayes that the sam nawayes preiuge 
the said burcli of Dundie in thair richt and title to the said priority na 
mair not gif this present ordinance had neuer bene maid votit or con- 
cludit. And that the burrowes be na fortlier troublit with this thair 
debaitt and contrauersy, vtherwayes thai will euery ane of thame to be 
in thair awin wontit place, and that pairt of the former interloquitor to 
stand. And the saidis commissioners of Dundie alluterly dissentit heirto 
as before, protesting for remeid, and desyring the mater to be decydit 
aither as it wes first concludit, or ellis confonne to the act of parliament 
and act of the last conventioun of burrowes ; And William Norwell, 
commissioner of Stirling, protestit that the sam preiuge nocht thame 
anent the secund place nixt Edinburgh quhilk he aJlegeit to pertene to 
thame, and siclyke that it preiuge nocht the decisioun of this mater for 
the pairt of thair burch as it wes ordanit be act of parliament. Attour 
the commissionei's of Abirdene, Linlithqu, Lanrik, Haddingtoun, Cowper, 
and divers of the remanent burrowes protestit that the premissis preiuge 
nocht thair burchis in the places quhilk thai merite as mair ancient nor 
the burchis contendant, as thai allegeit, and heirvpoun askit instru- 
inentis. 

Item, The saidis haill commissionares affirmes ratefeis and apprevis the ^fPt??^^!i"j^^ 
haill acts and constitutionis of the last conventioun haldin at Abirdene, the last con- 
with all claussis and articles contenit thairin, swa far as thai ar conso- ^*^ 
nant to the acts and articles of this present conventioun, and ordanis the 
sam to be obseruit and kepit in all tymes cuming. 

Item, Thai adiuge and decerne the burrowes vnderwrittin, and euery vniawing of 
ane of tliame, to half incurrit and to incur the payne and vnlaw of JJj^^^^®* 
threttie pund for thair absence and contumacie from the present conven- 
tioun, thai beand lawfully waimit thairto, that is to say the burrowis of 
Rothesay, Ranfrew, Air, Erewin, Kirkcudbrycht, Wigtoun, Quhithom, 
ledburch, Dunfreis, BanflT, Brechein, Abirbrothok, Sanctandrois, Culane, 
lliayne And thairfore ordanis the saidis vnlawes to be 

vpliftit with all rigour, conforme to the acts of burrowes maid thair- 
anent, be the burrowis appoyntit thairto in thair quarters of the realme, 
and thai to be ansuerabill and comptabill vpoun thair diligence thairfore. 



120 



ConvevMon of Royal Burghs. 



Nixt conven- 
tioun. 



Pettinyeme. 



Guthre. 



vnder the payne of payment of the sam of thair awin purssis at the nixt 
conventioun. 

Item, The haill commissioners presently convenit hes with ane consent 
and assent affixit and appoyntit the nixt conventioun of burrowes to be 
haldin in the burch quhair the nixt parliament of the haill estaitts beis 
sett, gif ony beis, within ane zeir nixt heirefter, and ordanis that burch 
of the parliament to mak lawful! wairning to the burrowes to convene 
within thair burch sex dayes at the leist befoir the day of the parliament, 
vnder the payne and vnlawes contenit in the acts of burrowis ; And gif 
na parliament beis sett within ane zeir, thai haif agreitt, votit, and con- 
sentit the nixt conventioun of burrowes to be haldin within the burch of 
Perth, and to begyn the aucht day of Maij in the zeir of God j™ v** 
Ixxxij® zeris, and ordanis the said burch of Perth to mak lawfuU wairn- 
ing to the remanent burrowes as vse is, and to remember in their mis- 
siues the heids and articles presently appoyntit to be rememberit resonit 
and concludit in the said nixt conventioun, that ilk burch may cum 
instructit with the information of thair nichtbouris in the saidis articles. 

Item, Vpoun the complaynt of the commissioner of Pittenweme, 
berand that Id all extents the counsale of thair burch omittis thame- 
selffis thair freinds and the maist substantious men, and lays the chairges 
on the puir, Ordanis the baillies and counsale of the said burch to follow 
the ordour of all the remanent burrowes in chesing of thair extentouris 
and setting of thair extenttis in tyme cuming, swa that thai pretermitt 
nane that awcht to beir chairges according to thair substance but feid or 
fauour, according to thair conscience and knawledge, as thai will ansuer 
vpoun thair allegeance vnto oure Souerane Lord and remanent burrowes 
of this realme. 

Item, The said commissioners of burrowes assignis and disponis to 
Maister Alexander* Guthre, clerk of this present conven^oun, for his 
lawbour and paynis, the sowm of threttie pund to be tane of the reddiest 
of the vnlawes of the burrowes absent fra this present conventioun, and 
of ony of thame that he sail lyke best to cheise, and fidlzeand of ene, to 
cheise ane vther, quhill he gett payment of the said sowma 

Alex^ Clark of Balbimye pro- Dauid Petersone baillie of Cow- 

vest of Edinburch. per. 

Henrie Charteris. Ihone Aiunand provest of Elgin. 



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121 



W™ Norwell for Stirlyng. 
Dioniis Conquerour. 
Henry Adam son. 
Willeam Cuthbert for Innernes. 
lohnne Hay. 

Stewin Marty ne for Pettinwem. 
loline Grahame. 
M^ Henry Gibson scripsit. 
William Browne for Hadding- 
toun. 



Donald Cunynhame bailze of 

Dumbertana 
Villiame Boncle commissionar 

of Dumbar. 
Dauid Ramsay belle of CrailL 
Grawin Wilkia 
Archbalt Maluile for Dysart. 
William Wilkin. 
Andro Ker for linlythqu. 



In the convcntioun or parliament of burrowes haldin and begun at Edin- 
burgh the xvij day of October I'" V° Ixxxj** zeiris and contenewand to 
the xxvj day thairof, Comperit the commissioneris of burrowes vnder- 
speeefeit and gaif in thair commissionis, pairtlie vnder thair seill of caus, 
and pairtlie vnder the subseriptioun of thair commoun clerk of thair bur- 
rowes, to wit ; for Edinburgh, Alexander Clark of Balbimy prouest, 
Ilobei-t Ker zounger baillie, and Maister Ihoun Prestoun ; for Air, Robert 
lamesoun ; for Dunfermeling, William Wilkyn ; for Hadingtoun, William 
Broun provest, James Ramsay ; for Selkirk, Gawin Wilkyn ; for Cowper 
in Fyfe, lames Petersoun dene of gild ; for Dunbar, Moreis Lawder ; for 
Kingorn, lohne Kirkcaldy, Ihonn Boswell ; for Kirkaldy, Alexander Dal- 
zell ; for Lanerk, William Wylkyne, Thomas Gray ; for Thayne, Andro 
Rysie; for Fores, Thomas Vrquhart; for Innernes, William Baillie prguest; 
for Northbervick, Ilione Spens ; for Abirbrothok, Dauid Peii-soun ; for 
Dysart, W^alter Scott, George Ciystiesoun ; for Elgein, Ilione Annand 
prouest ; for Pei-th, Henry Adamesoun, Dyoneis Conquerour, Maister 
Patrick Quhitelaw ; for Renfrew, Ihone Knox, Ihone laksoun ; for Mont- 
r(3se, Robert Leichtoun ; for Lawder, Androw Lawder zounger ; for Lin- 
lithqw, Androw Ker. 

Q 



122 Conventio7i of Royal Burghs. 



Apud Edinburgh xx Octobris V^ V^' Ixxxj*'. 

Anent the The Quhilk Day the commissioneris of burrowes presentlie convenit, 

Sfor^he^cap^ vnderstanding that thair wes dyvers gfeitt sowmes of money vpliftit of 
tiue3 in Ma- the burrowes be umquhill Androw Buk in Aberdene, to haif bene imployet 
for redemptioun of certane of oure natioun lyand in miserabill captiue 
vnder the Turk at Argiers, and zett nather ar thai redemit nor conipt 
maid of the said money, Thairfore thai ordane Maister Patrik Quhytelaw 
and Ihone Broun, in Edinburgh, to persew the airis and intrometteris with 
the guidis of the said vnquhill Andro for compt, rekning, and payment to 
be maid to thame of the said sowm in name of the haill burrowis, gevand 
thame thair full power and commissioun thairto be thir presents, with 
power to vplift and ressaue the said money, and thai comptabill thairfor, 
and the expenssis maid be thame to be allowit in the first end of the said 
sowm, provyding thai accept, nor do nathing heirinto by the avyse and con- 
sent of the prouest and baillies and counsale of Edinburgh, quhome thai will 
and desyreis to fortifie and assist the saidis persouns in persuitt of the 
said cans. 

At Edinburgh xxj^. Octobris V^. V^. Ixxxj^. 

Buiyessw: The QUHILK DAY the foresaidis commissioners of burrowes, for suppress- 

ing of the greitt multitude of owtland burgessis, conforme to dyvers acts 
maid thairvpoun of before, Ordanis that ilk burch within the realme call 
in before thame the saidis persouns be thair names in particulare, and 
depryve thame of thair liberty, and at the nixt conventioun bring and 
produce ane sufficient and attentik rolment and decreitt of couii gevin 
aganis thame to that effect, contening particular names, that thai may be 
knawiu to ilk burch and vsit heirafter as vnfriemen ; And siclyk that the 
acts maid of befor anent gevin of tikketis to all saillers to vther cimtreyes 
be inviolablie obseniit and putt to executioun, with this additioun, that in 
all burchis quhair thair is ane dene of gild na tikkett nor testimonial! be 
gevin bot sic as sail be subscryuet be the dene of gild and clerk of the 
burch, and quhair thair is na dene of gild to be subscryuet be the baillies 
of the towne and clerk thairof, all vther testimonialles to mak na fayth. 



SailleriB. 



Convention of Royal Buryhs. 123 

and that thai be gevin only to sic as actually remanis within the burch, 
walking wairding scatting and lotting and beiring all vther chairges 
witliin the said burch and resident within the samyn, and to na vtheris. 
And their testimoniallis to be renewet and tayne of new be ilk frieman 
swa aft as lie saillis, and the awld to mak na vther fayth bot for that 
vayage allanerly. Quhilk new testinionialls thai will at ilk tyme to be 
presentit and schawin to the conseruatour be sic as passis in Flanderis, 
quhonie thai ordane being personallie present to serche and trye furth 
diligentlie of all sic persouns as traffiques and saillis without ane testi- 
monial, conforme to the act of parliament maid be King James the Fifk, 
and xxvij act thairof, in all poynts, and to sequestratt thair guidis, and 
aduerteis the townc quhairfm thai come, that forther ordour may be tane 
witli tlie saidis personis. 

It KM, Thai ordane the discharge obtenit be Capitane Cokbume of the Capitnne 
ten sowlz quhilk wes vpliftit at Burdealx of ilk twn wyne, quhilk thai ^^^^^ 
vnderstand to be in the handis of the burch of Edinburgh, to be insert Edinburgiu 
and regis trat in this present bulk, and maid patent to all that sail haif 
ado thaii-with. 

Item, The saidis commissioners fyndes the burch of Innemes to haif innemes 
na rycht to vplift the excyse boll of frie burgessis, nochtwithstanding the ^*®y^ ^"* 
La wes of the Maiesty, quhilk wes presently schawin be the commissioner 
of Innernes, and red oppinly, and contenit nathing that mycht mak for 
thame. 

xxiij^. Octobris V^. V^. lxxxj°. 

Item, The saidis commissioners fyndes and declairis the burrowes Vniawing the 
vnderwrittin and euery ane of thame to haif incurrit and to incur the absent^ 
payne and vnlaw of xxx li. for thair contumacie and absence fra this present 
cunventi<jun, thay beand cytit and wairnit thairto be the missiues direct 
to that effect, that is to say, Innerkething, Stirling, Rothesay, Dunbartane, 
Ruglein, Irrewyne, Glasqw, Kirkcudbrycht, Wigtoun, Quhithome, Jed- 
burch, Dunfreis, Dundy, Bamff, Carraill, Forfar, Sanctandrois, Brechein, 
Culane, Nairne, Pettinweyme. And thairfore ordanis the said payne and 
vnlawes to be vpliftit with diligence conforme to the acts maid thairanent 
of befor. 



124 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Capiiues of 
Haroco. 



xxiiij**. Octobiis I™. Y^. lxxxj° 

GeneraU iadge. Item, Anent the act of buFTowes maid at Edinburgh in October 1 579 
tuicheing the iadge of guidis nocht of the twn mesour, ratefeis and approvis 
the sam in all poynts ; and ordanis Edinburgh to caus mak ane generall 
iadge, and to report the sam to the nixt conventioun. 

Item, Being enterit of new in resouning concerning the captiues at 
Argieris, In presence of the conseruatour, referris vnto him to trye and 
inquyre gif thai be for lyfe or nocht, quhat pairt thai ar in to, and quhat 
sowmes may be redeme thame, and to report the sam to the burch of 
Edinburgh with diligence. Lykewyes ordanis the prouest of Abirdene 
beand present to gett knawledge of the sowmes vpliftit be vmquhill Andro 
Buk and his airis, and siclyke Edinburgh to inquyre of the speciall 
sowmes delyuerit to Michaell Gilbert, and Maister James Lowsoun, And 
this to be reportit to the nixt conventioun, agane the quhilk tyme thai 
continew all forther ordour to be tane in this mater. 



xxiiij^ Octobris I™. V^. Ixxxj^. 

Perth Dundie. Item, The Commissioners of burrowes foresaids and vndersubscryvand, 
anent the contrauersie betuix the burchis of Perth and Dundie twicheing 
the dignity and priority of place, quhair it wes desyrit be Alexander 
Scrymgeour, for the pairty of the said burch of Dundie, that the said 
question n wer zitt decydet be the saidis commissioners at this present 
conventioun, conforme to the act of parliament maid anent ranking and 
placeing of burrowes, Dyones Conquerour and Henry Adamsoun commis- 
sioners for Perth being lykewyis present, the said mater resonit and votitt, 
the pairteis remouit and incallit agane. All in ane voce ratefeis and 
apprevis the last act maid heiranent in the conventioun haldin at Edin- 
burgh the xxj of Aprile last, and zitt as before fyndes, decemis, and 
declairis the said burch of Perth to haif and bruik the priority and first 
place before the said burch of Dundie quhill this present parliament, and 
quhill the said questioun be decydet be the Estaitts, the Kings Grace, 
and Lordis of Secreitt Counsale, to quhome the said debaitt is remittit, 



Conve7itian of Eoyal Burghs. 1 25 

confonne to the said act in all poynts ; Quhairvpoim the saidis commis- 
sioners of Perth askit instruments, And the said Alexander Scrymgeour 
dissa«sented heirto, allegeing the said questioun nocht to be decydet con- 
forme to the said act of parliament, and thairfore protestit for remeid of 
law, Alswa William Norwell commissioner for Stirling protestit that the 
premissis suld nocht preiuge his burch anent the priority and dignity of 
the secund place to voit nixt Edinburgh, quhilk he allegeit to pertene to 
the sam, and thairvpoun askit instrumentis, And in lykemaner, Gilbert 
Meinzeis, provest and commissioner for Abirdene, protested that this act 
suld nocht preiuge the said tovne anentis the prioritie of the thrid place, 
and disassentod to the former actis maid betuix Perth and Dondie 
thairanent. 

Item, The saidis commissioners hes affixit and appoyntit the nixt con- Nixt conven- 
ventioun to be begun and haldin at Perth the fyftein day of lune nixt, ***^^* 
in the zeir of God P^ V*^ Ixxxij zeiris, and continewis the materis lyand 
ower and nocht presently decydet to the said conventioun. And ordanis 
the said burch of Perth be thair missiues to mak aduertisement to the 
remanent buiTowes in dew tyme, and to remember thame to bring suffi- 
cient power and informatioun to vote and conclude in speciall vpoun the 
said caussis depending, to sie that the haill burchis be lawfuUie waimit, 
the wairnings at the said conventioun dewlie instructit and verefeit, 
that the absents may be vnlawet, and thair vnlawes coUectit and vpliftit 
with regour. 



Vigesimo quinto Octi^bris 1581. 

Item, The foirsaidis commissioneris of burrowis, anent the ten sturis of Consoruatour. 
ilk sek of gudes giantit of befoir to Henry Nesbett for his expenssis in 
establisching the staipill at Campheir, and vplifted be my Lord Conser- 
uatour thir zeris bygane, and his particular comptes thairof being hard 
sene and avysitlie considerit, and the said Henry Nesbett being payitt of 
the sovme of tuenty four pundis greitt thairof for his expenssis foirsaidis, 
Fyndis the said conseruatour to be restand awand to the burrowis of 
this realme, of the said dewtie, the sovme of four scoir li. greitt, Flemis 
money, zitt be gude occasionis, and for gude seruice done and to be 



1 26 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

done, they frielie remitt and dischairgis to the said conseruatour the said 
sovme of four scoir j)undis greitt in all tyme cuming, and als for his 
obtening of certan writis evidentis and privilegis granted be the King of 
Spayne vnder his greit seill, for the weilfair of the Scotis natioun, 
quhilkis he hes in his handis. 
Conseruatour. Item, In considoratioun of gude seruice foirsaid done and to be done 
be the said conseruatour, and for his mair honorabill sustentatioun 
according to the dignitie of his office, frielie and of thair awin accord, all 
in ane voce grantis and consentis that the said conseruatour sail tak and 
resave of ilk sek of gudis arryvand at thair staipill in Flanderis furth of 
this realme, the sovme of tuelif stures, quhairof aucht stures of the mer- 
chandice, and the vther four stures of the schip and company, begynnand 
the payment of the said dewtie of tuelfT stures of ilk sek of gudes foir- 
saidis at Mertymes nixtt, and fra thyne to endure for the space of ane 
zeir nixtt thairefter alanerlie, And dischairgis the said conseruatour, being 
personalie present, of all taking of ony vther dewtie of ony schippis and 
gudes arryving as said is, specialie of the ten stures granted to Henry 
Nesbett, together with the vther dewtie of sax and twa stures granted to 
the said conseruatour of befoir, sua saifand and reseruand to him alanerlie 
the said dewtie of tuelfF stures befoir mentionat. 

Alex'' Clark provost. Robert lamesone for Ayr. 

Robert Ker zoungar bailzie. Ihone Bowsy for Carell. 

M^ lohn Prestoun. Ihone Barclay for Pittinvem, 

Henry Adamson, Perth. Ihone Craill for Forfar. 

Dionis Conquerour. William Wilkin for Lanark. 

Andro Ker for Linlithqw. lohne Knox for Renfrew. 



Pjjrth. In the conventioun of burrbwis haldin at Perth the xv, xvj, xviij, xix, xx, 

xxj, xxij, and xxiij dayis of lunij the zeir of God I™. V^. four scoir twa 
zeiris comperit the commissioneris of bunowis quhais names foUowis, and 
producit thair commissionis, paii-tlie vnder the seillis of thair burghis, and 
pairtly subscryuit be thair commoun clerkis, viz., for Edinburgh, Henry 
(]Jhairteris baillie, Androw Sklater and lohne Ihounstoun ; Perth, Maister 
Patrik Quhytelaw of Newgrange, Henry Adamsoun, Dioneis Conquerour, 



Convention of Eoyal Burghs. 127 

Oliver Peiblis ; for Dondie, Alexander Ramsay, Alexander Wedderburn 
and Alexander Scrj'mgeour ; Striveling, Williame Norowell, Duncan 
Leicbeman ; Abirdene, Alexander Culane ; Linlithqu, Andrew Kar ; Air, 
George Cocheran ; Glasqu, lohne Idndesay ; Hadingtoun, lohne Aytoun ; 
Cowpar, lames Andersoun ; Montrois, Williame Murray ; Abirbrothik, 
Maister Archibald Peirsoun ; Sanctandrois, Maister Williame Cok ; Inner- 
nes, Williame Baillie, proveist ; Duixifreis, Mathow Diksoun, Williame 
Gledstanis ; Dunfermeling, lohnn Boiswell, Robert Pawtoun ; Craill, 
Williame Annand ; Briechan, Dauid Dempstar ; Disartt, Alexander Criste- 
soun ; Dumbar, Robert Lauder ; Laneark, Williame Dauidsoun ; Renfrow, 
Heniy Fynnesoun ; Pettinweme, Stevin Martyne ; Kingom, lohne Kirk- 
aldy, Wilbame Boiswell ; Innerkething, Williame Blackburn ; Kirkcaldy, 
Alexander Dalzell. 



Decimo octauo lunij 1582. 

The quhilk day, it being cum to the knawlege of the commission- Extent of i=» 
eris of burrowis abouewrittin, that in diuers and sindry tounia quhair ^^ding of ane 
the merchantis of this realme resoii-tis within the dominionis of France, commissionor 

. , .to France to 

thai r is dyueris new customes exactionia and imposts raisit to the grit get the new 
hurt of the saidis merchantis resortand thairto, as said is, and in speciall ^n^Su d?8- 
within the toune of Deip, For remeid quhairof it is thocht expedient <5i»»"*Ki^ 
statute and ordanit be the commissionaris foirsaidis, that the colnmission- 
eris of the burghis of Edinburgh, Striueling, Perth, Dondie, Abirdene, 
Sanctandrois, and Cowpar geve in to the Kingis Maiestie and Lordis of 
his Hienes Secreit Counsall, at the conventioun to be haldin at the said 
burgh of Perth the last day of this iuvstant lunij, ane supplicatioun in all 
thair names for his Hienes support to the doungetting and dischairging of 
the customes exactions and impoistis abouementionat ; Efter the ansuer 
quhairof that the magistratis of the burgh of Edinburgh foirsaid send ane 
of thair maist honest and substantious burgessis, ane merchant and 
traffecquair, to pas to the King of France for seiking l)e all meins possi- 
bill of ane dischairge of the customes exactionis and impoistis foirsaidis, 
For making of the quhilk commissioneris expenssis to be sent as said is 
to the pairtis abouewritten, thay all in ane voce grantis and consentis 



128 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

that ane general! extent of ane thowsand merkis be sett vpliftit and 

raisit be the said burgh of Edinburgh in thair names of the haill borrowis 

of this realme betuix and the feist of Lambmes nixtt, and that executori- 

allis of homing vpoun ane simple charge of sax dayis warning pas vpoun 

the burrowis refusand to pay thair pairts of the said extentt at the day 

prefixtt, And incais the said extentt be sett and vplifbed be the said burgh 

of Edinburgh, and nocht bestowit be thame vpoun the commissioner to 

be sent to France, as said is, in that cais the &aid burgh of Edinburgh to 

mak the samyn furthcumand to the burrowis at thair nixtt conventioun, 

quhairsoever it salljappin thame to convene. 

' Cnstodie of the Item, Efter lang resonying vpoun the custodie of the generall buke of 

' pevhTto ^^* burrowis, contenying the haill lawis actis and constitutionis maid be thair 

; Edinburgh, predeccssouris in tymes past, quhilk buke was presented to the commis- 

sioneris foirsaidis be Ihoun Guthre dark, wrytar thairof, conforme to ane 
act of continuatioun maid thairvpoun in thair conventioun haldin at 
Edinburgh the xviij day of Apryle 1581, thay all in ane voce fyndis 
and delyueris thatt the said burgh of Edinburgh salhave the samyn in 
keping induring the saidis burrowis willis alanerlie, and that the samyn 
in all tyme cumyng be brochtt be the commissioneris of the said burgh 
of Edinburgh to euery seuerall conventioun of burrowis ])arliament or 
estaitis of this realme, quhairsoever the samyn beis haldin. And becaus 
the wanting of the said buke hes bene in tymes past the cawse of greitt 
ignorance and confusioun amangis the maist pairtt of the haill burrowis 
of this realme, and to the effect they may the better be acknawledgitt of 
sic lawis and constitutionis as hes bene maid be thair predecesaouris for 
the weilfair of thair estait in tyme bygane, Thaiifoir they statute and 
ordane thatt the said burgh of Edinburgh, or thair clarkis depute be 
thame, sail mak and delyver to every e burgh, sutand the extract or copy 
of the said buke, ane buke of the same self volume, contenyng the haill 
' lawis and constitutionis of burrowis mentionat thairin to the desoluing of 

' this present conventioun alanerlie, and that the saidis clarkis, wrytar 

thairof, salhave ten merkis for euery ane of the samyn. attour incais ony 
] of the burrowis foirsaidis haif ado heirefter with the extract of ony parti- 

cular act or protestatioun contenitt in the said buke, that the samyn be 
delyueritt to thame be the saidis clarkis for payment of thre schillingis 
four penneis ilk pece alanerlie, and for the extract of the haill actis of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 129 

ony seuerall actis maid at ilk conuentiouii threttene schillings iiijd, And 
siclyke, vnderstanding the said Ihonn Guthre as zit nocht to be payitt of GutUre. 
the sovme of tueutypundis, promeist to him be the commissioneris conuenitt 
at Abirdene in the moneth of lulij 1580, for his paynis and travell tane 
in wry ting of the said generall biike, naither to have resauitt the sovme 
of tuenty merkis inlykemaner promeist to him for his paynis and travell 
tane for suting, writing, and forming of the comptes of the boulzeoun, 
and vther seruiees done be him to thair predecessouris of befoir, Thairfoir 
they ordane the pro vest baillies and counsall of the said burgh of Edin- 
burgh, and thair thesauraris, havaiis in thair handis of the tovne off Sanct- 
monanis paii*tt of the extent of the said boulzeoun, extending to four 
scoir twa pundis twa schillingis sax penneis, to delyuer and pay to the 
said Ihonn Guthre, of the first and rediest thairof, the saidis sovmes of 
tuenty pundis and tuenty merkis extending in the haill to fifty merkis, 
for the causis abouewrittin, and this present act and ordinance salbe thair 
wanand. And incais the said tovne of Sanctmynanis pairt of the boul- 
zeoun be alrady vtherwayis disponit on, in thatt cais they fynd and de- 
lyuer the said Ihonn Guthre salbe payitt of the sovmes abouementionatt 
off the first and reddiest of the said boulzeoun extentt butt delay. 

Item, The commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis vnderstanding that Commissioun 
thair was dyueris and greitt sovmes of money vplifted for the burrowis to perrowfor 
of this realm e, be dyueris and sindiy coUectouris appoynted thairto, for^?Jff^^^[g§°^ 
releif of cei-tan Scottismen lyand in miserabill captiuitie vnder tlie Turk the pnsoneris 
att Argeris, and zitt nather ar they redemit nor compte maid of the said 
money be the havaris thairof in thair handis, Thairfoir thai ordane the 
provest baillies and counsall of the burgh of Edinburgh, in thair names, 
to persew all and quhatsumever personis, havaris of or detenaris of the 
saidLs sovmes of money, for compte, i-eknyng and payment to be maid to 
thame of the samyn in name of the burrowis foirsaidis, and grantis and 
gevis to the saidis provest baillies and counsall of the burgh of Edin- 
burgh, or ony vtheris quhome they sail depute to thatt effect, thair full 
power and commissioun to vplift, crave, and resave the saidis sovmes of 
money, and they to be comptabill thairfoir, and the expenssis to be sidpperis sail- 
maid be thame in the persute and recouery thairof to be allowitt in the tS?reaime°to 
first end of the saidis sovmes. tSkLhi??'" 

Item, Ratefois and apprevis the act and statute maid at Edinburgh butt testimoni- 

R 



130 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

the XX day of October 1581, quhairby it was statute and ordanitt tbatt 
ilk burgh within this realme, the dene of gild and dark thairof, suld geve 
testimoniallis vnder thair subscriptionis to all saillaiis out of the cuntry, 
and quhair thair is na dene of gild to be subscryuit be the baillies and 
clark thairof, and all vtheris testimonallis to half na fayth ; and thatt the 
samyn be gevin only to sic as actually remanis and hes thair residence 
within frie burrowis, walking, wairding, scatting, Hotting, and bering all 
vther maner of portabill charges with the saidis burghis, and to nane 
vtheris, and thir testimoniallis to be renewitt and tane of new be ilk 
Meman and saillar sua oft as he saillis, and the auld to mak na fayth bot 
for ane veyage alanerlie, quhilk new testiraoniaUis they will at ilk tyme 
to be presented to the conseruator be sic as passis in Flanderis, quhome 
they ordane, than being personallie present, to serche and try furth dili- 
gentlie all sic personis as traffecquis and saillis butt testimoniallis, con- 
forme to the xxvij act of parliament maid be King lames the Fyfb, and 
to sequestrat thair gudes, and to aduerteis the tovne quhairfra they come 
thatt forther ordour may be tane with the saidis personis ; with this 
additioun thatt na maner of skipper att ony tyme heirefter tak vpoun 
hand to resave in his schip ony maner of personis in traffecque of mer- 
chandise without ane speciall testimoniall, as said is, be had of the per- 
sonis abouewrittin, vnder the payne of payment of the sovme of tueuty 
pundis, and tynsall of his friedome ilk frie skipper, and of ilk vnfrie 
skipper fourty pundis, sa oft as they salbe found contravenand this pre- 
sentt ordinance, and that ilk vnfrie skipper, befoir his departing furth of 
the realme att ilk veyage fynd ane honest and substantious firieman 
within the burgh or sea poirtt quhair he laidis cautioun for observing of 
this presentt ordinance vnder the paynis foirsaidis; And ordanis the 
magistratis of ilk burgh and sea poirtt within this realme to se this act 
and statute putt to dew executioun in all poyntis, and to vplift the 
vnlawis abouewrittin of ilk persoun contravenand the samyn butt favouris, 
with certificatioun to thame and they failzie or beis found negligentt 
heirin, they^ sail incur the double payne contenitt heirin. 
Begistratiiig The samyn day they ordane, zitt as of befoir, the discharge obtenit be 

soiz in^ur-*^ Capitane Cokburn of the ten solz quhilk was vplifted at Burdealx of ilk 
tun of wyne, quhilk they vnderstand to be in the handis of the burgh of 



doaU. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 131 

Edinburgh, to be insert and registrat in this presentt buke, aiid maid 
patent to all sic as salhave ado thairwith. 

Item, Anent the act of burro wis maid at Edinburgh in October 1579 Edinburgh to 
tuiching the iedge of gudes of the tun mesour, Ratefeis and apprevis the ™* **^* *^* 
samyn in all poyntis, and zitt as of befoir ordanis the burgh of Edin- 
burgh to raak ane generall ledge, and to repoirtt the samyn to the nixtt 
conventioun, and to thatt effect gevis and disponis to the said tovne of 
Edinburgh the vnlaw of the burgh of Peiblis for thair absence fra this 
presentt conventioun. 

The samyn day ratifeis and apprevis the act maid att Abirdene in Pakking and 
lulij 1580, anent pakking peilling the bind of salmond barrellis, bimyng P®*^***^' 
and marking thairof, and to have full execution in all tymes cuming. 

Item, The commissioneris foirsaidis ratefeis and apprevis the act and Rasing of let- 
statute maid at Sanctandrois, in the conuentiouH haldin thairatt in the w'^i^^d^^^ 
zeir of God 1570, anentt the rasing of letteris be euery frie burgh within p^"^« outwith 

, . ...... . , , . 1 .ii» fne buiTowis. 

thair awm lurisdictioun vpoun sic as pakkis and peiUis outwith nie bnr- 
rowis, and in sic caissis to put thair awin actis and statutis foundit 
vpoun the act of parliament and conforme to thair liberties and privi- 
legis to dew executioun, vnder the payne of tuenty pundis to be collected 
and vptaikin of euery burgh that faillis to do the samyn ; And becaus 
the vplifting of the said vnlaw hes bene still, sen the said zeir of God 
1570, ouersene be the coUectouris appoynted thairto the tyme foirsaid, 
quhairby the said act is left unexecute, to the greitt hurtt and detrimentt 
of all the frie burrowis within this realme, Thairfoir, as of befoir, for col- 
lecting and vptaking of the said payne and vnlaw of all burrowis negli- 
gent heirin, from Carrenmouth to Bervik, they nominatt and appoynt, 
for the burgh of Edinburgh, Hary Smyth, gif the said Hary wiU accept 
the samyn, vtherwayis the magistratis of the said tovne of Edinburgh at 
thair discretioun to cheis ane vther in his roome ; from Carranmouth 
throw the haill west partis, Dauid Craufurde in Air, and Mathow 
Fallowsdaill in Dumbartan, and incais they refuse, the magistratis of the 
said tovnis to cheis ane vther ; frome Alloway to the watter of Tay 
athortt the haill coist syde, Stevin Martyne ; from Tay to Spay, lames 
Carmicliaell burges of Dondy, and incais of his refuse sic vther as the 
magistratis thairof sail pleis appoynt ; and frorae Spay north, William 
Baillie provost of Innerness ; And thatt the saidis vnlawes be vpUfted of 



1 32 Con vention of Royal Burghs. 

the buiTowis failling, be the pereonis aboue expremitt immediJitlie efter 
the intimatioun and publicatioun of this present oi"dinance ; And grantis 
and consentis that letteris be obtenit befoir the Lordis of oure Souerane 
Lordis Sessioun to mak the saidis coUectouris obeyitt of the saidis sovmes, 
vnder sic pajmis as they think gude, Provyding alwayes that the saidis 
coUectouris nominatt or to be nominatt mak compte and rekning to the 
commissioneris of burrowis at euery conuentionis of sic sovmes as it sal- 
happin thame to resave, vnder the payne of payment of tuenty pundis, 
ilkane of thame, sua oft as they failzie, to be vplifted of thame but 
fauouris, and the magistratis of the burrowis quhairin they duell to Jbe 
ansuerabill thairfoir. 



xxij lunij 1 582. 

CommiMioan Item, The commissioneris foirsaidis appojmtis the commissioneris of 

rowis to resoun Edinburgh, Perth, Dondy, Abirdene, Striveling, Air, Sanctandrois, Cow- 

iment^the^w P*^» Qlasqu, Hadingtoun, Dysart, and Kirkcaldy to convene quhair and 

cuatomifl. quhen it sail pleis the Kingis Maiestie to command, to haif the difference 

betuix his Hienes and buiTowis of this i-ealme anent the new custome 

roUis intreittit vpon, with full power to the saidis commissioneris to 

conclude thairin as to the weilfair of the estaitis of the saidis burrowis 

salbe be thame thochtt maist expedientt, Promesand to hald ferme and 

staibill all and quhatsumever thing the saidis commissioneris, or ony 

aucht of thame, sail think neidfuU in the premissis to be done ; with 

certificatioun to euery ane of the tuelff burrowis in generall, nochtt con- 

venand, aduerteisment being maid to thame be the said burgh of Perth, 

that they and euery ane of thame sail incur the payne and vnlaw of 

tuentie pundis to be vplifted of thame but fauouris. 

Perth to wryte Item, They ordain the said burgh of Perth, in thair names, to direct 

ansuerTo Ae ^^^ missive to the Kingis Maiestie, quhairby his Hienes may vnderstand 

King- thair myndes in the mater abouewrittin, according to the directioun 

gevin to the commissioneris of the said burgh of Perth thairanent. 
AdmiMdoun of Item, Becaus thair is dyueris and sindry merchantis of this realme 
FUndoris. greitumlie hurtt, and vtheris alluterlie wrakkit and hereit, be the playing 
of bankeroutt of sundry factouris within the cuntrie of Flanderis, Thair- 



Convention of Royal Bunjlis. 1 33 

foir it is statute and ordanit that at na tyme heirefter na maner of per- 
soun be admitted, sufferritt, or permitted to vse or exerce the office of 
factory in the pairtis of Flanderis, ather in Zeland, Holland, or Brabantt, 
be the conseruatour, bot sic as ar professouiis of the trew religioun of 
lesus Christ oppinlie publeschitt in tliis realme, and they befoir thair 
admissioun thairto, outher be thame selues or vtheris in thair names, 
fynd sufficientt cautioun and souei-ty within the burgh of Edinburgh to 
the magist! atis thairof for mantening of the said trew relligioun to the 
vttermest of thair poweris, and that they salbe ansuerabill to all and 
quhatsumeuer personis with quhais glides it salhappin thame induring 
thair office of factory to intromett with, and the samyn salbe att all 
tymes furthcumand to the awneris thairof quhensoever they pleis requyre 
thairfoir, and thatt the said conseruatour se this act and ordenance dewlie 
execute and fulfillit in all poyntis, with certificatioun to him and he 
failzie, he salbe haldin to refound to all maner of personis dampnefeitt or 
defraudit he the saidis factouris all and quhatsumever dampnage and 
skaith itt salhappin thame to sustene in ony wayes, and salbe depryvitt 
of his office of conseruatour but fauouris. 

ITie samyn day, vnderstanding dj^ieris and sindry thair comburgessis Factouris iu 
and vtheris merchantis and traffecquaris within this realme resorting to ^^^' 
France, Flanderis, and vtheris pairtis, to be conuersant and daylie hand- 
laris with sindry factouris quha ar nocht professouris of the trew relli- 
gioun of lesus Christ, bott altogether ignorant and coniurit papeistis, and 
manefest contempnaris and ennemeis to the trewth, quhairby greitt and 
abbominabill errouris may ensue exceptt haistie remeid be provyditt 
thairto. For eschewing quhairof, and to the effect na sic occasioun may 
occur in tyme cuming, it is statute and ordanitt that na merchant traffec- 
quar or ony frie burges of ony burgh within the realme of Scotland 
fra thyne furth tak vpoun hand to have ony maner of tred. or 
ony wayis to have ado, hantt or vse the company of ony sic personis as 
ar nochtt of the trew relligioun of lesus Christ, opinly publischit within 
this realme as said is, certefeing all sic as salhappin to transgres this pre- 
sentt ordinance in ony tyme cuming, thatt they and euery ane of thame 
efter dew tryell be had thairof sail incur the payne and vnlaw of fourty 
pundis, and that the samyn salbe vplifted of thame but fauouris quhow 
oft they failzie, and ordanis the magistratis of ilk burgh and sea poirtt 



134 Ccnivention of Royal Burghs. 

within this realme to vplift the said vnlaw, and att euery seaerall con- 
uentioun to repoirtt thair diligence heirvpoun, vnder the payne of pay- 
mentt of the lyke sovme sa oft as they salbe foond negligentt in the 
executioun of this ordinance, but fauouris. 
Vnlaw Forfar The samyn day the commissioneris foirsaidis grantis gevis and dis- 
l!bk£othok. P^^^s ^ ^^® tovne of Abirbrothok the vnlaw of the tovne of Forfar qnha 
comperit nocht to this presentt conaentioan of burrowis, provyding the 
samyn be bestowit vpon the vpbigging of the Kirk of the said tovne of 
Abirbrothok, peir and schoir thairof, and Maister Archibald Person com- 
missionar thairof promeist to se the samyn done. 
Auditonris Roe Item, The saidis commissionaris of burrowis vnderstanding be the corn- 
extent of%*«n. missioneris of Edinburgh that lames Ros, sumtime thesaurer of the said 
™*'^*°** burgh, had nocht maid compte and rekning of his intromissioun with ane 

extentt of thre thousand markis sett and vplifted of the haill burrowis of 
this realme in the zeir of God 1574, for suppressing [pyrattis] and that 
he had refusitt to gave compte thairof to the said burgh of Edinburgh, he 
being oftymes requiritt be thame thairto, Thairfoir tliey nominatt and 
appoynttis four of the maist discreitt men of the counsall of the said 
burgh of Edinburgh, sic as sail best pleis the magistratis thairof to elect, 
together with the commissioneris of Linfithqu, with all diligence possibill, 
in name of the haill burrowis, to sute compte and rekning of the said 
lames Ros of his intromissioun with the extentt foirsaidis, will full powar 
to thame the said lames comptes to heir and diligentlie examyne, allow 
and disallow, according to thaii* knawlege and consciences, and as to the 
Weill of the haill burrowis salbe be thame thocht maist expedientt ; And 
the saidis commissioneris of burrowis promesis faithfuUie in name of the 
rest, and for thame selues, to hald ferme and staibill all and quhatsumever 
thingis the auditouris befoir mentionatt dois in the premissis, provyding 
alwayis they repoirtt thair diligence heiranentt at the nixtt conuentioun 
of burrowis ; and gif it beis fundin be thame thatt the said lames Ros 
hes ony rest of the said extentt in his handis, thatt the samyn be furth- 
cummand at the nixt conuentioun, as said is. 
Ccmtiniiatioun Item, Anent the supplicatioun gevin in to thame be the commissioner 
bartan*^^"™^^ Dumbartan, they continew the ansuer geving thairto vnto thair nixtt 
conventioun, And ordanis the burgh quhair the said nixtt conuentioun 
beis haldin to remember the burrowis heirof in thair missives, and to 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 135 

desyre thair commissioneris to cum fullie iastructed quhatt support they 
will mak to the said burgh of Dumbartan for repairing of thair dekayitt 
hawin and stopping of the watter thairof 

Item, Towart the desyir of the commissioner of the burgh of Hading- Hadingtoun. 
toun, quhairas he desyris the concurrance of the burrowis nixt adiacentt 
thairto to accompany the said burgh in ane perambulatioun betuix thame 
and certan gentilmen of the cuntrie quha wald reve thame of thair richttis, 
they requeist the commissioneris of Edinburgh to desyir the inhabitantis 
of thair burgh, vpoun mutuall societie and gude nychtbourheid, to assist 
the said burgh of Hadington, quha tuke thame to aduyse with the pro- 
vest baillies and counsall of Edinburgh foirsaid, quhether they mychtt do 
the samyn butt danger of law or nochtt. 

The samyn day the commissioneris foirsaidis, efter aduysementt with Ely hawin. 
the supplicatioun gevin in to thame be Thomas Dishingtoun of Airdros, 
quhairby he cravis thair supportt and assistance to the vpbigging of the 
hawin callit the Ely, and vnderstanding the samyn to be ane very com- 
modious barbery, gif the samyn war weill vpbiggitt, for all schippis and 
boittis saifty in stormes of wether, Thairfoir they grant and consentis thatt 
the sovme of thre hundred merkis be eikitt to the extentt of ane thowsand 
merkis ordanit to be vplifted of the*haill burrowis of Scotland for making 
of the commissioneris expenssis to be sentt in France for doungetting of 
the new customes thair, And ordanis Alexander Christesoun, commissioner 
for Dysartt, to resave the samyn sovme of thre hundreth merkis quhow 
sone the samyn beis ingatheritt, and be the aduyces of the magistratis of 
the said burgh of Dysartt, Cowpar, and Sanctandrois, to se the samyn 
Weill bestowitt vpoun the vpbigging of the said hawin of the Ely, Pro- 
vyding alwayis the said laird of Airdros wair of his awin gudes the sovme 
of iij^. merkis vpon the vpbigging of the said hawin, as said is. And the 
commissioneris of Air, Dumbertan, and Renfrew dissassented heirto, 
insafar itt was na actioun of burgh etc., and the saidis thre hundreth 
merkis to be beslowitt vpoun the said hawin of the said lairdis efler the 
daitt heirof. 



13(5 



Convention of Royal Burghs, 



Vigesimo tertio lunij 1582. 



Supplicatiouii 
to the King 
aganis f rie- 
inen culloring 
vnfrie gudis. 



Statute that 
nane pas fra 
the conven- 
tiounis quhUl 
the dcHoluing 
thairof. 



All cominis- 
Bionoris to 
convene the 
firet (lay of the 
convcntioun. 



The QuniLK day the commissioneris of buiTowis foirsaidis ordanis ane 
supplicatioun to be gevin in to the Kingis Maiestie and his Hienes 
Secreitt Counsall that ordonr may be tane anent sic as ar vnfriemen and 
vsis merchandise, and anent merchantis friemen quha vnder cullour trans- 
portis vnfriemenis geir furth of this realme, and inbringis the samya 
agane to the commoditie of the saidis vnfriemea 

The samyn day the commissioneris foirsaidis concludis, statutis, and 
ordanis thatt in all tymes cuming, quhair ony commissioneris of the bur- 
rowis presentis thair commissioun, it sail nocht be lesura to that commis- 
sioner in ony way is to depairtt frome the said conuentioim quliiU the 
samyn be desoluitt haillelie, except special licence be granted thairto, and 
incais they do in the contrair, it salbe coequiuolant as Chey had nochtt 
comperit, and salbe decernit to vnderiy the vnlaw of non comperantis, 
And gif ony licence of away passing beis granted, thatt the commissioner 
to quhome the same is gevin sail compeir befoir the dark of the conuen- 
tioun for the tyme, and, of his awin grantt and consessioun, ratefie and 
approve all thingis thatt salbe concludit on at the said conuentioun, Pro- 
vyding alwayes this act sail nocht haif executioun vpoun the burrowis 
disassenting be thair speciall protestation is aganis the sovme of tuelff 
hundreth mcrkis granted to the burgh of Edinburgh for the expenssis 
maid be Adame FouUertoun in his being in Ingland, quhais names dis- 
assentaris foUowis, Abirdene, Cowpar, Sanctandrois, Montrois, and vtheris 
burrowis quhilkis war nocht presentt and nocht wairnit att the conclu- 
sioun thairof protested they aucht to have the lyke privilege as the 
disassentaris, And this act to be extendit for all occasion byganis with 
the reseruationis foirsaidis. 

Item, It is statute and ordanitt thatt in all tymes cuming the commis- 
sioneris of burrowis convene the fii-st day of ilk conuentioun thairof 
appoynted, and presentt thair commissionis, and quha comperis nochtt the 
said first day salbe decernit in ane vnlaw of tuenty pundis, and vplifted 
of thame as gif they had nocht convcnit, and thatt in aU tymes cuming, 
the first day of ilk conventioun be vpon the Mononday or the beginning 
of the oulk. 



Convention of Royal Buryhs. 137 

Item, That the haill burrowis, being lawfullie waii-nit to compeir at ony piuraiitio of 
conuentioun heirafter, the plui*alitie of voitis of thame that comperis toL^*^^*^® 
have pla<?e and to mak lawis and constitiitionis, provyding thatt Edin- 
burgh, Perth, Striveling, Dondie, Abirdene, Sanctandrois, Air, Glasqu, 
Linlithqu, and Cowper, or ony sax of tliir ten, be of the nomber of thame 
that convenis. 

The quhilk day, foi*samekill as thair is dyueris and sindry tovnis, Edinburgh to 
vilhiges, and sea portis within this reahne quhilkis vsurpis the liberty and KingS^regteter 
privilege of frie burrowis as gif they war erected thairto, quhairby the |^3' ^^^'^ "^ 
frie burrowis nixtt adiacentt to the saidis vnfrie tovnis, willages, and sea burrowis. 
portis ar gretumlie hurtt and preiugitt, For reineid quhairof it is statute 
and ordanit that the magistrntis of the burgh of Edinburgh, in all thair 
names, sail with all possibill diligence cawse luke furth oure Souerane 
Lordis register, quhairby knawlege may be had quhilkis of thame ar 
erected in frie burghis, to the end sic as salbe knawin to be sua may be 
compellit to scatt, lott, and beir all maner of portabill chairges with the 
remanent frie burrowis of this realme, And lykewayis that the saidis 
niagistratis of Edinburgh cers furth all the vnfrie tovnis within this 
realme, and persew thame be the law as accords, to the doing quhairof 
tlie commissioneris foii*saidis grantis full power and commissioun to the 
said burgh of Edinburgh, j>'^oniittendo de rato, and promesis to refound 
and pay to the magistratis of the burgh of Edinburgh foirsaidis all and 
quhatsumever resonabill expenssis itt salhappin thame to mak vpoun 
execution of the premissis, and ordanis the said commissioun to stand 
quhill thair nixt conuentioun alanerlie, at quhilk tyme repoirt thair dili- 
gence heiranent, and in tlie menetyme thatt all frie burrowis repres the 
vnfrie tovnis nixtt adiacent to thame safar as they may of law. 

Item, Appoyntis the commissioneris nominat to geve the ansuer to the Certan bur- 
Kingis Maiestie anentis the customes to be the alteraris of the taxtt roll, ©d to alter the 
and they to resoun vpoun the samyn, and to repoirt thair diligence at ^^^^^ ''®"**- 
tlie nixt conuentioun that fynall conclusioun may be tane thairanent. 
And in the menetyme the present taxtt concluditt on to be sett according 
to the last roll maid at Cowper ; And the commissioneris of Edinburgh 
disassentt from ony continewatioun of ony alteratioun of the said extentt 
roll, and offeritt thame rady to the remane quhill the samyn was done, 
[ind forther protestis thatt incais ony extentt in the menetyme intervene 

s 



1 38 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

thatt they salbe extentit according to the auld roll maid preceding the 
last alteration maid at Cowper, and Sanctandrois in the lykemaner, and 
George Cocheran, commissioner for Air, protested thatt in respect the 
alteratioun of the last taxtt roll att Cowper, quhilk was onlie ordanit to 
stand for thre zeiris, suld be now reformed according thairto, or vtherwayis, 
thatt na executoriallis suld strek vpon his said burgh quhiU the said roll 
war alterit in the coUectioun of ony extent condiscendit vpon, and 
Maister Patrik Quhytelaw in the name of the haill rest, as moderator, in 
the contrair, in respect of the actis maid of befoir, quhairto the said 
George consented, as alsua thatt the prefixtt tyme of thre zeris was 
apoynted be the conuention of buiTOwis, and now alterit be thame in 
respect of thair continwatioun. 
Vnia^ng bur- The samyn day, Fyndis the burrowis efter following be thair non com- 
perance to this conuentioun to have incurritt euer ilk ane of thame the 
vnlaw of tuenty pundis, being lawfullie vaimit thadrto as was sufficientlie 
verefeitt, to wit, Rothesay, Ruglene, Irrowyne, Kirkcudbrycht, Quhithom, 
ledburgh, Selkirk, Peiblis, Lawder, Elgyne, Culane, Forres, Name, Banff, 
Forfar, and Thane ; and ordanis the act of parliament to be putt to execu- 
tion aganis thame and euery ane of thame be the burgh of Edinburgh, 
and they to be comptable thairfoir at the nixt conuentioun, except 
Irrowyne quhilk is disponit to Air, Lawder to Northbervik, Forfar to 
Aberbrothok, and Peiblis to Edinburgh, for making of the iedge, and 
Ruglene to Glasqu for vpbigging of thair calsy, and Elgyne to Ihonn 
Guthre, dark, wrytar of the acts maid at this present assemblie ; and 
appoyntis Selkirk to Kinghom for vpbigging of Petticur, etc. 
Desoiuing of The commissioneris foirsaidis desoluis this thair conuentioun ; and 
tioun. appoyntis thair nixt conventioun to be haldin att Air the tentt day 

of lunij 1583 zeris, and the said tovne of Air to direct thair missiues as 
efFeris, etc. 

Henrie Charteris. 

Andro Sklatter. William Blaikbum. 

Henry Adamsone. George Cochrane dissassented to 

Alex' Cullen. the first act. 

W™ Norwell. lohne Aytowne. 

D. Leschman. I. Andersone. 

M. William Cok. Robert Lawder. 



Convention of Rofjal Burghs. 139 

Williame Murray. Alexander Christeson. 

Mr Archuibald Peirsoune. lohne Bosuell. 

Alex'' DalzelL ' Robert Watsoun. 

William Ann and. Ihon Spens. 

Stewin Martyne. Ibone KyrkcaJdy. 

Ibonn Lindesay, Robert Adame, commissioneris of Glasqu, and Patrik 
Fyunesoun for Renfrew, with thair handis at the pen led be the notar 
vnderwrittin at oure commandis becaus we can nocht wryte ourselues. 

I. GUTHRE. 



In the conventioun of hw^owis efter following , haldin at'^ 
Edinburgh the audit day of Nouemher the zeir of God 
jm yc j^y^^ scoir tioa zeriSy Comperitt the commissioneris 
of bnrrowis vndei^rittin and producitt thair commis- 
sionisy pairtlie vnder the seillis of thair tovnis, and 
pairtlie vtider the subscriptionis of thair commoun 
clarkis, quhais names followis : 

Commissioneris namea 

Edinburgh, Alexander Clark of Balbimy provest, Ihoun Ihonnstoun, 
Heniy Charteris ; Perth, Henry Adamesoun ; Dondie, Ihonn Fynlasoun ; 
Abirdene, Alexander Forbes; Air, Henry Oisbum; Glasqu, Robertt Adame; 
Dysartt, Alexander Christesoun ; Kirkcaldy, Ihonn Lowdoun ; Craill, 
Thomas Kay bail lie ; Pettinveme, Stevin Martyne. 

The samyn day the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis decemis the Vniawing bur- 
buiTOwis efter mentionatt, to witt, Hadingtoun, Sanctandrois, Strive- ^rg© Edin- 
ling, and euer}' ane of thame, in respect of thair noncomperance to this ^^^ Neebett 
present conventioun, to have incurritt the payne and vnlaw of tuenty pundis, 
and this becaus they war lawfuUie wairnitt be missives sentt and de- 
lyueritt to thame be sic as Edinburgh direct to that effect to have comperit, 
i\a was cleirlie vnderstand to the saidis commissioneris, be the provest, 
baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh, directaris of the saidis missives, and 
comjieritt nochtt ; and assignis to Henry Nesbett burges of Edinburgh 



140 Convention of Royal Bury /is. 

the samyn vnlawis, for payment to the burgh of Edinburgh in name 
of the haill commissioneris of burrowis of fourty merkis thairfoir, he 
alwayis makand the expenssis vpon the ingathering thairof; for the 
quhilk sovme of fourty merkis the said burgh of Edinburgh sal mak 
compte and rekning to the haill eommissioneiis of burrowis at thair nixtt 
conventioun, to be haldin at Air the tent day of lunij nixtt ; and the 
said Henry Nesbet oblessis him to relief the said burgh thairof at the saidis 
burrowis handis. 



Apud Edinburgh octauo Novembris 1582. 

statute for vp- Xhe QUHILK DAY, the commissioneris of burrowis befoir mentionatt 
tan dewties of vnderstanding thameselues and the haill merchantt estaitt of this realme 
gudL^tortifl- ^^ be gretumlie dampnefeit be paymentt of the intolerabiU customes 
SJeRLimeto' laitUe raisitt and vplifted within the dominions of France vpoun syndrie 
the making of soirtis of wairis transported thaii-to, hes statue and ordanitt, and all in 
rionSS^expen- ane voce for thame selues and havand powar of the burrowis, concludis 
for*^tting^^e ^^^ delyueris, that for the making of certau commissioneris expenssis to 
new customis be sentt be thame to the King of France and his Previe Counsall, to seik 
git redres herein, thair salbe vplifted fra the feist of Mertymes nixt vnto the 

feist of Meiiiymes in the zeir of God j™ v*^ four scoire three zeris, and 
langer as the necessitie of the cawse sail requyre, at all the sea poirttis of 
this realme, of all maner of wairis passing furth thairof, the dewties efter 
following, to wit, of ilk tun salmond four schillingis ilk tun, claith aucht 
schillingis ilk tun, hydis four schillingis ilk tun, skynnis four schiUingis 
ilk tun, wly and butter four schillingis ilk tun, herring and keilling 
saxtene pennies, — ilk sek gudes to Flanderis to be estimatt to twa tunnis, 
and ilk serpleth gudes to Danskyne and the eistar seals to be estimatt be 
the tun, — and the said Thomas Kay baillie and commissioner for Craill, for 
him selff and the remanentt burrowis of the coist syde, protested in re- 
spect of their consentt gevin heirto thatt incais at ony tyme heirefter it 
salhappin ony new customes to be raisitt vpon sic wairis as they com- 
monlie tred with, and in speciall fische, the hail burrowis of this realme 
in lykemaner to contribute with tham for doungetting and discharging 
thairof: Quhairvnto the commissioneris forsaidis for thame selfis and in 



Convention of Eoyal Burghs. 141 

name of the haill remanent bnrrowis of this realme consented. For 
sure collecting of the quhilkis dewties, the magistratis of euery burgh 
and sea poiiit of this realme, to wit, the provest baillies and counsall 
of Edinburgh sail depute for thame selues; the tovnis of Kingom, 
Innerkething, Queinsfery, Burntiland, and Prestoun pannis, collectoures, 
ane or ma ; the magistratis of the tovne of Perth, ane collectour to 
vplift and ingather the dewties foirsaidis of all maner of gudes boittitt 
at the said tovne peir and schoir theirof alanerlie ; the tovne of Dondy 
and thair collectour, the dewties of all maner of gudes schippitt at the 
poirtt and hawin of the samyn, — the tovne of Perth onlie exceptit ; Abii-- 
dene for thame selues ; the tovnis of Montrois, Banflf, Elgyne, Innerness, 
Crummaty, and the remanent sea portis be north thame; Air, Dumbartan, 
Irrowyne, Wigtoun, Kirkcudbrycht, Dunfreis, to depute collectouris 
within thair awin boundis, euery ane for thair awin burghis ; Craill and 
thair collectouris to vplift the dewties schippitt outwai-tt att thair poirtt 
and hawin, and att ony poirtt and hawin be eist Levinesmouth, and of 
Anstruther be west the burn, — Pettenweme only exceptit, quha sail depute 
ane collectour to the effect abouwritten within thame selues ; Sanctandrois 
ane collectour for thame selues ; Kirkcaldy for thame selues ; and Dysartt 
ane collectour for thame selfis and all poirttis and hawinis to Levines- 
mouth ; For the quhilkis collectouris the burrowis particularlie abouemen- 
tionatt and magistratis thairof sail be haldin to ansuer to the remanentt 
burrowis of this realme, that they sail diligentlie collect and ingather the 
dewties forsaidis dewlie as efferis, and att the nixtt conventioun and 
generall assemblie of burrowis to be halden at the burgh of Air the tentt 
day of lunij nixtt mak instant compte rekniug and paymentt thairof to 
the commissioneris of burrowis to be convenitt thairatt. As alsua thatt 
the magistratis of ilk burgh and sea poirtt geve diligentt attendance 
that ilk skipper and maister of ony schippis, boittis, or crairis passing 
furth of the realme, befoir thair departing furth thairof, resave from the 
saidis collectouris thair acquittance of the payment of the dewties foir- 
saidis, and keip the samyn for thair warrand, and quhatsumever be thatt 
wantis the samyn, thatt he be compellitt be the magistratis foirsaidis to 
pay to the said collectour ten schillingis for ilk tun thatt salhappin to be 
vnpayitt. Forther for the mair sure putting of this act to dew execu- 
tioun aganis all maner of personis transporting ony maner of gudes furth 
of this realme, at ony burgh or sea poirtt within the samyn, that the 



1 42 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

magistratis tliairof within the boundis prescryuitt to thaine rais letteris 
of homing vpovn this presentt act and ordnance, and see the samyn 
dewlie execute aganis the transgressiours thairof to the effect forsaid, And 
for the mair baisty expeditioun to be had in dispesching of the commis- 
sioneris foirsaidis according to the necessitie of this cawse, quhilk, for the 
dangerous preparative to follow gif the saidis new customes in France sail 
continew, may nochtt abyde the lang delay of the incuming of the dewties 
abouerehersit, it is thairfoir thochtt maist neidfull thatt the sovme of tuelff 
hundreth markis be borrowit fra sic as for the zeill of the said cawse may 
be movitt to avance the samyn, to be delyueritt to the saidis commis- 
sioneris for making of their chargis as said is, to the quhilk persoun, 
aduancar of the said money, tlie commissioneris of Edinburgh obleissis 
thair said burgh for payment to him of sevin hundreth merkis thairof 
betuix and the fyvetene day of lunij nixtt, and the commissioneris of 
Pettinweme, Craill, Kirkcaldy, Dysartt obleissis thair saidis burghis con- 
iunctlie to releve the said burgh of Edinburgh of the sovme of ane hun- 
dreth merkis of the said sovme of sevin hundreth merkis ; the saidis 
commissioneris of Dondie to be bundin for twa hundreth merkis ; and the 
said tovne of Abirdene for thamseluis, Montrois, and all vther tovnis and 
sea poirtis be north thame, twa hundreth merkis ; and the remanentt 
commissioneris of burrowis presentlie convenitt for thair said burrowis, 
and in name and behalf of the haill remanent burrowis of this realme, 
becumis acted bundin and obleist to releve and keip skaythless Edinburgh, 
Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene of thair and the saidis haill burrowis pairtis 
of the said sovme of tuelff hundreth merkis at the said day of paymentt 
'thairof to the persoun fra quhome the samyn is to be borrowitt, but 
langer delay, and ar content and consentis thatt letteris of horning and 
vther chargis neidfull be obtenitt and execute vpoun the burrowis refus- 
and vpoun ane simple charge of thre dayis alanerlie ; Attour the commis- 
sioneris of burrowis aboue rehersitt, efter lang resouning vpoun the 
qualificatioun of dyueris and sindiy merchantis quhome in thair opinioun 
they micht have thochtt maLst meitt for executing of thair commissioun 
in the saidis pairtis of France at the handis of the King and Previe Coun- 
sall thairof, to the doungetting and obtening of the new customes foir- 
saidis dischargitt, all in ane voce, but variance, hes elected and nominatt 
Henry Nesbett burges of Edinburgh thair commissioner, to quhome they 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 143 

will and grantis that the provest baillies and counsall of Edinburgh in 
thair names, and in name of the haill remanentt burrowis of this realme, 
geve to him sic ample commissioun and instructionis vnder thair seill of 
cawse as to the weilfair of thair estait and furtherance of this mater salbe 
be thame thochtt maist expedientt, and promesis for thame selues and 
thair burrowis, and in name of the haill remanentt burrowis, to held 
ferme and stabill all and quhatsumeuer thing the saidis provest baillies 
and counsall of Edinburgh, and the said Henry Nesbett commissioner in 
the premises, thinkis neidfull to be done, vnder the payne of all thair 
gudes muvabill and vnmovabill, presentt and to cum, And thairefter com- 
peritt the said Henry Nesbett, quha, for the gude zeill he beris to the 
aduancement of all sic thingis as may tend to the weilfair of the merchantt 
estaitt, nochtwitlistanding thatt the burrowis of this realme hes bene very 
vnmyndfull of his guid seruice done to thame in the pairtis of France and 
Flanderis at dyueris tymes of befoir, accepted in and vpoun him thair 
said commissioun, and voluntarly promeist for the space of thre raonethis 
nixtt heirefter frielie to execute the samyn to the vttermost of his power, 
provyding thatt efter the ische thairof he micht have allowitt to him all 
and quhatsumever his resonabill charges, alsweill of his habilzements as 
vtherwayes during the said space, and forther as occasioun suld serue, sua 
being the samyn did nochtt exceid the sovme of twa thousand firankis, and 
incais be his laubour and sute he may nocht in the said space of thre 
monethis cum speid in the cawse foirsaid, and thatt for the weilfair 
thairof itt be neidfull to him to mak langer residence in the pairttis foir- 
saidis, in thatt cais the* commissioneris (of) Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, 
Abirdene, Glasqu and Air bindis and obleissis thame to the said Henry to 
se him resonablie rewarditt for his paynis, to quhais discretioun in this 
cais he submittis him selfF. 

Alexr. Clark, provest. Ihonn Findlasoun. 

Ihonn Ihonstoun., Alexander Christesoun. 

Henrie Charteris. Ihone Lowdin. 

Henry Adamsoun, Perth. Stewin Martyne. 

Alxr. Forbes. Henry Osborne. 

Thomas Kay. 
Robert Adame with my hand at the pen led be Ihonn Guthre notar 
at my command becaus I can nocht wryte my selflf. I. GuTHRR 



144 Conve7ition of Royal Burghs. 



Apud Edinburgh decimo sexto Nonemhris 1582. 

Actt for reieiff The quhilk DAY, the commissioneris of burrowis vnder subscryaand, 
obibt to EdTn^ ^^^ sindry particularis concerning the weilfair of thair estaitt, causitt the 
burgh for j*" li. provest bailUcs and counsall of Edinburgh to borrow the sovme of thre 
hundreth inarkis, quhilk makis, with the sovme of tuelff hiindreth markis 
contenit in the act preceding of the dait the auchtt day of this instant 
Nouember, ane thousand li., for paymentt quhairof euery ane of thame 
for thame selfis, and takand the burding on thame for thair saidis bur- 
rowis respectiue, faithfully bindis and obleissis thame and thair burrowis 
foirsaidis for tliair pairtis vnderwritten to thankfully contentt and pay to 
the saidis pro vest baillies and counsall of Edinburgh and thair success- 
ouris the particular sovmes following to witt, the said tovne of Edinburgh 
for thame selfis, quhilk they tak in thair awin hand, the sovme of auchtt 
hundreth markis, quhairof the burrowis of Kirkcaldy, Dysart, Pettinweme 
and Craill to releve the said burgh of Edinburgh of sax scoir markis ; the 
the burgh of Perth, sax scoir ten markis ; Dondy, twa hundreth fourty 
markis; Abirdene for thame selfis, the burgh of Montrois, and all burrowis 
and sea poirtis be north thame, twa hundreth and thretty markis ; and 
the burgh of Air for ane hundreth markis, extending in the haill to the 
said sovme af ane thousand pundis, betuix and the first day of Julij nixtt, 
but langer delay fmud or guyle or ony exceptioun of the law to be pro- 
ponit in the contrau* : As alsua the commissioneris foirsaidis bindis and 
obleissis thame and thair saidis burrowis to refound content and pay 
to the saidis provest and baillies and counsall of Edinburgh and thair 
successouris all and quhatsumever expenssis, coistis, skaithis, dampnages, 
and interestis itt salhappin thame to sustene mak or incur in the persute 
and recouery of the sovmes aboumentionat, at the liquidation of the 
magistrates of the said burgh of Edinburgh, and declaratioun of thair 
consciences thairvpoun ; And forther, becaus the said burgh of Edinburgh 
is bundin and obleist for thameselfis and in name of the commissioneris 
foirsaidis to Henry Nesbett commissioner for the haill burrowis, to pay 
vnto him all and quhatsumever necessar expenssis and vther sovmes of 
money it salhappin him to deburs for thame and thair eflSdres induring 



Conventwn of Royal Burghs. 145 

the time of his commissioun mair nor the Rovrae of ane thowsand frankis 
instantle resauit be him extendis vnto, thairfoir the saidis commissioneris 
of burrowis, for thamselues and thair saidis burrowis, bindis and oblessis 
thame to thankfully content and pay to the said provest baillies and 
counsall of Edinburgh and thair successouris, the sovme of auchtene 
schillingis for ilk frank thairof, provyding the said Henry in his haill 
expenssis exceid nochtt the sovme of twa thowsand frankis, and sail 
content and pay to thame and thair foirsaidis all and quhatsumever 
coistis and expenssis it salhappin thame to mak in the persute and 
recovery of the said Henries expenssis, vpoun compte and reknyng 
alwayis to be maid be thame thairof to the commissioneris of the bur- 
rowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, Abirdene, Qlasqu, and Air, vpoun 
quhais aduerteismentt, or maist pairtt thairof, the said Henry Nesbett 
commissioner oblessis him to return frome the saidis pairtis of France, 
butt making thairefter ony maner of obstacle or delay quhe'n, quhat tyme, 
and quhowsone he is requyrit be the saidis burrowis, or maist pairt of 
thame, thairto. 

Alex'^ Clark, provest. Ihonne Ihonstoun. 

lohnn Findlasoua Henry Adamson, Perth. 

Henry Osborn. Alex' Forbes. 

Henrie Charteris. Stewin Martyne. 

Thomas Kay. Alexander Christesoun. 

Eobert Adame with my hand at the pen led be the notar vnderwrittin 
at my command becaus I can nocht wryte my selflf. Ita est Joannes 
Guthre notarius de mandato dicti Roberti scribere nescientis ut asseruit 
teste meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. I. GuTHBE. 



In the conventioun of burrowis efter following, haldin and begun at Edinburgh. 
Edinburgh the sevintt day of December 1582 zeris ; comperitt the 
commissioneris under subsciyvand, and presented thair commissionis 
pairtlie vnder the seillis of thair tovnis, and pairtlie vnder the subscrip- 
tionis of thair commoun clarkis, quhais namis foUowis : Edinburgh, 

T 



J 146 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Alexander Clark, provest, Ihonn lolmnston, Henry Charteris, Henry 
Nesbett ; Perth, Henry Adamson ; Dondy, Peter Clayhillis, Patrik Lyon, 
Ihonn Fyndlasoun ; Abirdene, Gilbertt Meinzeis, provest ; Striveling, 
Williame Norowell ; Glasqu, Robertt Adanie ; Air, Ihonn lohnnston, 
Henry Oisbum ; Cowpar, lames Anderson; Montrois, Williame Mumiy; 
Sanctandrois, William Ferry ; Craill, Thomas Kay ; Hadingtoun, Robert 
Nesbett ; Linlithqu, Henry Auld ; Pettinweme, Stevin Martyne; Dumbar, 
William Lawder ; Dysartt, Alexander Cristesoun ; Kirkcaldy, Ihonn 
Lowdon, Ihonn Hacquett ; Dumbartan, Ihonn Hardrig. 
th?^S^^mAid The QUHILK DAY the commissioneris foirsaidis all in ane voce ratefeis 
in the conven- and apprevis the actis maid in the conventioun preceding:, anentt the 

tioun preccniDg , , * , . 

and annulling vplifting of certan dewties of all maner of gudis transported furth of the 
atPe^ ™" realme, to the making of ane commissioneris expenssis to France for 
doungetting of the new customes thair, and anent the security of the 
burgh of Edinburgh and vtheris burrowis quha becom souerty for the 
payment of the sowmes advancitt for making of the said commissioneris 
expenssis to France to the personis aduancaris and lennaris thairof, and 
willis and grantis, and als decerns and ordanis, thatt the act maid in the 
convention of Perth the auchtene day of Junij last for vplifting of ane 
extentt of ane thowsand markis of the haill burrowis to the same efFectt 
be cancellatt and destroyitt, and fra thyne furth be of na strenth force 
nor effectt foirsaid, in respect of the saidis actis maid at Edinburgh the 
viij and ix dayis of Nouember last. 



Apud Edinburgh octauo Decembris 1582. 
Vniawingbur- The samyn DAY, the commissioneris foirsaidis fyndis the burghis of 

rowifl absentt - . itii . .f -.i ^ 

Ijaneark and Irrowyne to have incurntt the payne and vnlaw of tuenty 
pundis for thair non comperance to this presentt conventioun, in' respect 
of thair lawful! citatioun verefeitt be the burgh of Edinburgh and thair 
thesaurer, and ordainis the act of parliament be execute agaiiis tbame be 
the said burgh of Edinburgh, and to repoirtt thair diligence at thair nixtt 
conventioun in Air. 



Convention of Royal Burghs, 147 

Apud Edinburgh decimo tertio Deceinbris 1582. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris abouewrittin all in ane voce 
concludis and aggreis thatt the supplieatioun vnderwrittin salbe presented 
to the Kingis Maiesty, and his Hienes Secreit Counsall, quhairof the 
tennour followis : — 

Vnto zour Maiestie and Lordis of zour Hienes Secreitt Counsall, maist p^nt^tethe 
huniblie menis zour Hienes and Lordschips maist humbill and obedient Kin^iTMaiea- 
seruitouris the commissioneris of buiTOwis presentlie convenit at Edin- tie anentis the 
burgh, Foi-saraekill as be the senister report maid of ws and the 
remanentt zoure Maiesties burrowis of zoure realme anentis the defraude 
of the commoditie of zoure Hienes customes, quhairby itt was geyin zoure 
Hienes to vnderstand the samyn be oure occasioun to have bene in greitt 
and large sovmes of money hurtt and preiugitt, for avoyding quhairof 
and to the effectt zoure Hienes suld perfytlie knaw na sic defraude to 
have bene maid l)e ws and oure estaitt thairin, bott that we as loving 
and obedientt subiectis, att all tymes respecting zoure Hienes commoditie 
as oure awin, hes be oure selues and oure predecessouris payitt to zoure 
Grace customeris the iust and dew paymentt of oure gudes, quhairof the 
dewties and customes belongit to zoure Maiestie, thir twa hundreth zeris 
past, Thairfoir and to the end zoure Hienes and Lordschips may the 
better be Jissured of oure fidelitie and gude will to sett fordwartt zoure 
(iraco effaires in all thatt in oure meane estaitt or power may consist, 
and for relietf of the pure merchantis fra quhome thir dyueris zeris past 
thair w^ynis hes bene t<aikin and vplifted be zoure comptrollaris semlaris 
and vtheris zoure Hienes ofBciaris, but ony maner of paymentt, thairfoir 
we willinglie, vpoun provisioun zoure Hienes will sett in tack and 
jussedatioun to ws and oure successouris zoure Maiesties haill customes of 
zoure realme vnto zoure Hienes be of the aige of xxj zeiris compleitt, for 
paymentt zeirlie during the said space according to the custome rollis of 
the last zeir of the dewties mentionatt thairintill, but alteratioun thairof 
in ony poyntt, will by and attour the samyn zeirlie pay to the fiimesing 
of zoure Hienes hous during the space foirsaid of the having of the 
customes foirsaidis in oure handis alanerlie tuenty-sax tunnis Burdealx 



148 Convention of Royal BurgJis. 

wynis frielie, but ony paymentt thairfoir, provyding 'all takkis and 
assedationis maid or sett be zoure Hienes of zoure customes foirsaidis or 
ony pairtt thairof to ony maner of persoun or personis of qubatsomever 
estaitt be reuokitt and declairitt null, and sail in zoure Hienes bandis, 
and thairefler in ouris your Grace fermeraris thairof, to be vplifted 
collected and ingatheritt be ws and oure successouris during the said space 
alanerlie, and thatt gif itt salhappin ony zoure Hienes comptrollaris, 
sersouris, semlaris, Captanis of zoure Maiesties castellis quhatsumever, 
maisteris of househald or vtheris zoure Grace ordinar seruandis, during 
the tyme aboue expremitt to tak and vplift ony wynis to zoure Hienes 
behufe by and attour the saidis xxvj tunnis wyne frielie granted to zoure 
Hienes, as said is, thatt the samyn be payitt to the awneris thairof off the 
first and rediest of the dewties and customes foirsaidis, according as the 
wynis salhappin than commonlie to be said, and the samyn be allowit to 
ws in the chakker comptes zeirlie. And heirvpoun zoure Hienes and 
Lordschipps ansueris maist humblie we beseik. 



Followis the Lordis of Secreitt Counsallis ansuer written on the back 
of the said supplicatioun be Ihonn Andrew thair dark : — 

Apud Halyrudehous decimo quinto Decembris 1582. 

The Lordis of Secreitt Counsall thinkis this offer sumquhatt generall, 
thairfoir willis the commissioneris within writtin to condiscend vpoun 
a special zeirlie dewtie for the tak within specefeitt, quhat tyme to be 
thair entry thairto, and quhatt sovmes to be payitt in name of girsum, 
and thairefter sail resave ansuer as appertenis. Forther the Lordis 
vnderstandis that thair wilbe spentt zeirlie in the Kingis Maiesties hous 
fifty tunnis of wyne, to the furnesing quhairof it is necessar they agrie. 

Decimo tertio Decembris 1582. 

Vniawing Tlie commissioneris abouewritten haelelie aggreis thatt the burgh of 

^^ Linlithqu salbe vnlawitt with the remanentt burrowis nocht compeiund 

at this conuentioun, and this becaus Henry Auld commissioner for the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 149 

said tovne, on tlie second day after his comperance past hame butt licence 
or ony lawfull excuse maid to tliame, and retumit nocht heirto. 



Apud Edinburgh decimo septimo Decembris 1582. 

The quhilk day the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis efber aduys- ConUnuatiouii 
mentt with the supplicatioun gevin in to thame be lames Betoun of mrany. 
Balfour, quhairby he desyritt the tovne of Kilrany to be erected in ane 
frie burgh, and enroUitt with the remanentt frie burrowis of this realme, 
according to the erectioun thairof in ane Parliamentt haldin at Edinburgh 
the day of the zeir of God zeris, as 

be the actt of parliamentt maid thairupoun, and vtheris his richtis in- 
stantlie producitt to the saidis commissioneris, apperitt. Continewis the 
ansuer geving thairto vnto thair nixtt conventioun to be haldin att Air 
the ten of lunij nixtt, and ordanis the commissioneris of the said burgh of 
Air to mak mentioun thairof in thair missiues to be direct to the haill 
burrowis for keping of the said conuentioun thair, to the effectt the com- 
missioneris to be sentt may cum fullie instructed to determene heirintill, 
according to the said lames rychtis than to be producitt and agane 
schawin, and as to the weilfair of burrowis salbe foimd aggreable. 



In the conventioun of burrowis haldin at Edinburgh the xxv day of Edinburgh. 
Februar 1582, comperitt the commissioneris vnderwrittin and producitt 
thair commissions, pairtlie vnder the seillis of tliair tovnis, and vther 
pairt vnder the subscriptionis of thair commoun clarkis, quhais names 
followis : Edinburgh, Alexander Clark of Balbirny, provest, Henry Chan- 
teris, lohn Ihonnston ; Perth, Dioneis Conquerour; Dondie, Alexander 
Ramsay, Alexander Scrymgeour; Abirdene, George Knowis, Alexander 
Hay ; Striveling, Williame Norowell ; Linlithqu, Andrew Kar ; Glasqu, 
Robertt Adame ; Sanctandrois, Williame Ferry ; Montrois, Dauid FouUer- 
ton ; Cowpar, lames Anderson ; Dunfreis, Ihonn Merschell ; Dumferme- 
ling, Robertt Pawtoun ; Irrowene, Hew Campbell, provest, Ihonn Broun ; 



150 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Breichan, George Arrott ; Kirkcaldy, Ihonn Hacquett ; Dysartt, Archibald 
Meluile ; Craill, William Bowsy, Thomas Kay; Pettinwerae, Stevin Mar- 
tene; Rothesay, IhoDn Stewartt of Rosland baillie; Selkirk, George 
Haly well ; Ruglene, Walter Fary ; Dumbartan, Maister Williame Hous- 
toun ; Kingoni, lames Logane ; Kirkcudbrycht, Harbartt Gledstanys 
baillie thairof ; Air, George Cocheran. 



Apud Edinburgh vigesimo septimo Februarij 1582. 

Vniawing bur- The quhilk day, the commissioneris abouewrittin fyndis the burrowis 
rowisabeentt ^^ g^^g. Elgy^^^ Forres, Innernes, Renfrew, Wigtoun, Quhithom, Peiblis, 
Thane, Laneark, ledburgh, Northbervik, Dumbar, Hadingtoun, and 
Lauder to have incurritt the payne and vnlaw of tuenty li, ilk ane of 
thame, for thair non comperance to this presentt conventioun, being law- 
fully citatt thairto be Mongow Russell thesaurer of Edinburgh, as was 
verefeitt be him to the saidis commissioneris this day, and ordanis the 
saidis vnlawis to be vplifted be the said burgh of Edinburgh, and the 
act of parliamentt maid thairanentt execute aganis thame, and to repoirtt 
thair diligence heiranentt at the nixt conuention in Air. 
Licence to Sei- The samyn day, grantis and gevis licence to the commissioneris of 
i^etopos"^ Selkirk and Ruglene to pas hame in respectt of the poverty of thair 
hame. burghis, quha ar nocht abill to mak thair expenssis heir, and the saidis 

twa commissioneiis promesis to hald ferme and staibill, in name of thair 
saidis burrowis, all and (luhatsumeuer thing the remanentt commissioneris 
dois in this presentt conventioun, and willis Ihonn Guthre, .clark, to 
subscryve in thair names. 



Apud Edinburgh nono Martij 1582. 

Decreitt arbi- The quhilk day, the commissioneris of the burrowis efter following to 

and irrowyne. witt, Henry Cliartcris for Edinburgh, Dioneis Conquerour for Perth, 

Alexander Scrymgeour for Dondy, George Knowis for Abirdene, Maister 

Wilhame Houstoun for Dumbartan, and Williame Bowsy for Craill, being 

desyritt be George Cocheran commissioner for Air, and Hew Campbell 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 151 

and Thomas Broun commission eris for Irrowyne, to acceptt in and vpoun 
tbame the decLssionn of certan materia questionable betuix the saidis twa 
bun'owis coiitenit in ane compromitt subscryuitt be ather of them at 
Edinburgh the fyftone day of Februar last, efter thatt the saidis commis- 
sioneris of Air and Irrowyne had ratefeitt and apprevitt the said com- 
promitt, and faythfullie promitted to abyde and fulfill the decreitt and 
fynall sentence arbitral 1 to be pronuncit be the saidis commissioneris of 
burrowis as iuges, arbitouris, and amicabill componitouris equalie chosin 
be the saidis twa burrowis contendant, and neuer to reclame thairfra 
vnder all hiest payne thay mycht incur be the law, accepted in and 
vpoun thame the saidis materis debatabill, and efter inspectioun of the 
said compromit, quhairby they submitted thame selves and thair burrowis 
to the arbitrement and fynall sentence of arbitrall to be pronuncit be the 
saidis commissioneris of burrowis, anent the letteris of horning and execu- 
tioun thairof purchest be the said burgh of Air aganis the said burgh of 
IiTowyne, vpoun ane vnlaw and penalty for thair allegit absence fra the 
last conuentioun of burrowis haldin at Perth, and siclyke anent the 
letteris of horning aganis the said burgh of Air for allegit non payment 
of thair brig stent, and for all actionis that hes followit or may follow 
thairupoun for ather of the saidis actionis and cawsis. All in ane voce, 
butt variance, efter avysement with the said compromitt and the rychtis 
resonis and allegationis of baith the saidis pairties being be thame at 
lenth hard and avysitlie considderit, Fyndis and delyueris the said burgh 
of Air, in respect of the taxatioun quhilk they suld haif payitt to the 
burgh of Perth quhairfra they war exemit be the procurement of the 
said burgh of Irrowyne, to be addebted to the said burgh of Irrowyne in 
the sovme of thretty sevin pundis sax schillingis auchtt penneis, as for 
the said burgh of Airis pairtt of the extentt raisit vpoun thame and the 
hail inhabitantis of Kyle, Carrik and Cunynghame for vpbigging of the 
dekayitt brig of the said tovne of Irrowyne, off the quhilk sovme they 
fynd the said burgh of Air to have payitt to Adam Corbett messenger, 
tuenty merkis in name of the said burgh, and ordanis the samin to be 
allowit in the first end of the said sovme, together with fourtene pundis 
as for the said tovne of Irrowenis vnlaw for thair absence fra the said 
conuentioun at Perth, quhilk they will to be allowit in the said principall 
sovme, and sua as zitt decemis the said burgh of Air to pay to the said 



152 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



burgh of Irrowyne the so\Tne of ten piindis in fiill and compleitt payment 
of the said principall sovme of thretty seven li. sax schillingis anchtt 
penneis, and ordanis the letterii hinc inde purchest be ather of the bur- 
rowis contendant for the cawsis abouewrittin to be dischairgitt^ and that 
the samyn be in all tyme cuming null and of na effectt, and sic mntuall 
amitie to be manteinit be ather of thame as was at ony tyme befoir the 
occasioun of the contraversies foirsaidis. 



Apud Halyrudehoos nono Martij 1582. 



Air. 



Acceptatioan The QUHILK DAY the commissioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, 
of^mngis p^^Ij^ Dondy, Abirdene, Glasqu, Air, Cowpar, Dumbartan, Montrois, 
Protestationn, Irrowyne, Sanctandrois, Craill, Pettinweme, and Harbartt Gledstanys 
baUlie for Kirkcudbrycht, all in ain voce aggreis vnto the taking of the 
Eingis Maiesti^ costomes in tak and assedatioun for the space of four 
zeris nixtt followand the first of October last, for payment zeirlie thairfoir 
to his Hienes of the sovme of iiij™. pundis, together with thretty tunnis 
Burdealx wynis, conforme to the tennour of ane contract to be maid 
thairvpoun, and heirvnto George Cocheran commissioner for Air disassen- 
titt, and protested in name of the said burgh of Air that for this presentt 
zeir they suld be frie of ony maner of intromitting with the customes 
foirsaidis, or in comptrolling of the customeris putt thairfoir for this zeir 
alanerly, as alsua that the said burgh suld nawyis be astricted to the 
payment of ony wynis to the Kingis Maiestie vnto sic tyme the burrowis 
war peceably possest in the vplifting of the saidis customes, and pro- 
tested they mycht be freed of all commodite or discommodite mycht 
ensew thairupon for the first zeir alanerly, etc. 



Apud Edinburgh vndecimo Martij 1582. 



CommissioTin 
to four bur- 
rowis to end 
the contract 

^B^^Mjdesti '^®"^®' Irrowyne, Montrois, Kirkcaldy, 

and burrowis Kingom, efter lang resoning vpoun the heidis and articlis to be mentionat 

anent the cua- 

tomes. • 



The QUHILK DAY the commissioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, 
Perth, Dondy, Abirdene, Air, Glasqu, Cowpar, Dumbartan, Craill, Pettin- 

Dysartt, Kirkcudbrycht, and 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 153 

in the contract to be maid betuix the Kingis Maiestie and Lordis of his 
Hienes Secreit Counsall and thame anent the taking of his Hienes cus- 
tomes in tak and assedatioun for the space of four zeris nixtt and im- 
mediatlie followand thair entry thairto, quhilk was and began the first 
of October last, for paymentt of the sovme of four thousand pundis, 
together with thretty tunnis Burdealx wyne zeirlie thairfoir, at the 
tennis specalie to be contenit in the said contract, and forsamekill as the 
commissioneiis of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, and Abir- 
dene in thair names, and at thair emist requeist and desyir, for the gude 
zeill and favour they beir to the furthsetting and aduancing of the com- 
moun Weill of burrowis, ar content and consentis to becum souerties in 
the haill burrowis names for performing of thair pairtt of the contractt 
to be maid betuix the Kingis Maiestie and thame, Thairfoir the saidis 
haill commissioneris for thame selues, and in name of the haill burrowis 
of this realme, gevis full power and commission to the commissioneris of 
the saidis four burrowis fynallie to determine in the premissis as to the 
weilfair of thair estaitt salbe be thame thochtt expedientt, and promesis 
faithfiiUie for thame selues and thair saidLs burrowis, and in name of the 
remanentt burrowis of this realme, to hald firme and staibill all and 
quhatsumever the saidis four commissioneris of burrowis heiranentt sail 
think neidfull to be done, vnder the payne of all thair gudes movable and 
vnmovable, presentt or to cum, and forther bindis and obleissis thame and 
thair successouris, euery ane for thair a win pairttis, zeirlie at the tennis 
of paymentt to be contenit in the said contract, to mak gude and thank- 
full paymentt to the saidis four burrowis, and thair commissioneris in 
thair names, of all and quhatsumever customes itt salhappin thame or 
thair customeris to be elected be thame in during the said tak to intro- 
mitt with, and of thair seuerall pairtis of the sovme of iiij™. pundis, and 
of the thretty tunnis wynis zeirly to be payitt be the haill burrowis to 
the Kingis Maiestie, and forther in cais the haill customes of this realme 
extend nocht to sa greitt ane sovme as may mak paymentt to the Elingis 
Maiestie zeirlie of the said sovme of four thowsand pundis, and of the 
saidis thretty tunnis wyne, in thatt cais the saidis commissioneris of bur- 
rowis, for thameselues and thair saidis biurrowis, and in name of the 
remanentt burrowes of this realme, sail euery ane for thair awin pairtis 
releve the saidis four burrowis of all and quhatsumever sovmes of money, 

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154 Conve7ition of Royal Burghs. 

coistis, skaythis, dampnage, or expenssis, itt salhappin thame to mak or 
sustene thairthro w, and thatt at quhatt tyme, quhow sone, ani quhow oft 
they be requyritt be the saidis four burrowis thairto, vnder all hiest payne 
and charge they may incur be the law, and ar content and consentis thatt 
letteris of homing or poynding be raisitt and execute againis the bur- 
rowis refiisand to performe the premissis, als oft as neid sail requyre, 
vpoun thre dayis vaiming alanerly, and becaus a greit pairtt of the bur- 
rowis of this realme ar nochtt presentt for geving of thair consent heirto, 
thairfoir the saidis commissioneris presentlie convenit decemis and 
ordanis the burrowis absentt to releve for thair pairtis the saidis four 
burrowis of the sovmes particularlie aboue mentionatt, and wynis foir- 
saidis, and of all and sindry thair pairtis of the said contract, and all 
thatt may follow thairupoun at all tymes neidfuU. 



Apud Edinburgh, xij Martij 1 582. 

Vniawing bur- The quhilk DAY, the commissioneris presenthe convenit fyndis the 
Sfor/tbB^end^ burrowis of Striveling, Sanctandrois, Dunfermeling, and Breichan hes 
of theconven- incurrit eucry ane of thame the payne and vnlaw of tuenty IL, and this 
becaus they desoluit fra this conuentioun without licence or excuse maid 
or obtenit of the burrowis, and ordanis the burgh of Edinburgh to vplift 
the samyn and mak compte thereof to the burrowis at thair nixt conuen- 
tion in Air, vnder the paymentt alsweill heirof as of the vnlawis at Perth 
and sensyne of thair awin guidis. 
ConBcruatoTir. The samyn day, vnderstanding the conseruatour in Flanderis, nochtt- 
withstanding the expyring of the space prescryuit be thame to him in 
thair actis for vplifting of the dewties of ilk sek gudis arryving to 
Flanderis, to continew still in vplitting thairof, to the greit hurtt of the 
haill merchant estait of this realme, fyndis thatt the burgh of Edinburgh 
sail with all gudelie diligence dischairge him of ony forther vplifting of 
the saidis dewties, and to be heir at thair nixt conuentioun in Air, and 
the said burgh of Air to remember the burrowis in thair missives to 
direct thair commissioneris fullie instructed to tak ordour with the said 
conseruatour heiranent. 

Alexr. Clark, provest. George Cochrane. 

Ihone Ihonstoun. Maister Wm. Houstoun. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 155 

Henrie Charteris. lames Logane. 

Dionis Conquerour for Perth. Ihone Hakkat 

I. Aiidersone. Stewin Martyne. 

William Bowsy. Hew Campbel. 

Archibald Maluill. Alexr. Haye of Abirden. 

Harbert Gledstanyis, Walter Fary, Dauid Foullertoun, and Robert 
Adam with oure handis at the pen led be lohnn Guthre notar at 
cure command. 

I. Guthre. 



Apud Edinburgh vigesimo Martij I". P. Ixxxif. 

The quhilk day, Alexander Clark of Balbirny, provest of the burgh Registrating of 
of Edinburgh, and Henry Charteris and Ihonn Ihonnatoun, commissioneris contracu^*^- 
for the said burgh of Edinburgh ; Dioneis Conquerour, commissioner for ^^^^ ^burroww 
the burgh of Perth ; Alexander Scrymgeour, commissioner for Dondy ; auentt his cus- 
and Alexander Hay, commissioner for the burgh of Abirdene; Ordanis the keping thairof 
contract maid betuix the Kingis Maiestie, with aduyse of the Lordis off^h.*° **' 
his Hienes Secreit Counsall, and the haill burrowis of this realme anentis 
the sett of his Maiesties customes to thame to be registratt in this thair 
conventioun buke of biliTOwis, and the copy thairof to be delyueritt to 
euery particular burgh sutand the samyn, vpoun thair resonabill expenssis, 
and efter thatt the samyn is registratt, to be delyuerit to the provest, 
baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh, to be keipitt be thame in thair 
chairterhous, and maid furthcumand to the burrowis quhen they pleis 
requyre thairfoir ; And becaus the commissioneris of the four burrowis 
abouementionatt ar bundin, obleist, coniunctlie and seuerallie, zeirlie at 
the terms contenitt in the contractt foirsaid, to mak paymentt in name of 
the haill remanentt burrowis of this realme to the Kingis Maiestie his 
Hienes comptroller and somlaris of the sovme of four thowsand pundis 
and thretty tunnisfullBurdealxwynis,byaud attour certan ordinar pensionis 
for the sett of the saidis customes, as in the said contract att full lenth is 
contenitt, Thairfoir the saidis commissioneris of the saidis four burrowis 



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156 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

bindis and oblessis thame coniunctlie and serualie to releve hinc inde 
vtheris of all and qubatsumeuer sovmes of money itt salhappin thame or 
ony vtberis in thair names, induring the space contenit in the said tak, 
to intromitt with, vptak or lift fra the remanentt burrowis of this realme, 
thair commissioneris or customeris to be depute be thame. And forsamekill 
as the saidis four commissioneris of the saidis burrowis of Edinburgh, 
Perth, Dondy and Abirdene, as souerties and principall debtouris foirsaidis, 
ar instantly chargitt be the comptrollar to mak paymentt to him of the 
Candilmes terme last bypast of the saidis customes, extending to ane 
thowsand pundis, nocht withstanding that neither they nor nane of the 
haill burrowis hes as zitt vptaikin or vplifled ony sovmes of money sen 
thair entry to the said tak, and thatt in respect thairof itt behovis thame 
to borrow the said sovme vpoun entres to the effect abouewrittin, and 
becaus the commissioneris of the burrowis of Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene 
hes nocht sic moyen in thair pairtis to aduance the said sovme of ane 
thowsand U. as hes the magistratis of the said burgh of Edinburgh, 
quha for the guid zeill and favour they beir to the aduancement and 
furthsetting of the common effaires of burrowis, at the ernist requeist and 
desyir of the saidis thre bun-owis, hes accepted the burding on thame in 
name of the haill burrowis to borrow the said sovme of ane thowsand 
pundis payand for entres and proffeit thairfoir, as with sic as the samyn 
is to be borrov^-itt att they may best and esiest aggrie, and that it is 
neidfuU to thame to have special commissioun of the burrowis to thatt 
effectt to contractt and appoyntt, Thairfoir the saidis commissioneris of 
the burrowis of Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene, for thame selffis and thair 
saidis burrowis, and takand the burding on thame for the remanentt 
burrowis of this reaJme as havand thair power and commissioim, gevis 
full power and commissioun to the provest baillies and counsall of the 
burgh of Edinburgh, in name of the haill burrowis, to contractt appoyntt 
and fynallie aggre with ony manor of persoun or personis quha may be 
movitt to len and aduance the said sovme of j™ li. vpoun entres as said 
is, and to geve thame sic securitie thairfor as they resonablie may desyre 
or requyre, and generallie heiranentt all sic thingis in name of the haill 
burrowis to do, vse, and exerce, as the saidis haill burrowis mychtt do 
thamselues gif they war personali presentt, promesand ferme and stabill 
haldand and for to hald all and qubatsumeuer thingis the said 






Convention of Moyal Biti^ghs. 157 

provest baillies and counsall of Edinburgh in the premissis thinkis neid- 
fuU to be done, vnder the hiest payne and charge they may incur be the 
law ; Attour inaafar as it behovis the saidis provest baillies and counsall 
of Edinburgh to niak expenssis vpoun the performing of the effaires 
abouewrittin, and thatt they att the desjdr of the saidis thre burrowis, 
as alsua of the remanentt burrowis convenitt at this conuentioun sen the 
begynning thairof and sensyne, hes to the effect abouementionatt 
aduancitt and debursit in thair names and to thair behufe dyueris and 
sindry sovmes of money, quhairof as zitt they haue resauitt na paymentt, 
thairfoir the saidis commissioneris of the thre burrowis aboue expremitt, 
for thame selues and in name and beh'rdf of the haill remanentt, takand 
the burding on thame and havand commissioun as said is, willis and 
grantis thatt the said provest baillies and counsall of Edinburgh and 
thair successouris frielie intromitt with, vptak, and lift the Kiugis Maiesties 
customes for thair said burgh, and mak thame selues paymentt of the 
first and rediest thairof, with full power to thame to retene the 
samyn in thair awin handis, ay and quhill they be payitt and relevitt of 
the said sovme of ane thowsand pundis, entres, and proffeitt to be payitt 
thairfoir, and of all and quhatsumever expenssis, coistis, skaythis, or 
dampnages alrady maid or sustenitt be thame, or quhilkis itt salhappin 
thame, for the cawsis foirsaidis concerning the saidis customes and 
poyntis of the said contractt maid thairupoun, heirefter to mak, vnderly, 
or sustene, vpoun compte and rakning alwayis to be maid be the said 
burgh of Edinburgh and magistratis thairof to the saidis thre burrowis, 
in name of the remanentt burrowis of this realme ; quhilkis comptis the 
commissioneris of the saidis thrie burrowis, in name and havand com- 
missioun as is aboue specefeitt, promesis to cawse be allowitt to thame in 
the first end of the customes foirsaidis be the haill burrowis of this 
realme, and forther bindis and oblessis thame and thair saidis burrowis, 
takand the burding on thame for the haill burrowis as saidis, to releve 
for thair pairtis the said burgh of Edinburgh of all and sindry the 
premissis, quhen and quhow oft they be requyritt be thame or thair 
successouris thairto, butt obstacle, impedimentt, or ony contradiction n to 
be maid in the contrair ; provyding alwayis the making of this presentt 
actt and ordinance be nawayis prejudiciall to the saidis thre burrowis of 
Perth, Dondie, and Abii'dene, or the remanentt burrowis of this realme 



158 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

anentis the said burgh of Edinburghis pairtt in all thingis befoir 
mentionat, and thatt they nochtwithstanding the premissis ar haldin and 
astricted to beir charge and releve for thair pairtt, as said is, the saidis 
thre burrowis and remanentt burrowis, alsweill of the zeirlie dewties to 
be payitt to the Kingis Maiestie for the sett of his Hienes customes, as 
expenssis maid or to be maid thairvpoun. 

Alexr. Clark, provest. Dionis Conquerour. 

Henrie Charteris. Alexr. Scrymgeour. 

Ihone Ihonstoun. Alexr. Hay, burgh of Abirden. 



Followis the tennour of the Kingis Maiesties sett and tak of his 
Hienes customes of this realme, maid be his Maiestie, with awyse 
of the Lordis of his Graces Secreit Counsall and Chakker, to the 
haill frie burrowis thairof 
The contract At Halyrudhous the fourtene day of Marche the zeir of God j™ v*' 
^n^g?8 MaUse- ^^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^ zcris, It is appointed aggreitt and fynallie enditt betuix 
tie and the the Richtt Heich, Richtt Excellent, and Michtie Prince lAMES be the 
tis his Hienes grace of God king of Scottis oure Souerane Lord, be the speciall aduyce 
thufrwihne. ^ ^^^ consentt of the Lordis of his Secreitt Counsall and Auditoyris of his 
Chakker, and Ihonn Fentoun his Hienes Comptroller, on the ane pairtt, 
and Alexander Clark of Balbimy, provest, Ihonn Ihonstoun, and Henry 
Charteris, commissioneris for the burgh of Edinburgh ; Dioneis Conquer- 
our, commissioner for the burgh of Perth ; Alexander Scrymgeour, com- 
missioner for the burgh of Don die ; and Alexander Hay commiasioner for 
the burgh of Abirdene, to the effectt vnderwrittin, for thame selues, and 
takand the burding on thame for all and sindry oure said Souerane 
Lordis frie burrowis lyand within this realme, vpoun thatt vther pairtt, 
in maner, forme^ and effect following, That is to say, oure said Souerane 
Lord with speciall aduyse and consentt foirsaid, for gude and wechtie 
considerationis tending to his vtilitie and profFeitt, hes sett, and be the 
tennour of thir presentis settis and in assedatioun lattis to the Provest, 
Baillies, and Counsall of his Hienes haill burrowis now presentt and thair 
successouiis, havand the liberty of merchandise, and beand in vse to beir 



Coitvention of Royal Burghs. 159 

charge with the saidis frie burrowis, All and Haill his Hienes customes 
appartenyngand belonging to his Maiestie of all gudis custorabill,and nochtt 
prohibitt, presentlie careitt furth of thisrealme or imported within the samyn, 
quhilkis have bene in vse to pay custom e to his Maiestie or ony of his pre- 
decessouris at ony tyme heirtofoir, as alsua of all forbiddin gudes incais his 
Maiestie salhappen to toleratt or grantt licence to transportt ony in tyme 
earning, for all the space, zeris, and terms of four zeris nixtt and immedi- 
atlie followand thair entry thairto, quhilk was and begun vpoun the first 
day of October last bypast in the zeir of God j™ v*^ four scoir twa zeiris 
instantt, during the quhilk tyme thair salbe na restraintt of ony gndes^ 
now permitted to be transported, With power to the saidis Provest, 
Baillies, and Counsall and their successouris foirsaidis, ilkane respectiue 
for tliair awin pairtis, according as the speciall boundis salbe appointed to 
euery ane of thame within the quhilkis they salbe customeris, and be the 
aduyse of the saidis commissioneris of the haill burrowis, to sett, estab* 
leische and appoyntt particular customeris att every frie poirtt quhair 
customeris are presently sett, and haif bene thir tymes bypast, and as sail 
seme gude and expedientt to the saidis burrowis in tyme cuming, to the 
quhilk they ar and salbe astricted be the tennour heirof, and it shall nocht 
be lesum to the saidis customeris, during the said space of four zeris, to 
alter change or augmentt the quantitie of the saidis customes, bot thatt 
they sail resave the samyn of thatt same quantitie as they have bene thir 
foui-ty zeris bygane, and to that effectt the saidis Provest, Baillies, and 
Counsall of BuiTowis now presentt, and thair successouris foirsaidis, may 
frielie bruke and ioyse the saidis customes during the space foirsaid, oure 
said Souerane Lord with aduyse and consentt abouespecefeitt sail with fiill 
effectt mak all t^is and assedationis of the saidis customes or ony pairtt 
thairof to be retroactitt, annullitt, and extinct, and sail cause the takismen 
reallie and with effectt nocht only desist, and ceis fra melling with the 
saidis customes in tyme cuming during the said space of four zeris, bott 
als sail cause and compell thame to mak compte rekning and payment to 
the Commissioneris of the saidis Burrowis and vtheris havand commissioun 
and power of thame of all customes resauitt be thame of quhatsumever 
gudes or quhilkis they mychtt have resauitt sen the first day of October 
last bypast, and saJl cawse and compell the customeris presentt to delyuer 
the half seilles and stampis to the saidis commissioneris to the effectt foir- 



160 Co7ivention of Royal Burghs. 

said ; and the saidis customaris sail alwayis concur with the clarkis and 
keparis of the coquettis, and sail cawse all gudes customatt to be 
coquettit, and to thatt effectt his Maiestie sail cawse his clarkis and 
keparis of his coquetis to be rady att all tymes for passing of the coquetis 
butt delay or frustratioun of his lieges in thair weyages, and thatt they 
vse na extortioun nor exactioun by thair auld dewty vnder the payne of 
deprivatioun of thair offices ; And incais be thair abuse, aither in non re- 
sidence or extortioun, occasioun be oiFerit to oure said Souerane Lordis 
lieges to complene, the tryell of thair faultt and iugementt of thair depriva- 
tioun is to be thir presentis committed to the Comptroller, Aduocatt, Clark 
of Register, the Provest of Edinburgh now presentt or being for the tyme, 
or ony twa of thame, quha sail tak tryell tbairanentt and putt reforma- 
tioun thairto as efferis. And the saidis Commissioneris of Burrowis for 
thame selffis and takand the burding as said is, sail, nochtwithstanding 
the said tak and assedatioun, mak compte zeirlie in the Chakker of the 
haill customes according to the consuetude obseruitt befoir, and sail pay 
zeirlie for the saidis customes the sovme of foure thowsand pundis vsuall 
money of this realme alanerlie att four termes in the zeir, viz. Alhalowmes, 
Candilmes, JBeltan, and Lambmes, quhither the saidis customes efter 
compte and rekning extend to mair or les, begynnand the first termes 
paymentt att the feist of Candilmes last bypast ; And forther sail zeirlie 
delyuer thretty tunnis full Burdealx wynis to oure said Soverane Lordis 
vse at the chose and contentmentt of his Hienes somlieris, and gif ony 
mair wynis beis resauitt be his Maiesties somlieris, masteris af houshald, 
keparis of his Hienes castellis, or ony vtliers his Hienes officiaris, be war- 
rand and command of his Hienes Comptroller, nor extendis to thretty 
tunnis, the samyn saJbe zeirlie defalkitt to the saidis takismen and thair 
successouris in the payment of the said zeirlie dewty of four thowsand 
pundis specefeitt in the said tak, and als defalkand allowand to the saidis 
takismen and thair successouris foirsaidis customeris abouewrittin, sic 
sovmes as may be evicted fra the saidis takismen and thair foirsaidis be 
the law; provyding alwayis the saidis Burrowis and thair customeris sail 
nochtt be astricted to ansuer nor obey ony preceptt or directioun quhat- 
sumeuer (exceptt befoir exceptitt) vnto sic tyme the haill wynis be payitt 
that salhappin to be tane vp be ony persoun to his Maiesties vse be war- 
rand and command of his Comptroller fra ony merchantt of this realme, 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 161 

by and attour the thretty tunnis foireaid ; And for sure paymentt of the 
saidis four thowsand pundis zeirly at the termes abouewrittin, and als of 
the saidis thretty tunnis wyne, thatt letteris of horning or poynding be 
directt at the instance of his Hienes Comptroller aganis the Provest, 
Baillies and Counsall of the saidis burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Donde, 
and Abirdene, eoniunctlie and seueraJie ; And they to have the lyke letteris 
aganis the provest, baillies and counsall of the remanentt burrowis in forme 
as efferis ; Attour his Maiestie with aduyse foirsaid, and the saidis commis- 
sioneris of burrowis ar contentt and consentis that this presentt contractt 
and asscdatioun be acted and registratt in the buikis of counsall to have 
the strenth of ane actt and decreitt of the Lordis thairoi^ and that 
letteris and executoriallis be directt heiropoun in forme as foirsaid 
In Witnessing quhairof the Kingis Maiestie, with aduyse and con- 
sentt of the saidis Lordis of his Previe Counsall and Chakker, and the 
saidis Commissioneris of Burrowis, hes subscriuitt this presentt contractt 
with thair handis as foUowis, day, zeir, and place foirsaidis, befoir thir 
witnessis, nobill and michtie Lordis, Colyne Erie of Argyle Lord Campbell 
and Lorn, chancellar, Williame Erie of Gowry Lord Ruthven, thesaurer, 
Ihonn Erie of Montrois Lord Graham, Hew Erie of Eglinton Lord Mont- 
gomery, George Bishop of Murray, Adam Bishop of Orknay, Robertt Com- 
mendatour of Dunfermeling, lames Commendatour of Pitenweme, Adam 
Commendatour of Campuskenneth, collectour generall, Ihonn Fentoun, 
comptroller, Maister Dauid Makgill of Nesbett, aduocatt, and Alexander 
Hay, dark of register, with vtheris dyueris. Et sic mbacribUur. TAMES R. 
Argyle, Gowry, R Dumfermeling, Moravien, Culros, Ad. Orcaden, Mr 
Dauid Makgill, Cathcartt, lames Halyburton, ACambuskenneth, Ballenden, 
Blantyre, Ihonn Fenton, comptroller, A Hay, Alexr. Clark provestof Edin- 
burgh, Henry Charteris, Ihonn Ihonston, Dioneis Conquerour, Alexr. 
Scrymgeour, Alexr. Hay burges of Abirden. 



162 Convention of RoyaJ Burghs. 

Air. In the Conveiitioun of Burrowis haldin at Air, the tent, 

elevintj tuelth, threitteint, fourteint, fifteint, semnteint 
and atichtene days oflunijin the zeir of God /* V^four 
scoir thre zeris, comperit the commissioneris of bur- 
rowis following, and producit thair commissionisy 
pairtlie vnder thair seillis of cawsis and pairtlie vnder 
the suhscriptionis of thair commoun clarkis viz. : 

For Edinburgh, Henry Chairtyeris, Michiaell Gilbert; Perth, Dioneis 
Conquerour ; Dundie, Alexander Skrymgeour ; Striveling, Williame 
Norowell; Air, Robeai; Campbell, provest, Archibald Fergashill, and 
Dauid Crawfurde ; linlithqu, Andrew BLar ; Oowpar, lames Andersoon ; 
Hadingtoun, Ihon Aytoun ; Dumbartan, Maister William Houstoun ; 
Glasqu, Archibald Hiegait ; Wigtoun, Bichart Campbell ; Dunfreis, Ihon 
Merschell, baillie, lames Ihonstoun; Kirkcudbrycht, Harbertt Gledstanys ; 
Irrowyne, Thomas Broun ; CraiU, Ihoun Meluile ; Kingom, Ihonn Kirk- 
caldy ; Laneark, William Wilkyn ; Quhithom, Williame Houstoun ; 
Dunbar, Robert Lawder; ledburgh, George Douglas, Ihonn Hensly; 
Peiblis, Patrik Dicksoun ; Dumfermeling, Robert Pawtoun ; Kirkcaldy, 
Ihonn Hacquett ; Lawder, Androw Lawder ; Innerkething, Thomas 
Michell ; Dysartt, Dauid Gaudin ; Pettinweme, Stevin Martyne ; £lgyne» 
Alexander Boynd ; Northbervik, Thomas Lawder, baillie ; Innemes, 
laspartt K3mning ; Forres, Williame Dalgleische ; Renfrow, Ihonn Hous- 
toun ; Ruglene, Alane Pinkarton, Dauid Spens. 

Decimo lunij 1583. 

Protestatioim, The quhilk day, in the conuentioun of burrowis haldin and begun at the 
cm^rfw' ^i^ burgh the day abouewrittin, comperit Adam Dumbar as procuratour 
^•^fdrd of for Robert Monro off Foulis and producitt ane lettir of procuratory maid 
be the said Robert to him as he allegit, thairby as apperit gevand him 
power to compeir befoir the commissioneris foirsaidis the day abouewrittin 
for sic cawses as war speciallie mentionat, and in respect of the said 
Adamis comperance protested Ihonn Amott souerity for the said Robertt 
Monrow of Foullis suld be fred of his cautionarship, and heirvpon askit 
instrumentis. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 163 

Vndecimo lunij 1583. 

The quhjllk day, Dauid Crawford, ane of the coimnissioneris of the Protartatioun 
burgh of Air, askitt instnimentis vpoun the productioun of the towne of ^™^|^"®^' 
Edinburghis commissioun be Henry Chairteris and Michaell Gilbertt, Edinburgh, 
commissioneris thairin contenitt, and protested thatt the said burgh of 
Edinburgh, in respectt of the contravening of thair actis maid at Edin- 
burgh the xvth of lulij 1574, sidd incur the payne and vnlaw of ane 
hundreth pundis thairin contenit. 

The sanjyn day, laspartt Kynning, commissioner for the burgh of In- Protestatioun, 
nemess, protested thatt the enrolling of the tovne of Thayne amongis the ^"tw^**" 
remanentt fide burrowis, and calling and vnlawing of thame at euery 
seuerall conventioun, suld nocht preiuge the said burgh of Innemes anentt 
thair liberties and actioun, quhilk thay haif or mycht have aganis the 
said tovne of Thayne for vsurping as he allegit of their liberties. 

The samyn day, coraperitt Ihonn Stewartt, schireff of Bute, provest of Apprevingof 
the burgh of Rothesay, and voluntarlie in name of the said burgh and ^thewy!* 
inhabitantis thairof, obleist him to abyde att and ratifie all and quhat- 
sumever lawis constitutionis and vtheris actis maid or to be maid at this 
presentt conuention, lykeas be by thir presentis ratefeis and apprevis the 
samyn in name and behalf abouewritten. 

The sam3m day, Ihonn Houstoun, allegitt wobstar, commissioner for Houstoun com- 
the burgh of Renfrew, befoir his admissioun in commissioun for the said 2^"^^^ ^ 
burgh, renuncitt liLs occupation of wobster craft and gaif his aith he hes "^°°**' *^ 
nocht of lang tyme bygane vsitt or exercit the samyn, lyke as in tyme 
cuming he sail nocht vse nor exerce the said crafb, quhairvpoun Robertt 
Campbell provest and ane of the commissioneris of the said burgh of 
[Air] in name of the haill burrowis as Moderatour to this conuentioun 
askit instnimentis ; in respect quhairof the said lohnn Houstoun was 
resauit in commissioun, etc. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris forsaidis fyndis and decemis the Vnlawing bur- 
burrowis of Abirdene, Sanctandrois, Selkirk, Banff, Forfar, Breichan, ~^" •***"**• 
Culane, and Thayne, in respect of thair non comperance to this presentt 
conuentioun, being lawfully citet thairto be the provest and baillies of 
the burgh of Air, as was sufficientlie verefeitt be thame, to haif incurritt 
euery ane of thame the payne and vnlaw of tuenty pundis, quhilk thay 
ordane to l)c vpliftcd of thame butt favouris, and the actt of parliament 



1 64 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

maid tbairanent to be putt to do executioun ; and laspar Eynmng cpm- 
missioner for the burgh of Innernes protested thatt the vnlawing of the 
said Burgh of Thayne as ane frie burgh suld nocht preiuge the said burgh 
of Innernes in thair previlegis and actioun^ as is contenit in ane act and 
protestatioun maid of befoir. 

Duodecimo lunij 1583. 

ProteetatioTm ^^ QUHILK DAY, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis fynds the 
Oharteria, com- burgh of Edinburgh to half incurritt the payne and vnlaw of ane hun- 
E^buTgh. dreth pundis for contravening of thair act maid at Edinburgh the xrth 
of lulij anno 1574, in respectt of thair sending in commissioun of Michaell 
Gilbertt goldsmyth, contrair the tenour of the said actt, and admittet for 
this presentt conventioun alanerlie Henry Charteris and the said Michaell 
as commissioneris for the said burgh of Edinburgh, but preiudice of the 
Edinburgh ad- actt foirsaid and vtheris the liberties of burrowis, and thatt in respect of 
I . i h^dreth^* - ^^^ Souerane Lordis letteris and charge gevin to the saidis commission- 

dis for present- eris be Ihonn Scherar messenger to thatt eflFectt, and for feir and obedi- 
oSbert gold- cuce of the samyu and na vtherwayis ; and Henry Charteris commissioner 
^mmilSonn, foirsaidis, in name of the said burgh of Edinburgh, protested thatt 
quha for obedi- thay suld nawayis incur the said payne and vnlaw of ane hundreth 
Hingis chax^ pundis, nor zett be compellet to pay the samyn, in safar as for obedience 
of oure Souverane Lordis decreitt arbitrall gevin and pronundtt be his 
Hienes as ourisman and certan vtheris iugis, arbitouris betwix the mer- 
chantis and craftismen of the said burgh, they war compellit to obtemper 
and obey the samyn; and the said commissioneris of burrowis ordanitt 
the saidis letters and charge to be registrat in thair conuention buke, of 
the quhilkis letteris the tennour followis: James be the grace of God King 
of Scottis, to our louittis lohnn Scherar etc. messingeris, oure schreffis in 
thatt pairtt coniunctlie and seueralie specialy constitute, greting, For- 
samekill as we of laitt considdering the greitt diuisioun and contrauersie 
thatt hes bene betwix the merchantis and craftismen of oure burgh of 
Edinburgh concerning aither of thair previlegis, and fynding thatt the 
contrauersie thairof waa likelie to have movit greitt trubill and inconve- 
nient amangis thame, to the hindering of oure seruice and contempt of 
ws and oure authoritie, for preventing thairof, and thair eis and satisfiax;- 
tioun. We, with aduyse of certane personis to quhome all the saidis con- 



waaresauit. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 166 

trauersies war submittit, haif sett doun ane forme and ordour quhow and 
in quhatt inaner they sail vse thame selues in tyme cuming, in the quhilk 
it is specialie provydit that ane of the merchanttis, and ane vther of the 
craftis estaitt salbe commissioneris att all parliamentis and conuentionis 
generall in tyme cuming, Oure wUl is heirfor and we charge zow straitlie 
and commandis that incontinent thir oure letteris sene ze pas and in oure 
name and auctorite command and charge the commissioneris of oure bur- 
rowis, quhilkis ar to convene at oure burgh of Air vpoun the tentt of 
lunij instantt, to ressaue and admitt sic personis to be of their nomber 
and to haif place and voitt with thame as salbe authoresitt with commis- 
sionis from oure said burgh of Edinburgh to the said conventioun, and to 
mak na refuse excuse nor impediment thairof be virtu or vnder cullour of 
oure actis of parliamentt or vtherwayis, quhairanentt for quyetnes cawse 
we have dispensitt and dispensis be thir presentis, as the saidis commis- 
sioneris and ilk ane of thame will ansuer to ws vpoun thair obedience at 
thair vttermest charge and parrell, and vnder all hiest payne cryme and 
offence they may committ and meyn aganis oure Maiestie in thatt behalff. 
The quhilk to do we commit to zow coniunctle and seueralie oure full 
power be thir oure letteris delyuering thame be zow dewlie execute and in- 
doi-sett agane to the berar. Gevin vnder oure signett and subscryuit with 
oure hand at Falkland the saxt day of lunij, and of oure reigne the xvj zeir. 

The samyn day, anentt the supplicatioun gevin in be Dauid Clark contimuitioun 
and Maister Hercules Balrany induellaries in the tovne of Bruntiland, g^*^^^ 
quhairby thai desyritt the samyn, being ane burgh of regalite and doted suppUcatioun 



with the lyke previlegis as is the tovne of Dunfermeling, quhairvpoun Sixt conven- 
confirmatioun is past be oure Souerane Lord with aduyse of vmquhill ^^^^' 
lames, sumtyme Erie of Mortoun, Begentt to his Hienes lieges and realme 
for the tyme, vnder his grace Greitt Seill, to be enroUet with the rema- 
nentt frie burrowis of this realme and to beir with theme all maner of 
portabill chargis requisit. The saidis commissioneris, insafar as they cam 
nochtt instructed to thatt effectt, continewis the ansuer geving thareto 
vnto thair nixt gen^tdl conventioun and assembly of burrowis qubairso- 
euer it salhappen the samyn to be baldlh, and ordanis the provest and 
baillies of the burgh quhair the said conuentioun is to be appoynted to 
remember the haUl burrowis in thair missives to be sentt to thame for 
keping of the said conventioun, to send thair commissioneries iullie in- 
structed to give ansuer thairto. 



166 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Making of 

oommwrirmerti 

totakonloiir 

ftBenttba 

Kinglt 

eofiomla. 



The same day, efter lang resoning vpoun the taking of oidonr with 
the Kingis Maiesties customes, quhairvnto the haill boirowis of this 
reahne ar takismen, the sadis commissioDeris makis and oonstitatb the 
commiasioneris of the burghis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, Striveling, 
Air, Irrowyne, Kingom, and Craill to convene the mom be sevin hooris 
in the morning, for establisching of ane fynall ordonr thairanentt and 
coUectioun of the samyn, and willis that lames Andersonn dark and com- 
missioner of Cowpar assist thame in this behalff Quhilkis commissioneris 
appoynted as said is accepted in and vpon thame the said office of corn- 
missionary, and the saidis haill remanentt commissioneris of burrowis 
promesit to bald ferme and stabill ^ all and quhatsomever thingis 
anent the premissis the saidis commissioneris appoynted to the effect 
foirsaid thinkis needfull to be done, eta 



Decimo tercio lunij 1583. 



Ooraioht to 
Quhiihom to 
remane from 
conTentionia 
(or thre leris. 



The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis efler adays- 
ment with the supplication gevin in befoir thame be Williame Hou^oun 
commissioner of the burgh of Quhithom, quhairby he humblie cravit the 
same to be excmit fra keping of conventionis in respect of thair greit 
poverty, as in the said ^upplecatioun at lenth is contenit, The saidis com- 
missioneris for the caw8i8 foirsaidis dispensit and dispensis with the com- 
I)erancc of the said burgh of Quhithom to thair conventionis for the space 
of thre zeris nixt heirefter, and willis they be ouersene thairintill during 
the said space, provyding alwayis the said burgh send thair commission 
with the burgh ewest the sauiyn to ilk convention as they salbe varnit 
thairto for ratefeing and appreving of sic actis lawis and constitutionis as 
salliapi)in to be entreitit and concludit thairatt, and this but preiudice of 
the keping be the remanent burrowis of all maner of conventionis quhen- 
soeuer the samyn sail occur. 



Decimo cpiarto lunij 1583. 



CommiMion- 
eris appointit 
to alter thn 
Uxt rolUf . 



The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis efter lang resoning 
anent the alteration of the extent rollis of buirowis maid at Cowpar in 
Februar 1578 zeris, qnhilk was than ordanit to indure for thre zeris 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 167 

thairefter, and langer ay and quhill the samjm war reformit, conforme to 
ane act maid thairanent, Fyndis and delyueris in respect of dyueris actis 
and continuationis maid anent the alteratioun foirsaid sensyne, and thatt 
the saidis zeris ar of lang tyme bypast expjnritt, as alsua of dyueris and 
sindry com play ntis gevin in be sindry comraissioneris of burrowis quha 
ar decrest in substance for alteration and reformation of the samyn, and 
that the saidis burrowis war ordanit to send thair commissioneris to this 
convention fullie instructed to thatt effect, thatt the said taxt roll maid 
att Cowpar salbe instantlie in this presentt convention afoir the desoluing 
thairfra alterit and reformit, and for alteration and reformation thairof 
appo3mtis and nominatis Henry Charteris, ane of the commissioneris of 
the burgh of Edinburgh, Dioneis Conquerour commissioner for Perth, 
Alexander Scrymgeour commissioner for Dondie, William Norowell com- 
missioner for Striveling, Archibald Fergushill ane of the commissioneris 
for Air, Androw Kar commissioner for Linlithqu, lames Anderson com- 
missioner for Cowper, Maister William Houstoun commissioner for Dum- 
bartan, Ihouti Aytoun commissioner for Hadingtoun, Harbertt Gledstanis 
commissioner for Kirkcudbrycht, and Stevin Martyne commissioner for 
Pettinweme, quha acceptit in and vpon thame the said alteratioun, and 
gaif thair aythis dewlie, but feid or favour as they wald ansuer to God, 
to do the samyn, and the saidis haill remanentt burrowis for thame selues, 
and in name of the haill burrowis of this realme, promesis to hald ferme 
and stabill all and quhatsumever thingis the saidis commissioneris 
appoyntit to the alteratioun foirsaid thairanent sail think neidfull to be 
done, etc. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis fynding thame selffis and B(ilnbuigh 
thair estait gretumlie preiugitt of thair liberteis be the Lordis of oure seik redns for 
Soverane Lordis counsall, quha at euery occasioun of extentt takis vpoun ^^JJi^£°' 
thame the taxting of the burrowis by thair consentis, Ordanis the magis- S^*i?^°' 
tratis of the burgh of Edinburgh with all gudlie diligence to geve in ane saU. 
complayntt to the Kingis Maiestie and his Hienes Secreit Counsall for 
reformation thairof, and that in name of the haill burrowis of this realme, 
and to repoh*tt thair diligence at the nixt conuention as they tender the 
weilfeir of thair estait. h!^^y^' 

The samyn day, in the conventioun of burrowis haldin at the said tottrwrBobertt 
burgh, being presentt the commissioneris of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, PouUa, anentis 

byninciui- 
tomis. 



168 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Striveling, Air, Linlithqu, Cowpar, and remaaent commissioneris of bur- 
rowis, comperitt Adam Dumbar as procuratour for Robert Monro of Foullis 
and offerit to thame the sovme of ane hundreth pundis money of this 
realme as for the dewtie as he allegit of the customis of Innemes of the 
terme of Mertymes last bypast, conforme to ane allegit tak maid to the 
said Robertt thairof be vmquhill Schir William Murray of Tullybardin, 
Knycht, sumtyme comptroller to oure Souerane Lord, together with twa 
half seillis of the coquett of Innernes, baith of ane prentt, and contening 
ane superscription about the samyn, viz, Innemes having the pictour and 
prentt of oure lady, and thatt for obedience as he allegit of oure Souerane 
Lordis letteris raisit at the instance of the commissioneris of Edinburgh, 
Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene aganis the said Robertt thairanent, To 
quhome it was ansueritt be the saidis commissioneris thatt they culd 
nocht resave the said sovme and seillis foirsaidis as was offeritt, in respect 
the said Adam producit na compte of the said Robertis intromissionis with 
the saidis customes sen the first day of October last conforme to the saidis 
letteris, and offerit thame rady to ressave the said sovme and seillis as 
ane pairtt of the fulfilling of the saidis letteris, sua being the said Adam 
wald produce ane compte aa said is sen the said day, and requyritt the 
said Adam to delyver the saidis seillis to thame, quha alluterlie refusit 
exceptt thatt the same and sovme foirsaid war resauitt together according 
to his offer abouewrittin, and heirvpoun the said Adam, and als Robert 
Campbell provest of the said burgh of Air in name of the haill commis- 
sioneris as modei*ator, sfikitt actis and instrumentia 
CJontinuatioTin The samyn day, the commissioneris befoir namitt efler lang rescuing 
cTuSn^ Bup^" with the supplicatioun producitt to thame be Ihonn Guthre dark, quhair- 
pU<»tioBii to by he requyritt thatt his paynis and travell tane be him thir dyueris 
ventioun. zeris past in their effaires suld be according to his merit dewlie recom- 
pensit, as alaua thatt they suld geve him to vnderstand quhither they war 
of mynd to employ him forther in thair effaires or nocht, quhilk gif they 
war myndit to do thatt sic dewtie suld be modefeit to him as the oursichtt 
of his commoun oflice, tynsall of the commoditie thairof induring his 
awaiting on thame, and pajmis heirefter to be tane be him in thair 
effaires, quhensoeuer occasion salbe offeritt, mycht be respectitt, as in his 
said supplicatioun and articlis gevin in thairupoun at mair lenth is contenitt, 
Fyndis thatt befoir thair desoluing the said Ihonn salbe dewlie rewardit 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 169 

for his paynis and travell tane be liim in tbair effaires preceding this con- 
ventioun, and that he vnto thair next generall conventioun diligentlie 
awaitt vpoun sic chargis as in the menetyme sail intervene ; and becaus 
the commissioneris presentt ar nochtt instructit to geve dew ansuer to the 
supplicatioun foirsaid, they ordane the magistratis of the burgh quhair 
the said nixtt generall convention salbe appoyntit to be haldin, to remem- 
ber the haill burrowis direct thair commissioneris fullie instructed for 
ansuering to the said Ihonnis supplicatioun, and in the menetyme quhatt 
paynis and travellis it salhappiu him to tak in thair effaires they fayth- 
fullie promeist to see him thankfullie recompansit thairfoir, als oft as be 
salbe eraployitt be thame thairto. 

The same day, Ihonn Merschell commissioner for Dunfreis askitt instru- Offer Dunfreia 
mentis thatt he ofierit him in name of the said burgh, incais they weld tomis. 
grantt to thame the Kingis Maiesties customes thairof, to tak the samyn 
and to fynd cautioun to geve als mekill thairfoir, and to be als ansuerabill 
to the burrowis, as ony vtheris sutaris thairof 



Decimo quarto lunij 1583. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, for resonabill cawsis Vnkwiaofcer- 
moving thame, dispensis with the extremitie of the letteris raisit be the reiStut^^^^ 
burgh of Edinburgh in thair names for vplifting of the vnlawis of Inner- 
nes, Forres, Elgyne, and Name for thair absence fra the conventionis 
specialie mentionat thairin, the commissioneris of the saidis burrowis dis- 
pensit with presentlie satefeand the officeris executouris of the saidis 
letteris dewlie as efferis, and ordanis Ihonn Guthre thair dark to direct 
tikketis to the saidis oflSceris to the effect abouewrittin. 

The same day, fyndis that sic commissioneris as salbe direct to the Commfssioii- 
Kingis Maiestie in thair effaires sail remember to be aduysit with the ^t with Peib- 
complaint gevin in befoir thame be the tovne of Peiblis anentt the greit ^ complaint, 
iniuries done to thame be the four clannis of Ihonstonis, Grahamis, 
Ellotis and Armestrangis, and quhat redres may be ressonabliest obtenit 
thairof 

Y 



170 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Decimo quinto lunij 1583. 

Eatificatioiinof The quhilk DAY, it being menit be the commissioner of ledburgh tbatt 
at^tMs conven- for obedience of oure Souerane Lordis letteris they behovit to convene 
S^M^dthey vp^^^ ^^ bordcris vpon the xx day of this instant lunij, the saidis com- 
lioenciat to pas missioncris in respect thairof grantis and licentiatis the said commissioner 
to depairtt hame to his burgh, quha, befoir his away passing ratefeit and 
appro vit all and quhatsumever thingis suld be intreittit and concludit on be 
the remanent burrowis at this present conuentioun, and specialie the 
ordour to be taikin anent the customes and taxtt rollis, and the saidis 
haill commissioneris presentlie assemblit requeistis the said burgh of 
Edinburgh to fortefie and assist the said tovne of ledburgh aganis the 
vnfrie tovne of Hawik, vsurparis of thair liberties. 
Licence Tlie same day, gevis and grantis licence to the commissioner of Peiblis 

fSbiis so des- to desolue fra this presentt assemblie^ in respect of the raid abouewrittin, 
fdtt'^e^^^ ^"^^ ratefeitt and apprevitt, and be the tennour heirof ratefeis and 
apprevis, all and quhatsumever thingis alsweill concerning the alteratioun 
of the taxt rollis customes as vtherwayis to be entreittit on at this pre- 
sent conventioun, etc. 
CJontinuatioun The same day, anentis the complayntis of the burghis of Edinburgh 
burgh^and " ^^^ Dondy aganis the burgh of Elgene, quha compellis the friemen of 
^*>?^^ ^°*" ^^® saidis burrowis to sell and geve vp the entressis of thair gudes as 
vnfriemen, as alsua in purchessing of lordschip outwith burgh for man- 
tening of thame in vpstreking of durris within thair said burgh, and 
violentt away taking of certane friemenis gudis and salmond furth 
thairof, Fyndis the samyn to be rememberit at thair nixtt generall con- 
uentioun, and that the burrowis send thair commissioneris thairto fuUie 
instructed to tak ordour thairanent, and to be contenit in the missiues to 
be sentt to the saidis burrowis. •• 
Certanbur- The Same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis in respect of the distance 

todcBoiuefra of boundis of the burrowis of Elgyne, Innemes, Forres, Dunfermeling, 
tioun^hT' Innerkething, Lawder, Northbervik, Laneark, Ruglene, Wigtoun, as alsua 
'^tii"*^^^^ of thair povertie, grantis and gevis licence to the commissioneris thairof 
to pas hame fra this presentt conuentioun, quha ratefeitt and apprevit and 
be the teuour heirof ratefeis apprevis all and quhatsumever thingis 






Convention of Royal Burghs. 171 

intreitit on at this conuentioun, alsweill concerning the Kingis customes 
taxtt rollis as vtherwayis. 

The same day, for caussis moving thame, dispenis with the tovne of Lawderdispen- 
Lawder for thair vnlaw incunit be thame be thair absence fra ane con- Jit^itt ^^ 
uention of burrowis haldin at Edinburgh in Febniar last, they satefeand 
the officeris executouris of the letteris raisit to thatt effect dewlie as 
efferis, and ordanLs Ihonn Guthre clark to subscryve in thair names ane 
discharge to the saidis officeris. 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis gevis and disponis to the VdIaw Mon- 
burgh of Elgyne the vnlaw of the burgh of Montrois for thair absence tTEig^^** 
fra this present conuentioun as they that war lawfully citat thairto, as 
was sufficientlie verefeitt, the said tovne of Elgyne making all manor of 
expenssis in suting thairof. 

The same day, remittis to the burgh of Irrowyne thair vnlaw incurrit irrowenis yn- 
be thame be thair absence fra ane conuentioun haldin at Edinburgh in 
December last, they payand the expenssis maid vpoun the letteris raisit 
thairanent, and suspendis simpliciter the samyn. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis statutis and ordanis thatt Act thatt the 
the commissioneris nominatt for taking of ordour with the Kingis aiterans of the 
Maiesties customes and alteration of the taxtt rollis sail nochtt depairtt ^^"deBoiwl* 
furth of this burgh of Air quhill fynall ordour be tane thairanent, and 
the samyn perfytlie concludit, and that vnder the payne of ane hundreth 
pundis to be tane of thame quha salhapin to contravene this present 
ordinance, provyding alwayis the alteration of the said extent roll be 
first entreittit on and nane vtheris quhill the samyn and customes foir- 
saidis tak dew resolutioun. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis fyndis thatt befoir thair Commiarion- 
desoluing commissioneris salbe directt fra thame to the Kingis Maiestie pointed for an- 
for ansuering to his Hienes thre missives presentit to thame be Patrik Kwf Aii^* 
Fyldour his Grace seruitour. miesivea. 



Decimo septimo lunij 1583. 

The QUHiLK DAY, the commissioneris of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, Pro^»utio^ 
Striveling, Air, Cowpar, Linlithqu, Hadingtoun, Dumbai-tan, Pettinwcme, Conaeruatour. 



172 Conventhn of Royal Buryhs, 

and Kirkcudbrycht, commissioneris nominatt for alteratioun of the taxtt 
roUis of burrowis, being conuenit in the tolbuyth of the said burgh of 
Air to thatt eflFect, comperit Patrik Fyldour, seruitour to the Kingis 
Maiestie, and protestit in name of Maister George Hacquett conseniatour, 
thatt na thing concludit at this presentt conuentioun concerning the said 
conseniatour suld preiuge him ather in his office of conseruatory or 
anentis the dewties belonging thairto. 
Moderator re- The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis fyndis thatt Robert 
™°^ Campbell provest of Air, moderator of this presentt conuentioun, sail re- 

move him selffe as the remanentt commissioneris thairof, quhill ordour 
be tane anent the altemtion of the taxtt roll of the said burgh of Air 
alanerly, quha removit him selff according heirto, quhairvpoun Alexander 
Skrymgeour commissioner for Dondie askitt instrumentis, etc. 
Proteetatioun, The samyn day, Henry Charteris ane of the commissioneris of the 
mS^r*^""" burgh of Edinburgh protested thatt, in the alteratioun of the taxtt rollis 
Edinburgh of burrowis, the commissioneris of the said burgh mycht have twa voitis 
' thairintill according to the act of parliament and thair auld vse, quhair- 
vnto the commissioneris foirsaidis maid ansuer that in this cais of alter- 
atioun of the extentt roll of the saidis burrowis he onlie was elected, and 
that thairfoir na man culd have vote in the said alteratioun bott onlie he 
quha wes chosin thairupoun, as said is, lykeas wes practesitt in the 
alteratioun of the last taxtt roll alterit at Cowpar the penult day of 
Februar the zeir of God 1578 zeris ; efler quhilk ansuer gevin to him in 
maner abouewrittin be the saidis commissioneris, he inlykemaner pro- 
testit thatt this thair ordinance suld nocht preiuge the said burgh of 
Edinburgh in ony tyme cuming in ony vtheris or the lyke thair effaires 
anent thair liberties and previlegis, granted to the said burgh be cure 
Souerane Lordis maist nobill progenitouris, and apprevit be his Hienes 
and the estaites of this realme in his Maiesties actis of parliament maid 
thairanent, concerning twa voittis dewlie belonging to the said burgh, as 
be allegit, in all the effaires of burrowis, generall conuentionis thairof, and 
parliamentis. 
Alteratioun ex- The Same day, forsamekill as vpoun the xiiij day of lunij instant the 
tenttro commissioneris of burrowis conuenit at this conuentioun be thair act and 

ordinance than fiind and declarit that the taxtt roll of burrowis maid at 
Cowpar suld be alteritt and reformitt at this presentt conuentioun afoir 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 173 

the desoluing thairof, and for alteratioun and reformatioun quhairof thay 
appoynted elected and nominatt Henry Chaii;eri8 for Edinburgh, Dioneis 
Conquerour commissioner for Perth, Alexander Skrymgeour commissioner 
for Dondie, William Norowell commissioner for Striveling, Archibald 
Fergushill commissioner for Air, Androw Kar commissioner for Linlithqu, 
lames Anderson commissioner for Cowpar, Maister William Houstoun 
commissioner for Dumbartan, Ihonn Aytoun commissioner for Hading- 
toun, Harbert Gledstanyis commissioner for Kirkcudbrycht, and Stevin 
Martyne commissioner for Pettinweme, quhilkis personis commissioneris 
foirsaidis accepted the reformatioun and alteratioun of the saidis taxtt 
roUis in and vpoun thame in presence of the haill commissioneris, and 
hes maid fayth to do the samyn lelelie and trewlie, but feid or favour, 
conforme to thair knawlege and conscience ; and thay, efter lang advyse- 
ment tane be thame thairanent, havand God and gude conscience befoir 
ee, altogether reformit the saidis rollis as they ar particular efler writtin 
vpoun ilk burgh in speciall, vpoun the sovme of ane hundreth pundis to 
be tane and collected of the haill burrowis ; and this reformatioun to 
stand for the space of thre zeris nixt heirefter following, and ay and 
quhill the samyn be new reformit and alterit be the commissioneris of 
burrowis appoyntit and conuenit to thatt effect, efter lawfuU aduerteis- 
ment maid to the haill, and the saidis commissioneris hes assegnit for the 
coUectioun of ilk hundreth pundis of the taxtt roll foirsaid twa pundis 
fourtene schillingis; and quhatsumever taxatioun salbe heirefter leviated 
or ordanit to be tane of the burrowis of this realme the samyn to be 
stentit be Edinburgh conforme to the saidis rollis reformit at this conven- 
tioun as said is, and na wtherwayis ; and that oure Souerano Lordis 
letteris of homyng be direct vpoun the said new taxtt roll for obedience 
thairof, as wes ever at ony tyme beirtofoir vpoun the auld taxtt rollis. 

The alteratioun of the taxtt roll alteritt and reformitt at Air the xvij 
day of lunij 1583 zeris be the commissioneris of burrowis of this 
realme appoyntit thairto, and that of the sovme of ane hundreth 
pundis to be collected of the haill burrowis of this realme, etc. 
Item, Inprimis, Edinburgh with Kin- Dunbar, x s. Extent Boll 

gom and Innerkething thretty Lawder, vj s. viij d. 

pundis. Drumfreis, xl s. 



174 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



In payment qubairof fyndis thatt 
Eingom according to thair ac- 
customat pairt aucht to be dimi- 
nischitt. 

Striveling, xlvj a viij d. 

Linlithqu, xxiij s. viij d. 

Rothesay, vj s. viij A 

Dumbarton, xv s. v d. 

Renfrow, xx s. iij d. 

Rutbuglen, viij s. 

Air, xlvij s. iiij d. 

Irrowyne, xxvij s. 

Glesgow, iij li. x s. 

Kircudbright, xvj s. 

Wigtoun, xxiiij s. 

Quhithome, viij s. 

Lanerk^ xvj s. ix d. 

ledburch, xxvj s. iiij d. 

Selkrik, xiij s. vj d. 

Peblis, XV s. j d. 

Hadingtoun, xl s. 

Northbervik, v a 

Suvima totalis j^ ij li. xiiij s. ; 

tioun thairoE 



Abirdene, ix li. ix s. 
Dundie, xj IL 
Perthe, vj li. 
Ban£^ xiij s. vj d. 
Drumfermeling, xvj s. 
Craill, XX s. 
Forfair, x a j d. 
Brechine, xxviij a 
Montrois, xliij a 
Elgyn, XXX a 
Innemes, xxvj a viij d. 
Abirbrothok, xx s. 
Sanctandrois, iiij li. 
Cowper, XXXV a vj d. 
Cullane, vj a x d. 
Fores, x s. 
Name, v s. 
Thayne, x a j d. 
Dysert, xl s. 
Kirkcaldy, xxiiij a 
Pettinweme, xx s. 

and this ij li. xiiij a is for the coUeo- 



Burrowii a\ig- 
mentitt. 



The burrowis eikit and augmentit 
Edinburgh with Kingorne and Innerkething xl a, in payment quhairof 
the commissioneris findis that Kingorne aucht to be deminissit according 
to thair accustomat pairt. 

Glesgow, XXV s. vj d. Elgyn, xl d. 

Ruglen, viij a Sanctandrois, x s. 

ledburch, iij s. viij d. Dysert, x s. 

Dunbar, ij s. Kirkcaldy, iiij a 

Drurafreis, xxx d. Pettinweme, vj a viij d. 

S^imma v li. xv a viij d. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 176 

The burrowis deduceit and impairit niachitt. 

Air, XX s. Craill, x s. * 

Quhithome, viij s. Name, xxij d. 

Lawder, xvj s. Forres, vj s. ix d 

Dundie, xvj s. viij d. Dunbartane, ij s. iiij d. 

Perth, xvj Brechine, ij s. 

Innernes, xl d. 

SuTYiina iiij IL xj s. vij d. 



xvij lunij Ixxxiij. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis being present, Alex- D^,Idie*i^nBt 
ander Scrymgeour commissioner for Dundie protestit that the voiting of Perth. 
Dioneis Conquerour commissioner for Perth afoir him as commissioner 
for Dundie foirsaid, nor na vtheris creatit at this present conventioun, 
quhilk may authorice the pretendit decreit gevin aganis the said toun of 
Dundie anent prioritie of place, in na wayis preiudge the said burch of 
Dundie anent the reductioun of the said pretendit decreit as law requyris, 
bot that thai as geve the said decreit had nocht bene gevin mycht haue, 
but preiudice of the said reductioun, sic access to thair iust persute as 
geve the said decreit had nocht beine gevin. ^nhMnmio omwu Bf i ^ t ho 
B ft id i ommifi iii n aa a f i P e ath thai ia ■j cp si i 8 f 4ho "d— »ti^i"fthwglyiyit 
be; fe uijL fc hii Huiidiii buiiuwij uf Puiljhu uiud Duudiu uf lih a iii ' pciooftiitii s uu t fc 
th e o e ound plao i pint BA i abnig b ai afomio t koig i o rt 8 iWiUyieta ntntinnn 
qm e h ^ no ftn i ii i i ^ 

This deleitt in respect 7ia cmsuer wes maid. Subscryuit be tlte com- 
missioneris of Edvahurgh, Air, Cowpar, and Kvngom. 

Henrie Charteris. Dauid Crauffurd. 

Michaell Oylbert. L Andersone. 

Ihone Kyrkcaldy. 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis frelie remittis the twa 
vnlawis incurrit be the burch of Edinburgh for thair non comperance to 
the conventionis speciallie contenit in the letteris raisit at the instance of 



176 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

the burch of Edinburgh, aa heavand commissioun of the haill remanent 
burrowis of this reahne, againis thame, Quliairanent thay in all tymis 
cuming dispensis and willis the executioun of the saidis letteris ceis and 
haue na forder eflTect. 

xviij lunij 1583. 

Kingorn Ex- The quhilk DAY, the commissionens of the burch of Edinburgh, 
**°*"* * Perth, Dundie, Stirling, Air, Lynlithcow, Cowper, Dunbartane, Glesgow, 
Dunbar, Craill, Kingorne, Kirkcaldy, Irvin, Pettinweme, Dysart. North- 
bervik, and Kirkcudbrycht, appointis the commissioneris ordanit to tak 
ordour anent the placeing of custumaris within the burch of Edinburgh 
and vtheris burrowis of this realme, to wit, the said burchis of Edin- 
burch, Perth, Dundie, and Abirdene, to taxt and extent the said burch 
of Kingorne according to thair knawledge and conscience, except the 
provest baiilies and counsale of Edinburghe schaw ane reasonabill cans 
quhy the samyn aucht nocht to be done. And Henry Charteris ane of 
the commissioneris of Edinburch dissasentit thairto in name thairof^ 
and protestit the samyn suld nocht preiudge the liberteis and privileges 
quhairin thay haue bene in possessioun as be allegit past memorie of 
man. 
Ordour pros- The Same day, the commissioneris appointit for taking of ordour with 
toidiig^orfour ^^® Kingis Maiesties custumeis, quhairof the burrowis of this realme ar 
of thecostomes. tacksmen, as alsua the remanent commissioneris abouewrittin, hes thocht 
gude that thair be custumaris appointit in ilk frie burch of this realme 
quhair cokatis hes beine accustomat of auld, or quhair as it salbe thocht 
be thame maist proper meit and commodious to be placeit; and for 
placeing of the saidis custumaris the saidis pertis ordanis the commission- 
eris of the burch of Edinburgh, Perth, Dundie, and Abirdene, or sic 
vtheris as the saidis four commissioneris sail appoint, to pas throw the 
haill burrowis of this realme vpoun the reasonabill expensis of the haill 
burrowis of this realme for placeing and inputting in ilkane of the foir- 
nameit burrowis quhaiifra the saidis cokkattis hes bene in vse to be 
directit, or vtherwayis maist commodious and ewest rowmes adiacent 
thairto, qualefeit suflScient and honest custoraaris, quha sail haue thair 
residence and remaneing within burghe, for collecting of the saidis cus- 



Convention of Royal Burghs. \11 

tomeis, and that vnto the first of October nixt, and frathyne to endure 
quhill the first day of October nixt thairefter, in the zeir of God 
jm vc Ixxxiiij yeris, and ay and quhill ane bettir and mair sub- 
stanceous ordour may be tane for the weill of burrowis ; and thir 
foirsaidis customaris and thair comptroller to be specialie aggreit 
and condescendit on be the provest baillies dene of gild and counsale 
consolidatlie with the saidis commissioneris of that burgh quhair the 
samyn salhappin to be placeit; and geve the saidis provest baillies 
dene of gild and counsale togidder with the saidis commissioneris aggreis 
nocht vpoun the persoun of the customaris and comptrollaris to be 
nominat as said is, in that caLs and na vtherwayis it salbe lesum to 
the saidis commissioneris to input in that burghe ane sufficient qualefeit 
persoun to be customar and his comptrollar as thay sail think maist meit 
and expedient ; and incais the commissioner of Abirdene will na wayis 
concur assist and pas with the remanent commissioneris for vsing and 
perfyiting of the said ordour, in that cais it salbe lesum to the saidis 
commissioneris of Edinburgh, Perthe, and Dundie, to elect nominat and 
cheis the commissioner of quhatsumeuir vther burch of this realme thay 
pleis, quha sail beir equal commissioun and charge with the saidis vtheris 
thre burrowis, as tlie said commissioner of Abirdene mycht or suld haue 
done ; and the saidis customaris being input be the saidis commissioneris 
of burrowis appointit to that effect be the aduyse of the saidis magistratis 
as is abouewrittin, or vtherwayis in maner and forme aboue rehersit, that 
thair salbe gevin to thame the ordour maner and forme of the coUectionis 
of the saidis customes, conforme to the claus of the tak and assedatioun 
set to the saidis burrowis, and that to be vniuersalie vsit and exercit, 
according to thair liberteis and auld preuilegeis, and the saidis customaris 
to be ansuerabill of thair intromissionis with the saidis customeis as thay 
salbe requyrit thairto be the coUectour, and to mak iust compt rekning 
and payment of thair intromissionis thairwith at ane tyme in the yeir, 
as thay salbe appointit be particular dyat to the samyn, and that to the 
saidis burrowis and generall collectour as said is : As alsua that the 
saidis four burrowis, at the day of the general assemblie and conventioun 
of the burrowis of this realme, sail produce befoir thame the compt 
buikis of the saidis haill customeis, and that the generall collectour 
appointit for the collection thairof mak iust compt rekning and payment 
of his intromissioun with the saidis haill customes in presence of the 

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c/jutiutwit 






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tb^ XeXMmh nisit tLairmDeDt be fdinpliciter suspendit in tyme cmning, and 
tliAt lolmne Otitbersy derk bend aoe tickat to the oflbxris execoUiis cC 
tbe Ckaidw letU;rii» for diiscfaargeing thairoC 

Anerit tbe supplicationis of the townes of Dnnbutane mnd Cnill for 
tbe ffijpfM/rt era veil be thame to tbe reparatioon of thair decayit heibofcs 
and biilwarkls, contenewis tbe ao.<uer ge\'ing tbairto to thair nixt oon- 
verjtioun U/ 1^ Ijaldin at Lynlitbcriw id lulij anno e^^ Ixxxiiij. 

Tlje fsaine ^iay, anent tbe sapplicationis gevin in be the toons of Kirk- 
caldy and DLsart, raakand mentioun of oertane eztortionis and new exac- 
tion us rai>)it aganis tbame in tbe pairtis of Ingland vpoun bering, salt, and 
vtberis gijdis, as at lentb Ls contenit in tbair supplicationis gevin in thair- 
vjj'^un, Tfje fyjininisHioneris present continewis tbe ansuer geving thairio 
vnto tliair nixt conventioun to be baldin at Lynlitbcow tbe day abooe- 
writtin, and ordanLs the provest and baiUies of tbe said bureb to remon- 
U^r tbe sarnyn in tbair missives to be sent be thame to the barrowis for 
keping of the said conventioun. 

'llic same day, anent the support craveit be tbe burcbis of Glesgow and 
Irvin for rejiaring of the Kirk of Glesgow and brig of Irvin, continewis 
the ansuer geving tbairto to thair nixt conventioun, and ordanis the 
Hamyn to Uj rememberit in thair mi'ssives in maner abonewrittin. 

The sauie day, ajipoi litis as of befoir the commissioneris of tbe burcbis 
of Edinburgli, Lynlitbcow, and Hadingtoun to convene vpoun tbe xv day 
of August nixt in E>linburgh, to heir lames Ros comptis of tbe stentis 
mentionat in the actis maid at Perthe thairanent, with the elyk power to 
thame as they had of befoir. 

Tlie same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis ordanis the burch of Edin- 
burgh U) rais letteris at thair instances for vplifbing of the vnlawis of the 
burrow is amerciat for thair iion comperance at this present conventioun, 
and that thai geve and dispone, lyk as the saidis commissioneris bes pre- 
sentlie gevin and disponit, the vnlawis of the burcbis of Abirdene and 
Hanctandrois to lohim Gutherie and lohnn Masoun clerkis, quhairof ibe 
twa pairt to the said lohnn Gutherie, and the thrid pairt to the said 
lohnn Masoun ; and siclyk hes disponit to the toun of Northbervik tbe 
vnlaw of the toun of Brecliine, thay makand expenssis impetrating thair- 
of, and willis that the said toun of Northbervik vse the said toun of 
Hrochine discretlie be the a<:hiyse of the toun of Dundie. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 181 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis desoluis thair conventioun, D«oi«ing con- 
and appointis the nixt generall conventioun to be haldin at the burch of 
Lynlithcow the xij day of lulij in the yeir of God j™ v^ Ixxxiiij*^, and 
ordanis the magistratis of the said burch to direct the missiveis concern- 
ing the speciall caussis of thair conventioun to the haill burrowis of this 
realme as efferis. 

Decimo nono lunij 1583. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis at the emist requeist of Edinburgh, 
Henry Charteris etc., remitis to the burgh of Edinburgh thair vnlaw of S^^'®" 
ane hundreth pundis incurrit be thame for the cawses contenit in the 
actis maid thairanent, provyding they wair and bestow the samyn vpon 
the reparation of thair College. 

Henrie Charteris. Thomas Broun for Irwyn. 

Michaell Gylbertt. Robert Lawder. 

Dionis Conqueriour. lohne Melwyll for Craill. 

I. Andersone. Ihone Hackat. 

Wm. Norwell. Thomas Lawder, Northberwik. 

I. Aytowne. Ihone Kyrkcaldy. 

Andro Ker. Alexr. Scryrageour. 

Dauid Crauffurd. Stewin Martyne. 

Archibald Hegait for Glasgw. 

Dauid Gardyn and Herbert Gledstanis with our handis at the pen led 

be Ihonn Masoun notar. 

L Masoun. 



the Conventioun of Burrowis haldin at Edinhurghy the Bdinimigh. 
xij\ xiij\ xiiijy XV, and dayis of Nouember [1583] 

Comperit the commissioneris vnder suhscryvand and 
producitt thair commissionis, pairtlie "vnder thair seillis 
of cawsis, and pairtlie vnder the subscriptionis of the 
clarkis of the saidis hurrotvis, as followis, etc. : — 



1-1 



(^ ou v*- uUijH of Hoy a I Bu rghs 



mur-.*^ ^•uht- 



• 1". f'itrt na„ 



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Im^ 



tAA::;i««rvit. 









t*j^ ^«^s^(^ nd^it tliainuipiit be «diiii»liciter su>peDdit in trme CQmii^ and 
tuu I >Lxii*e (jruX\jtfT9j clerk fcend ant; tickat to the offioeris ezecutaris of 
tL^ iiil ii* iett^Kn* for di«<iiarg'eiiig thairc»£ 

A'-r^Lt tb*r STiy»j.!icationis of the townes of Danbaitane and Oafll for 
tbe ^rz'.itf.tl en veil be tliame to tbe refArat^-^un of thair decajrit herbore a 
ac«d \ _ii-ari:>. <r*iitrrLewis tbe an^uer giving tfaairto to tbair nixt ocm- 
T*^-*.l rm Uj tjt Laldin at LjTilitLc<-»w in lulij anno etc. Ixxxiiij. 

Tit^ *AZL0^ day, aritriit the sapplicationis gevin in be the toons <^ Kiik- 
*SL. iy ikZsi I/isart, niakand meutioun of oertane extordonis and new ezac- 
il'-\}h Tix^'zx a^<ims tbame in tbe pairtis of InglAnd vpoon Bering, salt, and 
Til^m*^ g^-'^S •« «t leiitb is contenit in tbair supplicationis gevin in thair- 
Tp,*aiL TL*r e.'iLmii.-ioDeris present oontinewis tbe ansuer geving thairto 
mto tLair nixt eonventionn to be haldin at Lvnlitbcow tbe day abooe- 
WTittin, and ordanis the prr>ve>t and baillies of tbe said buich to remem- 
\jffT tbe aauj yn in tbair mLssives to be sent be tbame to the barrowia for 
kej i'-g of tbe said oonventioun. 

Tbe 6ame day, anent tbe support craveit be tbe bnicbis of Gleagow and 
Ir\-in for rejjarirjg of tbe Kirk of Glesgow and brig of Irvin, oontinewis 
tbe an.%aer geving tbairto to tbair nixt conveutiomi, and oidanis the 
haroyn to be retnemberit in thair mL«<sives in maner abonewrittin. 

Tbe same day, app^/intis as of befoir tbe commissioneris of the burchia 
of Edinburgh, Lynlitbcow, and Hadingtoun to convene vpoun the xv day 
of Augast nixt in Edinburgh, to heir lames Roe comptis of the stentis 
mentionat in the actis maid at Pertbe thairanent, with the elyk power to 
thame as they bad of befoir. 

Tbe same day, tbe coramissioneris foirsaidis ordanis the burch of Edin- 
burgh to rais letteris at thair instances for vplifling of tbe vidawia of the 
burrowis amerciat for tbair non oomperance at this present oonventioun, 
and that thai geve and dispone, lyk as the saidis commissioneris hes pre- 
sentlie gevin and disponit, tbe vnlawis of tbe burcbis of Abirdene and 
Sanctandrois to lobnn Gutberie and lohim Masoun clerkis^ qubaiiof tbe 
twa pairt to the said lohim Gutberie, and the thrid pairt to tbe said 
lobnn Masoim ; and siclyk hes disponit to the toun of Northbervik the 
vnlaw of tbe toun of Brecbine, thay makand expenssis impetrating thair- 
of, and willis that the said toun of Northbervik vse tbe said toun of 
Brecbine discretlie be tbe aduyse of tbe toun of Dundie. 



Conveffition of Royal Burghs. 181 

The same day, the commissioiieris foirsaidis desoluis thair conventioun, Deroiuing con- 
and appointis the nixt generall conventioun to be haldin at the burch of 
Lynlithcow the xij day of lulij in the yeir of God j"^ v** Ixxxiiij^, and 
ordanis-the magiatratis of the said burch to direct the missiveis concern- 
ing the speciall caussis of thair conventioun to the haill burrowis of this 
realme as efferis. 

Decimo nono lunij 1583. 

The quhilk dat, the commiasioneris foirsaidis at the emist requeist of Edinburgh, 
Henry Charteris etc., remitis to the burgh of Edinburgh thair vnlaw of S^^*^ 
ane hundreth pundis incurrit be thame for the cawsee contenit in the 
actis maid thairanent, provyding they wair and bestow the samyn vpon 
the reparation of thair College. 

Henrie Charteris. Thomas Broun for Irwyn. 

Michaell Gylbertt. Robert Lawder. 

Dionis Conqueriour. lohne Melwyll for CrailL 

L Andersone. Ihone Hackat. 

Wm. Norwell. Thomas Lawder, Northberwik. 

I. Aytowne. Ihone Kyrkcaldy. 

Andro Ker. Alexr. Scryrageour. 

Dauid Crauffurd. Stewin Martyne. 

Archibald Hegait for Glasgw. 

Dauid Gardyn and Herbert Gledstanis with our handis at the pen led 

be Ihonn Masoun notar. 

L Masoun. 



Ill the Conventioun of Burrowis haldin at Edinburgh^ the Bdinimigh. 
xij\ xiijj xiiijy xvy and dayis of Nouember [1583] 

Comperit the commissioneris vnder svhscryvand and 
prodtLcitt thair commissionis, pairtlie vnder thair seillis 
of cawsis^ and pairtlie vnder the subscriptionis of the 
clarkis of the saidis biirrowls, as follotvis, etc. : — 



182 ConverUioa of Royal Burghs. 

Edinburgh, Henry Charieris, Robert Henrison chirurgean ; Perth, 
Dioneis Conquerour; Dondie, Alexander Scrymgeour; Abirdene, Alex- 
ander Scrymgeour be commission ; Streveling, William Norowell ; Glasqu, 
lames Flemyng ; -Linlithqu, Androw Kar ; Hadingtoun, Alexander Sym- 
soun ; Crail, Ihonn Bamsay. 



xiiij** Nouenibris 1583. 

Commiwottnto The quhilk DAY, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis being con- 
die to mak offer vcnit for ansnering to the heidis of twa wry tingis sentt be the Kin^s 
Seytoun^of ij« Maiestie to the magistratis of the burgh of Edinburgh, for frauchting of 
mari^ to ob- ane schip pertening to Andrew Lamb, for careing of George Lord Seytoun 
tomis in France to the pairtis of France as Embassadour for the Kingis Maiestie of this 
*^^^ realme, to entreitt vpoun sic thingis with the King of France as ar to be 
gevin him in directioun, and in speciall towartis the new customes raisitt 
\T)on the mei-chandice cuming to and fra the samyn, gevis full power and 
commissioun to the commissioneris of the burghis of Edinburgh, Perth, 
and Dondy, in thair names, and in name of the remanent burrowis of 
this realme, to mak offer vnto the said Lord Seytoun of twa thousand 
merkis to be gevin to him be the saidis burrowis, quhow sone he obtenis 
the saidis customes in France dischargitt, and the samyn delyueritt to 
thame in dew and autentik forme. 
CommisBionn The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, vnderstanding thame 
to^^^wiS? selues and the remanentt burrowis of this realme as takismen to the 
the creditouris Kincds Maicsties customes to be addetted in certan sovmes of money 

of wvne. 

awand to sindry merchantis, quha lies aduancit to Iheromy B)wy som- 
lier to his Hienes behuiff certan wynis quhairof they as zitt are nocht 
satefeitt, willis and grantis, and als for thame selues and the remanentt 
burrowis of this realme gevis thair full power and commissioun to the 
magistratis of the burgh of Edinburgh, or thair conunissioneris to be 
directt, to compone, transactt, and aggre with the creditouris of the 
saidis wynis as best and esiest they may to the welfair of the haill 
burrowis ; promesand for thame selues and the said haill burrowis to 
hald fenne and stabill all and quhatsumever thingis the saidis magis- 
tratis of the said burgh of Edinburgh or thair commissioneris anent the 
premissis thinkie neidful to be done, provyding they extend nochtt for 



Cojiverttion of Royal Burghs. 183 

ilk tuu of the wynis awand four scoir pundis for this zeris wyne alaner- 
lie, quhill forther ordour be tane. 



Apud Edinburgh xv*^ Nouembris 1583. 

Tlie quhilk day, the commLssioneris foirsaidis ordanis lohnn Guthre Miadves to be 
thair dark to direct missives in name of the burrowis of Edinburgh, burrowia for 
Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene, as havand full power and commissioun of ^J^ cuatomee 
the haill remanentt burrowis of this realme, to the provest, baillies coun- 
sall and customeris of all burghis and sea portis within the same to com- 
pere befoir thame vpoun the xv*^ day of December to mak compte 
rekning and paymentt of thair intromissioun with the Kingis Maiesties 
customes sen thair entry to the tak and sett thairof ; As alsua that sic 
as hes intromettitt with the impoist raisitt vpoun merchandises passand 
furth of this realme for making of Henry Nesbetis expenssis to France 
be aduerteist be the saidLs missives to compeir the said day, and mak 
compte rekning and payment to the saidis four burrowis thairof, and 
forther to bring with thame the particular sovmes quhairto they ar sett 
for rembursing of the burgh of Edinburgh of the sowme af xij° merkis 
aduancit be thame to Adame Foullertoun, conforme to sindry actis of 
burrowis maid thairanent. And 

The samyn day, Androw Kar and Alexander Symsoun, commissioneris 
for the burghis of Ldnlithqu and Hadingtoun, protested incais ony contri- 
butioun war maid or extentt raisitt vpoun the burrowis of this realme 
for the inlaik of the Kingis Maiesties customes and dewties awand to his 
Hieness thairfoir, quhairvnto they ar takismen, that the samyn war sett 
and raisitt v})oun the inhabitants of thair burghis na vtherwayis nor 
according to thair customes thairof And Henry Charteris, commissioner 
for the burgh of Edinburgh, in name of the said burgh and the burrowis 
of Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene, as souerteis to the Kingis Maiestie for 
payment of the dewties awand to his Hieness for the sett and tak of the 
saidis customes, protested in the contrair, and thatt they suld be relievitt 
of thair souertiship be the haill burrowis conforme to the commissioun 



184 



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gevin to thame be the saidis haill burrowis and tak of the saidis 
customes. 

Henry Neisbet, bailie. 

Henrie Charteris. 

Dionis Conquerour. 

Alex'' Scrymgeour. 

lames Flemyng. 



W°» Norwell. 
Andro Ker. 
Robert Henryson. 
A. Symsone. 



Liniithqw. In the Conventioun of Burrowis haldin at Ldnlithqu the xiij^ 
xiiij^ XV y xvj\ and xvij dayis of lulij the zeir of God i« 
P four scoir four zeris, Comperitt the commissioneris 
of hurrowis vnderiarittin^ pairtlie he thair commissionis 
vnder seillis of cawsis^ and vther vnder subscriptionis 
as followisy etc. : — 



Edinburgh, Henry Nesbett, Alexander Oisteane ; Perth, Dioneis Con- 
querour; Dondie, Peter Clayhillis, desoluit befoir the conuentioun but 
leve ; Streveling, William Norowell ; Linlithqu, Ihonn Forrest provest, 
Charles Drummond, Alexander Kaa ; Glasqu, Archibald Hiegaitt ; Air, 
George Cocheran ; Rutliuglen, Alane Pinkcartoun ; Selkirk, Qawine 
Wilkyne ; Dumbar, Robert Lawder ; Hadingtoun, Ihonn Aytoun ; Dun- 
freis, Symon Ihonnstoun ; Craill, William Bowsy ; Kingorn, Androw 
Broun ; ledburgh, Ihonn Layng ; Peiblis, Patrik Dikkesoun ; Dumferm- 
ling, William Mekilihonn ; Montros, Ihonn Kay ; Innemes, William Cuth- 
bertt provest; Dysartt, lames Hacquett; Pettinweme, Ihonn Corsaw; 
Kirkcaldy, Ihonn Hacquett ; Elgyne, lames Douglas ; Northbervik, Thomas 
Lawder ; Laneark, Robert Levingston, William Mowett ; Innerkething, 
Thomas Michell ; Wigton, Archibald Tailliefeir, Ihonn Edzear ; Renfrow, 
Henry Fynnesoun. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 185 



Apud Linlithqu xiiij^ lulij 1584. 

The quhtlk day, the commissioneris of burrowis befoir mentionatt, Admisdoun, 
arientt the continiwatioun maid att Air to this presentt conventioun, be totiieburrowU. 
the commissioneris presentt thaimtt, to Ihonn Guthreis supplication n, all 
in ane voce hes concluditt nominatt and creatt the said Ihonn Guthre 
thair commoun dark and kepar of thair generall buke for ane zeir nixtto- 
cum, with power to the said Ihonn vpoun the reasonabill expenssis of the 
saidis buiTOwis, according to ane ordinance maid at thair last conuention 
at Perth, all and sindry the actis, lawis, and constitiitionis mentionatt in 
the said buke to extract subscryve and geve furth vnder his subscriptioun 
manuell to sic burrowis or burgh requjrring the same ; and ordanis the 
said Ihonn to bring with him to the nixtt generall conuention of bur- 
rowis, quhairever the samjm salhappin to be, the said generall buke, to 
be presented and redelyueritt to the saidis burrowis, and, at thair optioun, 
than to be gevin In custodie to sic dark as salbe tlian appointed of new. 
For the quhilk zeris stepend hes appoynted and appoyntis the sovme of 
ane hundreth pundis gude and vsuall money of this realme, to be tane of 
the first and rediest of the vnlawis of the burrowis absentt and amerciatt 
in this thair generall conventioun, and for the mair sure paymentt to 
him of the samyn, the saidis commissioneris hes gevin and gevis to tho 
said Ihonn thair full power and commissioun, lettres vpoun the saidis 
burrowis vnlawitt and amerciat as said is to rais, the samyn to dew exe- 
cutioun to putt aganis the refusaris to pay, and generallie thairanentt all 
and sindry vtheris thingis to do vse and exerce thatt they mycht do 
thame selues gif they war personalie presentt, proraittendo de rato, eta, 
Deducand and allowand alwayis to the said Ihonn the expenssis to be 
maid be him in the impetratting, obtening, and executioun of the saidis 
letteris and ingathering of the saidis vnlawis of the superplus of the samyn 
restand over his said zeiris stipend, and to be comptabill and ansuer- 
abill of sua mekiU as salbe restand thairof, — his said zeris stipend and ex- 
penssis foirsaidis being allowitt at the nixt generall assemblieof burrowis 
be the commissioneris thairof than to be assemblitt thairatt. Provyding 
alwayis thatt the said lohnn Guthre sail nochtt be astricted vpoun his 
awin expenssis to koip ony conuentioun or aBsemblics of burrowis indur- 

2 A 



18C ConventioH of Royal Burghs. 

ing the said zeir exceptt within Edinburgh, and gif it salhappiu him to be 
eniployitt in ony vther burgh to keip ony conuentioun, his expenssis in- 
during his remaning tliairatt salbe vpoun the charges of the haill burrowis, 
quhilk they obleis thame to pay att euery conuentioun befoir the desoluing 
thairof 
Ediuburgh, The samyn day, anncnt the continiwatioun of the ansuer to be gevin to 

FiuiiertLun! the burgh of Edinburgh for rembursing to thame of the xij*' merkis payitt 
to Adame FowUertoun, the commissioneris of the burgh of Perth, Glasqu, 
Air, Montros, Selkirk, Peiblis, ledburgh, disassented and disassentis fra 
ony paymentt thairof, nochtwithstanding the consentis of certan thair 
commissioneris consenting thairto of befoir, and thatt becaus at the first 
directioun of the said Adam and appoynting of the said sovme to him for 
making of his expenssis in Ingland thair was nocht sax of the principaJl 
burrowis thairatt, as they allegitt, nor zit ony of thair commissioneris 
presentt thair ; and Henry Nesbett, commissioner for the said burgh of 
Edinburgh, protestis thatt the disassenting of the commissioneris foirsaidis 
be nochtt prciudiciall to the consent gevin of befoir be the commissioneris 
of the saidis burrowis for the tyme to the paymentt thairof, as in sindry 
actis maid thairanent at full length is contcnitt. 
Lord Seytonn, Tlie samvn day. the commissioneris foirsaidis ratefeis and apprevis the 
actt maid be the commissioneris of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, Abirdene, 
Striveling, Linlithqu, Glasqu, Hadingtoun, and Craill, at Edinburgh vpoun 
the xiiij day of Nouember last, anentt paymentt to my Lord Seytoun of 
twa thowsand markis money incais he repoirtt in autentik forme ane dis- 
charge of the King of France and his Secreitt Counsall of certan new ex- 
actionis raisitt vpoun merchandise thair ; and becaus the burgh of Edin- 
burgh lies aduanceitt and payitt the said sovme, and payis ane zeirlie 
interes of xij of the hundreth thairfoir, quhairof they and the commis- 
sioneris of Perth and Dondy cravis rembursementt and releiff, the com- 
missioneris presentt in respectt they come nocht instructed to give ansuer 
thaiiix), continewis the same to thair nixtt generall assemblie of burrowis ; 
and the commissioner of Air, insafar as thair was na commissioner for 
them at the conclusion thairof, disassented heirto, etc. 
Protestatioun, llie samyn day, Peter Clayhillis commissioner for the burgh of Dondie 
Perth. ^^ protested that the resauing of Dioneis Conquerour commissioner for the 
burgh of Perthis voitt befoir him nixtt Edinburgh suld na wayis preiuge 



Conve?ition of Royal Burghs. 187 

the said burgh in thair second place and prioritie in voting befoir the 
said burgh of Perth, nocht withstanding ony decreitt obtenitt in the con- 
trair, in respect, as the said Peter allegit, that the said burgh of Dondies 
adinissioun be the Kingis Maiestie and his Grace Estaitis in second place 
in voting in Parliament nixt Edinburgh, and insafar as the said decreitt 
obtenit be the said burgh of Perth lyis vnder reductioun, quhairupoun he 
was mynditt, as commissioner for the said burgh of Dondy, to complene 
to the Kingis Maiestie and Secreitt Counsall helrin ; and William Noro- 
well commissioner of Streveling inlykwayis protested of new for the said 
second place nixtt Edinburgh, in manor as is contenit in ane act and pro- 
testatioun maid at Edinburgh the fourt of October 1581. 

The samyn day, anent the extraordinar dewtie vplifled be Maister Conserviitom 
George Hacquett, conseruatour in Flanderis, of the merchantis of this on^farSor nor 
realme resorting thairto, contrair the tennour of the actis laitlie maid ^* s^^u^ee. 
thairanentt, quhairof the ane maid at Edinburgh in the last generall con- 
uentioun thair, be the said conseruatouris awin aduyse, bering tuelff 
stuns to be vplifted be him of euery sek of gudes, quhairof aucht of 
the merchant and four of the skipper, for ane zeir nixtt thairefter 
alanerlie, as in the said act of the daitt at Edinburgh the fyft of Octo- 
ber 1581 zeris at lenth is contenit, — the vther maid at Air in the last 
conuentioun haldin thairatt, discharging the said Maister George of forther 
nor nyne stures of the sek alanerlie, quhairof sax of the merchant and 
thre of the skipper. ITie saidis commissioneris vnderstanding him contrair 
the tennour thairof to continew in vplifting of fy vetene stures of ilk sek 
gudes, to the greitt hurtt and preiudice of all personis resorting to the 
saidis pairtis of Flanderis, hes dischargitt and dischargis the said conser- 
uatour of new of ony forther vplifting fra thyne furth of ony forther 
dewtie of ilk sek gudes nor sax stures alanerlie, quhairof four frome the 
merchant and twa of the skipper, discharging and inhibeting all mer- 
chantis and skipper of ony paying to him heirefter forther nor the saidis 
sax sturis ; and to the effect the said Maister Gteorge pretend na ignor- 
ance heirof, ordanis Ihonn Guthre thair dark, in thair names, to extract 
and draw furth this their ordinance, and send the samyn together with ane 
missive to him with all expeditioun, to certefie him thairby, incais he 
contravene or contemp this thair said ordinance be vplifting fra thyne 
furth ony forther nor the saidis sax stures, thatt letteris salbe purchest and 



188 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

execute aganis him with all rigour ; and ordanis the burgh of Ekiinburgh in 
thair names, incais of his contraventioun, to raise and execute the samyn, 
and the expenssis to be maid be thame thairupoun salbe rembursitt vpoun 
thair compte at thair nixt generall assemblia 
Walkoris an- The samyn day, continewis to thair nixtt generall assemblie the ansuer 
SrnUtt"wie^ geving to Andrew Walker in Deip anentis his recompance cravit for the 
noi convon- doungetting of certan impoistis vplifted in France vpon certain mer- 
chandise thair. 



xvlulij 1584. 

BiuTowis, KU- The samyn DAT, anentt the supplicatioun gevin in be Ihonn Betoun of 
^^y- Balfour, desyring thairby the tovne of Kilrany to be enrollitt amangis the 

remanentt fide burrowis, and to beir burding with thame according to thair 
habilitie, Comperitt Robertt Strang and Thomas Clark, commissioneris in 
lus and the said tovnes name, and producitt for instructioun of the said 
supplicatioun ane chartour of the erectioun of the said tovne in ane fiie 
burgh, gevin and maid be Patrik, Archiebischop of Sanctandrois, off the 
daitt the auchtt day of lulij 1578 zeris, together with the Kingis Maiesties 
confirmatioun past tliairvpoun vnder his Hienes Greitt Seill of the daitt 
the xxiiij of Januar the zeir of God foirsaid, as alsua ane actt of parlia- 
mentt vnder the subscriptioun of Alexander Hay, Clerk of Register, of the 
daitt at Edinburgh the x day of Nouember 1579 zeris, desyring conforme 
thairto thair said tovne to be enrollit as said is amangis the remanent firie 
A Dt and turrowis, and William Mackartney, agentt for the said is burrowis in thair 
Oraiiiis protee- customes, protested contrair thatt pairtt of the chai'tour producitt, in 
speciall concerning the dispositioun of the customes of the said tovne of 
Kilrany to Ihonn Betoun of Balfour be the said Bischop, alleging the 
samyn auchtt nocht be resauit nor admittitt, nather the said tovne en- 
rollit, as said is, becaus thair is decreitt past at the instance of the bur- 
rowis takismen to the Kingis Maiestie of his Hienes customes befoir the 
Lordis of Chakker aganis the said Bischop anentis the saidis customes in 
speciall, and sua thai appreving the said chartour, confirmatioun, and act 
of parliamentt, the samyn mycht preiugo thaine in thair tak and sett 
quhilk they have of the saidis customes ; and siclyke WiUiame Bowsy, 



Cmivention of Royal Burghs. 189 

commissioner for the burgh of Craill, protested that befoir ony enrolling 
of the said tovne amang the remanent frie burrowis they mycht have in- 
spectioun of thair ryehtis, and ane competent day assignit to him to op- 
pone aganis the samyn, insafar as he allegit the said tovne was within 
the boundis of thair iurisdictioun and libertie. In respect of the quhilkis 
protestationis, and thatt thatt clans contenit in the said chartour concern- 
ing the customes and coquett is preiudiciall to [the] Kingis Maiestie, 
and the burrowis, his Hienes takismen, the saidis commissioneris refussis 
the enrolling of thame in the nomber of burrowis, or admissioun of thair* 
titillis, exceptt the said chartour be reformitt in that pairtt concerning the 
customes and coquettar ; and the saidis commissioneris of Kilrany allegit 
tliatt the said agentt in name of the burrowis, nor zitt the said commis- 
sioner 01 Craill, aucht nocht be hard to oppone or protest contrair thair 
titillis producit, and the desyir of the said supplication, insafar as the bur- 
rowis as ane of the thrie estaitis hes consentitt thairto in parliamentt ; 
and the said agentt in the contrair, in respect of the saidis burrowis tak 
of the saidis customes and of the said decreitt past aganis the said Bischop 
sen the said act of parliament ; and the saidis commissioneris of Kilrany 
tuke thair saidis peces and past away thairwith. 

The samyn day, anent the desyir of Ihonn Anstruther induellar thairin, Protcstatioun, 
commissioner for the tovne of Anstruther, of enrolling of the same in the AnBtnither, 
nomber of frie burghis, the commissioneris presentt, in respect of the ^^ontinewitt. 
allegeance maid be William Bowsy, commissioner for the burgh of Craill, 
alleging the liberties contenit in the said tovne of Anstrutheris chartour 
to be gevin and doted of auld to thame, as be thair evidentis sail cleirlie 
appeir, quhen as it saU pleis the saidis burrowis to sicht the samyn, and 
thairfoir desyritt continiwatioun mycht be of the enrolling of the said 
tovne in ane frie burgh to the nixt generall assemblie of burrowis, insafar 
as he com nocht instructed to oppone aganis the said tovne and thair 
ryehtis, and nather wist nor was waimit thairto, Continewis the ansuer 
geving thairto vnto thair said nixtt generall conuentioun of burrowis, and 
ordanis the said burgh of Craill than to send thair commissioner fuUie in- 
stinicted to this effectt, with certificatioun to thame and they faUzie, they 
will proceid heirin as accordis with resoun. 

The samyn day, anentt the supplicatioun gevin befoir thame be the Dysartt 
commissioner of the burgh of Dysartt, craving thair assistance in thair 



190 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

seking to be redrest of the oppressioms done to the magistratis and officeris 
of the said tovne in the executioun of thair offices be certan gentilmen of 
the cuntrie, Fyndis gude the magistratis of the said burgh of Dysartt sail 
intentt actioun aganis the saidis oppressouris befoir the iugis competentt, 
and to repoirtt the rolmentt of courtt to the conuentioun befoir the^nixt 
parliament, quhen as they promis to the said burgh thair mutuall concurr- 
ance and assistance in seing ordour putt thairto as accordis with 
iustioe. 
Piapenaatioim, The samyn day, anent the desyir of the commissioner of Innemes crav- 
fdtt^thT^T ^"^S ge^erall exemptioim from conuentionis of burrowis in respect of thair 
pouertie, except at the burghis of Edinburgh, Perth, or Dondy, quhen 
as the conuentionis sallhappin thair to intervene, exeming alwajds 
thair said burgh from the nixt generall conuentioun in Edinburgh, in 
cais the samyn be appoynted to be haldin thairatt ; the commissioneris 
presentt grantis thair desyir, provyding alwayis they keip conuentionis be 
noi-th Perth and Dondy, they alwayis being astricted to send with the 
ewest burgh vndispensit with thair missiue autentiklie subscryuit to ap- 
preve all and quhatsumever thingis salbe entreittit at the conuentionis foir- 
saidis, induring the space of thrie zeiris alanerlie, protesting the calling of 
the town of Thayne as enroUit in ane frie burgh preiuge nocht thair 
liberties, conforme to thair protestationis in syndry conuentionis maid of 
befoir. 
Civatio, Cuth- Item, the comuiissioneris presentlie assemblitt, vniversally, in ane voce 
injMmw!^'"^'^ but discrepance, appoynfcis William Cuthbei-t, commissioner for the burgh 
of Innemes, thair customer to the Kingis Maiesties customes fra eist Coulsi- 
oychell, Walter of Dornoche, Dinguall, Beawling, and the watter and burgh 
of Innemes, as alsua of all vther his Hienes customes of all maner gudes and 
geir betuix Caithnes and Momy (the Ylis and Lochis exceptit), his entry 
thairto to be and begyn at the day and daitt heirof, fra thyne to indure 
to the first of October 1585 zeiris, quha, accepting vpon him the said 
office of customary, gaif his ayth for dew administratioun thairof, and 
obleist him conforme to the ordour prescryuit to the remanent customaris 
to mak dew comptc rekning and payment of his intromissioun, as he salbe 
requyritt be the four burrowis souerties for the payment to the Kingis 
Maiestie of his Hienes customes, cum potestaie suhstihtend etc. And this 
Act to be extend in sic ample forme, extracted and delyucrit to the said 



Convention of Royal Burghs, 191 

customer, as to the weilfair of the burrowLs salbe neidfuU, promittendo de 
Vido, etc. 

Tlie samyn day, etc, Symon Ihonston commissioner for the burgh ^^ ^^^^j^^^f® 
Dunfreis maid offer to the saidis commissioneris of the thrid penny mair Dunfreisbe tiio 
for the ciistomes of the said burgh nor presentlie is payitt be lames Geddes thairof. 
customer thairof, Quhilkis commissioneris, respecting his gude and profit- 
abill offer, ordanis the said lames, present customer, to be chargitt to com- 
peir in Edinburgh vi)on the xviij day of October nixtt, thair to mak his 
compte to the burrowis to be appoynted to the hering and allowing 
thairof, discharging him of ony forther vsing or exercing of the said oflSce 
from the said fii-st of October nixtt, and that at the said day of liis comptis 
l)e delyuer to the additouris of the samyn the half seill or stamp being in 
his possession, and that the said magistratis of the said burgh of Dunfreis 
tlian present in Edinburgh [name] ane suflficient customer and comptroller, 
for quhome they salbe ansuerabill for the dew executioun of thair oflSices 
to the burrowis foirsaidis the said auchtene of October nixtt, quhairvnto 
tlie said Symon consented etc. 

The samyn day, the commissionerisof burrowis, respecting the poverty Rutlierglendis- 
of Rutlierglcn, dispcnsis for thrie zeris heirefter with thair keping of ^;J*Sjre'^^ 
generall conventionis of burrowis, provyding they send with the ewest 
burgh to the saidis conventionis thair missive appreving all thingis in the 
menetyme salhappin to intervene, etc. 

The samyn day, dew consideratioun being had of the laitt act of parlia- Laitt act parlia- 
ment publeschitt at the mercatt croce of Edinburgh and vther places neid- SSd^^peii- 



fuU, anent the pakking and peilling of herring, quhyte fische, and vther }|jjf ^ ^^^tt" 
fi&che mentionat thairintill, slayne be the inhabitantis of ather sydis of with prouis- 
the watter of Forth, vpon the occasion of complayntt gevin in thairanentt 
be dyueris burrowis of the coist sydes, Fyndis the said actt gude in all 
poyntis, except that pairtt thairof being ane special chairge thatt all fisches 
and herring and vther fisches thairin contenit to be brochtt to the poirtis 
of Leith or Craill, tlmir to be graithitt and handlitt in maner as is men- 
tion att in the said act ; for reforming of the quhilk pairtt of the said act, 
all in ane [voce] consentis ane generall supplication be gevin in all thair 
names desyring reformatioun of that pairtt of the said act, becaus they 
vnderstand preiudice to dyueris vtheris frie burrowis to ensew thairvpon, 
and that it may be lesum to bring the saidis merchandise to all and 



192 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

quhatsumever frie portis within this realme, thair alwayis they obe3ring 
and obtempering all the remanent poyntis of the said act ; provyding 
alwayis euerilk burgh vpon the coist sydis fynd dew cautioun to the burgh 
of Edinburgh for pakking and peilKng of sufficientt herring and vther 
fisches foirsaidis, and for fulfilling of all vther heidis contenit in the 
said act and lettres raisitt thairupon, vnder the paynis thairin contenitt ; 
as alsua thatt, in the supplicatioun to be presented and gevin in to the 
nixtt parliamentt, it salbe cravitt thatt the burrowis of Glasqu, Air, Irro- 
wyne, and vther burrowis be west Clyde, be nocht subiect to that pairtt 
of the act concerning the taking or vsing of the iedge from Edinburgh, in 
respect of the laik of tymmer amangis thame, they alwayis submittand 
thame to all the remanent poyntis of the said act as is aboue expremitt. 

Bispcnsatioun '^^^^ samyn day, dispensis with the burgh of Elgyne in maner as is dis- 

Eigyno. pensit with Innemes. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis fyndis the 

rowiBabsentt burrowis of Abirdonc, Sanctandrois, Cowper, Rothesay, Dumbartan, Irro- 
wyne, Kirkcudbrycht, Lawder, Forfar, Forres, and Breichan to have in- 
curritt, be thair noncomperance to this present convention, being lawfully 
citatt thairto be the thesaurer of the burgh of Linlithqu as wes suflScientle 
verefeitt be him, euery ane of thame the payne and vnlaw of tuenty li ; 
as alsua Dondy, for thair disoluing fra this day without licence, in vther 
tuenty li., and the toun of Hadington in tliretty li., viz. in ten li for 
passing away at Ayr and nocht subscryuing of the actis maid thairatt, 
and tuenty li. for thair disoluing fra this conuention but licence, and nocht 
remaning vnto the subscription of the actis and desoluing of the saidis bur- 
rowis, provyding incais he cum bak and subscryve to the clark as zitt he salbe 
dispensitt with ten li. thairof ; and fyndis, and but reuocatioun concludis, 
thatt nane of the saidis burrowis be ather dispensitt, dimirtischitt or 
superseditt with the saidis vnlawis, bot thatt Ihonn Guthre vplift the 
the samyn but favouris, as he will ansuer to thame vpon his seruice, con- 
forme to his commission gevin to him thairanentt. 



Decimo sexto luHj 1584. 

touri^^iT^tt" "^^^ QUHILK DAY, vpon the complajmtt of Robert Gourlay, general col- 
customeria. Icctor of the customcs, mcning that contrair the burrowis ordinance the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 193 

customeris of euery burgh makis nocht paymentt to him of the Kingis 
customes, quhairof the saidis burrowis ar fermoraris, att sic tymes as is 
prescryuit in the act and ordinance maid at Air in Junij last thairanentt, 
upon his lawfull requisition thairof, quhairthrow they are putt to greitt 
chargis in suting the same, Thairfoir for better ordour to be obseruitt in 
tyme curaimg, and for mair reddy and thankfull pay men tt heirefter, it is 
concluditt and statute, that quhatsumever customer beis waimit be the 
said generall coUectouris wryting to cum in, and ather bring or send his 
customes, or at the leist sa mekill thairof as he salhappin to have 
customed, att four seuerall tymes in the zeir, refusing sua to do, shall 
incur the danger of all the expenssis and chargis maid be the said generall 
collectour in craving thairof, and refond the samyn to him butt excuse, 
quhilk is the vnlaw often li., vsitt of befoir to be vplifted of the nocht pay- 
aris at the saidis four seuerall tymes befoir the Lordis of Chakker, pro- 
vyding alwayis compte and compleitt payment be maid anys in the 
zeir. 

The samyn day, the commission eris foirsaidis ratefeis and apprevis the Ratificationn 
commission gevin be the four burrowis to William Mackartnay, agentt for agenUmTcon- 
thame in thair commoun effaires, specialie in the customes, and continewis SSTirfiu 
him agentt for ane zeir nixtt followand October nixtt, vpoun the lyke 
conditionis mentionat in his said commission, provyding alwayis he be 
diligent in the execution of his oflSce and trubill na frie burgh nor cus- 
tomaris thairof in the executioun of thair effaires concerning the custom- 
ing of sic gudis as they audit and suld resave custome of in thair 
boundis. 

The samyn day, the saidis commissioneris nominatis and of new electis pawder cna- 

•' •' , tomer, Dunbar. 

Robert Lawder commissioner and customer of Dumbar, within the 
boundis thairof and to Bervik, customer for the space of ane zeir nixt 
followand October nixtt, quhilk he promeist fay thfullie to do, etc. 

The samyn day, compte being maid be Selene Mackgill of hir intro- ^c'Sto^^ 
mission with the customes of Idnlithqu sen the first of October 1582 to 
the daitt of thir presentis, the samyn is found to extend to sax li. sax 
schillingia aucht penneis vnpayitt as zitt, and fra thyne forth dischargis 
hir. 

The samyn day, exemis the burgh of Northbervik fra keping of con- Northbervik, 
uentionis for tlu-e zeris nixtt heirefter in quhatsumever burgh owtwith <^»P«>»**»o™^ 

2 B 



194 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Dumfermling, 
£<linburgh 
fzUiDtt pirai 
Bchipe. 



Lowthiane, obseruing the provisioun specialy contenitt in the remanentt 
burrowis now dispensitt with. 

The samyn day, anent that pairt of the supplicatioun of Dumfermling 
concerning the charge of homing gevin to thair burgh for paymentt of 
ane taxatioun ap[>oynted to the furthsetting of ane schip and bark aganis 
the Inglis pyratis, willing they suld be dischairgit thairof insa&r as the 
samyn tuke na effect, the commissioneris of Edinburgh promitis they 
salbe dischargitt of sainekill of thatt extentt for outreking of the saidis 
schip, and of all executioun of lettres raisitt aganis thame thairanentt. 



Sc'llar olcctid 
castomar LiH' 
lithqUf Kar 
coniptroliar, 
and Tbovnis 
coquettar. 



CoTnTniBsiotm 
to ccrUn bur- 
rowin to beir 
customcris 
coDiptiH, etc 



Decimo septimo lulij 1584. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of the burrowis presentt hes, be 
the aduyse of the provest baillies and counsall of linlithqu, nominatt and 
constitute Patrik Sellar burges of the said burgh, customer of all the 
Kingis customeH \*dthin the boundis pertening to the said burgh of Lin- 
lithqu, viz. betuix the watt^ris of Almond and Avyne on the syde of 
Forth, fra the day and datt heirof to the first of October 1585 zeris 
alanerly; and becaus Helene Makgill, kepar of the custome seill of 
befoir, refuisit to delyuer the same, thairfoir ordanis William Macartney 
thair agentt to sie ane half seill new maid of pei-fyte tyn, bering this 
presentt zeir of God, according to the quantitie of the coquett seil in- 
stantly delyuerit be Nicol Thownis to the said agent, and with impres- 
sioun of the Kingis Maiesties armes and superscriptioun vsitt in sic seillis ; 
and being maid, the custome seill to be gevin to the said customer, and 
the coquett seill to the said Nicoll ; and appoyntis Androw Kar comp- 
troller to the said customer, and that na maner of gudes be customed out- 
with his or his deputes presences, quha gaif thair ay this de fideli adminia- 
tratione, according and in maner as the remanent customeris ar elected. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris of the burrowis foirsaidis fyndis, 
and for aduancing of thair libeiiiea, concludis, thatt the burrowis of Edin- 
burgh, Perth, Dondie, Abirdene, Striveling, Linlithqu, Hadingtoun, or the 
maist pairtt of thame convene att Edinburgh the xviij day of October 
nixttociyn, thair to resave and allow the comptes of all the customeris of 
this realme, quha ar ordanit be this presentt actt to convene the said day. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 195 

vpoun, the aduerteisment of the said burgh of Edinburgh, vnder the 
penalty of the act maid at this presentt convention thairanent, with 
power to the saidis burrowis to considder be the comptes of the CoUectour 
Generall'of the saidis customes for this instant zeir 1584 quhairin the 
burrowis ar deterioratt or aduancitt thairby, and of the restis of the zeir 
preceding, alsweill of the saidis customes as of the taxatioun of thre thow- 
sand li., and to place and displace customeris for the zeir to cum alan- 
erlie, conforme to the tennour of the act maid thairanent at the last 
generall convention att Air ; Forther, vpoun the inlaik of the saidis cus- 
tomes, taxationis vpoun the saidis burrowis to sett, lettres of homing to 
rais and cawse execute vpoun the burrowis refusand to pay within ten 
dayis nixtt efler thai be chargitt the particular sovmes they salbe sett 
and extented to ; and gif ony frie burrowis plesis with the burrowis 
presentlie nominatt the day and place to the effect foirsaid to convene, 
bringand with thame sufficient commissioun, they to have the lyke place 
to heir, voitt, and conclude as the saidis burrowis appoynted as said is ; 
and ordanis the burgh of Edinburgh to mak dew aduerteismentt to the 
saidis bun'owis to keip the said day and place, ilk burgh vnder the payne 
of tuenty li. vnforgevin. 

The samyn day, comperitt Peter Clayhillis commissioner for the burgh Dondy, Perth, 
of Dondie, and producit the Kingis Maiesties letter, charging thairby the 
saidis commissioneris to rank and crave his voitt befoir the commissioner 
of Perth nixtt the burgh of Edinburgh, nochtwithstanding ony decreitt 
impetratt or obtenit in the contrair, as the said letter of the daitt at 
Falkland the tentt of this instant subsciyuit be his Hienes, the Lordis of 
Dovin and of Pettinweme, proportis, and cravit obedience thairof ; and 
Dioneis Conquerour commissioner of Perth producitt ane decreitt obtenit 
be the said burgh in thair favouris of prioritie of place and voting befoir 
the said burgh of Dondy, nixtt Edinburgh, pronuncit and gevin be the 
commissioneris of burrowis vpon the day of lunij 1582 zeris, 

alleging the said writing producit be the said Peter to be contrair to the 
narrative of his said decreitt, and in respect thairof, as alsua of ane decreit 
of befoir pronuncitt in fauouris of the said burgh of Perth, in Edinburgh, 
be the saidis burrowis, decerning thame the prioritie and nixt voitt to 
Edinburgli as said is ay and quhill ordour had been tane thairintill, and 
siclyke be reson of thair possessioun thairof past memory of man thatt 



196 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

they aucht nocht be displacitt befoir the reductioun of the saidis decreitis, 
and that the said letter, as prevelie purchest be the said Peter, suld haif 
na place, and he amerciatt for purchessing lordschip contrair the lovabill 
actis and constitutionis of burrowis maid thairanentt, as alsua thatt the 
said Peter suld nocht be hard, becaus be past away but licence befoir the 
desoluing of this conuention and was vnlawit thairfoir as the actis pro- 
portis ; nochtwithstanding the quhiikis allegeances the said Peter cravitt 
ansuer of the said writing, quhairvnto Ihoun Forrest provest of the said 
burgh of Linlithqu, moderatour to the said conventioun, in name and att 
command of the saidis commissioneris, efter thair voittis and dew resolu- 
tioun had, ansueritt thatt all substantiall materis war coucluditt and 
votitt vpon befoir the said Peteris productioun of the said wryting, 
quhairby na occasion of placing or voting was offeritt, thairfoir continewitt 
the ansuering thairto vnto the nixtt parliamentt, quhen as the haill bur- 
rowis suld, be aduyse of the Kingis Maiestie and his Hienes Estaitis, 
geve ansuer thairto. And the said Peter disallowitt all thingis instantly 
concludit on at this present conventioun, protesting na thing done thairatt 
preiuge the said burgh of Dondy, other in thair priorite of place granted 
to thame in the last parliament, or vtherwayis ; and the said commis- 
sioner of Perth anserand to the said decreitt and all(^eances maid thair- 
upoun in the contrair, etc. 
Norweii,pro- The quhilk day, William Norowell commissioner for the burgh of 
teetatioun. Streveling protested as of befoir thatt thai be nocht preuigitt in thair 
second place nixtt Edinburgh, nochtwithstanding the protestationis foir- 
saidis, and Linlithqu in the thrid, and Laneark in the fourtt, eta 
Suapensioun The commissioueris foirsaidis suspendis all executioun of the act maid 
acttT^^^""* at this conventioun concerning the Conservatour, and the vplifting of sax 
stures alanerlie, as in the samyn att lenth is contenit, to the parliamentt 
nixt, for dew and resonabill consideration is moving thame thairto, etc. 
Charges cub- The samyu day, ordanis the commissioneris appoynted to the hering of 
freS^' ^°" the custome comptes in October nixtt to charge the customer of Dum- 
freis to be in Edinburgh vpon the xviij day thairof, to mak his comptes 
thairof, and thatt he bring than with his custome stamp or seill, and to 
be dischargitt of his office from the fii-st day of the said October, and 
that the provest baillies and counsall at the said xviij day presentt, pre- 
sent to the saidis burrowis twa sufficient and qualefeitt personis to be 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 197 

customer and comptroller fra the said first day of October nixt vnto the 
first day of October nixt thairefber, conforme to the ordour. 

The samyn day, dispensis with the burgh of Wigtoun for the space of ^^|^*^°^ 
tvva zeiris nixt frome keping of assemblies, they sending with the burgh 
nixt adiacent thairto thair autentik missive approving all thingis to be 
concludit on be the remanentt burrowis convenand in the menetyme, and 
thatt vnder the pain of xxli. sa oft as they failze. 

It is alsua statute and ordainit that gif it salhappin ony tovne to be statute vnfrie 
erected in ane frie burgh within the boundis, limitis, and libertie of ane ^^ 
vther frie burgh, the haill burrowis sail interpone thair poweris in con- 
trair thairof 

The samyn day, ordanis Ihonn Guthre, coUectour of the vnlawis, to^^^^J^*^^^ 
delyuer to Androw Kar and Nicoll Thovnis, ckrkis of Linlithqu, ane vnlaw LinUthqu. 
of twenty li. for thair paynis and travellis tane in this thair conventioun, 
and the samyn salbe allowit in his comptes. 

The quhilk day, the commissioun of burrowis, vpoun the com- ^^!^ ^^ 
playntis gevin in befoir thame be the burrowis efter following, ordanis i)ianiti8 oon- 
the samyn to be rememberett and gevin in in ai-ticlis to the nixtt parlia- pariiamentt 
mentt, viz., anentis supportt cravitt for reparing of the dekyitt harberres 
and biiggis of Cmill, Renfrow, Kirkcaldy, Peiblis ; and siclyke, it may be 
impetratt thesaid nixtt pariiamentt that nafrie barroun, in na pairttoutwith 
ane frie burgh, have within ane barronyonyma nor ane of euery craft, accord- 
ing to the auld lawis of the realme past thairupoun, and that a commission of 
iusticiary may be gevin to the magistratis of the heid burgh of ilk schyre to 
call and convene the contravenars thairof, and anentt remeid to be cravit of 
the new exactionis raisitt in Ingland vpon Scotis merchantis resorting thair, 
as alsua the supplicatioun of Dauid Home, and ane articule aganis Kirk- 
cudbrycht and Quhithorn, for ressait of piiutis, and anent ane merkatt of 
quheitt, beir, aitis and vther wictuall to be cravitt to be in Linlithqu as 
the heid burgh of the schire, and anentis Orknay and Schyteland, for the 
wrangis done thair. 

The samyn day, the Commissi oneris foirsaidis desoluis this thair con- Desoluing con- 
ventioun, and appoyntis the nixt generall assemblie to be haldin at 
Hadingtoun the alevint day of Julij nixt in anno 1585, and ordanis the 
said burgh to remember the haill burrowis be making of thame dew ad- 
uerteismentt be thair missives, to keep the said conuentioun vnder the 
paynis contenit in thair actis. 



198 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Henry Nisbett for Edinburgh. Thomas Lauder. 

Alex' Oisteane be Ihoun W°^ NorwelL 

Guthrie Clark. I. Guthre. lohne Forrest 

Dionis Conquerour. Archibald Hegait 

George Cochrane. William Bowsy. 

Archibald Tilzefeir. lames Douglas. 

Patrik Dykson. lohnne Corsaw commissioner for 

Robert Lauder for Dumber. Pettinwem. 

Gawin Wilkin for Selkerk. Robertt Livingstoun for Lanerke. 

lohne Layng commissioner for lohnef Kay for Moutros. 

Jedburch. A. Broun for Kingorna 

lames Hackat for Dysert Ihone Hackat for Kyrkcaldy. 

Thomas Mychell for Innerkethin. 
Alexander Kaa, William Meiklihonn for Dumfermling, Henry Fynne- 

soun for Renfrow, Symon Ihounstoun for Dunfreis, with our handis 
, at the pen led be the notaris vnderwrittin at oure commandis because 

we can nocht wryte ourselues, eta 

Ita est loahnes Guthre notarius de mandatis dictorum personarum 
scribere nescientes ut asseruerunt teste meis signo et subscriptione 
manualibus. I. Guthre. 

Ita est Andreas Ker co-notarius testis in premissis subscripsi et 
signam. A. Ker. 



Conventioun of the Burrowis of this realme^ haldin at Had- 
ingtoun vpoun the xij and xiij dayis of lulij 1585, he 
the Commissioner is efter folloiving, quha producit thair 
commissionis^ pairtlie vnder the svhscriptionis of thair 
commoun clarkis of thair hurghis, and vther pairtt 
vnder thair seillis as followis^ etc. : 

Hadingtoun. Edinburgh, Henry Nesbett baillie, George Hereott goldsmytli, counsal- 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 199 

lour ; Linlithqu, Andrew Kar, dark ; Hadingtoun, Ihoun Wilsoun, Alex- 
ander Symsoun, dark ; Irrowing, Thomas Harvy, baillie ; Craill, Dauid 
Meldrum, baillie, William Bowsy ; Dumbar, Ihoun Kelly zongar, Ihoun 
Acheson ; Lawder, Alexander Home ; Northbervik, Thom&s Lawder. 



Apud Hadingtoun xiij^ lulij 1585. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis abouewritten being 
convenit for resoning thair commoun efFaires, Fyndis the burrowis of 
Stirveling, Laneark, Dondy, Perth, Ruthuglen, Air, Dumbartan, Wigtoun, 
Dunfreis, Kirkcudbrycht, Quhitliorn, Renfrow, Cowper, Sanctandrois, 
Pettinweme, Kingom, Kirkcaldy, Dysart, Innerkething, Dumfermling, 
Peiblis, ledburgh, Elgyne, Innemes, Abirdene, Forres, Glasqu, Selkirk, 
Forfar, Breichan, and Montros, euery ane of thame to have incurritt the 
payne and vnlaw of tuenty 11 for thair non comperance to this present 
conventioun, being lawfully citat thairto be Alexander Symson dark of 
the said burgh of Hadingt<:»un and vtheris mentionat in the diligence 
producit, and verefeit befoir thame this day thairupon; to the coUectioun 
and ingathering quhairof, as alsua of the vnlawis of the absentis frome 
the last generall conventioun at Linlithqu, as of befoir appoyntis Ihonn 
Guthre thair dark collectour, and be the aduyse of William Makcartney 
and Androw Mekill, quhome they ordane to caus rais lettres of homing, 
and, conforme to the said act maid at the said burgh of Linlithqu in all 
poyntis, to cawse execute the samyn but favouris ; off the reddiest and 
first quhairof they ordane the said Ihonn to satefie him selff of his zeiris 
fie of ane hundreth pundis, and to delyuer to the saidis William Makcart- 
ney and Androw Mekill euery ane of thame tuenty li. for thair paynis 
and travellis tane in ingathering of the saidis vnlawis, vpoun prouisioun 
alwayis thatt they produce befoir the commissioneris of burrowis to be 
conuenit at thair nixt generall conuentioun, quhaireuer it salhappin the 
samyn to be haldin, sufficient diligence [of the] ingathering thairof, and 
the expenssis necessarjlie to be de]bursit be thame thairfoir to be allowit 
and dedu[cit to the] saidis lohnn Guthre, William Makcartney, and 
Androw Mekill, quha bindis and oblissis thame to mak iust compte 
rekning and payment .to the saidis burrowis at thair said said nixt gene- 



200 Convention of R^j^iJ BarjJ'S 

ran eonoention of the snperplos of the sudis vnUwis, dedoeuid and 
allowaiid to thame as said t& 

The samyii daj, the commi&^ioneri^ foiisai«iisL in respect of thair small 
nomher presentlie conoenit, qohairby th^ can n«jcLt gndelie determine, 
resotin, or conclude vpon sic niateris as thair coQoeati-.*an was arr*:*ynted 
for, and vtheris ooDcemiDg the estait and weiliAir c»f bam:>wisv d«;s«>Iius 
this thair conaentionn, and in respect of djntrris occasionis craving hai>tie 
lesolatioon and gretumlie tending to the furtherance of thair estait, 
ai^yntis thair nixt connentioun to be haldin at the bar^h of Edinburgh, 
provyding God of his mercy remove this present plaig of pest {rc*m thame, 
and incais Ttherwajis, at StriTeling Tpi>an the fii^ of Nonembo- nixtt, 
and that the magis-tratis of the said bongh of Edinborjfa direct thair mis- 
sives to the saidis borrowis to thatt effect as thev will ansner vpoon thair 
diligence, and as they tender the weiliair of the said estait of bunovia. 
Henry Nisbett bailie Daoid Meldrom. 

Geoirge HeireoL William Bowsy. 

Andro Ker for Linlithqa. Thomas Harry o^mmissioner for 

lohne Kelly. Irrowing and Alexander Home 

lohne WilL<on. commissi* »ner for Lawder with 

Thomas Lander. ouie handis sntiecryuit be loknn 

A. Symsone. Guthre dark. ' L Guthie. 



Conventtoun of Burrowis hahJin at Linlithqu in the Parlia- 
ment to be haldin thairatt the firsts SiOJndj thrid^ fourt, 
and dayis of December 1585, quhairto convenitt 

the Commissioneris of Burroicis efier following, etc.: — 

Linfithqv. EdinboTgh, Nioon Tdwartt. dene of gild, Michaell Gilbertt» goldsmyth, 

coansallour.Maister Alexander Guthre, principall dark; Perth, James Dnim> 
mond; Dondie, William Rollok, Alexander Wedderbam ; Streveling, Anthoyne 
Bnioe, Ihonn Mnschett; Abirdene, Alexander Rutherfurde; Dunfieis, 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 201 

Alexander Maxwell of Newlaw, provest, Maister Homer Maxwell, and 
Harbert Ranyng, twa of the baillies thairof, lames Rig, thair conburges ; 
Hadingtoun, lames Cokburn, William Broun, thesaurer; Craill, Ihonn 
Douglas, William Bowsy ; Montros, lohnn Wilsoun ; Pettinweme, Ihonn 
Corsaw; Lawder, Charles Murray; Innerkething, William Blaikburn, 
Mathow Greg, baillies ; Linlithqu, Ihonn Forrest, provest, Androw 
Kar, etc. 

Primo Decembris 1585. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis abouewrittin being Emouth, Res- 
convenit etc. Comperit Alexander Wilkeson and William Broun induellaris ^Jtomie!^ 
in Emouth, quha for thame selues and in name of the haill inhabitantia 
oif the said tovne, producitt ane decreitt obtenit be thame and the remsr 
nent personis mentionat thairintill agania Alexander Home of Manders- 
toun vplifting for the time ane vnresonabill vnaccustomed and extraordinar 
dewtie vpoun the wictuall and vtheris wairis transportitt fra the said 
tovne and portt and hawin thairof, as the samyn decreitt, of the daitt at 
Halyrudehous the xvij day of Merche 1581 zeris, vnder the subscriptioun 
of lohnn Androw dark to the Secreitt Counsall proportis, craving thairby 
the concurrance and mutuall assistance of the saidis commissioneris to 
have ane certan pretenditt gift of the saidis dewties granted to the Laird 
of Restalrig in September last annuUit and destroyitt, in respect of thair 
said decreitt, as alsua thatt the vplifting of the saidis dewties grantit to 
the said Laird of Restalrig is nocht onlie heirschip to thame, bott alsua 
ane preparative to extortioun all oure Souverane Lordis liegis transporting 
wictuallis and vtheris wairis fm the said portt and hawin of Emouth, 
Quhairvnto the saidis commissioneris, willing, according to the saidis com* 
plenaris desyris, remeid suld be found out, hes concludit the saidis com- 
plenaris sail mene be supplicatioun to the Lordis of Parliament heirof, 
and they for thair pairtis sail fortefie and assist thame safar as accordis of 
ressoun, but preiudice of thair firiedomes and liberties. 

The samyn day, it being cum to the knawlege of the saidis commis- B°un^^l^d"* 
sioneris thatt certan the inhabitantis of the vnfrie tovne of Bruntiland, 
sic as Dauid Clark, Ihonn Claiphan, Hary Loche, Dauid Dury, and 

, inhabitantis of the samyn, war of mynde in this present 

2c 



200 Convention of Royal Burghs, 

rail conuention of the superplus of the saidis vnlawis, deducand and 
allowand to thame as said ia 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, in respect of thair small 
nomber presentlie eonuenit, quhairby they can nocht gudelie determine, 
resoun, or conclude ^-pon sic niateris as thair conuentioun was appoynted 
for, and vtheris concerning the estait and weiJfair of burrowis, dL^snlius 
tliis thair conuentioun, and in respect of dyueris occasionis craving haistie 
resolutioun and gretumlie tending to the furtherance of thair estait, 
appoyntis thair nixt conuentioun to be haldin at the burgh of Edinburgh, 
provyding God of his mercy remove this present plaig of pest from thame, 
and incais vtherwayis, at Striveling vpoun the first of Nouember nixtt, 
and that the niagistratis of the said burgh of Edinburgh direct thair mis- 
sives to the saidis burrowis to thatt effect as they will ansuer vpoun thair 
diligence, and as they tender the weilfair of the said estait of burrowis. 
Henry Nisbett bailie. Dauid Meldrum. 

Geoirge Heireot. William Bowsy. 

Andro Ker for Linlithqu. Thomas Harvj'^ commissioner for 

lohne Kelly. Irrowing and Alexander Home 

lohne Willson. commissioner for Lawder with 

Thomas Lauder. oure handis subscryuit be lohnn 

A. Symsone. Guthre dark. • L Guthre. 



Conventioun of Burrowis haldin at Linlithqu in the Parlia- 
ment to he haldin thairatt the firsts second^ thrid^ fourt, 
and dayis of December 1585, quhairto convenitt 

the Commissioners of Burrotvis efter following^ etc. : — 

Edinburgh, NicoU Vdwartt, dene of gild, Michaell Gilbertt, goldsmyth, 
counsallour,MaisterAJexanderGuthre, principall dark ; Perth, James Drum- 
mond; Dondie, William RoUok, Alexander Wedderbum ; Streveling, Anthoyne 
Bruce, Ihonn Muschett; Abirdene, Alexander Rutherfurde; Dunfreis, 



Com^ention of Boy a/ Burghs. 201 

Alexander Maxwell of Newlaw, provest, Maister Homer Maxwell, and 
Harbcrt Ranyng, twa of the baillies thairof, lames Rig, thair couburges ; 
Haclingtoun, lames Cokburn, William Broun, thasaurer; Craill, Ihonn 
Douglas, William Bowsy ; Montros, lobnn Wilsoun ; Pettinweme, Ihonn 
Corsaw ; Lawder, Charles Murray ; Innerkething, William Blaikburn, 
Mathow Greg, baillies ; linlithqu, Ihonn Forrest, provest, Androw 
Kar, etc. 

Primo Decembris 1585. 

The QUHILK day, the commissioneris of burrowis abouewrittin being Emouth, Res- 
convenit etc. Comperit Alexander Wilkeson and William Broun induellaris ^^JomSu^ 
in Emouth, quha for thame selues and in name of the haill inhabitantis 
of the said tovne, producitt ane decreitt obtenit be thame and the remsr 
nent personis mentionat thairintill aganis Alexander Home of Manders- 
toun vplifbing for the time ane vnresonabill vnaccustomed and extraordinar 
dewtie vpoun the wictuall and vtheris wairis transportitt fra the said 
tovne and portt and hawin thairof, as the samyn decreitt, of the daitt at 
Halyrudehous the xvij day of Merche 1581 zeris, vnder the subscriptioun 
of lohnn Androw dark to the Secreitt Counsall proportis, craving thairby 
the concurrance and mutuall assistance of the saidis commissioneris to 
have ane certan pretenditt gift of the saidis dewties granted to the Laird 
of Restalrig in September last annullit and destroyitt, in respect of thair 
said decreitt, as alsua thatt the vplifting of the saidis dewties grantit to 
the said Laird of Restalrig is nocht onlie heirschip to thame, bott alsua 
ane preparative to extortioun all oure Souverane Lordis liegis traasporting 
wictuallis and vtheris wairis fi*a the said portt and hawin of Emouth, 
Quhairvnto the saidis commissioneris, willing, according to the saidis com* 
plenaris desyris, remeid suld be found out, hes concludit the saidis com- 
plenaris sail mene be supplicatioun to the Lordis of Parliament heirof, 
and they for thair pairtis sail fortefie and assist thame safar as accordis of 
ressoun, but preiudice of thair ifriedomes and liberties. 

The samyn day, it being cum to the knawlege of the saidis commis- jj^n^^^i^d"* 
sioneris thatt certan the inhabitantis of the vnfrie tovne of Bruntiland, 
sic as Dauid Clark, Ihonn Claiphan, Hary Loche, Dauid Dury, and 

, inhabitantis of the samyn, war of mynde in this present 

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202 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

parliament to have thair said tovne, vpoun ane pretenditt gift obtenit be 
thame of laitt, erectitt in ane frie burgh, quhilk will be very preiudiciall 
to the haill frie burrowis of this reahne, and in speciall to the burghis 
and tovnis of Innerkething, Dumfermeling, Kirkcaldy, within quhaia 
boundis and iurisdictionis the said tovne of Bruntiland is, Ordanis the 
commissioneris of the burgh of Edinburgh, with all diligence possibill, to 
direct to the said burgh of Innerkething ane missive to be subscryvit be 
lohnn Guthre thair dark in thair names, desyring thairby the said burgh 
to send thair commissioneris fullie instructed to this present convention 
and parliament, and thair evidentis and vther rychtis to be brochtt with 
thame, for impeding of the said tovne of Bruntilandis pretenditt erectioun 
in ane frie burgh ; to the ansuer of the quhilk missive they continew 
forther resoning heirintill, etc. 



Secundo Decembris 1585. 

stpeveiing, The QUHlTiK DAY, the commissioneris foirsaidis anentt the supplicatioun 

^^ gevin in befoir thame be the commissioneris of the burgh of Striveling, 
craving assistance, and that on thair supplicatioun to the Eingis Maiestie 
and thre Estaittis of this presentt parliament the greitt wrak and slauch- 
ter the samyn hes in tymes bypast sustenitt mychtt be lamentitt, and 
thairunto help and supportt cravitt, thatt they mychtt in a pairtt be 
recompansitt of thair said hurtt, ar content to assist for thair pairtis 
herintUl, provyding, incais vpoun the pro[>ositioun heirof ony taxatioun 
for supportt of the said burgh be granted be the Kingis Maiestie and bis 
Hienes Estaitis, the burrowis be nawajris burdenit for thair pairttis 
thairof, bot frielie exemitt thairfra, and for thair better assurance thatt 
the saidis commissioneris of Striveling, proponaris heirof, sail immediatlie 
efler the grant to the saidis taxatioun geve to the saidis burrowis ane 
sufficient discharge of thair pairttis thairof, and warrandice of thame 
thairfra, sua thatt they be thair granting thairto sail nochtt be astricted 
to pay thair saidis pairtis of the samyn, and for thair releif incais ony 
forther inconvenient follow thairvpoun. 



Convention of Boyol Burghs. 203 



Tertio Decembris 1585. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis being convenit for c^S'^^tn? 
resoning vpoun thair commoun effaires, Comperitt William Blaikbum BrunUiand. 
and Mathow Greg commissioneris for the burgh of Innerkethiug, and truSS-r °*" 
producitt ane charter maid to thair predecessouris in the nyntt zeir of 
King Robertt, quhairby they war infeft in all the boundis Ubertie and 
iurisdictioun within the boundis frome Dovane to Levinsmouth, with als 
ample previlege as ony frie buigh hes or ar infeft within the boundis of 
the iurisdictionis of thair frie burrowis, and siclyke producitt ane decreitt 
of oure Souerane Lordis Se&sioun vnder the quarter seill aganis the burgh 
of Dysartt vplifbing customes within the boundis foirsaidis, and thairfoir 
desyritt the saidis burrowis concurrance and assistance in thair defence 
aganis the vnfrie tovne of Bruntiland, of lang vsurping thair previl^s, 
and now of mynde to have in this presentt parliament thair said tovne 
erected in ane frie burgh, to the greitt preiudice and vtter wrak of the 
said burgh of Innerkething, except remeid war found, quhilkis charter 
and decreitt being oppinlie red befoir thame, and thairby respecting the 
said burgh of Innerkethingis richtt to obiect aganis the said tovne in 
the admissioun thairof in ane firie burgh, As alsua it being menitt to the 
saidis burrowis be Ihonn Douglas commissioner for Craill, thatt thair 
was ane pretendit gift impetratt be the Laird of Anstruther and 
inhabitantis of the vnfrie tovnis of Anstrather and Kilrany, to haif 
the saidis tovnis in this present parliament erectitt in firie burrowis, 
nochtwithstanding the samyn ar subiect to the iurisdictioun of the said 
burgh of Craill, and is within the boundis of the samyn, and that be 
the saidis vnfrie tovnis admissioun greitt preiudice is to follow to the 
said burgh of Crail, except remeid war found and cravitt presently be the 
haill burrowis : Fyndis and concludis that generall approbatioun of the 
haill liberties of burrowis in this presentt parliament be had and obtenit, 
and ane act of parliament maid thairupoun, with this additioun, thatt all 
previe wrytingis and giftis purchest heirtofoir in preiudice of the saidis 
burrowis salbe maid null and of na effect, and heirefter nane sic to be 
granted to ony maner ourlord or vtheiis personis quhatsumever outwith 
parliament, and special consent of the thre Estaitis had [and] obtenit 



204 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Duufreis, cus- 
tomes. 



Pittiuwonie, 
p\kking of 
tischo. 



thairunto, and the burrowis aduerteist thairof, to the effect they may be 
hard to obiect aganis ony sic to be purchest, according to the ancient 
lawis of this realme, thair richtis and actis of parliament, maid anent the 
apreving of thair previlegis, as ane of the thre Estaitis of this realme. 

The same day etc., anent the article and petitioun proponit be the 
saidis commissioneris of Dunfreis, thairby makand mentioun thatt thair 
said tovne was and is gretumlie preiugitt in thair liberties and previlegis, 
insafar as lames Geddes, being ane stranger and gentilman of the cuntrie, 
hes bene in tymes bypast preferrit to the said tovne anent the tak of the 
Kingis Alaiesties customes of the said burgh, quhairvnto the saidis bur- 
rowis ar takismen, quhilk is conti-air to all gude resoun, and thairfoir the 
saidis commissioneris of Dunfreis desyritt the commissioneris of burrowis 
presentlie convenit to this present parliament to mak thame richtt and 
titill of thair saidis customes, lykeas the rest of the burrowis hes alrady 
obtenit the samyn, ather to be vnder compte thairof, or vtherwayis vpoun 
ane speciall sovme. Quhilk article the commissioneris foirsaidis hes found 
resonabill, alwayis continewing all farther resoning thairintill quhill thair 
nixt generall conuentioun, in respect they ar nocht now cum presentlie 
instructed nor hes brochtt with thame commissioun to determine thairin- 
till, bot alanerlie ar cum and convenitt to entreitt vpoun the effidres of 
parliament ; and hes ordanit thatt the commissioneris of Dunfreis be pre- 
sent at the said nixt generall conventioun to propone the said article, 
quhen as they salbe preferrit to the said lames Geddes or ony vther 
extranear in thair richtt and tittill to the saidis customes to be maid to 
thame in ample forme, they payand thairfoii' at the sichtt and discretioun 
of the saidLs burrowis, as best may accord to the proffeit of the samyn, 
and thatt they salbe preferrit to ony vtheris in the bruking and posses- 
sioun thairof, vpoun the conditionis aboue expremit, quhairvpoun the 
saidis commissioneris of Dunfreis askitt instrumentis, etc. 

The samyn day etc., fyndis thatt be speciall article, it salbe proponit 
in parliamentt in thair names quhow the act of parliament laitUe maid 
and publeschitt at the mercatt croce of Edinburgh and vther places neid- 
full, anent the pakking and peilling of herring, quhyte fische, and vther 
Rsches mentionatt thairintill, slayne be the inhabitantis on aither sydis of 
the watter of Forth, quhairby it is expresslie provyditt thatt all the saidis 
fisches be brochtt to the portis of Leith and Craill alanerlie, thair to be 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 205 

gr-aithitt and handlitt in maner as is contenit in the said act, is very 
l)reiudiciall and hui-tfuU to the remanent frie burrowis and sea portis on 
aither sydis of the said watter of Forth, and that thairfoir the said act 
may he reformit in this maner viz., that it salbe lesum to bring the saidis 
fisches to ony of the saidis frie portis alsweill as to ony of the saidis 
portis of Leith or Craill, nochtwithstanding the said act of parliament 
maid of befoir, dispensand thairwith for ever, be ane new act to be maid 
in the contrair ; quhairvpoun Ihonn Corsaw, commissioner for the burgh 
of Pettinweme, askitt instruments etc. 

The samyn day, the commissi oneris of the burrowis foirsaidis dispensis Burrowia de- 
with all the burrowis nochtt chosin to be Lordis of Articles in this pre- w^SS^^" 
sentt parliament, and gevis thame licence to depairtt hame to thair bur- °®™8 ®*<^ 
rowis, and the saidis burrowis licenciat to pas hame gevis full commis- 
si oun to the saidis [commissioneris] of burrowis presentlie to be chosin to 
be Lordis of Articles for the haill burrowis [to] appoynt ane day of gene- 
rall conventioun of burrowis, quhilk, vpoun the aduerteisment of the 
burgh quhair the samyn salbe appoynted to be haldin, they obleis thame 
be thair commissioneris fullie instructed to cawse be kepitt, Batefeand 
presentlie for thame and thair saidis burrowis all and sindry the actis 
preceding presentlie maid, as alsua aU and quhatsuever thingis the saidis 
Lordis Articles of Burrowis sail in this presentt parliament consent vnto 
concerning thair weilfair. 



Decimo die Decembris 1585. 

The quhilk day the commissioneris of burrowis vnder subscryueand, Desoiuiug 
aprovand the actis abouewrittin, apoyntis thair nixt conventioun to be 
haldin at Couper in Fyfe the first day of Maij nixttocum, and gif ony 
])arliament sail intervene in the menetyme, in that cais to convene at the 
]ihce of the said parliament foure dayis before to intreat vpoun the mater 
of the Kingis Maiesties customes, for reformying of the abuses in parlia- 
ment contrair the weill, honour, and dignitie of the estait of burrowis, the 
payment of lohne Guthreis stipend, anent the reknyng of the burrowis in 
thair avvin places, and generaly vpoun all vther heidis concernyng thair 
estait, and the burgh of the conventioun at the said day or of the parlia- 



206 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

ment quhilk may intervene to mak lauchfull aduerteisment to the re- 
manent burrowis of the premissis, and the toun of Edinburgh or lohn 
Guthre to intimet this present act to the said burgh of Couper, or of the 
parliament, quhair it salbe haldin. Et sic aubscribUur. 

Nicolas Vduart. + the merk of Anthone Brace 

Miehaell Gilbert. for Striveling. 

Alex. Wedderburne for Dundie. lohne Douglas for CndlL 

Alex'" Rutherfurde for Abirdena lohne Forrest provest of Lin- 
lohne Corsaw commissioner for lithqu, etc. 

Pettinveme. 



Convention of the Burrowis haldin at the Burgh of Cowpar 
vpoun the secound^ thrid, fourt and fyft day is of Maij 
the zeir of God /"* F*" four scoir sax zeirs^ Quhairvnto 
convenit the Commissioneris of the Burrouris efter follow- 
ing^ and produdtt thair commissionis to the samyn^ 
etc. 

Cowper. Edinburgh, Henry Charteris, Ihonn Robertsoun, Edward Galbraith, 

and Patrik Sandelandis ; Perth, Oliver Peiblis ; Dondie, Alexander 
Scrymgeour, Alexander Wedderbum ; Streveling, Williame Norowell ; 
Abirdene, George Gordoun ; Air, Dauid Crawfurde ; Linlithqu, Andrew 
Kar ; Cowpar, Schir Dauid Lyndesay lyoun herald, lames Andersoun ; 
Sanctandrois, Henry Lawmonth, Maister Dauid Russell ; Glasqu, Robertt 
Boyde ; Hadingtoun, James Cokburn ; Dumbartan, Robertt Watson ; 
Irrowyne, Ihonn Peiblis ; Renfrew, Ihonn Houstoun ; Elgyne, lames 
Douglas ; Craill, William Bowsy, Ihonn Ramsay ; Dunfermeling, William 
Mekilihonn ; Dumbar, Robertt Cragy; Montrois, lames Guthre ; Breichan, 
Ihonn Ramsay ; Forfar, William Thomsoun ; Laneark, Ihonn Ballenden ; 
Selkirk, George Haly wall ; Lawder, Alexander Home ; Disartt, Archibald 
Meluile; Kirkcaldy, Alexander Dalzell; Kingome, William Cunnyng- 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 207 

liame, Andrew Broun ; Innerkething, George Duiy ; Pettinweme, Thomas 
Kingzow, baillie ; Dumfreis, Harbertt Ranyng ; Thayne, Fynlaw Man- 
sioun, quha askitt instrumentis vpoun the productioun of his commissioun 
and admissioun thairof; Culane, Maister William Lesly ; Forres, Thomas 
Urqubart ; Name, the said Thomas Vrquhartt J^e commissioun ; North- 
Berwick, Kobertt Olevar. 



Apud Cowpar tercio Maij 1586. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis vnderstanding CommiBnionn 

thair tak of the Kingis Maiestis custoraes of this realme, quhairvnto they uk of the 

are takismen, to expyre vpoun the first of October nixtt, quhairby the ^^^ andTto 

occasionis quhairfoir the samyn war of first tane of his Hienes (ar exceptt f?'**^ '^"2!Ttt 

remeid be found) to ensew, and the saidis burrowis apperandlie to incur roll, etc 

and sustene the danger thairof, to the greitt preiudice of thair haiU 

astaitt ; efler lang resonyng, quhairvpoun, and for avoyding and eschewing 

the samyn, all in ane voce for thame selues thair saidis burrowis, and in 

name and behalf of the burrowis absentt, coneludis thatt the four burrowis, 

souerties for the payment to the Kingis Maiestie of the dew ties mentionatt 

in the tak maid to thame be his Bienes with aduyse of his Secreit Counsall 

of the saidis customis sail, in thair names and behalf, betuix and the said 

fii-st day of October nixtt, sute of his Maiestie and his Graces Secreitt 

Counsall ane new tak of the saidis customes in sic maner as they best sail 

think agreable to the weilfair of thair said estaitt of burrowis, provyding 

they exceid nocht the dewties in the auld tak, Qeving to the saidis four 

burrowis thair full power and commissioun to thatt effect, promesand 

ferme and stabill etc., vpoun the conditiouns alwayis following, and na 

vther wayis, viz Incais of the grantt of the said tak, thatt the taxatioun 

quliilk salhappin to be impositt vpoun thair haill nomber of frie burrowis 

for payment of the inlaik of the principall sovme zeirlie to be payitt, and 

of the prices of the wynis to be promeist to his Hienes thairfoir, be sett 

vpoun euery burgh according to the tred of merchandise vsitt within the 

same be the inhabitantis thairof alanerlie ; for making of ane taxtt roll 

quhairof, gevis full power and commissioun to the burrowis of Edinburgh, 

quha salhave twa voitis, Perth, Dondy, Abirdene, Air, Striveling, lin- 



208 Omvention of Rofjal Burghs. 

litbqu, Cowpar, Hadingtoun, Elgyne, and Breichan, be thair cominis- 

sioneris fuUie instructed to convene at the said burgh of Edinburgh vpouii 

the last day of October nixtt, but forther citatioun or vaming to be maid 

to thame to the effect foirsaid, vnder the pajTie and vnlaw of twenty li. 

to be vplifted of every burgh of the said alevin burrowis nochtt con- 

venand the said day and place, but favouris. The commissioneris heir 

presentt for thame selues and thair saidis burrowis accepted in and vpon 

thame the burding of the premissis aboue expremitt, and the saidis haill 

burrowis aboue rehersit pi'omiseruiU de rato, etc, 

hocM^^' The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis vnder- 

rowi» to gere standing be certan burrowis sentt for be the Kingis Maiestie in Apryle 

Kingis Mai- last thatt they had promeist vpoun the saxtt of Maij instantt to repoirtt 

Me^embosM^ vnto his Hieucs thair ansuer to his sute, craving of thame to funieis the 

dourto Den- expcussis of ane embassadour to be sentt be his Hienes to the pairtis 

of Denmark with ansuer to the king thairof to sic heidis as be his em- 

bassadour in Julij last was proponit to his Maiestie and Estaitis in Sanct- 

androis, Concludis thatt the haill commissioneris of burrowis be south 

Forth now conuenit, together with the commissioneris of Perth, Dondy, 

and Abirdene sail, befoir thair hame passing to thair burrowis, pas vnto 

the Kingis Maiestie quhair his Hienes is, and lament vnto his Grace the 

greitt poverty of thair estaitt, nochtwithstand quhairof thatt they salbe 

rady according to thair habilitie to contribute with the remanentt estaitis 

aboue writtin for thair pairtis, quhow sone his Maiestie raisitt ane taxa- 

tioun to thatt effect ; gevand the saidis burrowis to be sent thair full 

power heirto, promitte^iclo de txiio etc, 

Thatt euery The samyn day, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis, efker the 

presentt aduer- hcring of Robert Gourlay general! collectouris comptes of his intromissioun 

mOTis^to^^mak** ^^^ ^^^ Kingis customcs, finding thame superexpenditt thairof be the 

payinentt of nochtt making of certan customeris comptes and paymentt to the said 

cuBtomes, etc. collcctour of thair intromissioun with the saidis customes of the zeris past, 

Ordanis euery particular commissioner of the burrowis now conuenit to 

aduerteis thair nichtbouris and customeris, betuixt and the last day of 

this instant moneth of Maij, to cum to the said burgh of Edinburgh and 

mak compte, i*ekning, and payment of thair saidis bygane intromissioun 

to the foirnamit coUectour, with certificatioun to thame thatt failzeis, the 

said day being bypast, the lettres of horning alrady pbtenit aganis thame 



Conventmi of Boy al Burghs. 209 

salbe execute but delay or favour, and ordanis the said Robert Gourlay, 
collectour, to cawse execute the samyn aganis the contravenaris heirof, and 
tlie expenssis to be maid be him thairupoun salbe allowit to him in his 
comptcs. 

The commissioneris foirsaidis gevis full povrar and commissioun to ihonn Robort- 
Ihonn Robertsoun, ane of the commissioneris of the burgh of Edinburgh, customeris 
to resave tlie aitliis of all the customeris of Abirdene sen the sett of thair tjMsetl 
tak of the Kingis Maiesties customes, gif thair comptis sentt to the gene- 
rail collectour be trewlie vpgevin, and nathing omittitt be thame induring 
thair offices, quhairof they mycht haif aduantagit the burrowis takismen 
thairof, according to vse vsitt to the remanent customeris befoir the her- 
ing of thair comptis. 

The samyn day, efber lang resoning vpoun thatt heid of the missive Actforcouyen- 
sentt to thame to convene at the said burgh of Cowpar, concerning the Smentls aSd^' 
abusis in Parliamentt be the nochtt conuening and resoning vpoun sic ^^'^^"^^onis 
heidis as they ar commounlie sentt for to entreitt thairatt befoir the 
entering with the Kingis Maiestie and hLs Hienes Estaitis in conference 
and conclusioun thairof. For remeid of the samyn hes statute and ordanitt, 
thatt in all tymes cuming ilk burgh send to euery genemll conuentioun 
of the nohilitie , or parliamentt, being vaimitt be the Kingis Maiesties 
missives or vtherwayis, thair commissioneris fullie instructed tfaairto, 
quha sail convene att sic place as the samyn salbe appoynted to be haldin 
att, tvva dayis befoir ilk conventioun, and thatt the magistratis of thatt 
burgh quhair the conventioun or parliamentt salhappin to be, convene 
the commissioneris of burrowis sentt thairto att ane certan place to be 
appoynted be thame daylie induring thair remaning thair, as occasioun 
sail serue, quhair they sail resoun, entreitt, and conclude be thame selues, 
befoir thair inpassing to the saidis conuentionis or parliamentis, vpoun sic 
thingis as salbe proponit to thame to determine or resave knawlege of to 
be entreittit thairatt, to the effectt thatt efter dew resolutioun had 
thairof, thair voitis be nochtt different or disaggreand as heirtofoir, bott 
sua vniforrae and aggreand all in ane, as, butt discrepance and diuisionLs, 
the samyn may accord with resoun. And becaus sic difference of 
opinionis in tymes past hes bene be the sending be saidis burrowis of 
this realme of vnskilfull commissioneris altogether nather faurrand nor 
practesitt in the effaircs of the estaitt of burrowis, naither of the rank of 

2 D 



210 Conventioii of Roycd Burghs. 

honest conburgessis, haifing na actuall residence nor trafficque, nor sus- 
tening portabill chargis with the remanentt conburgessis of thatt burgh 
quhairfra they ar direct in commissioun, thairfoir in lykewayis it is 
statute and ordanit thatt euery burgh attempting the lyke in tyme cum- 
ing, and geving commissioun to ony vther nor sic as ar of thair nomber 
and rank, supporting the chargis befoir mentionatt, sail pay to the re- 
manent burrowis ane vnlaw of tuenty pundis sa ofb as they faibde ; as 
alsua thatt the magistratis of thatt burgh quhair the conventioun sal- 
happin to be haldin, nochtt attendand daylie induring the same as occa- 
sioun sail intervene, and assisting the commissioneris than convenand with 
thair societie, best counsall, and fortherance, qiihairby in thair defaultt 
negligence may ensew, sail pay ane payne and vnlaw of fourty pundis 
vnforgevin. . 
Article to bo Item, that ane speciall article be proponit in the nixt parliament or 
IwSament generall conuentioun of the Kingis Maiestie and his Hienes Estaitis be 
burrowis"^ *^* ^^® commissioncris of burrowis to be convenit thairto, to crave redres of 
voitis. the greitt abuse vsitt of laitt be the vther twa Estaitis concluding actis 

thairatt, by the voitt and consentt of the estaitt of burrowis, and they 
afferming the samyn in the narrative of the saidis actis to be vniuersallie 
concludit be the thre Estaitis consentis thairto, as alsua be the denyall be 
the clarkis to the saidis burrowis of thair particular protestationis and 
actis concerning the weilfair of thair said estait ; vpoun the mair perfyte 
forming of the quhilk article they ordane the magistratis of the burgh of 
Edinburgh to aduyse with the maist expertt, thatt the samyn may the 
better to thair fortherance cravitt and obtenit, etc. 
Eanidng bur- The samyn day etc., continewis the ranking of the burrowis to thair 
memberit in^ ^^^ generall conucntioun, quhen or quhair it salhappin the samyn to be 
tUn^*^^"^^^"^" ^PPoy^*^^ ^^ ^® haldin, quhairvnto they ordane ilk commissioner wairnit 
to the keping thairof to cum fullie instructed resolutlie to determine 
heirin, and that the samyn be rememberitt in the missives to be direct 
be the burgh quhair the said conuentioun salbe appoynted to be haldin ; 
and the commissioneris of the burrowis of Abirdene and Perth, dissassent- 
ing to ony submissioun, askitt instrumentis thairupoim. 
Vniawis Had- The samyn day, the commissioneris all in ane voce dischargis simplici- 
cLargitt tcr all cxecutiouu of the lettres raisitt for vplifting of the absentis vniawis 

from the last conventioun at Hadingtoun in respect of the pest than 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 211 

being in djnieiis pairttis of Louthiane quhairby they mycht nocht obserue 
the samjTi, but preiudice alwayis of the actis maid of befoir anentis the 
conuening of burrowis to generall assemblies, and vnlawing of the absent 
burrowis, being lawfully citatt and waimit thairto, be the burgh quhair 
the saniyn salbe appojmted to be haldin. 

The samyn day, continewis the ansuer geving to the petitioun of the Edinburgh xijc 
commissioneris of the burgh of Edinburgh, craving rembursment of the vmquUiii^Lord 
twa thowsand merkis to the outred of Adam Fowllertoun to Ingland, as ^t!SS|fJr 
alsua of vther twa thowsand merkis in thair names debursitt for my 
Lord Setoun embassadouris outred of his schip to France, and of the 
interest payitt be thame zeirlie for the lane thairof, to thair nixtt generall 
conuentioun of burrowis, att quhat tyme resolute ansuer ather negative or 
affirmative, butt forther continuatioun, salbe gevin, and ilk commissioner 
of the burrowis now present to send thair commissioneris fuUie instructed 
to that effectt, and the burgh quhair the next conuentioun is to be haldin 
to remember the samyn in thair missives to be direct to the saidis haiU 
burrowis for keiping thairof, but preiudice of ony thing may be said thatt 
day etc. ^ 

The samyn day, the saidis commissioneris of burrowis being surelie in- Edinburgii to 
formit thatt Maister George Hacquett, conseruatour in Flanderis, hes con- coMenmtou/of 
travenit thair actt and ordinance maid at thair last generall conventioun *^* **^**** *^' 
haldin at Linlithqu, vniuersally, as of befoir, conforme thairto dischargis 
him of ony forther dewty vplifting nor the sax stures mentionat in the 
said actt, and thatt he be sumond be the magistratis of the burgh of Edin- 
burgh, in name of the saidis haill burrowis, vpoun thair resonabill ex- 
penssis, to compeir before thame in the said burgh the last of October 
nixtt, bringand with him his bygane com])tis of his bygane intromissioun 
with the said dewtie of sax stures, with cei-tificatioun and he failzie to 
compeir the said day and place to the effectt abouewritten, the commis- 
sioneris than appoynted to convene to discharge him allanerlie in thair 
haill names fra thyne furth in ony forther vplifting of the samyn, Gevand 
thame thair full power heirto, as alsua to tak ordour with the excyse beir 
and abuse thairof, promesand fenne and stabill etc. 

The samyn day, the greitt abusis of merchantis and vther Scottismen ^'^1^°'^° ^^'J 
resortand to the tovne of Campfer in Zeland, thair ordinar stapill in be rememberitt 
Flanderis, being havelie lanientitt, insafar as they besyde thair vncumlie oonueutioun. 



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Agent contiu- 
ewitt 



Article, Sei^ 
soui'is. 



Edinburgh. 
Clarkis, Cliak- 
ker, Gourlay. 



Edinburgh, 
Abirdoue, Im- 
jxnst, Excyse 
boll. 



tehaviour in thair civill lyfe and outwartt manneiis, contrairthe lawis of 
God and civil] polecie, hes na maner of regard of conscience or relligioun, 
Thairfoir for remeid thairto, condiscendis liailelie thatt with sic diligence, 
as may be possibill ane Scottis kirk be erected in the said tovne, and ano 
minister to be chosin to serue the same vpoun the commoun charges of 
nierchantis and traffecquaris, or vtherwayis as they may spy out the moyen 
thaiifoir, quhilk they continew to thair nixt generall conuentioun ; and to 
thatt effectt ordanis the commissioneris of the burrowis now presentt, to 
cawse send thair commissioneris fullie instructed the tyme abouewrittin, 
to conclude and determine heirin, as alsua that the magistratis of the 
burgh quhair the said nixtt conuentioun of burrowis salbe appoynted to 
be haldin remember the same in thair missives to be sentt, that ilk burgh 
send as said is thair commissioner fullie instructed heirto. 

The samyn day, continewis William Makartney in agent to the haill 
burrowis vnto the last of October nixtt, geving power to the commission- 
eris appoynted to convene at Edinburgh the said day to continew or dis- 
place, promittendo de rato. 

Item, thatt att the nixt generall conuentioun of the Estaitis or parlia- 
ment remeid may be cravitt and obtenitt, be special article to be proponit 
thairatt, vpoun generall sersouris vndescreitlie sersing forbodin gudes, and 
omitting the vpgeving of ane compte thairof, to the greitt preiudice of the 
Ivingis Maiestie, and his Hienes lieges, in all pairtis quhair they resortt. 

The samyn day, etc., gevis full power and commissioun to the magistratis 
of the burgh of Edinburgh to appoynt and aggrie with the Clarkis of the 
Chakker craving thair lies thairof, for the sovme of fourty merkis or les 
for all byganes, and gif they aggre, ordanis Robert Gourlay collectour of 
the customes to ansuer the samyn, quhome they promeis to refond at thair 
nixt hering of his comptia 

The samyn day, the commissioneris of Edinburgh having menit vnto the 
saidis burrowis the vplifling as zitt of the impoist granted to Henry Nes- 
bett, etc., ordanis compte, rekning, and payment thairof to be maid Ihonn 
Robertsoun at his cuming to Abirdene. As coucerning Sanct Nicolas 
mett and the assise boll, ordanis the commissioner of Abirdene to pro- 
duce befoir the commissioneris of burrowis to convene at Edinburgh the 
last of October nixt, quhatt rycht or tittill they have to tak vp the samyn, 
and gevis the saidis burrowis power than to cognosce thairintill, promit- 
tendo de rato. 



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The samyn day, it being menit be the commissioneris of the burgh of Traill, North 
Crdill, quhow, to thair preiudice and greitt hurtt of all treddaris and occu- 
pearis in the north ylis of this realme, thair is greitt extortioun vsitt upoun 
thame be the country men within thais boundis, in thatt thatt within tliir 
nyne or ten zeiris bypast ane boitt of the burding of ten lastis payitt 
alanerlie sax pundis for customes, ankerage, wod lief, ground lief, and all 
vther dewties, quhairas now ane boitt of the lyke burding payis be com- 
pulsioun extraordinaily mair nor fourty li., besydis the reving fra thame of 
thair wictuallis, Concludis tlmtt the said burgh of Craill geve in thair 
supplicatioun to the Kingis Maiestie and his Hienes Secreit Counsall, 
craving remeid heirintill, and that the magistratis of the burgh of Edin- 
burgh, with the remanentt burrowis on the coist syde and vtheris pairttis 
preiugit heirby, concur and fortefie thame to the effect foirsaid. 

The samyn day, anent the complaynt gevin in befoir thame be lames Moiitroi8,char- 
Guthre commissioner for the burgh of Montrois, declaring the inhabitantis ^enti8*«emp^ 
of the said burgh to be previleritt and doted of auld with the immuni- ^o^^^^^mpay- 

X o xncnt cuBiomeS) 

ties, fredomes, and exemptionis from all maner of customes of saltt, salt, etc 

schorlingis, scaldingis, futefallis, lentroun wairis, lambes, toddis, cun- 

ningis, calfis, otteris and foumart skynnis, as in thair said donatioun pre- 

sentlie sene, red, and considerit be thame, at full lenth is contenit, 

quhairvpoun be cravitt the said burrowis attestatioun to the effect thair- 

vpoun, vpoun the productioun of the autentik extract thairof the saidis 

inliabitantis of the said burgh mychtt be exemit, butt productioun of 

thair principall evidentt, from all payment to ony customer of this i^ealme 

of ony customes thairfoir, Quhilk the saidis burrowis fyndis resonabill, 

and ordanit thair dark to geve and delyuer to him, or sic vtheris as had 

ado heirwith, the autentik extract of vpoun thair resonabill expenssis ; 

and ordanis the commissioneris appoynted to convene at the burgh of Liniithqu, 

Edinburgh the last of October nixtt, vpoun the sichtt of the charteris of ^*^*'^^^'>- 

Linlithqu, Iladingtoun, and sic vtheris burrowis having the lyke previ- 

lege, to geve vnto thame the lyke attestatioun, etc. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris of the burrowis foirsaidis, in Forres ex- 
resi)ect of the poverty, of the burgh of Forres, dispensis with thair con- ®™'*'' 
ventioun to generall assemblies and keiping thairof for the space of 
tlire zeris heirefler, exeming the said burgh tfaairfra, sending to all 
vtheris conuentionis thair missive with the burgh ewest vndispensit 



214 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

with autentiklie subscryuit, appreving all quhatsumever thingis salbe 

entreittit thairat as gif they war presentt. 

Lawder, Sei- The samyn day, etc., exemis from generall conuentionis for the space of 

bervik, ex- thre zciis the burghis of Lawder, Selkirk, and Northbervik, provyding 

emitt, etc ^\^Qy j^^^jp jj| conuentionis in Edinburgh, Striveling, Hadingtoun, or 

Peiblis, and forther vpoun the conditionis aboue expreinitt, etc. 
Burrowis toxtt The samyn day, ordanis ane complayntt to be presented to the Kingis 
Maiestie and his Hienes Secreitt Counsall, anent the taxting of burrowis 
be the Clark of Register and vtheris Lordis, to the preiudice of the 
liberties of burrowiH and actis of parliament maid thairanentt etc., and 
be the commissioneris to be conuenit at the burgh of Edinburgh the 
last of October nixt etc. 



Quinto Maij 1586. 

ConUnnatioun The quhilk day, anent the supplicatioun gevin in be lohne Cleipan, 
Stts^theris iJ^dueller in Bnintiland, in name of the inhabitantis thairof, declaring 
Buppiicationis. thamc to be erected in the last parliament haldin at Linlithqu in Decem- 
ber last be the Kingis Maiestie and his Hienes thre Estaitis in ane fre 
burgh regall, and thairfoir to be enrollit with the remanent frie burrowis 
in thair generall taxtt rollis, to sustene all sic resonabill chargis as thai 
may gudelie do with the saidis burrowis eta And in respect the saidis 
commissioneris com nocht fullie instructed to geve resolute ansuer to 
thair said supplicatioun, continewis the samyn, be consent of the said 
lohnn, to thair nixtt generall conuentioun, quhen as with the first they 
sail have resolute ansuer thairto, and ordanit the samyn to be remem- 
berit in the missives to be directt to the saidis burrowis, thatt euery 
particular burgh compeir instructed to thatt effect. And siclyke anentt 
the tovne of Anstrutheris complayntt anentt the Jyke desyir, to be 
rememberit in maner abouwrittin, etc. 
Ordourofwair- The samyn day, statutis and ordanis tliat in all tymes cuming all 
row1s*to con- missivcs quhilk salhappin to be directed be the burgh, quhair the gene- 
ventioms. j^jj conuentioun of burrowis salbe appoynted to be haldin, thatt the 
samyn salbe directed lawfully and in dew tyme to ilk burgh, quhairby 
na ignorance be allegit in the contrair, for the quhilk they ordane the 
said burgh to have ane vnlaw of tuenty li. assignit to thame for thair 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 215 

dew vsing thairof, and incais they be fiind negligent thairintill, tbatt 
the burgh quhairfra the saidis missives ar to be directed sail pay tuenty 
pundis for ilk burgh absentt, incais the samyn beis found to be in thair 
defaltt etc. 

The same day, ordanis all sic buiTOwis as hes vplifted the impoist J^^_^®^ 
appoynted for Henry Nesbettis expenssis making in Flanderis, to bring chwrgitt 
in thair comptes of thair bygane intromissioun thairwith at the last day 
of October nixt to the commissioheris appoynted to convene thairatt in 
Edinburgh, and the comraissioneris of ilk burgh now presentt to mak 
dew aduerteismentt to thair burrowis heirof, and dischargis all maner of 
vplifling of the said impoist in all tyme cuming etc. 

The samyn day, nominatis and appoyntis Thomaa Kingzow, now com- Kingzow 
missioner for the burgh of Pettinweme, in comptroller to the customes Pettmwomo. 
thairof vnto the first of October nixt, and willis that the remanent 
baillies and counsall of the said burgh assist him thairintill etc. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis remitis to the burghes of ^J^**^^, 
Breichan and Cowpar thair vnlawis for thair non comperance to the lAwis dwpen- 

• sitt with* 

conuentioun haJdin at the last generall conuentioun of burrowis in lin- 
lithqu, for resonabill cawsis moving thame, and gif the said vnlaw of 
Breichan is alrady tane vp, they to be recompansit thairfoir at thair said 
nixt generall conuentioun. 

Item, anentis the taxatioun of Kingom, the burrowis continewis forther ContinTiationn 
resoning thairanent vnto thair nixt generall conuentioun of burrowis, omia extent 
ordaning the burgh of Edinburgh to send thair commissioneris fiillie ®**^ 
instructed to defend thairintill, and thatt the samyn be rememberit in 
the missives etc., but preiudice of thair actioun depending thairof befoir 
the Lordis of Sessioun etc. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis ordanis Williame -A-gentt ooiieo- 
Makartney agentt to vplift, aganis thair nixt generall conuentioun, the 
vnlawis of the burr^jwis absent frome this conuentioun, as alsua of all the 
burrowis in the conuentionis preceding, except sic as ar alrady vplifted, 
dispensit with, or remittit, and thatt he mak compte of his intromissioun 
thairwith at the said conuentioun ; and the expenssis to be maid in in- 
getting thairof salbe allowed to him in his comptes etc. 

Continewis the ansuer geving to Innerkethingis supplicatioun towart Innerkethingig 
the customing of schippis passing vp the narrow waiter to thair nixt tinewit 



216 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

generall conuentioun, and the samyn to be rememberit in the mis- 
sives etc. 
^^U^^"" Continewis the ansuer to Strevelingis supplicatioun craving support 
for thair lois laitlie sustenit etc, to thair said nixt generall conuentioun, 
and to be rememberit in the missives ; as alsua towart Irrowyne, craving 
supportt to thair dekayitt hawin etc., and to be rememberit in lykewayis 
etc. ; and siclyk to remember in the missives the reparatioun of North - 
bervikis decayitt harberie etc. 
vSiAw^^ttit '^^ commissioneris foirsaidis remitis Hadingtoun of thair vnlaw of ten 

li., for thair desoluing from Linlithqu etc. 
^'^^T^S^^ The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis fyndis the burro wis of 
Kirkcudbrycht, ledburgh, Peiblis, Aberbrothok, Banif, Wigtoun, Ruthu- 
glen, Rothesay, to have incurritt the payne and vnlaw ilk ane of tuenty 
pundis for thair non comperance to this presentt conuentioun, being law- 
fully waimit thairto, as was sufficiently verefeitt be lames Anderson 
dark of Cowpar ; and ordanis William Makartney as of befoir to rais let- 
teris heirvpoun and ingather the saidis vnlawis, and to be comptabill 
thairfoir as is abouementionatt, etc. 
Desoluing con- The commissioneris foirsaidis desoluis this thair conventioun, and 
appoyntis thair nixtt generall conuentioun to be haldin at the burgh of 
Dondy vpoun the second day of lulij in anno j™ v^ four scoir sevin zeris ; 
and ordanis the magistratis of the said burgh to mak lawfull citatioun to 
the haill burrowis conforme to the actis maid thairanentt, vnder the 
paynis contenit thairin, etc., with certificatioun to thame as is befoir 
rehei-sitt ; and that the vnlawis salbe vplifted, alsweill of the burrowis 
nocht conuenand, as of the said burgh of Dondy, incais they do nocht 
diligence in waiming, etc. 

Henrie Charteris. W™ NorwelL 

Eduard Galbraith. George Gordoun. 

Oliuer Pebles. Robert Boyd Qiasgw. 

Alex'^ Wederbum. Dauid Crauffurd. 

Andro Ker for Linlythqu. lohne Ramsay. 

lames Cokburn. I. Guthre. 

lames Douglass for Elgyn. I. Andersone. 

Alex'' DalzelL Welzem Cuninghem. 

Mr Dauid Russell. Archbald Maluille. 



nentioun. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 217 

William Bowsy. Thomas Kingzow. 

Harbert Ranyng. Ihone Banatyne. 

Robei-t Craige. Ihon PeblLs. 

A. Broun. Robert Watsoun. 

George Hallewell. Robert Olifeir. 

lolme Houstoiin. George Durie. 

Alexander Home with my hand at the pen led be Ihon Guthre 

notar at my command. I. GUTHRR 

Vponn the fourt of this instant the commissioneris foirsaidis remittit Symsonn cus- 
lohn Symsoun customer of Craill etc. to have his supplicatioun tane 
ordour with be the commissioneris appoynted to convene in Edinburgh 
the last of October nixt, quhome they ordane than to satefie as accordis 
with resoun, and promcsis to abyde thairatt etc. 



Conventioun of Burrowis haldin at Edinburgh the firsts 
secwidj thrid^ fourtt of August the zeir of God 1^ V' 
four scoir sax zens he the commissioneris efter follow- 
ing^ viz. : — 

Edinburgh, Ihonn Robertsoun, Henry Charteris, lames Nicol, William Edinbni-gh. 
Huchesoun, Alexander Oisteane ; Perth, Robert Andersoun ; Dondy, 
Peter Clayhillis ; Abirdene, Alexander Forbes ; Sanctandrois, Dauid 
Watsoun ; Craill, Ihonn Ramsay ; Cowpar, Thomas Williamesoun ; 
Kirkcaldy, Patrik Hog, Alexander Auchmowty ; Dysartt, Dauid Symsoun, 
lames Hacquett ; Hadingtoun, Williame Broun ; Pettinweme, Thomas 
Watsoun ; Linlithqu, Andrew Kar. 

Apud Edinburgh, quarto [die] mensis Augusti 1586. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis vndersub- 
scryvand, foirseing the greitt lois to ensew and follow to the haill mcr- 

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218 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

statute for chantt estaitfc of this realme be the laitt edict publeschit and abady 
certan°^wtie8 practesitt in the partis of Flanderis, vpoun dyueris schippis passing heir- 
gdd^to^be'^*^'^™ to the paii-tis of France throw the narrow seais, with salmond, herring, 
traMported and vther fisches, quhaii*with they haif bene in vse to trafficque att all 
realme to the tymes heirtofoir butt impediment quhill of laitt, tliat vnderstanding, be 
cOTMSfsionerisP^rfy^® and sure informatioun, the Quene of Ingland hir Lieutenant in 
dfrect^th Flanderis the estaitis and tovnis of thair factionis resolute mynde to con- 
haUi burro wis tincw in the executioun of the said edict maid for staying of schippis and 
rS^o^^ho crairis cuming fra this cuntrey with the saidis wairis, and mynding to 
foande^^in^ transportt the samyn throw and to the saidis pairttis, quhilk vndoubtedlie, 
the narrow incais Tcmeid be nochtt in haist cravitt and obtenit, will redound to the 
gieechemen cnorme detriment of the said haill estaitt of merchantis, as said is ; and 
^^^'^^jjj^i^thatt to thatt effect maist neidfull it is to have commissioners direct to 
^tion in the Said pairtis of Ingland and Flanderis with lettres from the Kingis 
thair passing Maicstic in tliair favouris, to the annulling thairof, or exeming of his 
nan-ow seais to ^i®^^ licgis thairfra, quhilkis commissioneris expeussis and forther 
France, Ac recompancc it behovis thame for thair better furtherance to mak, Thair- 
foir hes statute and ordanit, and all in anc voce for thame selues and 
acceptand on thame the burding for the haill remanentt burrowis of this 
realme, and as havand power of thame to the effectt vnderwrittin, Con- 
cludis and delyneris thatt for making of the saidis commissioneris expenssis 
to be sentt to the Quene of Ingland hir Lieutenentt in Flanderis, and estaitis 
and tovnis thairof, to seik redres heirin as said is, thair salbe vplifted fra 
the tentt d ay of this instantt moneth of August vnto the tentt day of Au- 
gust in the zeir of God 1°^ V^ four scoir sevin zeris, and langer as the neces- 
sitie of this cawse sail requyre, at all the sea portis of this realme, off all 
maner of wairis passing furth thairof, the dewties efter following, to witt, 
of ilk tun salmond four schillingis, ilk tun claith auchtt schillingis, ilk 
tun hydis four schillingis, ilk tun skynnis four schillingis, ilk tun vly and 
butter four schillingis, ilk tun hening and keilling saxtene penneis, ilk 
sek gudes to Flanderis to be estimatt to twa tunnis, and ilk serpleth 
gudes to Dunskyne and the eistar seais to be estimatt be the tun. For 
sure collectioun quhairof, the magistrattis of euery burgh and sea poirtt 
of this realme, to witt, the provest, baillies and counsall of Edinburgh sail 
depute for thame selues, the tovnis of Kingorn, Innerkething, Queinsfery, 
Bruntiland, and Prestonpannis, collectouris ane or ma ; the magistratis of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 219 

the burgh of Perth, ane coUectour to vpliffc and ingather tlie dewties foir- 
saidis of all maner of gudes boititt at the said burgh peir and schoir 
thairof alanerlie ; the burgh of Dondie and thair colleetour, the dewties 
of all maner of gudes schippit at the poirtt and hawin thairof, the burgh 
of Perth onlie exceptit ; Abirdene for thame selues, the tovnis of Montros, 
Banff, Elgyne, Innernes, Crummaty, and the remanentt sea porttis benorth 
thame ; Air, Dumbartan, Irrowyne, Wigtoun, Kirkcudbrycht, Dunfreis, 
to depute collcctouris within thair boundis, euery ane for thair awin 
burghis ; Craill and Elie collectouris to vplift the dewties sehippitt out- 
wart at thair poirtt and hawin, and at ony poirtt and hawin be eist 
Levinsmoutli, and of Anstruther be west the burn, Pettinweme only 
exceptit, quha sail depute ane colleetour to the effect al)ouewrittin within 
thame selues ; Kirkca^ldy for tl)ame selues ; Sanctandrois ane colleetour 
for thame selues ; and Dysartt ane colleetour for thame selues, and all 
portis and hawins to Levinsmouth. For the quhilkis collectouris, the 
burrowis particularly abouementionatt, and magistratis thairof, salbe haldin 
to ansuer to the remanent burrowis of this reJilme, thatt they sail dili- 
gentlie collect and ingather the dewties foirsaidis dewlie as efferis, and at 
the nixt general conuention and assemblie of burrowis, to be haldin at 
the burgh of Dondy the secund day of luly nixtt, mak iust corapte 
rekning and pay men tt thairof to the commissioneris of burrowis to be 
conuenitt thairat ; as alsua thatt the magistratis of ilk burgh and sea 
portt geve diligentt attendance thatt ilk skipper and maister of all schippis, 
boitis, and crairis passing furth of this realme, befoir tliair departing furth 
thairof, resave from the saidis collectouris thair acquittance of the pay- 
mentt of the dewties foirsaidis, and kei]) the samyn for thair warrand ; 
and quhatsumever he be thatt wantis the samyn, thatt he be compellet 
be the magistmtis foirsaidis to pay to the said colleetour ten schillingis 
for ilk tun quhilk salhappin to be vnpayitt. Forther, for the mair sure 
putting of this act to dew executioun aganis all maner of personis trans- 
porting ony maner of gudes furth of this realme att ony burgh or sea 
poirtt within the samyn, thatt the magistratis thairof, within the boundis 
prescryuib to thame, rais lettres of horning vpoun this presentt act and 
ordinance, and se the samyn dewlie execute aganis the transgressouris 
thairof, to the effectt foirsaid. And for the mair haisty expeditioun in dis- 
pesching of the commissioneris foii'saidis, according to the neeessitie of this 
cawse, quhilk for the dangerous pieparative and greitt lois to follow, gif the 



220 Cotweiition of Eoyal Burghs. 

said edict, conforme to the eontentis of the samyn, continew and be putt 
to ony forther executioun, may nochtt abydo the long delay of the incum- 
ing and coUectioun of the dewties abouerehersitt, it is thairfoir thocht 
maist needfull that the sovme of ane thowsand pundis alanerly be 
borrowit fra sic as for the zeill of the said cawse may be movitt to 
aduanoe the samyn, to be delyueritt to the saidis commissioneris for 
making of thair chargis, as said is ; to the quhilk aduancer of the said 
money the commissioneris of the burgh of Edinburgh obleissis thame for 
thair said burgh for paymentt to him of auchtt hundreth fifty merkis 
betuix and the tentt day of August in the zeir of God I™ V^ four scoir 
and auchtt zeris, and the commissioneris of Craill, Pettinweme, Kirk- 
caldy, and Dysartt obleissis thame and thair saidis burroMds coniunctlie 
to releve the said burgh of Edinburgh of the sovme of sax scoii' ten 
merkis of the said sovme of auchtt hundreth and fifty merkis ; the saidis 
commissioneris of Dondy to be bundin for twa hundreth thre scoir 
merkis ; the commissioner of Perth for sax scoir ten merkis ; and the 
said tovne of Abirdene for thame selues, Montrois, and all vther 
tovnis and sea porttis be north thame, twa hundreth thre scoir 
markis ; and the remanentt commissioneris of burrowis presentlie con- 
uenitt, for thair saidis burrowis, and in name and behalf of the haill 
remanentt burrowis of this realme, becomis acted bound and obleist to 
releve and keip skaitliles the saidis buiTOwis of Edinburgh, Perth, 
Dondy, and Abirdene of thair and the saidis haill burrowis pairttis of the 
said sovme of ane thowsand pundis, at the said day of paymentt thairof, 
to the persoun fra quhom the samjm is to be boiTowitt, but langer delay, 
fraud or guyle, or ony exceptioun of the law to be proponitt in the con- 
trair, and ar contentt and consentis that letteris of homing and vtheris 
chargis neidfull, gif neid beis, be obtenit, raisitt, and execute vpoun the 
burrowis refusand, vpoun ane simple charge of thre days alanerlie. 
Attour, becaus the magistratis of the said burgh of Edinburgh, at the 
emist desyre and requeist of the commissioneris foirsaidis, vndersub- 
scryvand as said is, hes boiTowit the said sovme of ane thousand pundis, 
and thairupoun hes gevin and delyuerit to the person aduancar thairof 
thair sure band and obligatioun for thankfull refounding to him his airis 
executouiis and assignayis of the samyn att ane certan day mentionatt 
thairintill, thairfoir, for thair releif, the commissioneris of the burrowis of 
Edinburgh, Perth, Dondy, and Abirdene, for thame selues and in name 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 221 

and behalf of thair said is burrowis, bindis and oblesLs thame and thair 
burrowis foirsaidis to tbankfullie i-efound, contentt, and pay to the saidis 
provest, baillies, and counsell of Edinburgh and thair successouris, the 
particular sovmes following, to wit, the said tovne of Edinburgh, for thame 
selues, quhilk they tak in thair awin hand, the sovme of auchtt hundreth 
and fifty nierkis, quhairof the burrowis of Kirkcaldy, Dysartt, Craill, and 
Pettinweme to releve the said burgh of Edinburgh of sax scoir ten 
merkis ; the burgh of Perth, sax scoir ten merkis ; Dondy, two hundreth 
thre scoir merkis ; Abirdene for thame selues, the burgh of Montrois, and 
all vther burrowis and sea portis be north thame, twa hundreth thre scoir 
merkis, extending in the haill to the said sovme of ane thowsand pundis, 
betuix and the tentt day of August the zeir of God 1^ V^ four scoir and 
auchtt zeris, butt langer delay, fraud, or guyle, or ony exceptioun of the 
law to be proponitt in the contrair. And the saidis burrowis of Edin- 
burgh, Perth, Dondy, Abirdene, Sanctandrois, Ci-aill, Cowpar, Dysartt, Had- 
ingtoun, Kirkcaldy, Pettinweme, and Linlithqu, as havand power of the haill 
burrowis of this realme, conforme to thair actis and ordinances maid 
thairanentt, ordanis the haill remanentt of burrowis, nochtt conuenitt to 
this present conuentioun, to releve for thair pairttis the saidis four bur- 
rowis of the said principall sovme of ane thowsand pundis, and incais of 
thair refusal, that letteris and executoriallis in name as said is, be raisitt 
and execute butt fauouris. Forther the commissioneris of burrowis aboue- 
rehersitt, efter lang resoning vpoun the qualification of dyueris and sindiy 
personis quhome, in thair opinionis, they mycht haif thochtt maist aptt 
and meitt for executing of thair commissioun abouewrittin in the pairtis 
thairunto requisitt and behovabill, at the handis of the personis and to 
the effect aboue expremitt, all in ane voce, butt variance, hes elected and 
nominatt, and for thame selues thair saidis burrowis, and in name and 
behalf of the haill remanentt burrowis of this realme, electis and nomi- 
natis the rycht honorabill Maister George Hacquett, conseruatour for the 
Scotis natioun in Flanderis and thair commissioner, adionyng vnto him 
Ihonn Gourlay, burges of the burgh of Edinburgh, to quhome they will 
and grantis thatt the saidis provest, baillies, and counsall of Edinburgh, 
in thair names and in name of the saidis haill burrowis, geve to thame 
sic ample commissioun vnder thair seill of cawse, or vtherwayis as efferis, as 
to the weilfair of thair estait and fortherance of this mater salbe be thame 
tliochtt maist meitt and expedientt, and promesis faythfuUy for thame- 



222 Co7ivention of Royal Burghs. 

selues and tbair saidis burrowis, and in name and behalf of the haill 
burrowis of this realme, and thair successouris, to bald feime and stabill 
all and qnhatsumever thing the saidis provest, baillies, and counsall of 
Edinburgh in the pi-emissis thinkis neidfull to be done, vnder the payne 
of all thair gudes, movabill and vnmovabill, present and to cum eta 
And last, the comniissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis, for thame selues and 
in name and behalff of the rcmanentt burrowis of this realme, bindis and 
obleissis thame to refound, contentt, and pay to the magistratis of the 
said burgh of Edinburgh and thair successouris, all and quhatsumever 
necessar debursmentis itt salhappin thame, by and attour the principall 
sovme abouewrittin, to mak vpoun the forther furtherance and furthset- 
ting of this cawse, gif the necessitie thairof sail sua requyre, provyding 
they exceid nochtt the sovme of ane hundreth merkis money aboue- 
expremitt, etc. 
of^Sstor^ The samyn day etc., in presence of the commissioners foirsaidis, corn- 
George Hac- peritt the richtt honorabiU Maister George Hacquett, conseruatour for 

quoit conserva- , o x ' 

tourincommifl- the Scotis uatioun in Flanderis, to quhome Ihonn Gourlay burges of 
bunwis^ to^ ^'^^ burgh of Edinburgh is adionit, quha, for the gude zeill he beiris to 
rncTFianferT^ ^^^^ aduanccmcntt of all sic thingis as may tend to the weilfair of the 
merchantt estaitt of this realme, accepted in and vpoun him the office of 
commiasionary for the haill burrowis of this realme, in passing heirfra 
with all possibill diligence to Londoun, or quhair it salhappin the Quene 
of Ingland to be for the tyme, and to travell with hir Hienes and 
Counsall for restitutioun of the gudes tane laitlie furth of the Scotis 
schippis passing to Deip be certan Inglismen, throw cullour of ane pre- 
tenditt proclamatioun of the Quene of Inglandis Lieutenand in Flanderis 
maid thairanentt, and to obtene discharge of the said pretendit proclama- 
tioun or edict; and thairfra to pas to the pairtis of Flanderis or Holland, 
quhair it salhappin the said Lieutenand to be for the tyme, and siclyke 
to the Counsall of the Estaitt of the said cuntrie, and thair to travell for 
the cawsis forsaidis ; and foi*ther voluntarly promitted to execute the said 
commissioun gevin to him to the effect abouewrittin to the vttermest of 
his power, as to the weilfair of the said estait of burrowis may be aggre- 
abill, as alsua to reportt his diligence thairanent with all gudelie expo- 
ditioun to the magistratis of the said burgh of Edinburgh, or thair succes- 
souris, for thame selues, and in name and behalf of the haill remanentt 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 223 

burrowis of this realme. For the quhilk cawsis the said Maister George 
grantis him to have receavitt the sovme of ane thowsand merkis gude 
and vsuall money of this realme, as full contentatioun for his saidis 
travcUis and making of his and the said Ihonn Gourlayis chargis, quha is 
adionit to him in all his journey, alsweill hamewartt as afield, vnto the 
repoirtt of the diligence abouewrittin eta 

Ihone Kobertsone. Dauid Symsoun. 

Williame Hutcheson with my Peter ClayhiUis. 
hand led be lohnn Guthre notar Dauid Watson, 
at my command. I. Guthre. Andro Kcr for linlythqu. 
Kobart Anderson for Perth. Patrik Hog. 

Alex^ Forbes. Thomas Watsoun. 

George Hacket. 



Followis the tennour of the tak of the Kingis Maiesties 
customes of this realme sett be his Hienes to the frie 
hu7T0ivts thairof 

At Halyrudehous the tuentie day of Januar the zeir of God I™ V^ four Tak ottte 
scoir sex zeiris, It Ls appoyntit, aggreit, and fynalie contractit betuixt the tis customes for 
Richt Heiche, Rycht Excellent, and Michtie Prince James be the Grace of ^^^^'j^^ 
God King of Scottis, oure Souerane Lord, with auise and consent off the burrowis. 
Lordis of His Hienes Secreitt Counsale and Auditouris of his Chakker, 
and of Androw Wod of Largo, his Maiesties Comptrollar, on that ane 
pairtt ; and William Littill, provest, lohne Arnott, baillie, and Alexander 
Oistiane, burges of Edinburch, commissioneris for the burgh of Edin- 
burgh ; Robert Andersoun, burges of Perth, commissioner for the burgh 
of Perth ; lohne Traill, burges of Dundie, commissioner for the burgh of 
Dundie ; and Alexander Rutherfurd, burges of Abirdene, commissioner 
for the burgh of Abirdene, to the effect underwrittin, for thame selffis 
and takand the burding on thame for all and sindry oure Souerane 
Lordis frie Burrowis within this realme, in maner, forme, and effect as 



224 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

efter followis : That is to say, Oure said Souerane Lord, with speciale 
auys and consent foirsaid, for glide and wechtie considerationis tending 
to his Hienes vtilitie and proffitt, hes Sett, and be the tenour of thir pre- 
sentis Settis and in assedatioun Lattis, to the Prouest Baillies, and 
Counsale of his Maiesties haiU Burrowis now present, and thair succes- 
souris haveand the libertie of the saidis frie Burrowis. All and SiNDRlE 
his Hienes customes appertening and belonging to his Maiestie off all 
guidis custuraabill, nocht prohibitt, presentlie to be careitt furth of this 
realme or importit within the same, quhUkis haue bene in vse to pay 
custome to his Maiestie or ony his predecessouris at ony tyme heirtofoir. 
As ALSUA of All and Sindry forbodin guidis, incais his Maiestie salhappin 
to tollerat or grant licence to transportt ony in tyme cuming. For all 
the dayis, zeiris, termis, tyme, and space of thre zeiris nixt and im- 
mediatlie following thair entrie thairto, quhilk wes and began vpoun the 
first day of October last bypast in this, instant zeir of God j°^ v® foure- 
scoir sex zeiris, during the quhilk tyme thair salbe na restraint of ony 
guidis now permittit to be transportit WiiH POWER to the saidis provest 
baillies and counsale and thair successouris foirsaidis, ilk ane of thame 
respective for thair awin pairtis, according as the speciale boundis salbe 
appoyntit to euery ane of thame, within the quhilkis thai salbe custo- 
meris be the auise of the commissioneris of the haill burrowis, to sett 
establische and appoynt particular customeris at euery frie portt, quhair 
customaris ar presentlie sett and hes bene thir tymes bypast, and as sail 
seme gude and expedient to the saidis Burrowis in tyme cuming, to the 
quhilk thai ar and salbe astrictit be the tennour heirof And it sail nocht 
be lesum to the saidis customeris, during the said space of thre zeiris, to 
alter, change, or augment the quantitie of the saidis customes, bot thai 
sail resaue the same for the samyn dewtie as thai haue bene thir fourtie 
zeiris bygane, And to the effect the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsale of 
Burrowis now present, and thair successouris foirsaidis, may brouk 
and ioyse the saidis customes during the space abouespecefeit, oure said 
Souerane Lord, with auise and consent foirsaid, sail with full effect mak 
all takis and assedationis of the saidis customes, or ony pairt thairof, to 
be retreitit, annuUit, and extinct, and sail caus the takismen, realie 
and with effect, nocht onlio to desist and seis fra melling with the saidis 
customes in tyme cuming during the said space of thre zeiris, bot als sail 



Contention of Royal Burghs. 225 

caus and compell thame to mak compt, rekining, and payment to the 
Commissioneris of the saidis burrowis, and vtheris haveand power and 
commissioun of thame, off all customed ressauit be thame of quhatsumevir 
guidis, or quhilkis thae mycht haue ressauit sen the said first day of 
October last bypast, and sail caus and compell the customeris present to 
delyuer the halfe seillis and stampis to the saidis Commissioneris to the 
effect foirsaid, and the saidis customeris sail alwayis concur with the 
clarkis and keparis of the coquettis, and sail caus all guidis custumat to 
be coquettit, and to that effect his Maiestie sail caus his clarkis and 
keparis of his coquettis to be redy at all tymes for passing of coquettis, 
but delay or finstratioun of his lieps firome thair veyages, and that thai 
vse na extortioun by the auld dewitie, vnder the pane of deprivatioun of 
thame frome thair offices ; And incais be their abuse, ather in nocht 
residence or extortioun, that occasioun be offerit to oure Souerane Lordis 
liegis to complene, the tiyell of thair fiedt and iugement of thair depriva- 
tioun is, be thir presentis, committit to the Comptrollar, Aduocatt, Clark 
of Register, and Prouest of Edinburgh, now present and being for the 
tyme, or ony twa of thame, quha sail tak tiyell thairanent, and put 
reformatioun thairto, as effeiris. And the saidis Commissioneris of 
Burrowis, for thame selffis, and takand the burding on thame, as said is, 
sail uochtwithstanding the said tak and assedatioun mak compt zeirlie in 
the Chakker of the saidis haill customes according to the consuetude of 
auld obseruit. And sail pay zeirUe to our Souerane Lord and his comp- 
trollaris for the tyme, for the saidis customes, the sowme of foure thow- 
sand pundis vseuale money of this realme allanerlie, at foure tymes in the 
zeir viz., Alhallowmes, Candilmes, Beltan, and Lambes, quhidder the saidis 
customes, after compt and rekning, extend to mair or les, begynnand the 
first tenuis payment at the feist of Candilmes nixtocum, And forther sail 
zeirlie delyuer thretty twnis of full Burdealx wyne and Burdealx bind 
to oure said Souerane Lordis vse at the chois and contentment of his 
Maiesties symblaris, and gif ony mair wynis beis ressauit be his Hienes 
symbleris, maisteris of houshald, keparis of his Hienes castellis, or ony 
otheris his Maiesties officiaris, be warrande and commandment of his 
comptrollar, nor extendis to threttie twnis, the samyn salbe zeirlie defalkit 
to the saidis takismen and thair successouris abouewritten in payment of 
the said zeirlie dewtie of foure thowsand poundis contenit in this present 

2 F 



226 Convention of Royal Burglis. 

tak ; and als defalkand and allowand to the saidis takismen and tliair 
snccessouris, oommissioneris abouewritten, sic sowmea of money as may 
be evictit fra thame be the law be ony personis haveand gift, pensionis, 
or vther rent furth of the saidis customes : Provtdino alwayis the saidis 
burrowis and thair customeris sail nocht be astrictit to ansuer nor obey 
ony precept nor directioun quhatsumevir (except befoir exceptit) vnto sic 
tyme the haill wynis be payit that salhappin to be tane vp be ony persoun 
be warrand and commandement of the coratrollar to his Maiesties vse, 
fra ony meixjhand of this realme, by and attour the threttie twnis wyne 
foirsaid defalkit in payment of the said zeirlie dewtie. Antd forther oure 
said Souerane Lord, with auise foirsaid, willis, grantis, and consentis be 
thir presentis, that incais ony wyne sail happin to be awand to ony 
merchand within this i^rae, by and attour the threttie twnis of wyne 
foirsaid, at the ische and outrynning of this present thre zeir tak, swa 
that the wyne tane exceid the zeirlie dewitie abouespecefeit, that than 
and in that cais, ather the comptrollar present and that salhappin to be 
for the tyme sail mak payment of the prices of the saidis wynis at the 
ische of the said tak, or than the haill customes foirsaidis sail remane 
with the saidis Burrowis ay and quhill the prices of the same wyne be 
compleitlie payit to the merchantis quhome to the samen salhappin to be 
awand. And the saidis Oommissioneris ar content that for sure payment 
of the saidis foure thowsand poundis zeirlie at the termis abouewrittin, 
and als of the threttie twnis wyne, letteris of horning or poynding be 
direct at the instance of the said comptrollar aganis the prouest, baillies, 
and counsale of the saidis burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, and 
Abirdene coniunctlie and seueralie, and thai to have the lyke letteris 
aganis the prouest, baillies and counsale of the i-emanent burrowis, for 
thair relief in forme as efFeris. Attour owre said Souerane Lord, with auys 
and consent foirsaid, is content and consentis and giffis full power and 
commissioun to the saidis Oommissioneris of Burrowis, be thir presentis, that 
incais ony guidis, nocht prohibit be the lawis of this realme, salhappin to be 
transportit forth of the samen at ony tyme heirefter, during the tyme of this 
present tak, vncustumat be the oommissioneris appoyntit be the saidis bur- 
rowis, to confiscat and escheit the guidis vncustumat, the thridpairtquhairof 
salbe applyit to oure Souerane Lordis vse, and the fourt pairt of the 
samen to the saidis Burrowis awin vse, present takismen of the saidis 
customes ; and als to persew the skipperis and maisteris of schipis, 



Convention of Royal BurgJis. 227 

quhairia tbe somen guidis salhappin to be transportit, for the ressaueing 
be thaDie and tbair clerkis of the saidis vncustumat guidis, for the sowme 
of ane bundreth merkis money, quhilk his Maiestie with auise and consent 
foirsaid ordanis to be taikin of the^saidis skipper and maisteris as ane 
penaltie for thair offence foirsaid, the thrid pairt quhairof salbe lykewise 
applyit to oure Souerane Lordis vse, and the fourt pairt of the samen to 
the saidis Burrowis awin vse ; with power be thir presentis to ony of the 
saidis Commissioneris of Burrowis to persew thairfoir befoir the Lordis of 
oure Souerane Lordis Secreit Counsall or Auditouris of his Hienes Cheker 
as iuges competent appoyntit be thir presentis for tryell thairoff. And 
to the effect that this may haue the better executioun, oure said Souerane 
Lord, with auise foirsaid, giffis full power and libertie to the saidis Com- 
missioneris to mak sercheouris of thair awin at ilk portt and havein within 
this realme, quha, with his Hienes awin sercheouris appoyntit be his comp- 
trollar, sail serche all schipis and guidis laidnit thairin, and try gif the 
samen be dewlie customat or nocht, and to that effect, geveand thame 
power to lois the guidis being in bodum als oft as thai sail think expedi- 
ent, alwayis but preiudice of our Souerane Lordis vtheris sercheouris for 
forbiddin guidis, bot thai sail CKcrce the said sercherie as they haue done 
of befoir, and that the sercheouris to be appoynted be the saidis Com- 
missioneris sail do nathing in the premissis without the concurrence and 
assistance of his Maiesties sercheouris foirsaidis, at the leist to be na 
further astrictit nor to require thame to that effect, and alsua it is ap- 
poyntit and ordanit be this present contract, that tbe clerkis of the co- 
quettis of ilk burgh and poirtt quhair customeris ar sail zeirlie compeir 
personalie, bring and produce with thame thair cocquettis and cocquet 
buikis with tbe customeris appoynted be the saidis Burrowis, befoir the 
Commissioneris thairof, and mak compt to thame of the guidis that thai 
haue gevein cocquet vpoun, and that na cocquottar sail giff generale 
cocquettis to ony maner of schipis or veschellis passand furth of the 
realme, but that the samyn be gevein in speciale vpoun ilk particular 
quantitie of guidis, with tbe personis names, awneris thairof, contenit 
tbairin, conforme to tbe ordour vseit within the burgh of Edinburgh, to 
tbe effect that tryell may be the better had of the transporteris of vncus- 
tumat guidis; and that na guidis be custumat, but quhair the samyn ar 
schippit and boittit, that gude and sufficient tryell may be tane thairof 



228 Conventiofi of Royal Burghs. 

be the customeris and sercheouris appoyntit thairfoir; and gif the saidis coo- 
quetteris delyvcr generate cocquettis after dewpublicatioun and intimatioun 
of thir presentis maid to thame, oure said Souerane Lord, with auyse foirsaid, 
declairis the samyn to be of nane availl, and that the saidis customeris sail 
nocht be haldin to ressaue the samyn^bot thesaidis guidis salbe confiscate and 
the skipperis and maisteris of schipis or vther vescheUis quhairin the saidis 
guidis contenit in the generale cocquettis ar schippit or boittit sail pay the 
penaltie abouewrittin in the samyn maner and forme, and to the [effect] 
abouespecefeit, as gif the saidis guidis had nawyis bene custumai Attoub 
oure Souerane Lord, with auys foirsaid, willis, grantis, and permittis that 
incais it salhappin the saidis commissioneris of burrowis to be superexpendit 
at the fute of thair comptis to be maid of his Hienes customes of the zeiris 
begane contemit in thair former tak and assedatioun of the samen, in that 
cais the samen superexpenssis salbe allowit to thame in the first zeiris 
dewitie of this present tak and assedatioun. And fynalie oure said Souerane 
Lord, with auys foirsaid, promittis that this present contract, tak, and 
haill conditionis thairof, salbe ratifeit and appreveit be act of his Hienes 
nixt Parliament or Conventioun of the Estaittis. And als his Maiestie, 
with auyse foirsaid, and the saidis Commissioneris of Burrowis are content 
and consentis that this present contract and assedatioun be insert and 
registrat in the Buikis of Counsale, and decemit to haifif the strenth of 
ane act and decreit of the Lordis thairof; and thatletteris and executori- 
allis be direct thairupoun in forme as effeiris. And for acting and regis- 
trating heirof makis and constitutis 

thair vndouttit procuratouris coniunctlie and seueralie 
in vberior procurationis forma, promittend to abyde ferme and stabUl etc. 
In Wftnes of the quhilk thing oure said Souerane Lord, with auyse foir- 
said, and the saidis Commissioneris of Burrowis hes subscryuit thir 
presentis with thair handis, day, zeir, and place abouespecefeit befoir thir 
witnessis. Sir lohne Maitland of Thirlstane knycht, Vice Chancellar and 
Secretar to oure Souerane Lord; Mark, Commendatour of Newbottill, 
Maister Robert Dowglas, prouest of linclowden, coUectour generale ; Sir 
lames Home of Coldinknowis knycht ; Maister Dauid Camegy of 
CoUuthy ; Alexander Hay of Eister Rennet, Clerk of Begister; and 
Maister Peter Young of Seytoun, his Hienes elemosinar, with vtheris 
diuers. Et aic aubscribitur, Luces R., Thyrlstane, NewbotUe, Golden- 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 229 

knowis, Lynclouden oollectour. Largo comptrollar, CoUuthy, Mr Almoisar, 
A. Hay, rger, Williame littill provest, I. Amote commissioner for Edin- 
burgh, Alexr Oisteane be lohne Guthre notar at my command, I. Guthra 
Robert Andersoun commissionar for Perthe, lohne Traill commissionar 
for Dnndie, Alexander Rutherfurd commissioner for Abirdene. 



In the Conventioun of Burrovns haldin and begun at the 
burgh of Dondy the thrid day of lulij the zeir of God 
i"* V'four scoir sevin zerisj Comperitt the Commissioneris 
of Burrowis vnderwrittin and producitt the commis-- 
sionis efter follovring, etc. : — 

Edinburgh, Thomas Aikinheid, Williame Huchesoun; Kingom, Dondy. 
Williame Cunnynghame ; Innerkething, George Dury ; Linlithqu, Andrew 
Kar ; Dumbartan, Maister Williame Houstoun ; Renfrow, Ihonn Hous- 
toun ; Ruthuglen, Dauid Spens ; Air, Dauid Crawfurde ; Irrowyne, Hew 
Broun ; Glasqu, Ihonn Lindesay, Williame Cunnynghame ; Kirkcudbrycht, 
Robert Forester eldar ; Wigtoun, Robert Dalzell ; Laneark, Robert 
Levingstoun ; ledburgh, Thomas Henresoun ; Hadingtoun, Williame 
Broun, Ihonn Wilsoun ; Northbervik, ane missive with Hadingtoun eta ; 
Dumbar, Maister Alexander Kelly; Dunfreis, Ihonn Bryce ; Dondy, 
Alexander Scrymgeour, Robertt Kidd ; Perth, Robertt Andersoun, lames 
Adamesoun ; Banff, Thomas Ogilvy ; Dunfermeling, Robertt Pawtoun ; 
Craill, Williame Bowsy ; Forfisw, Walter Lindesay provest, George Sutty ; 
Breichan, Dauid Dempstar, Robertt Kineris ; Montrois, Robertt Lichtoun, 
lames Guthre ; Elgyne, Thomas Hay ; Innemes, lespard Kymming ; 
Sanctandrois, Maister Dauid Russell ; Culane, George Moresoun ; Selkirk, 
be Ihonn Ballenden souerty for thame ; Forres, lames Dumbar of Tarbett 
provest ; Cowpar, lames Andersoun ; Name, Thomas Hay commissioner 
of Elgyne catioun for appreving the actis ; Thayne, Williame Makartnay 
agent, catioun they suld approve ; Dysartt, Henry Young, Ihonn Lum- 
bisden ; Kirkcaldy, Robertt Hay ; Pittinweme, Ihonn Corsaw ; Brunt- 
iland, Dauid Clark, Maister Andrew Wilsoun. 



230 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

EiocUo Moder- ^^ quhilk day, the commissioneris befoir meDtionatt^ aocording to 
thair actis and statutis maid anentis the nominatioun and electioon of 
the moderator in all generall conventiounis, nominatis and electis 
Alexander Scrymgeour, principall in commissioun for the bui^h of Dondy, 
in moderatour to this presentt conventioun ; and Bobert Andersoun and 
lames Adamesoun commissioneris for Perth disassentitt to the admitting 
of him in the office of moderatourschip in the actioun betuix thair borgh 
and the said burgh of Dondy. 

Dondy, Perth. The Same day, Robertt Kid commissioner for the burgh of Dondy pro- 
ducitt ane supplicatioun of the provest, baillies, counsall, and communitie 
thairof, desyring the commissioneris presentt to declair ane pretenditt 
decreitt gevin and pronuncitt in thair last generall assemblie of burrowis 
haldin in the burgh of Perth, in the moneth of lunij 1682 zeiris, to be, 
for the causis mentionatt in the said clame, declaritt null befoir they 
enter to the particular ranking of the haill burrowis of this i-ealme, now 
deuoluit and put in thair handis be virtu of ane act of parliamentt, and 
the Kingis Maiesties missive presentlie producit be the provest of the 
said burgh of Dondy, as also conforme to the act of continuatioun maid 
for ranking of the saidis haill burrowis to this present conventioun, and 
quha war lawfully summonitt to that effectt ; and Robert Andersoun and 
lames Adamesoun, commissioneris for the said burgh of Perth, affemiitt 
and allegitt the placing and ranking of the burrowis of Perth and Dondy 
to be alrady discust and adiugitt be the saidis commissioneris of burrowis, 
be previlege of oure Souerane Lordis actt of Parliamentt maid be his 
Hienes with aduyce of the three Estaitis quhilk is daittit at Edinburgh 
the penult day of Nouember 1581 zeris, and the said burgh of Perth and 
thair commissioneris decemit to have the prioiitie and first place, rank, 
and voitt in all oure said Souerane Lordis and his Hienes successouris 
parliamentis and generall conventiouns of the Estaitis and burrowis, in 
aU tymes to cum, befoir the said burgh of Dondy, and the said burgh of 
Dondy to desist and ceis fra all troubling and molestatioun of thame 
thairinto, as the copy of the said decreitt past be the saidis commission- 
eris of burrowis, and act of parliamentt foirsaid, presentlie producitt for 
verefeing heirof, proportis ; and thatt thairfoir the commissioneris presentt 
nawayis may alter the said decreitt nor preiuge the said burgh of Perth 
nor commissioneris thairof in placing nor ranking, thatt mater being 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 231 

alrady adiugitt in the awin strenth, and thatt na previe letter, purcbest 
of his Maiestie, may preiuge the said burgh of Perth, nor decreitt gevin in 
thair fauouris be previlege of his Hienes actt of parliament and' estaittis 
foirsaidis, protesting, thairfoir, gif the saidis eommissioneris does in con- 
trair thairof, thatt thair proeeding sail nochtt be hurtfull to thame, nor 
thair said decreitt, and for remeid thairanent in tyme and place as accordis 
of the law, quhairvpoun the saidis eommissioneris of Perth askitt instru- 
mentis ; quhairvnto itt was replyitt be the commissioner of the said 
burgh of Dondy, thatt the former friuoll and informall allegeance meittis 
nawayis the said burgh of Dondeis desyir, bot standis in tennis direct 
repugnantt thairto, lyke as the samyn nather meittLs nor evacuattis ony 
resoun contenit in the said clame, and acceptis the hail foirsaid allegeance 
sa far as makis for thame. And the foirsaidis clame, decreitt, and actt of 
parliamentt again resauit vp be the saidis eommissioneris of the saidis 
burrowis of Dondy and Perth. 

The samyn day, the foirsaidis eommissioneris of burrowis fyndis the biurowi^ ' 
sovme of ane hundreth pundis to be awand be thame to Ihonn Guthre thair 
generall clark for his last zeris stipend preceding the daitt heirof, quhairof 
they ordane him to be payitt ; and continewis him for ane zeir to cum in 
the said generall office of clarkschip to thame, ordaining him to have ane 
hundreth pundis thairfoir, and vpoun the conditionis mentionatt in the 
first actt of his admissioun in the said office, continewing alwayis the 
■ maner of paymentt of the said stipend bygane and tecum to the mom, 
quhen as the samyn salbe sett doun with the first 

The same day, the foirsaidis eommissioneris of burrowis vnderstanding Ranking bur- 
the greitt confusioun quhilk hes enteritt and continewitt amang thame thir toledinbSpghf 
dyueris zeris bypast be certan stryffis and contentiounis of sum particular 
burrowis acclamand pre-eminence and priori tie in thair rank and voitting 
in cure Soueranis parliamentis, and vtheris conventionis of the estaittis 
and burrowis of this realme, and thatt the decisioun and determinatioun 
of the saidis contentionis, with the ranking of the saidis haill burrowis, 
is remittitt simpliciter and diuoluit in thair awin handis be ane act of 
oure Soueranis parliament haldin and begun att Edinburgh the penultt 
day of Nouember the zeir of God I™ V*' four scoir ane zeris, quhilk being 
men it in the last conventioun of the saidis burrowis, haldin at Cowper in 
the moneth of Maij the zeir of God 1586 zeris, was than thochtt maist 



232 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

necesfstar to be handlitt, and be resoun of vtheris wechtie efiaires concern- 
ing the saidis burrowis quhilkis they had in handis, continowit the 
same and ranking of the saidis haill burrowis to this thair conuentioun to 
be haldin at the said burgh of Dondy; and besyde the foirsaid continua- 
tioun, the saidis commissioneris being movitt to entreitt the foirsaid 
purpois tuiching thair ranking be ane favorabill letter and charge direct 
to thame be his Maiestie to thatt effectt — efter lang resoning and dew 
consideratioun of the same, in respectt of the speciall entres thatt eueiy 
ane of thame in particular hes in the said matter, and of the difficultie 
to purge thame of affectioun or partialitie towarttis thair awin burghis in 
particular, hes thairfoir, be thir pi-esentis, remittitt and simpliciter remittis 
the decisioun of the saidis contentionis and ranking of the haill burrowis 
of this realme to thair honorabill and weilbelouit nychtbouris the provest, 
baillies, and counsall of the burgh of Edinburgh, to quhome they for 
thame selues and thair saidis burrowis respectiue, be the tennour heirof, 
gevis fuU power and commissioun to the effectt abouewrittin, as the saidis 
provest, baillies, and counsall sail think maist expedient, aither respecting 
habilitie or actorite, and thatt efter sic forme and maner as the saidis 
conmiissioneris mycht have done thame selues be virtu of the said actt of 
parliamentt, lyke as the saidis commissioneris faithfullie promittis to 
abyde att all and quhatsumever thingis the saidis provest, baillies, and 
counsall of Edinburgh salhappin to do in the premissis, but ony grudge 
or reclamatioun. 

The same day, in presenice of the foirsaidis haill commissioneris, 
tiS^^^*^"**'comperitt Robertt Andersoun, commissioner for the burgh of Perth, 
and protested solempnitlie thatt the commissioun granted in this presentt 
assembly be the saidis commissioneris of burrowis to the provest baillies 
and counsall of the burgh of Edinburgh for diremptioun and taking away 
of the contrauersies standing betuix certan particularis of the nomber of 
the saidis burrowis anentt thair preeminence in rank and voitt, and als 
for ranking of the haill burrowis of this realme, suld onnawayis be pre- 
iudiciall to thatt decreitt of burrowis pronuncitt in the last conuentioun 
of burrowis haldin at Perth in fauouris of the said burgh of Perth, tuich- 
ing thair prioritie in rank befoir the burgh of Dondy, and thairupoun 
askitt instrumenttis eta 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 233 

The same day, befoir the commissioneris foirsaidis, comperitt Thomas ^*?***^^"^ 
Aikinheid commissioner for the burgh of Edinburgh, and be thir presentia 
disassentitt to thatt burding impositt and committitt to the provest baillies 
and counsall of the said burgh of Edinburgh be the commissioneris of 
tlie burrowis, for decisioun of all contrauersies standing betuix ony of 
the particular burrowis foirsaidis tuiching thair rank, and for ranking of 
the haill burrowis of this realme, as the commissioun gevin in this 
presentt assembly beris, and thairupoun askitt instrumentis. As alsua 
the commissioneris of the burrowis of Dumbartan, Irrowyne, Innernes, 
and Culane, vpoun thair disassenting, lykewyis askitt instiiimentis. 



Quarto lulij, 1587. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis abouewrittin hes Burrowis 
amerciatt and Vnlawitt the burrowis of Abirdene, Striveling, Abirbro- ?tt ^^ ^ ^* 
thok, and Peiblis, for ^thair absence fra this presentt conuentioun, being 
lawfully citat and waimit thairto according to the actis, as was sufficient- 
lie verefeitt be the magistratis of the burgh of Dondy, and ordanis euery ane 
of thame to pay the vnlaw of tuenty pundis according to the tennour of 
the actis maid thairanentt, and that letteris of horning be purchest heir- 
vpoun as efferis etc. 

The same day, in presence of the commissioneris foirsaidis, comperitt Ballonden, 
Ihonn Ballenden burges of Edinburgh, and acted him selff of his awin to/' ^^tMx^ 
consentt for the burgh of Selkirk to repoirtt and exhibitt at the nixtt §^^* aroro- 
assemblie of burrowis ane actt maid be the magistratis of the said burgh, bationta. 
be comraoun consent, ratefeing and afferming the haill procedings of this 
presentt assemblie, and all that may follow thairon etc., Lyke as Thomas 
Hay, commissioner for the burgh of Elgyne, acted him as souerty for the 
burgh of Name, to the effect and in maner aboue expremit etc. 

The samyn day, comperitt Dauid Clark and Maister Androw Wilsoun, AdmiBrioun of 
commissioneris for the burgh of Bruntiland, be virtu of ane special com- anefale burgh, 
missioun granted to thame be the baillies and counsall of the said burgh 
exhibite to the saidis commissioneris, and desyritt thame as conmiission- 
eris foirsaidis to be receavitt and admittit in the nomber of the commis- 
sioneris of the burrowis foirsaidis, and thair said burgh to be enrollit with 

2 G 



234 Cohventwn of Royal Burghs. 

the frie burrowis of this realme, according to thair erectioun and liberties 
granted be oure Souerane Lord and his Hienes predecessouris to the said 
burgh, ratefeitt and confermit in parliamentt, and according to letteris of 
homing, be delyuerance of the Lordis of Secreitt Counsall, purchest thair- 
upoun, quhairwith the saidis haill commissioneris ar chargitt to the 
effectt abouementionatt ; Efter avysementt quhairwith, the foirsaidis 
commissioneris, for feir and obedience of the saidis letteris of horning, 
admittit and admittis the foirsaidis commissioneris in thair nomber and 
societie, and ordanis the said burgh of Bruntiland to be enrollitt be thair 
clarkis in the nomber of the remanentt frie burrowis of this realme 
instantly, according to the saidis letteris, and to the effectt mentionatt 
thairin, and this withoutt preiudice to the allegit richtis, tittillis, and pre- 
Ed^DborgMn- vil^g^ ^^ ^^^ burgh of Innerkething, or Edinburgh, or ony vther burgh, 
nerkething. qj. \^ Q,jy actioun thatt the saidis burghis in particular hes or may move 
aganis the said burgh of Bruntiland ; quhairvpoun the saidis commission- 
eris of Bruntiland, and Thomas Aikinheid commissioner for the burgh of 
Edinburgh, and George Duiy commissioner for the said burgh of Inner- 
kething, respectiue, askitt instrumcntis. 
Eiectioun of ^^^ Same day, anentt the desyir of the merchantis of this realme, 
ane minister to trafficquaris in the pairtis of Flanderis, for erectioun of ane Scotis kirk 
in Campfeir. in the tovnc of Campfer in Zeland, and appoynting of ane minister for 
seiniing thairin, the foirsaidis commissioneris, efter gude digestioun of thatt 
matter, and considemtioun of the necessitie of the same, hes with ane 
consentt aggieitt and accorditt thatt ane minister salbe electitt and 
appointed for teching of Godis wourd within the said tovne of Campfer, 
and thatt he be sustenitt, aither vpoun thatt benefite granted be the said 
tovne of Campfeir, the tyme of the estaiblisching of the Scotis staipill 
thairin, anent the discharge of the excyse of beir, or ellis be ane impoist 
of the gudes thatt salhappin to arryve to Flanderis, or be ane contribu- 
tioun of the Scotis factouris resident thair, or be ony ane or twa of the 
saidis meanis; committing hereby full power to the burghis of Edinburgh, 
Dondy, Perth, Abirdene, Striveling, Linlithqu, Glasqu, or ony four of thame 
coniunctlie, to entreitt and handill this matter specialie, and als to nominatt 
and elect the foirsaid minister to seme in the said functioun, be the 
aduyce of the Kii k and Assemblie thairof. 



Convention of Royal Burghs, 235 

Tlie same day, the foirsaidis commissioneiis, in respect of wechty and dw^'^^^fmw- 
grave effaires quhilkis they have presentlie in hand concerning the weill ^ethmj? and 
of thair estaitt, to be menit and entreittitt at this approachand parlia- tomeris ; and 
mentt, continewis thair ansuer to the desyir of the burgh of Innerketh- f^^^n^^^ 
ing anent the customing of schippis passing vp tlie narrow watter of j^^F ^^^ ^^H**" 
Forth, on thair syde thairof, to thair nixtt assemblie in Edinburgh, befoir 
tlje said parliamentt ; as alsua the phicing and nominatioun of customeris 
within the haill frie burro wis of this realme, and ordour taking with 
thame, to tliair nixtt assembly foirsaid ; and forther, anentt the impost 
raisitt for making of the expenssis of Maister George Hacquett and Ihonn 
Gourhiy to Flanderis and Inghind in the burrowis effaris, to be entreittit 
. as said is befoir the said parliament. 

The same day, it is concluditt be the commissioneris of the burrowis Setting of ane 
foirsaidis, thatt the burrowis nominatt and appoyntitt in the act maid in iniaik wyiiis 
thair last assemblie att Cowpar for setting doun of the forme of the ^^^ customee 
taxationis to be impositt and lifted of the saidis burrowis for paymentt 
of the iniaik of the ciistoraes, and threttv tunnis wyne promitted to [the] 
Kingis Maicstie, for the sett and tak thairof, sail convene at the said 
burgh of Edinburgh befoir the said approachand parliamentt, and mak 
ane peifyte roll conforme to the tennour of the said actt maid at Cowpar 
as said is ; provyding thatt att the making and perfyting of the said roll 
thair be ane equall nomber of diy and sea burrowis, and the samyn na 
vtherwayis to be maid. 

The same day, having consideratioun of the povertie of the burgh of cuiane Uoen- 
Culane, and of the exemptioun granted to thame fra conuentionis, bes^^***P" 
gcvin licence to George Moresoun, commissioner thairof, to depairtt and 
pas hame fra the presentt conuentioun without ony danger of vnlaw to 
be incurrit be him for the said burgh thairfoir ; and the said George hes 
affermit the hail proceedingis of this presentt conuentioun, maid and to 
be maid. 

The samyn day, anentt the supplicatioun presented be lames Dumbar of Forres exemp- 
Tarbett, provest and commissioner for the burgh of Forres, mening the pure suer to the re- 
and simple estaitt of the said burgh, dekay of the commoun warkis thairof, S*SuSr bu^! 
and greitt oppressioun and intrusioun maid be gentillmen tliair nycht- catioun. 
bouris in thair commoun lan<]is, as alsua of the incommoditie and wrang 
the Sciid burgh sustenis be balding of mercattis and faires att kirkis and 



236 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

chappellis and vtheris vnfrie places adiacent to thame, to the preiudice of 
the liberties of the haill burrowis, and thairfoir desyring the said burgh 
to be respected in alteratioun of the taxt rollis, and to grantt to thaine 
ane exemptioun fra connentionis of the said burrowis for ane certane space, 
as alsua to mene the oppressioun foirsaid to the Kingis Maiestie and 
Estaitis in parliamentt, as the said supplicatioun beris, the foirsaidis 
commissioneiis, efler dew consideratioun thairof, being certanlie persuaditt 
of the povertie of the said burgh, hes exemitt and exemis the same fra 
keping of all thair assemblies and conuentionis for the space of thre 
zeris nixtt following the daitt heirof, without any danger of vnlaw to 
be incurritt be thame, provyding thatt the said burgh of Forres direct 
and send to euery conuentioun of the saidis burrowis to be haldin indur- 
ing the said space, with the commissioneris of the ewest burgh vnexe- 
mit fra the said conuentionis, thair actt or missive autentik, approving 
the haill proceedingis and conclusionis of the same assemblie according to 
the ordour tane thairanentt ; and continiwis thair ansuer to thatt heid 
of the said supplicatioun tuiching the diminisching of the extentt of the 
said burgh to thair nixtt genei^al conuentioun of burrowis, quhairin the 
alteratioun of the taxtt roUis is to be handlitt ; and forther, promesis to 
assist the said burgh in mening of the oppressionis foirsaidis in parlia- 
ment to his Maiestie and Estaitis. 
ansoer^to ^An- The Same day, anent the desyir of the erecting of Anstruther in ane 
f^^eto* ^^ ^® burgh, and enrolling of the same with the remanentt frie burrowis of 
this realme, the foirsaidis commissioneris, vnderstanding ane actioun and 
cause depending betuix thame and the burgh of Craill concerning the 
liberties of the said tovne of Anstruther befoir the Lordis of oure 
Soueranis Sessioun, and as zitt vndecyditt, continwis the ansuer to be 
gevin to thair said desjdr vnto the decisioun and conclusioun of the said 
actioun ; quhairvpoun Williame Bowsy commissioner for Craill askitt 
instrumentis, and Dauid Bumsyde and Ihonn Alexander in name of the 
said tovne of Aiistruther protested for remeid. 
Ordour for pay- The Same day, the commissionaris of the burrowis of Edinburch, 
generaii ciarids Dundic, and Pci-th, be the tennour heirof, at the speciall desyre of the 
anS^tocumand '^"^*^^°*' commissiouaris of burrowis present, bindis and oblissis thame 
of his expens- and thair saidis burghis respectiue coniunctlie to thankfuUie content and 
pay to Johne Guthrie generall clerk to thair conventioms the sowme of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 237 

ane hundreth lib. as for his stipend and fie of the zeir last bypast ; as 
alsua to content and pay to the said Johne the sowme of ane vther 
hundreth lib. for his stipend and fie modefeit to him for his service in 
the zeir nixt following the day and dait heirof, lyik as the remanent of 
the saidis commissionaris be thir presentis bindis and oblissis thame and 
thair saidis burrowis, of quhom thai haif thair commissionis respectiue, 
to freith releiw and keip skaythles the saidis burghis of Edinburgh, 
Dundie, and Perth of the premissis, and of all damnage and interes that 
thai may sustene be the band foirsaid, and specialUe appoyntis and 
assignis to the saidis thrie burrowis the haill vnlawis of the burrowis 
amerciat at this present conventioun, and restand awand in tymes past, 
or being in thair agentis handis for thair releiff of the premissis, with 
power to thame, in name of the saidis burrowis, to purches homing and 
vtheris executoriallis for p&yment thairof, and gif the saidis vnlawis sail 
nochtt extend to the full payment of the saidis sowmes, nor zitt happine 
to be ingottine of the burrowis addebtit thairin, the saidis commissionaris 
ar contentt that samekill as sail happine to rest over the saidis vnlawis 
that sail be resavit sail be payit be the extent and taxatiouhe nixt to 
be sett for payment of the inlaik of the customis, and xxx twnis wynes 
addebtit to the Kyngis Maiestie for the saidis custumis ; and for better and 
mair swir payment to the said lohne of the saidis sowmes respectiue, the 
saidis thrie particulare burrowis ar content that the Lordis of oure 
Soueranes Sessioun interpone thair authoritie heirto, and direct letteris 
and executoriallis as efleiris thairvpon, at the instance of the said lohne, 
and remittis the modificatioun of the said lohns expenssis maid in keiping 
the conventionis to the saidis thrie burrowis. 

The same day, the commissioneris of the burrowis foirsaidis vpoun Vniformitie 
sum complaintis maid to thame anentt the disconformitie and difference ^^^5^ 
of the wechtis and mesouris within the frie burrowis of this realme, be the bunowia. 
tennour heirof ratefeis and afiermis thair auld actis and constitutionis 
maid for the vniformitie thairof, and in speciall thatt actt maid in the 
conventioun of burrowis haldin at Edinburgh in the moneth of Apryle 
1552 zeris, ordaining the stane wechtt to be conforme to the stane wechtt 
of Laneai'k, the pynt stoup according to the jug of Striveling, the firlott 
agreable with the firlott of Linlithqu, and the elnwand conforme to the 
enlwand of Edinburgh, and that na disconformitie be of the saidis wechtis 
and mesouris, vnder the paynis contenit in the saidis acttis. 



238 



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Dondic, vnfrie The Same (lay, anentt the coraplayntt produeit be the dekynnis of 
cmftis of the burgh of Dondy, l)eriDg thame to be greitlie hurtt in thair 
liberties, and the haill burrowis preiugitt of thair pi'evilegis, be the resort- 
ing and residence of all kynde of ciuftismen in the suburbis of frie 
buiTowis of this realme, enioying thairby als greitt commoditie asfiiemen 
subiect to taxationis and all burdingis impositt vpon the saidis burrowis ; 
efter consideratioun of the quhilk complaynt, the saidis commissioneris 
ordanis the burgh of Edinburgh to mene the same in the approchand 
parHament, and to desyir remeid to be provydit thairto be the Eingis 
Maiestie and Estaitis thairof 
Acceptatioun The same day, the saidis commissioneris being conuenit, comperitt 
Bre?chan.*^^™^ Robert Lichton, commissioner for the burgh of Montrois, and accepted that 
pairtt of the clame gevin in aganis the said burgh be the commissioneris 
of Breichan, proporting that the burghis of Montrois and Dondy hes had 
libei-ty and previlege to handill and traffeque within the said citie and 
friedome thairof friulie in tymes past, and thairupoun askitt instrumentis. 



Quintolulij, 1587. 



Thayne des- 
pensitt with. 



Kinf^ow, 
Dischingtoun. 



The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, at the special desyir of 
N ane missive direct frome Williame Makartnay thair generall agent, dis- 
penssis with the absence of the burgh of Tliayne fra this present conven- 
tioun, and declaris thame frie of all vnlaw thairfoir, the said Williame 
actand himselff thatt the said burgh be thair actt of courtt or sum vther 
antentik wiitt sail approve the haill conclusiouns in this presentt conven- 
tioun. And the commissioner of Innernes protested the enrolling of 
thame suld nocht preiuge thame of thair liberties. 

The same day, anent the contrauersie standing betuix Martyne 
Deschingtoun, customer of Pittinweme,and Thomas Kingzow, bailie thairof, 
his comptroller, anentt the comptes of the saidis customes of the said burgh, 
baith pail-ties being present, the saidis commissioneris, in respect of the 
schortness of tyme quhilk they have for intreitting of vtheris thair wechtie 
effairea, remittis the said contrauersie arid coguitioun to be tane of baith 
the saidis pairties comptes to the four couimissioneris of the burrowis 
appoynted for hering of the generall comptis of the hail customes, with 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 239 

power to thame to determine tliaiiin in sic soirtt and maner as the 
saidis haill commissioneria mycht liaif done in this presentt conuention ; 
quhilkis commissioneris of Edinburgh, Dondy, and Perth accepted in 
and vpoun thame the bnrding heirof, and assignit to baith the saidis 
pairties this day ancht dayis, within the burgh of Edinburgh, to compeir 
in the Nether Tolbuyth thairof and produce thair comptis ; lykeas the 
saidis haill commissioneris, be resoun of sum misbehaviour of the saidis 
pairties in thair presences, ordanis thame baith to fynd catioun, ilkane 
vnder the payne of fyve hundreth merkis, that nather of thame sail offer 
occasioun of iniuery to vtheris for the space of tuenty dayis nixtt heir- 
efter, and that they sail baith compeir befoir the saidis four burrowis in 
Edinburgh the day foirsaid, to the effectt abouexpremitt ; for obedience of. 
the quhilk ordinance, George Adamsoun burges of Pettinveme, as cautiounar 
for the said Thomas Kingzow, and Williame Bowsy burges of Craill, as 
cautiounar for the said Martyne Dischingtoun, to the effect aboue contenit, 
ar acted bond and obleist respectiue of thair awin consentis vnder the 
paynis aboue mentionat, and the principall pairties obleist to releve the 
saidis pairties of the premissis. 

The quhilk day, the foirsaidis commissioneris vnderstanding the povertie ro^'exemitt 
and greitt penurie of the buiTOwis of Ruthuglen, Elgyne, Wigtoun, led- ^«>nven- 
burgh, Kirkcudbrycht, Banff, Forfar, Innernes, Thayne, Culane, and 
Quhithorn, hes exemit, and be thir presentis exemis the saidis burrowis 
respectiue fra keping of all conuentionis of burrowis for the space of thre 
zeris nixtt following the daitt heirof; willing and declaring heirby that 
they nor [any] of thame sail incur ony danger or vnlaw be thair absence 
thairfi-a nochtwithstanding ony actis maid in the contrair, provyding that 
ilkane of the saidis burrowis direct, with the commissioneris of the burgh 
ewest to thame nochtt exemit, to euery conuentioun of the saidis burrowis 
during the space foirsaid, ane autentik missive appieving the conclusionis 
and procedings of tlie saidis conuentionis. 

The same day, the saidis commissioneris of burrowis, efter considera- Continuatioun 
tioun of the desyris of the burgh of Edinburgh tuiching the rembursing petitionistothe 
to thame of the sovme of tuelff. hundreth merkis aduancitt to Adam ai^BubUeT^'*" 
FouUertoun, and of twa thousand merkis to vmquhile George Lord Sey- 
toun, as alsua of ane thousand pundis debursitt and aduancitt be thame 
to the comptroller at the last tak of the customes, with the sovme of twa 
thowsand pundis to the fumesing my Lord Embassadour laitlie direct to 



240 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Denmark, and of the interes pajritt be thame thairfoir, Finding the twa 
last heidis nocht to have bene menit to thame of befoir, and thatt tyme 
will nocht serue to give resolute ansuer to the first twa, conforme to ane 
act of continwatioun maid in the last conuentioun of Cowper thairanent, 
hes be the aduyse of commissioneris of the said burgh of Edinburgh, they 
being ernistlie requeistitt thairto, continewitt and continewis thair speciall 
ansuer to the haill poyntis of the said burgh of Edinburghis desyir to 
the nixtt generall assemblie of the saidis bun'owis, to be haldin at the 
said burgh of Edinburgh the penultt day of October nixttocum, and 
ordanis the haill burrowis to direct thair commissioneris fullie instructed 
to geve resolute ansuer thairto, and to be rememberitt in the missivis to 
be direct to that effect. 

FoUowis certan Articlis to be pennitt and gevin in att the approch- 
and parliament. 

Item in the first, To desyir the auld liberties and previlegis of the 
to be proponit burrowis to be ratefeitt and approvin, and specialie thatt libertie and 
m parliament previlege quhairby they war exemitt fra all wairdan and lieutenant 
raidis. 

Item, In consideratioun of the greitt travellis and expenssis quhairvnto 
the inhabitantis of this realme ar oft tymes putt be the inordinatt gre- 
dynes of messengers and vtheris officeris of armes in summonding thame 
vpoun assysis, the mater quhairfoir nawayis being notour to thame, 
thairfoir to desyir ane generall exemptioun to the haill inhabitantis of 
burrowis fra all assysLs and inqueistis, except the fact be committit 
within the burgh quhair they duell, or within twa mylis aboutt, as is 
granted to sum particular of the saidis burrowis be the Kingis Maiesties 
predecessouris. 

Item, Thatt the auld actis maid anentt transportaris of forbiddin gudes 
be ratefeitt, and speciallie that the transporting of coillis be simpliciter 
prohibited, in respect of the decay of the heuchis, and presentt exhorbi- 
tant derth thairof. 

Item, Thatt the actis maid anent cowparis and foirstalleris be ratefeitt, 
and ane speciall declaratour be sett doun, be act of parliament, anentt 
the description of foirstalleris, cowparis, and regratouris, to the effect 
inferiour [iudges] may mair esalie discharge thair offices in putting of the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 241 

saidis acfcis of parliament aganis the contravenaiis thairof to executioun, 
insafar as power is granted to thame thairby. 

Item, To remember that the act of parliament maid anentt the estaitt 
and qualities of personis within burgh suld be renewit. 

Item, To mene in the said parliament thatt Maisteris of Grammer 
Scoles within burrowis be onnawayis suffeiit to vse the functioun of ano 
minister or notar, quhairby they ar drawin fi* thair ordinar cure, nor 
ane minister to beir the office of ane scole maister or notar. 

Item, To be rememberitt in parliament thatt the haJll testamentis, greitt 
and small indifferentlie, be confermit be the iugis ordinar of the commis- 
sariat quhair the defunctis hes dueltt, sure cautioun beand found for 
gude seruice and compte of the quotis eta 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis foirsaidis nominatis MeUii ooUeo- 
and electis Andrew Mekill, seruand to Robertt Gourlay thair generall ^^ vnUwis. 
coUectouF, collectour to ingather the vnlawis of the burrowis absentt and 
nocht comperand to this presentt conuentioun, and he to be comptabill 
thairfoir to the burrowis, and the burrowis appojnited for hering of the 
customeris comptis to modefie his fie thairfoir. 

Item, That ane article be proponit in parliament for redres of the ex- -Article, saltt. 
traordinar dewties tane for licence of saltt to pas furth of the realme, and 
thatt the samyn be licentiatt to be transported, eta 



Sexto lulij 1587. 

The saidis commissioneris, vpoun repoirtt of the povertie of the burgh QnUthomto 
of Quhithorn, at the desyir of Robertt Forester eldar, commissioner for gitt and uiey 
Kirkcudbrycht, dischargis thair vnlaw of tuenty li, quhairin they ar ®"™^**' 
eonuict for absence fitt this conuentioun, and exemis the said burgh fra 
all conuentionis of burrowis for thre zeris, vpoun the conmioun proui- 
sionis, etc. 

The same day, continewis the setting doun of the forme of the roUis Aitemtioiiiiroi- 
anent the taxationis to be imposit for inlaik of the customes and wynis, oustomes oon- 
to thair nixt general assemblie of burrowis etc. tinewitt 

The same rdayl, the commissioneris foirsaidis remittis and dischanns Abirbrothok 

'■''■■ ^ ^ ▼nUw remittit 

^ If 



242 O/nventir/n of Royal Burghs. 

the bargfa (j( AMrbix^tbok ane of the twa mlawis qohairm thej ^ ooouici 
£/r ttiair alj^ence fix/rne this oonuentiaiiii, and the oonoentiaan of Cowpar, 
jnrovjdiDg he pay the aoe thairof within the spmx of ane moneth nixt 
hein^fter. 
Omihr%a^f% T\te coTDinissir/neriB of burrowia fbirsaidia ordams Ihonn Gothre, in 
mCdrm^^* t^iair nameH, to sabeciy ve the mistdves direct to Sanctandiois^ Thomas and 
Alane L^ntronis, Laird Anstmther, and Tovne of Peitinweme, anoitis the 
ffuppreiMing of piracie in the firth and vther pairttia 
BmMnm furUi The fsarne day, the commissioneris of bonowis foirsaidis gevis fall 
UrkUfrJuyLg power and commiflgiaan to the borrowia of Edinborgfa, Perth, and Dondy 
<4 ptnuiit, ^^ ap[ioyntt and aggre in thair names with Alane Lentroon in Sanctan- 
droiN, for outreking of ane schip, soffidentlie equippyit with all fumiioie 
necesHar bringing or reqoisitt thairto, for suppressing of the pirattis 
banting in tliix firth, and vther pairttis betoix Zarmouth, Orknay, or 
Bchyteland, for the sovme of ane thowsand merkis, quhairof the saidis 
baill burrowis obleissis thame to releve the saidis thre buirowis of the 
said principall sovme and intres to be payitt to sic as adoancis the samyn 
thaiifoir, and t<^> refound for tliair pairtis to the saidis thre burrowis the 
samyn princi[>all sovme and intres, gif ony beis payitt, within twa monethis 
nixtt hcirefler ; and gif the thre burrowis, for the better furthsetting of 
tlie said scliip, salhappin to borrow ony ordinance, viz., four cast pecis, 
they obleiwH thainc to sustene the aventour thairof, and to releve thame of 
the i)rices thairof, incais the samyn be loist, and nocht redelyueritt to the 
leniiiiriH thairof, in maner as the samyn is at the borrowing of the samyn 
saUx5 deiyueritt, and siclyke sail refound, contentt, and pay to the foir- 
namitt burrowis all and quliatsumever sovmes of money itt salhappin 
tliame to deburs vpoun the outred of ane bark with thretty men to 
accompany tlio said Alane in his veyagis abouewrittin, and thatt within 
the spaice of twa moneth nixt heirefter foirsaidia And becaus the com- 
missioneris of the burrowis of the west cuntry, sic as Glasqu, Irrowyne, 
Air, Dumbartan, and vtheris salhappin to half ado for outredding of ane 
schip and bark, ather for occasion of piracy presentlie commifctit or to be 
committit, the saidis haill burrowis oblei&sis thame to releve the saidis 
west burrowis, or ony ane of thame outredding of the said schip [and] bark, 
of sic sovmes as they salhappin to deburs to thatt effectt, provyding the 
samyn exceid nocht the sovmes aduancitt to the outred of the said Alane 
Lcntroun and his bark, and provyding thatt the saidis west burrowis 



CanvmiicM of Royal Burghs. 



243 



accord with the maisteris of the Bchippis quhilk they sail outred, vpoun 
the same conditionis conuenit upoun with Alane Lentroun ; and the saidis 
haill burrowis faythfullie obleissis thame heirto, and ar content that 
executoriallis and vtheris letteris pas heirvpoun in forme as efferis, etc, 
proTtiittendo deToto, etc. 

The same day, the haill commissioneris of buiTowis abouewrittin con- 
cludis and desolnis this thair present conventioun, and appoyntis thair 
nixt generall conuentioun to be haldin at Edinburgh vpoun the penult 
day of October nixtt, and the said burgh to direct missives to the haill 
burrowis for waiming of thame to send thair commissioneris fullie in- 
structed vpoun the speciall beidis continewit thairto, or that sal- 
happin in the menetjrme to intervene, vnder the paynis contenit 
in the actis, to be vplifted of the nocht comperand, and incais of non 
aduerteissar, of the said burgh summondar. 



Thomas Aikinheid 

Wm. Huchesoun with my hand 
led be the notar vndevwrittin 
at my command. I. Guthre. 

Robert Anderson. 

lames Adamsone. 

Andro Ker. 

WilHame Broun. 

Dauid Craufl^ird, 

Ihon Lyndsay. 

Willam Cunyngam. 

Mr Dauid Russell 

Hew Broun. 

Welzom Cunninhem. 

lohane Lumisdane. 

Mr Alexr. Kellie. 

I. Andersone. 

RHay. 

Robert Lychtoun. 

I. Guthre. 

William Bowsy. 



Robert Foster. 
Robert Dalzell. 
lohn Bryce. 
Maister Vm. Houstoun. 
Robert Cusney. 
Thomas Henderson. 
Rot Hay. 
George Durie. 
lohnne Corsaw. 
Mr Thomas Ogilwy. 
Dauid Clark. 
An. Vilsoun, 1687. 
Robertt Livingstoun. 
lohnn Howstoun. 
Robart Pattoune. 
George Sute. 
Thomas Hay. 
lasper Cunning. 
Robert Kyd. 
Alexr. Scrymgeour. 



Edinburgh. 



244 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



In the Conimdvmn and Generall Assemblie of Burroiois 
hey an and haldin at the burch of Edinburgh vpone the 
penult (hxy of Oetoher the zeir of God /*" V"" fourscoir 
sevin zeiris^ Comperit the commissio'neris of Burrowis 
vnderwrittin and produdt thair commissionis^ pairtlie 
vnder the sdllis of thair saidts hurghisy and vtheris 
vnder the suhscriptianis of the magistroMis andcoramoun 
clerkis thairof off the quhUkis burrowis and thair 
commissioneris the names follovris. 

For the burgh off Edinburgh, lohne Amot, prouest, lohne Iohnestx)un, 
ane of the"*counsall, Robert Ker, ane of the baillies, Eduard Galbiuith 
skynner, and Alexander ( >isteane of the counsall ; for Dundie, William 
Duncan, baillie ; for Striveling, William Norvell, and Walter Cowane ; for 
Abirdene, Alexander Forbes ; for Air, Dauid Craufurde, and George 
Cochrane ; for Lynlytht^w, Andro Ker ; for Irwing, Hew Broun ; for 
Glasgow, Robert Rowat, and lohne Lyndesay ; for Drumfreis, lohne Mer- 
schell ; for Hadingtoun, lohne Wilkie ; for Sanctandi'ois, iJuncan Balfour, 
and Dauid Watsone, dene of jj^ild ; for Cowpar, lames Petirsone ; for 
Craill, William Bowsie ; for Montrois, Robert Lichtoun ; for Breichene 
George Arrott ; for Dumfermling, lohne Bosuell ; for Elgyn, lames 
Guthrie ; for Dumbartane, lohne Hardrig ; for ledburghe, Thomas 
Hendersono ; for Dunbar, Maister Alexander Kellie; for Lawd^r, lames 
Lawder ; for Wigtoun, lohne Edzcar ; for Innerkething, George J>ury ; 
for Forfair, W^illiam Thomsone ; for Kirkcaldy, Robert Hay, baillie ; for 
Dysert, lames Halkquet ; for AbirbrotlK»k, lohne Haillis ; for Selkirk, 
Gawin Wilkie ; Pettinveme, Thomsus Kenzow ; for Brunteland, lohne 
Clapen, provest, Maister Andro Vilsone, clerk ; for Kingome, Williame 
Cuninghame ; for Northbervik, How Baillie, Robert Olipher ; for An- 
struder, William Blak ; Forres be commissioun ; Banff be commissioun ; 
Kirkcudbrycht be ane missive. 



Conveiitwn of Royal Burghs. 245 

The sayran day, the commissioneris foirsaidis according to the ordour EiecUomodera- 
and actis of buiTowis, electis and nominatis lohne Arnot prouest of the ^^' 
burch of Edinburgh in Modeiutour during this present conuentioun. 

The samyn day, for keping of gude ordour and convening in dew tyme Actforconven- 
for bettir dispesche vpone sic materis as thai haue presentlie to intreit, it tyme. 
is statute and ovdanit that euerie commissioner induring this pi-esent 
conuentioun, daylie, befoir none and efter, convene at the place and hour 
appointit be the said modeiutour, ilk jiersone vnder the pane of vjs. viijd., 
sa oft as he failziea 



Vltimo Octobris 1587. 

The qukilk day, the commissioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Vniawing bur- 
Dundie, Air, Lynlythqw, Irwing, Glasgow, Hadingtoun, Dunbar, Lawder, ^^rand^the 
Breichen, Montros, Selkirk, Dunfermline, Abirbrothok, Kirkcaldy, North- ^^^ <^y <>^ ^^® 
bervik, Dunbartan, Wigtoun, ledburghe, Pettinveme, and Brunteland, 
iindis conforme to the actis and statutis of burrowis maid anent conven- 
ing vpon the first day of the conventioun and generall assemblie, that the 
burrowis of Perthe, Rothesay, Renfrew, Ruthuglen, Quhithome, Lanerk, 
Peiblis, Drumfreis, Craill, Innemes, Sanctandrois, Cowpar, Culane, Thayne, 
and Dysert, in respect of thair nocht comperance the said first day and 
presenting be thair commissionaris of thair commissionis respectiue, that 
thay and euerie ane of thame hes incurrit the pane and vnlaw of tuentie 
pundis, and this in respect of thair lauchfiill citatioun and warning as 
wes sufficientlie verefeit be writ be Andro Mekill seniitour to the generall 
collectour of burrowis. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis for ansuering to the first Commfasiomi 
heid of the missiuo direct to thame be the said bui-ch of Edinburgh at rowis to sett 
command of the commissioneris of burrowis conveiiit at the burgh of ^^||°^®,/*jj* 
Dundie in lulij last and actis maid thairat, and at the burch of Cowpar ^^^^^ "^ *^« 
the zeir preceding, for setting doun of ane taxt roll contening quhat wynis. 
euerie burgbe sail, induring the tyme of thair tak of the Kingis Maiesties 
customes vpone the inlaik of the same and threttie tunnis wyne to be 
payitt zeiriie to his Hienes thairfore, pay of euerie hundreth pundis quhen- 
soeuir ony taxatioun suld occur be the inlaik of the saidis customes to 



246 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

be impoisit vpone thame, hes electit and nominat the commifisioneriB ot 
the burghe of Edinburgh, Dundie, Glasgow, Lynlythqw, Hadingtoun and 
Breichene to set doun the said roll vpone euerie particular burghe as said 
is, conforme to the tennour of the act maid thairanent at the said burghe 
of Cowpar the thrid day of Maij 1586 zeris, to quhome thay for thame- 
selffis, and as hawand speciall commissioun of the haUl remanent burrowis 
of this realme, gevis full powar and commissioun to that effect, promis- 
ing ferme and stabill etc., but preiudice alwyis of the generall taxt roll to 
be alterit at this present conuentioun befoir the dissolving thairof. The 
commissioneris of the quhilkis burrowis viz. for Edinburghe, Ihone 
Ihonestoun, and Eduard Galbraith, for Dundie, William Duncan, for 
Glasgow, Robert Rowat, for Lynlythqw, Andro Ker, for Hadingtoun, 
lohne Wilkie, and for Breichene, Greorge Arrott, acceptitt in and vpone 
thame the setting and forming of the said roll, and to that effect gaue 
thair aithis conforme to the tennour of the said act at Cowpar, according 
to thair knawlege and conscience to do the samyn, and hes appointit twa 
houris eftir none to convene for ending thairof. In the menetyme willis 
that the remanent commissioneris of burrowis convenit be hering the 
comptis of the custumaris of this realme, to quhome thay giff full powar 
to that effect; as alsua to heir the comptis of Martene Dischingtoun 
sumtyme custumar of the burch of Pettinveme comptrollit be Thomas 
Kenzow, baillie, and comptrollar thairof, as wes assignit to thame hi/nc 
inde at this conventioun to haue comperit to that effect, promising ferme 
and stabill etc. 

Taxt Roll, in- The forme and maner of ane Taxt Eoll set be the burrowis befoir 
Jj^j^^™^"* mentionat, quhat euerie burghe of this realme suld pay of euerie 

hundreth pundis of all taxationis to be imposit vpone thame 
induring ane zeir to cum alanerlie, of the Kingis Maiesties 
customes, vpone the inlaik thairof and threttie tunnis of wyne to 
be payit be thame zeirlie to his Hienes thairfore as foUowis : — 

Edinburch, xxxviij li. ijs. viijd. Peiblis, vj a 

Dundie, ix IL x s. viij d Abirbrothok, ij a viij d. 

Perthe, vij li. xij s. Dunbar, x s. 

Abirdene, vij li. iiij s. ledburgh, x s. 

Air, 1 a iiij d. Wigtoun, iiij a 



Convention of Royal BurgJis. 



247 



Glasgow, liij b. iiij A 
Sanctandrois, Ivj s. 
Stiiveling, xxvj s. viij A 
Dysert, iij li. iiij s. 
Kirkcaldie, 1 a 
Pettinveme, xl a. 
Craill, xxxij s. 
Anstnider be eist the 

bume, xlviij s. 
Cowpar, xvj a 
Montrois, xls. 
Innernes, xxxvj s. 
Elgyn, xxxij s. 
Brunteland, xxx b. 
Drumfreis, xxxij s. 
Lynlithgow, x s. 
Hadingtoun, xiiij a 
Selkirk, iiij a 
Lanerk, vs. iiij d. 
Siunma of this Roll is j^. ij li.. 



Dunbartane, xvj a 
Kirkcudbrycht, xb, 
Irving, xij a 
Dumfermling, v s. iiij A 
Innerkething, vj a 
Kingome, xx s. 
Banff, xiij a iiij A 
Forfair, xvj A 
Breichen, xij s. 
Forres, iiij a 
Eanfrow, ij s. viij A 
Quhithome, iij a 
Bothesay, va 
Northbervik, xij d. 
Lawder, xvj A 
Name, viij A 
Thayne, xvj A 
Culane, iij s. iiij A 
Ruthuglen, x\j A 
and this ij IL for ingathering thairof. 



The quhilk day, in presence of the commissioneris abouewrittin, com- ProteBtatioun, 
pent Dauid Crawfurde, commissioner for Air, and protested thatt forsa- 
mekill as at the last generall conuentioun of buiTowis haldin att Cowper 
it was concludit thatt gif new tak war tano of the customes thair suld be 
ane taxtt roll sett be the burrowis for payment of the inlaik thairof and 
thretty tunnis to be payitt zeirlie to [the] Kingis Grace thairfoir, for 
making of the quhilk roll and taxtt thair was certan burrowis specialie 
nominatt to thatt effect, of the quhilk the said burgh of Air was ane, as 
burgh maist expertt of the burrowis trafficque in the west pairtis, as alsua 
in the last conuentioun haldin at Dondy the said tovne was lykewyis 
provyditt to the doun setting of the roll foirsaiA and now to the same 
effect being specialie cum to this presentt conuentioun, protested in respect 
of the alteratioun of the ordour concludit in baith the saidis former 
conuentionis in placing of commissioneris of particular burghis, vnexpertt 
of estaitt and trafficque of the burrowis in the west pairtis, and displacing 



248 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

of the commissioner of Air foirsaid, quha offerit him selff rady befoir 
the setting doun of the said Boll or performing thairof, thatt the 
setting thairof preceditt thaiiintill suld be null and of na effect, and that 
the said burgh be sim])liciter exemit thairfra and of all executioun 
mycht follow thairupoun in respect of the premissis. 
Oommissioun The quhilk day, comperit Olipher Peiblis burges of Perthe and pro- 
o e re usitt ^^^j^ ^^^^ commissioun direct frome the counsall thairof desyring him to 
be admittit as commissioner thairfore, quhilk they i-efusit to admit insafar 
as the samyn is onlie direct be the counsal of the said burch without 
consent of the provest and baillies of the samyn, quhairfore they &nd the 
said burghe as of befoir, nochtwithstanding the compeirance of the said 
Olipher and productioun of the said pretendit commissioun, to be wnlawit 
in the said sowme of tuentie pundis ; quhairvnto the said Olipher 
disassentit, and wpone the productioun of the said commissioun and thair 
refusall of the admissioun thairof askit instrumentis, and thairefter 
ressauit the same wp again with thair ansuer thairto on the bak of the 
samyn. 
Cowpftr, Dy- ITie samyn day, findis that the burghis of Cowpar and Dysert, nocht- 
rioneiS°*™*^ withstanding the productioun be thair commissioneris of thair commis- 
sionis, that the acceptatioun thairof sail nocht preiuge the haill burrowis 
of the saidis twa particular burghis vnlawis, incais the commissioneris 
thairof pleis to remane and keip this present conventioun ; and siclyk 
toward Forfair. 



Primo Nouembris, 1587. 

mi88?oiv»ri8°of '^^ quhilk day, compeirit lames Guthrie commissioner for the burghe of 

burrowis com- Elgyn, Williamc Norvell commissioner for the burghe of Striveling, lohne 

ce^ittTutT Merschell commissioner for the burghe of Drumfreis, Dauid Watsone com- 

SiiSp^LildB. iiiissioner for the citie of Sanctandrois, William Bowsie commissioner for 

the burch of Craill, and Alexander Forbes commissioner of the burghe of 

Abirdene, with the commissionis of thair burghis respectiue foirsaidis, 

quhilkis the remanent commissioneris of burrowis ordanes to be ressauit, 

but preiudice of the wnlawis incurrit be thame for thair nocht compeirance 

the first day to this present conuentioun. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 249 

Secundo Nouembris, 1587. 

The quhilk day, the maist pairt of the buirowis presentlie convenit, ^^SaS"*" 
efter lang ressoning vpoun ane ansuer to be gewin to the propositioun l^^v^f*' 
and desyir of. the richt honorabill the Justice Clerk and Sir Robert Meiuiie. 
Mehiill direct frome the Kingis Maiestie, for lending to his Hienes of ane 
certane sowme of money for furnisment and outtredding of ane new 
Imbassadour to Denmark, in respect they came nocht instructit nor had 
commissioun of thair burrowis to that effect, disassentit thairto. 

The quhilk day, because, the haill number of the burrowis presentlie p^^tloim * 
convenit ar chairget to pass doun to the Kingis Maiestie for gewing of s2^]^bS?^^ 
thair particular ansueris toward the propositioun of the saidis Justice MeiuOi and 
Clerk and Sir Robert Meluill, Findis that induring thair absence that ane to heir oomptis. 
of the commissioneris of the burch of Edinburgh, Striveling, Glasqow, 
Air, Sanctandrois, togidder with William Makartnay, agent, and Andro 
Mekle, seruand to the generall coUectour, sail convene in the Nethir 
Counsalhous of this burch be xj houiis befoir none and remane quhill ewin 
thairin vpone the hering of sic custu maris comptis as ar heir presentlie to 
mak the samyn, Quha, according to thair directioun, hard the comptis of 
Striveling, Air, Sanctandrois, Dysert, Pettinveme, and Dundie. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis having woittit quhidder SlT^I*^™' 
of the sowmes of fywe thowsand, sex thowsand markis, or fywe thowsand m^rkia. 
pundis suld be grantit to be lent to the Kingis Majestic for furnisment of 
liis said Imbassadour to Denmark, the haill grantis to the lending of sex 
thowsand markis to that effect, vpone sic securitie as salbe devysit, nawyis 
exceding the same ; and hcii-to, or to the lending of ony vther sowmes of 
money. Hew Broun commissioner for the burch of Air, disassented. 

The samyn day, Alexander Young, familiar seruand to the Kingis ^^^^' ^**" 
Majestic, presentit ane writing sent be Maister James Meluill, minister at 
Pettinveme, desyring thairby that Mertyne Dischingtoun and Thpmas 
Kenzow, induellaris thair, be thair aduises vpone sic differences as wes 
betwix thame suld be reconseillit ; quha to that effect willit the commis- 
sioneris of the burrowis of Kirkcaldy, Sanctandrowis, Craill, and Brunt- 
eland, to confer with the saidis pairties, and thair myndis thairanent the 
mornc to repoirt. 

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250 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Tertio Nouembris 1587. 

SSSoJm.^^ The quhilk day, the saidis Mertene Dischingtoun and Thomas Kenzow 
Bubmittit thame voluntarlie of thair awin consentis to the decisioun of the 
burrowis foirsaidis anent sic differences as hes resultit vpone the making 
and comptrolment of the said Mertenis comptis and vtherwayis ; and the 
saidis haill burrowis siclyk remittit for thair pairtis thair actioun thairin 
to the decisioun and conclusioun of the saidis burrowis nominat to that 
effect, promising ferme and stabill, etc. 
CoMenting to The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis for the gude zeill and affec- 
the KinK for tioun they bcir to the Eingis Maiestie and furthsetting of his Hienes efiairis, 
embi^adour'** and houppiug thair requeist for relieff of the nychtbowris of Sanct 
to Denmark. lohnestoun furth of waird, as alsua that the commoun weilfair previlegis 
and liberties of burrowis salbe the rather be his Hienes mantenit, aggries . 
to the lenning of four thowsand pundis to his Grace for fumisment of ane 
Imbassadour to Denmark, nawyis exceding the foure, and for making 
to his Hienes of ane offer thairbf, gewis full power and commissioun to the 
prouest of the burch of Edinburgh, the commissioneris of the burrowis of 
Striveling, Air, and Lynlythqw, and quhat thay do thairanent promissis 
to hald ferme and stabill, etc. 
Enrolling An- fhc samyii day, compeirit William Blak commissioner for the towne of 
the bum in ane Anstruder be eist the bume, and desyrit the same, — according to the ercyc- 
® ^"^ tioun thairof in ane frie burghe refill vnder the Kingis Maiesties Qreit 
Seill, and approbatioun maid thairanent be his Hienes and thrie Estaittis 
of this realme in the twa last parliaments haldin at Lynlythqw and Edin- 
burgh respectiue, — that the samyn, conforme to the tennour of the saidis 
erectioun and actis of parliament, suld be inrollit amangis the remanent 
frie burrowis of this realme, to beir sic portabill chairges with thame in 
all tyme cuming as to thair habilitie and powar thay mycht, as at lenthe 
is contenit in thair supplicatioun gewin in thairanent, Quhairwith the 
saidis commissioneris being ryplie auisit, the commoun weilfair of thair 
estait Weill foirsene, and the richtis foirsaidis of the said toun of Anstruder 
deulie and exactlie considerit, all in ane voce (the toun of Craill onlie ex- 
cept) ordanes the said toun of Anstruder to be inrollit be thair clerk 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 251 

amangis the remanent of thair number of frie burrowis eonforme to the 
erectioun thairof and actis of parliament proeeding thairupone, lyk as thay 
causit him inroll the samyn, vpone the conditionis mentionat in the said 
burghis supplicatioun, and prouyding that, incaLs the said burch of Craill 
prevail! aganes thame in the actioun of thair liberties depending befoir 
the Lordis of oure Souerane Lordis Sessioun, that this thair enrolment be 
null, now as than and than as now, quhairwpone the said William Blak qJ^l****^ 
commissioner for the said burch of Anstruder askit instrumentis. And 
the said William Bowsie, commissioner for the said burch of Craill, pro- 
testit that this the said toun of Anstruder is inrolling amangis the remanent 
frie burrowis suld nawyis preiuge the said townis actionis depending befoir 
the Lordis agane thame, nor thair liberties questionabill thairanent 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis efter lang resonyng vpoun Anguor bur- 
the ansuer geving to thatt heid of the missive direct to thame concerning commisaion- 
the rembursing to the burgh of Edinburgh off twa thousand merkis aduan- b—^'^rf 
cit be the magistratis of the said burgh for outredding of Androw Lambis Setouniflij™ 
schip in Leith to the transporting of the vmquhill Lord Seytoun as embas- 
sadour to the Kingis Maicstie to the pairtis of France, as is at lenth 
contenit in the actis maid thairanent, the haill disassentis to the agane 
paying thairof, in respect of thatt clause of the principall act bering quhow 
sone the said vmquhill Lord obtenit the customes of France than extra- 
ordinarly vplifted of the haill merchantis resorting thairto dischargitt, and 
ane discharge delyuerit to thame thairvpoun, he suld half in thatt cais 
had the said sovme and na vtherwyis ; and in respect the said discharge 
was nochtt reportitt nor obtenit, and sua thatt clause of the said 
act nawyis fulfillit, they culd nocht as is aboue expremit consent to the 
rembursing of the said sovme to the said burgh of Edinburgh as said is. 

The samyn day, etc., disassentis to the rembursing to the said burgh Ansuer to 
of twa thowsand pundis aduancit be the magistratis thairof to the outred i^SS^^onr 
of the last cmbassadour to Denmark, and thatt becaus they knew na *<> Denmark, 
thing thairof naither gaif thair consentis thairto. 

The sarajrn day, vnderstanding the sovme of ane thowsand pundis J^*^ ^m^' 
aduancitt be the magistratis of the burgh of Edinburgh in thair names to 
my Lord Comptroller the tyme of the last taking of the Kingis Majesties 
customes of this realme to thair behufe, as zitt nocht to be agane payitt 



252 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

to thame, quhairby the interes to be payitt thairfoir lynnis onsatefeitt 
alsweill be payment of the principall as interes, etc., consentis to the 
continwance of the said interes, and thatt the samjm in the extent to be 
raisitt of the haill burrowis vpon the inlaik of the saidis customes and 
payment of thretty tunnis wyne be includitt and adionit thairto. 
Commiasion to The samyn day, etc., respecting the greitt lois sustenit be the burghis 
is to alter the decFCst in substancc be the nochtt altering of thair generall taxtt roll sein 
taxttroUis. ^^ j^^ altcratioun and tyme prescryuet thairto att the burgh of Air, as 
the same and actis maid thairanentt proportis, and thatt be commoun con- 
sent att the last generall assemblie of burrowis att Dondy in lulij last 
the samyn was continewitt to this presentt generall assembly for remeid 
thairto ; And to the alteratioun of the said generall taxtt roll hes electitt 
and nominatt the commissioner of the burgh of Edinburgh, viz. Henry 
Charteris, for Dondy William Duncan, for Abirdene Alexander Forbes, 
for Air Dauid Crawfurde, for Glasqu Robertt [Rowat,] for Dunfreis 
Ihonn Merschell, for Hadingtoun Ihonn Wilky, for Cowpar lames Peter- 
son, and for Kirkcaldy Robertt Hay ; Quhilkis personis commissioneris 
foirsaids accepted in and vpoun thame the alteratioun and reformatioun 
of the said taxtt rollis maid att Air as said is, and hes maid faith lelelie 
and trewlie to alter and reforme the samyn butt feid or favour conforme 
to thair knawlege and consciences. And efter lang resoning thairupoun, 
the habilitie and presentt inhibilitie of the saidis burrowis dewlie and 
diligently considerit, having as said is God and gude conscience befoir [ee], 
and nathar feid nor favour respectitt, altogether, butt discrepance or 
diuision, hes reformit and reformis the said taxtt roll, as the roll particular 
efter writtin vpoun ilk burgh in speciall of the sovme of ane hundreth 
pundis to be tane and collected of the haill burrowis proportis ; and this 
reformatioun to stand and continew for the space of thre zeris nixt 
heirefter following, and ay and quhill the samjm be of new reformit be 
generall consent as said is, be sic commissioneris as salhappin to be 
appoyntitt to thatt effectt, vpoun lawfull premonition to be maid to the 
haill burrowis thairanentt. And the saidis commissioneris, reformaris and 
alteraris of the said taxtt rollis, be commoun consent of the remanent 
commissioneris of burrowis presentlie conuenit, for collectioun of ilk 
hundreth U. of the taxtt roll foirsaid hes assignit and assignis the sovme 



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253 



of tlire li. twa penneis ; and quhatsumever taxatioun salbe heirefter, in- 
dunng the space aboue expremit, lifted or ordanit to be collected of the 
haill burrowis of this realme, the samyn to be stented be the magistratis 
of the said burgh of Edinburgh presentt and to cum conforme to the said 
roll presentlie reformitt, and na vtherwyis ; and thatt oure Souerane 
Lordis letteris of homing be direct vpoun the said new taxtt roll as was 
ener at ony tyme heii-tofoir vpoun the auld taxtt roUis. 



FoUowis the maner and forme of the alteratioun of the Generall Taxtt 
Roll of burrowis alteritt and reformit at the burgh of Edinburgh the 
day aboue wiittin be the commissioneris of burrowis appoynted 
thairto, and of the sovme of ane hundreth pundis to be collected of 
the haill burrowis of this realme, etc. 



The generall Taxt Roll of an 


hundreth li. : 


Edinburgh with Kingorn 


and 


1 8. Selkirk, xij s. 


Inncrkething, xxix li. : 


KV 8. 


1 9. Peibles, xvj s. 


quharof Inncrkething 


sax 


20. Hadingtoun, xxxviijs. 


schillingis, and Kingorn 


four- 


21. Northbervik, vs. 


tene schillings. 




22. Dumbar, xs. 


4. Striveling, xls. 




23. Lawder, vj s. viij d. 


5. Linlithqu, xxs * 




24. Dunfreis, xxxv s. 


6. Rothesay, viij s. 




25. Abirdene, ix li iij s. iiij d. 


7. Dumbaitan, xx s. 




26. Dondie, xli. xvs. 


8. Renfrow, xviij a 




27. Perth, vj li. 


9. Ruthuglen, vj s. viij d. 




28. Banff, xij s. 


1 0. Air, xliij s. iiij d. 




29. Dumfermling, xvj s. 


1 1 . Irrowy^fie, xxiij s. 




30. Craill, XX 8. 


1 2. Glasqu, iij li. v s. 




31. Forfar, ixs. 


1 3. Kirkcudbrj^cht, xx s. 




32. Breichen, xxviij s. 


14. Wigtoun, xxs. 




33. Montrois, xxxviij s. 


15. Quhi thorn, xs. 




34. Elgene, xxviij s. 


1 6. Laneark, xviij s. 




35. Innernes, xxx s. 


17. ledburgh, xxiiij s. 




36. Abirbrothok, xxs. 



Alteratioun 
taxt roll, last 
att Air. 



254 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



ProteeUUo," 
Air, rollis, in- 
laik ciiBtoines, 
Bnmtiland, &o. 



37. Sanctan(irois,ujli. xs.iiijd. 

38. Cowpar, xxxij s. 

39. Culane, \j s. x A 

40. Forres, x s. 

41. Name, v s. 

42. Thayne, x s. 

43. Dysartt, Is. 

44. Kirkcaldy, xxvj s. 

45. Pettinweme, xxiiijs. 

46. Bruntiland, xij s. 

47. Anstruther be eist 
the bum xl s. 

8v/mma totalis j° iij li. ij d. 
and this iij li ij d. for ingathering 
of the rest, etc. 



The same day, Dauid Craufurde 
commissioner for Air disassented to 
the setting of the roll of the inlaik 
of the customes, becaus thay, being 
nominat at Cowpar to be ane of the 
alteraris thairof, haifing oiferit him to 
thatt effectt, was refusit, and befoir 
the ending thairof protested for re- 
meid ; lykeas, Maister Androw Wil- 
soun for Bmntiland disassented lyk- 
wyis thairto, becaus the samyn re- 
sulted sen the enrolling of the said 
burgh in an frie burgh, eta 



Erectioun of 
ane kirk and 
minister in 
Carapfer, and 
ordour thair- 
anent remittit 
to ccrtan bur- 
ro wis. 



The samyn day, anentt the continwatioun to this presentt conuentioun 
of ane ansueir to the desyir of certan merchantis of this realme, traffic- 
quaris in the pairtis of Flanderis, for erectioun of ane Scottis kirk in the 
tovne of Campfer in Zeland, and appoynting of ane minister to seme 
thairin, the saidis coramissioneris, as was concluditt of befoir att the last 
generall assemblie of burrowis haldin at Doiidy in lulij last, as zitt con- 
discendis and concludis to the erectioun of the said Scottis kirk in Camp- 
feir and appoynting of ane minister thairto, and thatt his intertinement 
and sustenyng salbe vplifted zeirlie of the reddiest of the excyse of beir 
and wyne granted be the said tovne of Campfer to the Scottis natioun 
the tyme of the estaiblesching of the staipill thairin, sua thatt the samyn 
salbe exchangitt fra the vse quhairto the samyn was and is presentlie 
applyitt to the vse aboue expremit, and quhatt superplus or excrescence 
beis thairof, the samyn to be furthcumand and return to the generall vse 
of the estaitt of burrowis ; committing heirby fuU power and commis- 
sioun for thame selues and remanentt haill burrowis of this realme to the 
burrowis of Edinburgh, Dondie, Perth, and Striveling, to prescryve ane 
manor forme and ordour of doing and performing thairof, and quhatsum- 
ever thairanent itt salhappin thame to do, promesis to allow and ferme 
and staibill to hald, etc. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 255 

Tlie samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis vnderstanding thame Pl^ng of cus- 
selues and thair burrowis in tymes bypast induring thair tak of the 
Kingis Maiesties customes to have bene gretumlie preiugitt be the cus- 
tomeris thairof in nochtt being sua dewlie and narowlie comptrollet of 
thair comptis as neid requyritt, sua thatt greitt lois and inlaik hes ensewit 
thairby, for remeid quhairof, findis gude thatt zeirlie in tymes cuming 
induring thair present tak of the saidis customes the provest baillies and 
counsall of burrowis quhairas the saidis customeris hes thair residence, 
and vplifbis the customes quarterlie or ofter as they sail be chargitt or 
requyritt be thame be auditouris thairto, to quhome they salbe haldin to 
ansuer and mak compte quarterlie or ofter as said is vnder the payne of 
deprivatioun of thair offices ; and for the mair sure comptrolment of the 
saidis customeris of thair comptis, ordanis the saidis provest and baillies 
and counsall to elect and nominatt ane sufficient deligent and qualefeitt 
comptroller quha saU at all tymes attend with the customer in euery 
burgh quhen and quhow oft occasioun sail requyre, for quhome they 
salbe haldin to ansuer to the saidis burrowis for dew executioun of his 
office ; As alsua thatt the act maid att the last generall assembly att Air 
be obseruitt be the saidis customeris in maner and forme as the samyn is 
sett doun conforme to the tennour thairof in all poyntis. And becaus 
the tyme of the saidis customeris offices is expyritt vpoun the first of 
October last, thairfoir, and for the better obseruance of thair ordour in 
electioun, hes electitt and nominatt in all the burrowis castomeris to 
seme thairin, quha for dew executioun of thair offices saJbe haldin, sa 
mony as hes nochtt alrady gevin thair aythis, to geve the samyn to the 
provest and baillies of thaii* burrowis thatt they sail diligently collect and 
ingather the saidis customes, mak compte rekning and paymentt to the 
personis appoynted to resave the samyn quhen and quhow oft they be 
requyritt be thame to thatt effectt ; and the tjnne of thair office to 
endure for the space of ane zeir fra the first of October last, as said is 
alanerlie, viz., Robert Gourlay customer of Edinburgh continewit in his 
office of customary to the first of October nixt in anno 1588; Dondy, 
Maister Ihonn Lovell of befoir customer remittit to be continewit or ane 
vther placitt in his rovme at the will of the provest baillies and counsall 
of the said burgh, and gif itt pleis thame to have him displacit and ane 
vther placit in his rovme, ordanis the custome seill to be delyueritt be the 



256 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

said Maister Ihonn to sic as salbe placit, and incais he refuse to delyiier 
the same thatt letteris be raisitt and execute a^anis him confonne to the 
tennour of thair tak ; Montrois, Robert lichtoun continewit in his office 
of customary for the space abouewrittin ; Innemes, the customeris comptes 
thairof being hard he to be displacit ; Banff, the customer thairoff dis- 
chargitt ; Perth, Oliver Kar placit in customer quha gaif his aith, etc. ; 
Abirbrothok, Dauid Peii*soun customer of auld continewit for ane zeir to 
cum ; Sanctandrois, Dauid Watsoun customer of auld of new electitt to 
the office thairof to the first of October nixtt, quha efber the geving of 
his aith for dew executing of his office accepted in and vpoun him the 
sarayn, with prouisioun he suld nocht att the making of his generall 
compte be subiect to cum thair with himselff to Edinburgh, bott the send- 
ing thairof dewlie subscryuit be the baillies and counsall of the said 
burgh and himselff to be als valuabill as he had comperit and pro- 
ducit the same in proper persoun, incais his laisure may nochtt seme 
to thatt effect ; Craill, Ihonn Symsoun of new elected in customer 
thairto ; Anstruther, Williame Symsoun, quhais aith they ordane the 
baillies and counsiill thairof to resave, and him in the said office, vpoun 
the conditionis abouementiouatt, to admitt vnto the first of October 
nixtt; Pettinweme, Thomas Kingzow admitted in customer thairto for 
the space and vpoun the conditionis foirsaidis, vnto the watter of Levin, 
quha gaif his aith for dew administratioun thairof, and ordanis Alexander 
Mertyne customer the last zeir to delyuer to him the custome seill, and 
incais of refusall to rais and execute letteris of homing in dew forme as 
etferis, etc. ; Cowpar, remitis the chesing and placing of ane customer 
thairin to the provest baillies and counsall thairof, provyding the Lyon 
Herald be nocht admittit thairto in respect of his slaknes in compte and 
payment making the tyme he bruikit the office thairoff, quhome they 
ordane conforme to delyuer to the saidis magistratis the custome seill to 
be of new delyueritt to sic as salbe promouit in the said office be thame, 
and vpoun refusall letteris as said is to rais and caus execute ; Dysartt, 
Walter Scott of new electitt for the space and vpoun the conditionis foir- 
saidis, quha, efter the acceptatioun thairof, gaif his aith for dew executing 
of his office, etc. ; Kirkcaldy, Ihonn Hacquett continewit in his office for 
the space and vpoun the conditionis aboue rehersitt, quhais aith they 
ordane the magistratis of the said burgli to resave, and ane sufficient 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 257 

comptroller with him to place ; Kingom, the electioun and admissioun of 
ane customer thairto for the space and vpoun the saidis conditionis 
remittit to the baillies and counsall thairof, eta ; Bruntiland, remittis the 
electioun and admissioun of ane customer vnto the first of October nixt 
thairto vpoun the conditionis foirsaidis, provyding they admitt nane 
thairin bott sic as salbe comburges thairof, and haif his actuall residence 
thairin, and bering all portabill chargis with the remanent comburgessis 
of the samyn, discharging all vtheris of ony forther exercing of the said 
office within the boundis prescryuit thairto, and ordanis the last customer 
thairof to delyuer to the saidis provest and baillies his custome seill, to 
the effect they may delyuer the samyn to sic as salhappin thame to place 
of new, and incais of refusall ordanis thame to rais and caus execute 
letteris of horning conforme to the tennour of thair tak of the saidis cus- 
tomes ; Innerkething, the electioun and admissioun of ane customer 
thairin remittit to the baillies and counsall thairof vpoun the conditionis 
and induring the space aboue expremit ; Culros, George Bruce customer 
of auld of new electitt vnto the first of October nixt in customer thairto, 
provyding quarterlie, and ofler as he salbe chargitt be baillies and coun- 
sall of the burgh of Innerkething, he mak compte of his intromissioun 
with the customes thairof, and the baillies and counsall of the said burgh 
to place ane comptroller for quhais dew executioun of his office they 
salbe haldin att the nixt generall assemblie to be ansuerabill for, etc. ; 
Striveling, William Norowell of new elected in customer thairto, quha, 
efter he gaif his aith for dew vsing the office thairof, accepted in and 
vpoun him the samyn ; Dumbartan, Walter Watsoun of new admittit in 
the office of customar thairto to the first of October nixt in anno 1588, 
quhais aith they ordane the provest and baillies of the said burgh to 
resave for dew executing of his office, and thatt he sail four tymes in the 
zeir mak compte and rekning to the saidis provest and baillies, and ofter 
as he salbe requyritt be thame, and they to place ane comptroller for 
quhome they salbe haldin to be ansuerabill vpoun dew executing of his 
office to the burrowis ; Air, Dauid Crawfurde of new electitt in customer 
thairto for the space and vpoun the conditionis, quha, efter the geving of 
his ayth for dew vsing of the office thairof, acceptit in and vpoun the 
samyn for the said space ; Irrowyne, the electioun and admissioun of ane 
customer thairto remittit to the provest baillies and counsall thairof, eta ; 

2 K 



258 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Diinfreis, the electioun and admissioun of ane customer thairto remittit 
to the provest baillies and counsall thairof, dischargmg all vther 
customeris of ony forther exereing of the said office, quhome they 
ordane to delyuer to the saidis provest baillies and counsall his cus- 
tome seill, to be gevin of new to sic as it salhappin thame to place 
vnto the first of October nixt thairin^ and incais of refusall letteris of 
homing aganis him to cans rais and execute, etc. ; Dumbar, Robert 
Lawder continewit in the office of customary thairto, vnto the first of 
October nixtt, -^dthin the boundis contenit in the gift of his first admis- 
sioun, and becaus he is nochtt obeyitt thairin ordanis him to cause rais 
and execute letteris of horning aganis the refusarls to pay thair customes, 
and the expenssis to be debursit be him thairon salbe allowit to him in 
his comptis, and the saidis baillies and counsall of the said burgh to 
reuave his aith of new for dew executing of his office, and that he sail 
four tymes in the zeir, and ofter as he salbe requyrit be thame, mak 
compte and rekning to thame of his intromission thairwith, and for 
obseruance of all vther conditionis prescryuit to him at his first admis- 
sioun in the office thaiix)f ; Linlithqu, Patiik Sellar customer of auld con- 
tinewit in his office thairof vnto the said first of October nixt vpoun the 
conditionis befoir rehersit, quhais aith at the new acceptatioun of his 
office ordanis the provest baillies and counsall of the said burgh to resave 
in dew forme as efferis, etc. ; Achesonshawin, Mark Acheson customer of 
auld continewit vnto the first of October nixt in the office thairof, to 
quhome they ordane the provest and baillies of Edinburgh to adione ane 
comptroller, his and the said comptrolleris aithis for dew executioun of 
thair offices to resave, and for making of his comptis to thame four 
tymes in the zeir to the saidis provest baillies and counsall, and ofter as 
he salbe requyntt thairto be thame, etc. ; Hadingtoun, Ihon Carkettill 
continewit vnto the first of Ocf-ober nixt in the office of customary thairto 
vpoun the conditionis abouementionat, quha acceptit in and vpoun him 
the samyn ; Wigtoun, the electioun and admissioun of ane customer 
thairin remittit to the provest baillies and counsall thairof etc. ; Quhit- 
hom, the electioun and admissioun of ane customer thairin remittit to 
the provest baillies and counsall thairof, etc. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Quarto Novembris 1587. 

The quhilk day, the commiasioneris foirsaidis ratefeis and apprevis the Coiitiiniati<wi 
act maid at Edinburgh vpoun the fourtt of August j™ v*' four scoir sax poiat for miJc- 
zeris anentis the vplifting of the impoist mentionatt of all gudes tran-ge^to^^d 
spoi-titt furth of this realme, for the making of my Lord Conseruatour and l^^J^ ^^^T" 
Ihonn Gourlayis expenssis to Ingland and Flanderis for seking of redress 
of the enormities committit be the subiectis of the saidis cuntries aganis 
the merchant estaitt of this realme passing throw the narrow seais, 
Quhairvnto the commissioneris of the burrowis of Air, Irrowyne, Dum- 
bartan, Bruntilaud, and Anstruther disassented, becaus thay war nochtt 
at the conclusioun and setting doun thairof, naither was the samyn con- 
cludit in ane generall assemblie of burrowis ; and becaus the collectioun 
of the said impoist hes bene negligentlie omittit in dyueris and sindry 
burrowis of this realme, quhairby the samyn will nocht extend to sa 
greitt ane sovme as the sovme of ane thowsand pundis and interes thair- 
of will extend vnto, quhilk it behovis the magistratis of the burgh of 
Edinburgh to sustene as souerties for the saidis burrowis to sic as the 
samyn was borrowit the tyme abouewrittin, Thairfoir hes concluditt and 
agreitt to the continuatioun of the vplifting of the said impoist in manner 
as is sett doun on the said actt vnto the nixtt generall assembly of bur- 
rowis, and thatt to thatt effect euery commissioner presentt aduerteis the 
magistratis of thair burrowis to [see] the samyn dewlie coUectitt, and sic 
as hes nocht comperitt be thair commissioneris to this presentt conuen- 
tioun, quhairas the said dewtie suld be vplifted, to be aduerteist be the 
agentt, or Androw Mekill seruitour to the generall collectour, to the effect 
thatt in all pairtis quhairatt the said dewtie is ordanit to be vplifted the 
magistratis thairof may to thair said nixt generall assembly send thair 
commissioneris fuUie instructed with the vplifteris and collectouris of the 
dewtie foirsaid to mak than iust compte rekning and payment thairof, as 
alsua of the dewtie of auld ordanit inlykemaner vplifted in the pairtis and 
in maner foirsaidis for making of Henry Nesbetis expenssis to Flanderis, 
and thatt the magistratis of the burgh quhairin it salbe appoynted the 
said nixt generall assembly to be haldin remember this presentt act in 



260 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

the missues particularlie to be direct to the haill burrowis of this realme 

for obseruing and keping thairof. 

^glwiri^uiier- "^^^ quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis continewis thair ansuer 

tounia xij* geving to the petitioun of the magistratis of the burgh of Edinburgh, 

nixt generaii cfaving rembuFsenient of the sovme of tuelf hundreth merkis aduancitt to 

asaemblie. Adame Foullertoun, vnto thair nixtt generaii assemblie of burrowis, and 

the samyn to be rememberitt in the missiues to be direct for keping 

thairof. 

Ansuer burro- "^^^ samyn day, Williame Fairlie baillie of Edinburgh and Thomas 

wistothecoun, Aikinheid of the counsall thairof being direct thairfra to the commission- 

bureh for ii™ eris prescntlie conuenit to sute of thame ansuer for rembjirsmentt of the 

g^rkiB and ij» ^^^ thowsand markis debursitt be the saidis magistratis to the outred of 

ane schip with the vmquhill Lord Seytoun to France, as aJsua of twa 

thowsand pundis sensyne debursitt be thame to the outred of the last 

embassadour to Denmark, — as of befoir the saidis commissioneris adheris 

to the ansuer gevin zisterday to the commissioneris of the said burgh 

thairanentt. 

Guthre gener- The samyn daj', vnderstanding Ihonn Guthre, thair generaii dark, sen 

penssiB to be the admissioun of him in the office thairof, to haif kepitall thair generaii 

mg of general! assemblic of burrowis butt ony making be thame of his expenssis thairatt, 

conventionis quhairto they ar be his said actt of admissioun subiect to the paying 

lidmburgh, thairof, fyndis him thairfoir to be payitt of the sovme of thre scoir pundis 

Dondy to vpiift °^oney of this realme for his keping of the saidis generaii conuentioun, 

the vniawu, ^^^ ]^\q g^id admissioun vnto this presentt generaii assemblie exclasive, 

and pay nun . 

the same. and ordanis the magistratis of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Dondy, and 
Perth to mak him dewlie and in dew tyme paymentt thairof off the first 
and rediest of the vnlawis of the absentis att the last generaii conuen- 
tioun at Dondy, and this presentt conuentioun, and to thatt effect to sie 
the samyn vplifted but delay or fauouris vnder the payne of paymentt 
thairof of thair awin expenssis, and that of the superplus of the samyn 
they report compte rekning and paymentt to thair said nixtt generaii 
assembly of burrowis; and the commissioneris of the said burgh[s] of Edin- 
burgh and Dondy accepted in and vpoun thame the samyn, and gif neid 
beis ordanis letteris and executoriallis of homing vpoun ane simple 
charge of sax dayis wairning to pas heirvpoun in forme as efferis. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 261 

The samyn day, vnderstanding Maisfcer Alexander Wedderburn, dark ^^^1^°''^^'^" 
of the burgh of Dondy, to be vnrecompansitt for his paynis and travellis Dondy to be 
tane in directing of missives to the burrowis of this realme for keping of Su-k thairof. 
the last generall assemblie lialdin thairatt on luly last, and thatt thair- 
foir, according to thair act maid at thair last generall assemblie haldin at 
Cowper, the dark directar of the missives was ordanit to have payitt to 
him ane vnlaw of tuenty [pundis] of the burrowis absentt thairfra, thair- 
foir, and in consideratioun thairof, and of his vther paynis tane in form- 
ing of dyueris vther wrj'tingis in thair effaires, hes assignit and assignis to 
him the vnlaw of Abirbrothok, ordanit to be vplifted thairof in the 
conuentioun of Dondy foirsaid, and incais of thair refusall thairof the act 
maid thairanent at the said conuentioun to cause execute, and letteris 
thairupoun to cause rais but fauouris. 

The same day, efber lang resonyng vpoun thatt heid of the missive ^^^ ^m 
di^-ect to thame concerning the debursment maid be the magistratis of to Aiane L©n- 
the burgh of Dondy of the sovme of ane thowsand markis money of this 
realme for outredding of Alane Lentroun with his schip for staying of 
piratis in the pairtis mentionat in the indentour maid thairanentt, and 
the said burgh of Dondies craving together with the interes payitt thair- 
foir rembursment thairof, all in ane voce agreis thatt ane extentt of alevin 
hundreth markis tuenty markis be raisitt and vplifted of the haill bur- 
rowis of the samyn as for paymentt of the said principall sovme aduancitt 
and lentt be the said burgh as said is, including the entres to be payitt 
to the said burgh for the lane thairof vnto the feist of Witsonday nixtt 
thairintill, and gif the samyn beis nochtt payitt betuix and the said feist • 

of Witsonday to the said burgh thatt the interes to be payitt be thame 
zeirlie thairfoir continew and rin on, and the saidis burrowis astricted in 
payment of the samyn ay and quhill the said principall sovme be payitt 
as said is. And becaus they vnderstand the said Alane Lentroun to 
haif maid na compte of his procedingis as be his indentour foirsaid he wes 
astricted thairto vnto the burrowis contractouris with him, thairfoir 
gevis full power and commissioun to Williame Makartney thair agent, 
vpoun thair expenssis, to persew the said Alane for performing of his 
pairtt to thame of the said indentour ; and heirvpoun and vpoun the 
delyuerance of the said indentour to the said agent the said commissioner 
of Dondy askitt instrumentis, and to be extenttitt vpoun the haill bur- 



262 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

rowis, and the sovme foirsaid to be ingatherit brocht in agane the feist 

of Witsonday nixt. 
h^^^TOnren- Th® samjm day, the commissioneris foirsaidis voderstandiug be the 
tioonis for ttire supplicatioun producit befoir thame be lames Guthre commissioner for 

seiris,and thair * * ' 

presentt vniaw the burgh of Elgyne, in name of the provest baillies and counsall thairof, 
"™' ® the greitt oppressioun committit be sindry lairdis and gentilmen circum- 
adiacent, doing thatt may ly in thame, by all ordour of iustice, violentlie 
to bereve thame of thair liberties and privilegeis and commounties men- 
tionat thairintiU, for suting of redress qubairof it behovis the said burgh 
to persew thame be ordour of iustice, and nochtt having quhairvy)Oun to 
do the samyn in respect of thair greitt pouerty; Quhilk supplicatioun 
being dewlie and exactlie considderit with be the saidis commissioneris, 
hes thairfoir exemit and exemis the said burgh fra keiping of ony maner 
of assemblies or conuentionis besouth the watter of Tey for the space of 
thre zeris nixtocura alanerlie, provj'ding tlie foimamit burgh be thair 
commissioneris be astricted to keip sic conuentionis as sail in the mene- 
tyme intervene and be haldin in any burgh be north the said watter of 
Tey, and be thair missive with the burgh ewest vndispensitt within induring 
this thair exemptioun send the same authoresing all and quhatsumeuer 
thingis beis entreittit att any conuentionis generall to be haldin be south 
the said watter of Tey as said is ; and forther, for the respectis aboue 
specefeitt hes remittit and remittis to the said burgh thair vnlaw of 
tuenty li., incurrit be thame for nocht comperance and presenting of 
thair commissioun vpoun the first day of this conuentioun conforme to 
the actis maid thairanent, sua thatt heirby the said burgh of Elgyne 
esteme the granting heirof to be as supplementt for thair pairtis conforme 
to the commoun societie and actis of burrowis maid at Striveling thair- 
anent. 
Cufltomerifl The samyn day, finding the vplifbing of ony customes in Caithnes, 

ohargitt? Sutherland, Stranaver, and boundis limitat to the customer sumtyme 
thairof to be vnproffitabill, and that be the nochtt attendance compte 
rekning and paymentt thairof they haue bene sen thair tak of the Kingis 
Maiesties customes gretumlie preiugitt thairby, hes thairfoir, induring the 
tak of the samyn, dischargitt and dischargis all maner of. customing thair- 
att, sua thatt the customing of the guidis in vse of befoir to be customatt 
in the saidis pairtis sail now induring thair said tak be customatt at the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 263 

poirtis quhairto thairfra itt salhappin the samyn to arryve be the custom- 
eris depute thairatt, quha salbe haldin to mak compte rekning and pay- 
mentt thairfoir in maner and forme as thay ar astricted in thair actis of 
admissioun, etc. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis gevis full power and com- to^Aiexwder 
missioun to Alexander Forbes, commissioner for the burgh of Abirdene, Forbee com- 
be the aduyce of the dene of gild thairof, to place in thair names as takis- the dene of gad 
men of the Kingia Maiesties customes, and haifand be the tak thairof pJ^^^J^^.*** 
powar to that effect, ane customer to vplift the customes quhairever the eriflthaiiin. 
samyn within' the boimdis prescryuit thairto hes bene in vse to be vplifted, 
discharging all vtheris customeris of befoir of thair offices in that pairtt, 
and with expres prouisioun thatt the provest now presentt nor his 
deputtis be nawyis admitted in customeris thairto in respect of thair aige, 
inhibilitie, evill payment of thair intromissiouns, and nocht obedience of 
the saidis burrowis takismen in tymes bypast ; and for the mair sure 
compte rekning and paymentt to be maid be the customer to be admitted, 
hes found gude thatt efler his aith taikin and acceptatioun of his office he 
sail sett doun sure cautioun acted within the burgh of Edinburgh for 
zeirlie and quarterlie compte rekning and paymentt of sic sovmes itt sal- 
happin him to intromett with vplift and tak induring his office, quhilk is 
alanerlie to indure vnto the first of October nixtt in anno 1588. And 
forther gevis thair full power and commissioun to the saidis commissioner 
and dene of gild of Abirdene, the custome seill of the said burgh frome 
the customer presentt to resave, to be delyueritt to sic as it salhappin 
thame to inputt or place in the said office of customery, to be keipitt be 
him induring the tyme thairof aboue expremit alanerlie, and incais of re- 
fusall and nocht delyuerance efter dew requisitioun be the said commis- 
sioner and dene of gild thairof, ordanis letters to be raisitt and execute but 
fauouris aganis the refusar. 

The samyn day^ the commissioneris foirsaidis in respect of thair nomber Guthre to eub- 
gevis full power to Ihonn Guthre to subscryve the comptes in thair names S?;^TOmptifc 
of the generall coUectour Robert Gourlay, promittendo de rato, etc. 

The samyn day, etc., having dewlie considerit the complaynt gevin in GowSyciMto- 
to thame be Ihonn Wilky commissioner for Hadingtoun aganis Robertt ^ <>' Edin- 



Gourlay customer of Edinburgh, ordanis the said Robertt to resave the 
coquetis direct from the said burgh vpoun sic gudes as it salhappin thame 



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264 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

heirefter to bring to Leith dewlie customed and pakkitt, sua that they be 
na farther troublitt be him as of befoir. 
Diligence, Mr The quhilk day, Maister George Hacquett, conseruatour, for schawing 
quettconserua- of his diligeijce done be him in the effaires of burro wis, being direct be 
Gourlay °^ thame with Ihonn Gourlay in commissioun to the pairtes of Ingland and 
Flanderis, for seking of ane discharge of ane certan edict raisit be the 
Quene of Ingland and Estaitis of Flanderis for staying of Scotis schippis 
passing throw the pace to France and vtheris pairttis thair bezond, ex- 
hibitt and producit certan pecis and writtis exponing the contentis thair- 
of att lenth, quhairof thair is ane letter patent of the libertie obtenit to 
the merchantis of this realme frielie to pas thairthrow butt molestatioun 
or impediment. Quhilk expeditioun, negotiatioun, and diligence was 
thankfullie allowit and acceptit be the saidis burrowis, quha randeritt to 
him greitt thankis thairfoir. And thairefter in thair audience he pro- 
ponit vnto thame in name of the magistratis of the tovne of Campfer the 
contentis of ane certan missive sentt vnto the magistratis of the burgh of 
Edinburgh, declaring the brek of the contract sett doun be the burrowis 
of this realme and thair commissioneris in thair names agreing thairto, 
and the said tovne of Campfer, be transporting be dyueris and sindry 
merchantis of thair saidis burrowis of thair gudes to vtheris poirttis in 
Flanderis than the said tovne of Campfer, place destinatt as stapil to 
thame, — quhairof the saidis commissioneris being nawyis acknawlegit fand 
greitt faltt thairwith, and thairfoir for ratificatioun of the said contractt 
the^bun-owifl^ ^^ Statute and ordanitt thatt thair said estapill in the pairtis of Flandeiis 
CaSf^eH ®^^^ ^®' according to the setting thairof, att the said tovne of Campfer be 
Flanderis. thair commissioneris foirsaidis as place appointed alanerlie thairto, and 
ordanis the samyn to remane and be kepitt thairatt ay and quhill it be 
vtherwyis concluditt and sett doun be generall consentt of the haill bur- 
rowis of this realme. And to the effect thatt nane of thair nomber ather 
in generall or particular sail pretend ignorance heirof, ordanis the com- 
missioneris presentt to intimet this presentt act to the magistratis and 
inhabitantis of thair particular burrowis, and thatt letteris of inhibitioun 
be obtenitt and direct to the haill nomber of the estaitt of burrowis, 
charging all traffecquaris within the pairtis of Flanderis to keip the said 
tovne of Campfer as place appointed for thair estaipill, vnder the payne 
of ane hundreth pundis Scottis sa oft as they sail be found doing in the 



Conversion of Royal Burghs. 265 

contrair. And to mak the tennour of this presentt actt mair notour to 
the saidis magistratis of Campfer, ordanis Thonn Guthre thair generall 
dark to subscryve ane missive to be direct with diligence thairto in thair 
names, promittendo de rato, etc 



Sexto Nouembris, 1587. 

The quhilk day, Robertt Hay, baillie and commissioner for the burgh Protortation, 
of Kirkcaldy, protested thatt the said burgh suld nochtt be astricted to Kirkcaldy con- 
pay ony extentis for their pairttis to be impositt vpoun the burro wis be ^'i^lJSkof °^ 
the inlaik of the Kingis Maiesties customes, quhensoever occasioun thair- cuatome^ 
of suld be offeritt, vtherwys than according to the last generall taxtt roll 
alterit att this burgh of Edinburgh, disassenting alluterlie to the sovme 
quhairto they are sett of euery hundreth pundis be the roll presentlie sett 
doun vpoun the inlaik of the saidis customes and wynis. 

The samyn day, ordanis the letteris of horning purchessitt aganis the TodonunoetUo 
customeris wairnit to haif comperitt to mak compte rekning and paymentt nocbt comper- 
of thair bygane intromissioun with the Kingis Maiesties customes to this aSd vtSiris^hee 
presentt conuention to be putt be thair generall coUectour to dew execu- nochtpayitt 
tioun, viz,, Innemes, Abirdene, Culros, Bruntiland, Irrowyne, Dunfi-eis, 
Kirkcudbrycht, Wigtoun, Quhithorn, Achesonshawin. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis allowis to the auditouris Auditouriscus- 
of the comptes thatt ar to be gevin herefter be the customeris viz. to teafiee etcT^ 
Abirdene fyvetene IL, Dondy ten 11, and to Perth ten li, zeirlie gif they 
convene particularly to that effectt ; and gif it salhappin the burgh of 
Edinburgh to convene with thame in thair tovnis, to have the lyke allow- 
ance, provyding gif the saidis comptes salhappin to be maid in presence 
of the haill burrowis in their generall assemblie the saidis burrowis, 
Edinburgh, Perth, and Dondie, to haif na allowance thereatt ; and thatt 
at sic tymes as itt sallhappin thame to convene for hering of the saidis 
comptes thatt thair said allowance be deducit of the first end of the 
comptes of their saidis burrowis respectiue. 

The samyn day, after lang rescuing vpoun the roll presentlie set doun EoU inlaik ou»- 
vpoun the occasioun of the inlaik of the King's customes and wynis, — for ane xeir ai- 
quhairas the samyn be the commissioneris appoynted thairto is ordanit ^"^'^^y- 

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266 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

to remane vnaltcrit during the tyme of thair tak of the customes, hes 
concluditt the samyn to indure for the space of ane zeir next herefter 
alanerlie. 
Ordourofoon- The quhilk day, the commissioneris forsaidis hes statute and or- 
remng. (Janitt thatt in all tymes cuming the burrowis nocht convenand the first 

daj^ of thair generall assemblies, being lawfully citatt thereto, sail as of 
befoir incur the payne and vnlaw of tuenty li., with prouision that gif 
they compeir the second day and remane to the desoluing of the gene- 
rall conventioun and subscryve their generall buke, in that cais they sail 
alanerlie incur the vnlaw often li. 
VnUwing bur- The samyn day, vnlawis the burrowis of Lawder, Jedburgh, and 
Lftg^^^ve. Dysartt, euerilk ane of thame in ane vnlaw of tuenty li. for their desolu- 
ing butt leve frome this presentt conuentioun and nocht subscryuing of 
the actis concluditt thairatt. 
KingoiT^ The samyn day, remitis vnto the burgh of Kingom thair vnlaw of 

tuenty li. incurrit be thame for thair nocht comperance the first day, in 
respect of the diuersitie than standai\d betuix the provest and combur- 
gessis thairof, as alsua for the requeist of Ihonn Amott, provest of Edin- 
burgh, declaring the samyn to be of veritie. 
Bnrrowia The samyn day, the burrowis of Abirdene, Dunfreis, Craill, Sanctan- 

hSf^tti*^. drois, Cowpar, ar adiugit in ane vnlaw of ten li. for thair nocht comperance 

to this presentt conuention vpoun the first day thairof 

Mackartnay, The samyn day, ordanis William Makartney, agent, to direct letteris 

iSteris ▼poun vpoun the haill burrowis vnlawit at the burgh of Dondy, and this pre- 

viUi^?iiS^o£ scTitt conuentioun, at the instance of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Dondy, 

and Perth, and for paymentt to be maid thairof to the generall collectour, 

and ordanis him to pay to Maister Alexander Guthre, dark of Edinburgh, 

tuenty IL for his paynis in directing of the missives for keping be the 

burrowis of this generall conuentioun. 

^jn^g^j^ ^ The samyn day, assignis to Thomas Kingzow, baillie and customer of 

« u. Pettinweme, the tuenty li. quhairin Mertyne Dischingtoun is adiugit be 

the iugis arbitouris nominatt [be] the burrowis and thame, and this in 

full satiffactioun of ane act maid to him be thame the tyme of the de- 

pendance of the comptrolment of thair comptis, and letteris to be raisit 

in name of the burrowis be the agentt, etc. 

Northbervik. The samyn day, the commissioneris of burrowis consentis thatt the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 267 

baillies and counsaJl of North Bervik sail intromett with samekill of the 
vnfriemennis [guidis ?] as may concern thair pairtt be ordour of law, for 
ane zeir to cum alanerlie. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes of new elected Electlo, Gour 
Robert Gourlaw in generall coUectour to thame of the haill cnstomes, ex- ^neniL 
tentes and vnlawis of burrowis, for the space of ane zeir to cum and for- 
ther quhill he be dischargit be thame ; and assignis him zeirlie for his fie 
fourty li., but forther allowance, and to Andrew Mekill his seruand, 
zeirlie for his laubouris, tuenty pundis ; and ordanis the pro vest or ane 
of the baillies of Edinburgh, together with thair generall agentt and coUec- 
tour, Henry Charteris, or ony thrie or twa to heir the customers compte 
vnresauit ; to the quhilkis auditouris they gif thair full power etc., pro- 
mittendo de rato, etc. 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes modefeitt for ilk tun- Modefeitt 
nis price of the wyne furnesit to the Kingis Maiestie the zier by past, to P™^ wynte. 
be payitt be the said generall coUectour to the awneris thairof 
of the extent following at the ingetting thairof for ilk tun 
ourheid, better and war, seven scoir U,, and thatt vpoun considdera- 
tioun to be had of the saidis prices be the counsaU of Edinburgh con- 
forme to thair prices sett doun thairanentt, and thair tikket thairvpoun to 
be directitt to the said coUectour ; and assignis to the burgh of Dondy, 
for paymentt of the wynis resauit frome thair merchantis, thair pairtt of 
the extentt to be sett vpoun thame, Abirdene, Montrois, and Abirbro- 
thok, and they to mak paymentt to thair nichtbouris pro rata, according 
to the said burgh of Dondies prices ; provyding, incais the pairtis of the 
saidis burrowis extentis exceid thair prices of the wynis awand to the 
said burgh and merchantis thairof, thatt they salbe comptable and 
ansueiuble to the said coUectour generaU of the saidis extentis. 

The samyn [day], the commissioneris foirsaidis ordanis the burgh of getting extent 
Edinburffh to sett ane extentt of thre thousand sax hundreth pundis !*J".ji* ^-^ . 

o ^ inlaik wynifl. 

vpoun the haiU burrowis of this realme for paymentt of the Kingis 
Maiesties wynis the zeir bypast, to be coUectit of thame be thair said 
coUectour generaU with all dUigence. 

The quhilk day, the saidis commissioneris assignis to the burgh of Twa vnlawis 
Abirbrothok ane vnlaw of tuenty li. for supporting of thair kirk wark, to be XSSrothok 
payitt be the coUectour of the saidis vnlawis at his next comptes thaicof. *^d innerketh- 



268 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

And siclyke assignis to the burgh of Innerkething ane vther vnlaw of 
tueoty li. quhairin the burgh of Dysartt is presentlie adiugit for desoluing 
fra this presentt conuention but leve, and for support of the said burgh of 
Innerkethingis dekayitt barbery. 
Deeoiuing pre- The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis desoluis this thair conven- 
ticwm and^ap^ tioun generall, and appoyntis the nixtt generall conventioun to be haldin 
S^wl^fjSliu* att the burgh of Glasqu the second day of luly nixttocum in anno 1688 
zeris ; and ordanis the commissioneris presentt of the said burgh to 
aduerteis the magistrates thairof to direct in dew tyme their missives to the 
haill burrowis of this reahne for keping be thame be thair commissioneris 
fullie instructed of the said nextt conuentioun, with certificatioun to 
thame and they failzie they salbe haldin to pay the vnlawis of the 
burrowis that beis nocht be thame lawfully wairnit thairto. 
Ihone Ihonstoun Alxr. Forbes 

William Duncan Robert Lychtoun 

Dauid Watson Ion. Bosuell 

lames Peterson Mr Alexr. Kellie 

William Bowsy Ihone Wilkie 

H. Broun Ihone Halis 

George Durie George Arott 

lames Guthrie Welliam Cunningham 

Gawin Wilkin Rot. Hay 

Robert Olifeir Ihone Mairehell 

Eduard Galbraith Thomas Eingzow 

Walt. Cowane An. Wilaouns, Brunt^ disassent- 

Glasqu, Robert Rowat. and to the roll of the inlaik 

Ihonn Edzear be Ihonn Guthre customes 

notar. Ihonn Hardrig for 
Dumbartan etc 
We the commissioneris of Ayr ratefeis the haill actis set doune in this 
present conventioun, saive only the alteratioun of the roll tweiching the 
inlaik of customis and impost, to the quhilkis we disassent in respect of 
the heidis contenit and specifeit in dure protestationis. 

George Cochrane 
Dauid Craufurd. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 269 



]n the Conventioun of Burrowis haldin at Edinburgh in the 

moneth of Fehruar 1587 zeris, vpoun the saxtt^ sevint, Edinburgh. 
auchtt^ nynt^ and ten^ and xij dayis thairof comperit 
the Commissioneris of Burrowis vndenaritten : 

Edinburgh, Ilionn Arnott, provest, and Edward Galbraith; Dondie, 
Alexander Scrymgeour, Ihonn Finlasoun ) Perth, Oliver Peiblis ; Abirdene, 
William Meinzeis ; Linlithqu, Charles Drummond, Andrew Ker ; Glasqu, 
Robertt Boyde, Robert Chirnsyde ; Cowper, Thomas Williamsoun ; 
Sanctandrois Dauid Watsoun ; Anstruther, Alexander Blak. 



Apud Edinburgh die viij^ mensis Februarij 1687. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis vndersubscryvand, efter Direotioim to 
lang resoning vpoun the contentis of ane missive presented to thame be new^SpSSi 
the provest^of the burgh of Edinburgh in name of the magistratis thair- 
of, and sentt to thame be the factouris in the tovne of Deip subscryvand 
the samyn, quhairby itt was havelie raenit thatt they as doaris for the 
estaitt of merchantis, together with sindrie of the said nomber being in the 
said tovne of Deip for the tyme, had bene and zit ar gretumlie trublitt 
and persewitt alsweill in Rowan, the tovne of Deip, as Newhawin in 
France, for payment of sundry new impoistis quhilkis are now of laitt 
risin and never of befoir war in vse to be payitt, and speciall ane crovne 
of the sone of the tun, ten solz of ilk hundreth frankis, for all strangeris 
geir sauld or trochitt thairatt, and thatt they ar nocht permittit to ressave 
their saidis merchandise, or zitt the schippis lattin to depairtt thairwith, 
befoir the samyn be payitt or otherwayis assured of paymentt, with ane 
declaratioun gevin of the haill gudes arryving to thatt effect; quhilk 
being oursene and sufferit to have place lykeas sundry vtheris of greitt 
importance hes bene, and in speciall the xx solz of ilk d' of hydes, sax 
frankis of ilk polk of woU, fyve solz for ilk hundreth skynnis, fyvetene 
solz for ilk quhyte wob, and fourty fyv® solz for ilk hundi^eth cairsy. 



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270 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

by and attour sindry vther impoistis payitt in Rowan, Deip, and djrueris 
pairtis of Bretaigne and vtheris pairttis in France, sail redound to the 
greitt hurtt of the said estaitt of merchantis; and seing the samyn 
mycht liaif bene remeditt and ar altogether oursene, the vplifting thair- 
of being proffitabill and of befoir vnknawin is the occasioun of the greittar 
baldness in continewing daylie to seek ma, pretending schortlie to have 
ane solz forther of ilk frank of all fische, and this for laik of guid 
ordour and defens in dew tyme; to the vplifting quhairof, the saidis 
factouris at the requeist of sindrie merchantis as saidis, taking the burding 
on thame for the remanent merchantis of this realme, vncertain alwyis 
of the burrowis myndis thairin had to their poweris resisted, refusing 
to pay ony of the foirnamit laitt impoistis, appeilling to the Previe 
Counsall, quhill the samyn be decemit, and forther having send ane 
honest man express to oure Souerane Lordis embassadour to thatt 
effect, hes aduancitt greit sovmes of money in persute thairof quhilk as 
zitt in thair opinionis behovis to continow quhill the saidis impoistis be 
obtenit dischargitt, as at raair lenth is contenit' in the said missive sent 
and subscryuit be the saidis factouris, as the samyn of the daitt at Deip, 
the last of Nouember last, and presented to the magistratis of the said 
burgh of Edinburgh vpoun the tweltt day of Januar last, proportis. For 
suting of redres and discharge of the quhilkis new impoistis att the 
handis of the King of France and Previe Counsall thairof, it is be the 
saidis commissioneris of burrowis thochtt maist neidfuU acid expedientt 
thatt, with oure Souerane Lordis letteris of recommendatioun vnto his 
Hienes embassadour in France, my Lord Archbischop of Glasqu, thair 
weilbelouit Henry Nesbett merchantt and burges of Edinburgh, ofttymes 
of befoir employitt in the lyke adois as maist skilfuU and diligentt, be 
sentt in commissioun to the said embassadour to the effect abouewrittin ; 
for quhais paynis and travell to be tane in awating thairupoun it is con- 
cludit statute and ordanit be the commissioneris of burrowis presentlie 
conuenit, thatt the dewties presentlie consented to be thame, and particu- 
larlie mentionatt in thair act of burrowis maid in the lyke cause at Edin- 
burgh the auchtt day of Nouember 1582, sail, efter the expyring of the 
vplifting of the samyn, continow to be vplifbed and tane in maner and 
forme as is contenit in the said act ay and quhill the sovme of money to 
be payitt to the said Henry for the caussis foirsaidis be rembursitt to the 
burgh of Edinburgh presentt souerity thairfoir. Quhilk Henry Nesbett 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 271 

comperand personallie befoir the saidis commissioneris, at thair and Ihonn 
Amott provest of the burgh of Edinburghis desyris, accepted in and vpoun 
[him] the said commissioun, and promitted faythfullie to accompleis his 
dewtie in the adois aboue expremit for the space of sevin oulkis efter his 
any vail to Pareis in France, or quhair it stilhappin the said embassadour 
to be, and thatt for the sovme of fyve hundreth pundis to be payitt to him 
be the magistratis of the said burgh of Edinburgh betuix and the first 
day of August j"^ v^ four scoir nyne zeris ; provyding incais he obtene 
haistear dispesche nor the tyme prescrjndtt thatt he sail rebaitt propor- 
tionally of the sovme abouewrittin efferand to the tyme he salbe schortned 
thairin ; as alsua thatt efter the ische of the saidis sevin oulkis, incais the 
saidis adois beis nochtt exped, he mayliaif allowit to him all and quhat- 
sumever his necessar expenssis and resonabill chargis, alsweill in habulze- 
mentis as vtherwyis it salhappin him to deburs during the space of his 
remaning, and forther as occasion sail serue, sua being the samyn exceid 
nocht the sovme of ane thousand frankis ; Lykewyis incais be the said 
Henries laubour and sute he may nochtt in the said space of sevin oulkis 
cum speid in the causes foirsaidLs, and that for the weilfair thairof itt be 
neidfuU to him to mak langer residence in the pairtis foirsaidis, in thatt 
cais the commissioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondy, and 
Abirdene obleisses thame to se tlie said Henry iresonablie rewarditt for his 
paynis, to quhais discretioun in this behalf he submittis him selff. And 
becaus the magistratis of the said burgh of Edinburgh ar becumin and 
becumis be thir presentis souerties and principall debtouris to the said 
Henry Nesbett for paymentt to him of the said sovme of fyve hundreth 
pundis att the day aboue expremit, thairfoir for thair releif of the samyn 
in maner and forme as they are obleist to the said Henry, the commis- 
sioneris of the burgh of Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene, for thame selues 
and thair saidis burrowis, bindis and obleissis thame coniunctlie to relieve 
in maner efter following the said burgh of Edinburgh thairof, viz., the 
said burgh of Edinburgh acceptand in and vpoun thame of the said 
sovme principall of fyve hundreth pundis, four hundreth tuenty five 
markis ; the saidis commissioneris of Dondie obleist for ane hundreth and 
thretty markis ; the commissioner of Perth for thre scoir fyve markis ; 
and the saidis commissioneris of Abirdene for ane hundreth and thretty 
markis, — and for forther proportionally incais the said Henry remane 
ony langer nor the said space of seven oulkis vpoun prouision foirsaid. 



272 Co7ivention of Royal Burghs. 

And the remanent commissioneris of burrowis presentlie con venit, for thair 
saidis burrowis and in name and behalff of the haill remanent burrowis 
of this reaJme, becumis actit boundin and oblist to releve and keip 
skaythles the saidis burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, and Aberdene, 
of thair and the saidis haill burrowis pairtis of the said sowme at the 
said day of payment thairof ; and ar content and consentis that letteris 
of homing and vtheris charges neidfull be obtenit and execute aganis 
the burrowis refuseand vpoun ane simple charge of thre dayis aUanerlie 
to perforrae the premissis or ony poynt thairof. And in respect the 
necessitie of this case is as zit vnknawin to the maist pairt of the number 
of the saidis haill burrowis, quhairby without dew aduerteisment maid 
to thame of the samin, some contradiction may aryse, thairfoir the saidis 
commissioneris presentlie convenit hes ordanit the contentis off this pre- 
sent act and ordinance to be summarlie contenit in the missives to be 
direct be the magistrattis of Glasgow to the haill number of burrowis, 
and thai thairby aduerteist to send thair commissioneris to the said burgh 
to the next generale conventioun of burrowis to be haldin thairatt in 
lulij next for fullie authoresing the setting doun and concluding heirof 
in all contentis of the samin. 
Glasgow to re- The samin day, ordanis the commissioneris of the burgh of Glasgow, 
thaS misdves P^s^^^^li® convcnit, to remember in the missives to be direct be the 
the burrowis to magistrattis thairoff to the haill burrowis that thai send thair commis- 
to nominatt sioneris fullic instructitt to condiscend to the doun-setting of ane act, 
u^oo^^de ^^^^ ^^ ^ tymes cuming, in materis concerning the weilfair of thair 
at au tymee estait, ane certane of thair number be nominatt and condiscendit vpoun 

necessar ypoun , *■ 

concluding, to haue fuU powcr and authoritie in name of the saidis haiU burrowis to 

conclude and fullie determine vpoun the samin quhensoeuer occasioun 

sail serue or thatt it salhappin ony of thair adois outwith generall con- 

ventionis to intervene, and that the saidis haill burrowis be oblist be the 

said act to be sett doun, but coutradictioun, to abyde at and fulfill all and 

quhatsumevir actis lawis and constitutionis salbe be the said number to 

be appoyntit heirefter maid or condiscendit vnto, alsweUl in setting of 

taxt, ordaning of impostis to be vpliftit, or otherwayis vpoun ony vther 

necessar occasiounis concerning the weilfair of thair estait. 

Lettre of re- The samin day, ordanis ane lettre of recommendatioun in thair and the 

tioun^to foe- ^^^' remanent burrowis of this realme to be maid and sent with Henrie 

touria in Deip. Nesbet to the Bischeope of Glasgow, imbassadour for oure Souerane Lord 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 273 

in France, contening thairin atie requeist to further and credeit the said 
Henrie in thair present adois, and to rander vnto his lordschip thairby 
hartlie thankis for his gudewill alreddy schawin in thair effairis heirto- 
foir. As alsua that ane wrytting in thair names be sent to the factouris 
in Deip, declairing thair commissioun gevin to the said Henrie Nesbet to 
tak ane vew of the comptis of the expenssis allegit deburait be thame in 
the burrowis effairis, and for thair panis imployit to rander thame thankis, 
with requeist to continew in thair gudewillis as thae wald wis thair 
fauouris to be extendit to thame at the nixt generale conventioun at 
Glasgow, vpoun the report to be maid be the said Henrie of the effect of 
thair saidis debursmentis and travellis tane. 

The samin day, the commissioneris foirsaidis vnderstanding thame and 
the haiil burrowis of this realme to be grittumlie indomageit be the 
extraordinar expenssis making vpoun letteris and executionis raisit and 
execute aganis the burrowis refusand to pay thair customes, extentis, im- 
postis, and vnlawis ; thairfoir that it be remember in the missives to be 
sent be the burch of Glasgow to thair haill number that the commission- 
eris to convene the nixt generale assemblie cum fullie instructit to the 
making of ane act, that the burrowis quhilkis heirefter sail gif occasioun 
to the making of ony expenssis in default of payment of the saidis 
customes, extentis, impostis, and vnlawis sail be haldin nocht onlie to re- 
found to the saidis burrowis the saidis expenssis, bot alsua ane vnlaw to 
be modifeit be the commissioneris of burrowis to convene at the said nixt 
generale conventioun at Glasgow. 



Apud Edinburgh duodecimo die mensis Februarij 1587, 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis vndersubscryveand, 
ordanis lohne Guthre, clark, in thair and the remanent burrowis names 
of this realme to subscry ve the missives to be sent to the Kingis Maiesties 
embassadour in France and factouris in Deip, and instructionis gevin to 
Henrie Nesbet, thair commissioner to the saidis pairtLs of France, and 
Willis and ordanis that the said Henrie to tak with him to the saidis 
pairtis of France the haill writtis gevin be the Kingis of France in 

2 M 



274 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

favouris of the merchandis of Scotland anent thair privelegeis quhilkis a 
now in his awin handis. 

I. Arnote, commissioner for R Chimsyd commissioner for 

Edinburgh. Glasgw. 

Eduerd Galbraith commysseoner Robertt Boyd for Glasgw. 

for Edinburgh. Wm. Menzeis for Abirdene. 

Oliuer Pebles commissenor of Henry Nisbett. 

Perth. 
Alex*" Scrymgeour. 



In the Conventioun and Generall Assemhlie of Burromis 

haldin and begun at the burgh of Glasqu vpoun the 

Gifwqu. second day of lulij the zeir of God T^ P four scoir 

auchtt zeris, Comperltt the Commissioneris of Burrowis 

vnderwrittz7i, quhaproducit thair commissionis in maner 

following^ etc., 

Edinburgh, Henry Nesbett, George Hereott, goldsmyth, and with thame 
Roger Maknacht, and Williame Smaill, etc. ; Kingom, Andrew Broun, 
dark ; Innerkething, George Dury ; Striveling, Walter Cowan ; Lin- 
lithqu, Andrew Kar, dark ; Dumbartan, Peter Houstoun ; Renfrew, lohnn 
Houstoun ; Air, Williame Knox ; Irrowyne, Hew Broun, dark, Thomas 
Harvy ; Glasqu, lames Flemyng, Williame Cunynghame ; Quhithom, 
Alexander Galbraith ; Laneark, Robertt Levingstoun ; ledburgh. Thomas 
Henrisoun ; Peiblis, Alexander Williamesoun ; Hadingtoun, Thomas 
Spottiswod ; North bervik, be ane missive appreving, presented be Hading- 
toun ; Dumbar, Robertt Craig ; Lawder, Williame Hoppringill ; Dunfreis, 
Roger Gordoun ; Abirdene, Alexander Cullane ; Dondie, Williame Dun- 
can ; Perth, Robertt Anderson n ; Banff, be missive with Abirdene; Dum- 
fermeling, Ihonn Boiswell ; Craill, Ihonn Bowsy ; Forfar, be missive 
with Dondie ; Elgjme, be missive with Abirdene ; Abirbrothok, be missive 



Conveiition of Royal Burghs. 275 

with Dondie ; Sanctandrois, Dauid Watsoun ; Cowpar, lames Andersoun ; 
Culane, be missive with Abirdene ; Dysartt, lames Hacquett ; Kirkcaldy, 
Alexander Dalzell ; Pettinweme, Thomas Kingzow ; Bruntiland, Maister 
Alexander Coustoun ; Anstruther be eist the burn, Ihonn Anstruther, 
dark ; Kirkcudbrychtt, be missive presented be Robertt Hall thair ; Wig- 
toun, be ane commissioun presented be Ihonn Ahannay provest. 



Apud Glasqu die secundo mensis lulij 1588. 

The quhilk day, in presence of the commissioneris abouewrittin, Ihonn ^"^^*«.^^<> 
Bowsy commissioner for the burgh of Craill protested thatt the enrolling ther. ' 
and calling of Anstruther as ane fiie burgh suld nawyse be preiudiciall 
to the said burgh anent thair liberties thairof nor actioun depending 
tbairfoir befoir the Lordis of oure Souerane Lordis Sessioun in Edinburgh. 

Tlie samyn day, lames Flemyng, principall in commissioun for the Fiemyng, Mo- 
burgh of Glasqu, is elected in moderatour to the commissioneris conuenit ®'*'°^' 
induring the tyme of thair conuentioun, conforme to the actis maid 
thairanentt. 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis for dew conuening of yJjJSg ** daiUe 
thame daylie induring the said conuentioun, hes statute and ordanit induring ♦*»» 
thatt ilk day of preching they sail conuene in the Over Tolbuith of the ^^^^ **^°' 
said burgh be sax houris in the morning, and remane thairin to the gang- 
ing to of the said preching, and efber none to conuene be twa houris 
and sitt quhiU sax houris, and ilk vther day induring thair said conuen- 
tioun to convene at the said place appointed be auchtt houris in the 
morning and sitt quhill tuelff houris, and efter none, at twa houris and 
to remane quhill sax houris, — ilk commissioner nochtt conuenand at the 
saidis houris appointed daylie at the said place vnder the payne of sax 
schillingis auchtt penneis sa oil as they failzie ; ratefeand and appre- 
vand the act maid at the last generall assemblie in Edinburgh in 
Nouember last in all poyntis, etc. 

The samyn day, efter resoning vpoun the first heid of the missive sent Altering roik, 
be the magistratis of the said burgh of Glasqu to the haill burrowis of mes contino- 
this realme, willing thame to send thair commissioneris fullie instructed ^neraif wn*** 
to the alteratioun of the generall roll maid at the last generall assemblie ventioun. 



276 Conventmi of Royal Burghs. 

in Edinburgh, of the inlaik of the customes and thretty tunnis to be 
payitt to the Kingis Maiestie for the sett and tak of the saidis customes, 
as at lenth is contenit in the same, Findis as of befoir the samyn to 
remane vnalteritt in the same maner as it is sett doun be the commission- 
ens chosen thairto vnto thair nixt generall assemblie and conuentioun of 
burrowis quhairever the samyn salbe appointed to be haldin, becaus the 
tyme ordanit thatt the samyn suld endure is nochtt to expyre quhill the 
last day of October nixt. 
The commis- fii^ quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis efber lang resoninec 

sionens of ^ » ^ . •• -r^i. i i . J? 

Edinbur^, vpouu the contcntis of ane act maid att Edmburgh m ane generall 
and striveiing asscmblic haldin thairatt vpoun the tlirid of Nouember last be the 
^ueriromeUmir commissioncris of buiTOwis conucnit thairto, geving thairby to the bur- 
counaaU anentt rowis of Edinburgh, Dondy, Perth, and Streveling thair power and 
iug with the commissioun for thame selues and haill remanent burrowis of this realme 
sl^ot^fsSrk *?n ^ prescryve ane maner forme and ordour of doing and performing of the 
Fianderis and ercctioun of ane Scottis kirk in Campfer and appoynting of ane minister 
to. thairto, quhais intertinement and sustentatioun was thairby ordanit to 

be vplifted zeirlie of the reddiest of the excyse of beir and wyne granted 
be the said tovne of Campfer to the Scottis natioun the tyme of the 
estaiblisching of thair estaipill thairatt, as at mair lenth is contenit in 
the said act of the daitt abouewrittin ; and fynding the samyn to be for- 
zett for laik of the acceptatioun of the commissioneris of the saidis four 
burrowis to accompleis and performe the same, Thairfoir as of befoir hes 
ordanit the saidis four burrowis to accept in and vpoun thame the said 
commissioun granted to them be the act abouewrittin. The commission- 
eris presently conuenit quhaiiof, nochtt haifing commissioun of thair 
particular burrowis to burdene thame thairwith, they alwyis respecting 
the samyn to be very godlie and necessar to be done, obleissis thame att 
the desoluing of this presentt conuentioun and thair hamecuming to thair 
saidis burghis, to geve in ane supplicatioun to the magistrattis of thair 
saidis burrowis vpoun the contentis of the said actt, thatt the samyn 
may be putt to poyntt, and to repoirtt ane perfyte ansuer of the saidis 
magistratis to the saidis burrowis agane thair nixtt generall conuentioun 
of burrowis, quhairever the samyn salbe appoynted to be haldin, or souer, 
as it salhappin ony vther conuentioun to intervene. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 277 

The same day, it being meanit be the commissioneris foirsaidis be Guthre, dark, 
Ihonn Bowsy, commissioner for the burgh of Craill, thatt Ihonn Symsoun simsoun custo- 
customer thairof, had, contrair the forme of estaiblesching of customeris in ^^f/^'Jmi^ 
euery frie burgh and sea poiitt, past furth of the said frie burgh of Craill reeidenoethair- 
to the vnfrie tovne of Kilrany quhair he makes his residence, being obleist, 
at his eleetioun be the burrowis in customer to Crail, to haif his remain- 
ing induring the said oiBce of customary within the said frie burgh and 
noehtt ellis quhair, Ordanis Ihonn Guthre thair dark to direct ane 
missive in thair names, vpoun the aduerteisment of the said burgh 
of Craill, att the said Ihonn Symsonis hamecuming frome the saill, to desyre 
him to repair agane to the said frie burgh of Craill, and induring his 
office of customary to mak residence thairin alanerlie vnto the first of 
October nixtt, certefeing him gif he failzeis to do the same thatt the 
commissioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, and Abir- 
dene, in thair names sail imediatlie efler his refusall depryve him of his 
said office and place ane vther in his steid thairintill vnto the said first 
day of October nixtt, to the quhilkis commissioneris of four burrowis 
the saidis haill commissioneris presentlie convenit gevis thair full power 
and commissioun to thatt effect, etc. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, efter lang resoning CommiBsioan 
vpoun thatt heid of the missive bering euery particular burgh to send wis toheircua^ 
thair commissioner fullie instructed to this presentt conventioun for hering ^5»Btou^*^ 
the customeris and collectouris comptis of thair bygane intromissioun comptis. 
with the Kingis Maiesties customes quhairto they ar takismen, a§ alsua of 
the impoistis taxationis and vnlawis bygane, finding that nochtwithstand- 
ing of dew aduerteisment maid to the saidis commissioneris to the effect 
foirsaid thatt the saidis customeris and collectour war noehtt waimitt to 
compeir to this presentt conuentioun for making of thair saidis comptis, 
quhairby vnto sic tyme as they be lawfully waimit to ane particular 
day na thing can be procedit heirintiU, For remeid of the samyn hes 
elected nominatt and chosin, lyke as they all in ane voce be thir presentis 
electis nominatis and chusis the burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, 
and Abirdene, with sic vther burrowis as sail pleis convene with thame 
be thair commissioneris fullie instructed to convene at the said burgh of 
Edinburgh the tuenty twa day of September nixtt, quhairat being con- 
uenit to sute compte rekning and payment of all bygane customes vnto 



278 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

the first of October nixtt, and efter the comptis be hard to place and 
displace customeris in all the burro wis and sea poirtis of this realme frome 
the said first day of October nixt vnto the first day of October in anno 
1 589 zeris,a8 alsua to tak ordour with placing of ane customer of Caithnes; 
with power lykewyis to the saidis four burrowis and vtheris abouemention- 
att to resave compte rekning and payment of the bygane intromissioun and 
vplifting of the impoistis vplifted for making my lord conseruatour and 
Ihonn Gourlayis expenssis in Flanderis frome the first estaiblisching thair- 
of, viz., frome the tent day of August in anno 1586 vnto the said tuenty 
tua day of September nixt ; and of the impoistis of befoir ordanit to be 
vplifted at euery burgh and sea poirtt as said is for making of Henry 
Nesbettis expenssis to France, being sent thairto in commissioun be the 
saidis burrowis in anno 1582, as be the act maid and sett doun thair- 
aneujit at Edinburgh the auchtt of November in the zeir of God foirsaid 
att lenth will appeir ; ordaning heirby, to the eflect abouewrittin, ilk 
magistratt of euery burgh and sea poirtt of this realme viz., of Edinburgh, 
Perth, Dondy, Abirdene, Montrois, Innemes, Sanctandrois, Craill, An- 
struther, Pettinweme, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Kingom, Bruntiland, Inner- 
kething, Air, Irrrowyne, Dumbartan, Kirkcudbrychtt, Quhithorn, Wig- 
toun, Dumfreis, Banff*, to send the collectouris and intromettoris thairwith 
to be comptabill to the saidis burrowis day and place aboue expremit 
for the valour of the saidis impoistis conforme to thair custome buikis of 
all zeris bygane as said is vnto the said tuenty tua day of September 
nixt, and ilk burgh and sea poirtt nochtt making compte rekning and 
paymentt the said day to incur the payne and vnlaw of tuenty pundis 
to be vplifted of thame butt fauouris, and to this effect, eueiy commis- 
sioner presentt of the burrowis quhaiiTis the saidis dewties auchtt to be 
vplifted obleissis thame to aduerteis the magistrattis of thair saidis bur- 
rowis to se the samyn dewlie coUectit, and att the said tuenty tua day 
of September nixt to mak iust compte rekning and paymentt thairof, 
sua mekill as is collectit or that auchtt and suld half bene coUectitt, con- 
forme to the saidis custome rollis ; and sic as hes nocht comperitt to this 
presentt conuentioun be aduerteist be thame, or in sic vther burghis or 
sea portis as no commissioneris ar present to be, be the agent or Androw 
Mekill seruand to the general collectoui*, to compeir day and place aboue 



Convention of Royal Burghs 279 

specifeitt, to the effect aboue rehersitt. And Maister Alexander Coustoun 
commissioner for the burgh of Bruntiland, and Ihonn Anstruther com- 
missioner for Anstruther be eist the bum, protested that thair said burgh 
be na forther astricted in making compte rekning and paymentt with the 
saidis impoist forther nor sen thair erectioun and enrolling amangis the re- 
manentt. Attour the commissioneris foirsaidis, for thame selves thair saidis 
burro wis and in name and behalf of the remanent burrowis of this realme, 
gevis full power and commissioun to the saidis four burrowis of Edinburgh, 
Perth, Dondy, and Abirdene, with the remanent burrowis aboue expremit, 
to sute compte rekning and paymentt att the said tuenty tua day of 
September next off the generall intromissioun with the saidis customes, 
impoistis, taxationis, and vnlawis, intromettit with or that suld have bene 
collected be Robertt Gourlay thair generall coUectour, off all zeris bygane 
vnto the first of October nixt sen his first estaiblesching in the office of 
generall collectoury to the saidis burrowis. Efter the hearing of the 
quhilkis comptis of customary, and finding the samyn nocht to extend to 
sa greitt ane sovme as will mak paymentt of the principall four thousand 
pundis and thretty tunnis wyne to be payitt to the Kingis Maiestie for 
thair sett and tak of the saidis customes of this last zeir, viz frome the 
first of October four scoir sevin to the first of October foir scoir auchtt, 
to sett doun ane extentt vpon the inlaik conforme to the generall roll 
maid at Edinburgh vpon the last of October last, to be vplifbed of the 
haill bunowis in maner and forme a8 hes bene befoir prescryuit, and 
quhatsumever burgh pleses to send thair commissioner instructed to cum 
to the doun setting heirof to the said burgh of Edinburgh thair saidis 
commissioneris to have with the saidis four burrowis voitt heirin. And 
becaus the saidis commissioneris for the maist pairtt hes nocht hard the 
said generall coUectouris comptis, alsweill of his collectioun of the 
customes, impoistis, vnlawis, aw taxationis bygane sen his first electioun 
as said is in his said office of generall collectoury, thairfoir hes ordanit 
and ordanis the saidis four burrowis, efter the hering of the samyn, to 
bring with thame to the nixtt generall assemblie of burrowis, quhairever 
it sallhappin the samyn to be appointed, the saidis coUectouris comptes 
to be sene and considderit, to the effect that they mak their particular 
burrowis certefeitt of the haill proceedingis and effect thairof, and thatt 



280 



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Burrowis 
rnlawit for 
Docbti com- 
perance. 



the samyn be rememberitt in the missives to be direct to the said next 
geQerall assemblie. With power lykewyis to the foimamit four burrowis 
and burrowis to be conuenit, efter the hering of the said collectuoris 
comptis, to continew him for the zeir to cum in his said office of collectoury , 
and vpon his refusall to accept the same to place ane vther. And last, hes 
allowit and allowis to the saidis four burrowis the expenssis particularly 
mentionatt in ane act sett doun thaiiunent in ane act maid att the last 
generall assemblie of burrowis the saxtt of Nouember last bypast, ordauing 
thair collectour presentt and to cum to mak to thame and every ane of 
thame dew paymentt of the samyn, of the first and reddiest of the saidis 
customes and impoistis. And for the mair sure doing and performing be 
the saidis four burrowis of the premissis, and euery poynt heirof, the saidis 
commissioneris presentlie conuenit, for thame selves and remanett bur- 
rowis of this realme, promesis to hald ferme and stabill all and quhatsum- 
ever thing it salhappin thame to do leid or exerce heiranentt, and ar 
content and consentis that letteris and executoriallis be obtenit and execute 
aganis the contravenaris heirof in forme as efieris etc. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis findis the burrowis of 
Selkirk for nocht sending ane missive, Montros, Breichan, for nocht com- 
pearance and vnexemit, Forres, Innemes, Name, and Thayne, nocht sending 
missives, and Rothesay nocht comperand, being lawfully wairnit be the 
magistratis of the burgh of Glasqu a^ was suffieientlie verefeit to have 
comperit to this presentt generall assemblie and nocht comperand, to have 
incurrit the payne and vnlaw of tuenty pundis euery ane of thame, 
quhilk they ordane thair generall collectour to cans be vplifted but 
fauouris. 



Tercio luUj 1588. 



Kdinburgh, 
FouIIertouDiB 
xije markis con- 
tinewit to the 
nixt conTen- 
tioun, and to be 
rememberitt in 
tbe miesive to be 
direct thairto. 



The quhilk day, the commissioneris of burrowis being in resoning 
vpoun thatt heid of the missive quhair as itt was cravitt be the magis- 
tratis of the burgh of Edinburgh thatt they suld be rerabursitt of the 
sovme of tuelfi* hundreth markis aduancit and lentt be thame to Adame 
FouUertoun, as be dyueris actis of continuatioun maid thairanent will ap- 
peir, Henry Nesbett and George Hereott, commissioneris for the said 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 281 

burgh of Edinburgh, protestis thatt in the ansuer geving be the saidis 
burrowis thairto thair suld be na admissioun of the actis foirsaidis maid 
thairanentt, and thatt the said burgh suld resaue resolute ansuer of the 
haill substance of the contentis of the samyn concerning the haill effectt 
of thair demand, quhilk is rembursementt of the said sovme principal], 
and in teres payitt thairfoir sen the first aduancing thairpf in the zeir of 
God j™ v^ thre scoir sevintene zeris, Vpoun the quhilk demand and heid of 
the said missive, efter the removing of the saidis commissioneris of Edin- 
burgh, voting of euery particular commissioner presentlie conuenitt being 
past, they, for the maist pairtt hes disassented and disassentis to ony 
ansuer geving to the petitioun al)Ouewrittin in respect of thair miasives 
sentt to thame be the magistratis of the said burgh of Glasqu bering 
alanerly the sovme of twa hundreth markis, quhairas the sovme of tuelve 
hundreth markis is cravitt be act of continuatioun maid in ane generall 
assemblie of burrowis haldin at Edinburgh in Nouember last, and sua 
they, nochtt instructed of thair particular burrowis to give ansuer to foi- 
ther nor is contenit in thair saidis missives concerning that pairtt thair- 
of, continewis in maner forme and effect as of befoir ony ansuer geving 
thairto to thair next generall conventioun of burrowis, quhairever the 
samyn salbe appointed to be haldin, and the samyn to be rememberit in 
the missives to be directt thairto, that the commissioneris of burrowis 
than to conuene cum instructed to geve ansuer to the said burgh of Edin- 
burgh thairintill, and this but preiudice of burrowis of befoir and now 
disassenting ; quhairvnto and to all forther continuatioun the saidis com- 
missioneris of Edinburgh disassented and protestis for remeid of law, 
alsweill in payment to thame be the saidis burrowis of the said principaJl 
sovme of xij° markis and interes payitt thairfoir sen the first aduancing 
and debursment thairof. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes continewit and con- Guthre, ciark^ 
tinewis Ihonn Guthre, thair generall dark, in his office of clarkschip for hiToffloe^and 
the space of ane zeir to cum, vpoun the conditiounis mentionatt in the ^en^of^h^sa- 
actLs of his first admissioun, and sensyne maid thairanent, and ordanis his pend, andby- 
ordinar fie of ane hundreth pundis to be payitt be the coUectour of the f^T^ ^*^*^ 
first taxatioun of the first and reddiest of the samyn, quhensoeuer and 
qnhow sone the samyn bcis ingottin ; and as concerning the said Ihonns 
extraordinar expcnssis a wand to liira be the saidis burrowis, conforme to 

2 N 



282 



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the octu) Rett doun thairanent at the last conuentionis of Dondie and 
Edinburgh, incais be be nochtt payitt thairof be the vnlawis to be vplifted 
be the gcnerall coUectour, quhilkis they ordane him to cause be vplifted 
with all diligence, findis the saidis foure burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, 
and Dondy sail cause him be payitt thairof be the said first taxatioun 
occurring. 



Kirkcudbryoh- 
tiit tnlMlvo ap- 
proving oio. 



Itatcfoinff 
H«iiry Ncsliott 
Bonding to 
Franco and ftott 
maid ihainm- 
onttt wiUi 
iK)wror to four 
iMirrowifl to 

Srorogcatt 
owtlof otc 



Quarto lulij 1588. 

The quhilk day, couiperitt Robertt Hall burges of the burgh of Kirk- 
cudbrycht, and prescntitt thair missive appreving all and quhatsumever 
thingis suld be done at this presentt conuentioun, in respect quhairof and 
of thair excmptioun instantlie schawin and producit, reraitis vnto the said 
burgh thair vnlaw of tuenty pundis quhairvnto thai war adiugit for 
nocht sending of the said missive conforme to the tennour of thair said 
exemptioun etc. 

Tlio samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, after lang resoning vpoun 
thatt heid of tlie missive quhairas the haill burrowis war warnit to 
send to this present conuentioun thair commissioneris fullie instructed to 
the ratcfeing of ano actt and ordinance maid be the commissioneris of 
burrowis convenit att Edinburgh in the moneth of Februar last bypast, 
quhairby Henry Nesbett burges of Edinburgh was direct in thair and the 
haill burrowis names in commissioun to France for the causes thairin 
contenit, for the making of quhais expensis the magistratis of the said 
burgh of Edinburgh become cautioun for payment to the said Henry of 
the Hovmo of fyve hundreth pundis att ane day mentionatt in the said 
actt, for the quhilk burgh of Edinburghis relief of thair suretieschip to 
the said Henry the commissioneris of burrowis than conuenit, for thame 
solves and remanent burrowis of this regime, in manor as is sett doun in 
the said actt, are obleist ; as alsua thairby itt was concludit thatt the 
imi>oist coUectitt for making of the Conseruatour and Ihonn Gourlayis 
exi>ens8is suld, efter the expyring thairof, continow to be vplifted and 
tane in maner and forme as is contenit in ane actt maid the auchtt of 
Nouemlx^r 1582, ay and quhill the said sovme of fyve hundreth pundis 
war payitt and rembursitt to the said bui^h of Edinburgh, souerties 



Co7iventio7i of Royal Burghs. 283 

thairfoir, as at lenth is coatenit in the said act maid at Edinburgh in 
Februar last, Hes ratefeitt and apprevit, for thameselues and remanent 
burrowis of this realme, the foirnamit actt maid anent the said Henry 
Nesbetis sending to France as said is in all poyntis, geving heirby for 
thame selves, thair saidis buiTowis and remanent burrowis foirsaidis, fiill 
power and commissioun to the burrowis, Edinburgh, Perth, Dondy, and 
Abirdene, at thair conuentioun appoynted to be haldin at Edinburgh 
vpoun the xxij day of September nixtt, efter the hering of the custo- 
meris and generall coUectouris comptes of thair intromissioun with the 
bygane customes, extentis, impoistis and vnlawis, incais the samyn be 
found be thame to extend to ane greittar sovme nor will sateffie the 
Kingis Maiestie and vtheris debtis to be payitt thairby, mentionatt in 
sindry actis maid thairvpoun, thatt of the excrescence and super^Jus of 
the samyn the said burgh of Edinburgh sail than be payitt of the said 
sovme of fyve hundreth pundis for the quhilkis they ar souerties to the 
said Henry, and gif the saidis customes, impoistis, taxationis, and 
vnlawis, extendis nochtt to the said sovme, in that cais the saidis four 
burrowis prorogatt the vplifting of the saidis dewties mentionat in the 
said Conseruatour and lohnn Gourlayis act sua lang as the paymentt 
thairof beis necessar to be vpliflit for the causis aboue rehersitt ; promes- 
and forme and staibill all and quhatsumever thingis the saidis four bur- 
rowis thinkis neidful to be done, etc. 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis disassentis to the making Disassentin^ to 
of ony actt quhairby any power may be granted to ane certan nomber of nc^sto anf oer- 

burrowis to conclude and fullie determine in materis concerning the weil- *"» to conclude 

^ on fnfttgrrg) etc. 

fair of thair estaitt quhensoever ony tliair adois outwith generall conven- 

tionis sail intervene, for dyueris inconvenientis att full lenth respectitt be 

thame etc. 

The same d«ay, the commissioneris foirsaidis vnderstanding thame selves Sic as abydis 

to be gretumlie hurtt be the debursmentt maid of dyueris greitt and ex- to pay ten H. 

horbitiintt expenssis vpoun the ingetting of thair customes, taxationis, im- *"" expensms. 

poistis, and vnlawis, be the disobedience of sic as ar addettit thairin, hes 

halelie, for remeid thairto, concluditt, statute, and ordanit thatt sic of 

thair nomber as abydis the denunciatioun of hornyng for nonimymentt of 

the saidis dewties sail, after tryell tane of thair disobedience befoir thame 

in every thair generall assemblies, being found culpabill thairin, contentt 



284 Convention of Roycd BurgJts. 

and pay the sovme often li., of vnlaw with the expenssis debursitt in thair 
defaltt sa oft as they failzie etc. 
Ratefeing N(»- The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis findis thair commissioner, 
inFiuncr'*^ Henry Nesbett burges of Edinburgh, being sentt in thair names to 
France in thair effaires to the Kingis Maiesties cmbassadonr thair, for 
labouring to the doungetting of certan impoist misitt vpoun the Scottis 
natioun in the said cuntrie ef France and dyueris pairttis thairof, as is 
particularly mentionatt in his act of directioun maid thairanentt, hes 
done his exactt diligence thairintill conforme to the tennour of the said 
ambassadouris letteris of recipe and missive presentlie red to thame, 
quhilkis they ordane to be registratt in this thair buke of conventioun, 
quhairof the tennour foUowis. 

Followis the said Lord Embassadouris letteris of recipe etc. : 

Emb^^ouris We lames, be the mercy of God Archbischop of Glasqu, Embassadour 

*br "ti*^ f ^^^ ^^^ Kingis Maiestie besyde the King of France, grantis ws to have 

un i>cci» of the ressauitfra Henry Nesbett burges of Edinburgh, directt fra the Burrowis 

tisTirparoiliie- of Scotland to ws for the effaires of the customes, ten pecis of writtis in 

Henry N^bett parchcment, quhairof tvra letteiis paten tes gevin and granted to the mer- 

chantis of Scotland be King Frances the First of gude memory (King of 

gudc memorie) King of France grantitt in anno domini j™ v*'. and auch- 

tone zeris, and four pecis of wiyttis for verefeing and appreving of thame, 

be the Chalmer of Paris, Thesaurer of France, General Counsall of Finances 

of France, and the fourtt apjirobatioun be the Eleuz for the effaires of 

the weiris ; Item, thre patentis granted be King Henry of gude memory, 

King of France, ratefeing and appreving quhatsumever was granted to 

the Scottis merchantis be his Maiesties father, with additioun, with their 

admission is and approbatiounis of sic to quhome they are direct, and thatt 

notitt vpoun twa of the patentis, red publischitt and registratt in the 

Court of Parliamentt of Rowen in the Chalmer of Comptis thair, in the 

Coui-tt des Aydes and Finances thair, and all thir subscryuit be the 

former Kingis in Counsall, subscryuit be ane of the Secretaris of Com- 

mandmentis and past the Chancellary, and thir grantitt be King Henry 

in anno 1554 and 1555 ; Item the tentt pece, bering ane sentence of 

the Court des Aydes in Normandy, that the Scottis merchantis suld find 

cautioun to haif libertic to carry thair merchandise onlie to Scotland, 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 285 

that suld haif the commoditie to be customit in the auld maner etc. — the 
haill effectis of thir writtls bering that the Scottis merchantis sail be frie for 
ever of the merchandise thatt theysall transpoirtt of the Duche of Normandy 
to Scotland, paying onliefour deniers for fmnk, according as was payitt of auld ; 
(juhilkia ten pecis of letteris we promeis to delyuerto the said Henry, orony in 
his name randeiing vnto ws thir presentis, be this presentt subscryuitt with 
oure hand, at Paris in France, the auchtenedayof Maijanno domini j™ v*' four 
scoir and aucht zeris, etc., first and second baith to ane effect. Et sic 
subscidbitur, G LASQU. 

Followis the tennour of the said Embassadouris missive direct on the 
ba<;kthairofin this maner: E^CSSonris 

To our weilbelouit freindis the provest and baillies of Edinburgh and in Frances mis- 
commissioneris of the burghis, etc. rowis and 

Weilbelouit friendis, efter our maist hertlie commendation is, we have ^^^ ^^ ' 
receavitt letteris be the berar heirof, Henry Nesbett, fm the Kingis 
Maiestie oure Souerane, willing ws to travell with the King of France 
and his Counsall for reforming of tlie exhorbitantt customes tane and 
raisitt within thir few zeris vpoun our natioun, alsweill inwartt as out- 
wartt. We have resauit alsua, the thrid of Apryle last, fra the said berar 
zour letteris to the sarnyn effectt with creditt, quhilk he hes faithfullie 
communicat vnto ws, with the pecis thatt ze haif of auld of the Kingis of 
France, concerning zour liberties and previlegis heir, with the ratificationis 
thairof. We haif sichtitt and considerit the same, and laikis na gude will 
to haif randeritt zow satefeitt of zour desyiis insafar as lyis in our power 
gif the tyme had bene proper, and assures zow sail do our vtter diligence 
in the furthering of zour effaires and for the augmenting of zour previlegis, 
nor vtherwyis, confoime to his Maiesties command and zour desyir. We 
had na littill hoip, be the moyen of sic as fauouris our natioun, to haue 
brocht the mater to sum gude point schortlie, war nochtt the inconveni- 
entt thatt is laitlie interuenit heir, quhairof the said berar will and can 
informe zow sufficientlie, and thaiifoir we haif thochtt it meittest, in res- 
pect of the malure of tyme, thatt he suld return hamewartt quhill better 
occasioun be offeritt ; and in the menetyme we sail nochtt omitt, indur- 
ing our residence in this courtt, to do thatt we may for the aduancementt 
of zour effaires, and sail aduerteis zow quhen it salbe neidful he, or sic 



286 Conventio7i of Royal Burghs. 

vther as ze sail think gude, salbe seatt heir to solist quhatt salbe granted 
put in pi^acteis and executioun. We have resauit zour foirsaid mentionatt 
pecis fra him and hes gevin cure recepisse thairof in double forme. Re- 
mitting the rest to his sufficiency We pray the eternal Lord God to hav? 
zow in his everlasting protectioun, From Paris this xxij day of May 1588. 
Et sic subacribitur, zour assured and affectionat and lufing freind at power 
I A. Archbischop of Glasqu. And efter the registring to be redely ueritt 
agane to the said Henry, quha be thir presentis grantis the ressaitt thairof 
frome Ihonn Guthre clark to the burrowis, efter the registring of the 
samyn in maner as is aboue expremit. 
Kirk^d^^^"* The Same day, Alexander Dalzell commissioner of the burgh of Kirk- 
caldy protested the said burgh war fred of all payment of the sovme of 
ane hundreth four pundis alevin schillingis twa pennies, as for the said 
burghis jjairt of the extenttis of iij™ sax hundreth pundis imposit for 
payment of the thretty tunnis wyne contenit in the tak of the customes 
for tliis instant zeir of God 1 587 zeris, and for thair pairtt of the extentt 
of j™ li. and ane zeris proffeitt thairof impositt for outredding Alane 
Lentronis schip and bark for repressing of piratis, in respect of the pay- 
ment maid be him to Robert Gourlay general collectouris acquittance 
thairof presentlie schawin aud producit and agane tane vp be him, as the 
samyn vnder the said Robertis subscriptioun, as apperit, of the daitt at 
Edinburgh the saxtene of Marche last bypast at lenth proportis, etc. 
Burrowis ^^^ samyn day, the saidis commissioneris of burrowis for the maist 

nochtt payand pairtt findis that the burrowis nochtt haifing payitt thair pairtis of the 
Ahme^on-^ ° cxtcntt of ane thousand pundis impositt vpoun thair haiU nomber for 
tiounto^mythe o^^reging of Alane Lentronis schip and bark for repressing of piratts, be- 
Witsoiiday last foir the feist of Wiisonday last, particularlie as they ar extentitt vnto, sail 
thair protesta- pay for releitf of the burrowis quha hes alrady payitt thair pairtis of the 
contii^irl eti samyn preceding the said feist of Witsonday the sovme of fourty pundis, 
as for the 8«iid termis intcres of tlie said principall sovme ; Quhairvnto 
the commissioneris of the burrowis of Perth, Sanctandrois, Cowpar, Craill, 
Laneark, Pettinweme, and Glasqu, etc., dissassentit alluterlie, becaus the 
personis votaris aboue expremitt, alleging thatt the said haill interes suld 
be raisitt vpoun the burrowis dissassenting, allegitt nocht making pay- 
mentt of thair pairtis of the said extentt, and thatt they haif for thair 
awin releif of the samyn maid and sett doun the conclusioun aboue ex- 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 287 

premitt. ' Secundlie, the said burgh of Perth allegitt thair pairtt thairof 
to be payitt akady to lames Mathesoun messenger, quha waa directitt 
frome Robertt Gourlay principall coUectour appointed to the coUectioun of 
the said sovme. And the said burgh[is] of Sanctandrois, Cowpar, Craill, 
Laneark, et<;., ar contentt to pay beneuolentlie the interes foirsaid efferand 
to the raitt and quantitie of the foirsaid sovme impossit vpoun thame, 
and dissiissentis that ony mair be askitt or sutit of thame. As alsua the 
said burgh of Cowpar allegitt they suld nochtt pay ony interes for the 
said sovme, forsamekill'as they ofihrit to the said lames Mathesoun mes- 
senger to pay him thair pairtis of the extentt befoir the feist of Whitson- 
day last, quhais ansuer was itt suld serue and stand for paymentt be- 
caus he was passand to the northland, and itt wald be trubilsum to him 
to cary the said sovme with him, and thatt at his returning thairfra he 
suld resave the samyn, and sua in effectt the samyn was as payitt befoir 
the said terme, and offerit thame to pay the saidis sovmes impositt of the 
said contiibutioun on thame gif the samyn be nocht as zett payitt, quhilk 
he vnderatandis to be payitt, and thairfoir suld be fted of forther interes, 
and gif ony forther may be suted of Cowper, they can nawyis be forther 
addettit bott pro rata efferand to the pairtt of the sovme they ar 
addettit to pay, and thaiifoir dlssassentis to the said conclusioun of the 
said interes of the terme to cum. And forther the saidis burrowis dis- 
assenting protestis agane the said conclusioun and for remeid thairof, and 
thatt the samyn be nawyis hurtfuU nor preiudiciall to thame, nor that 
they incur the paynis contenit in the samyn. And Androw Kar, com- 
missioner for the burgh of Linlithqu, in name of the said burgh, protestis, 
incais they haif nocht payitt thair pairtis of the said taxatioun, quhilk he 
vnderstandis to be payitt, thatt they be astricted in na forther interes for 
the Witsonday terme last nor efferand to the raitt of thair pairtt of the 
said taxatioun, incais itt be found they ar addettit to pay ony, and dis- 
assentis fra the samyn pretenditt actt and conclusioun of paymentt of the 
saidis interes as is sett doun thairintill, and protestis for remeid of law. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis ordanis tlie magistratis of ^*^?^J?^ *? . 
the burgh quhair the nixt generall assemblie of burrowis salbe appointed conventioim 
to be haldin to aduerteis the magistratis of the burgh of Edinburgh toge^ceeto. **" 
send thair commissioneris thairto with Henry Nesbettis diligence of his 
commissioun vsitt in thair names in the pairtis of France in anno J 582. 



288 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

'^^'l *^tro^*^ "^^ samyn day, efter aduyBenient with the supplicatioun presented to 

thame be Dauid Watsoun, commissioner for Sanctandrois, in name of 

Thomas Lentronn citinar thairof, findis that, nochtwithstanding the said 

Thomas desyir of continuatioiin of the proces depending aganis Alane 

Lintroun his sone at thair instances befoir the Lordis vnto his hamecuming, 

thatt William Makartnay agentt sail insist in the persute thairof quhill 

decreitt be obtenitt. 

Pour burrowis The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis gevis full power and 

be M^etftt^of commissioun to the burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondie, and Abirdene 

money etc ^ cause ansuer Williame Makartnay thair agentt, of sic sovmes of money 

as ar debursitt or to be debursitt to the aduocatis and clarkis in thair 

effairis, vpoun compte to be gevin be him to the saidis four burrowis 

thairof. 

'^w b^* ^^s '^^^ samyn day, ordanis Williame Makartnay, thair agentt, vpoun thair 

reside for expenssis, to pcrsew Kirkcaldy and vtheris burrowis of regalitie, and the 

gudei*^ "^ *^ customeris thairof, for paymentt to the collectour of the customes of Inglis 

gudes, and remitis to the saidis four burrowis and him to cause persew 

the transportaris of forbiddin gudes and quhyte fische befoir thair iuge 

ordinar. 



Quinto lulij 1588. 

uer to^ pro" '^"^ SAMYN DAY, the commissioneris ordanis ane ansuer to be writtin and 
vest of Edin- gevin to the provost of Edinburghis missive sentt, contening thair hertlie 
sive. thankis to his lordschip for his paynis and travell tane in thair effairis, 

and to certifie his lordschip thairby that the restis awand of the extentis 
be sa mony of the bun*owis as ar conuenit and debtbound thairin salbe 
with all diligence, efter thair hamecuming, thankfuUie randeritt and payitt 
to his lordschip, and to requeist his lordschipp thatt he wald nocht tak 
in evill pairtt the laug delay of paymentt, insafiir as, gif they befoir thair 
heircuming had knawin or bene certifeit thairof, they suld to thair power 
in euery thair particular burgh sene the samyn vtherwyis remedit and 
payitt. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 289 

The saniyn day, the commiasioneris of burro wis presentt, within quhais Burrowis to 
hurghis or sea portis customeris to the Kingis Maiesties customes, quhairof thair^*cu8tom- 
the haill burrowis ar takismen, ar estableschitt, obleissis thame in name of ^.^^^p^^ 
thair saidis burrowis to cawse, induring the tyme of thair said tak of the 
customes, to cause lawfully sumond in presence of notar and witnessis 
the customeris particularly within thair burrowis and sea poirtis foirsaidis 
to cum to the burgh of Edinburgh the tuenty twa day of September 
next, for making of compte rekning and payment of their intromissioun 
with the bygane customes vnto the first of October nextt, and thatt to 
the four burrowis nominatt and appoyntitt auditouris thairto, ilk burgh 
under the payne of tuenty pundis, to be vplifbed of thame and euery ane 
of thame failzeand heirintill butt fauouris, and thatt letteris and execu- 
toriallis be raisitt and execute be thecoUectourvpon the burrowis [ilk ane of] 
thame gifneid beis in maist ampill forme as efieris; and ordanis the burrowis 
absentt to be waimit day place and to effect abouewrittin, within the 
quhilkis or sea poirtis thairof customer is ar estaiblest, ilk burgh vnder 
the payne and ^nlaw aboue expremit, viz., the burghis of Montrois and 
Abirbrothok to be wairnit be commissioner or magistratis of Dondy; 
Invemes and vther burrowis nochtt presentt to be waimit be thair 
collectour generall, vpoun the saidis burrowis expenssis, to be refoundit 
alwayis, being lawfully waimitt be thame in maner as is aboue 
rehersitt. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes statute and ordanit yt - ^ ^ 
thatt the provest baillies and counsall of burrowis, euery ane within thair burrowis and 
awin burghis and sea poirttis, induring the tyme of the tak of the Kingis ^i^'^tom- 
Maiesties customeis, salbe ansuerabill for their customeris for dew Jjj^^' m^"*^ 
collectioun and paymentt quarterlie of their intromissioun with the paymenttqi 
saidis customes to thair generall collectour, with certificatioun to thame collectour, 
and euery ane of them that failzeis hereintill they sail incur the payne ^Suw" ^' 
and vnlaw of tuenty pundis sa oft as they failzie, to be vplifted of thame, 
butt fauouris and letteris and executoriallis to be raisitt and execute 
aganis the magistratis of burrowis being found sleuthfull or negligent 
herein ; as alsua, that ilk customer being lawfuUie requyritt be their 
saidis magistratis and refusand to pay their saidis bygane customes, efter 
they be adiugit in the said vnlaw of tuenty pundis be thair contrauen- 

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2i)0 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

tion of the premissis, salbe lialdin but fauouris to i)ay the samyn to the 

saidis magistratLs for thair relief thairoff 

TOreow"Ioid The quhilk day, anentt the complaint gevin in befoir thame be 

c'T ^'bef • ^^^^"^ Flemyng, merchantt and burges of Glaequ, aganis Nicoll Beid, 

Uieconseni- factour in the tovne of Campfer, makand inentioun that quhair he being 

^^'' laitlie in the pairtis of Flanderis in the said tovne of Campfer, sentt be 

Robertt Flemyng, his father, merchant and burges of the said burgh, as 

factour and doar for him, to sute compte rekning and paymentt of the 

intromissioun and wrangous detentioun be the said Nicoll of certan 

gudes mentionatt in the said Nicollis missives this day presented and red 

befoir thame, efter he was lawfully requyrit in presence of notar and 

witnesses thairto, refusitt to geve the samyn, as be instrumentis and 

documentis tane in the handis of Neil Kaa, notar and depute to the conserua- 

tor, did appeir, quhairby he and his father foirsaid ar gretumlie hui-tt and 

preiugitt, and except remeid war putt thairto it suld be impossibill to him 

or ony vther merchantt of this realme to have traffecque in the saidis 

pairtis, in respect thairof and of mony vther greit abusis of last vsitt, 

nochtt onlie be the said Nicoll bott vtheris the factouris of Campfer, as at 

mair lenth is contenit in the said Nicollis complaynt thairanent ; efker 

dew and rype avysement quhairwith the saidis commissioneris findis the 

said Mathow with all diligence sail persew the said Nicoll for his 

wrangous refusall of compte rekning and paymentt befoir the Conserua- 

tor of the Scottis natioun thair, as his onlie iuge ordnar, and ordanis the 

said Conseruator, according to his office, butt delay, to cause minister iustice 

to the said complenar as he will ansuer to thame. 

Article to iiie The samyn day, it being menit be the said Mathow thatt by all con- 

^tou5SFikii- science the factouris of Campfer had vsurpitt the tred of merchandise 

S? b^ na'scoUs ^^^ P^* *''^® ^'^'^ ^° practeis in als liberally traffecquing with all soirtis of 

wairweto. wairis cuming frome this cuntre as ony merchantt within the same, 

omitting thairthrow their ordinar and dewtiful cure of factoury, a maist 

dangerous preparative to the estaitt of merchantis except remeid war 

prouyditt, by and attour sindry vther thair vnlesum attemptatis particu- 

larlie mentionatt in certan ai*ticles gevin be the said Mathow thaiiunent ; 

the saidis commissioneris findis gude thatt the samyn be proponitt be 

speciall articles and gevin into the next parliamentt for craving of redres 

thairto, and in the menetyme to geve in ane supplicatioun to the Kingis 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 291 

Slaiostie and Secreitt Counsall for obtening of ane act tbairof thairupoun, 
decerning the saidis factouris herefter to desist and ceis frome sic vnlaw- 
full deilling vnder the penaltie as itt sail pleis his Maiestie be aduyce foir- 
said to adoine ; and in the menetyme, nor at na tyme heirefter thatt na 
mauer of persoun be eniployitt in the office of factoury be ony merchant 
of this realme without sufficient fynding of souerty be the said jEEictour 
for refrayning frome all bying of Scotis wairis, and the meixjliantt employar 
of ony factour in contrair hereof sail pay ane vnlaw of fourty pundis sa 
oft as lie failzeis bott fauouris. 

The samyn day Henry Nesbett, burges of Edinburgh, procuratour ^^^^^^ 
lawfully constitute be oure Souerane Lord the Kingis Maiestie, presented procuratour for 
to the commissioneris foirsaidis his Hienes procuration n vnder his Graces ieatie, anent 
subscriptioun butt daitt, geving thairby to the said Henry, procuratour j'^ H^«i^u?e 
foirsaid, power in His Hienes name to propone and notefie to thame the barrowis to be 
ovirtouris given in be Eustachius Roogh, Flemyng, and to cause be red, Grace to Eusta- 
sichtitt, and considderitt the forme of ane contract sett doun betuix his Flemyng,^. ' 
Maiestie and Lordis of Secreitt Counsall on the ane pairtt, and the said 
Eustachius on the vther pairtt, to resoun thairupoun, and efter dew con- 
sideratioun thairof to requyre and desyre the saidis commissioneris 
presentt, for thame selues and takand theburding on thame for the haill 
reraanentt burrowis of this realme, to becum cautionaris and souerties for 
performance and fulfilling of his Hienes pairtt of the said contract to the 
said Eustachius, and for thatt eflfect to authorise the samyn with thair 
subscriptionis as efferis, and vtherwyis to repoirtt to his Hienes and 
Counsall thair resolutioun and ansuer thairanentt, as in the said pro- 
curatioun, subscryuit in maner aboue reliersitt, at lenth is contenit ; con- 
forme to the tennour quhairof the said Henry Nesbett, in name of oure 
Souerane Lord the Kingis Maiestie, desyritt ansuer thairto according to 
the contentis of the samyn. Quhairwith the saidis commissioneris of 
burrowis, efter lang resoning thairupoun, being rypelie aduysitt, findis 
they can geve na ansuer thairto, becaus the samyn concernis the body of 
cuery burgh and na thing can be concluditt thairintill withoutt the par- 
ticular aduyce of euery burgh as said is. 

Tlic samyn day, the haill remittis the vnlaw of Abirdene, incurrit be ,^birdene vn- 
., ^ , , . . , - , ,, - ,. law remitutt, 

thame tor nocht compering m dew tyme to the last genemll assemblie etc 
haldin at Dondie in lulij 1587, and dischairge all executioun aganis 
thame thairfor. 



292 



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Provost, Wig 
ton, raiefeiit 
actu 



The samyn day, IhoQQ Ahannay of Eirkdaill, provest of the burgh of 
Wigtoun, producitt ane commissioun vnder the seill of the said burgh, 
and subscriptioun of the commoun clark thairof, quhilk, in respect of 
thair exemptioun was resauit and admitted, and he in name of the said 
burgh thairby ratefeitt and apprevitt all and quhatsumeuer thing salbe 
conciuditt at this presentt generall assembly. 
Coiioctour to The samyn day, anent the desyris of the commisaioneris of the burrowis 
lawiii bygane of Abirdeue, Sanctaudrois, Cowpar, and CraiU, desyring thair half vnlawis 
and prwentt ^ -^ remittlt to thame, quhairin they war adiugit att the last generall 
assemblie in Edinburgh haldin thairatt in Nouember last for the caussis 
thairin contenit, the haill findis, in respect of the said act alrady sett 
doun, thatt they can nocht retreit the samyn, and thairfoir ordanis thair 
general coUectour to cause vplift the samyn together, with the remanentt 
vnlawis mentionatt in the summondis raisitt thair\'pouu, and to mak 
paymentt of the reddiest thairof to the personis to quhome ane pairt 
thairof is assignit, as be the acttis maid thairanentt in the said lastt 
generall assemblie at Edinburgh and now presentlie will appeir, and of 
the superplus thairof, to mak compte rekning and paymentt to the four 
burrowis auditouris appoynted to the customes, taxationis, impoistis, and 
vnlawis foirsaidis, att the day appoynted in the actis maid and sett doun 
iustantlie thairvpoun ; as alsua thatt the said collectour cans rais letteris 
aganis the burrowis vnlawitt att this present conuentioun incais of thair 
refiisall to pay the samyn, etc. 



Sexto lulij 1588. 

Exemptioun, The commissioncris foirsaidis hes exemit and exemis the burgh of 
"'^' Renfrew frome all keping of conuentionis for the space of thrie zeris to 
cum, provyding the said burgh send thair missive at ilk generall conuen- 
tioun in the menetyme intervening, with ewest burgh vndispensit with, 
appreving all actis, statutis, and conclusiounis, thairatt to be concluditt, 
etc. 
pSnt kTbere^ "^^^ commissioneris foirsaidis ordanis the desyre of the bill gevin in 
'"®^^"** *? befoir thame be Hew Broun, commissioner for the burgh of Irrowyne, 

niissivee, and , , ® . . 

8iciyk all yther conceming the supportt cravitt be thame for reparreling of thair hawm 

dwkayitt ber- 
beries. 



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Converdion of Royal Burghs. 293 

and dekyitt brig, to be rememberit in the missives to be direct for keping 
of the nixt general! conuentioun etc., and siclyke towartt Dysartt, the 
remanent dekyitt herberis, Sanctandrois, Craill, etc. 

The commissioneris of burrowis presentlie conuenit, remitis vnto the eark ^mittitr 
burgh of Laneark thair vnlaw of tuenty IL, quhairin they war iudgit for ®*°* 
nochtt compearance to the last generall conuentioun att Edinburgh, in 
respect of the Kingis Maiesties charge, and thair personall seruice with his 
Hienes the tyme of the said conuentioun, and dischargis thair collectour 
of ony forther troubling of the said burgh thairfoir ; and siclyke exemis 
the burgh Ruthuglen frome payment of thair vnlaw for the lyke causis, 
etc ; and siclyke Renfrew, etc. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes exemit and exemis Ij??^^**^*"'^ 
for the space of thre zeris to cum the burgh of Peiblis frome all keiping 
thair conuentions, they sending att euery generall conuention thair missive 
apreving the actis and conclusionis to be concludit thairat, eta 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis desoluis this thair conven- Deroiuing pre- 
tioun, and appoyntis thair nixt generaU assemblie of burrowis to be haldin uoim^nd^nixt 
at the burgh of Sanctandrois the last of lunij in the zeir of God I"^ V^ ^^^ ®*"®*^ 
four scoir nyne zeris ; and ordanis the commissioneris present of the said 
burgh to aduerteis the magistratis thairof in dew tyme be thair missives 
to the haill burrowis of this realme for keping be thame be thair commis- 
sioneris fullie instructed of the said nixt generall conuentioun, with certi- 
iicatioun to thame and they failzie they salbe haldin to pay the unlawis of 
the burrowis that beis nocht be thame lawfully waimit thairto. 
Henry Nisbett commissioner for Robert Anderson for Perth. 

Edinburgh. Alexr. CuUen commissioner off 

Geoirge Heireot commissioner for Aberdene. 

Edinburgh. William Cunyngam, Glasgw. 

William Duncan commissioner off Andro Ker commissioner for lin- 

Dundie. lythqw. 

Wm. Knox for Air. I. Guthre. Thomas Kingzow commissioner for 

A. Broun for Kingorn. Pettenveme. 

George Durie for Innerkething. Walter Cowane commessener for 

H. Broun commissioner for Irwing. Sterling. 

I. Anstruther comesioner of the Alexr. Dalzell commissioner of 

burch of that ilk. Kirkcaldy. 



294 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Ihone Bowsy. 

Robertt Livingstoun for Lanerk. 

I. Andersone commissioner for Cou- 

per. 
Thomas Spotiswod commissioner of 

Hadington. 
lohne Bosuell commissioner of Dum- 

fermling. 
Mr. Alexr. Coustoun for Bruntyland. 
lohne Howstoun far Renfrow. 



Dauid Watsoun. 
Peter Howston for Dombarton. 
Robert Craige for Dumbar. 
Thomas Henderson for Jedburch. 
Dauid Hall for Rutherglen. 
Roger Gordoun for Drumfires, 
lames Hackat for Dysert 
Williame Hoppringill, for Lawder. 

I. Gnthre. 
Alexr. Williamesoun for Peiblis. 

I. Guthre. 



SanctHndrois. 



In the Conventioun of Burrowis holdin at the hurgh of 
Sanctandrois vpoun the tentt, alevint, tuelt and fourtene 
dayis of Apryle 7"* P four scoir nyne zeris^ Compei^itt 
the Commissioneris of Burrouois vnder suhscryvand^ etc.^ 
quha producitt the commisdonis and missives efter 
specefeity etc^ 

Edinburgh, Henry Charteris, Maister lames Ihonnstoun, Edward GaJ- 
braith, and Ihonn Harlaw ; Kingorn, Androw Broun, dark ; Innerketh- 
ing, George Dury, dark ; Striveling, Walter Cowane ; Linlithqu, Androw 
Kar, dark ; Dumbertan, lames Smollett ; Renfrow, Adam Mudderrell ; 
Air, George Gocheran ; Irrowyne, Hew Broun ; Glasqu, Maister Ihonn 
Ros ; Kirkcudbrycht be missive ; Wigtoun be missive and procuratioun 
apprevand ; Quhithorn be missive to the pro vest of Sanctandrois ; Lane- 
ark, Dauid Bryntoun ; ledburgh, Tliomas Henresoun ; Selkirk be mis- 
sive and procuratoury ; Peiblis be ane missive ; Hadingtoun, William 
Broun ; Northbervik be ane missive ; Dumbar, Maister Alexander Kelly ; 
Lawder, William Hoppringill ; Dunfreis, Roger Gordoun ; Abeixlene, 
Maister Ihonn Cheine ; Dondy, Robertt Fleschour, Ihonn Traill ; Perth, 



Co7iventio7i of Royal Burghs. 296 

Dioneis Conquerour ; Dumfermling, Ihonn Boiswell, Ihonn Makesou ; 
Craill, Hary Lindesay, Ihonn Bowsy ; Forfar, George Suitty ; Breichan, 
Ihonn Ramsay ; Montrois, Williame Patiy ; Elgyne, Williame Gibsoun, 
baillie ; Innernes, lasper Kymniing ; Aberbrothok, Ihonn Haillis ; Sanct- 
androis, lames Lermonth of Dairsy, provest, Maister Williame Cok, Dauid 
Watsoun ; Cowpar, lames Petersoun ; Culane, ane procuratioun admitted 
as missive ; Forres, Maister lames Dumbar ; Name, Williame Tulloche ; 
Dysartt, lames Law ; Kirkcaldy, dispensit with in respect of the seiknes ; 
Pettinweme, Tliomas Kingzow ; Brunteland, Ihonn Claipan ; Anstruther 
be eist the burn, Ihonn Anstruther, dark, and Ihonn Bowsy protested 
this thair enrolling and calling suld nocht preiuge thame in thair 
actioun anent thair liberties, quhilk is in dependence befoir the Lords of 
Sessioun. 

The same day, Maister Ihonn Chene, ane of the baillies of Abirdene ^|^^^i^! 
and commissioner thairof, producit his commissioun seillit be the common Biouer Abir- 
seill of the said burgh, and subscryuit be Maister Ihonn Kennedy princi- 
pall dark, and thairvpon askitt instrumentis, as alsua vpoun the present- 
ing of ane missive be the provest of Sanctandrois direct to his lordschip 
and commissioneris presentt be xiiij nychtbouris subscryvand the same, 
quhilkis nychtbouris thairby disassented to his admissioun in commis- 
sioner, as the said missive, vnder the subscriptionis foirsaidis of the daitt 
at Abirdene the auchtt day of Aprile instantt, proporttis ; and the saidis 
commissioneris continewis the ressaving of the said Maister Alexander 
quhill the mom att thair convening, quha resauit vp his pecis, etc. 

The same day, Henry Charteris, commissioner Tor the burgh of Edin- Thaynis vniaw 
burgh, producitt ane missive dii-ect be the burgh of Thayne to the com- 
missioneris presentt, quhilk they find nochtt to be ressauit, insafar as the 
samyn is nocht subscry vit be na vther nor Schir Williame Keith, provest, 
and thairfoir to be vnautentik and contrair to thair ordinances, alwyis 
adiugis thame in xx IL vnlaw, quhilk in respect of thair poverty and ex- 
emptioun they remitt, provyding the said burgh committ nochtt the lyk 
in tyme cuming, quhilk gif they do the vnlaw to be incurrit be thame to 
be vplifted but fauouris. 

The same day, according to the ordour obseruit in conuentionis, hes in absence of 
noininatt and electitt lames Lermonth of Dairsy, provest, in moderatour MaJteter^i^ 
to this presentt assembly, quha be his ressonabill excuse of his behuiffit ^^^j.^°^™^®' 



296 Conveftition of Royal Bu?yhs. 

passing to tlie raid as cliairgitt be oure Souerane Lord, desyrit Maistert 
William Cok, baillie, suld supplie his place of moderatorschip, quliome the 
saidis coinmissioueris hes elected in modemtor induring this presentt con- 
uentioun as he quha is second in commissioun for the said burgh. 
uenSg.^" The quhilk day, the commissioneris [ordanis] the mom be ix houris 

befoir none to convene, and fra thyne to sitt quhill tuelflf att none, and 
fra twa houris thairefter to sitt quhill sax liouris att evin ; and quha 
coroperis nocht imediatlie efter the houris streking and calling of the roll 
to pay saix schillingis auchtt penneis vnlaw but fauouris. 



Vndecimo Aprilis 1589. 

^™^J^^ The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis resauit George Cocheran 
as commissioner for Air with his commissioun, with quhais nochtt com- 
perance the first of the conuentioun they dispens in respect of the stay of 
the passage att the Queinsferry. 
AdmiBsioun The samyn day, efter lang resoning vpoun the ressauing of Maister 

Chene'in own- Ihonu Chenc as commissioner for Abirdene, and having exactlie consid- 
Ablnienl'**'^ dcrft his commissioun, and thairwith, together with the missive of certan 
nychtbouris of Abirdene, being rypelie aduysitt, for the maist pairt aggreis 
to the ressauing of the said Maister Ihonnis commissioun nochtwithstand- 
ing the contentis of the said missive, and this in respect the said com- 
missioun is direct vnder the seill of cause of the said burgh and subscript 
tioun of the commoun dark thairof 
Burrowis The Same day, finding the burrowis of Rothesay, Ruthuglen, and Banff 

to have bene lawfully waimit to have comperit to this presentt conuen- 
tioun, as was suflBciently verefeitt be the magistmtis of this burgh of 
Sanctandrois, and they nochtt comperand, thairfoir hes adiugit thame and 
euery ane of thame in the payne and vnlaw of tuenty pundLs, quhilk they 
ordane thair coUectour to cause vplift, and gif neid beis heirvpoun letteris 
of homing to rais and execute, and be comptabill at the next hering of 
his comptis to the burrowis thairfoir. 

The same day, etc., Walter Cowan, commissioner for the burgh of 
Streveling, accepted in and vpoun him the commissioun of the haill bur- 
rowis (of the haill) for thame and in thair names to travell with the tovne 



Convention of Royal Bnrghs. !297 

and factouris of Campfer in Zeland, to the obtening of sure knawlege of mMon^erfor 
thame of the worth of the excyse of beir and wyne granted to the Scotis stLrv«iing to 
natioun for the evstaiblesching of thair staipill at the said tovne, as alsua worth of th© 
to try quha will geve maist thairfoir, and to repoirt to the haill burrowis and^w>'Be^"^ 
at the next conuention thairof imediatlie efber his hamecuming, his ansuer Campfor. 
heiranent, referring heirby to the magistrates of the burgh of Edinburgh 
the geving to the said Walter of sufficient informatioun and instructionis 
in thair names ; and continewis all forther resoning vpoun the contentis 
of the act maid at Glasqu in luly last anent the setting doun of ane ordour 
for the erectioun of ane Scottis Kirk in Flanderis, and remanentt contentis 
mentionatt thairintill, to the making to thame be the said Walter of his 
repoirtt heiranentt. 

Tlie samjm day, continewis the vplifting of the vnlaw of the burgh of Commissioner 
Forres for thair absence from the conuentioun at Glasqu in luly 1588 atttodisoiue 
vnto the next generall assemblie of burrowis, quhen as they ordane the J^^^*^^*^^*"*^ 
commissioner of the burgh of Glasqu to bring with him thairto the veri- 
ficatioun of the said burgh of Forres lawfuU citatioun ; and gevis heirby 
licence to Maister lames Dumbar, commissioner for the said burgh of 
Forres, for the caussis schawin to thame, licence to diaolue fra this pre- 
sentt conuentioun, quha in name of the said burgh ratefeis and apprevis 
all and quhatsumever thing is or salbe concludit heiratt ; and Maister 
Ilionn Ros commissioner for Glasqu protested in respect the waiming was 
verefeit sufficientlie, incais the samyn be now tintt, sail nocht preiuge the 
said burgh. 

The same day, anentt thatt heid of the missive quhairas the commis- Power'to four 
sioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Dondy, Perth, and Abirdene, cii^JIiJ^r^^*^'' 
auditouris of the generall collectouris comptis, war ordanitt at the last ^^^.^"^^^^^ 
generall conuentioun haldin att Glasqu in luly laSt to have brocht with have the same 
thame to this presentt conuentioun the said generall collectouris comptis, L^eVhrnixt 
to the effect the commissioneris now conuenitt mycht mak thair particular ^^atsumever 
burrowis certefeitt of the haill proceding and effect thairof, and finding ^^ 

thatt without the personal presence of the said collectour or his depute 
they culd nocht insist heirintill, thairfoir hes continewitt and continewis 
the ressouing and hering of the saidis comptis to the nixt conuentioun of 
the astaitis to be haldin at Edinburgh the xxiiij day of this instantt, and 
incais the samyn hald nochtt, to the nixtt conuentioun quhatsumever of 

2p 



298 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

lie saidis burrowis ; geving beirby power to the saidis four burrowis. 
with sic vther burrowis as pleissis to ony the saidis conventions to con- 
vene, than to heir and sute the saidis comptis ; and ordanis the commis- 
sioneris of the burgh of Edinburgh to cause mak wairning to the said 
collectour and his deputes precesly to have agane the said first conuen- 
tioun quhatsumer his saidis comptes in radyness, and to keip the said 
conuentioun aither be thame selues or thair sufficient procuratouris haif- 
and thair sufficient powar to thatt effectt to produce sufficient diligence 
or pay men tt but excuse or delay. 
Coutinuatioun, The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, efter lang resoning vpoun 
fulL^^remburs- ^1^^^^ hcid of the missive concerning the craving to the magistratis of the 
meuttofxijc burgh of Edinburtrh of rembursmentt of tuelff hundreth markis and 

niArKiSi anci in** 

ten«payitt intercs payitt thairfoir aduancitt to Adam Fowllertoun, as be dyueris actis 
nixt general ^ of burrowis wiU appeir, hes continewit and continewis as of befoir all 
oonventioun of ansucir geving thairto to thair next generall assemblie of burrowis, quhen 
as they ordane the magistratis of the said burgh to produce the contract 
and instructionis gevin be thame to the said Adam the tyme of his first 
sending to Ingland, to the effect they may be certefeit of the said Adamis 
diligence and procedingis in the effiiires quhairfoir he was sentt, and 
ordanis this presentt to be contenit in the missives to be direct to the 
burrowis to the effect thatt at the nixt generall assemblie of burrowis 
resolute ansuer may be gevin heirto ; and the commissioneris of befoir 
dissassenting now lykewyis disassentis, lyke as the commissioneris of the 
said burgh of Edinburgh disassentis to all forther continuatioun, craving 
conforme to the tennour of the last act of continwatioun maid at Glasqu 
in luly last the saidis burrowis fynall ansuer heirintill, and vpoun thair 
refusall askitt instrumentis protesting for remeid of law, alsweill for pay- 
mentt of the said principall sovme of xij^ markis as interes sensyne payitt 
thairfoir. 



Apud Sanctandrois xij** Aprilis 1589. 

Co^uuatioyn The quhilk DAY, the foirsaidis commissioneris respecting^ the diligint 
in his office of and agrcabill seiniice done to thame and thair predecessouris in the 
ano^^zeir^mn. office of generall clarkschip to the burrowis thir mony and dyueris zeris 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 299 

bypast be Ihonn Guthre thair generall dark, hes continewit and contine- 
wis lura for the space of ane zeir frome the moneth of luly next thairin- 
ill, referring his said zeris stipend to the gude will, modificatioun, and dis- 
cretioun of the commissi oneris of burghis to convene att thair nixtt generall 
conventioun quhairevcr the samyn salbe appointed to be haldin, ordan- 
yng the said Ihonn, or he pas furth of this tovne, to extract to euery par- 
ticular commissioner the actis maid at this presentt conventioun vpoun 
the prices appointed to him thairfoir and mentionatt in the act maid at 
Pei-th in anno 1 582 zeris, sua being they requyre of him the samyn and 
mak paymentt thairfoir. And as towartt the paymentt to him of his 
bygane stipend, viz., frome the moneth of luly last in the zeir of CJod j"™ 
v^ Ixxxviij zeris to the moneth of luly nixt in this instant zeir of God 
jm yc fQur scoir nyne zeris, extending to ane hundreth pundis, ordanis 
him to be payitt and satifeitt thairof of the first and rediest of the cus- 
tomes, impoist, and vnlawis ingathering, quhensoeuer and quhowsone the 
samyn beis collectitt, and thatt be the coUectour thairof, and this pre- 
sentt ordinance together witli the said Ihonnis discharge sail serue for 
ane discharge to him of the samyn, butt preiudice alwyis of payment to 
the said Ihonn of thre scoir pundis awand to him be the said collectour 
in compleitt paymentt of his zeris stipend of ane hundreth pundis frome 
luly in the zeir of God 1 587 to luly last in anno 1588 zeris ; and as for 
paymentt to him of his ordinar bygane expenssis frome the generall conuen- 
tion last haldin att Edinburgh in anno 1587, continewis the ordour tak- 
ing thairanentt to tliair next generall assemblie quhairever itt salhappin 
to be haldin. 

The same day, anentt the continuatioun of ane ansueir to the burrowis CoMenting 
of Sanctandrois, Craill, and Dysartt, craving supportt to thair dekayitt drois, CwSu, ' 
barberies, consentis thatt for reparrelling thairof sic dewty of schoir syluer ^uff g^dew- 
sall for thre zeris nixttocum be vplifted att thair particular poirttis of ^o for thre 
sic gudes as salbe induring the said space transported furth thairof as is lifted att Don- 
vplifbed att the poirtt and hawin of Dondy, in maner and forme as thair tuK^^^i^^e- 
collectour vplifbis the samyn ; provyding alwyis thatt at the ische and ^7*" ^^^' 
outrunnyng of the saidis thre zeris the saidis burrowis sail desist and ceis 
from ony forther vplifbing thairof, and be astricted to compte to the saidis 
burrowis of thair bestowing of the said dewtie vpoun the beitment of 
thair saidis dekayitt barberies ; and incais the samyn be nocht employ itt 



300 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

thairupon to find cautioun the samyn salbe furthcumand to the commoun 
affaires of burrowis, and gif need beis thatt letteris and exeeutorialis 
alsweill at the said burghis instance as haill burrowis be raisit, purchest, 
and execute heirvpoun in forme as efferis ; and dischargis the said burgh 
of Craill from this day furth of ony forther vplifting of the dewtie ap- 
pointed to be vplifted for making of Henry Nesbetis expenssis to France 
for the caussis mentionat in the actis maid thairanentt, provyding the 
saidis burrowis gevin in thair supplicatioun to the Kingis Maiestie to 
thatt effect, and obtene of his Hienes of the samyn etc 

The samyn day, efber aduysementt with the supplicatioun presented to 
thame be Hew Brown, commissioner of the burgh of Irrowyne, craving 
thair consentis to the vplifting of ane certan dewtie for reparrelling of 
thair dekayitt brig, condiscendis thatt for the space of fyve zeris nixtocum 
the magistratis of the said burgh, be thameselues and thair collectouris, 
vplift of euery laid on horsbak cuming lang thair said brig four pen- 
nies, and of euery mannis burding cuming langis as said is twa penneis ; 
quhilkis dewties to be collected the saidis burrowis ordanis to be be- 
stowit vpoun the beitting and mending of the said dekajritt brig as said 
is, and ordanis ane supplicatioun to be gevin to the Kingis Maiestie 
heirfoir. 
Liniithquis The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes remittitt and remittis 

rn aw remi t. ^^ ^^ burgh of Linlithqu thair vnlaw of tuenty pundis, qqhairunto they 
war adiugit for nocht vsing of the diligence mentionatt in the act maid 
att luly last, anentt the wairning of thair customer to half comperitt and 
maid compte of his intromissioun with the bygane customes of the said 
burgh to the auditouris conuenit in September last to the hering thairof, 
and this in respect Andrew Kar, commissioner for the said burgh, verefeitt 
sufficientlie the doing of the diligence contenit in the said act as said is. 
Continuatioun The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis for the maist pairtt con- 
*«r8iSe,*Aiane tinewis the ansuer to Thomas Lentrounis supplicatioun and persute of 



pen 
Lentroun. 



the actioun depending att the instance of the four burrowis of Edinburgh, 
Perth, Dondy, and Aberdene aganis Alane Lentroune sone to the said 
Tliomas, vnto thair nixtt generall conventioun of burrowis, and the samyn 
be rememberit in the missives to be direct to the burrowis for keping of 
the said nixt generall conuentioun ; and heirvnto the commissioneris of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 301 

fclie saidis four burrowis, as contractouris and persewaris of the said Alane, 
disassented. 

The same day, the foirsaidis commissioneris aprevis the vplifting be Pettinwemes 
the burgh of Pettinweine of the fourtt pairtt of ane pek of euery laid or p^ ^^um- 
sekful of wietuall mett within thair said burgh, provyding all oure Soue- ™^* 
rane Lordis liegis bringing wietuall thairto be seruitt hous maill frie 
thairof, with canvess and siffis, but ony forther dewtie nor the said fourtt 
pairtt, craving thairfoir ; quhairvpoun Maister Alexander Kelly, commis- 
sioner for Dumbar, askitt instrumentis. 

The same day, the commissioneris suspendis the vplifting of the burgh Namis ynlaw 
of Narnis vnlaw for thair absence frome thair last conuention generall at SSSquia pro- 
Glasqu in luly 1588 vnto thair nixt generall conuention quhairever *®"**^*^"^* 
the samyn salbe appoynted to be haldin ; and Maister Ihonn Ros, com- 
missioner for the burgh of Glasqu, protested thatt nochtwithstanding the 
said suspensioun the same suld be nawyis preiudicial to the said burgh 
of Glasqu, insafar as thair lawfuU citatioun to have comperit thairto was 
sufficientlie verefeitt, etc. 

The same day, anent the support cravitt be Ihonn Clapan, commis- SuppUcatioiin 
sioner for the burgh of Bruntiland, craving support to the vpbigging of to be remem- 
ane kirk within thair said burgh, continewis the ansuer geving thairto to ^y^ ^^ "*"" 
thair next generall conuentioun of burrowis, and to remember the same 
in the missives to be direct thairto that the commissioneris than to con- 
vene cum instructed to determine thairintiU. 

The same day, remittis vnto the burgh of Kingom thair vnlaw of Kingomls vn- 
tuenty pundis incurrit be thame for nocht causing of thair customer to mak vpoim'proui- 
his comptes of the bygane customes thairof to the auditouris appoynted *<'°»®*°' 
thairto to haif hard the samyn att Edinburgh in September last, provyd- 
ing the said burgh bestow the samyn to the beittiment of dekayitt schoir 
of Petticur, certefeing the magistratis thairof incais the samyn be nocht 
bestowit in maner foirsaid, and suflScient compte nocht maid at thair 
next generall conuention of burrowis of the bestowing of the samyn 
vpoun the beitmentt of the said schoir, thatt the said vnlaw salbe than 
ordanit to be vplifted but fauouris, and Ihonn Boiswell, commissioner of 
Dumfermling, souerty the same salbe done, eta 

The same day etc., the commissioneris foirsaidis remittis vnto lames Cow«ur yuiaw 
Andersoun, dark of Cowper, the vnlaw of ten li., incurrit be the said 



302 Convention ofJRoyal Burghs. 

burgh for nocht making be him as customer thairof of his comptes of 
customary in Edinburgh in September last, and this in respect of the 
making and payment thairof sensyne, and thatt his diseis of seikness was 
impediment than thatt he maid nocht the samyn. 
Continu»tioim The Same day etc. continewis the ansuer geving to Schir William 
Thayne. Keith, provest of Thayne, gevin in be him in name of the magistratis 

and inhabitants thairof 
striveiingis The Same day, remittis Streveling thair vnlaw of tuenty li. for nocht 

vniaw remittit sending thair commissioner to Edinburgh in September last, and nocht 
making be thair customer than of thair comptes, in respect of the try ell 
of the said customeris diseis than, and gaif the samyn to the said Wil- 
liam in respect of his gude seruice done befoir. 
Augmenta- The Same day, aggreis thatt vnto the dewties mentionatt in Irrowinis 

irrowingie ^ act for supporting thair brig thair be eikitt the dewties following, viz. 
^^' ane penny of ilk fute man, twa penneis of ilk ox and kow, ane penny of 

twa schiep, of ilk hors but burding twa penneis the man being compre- 
hendit, and this to indure the said space of fyve zeris etc., provyding 
they mak zeirlie at the generall conuentioun compte of the bestowing of 
the saidis dewties vpoun thair said dekayitt brig, and thatt the said 
burgh geve in thair supplicatioun to the Kingis Maiestie for obtening 
ane gift thairof 

xiiij Aprilis 1589. 

Narne exemitt The Same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes exemit and exemis the 
from kepin^ of burgh of Name from keping of all conuentioun of burrowis for the space 
conventions. ^£ ^^xyq zeiis nixtocum, provyding thatt at the next generall assemblie 
thairof they send thairto quhairever the samj^n salhappin to be haldin, 
with the burgh ewest vndispensitt with, thair autentik missive seillit 
and subscryuit be the provest baillies couusall and dark in name of the 
communitie thairof, appreving all and quhatsumever actis, lawis, or con- 
stitutionis beis in the menetyme att ony conuentionis intervening con- 
cludit on ; certefeing WDliam TuUoche, presentt commLssioner for the 
said burgh, thatt incais the said missive be nocht sentt to the said next 
generall conuentioun thatt the samyn salbe vnlawit in ane vnlaw of 
tuenty li. as burgh nocht comperand. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 303 

The same day, etc., exemis the burgh of Abirbrothok frome keping of Abirbroihok 
all conuentionis for the space of thre zeris nixtocum, provyding att the SE^^risfrome 
nixt generall assemblie of burro wis Ihonn Haillis, presentt commissioner ^P^^^®^**" 
for the said burgh, cause suflScient cautioun be found thatt the sovme of 
thre scoir pundis be employitt Vpoun the vpbigging of thair kirk, and 
thatt ane autentik missive sufficientlie seillit and subscryuit thatt indur- 
ing the tyme of the exemptioun the provest baillies counsall and com- 
munitie of the said burgh sail thairby appreve all and quhaisumever 
lawis and constitution is beis in the menetyme concludit on, and incais 
the said missive and cautioun beis nocht sentt and found to the said 
nixt generall assemblie that the said burgh salbe adiugit in ane vnlaw of 
tuenty pundis as nocht comperand. 

The same day, the commsssioneris foirsaidis statutis and ordanis, A<?tt for row- 
and for ane law perpetuallie to be obseruit vniuersallie throw all the moun° gudes 
buiTOwis of this realme concludis, decemis, and ordanis, that na possessour TO»mbu?^^ 
within burgh nor outwith the same of ony pairtt or portioun of the ^^^J^ zeiriie of 
commoun landis, commoun gudes, customes alsweill small as greitt, mylnis, and repoirtt 
fischingis, and vther commoun casualities quhatsumeuer of burgh, pre- Beue»ii*^gener^ 
surae or tak vpoun hand to hinder or stay the rowping thairof vnder *^ ^'*'**'^^*^"° 
pretence of kyndnes, possessioun, or vtherwyis inordinarly contrair the 
weilfair and commoditie of the burgh, bot that the samyn salbe rowpitt 
and putt to the vtter and best availl, without contradictioun of ony 
persoun inwith or outwith the saidis burrowis, vnder the payne of tyn- 
sall of thair libertie and fredomes and never fra thyne furth to bruik 
office thairin, provyding alwaj'is that the titularis provyditt to takis or 
fewis of the samyn or ony thairof be nochtt preiugitt heirby, and thatt the 
prouest baillies counsall and communitie of the saidis burrowis sail sett 
and putt to vtter availl and proffeitt thair saidis commoun landis, commoun 
gude, and customes alsweill small as greitt, mylnis, fischingis and vther 
casualities quhatsumeuer, alsweill namit as vnnamit, to the incres of the 
saidis burrowis and euery particular burgh, as they and euery ane of 
thame wilbe ansuerabill to the Kingis Maiestie. As alsua thatt the saidis 
commoun revenues befoir the setting thairof be rowpitt thre seuerall dayis, 
aucht dayis interceding betuinx euery ane thairof, and the space of the thre 
seueral days rowping continew frome auchtt houris to tuelff houris befoir 
none, and incais ony pairty oppone thame selues in the contrair heirof, 



304 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

the haill buiTOwis presentlie conuenit for thame selueR, and remanentt of 
tbair nomber absentt, promesis concurrence and assistance to se the con- 
travenaris dewlie pvneist in thair personis and gudes, conforme to iustica 
Foi-ther, to the effect the executioun heirof may be att euery seuerall 
generall conuentioun maid notour to the commissioneris of burrowis thair- 
att to convene, ordanis the magistrattis of burrowis, quhair commoun 
rentis ar, to send thair commissioneris fuUie instructed to euery ane of 
the saidis generall conventionis to repoirtt thair diligence of the dew exe- 
cuting of this actt and contentis thairof Siclyke, thatt the provest, 
baillies, counsall, and communitie of ilk burgh zeirlie, anis in the zeir, 
perambulat thair haill marchis, sua thatt they be nochtt preiugitt be 
ony persoun thairin, and thatt vnder the payne of tuenty IL to be vp- 
lifted of ilk burgh failland, but fauouris, and thatt lykewayis, vpoun this 
thair perambulatioun zeirlie to be vsitt, att euery seurall generall convuen- 
tioun as said is, dew repoirtt be maid be the commissioneris appoynted to 
convene thairto. 
To remember The same day, etc., ordanis the maedstratis of Abirdene to cause waime 

the alteratioun .ii. .?.. 

of taxttroiiisin the burrowis to send thair commissioneris instructed for alteratioun of 
miasives. ^^ generall taxtt roll of ane hundreth IL, and to remember the same in 

missves to be direct thairto. 

Na chepmen to The quhilk day it is statute and ordanit thatt na maner of chepman 

wairis^in^^ut ^^ 'vtheris vnfrie personis inwith or outwith burrowis presume or tak 

orsmaU. vpoun [hand], within the samyn, in oppin mercattis or vtherwyis, to sell 

ony maner of staipill gudes in greitt or small, vnder the payne of confis- 

catioun and escheting thairof be the dene of gild of the burgh quhairas 

the samyn beis apprehenditt, or vtherwyis in the burrowis quhairin na 

dene of gild is electitt be the magistratis heirof, and thatt ilk burgh mak 

publicatioun of this presentt ordinance thatt nane pretend ignorance. 

Snppiicatioun The sam}^!! day, ordanis thatt att the nixt generall conuentioun of the 

to the'^ingis Estaitis thair be ane speciall article or supplicatioun maid, lamenting the 

uittoLforcun-S''®^^*' ^^^^ sustenit be the insufficiencie of cunzie, quhairby the inhabi- 

zie. tantis of His Maiesties burrowis and vtheris his Hienes leigis ar gretum- 

lie preiugitt and hurtt, and thatt itt wuld pleis his Grace and Estaitis to 

provyde remeid thaiito. 

^v^*^*be"*re^ "^^ samyn day ordanis the burrowis to send thair commissioneris 

niemberitt in fiiUie instnicted to the nixtt generall assembly of burrowis to geve 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 305 

ansuer to the supplicatioun gevia in to thame be the commissioner of 
Forfar aganis the burgh of Dondie. 

The same day, assignis to Patrik Bonkill, dark to the burgh of Sanct- ^^tt ^* 
androis, the vnlaw of the burgh of Bamff for thair nochtt comperance to 5^*^^ a^^ 
this prosentt conuentioun being lawfully waimit thairto, as was sufficient- 
lie verefeitt be writt be the dene of gild of the said citie, quhilk vnlaw 
extendis to tuenty li.; and this conforme to the actis maid of befoir 
thatt euery dark of the burgh quhair the burrowis convenis to thair 
generall assemblies suld haif for the wrjrting of the missives direct to 
burrowis ane vnlaw for wryting thairof 

The same day, exemis the burgh of Lawder frome keping of all conuen- Lawderia ex- 
tionis during the space of thre zeris, except the samyn be haldin be south S«^^^ '*^*^ 
Forth, and vpoun the vther prouisionis mentionatt in the exemptioun of 
the burgh of Name, etc. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis finding thame selves ^^^^*^^™jj^ 
gretumlie hurtt be the extenting be the Lordis of Secreitt Counsall of thair dischArging 
particular burrowis att all tymes quhenas ane generall extentt of the tent the bur^ 
Esfcaittis occurris, expres contrair thair liberties, hes ordanitt thatt to the ^"^^ 
nixtt generall conuentioun of the Estaitis foirsaidis ane supplicatioun be 
maid craving remeid heirto, and thatt they may be reponitt to thair 
ancient privilegis in extenting of thame selues and be na vtheris. 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis hes statute and ordanit Thatt the ma- 
thatt na maner of pirattis be ressett or interteneitt att ony frie sea poirtt g^st^^o' ^ 
within this realme, or be ony persoun or persounis duelland thairin, nor pirattis. 
be furneist in ony maner of viuers or vther necessaris quhatsimiever, aa 
alsua that nane beir or hant thair compainie ; certefeing all sic as con- 
travenis this presentt ordinance that they salbe condinglie pvneist in 
thair personis and gudes thairfoir be the magistratis of the saidis sea 
poirtis quhairas heirefter itt salhappin the saidis pirattis to arryve ; and 
incais the saidis magistratis beis found negligent in putting of this pre- 
sentt statute to dew executioun to the suppressing of the foimamit 
pirattis thatt they and euery ane of thame sail incur the payne and vn- 
law of ane hundreth pundis sa oft as they faibde ; and the magistratt 
doing his vtter diligence for putting of this act to dew executioun and 
the inhabitantis of the sea poirtt quhairas occaaioun salbe offerrit of assis- 
tance nochtt assisting, thatt the refusaris to assist sail incur the said 

2Q 



306 Convention of Royal Bury Its. 

payne and vnlaw of ane hundi-eth pundis, and the samyu to be vplifted 

of thame and euery ane of thame butt fauouris. 

Oommiflrion- The same day, it is ordanit thatt euery commissioner presentlie con- 

thairm»gi»- venit waime the magistral is of their particular burrowis to vse the 

Seciwtomeri^ wairning mentionatt in the act maid at Glasqu in July last, for waiming 

topaythairby-of thair customaris to cum to the burgh of Edinburgh and mak pay- 

mentt to the collectour of the Beltan terme of thair intromissioun bygane 

with the Kingis Maiesties customes, vnder the paynis contenit in the 

saidis actis. 

pJint^ to heir Tl^© quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis nominatis and appointis 

^^touris**^ the burrowis of Edinburgh, Dondy, Perth, and Abirdene, with sic vther 

comptis. burrowis as plesis to convene, to be auditouris of the customeris comptis 

of this realme and of the collectouris comptis of his bygane intromissioun 

with the bygane customes, vnlawis, extentis, taxationis, and impoistis, 

and to convene to thatt effect att the burgh of Edinburgh vpoun the 

tuenty day of October nixt; ordaining the said collectour, vpoun the 

burrowis cliargis, to cause rais letteris for summoning of the saidis pairties 

and euery ane of thame to compeir day and place abouementionatt to the 

effect aboue expremit, vnder the paynis contenit in the actis maid of befoir. 

Supplicatioraa^ ^^^ Same day, vnderstanding Maister George Hacquett, conseruatour, to 

to the Kingifl be in poyntt of death, quhairby incais of his deceis the previlege in 

coMenmtoi]^ electing of ane new conseruatour is, except ane vther in tyme be nocht 

tobeplacitt. provyditt, to be preiugitt, to the greitt hurt of burrowis. thairfoir ordauis 

ane supplicatioun to be maid and presented to the Kingis Maiestie, desyr- 

ing in thair names thatt efter the deceis of the said Maister George, Geoi^ 

Kincaid factour in Campfeir, be his Hienes aduyce, be placit in his rovme, 

or vtherwayis that sic vther as salbe found mair qualefeit to the functioun 

of the said office of conseruatour may haif the samyn be his Hienes and 

thair aduyces, att the nixt generall assemblie of the Estaitis occurrand. 

to'Ee^mafd'for "^^^ samyn day, ordanis ane supplicatioun in thair names to be gevin 

transporting in to the Kingis Maiestie, desyring the restraint of transporting of hydis 

^ ^' furth of this realme to be annullit, seing the samyn is ane greit hurtt to 

the merchant estaitt and na thing helpfull to the liegis of this realme. 
uTEemaicTfor The Same day, ordanis ane supplicatioun to be made and gevin in to 
to™n^ chtboii^ ^^^ Kiugis Maiestie and Estaitis, mening the greit lois of laitt sustenit be 
ris, laitiie pii- Alexander laflrey burges in Abirdene, Alane Lentroun citinar of Sanct- 

leittboDun- "^ ^ 

kirkeria. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 307 

androis, Alexander Selkirk and Charles Methwen thair, Thomas Man in 
Dondy, and dyueris vtheris, in thair hamecuming from Ingland, be the 
pilleage of their gudes and misusing of thair personis be certan piratt 
Dunkirkeris, and thatt it wald pleis his Hienes to grant letteris to arrest 
all personis and vesehellis belonging to the said tovne, to remane quhill 
remeid be found for the greit lois sustenit as said is ; as alsua thatt his 
Hienes wald direct his fauorabill missive to the Prince of Farm to se the 
saidis complenaris restoiritt to thair gudes pilleitt, or availl thairof. And 
anentt the forther ansuer, concerning supportt craving be the saidis com- 
plenaris, continewis the same to the nixtt generall assemblie of Estaitis 
to be haldin at Edinburgh the xxiiij day of this instantt moneth of 
April. 

The samyn day, anentt the suppoirtt cravitt be the commissioner of Suppiwatioun 
Dumbartan in name of the inhabitantis thairof, craving ane certan impoist be remembentt 
of gudes for ane certan space to be grantitt to thame for helping of thair ^^ ™^*^®®- 
college, continewis ansuer geving thairto to thair nixt generall assemblie of 
burrowis and ordanis the samyn to be contenit in the missives to be 
direct thairto. 

The same day, Dauid Watsoun, commissioner for the burgh of Sanct- Wateoim, com- 

, , ° missioner for 

androis, producitt the Kingis Maiesties missive direct to the said burgh SancUndroia, 

for conuening of the commissioneris of burrowis att the said burgh vpoun ties missive,^ 

the tentt day of this instantt Aprile, nochtwithstanding the appointing be andarticiea,&o. 

thame at thair generall assemblie haldin at Glasqu of the balding of the 

samyn at the said burgh of Sanctandrois in luly nixt, as alsua producitt 

certan his Hienes articles lykewyis direct to the saidis commissioneris as 

the said missive, redelyuerit to the said Dauid, of the daitt the 

day of Februar 1588, and the saidis articles lykewyis redelyuerit to him, 

of the daitt the xiiij day of the said moneth of Februar, at lenth proportis, 

quhilkis missives and articles he daylie, induring this presentt conuen- 

tioun, presented to thame. The saidis commissioneris haiffing continually 

sen the said tentt day of Apryle abiddin the heir cuming of his Maiesties 

Comptroller or Auditouris of his Maiesties Chakker for thair conference 

thairanentt, and thai nochtt comperand, and siclyke haifing consideratioun 

of the effect of the saidis articles quhairwith they culd nocht be resoluit 

without conference with the said Comptroller or Auditouris foirsaidis, 

disoluit this thair conuentioun for this present ; quhairvpoun and vpoun 



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the diligence done be the magistratis of the said dtie for conuening of 

the saidis burrowis, Dauid Watsoun, commissioner and producar foirsaidis, 

askitt instrumentia. 

TO^coni^^' The quhilk day, the commissioneris of buirowis presentlie connenit 

tiopn and ap- desoliiis this thair conventioun, and appoyntis thair nixt irenerall con- 
pointing ane rr ^ o ^ ^ 
vther att Abir- ventioun to be haldin at Abirdene vpoun the aucht day of lunij in the 

zeir of God j"^ \^, four scoir ten ; and ordanis the commissioner of the said 
burgh of Abirdene to aduerteis the magistratis thairof to cause mak law- 
full wairning to euery ane of the burrowis to send thair commissioneris 
fullie instructed to convene day and place abouewrittin, vnder the payne 
of tuenty pnndis. 



Henrie Charteris. 

Eduerd Galbraith. 

Dionis Conqueriour. 

Dauid Vatsoun. 

Mr I. Boss. 

Mr Alex^ Kellie. 

H. Broun. 

Dauid Brentoun. 

I. Bamsay. 

Williame Gibsone. 

I hone Bowsy. 

lames SmoUatt. 

William Paitria 

Ihone HaJis. 

lo'* Bosuel. 

I. Anstruther. 

George Durie. 

lasper Cuning for Innemes. 



Bobert Flescher. 

Mr Ihon Cheane. 

Andro Ker. 

George Cochrane. 

Walter Cowane. 

lames Peterson. 

George Sutty, Wm. Hop- 
pringill, Adam Mudder- 
rill, with oure handis 
&;c., I. Guthrie. 

A Broun. 

Thomas Hendersson. 

Williame Browne. 

Thomas Kingzow. 

Boger Gordoun. 

Ihone Qepan. 

lames Law. 

Wm. TuUoc 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 309 

Apiid Edinburgh penultimo Au^usti annoj"^ t;^ hcocxix"*. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of the burrowis vndersubscryrand ^ uorfa^t 
being: sentt for be the missives direct to thame be his Hienes for further- tobe vpiiftedof 
ance of his Maiesties manage, hes, att his graces desyir, for thame selues for f artheranoe 
and haill remanent burrowis of this reahne, concluditt thatt with all Maieeties'a^ 
diligence possibill thair salbe ane generaJl extentt of tuenty thowsand ^*^ ®*°' 
pundis sett and vplifted of thair haill nomber according to the generall 
extentt roll of burrowis. For collectioun and ingathering of the quhilk 
extent, condiscendis thatt Ihonn Amott, provest of the said burgh of 
Edinburgh, sail nominatt and appoint ane coUectour for quhome his 
lordschip salbe haldin to ansuer to the burrowis for dew executioun of 
his office of collectoury. And the saidis commissioneiis willis for thame- 
selues, and thair remanent society of burrowis thatt vpoun this presentt 
actt and ordinance letteris and executoriallis of homing be obtenit and 
execute in due forme as efferis etc. The commissioneris names convenand 
ar: for Edinburgh, Ihonn Arnott provest; for Perth, Dioneis Conquerour ; 
for Dondie, William Duncan ; for Glasqu, Maister Ihonn Ros ; for Lin- 
lithqu, Androw Kar ; for Dysartt, lames Hacquett ; for Innerkething, 
George Dury ; for Kingom, Androw Broun ; for Cowpar, Peter Petersoun ; 
for Sanctandrois, Alexander Carstairis ; for Striveling, Walter Cowane ; 
for Grain, lames Geddy ; for Dunfermling, Patrik Murray ; for Kirkcaldy, 
Androw Young ; for Hadingtoun, Alexander Symsoun ; for Dumbar, 
Maister Alexander Kelly ; for Anstruther, Ihonn Anstruther. 

I. Amote, provest. William Duncan, commissioner 

Dion is Conqueriour, commissioner. for Dundie. 

G. Durie. James Hackat commissioner for 

Andro Ker. Dysert. 

I. Anstruther. M. lohne Eos commissioner for 

A. Broun commissioner for Glasgw. 

Kingorne. A Zoung commissioner for 

Kirkcaldy. 



Abirdene. 



310 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

In the Conventioun of Bm^rowis havldin and begun at the 
hu7^gh off Ahirdene the aucht day of lunij^ and con- 
tinewing to the fyvetene day of the said moneth of 
Iunij\ the zeir of God /*" Vfourscoir ten zei?^^ Com- 
perit the Commissioneris of Burrotots following^ 
vnder suhscryuand^ quha producit thair commissionis 
and the missives efter specefeit 

Edinburgh, Maister lames Ihonnstoun, and George Heriot ; Kinghorn, 
lohnn Kirkcaldye ; Innerkethining, George Dune ; Striuiling, Walter 
Cowan ; Linlythqw, Androw Kar ; Ranjfrow be ane missive produicit be 
lohnn Farquhar commissioner for Glasgw ; Rutherglen be ane missive : 
Glasgw, lohnn Farquhar ; Wigtoun be commissioun produicit be the said 
lohnn Farquhar ; Jedburch, be ane missive presentit be Maister lames 
lohnnstoun ; Peiblis be ane missive produicit be the said Maister 
lames ; Haddingtoun, lohnn Aytoun ; Northberuik, Robert Oliver ; Dun- 
bar, Maister Alexander Kellye ; Abirdene, Maister Thomas Menzes of 
Dome prouest, and Alexander Rutherfurd; Dondye, lames Auchinlek; 
Perth, Dioneis Conquerour ; Banff, Alexander Currour ; Dunfermling, 
William Pratons ; Graill, lohnn Makesoun ; Forfar, Androw Huntar ; 
Breichin, Dauid Dempster ; Montrois, lames Makene ; Elgyne, lohnne 
Annand ; Innernes, Thomas Kur ; Abirbrothok, Thomas Persoun ; Sanct- 
andros, Dauid Watsoun ; Coupar, Peiter Petirsoun ; Foitcs, Thomas Vr- 
quhart ; Name, be ane commissioun sent be the commissioner of Elgyn ; 
Dysert, lames Hacquett; Kirkcaldye, lohnn Hacquett; Pettinweme, 
Thomas Kingzow ; BruntiUand, Maister Androw Wilsoun ; Anstruther be 
eist the bum, lohnn Alexander. 



Apud Abirdene Octauo lunij 1590. 

Mademtour.*^^ "^^^ QUHILK DAY, the commissionaris forsaidis electis and nominatis, 
in absence of Maister Thomas Menzes of Dome prouest of the burch of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 311 

Abirdene, Alexander Rutherfiird secund in commissioun, in moderatour to 
this present assemblye and conventioun of burrowis, conforme to the aetis 
maid and sett doun thairanent in all conventiounis of burrowis. 

The same day, findia that nochtwithstanding of the produetioun of ane Dunbartan vn- 
certane excuise allegit be Walter Cowan, commissioner for Striuiling, for 
the burch of Dunbartan, seing the burch of Dunbartan is nocht exemit, 
that thay haue incurit the pane and vnlaw of tuentye poundis, for thair 
absens fra this present conventioun. 

Tlie same day, anent the contenewatioun and ordinance maid and insert Abirbrothokis 
in this buik of conventioun touardis the diligence to haue ben reportit to ^ repOT?t»«^- 
this present conventioun be the commissioneris of Abirbrothok quha n^oniteu to the 

, , , * nixt ooiiY6n- 

war ordanit at the last generall conventioun hauldin at Sanctandrows, to tioan. 
haue reportit be thair commissioner, to haue bene sent heirto, thair dili- 
gens vpoun the bestowing of the sowme of thrie scoir poundis vpon the 
reparrelling of thair kirk, Thomas Peirsoun present commissioner for the 
said burch, as cautioner thairfoir, obleissis him at the nixt generall assem- 
blye of burrowes to report thairto the bestowing thairof, vnder the 
forme of ane autentik testimoniall, as alsua to send to the said conven- 
tioun nixt approachand thair misseue appreving all thingis salhappin to 
be concludit thairat, prouyding this his compeirance be na wayis preiu- 
diciall to thair exemptioun hauldin at Sanctandrows last. 

The same day, findis the lauchtfull warning maid be Maister Thomas Diligence, 
Mollysoun, and vtheris in his name, to the haill burrowes of this realme, ning bmrowlfc" 
for thair conventioun to this present assemblie, to be valeid, and, in re- 
spect of thair lauchfull citatioun, the burrowis absent to haue incurit ilk 
ane of thame the sowme of twentye poundis. And vpoun the said dili- 
gence of warning the said Maister Thomas askit instrumentis, eta 

The same day, etc., conforme to the ordour obseruit in general conven- ^i^o^'' »»»?* 

-i 1 ... ^ , . the convening 

tiounis, ordanis and statutes, that all commissionens presentlye convemt, at thia conven 
convene thame selffis day lye induring thair remaining, on the preich- ^^^ 
ing dey be ten houris before none to sitt quhill tuelff houris, and to 
convene thairefter at tua houris efber none and sitt quhill sax houris, 
and on the vther deyis at nyne houris in maner before expremit, vnder 
the pane of sax s. viij d. to be vpliftit, butt fauouris, of euerye commis- 
sioner contrauenand this present ordinance. 



312 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

ch^iT***^*''* The quhilk day, comperit Maister lohnn Cheyne for him selflF, and as 

commifldon&ris burges of the burch of Abirdene, and ana of the counsall thairof, and in 
^ ^^' name and behalf of the communitie of the samin, as he allegit, protestit 

that Maister Thomas Menzes of Dome, and Alexander Rutherfurde be na 
wayes ressaiut commissioneris for the said burch, at this present conven- 
tioun, in sa far, as he allegit, thay ar na wayes chosin be sound of bell, 
consent of the communitie, nor ony publicatioun preceiding thair pre- 
tendit electioun ; as alsua, in respect that the saidis persounis ar suspitious 
to be commissioneris for the said burch, for ressonis to be gevin in be 
him and the remanentis names : To quhome the saidis commissioneris 
assignis tua houris efter none, to give in, before thame, the same. And 
the said Alexander Rutherfurde, as commissioner for the said burch pro- 
testit in the contrair, in sa for as he hes producit ane sufficient commis- 
sioun, autentiklye subscryuit be the commoun clerk of the said burch, and 
givin vnder the seill of cans thairof, conforme to the ordour and consti- 
tutiounis of burro wes, ressauit and admittit, and he thairby in absence 
of the prouest, as secund in commissioun, electit moderatour to this pre- 
sent conventioun. 
Certane res- The Same day, efter aduysement vpoun the desyir of the protestatioun 
be°Se procuri^ aboue expremit to be admittit be Maister Ihonn Cheyne for him selff, 
*owi8 for ane and in name of the communitie of the burch of Abirdene, contrair the 
munitie of electioun and admissioun of Maister Thomas Menzes prouest, and 
is the "p^OTt Alexander Rutherfurde, commissioneris for the said burch, findis that, 
oo^^^^u tiiaS-^ nochtwithstanding the allegeances proponit in the contrar be the said 
of. Maister Ihonn and Androw King procuratouris for ane certane of the 

communitye off Abirdene, that in respect of the saidis burrowis auld 
lawes and constitutionis maid anent the admissioun of commissioneris at 
euerye thair generall and suerall convontionis of burrowes, the saidis 
Maister Thomas and Alexanderis commissioun is valede and effectuall, and 
thairby to be admittit conforme to thair act aboue expremit, becaus the 
said commissioun is gevin vnder the seill of caus of the said burch, 
and vnder the subscriptioun of the commoun clerk thairof, and thay 
chosin be the prouest, baillies, and counsall of the said burch, as all 
commissioneris, chosin to conventionis generall and suerall of burrowe^ 
according to the custome of vtheris burrowes of this realme ar chosin; and 
thairefler the said Androw King ressauit vp his procuratioun producit. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 313 

dissasseDting to the admissioun of the said commisaioneris, and that thair 
ressonis, presentlye producit, may be registrat and insert in this thair 
generall buik of conventioun in forme as efferis, to be gevin and extractit 
vnder thair generall clerkis subscriptioun ; off the quhilkis resounis the 
tennour followes : We Androw Scherar, Dauid Dudeaucht, Alexander 
Howysoun, Androw King, William Gray, George Forbes, Maister lohnn 
Cheyne, George Laing and lohnn Layng, George Gordoun, Alexander 
Ewyn Robertsoun, George Elphynstoun, Laurence Mercer, lohnn 
Saunders, Mathow Guild, Alexander Stewin, Alexander Patersoun, 
Androw Myln, Androw Henresoun, Androw Leslye, and William Hay, 
all persounis, counsall, burgessis of Abirdene, decannis and craftismen of 
the samin respectiue, for oure selffis, and in name and behalff of the 
remanent afflictit memberis of the pure commoun welthe of this burch, 
desyris zour wisdomes for the tender mercyes of God, zour awin honouris, 
and as ye will ansueir to his Maiestie, and eueit the gryte perell that 
may fall in your awin commoun weillis, be suffering of the liberteyes of 
burch to decay, that ye will tack deligent held to our maist humble and 
ressonabill suplicatioun, to the propositioun quhairoff we are vrgit be 
plane necessitye, and nocht vpon ony lycht inconsiderat motioun, having 
oftymes callit reparatioun, and albogidder refusit. Item to the effect 
that we be nochtt preiugit in the begynning of zour maist honorabill 
conventioun, we desir that ane lauchfull commissioner, chosin be the 
maist pairt of the voitis of the toun, be ressauit, and that Maister Thomas 
Menzes of Dome, and Alexander Rutherfurde, pretending thame selffis 
commissioneris be remowit, first, becaus thay haue chosin furth thame 
selffis, or at leist ar onlye chosin be ane few number of thair awin 
freyndis priuatlye, without sound of bell, or conventioun of commouneltie, 
for advysement of thair awin turnis, quhairanent questioun is debatit 
befoir your wisdomis betwixt the communitie and thame, specialy for 
inhaJeing of thame selffis, thair awin kyn, freyndis, and alyes, in the 
cheiff offices off the toun, as it war thair awin particular heritages, con- 
tenewit in thair personis thir dyuers zeiris togider, by the actis of his 
Maiesties parliament, quhairby this pure burch is alradeye impouar- 
agit, and liklye to incur His Maiesties wreth and importabiU punisment, 
and for maintenance and appropriating of the commoun guidis and 
and commoun landis and caaualityes of this burch, quhilk is, and hes bene 

2 R 



314 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

this moDy zeiris in thairis and thair freyndis handis, onropit, according 
to the custome of vther burrowes to putt ony maner of pi"offit or dewtye 
jMiyit thairfor ; Item, in speciall, Maister Thomas Menzes of Dome can 
na wayes be commissioner, becaus he as tutour to Gilbert Menzes hes 
brother or hes withauldin fra the commoun weill of the said toun, the 
saill small customes thairof, the syss bollis the mettis of coalis, lyme, and 
salt, the land takis of the said burch, and vtheris commodities of the 
said burch, without ony payment of ony dewtye, obscuris the haill 
euidentis of the toun, violentlye mantynes him selfF as clerk of the toun 
without electioun. Item, the said Maister Thomas, being ane landuart 
baiToun, na merchant nor trafficquer, only brocht frome landuert for the 
mentenence of his freyndis, and continewing of the office of prouestre in 
thair name, be the assistance of dyueris landuert barrownis hes intrui- 
sit him selff in the office of prouestrie, and violentlie continewit him 
selflF thairin, be the spaice of tua yeiris togidder, as his predecessouris hes 
done continewalye be the space of fyftie yeiris and ma, thairby drawing 
the estait of His Maiesties frie burch to the similitude and forme of ane 
burgh of barroney, nocht only aganis his Maiesties lawes bot also 
aganis the suorne aithis of the haill toun, publictlye convenit at the 
Michealmes electione of prouest and magistratis in anno fourscoir and 
sevin yeiris, as the act and ordinance of thair awin builds will testefye, 
to the vtter wrak of this haill toun, quhilk act beris in speciall, thay, 
electar of magistratis for ma yeiris than ane togidder, sail tyne thair 
fredomes, and incur the paine of periurye, and sa can nocht be commis- 
sioner ; And for the said Maister Thomas is second thrid feird and nocht 
in grie defended with the maist pairt of thaus aganis quhome the puire 
communitie of this toun is to mene thame selfFs befour your wisdomis, 
anentis the wrangis sustenit be the saidis pure commoundis, for repara- 
tioun of the dissipat and waistit commoune guid of this burch. Item, 
the said Alexander Rutherfurde is in the lyk condition of the said 
Maister Thomas awin sister sone, and hes mareit his dauchter, agaiiis 
quhom also the communitye hes actioun of pui-prisioun, for vsurping of 
ane gryt pairt and quantetye of the commoiin landis of the said burch, 
and thairfor he can nawayes be commissioner of the said burch for ws and 
communitye foirsaid ; And thairfor desyris your wisdomes to give ws 
ane lauchtfull indifferent electit commissioner, that we may the mair 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 315 

fryley and fairlye mene our vnsufferabill wrangis to your wisdomes; And 
in caice it micht be allegit that the prouest baillies and counsall of 
Edinburgh, and vtheris certane burro wes of this realme, ar in vse to elect 
thair commissioneris, the lyk is nocht the cace in Abirdene, becaus nocht 
onlye is the commissioneris in vse to be chosin with consent of the haill 
communitie, without quhais consent nane hes bene in vse to haue bene 
chosin, and althocht sua war as it is, yet the personis nominat ar suspect 
and can nocht be admittit commissioneris for the ressonis forsaidis; And 
incaice your wisdomis will admitt thame, we protest for remeid of law, 
and we the said communitye of Abirdene be nocht hauldin to leid on or 
agitat oiiy of thair caussis befoir your wisdomes. To the quhilkis pre- 
tendit ressouns, contening certane friuoll obiectiounis aganis the validitye 
of the commission producit be Maister Tliomas Menzes, and Alexander 
Rutherfurde, commissioneris for Abirdene, the said Alexander Ruther- 
furde ansuerit, that the samin in effect was proponit befor the saidis 
Maister lohnn and Androw King, and that the said commissioun is 
alradey admittit and found guid, in sa far as thay war chosin be the 
prouest baillies and counsall of the said burche according to the custom 
obseruit in all vther bnrrowes of this realme, anentis the chesing and 
electing of commissioneris of burrowis to conventiounis and parliamentis, 
and according to the forme of all commissionis ressauit fra the commis- 
sioneris of burrowes, and admittit this day, and heirtofore. 

The same day, efter ressouning vpoun that heid of the missiue concern- Fouliertouuls 
ing the burghe of Edinburghes desyre of rembursment of xij*^ merkis and continewit to 
enteris peyit thairfor and aduancit be thame in name of the burrowes, as r»u convenUon 
thai allegit, to Adame Foullertoun, in thair efiairis to England, as in aLd'tobTre^ 
dyueris actis sett doun obefoir thairanent at lenth is contenit, and in memberittin 
speciell in ane act maid in the generall assemblye of burrowes at Sanct- 
androis the elevint dey of Apryle 1 589, quhairby the commissioneris of 
Edinburgh, than present, war ordanit to produce and bring to this pre- 
sent conventioun the contract and instructiounis gevin be thame to the 
said Adame the tyme of the first sending of him to Inglande in the 
efferis forsaidis, to the effect the burrowes mycht be c«rtefeit of the said 
Adames deligence and proceidinges in the said mater, continewis all an- 
suer geving thairto, as obefoir, to thair nixt generall assemblye of bur- 
rowes, quhaireuer the samin salhappin to be appoyntit to he hauldin, be- 



316 Cmivention of Royal Burghs. 

caus thai haue nocht satifeit the desir of the said last act maid at Sanct- 
androis, and thairfor can nocht give ansuer to the desir of the said sup- 
plicatioun ; ordaning the commissioneris of the said burch, now present, 
as they wald be exped and have ansuer to thair supplicationn at the 
said next generall conventioun of burrowes, to satiifye the desyr of the 
said act maid at Sanctandrois, and ordanis the saidis burrowes to send 
thair commissioneris instructit thairto, and to be rememberit in thair 
misseves ; quhairvnto, and to all continewatioun, the commissioneris of 
Edinburgh dissassentit, protesting that in respect of the money deleyis 
haid heirintill, that the persuit heirfor be the law suld na wey be ofTen- 
sabill to the saidis burrowes, but that thai micht suit reddress herein. 



Nono lunij 1590. 

Guthre, Gene- Tlic samc day, the commissioneris forsaidis efter lang ressoning vpoun 
Sirrowis.*** that held of the misseue, quhairvnto thay war ordanit to cum instructit 
to give ansuer concerning the continewatioun of lohnn Guthrie, thair 
generall clerk, in his office of clerkschipe to thame, and maner of pey- 
ment of his bygane stypend, and expenssis in keiping of thair generall 
conventioun, as is at leynth sett doun in ane act maid at Sanctandrois 
the xij day of Aprj'le 1589, findis, in respect of the said lohnnes guid 
and deligent seruice heirtofor done be him in thair effaris at all tymes 
quhen occasioun seruit, that for the spaice of ane yeir frome the monetb 
of lulij nixt vnto the moneth of lulij in anno four scoir alevin yeiris, he 
salbe continewit, lyk as thai continow him in the said office of generall 
clerkschipe, vpoun the conditiounis mentionat in his first act of ad- 
missioun. And finding the said lohnnis st3q)end of ane hundreth 
poundis from lulij four scoir nyn to the moneth of lulij next tocum to 
be restand awand vnto him, as alsua his ordinar expenssis in keiping of 
generall conventiounis sen the conventioun hauldin at Edinburch in 
November four scoir sevin, that of the first and raddiest of the vnlawes 
incurrit be the burrowes absent frome this conventioun, he sail, with all 
deligence possibill, be peyit of his said stepend of ane hundreth poundis, 
and of the sowme off* thrie scoir poundis for his bygane expenssis in the 
keping of the conventiouns aboue expremit 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 317. 

The same day, the commissioneris forsaidis hes adiugit and adiugis the Vniawing bur- 
burrowes of Lawder, Irrewene, Air, Dinfres, Kirkcubricht, Quhithome, II^Taasignft-* 
Rothesay, Dumbartan, Banfrow, Ruthuglen, Cullan, and Thayne, to haif ^"bliJSfto 
incurit, ilkane of thame, the pane and vnlaw of tuenty poundis for thair G«thre clerk, 
nocht comperance to this present generall conventioun, the maist pairt of Abirdene, 
thairof, as nocht exemit thairfra, and the rest being exemit, tobecdSwtour 
in the nocht obseruing of the tenour of thair act bering that tti«irto- 
thai at euerye senerall generall conventioun suld send thair misseue 
appreuing the haill actis to be concludit thairat, and this in re- 
spect of the lauchtfuU citatioun vsit, schawin, and producit be Maister 
Thomas Mollysoun, clerk of Abirdene, to quhome, according to thair actis 
for sending and serving of the saidis missives direct to the keping of 
this present conventioun, they assigne the sowme of tuentye poundis, as 
for the vnlaw of the burch of for thair nocht comperance 

to this present conventioun, and for collectioun thairof, and of the haill 
vnlawes aboue expremit, ordanis the agent to be nominat for the bur- 
rowes to be coUectour thairof, and gif neid beis, letteris and executoriallis 
to rais and execute aganis the refuisaris to pey, to the effect that of the 
first and i-addiest thairof, the said lohnn Guthre, dark, mey be peyit of 
his bygaue stepend and expenssis modefeit, and the said Maister Thomas 
of the vnlaw foirsaid ; the said coUectour alwayes being comptable to the 
saidis burrowes at thair said nixt generall conventioun vpoun the in- 
gathering and peyment of the saidis vnlawes, deduicing the assignatiouns 
forsaidis, and his ordinar expenssis, to be debursit for recouery of the 
samyn. 

The same dey, anent the continewatioun of ane ansuer to haue bene Lentronis ao- 
gevin to ane certane supplicatioun gevin in be Allane Lentron, citiner in Lordis of See- 
Sanctandrois, to the commissioneris of burrowed convenit thairat in the ^^ diachar- 
moneth of Apryle 1589, craving the actioun depending befor the Loirdis 
of oure Souerane Loirdis Sessioun, at the instance of the four burrowis of 
Edinburgh, Peii;h, Dondy, and Abirdene for rembursing to thame, in name 
of the remanent bun'owes, the sowme off ane thousand merkis givin to 
him for suppressing of certane piratis being on this coast and Ingland, 
quhairinto he was ordanit to haue reportit his diligens, and nane, as thai 
allegit, was' producit, quhairvpoun actioun was intentit and dependand 
befoir the saidis Lordijs. Findis that the intenteris thairof, in respect of 
the said AUanis deligence, now at this present conventioun maid notorious 



318 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

to thame, sail desist frome all forder persuit, and remittis the said AUane 
simpliciter, and all that he micht haue incumt thairby, sua that he sail 
incur na danger nor persuit thairfbr heirefter, bot simpliciter, as said is, 
dischargis the said Alane of the said persuit and actioun for euer. 
Protesta^nes The Same day, compeirit Androw King for him selff, and sic as ar con- 
in name of the tenit in the procuratorie producit vpoun the aught day of this instant 
AwSene^n- moncth lunij, and than tane vp be him, as alsua for the remanent com- 
Uiliei^^nr*^ munitye of Abirdene as he allegit, vnder protestatioun iiocht authoresand 
counaeii of the and allowand Alexander Rutherfurd in commissioun for the said burch, 
nor na thing that he other dois or precidis in this general conventioun of 
burrowes, that the samin be nathir preiudiciall to him nor communitie 
forsaid, disallowing, for him selff and in thair nameis, all things done or 
to be done be the said Alexander in the said conventioun, in sa far as he 
is na weyis chosin nor admit in commissioner be consent of the commu- 
nitie of the said bui-ch, according to the obseruit ordour vsit and obseruit 
continewalye vnto this present conventioun generall, and vnder this pro- 
testatioun desyrit the commissioneris of burrowes presentlye convenit to 
sett and assigne to him and communitye forsaid ane certane day, befor 
thair desoluing, to give in thair complentis, sic as thai will vse befor 
thame at this present conventioun, or els to schaw ane cans quhy thay 
will vse na cans befor thame, and heirvpoun desirit thair wisdomis ansuer. 
And the said Alexander Rutherfurd protestit in the contrar, in respect 
that he is commissioner alraddy ressauit be the commissioneris of bur- 
rowes, and his commissioun found guid be thame, it being givin be prouest 
baillies and counsall of the said burch, givin vnder the Eeill of caus, and 
subscryuit be the commoun clerk thairof, according to the forme of vther 
burrowes ; quhilk protestatioun of the said Alexander, the saidis commis- 
sioneris thocht ressonabill and cogent (?) ; and forder the said Alexander 
askit instrumentis vpoun the said Androwis comperrance, but procuratioun 
for the communitye allegit, and but ony procuratory givin be thame, bot 
bo him selff alanerlye, adherand to the actis preceiding approving his 
admissioun and commissioun thairintill conteinit. And the said Androw 
King ansuerit that the said AJexander Rutherfurdis allegens suld be 
repellit, in respect of the procuratioun yisterday schawin, quhilkis the 
saidis commissioneris repellis, in respect of the vptaking thairof, and 
assignis to the said Androw the mome be thrie houris efter none to 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 319 

report his ansuer quhidder he will, for him selff and communitie forsaid, 
submitt or nocht, as alsua the said Alexander Rutherfurd to report the 
counsallis ansuer thairvpoun ; quhilk assignatioun and submissioun the 
said Androw King aluterlye refuisit, adherand alanerly to his allegenssis 
forsaidis. 

Apud Abirdene decimo lunij 1590. 

The quhilk day, the prouest of the burgh of Abirdene, at the desyre Licence to the 
of the commissioneris presentlye convenit, gave and givis licience to Mais- 2Su3^*to °' 
ter lohnn Cheyne, and remanent communitye of the said burch, to assemble convene with 

, twa baillies 

and convene thame selffis, with Alexander Forbes and lohnn CoUysoun, thairof. 
tua of the baillies thairof, in the kirk of the samin, to the effect thay may 
' give ansuer touard the submissioun cravit be the said is burro wes, in the 
mater debaitabill betuixt the prouest baillies and counsall, and thame. 

The same day, the commissioneris forsaidis, efter ressoning vpoun that Continnatioun 
heid of the missiue desiring and decerning thame to haue come instructit rou'to the nixt 
for altering of the generall taxt roll of ane hundreth pound ; finding the fentiaanand 
tyme thairof nocht prescryuit nor outrun vnto the thrid dey of Novem- to be remem- 
ber nixt, thairfor, at the desyre of the commissioneris of Edinburgh, con- nves. 
tenewes the alteratioun thairoff into the . nixt generall conventioun of 
burrowes, quhaireuer it salhappin the samin to be appojrntit to be haldin, 
and ordanis missiues to be direct for waiming than the commissioneris to 
convene to cum fully instructit to that effect. 

The same day, continewis the ansuer giving to ane supplicatioun givin Oontinnatioun 
in befoir thame be certane merchantis of the burrowes of Edinburgh, J^pikatioun 
Striuiling, Anstruther, and vtheris, contenit thairintill, craving remeid of ny^^jS^JuiB of 
the saidis burrowes be thair support to be grantit, in maner as is contenit i^burgh, 
in thair said supplicatioun, for obtening of redres of the spoliatioun of thair to the nixt 
wynis this last yeir be the pennour of Neuhevine to thair nixt generall con- f^Stioun!^"' 
ventioun of burrowes, quhair the samin salhappin to be haldin, and to be 
rememberit in thair misseues. 

The same day, the commissionaris forsaidis conforme to the tennour of Rowane, relict 
ane act maid and sett doun be the commissionaris of the four burrowes of ^^^^^'^^^y* 
Edinburgh, Perth, Dondy, and Abirdene, ordanis thair generall collectour 
to mak pejrment to Mariorye Rowane, relict of vmquhile William M'Kart- 



320 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

ney, sumtyine thair agent, of the sowm of fyftye merkis thairintill con- 
tenit ; and efter consideratioun haid of the said vmquhile Williamis guid 
seruice to thame in thair effeiris, induiring the tyme of his office of 
agenerye, givis, grantis, and disponis into hir the sowme of vther fyflie 
merkis, in recompance of his said seruice, quhilk they ordane to be peyit 
to hir of the first and raddiest of the vnlawes, quhilk salhappin to occur 
at thair nixt generall assemblye of burrowis. 

The same day, Andrew Huntar, commissioner for the burch of Forfar, 
o AT, on e. gj^^g jj^ ^^^ supplicatioun aganis the magistratis of the burch of Dondye, 
craveing reformatioun of the vplifting be thame frome the inhabitantis and 
burgessis of Forfar, of certane customis contenit in the said supplicatioun : 
Efter the reiding quhairof, and of ane certane decreit arbitrall givin be 
certane iudges, contenit tharintill, betuixt the saidis tua burrowes, lamee 
Auchinlek, commissioner for the said burch of Dondy, protestit in name 
of the communitie thairoff, that the commissioneris presentlie oonvenit 
suld nocht proceid in forder nor is contenit in the said decreit, quhilk^ gif 
thay did, for remeid of law. And the saidis commissioneris, in sa fieu: as 
na complaynt was givin in be the burch of. Forfar, nather was the said 
decreit abefoir schawin or producit, quhairby the commissioner of Dondye 
micht have cum to this conventioun instructit to haue givin ansuer thair- 
to, thairfor continewes all proceiding heirintill into thair nixt generall 
assemblye of burrowis, quhan as thai ordane the said burcht, be thair 
commissioneris to be sent thairto, to give ansuer to the samin ; and or- 
danis ane copye of the said burch of Forfaris complaynt to be givin to 
the said lames Auchinlek as commissioner forsaid. And the said com- 
missioner of Forfar resauit vpe the said decreit, quhairof they ordane him 
at the requisitioun of the said commissioner of Dondy or magistratis 
thairof, to delyuer inlykmaner to him or thame gif neid beis ane auton- 
tik copye thairof, and ordanis the contentis heirof to be rememberit in 
thair misseves, etc. 
Articles com- The samo day, Maister lohnn Cheyne, for himselff and as procuratour 
den^'^^r^X for the communitie of the burch of Abirdene, gave in certan articlis con- 
CounSji**^ ceming the gouernement thairof, oflT the quhilk the tennour followis : 
tiiAiro^- The articlis concerning the ciuile gouernement of the burch of Abirdene, 

quhairanent the communitie thairof, personis of counsall, burgessis, crafiis- 
men, and decanis thairoff desyris reformatioun and ordour to be takin be 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 321 

the commissioneris of burrowes convenit in this maist honorabill as- 
semblye. In the first, it is to be rememberit, that [by] the actis of his Mai- 
esties Parliament, and predecessouris of maist nobill and heich renoun na 
man lauchfulye mey bear office bot for ane yeir, and that partiality and 
maistersehipe (quhilk is vndoing of burrow es) in the electioun thairof 
aucht to haue na plaice ; as also, that na man lesumlie may be chosin 
prouest baillies or eldermen to burgh, bot that ar honest and substan- 
tious burgessis, merchantis, and induellaris of the said burch ; and that 
na man aucht to trubill or give feir and drede to his nichtbour in elec- 
tioun of thair magistratis ; that the commoun guid of burch aucht to be 
yeirly roupit, at the maist sett for the spaice of thrie yeiris ; and that 
finalye, the euidentis, commoun buikis, wreitis, artailzeary, and jowellis 
of the toun aucht to be putt in sure and publict custodye. And it is 
trew that all thir heidis ar transgresit within the miserabill bowellis of 
this commonwelth, and be sa far as his Maiesties fre burch hes bene 
thrallit to seme ane raice of pepill, as it war ane burch of baronaye, neuer 
halving ony prouest or counsall changit be the spaice of fyftie yeiris by- 
gane, except it war be death, and in that caice, ane of the same rais, as it 
war ane stait of inheritance, succeiding thairto ; na persoun of burch bot 
thai knawing ony thing concerning the custody of the euidentis or 
jouellis of the toun, nane bot thai haveing entres to the dispositioun of 
the rentis thairof ; na commoun guid roupit be the spaice of xxx yeii-es 
bygane ; — quhairfoir, we desyre, seing thair is na counsall chosin this yeir as 
yitt, nor hes bene be lang spaice obefoir, that we mey haue plaice to 
cheis furch ane vnsuspect counsall of the maist worthiest substantious 
merchandis, craftismen of the maist worthiest of the haill body of our 
toun, as vse is in vther weill reformit tovnis, and in competent number. 
Item, the leytis for electioun of the prouest nocht to be restranit to the 
name of Menzess, thair freyndis and allyais, bot to be extendit to ane 
number of the maist worthye of burch that knawis the estait thairof, 
and be the aduyse and voit of the haill toun, ane thairof to be chosin, 
and he that is chosine onlye to beir office for ane yeir. Item, the dene 
of gyld to be yeirlye chosin be the toun, and haue fiill iurisdictioun as he 
hes in vther tounis. Iteme, the tounes seillis to be putt in the custodye 
of tua vnsuspect mennis handis, yeirlye at ilk electioun, be the voitt of 
the haill tovne. Item, ane ordour to be sett doun how the tounis buikis, 

2 s 



322 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

euidentis, piiblict courtis, saisingis, and jowellis pertening to the toun to 
be putt in the keiping hous, quhair thai war obefoir, in ane kist with 
four lockis, and four vnsuspect persouns to be keiparis thairof ; and in 
the midtyme, the euidentis to be sichtit be sic competent number of vn- 
suspect persouns as your wisdomis sail appoynt thairto. Item, your wia- 
domis act, maid at Sanctandrows, anent the rouping of the commoun guid 
to be putt to executioun betuixt this and the day of 

nixt etc. Eftir the ingiving and productioun of the quhilkis articlis and 
reiding thairof, assignis to the prouest and Alexander Rutherfurde, for 
thame selffis and in name of the said burch of Abirdene, the mome to 
mak ansuer thairto, and to geive the ansuer Itinc inde, ather of the saidis 
pairteis, quhidder they will submitt or nocht. 
Appreving act Tlie same day, ratefeis and appreves the act maid and sett doun at the 
with additiair^ ^^st conventioun, hauldin at the burch of Sanctandrois vpoun the four- 
tene dey of Apryle 1 589 yeiris, anent chapmen and vnfrie persouns, als- 
weill outwith and inwith burrowes, banting and traffequing with the 
seall of stepill guidis in gryt and small, with this aditioun, that ilk deane 
of gj'ld within euerye frye burch quhair ony ar electit, and quhair nane 
is, that the niagisti*atis thairof see the said act put to dew executioun, 
vnder the pane of xx^ libris to be vpliftit of thame incaice thai feillye. 
And for sure knawlege for the dew executioun thairof, ordanis that at 
ilk generall conventioun of burrowes ilk commissioner of the samin re- 
poii thairto the diligens vsit be the saidis deane of gyld and magistratis 
in executing the said act, certefeing the contravenaris heirof, as alsua in- 
caice ony complant beis maid be ony maner of persoun vpoun the deane 
of gyld and magistratis foi-saidis, thai being found culpabill, that the 
lyk pane and vnlaw of xx libris salbe lykueyis vpliftit of thame, but 
fiiuouris. 
Burrowis and The same day, the commissioneris forsaidis finding {hame selffis and 
in fTj^derSf ^^^^ saidis burrowcs and haill estait of merchandis gretumly preiudgeit 
and dampnefeit be Maister Robert Dannistoun, pretendit conseruatour of 
the office of conseruatoury, nocht onlye in vsurping be him of the said 
office, bot alsua in extortiouning of all traffequaris resorting to the pair- 
tis of Flanders, thairfoir discharges heirby all the saidis trafFequeris of 
ony ansuering or peying to him at ony tyme heirefter of ony maner of 
dewty, nor that nane of thame acknowlege him in conseruatour, sen he 



ConventKrn of Royal Burghs. 323 

hes nocht thair authoritie interponit thairto, as haiving iust richt of elec- 
tioun of him and ony vtheris thai pleis in the said office of conseruatorye, 
bot hes violentlye intrusit himselff, by thair consentis or electioun be 
thame of him, in the said office. And for dew obseruing heirof, ordanis 
publicatioun to be maid be the magistratis of euerye burch of this pre- 
sent act and ordinance, to the effect the traffeqiiaris within the samin may 
be maid acknawlegit heirof, and the saidis traffequeris pretend na ignor- 
ance, certefeing the saidis merchandis and traflFequeris, in caice thai will- 
ingly, but compulsioun, acknawlege the said conseruatour, or pey to him 
ony dewtye, and the saidis magistratis, incaice publicatioun be nocht 
maid heirof and dewlye putt to executioun, that thai and euerye ane of 
thame, contraueneris heirof, sail incur the pane and vnlaw of twentye 
poundis ; and that the saidis traffequeris quhan and quhow oft thai 
be compellit be the said conseniatour to pey to him ony sic dewtye, 
repoii ane sufficient testimoniell thairvpoun, vnder the said pane and 
vnlaw of XX libris sua oft as thai faillye ; and ordanis ane missiue to 
be maid and formit to be subscryuit be thame, warning the said pretendit 
conseruatour to compeir at Edinburgh vpon the day of 

nixt, to ansuer befoir the commissioneris of the burrowes 
of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondye, Abirdene, Striuiling, Sanctandros, Hading- 
ton, and sic vther burrowes as plessis thame to convene, and efter his 
arryuell and heir cuming that the magistratis of the said burch of Edin- 
burgh mak dew aduerteisment to the saidis burrowes to send thair com- 
missioneris fullye instructit to convene at the said burch at sic dey as 
salbe appoyntit be the saidis magistratis of Ediaburch to thame for tak- 
ing of ordour with the said conseniatour, certefeing the burrowes nocht 
conuenand efter dew aduerteisment maid as said is, that thai and euerye 
ane of thame, sail incur the pane and vnlaw of xx libris. And forder, 
as toward the taking of ordour with the excyse of beir and wyne in the 
toun of Campfer, for the caussis contenit in ane act maid and sett doun 
at Sancttmdrois in Apryle 1 589 yeiris, givis full pouer and commissioun, 
for thame selffis and remanent burrowes of this realme, to the saidis sevin 
burrowes to sye the said ordour sett doun and establischit, and the said 
excyse putt to maist availl ; as alsua, in thair and remanent burrowes 
names, to tak sic ordour with the said conseruatour at his hame cuming 
as to the welfair of thair cstait salbe be thame thocht expedient, promis- 



324 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

sand ferme and stabill etc. And vpoun the diligence to be done hcirin, 
ordanis the saidis buiTOwes to send thair coramissioneiis fuUye instructit 
to thair nixt generall conventioun of burrowes to report the same, and 
to be rememberit in thair misseues, etc. 



Vndecimo lunij 1590. 

Ansueris be The quhilk DAY, in presens of the commissionaris forsaidis, Maister 

and^bSmeeof Th^°^8^ Menzcs of Dome, prouest of Abirdene, and Alexander Ruther- 
Abirdenetothefurde, Commissioners thairof, producit ansuers to the articlis givin in be 
arUcuiee thair- Maister lohnn Cheyne, for him selff and in name of the communitie of 
^^' the said burch, of the quhilkis ansueris the tennour foUowis : We, prouest, 

baillies, counsall, of the burch of Abirdene, ancient citizans and burgessis 
thairof, with the grytest pairt of the communitie of the samin, ansuering 
to certone articlis givin in and presentit befoir yow, my lordis commis- 
sioneris of burrowes, assemblit at Abirdene the tent of lunij 1590 yeris, 
craveing refonnation of the ciuile gouemement of the said burch, sayis: 
It is commoun to all persouns provokit to bauld raschnes, namelye to the 
raacall multitude, seilcing the alteratioun innouating and altering of the 
ciuile gouernement of any burch or commoun welth quhilk sa lang hes 
florischit in ciuile polesye, quyetnes, and tranquilitye, and sa lang hes 
bene gouemit throcht the obseruing and keping of louabill constitutionis 
and guid lawes sett doun of auld, to all sic, we say, to couer thair desyr 
and interprys in, vnder sum honest pretence, desiring, as it war, ane bet- 
ter forme of gouemment to be introducit thairin nor at ony tyme sen the 
erectioun of that burch hes bene embracit and ressauit, ewin swa it is 
with the adherantis to the saidis articlis, seing that trew it is, contenewaJye 
sen the said burch of Abirdene was erectit be his Maiesties maist nobill 
progenitouris of guid memorye in ane frye regall burch, doiting the samin 
with dyuers liberties, immuniteis, and priueleges, and cheiflye with the 
priuilege of fiye electioun of prouest, baillies, counsall, deanis of gyld, 
thesaurer, clerkis, and vtheris ordinar ofRcieris within the samin, quhilkis 
preuileges all togidder be the saidis articlis ar cravit to be abrogattit. The 
settlit forme [and] lang continewit estait of gouernment of the said burch in 
cheising and electing of thair magistratis and officieris forsaid in na tyme 



Convention of Eayal Burghs. 325 

heirtofoir sen the erectioun of the said burch, hes bene alterit or changit, 
bot the samin to this dey and tynie hes bene foUowit out and inviolablye 
obseruit, according to the saidis priuileges, allowit and apprevit be his 
Hynes and his Maiesties predicessouris frome tyme to tyme, nochbwith- 
standing of his Graice actis of parliament, The forme of the electioun of 
the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, thesaurer, deanis of gyld within the 
said burch, cravit be the saidis articlis, is the alterating and inverting of 
the said setlit stait and lang continewit forme of gouernement within the 
said burch, nawayes thocht meit be his'Maiestie to be alterit or changit, 
bot be his Hyenes frome tyme to tyme allowit and authoresit as said is, 
the altering quhairof, but aU peraduentur, salbe ane exampill pemitious 
and dangerous sequel), the fontain occasioun of all confusioun to enschew 
thairvpoun, with the abrogating of the antient liberties and priuileges of 
the said burch, and thairunto give we suld consent and agrie, doutles we 
suld schaw our selffis disloyall subiectis, and proud dissobeyaris and con- 
temptneris of his Maiesties wiU, declaiiit and publischit frome tyme to 
tyme thairanent vpoun the lyk and complentis maid to his 

Maiestie be certane nichtbouiis of the said burch, craveing to haue had 
the said settlid forme of gouernement and electioun alterit. Seuerall 
burro wes hes seuerall constitutionis and customis, found onmeit be his 
Maiestie to be alterit and changit without guid aduyse and deliberatioun. 
The craftismen to crave or vsurpe ony forder libertie nor thay or ony of 
thair predicessouris hes euer haid or injoyit within the said burgh in ony 
tyme bygane, namlye to be of the counsall of the said burch, hes neuer 
bene hard heirtofore, nor yitt can we be persuadit that thai or ony of the 
merchand estait of the said burch will craue or desyre the same, seing it 
is of veritye that thai ar secludit fra all seiking of offices within the said 
burch, or to be on the counsall thairof, be ane finall decreit and appoynt- 
ment maid betuixt the prouest, bailleis, and merchandis, on that ane pairt, 
and the saidis craftismen on the vther pairt, anent the settling of all con- 
trauei^syes betuixt the merchandis estait and thame, We dout nocht bot 
your wisdomis, vnderstanding perfytlye that thair is nocht ane vniforme 
ordour nor vniformitye obseruit amang the haill burrowes of this realme 
vniuersalye, in the forme of gouernement of thair burchis tovnis and cities 
anent the chesing and electing of thair magistratis and officieris, bot dyuers 
burrowes hes dyuers customis, as is aboue mentionat, nather yit is the 



326 



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Burrrowie, 
Erlisfeny. 



Licence to 
Hadingtonn, 
etc, to desolae. 



Wilsoun, com- 
missioner for 
Bruntilandf 
vnlawit. 



Crailland Ans- 
iruther to re- 
levo Pettin- 
wome of thair 
impoist 



actis of parliament maid anent the chesing and electing of magistratis 
vniuersalye obseruit amangis the haill burrowes, bot that the cheif 
and maist principall burrowes of this realme, notour to your wisdomis, 
lies thair cheif magistratis, sic as thair prouest, continewit in office nocht 
for ane yeir onlye but for ma yeris, worthye men of wisdome for weill 
meriting in commoun weillis, guid seruice done be thame thairinto, and 
aduanceing of the liberteis of tovnis, quhairin thai buir, and beiris office, 
hes bene continewit in thair office for mony and dyueris zeris, without 
seassing or intromissioun, euer electit and chosin of new at the apoyntit 
tyme, how be that befoir the electioun thay demitt thair offices, as vse 
is, sum hes bene prouestis of cheif and principall burrowis (we mein 
nocht now of Abirdene) thay and thair predecessouris of ane rais, sur- 
name and bluid, be the spaice of thrie scoir yeris with the mair, sum 
fourtye, sum threttie, and sum fewar yens. 

The same day, comperit Dauid Strachin, and producit ane suplicatioun 
for him selff as commissioner for the tovne of Erlisferrye and inhabi- 
tantis thairof, desiring the samin to be admittit and enrollit in ane frye 
burgh amangis the remanent frie burrowes of this realme, conforme to the 
Kingis Maiesties gift of erectioun schawne, producit, and tane vp agane 
be the said Dauid ; Quhilkis commissioneris findis the said suplicatioun 
nocht to be now entreitit vpoun, in respect of thair knawlege of the 
inhabilitye of the said toun, quhilk incaice of thair admissioun suld be 
veray preiudiciall to the haill estait of frye burrowes. 

The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis givis licence to the com- 
missioneris of the burrowes of Haddingtoun, Brechine, Northbervik, 
Forfar, and Dunbar to disolue frome this conventioun, quha ratefeis and 
apprevis all lawes constitutiouns and quhatsumeuer thingis beis con- 
cludit heirat. 

The same day, findis Maister Androw Wilsoun, commissioner for the 
burch of Bruntyland, to haue incurrit ane vnlaw at the modificatioun of 
the moderatour, for making of ane bal to the commissioner of the vnfrie 
toun of Erlisferrye, and procuring thairfoir, aganis the welfair, actis, and 
statutes of burrowes, but licience obtenit. 

The same day, findis, decernis, and ordanis that the magistratis of the 
burch of Craill and thair collectour of the impostis ordanit to be vpliftit 
thairat, for the caussis mentionat in the actis sett doun thairanent, sail 
relieve the burch of Pettinweme, and pey vnto thair collectour sic sowmis 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 327 

of money as is coUectit be the saidis magistratis of Craill and thair 
coUectour sen thair first intromissioun thairwith, as alsua, that the 
magistrates of the burch of Anstruther be eist the bume sen thair erec- 
tioun in ane fiye burch sail do the lyk ; and vpoun thair refusall, or- 
danis the coUectour of the said burch of Pettinweme to cans rais and 
execute letteris of horning vpoun the saidis burrowes expenssis, quhilk 
salbe allowit in his comptis. 



Duodecimo Junij 1590. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis vnderstanding the ^ne*,^™iiec, 
heiring of the generall coUectouiis comptis to be deleyit, in respect that 1?""^^^"^^ 
at the last tyme of the heiring of the customeris comptis, the customis, agent, 
impostis, vnlawes, and taxatiouns war nocht haillelye ingottin be him, 
thairfoir, for heiring of the samin, hes electit and nominatt the burrowes 
of Edinburgh, Perth, Dondy, Abirdene, Sanctandrois, Striuiling, and 
Hadingtoun, to be auditouris to the said generall collectouris comptis, to 
quhom thai give full pouer and commissioun to heir, allow, or disallow 
the samin at thair plesour, as to the weilfair of burrowes be thame salbe 
thocht expedient, and to convene to that effect at Edinburgh at «ic day 
as thai ar to convene for taking of ordour with the pretendit conseruatour 
in Flanders. At quhilk day they ordane the magistratis of the burro- 
wis of Abirdene, Dondy, Sanctandrois, and Pittenweme to compeir and 
mak compte, rekning, and peyment of thair bygane intromissioun with 
the saidis impostis, ilk burch vnder the pane and vnlaw of tuentye 
poundis, by and attour the peyment of the interes of ane annuell of four 
scoir poundis yeirly, peyit be the burrowes for nocht redeming of the 
principall sowme of xij<^ merkis gevin and debursit for the caussis men- 
tionat in the act sett doun thairanent. And Tames Auchinlek, com- 
missioner for the burch of Dondy, in name thairof, protestit that incaice 
it be found that peyment is maid of thair pairt of the said impost preceid- 
ing the feist of Witsonday last that thai be exemit fra the penaHyo and 
interes foirsaid. And becaus the saidis burrowes findis thame grytumly 
preiudgit be the inlak of ane generall agent to attend vpoun thair efferis, 
thairfoir hes gevin, and'gevis full pouer and coramissioun to the saidis 



328 Convention of Eoyal Burghs. 

sevin burrowes to elect and nominatt ane sufficient qualefeit agent for 
the spaice of ane yeir nixt efler liis electioun, vpoiin the conditiounis 
and fye peyit to vmquhile Willeam Makcartnay, thair last agent, pro- 
mitt^ndo de rato, etc, 
Che^^**^^in Th^ Same day, Maister lohnn Cheyne, for him selff and the commu- 
coramimitie*of ^^^^^ ^^ ^^® burch of Abirdene, gave in aganis the prouest, baillies, and 
Abirdene. counsall of the samin the protestatioun following, quhairof the tennour 
followis: The quhilk day, Maister lohnn Cheyne and Androw King, 
burgessis of Abirdene, having, at the requeist of the commissioneris of 
bunowes, bene licenciat be the prouest of Abirdene to convene in the 
paroche kirk thairof, with lohnn CoUysoun and Alexander Forbes 
baillies, for conferance to bene haid with certane thair nichtbouris, bur- 
gessis and craftismen of the said burch, for knawing of thair myndis anent 
the vptaking and submissioun to the saidis commissioneris of sic questioun 
and contrauersie as hes stand and presentlye standis betuixt thame and 
the saidis prouest, counsall, and dyuers magistrates of the said burch 
anent the ciuill gouernement of the samin, eftir lang conferance haid with 
the saidis nichtbouris and communitie, in presens of the saidis tua bailleis, 
returnit againe, and befoir the saidis commissioneris exponit and declarit 
that the said communitie of ane agreing mynd consent and will was 
glaidly contentit to submitt all questiounis betuix thame and the magis- 
trates of the said burch to the decisioun of the commissioneris of bur- 
rowes forsaidis, and for the better declaratioun of thair intentioun thair- 
anent, gave in certane articlis at the saidis commissioneris desyris to be 
treitit vpoun be thame, incaice the saidis prouest and counsall and thair 
adherance grantit to the said submissioun for thair pairtis, and incaice 
thay refusit, desyrit maist reuerentlye the said commissioneris, as thay 
quha ar iudges ordinar in sic caices be vertew of thair offices, to tak 
ordour and proceed in the said mater as efferis, protesting solempintly 
that incaice the mater cum to forder dispute befoir his Maiestie, Lordis of 
Secreitt Counsall or Sessioun, or befoir the saidis commissioneris of 
buiTowes, or vtheris iudges quhatsumeuer, that the said communitie be 
nocRfT?esapted authouris or occasioun of the expenssis to be maid thair- 
anent, nor o^'■'8«^y commotioun that mey succeid or follow 

thairvpoun in onytiipe heireftir ; desyring with all humanitye the saidis 
commissioneris to beu^^dew record to his Maiestie of the saidis pure 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 329 

commoundis laucbfull offir and desyre, and that zour wisdomis will of 
equitye hald, haue, concur, and assist ws thairanent, as tyme and occa- 
sioun sail require, and thairin desyrit actis and instrumentis. And the 
saidis coram issioneris assignis to the prouest, in name of baillis and 
counsall of the said burch of Abirdene, to ansuer thairto partibus 
citatLs. 

The same day, continewis the ansuer giving to the burch of Aberbro- Ck)ntiniiRtionn 
thokis suplicatioun, craveing support to the reperralling of thair decayit broThok's sup- 
herberye, to the nixt generall assemblye of burrowes, and to remember pii<»*i«>">^ 
the samin in the messeues to be sent thairto. 

The same day, findis the burch of Irrewing to haue incurrit ane vnlaw Vnlawinglrro- 
of tuenty poundis for nocht reporting of thair deligence vpoun the be- fomochtw^* 
stowing of the dewtyes mentionat in ane act maid and sett doun at Sn^^fe^ofthe 
Sanctandrois in the last conventioun haldin thairat in Apryle 1 589, for dewtiesfor 
vphalding of thair decayit brig, and ordanis ane misseue to be sent to 
thame to send thair commissioneris instructit to mak compt, at the nixt 
generall assemblye, of the bestowing of the dewties foi'saidis vpoun the 
said brig, and, incaice thai report nocht compt or deligence to the said 
nixt conventioun, than the saidLs dewties to expyre and be dischargit. 

The same day, hes exemit and exemis for the spaice of thrie yeiris the exemitfor 
burch of Northberuik frome all keping of conventiounis, sendiug to euerye *^^ y®^™" 
ane thairof thair missues, with the ewest burch vndispensit with, apprev- 
ing all thingis concludit and sett doun thairat. 

The same day, the commissioneris forsaidis promissis thair ayd and Burrowis, 
concurrence to. the suplicatioun to be givin in be Alexander Kempt, qjI^S^.^^^' 
bm-ges of the burch of Abirdene, to the estaitis of the parliament nixt, 
craveing redres of thame for the wrangous spoilling fra him, and vtheris 
merchaudis of the said toun, of certan guidis apertening to thame be cer- 
tane piratis in thair weyage from Caleis to Deipe, in the moneth of Merche 
last. 

The samin dey, the commissioneris forsaidis hes givin licence to the ^^^roti^ock 
commissioner of the burch of Abrothoke to dissolue frome this conven- to denoiue. 
tioun to pas hame, quha ratefeit and aprevit all tbingis to be concludit 
thairat. 

The same day, the commissioneris forsaidis hes exemit and exemis for ?*"? exemit 

J * , for thre yeins. 

the spaice of thrie yeiris nixt heirefter, the burch of Banff frome all keip- 

2 T 



330 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

ing of conveiitioiinis, the said burch sending with the burch ewest, on 
dispensit with ane missiue autentiklye subscryuit, appreving all thingis 
to be concludit at the conventiouns intervening. And vnderstanding 
the said burghe to haue bene vnlawit at the last generall assemblye haldin 
at Sanctandrois, for thair nocht comperance thairto, in ane vnlaw of xx 
poundis, qiihilk is peyit be thame to the clerk of the said eitye, nocht- 
withstanding that thai vsit deligence to haue approvin the lawis and con- 
stitutiounis than concludit, and that thair misseue maid and sent to 
Alexander Rutherfurde was in his default on producit, thairfor, for re- 
pairing and refounding to thame off the said vnlaw, hes assignit and as- 
signis into thame ane of the vnlawes that salbe incurit at the nixt gene- 
rall assemblv of burrowes. 



Decimo tercio lunij 1590. 

Hacquett com- The quhilk DAY, anent the suplicatioun givin in be lames Hacquett, 
Si^^striveimg Commissioner for the burch of Dysart, agaias the burch of Striuiling, 
®^* craving rembursement of the sowme off fourscoir sevin poundis ten schil- 

lingis, as for the said burch of Striuilingis pairt of ane extent of aucht 
hundreth poundis raisit vpoun certane bun'owes for outredding of ane 
schip to Denmerk, findis and decernis the said burch of Striuiling sail, 
within XV dayes efter the hamecuming of the said commissioner of Striui- 
ling thairto, pay vnto the said burch of Dysart the sowme aboue expremit, 
togidder with the sowme of thrie poundis of expenssis, with certification n 
to the said burch, and [thai] mak nocht peyment of the samin at the dey 
appoj-ntit, that thai sail refound and pay to the said burch of Dysart all 
forder expenssis it salhappin thame to deburs in the suiting heirof, vpoun 
lames Hacquett, present commissioner for Dysartis conscience and modi- 
ficatioun. 
innemes vn- "^^^ Same day, findis the burch of Innernes, for suspending, be ane 
ia>\ it for BUS- wrang nerretiue, the letteris raisit be the generall collectour in thair names 
i^ etc ^ ^ for peyment of the said burchis pairt of the extent raisit for the price of 
XXX tvnis wyne, vpoun the inlak of the customes, hes incurit the pane 
and vnlaw of tuentye poundis, quhilk thai ordane to be vpliftit incaice, 
vpoun the said coUectouris first requisitioun, thai mak nocht peyment 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 331 

dewlye of thair pairt of the said extent, and, gif neid beis, ordanis letteris 
to be raisit and execut aganis the said burch for the said vnlaw, incaice 
of refusal as saidis. 

The same day, anent the suit of the commissioneris of the burch of Edinburgh 
Edinburgh, craving rembursment of the sowme of tuentyefyve hundreth biTrernent of 
merkis givin to Maisteris lohnn Skeyne and William Fowlar commission- "n^^^J^!* 
eris to Denmerk, and, as the said commissioneris of Edinburch allegit, in 
the burrowes effaris, ordanes the said burch of Edinburgh to send thair 
commissioneris instructit to the nixt general assembly of burrowes, and 
to bring with thame the act contening the maner of thair commissioun, 
to the effect the saidis burrowes mey knaw gif the samin was in thair 
effares or nocht, and to be rememberit in the misseves to be direct in the 
nixt conventioun. 

The same fdayl anent the sowme of tuentyetwa thousand merkis or- Edmburgii, 

. . .... . xxijm merkis 

dan it to be givin to the Kingis Maiestie be the burrowes, to the collectioun coutinewit to 
quhairof lohnn Aimott, prouest of Edinburgh, was ordanit to deput ane ventioun^be 
coUectour, ordanis that at the conventioun appoyntit to be hauldin at ^^^^^ thairatt 
Edinburgh be the sevin burrowes, for the caussis of the conseruatour, or 
soner as ony conventioun of the estaites intervenis, produce the act of 
Secreit CounsaU sett doun thairanent to be producit be the commission- 
eris of the bmchis of Edinburgh or Perth, and the saidis sevin burrowes, 
be thair commissioneris than to convene, to tak sic ordour heirwith as to 
the weilfair of the estait of burrowes salbe be thame thocht maist ex- 
pedient. 

The same day, Dauid Watsoun, commissioner for the burch of Sanct- Watsoun 

,.,.... . , . « commissioner 

androis, oblissis him at hes hamecuming thairto to cans mak peyment of Sauctandrois 
the sowme of sevin scoir poundis restand awand be thame for thair pairt ment of^air 
of the extent raisit for peyment of the threttye tvnis wyne awand to the i^^^^tenT 
Kingis Maiestie of the fourscoir aucht yeir of God, and that betuixt and wynist«the 
the fyft day of lulij nixt, and ordanis the said coUectour to send to the lectour. 
said Dauid the letteris of homing raisit and execut aganis the said burch 
for non-peyment of thair pairt of the said extent, and this for saffitye of 
ane vnlaw of xx poundis quhilk the said burch incurrit throch non-pay- 
ment thairof as said is. 



332 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

to^concur^Hj^ The same day, the eommissioneris foirsaidis promissis to concur and 

innernee in assist the burch of Inncrncs in thair suitt to be maid to the Kingis 

for thair decay- Maiestie and Estaitcs for support to the mending of thair decayit brig, 

* ^^^' be vplifting of sic dewties, for the spaice of sevin zeris aJanerlye, as is 

vpliftit be the burch of Irrewing, prouyding, incaice of grant thairto, the 

said burch of Innernes send thair eommissioneris instructit zeirly to thair 

generall conventiounis to mak compt of the bestowing of the saidis 

dewtyes on the brig foirsaid, vnder the payne of xx poundis. 

Forres exeroit The Same day, anent the supplicatioun presentit to thame be the com- 

tionis fo" to Kiissioner of Forres, craving the burrowes concurrance to the suitting of 

s»ri8- redres of sum gryt men quha oppressis thame, adheris to thair act sett 

doun thairanent at Sanctandrois, and promissis concurrance quhen as 

occasioun sail serue ; and as touard the support cravit to the reparrelling 

of thair kirk, exemis thame frome keping of conventioun of burrowis 

for the space of thre zeires, vpoun the prouisionis and conditiouns men- 

tionet in the actis maid anent vtheris exemit burrowes, and that the 

vnlawes quhilk thai micht haue incurit be thair absence be bestowit 

vpoun the reparrelling of thair said kirk as said is, and remittis thair 

vnlaw of XX libris incurit be thame for absence fra the conventioun at 

Glasgow, quhais commissioner was ordanit to rejx)rt the lauchtfiill cita- 

tioun of the said burch of Forres at the nixt generall assemblye. 

Ansueris to the The quhilk day, etc., Maister Thomas Menzes of Dome, prouest of 

Articles of Abirdene, and Alexander Rutherfurd ane of the counsall of the said 

ma^tniti?*^^ burch, commissioncris for the said toun of Abirdene, for thame selflis and 

thaSrof, etc. in name of the baillies, counsall, antient burgessis, and gryt pairt of the 

commonaltye thairof, compeiring, ansuerit to the former protestatioun 

maid be Maister lohnn Cheyne and Andrew King, burgessis thairof, for 

thame selflBs and thair adherentis of the commonelty of the said burch, 

that trew it is and of veritye that the forme of governement presentlye 

vsit within the said burch is, in the forme of rewll and governement, and 

cheising of magistratis, that euer was and hes bene exerceisit and vsit 

within the samin fra the begynning sen euer the samin was ane burch ; 

and that the desjrre of the saidis Maister lohnn and Androw is the 

alterating and abrogatting of the haill constitutiouns obseruit within the 

Siiid burch, auld settled forme, and lang continewit stait of gouemement, 

anent the cheising and electing of the magistratis, counsall, deanis of 



Conventio7i of Royal Burghs. 333 

gyld, and thesaurer, kepit, followit out, aad inviolably obseruit within 
the said burch in all tymes bygane sen the first erectioun of the samin 
in ane regall firye burch, from tyme to tyme allowit and apprevit be his 
Maiestie and his Grace predecessouris, fiu the quhilkis auld constitutionis 
and forme of gouernement of the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsall 
hes onywayes fallin, or thairfra has maid ony defectioun, and nocht kepit 
the samin in the auld integritye, lyk as thai hau done : To verifye the 
quhilk thay oflTerit thame raddy to produce the tovnis buikis to beir 
record to the samin, war contentit that the commissioneris of burrowes 
presentlye assemblit suld tak tryell thairintill, and gif it war found be 
thame that the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsall had transgressit the 
said auld constitutiounis and setlaid forme of gouernement vsit frome 
tyme to tyme within the said burch sen the erectioun of the samin, to 
be reformit be thame in that poynt, according to the antient constitu- 
tiouns of the said burch, and to be reducit agane thairvnto gif thair be 
ony decadence thairfiu. And fordermair war content to submitt to my 
lordis commissioneris of burrowes, with this condititoun, hat thair wis- 
domes suld sett doun and conclude ane vniformitie of gouernement ciuilye 
of tlie haill burrowes of this realme, offering thame selflSs willingly to 
receive the samin, seing it is notour to thair wisdomis that thair is nocht 
twa burrowes, having dyueris customis and constitutiouns, found 
onmet to be alterit or changit; and protestit that this thair protestatioun 
be na wayes preiudiciall to the band and contract maid betuixt the pro- 
uest, bailies, counsall, and merchandis of Abirdene on that ane pairt, and 
the craftismen of the said burch on the vther pairt, beiring that na 
craftismen of the said burch sail vsurpe ony office within the said burch 
nor seik to be on the counsall thairof, bot that the said contract and 
apoyntment haue its awin streynth, force, and effect, in all poyntis ; 
desyring thairfoir the saidis commissioneris to beir record to thair 
ressonabill offir, and that thair wisdomis wald of equitye, hauld, concur, 
and assist the saidis prouest baillies counsall, antient burgessis of the 
said burch, to assist thame in the mantening of thair auld constitutiouns, 
as tyme and occasioun sail requyre; vpoun the quhilkis the saidis Maister 
Thomas and Alexander askit instrumentia 

The same day, anent the desire of the commissioneris of the burghe of Burrowis to 
Abirdene, for thame selffis, counsall, and communitie thairof, exponing STcra^n^^SJ^ 

fairos yeirlie 
thiiirto. 



334 Co7iventio7i of Royal Burghs. 

and schawing the sarain, of the Kingis Maiesties nobill progenitouris of 
guid memorye, doitit to dyuers liberties preuileges and immunities, 
namely e, with the liberty of tua frie faires or mercattis to be haldin 
yeirlye within the said burch, the ane at Michealmes, quhilk indurit for 
the space of fourtene deyis, the vther at Sanct Nicolas dey, the saxt of 
December zeirlye, quhilk was caus and occasioun of the resort of ane gryt 
number of his Hyenes legis fra all pairtis to the said burcht, and the 
caus of grit tred and handling thairin, quhilkis tua commoun faires lies 
nocht bene obseruit nor keipit thir mony and dyueris yeiris bygane, to the 
gryt hurt of the said burch, and decay of tred and handling within the 
samin. Tlie commission eris foirsaidis promissis to ayd and assist thame in 
the suting at the Kingis Maiestie and Estaites, his Hyenes act and 
letteris thairvpoun, ordaning the saidis tua fairis to be yeirly keipit with- 
in the said burcht at the tymes aboue writtin, according to the auld vse 
and wount, and thair liberties gran tit and gevin to thame as is aboue 
specifeit. 
Montrois &c^ The samc dey, anent the desyre of lames Makene, commissioner for 
taxAtioun ouu ^^^ burch of Montros, craving that the prouest, baillies, and counsall of 
redofane8chip|j[jg burch of Abirdcne sail mak compt of thair intromissioun with the 
extent of thrye thousand merkis raisit and vpliftit of the said burch of 
Montros, Dunbar, Breichine, Northberuik, Elgyne, Name, Fores, and 
Banff, for outred of ane schipe to be sent to Denmerk for conveying of 
the King and Quenis Maiesties thairfra to this realme, alsweill of the 
outward outred as of the necessaris and superplus of the said extent, 
restand as he allegit in thair handis, The said lames in presence of the 
commissioneris of the said burch of Abirdene, for him selff and his said 
burch, and the burrowis of Dunbar, Breichine, and Northberuik, sub- 
mittit for his and thair pairtis the heiring of the saidis comptis to the 
commissioneris presently e convenit, and to na vtheris, renunceing all 
vtheris iudges or auditouris thairto, quhairvpoun he askitt instrumentis. 
Lykeas Alexander Rutherfurd, commissioner for the said burch of Abir- 
dene, touard the referring be the commissioneris of the burrowes of Inner- 
nes, Elgyne, for thame selffis, and Name, Forres, and Banff for thame 
selffis and thair saidis burrowis, of the heiring of compt and rekning and 
peyment, give ony superplus beis found awand be the said burch to thame, 
for thair pairtis and thair consentis, that the said burch of Abirdene sail 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 335 

iudge thairin as thai think expedient, askit instrumentis, and protestit 
that in respect this contributioun is nocht liftit be vertew of ane act 
contenit in the burrowes buikis, bot only vpoun ane act of the Secreitt 
Ck)unsall, quhairvpoun letteris ar direct, the saidis commissioneris, 
presentlye conveuit suld nocht iudge or decer-ne herein ; Nochtwithstand- 
ing of the quhilk protestatiounis maid be the said Alexander, in name 
of the said burch of Abirdene, the saidis commissioneris fyndis thame 
iudges to desyd in the heiring of the saidis comptis and decerning thair- 
vpoun, and ordanis ane particular compt to be givin in befoir thame, as 
iudges ordinal thairto, the morne efter the efter nonis preiching, to^ be 
hard be sic four burrowes as salbe appoyntit to convene than to that 
effect, cei*tefeing the commissioneris of the said burch of Abirdene, and 
thai fallye, be nocht giving in of the saidis comptes at the tyme appoyntit, 
thai will modefye and sett doun sic prices vpoun the outred of the said 
scliip as vtheris schippis send in the lyk effairis, and of the lyk binding 
war outred and send out. 

The same day, Maister lohnn Cheyne and Andro King, for thame magist^tis of 
selffis and as procuratouris for sic of the communitie of Abirdene as thai tesuitio^.^^^ 
haue power to compeii' for, producit ane ansuer to the prouest [and] 
bailleis of the said burch of Abirdenis protestatioun this day producit, 
quhilk thai ordane to be insert in this thair bulk of generall conventioun, 
with the ai-ticlis and protestatiouns on athir pairtis of the saidis conten- 
dantis, of the quhilk ansuer the tenour followes : Ansuerit for the pairt 
of the said commonaltye, persounis of counsall, and baillye craveand re- 
formatioun, that the propositioun of the said Maister Thomas and his ad- 
herentis contenit in thair forsaidis allegenssis, reposing thame selffis vpoun 
the antient and inviolablie obseruit forme of governement within this 
burch, manifestis thair willingis to submitt, and gif thay sail demene as 
semis to be expressit thir wordis, the saidis desyreris of reformatioun ar 
content that the commissioneris of burrowes present haue plaice to con- 
sidder the antiatye of thair allegenssis, monumentis of this burch concern- 
ing the samin, actis of his Maiesties parliament, statutes of burrowis, and 
commoun weill of merchandis, and thairefter sett doun sic satlid ordour 
as the saidis craveris of reformation may lesumlye vse, Bot na wyes 
befor submissioun anent the disput of equitye, inequitye of thair 
caus, except your wisdomis wald without submissioun proceid as ye 



336 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

lesumly may, qnhilk gif your wisdomis plesis to do, the saidis cravens 
of reformatiouii maist humly requyris the samin, and saU, God willing 
mani&stlye proue the govemement of this [burch] deelynit fra the first 
integritye of the same and fallin in sic absurd decadence as may heirefler, 
without remeid be put thairto, cum to the gryt preiudice of the vniuersaty 
of burrowes. And gif the said Maister Thomas meynis hot schiil and 
delay, vnder cullour of ambyguous tennis and limitit conditiounis, the 
said commonalty emaist humly desyris your wisdomis as obefoir to respect 
the equitye of thair cans and maist humble suit, and to tak sic ordour 
that the samin may be decydit befoir your selffis, at the leist thai mey be 
saife from invasioun and hostilitye quhill his Maiestie put ordour thairto, 
and the communitye contentit with ane vniuersall ordour as the com- 
missioneris will set doun. Efter the production of the quhilk ansuer the 
said Maister Thomas Menzes of Dome prouest, and Alexander Ruther- 
furd, commissioneris for the said burch of Abirdene, admititt be the 
commissioneris presentlye convenit and thair commission n found be thame 
guid and sufficient, replyet ansuering to the aboue writtin desyre as is 
ansuerit to the protestatioun givin in be the said Maister lohnn and 
Andrew obefoir, and, adherand to thair former ansuer maid to the said 
protestatioun heirin, desyrit actis and instrumentis. 
Burrowifl to The same day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, efter lang ressoning vpoun 
pairty in4idar the dififerenssis aboue expremit, articlis, ansueris, protestatiounis, and re- 
^e^qoertioun^ ptycs resultand thairvpoun, as is particularly insert in this their generall 
betuixt the buik of conventioun, for the pairties aboue expremit, finding the manner 
A^iene and of thair submissioun to be variabill and diferent, the ane pairtye, to wit 
ihSro?.^^ the saidis Maister lohnn Cheyne and Andro King, for thame selflBs and 
remanent communitie of the said burch of Abirdene, absuletlye submittand 
to the saidis commissioneris of burrowes the decisioun of the saidis difer- 
enssis, and the vther pairtye, to witt the saidis commissioneris of Abirdene 
for thame selffis, the prouest baillies and counsall and ane gryt pairt of 
the communitie of the samyn. submittand conditionalye, Findis in respect 
thairof that thai can nocht accept the decisioun of the contrauersyes 
aboue expremit, bot remittis the samin to sic iudges as salbe found com- 
petent thairto. Alweyis, for keiping of quyetnes betuixt the tua pairteis 
contendand, according to the auld lawes and constitutiouns of burrowes 
maid anent the decisioun of materis questionabill within or betuixt bur- 



Convefntion of Boyal Burghs. 337 

rowes, and fering the inconuenient of tumult and discord be the . delay of 
decisioun of the saidis materis sail aryse betuixt the pairteis forsaid, thair- 
for, doing that mey ly in thame to haue the sainin avoydit, promittis and 
declaris that the pairtie mollester or persewar of vtheris, vtherwayis than 
be the law, sail find the haill burrowes to concur and assist with the pair- 
tie offendit vnto, certefeing lykwayes the pairtie molestar or trublar of 
vtheris, vtherwayes nor as law will as saidis, that the pane and vnlaw of 
ane hundreth poundis salbe vpliftit but &uouris of thama 

The same day, efter ressoning vpoun the complaint givin in be the S^**Kirit-" 
commissioneris of the burchis of Dysert, Kinghorn, and Kii-kcaldy, aganis JjJ^^ij^^t 
the magistratis of the burch of Bruntylland vplifting of euery schipe of the ▼pUfting 
ary veing to the herberye thairoff thrye schillingis four penneis by all ^ ^^ ' 
ordour of richt, discharges the said burch in ony forder vplifting of the 
samin, fra thine furch vnto sic tyme as thai produce thair richt thairo^ at 
the conventioun of the sevin burrowes appoyntit to convene at Edin- 
burgh, vpoun the magistratis aduertesment thairo^ for taking of ordour 
with the conseruatour, generall agent, and generall collectouris comptis, 
ordaining the saidis compleneris, incaice than it salbe foxmd that the said 
burch hes rycht to vplift the dewty forsaid, to find cautioun for peyment 
of the samin, as alsua the saidis defenderis lykueyis to find cautioun, that 
incaice it salbe found at the said conventioun that they haue wrangouslye 
heirtofor vpliftit the dewtye forsaid, for restitutioun thairof to sic as hes 
bene damnefeit thairbye. Quhairvnto Maister Andrew Wilsoun, commis- 
sioner for the said burch of Bryntylland, dissassentit, na wayes apprevaud 
the commissioneris of burrowes iudges heii-to bot as law wald, and that 
in respect the pretendit mater hes neuer bene hard in this conventioun, 
nather hes the commissioneris of burrowes nor the said Maister Andrew 
cum instructit thairvpoun, and seing the magistratis of the said burch of 
Bruntylland war neuer aduerteist, nather is the samin ane held of the 
missive, conformo to the ordour keipit continewalye in thair conventiouns, 
to witt, that quhat complaynt beis givin aganis ony pairtye, thai nocht 
being instructit, the samin is ordanit to be ane article in the missiue to 
be send to the nixt generall assemblie occurrand, protestand thairfor for 
remeid of law. Quhilk protestatioun the forsaidis commissioneris, in re- 
spect of this thair ordinance, refuissis to admitt ; and heirvpoun ather of the 
saidis pairteis askit instrumentis. 

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338 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Continuatioun, The same day, anent the suplicatioun givin in be certane the mer- 
merehanUs ^ chandis and inhabitantis of the burch of Abirdene, makand mentionn that, 
^i^oun^tT q^^®*"^ confomie to the auld and antient custome of burrowes thay haue 
the nixt gen- bene in vse of trafFequing frome burch to burch, pairtlye be thair mojran 
lie "**°* ^ and credyt in Edinburch and vtheris burrowes of this realme, be bying of 
Frensch, Flemls, and Inglis wairis, and bringing of the samin to this thair 
awin burch of Abirdene, quhill laitlye in the moneth of Februar or thairby, 
thair being ane gryt part of thame having the forsaid tred, to the nummer 
of fourtye persouns, summond to Edinburgh vpoun the assyse of Maister 
Robert Chalmer, the prouest bailies and counsall of the said burch hes sett 
doun ane act and ordinance in thair buikis discharging thame and euerye 
ane of thame to pas to ony burch or toun to by ony sort of geir aboue 
the sowme of ane hundreth poundis, as is reportit, vnder sic panis as thai 
haif sett doun in the said act, to thair gryt hurt, and apperandlye tendand 
to the rewing of the induellaris and merchandis forsaidis within this 
burch, and preiudice of the haill burrowes, without remeid be prowydit, 
desyring thairfor thair wisdomis to cans produce and exhibit the said act 
befor thame, and decern the samin null and of nane availl in tyme cum- 
ing, as at leynth is contenit in the said suplicatioun and compleint for- 
saidis : Hes continewit and continewis all ansuer giving thairto to thair 
nixt generall assembly of burrowes, quhair euer it sail happin the samin 
to be appoyntit, and to be contenit in the missiues to be direct thairto, to 
the effect the commissioneris than to convene mey cum than instructit 
and resoluit to give ansuer to the aUowing or disallowing of the said act, 
requesting the magistratis of the said burch of Abirdene to ouersye the 
executioun of the said act to the nixt generall assembly as said is, — quhair- 
vnto the saidis commissioneris condisceudit. 
for^Sure^^elris* "^^^ samin day, the commissioneris forsaid hes exemit and exemis the 
burch of Elgyne from all keiping of conventiounis for the space of thrie 
yeiris nixt heirefter, vpoun the prouisioun mentionat in the actis of exemp- 
tioun, and that the said burch sie the vnlawes quhilk thai mycht haue 
incurit be thair absens frome the saidis conventiouns [wairit] vpoun the 
reparrelling of thair tua brigis and tolbuith 
Guthre Clark to The samin day, ordanis lohnn Quthre, thair clerk, to remember in the 
mSSyes ^ihe missevas to be sent for keiping of the nixt generall conventioun, that the 
vnfrie tovnu. yufrye toun of Anstruther be wast the burne, and vtheris vnfryc tovnis of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 339 

this realme, be wamit to compeir and produce thair riclitis of thair apro- 
priating of the liberty of frie burro wes, and to send thair commissioneris 
thairto instructit to give ansuer to the complayntis than to be givin in 
aganis thame. 

The same day, it is statute and ordanit be vniuersall consent of all the statute thatt 
commissioneris of the burrowis present, in name of thair burchis, for cur in voittis 
vniforme ordour and to.be kepit amangis thame selffis in all I^y^e of*ane 

tymes cumingis, that at quhat tyme or how oft soeuer it salhappin thame, ^^^^^SJ?* ^ii^^ 
or ane number of thame, to be chargit or writtin for be his Maiestie or his 
Secret Counsall to give thair consentis to taxatiouns or quhatsumeuer 
vtheris burding to be imposit vpoun thame, that thai first emistlye 
ressone and concluid thairvpoun togidder, and, being sua ressonit and 
concludit be thame, that thai sail remane constant at thair awin conclu- 
sioun, but ony diuisionn or varietye, sua that na thing sail be yeildit or 
grantit into be ony ane, tua, thrie, or ma of thame, contrair to the con- 
clusioun of the haill or maist pairt convenit, and that the burch or 
burchis of the commissioneris contrauenand sail incur the paine and vnlaw 
of ane hundreth poundis, to be vpliftit but fauouris, and gif neid beis that 
letteiis be raisit and execut aganis thame. 



Apud Abirdene decimo quinto lunij 1590. 

The quhilk day, it is statute, ordanit, and agreit vpoun be the haill com- SuppKcatioun 
missioneris of burrowes presentlye convenit, for thame selffis and in name -^ ^am? ofliw 
of thair saidis burrowis and remanent burrowes of this realme, becaus i>?^^^ *« *^« 

mxt conven- 

sindry new exactiounis ar raisit be the Admirall and his deputis, alsweill tioun of the 
vpoun strangers as traffecqueris of this realme, and alsvsurping of iudica- SLnent foraut- 
tour of caussis of burgessis tane vp be the said Admirall and his deputis j^lg^^gitt 
na thing pertinent to thame, that quhensoeuer thay salbe chargit to con-b©theAdmiraU 
vene at parliament or ony vther generall conventioun of the estaitis nixt thame. 
heirefter, that the burrowes sail compeir, be thair commissioneris, thre 
deyis befoir the dey apoyntit to the said parliament or conventioun of 
estaitis, and sett doun ane suplicatioun craving redres of the said new 
exactioun and vsurpit iudicatour; and siclyk, for setting doun of sic 
vtheris articlis as mey tend to the weilfair of thair estait, and als to give 



340 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

in suplicatioun^ in maner as saidis, that nochtwithstanding quhatsumeuer 
procurit letteris, charges, or requestis, direct be his Maiestie in fauouris of 
lordis, erlis, barrounis, and vtheris gentilmen, to dyuers burrowes of this 
realme for chargeing or requesting thame to elect the saidis erles eta, 
magistratis, contrar the liberties of burrowes grantit be his Hynes predi- 
cessouris of auld, and contrar dyuers actis sett doun in parliament thair- 
anent, and the miinicipall lawes of burrowes, quhilkis chai^ges or letteris 
the burrowes, charget thairwith for feir of homing or vtheris painis con- 
tenit thairin, ar compellit to obey to thair gryt hurt as said is, to desyr 
thairfor, be suplicatioun as saidis, that it mey be sett doun, be act of par- 
liament or conventioun of the thre estaitis^ that the dissobeyaris of the 
saidis letteris or charges purchest in maner forsaid sail incur na paynis 
contenit thairintill 
^^curr^M "The same day, because dyuers grit men, having thair duellingis and 
sio as waid be- laodis nixt adiaccnt to the commoun landis of burrowes, hes at dyuers 
Slh" lanSI ° tymes bypast oppressit certane pure burchis, nocht abill to defend thair 
awin merchis and landis, be raising of thair merches, ryfeing out of thair 
landis and commountye, casting and pasturing thairon, to thair gryt 
wrak : For remeid quhairof, it is statute and ordanit that all the bur- 
rowes of this realme concur, ilk ane with vtheris as ane bodye, in defens 
of thair iust and honest caussis, thair landis and liberties, alsweill be law 
as vtherwyes, in defending the samin be way of deid to thair poueris, be 
repressing of the saidis gryt oppressouris, as thai salbe requyrit be thair 
nichtbouris being oppressit ; saifand alwyes thair dewtyfull obedience to 
his Maiestie and his Hyenes auctoritya 
To cmve po- The same day, becaus it is found be the saidis haill commissioneris of 
paring the bur- burrowis that the iurisdictioun of dyuers burrowes ar impairit be the 
ti^^ Admirall, his deputis, and be the commissaris erectit in dyuers pairtis of 

this realme, as alsua be the schrefis and thair deputis of dyuers schrife- 
domis, quha vsurpis the saidis burrowes iurisdictioims vpoun thame be 
sitting and cognoscing vpoun caussis and actionis propirlye belonging to 
the prouest and bailies of burrowes : Heirfor the commissioneris of bur- 
rowes present statutes and ordanis that the magistrates of euerye burch 
sett doun sic strait ordour amangis thame selffis, and within thair burchis, 
as mey preserue thair iurisdictioun within thame selffis, vnder the pane 
of fourtye poundis to be peyit be the burch quhais magistrates oontravenis 



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341 



this ordinance totiea quoties; and the repoi-t thairof to be maid at euery 
seuerall conventioun be the commissioneris convenand thairto. 

The quhilk day, the saidis commissioneris of burrowes grantis concur- 
rance to the suplicatioun, givin in be certaue nichtbouris of Dondy to 
the Kingis Maiestie and Estaitis, for redres to be haid of the skayth sus- 
tenit be thame be the piUeing of ane schipe and guidis thairintill, callit the 
Rait of the said toun. 

The same dey, the forsaidis commissioneris hes exemit and exemis 
the burch of Innemes, for the spaice of thrie yeiris nixt following the dait 
heirof, the said burch sending thair missiues to thair generall conven- 
tiounis, quhair euer thai salhappin to be haldin, with the ewest burch 
onexemit, etc. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris forsaidis presentlye convenit desoluis 
this thair conventioun, and appoyntis thair next generall conventioun to 
be haldin at the burch off Montrois, vpoun the saxtene day of lunij in the 
yeir of God j™. v^. four scoir and alevin yeiris ; and ordanis the commis- 
sioner of the said burch present to caus mak lauchtfuU warning to euery 
ane of the burrowes to send thair commissioneris fiiUy instructit concern- 
ing all materis referrit thairto, to convene day and place aboue writtin, 
vnder the pane of tuenty poundis. 



Gonounmnoe to 
oertan nycht- 
bonrit of Don- 
die. 



Innemes ex- 
emit for thre 
zeiris. 



DeeoIningCon- 
ventionn and 
the nixt ap- 
pointed atlfon- 
trosthe xvj of 
loniinixt 



Mr lames lohnestoun 
Geoirge Heireot 
Dionis Conquerour 
Alexander Rutherfurde 
Dauid Watsoun 
lohne Farchir 
lohne Makesone 
Ihone Annand 
lames Maken 
Williame Pratus 
Walter Cowane 
Thomas Urqchart 



Alexander Currour 

lames Hackat, commessioner. 

Thomas Kingzow 

Ihone Kyrkcaldy 

Ihone Hacket 

lames Auhinlek 

G. Durie 

Peter Peterson 

Andro Ker for Lynlythqw 

Thomas Ear for Invemes 

lohnne Alexander 

An. Vilsoun. 



342 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Edinburgh. /^ if^^ Conventioun of Sevin Burrovns haldin and begun 
att Ediriburgh vpoun the xxviij day of September 1590, 
Comperitt the Commissioneris of the Burrowis follow- 
ing and presented their commissionis a^ follows ^ viz. — 

Apud Edinburgh vigesimo octauo Septembris 1590. 

Edinburgh, Maister lames lohnnstoun, Henry Charteris, and George 
Hereott; Dondy, lohnn Traill, be commissioun ; Abirdene, Alexander 
Rutherfurde, Alexander Forbes, with commissioun. 

xxix of September 1590. 

Perth, Patrik Blair, be commissioun; Streveling, Walter Cowan, be 

commissioun ; Hadingtoun, Ihonn Wilsoun, be commissioun, etc.; Sanct- 

androis, Dauid Watsoun. 
Eiectio Mode- The same day, the conmiissioneris foirsaidis, according to the ordour, 
^^^^' hes elected Ihonn Amott, prove<^t of Edinburgh, in moderatour, and fidll- 

ing of him, Maister lames lohnnstoun, and in absence of the said Maister 

lames, Henry Charteris bailie. 

A meridie. 

Sanctandroifl Dauid Watsoun, Commissioner of Sanctandrois, quha producit his com- 
r^mtofthair jjjjggjQ^jj^ quhilk, nochtwithstanding of his vnlawing befoir none, is re- 

mittit thairof in respect of his lawfuU excuse, he having his brother in 

law slajnie culd cum na soner. 

Vltimo Septembris 1590. 

CoUectouris Androw Mekill, in name of vmquhill Robert Gourlay, coUectour, maid 

tentt 1688. compt of the cxtcntt raisitt vpoun the inlaik of the wynis fix)m the first 

of October 1587 to the first of October 1589, and the said coUectour 

found restand to the burrowis the sovme of twa hundreth fiftie sevin 

pundis nyntene schillingis thre penneis, quhairwith he hes chairgitt him 



Convention of Royal Burghs 343 

in the fute of custome comptes from the first of October 1588 to the first 
of October 1589 ; quhilkis comptes, efter the hering thairof, war rede- 
lyuerit to the said Androw, quhill the doubill thairof war givin to Ihonn 
Guthre generall clark to the burrowis. 

The same day, the said Androw MekiU, in name of his said vmquhill ^^^^^^ 
maister, maid compte of his collectioun of theKingis Maiesties comptes from ousiomee 1689. 
the fii*st of October 1588 to the first of October 1589, the rest aboue- 
writtin, and vther sovmes contenit thairin, the charge thairof extending 
iiij"^. viij*^. xxix li. ane s. iij d. and his discharge extending to iiij™. viij*'. 
Ixij li. fyvetene s. iiij d., and sua the said collectour is superexpendit in 
xxxiij li. xiiij s. j d., and this compte lykewyis redelyuerit, efter the sub- 
scriptioun thairof, to the said Androw Mekill ; quhilkis thretty thre li. 
xiiij s. j d. is payitt to the said Androw of the collectioun of the impoist 
of 1582 yeris, as the compte beris. 

A meridie. 

The commissioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, Dondy, Perth, JJ^JiJjJ^riia^ 
Striveling, Sanctandrois, and Hadingtoun being conuenit in the baiche tour of his gift 
Counsalhous of the said burgh of Edinburgh, comperitt Maister Robert 
Dennielston, conseruatour for the Scotis natioun in Flanderis, and pro- 
ducit his admissioun be the Kingis Maiestie, vnderhis Hienes Previe Seill, 
to the oflSce of conseruatoiie in the countrie of Flanderis, efl^er the reding 
quhairof the samyn was redelyuerit to him, and he thairefter wiUinglie 
offerit to obey such instructionis as the burrowis presentlie convenit, 
vnfringand his said gift, wald adione to him for keping the previliges of 
the said natioun ; and appointis the mom be ten houris to convene, and 
the moderatour to aduerteis the nychtbouris, traflecquaris in Flanderis, 
than to be presentt for thair consultatioun and aduyse to be had thairin. 



Piimo Octobris 1590. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris of the burrowis foirsaidis being 
conuenitt in the Counsalhous of the said burgh, finding the last extentt 
of the wyne, extending to four thowsand puhdis, as yitt vnsett down, and 



344 Convention of Boyal Burghs. 

The ex^tt of thatt frome the first of October 1588 to the first of October 1589, be- 
xiij 8. iij d.'for caus they ar send for to be at the Kingis Maiestie and Hienes Secreitt 
^m^'^^ifaiee- Counsall for resoning vpoun sic thingis as than salbe proponit to thame, 
Ues inUik of hes ordanit Henrj' Charteris, thair moderatour, and Thonn Guthre, thair 
from the first clark, to sett doun the said extentt agane thair vpcuming, quhilk extendis, 
to^ttw^refof ^^ collectioun thairof being includit thairin, to four thowsand four scoir 
October 1689. ^^^ libris thretten schillingis four penneis, and ordanis the collectour to 

be nominatt to se thair agentt rais and execute letteris vpoun thair 

charges for dew and haistie ingetting of the samyiu 



Secundo Octobris 1590. 

b °® ^ ^ ^® The commissioneris foirsaidis being conuenit in the place abouewrittin, 

names concern- efter lang conference had with Maister Robert Dennelstoun, conseruatour 

8«niatoiur*to ^ ^'^ Scottis natioun, be thame selues, and the dene of gild of Edinburgh, 

S?e°morn*^'*^ and dyueris vtheris merchantis traffecquaris in Flanderis, ordanis, at his 

desyir, ane act to be formit towartt thair willis anentt the fyvetene stures 

contenit in his ^fl, and of thair myndes towartis him in sic heidis as ar 

mentionat thairin« 



Apud Edinburgh, tercio Septembris 1590. 

Anent the ex- The QUHILK DAT, the commissioneris of the burrowis of Edinburgh, 

andwynein Dondy, Perth, Sanctandrois, Striveling, and Hadingtoun, effcer lang reson- 

maner^oUhe**^ ^^6 vpoun thatt held of ane actt, maid and sett doun at Abirdene be the 

distributioun commissioncris of burrowis conuenit in ane generall assemblie halden 

the conserua- thairat vpoun the tentt of lulij last bypast, gevand tharae powar, for 

coiiectow^*** thame and thair saidis burrowis and haill remanent burrowis of this 

of^McoiUd*^' ^^^^» thairby to tak ordour with the excyse of beir and wjme in 

ane^ministeris Campfcr, for the caussis coutcuit in ane actt maid and sett doun att Sanct- 

^^^^^"^ androis in ane generaU assemblie of burrowis haldin thairat in Aprile j"*' 

v^ four scoir nyne yeris, and to se the samyn, as said is, sett doun and 

establischit, and the said excyse putt to the maist availl for providing of ane 

ministeris stipend to serue in ane Scottis kirk in the said tovne of Camp- 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 345 

fer to be erected, and thatt of the rediest money of the said excjrse of 
beir and wyne, in sic quantitie as salbe thocht be thame agreablie to his 
functioun: Findis, for thame seines and thair saidis burrowis, and as 
havand commissioun of the remanent burrowis of this realme, that of the 
rediest of the money of the said excyse of sax lastis beir and twa tnnnis 
and ane half of wyne he salbe yeirlie ansueritt and thankfullie payitt, 
and the remanentt ten lastis of beir and twa tunnis and ane half of wyne 
proportionally to the Scottis natioun resorting the said tovne of Campfer, 
conforme to the informationis and instructions to be gevn be thame, or sic 
as they sail depute, to the conseruator of the Scottis natioun foirsaid, quha 
salbe astricted to se zeirlie the lawful distributioun thairof, and yeirlie 
at the genei-all assemblie of burrowis, aither be him selff or his procura- 
touris, to mak compte to thame of the samyn. And becaus thair is nochtt 
ane minister presentlie appoynted to serue in the said Scotis kirk at 
Campfeir, thatt the said conseruatour salbe lykewyis astricted, as he wilbo 
ansuerabill to the saidis haill burrowis vpoun his office, to se the stipend 
foirsaid of the money of the excyse of the saidis sax lastis beir and twa 
tunnis and ane half of wyne dewlie collected and ingatheritt, and be comp- 
tabill to the saidis burrowis thairfoir, as alsua to mak the samyn furth- 
cumand to thame at thair requisitioun, and ay and quhill the said minister 
be appointed as said is; and the en trie of the said conseruatouris coUectioun 
thairof to be and begyn at the feist of Mertymes nixtt. Forther, for sure 
payment to the said conseruatour to the effect aboue expremitt of the saidis 
excyse money of the saidis sax lastis beir and twa tunnis and ane half 
of wyne, that befoir the ressauing thatt he tak the factouris and awneris, 
occupearis of frie houssis, straitlie obleist to resave the samyn, and thair- 
efter, at his requisitioun, to mak to him or sic as he sail depute dew and 
thankful payment thairof, and this in respect of the assignatioun of the 
samyn to the said minister for his stepend as said is ; quhilk, gif it beis 
nocht gevin to him to be payit to the said conseruatour, quha sail mak 
the samyn furthcumand to the burrowis, the saidis factouris and awneris 
and occupearis of the saidis frie houssis, contraveneris heiroff, to be imme- 
diatlie thairefter depriuit be the said conseruator of thair office of factorie, 
or ony vther benefeitt quhilk thai may or mycht haue ioysit be vertew 
of the contract maid betuix the magistratis of the said toun of Campheir 
and haill burrowis of this realme thairanentt. Attour, it is speciallie 

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346 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

prouidit that the payment of the j)rice of the said excyse of the saidis sex 

lastis beir and tua tunnis and aue half wyne be conforme to the price 

of the excyse of Inglis beir and wyne tane vp be the raagistrattis of the 

toun of Campheir foirsaid, and ordanis the extract heirofF to be gevin to 

the said conseruatour, be thair generall clerk, to the effect he pretend na 

ignorance heiroff. 

PetSnweme^^ "^^^ ^^^^ day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, efter the hering of vmquhile 

Tuiawitj^Uk Robert Gourlay generall collectouris comptis, presentlie maid be Androw 

in XX It, and MekiU his seruand, and finding that, of the impost coUectit for the outred 

^^uaSi^ of vmquhile Maister George Hackquet, conseruatour, and lohne Gourlay, to 

•fonre Bcoir w^q pairtis of Flandcris in the effairis of burro wis, thair is awand to the 

poundi|. qanill *■ 

fiie»cbfuU said collectour the sowme of ane hundreth fiftie sex poundis to compleit 
ihairoS. °™* ^^e sowme of aucht hundreth poundis, with the haill interes bigane pre- 
ceding the day and daitt heiroff, and that the samyn is awand in default 
of compt^ rekning and payment making of the intromissioun be the bur- 
rowis of Abirdene and Pettinweme of thair pairtis of the said impost, 
quha, at the last generall assemblie of burrowis haldin at Abirdene in the 
moneth of lunij last, thair commissioneris wer than ordanit to haue cumin 
to this present conventioun to haue maid compt rekning and payment of 
thair bygane intromissioun with the impostis foirsaidis, ilk ane of thame 
vnder the pane of ane vnlaw of xx. li., by and attour the payment of ane 
yeirlie annuall of foure scoir poundis yeirlie payit be the burrowis for 
nocht redeming of the principale sowme of aucht hundreth poundis gevin 
and debui-sit for the caussis abouementionat, as at lenth is contenit in the 
principale aetset doun thairanent; quhilkis tua burrowis, the commission- 
eris foirsaidis, for them selffis their saidis burrowis and haill remanent 
burrowis of this realme, conforme to the tennour of the said act maid and 
set doun at Aberdene the xij. of lunij last, deccrnis ilk ane of thame in 
ane vnlaw of tuenty poundis for the nocht making of thair comptis of 
thair bygsme intromissioun with the saidis impostis, as alsua to pay the 
annuall foirsaid sa lang as the samin is vnredemit, ay and quhill the 
lauchfuU redemptioun thairoff, and incais thai refuis to pay the saidis vn- 
lawis, as alsua the annuall foirsaid, that letteris of homing be purchest and 
execute againis thame thairfoir sa ofk as neid sail requyre ; And Dauid 
Watsoun, commissioner for the burch of Sanctandrois, and lohne Ti-ailJ, 
commissioner for the burgh of Dondie, qulia wer lykewyis ordanit be the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 347 

act foirsaid, maid at Aberdene in lunij last, at tliis conventioun to haue 
maid conipt rekning and payment of thair bigane intromissioun with the 
said impost, vnder the panis befoir mentionat, protestit that in respect 
thai had maid to the said generall collectour and liis deputtis compt 
rekning and payment of the samyn, as be the acquittances schawin an4 
produceit be the saidis commissioneris wes cleirlie vnderstand, that thai 
sould be assolzeit fra all payment of the said vnlaw and annuall foirsaid ; . 
quhilk protestatioun the saidis commissioneris admittit and assolzeit 
thame and thair saidis burrowis thairfra. 

Tlie samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, for thame selffis, thair £*E^^^"h 
saidis burrowis, and as haueand fuU power and commissioun of the rema- tooiecifaiieooi- 
nent buiTowis of this reaJme to elect and nominat, be deceis of vmquhile ^ 
Robert Gourlay, collectour, ane vther in his place, and becaus the samyn 
can nocht now gudlie be done, nather may thai await langer vpoun the 
doing of the samyn, thairfoir thai, for thame selffis, thair saidis burrowis 
and remanent burrowis of this realme, geveis full power and commissioun 
to the provest baillies and counsale of the burgh of Edinburgh to elect 
and chuse ane sufficient collectour to ingadder quhatsumevir restis a wand 
to the haill buiTOwis, and to appoynt to him, in thair names, sic fie and 
stepend for sic space as thai sail think expedient, vpoun sic condition is and 
instructionis as salbe gevin to him be the saidis provest baillies and counsale 
of Edinburgh, and agreabill to the weilfair of burrowis, and in speciaU that 
thai sie the said collectour to be nominatt with all diligence collect and in- 
gadder the extent of four thowsound fourescoir twa pound is threttene schil- 
lingis four pennies sett doun vpoun the saidis burrowis, as for the prices of 
thretty twnis wyne, delyuerit to the Kingis Maiestie vpoun the inlaik of his 
Hienes customes frome the first of October 1 5 8 8 to the first off'Oct^ber 1589; 
as alsua that he collect and ingadder the restis awand and contenit in the 
said vmquhile generall coUectouris comptis, and generalie all vther restis 
awand to thame, and that the saidis provest baillies and counsale tak 
the said collectour actit and oblist, yeirlie at the generall conventioun of 
burrowis, to mak compt rekning and payment of the intromissioun had 
with the restis foirsaidis, and sic vther sowmes of money as it salhappin 
to intromet with enduring the tyme of his collectorie ; And the saidis 
commissioneris, for thame selffis and remenant burrowis, promissis to haJd 
ferme and stabill all and quhatsumevir thing the saidis prouest baillies 




348 Convention of Eoyal Bunjhs. 

and counsale of EdiiiburgL, anent the premissis, sail think neidfuU for to 
be done e^. And the saidis commisHioncris, efter forder aduysement vpoun 
the nominatioun of the said coUectour, finding Henrie Charteris maist 
qualifeit, thaiifoir hes nominat and electit the said Henrie to be tliair 
coUectour generall vpoun the conditionis befoir specefeit. 
BieoticsWinra- The samyn day, the commissioneiis foirsaidis, for thame selffis, thair 
theboiTowis. saidis burrowis, and as haueand full power and commissioun to elect and 
chus ane generall agent to attend vpoun thair effairis, and in all thair 
actionis to persew and defend quhensoeuer occasioun salbe offerit, hes 
nominat maid and constitute, and be this present act nominatis makis 
and constitutis thair weilbelouit lames Winrame thair generall agent and 
attender ouer all thair efiairis, with power to him, in thair names and 
vpoun thair expenssis, to rais letteris and summoundis vpoun quhatsum- 
evir thair actis for recovering and ingetting of quhatsumevir rcstis or 
dettis awand to thame, according to sic informationis and instructionis as 
salbe gevein to him be sic as thai sail depute to that effect, and in spe- 
ciall, that he cans with all diligence possibill rais letteris and execute the 
samyn aganis the burrowis vnlawit at the last generall assemblie at 
Aberdene, and that he collect and ingadder the samyn, and of the first 
and rediest thairoff mak payment to sic as ar to be payit thairof, con- 
forme to ane act maid and sett doun at Aberdene the ix of lunij last bi- 
past thairanent, and of the superplus of the saidis vnlawis he salbe comp- 
tabill at the nixt generall assemblie of burrowis thairfoir. And the said 
agentis office to indure for the space of ane yeir nixt efter the day and 
dait heiroff, and forther induring thair willis, ay and quhill he be dis- 
chargeit thairoff; to quhome, for his yeirlie fie, they assigne ane hundreth 
merkis to be payit be thame to him, and ordanis thair generall coUectour, 
to be nominat, to satiffie for the letteris raisit or to be raisit, and officiaris 
expenssis for executioun thairoff or vtherwayis, quhensoeuer it salhappin 
him to haue ado with money, in persute or defence of the saidis burrowis 
actionis, that the said coUectour ansuer him thairoff, and the samyn salbe 
aUowit to him in his comptis ; and ordanis the extract heiroff and of the 
saidis instructionis, quhen the samyn salbe maid, to be gevin to thair said 
agent, vnder the subscriptioun of thair generall dark. 
Oonectour to The samyn day, ordanis thair coUectour to writ vnto the toun of In- 
neik nemes to mak payment of thair pairtt of the extent raisit for the price 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 349 

of threttie twnis wyne vpoun the inlaikis of the eustomes, quhilk gif thai 
refuis to pay, that he caus rais and execute letteris aganis the said burch 
for ane vnlaw of xx li., quhairin thai war adiugeit at the last generall as- 
semblie of burrowis, haldin at Aberdene the xiij day of lunij last, and 
that for thair suspending, vpoun ane wrang narrative, of the letteris raisit 
be vniquhile generall coUectour in thair names for payment to him of 
thair pairtt of the extent foirsaid, and that vpoun the refuisall lames 
Winrahame, agent, persew the said suspentioun with all diligence possibill, 
vpoun the saidis burrowis expenssis, and the collectour to ansuer him of 
sic sowmes of money as he sail half ado with to that effect, quhilk salbe 
allowit to him in his comptis. 

The samyn day, anent the sowme of twenty twa thowsand markis lent Tuenty twa 
be the saidis burrowis to the Kingis Maiestie, the commissioneris foir- merWs^eut to 
saidis, haueing past doun to the Abbay to his Maiestie Secreitt Counsall ^®-5!?^®. 
to haue had payment thairoff, agane ressauit na ansuer in respect thair fuissit 
wes na full number of the said Secreitt Counsall. 

The samyn day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, efter ressoning vpoun ane Bruntiiand dia- 
act maid at the last generall conventioun haldin at Aberdene in luniji^fofif of li] ^ 
last, quhairby vpoun the complaint of the burrowis of Kingome, Kirk- ^|^^^"gf -^ 
caldy, and Dysart aganis the burch of Bruntiiand vplifting thre schilling lycht thairof at 
foure penneis of ilk schip, quhairvnto the said burch, as thai allegeit, had mU oonyfn-^' 
na rycht, nor neuer wes in vse of befoir be ony rycht to vplift the samyn, ^^^^ 
the said burch of Bruntiiand wes dischargeit of ony forther vplifting 
thairoff, and wer ordanit to haue compeirit to this present conventioun 
to haue produceit thair rychtis, gif ony thai had thairto, and nocht haue-^ 
ing compeirit nor produceit the samyn, thairfoir hes dischargeit and 
dischargeis, as of befoir, conforme to the tennour of the said act maid at 
Aberdene, the said burgh of Bruntiiand off ony vplifting of the dewitie 
foirsaid fra this furch, and that thai be waimit to produce- thair rycht, gif 
ony thai haiff thairto, at the nixt generall assemblie of burrowis, to be 
haldin at Munros, with certificatioun to thame, and thai failze, thay sail 
incur sic pane and vnlaw as salbe adioynit to thame be the commis* 
sioneris to be convenit at the said nixt generall assemblie, to be haldin at 
Munros as said is ; and ordanis ane copy heiroff to be sent and gevein to 
the magistrattis of the said burch of Bruntiiand to the effect thai pretend 
na ignorance. 



350 Convention of Royal Barglis. 

^T^Z^?^^' The samyn day, the commissioneris foireaidis being convenit in the 
coimsalhouA of the burch of Edinburgh, for taking of ordour with Maister 
Robert Danielstoun, conseruatour »of the Scottis previlegeis in Flanderis, 
havand full power and commissioun of the remanent burrowis of this 
realme to that effect be thair act and ordinance maid at tbair generall 
conventioun in Aberdene in the moneth of lunij last bipast, as the samyn 
at mair lenth beiris, Comperit the said Maister Robert, and exponit and 
declarit to thame that he had obtenit the gift of the oflSce of conserua- 
torie at the Kingis Maiestie, and of simplicitie, nocht knawand the bur- 
rowis to haif sic entres thairin as he now vnderstandis thame to haif, 
purchest the said gift, with speciale libertie and power contenit thairin, 
to tak and vplift tuelf sturis of euerie sek of guidis that salhappin to 
arryve in Flanderis of the merchand, and thrie stureis fra the maister and 
awneris of the schip ; and yit neuertheles, gif thai find thame selffis in 
eny way hurte or preiudgeit thairby, he wes content to be reformit be 
thame, as persones quhom to the samin properlie pertenit, according to 
thair gude will and plesour, and submittit himselff haillelie thairto. 
Quhilk being hard and considderit be the commissioneris foirsaidis, fand 
that the burrowis of this realme wes gretelie hurt and preiudgeit, insa- 
mekile as he purchest ony dewitie to be taikin and vpliftit of thair guidis 
by thair consentis, as alsua fand fault with sum vther claussis contenit in 
the said gift tending to thair preiudice ; and thairfoir the said Maister 
Robertt, confessing his awin oursicht in the vptaking of the dewtie con- 
tenit thairin, by the avyse and consent of the burrowis, hes renunceit and 
dischargeit, and be their presentis renunceis and dischargeis, that pairt 
of his said gift geveand him power to vptak fra the merchandis tuelff 
sturis vpoun euery sek of guidis, and all and sindry vther claussis con- 
tenit thairin tending in ony way to thair hurtt and preiudice, and sub- 
mittit himselff haillielie to thair willis towartt the vptdcing of the dewitie 
in tyme cuming, and oblissis him neuer to sute nor obtene na maner of 
gift in ony tyme heirefter that may be preiudiciall to the burrowis' 
liberteis and previlegis thairoff by thair awin consentis had and obtenit 
thairto, bot sould ressaue at their handis quhatsumevir instructionis and 
communicationis that thai waJd gif him for the honour and weilfisdr of the 
natioun, as his predecessouris had done of befoir. And thairfoir the com- 
missioneris foirsaidis, vnderstanding as appeirit to thame that he wes of 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 351 

glide will and mynd to satiffie thame in all thingis that could be resson- 
ablie craveit of him, and to gif him occasioun to be the mair diligent in 
thair effairis in all tymes heirefter, for thaime selflSs, and takand the 
burding vpoun thame for the remanent haill burrowis of this realme, 
havand power thairto grantit to thame be the saidis burrowis in maner 
foirsaid, be thir presentis gevis grantis and disponis to the said Maister 
Robertt tuelfF sturis of euerie sek of guidis that salhappin to arryve 
within the pairtis of Flanderis in tyme cuming for his lyfetyme, and gevis 
him fiill power and libertie to vptak the samyn fra the merehandis, and 
gif neid beis to poind and distreuzie thairfoir. Anisiclyke consentis and 
is content, safer as thair power may extend to, that the vptaking thre 
sturis of the maisteris and awneris of schipis, of euerie sek of guidis that 
salhappin to arryve in the saidis pairtis of Flanderis, as said is ; and or- 
danis the autentik extractt heiroff to be gevein to the said conseruatour, 
vnder the subscriptioun of lohne Guthre thair generall dark. 

R. Deniston : Conser. 

Tlie samyn day, it is statute and ordanit be the commissioneris foir- fjj^touris^to 
saidis, for thame selffis their saidis burrowis, and as haueand power and accompany the 

• • t* l^ 1 .11 1 . ^ , . 1 1 Conseruatour 

commissioun of the remanent haul burrowis of this realme, that quhenso- vnder the pane 

euer or howoft the rycht honorabill Maister Robert Danielstoun, conserua- ***•*• ^^^ 

tour, salbe desyreit, ather be the magistratis of the toun of Campheir or 

ony vther counsall within the He of Waiter, to cum and consult with 

thame vpoun ony mater or materis concerning the estait of merehandis, or 

<juhen.soeuer he him selff desyreis the samyn with ony of the afoirsaidis, as 

he sail fynd it necessar for the mantenance of the Scottis previlegeis or 

honour of the office of conseruatorie, or for ony vther generall or particular 

caus of merehandis or \'tlierwayis, and howoft the samyn sail interuene 

or occur, that, vpoun his charge and command, the factouris in generall, or 

samony as he sail think necessar and expedient, sail accompany and 

assist his lordschip qulien and howoft thai salbe requirit or chargeit be 

him, and quha refuissis to obey tlie samin, that immediatlie thaireftcr 

the said conseruatour vplift of ilk refuisar and dissobeyar of his charge 

foiirtie schillingis grite, to be uptaikin ^)f thame and eueiy ane of thame 

sa oft as thai failze but fauouris. 



352 Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Apud Edinburgh quinto Octobris 1590. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis ordanis lohn Quthre, 
thair clark, to send the extract of the act maid anentis Aberdene and 
Pettinweme for nocht payment of thair impostis, togidder with tua mis- 
sives in thair names, certifying the saidis burghes thairby, incais thai 
satiffie nocht the said impost immediatlie efber the ressauing thairoff, that 
the panis and ynlawis contenit in the .said act salbe vpliftit of thame but 
fauouris. 

Henrie Charteris I. Yilsoune 

Qeoirge Heireot lohnne Traill 

Patrik Blair Dauid Watsone 

Walter Cowane I. Wjmrame, agent. 



Montroifl. /^^ ^/^g Couventiouu of Barrowis haldin at the burgh of 
Montrois the saxtene day of lunij j^ '^' four scoir 
alevin zeriSj and continewand to the xxj day ihairof 
Comperitt the Commissioneris of Burrouns vnder 
subscryvand, quha producitt thair commissionis and 
missives of the hurghis dispensitt vnth efter follow- 
ing , viz.y 

For Edinburgh, lames NicoU and Edward Galbraith ; Kingom, Wil- 
liame Cunnynhame ; Innerkething, George Dury ; Striveling, Walter 
Cowan ; linlithqu, Androw Ear ; Benfrow, be ane missive presented be 
the commissioner of Glasqu ; Rutherglene, be ane missiue presentit be 
the commissionar of Edinburgh ; Aire, Alexander Mowet ; Irruwing, 
Williame Scot; Dumfermeling, Thomas Couper; Qlasquo, Robert Adame ; 
Kirkcudbrecht, Daniel Haire ; Lanerk, Robert Levingstoune ; ledburght, 



Convention of Royal Bitrghs. 353 

Thomas Hendersone ; Hadingtoun, lohne Wilsone ; Northbervick, be ane 
missiue presentit be the commissionar of Hadmgtoun ; Dunbar, Maister 
Alexander Kellie ; Lawder, be ane missiue presentit be the commissionar 
of Jedburght ; Dumfres, Harbert Rening ; Aberdene, Alexander Ruther- 
furd ; Dundie, Williame Duncane, lohne Traill ; Pearth, Patrik Blair ; 
Banfe, Alexander Currour, but preiudice of the exemptioun at Aberdene ; 
Grain, lohne Bousie ; Forfar, George Sutie, Robert Diksone ; Brechen, 
Dauid Dempster, Williame Ramsay ; Montros, Robert Lichtoune, Maister 
lames Wishart ; Elgene, Alexander Annand, but preiudice of their exemp- 
tioun ; Invernes, be ane missiue, %tc. ; Aberbrothok, Thomas Peirsone ; 
Sanctandros, Maister Dauid Russell ; Couper, lames Petersone ; Fores, be 
ane missiue presentit be Alexander Annand commissionar of Elgine ; 
Name, be ane missiue presentit be ane commissionar of Edinburgh ; 
Dysairt, lames Hacqueit ; Kirkcaldie, lohne Hacqueit, Michall Kirk- 
caldie ; Pettinveme, Thomas Kingzow, quhais commissioun was refussit 
as he quha is rebell and wnlawit in respect thairof ; Brintiland, lohne 
Orroke ; Anstruther be eist the bume, lohne Alexander. 



Apud Montros die decimo sexto mensis lunij 1591. 

The QUHiLK DAY, the commissionaris foirsaidis hes ellectit and nominat Eiectio, mode- 
Robert Lichtoune, as principall in commissioun for the burght of Mon- ^' 
tros, in moderatour to this present conuention during the tyme thairof, 
etc. 

Tlie same day, compeirit Maister lohne Scheine, and as procuratour Protestatio, 
as he alledgit for the communitie of the burght of Aberdene, and pro- Scheme, 
testit that the commissioun of Alexander Rutlierfurd, as commissionar for 
the said burgh, and provest bailzeis counsell and communitie thairof, suld 
nocht preiudge the said communitie in ony actioun dependand betuix 
thame befoir the Lordis of our Souerane Lordis Sessioun. 

Tlie same day, the commissionaris foirsadis ratiefieis and apprevis the Act of Con- 
act maid and sett doune at the burght of Pearth, anentis thair convening fieit with addi- 
vpoun the first day of thair generall conventionis, with adition that ilk **°'*'^- 
commissionar compeir the said first day be twelf houris befoir nvne, 
wnder the paine thairin contenit, prouiding awayis incaice thei compeir 

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354 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

be tua hoaris efler nwne immediatlie thairefter and present their com- 
missionis to incure allanerlie ten pundis of wnlaw. 
tw»™nuwi-* The sam day, etc., the commissionaris foirsaidis hes statut and ordanit 
^^ that ilk ane of thame convene induring this present conventioun ilk day 

be aucht houris in the morning, and efler nwne be twa hoaris, wnder 
the paine of sex schillingis viij d. ilk commissionar, etc. 
DiiiiKeoce of The samin day, etc., the commissionaris foirsaidis findis Thomas Per- 
sone, commissionar for the burght of Aberbrothok, to haue producit suffi- 
cient dillegence vpon the bestowing of iij" piindis in the apparrelling of 
thair kirk, and thairby the first heid«of the missiue to be sattiffieit. 
WnUwin^ of The samin day, the commissionaris foirsaid, for obserwing of the statut 
flSoDMiBn^ht abouewrittin anentis the comperance of ilk commissionar at the houris 
ojmpeiiund at thairin appointit, hes adiugit the commissionar of Forfer, Brechene, and 
puiotit Elgene in the wnlawis thairin contenit, quha payit the samin to Bobert 

Lichtoune moderatour, for thair nocht compeirance the said day be tua 
houris efler nwne. 



xvij lunij 1591. 

WnUwingbur- The quliilk day, the commissionaris foirsaidis has adiugit and adiugis 
TOW18 a u , ^j^^ burrowis of Dunbartane, Wigtoune, Quhithorne, Peblis, Selkreg, Pet- 
tinweme, Cullane, and Thayne, ilk ane of tbame in ane paine and wnlaw 
of XX pundis for their nocht compeirence at this present conventioun, 
being laucbtfullie citat and wainiit thairto as was sufficientlie veriefieit 
be lames Guthrie, clerk to the said burch of Montros, quha heirvpon, and 
wpon the lauchtfiill citatioun of the remanent haill burrowis, askit instru- 
mentis ; and ordanis lames Winrahame, thair agent, to wplifl the saidis 
wnlawis, and wpoun the refusaris to pay tlie samin to rais letteris and 
executoriallis, etc. 
Anmier t<> Tlic sam day, etc., anentis the ansuer to be geving to the burght of 

xxv« merkis. Edinburgh, craweing the rembursment be the burrowis of the sowme of 
tuentie fy we hundreth merkis aduancit be thame in name of the burrowis, 
as thei aJledgit, for the cawsis and to the effect mentionat in the act set 
doune thairanent at Aberdene in the last generall assemble haldin thairat 
in lunij 1 590, the haill commissionaris forsaidis disasentis thairto, becaus 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 355 

the aduanceing thairof was by thair consentis and knawlege ; and lames 
NicoU, commissionar for the saidis bnrghfc of Edinburgh, protestit for 
actioun and remeid of law. 

The samin day, etc., the commissionaris foirsaidis, efter dew considera- ariTa^pointed 
tioun had of the incres and decrest of the haill burrowis of this realme, 'or aitemtioun 

01 the generall 

and finding the thrie yeiris of the last generall taxt roll of ane hundreth taxt roll, 
pundis to be expirit, thairfoir hes vniuersalie concludit to the reformatioun 
thairof, and to that effect hes nominat the commissionaris efter following 
to be setteris downe of the samin, viz., for Edinburgh, lames Nicoll ; Lin- 
lithgow, Andrew Kar ; Aire, Alexander Mowet ; Dumfres, Harbert Ren- 
ning ; Aberdene, Alexander Rutherfurd ; Dundie, Williame Duncane ; 
Montros, Maister lames Wischart ; Couper, lames Petersone ; and Sanct- 
andros, Maister Dauid Russell ; to quhome, for thame selffis and haill 
remanent burrowis of this realme, they gif full power and commissioun to 
the downe setting of the said taxt roll wpon euerie perticullar burght, 
according to knawlege and conscience, but feid or fauour ; quha, being 
solempnitlie swome to that effect, acceptit in and wpoun thame the 
alteratioun of the said taxt roll ; and the saidis commissionaris promi- 
serunt de raio etc 



Apud Montrois die decimo octauo lunij 1591. 

The quhilk day, the commissioneris foirsaidis ratefeis and apprevis ane Appreiying of 
act maid att Glasqu, in ane generall conventioun of burrowis haldin thair- curenM^Laid" 
att, vpoun the xxv day of Februar 1579, bering all commoun contrauersies *'*?^J?^i!^t^_ 
and questionis amangis burrowis concerning thair liberties to be amicablie pretatioun 
referrit to thame, or sic thre or four of thair nomber as salbe chosin to 
decyde thairintill, as at full lenth is contenit in the said act of the daitt 
foirsaid, wnder the panis thairin contenit, and interpretis the foirsaidis 
word, amangis, to extend and be extendit wpon the foirsaidis questionis 
alsweill within the bowellis of thair particular burghtis as betuix burght 
and burgh, concerning the commoun weill libertieis and weilfair thairof, 
and the saidis burrowis in thair actionis debetable alsweill within as be- 
tuix thame, to be iudgit be the commissaris of burrowis conwenand to 
the generall assembleis thairof, quhen and quhow oft sic ane occatioun 



356 Convention of Royal Bunjhs. 

Balbe offerit, wndei; the painis as said is contenit in the said act at 
Glasgow. 
Abirdene dis- The Same day, Alexander Rutherfurd, commissionar for the burght of 
ilct'^©MkUngr Abirdein, in name of the provost baillieis and counsell thairof, disasentit 
to ane act preceiding, in that the word, amangis, thairin continet, suld 
[nocht] conceme ane burght in perticular, in questioun debetable within 
the samin, bot allanerlie betuix burght and burght, and adheret to that 
pairt of the first act of concurence maid at Strewiling, wnto the quhilk the 
secund act maid at Glasgow as he allegit is rellatiwe, that is, that all 
actionis intentit befoir the said act suld ressaue decisioun be the Lordis of 
Session, befoir quhame the actioun debettable betuix the said provest 
baillis and counsell of the said burght of Aberdene and communitie thairof 
is dependand. 
Edinbnrght to The samin day, etc., the commissionaris foirsaidis, for thameselffis and 
muSflter*to remanent haill burrowis of this realme, gifis full power and commission 
Campheir. ^^ ^j^^ provest bailzeis and counsell of the burght of Edinburght to agrie 
with ane minister to the kirk to be erectit in the towne of Campheir, and 
wpon his stipend to condisend, conforme to the conditionis set downe irt 
ane act maid at Edinburght in October last, and generallie all and quhat- 
sumeuer thingis heirin to do, exerce, and vse, that thei micht do 
thame sclffis gif thei war porsonallie present, promissand ferme and 
stable &c. 
^^f to^hiS- ^® samin day, etc., the commissionaris foirsaidis requeist the magis- 
Imrgh, etc. tratis of the burght of Edinburgh direct ane missiue or suplicatioun in 
thair names to the magistratis of the townis of Midilburght, Flischen, 
Estaitis in Flanderis, and sic townis thairof as the conseruatour sail gif 
thame informatioun, for sutting of redres at the saidis magistratis handis 
of the guidis pileit frome the Scottis natioun thir zeiris bygane, cdnforme 
to the inventure to be maid be the said conseruatour thairof, promfiitteTido 
de rato, etc, 
Continewatio The samin day, etc., anent the supplicatioun gifin in be the commis- 
faris suppiica- sionar of the burght of Forfar aganis the burght of Dundie, craweing 
DuiSe to *Si6 thairby reddres of the said burght for the wpliftiog fra thame of ane 
Son. ^^^®'^" laidilfuU of euerie laid of victuall brocht in be the inhabitantis of the said 
burght of Forfar to the mercat of the said burght of Dundie, quhilk thei 
war neuer in vse to pay quhill within this sex zeiiis, as thei allegit, the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 357 

said burght of Dundie hes, contrair all riclit, wnto the grit preiudice of 
the said burght of Forfaris preuilieg and rycht, vsurpit the wplifting 
thairof, as at mair length is contenit in thair said supplicatioun gifin in 
thairanent, continewis all farder proceiding heirintill to the nixt general! 
assemble of burrowis quhaireuer it sail hapin the same appointtit to be 
haldin, and ordanis that in the meane tyme na sick dewitie or custume of 
ony kynd of victual to be presentit be the inhabitantes of the said burght 
of Forfar to the said mercat at Dundie be wpliftib or wptane be cus- 
tumaris thairof, bot that onlie ane invintar to be maid of the samin be 
thair said custumar of the quan title of the said victuall, the manis sur- 
name of the presenteris thairof, and thei to find cawtioun that, in caice the 
richt and preuiliege of the said burght of Dundie be fund mair valid and 
eflectuall than the rycht of the said burght of Forfar, that then and in 
that caice, at the said nixt generall assemble of burrowis, the saidis inhabi- 
tantes of Forfar and thair cawtionaris salbe ansuerable and pay thair 
saidis custumis, conforme to the said inventur, to the said c.ustumaris of 
Dundie ; and gif the said burght of Foifaris richtis beis fund mair valid 
nor the said burght of Dundeis, the samin to haue full effect thairefter, 
and the said burght of Dundieis to be annullit and fra thine forth dis- 
chairgit of ony farder wplifting of the custum and dewtie foirsaid ; 
quhairwnto Williame Duncane, commissionar for the said burght of Dun- 
die, disasentit. And ordanis the tennour of this act to be rememberit 
in the missiues to be direct for keiping of the said nixt generall 
assemble. 

The samin day, etc., continewis all ansuer gifing to the conseruatouris ContinjBwa- 
sut crewing reambursment of the burrowis of sic sowmes as he hes de- ^^^^^^[il^ 
pui-sit in the generall effairis of the estait of merchandice trafiqueand in *<>^- 
the Law Cuntreis to thair nixt generall assemble, quhaireuer the samin 
salbe appointit to be haldin, and to be rememberit in missiues to be 
direct thairto. 

The samin day, etc., agreis to the thrid articule gifin in be the Con- * ^^j. ^ 
seruitour and desyrit be him to be set doune in act be thame for the eoruAtonr. 
Weill and commoditie of the merchandis ; as alsua agreis to the first, fyft, 
sevint, aucht, and nynt articulis to be requirit be the saidis commissionaris 
of burrowis of the Burrow Maisteris of the toune of Campheir, as the 
samin in particular lying in lohne Guthrieis generall clerkis handis pro- 



358 Conveidion of Royal Burghs. 

portis, qubom thei ordane to extract and delyuer to the said Conseruatour 

in thair names, and this present salbe his warand 

ci»i»men^ be "^^^ samin day, etc., ordanis that ilk burght sail send thair commis- 

««*wii* ^ *^® sionaris fullilie instructit to report at the nixt generall assemble of bur- 

rowis thair diligence in writ wpon the execution of the act maid at Sanct- 

andros, wnder the panis thairin contenit, and ordanis' the samin to be re- 

memberit in thair messiues, quhilk act was maid aganis chapmen and 

vtheris resorting to frie burrowis, etc. 

Ruthergiene The samin day, eta, hes exemit and exemis the burght of Rutherglen 

SS™yeiiL frome all keiping of conventionis for the space of thrie yeiris nixt heirefter, 

wpon the conditionis contenit in the actis of exemptioun, and remittis 

wnto the said burght the wnlaw of xx lib. incurit for non compeirence to 

the last generall assemble haldin at Aberdene ; as alswa gifis licence to 

the said burghtis present commissionar to disolue, quha promeist to hald 

firme and stable and quhatsumeuer suld be concludit eta, and geue com* 

mand to lohne Guthrie, clerk, to subscryue the generall buik for him. 

Exemptio, The samin day, etc., exemis the burght of Kirkcudbrecht frome keiping 

Kirkcudbrecht ^£ conventiouLS for the spaice of thrie yeiris nixtocum, wpon prouisioun 

foirsaid, and that the sowme of thrie scoir pundis be bestowit wpoun the 

reparelling of thair tolbuth, and thei to mak compt thairof to the bur- 

' rowis at the expyring of the said thrie yeiria 



Apud Montros decimo nono lunij 159 J. 

nwI^liS^but "^^^ quhilk day, it wes statut and ordanit that all merchandis resortand 
tikittte. to France, Flanderis, or any pairt of the Easter seyis, sail at na tyme heir- 

efter depairt fra ony burght or sey port of this realme without speciall 
tikitis^ wnder the subscriptionis of the denis of gild quhair thei ar, and 
quhair nane is, to be subscryuit be the magistratis of the burght or sey 
portis quhaii-fra thei pas; and the saidis tikitis to contene speciall men- 
tioun of thair fredome and actuall residence within frie borrowis or sey 
portis as said is ; and that ilk merchand present thair saidis tikittis to the 
Conseruitour in Flanderis, to be anis sene and buikit in his buikis allanerlie ; 
and in vther pairtis, sic as France and easter seyis, to be schawin and 
producit to the maist discreit merchand beand in the schippis for the 
tyme, passing to ony of the portis thairoi^ quha salbe haldin to mak re- 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 359 

port of his delligence to the deine of gild or raagistratis of the burght 
and sey portis quhairfra he passis as said is. 

The sarain day, efler lang ressoning wpon the allowing or disallowing Anuiiingof ane 
of ane act maid and set doune be the provest baillieis and counsell of the Aberdene 
burght of Aberdene aganis certane of the merchandis comburgessis thairof ^l^J^^^*^* 
anent the bying of Inglische claithe frome burght to burght within the t^i«>f. 
realme, as at lenth is contenit in ane act maid and set doune at the said 
burght of Aberdene in the last generall assemble haldin thairat, all in 
ane voce findis the said act maid be the said magistratis of Aberdene 
aganis the merchandis foirsaidis thairof to be dischairgit, and dischairgis 
the samin, and at na tyme heirefter to haue ony effect, bot to be nulle in 
the selff and of na executioun as gif the samin had never bene maid, in 
sa far as the contentis thairof was nocht onlie preiudiciall to the saidis 
haill merchandice bot generallie to the frie burrowis of this realme. -, 

The samin day, etc., hes exemit and exemis the burght of Aberbrothok Aberbrothok. 
frome all keiping of conventionis for the spaice of thrie yeiris nixt heirefter, 
wpon the conditionis mentionat in the remanent actis of exemptioun, with 
prouisioun that the sowme of thre scoir pundis be employit wpoun the 
reparelling of thair decayit harbrie, and to he comptable thairfoir to the 
saidis burrowis at the ische and outryning of the saidis thrie yeiris. 

The samin day, the commissionaris foirsaidis hes contenewit and con- tioun of lohne 
tenewis lohne Guthrie in the office of generall clerkschipe to the burrowis ^^^jj^j^*^®" 
for ane zeir to cum, wpon the conditionis and for the feis and dewities 
mentionat in his first act of admissioun, and for payment of the rest of 
the saidis lohnis bigane ordinar stipend and expensis wnto the first day 
of lulij nixt, findis thame awand to the said lohne the sowme of nyne 
scoir four pundis money of this realme, and ordanis him to be payit 
thairof as foUowis, to wit, in pairt of payment thairof instantlie to res- 
saife frome lohne Simsone, sumtyme customar in Anstruther, the sowme of 
ane hundreth merkes, and the rest to be payit, be the generall collectour 
or adgent, of the first and reddiest of quhatsumeuer sowmes that sail 
hapin to be ingottin be thame or ony ane of thame at the instance of the 
buiTOwis ; and to remember in the missiues to be dii-ect for keiping of 
the nixt general assemble that the commissionaris to be send thairto cum 
fuUie instructit how he salbe payit of his sti])end and ordinar expensis 
frome the said moneth of lulij nixt to the moneth of lulij 1592. 



360 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Atfunta The samin day, ordanis lames Winrahime, agent, in thair names to gif 

Hyiuijono. subsciyue and delyuer to lohne Symsone, sumtyme custumar in An- 
struther, ane dischairge of the sowme of ane hundretb merkes to be pay it 
be him to lohne Guthrie thair generall clerk for the causis mentionat in 
the last act, at his resseit of the samin, as alsua of the sowme of fouriie 
pundis restand awand be him to the saidis burrowis of the rest of his 
haill custume comptis, to the effect the said lohne may be relaxit frome 
the home, prouiding the said lohne be obleist to pay the said rest to the 
saidis burrowis at thair first requisitioun of the samin. 
Proteetatio, The saidis day, compeirit Maister lohne Cheyne and Alexander Rid- 

thocommu- doche in Abirdene, be vertew of ane procuratorie, as thei allegit, sub- 
d6ne.° ^ ^' scryuit with the maist pairt of the burgessis and craftismen thairof, haueing 
presentit ane suplicatioun concerning the reformatioun of the heretable 
counsell within the said burght, compt and rekning making of thair in- 
tromissioun with the commoun gud thairof the spaice of threttie zeiris 
bygane, as thei allegit, and vtheris articulis contenit in ane missue direct 
be the said communitie to the burrowis, for taking of ordour thairanent, 
desyrit the foirsaidis commissioneris to tak cognitioun in the saidis mater 
according to the actis of parliament and positiue lawes of burrowis, sum- 
marlie, or to appoint iudgis to tak odour theiranent wpoun the saidis 
communitieis expensis, becaus periculum est in mora, the new electioun 
approcheand incaice ony farder delay be maid ; and the saidis procura- 
touris offerrit to proceid befoir the commissionaris of burrowes, ather be 
submissioun in freindlie maner, or be ordour of law, as the saidis commis- 
sionaris wald appoint, and protestit incaice thair ressonable desyre be 
refussit, pro deiiegata justitia as thei allegit, and that thei micht haue 
place to insist in thair actionis intentit or to be intentit befoir the lordis 
without doing of wrang or incuring of wnlaw. 
Dimdie^**^' The samyn day, compeirit Williame Duncane, commissionar for the 

burght of Dundie, and, in name of the provest bailzeis counsell and com- 
munitie thairof, desyrit the saidis commissionaris of burrowis to direct 
thair commissionaris to concure fortifie and assyst thame in talking of 
inventar, losing, and housing of certane coper, mader, quheit, and vther 
geir, wranguslie intromettit furth of ane schipe of Danskeyne be Thomas 
Ogilwee, lames Hay, and thair complices, wpon ane pretendit lettre of 
mark, for eschewing of the perell and danger quhairinto the saidis quheit 



Conveyition of Royal Burghs. 361 

and vther geir presentlie standis be ouer lang remaning vpon the bodum 
of the schipe quhairinto it is ; siclyk for reambursing to thame of the 
sowme of thre scoir sevintene pundis xvij s. vj A depursit be thair the- 
saurer for annulling of the saidis lettre of mark, officeris fieis, and vther 
his necessar adois thairanent, according to ane compt producit thairwith, 
quhilk was taikin wp and wpliftit bak agane be the saidis Williame 
Duncane, and that becaus the taking away of the saidis lettre of mark 
as he allegit, and eschewing of the parell quhairinto the saidis geir pre- 
sentlie standis, was pertenent to the haill estait of burrowis : To the 
quhilk desyr the commissionaris foirsaidis, but discrepance or diuisioun, 
all in ane voce alluterlie refussit, and findis thame selffis nawayis obleist 
thairto, and this conforme as the said commissionar of Dondie allegit to 
be gevin be ane charge to certan burrowis contenit thairin, etc. 

The quhilk day, etc., assignis the burght of Bamfe the wnlaw of the SnlTILi^'t 
burght of Cullaine, instantUe incurit be the said burght for thair . nocht *<^ ^"^®" 
compeirence to this present convention, being lauchtfullie citat theirto, 
and that for the said burght of Bamfis relleife of their wnlaw incurit be 
thame for nocht compeirence to the last general assemble hauldin at 
Sanctandros, quhilk was assignit to Patrik Bonkle clerk thairoC 

The same day, etc., forsamekle as the commissionaris of burrowis pre- of^the^ST-^^^^ 
sentlie assemblit in this present conventioun to treit, consult, and con- moun gud of 
clud in whatsumeuer materis concerning the aduancement and furtherence best awaiii. 
of the common weill of the estait of burrowis, quhairby thei may be the 
mair able at all tymis to prosecute and performe all tumis necessar in 
quhatsumeuer thair effairis, remembring and considering with thame 
selffis that in the conuentioun of burrowis haldin at Sanctandros in the 
moneth of Apryle the zeir of God j™ v^ Ixxxix zeiris, it was statut con- 
cludit and ordanit that in all and quhatsumeuer boundis within this 
realme, quhair thair was ony commoun landis ather within or without 
burght, properlie aperteining thairto, the samin suld be valuit roupit and 
put to the vtermost awaill and profeit it Ynicht be fund to be worth, 
quhairby the common gud of the said burght micht be aduancit and aug- 
nientit, and inhabitantis thairof mair able to serue in all thair effairis in 
tyme of neid, to the glorie of God, thair awin honour, and aduance- 
ment of thair awin natywe cuntrie, and that the commissionar of 
ilk burght suld, in thair nixt genirall conuentioun, report thair diUigence 

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362 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

beiranent, that the gad niynd and expectatioun of the saidis commision- 
aris ftuld nocht be frustrat ; quhilk act thei find bes tane full effect in 
sum burghtis, and sum gud succes followit thairvpon, to their grit com- 
fort and aduancement of their commoun weil, and in sindrie vther 
burghtis na dilligence scliawin thairin, to the grit hurt and hinderence of 
their commoun weill, quba hes bene sleuthfull and negligent in prosecu- 
tioun of the said tume : Heirfoir it is statu t, concludit, and ordanit, be 
the haill commissionaris all in ane voce, but varience, that in quliatsum- 
euer burght within this realme haueand ony commoun landis, ather 
within or without the samin, appertening to thame, they, with 
all possible diligence, cans valour, roup, and put the samin to the 
vtermaist awaill and profeit, for the aduancement of thair common weil 
to the effect foirsaid, be setting the samin ather in tak or few, be the 
provest bailzeis and counsell of the burght, with the aduyse of the com- 
munitie thairof, as thei sail find maist profitable for thair weill ; and 
that the Kingis Maiestieis authoritie be crevit to be interponit heirto 
with executorialis thairvpon to charge the inhabitantis in quhatsumeer, 
burghtis, to conciire, consent, and agrie heirto wnder the paine of rebel- 
lioun, and the dissobeyaris to be denuncit rebellis, and that the commis- 
sionaris of ilk burgh to report their dilligence heiranent to the nixt 
generall conuention of burrowis wnder the panis contenit in thair actis. 
Forfaris »c- The same day, anent the supplicatioun presented be the commissioner 
tlS* MjSut of ^^ *^^ burgh of Forfar, for concurring and assisting of the said burgh in 
Glammia. the actioun dependand befoir the Lordis of Sessioun for the wrangis done 
be the Maister of Glammis to the inhabitantis thairof, to thair greitt 
hurtt and preiudice of thair liberties, and dangerous preparative to the 
haill estaitt of burrowis incais he prevaill thairin, as thair supplicatioun 
foirsaid in the selff at full lenth proportis ; findis the said actioun gre- 
tumlie to concern nocht onlie the said burgh bott thair haill estait, 
quhairfoir for the maist pairtt hes aggreitt and condiscenditt thatt thair 
salbe fumeist be thair agent or coUectour generall the sovme of fourty li 
of the sovmes of money to be ingottin fra sic as restis awand the same 
to thame, to be gevin to the said burgh for defence of thair said actioun, 
the provest and baillies of Edinburgh awyis to be oursearis to the des- 
tributioun thairof; quhairvnto the commissioneris of Edinburgh dissas- 
sentit except alanerlie to concur and assist the said burgh, butt deburs- 
ing of ony money. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 363 

The same day, exemis the burgh of Dumbar from keping of all conuen- Dumbw ex- 
tionis be north Forth for the space of thre zeris nixt heirefter, vpoun the ^^ ^^^ *^'* 
conditionis mentionatt in the remanentt actis of exemption, and with 
prouision thatt the sowme of thre scoir IL be employitt vpoun the re- 
parrelling of thair dekayitt harberie, and to be comptabill thairfoir to 
thame at the expyring of the saidis thre zeris. 

The same day, etc., Thomas Peirson, commissionar for the burgh ofLieeitieti to 
Abirbrothok, licentiat to desolue, quha ratefeitt all thingis to be concludit desoiue quhn 
at this presentt conuention, et promisit de rato, etc. ratefeitt, etc 

The same day, etc., ratiefieis the act maid at Edinburch in the generall ^l^burehii 
assemble of the burrowis haldin thairat in the moneth of the zeir act for Adam 

of God J"" v^ fourscoir zeris, anentis the rembursing to the said with commaua 

burch of xij<^ merkes for Adame Foulertoun, etc., and now as than, and Qutbrie^derk 
then as now consentis to the payment to the said burch thairof, in maner ^ ™»k ano 
as is contenit thairin, and disassentis simpliciter fira payment of ony mcaice of 
interest thairfor, becaus thei ar nocht haldin thairfoir nor obleist thairto, ^^a^Uwirin? 
and, in caice of thair refusall to ressaue the said sowme of xij® merkes 
but interest, ordanis lohne Guthrie thair clerk to forme and subscryue in 
thair names ane sufficient power to lames Winrame thair agent, and sik 
vtheris as he sail appoint, to defend in the said matter, promisand firme 
and stable, etc. ; and quhatsumeuer sowmes of money the said agent 
depursis heiranent to be allowit to him in the first end of his comptis, 
vtherwayis to be reambursit to him incaice he depurs out of his awin 
purs. 

The samin day, the saidis commissionaris ratiefieis and appreuis the i^n^''^^^^ 
act of admissioun of lames Winrahame thair agent, and allowis to him 
the sowme of ane hundreth merkis for his fee frome October fourscoir 
ten to October four scoir ellevin, togidder with the sowme of tuentie 
pundis for keiping of this present conuentioun, quhairof thei ordane him 
to pay him selff* of the rediest sowmes that salbe gottin in. 

The samin day, etc., exemit and exemis the burch of Naime, at the Naime •xemit 
requeist of lames Nicoll, ane of the commissionaris of Edinburgh, frome 
keiping of all conuentionis for the spaice of thrie zeiris nixt heirefter, 
wpon the conditionis contenit in the remanent actis of exemptioun. 



364 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



Vigesimo prinio lunij 1591. 



Inrolling An- 
•truther be 
west the burne 
in the generall 
roil of bur- 
ro wis. 



Protfibtatio 
CraiU. 



Cowperis com- 
plent to be re- 
uiemberit in 
the missiues 
togider with 
Craillis. 



Act apprevine 
the extent roU 
following. 



The quhilk day, anent the commissioun presentit to Andro Melwell, 
commissionar for the bailzeis counsell and communitie of Anstruther be 
west the burne, the saidis commissionaris findis the said commissioun nocht 
to be guid, in respect thei wnderstand nocht that the saidis towne of 
Anstruther be west the burne is erectit ane frie burgh, insafar as thair 
allegit erection is nocht producit, neither is the said towne enrollit in the 
nummer of frie burrowis, ordaning thairfoir the same to send com- 
missionaris to produce thair said erectioun befoir the provest and 
bailzeis of Edinburgh wpon the tent day of lulij nixt, quhen as thei or- 
dane the commissionar of the burght of CraiU to aduerteis the magistratis 
thairof to send thair commissionaris fullie instructit to oppone aganis the 
erectioun foirsaid ; or vtherways the said burght of CraiU, and sick vther 
burrowis as may be preiudgit thairby, to send thair commissioneris to the 
nixt generall assemble of burrowis instructit to that effect, and the said 
towne of Anstruther than to produce thair said richt to be enrollit 
thairat ; and the said Andrew Melvill, as procuratour and commissionar 
for the said towne, is content the samin be inroUit in the generall taxi 
roU following, and to pay thair pairt thairof according to thair habilitie, 
and as the said burght is set doune in the samin ; quhairwnto lohne Busie, 
commissionar for the burght of CraiU, disasentit and protestit that the in- 
rolling of the said toune of Anstruther be west the bunie in the genemll 
taxt roll suld nawayis preiudge the samin in the liberteis and preiuleges 
thairof, and that thei micht be hard to opone aganis the said townis 
richtis quhen as the samin suld be producit. 

Tlie samin day, etc., ordanis to remember in the missiwes the complent 
of the burght of Cowper aganis Anstruther, Pettinweme, and vtheris, and 
thei to be waimit to send thair commissionaris to the nixt generall as- 
semble to ansuer thairto ; as alswa that the towne of Anstruther be east 
the burne be wairnit to ansuer to the complent of the burght of Craille, 
at the said nixt generall conuentioun, and to cum instructit thairto to 
that effect. 

The quhilk day, the extentouris nominat to the alteratioun of the 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



365 



generall taxt roll of burrowis, wpon the sowrne of ane hundreth poundis, 
lies alterit and reformit the samin in maner as followis, quhilk alteratioun 
the cornmissionaris presentlie conuenit, for thame selffis and remanent 
burrowis of this realme, conforme to ane act set doune at this present 
eonuention, ratiefieis and apprevis ; and gif neid beis ordanis lettres and 
exeeutorialis to be raisit and execut aganis the refussaris to pay the ex- 
tentis to be set conforme thairto, and that for the spaice of thiie yeiris. 



Followis the Generall Extent Roll of ane huiidreth pundis presentlie 
alterit in maner efler speciefieit. 

Edinburght with Kingonie and Innerkething xxix li. xv. s. quhairof 
Kingonie fourtene schillingis and Innerkething sax schillings 



Streviling 


xls. 


Abirdene 


viij 


li. 


vj 8. viij d. 


Linlithquo 


xviij s. 


Dondie 


. 




. X li. XV 8. 


Rothesay 


viij s. 


Pearth 


vj 


li. 


xiij 8. iiij d. 


Dumbartane . 


xviij s. 


Bamfe . 


. 




xs. 


Renfrew 


xviij s. 


Dumfermling 






xvj s. 


Rntherglene . 


vs. 


Craille 


, 




xvj s. 


Aire 


xls. 


Forfar 


. 




ixs. 


Irrowing 


xxvj s. viij i 


Breichane 






. xxviij 8. 


Glasquow 


. iij li. X s. 


Montross 


. 




xxxj 9 


Kirkcudbrcht 


XX s. 


Elgyne 






XXV 8. 


Wigtoune 


XX 8. 


Innemes 


, 




. xxxij 8. 


Quhithorne 


X 8. 


Aberbrothok 






xviij 8. 


Lanerk 


xviij s. 


Sanctandrois 


i'J 


li. 


iij 8. viij d. 


Jedburght 


. xxiiij s. 


Cowper 






. xxxij 8. 


Selkirk 


«ij s. 


Cullane 


, , 




vs. 


Peblis 


xvj 8. 


Forres 






vj 8. viij d. 


Hadington 


xl s. 


Nairn 






vs. 


Northbervik . 


vs. 


Thayne 


. 




xij 8. 


Dumbar 


xs. 


Dysart 




xlvj 8. viij d.. 


Lawder 


vj 8. viij d. 


Kirkcaldie 






. XXXVJ 8. 


Dunfieis 


XXXV 8. 


Petti nweme 






XX 8. 



366 Conveiition of Royal Burghs. 

Bruntiland . xvj s. Anstruther be west the burne x s. 

Anstrutherbeeasttheburne xxxvjs. Culros . . . xs. 



SuMMA of the haill Roll is j^ ij li. xix. s. iiij d.. and this tua pundis 
xix 8. iiij d. for ingadering thairof. 

Protestationis, Tho Same day, Patrik Blair, commissioner for Perth, protested that 
ton, Kirkcai- the prcsentt extentouris be nochtt electitt at the nixt alteratioun of the 
Btruther be"" Tollis, in rcspcct the saidis burrowis extentouris lies, as he allegis, extra- 
ureat the biirn. ordinarly Sett doun the said alteratioun forther nor the said burgh ex- 
tendis vnto, and Hadingt<)n and Kirkcaldie inlykemaner, as alsua Androw 
Meluile for the tovne of Anstruther be west the bum. The personis 
nominatt to extentt, finding thame iniuritt be the protestationis maid be 
the conmiissioneris of sic burrowis as hes protestit aganis thair extenting, 
seing they war appointit to pas vpoun the said extentt be the haill com- 
missioneris presentlie assemblit, protestis for |>enaltie to be inionit aganis 
the saidis protestaris incontrar of the roll, desyring interlocutor and 
censment of the haill commissioneris hervpoun ; and thairefter the saidis 
protestaris and haill extentouris being removitt, and the remanentt com- 
missioneris being rypelie aduysitt with the saidis protestationis,findi8 thame 
to have done wrang in vsing thairof, and ordanis thame and ilk ane of 
thame publictlie to pas fra the saidis protesta-tionis, and grant thair said 
statute exteut- wrang commitit be thame to the saidis extentouris. In respect quhairof, 
statutes and ordanis quhasoeuer dois the lyke in tyme cuming sail incur 
the vnlaw of xx li. to be vplifted of thame butt fauonris. 
Assignation The samc day, assignis to lames Guthre, dark of Montrois, ane vnlaw 

to'cluthro** * ^f tuenty pundis for his paynis tane in wryting the missives direct to the 
Clark of Men- prescntt commissioncris conuenand and remanentt absentt, and of sic par- 
ticular burgh as is presentlie amerciatt his option and plesour. 
Aiiditouris Tlic Same day, hes nominatt and electit twa of the baillies of Edin- 

comptisr** burgh to be auditouris of Thomas Kingzows comptes, and Androw Mekill 
to be wairnit to convene thairto anentis the bygane impoist rasit be him, 
and gif the saidis baillies acceptis nocht the hering thairof, betuix and the 
tent of lulij, the said Thomas Kingzow voluntarly hcirby obleissis him to 
sute na suspension of the lettres of horning obtenit aganis him, etc^ 



Cotiventioti of Royal Burghs. 



367 



The same day, etc., the commissioncris presentlie conuenit desoluis this Desoiuing pre- 

86Dtt con Veil— 

thair coriuention, and appointis thair nixt general assemblie to be haldin tioun. 
at the burgh of Kirkcaldie vpon the tuelt of lunij nixt in the zeir of 
God j*" v*'. four scoir tuelff yeris, and ordanis the commissioner of the 
said burgh to aduerteis tlie magistratis thairof mak lawful! wairning to 
euery ane of the frie burrows and sea portis of this realme to send thair com- 
missioneris fuUie instructed to treitt, reson, and conclude vpon sic thingis 
as salbe proponit thairatt, vnder the payne and vnlaw of tuenty li. 



lames Nicolle 
Eduard Galbraith 
Patrik Blair 
Alexander Rutherfurd 
Mr. Dauid Russell 
Andro Ker for Linlythqu 
Alex^. Mowat 
Williame Scott 
Thomas Hendirson 
lohne Alex^ submit him 

vnder yok of oppressioun 
William Cwnninghem 
Robert Livingstoun 
lames Peterson 
G. Durie for Innerkething 
Herbert Ranying for Di-um- 
freis 



Mr Alex*-. Kellie 

Ihone Wilson u. 

I hone Hacket 

Daniel 1 Hair 

lames Hackat 

William Duncan commissioner 

for Dundie 
Walter Cowane. 
Alex"". Currour for Banff 
Alex'. Annand 
Robeil Lychtoun 
Ihone Orrok. 
Robert Adam, I. GuTHRE 
Ihone Bowsy. 
Dauid Dempster. 
Tliomas Cowper. 



Apud MontroR die vigesimo primo lunij 1591. 



The quutlk day, the commissionaris foii-saidis efter lang ressoning wpon Burrowia, 
the horiable and schamfull offence committit be lobne Alexander, com- commiaaioner 
missionar for Anstruther be eist the burne, in subsciyweing of this gen- '^r Anstruther. 
erall buik and actis presentlie concludit thairat in maner following, to 
wit, lohne Alexander submittis him wnder the yok of oppressioun, nocht- 
withstanding that the said lohne Alexander, being admittit commissionar 



368 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 



for the said burght of Anstruther, and beand hard to declair the estait 
thairof, afoir the alteratiouu maid presentlie of the general tax roll, to the 
eommissionaris suorne and adraittit thairvpon, and that tliei lykwaj'is 
tuik tryell be the eommissionaris of the burght nixt adiacent to the said 
burght of Anstruther, and movit be the said lohneis declaratioun of thair 
estait, as also be the tryall tane be thame, deminisehit thair extent iiij s. 
of the hundreth pundis. And tlie said lohne, being accusit heirvpoun in 
presence of the saidis haill eommissionaris, confessit the saidis subscrip- 
tioun, and allegit that he was movit thairto be reasone of alteratioun of 
the extent roll, nochtwithstanding tlie said extentouris deminisehit the 
said burglit as said is : Heirfoir, in respect thairof, hes adiugit and ordanit 
the said lohne to deleit his saidis subscriptioun witli his awin hand, and 
to be wairdit witliin tlie tolbuth of this burght of Montros, thairin to re- 
mane wpon his awin expensis ay and quhill he pay to the generall agent 
the sowrae of xx 11, as for his wnlaw incurrit be him for the offence foir- 
Siiid ; and forder, never to be ressauit nor presentit as commissioner heir- 
efter, and ordanis iutimatioun thairof to be contenit in the missiwes to 
be direct to the nixt generall conventioun, makand intimatioun to the 
said burglit of Anstruther, that incaice he be sent as commissionar for 
thame, thei sail incur the lyk paine of xx 11 to be wpliftit of thame but 
fauouris, besyd the wnlaw of thair absence. And the saidis eommission- 
aris assignit the saidis wnlaw, thairof twenty merkis to be giffin to the 
puir of the hospitall of the saidis burght of Montros, and ten merkis 
thairof to the officiaris of the saidis burght. 

lamis Nicolle. Herbert Ranyng. 

William Duncan. Dauid Dempster. 

Alex''. Rutherfurd. Andro Ker. 

Mr. Dauid Russell. Ihone Hacket. 

Alex'^. Currour. lames Hacket. 

Robert Lychtoun. Williame Scott. 

Alex''. Mowat. Williame Cwnninghem. 

Ihone Wilsoun. Alexr. Annand. 

lames Peterson. 



Convention oj Royal Burghs. 369 

In the General Assemhlie or- Conventiouri of Burrowis^ Kirkoaidie. 
haldin and begun at the burgh of Kirkcaldie vpoun the 
tueltt day of lunij^ the zeir of God /"* J^ four scoir 
tueljf zeiris^ ConiperiU the Commissioneri.s thairof efter 
following^ and presented thair commissionis in maner 
as folloivis : 

Edinburgh, Ilionn Robertsoun, Edward Galbraith ; Kingorn, Capitane 
Dauid Boiswell ; Innerkething, George Durie ; Striveling. Walter Cowane ; 
Liulithquow, Andrew Kar ; Dumbartan, Robertt Watsoun ; Renfrew, 
Ibonn Houstoun ; Air, George Cocheran ; Irrowyue, Williame Scott ; 
Glasqu, Robertt Adam ; Kirkcudbricht, be ane missive presented be 
Harbert Ranyng ; Wigtoun, Robert Dalzell ; Laneark, Williame Wilkene ; 
Jedburgh, Thomas Henrisoun ; Selkirk, lames Scott ; Peiblis, Patrik Dik- 
soun ; Hadingtoun, Ihonn WiLsoun ; Northbervik, be ane missive pre- 
sented be the said Ihonn Wilsoun ; Dumbar, be ane missive presented 
lykwayis be the said Ihonn ; Lawder, Ihonn Smith ; Dumfreis, Harbertt 
Ranyng provest ; Abirdene, George Knowis, baillie ; Dondie, Williame 
Duncan, baillie ; Perth, Patrik Blair, baillie ; Banff, ; 

Dumfermeling, Dauid Broun ; Ciuill, Jhonn Douglas, Ihonn Makesoun ; 
Forfar, George Suttie, Ihonn Traill ; Breichan, W^illiame Ramsay ; Mon- 
trois, Maister lames Wischai-tt ; Elgene, Alexander Annand ; Innemes, 
Alexander Cuthbertt, lames Cuthbertt ; Abirbrothok, be ane missive 
presented be Williame Ramsay ; Sanctandrois, Dauid Watsoun ; 
Cowpar, lames Andersoun ; Forres, Robertt TuUoche ; Nairn, be ane mis- 
sive presented be Alexander Annand ; Thayne, Walter Ros ; Dysartt, 
Patrik Sinclar, lames Hacquett ; Kirkcaldie, Robert Hay, Michell Kirk- 
caldie ; Pettinweine, Tliomas Kingzow ; Bruntiland, Ihonn Orrok ; An- 
struther be eist the burn, Thomas Watsoun ; Anstruther be west the 
burn, Androw Meluille ; Kilrany, Robert Strang, baillie ; Culane, lames 
Lawtie. 

The same day, Androw Young, dark of Kirkcaldie, producit his dili- Young^oUrkof 
gence of the lawfuU waiming of the haill burrowis of this realme, to haiff 5^][^^^*%£ 
sentt agane the day abouewrittin thair commissioneris fullie instructed to wairning, etc. 

.S A 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 371 

askitt instrumentis, butt preiudice alwayis of the burgh of Craillies richtis 
and previlegis quhilk they haif of the said burgh of Anstruther be west 
the bum ; to quhais enrolling Ihonn Makesoun, commissioner for the said 
burgh of Craill, disassented, and protested for remeid of law ; to quhome 
the saidis commissioneris reseruis actioun, provt de jure be ressoun of the 
said burgh of Craill is productioun of thair principall infefbmentt, sene and 
red, etc. 



Apud Kirkcaldy die decimo tercio mensis, lunij, 1592 

The quhilk * day, coraperitt Robert Strang, baillie of Kilrany, and pro- |5j^°* ®' 
ducit ane commissiouu direct be the remanent baillies counsall and com- 
munitie thairof, seillit and subscryuit as the samyn proportis, and desyrit 
the said tovne of Kilrany, conforme to thair erection presentlie sene and 
exhibit, to be enroUit amangis the remanentt frie burrowis of this realme, 
quhairwith, and ratefeing thairof in parliamentt, efter the same was red 
and aduysit, findis thair desyre foirsaid resonabill, quhairfoir they have 
enrollit and enroUis the samyn amangis thair nomber as is requyrit ; 
quhairvnto Ihonn Makesoun, commissioner for the burgh of Craill, disas- 
sented, and protested that the said tovne of Kilranyis enrolling amangis 
the nomber of frie burrowis suld nocht preiuge the said burgh of Craill in 
thair previlegis, conforme to ane chartour, sene and producit, and agane 
resauit be the said commissioner of Craill, to quhome they reserue actioun 
aganis tlie said burgh of Kilrany prout de jure. 

The sam6 day, the commissioneris foirsaidis, efter lang rosonyng vpoun The agenu to 
that heid of the missive, ordanyng ilk burgh of this realme to send thair men, and ane 
comraissioneiis fullie instructed to repoirtt at this presentt conuentioun a^uTbe Mtf 
thair diligence in writt vpoun the executioun of ane act, maid att Sanct-^^^^*** 
androis, aganis chepmen and vtheris resorting to frie burrowis, vnder the 
paynis contenit in the said actt, with sic wairis as ar gretumlie preiu- 
diciall to thair liberties and previlegis, granted be his Maiesties maist 
nobill progenitouris to thame of auld, and efter dew inquisitioun maid of 
the richt vse and abuse thairof, hes found the maist pairtt of the haill 
burrowis of this realme to be gretumlie preiugitt and burtt be the saidis 
chepmen, foirstalleris, regratouris, and vtheris vnfriemen, makand and 
havand thair residence outwith frie burrowis, vsurpand the lawfull tred 



372 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

of friemen be bying of hydis, selling and topping of staipill wains, and 
all soirtis tliairof generallie, and keping of oppin buitlns in landward 
tovnis, villagis, and burghis of banony, sailland lykewayis fuith of the 
cuntrie with staipill gudes, sua that the estaitt of burrowis is becum 
greitlie to decay, and the said tred of merchandise in dyueris frie bur- 
rowis of this realme almaist left of for laik of change, be the occasionis 
foirsaidis, and be proces of tyme apperaudlie vndone, be the attemptatis 
foirsaidis, except opoi-tune remeid be the mair haistlier provydit thairto ; 
for remeid quhairof, the haill commissioneris presentlie convenitt all in ane 
voce hes concludit statute and ordanitt, thatt the pro vest and baillies of all 
the burrowis of this realme, and vtheris the inhabitantis hurtt and 
preiugit heirby, sail geve in the names of the pereonis vsurpand the 
liberties within thair boundis to lames Wiurhame thair generall agent, 
betuix and the fyftene day of August nixt, to the effect lettres of homing 
may be raisit and execute at the instance of oure Souerane Lordis Aduocatt, 
and the said lames Winrhame in thair names, and in name of the haill 
burrowis of this realme, to quhome they geve full power and commissioun 
to that effect, aganis all and sindrie the saidis chepmen, vtheris vnfrie- 
men, saillaris in speciall, and vnfrie personis quhatsumever in generall, the 
tred and traffecque properlie and alanerlie to be vsitt be friemen induel- 
laris in frie burrowis and berand the commoun chairges thairof, ih sic 
straitt forme for restranyng of thame thairfra, in all tymes cumming, as 
efferis or may be done be law ; and to the effect the samyn may be with 
the gretar diligence done and followit out, insafar as the premissis con- 
cemis the haill estaitt of burrowis of this realme, thatt thair be ane generall 
extentt of twa hundreth pundis maid and sett doun vpoun the haill 
burrowis, conforme to the last extentt roll maid at Montrois in the moneth 
of lunij 1591, for making of expenssis vpoun the persute foirsaid be the 
said lames Winrhame, agent, be the aduyce of the magistratis of the burgh 
of Edinburgh, and the samyn to be ingatherit betuix and the fyvetene 
day of August nixtt, and ilk commissioner presentt to send agane the said 
day thair pairttis of the said extentt, together with thair complayntis, and 
the names of sic personis as ar to be complenit mentionat thairintill; and 
forther that ilk burgh be aduerteist be missives to send thair commis- 
sioneris vpoun the said act maid at Montrois anentis chepmen to execu- 
tioun, vnder the paynis thairin contenit, and thatt at the nixt generall 
assemblic of bunowis, quhairever the samyn salbe appointed to be haldin. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 373 

and the said agentt than lykewayis to repoiiiit his diligence of his persute 
of the saidis vnfriemeu. 

The same day, efler lang resonvne: vpoun that heid of the missive con- ^"P»ng oi 

/••nil i» 1 • • commoun g^de- 

cernyng ane act of ilk burgh rowping of thair common gude, and putting and perambui- 
of the same landis and vther rentis thairof to the maist avail, and vpoun to^^remem-^ 
the dew executioiin of the command att ilk generall conuentioun to send ^^^ ^^ ™**' 
tliair commissioneris to repoirtt thair diligence in writt, and fynding the 
contentis thairof be ane very few nomber satefeitt be writt, as alsua thatt 
the samyn be dyueris burrowis is sett outt to gentilmen, remaning out- 
with burgh, expres contrair the tennour of the actis sett doun thairanentt, 
tliairfoir, as of befoir, they ratefie and appreve the saidis actis in all pointis, 
ordanyng heirefter thatt nocht onlie the saidis actis 1}e the magistratis of 
ilk burgh resaue dew executioun, bot alsua thatt they anis in the zeir 
perambulat and ryde thair merches, vnder the payne of tuenty li. to be 
vptane of ilk ane of the saidis magistratis sa oft as they failzie, and thatt 
they at ilk generall conuentioun and asserablie of burrowis repoirtt thair 
diligence, nochtt onlie in rowping of thair said commoun gude, bott alsua 
in perambuling of thair saidis merches, anis in the zeir as said is. 

The same day, aneut the complaynt gevin in be lames Andersoun, Cowpar, Ans- 
coiiimissioner for the burgh of Cowper, aganis the burghis of Anstrutheris eist and west 
eist and west, and Pettinweme, for troubling and poinding of the inhabi- Pettinwem^to 
tantis of the said burgh of Cowpar for payment to thame of certan small ^ remeberitt 
customes, the samyn being ane frie burgh, as at lenth is contenitt in the 
supplicatioun gevin in thairanentt, continewis all forther proceeding 
heirintiU vnto thair next generall assemblie of burrowis, quhairever it 
salhappin the samyn to be haldin, quhen as they ordane aither of the 
saidis burrowis contendantt to send thair commissioneris fullie instructed 
with aither of thair richtis to resaue finall decisioun heirof, ordanyng in 
the menetyme thatt nane of the saidis burrowis vplift ony dewtie of 
vtheris, vnder the payne of ten li. to be taikin of the paiity contravenar, 
bot that onlie ane inuentor be maid of the samyn be their customeris of 
the quantitie thairof, and they to find caution thatt incais the richtt and 
previlege of the said burgh of Cowper be found mair valide nor the saidis 
burrowis of Anstrutheris Eister and Wester and Pettinweme is, to refound 
and pay the saidis customes conforme to the said inuentar to the pairty 
beinir found at the said nixtt generall conuentioun to haif maist richtt 



374 



Convention of Royal Burghs, 



Agent^ IXm 
comraissiouer 
for Thayne 



Statute thatt 
nane be cUosin 
to be ane here- 
tabill magistat 
within burgh 



Innerketbing, 
Culros. 



thairto. And to the effect that than ane generall ordour be sett doiin 
for vptaking of pittiecustomes throuchoutt the haill burrowis of this 
realme, ordanis the commissioneris of the burgh of Edinburgh, att thair 
hamecuming thairto, to aduerteis the magistratis thairof to send, with 
thair commissioneris to be sentt to the said nixt generall convention, thair 
roll of the saidis pittiecustomes, as they tender the weilfair and 
quyetnes of the estaitt of burrowis, but preiudice alwayis of vplifting be 
the saidis burrowis hiiic incle of vtheris of the saidis customes in tyme of 
faires and oppin merkatis. And Androw Meluile, commissioner for 
Anstruther be west the bum, and Tliomas Watsoun, commissioner for 
Anstruther be eist the burn, protested thatt quhatsumever thing was 
done and concludit on in this presentt act, to the hurtt and preiudice of 
thair richtis and previle^s, suld nawayis dirogatt the samyn, as thair 
protestatioun gevin in to Ihonn Guthre, generall clerk, in writt, mair fullie 
proportis ; and the tennour of this presentt act to be rememberitt in 
missives. 

The same day, Walter Ros being sentt in commissioun for the burgh 
of Thayne, and the samyn, in respect the said tovne was at the horn for 
nocht paymentt of twa vnlawis to the generall agentt, repellit, vnto sic 
tyme as he fand sufficient cautioun to pay to him the samyn, repoirtit 
Daiiid Claipan induellar in Leithis obligatioun, quhilk the burrowis ad- 
mitted, provyding that incais the ane of the saidis vnlawis extending to 
tuenty pundis war nocht payitt betuix and Michaelmes nixt to the said 
agentt, thatt efler the expyring thairof the said Dauid suld be haldin 
to pay the haill, and this obligatioun delyueritt to the said agentt, quhome 
they ordane, at the ressait of the said sovme, to delyuer to the said 
Dauid or Walter his acquittance heirvpoun; and efter the geving of the said 
obligatioun, the said Walteris commissioun resauitt, etc. 

The same day, it is statute and ordanitt thatt at all tymes heirefter na 
magistratis within the burrowis be ressauitt in heretabill richtt to ony the 
offices within the same, contrair the tennour of owre Souerane Lordis actis 
of parliamentt, and liberties of frie burrowis, seing the same is very preiu- 
diciall and hurtl'ull to the saidis actis of parliament and liberties foir- 
saidis, bot thatt they be zeirlie electit thairto. 

The same day, comperitt George Bruce in Culros, and producit ane 
erectioun gevin be the Kingis Maiestie and Estaitis for erecting of the 



Conve7ition of Royal Burghs. 375 

said tovne in ane frie burgh regall, and conforme thairto desyritt the 
same to be enrollit amangis the frie burrowis of this realme; quhairvnto itt 
was obieetitt be George Dury, commissioner for the burgh of Innerketh- 
ing, thatt the same culd nochtt be gmnted, insafar as the samyn tenditt 
greitlie to the hui*tt and preiudice of the said burgh of Innerkething ; 
and effcer lang resonyng heirvpoun, decernLs and ordanis thame .of their 
asvin [consent] to conipeir in the burgh of Edinburgh, the nyntene day of 
luly nixt, briugand with them aitlier of thair richtis and tittillis, to be 
sene and considderitt be the provest baillies and counsall of the said 
.burgh of Edinburgh, and to abyde thair sentence and determinatioun, to 
quhome the saidis burrowis, presentlie convenitt, gevis thair full power 
and commissioun to decyde heirintill, promittendo de txjUo ; lykeas, the 
saidis pairties promittit to hald ferme and staiblil, etc., quhome they ordane 
to aduerteis the saidis provest and baillies of Edinburgh twa dayis befoir 
the saidis nyntene day of luly nixt. 

The same day, anentt thatt heid of the missive wairning the burgh of ^™*»j*^ 
Bruntiland to send thair commissioneris fiillie instructed to ansuer to the D;r8artt, 
complaintis gevin in aganis thame be the burrowis of Kirkcaldy, Dysartt, ^°"'* 
and Kingorn, for vplifting be the said burgh, frome sindrie the inhabi- 
tantis of the saidis burrowis, of the ankeragis, and schoir syluer, quhairvnto 
they have na richtt, as was aJlegitt, as at lenth is contenit in the saidis 
burrowis complaintis gevin in thairvpoun : Comperitt Ihonn Vrrok, 
commissioner for the said burgh of Bruntiland, on the ane pairtt, 
Michaell Kircaldie, commissioner for the said burgh of Kirkcaldie, Patiik 
Sinclair, commissioner for the said burgh of Dysai-tt, and Capitane Dauid 
Boiswell, commissioner for the said burgh of Kingorne, on the vther pairtt, 
and taikand the burding on thame for their bun-owis respectiue foirsaidis, 
fiielie submitted them to the decisioun of the saidis haill burrowis, prome- 
sand to hald ferme and staibill all and quhatsumever thing suld be 
concludit heiranentt ; and the saidis pairties being removitt, efter rype 
aduysementt, and dew consideratioun had of aither of the saidis pairties 
richtis and complayntis, all in ane voce, but discrepance or diuisioun, 
decernis and ordanis the said burgh of Bruntiland, in all tyme heirefter 
fra Andersmes nixttocum, to vptak and vplift of euery schip within 
thre scoir tunnis, arryving to thair poirtt and hawin, sax schillingis 
aucht pennies, and of euery schip of three score tunnis and aboue, ten shil- 



376 Convention of Royal Bnrglts. 

lingis, and of euery schip and crair of tuentie tunnis, fourty penneis, and 
of small boittis and veschellis withoutt top mastis, tuenty penneis, and of 
euery sebip of ane hundreth tunnis and aboue, threttene-schillingis four 
penneis. And forther the saidis burrowis, having consideratioun of ane 
certain supplicatioun presentit be the said lohnn Vrrok, commissioner for 
the said burgh of Bruntiland, to tharae, craving thairsupportt to the bigging 
of thair kirk, and vphalding of thair schoir, grantis full libertie and licence 
to the said burgh of Bruntiland to impetratt of the Kiiigis Maiestie and 
Lordis of Secretit Counsall, ane gift for vplifting of all schippis arryving 
to thair poirtt and hawin foirsaid, loissitt within the same with tymmer, 
for the space of sevin zeris nixt heirefber, off euerie hundreth ane to be 
applyitt to thair awin particular vse and commoditie, in maner as is 
aboue rehersitt ; provyding alwayis thatt at the ische and outrunnyng of 
the saidis sevin zeris, they be comptabill to the burrowis vpoun the des- 
tributioun thairof ; and the saidis commissioneris of Bruntiland, except 
this act be generall, disa.ssented and protested, etc. 
impoist: Ana- The same day, anentt the complaynt gevin in be Androw Meluile, 
cl^uuir^^- commissioner for Anstruther Wester, aganis Thomas Watsoun, commis- 
truther Wester, siouer for Anstruther Eister, anentt the vplifting of ane impoist of the 
inhabitantis of the said burgh of Anstruther Wester, and vtheris resortand 
to thair harberie, ordanis the said Thomas Watsoun to produce, att the nixt 
generall assemblie of burrowis, his said burghis richtt and tittill, quhair- 
foir they vplift the said impoist, vnder the payne of tuenty pundis. 



Apud Kirkcaldie decimo quarto lunij 1592. 

Dumbartanis "^HE QUHILK DAY, the Commission cris foirsaidis remittis the burgh of 

▼niaw remittit. Dumbartan of ane vnlaw of tuentie pundis, incurrit be thame for thair 

absence frome the conuention haldin at Montrois in lunij 1591, provyding 

the samyn be employitt vpon the reparrelling thair ruynous tovne, and 

be comptabill of the wairing thairof thairon, at the nixt generall assemblie 

of burrowis. 

Act that the The samc day, efter lang resonying vj)oun the contentis of ane missiue 

Conseruator g^jj^ ^ \\^q h^\\\ commissioneris of burrowis, bo the factouris of Cam])heir, 

mak compte of , . ' , ' , ' 

excysebeirand concerning the excyse of beir and wyne, and maner of distributioun thairof, 

wyno. 



Convention of Royal Burghs. 377 

all in ane voce fiudis, thatt the act maid and sett doun at Edinburgh in 
anno 1590 thairanent, in the haill contentis thairof, salhave full effect, and 
ordanis the magistratis of the bui-gh of Edinburgh, in thair names, to send 
ane missiue to the Conseruatour, with the copy of the act foirsaid, and of 
this presentt act, to cum hame to the said burgh of Edinburgh, to mak 
compt, rekning, and payment of his bygane intromissioun with the said 
excyse of beir and wyne, betuix and the first day of September nixttocum, 
with certificatioun, and he failzie, he salbe be dischairgitt of ony forther 
intromissioun thairwith ; and siclyk, that he be chargitt, at the same'selff 
day to compeir and geve in his diligence of the maner of the distributioun 
of the ten lastis beir, and twa tunnis and ane halff wyne. Efter the 
expiring of the quhilk first day of September, incais of the said Conserua- 
touris nocht compeirance, ordanis the burrowis of Edinburgh, Perth, 
Dondie, Striveling, Glasqu, and Sanctandrois, at the tuenty day of the 
said moneth of September nixt, to convein at the said toun of Edinburch, 
for setting doun of ane finall ordour vpon the haill excys of beir and 
wyne, and the said burgh of Edinburgh makand dew adwerteisment to 
the burrowis foirsaid is to send thair commissionaris instructit to convein 
thairat, to the effect aboue expremit ; and quhatsumewir thing it sail 
hapin the saidis commissionaris, than to convene, to determein heirin, the 
haill commissionaris presentlie convenit promittit to hauld ferme and 
stable, etc. 

The sam day, anent that haid of the missive beiring the burch of Compromit, 
Dondie to send thair commissionaris fullie instructit to ansuer to the com- ForfaJr.*** 
plent of the burch of Forfair, for the vplifting of the ladill full of victuall 
of ewirrie saik thairof brocht in to be sauld in the said burch of Dondie, 
contrar to the tennour of the mutuall iudenter maid betuix thame and the 
said burch of Forfair, as is allegit ; efter the maneir of the summar 
decisioun of the said debaitable qucstioun was sufficientlie ressonit, baithe 
the saidis pairteis, viz., William Duncan, commissionar for the burch of 
Dondie, and George Suttie and Ihone Traill, commissionaris for the said 
burch of Foirfair, compromittit the said mater, in the burch of Montrois and 
Couper of Fyff, for the said Dundies pairt, and the burchis Perthe and 
Breichane, for the pairt of the said burch of Forfair, and incais of dis- 
cripance or diwisioun, the prowest of the burch of Edinburgh, present 
thane for the tyme to be oursman for the tyme, at quhais determinatioun 

3 B 



378 Co7iventio7i of Royal Burghs. 

the saidis pairteis contendand ar suome, but reuocatioun, to abyd ; and 
the commissionaris present of the said four burrowis acceptit in and vpon 
thame the decisioun thairof, and appointis to convein at the said burch 
of Dondie vpon fyftein dayis warning, to be maid be the said commis- 
sionaris of Forfair to the commissionar of the said burch of Dondie, to the 
effect ather of the saidis pairteis may adverteis thair arbitouris to convein 
at sic day as they sail aggrie on. And in the mentyme, suspendis the 
said burch of Dondie fra all vptaking of the said dewtie of the ladill, or 
vsing of ony nouatioun of customes vpon the said burch of Forfair, and 
the said burch setting down cawtioun to the said burch of Dondie, that 
gif it be fund be the saidis arbitouris and oursman that the said dewtie 
of the said ladill full of victuall sould be vpliftit, for payment thereof to 
the said burch of Dondie, at sic tyme as sail be appointit be the arbitouris 
and oursman forsaidis, and to decerne heirin betuix and the nixt generall 
conventioun of burrowis, with power, gif neid beis, to prorogat. And the 
saidis pairteis hinc inde ressauit vp thair indentouris and peicis producit 
in proces. 
^^TwremiSit ^'^® ^™ ^^Y' re^i^t/is to the bui*ch of Dimbartane thair vnlaw of xx 
Agentis com- Ubris, incurit be thame for nocht compeirance to the generall conventioun 
hauldin at Montrois 1591, the commissionar of the said burch payand to 
the generall agent sic expenssis as he debursit vpon the resing and exe- 
cutioun of lettres of horning aganis the said burch. Quhilk agent pro- 
ducit his compt of his intromissioun and debursingis sen the tyme of his 
electioun to the dait heirof, quhilk being sein and considderit, the saidis 
burrowis ratefeit and apprewit the samin in all punctis. 



Apud Kirkcaldie decimo quinto lunij 1592. 

Craiii, Anstru- The QUHILK DAY, Ihone Makesone, commissionar for the burch of Craill, 
Se buriT^ gaif in ane suplicatioun aganis Andro Meluill, commissionar for Anstruther 
be west the bume, desyring the said burch to be dischargit of haulding of 
ane pretendit merkit, in preiudice of the said burch of Craillis richtis pre- 
sentlie schawin and producit ; Quhairvnto it was ansuerit be the said 
An(?ro Meluill, that in respect of the dependence of the said mater befoir 
the Lordis of oure Souerane Lordis Counsall, the samin could nocht be 



Convention of Boyal Burghs. 379 

decydit be the commissionaris presentlie convenit, quha remittis the sara 
to the iudgis foirsaid. 

The aam day, ordanis ane suplicatioun to be giffin in in thair names ^^'f***^*^ 
befoir the Lordis of Chaker, be adwys of the burch of Edinburgh, for the coquit 
ordour taking with the extortioun vsit be the derkis of coquitis, in taking 
of sic dewtie as they plais, as also in hendering and deleying of the mer- 
chandis of thair veagis, throu thair slouthe and wilfuhies, and ordanitt to 
be rememberitt in the missives to be direct be Edinburgh to the saidis 
burrowis appointit to tak ordour with the excyse of beir and wyne. 

The sam day, anent the complent giffin in be Thomas Keinzow, com- inwern«Mo be 
missionar of Pittinwem, aganis Alexander Cudbert, prowest and commis- ^g^ °^^* ^ 
sionar for the burch of Inwemes, for vplifting of ane excys boll of salt of 
the burgessis of the said frie burch of Pittinweim, to the greit preiudice 
of the liberteis thairof : Continewis all forder ressoning thairin, and taking 
ordour thairwith, quhill the nixt generall assemblie of burrowis, quhair- 
ewir it sail hapin the samin to be hauldin, but preiudice alwayis of the 
vptaking of the sam dewtie, in the mentyme, and ordanis ather of thame 
to send thair commissionaris fullie instructit for productioun of thair 
richtis at the said nixt conventioun, vnder the pane of the vnlaw of xx 
libris ; as also, that the said burch of Inwemes sail send to the said nixt 
conventioun thair commissionar fullie instructit to ansuer to the complent 
to be giffin in be the burch of Craill, and this to be rememberit in 
missiwes. 

That sam day, ordanis the burch of Abirdein to send thair commis- ^'^^•??f 
sionar fullie instructit to the nixt conventioun to ansuer to the complent dein to be ro- 
of Inwernes, Elgane, Forres, Pittimweim, Anstrutheris Ester and Wester, Slssiwei*'^ 
and Craill vnder the pane of xx libris, and this to be rememberit in mis- 
siwes, and siclyke aganis (and) Abirdene for ane excyse boll of saltt. 

The sam day, findis that the burch of Inwemes sail pay to the agent J^^^^^n"^^®^ 
the sowme of xx libris vnlaw, awand be thame, with ten pundis and Young, dark, 
expenssis of the lettres and chargis, prowyding, mcais they pay xx libns 
betuix and the first day of September, vtherwayis to pay the haill ; and 
as to thair exemptioun, the samin can nocht be grantit, becaus they ar 
ordanit to compeir the nixt conventioun to ansuer to sic complentis as 
sail be speciall in missiwis ; and this vnlaw to be gevin to Andrew Young, 
dark, directar of the missiues. 



380 Convention of Royal Burghs. 

Compientis The Same day, anent the complent giflBn in be the comraissionaris of 

cowbrik to be Air, Glasquow, Vrwing, and Dunbartane, aganis the burch of Kirkeowbrik, 

tbTmiMiwift* for vplifting ane extortioun of thame, being frimen, in taking four boUis 

greit, salt, land missure, of ilk schip and bark that arrivis within thair 

harbrie, ordanis the said complenaria, togidder with the said burch of 

Kirkeowbrik, to compeir to ansuer heirto the nixt conventioun, and to 

that effect, to cans warne the burch of Kirkeowbrik to compeir vnder the 

pane of xx libris, and this to be rememberit in missiwis. 

K?ngS^wreti^^* '^^^ ^°^ ^^y» compeirit Ilione Chisholme, and presentit oure Souerane 

^ing- Lordis missiwe, desyring him to be imployit and send to Ingland for 

seiking redres of ane particular man and his deputtis had and obtenit of 

the Quein of Ingland ane gift for bying of all salt cuming out of Scotland 

to the pairtis of Ingland, the commissionaris declaris they com nocht in- 

structit to that effect, and thairfoir can nocht gif ansuer. 

That sam day, the burrowis exemis the burrowis of Vrwing, Forres, 

of burrowis. Wigtoun, Brintcland, outwith the boundis of Fife and Louthiane, Pibillis, 

Cullane, frome all keiping of conventionis for the space of thre zeiris nixt 

heirefter, prowyding they send thair saidis exe