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OF THE 



BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



15701625. 



EXTRACTS 



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COUNCIL REGISTER 



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THE BURGH 



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ABERDEEN, 



15701625. 



VOL. II. 



ABERDEEN: 
PRINTED FOR THE SPALDING CLUB. 

M DCCOXLVIII. 



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' ! 'PRINTEU BY 'WItlilAM ' BENNETT, CASTLE STREET, ABERDEEN. 



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M.DCCC.XLVIII. 



THE EARL OF ABERDEEN, K. T 



THE DUKE OF RICHMOND, K.G. 
THE DUKE OF SUTHERLAND, K.G. 
THE EARL OF AIRLIE. 
THE EARL OF SEAFIELD. 
LORD SALTOUN. 



Sir ROBERT ABERCROMBY, Bart. 

JOHN ANGUS, Advocate, City Clerk, Aberdeen 

Sir MICHAEL BRUCE of Scotstown, Bart. 

JOHN HILL BURTON, Advocate, Edinburgh 

CHARLES CHALMERS of Monkshill 

P. CHALMERS of Auldbar 

The LORD JUSTICE CLERK 

Sir W. G. G. CUMMING of Altyre, Bart. 

JOHN DUNN, Advocate, Aberdeen 

The EARL of ELLESMERE 

The LORD FORBES 

JAMES GILES, R.S.A., Aberdeen 

JOHN GORDON of Cairnbulg, Advocate 

JOHN THOMSON GORDON, Advocate, Edinburgh 

GEORGE GRUB, Advocate, Aberdeen 

COSMO INNES, Advocate, Edinburgh 



I A. F. IRVINE, Yor. of Drum 

j PRINCIPAL JACK, King's College 

i The Right Rev. JAMES KYLE, D.D., Preshome 

LORD LINDSAY 

JAMES LOCH, M.P. 

H. LUMSDEN of Pitcaple, Sheriff of Sutherlandshire 

HENRY LUMSDEN of Auchindoir 
I J. STEWART MACKENZIE of Seaforth 
' LORD MEDWYN 
! The Rev. JAMES MELVIN, LL.D., Aberdeen 

Sir JAMES RAMSAY of Bamff, Bart. 

JOSEPH ROBERTSON, Glasgow 

Dr. HERCULES SCOTT, King's College 

The Right Rev. WM. SKINNER, D.D., Aberdeen 

JOHN SMITH, LL.D., of Crutherland, Glasgow 

ALEXANDER THOMSON of Banchory 



JOHN STUART, Advocate, Aberdeen. 



JOHN BLAIKIE and JOHN LIGERTWOOD, Advocates, Aberdeen. 



F. HOLLAND, Manufacturer ALEXANDER CHIVAS, Banker 

JAMES FERGUSON, Advocate 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



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THE EDITOR'S PREFACE, vii 

CONTENTS, xliii 

EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTER OF THE BURGH OF 

ABERDEEN, 1 

INDEX, 397 



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HE Selections from the Registers of the Burgh 
of Aberdeen, printed in the present volume, 
extend from the early part of the reign of 
King James the Sixth to its conclusion. 

The plan of editing it requires no expla- 
nation, being in all points the same as that 
adopted in preparing the first volume of 
these Extracts, and it only remains to advert to some of the more 
picturesque features of the selection, and to the illustrations of 
history and social progress which it may be supposed to afford. 

The time embraced in the volume was one of change and stirring 
incident, and the impressions which these produced, as well as the 
tone of feeling which they served to realize in the minds of the 
Burgesses of Aberdeen, may enable us to judge of their effects on 
the country in general. 

A very apt illustration of the insecurity which prevailed, and 
which at times rendered it doubtful to whom allegiance was really 
due, meets us nearly at the commencement of the volume. The 
burgh had a natural connection with the great house of Huntly, 
which for two centuries had exercised a most powerful influence 



v jii THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

over a large district of the north of Scotland, but which in the 
reign of Queen Mary had been totally overthrown. For two years 
the late Earl had been Provost of the burgh, and about a century 
before that time mutual letters or bonds of manrent passed be- 
tween the head of this noble house and the burgh, binding them- 
selves to mutual assistance. It was asserted by the vanquished 
party that the citizens took part with the Gordons at the Battle of 
the Crabstane in 1571, but the statement seems unfounded. A 
few years afterwards, the town gave for the support of the Earl (in 
whose person the family was restored) a sum of 600 merks ; but the 
special reason assigned for the grant is the removal of his " suldeouris 
and men of weir out of this burght and boundis thairof." However, 
their attachment to this family, real or supposed, formed a useful 
pretext to the greedy Regent Morton for exacting a large fine from 
the citizens. 

The Regent and Lords of Privy Council were present in the 
burgh at the time of the Justice air in 1574, and at a meeting of 
the townsmen called for the purpose, and held in St. Peter's Aisle 
of their Parish Church, it was explained by the Provost, " quhow 
that my Lord Regent's Grace, be sinister and wrang informatioune 
of sum invyous personis, baris indignatioune at this burght and in- 
habit antis thairof, allegeand that thai haf nocht done thair dewetie 
and thankfull seruice to our Souerane Lord the Kingis Grace, 
induring the tyme of the lait truble and frequent tumult that was 
in this realme amongis the nobilite and lieges thairof," and there- 
fore meant to pursue them for a large fine in the present air. (p. 11.) 
The town at once agreed to give their bond of fidelity to the King 
and his Regent, and to pay a reasonable tax on getting a discharge 
of all past crimes. One of the bonds which the town granted nar- 
rates " their proceedings in the resetting, assisting, contribution^ 
and stent making witht George, Erll of Huntly, Adam Gordoun of 
Auchindoun, his brother, and thair complices," during the time of 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. lx 

tbeir late rebellion ; and the discharge which the Regent granted to 
the burgh releases them of the consequences of these proceedings, 
and of all other crimes (with the exceptions therein enumerated, 
among which is the crime of witchcraft), but it cost them 4000 
merks. (p. 19.) 

There are various allusions to the injuries which the inhabitants 
sustained from the conflicts of " clannit men." Thus they refer to the 
great number of people from the country, who congregate in the 
town about the terms of Martinmas and Whitsunday, "sum to 
ressaue in thair dettis, vtheris to vplift or giwe out siluer on proffit, 
and mak thair securities," and after arranging these " lesum effaris," 
that they having deadly feuds unreconciled, and private quarrells, 
drew themselves into parties, and pursued each other with arms, 
within the burgh, and, on being charged by the Magistrates to 
desist, " they proudlie and contemnandlie hawe disobeyit the com- 
mand of the Magistrates, being clannit men of gryt freynschip ;" 
and the Magistrates, in attempting to quell these tumults, had often 
been in great danger and peril, and some of them hurt and 
wounded, (p. 249,) With the view of putting a stop to these dis- 
orders, the Magistrates proposed to procure letters from the Privy 
Council, charging the authors of them to desist a remedy which 
we may undoubtedly presume to have been quite insufficient for 
such a purpose. 

A few years afterwards, the Magistrates complain of another set 
of difficulties, which proceeded from the " clannit men ;" inasmuch 
as they often received charges to apprehend and put them in ward, 
"quhilkis thay are not hable to put to executioun, be reasoun 
of the gryitnes and power of the pairties ;" they therefore agreed to 
request the Privy Council that they might only be required to give 
their concurrence in such acts to the Sheriff of the Shire, (p. 294.) 

Occasionally we find a burgess accused of purchasing lordship 
against the Burgh by obtaining the assistance of some of the country 



x THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

lairds in his affairs. This was regarded as a very heinous crime, 
as indeed it was, seeing that every burgess, by his oath at 
admission, became bound " na lordschip to purchis in contrair the 
libertie of this Brughe." And thus, when the Duke of Lennox was 
admitted a burgess, while they resolved to secure his purity and or- 
thodoxy in religious matters, by requiring him to forsake the 
" Romane religioun, called Papystrie," the Magistrates at the same 
time made him swear that he " suld vsurp nor purcheis na lordschip 
contrar the fredom of the Burght." (p. 106.) 

In former times of trouble and danger, the Charters of the Burgh 
were occasionally sent to the church as a sanctuary. But now 
the fortress, which, amid the commotions of the succeeding cen- 
tury, afforded a temporary shelter to the regalia of Scotland, was 
selected for the safety of the muniments of the town. It was 
" thocht expedient to put the townis euidentis in ferine securetye 
and keiping in Dunnottar for a seassoune, quhill thai think expe- 
dient, for eschewing of apperand danger in this troublouss tyme." 
(p. 6.) 

The period was one of much religious excitement and change, 
and there will be found scattered illustrations of the popular feeling 
on this subject, as well as of the breaking up of ancient associa- 
tions. 

In former times, the burgesses had been exceedingly liberal in 
the founding and endowing of Chaplainries in the parish church, a 
practice which indeed had existed till a time comparatively recent. 
In 1575, there were only six Chaplains alive " of the queyr and 
College of the said burgh," who resigned into the hands of the 
Provost all their lands and other property, reserving their own 
liferent ; and they thereafter ratified their resignation, and agreed 
that the funds should be applied "to the support and vphald 
of Sanct Thomas Hospitale, fundit within this burght, besyd thair 
parroche kirk." (p. 8.) The Magistrates had, on a previous 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. x i 

occasion, assumed that they had right to the property belonging to 
these Chaplainries, as patrons of the same, and had resolved to 
apply the revenue thereof for the upholding of their parish church. 
They thought it better afterwards to get their rights ratified by the 
existing Chaplains, perhaps on a principle which was not unfre- 
quently acted on at the time, and which very forcibly exhibits the 
feeling of insecurity and doubt which prevailed as to the stability 
of the existing order of things ; for in the sale of church lands after 
the Reformation, it is believed that it was by no means unusual to 
receive charters as well from the former owners as from those who 
had supplanted them and were now in possession. The purchasers 
were thus prepared either for a continuance of the new system or 
for a relapse into the old one.* Where the patronage of the 
Chapiainry remained with the heirs of the founder, they appear, in 
many cases, to have applied the revenues for their own private pur- 
poses. Thus, in 1592, we find reference made to the founders of 
altarages within the parish church, who, as patrons, had given 
divers annual rents to the same, " for idolatrous service to be maid 
be preistis for thame, thair parentis, and successouris," and who 
now not only applied these revenues to their own use, but also 
usurped the privilege of burial-place within the Church, where the 
altar at which these services had been performed had stood, 
without payment of any dues therefor, or of any contribution 
for maintenance of the Church, which gave occasion to these 

* Robert Crichton was Bishop of Dunkeld at the time of the Reformation. In 1571 
the See is declared to be void through Bishop Robert's forfeiture. (Keith's Cat. of Scott. 
Bishops, p. 96.) Among the writs of the Barony of Cluny, in Perthshire, which belonged 
to the Bishop of Dunkeld, and which is now the property of the Earl of Airlie, are to be found 
charters, granted in 1584, by Robert, Bishop of Dunkeld, with consent of his Chapter, just 
as if no change or forfeiture had happened. James Paton, his successor in the See, had been 
granting charters of various parts of the barony since 1576. Among the deeds of this 
barony, is a procuratory of resignation, by Mr. James Creichtoun, I 1 iar of Cluny, with 
consent of Mr. Robert Creichtoun of Eliok, his father, for resigning the same into the 
hands of tte Bishop of Dunkeld, dated 20th June, 1570. The deed is signed and sealed 
by the parties, and the signature of the " admirable" Crichton gives a very favourable 
impression of his acquirements in the art of writing. 



Xli THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

who had no foundations, to put up their arms upon various 
pillars of the said kirk, and other places of the same. An ordi- 
nance was therefore made, requiring such patrons either to mortify 
the revenues of the altars for upholding of the parish church, or 
sustentation of the Ministers, or some other godly uses, or else to 
pay for their burial places as others do ; and that no arms should 
hereafter be put up anywhere in the church, except in windows, 
without licence from the Magistrates, (p. 78.) In 1596, a resig- 
nation was made by Thomas Murray, burgess, in favour of the 
Magistrates, of all right which he had to the altarage and chap- 
lainry of St. Salvator, founded by his predecessors in St. Nicholas 
Church, and of the patronage and property thereof to be applied 
by them, ad pios usus, as they should think fit. (p. 146.) This 
privilege of sepulture within the church seems to have been highly 
valued ; so much so, that complaints occur " of the desyr and 
supplicatioun of dyuers personis, quha desyris the bodeis of thair 
departit friendis to be bureit in the said kirk, swa that threw the 
multitude of deid bodies buriet thairin, few places is to be fund 
thairintill but grein grauis, albeit the kirk yard be ane honorabill 
place of burial, gif thai wald content thairwitht." (p. 55 ) 

In the beginning of the succeeding century, the existence of the 
feeling may still be seen. (p. 226.) 

A good deal of the attention of the Magistrates was still devoted 
to the maintenance of orthodoxy, and the uprooting of superstitious 
practices. They accordingly used much exertion to procure the 
regular attendance of the citizens at church to hear sermons, al- 
though the practice seems to have been by no means popular, and 
to have required the exaction of penalties to enforce compliance. 
Thus, in 1584, all masters of households are required, under a 
penalty, to repair to the parish church, and keip and obserue the 
sermones and prechingis on the oulk dayis, towit, Tuysday and 
Thurisday, for hearing of the word of God and Christis euangell 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. xiii 

trewlie prechit." (p. 54.) This ordinance did not meet with much 
success, for in the course of four years afterwards there are renewed 
complaints of " a great numer of the inhabitantis professing Chryst, 
as he is now offerit be the preching of the evangell, throch wilful 
re-maining from thair paroche kirk in tyme of preching and prayeris, 
als well on the Sabbotht day as on the oulk day, and be gaming 
and playing, passing to tavernis and ailhousis, using the tred of 
merchandice and handie labour in time of sermon on the oulk day, 
contrar to the custume of reformit kirkis and weill governit com- 
moun weillis of this realme," whereupon the former ordinance is 
renewed under like penalties, (p. 62.) 

About ten years afterwards new statutes are set down for the 
attendance at church. By these, the wives of burgesses are not 
to be allowed henceforth to sit " in the side aisles nor behind pillers, 
but in the middle of the church that thay may the mair easilie sie 
and hear the delyverer and preicher of the word." Moreover, 
the wives of burgesses are to have decent cloaks when they come 
to church, instead of plaids as heretofore, and every one shall bring 
a stool, according to the usages of all reformed boroughs and con- 
gregations of the realm, (p. 167.) In 1617, regrets are expressed 
that these various statutes had not taken full execution " throu 
iniquitie of time." They are therefore re-enacted, and the house- 
holders ordained to attend sermons as formerly under the usual 
penalties ; and to meet the case of those who repaired to church 
on week days for avoiding the penalties, but did not remain till the 
service was concluded, they were ordained not only to keep the 
sermons, but also " not to depairt out of the kirk thairfra vnto the 
end thairof." (p. 354.) 

We find also various ordinances against markets on Sunday dur- 
ing the time of sermon, (p. 38.) and " aganis the playeris in the 
Linkis and at the kyittis during the time of the sermones, as well 
as against sweraris and blasphemaris of Goddis holie name." (p. 167.) 



x | v THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

With the view of securing the better observance of Sunday, it 
was resolved, in conformity with a recent act of parliament, to set 
aside the Monday of every week for a day of pastime, " quhairon it 
suld be lesum to all the laboraris of the ground within this realme 
to do thair awin lesum busines, and navayes to be answerabill to 
thair maisteris that day." (p. 179.) 

The Magistrates also intimated to the citizens, at a general 
meeting, the proposal of the Kirk Session, " that the maisteris of 
houshaldis, thair wyffis, bairnis, and servandis, and utheris inhabi- 
tants cum to discretioun of yeris, should be catechised every 
Thursday," which " was thocht werray reasonabill, and nane op- 
ponit nor objectit in the contrar." (p. 208.) 

In 1599, they appointed a fast to be held on a Sunday, and en- 
joyned the inhabitants " to keip the kirkis fra murning to the efter- 
noon sermonis be endit, and for entreating God of his mercies for 
seasonable wedder, and dropping schouris of rayne, to the comfort 
of the fructis and cornis presentlie growand on the ground, widderit 
at the gud plesour of God, be ane gryt droucht and blastering 
wyndis, for the sinnis and offencis of the people." On this occasion 
intimation was made to the inhabitants by tuck of drum, that those 
who should be found absent from church on that day would incur a 
fine of five pounds, (p. 186.) 

In 1592, they apprehended William Murdo on suspicioun of his 
being " an mantener of errouris," and he being tried by the Provost, 
Bailies, and Ministers of the burgh, " was fund ane oppin blasphemer 
aganis the ancient Propheus and Chrystis Apostlis, ane quha damnis 
the haill Auld Testament, except the Ten Commandments, and the 
New Testament, except the Lordis Prayer ; a oppin railzear aganis 
the ministrie and treuth preichit, and is sic a blasphemous heretyk 
that he can not be suiferit in ane republict." He was accordingly 
banished from the burgh, with certification that if he should again 
be found therein, he " sal be brint on the cheik and his luggis 
cuttit." (p. 75.) 



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In the same year they ordained the whole inhabitants to compear 
in church after sermon, and give their oaths " for mantenance of 
the caus of trew religioun presentlie professit within this realm," in 
terms of his Majesty's proclamation. 

The Magistrates thus performed the duties of ecclesiastical cen- 
sors, and exhibit some jealousy of any undue exercise of spiritual 
powers elsewhere. Thus, among the points to be inquired into by 
the privy inquest, are the following : " Item, gif ony man drawis 
his nichtbouris fra secular courtis, be ony spirituall court quhat- 
sumeuer." (p. 88,) "Item, giff thair be any quhilk hes gevin 
landis or annuell rentis to religious places, or in the handis of 
religious men, or uther kirkmen, without licence of the king." (p. 
89.) 

While thus vigilant in regard to such matters, it is not to be sup- 
posed that a man who was suspected of intercourse with spirits 
would escape their notice. Accordingly, Thomas Lome, in the 
Overtoun of Dyce, being accused of " hering of spreittis and wauer- 
ing oftentymes fra his wyff, bairnis, and famelie, be the space of 
seven ulkis," without its being known to them or any other person 
where he has been during that time, and confessing his fault, became 
bound to reform his practices, or in the event of his failing to do so, 
he " is contented to suffer death as ane giltie persoun dealer with 
spreittis." * (p. 204.) 

It appears from other records printed for the Club, that at this 
time a great outburst of witchcraft occurred in the district. Doubt- 
less the business which accumulated on the hands of the Magis- 
trates must have been very engrossing, as twenty-six individuals 
suffered in the flames as witches at this period. The Dean of Gild 

* The Parish of Dyce seems to have had a monopoly of spirits at this time. See the 
case of Walter Ronaldsone in Kirkton of Dyce, in 1601, who had " farniliaritie of a 
spirite." On one occasion this spirit appeared in the form of " ane litill bodie, haiffing a 
scheavin berd, cled in quhyt lening lyk a sark." (Selections from Ecc. Records, p. 184.) 



xv i THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

was so much occupied with these matters, and his time so much 
abstracted from his ordinary duties, " in his extraordinarie panis 
on the birning of the gryt numer of witches brint this year, and on 
the four pirrattis, and bigging of the port on the brig of Dee, and 
reparing of the Gray Freris Kirk and stepill theirof," as to induce 
the Magistrates to vote a sum of money to him by way of recom- 
pence. (p. 155.) 

About this time John Gordon was detained in the kirk vault, as 
a " manifest and oppin witch." It would appear that multitudes 
flocked to him, " and speris at the said Johne dyvers and sindrie 
thingis werray prejudicial! to the commoun pepill," It does not 
here appear how Johne had been involved in this heavy charge, 
except that until " he was laitlie apprehendit and tane, he gawe 
himself out as a dum man." (p. 145.) There is evidence of the 
continued determination of the Magistrates to proceed against 
witches and sorcerers, " and that this burght and fredome thairof 
suld be purgitt of sic contagious enemies to the commoun weill of 
the same." (p. 206.) 

We have an instance in the present volume of the proceedings 
which took place at the election of a minister under the system 
which prevailed during part of the period in question. Mr. Robert 
Howie had been removed from Aberdeen to Dundee, and " at the 
desire of the counsall, and be consent of his Majestie, and adwyse of 
the Commissionaris of the General Kirk," Mr. George Greir came to 
the burgh and preached "for a tryall of his qualificatioun" to be Mr. 
Howie's successor. After hearing him preach, the town authorized 
the Council " to deall with him for his transportation to this burght." 
(p. 188.) The Council accordingly " travellit earnestlie" with Mr. 
Greir, in whom however " thair was, nor is nocht, sic willingnes 
fand, nather yit is he sa loving towards his accepting of the charge, 
as the Counsall wald wische him." (p. 196.) 

Mr. Grier remained in Aberdeen about ten days. His whole 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. X vii 

charges were defrayed by the town, as appears by the following 
entries in the accounts of the burgh* : 

Item, be vertew of ane act of counsall of the dait the xii. of [ ] 1599, gevin to 
Maister George Greir, minister, for his expensis in cuming to this burght 
from Edinburgh, as he that was put in licence to have bene one of the ministers 
of this burght 40 

Item, gevin to the said Mr. George, horshyre, Q ] Dundie . 370 

Item, gevin at command of the prouest and bailleis for the wyne 
and spycerie to the said Mr. George Greir, the nicht before 
his passing out of this burght ...... 368 

Item, gevin at command of the prouest, bailleis, and counsall 
for the said Mr. George ordinar chargis and expensiss during his 
remaining within this burght, quhilk wes be the space of ten 
dayes, in the hous of Mr. Peter Blakburne, minister . . . 13 6 8 

The citizens, on hearing of the coldness of Mr. Greir, resolved to 
look out for a clergyman elsewhere, and accordingly named a large 
commission, which included David, Bishop of Aberdeen ; Mr. Black- 
burn, Minister ; Mr. David Raitt, Principal of King's College ; Mr. 
Gilbert Gray, Principal of Marischal College, and several of the 
principal burgesses, " to nominat and cheis ane qualifiet persoun 
indewit with qualities meit for the said office, to accept the function 
of ane of the ministeris of this burght," either in the diocese of 
Aberdeen or elsewhere, " as to sic persones quha hes best knaw- 
ledge, and can decerne better in the said matter nor a com- 
mounaltie," should seem right, with power to fix his stipend and 
how it is to be paid, but " provyding that befoir the admission of 
the said persoun to the said function, he be hard teiche and weill 
lyckit of be thame." (p. 195.) 

* The gifts made to their clergymen by the Magistrates were many and various. To 
Mr. Adam Herriot, the first clergyman in Aberdeen of the new opinions, they presented a 
suit of cloathes in 1560, of which the following entrj occurs in the accounts : 
Item, for ane garment and haill stand of claythis to Maister Adame Herreot at 

the townis command 28 lib. 

Item, Adame Herreat himself, his servand, and his horss, the space of ix. 

owkkis ellis bigane 25 lib. 



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At a subsequent meeting, the Commissioners reported that they, 
after hearing the doctrine of Mr. James Ross, Minister at Strachan, 
on Sunday last, made to both the congregations, " on the tua pairtis 
of the halie scriptures, gevin to him for a theme and text to teich on, 
for his tryell in doctrine and literature, had, efter censuring of him 
in knawledge, doctrine, and lyff, fund the said Maister James to 
hawe sound knawledge in the holie scriptures, and habill to under- 
tak the said charge." The meeting, on being enquired at, gave 
their opinion that " his doctrine was sound and hailsum doctrine," 
and therefore gave their consent to his nomination, election, and 
admission; accordingly, David, Bishop of Aberdeen, for himself, 
and " as ane havand powar of his Majestic, to the chesing and 
electing of ane ordinar minister and pastor for preching of the 
evangell and ministratioun of the sacramentis within this burght, 
for his Hienes, and in name of his Majestie, votit and declarit, in 
audience of the towne, that he gawe his consent to the electing of 
the said Mr. James ;" which nomination and election by the Com- 
missioners, and also by the Bishop, having power of his Majesty, as 
aforesaid, and by the whole inhabitants without contradiction, 
having been made, the Commissioners proceeded to settle the sti- 
pend to be paid to the said Mr. James ; and he being personally 
present, accepted of the office, and, in token of his acceptance 
thereof, and that he was content with the offered stipend, " the 
said Mr. James joinit hand in the hand of the said David, Bishop 
of Aberdene, and of the said Alex. Rutherford, prowest, in 
presence of the towne; they on the vther part promising faythfullie 
to assist the said Maister James in every thing pertening to his 
charge, with obedience as becumeth the flock to their pastour, sa 
long as he remanit faythfull in that office." (p. 197.) 

A " disjoyne" was given to the Bishop and Ministers on the oc- 
casion (p. 204) ; and, as an addition was soon made to the stipend 
of Mr. Ross, it would appear that his popularity had been sustained. 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. X ix 

Various notices would seem to show the closeness of the bond 
which then united the various classes of society together ; and the 
heartiness with which rejoicings were universally celebrated on the 
occasion of any public benefit, would imply the existence of a per- 
vading feeling that all were members of one large family, each mem- 
ber being interested in the welfare of the other. On the birth of a 
Prince, in 1593, rejoicings were ordered to be held on the Sunday, 
immediately after the afternoon sermon, a table to be covered at the 
Market Cross for the Magistrates and Council, " with tua bunnis 
of Inglis beir to be placed and run at the said Marcat Grose, the 
vyne to be liberallie drunkin in sic a ressonabill quantitie as the 
Deane of Gild sail deuyse, four dussoun buistis of skorchettis, con- 
fecttis, and confectionis, to be placed on the said tabill and cassin 
amongis the pepill, with glassis to be brockin." (p. 90.) 

On the King's escape from the Gowrie conspiracy, while many 
of his subjects disbelieved the existence of any plot or danger ex- 
cept in his own royal imagination, the people of Aberdeen were 
warned by their Magistrates to " keip the sermones" both morning 
and afternoon, and instead of resuming their work, they were or- 
dered, " efter the preitching and thankisgeving, to spend the rest of 
the day in all lauchfull and honest gladnes, and accompanie thair 
Magistrattis throu the toune, in singing of psalmes and prasing of 
God, and ordanis the crose to be dectit and hung, and ane tabill to 
be sett thairat, and the wyne and spy eerie to be drunkin and spent, 
and a number of glassis to be cassin and brockin, in significatioun 
of thair rejocing and glaid hartis for his Majesties happie preserva- 
tioun, wrocht sa miraculouslie be Goddis guid providence." (p. 221.) 
The Master of the Grammar School composed a congratulatory 
treatise in Latin on the occasion, and as it was dedicated to the 
Magistrates, and contained " sum commemoratioun of this burghis 
antiquitie and privilegis, granted thairunto be his Majesties pre- 
dicessouris," he received a honorarium of twenty pounds, (p. 222.) 



xx THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

On the news of his Majesty's accession to the English throne, 
the townsmen were forthwith warned, be sound of trumpet and 
drum, " to assemble instantlie in thair paroche kirk, and thair gif 
thankisand prasis to God for the foresaid glad tydings;" thereafter 
bonefires were to be kindled on all the streets, the bells to be rung, 
wine and spicery to be drunk at the cross, glasses broken, and 
" the haill youthis of the toune, to tak thair hagbuttis, and accom- 
panie thair Magistrates throcht the haill rewis of the toun, pas the 
tyme in schuting thair muskattis and hagbuttis til lait at nicht ; 
the tounis haill munitioun and artailzerie to be chargit and schott, 
and all godlie mirrienes and pastime usit, that may expres the joy 
and glaidnes of the hartis of the people." (p. 237.) 

On his Majesty's escape from gunpowder plot, besides other 
demonstrations of joy, the townsmen were ordered to "accompanie 
the Magistratis and Ministrie, passing throu the haill streittis, and 
singing of psalmes and magnefeing the Lord, for the said benefitt ;" 
and thereafter adjourn to the cross for wine and spicery, as usual, 
(p. 279.) 

Even the safe return of Prince Charles from Spain, in 1623, was 
celebrated with every demonstration of joy, including the sermons, 
bonefires, drinking of wine, and shooting, (p. 390.) 

The hospitality of the burgh also resembles rather the warm de- 
monstrations of private friendship than the formal courtesy of a 
public body. No man engaged in the public service or of dis- 
tinguished rank seems ever to have passed through the burgh with- 
out an entertainment from the Magistrates, nor was any transaction 
arranged without a banquet to those who conducted the arrange- 
ments. 

The Bishop, who had been on an embassy to Denmark, gets wine 
and spicery " for his welcome hame." (p. 175.) At the same time, 
on hearing that the Duke of Lennox and the Earl of Huntly were 
to be in the town, it was resolved, " according to the custume ob- 



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servit within this burght heirtofoir in all ages," to present these 
noblemen with six quarts of wine, and various confections, (p. 177.) 
A few months after this time, the Earl of Huntly being again in the 
town, received another present of wine and confections, " according 
to the lovabill consuetude of this burght." Next month, the 
Countess Marischal gets a similar gift, " it being the first tyme of 
hir entrie thairin." 

In 1619, the Duke of Lennox was expected to remain in the 
burgh for some days, " for his pastime and recreatioun," and it was 
resolved to provide him with a lodging, as well as wine, spiceries, 
and all other necessary provisions, (p. 361.) The expense was 
considerable : 

Item, be wertew of ane ordinance of counsall of the dait 4 August, 1619, debursit 
upoun balding hous to my Lord Duke of Lenox, and tbe nobillmen that 
attendit him during the tyme of his lait being in this burghe, in the said 
moneth of August, conforme to the particular compt thairof, sene, and allowit 
be the auditors of comptis, extending in all to the soume of 425 12 

The liberality of the citizens was also extended, in 1601, to the 
" Kingis servandis presentlie in this burght, quha playes comedies 
and staige playes, be reasoun thay ar recommendit be his Majesties 
speciall letter, and hes played sum of thair comedies in this burght." 
(p. 222.) The following entry in the accounts of the burgh show 
the sums thus given : 

Item, to the s.tageplayeris, Inglischemen V . . . 22 
Item, for the stageplayeris support that nicht thaye plaiid to the 

towne . . . '.,.'.. ~.;. . 300 

Their whole expenses were also defrayed during their sojourn in 
the burgh, as well as the expenses of a French knight who accom- 
panied them. These are thus entered in the accounts : 

Item, gevin for the expensiss maid on the entertenement of Monsieur de 
Halzie, Frenschemane, and the gentilmen, his Majestes servands, quho 
cum to this burght with him, in October, 1601, and for defraying of 



xx jj THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

thair haill chargis during thair remaining in this burght, conforme to 
ane ordinance of counsall maid thairanent. 126 3 6 

This Frenchman and many other knights and gentlemen were 
admitted burgesses. 

22nd October, 1601. 

The quhilk day, Sir Francis Hospitall of Haulszie, Knycht, Frenschman, being 
recommendit be his Majestic to the prouest, bailleis, and counsall of this brocht, 
to be favorablie interteneit with the gentilmen, his Majesties seruands efter 
specifeit, quha war direct to this brucht be his Majestic, to accumpanie the said 
Frenshman, being ane nobillman of France, cumming only to this burcht to sie 
the towne and cuntrie ; the Frenshman, with the knichtis and gentilmen following, 
wer all ressauit and admittit burgesses of gild of this burcht, quha gawe thair 
aithis in common form. Folowis the names of thame that war admittit bur- 
gesses : 

Sir Francis Hospitall of Halzie, knycht. 

Sir Claud Hamiltoun of Schawfeild, knycht. 

Sir Johne Grahame of Orkil, knycht. 

Sir Johne Ramsay of Ester Baronie, knycht. 

James Hay, James Auchterlony, Robert Ker, James Schaw, Thomas Foster, 
James Gleghorne, Dauid Drummond, seruitors to his Majesty. 

Monsieur de Scheyne, Monsieur la Bar, seruitors to the said Sir Francis. 

James Law. 

James Hamiltoun, seruitour to the said Sir Claud. 

Archibald Sym, trumpeter. 

Laurence Fletcher, comediane to his Majestie. 

Mr. David Wod. 

Johne Bronderstainis.* 

* In " William Shakspere, a Biography by Charles Knight, London, 1843," there is 
(p. 441,) a very interesting dissertation on the above entry, relating to the King's servants 
or company of Comedians. Mr. Knight seems satisfactorily to identify " Laurence 
Fletcher, comediane to his Majestie," with that Laurence Fletcher who is associated with 
Shakspere in the Patent granted to them and others by James I. in 1603. The presump- 
tions are very weighty therefore for believing that our great poet was one of the company 
who with Fletcher "played comedeis and staige playes" to the burgesses of Aberdeen in 
1601, and that Fletcher, as the head of the company, received the only honour which the 
Magistrates could confer, by being admitted a burgess. 

Mr. Knight also finds traces of Shakspere's witches in the singularly curious trials for 
witchcraft printed for the Club (Miscellany, vol. I.), which had recently occurred in Aber- 
deen, and of which a stranger, capable of appreciating and willing to listen to such marvel- 
lous instances of supernatural power, would doubtless hear enough. Mr. Knight also 
suggests that Shakspere might have picked up in his sojourn in Scotland at this time, the 
floating traditions about Macbeth which he afterwards worked up in his wonderful tragedy. 



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Thus we find them aiding three Hungarians who had been taken 
prisoners by the Turks in defence of the Christian religion, (p. 89.) 
A burgess of Irvine, who had been " pilleit and herreit be the Ire- 
land men," gets assistance, (p. 110.) Two shipwrecked Danes 
received aid, and " six coastsyd men that wer pilleit be the Hie- 
land men in thair cumming fra the Lewis" (p. 234) are relieved. 

Various illustrations of the state of education in the burgh, occur 
in the present volume. 

The Master of the Grammar School had the exclusive right of 
teaching grammar within the burgh, and on various occasions he is 
found asserting this privilege. Thus in 1593, a certain Mr. David 
Kanzie was accused " of instructing of bairnis in oratrie, poetrie, 
and sic as belangis to that liberall science, without licence, libertie, 
and previledge grantit to the said Maister David, be the provest, 
bailleis, and consall, and the said Mr. Thomas, maister of the 
grammer school, usurping theirby the said Mr. Thomas place, to 
quhom onlie it is lesum, and to sic as he sail deput wnder him to 
teich grammer within this burgh." (p. 90.) Whereupon he was 
ordered to desist and cease from farther teaching till he should 
obtain such licence. 

An ordinance vindicating the privileges of the Grammar School 
occurs shortly after, (p. 154.) 

About ten years after this time, Edward Diggens, Englishman, 
supplicates the council for liberty to " teache the youthe within this 
burghe in wreitting and arithmetik for the space of thrie monethis 
allanerlie." He promised to teach them in that time " a sufficient 
habite of a legible hand." His terms were unexceptionable : he 
was " to teache the poor for Godis sake, and the ritche for reasone, 
and nothing to be payit except they be profited." (p. 293.) 

He accordingly received licence from the council, "provyding 
that he teache his scolleris onlie to wreit and in arithmetik, and no 
utherwayis." John Thomson and his wife were allowit to teach, 

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xx i v THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

but the license extended only to " maidyne bairnis," and provided 
that they should have no "man doctour" under them. (p. 171.) 

The burgh then, as now, was so fortunate as to possess in the Masters 
of their Grammar School men of letters and classical taste. At the 
time when these notices occur, the chairs of learning in this academy 
were occupied by men whose names are not unknown in the world 
of letters. These were Mr. Thomas Reid and Mr. David Wedder- 
burn, who were for some time joint masters of the Grammar School. 
The former soon became one of the Regents in Marischal College, 
and thereafter Latin Secretary to King James VI. (p. 246.) The 
latter was a poet of no little fame in his day. He lived in the 
closest intimacy with Dr. Arthur Johnston, and numbered among 
his friends, the pious Bishop Patrick Forbes, William Forbes, 
Bishop of Edinburgh, and many illustrious contemporaries. 

Perhaps we may not err in ascribing to the fire enkindled by 
these men of genius in the breasts of their youthful pupils, that 
maturity of scholarship and classical taste which rendered the 
names of many of the scholars of Aberdeen illustrious, as well in 
foreign countries as at home, during the early part of this century. 

About two years after his admission, Wedderburn intimated to 
the Council, " that he being vrgit and burdenit be the lait pro- 
vinciall assemblie of the ministrie hauldin in this burght, to accept 
upon him the functioun of ane minister of Goddis word, was resoluit- 
to enter in the said functioun, and obey God calling him thairto be 
the said assemblie, and to leawe and desert the said school." 
(p. 238.) 

The Council permitted him to give up his situation in the Gram- 
mar School, but he very soon changed his intentions, and, at his 
own request, was reponed in his former office, (p. 244.) 

In the ensuing year, there is mention made of " the greiifs" ex- 
pressed by many of the inhabitants against Wedderburn, for " cer- 
tane abuses and extortionis laitlie enterit and raisit in the said 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXV 

schooll, by all gude ordour or forme." These consisted of exactions 
of higher fees for teaching than had been appointed. " Item, for 
tacking fra ewerie bairne, ilk Sonday, tua penneis, to be gevin to 
the puir ; it being no point of charitie to caus bairnis giwe siluer 
to the puir, thai hawing no siluer to giwe of thair awin but that for 
quhilk thay mak sum wrang schift." Among other exactions, he 
took eightpence monthly for " bent money," and at the beginning 
of ilk buik twelff penneis. " Item, for causing bairnis pay siluer at 
Candilmes, for thair Candilmes candill, aganis all forme and ordour, 
quhairas the auld forme wes to tak onlie candill and navayes siluer." 
The last matter was so arranged that the children should only be 
obliged to bring two candles during their pleasure at Candlemas, 
" not restraining alwayes the liberalise of thair parantis." No silver 
was allowed to be taken, " except fra him quha sail be king, to 
quhome it sail be lesum to gif quhat he pleissis, and tua of the Coun- 
sall to be present in the school on Candilmes evin, to sie this ordour 
concerning the candill preceislie keipit for eschewing emulation and 
contentioun amangis the bairnis,." (p. 264.) 

Several of these alleged "novations" appear to have arisen "rather 
upoun ane auld vse and custume introducit in the said school befoir 
the said Maister Dauidis entrie thairwith, than anywayis inuentit or 
devysit be him." The regulations now made were ordered to be 
written " in gryt letteris on a brod, and to be affixit in the Gram- 
mar School, that nather the Maister, nor the Doctour, (the second 
master,) nor ony of the scholeris pretend ignerance thairof." 

On the death of Mr. Gilbert Gray, Principal of Marischal College, 
in 1614, Wedderburn was appointed by the Council to teach "the 
hie class of the College" for a time, in doing which, he met with 
the approbation of the Students, Council, and whole inhabitants, 
and received from the Council a suitable reward. 

In 1620, we find Mr. Wedderburn complaning to the Council, 
" that he hes not ane stipend quhilk may encourage ane honest man 



xxv i THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

to walk in sic a toilsum callin with cheerfulness ; the multitude of 
schooles everiequhair, the burdine of a familie unknawin to him of 
befoir, the darth of the tyme, so cutteth away any little thing that 
is gottin, that or the twa pairt of the quarter be expired, he sees 
evidently no correspondense betwixt his extraordinar paynis and 
the ordinar reward : thairfour that it wald pleas thair wisdemes, 
with quhat affectioun they wald wishe the wark to stand and go 
fordward, to sie also with the same affectioun how be honest 
meanes the wark may be under proppet ;" and that they " will 
see that in sum measure he may liwe as vther scholaris in vther 
professionis." (p. 366.) This reasonable request was readily com- 
plied with by augmenting the school fees, and also by giving him 
an yearly sum of eighty merks, for which cause Wedderburne 
agreed to give a weekly lesson in Humanity, in the Marischal 
College, " out of sic authoris, at sic hours, and after sic method as 
sal be enjoyned to him be the counsall, and thairwith to compose 
in Latine, both in prose and verse, quhatsumeuir purpose or theme 
concerning the commoun effairis of the toune, ather at hame or 
afield, as he sal be requyred be any of the Magistrattis or Clerk in 
tyme comeing." It was found, however, that the teaching of Hu- 
manity interfered with the discharge of his other duties, and this 
part of his labour was soon discontinued. 

Mr. William Wedderburne, a brother of the Master of the 
Grammar School, held the office of " Doctour" or Second Master. He 
had given some offence to Alexander Forbes, sometime of Towie ? 
who had in consequence passed to the said Grammer School, and 
thair gevin ane cuff to the said Maister Williame Wedderburne." 
He acknowledged his offence, and in terms of an ordinance of the 
Council he accompanied the Magistrates and Council to the Gram- 
mar Schoole, " and thair most submissiwelie on his kneeis, confest 
his wrang foirsaid, done to the toune and to the said Maister 
Williame Wedderburne, Doctour of thair Grammer Schoole, and 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXVii 

first crawit the Magistrates and Counsall, and nixt the said 
Maister Williame, pardoun thairfoir, promeising neuir to do the 
lyke in tyme cumeing, but to remayne a freynd and weill willar 
baith to the toune and to the said Maister Williame in all tyme 
heireftir, and instantlie choppit handis with the Magistrattis and 
the said Maister Williame." (p. 353.) 

It is notoriously a difficult matter to change the established 
customs of a people, and the Magistrates amply experienced this 
truth in the continued opposition which they encountered in their 
efforts to abolish certain observances, to which the boys of the Gram- 
mar School, as well as the inhabitants in general, had been ac- 
customed at the feast of " Yule." 

In 1576, certain deacons of crafts were accused of " manteining 
of the twenty-fyft day of December last bypast, as Ywill day, 
halding the same haly day, and absteining fra labour for the maist 
pairt witht festing and playing," who answered that they who 
were suspected " of the said inormitie" had been already dealt 
with by the Minister and Kirk Session, and had purged themselves 
thereof ; but they again " purgit thame selffis on their consciens 
that they mantenit nocht the said superstitiouis festuall dayis," and 
found caution to observe the ordinance against the same in time 
coming, (p. 25.) 

In former times, the boys of the Grammar School had enjoyed 
certain " auld priuileges" about the time of Christmas, which were 
modified or withdrawn soon after the Reformation. In 1568, they 
presented a supplication to the Council on the subject, " be epistill 
in Latin," and at this time it was arranged, that in lieu of the 
old privileges they should have liberty to remain absent from school 
" fra Sanct Thomas evin before Yuill quhill vpon the morne efter 
the Epiphanie day." (Burgh Records, vol. i. p. 366.) But the 
Council finding " inconuenientis followand thairon," abolished this 
holiday, (p. 25.) 



Xxviii THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

Some years thereafter, it would appear that the students had 
persisted in their old enormities, by " taking of the schuill, and 
vsurping aganis the Master and Magistrates this tyme of yeir afoir 
Yuill, callit Natiuite of our Lord" ; so that it became necessary 
to ordain, that all gentlemen's sons to landward, as well as burgesses 
sons within the burgh, should be presented to the Magistrates be- 
fore they should be admitted to the school, and should find caution 
for obedience to the Master and Magistrates, (p. 39.) 

Notwithstanding of this, the boys appear to have vindicated their 
old privileges on the very next occurrence of the time of Yuill, and 
to have " takyn the schuill, mening to have the aid previlege." The 
Council freely forgave all past misdeeds of this sort, and in pre- 
sence of the master, and of the greater part of the scholars, ordained 
that no privilege should be granted to the scholars at the time of 
" Yuill" in time coming ; they however compounded with the boys 
by assigning to them three days of vacation at the beginning of 
every quarter, (p. 45.) 

About twenty years after this time, the old privilege seems 
to have been resumed in all its strength. Thus in 1604, 
"the disordour and dissolute behaviour" of the boys of the 
Grammar School, had again come to a great height, about the su- 
perstitious time of Yuill. They would appear to have been guilty 
of M tacking of the school, keping and haulding of the same agains 
thair Maister, with swordis, gunnis, pistollis, and vtheris wappynnis, 
spulzeing and tacking of puir folkis geir, sic as geisse, foullis, 
peittis, and utheris vivaris ;" all which, not only tended to the su- 
perstitious observation of holy days, but also bred in the scholars a 
contempt of their Master and of all discipline ; " besyddis, that the 
puir people that cummis into the towne for selling of vivaris, are 
spulzeit and reft thairof, and na satisfactioun maid to thame of the 
samen, to thair gryt hurt and skayth, and sklander of this burght 
and Magistrattis thairof." The statute requiring caution from all 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. xxix 

the scholars, that they would submit to discipline, and relinquish 
such disorders in future, was again renewed, (p. 251.) 

The boys seem to have been under no very effectual discipline, 
for we find them accused of " trubling and striking of the serwandis 
of diwerse nichtbouris within the burght, and using gryt disordour 
and enormities," and at a time when they could not plead the 
excuse of their old privileges at Yule. 

The inadequacy of the means used to prevent these disorders 
may be gathered from what happened a few years after the last 
notice on the subject. In 1612, we find seven students, sons of 
country gentlemen, accused by the provest of the great enormities 
which, in company with their associates in the Grammar School, 
Song School, and Writing School, they had perpetrated on the first 
of December, aggravated, too, by its commission " lang befoir the 
superstitious tyme of Yuill." They appear on the above day to 
have taken possession of the Song School, " keippit and hauldin the 
same with hagbuttis, pistollis, swordis, and long wapynnis," for three 
days, till the magistrates were compelled to apprehend and imprison 
a certain number of them. They were also accused "for wearing of 
gunes and schoitting theirwith, alsuell on the nicht as on the day, 
and for great deidis of oppressioune and ryottis comittit be thame 
sen the first day of December, aganis diuers nichtbouris of this 
burghe, in cumeing to thair houssis and bracking up thair durris and 
windouis, and maisterfullie away tacking of thair foulis, pultrie, 
breid, and vivaris," besides taking at thair own hand " fewall and 
vivaris" from the lieges coming to the burgh, and committing many 
other deeds of oppression, (p. 310.) 

This was too serious a matter to be passed over, and accordingly 
upwards of twenty students, all of them sons of gentlemen, were 
expelled from the schools of the burgh, and were appointed to 
find caution that they should not molest the inhabitants in time 
coming. The Magistrates, at the same time, resolved to provide 



xxx THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

against the usual disorders at Christmas, which they partly attri- 
buted to the slackness of discipline maintained by the Masters. And 
in the meantime, Gilbert Leslie, Master of the Writing School, who 
happened to be present, undertook for the good behaviour of his 
scholars in time to come. No doubt he must have found this to be a 
hazardous task, for the very next day we find that he was attacked by 
Patrick Gordon of Birsmoir, a near relative of two of the boys who 
had been expelled, who drew his sword, and pursued Mr. Leslie 
on the street, " giwing furthe dyveris and sindrie straikis at the 
said Gilbert." The Laird of Birsmoir acknowledged his offence, 
and found surety that he would not molest the Master of the Writ- 
ing School in time to come. (p. 313.) But the affront which had 
been put upon the expelled scholars was very grievous, and pro- 
bably had been brought about by the evidence of Leslie ; in a 
few months, we find that a brother of the Laird of Birsmoir, and 
Francis Murray, brother to the Laird of Cowbairdie, " with sum 
vtheris, thair complices, hes this day cum to this burgh of sett pur- 
pos and prouisioun, and maist proudlie, in contempt of law and 
justice, hes mest crewallie and unrnercifullie persewit Gilbert Les- 
lie, reidar, and Maister of the Writing School of this burgh, of his 
lyiff, on the Kingis hie streitt of this burgh, at the kirk styill, 
and hes gewin him many bluidie and best straikis with durkis and 
battounes in dyuers pairtis of his bodie, to the great effuseoune of 
his bloode and danger of his lyiff. (p 315.) 

The Magistrates immediately resolved to charge the above indi- 
viduals as well as the Laird of Birsmoir, who probably was at the 
bottom of the attack, to appear before the Privy Council to answer 
for the oppression thus committed. Through the mediation of 
Alexander Gordon of Cluny the matter was amicably settled. The 
Laird of Birsmoir had to pay two hundred merks of a fine, and he 
along with his accomplices were ordered " to cum to the auld kirk 
of this burgh on ane preiching day, and thair, immediatlie efter the 



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ending of the sermone befoir the blessing, to ryis out of thair seat 
in the ruid loft and compear befoir the pulpitt, and thair in all hu- 
militie, ilk ane seuerallie efter vther, crawe first God pardoun and 
forgiwenes for thair said wrang done to the toune and to the said 
Gilbert Lesle; and nixt to turne themselffis towardis the magis- 
trattis dask, and, in all humilitie, confes thair offence done to the 
toun and to the said Gilbert, and crawe the Prowest, Baillies, 
Counsall, and haill toune, pardoun thairfoir ; and last, to crawe the 
said Gilbert Leslie, quhome thay hurt, pardoun and forgiwenes for 
the same, schak handis with him, and promeis newer to do the lyk 
in tym cumming." (p. 319.) 

There seems no reason to doubt that these disorders proceeded 
from the saturnalia originally indulged in by the boys at the time of 
" Yuill," and from the attempts of the Magistrates to bring their 
license within reasonable limits. 

It is probable that then, as in later times, the irritated feelings 
of contending parties found vent in law pleas, when the system of 
attacking each other with swords and guns began to be discouraged. 
In 1580, we find the Magistrates taking order for enforcing a 
recent Act of Parliament " against sic personis within burght as 
wrangouslie perseuis or defendis ony actionis or caussis in juge- 
ment, and upon thame that tynes the pley within burght." The 
fines which were recoverable from such parties, were leased for one 
year at a sum of forty pounds. 

We observe a warlike spirit, too, in quarters where it is not ordi- 
narily looked for. Thus the wife of Mr. Aidie, Principal of the 
Marischal College, was convicted of " dinging and stricking Janet 
Mackye, servand to James Birny in Tarves, on the face, to the ef- 
fusion of her bluid." (p. 361.) 

The erection of the College by the Earl Marischal, was an event 
of no little consequence to the prosperity of the burgh. The char- 
ter of its foundation is dated 2nd April, 1593 ; and we have 





xxx ii THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

the election of James Forbes of Tullochbuie, as the first economus 
of the establishment, in little more than two months thereafter. 

Various notices in the accounts of the year 1593-4, show that 
the Magistrates took every means to expedite the undertaking; 

Be vertew of ane ordinance of counsall, of the dait the xxi. of De- 
cember, 1593, gevin to the Bischop, Minister, and Mr. Thomas 
Mollisoun, Clerk, appoyntit be the Counsall to pas to Edinburgh 
anent the mater of the exhibitioun of the execution of the new 
College, to mak thair expensiss . . . ., . 80 

Item, for the hyre of Mr. Thomas Mollisones horss the same 

tyme . . 2 10 

Item, for the Bischoppis horss hyre the same tyme . . . 200 

Item, for the Bischoppis denner, supper, and desiwyne, with his 

twa serwands, the day befor he red . ... 200 

Item, gewin to Robert Gareaucht, Messinger, at command of the 
Prowest and Bailleis, to continew the charges gewin be him at 
the instance of the Erll Merschall, anent the summonding of the 
Bishop, for the ereetioun of the new College .''.*'. . 168 

Item, to ane boy to pas to Dunnotter to summond the Erll Mers- 
cheall in the mater of the College, and for opening of the 
lettreis : 10 

It formed part of the duties of the Master of the Grammar 
School, that he should indite Latin verses on all occasions when 
the " necessar adois" of the town required it ; and it is not won- 
derful that his poetical talent should have been employed to ce- 
lebrate an event so interesting and important as the foundation of 
Marischal College. 

The following payment was made 

To Mr. Thomas Cargill, to caus print certane verse in Latin in 
commendatione of my Lord Marscheall for erecking the new 
College in Aberdeen, at the Counsallis command , j* . > 300 

In these times, every grown up person carried his sword, and was 
trained to use his weapons, and we are therefore prepared to expect 
frequent notices of broils and mutual attacks by " drawing of swords 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXxiii 

and quhingeris," (p. 109), both among the burgesses and barons. On 
one occasion, the Magistrates found it necessary to call out the 
townsmen " in thair armis, and speciallie in lang vappynnis," to 
keep the peace between the Earl Marischal and his friends, on 
the one part, and Gordon, younger of Cairnborrow, and others of 
that clan, on the other. 

A curious symptom of the lawless state of the times may be ob- 
served in the ordinances of the Magistrates requiring a certain 
number of the inhabitants to assist in besieging the Houses of the 
Abbey of Deer (p. 68), and Drumbreck. (p. 250.) The circum- 
stances attending the siege of the former have been already 
noticed in one of the works printed for the Club. * 

George Meldrum, younger of Drumbreck, the hero of the latter, 
affords a choice specimen of the cruel brigand. It would appear 
that he had conceived a deadly feud against his brother Andrew, 
and, in futherance of his malice, had attacked him at the Mylnetoun 
of Dumbreck, in the year 1599, grievously wounding-him, and at the 
same time " tuck the said Andro captiue and prissoner, had and con- 
veyit him to the place of Dumbrek, quhair the said George detenit 
him as captiue be the space of aucht oulkis or thairby, in strait firm- 
ance and captiuitieY' removing him thereafter to the place of Erne- 
syde, from which, after a farther captivity of nearly three weeks, he 
made his escape. He entertained malice also against Andrew Mel- 
drum of Achquharteis, and, with the aid of some of his servants, took 
him prisoner at his own dwelling-place, carrying him to a house on 
the Borough Muir of Edinburgh. He was also at feud with Mr. 
Alexander Gibsone, one of the Clerks of Session, and took him 
prisoner as well as a friend and servant, who were riding in com- 
pany with him, and robbed them. He carried Mr. Gibsone into 
England, detaining him in captivity for the space of eight days. 

* Antiquities of Aberdeen and Banff, vol. ii., p. 423. 



xxx iv THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

His last offence, being also the one which called for the aid of the 
citizens of Aberdeen in its redress, was the invasion of his brother's 
house of Drumbreck, and keeping of the same against the King's 
Guard, who had commission to charge him to render it up. This 
charge he disobeyed, and the burgh had now to furnish sixteen 
soldiers to assist the royal guard in besieging this ferocious free- 
booter in his retreat. He was soon afterwards tried, found guilty, 
and beheaded for his oppression and other crimes. * 

In 1593, provision was made for the defence of the town against 
" lawles Helandmen in Birss, Glentanner, and thair about," who 
had lately been guilty of the " onmerciful murthering of men and 
bairnis, and also of the maisterfull and violent robbing and spul- 
zeing of all the bestiall, guidis, and gear of a gryt pairt of the 
inhabitantis of theas boundis." These Highlanders, who are said 
to have " na respect to God nor man," plundered the country 
within 20 miles of the burgh, so that the inhabitants were warned 
to be ready to convene at the sound of the bell, for the defence of 
" thair lyvis, gudis, and geir," in case of a sudden assault by these 
men of Birss. (p. 82.) 

On several occasions during the period embraced in the present 
volume, the necessities of state, or his own amusement, drew 
the King to visit the burgh. We may guess at the nature of 
the relaxations in which he indulged while in the burgh, from 
the " bigging of ane pair of buttis besyd the Castell hill, for serving 
of his hienes and noble men that is to cum heir with his grace, 
according to the praiss and renoune of this burgh." (p. 65.) 

In 1617, his Majesty being desirous of enjoying his favourite 
sport of hunting, made a progress into Angus, lodging at Kinnaird, 
in that shire, in the vicinity of Montreumonth Moor, which had 
been from an early period set apart for royal sport. On this 

* The dittay against Meldrum will be found at full length in Pitcairn's Criminal 
Trials, vol. ii., p. 428. 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXXV 

occasion the Lords of the Privy Council thought " it lyke aneugh 
that if the necessitie of his princelie afferis and adois will not 
suffer him to come forder northe," yit many of his train would 
probably pay a visit to the burgh. They therefore exhorted the 
magistrates to make suitable preparations, so that no " markis of 
incivilitie nor tackynnis of penurie and scant" might be discovered 
among them. They were recommended to have lodgings prepared 
in the "most handsome, civile, and comelie" order that can be, 
" with goode bedding, weel washine weel smellit naprie, and with 
goode clein and cleir weshell, and of sufficient lairgenes ; to have 
viveris for men and horse, to have the streets kept clean, so that 
no filthe nor middingis be seine vpon the same, and in especiall 
that the commoun way betuixt the burgh and the Auldtoun, be 
kept cleene, and the middingis thereon forthwith removed, be- 
caus the same is not onlie his Majesties hie way to the Auld- 
toun, whair the consistorie sittis, and whairunto all the memberis 
of that judicatorie, and pairtyis haueing to do thair, doth daylie 
repair, bot the strangeris whilks will repair to your towne at that 
tyme will be curious to see the Colledge, Churche, and otheris 
inonumentis in the Auldtown." In conclusion, they were advised 
that thair " be no beggaris seene vpoun your streittis nor about 
your portis." 

His Majesty did not on this occasion visit his faithful subjects in 
Aberdeen, but " twenty worschipful knychtis and worthie gentill- 
men" in his train did so, and were admitted burgesses. Among 
these were his Majesty's apothecary, and his fool. The latter 
received a more substantial testimony of the town's kindness, of 
which the record is preserved in the accounts : 

Item, at command of the magistrates and counsall, gewin to Archibald 
Armstrong, his Majesties plesant, quha come to this burght with the 
Inglishe knichtis quhen his Majestie was at the liuntis in Munremonth, ane 
Portugall ducat . "'.".' . .,../. . 53 6 8 



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Item, to his Majesties violeris that accompaniet the saidis knychtis 

to this burgh . 26 13 4 

Item, to Alexander Gariauche, commoun cuik, for his service done 

to the towne the time of the Inglishe knychtis heir being 613 4 

In this burgh, as in all other parts of the country, the necessities 
of the poor in the period which followed the Reformation, re- 
quired much of the attention of those in power. * The following 
arrangement for their support was adopted in 1595 : the poor were 
" deuidit in four rankis, to vit, in babes, decayit persones, hous- 
halderis, leamit and impotent persones, and in sic as war decrepit 
and auld, borne and bred within this burght, at the leist that hes 
maid their commoun resort and residence within the same, be the 
space of thir sevin yeris bypast." 

The inhabitants resolved, at a general meeting called to consider 
of the matter, that each person should receive " ane baib" into his 
house, and that they should also raise a voluntary contribution for 
the other classes. 

It was a matter of great difficulty to clear the town of stranger 
beggars, although a person was specially appointed for the purpose. 
On various occasions there are complaints of the great number 
of idle persons who resort to the town, who are called "very 
contagious enemies to the commoun weill of this burgh." On one 
occasion a remedial ordinance was passed, " that na maner of 
persone salbe suiferit or permittit to duell within this toun, bot 
sic as salbe notourlie knawn to have sufficient rent of thair awin, 
or sum honest moyen, Industrie, craft, or occupatioun, to leiue on 
in tyme cumming." (p. 149.) 

It would appear that the Parish Church had been permitted to 

* In 1587 we hear of complaints of the " misordour and tumult of the puir folkis sittand 
at the kirk dur beggand almous, plukand and pulland honest menis gownis, cloikis, and 
abulzement, throw the quhilk thair is gryt confusioun amangis thame." (p. 60.) It was 
ordered that in time coming they should not be permitted to " sitt or remane ony wyss 
asking almous within the kirk nor kirk yard, bot to sit without the stylis," and stranger 
beggars were again ordered to be removed from the burgh. 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXXvii 

remain without much alteration since the Reformation, beyond the 
removal of the many altars which had been erected in it. In 1596, 
however, the " carvit timmer wark betuixt the pilleris in the queir" 
was removed, to make way for a stone wall, to be built between the 
choir and the nave, so as to convert the former into " ane preich- 
ing kirk, for preiching of the word of God, and ministratioun of the 
sacramentis." (p. 135.) 

It is probable that for a long time the necessities of the burgh 
only required the services of a single physician. In 1596, Maister 
Quintine Prestoun, professor of physic, " in respect of his de- 
bilitie, being sumquhat strickin in aige," craves the council's 
leave "to interteine ane apothecar with his apothecarie shop, 
for the better furnesing of this burght and of the cuntrie, of 
all sort of physical and chirurgicall medicamentis" (p. 144,), which 
they at once accorded to him. In 1601, the council appointed 
Maister James Cargill, doctor of physic, to try the qualifications of 
two " ehirurgians," and to report whether " they be meitt and 
qualifeit to exerce and use the said airt." (p. 218.) 

In 1594, when his Majesty came northwards to demolish or 
dismantle the Keeps of the Popish Lords, he borrowed from the 
magistrates " twentie stand weycht of poulder, togidder with certain 
mattockis, gavellokis, and vtheris warklomes and materialls for de- 
molisching and casting doun of houssis and fortalices," for the re- 
delivery of which the King and Privy Council gave bond, (p. 102). 
These warlike instruments were faithfully restored by his Majesty, 
and thereafter sold, as appears by the accounts of the above year. 

Item, the comptar chargis him with the money gotten be him for the irnewark, 
mattlockis, gavillockis, pickis, and uthir instrumentir furneist be the toun to the 
dimolishing of Strathbogie, Newtoun, and Slanis, quhilkis war ordanit be act of 
consall to be sauld, quhilkis being sauld, the money gottin thairfor, according to 
the particular compt of the selling thairof, extendis to 1. lib. xix. sh. viii. d. 

His Majesty appears to have resided in the House of the Earl 



XXXviii THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

Marischal during his sojourn in Aberdeen, and the town as usual pro- 
vided all sort of provisions for his comfort- The following entry in 
the accounts refers to the spices purchased for the royal use : 

Item, for the spycerie ordanit to be laid in and gevin to the Kingis hous, quhilk 

was gevin in the quantitie folowing, viz. : 

Four pund of pepper, price of the pund 34s. is . 6 16 

Item, four vnces of safroun, at 32s. the vnce, is . i . .-. .. '. . 680 

Item, half a pund of meassis, at nyn s. the vnce, is f . . 3120 

Item, 8 vnces cannell, at nyn s. the vnce, is . . . . 3 12 

Item, aucht pundis sucker, at xxii. s. the pund, is . . . 8160 

Item, ane dussone buistis of confeittis, scorchettis, and confectionis, 

at viii. s. the buist, is . . . . . . . . 4160 

The Earl Marischal having been turned out of his house for his 
Majesty's accommodation, the Council had to provide a lodging for 
his Lordship. 

Item, at the counsallis command, to Alexander Cullens wyff, for the maill of the 
house to the Erll Merschall during his Majesties being in this toun, 20 

The magistrates were on various occasions brought into consider- 
able perplexity from their anxious attempts to put down Papistry. 
In 1594, their proceedings in this respect brought them into con- 
tact with the three Popish Earls, the representatives of the ancient 
religion in the north. On the 16th of July of that year, a ship 
called the Esperance arrived in the harbour from Calais " quhairin 
is thrie strangearis quha ar suspect to be papistis and traffiqueris." 
The magistrates' supicion arose " be ressone that Mr. James Gordone 
cam out of Caleis in the said schip, with thame and landit this day 
furth theirof on the sandis of this burght;" they therefore re- 
solved to seize the ship along with the strangers, and to send them 
to his Majesty, in charge of twelve of the citizens, (p. 91.) 

On the following day the three strangers were committed to jail, 
because the wind was boisterous, so that the ship could not be sent 
southwards. 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXxix 

On the 18th of July, the magistrates resolved to send a commis- 
sioner to his Majesty to notify the arrival of Mr. James Gordon 
with the three strangers, " to the effect his Majestie may tak sic 
ordour theiranent as his hienes sail think expedient," * (p. 92.) 

Before any farther step could be taken in the matter, however, 
the magistrates received a letter from the Popish Earls and the 
Laird of Auchindoun, in which they intimated, that unless the three 
strangers were forthwith set at liberty, they would not only esteem 
the citizens of Aberdeen as their enemies in all time coming, but 
would instantly attack the town with fire and sword, " and it sal 
be ane perpetuall querrell to stand sa lange as our houses and pos- 
teriteis shall last." 

After deliberating on this threatening epistle " at gryt lentht," 
the magistrates " for eschewing of the eminent perrell of the 
haill toun, being suirlie informit of the gryt forcis of the saidis 
erlis, mair nor pairtie to the toun, quha war alreddie lyand about 
the toun reddie to invaid and persew the samen with fyre and 
sword, deuisit and ordanit, with uniforme consent, but oppositioune 
or contradictioun, that rather or the toun suld be put in hazert or 
perrell, that the saidis thrie strangeris suld be delyuerit to the 
said erlis, according to the quhilk ordinance the saidis strangeris 
war delyuerit to thame furth at the portis." (p. 93.) 

The magistrates, although the circumstances seemed to leave 
them no choice in their conduct, did not think themselves safe 

* Mr. James Gordon was fourth son of that George, Earl of Huntly, who fell at Corrichie, 
and uncle of the Earl who took part with the three strangers. He was bred to the church, and 
was presented to the parsonage of Rhynie when a young man. He was parson of this 
parish in 1563. (Rec. rarl. 773.) Adhering to the Roman Catholic religion he went abroad, 
and was admitted a member of the society of Jesus : he also got the degree of Doctor of 
Theology. He was an active agent of the "Roman Catholic Church, to serve which he came 
repeatedly to Scotland in the reign of James VI., and was thence an object of jealousv and 
dislike to the new ministers. In February 1587-8, he had a disputation of several hours 
with the King on the grounds of religion, but without any result. He died on Good Friday 
in 1620 at Paris in the Jesuits' College in Rue St. Antoine, where he was buried. (Gordon s 
Hist, of Gordons, vol. ii. p. 119.) 



x l THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

without receiving a discharge for their proceedings in liberating 
these three men, whose only apparent fault consisted in their 
being found in the company of Mr. James Gordon, and in being 
" strangers" to the magistrates of Aberdeen. 

The expense of the discharge is entered in the accounts : 

Item, thairefter to the said Jon Andro, be vertew of ane ordinance of counsall, of 
the dait the fourt of November, 1594, for his panis in forming and registring of 
the townis discharge, for latting to libertie of the thre strangeris arryving with 
Mr. James Gordon, ane roiss nobill, at . 768 

The following mode of punishing the fishermen of Futty who 
should cut or interfere with ropes or other goods belonging to ships 
or boats coming to the harbour, would be considered as too severe 
by their representatives of the present day. The transgressor was 
to be " bund to ane staik within the floode merk during the space 
of thre houris, quhill the water flow round about him," thereafter 
scourged through the whole town and banished from the same for 
ever. (p. 209.) 

The custom of giving entertainments at funerals has long been 
considered a great evil, and yet its hold on society seems 
to be as powerful in our own times as it was several centuries 
ago. In 1612.. the magistrates enacted " that no desert suld be from 
thyne furth at any lykwalkis in this burght, of quhatsumewir ranck 
or degrie the defunct be of, bot onlie bread, drink, and cheiss," 
under a penalty of twenty pounds ; and eight years afterwards 
the fine was levied from three widows who had transgressed 
the ordinance at the funerals of their husbands, (p. 369.) Another 
abuse " laitlie croppin in" at burials, arose from the employment 
of two hand bells, " to go throw the streittis of this burghe, to 
giwe warning to the nichtbouris of the towne to keip the buriall, 
the lyke quhairof is not observeit in any wther burgh of this 
kingdome"; it was ordered, that in future, only one hand bell 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. X H 

should be used at burials, under a penalty of ten pounds, (p. 
378.) 

But the feasting at baptisms also required to be redressed. It 
is stated in 1622, that of late a great abuse had appeared by 
" superfluous and costlie banquetting of bairnes, and be convocating 
of great numberis of people, both men and wemen, thairwnto, and 
haveing and vseing all sort of succouris, confectiounes, spyceries, and 
desert brocht from forane pairtis, besyid great superfluitie of ven- 
nisone and wyld meat of all sortis, and withal useing of excessive 
and extraordinarie drinking and scolling." With the view of im- 
proving matters, it was provided that none should hereafter invite 
" any mae persones to be gossipis or cummeris to any of thair 
bairnes, bot four gossippis or cummeris at the maist, and that thair 
salbe bot sex wemen at the maist invited or employed to convoy 
the bairne to and fra the kirk, nather yit sail thair be any mae 
persones invited to any denner, supper, or eftirnoones drink at a 
baptisme bot sex men and sex wemen at the most ; and withall, 
ordanis that nane presume to hawe at thair banquettis any kynd 
of succouris, spyceries, droggis, or confectiounes brocht from pairtis 
beyond sea, nather yit any kynd of wyld meat or bakin meat at 
thair baptismes, nor yit use at any tyme any excessive drinking 
or scolling, or urge thair nichtbouris to waught or scole farder 
nor thair plesour," under a penalty of forty pounds, (p. 391.) 

At this time it was ordered that " everie magistrat and counsallar 
sail repair to the tounes counsal hous at all occasiounes whan the 
counsall sittis, with honest gownes about thame, as being the most 
comelie utter garment ; and that on the Sabbath day lyikwayis, 
and on the preiching dayis in the weik, they sail sitt in thair gownes 
in the kirk", (p. 383.) 

Other regulations on the subject of dress occur. Thus, in 1576, 
it was ordained that no burgess should wear a plaid from the en- 
suing feast of St. Martin, in all time thereafter, under a penalty of 



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forty shillings. Again, if he presumed to wear a " bleu bonatt," he 
subjected himself to a fine of five pounds. The use of the plaid by 
the fair sex, required revision about fifty years after this time, when 
the Magistrates, considering the " incivill forme of behaweour of a 
great manye wemen in this burght of gude qualitie, quha resortis 
both to kirk and mercat with thair playddis about thair headis, and 
be thair exampell the meaner sort of wemen uses the samen 
forme of incivilitie, quhilk gewis offence to strangeris, and occa- 
sioun to thame to speik reprochefullie of all wemen generallie 
within this burght" ; (p. 373.) for remedying of which abuse, it was 
ordered that intimation should be given out of the pulpit, that no 
women, of whatever degree, should resort to kirk or market in 
future, having plaids about their heads, under certain penalties. 
But while the use of the plaid was thus proscribed to the burgesses 
of Aberdeen, we find the Magistrates, about twenty years after the 
date of the above enactments, bestowing a " propine" on the King's 
Justice Depute, which consisted of two of these " incivil" garments. 

Item, likwayes for a pair of playdis to Mr. William Hart, his Hienes Justice 
Deput, . . . . 10 

It has only to be stated, in conclusion, that it was at one time 
intended to print selections from the accounts of the burgh, as an 
appendix to the present volume. Farther consideration has induced 
the belief that it will be more desirable to print them in a separate 
volume. A few extracts, however, have been introduced into the 
preface, with the view of illustrating some of the notices in the text, 
and of indicating the nature of the accounts themselves. 

JOHN STUART. 

ABERDEEN, th November, 1848. 



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nraa 

1570 June 2, Deliverance as to the right of the town to the ground within flood- 
mark ; 3 

2, Fee to the person who played on the trum 3 

1571 May 31, The Earl of Athol becomes surety for Andrew Marr, burgess 4 

Feb. 28, Isobel Robertson found to have abstracted 200 merks out of a 

" lokkit bonat caiss." 4 

1572 March 28, The town's title-deeds to be sent to the Castle of Dunnottar, for 

security in this troublous time 6 

April 3, Two Norwegians buy a boat and tackle 6 

5, Patrick Ballendeyne of Stenhous cleares himself of the slaughter 

of a burgess of Edinburgh 6 

14, A burgess renounces his privileges 7 

Oct. 4, 600 merks granted to the support of the Earl of Huntly, and to 

remove the soldiers from the burgh 7 

13, Patrick Menzies owns receipt of 500 merks by the hands of James 

Gordon of Haddo 7 

1573 Jan. 12, The annual rents of chaplainries to be applied for repair of the 

parish church 8 

12, Alms to be collected for honest decayed persons, and poor persons 

born in the town 9 

Feb. 19, List of heirship goods 10 

March 10, Complaint to be made against the Laird of Philorth and others, 

for permitting a Flemish vessel to be load in the port of Faithlie 10 

1574 Aug. 31, The town agrees to give a bond of service to the Lord Regent 11 

31, And also, to give him a sum of money for a discharge of past 

crimes 12 

Sept. 2, The Regent exacts a contribution of 4000 merks 12 

2, Copy of the town's bond to the Regent 13 

2, Another bond of the town to employ 1000 merks in building an 

hospital for the poor 15 

2, The king's discharge to the burgh 16 



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PAGE 

1574_Sept. 2, Licence to the community to abstain from passing to Edinburgh to 

serve on inquests 17 

2, Licence to the provost, baillies, and counsell to abide from a diet of 

the Privy Council to which they had been summoned 18 

2, Discharge to the town for assisting George, Earl of Huntly, in 

times past 18 

2, The town's composition for their discharge of all crimes, except 

treason, black fishing, and magic ; 19 

Oct. 8, The salary of the public reader augmented 20 

8, Duties payable to the tacksman of " the Halydays fische and St. 

- Nicholas mett." 20 

Nov. 15, Alms to be collected weekly for the poor 20 

15, All stranger beggars to be removed, and the town's beggars to wear 

the town's tokin 21 

15, A person hired to play on the almany quhissil, accompanied by a 

tabroune 21 

1575 Jan. 5, The town-clerk to record the town's charters in a volume 21 

5, The Regent having assigned to the Lady Ravinscraig 500 merks 

of the recent tax, the town agrees to pay the same to her 21 

Aug. 19, The chaplains resign all their property into the hands of the town, 

reserving their own liferent 22 

19, They agree that the same be employed for upholding St, Thomas 

Hospital 23 

Oct. 7, Four persons received in the hospital within St. Thomas Chapel 

who are to wear a garment of one colour and appearance 24 

7, Forty merks yearly granted to Mr. John Craig, minister 24 

Dec. 10, The Master of the Grammar School to have a pension of 50 merks.. 24 
22, A privilege formerly granted to the students at the Grammar 
School of remaining from school from the 20th December to 7th 

January abrogated 24 

1576 Jan. 25, The Deacons of certain crafts accused of holding the 25th of Dec. 
as a holy day, with feasting and playing. They answer that 
they had already purged themselves before the minister and as- 
sembly of the kirk. A penalty to be laid on those who contra- 
vene 25 

Feb. 24, Commissioner chosen to go to Edinburgh to consult as to the contri- 
bution of 10,000 pounds granted to the Regent, and other things 26 
Oct. 1, Mr. Alex. Skene, advocate and burgess of Aberdeen, allowed to be 

absent for three years 26 

5, No burgess of guild nor deacon of craft to wear a plaid under a 

penalty 27 

5, The Town's officers to wear halberts 27 

5, The Town's landimaris to be ridden yearly 27 



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1576 Oct. 5, Prices of mutton fixed. No bee? to be sold till the BaiUies have 
fixed the price. No fish nor flesh to be sold on Sunday till after 

the sermon 27 

15, The craftsmen to elect their deacons yearly 28 

Dec. 29, The Master of St. Thomas Hospital to get five merks yearly for re- 
nouncing his interest in the chapel and yard of the said hospital 28 

1577 July 10, Hire of horses for leading peats fixed 29 

Aug. 9, A fornicatrix banished from the burgh 29 

Oct. 4, The Doctor of the Song School gets four pounds to help to buy him 

clothes 29 

4, The person who keeps the town free from stranger beggars gets forty 

shillings to buy him a garment 29 

8, 100 pounds received for St. Thomas Hospital 29 

Nov. 22, In consequence of the great dearth of victuals none to be transported 

in future till the town be served 30 

1578 Jan. 19, The reader and vicar of the town to receive the teinds belonging to 

said vicarage during his lifetime 31 

26, Prices of figs and raisins fixed 31 

Feb. 21, A burgess deprived of his freedom for reviling the baillies 31 

Nov. 7, The swine of persons who refuse to expel them from the burgh to be 

destroyed by the executioner 32 

15, A person convicted of forestalling by selling goods in the ports of 

Peterhead and Faithlie 32 

1579 May 1, A collection for the Scotch prisoners taken by the Turks at Morocco 32 

July 24, No cattle to pasture on the links 33 

Oct. 9, The Master of the Grammar School, in consequence of the greater 
price of victuals, requests that the dues for scholars be augmented. 

His request granted 33 

19, Timber of the Highlandmen not to be laid on the south of the 

tolbooth rail 33 

Dec. 22, Ordinances as to admission to the crafts 34 

1580 Jan. 9, The penalties leviable against those who wrongously pursue or 
defend actions, and lose their plea within burgh, let for one 

year 34 

23, Claim of the Earl of Argyle for certain goods which belonged 
to John Gordon of Kinmundy.^List of said goods with their 

prices 35 

March 17, The town to be fortified with certain ditches 37 

May 13, The inhabitants informed that the King is soon to visit the burgh, 
and that on such occasions it had been usual to show their joy 
by fasceis, playeis, historeis, antics, and other decoration. 3000 
merks granted to make preparation 37 



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1580 Sept. 5, Mr. Thomas Cargill admitted to be Master of the Grammar 

School ........................................................................ 3 

Oct. 7, Anent the fish market, and holding of markets on Sunday ............ 

15, Prices for shoeing horses fixed ............................................. 38 

Dec. 1,' William Jak admitted Master of St. Thomas Hospital ............... 39 

1, James Reid to get 20 merks for " purchessing" Mr. Alexr. Ar- 

buthnot to be Minister of the burgh .................................... 39 

21, In consequence of the enormities usually committed by the scholars 
of the grammar school about the time of Yule, no scholar to 
be admitted in future till he be presented to the provost and 
bailies, and find caution that he will obey the ordinance of 
council ........................................................................ 39 

1531 _ Yeb. 13, Certain tradesmen purchase lawburrows against the provost, 
bailies, and community. They are declared to have lost their 
freedom ....................................... .............................. 4ft 

March 1, The burgesses agree to a contribution for resisting the craftsmen. .. 41 
April 3, No civil causes allowed to be pursued before the commissary ......... 42 

June 16, Persons throwing stones, &c., into the Trinity Burn to be fined ...... 42 

Aug. 14, The craftsmen accused of purchasing from the secreit counsel a gift 

and privilege prejudicial to the burgesses of guild .................... 42 

14, Certain craftsmen disavow all knowledge thereof. Mathew Guild, 

and others, adhere thereto ............................................... 43 

15, Patrick Leith, armourer, deprived of his freedom for striking Wil- 

liam Gray with ahalbert ............................................... 44 

23, None to be buried within the kirk without payment of 30 shillings, 

except they who have foundations in the said kirk .................. 44 

28, John Duncan, tailor, deprived of his freedom for raising schism and 

disturbance between the burgesses and craftsmen ................... 44 

Dec. 26, The disordourit scholars of the Grammar School having taken the 
school, meaning to have the old privilege at Yule, it is ordain- 
ed that no such privilege be granted, but that they shall have 
three days holydays in the beginning of every quarter ............ 45 

1582 March 23, Walter Cullen to be paid the balance of his fee for reading of the 

prayers in the afternoon .................. , ................................ 45 

Sept. 14, Obligation to pay Mr. Peter Blakburne, minister, his yearly 
stipend of 300 merks out of the thirds of the Bishoprick of 
Aberdeen ................................................................... 46 

14, He is to get 100 merks also from the town ............................. 46 

14, The town receives Mr. Blakburne as Minister, and ratified the 
articles anent true religion presented by Mr John Craig, some- 
time Minister of the burgh ............................................. 46 

Oct. 1, Certain craftsmen refuse to vote in the election of magistrates ........ 46 



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1582 Nov. 26, Expense to be provided for of Commissioner to France for getting a 

reduction of the new customs in France 47 

Dec. 5, Contract anent the town's three clocks 47 

17, Punishment of Thomas Kelly for " strutting" Annabell Kelly 47 

17, Robert Menzeis elected Master of the Town's Hospital 48 

17, Punishment of William Ronaldsone for slander 48 

1583 Jan. 3, No drinking of gild wine to be in tyme coming 48 

April 25, Aid to a school for young children 49 

May 10, No money allowed to be received by the inhabitants for buying of 

goods for extranears 49 

13, Fees to be received by shore porters 49 

Aug. 9, No sheep skins to be sent to any port in Flanders for six months. . . 50 

1584 July 10, Sacristan of the Parish Kirk chosen. His duties and fees 50 

10, John Roray readmitted a burgess 51 

Sept. 28, Ordinance for avoiding of the pestilence 52 

Oct. 14, All householders to attend sermons on Tuesday and Thursday 

under a penalty 54 

14, Ordinance against forestallers 54 

14, Statute against the extortion of weavers 55 

1585 March 29, Ordinance anent burials within the kirk 55 

May 21, Ordinance anent the plague 56 

27, Contraveners thereof punished 57 

Oct. 4, Magistrates to remain in office for one year only 57 

8, Stipend to be paid to a second minister 57 

1586 Jan. 10, Price of building the Justice Port to be paid 58 

April 13, The Council to meet weekly on Wednesday 58 

29, A school, without licence of the master of the grammar school, pro- 
hibited 58 

Oct. 7, The bow brig to be built with a bow of estlair 59 

1587 April 27, The town agrees to a tax for an ambassador to Denmark 59 

July 20, No beggar to sit in the kirk or kirkyard hereafter 60 

Aug. 14, Master of the Song School admitted 60 

1588 Jan. 22, A stent agreed to (under protest) for paying the town's proportion 
of expense of furnishing out a ship of war for pursuing English 

pirates 60 

June 7, An encroachment found at the Netherkirkgate port 61 

Oct. 4, Inhabitants again ordained to attend church instead of " gaming 

and playing, passing to tavernis and ailhoussis" 62 

Nov. 20, The town not to be warned to public meetings unless by desire of 

the Council 62 

1589 Feb. 13, All questions between the town and the Laird of Balquhyn to be 

settled... 63 



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1589 May 5, The powder and iron work furnished to the King to be sold 64 

June 18, Grass on the links and other places to be kept for " his hienes liegis 

that ar to be heir schortlie" 64 

18, A pair of butts for serving the king and noblemen in his company 

allowed to beerected 64 

Aug. 6, Payments to be made to the Justice Clerk for his good-will at the 
ensuing Justice Court, as also to the Clerks of the Justice 

Courts 65 

Sept. 3, A custodier of the " lockit buik" containing the charters of the chap- 

lainries of the parish kirk appointed 65 

24, The Grammar School to be repaired 66 

Nov. 26, The master of kirk work gets the " lokit buik" ... 66 

Dec. 12, The scholars of the Grammar School to find caution for good order, 
and that no disorder be used in taking the school at the super- 
stitious time of Yule 66 

1590 March 31, Baillie Colleson to pass to Denmark with the ship sent by this burgh 

toconvey the Queen to this country 67 

April 6, The provost ordered to put the town's cannon called " the Falcon" 

on board of the "Nicolas" bound for Denmark 67 

27, A wapinschaw ordered to be held 67 

Oct. 14, 40 hagbutters to be furnished by the town to the Earl Marischal to 

recover the House of Deer taken by Mr. Robert Keith 68 

Nov. 26, Grass on the links rouped 68 

... 26, Also the chapel on the castle hill 69 

... 26, And the grass of the loch 69 

1591 Jan. 8, The Laird of Frendraught's servants accused of disturbing the town 69 

18, The town's officers to keep the key of the tolbooth 69 

Feb. 15, A charter chest ordered for keeping the town's charters 70 

April 2, The fishers of Futtie to be poyndit as often as they fail to go to sea 

in timeof good weather 70 

15, Titles of a land lying without Futty port to be produced 70 

May 19, A leper admitted into the leper house 70 

June 8, Punishment for the crime of incest 71 

July 28, Expense of executing letters at the instance of the Provost and 

Baillies against the Commissary 72 

Nov. 8, Contribution for the raid to the Isles refused, and forty soldiers to 

be furnished 72 

1592 April 14, Penalties for swearing 73 

14, Certain fishers in Futtie convicted of cutting a lobster net at the 

Grey Hope 74 

1593 Jan. 6, William Murdo found to be a " blasphemous heretyk" and banished 

from the burgh 75 



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1593 Jan. 8, The burgh to be watched nightly 76 

10, The town warned to convene and give their oaths for maintenance 

of true religion 77 

31, A water baillie appointed 77 

31, Ordinance anent the revenues of the alterages within the Parish 

Kirk 78 

Feb. 21, A propine to be given to the King at his coming to this burgh 79 

June 18, James Forbes of Tulliboy, elected Economus of Marischal College 79 

25, Servants engaging to two masters to be put in " the govis." 80 

July 11, The steeple of the tolbooth to be repaired., 80 

18, Certain ships from Norway unloading at Newburgh to be arrested 81 

18, The Sweschman to have a red garment 81 

31, Certain lawless Highlanders in Birss, &c., having plundered the 

neighbourhood, provision is made for defence of the town 82 

31, Tax Roll of the Burghs for their proportion of a General Tax to 

the King 83 

Oct. 8, None to be allowed to remain in the burgh who has not some known 

means of living 84 

17, No feal to be cast on the Inches or Links for 3 years 85 

Nov. 26, Dues to be exacted for the town's seals 86 

Dec. 8, Proclamation of the Whitsunday fair to endure for 8 days 87 

24, Articles of the privy inquest of boroughs 87 

24, A contribution to three Hungarians taken prisoners by the Turks... 89 
1594 Feb. 22, Rejoicings to be held for the birth of a Prince '.. 90 

March 22, A school for teaching grammar to be shut from want of the licence 

of the master of the grammar school 90 

May 8, Spears to be made 91 

July 16, A ship from Calais with three suspected papists on board to be sent 

to his Majesty 91 

17, The three strangers to be put in prison as the ship was detained by 

contrary winds 92 

18, A commissioner sent to apprise his Majesty that Mr. James 

Gordon and the three strangers are in prison 92 

19, The town delivers up the three strangers to the Earls of Huntly, 

Angus, and Errol 93 

Aug. 14, Punishment for scandal 93 

Sept. 16, Two pieces of artillery called half-slungs to be repaired 93 

30, A lodging to be prepared for the provost 94 

Oct. 5, Assignation and discharge of the town's proportion of the King's 

tocher 94 

25, Discharge of the town's proportion of a tax for furnishing the 

King with men of war 99 



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1594 Oct. 25, Licence to the town to remain from the present host 101 

25, Discharge to the town relative to Mr. James Gordon and the three 

strangers 101 

25, Obligation by the King and Council to re-deliver to the town certain 

quantities of powder and machines borrowed by his Majesty 102 

Nov. 15, Roup of the grass on the links 103 

15, Roup of the chapel on the Castlehill 103 

15, Roup of other parts of the town's property 103 

Dec. 13, A stent to be made for paying 200 merks to the Duke of Lennox 

also to pay for the propine to his Majesty when in this burgh 
and to pay the stipend of Mr. Peter Blackburn 104 

13, Licence to the town to remain from the raid to the Isles 105 

1595 Feb. 10, The Duke of Lennox made a burgess profession of his religion... 106 

10, Sir Robert Melvill and others admitted to be burgesses 106 

14, Remission to the town for certain crimes 107 

28, Fine for overcharge on wine 107 

March 14, His Majesty's letter for carrying the Earls of Huntly and Errol 

beyond seas 107 

April 15, A pair of joggis to be made 108 

18, Thomas Borthik acknowledges that he troubled the town 108 

May 15, Two persons convicted of drawing their swords and quhingers 109 

16, Alex. Paterson convicted of " unnaturall misbehaviour" to another 

merchant 110 

28, A burgess of Irvine, "herreit" by the Irishmen, gets relief. 110 

June 2, Bounds of the Gallowhill croft set 110 

30, The lands of Capristoun to be bought Ill 

July 2, The town's part of penalties for slaying black or red fish granted to 

the Sheriff Depute Ill 

3, Owners of salmon fishings to be paid their mail salmon out of the 

first and readiest 112 

9, The steeple of the Gray Friar kirk to be repaired 114 

12, An encroachment on the kirkyard 114 

16, 100 merks voted to Lord Forbes as a remembrance of the town's 

goodwill 115 

Aug. 6, The treasurer to furnish bread and wine for the Communion 115 

27, A suspension to be procured of the charge against the town to ap- 
prehend Lord Forbes 115 

Sept. 10, Two shipwrecked Danes to be relieved 115 

10, The town's post to have a garment 116 

10, The reader's salary augmented 116 

17, A contribution for the repair of St. Machar's kirk 116 

17, Halls of wood to be erected for the meal market... . 116 



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1595 Nov. 12, The sacristan to have a gown of self black 117 

17, The town to be divided into four congregations 117 

17, Mr. Blakburn's expenses for going to Edinburgh to be paid 118 

25, The grass on the Links to be kept for the Convention of Burghs and 

General Assembly soon to meet 118 

Dec. 1, Law plea between the Earl Marischal and Menzies of Pitfoddles. . . 119 
17, Payments to the Bishop for his seal to the town's charter of Capra- 

ston 120 

17, Thomas Gordon hired to " reull the town's knockis" 120 

24, A writing booth to be procured for the Town Clerk 120 

1596 Jan. 8, Discharge by Gardyn of Banchory, to certain burgesses, for break- 
ing down the walls of his house 121 

12, Wapinschaw intimated 122 

20, Sir John Carmichael, knight, made a burgess 123 

23, Provision to be made for the poor divided into four classes 124 

Feb. 11, The inhabitants to be trained to carry arms 124 

14, The Earl MarischaPs concurrence asked in apprehending Thomas 

Sutherland for carrying Mr. Walter Lindsay to Spain 125 

March 15, The town troubled by a contest between certain inhabitants with a 

sword and quhinger 126 

22, Provision anent the purchase of onion seed 127 

23, An encroachment found to have been made on St. Katherine's Hill 

after probation . 127 

24, A measure to be sent for to Linlithgow 131 

June 3, Proclamation against wearing of pistols and other weapons 131 

7, An attack on the mainmast of the ship called the " Gift of God"... 132 
7, Certain non-resident burgesses who had been charged to make 
actual residence under the penalty of forfeiting their freedom are 

declared to have incurred that penalty 133 

23, The carved work in the choir of the kirk to be removed and so 

placed that the choir may be made " ane preiching kirk" 135 

29, A supper to be given to the Commissioners of Burghs 136 

29, Expenses of repairs to the tolbooth to be allowed 136 

July 7, The wall for dividing the kirk and choir to be erected 136 

9, A commissioner sent to Edinburgh for dealing with the King on 

various matters 137 

9, No craftsman to be made a burgess till he swear to observe the 

contract betwixt the burgesses and craftsmen .- . . . 137 

9, Decreet arbitral anent the votes of craftsmen in the election of ma- 
gistrates 138 

Aug. 6, A post to be sent to Edinburgh as to his Majesty's desire for 500 

men to be furnished by the burghs for passing to the Isles 139 



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1596 Aug. 13, A commissioner to be sent to his Majesty on the same subject 139 

25, A tax for paying the town's proportion of expense of raid to the 

Isles ; 141 

25, Expense of apprehending forestallers at the winter and summer 

markets to be paid 142 

Sept. 2, Report of the Commissioner sent to his Majesty 143 

2, Mr. Quintin Preston, professor of physic, gets liberty to have an 

apothecary and shop 144 

2, No one to consult John Gordon now confined as a witch 144 

14, Division of the town into two quarters 145 

16, Expenses of rejoicing at the nativity of Prince Henry to be paid... 146 
20, Duty on foreign onions to be paid 146 

20, A garment to be provided for the town's post 147 

Nov. 22, Renunciation in favour of the town of St. Sal vator's altar 147 

1597_J an . 12, A wapinschaw to be held 148 

14, Regulations as to selling wine 149 

16, Order to be taken for provision for the poor ... 149 

28, A voluntary contribution for them 149 

28, A man and his wife banished from the burgh for theft 150 

28, The porter of the college to be paid for ringing the Greyfriars' bell 150 

Feb. 18, John Justice chosen as executioner 150 

April 4, The four mills of the burgh to be bought from Menzies of Pitfod- 

dels 151 

25, Commissioners elected to settle the marches between the town's 

lands and those of Stoneywood 151 

25, The town agrees to buy the place of the Trinity friars 152 

May 4, A wooden house to be built for an office to the town clerk 152 

Aug. 31, No school to be within the burgh (except the Music School) without 

licence of the Master of the Grammar School 154 

Sept. 7, Provisions for eschewing plague , 154 

21, The dean of gild gets an allowance for his extraordinary pains in 

burning a great number of witches, &c 155 

21, The gild wine silver to be bestowed on honest decayed burgesses... 155 
21, The town's servant gets an allowance for waiting on the witches... 156 

26, The town clerk gets an allowance for framing a register of the 

annuals from the chaplainries, and his pains about the witches.. 156 
Nov. 23, The Master of the Song School to serve both kirks " in vptacking 

of the psalme" every Sunday 157 

1598 Jan. 25, A sun dial to be erected on the town house wall 158 

25, Reward to a pilot for a sea chart presented to the town 158 

Feb. 17, Commission for settling rights of priority in parliaments and con- 
ventions . 159 



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1598 March 16, An encroachment on the town's property at the Castiehill 160 

April 24, No burgess to wear a blue bonnet under a penalty 161 

Sept. 22, Various gifts by the toun 161 

26, A silver case to be presented to Mr. Robert Howie 164 

26, Prices of gold and silver proclaimed at Edinburgh 164 

Oct. 2, Fines for absence from courts to be increased 165 

2, Letters sent to Mr. Robert Howie, Mr. Andrew Melvil, and Mr. 

John Johnston 166 

4, Statute for keeping of the sermons 166 

4, No market to be on Sunday in time of sermon 167 

4, Provisions against forestallers 167 

4, Regulations for Stablers charges 169 

11, Wine and desert to be given to Lord Fyvie on his being made a 

burgess 169 

11, A bearer of the hand bell chosen 169 

13, Lord Fyvie, William Forbes of Tolquhon, Alexander Burnett of 
Leys, George Abercromby of Overcarden, and others, admitted 

burgesses 170 

25, Entry dues of burgesses heightened 171 

25, John Thomson and spouse only to teach " maidyne bairnis" 171 

25, Certain offenders to be burned on the cheek 171 

27, Provisions as to the sale of mussels 172 

30, Ordinance to the keeper of the ferry boat at Futty 172 

Nov. 9, Provisions anent a riot between Cheyn of Essilmont and Keiths of 

Ludquharne 172 

10, The town to be armed to keep peace between the Earl Marischal 

and Gordon apparent of Cairnborrow, 173 

15, An interim master of the song school elected 174 

15, Expenses of charging freeholders on the Dee and Don to find 

caution against slaying salmon in forbidden time 1 74 

Dec. 8, Mr. John Skene, clerk register, threatens horning against the town 
for not buying his Acts of Parliament they agree to take 

fifty copies 175 

13, Wine and spicery to the Bishop of Aberdeen 175 

13, Wine and spicery to the Duke of Lennox and Earl of Huntly, ac- 
cording to the custom of the burgh "in all ages" 175 

13, The grammar school to be repaired 176 

1599 Feb. 7, George Strachan, sometime Baillie, gets support in consequence of 

his ship being taken by the Spaniards 176 

March 14, The chapel on the Castlehill to be painted 176 

14, Prayer to be said on the day of the election of the magistrates 177 

... 28, Wine and spicery to the Earl of Huntly 177 



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1599 April 6, Cumfittis, &c., to the Countess Marischal 177 

6, Certain fleshers convicted of selling flesh between 1st March and 

1st May 178 

16, Wapinschaw to be held 178 

16, The townsmen to ride the marches armed 178 

... 16, A pastime day to be held every Monday 179 

16, The court day changed from Monday to Tuesday and Friday 180 

18, A disjoyne to Mr. Charles Ferme 180 

28, The protocol books of the late town clerk delivered up 180 

30, Certain inhabitants convicted for troubling the town 181 

May 9, Forty shillings given to pay a barber for curing a wound received 

at the wapinschaw 181 

9, The causewayfpassing to the Cruvis to be repaired 181 

9, 80 pounds given for the protocol books of the late town clerk 182 

9, William Skene convicted of assaulting Mr Robert Chalmers 183 

15, Slanderers punished 184 

15, Complaint that Patrick Annand, younger of Auchterellon, and 
others, broke the ranks at the wapinschaw a burgess who took 
part with Annand convicted for not taking part with the 

town 184 

23, Lord Orkney's trumpeter gets a crown of the sun 186 

June 15, A fast to be held for entreating for " seasonable weather and drop- 
ping showers of rain" 186 

20, Twenty pounds given for " ane orlage" in the clerk's chamber 187 

22, Certain encroachments noticed 187 

July 12, Mr. Greir to be paid for coming to preach 188 

13, The town having heard Mr. Greir preach, resolve to request his 

transportation 188 

18, His Majesty writes of his wish to have a conservator of Scotch 

privileges in London 189 

23, The town thinks the measure unnecessary, and are to oppose it 

a commissioner is sent to the convention of burghs to oppose it 190 

23, The burgesses refuse to contribute the commissioner's expenses 191 

25, A prorogation of the wapinschaw to be purchased 192 

Aug. 6, The heir of the late John Leslie, Bishop of Ross, elects Mr. Gavin 

Leslie as his procurator 1 92 

Sept. 5, Commissioners named to meet the Laird of Cluny as to differences 

with the Old Town 193 

5, Mr. George Grier is asked to accept the vacant office of a minister 
of the burgh he is not so loving towards accepting the charge 

as could be wished 193 

5, New commissioners named to search for a suitable minister... . 194 



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1599 Sept. 11, The commissioners report that they had heard Mr. James Ross, min- 
ister of Strachan. The town declare their satisfaction with him. 
The Bishop gives his consent. Mr. Ross accepts the charge... 195 
12, The Kirkhouse occupied by James Tod, reader, to be repaired 198 

18, Proceedings as to a settlement of the dispute with Old Aber- 

deen 198 

20, John Gordon of Tullielt finds caution to bestow 40 pounds in re- 

pairing the aisle of the Kirk of Tarves, and also to make his 

repentance in the Kirks of Tarves and Methlick 201 

24, Various gifts by the town to its servants 201 

Oct. 6, The town declines to judge of various charges against John 

Hutcheon, as being "meir spirituall and ecclesiastic" 203 

6, Hutcheon accused as an unlawful neighbour. He agrees to be 

banished if found guilty again 203 

1600 Jan. 17, The dean of gild to defray the expense of a " disjoyne" to the 

bishop and clergy 204 

17, Patrick Walter to be paid for uptacking of the psalm 204 

19, Thomas Lome accused of " hearing of spreittis," and wavering from 

his wife, bairns, and familie. He agrees to suffer death if found 

guilty again 204 

Feb. 7, Anent just measures in selling wine, ale, or beer 204 

21, Expense of painting the clerk's chamber to be paid 205 

21, Commissioners chosen anent the sending of an Ambassador to 

France to renew the old leagues 205 

21, The commission for trying witches and sorcerers to be prosecuted... 205 
March 23, Exemption from the Earl of Huntly's jurisdiction as sheriff to be 

purchased 206 

23, Intimation made of an act of Privy Council appointing the year to 

commence on the first day of January 206 

23, Lights to be furnished to the herssis pulpit and reader's lattroun in 

the kirk 207 

April 15, Masters of households, with their wives, children, and servants, to 

be catechised each Thursday 208 

May 22, Regulations for the fishers of Futtie for feeing their servants 208 

22, Any inhabitant of Futtie who cuts the ropes of vessels in the har- 

bour, to be tied to a stake within the flood mark for three hours, 

and then scourged and banished from the burgh 209 

22, The fishers in Futtie are ordered to hear sermons on Sunday, and 

to abstain from selling fish on that day 210 

22, The owners of boats to pay to the tacksman the teind of all fish taken 210 
July 1, The provost calls for a taxation to purchase an exemption from the 

raid to Kintire and the Isles.... .. 210 



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1600 July 9, A person unable to pay his fine to be put in the stocks for 24 hours, 

and thereafter into the jogs for 6 hours 213 

14, Wapinschaw held 214 

Sept. 23, The merchands' box to be instituted for decayed brethren 215 

23, God dis pennies to be given to the box 216 

Dec. 3, A public fast on Sunday in consequence of the plague 216 

IftQl March 20, Ordinance for preventing disputes among the fishers of Futtie as to 

their rights of fishing 216 

April 8, Dr. Cargill to take trial of the skill of two chirurgians 218 

Aug. 4, Intimation made of the yearly thanksgiving to be held on the 5th of 

August for his Majesty's delivery from the traitor Gowrie 219 

4, No market to be held on that day or labour done, and the magis- 
trates to sing psalms through the streets 221 

Sept. 22, Mr. Thomas Cargill rewarded for his congratulatory treatise in 

Latin as to his Majesty's delivery 222 

Oct. 9, The king's servants who play comedies and stage plays in the 

burgh to be paid 222 

Nov. 4, Two persons who were found drinking in time of sermon are 

banished 222 

1602 Feb. 6, Mr. David Wedderburn and Mr. Thomas Reid are elected masters 

of the grammar school 223 

17, William Skene found guilty of using pistols and dags, and firing 

at one of the officers of the burgh 224 

April 7, Marjorie Urquhart gets licence to be interred in the south aisle 226 

13, Ordinances renewed anent attendance at sermons on Sundays and 

weekdays, and other matters... - 226 

13, No peats to be brought to the burgh on the Sabbath day 227 

June 15, Jane "Wischart convicted of slander 228 

Aug. 4, The thanksgiving to be observed on the fifth of August 228 

18, A Commissioner sent to the Marquis of Huntly for information as 

to the raid to the Lewis 228 

23, Provisions for a ship in the harbour suspected of plague 229 

24, A discharge to the town of passing to the Lewis to be purchased... 230 

25, The Town Clerk is employed to pass to his Majesty to compound 

for said discharge 233 

Sept. 7, He reports his diligence 234 

Oct. 20, Several merchants confined in the Blockhouse through fear of pesti- 
lence are allowed their freedom 234 

20, Richard Williamson convicted as an unlawful neighbour 235 

Dec. 8, A windmill to be erected at the Gallowgate port 235 

1603 March 30, Intimation given of his Majesty's accession to the English throne. 

The town go to church thereafter and drink wine at the cross... 236 



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1603 April 1, 



20, 
20, 

99 



... 26, 

July 30, 



Oct. 11, 

... 12, 

... 26, 

Nov. 15, 

... 20, 

1604 Jan. 2, 

... 10, 

... 10, 

... 10, 

... 18, 

Feb. 3, 

May 8, 

8, 



A commissioner sent to Edinburgh to consult with the other burghs 
as to necessary things for their welfare before his Majesty's de- 
parture for England 237 

Mr. David Wedderburn intimates that he is to enter on the func- 
tions of the ministry 238 

The loch to be made dry 239 

Sir Michael Balfour of Burly, having letters charging certain bur- 
gesses to receive various pieces of armour, agrees to receive pay- 
ment for forty-five complete suits of armour.. 240 

The suits of armour are distributed 241 

A missive from the privy council anent three priests who attempted 
his Majestie's life, intimated 242 

Amissive from the King read 243 

Mr. David Wedderburn having relinquished his intention of enter- 
ing the ministry, is reinstated as one of the masters of the Gram- 
mar School 244 

A commission for punishing those with death or otherwise, who 
infringe the statutes about the plague, to be purchased 245 

Mr. Thomas Reid admitted as one of the regents of the college, and 
Mr. David Wedderburn gets the sole charge of the grammar 
school, at certain rates 246 

Quartermasters elected to assist the magistrates in providing 
against the pest 247 

The Earl Marischal becomes surety for certain gentlemen of the 
name of Keith to Mr. James Forbes, brother of the Laird of 
Corsinday, and others 248 

Application to be made to the secret council anent stopping the feuds 
which arose from the " clannit men" who came to the 
burgh 249 

Sixteen men to pass to the siege of the house of Drumbreck 250 

Provisions against the practices of the scholars of the grammar 
school at the superstitious time of Yule 251 

None to walk on the streets after ten o'clock at night 251 

A watch to be kept by reason of the idle men who are bound to 
Flanders to the wars 252 

James Cheyne of Straloch convicted of attacking the Commissary 
of Aberdeen with a sword 252 

Captain Cheyne of Straloch finds caution that he shall not attack 
the servant of the Earl Marischal 253 

Ordinances for eschewing the plague renewed 253 

Royal commission to the provost and bailies for making acts against 
the plague 255 



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1604 June 4, Expense of sending hagbutters to the siege of the house of Drum- 

breck 256 

4, Ordinances anent the plague intimated of new 257 

July 16, The provost is chosen one of the commissioners for going to Eng- 
land anent a union of the kingdoms. A tax levied to pay his 

expenses.... 257 

16, Commission granted to treat on the matter of the union of England 

and Scotland 259 

Oct. 3, Sum raised for support of Geneva to be lent out 262 

24, Mr. David Wedderburn convicted of exacting various dues from 

the scholars on the plea of ancient custom 262 

24, Regulations anent these dues in time coming 264 

Dec. 5, A commissioner sent to the Marquis of Huntly regarding the ruinous 

state of the Bridge of Don 265 

8, The watching of the ports to cease 265 

1605 March 22, The harbour mouth to be watched 265 

May 1, The noblemen and barons to be applied to for subscriptions for re- 

pairingthe Bridge of Don 266 

1, The kirk lodge to be converted into schools 267 

1, Punishment for assault 267 

13, The town agrees to contribute five hundred pounds for the repair 

of the Bridge of Don 268 

29, A privy inquest to be chosen for accusing unworthy neighbours.... 269 
29, Letters for a new parliament proclaimed, and a commissioner 

chosen 269 

June 21, A harlot banished from the burgh 270 

28, The sum contributed for Geneva being now not wanted, is to be 

laid out on the repairs of the Bridge of Don 271 

28, Provision for the fee of the keeper of the town's clocks 272 

Aug. 14, None to go to St. Bartholomew's fair at Kincardine, for fear of pes- 
tilence 273 

Sept. 4, A woman who had been banished is, on her petition, allowed to 

come back to the burgh 274 

... 18, The Justice Port to be opened 275 

Oct. 3, The money raised for the Bridge of Don to be lent out 275 

11, An encroachment on the Justice Port 276 

18, James Watt strikes William Ingram with his sword, and "flogs 
him therewith on the wymb ;" he is guilty also of contempt of 

court; he is convicted 276 

Nov. 15, Rejoicings for his Majesty's escape from the Gunpowder Plot 278 

Dec. 4, The town's privileges invaded by the erection of Fraserburgh into 

a burgh of barony 279 



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1 605 Dec . 4, A declarator to be pursued on the town's charters 280 

1606 Feb. 26, Alexander Davidson is allowed to build a ship in the kirkyard of 

Trinity Friars 280 

March 10, No flesh to be eaten in time of lent, nor on certain days thereafter, 

in all time coming 281 

April 1, Gilbert Kempt agrees to be burned on the cheek and banished if 

he again transgresses 281 

1, The town concurs in proceedings against Leith of Harthill for ex- 
orbitant duties charged at St. Lawrence fair at Old Rain 282 

16, The brazen cock of the steeple to be sent to Flanders 283 

May 3, King Alexander's charter to be sent to Edinburgh in the matter of 

Fraserburgh 284 

28, Lead to be procured for repair of the parish kirk 285 

28, A commissioner chosen to the Parliament 285 

July 19, Nobody dwelling in the country to repair to the burgh under pain of 

death on account of the plague 286 

Dec. 26, No wine, ale, or beer, to be sold after 10 o'clock at night 286 

26, The ports to be opened in consequence of the disappearance of 

plague 287 

1607 Feb. 18, Margaret Panton banished as an unlawful neighbour 287 

March 24, The expense of commissioners to England and France as to the 

privileges of the Scotch and English in France to be paid ,... 288 

April 20, None to go south for fear of plague, which is again broken out 289 

22, Watching of the town resumed 289 

May 3, No nuisances to be kept in Greyfriars kirk 290 

15, Two burgesses convicted of trubling the town 291 

July 29, Proclamation for a wapinschaw 291 

Sept. 9, No turf to be dug on the Inches 292 

11, Commissioners to the Privy Council for taking order with many 

idle and debauched people living in the town 292 

Oct. 7, An Englishman craves to be allowed to teach writing and arith- 
metic 293 

7, The town wishes to be relieved of the necessity of apprehending 
and imprisoning of "clannit gentlemen," on account of the 

power of these parties , 294 

... 23, No lint to be " dichted" except on daylight 295 

Dec. 8, Various taxes imposed by Parliament to be paid 295 

1608 Feb. 4, The banishment of Gilbert Kempt renewed 295 

April 20, A commissioner to be sent to the Privy Council for a discharge 

from the raid to the Isles 296 

May 11, The kirk officer's fees augmented 297 

24, Proclamation anent wapinschawing read 298 



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1609 Aug. 9, None to be admitted to the Grammar School and Song School, till 

they find caution for their behaviour 298 

1610 Aug. 15, Contract for building the Bow Bridge 299 

Dec. 12, Instructions to the commissioners for keeping his Majesty's peace in 

the Sheriffdom of Aberdeen 301 

1611 Aug. 7, Wapinschaw to be held 304 

14, Day for wapinschaw prorogated 304 

Sept. 2, Proceedings at the wapinschaw 305 

1612 J an . 7, A jail to be built in consequence of the expected increase of prison- 
ers from the Commission to Justices of the Peace 306 

July 10, Wapinschaw intimated 307 

17, Proceedings at the wapinschaw 307 

Oct. 7, A leper admitted to the leper house 308 

Dec 3, Sundry scholars at the Grammar School accused by the Provost of 

many enormities and disorders 308 

4, Those who took the school ordered to be excluded from all the 

town's schools 310 

4, Provision to be made against taking of the school at the superstitious 

time of Yule 312 

5, Gordon of Birsmoir convicted of pursuing the master of the writing 

school with a sword 312 

5, Gordon finds caution that he shall not hurt the said writing master 313 

23, The masters of the schools to be held responsible for their scholars 313 
1613 Feb. 8, John Gordon, brother to the laird of Birsmoir, with his accomplices, 

attacks and wounds the master of the writing school with dirks 

and batons A complaint to be made to the Privy Council 314 

19, Expenses of charging Gordon of Birsmoir and others to be paid... 315 
19, Commissioners named to appear before the Privy Council regarding 
the process against Gordon of Birsmoir, and also the process for 
the town's share of the expence of prosecuting Starcovius, a 
German 316 

24, Gordon of Cluny becomes caution that his brother, Gordon of Birs- 

moir, shall satisfy the town, and the master of the grammar 

school 317 

24, Gordon of Birsmoir ordained to pay 200 merks, and to ask pardon 

in the kirk 319 

Sept. 4, Wapinschaw to be held 319 

1614 Jan. 12, Mortification by William Gordon, Bishop of Aberdeen, for a 

provostry in St. Nicholas kirk to be recorded 320 

1615 March 29, Farther proceedings about building a jail 321 

29, A loft to be built in the south side of the kirk 321 

June 15, Riding of the town's outer marches... ,.322 



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1615 June 21, Proceedings for procuring a Principal to Marischal College 326 

21, Mr Patrick Copland intimates his intention of founding four 
bursaries. The town requests him to provide rather for the 

principal and masters of the college 327 

July 26, Mr David Wedderburne rewarded for teaching the high class of 

the college 328 

Aug. 7, Proceedings at the wapinschaw , 328 

Sept. 21, Sir James Skene of Curriehill, and others, admitted burgesses 329 

1616 Feb. 4, An advocation at the town's instance, concerning the jurisdiction of 

the Admiralty to be pursued 330 

7, Commissioners to deal with Thomas Watson, mason in Rayne, for 

building the wardhouse 331 

March 3, Various legacies by Dr. Cargill to the poor, the hospital, and the 

grammar school, intimated 331 

5, Farther proceedings anent the building of the wardhouse 334 

5, Proceedings anent the tax for carrying on the process with Fraser- 

burgh 336 

6, The contract for building the wardhouse 338 

April 3, A new banner for the town to be made 345 

June 26, The Bridge of Don to be causewayed 345 

26, The oath to be taken by burgesses 345 

July 31, A general assembly intimated to be held in Aberdeen 346 

Aug. 28, A petition from the principal of the college anent the dyke of the 

college yard 346 

Sept. 24, The town consents to receive Mr. William Forbes as one of their 

ministers 347 

1617 Jan. 7, They become bound for his stipend 347 

7, The Grey Friar kirk to be repaired and used for prayers 348 

Feb. 12, A commissioner sent to the two archbishops for a ratification of the 

pension granted to one of their ministers out of the archbishop- 
rick 349 

18, Letter from the privy council as to preparations for his Majesty's 

expected visit 349 

March 19, The ports and the causeways to be repaired 350 

May 21, Letter, Mr. Patrick Copland, along with his mortification for a Pro- 
fessor of Theology 351 

28, Various gentlemen in his Majesty's suite admitted burgesses 352 

June 4, Forbes of Towie to ask pardon of the master of the grammar school 

for giving him " ane cuff" in the school 353 

Oct. 8, Ordinance for keeping of the sermons on Sundays 354 

1618 March 11, Petition from a maker of virginals to be allowed to carry on his 

trade without payment of dues 355 



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1618 April 8, Henry Buchan convicted of assaulting one of the bailies, and is 

deprived of his freedom 356 

May 13, Adam Gordon of Park and others admitted burgesses 357 

Sept. 18, Two wrights in armour admitted burgesses on certain conditions. . . 358 

30, A clockmaker to be brought from the south 358 

1619 March 24, Freestone for the wardhouse to be brought from Dundee 358 

24, Ordinance as to payment of fees to the masters of the grammar 

school 359 

May 9, The ports of the town to be repaired 359 

June 4, A taxation for support of the poor, besides other funds 359 

5, The wife of the principal of the college convicted of assault 361 

Aug. 4, A lodging and provisions to be prepared for the Duke of Lennox... 361 

14, Several noblemen and gentlemen made burgesses 362 

18, Those absent from the wapinschaw to be poinded 362 

Sept. 4, Several gentlemen admitted to be burgesses 363 

20, Several noblemen and gentlemen admitted to be burgesses 363 

Oct. 27, After trial two bursars admitted on Dr. Liddel's foundation 364 

27, The edict for a learned mathematician to be printed 365 

Nov. 12, Several gentlemen were convicted for troubling the town, and 

threatening the inhabitants 365 

1620 Feb. 10, Mr. David Wedderburn for various causes asks for an increase of 

stipend 366 

10, His request is granted. -He is to teach a lesson of humanity in 

the college. He is also to compose verses if required 367 

16, The humanity lesson in the college to be taught on Friday after 

morning prayer 369 

25, The wives of three burgesses fined for having a desert at the lyk- 

wakes of their husbands...., 369 

27, Several burgesses admitted 369 

March 1, Mr. William Forbes to be dealt with to become Primar of the Col- 
lege 369 

Aug. 1, Several burgesses admitted..... 370 

24, Several burgesses admitted 371 

1621 April 10, Provisions for support of the poor 372 

June 6, A statute against women who wear plaids about their heads 373 

1622 March 14, Several burgesses admitted 374 

April 3, Addition made to the stipend of Mr. James Ross 374 

25, The Master of the Grammar School to be paid for the board of a son 

of the late John Welsch, minister at Ayr 375 

May 15, The work of the tolbooth steeple to be proceeded with 376 

July 3, A loan to be got for said work from the Master of the Hospital 376 

Aug. 5, Mr. Arthur Johnston admitted burgess 377 



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1622 Aug. 14, A letter from the Privy Council as to choosing magistrates for the 

ensuing year 377 

31, Sir John Scot of Scotistarvet admitted burgess 377 

Sept. 24, Burgess admitted 378 

Oct. 2, Councillors absent from meetings to be fined 378 

Nov. 6, Ordinance against the custom of having two handbells at funerals... 378 

16, Stones borrowed for the tolbooth steeple to be repaid 379 

27, Visitors of the schools chosen, who are to visit them once in the 

month 379 

1623 Jan. 1 , Account paid for bigging the tolbooth steeple 379 

29, Mr. Alexander Wedderburn admitted to a bursary 380 

Feb. 12, A candidate for the office of drummer after trial is admitted 381 

14, One of the town's houses let to Edward Raban, printer 382 

14, Statute against keeping of cur dogs 382 

March 12, The councillors to have honest gowns about them at meetings of 

council 383 

April 2, The Grammar School to be rebuilt 383 

9, Commissioner appointed for obtaining the transplantation of Mr. 

Alex. Henryson from Leuchar 384 

29, Fee to Mr. Thomas Nicolson, advocate, for consultations 384 

May 27, Mr. John Gregory, minister at Drumoak, is served heir to his father 385 
June 12, Those who have put up their names or arms on any of the windows 

of the kirk must keep them in repair , 385 

12, The council agree to build an entry to the college 386 

25, A reader for the parish kirk is chosen 386 

July 2, Dr. William Johnston admitted burgess 387 

15, Several foreigners admitted to be burgesses 387 

30, A day for riding the town's marches and for a wapinschaw ap- 

pointed 388 

Aug. 29, Several burgesses admitted 388 

Oct. 1, Application to be made to the Bishop for his assistance in getting a 

successor to Mr. William Forbes 389 

20, Rejoicings to be held on account of the safe return of Prince Charles 

from Spain 389 

Nov. 19, Edward Raban to be paid for certain printing done by him 390 

1624 Feb. 18, Regulations for preventing superfluous banquetings at baptisms 390 

April 22, Many burgesses admitted 391 

July 21 , Regulations for removal of nuisances in certain streets 392 

Oct. 20, Mr. David Wedderburn is discharged from teaching the humanity 

class in the college because it interfered with his other duties 392 

Dec. 1, The books of the late Mr. Thomas Reid to be transported to the 

college 393 



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PAGE 

1624 Dec. 8, Contribution granted to build a bridge over Bogie, and make a road 

from Dovern to Spey 394 

1625 Feb. 16, A bell mortified for the Grammar School 395 

[EXTRACT IN PREFACE.] 
1601 Oct. 22 Laurence Fletcher, Comedian, and others admitted burgesses xxii 



EXTRACTS 



FROM 



THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 



OF 



THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



EXTEACTS 

FROM 

THE COUNCIL REGISTEBS 

OF 

THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



ZdJune, 1570. 

The said day, the consell wnder wretin, passit to the peir held and 
key held of this burght, quhair the maissonis ar repairand and biggand 
the samen, and interruptione maid to thame be Patrick Menzeis haifand 
ane wast land adiacent contigue thairto, and allegit be hyme that the 
maissonis biggis upoune his ground thairof, and considerit the forsaid 
ground be apperance, and aid wse and consuetuid inviolablie obseruit, 
fand and decernit, decreitit, and prommcit, that the saidis maissonis hes 
done na wrang in the bigging of the said peir and schoir as it is bigunn, 
becaus the samen is biggit upoune the auld ground, and brander of 
aik sett and infixit obefoir of old, and that the haill schoir biggit and 
to be biggit within the fluid mark, pertenis to the communitye of this 
burght, and to na particular personne. Quhilk ordinans the consell 
ordanis to be insert in thair court buikis, to stand as ane decreit per- 
petualie in all tym cuming, and the said Patrik protestit for remeid 
of law. 

Modern die. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun exhibeit and presentit to the 
consell be Johnne Cowpar, for payment of his byrunne fee awand to 



2d June, 
1570. 



1570. 



4 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

him for playing on the trum, extending yeirlie to the soume of sax 
merkis, allegeit awand to him be the space of twa yeir bygane ; the 
consell ordanis him to be payit of the byrunnis, and to haiff yeirlie in 
tyme cuming, induring the consallis will, alanerlie bot four merkis. 

31st May, 1571. 

The said day, in presens of Mr. George Myddiltoun, and Dauid Mar, 
tua of the bailies of the burght of Abirdeine, comperit ane nobill and 
potent Loird [John] Erie of Atholl, and of his awin propir confessioune 
renunceand his awin jurisdictioun, and submittand him to the iurisdic- 
tioun of the prouest and balleis of Abirdeine, in this cace, become actit 
cautioune and souertie for Androw Mar, burges of Abirdeine, to warrand 
releif and keip skaithles Alexander Forbes, Johnne Tullidaff, eldar, 
and Androw Scheres, burgessis of Abirdeine, quhilkis obefoir war actit 
sourteis and cautioneris coniunctlie and seuerallie for the said Androw 
Mar to Robert Mengzes and Johnne Kyng, for payment of quhatsum- 
euer sowmes of money that happinis to be obtenit be ordour of law be- 
foir the prouest and bailleis of Abirdeine be the said Robert and umquhile 
Johnne, thair airis and assignais, aganis the said Androw his airis and 
assignais, anent the tua actionis presentlie dependand befor Mr. George 
Myddiltoune, as balzie and iuge compitent admittit to cognosce in the 
saidis causis, sua that the said Erie, his airis and assignais, sail releif 
his saidis cautioneris of the sowmis forsaidis that sal happin to be ob- 
tenit aganis the said Androw in baitht the saidis actionis. And the said 
Androw obleist him, his airis, executouris, and assignais, landis and guidis, 
present and to cum, to warrand, relief, and keip skaithtles the said nobill 
loird of the premisses; Befoir thir witnessis, ane reverend father in 
God, William, bischop of Abirdein ; my Lord Fleming ; Maisteris Johnne 
Abircromy ; Alexander Skeyne ; sic subscribitur, Mr. George Myddil- 
toune, bailze. 



February, 1571. 

The said day, anent the actioun movit and persewit be Gilbert Dalgar- 
nocht in Egy, aganis Issobell Robertsoun, spous of Mr. Jon Robertsoun, 
burges of Abirdeine, and the said Jon for his interess, be vertew of ane 
libellit petitioun, exhibeit and producit be the said Gilbert aganis thame, 
proportand and makand mentioun that in the moneth of Junii in the yeir 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 5 

of God jai v c sax tie and nyn yeiris, the said Gilbert gef and delyuerit 
to the said Issobell in keiping, within hir said spous and hir's duelling 
hous in the Gaistraw of Abirdeine, ane lokkit bonat caiss couerit witht 
selch skinnis, quhairin was contenit, the tym of delyuerans thair of, the 
soume of twa hundreth markis wsuall money of Scotland, pertening to 
the said Gilbert as his awin propir guid to haue bein keipit and delyuerit 
againe to him be the said Issobell quhen he requirit the samen ; and 
thairefter, in the monetht of September, the yeir of God 1570 yeiris, the 
said Gilbert past and requirit the said Issobell to delyuer to him his said 
bonat caiss and money forsaid contenit thairin. And than the said Isso- 
bell prepentit to him the said bonat caiss, it being cuttit on baytht the 
sydis and his haill money forsaid takin furtht of the samen, except fyftein 
poundis allanerlie, quhilk he resaivit fra hir in pairt of payment of the 
forsaid soum of twa hundretht merkis, and inlaikit the rest thairof, viz. 
aucht scoir sevintein merkis sax s. viii d. ondelyuerit again to him be the 
said Issobell, quhilk scho and hir said spous wrangouslie and aganis the 
law postponis, refuissis, and deferris to restoir and delyuer to him, lyk 
as in the said petitioun at mair leyntht is contenit : the rychtis, ressonis, 
and defensiss of baytht the saidis pairteis being considerit and wnder- 
stand be the prouest and bailleis, and thai being reyplie and at lentht 
avysit witht the haill process led and deducit in the said mater, fand and 
delyuerit, pronuncit and decreitit, That the said Gilbert hes provyn suf- 
ficientlie, that in the monetht of Junii in the yeir of God aboun wretin, 
he delyuerit his said bonat to the said Issobell in keiping conteining the 
foirsaid sowme of tua hundreth merkis money forsaid, to haif beine re- 
storit and delyuerit again to him quhen he requirit the same ; and that 
thairefter, in the monetht of September, in the yeir of God 1570 yeiris 
forsaid, at the delyuering to him be the said Issobell of the said bonat 
cace, the samen was slittit and cuttit on baytht the sydis, as is aboun 
wretin ; and that the said Gilbert inlaikit and wantit of the foirsaid prin- 
cipall sowme of tua hundretht merkis, the sowme of sevin scoir sevintein 
merkis ten s. in the said Issobellis defalt, of the quhilk the said Gilbert 
gat na restitutioun nor profeit thairof, quharfoir the balleis decernit and 
ordanit the said Isobell, and Mr. Jon hir spouss, for his interess, to re- 
stoir and delyuer again to the said Gilbert the forsaid sowme off sevin 
scoir and sevintein markis ten s. within terme of law. 



6 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

28th March, 1572. 

The said day, the consall being conuenit for the maist pairt in the 
consall hous, within the Tolbuitht of Abirdeine, thocht expedient to put 
the townis euidentis in ferme securetye and keiping in Dunnottar for a 
seassonne, quhill thai think expedient, for eschewing of apperand danger 
in this troublouss tyme, provyding that attentik inuentour be takin of the 
numer of peices delyuerit. 

3rd April, 1572. 

The said day, Guttroun Clementsounn and Matheus Petirsounn, in- 
duellaris in Birroun, in Norrouay, grantit thame to haif bocht and resauit 
fra George Strathauthin and Dauid Indeocht, ane schipis boit, and sax 
staine and tua pound of takill, for the quhilk thai obleiss thame to pay 
for the said boit fyfteine hundretht gress steingis guid and sufficient, and 
gif thai delyuer to the saidis George and Dauid at thair againe cuming to 
Abirdeine the said boat als guid as sche was the tyme of thair intromet- 
ting thairwitht, than and in that case the said George and Dauid sail 
gyf in againe to the saidis Guttrome and Matheus the pryce of aucht 
hundretht steingis that thai sail happin to gif in the towne for the tyme ; 
and the saidis Guttroun and Matheus sail pay for euery staine of the 
saidis sax stainis and tua pound tackill xxiii. s. at thair againe cuming. 

5th April, 1572. 

The said day, comperit in presens of Gilbert Mengzes, and Mr. George 
Myddiltoun, twa of the bailleis of the brught of Abirdeine, Patrick 
Ballendeyne of Stenhouss, in Orknay, and maid faitht in jugement that 
he was nother airt nor pairt of consell nor knoulege of the slauchter of 
umquhile Thomas Markartnay, burges of Edinburght, committit be James 
Ballendeyne, youngar, Johnne Sandesounn, callit Laird Sandersounn, 
Williame Ramsay, son to the Laird of Poltoun, Archebald Browne, and 
thair complices, in the rnonntht of ... the yeir of God jai v c Ixi. 
yeir, as is allegit, and obleist him to assist and concur witht the kyn and 
freindis of the said umquhile Thomas in persuit of the committaris of the 
said slauchter, in the law and by the law, by all lesum meines at his 
wther powar ; and gif ony of his kyn or freindis wald allege that he was 
airt or pairt thairoff, the said Patrick actit himself to compeir befoir the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 7 

justice and his deputies, at quhat dai or place thai sail appoynt, and 
wnderly the law thairfor, conforme to the act of parliament, and painis 
conteinit thairin ; wpoun the quhilk Williame Markartnay, broder to the 
said wmquhile Thomas, askit act of court. 

Uth April, 1572. 

The said day, Archebald Rait, burges of Abirdene, comperit in 
jugement, and exponit that thir xxiiii. yeiris last bypast he frequentit 
nor usit nocht na kynd of marcheondryce within the burght of Abirdeine : 
neuertheless, he, as ane fre burges of the samyn, hes beine compellit to 
pay diuerss and sindrey taxationis, and laitlie sen Candlimess, xxiiii. s. 
and sensyn three poundis ; albeit, as he allegeit the same was aboune 
his substance and geir, quharfoir of his awin free motiue will on coactit 
or compellit frelie renuncit and ouergef in jugement his fredome that 
he hed as burges of the said burght, witht all fredome and preuelege 
that he micht joyss thairby, and protestit thairfor in tyme cuming that 
he be nocht compellit to waik, waird, gyf personall presens in heid 
courtis of the samyn, scott or lott, pay ony taxationis or contrabutionis, 
as free burges of the said burght, bot he to be free in tyme cuming, 
and desyrit him to be deleitit and drawin furtht of the suit rollis and 
buikis of the said burght, and thairupoun twk act of court and instru- 
ment. 

4th October, 1572. 

The said day, the haile towne being warnit to this day, be the hand 
bell passand throw all the streittis of the toun, and the four officiaris of 
the same, to the effect wnder wretin, vpoun the quhilk thai maid faytht, 
and being convenit and representit for the maist pairt, grantit to the sup- 
port of my Lord Erie of Huntlie, and specialie to remove the suldeouris 
and men of weir out of this burght, and boundis thairof, the sowme of 
sax hundretht niarkis, and to that effect electit, nominat, and chesit Mr. 
Patre Ruderfurd, Martein Howesoune, Robert Menzes, Alex r> Howe- 
soune, and Mr. James Burnet, taxtaris to stent and sett the nychtbouris 
of this guid toun to the said sowme, according to thair faculties, rentis, 
and pissance, efter thair knawlege and wnderstanding. 

13th October, 1572. 
The said day, in presens of Thomas Mengzes of Petfoddellis, provest 



8 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

13th October, of Abirdeine, and Gilbert Mengzes of Cowlie, ane of the baillies of the 
samyn burght, comperit Patrick Mengzes, burges of the samyn, and grantit 
him resauit be the handis of ane honorable man James Gordoune of Had- 
docht, the sowme of fyve hundretht markis, usuall money of Scotland, 
quhilk the said Patrick become souertie and cautioner for the said James 
in the tyme of wmquhill James Erll of Murray, first Regent to oure 
Souerane Loird the Kingis grace, to haif beine payit to the thesaurar, 
at ane certaine day bygaine ; and the said Patrik, as he allegeit, hes 
payit the same to the thesaurar, coactit thairto as cawtioner and souertie 
for the said James. Of the quhilk sowme the said Patric grantit 
him weill content, and payit be the handis of the said James, and 
discharged him thairof, and obleist him, his airis, executouris, and 
assignais, to warrand relieff, and keip the said James, his airis, 
executouris, and assignais, skaythtles of the forsaid soume of fyve 
hundredtht markis money foirsaid, at the handis of our said souerane 
loird his grace, thesauraris, collectouris, comtrollaris, and all wtheris 
quhome it efferis in tyme cuming. 

\2th January, 1572. 

The said day, it was dewysit, statut, and ordanit, be the prowest, 
bailleis, and consell of this guid towne, and ratefeit and apprevit be the 
haill communitie convenit in thair heid court, for the maist pairt repre- 
sentand the haill bodey of the towne, that the haill annuell rentis of the 
chepplanreis fundit withtin thair proche kirk of Abirdeine, quhilkis ar at 
the donatioune and dispositioune of this guid towne as patronis to the 
samen, witht all croftis, howsis, bigginis, few mailes, and wther deweteis 
belangand thairto, sail remain perpetualie efter the deceis of the cheplanis 
present possessouris of the same, as eweir thai sail happin to inlaik, re- 
spective and successiue, in the townis handis on disponit to sik chepplanis 
in tyme cuming ; but to be annexat, giinn, and grantit, uptoikin and re- 
sauit yeirlie and perpetualie in all tymes cuming to the uphalding, big- 
ging, beiting, and repairing of thair said parroche kirk. And be the 
tennour heirof giffis, grantis the same, according to the fundationis and 
rentales thairof, to the wphalding of the said kirk and kirkwark, and ane 
just rentall and inuitour of the saidis annual rentis to be maid in dew 
forme, and registrat in the townis buikis to the effect foirsaid ; and ratefeis, 
apprevis the act and statut maid thairupoun obefoir, sua that all the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 9 

townis, chepplanreis, that hes vaikit sen the dait of the said statut, 12th Januarj 
sal be disponit to the wse and effect forsaid; and attour deuysit and 
ordanit that the collectioun of the almes to the support of the puir 
folkis, maid thair dyuerss yens laitlie bygane, be chengeit, and the same 
collectioun to be maid and gatherit to the uphald of the said parroch 
kirk, and delyuerit euery Sounday as it is collectit, to the maister of the 
kirk wark, and that ewiry honest man, baitht prowest and bailleis witht- 
out exceptioun, ilkane thair Sounday about, in ordour as thai stand, 
collect the said support ; and quha that dissobeyis to pay to the said 
maister of wark als mekill money as was collectit the Sounday immediatlie 
obefoir onfergiffin, conforme to the auld wse and statutis maid obefoir 
thiranent; and mairour for the beiting and repairing of the said 
parroche kirk, it is devysit and ordanit that the taxatioun deuysit and 
stentit obefor of the haill communitie, be oblistit to the effect foirsaid, in 
maner as was deuysit : and first, that the half thairof of the personis 
restand awand the samen on payit be uptakin, witht all diligenss, and 
the reddiest of the geir and guidis of thame that ar restand on payit the 
samyn, and refuissis and dissobeyis, to be poyndit and comprysit, thair- 
foir, and efter that the said first half be compleittit, collectit, and 
applyit to the effect foirsaid, and compt and rakining be maid thairof : 
the second half to be uptain as said is; to the quhilk last ordinance 
Alex r Knowis, eldar, Gilbert Collisoun, Alex r Howesoun, Johnne Irre- 
wing, Alex r Lyoun, Alex r Knowis, youngar, Jon Knowis, and Gilbert 
Knowis disassentit presentlie, and desyrit avysment to gif ansuer 
thairto. 

Ylth January^ 1572. 

Item, it is statut and ordanit anent the support of the puir folkis, 
that tua honest men of ilk quarter of the towne, pass thair tyme about 
ouklie, throught the haill toune, and collek sik almes of ewery personne 
as God will move thair hartis to gif at thair plesour ; and the samen to be 
delyuerit to the generall collectour thairof, quhilks generall collectour 
sal be chosin euerie ratht, and the same to be disponit and distributit ilk 
monetht be the awyss of the minister and haill consall, to honest 
dekayit personis, and puir folkis bred and borne within the toune, and 
to na wtheris. 



10 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

19th February, 1573. 

The said day, the bailleis decernit and decreitit that Marioun Allaster, 
and Alex. Quheitcross, hir spous, hes provyne sufficientlie that the said 
Marioune is narrest and lauchtfull air to umquhill David Allaster, hir 
father, burges of Abirdeine ; and that Agnes Lowsoun, the relict of 
umquhill the said David at the tyme of his deceiss, intromittit with the 
airschip, geir, and guidis efter following : that is to say, witht ane 
knapisca, pryce thairof viii. s. ; ane suord, pryce xx. s. ; a quhinger, pryce 
iiii. s. ; a pair of blak hoiss, pryce xiii. s. iiii. d. ; a blak bonet, pryce 
viii. s. ; a pair of weyis witht baikis, pryce xl. d. ; a scryne, pryce vi. s. 
viii. d. ; a pair of schellis to wy madder, pryce vi. s. viii. d. ; a pair of 
small schellis for peppir, pryce iii. s. ; a kyst, pryce vi. s. viii d. ; a gard- 
net of brass, pryce iii. s. ; a chandlair, pryce fyve s. ; a pewtar plait, pryce 
v. s. ; a dische, pryce ii. s. ; a spitt, pryce iii. s. ; a ladill, pryce xii. d. ; 
a gowne of pryce iii. Ib. ; a cloik of russat, pryce xx. s. ; a dowlet of 
dubill wirsatt, pryce xx. s. ; a troiss pund of brass, pryce v. s. ; a furnest 
bed, pryce xl. s. ; a buird, pryce xvi. s. ; a poit of brass, pryce vi. s. viii. d. ; 
a tangis, pryce xviii. d. ; a cruik, pryce v. s. ; a spinning quheill, pryce 
v. s. ; a pair of keardis, pryce xxx. d. ; a sark, v. s., extending in the haill 
to the soume of [ ]. 

10M March, 1573. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consale present for the tyme, 
devysit and ordanit Patrik Mengzes to pas to Edinburght, as commis- 
sioner for thame, and their to present ane supplicatioune and complent to 
my Lord Regentis grace, upoune the Laird of Phillortht, anent the charge- 
ing and laidning of ane Fleming schip withtin the poirt and hevyne of 
Faithtlie, with hydis, skinnis, and wther marchundreiss, in hurt and 
preiudice of the priuilege of this burght, commoditie and jurisdictioune of 
the samen ; and siclyk, be the usurpatioune of the preuilegeis of the burght, 
bethe poirtis and hevynnis of the Newburght, Petirheid, and wtheris, and 
to labour quhat remeid ma be found thairfoir, and quhat corroboratioun 
may be haid of the saidis preuileges, conforme to the articlis and informa- 
tioune giffin to the said Patrick thairanent ; and ordanit Mr. Patrik 
Kuderfurd, thesaurar, to delyuer the said Patrik threttie pundis to mak 
his expensiss ; and Mr. George Johnstoune and Robert Menzes, eldar, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 11 

deynis of gild, oblest thame that gyf the said Mr. Patrik be superspendit, 
his comptis being hard, to refound to him the foirsaid sowme ; and in 
that cace the consale suspendit all dispositionis and assignations of quhat- 
sumeuir sowmes of money to be debursit be the saidis deynis of gild eftir 
this present day, quhill thai be releiffit and satisfeit againe of the 
sowme for said. 

31s* Auyust, 1574. 

The said day, the prouest, bailyeis, consell, and communite of this 
burght, being warnit to this day be the hand bell in generall passand 
throw the haill rewis of the toune, and be the offi ciaris in speciall, to com- 
peir within thair paroche kirk in Sanct Petiris ile to the effect wnder wret- 
ten ; and compeiring personalie for the maist pairt representand the haill 
body of the toune, it was exponit unto thame be Gilbert Mengzes of 
Cowlie, balyie, desyrit be the remanent balyies to oppin the effect of thair 
conventioune, quhow that my Lord Regentis Grace, be sinister and 
wrang informatioune of sum invyous personis, baris indignatioune at this 
burght and inhabitantis thairof, allegeand that thai haf nocht done thair 
dewetie and thankfull seruice to our Souerane Lord the Kingis Grace, in- 
during the tyme of the lait truble and frequent tumult that was in this 
realme amongis the nobilite and lieges thairof, and theirfor was scharplie 
to put at this burght and haill communite thairof, in this present iustice 
air presentlie haldin withtinthe samen, and to imput ane gryt stent, con- 
tributioune, and taxatioune upon this burght and haill communite thairof, 
for guid and thankfull service to be done in tyme cuming to our said Soue- 
rane Lord, under grytpanis, as my Lord Regentis grace and lordis of privie 
consell, present in this toune, plesit to devyse ; and lykwayis, desyring 
strait obligationis and bandis of this burght and haill communite thairof, 
for guid and thankfull seruice to be done in tyme cuming to our Sourane 
Lord, under gryt panis, as my Lord Regentis Grace and Lords of privie 
consell, present in this toune, plesit to devyse, and the securite thairof, 
uderwayis to perseu thame in the law in this present air, be rigour of 
iustice, with all extremitie. The quhilk my Lord Regentis Grace, and his 
consell foirsaid, had ordanit the balyeis to declair this his mynd planlie to 
the haill communitie foirsaid, and desyrit them generallie, and als euerie 
man particularlie, quhat thai wald do concerning the premissis, that the 
balyeis mycht report the samen agane be thair ansuir in wreitt, to my 



12 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

3ist August, said Lord Regent and his consell, quhilkis all in ane voce for the 
1574< maist pairt grantit and consentit to mak faythtful, trew, and obedient 
seruice to our said Souerane Lord and his said Regent at thair uter pos- 
sibilite and powar, perpetually in all tyme cuming, as it becumis faytht- 
full and trew subjectis to do unto thair natiue prince, and to mak sic 
band and securite thairfor as my Lord Regentis Grace and his consell, be 
the adwyse of the consell of this burght, will dewyse ; and alse, to gif 
ane contributioune of monie according to thair substance and facultie, as 
thai may ressonable bair and performe, thai gettand ane sufficient discharge 
of all crymes and offences bygane, and na nychtbour of this burght to be 
accusit nor wnderly the law for ony cryme except the cryme of tressoune. 
And this the haill communitie ordanit to giff for thair ansuir in ureitt to 
my said Lord Regent and his consell forsaid, upoune the quhilkis the said 
Gilbert Mengzes and remanent bailyeis tuik act and instrument, in pre- 
sens of the haill toune. 

2nd September, 1574. 

The said day, the haill toune being warnit to this day, be the hand- 
bell in generall passand throw the haill rewis of the samen, and be the 
officiaris in speciall, to compeir withtin thair proche kirk in Sanct Peteris 
ile, and compeiring personallie for the maist pairt representand the 
haill body of the toune, it was exponit unto thame be Gilbert Mengzeis 
of Cowlie, balzie, at the desyre of the remanent balzeis, quhow that my 
Lord Regent and his grace previe consell, hes causit mak ane strait 
band and obligatioune of the haill communitie of this burght, for thank- 
ful, dew, and obedient seruice to our Souerane Lord the Kingis Grace, 
and his said Regent, in tyme cuming, contenying diuerss scharp con- 
ditionis, restrictionis, and panis, to be seilit witht the commoune seill 
of this burght, togither with the subscriptioune of the commoune clerk 
thairof, in name of the haill communite, quhilk band and tenour thairof 
afterfollowis ; and als hes imput ane exactioune and taxatioune upoune 
this burght, of the sowme of four thousand markis, to be payit as after 
followis, That is to say, three thousand markis betuixt the dait heirof, 
and xx. dai of October nixt to cum ; and ane thousand markis to be ap- 
plyit upoune the hospitale, upon the lipper houss, upone the kirk, arid 
wther publict warkis, withtin certane space and yeris, as my Lord Regent 
and his graces previe consell foirsaid sail think expedient, and gif in 



OF THE BUKGH OF ABERDEEN. 13 

wreitt, and na utherwayis be na maynis nor labouris will his grace be con- 
tent. And the haill communitie, notwithstanding thai thocht the 
samen weray hourtfull to thame, and weray far aboune thair facultie 
and substance, grantit and consentit thairto, thai gettand ane sufficient 
discharge according to thair desyre, and articulis to be giffin in wreitt ; 
and to that effect chesit Gilbert Mengzeis, elder ; Alex r Knowis, elder ; 
Alex r Chalmer, elder ; Robert Mengzes, elder ; Gilbert Collesonne ; 
Johnne Lowsonne ; Alex r Cullen ; Androw Huntar ; Dauid Indeaucht ; 
Alex r Howesoune ; and Dauid Andersoune, to stent the forsaid sowme 
of thrie thousand markis, upon the prouest, bailzeis, consell, and com- 
munitie foirsaid, and for payment thairof at the day aboune wretin : at 
the feruent desyre and request of the consell of this burght foirsaid, 
Maister Patrik Ruderfurd ; Gilbert Menzeis, elder ; Alex r Chalmer, elder ; 
Johnne Lowsonne ; Patrik Mengzeis ; and Alex r Knowis, elder, ar 
becumin cautionaris and souerties, coniunctlie and seuerallie ; and the 
saidis prouest, bailyeis, consell, and communitie all in ane voce, obleist 
thame selfis to releif the saidis souerteis of the foirsaid sowme, at the 
day aboune wretin, under the pane of horny ng. 

[Copy of the foresaid bond.] 

Be it kend till all men be thir present letteris ws the prouest, baillies, 
consell, and communitie of the burght of Abirdeine, to be boundin and 
oblest, and be the feytht and trewtht in our bodyis, faythtfullie bindis and 
oblissis us to the rycht excellent, rycht heych and mychtie Prince, James 
the Saxt, be the grace of God King of Scottis, our Sourane Lord, and 
his rycht traist cowsing, James erll of Mortoun, lord of Dalkeytht, regent 
to his hieness, his realme, and lieges : That for samekill as for remowing 
of the last publict trublis and ciuil veare, quharwitht this realme was sa 
lang grevit and inquetit to the displessour of Almychtie God, the dangeare 
of his trew religioun, hurt, and preiudice of our said Souerane Lord, and 
haill commoun weill of this realme, the said Lord Regent hes brocht to 
pas and concludit a guid and godlie pacificatioune, thairby (for publict 
quietness causs), remitting nocht onlie greyt and haynous crymes and of- 
fensis, to the personis propirlie comprehendit in the said pacificatione ; 
bot to diuerss utheris, quhilkis nochtwithstanding the samen mycht justlie 
haif beine punissit witht rigour and extremitie, for quhilk fauour and 
clemency, ressauit be ws amangis wtheris, we sail in all tyme cuming con- 



14 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

tineu faythtful and obedient subiactis to our said Souerane Lord, his 
authoritie and regent foirsaid, and sail neuir knaw of ony treasoune, re- 
bellioun, skaytht or damnage to be conspyrit, attemptit, or interprysit 
aganis the same, within or outout this realme, quhilk we sail nocht rewell 
to his hienes, and his said regent, with all possibill diligence, and tak, 
apprehend, and present all suspect personis and wrettingis cuming in the 
realme, or intending to depairt thairfra be our port in tyme cuming ; and 
alls, that we sail na ways resett, supple, assist, fortifie, schaw fauour, or 
manteine ony of our Souerane Lordis present declarit tratouris and no- 
torious rebellis, or utheris strangearis or borne subiactis of this realme, 
that heireftir sail happin to conspyre, usurp, and rebell aganis his hienes 
his said Regent and authoritie, bot sail resist and repress thame to our 
utter powar ; and giff we be nocht abaill to withtstand thair force and in- 
uasione, we sail remove our selffis, our famyleis and guidis, furtht of the 
said burght to the peirteis of the realme than abyding in our Souerane 
Lordis obedience, and concur witht his faythfull lieges to the defence and 
preseruatioun of his estate and authoritie, quhairthrow the saidis declairit 
tratouris, ribellis, conspyratouris, and trublaris of the commoun weill, 
strangearis [and] utheris, sail nocht be aydit, suppliit, furnesit, harbriit, or 
intertenit be ws, nor our moyen, or voluntary be our guidis, directly or 
indirectly ; and in lyk maner, that we sail on na wyis elect or admit ony 
personn or personis to the offices of prouestrie, baillierie, thesaurarie, den- 
erie of gild, common clerkschip, or to be of the consell of the said burght 
at the feist of michelmes nixt to cum, or thairefter in tyme cuming, bot 
sic personis as ar knawin zealous professouris of the trew and cristiane 
religione now publictly precheit, and be law establissit within this realme ; 
and that hes bene, and is knawin to be, ernist and effectionat weillwillaris 
to the advancement and furthsetting of his hienes authoritie and seruice. 
And we sail ansuir to God and his hienes upoune our allegeance and 
dewetie, and under the pane of tuenty thousand poundis to be payit be us 
to his maiesties use and tinsall of the fredome of the said burgh, for us and 
our successouris perpetually : attour we ar content, and consentis that this 
our band and obligatioune be actit and registrat in the buikis of our 
Souerane Lordis preve consell and sessione, or ayther of thame, to have 
the strength of ane act and decreit of the lordis thairof ; and that lettres 
and executorialls be derect thairwpone in forme as efferis, in vitnes of 
the quhilk thing to this our present band, promeiss, and obligatione, sub- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 15 

scryivit by our common clerk at our command, the common seill of our 2nd Sept, 
said burgh is to hungin at the same burgh, the last day of August, the 
yeir of God jai v c thrie score and fourteine yeiris. 

[Another bond by the Burgh.] 

Be it kend till all men be thir our present letteris, us, the prouest, 
baillies, con sell, and communitie of the burgh of Abirdeine, That for- 
samekill as our Souerane Lord, witht awise and consent of his richt 
traist cousing, James Erll of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeyth, Regent to 
his hienes, his realme, and liegis, considering our procedings in the 
resetting, assisting, contributioun, and stent making witht George, Erll 
of Huntly, Adame Gordoun of Auchindounn, his brother, thair complices, 
tennentis, seruandis, dependantis, and partakaris, dureing the tyme of 
the lait rebellioun and conspyracy aganis his hienes and his authoritie, 
being of mynd for publict quietnes caus to reduice all his hienes sub- 
iactis to his full obedience : Respecting our humble offeris, faythfully to 
contineu in oure dewtifull obedience, loyaltie, and trew seruice to his 
hienes and his authoritie in tyme cuming, as our band and obligatioune 
to that effect delyuerit to my Lord Regentis grace beris ; and for certane 
compositioun hes discharged ws for ewir all actioun and cryme that 
ma ony wayis be irnput to ws for the causis and crymes aboue-wrettin, 
as in the discharge thairupoun at mair lenth is expressit : of quhilk 
compositioun my Lord Regentis grace, of his mere fauor and clemency, 
and in respect of our trew seruice to be maid in tyme cuming, hes frelie 
dischargit to ws the sowme of ane thowsand markis, and alls hes grantit 
ane wther thowsand markis of oure said compositioune to the bigging 
and reparatioun of ane hospitall withtin oure said burght, for the har- 
bring and resett of the pure and impotent personis of the same, 
thairfor to be bundin and oblist, and be the tenour heirof faythfullie 
bindis and oblissis ws and our successouris to bestow and imploy the 
said sowme of ane thowsand markis money forsaid, upoune the bigging 
and reparatioune of the said hospitall within oure said burght, within 
the space of fawe yeiris efter the dait, quhilk we sail demonstrat and 
mak cleirly knawin be trew compt to oure Souerane Lord and his Regent 
at the end of the saidis fywe yeiris, but farther delay fraude and gyle. 
And heirto we bind and oblise ws, as said is, in the stratest forme and 
sicker style of obligatioun that can be dewysit or maid, na remeid nor 



16 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

2nd Sept, exceptioun of law to be proponit or allegit, in the contrar, renuncand the 
1574> same for ws and oure successouris for ewir : And ar content and con- 
sentis that this our obligatioun be actit and registrat in the buikis of 
preuie consell, to haue the strenth of ane act and decreit of the Lordis 
thairof, and that letteris and executoriallis be direct thairupoune in 
forme as effeirs : In witnes of the quhilk thing, we haue causit oure 
commoun clerk be our commoun vote and consent subscriue this oure 
band and obligatione, at the said burgh of Abirdeine, the third day of 
September, the yeir of God jai v c thre scoir fourtein yeiris, and alsua 
our commoun seill is assignit to the same. 

[The King's discharge to the Burgh.] 

Rex. Ws and our rycht traist cousing, James Erll of Mortounj Lord 
of Dalkeyth, Regent to ws, our realme, and liegis, hawand consideratioun 
of the prouest, bailleis, counsell, and communitie, and burgensiss, 
craftismen, induallis of our burgh of Abirdeine, anent the resetting, 
assy sting, contributioun, and stent-making, with George Erll of Huntlie, 
Adame Gordoun of Auchindoun, his brother, thair complices, tennentis, 
seruandis, dependentis, and partakaris during the tyme of thair lait 
rebellioun and conspyracie aganis us, and our authoritie, being of mynd 
for publict quietnes caus to reduice all our subiactis to our full obedience. 
Respecting the humble and ernist offeris of the saidis prouest, bailleis, 
counsell, and communitie, and wtheris aboue wrettin, faythfullie to 
continew in thair dewtifull obedience, loyaltie, and trew seruice to ws 
and our authoritie in [tyme] cuming, as thair band and obligatioun to 
that effect delyuerit to ws and our said Regent in our name beris : 
Thairfor, with auise of our said cousing and Regent, dischargis for ewir 
all actioune and cryme that may ony wayis be imput to the saidis 
prouest, counsell, communitie, burgessis, craftismen, induallis of our 
said burgh of Abirdeine, and haill fredome of the same, for the causis 
and crymes aboue wretin, and for all actioun and cryme that may 
follow thairupone, or be imput to thame or ony of thame thairthrow, and 
alls for all wtheris actionis, transgressionis, crymes, and offensiss com- 
mittit or done be thame, or ony of thame in ony tyme bygane, befoir 
the dait of thir presentis ; (the being at the conflictis of Tilleangus and 
Craibstoune aganis ws and our authoritie, and uthairis crymes of tresonis, 
murthour, slauchter, mutilatioun, fyre-raising, reuissing of vemen. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 17 

incest, witchcraft, adulterie, forging, prenting, hame bringing, and out- 2ml Sept. 
putting of fals and adulterat money, sorning, deforcing of our officearis, 1574< 
oicker, hearing and saying of mes, thift and resett of thift, piracie, and 
resett thairof, allanerlie except) discharging heirfor all our officearis, 
present and to cum, of all proceedingis aganis the saidis prouest, 
bailleis, consell, and communitie, burgessis, craftismen, indualleris of 
our said burgh, and fredome thairof, aboue wrettin : continwing alwyss 
in thair dewtifull obedience and trew seruice to ws and our said 
authoritie in tyme cuming, according to thair said band and obligatioune ; 
and gyf thai mak defectioun thairfra, our said discharge sail nocht be 
extendit to the offendouris ; bot thai and euerie ane of thame in haill or 
in pairt that sail contrauene the same band and obligatioun, to be 
persewit and pwnesit for the caussis and crymes aboue specefeit, as gyff 
our said discharge had newir bene gevin nor grantit thairfor ; and thir 
presentis we ordane to be registrat in the buikis of secreit counsall in 
forme of act, ad futuram rei memoriam : Gevin under our signet and 
subscryuit be our said cousing and Regent, at Abirdeine the third day 
of September, and of our regne, the aucht yeir, jai v c sewintie-four 
yeiris, sic subscribitur, James, Regent. 

Rex. Ws and our rycht traist cousing, James, Erll, of Mortoun, Lord 
Dalkeytht, Regent to ws, our realme, and liegis, wnderstanding that the 
prouest, baillies, consell, and communitie of our burgh of Abirdeine, ar 
oftymes attechit and summondit to pas upoun inquiestis and assyssis to 
our burgh of Edinburgh, and wtheris outwitht thair boundis and juris- 
dictioun, in crymes committit far distant fra thame, quhairof thai ar 
altogidder ignorant; thairfor, and for diuerss ressonabill caussis and 
consideratiounis mowing ws, and our said rycht traist cousing and 
Regent, be the tennour heirof, grantis and gewis our speciall licence to 
the prouest, baillies, counsell, and communitie of our said burght of 
Abirdeinne, to remane and byde at hame fra all passing upone inquiestis 
or assyissis in quhat sumewir crymes or actionis (except in sik crymes 
as ar committit withtin the said burght, fredome thairof, and tua mylis 
about the same), exemand and dischargand thame and ilk ane of thame 
thairfra for all the dayis of thair lyftimes : and will and grantis that 
thai in doing thairof sail incur na skaytht cryme, nor danger, nor be 
callit or accusit thairfor, crimynalie nor ciuilie, be ony maner of way in 
tyme cuming, nochtwithstanding ony our actis, statutis, proclamations, 



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or chargis special! or generall, maid or to be maid in the contrar ; anent 
the quhilkis and panis contenit thairintill, we dispens witht the saidis 
prouest, bailleis, counsell, and communitie forsaidis, be thir presentis, 
discharging heirfor all and sindrie our jugeis and ministeris of our lawis, 
justice clerkis, aduocatt, thesaurar, and all and syndry utheris our jugis 
quhatsumewir, thair officearis and deputtis, of all calling, accusing, per- 
sewing, poynding, trowbling, or ony wyiss intrometting with the saidis 
prouest, bailleis, counsell, and communitie foirsaidis, for thair said 
remayning and byding at hame fra all and sindrie inquieistis or assyssis 
to be committit as said is, and of thair offices in that pert for all the 
dayis of thair lyftymes, be thir our lettres : Gevin under our signet and 
subsryuit be our said richt traist cousing and Regent, at our burgh of 
Abirdeine, the third day of September, and of our regne the aucht yeir 
ane thawsand flue hundreth seuintie-four yeiris, sic subscribitur, James, 
Regent. 

Rex. Ws be the tennour heirof witht consent of our richt traist 
cousing, James, Erll of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeyth, Regent to ws, our 
realme and liegis, gevis and grantis licence to our louittis Thomas Mengzes 
of Petfoddellis, prouest of our burght of Abirdeine, and to the bailleis and 
counsell of our said burght, being chargeit to compeir personalie befoir 
our said Regent and lordis of prewie counsell, the first day of Junii nixt 
to cum, to ansuir to sic thingis as salbe laid to thair charge, to remane 
and abyde at hame nothoutstanding the said charge gevin and execut 
aganis withtout harme, skaythe, or danger of hornyng, or uthairwyiss to 
be incurrit and susteinit be thame notwithstanding thair non-comperance 
at the said day, quhairanent we dispens, dischargeing thame simpliciter 
thairof be thir our lettres, gevin under our signet, and subscryuit be our 
said cousing and Regent at Halyrudehouss, the xviii. day of Maii, and of 
our regne the saxt yeir, jai v c sevintie four yeiris, sic subscribitur, James, 
Regent. 

At Abirdeine, the tuelff day of Jullii, the yeir of God jai v c thre scoir 
nyne yeiris, my Lord Regentis Grace commandit and ordanit the lettre 
and discharge following subscryuit witht his hand, to be insert and regis- 
trat in the buikis of secreit cousell, ad perpetuam rei memoriam, of the 
quhilk letter the tennour followis : Ws hawand consideratioun of the pre- 
cedings of the burgessis and inhabitantis of the burgh of Abeirdeine, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 19 

anent assisting, contributioun, and stent making in tymes bypast, with 
George Erll of Huntlie and his complices perttakaris, contrair our Soue- 
rane Lordis authoritie, understandand the samyn done be feir and com- 
pulsioun, thair guid mynd and wyll beand to the trew seruice of our 
Sourane, heirfoir, We witht auise of the lordis of secreit counsall, dis- 
chargis for euir all actioune and cryme that onywayis may be imput to 
the burgessis of the said burght and induellaris of the samyn, and all our 
Soueranis officearis present and to cum, and of all preceding contrair thame 
tuicheing the premissis, alwayis that thir presentis extend nocht nor com- 
prehend the burgessis and indualleris of the samen burght, that hes ac- 
ceptit componitur for the samyn crymes, nor yit the personis that ar sum- 
mond, or to be summond, for fals cunze at ony tyme, and thir presentis to 
be insert in the buikis of secerit counsall in forme of act witht extensioun 
necessar, subscryvit witht our hand at Abirdeine, the tuelff day of Julii, 
the yeir of God jai v c saxtie nane yeiris, sic subscribitur, James, Regent. 
Extractum de libro actorum, &c., per Alex r> Hay. 

Componitur pro remissione cum preposito balliuis consulibus commu- 
nitate burgensibus et inhabitantibus burgum de Abirdeine et libertatem 
eiusdem infra vicecomitatum de Abirdeine commoran. pro ipsorum pro- 
ditoria remanentia ab exercitu S D N regine ordinat ad conueniendum 
super mora de Gladismuire in mense Augusti anno Domini millesimo 
quingentesimo quadragesimo octauo pro obsidione ville de Hadingtoun et 
recuperatione eiusdem de manibus Anglorum in eodem tune temporis 
existen. et ab aliis exercitibus et conuentionibus quibuscunque preteritis 
et pro omnibus actione et crimine que eueniant eorum alicui inde quouis- 
modo imputari poterint necnon pro omnibus aliis actionibus criminibus 
transgressionibus et offenssis quibuscunque per dictos prepositum balliuos 
communitatem burgenses et inhabitantes burgum predictum et libertatem 
eiusdem aut eorum aliquam aliquibus temporibus elapsis ante diem date 
presentium commissis seu quomodolibet perpetratis proditoria traditione in 
personam diet. S D N regine suique tutoris et regni gubernatoris omnibus- 
cusque aliis proditionibus Incendio murthura mulierum raptu furto re- 
ceptione furti spoliatione ecclesiarum defortiatione officiariorum lacera- 
tione literarum reginearum aut ordinariorum oppressione facta per lie 
foirstalling cowping et regrating in publicis nundinis et foris, receptione 
assistentia et intercommunicatione cum proditoribus declaratis dicte 



20 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

domine regine interfectione nigrorum piscium tempore prohibito ae 
arte magica duntaxat except, subscript, per duos compositores apud pre- 
fatum burgum de Abirdeine oetauo die mensis Julii anno Domini millesimo 
quingentesimo quinquagesimo secundo. Compositio iii c ' xxxiii. lib. vi. s. 
viii. d. 

8th October, 1574. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioune gevin in be Walter Cullenj 
publict reidar to this burght, anent the augmentatioune of his stipend of 
tuentie poundis quhilk he hes of the toune for seruice, for diuerss causis 
and considerationis contenit in his said supplicatioune, quhilkis was 
thocht ressonable be the counsell, and thai thairfor augmentit the said 
Walteris stipend witht the soume of ten poundis, makand in the haill 
threttie poundis, to be payit yeirlie to the said Walter at Mertimes and 
Witsonday, be twa equall portionis, upon his guid seruice induring the 
consellis will, and ordanis the thesaurar to ansuir the said Walter of the 
Mertimes terme nixt cumis for the first terme of payment. 

The said day, the counsell ordanis Alexander Malysone, fermorar of 
the tounis tak, callit the Haly Dayis Fische and Sanct Nicolas Mett, and his 
successouris taxismen of the samen, to cum to be ansurit of the auld 
dewetie of the said tak : that is to say, of euerie schip and boit of salt, 
passing fourtie bollis, to haff a small mett for the dewetie thairof, and 
siclyk ane of the apillis, ingyounis, and uther girnall gudis quhilkis ar 
mett, mesourit, and deliuerit within this watter ; and schippis and boittis 
hawing les numer and quantite nor fourte bollis to be free of the said 
exactioune -in all tyme cuming. 

Wth November, 1574. 

The said day, the haill toune being warnit be the hand bell to this 
day, quhairupoune the belman maid faytht, and being convenit for the 
maist pairt, and representand the haill body of the toune, grantit and 
consentit to gif ane uiklie support and almus to the puir folkis borne and 
bred within this toune, and that to be collectit uiklie be ane of the 
elderis or decanis of the kirk, and deliuerit in keiping to the minister, to 
be distributit ilk monetht be the ordinance and discretioune of the 
assembly ; and euerie man to gif uiklie according to the roll maid obefoir 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 21 

witht thair awin consentis, except thai quha plesis to augment thair 
promeis, and utheris quhilkis maid na promeis nor ar contenit in the 
said roll, quhilk particularlie sail he uptane to the effect forsaid : and 
ordanis all beggaris not borne and bred withtin this toune to be remuffit 
of the samen, and the puir folkis induellaris to wayr the townis takyn 
on the utter garmountht, quhairby thai may be knawin ; and ordanis the 
bred siluer quhilk was collectit ilk Sonday obefoir to the puir, to be 
applyit fray in furtht upon the reparatioune of Sanct Nicolas paroche 
kirk. 

Eodem die, fyc. 

The said day, the haill communitie being warnit to this day, conducit 
Johnne Cowpar to pas euerie day in the morning at four houris, and 
euerie nicht at viii. houris at ewyne, throw all the rewis of the toune 
playand upon the almany quhissil. with ane servand with him play and 
on the tabroune, quhairby the craftismen thair servandis and all utheris 
laboriouss folkis being warnit and excitat, may pas to thair labouris 
and fra thair labouris, in dew and conuenient tyme ; and ordanis the 
said Johnne to haff for his stipend and fee yeirlie twa s. of euerie bur- 
gess man, and xviii. d. of euerie free craftisman, at four termes in the 
yeir, Candelmes, the ruid day, Lammes day, and Hallow day, and the 
first terme to begyn at Candilmes nixt to cum, and that upon his guid 
seruice induring the consellis will. 

5th January, 1575. 

The said day, the consell all in ane voce ordanit Maister Johnne 
Kennedy, thair scrib and commoune clerk, to mak ane buik of perche- 
ment to be a register to insert all the euidentis pertenyng to the 
propirte and preuilegis of this burght, and he to wryt and registrat the 
samen witht his awin hand, for the quhilk thai ordane Gilbert Collesoune 
thesaurar to gif him tuentie poundis. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, anent the assignatioune maid be my Lord Regentis 
grace and Robert Colvyn thesaurar, clerk to ane honorabill woman 
Mariorie Dowglas, lady of Rawinscraig, of the sowme of fyve hundretht 
merkis usuall monee of Scotland, as of ane pairt of the sowme of thre 



22 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

5th January, thowsand merkis grantit to his grace be the communitie of Abirdene, 
1575 ' in the last justice air haldin withtin the said burght in the moneth 
of August last bipast, for payment of the quhilk sowme of thre 
thowsand merkis to my said Lord Regent and his grace thesaurar at 
certaine dais, maister Patrik Ruderfurd; Alexander Knowis, eldar ; 
Alex r Chalmer, elder ; Gilbert Mengzes, elder ; Patrik Mengzes ; and 
Johnne Lowsonne, ar actit souerteis and cautionaris, the quhilk assigna- 
tioune aboune wretin, of the dait the third day of September last bipast, 
wes exhibit and presentit to the prouest, balleis, and consell of this guid 
burght, upon the fourtene day of September last bipast; and diuerss 
requisitionis being maid obefoir for payment of the said sowme, comperit 
this day Alex r Keytht of Carnes, factour and procuratour to the said 
Meriorie, and requirit yit as obefoir at the balzeis and consell of this 
guid toune personaly present payment of the forsaid sowme, or thair 
ansuer in wreitt quhat thai will do thairanent, quhilkis being awysit, 
obleissit thameselffis to pay the forsaid sowme to the said Meriorie 
betuix this and the first day of Maii nixt to cum but ony forder delay ; 
and the souerteis aboune wretin to stand guid for payment thairof, gyf 
the said assignatioune and acquittance gevin thairupoune be admittit in 
thair comptis of payment of the said compositioun ; and gif thai be nocht 
compellit to pay the samen to my Lord Regent and his thesaurar ; the 
quhilk assignatioune and acquittance of the said sowme, the said Alex 1 ' 
deliuerit to the consell, and gif the said assignatioune beis nocht admittit 
and allowit be my Lord Regent, the saidis prouest, bailies, and consell 
to be dischargit and free of payment thairof to the said Meriorie, 
deliuering to hir againe the forsaid assignatioune and acquittance. 



August, 1575. 

The said day, Maister Johnne Kennedy, procuratour and generall col- 
lectour to the cheplanis of the parroche kirk of Abirdene, with consent and 
assent of Schir Johnne Collesoune, Maister Eduard Mengzes, Sir James 
Barclay, Schir Johnne Blak, and Schir Wilyeam Walkar, his breithar, 
and cheplanis only on lyf of the queyr and college of the said burgh, com- 
peirit in presens of Thomas Mengzes of Petfoddellis, prouest of the said 
burght, and in presens of the baillies and haill consell of the samen burght, 
and thair ryplie aduysit with detfull deliberatioune, resignit and geff our 
be ane penny as vse is in the handis of Robert Mengzes, ane of the baillies 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 23 

of the said burght, all and haill thair landis, fischeingis, mailis, few 19th August, 
mailis, and annuell rentis quhatsumeuir pertenyng to thame, in patri- 
monie and propirtie Hand within this burght and without the samen, in 
favouris of the prouest, baillies, consell, and communitie of this burght, 
thair successouris and assignais quhatsumeuir, reseruand alwais the samen 
to the saidis cheplanis during thair lyftymes : Provyding alwais, that gif 
ony of the saidis sax cheplanis, quhilkis now ar lewand, happynnis to 
deceise, that his pairt and pensioun of the saidis landis, fischeingis, mailis, 
and annuell rentis, sail returne and remane with the saidis prouest, 
baillies, consell, and communite, and thair assignais quhatsumeuir. 

The said day, the haill toune being lauchtfullie warnit to this day, and 
compeiring personaly in iugemant, for the maist pairt representand the haill 
body of the toune, it was exponit and declarit oppinly to thame be Robert 
Mengzes, ane of the baillies of the said burght, quhow that the cheplanis 
of the quyar and college of thair parroche kirk of Abirdene, hes resignit 
in his handis, in presens of the prouest, baillies, and haill consell, this 
present day, all and haill, thair landis, fischeings, mailis, few mailis, and 
annuell rentis quhatsumeuir pertenyng to thame, in patrimonie and pro- 
pirtie, Hand within this burght and without the samen, in favouris of the 
prouest, baillies, consell, and communite of this burght, thair successouris 
and assignais quhatsumeuir, reservand alwais the samen to the cheplanis 
during thair lyftymes : provyding alwais, that gif ony of the said sax 
cheplanis quhilkis now are leifand, happynnis to deceise, that his pairt 
and pensioune of the saidis landis, fischeingis, mailis, few mailis, and an- 
nuell rentis, sail returne and remane with the saidis prouest, baillies, 
consell, and communite, and thair assignais quhatsumeuir : The quhilk the 
saidis cheplanis being personaly present, ratefeit and apprevit in juge- 
ment, and the said bailye inquired at thame gif thai wald consent and be 
content to resinge, renunce, and ourgiff the samen agane to the support 
and uphald of Sanct Thomas hospitale, fundit within this burght besyd 
thair parroche kirk, quhile forder supplie and support mycht be maid be 
thame thairvnto, to the quhilkis thai all in ane voice consentit and as- 
sentit, and resignit, and renuncit, and ourgefF the samyn, als frelie as is 
pertenit to thame, in the handis of the said bailye, to the support of the 
said hospitale, and the puir folkis thairof to be annexat thairto perpetually 
in all tym cuming, with reseruatioune as is aboune wretin. 



24 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

1th October, 1575. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consell acceptit and admittit 
Bichert Watsoune, Johnne Malysounne, Thomas Watsounne, and 
Alexander Johnstounne, to be recauit in thair hospitall withtin Sanct 
Thomas cheppell, and ilkane of the saidis personis to haf ten poundis 
yeirlie, to be payit be the toune at twa usuall termes in the yeir, Mer- 
times and Witsonday, be twa equall portionis ; quhill forder ordour and 
prouisioune be taken thairanent, and the first terme of payment to be 
and begyn at Mertimes nixt cumis, and ilk ane of the saidis personis to 
haf ane uter garmonth all of ane colour and fascheoune yeirly on the 
townis expensiss, and that nane be receavit bot singell personis without 
wyins and barnis in the said hospitall at na tyme cuming. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsel!, for the fauor quhilk 
thai beir to Mr Johnne Crage, minister, and for his guid behaweour had 
unto thame, and in respect of his guid seruice in his cuir and vocatioun, 
grantis wnto him the sowme of fortie markis wsuall money of Scotland, 
to be payit to him at the feistis of Martimes and Witsonday nixt to cum 
be twa equall half portionis ; and siclyk yeirlie thairefter, fourte markis 
to be payit at the termes forsaid induring thair will ; and ordanis the 
dene of gild to ansuir him thairoff yeirlie and termlie at the termes for- 
said, besyd and attour his howss maill, quhilk the thesaurar is ordanit 
to pay to him conforme to ane act maid thairupoune. 

10th December, 1575. 

The said day, the counsell for the maist pairt being present, grantit, 
consentit, gain 7 , and disponit to thair servitour, Maister Williame Car- 
mychall, maister of thair Grammer Schuill, for bringin up, teching, and 
instructing of the barnes and schollaris thairof, in vertew, lerning, let- 
teris, and guid manneris, all and haill an yeirlie pensioun of fiftie markis 
vsuall money of Scotland, to be payit to him be the thesaurar of the said 
burgh yeirlie at twa vsuall terms of the yeir, Vitsonday and Martimes, 
be twa equall portionis induring all the dais of his lyftyme, vpon his 
quiet bering, and induring their villis. 

22/zrf December, 1575. 
The said day, the provest and bailleis and maist part of the counsell 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 25 

being conuenit, consultand upoune ane act of preuilege grantit be thame 22nd Dec. 
to the barnis and schollaris of thair Gramer Schuill, fra the tuentie day 
of December to the sevint day of Januar, to have thair libertie fra lering 
and discipline induring that tyme, the consell heirwitht being ryplie 
aduysit and consultit heiron, findis inconuenientis followand thairon, 
quhairfor thai witht adwysiement annullis and abrogatis the forsaid 
act and preuilege, to hawe na strentht nor effect in na tyme cuming, and 
this to be deuulgat and publicit at the croce, swa that giff thai be ony 
particular personis of the town fortifiaris fra than furtht of the inobedi- 
ence of the abrogatioun, thai to be callit and accusit as brakaris of the 
commoun weill, and inobediens to the town. 

25th January, 1576. 

The said day, the decanis of the craftis efter following, viz : Patrik 
Malysoun, decain to the Hemmermen ; James Banerman and Alex r - 
Ranaldsoun, decanis to the Baxsteris ; Johnne Sanderis, decain to the 
Cordinaris ; [ ] decanis to the Tailzeouris ; and [ ] 

decain to the Vobsteris, being varnit to this day, and compeiring per- 
sonalie befoir the counsell of this burght, war accusit for thame selffis 
and the remanent of their craft, for the manteining of the tuenty-fyft 
day of December last bipast, as ywill day, balding the same haly day, 
and absteining fra labour for the maist pairt, witht festing and playing, 
contrair the tennor of the act maid by my Lord Regent Grace, and Lordis 
of Secreit Counsell, at his being in Abirdeine upoun the auchtene day of 
August, the yeir of God jai v c thre scoir fourtaine yeiris, quha ansuirit 
that thay and the remanent of thair craft that was suspectit of the said 
innormatie, war callit and accusit thairfor, befoir the minister and as- 
semblie of the kirk, and at thair desyir purgit thame selffis thereof par- 
ticularlie, ilk ane for himselff upoun his consciens ; and lykwayis, the 
saidis decanis presentlie at the desyir of the counsell purgit thame selffis 
on their consciens, that thay mantenit nocht the said superstitiouis 
festuall dayis, nor knew nocht ane of thair craft that manteinit the samin ; 
and the counsell ordanit thame to obserue the said act and ordinance of 
the dait foirsaid in tyme cuming, and gif thay com in the contrair, 
ilk decain to pay fiyve markis, and ilk craftisman fourtie s., to be 
applyit to the hospitall, and to sett cautioun for the samin ; and ilk 



26 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

25th Jan., ane of the sadis decanis become cautioun for thame selff and thair 



1576. . /., 

awm craft 



24th February, 1576. 

The said day, the haill town being laychtfully warnit to this day be 
the hand bell in generall, and be the officiaris passand throucht all the 
haill rewis and streittis thairof in particular, and being conuenit, for the 
raaist part representand the haill bodie of the town, thai all in ane voice 
electit, nominat, and chesit Maister George Johnnstoun, commissioner 
for thame, to pass to the town of Edinburght to the conuention of the 
borrowis, to be haldin within the said burght of Edinburght, upoun the 
ferd day of Merche nixt to cum, thair to consult, awyss, and deliberat 
witht the commissionaris of the borrowis for ordour taking upoun certane 
effeiris concerning the veil and commoditie of the merchandis of the haill 
borrowis, and specialie tuiching the estent and contributioun of ten thou- 
sand poundis grantit be the borrowis to my Lord Regentis Grace for the 
bulyeoun, and thair for thame to ressoune, the custume and cokkataris 
buikis to produce and exhibit, for setting of the said estent, and to con- 
sent to sic uther thingis as selbe thocht expedient concernyng the veill of 
the estait of the borrowis, and ordanis him to have for his expensiss the 
sowme of fourtie merkis. 

1st October, 1576. 

The said day, the pro vest, baillies, counsell, and communitie presentlie 
being conuenit for the maist pairt in thair heid court, grantit and geiff 
licence to Maister Alexander Skene, burgess of the said burght and 
aduocat, admitted to our Sourane Lordis sessioun befoir the Lordis of 
Counsell, to duell and remain absent of this burth, within the burth of 
Edinburght, or quhair it sail Lappin the said session to be for the tyme, 
for the space of three yeiris nixt and immediatlie following the dait of 
thir presentis, nothwithtstanding that the said Maister Alexander be 
obleist and astrictit be the statutis and actis of this burght to duell and 
remane vithin the samen, in respect that he is presentlie ane heretabill 
possessour of ane half nettis fischeing of the Mydchingill upoun the watter 
of Dee, haldin in fewferme heretabillie of the said communitie, and that 
for diuerss causies and considerationis mouing thame, and specialie be- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 27 

causs the said Mr. Alex r - procuris for thame in all thair actionis and 
caussis, befoir the saidis Lordis of Counsell, withtout gratificatioun and 
recompensatioun, frelie on his awin expenssis. 

5th October, 1576. 

It is statut and ordanit be the provest, baillies, consell, witht consent 
of the communitie present for the tyme, being conuenit on the gill court 
day, and that na burges of gild nor dekin of craft quhatsumeuir withtin 
this burght, be fund werand ane plaid fra the feist of Sanct Martein 
nixt to cum in ony time thaireffcer withtin the burtht, under the pain of 
fourtie s. to be uptakin onforgewin fra the persouns apprehendit 
wering the said plaid effcer the forsaid feist of Sanct Martein, and 
the plaid to be gewin to the hospitall to thair support, that ar pleset 
thairin. 

Item, it is statuit and ordanit that the four officiaris electit and chosin 
this present yeir, and siclyk all that sail happin to be chosin officiaris of 
this burght in ony tyme heirefter, sail hawe and weir daylie ane halbart 
on thair schulder, quhairby thai sail be knawin be utheris, and the per- 
soun refussand being chosin officiar to weir the said halbard to be 
dischargeit of his office, and ane uther to be electit and chesit in his 
plaice quha will veir the samyn, and siclyk it is statuit and ordanit witht 
consent of the haill town, that euerie brother of gild, marcheand, and 
craffcisman, sail hawe in all tyme cuming fra the feist of Sanct Martein 
nixt to cum, ane halbard, dence aiks, or geweling withtin his boith, under 
the pain of tuentie s. to be uptakin fra ilk persoun wantand the samyn 
onforgeiffin. 

It is statuit be the provest, baillies, and consell of this guid toun, 
that the townis landimaris be ridden anes euerie yeir, and specialie upoun 
the fyffcene day of Aprill, geiff it fall nocht upoun ane Sounday, and geiff 
it fallis on ane Sonday, Twysday nixt thaireffcer, to wisit and cognosce 
the rycht methis, boundis, and mercheis of this burght and commountie 
thairof ; and quhair the commound and communitie is fund hurt, the same 
to be reformit witht all diligence. 

The said day, it is statuit and ordanit that na mutton be sauld in the 



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5th October, mercat nor fleschowse hot of the pryces following, viz. : the best muttwn 
1576 ' buik for xiiii. s., and secundar for xii. s. and x. s., effeiring to the guidness 
of the stuff, vnder the pane of escheting thairof ; and that na beiff be 
sauld in the mercat nor in the fleschowse on to the tyme that the baillies, 
with certan sworne comprysaris, comprysit the samin, and putt ane 
competent pryce thairon effeiring to the guidness of the stuff, vnder the 
" pane of escheting thairoff ; and for obseruatioun of this statuit Magister 
George Mydiltoun is appoyntit baillie to the saidis flesceouris. And that 
the fische mercat be haldin in tyme cuming within the ayrin ring in the 
eistheid of the Castellgett ; and that the said fische mercat nor flesche 
mercat be on na way in tyme cuming on the Saboth day, fra the ringing 
of the first bell afoir nwn and eftir nwne quhill the sermen be done, vnder 
the pane of escheting of the fische and fleche apprehendit, to the puir 
folkis ; and that na middiniss be sufferit nor permittet to be on the kingis 
commound gett in na tyme cuming, vnder the pane of tuentie s. onfor- 
geivin to be vptakin of the gadderer thairof. 

Wth October, 1576. 

The said day, the provest and baillies geif charge and command the 
haill craftismen being varnit to this day, and compeirand for the maist 
pairt, that thai cheiss thair decanis of thair craftis respectiue upoun the 
morne efter Michalmes curt yeirlie, to exerce the said office for the space 
of ane yeir, and to present the said decanis to be sowrne in the gill 
court yeirlie to exerce the said office after Michaelmes, to the quhilk 
thai consentit. 

29th December, 1576. 

The said day, the counsell underwrittin, that is to say, &c., ratefeit 
and apprewit the act and ordhians maid be the counsell befoir, to geif 
Mr. Johnne Kennedy, Maister of Sanct Thomas Hospitall, the sowme of 
fywe markis yeirlie induring his lyftime, for the renuncing and ourgeif- 
ing of his plaice, tytil, and enteres of the cheppell and yard of the said 
hospitall in fauouris of the communitie of this burth, to erect and sustene 
ane hospitall thairupoun, conforme to the new fundatioun sett out be the 
provest, baillies, counsell, and communitie of the said burch, and ordanis 
thair thesaurar quhatsumeuer for the tyme, to ansuer and obey him 
thairof yeirlie and termlie in tyme cuming. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 29 

Wtk July, 1577. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsell present for the tyme, 
statut, devysit, and ordanit, that this burght in all tyme heireftir sal be 
servit in peit leding and uther fewall witht the personis of this burght, 
hawyng and hyring horssis for xii. d. euerie horss ilk day, witht mannis 
meit and horss meit, and of na grytar prices, and to haff four gang ilk 
day, and the contravenar of this statut to be depryuit of his fredome of 
this burght, and nocht sufferit to haff ony horssis thairintill heireftir. 

9tk August, 1577. 

The said day, the bailleis decernit and ordanit Besse Stewynsounne, 
Margret Stewynsounne, and [ ] Skynner, alias Mengzes, quha 

war conuict obefoir in the fylthie cryme of fornicatioun, committit be 
thame, withtin the houss of Elezabetht Annand, witht Johnne Weyr, in 
sic abhominabill sort nocht worthie to be rehersit, to be baneist and 
exylit of this gud toune, and fredome thairoff in all tyme cuming, and 
thay nocht to be sufferit to remane langar within this burght nor Monun- 
day nixt cumis, but to depart of the samyn, and gif thai be apprehendit 
withtin this toun efter Monunday nixt the xii. of this instant, to be brynt 
and baneist for euir. 

4th October, 1577. 

The said day, the consell grantit the soume of four pundis to the sup- 
port of James Symsoune, doctour of thair Sang Scuill, under Sir Johnne 
Blak, to help to by him cloythis, for his gud seruice the tym bygane, and 
in houp of his contineuance in tym to cum, and ordanis the Denis of Gild 
to ansuir hym thairoff. 

The said day, the Consell grantit the soume of fourtie s. to be gevyn to 
Kichert Mylen, thair commoun seruand, for keiping of the toune fra com- 
moun beggaris extranearis, nocht borne and bred withtin this toune, to his 
support, to by hym a garmonth of claythis, and thairupoun the tounis armes 
to be sett, and remittis hym to the sessioun to be helpit and aidit als be thame, 
in respect his office concernis mare pairt the ecclesiasticall jurisdictioun. 

8^ October, 1577. 
The said day, in presens of Robert Mengzes, ane of the bailies off the 



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October, said burght, Andrew Kyng, burgess of the forsaid burght, grantit and 
confessit hym to haf receavit and gottyn at the makyng heiroff, fra the 
handis of Dauid Andersoune and Hew Heruie, burgessis of the said 
burght, keiparis of the siluir left in legaceis, and vtherwayis collectit to 
the beidmen and convent of Sanct Thomas Hospitall, ffundat and pre- 
sentlie provydit withtin this burght, witht consent and aduyss of Maister 
Johnne Crag, minister thairoff, remanent eldaris and decanis of the kirk 
and sessioun of the said burght, the soume of ane hundretht poundis 
usuall monee of this realme, collectit to the said hospitalitie for thame 
and thair successouris sustentatioun thairoiff in tyme cuming fra the per- 
sonis departit eftir following : That is to say, left in legaceis be umquhile 
Alex. Andersone, fader to the said Dauid, to the said hospitalite, ten 
poundis ; be Patrik Mengzes of Ferrehill ten poundis ; the merchandis of 
the schip off Abirdeine, callit the Androw, in thair weage furtht and 
hame fra Danskyn, ten poundis ; be Willeam Gardyn, fleschear, ten s. ; 
Cristane Straquhyn, spous and relict of umquhill Johnne Sowlis, xl. s. ; 
Elspet Wandy, relict of umquhill James Andersoun, four poundis 
viii. s. x. d. ; be umquhill Thomas Cargill,fyve merkis ; and the rest of the 
said soume furneist furtht of the penaliteis and utheris of the kirk and 
sessioun of the said burght, &c. 

22nd November, 1577. 

The said day, anent the complaynt gevyn in be the commonis of this 
burght toward the exorbitant dartht of victuall and penurite thairoff, be 
the occassoun of careing away of the samyn furtht of this hevyn of 
Abirdeine to uther placeis, as in the said complaynt at mair lyntht is 
contenit, the bailies and consell being convenit for the maist, witht the 
consent of the grytest pairt of the communite present for the tyme, devysit 
and ordanit that na victuall be sufferit to pass furtht of this port and 
hevyn of Abirdeine to uther portis, in na schip, crear, nor boit, that beis 
laid withtin this hevyn, bot to arreist and stay the samen quhill the toun 
and inhabitantis thairoff be first servit with the samyn, for semable pay- 
ment as the mercat standis, conforme to thair auld liberte and preuilege 
quhilk thai haf thairupoune, and conforme to the statut and ordinance 
maid thairanent obefoir, quhilk thai ratefie and appreiff, of the dait the 
26 day of Aprill the yeir of God jai v c saxtie and sex yeiris, and to that 
effect ordanit the twa boitis presentlie withtin this hevyn ladnit witht 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 31 

beir, to be stayit and arrestit, quhairoff the maister of the ane is callit 22nd NOV. 
Wily earn Lyell, and the maister of the uther boit callit Robert Lokart, 
conducit be Andrew Jak, burges of this burght, for transporting of the 
said Androw beir presentlie withtin the said boit furtht of the hevyn off 
Abirdene to the port and hevyn off Leytht, quhilkis twa boitis laidnit 
witht beir, as said is, the bailies and consell ordanit to be lossit and dis- 
chargit, and the victuall and beir to be sold to the inhabitantis of this 
burght upoun competent pryces, as the bailies and consell sail devyss. 



January, 1578. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consell ordanit Walter Cullen 
reidar and wicar of Abirdene, to be ansuerit and obeyit of the haill teyndis 
belonging to the said vicarege, sic as lamb, geyss, lynte, eggis, woll, 
hempt, and utheris deueteis belonging to the said vicarege, and for euerie 
mylk cow to haff tuelff penneis, and ordanis the inhabitantis of this 
burght to ansuir and obey hym thairoff during his lyffcym, and the offi- 
cieris to poynd and distrengze thairfor gif neid beis. 

26th January, 1578. 

The said day, Merzeoun Wychtoun and Cristane Young war decernit 
in judgment, witht thair awyn consentis, to top and sell the feir off 
feggis and raisingis off the prices following, and na darar ; that is to say, 
the pound of feggis for ii. s., and the pound of raisengs for xxx. d. ; and 
the bailies inhibit the saidis personis to by ony taucht, butir, or eggis 
withtin the burght or fredome thairoff, or schoir of the samyn, except sic 
as cumis fra the southt partis in ony tym cuming, under the paneis of 
confiscatioun and baneisment. 

2lst February, 1578. 

The said day, Johnne Duquharis, cordenar, was convictit, in presens off 
the consell, and als in the fensit court, for the detracting, mispersonyng, 
and sklandering off the bailies, saying that thai wrangously and maister- 
fully reft and spulzeit his geir fra hym of malice, without ony ordour off 
iustice or respect to reasoune, and maid actis againis hym thairupoun as 
lhai lykit ; quharfor the consell and bailies dischargit the said Johnne of 
his fredome, as ane persone unlauchtfull, unvorthie, and unhabile, in re- 
spect of the premissis, and of dyuerss utheris offenssis committit be hym 



32 EXTKACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

1st February, obefoir, as the actis maid thairupoune schawyn to the consell mair fullely 
proportis, in the sessioun of this burght, in presens of the minister, 
eldaris, and decanis thairoff, being accusit be the said minister for deubill 
adulterie, and utheris haynouss crimes committit be hym. 

1th November, 1578. 

The said day, the consell ratifeit and approvit the actis and statutis 
maid obefoir, anent the halding of swyne within this burght, and ordanis 
the samen to be put to executioun, and proclamatioun to be maid at 
the mercat croce, and alsua be the hand bell throw all the rowis of the 
toune, that all personis halding or hawing swyne within this burght sail 
expell the samen within xv. dayis efter the dait of thir presentis ; with 
certificatioun giff thay do nocht, that the commoune burreour sail slay 
and distroye all the swyne that sail happynto be found without ane house, 
and sail escheit the carcageis thairof ; and it sail be lesum to quhatsum- 
ewir personne apprehendand the said swyne in thair awin skaytht, or 
thair nichtbouris skaytht, or vpon the commountie of Castelhill, Woman- 
hill, Kirkyard, or Linx vertand the ertht, to distroy the samen in maner 
forsaid ; and in likwayes thai ordaine the statute maid on the myddingis 
to be obseruit and keipit. 

15th November, 1578. 

The said day, Andrew Biddell being accusit in jugement be the denis 
of gild for the regrating and forstalling of this gud toune in bying of 
gryt salt, irne, lynt, hempt, pik and tar, and selling of the samen in the 
portis of Peterheid and Faythtlie and utheris portis withtin the fredome 
of this, the said Androw nocht beand free burgess thairof, compeirit the 
said Androw and grantit the samen, quharfor he was convict and in 
amerciament of court for ane regrater and forstallar in the poyntis 
forsaid, to forbeir in tyme cuming, and to amend as law will, and the 
baillies ordanit hym to set catioun for his unlaw, to be modefeit efter- 
wart be the counsell ; and Dauid Low becom cautioun for the said An- 
drow, and the said Androw obleist him to releiff the said Dauid. 

1st May, 1579. 

The said day, the prouest and baillies ordanit Mr. Johnne Kennedy, 
thair common clerk, collectour of the contributioun grantit be the inhabi- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 33 

tantis of this burgh for the support and releiff of the Scottishe presonaris 1st May, 
taken be the Turks at Maroco, to deliuer to Mr. Johnne Craig, minister 
of Goddis word of this burgh, the sowme of ane hundreth markis vsuall 
monee, collectit and receauit be him of the said contributioun, and ordanit 
the said Mr Johnne Kennedy to receave the said Mr Johnne Craigs acquit- 
tance thairvpon. 

24th July, 1579. 

The said day, the bailies ratefeit and affermit the act, statut, and ordi- 
nance maid be thair predicessouris, prouest and bailies of the said burght, 
upoun the tuentie fyft day of Maii, the yeir of God ane thousand fouer 
hundretht four scoir and sevin yeiris, contenyng in effect that na cattell 
sail haff pastuir of gress upoun the linx of this brught, nor na uther place 
on this syd of Gilcomstoun, except the fleschearis wedderis, and thai to be 
poyndaris, and to haff ane pennie for ilk best that thai fynd thair, and 
the said act to be put to deu executioun, and obseruit and keipit in all 
poyntis. 

9th October, 1579. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun presentit to the consell be 
Maister Williame Carmichaell, maister of the grammer schuile of this 
burght, makand mentioun that he hes his familie to sustene to his gryt 
charges, and all thing is becum of darar and grytar pryces nor thai wont 
to be, als weill viuaris and victuallis as the exercitioun of all craftis, 
swa that he dow nocht to tak sic diligent cuir and labour in his vocatioun 
and office as he presentlie dois, except the toun of thair gudnes be content 
that the scholage of the scholaris be augmentit, to the quhilk the prouest, 
bailies, and consell, grantit, for dyuers respectis and consideratiounis, and 
consentit to gif him for euerie bairne of induellaris of this toune, thre s. 
iiii. d. (the purrell being exceptit) euerie quarter of the yeir during the 
consell will, quhill thai altar this present ordinance. 

19th October, 1579. 

The said day, the bailies ordanis the ofnciaris to awyit upon the marcat 
dayis, that na tymmer of the hilanmen be leid upoun the sowth syid of 
the tolbuith rail, to stope the marcheandis occupearis of sax marcheant 
buithis to lay out thair cremis and waris, stopping the pepill to resort to 

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34 EXTKACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

19th Oct., thair marcheand buithis throu stope maid be the said tymmer ; and or- 
danis the officiaris to attend and wytt thairon in tyme cuming, that the 
saidis occupearis incur na skaytht thairby. 



December, 1579. 

The said day, the counsel being convenit for the maist pairt within the 
conselhous, resoning upone the exorbitant and gryt compositionis takin 
be the deconis of the craftis of this burght, fra craftismen and breder of 
the craft, in admytting thame fre of thair craft aganis thair previlegeis, 
haiff statut, devysit, and ordanit, that in all tymes cuming, the decain of 
everie craft sell present the person of craft creven to be admittit frie of 
the said craft, to the deinis of gild of this said burght, as ane worthie and 
qualifeit craftisman to be admitted be the town free of his craft, efter 
dilligent tryell and examinatioun of thair habilitie be the said craft ; and 
that the decanis of thair craft sal nawayis compone witht thame, quhill 
the person creven to be admittit free of his craft first compone with the 
said deinis of gild, and be admittit frie be the toun, the maisterstik of the 
persone to be admittit being exhibit and producit in judgement; and giff 
ony decain heireftir contraveinis this present ordinance, and acceptis the 
contrair of the premises, the contravenar to pay als mekill to the deinis of 
gill of this burght of his awin purss as he happinnit to tak for the com- 
positioun of the craft, and that in presens and witht consent of the deaconis 
of the saidis craftis. 

9th January, 1580. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consale of this burght, for ob- 
seruatioun of the act of parliament maid in our Souerane Lordis Kyng 
James the Sext last parliament, the xxv. cheptour, upoun sic personis 
withtin burght as wrangouslie persewis or defendis ony actionis or caussis 
in jugement, and upon thame that tynes the pley withtin burght, devysit 
and ordanit the paneis pecuniall contenit in the said act of parliament to 
be upliftit and rasit frathynfurtht in all tyme cuming, withtout ony 
favour or respect of personis, to be applyit to the support of the puir and 
uther godlie exercitiounis, as the consale sail think expedient ; and that 
the samen salbe sett and rowpit yeirlie to quhatsumeuir person or persons 
that will giff maist for the samen, and to begyn and be rowpit this day, 
and siclyk yeirlie in tyme cuming ; quhilk being rowpit oppinlie in juge- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 35 

ment in presens of the haill communitie, convenit for the maist pairt in oth January 
thair heid court, thair was offerit for the samen the sowme of fourtie 
poundis and na mair, and that be Alexander Rutherfurd. &e. : quharfor 
the same was sett to thame for the said sowme, for the space of ane 
yeir nixt following the dait heirof, quha obleist thame for payment 
thairof, and ordanis the samen to be pait to the maister of the kirk wark, 
quha sail mak compt thairof. 

23rd January, 1580. 

The said day, anent the actioun and clame movit and persewit be James 
Kar, procuratour and factour for ane nobill and potent Lord Collyne, 
Erie of Argyill, Lord Cambell and Lome, &c., aganis Christane Lumis- 
den, the relict of umquhill Johnne Gordoun of Kynmoundie, as intromet- 
tour witht the geir and guidis of umquhile the said Johnne pertenying to 
him, and being in his possessioun the tyme of his deceis, be vertue of ane 
petitioun, makand mentioun that quhair the said Collyne, Erie of Argyill, 
hes the gift of all and sindrie the geir and guidis, movabill and unmova- 
bill, dettis, takkis, steddingis, rowmes, possessionis, actis, contractis, 
actionis, obligations, reuersionis, cornis, cattell, insicht plenesing, sowmes 
of monee, gold, siluer, cunyeit or uncunyeit, and wther guidis and geir 
quhatsumevir, quhilkis pertenyt to the said umquhill Johnne Gordoun, and 
being in his possessioun the tyme of his deceiss, quhilkis fell and become 
in our Souerane Lordis hand, and perteining to his grace be reasoun of 
escheit of bastardie, throw deceiss of the said umquhile Johnne being 
borne bastard, and decessand bastard, without ony lauchtfull airis gottin 
of his bodie, or lauchtfull dispositione maid be him of his geir and guidis, 
and wtheris aboune mentionat in his lyftyme ; lyik as in the said Collynis 
gift and donatione of escheit, grantit and gevin to him be our said 
Souerane Lord, witht aduise of his secreit counsall, of the dait at Striuiling 
the nyntene day of Apryll, the yeir of God ane thousand v c and fourscoir 
yeiris, at mair lyntht is conteinit ; and albeit, &c. the said Cristane 
Lumisden, &c. intromettit witht the geir and gudis wnderwrettin &c., 
that is to say, ane standand bed of ayik, the pryce thairof ten libs. ; 
ane lang sett bed of fyr, pryce thairof iii. lib. ; ane mait buird of ayik 
branderit, pryce thairof ten lib. ; ane mekill forme and twa litillis furmes 
of fyr, pryce thairoff four lib. ; ane Danskin taffell, the pryce ten lib. ; 
twa taffellis, ane small ane gryter, of Scottis wark, pryce fyve lib. ; twa 



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January, cofferis, pryce viii. lib. ; ane kist of fyr, pryce iii. lib.; threttie pewtar 
plaittes, pryce viii. libs. ; xxxvi. pewtar truncheouris, pryce vii. lib. ; ane 
bassin, pryce xxiiii. s. ; four chandlaris, pryce iiii. lib. ; four waiter pottis, 
pryce Iv. s. ; twa pannis, pryce xxviii. s. ; twa irne pottis, witht ane wther 
brassine pott, pryce of the piece iii. lib. xviii. s. ; twa speittis, witht twa 
raxis, pryce thairoff vi. lib. ; ane cruik, witht ane rost, irne tanges, and 
ladill, ane pair of bowlis, pryce thairoff iiii. lib. ; four tubbis, pryce thair- 
off xxxii. s. ; twa punscheonis, pryce thairoff xx. s. ; ten feddir beddis, 
witht ten bolstaris, pryce Iv. lib. ; fourtene pair of blanckattis, pryce 
thairof xx. lib. ; auchtene codvarris witht sextene tyikis, pryce thairof 
xviii. lib. ; thre pair of curtingis, price thairof ten lib. ; sevin coveringis, 
pryce thairof xxxv. lib. ; fourtene pair of scheittis, thairof sevin pair round 
and sevin pair small, pryce of the pair iii. lib ; four pair of heid scheittis, 
pryce thairof xl. lib. ; sex pair of sewit scheittis witht selk, thairof thre 
pair Holland claytht and thre pair Scottis claytht, pryce of the pair our 
heid ten merkis ; ane dosane of sewit coddis, witht sex pair of heid schettis, 
sewit, pryce thairof xx. lib. ; sex wesching towellis, sewit witht silk, 
pryce thairof vi. merkis ; sevin buird clayththis of lynyng and dornik, 
pryce of the peice four merkis ; fyve wther wesching claythtis, witht 
twa lang towellis, pryce thairof [ ] fyve dossane of ser- 

ueittis dornik lyning and hardin, pryce thairof xxxvi. lib. twa [ 
item, twa buirclaythtis, pryce thairof xii. lib. ; item, ten cuscheingis, 
pryce thairof viii. lib. ; twa saltene dowblaittis, ane gray, ane blak, 
pryce of the peice ten lib. ; item, ane pair of taffeit breikis, pryce 
thairof xx. merkis ; item, ane taffetie dowblatt, pryce thairof ten 
merkis ; item, tua canves doublaittis of lyens canves cuttit on taffetie, 
pryce of the peice, ten merkis ; item, ane doublatt of blak [ ] 

cuttit out on taffetie, pryce thairof ten merkis ; item, ane pair of satteing 
breikis, pryce thairof xx. merkis ; item, thrie pair of steming breikis^ ane 
blak, ane gray, ane browne, pryce of the peice ten lib. ; item, thrie 
steming cloikis, ane of reid, pryce thairof ten libs., twa of blak, ane lynt 
witht salting, ane uther witht taffetie, pryce of the peice sextene lib. ; 
item, twa weluet bonnattis, pryce of the peice iii. libs. ; item, ane taffetie 
hatt, pryce iii. lib. ; item, ane felt hatt witht the creip, pryce thairof 
iii. lib. ; item, ane skyn coitt witht ane dosane buttonis of gold, ilk 
buttone extendin to ane crowne weicht of gold, pryce of the coitt and 
buttonis xxx. lib. ; item, sex pair of schankis, tua pair of silk, pryce of 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 37 

the pair x. lib., four pair of steming, pryce of the pair iii. lib., ane swourd, 2,-ird January 
the pryce ten lib., ane gilt quhinger, pryce iii. lib., ane dossone siluer 
sponis, contenand ilk peice ane unce and half unce, pryce of ilk peice 
xxxiii. s. iiii. d. ; twa siluer tassis of ten unce weycht the peice, pryce of 
ilk peice xxiiii. merkis, [ ] Quharfor the bailies decernit and 

ordanit the said Cristane to deliuer and restoir the insicht geir and 
guidis aboune wretin, to the said James Kar as factour and procuratour 
for the said Collyne, Erll of Argyill, &c. &c. 

llth March, 1580. 

Item, the consale and commute has consentit and ordanit, becauss of 
apperance of weyr, that this toune be strynthnit aboute with certan fossis, 
to the making of the quhilkis thai haf grantit to gif and pay certan con- 
tributioun, be the ordinance of the alderman and certan of the consale. 

13th May, 1580. 

The said day, the haill toune being lauchtfullie warnit, &c., it was ex- 
ponit to thame be Gilbert Mengzes of Petfoddellis, thair provest, quhow 
that he hes gottin aduertisment fra Edinburght in ureit, that our maister 
the Kingis Maiestie (quhome God preserve) is to cum shortlie to visie 
the northt partis of this realme, and specialie this burght ; and that it is 
nocht unknawin to thame of the rait and lowabill consuetud of this realme 
in all tyme bigane ; and that at quhatsumeuir tyme his grace progenitouris 
Kyngis of Scotland of gud memorie happynnit to visie and repair to the 
maist honorabill burrowis of this realme, that at the tyme of thair first 
entrie and presentatioun of thame selms thairunto, thai used to receive 
thair said Souerane Lord and Kyng witht willing and glaid hartis, schaw- 
ing significatioun thairof at thair uitermaist power to receive and glaid 
the Kyngis Maiestie with fasceis, playeis, historeis, antikis, and sic uther 
decoratioun as was thocht expedient for the tyme ; and also, to propyne 
thair graces witht ane honorabille propyne of gold, waks, and spyce, and 
uther prouision, to the furnesing of his graces houss ; and specialie this 
burght was euir radie to do sic decoratiouin and plese at the first entre 
of thair Prince and Kyng at thair utermaist power according to thair sub- 
stance and facultie, and inquyrit at the communite, being convenit be 
lauchtfull warnying as said is, for the maist pairt to the effect under 
wretin, gif thai wald do the lyk now as thair predicessouris burgessis 



38 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

and inhabitantis of this burght did obefoir, gif it happinit our said Maister 
the Kingis Grace to hald furth his purposs in visiting this his Graces 
puir towne, of the quhilkis thai all in ane voice bot contradictioun war 
glad, content, and consentit thairto, and for preparation of the premissis 
consentit to collect, lift, and gadder, ane taxatioun of the sowme of thrie 
thowsand markis usuall monee of this realme, and for setting of the said 
stent and taxatioun, nominat and chesit the personis under wretin ; that 
is to say, Eobert Mengzes, Alexander Rutherfurd, bailies ; John Lawsoune, 
Androw Huntar, Alexander Forbes, &c., stentaris and taxaris, quha war 
sworne the gryt aitht to stent the samen upon the nychtbouris and inha- 
bitantis of this burght, ilk ane conforme to his substance and facultie, ac- 
cording to thair conscience, knawlege, and understanding. 

5th September, 1580. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consale, acceptit, receavit, and 
adrnittit Maister Thomas Cargill to be maister of the grammer schuill of 
this burgh, to instruct thair barnis in knawlege and maneris as it becumis 
him of his office induring his guid seruice and the will of the consell, and 
ordanis him to haff the samen yeirlie stipend quhilk Maister Williame 
Carmichaell, his predicessour, last maister thairof, had of the toune obefoir, 
towit fiftie merkis. 

1th October, 1580. 

Als it is statut aud ordanit, that the fisehe merkat of this burght in all 
tyme cuming salbe haldin withtin the irne ryng, and round about the 
fische croce, and that the said fische merkat nor yit flesche merkat be on 
na way in tyme cuming on the Sabboth day, fra the ringing of the first 
bell afoir nune and efter nune quhill the sermun be done, under the pane 
of escheting of the fische and flesche apprehendit, to the puir folkis ; and 
that myddings be sufferit in tyme cuming to be on the Kingis gett, bot 
lesum to any man tuentie four houris being past, eftir onlaying of the 
said mydding, to carie the samen away, but ony perell of law or 
danger. 



October, 1580. 

The said day, the provest, bailies, and consell hes statut and ordanit, 
that the blak smytht sail tak and receive for the gang of the grytest horss 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 39 

schone, sex s, viii. d. ; smaller horss and neggis, four s. ; and the contra- isth October 
venar heirof to pay fourtie s. on forgevin. 

1st December, 1580. 

The said day, William Jak was admittit be the consale to be maister 
of Sant Thomas Hospitall, to attend thairon, and on the propirte and 
casualiteis of the samyn for the yeir to cum, and was sworne to exerce 
the said office lelely and trewlie. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consell ordanit the denis of gild 
to ansuir James Reid of tuentie merkis for his labour and travell taken 
in purchessing Maister Alex r * Arbuthnot to be minister to this burght, 
and ane honorable stipend to him, quhilk salbe allowit to thame in thair 
nixt comptis. 



December, 1580. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consale, reasonying and con- 
sailing vpon the enormities committit be disourdourit barnis and scho- 
laris of the grammer schuil of this burgh, and vtheris schulis within the 
samen, in taking of the schuill, vsurping aganis the maister and magis- 
trates this tyme of yeir afoir yuill callit natiuite of our Lord, thairby 
fosterand the aid ceremonie and rite of preuelege that was wont to be 
grantit to thame, quhilk the consell obefoir throchlie aduysit hes altogid- 
der abrogatit and dischargit ; for remeid thairof that na sic attemptatis 
nor enormities be committit in ony tyme heirefter, the prouest, baillies, 
and consale hes statut and ordanit that in all tyme cuming, all gentil- 
mannis soneis to landward as burgessis soneis within the burgh that 
sail happyn to be presentit to ony maister of schuill within this burgh 
the scholar and barne sail, be the maister to quhome he is enterit, be 
presentit to the prouest and baillies, or euer he be receavit within ony 
schuill of this burgh, and sail set cautioun of burgessis, induellaris of 
Abirden, that the scholar presentit sail obey the magistrat and maister 
and sail nawayis vsurpe aganis the ordinance of the consell, wnder the 
paine of ten poundis more of penaltie, to be paid be the cautionar- for 
the barne transgressing, and ane act to be maid thairon, and the barne and 



40 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

Dec,, cautionaris name registrat in the townis buikis, and this act to be 
publist oppinlie in the puipit on Sonday nixt. 

13th February, 1581. 

The said day, the haill brethrene and burgessis of gild of this burght, 
being lauchtfullie warnit to this day, and convenand, &c., it was exponit 
to thame be Robert Menzes, baillie, at command of the remanent bailleis 
and counsell of the said burght, quhow that Johnn Duncan, Jon Roray, 
talyeouris ; James Banerman, baxster ; and Patrick Leithe, armorar, 
pretending to leive at thair awin libertie and licentius fredome, hes pur- 
chest letteris of lawborrowis aganes the prouest, baillies, counsell, and 
ane gryt pairt of the communite that ar of maist estimatioun and honestie, 
intending thairby to leive within this burght without ony correctioun or 
ordour, by and attour the accustomet lawis and lauchtfull constitutionis 
of this burght, suppressing to the Kyngis Maiestie and Lordis of Sessioun, 
and als to the Lordis of Secreit Counsell, quhow that thai ar culpable 
and maist justlie convict be the lauchtful lawis and louabill constitutionis 
of this burght, to haif tynt thair fredome maist justlie, and decreits past 
upone thame to that effect, quhairunto thai wald nocht obey bot war plane 
repugnant, and that thai, wnder colour and pretence of the allegit frad and 
lawborrowis, wald eschew all kynd of ordour and justice, they nevir hef- 
fing ony just caus quhairby thay micht haif socht lawborrowis of the 
haill magistrattis berand offices withtin this burght, nor yit can thay 
schaw ony iniurie done to thame be ony of the magistratis, or thai convict 
thairin, and thairfor desyrit the counsell and brethrene of gild presentlie 
convenit to provyid remeid thairfor be ordour of justice, and efter the 
reductioun judicialie of the decreitis lauchtfullie led aganis the saidis 
four personis, being justlie fand and declarit to haif tint thair fredome, of 
the quhilk number Patrik Leitha being cummin obedient, offerit him to 
leive wnder our Souerane Lordis lawis and statutis of this burght, quhome 
the counsell judicialie receavit witht sic wther iniunctionis lefull, that he 
suld nocht transgress in tyme cuming : thairfor the counsell, seing the 
fornamet thrie persones remaning obstinat, and travelland dalye to raiss 
uproir, sisme, and diuisioun withtin this burght and bowallis thairof, con- 
teinnantlie refusing all dewtifull obediens to thair superiouris and magis- 
tratis wnder the Kyngis Maiestie, to the evile of the guid burght, gif 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 41 

remeid war nocht provydit for correcting of the saidis licentius persones, 13th February, 

and to avoid the evill exampill and cumpany of the saidis thrie persones, 

it was ordanit, consentit, and grantit to, that na burgess of gild suld set 

ony duelling houss or buitht to ony of thame, nor keip secretis witht 

thame, or gif thame ony labour or manuall exercitioun of thair craft in 

tyme cuming, in respect thai ar dischargit of thair fredome and fundin be 

the decretis producit unprofitabill nieberis of the commoun weltht of this 

burght, rasers of upror, sesime, and diuisioun, withtin the bowallis thairof, 

unto the tyme they cum to obedience of our Soueran Lordis lawis and 

lauchtfull statutis of this burght, and be receavit be the magistratis 

thairof, quhairunto the haill bredrene of gild consentit but ony contra- 

dictioun ; and siclyk it was statute and ordanit that all wther craftismen 

withtin this burght that hes or schall happin to be decernit iustlie to haif 

tynt thair fredome for the lyik caussis, incure the lyk pane unto the tyme 

thai be receavit as obedient to our Soverane Lordis lawis and lovabill 

statutis of this burght. 

1st March, 1581. 

The said day, it was considderit be the counsell, and exponit to the 
haill communitie, being warnit to this day and convenit for the maist 
pairt, quhow that the craftismen of this burght mening to furthtset the 
causs interprysit be thame aganis the Me burgessis of gild of this 
burght, and to furthset the samen be expenssis and wther moyanis, hes 
grantit and obleist thame selffis to contribute and collect ane taxatioun 
amangis thame selffis olklie, quhilk will extend to ane gryt soume in the 
yeir, and thairfor to resist and defend the said wrangws interpreiss, and 
to furneiss the expenssis to be maid thairupon, the hail communitie all in 
ane voce grantit and consentit to mak ane olklie stent and contributioun, 
to be uptakin of everie Me burgess of gild, swa that the samen exceid 
nocht twa s. of ilk persone at the maist, and be nocht wnder [ ] 

penneis of ilk persone at the leist, and ordanis [ ] persones to 

be chosin to stent and set the said contributioun, and for collectouris to 
gadder and receave the samen, vizt., Alex r * Forbes, Alex r< Howesoun, 
eldar, W m * Lorymer, and Dauid Fergussoun, ilk ane of ane quarter of the 
toun, to be collectit anes everie quarter of the yeir, and the foirsaidis 
sowmes not to be imployit on na wther caus nor wark, bot to the effect 
aboun wrettin wnto the finall end thairof, and ordanis the saidis collec- 



42 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

1st March, touris to delyuer the samen in keping everie quarter togidder, to Thomas 
[ ] and to the said Williame Lorymer, to be keparis and disponeris 
thairof, be the avyse and ordinans of the counsell. 

3rd April, 1581. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consale, understanding that 
the inhabitantis of this burght, als weill burgessis of gild as craftismen, 
perseuis thair actionis ciuill befoir the commissar of Abirdene, the de- 
cisioun of the quhilkis actionis propirlie pertenis to the provest and 
bailies of this burght, far aganis the lowabill custume of uther burrowis, 
quhais inhabitants persuis and defendis all thair actionis ciuill befoir 
thair ordinar magistratis, to wit prouest and bailies of the burght 
quhairof thai ar induellaris, and befoir na uther juge, except it be in 
weychtie actionis, quhilkis thai persew befoir the lordis of sessioun, and 
in sic actionis as belangis to defunctis quhilkis thai persew onlie befoir 
the commissar of the dioscie ; and thairfor devysit and ordanit that na 
nychtbour of this burght persew ane uther befoir the commissar of 
Abirdene in tyme cuming, for ony ciuill caus, but onlie befoir the prouest 
and bailies of this burght, thair ordinar juges, except it be for deidis, 
geir, tochir geir, and sic as belangis to testamentis, wnder the pane of 
ten poundis to be upliftit of the contravenar. 



June, 1581. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consale, statut and ordanit, that 
quhatsumewir persone or personis beis apprehendit castand staneis, 
ballast of scheippis, or boittis, or crearis, or quhatsumewir uther [ ] 

withtin the trinite burne, to stop the boittis keillis or crearis to haf 
passage thairin to the peir and key heid, that he being convick thairfor, 
sail pay ane unlaw of fourtie s. on forgevin. 

14th August, 1581. 

The said day, the haill craftismen free and unfree of this burght quhais 
nameis eftir followis, being lauchtfullie warnit to this day, and accusit 
in jugement for passing to the kyngis grace, and his hienes lordis of 
secreit consale, and thair be moyanne of court, sinister and wrang infor- 
matioun, hes purchest ane gift and preuilege of our said Souerane Lord, 
witht aduyse of the said secreit consale, aganis the liberte and preuilege 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 43 

of free burgessis and brethir of gild of this burgh t, tending to usurpe 14th August, 
thair libertie and commodite in bying and selling of merchandrice, uterly 
belanging the exercitioun and vocatioun of the said free brether of gild, 
siclyk as the craffcismen of the burghis of Edinburght, Dundie, and Pertht 
hes usurpit and usit and yit usis ; the quhilk preuilege and libertie the 
craffcismen of this burght war neuir in use of, nor neuir bruikit nor josit 
the samen at na tyme bygane, and offcymes hes pressit and attemptit 
thairto, and euir be ordour of iustice war reiectit and repulsit thairfra, 
tending heirthrow to raiss and engener seditioun, schisme, and tumult, 
betwixt the saidis free burgessis of gild, and the saidis craffcismen of this 
burght, quhairthrow gryt truble and inconueniens may enseu and follow ; 
and the saidis craffcismen being particularlie inquyrit, ilk ane be his awin 
name, gif thay wald awow r , abyd, stand be, adhere, and mantene the 
said pretendit gift and preuilege, or gif thay wald leif witht rest and 
quyatnes upon thair awin craft and vocatioun, as thai and thair predi- 
cessouris withtin this burght did, usit, bruikit, and josit, in all tyme 
bygane ; quhilkis craffcismen for the maist pairt, that is to say, Johnne 
Banermann, &c., allegit that thai war ignorant and knew nocht of the 
rasing and purchesing of the said new preuilege, and war nocht partici- 
pant thairof, and thairfor wald nocht awow, afferme, nor adhere thairto, 
but uterlie past thairfra, witht all uther preuilegis, giffcis, and lettres 
purchest and to be purchest thairanent in tyme cuming ; and war content 
and obleist thame selffis to leif at quyatnes, and rest upone thair awin 
vocatioun, craffcis, and exercitioun thairof, allanerlie, as thai war wont, 
without ony nouatioun or alteratioun, to be purchest and socht be thame 
or thair successouris at ony tyme cuming, nochtwithtstanding ony liber- 
teis or preuilegis contrar the commoun weill, vocatioun, and exercitioun 
of free burgessis of gild grantit to the craffcismen of sum uther burrowis 
of this realme, renuncing the samen for thame and thair successouris 
perpetually and for euir; and certane utheris of the saidis craffcismen, 
quhais names eftir followis, that is to say, Mathow Guild, armorar, &c., 
affermit and adherit to the said new purchest preuilege quhilk is grantit to 
thame be the kyngis maiestie as thai allegit, as craffcismen of utheris bur- 
rowis hes obtenit obefoir, and the remeid heirof was referrit be the haill 
communite, to the discretioun, advysment, and ordinance of the prouest, 
bailies, and consale of this burght, and obleist thame selffis to assist, 



44 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

14th August, concur, and contribute at thair utermaist power, for fynding and using 
1581 of the said remeid be ordour of law and justice. 

15th August, 1581. 

The said day, Patrik Leithe, armorar, was convick and put in amercia- 
ment of court be the depositionis of dyuerss famouss witnessis, sworne 
and examinit, for the streiking of "William Gray, bruder to Gilbert Gray, 
bailie, witht ane halbert, in presens of the said Gilbert Gray, bailie, 
executing his office, to forbeir in tyme cuming and to amend as law will, 
and that wes gevin for dome be the moutht of Johnne Smytht, dempster ; 
and the prouest, bailies, and consale, advysing upon the grauite of the 
fait, understanding the samen done in mere contempt, tending se far as 
lay in the said Patrik to raiss tumult and discord betuixt the free bur- 
gessis of gild of this burght and the craftismen thairof, thairfor dischargit 
the said Patrik of his fredome, and ordanit him to be baneist this burght 
and fredome thairof for euir in all tyme cuming. 

23rd August, 1581. 

The said day, the provest, bailies, and consell of this burght, statut 
and ordanit that in tyme cuming na personis salbe bureit within the par- 
roche kirk of Abirdene, without payment of xxx. s. of ilk person for his lair 
siluir, except onlie sic personis as hes fundationis in the said parroche 
kirk, fundit be thair parentis of the samyn blude notourlie knawin ; and 
that the sacrist or his deput keipar of the kirk sail nocht oppin the pament 
of the said kirk for bureing of ony person, without speciall command of 
the maister of the kirk wark, or ane bailie in his absance ; and that the 
said maister of kirk wark or bailie gevand command thairto, sail tak no 
cautioun or souertye for payment of the said lair siluir, bot onlie hand 
payment or sufficient plagis, end gif thai do, to ansuer for the same ; and 
gif the said kirk keipar oppynnis ony graiffe within the said kirk without 
command as said is, to be depryuit of his office. 

28th August, 1581. 

The said day, Johnn Duncan, talyour, being lauchtfullie warnit to this 
day, lyik as it hes bene dyuerss tymes obefor, personalie apprehendit to 
compeir befoir the provest, bailies, and counsal of this burght, to ansuir 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 45 

for certane crymes and enormiteis committit and doin be him, and specialie 28th August, 
for the resing of schisme and seditioune in this burght, betuix the breddir 
of gild and craftismen thairof, quha being oftymes callit, comperit nocht, 
bot obstinatlie refusit to compeir, and wald nocht ansuir befoir the saidis 
provest and bailies, allegend he hed wtheris quhome he wald prefer to 
the saidis provest and bailies, quharfor the saidis provest, bailies, and 
counsell procedit and tuik tryell and probatioun in the said mater, be the 
quhilk it was fundin that the said Johnn Duncan was the principall 
inuentar, beginner, and author of the said tumult, schisme, and dissensioun 
resit betuixt the saidis burgessis of gild and the sadis craftismen, and in 
respect thairof and of his wulfull and obstinat inobediens, depryvit the 
said Jon Duncan of the fredome of his craft induring the counsellis will. 

26th December, 1581. 

The said day, the provest, bailies, and consale taking ordour with the 
disordourit barnis and scholaris of the gramnier schuill of this burght, 
quha presentlie hes takyn the schuill, menyng to haue the aid preuilege 
quhilk was wont to be grantit to thame at this tyme of yeir about yuill, 
quhilk altogidder the consale obefoir be dyuerss actis and statutis had 
dischargit, remittit and dischargit frelie the saidis scholaris of all offenceis 
bypast, and statut and ordanit in presens of the maister of the said gram- 
mer schuill, and the maist pairt of the saidis scholaris, that na preuilege 
salbe grantit to thame, nor na scholaris of the said grammer schuill, nor 
yit na uther schuill withtin this burght, at the tyme of yuill in na tyme 
cuming ; and in place thairof, the provest, bailies, and consale ordanit 
the saidis scholaris to haf, in the begynnyng of ilk raith or qnartar in the 
yeir, thre dayis, makand in the haill tuelf dayis in the yeir. 

23rd March, 1582. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and consale, ordanit Alex r Forbes 
and Dauid Indeaucht, deanes of gild, to consent and pay to Walter Cul- 
lane, redar of thair paroche kirk, the sowme of ten poundis monee, 
restand awand to him on payit for his fee in reiding of the prayeris eftir 
nune, for the Whitsonday terme last bypast, conforme to the act and 
ordinance of the counsale maid thairanent obefoir, of the dait the third 
day of Januar, the yeir of God ane thousand v c four scoir and ane yeiris, 
quhilk sail be allowit to thame in thair comptis. 



46 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

14th September, 1582. 

The said day, Gilbert Guthrie, burgess of Abirdene, and merchemond 
herald, renunceund his awin jurisdictioun, and submittand him to the 
iurisdictioun of the provest and baillies of Abirdene, in this cace, bund and 
obleist him to ansuir, obey, and mak guid and thankfull payment to Mr. 
Piter Blakburne, minister of Abirdene, of his yeirlie stipend of thrie hun- 
dreytht merkis, or sa mekill as salbe assignit to him in stippend, out of 
the reddiest of the thirdis of the bischoprik of Abirdene, during the tyme 
of the said Mr. Piteris ministrie withtin this burght, at twa termes in the 
yeir, Witsonday and Martimes, be equall portionis frelie, begynnand the 
first termes payment at the feist of Mairtimes nixt cumis, the said Mr. 
Piter gettand ane assignatioun thairof, and lettres thairupoun, except 
the kingis maiestie or auctoritie of Scotland discharge the samen. 

The said daye, Alexander Rutherfurd, bailie, and Williame Mengzes, 
elder, burgessis of Abirdene, band, actit, and obleist thame, thair airis, 
executouris, and assignais, coniunctlie and seuerallie, to content, refound, 
and pay to Maister Piter Blakburne, minister of Abirdene, the sowme of 
ane hundreytht merkis wsuall money of Scotland yeirlie, sa lang as the 
said Mr. Piter is minister of Abirdene, at twa termes in the yeir, Witson- 
day and Martimes, be twa equall portionis, begynnand the first termes 
payment at Martimes next cumis, and the provest, baillies, and counsale 
of the said burght, obleist thame to releiff the said Alex r< and Williame 
and thair foirsaidis thairof, wnder the panes forsaid. 

The said daye, the haill towne, &c., acceptit, receavit, and admittit Mr. 
Piter Blakburne to be minister of this burght, and to use and exerce the 
functioun and office within the samen, and obleist thame to assist the 
ministerie, and be subiect to the disciplene and correctioune of the kirk, as 
ulsua ratifeit, affermit, and apprevit the artikillis subscryuit be thame 
obefoir, anent goddis trew religioun, ordour, and disciplene of the kirk, 
maid, gevin, and presentit be Mr. Johne Craig, sumtyme minister of this 
burght, and promeist to abyid thairat in all poyintis, sa far as God will 
gif him grace. 

1st October, 1582. 
The said day, the craftismen eftir following, that is to say, Androw 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 47 

Will, &c. 5 being oppinlie inquyrit be calling of the suit roll be thair names 1st October, 
in speciall to gif thair wote in chesing and electing of the pro vest, baillies, 
and officiaris of this burght, according to the commoun ordour and con- 
suetud of this burght obseruit in tymes bypast, quhilkis ansurit euerie 
ane particularlie be thaine selffis personalie present, that thai wald gif na 
wote nor electioun of the saidis juges and officiaris, quhill thai be restorit 
to thair libertie and admittit to the societie of utheris fremen of this burght, 
and the act gif ony be maid thairanent annullit, and thairfor refusit to 
nominat ony persone to exerce the said office, and tuik act and instru- 
ment thairupon ; and siclyk, Robert Mengzes, baillie, in name of the toun 
tuik act and instrument thairupon, and protestit that thai be nocht hard 
to haif vote in tym cuming becaus of thair present refuse withtout just 
occasioun. 

26th November, 1582. 

The said day, the haill burgessis of gild and merchendis of this burght 
that sendis geir to the sie, or sail happin to send heirefter, electit and 
nominat Alex r - Forbes, collector to the ingaddering and collecting of the 
soume of ellevin scoir ten markis, to mak Henrye Nesbit expenssis com- 
missionar to pas in France, thair to labour for the doungetting of the 
new raisit customes and impostis in France. 

5th December, 1582. 

The said day, the haill counsell being warnit to this day, ratifeit and 
apprevit the contract maid betuix the connsell and Jon Kay, Lorymer, 
anent the mending of the townis thrie knokis, and bying fra him of the 
new knok, for payment to the said Jon of twa hundretht merkis, conforme 
to the said contract, and consentit to the lifting and resing of the said 
sowme of the haill burgessis of gild and craffcismen of the said burght, 
and to be taxt, everie ane according to thair powar and pissens : and 
nominat Alex r Howesoun, Dauid Endiaucht, Jon Burnet, Dauid Ander- 
soun, Alex r Forbes, and Alex r Mollysoun, taxtaris thairof, quha war 
sworn for leill taxting of the samen. 

llth December, 1582. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsale, modifeit the amendis 
of Thomas Kelly e, baxster, quha was convict obefoir for the strubling 



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and striking of Annabell Kelly, the spous of Androw Mar, Lorimer, as 
folowis, to wit, ordanit the said Thomas to cum upon Soundaye nixt, 
the xxiii. day of this instant, within the paroche kirk of this burght, and 
thair eftir the sermone in presens of the haill congregatioun ask, first 
God, nixt the magistratis and pairtie offendit, forgifnes, humeling him- 
self upone his kneis, and confessing his offence publictlie, and to pay 
fourtie s. to the deanes of gild, to be distributit as the counsall sail think 
expedient, promesand neuir to do nor commit the lyik in tyme cuming, 
wnder the pane of tuentie pundis. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consale, electit, nominat, and 
chusit Robert Mengzes, baillie, maister of thair hospitallis, to .owirsie, 
awyit, and attend for the yeir to cum, that guid ordour be obseruit be the 
personis placit in the saidis hospitallis, according to the fundationis and 
institutionis thairof, and that the yeirlie rentis of the same and casuali- 
teis be decentlie and ordourlie imployit, according to the mening and 
mynd of the fundationis, quha acceptit the said office upone him. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, modifeit the amendis 
of Williame Ronaldsone, walkar, quha was convict obefoir for the 
sklandering and mispersoning of Dauid Castell, wobster, to compeir on 
Freday nixt, the xxi. day of this instant, within the tolbuytht of the said 
burght, and thair in face of court and oppin audience, sitting upoun his 
kneis, ask the provest, bailleis, and pairtie offendit, forgifnes, confessing 
his fait and offence, reuoking the wordis spokin be him as falss and un- 
trew, promesand nevir to do the lyik in tyme cuming, wnder the pane 
of banischement of the towne. 

3rd January, 1582. 

The said day, the consale for the maist pairt within the counsel-hous 
being present and convenit, ordanit the gild wyne of all sic personis that 
sal happin to be maid frie burges of gild of this burgh in tyme cuming 
to be conuertit in siluer, and na drinking of gild wyne fra this to be, bot 
the sowme of four poundis to be taikin of ilk persone maid burges of 
gild, mair or less, as the deanes of gild happinis to compone and aggrie 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 49 

for, according to the facultie and pissance of the persone maid Me burges 3rd January, 
of gild be the sicht and discretioun of the deanes of gild, to be convertit 1582 ' 
and applyit to the commoun weill of this burght, mending, reforming, 
and repairing of the commoun decayit warkis thairof, quhairof the deanes 
of gild sail be haldin to gif compt yeirlie, and this act to induir during 
the consales will. 

25th April, 1583. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun exhibit in wreit to the counsell 
be Johnne Phinevin, teicher of the younge childrene, of ane place to be 
ane schoill to the saidis barnis, or to haif sum yeirlie support to pay the 
maill of the said schoill, as his said supplicatioun proportis, the provest, 
baillies, and counsell, ordanis the dene of gild to pay and delyver to the 
said Jon the yeirlie feu maill of ane land pertening to the airis of umquhill 
Thomas Branche, lyand in the Schoill hill, in the northt waist nuik of the 
kirk yaird, extending to tuentie sax s. viii. d., to help to pay the maill of 
ane schoill, quhair the samen may be easalie hed, and that yeirlie induring 
the consellis will. 

Wth May, 1583. 

The said day, the haill bretherene of gild being lauchtfullie warnit to 
this daye and comperand for the maist pairt, understanding the gryt 
skaytht and hurt that thai sustene be gryte sowmes of monee gevin be 
burgessis of uther burghis, and extranearis, to induellaris and burgessis of 
this burght, to by wairis and salmound within this burght and jurisdictioun 
thairof, aganis the commoun weltht thairof, and mercheandis within the 
same, in ane voce but contradictioun for avoiding of the samen, was sworne 
in jugement, that nane of thame sail ressaue ane purss of silver or sowmes 
of money fra ony burges of ane uther burght or towne to the effect for- 
said, and gif thai or onye of thame dois in the contrair, and contravenis 
this ordinance, thai ar content to suffer the tentement of ane assyse of 
thair nychtbouris, and gif thay be convict thairof, to tyne thair fredome of 
this burght for evir. 

13M May, 1583. 

The said day, it was statut and ordanit be the provest, bailies, and 
counsale, that na laborar nor warkmann or woman at the schoir suld tak 



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13th May, or ressaue mair nor eftir followis, for beiring to and fra the said schoir to 
the partis of this towne, of salt, coill, lyme, salmond, or beir ; that is to 
say, for beiring of the boll of salt, lyme, and coill to the Castelgett, iiii. d., 
and for beiring thairof to the Braid Gutter, vi. d., and fra the Schoir to 
the Gallowgett, viii. d., and to the Grene, viii. d. ; for bering of the barrel 
of salmond fra the Castelgett to the Schoir, vi. d., and fra the Braid 
Gutter to the Schoire, viii. d. ; and for beiring of the barrell of beir to the 
Castelgett fra the Schoir, iiii. d. ; to the Braid Gutter, vi. d. ; and to the 
Gallowgett and Grene, viii. d. 

9th August, 1583. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and haill merchandis of the burght 
of Abirdene, &c., grantit, consentit, and obleist thame selffiis, that thai 
nor nane of thame sail send, nor caus be transportit furtht of this burght 
and port thairof to Flanderis, ony scheip skynnis for the space of sax 
monethis, immediatlie following the last day of August instant ; and 
forder, according to the will and ordinance of the burrowis of Edinburght, 
Pertht, Dundie, and wtheris burrowis of this realme, gevand unto ws 
thair act and ordinance maid thairanent, in wreitt, to be obseruit in sic 
soirt, that ane burght be nocht bound and astrictit, and ane wther to be 
frie, bot all to cum wnder ane ordour and ordinance, becaus the same is 
thocht expedient to be done for the weill of the haill burrowis of the 
realme. 

10th July, 1584. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsaill of this burght being 
convenit in the counsailhous for the maist part, ressoning and considder- 
ing, that sen the deceis of umquhill Sir W m * "Walker, quha haid the seruice, 
cuir, and keiping of thair paroche [kirk] vnder Maister Johnne Kennedy, 
sacristair of the same, na seruand is provydit thairto as yit, and that it is 
neidful that ane honest, descreit, and trew servand be prouydit thairto, 
without preiudice of the said Mr. Jonis richt and tytill induring his lyf- 
tyme, and wnderstanding that the seruice and labour of the said office is 
gryt and continewall, in rewling and ordouring of the knokis of the said 
kirk, ringing of the bellis, keiping of the kirk, oppining and loking of the 
durris thairof in tymes conuenient, keiping of the kirk yard dykis and 
girss thairof fra bestiall, ministring of water, bassing, and towall for 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 51 

baptisme, lichting of kandellis in the winter sesoun, making of the gravis loth July, 
in the kirk and kirkyard, and also to awaytt upoun the leid and kirk win- 
dois, that nain be away throw his negligence without aduerteisment to be 
maid be him, and awayting upoun the kirkwark quhan the same sail hap- 
pin to be in doing, and wther dew seruice belangand the said office, swa 
that the said cuir requiris the labouris of ane diligent servand haillie ad- 
dickit thairto, awayting continewallye thairupoun, and this honest servand 
can nocht guidlie be sustinit with the sober stipend and casualiteis quhilk 
the said umquhill Sir "W m - Walkar, last possessor thairof, haid for the 
same obefor, continit in act maid thairupoun, upone the fyft day of Oc- 
tober, the yeir of God ane thousand v c saxtie and fyve yeiris, thairfor the 
saidis provest, bailyies, and counsall augmentit the stipend and fee of the 
said sacristar, propirtie, and accident, and yeirlie to be payit to him in 
maner following ; that is to say, ten markis to be payit to him be the 
thesaurar of this burght at Witsonday and Martimes, be twa equall 
portionis, togidder with twa markis of feu maill of the luge of the kirk 
yaird, sett in feu to umquhill Thomas Branche to help to pay his hous, 
and to haue accidentis of ilk mariage of honest riche personis, twa s., and 
of sober folkis, auchtein penneis ; and of baptisme, for ilk honest riche 
manis bairnis, twa s., and of sober folkis, tuelff penneis ; item, for making 
of grauis in kirk and kirk yard, for euerye honest persone, twa s., and for 
sober folkis, tuelff penneis, prouyding that the grauis of puir folkis be 
frelie maid ; item, euerye Sondaye to haue tuelff penneis out of the kirk 
braid ; item, to haue the unlawis of the bestiall and guidis that beis ap- 
prehendit in the kirk yard, to wit, ilk horssilk tyme, sax s. aucht penneis ; 
ilk scheip ilk tyme, tuelff penneis ; ilk swyne ilk tyme, xiii. s. iiii. d. witht 
powar to poynd and hald the saidis guidis quhill the saidis unlawis be 
satisfeitj and peyit be authoritie of the provest, and bailyeis, and coun- 
saill, interponit heirto, and the saidis provest, balyeis, and counsaill ad- 
myttit Johnne Smytht to the said cuir and office, upoun his guid beiring, 
and induring thair will, quha acceptit the same upoune the conditionis and 
restrictionis forsaid, and fand Robert Menzeis, eldar, souertie and catioun 
for him of his fidelitie and diligent seruice, quha obleist him to releiff the 
said Robert thairoff. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, Johnne Roray, tailyeour, quha was depryvit of the fre- 



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manschip of his craft for the enormitie done be him, and disobediens to 
the ordinans of the counsall, as the actis maid thairupoun beris, the 
provest, bailzeis, and counsaill, for diuers respectis and considerationis, 
and specialie becaus of the said Joannis penitence, wnder stand and 
schawin to the counsaill, and forgiuenes cravit be him, thairfoir, and 
upoun his publict promeis oppinlie maid in jugement, that he suld nevir 
resist the ordinans of the provest, bailzeis, and counsaill of this toun, 
and that he suld neuir scot, lot, nor assist witht the remanent craftismen 
of this burght in furthtsetting and persewing of the action presentlie 
depending befoir the lordis of counsaill, anent the priuelege cravit and 
socht be the saidis craftismen, to haue the use of bying and selling of 
merchandreis as frie burgessis thairof, bot that he sail leif quietlie upoun 
his awin craft and vocatioun as he did obefoir, upon the quhilk he maid 
faytht in jugement, remittit and dischargit the said Jon of the said offens, 
for the quhilk he wes depryvit of his iremanschip obefoir, and admittit 
and ressauit him of new again as freman of his craft, and geff him the 
yatht of fidelitie thairupoun ; upoun the quhilk, Gilbert Menzeis, provest, 
in name of the bailzeis and counsaill for thair part, and the said Jon 
Roray for his part, tuik act of court and instrument. 



September, 1584. 

The said day, the provest, bailzeis, and counsaill, consultand and 
aduysand anent guid ordour to be obseruit in this toun for evading and 
eschewing of the contaguis pest ringand in dyuerss partis, townis, and 
places, of the southt contrie, sa far as may be done be men as instrumen- 
tall meanis witht the guid plesour of God, deuysit and ordanit ane port 
of tree to be biggit and sett upoun the Brig of Dee : and ane wther port 
of tree in the Schipraw, betuixt the land of Jon Leslie and Alex r Howe- 
soun ; and ordanit that all portis of this toun sal be closit, lokit, and 
haldin fast dayle, except thre portis, quhilk sail be haldin fast upoun the 
nycht fra sevin houris at evin, quhill sax in the morning : that is to say, 
the Overkirkget port, the Schipraw port, and the Justice port ; at the 
quhilk patent portis thair sail be ane daylie wache of twa burgessmen 
or craftismen personalie in proper personis, fra the sax in the morning, 
quhill sevin at evin at euerie ane of thame ; and that the Grayfreris 
bell sail be rung be the space of half ane hour befoir the closing of the 
saidis thrie portis, that euerie induellar may do thair erandis in dew 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 53 

tym, and at sevin houris of the knok the portis to be closit, and in 28th Sept., 
lykwayis that thair be ane wache at the Brig of Dee, of twa honest bur- 
gess men or craftismen, that nane be sufferit to haue entrie thairat, without 
ane sufficient attentik testimonial! presentit to the provest and bailyeis 
before, and admittit be thame and licence grantit thairto ; and that na 
testimoniall be ressauit nor admittit, giffin at ony suspect place, and ane 
honest burgessman or craftisman sail wache daylie at the hevin mouthe, 
that na schip, crair, nor bot, be sufferit to enter thairat without speciall 
licens of the provest and bailzeis ; and that nain be transportit our the 
watter be the ferriboit, schip boit, fisch boit, nor cobill, but speciall 
attentik testimoniall presentit and admittit as said is, and that the 
ferriboit sail ly and remane on this syd of the watter, and the ferrear 
to luge in the blokhous : and that the said ferriboit sail mak na passage 
fra four efter nowne, quhill aucht houris in the morning, and that thair 
sail be ane wache to attend that na persoun on fut nor hors sail cum our 
ony furd betuixt the Brig and the hevin mowthe : and that na ostler be 
sufferit to brew ony aill betuixt this and the Brig of Dee, nor about the 
same : and that na induellar of this burght ressaue ony extranear per- 
soun in lugeing, nather of small degree nor gryt degre, without speciall 
licens, wnder the pane of fourtie pundis, and closing wp of thair houssis 
for thre day is immediatlie thairefter : and that na persoun tak upoun 
hand to fraucht ony boifc to cum fra the southt to this toun, witht lyme, 
collis, sklaittis, nor na uther wayeris : nor yit that ony persoun sail pas 
to the southt, nor to any commond fair nor mercat, withtout licens as 
said is obtinit thairto, wnder the pane of tuentie pundis : and that na 
apillis, peris, plumbis, nor uther fruitis that cumis from the southt be 
bocht nor ressauit in this burght, and that na conventiounn of peopill 
nor lykis be sufferit to convene at the deceis of ony deid persoun, wnder 
the pane of tuentie pundis : and that all the puir folkis that ar beggaris 
borne and bred in this toune, or hes bein lang induellaris thairintill, 
sal bear and wear oppinlie on thair breistis the townis armis, quhairby 
thay may be knawin, and the haill remanent beggaris, young and auld, 
to be removit of this toun and fredome thairof, withtin thre dayis, 
wnder the pane of baneisment, and birning of thame on the cheikis 
witht ane het irne : and that all bak dykis and bakyeittis be closit wp 
that na passage be thairby, and euerie heritour, occupiar, and possessor, 
sal be ansuirabill for his bak dyk and bak yet, that na skaytht nor 



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->8th Sept,, inconueniens enseu thairby, wnder all hiest pane and charge that efter 
1584t may follow, and that na extranear fut chopmane copair resort to this 
toun fra this furtht, nor sal be ressauit in this burght. 

Uth October, 1584. 

The quhilk day, it was devysit, statute, and ordanit be the provest, 
bailleis, and counsall of this guid toune, and ratifeit and apprevit be the 
haill towne, alsweill craftismen as burgessis, being lauchtfullie warnit to 
this day, &c., that all maisteris of houshaldis, alsweill craftismen as bur- 
gessis, sail repair to the paroche kirk, keep and obserue the sermones and 
prechingis on the oulk dayis, to wit, Tuysday and Thurisday, for heiring 
of the wourd of God and Christis euangell trewlie prechit, in all tyme 
heireffctir, under the penaltie of twa s. to be uptakin of ilk burgess, and 
xii. d. of ilk craftismen absent fra the sermone the saidis dayis, without 
lauchtfull excuiss of infirmities, seiknes, or absence of the towne be the 
[ ] to be applyit to [ ] and heirunto the haill craftismen 

alsweill burgessis voluntarlie obleist thame selfns being particularlie in- 
quirit be Gilbert Mengzes, provest, and consentit thairto, prowyding that 
this act be extendit onlie to maisteris of houshaldis. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, anent the generall complaint gevin in be the commounis 
of this burght upoun certane nychtbouris thairof, regrataris and spillaris 
of the markat of meill and malt, awayting upone the leiddis of victuall 
cuming out of the contray to this burght, harasing the samen, or evir 
the malt or meill present the markat, in gryt hurt and preiudice of the 
commoun weill thairof, quhilk is the occasioun of gryt deartht, and the 
caus that the pure commounis of this burght ar misservit; for remeid 
thairof, the provest, baillies, and counsale, devysit and ordanit, and for 
ane act statut and confermit, witht consent of the towne, being convenit 
for the maist pairt, that gif ony persoun, man or woman, duelland 
within this burght in ony tyme cuming, byis or housis victuall cumand 
to this burght and markat thairof, to be sauld befoir the same present 
the markat, that the byar and howsar sail pay the unlaw of xx s. on 
forgevin, and that it sail be lesum to na persone to by victuall cumand 
to this burght bot in the markat, and samekill onlie as may serve thair 
hous and familie fra market day to marcat daye. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 55 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk daye, the provest, baillies, and counsale, upoun the greuous 
complaint gevin in wpoun the wobsteris for the gryt and exhorbitant 
pryces taken be thame for the wey ving of all soirtis of claytht, extorsenand 
thairby the inhabitantis of this burght, and taking for thair labouris at 
thair awin plessour and appetit, expres aganis guid ordour, law, and con- 
science, as the said complaint mair fullelie proportit, quhilk being consid- 
derit be thame, and haveing consideratioun quhow that the eln of ilk sort 
of claytht mycht be wrocht be the saidis wobsteris haveing ressonabill 
proffeit and ganes of the pryces following ; that is to say, the eln of best 
russet, xvi. d., secundar, xii. d. ; the eln of hosin grayis, viii. d. ; the eln 
of tartane of all sortis, vi. d. ; the eln of carsayis, iii. d. ; the eln of quhyt 
plaiding, iii. d. ; the eln of hewit plaidis of all soirtis, xvi. d. ; the eln of 
lynning, vi. d. ; the eln of hardene, iii. d. ; the eln of braid dornik, ii. s. ; 
the eln of narrow dornik, xii. d. ; and the wobster refusand to obserue 
this statute, and being convick for contraveining thairof in ony poynt, to 
be depryvit of his fredome ; as alswa, it was statute and ordanit, that na 
wobster within this burght mak onye claytht, lynning, or wolne in ony 
tyme cuming, under the pane of depriuatioun of him of his fredome, being 
callit and convict thairfoir. 

29th March, 1585. 

The said day, the provest, bailyeis, and counsaill of this burght, haueing 
consideratioun that the pavment of the fluir of thair paroche kirk is offt 
tymes opinit and brokin throw the buriall, to the gryt expenssis of the 
reformatioun thairof, and als of the desyr and supplicatioun of dyuers 
personis quha desyris the bodeis of thair departit freindis to be bureit in 
the said kirk, swa that throw the multitude of deid bodeis bureit thairin 
few places is to be fund thairintill but grein grauis, albeit the kirkyard 
be ane honorabill place of buriall gif thai wald content thairwitht, 
thairfoir the saidis provest, balyeis, and counsaill all in ane voce, 
thocht expedient and concludit that the bodeis of na persoun past tuentie 
yeris of aige be bureit in the said kirk, without payment of thre pundis of 
money or thai be bureit, and of bairnis xx. s., to be payit to the maister 
of the kirk wark, for the quhilk he salbe obleist and astrictit to ansuir 
yeirlie in his compt, and that but preiudice of sik fundationis as ar preui- 
legit personis to the said maister of kirk wark, to causs ane officiar als 



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29th March, oft as neid beiss poind and distrenze for the said dewtie, ordainand 
1585> the officiaris to be radye, and ansuir and obey the said maister of 
kirk wark, anent poinding for contenting of this present act. 



May, 1585. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsale, being crediblie 
informit that the contagious pest is presentlie keindlit in Edinburght, 
the principall towne of this realme, and continewallie incressis and 
spreddis in dyuerss pairtis, townes, and villagis, and places of the south 
contraye of this realme, thairfor, effcir matur deliberatioun and guid 
aduysement, thocht guid and godlie to obserue moir diligentlie the 
statutis and ordinances maid be thame obefoir for guid ordour thairanent, 
ordanis the samin to be deuulgat and proclamet of new, of the quhilk the 
tennour followis, [as at p. 52.] and for obseruing heirof and punisch- 
ment of the contravenaris of thir statutis and ordinances aboune 
rehersit, thay haif ordanit the geibattis to be maid and affixit, ane at the 
marcat croce of this burght, ane uther at the Brig of Dee, and the 
third at the hevin moutht, that in caice onye infeckit persoun aryue or 
repair be sie or land to this burght or fredome thairof, or in caice ony 
induellar of this burght ressaue, hous, or harbrie, or giff meat or drink 
to the infekit persoun or personis, the man to be hangit, and the woman 
to be drownit, and that na maner of persoun within this burght pas fra 
this day furtht to ony commoun mercatis or fairis, nor yit pas ony wayes 
southt, wnder the pane of deid ; and becaus the burding will be grit, 
and the charge intollerabill to the four bailleis be thame selffis without 
help and assistance of the consale to attend for the observatioun of the 
saidis statutis, and punischeing of the contravenaris and transgressouris 
thairof, it is thairfor ordanit that thair sal be twa honest personis to 
assist and concur witht ilk balzie in ilk quarter, to haif the lyik pouer 
and authoritie during this eminent danger as the principall bailleis hes ; 
and als becaus gryt danger appeiris to enschew be the wattir, hevin, 
and brig of this burght, in caice the same be negligentlie obseruit, 
thay haiff appoyntit Alex r Chalmer and Mr. Thomas Leslye to be wattir 
bailzeis, for the obseruing of the hevin and fereis ; John Forbes and 
Patrick Huntar, bailleis, for obseruing of the Brig of Die and ferreis 
circumjacent, quha exceptit the saidis offices upon thame, and war sworne 
for faythtfull attending thairupoun during the tyme of this present danger. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 57 



May, 1585. 

The quhilk day, Margret Nune, spous of William Norie, and Mar- 
zeoun Younge, relict of umquhill William Duncane, tailzeouris, war 
convictit for braking of the statutis and ordinances maid for guid ordour 
anent the pest, and for contravening thairof, in housing, harburing, and 
giffing of meit and drink to extranearis, but licence of ane baillie, or 
command haid thairto, quhairfoir thay war in amerciament, &c., and 
becaus according to the saidis actis, deith was thair just punischement, 
the prouest, balzeis, and counsall, ordanit thame to be punisit to the 
deith or baneischement, according to thair arbitriment, and at the ernist 
suit and instant supplicatioun of the rycht honorabill William Kar of 
Cesfuide, knycht, and Robert Maxwell of Dunwidye, knycht, the prouest 
and bailzeis gran tit to the said tua personis adiugit to die, thair lyves, and 
ordanit thame to be banischit of this burght, during the consallis will. 

4th October, 1585. 

The said day, the haill towne being convenit this day within the 
tolbuytht of this burght, considdering quhow hurtfull and preiudiciall 
the lait introducit custowme amangis the inhabitantis of this burght, 
the day of the electioun of the magestrattis of the said burght, in nomi- 
nating, chesing, and electing of dyuerss personis to the office of baillerie, 
that hes borne and usit the said office dyuerss yeiris contigue togidder, 
without ony ceissing, aganis all ressoun and guid ordour, hes bene to the 
commoun weill of this burght thir yeiris bypast: for remeid thairof 
concludit, decernit, and ordanit, that the baillies chosin this day for the 
yeir to cum, and sic as sail heireftir happin to be nominal, chosin, and 
electit to the office of baillerie within this burght, sail na wayis be 
nominat, lytit, electit, nor chosin, for twa yeiris contigue togidder, bot that 
wtheris qualifeit and meit for the said office, sail be burdenit thairwitht, and 
electit to the same for the space of ane yeir, swa that euerie man of hous, 
estimatioun, and honestie, sail be burdenit witht the same his yeir 
about, and heirunto the haill toune in ane voce but contradictioun, gran- 
tit and consentit, and obleist thame thairto, to be obseruit inviolablie 
in all tym cuming. 

Sth October, 1585. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun exhibit for the pairt of Mr. Wil- 

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8th October, liame Leisk, desyring to be admittit minister substitut under Mr. Piter 
1585> Blakburne, minister of this burght, to support him in his cure and office 
becaus of his gryt cure and exercitioun, and desyring of the towne ane 
ressonabill stipend for the samen, for the support of his lyff and leving as 
thay thocht ressonabill, to the quhilk supplicatioun the haill communite 
grantit and consentit, and ordanit to gif him yeirlie for his stipend ane 
hundreytht merkis, to be payit to him be the haill communite of thair 
awin propir geir, to be stentit and taxtat upon the haill nychtbouris and 
inhabitantis of this burght, and wald na wayis consent that the said 
sowme suld be taknit out of the few maillis and deweteis of the freir landis. 

Wth January, 1585. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun exhibit to the prouest, bailyeis, 
and counsall be Mr. Jon Kennedy, thair court dark, desyring to be satis- 
feit and payit of the sowme of thre scoir libs, wsuall money of Scotland, 
debursit be him upone the building of the justice port as maister of wark 
thairof, electit be the counsaill thairto, conforme to his comptis producit 
thairupone, the saidis prouest, bailyeis, and counsall, assignis to the said 
Mr. Jon the compositionis of burgessis of gild and fremane that sail hap- 
pin to be maid effcer this day, togidder with the haill wnlawis, casualiteis, 
and accidentis of foirstallaris, regrataris, and contraueneris and brakaris 
of the statutis and ordinances of this burght, &c. 

13th April, 1586. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsale statute and ordanit, 
that in tyme cuming the haill nowmer of personis that ar of the counsale 
admittit, sail convene oulklie frathinfurtht within the counsalhous of the 
tolbuith ilk "Wedinsday at ten houris befoir noune, to consult upoun sic 
thingis as concernis the commoun afferis of this burgh, and quha comperis 
nocht eftir the knelling of the bell of the tolbuith, for ilk absence to pay 
sex s. viii. d., thai being at hame within this burgh or fredome thairof, 
or at thair fischingis of Die or Done, and gif thai haue ony neidful bissyness 
ado, eider in the consistorie or uder place, thai sail obtene obefoir licence 
thairto of ane bailye, witht a ticket of the licence subscriuit be the clerk. 

29th April, 1586. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioun and complent of Mr. Thomas 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 59 

Cargill, maister of the graymer schule, upon Johnn Cuming, noter, quha 29th April, 
haldis ane scule, teiching barnis, abstracting thame from the principall 
scule without his licence and tollerance, and also without consent 
and admissioun of the prowest, bailleis, and counsall aganis all gude 
ordour, the saidis prowest, bailleis, and counsall dischargit the said 
Johnn Cuming of halding of the said schule quhill thay be forder 
aduysit. 

1th October, 1586. 

The said day, the haill toun grantit and consentit that the bow brig be 
biggit and erectit with ane bow of estlair, and consentit voluntarlye to 
contribut thairto according to thair substance, and nominat Alexander 
Rutherfurd and Dauid Endiaucht, maisters of wark thairto. 

27fA April, 1587. 

The quhilk day, the haill toun being lauchtfullie warnit to this day be 
the hand bell, &c., it was exponit to thame be Gilbert Mengzes, prouest, 
that the prouest, bailleis, and counsaill of Edinburght haid wretin to the 
prouest, bailleis, and counsaill of this burght, that the Kyngis Maiestie 
haid desyrit of the toun of Edinburght for thame selfis, and in name of 
the remanent burrowis, twa thousand pundis Scottis monee, to be aduan- 
cit be the saidis burrowis for the making of the charges and expenssis of 
his graces embassadour, baytht afeld and hame, appoyntit to pas with ex- 
peditioun to Denmark, in sic effairis quilk ar baytht honorabill to his 
grace and sail be witht lynth profitabill to the estait of merchandis, and 
siclyk to aduance ane thousandis pundis upone the custumes, upoun 
freindschip gryttar to the estait of burrowis at his grace perfyt aige now 
at hand, desyring this burght to send thair commissionar fullely instructit 
agane the xxviii. of this instant at the leist, this burght ansuir in ureit 
gif thai thocht this guid to be grantit to his hienes, as in the said bill of 
the dait at Edinburght the xxii. of this instant, opinly red in jugement at 
mair lynth is continit, the provest, bailleis, counsaill, and communitie, 
being convenit for the maist pairt, thocht the desyr of the said lettre res- 
sonabill, and grantit and consentit thairto, and wer contentit to be stentit 
and impost for thair pairt of the said soume, quhane thai suld be burdint 
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20th July, 1587. 

The said day, the bailleis and counsaill present for the tym, haueing 
consideratioun of the misordour and tumult of the puir folkis sittand at 
the kirk dur heggand almous, plukand and pulland honest menis gownis, 
cloikis, and abulzement, throw the qukilk thair is gryt confussioun 
amangis thame, thairfor it is statut and ordanit, that nane of the saidis 
beggaris be sufferit in tym cuming to sitt or remane ony wyss asking 
almous within the kirk nor kirk yard, bot to sitt without the stylis, and 
the extranear beggaris to remove thame seffis furtht of the toun and 
fredome thairof, conforme to the auld statutis and ordinance thairupoun 
obefoir, wnder the panis thairin continit, and this ordinans to remane, 
but ony violatioun in tyme cuming. 

14th August, 1587. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsaill, upoun the humble 
supplicatioun to thame, presentit be Johnn Andersoun, desyring to be ad- 
mittit master of the sang scuill of this burght, now vaikand be deceiss 
of Johnn Blak, last maister thairof, quhilk supplicatioun thai thocht 
ressonabill, and admittit the said Johnne to the said cuir and office 
induring thair will, and ordanit him to haue for his stipend yeirly, the 
soume of tuentie pundis monee of this realine to be payit to him yeirly, 
at twa termes in the yeir, &c. 

22nd January, 1587. 

The said daye, the haill toun being convenit, and being chargit be vertew 
of lettres gevin be delyuerance of the lordis, at the instance of Gilbert 
Mengzes of Petfoddellis, prouest of the said burght, to cheiss taxtaris 
and stentaris to stent the sowme of twa hundrethe markis on the haill 
burgessis of gild for ane taxatioun, grantit and consentit be the haill 
commissionaris of burrowis in ane conuention haldin at Edinburght, the 
fytein day of Julii, the yeir of God, ane thousand v c four scoir and four 
yeiris, for rigging furtht ane weir schip and bark to perseu Inglis pirattis 
that pilleit Scottis merchandis geir, within ten dayis, wnder the panis of 
horning, as in the lettres direct thairupoune, the fyffc day of Januar 
instant, proportis, quhilk soume the said Gilbert as provest is compellit 
to pay, for obtempering to the quhilkis lettres and charges, and eschew- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 61 

ing of horning thairin continit, compeirit the committee of Abirdene, 22nd January 

witht Mr. Johnne Cheyne thair preloquitour, and wnder protestatioun 

for all thair lauchtfull defenssis aganis the saidis chargis, and that they 

na wayis be preiugit thairanent be the obedience eftir following, electit, 

nominat, and chesit, James Mengzes, Dauid Fergussoun, James Settoun, 

Alex r Jaffary, Dauid Cargill, quha war sworne in iugement to stent the 

same on the merchandis, burgessis, and brether of gild, and to mak ane 

extent roll thairupone, upone the quhilk the said baillie tuik instrument, 

and the said Mr. Johnne protestit that the said soume be na wayis 

delyuerit to the parte quhill the same be consignit, to the effect the 

suspensioun may be haid. 

1th June, 1588. 

The said day, the bailies and counsall of this burght beand convenit 
for the maist pairt at the poirt of the Nether Kirk gait, anent the com- 
plent maid upoun Duncan Donaldsoun, youngar, quha presentlie is 
biggand his foirland, merchand contigue to the said poirt, for the alledgit 
wrang done to the toune be the said Duncan, in braking doun and 
altering of the stane wall of the said poirt at his awin hand, and 
making his windois and eismentis thairin, the said Duncan being per- 
sonalie present, warnit to ansuir thairfoir, quha denyit ony wrang done 
be him, and gif ony wrang be done be him fund be the counsall, he wald 
reforme the same at thair will, quhilkis all in ane voice efter ryip 
aduyisment, fand and decernit that the said Duncan haid done wrang in 
altering and braking doune of the said poirt at the wast gawill of his 
stair, merchand contigue thairto, and maid the same waiker and thynnar 
nor it wes obefoir to serue his awin commoditie and eisment, and biggit 
ane windo in the said wall at his awin hand, and convictit him thairfoir, 
and ordanis him to mend and reforme the batteling of the said poirt, and lay 
the soill thairof witht payment stanis, and that the said Duncannis stair 
foirsaid sail in all tyme cuming be patent to serue the toun as it sail 
happin tham to haue ado in watching, garding, and defence making, as 
occasioun sail serue, and the said land nevir to be occupeit nor sett 
in tym cuming, bot be ane frie burgess actuall induellar of this burght, 
fauorar and furthtsettar of the libertie thairof, and ordanis this ordinance 
to be insert in the court buikis of this burghe ad perpetuam rei memo- 
riam, and to stand as ane perpetuall ordinance in all tyme cuming. 



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4th October, 1588. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, considdering the cauld- 
nes enterit in practeiss within this burght, of a gryt numer of the inhabi- 
tantis thairof, professing Chryst as he is now offerit be the preching of 
the evangell , throch wilfull remaining from thair paroche kirk in tyme of 
preching and prayeris, and from the hering of the word of God sinceirlie 
prechit, alss weill on the Sabbotht day as on the oulk day, and be gaming 
and playing, passing to tavernis and ailhowssis, using the tred of mer- 
chandice and handie labour in tym of sermoun on the oulk day, contrar to 
the custume of reformit kirkis and weill governit commoun weillis of this 
realme, procuring thairby the uraith and displesour of God, for remeid 
thairof, hes statut and ordanit that all maisteris of houshaldis within this 
burgh, and thair wyffiis, as weill craftismen as burgessis and utheris in- 
habitant! s thairof, sail repair in tyme cuming to thair paroche kirk, keip 
and obserue the sermonis and prechingis afoir and effcer noyn on the Sab- 
both day, and on the tua ordinar oulk dayis, to vit, Tyisday and Thuris- 
day afoir noyn, wnder the panis following ; that is to say, of everie 
howshalder and his wyff, burges of gild, for thair remaning fra the 
sermonis on the Sabboth day, xiii. s. iiii. d., and for thair remaning ilk 
oulk day, tua s. ; and for everie craftismen, houshalder, and utheris inha- 
bitantis, for thair remaning fra the sermonis on the Sabboth day, sax s. 
viii. d., and everie oulk day, xii. d ; and in caice ony merchand or burges of 
gild be fund within his merchand buith efter the ringing of the third bell 
to the sermoun on the oulk day, to pay sax s. viii. d. 

20th November, 1588. 

The quhilk day, it was aduysitlie considderit, that the power, place, 
dignitie, and authoritie of the counsall of this burgh (as of all uther bur- 
rowis of this realme) is and eheiflie dois consist past memorie of man 
unto this day, in treating, aduysing, and consulting upoun all materis 
concerning the commoun weill of this burght, making and setting down 
of lawis, statutis, and ordinances, be the quhilkis the same is estableschit 
and governit, and that quhen any mater of weycht, grauitie, or import- 
ance, concerning the commoun weill was to be handlit, aduysit, or con- 
sultit upoun, quhilk crauit the haill communattie to be gadderit and 
convenit, and thair particular voitis to be haid thairin befoir that mater 
suld tak effect and promulgat to thame, the consell first aduysit thairon, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 63 

and fand it meit and expedient that the haill town suld be warnit and the 
same exponit to thame, and than to giff thair voitis thairuntill, and that 
this power and authoritie of the counsall, throch iniquitie of the tyme by 
past, hes bene callit in dowt, and the town convocat without aduyse of 
the counsall finding it meit befoir thair convening tha,t thay suld be as- 
semblit thairfor, and to the effect that the authoritie of the counsall may 
continew in the awin integritie according to the ancient and lowabill cus- 
tume obseruit in tyme bygane, without alteratioun or diminutioun, and 
for avoiding of all confusioun and misordour in convening of the com- 
munaltie heirefter, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall being fullele for the 
maist pairt convenit, to wit, Maister Thomas Mengzes, &c., statut and 
ordanit, and for ane perpetuall ordinance concludit and deuysit, that thair 
sail be na varning of the town, nather be the hand bell nor uther vayis, 
nor gaddering, convening, or convocating of the communaltie of this 
burght in any tyme cumming to the tolbuith nor na uther publict place, 
for gimng of thair voitis in any mater of weycht and importance concern- 
ing the commoun weill of this burght, without ane ordinance of the 
counsall or the maist pairt thairof passing befoir, fynding it expedient 
and meit that thay be warnit, and conteining the caus of thair warning, 
and that it sail na vayis be lesum to the prouest, bailleis, deanis of gild, 
nor yit consalour, to gif any command to warne and convocat the town 
to the tolbuith or any uther publict place to the effect forsaid, without 
ane ordinance of the counsall sett doun thairanent obefoir, and that all 
warning and convening of the toun to the effect befoir expremit, gif any 
sail be mad in contrar heirof, is and sail be null, of na awaill, force, nor 
effect. 

13th February, 1588. 

The said day, Robert Gray, Thomas Fergussoun, for himselff and 
Gilbert Dwne his guidsoun, Williame Donaldsoune, Androw Kelly, 
Andrew Mylne, comperit personalie in presens of the haill toun, and 
referrit the skaythe done to thame be the young Laird of Balquhyne 
and his adherentis, to the consall, and thai to be rekumpansit of thair 
skaythe according to the discretioun of the counsall, and the toun being 
warnit and convenit for the maist pairt, all war content that all ealestis, 
deabettis, and questionis betuix thame and the laird of Balquhyne, be 
reconsealit and concordit in amitie amangis thame, prouyding heiroun 



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the toun be nocht preiugit in thair tytil, or rycht of thair landis of 
Ardlar, the decreit of removing and violent profeittis obteinit aganis the 
said laird of Balquhynne and tennentis thairof, bot that the same be saiff 
to the toun, and the commoun weill be the said concord be na wayis 
preiugit. 

5th May, 1589. 

The said daye, the prouest, bailleis, and personis of the counsall under- 
vretin, that is to say, &c., deuysit and ordanit James Settoun and Dauid 
Andersoune deanis of gild, to sell and dispone the pulder and irne 
wark furnesit be this toun to his hienes, to the townis best aduantage 
and profit, and to mak ready syluer theirof, to the effect that the mer- 
chandis fra quhome the pulder and irne was bocht, and the craftismen 
that wrocht the same, may be satifeit and payit, and the toun theirof 
releivit. 

18M June, 1589. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and counsall, devysit and ordanit the 
commoun loch of this burght lyand on the wast syid of the Gallowgaitt 
of this burght, the commoun Lynx also, with the Castellhill and Woman- 
hill, the haill inces beneth the Mydchingill and the Cruikit Myre, be 
hanit and keipit on eiteng be horss, scheip, or uther bestiall, or the grass 
ony wayis eittit or schavne, and that for the serving of his hienes liegis 
that ar to be heir schortlie, of grass to yair horss, and na man or woman 
pretend or presume to put ony beast thairin to eat the grass thairof, nor 
yit ait nor scheir the grass, under the pane of fourtie s. of unlaw to be up- 
takin of the persone convict, and contravening heirof for the first fault, 
and price doubling thairof for the secund fait, and to that effect appointis 
James Kelman, [ ] ^isitouris, for keiping of the said loch, and 

for the linx, James Low and Malcolme Kar, and for the Castell hill, 
Alexander Mylne and Johnne Castell. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consale, upoun the supplicatioun 
presentit to thame for bigging of ane pair of buttis besyd the Castell hill, 
for serving of his hienes and noble men that is to cum heir with his grace, 
according to the praiss and renoune of this burgh, for answer thairto 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN, 65 

thocht the desyr of the supplicatioun reasonable, and assentit and agreit isth June, 
to gif to mak and big the saidis buttis, ten pundis money. 

6th August, 1589. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and counsale, hes devysit and ordanit 
Dauid Andersoune, ane of the deanis of gild and maister of the kirk wark. 
to pay to Sir Lowes Bannatyne of Auchnoull, knycht, and justice dark to 
our Souerane Lord, sevin scottis roiss nobillis of gold, price of ilk rois 
nobill, allevin merkis, and that for his fauour, guid will, courtasie, and 
dewtie, to be schawin be him to this burgh and inhabitantis thairof, in 
this present justice court presentlie haldin within this burgh, to the effect 
the haill inhabitantis thairof may be receauit and accuisit as ane bodie 
and persoun, according to the ancient custome obseruit in all tymes by- 
gane, in justice airis and courtis haldin within this burgh, and siclyk, 
deuysit and ordanit the said Dauid, deane of gild foirsaid, to deliuer and 
pay in name of the haill toun, to Mr. James and Patrik Bannatynis, 
clarkis of the said iustice court, judiciallie in judgement, ane roiss nobill 
for the haill toun, in satisfactioun and compensatioun of all dewetie and 
entres siluer that thai may ask or craue as clarkis of the said justice 
court of this burght, and haill inhabitantis thairof, quhilkis aucht 
roiss nobillis debursit and givin out be the said Dauid, the prouest, 
bailies, and counsale foirsaid, ordanit to be allowit to him in his nixt 
comptis. 

3rd September, 1589. 

The said daye, the counsall vnderwrittin, thai ar to say, Mr. Thomas 
Mengzeis of Dome, prouest, Alex r Rutherfuird, Dauid Menzes, elder, 
Dauid Andersone, Alexander Hey, George Knowis, Alexander Howe- 
sone, Mr. Dauid Rutherfuird, Alexander Chalmer, Robert Mengzes, 
Andrew Lowsone, Dauid Mengzes, youngar, James Settoun, ordanit 
William Mengzeis, bailie, to retein and keip the lockit buik contening 
the infeftmentis and chartouris of the annuellis pertening to the chap- 
lanreis of thair paroche kirk, togidder with the buik of decreitis obtenit 
at the instance of the chaplanis aganis diuerss personis, occupearis of 
diuerss landis, deliuerit to the said William be Mr. Johne Kennedy, ay 
and quhill ordour be takin be the counsall anent the evidentis deliuerit 
be Mr. Johne Kennedy to Alexander Cullan and Dauid Andersone, on 

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3rd Sept., the annuellis, and that the said William be ansuerable to the counsall 
1589. for the gaidis twa 



24th September, 1589. 

The said day, the counsall underwretten, &c. } devysit and ordanit the 
deanis of gild to mend and repair thair Grammer Schuill, in thak, vindois, 
and uther necessaris, of the first and reddiest siluer that thai haue or 
sail happin to ingett, quhilk sail be allowit to thame in thair comptis. 

26th November, 1589. 

The said day, William Menzes producit and exhibit befoir the prouest, 
bailies, and counsall, the register buik of the chartouris and evidentis 
perteining and belanging to the cheplanis of Sanct Nicolas paroche 
kirk of Abirden, writtin in ane lokit buik on parchment, togidder witht 
the buik of the extract of decreitis furtht of the balleis buik, obteinit at 
the instance of the saidis cheplanis, aganis dyuerss and sindrie personis 
addettit to thame in annuell rentis, quhilkis buikis war deliuerit to him 
be wmquhill Mr. Johnne Kennedy, quhilkis twa buikis war instantly 
deliuerit at command of the prouest, bailies, and counsall, to Dauid 
Andersone maister of the kirk wark, to be keipit and usit be him at the 
prouest, bailies, and counsalis command, for recovering and obteining 
of the annuellis thairin mentionat, quhill the counsall tak ordour thair- 
anent heireftir. 

12th December, 1589. 

Memorandum on the ordinance to be maid, anent the barnis of the 
Grammer Schoill of this burght, and uther schuilis within the samen, for 
setting of cautioun be euerie barne and scholar befor his entrie to the 
schuill and be receavit be the maister, that the scholar and bairnis sail 
sett cautioun, ane burges and ane indwellar of the said burght, for 
obseruing of guid ordour, obedience to the maister, and that na disordour 
sail be usit be him in tacking of the schule befoir the superstitius tyme 
of yuill, or ony uther tyme within the yeir, ilk barne under the paine of 
ten pundis, and repairing be thame of the brakingis, demollessing of 
deaskis, vindois, durris, and that the maister receave na bairne quhill 
he find cautioun actit in the tounis buikis as said is for ilk intrant, and 
receave the clerkis ticket thairupoune. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 67 

3lst March, 1590. 

The said day, the prouest, bailies, and the persones of the consale 
followin, to wit, &c., electit, nominat, and chosit, and votit for the maist 
pairt, Johnne Collesoune, balle, to pas with the schip of this burght, 
appoyntit and makand reddie to pas to the pairtis of Denmark, 
for convoying and hame bringing of his hieness and the quene, his 
darrest bedfellow in this realme, to haiff the governement, and rewell, 
and commandement of the said schip and cumpanie thairof, and that 
Dauid Indeaucht sail pas witht him in the said schip to gif him his 
aduyse, and to oursie the viuaris and all uther necessaris, that thai be 
nocht on profitebly bestowit nor devastit, and that thair charges resonable 
be maid and giffin be the sicht and consideratioun of the prouest, bailies, 
and consale, of the stent and taxatioun presentlie sett and imposit upoun 
the inhabitantis of this burght, for furthtrigging and furnesing of the said 
schip, and the said Jon to have ane hundretht pundis to by his garmontht. 

6th April, 1590. 

The said day, the bailies and persones of the consale aboun wretin, 
statut and ordanit Maister Thomas Mengzes of Durne, prouest, havar 
and keipar of the pece of artelyerie callit The Falcon, pertenying to this 
burght, to delyeur the samen to Williame Measson, skipper of the schip 
of this burght callit the Nicolas, presentlie bound towardis the partis of 
Denmark, for convoying and hambringing of his hienes and the quene 
grace within this realme, to be imput on the said schip for hir defence and 
decoratioun, becaus thair is na ma peces of munitioun belanging to this 
burght, ganand for the said schip, bot sic as ar borrowit fra the awnaris 
of the schippis callit the James and Andrew, as the act maid thairon this 
day proportis. 

21th April, 1590. 

The said daye, the prouest, baillies, and consall, with consent and 
assent of the communitie of the said burghe, convenit this day in thair 
heid court, deuysit, statute, and ordanit, ane wapinschaw of the haill 
inhabitantis of this burght, to be on Tuysdaye the feyft of May nixt to 
cum, according to his Maiesties act of parliament maid anent wapin- 
schawis, making tuyse ilk yeir, and to that effect ordanit the haill 
inhabitantis of this burght, als weill onfre as fre, fensabill and able 



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27th April, persones, to assembill and convene thame selfis in thair best armour 
1590 ' and aray, with hagbut, spear, jack, knappiskaw, and vtheris wapins 
bellical, in the Linx of the said burght, vpon the said fyffc day of Maij, 
at ten houres befoir nowne, with thair magistratis, ilk persoun, inhabi- 
tant of this burght of aige and abill to bear armour, being absent the 
said daye, vnder the paine of [ ] 

14th October, 1590. 

The said day, the haill toun being lauchtfullie warnit to this day, baytht 
frie and onfrie, &c., it was exponit to thame be Alexander Cullen, prouest, 
that his majestic had directit charges and lettres charging the haill inha- 
bitantis and his graces lieges within the shireffdomes of Forfar, Kincardin, 
Aberdene, and Banff, to pas fordwart and accumpany the Erll Merschall, 
his Graces commissiounar in that part, to Deir, for recoverye of the 
hows of Deir, presentlie taken and withhaldin be Mr. Robert Keytht and 
his complices, under the pane of tynsell of lyves, landis, and gudis, as in 
the saidis lettres red in judgement, of the dait at Halyraidhous, the xxvi. 
day of September last bypast, at mair lynth is contenit, desyring of thame 
to knaw gif thay wald obey his maiesties charge thairanent, or giff thai 
wald be content to furneiss out ane number for the haill inhabitantis of 
this burght with hagbuttis, to pas witht the said Erll to the effect foir- 
said, as the borrowis of Dundie, Montroiss, Brechin, and Forfar, subiect 
to the said proclamatioun and charge lies done, giff the said Erll wald be 
thairwith content, quha being convenit as said is, for obedience to the 
said charge, thocht it maist meit and expedient that the number of fourtie 
suld be sent furtht for this burght, hagbuttaris furnessit be the haill in- 
habitantis, thrie, four, fywe or twa, to furneiss ane hagbuttar as salbe 
appoyntit be the discretioun of prouest and bailies according to the habi- 
liteis of the furnesaris, giff the said Erll Merschaill, commissionar to his 
maiestie, will be thairwitht content, rather nor the haill inhabitantis of 
this burght to pas fordwart. 

26th November, 1590. 

Item, the grass of the linkis was rowpit and sett to Johnne Dauidsone, 
merchant, for the sowme of ten markis sex s. aucht d., fra the day and 
dait heirof, quhilk sail be his entrie heirvnto, quhile the xxv. day of 
Nouember, anno, j m v c four scoir and fourtene yeris, kepand the aird 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 69 

and sheriff thairof on delvit or cassin vp, and Andro Home becum 26th NOV., 
cautioun for payment thairof to the thesaurar, and he obleist him to 
releve his said cautionar. 

Item, the chappell on the Castelhill, to wit, the body thairof and the 
gryt loft of the samen, allanerlie, being rowpit, was sett to Gilbert Blak, 
elder, cupar, for the sowme of four pundis, fra the day and dait heiroff, 
to the xxv. day of November, in the yeir of God, j m v c four scoir and 
fourtene yeiris, quha fand Johne Gray cautioun for payment thairof to 
the thesaurer, and he obleist him to releve his cautionair. 

Item, the grass of the locht was rowpit thaireffcer, and the sowme of 
tuentie pundis threttene s. four d. being offerit theirfor be Willeam 
Wedderburne, nane exceding his said offer, the samen was sett to the 
said Willeam fra the day and dait heirof, quhilk sail be his entrie their- 
vnto, quhill the xxv. day of November nixt to cum, in the yeir of God, 
jm v c f our sco j r anc i fourtene yeiris, quha fand Andro Home cautionar 
for him, for payment of the said sowme to the thesaurar, and he obleist 
him to releve his cautionar. 

8th January, 1590. 

The said day, Robert and Nicoll Jardanis, seruitoris to the richt honor- 
abill Sir James Creichtone, of Frendraeht, war accusit be the denis of 
gild in name of the haill toune, for cuming upon the sixt of this instant 
wnder clud and sylence of nicht, at aucht houris at ewin, to John Coupar, 
command seruand and tavernar to this burght, passing with the drum 
at aucht houris at ewin throw the haill streitt of this burght, trubling of 
the said Johnne and striking him with suerd being withtin the skabars 
on the hed, braking of the drum, and cutting of the same with quhingeris, 
in hie and manifest contempt of his majestic, and of the magistrattis of 
this burght, comperit the said Robert and Nicoll, and denyit the said fact 
and deid, in respect quharof the bailies decernit thame to purge thame of 
the said fact and deid be thair aythes, quha refusit to sueir, quhairfor the 
same was put to the decisioun of the assyss. [There is no judgment.] 



January, 1590. 
The prouest and bailies decernit and ordanit the four ordinar officeris, 



70 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

18th January, &c., to keip the key of the tolbuith dur and consalhous dur, ilk ane of 
1590t thame thair oulk about, and to be ansuirabill for the samen, and having 
drawin cuttis quha suld begin first, it fell to the said Dauid to begyn first, 
W m * Mitchell nixt, Thomas Kellie third, and Thomas Dicksone fourt. 

15th February, 1590. 

The said day, the personis of the consall eftir following, &c., deuysit 
and ordanit James Settoun, collectour of the kirk annuellis, to content 
and pay to George Layng the sowme of saxtene merkis for ane kist, 
deuysit and ordanit to be bocht ira him for keiping of the townis evidentis 
and of the chartouris and evidentis belanging to the cheplanis of this 
burght, &c. 

2nd April, 1591. 

The bailies ordanit the quhyt fischeris induellaris of Futtie, to be 
poyndit in tyme cuming, toties quoties, thay past nocht to the sey with 
thair fische boittis for taking of fische to serwe the inhabitants of this 
burght and the kyngis lieges, as oft as thay remane af the sey, wynd 
and wedder servand, and that according to the auld ordinances. 

15th April, 1591. 

The said day, the provest, bailleis, and consale ordanit Alex. [ ] 

to produce and exhibit befoir thame his auld evidentis quhilkis he hes of 
the land pertenying to him, lyand without Futties port, to be sene and 
considderit be thame quhat service and dewetie the said Alex r - aucht for 
the same, becaus the same was sett out of auld be this burght to umquhile 
Johnne Irving, burges thairoff, for keping of the gettis passand to the 
Castellhill and Futtie clene frome all filtht, and that upon the xxii. day of 
this instant, with certificatioun and he failzie thay will proceed according 
to justice, and ordanis intimatioun to be maid to the said Alex r< heir- 

upoun. 



19th May, 1591. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun presentit to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsell, be Robert Abell, makand mentioun that he is ane natiwe 
townis man, borne and gottin within the samen, and now at the guid 
pleasour of God is visiet with the seiknes of leprosie, and theirby onha- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 71 

bill to wyn his liwing, or frequent honest menis societie : desyring i9th May, 
theirfor that he micht be placed in the hospitall hous betuix the townis, 
quhilk supplicatioun thay thocht ressonabill, and ordanit George Stra- 
quhyn, baillie, maister of the hospitale of that said burght, to place him 
in the said hous, and the counsall admittit him thairto with speciall 
permissioun, that it sail not be lesum to the said Robert to mak ony 
richt, titel, tak or assedatioun, or dispositioun of the croft or yard 
adiacent to the said seik folkis hous, to na maner of persone, nor sett 
ony takis thairof lang or schort, and observing sic enjunctionis as sail 
be giffin to him be the maister of the said hospitale, quhilk place, with 
the corectionis and restrictionis forsaid, the said Robert acceptit. Robert 
Abell with my hand. 

Sth June, 1591. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall of the said burght hav- 
ing aduysitlie considderit the horribill and haynous cryme of incest 
committit be Patrik Prat, baxster, with Christen Craik, his wmquhill 
wyffis sister dochter, and that the samen in itself is ane sin sa odious that 
it procuris the wraith and displeasour of God, to be pured on that citie 
and congregatioun quhair the same is committit, except condign punische- 
ment be imouit to the committeris, and that heirtofoir be ressone the said 
cryme of incest hes bene rair within this burght and fredome thairof com- 
mittit, notourlie knawin sen the professing of Goddis trew ewangell within 
the samen, and religioun presentlie professit, and be the lawis estableschit 
within this realme thair hes not bene ane ordour of punischment for the 
samen sa speciallie devysit as neid requyrit, it was thocht expedient 
theirfor, statut and ordanit be the saidis prouest, bailleis, and consall, in 
the horrour of the said detestabill sine of incest, and to the terrour of 
utheris to committ the lyk in tyme cuming, that the said Patrick Pratt 
sail sit thrie seuerall mercat dayis, quhilk sail be on Setterday, bound to 
the croce of this burght, in the brankis lockit, haifing ane crown of paper 
on his heid, conteining the inscription of the cryme committit be him, fra 
ellewin howris afoir noyne to the hour of twelff in the noyne day, and that 
on thrie seuerall Sondayis he sail stand in the hairclayth, bair futtit and 
bair lygit, at the kirk dur of the said burght, fra the ringing of the first 
bell quhill the begynning of the sermone, and to sit at the pillar of re- 
pentance in semmabill maner to the ending of the sermone, and thaireffcir 



72 EXTRACTS FEOM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

8th June, to be exylit and baneist this burght, and never to resort nor cum within 
1591. ' tne samen un to the tyme he be embracit be the kirk upon signe of re- 
pentance, notourlie knawin to thame be expresing of the samen in his 
lyff and conversatioun, and be receawit and admittit be the prouest, 
baillies, and counsall of this burght be thair testimonial!, to haue societie 
and duelling within the samen, effcer that he hawe payit ane penaltie to 
the puir, according to the modificatioun of the counsall and sessioun of 
the said burght. 

28th July, 1591. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consale, deuysit and ordanit 
Thomas Buk, deane of gild, to ansuir and obey Gilbert Guthrie, younger, 
messinger, the sowme of fourtie s. monee for his labouris in using and 
executing of his hienes lettres and chargis, purchest at the instance of 
the prouest and baillies aganis the commissar of Abirdene, for usurping 
of the prouest and bailleis jurisdictioun, and aganis sic personis of this 
burght as persewis thair actionis befoir the said commissar, quhilk sail 
be allowit to him in his comptis, and to pay to Thomas Kelly and 
Thomas Dicksone, tua of the ordinar sergeandis of this burght, the 
sowme of xx. s. for thair labouris in passing to the fredome, to the Erie 
Merschellis landis adiacent thairto, and their wreisting at the townis 
instance the peitts cassin be the said erle and his tenentis wpon the 
fredome of this burght. 

Sth November, 1591. 

The said daye, the haill towne being lauchtfullie warnit to this daye, 
&c., it was exponit to thame be Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, that be 
verteu of a lait proclamatioun maid publictlie at the mercat croce of the 
said burght, the sext day of this instant, in name of George, Erie of 
Huntlye, Lord Gordon and Badzenoche, Lieutenant to his Majestic 
within the north pairtis of Scotland, be north the watter of Dee, his 
majesties haill lieges within the haill schyres within the saidis boundis, 
as also the inhabitantis of burrowis within the same schyres ar chargit 
of new to meitt the said lieutenent and his depute, bodin in feir of wear 
with tuentie dayes lone at the Bog of Gicht, upon the xxvii. of this 
instant, and theirfra to pas with the said lieutenant and his depute, 
[upon] Lauchlan Mackintoische, and dyveris wtheris brokin hieland men, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 73 

his majesties rebellis wnder the pane of escheting of all thair guidis of sth November, 
sic as obeyis nocht the said charge, and the prouest and sum of the coun- 159L 
sail wes crediblie informit be sum of the saidis erlis freyndis that be send- 
ing of fourtie wagit men for this burght for keping of the said raid, the said 
lieutenant nor his depute wald na wayis be content, bot sa far as the said 
prouest was informit, wald nocht ressawe souldiouris furnessit be this 
burght, bot wald hawe the sowme of four hundretht merkis at the leist, 
to be payit to him and his depute for the samen, wpon the quhilk the 
said lieutenant and his depute wald furneiss wagit men to thame selff of 
the south cuntrie, and heirof maid intimatioun to the town, convenit as 
said is, desyring thame, being assemblit to this effect, to prouyd the maist 
easie remeid for thair awin releiff, and to eschew the perrell and danger 
of the said proclamatioun, declaring that quhatsumeuir forme thay suld 
tak thairanent, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall suld folow the samen, 
and that the town suld pretend na ignorance to the charge, it wes inquyrit 
of thame be the said prouest gif thay wald consent to be stentit for the 
sowme of four hundreth merkis to be giffin to the said lieutenant and his 
depute, to hawe ane discharge of the said raid, and ilk man be the ordour 
of the suit roll being votit and inquyrit, the maist pairt votit that thay 
wald na wayis grant to be stentit for ony contributioun, or money to be 
giffin to the said lieutenant nor his depute, bot that the fourtie souldiouris 
appoyntit obefoir to be send and riggit furth for this burgh, to haue mett 
the said lieutenant depute at the Bog of Gicht, upone the xxiii. day of 
October last bypast, reddy to hawe departit of this burgh for keping of 
the said daye, quha had receavit with thair capitan, in pairt of payment of 
thair wages, nyne scoir merkis, salbe send for this burght to keip the xxvii. 
of this instant, ressaving ilk ane of thame sex merkis in full contentatioun 
of thair vages, and war content to be stentit for the sowme of ane hun- 
dreth pundis, quhilk obefoir was ordanit to be giffin out be the collector 
of the taxatioun of four hundreth merkis appoyntit for the souldiouris, to 
the bischop wpon his supplicatioun. 

14th April, 1592. 

The said daye, it was aduysitlie considderit quhow that the wraith and 
displeasour of the Almichtie God is justlie procurit to fall wpon this burgh 
and inhabitant! s thairof, for the wickit and ongodlie use croppin in and our 
frequentlie usit within the same amang all sortis of pepill, in blaspheim- 

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74 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

14th August, ing of Goddis holie name, and swering of horribill and execrabill aythis, 
15d2 - theirfor for avoding theirof, folowing the example of wther reformit con- 
gregationis and burghis within this realme, becaus heirtofoir ane ordour 
of punischement anent the blasphemaris of Goddis name, and swereris of 
horribill aythis, hes nocht bene sa speciallie deuysit as neid requyrit, and 
for obedience to his majesties actis of parliament maid theiranent, with 
consent of the thrie estatis, in the parliament hauldin and begun at Edin- 
burgh the xxiiii. day of October, the yeir of God one thousand, fyve hun- 
dreth, four scoir and ane yeiris, the haill town, &c., consentit and agreit 
but contradictioun, and for ane statute and law, estableschit the forme and 
ordour folowing to be heireftir observit within this burgh, be the haill in- 
habitantis theirof, for repressing of the said horribill vyce, that ilk maister 
of houshald within this burgh, sa oft as he sail happin to fall in the said 
vyce, sail pay of penaltie to be aplyit to the use of the puir, aucht d., and 
ilk servand four d., quhilk sa,lbe exactit of thame be the maisteris of hous- 
haldis, and allocat and allowit in thair fie, aucht to thame be thair 
maisteris, and this to be extendit als weill to men servandis quha com- 
monlie dois blaspheme the name of God be execrabill aythis, will not 
abstene thairfra be exacting of the said penaltie, that thair maisteris de- 
lait thame to the kirk and sessioun, that with thame ordour may be tackin 
thairanent as apertenis, ather be publict repentance or uthervayis as salbe 
thocht expedient be the kirk and sessioun, and this present act to extent 
it self to mennis wyffis and thair bairnis, with quhom the maisteris of 
the houshald salbe hauldin to tak ordour that thay may forbeir sweiring, 
sail exact of thair wyifis the penaltie of aucht d. as oft as thay fall, and 
punische thair barnis be palmeris, and for better executioun of this act it wes 
deuysit that ilk maister of houshald sail hawe ane box to put in the saidis 
penalteis, according to the custume of wther weill reformit townis and 
congregationis, sa sone as possiblie thay may hawe thame. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, balleis, and counsall, with consent of the 
communitie, wpon complaynt of Gilbert Atholl and Thomas Atholl, quhyt 
fischeris in Futtie, aganis Jon Nuckall, Jon Hendersone, Alex r - Nuckall, 
and W m< Cowye, quhyt fischeris their, for the cutting and destroying of 
ane lapster nett, maid, sett up, and placed be the said Gilbert and Thomas 
Athollis, at the Gray Hoip within the Girdlenes, quhairwith not onlie 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 75 

lapsteris hot also partanis and paddillis, with wther sort of schell fische, uth August, 
was takin, a new ingyne deuysit to that effect, quhilk had nocht bene wsit 
obefoir ; the saidis Jon Nuckall, Jon Hendersone, Alex r * Nuckall, and 
W m * Cowye, comperand personallie, grantit the samen, and theirfor war 
convict and put in amerciament of court, and it was statut and ordanit 
that gif thay or ony wther fischeris, ather duelling in Futtie or Tory, war 
convict heireftir for doing the lyk, to be banisched this burgh and fredome 
theirof, and to be pwneist with all regour, becaus it wes fund be the 
counsall and toun convenit, that the samen was ane necessar ingyne, and 
profitabill for the commoun weill. 

6th January, 1592. 

The said day, Maister Williame Murdo being apprehendit within 
this burght be the prouest and bailleis, upone suir informatioun that he 
was an mantener of errouris, and ane quha directlie opponit himself 
to the trew word of God sinceirlie preichit within this realme, and in the 
mercies of God be the lawis and actis of Parliament professit and estables* 
chit, a blasphemar aganis the ancient Prophetis and Chrystis Apostlis, 
and the said Maister Williame being tryit thairanent be the saidis 
prouest, bailleis, and ministrie, of this burght, was fund ane oppin 
blasphemer aganis the ancient Propheittis and Chrystis Apostlis, ane 
quha damnis the haill Auld Testament, except the Ten Commandimentis ; 
and the New Testament, except the Lordis Prayer ; a oppin railzear 
aganis the ministrie and treuth preichit, and is sic a blasphemous heretyk 
that he can not be sufferit in ane republict ; quharfor the said Maister 
Willeam is presentlie ordanit to be declairit at the mercat croce of this 
burght ane oppin blasphemer of the treuth, mantener of errouris, and 
theirfoir decernit and ordanit him to be baneist and exylit this 
burgh and fredome theirof, and that he sail na wayis repair, hant, nor 
resort theirto, in ony tyme heireftir ; certefeing him that gif he beis 
apprehendit or fund within this burgh or libertie theirof in ony tyme cum- 
ming, that he sal be brint on the cheik and his luggis cutit, inhibiting all 
and sindrie the inhabitantis of this burgh to receave, hous, herbrye, inter- 
tein, beir company, or schaw favour, to the said Maister Willeam 
heireftir, wnder the paine of banischement to be incurrit be sic as sail 
happin to be fund culpabill of his ressait, intertanement, giffing of hous, 
herbrye, or meat or drink to him in tyme cumming. 



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8th January, 1592. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, wnderstanding that 
the burghis of Edinburgh, Dundye, Perth, and wtheris townis be south 
this burgh, perceaving the gryt disordour and confusioun that presentlie 
now regnis within the haill realme, trubill and calamiteis quhairwith 
the same is presentlie grevit, and cheiflie the persectitioun, intentit and 
deuysit to hawe bene put in practeis be the enemies of Chrystis treu 
evangel, aganis the ministrie and professouris theirof within the burrowis, 
hes for thair awin safetyes caus, and for publict quyetnes within the 
saidis burrowis, causit thair townis be nichtlie walkit and watchit be 
the citizenis and inhabitantis of the samen, that na disordour sail enter 
theirin, na strangearis and extranearis resort and repair theirto, quheirof 
the magistrattis of the samen suld nocht be aduerteist and forsene, and 
that this burgh is situat in sic ane pairt of the cuntrie, be itselff alane 
far distant fra ony wther townis, hes not onlie wpone the occassionis 
aboue rehersit, bot lykvayis be resson of the gryt disordour now within 
thir north pairtis quhair the barbarous and crewell helandmen ar brokin 
lowss, hes wsit gryt crewelteis and rasit hudge hairschippis, quhilk is 
ane mater that tuichis this burgh and inhabitantis thairof, lyand sa neir 
hand to the hielandis, it being ane oppin toun ; for thir caussis, thocht 
meit and expedient, deuysit and ordanit, with consent of the haill toun 
convenit this day in thair heid court, that this burgh, as the remanent 
burrowis be south the samen sail be nichtlie watchit and walkit during 
the space that sail be thocht expedient be the prouest, bailleis, and 
counsall, the portis thairof maid fast and nichtlie lockit, the catbandis 
nichtlie festinit, and that ilk nichtbour and inhabitant of this burgh sail 
hawe, keip and wphald thair bak dykis and bak yettis fast and sufficient, 
and that the said nichtlie watche sal be of sic a numer of the inhabitantis 
thairof as sail be thocht meit and expedient be the baillie of the quarter, 
ilk persone, inhabitant of this burgh, being warnit to the wache to cum 
theirto to the gaird hous at the tyme appoyntit, in armour, jack, steil 
bonat, spair, halbert, or lang gun, and remane for that nicht in the 
wache, at sic places of the toune as he sal be appoyntit be the baillie of 
the quarter, to [ ] houris in the morning, and quhasoeuer 

sal be absent fra the wache, being warnit theirto, or not remain thereat 
during the tyme appoyntit, to incur the wnlaw of tuentie s. on for- 
giffin. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 77 

IQtk January, 1592. 10th January 

The said daye, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, ordanit the haill 
toun, inhabitantis thairof bayth frie and onfrie, to be warnit be the 
handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the toun, to compeir the 
morne, the xi. of this instant, within the paroche kirk of this burgh 
immediatlie eftir the sermone, betuix nyne and ten houris afoir noyne, 
to gif thair aythis in presence of thair ministrie and magistrattis, and 
to be sworne solemnlie for mantenance of the caus of trew religioun 
presentlie professit within this realme according to the actis of parlia- 
ment sett doun theiranent, his majesties proclamatioun maid theirupoun 
obefoir, and publict band concerning the samen, and to subscryue the 
said band, subscryuit be his majestic and sett out in prent, sic as can 
subscryue be thame selffis, and sic as can nocht subscryue, to wphald 
thair handis, to do and performe the same in presence of the minis- 
trie, and that upon the present perrell and danger, intendit and deuysit 
be the enemies .of the treu religioun, to hawe bene execut aganis the 
ministrie and professouris of the samen, and to heir and sie solid ordour 
sett doun thairanent, as sail be thocht expedient, and as it is embracit be 
the burrowis be south, certifeing sic as comperis not to the effect foir- 
said, that thay sail incur the payne of fourtie s. for thair absence, and be 
reput and estemit as enemies to the quyetnes of the toun. 

31st January, 1592. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, electit, nominat, and 
chesit Dauid Cargill, to be watter baillie quhill Michaelmes nixt cummis, 
quhom thay ordanit to attend wpon the herbrie and schoir of this burgh, 
that na channell, stanes, sand, nor any uther thing be cassin in the trink 
of the watter, or within the fluid merk, out of schippis, craris, or bottis, 
and that the skipperis or awneris of the schippis or craris cumming to 
the samen fra the south or north partis of this realme, or fra any foran 
cuntreis, present to the said watter baillie or to the magistrattis of this 
burght, the just entrie of the gudis, geir, and merchandise in the saidis 
schippis, craris, or boittis, with the names of the merchandis and awneris 
of the samen : as alsua, the skipperis of all craris or boittis passing out 
of this herbrie to wther partis to do the lyk, to the effect, that forbiddin 
gudis and wnfremenis gudis may be knawin, and that all schippis, craris, 
or boittis, cumming to the herbrie of this burgh with coillis, lyme, 



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1st January, sklaittis, or wther common necessaris, to be sauld, that the samen sail be 
1592. distributit to the nichtbouris of this burgh be the discretioun of the 
baillie and magistrates, for sic paynis as is agreit on with the skipperis 
or awneris of the samen, and that na persone quhatsumeuer frie nor 
onfrie, presume to tak ony proffeit or commoditie on coillis, lyme, sklaitt, 
or wther common necessaris in tyme cuming, according to the ordinance 
maid thairanent obefoir, wnder the payne of [ ] s. to be incurrit 

be the contravenar of this statut. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk daye, forsamekill as their hes bene duyers fundatouris of 
alterages within the paroche kirk of this burgh, quha as patronis hes 
giffin dyuers and sindrie annuellis to the samen, for idolatrous service to 
be maid be preistis for thame, thair parentis, and successouris, and thay 
being laik alterages and patronages, the patronis and fundatoris theirof, 
now succeding theirto in their parentis and predicessouris richt and place 
of the samen, not onlie applyis the saidis annuell rentis to thair awin par- 
ticular uses, bot as fundatoris, usurpis libertie and previledge of buriall 
place within the said kirk, quhair the said altar stuid, without payment of 
ony dewtie to the maister of the kirk wark for the samen, giffing nor grant- 
ing to the fabrik and wphauld of the said kirk, na pairt of the saidis 
annuellis, quhilkis aucht and suld be bestowit theirupoun, or wpon sum 
uther godlie uses, quhilk giffis occasioun to wtheris that hes na fundationis 
to put wp thair armes wpon dyvers peleris of the said kirk, and in dyvers 
wther partis of the samen, at thair awin hand, without licence of the 
prouest, bailleis, counsall, or maister of kirk wark, expres aganis all guid 
ordour, for remeid quhairof the prouest, bailleis, and consall deuysit and 
ordanit that all sic as alledgis to fundationis within the said kirk, noth- 
withstanding that thay be fundatoris and patronis of altaris, sail haiff na 
mair benefit of beriall within the samen, wnto the tyme thay giff in and 
mortifie the annuell rentis quhilkis was votit be thair predicessouris. 
patronis and fundatoris thairof, to the wphauld of the fabrik of the said 
paroche kirk, or sustentatioun of the ministrie, or to sum wther godlie 
uses, bot that thay sail pay for thair beriall places as wtheris that hes na 
fundationis, according to the ordinance sett doun theiranent, ay and quhill 
thay gif in and mortefie thair annuellis to the effect foirsaid, and that all 
armes put wp on the pilleris of the said kirk be sic as hes na fundationis 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 79 

sail be cancellat, and that nane presume nor tak wpon hand heireftir to sist January, 
caus put wp thair armes in ony piller or place within the said kirk, except 
in glasin wyndois, quhither thay be fundatouris or nocht, without licence 
had and obtenit thairunto of the prouest, bailleis, and counsall. 

2lst February, 1592. 

The said daye, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, &c., deuysit and or- 
danit that thair salbe propynit to his majesties hous at his graces 
cumming to this burght, ane punscheoun of auld Burdeaux vyne, gif it 
may be had for money, and gif not, ane last of the best and fynest aill 
that may be gottin within this burght, together with the spycerie effcer 
following ; that is to say, four pound weycht of pepper, halff pund of 
measis, four unces of safrone, half pund of cannele, fourtene pund of 
suckour, tua dussone buistis of confeittis, ane dussone buistis of scorchettis, 
ane dusson buistis of succour almondis, ane dussone buistis of confec- 
tionis, and ane chalder of coillis, and the deane of gild and thessaurer sail 
deburse and pay for the samen, of the reddiest of the accidentis that is in 
thair handis, or ather of thame, quhilk salbe allowit to thame in thair 
comptis, nochtwith standing of the ordinance of counsall maid obefoir, or- 
daining that all frie syluer that sail happin the said thesaurer and deane 
of gild to receawe be ressone of thair offices, (the kingis and townis pen- 
sioneris being alwayis first payit), to be employit for payment of the 
annuell rent of his majesties tocher of the Martomes terme last bypast 
and Witsonday terme to cum, quhairanent the prouest, bailleis, and consall 
dispensis be ressone of the present necessitie, and that the custume is, 
that ever the kingis and princes of this realme at thair cumming to this 
burgh, hes bene in all tyme bygane propynit with vyne and spycerie. 

18th June, 1593. 

The said day, in presence of the prouest, bailleis, and consall of the 
burgh of Abirden, comperit Dauid, bischop of Abirdene, chancellar of the 
Universitie, and Mr. Peter Blakburne, deane of facultie of the samen, and 
producit ane letter of electioun of James Forbes of Tulliboy, in and to the 
office of ekonomous, collectorie, and stewartrie of the new colledge of 
Abirdene, foundit be ane nobill and potent lord, George Erll Marischall, 
for collecting, calling, and persewing for the rentis of the said colledge, 
of the dait at Abirdene the sevint day of Junii instant, and desyrit the 



80 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

prouest, bailleis, and consallis consent and auctoritie to be interponit 
thairto, speciallie for removing of the tenentis of the Gray Freris yardis 
and houssis of the samen, in name of the saidis prouest, bailleis, and 
counsall, quhilkis the saidis prouest, bailleis, and counsall authorezit, 
homologat, and apprevit, and interponit thair auctoritie thairto, gevand 
thair full power to the said James to perseu to the effect foirsaid, upone 
the quhilkis the said chancellor and deane of facultie, and the said James 
for himselff, tuk act and instrument. 

25th June, 1593. 

The quhilk day, the bailleis, upon dyvers complantis gevin in this day, 
and all wther court dayis sen the feist of Witsonday last bypast, be 
dyvers and sindrie nichtboris of this burght, wpon dyveris and sindrie 
men and wemen servandis thairof, quha being feit with thame to have 
enterit at the said feist of "Witsonday to thair service, making doubill 
promeiss to thame and utheris quhom thay have servit obefoir, deferris 
to enter to thair service, to thair gryt hurt throw laik of servandis, for 
remeid quhairof deuysit, statut, and ordanit that quhatsumeuir servand, 
man or woman, within this burgh that sail happin heireftir to mak doubill 
promeissis anent thair feing with tua maissteris or maistressis, that the 
persone macking the said doubill promeiss, and feing with tua dyveris 
maisteris, sail efter verificatioun thairof be put in the govis, thairin to re- 
main for the space of sex houris, and to be baneist this burgh and fredome 
theirof, during the prouest and bailleis will. 

UthJuly, 1593. 

The said day, the persones of the counsall forsaid, considdering that the 
stepill of the tolbuyth as it is now decayit, to the dishonour and dishonestie 
of this burgh, and gryt detriment of the knock and commoun bell thairin 
placed and hinging, liklie the ane to decay and the vther to fall doun be 
ressone of the insufficiencie of the said stepill, quhilk can not defend 
wadder, wynd, nor rayn, for preservatioun of the said knock and bell, and 
commoun decoratioun of this burgh to be ane wark therfor most neces- 
sarie to be helpit, and becaus of wther weightie materis interveining sen 
the falling doun therof, the samen hes beine negligentlie oursene, and 
that presentlie their is nocht of the commoun gude of this burgh nor 
accidentis therof in the handis of the thesaurar nor deane of gild, on 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 81 

bestowit on the townis wther necessar effaris, therfor for the presant 
till ane mair easie mean and way may be fund out be the counsall, anent 
the wpbigging and repairing of the said stepill, deuysit and ordanit that 
the same sail be this symmer with all conuenient diligence and speid, 
helpit and maid watter thicht, for preservatioun of the said knok and 
bell : and for doing theirof hes desirat and assignit the wnlaw of 
Thomas Johnestoun, extending to fourtie merkis ; the wnlaw of Robert 
Donald extending to wther fourtie merkis ; togidder with the wnlaw of 
Williame Dun extending to ten merkis, to be imployit for mending theirof 
till that wther accidentis may be had to do the samen, and nominat and 
appoyntit Dauid Cargile to be maister of wark to the samen, quha acceptit 
the said office wpon him. 



July, 1593. 

The said daye, the persones of counsall of the said burgh, knawing that 
ther hes arryvit dyveris schippis from Noroway and wtheris pairtis, to 
the watter of Newburgh, within the precinct and jurisdiction of this burgh, 
losing and laidning their, as gif the same war ane frie port, expres aganis 
the auld ancient liberteis and immuniteis grantit to this burgh, be his 
majesties predicessouris, to the gryt hurt and preiudice theirof, and that 
thair is presentlie in the said watter thrie or four schippis presentlie 
losand and laidnand, expreslie inhibit that ony their suld be lost or laidnit 
within the precinct and shireffdome of Abirdene, bot at the port and 
heavin of the burght of Abirdene ; Theirfoir for manteining of thair awin 
liberteis and frances thairanent, ordanit Maister Richard Irwyng, deane 
of gild, and Dauid Cargill, thesaurer, to pas with ane officer of armis, and 
ane or tua nichtboris, to the said watter of Newburgh, and be wertew of 
the lettres gevin to this burgh upon thair liberteis, to areist and fence the 
said schippis, tak the sailis fra the rayis thairof, and use all ordour thair- 
anent as accordis of the law and ressone, and the expensis that salbe 
maid be the deane of gild heirupoun, to be allowit to him in his 
comptis. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the consall deuysit and ordanit Maister Richard Irwyng, 
deane of gild, to ansuir and obey Andro Inglis, sweschman, commoun 



82 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

18th July, servand to the toun, of ane garment of reid Inglis flaning, wpon the said 
1593, Androis supplicatioun presentit this day to the consall, quhilk salbe al- 
lowit to the said deane of gild in his comptis. 

3lst July, 1593. 

The said day, the persones of consall of the said burgh efter folowing, 
&c., upon the barbarous crewaltie laitlie usit and execut upon the [ ] 
day of Julii instant, be the disordourit and lawles helandmen in Birss, 
Glentanner, and their about, nocht onlie in the onmerciful murthering of 
men and bairnis, bot in the maisterfull and violent robbing and spulzeing 
of all the bestiall, guidis, and geir of a gryt pairt of the inhabitantis of 
theas boundis, rasing of gryt hairschip forth of the samen, being committit 
to ewous and nar this burgh, within xx. mylis theirunto, deuysit and 
ordanit for preservatioun of this burgh and inhabitantis theirof, fra the 
tyrannous invasion of the saidis hieland men, quha has na respect to God 
nor man, that the haill inhabitantis of this burgh, fensiball persones 
alsweill onfrie as frie, salbe in reddiness weill armit for the defence of 
this burgh, thair awin lyvis, gudis, and geir, and resisting and repressing 
of the said heland men as occasioun salbe offered, at all tymes and houris 
as thay salbe requrit and chargit, ather be the handbell or be the drum 
passand throu the streittis wpon thrie howris warning, ilk persone wnder 
the pane of fourtie s. on forgevin, and that thay and ilk ane of thame be 
in reddyness upon the aduerteisment foirsaid, weill bodin in feir of wear 
as said is, to folow thair magistrattis and sic as salbe appoyntit be thame, 
commandaris and leadaris, ather to defend the invasion of the said hieland 
men or to persew, as salbe thocht expedient, wnder the pane of [ ], 

and that the portis of this burgh be maid fast in the suirest and maist 
easy vay, as thay best may be maid in sic shortnes of tyme be the thesaurer 
and deane of gild, with the first and reddiest of frie syluer in thair handis, 
accidentis and utheris quhatsumeuer intromettit with be thame, and ex- 
ploratouris to be send in the cuntrie to dyvers baronis and in dyveris 
pairtis to gett intelligence quhair the said hieland men presentlie ar, of 
thair intentioun, gif it may be haid, to the effect that the magistrattis of 
this burgh may be theirof aduerteist and forsene, &c. 

The taxt roll of the haill burrowis of Scotland for thair pairt of the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 83 

taxatioun of ane hundreth thowsand pundis grantit to the Kingis 

Majestie be his estaittes, in the moneth of Januar, in the yeir of 
God, 1593. 

Striuiling, . . . 333 6 8 

Lynlithco, . . 150 

Rathsay, . 66 13 4 

Dumbartan, . . . 150 

Ranfrew, . . . . 150 

Ruthtghelin, . . . 4 13 4 

Air, . . . . . . . 333 6 8 

Irwyng, . .... 222 5 

Glascho, . .... 583 6 8 

Kirkcowbrycht, . . . . . 166 13 4 

Wigtoun, , ... 166 13 4 

Quhytherne, . . . 83 6 8 

Lanerik, . . . . . 150 

Jedburght, . -Wi . * 200 

Selkirk, . *>, . . 100 

Peblis, . .: .; . 133 6 8 

Hadingtoun, . . . . . . 333 6 8 

NorBerwik, . . v . . . 41 13 4 

Dunbar, . . ,*. , , . . 83 6 8 

Lawder, , . . . . . 55 11 8 

Dumfress, . . k > ,<j..-<i . . 291 13 4 

Anstruthir, Estir, . ,.^ . . . 300 

Anstruthir, Vestir, . . ? f>< . . 83 6 8 

Culross, . .->:* . . . 83 6 8 

Inuerkeithing, . . . . . . 50 

Edinburght, . . *> . . r ?.!?.{ 

Abirdene, . . . . V 1388 6 8 

Dundie, . . . &\ . . . 1791 13 4 
Perth, . 

Banff ivfc/- . . ; * . . iui 83 6 8 

Dunifermling, . . .- . . *' 133 6 8 

Craill, . .. . . . 133 6 8 

Forfar, <,,i. t, .; ...: . . V < 75 

Breychen . - f wv< . . 233 6 8 



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stJuiy, Montroiss, . f& - - v ^ 30 

1593 ' Elgein, . . . .'V* . ** . 208 6 8 

Inuernes, ... 266 13 4 

Arbrotht, . 150 

Sanct Androwis, . 557 8 

Cowper, .... . . 266 13 4 

Cullen, . 41 13 4 

Forces, . . . . . . . 55 1 1 8 

Name, . . . . . . . 41 13 4 

Thayne, . . . . . . 100 

Dysert, 388 18 4 

Kircaldie, . 300 

Pettinweyme, . . . . . . 166 13 4 

Bruntiland, . . . . . 133 6 8 

Kyngorne, 116134 

Kilrynny, . . . . . 41 13 4 
The taxatioun of the haill burrowis for thair pairt of the said hundreth 
thousand poundis, extending to sextene thowsand sex hundreth thrie 
scoir sex lib. threttene schillingis iiii. d. 

Sth October, 1593. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, considering that 
amangis sundrie wtheris gryt disordouris laitlie croppin in within this 
burght, ane not of the smallest importance is the commoun resort, resi- 
dence, and duelling within the samen of a gryt numer of idill persones, 
men and women, not having land nor maisteris, nather yit using ony 
lauchtfull merchandice, craft, nor occupatioun quhairby to win thair leving, 
fleing as apperis fra thair awin duelling and remaining places, and quhair 
thay have bene borne, be ressone of some onlauchtfull caussis and odious 
crymes quhairof thay ar culpabill, quhilkis ar very contagious enemies to 
the commoun weill of this burgh, theirfor statut and ordanit that na 
maner of persone salbe sufferit or permittit to duell within this toun, hot 
sic as salbe notourlie knawn to have sufficient rent of thair awin, or sum 
honest moyen, Industrie, craft, or occupatioun, to leive on in tyme cum- 
ming, bot that all sic persones sail remove thameselffis, wyffis, bairnis, 
and famelie furth of the samen betuixt and Martimes nixt cummis, or than 
tak thame to sum honest service, moyen, and industrie to wyn thair leving, 



OF THE BUKGH OF ABERDEEN. 85 

and gif ane reckining thairof to the magistrattis of this burgh, quhen thay 
salbe requyred, certefeing all sic as salbe apprehendit within the burgh 
fra the said feist of Martemes first, quhais forme and tred of leving sail 
not be tryit to be honest, knawin to the magistrattis and nichtbouris to be 
wynneris of thair leving, be sum honest moyen, craft, and occupatioun, 
that thay and euerie ane of thame sail be convict be ane previe inquest 
as onlaufull nichtbouris, and banischit this burgh as defamit persones, 
and that na nichtbor of this burgh, burgessis, craftismen, nor wtheris sett 
housis to ony sic persones fra the said feist of Martemes furth, hous, 
herbrie, supplie, or interteine thame in ony wayes, bot sail remowe thame 
furth of thair houssis within that ilk space, wnder the payne of ten pundis 
to be incurrit be the awnar of the hous, to be upliftit alsweill for tymes 
bygane as to cum, efter lauchfull convictioun, according to the auld ordi- 
nance sett doun theiranent obefoir ; and to the effect that this present 
ordinance may tak the better execution, and this toun purgit of sic idill 
persones, thocht guid and expedient that the bailleis sail pass, ilk baillie 
throcht his awin quarter, and tak diligent inquisitioun be uptaking of the 
names of sic persones, quhidder thay be men or wemen, and of the awnaris 
of the houssis, quhair thay duell and remanis, and mak intimatioun of 
the present ordinance, bayth to the ane and the uther, to the effect thay 
pretend na ignorance of the samen. 

llth October, 1593. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall considdering that not 
onlie the common Inchis of this burght, quhilkis in all tymes bygane has 
bene weill kepit and preservit for the commoun use of the toun in tyme of 
trubill and wear, quhen as occasioun servit in furnesing of faill to big 
bastailzeis and utheris defensis, bot lykvayis the commoun Lynkis of the 
samen, at the leist dyveris pairtis theirof, quhilk servis lykvayis to the 
commoun promt and use of the burgh, this yeir and within thir few yeris 
bygane, is and hes bene cassin up and delvit be casting of feal theirupoun, 
and leading thairof to dyveris particular mennis uses at thair awin handis, 
without licence of the prouest, bailleis, and consall, quhairby the saidis 
Inchis ar sa flayne and tirrit, that in caice the toun had presentlie ado, 
thair is na faill to be had thairin, and mony pairtis of the Lynkis cassin 
wp be casting of faill, to the gryt hurt and detriment thairof, for remeid 
quhairof deuysit, statut, and ordanit that na maner of persone within 



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1 7th October, this burgh, frie nor onfrie, presume nor tak upon hand for the space of 
1593> thrie yeiris efter the day and daitt heirof, to cast ony faill or duvat in the 
saidis Inchis or Linkis, wnder the pane of fourtie s. to be incurrit be the 
contravenar, efter he be convict, toties quoties. 

26th November, 1593. 

The said day, it being wnderstand be the town, convenit this day to 
thair publict rowping, that the commoun seall of this burgh, quhairwith 
the chartouris and preceptis of lesing of the fischingis and land tackis 
haldin of the samen ar seallit, as also the previe seall, callit the seall of 
caus, quhairwith the testimoniallis and boirbrevis that passis to uther 
pairtis beyond sey ar seallit, hes gevin na proffit nor commoditie to the 
commoun use of the toun, in that at the sealing of the saidis evidentis the 
persones having evidentis to be seallit, the said commoun seall hes 
bestowit expensiss and chargis of geving of wyne to the subscryveris of 
the saidis evidentis, quhilk thay have thocht guid to be convertit for 
sealing wyne to the commoun use and proffit of the toun, and theirfor 
ordanit that all persones that sail have evidentis to be seallit with the 
said commoun seall, sail pay to the keparis theirof fourtie s. for ilk seall, 
and that all persones that sail have testimoniallis or boirbrevis to be 
seallit with the said previe seall sail pay to the keparis theirof, thay 
being extranearis, fourtie s. for euerie seall, and gif thay be burgessis of 
this burgh tuentie s., and that the keparis of the saidis seallis sail be 
comptabill and ansuirabill for the said seall syluer to the prouest, 
baillies, consall, and auditouris of the comptis, and employit and bestowit 
to the commoun guid of the toun, and this act to indure quhill Michael- 
mes nixt, and langer as sal be thocht expedient. 

And theireftir it was procedit to the rowping of the sex merchand 
buythis vnder the Tolbuyth, and efter lang and publict rowping theirof, 
dyuers persones offering for the samen, and at last the sowme of aucht 
pundis being offerit for ilk ane of the saidis sex buythis be the present 
occupearis theirof, to witt, Johnne Layng, Thomas Fynnie, Gilbert 
Henrie, Patrick Smyth, James Donaldsone, and Johne Gray, the samen 
was sett to the saidis persones, ilk ane their awin buyth, for the said 
sowme of aucht pundis, fra the feist of Witsonday furth nixt to cum 
quhilk sal be their entrie thervnto, to the feast of Witsonday, in the yeir 



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of God j m v c foir scoire and fyfteine yeiris, for payment of the quhilk 26th NOV. 
sowme of aucht pundis for ilk ane of the saidis buythis to the thesaurer 
of this burgh, the said Johnne Layng becom actit for himself, and as 
cautionar for the remanent occupearis theirof, and they obleist thame to 
releve the said Johne, ilk ane of his awin part respective. 

8th December, 1593. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, deuysit and ordanit 
the proclamatioun vnderwritten, anent the commoun fair callit Witson- 
dayes fair, grantit be his maiestie to this burgh to be proclamit publictlie 
at the mercat croce of this burgh, and devulgat be a loud voice be the 
berar of the drum, throw the haill streittis of the samen, to the effect 
that the same may be notified, nocht onlie to the inhabitants of this 
burght, bot also to the people duelling to landvart, of the quhilk pro- 
clamatioun the tenour followis : For samekill as be lait act of his hienes 
parliament hauldin at Edinburgh in August last, be the aduise of the 
thrie estaittis, his maiestie hes grantit ane frie fair and inercat to the 
burgh of Abirden, to stand within the toun and fredome of the samen, to 
all and sindrie his hienes lieges, with quhatsumeuer merchandice, horssis, 
nolt, scheip, and wtheris guidis, for the space of aucht dayes yeirlie, 
immediatlie preceding the feist of Witsonday, to be callit heirefter 
Witsondayes fair : We, therfor, the prouest, baillies, consall, and com- 
munitie of Abirdene, dois all and sindrie his maiesties legis within this 
realme, to wit, that the said fair and mercatt sail begyn, God willing, 
wpon Setterday aucht dayes, immediatlie preceding Witsonday nixt 
cummis, and sail continew fra thir furth euerie day except the Sonday 
quhill Witsonday ezclusiue, and that all men sail be welcum theirvnto, 
ontrublit or molestit be ony kynd of excyse, impost, custume, or taxa- 
tioun quhatsumeuer. 

24th December, 1593. 

The quhilk day, comperit personallie in judgement, Andro Kyng, 
procuratour for the communitie, and exhibit and producit in presence of 
the haill toun convenit this day within thair tolbuith, the articlis 
folowing concerning the privie inquest of burrowis, quhilk he causit be 
publictlie red in judgement, in presence of the haill toun, convenit as 
said is, and intimeit the samen to the persones electit and chosin on the 



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privie inquest of this burgh, and desyrit the samen to be insert and 
registered in the baillie court buikis of this burgh, ad futuram rei memo- 
riam, of the quhilk the tenour folowis : Thir ar the poyntes and articles 
of the previe inquest, on the quhilkis, nichtbouris sworne to the samen, 
aucht to depone the veritie be thair aythis. 

Item, in the first, gif any man hes dispersonit the prouest, bailleis, or 
ony wther officier in the executioun of his office, or hes maid thame 
impediment, throw the quhilkis thay micht not guidlie exerce nor do 
thair charge. 

Item, secundlie, gif ony hes forstallit the burgh in the bying of cattell 
or ony wther merchandice or gudis, or in selling of the samen. 

Item, thirdlie, gif thair be ony land within burgh forfaltit throw ony 
ressonabill caus. 

Item, ferdlie, gif thair be ony men or wemen defamaris, sklanderaris, 
rebellis, or commoun nicht walkeris within burght. 

Item, gif ony man be baneist the toun for ony dettis, evill deid, or 
uther cryme, and theireftir returnis in the samen agane. 

Item, gif thair be any man, bastard, quhilk throw his labouris and 
schiffc hes conqueist land within burgh, levand na air lauchtfully gottin 
of his bodye behind him. 

Item, gif thair be any commoun wennellis within burgh closit, and be 
quhom thay ar closit. 

Item, gif thair be ony land within burgh or outwith quhilk aucht na 
few to the kyng. 

Item, gif thair be any man within burgh quhilk haldis of ane uther 
than of the kyng payand him ane yeirlie rent. 

Item, gif ony man within burgh impetratis or caussis lord, laird, landit 
man, or ony uther gentillman duelling to landvart, to cum to the burght 
courtis in preiudice or damn age of his nichtbouris. 

Item, gif ony man drawis his nichtbouris fra secular courtis be ony 
spirituall court quhatsumeuer. 

Item, gif ony man wsis doubill or fals measouris, balances, weychtis, 
or elnis. 

Item, gif the marchis, fredomes, and boundis of burgh be weill and 
faythtfullie kepit be nichtbouris of the burght to utheris. 

Item, gif thair be any consideratioun or band amangis any pairt of the 
nichtbouris of the toun, quhairthrow ane uther pairt of the nichtbouris 



OF THE BUKGH OF ABERDEEN. 89 

of the samen ar molestit or trublit, or quhairthrow the pure pepill of the i>4th Dec., 
samen ar oppressit and harmit any maner of way. 1593> 

Item, giff cordonaris and litstaris within burgh, thay being brether of 
the gild, usis daylie thair craftis and offices with thair awin handis. 

Item, gif cordonaris within burgh be barkeris of ledder. 

Item, giff the commoun burss of the toun be weill and faythfullie kepit, 
and as it efferis equallie deuydit. 

Item, giff the prouest or baillies for favour or reward sellis the fredome 
and libertie of the burght to ony man, but consent and licence of the samen. 

Item, gif thair be any within burght quhilk ar nocht callit, nor will be 
callit commoun brousteris, neuertheles sellis aill sumtyme to thair nicht- 
boris, usand taibling in thair houssis, and to sundrie utheris, the aill 
being untaistit nor yit price maid thairupoun. 

Item, gif thair be any quhilkis ludgis, herbries, or receavis misdoaris 
and committaris of crymes within thair ludgingis or houssis, or assistis 
thame in ony sort. 

Item, giff thair be any quhilkis hes avay out of the burgh woll, hyd, 
skyn, or ony uther merchandice or gudis, of the quhilkis thay have nocht 
payit thair dew custume, aucht and wount. 

Item, giff thair be ony nichtbouris within burgh quhilk hes revelit the 
secreittis and consall of thair nichtboris, or of the kingis, or of the secreit- 
tis done in inqueistis or assiss, to utheris to quhom thay aucht nocht to 
hawe tauld. 

Item, giff thair be any quhilk hes gevin landis or annuell rentis to re- 
ligious places, or in the handis of religious men, or uther kirkmen, with- 
out licence of the king. 

Item, giff thair be any nichtbour quilk fraudfullie and iniustlie takis of 
the marchis of his nichtbouris in propertie, or of the toun in commountie. 

Item, giff thair be any bringaris out of uther realmes or cuntries of fals 
monye within thair awin realme. 

Item, giff thair be ony sentences or domes falsit within burght not pre- 
sentit to thame, thay suld be presentit. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, the persones of consall, &c., deuysit and ordanit Wil- 
leam Loremar, thesaurer, to deburss the soume of tuentie poundis money 
to thrie Ungariannis, quhilkis in defence of Christian religioun war tackin 

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be the Turk, for thair help and support, being presentit to the counsall be 
his Majesties letteris of recommendatioun, quhilk soume salbe allowit to 
the said thesaurar in his comptis. 

22nd February, 1593. 

The said day, the consall folowing the exampill of the townis of Edin- 
burght, Perth, Dundy, and Montroiss, quhilkis laitlie within thir thrie 
or four dayis, for that it hes plesit God to grant to his Majestic ane sone, 
a prince to this realme and cuntrie, had maid sum solemnitie according to 
the ancient custume maid at the birth of princes of this realme, in signe 
and tokin of thair joyful hartis, be bigging of fyris, praysing and thanking 
God for the benefitt, be singing of psalmes throu the haill rewis and 
streittis of the tounis, drinking of wyne at the croces thair off, and uther- 
vayes liberally bestowing of the spyceries, ordanit the lyk forme and ordour 
to be within this burght on Sunday nixt, the xxiiii. of this instant, im- 
mediatlie folowing the efter nune sermone, and ane tabill to be coverit at 
the mercat croce of the samen, for the magistrattis and bayth the con- 
sallis, with tua bunnis of Inglis beir, to be placed and run at the said 
mercat croce, the vyne to be liberallie drunkin in sic a ressonabill quantitie 
as the deane of gild sail deuyse, four dussoun buistis of skorchettis, con- 
fecttis, and confectionis, to be placed on the said tabill, and cassin amongis 
the pepill, with glassis to be brockin ; and ordanis Johnne Tilliedaffe, deane 
of gild, to prouyd the samen and mak expenssis thairupoun, quhilk salbe 
allowit to him in his comptis. 

22nd March, 1593. 

The said day, anent the complaynt gewin in be Maister Thomas Cargill, 
maister of the grammer school of this burght, aganis Mr. Dauid Kanzie, 
for the teiching of grammer within this burght, instructing of bairnis in 
oratrie, poetrie, and sic as belangis to that liberall science, without licence, 
libertie, and previledge grantit to the said Maister Dauid, be the prouest, 
bailleis, and consall, and the said Maister Thomas, maister of the gram- 
mer school, usurping theirby the said Mr Thomas place, to quhom onlie 
it is lesum, and to sic as he sail deput wnder him, to teich grammer within 
this burgh, as the said priveledges grantit to the said Mr. Thomas, and 
utheris maisteris of the grammer school of the samen befoir him, schawin 
to the prouest and bailleis dois testifie, upon the quhilk complaynt the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 91 

prouest and bailleis having callit and convenit the said Maister Dauid, 22nd March, 

fand be sufficient tryell tackin be thame that he did teich grammer within 

this burght, and instruct bairnis thairin, without licence or tollerance of 

the prouest and bailleis, and of the said Mr. Thomas, and held ane publict 

grammer school, express aganis the ordinances sett doun obefoir, and pre- 

vileges grantit to the said Mr. Thomas, and that the said Mr. Dauid had 

done wrang theirthrou ; inrespectt quhairoff the prouest and bailleis de- 

cernit and ordanit the said Mr. Dauid to desist and ceas in tym cumming 

from all teiching of bairnis in grammer, or haulding of ane grammer 

school to instruct thame, without licence had and obtenit be him of the 

prouest, bailleis, and consall, and of the said Mr. Thomas to that effect, 

upon the quhilkis the said Mr. Thomas tuik act of court and instrument. 

Sth May, 1594. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, ordanit Henrie Forbes, 
baillie, to caus mak ane hundreth and ten spearis with all convenient 
speid, be ressone the town is presentlie destitute of lang wapynnis, and 
ordanit the said Henrie to be payit theirof be the deane of gild, or 
thesaurar, of the reddiest of the accidentis of this burght presentlie in 
thair handis, or that sail happin to receave heirefter, quhilk salbe allowit 
to 'thame in thair comptis. 

16th July, 1594. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and person es of the consall, &c., 
forsamekill as thair is this day arryvit within the herbrie of this burght 
ane schip of Caleis, callit the Esperance, the maister callit Charlis 
Hammell, quhairin is thrie strangearis quha ar suspect to be papistis 
and traffiqueris, be ressone that Mr. James Gordone cam out of Caleis 
in the said schip with thame, and landit this day furth theirof on the 
sandis of this burght, theirfor the consall thocht guid and expedient that 
the said schip, with the strangeris theirin and haill equipage theirof, sail 
be transportit south and presentit to his majestic : and to that effect 
ordanit tuelf of the nichtbouris of the town to be send with thame for 
presenting of thame to his majestie, and ordanit Johnne Tullidaf, deane 
of gild, and Willeam Loremar, thesaurar, to tak up sex scoir poundis 
upon promt, for furnesing of the saidis tuelf persones and macking of 
thair expenssis, quhilk soume the consall actit thame to refound to the 



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saidis deane of gild and thesaurar, or to allow the same to thame in 
thair comptis : and the said maister Johnne Cheyne, prouest, offerit him 
reddie ather to pas about with the said schip or remane in the toun as 
the con sail thocht expedient. 



July, 1594. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, with consent of the 
haill communitie convenit this daye, &c. 5 deuysit and ordanit that the 
thrie strangearis quha arryvit within the herbrie of this burght, upon the 
xvi of this instant, in ane schip of Caleis calleit the Esperance, the 
maister callit Charlis Hammell, sail be transportit furth of thair schip, 
with the skipper and equippage theirof, and brocht into the toun and put 
in firmance within the tolbuyth, with the geir in the schip, their to be 
gairdit and kepit be the toun quhill farder ordour be takin with thame, 
and that becaus the said schip was uexit and the wynd was contrarious, 
quhairthrow scho culd nocht be transportit furth of the herbrie with the 
saidis strangearis. 



July, 1594. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, nominat and appoyntit 
Alexander Forbes to pas to his majestie as commissionar for this burght, 
to notifie and declair to his hienes the arryving within this herbrie of 
ane schip of Caleis, with Mr. James Gordone and thrie strangearis with 
him, quhilkis strangeris ar in firmance within the tolbuyth, to the effect 
his majestie may tak sic ordour theiranent as his hienes sail think 
expedient, and ordanit Johnne Tulliedaf, deane of gild, to deburss to the 
said Alexander the soume of fourtie merkis money, for macking of his 
expenssis, quhilk sowme sail be allowit to him in his comptis. 

19th July, 1594. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, auld and new, being 
convenit at consall, and having takin consultatioun at gryt lyntht with 
the communitie, ressoning upon the missive direct to thame be the Erlis 
of Anguss, Huntlye, and Erroll, and be the laird of Auchyndoun, for 
delyuering to thame of the thrie strangeris laitlie arryvit within this 
herbrie, wpon the xvi. day of this instant, presentlie being in firmance 
within the tolbuyth ; for eschewing of the eminent perrell of the haill 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 93 

toun, being suirlie informit of the gryt forcis of the saidis erlis, mair nor 19th July, 

pairtie to the toun, quha war alreddie lyand about the toun reddie to 

invaid and perse w the samen with fyre and sword : deuysit and ordanit, 

with uniforme consent, but oppositioune or contradictioun. that rather or 

the toun suld be put in hazert or perrell, that the saidis thrie strangeris 

suld be delyuerit to the said erlis > according to the quhilk ordinance the 

saidis strangeris war delyuerit to thame furth at the portis. 

14th August, 1594. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, considdering the hay- 
nous sklander and iniurie committit be Issobell Abircromby, servand to 
Agnes Crawfurd: to Christen Kyntoir, spous of Dauid Robertsone, 
officier, as also, to Agnes Dovartie, spous to Thomas Scott, in calling of 
the said Christen witch e karling, vegabond karling, and that scho com 
out of Strathbogye with four gartennis, and calling the said Agnes 
Glengerie harlot, as the actis of the said Issobellis convictioun theirfor, 
of the dait the xiii of August instant, proportis ; as siclyk, considdering 
that the said Issobell was delatit be the previe inquest as ane insufficient 
persone, and be ressone of non finding of cautioun be hir, was ordanit 
to be baneschit : theirfor ordanit the said Issobell to be apprehendit and 
hir craig to be put in the govis, theirin to remain for the space of thrie 
houris, and incontinentlie theireftir to be baneist and exylit this 
burght, fredome and territorie theirof, perpetuallie in all tyme cum- 
ming. 



September, 1594. 

The said day, comperit judiciallie, Willeam Fyndlay and Alexander 
Symsoun burgessis of Abirdene, and grantit and confessit thame to have 
receavit in borrowing fra Henrie Forbes, bailie, in name of the town, 
twa peice of artailzeirie, callit twa half slungis, perteining to the toun, 
and oblegit thame to mak chalmeris and uther furnitour thairunto, quhilk 
thay inlaik, in France, Flanderis, Ingland, or uther pairtis, and to delyuer 
the same agane with the furnitour and chalmeris that thay sail happin 
to mak, gif the saidis peices happinis to remaine onbrockin, quhowsone 
thay be requyrit for the same, efter their returne, God willing, fra the 
present woyage, thay being satisfeit be the town for the said furnitour 
and chalmeris. 



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20th September, 1594. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, deuysit and ordanit 
Johnne Tulledaff, deane of gild, to pay the sowme of sextene pundis 
money to Issobell Cullen, spous of Mr. Dauid Rutherfuird, restand to hir 
for the bankett gevin and maid the tyme of the reconciliatioun betuixt 
certan of the young men in the toun, and Beroald Lines in Auld Abirdene, 
quhilk sowme sail be allowit to the said deane of gild in his comptis. 

30th September, 1594. 

The said day, the counsell having consideration that Johnne Collysone, 
quha is electit prouest of this burght for the yeir to cum, hes his present 
duelling in Torrie, and that for his diligent avating on the said office, he 
may transport himselff, wyff, bairnis, and famelie, to this burgh, and 
duell theirin during the tyme of his office, and be ressoun he hes nocht a 
ludging of his awin within this burght, ordanit Alex r< Ewyn, deane of 
gild, to prouyd for ane ludging to him, quhair the same may be maist 
commodiouslie had for maill, with all convenient diligence, to the effect 
the said prouest may haue his residence and duelling within this toun, 
and that the maill of the said ludging salbe payit be the deane of gild 
of the reddiest of the accidentis and casualiteis belanging to the toun, 
quhilk sal happin him to receave be vertew of his office, quhilk salbe 
allowit to him in his comptis. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanit the deutie of 
the hand bell, intromettit with, and receavit be, James Settoun and Dauid 
Robertsone, sen the deceise of vmquhile Patrick Leslye, last possessour 
thairof, quhilk was vpon the xxiiii. day of July last bypast to the twentie 
day of September instant, to be delywered to Alex r - Ewyne, deane of gild, 
quhilk deutie extendis to threttie four pundis. 

5th October, 1594. 

The said day, the prouest and baillies decernit and ordenit the assigna- 
tioun gevin be his maiestie to Schir Johne Carmichaell of that ilk, knicht, 
vpoun the sowme of ane thousand pundis of the aucht thousand pundis 
receauit be the said burght of hes maiesties tocher, as siclyk the assigna- 
tioun maid be the said Schir Johne Carmichaell to Robert Jowsie, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 95 

merchand burges of Edinburgh, vpon the same sowme of ane thousand 
pundis, togidder with his maiesties acquittance grantit to this burght 
vpon the said soume of ane thousand pundis, with his graces missiue 
directit to the provest, baillies, and counsel!, for payment macking theirof 
to the said Robert Jowsie, to be insert and registrat in the baillie court 
buikis of this burght, ad futurum rei memoriam, quairof the tenour 
followis : Apud Edinburght, [ ] die mensis Junij, anno Domini millesimo 
quingentesimo nonagesimo quarto : Forsamekill as the Kingis Maiestie, 
with aduise of the lordis of his secreit consall, hes assignit and disponit, 
and be thir presentis assignis and disponis, to his louit, Sir Johne Car- 
michaell of that ilk, knicht, the sowme of four thowsand pundis vsual 
money of this realme, of his maiesties tocher guid, being in the handis of 
the prouest, baillies, counsale, and commonaltie of the citie of Glasgow, 
as alsua ane thowsand pundis ot the same tocher, being in the handis of 
the prouest, baillies, counsall, and commonitie of the burght of Aberden, 
and that to be bestowit and warit vpon sic things as is necessar for his 
maiesties esquier at the tyme of the baptisme of the prince his darrest 
sone, with powar to the said Sir Johne, his factouris and servitouris in 
his name, to ask, craue, receave, intromett with, and vptak the sowmes 
particularlie above vrytin, fra the prouest, baillies, counsall, and com- 
monaltie of the burrowis forsaidis, to the effect aboue mentionat, and their- 
upoun acquittances and discharges to giiF, quhilkis his hienes declaris 
salbe als sufficient as giff the samen war subscryvit be his hienes selff, 
lykas his maiestie promettis to renew the same acquittances with aduise 
of his consall als oft as neid beis, and theirfor ordanis letteris to be direct 
to officeris of armes, schireffis in that pairt, charging thame to pas, com- 
mand, and charge the prouestis, baillies, and counsall of the burrowis 
foirsaidis, to mak payment to the said Sir Johne Carmichaell, of the 
sowmes of money particularly aboue specifeit, restand in thair handis, of 
his majesties said tocher, within ten dayes nixt efter they be chargit 
thairto, vnder the paine of rebellioun, &c., and giff thay failzie, the said 
space being bypast, to denounce thame rebellis, and to escheit, &c. Sic 
subscribitur, James R. Cancellarius, Montrois, Tho Thesaurarius, R. 
Secretarius, Newbotle, Blantyir, Parbroith controllar, Sir G. Hume, Sir 
Robert Melvill, Clerk Registre, Alexander Hume, Culluthy. 

Followis the tenour of the assignatioun maid be Sir Johne Carmichaell 



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to Robert Jowsie : Be it kend to all men be thir present letteris, me, 
Sir John Carmichaell of that ilk, knicht, forsamekill as our Soueran 
Lord, with aduise of the lordis of secreit consall, hes resignit and disponit 
to me the sowme of four thousand pundis vsuall money of this realme, 
of his maiestis tocher guid, being in the handis of the prouest, baillies, 
consall, and communitie of the city of Glasgow ; as alsua, the sowme of 
ane thowsand poundis of the same tocher, being in the handis of the 
prouest, baillies, counsall, and communitie of the burght of Abirden, 
and that to be bestowit and warit vpon sic thingis as is necessar for his 
maiesties esquier, at the tyme of the baptisme of the prince his darrest 
sone, &c. &c. And seing Robert Jowsie, merchand, burges of Edin- 
burght, hes avancit and payit to me the sowmes foirsaidis, quhairof I 
hauld me weill content and satisfeit, and dischargis him, his airis, and 
assignais of the samin for ewir, &c. &c. 

Followis the tenour of his Maiesties acquittance : Apud Edinburgh, 
vltimo die mensis Julii, anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo nonagesimo 
quarto. The quhilk day, in presens of the lordis of secreit consall, com- 
peirit Mr. Johne Skene, Aduocat to our Souerane Lord, and in his 
Maiesties name gave in the exoneratioun and discharge vnderwrittin, 
desyring the same to be actit and registrat in the buikis of secreit con- 
sall, according to the tenour of the same : quhilk desyre the saidis lordis 
finding ressonabill, they ordanit the said exoneratioun and discharge to 
be actit and registrat in the saidis buikis of secreit counsall, ad futuram 
rei memoriam, and to have the strenth of ane act and decreit of his 
maiestie and lordis thairof, according to the tenour of the same : of the 
quhilk exoneratioun and discharge the tenour followis : At Edinburgh, the 
twentie fyft day of July, the yeir of God j m v c fourscoir fourtene yeris, for 
samekill as be contract and appoyntment maid, betuixt Dauid Setoun of 
Parbroith, comptrollar to our Soveran Lord, in his name allanerlie vpon 
the ane pairt [ ] commissionaris for the prouest, baillies, counsall, 

and commonitie of the burght of Aberden, and William Symmer and Mr. 
Johne Ross, commissionaris for the prouest, baillies, counsall, and com- 
munitie of the citie of Glasgow, and certane vtheris commissionaris for the 
maist pairt of the burrowis of this realme, vpoun the vther pairt, of the 
dait the [ ] day of Julij, the yeir of God j m v c four scoir ten yeiris, 

that was delyuerit to the saidis commissionaris of the burrowis be the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 97 

said Dauid Setoun of Parbroith, comptrollar, in name of our said soueran 
lord allanerlie, and of his maiesties awin proper money, the sowme of 
ane hundreth thowsand pundis vsuall money of this realme, quhairoff the 
pairt and portioun receavit be the commissionaris of the citie of Glasgow, 
in name of the communitie thairof, extendit to the sowme of four thow- 
sand pundis, and the pairt and portioun receavit be the commissionaris of 
the said burght of Abirden, in name of the communitie thairof, extendit 
to the sowme of aucht thowsand pundis, for the quhilk sowme of aucht 
thowsand pundis the saidis commissionaris of the said burght of Aberden, 
for thame selffis and in name of the communitie theirof, hawing power of 
thame to that effect, band and oblegit thame and thair successouris, to 
content and pay to his maiesties comptrollar for the tyme, in his hienes 
name, the sowme of aucht hundreth pundis yeirlie, as for the promt of 
the said sowme of aucht thowsand pundis ; like as the commissionaris of 
the said citie of Glasgow for thame selms, and in name of the communitie 
theirof, having powar of thame to that effect, band and obleist thame and 
thair successoris, to content and pay to his maiesties said comtrollar for 
the tyme, in his hienes name, the sowme of four hundreth pundis, as for 
the proffitt of the said sowme of four thousand pundis, sa lang as the 
same suld be kepit and retenit be thame ; in the quhilk contract it is alsua 
provydit, that gif at any tyme thairefter it suld pleis his maiestie, with 
aduise of his comptrollar for the tyme, and lordis of his hienes secreit 
consall, to require deliverance of the principall sowmes aboue written, 
vpoun the premonitioun of yeir and day, then and in that caice the saidis 
prouest, baillies, counsall, and communitie was oblegit to mak thankfull 
delyuerance theirof, and now his maiestie having ado with instant and 
reddie money, for provissioun to be maid agane the baptisme of the 
prince, his heines darrest sone, and for vtheris his maiesties vrgent and 
weychtie effairis, quhilk may nocht suffer delay : his maiestie, theirfoir, 
with aduise of his comptroller and lordis of secreit counsell folowing 
thay ar to say, Johne Lord Thirlestane, chancellar ; Johne Earle of Mon- 
troiss ; Sir Thomas Lyoun of Auldbar, knicht, thesaurar ; Sir Robert 
Melvile of Murdocarnie, knicht, thesaurer deput ; Walter, Priour of Blan- 
tyre ; Sir Richard Cokburne, apperand of Clerkingtoun ; Sir Dauid 
Setoun of Pairbroith, comptroller ; Sir George Home of Spott ; Alexander 
Hay of Eister Kennett, clerk of registre ; Sir Johne Carmichaell of that 
ilk ; Alexander Home of Northbervik, prouest of Edinburgh ; Mr Dauid 



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Carnegie of Colluthy, hes burdinit the prouest, baillies, counsall, and 
comimmitie of the said citie of Glasgow, with the payment of the said 
principall sowme of four thousand pundis, and the prouest, baillies, 
counsall, and communitie of the said burgh of Abirden, with the payment 
of the soume of ane thousand pundis, quhilkis sowme the saidis prowest 
and baillies now present, for thame selffis, and in name and behalff and 
for releiff of the haill communitie therof, haue reallie and with effect 
payit and delyverit to the said Dauid Setoun of Parbroith, his maiesties 
comptrollar, in his hienes name, with aduise of the lordis of his secreit 
counsall, and that without any premonitioun preceding, the necessitie of 
the erand sua requiring, and theirfor our said soueran lord, with the 
speciall aduyse of his said comptrollar and lordis of his secreit consall 
befoir specifeit, grants that his hienes is thankfullie payit and weill satis- 
feit of the sowmes aboue writtin, and of the yeirlie proffit theirof, of all 
yeris and termes bypast, in quhilkis thay war obleist be vertew of the 
said contract, promitting for his hienes and his successoris, that thay sail 
newer more actioun, questioun, nor quarrell aganis the prouestis, baillies, 
counsall, and communitie of the saidis burrowis of Aberden and Glasgow 
now present, and thair successoris, for the sowmes aboue writtin, and 
yeirlie proffit theirof, be vertew of the said contract, or be quhatsumewer 
vther maner of way ; and for the mair securitie, our said souerane lord, 
with aduise and consent forsaid, ordanis thir presentis to be registrat in the 
buikis of his secreit counsall, and lykwayes in the buikis of his counsall 
and sessioun, ad futuram rei memoriam, and to hawe the strenth of ane 
act and decreit of the lordis thairof ; and be thir presentis, commandis and 
ordanis Mr. Dauid Makgill of Cranstounriddel, and Mr. Johne Skene, his 
hienes aduocattis, or ony of thame, to caus thir presentis be registrat in 
the saidis buikis of secreit counsall and sessioun, to the effect aboue 
wrytin ; and last, our sourane lord, with aduise and consent forsaid, hes 
promittit and promittis on his kinglie word, that his hienes and his thre 
estaitis sail ratefie, approve, and renew this present exoneratioun and 
discharge in his nixt parliament, and therafter sa aft as salbe neidfull ; in 
witnes of the quhilk thing, our said souerane lord, the lordis of his secreit 
counsall and comptrollar foirsaid, haue subscryvit thir presentis with 
thair handis, day, yeir, and place foirsaid. Sic subscribitur, James R. 
Cancellarius ; Montrois ; Tho. Thesaurarius ; Sir Robert Melvill ; R. 
Secretarius ; Blantyre ; Culluthy ; A. Clerk Registre ; Parbroeth, Comp- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 99 

trollar ; Sir G. Home ; Alexander Home Carmichaell. Extractum de libro 5th October, 
actorum secreti consilii, S. D. N. Regis per me Joannem Andro, clericum 
deputatum eiusdem sub meis signo et subscriptione manuaUbus, sua it is 
subscrivit Joannes Andro. 

Followis his Maiesties missive, quhilk is written on the back. To our 
trayst freyndis the prouest, baillies, and consall of our burgh of Abirden : 
Traist freyndis, we greit you hartlie weill. This berar Robert Jowsie, our 
merchand, having furneist ws maist thankfullie in sic thingis as ar maist 
necessar at the lait actioun and solemnitie of the baptisme, we have 
assignit to him that sowme of ane thowsand pundis of our tochir, extant 
in your handis, of the sowme of aucht thowsand pundis committit 
theirin, quhairof sevin thousand pundis wes assignit and satisfeit to 
Thomas Achesoun, our maister cunzeour, for sum avancement of money 
maid be him at that tyme. The said Robert being to repair towardis you 
for suit of that sowme, we have thocht guid, besyd the assignatioun, to 
accompany him with this our lettre, eirnistlie requesting yow to mak him 
reddie and instant payment and delyuerie of that sowme of a thousand 
pundis, according to his assignatioun, and the discharge to be gevin yow 
theirupoun, and that ye failzie nocht to tak sic ordour with him in that 
erand, as ye did with Thomas Achesone, that he receave na delay as ye 
will do ws thankfull plesour and serwice : sua we commit you to God. 
From Halyrudhous, the xxiii. of September, 1594. Sic subscribitur^ 
James R. 

25th October, 1594. 

The said day, comperit Johne Collysone, prouest, and presentit the 
acquittances after following, togidder with the licence and actis of secreit 
consall vnderwretin, and desyrit the same to be insert and registrat in the 
buikis of this present auditorie, ad futuram rei memoriam, quhilk desire the 
baillies thocht ressonabill, and ordanit the same to be insert and registrat 
to the effect foirsaid, of the quhilk the tenour followis : I, James Wyn- 
rame, agent for the burrowis, collectour appoyntit be his Maiestie of the 
taxatioun of ten thowsand pundis grantit be the burrowis of this realme, 
for furnesing of ane thousand men of weir to his hienes for ane moneth, 
grants me, be thir presentis, to have receavit be the prouest and baillies 
of the burght of Abirden> for thame selffis, and in name and behalff of the 



100 EXTRACTS FEOM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

-'5th October, consall and communitie of the said burght, the sowme of aucht hundreth 
pundis vsuall money of this realme, for the said toune of Abirdenis pairt 
of the said taxatioun ; and siclyk grantis me to have receavit fra the 
saidis prouest and baillies, for thame selffis and in name forsaid, the 
sowme of vther aucht hundreth pundis money aboue expremit, macking 
in the haill the sowme of sextene hundreth pundis for the said town of 
Abirdenis pairt, of vther ten thousand pundis to furneis the said men of 
wear for the secund moneth be delyuerance thairof, conforme to his 
maiesties command and directioun gevin to me as collectour of the said 
taxatioun, to mak payment of the said town of Abirdenis pairt thairof, 
to Johne Nesmyth, of the quhilk haill sowme of sextene hundreth pundis, 
I grant me weill content, satisfeit, and payit, and theirof, for me and my 
airis, executoris, and assignais, quytclames, exoneris, and discharges the 
said town of Abirdene and thair successoris for now and euer, be this my 
acquittance : subscrivit with my hand, at Abirdene, the tuentie-thre day 
of October, the yeir of God j m v c fourscore and fourtene yeiris, befoir 
thir witnessis, Dauid Mengzeis, younger, burges of Abirden, Mr. Thomas 
Mollisone, common clerk of the said burght, and Walter Robertsone his 
servitour. Et sic subscribitur, James Wynrame with my hand, Mr. 
Thomas Mollisone as witnes, Dauid Mengzeis witnes, Walter Robert- 
sone witnes. 

I, Johne Nesmyth, burges of Edinburght, grantis me be thir presentis 
to have receavit fra the prouest and baillies of Abirdene for thameselms, 
and in name and behalf of the consall and communitie of the said burght, 
all and haill the sowme of twa thousand pundis vsuall money of this 
realme, to his Maiestie, for furnesing of a thousand men of wear to his 
hienes for tua monethis, and for a discharge grantit be his hienes to the 
said burgh of certan heidis specifeit in the actis of secreit consall maid 
theiranent, of the quhilk sowme I hauld me weill content and payit, and 
theirof quyt clames, exoneris, and dischargis the said toune of Abirdene 
and thair successouris for now and ever, be this acquittance, subscrivit 
with my hand, at Abirdene the xxiii day of October, the yeir of God j m 
v c fourscoir and fourtene yeiris befoir thir witnessis, Mr. Dauid Fowlis, 
secretar deput, Patrick Innes, servitour to the clerk of register, Mr. 
Alex r * Burnett, servitour to my Lord Lyndsay, Walter Robertsone, notar 
publict, and Archibald Hog : Sic subscribitur, Johne Nesmyth, with my 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 101 

hand, D. Fowlis, witnes, Patrick Innes, witnes, Archibald Hog, witnes, 25th October 
Walter Robertsone, witnes. 

Rex. We, be the tenour heirof, gevis and grantis our licence to the 
prouest, baillies, consell, and communitie, and haill inhabitantis of our 
burght of Abirdene and fredome theirof, to remaine and byd at name fra 
our present oist and armie, convenit at our said burght of Abirdene, 
and appoyntit to pas fordwart with ws to the north pairtis of our realme, 
without ony pane, cryme, skayth, or danger, to be incurrit be thame 
thairthrow in their personis, landis, guidis, or geir, notwithstanding 
quhatsumevir our actis or proclamationis maid or to be maid in the con- 
trar, quhairanent, and all panis contenit thairintill, we dispence be thir 
presentis : Gevin vnder our signet, and subscrivit with our hand, at Abir- 
dene, the xxiii. day of October, and of our regne the xxviii. yeir, 1594. 
Sic subscribttur, James R., cancellarius. 

Apud Aberden vigesimo tertio die mensis Octobris, anno Domini 
millesimo quingentesimo nonagesimo quarto : The quhilk day, the kingis 
maiestie, with aduise of the lordis of his secreit consall, hes decernit and 
declairit, and be thir presentis decernis and declaris, the prouest, baillies, 
consall, communitie, and inhabitantis of the burght of Abirdene, to be 
frie, innocent, and navayis accusable be thame selffis nor thair caution- 
aris, criminallie nor ciuillie, for nocht apprehending and presenting befoir 
his Maiestie and lordis of his secreit consall of Maister James Gordone, 
father bruther to George, sumtyme Erie of Huntlye, after his landing at 
the raid and hevin of Abirdene in the moneth of Julij last bypast, nor 
yit for latting to libertie of certain strangeris quhilkis arryvit and landit 
with him the same tyme, nather sail the saidis prouest, baillies, and 
vtheris forsaidis, be querrellit, accusit, nor perseivit be ony maner of vay 
for thair alledgit ressett and intercommuning with any of his hienes 
declairit traitouris, rebellious and vnnaturall subiectis, tresonable prac- 
tizeris aganis the estait of the treu religioun, his hienes persone, crown, 
and libertie of this cuntrie, nor yit with ony denuncit, and at the home 
for the murther and slauchter of vmquhill James Erie of Murray, at 
ony tyme bygane preceding the dait heirof; bot exonerit, lyk as his 
Maiestie with aduise of the saidis lordis, exoneris thame and thair saidis 
cautionaris of all pane, cryme, and danger, quhilkis thay may incur 



102 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

thairthrow for euer : lyk as his hienes renuncis and dischargis all 
actioun quhilk his hienes hed hes or may move aganis thame, for the 
caussis foirsaid for euer, discharging be thir presentis his Maiesties 
justice, justice clerk, thesaurar, aduocattis, and all vtheris his hienes 
officieris and ministeris of his lawis, of all calling, accusing, vnlawing or 
any wayis preceding aganis the saidis prouest, baillies, consall, and 
vtheris aboue writtin, for the caussis forsaidis, poynding, trubling, or 
intrometting with thame, thair landis, guidis, and geir, theirfor and of 
their offices in that pairt. Extraction de libro actorum secreti consilii S.D.N. 
regis per me Joannem Andro, clericum deputatum eiusdem sub meis signo et 
subscriptione manualibus : Sic subscribitur, Joannes Andro. 

Apud Abirden^ vigesimo tertio die mensis Octobris, anno Domini mille- 
simo quingentesimo nonagesimo quarto. Forsamekill as the prouest, baillies, 
consall, and commonitie of Abirdene, hes at the kingis maiesties speciall 
sute and eirnist desyre lent and delyverit presentlie to his hienes servitour, 
twentie stand weycht of poulder, togidder with certain mattockis, gavel- 
lokis, and vtheris warklomes and materiallis, for demolischeing and cast- 
ing doun of houssis and fortalices, valuit and estimat in the haill to 
the sowme of fyve hundereth fourtie aucht pundis, sex schillingis, 
aucht penneis, money of this realme, quhilk quantitie of pulder his 
maiestie and consall promittis be thir presentis to caus delyuer agane to 
the saidis prouest and baillies, and vtheris forsaidis, of the first and red- 
die st of his hienes pulder, immediatlie after the repairing in the pairtis of 
a boit quhairin the same is contenit. luked for to arryve sa sone as wynd 
and wadder may serve theirto ; like as his maiestie sail caus restitutioun 
and delyuerance be alsua maid agane of the saidis warklomes and ma- 
teriallis, quhow sone the saidis houssis beis demolischit and cassin doun 
theirwith ; and in caice of not delyuerie of the said poulder, work lomes, 
and materiallis, or ony pairt theirof, in name and at the tymes forsaidis, 
than and in that caice his hienes sail caus payment be maid of the availe 
and pryces theirof forsaidis, to the saidis prouest and baillies, or thair 
successoris, sa sune after the expyring of the same tyme as convenientlie 
may be, or of samekle theirof as sail nocht be delyuerit. Extractum de 
libro actorum secreti consilii S. D. N. Regis per me Joannem Andro, cleri- 
cum deputatum eiusdem sub meis signo et subscriptione manualibus. Sic 
subscribitur^ Joannes Andro. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 103 

15th November, 1594. 15th Nov. 

Item, the grass of the commoun Linkis with Futties Linkis, Castelhill, 
and Hedonishill, was sett after publict rowping to George Elphingstoun, 
saidler, for the soume of ten poundis, fra the day and dait heirof, quhilk 
salbe his entrie theironto, quhill the xxv. day of November nixt to cum, 
in the yeir of God j m v c four scoir and fyftene yeris, kepand the eird and 
skruiff theirof on delvit or cassin vp : Johne Sanderis become cautioun for 
payment thairof to the thesaurar, and the said George actit him to releve 
his said cautionar. 

Item, the cheppell on the Castellhill, to wit the bodie theirof, and the 
grayte loft of the samen allanerlie, being rowpit, was sett to Alexander 
Ewyn, burges of the said burght, for the soume of four pundis, fra the day 
and dait heirof, quhill the xxv. day of November, in the yeir of God j m v c 
four scoir and fyftene yeris, quha fand Johne Layng cautionar for pay- 
ment thairof to the thesaurer, and he obleist him to releve his cautioner. 

The said day, it was procedit to the rowping of the gras of the Locht, 
grass of the salt Insches, and of the birne irnis and stampis, and efter 
publict rowping, the soume of twentie pundis, threttene s., four penneis 
being offerit be Alexander Ewyn, deane of gild, in name of the town, be 
uertew of his office, for the said grass of the Locht, and the soume of ten 
merkis being offerit be him for the grass of the salt Insches, and fyftie 
tua merkis for the saidis birne irnes and stampis, and nane vtheris offer- 
ing for the samen, theirfor the samen was sett to the said Alexander, as 
deane of gild, to be sett be him to tenentis for payment of the saidis 
sowmes for the weill of the town or vtherwayis occupeit be him selff, 
quhairanent he sail be comptabill to the town in his comptis. 

Item, thairefter it was procedit to the rouping of the toll custumes of 
the said burght, accidentis and casualiteis theirto belonging, and efter 
lang and publict rowping, dyvers persones offering theirfor, and at last the 
sowme of aucht scoir and tuelff markis being offerit for the same be 
Alexander Ewyn, burges of the said burght, and nane exceding his said 
offer, the said toll custume, with the casualities and deuties theroff, was 
sett to the said Alexander for the said soume, fra the feist of Witsonday 
furtht nixt to cum, quhilk salbe his entrie theirvnto, to the feist of Wit- 



104 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

isth Nov., sonday nixt thaireftir, in the yeir of God j m v c four scoir and sixtene yeris, 
1594, q u h a fand Johne Layng cautionar for payment of the foirsaid sowme to 
the thesaurar of this burght, and he obleist him to releve the said 
cautionar. 

Item, the halydayes fische and Sanct Nicolas mett war thaireftir rowpit, 
and eftir puhlict rouping, the soume of thrie scoir and fourtene merkis 
being offerit theirfoir be Alexander Mollisone, and nane surmonting him 
in offer, the same was sett to the said Alexander, with the deuties and 
accidentis belanging theirto, fra the day and dait heirof to the tuentie 
fyft day of November, in the yeir of God j m v c four scoir and fyftene yeris, 
for the said sowme, quha fand George Forbes cautioun for payment 
thairof to the maister of kirkwark, and he obleist him to releve his said 
cautionar. 

13M December, 1594. 

The said day, the haill toun being lauchfullie warnit to this day be the 
hand bell passand throw the haill rowis of the toun, quhairupoun the 
berar maid fayth, and convening for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, 
representand the haill body of the toun, electit, nominat, and chesit 
Dauid Cargill, Alexander Crukschank, William Dun, Johne Layng, 
Alexander Burnett, Alex, and Stevin Baxter, and Alexander Pater sone, 
tailzeour, taxtaris and stentaris, to stent vpon the haill inhabitantis of the 
said burght, baith frie and onfrie, the soumes particularlie vnder wretin ; 
that is to say, the sowme of tua hundreth and sex pundis to be gevin to 
the rycht nobill and prepotent Lord Ludouick, Duke of Lennox, Erie 
Dernley, Lord Torboltoun, Obigny, and Methven, &c. s lieutenant to his 
Maiestie within the north pairtis of this realme, to ratefie and approve 
the townis exemptioun gevin to thame be his Maiestie, for all raidis, 
oistis, and armies, and fra passing vpon assises, &c., and for the licence 
gevin be the said lieutenant to the towne to remane and abyd at hame 
fra the present raid, and oist convenit at this burght, and appoyntit to 
pas fordward with him to Elgyne and vtheris pairtis benorth the same ; 
and lykewayis the soume of ane hundreth and aucht pundis, for payment 
of the heif tune of wyne, gevin in propyne to his maiestie at his last being 
in this towne ; as siclyke the soume of ane hundreth merkis, for payment 
of Maister Peter Blakburne, minister, of his ordinar stipend for the Wit- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. JQ5 

sonday and Mertimes termes last bypast, four scoir fourtene yeris, togid- lath Dec., 
der with the soume of tua hundreth pundis for sustentatioun of the 
purell of the toun, sa mony as ar in catalog appoyntit be the consall and 
baith the sessionis, to be sustenit vpoun the townis chargis as purell borne 
and bred within the samen, to hauld thame aff the streittis and onbeggit 
at durris and yettis, according to the exampill of vther reformit townis 
within this realme, and for purging of the town of straing, idell, and ex- 
tranear beggeris, quhilkis taxtaris compeiring in judgement, war solem- 
nitlie sworne to stent the saidis soumes, quhilkis extendis in the haill to 
the soume of [ ] vpoun the haill inhabitantis of this toun, baith 

frie and onfrie, ilk man according to his habilitie and substance, conforme 
to their knawledge. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, Johne Collysone, prowest, presentit in judgement the 
licence grantit be Lodouick, Duke of Lennox, &c., lieutenant in the north 
pairtis of this realme, to the town of Abirden, to remaine at hame fra the 
present raid, quhilk was ordanit to be registrat, adfuturam rei memoriam, 
quhairof the tenour follows : We, Lodouick, Duke of Lennox, Erll 
Dernley, Lord Torboltoun, Obigny, and Methven, &c. lieutenant to his 
maiestie within the north pairtis of this realme, with aduise and consent 
of our consall, be the tenour heirof gevis and grantis licence to the prouest, 
baillies, consall, commonitie, and inhabitantis of the burght of Abirdene* 
that scottis, lottis, watchis, walkis, and wardis within the samen, als weill 
to thame that hes landis and possessionis to landwart, as to any vther in- 
habitant of the same, to remane and abyd at hame fra our present raid, 
oist, and armie, convenit and assemblit at the said burght of Abirdene, and 
appoyntit to pas forwart with ws thairfrae towardis Elgyne, and vtheris 
pairtis be north the same, without ony pane, cryme, skayth, or danger 
to be incurrit be thame theirthrow, in their persones, landis, guidis, or 
geir, nochtwithstanding quhatsumeuer our actis, statutis, or proclamations 
maid or to be maid in the contrar, quhairanent, and all panis contenit 
theirintill we dispence be thir presentis, and that inrespect of the exemp- 
tioun grantit to thame be his hienes, quhilk we ratefie and approvis be 
thir presentis to be guid and effectuall, and for vther ressonabill caussis 
and consideratiouns moveing ws. Gevin vnder our signet, and subscrivit 
with our hand at Abirden, the threttene day of December, 1594 yeris. 



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13th Dec., Sic subscribitur, Lennox, Sir Robert Melvill, Carmichaell, Donypace, 
younger. 

Wth February, 1594. 

The said day, Lodouick, Duke of Lennox, Erie Dernly, Lord Torboltoun, 
Obigny, and Methven, &c., lieutenant and justice to his maiestie owir the 
north pairtis of this realme, was creat and maid burges of this burght, and 
was sworne and gawe his ayth solemnitlie in maner following : In the 
first, protestit befoir God, and befoir my lord prouest and baillies, that he 
professit and avowit with his hart the trew religioun, quhilk at the pre- 
sent is publictlie preatchit within this realme, and authorezit within the 
same be the lawis and actis of parliament, and suld abyd therat and de- 
fend the same to his lyvis end, forsaking the Romane religioun callit 
papystrie ; that he suld be leill and trew to our Souerane Lord the Kingis 
Maiestie and his successouris, to this burght of Abirden, prouest, baillies, 
and inhabitantis therof ; that he suld manteane and fortifie the liberties 
and previlegis of this burght, and suld be a freynd theirto in all their 
actionis and caussis honest and lefall ; suld vsurp nor purcheis na lord- 
schip contrar the fredome of the samen ; and finallie, suld do nor attempt 
nathing hurtfull to the liberties and commoun weill of this burght, so help 
him God, and be God himselff. 

The said day, Sir Robert Melvill of Murdocarny, knycht, thesaurar 
deput to his Maiestie ; Sir Dauid Meldrum of Segye, knicht ; Dauid 
Moysie, secretar deput to his Maiestie ; James Carmichaell, sone to Sir 
Johne Carmichaell of that Ilk, knicht ; William Carmichaell of Rollintrie- 
croce ; Robert Douglas, sone to vmquhill [ ] Douglas of Mayns ; 

Mr. William Ruthven ; Mr. Henrie Keir ; Mr. Thomas Levingstoun ; 
Mr. Alex r< Craig ; William Orum ; Johne Dauidsoun ; Thomas Ander- 
sone, all domestik servitouris to my Lord Duke ; James Bosuall and Johne 
Dun, servitouris to the said Sir Robert Melvill ; Willeam Lauder ; Stevin 
Bruntsedell ; Johne Cairnis of Cultis ; Willeam Levingstoune, servitour 
to the Laird of Dunypace ; Robert Lauder and Gilbert Johnestoun, violar, 
war creat and maid burgessis of this burght, with the said Lodouick, 
Duke of Lennox, quha gaif thair aythis in maner aboue writtin ; siclyk, 
Maister Willeam Reid was creat burges of gild of this burght, gratis, and 
at the request of the said Duke of Lennox. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 107 

14th February, 1594. HthFeb. 

The said day, comperit Johne Collesone, prouest, and presentit the 
remissioun and discharge underwritten, and desyrit the same to be insert 
and registrat in the baillie court buikis of this burgh, ad futuram rei 
memoriam, quhilk was ordanit to be registrat to the effect foirsaid, 
quhairof the tenour followis : Ws, Ludouick, Duke of Lennox, Erie 
Dernley, Lord Torbolton, Obigny, and Methven, &c., lieutenant and 
justice to his maiestie owir the north pairtis of this realme, be the 
tenour heirof, for certan reasonabill caussis and considerationis moving 
ws, hes remittit and dischargit, and be thir our lettres, remittis and dis- 
chargis all actioun criminall or civill, quhilkis we or ony utheris in our 
name, had, hes, or ony vayis may have, or mowe aganis the prouest, 
bailleis, consall, communitie, and inhabitantis of the burght of Abirdene 
and fredome theirof, for the crymes folowing, to vit, transporting of gold 
and syluere with all maner of forbidin guidis out of the cuntrie, for- 
stalling and regratting of mercattis, committing of usurie, slauchter of 
blakfische, adulterie, incest, vitchcraft, wsing of fals mesouris and 
weychtis, and of all uther capitall crymes that can be laid to thair charge, 
(tresone onlie except), befoir the dait heirof, and all actioun and cryme 
that may folow theirupoun, or be imput to thame or ony of thame 
thairthrow for evir : Gevin wnder our signet, and subscryvit with our 
hand, at Abirden, the tuelff day of Februar, 1594'yeiris. Sic subscribitur, 
Lenox, Sir Robert Melvill. 



February, 1594. 

The said day, Robert Scherar, Agnes Lyndsay, and Margrat Pater- 
sone, war convict for transgressing of the statutes of this burght maid on 
wyne, in selling of thair wyne at ten s. the poynt, thay being ordanit be 
the said statut to sell the same for aucht s. the poynt, and this for the 
secund conviction, quhairfor thay, and ilkane of thame, war ordanit to be 
poyndit for fyve pundis of vnlaw, conforme to the ordinance of the statut. 

14th March, 1594. 

The said day, comperit judiciallie George Strathauchin, burges of 
Abirdene, and presentit the letter wnderwrittin, subscrywit be his majes- 
tic, comanding maisteris, skipperis, awnaris, and marineris of quhatsum- 
evir schippis or weschellis within this realme, to receawe in thair saidis 



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14th March, schippis or weschellis, George, sumtyme Erie of Huntlye, and Francis, 
1594 ' sumtyme Erl of Erroll, with thair servandis, and to transport thame 
furth of this realme as the said letter beris, and desyrit the same to be 
insert and registrat in the baillie court buikis of the said burght, ad 
futuram rei memoriam, quhilk desyre the bailleis thocht ressonabill, and 
ordanit the samen letter to be registrat to the effect foirsaid, quhairof the 
tenour folowis : Rex. Maisteris, skipperis, awneris, and marineris of 
quhatsumevir schippis or weschellis within this realme, it is our will, and 
we command you, that upon the sicht heirof, ye receave in your saidis 
schippis, George, sumtyme Erll of Huntlye, and Francis, sumtyme Erll 
of Erroll, with thair servandis, and transport thame to quhatsumevir 
pairtis or portis beyond sey, thay sail think expedient, quhairthrow we 
will and declairis that ye nor nane of you sail incur any cryme, pane, or 
danger in your persones, landis, or gudis, be ony maner of way in tyme 
cuming, notwithstanding of quhatsumeuer our actis, statutis, or pro- 
clamationis maid or to be maid in the contrar, anent the quhilkis, and 
panis contenit thairin, we dispence be thir presentis, as ye and ilk ane of 
ye will ansuir to ws upon your obedience, quhairanent this our lettre sail 
be your sufficient warrand. Subscrivit with our hand at Halyruid Hous, 
the xx. day of Februar, 1594. Sic subscribitur, James R. 

Wt/i April, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, with consent of George 
Elphingstoun, saidler, dekyn of the hammermen, grantit ane licence and 
oursicht to Willeam Gardyne, skynner, to work within the burght, and 
vse his said craft and occupatioun quhill Witsonday, in the yeir of God 
jm v c our gco i r seuen tene yeiris, quhill thay have a pruiff of his warkman- 
schip and worthines, and that be reasone of the necessitie of the said 
craft within this burght. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the consall ordanit Alex r * Ewyn, dean of gild, to mak a 
pair of joggis, and fessin the same to the jebat, for putting thairin of 
commoun flyteris and sklanderous persones, and the expensis to be maid 
be the dean of gild theirvpoun, to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

ISth April, 1595. 
The said day, comperit in presence of the prouest, baillies, and consall, 



OF THE BUKGH OF ABERDEEN. 109 

Thomas Borthik, and grantit and confessit that he had trublit the toun 
vpoun the sext day of this instant, vnder silence of nicht, in cumming to 
the howse of Jonet Howysone, relict of vmquhile Alex r * Blakhall, sersching 
the same for the said Jonett, and in cumming to Patrick Donaldsones 
houss and yett at midnicht, and trubling of him be stricking at his yett, 
and geving him injurious language, and schuting of pistollis within his 
close, and that mair ignorantlie nor wilfullie, offending thairby the toun, 
magistrates, and nichtbouris, andspeking injuriouslie of the magistrates, 
and thairfor cravit the magistrattis pardon and forgifnes, referring him in 
thair will thairfor, and promesing neuer to attempt nor doe the lyk in 
tyme cumming, quhairfor the consall remittit to him his said offence. 

15th May, 1595. 

The said day, Robert Watsone and Robert Andersone war accusit in 
judgement for trubling of the toune in drawing of sword and quhingeris 
ilk ane of thame to vtheris, and thairwith persewing ather of thame the 
wther on the schoir of this burght ; compeirit the saidis persones and 
denyit the same, quhilk wes put to the decisioun and knawlege of the 
assise, chosin, sworne, and admittit in judgement, quhilk assise being 
furth of court removit and inclusit within the consalhous, efter detfull 
tryell and examinatioun had be thame of the accusatioun aboue 
writin, entering in court, thay all in ane voice, be the mouth of 
Dauid Cargill, chancellar, convictit the saidis Robert Watson and 
Robert Andersone, for trubling of the toun be drawing of wappyn- 
nis, ilk ane of thame to vtheris, and fand the first provocatioun 
and jnjurie be word, to be in the said Robert Watson, and the fyrst 
vapyn, to vit ane quhynger, to be drawen be the said Robert Ander- 
sone ; and Alex r< Burnett becom souertie and cautioun actit for Robert 
Watsone for the modificatioun of his vnlaw, and that the toun sail nocht 
be trublit in tyme cuming be him with the said Robert Andersone, uther- 
wayes nor be ordour of law, vnder the pane of ane hundreth pundis ; and 
Thomas Forbes, younger, becom actit souertie and cautioun for the said 
Robert Andersone, for payment of his vnlaw according to the modificatioun 
of the consall, and that the toun sail nocht be trublit be him in tyme cum- 
ming, vnder the said pane of ane hundreth pundis ; and the saidis Robert 
Watsone and Robert Anderson actit thame to releive thair saidis 
souerties. 



110 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

16th May, 1595. 

The said day, Alex r> Patersone, tailzeour, was convict be the depositions 
of dyuers famouss witnessis, for his vnnaturall misbehaviour and dealing 
towards James Donaldsone, merchant burges of this burgh, be convening 
of the haill craft of the tailzeouris, and persuading and desyring thame 
nocht to by any kynd of merchandise fra the said James, be ressone that 
the said James delatit the said Alex r -, as he alledgit, to the dean of gild, 
for handling with foran waris, quhairopon the said Alex r * was convict. 

28th May, 1595. 

The said day, the consall, vpon the supplicatioun of Robert Fergushill, 
burgeis of Irwing, pilleit and herreit be the Ireland men, ordanit the dean 
of gild to answer him of the sowme of twentie schillingis to hes support, 
quhilk salbe allowit to him in his comptis. 

2nd June, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest and baillies, with ane gryt pairt of the consell, 
vpon the complaynt of Maister Richard Irwing, burges of the said burght, 
heretabill possessour of the croft callit the Gallowhill croft, lyand in the 
north territory of the croftis of the samen, betuixt the landis of Sanct 
Peteris hospitall on the north, the seik folkis myre at the south, the kingis 
commoun gett passand betuixt the newtoun of Abirden and the auldtoun 
therof in the wast, and certane marche stanes crocit on the eist, againis 
James Leslye elder, burges of the same burght, pretendit present occupear 
of the croft callit the seik folkis croft, mercheand contigue with the 
said Maister Richardis croft, for the wrangous labouring, teilling, and oc- 
cupeing of ane pairt of the said Maister Richardis croft within the proper 
boundis and marchis theirof, past to the ground of the saidis croftis, and 
their in presence of the said James and Maister Richard, tuik in the de- 
claratioun and depositionis of dyvers auld ancient witnessis that know 
best the marchis of the saidis croftis, and had laborit and occupeit the 
said Gallowhill croft of a lang tyme sensyne, quha were admittit be the 
saidis pairties and sworne solemnitlie, with quhais depositionis, and with 
the saidis Maister Richardis originall infeftment and chartour of the said 
Gallowhill croft, the saidis prouest, baillies, and consall being ryplie 
advysit, boundit and marchit the said Gallowhill croft, fra the said croft 
callit the seik folkis croft, as followis, viz. : Begynnand at ane gryt stane 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. Ill 

this day sett doun on the north syid of the said seik folkis myre, thairfra 2nd June. 
ascendand lineallie north or thairby to ane laich eirdfast stane bayth 
crocit this day, and theirfra north to ane ardfast stane in the grene balk, 
crocit as said is. 

30th June, 1595. 

The said day, the haill town being lauchtfullie warnit to this day, be 
the handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the toun, quhairvpon the 
berar mayd fayth, and convening for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, 
representand the haill body of the toun, votit, consentit, and agreit, that 
the toun and landis of Capristoun, perteining to Alex r - Forbes, burges of 
this burght, sail be bocht fra him with the reddiest of the compositionis 
and few gressumis restand yit on payit be the fewaris of the landis of the 
fredome, for thair new infeffcmentis maid to thame, with marchis of 
propertie, vpon the saidis fewaris submissions, becaus the saidis landis of 
Capristoun lyis neir this burght, merchand contigue with the fredome 
thereof, and war content that the prouest, baillies, and consall, suld agrie 
with the said Alexander Forbes for the samen, and tak securitie and 
infeftment theirof to the prouest, baillies, consall, and commonitie of this 
burght, and to thair successoris, to remane with this burght in all tyme 
cumming, heritablie, as a pairt of the patrimonie of the samen, and that 
thay by the samen fra the said Alexander with sic richt and titill as he 
hes to the teynd schaves and viccarage theirof. 



July, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, vpon supplicatioun of 
M r * Thomas Leslye, burges of this burght, and schiref deput of Abirdene, 
vnder Johnne Leslye of Balquhyne, scherif, crauing the tounis pairt of 
the vnlawis of sic as sail happin to be lawfullie convict for slaying of 
blak or reid fische in forbiddin tyme, aganis the actis of parliament, and 
he to sett cautioun to the saidis prouest, baillies, and consall, to satisfie 
his Maiesties pairt of the saidis vnlawis to his great thesaurer and lordis 
of cheker, and to releive the prouest, baillies, consall, and communitie of 
Abirdene of the samen, at the handis of his Maiesties great thesaurer 
and checker, quhairwith thay being ryplie and at lenth aduysit, finding 
that the saidis actis of parliament hes not tane thair awin effect and 
execution aganis the contravenaris, be reasoune of the oursicht and 



112 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

2nd July, negligence in tyme bygane of the magistrattis of this burght, and scherif, 
to quhom power is granted be the saidis actis of parliament for haulding 
of justice courtis vpon slayeris of blak or reid fische in forbidden tyme, 
distroyeris of smoltis, and frey of salmound, and considdering lykwayis 
that the said ouersicht and negligence hes bred no litill discommoditie, 
hurt, and prejudice to the salmound fischingis of this burght, and con- 
sequentlie to the commoun weill theirof, theirfor grantit to the said M r ' 
Thomas, the tounis pairt of the saidis vnlawis, sic as may fall to the 
same be the said actis of parliament, and gawe the same to him for his 
laboris, and panis to be takin be him in haulding of the said justice 
courtis, and for satisfeing of the officieris to be send and direct for 
summounding of all persones contravenaris of the saidis actis, quhom the 
said M r * Thomas sail be hauldin to satisfie and releif the toun of all 
expenssis to be maid theiron, with this provisioun, that in euery court 
to be hauldin thair sail sitt with the said M r< Thomas ane of the baillies 
of this burght, sic as sail be appoynted to that effect, to sie justice 
ministrat vpon all contravenaris, and that the towns clerk be lykvayis 
clerk of the said justice courtis, and that the said M r> Thomas Leslye 
sail prosequut the haulding of justice courtis, and ministrat justice vpon 
thame, according to the commissioun sett doun in the saidis actis of 
parliament, betuixt and lettermariday nixt cumis, and thir presentis to 
indure onlie quhill the tent of September inclusiue, prouyding cautioun 
be sett be the said M r * Thomas actit in the townis buikis, to releiwe the 
prouest, baillies, consall, and communitie of this burght of his Maiesties 
pairt of the vnlawis of the saidis persones that hapins to be convict at 
the handis of his Maiestie, thesaurer, and checker. 

3rd July, 1595. 

The said day, anent the complaynt gevin in aganis the tennantis, 
maillaris, and occupearis of the salmound fischingis of Dee and Doyne, 
hauldin of this burght in few ferme, quha tackis the same in maling for 
payment of salmound fische to the awnaris, maisteris, and heretabill 
proprietaris theirof, in quhais hurt and defraud anent the payment of 
thair maill, the said tennentis, occupearis, maillaris, and tacksmen, with 
the first and reddiest of the salmound fische takin in the saidis fewaris 
and maisteris watteris, payit their alledgit contractit dett in the begyning 
of the yeir, at the leist betuixt the feist of Witsonday and Lambes, to 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 113 

merchandis and byeris of salmound deferring the payment of thair maill 
and deutie to the lettermariday, alledging the same to be the terme of 
payment theirof, theirfor desyring ordour to be tackin theranent, quhair- 
throw the saidis awnaris, maisteris, and proprietaris of the saidis 
fischingis, suld be payit of the maill fische promeist to thame be thair 
saidis tennentis and maleris first, and befoir the saidis maleris and 
tenentis pay the salmound fische alledgit sauld be thame obefoir to 
vtheris merchandis, as in the said complaynt at mair lenth wes contenit, 
quhairwith the bailleis being aduysit, finding the samen a mater of con- 
sequence that hes nocht occurrit heirtofoir, and for setting doun of ane 
ordour to be obseruit heireffcer anent the payment of maill fische, to be 
payit be the tenentis, occupearis, and malaris of the salmound fischingis, 
to the awnaris, maisteris, and fewaris theirof, and eschewing of the said 
fraud and hurt vsit be the saidis maleris in maner befoir specifeit, remittit 
the said mater to the knawledge and determinatioun of the assise aboue 
writtin, chosin, sworne, and admittit in judgement, as men of best judge- 
ment and vnderstanding, electit furth amangis the haill nychtbouris of 
this burght, quha out of court removit, and inclusit within the counsalhous, 
efter lang reasoning and guid deliberatioun, entering agane in court, fand, 
pronuncit, and delyuerit all in ane voce but contradictioun, be the mouth 
of the said Alexander Cullen, chancellar of the assise, sumtyme prouest 
of this burght, that the awnaris, proprietaris, and fewaris of the said 
salmound fischingis salbe payit in all tyme cumming of thair maill sal- 
mound fische, be thair maleris, tenentis, and occupearis of thair saidis 
fischingis, of the first and reddiest of the salmound fischis pakkit out be 
the saidis maleris and tenentis, and that na maler nor tenent sail pay any 
salmound fysche sauld be him to any merchand in tyme cumming, quhill 
the maister, awnar, and setter to him of the said fisching be first payet 
of his maill fysche, except the said maler or tenent haue his maister or 
awnaris speciall consent theirto ; and gif it sal happin ane persone quha is 
fewar and heretabill proprietor of ane fisching, to have ane vther fisching 
in mailling of ane vther fewar, the said mailler at his first packing sail 
deuyd the same fische packit be him equallie betuixt him and the other 
fewar, his maister, quhill he be satisfeit of his maill fische ; to the quhilk 
declaratioun aboue writin, of the said assiss, the baillies forsaidis inter- 
ponit thair authoritie, and ordanit the same to be obseruit in all tyme 
cumming as ane law and ordinance, and for the better keping therof 

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114 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

statut and deuysit, that na couper, packer of salmound fische within this 
burght, sail pack any salmound fische 011 the nicht to ony mailler, or yit 
at any vther tyme, quhill he mak the awnar of the fisching aduerteist, to 
the effect he be nocht defraudit of his maill fische. 

9th July, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall deuysit and ordanit 
Alexander Ewyn, dean of gild, to mend and repair the stepill of the Gray 
Freir Kirk, and to mak the same watterthicht, as also to caus mend and 
rewll the knok within the said Gray Freiris Kirk ; as siclyk, to caus poynt 
the sam kirk, and mak the same watterthicht, with the reddiest of the 
patrimonie and accidentis belonging to this burght, presantlie in his 
handis, and quhat expenssis he mackis tharwpoun, efter the productioun 
of his compt theranent to the consall, to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

12th July, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest and baillies said that thair vas wrang done 
the nicht immediatlie bygane, in erecting and bigging vp of ane little 
faill hous on the north syd of the kirk yard, vnder silence of nicht, quhilk 
obefoir was demolischit be vertew of ane act and ordinance of consall, and 
theirfor after thay had past and visit the said hous, ordanit the same to be 
of new agane demolescht and cassin doun, and instantlie causit Dauid 
Robertsone and Andro Hay, tua of the ordiner omcieris tak doun certane 
of the dovettis therof, and sum of the faill of the wallis therof, for obedi- 
ence to this present ordinance, and the same to be cassin doun and hauldin 
doun in all tyme cumming, as biggit on the townis commountie sett out 
in few to Dauid Andersone. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, Andro Forbes, merchand, being accusit for bigging and 
erecting of ane litile hous on the north syd of the kirk yard dyk, yister- 
nicht vnder silence of nicht, the samenhous being demoleschit obefoir, be 
vertew of ane ordinance of the consall, compeirit the said Andro and con- 
fessit that he causit big the same, and gawe command to warkmen to that 
effect, quhairfor he was convict and put in amerciament of court to for- 
beir, &c. ; and lykvayis, the said Andro being accusit for deforcing, 
staying, and stopping of Thomas Kellye and Andro Hay, oincieris, and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 115 

the warkmen, to cast doun that day effcernone the said litile hous, quhilk 
was biggit and erectit yisternicht be the said Andro, denyit the same, 
quhairvpoun the prouest and baillies having takin tryell and probatioun 
thairanent, fand that the said Andro had deforcit, stoppit, and stayit the 
saidis officieris and warkmen with thame, in dimolisching of the said hous 
this day efternone, quhairfor the said Andro was convict and put in 
amerciament of court. 



July, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consal] for the guid favour 
schawin to this burght, and kythit be ane nobill lord, Johne Lord Forbes, 
knawin to thame, and for the said lordis attending and avayting on the 
keping of the watteris of Dee and Doyne fra slayeris of blak fische in 
forbidden tyme, as the said lordis predicessoris did obefoir to this burght, 
and the lyke promesit to be done be himselff, ordanit the deane of gild to 
employ vpon deallis and vther materiallis, the soume of ane hundreth 
merkis money, to be gevin to the said lord as ane rememberance of the 
toun, for helping of his wark and ludging quhilk he is presentlie begun 
to big, quhilk salbe allowit to the said deane of gild in his comptis. 

6th August, 1595. 

The same day, the prouest, baillies, and consall ordanis Dauid Cargill, 
thesaurar, to furneis bread and wyne to the communioun of the Lordis 
tabill, quhilk is to be administrat, God willing, on Sonday nixt, in sic 
quantitie as sail serve the turne, and quhat he debursis thervpon ordanis 
the same to be allowit to him in his comptis. 



August, 1595. 

The said day, the consall ordanit Dauid Cargill, thesaurer, to deburss 
sevin pundis for letteris of suspensioun, to suspend the letteris and chargis 
quhairwitht the prouest and bailleis ar chargeit to tak the Lord Forbes, 
togidder with ane croune of the sone to the prouest, debursit be him 
obefoir in the townis effaris, quhilk salbe allowit to him in his comptis. 

IQth September, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, vpon the supplicatioun 
of tua puir Dense men, marineris schipbrockin, ordanit Alexander Ewyn, 



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dean of gild, to answer thame of the soume of aucht pundis money for 
thair support, quhilk salbe allowit to him in his coinptis, and lykvayes 
ordanit the said dean of gild to pay Marioun Holland, spous to Robert 
Scherar, four pundis sex s. viii. d. for the wyne gevin to the commissar 
and aduocattis with him, at command of the consall, quhilk salbe allowit to 
him in his comptis. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and consall ordanit Alexander Ewyn, 
dean of gild, to by to Alexander Tailyeour, alias Checkum, commoun 
poist of this town, ane garment and luifray of blew, with the townis 
armes on his left arme, and the expenssis to be maid be the said dean of 
gild, and that for this yeir allanerlie, and for na vther yeir, quhilk soume 
salbe allowit to the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

The said day, the counsell ordanit the soume of ten merkis to be payit 
to James Tod, redar, of augmentatioun, becaus the yeir is evill, and that 
of the first vnlaw that salbe ingottin be the dean of gild, and that for this 
yeir allanerlie, and for na vther yeir, quhilk sowme salbe allowit to the 
said dean of gild in his comptis. 



September, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, ordanit the sowme of 
twentie poundis to be gevin for the help and support of the repairing of 
Sanct Macharis kirk of Auld Abirdene, of the reddiest of the tuentie-four 
pundis quhilk sail be gottin fra Willeam Mackartis compositioun of 
burgeschip, ordanit this day to be maid burges of gild of this burght, for 
payment of the said sowme. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, it was thocht meitt and expedient be the prouest, 
baillies, and consall, that preserving and keping of the meall that cummis 
to the mercatt of this burght to be sauld, fra rayn and wynd, and to the 
effect the same may be the mair commodiouslie mett without skayth, als 
weill to the sellaris as to the byeris, that thair be commoun hallis maid 
of tymber coverit aboue with deallis, and opening on bayth sydis, vpon the 
eist end of the tolbuyth, fra the north cheik of the tolbuyth dur direct 
eist or theirby, toward the place quhair the malt mercatt standis, and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 117 

that be the aduyse of Dauid Andersone, Dauid Cargill, and sic vtheris of 
the consall as sail be adionit to thame, vpon the townis expenssis be the 
dean of gild or thessaurer, and the expenssis to be debursit be thame 
theiron to be allowit to thame in thair comptis, and of ilk lead or seek of 
meill sic ane deutie to be exactit of the awner theirof, as sail be deuysit 
heirefter be the consall, and the saidis hallis to be rowpit yeirlie. 

12th November, 1595. 

The same day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, ordanit Dauid Car- 
gill, dean of gild, to gif to Gilbert Bairnis, sacristar, kepar of thair 
paroche kirk, ane gown of self blak, as ane garment maist convenient 
for his office, and the expenssis to be debursit be the said dean of gild 
theirupon. 

\lth November, 1595. 

The said day, the haill toune being lauchtfullie warnit to this day be 
the handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the towne, quhairvpon the 
berar maid fayth, and convening, for the maist pairt, representand the 
haill bodye of the toun, it wes exponit be Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, 
prouest, that in respect hidderto throcht many impedimentis, competent 
congregationis culd nocht be had within this burght, be devisioun theirof, 
to the effect that the pastouris of the samen, distinctlie micht have bene 
burdenit with particular flockis, and sua the caus of the Gospell and the 
edifeing of euerie inhabitant hes bene grytumlie henderit, to the gryt 
greiff of the godlie ; for thir caussis, the auld and new sessionis, and the 
ministrie, yisterday convenit and assemblit in the sessioun hous, and the 
magistrattis, auld and new counsallis of the burght, convenit this day in 
the consal hous, considdering that wther weill reformit townis and con- 
gregationis of this realme had deuydit thair towne in dyvers congrega- 
tionis, and theirfor seing the daylie incres of pepill of this burght, and 
that it is nocht possibill that ather thay may be particularlie edifeit, or 
the pastouris may knaw quhat progres they mak in knawlege, nor qwhow 
in lyff and conversation euerie ane practezis the doctrine of the word ; 
and that the comfort of the seik and releiff of the puire may be deulie 
procurit in tyme cuming, has thocht expedient that this toun be deuydit 
in four seuerall competent congregationis, folowing the exampill of vther 
weill constitut and governit commoun weillis : quhilk wark tending sa 



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fair to Goddis glory, and to the veill and honour of this burght, culd nocht 
be effectuatit without the consent of the inhabitantis, and theirfor the 
said Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, inquyrit of the haill toun, convenit as 
said is, giff thay wald assent to the conclusioun and ordinance of the 
auld and new consallis, sessionis, and ministrie forsaid, and euerie mannis 
voit being cravit efter the ordour of the suitt roll, ilk man voting be him 
selff, thay with vniuersall consent agreit that four congregationis, four 
seuerall pastouris, kirkis, and sessionis, sail be within this burght in tyme 
cuming, ane of the saidis ministeris to be socht out and prouydit to the 
thre present ministeris, quhousone the same may be convenientlie had 
without our burdening of the toun. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, deuysit and ordanit 
Dauid Cargill, dean of gild, to answer and obey M r - Peter Blakburne, 
minister, of the sowme of twentie pundis money to mak his expenssis in 
passing to Edinburgh as commissionar to the platt, for tacking ordour 
quhow the ministrie of this burght sal be payit of thair stipendis, quhilk 
soume sail be allowit to the said deane of gild in his comptis. 



November, 1595. 

The same day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, ordanit Dauid Cargill, 
dean of gild, to caus erect the hallis for the meill a littill beneth the 
fische croce, as the maist convenient rowme for placing of the same, fund 
sua be the consall, quhilkis hallis obefoir was ordanit to have bene biggit 
at the eist end of the tolbuyth stair. 

25tk November, 1595. 

Item, it being procedit to the rowping of the grass of the Linkis, and 
the prouest and bailleis remembring that the generall conventioun of 
burro wis, as also the generall assemblie of the ministrie of this realme, 
ar to be hauldin within this burght in the moneth of Julii nixt, and 
that thair is nocht grass nar hand this burght for serving of the com- 
missionaris horssis, and the horssis of sic as sail be at the saidis 
conventionis saiff onlie the grass of the saidis Linkis : theirfor the 
prouest and baillies, with aduyse of the consall and town convenit this 
day, ordainis the grass of the saidis Linkis to be kepit and hanit quhill 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 119 

the said is conventionis, for syrving of the horssis of sic as sail be present 25th NOV., 
theirat. 1595 ' 

1st December, 1595. 

The said day, anent the actioun and caus of nichtbourheid, movit and 
perseuit be George Erie Merschall aganis Gilbert Mengzeis of Petfoddellis, 
for reparing of the said Gilbertis ruinous wallis nixt adiacent to the said 
erlis ludging and yard, and finding cautioun to the said erle, de indemni- 
tate, as the said erlis clarae gevin to the said Gilbert beris, comperit the 
said erll be Mr. Johne Cheyne his procuratour, and producit the said 
clame, and desyrit the prouest and baillies to decerne the said Gilbert, to 
find the said erll nichtbourheid and cautioun, de indemnitate, and protestit 
for coistis, skaythis, and damnage aganis the said Gilbert, incaice of ony 
damnage to be sustenit be the said erll, and to fall on his land or yard be 
occasioun of the said ruynous wall, and aganis the said judges incace 
they caus nocht the said Gilbert find the said cautioun : ex adverso com- 
peirit the said Gilbert, be Mr. Alex r - Irwing his procuratour, and alledgit, 
that albeit be the ordinance of the lawis of burrowis, cautioun aucht to be 
fund to the said erll be the said Gilbert, de indemnitate, yit having con- 
sideratioun that the said Gilbert offeris him to prewe be occular inspectioun 
and vtherwayis, as accordis of the law, that gif the said erle hes gottin 
any skayth in his ludging or yard forsaid, the same is in his awin default 
be casting of ane gutter within the said Gilbert Mengzeis wall and boundis 
therof, sua now re nocht being integra, in the said erllis awn default, na 
cautioun suld be fund de indemnitate, adherand therto, desyrit ane day to 
answer to the said clame, and the said Mr. Johne Cheyne, procuratour 
for the said erll, alledgit na day suld be gevin to answer, in respect the 
actioun is of nichtbourheid, and theirfor summar ; and the said frivoll 
alledgeance aucht not to stay the cautioun, de indemnitate, inrespect 
thair is nathing dependand aganis the said erll theranent, at the instance 
of the said Gilbert; and farder, the said Gilbert lykvayes desyrit 
cautioun, de indemnitate, of the said erle, and the prouest and baillies 
decernit the said Gilbert to find cautioun to the said erle, de indemnitate, 
that his ludging, yard, and paviment stane therof salbe skaythles of the 
said ruynous wailis, and assignit Fryday to the said Gilbert to gif in his 
reasones aganis the said erle, concerning the bigging of the dyk, and the 
said Mr. Johne protestis for remeid of law. 



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llth December, 1595. 

The said day, the consall ordanit Maister George Andersone, thesaurer, 
to pay to M r Dauid Cuninghame Bischop of Abirdene, the soume of 
sevin pundis money, for the doubill gressum and entries syluer of the 
toun of Abirdene to the landis of Caprastoun, and siclyk fourtie s. for 
the said Bischoppis round seall to the townis chartour of confirmatioun 
of the saidis landis, and the sowme of threttie fyve s. for the few deutie 
of the saidis landis of Caprastoun, of the Martimes terme last bypast, 
quhilk sal be allowit to him in his thesaurer comptis. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, considdering that the 
tua commoun knockis of this burght, to vit, the kirk knok and the 
tolbuith knok, sen Martemas last hes bene evill handlit and rewlit, and 
hes nocht gane induring the said space, theirfor feit Thomas Gordone, 
gunmacker, to reull the saidis tua knockis, and to caus thame gang and 
strik the houris richtlie bayth nicht and day, quhilk the said Thomas 
promeist faythfullie to do, and to be diligent in reuling of the saidis 
knockis, and causing thame gang and strik the houris richtlie, evir to be 
tryit vpon his diligence, rewling, and avating on the saidis tua knockis 
be the consall, for the quhilk the consall ordanit him to have for his panis 
in reuling of baith the saidis knoekis, vlklie, sex schillingis audit penneis, 
and to be answerit therof be the deane of gild, quhilk sal be allowit to 
him in his comptis, and the said Thomas to be payit therof on his 
diligent avating and guid reuling of the saidis knockis and na vtherwayes, 
and during the counsallis will and his guid service allanerlie, vpon tryell 
and consideratioun euer to be had of the said Thomas guid service and 
diligence anent the reuling of the saidis knockis. 

24th December, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, considdering that the 
cheiff burrowis of this realme hes houssis belanging to the burght callit 
the townis houssis, quhilkis servis for a wreting buith to thair commoun 
clerk, and a hous for keping of thair buikis and registeris, and aduysing 
of the processes dependand betuixt nichtbour and nichtbour befoir the 
prouest and baillies, and that maist ewous to the tolbuith of the burght : 
and that Maister Thomas Mollysone commoun clerk of this burght, is to 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 121 

remove at Witsonday nixt fra the chalmer and wreting hous presentlie :>4th Dec., 
occupeit be him, quhilk wes occupeit obefor be vmquhill Maister Johnne 
Kennedy, commound clerk, dyvers and sindrie yeris, lyand on the north 
syd of the Castelgett of this burght, quhilk was ever callit the clerkis 
chalmer, a place knawin to the haill inhabitantis and vtheris as maist 
convenient for that purpose, being sa neir the tolbuyth of this burght, 
to sie and prouyd for ane hous quhair the same may be maist commo- 
diously and convenientlie had narrest to the tolbuith of this burght, 
quhilk langer the said Maister Thomas can nocht posseid nor occupie, be 
reasone the same is disponit heretablie be the proprietor, and the byer 
therof man enter theirto at the said terme ; theirfor ordanit the thesaurer 
of this burght to sie and prouyd for ane hous, quhair the same may be 
maist commodiouslie and convenientlie had narrest to the tolbuyth, to be 
ane vreting buyth to the said M r * Thomas, thair servitour and clerk, and 
to be ane hous for keping of the townis buikis and registeris, and aduys- 
ing of processes, that the prouest and baillies may have recours thervnto 
to that effect, as ane meit hous for the same, and that the thesaurer sail 
pay the maill therof yeirlie, vnto the tyme the town and counsall prouyd 
for ane hous of thair awin to the effect forsaid, the maill of the quhilk 
yeirlie sail be allowit to the said thessaurer in his comptis. 

8th January, 1595. 

The said day, compeirit judiciallie, in presence of the prouest, baillies, 
and consall of the said burght, George Gardyn of Banchorie, and frielie 
and simplie renunceit, quyt clameit, and dischargit, all actioun and per- 
sute, bayth ciuill and criminall, quhilk he hed, hes, or ony wayis may 
have in tyme cuming aganis Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, Willeam Set- 
toun of Blair, M r - Dauid Rutherfurd, Willeam Gray, Alex r * Jaffray, 
Johne Forbes at the brig of Dee, Thomas Fynnie, Andro Hendersone, 
vobster, Andro Willeamsone, wobster, Alexander Harper, vobster, Johne 
Sibbett, James Kay, Andro Thoris, Robert Smyth, Willeam Smyth, 
James Robertsone, cordonar, Johne Fraser, measoune, Patrik Leith, 
armorar, Gilbert Still, Charlis Wilsone, Robert Kelo, Patrick Donald- 
sone, Johne Flescher, Richard Flescher, and George Gibsone, all bur- 
gessis and induellaris of the burght of Abirdene, or aganis quhatsumeuer 
vther persones burgesses and inhabitantis therof, for cuming to the said 
George Gardynnis duelling hous of Banchorie Devynnik, in the moneth of 



122 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

8th January, May, in the yeir of God j m v c fourscoir ten yeris, tacking out of vmquhill 
1595. p a trik Bissett, his Maiesties rebell, furth of the samen, quha fled and tuik 
the said hous for his saifguard, persewing and asseging theirof, bracking 
doun and demolishing of the wallis of the samen, or ony pairt theirof, or 
for trubling of the said George, or ony of his servandis or bairnis, and all 
and quhatsumever vther actioun he hes, had, or in any vayes micht pre- 
tend to have, aganis the saidis persones, or any of thame, or aganis 
quhatsumeuer other persones that was in companie with thame, at the 
tyme foirsaid, quhidder the same actioun be civill or criminall, grantand 
and confessand, that quhatsumeuer the said Thomas Menzeis and re- 
manent persones aboue writtin, or sic as war with thame, at the tyme 
aboue specifeit, was lauchtfullie and ordourlie done be the said Thomas 
Mengzeis, being baillie of the said burgh for the tyme, vpon sufficient 
warrand, he being chargit as baillie of the said burght with letter of 
captioun to sersch, seik, tak, and apprehend the said Patrik Bissett, 
being his Maiesties rebell, quhareuer he micht be apprehendit : quhair- 
vpon the said Thomas Mengzeis, for him selff and in name of the haill 
foirnamit persones aboue writin, tuik act of court and instrument. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanit Alexander 
Ewyn, deane of gild, to content and pay to George Gardyne of Banchorie, 
the sowme of fyffcie merkis vsuall money of this realme, of the reddiest 
of the accidentis and casualiteis belonging to this toune, being in his 
handis, betuixt the daitt heirof and the feist of Candilmes nixt to cum, 
quhilk sail be allowit to the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

12th January, 1595. 

The said day, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest, in presence of the 
haill toune, convenit this day in thair heid court, opinlie declarit and ex- 
ponit that his hienes and lordis of secreit counsall had deuysit and ordanit 
generall wapinschawingis to be maid and keipit vniuersallie throchout all 
the partis of this realme, als weill to burght as to land, vpon the secund 
day of Februar nixt, and that his hienes proclamatioun is direct thair- 
wpon, commanding and charging all his hienes lieges, alls weill to burght 
as land, regalitie as royaltie, to prepair thame selffis and be in full 
reddines to mak wapinschawis and gif musturis vpon the said secund day of 



OP THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN- 123 

Februar nixt, weill bodin in fear of weir, in the presence of the prouest 12th January, 

and baillies of burrowis, stewartis, schireffis, and vtheris commissionaris 

to landwart, vnder the pane of tinsell of lyiff, landis, and gudis, and that 

for resisting and withstanding foran preparationis threatnit of a lang 

tyme bygane, for prosequtioun of thair detestabill conspiracies againis 

Christ and his evangell, quha ar presentlie in reddines, intending to aryue 

in this iland to move a publict weir againis God, his trew religioun, his 

Maiesties persone and authority, and all the guid subiectis of this 

realme professing the same religioun with his hienes, to the mine and 

conquest of this ancient kingdome, and libertie quhilk the same hes 

inioyit sa mony agis, that it may be subject heirefter to the slaiffrie and 

tyrranie of that prood nation of the Spangeardis, quha hes maid sa 

vnlauchtfull conqueis in dyvers partis of the wardill, as in the letteris 

publischeit thairanent at mair lenth was contenit, and intimat the same 

to the haill toun, convenit as said is, commanding and ordaining thame 

and euerie ane of thame, for obedience to his Maiesties charge and 

proclamatioun, that thay prepair thame selffis, and be in reddines agane 

the said secund day of Februar nixt, weill bodin in fear of weir, with 

hagbuttis, jackis, spearis, and steill bonattis, reddie to gif thair wapin- 

schaw, and folow the directioun of the prouest, baillies, and magistrattis, 

and sic as sail be appoyntit be thame capitanes and commanderis, as they 

will eschew the perrell of the said proclamatioun, and schaw thair 

deutifull obedience to his Maiesties charge ; and that nane of the inhabi- 

tantis of this burght present him selff the said day to the wapinschaw 

and musture, vtherwayis armit than with jack, corslett, lang speir, or 

hagbut, and that they present nocht the wapinschaw with halbertis nor 

Dense aixis ; and lykvayes intimat to the merchandis, trafficquaris of this 

burght, that thay bring hame pulder, bullettis, corslettis, and all vther 

kynd of armour, and mak pennie theirof to the lieges of this realme vpon 

reasonable prices, according to the said proclamatioun and actis of 

parliament maid thairanent. 



January, 1595. 

Eodem die, Dominus Joannes Carmichaell, de eodem, miles, receptus et 
admissus fuit in liberum burgensem et fratrem gilde burgi de Abirden, de 
communi omnium burgensium eiusdem consensu et assensu, solutis pre- 



124 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

20th January, posito, quinque solidis in alba bursa, et prestito per eundem, solito 
1595 - juramento. 

23rd January, 1595. 

The said day, the haill toun, burgessis and craffcismen, &c., the mater 
concerning the prouisioun for the pure being opinlie decleirit to thame be 
the bailleis and minister, and the act of parliament maid theiranent being 
publictlie red in all their audience, and the puir being deuydit in four rankis, 
to vit, in babis, decayit persones houshalderis, leamit and impotent persones, 
and in sic as war decrepit and auld, borne and bred within this burght, at 
the leist that hes maid their commoun resort and residence within the 
same be the space of thir sevin yeris bypast, thay all in ane voce but any 
opposition or contradictioun, folowing first Goddis commandement } and 
nixt the directioun of the said act of parliament, grantit, agreit, and con- 
sen tit, ilk man frielie and voluntarlie voting be himself, according to the 
ordour of the suit roll, sum to receawe in thair houssis ane baib, and lyk 
vayis to pay contributioun for help and support of the remanent puir of 
the rankis forsaidis, borne and bred within this toun, at the leist quha 
hes maid residence within the same be the space forsaid, utheris to con- 
tribut, and ilk man voting be himself, grantit to pay the contributioun sett 
doun in the roll maid this day, for ane yeir, to be payit quarterlie, with 
provisioune that the magistrattis tak sic substantious ordour anent the 
expelling of extranear beggaris, idill and vagabond persones, furth of this 
burght, as the said act of parliament prescryvis, and that the purell of this 
burght of the rankis forsaidis, be contenit within houssis, helpit be the 
commoun contributioun, and not sufferit to cum to the streittis, houssis, 
or yettis of this burgh to seik almous, and according to the said voting, 
ilk man speking be himself as said is, the roll was instantlie sett down, 
and sic as everie man grantit be his awin mouth, wreittin, and the babis 
delyuerit to sic as war content to receawe tham, the receaweris name with 
the babis name, wreittin lykvayes. 

\\th February, 1595. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, for obedience to his 
majesties chargis and letteris publeschit anent the assembling of his hienes 
haill lieges, fensibill persones, als weill to burgh as to land, upon the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 125 

secund day of this instant Februar, commanding and ordaining the nth Feb., 
numeris of the persones that musturis to be put in roll and send out to 
his grace, ordanit the numer of four hundreth persones, hagbutteris and 
spearmen, to be gevin wp for this burght, gevaris of musturis the said day, 
and send our to his majestie gif the remanent burrowis gevis up their 
numer, and becaus be the said proclamatioun, it is ordanit, that comman- 
deris be nominat and appyntit within ilk parochin, to lerne and trayn the 
inhabitantis of the same parochin to gang in ordour, and beir thair 
wapynnis, and to convene twyis ilk moneth to that effect, theirfor the 
consall ordanit the four bailleis to be commanderis of the inhabitantis of 
this burght, ilk baillie commander of his awin quarter, and sic as he sail 
appoynt and nominat under him and na utheris, to lerne and trayne the 
inhabitantis of this burght to gang in ordour and beir thair wapynnis, and 
for this effect, ordanit the haill inhabitantis, fensabill persones, within this 
burght, to be warnit agane the first day of Marche nixt, to be in reddiness 
that day in thair best armour, ilk man macking the armour he beris as his 
awin, to accumpanie and folow thair commanderis, and gif musturis with 
thame that day, and quhatsumeuer uthir day or dayes as thay happin to 
be commandit and warnit be the maggistrattis, wnder the pane of ane 
wnlaw of ten pundis, to be upliftit of ilk persone absent or insufficiently 
armit ; and siclyk, becaus the four quarteris of the toun, as thay ar presentlie 
deuydit, ar verray inequall, thair being mony ma inhabitantis in ane quar- 
ter nor in ane wther, theirfor ordanit the bailleis and clerk to deuyd the 
toun als equallie as possiblie thay can, in four quarteris, that the numer 
of ilk quarter may be conforme and agreabill to ane wther, sa nar as may 
be collectit. 

14th February, 1595. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and persones of the consall of the 
said burght efter folowing : thay ar to say, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, 
prouest ; Mr. Richard Irving, Alexander Forbes, Mr. Dauid Rutherfurd, 
bailleis ; Alex r< Cullen, Alexander Rutherfurd, Johne Collysone, Willeam 
Gray, Dauid Andersone, Dauid Cargill, Mr. George Andersone, Thomas 
Gray, Alex r - Crukschank, Johne Tallydaff, Johne Kyng, Willeam Loremar, 
and Gilbert Blak, coupar : Forsamekill as Thomas Sutherland, skipper, 
burges of this burght, quha past as maister of ane schip callit the Andro, 
and transportit Mr. Walter Lyndsay therin, to Spayne, in the moneth of 



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4th February, September or thairby, in the yeir of God j m v c four scoir fourtene yeris, is 
returnit, as thay ar crediblie informit, fra Spainzie, and is cum this day to 
this toun, landit at Anstruther, and is cum landgett fra Anstruther to 
Torrie, within the schireffdome of Kincardin, quhairof the Erll Merschall 
is principall schireff, and is presentlie in the said Erll Merschallis hous, 
on the south syd of the Castelgett of this burght, thocht guid and ex- 
pedient that the prouest, Mr. Richard Irving, baillie, Alex r> Rutherfurd, 
and Johne Collysone, sail pas to the said erll, and require his lordschip to 
retene and keip the said Thomas, being in his possession and within his 
hous, and to be answerabill and comptabill for the said Thomas to his 
maiestie, and exoner the toun of Abirdene of his keping, at his maiesties 
handis, and of all danger and perrell that the toun may incur throch his 
cumming to this toun, and to offer the townis concurrence to the said erll 
for his keping till his maiestie may be aduerteist of the mater, and vpon 
this requisitioun to tak instrumentis ; and incase of the said erllis refusall 
to accept the keping of the said Thomas till his maiestie may be aduerteist, 
and to tak the townis concurrence, the consall in ane voce wotit but con- 
tradictioun that the said Thomas salbe send south to his maiestie and 
lordis of secreit consall, and presentit to his grace, and to that effect 
ordanis Dauid Cargill, dean of gild, Andro Hay, and Willeam Michell, 
officieris, to be send with him, for presenting of him to his Maiestie, and 
that thay sail hawe to mak thair chargis and expenssis four scoir pundis, 
, quhilk the said dean of gild was ordanit to tak vp vpon proffitt, becaus 
thair is na fordell syluer of the townis accidentis in his handis, quhilk 
principall soume and proffitt tharof was ordanit to be allowit to the said 
dean of gild in his comptis. 

15th March, 1595. 

The said day, Gilbert Willox, wricht, and Leonard Leslye, war accusit 
for trubling of the toun in persewing William Patrie, burges of this 
burght, the said Gilbert Willox with ane quhinger, and the said Leonard 
Leslye for stricking of the said Willeam with ane sword on the heid ; 
compeirit the saidis Gilbert and Leonard, and denyit the accusatioun 
forsaid, quhairfor the same was referrit to the knawledge of the assise, 
chosin, sworne, and admittit in judgement : quhilk assise being furth of 
court removit, and inclusit within the consal hous, efter detfull tryall 
and examinatioun had be thame of the accusatioun aboue wretin, thay 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 127 

all in ane voce, but contradictioun, fand that the said Leonard Leslye and 
Gilbert Willox had trublit the toune be persewing of the said William 
Patre in maner supermentionat, quhairfor thay and ather of thame war 
convict and put in amerciament of court to forbeir, &c., and war ordanit 
to remaine in waird within the tolbuyth, ay and quhill thay fand 
sufficient cautioun and souertie that the toun suld not be trublit be thame 
in tyme cumming, and for modificatioun of thair vnlawis, quhilkis was 
instantlie modifeit as folowis : to vit, ordanit ather of thame to pay the 
vnlaw of fy ve merkis to the dean of gild. 



March, 1595. 

The said day, the prouest and baillies fand that dyveris inhabitantis of 
this burght hes bene grytlie hurt and damnefeit, in the bying fra mer- 
chandis theirof of angzeoun seid, quhilk, efter a pruiff and tryell had 
theirof, hes bene fund insufficient, and theirfor for eschewing of the said 
hurt to be incurrit be the byeris of engzeoun seid heireffcir, fra merchandis 
of this burght, hame bringeris theirof, hes statut and ordanit that all 
merchandis of this burght, bringeris hame of engzeoun seid in tyme 
cumming fra foran cuntries, sail report and bring hame a ticket of the 
merchand fra quhom he byes the said seid, in wther realmes, of the 
sufficiencie and guidnes theirof; and the merchand, sellar of engzeoun 
seid, sail warrand the seid sauld be him within this burght to the inhabi- 
tantis theirof, and wpsett the skayth to be sustenit be thame throcht the 
insufficiencie theirof. 

23rd March, 1595. 

The quhilk day, vpon the complaynt of Dauid Cargill, dean of gild and 
commoun procuratour for the town, aganis M r Robert Chalmer, Willeam 
Scharp, Alex r * Wedonsone, Margrat and [ ] Gibbis, dochteris to 

vmquhill Thomas Gib, barbour, Alex*' Ramsay, Patrik Smyth, Alexander 
Chalmer, James Leslye, Maister George Bissett, Dauid Fergussone, 
Thomas Strathauchyn, Johne Craig, baxter, [ ] Badie, Johne Kempt, 
Willeam Massie, measone, James Dwn, sone to vmquhill Andro Dwn, 
litster, and Johne Donaldsone, burgessis and induellaris of the said 
burght, heretabill possessours and titularis respectiue of the houssis and 
yardis, merchand to Sanct Katherines hill of the same burght, quhilk hill 
is a pairt of the commontie of the samen, for the wrangous appropriating 



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of ane gryt pairt of the said hill to thair yardis, respectiue marching 
therwith, and extending and bigging out thair yairdis thervpon, to the 
gryt hurt and preiudice of the said burght, commoun weill theirof, and to 
the diminisching of the said hill, that was sa braid and spacious on the 
heid theirof, and now be the bigging out of their yardis theirvpon, on all 
pairtis and sydis of the samen, that skerslie may it be knawin and 
decernit quhat is and was hill, desyrand theirfor the prouest, baillies, 
consall, and lyneris of the said burght, to tak ordour theirwith, as a cheif 
thing concerning the commoun weill, be distinguishing of the said hill 
be its awin just and richteous methis and marchis, and bounding of the 
same fra the saidis persones yardis respectiue ; that the said hill being a 
pairt of the commountie of the said burght, be not appropriatt be the 
saidis particular persones, as in the said complaynt at mair lenth was 
contenit ; the prouest, baillies, consall, and lyneris of the said burght 
efter folowing, thay ar to say : Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest, M r - 
Richard Irwing, Alexander Forbes, James Settoun, M r - Dauid Ruther- 
fuird, baillies : Alexander Cullen, Johne Colly sone, Maister Patrick 
Cheyne, Dauid Andersone, William Gray, Dauid Cargill, M r - George 
Andersone, William Loremar, George Strathauchin, Alex r - Ewyn, Johne 
Tullidaif, Thomas Gray, Johne Kyng, Alexander Cruskschank, Alexander 
Stevin, baxter, and Gilbert Blak, coupar, with dyuers of the dekynnis of 
craftis of the said burght, past to the said Sanct Katherines hill, all 
the fornamit persones aboue writtin complanit vpon, being lauchtfullie 
warnit to compeir this day, vpon the said hill and ground thereof, at tua 
efternone, to heir and sie cognitioun takin be the saidis prouest, baillies, 
consall, and lyneris, anent the richteous boundis, methis, and marchis of 
the said hill, and to answer to the said complaynt, and to heir and sie 
thame selffis and ilk ane of thame decernit to haue done wrang in the 
inlarging and bigging out of the saidis yardis respectiue, vpon the said 
hill and boundis theirof, and appropriating of a gryt pairt theirof to thair 
saidis yardis respectiue^ on all pairtis and syddis theirof, and the 
fornamit persones complainit vpon, compeiring for the maist pairt 
personallie vpon the ground of the said hill, thair richtis, titillis, reasones, 
and alledgeances being hard, sene, considderit, and vnderstand be the 
saidis prouest, baillies, consall, and lyneres, and they being ryplie and at 
lenth aduysit theirwith, visiting and considdering the heidis of the yardis of 
the particular persones aboue nominat, laitlie biggit out vpon the said hill 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 129 

be thame and thair predicessouris, titularis of the saidis landis and yardis, 23rd March, 
respective merchand to the samen hill, be ocular inspectioun and apper- 
ance, notourlie knawn to thame and all that saw the same, and aduysing 
and resolving with the declarations and depositions of thir nyn persones 
efter folowing, maist ancient burgessis of the said burght, eldest of yeris 
levand this day within the samen, quha best knew the boundis of the 
said hill, methis and marchis therof, the youngest of thame all being of 
the aige of thrie scoir and fyve yeris, sum of thame being thrie scoir and 
sevinteine, tovit, Alexander Hay, Andro Scherar, Johne Durty, Robert 
Molly sone, "Walter Cullen, Andro Brabner, William Jak, William 
Vrquhard, and Andro Symmer, past and boundit the said hill as followis, 
and begud and tuik vp the first marche theirof towardis the south, at the 
north syd of the commoun wennell, quhilk passis fra the Schipraw by 
Sanct Katherinis Chappell to the Greene of the said burght, at ane wil- 
ling trie presentlie standing in the south mud dyk of the yard now perten- 
ing to the said Willeam Cassie, at the quhilk place their is ane marche 
stane ordanit to be infixit, merkit with [ ] to be the richt methe and marche 
of the said hill, deuyding and distinguisching the samen fra the said yard, 
and fra the said marche stane passand lineallie and directlie north or 
thairby, throw the yardis of the said William Massie, James Dun, 
wmquhill Thomas Camboll, theireftir [ ] Stirling, and now pertening 
to the said Johne Kempt, quhill it cum to the wast nuik of the yard of 
the airis of vmquhill Mr. Andro Auchinlek, to the vther stane thair to be 
infixit, and to be merkit as said is, besyd ane plumb trie, direct eist or 
thairby fra the chalmer wyndo of the said vmquhill Mr. Androis bakhous, 
quhilkis twa marche stanes ar ordanit and appoyntit to be the wastmest 
marchis of the said hill, deuyding and separating the samen fra the saidis 
yardis, and fra the said marche stane in the wast nuik, and the said 
wmquhill Mr. Androis yard dyk ascendis south eist or thairby, triangling 
throw and athort the hedis of the yardis of the said vmquhill [ ] 

Badie, Johne Craig, Thomas Strathauchyn, Dauid Fergussone, and Mr. 
George Bisset, as the same was presentlie pottit and merkit this day, till 
it cum to the north nuik of the bak dyckis and bakyettis of the said James 
Leslie, elder, and Alexander Chalmer, presentlie standand, biggit be 
thame with stane and morter, and fra the bak yett forsaid, triangling as 
said is, athort the heidis of the yardis of the said vmquhill Thomas 
Bransche, now perteining to the said Patrik Smyth ; vmquhill Willeam 

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Annand, now perteining to the said Alexander Ramsay ; vmquhill Walter 
Cant, now pertening to the dochteris of the said vmquhill Thomas Gib ; 
vmquhill Alexander Donaldsone, baxter, now perteining to the said Alex r - 
Wedonsone ; vmquhill Sir Alex r - Robertsoune, now pertening to the said 
Willeam Scharp, and throcht the yard of the said Mr. Robert Chalmer, 
southeist or thairby, quhill it cum to the north syd of the said vennell, at that 
pairt of the samen, direct north or theirby, anent and forganis that pairt 
of Sanct Katherines Chappell yaird, quhair the northeist nuik of the eist 
gavill of the said chappell stuid ; finding the marchis forsaidis to be the 
just marchis of the said hill, and that the yardis of the saidis Mr. Robert 
Chalmer, Willeam Scharp, Alexander Wedonsone, Thomas Gib, Alexander 
Ramsay, ar biggit out vpon the said Sanct Katherines hill, be the space of 
threttie futtis or theirby, and that the saidis persones hes wrangouslie 
appropriatit the heidis of thair saidis yardis, or west end therof, towardis 
the said hill to the space forsaid, enlarging thair yardis vrangouslie thair- 
with, and that thay and ilk ane of thame hes done wrang theirthrow ; and 
als the saids Mr. George Bissett, Dauid Fergussone, Thomas Strathauchyn, 
Johne Craig, and [ ] Badie, and the saidis Johne Kempt, James Dwn, 
and Willeam Massie, hes lykvayes wrangouslie appropriatit a pairt of the 
said Sanct Katherines hill to thair saidis yardis, biggit out and enlargit 
thair saidis yardis theirvpon, within the boundis aboue specifeit, and 
theirfor decernit and ordanit the said persones, and everie ane of thame, 
to desist and ceas in tyme cumming fra all laboring, vsing, or occupeing 
of that pairt of the said hill, wranguslie appropriatit to thame obefoir, to 
thair saidis yardis within the boundis aboue mentionat, and the saidis 
Maister Robert Chalmer, Willeam Scharp, Alexander Wedonsone, 
Thomas Gib, Alexander Ramsay, to demoleise and cast doun thair bak 
dyckis and yettis biggit vpon the said hill, and to tak in the samen. threttie 
futtis within thair saidis yardis, as said is. Forder, the saidis prouest, 
baillies, consall, and lyneris fand that the said wennell, passand fra the 
said Schipraw to the Grene, by the said chappell, was wranguslie closit 
vp and condampnit be the said Mr. Robert Chalmer, be bigging be him 
of ane mud dyck betuixt the said chappell and his said bak dyck, quhilk 
thay ordane to be cassin doun, decerning the said wennell to be oppin in 
all tyme cuming for ane passage fra the said Schipraw to the Grene, and 
the said wennell to be of breid in all pairtis of [ ] spaces, according 

to vse and wount. Comperit the said Mr. Robert Chalmer, and protestit 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 131 

for remeid of law and nullitie of process, and that inrespect he was warnit 23rd March, 

this present day as he alledgit at ellevin houris befoir none, be Thomas 1595> 

Dicksone, officeir, he being distant tua myllis fra the said burght, to com- 

peir at efternone befoir the saidis prouest, baillies, and consall, in a mater 

of consequence concerning his heretage, inrespect quairof, they cnld nocht 

proceid, and pronounce this day thair decreit in maner forsaid, being the 

first tyme that the said Mr. Robert was citat, as he alledgit, and suld have 

had ane day to gif in his defenssis, and theirfor protestit as said is, and 

alledgit lykwayes that the said actioun was dependand befoir the prouest 

and baillies of the said burght, in ane vther proces yet slepand, and yit 

nocht ordourlie and lauchfullie walknit, at the instance of the deane of 

gild of the said burght, aganis the said Mr. Robert and dyvers of the 

persones aboue mentionat, as ane act of dependance schawin be the said 

Mr. Robert thairanent, of the dait the [ ] day of Junij, 1593 yeris, 

proportis, and theirfor yit as obefoir protestit, that the said decreit be 

nawayes effectuall aganis him, for remeid of law, nullitie of proces, and 

reductioun, tyme and place convenient ; and Andro Kyng, in name of the 

toun of Abirdene, and as commoun procuratour therof, protestit in the 

contrar that the said decreit was effectual!, inrespect that the said Mr. 

Robert and persones aboue mentionat, aganis quhom the same is pronuncit, 

war lauchfullie warnit be the said Thomas Dicksone, officier, to compeir 

this day at efternone vpon the said hill, for ane deid of wrang, done be 

thame on the townis commountie, viz. : vpon the said S. Katherines hill, 

in the quhilk, lang citatioun is nocht necessar, and that in all sic actionis 

the consall procedis summarlie the first day, according to the custum of 

burght. 

24th March, 1595. 

The said day, the consall ordanit Dauid Cargill, dean of gild, to send 
to the toun of Lenlithgo for the measure of the said toun, and to report 
the said messour to this burght, and quhat expenssis he debursis 
theiron, thay ordane to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

3d June, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall having receavit his 
maiesties letter, datit at Halyruidhous the xxviii. day of April last, men- 
tionand that nochtwithstanding of his hienes actis of parliament, and lait 



132 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

proclamations maid, inhibiting that pistolletis or sic tratourous wapynis 
suld be vsit, borne, or worne within burght, for eschewing of the gryt 
bluidsched, and inconvenientis that commounlie theirvpon ensewis, and 
that command be gevin theirin lykvayes, to the prouests and baillies of 
burrowis, to apprehend, challange, and tak ordour with the contravenaris 
of the saidis actis and proclamations, or vthervayes that thay suld be 
answerabill to his hienes for the same thame selffis : His grace wes in- 
formit that the inhabitantis and vtheris resorting to this burght, ceassis 
nocht commounlie and opinlie to beir, wear, and hant the said forbidden 
wapynnis, to the gryt contempt of his hienes authoritie and lawis ; theirfor 
forvarning the prouest and baillies of this burght to prevent thair awin 
perrell thairanent, and desyring thame to tak sic ordour theirwith, con- 
forme to the tenour of the saidis actis and proclamations, or vthervayes 
that the saidis prouest and baillies salbe ansuerable theirfor, callit and 
accusit for the same with all regour : For obedience to the saidis actis of 
parliament, his maiesties proclamation maid theirvpon, and missive for- 
said, ordanit proclamatioun to be maid throch all the rewis and streitis of 
the toun, be passing of the drum theirthrocht, and be oppin proclamatioun 
at the mercatt croce, charging all and sundrie the inhabitantis of this 
burght, and vtheris quhatsumeuer resorting theirto, in his hienes name 
and authoritie, and in name of the prouest and baillies of this burght, 
that nane of thame presvme, nor tak vpon hand, privatlie nor opinlie, to 
bear, wear, or vse any pistollis within this burght in tyme cuming, vnder 
the pane of ten pundis, toties quoties, and escheitting of the pistollis ap- 
prehendit, but preiudice of the panis of death and demembering, gif it pleis 
his maiestie to have the same execut ; certefeing all sic as salbe appre- 
hendit be the saidis prowest and baillies heirefter, bearing, wearing, or 
vsing any pistollettis within this burght in tyme cumming, that thay salbe 
challangit, takin, apprehendit, accusit, and convict be the saidis prouest 
and baillies, conforme to the saidis actis of parliament and proclamation 
maid thairanent. 

1th June, 1596. 

The said day, anent the complaynt gevin in be James Settoun, Patrik 
Forbes, William Measone, and Johne Fergusone for thame selffis, and in 
name of the remanent awnaris of the schip of this burght callit the Gift of 
God, aganis Alexander Guthrie, mariner, for the said Alexanderis cum- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 133 

ming abuird vpon the said schip, vpon Setterday last, the fyft of that 7th June, 
instant, na man being within the samen, and thair wickedlie tacking of 1596> 
ane aix and thairwith cutting and hewing at the mainmast of the said 
schip, of intentioun to hawe hewin the same ouirbuird, and thaireffcir to 
have sett the said schip in fyir ; comperit the said Alexander Guthrie, and 
being accusit of the said wrang done be him in maner forsaid, confessit 
that vpon the day forsaid, he past abuird on the said schip, and tuik ane 
aix, and thairwith strak at the main mast therof, of intentioun to have 
hewin the same ouirbuird, vnles he had bene stay it, and thairfor referrit 
him in the will of the prouest, baillies, and consall, quhairfor he was con- 
vict, and putt in amerciament of court to forbear, &c., and was ordanit to 
remaine in ward within the tolbuyth, ay and quhill he sett cautioun for 
modificatioun of the amendis, and Gilbert Guthrie, younger, becom cautioun 
for the said Alexander to that effect, and he actit him to releive his 
cautionar. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, anent the summondis deulie execut and indorsat to this 
day, at the instance of Dauid Cargill, dean of gild, and commoun 
procuratour of the said burght, makand mentioun, that quhair be the 
lovabill lawis of this realme, ancient statutis and ordinances of this 
burght, and actis maid in the generall conventions of burrowis, it is sett 
doun, deuysit, and ordanit, that all burgessis of gild and freemen of frie 
regall burrowis of this realme sail dwell, mak thair residence and ' 
remaining, with thair wyffis, bairnis, servandis, houshaldis, and famelie, 
hauld stob and stack, fyre and flett, within the burght quhair thay ar 
frie, skott, lott, watche, walk, and ward, with the inhabitants, burgessis, 
and craftismen of the samen, or vthervayes to tyne and forfalt thair 
fredome, and all libertie, priviledge, and commoditie quhilkis thay or any 
of. thame may jois or bruik thairby, as in the saidis actis and ordinances 
at lenth is contenit ; neuertheles the persones efter following, viz. : 
Gilbert Frazer of Wattertown, James Arbuthnott, William Arbuthnot, 
his sone, Patrik Hay in Colleistoun, George Bissett, George Farchar, 
Andro Farchar, Thomas Coupland, Robert Arthour, Gilbert Loremar, 
George Troup, Thomas Bissett, John Henrie, James Strathauchyn, 
Johne Scott, Johne Leyth, James Cheyne, Mungo Tuedie, James Kyng, 
Adame Third, Johne Mamvre, William Muckart, Alexander Gordone, 



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Willeam Swaip, Robert Arbuthnot, all burgessis of gild of the said burght, 
quhairof a numer hes land tackis and salmound fischingis of the same 
heretablie in few ferme, vtheris josis and brukis the libertie of frie 
burgessis of gild, frequenting the trafique and interchange of merchandice, 
and duellis nor remanis not actuallie within the said burght, bot hes 
thair residence in landwart, and vtheris places quhair thay think 
expedient, with thair wyffis, bairnis, famelie, and houshald, and thairthrow 
ar navayes in reddines, nor to be had at all tymes and seasones as 
occasioun offeris, to scott, lott, watche, walk, and ward with the inhabi- 
tantis of the said burght, according to thair act of creatioun and ayth of 
fidelitie, nather yitt sustene the rowmes and places of honest men within 
the samen, to the gryt hurt and preiudice of the commoun weill theirof, 
charging theirfor the haill fornamit persones aboue writtin to cum, 
resort, and repair to the said burght with thair wyffis, bairnis, servandis, 
houshaldis, and famelie, hauld stob and stack, fyre and flett, within the 
samen, betuixt the dait of the citatioun and charge maid to thame 
thairanent, quhilk was vpon the sevintene day of Januar last bypast, in 
the yeir of God j m v c fourscoir fyftene yeris, and the nyntene day of 
Aprill nixt thairefter, with certificatioun to the saidis persones and 
euerie ane of thame, that sic as com nocht to this burght, dwelt and 
remanit not within the same, held stob and stack theirin, betuixt 
and the day forsaid, thay suld be decernit and declarit, be declaratioun 
and decreit of the prouest and baillies of the said burght, to have tint 
and forfaltit thair fredome and burgeschip of the same, and all libertie, 
privilege, proffitt, and commoditie that thay may jois theirby, and thair 
names deleit furth of the suit roll of the said burght, as persones vorthie 
and meriting deprivatioun, according to the saidis actis of burrowis, 
lovabill actis and constitutions of this burght, as in the said summondis 
deulie execut and indorsat aganis thame, producit vpon the said nyntene 
day of Aprill, befoir the saidis prouest and baillies, at mair lenth is con- 
tenit ; be vertew quhairof, vpon the said nyntene day of Aprill, thay and 
everie ane of thame being lauchtfullie and ordourlie callit to the effect 
afoirmentionat, and not compeirand, the prouest and baillies vpon certan 
considerations moving thame, continewit the pronunciation of thair 
declaratour vpon the said summondis, to this day, ordaning intimatioun 
to be maid of the said continewatioun to the saidis persones at the 
mercat croce of the said burght, and als ordaning thame and euerie ane 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 135 

of thame, yit as obefoir, to be chargit and warnit to cum, resort, repair, 
and mak thair actuall residence within the said burgh, hauld stob and 
staik, fyre and flett within the same, betuixt that and the said sevint 
day of Junij instant, with certificatioun as is befoir expressit, as the 
summondis deulie execut and indorsat aganis thame thairanent to this 
day producit in judgement at mair lenth beris ; be vertew of the quhilk 
summondis this day producit, deulie execut and indorsat as said is, the haill 
persones aboue writtin, yit as obefoir, wer lauchtfullie and ordourlie 
callit at the tolbuyth wyndo to the effect afoir mentionat, and not com- 
perand, the prouest and baillies, be reasone of thair contumasie, vnder- 
standing perfytlie that nane of the foirnaniit persones had cum to this 
burght to mak thair residence within the same, nochtwithstanding of the 
charge gevin to thame aboue specifeit, decernit and ordanit thame and 
euerie ane of thame to have tint, amittit, and forfaltit thair friedome of 
this burght, and all libertie, previlege, proffitt, and commoditie, that thay 
or any of thame may bruik or jois thairby in tyme cumming, and their 
names to be deleit furth of the suitt roll of this burght, conforme to the 
saidis actis of burrowis, lovabill lawis and constitutions of the samen 
burght maid thairanent, and ordanit this thair decreit to be opinlie divul- 
gat and proclamit at the mercat croce of the said burght: vpon the 
quhilkis the said Dauid Cargill, dean of gild, and commoun procuratour 
forsaid, tuik act of court and instrument. 

23rd June, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsell efter following, thay 
ar to say, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest, James Settoun, Mr- 
Dauid Rutherfurd, bailleis, Alex r - Rutherfurd, Alexander Cullen, Johne 
Collysone, William Gray, and Alex r - Stevyn, baxter, ordanit the haill 
carvit tymmer wark betuixt the pilleris in the queir to be removit, and 
placit convenientlie quhair the same salbe thocht meit to be placed, to the 
effect that ane stane wall may be biggit betuixt the said queir and the 
bodie of the kirk, that the said queir may be maid ane preiching kirk for 
preiching of the word of God, and ministratioun of the sacramentis, with 
all convenient speid, according to the ordinance of the haill town maid 
obefoir, ordaining the queir to be deuydit fra the kirk, and maid ane new 
kirk to the effect forsaid. 



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June, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, according to the 
louabill forme and consuetude observit within this burght in tymes bygane, 
during the being of the conventioun of burro wis within the same, ordanit 
ane honorabill and decent supper to be maid to the commissionaris of 
burrowis, to be convenit within this burght in thair generall conven- 
tioun, to begin and hauldin the first of July nixt, in ane cumlie and 
honest ludging, and ordanit Mr. George Andersone, thesaurer, to prouyd 
for the said supper, and mak the expenssis theiron for the honour of the 
town, as hes bene done in conventionis of burrowis to the commissionaris 
of the same in tymes bygane, quhilk expenssis thay ordane to be allowit 
to him in his comptis ; and gif it salbe thocht expedient be the counsall 
that any forder salbe maid to the saidis commissionaris, the same to be 
done be the said thesaurer in maist honest and cumlie maner, not lacking 
spycerie and confectioins as occasioun sail offer. Persones of counsall 
present, Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, Alexander Forbes, James Settoun, 
Mr. Dauid Rutherfuird, baillies, Alex r - Rutherfurd, Dauid Andersone, 
William Gray, Dauid Cargill, Willeam Loremar, Mr. Patrick Cheyne, 
Gilbert Blak. 

Eodem die. 

The same day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall forsaid, ordanit the 
expenssis maid be Dauid Cargill, dean of gild, on the reparing, pinning, 
and harling of the tolbuyth outwith, and in reparing, paynting, and dask- 
ing of the counsalhous within, to be allowit to him in his comptis, vpon 
his particular compt to be gevin in heiron, to the auditouris of the townis 
comptis. 

1th July, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, be reasone that Dauid 
Andersone, present maister of the kirk wark, refuisit to big the stane wall 
appoyntit to be biggit betuixt the kirk and the queir, for deuyding theirof 
in tua seuerall kirkis, theirfor electit, nominat, and chesit Andro Scherar, 
maister of wark to the bigging of the said stane wall, and to attend 
theiron, and on the reparing of the said new kirk and materiallis therof, 
quhill the feist of Michaelmes nixt to cum, quha compering personallie 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN- 137 

acceptit the said office in and vpon him, and was sworne de fideli admi- 7th July, 
nistratione. 1596< 

9th July, 1596. 

The said day, the counsall electit and chesit Alex r - Rutherfuird, lait 
prouest, commissionar for this burght, to convene at Edinburght with the 
sex burrowis appoyntit and ordanit to convene their the tuentie day of 
July instant, according to the act of burrowis, maid at thair generall 
conventioun, haldin at this burght the third of this instant, to deall with 
his Maiestie, and lordis of secreit consall, anent the mater of the custumes, 
anent the service of his Maiestie towardis the Illis, agane the first day of 
August, and anent the sending to France to renew the league, as also, 
for sending ane numer to inhabitt and dwell in the mouth of Loquhaber 
and vther veychtie effaris, referrit to be handlit with the saidis sex 
burrowis, and ordanit the said Alex r> to have the soum of ane hundreth 
pundis for macking of his expenssis, to be stenttit on the merchandis and 
gild brether of this burght allanerlie. 

The said day, it being aduysitlie considderit be the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, that the craftismen of this burgh daylie dois aspyir, crawe, 
and seik to hawe forder liberties and preuileges nor is speciallie sett 
doun, expressit, and contenit in the indenture and contract maid betuixt 
the prouest, baillies, counsall, and brether of gild of this burght, on the 
ane pairt, and the saidis craftis, on the vther pairt, of the dait, at Abir- 
dene the [ ] day of [ ] the yeir of God j m v c four scoir 

fourtene yeris, and hes intendit to crawe als lairge and ampill liberteis 
as the brether of gild hes, and presentlie injoyis, nochtwith standing that 
be the said contract, thay be theirfra restrainit : for remeid quharof, statut, 
deuysit, thocht guid and expedient, that thair sal be na craftisman maid 
free, nor burges of this burght in tyme cumming, be the prouest, baillies, 
and consall therof, bot sic as sail solemnitlie and publictlie swear, the 
tyme of the admissioun of thame of frie burgessis and craftismen, and 
giving of thair ayth of fidelitie, that thay sail keip and observe the said 
contract in euerie poynt, never reclame theirfra, nor seik, crawe, nor 
aspyre any farder libertie or preuilegis, nor is speciallie grantit to thame 
be the said contract, and decreit arbitrall theirin mentionat, and that the 
act of thair creatioun as burgessis contene the samyn in all tyme heireftir. 



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9th July, Folio wis the tenour of the decreit arbitrall pronouncit be the commis- 
sionaris of burro wis, anent the votis of the craftismen of this burght, 
in chesing of the magistrattis and office men of the samyn, decernit 
to be registrat ad Juturam rei memoriam. 

At Abirdene, the fyfth day of July, the yeir of God j m v c fourscoir and 
sextene yeris, the quhilk day in presence of the commissionaris of bur- 
rowis vnder subscryvand, being convenit in thair generall convention, 
hauldin at the said burght, comperit Thomas Menzeis of Durne, prouest 
of the said burght of Abirdene, and Alexander Rutherfurd, commissionaris 
for the said burght, on that ane pairt, and Mathow Guyld, dekyn of the 
hammermen ; Johne Kempt, dekyn of the baxteris ; Dauid Watsone, 
dekyn of the tailzeouris ; Dauid Castell, dekyn of the wobsteris ; Johne 
Merser, saidler ; Alex r< Stevin, baxter, procuratouris, and havand power 
of the remanent dekynnis, and brether of the craftis of the said burght, 
for thame selffis, and tackand the burding vpon thame for the remanent 
bretheren of the craftis of the said burght, on that vther pairt, and sub- 
mittit thame selffis to the amicabill decision of the saidis commissionaris 
of burrowis, anent the difference and question betuixt the saidis pairteis, 
concerning the nummer of the craftismen of the said burght, quhilk suld 
have voit yeirlie in election of the magistrattis of the samen, at the feist 
of Michaelmas, and quhatsumeuer the saidis commissioneris of burrowis 
suld decerne thairintill, promeist to hauld the samyn ferme and stabill, 
but reuocatioun, and wer content that thair decreit to be gevin in the said 
mater, suld be insert and registrat in the buikis of counsall, or commissaris 
buikis of Abirdene, with executioun of horning vpon ten dayes warning to 
pas thervpon ; and the saidis commissionaris of burrowis having hard 
bayth the saidis pairteis, efter reasoning and debating of the said mater 
amangis thame selffis, findis and delyueris, and in amicabill waye decernis 
and ordanis, that in all tyme cumming, yeirlie and ilk yeir, the tyme of 
the electioun of the saidis magistrattis, thair salbe twa craftismen of the 
auld counsall, and twa of the new counsall, with the sex dekynis of 
craftis of the said burght allanerlie, quhilk salbe ten personis in numer, 
for the saidis craftis, and na ma, to haue voit in the yeirlie chesing at 
Michaelmas of the prouest, bailies, deane of gild, and thesaurer: and 
incase any of the saidis ten personis sail happin to be absent the day of 
the election, it salbe lesum to the remanent of the saidis craftis having 
voit in the electioun as said is, and being present, to cheis and put ane 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 139 

qualifeit persone or persones, in place of thame that sail happin to be ab- 
sent, to have voit as gif the persones absent war personallie present. And 
gif it sail happin any of the prouest, baillies, dean of gild, thesaurer, and 
counsall .of the said burght, auld and new, (by the saidis craftismen), 
quhilkis sail nocht exceed the numer of threttie persones, by the prouestis 
od woit, quhilk mackis threttie ane voittis in the haill, for the pairt of the 
gild brethren, to be absent the said tyme of electioun, in that cace it salbe 
lesum to the saidis prouest, baillies, dean of gild, thesaurer, and counsall 
quha salbe present, to elect ane vther persone or persones according to 
the numer of thame that salbe absent, to gif woit at the said election, in 
and be all things, as gif thay had bene all present that hes woit ordinarlie ; 
and this decreit thay decerne and ordane to be insert and registrat in the 
buikis, in maner aboue specifeit ; with the quhilk, the saidis pairties com- 
promittaris, for interteneing of quyetnes amangis the bowellis of the said 
burght, war content and agreit in all poyntis ; in witnes of the quhilk the 
saidis pairties, and commissionaris, hes subscryvit thir presentis with thair 
handis as folowis, day, yeir, and place forsaidis, befoir thir witnessis, 
James Wynrame, agent ; Johne Nisbeth, servitour to Mr. Alex 1 - Guthrie, 
clerk to the saidis commissionaris ; Johne Sorrett, clerk of Culross ; 
Walter Robertsone, servitour to Mr. Thomas Mollisone, commoun clerk 
of Abirdene. Et sic subscribitur, Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, &c. 

4th August, 1596. 

The samyn day, the consall ordanit Maister George Andersone, 
thesaurer, to deburse the soume of four pundis money, to mak ane poistis 
expenssis to be send to Edinburgh and Dundey, to mak the counsall of 
this burght aduerteist quhat ordour thay tak, anent his maiesties desyre 
in furnesing of fyve hundreth men be the burrowis, and thrie midling 
schippis, to pas to the His for subdewing of the hieland men, and bringand 
thame vnder his majesties obedience, quhilk thay ordane the thesaurer to 
do with all diligence, and the said sowme to be allowit to him in his 
comptis, and ordanit the clerk to mak twa missives, ane to Edinburgh 
and ane vther to Dundy, to the effect forsaid. 



August, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, adwysing vpon the 
toun of Edinburghis missive direct to thame, for the answer of thair letter, 



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send obefoir to the prouest, baillies, and counsall of Edinburght, vnder- 
standing theirby that the said toun of Edinburght was traveling for thame 
selffis, with his maiestie and lordis, concerning the present raid towardis 
the ilis, and mater of the custumes, and that thay haue navayes maid the 
consall foirsene be thair letter, quhat resolutioun they had tane theiranent, 
declaring that thay war to folow ane separat course, seing that the sex 
burrowis had slaklie handlit the saidis materis, and considdering the 
perrell that may folow and ensew to this burght and inhabitantis theirof, 
gif sum tymous remeid be not prouydit for eschewing of sic perrell as the 
toun may incur, for not obeying of his maiesties proclamatioun anent the 
said raid to the ilis, and meting of his maiesties leutenent at Dumbartan, 
the xx. of this instant, ather be sending thair pairt of fyve hundreth men, 
and furnesing of this burghis pairt of thrie middling schippis, or els be 
payment macking of xii. lib. for ilk man according to his maiesties letter 
direct theiranent ; and the tyme now approching neir, and being sa schort, 
thocht meit, expedient, and concludit, that ane commissionar suld be chosin 
for this burght, and send in all possibill diligence to Edinburgh, or quhair 
his maiestie hapnis to be for the tyme, to travell with his hines, and lordis, 
for this burght, anent the said raid, and for eviting of the perrell of his 
maiesties proclamatioun maid theiranent, and the danger that this burght 
may incur throw not obeying therof, and of his said missive, in agreing to 
pay for this townis pairt of the said men, according to his maiesties letter, 
and for the rigging out of thair pairt of the saidis schippis, according as 
Edinburgh, Dundy, and Perth hes agreit, or agreis, efter the forme of the 
generall stent roll of the burrowis, or sic vther reasonable way and forme 
as the said commissionar may appoynt for the weill of this burght, be sic 
creditt and moyen as he may gett and purcheis, and .als to travell in the 
mater concerning the customes, be the aduyss of Edinburght, and sic vther 
burrowis as sail happin to be convenit, and to do thairanent as thay sail 
think proffittabill for the weill of the haill burrowis ; and to the effect for- 
said electit, nominat, and chesit James Settoun, baillie, to pas as com- 
missionar for this burght, to the effect aboue mentionat, to quhome thay 
gawe full power and commissioun to do anent the premisses the best he 
culd, for the weill and ease of this burght ; and to effectuat the samen, be- 
foir or the town incurrit any danger, be reasoun of not macking present 
payment, anent the furnesing of this townis pairt of the said men and 
schippis, ordanit the said James Settoun to vplift vpon proffitt in Edin- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 141 

burgh, or quhair ever he may hawe it, samekill money as he hapnis to ap- isth August, 
poynt for, in name of this burght, for furnesing of the said men and 1596 - 
schippis, fra quhatsumeuer persone he may hawe the same commodiouslie, 
and to mak securitie be him selff thairfor, quhairanent the prouest, bailleis, 
and counsall for thame selffis, and in name of this haill towne, actit 
thame selffis to warrand, frie, and keip skaythless, the said James, and to 
refound agane the same to him with all coistis, skaythis, expenssis, and 
interes it sail happin him to sustene, throw vpliffcing of the samen, vnder 
the pane of poynding and horning, to pas vpon ane simpill charge of ten 
dayes ; and forder, ordanit the said James to hawe, for macking of his 
expenssis, fourtie schillingis ilk day, during his remaining furth of this 
burght, in doing of the saidis materis committit to him in the said com- 
missioun, and the thesaurer to answer and obey him of the sowme of 
fourtie four pundis money in hand, and gif his remaining hapnis to be 
langer nor the said sowme will extend to, allowing fourtie s. for ilk day, 
he to be reinbursit be the thesaurer of fourtie s. for euerie day he remanis 
attour xx. dayes, the said James alvayes bringand hame with him ane 
sufficient discharge of the said raid to this burght, and of all danger that 
the same may incur, for not passing forwartis to the same, and not obeing 
of his maiesties proclamatioun maid theiranent. Persones of counsall 
present, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest ; Alex r - Forbes, Mr. Dauid 
Rutherfurd, baillies ; Alex r - Steuin, Mr Johne Cheyne, Johne Collysone, 
William Gray, Dauid Cargill, Mr. George Andersone, Johne Kyng, 
George Strathauchin, and Alex r * Stevin. 

16th August, 1596. 

The said day, the baillies decernit and ordanit that all inhabitants 
within this burght, bayth baxteris and vtheris, sail hawe ilk ane thair 
awin rowmes in the commoun mylnis of the same in tyme cuming, and 
thair cornis to be ground in order, as thay happin to cum in, and na vther- 
wayes, and that according to the custume of vther mylnis verefeit in 
judgement. 

25th August, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis the haill toun 
to be warnit to compeir in the tolbuyth the morne, the xxvi. of this in- 
stant, for chesing of taxtaris and stentaris, to stent the sowme of four 



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25th August, hundreth and fourscoir pundis money vpon the inhabitantis of this burght, 
for thair pairt of the furnesing of fyve hundreth men, appoyntit be his 
maiestie to be furnesit amangis the haill burrowis in the raid towardis 
the His; this burghtis pairt of the said men extending to fourtie men, and 
ilk mannis wagis for a moneth, extending to tuelf pundis ; and with the 
said sowme to stent the sowme of fourtene scoir merkis, for the macking 
of the Gray Freir kirk watterthicht, poynting of the samen, and mending 
of the stepill theirof, the said extent extending in the haill, for the said 
raid, and mending of the kirk, to ane thousand merkis. 

The same day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanit the stair 
presentlie begun to big be Robert Donaldson in the north gavill of his 
hous, lyand in the eist heid of the Castelgett, to be demolischit and takin 
doun, and na stair to be biggit thair in any tyme cuming, and that 
becaus it is fund be the counsall that the said stair narrowis the gett, 
and wald be ane gryt ilest theirvnto, and for the skayth sustenit be the 
said Robert in bigging of the said stair, ordanis him to have ane accident 
of tuentie pundis quhen it sail happin to fall. 

The samen day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, ordanis Dauid Car- 
gill, dean of gild, to answer and obey Gilbert Guthrie, younger, messin- 
ger, of the sowme of threttie pundis money for the said Gilbertis labouris 
and panis takin be him, in passing with the said dean of gild to the haill 
wynter and symmer fairis within this schirefdome of Abirdene, sen 
Michaelmes last, and their apprehending and challanging of forstalleris 
and vnfremen, and vsing of the townis letteris aganis thame, quhilk 
sowme, togidder with the said Gilbertis ordinar chargis at the saidis 
mercattis, thay ordane to be allowit to the said dean of gild in his 
comptis. 

26th August, 1596. 

The said day, the haill toun, bayth frie and vnfrie, being lauchfullie 
warnit to this day, be the hand bell passand throw the haill rewis of the 
toun, quhairvpon the berar maid fayth, and convening for the maist pairt 
within the tolbuyth, representand the haill bodye of the town, it was 
exponit to thame be Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, that the counsall had 
receavit a letter from James Settoun, baillie, thair commissionar laitlie 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 143 

send be thame to Edinburgh, anent the mater of the raid to the ilis, and 26th August. 

mater of the custumes, mentionand that he had agreit with his Maiestie 

and lordis of checker for the sowme of four hundreth and four scoir 

pundis for this burghts discharge of the said raid, by thair pairt of the 

furnesing of thrie schippis, and theirfoir desyrit the town, convenit as 

said is, to cheis stentaris for stenting of the said sowme vpon the haill 

inhabitantis of this burght, togidder with the sowme of fourtene scoir 

merkis, appoyntit to be bestowit on the repairing and macking watter 

thicht of the Grayfreir kirk, extending in the haill to the sowme of ane 

thowsand merkis ; according to the quhilk the toune, convenit as said is, 

electit and chesit George Strathauchyn, James Mengzeis, Alex r - Kempt, 

Johne Kyng, Walter Collysone, Robert Gray, George Elphingstoun, 

saidler, and Robert Sanderis, coupar, taxtaris and stentaris, for stenting 

of the said sowme of ane thowsand merkis vpon the haill towne, bayth 

frie and vnfrie, ilk man according to his habilitie and substance, quhilkis 

persones compeiring personallie, acceptit the stenting of the said sowme 

in and vpon thame, and war sworne solemnitlie to stent the same 

amangis the haill inhabitantis, ilk man for his awin pairt, according to 

his habilitie and substance, according to thair knawledge. 

2nd September, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and persones of the counsall of the 
said burght after following, thay ar to say : Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, 
prouest, James Settoun, baillie, &c., being convenit within the counsal 
hous, comperit James Settoun, baillie, commissionar chosin be the 
counsall vpon the threttene day of August last, for passing to Edinburgh 
to his Maiestie, for travelling with his hienes and lordis of secreit 
counsall, for a discharge to this burght of the raid towardis the ilis, and 
anent the mater of the custumes, and efter the declaratioun be him at 
lenth of sic thingis as he had done in his said commissioun, producit ane 
discharge to this burght of the said raid towardis the ilis, subscrivit be 
the lordis of secreit counsall, for the sowme of sevin hundreth merkis, 
payit be the said James to our soueran lordis thesaurer, and siclyk pro- 
ducit ane extract of ane act of the lordis of checker, quhairbe the 
custumes of the realme ar ordanit to remaine in the auld estate quhill 
Martemes nixt, and the counsall forsaid having heard and sene the said 
James diligence in discharging him of <the said commissioun, findis that 



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he has done his honest deutie and sufficient diligence theirin, and their- 
foir dischargit him of the said commissioun, and siclyk findis that the 
said Jaines is super expendit in the sowme of fourtie merkis, by and attour 
the sowme of fourtie-four pundis, quhilk he receavit at his passing south 
fra the thesaurer, debursit be the said James to clerkis, and vthervayes 
cleirlie notifeit and vnderstand to the eounsall, quhilk sowme of fourtie 
merkis, the counsall ordanis the thesaurer to remburse agane to the 
said James, quhilk sowme sail be allowit to the said thesaurer in his 
comptis. 

The samyn day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall forsaid, ordanis 
Maister George Andersone, thesaurer, to pay to James Mowatt the soume 
of threttie sex pundis, ellevin s., four d., debursit be him vpon the pur- 
chesing, passing, and extracting of the gift grantit to this burght be his 
maiestie, for exacting of ane impost to the help and reparatioun of the 
herbrie, and for rasing of the letteris vpon the continewation of the 
generall wapinschaw to November nixt, quhilk sowme salbe allowit to 
the said thesaurer in his comptis. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun presentit to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, be Maister Quintine Prestoun, professor of phisick, craving 
at thame the libertie and benefitt inrespect of his debilitie, being sumquhat 
strickin in aige, and sua not abill to accomplische the deutie without ane 
coadiutor, to interteine ane apothecar and his apothecarie chop, for the 
better furnesing of this burght and of the cuntrie, of all sort of physical 
and chirurgicall medicamentis, as the said supplicatioun at lenth proportis, 
quhairwith the counsall being aduysit, and reasoning theiranent at lenth, 
findis the desyre theirof reasonable ; and theirfor gawe and grantit, and be 
thir presentis gevis and grantis libertie and licence to the said Mr. Quin- 
tine, to interteine ane apothecar with his apothecarie chop, to the effect 
aboue specifeit, during the will of the counsall and the said Mr. Quintines 
guid behaviour, allanerlie. 

The quhilk day, the counsall considering that thair is a gryt resort of 
the inhabitantis of this burght, bayth men and women, daylie to ane 
Johne Gordone, alias Williamsone, presentlie detenit in captivitie in the 
kirk wolt, as a manifest and oppin witche, quha continewallie, quhill he 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 145 

was laitlie apprehendit and tane, gawe himself out as a dum man, and 
speris at the said Johne dyvers and sindrie thingis werray preiudiciall to 
the commoun pepill, quha hes bene, and is yit, daylie seducit and deludit 
be him, to the gryt dishonour of God, theirfor ordanit proclamatioun to 
be maid the morne, be the drum passand throw the haill rewis of the 
toune, that na inhabitant within this burght presvme nor tak vpon hand 
to confer to, nor speik with, the said Johne in tyme cumming in any 
sort, certifeing sic as sal be fund and notit conferring with him, sail be 
causit mak publict repentance in sack cloth, besyd the danger of the 
kingis lawis to be execut on thame with all rigour, conforme to the actis 
of parliament ; and siclyk ordanis ane commissioun to be send for to his 
Maiestie, to be direct to the schireff, for sitting and haulding justice on 
him, conforme to the lawis of this realme, for his witchecraft. 

14th September, 1596. 

The quhilk day, the haill toun, bayth frie and vnfrie, being lawfullie 
warnit to this day be the hand bell passand throw the haill rewis of the 
toun, wherwpoun the berar maid fayth, and convening for the maist 
pairt within the tolbuith, representand the haill bodie, it was exponit and 
declarit to thame be Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, that it wes the voit, con- 
sent, and ordinance of bayth the consallis of this burght, auld and new 
sessionis therof, that the toun salbe deuydit in tua seuerall halms, to vit, 
the Evin Quarter and Futtie Quarter, with the four round tabillis, for the 
ane halff, and the Grene and Crukit Quarteris, for the vther halff, quhill 
the Grey Frier Kirk, callit the Midtoun Kirk, suld be repairit, quhilk is 
ordanit to be done with all convenient diligence, and than the toun to be 
deuydit agane in thrie partages and parochinis, and as it suld fall be lott, 
the ane halff to repair to the auld kirk, and the vther to the new kirk, 
and preiching to be on the Sabboth day, alsweill efter none as afoir none, 
in bayth the saidis kirkis, and on the tua ordinar vlk preiching dayes, 
preiching to be the ane day in the new kirk and the vther day in the 
auld kirk, quhill the said third kirk be repairit, and than the toun to be 
deuydit in thrie parochinis as said is ; and theirfor inquyrit of the toun, 
convenit as said is, gif they wald consent and assent theirvnto, as to ane 
mater and actioun bayth godlie and proffitabill, quhilk desire the toun, 
assemblit as said is, thocht bayth godlie and reasonable, and willinglie 
assentit to the ordinance of the saidis counsallis and sessionis, na man say- 

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ing in the contrar, and for effectuating therof, the persones and inhabi- 
tantis of the saidis Evin and Futtie Quarteris, and four round tabillis, 
convenit, nominat the said Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, to draw the lott 
for thame, quhilk of the saidis kirkis, and quhidder the bischop or Mr. 
Peter Blakburne, minister, suld fall to thame ; and the persones of the 
Crukit and Grene Quarteris chesit Alexander Rutherfurd to draw the lott 
for thame, quhilk of the saidis kirkis and ministeris suld fall to thame ; 
according to the quhilk nominatioun, the saidis Thomas Mengzeis and 
Alexander Rutherfurd, drawing the lottis, the said new kirk with the said 
Mr. Peter Blakburne, fell to the said Evin and Futtie Quarteris and four 
round tabillis, and the auld kirk with the bischop fell be lott to the said 
Grene and Crukit Quarteris ; and heirefter the toun was exhortit be the 
prouest and minister to keip thair awin paroche kirkis on the Sabboth 
day, bayth afoir and efternone, and to be subject to the discipline of thair 
awin kirkis and ministrie, as is fallin to thame be lott, quhilk in the name 
and fear of God thay promeist so to do, quhairvpon the said Thomas 
Mengzeis, prouest, and the said Mr. Peter Blakburne tuik act of court 
and instrument. 

\6th September, 1596. 

The samyn day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, ordanis Maister 
Johne Cheyne, Johne Collysone, George Strathauchyn, Mr. George 
Andersone, and remanent auditouris of the townis comptis, anno 1594, 
to heir the compt presentit this day to Henrie Forbes, vpon the deburs- 
mentis on the spycerie, confectionis, glassis, and wyne at the nativitie of 
the prince, and on the macking of catbandis and certan spearis and 
vtheris particularis thairin, and to subscrive the same, being fund be thame 
ane just compt, and than to be presentit agane to the counsall, and thair- 
efter to be allocatt and allouit to the said Henrie, conforme to the mynd 
and tenour of the ordinances of counsall, gevin to him, for debursing of 
the sowmes theirin contenit, the said Henrie produceand the saidis ordi- 
nances, and schawand tham to the counsall. 



September, 1596. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall fand that the tackis- 
men of the small custumes of this burght, during the memorie of man, 
hes bene in paceable possession of vplifting and receaving of sex apillis 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 147 

and sex engzeounis of ilk barrell appillis and engzeounis, transport!! and 
brocht within this herbrie fra foran nationis, as for the mettage deutie, 
and that als weill of merchandis burgessis of this burght, as of strangeris, 
and theirfor ordanis Martine Howysone, present tackisman of the saidis 
small custumes, to be answerit and obeyit of the said mettage deutie of the 
engzeounis presentlie within this herbrie, inbrocht within the same be 
certan merchandis burgessis of this burght, in the bark pertening to 
Andrew Allan, to be takin of the barrell be the townis commoun metstir. 
Persones of counsall present, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne. prouest ; Mr. 
Richard Irvying, Alex r - Forbes, baillie ; Alex r - Cullen, Alex r - Rutherfurd, 
Mr. Patrick Cheyne, Dauid Cargill, Mr. George Andersone, Alex r - Ewyn. 

Eodem die. 

The samyn day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis Dauid 
Cargill, dean of gild, to gif to Alex r< Tailzeour, alias Checkum, the townis 
commoun poist, ane garment and luiffray, of Scottis blew, having the 
townis armes on the schulder, and the expenssis to be maid be the said 
dean of gild theiron, ordanis the same to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

22nd November, 1596. 

The said day, in presence of honorabill men, Alexander Rutherfurd, 
prouest, and Mr. Alex r * Cullen, ane of the baillies of the burght of 
Abirdene, comperit Thomas Murray, burges of the said burght, sone and 
air to vmquhill Andro Murray, burges of the same burght, and renuncit 
and simpliciter demittit in the handis of the said prouest and baillies, his 
richt and titill quhilk he hes as air to his said vmquhill father, guid sir, 
or ony vtheris his predicessouris hes, had, or may pretend to have, to 
the alterage and cheplanrie of Sanct Saluatour, situat within Sanct 
Nicholas paroche kirk of Abirdene, fundat be his predicessouris, and of 
the patronage of the said altarage, haill annuel rentis and emoluments 
belanging theirto, in favoris of the prouest, baillies, counsall, and com- 
monitie of the said burght, to be imployit and mortifeit be thame, and 
vptackin ad pios vsus, sua that it sail be lesum to the saidis prouest, 
baillies, and counsall to vpliffc the annuel rentis and fewmaillis belanging 
theirto, to the effect forsaid, to be extendit in maist ampill forme of 
dimissioun : quhairvpon William Dwn, dean of gild, in name of the said 
towne of Abirdene, tuik act of court and instrument. 



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\%th January, 1596. 

The said day, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest, in presence of the 
haill toun, convenit this day in thair heid court, opinlie declairit and 
exponit that his hienes, and lordis of secreit consall, had deuysit and 
ordanit generall wapinschawingis, to be maid and kepit vniuersallie 
throchout all the pairtis of this realme, als weill to burght as to land, 
vpon the secund day of Februar nixt, and that his hienes proclamatioun 
is direct out theirvpon, commanding and charging all his hienes lieges, 
als weill to burght as land, regalitie as royaltie, to prepair thame selffis 
and be in full reddines to mak wappinschawis, and gif mustures, vpon the 
said secund day of Februar nixt, weill bodin in fear of weir, in presence 
of the prouest and baillies of burrowis, stewartis, schireffis, and vtheris 
commissionaris to landwart, vnder the pane of tynsell of lyff, landis, and 
gudis, and that for resisting and withstanding of the foran preparationis 
threatned of a lang tyme bygane, for prosequtioun of thair detestabill 
conspiracies aganis Christ and his evangell, quha ar presentlie in reddines, 
intending to arryue in this iland to move a publict wear aganis God, his 
trew religioun, his Maiesties persone and authoritie, and all the guid 
subjectis of this realme, professing the same religioun with his hienes, to 
the ruine and conquest of this ancient kingdome and libertie, quhilk the 
same hes inioyit sa mony agis, that it may be subject heirefter to the 
slaiffrie and tyrranie of that proud natioun of the Spangeardis, quha hes 
maid sa vnlauchtfull conqueis in dyvers partis of the wardill, as in the 
letteris publischeit thairanent at mair lenth was contenit, and intimat the 
same to the haill toun, convenit as said is, commanding and ordaining 
thame and euerie ane of thame, for obedience to his Maiesties charge and 
proclamatioun, that thay prepair thame selffis, and be in reddines agane 
the said secund day of Februar nixt, weill bodin in fear of wear, with 
hagbuttis, jackis, spearis, and steill bonattis, reddie to gif thair wapin- 
schaw, and folow the directioun of the prouest, baillies, and magistrattis, 
and sic as sail be appoyntit be thame capitanes and commanderis, as they 
will eschew the perrell of the said proclamatioun, and schaw thair 
deutifull obedience to his Maiesties charge ; and that nane of the inhabi- 
tantis of this burght present him selff the said day to the wapinschaw 
and musture, vtherwayis armit than with jack, corslett, lang speir, or 
hagbut, and that they present nocht the wapinschaw with halbertis nor 
Dense aixis ; and lykvayes intimat to the merchandis, trafficquaris of this 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 149 

burght, that thay bring hame pulder, bullettis, corslettis, and all vther 12th January, 
kynd of armour, and mak pennie theirof to the lieges of this realme vpon 1596> 
reasonable prices, according to the said proclamatioun. 

\4th January, 1596. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, folowing the direc- 
tioun of the actis of parliament maid anent the selling of wynes, be the 
quhilkis the prouest and baillies of burrowis ar ordanit to sett doun the 
pryces on all wynes cumming within this burght, as the saidis actis at 
mair lenth beris, and having consideratioun quhow the wynes laitlie 
imbrocht within this herbrie be certan merchandis therof, may be sauld ; 
efter detfull deliberatioun had thairanent, statut and ordanit, that na 
tavernar, ventar, nor sellar of wyne within this burght sell any wyne 
darrer nor sex s. viii. d. the poynt, according as the same is sauld in 
vther townis be south this burght, and that they sell na wyne bott with 
the joug messour ; with certificatioun to sic as hapinis to be convict in 
contravening heirof, sail incur the vnlaw of fyve pundis, toties quoties, 
and this statute to induire during the will of the consall, and quhill thay 
tak further ordour, allanerlie, and ordanit intimatioun to be maid heirof to 
the nichtbouris, be the handbell. 

16th January, 1596. 

The said day, the haill toun, bayth brether of gild and craffcismen, being 
convenit within the tolbuith, and aduysing anent the forme quhow the 
purell of this burgh salbe sustenit, referrit the ordour to be takin their- 
anent to the consall, ministrie, sessioun, and dekynis of craftis, oblesing 
thame to folow and vnderly sic ordour and conclusioun, as they suld sett 
doun theranent. 

28th January, 1596. 

The said day, the consall hes appoyntit and nominat the persones 
folowing to be collectouris of the voluntar contributioun and taxatioun 
grantit to the help of the puir, tovit, Johne Fergussone, younger, for the 
Grene quarter ; Alex r< Burnett, for the Futtye quarter ; Mr. Patrik 
Skeyne, for the Cruikit quarter ; and Andro Knowis, for the Evin quarter, 
quhilkis persones compering, acceptit the collectioun of the said taxatioun 
in and vpon thame. 



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The same day, the consall ordanit Thomas Rany and his wyff to be 
tackin and careit throcht the streittis of the toun, bund to ane cart, with 
ane croun of paper on ilk ane of thair heidis, contening this circumscrip- 
tioun in gryt letteris, for thift and ressett of thift, and thairefter to be 
perpetuallie baneist this burght, and this to be done the morne. 

The said day, the consall ordanit the dean of gild to answer Andro 
Leslye, portar of the college, of the souine of fyve merkis, to ring ilk 
Wednesday at tua houris efter none, the Gray Freris bell to the consall, 
for the space of ane quarter of ane hour, with provisioun that the said 
Androw sail nocht be answerit therof except he ring the said bell ilk 
nicht at nyn houris at even, and ilk day at fyve houris in the morning, 
during the space of ane quarter of ane hour. 



February, 1596. 

The said day, the consall considering that malefactouris and enorme 
persones, theiffes, and ressettaris, ijti tymes bygane hes past vnpunischit, 
efter they have bene convict of odious crymes and offences, sum meriting 
death, vtheris banischement, scurging, burning, and tormenting, be the 
schiref, prouest, and baillies of this burght, ather of thame according to 
thair awin power and jurisdictioun, for laik and want of ane persone to 
execut the sentence pronuncit aganis the offendar and malefactour, quhom 
to find it wes dimcill, be reasoune of the hard intreating and vssing of sic 
as hes bene sic officemen and executouris in tymes bygane, be sum of the 
nichtbouris and inhabitantis of this burght, of the meanest and simplest 
sort, without knawledge, in offending of the said executour and officeman, 
ather be word or deid, sum calling him hangman, with many gryter op- 
probrious appellationis, hounding him aff the toun, casting stanes at him, 
and vthervayes injuring of him be way of deid, quhairby the executour 
hes bene forcit to leaue the toune and desert his office, hes theirfor chosin 
Johne Justice to be executour of the sentences of baneisment, scurging, 
tormenting, or vtherwayes punisching of malefactouris be the prouest and 
baillies, quha lykewayes salbe executour of the sentences and domes pro- 
nuncit be the schireff aganis persones condampnit to die or to be scurgit ; 
and to the effect he may execut his office the better without offence, 
ordanit proclamatioun to be maid at the mercatt croce of the burght, that 
na nichtbour theirof, man nor woman, young nor auld, tak vpon hand or 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 151 

presome to offend the said Johne Justice, ather be word or deid, in forme isth Feb., 
aboue rehersit, or any maner of way that may caus him desert his office, 
certifeing sic as salbe fund to contravene the same, salbe puneschit with 
all regour as the consall sail deuyse, and that his hous salbe in the little 
hous vnder the tolbuyth stair, the dur theirof to be reparit, and ane lok 
to be put theron. 

4th April, 1597. 

The said day, the haill toun, bayth burgessis of gild and craftismen, 
being convenit in the tolbuyth to thair heid court, for the maist pairt re- 
presentand the haill bodye of the toun, being warnit siclyk be the hand bell, 
to the effect vnderwrittin, consentit to the bying of the four commoun 
mylnis of this burght, fra Gilbert Mengzeis of Petfoddelis, heretabill pos- 
sessour therof, and ilk man voting efter the ordour of the sute roll, votit 
to by the saidis mylnis, and to gif fyve thousand merkis theirfor, to be 
payit with the four thousand and fyve hundreth merkis restand to the 
town be Alex r * Ewyn, and the vther fyue hundreth merkis to be payit 
furth of the reddiest of the townis rentis, and declarit the same to be a 
verray proffitabill blok for the town, quhilk wald grytumlie augment the 
patrimonie and yeirlie rent theirof, and theirfor willit the counsall to deall 
theiranent with the said Gilbert Mengzeis, and to offer and gif to him the 
said soume of fyve thousand merkis theirfor, gif he wald agrie thairwith, 
oblesing thame to vnderly and fulfill quhatsumeuer the counsall did in 
that mater with the said Gilbert. 

25tk April, 1597. 

The quhilk day, the haill towne being lauchfullie warnit to this day be 
the hand bell passand throw the haill rewis of the town, quhairopon the 
berar maid fayth, and convening for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, 
representand the haill bodye of the town, gawe full power and commis- 
sioun to Maister Johne Cheyne, Maister Patrik Cheyne, Alexander Forbes, 
James Settoun, Andro Scherar, Alex r - Stevin, Dauid Fergussoun, Johne 
Layng, James Stewart, elder, and George Elphingstoun, saidler, or any 
sex of thame coniunctlie, to sett doun methis and marchis of propertie be- 
tuixt the landis of the commountie and fredome of this burght, and the 
landis of Stanyvod, pertening to Andro Fraser of Stanyvocl, and to end 
with the said Andro Fraser theiranent, as thay or ony sex of thame sail 



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think expedient for the weill of the town, for extinguisching of all actioun 
of law that may result or follow heirefter betuixt the toun and the said 
Andro Fraser, and quhowsoeuer the saidis commissionaris, or ony sex of 
thame coniunctlie, findis, decernis, and concludis theiranent, the haill 
town, convenit as said is, obleist thame to stand and abyd theirat, but re- 
clamatioun, quhairvpon Alex r * Rutherfurd, prouest, tuik act of court and 
instrument. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the haill towne being convenit as said is, consentit to 
the bying of the Trinitie Freris place within this burght, yardis and kirk 
theirof, and willit and desyrit the prouest and baillies to deall with the 
heretabill proprietaris of the said place, and to gif the sowme of sex 
hundreth merkis theirfor, of the reddiest of the patrimonie and yeirlie 
rent of this burght, gif the same may be had of that price, and na 
taxatioun to be stentit nor impostit vpon the inhabitants for bying 
theirof, vpon the quhilk lykvayes the said Alex 1 "* Rutherfurd, prouest, 
cravit act of court and instrument. 

4th May, 1597. 

The said day, it being vnderstand to the prouest, baillies, and counsall, 
that the burrowis of Edinburght, Perth, Dundee, and vtheris weill refor- 
mit and governit townis of this realme, hes commodious and convenient 
houssis, callit the townis hous or commoun clerkis chalmer of the burght, 
maist ewous and neir to the tolbuyth and hous of justice, quhairvnto the 
magistrattis of the burght, and oftymes the counsall of the samyn, 
frequentlie reparis, for aduysing of the proces and actionis depending be- 
foir the magistrattis, consulting and deliberating oftymes vpon the effaris 
of the burght, and for sichting of the townis registeris and court buikis 
their put, kepit, and placit, and that the clerkis chalmer of this burght, 
presentlie occupeit be him, and quhilk was occupeit obefoir be his predi- 
cessouris thir dyvers yeris bygane, for the quhilk thair is yeirlie payit out 
of the commoun gude be the thesaurer twentie four pundis, is now becum 
ruynous, navayes decent nor cumlie to the prouest, baillies, and counsall 
to repair theirvnto, to the effect aboue specifeit, nather yit sure nor suffi- 
cient to keip the registeris and court buikis of this burght, in that Maister 
Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk theirof, be reasoun of the insufficiencie 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 153 

of the said hous, is compellit to keip the said registeris and buikis in his 
awin duelling hous, theirfor the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsall, 
folowing the exampill of the saidis burro wis, findis it meit and expedient 
that thair salbe ane hous biggit of tymmer, on the wast gavill of the tol- 
buyth, tua stair hicht, and [ ] futtis in breid, the laichest of the 

saidis tua stairis to be the wreitting hous for the clerk of this burght, his 
deputtis and servandis, and to keip the registeris, buikis, and proces, with 
ane studie in the end theirof for the clerk himself, out of the quhilk 
laichest stair, thair salbe ane dur to enter to the counsalhous, and the 
hichest stair to be ane hous quhairin the prouest and baillies sail adyse 
the proces, and the counsall, as occasioun salbe offered, consult and deli- 
berat vpon the effaris of the toun, and vnder the lachest of the saidis 
stairis, ane convenient place for the flescheris to hing and put out thair 
fleschis to be sauld, and keping and preserving the same from rayn and 
wadder ; and their the commoun clerkis chalmer of this burght to be big- 
git, with commodious and convenient lichtis and passage theirvnto, as a 
place maist commodious theirfor, and ordanis the same to be done with 
sic convenient tyme, as the necessitie of the gryter effaris of this burght 
will permit, and with the reddiest of the commoun rent and patrimonie of 
the samen, that salbe in the thesaureris handis, and with the accidentis 
that sail fall to the dean of gild for the tyme, and the expenssis to be maid 
thairvpon be the saidis thesaurer and dean of gild, to be allowit thame in 
thair comptis. Persones of counsall present, Alexander Rutherfurd, 
prouest ; Maister Patrik Cheyne, Maister Alex r * Cullen, George Knowis, 
Alex r - Jaffray, baillies ; Alex r< Cullen, Dauid Fergussoun, Maister Gilbert 
Gray, Patrik Forbes, Walter Collysoun, Andro Scherar, William Dwn, 
Alex r * Burnett, Alex r< Kempt, Johne Layng, George Elphingstoun, saidler, 
and Andro Watsoun, wricht. 

5th May, 1597. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall past and visiet the 
commoun gett passand fra the Castelhill of this burght towardis Futtie, 
betuixt the croft callit Roundabout, pertening to Gilbert Henrie, and the 
yard and barne pertening to the airis of vmquhill Patrik Strathauchyn, 
baxster, and after ocular inspectioun of the said gett, and diligent con- 
sideratioun had be the counsall of quhat breid the same suld be of, ordanit 
the said gett to be in breid betuixt the said barne and yard, and the said 



154 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

croft callit Roundabout, tuentie four futtis in breid, in all tyme dimming ; 
and becaus the possessouris of the barne of the said vmquhill Patrik 
Strathauquhyn, hes extenditt he barne yard theirof at the south end of the 
same, vpon the said gett, theirfor ordanis that pairt of the said dyck, sa 
far as it extendit on the said gett, forganis the eist gavell theirof, to be 
instantlie demoleschit and biggit vpon the kingis hie gett. 

31st August, 1597. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, aduysitlie considdering 
that the institutioun and erectioun of the grammer school of this burght, 
and all wther burrowis of this realme, hes that previlege and prerogative 
that thair is na uther school within the burght, except the musick school, 
without a licence had and obteinit of the maister of the grammer school, 
and theirfor ordanit that their sal be na maister nor teicher of any 
school within this burght in tyme cumming, (except of the sang school), 
bot sic as sal be subalterne to the maister of the grammer school, and 
sic as sail haue gude will and licence of the maister of the grammer 
schooll to hauld the samen. 

1th September, 1597. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, being crediblie 
informit that Edinburght, Leith, and dyuers vther pairtis of Lowdian and 
south pairtis of this realme, at the gude plesour of God, is infectit with 
the plaig of pestilence, and that the gryter perrell that may cum to this 
burght, is fearit to be the frequent cumming of boittis, craris, and vther 
weschillis fra the south pairtis : and considdering that daylie thair 
cummis and resortis to the herbrie of this burght, fra dyuers pairtis of 
the south cuntrie, dyvers craris and boittis : for remeid theirof, and to 
eschew all perrell that may ensew and cum be sea to this burght, hes 
thocht gude and expedient, that thair sail be no tred nor haulding vsit 
betuixt the nichbouris of this burght and the merchandis of the south 
pairtis of this realme, and that na merchand nor craftisman fra this day 
furth, sail fraucht or bring any schip, crair, or boit to this burght and 
herbrie fra ony port or hevin be south ; and in caice any boit or crair 
cum from any port be south to this raid, not to be sufferit to cum within 
the herbrie : and gif any enter in the herbrie, navayes be sufferit to 
remane thairin, bot to be instantlie repellit and put bak agane; and 



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heirvnto the town being present, warnit be the handbell, representand 
the haill bodie, grantit and consentit, na man opponand in the contrar. 

21,9* September, 1597. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering that 
Willeam Dwn, dean of gild, hes diligentlie and cairfullie dischargit him 
of his office of deanrie of gild, and hes painfullie travellit theirin to the 
advancing of the commoun gude, and besyddis this, hes extraordinarlie 
takin panis on the birning of the gryt numer of witches brint this yeir, 
and on the four pirrattis, and bigging of the port on the brig of Dee, 
reparing of the Grayfreris kirk and stepill theirof, and thairby hes bene 
abstractit fra hes tred of merchandice continewallie sen he was electit in 
the said office, theirfor in recompence of hes extraordinarie panis, and 
in satisfactioun theirof, (not to induce ane preparatiue to deanes of gild 
to crawe a recompance heireftir), bot to incurage vtheris to travell als 
diligentlie in the discharge of thair office, grantit and assignit to him 
the soume of fourtie-sevin pundis thrie s. four d., awand be him of the 
rest of his compt, of the vnlawis of the persones convict for slaying of 
blakfische, and dischargit him theirof be thir presentis for ever. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis that in all 
tyme cumming, the gild wyne syluer that sail happin heirefter to be 
receavit be the dean of gild of this burght, of the burgessis of gild, to vit, 
of ilk ane, four pundis for his gild wyne, sail be imployit and bestowit in 
all tyme heirefter, to the support of honest decayit burgessis of gild, and 
merchandis that hes bene of honest behaviour within this burght, and 
decayit in temporall substance be the provisioun of God, and to na vther 
vse commoun of the town, and theirfor ordanit the sowme of four scoir 
tuelf pundis, gevin vp be Willeam Dwn present dean of gild of this 
burght, to be takin out of his comptis of deanrie of gild, bestowit vpon 
any vther vse nor for support of decayit burgessis : and to this effect re- 
membering that George Strathauchyn, quha buir office of baillerie within 
this burgh dy vers yeris, was ane of the counsall theirof, at sindrie tymes, 
meritit weill in this commoun wealth, and was ane honest merchand 
trafficquer, now decayit in temporall substance at the plesure of God, and 
als that Johne Fergusson, elder, merchand burges of this burght, is 
decayit lykvayes at the plesure of God, in temporall substance, ordanit 



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the said George and Johne to be supportit and helpit, and theirfor 
ordanit the said sowme of four scoir tuelf pundis, receavit be the said 
William Dwn, for the gild wyne of the brether of gild, admittit within the 
yeir of his office, with aucht pundis theirto, mackand in the haill the 
sowme of ane hundreth pundis, to be gevin to the said George Stath- 
auchyn, and the sowme of fourtie pundis to be gevin to the said Johne 
Fergussoun to his support : and becaus it is vnderstand to the counsall 
that the said William Dwn, dean of gild, is super expendit in his comptis, 
and hes not frie siluer in his handis, thay ordane Dauid Fergussoun, 
thesaurer, to pay the saidis sowmes, quhilk sail be allowit to him in his 
comptis. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, for the labouris and 
panis tackin be Gilbert Bairnis, thair commoun servand, in avayting on 
the witches, and vtheris commoun turnis of the town, sen Michaelmes last 
bypast, knawin to thame, ordanit the thesaurer to gif to the said Gilbert 
the sowme of fourtie merkis, quhilk sail be allowit to him in his comptis. 

26th September, 1597. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, being convenit in the 
counsalhous, examining the restis in the handis of Dauid Fergussoun, 
thesaurer, of his thesaurarie comptis sen Michaelmas last bypast, by and 
attour the soume of four thousand merkis. quhilk is destinat and mortifeit 
to be laid vpon land and proffitt, to the vphauld of the Brig of Dee ; findis 
restand in his handis, by and attour the said soume, the soume of thrie 
scoir nyntene pundis ; and examining quhat sowmes of money Willeam 
Dwn, dean of gild, had receavit sen the futting and subscryving of his 
comptis of deanrie of gild, findis that he hes receavit fra the officieris, in 
compleit payment of the thrie taxationis collectit be thame, and for the 
townis pairt of the compositionis of frie craftismen and prenteissis, be the 
space of thir tua yeris last bypast, the soume of fourscoir fyftene pundis, 
tua s., four d. ; theirof to be bestowit on the mending and reparing of the 
Gray Freris Kirk tuentie pundis ; sua that the haill soume in the handis of 
the said thesaurer, by the said four thousand merkis mortifeit to the vse 
forsaid, and in the handis of the said dean of gild, extendis to ane hundreth 
fyftie four pundis, quhairof thair is to be gevin to Robert Gareaucht, mes- 
singer, for his service this yeir bypast, in the mater of the blak fische, sex 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 157 

pundis, threttene s., four d., and the soume of ane hundreth pundis the 
prouest, baillies, and consall ordanis to be gevin to the nixt magistrattis 
and thesaurer, to be imployit for macking of the expenssis of the commis- 
sionar to be chosin for this burght, for keping of the approcheing parlia- 
ment, proclamit to be hauldin at Edinburght the first of November nixt to 
cum ; and becaus it was vnderstand to the prouest, baillies, and counsal, 
that Maister Thomas Mollysoun, commoun clerk of this burght, had 
extraordinarlie travellit this yeir past, in macking of ane register of the 
annuellis, sumtyme belanging to the cheplanis, and now to this burght, 
and als in the mater of the witches, theirfor ordanit the said M r< Thomas 
to be answerit for his pains and labouris, be the said thesaurer and dean 
of gild, of the soume of fourtie pundis of the saidis restis, and Dauid Mar 
for his panis and service in the townis effaris, sevin pundis, quhilk salbe 
allowit to thame in thair comptis. 

23rd November, 1597. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall findis that Maister 
Willeam Skene, maister of the sang school, sail serve bayth the kirkis in 
uptacking of the psalme theirin, everie Sonday, the ane kirk be himselff, 
and the uther be the doctour, or sum of his discippullis, that can discharge 
himselff theirin sufficientlie, and theirfor ordanit the said Mr. "Willeam to 
hawe ten merkis of augmentatioun to his stipend of sexscoir merkis, to be 
payit to him be the thesaurar, of the reddiest of the patrimonie of the 
town ; and becaus the last yeir, their was ane alterage gevin to the said 
Mr. Willeam for the said augmentatioun, inrespect he sustenit a doctour 
theirfor, ordanis the said Mr. W m> to discharge the said altarage to the 
towne agane, becaus the thesaurer is assignit to pay him the said ten 
merkis of augmentatioun out of the townis commoun gude. 

llth January, 1597. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, auld and new counsallis, remember- 
ing that thair was ane act and ordinance maid obefoir, vpon the fourt 
day of May last bypast, in this instant yeir of God, fourscoir seventeine 
yeiris, ordaning ane hous to be biggit of tymmer on the wast gavell of the 
tolbuyth of this burght, tua stair hicht, and ten futtis in breid, to be the 
commoun clerkis chalmer of this burght, and ane hous for avysing of the 
proces compending befor the prouest and bailleis of this burght, and that 



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ith January, inrespect that the chalmer than occupiet, and as yit occupeit be Mr. 
Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk, is auld and ruynous, and alvayes 
vncumlie to the prouest and baillies to repair into, as at mair lenth was 
contenit in the said act, theirfor ratifeit, affermit, and approvit the said 
act and ordinance in all poyntis ; and ordanit Dauid Cargill, present dean 
of gild, with all convenient diligence, to by tymmer and materiallis for 
bigging of the said hous, vpon the said wast gavill of the said tolbuyth, 
and to enter to the bigging of the same, quhowsone the wadder will per- 
mit, to be biggit in forme and maner specifeit in the said former act, and 
the expenssis to be maid be the said dean of gild theirvpon, the counsall 
ordanis the same to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

25th January, 1597. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsell, vpon the supplica- 
tioun presentit to thame be Dauid Andersone, yonger, bering that he hade 
devysit ane instrument, of his awin ingyne, to draw and mak dyellis or 
sone horolages, and that he wes willing to mak ane on the foirwall of 
the said burgh, quhilk suld schaw houris very justlie be the sone, with 
euery moneth of the yer, the langest, schortest, and equinoctiall dayis ; 
and quhen the same suld be perfytit and endit, he wald refer his recom- 
pance for his panis and labouris to the guid discretioun of the prouest, 
bailleis, and counsell, and at their plesour ; quhilk being red in counsell, 
and considderit advysedlie, thocht the desyir of the said supplicatioun 
resonable, and allowit of the said Dauidis intentioun, ordering him to 
proceid in the perfyting, ending, and vpputting of ane dyell or sone horo- 
lage one the tolbuyith, one sic pairt thairoff as salbe thocht meit and 
expedient ; and thaireftir the said Dauid to be recompensit for his pane 
and verk, according to the dignitie and sufficience thairoff, be the guid 
discretioun and consideratioun of the prouest, bailleis, and counsall. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsell ordanit the dean of 
gyld to pay Robert Lyndsey, pylot, the sowme of fourtie merkis, for ane 
gratitude for the sey kart presentit this day be him to the prouest, bailleis, 
and counsell, conteining money guid profitable vreitis, instructione, and 
devyses necessar for sic as treddis on sey, to ony forane countreis, viz. : 
the haill universall see kart of Europ, Affrica, and Asaia, and new found 
landis of America, with the townes armes theiron affixit, quhilk the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 159 

prouest, bailleis, and counsell ressauit presentlie fra the said Robert, and 25th January, 
ordanit the same to remane in the handis and custodie of Mr. Thomas 
[Mollisoun], commoun clerk, quhill thay appoynt ane commoun place 
to affix the samen, quhilk sowme of fourtie merkis salbe allowit to the 
deane of gild in his comptis. 

11th February, 1597. 

James, be the grace of God King of Scottis, to our louittis, Gilbert 
Guthrie, mes singer, our shireffis in that pairt, coniunctlie and seuerallie, 
speciallie constitute greting : Forsamekill as in our parliament hauldin in 
the moneth of December last bypast, we, and the estaittis theirof, con- 
siddering of the gryt impediment that occurris yeirlie, be ressoune that 
sic nobill men and burrowis, hes plaice and woitt in parliament, and con- 
ventionis, as for the maist pairt being ignorant of the ordour and prioritie 
of placis, according to the antiquitie of thair houssis, and the guid offices 
that thay had servit in the commoun weill in tyme bygane, and that 
heirof betuixt nobill men their hes interuenit sindrie controuerseis, for 
rescewing quhairof, we, with aduyse of our estaittis, hes gewin and 
grantit full power and commissioun to Francis, Erll of Erroll, Lord Hay, 
constable of our realme, and his deputtis, George Erl Merscheall, Lord 
Keytht Merscheall, and his deputtis ; Alex r> Lord Fyvie, president of our 
college of justice ; Mr. Johne Lyndsay of Balcarchis, secreter ; Mr. Johne 
Skene, clerk of our register ; Sir Dauid Lindsay of the Mount, knicht, 
lyoun king of armis, and the maister of seremoneis, or ony four of thame, 
to conveine in our burght of Edinburgh, the fyfteine day of May nixt to 
cum, and their to decyd and determinat anent the prioritie and ordour of 
plaices in parliament and conventionis, that everie nobill man and com- 
missioner of burrowis may tak thair places, according as the same sail be 
sett doun to thame be the saidis commissioneris. and to the effect that 
nane be preiudgit in using his lawfull defenssis, and productioun of his 
evidentis for signifeing of the gryt antiquitie and nobilitie of thair housis, 
it is thocht nieit and expedient be the saidis estaitis, that all nobill men 
quhatsumevir, and burrowis, as thay have regard to their places in parlia- 
mentis and conventionis, sail ather be thame selffis, or sum uther in thair 
names, sufficientlie instructit, compeir befoir the saidis commissioneris 
the said fyfteine day of May nixt to cum, quhair thair alledgiances sal be 
hard and thair evidentis sichtit, and everie mannis plaice appoyntit to 



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him, according as the antiquitie of thair houses sail signifie : bot certifi- 
catioun to sic as sail nocht be present at the day, that thay sail not heir- 
eftir be hard nevir, in ony maner of way, to querrell or chalange ony 
uther place in parliament or conventioun heireftir, nor yat quhilk sail be 
determinat be the saidis commissioneris, as in the said act of parliament 
at mair lenth is contenit : our will is, (&c. &c.) Gevin wnder our signet 
at Edinburgh the xxix. of December, and of our regne the xx. yeir 1597, 
per actum parliamenti. 

16th March, 1597. 

The quhilk day, anent the complaynt gevin in to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, by dyveris of the nichtbouris and commvnitie of this burght, 
aganis Mareoun Holland, relict of vmquhill Robert Scherar, for the 
wrangous stricking out and bigging^of ane backyett, in the eist dyck of the 
yaird of the tenement presentlie occupeit be hir, quhilk sumtyme pertenit 
to vmquhill Katherine Rattrie, lyand in the eist heid of the Castelgett of 
this burght, quhilk backyett is presentlie struckin out be the said Marioun, 
on the wast syd of the littill rew, callit Jackis rew, quhilk passis fra the 
Hie Street, outwith the Justice Port, to the Castelhill, quhair never na 
backyett was biggit obefoir, to the gryt preiudice of the towne, to have 
any backyettis or passagis to the Castelhill furth of the yardis of the 
tenementis lyand in the said eistheid of the Castelgett, as at mair lenth 
was contenit in the said complaynt : Quhilk being red in counsall, and 
thay having considerit the same, past and visiett the said backyett, and 
fand that it was navayes lesum nor tollerabill to the said Marioun, nor to 
any vther person, possessour or occupear of any tenement or yard lyand in 
the said heid of the Castelgett, marching with the said Castlehill, to haue 
or big any backyettis, bot that all the saidis back dyckis salbe close, and 
na backyettis thairin ; and that it hes bene in all tymes bygane, past me- 
morie of man, justlie and vpon gude considerationis moving the magis- 
trattis of this burght for the tyme, denyit and refusit to dyvers and sindrie 
personis, occupearis of the saidis landis and yardis merchand with the 
said Castelhill, to gif thame licence to haue or big any backyettis in the 
eist dyckis of thair saidis tenementis marching with the said hill ; and 
thairfor ordanit the said Marioun to big vp and condampne the said back- 
yett presentlie struckin out be hir in the eist dyck of hir said yard, within 
fourtie aucht houris. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 

24th April, 1598. 

The said day, the prouest and bailleis ratefeis and approvis the act and 
statut maid obefoir that na burgess of gild of this burght sail wear bleu 
bonattis, wnder the pane of ane unlaw of fyve pundis, and intimat the 
said ordinance to the toun convenit this day. 

22nd September, 1598. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleis, counsall, and auditouris of the 
townis comptis, being convenit in the counsel hous, examining and hering 
the comptis of Willeam Lorymer, thesaurer, chosin and electit at the 
feist of Michaelmes last bypast, of his intromissioun with the patrimonie 
and rent of the town, doubill gressumes and entres syluer of the fisch- 
ingis and land tackis hauldin theirof, fra the day and dait of his electiouii 
to the day and dait heirof, his charge and discharge being hard, sene, 
considderit, laid, and vnderstand, it was fund that the said "Willeam was 
restand auchtand to the town ane hundreth thrie scoir fyfteine pundis 
four s. aucht d., by and attour the soume of four hundreth four scoir 
thrie pundis sex s. viii. d., quhilk the said Willeam Lorymar, thesaurer, 
is ordanit to pay to the nixt thesaurer of this burght, betuixt and the feist 
of Martemes nixt to cum, to mak out the soume of four thousand merkis 
mortefeit and destinat to be laid vpon land and proffitt, to the vphauld of 
the brig of Dee, quhilk soume of four hundreth four scoir thrie pundis 
sex s. aucht d., to be payit be him to the nixt thesaurer, at the said feist 
of Mertimes, with the particular sowmes eftermentionat, gevin out vpon 
actis to the persones respectiue vnderwrittin, to be payit to the nixt 
thesaurer of this burght at the feist of Witsonday nixt to cum, viz. : the 
soume of thrie hundreth threttie-thrie pundis sex s. aucht d., restand 
awand be Alex r * Rutherfuird ; the some of thrie hundreth threttie-thrie 
pundis sex s. aucht d., restand auchtand be Patrik Forbes, younger, thrie 
hundreth threttie-thrie pundis sex s. aucht d., restand auchtand be 
Willeam Mar, elder ; the soume of tua hundreth thrie scoir sex pundis 
threttene s. four d., auchtand be James Mengzeis ; the sowme of fyftie 
pundis, auchtand be Martine Howysone, with the sowmes efter specifeit, 
viz. : four hundreth thrie scoir sex pundis, restand auchtand be George 
Knowis, vpon infeftment gevin to the town be the said George of his 
halff nettis salmound fisching of the Raik ; the sowme of tua hundreth 
pundis restand auchtand be Johne Leslye to the town, for the quhilk the 



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town is infeft in his land, lyand in the Natherkirkget, with the sowme of 
tua hundreth pundis addetit be Johne Allan, cultellar, vpon infeftment 
gevin be him to the town of his forland lyand on the north syd of the 
Castelgett, extendis and amountis to the said sowme of four thousand 
merkis : quhilk soume of four thousand merkis at the fute of the compt 
of Dauid Fergusson last thesaurer, subscryvit and endit vpon the xxii. 
day of September, 1597 ; and be ane act, maid with consent of the haill 
communitie, the xxvi. day of the said moneth of September, the yeir of 
God [ ] was mortefeit to the effect aboue rehersit, to the vphauld of 
the said brig wark : Lyk as now, the prouest, bailleis, and auditouris of 
the said Willeam Lorymeris, thesaurer, comptis forsaid, yit as obefoir, 
destinattis and mortifeis the said soume of four thousand merkis to the 
effect befoir mentionat, ordaning the samen to be vpliftit furth of the 
handis of the particular persones aboue writtin, at the feist of Witsonday 
nixt to cum, and than to be amassit and laid togidder in ane soume, and 
laid vpon land and promtt quhair the same may be commodiouslie had in 
ane place, be the advise of the prouest, baillies, and consall, at the said 
terme of Witsonday, to the sustentatioun and vphauld of the said brig 
wark, and navayes to be brokin, nor vthervayes imployit, bot perpetuallie 
mortifeit to the effect forsaid, and as to the said sowme of ane hundreth 
thrie scoir fyffcene pundis four s. aucht d., the prouest, bailleis, consall, 
and auditouris of the comptis, hes ordanit the said Willeam Lorymer 
to deburse and pay the same as folowis, viz. : consideratioun being had be 
the prouest, bailleis, and counsall of the gude service and panis takin 
be Maister Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk, in dyvers and syndrie 
effaris and actionis concerning the weelfair of this burght, and quhow 
he painfulie travellit thairin vnderhand to thame sen the feist of 
Michaelmes last bypast, and of the gude service and painfull travellis 
takin be Walter Robertsone, substitut clerk, in the townis effaris during 
the said space, and als of the panis takin be Dauid Mar, in remember- 
ance of thair saidis panis and labouris, thay have ordanit the said 
Willeam Lorymer to pay to thame the sowme of fourtie pundis, viz. : 
to the said Mr. Thomas fourtie merkis, to the said Walter Robertsoun 
ten markis, and ten markis to the said Dauid Mar; and vpon dyvers 
supplicationis gevin in to thame be the persones eftermentionat, decayit 
merchandis and craftismen of this burght in temporall substance, vtheris 
commoun serwandis of this burght, ordanis the said William Lorymer 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 163 

to pay to Issobella Menzeis relict of George Cummyng, officer of this 22nd Sept., 

burght to hir support, sex pundis ; to Nicoll Inglis, merchand, threttene 

pundis sex s. viii. d. ; to William Norie, merchand, threttene pundis sex 

s. viii. d. ; to Dauid Reid, to his support, tuentie pundis ; to James Watt, 

tailzeour, for his help, sex lib.; to Andro Crombie, merchand, ten 

pundis ; to James Moyses, sex pundis ; to Andro Inglis, commoun swesche- 

man of this burght, to by him a luiffray, ten pundis ; to Alex r - Checkum, 

commoun poist, fyve pundis to help to by him a slucht of blew, and 

to allow to Andro Hay, officiar, nyn pundis, bestowit be him vpon 

the macking of slottis and bandis to the meill mercat, with sex pundis 

for the wyne spent at the hering of the comptis ; and becaus the prouest, 

baillies, and consall of this burght, sen Michaelmes last, hes causit 

the said William Lorymer, thesaurer, for relief of the haill inhabitantis 

of this burght, deburse of the reddiest of the rent and patrimonie 

of the town, the sowme of tua hundreth pundis for a discharge gevin be 

his Maiestie to this burght, of thair remaining at hame fra the raid 

of Dumfreis, quhilk suld hawe bene payit be a commoun stent, to hawe 

bene stentit on the haill inhabitantis of this burght, lyk as taxtaris war 

chosin be thame for stenting of the same, vpon the [ ] day of [ ] 

last bypast, as the act maid thairanent beris, and lettres of horning rasit 

theirvpon, to charge the stentaris to stent the said sowme, and the 

inhabitantis to pay the same, conforme to the stent roll : and lykvayes 

hes causit the said William Lorymer, thesaurer, to deburse the sowme 

of ane hundreth pundis for releif of the merchandis and brether of gild 

of this burght, quhilk suld hawe bene stentit vpon thame for sending 

of ane commissionar to Edinburgh, anent the mater of the custumes and 

bulzeoun, as the act maid thairanent, of the dait the [ ] day of November, 

1597 yeris beris ; be reasoun of the quhilk debursment thair hes bene 

na mair Me syluer to the foir, nor as is aboue writtin at the fute 

of this comptis : theirfor thay hawe left to the discretioun and wyse 

deliberatioun of the intrant magistrates and counsall, as the necessitie 

of the effaris and bissines of the town sail require, to stent the said thrie 

hundreth pundis efter the forme and tenour of the actis maid thairanent, 

and to vplift the sam as salbe thocht meit and expedient be thame, and 

that be reasoun that the payment of the said sowme of tua hundreth 

pundis, payit for the discharge of the said raid of Drumfreis, was ane 

taxatioun imposit be his Maiestie, quhilk suld na vthervayes hawe bene 



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22nd Sept., payit, hot be a taxatioun, according to ane ordinance of the generall 
conventioun of burrowis, prohibiting that ony pairt of the commoun 
gude of burrowis suld be imployit in the payment of stentis imposit be 
his Maiestie, bot onlie imployit vpon the commoun warkis within 
burght, and commoun effaris thairof allanerlie. 

26th September, 1598. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, counsall, and auditouris of 
comptis, remembering that Maister Robert Howye had diligentlie dis- 
chargit him selff in the office and functioun of the ministrie, and hes 
receavit na remembrance nor revard of the town for his said sevin yeris 
service, saiff onlie his bair stipend, and understanding that the said Mr. 
Robert may be proffitabill to this burght quhair he now duellis, to vit, 
in town of Dundy, baytht at his Maiesties handis as uthervayes : theirfor 
thocht meit and expedient that the said Maister Robert sail be remem- 
berit in sum reasonable measure, to vit, with ane syluer caiss weyand 
tuelff unces, quhairin the townes armes sal be ingrauit, quhilk is to be 
maid to him with the annuellis and compt theirof, restand in the hand 
of Alex r< Crukshank, collector of the annuellis of this burght. 

The prices of gold and syluer proclamit at Edinburgh the 18 day of 
December, 1598, to hawe course and passage theirefter. 

Syluer. 

The Spanis Ryell, . . . *'^ . f?u . 45s. Od. 

The croce dolour, v i . . /*>;. . . 44s. 8d. 

The prince dolour, . *> . . .* . *?.v . 53s. 4d. 

The fyftene sous peice, tv . . ;>. . r ; . 15s. 6d. 

The Frensche testan, y> V . '** * . ; i ; . 15s. Od. 

The Inglis testan, '..- -,. .+ . r.-/i i*# flici *L*:;; : ?r.ai 10s. Od. 

The auld threttie s. peice, *.<.> . ? -r. # . - ^ ^.i 53s. 4d. 

The tua pairt theirof, . ; >v . -^ fr&u vd&fafc 35s. 6d. 

The third pairt theirof, . . . . *H * ; . . 17s. 9d. 

The new threttie s. peice, ; . .. . . /** . . 40s. Od. 

The tuentie s. peice, . &' :* $-' ^- . v. . 26s. 8d. 

The auld ten s. peice, . . . . .,-; . > . . 13s. 4d. 

The new ten s. peice, . r . . . / f. . . 10s. 8d. 

The half mark peice, . .- . . . 7s. Od. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 165 

Gold. 

The Spanis pistolatt, 3 lib. 4s. 8d. 

The Frensche crowne, .... - ... 3 lib. 6s. 8d. 

The harie ducatt, 7 lib. 5s. Od. 

The gunhoill angell, . 5 lib. 2s. Od. 

The angell nobill, . 5 lib. 5s. Od. 

The doubill ducatt, 7 lib. 2s. 6d. 

The gentis nobill, . ..... 7 lib. 17s. 4d. 

The harie nobill, 7 lib. 3s. 4d. 

The auld roiss nobill, ...... 8 lib. Os. Od. 

The Portugall ducatt, 37 lib. 3s. 6d. 

The Scottis roiss nobill, . . . . . 8 lib. 5s. Od. 

The hatt peice, . . . 4 lib. 13s. 8d. 

The lyoun peice, 5 lib. 4s. 4d. 

The fyve pund peice, 5 'lib. 6s. 8d. 

2nd October, 1598. 

The said day, it was exponit to the town, convenit be Alex 1 "- Ruther- 
fuird of Rubislaw, prouest, that the vnlawis of absentis fra heid courtis 
and gild courtis, and fra all vther assemblies of the haill town, ordanit to 
be convenit within the tolbuyth, as occasioun sail be offerit, be the 
handbell, with the vnlawis of sic as contravenis the statutis of this 
burght to be maid anent the selling of aill, breid, and flesche, hes bene 
sa small in tymes bygane, the samen being bot aucht s., that the same 
has bred contempt of the keping of the saidis ordinance, and repairing 
to the saidis courtis a'nd vther publict assemblies, for the quhilk it was 
expedient that the saidis vnlawis suld be augmentit according to the late 
act of parliament, and that theirfor the prouest, baillies, and counsall, 
had statute and ordanit that the vnlaw of sic as sail happin to be absent 
fra the heid courtis and gild courtis in the yeir, and fra ony vther con- 
ventioun of the town quhairvnto the inhabitants beis warnit be the 
handbell, and siclyk the first vnlaw that sail be takin of the contravenaris 
of the statutis to be maid on breid and aill sail be fourtie schillingis, to 
be vptakin heirefter of the absentis and contraveinaris, quhilk was deulie 
intimat to the town, convenit this day, that thay suld pretend na 
ignorance theirof, quhairvnto the town, convenit as said is, grantit and 
consentit but ony oppositioun. 



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Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall ordanit Alex r - Kempt, 
dean of gild, to advance and deburse the soume of ten pundis Scottis 
money, theirof fyve pundis to Michaell Andersoun, poist, to pas to Dundie 
and Sanct Androus with letteris to Maister Robert Howye, Maister 
Andro Melvill, and Maister Johne Johnestoun ; and als to pass to Edin- 
burgh with informatioun to rais letteris vpon the lait act of parliament, 
aganis the slayeris of blakfische ; and vther fyve pundis to be gevin for 
rasing of the saidis letteris, and signeting theirof, quhilk salbe allouit to 
the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

4th October, 1598. 

Folowis the statutes maid and sett doun this day be the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall of the burgh of Abirden, to be kepit and observit be the 
inhabitantis theirof, subiect thervnto, efter the forme and tenour of 
the same, in all poyntis, quhill the feist of Michaelmes nixt to cum, 
vnder the panis thairin contenit. 

In the first, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ratefeis, affermes, and 
approves the gude and godlie statute maid obefoir be thair predicessoris, 
anent the keping of the sermones on the Sabboth and vlk dayes, bering 
that all maisteris of houshauldis within this burght sail repair to thair 
paroche kirkis, keip and obserue the sermones on the Sabboth day, als 
weill efternone as afoirnone, and also the sermones on the vlk dayes, and 
not depairt theirfra vnto the end theirof, vnder the panis folowing, to be 
vpliffcit of the contravenaris, sa oft as thay be noted and convict for thair 
absence fra the said sermones ; that is to say, of euerie houshalder, burges 
of gild, or his wyff, remaning fra the sermones on the Sabboth day, 
threttene s. four d. ; and of everie frie craftisman or his wyff remaning 
fra the sermones on the Sabboth day, sex s. viii. d. ; and everie burges of 
gild for his remaning fra the sermones on the vlk dayes, sex s. viii. d. ; 
and everie craftisman for his remaning fra the sermones on the vlk dayes, 
thrie s. four d. ; and that everie husband and maister of houshald salbe 
answerabill for his wyff, incace of her absence fra the sermones, and pay 
the vnlaw incurrit be hir theirfor ; and everie craftisman to be answerabill 
for his servandis and prenteissis, that thay sail keip the sermones on the 
Sabboth day, vnder the pane of ane vnlaw of thrie s. four d., to be incurrit 
be the maister for his servand or prenteis, that beis absent on the Sabboth 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 167 

day ; and lykvayis, folowing the exampill of vther weill reformit congre- 
gations of this realme, statutis and ordanis that the wyffis of all burgessis 
of gild, and of the maist honest and substantious craffcismen of this burght, 
sail sitt in the middest and bodie of the kirk in tyme of sermone, in all 
tyme cumming, and not in the syd ilis, nor behind pilleris, to the effect 
thay may the mair easilie sie and hear the delyverer and preicher of the 
word ; and siclyk ordanis, that the wemen of the rankis forsaid, sail re- 
pair to the kirk, everie ane of thame having a clock, as the maist decent 
and cumlie vtter garment, and not with playdis as hes bene frequentlie vsit ; 
and that everie ane of thame lykvayes sail hawe stuillis, sa monie as may 
commodiouslie hawe the same, according to the decent forme observit in 
all reformit burrowis, and congregations of this realme ; and that the 
brether of gild salbe answerabill for thair servandis, anent the keping of 
the kirk on the Sabboth day. 

Item, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall ratefeis and approves the 
statute maid obefoir, bering that na mercatt, nather of fische nor flesche, 
salbe on the Sabboth day in tyine cumming, in tyme of sermone, vnder 
the pane of confiscatioun of the same ; and lykvayes ratefeis the statute 
maid aganis the playeris in the linkis, and at the kyillis, during the time of 
the sermones, with the gude and godlie ordinance maid obefoir, aganis 
sweraris and blasphemaris of Goddis holie name, ordaning thame to have 
full executioun in all poyntis aganis the contravenaris theirof, vnder the 
panis thairin contenit ; and that na tavernar sell nor went any wyne nor 
aill in tyme cumming in tyme of sermone, ather on the Sabboth day or 
vlk dayes, under the pane of ane vnlaw of fourtie s., to be vpliftit of the 
contravenar als oft as thay be convict. 

Item, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, deliberatlie considering quhow 
thair hes bene sindrie actis and constitutionis maid obefoir, be the magis- 
trattis of this burght, aganis regrateris of victuall, and of the meill and 
malt mercattis, quhilkis not receaving thair awin dew executioun, nor the 
contravenaris theirof punischit, is the ground and occasioun of the present 
darth and exorbitant prices of victuall, croppin in within this burght, by 
all wther townis and burrowis of this realme ; and that thair is sic a mul- 
titude of regrateris, and skafferis of the wymbes of the puir, rissin vp 
within this burght, quha hes thair onlie tred be passing to landvart 



168 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

throchout the four halffis round about this burght, and bying the victuall 
fra the laboraris of the ground and husbondmen, befoir the cornis pas to 
kill, quhilk victuall gif it had not bene sua bocht afoirhand wald hawe 
presentit the townis mercat, and bene sauld theirin, and sua maid a 
flurisching mercat of victuall of ane competent and easie price, to the 
comfort of the puir, quilkis enormities langer can not be sustenit, without 
the eminent perrell and wrack of this commoun wealth, for remeid quhairof, 
and for repressing of the saidis regrateris, sa contagious enemies to this 
commoun weill, devoraris and suckeris of the blude and substance of the 
pure, and that ane flourisching mercat may be had of meill and malt within 
this burght in tyme cumming, as was obefoir, it is statute and ordanit 
that it sail not be lesum to na maner of persoun, nather burges of gild, 
craftisman, nor any vther inhabitant of this burght quhatsumeuer, to by 
ony mair victuall nor may sufficientlie furneis his awin hous, befoir the 
secund day of the moneth of Februar, and that na inhabitant, frie nor 
vnfrie, maltmen, baxteris, nor vtheris in any tyme cumming, by victuall 
in smallis throw the cuntrie fra the laboraris of the ground and husband- 
men, and gadder the same in gryt, and keip the same to ane darth, mair 
nor may serve for the interteneing of his hous ; and quhasoever salbe ap- 
prehendit or fund contravening thir presentis sail incur the vnlaw of ten 
pundis for the first fault efter convictioun, and tuentie pundis for the 
secund fait, and sua furth, toties quoties, as they happin to be convict, and 
vlklie inquisitioun to be takin be the dean of gild of the contravenaris of 
this statute. 

Item, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering the gryt abvse 
croppin in the commoun meill mercatt of this burght, be reasoun of im- 
pvnitie of the transgressoris of the statute maid theiranent obefoir, and 
throw laik of diligent attendance to avayt on the same for reforming 
of abuses and disordouris theirin, tending not onlie to the gryt prejudice 
of this commoun wealth, and haulding vp and fostering of darth of 
victual, bot also to the hurt and skayth of thame quha bringis in meill to 
the samen, to be sauld : for remeid quherof, and reforming of the abuses 
and disordouris, it is statute and ordanit that thair sail be na mercatt maid 
on meill in tyme cuming, nor nane mett nor sauld, quhill the hour of 
tuelf in the day, and that nane within this burght presvme nor tak vpon 
hand to tak ony meill furth of the commoun hall, to be sauld in ony vther 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 169 

pairt of the town, bot that the same be sauld and mett within the said 
commoun hall, and in na vther pairt, and that the custumar custume the 
same within the hall, and na vther place ; and als, that na nichtbour 
within this burght, by ony malt or meill without the portis, cuming to the 
mercat to be sauld, bot that the samen present the commoun mercatt, and 
remane theirin quhill the ordinar hour forsaid, befoir or it be lesum to 
any inhabitant of this burght to by, or aril the same ; and siclyk, that it 
sail not be lesum to any induellar in this burght, to by mair meill furth of 
the commoun meill mercat theirof, nor may sufficientlie interteine and 
sustene his hous and famelie, quhill the nixt mercat day theirefter folow- 
ing; and quhasoeuer contravenis this present ordinance in any poynt 
theirof, the contraveinar, efter convictioun, to incur the vnlaw of fourtie 
s., to be vptackin, toties quoties, as thay happin to be convict, but favour ; 
and the bailleis to attend everie mercatt day on the meall mercatt, that 
na disordour nor abose be sufFerit theirin, and to sie the statute aboue 
writtin preceislie kepit in all poyntis. 

Item, it is statute and ordanit that na staibler within this burght tak 
ony uiair for stray, stabill fie, and candill, for a horse, ilk tuentie four 
houris, bot auchtene penneis ; and for the peck of grytt aittis, fourtie pen- 
neis ; smaller, threttie penneis ; and the staibler contravening this statute 
to pay the vnlaw of fourtie s., toties quoties. 

llth October, 1598. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall being crediblie informit 
that Alexander Lord Fyvie, Lord-President of Scotland, is to be in this 
burght the morne, and to mak himselff burges of this burght, theirfor 
thocht expedient that immediatlie efter he be maid a burges, the wyne 
and desert be presentit to him in cumlie forme on the townis expenssis, 
and quhat beis spent theiron, ordanis the thessaurer, or dean of gild, to 
satisfie .the same, of the reddiest of the patrimonie and accidentis belang- 
ing to this burght, to be intromettit with be thame be vertew of thair 
offices, quhilk salbe allowit to thame in thair comptis. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall hes nominat and 
chosin Abraham Cuik to be berar of the hand bell of this burght, pro- 
uyding he serve according to the ordinance of consall maid thairanent 



170 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

obefoir, and tak na mair for his labouris nor is specifeit thairin, and at- 
tend on Patrik Pratt, takisman of the bell custumes. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, findis that Maister 
Thomas Mollisoun hes done wrang in causing rais the calsey, forganis the 
commoun clerkis chalmer of this burght, but licence, be reasoun quhairof 
the water is gorgit and standis on the middist of the calsey, theirfor 
ordanis the said M r< Thomas to caus calsey on his awin chargis 
sufficientlie, according to the breid of the said chalmer, the calsey quhill 
it be anent the middist of the croce. 

\3tk October, 1598. 

Eodem die, nobilis dominus Alexander Settoun, dominus de Fyvie et 
Vrquhart, prseses collegii justicie S.D.N. Regis, receptus et admissus fuit 
in liberum burgensem et fratrem gilde dicti burgi, de communi omnium 
comburgensium eiusdem consensu, absque contradictione, solut. preposito 
quinque solidis, in alba bursa, et prestito per eundem juramento 
solito. 

Eodem die, venerabilis vir Vilhelmus Forbes de Tolquhone, senior, 
films honorabilis quondam viri Vilhelmi Forbes de Tolquhone, burgensis 
de Abirdene, receptus et admissus fuit in liberum burgensem et fratrem 
gilde dicti burgi, jure paternitatis, solut. preposito quinque solidis in alba 
bursa, et prestito per eundem juramento solito. 

Eodem die, venerabilis vir Alexander Burnett de Leyis, receptus et 
admissus fait, in liberum burgensem et fratrem gildi burgi de Abirden 
solut. preposito quinque solidis in alba bursa, et prestito per eundem 
juramento solito. 

Eodem die, venerabilis vir Magister Georgius Abercrummy de Over- 
carden, commissarius Aberdonensis, de nouo electus et admissus fuit, in 
liberum burgensem et fratrem gilde dicti burgi, de communi omnium 
comburgensium eiusdem consensu et assensu, solut. preposito quinque 
solidis in alba bursa, et prestito per eundem juramento solito, et exemptus 
fuit a ly, scot, lott, walk, watche, and ward, et hoc gratis, gratia consilii 
et obtinuit dispensationem sue non residentie et inhabitationis in hoc 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 171 

burgo, tempore future, ex eo, quod dictus Magister Georgius, exercere 
oportet suum officium commissariatus, in veteri Aberdonia. [At the 
sametime were admitted as burgesses, William Settoun of Mvnie, at the 
request of Lord Fyvie ; John Settoun, servant of Lord Fyvie ; Mr. Alex- 
ander Gibsoun, one of the Clerks of Council and Session ; James Reid, 
minister at Banchory Trinitie ; Alexander Settoun, brother-german of 
William Settoun of Blair ; Mr. Thomas Burnet, son of the late [ ] 

Burnet of Slwie ; and Patrick Clerk ; the latter three at Lord Fyvie's 
request.] 



October, 1598. 

The quhilk day it being considderit be the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, 
that the sowme of four pundis money, quhilk wes takin be the dean of 
gild of ilk burges of gyld, for thair gyld vyne, thir yeris bygane, wes owir 
lytile, considdering that of auld ilk persoun maid and creat burges of this 
burght, ves in vse to giff the vyne and spyseis to the prouest, baillies, 
counsell, and honest men of the toun, quhilk would amount to ane hyche 
sowme presentlie, gif the auld custom ver obseruit, thairfor thocht meitt, 
concluditt, devysed, and ordanit, that in all tyme cuming, thair salbe nane 
creat nor maid burges of gyld of this burght, bot sail pay to the dean of 
gild, of vyne, the sowme of ten merkis mone, by and attour his composi- 
tioun for his fredome, as salbe modefeit be the counsell, and dean of gyld. 

The prouest, bailleis, and counsell ordanis in all tyme cuming, that 
Johne Thomesone and Margrat Forbes, his spows, Merzoun Cheyn, spows 
Johne Banis, sail only teycht be thame selfis maidyne bairnis, in all 
tyme cuming, and to haif na man doctour vnder thame, and the contra- 
venar heirof to be depryvit and secludit fra all teching within this burght 
in tyme cuming. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering that 
Meriorye Byris and Merzoun Wychtoun, alias Dowp, hes bene decernit of 
auld to have bene baneschit this burght, for certane odious crymes com- 
mittit be thame, ar not vorthie to remane within ane civill burght, and 
being this day apprehendit trubling this burght, wer ordanit to be appre- 
hended and brinit on the cheik at the markett croce, and to be baneschit 
this burght in all tyme heirefter. 



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Vlth October, 1598. 

The prouest and baillies statute and ordanit in all tyme heirefter, that 
giff ony quhyt fyscher in Futtie salbe fund to by ony muschellis, or a 
gryter quantete of muschellis nor may serue thame for beatt, cuming to 
this burght and merkat place theiroff, to be sauld owtwith the burgh in 
Futtie, or oney vther place, and not at the fysche croce and markett, ilk 
persone convict sail incur the vnlaw of xx. s., toties quoties, to the dean of 
gyld vnforgevin, quhilk statute wes maid in presens of the haill fyscheris 
in Futtie. 

30th October, 1598. 

The prouest and baillies decernit and ordanit William Logan, present 
ferriour of the ferry boitt of Torrye, and the ferriouris theirof after him, 
to mak at all tymes and seasones, convenient, guid and redye service to 
the inhabitants of Futtie, men, wemen, and thair seruandis, as he salbe 
requerit, and to find ane sufficient boitt, with ane sufficient plank on the 
syd theirof to enter theirin, and theirfoir ilk howsholder in Futtie paying 
to the ferriour viii. s. at twa termes in the yeir, Vitsonday and Mertimes, 
but payment of any wther dewtie, to be pay it be thame induring thair awin 
will, and vpon his guid and redye seruice to be maid to thame, and siclyk 
to pay the skait vsit and wont. 

9th November, 1598. 

The quhilk day, in presens of honorabill men, Alexander Rutherfurd 
of Rubislaw, prouest, Mr. Alex r ' Cullen, Alexander Jaffray, and Patrik 
Forbes, baillies of the said burgh, taking ordour with the strublans of 
this burgh, this day committit be Patrik Chein of Essilmounth, and his 
seruandis, on the ane pairt, and Alexander and Nathaniel Keyth, sones 
to Willeam Keyth of Ludquharne, thair freindis and seruandis, on the 
wther pairt, chargeing baith the saidis pairteis in his Maiesties name, to 
find and sett souerteis and cautioneris that this burght and inhabitantis 
theirof (being his Maiesteis regale burght) sail be harmles and skaythles 
of thame, and sail nocht be trublit be thame, thair freindis and seruandis, 
quhome they may stop or lett, ilk ane of the saidis pairteis vnder the 
panes of [ ] money ; for obediens to the quhilk charge and command 

gevin to thame, be the saidis prouest and baillies, the said Patrik Cheyn 
of Essilmounth fand Robert Forbes, elder, burges of the same burght, 



OF THE BUKGH OF ABERDEEN 173 

souertie and cautioner for him, his seruandis, and freindis, that the toun 
sail be harmles and skaythles of him and thame, and all that he may 
stop or lett, and sail nocht be trublit be thame in any sort, vnder the 
said panis ; and siclyk the said Alexander and Nathaniall Keythis sett 
and fand Johne Forbes, elder, burges of the same burgh, cautioner and 
souertie for thame to the effect forsaid, and thair freindis and seruandis, 
that the toun and inhabitantis theirof sail be harmles and skaythles, and 
sail nocht be trublit be thame, vnder the said pane ; and the saidis Robert 
and Johne Forbessis, compeiring in presens of the saidis prouest and 
baillies, become actit souerteis for the saidis pairteis, vnder the pane 
aboue rehersit ; and the said Patrik Chein of Essilmounth and the said 
Alexander Keyth actit and obleist thame to releiff and varrand thair 
saidis cautioneris of the premisses. 

IQth November, 1598. 

The quhilk day, the persones of the counsall following, viz. : Mr. 
Patrik Cheyn, Mr. Alex r< Cullen, Patrik Forbes, Alexander Jaffray, 
baillies ; Alexander Cullen, Alexander Kempt, James Settoun, George 
Knowis, [ ] persaiving the apperance of trubill liklie to arryse 

and follow betuixt the Erll Merschell and his freindis, on the ane pairt, 
and [ ] Gordoun, apperand of Karnburrow, and sum of the name of 

Gordoun, his freindis, presentlie within this burght, on the vther pairt, 
be reasoun of new occasioun this day offerit betuixt [ ] Gordoun, 

brother to the said [ ] Gordoun, fear of Karnburrow, and [ ] 

Kaldwell, dependar and seruand of Robert Keyth of Benholm, and be 
reasoun of the occasioun that fell out yisternicht, betuixt the freindis of 
the said Erll Marschell , on the ane pairt, and Patrik Cheyn of Essil- 
mounth, Patrik Crukschank, and George Cruikschank, his seruitouris, on 
the vther pairt, and that the saidis pairties wer convocatand their 
freindis on ather syd to cum to the calsey and trubill the town, and to 
invade vtheris : theirfor thocht meitt and expedient that the haill 
nychtbouris of this burgh, merchandis and craftismen, suld be convocatit 
and chargit to compeir in thair armis, and speciallie in lang vappynnis, 
to follow the prouest and baillies, and thair directioun for staying of 
trubill to be betuixt the saidis pairteis, and for eschewing of effusioun of 
bloode, and that thay suld follow thair magistrattis, and follow thair 
commandement that the toun may be harmles and vntrublit be the saidis 



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pairteis ; ilk persoun within this burght being varnit and not compering 
in his armour as said is, to incurr the vnlaw of [ ] and that the 

toun be varnit to that effect be the officiaris in particular, bell or drum, 
as sail be thocht expedient in generall. 

Wth November, 1598. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, inrespect that Maister 
Willeam Skene, last maister of the sang schooll of this burght, is laitlie 
depairtit this lyff, and considdering gif the said schooll be dissolvit and 
skaillit, it will tend to the preiudice of the youth of this town, and vnder- 
standing Johne Leslye, in Kyntor, to be a qualefeit mvsician, albeit he can 
not instruct his scholeris in playing, theirfor to the effect that the schooll 
suld nocht dissolve, and quhill a qualefeit man be provydit to occupie the 
place, hes appoyntit and nominat the said Johne Leslye to teich the 
musick schooll of this burgh, quhill the feist of Candilmes nixt to cum 
allanerlie, and ordanit him to hawe the sowme of tuentie merkis for his 
panis during the said space, to be payit to him be the thesaurer of this 
burght, besyd the scholedge deutie to be takin be him of his scholeris, 
conforme to vse and wount, and the said Johne Leslye being present, ac- 
ceptit the charge forsaid in and vpon him, vpon the conditionis aboue 
specifeit, and promittit faythfullie to leaue the said charge quhensoever 
the prouest, baillies, and consell thinkis expedient. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsale ordanit Alexander 
Kempt, deane of gild, to answer and pay to Walter Robertsoune, substitut 
clerk, the sowme of ten pundis monee for the expenssis and chargis de- 
bursit be the said Walter, at command of the prouest and baillies in 
Edinburgh, in this instant moneth, vpon the raising of letteris vpon the 
new act of parliament maid in the moneth of December last bypast, to 
charge the baronis, erlis, lordis, gentilmen, and frehaldaris hawand landis 
Hand adiacent and contigue to the ryvaris and watteris of Dee and Done, 
and thair branschis, to find cautioun actit in the buickis of the secreit 
counsale, vnder the panes of soumes of monee, that thay, thair seruandis, 
tennentis, occupearis of thair saidis landis, nor na vtheris quhome they 
may stop or lat, sail slay or tak any salmound fishe in forbidden tyme, 
with any kynd of ingyne, sa far as thair landis extendis to, as the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 175 

saidis letteris this day producit be the said Walter in counsale, quhilk 
soume salbe allowit to the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

8th December, 1598. 

The said day, the haill toun being convenit this day within the tolbuyth, 
warnit theironto be the hand bell, it was exponit to thame be Alexander 
Rutherfurd, prouest, that Maister Johne Skene, clerk of register, hes 
wretin to the prouest and baillies, certefeing thame that he wald folow 
owtt this burght with all regour, for not tacking of a numer of his actis of 
parliament, and theirfor the said prouest inquyrit of the toun $ convenit as 
said is, quhat numer of bukes thay wald tak fra the said clerk register, 
for eschewing of the danger of horning, rasit at his instance aganis the 
towne, and the toun being convenit for the maist pairt, war content to 
tak fyffcie of the saidis actis of parliament, and nominat Patrik Forbes, 
baillie ; Alex r - Kempt, dean of gild ; Dauid Cargill, Alex r . Burnett, and 
Andro Knowis to devyd the saidis fyffcie bukis amangis the nichtbouris of 
this burght effcer thair discretioun. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest and baillies ordanis Alexander Merschall, 
mylvart at the nather mylne of this burght, to mak a bak water claiss 
quhair the same was of auld, at the south nuik of Stevinsounes yard, and 
to hauld vp the dyckis of the watter gang sufficientlie for inhalding of the 
watter vnflowit over the sam. 

13th December, 1598. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall ordanis Alexander 
Kempt, dean of gild, to satisfie the wyne and spycerie gevin and spendit 
to the Bischop of Aberdene, lait ambassadour for his maiestie at Denmark 
and Germanie, at his cuming to this burght, for his welcome hame, ex- 
tending to the soume of [ ] quhilk salbe allowit to the said dean of 
gild in his comptis. 

The samen day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, being crediblie in- 
formit that my Lord Duke of Lennox, and the Erll of Huntlie, ar to be in 
this toun this nicht, according to the custume observit within this burght 
heirtofoir in all ages, ordanis the said tua nobill men, in significatioun of 



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the townis guid will and favour, to be rememberit with the wyne and 
spycerie at thair heircumming, and to this effect ordanis Alex r< Kempt, 
dean of gild, to caus present to the said tua nobill men, in name of the 
toun, ane dussoun buistis of scorchettis, confeittis, and confectionis, to- 
gidder with sex quartis of wyne, theirof thrie quartis of the best wyne, 
tovit, hullok and wyne tent, and thrie quartis of vther wyne, and quhatso- 
euer the said dean of gild debursis theirin, salbe allowit to him in his 
comptis. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Alex r - Kempt, 
dean of gild, to deburse the soume of sex poundis, to help to repair the 
grammer schooll presentlie ruynous and decaying, quhilk soume sail be 
allowit to him in his comptis. 

7th February, 1598. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, upoun the humble sup- 
plicatioun presentit to thame be George Strathauchyn, sumtyme baillie 
of this burght, mackand mentioun of the gryt loss and wrak sustenit 
be him, be the tacking and pilleing of his schip callit the [ ] be the 

Spanzeardis, and confiscatioun of the said schip and gudes thairin, 
quhairthrow he is impoverisched and strated with gryt necessitie, and 
now the said George being bound to Spayne to seik sum redres of the 
said schip and gudes, cravit the counsallis ayd and support to further 
him in his said weyage, as at gryt lenth was contenit in his said suppli- 
catioun, quhairwitht the counsall being aduysit fand the desyre theirof 
werray reasonable, and thocht it thair deutie to remember the said 
George with sum cheritabill support, to further him in sa honest and 
commendabill a jurney, and thairfor ordanit Willeam Loremar, last 
thesaurer, to pay to the said George, the sowme of ane hundreth pundis 
usuall money of this realme, of the reddiest in his handis restand be him 
at the fate of his last thesaurer comptis. 

\4th March, 1598. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, deuysit and ordanit 
Alex r - Kempt, dean of gild, with all convenient diligence to caus craftis- 
men enter and paynt the chapell in the Castelhill of this burgh, quhilk 
is the townis commoun hous, and als to big ane littill stair of tymber on 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 177 

the same, quhair the auld stair was obefoir, and the expenssis to be de- 
bursit be the said deane of gild theirvpon, the consall ordanis the same 
to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

The prayer to be said vpon the day of the electioun of the magistrates of 
Abirdene befoir the electioun theirof. 

Eternall and everhering God, quha hes created mankynd to societie, in 
the quhilk thou that is the God of order and haittis confusioun, hes ap- 
poynted sum to rewll and governe, and vtheris to be governed, and for 
this caus hes sett doun in thy word, the nottis and markis of sic as thou 
hes appoynted to beir governament, lykas of thy gryt mercie thou hes 
gathered us to be ane of the famous and honorabill burghtis in this king- 
dome, and hes reservit to ws this libertie, yeirlie to cheis our counsall and 
magistrattis, we besech the for thy Chrystis sake, seing we ar presentlie 
assembled for that purpois, be present in the middist of ws, furneis ws 
with spirituall wisdome, and direct our hartis in sic sort, that all coreupt 
affectionis being removed, we may cheice bayth to be counsall and magis- 
trattis for the yeir to cum, of our brethrene fering God, men of knawledge, 
haitteris of avarice, and men of courage and actioun, that all our proced- 
ingis heirin may tend to thy glorie, to the weill of the haill inhabitantis of 
this burght, and we may have a gude testimonie of conscience befoir the. 
Grant ws, deir Father, theas our requestis, for Chryst thy Sonnes saik, in 
quhais name we pray to the as he hes teichit ws. 

Our Father quhilk art in heaven, &c. &c. 

28th March, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Alex r ' Kempt, 
dean of gild, to present to my Lord Erll of Huntlye, quha is to be in this 
town this nicht, for haulding of justice courtis on schuteris and havaris 
of pistollis, the wyne and spycerie : to vit, ane gallowne of wyne and a 
dussoun buistis of scorchettis, confeittis, and confectionis, according to 
the lovabill consuetude of this burght, quhilk sail be allowit to the said 
dean of gild in his comptis. 

6th April, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, ordanit Alexander 
Kempt, deane of gild, to caus present, in name of the towne, to the 



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th April, Covntes of Merschaell, sex buistis scorchettis and cumfetis, with ane 
gallowne of wyne to thair velcum to this burght, it being the first tyme 
of hir entrie thairin, quhilk sail be allowit to him in his comptis. 

The said day, Johne Robertsoun, Johne Fortrie, Johne Schort, Johne 
Hucheoun, flescheris, war accusit be the prouest and baillies for the slaying 
of flesche this day, and haulding opin buith theirwith, expres aganis the 
actis of parliament, prohibiting that ony flesche suld be slayne or eatting 
fra the first day of Marche inclusiue^ to the first day of May exclusiue ; 
and the saidis persones being personallie present, grantit the said 
accusatioun, alledging thay had a warrand to do the same, be his Maies- 
ties proclamatioun publischit thairanent in Edinburgh, and dyvers vther 
burrowis of this realme, quhairfor thay war convict and put in amereia- 
ment of court. 

16th April, 1599. 

The said day, the haill toun, bayth brether of gild and craftismen, 
being convenit for the maist pairt in thair heid court within the tolbuyth 
of the said burght, representand the haill bodie of the towne, it was 
intimat to thame be Alex r * Rutherfurd, prouest, that our sourane lord 
the Kingis Maiestie, be dyvers and sindrie his hienes actis of parliament, 
as alsua be act of his lait conventioun of estaites, hauldin at Halyruid- 
hous in December last, hes appoyntit and ordanit the haill lieges of the 
realme, fensabill persones, als weill the inhabitantis of burrowis as thay 
quha duellis to landvart, to observe and keip publict wapinschawis and 
mustures, all the Monondays of May yeirlie, in tyme cumming, for sindrie 
gude respectis moving his hienes theirvnto, specifeit in the saidis actis : 
and als the said Alex r> Rutherfurd, prouest, commandit and chargit the 
haill inhabitantis of this burght, fensibell persones, to prepair themselfns 
for gevin of thair wapinschaw and mustures vpon all the Monondayes of 
May approaching, and to cum theirvnto sufncientlie furneist, and pre- 
parit with corslettis, pickis, speiris, jackis, hagbuttis, and vther wapynnis 
specifeit in his hienes proclamatioun maid thairanent : certifeing sic as 
sail be absent, and als thame that beis present nocht cumming sumcient- 
lie armit, according to his hienes proclamatioun, that the panis theirin 
contenit sail be exactit of thame without favour. And lykvayes it was 
intimat to the town be the prouest, that the townis landimeris and the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 179 

vtter and inner bordouris and merchis of the fredome of this burght, was 
to be riddin and perambulat in the said moneth of May nixt, and theirfor 
commandit the nichtbouris to be in reddines in armes, for ryding of the 
saidis inner and vtter merchis, vpon xxiiii. houris aduerteisment to be 
maid to thame obefoir be the drum, vnder the panis contenit in the 
statutes of this burght maid thairanent, quhairvpon the said Alex r - 
Rutherfurd cravit act and instrumentis. 

The samyn day, the haill toun, bayth brether of gild and craftismen. 
being convenit in thair heid court, for the maist pairt, representand the 
hail bodie, it was exponit and declarit to thame be Alexander Rutherfurd, 
prouest, that in the conventioun of estates hauldin at Halyruidhous, in 
the moneth of [ ] last bypast, it is speciallie concludit and sett doun 

be our souerane lord, with aduyse of his hienes estates and counsall, for 
sindrie gude considerationis moveing thame, that in all tyme theirafter 
thair suld be a pastyme day vlklie, to vit, every Mononday, quhairon it 
suld be lesum to all the laboraris of the ground within this realme to do 
thair awin lesum busines, and navayes to be answerabill to thair maisteris 
that day, for eschewing of the prophanatioun of the Sabboth day, quhilk 
hes bene prophanit be the laboraris of the ground of the meanest sort, be 
schearing of their cornis, and doing of their vther handis labour, be occa- 
sioun that na lassour was gevin to thame in all the vlk be thair maisteris 
for doing thairof, being than occupeit in thair masteris service. And 
als to the effect that the youth, and the servandis, and prenteissis to 
merchandis and craftismen within burght, micht hawe tyme to exercise 
thame selffis in all sortis of pastymes, and speciallie in handling of thair 
armour, quhilk hes altogidder bene neglectit in tymes bygane, to the gryt 
preiudice of the commounwealth of this cuntrie, and that his maiesties 
estates and counsall had dischargit the lordis of sessioun, schireffis. 
prouestis, and baillies of burrowis, and all vther judges within this 
realme, fra sitting or haulding courtis on Mononday, at ony tyme thair- 
efter for the caussis forsaidis, declaring quhatsumeuer suld proceid or be 
done be any judge on Mononday, suld be null and of nane availl, as at 
gryt lenth is contenit in the act of the said conventioun maid theiranent ; 
and becaus the prouest and baillies of this burght hes bene in vse in all 
tymes bygane, to sitt and hauld courtis on Mononday and Friday vlklie, as 
thair ordinar court dayes, and that all judges within this realme ar dis- 



180 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

chargit fra sitting or haulding courtis on a Mononday in tyme cuming, 
conform e to the said act of conventioun, quhilk is alreddie embracit be 
the lordis of sessioun and vtheris judges besouth this burght, theirfor the 
said Alex. Rutherfurd, prouest, declarit to the toun, convenit as said is, 
that he, with the bailleis and counsall, had resoluit and thocht expedient 
to embrace the said act, and to discharge the haulding of ony burrow 
court in tyme cumming within this burght on Mononday, bot that the 
samen sail sitt and be haldin in all tyme heirefter on Tuysday and Fryday 
vlklie, and intimat the counsallis ordinance theiranent to the towne, quhilk 
thay ratefeit and approvit in all poyntis, and promittit to folow and em- 
brace the sam in tyme cuming, quhairon the said Alex r> Rutherfurd, 
prouest, tuke instruments. 

18th April, 1599. 

The samen day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis the sowme 
of ten merkis debursit be Alex r< Kempt, dean of gild, on the desioyne 
gevin to Mr. Charlis Ferme, and sic of the counsall as war with him 
vpon the tent of this instant, to be allowit to the said Alexander in his 
comptis, togidder with the sowme of fyve pundis tuelf shillingis debursit 
siclyk be the said dean of gild on the [ ] of this instant, for the wyne 
and spycerie presentit in name of the toun at command of the prouest 
and baillies, to my Lord Erll Merschall and to his Countes, be reasoun it 
was hir first cumming to this burght, and that according to the lovabill 
consuetude observit within the same in all tymes bygane. 



April, 1599. 

The quhilk day, in presens of Alex r - Rutherfurd, prouest, and Mr. 
Alex r - Cullen, baillies, comperit Alex r< Ewyne, merchand burges of the 
said burght, and at thair command delyverit to Mr. Thomas Mollisoun, 
commoun clerk of the said burght, the prothocall buikis, bund and lowse, 
of vmquhile Mr. Johne Kennedye, notar publict, and commoun clerk of 
the same burght, contenit and specifeit in ane wreit of the dait, at 
Aberdene the nyntene day of September, the yeir of God j m v c fourscore 
fourtene yeiris, subscryuit be Mr. Johne Chein, prouest of the said 
burght, the said yeir, and be the said Alex r< Ewyn and Mr. Alex r> 
Fraser in sic estate, forme, and conditioun, as is specifeit in the said 
wreit, contening the delyuerance theirof to the said Alex r - Ewyne; 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 181 

quhilkis buikes, bund and lowse, war visitit be the said Alex r - Rutherfurd, 
prouest, Mr. Alex r> Cullen, baillie, and be the said Mr. Johne Cheyne 
this day, and war fundin in the same estate and conditioun, and na war 
nor they war at the macking of the said wreit, and the said Alexanderis 
re sett theirof, and gevin to the said Mr. Thomas in keping, till the 
consal tak forder order thairwith. 

30th April, 1599. 

The quhilk day, George Trowp, merchand, wes convict and put in 
amerciament of court for trubling of the toun, and drawin of ane dager 
and wynding of Archibald Burnet, flescher, in the heid thairwith ; to 
forbeir, &c. ; and siclyk, Alexander Tullidaff, merchand, wes convict and 
put in amerciament, for the thrawing of ane flescher aix out Androw 
Blakheris hand, and thairwith hurting the said Androw in the [ ] hand 
and drawing of his blood ; to forbear ; William Lousoun, merchand, becam 
cautioun for thair vnlawis, as the counsell suld modifie, and that the said 
George nor Alexander suld not truble the toun heirefter, and they actit 
thame to releif thair cautioner. 

9th May, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Alex r> Kempt, 
dean of gild, to gif to Alex r ' Warrak, warkman, fourtie s. money, to be 
gevin be him to the harbour, to help to cuir the hand quhilk was hurt the 
last Mononday in the publict vapinschaw, and ordanis the said soume to 
be allowit to the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun gevin in to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, be Maister Thomas Leslye, burges of the said burght, 
craving of the counsall that thay wald caus repair the ruynous and 
decayit calsey at the town end, quhilk passis towards the cruvis, seing 
dyvers of the cuntriemen and of the inhabitantis of this burght ar 
grytumlie intrest in the wynter day, throw the insufficiencie and hoillis 
in the said calsey ; quhilk wark of the repairing and bigging of the 
said calsey, the said Mr. Thomas was content to vndertak vpon him, and 
to perfytt the same in all convenient diligence, he being satisfeit be the 
counsall according to thair wyse considerationis for the samen, as at 
mair lenth was contenit in the said supplicatioun : quhilk being red in 



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counsall, and theirwith thay being advysit, findis the desyre thairof verie 
reasonable, and theirfor ordanis the sowme of ane hundreth merkis 
to be payit to the said Mr. Thomas be the thesaurer or dean of gild, of 
the reddiest of the patrimonie or accidentis belanging to the toun, being 
in thair handis at the completing and nnisching of the wark, the samen 
being biggit be the advyse of Dauid Andersoun, maister of the kirkwark, 
quhom the counsall hes appoyntit to be over sear of the said wark, and 
ordanis the said soume to be allowit to the said thesaurer or dean of gild 
in thair comptis. ST/OKI 1 

The said day, in presence of the prouest, baillies, and counsall, com- 
perit Maister Alexander Fraser, burges of the said burght, and submittit 
and referrit to the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsall, quhat satisfactioun 
and gratitude salbe gevin to him be the toun for his richt and titile of the 
prothogale buikis of vmquhill Maister Johne Kennedy, notar, sumtyme 
commoun clerk of the said burght, promitting and oblesing him faythfullie 
to accept quhatsumeuer gratitude the counsall suld think expedient to be 
gevin to him for the richt of the saidis prothogall buikis, and for any 
proffitt or commoditie he may crawe for the extracting and transsuming 
of any instrumentis furth of the same in any tyme cumming, and never 
to claime nor pretend any richt to the saidis buikis heirefter, bot that the 
samen remane in the custodie and keping of the commoun clerk of the 
burght in all tyme cumming, to the effect thay may be extant to all 
pairties having to do theirwith ; and the prouest, baillies, and counsall, 
considdering that the said Mr. Alexander hes denudit himself of the saidis 
prothogall buikis, and that the samen ar alreddie put in the custodie and 
keping of Maister Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk of this burght, and 
vnderstanding that the said Mr. Alex r< had a richt of the samen buikis, 
maid to him be the said vmquhile Maister Johne in his letter will, their- 
for thocht it agreabill to equitie and reasoun, that the said Mr. Alexander 
hawe sum gratitude for his richt of the saidis buikis, and of any com- 
moditie or proffitt he may clame for the extracting or transsuming of any 
instrument furth theirof in tyme cumming ; and advysing quhat gratitude 
and satisfaction sail be gevin to him for the same, and considdering 
therwith that dyvers of the inhabitantis and nichtbouris of this burght 
may be grytumlie preiudgit in cace the saidis buikis war abstractit and 
not put in publict custodie, to be extant to all havand entres as said ia f 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 183 

concludit and resoluit to gif to the said Maister Alexander the sowme of 
fourscoir pundis money, for his full richt and titill quhilk he hes or may 
clame, or pretend to the saidis prothocall buikis, or to ony proffitt or 
commoditie he may hawe or crawe, for the extracting or transsuming 
of any instrument furtth of the saidis buikis in tyme cumming, to be payit 
to him as followis, viz. : becaus the said Maister Alexander is restand 
auchtand to the town the sum of fourtie pundis for the fewmaill of the 
landis of Frosterhill, of the Martemes terme, fourscoir sevintene, Witson- 
day and Martemes termes, fourscoir auchtene, and Witsonday terme 
approaching, fourscoir nyntene, theirfor dischargis the said Maister 
Alexander of the said fourtie pundis for the said four termes fewmaill 
of the saidis landis, simpliciter and for euer, and ordanis thir presentis 
to be a sufficient acquittance to him thairanent, and the soume of vther 
fourtie pundis in compleit payment of the said fourscoir pundis, to be 
payit to the said Mr. Alexander be Dauid Fergussoun, thesaurer, of the 
reddiest of the townis rent in his handis, quhilk sail be allowit to him in 
his comptis ; and the said Mr. Alex n being personallie present, acceptit 
and was content with the counsallis ordinance aboue specifeit, and for 
the said sowm of four scoir pundis, voluntarlie renuncit and dischargit all 
richt, clame, and entres quhilkis he hed, hes, or may have, to the saidis 
prothogale buikis or any of thame, ather be vertew of the legacie or as- 
signatioun of the said vmquhill Mr. Johne Kennedy, or be ony vther richt 
quhatsumeuer in favouris of the said toune of Aberdene, and thair suc- 
cessoris, with all commoditie or proffitt he may ask or crave for the 
extracting or transsuming of ony instrument furth of the same, and con- 
sentit that the saidis buikis remane in all tyme cumming with the said 
toune of Abirdene, and thair successoris, to be kepit be thame, or vther- 
wayes put in sic custodie and keping as sail be thocht expedient be the 
counsale for the tyme. 



The said day, William Skene was convict be the depositionis of dyvers 
famous witnessis, sworne and examinat, for cumming this day to Maister 
Robert Chalmeris pleuch, being gangand in the territorie of Futtie and 
fredome of the said burght, and thair aganis all law and equitie, be forme 
of bangstrie, cutting with his knyff the theattis of the said pleucht, and 
stricking the said Mr. Robert in the breist with his neff, and minassing of 
him and his servandis, and staying of his pleucht to gang ; to forbear. 



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9th May, Thomas Gumming, catioun for the said William, that the toun sail nocht 
be trublit be him, and W m - Gray, cautioun for the said Mr. Robert, for the 
sam effect, ilk ane vnder the pane of j c * lib. 

I5tk May, 1599. 

The said day, Mariorie Hacquett was convict and put in amerciament of 
court for the sklandering of Elspett Dalgarnocht, in calling hir baneist 
harlott, and that sho had sustenit Johne Lawson, his wyff and houshald, 
on hir maisteris geir sen Martemes last, and siclyk the said Mariorie was 
convict for sklandering and iniuring of the said Johne Lason, in calling 
him theiff and resseit, and that his hous was sustenit be the stowin geir 
ressett be him fra the said Elspet Dulgarnocht, to forbear in tyme 
cumming, and to mend as law will ; and siclyk the said Elspet Dulgar- 
nocht and Johne Lason wer convict for calling of the said Maige 
Hacquett baneist harlott, and the said Mariorie Hacquett was instantlie 
ordanit to be had to the joggis. 

May, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, considdering that 
William Skene was convict, vpon the nynt of this instant, for cumming to 
Maister Robert Chalmeris pleucht, being gangand in the territorie of 
Futtie, and ther cutting with a knyff of the theattis of the said Mr. 
Robertis pleucht, and minassing of him and his seruandis, and staying 
of his pleucht to gang, as the act of his conviction beris, theirfor adiudgit 
the said Willeame in ane vnlaw of ten pundis, to be payit be him to the 
dean of gild vnforgevin, but preiudice of the amendis to be maid be him 
to the partie, quhenas the same beis requyrit ; and siclyk the counsall 
considdering that the said Willeame hes bene convict sen Michaelmes 
last for the dinging of ane officier, executour of the commissaris letteris, 
and that this present convictioun is sic ane rair offence, as the lyk hes 
not bene sene in this burght heirtofoir, theirfor decernis and declaris that 
gif the said Willeam beis convict in tyme cumming for the lyk offences, 
that he sail be deposit of his fredome of this burght, never to be receavit 
agane thairefter. 

; The quhilk day, anent the complaynt gevin in be the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, vpon the nynt of this instant, and continewit to this day, in 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 185 

name of the nichtbouris, burgessis, and craffcismen of this burght, aganis 
Willeam Buchan, merchand of the samen, berand that the inhabitantis 
of this burght, burgessis of gild and craftismen, being convenit at 
command of his Maiesties actis and proclamatioun, and be command of 
the magistrattis of this burght, in armes on Mononday the sevint of this 
instant, for geving of thair vapinschaw and musture, and being rankit 
and put in ordour, passand fra the croce of the samyn burght, folowand 
thair magistrattis and leaderis to the linkis, agetvardis to the Justice 
Port, Patrik Annand, sone to the Laird of Ochterellon, with certane 
vtheris persones, being on horsbak, and having contemptuouslie red 
throw the rankis, and brak thame, with qwhome the said Willeam 
Buchan, being ane merchand of gild of this burght, was on horsbak 
lykvayes, with the said Patrik and vtheris his complices, and sua socht 
lordschip contrar this burght, violat the ayth gevin be him the tyme of 
his admitting in ane burges of gild, in that the towne being in armes 
and passing to thair mustures, did nocht joyne himself as ane of thair 
nvmer with thame, nather enterit in ordour nor rank with the nicht- 
bouris of the same, bot red in rout with the Lairdis of Auchmakoy and 
Auchterellon, and tuke plane pairt with the said Patrik Annand and his 
complices in drawing of a dager to dyvers nichtbouris of this burght, 
desyrand theirfor the prouest, baillies, and counsall, to tak sic ordour 
thairanent, as the said William may be condignelie pvneist for the said 
offence, committit in nianer befoir specifeit, to terrific vtheris to commit 
the lyke in ony tyme heirefter, as in the said complaynt at mair lenth 
was contenit ; the said William being personallie warnit, in presence of 
the counsall, vpon the said nynt day of Maii instant, to answer to the 
said complaynt, and to heir and sie tryell and ordour taken thairanent, 
being callit and nocht comperand, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, 
with the counsall of the yeir preceding, being for the maist pairt convenit 
in the counsalhous, having red and considderit agane the said complaynt, 
quhilk was vpon the said nynt day red to the said Willeame, and be 
reasoun of his non-comperance and contumacie, efter detfull tryell and 
inquisitioun had vpon the heidis of the said complaynt, findis that the 
said Willeam hes done wrang in not joning himself to the nichtbouris of 
this burght, vpon the said sevint day of Maij, and in accumpanyeing the 
said Laird of Auchmakoy on horsbak the same day, and misbehaving 
himself to the magistrattis and nichtbouris of this burght, quhairanent 

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they convictit the said William, and decernit him in amerciament, and 
continewit the setting doun of his punischement and amendis for the 
said offence, to this day aueht dayes. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Mr. Thomas 
Mollison, commoun clerk, to delyuer to Patrik Forbes, baillie, the townis 
chartour, maid be vmquhill King James the Fourt, of the dait, at Edin- 
burgh the xvii. day of August, j m v c ellevin yeris, berand that na woll, 
skin, hyd, nor victuall, sail be transportit furth of the shire of Aberdene 
vncustumat, be quhatsumeuer persones, to be vsit be the said Patrik in 
the suspensioun, rasit aganis him be the barronis of Buchan, quhilk 
chartour the said Patrik instantlie receavit fra the said Mr. Thomas, and 
obleist him to delyuer the same agane to him, betuixt and the first day 
of August nixt to cum. Patrik Forbes, bailzei. 

23rd May, 1599- 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall ordanis Alex r< Kempt, 
dean of gild, to answer and pay to Thomas Ballantyne ane roise nobill, 
for his panis takin on the [ ] day of this instant, in instructing of 

certane young men and nichtbouris of the town to handill thair hagbuttis 
and pickis, in the Linkis of this burght, and alse to gif to my Lord Orknayes 
trumpetour, quha was present the said day, ane croun of the sone, quhilk 
salbe allowit to the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

15th June, 1599. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and consale, with aduyse of the 
ministrie and sessioun, hes thocht gud that thair be ane fast and humilia- 
tioun of the inhabitantis of this burght, on Sonday nixt, the xvii. of this 
instant, and that the saidis inhabitantis repair to the kirkis of this burght, 
to the hering of the word of God sincerlie prechit and red, keip the kirkis 
fra murning to the efternoon sermonis be endit, and for entreating God of 
his merceis for seasonable wedder and dropping schouris of rayne, to the 
comfort of the fructis and cornis presentlie growand on the ground, wid- 
derit at the gud pie sour of God be ane gryt droucht and blastering wyndis, 
for the sinnis and offences of the people, provoking Goddis wratht, and 
that the drum sail pas throcht the stretis of the burght, and mak intima- 
tioun heirof to the haill inhabitantis, certifeing sic as salbe found out of 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 187 

kirkis the said day, or contrauening this ordinance, efter tryall, the persoun 
convict therof to incur the vnlaw of five poundis on forgevin. 

20th June, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis the soume of 
tuentie poundis to be gevin to Dauid Andersoun, plumber, commoun ser- 
vand to the towne, for his panis, labouris, and expenssis takin in macking 
of ane orlage in the commoun clerkis chalmar, quhilk is the townis com- 
moun hous, to be payit to the said Dauid be the thesaurer or dean of gild, 
betuixt and Michaelmes nixt to cum. 



June, 1599. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and gryt pairt of the counsall of 
the said burght, past to the commoun passages and gettis passand to and 
fra the said burght, and visiett the samen, and speciallie the gett passand 
fra the Justice Port to the Linkis of the said burght, and fand that the 
said gett, quhilk suld be fyftene futtis of breid in all partis, was nidderit 
on bayth the syddis therof, be William Skene and his tenentis of the Sow 
croft adiacent thairto, on the south pairt, and be Johne Kennedy, consta- 
bill of Abirdene, and his tenentis, occupearis of the croft adiacent thairto, 
on the north pairt, be earing of the same, and sawing of cornis thervpon, 
and that theirby they had committit purpresture in niddering of the kingis 
commoun gett, and sawing of cornis theirvpon, as said is ; and theirefter, 
passing to the wynd callit Garvockis Wynd, at the north end of the toun 
of Futtie, be the quhilk wynd and gett the artailzerie and munitioun of 
the said burght of auld, in tyme of wear, for defence of this burght, wer 
wount to be careit to the blokhous, fand that the said wynd was of auld, 
and aucht to be, tuelff futtis of breid in all partis, and the eist end therof 
tuelff space, and that Gilbert Blak and Androw Ewyn, possessouris and 
occupearis of the aikeris lyand on bayth the syddis of the said wynd, had 
laborit and takin in a pairt therof to thair saidis ackeris, and sua had nid- 
derit the said wynd, and that thairby thay had committit purpresture as 
said is ; quhilkis persones the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis 
to desist and ceis fra all occupeing or laboring of any pairt of the saidis 
gettis, and letteris to be impetrat aganis thame theranent, be delyuerance 
of the lordis of sessioun, quhairvpon Alex r ' Kempt, dean of gild, tuke in- 
strumentis. 



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12th July, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis Dauid Fergus- 
soun, thesaurer, to deburse and pay to Mr. George Greir, minister, the 
soume of fourtie poundis money, for macking of his expenssis in cumming 
to this towne from Edinburgh, at the desire of the counsall, to the effect, 
the inhabitantis of this burght micht hear his doctrine, and for macking 
of his expenssis bak agane to Edinburgh, quhilk salbe allowit to the said 
thessaurer in his comptis ; and lykvayes ordanis Mr. Peter Blakburne, 
minister, to be rememberit for the interteneing of the said Mr. George 
this ten or xii. dayes past in the said Mr. Peteris hous. 

13th July, 1599. 

The said day, the haill toun being lauchfullie warnit to this day, be the 
hand bell passand throw the haill rewis of the towne, quhairvpon the 
berar maid fayth, and convening for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, 
representand the haill bodye, it was exponit to thame be Alex 1 "' Ruther- 
furd, prouest, that at the desire of the counsall, and be consent of his 
maiestie, and aduyse of the commissionaris of the generall kirk, Maister 
George Greir is cum to this burght, and is hard be preching and teching 
in the pulpit to the congregatioun, for a tryall of his qualeficatioun, to 
have occupeit the emptie roume of the ministrie of this burght, be the 
transportatioun of Mr. Robert Howye to Dundie, and seing that they had 
heard him teiche, desyrit of the towne, convenit as said is, to voit and gif 
thair advyse gif the counsall sail deale with the said Mr. George to accept 
the said office vpon his gud will, favour, and lyking of this congregatioun, 
quhilk thay all in ane voce, but any oppositioun, grantit that the counsall 
suld deall with him for his transportatioun to this burght, and provisioun 
of his moyen and stipend incace of his acceptatioun, and as the counsall 
did and agreit with him thairanent, they obleist thame to vnderly and 
fulfill the same, and to pay sic stipend to him as the consall suld appoynt 
incace of thair agriement with him, and in sic forme and maner as suld be 
sett doun and devysit be thame. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, with consent of the 
commvnitie presentlie convenit, statute and ordanit that all inhabitantis 
of this burght that hes ony landis, tenementis, or yardis, lyand adiacent 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 189 

to the commoun mylne burne, discending from the loch to the ouer and 
nather mylnis, sail hauld that pairt of the said burne adiacent to thair 
saidis tenementis, clene of ony red fuilzie or filth, vnder the pane of ane 
vnlaw of fourtie s., to be incurrit of ilk persoun failzeand. 

18th July, 1599. 

The said day, Maister Alex r - Cullen, baillie, commissionar laitlie chosin 
for this burght, for keping of the generall conventioun of burrowis, 
hauldin at Linlithgow in the moneth of Julij instant, intimat to the 
baillies and counsall presentlie convenit, ane missiue letter direct be his 
Maiestie to the commissionaris of the burrowis assemblit at the said 
conventioun, quharof the tenour folowis : Trustie freyndis, we greit yow 
hartlie weill : Considdering the greivous complayntis of sindrie our sub- 
jectis of the merchand estate sustening gryt loss within thir lait yeris, 
in thair persones and gudes, be the piracie of Ingland, quhilkis pairtlie in 
default of myne, and pairtlie throch vnskilfulnes of the pairties interestit, 
hes lyin ouer vnsuted for, or reddressit, to the impoverishing and gryt 
preiudice of our cuntrie ; as lykvayes, considdering that sindrie debaittis 
and actionis commounlie falling out betuixt merchand and merchand, 
our subiectis traficquing in Ingland requeris ane instant decisioun, and a 
judge to be appoyntit for that effect, as we hawe in the low cun tries and 
Spayne, we hawe thocht expedient theirfor that ane of our awin sail be 
depute to mak residence at London, as conservatour of our previlegis and 
agent, als weill to mein the redres of the loss of our subiactis of the 
merchand estate, as to judge of the particular questionis and debaittis 
hapnmg amangis thame, and sua vpon ane speciall regarde and assurance 
we hawe of the loyaltie and experience of our weill belovit William 
Huntar, ane of your awin calling, and nichtbouris quhome we send for 
anis erand for this same purpois, we hawe maid choise of him to be 
preferrit and imployit in that our service, willing and desiring yow to 
wey and considder quhow necessar it is that he be placed for effectuating 
of that our service, speciallie redounding to your particular weillis and 
commoditie, and according to your discretioun to modifie quhairvpon he 
sail be intertenit, ather speciallie be traficquaris within that realme, or 
generallie be the haill burrowis, quhairvnto nocht doiiting of your con- 
formitie, sen this is a mater quhairin ye hawe grytest entres, and a thing 
quhilk we hawe resolued to hawe done, and resting to your answer quhat 



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may be likit thairanent, we commit yow to God. From Falkland, this last 
of Junij, 1599. Sic subscribitur, James, R. And siclyk the said Mr. 
Alex r - Cullen, baillie, commissionar forsaid, intimat to the counsall that 
the commissionaris of burrowis, in thair said conventioun generall, had 
appoyntit a particular conventioun of the commissionaris of the cheif 
burrowis of this realme, quhairof this burght was appoyntit to be ane, to 
convene at Edinburgh vpon the third day of August nixt, for geving 
answer to his Maiesties letter aboue specifeit, and for resoluing quhat 
ordour sail be takin thairanent : and theirfor desyrit the counsall to 
direct thair commissionar to the said particular conventioun, protesting, 
in respect of this lauchfull intimatioun aboue mentioned, that gif the said 
mater be neglectit, the wyit thairof may be impute to the counsall, and 
the said Mr. Alex r - hauldin to hawe done his exact diligence in the 
intimatioun thairof, and thervpon cravit act and instrument. 

23rd July, 1599. 

The quhilk day, the prowest, baillies, and counsall being convenit, with 
ane gryt numer of the auld counsall of the yeir preceding, advysing vpon 
his Maiestie's desire gevin in and producit in wreit be Richard Prestoun, 
capitane of his maiestie's hous, to the commissionaris of burrowis convocat 
in thair generall conventioun, hauldin at Linlithgow in the moneth of July 
instant, craving thair conformitie and answer anent the establesching of 
ane conservatour of the Scottis previlegis at Londoun, for the caussis 
specifeit in the letter direct thairanent, to vit, of William Huntar ; efter lang 
deliberatioun, thocht it nocht proffitabill for the comoun weill of burrowis 
that ony conservatour of the Scottis natioun be estableschit at Londoun 
for dyveris reasones : first, becaus that the Scottis merchandis that 
treddis towardis Londoun careis na Scottis waris from Scotland therunto, 
but onlie gold and syluer : nixt, the establesching of ane conservatour 
their will import ane gryt preiudice to the merchandis of this realme 
that treddis in the north pairtis of Ingland, and vther pairtis of the said 
realme, quha wald be compellit to change thair trade and pas to Lond- 
doun : thirdlie, in cace ony conservatour war estableschit their for the 
Scottis natioun, he wald hawe no powar be the lawis of the realme of 
Ingland to decyd on piracie, in cace ony war committit be Inglismen 
aganis this cuntrie, quhilk decisioun wald belang to the Admirall of 
Ingland ; and for vtheris reasonable and weychtie caussis, and that to the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 191 

granting of the desire of his Maiesties letter, this toune suld oppone 23rd Juiv 
thameselffis ; and to that effect it was thoct expedient be the counsall 
that ane commissionar suld be electit and chosin for this burght, for 
convening at Edinburgh vpon the third day of August nixt, with the 
commissionaris of the remanent burro wis ordanit to assemble thair the 
said day, for geving answer to his Maiesties letter ; and to this effect 
nominat, electit, and wotit, Alexander Jaffray, baillie, commissionar 
for this burght, for keping of the said conventioun at Edinburgh 
the said third day of August nixt, and that ane hundreth merkis suld be 
gevin to him for macking of his expenssis, to be payit be the brethrene 
of gild, merchand traficqueris, as havand onlie entres in that mater. 
Persones of counsall present, Alex 1 "' Rutherfurd, prouest; Mr. Patrik 
Cheyne ; Mr. Alex r< Cullen ; Alex r - Jaffray ; Patrik Forbes, baillies ; 
Alexander Cullen ; Dauid Fergussoun ; Alex r< Burnett ; Gilbert Chalmer. 

The said day, the haill merchandis brether of gild of this burght, being 
lauchtfullie warnit to this day be the handbell, and convening for the 
inaist pairt within the tolbuyth, Alex r * Rutherfurd, prouest, causit reid in 
all thair audience the act maid in the lait conventioun of burrowis, hauldin 
at Linlithgow in the moneth of Junij instant, contening his maiestie's 
letter sent to the commissionaris of burrowis assemblit at the said conven- 
tioun, and producit be Richard Prestoun, capitane of his maiestie's hous, 
desyring the saidis burrowis conformitie and resolute answer anent the 
establesching of W m> Huntar to be conservatour for this natioun at Lon- 
doun, and that the third day of August nixt was appoyntit for convening 
of the commissionaris of the cheiff burrowis of this realme at Edinburgh, 
for geving ane answer to his maiestie's desyre in the said mater, quhair- 
anent the counsall of this burght advysing, thocht it not proffitabill that 
any conservatour for the Scottis natioun suld be estableschit at Londoun, 
for dyveris gude caussis and reasones quhilk the said prouest schew and 
declarit to thame, and that theirfor they had thocht meit that a commis- 
sioner suld be send to keip the said third day of August for opponing to 
the desire of the said letter anent the establesching of ane conservatour at 
Londoun, and that thay had nominat Alex r * Jaffray, baillie, commissionar 
for this burght to that effect, quhome they ordanit to hawe the soume of 
ane hundreth merkis for macking of his expenssis, and becaus the mater 
tuichit the merchand estate, the saidis expenssis behovit to be payit be 



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thame, and nocht out the commoun purse, and desyrit thairfor the mer- 
chandis, convenit as said is, to cheis taxtaris to stent the same vpon the 
raerchandis brether of gild, protesting gif thay chesit nocht taxtaris, to 
stent the said soume on the saidis merchandis, and that the said commis- 
sionar war stayit for lake of expenssis, and thair estate preiudgit thairby, 
that the fault suld be put to thame selffis, and that the counsall be frie 
theroff, and repute to hawe done thair diligence, and thay being oftymes 
requirit to cheis taxtaris to the effect forsaid, refusit to do the same, 
quhairvpon the said Alex r ' Rutherfurd tuke instrumentis. 

25th July, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanit Alex r - Kempt, 
dean of gild, to deburse the soume of ten merkis, to be send to Edinburgh 
for purchesing of a continewatioun of the wapinschaw, appoyntit to be of 
this haill shirefdome, vpon the sext of August nixt, till the first of No- 
vember nixt to cum, and that be reasoun of the gryt loss to be sustenit be 
the inhabitants of this burght in thair cornis, incase of the haulding of 
the said wapingschaw the sext of August, and alse to deburse four pundis 
to a poist to pas to Edinburgh, for hamebringing of the saidis letteris, 
with twentie s. to ane vther poyst to pas with the toonis missive to the 
Marquis of Huntlie, quhilk salbe allowit to the said dean of gild in his 
comptis. 

6th August, 1599. 

The quhilk day, in presence of Patrik Forbes, baillie, comperit Johne 
Leslye, younger of Newleslye, oy and air to vmquhile ane reuerand father 
in God, Johne Leslye, sumtyme Bischop of Ross, and maid and constitute, 
and be thir presentis mackis and constitutis, Maister Gawin Leslye, 
Channoun of the Cathedrall Kirk of Rowen in France, his lauchtfull 
procuratour for him, and in his name to vptak, lift, and receawe, the 
dettis of the said vmquhile reuerand father, contenit in his letter will 
and testament, and lykvayes to vptak, lift, and receawe, in Italic, Spayne, 
France, Flanderis, or elsquhair, the dettis siclyk awand the said reuer- 
and father in name of pensioun, or vthervayes, acquittances and discharges 
to gif theirvpoun, compone, transact, and agrie theirfor, and all vther 
thingis to do, &c., and to vplift and receawe fra Sir Philip Dayala, coun- 
aalour to the King of Spane, the original testament of the said Bischop, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 193 

subscribit and stampit be him, or fra quhatsumeuer persoun havar of the 
samen, with power to substitute procurators vnder him, ane or ma, per- 
mittet to hauld ferme and stabill, and desyrit this present procuratorie to 
be extendit in Latine, vnder the town's privie seall, in deu forme ; quhilk 
desire the baillie forsaid thocht reasonable, and therfor ordanit the said 
procuratorie to be extendit in dew and ampell forme, and to be seal led 
with the said seall, quhairvpon the said Johne Leslie tuke act and instru- 
ment. Jhone Leslie, Patrik Forbes, bailzie. 

5th September, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest exponit to the towne, convenit as said is, 
that Sir Thomas Gordoun of Clunye, knicht, had agane renewit his 
sute anent the avaytaking of all differences betuix this toune and the 
auld towne, and that he had desyrit certane, authorizeit with commissioun 
from this burght, to meit him vpon the ground aboue the Hiltowne, vpon 
the sext of this instant, to reasoun and confer in the said mater, quharin- 
till thair could be nathing done by thair advyse, it being a mater tuiching 
the hail] bodye of the towne, and thairfoir inquyrit of thame quhat thay 
vald do anent the said Sir Thomas desyre, quha grantit and consentit 
that thair sould be a fre commoning betuix the towne, and the said Sir 
Thomas in name of the auld towne ; and to that effect nominat the said 
Alex r - Rutherfurd, prouest, Thomas Meingzes of Durne, Maister Johnne 
Cheyne of Petfechie, Alex r - Chalmer, Johnn Collysoun, Maister Patrik 
Cheyne, Dauid Meingzes, elder, Maister Thomas Meingzes, and Alex r - 
Jaffray, or ony fyve or sex of thame, to be intercommoneris for this 
burght, to commoun with the said Laird of Clunye, at the said place, or 
quhair it sail be thocht expedient, the said sext day, or ony vther day to 
be appoyntit, to heir and see the said Laird of Clunyes offeris and desyre, 
and to report agane to the counsalle and towne, and the saidis com- 
moneris to have na power to conclude, quhill his offeris and desyre be 
first reportit, and a sufficient power gevin baith be the counsal and 
towne to thame to conclude in the said mater. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, Alexander Rutherfurd, provest, exponit to the towne, 
convenit this day within the townehous, being warnit be the hand bell, 
quhairvpoun the berare maid fathe, that acording to the ordinance maid 

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be the haill commounaltie vpoun the threitene day of July last bypast, 
anent the dealing with Maister George Grier, to vndertak the charge of 
the ministrie of this burght, in the empte rowme of Maister Robert 
Howye, and anent his provisioun of stipend, in cace of his acceptatioun 
of the said charge, the consalle, to quhom power was gewin for his trans- 
portatioun, and setting doune of the provisioun for his moyen, haid 
earnestlie travellit with the said Maister George, and haid maid him ane 
overture of his provisioun, and quhat stipend thay wald gif him yeirlie, 
quha than tuik the first of this instant to be resoluit, and to gif his 
resolit ansuer thairanent at the said day, and that baith befoir his depart- 
ing out of this towne, efter he was earnestle delt with to accept the 
function, and be his letter wrettin to the counsall and sessioun sensyne, 
thair was, nor is nocht, sic willingnes fand in him to vndertak the charge 
and embrace the moyen oiferit, nather yit is he sa loving towards his 
accepting of the charge as the counsall wauld wische him : and thairfoir 
desyrit of the towne, convenit, gif thay thocht it meitt and expedient that 
they sould insist any forder with the said Maister George for his accepta- 
tioun or nocht, or gif thay wald cast thair eyes and try out ane vther 
meitt persoun, within the boundis of the diocie of Abirdene, or elsquhair, 
in zeall, learning, and lyfe, to vndertak the said charge, quho being 
solempntlie convenit as said is, thocht it navayes necessar nor meitt that 
ony forder trawelling sould be maid with the said Maister George, for his 
acceptatioun of the said office, voting all in ane voce that ane vther meitt 
persoun within the boundis of the diocie of Abirdene or elsquhair, sould 
be socht out, meitt in all the qualities foirsaidis, to supple the empte 
rowme in the ministrie, and thairfoir dischargit and lowsit the power and 
commissioun gewin be tham obefoir to the counsalle, be vertew of the 
said act, of the dait foirsaid, anent the dealing for the said Mr. George 
transportation, and provisioun of his moyen, and gaif power and commis- 
sioun be this present to Dauid, Bischope of Aberdeine, Alexander Ruther- 
ford, prowest, Maister Peter Blakburne. minister, Thomas Mengzes of 
Durne, Alexander Cullen, Alex r - Chalmer, Mr. Dauid Rait, principall of 
the Colledge of Auld Aberdene, Maister Gilbert Gray, principall of the 
Colledge of this burght, Maister Patrik Cheyne, Maister Alexander 
Cullen, Patrik Forbes, Alexander Jaffray, present baillies ; Dauid Fergus- 
soun, Alex r - Burnett, Johnne Vrrie, Gilbert Chalmer, Alex r Kempt, 
Johne King, Maister Patrik Skeyne, Thomas Gray, Williame Gray, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 195 

Maister Richard Irving, Dauid Mengzes, elder, Maister Thomas Meng- 
zes, James Settoun, Maister Dauid Rutherfuird, Maister Thomas 
Molly soun, Dauid Cargill, Maister Thomas Cargill, Maister Robert 
Mar, George Knowis, and Dauid Andersoun, George Elphestoun, and 
Dauid Watsoun, or the maist pairt of thame, to nominat and cheis ane 
qualifiet persoun, indewit with qualities meit for the said office, to accept 
the functioun of ane of the ministeris of this burght, gif he may be haid 
within the diocie of Abirdeine, or vther quhair, as to sic persones quha 
hes best knawledge, and can decerne better in the said matter nor a 
commounaltie, and to sett downe quhat sail be gewin him in stipend 
yeirlie, quhow and in quhat maner the same sail be payit, and as the 
saidis persones, or the maist pairt of thame, dois in the said matter, thay 
oblegit and promittit fathfulle to stand and abyide theirat, provyding 
that befoir the admissioun of the said persoun to the said functioun, he 
be hard teiche and weill lyckit of be thame. 

\\th September, 1599. 

The quhilk day, it was exponit to the toun, and haill inhabitantis 
theiroff, burgesses of gild and craftismen, convenit in the tolbuyth, efter 
publict warning maid to thame be the hand bell passand throw the haill 
rowes of the burght, and thay being fullie gadderit, representand the haill 
bodie of the towne, be Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, that Dauid, Bischop 
of Abirdene ; the said Alexander Rutherfurd ; Maister Peter Blakburne, 
minister ; Alexander Cullen, lait prouest ; Maister Patrik Cheyne ; Maister 
Alexander Cullen ; Alexander Jaffray ; Patrik Forbes, bailleis ; Dauid 
Mengzeis, elder ; Maister Gilbert Gray ; Maister Richard Irvyng ; Maister 
Thomas Mengzeis ; Willeam Gray ; Dauid Andersoun ; Maister Robert 
Mar ; Dauid Cargill ; Maister Thomas Mollisoun ; Alex r< Kempt ; Johne 
Kyng ; Thomas Gray ; Maister Patrik Skene ; George Elphingstoun ; and 
Dauid Watsoun, commissionaris, nominat be the toun, vpon the fyffc day 
of this instant moneth of September, to cheis ane meitt and qualefeit per- 
soun to supplie the emptie rowne of Maister Robert Howye, in the 
ministrie of this burght, and to sett doun quhat salbe gevin him in stipend 
yeirlie, quhow and quhat maner the same salbe payit, being convenit in 
the sessioun hous of this burght, this day, efter the hering of the doctrine 
of Maister James Ross, minister at Strathauchyn, maid on Sonday last 
and this day, to bayth the congregationis of this burght, on the tua pairtis 



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of the halie scriptures, gevin to him for a theme and text to teiche, or for 
his tryell in doctrine and literature, had, efter censuring of him in knaw- 
ledge, doctrine, and lyff, with ane vniforme consent, fund the said Maister 
James to hawe sound knawledge in the holie scriptures, and habill to 
vndertak the said charge, to distribute faythfullie the word of God, and 
minister the sacramentis, and theirfor ane meitt quha may weill and pro- 
ffitablie serve in that rowme and office, and had mad chois of him ; and 
seing thay had hard the said Maister James teiche, desyrit of the toun, con- 
venit as said is, to declair gif thay had a lyking of his doctrine, and affectioun 
towardis him, as ane meitt to occupie the said halie functioun, on quhome 
thay wald bestow ane reassonable moyen, according to thair habilitie, 
for his wardlie sustentatioun, quha all in ane voce, but oppositioun or con- 
tradictioun, in presence of the said Dauid, Bischop of Abirdene, and of the 
said Mr. Peter Blakburne, ministers, declarit that thay hade a lyking to 
the said Maister James, and that his doctrine was sound and hailsum 
doctrine, and ane of guid lyff and conversatioun, indeuit with gude qualities, 
inhabling him to discharge him of that functioun, with quhome thay war 
weill appleasit and content, and na vtheris to be socht for occupeing of 
the said rowme, and thairfor to his nominatioun, electioun, and admission 
gawe thair consent and assent ; lykas the said Dauid, Bischop of Abirdene, 
personallie present for himself, and as ane havand powar of his maiestie 
to the chesing and electing of ane ordinar minister and pastor for preching 
of the evangell, and ministratioun of the sacramentis within this burght, 
in place of the said Maister Robert Howye, for his hienes, and in name 
of his majestie, votit and declarit, in audience of the towne, that he gawe 
his consent to the electing of the said Mr. James in ane of the ordinar 
pastoris of this burght, as ane meitt and qualefeit to discharge the said 
godlie office, als weill in doctrine as in lyff and conversatioun, quhilk no- 
minatioun and electioun of the said Maister James to the said functioun, 
be the said commissionaris for the towne, and als be the said Dauid, Bischop 
of Abirdene, havand power of his majestie, as said is, and be the haill in- 
habitantis, convenit as said is, but contradictioun, being maid in maner 
befoir specifiet, the said Dauid, Bischop of Abirdene, and commissionaris 
aboue rehersit, according to the powar grantit to thame obefoir, vpon the 
said fyft day of September, ordanit and appoyntit, with consent of the 
haill towne, convenit as said is, the soume of fyve hundreth merkis vsuall 
money of this realme, to be payit to the said Maister James yeirlie for his 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 197 

stipend sa lang as he remanis minister of this burght, at tua vsuall terms 
in the year, Witsonday, and Martemes in wynter, be equall portions, be the 
thesaurer of this burght, quhilk yeirlie stipend of fyve hundreth merkis 
money aboue expremit, the prouest, bailleis, counsall, and haill commonaltie 
all in ane voce ordanit to be payit to the said Mr. James at the saids tua 
termes, be the thesaurer of this burght, receavet and collectit of the pro- 
pertie, yeirlie rent, and patrimonie thereof, of the reddiest and first of the 
fewmaillis of the land and watter tackis of the samen, and yeirlie propertie 
and rent of the said burght, to be receavit and intromettit with be the said 
thesaurer, be vertew of his office, anent the payment of the quhilk yeirlie 
stipend of five hundreth merkis, to be payit be the said thesaurer to the said 
Mr. James, furth of the reddiest of the patrimonie and yeirlie rent of the 
said burght, thir presentis salbe a sufficient warrand to the said thesaurer, 
ordaining the said Mr. James to be inrollit in the thesaurers comptis 
amangne the townis pensionaris ; and the said Maister James Ross being 
personallie present, hering his nominatioun and election be publict con- 
sent, and vniforme approbatioun of the commissionaris and town to the 
said charge, and the lyking and affectioun of the inhabitants of this 
burght towards him, did publictlie say and afferme befoir God and 
thame, that he was bound to support this burght that did so eirnistlie 
call for his confort and fruitis of his labouris, and theirfor willinglie 
acceptit the said charge on him, acknawledging him bound to obey God 
calling him be thame, and promeist according to the graces and vtterance 
that God sail grant vnto him, to distribute the misteries and trew word 
of God faythfullie to thame, and to discharge his office deulie according 
to his habilitie, and in signe and takin of his acceptatioun of the said 
charge, and office of the holie ministrie of this burght, and that he was 
content with the moyen and stipend forsaid, the said Mr. James jonit 
hand in the hand of the said Dauid, Bishop of Abirdene, and of the said 
Alex r> Rutherfurd, prowest, in presence of the towne, thay on the vther 
pairt promesing faythfullie to assist the said Maister James in every 
thing pertening to his charge, with obedience as becumeth the flock to 
their pastour, so lang as he remanit faythfull in that office ; the first 
termes payment of the said yeirlie pensioun of fyve hundreth merkis to 
be and begin at the feist of Witsonday nixt to cum, quhilk office the said 
Maister James acceptit vpon him as said is, and promeist faythfullie to 
repair and resort to this burght, with wyff, barnis, and famelie, at the 
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12th September, 1599. 

The said day, the counsall ordanis Dauid Andersoun, maister of the 
kirkwark, to repair the kirkhous presentlie occupeit be James Tod, redar, 
in thak, ruiff, and cuppellis, and to mak the same waterthicht with the 
first and reddiest of the accidentis belanging to the kirk presentlie in his 
handis, quhilk sail be allowit to him in his comptis, and the said wark to 
be done befor Michaelmes nixt, be reasoun the seasoun of the yeir is 
hasting avay. 

ISth September, 1599. 

The quilk day, Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, Thomas Mengzeis of 
Durne, Johnne Collysoun, Dauid Mengzeis, elder, Maister Thomas 
Mengzeis, and Alex r - Jaffray, compering judiciallie in presens of the haill 
towne, convenit this day within the tolbuyth, representand the haill bodie, 
being warnit therto be the hand bell, declarit that they ar fyve of the 
aucht persones nominat be thame to be intercommowneris for this burght, 
to commoun with the richt honourable Sir Thomas Gordoun of Cluny, 
knicht, and with sic as suld be appoyntit for the auld toun, anent their 
desire vpon the pretendit commountie quhilk the inhabitantis of the said 
Auldtoun alledge they suld hawe within the forest of the Stockett, and 
to heir thair offer and desire thairanent, reporting agane the said desire 
and offer to the counsall and towne, as the act maid theranent, vpon the 
fyft of this instant September proportis, convenit yisterday the sevintene 
of this instant, in the College Kirk of the said Auldtoun, with the said 
Sir Thomas Gordoun, and vtheris intercommouneris of the said Auldtoun, 
and desyrit thame to produce sic titillis, richtis, and infeftmentis as they 
wald vse, and quhairbe thay wald clame ony commountie within the fre- 
dome of this burght, or on the Stockett, to the Auldtoun and inhabitantis 
theiroff ; lykas, the commowneris for this burght did exhibite and produce 
before the intercommownaris of the said Auldtoun, sufficient titile and in- 
feftment, ancient and autentik, gevin be his Maiestie's maist nobill pro- 
genitouris of a lang tyme sensyne, to the burgessis and communitie of the 
burght present and to cum, vpon the forrest of the Stockett, and that be 
the commownaris of the said Auldtowne thair was na evident nor richt 
producit, bearing the said Auldtowne or inhabitantis therof to have ony 
richt or titile of commountie within the fredome of this burght, of the 
forrest and Stockett, saving onlie ane ratificatioun gevin be King James 
the Ferd, of gude memorie, to vmquhill Bischop Willeam Elphingstoun. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 199 

Bischop of Aberdene for the tyme, of all liberties, previlegis, and immuni- 
ties, gevin or grantit be his Maiestie's predicessouris at ony tyme obefoir 
to the bishoppis of Aberdene, and that they being desyrit be the said Sir 
Thomas Gordoun, and intercommownaris for the said Auldtoune, to mak 
offeris to thame, refuisit sua to do, inrespect thay had na commissioun of 
the toune to that effect, bot onlie to heir the offeris to be maid be the 
said laird of Cluny and inhabitantis of the Auldtoun, and to report agane 
the same to the counsall and towne, as said is, as thair limitat powar and 
commissioun gevin to thame vpon the said fyft day of September proportis, 
craving of the said Sir Thomas and intercommownaris for the said Auld- 
toun, that this day thay suld giff in thair article in wreitt, quhat thay 
wald crave to be grantit to the inhabitantis of the said Auldtoune, of 
libertie vpon the commountie and fredome of this burght, and to ground 
and instruct the same with sic richt and titile as suld be sufficient for 
verefeing theirof ; and the said Alex r< Rutherfurd, prouest, for himselff, 
and in name of the remanent commownaris of this burght, convenit yister- 
day as said is in the said Auldtoun kirk, vpon this thair report of that 
quhilk was commownit betuixt thame and the said Sir Thomas and inter- 
commownaris of the said Auldtoune, in the mater forsaid, conceedeit 
to thame as said is, and that thay had, in the said commowning, contenit 
thame within the boundis of thair commissioun, and had nocht trans- 
gressit the same, tuke act and instrument. And in the meintyme com- 
perit in presence of the towne, convenit as said is, Johne Gordoun of Bogis, 
Mr. Alex r ' Irvyng and Mr. Willeam Barclay, aduocattis, citineris in Auld 
Aberdeen, and gawe in and presentit ane article in wreit for the Bischop 
of Abirdene, the said laird of Cluny, and the citineris of the Auldtowne, 
cravand that thay micht be sufferit to enioy commountie, with sic libertie 
as thair predicessouris had (as thay alledgit) thir mony yeris bypast, within 
all the boundis of the forrest of Stockett, and thairwith producit ane 
register of the Bischoprick of Abirdene, contening ane chartour alledgit 
gevin be Malcome, King of Scotland, to Mathow, Bischop of Aberdene 
for the tyme, of the baronie of Murthill, with commoun pasturage within 
the forrest of Abirdene, datit at Banff, the fyftene day of November, and 
the ellevint yeir of the said kingis reigne, and theirvpon desyrit the 
prouest, baillies, consall, and communitie answer in wreit, quhilk being 
opinlie red in audience of the haill towne, the prouest, baillies, new and 
auld counsallis, with ane gryt number of the wysest of the brether of gild 



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and dekynnis of the craftis, advysing vpon the said article and desire 
therof in the counsalhous, efter lang deliberatioun for pace and quyetnes 
caus to be interteneit in all tyme cumming betuixt the tua townis, war 
content to agrie with the said Bischop of Abirden, Channonnrie thairof, 
College, and inhabitants of the Auldtowne, vpon thir conditionis, that 
thay suld acknawlege the toune of Aberdenis heretabile richt of the pro- 
pertie of the forrest of Stockett, and renunce all pretendit richt and pos- 
sessioun that thay micht pretend therto, or privilege within the same or 
ony pairt therof, quhairvnto the chartour producit be thame out of the 
said register mackis thame no richt, nather yit gevis the said bischop, 
college, or inhabitants of the Auldtowne ony privilege or libertie within 
the said forrest, quhilk being done, of gudewill, favour, and tollerance, 
thay wald ease the Bischop, College, and inhabitantis of the Auldtowne 
and Channounrie theiroff, allanerlie with preuilege of pasturage, fewall, 
faill and dovett, to thair awin vse, within the said Auldtowne, Channonrie, 
and Unniversitie therof, within sic partis of the said forrest as suld be 
designit to thame be this burghtis commissionaris, to be chosin to that 
effect, quhilk sail remane in all tyme cumming commountie to bayth the 
townis, vnappropriat be ather of thame, to be vsit onlie to the effect 
for said. 

19th September, 1599. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun presentit to the counsall be 
George Eicard, berand that he being absent furth of this realme in his 
lefull wayge, his wyff, but ony command of him, thinking to hawe gottin 
no impediment, causit big and erect ane chop vnder the stair of his land 
lyand on the north syd of the Castellgett of this burght, quhilk be ane 
ordinance of the counsall was inhibit to be biggit, craving of the counsall 
thair ouersicht or licence, as thay thocht best, to ease him and his said 
land with ane litill easment of ane chop, and for the said ouersicht, gif it 
suld pleas thame to grant the samen, he wald be content to repair ane 
pairt of the commoun calsey of this burght, direct forganis his stair, on 
his awin chargis and expenssis, as in the said supplicatioun at mair 
lenth sail be contenit : quhilk supplicatioun and desire theirof being con- 
sidderit be the prouest, baillies, and counsall efter specifeit, thay ar to 
say, Alex r< Rutherfurd, prouest, &c., and considdering thairwith that the 
supplicantis land and stair therof is situat quhair the streitt and commoun 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 201 

gett is maist spatious and wyd, and that the bigging of ane chop vnder 
the said stair can navayes be preiudiciall to the commoun streitt, and 
that the calsey forganis the same is brockin and sunkin, quhair at all 
tymes of rain and weitt ther remanis ane gryt puill of watter, vndecent to 
be sene, being in the entrie of the maist principall streitt of this burght, 
vpon thir considerationis grantit ane ouersicht to the said George to big 
ane chop of tymmer vnder the said stair within the gutter, for the quhilk 
they ordanit the said George, according to his awin supplicatioun, to big, 
mend, and repair the calsey direct forganis the said George foirland, 
towardis the south, sa far furth thairfra to the rigging stane of the 
calsey that passis fra the croce towardis Johne Kemptis land, and the 
said calsey, to be biggit be him, to be of the lenth of the said George 
awin land, and to be biggit on his awin chargis and expenssis, and vpoii 
this conditioun the counsall forsaid grantit licence to big the said chop, 
with the quhilk conditioun the said George acceptit the same. 

20th September, 1599. 

The quhilk day, in presence of the richt honorable Alex r - Rutherfurd, 
prouest, comperit Robert Gray, burges of Aberdene, and becom actit as 
cautionar and souertie for Johne Gordoun of Tullielt, that the said Johne 
sail employ and bestow the soume of fourtie pundis money on the yle of 
the kirk of Tarves for reparatioun and building therof, betuixt the dait 
of thir presentis and the tuentie day of September nixt to cum, in the 
yeir of God ane thousand and sex hundreth yeris, and siclyk that the 
said Johne sail mak his publict repentance in the kirkis of Tarves and 
Methlik, betuixt and the day forsaid, and the said Johne Gordoun actit 
him to releiwe the said Robert Gray of the premisses. 



September, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, vpon the humble 
supplicationis of the persones efter specifeit, mening their present indi- 
gent estate cleirlie knawin to the counsall, and for gratefeing of vtheris 
the townis commoun seruandis quha ar daylie burdenit in the commoun 
service and effaris of the towne, in rememberance of thair panis and 
service, ordanis Dauid Fergussoun, thesaurer, to deburse the sowmes 
efter specifeit, ilkane thair awin pairtis as is vnderwritten, viz. : to Isso- 
bell Andersoun, wedow, and relict of vmquhill Johne Spadine, mariner, 

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for support of hir and hir pure fatherles bairnis, the soume of four 
pundis ; to James Moyses for his support, four pundis ; to Gilbert Bairnis, 
sacristar of the paroche kirk of this burght, aucht pundis ; to Huchoun 
Ross, fyve merkis ; to Andro Inglis, commoun swescheman, to by him a 
juip of reid flanning, sex pundis threttene s. four penneis ; to Oliuer 
Young bower, now becum agit and decrepitt, sex pundis threttene s. four 
d. ; to William Logan, ferriar, for his support, fyue merkis ; to Alex r< 
Maresoun, for bying to him of a coitt, being visiet be the hand of God 
with furiositie, fyue merkis ; to Willeame Schankis in Futtie, quha is 
hariet and wrackit be the birning of his hous, four pundis ; to James Tod, 
redar, for his present support, sex pundis threttene s. four d., with pro- 
visioun that in tyme cumming he be not farder burdenabill to the towne, 
hot for his ordinar stipend allanerlie ; to William Robertsoun, merchand, 
quha is becum agit and decrepitt, four pundis ; to Andro Moyses, fourtie 
s. ; to Margrat Lyoun spous to Johne Gordoun, the sowme of twentie 
pundis money ; and that vpon the instant sute of my lord Erll of Huntlye, 
requesting in her favouris for satisfactioun of certane frenshe blak 
poyndit from her for certane hir offences and enormiteis committit in the 
yeir of God fourscoir tuelff, quhilk tuentie pundis the counsall ordanis to 
be payit to the said Margrat, in respect of the requestis maid in hir 
favouris, and in consideratioun of hir indigence, and for no vther respect, 
finding the forsaid frenshe blak lauchfullie poyndit and comprysit, for 
payment of the vnlawis quhairin sho was iustlie adiudgit in the yeir of 
God forsaid ; and lykvayes, consideratioun being had be the prouest, 
baillies, and counsall, of the painfull travellis and gude service done be 
Maister Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk of this burght, sen the feist 
of Michaelmes last bypast, in the commoun turnis and effaris of this 
burght, theirfoir in rememberance of his saidis panis, ordanis the said 
Dauid Fergussoun, thesaurer, to pay to the said Maister Thomas the 
sowme of fourtie merkis, and als to pay Walter Robertsoun, substitute- 
clerk, in rememberance of his labouris and panis takin in the townis 
effaris induring the said space of ane yeir bygane, the sowme of ten 
pundis, with ten merkis to Dauid Mar, wretar in the clerkis chalmer, for 
his service and labouris takin in the commoun turnis of the town the said 
yeir ; and siclyk ordanis the soume of four pundis to be payit be the said 
thesaurer to Marioun Rutherfurd, for a gallown of wyne auchtand to hir, 
spent at the townis turnis, quhilkis haill sowme particularlie aboue 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 203 

written, extending to the sowme of ane hundreth tuentie-aucht pundis 24th Sept. 
four d., the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis to be allowit to the 
said thesaurer in his comptis. 

6th October, 1599. 

The said day, Johne Huchoun, flescher, being accusit in judgment as 
ane persoun onvorthie to duell in the societie of this burght, inrespect of 
the crymes folowing, quhairof he was culpabill, as was allegit, first, that 
he was ane filthie levar, and had lyin by his lauchfull marreit wyff, 
Mariorie Wod, with ane heland woman ; secundlie, that he had not com- 
municat at the Lordis tabill thir sevin yeris bypast ; thirdlie, that he had 
vnmercifull dung and demanit the said Mariorie Wod, his spous, scho 
being gryt with chyld, at the doun lying, casting ane chandler at hir, and 
therwith hitting hir on the bak, be the quhilk straik he causit his said 
wyff pairt with bairne befoir the ordinar tyme of hir delyuerie, and ding- 
ing hir maist crewallie with a battoun on the bak, syddis, armis, and 
dyuers pairtis of hir bodye, to the effusioun of hir blude ; fourtlie, for a 
commoun nicht walker, drunkart, playing at cartis and dyce, and a waistour ; 
quhilk being denyit be the said Johne, was referrit to the tryell of the 
assise chosin, sworne, and admittit in judgement, quhilkis persones being 
out of court removit, efter lang deliberatioun entering agane in court, 
fand and delyuerit all in voce be the mouth of the said Johne Layng, 
chancellar, that the first tua poyntis quhairof he was accusit, to vit, for 
alledgit adulterie, and nocht communicating at the Lordis tabill, was meir 
spirituall and ecclesiastic, quhilk thay referrit to be discussit, and ordour 
to be takin theranent, be the kirk, and clengit and absoluit the said Johne 
Huchoun fra the remanent poyntis of his accusatioun, inrespect that the 
said Mariorie Wod, his spous, comperit and past fra ony accusing of him 
for stricking of hir, and that the remanent poyntis war navayes verefeit 
to thame. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest and baillies, inrespect that Johne Huchoun, 
fiescher, was accusit vpon dyvers poyntis meriting baneisment as ane vn- 
lauchfull nichtbour, sic as nichtwalking, playing at cartis and dyce, and 
not commvnicating at the Lordis tabill, statute and ordanit, in presence 
of the said Johne, consentand to this ordinance, that gif he beis convict 



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eth October, in ony tyme heirefter, efter he be lauchfullie callit in ony of the saidis 
poyntis, or vther crymes meriting baneisment, that he salbe baneist and 
exylit this burgh and fredome for the space of ane yeir thairefter, and 
farder during the will of the counsall. 

llth January, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Alex r< Kempt, 
dean of gild, to deburse the sowme of ellevin merkis for this desioyne 
gevin to the bischop and ministrie at the resolutioun tacking anent the 
provisioun of ane minister to this burght in place of Maister Robert 
Howye, and siclyk ordanis the said Alex r - to gif the sowme of sevin pun- 
dis, for support of sex cost syd men that wer pilleit be the hieland men, 
in thair cumming fra the Lewis, quhilkis soumes sail be allowit to the 
dean of gild in his comptis. 

Eodem die. 

The same day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, ordanit Dauid Fer- 
gussoun, thesaurer, to pay the sowme of fyue merkis money, to Patrik 
Walter for the vptacking of the psalme in the new kirk this yeir bygane, 
quhilk sail be allowit to him in his comptis. 



January, 1599. 

The said day, in presence of Alex r - Rutherfurd, prouest, comperit 
Thomas Lome in the Overtoun of Dyce, forsamekill as the said Thomas 
hes bene accusit of hering of spreittis, and wavering oftentymes fra his 
wyff, bairnis, and famelie, be the space of sevin vlkis, nocht knawin to 
thame nor to any vther persoun quhair he hes bene during the said space, 
thairfor the said Thomas faythfullie band and oblegit himselff, that in 
cace in ony tyme heirefter he be fund passing avay from his wyff, bairnis, 
and famelie, in sic sort, by hir knawledge, and except he mak hir or 
vtheris his freyndis forsene of his avay passing, and of the erand, to quhat 
place and to quhome, that in that cace he sail be content, but ony 
forder tryall, to suffer the death as ane giltie persoun, dealer with 
spreittis. 

1th February, 1599. 
The said day, it was statute and ordanit be the prouest, baillies, and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 205 

counsall, that giff ony tavernar within this burght, seller of wyne, aill, 7th February 

or beir, beis convict in ony tyme cumming for having of iniust messouris 

and stoupis, nocht being of the just juge, quhairwith thay sell ather 

wyne, aill, or beir, that the saidis tavernaris being lauchfullie and ordour- 

lie convict, sail be dischargit of all selling and wenting of aill, wyne, and 

beir thairefter, and thair saidis injust messouris sail be brockin, and thir 

presentis to be publeschit at the mercat croce. 

21 st February, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis Alex r - Kempt, 
dean of gild, to deburse and pay to Johne Andersoun, paynter, the soume 
of ane hundreth and tuelff merkis, for the said Johnes expenssis, and cul- 
louris imployit and bestowit be him on the paynting of the commoun 
clerkis chalmer of this burght, quhilk soume salbe allowit to the said dean 
of gild in his comptis, togidder with the soume of thrie pundis, debursit be 
him for towis to the tolbuyth knok. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall nominat and chesit 
Alexander Jaffray, baillie, and George Knowis, bayth presentlie in Edin- 
burgh, commissionaris for this burght, coniunctlie and seuerallie, for kep- 
ing of the conventioun of estaittis, to be hauldin at Edinburgh the last of 
this instant, for treating and advysing vpon ane ambassadour to be direct 
towardis France, for renewing of the ancient bandis of amitie betuixt the 
twa crounis, and redintigratioun of the auld previleges, quhilkis his 
maiestie's predicessouris and subjectis of this realme, hes bruikit within 
the said realme of France heirtofoir, according to his maiestie's missive, 
direct to the prouest, baillies, and counsall thairanent, of the dait at 
Halyruidhous the third of Februar instant, and ordanis ane commissioun to 
be maid to thame heirvpoun, vnder the townis privie seall, in forme as 
efferis ; and incace the saidis Alexander or George, or ather of thame, re- 
mane for keping of the said conventioun, thair expenssis to be considderit 
and modefeit be the consall at thair returne, for the space that thay hap- 
pin to remane at Edinburgh for keping of the said conventioun. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall thocht meit and ex- 
pedient that the commissioun purcheist to the prouest of this burght, and 
schirreff of this schirefdome, for haulding of justice courtis on witches 



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2ist February, and sorceraris, salbe prosequut vpon all persones duelland within this 
burght and fredome theirof allanerlie, delatit of the said cryme, and that 
this burght and fredome thairof suld be purgitt of sic contagious enemies 
to the commoun weill of the same. 

23rd March, 1599. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall devysit and ordanit 
Alex r< Kempt, deane of gild, to deburse the soume of fyftene pundis 
money, to the effect efter following, viz., the sum often pundis to be send 
to Mr. Johne Paip, wretar to the signet, for rasing of ane exemptioun to 
the provest, baillies, counsall, and communitie of this burght, for exeming 
thame fra the justice courtis to be haulden be the Erll of Huntylie, schireff 
of Abirdene, aganis the beraris and schuteris with pistollis, and vtheris 
ingynes of fyrewark ; and als for rasing of letteris of suspensioun, to sus- 
pend the chargis of horning executt aganis the prouest and baillies, for 
tacking of Willeam Leslie, sumtyme in Fintray, and Johne Abernethie, in 
Caskiben ; and the soume of fyve pundis to be gevin to Adame Young, 
poist, for making of his expenssis to Edinburgh, in bringing hame of the 
saidis letteris, the quhilk soume salbe allowit to the said dean of gild in 
his comptis. 

2nd January, 1600. 

The quhilk day, Maister Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk of this 
burght, exhibit in presence of the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ane act 
of his Maiesties secreit counsall, ordaining that in all tyme cuming the 
first day of the yeir of God sail begin yeirlie vpon the first day of the 
moneth of Januar, and the said ordinance to tak executioun vpon the 
first day of Januar instant, quhilk first day of Januar instant his Maiestie 
and secreit counsall declairit to be the first day of the j m and sex hun- 
dreth yeir of God, as the said act of secreit counsall proportis ; quhilk act 
the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis to be insert and registrat in 
the burrow court buikis of this burghe, ad futuram rei memoriam, 
quhairof the tenour followis : At Halyruidhouse the sevintene day of 
December, the yeir of God j m v c fourscoir nyntene yeris, the kingis 
Maiestie and lordis of secreit counsall, vnderstanding that in all vtheris 
weill governit commoun wealthis and cuntries, the first day of the yeir of 
God begynnis yeirlie vpon the first day of Januar, commonlie callit New 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 207 

Yeiris day, and that this realme onlie is different fra all vtheris, in the 2nd January 

compt and reckning of the yeir, and his Maiestie and counsall, willing 

that thair sail be na disconformitie betuixt his Maiestie his realme, and 

lieges, and vtheris nichtbour cuntries in this particular ; hot that thay 

sail conforme thameselffis to the ordour and custume obseruit be all vther 

cuntries, especiallie seing the course and seasoun of the yeir is maist 

proper and answerabill thairto : thairfor his Maiestie with awise of the 

lordis of his secreit counsall, statutis and ordanis, that in all tyme cum- 

ming the first day of the yeir of God sail begin yeirlie vpon the first day 

of Januar, and thir presentis to tak executioun vpon the first day of 

Januar nixt to cum, quhilk sail be the first day of the j m and sex hun- 

dreth yeir, and thairfor ordanis and commandis the clerkis of his hienes 

sessioun and signett, the directour and wrettaris to the chancellarie and 

privie seall, and all vtheris wreittaris, notares, and clerkis within this 

realme, that thay and everie ane of thame in all tyme heirefter daitt all 

thair decreittis, infeftmentis, chartouris, saisingis, letteris, and wreittis 

quhatsumeuer, according to thir present act and ordinance, compting the 

first day of the yeir fra the first day of Januar yeirlie, and the first day of 

the j m and sex hundreth yeir of God, fra the first day of Januar nixt to 

cum, and ordanis publicatioun to be maid heirof at the mercat croces of 

the heid burrowis of this realme, quhairthrow nane pretend ignorance of 

the samen. 



February, 1600. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Dauid Ander- 
soun, maister of kirkwark, to pay to Gilbert Bairnis, sacristar, the 
sowme of ten pundis money, for candill fund be the said Gilbert fra all 
Hallowmes last, to Candilmes immediatlie bygane, for serving the cheiff 
and principall daskis of baytht the kirkis of this burght, quhairin the 
magistrattis and counsall usis to sitt, and ordanis the same to be allowit 
to the said maister of kirkwark in his comptis : togidder with the sowme 
of tuelff pundis altogidder, payit be the said Dauid Andersoun to the said 
Gilbert, for furnessing of candillis to the haill herssis in the kirk, and als 
to the pulpitt induring the said space ; and siclyk ordanis that in all tyme 
cumming the maister of kirk for the tyme, sail caus furneiss the haill 
commoun lichtis and candillis of the kirk, to vit, the herssis, pulpitt, and 
redaris lattroun, togidder with the principall and cheif daskis of bayth 
the kirkis quhair the magistrattis and counsall ussis to sitt. 



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15th April, 1600. 

The quhilk day, the haill inhabitantis of this burght being convenit, &c., 
it was exponit to thame be Alex. Cullen, prouest, and be Maister Peter Blak- 
burne, ane of thair ordinar ministeris, that not onlie in the reformit congre- 
gatiounis of the principall burrowis of this realme, bot dyveris and syndrie 
congregationis to landvart, the inhabitantis of the saidis burrowis, and 
parochineris of the saidis congregationis, hes bene catechisit and instructit 
in the principall groundis of religioun, and heids of catechisme, and custum- 
ablie to thair pastouris, as thay ar requyrit, gevis ane compt and tryell of 
thair profitting in the samen, quhilk as yit hes nocht bene universallie em- 
bracit and folowit in dyveris burrowis and sindrie congregationis to land- 
vart, and thairfor that it was thocht gude and expedient be the generall 
assemblie of the haill kirk of this realme, that the inhabitantis of the haill 
burrowis and parochineris of the congregationis to landvart, suld anis 
ulklie, or as suld be appoyntit be the magistrattis of burrowis, ministeris, 
and pastouris, the houshalderis, men, wyffis, barnes, and servandis, cum 
to discretioun of yeris, be catechisit and instructit in the groundis of re- 
ligioun, and heidis of the catechisme, and gif to thair pastouris and 
ministeris ane accompt and tryell thairoff, for the quhilk caus the 
ministeris, elderis, and deaconis of this burght, convenit in thair sessioun 
upoun the threttene of this instant, thocht it werray profitable, that on 
thursday, ilk ulk, the maisteris of houshaldis, thair wyms, bairnis, and 
servandis, and utheris inhabitantis thairoff, cum to discretioun of yeris, 
as thay suld be warnit be the kirk omcier, suld compeir, ilk ane within 
thair awin paroche kirk, to thair awin minister, to be instructit be thame 
in the groundis of religioun, and heidis of catechisme, and to giff, as thay 
suld be demandit, ane pruiff and tryell of thair profetting in the saidis 
heidis, and doctrine teichit to thame out of the chair of veritie, be thair 
pastures, folowing the exampill of the saidis reformit congregationis, and 
requyrit of the toun, convenit as said is, thair consentis to the samen, as 
to ane mater baytht godlie and profitabill to thair saulis comfort ; quhilk 
being proponit, was thocht werray reasonabill, and nane opponit nor 
obiectit in the contrar, referring the penaltie of the disobedientis to the 
prouest, bailleis, and counsall 



May, 1600. 

The quhilk day, the prouest and baillies considering that thair hes bene, 
and presentlie is, dyvers quarrellis, actionis, and debaittis betuixt and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 209 

amongis the maisteris of the fische boittis of Futtie, for feing of thair 
servandis, quhilk hes beine occasioun of gryt trubill amangis thame, and 
that dyvers of thair fische boittis hes lyin on land on past to sea, throche 
vaunt of servandis to serve in the samen be occasioun forsaid : for remeid 
whairof, hes statute and ordanit, with consent of the haill maisteris of 
the fische boittis, presentlie convenit and warnit to this day, that it sail 
nocht be lesum in ony tyme cumming to ony awner or maister of any 
fische boitt within the said towne of Futtie, to hyre, fie, or conduce ony 
servand of ony vther maister out of any fische boitt within the said toune 
of Futtie, without the advyse and consent of the said servandis maister 
quhom he servit obefoir, haid and obtinit thairto, at the leist without dew 
advertesment maid be the fear of his said servand to his maister, vpon 
three monethis day, dewlie maid obefoir famouss witnesses, that he hes 
feit the said servand, being frie of his said maisteris service, at the term 
thairefter following ; and the persoun fear of ane vther maisteris servand 
aganis the tenour and mynd of this ordinance, to incur the vnlaw of ten 
pundis, toties quoties. 

The samen day, the prowest and baillies, vpoun dyverse and sindrie 
complayntis maid and gewin in befoir thame, aganis the inhabitantis of 
the fischaris of Futtie, for the vrangous and vnjust away tacking and 
cutting of the towis and cordellis of schippis, boittis, and craris, cuming 
to the heavin of this burgh, to the gryt hurt and henderance of sic 
strangeris as repairis to the samen, and siclyk of the towis and cordellis 
pertening to the maisteris of the saidis boittis of Futtie : for remeid 
thairof, hes statute and ordanit that gif ony inhabitant of the said toune 
of Futtie, man or woman, sail be found or apprehendit in the vrangous 
cutting, melling, and intrometting with ony towis, cordellis, or vtheris 
guidis or geir furth of schippis, craris, or boittis, repairing to the herbrie 
of this burght, or fra the nichtbouris boittis within the said towne of 
Futtie, that the persoun convict thairof, and found giltie of the same, effcer 
his lauchfull convictioun, sail be bund to ane staik within the floode 
merk during the space of thre houris, quhill the water flow round about 
him, and thairefter the persoun sa convict sail be tane and scourgit 
throche the haill towne, and thairefter baneist of the said burght of 
Aberdeine, fredome of the samen, and of the said toune of Futtie, for 
euer. 

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210 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

The quhilk day, it being vnderstand to the provest and baillies that 
the inhabitantis of the towne of Futtie, baith men and wemen, maist 
vngodlie prophanis the Saboth day, be nocht keping of the sermon within 
the paroche kirk of the said burghe afoir and efter none ; and lykvayes 
be haulding of the fische mercat within the burght vnder the Castelhill, 
and vpon vtheris pairtis of the same, vpon the Saboth day, expres aganis 
Goddis commandement and the louabill ordinance of this burght : thairfor 
ordanit that all the inhabitantis of the said towne of Futtie, baith men 
and wemen, sail repair to the paroche kirk of the said burght, to the 
hering of Goddis word, on everie Sonday befoir and efter none in all tyme 
cuming, ilk maister, his wyff and femalie, vnder the payne of fourtie 
penneyis, to be vpliffcit be tham sa oft as thay be absent, and that thair 
sail be na fische sauld be tham, nor na mercatt of fisches haulding or haid 
be tham or thair servandis within the said burght, vnder the castell in 
Futtie, nor yit within ony vther pairt of the fredome of the said burght, 
on the Saboth day in tyme cuming, vnder the paine of escheting of the 
same, by the vnlaw of twentie s., to be vpliftit of the contraveinar, and 
that in na fische boitt within the said towne of Futtie, nather maister nor 
servand pass on ane Sunday to fische on the Saboth day, vnder the paine 
of fourtie s., to be vpliftit of the contraveinar, toties quoties. 

The samen day, the saidis prowest and baillies, with consent of the haill 
maisteris and awnaris of the fische boittis of Futtie, statute and ordanit, 
that ilk maister and awner of euerie boitt sail pay to the tacksman of the 
same, and to his servandis in his name, as he sail be requyrit, the just 
teind of all fisches tackin be him, at quhat tyme he tackis the same, and 
beis requerit as said is, vnder the paine of fourtie s., to be vpliftit of the 
contraveinar, toties quoties, and war content that letteris of horning wer 
purchest and rasit at the instance of the said tackismen aganis tham 
thairvpoun. 

1st July, 1600. 

The said day, the haill inhabitantis of this burght, burgissis, craftismen, 
and vtheris, alsweill frie as vnfre, being lauchtfullie warnit, at command 
of the prowest and baillies thairof, to compeir within the tolbuith this day, 
to the effect vnderwrettin, be the hand bell passand throw the haill rewis 
of the samen, quhairvpone the beirar maid fayth, and efter the calling of 



OF THE BUEGH OF ABERDEEN. 211 

the suit roll in the tolbuith vindo, the maist pairt of the toune being con- 
venit, representand the haill bodie, it was declarit to thame be Alexander 
Cullen, provest, that vpon the aucht day of Junij last bypast or thairby, 
the inhabitantis of the haill burrowis of this realme war chargeit be his 
maiestie's proclamatioun to meit his hienes at Dumbartane, vpon the tent 
day of this instant Julij, thairfra to accumpanie his Grace to Kintyir 
and His thairabout, vnder the pane of tinsell of lyiff, landis, and guidis, 
and that immediatlie after the said proclamatioun was maid at the mercat 
croce of this burght, he and the counsall thairof haid wretin to Alexander 
Rutherfurd, than commissioner for this burght, being than in the conven- 
tioun of burrowis at Kingorne, to deall and concur with the remanent 
burrowis in travelling with his hienes anent the said proclamatioun, for 
ane ease to the inhabitantis of the burrowis, ather for ane compositioun, 
or els for furnisching of ane few number of men to his maiestie to the 
said erand, quha than, be reasoun the tyme vas prorogat be his hienes and 
counsall to the tuentie fourt of this instant, haid willit the baillies and 
counsall of Edinburght to travell for this burght as for thameselffis, for 
the said ease, becaus it was to lang to the said Alexander Rutherford, 
commissioner, to remaine thairwpoun ; and that vpon the nynt day of this 
instant his maiestie's proclamatioun at the mercat croce of this burght 
was proclamit, of a leater delyuerance, chargeing nocht onlie the inhabi- 
tantis of the burrowis, but the inhabitantis of dyueris sindrie shirref- 
domes, to meit his Majestic or his Graces Lieutenant at Dunbartane, vpoun 
the tuentie fourt of this instant, to the effect forsaid, vnder the pane 
aboue exprimit, as the saidis proclamationis, quhilk was publictlie red in 
audience of the haill towne, did testefe ; and that the prouest, baillies, and 
counsall of this burght, being cairfull that the inhabitantis thairof suld 
nocht incur ony hurt, damnage, or skeath, for nocht obtempering to the 
said proclamatioun, the tyme being sa schort, and now approtcheing, haid 
wrettin to the saidis baillies of Edinburght, to vnderstand and knaw 
quhat ordour thay haid tackin with his maiestie anent the said proclama- 
tioun, and passing fordvart to the said raid, fearing his maiestie's rigour, 
feircnes, and extremitie, to be vseit aganis the burrowis, and cheiflie the 
inhabitantis of this burght, in tyme and with convenient diligence, (his 
maiestie's mynd be nocht notifeit and knawin in the said matter) quhow 
and in quhat maner the burrowis sail obey the said charge and proclama- 
tioun, the haill inhabitantis thairof, betuix sextie and sexteine, being sub- 



212 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

ject thairto, and becaus thair is onlie ten or tuelff dayis space gran tit for 
meting with his maiestie or his liuetenant at Dumbartane, the tyme being 
sa schort, it was thocht guid be the counsall, that the perrell quhilk this 
burght and inhabitantis thairof was liklie to incur, incase they obtemperit 
nocht the said proclamatioun, and war nocht reddie to obtemper and obey, 
ather evere man in his awin persoun, or els in paying of the subsidie and 
taxatioun, as sail happin to be imposit or sett downe vpon this burght, 
to be payit ather in money, or els be furnishing of sic number of men as 
sail be appoyntit to this burght, quhidder be his Maiestie or be the haill 
burrowis, sould be declarit, and that the inhabitantis sould find na just 
occasioun of skaith and negligence in this sa vechtie a matter to lay to 
thair charge, requerring the towne and haill inhabitantis thairof to bear 
record of thair diligence thairin ; and for this caus, the said Alexander 
Cullen, prouest, requerit the towne, convenit as said is, be reasoun the 
tyme was sa schort, to presentlie nominat, cheis, and elect thrie or four 
maist discreit persones of euerie quarter of the towne, to be stentaris to 
stent the inhabitantis thairof, ire and vnfre, for the sowme that sail be 
apointit and ordanit to this burght be his Maiestie, for abyding fra the 
said raid, and discharge of the said proclamatioun, gif ony sovme sail be 
imposit be his hienes thairvpoune, or els to stent and taxt sic ane sowme 
of money as extendis to this burghtis pairt, according to the generall stent 
roll of the burrowis of the haill compositioun that salbe agreit on be the 
burrowis to giff to his maiestie for the caussis forsaidis, or for furnissing 
of sic a number of men to be send to meit his Maiestie' s Livetenent, at 
the day forsaid, as this towne salbe stentit to, for avoiding the gryter 
perrell that may ensew, incace his Maiestie vse rigour, and that the 
prouest and baillies may be fund heirby to haue advertesit thame of thair 
skayth, and doing all that becummis thame to do be verteu of thair office, 
quhilkis taxtaris the said provest oft and dyverse tymes desyrit the inha- 
bitantis of this burght to nominat and cheise, as thay would eschew thair 
gryter perrell ; nochtwithstanding of the quhilk requesitioun, thay vald na- 
wayes nominat nor cheis taxtaris to the effect forsaid ; thairfor the said 
Alexander Cullen, provest, for himselff, and in name of the baillies, pro- 
testit that he and thay may be hauldin to haue done thair diligence in 
macking of dew advertesment to the towne of thair perrell aud skeath, 
that thay war liklie to incur be reasoun of the said proclamatioun, and 
thair nocht electing and nominating taxtaris to the effect forsaid, and that 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 213 

ony perrell that sould cum be thame, sould nocht be imput to the provest 
and baillies, be reasoun foirsaid ; and lykwayes, the said Alexander Cullen, 
prouest, causit publictlie reid, in audience of the toune, convenit as said 
is, ane act maid in the last conventioun of burrowis, hauldin at Kingorne, 
in the moneth of Junij immediatlie bygane, at his hienes desyre, ordaining 
the haill principall burrowis of this realme, burgessis and inhabitantis 
thairoff, to mack thair musturis and vapinschawis monethlie, vpoun the 
first Mounday of evere moneth, and thairfoir requerit thame to be in red- 
dines to mack thair mustoris on Mononday nix, the fourteine of this 
instant, and to prepair thameselffis that day to accompanie thair magis- 
trattis, weill bodin in thair armes, according to his Maiestie's proclama- 
tioun maid thairanent obefoir, under the panes contenit thairintil ; and ilk 
persoun absent vpoun the said fourtene day fra thair musteris, betuix ten 
and ellevin, to incur the vnlaw of fyve pundis vnforgevin, and that they 
be in reddines and veil preparit to gif thair musteris and vapinschawis 
the first Mononday of ilk moneth thairefter, according to the said act of 
burrowis, and his Maiestie's missive thairin contenit, as they will eschew 
the perrell contenit in his Maiestie's proclamatiounis, and vnder all hiest 
paine that thay may incur, throw nocht macking of the said muster in 
maner foirsaid ; and vpoun the haill premisses, the said Alexander Cullen, 
provest, for himselff, and in name of the bailies, tuik act and instrument. 

9th July, 1600. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering that 
in tymes bygane this toune hes bene oftymes trublit be persones, men and 
wemen, of mein estate, not worthie nor habile in thair gudes to satisfie 
and pay the townes unlaw for thair offence, far les to pay ony satisfac- 
tioun to the parties offendit be thame, quhilk hes gevin occasioun to men 
to trubill thair nichtbouris, be hurting, wounding, and blude-drawing, and 
uthervayes be committing of deidis of wrang, and to sklander, detract, 
and iniure thair nichtbouris, seing na certane punischement of thair 
bodies was sett down to hawe bene usit againe thame : for remeid 
quhairof, hes statute and ordanit that quhatsumeuer persone beis convict 
heirefter for trubling of thair nichtbouris, ather be word or deid, not 
being habill in gudes to pay the townis unlaw, nor to satisfie the parties 
offendit, that the said persone, man or woman, sail be tackin and put in 
the stockis, thairin to ly be the space of tuentie-four houris, and thair- 



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et'ter, being takin out of the stockis, to be had incontinentlie to the joggis, 
and put thairin, to remane be the space of sex houris togidder untakin 
furth ; and gif ony persone beis tuyis convict in trubling thair nichtbouris 
as said is, not being habill to satisfie in geir to the town and partie, to 
be baneschit thaireffcer this burght and fredome theirof, induring the will 
of the counsall. 

Uth July, 1600. 

The said day, the inhabitantis of this burght, baith fre and vnfre, 
fensible persones, at command of the prouest and baillies thairof, and for 
obedience of his Maiesties lawes and proclamationis maid anent macking 
of wapinschawis, and for filling of the act of burrowis maid at the last 
conventioun thairof, at Kingorne, vpon the [ ] day of Junij last 

bypast, war convenit and assemblit in thair armour, and gaiff thair 
musteris to the prouest and baillies, ilk persoun being callit effcer the 
ordour of the suit roll in the braid linkis of this burght, as the wintit and 
vseit place apointit for the samen to the inhabitantis, and the absentis 
notit, and ilk persoun absent, nocht knawin to be out of the realme, in 
the south pairtis of this realme, or yit seik, decernit in ane vnlaw of fyve 
pundis, to be vpliftit be the dean of gild, quhais names ar in the roll of 
absentis, besyds the perrell that thay may incur for disobeying of his 
Maiesties proclamatioun, and efter thair incuming furth of the saidis 
linkis in ordour to this burght and mercatt place thairof, be oppin pro- 
clamatioun and loud voce at the mercat croce of the samen, the hail! 
inhabitantis of this burght, fensibill persones, fre and vnfre, war chargeit 
be Adame Robertsoun, ane of the ordinar omciaris of the samen, in name 
of his Maiestie and of the prouest and baillies of the said burght, that 
thay and euerie ane of thame prepair and addres thameselfis and be redie 
to giff thair mustoris vpoun the first Monunday of August nixt to cum, 
quhilk is the fourt day of the said moneth, weill furneist and arrayit with 
muscatt, hagbute, jak spear, steilbonat, corslat, according to his Maies- 
ties actis and proclamationis maid thairanent, vnder the panis contenit in 
the samen ; certifeing sic as sail be absent the said day, to gift 7 thair mus- 
toris in thair armes as said is, and at all vther dayes appointit for 
wapinschawing and mustering, according to his Maiesties proclamatioun 
and actis of burrowis maid thairanent, as they sail be requerit and warnit 
theirto be the drum, that the absentis sail incur the paine of disobedience 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 215 

conforme to his Maiesties proclamatioun, besyde the vnlaw of fyve 14th July 
pundis to be vpliffcit of ilk ane of the absentia be the deane of gild, 
vnforgevin, but lauchfull excuse, as said is. 

23rc? September, 1600. 

The said day, the haill toune, being convenit within the tolbuyth, and 
the brether of gild and merchandis for the maist pairt being assemblit, 
yit as obefoir, grantit, consentit, and agreit that ane commoun box suld 
be maid, quhilk was this day presentit in judgement be Dauid Cargill, 
deane of gild, to be callit in all tyme cumming the merchandis box, and 
the siluer to be collectit be the saidis merchandis, quhairof the particularis 
folowis, to be put thairin, imployit and bestowit for the help and support 
of the decayit merchandis and brether of gild of this burght, and that the 
deane of gild for the tyme sail euer hawe the keping of the said box, quha 
salbe hauldin to hawe ane buik, quhairin salbe wretin be the merchand 
ingever of any sowme to the box, the quantitie of the sowme input be 
him, the day of the inputting thairoff, with the dait of the yeir, quhilk the 
merchand ingevar salbe hauldin to subscrive, gif he can wreit, and gif he 
can not wreit, to be subscrivat be a notar for him, and the three keyis of 
the said box to be kepit be thrie seuerall persones, to be chosin yeirlie at 
the feist of Michelmes be consent of the brether of gild, of the quhilkis 
thrie persones thay ordane the thesaurer of this burght for the tyme ever 
to be ane, and the uther tua persones to be of the merchand estate ; and to 
this effect nominat Dauid Fergussoun and Robert Keytht to be keparis of 
tua of the said thrie keyis, quhill the feist of Michaelmes in the yeir of 
God one thousand, sex hundreth, and ane yeiris, sua that the dean of gild, 
quha is kepar of the box, sail novayes hawe the keping of ony of the keyis 
thairof. Folowis the particularis and accidentis devysit to be input in the 
said box : in the first, all merchandis passand to thair woyages furth of 
Scotland to ony forane cuntrie, at the electioun of thair foud or justiciar, 
in thair wayages furth and hame, the fowd, and his clerk that vayage, 
sail be ansuirabill to the said box of all unlawis and convictionis of mer- 
chandis for swering, banning, or tacking the Lordis name in waine, all 
unlawis incurrit be the saidis merchandis for pi eying, mispersoning, 
iniurring, or bludevict, betuixt merchand and merchand, in thair saidis 
wayages, ather be land or be sey, the almess collectit ilk day, or ilk secund 
or third day, in the sey, efter Goddis service and ordinar prayeris in the 



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morning, all sowmes of money promesit, and conditiones to the pure, in 
tymes of distres and storme of wether, in perell and danger of thair lyvis, 
be the merchandis : everie merchand, or sa mony of ane schippis mer- 
chandis as waschis thair heidis in France, Flanderis, Danskin, or uther 
cuntries, to gif and collect to the said box, to the honour of God, and 
thair pure and nedie brethrene, and to thair vyffis and bairnis left in 
pouertie and distres. 

Everie persoun admittit frie burges of gild of the said burght, the tyme 
of his admissioun sail pay to the said box sex s. viii. d., and farder as 
thay sail be movit to giff. 

Everie Goddis pennie gevin betuixt merchand and merchand at the 
macking of ony blok or bargane (being endit), and als Goddis penneis 
gevin at the frauchting of schippis, sail be givin in to the said box. 

3rd December, 1600. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, in respect of the 
fearfull infectioun of the plaig of pestilence spred abrod in dyveris pairtis 
of Murray, hes thocht gude and expedient that thair sail be a publict 
fast and humiliatioun of all the inhabitantis of this burght on Sonday 
nixt, and that the same be intimat on Setterday nixt be the drum passand 
throw the haill rewis of this burght. 



March, 1601. 

The quhilk day, the prouest and baillies fand that Gilbert Mayne, 
quhytfischer in Futtie, maister and avner of ane of the fische boittis 
thairof, hes sufficientlie verefeit and provin that vpon the sevintene day 
of Marche instant, tymouslie in the morning, he in the main sey, sevin or 
aucht myllis aif schoir, had laid his gryt lyine in ane frie birth, and that 
Willeam Willeamsoun, Dauid Brown, Gilbert Blak, Patrik Huchoun, 
Willeam Michell, quhyt fischeris thair, in the boit pertening to Robert 
Feddes, had wrangouslie haillit the said Gilbert Maynis gryt lyinis furth 
of his said birth roume, first takin be him, and had cassin thame in the 
sey, in ane pairt far distant thairfra, and therfor the saidis Willeam Wil- 
leamsoun, Dauid Brown, Gilbert Blak, Patrik Huchoun, and Willeam 
Michell, war convict and put in ammerciament of court, and the prouest 
and baillies ordanit the said Gilbert to be repossessit agane to his said 
birth roume, quhair his lynis was wranguslie haillit be the saidis persones, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 217 

to be keipit be him for this yeir, and becaus thair hes bene and is con- 20th Marc 
tinewallie gryt trubill amangis the saidis fischeris of Futtie for thair 
birth rowmes in the main sey, thairfor for eschewing of all trubill and 
debait to be amangis thame heirefter for thair birth rowmes, ordanit 
according to the ordinance maid in ancient tymes, that it sail not be 
lesum to ony of the saidis fischeris in Futtie, in ony tyme cumming, to 
tack the said birth rowme quhill the first day of Marche yeirlie, gif it be 
fair, or the first fair day thairefter folowing of the said moneth, to be 
kepit be the first tacker of the birth rowme, for that yeir and seasoun 
allanerlie, except he be the first tacker of the same the nixt yeir thair- 
efter ; and that it sail not be lesum to any of the saidis fischeris to pre- 
tend or allege ony richt to any birth rowme in the sey, bot for a year 
allanerlie, except he be the first tacker thairof yeirlie, the first day of 
Marche or the first fair day thairefter as said is, and the fischer convict 
for contraveining the ordinance, to incur the vnlaw of fyve pundis, toties 
quoties 

The said day, Willeame Brabner, Patrik Huchoun, and James Sym- 
soun, quhytfischeris in Futtie, wer convict and put in amerciament of 
court, for the wrangous melling, intrometting with, cutting and avay 
tacking of ane gryt trie out of the blokhous pertening to the towne, in 
the moneth of Februar last bypast, quhilk was werefeit aganis thame 
be thair awin confessionis, gevin in presens of the saidis prouest and 
baillies. 

The samen day, the prouest and baillies commandit and chargit the 
haill maisteris of the fische boittis in Futtie, being all personallie present, 
that nane of thame ressaue nor accept Willeam Brabner, quhytfischer 
thair, to serve in any of thair fische boittis, or to sett him ane hous fra 
Witsonday furth nixt to cum, vnder the pane of ane vnlaw of ten pundis, 
to be incurrit be the fischer contraveining ; and that becaus it was fund 
and sufficientlie tryit that the said Willeam is ane vnlauchfull persoun, 
and hes bene oftymes convict in dyvers poyntis of pyckrie, and thairby 
navayes to be sufFerit to duell any longer in the said toune of Futtie : 
and lykvayes it was ordanit that the maister of euerie fische boitt sail be 
answerabill for all his servandis, in cace any of thame be notit with the 
cutting of towis, or committing of any poynt of thift or knawerie in tyme 

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h March, dimming, quhilk was intimat to the haill maisteris of Futtie personallie 
present. 

The samen day, the prouest and baillies ordanis Archbald Cadenheid, 
ane of the maisteris of the fische boittis of Futtie, to retene the posses- 
sioun of the birth rowme takin be him this present yeir in the sey, for 
laying of his gryt lynis, quhill the first day of Marche nixt to cum, nocht- 
withstanding of the richt acclamit thairof be Willeam Willeamsoun, 
maister of Robert Fiddes boitt, seing it was suincientlie verefeit that the 
said Archibald had first takin the said birth rowme. 

1st April, 1601. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanit Alex r - Kempt, 
dean of gild, to delyuer to Johne Gray, merchand, present occupear of the 
eistmast merchand buyth under the tolbuyth of this burght, the numer 
of tuentie-four deallis to be bestowit and imployit be the said Johne in 
the macking of the said tolbuyth stepill, the knok standing in the same, 
and of the said merchand buyth watterthicht, quhilk the counsall ordanis 
to be done be the advise and ouersicht of Alex 1 "' Cullen and Dauid 
Andersoun, maister of the kirk wark. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, gevis and grantis 
licence and tollerance to Alexander Kempt, dean of gild, to big and erect 
ane dask in the new kirk of this burght, at the south piller narrest the 
new loft, and that upon the said Alexanderis supplicatioun presentit to 
the counsall thairanent. 

8th April, 1601. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, appoyntis and ordanis 
Maister James Cargill, doctour of phisick, to try the qualeficatioun of 
George Pacok and Alex r - Wilsoun, chirurgianis, in the art of chirurgerie, 
and gif thay be meitt and qualefeit to exerce and use the said airt, and be 
skilfull in the haill poyntis belanging to the samen, quhilk tryall the 
counsall ordanis to be takin within the space of ane moneth nixt efter 
the daitt heirof, to the effect it may be knawin to the counsall that nane 
exercise the said airt, bot sic as ar sufncientlie qualefeit and skillit to 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 219 

discharge the same according to the custume of all reformit commoun 8th April. 
weillis in uther cuntries. 

29th April, 1601. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, in presens of Alex 1 '- 
Fuddes, Johne Nicolsoun, youngar, William Schankis, Archibald Caden- 
heid, Gilbert Atholl, Robert Gyane, Alex r< Dauidsoun, Johne Nicolsoun, 
elder, Gilbert Maine, maisteris and avneris of the fische boittis in Futtie, 
expreslie inhibitit thame or thair servandis to tack vpon hand to pas to 
the read to bring aschoir ony man, guidis, or geir, furth of ony schipe 
gryt or small, that sail arryue thairvnto, without licence haid and obtenit, 
of the pro vest and ane of the baillies to that effect, vnder the paine of 
ten pundis to be payit be the contravenar, besyd his lyff, to be in the 
maggistrattis will, except that it sail be lesum to tham quhan ony schipe 
or crair, small or gryt, cumis to the herborie, to speik thaim on passit 
abuird, quhill they com aschoir, and get licence of the provest or baillie 
to pas abuird, and bring man or geir aschoir : quhairvnto the saidis 
fischaris voluntarlie grantit and obleist thame to obey and fulfill the 
samen, vnder the paines forsaidis. 

4th August, 1601. 

The said day, anent his Maiestie's proclamatioun, publeschit throche all 
the cheiff burrowis of this realme, mackand intimatioun of ane act of par- 
liament maid in the moneth of November last, ordaining that in all tymes 
and ages to cum, the fyft day of August yeirlie be appointit and kepit in 
all presbitereis and parochinis of this realme, and within the haill boundis 
of his Maiestie's dominionis, for publict preitching and solemne thankis- 
geving to God, for the miraculous and extraordiner delyverie, quhilk his 
Majestic receavit fra the horrible murthour and paricide attemptit aganis 
his hienes, be the tratour Govrie and vmquhile Mr. Alexander Ruthven, 
his brother, vpoun the fyft day of August j m , and sex hundreth yeiris, as 
at mair lenth is contenit in the said proclamatioun, quhairof the tenour 
followis : James, be the grace of God, King of Scottis, to oure louittis, 
Jhone Crawfurd, messinger, [ ] messingeris, oure schireffis 

in that pairt, coniunctlie and seueraly, speciale constitute, greting, for- 
samekle as it becometh all our subjectis in generall, and everie ane of 
tham in particular, be ane grytfull rememberance, and solemne declara-. 



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4th August, tioun of the invart joy of thair hartis, to acknavledge ony singular bene- 
fite quhilk they haue receavit at the handis of God, be humbile and eirnest 
prayeris and thanksgeving to his Maiestie for the same, and we acknav- 
ledgeing, and haveing in memorie that inestimable favour and singular 
benefite of God bestowit vpoun ws, and consequentlie vpoun the haill 
bodye of our realme, be that miraculous and extraordiner delyverie quhilk 
we receavit fra the horrible and detestable murthour and paricide attemptit 
aganis our persoun, be the tratour Govrie and vmquhill Alex r- Ruthven, 
his brother, and thair complices, vpoun the fyft day of August last bypast, 
we can nocht forgett to continew thankfull to God for the same, and 
douttis nocht bot that all our guid and loving subiectis, quha with ws ar 
compartineris of the said benefite, ar moved with the lyk thankfull dis- 
positioun, in prayeris and thankisgeving to God ; lykas, vpoun the con- 
sideratioun heirof, our estatis of parliament convenit at Edinburgh in the 
moneth of November last, statute and ordanit, that in all tymes and ages 
to cum, the fyft day of August yeirlie be appointit and keipit in all pres- 
beteries and parochinis within oure realme, and within the haill boundis 
of our dominionis, for publict preitching and solemne thankisgeving to 
God, for our benefite and favour forsaid, bestowit vpoun our haill land, 
and everie inhabitant thairof, be our extraordinar benefite the day foir- 
said, and that as ane perpetuall monument of thair thankfull hartis, be 
yeirlie reiterating of thair gryt joy in solemne praising of the michtie 
hand of God, for our preservatioun foirsaid, and leist the mynd and will of 
our saidis estatis throw default of dew publicatioun of the said act, suld 
be vnknawin to ony of our guid subjectis, quha being excedinglie rejoicit. 
and desyrous to mack the same notour to all the warld, sould laik a suf- 
ficient warrand to vtter thair thankfull dispositioun, baith towardis God 
and ws, to celebrate the said day in maner aboue wrettin : Oure will is 
heirfoir, and we charge you straitlie, and commandis that incontinent thir 
oure letteris seine, ye pas and in our name and authoritie, mack publica- 
tioun heirof to all and sindrie our leigis and subjectis, aslweill to burght 
as land, be oppin proclamatioun at the mercatt croces of the heid burrowis 
of our realme, and vtheris places neidfule, and that ye command and 
charge all oure saidis leigis and subjectis to keip the said fyft day of 
August solemne yeirlie, fra all sort of handie labour, wark, and vther 
serious occupatioun, quhilk on nawayes may distrack thame fra the foir- 
gaid exerceis of thankisgeving to God, and to this effect that they be ad- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 221 

monist the Saboth preceding the fyft day of August nixt to cum, be thair 
pastureis, to assist the preitching and publict thankisgeving during the 
tyme of the sermonis, quhilk we ordaine to be baith in landvart afoirnone, 
and in all burrow townis, baith afoirnone and efternone, and that they 
spend the said day in all civile and lauchfull glaidnes, as they sail find 
thameselffis best disposit, provyding they vse na excess, sclanderous, or 
insolent behaviour, and that all our magistrattis, nobill men, and baronis, 
of ilk estaite and degrie of personis, vtter and declair, be thair behaviour 
within the boundis of thair commandiment, or quhair it sail happin thame 
to be the said day, thair thankfulnes towardis God, and reiocing for our 
happie preservatioun, wrocht sa miraculouslie be Goddis divyne providence 
the day foirsaid, certefeing all and sindrie persones quha sail do in the 
contrare heirof, ather be absenting thameselffis fra thair kirkis in tyme of 
sermone and thankisgeving, or in the rest of thair behaviour during the 
said day, nocht vttering be thair actionis, taikinis of joy, and cheirfull re- 
memberance of the said benefite, that thay salbe repute and hauldin as 
vnthankfull to God, vnvorthie of sa gryt a benefite, and suspect to haue 
beine allowaris of the detestable attempt foirsaid, the quhilk to do we 
committ to you, coniunctly and seueraly, our full power be thir our letteris, 
delyvering the same to yow dewlie execute and indorsate againe to the 
bearar, gevin vnder our signett at Halyruidhouse, the sexteine day of 
Junij, and of our reigne the xxxiiii. yeir, 1601, per actum secreti consilii. 
Quhairwith the baillies and counsall advysing, to the effect the actioun of 
thankisgeving may be the mair solemne, and that the said proclamatioun 
may be the mair manifest to all inhabitantis of this burght, ordanis pro- 
clamatioun to be maid be the drum throw the haill rewis of the towne, 
warning all the inhabitantis of this burght to keip the sermones the morne, 
baith afoir and efter none, and dischargeing all haulding of ony mercatt, 
or exercing of ony handie labour within this burght, and inhibiting any 
buith dore to be oppinit, ather be merchand or craftisman, the said day, 
bot that everie ane, efter the preitching and thankisgeving, spend the rest 
of the day in all lauchfull and honest gladnes, and accompanie thair magis- 
trattis throw the towne in singing of psalmes and prasing of God, and 
ordanis the croce to be dectit and hung, and ane tabill to be sett thairat, 
and the wyne and spycerie to be drunkin and spent, and a nvmber of 
glassis to be cassin and brockin in significatioun of thair reiocing and 
glaid hartis, for his Majestie's happie preservatioun, wrocht sa mira- 



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culouslie be Goddis guid providence the day foirsaid, and ordanis the 
thesaurer and deane of gild to furneis the wyne and spycerie, in sic 
quantatie, and in sic decent and ciuile raaner as may serve for the townis 
honour, and the expenssis to be debursit be thame thairon, to be allowit 
to tham in thair comptis. 

2nd September, 1601. 

The samen day, vpoun the supplicatioun gevin in be the counsall be 
Dauid Hearing, quha had bene serving thir sindrie yeris bygane in the 
Emperouris wearis aganis the Turk, ordanis Alex r< Kempt, dean of gild, 
to gif the said Dauid ane crowne for his support, quhilk salbe allowit to 
the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

22nd September, 1601. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, counsall, and auditouris of the 
townis comptis, remembering the labouris and travellis takin be Maister 
Thomas Cargill, maister of the Grammer School of this burght, in mack- 
ing of ane treatise in latin congratulating his Majestie's delyuerie, for 
his Grace's preseruatioun fra the lait conspiracie attemptit aganis his 
hienes persoun, be umquhill the Erll of Gowrie, conteining sum com- 
memoratioun of this burghis antiquitie and previlegis, grantit thairunto 
be his Majestie's predicessouris, quhilk he dedicat to this burght, thairfor 
ordanit the sowme of tuentie pundis to be gevin to the said Mr. Thomas, 
for gratefeing of his panis takin in the said mater, to be payit to him be 
Alex r< Burnett, maister of the impost, &c. 

9t/i October, 1601. 

The samen day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall ordanis the sowme 
of threttie-tua merkis to be gevin to the kingis servandis presentlie in 
this burght, quha playes comedies and staige playes, be reasoun thay ar 
recommendit be his majestie's speciall letter, and hes played sum of thair 
comedies in this burght, and ordanis the said sowme to be payit. 

4th November, 1601. 

The quhilk day, Johne Folan, Barbara Dowglace, elder, and Barbara 
Dowglace, younger, war removit and baneschit this burght and fredome 
thair off, be oppin proclamatioun at the mercatt croce of the samen, with 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 223 

certificatioune to thame, that giff thay sail be apprehendit within this 
burght or friedome thairof thaireftir, to be brint on the cheik, and per- 
petuallie in all tyme thairefter baneschit, and with certificatioune to sic 
burgessis and indwellaris thairof as sail ressaue thame in ony tyme cam- 
ming eftir lauchfull convictioun, to incur the vnlaw of ten pundis vnfor- 
gevin, and that becaus they wer apprehendit one Sonday last, the first of 
this instant, in tyme of sermon, drinking and wasting Goddis guid 
creatures superflueslie, iydile personis, without ony kynd of service or 
lauchfull forme of leving, vnknawin fra quhat pairt of this realme they 
laitlie come to this burght. 

6th February, 1602. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, auld and new counsallis of the 
said burgh, efter dew tryall and examinatioun had of the literature and 
qualificatioun of Maister Dauid Wedderburne and Mr. Thomas Reid, 
craving and suting to be maisteris of the grammer school of this burght, 
vacand be deceis of vmquhill Maister Thomas Cargill, last maister 
thairof, be publict teiching in audience of the prouest, baillies, consell, 
and leirnit men betuixt the tua townis, on oratrie and poesie, and be 
compositioun in prose and verse be the space of four dayes, acceptit 
ressauit, and admittit the said Maister Dauid and Maister Thomas to be 
coequall and coniunct maisteris of the grammer schooll of this burght, 
for instructioun of the youth in the airt of grammer, gude letteris, and 
maneris, as becumis thame of thair offices quhill the feist of Candilmes 
nixt to cum, in the yeir of God j m sex hundreth and thrie yeris, vpoun 
thair gude service and diligence to be takin be thame in the said office, 
and during the will of the counsell allanerlie, observand and kepand the 
injunctiounis to be gevin and prescryvit to thame be the counsell, anent 
concord to be betuixt thameselffis, teiching of the youth in thair lessones 
bayth of grammer, and authoris, and vsing of discipline, and ordanis 
thame to hawe the anniversarie stipend quhilk the said vmquhill Maister 
Thomas Cargill had obefoir : to vit, the sowme of fourscoir pundis to be 
payit to thame be the thesaurer of this burgh at Witsonday and Marte 
mes be equall portionis, and to hawe the same salarie and scholage payit 
to thame be the townis barnis, as was payit to the said vmquhill Maister 
Thomas Cargill, viz., sex s. aucht d. in the quarter, and thrie schillingis 
four penneis quhilk was in vse to be payit to the doctour, extending in 



224 EXTRACTS PROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

6th February, all, quhilk the townis bairnis sould pay quarterlie, to ten schillingis, and 
na mair to be payit be thame, and to hawe sic salarie and scholege of the 
landwart bairnis, as the said vmquhill Maister Thomas was in vse to tak 
or sic as thay may hawe of thame of thair awin liberalise, the towne 
being alvayes disburdenit be the saids maisteris of all finding of doctouris, 
seing the salarie in vse to be payit to thame is now appoyntit to be payit 
to the saidis maisteris ; and Alex r> Cullen, prouest, with the baillies and 
dyveris of the counsall past to the said grammer schooll, and gawe to the 
said Maister Dauid and Maister Thomas institution of the said office, be 
delyuering to thame of ane grammer buke, to be coequall and coniunct 
maisteris as said is, quha gawe thair aythis for thair diligent and faithfull 
discharge of the said office, instructing of the youth in gude letteris and 
maneris, and cairfull attending on doctrine and discipline at all houris. 

\1th February, 1602. 

The quhilk day, William Skene, burges of the said burgh, was accusit 
in judgement be Dauid Cargill, deane of gild, for bearing, wearing, vsing 
of pistolettis and daggis within this burgh and territorie thairof, forbiddin 
to be borne, worne, or vsit be the actis of parliament, and speciallie for 
bearing, having, and vsing of ane pistoll and puitternell vpon the sextene 
of this instant, and presenting the same, to hawe schott at Andro Hay, 
ane of the ordinar officieris of this burght, within the borrow ruidis 
of the same burght, neir and ewest the Gallowgett Port thairof, 
and thairby incurring the paines contenit in the saidis actis of Parlia- 
ment; and the said Willeam being personallie present denyit the 
said accusatioun, quhilk was therfore referrit to the knawledge of the 
assise, chosin, sworne, and admittit in judgement ; quhilk assise being 
furth of court removit, and inclusit within the consalhous, and haveing 
takin tryell of the accusatioun aboue writtin, entering agane in court, they 
all in ane voce, be the mouth of James Mengzeis, chancellar, fand that 
the said William Skene, vpon the said sextene day of this instant, had 
borne, vsit, and worne ane pistolett and puitternell, quhilk was appre- 
hendit vpon him the tyme forsaid, be Andro Hay, ane of the ordinar 
officeris of the said burght, and this day presentit vpon the commoun keist 
be the said Andro aganis the actis of parliament, and thairin the haill 
assise convictit the said William in ane vnlaw of ten pundis, to be payit 
be him to the dean of gild within fourtie aucht houris, to be imployit be 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 225 

him to the support of the pure, and ordanit the said puitternell and pis- nth February, 
toll to be escheatt, and the said Willeam to sett sourtie and cautioun 
befoir he pas furth of the tolbuith of this burgh, for his forbearing in tyme 
cumming to wear, bear, or vse pistolettis or gunnis in contrar the tenour 
of the saidis actis of parliament, vnder the paine of doubling of the said 
vnlaw of ten pundis, and that he depairt nocht furth of the tolbuith, 
quhairin he is presentlie in ward, quhill the said souertie be sett, and 
the said vnlaw payit, and that but prejudice of the vther painis specifeit 
in the act of the fyftene parliament of his Maiestie, maid vpon the xix. 
day of December j m v c nyntie-sevin yeiris, aganis the beraris, vsaris, and 
schuteris of pistollis and daggis, anent the confiscatioun of thair gudis 
moveable according thairto. 

24th February, 1602. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, vpon the supplica- 
tioun of Mr. Dauid Wedderburne and Mr. Thomas Reid, maisteris 
of the grammer schoole of this burght, ordanis Willeam Dwn, the- 
saurer, to advance to thame thair stipend quhilk thay hawe of the 
towne of the Witsonday terme nixt to cum, extending to the sowme 
of fourtie pundis, quhilk sail be allowit to the said thesaurer in his 
comptis. 

llth March, 1602. 

The quhilk day, the haill towne being convenit in the tolbuyth be the 
handbell, and ilk man being inquyrit efter the ordour of the sute roll, to 
gif his voit quhidder or not the boit of Borrowstounnes, presentlie in the 
raid of this herbrie, quherof Alex r - Burnett and Johne Nobill ar mer- 
chandis, sail be sufferit to enter within the herbrie of this burght or 
nocht, seing the saidis merchandis hes suspect geir, as is alledgit, in the 
said boit, that com out of Glasgow, and vther suspect places, that ar 
infectit with the plaig of pestilence, the haill towne, for the maist pairt, 
votit that the said boit, nor na persoun within the same, nor na guidis nor 
geir thairin, suld be sufferit to enter in within this herbrie, bot that thay 
suld be compellit to depairt with thair said boit and gudis from this 
burght and herbrie, and altogidder debarrit fra entering in the same, 
quhairvpon Alex r> Cullen, prouest, tuke instrument. 

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226 EXTKACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

1th April, 1602. 

The quhilk day, Patrik Hutcheoun, quhytfischer in Futtie, wes convict 
and put in amerciament for the dinging, striking, and injuring of 
Barbara Leask, spows of [ ], quhytfyscher in Futtie, quha wes 

presentlie put in ward within the tolbuith, and thair ordanit to remane 
ay and quhill he sett cautioun for the modeficatioun of his vnlaw. and 
that he sail nocht truble the said Barbara heirefter, nor nane vtheris, his 
nychtbouris in Futtie, vnder the pane of ten pund, for the quhilk Mr. 
Alex. Irwing becum cautioun. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, anent the supplicatioun gevin in this day to the 
prouest, baillies, and counsell be Marjorye Vrquhart, berand that scho 
hes bene ane auld inhabitant within this burght, and now by the provi- 
dens of God becom agit and weak, and throw cours of nature nocht 
liklie to leve lange, albeit thir mony yeris scho haid nocht mekill geir 
to sustene hirselff one, yit navayes burdenable to the toun nor counsell, 
desyring therfor quhen it suld pleise God to call hir fra this lyff, scho 
may hawe hir bodye and banes bureit within the sowth yle of the new 
kirk thairoff, and that frelie of thair guidnes, becaus hir executouris wald 
nocht haue mekill geir to pay for hir buriall : quhilk supplicatioun they 
found ressonabill, and ordanit hir to haue hir buriall place within the 
said iyle, but payment of ony dewtie therfor to the maister of kirk wark, 
quhairanent thir presentis sail be his varrand. 

13th April, 1602. 

The quhilk day, Alex 1 *' Cullen, prouest, expohit and declarit this day to 
the haill town, assemblit in thair heid court, that thair was four lowable 
and guid statutis maid obefoir be the prouest, baillies, and counsell of this 
burght, and ratefeit be the haill town, the first of the dait the xxviii. day 
of Maij, the yeir of God j m v c Ixxxxv, yeris, anent the keiping of the ser- 
monis one the Sabboth day and owlk dayis, als weill be the maisteris of 
the craftismen, as burgessis of gyld, and be thair servandis, one the Sab- 
both day, contening penalteis of the contraveinaris theroff effcer convic- 
tioun, without lauchfull excuse, or infirmitie, or absens of the toun ; the 
secund statut, concerning the iydill personis and vagabundis furth of this 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 227 

burth, and setting of howssis to thame, and to sic personis as hes not ane 
knawin service, and lauchtfull forme of leving, of the dait foirsaid, conten- 
ing the vnlaw of ten pundis be the contraveinar thairof, sa aft as they sal 
happin to be convict ; the third ordinance, maid on the tent day of 
Januar, 1596 yeiris, prohibiting all byeris of fresche salmound fische, 
alsweill within the burgh, fredome theiroff, or owtwith the same, ather in 
the townis watteris or burrouis watteris, except at the mercatt croce of 
this burght, alsweill efter nowne as affoir nowne, vnder the paines thairin 
contenit ; and the fourt, of the dait the said tent day of Januar, and yeir 
foirsaid, maid anent transporteris of folzie furth of this burght to otheris 
lordis and lairdis landis lyand owtwith the fredome and territorie thoirof, 
and aganis sic persones within the burgh, as sellis fulzie or guding to ex- 
tranearis, for guiding and manuring of thair landis, nocht lyand within 
the fredome and territoreis forsaid, quhilkis four ordinances wer publictlie 
intimatt to the toun, quha wer moneist be the said prouest, to obserue 
and keip the samen in all poyntis, according to the mynd and tennour 
thairoff, and with certificatioune, and vnder the paines and vnlawes thairin 
contenit, to be incurrit be the contraveinaris, quhairvpon the said Alex r * 
Cullen, prouest, tuik act and instrument. And Mr. Patrick Chein, burges 
of the some burght, heretable feweY* and possessour of the landis of Ferry- 
hill, and Androw Brabner, burgesse thairof, possessour of the landis of 
Spittell, dissasentit to the said ordinance maid anent the transporting of 
folzie, protestand that the samen be nawayis prejudiciall to thame, anent 
the vse of transporting of folzie to thair landis, quhilkis they allegit thame 
to have haid in tymes bygane, and thairvpoun tuik act and instrument. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, for the better observing and keping of the Sabboth day 
heirefter one prophanit, be the vngodlie custome that hes bene in tymes 
bygane vsit, be inbringing of fewell and peittis within this burght one the 
Sabboth day, nocht onlie be the seruandis of the inhabitantis of this 
burght, bot lykewayis be extranearis dwelling to landwart, and rownd 
abowt this burght, selling and disponing of the said fewall and peittis to 
the inhabitantis and indwellaris thairoff ; for the restrening of the quhilk 
vngodlie vse, it wes statut and ordanit be the provest, baillies, and haill 
communitie, convenit this day in thair heid court, that the peittis and 
fewall quhilkis salbe apprehendit and fund fra this day furth within this 



228 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

burght one the Sabboth day, to quhomsoever the same belangis to, ather 
indwellar or extranear, to be sauld or nocht sauld, salbe escheitt, delt, 
and gevin to the hospitall of this burght, and the byer or ressauer of the 
saidis fewall or peittis sail pay fyve schillingis for [ilk] hors lead that sal 
happin tham to by or ressaue on the Sabboth day, to be wptakin withowt 
fawour, and distributit to the vse of the puire. 

15th June, 1602. 

The said day, Janet Wischert, spous of Willeam Gib, was convict and 
put in amerciament of court for the mispersoning and injuring of Willeam 
Mar, yongar, in calling him kaird-facit kairll, and for vsing of execrations 
and cursingis agane the said "Willeam, in sitting doun on hir kneis and 
praying lat never sie nor salt watter bear him ; to forbeir, &c. 

4th August, 1602. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considering that be act 
of his Majestie's parliament, maid in the moneth of November, the yeir 
of God j m and sex hundreth yeris, the fyffc day of August is appoyntit to 
be kepit yeirlie in all tyme cumming for publict preitching and solemne 
thankisgeving to God, for the mervellows delywerie quhilk his Maiestie 
ressauit fra the horrible murthour attemptit aganis his hienes, be vmquhil 
the Erll of Gowrie, and Mr. Alex r - Ruthven, his bruther, vpon the fyft 
day of August, the yeir of God j m and sex hundreth yeris ; thairfoir or- 
danis the haill inhabitantis of this burght, baith men and wemen, to be 
warnit be the drum passand throw the haill rewis of the towne, to keip 
the sermonis the morne in the paroche kirk of this burgh, bayth afoir and 
efter none, and ordanis the mercat croce to be hung, and the wyne and 
spycerie to be drunkin and spent thairat, and a numer of glasses to be 
brockin and cassin, in signe and tokin of thair reiosing hartis for his 
Maiestie's preservation, and ordanis the thesaurer to furneis the wyne, 
spycerie, and glassis, in sic quantitie, and in sic decent and cumlie maner, 
as may stand with the townis honour, and the expenssis to be debursit be 
the said thesaurer thairon, to be allowit to him in his comptis. 



August, 1602. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall hes appointit and no- 
minat Dauid Cargell, deane of gild of this burgh, to pas to the Marques 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 229 

of Huntlie, with the townis missive, desyring to knaw of his Lordship isth August, 

quhat ordour salbe folowit and takin be this burght anent his Maiestie's 1602- 

proclamatioun, maid vpon the haill liegis, als weill to burgh as land, 

within the schirefdome of Abirdene, and vtheris schirefdomes be north 

the samen, for meting his Majestie's Lieutenant at Inuernes the tuentie 

day of September nixt to cum, thairfra to pas vpon the Lewis with fourtie 

dayes loin, and to report bak the said Marques answer to the consall, and 

the expenssis to be debursit be the said deane of gild in the said erand, to 

be allowit to him in his comptis. 

23d August, 1602. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering that the 
bark of this burgh, callit the Gift of God, quhairof Willeam Mesoun is 
maister, is presentlie lying in the raid of this burght, arryving thairto fra 
the port of Danskine, quhilk toune of Danskine is infectit with the plaig 
of pestilence, and thairfor seing the said schip is cum from ane suspect 
place, devysit and ordanit that the said schip salbe sufferit to cum in 
within the herbrie of this burgh, vpon the conditionis folowing, towit, 
that the said schip sail ly on the poyntlaw within the herbrie, forganis 
the ferriehous, and that nather skipper, merchand, mariner, nor boy, 
quhais names folowis, viz. : Willeam Measoun, skipper, Johne Drum, 
Charles Robertsoun, James Cristell, Patrick Steuart, Thomas Schand, 
James Coupar, and Gilbert Gray, merchandis, Peter Crukschank, Johne 
Duncane, James Russell, Andro Grub, Johne Philp, James Forbes, and 
Willeam Gray, marineris, sail cum furth of the said schip, ather to the 
south or north schoir, bot remane within the said schip and on the Insches, 
on cum a land, during the will and plesure of the counsall, and ay and 
quhill thay gett the counsallis licence to that effect, induring the quhilk 
space thay sail try thair haill irne, pick, tar, and vtheris guidis quhilkis 
thay hawe presentlie within the said schip, with fyir and watter, tacking 
out of the irne out of the barrellis, and fyring the same with hedder, and 
that thay sail try thair haill kistis, claythis, and vtheris guidis thairin be 
fyre and watter, as said is ; and that the saidis merchandies, skipper, mari- 
neris, and boyes sail keip thair schip and Inches during the said space, and 
quhill thay and thair guidis be sufficientlie tryit as said is, sail nocht suf- 
fer thair wyffis, bairnis, freyndis, nor na vtheris, to hawe ony eatting, or 
drinking, or companie with thame, and that thay sail ressaue nather 



230 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

23rd August, meatt nor drink during the tyme of thair tryell, bot in presence of ane of 
the baillies of the said burgh ; and ordanit the saidis merchandis, skipper, 
and companie to find cautioun for keiping of the ordour aboue specifeit, 
vnder the pane of thrie thousand merkis, to be payit be the contraveinar 
to the deane of gild of this burght, besyd sic vther punischement as salbe 
injoynit to him be the magistratis ; according to the quhilk ordinance, 
Robert Gray and Johne Gray, merchandis, burgessis of the said burght, 
becum actit, coniunctlie and seueralie, as cautioneris and souerteis for the 
said Willeam Measoun, skipper, and for the haill merchandis and cum- 
panie aboue specifeit, that thay, and euerie ane of thame, sail observe the 
ordour above prescryvit, and incace ony of thame failze to pay the said 
sowme of thrie thousand merkis to the said deane of gild ; and Willeam 
Robertsoun becum actit to relewe the saidis Robert and Johne Grayes of 
the said sowme of thrie thousand merkis, incace the said Charlie Robert- 
soun, his sone, contravene the ordour aboue specifeit ; and Alex r * Schand 
becum actit to relewe the saidis Robert and Johne Grayes of the foirsaid 
sowme of thrie thousand merkis, incace the said Thomas Schand, his sone, 
contravene this present ordinance ; and Dauid Cargill becom actit to re- 
lewe the forsaidis cautionaris, incace Johne Drum contravene the pre- 
misses ; and James Stewart, elder, becom actit to relewe the saidis 
cautionaris of the foirsaid paine of thrie thousand merkis, incace Patrik 
Stewart, his sone, contravene the ordour foirsaid ; and Thomas Gray be- 
com actit to relewe the saidis cautionaris, incace Gilbert Gray contravene 
the premisses. 

24th August, 1602. 

The said day, the haill towne being convenit in the tolbuyth, for the 
maist pairt, being warnit thairto be the handbell passand throw the haill 
rewis and streittis of the towne, quhairvpon the berar maid fayth, it wes 
exponit to thame be Alex r - Cullen, prouest, that all and sindrie his 
Maiesties lieges betuixt saxtie and sextene, als weill to burght as to 
land, within the boundis of the schirrefdomes of Aberdene, Banff, Elgine, 
Forres, Name, Inuernes, Cromartie, Caithnes, and Orkney, war vnder 
chargis to meit his Majestic, or his hienes Lieutenant, at the burght of 
Inuernes, vpon the twentie day of September nixt to cum, and thairfra to 
pas fordvart with his Maiestie or his lieutenent to the ile of the Lewis, 
for reducing of the inhabitantis thairof to his Maiesties obedience, as the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 231 

copie of his Maiesties proclamatioun maid thairanent, quhilk was opinlie 24th August 
red in judgement, in audience of the haill towne, convenit as said is, at 
lenth beris ; and als schew and exponit that in respect the inhabitantis of 
this burght ar subject and vnder the danger of the said proclamatioun, 
that therfor he had convenit the counsall, and had signifeit the same to 
thame, quha thocht it meit that ane commissioner sould be direct in all 
haist to his Maiestie, to deall with his hienes for all discharge to this 
burgh of thair passing forvard to the said raid, and to compone with his 
hienes and thesaurer to that effect, and thairfor enquyrit of the towne, 
convenit as said is, quhat cours thay thocht best to folow, for eschewing 
of the danger of the said proclamatioun, quha all in ane voce, but 
oppositioun or contradictioun, thocht it maist meit and expedient that ane 
commissioner suld be chosin be the consall, and direct towardis his 
Maiestie, to travell with his hienes for this burghtis discharge of the said 
proclamatioun, and that the said commissioner suld compone, giff neid 
beis, with his Maiestie and thesaurer, rather or the haill towne suld be 
subiect to obey the tenour of the said proclamatioun ; and farder, the 
towne, convenit as said is, wer content to be stentit for payment of sic com- 
positioun as the said commissionar sould compone, for ane discharge of the 
said raid, and for the expenssis of the said commissionar to be imployit thair- 
intill, and that letteris be gevin be delyuerance of the lordis of secreit coun- 
sall aganis thame, for convening thame selffis to cheis stentaris to the 
effect forsaid, and the stentaris being chosin, to charge thame to stent the 
said compositioun, with the commissionaris expenssis, on the haill inhabi- 
tantis, and being stentit to charge the inhabitantis to mak payment 
thairof, ilk ane for his awin pairt, according to the stent roll to be sett 
downe theranent : quhairvpon the said Alex r> Cullen, prouest, askit act 
and instrumentis, ordaining the forsaid proclamatioun to be registrat in 
the townes buikis, ad futuram rei memoriam, quhairof the tenour 
folowis : James, be the grace of God, King of Scottis, to our louittis, 
Robert Elder, [ ] messingeris, our schireffis in that pairt, coniunctlie and 
seuerallie, speciallie constitute, greting. Forsamekle as we being moued 
with the detestabill and barbarous behaviour of the inhabitantis of the 
Lewis, quha being woid of the fear and knawledge of God, and mis- 
knawing thair alledgeance and obedience to ws, ar occupeit in nothing 
ellis bot in bluid, murthour, reif, thift, and oppressioun, ewerie ane of 
thame exercising monstrous and beistlie cruellteis vpon vtheris, as hes 



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no * ^ ene k ar ^ aman gi s Turkis nor infidellis, and with that thay ar 
plantit and possessit with the maist fertile and commodious pairt of our 
haill realme, quhilk being inritcheit with a incredible fertilitie of cornis, 
and plantie of fisches wald render maist inestimabill commoditeis to oure 
realme, gif the barbaritie of the wyld and sawaige inhabitantis thairoff 
wald suffer and permitt a paciable traid and traficque amangis thame, 
the dew consideratioun quhairof tuiching ws in honour and conscience, 
we, efter guid adwyse and deliberatioun, resoluit to reduce that yle to 
certane burrowis and gentilmen, quha vpon the regard of our honour and 
commoditie of our cuntrie, interprysit the conques of that yle, establisch- 
ing of religioun and politic within the samen, and ruitting out the 
barbaritie and wickednes quhilk was sa commoun thairin : lyk as thay, 
be powar, and force hawing maid a perfyte conques of that ylle, and 
reducit the samyn to als gryt obedience as ony pairt of the mane and in 
cuntrie, sua that all kynd of traffict and handling be see wes wery 
frequent and paciable thair, it is of treuthe that in the meyntyme certane 
of the principallis of the said ile, confident and bandit with the princi- 
pallis of the illis nixt adiacent, vnder the pretence and cullour of 
freindschip, conspyrit and devysit the vter exterminatioun and ruyne of 
the saidis gentilmen, wenturaris, and thair haill gentilmen and companie, 
and at last finding the commoditie of the tyme, quhar as the said gentil- 
men luikit for nathing les than ony sic hie tressoun, thay sett vpon thame 
with fyre and sword, murdreist and slew at thair plesour, and hes 
possest thame selms with the said ile, intending be the force and concur- 
rence of vtheris disorderit theves and lymaris of the iles, to detene the 
samyn aganis ws and oure authoritie, to the trubill of our estaitt, and 
drawing out of forder inconvenientis, gif thair [ ] and intentionis be 

not tymouslie substantiouslie preventit and dissapoyntit, and thairfor we, 
with advyse of the lordis of our secreit counsall, hes resoluit and conclu- 
dit be power and force to reduce the said ile againe to our obedience, and 
to repress the insolencies of the lymmeris quha wer the authoris of the 
disturbing of the samyn ; for quhilk purpoiss, necessar it is that we or our 
lieutenant to be directit be ws to the said ile, be weill and substantiouslie 
acompaneit with a force of our guid and lowing subjectis : oure will is 
heirfoir, and we charge yow straitlie, and commandis, that incontinent 
thir oure letteris sene, ye pas, and in our name and authoritie, command 
and charge all and sindrie our lieges betuixt sextie and sextene yeris, 



OF THE BUKGH OF ABERDEEN. 233 

and vtheris fensabill personis, als weill to burgh as to land, within regalite, 24th August, 
as roalitie, within the boundis of our schirefdomes of Aberdene, Banff, 
Elgin, Forres, Name, Inuernes, Cromartie, Cathnes, and Orknay, be 
oppin proclamatioun at the marcat croces of the heid burrowis within the 
same schirefdomes, that they and ilk ane of thame, weill bodin in fear of 
weir, in thair maist substantious and weirlyk maner, and with fourtie 
dayes wittuallis and prowisioun, effcer cuming to the Lewes, addres thame 
selffis to meitt ws or oure Leuetenant, at the dayis and places respectiue 
effcer following, that is to say, the saidis inhabitantis to burght or land, 
within our schirefdomes of Aberdene, Elgin, Banff, Torres, Name, 
Cromartie, and Inuernes, except Caithnes, Sutherland, and Stranauer, 
to meitt at our burgh of Inuernes vpoun the twentie day of September 
nixt to cum, and thairfra to pas fordward with ws or our said Lieutenent, 
as they sail be directit and commandit ; the saidis inhabitantis of Orknay 
and Zetland to conveine and meitt ws or our said Lieutenent at the 
Lewes, vpon the tent day of October nixt to cum ; and that the inhabi- 
tantis of Strathnawir, Caithnes, and Suthirland, be in redines to conveine 
and meitt ws or our Lieutenant at sic dayes and places as they sail be 
aduerteissit, be our proclamatioun or vtherwayis, that all follow the 
directioun of ws or our said Lieutenent, vnder the paine of tinsall of lyff, 
land, and guid, as ye will answer to ws thairwpoun ; the quhilk to do, we 
committ to yow, coniunctlie and seuerallie, our full power, be thir oure 
letteris, delyuering thame be yow dewlie execut and indorsat againe to the 
berar : Gevin vnder our signet at Edinburgh, the nyntene day of July, 
and of our regne, the xxxv. yeir, 1602, per actum secreti consilii. 

25th. August, 1602. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, electit, nominat, and 
chesit Maister Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk of the said burgh, 
commissionar for this burght, to pas to his Maiestie for purchesing of 
ane discharge to this burght of thair passing fordvard to the raid of the 
Lewes, with power to the said Mr. Thomas to compone with his Maiestie 
and with his hienes thesaurer, for this burghtis discharge fra the said 
raid, and quhatsumeuer the said Mr. Thomas does thairanent, the saidis 
prowest, baillies, and counsall obleist thame to abyd thairat, and to 
relewe him of the samyn, and ordanis ane commissioun to be maid to the 
said Mr. Thomas to deall in the erand forsaid vnder the townis privie 

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seall, and ordanis the sowme of ane hundreth merkis to be gevin to the 
said Mr. Thomas, for macking of his expenssis in the said commissioun, 
quhilk thay ordane to be vpliftit vpon proffitt be the thesaurer of the said 
burght, becaus he hes nocht present syluer of the townis in his handis, 
and the samen sowme, with the profitt thairof, to be allowit to the said 
thesaurer in his comptis. 

1th September, 1602. 

-The said day, in presence of the prouest, baillies, and counsall, com- 
peirit Maister Thomas Mollisoun, commoun clerk of the said burght, 
commissionar chosin vpon the xxv. day of August last bypast, to pas to 
his Maiestie for getting ane discharge to the inhabitantis of this burght, 
of thair passing fordvard to the raid of the Lewes, and dischargit him to 
the counsall of his said commissioun, be exponing to thame of his pro- 
ceedingis thairin, and be productioun of ane licence, subscryvit be his 
Maiestie, discharging the prouest, baillies, counsall, and communitie of 
this burght, of thair passing forward to the said raid, and of all cryme, 
skayth, or inconvenient that thay or ony of thame may incur for abyding 
thairfra, as the said licence, of the daitt at Hammiltoun, the last day of 
August immediatlie bygane, proportis ; quhilk being red and considderit 
be the consall, thay find that the said Mr. Thomas hes vsit a gryt dili- 
gence in the erand foirsaid gevin to him in commissioun, and that he hes 
faithfullie and honestlie dischargit himselff theroff, and that he hes 
benefitit this burght be his travellis in the same, and thairfor dischargit 
the said Mr. Thomas simpliciter of the said commissioun, quhairvpon he 
askit instrument. 

20th October, 1602 

The said day, the bailleis and counsall of the said burgh, being convenit 
in the counsalhous, anent the supplicatioun gevin in to thame in name of 
Johne Lyndsay, Gilbert Gordone, Alexander Lome, Dauid Schand, Patrik 
Corser, merchandis, and Andro Rait, mariner, all burgessis of this burght, 
presentlie within the blokhous, lykas thay hawe bene within the same 
be the space of [ ] dayes bygane, thairin abyding tryell gif thay wer 

clein or foull of the plaig of pestilence, quhairof thay wer suspect, inrespect 
of thair lait cumming from Danskine in the moneth of September last 
bypast, quhilk towne of Danskine is contagiouslie infectit with the said 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 235 

plaig of pestilence, craving that thay may be put to libertie, and sufferit 20th October, 

to cum hame to thair awin houssis, and resort publictlie to kirk and mer- 

cat, for doing of thair lesum effaris, inrespect of thair tryell alreddie gevin, 

both of thair bodyes and guidis, conforme to the ordinance of counsall sett 

doun thairanent, and that thay ar frie and clene, God be praisit, of the 

said plaig ; quhairanent the baillies and counsall advysing, fand that thay 

had alreddie biddin ane sufficient tryell, and thairfor votit and concludit 

that the saidis merchandis, and the said Andro Rait, and als Alex p - Leslie 

and Andro Ingrame, quho wer siclyk present in the said blokhous, and 

detenit in the same, be ressone thay had enterit thairin, but licence of the 

magistrattis, to be putt all to libertie, and takin out of the said blokhous 

on Setterday next, the twentie-thrie of this instant, and to be sufferit to 

repair to thair awin houssis, and to do thair effaris, as men fund to be 

clene and frie of all suspitioun of the said plaig. Persones of counsall 

present, Paull Mengzes, Johne Forbes, Alex r - Jaffray, bailleis, Alex r - 

Cullen, Dauid Andersoun, Dauid Cargill, Patrik Forbes, Dauid Fergus- 

soun, Alex r< Crukschank, Alex r> Kempt, Alex r - Burnnett, and Thomas 

Goiff, tailzeour. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, the haill assise, be the mouth of Dauid Cargill, chan- 
cellar, all in ane voce, but contradictioun, convictit Richard William soun, 
cultellar, as ane vnlawfull nichtbour to duell within this burgh, in that it 
was sufficientlie verefeit and proven befoir thame, and be the said 
Richardis awin confessioun, publictlie maid in judgement, that he had oft 
and dyvers tymes woundit, hurt, and bled sindrie nichtbouris of this 
burght, and persewit thame of thair lyvis, tovit, Alex r - Rob, Patrik 
Barbour, Alex r * Forsyth, Andro Inglis, and Annabell Prat, the said 
Richardis awin wyff ; wes ane adulterous persoun, subiect to ebrietie and 
drunkinnes, and a commoun trubler of his nichtbouris, inrespect quhairof, 
the baillies, be thair decreit, decernit the said Richard to be baneist this 
burght and fredome thairof, in all tyme cuming, as ane vnlawful persoun, 
quhilk baneisment wes instantlie intimat be oppin proclamatioun at the 
mercat croce. 

8th December, 1602. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, auld and new counsallis, considder- 



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ing that the yeirlie rent of the principall burrowis of this realme consistis 
cheiflie in the deuties of thair commoun mylnis, and that thair commoun 
gude is grytumlie advancit be the samyn, and vnderstanding that thair is 
no vther meane to put the commoun mylnis of this burght to promt, bot 
onlie be bigging of ane wyndmylne, seing the four present watter mylnis, 
for laik of watter in the drouth of symmer, and frostis in wynter, ar not 
habill to grind the cornis that belangis to the nichtbouris of this burght, 
and ar astrictit to be grund at the saidis mylnis, quhilkis cornis for the 
maist pairt, throw want of watter at the saidis mylnis, ar careit to Gor- 
donis Mylne, Kethackis Mylne, and to the mylnie of Ferryhill and Gil - 
comstoun, and grund thairat, be the quhilk the commoditie of the saidis 
four commoun mylnis of this burght ar grytumlie hinderit and preiudgit, 
thairfoir thocht it maist meit and expedient, votit, devysit, and ordanit, 
that thair salbe ane commound wynd mylne biggit on Hedonishill, at the 
Gallowgett Port of this burght, with all convenient diligence, on the com- 
moun chargis and expenssis of the towne, to be debursit be the thesaurer 
and deane of gild, of the reddiest of the townis propertie and accidentis 
in thair handis, or quhilk sail happin thame to ressawe be vertew of thair 
offices, as thay salbe commandit and appoyntit be the counsall, and that 
this ordinance salbe intimat to the haill commvnitie, and thair consent 
and approbatioun had thairto. 

30th March, 1603. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, having this day 
ressawit suir intelligence, be the declaratioun of James Chalmer, ane of 
his Maiestie's domestickis, that the Quene of Ingland depairtit this pre- 
sent lyff vpon the tuentie fourt day of Marche instant, and that im- 
mediatlie thairefter, vpon the samen day, his Maiestie, our Kyng and 
Souerane, wes proclamit and declairit Kyng of Ingland, as richteous air 
and successour thairof to hir Maiestie, boith be hir Maiestie's awin letter 
will and testament, as also be the nobilitie and counsall of Ingland; 
thairfoir, inrespect of thir glaid tydingis, hes thocht meit and expedient 
to signifie and devulgat the same to the haill people, that all the inhabi- 
tantis of this burght may prais God, for his gratious and mervellous pro- 
vidence in the wark forsaid, and for this effect ordanis the haill towne to 
be warnit, be sound of trumpet and drum, to assemble instantlie in thair 
paroche kirk, and thair gif thankis and prasis to God, for the forsaid glad 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 237 

tydingis of his Maiestie's preferment, successioun, and electioun to the 
said kingdome of Ingland ; and efter the ending of thankisgeving, and of 
the exhortatioun, ordanis bone-fyris to be sett on throcht all the streittis 
of the towne, the haill bellis to ring, the croce to be deckit and hung, the 
wyne and spycerie to be spent abundantlie thairat, a numer of glassis to 
be cassin, and the haill youthis of the towne to tak thair hagbuttis and 
accumpanie thair magistrattis throcht the haill rewis of the towne, pas 
the tyme in schuting thair muskattis and hagbutis til lait at nicht, the 
townis haill mvnitioun and artailzerie to be chargit and schott, and all 
godlie mirrines and pastyme vsit, that may expres the joy and glaidnes of 
the hartis of the people, and ordanis the deane of gild and thesaurer to 
furneis the wyne, spycerie, and glassis, to the erand foirsaid, in all decent 
and cumlie forme, and the expenssis to be debursit be thame thairon, the 
counsall ordanis the same to be allowit in thair comptis. 

1st April, 1603. 

The said day, anent the missiue letter direct to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall of this burght, from the prouest, baillies, and counsall of 
Edinburght, ressauit this day, quhairof the tenour followis : Belovit 
brethrene, efter our hartlie commendation, becaus his Maiestie is werrie 
schortlie to pas to England to accept that kingdome vpon him, according 
to his richt, we hawe thocht gude to desyre yow befoir his depairting, to 
send to this burght your commissionaris, sufficientlie instructit, to consult 
vpon sic thingis as may concerne the weill of our estate, and that ye vse 
expeditioun with all diligence, in aventures his Maiestie remoue befoir 
they cum ; this we pray yow to tak heid to without ony stay, for it requiris 
haist, and wytt ws nocht sene ye ar aduerteist be ws, and sua we commit 
yow to God ; from Edinburght this 29 of Marche, 1603, your brethrene at 
command, the prouest, baillies, and counsall of the burght of Edinburght, 
subscryvit be our commoun clerk at our command. Sic subscribitur, A. 
Guthrie. The inscriptioun on the bak, To our belovit brethrene the 
prouest, baillies, and counsall of the burght of Abcrdene, these be 
delyuerit. The counsall having red and considderit the said missiue, 
thocht the desyre thairof werrie reasonable, and a mater so necessar that 
in all haist thair behovit ane commissioner to be send to the effect 
aboue mentioned, and thairfor electit, nominat, and chesit, Alexander 
Rutherfurd, lait prouest, commissionar for this burght, to pas in all con- 



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venient diligence to Edinburgh, and thair, with the commissionaris 
thairof, and with the commissionaris of the remanent burrowis that salbe 
assembled, to convene and consult vpon sic thingis as concernis the estate 
of burrowis, to be proponit to his Maiestie befoir his Maiesties depairting 
to England, and ordanis ane commissioun to be maid to him, vnder this 
burghtis privie seall, and ane hundreth pundis to be gevin to him to mak 
his chargis and expenssis, to be takin vp be the thesaurer and deane of 
gild vpon proffitt, becaus it is vnderstand to the counsall that thay hawe 
not frie syluer, with the soume of fyftie-thrie pundis 6s. 8d. debursit be 
thame on wyne and spycerie, and the bankit, maid vpon the penult day 
of Marche last, for the glaid newis that day brocht to this burght, that 
his Maiestie wes proclamit and declairit King of England : quhairanent 
thir presentis sail be ane sufficient warrand to the said thesaurer and 
deane of gild, and ordainis that the said commissioner be directit this day 
be the said thesaurer and deane of gild, furneist with the said sowme be 
thame, becaus the erand is baith weychtie and instant. 

20th April, 1603. 

The said day, in presence of the prouest, baillies, and counsall, com- 
perit Maister Dauid Wedderburne, ane of the tua maisteris of the grammer 
schooll of this burght, and exponit and declarit that he being vrgit and 
burdenit be the lait provinciall assemblie of the ministrie hauldin in this 
burght, to accept vpon him the functioun of ane minister of Goddis word, 
wes resoluit to enter in the said functioun, and obey God calling him 
thairto be the said assemblie, and to leawe and desert the said school, 
and thairfor cravit the consent and approbatioun of the saidis prouest, 
baillies, and counsall, with thair testimonie of his dewtifull discharge of 
the said office, and of his former lyff and conversatioun : and the consall 
having censurit and tryit the said Mr. Dauidis diligence in the said office 
of maister of schole, sen the tyme of his admissioun thairto, and als his 
bypast lyff and conversatioun, fand that the said Mr. Dauid hes faith- 
fullie and dewtifullie dischargit himselff in the said office during the haill 
tyme that he exercit the same, and that he hes bein of guide lyff and con- 
versatioun, and thairfor gawe thair consent and approbatioun to the said 
Mr. Dauid to embrace the said halie functioun of the ministrie, and 
ordanis ane testimoniall to be gevin to him of his dewtifull discharge 
of the said office of maister of schole, and of his honest and gude beha- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 239 

viour in tymes past, and instantlie the said Mr. Dauid voluntarlie and soth April, 
frelie demittit and ouergawe to the counsall, in name of the to\\ne, his 
said office of maister of the grammer school! of this burght, to be provydit 
and suppliet be the counsall as they sail think maist expedient, quhilk 
dimissioun the counsell acceptit and ressauit, and in the meintyme ordanit 
Maister Thomas Reid, the vther of the maisteris of the said schooll, who 
wes coequall and coniunct thairin with the said Maister Dauid, to con- 
tinew in exercing of the said office, be him selff allane, and his doctouris 
and vnder teacharis, quhill the counsall be farder advysit. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, hes thocht meit and 
expedient, devysit and ordanit, for the commoun proffitt and benefite of 
the towne, that the commoun locht of this burght sail in na tyme cuming 
be sett out in few, lang or schort tackis, nor yit appropriat in any sort to 
the vse of any particular persone or persones, bot that the samen sail ly 
and remain, in all tyme cumming, vnlaborit or manvrit, to grow grass, and 
to serve onlie for that vse, and to furneiss the towne and commoun mylnis 
with water, and that the grass of the said locht salbe straitlie and dili- 
gentlie keipit, and the samen to be yeirlie rowpit and putt to the grytest 
proffitt and availl, as a speciall pairt of the patrimonie and commoun gude 
of the towne, and to the effect the grass of the said locht may grow the 
better and in gryter abundance, and thairby may mak the gryter proffitt 
to the towne, and that the water may rin mair abundantlie, for serving 
the towne and commoun mylnis, hes thocht expedient, that the said locht 
salbe maid dry, be the sicht and advyse of Dauid Andersoun, elder, the 
townis maister of wark, and that the haill trinck of the water salbe drawn 
doun the south syd of the Lochfeild croft, and to rin at the west syd of 
the Gallowgett, and eist syd of the said loch, in the auld trinck, to be 
cassin deper and wyder, and that the water trinck on the south-vest syd of 
the said locht, nixt the Womanhill, salbe stoppit and condamnit, and that 
this wark of the drying of the said locht, and casting of the same, salbe 
done in all convenient diligence, be the labouris and travellis of the haill 
inhabitantis of this burght, quha salbe hauldin to send thair servandis to 
that effect, as thay happin to be warnit be the bell or be the officiaris, at 
the appoyntment and directioun of the said maister of wark, and this or- 
dinance to be intimat to the towne at the heid court efter Pasche, and 



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thair consent and approbatioun cravit to the samen. Persones of counsall 
present, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest, Paull Mengzeis, Johne 
Forbes, Alexander Jaffray, bailleis, Alex r - Rutherfurd, Maister Thomas 
Nicolsoun, Robert Mengzeis, James Settoun, Dauid Andersoun, Dauid 
Cargill, Dauid Fergussoun, Alexander Crukschank, Alex r - Kempt, Alex r - 
Burnett, George Elphinstoun, saidler, Thomas Gowe, tailzeour. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, inrespect at the lait 
rowping of the commoun tackis of this burght, the grass of the locht wes 
then omittit vnrowpit, vpon gude respectis moving the magistrattis, 
thairfor appoyntis and ordanis the same to be rowpit to the grytest availl 
and proffitt, vpon the heid court day efter Pasche nixt to cum for this 
yeir, and thairefter to be rowpit vpon the ordinar day of rowping of the 
remanent townis tackis, and ordanis that it sail novyes be lesum to any 
inhabitant of this burght, nor vther quhatsvmeuir, to put in horssis, ky, or 
vther bestiall, to eatt the grass of the said locht, nor yit to ony man or 
woman, pure or riche, to schear the grass thairoff, in ony tyme cumming, 
bot onlie thay that sail hawe the same in rowping, vnder the pane of ane 
vnlaw of fourtie schillingis, to be payit be the persoun awner of the horse 
or beast that salbe apprehendit in the locht, and be the persone fund 
schearing or cutting the grass thairof, sa oft as thay happin to be convict 
thairin, to be payit to the dean of gild to the commoun vse of the towne, 
and this ordinance to be intimat be the hand bell throcht all the strettis 
of the towne, that nane pretend ignorance thairof. 



April, 1603. 

The quhilk day, the haill inhabitantis, burgessis and craftismen of 
this burght, being lauchtfullie warnit to this day be the hand bell passand 
throw the haill rewis of the towne, quhairvpon the berar maid faith, and 
being convenit for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, representand the haill 
bodye, Thomas Mengzeis, prowest, declarit that he, with the baillies and 
sum of the counsall, had earnistlie travellit, for the ease of the nichtbouris 
of this burght, with James Balfour, fear of Pettullo, brother and factour 
to Sir Michaell Balfour of Burlie, knycht, quho had letteris and chargis 
of horning, to charge the haill nichtbouris of this burght worth fyve 
hundreth pundis, to ressawe corslettis, pickis, muskattis, and vther armour 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN, 241 

specifeit within the saidis letteris within ten dayes, vnder the paine of 22nd April, 
horning, and that be thair eirnist travellis he wes content to accept pay- 
ment for fourtie-fyue compleit stand of armour, appoyntit for the inhabi- 
tantis of the burrowis, sua being the said James had securitie for 
payment thairof within ane schort space, and requirit of thame giff thai 
wald be content to accept the said numer, and pay for the samen, for 
eschewing of the said horning, or gif thay wald abyd the perrell of the 
saidis chargis, ilk man for him selff, quha in ane voce assentit and agreit 
to tak the said numer of fourtie-fyue compleit stand of armis, and that be 
acquiring of the said ease to thame, the prouest and baillies had done 
gude diligence as magistrattis for the weill of the nichtbouris of this 
burght ; and becaus thay wer not presentlie resoluit anent the forme of 
the distributioun of the said armour, and payment macking for the 
samen, desyrit Tuysday nixt the xxvi. of this instant to be resoluit thair- 
with, and that day ilk nichtbour, burges, and craftisman to be convenit 
within the tolbuyth, ilk persone thair to giff his awin aith, vpon his valour, 
according to the ordour of the sute roll ; certefeing sic as convenis nocht 
that day, without ane lauchfull excuse, or absence furth of the cuntrie, to 
vnderly the paine of horning, conforme to the saidis chargis, and to be 
chargit for himselff, at the instance of the said Sir Michaell, and to be 
hauldin to obey the charge of the saidis letteris, and to tak armour con- 
forme thairto, being fund to be worth fyue hundreth pundis, and the 
haill towne to be warnit be the handbell to the said day. 

26th April, 1603. 

The said day, the haill towne being lauchtfullie warnit to this day, be 
the hand bell passand throw the haill rewis of the towne, quhairvpon the 
berar maid fayth, and convening for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, 
representand the haill bodye, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest, 
desyrit thame to resolue and giff thair answer anent the forme of the 
distributioun of the fourtie-fyue stand of armour agreit and condescendit 
be thame, vpon the twentie-twa of this instant, to be takin fra James 
Balfour, prior of Charterhous, brother and factour to Sir Michaell Bal- 
four of Burlie, knycht, for obtempering to the chargis of horning execut 
aganis the inhabitants of this burght, for resaving of the samen, at the 
instance of the said Sir Michaell, and the towne, convenit as said is, 
agreit and consentit that the said fourtie-fyue stand of armour sail be 

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26th April, distributit amangis the nichtbouris, burgessis, craftismen, and inhabi- 
tantis of this burght, as sail be fund habill in land and gudis, of the 
sowme of fyue hundreth pundis frie, according to the chargis, and that the 
distributioun thairof sail be maid be the persones folowing, nominat and 
chosin with vniforme consent to be stentaris and distributaris thairof, to 
vit, Dauid Cargill, Alex r ' Cruikschank, elder, Alex r - Kempt, Henrie 
Forbes, Willeame Dwn, James Dauidsoun, Thomas Dowglas, merchandis, 
Gilbert Blak, cowpar, Dauid Watsoun, tailzeour, and James Castell, 
wobster, quha wer sworne judiciallie to distribute and devyd the saidis 
fortie-fyue stand of armour amangis the nichtbouris of this burght, of the 
habilitie forsaid, be thair estimatioun, judgement, and gude discretioun, 
and to giff out thair stent roll and distributioun thairanent with all con- 
venient diligence ; and the towne thocht it maist expedient that the 
saidis fourtie-fyue stand of armour sail be all corslettis, heid peces, 
wambrassis, and pickis, and navayes muskattis, in respect the towne is 
alreddie sufficientlie furneist and servit with the samen. 

30th July, 1603. 

The said day, the baillies and counsall, convenit and assembled this day, 
tymous in the murning, hauing ressauit ane missive direct from the Lordis 
of his Maiestie's preuie counsall, resident at Edinburgh, the twentie-fyft 
of this instant July, maid anent the apprehensioun of certaine fugitiue 
tratouris, interprysouris to hawe taikin his Maiestie's lyff, quhais names 
ar thir, Sir Griffin Markham, Williame Watsoun, Williame Clerk, preistis, 
past to the mercat croce of the said burght, with Gilbert Guthrie, merch- 
mont hereald, quhome, with sound of trumpett, thay causit publische the 
said act, he being clothit with his cott of armes, with all solempnitie re- 
quisit, in the hearing of all the people, that day being the mercat day, and 
efter the publisching and proclamatioun thairof, be the sound of the drum, 
and oppin proclamatioun, passand throw the haill streittis, prohibit that 
nane sould tak vpoun hand to transport or imbark in schip, crair, boitt, 
or vther vaschell, any passenger quhatsumeur, to ony forane cuntrie, 
without licence haid and obtenit of the saidis Lordis of preuie counsall, 
and aduerteissing of the magistrattis of this burght, vnder the paine con- 
tenit in the said act and proclamatioun ; and that, for the saidis prowest, 
baillies, and counsallis forder diligence and cair in obtempering to the 
command of the said act and proclamatioun, ordanit that the baillies sail 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 243 

uritt to sic as hes commandement at the sie portis following, within the 
shirefdome of Aberdene, fra the quhilk sie portis passingeris may be 
transportit in schippis, boittis, or crairis to forane cuntreis, that thay 
suffer nane to be transportit thairfra, as thay will answer to his Maiestie, 
and eschew the perrell and danger contenit in the said act and proclama- 
tioun, speciallie to the portis of Newburgh, Peterheid, Fathlie or Fraser- 
burgh, and that thay send to thame the names fugitiue specifeit in the 
said act and proclamatioun, with thair descriptionis, as the same is sett 
down ; according to the quhilk ordinance the baillies instantlie send and 
directit thair missives to the laird of Phylorth, and the laird of Tippertie, 
baillie of the Newburght. 

6th September, 1603. 

The said day, Thomas Mengzeis of Durne, prouest, exponit and declarit 
to the towne, convenit this day, that our Souerane Lord the Kingis 
Maiestie had directit a werrie favourable missive to the provest, baillies, 
and counsall of this burght, signifeing his Maiestie's great affection to- 
wardis this his hienes burght, quhilk letter the prouest causit be publictlie 
red in audience of the towne, convenit as said is, and ordanit the same to be 
registrat in the townis buikis, ad futuram rei memoriam, quhairof the 
tenour followis : To oure richt trustie and weilbeloved the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall of our burght of Abirdene. James R. Trusty freindis, we 
greit yow hartlie weill. We hawe vnderstand of your grite affectioun to 
behave your selffis as obedient subiectis, your joy of our coronatioun, and 
discoverie of the vnnatural practizes excogitat aganis ws, for the quhilk we 
can not hot rander yow maist hartlie thankis, and as we did ever repute the 
estate of burrowis ane speciall power of our estate, and you as ane of the 
best sort of thame, werrie willing to the advancement of all our effaris, 
we mon now (quhill as we ar absent in persoun, albeit in spirit and af- 
fectioun present with yow, wisching all the gude meanis vnto you, might 
rayse your hoipis and amend your fortunes) recommend vnto you the 
cair of the commoun wealth quhairof you ar memberis, and your awin 
particular estate, that the inconvenientis you may sustene be our absence 
may be repairit, be your Industrie and greater diligence in seking and 
folowing furth all lauchfull treddis, that be the example of other weill 
governit commoun welthis, may help or inriche you, and quhat help or 
furtherance ye will crawe fra this estate, it sail not be inlacking ; and be- 



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6th Sept., caus obedience to justice is ane of the best meanis to breid quyetnes, we 
recommend vnto you that honorable cair ye aucht to have of all thame 
quhome we hawe establisched in any power, sie thair directionis put in 
executioun as our will, put vp your suittis and petitionis vnto thame, quhom 
we hawe directed cairfullie to luke vpon all thingis, may procure peace, 
wealth, and gude ordour, and may keip all sort of persones fra wrong or 
oppressioun ; thus not doubting of your goode dispositioun toward tmr 
service, we bid you fairweill. From our honnour of Hamptoun this viii. 
day of August, 1603. 

1th September, 1603. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun gevin in be Maister Dauid Wed- 
derburne, ane of the tua maisteris of the Grammer Schoole of this burght, 
bearing that vpon the tuentie day of Aprill last bypast, he had voluntarlie 
and frielie dimittit to the counsall, in name of the towne, his said office, to 
be prouydit and supplied be the counsall as thay thocht expedient, being 
then purposed to hawe enterit in the functioun of ane minister of Goddis 
word, quhilk dimissioun of his the counsall then acceptit, and now being 
otherwayes resoluit not to leawe his said office to be ane of the maisteris 
of the said schoole, bot being willing to continew in the said office with 
Mr. Thomas Reid, the vther maister of the said grammer schooll, his 
college, cravit thairfor to be reponit in his said place, lyk as he wes befoir 
lies said dimissioun, promesing to discharge him selff deulie thairin with 
the said Mr. Thomas ; quhilk desire the counsall thocht resonable, and 
notwithstanding of his forsaid dimissioun, ressauit and admittit of new 
agane the said Mr. Dauid, to be co-equall and coniunct maister of the said 
Grammer Schooll with the said Mr. Thomas Reid, for instructing of the 
youth in the airt of grammer, gude letteris, and maneris, as becummis 
him of his office, during the will of the counsall, and vpon his gude service 
and diligence to be takin thairin allanerlie, observand and kepand the in- 
iunctionis gevin and to be gevin to him and his said college, and tackand 
na gryter salarie nor is sett doun and ordanit to be takin be thame in the 
act of thair admissioun to the said office, of the date at Abirdene, the sext 
day of Februar, the yeir of God j m sex hundreth and tua yeiris. 

llth October, 1603. 
The said day, the new and auld counsallis, with the deaconis of craftis, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 245 

being assemblit in the counsalhous, vpon credible informatioun that the 
plaig of pestilence was spred, and liklie furder to spred (gif God of his 
infinit mercie stay not the same), in dyvers places of the south pairtis of 
this realme, to vit, Dunbar, North Bervick, Prestounpannis, and Edin- 
burght, considdering heirwith, be reasoun of the imminent danger that 
may redound to this burght, gif the lawfull and ordinarie meanis be 
neglectit to keip the same and inhabitantis thairof, sa far as lyis in man, 
fra the same, and speciallie fra the incumming of schippis, crearis, and 
boittis fra the south pairtis, quhairin grytest perrell may be, and that the 
inhabitantis of this burgh ar nocht so obedient to the keping of the lawis 
and ordinances sett doun, and to be sett doun, be the magistrattis for gude 
reull to be obseruit be thame anent the keping of this burgh and induel- 
laris thairof fra the samen, pairtlie becaus it hes pleasit the gudnes of 
God of his infinit mercie to with hauld the said plaig fra this burght thir 
fyffcie-fyue yeris bygane, with the mair visiting many vther townis of this 
realme, baith be south and be north the samen thairwith, and spairing 
this burgh and inhabitantis thairof, quhilk bredis in thame ane sluggische 
cairlesnes and littill fear to obey the ordinances sett doun be thair 
magistrattis thairanent, in quhois handis thay knaw thair is no power of 
lyff nor death, quhilk is and wil be the occasioun of thair disobeying of 
the saidis statutes : thairfor to the effect the same may be observit, and 
the contravenaris and brackeris thairof baneschit, thocht meit and 
expedient that thair suld be ane commissioun purcheist of his Maiesties 
privie counsall, resident at Edinburght, to the prouest and baillies of this 
burght, to punische all persones induellaris in the same, and vtheris 
persones quhatsumeuer, quhither thay be strangearis or vtheris, brackaris 
of the statutes and ordinances maid or to be maid be the saidis magistrat- 
tis, for preserving of this burght fra the said plaig of pestilence, and 
keping of gude ordour thairanent, according to the qualitie of the fault, 
ather be death or demembering, or vthervayes be imprisonment and 
exacting of pecuniall panis, as is or sail be sett doun be the saidis 
magistrattis at thair awin arbitriment, and that the expenssis to be maid 
thairon sail be debursit be the deane of gild, quhilk sail be allowit to him 
in his comptis ; and in the meintyme ordanis that thair be a daylie watche 
at the herbrie mouth of this burght, of tua honest nichtbouris, to remaine 
thairat, fra sex houris in the morning to sex houris at evin, quho sail 
suffer nane to land furth of schippis, boittis, nor crairis, quhill they first 



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aduerteis the prouest and baillies, and obtene thair licence thairto, and 
the said watche to be sett and begin the morne, and ilk persone as he 
beis warnit thairto, to keip the same in proper persone and be na servand, 
and sic as sail be warnit thairto and absentis thameselffis thairfra, or yit 
sendis ony vther in his place, to incur the vnlaw of fourtie schillingis, 
toties quotieS) to be payit to the dean of gild, deferring alwayes to appoynt 
ony watches for keping of the brig or portis of this burght, vnto the 
tyme that Dundie and vther townis be south ws begin to watche thair 
townis. 

12th October, 1603. 

The said day, in presence of the prowest, baillies, and counsall, com- 
peirit personallie Maister Thomas Reid, ane of the tua maisteris of the 
gramer schooll of this burgh, college in the said office with Mr. Dauid 
Wedderburne, the vther maister of the said gramer schooll, and being 
resoluit to leawe the said office, and to enter to be ane of the regentis of 
the college laitlie erectit in this burgh, cravit the prouest, baillies, and 
counsellis gudewill and favour to dimit the said office, and to enter to the 
vther functioun, quhilk being granted to the said Mr. Thomas, he instant- 
lie, in the handis of Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, in name of the coun- 
sall, dimittit and overgawe his said office of the maister of the gramer 
schooll of this burgh, to the effect the same micht be provydit be the 
prouest, baillies, and counsall, sufficientlie as thay thocht expedient, 
quhilk dimissioun the prouest, baillies, and oounsall ressauit and acceptit 
in name of the towne, and hawing sufficient pruiff and tryell of the 
qualificatioun, literature, and gude conversatioun of the said Maister 
Dauid Wedderburne, to discharge him fullie of the said office, and of his 
gryt travellis and diligence takin thairin thir tua yeris bygane, sen his 
admissioun thairto with the said Mr. Thomas, thay thairfor instantlie 
ressauit and admittit the said Maister Dauid to be full maister of the 
gramer schooll of this burgh be him selff allane, without ony college or 
co-equall maister with him, and ordanis him to be answerit of the haill 
stipend payit be the towne to the saidis maisteris of schooll, viz., of the 
sowme of fourscoir pundis to be payit to him yeirlie be the thesaurer of 
this burgh for the tyme, at Witsonday and Martemes in wynter, be equall 
portionis, and to hawe the salarie and scholedge vsit and wount to be 
payit of befoir to vmquhill Mr. Thomas Cargill, last maister of the said 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 247 

grammer schooll, to vit, of the townis bairnis sex schillingis aucht 
penneis in the quarter to the maister, and thrie schillingis four penneis 
to the doctour, extending in all quhilk the townis bairnis suld pay in the 
quarter, baith to maister and doctour, to the sowme of ten schillingis ; 
and of the sones and bairnis of gentill men and vtheris to landwart, 
threttene schillingis four penneis quarterlie to the maister, and fyue 
schillingis to the doctour, and this his admissioun to the said office to 
indure during the said Maister Dauidis gude service thairin, and the will 
of the counsall allanerlie, and that he sail novayes desert the said office, 
nor tak him to ony vther calling or functioun, without the consent and 
gudewill of the prouest, baillies, and counsall of this burgh had and 
obtenit thairto, and macking thame aduertist be the space of halff ane 
yeir, befoir or ewer he leawe the said office, or enter to any vther fanc- 
tioun, to the effect the consall may hawe sufficient tyme to prouyd a 
qualifeit maister to the said schooll ; and that the said Maister Dauid, for 
his faithfull discharge of the dewtie in the said office, and his diligent 
travellis to be takin thairin, as also that he sail not desert the same 
quhill he aduerteis the consall as said is, and hawe thair gudewill and 
consent thairto, sail find cautioun vnder the pane of thrie hundreth 
merkis ; quhilk admissioun to the said office of the maister of the gramer 
schooll of this burght the said Maister Dauid acceptit, with the conditioun 
and provisioun foirsaid, and instantlie fand Dauid Andersoun, elder, 
burges of this burght, cautionar for him for fulfilling of the samen, quho 
instantlie becom actit cautionar for the said Maister Dauid, to the effect 
aboue specifiet, vnder the panis aboue expremit, and the said Mr. Dauid 
acts him to relewe his said cautionar of his cautionarie aboue wretin, and 
of all that may folow thairon. 

26th October, 1603. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering that the 
cair and burdine of ouerseing and ordour tacking with this burght and 
inhabitantis thairof, now in this dangerous tyme of plaig of pestilence, 
alreddie kendlit in the south pairtis of this realme, will be ouer gryt to 
be borne vp be the prouest and four baillies without help and concurrence 
of vtheris, to hawe authoritie with thame to sie the statutes and ordour 
to be sett doun thairanent put in executioun, and ressaue full obedience, 
conforme to the mynd and tenour thairof, thairfor thocht meit and 



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26th Oct., expedient that thair sail be sex or sevin quarter maisteris adionit to the 
baillie of ilk quarter, to assist and concur with the baillie, and to hawe 
equall power and authoritie with him in ordour tacking with the brackeris 
of the statutes to be sett doun anent the said plaig, and putting of the 
samen statutis to executioun in all poyntis, during the haill tyme of the 
reging of the said plaig in this realme, and for that effect instantlie 
nominat and chesit Gilbert Cullen, George Nicolsoun, Johne Kyng, 
James Mowatt, Alex r< Kempt, and Gilbert Blak, elder, quarter maisteris 
of Futtie quarter, with Thomas Forbes, baillie thairof ; and for the Grene 
quarter, nominat and chesit Johne Forbes, Henrie Forbes, Alex r JafFray, 
Dauid Fergussoun, Dauid Adye, Charles Dwn, and Robert Kelo, and 
Alex r - Blair, quartermasteris, with Dauid Mengzeis, baillie of the Grene 
quarter; and for the Cruikit quarter, Thomas Kyng, Robert Keyth, 
Thomas Johnstoun, elder, Alex r - Burnett, elder, Patrick Jack, James 
Donaldsoun, and George Elphinstoun, chosin quartermaisteris thairof, and 
adionit to Willeam Lowsone, baillie ; and for the Evin quarter, Williame 
Gray, Mr. Johne Mortimer, Patrik Forbes, Maister Willeam Moir, James 
Fergussoun, Johne Layng, Johne Gray, and Johne Merser, saidler, chosin 
quartermaisteris thairof, with Mr. Dauid Rutherfurd, bailie of the said 
quarter, quhilkis persones comperand personallie in presence of the 
counsall, acceptit the said office of quartermaisteris in and vpon thame, 
and gawe thair ay this for faythfull administratioun thairin. 

15th November, 1603. 

The said day, in presence of honorabill men, Alex r< Rutherfurd, prouest, 
Maister Dauid Rutherfurd, Willeam Lowsoun, and Thomas Forbes, thrie 
of the baillies of the burght of Abirden, comperit personallie ane nobill and 
potent lord, George Erll Merschall, Lord Keyth and Altrie, and becom actit 
voluntarlie cautionar and souertie for Alex 1 "' Keyth of Balmvir, Alexander 
Keyth in Glasco, Nathaniell Keyth, and remanent of the said Erie, his 
kin, freyndis, and servandis, that thay sail mak na trubile, molestatioun, 
nor provocatioun within the said burght, territorie nor fredome thairof, 
to Maister James, brother to Willeam Forbes of Corsinday, Thomas 
Fraser, bruther to Andro Fraser of Stanyvod, nor to nane of the surname 
of Forbes, thair kin, freyndis, servandis, nor dependaris, in tyme cuming 
be reasone of the occasioun of trubill this day fallin out betuixt thame, 
vnder all hiest paine that the laws of the cuntrie prescryvis for trubling 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 249 

of the Kingis Maiestie's frie royall burgh, and vnder sic paine as his Maiestie 15th NOV. 

or his hienes secreit counsall of Scotland sail enjoyne, incace the said 1608> 

burgh be trublit be thame, or ony quhome the said erle may stop or 

lat ; and siclyk, in presence of the pro vest and baillies forsaidis, comperit 

Johne Lord Forbes, and becom actit as cautionar and souertie for the 

saidis Mr. James Forbes, Thomas Fraser, Mr. Thomas J ohnestoun, thair 

kin, freyndis, assisteris, and pairtakeris, and als for the surname of Forbes, 

his haill freyndis, assistaris, dependaris, and seruandis, and all quhom the 

said Lord Forbes may stop or lat, that thay, nor nane of thame, sail mak 

ony trubill within the said burgh, be persewing of the saidis Alex r - Keyth 

of Balmvir, or ony of the surname or freyndschip of Keyth, in tyme cum- 

ing, be occasioun of the said trubill this day fallin out betuixt the saidis 

parties, and that the said burght sail not be trublit be thame in tyme cum- 

ing, vnder the panis above specifeit, quhairvnto the prouest and baillies for- 

said interponit thair authoritie, vpon the quhilkis Dauid Cargill, deane of 

gild, as commoun procuratour for the said burgh, askit act and instrumentis. 

20th November, 1603. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering that 
about the termes of Witsonday and Martemes yeirlie, quhen as gryt 
numeris of his Maiestie's liegis of all rankis duelling to landvart, reparis 
and resortis to this burght for doing of thair lesum effaris, sum to ressaue 
in thair dettis, vtheris to vpliffc or giwe out siluer on proffitt, and mak 
thair securities, amangis quhome thair being sindrie querrellis and deidlie 
feidis standing vnreconcelit, and privat grudgis, thair fallis out frequentlie 
at the saidis termes dyvers tumultis, trublis, and disorderis, quhairthrow 
thay hawe draun to pairties, covocat gryt numeris on ather syd, and hes 
takin armis and perseuit vtheris within this burgh, and being chargit be 
the inagistrattis of this burgh to desist and ceas from the saidis trublis, 
and to pas to thair ludgingis, they proudlie and contempnandlie hawe 
disobeyit the command of the magistrates, being clannit men of gryt 
freynschip, and thair numeris being so gryt, quhairthrow the magistrattis 
and nichtbouris of this burgh, standing betuixt the saidis pairteis, for 
redding and stanching of the saidis tumultis, hes bene dyvers and sindrie 
tymis in gryt danger and perrell, and sum of thame hurt and woundit, not 
being of power to resist the force of baith the pairteis, for remeid heirof 

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thocht guid and expedient that thair salbe ane bill and supplicatioun 
gevin in, in name of the prouest, baillies, counsall, and commonitie of this 
burght, to the lordis of his hienes secreit counsall resident in this realme, 
desyrand chargis to be direct in his Maiestie's name, to charge all and 
sindrie erlis, lordis, baronis, gentilmen, thair men, tenentis, servandis, de- 
pendaris, and all vtheris our souerane lordis liegis, of quhatsumever rank 
or degrie, resorting or repairing to the said burgh of Abirdene, at the 
saidis termes, or ony vther tyme of the yeir, that nane of thame presvme 
or tak vpon hand to mak ony trubill, or raise ony tumult within this his 
Maiestie's burght, draw wappynnis, persew or invaid vtheris within the 
same, or to convocat or draw pairteis thairin, in ony tyme cumming, for 
revenging of thair querrellis or particularis quhatsumever, or mak ony 
commotioun to the brak of his Maiestie's peice, or disturbing of this his 
Maiestie's burght at the saidis termes of Witsonday or Mertimes, or at 
ony other tyme of the yeir, vnder the paine of treasone, gif the same can 
be grantit, or sic vther panis as the lordis of his hienes privie consall sail 
prescryve ; and to desyre the chargis to be granted for the caussis forsaidis, 
and be reasone thair is so many clannis lyand about this burght of so gryt 
forces, and that this burght is ane opin burght without wallis, and na- 
vayes of power to resist or command sa gryt forces as resortis thairvnto 
at the tymes forsaidis, and ordaines the deane of gild to mak the chargis 
and expenssis in purchesing and raising the letteris, quhilk salbe allowit 
to him in his comptis. 

2nd January, 1604. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall ordanis the sowme of 
ane hundreth merkis to be vpliftit vpon proffitt be the thesaurer and 
deane of gild, for furnesing of sextene men, inhabitantis of this burgh, 
with a commander, to pas with his Maiesties gaird to the hous of 
Drumbreck, for assisting thame in asseging of the said hous, according 
to the commissioun gevin to the said gaird for that effect be his Maiesties 
secreit counsall, and conforme to the chargis vsit and execute this day 
aganis the inhabitantis of this burght, for assisting of the said gaird in 
the executioun of the said commissioun, quhilk sowme of ane hundreth 
merkis, togidder with the prointt thairof, sail be allowed to the said 
thesaurer and deane of gild in his comptis. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 251 

IQth January, 1604. loth Jan. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, with consent of the 
commonaltie, convenit this day in thair heid court, considdering the dis- 
ordour and dissolute behaviour quhairin the scholaris of the grammer 
scholl of this burght, fallis into about the superstitious tyme of yuill, in 
tacking of the school!, keping and haulding of the same aganis thair 
maister, with swordis, gvnnis, pistollis, and vtheris wappynnis, spuilzeing 
and tacking of puir folkis geir, sic as geisse, foullis, peittis, and vtheris 
vivaris, during the tyme of the haulding thairof, and repyning altogither 
to the correctioun and discipline of the maister, tending not onlie to the 
fostering of the superstitious keping of haly dayes, bot also breding in 
the scholeris hartis a contempt and misregaird of thair maister, and fur- 
nesing to thame occasioun of boldnes to rebell aganis his discipline, 
besyddis that the puir people that cummis into the towne for selling of 
vivaris ar spulzeit and reft thairof, and na satisfactioun maid to thame of 
the samen, to thair gryt hurt and skayth, and sklander of this burght and 
magistrates thairof; for avoding of the quhilk disordour heirefter, 
statutes and ordanis that it sail not be lesum to the maister of the 
grammer schoole to ressaue nor admit ony bairnis duelling to landvart, 
nather yit ony townis bairnis, to the schooll in tyme cumming, quhill the 
parent of the bairne or sum freynd cum, in presence of ane of the baillies, 
and find cautioun actit in the townis buikis, that the said bairne sail 
navayes repyne to the ordour and discipline of the maister, and that he 
sail nawayes tak the schooll, nor be airt or pairt in tacking thairof, at 
yuill nor na vther terme of the yeir, vnder the paine of tuentie pundis 
to be incurrit be the cautionar of the scholar contraveining this present 
ordinance, sa oft as he beis convict for contraveining the samen, to be 
payit to the deane of gild, to be applyit vpon the commoun eifaris of this 
burgh. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, it was statute and ordanit be the prouest, baillies, and 
counsall, with consent of the commvnitie, convenit this day in thair heid 
court, that it sail not be lesum to any persone, induellar in this burgh, to 
sell ony wyne, aill, or beir, in tyme cumming, effcer ten houris of the 
nicht, nather yit lesum to any inhabitant thairof, or to any vther persone 
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gangand on the streittis of this burgh efter the said hour, bot that all 
persones sail contene thameselffis in thair houssis and ludgingis, fra that 
hour furth, and that for eschewing of the vndecent and vngodlie vse of 
nichtwalking, carting, dyeing, and drinking, ouer frequentlie vsit in this 
burgh in tymes bypast, quhilk hes bred gryt disordour and dissolutenes 
off lyff in sindrie inhabitantis ; and sic as sail be apprehendit and convict 
heireffcer in contravening this ordinance in ony poynt, to incur the vnlaw 
of fyve pundis, toties quofies, and the maisteris of houssis to be answera- 
bill for thair bairnis and servandis ; farder, becaus thair is presentlie a 
numer of idill men in this burgh bund to Flanderis to the wearis, quha 
committis sum disordouris vnder silence of nicht, heirfor it is thocht meit 
that thair sail be ane nichtlie watche of auchtene persones kepit within 
this burght, vnto the moneth of Marche nixt to cum, for stansching of the 
saidis disordouris, and intrapping of theas that sail be fund walking on 
the streittis efter the ordinar hour forsaid, and delating of thair names to 
the maggistrattis. 

IStk January, 1604. 

The quhilk day, James Cheyne of Straloch, being accusit be Alexander 
Rutherfurd, prouest, in his Maiesties name, for trubling of his Maiesties 
frie regall burgh, in drawing of ane sword this day within the samyn, and 
thairwith persewing of Mr. Thomas Nicolsoun, commissar of Aber- 
dene, and burges of the said burgh, the said Mr. Thomas being on horsbak, 
in sober and quiet maner, without ony armour, cuming fra the commissa- 
riat place of Auld Aberdene, administring there justice to his Maiesties 
lieges, according to his office, hawing na mynd of ewill, and striking at 
the said Mr. Thomas with the said suerd, aitling to hawe slayne him 
thairwith ; the said James Cheyne compering personallie, grantit the 
trubling of his Maiesties toun in maner foirsaid, and referrit and pat him 
in the will of the counsall thairanent, quhairfor the said James wes 
convict and put in amerciament of court, to forbeir and to mend as law 
will, and was ordanit to sett cautioun to pay to the deane of gild of the 
said burgh, sic vnlaw as the counsall thairof suld modefie the said James 
to pay for his trubling of the towne, and lykwayes to sett law souertie 
actit that the said James Cheyne, nane of his souldieris, servandis, or 
freindis, quhilkis he may stope or lat, suld trubill or molest ony burges, 
craftisman, or inhabitant of the said burgh, vtherwayes nor be ordour of 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 253 

law and justice, vnder the paines contenit in the act of parliament ; 
according to the quhilk ordinance of the saidis prouest and baillies, 
Dauid Lindsay, burges of the said burgh, becom actit cautionar for the 
said James Cheyne to pay to the said deane of gild sic vnlaw as the said 
consall sail modefie the said James to pay, for trubling of the toun ; and 
lykewayes becom actit law souertie for the said James, that the burges- 
sis, craftismen, and inhabitantis of the said burgh sail be harmles and 
skaithles of the said James, his souldiouris, serwandis, and freindis, 
quhome he may stope or lat, vtherwayes nor be ordour of law and 
justice, vnder the paines contenit in the act of parliament ; of the quhilkis 
souirtie and cautionarie the said James actit him to relewe the said 
Dauid of his said cautionarie, and of all that may follow thairwpoun, 
quhairvpon the said Dauid Cargill and Dauid Lyndsay tuik act and 
instrument ; and Mr Richard Irving burges of the said burgh become 
actit souirtie for the said Mr. Thomas Nicolson, that the toun sail nocht 
be trublit be him nor nane that he may stope or lat, vnder the paine 
of [ ], and the said Mr. Thomas actit him to relewe his said cautionar. 

3rd February, 1604. 

The said day, Alex r - Ross, merchand, becom cautioun for Capitane 
James Cheyne of Stralocht, that the said Capitane James, nor nane of his 
servandis and dependaris, nor na vtheris quhome he may stope or lat, 
sail trubill this burgh, or mak ony vnquietatioun or perturbatioun in the 
same, be persewing be way of deid of Mr. James Ord, serviture to the 
Erll Marschell, in tyme cumming, vnder the panis contenit in the actis 
of parliament ; lykas the said Erll Merschall becum cautioun for the said 
Mr. James Ord, and remanent his servandis, that thay sail not persew the 
said Capitane James within this burgh, nor mak ony trubill within the 
same in tyme cumming, vnder the panis forsaidis, and the said Capitane 
James actit him to relewe his said cautionar. 

Sth May, 1604. 

The quhilk day, the haill towne, baith frie and vnfrie, being lawfullie 
warnit to this day be the handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the 
towne, quhairvpon the berar maid faith, and convening for the maist pairt 
within the tolbuyth, representand the haill bodie of the towne, it wes 
exponit to thame be Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, that the plaig of 



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pestilence is laitlie enterit againe in the burght of Edinburgh and Leyth, 
and is spredden in dyvers pairtis thairafoout, and liklie to hawe a farder 
cours and progres within the realme, gif God of his mercie put not to his 
helping hand, and that all lawfull and ordinarie means be vsed, quhilk, 
at Goddis gude plesure, may preserve sic townes and pairtis as ar yit 
clene, fra the said seiknes, quhairthrow the magistrattis of the burrowis 
besouth ar werrie cairful and diligent in tacking strait ordour thairanent, 
everie ane within thair awin boundis, and thairfor the said Alex r< Ruther- 
furd intimat to the towne, convenit as said is, the ordinances sett doun be 
the counsall and towne in the moneth of October last bypast concerning 
the said plaig, and causit reid the saidis ordinances publictlie in audience 
of the towne, quhilkis ordinance thay now agane ratefeit and approvit, 
promesing, ilk ane for thair awin pairt, to obey and fulfill the same in all 
poyntis, efter the forme and tenour thairof, vnder the panis thairin con- 
tenit, and for the present it wes thocht meit and expedient, till furder 
aduertisment suld com from the south, that thair salbe a daylie watche at 
the brig of Dee and herbrie mouth, that nane cumming from the south 
pairtis of this realm, ather be sey or land, be sufferit enter within this 
burgh, without thay schaw sufficient testimonials of thair cleinnes at the 
leist, quhill the magistrattis be aduertist and grant thame licence to 
enter ; and forder, the quarter maisteris, quhilkis wer nominat and 
adionit of before to the baillies, vpon the tuentie-sext day of October last 
bypast, for ordour tacking with the toun during the tyme of plaig, wer all 
chargit to be in reddines for putting in executioun the statutis and ordour 
alreddie sett doun, and that salbe sett doun and concludit heirefter, con- 
cerning the preservatioun of the toune fra the said plaig, and to accept 
vpon thame the cair and burdine of so many famelies as salbe inionit to 
thame be the bailleis, quhilk the saidis quarter maisteris promesit to do, 
according to thair liabilities and knawledge as God sail assist thame ; 
siclyk intimatioun wes ordinit to be maid be the drum throw the haill 
streittis of the towne, that na inhabitant within the same quhatsumever, 
presome or tak vpon hand to pas to Leyth or Edinburgh, nor yit to ony 
pairt besouth the watter of Dundy, without speciall licence haid and 
obtenit of the prouest and baillies to that effect, vnder the pane of ane 
vnlaw of fourtie pundis, to be incurrit be the contraveinar, and payit be 
thame to the deane of gild, to be applyit vpon the commoun effaris of the 
said burgh. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 255 

Eodem die. 

The said day, Alex r - Rutherfurd, prouest, producit, in presence of the 
haill toune, convenit this day, ane commissioun gevin and grantit be the 
lordis of his Maiestie's secreit counsall, to the prouest and bailleis of 
this burgh, gevand to thame full power and commissioun to mak, prescryve, 
and publische actis and constitutionis for watching, warding, and keping 
of this towne during the tyme of the plaig of pestilence, and for tacking 
all vther ordour thairanent as at lenth is contenit in the said commissioun, 
quhilk wes publictlie red in audience of the haill towne, convenit this day, 
and intimat to thame that nane suld pretend ignorance thairof, and 
ordanit to be registrat in the townis buikis, ad futuram rei memoriam, 
quhairof the tenour followis : James R. Apud Perth quarto die mensis 
Nouembrisi anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo tertio. The lordis of secreit 
counsall, vnderstanding that the infectioun of the plaig of pestilence hes 
spred in sindrie pairtis of the schirefdome of Edinburght, and is lyk to 
hawe a forder course and progres within this realme, gif God of his mercie 
put not to his helping hand, and that all ordinar and lawfull meanis be 
vseit, quhilkis at Goddis plesure may preserve sic townis and places as ar 
yit clene fra the said seiknes, and the saidis lordis being willing that the 
resort of all suspect and foull persones to quhatsumever pairtis, quhilkis 
ar yit void and clene of all suspition of the said seiknes, be eschewit, and 
that guid actis and constitutionis be maid and put in executioun for that 
effect, thairfor the saidis lordis hes gevin and granted, and be the tenour 
heirof, gevis and grantis full power and commissioun be thir presentis to 
the prouest and baillies of the burgh of Abirdene, to mak, prescryve, and 
publeish actis and constitutionis for watching, warding, and keping of the 
said towne clene, and incase of the infectioun within the same, for cleng- 
ing of the same, and separatioun of the foull and suspectit persones from 
the clene ; commanding the persones separat to keip thameselffis sindrie 
and apairt in the places and ludgis appoyntit for thame, and on navayes 
to transgres the same vnder the pane of deid, and all infectit persones of 
the pestilence that sal happin wilfullie to repair to the said burgh, knaw- 
ing thameselffis to be infectit thairwith, to execute to the death, and all 
and quhatsumever persones, inhabitants within the said burgh, resorting 
to ony suspect towne or place without the previtie and allowance of the 
saidis magistrattis, and all vtheris persones entering within the towne 
over the wallis, or vthervayis by the commoun portis, according to thair 



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demerittis and qualitie of thair offence, to punische thame ; with powar 
alsua to thame to put the actis of parliament maid aganis sturdy and 
idill begarris, for expelling and haulding of thame out of thair boundis, to 
dew executioun in all poyntis, conforme to the tenour thairof, and to 
execute the panis contenit in the said actis, aganis the wilfull transgres- 
souris and contra venaris of the same ; with powar alsua to the saidis 
prouest and baillies to taxt and stent the inhabitantis of the said burgh, 
for nurisching and intertening of the puir misterfull people, in cace, as 
God forbid, any of thame sail happin to be infectit with the said seiknes, 
and to poynd and distrengie for the sowmes taxt, or to put and hauld the 
persones taxt in ward quhill thay mak payment of the saidis sowmes ; 
and for the better executioun of thir presentis, with power to the saidis 
magistrattis to fense and hauld courtis, and to creat officieris and mem- 
beris of court neidfull, and to caus summond, warne, and sweir assyissis 
als oft as neid beis to poynd and distrengie, and to the support and 
releiff of the puir to apply, and generallie all and sindrie vther thingis to 
do and vse quhilkis of law or practique of this realme ar knawin to per- 
tene firme and stabill, &c. : charging heirby all our souerance lordis, 
liegis, and subjectis, that thay nor nane of thame do nor attempt ony 
thing tending to the hinder of the executioun of this commissioun, as 
thay and ilk ane of thame will answer vpon the contrarie at thair hechest 
charge and perrell. Sic subscribitur, Montroiss, cancellarius ; Atholl, 
Ochiltrie, Elphinstoun, comptroller ; P. Dunkeld Traquar, clericus 
registre. 

4th June, 1604. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Dauid 
Cargill, deane of gild, to refound and pay to Willeame Gordoun the 
soume of ane hundreth merkis, quhilk wes borrowit fra him be the toune 
in the moneth of [ ] last bypast, for recking furth of certaine 

hagbutteris with his Maiesties gaird to asseige the hous of Drumbreck, 
and to pay to the said Willeame thairwith the soume of four pundis, for 
the proffitt of the said soume for the half-yeir past ; and lykvayes ordanis 
the said Dauid to deburse and give to Johne Crawfurd, messinger, the 
soume of twentie pundis for passing south to Edinburgh in the townis 
adois, and for passing throw certane burro wis of the south, in vsing of 
chargis at the townis instance concerning the plaig, and siclyk ordanis 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 257 

ane roise nobill to be send to James Prymrois, clerk of secreit consall, 4th June, 
for raising of the saidis chargis, quhilkis sowmes sail be allowit to the 
said deane of gild in his comptis. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, Alex n Rutherfurd, prouest, exponit to the towne, 
convenit this day in the tolbuith, warnit thairvnto be the handbell, that 
the perrell and danger of the plaig of pestilence is incressand in Leyth 
and Edinburgh, and sindrie vther pairtis thairabout, as also in sum 
partis of Fyff and Angous, and that notwithstanding therof, the ordinance 
sett down of obefoir for preserving this burgh and inhabitantis thairof 
thairfra, as the ordinar meanis for keping the same, vnder God, wes 
novayes observit and kepit : thairfoir of new agane he intimat the saidis 
ordinances to the towne, causit reid the same publictlie in thair audience, 
certefeing sic as sail be fund culpabill in contravening thairof, or ony 
poynt of the same, sail be preceislie puneschit conforme thairto, and the 
panis thairin contenit exactit of the brackaris and contravenaris of this 
ordinance, without favour ; and the towne, convenit as said is, promeist 
to observe the saidis ordinances, ilk ane for his awin pairt, and to big vp 
his bakyettis and bak dyckis, keip his watche be himselff in proper per- 
sone, at the pairtis appoynted to him, and not to ressaue any strangeris 
without licence, and all vtheris ordinances sett doun thairanent, vnder the 
panis thairin contenit. 

16th July, 1604. 

The quhilk day, the haill towne being convenit this day within the 
tolbuyth, for the maist pairt, warnit thairto be the hand bell, it wes exponit 
and declarit to thame be Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, commissioner 
chosin for this burgh, for keping of his Maiestie's parliament, begun and 
hauldin at Perth vpon the third day of July instant, that thair wes no 
mater handlit nor treated in the said parliament, saiffing the chesing of 
commissionaris according to his Maiestie's letter and desire, to pas in 
England to meitt with the commissioneris thairof, vpon the twentie day 
of September nixt to cum, at sic place in England as sail happin his 
Maiestie to appoynt, for treating on the mater of the vnioun of the tua 
kingdomes, and that the said Alex 1 *' Rutherfurd, as commissionar of this 
burgh, is nominat and chosin be the lordis of parliament, ane of the four 

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commissionaris chosin for the haill burrowis of this realme, to pas in 
England to the effect forsaid ; lykas, the said Alexander wes nominat 
alsua commissionar for the same effect, be his Maiestie's awin letter direct 
to the lordis of articles of the said parliament ; and forder, that the haill 
burrowis of this realme sail mak the chargis and expenssis of the saidis 
four commissionaris, and of the thrie laweris nominat to pas with thame 
in England, tovit, Maister Johne Skene, clerk of register, Maister Johne 
Scharp, and Mr. Thomas Craig, aduocattis, and for defraying thair chargis, 
and the chargis of the said commissionaris, thair is appoynted the soume 
of sextene thousand merkis, to be vplifted of the haill burrowis of this 
realme, quharof this burghtis pairt will extend to the soume of threttene 
hundreth merkis, and becaus the tyme is schort appoynted for thair pas- 
sing in England, and that the commissionar of this burght lyis distant so 
far north, and thairby man be the soner reddie to accumpanie the remanent 
thrie commissionaris and laweris forsaidis, in the said erand of so gryt 
weycht, desyrit the toune, convenit as said is, gif thay thocht it meit and 
expedient that the said soume of threttene hundreth merkis suld be 
stented vpon the inhabitantis of this burght, for this burghtis pairt of the 
said extent of sextene thousand merkis, for defraying of the saidis com - 
missionaris expenssis, quha being convenit, as said is, all in ane voce but 
oppositioun or contradictioun, voluntarlie consentit and agreit that the 
said soume of threttene hundreth merkis salbe stentit and imposit on the 
inhabitantis of this burght, oblesand thame, ilk ane for thair awin pairtis, 
to pay the samen, conforme to the stent roll to be sett doun thairvpon, 
vnder the painis of poynding and horning ; and to this effect instantlie 
electit, nominat, and chesit Dauid Cargill, deane of gild, Henrie Forbes, 
Alex r< Burnett, elder, George Nicolsoun, Johne Layng, James Fergussoun, 
merchandis, Johne Merser, saidler, and Dauid Watsoun, tailzeour, sten- 
taris and taxtaris, to stent the said soume of threttene hundreth merkis 
on the haill inhabitantis of this burgh, quha being personallie present, 
acceptit the stenting thairof in and vpon thame, and wer sworne to stent 
the same lelelie and trewlie vpon the nichtbouris of this burgh, ilk man 
according to thair habilitie, and according to the saidis taxtaris knawlege 
and vnderstanding, and to giue out ane stent roll thairvpoun, subscribit 
with thair handis ; lykevayes the said Alex n Rutherfurd, prouest, causit, 
in audience of the haill towne, convenit as said is, reid his Maiestie's 
letter direct to the prouest, bailleis, and counsall of this burght, in signe 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 259 

and taken of his hienes rememberance and gude will borne to the samen, 
quhilk letter wes ordanit to be registrat in the townis buikis, ad futuram 
rei memoriam, quhairof the tenour followis : To our trustie and weilbe- 
loved, the pro vest, bailleis, and counsall of our burght of Aberdene. 
James R. Trusty and weilbeloved, we greit yow weill. Being informed 
by our comptrollar, of your guid affectioun and redines at all occasiones in 
our service, but speciallie of your convening with the rest of our estatis 
at our parliament, and willingnes toward the furtherance of our effaris to 
be treated thairin, we can not omit to render yow most hartlie thankis, 
and thairwith to will and desyr yow to continew in that your affectioun 
and readines in our service, both in convening at sic tymes as you salbe 
requirit, and in geving your best advyse in our effaires, assureing you of 
our rememberance and gudewill for the same, as your occasions sail pre- 
sent, and having directit our said comptrollar to impairt our mynd to you 
moir ample in these particularis in handis (whome you will firmelie credite 
thairanent) we bid you fairweill. From our court at Whithall this xxix. 
of Maii, 1604. 

Followis the tenour of the commissioun grantit to the commissionaris 
nominat to pas to England, to treat vpon the mater of the vnioun of 
the tua kingdomes of Scotland and England. 

Forsamekle as it has pleasit his most sacred Maiestie, acknawledging 
the vnspeakabill favour quhain* ith the divine providence of the most heich 
had blissed him, by the oft wisched but hardlie expected coniunctioun of 
twa sua ancient and lang discordant kingdomes, maist eirnistlie to desire 
ane estableschit continewance of the samyn, that as by lawfull successioun 
thay ar ane in the heid, swa in the bodie and everie member thairof they 
may be so inseparablie conionit, as all efter cumming ages suld fynd the 
sueitnes of the thryis happie peace, welth, and felicitie, quhilk, by the pre- 
fect accomplischement thairof, may continew to the worldes end ; and his 
maist excellent Maiestie, althoucht absent in persoun fra this his maist 
ancient and natiwe kingdome, yit present be his princelie power, fatherlie 
cair, and prudent commandementis, daylie directit to his maist humble and 
obedient subiectis of this kingdome ; having laid befoir thame the grite 
blessing that ane constant and freindlie coniunctioun with thair nichtbour 
cuntrie of England, now vnited by allegeance and loyall subjectioun in 
his most royall persoun, wauld bring to thame and thair posteritie, and 



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thairwith out of his most loving and accustumat princelie regaird, to 
thair inestimable joy and comfort, witchaffing to assure thame of his 
sinceir dispositioun and cleir mening, novay by the forsaid vnioun to 
preiudge, change, or hurt the fundamental! lawis, ancient privileges, 
offices, and liberties of this kingdome, quhairby not onlie the princelie 
authoritie of his Maiestie's royall discent hath bene thir many ages man- 
teanit, hot also his peoples securitie of thair landis and levingis preserved, 
quhairby his Maiestie's gratious intention in establesching of the forsaid 
vnioun, is onlie to alter and reforme sic indifferent or temporall statutis, 
particular custumes, or speciall ordinances, quhairby the bygane remem- 
berance may be extinguisched, and the future grouth prevented of so 
many particular debaittis, and vnhappie accidentis, quhilkis micht heir- 
efter disturb that constant lowe and perfytt amitie betuixt both nationis, 
so tenderlie wisched by his most excellent Maiestie, and sic stedfast and 
afauld groundis of vniforme societie surrogat in thair place, that as the 
present aige is ravisched with so fortunat a begynning, sua the posteritie 
may reiois in the fruitioun of sic ane effectuall vnioun of twa so famous 
and ancient kyngdomes, miraculouslie accomplisched in the blude and 
persone of so rair ane monarche, thairfor, and for the mair perfytt ac- 
complisching of the wark forsaid, the estatis, spirituall and temporall, of 
thir present parliament, assemblit be the vertew of his Maiestie's com- 
missioun, vnder the grytt seall of Scotland, declaris, statutes, and ordanis 
that the persones folowing, they are to say, Johne, Erll of Montrois, 
lord chancellar of Scotland ; Francis, Erll of Erroll, heich constabill of 
Scotland ; George, Erll Merschall, grytt merschall of Scotland ; James, 
Erll of Glencairne ; Alexandir, Erll of Lithgw ; Johne, Archbischop of 
Glasgw ; Dauid, Bischop of Ros ; George, Bischop of Caithnes ; Walter, 
Prior of Blantyir ; Patrik, Lord Glammis ; Alexander, Lord Elphingstoun ; 
Alexander, Lord Fyvie ; Robert, Lord Roxburght ; James, Lord Aber- 
corne ; James, Lord Balmerinoch ; Dauid, Lord Skvne ; Sir James 
Skrymgeour of Dudop, knycht ; Sir Johne Cokburne of Ormistoun, 
knycht ; Sir Johne Home of Coldenknowis, knycht ; Sir Dauid Carnegy 
of Kynnaird, knycht ; Sir Robert Meluill, elder, of Murdocarney, knycht ; 
Sir Thomas Hammiltoun of Lymmo, knycht ; Sir Johne Leirmonth of 
Balcomie, knycht ; Sir Alex r ' Straittoun of Lawrenstoun, knycht ; Sir 
Johne Skene of Curriehill, knycht ; Maister Johne Scharp of Houstoun, 
lawer ; Mr. Thomas Craig, lawer ; Henrie Nisbett, lait provest of Edin- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 261 

burgh t ; Alexander Rutherfurd, provest of Abirdene ; Maister Alex r< 
Wedderburne, commoun clerk of Dundy ; and George Bruce, burges of 
Culross, or any [ ] of thame, thair being alwayis of erlis, prelattis, 

baronis, and burgessis [ ], be vertew of thir present act, hawe full 

power, commissioun, libertie, and authoritie, to assemble and convene 
thame selfis efter the ending of this present sessioun of this parliament, 
and befoir the nixt sessioun thairof, at sic tyme and in sic place as it sail 
pleas his Maiestie to appoynt, with certaine selected commissionaris 
nominat and authorezed be the parliament of England, and according to 
the tenour of thair commissioun in that behalf, to deliberat, treatt, and 
consult vpon ane perfytt vnioun of the realmes of Scotland and England, 
and concerning sic vther materis, caussis, and thingis quhatsumever, 
tending to his Maiesties honour and contentment, and to the weill and 
tranquillitie of baith the kingdomes during his Maiestie's lyff, quhilk the 
everleving God lang continew, and his royall posteritie in blessed tran- 
quillitie to the warldis end, as vpon mature deliberation in the grytest 
pairt of the saidis commissionaris, assemblit as is afoirsaid, with the 
commissionaris authorized be the parliament of England, sail in thair 
wisdomes think maist convenient and necessarie, and that the commis- 
sionaris of baith the saidis realmes, according to the tenour of thair 
commissionis in that behalff, sett doun thair proceedingis in thrie seuerall 
writtingis, euerie ane of thame to be subscryued and sealled by thame, to 
the end that ane of thame may be in all humilitie presentit to his most 
sacred Maiestie ; the secund to be presented to the consideratioun of the 
nixt sessioun of the parliament for the realme of Scotland ; and the third 
to be offered to the consideratioun of the nixt sessioun of parliament for 
the realme of England, that thaireffcer sic ordour may be tane thairin, as 
baith the saidis parliamentis sail think expedient, for his Maiesties 
satisfactioun and benefit of baith the saidis kingdomes. 

3rd October, 1604. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, bailies, and counsall devysed and ordanit 
the soume of thrie hundreth aucht pundis, four schillingis, aucht penneis, 
presentlie in the handis of Alexander Kempt, of the impost silver collectit 
thir yeris bygane, to be imployed and bestowit vpon proifitt till Witsonday 
nixt, and no langer, and the proffitt thairof for the halff yeir foirsaid to be 
maid furthcumand at the said terme of Witsonday, with the stok to be 



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then imployed on the wark of the repairing of the herbrie, as the onlie 
vse for quhilk the same is destinat, and the forsaid soume to be gevin out 
to strengeable persones vpon gude securitie, be aduyse of the counsall, to 
be payed at the said terme of Witsonday nixt ; and lykvayes ordanis the 
soume of aucht hundreth merkis, of voluntar contributioun collected this 
last yeir, to the support of Geneva, quhilk is presentlie lyand in the handis 
of Dauid Cargill, last deane of gild, to be lykvayes gevin out vpon proffitt 
to strengeable personis vpon guid securitie, to be maid be advyse of the 
consall, vntill the feast of [ ], in the yeir of God j m sex hundreth 

and fyve yeris, and the proffitt of the said aucht hunreth merkis to be be- 
stowit to help to pay the ministeris stipendis, and to vther godlie vses, as 
salbe thocht expedient be the consall, sua that the principall soume salbe 
furthcummand, to be bestowit to the vse quhairfor the same wes granted, 
or vthervayes, ad pios vsus, as the toun and counsall sail think expedient. 

24th October, 1604 

The said day, anent the greiffis gevin in to the prouest, baillies, and 
counsall, be a gryt number of the communitie of this burgh, complaining 
on Maister Dauid Wedderburne, maister of thair grammer schooll, for 
certane abuses and extortionis laitlie enterit and raisit in the said schooll, 
by all gude ordour or forme, namelie, for tacking of gryter salarie and 
scholedge, baith of landwart and townis bairnis, nor is prescryvit and 
sett doun to him in the act and ordinance of his admissioun to the said 
office, of the dait the tuelff day of October, the yeir of God j m sex hun- 
dreth and thrie yeiris, viz. : in tacking of tua merkis in the quarter of 
landwart bairnis, thairof tuentie schillingis to him selff and sex shilling 
aucht penneis to his doctour ; and tacking threttene shillings four penneis 
of townis bairnis in the quarter, thairof ten schillingis to him selff and 
thrie shilling four penneis to his doctour ; quhairas be the ordinance of 
his admissioun he is appointit to tak onlie of landwart bairnis, in the 
quarter auchtene shilling four penneis, thairof threttene schilling four 
penneis to him selff, and fyve schillingis to his doctour ; and of townis 
bairnis ten schillingis in the quarter, thairof sex schillingis aucht 
penneis to him selff, and thrie schilling four penneis to his doctour. 
Item, for tacking fra ewerie bairne ilk Sonday tua penneis, to be gevin 
to the puir, it being no poynt of charitie to caus bairnis giwe siluer to the 
puir, thay hawing no siluer to giwe of thair awin, bot that for quhilk 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 263 

thay mak sum wrang schift. Item, for causing ilk seige ilk day in the 24tb Oct.. 
wynter seasone furneis tua candill, quhairof ane is gevin to the maister 
by all reasone or gude forme. Item, for tacking aucht penneis monethlie 
of ewerie bairne for bent siluer. Item, for tacking fra ewerie bairne at 
the begining of ilk buik tuelff penneis. Item, for causing bairnis pay 
siluer at Candilmes for thair Candilmes candill, aganis all forme and 
ordour, quhairas the auld forme wes to tak onlie candill and navayes 
siluer. Be the quhilkis abuses and novations diweris of the gentillmenis 
bairnis to landwart ar drawin hame and takin furth of the gramer scholl, 
and vtheris ar scarrit to cum thairvnto, quhairthrow the toun ar grytlie 
preiudgit be the want of bairnis buirdis, quhilk wes a gryt help to many 
of the toun, being now abstractit frome thame be occasioun forsaid, 
besyddis that the nichtbouris of the toun findis thameselms grevit be the 
novationis exactit and laid on thair awin bairnis, as at gryter lenth was 
contenit in the saidis greiffis ; quhairvpone the saidis prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, haweing convenit befoir thame the said Mr. Dauid Wedder- 
burne, and hawing accusit him particlarlie vpoun ewerie seuerall greiff 
aboue writtin gevin in agaiiis him, findis be the said maister Dauidis 
awin grant and confessioun, that he has transgressit the boundis of the 
forsaid act of admissioun, in takin a gryter salarie and scholedge, both of 
townis bairnis and landwart bairnis, nor is prescryvit and sett doun to 
him to be taikin be the said act, and thairby hes gevin just caus of greiff 
in that poynt to the nichtbouris ; as also findis sum abuse and corruption 
in the remanent articles aboue writtin, proceiding rather vpoun ane auld 
vse and custume introducit in the said schooll, befoir the said Maister 
Dauidis entrie thairwith, then anywayis inuentit or devysit be him ; for 
awoding of the quhilkis abuses and corruptioun heirefter, efter guid 
advysement and deliberatioun, the mater being reasonit and debaittit at 
lenthe, it wes statute and ordanit be the prouest, baillies, and counsall, 
that the said Maister Dauid sail ressaue no forder salarie nor scholege of 
his scholeris in tyme cuming, bot sic as is contenit in the act of his 
admissioun, viz., of the townis bairnis ten schillingis in the quarter, thairof 
sex schillingis aucht penneis to himselff, and thrie schilling four penneis 
to his doctour ; and of landwart bairnis, auchtene schilling four penneis 
in the quarter, thairof threttene shillingis four d. to himselff, and 
fyue schillingis to his doctour allanerlie, and na forder salarie nor 
scholedge to be taikin of thame, vnder the paineof the deprivatioun 



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of the said Maister Dauid fra his office, in cace he contravene. 
Item, the counsall dischargis in all tyme cuming the vlklie contribu- 
tioun of tua penneis, takin of ilk bairne to be gevin to the puir, seing 
bairnes hes no siluer to give of thair awin, hot that quhilk thay man 
seik of vtheris. Item, that in tyme cuming, thair be not tua candill 
tane nichtlie of ilk class, as hes bein vsit heirtofoir, bot that ilk class find 
onlie ane candill in the nicht, and he that happinnis to be fabulatour, to 
bring his candill with him, and na vther extraordinar candill to be tane, 
excepte onlie the fabulatouris candill. Item, that anis ilk moneth during 
thir four monethis following in the symmer seasone allanerlie, viz. May, 
Junij, July, and August, the bairnis that gangis not to the bent thame 
selffis, sail pay ilk ane of thame aucht penneis to the maister for bying of 
bent. Item, that no bairne be causit pay ony thing at the begining of 
ony buik, ather to the maister or doctour, bot be thir presentis dischargis 
boith maister and doctour of taking any thing of thair scholeris at the 
begining and ending of ony buik, bot onlie thair ordinar quarter stipend 
aboue prescryvit, allanerlie. Item, at Candilmes the bairnis sail not be 
farder obleist bot to bring ilk ane of thame tua candillis induring thair 
awin plesour, not restraining alwayes the liberalitie of thair parantis, gif 
thay pleis to gif any ma ; bot dischargis allanerlie all taking of syluer in 
tyme cuming fra ony of the bairnis for thair Candilmes candill, except 
fra him quha sail be king, to quhome it sail be lesum to gif quhat he 
pleissis, and tua of the counsall to be present in the schooll on Candilmes 
evin, to sie this ordour concerning the candill preceislie keipit, for 
eschewing emulatioun and contentioun amangis the bairnis : and thir 
articles to be written in gryt letteris on a brod, and to be affixit in the 
grammer schooll, that nather the maister nor the doctour nor ony of the 
scholeris pretend ignorance thairof ; and for the better obseruing heirof, 
and for ordour taking with the doctrine and discipline in the said schooll 
in tyme cuming, the counsall nominattis and appointis Dauid Mengzeis, 
prowest, Alexander Rutherfurd, Alex r> Cullen, lait prowestis, Mr. 
Thomas Nicolsoun, commissar, and Mr. Thomas Mengzeis, baillie, visi- 
touris of the gramer schooll of this burgh, to visit the same quarterlie, and 
to censure and tak tryell bayth of doctrine and discipline, and to put ordour 
to quhatsumeuir abuses quhilkis sail be fund thairin, and the saidis wisi- 
touris to tak the adwyse of the bischope, ministeris, and of the principall of 
the colledge of this burgh, tuiching the forme of doctrine and discipline. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 265 

5th December, 1604. 5th Dec., 

The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsall nominat and appoint!! 
Maister Thomas Mengzeis, baillie, to ryd to the Marques of Huntlie, to 
signifie to his Lofrdship] the present estait of the brige of Done, and the 
gryt necesitie that the same hes to be repairit and beatit, and therfor to 
request his Lordschip to convene the barronis of this shirrefdome at the 
heid court efber yuill, for ordour taking quhow the said brig sail be helpit 
and repairit, and ordanis the deane of gild or thesaurer to mak the said 
Mr. Thomas expenssis in the erand forsaid, quhilk sail be allowit to 
thame in thair comptis. 

8th December, 1604. 

The said day, the haill toune being convenit this day in the tolbuyth 
for the maist pairt, being warnit thairvnto be the handbell, grantit and 
consentit, thocht meit and expedient, that the keping and watching of the 
portis of this burgh be dissoluit and dischargit fra this day furth, vntill 
new occasioun be offerit, except onlie that the port of the brig of Dee and 
watter mouth be kepit and watchit, quhilk watche at the brig and waiter 
mouth is ordanit to stand and continew till the consall and the toune be 
forder advysit, and to be kepit be honest nichtbouris thame selffis in pro- 
per persone, and navayes be servandis, inrespect the plaig of pest is mekill 
quenschit, praysit be God, in Edinburgh, Leyth, and vther pairtis thair- 
about infectit thairwith, and that the burrowis besouth hes dischargit all 
keping and watching of thair townis, except onlie thair watteris and 
briggis, alvayes it is ordanit that na inhabitant of this burgh pas south to 
any suspect place, nor yit bring any gudis nor merchandice from any 
suspect pairt in the south, nor yit ressaue ony strangeris in thair houssis, 
without licence and dew advertisment maid to the magistrates, vnder the 
panis contenit in the actis maid thairanent of befoir. 

22nd March, 1605. 

The quhilk day, the haill towne, boith frie and vnfrie, being lauchfullie 
warnit to this day be the handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the 
towne, quharvpon the berar maid fayth, and convening for the maist pairt 
within the tolbuyth, representand the haill bodie of the towne, it wes 
thocht meit and expedient be thame, inrespect the plaig of pestilence is 
brackin vp and spotten againe in Edinburgh and Leyth, and vther pairtis 

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266 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

22nd March, therabout, that the herbrie mouth of this burgh salbe watchit and kepit 
daylie fra this day furth, be tua nichtbouris, sic as salbe warnit to that 
effect, quha salbe haldin to watche in proper persone, that na schip, crair, 
nor boit cumming fra ony suspect pairt be sufferit to enter within the 
samen with wairis or merchandice, except coll and lymb, quhilkis sail 
suffer tryell at the appoyntment of the magistrattis, becaus the grytest 
perrell that may ensew to this burgh is fearit to cum be sey with merchan- 
dice cuming fra suspect places ; and forder, it is statute that na inhabi- 
tant of this burgh sail presome to pas south without licence hed and 
obtenit of the magistrattis, vnder the panis contenit in the former actis 
sett doun heiranent of befoir, and that na futt chopmen salbe sufferit to 
cum to the mercatt of this burght with thair chopman wairis, or sufferit 
to out the same to sell, ather on mercatt day or vther day, quhill 
the consall be farder advysit, be reasoun of the imminent perrell of 
the said seiknes, and appoyntis the forsaid watche to begin the 
morne. 

1st May, 1605. 

The quhilk day, the new and auld counsallis being convenit, consid- 
dering that the brig of Done is decaying and becum verye ruynous, quhilk 
being a wark so necessar and promtabill for this burgh, findis it meit 
that the counsall and tovne haveing a speciall cair of the same, as thay 
that hes chefest interest, and quha will ressaue grytest hurt and prejudice 
gif the same fall and decay (as God forbid), lykas, for this effect the 
counsall hes causit craftismen visite and sicht the said brig, be quhais 
estimatioun the same will tak the soume of fyve thovsand merkis for 
beting and repairing thairof, theirfor seing the forsaid brig is a commoun 
wark concerning the haill cuntrie, findis it expedient that the nobillmen 
and baronis of this shirrefdome be travellit with be the ministeris of everie 
presbyterie, for granting a voluntary contribution for reparing and beting 
of the same, quhilk they ordane to be done in all convenient diligence, in 
respect of the necessitie of the wark, and that the same standis, in sa 
gryt danger for laik of beting, and seing this burght hes cheifest interest, 
thinkis it expedient that the sume of fyve hundreth pundis be geven be 
this burght for helping to beit and repair the said wark, and that the 
same be vplifted be ane taxatioun, gif the tovne will consent and agrie 
thervnto, and ordanit the same to be proponit to the tovne on Friday 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 267 

nixt, agane quhilk day they ordane the tovne to be warnit for getting 1st May. 
thair consent and ansuer. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the auld and new counsallis findis it expedient, devysit, 
and ordanit, that the hous callit the kirk ludge at the north vest end of 
the kirkyard be betit and repairit sufncientlie be Dauid Andersoun, 
maister of kirkwark, in all convenient diligence, and that the same be 
devydit in thrie houssis, to the effect the same may serue for haulding of 
the sang schooll, and the twa Inglis schoollis, teichit be the twa reidaris, or 
for ony vther vse the consall sail think expedient, it being alvayes expreslie 
provydit, that albeit the consall at the present appointis the forsaid ludge 
for haulding of the saidis schoollis, yit the towne sail navayes be bund 
to find any schooll to any maister quhatsumever that teichis Inglische, 
induring the will and plesure of the counsall, seing the toune ar onlie 
obleist to find a grammer schooll and ane sang schooll, and navayes to 
find ony Inglische schoollis, sa that it sail be lesum to the consall to 
remove the saidis Inglis schoollis furth of the pairt forsaid quhen thay 
sail think expedient, and the expenssis to be debursit be the said maister 
of wark in repairing of the said kirk ludge, the counsall ordanis the 
same to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

Eodem die. 

The samen day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, decernis and ordanis 
Gilbert Alschenour to be wardit and incarcerit during the space of 
tuentie-four houris in the tolbuith of this burgh, on bread and watter, in 
respect he wes convict vpon the xxii. day of April last, for blude drawing 
of Alaster Anderson in the lug with ane stane, and for drawing ane knyff 
and persewing Robert Wischert, serviture to George Bruce, saidler, 
thairwith, as the act of his convictioun proportis, with certificatioun to 
the said Gilbert gif he be convict at ony tyme heirefter for trubling the 
towne, or ony nichtbour thairin, to be baneist for yeir and day, gif he be 
not habill in guidis to pay the townis vnlaw ; and besydis this, thay 
ordane the said Gilbert opinlie in the tolbuith to sitt doun on his kneis 
and crawe the said Alaster and George Bruce, his maister, forgiwenes ; 
and findis that the said Alaster Andersoun and Robert Patersoun hes 
incurrit no vnlaw, becaus it is tryit that thay wer bot reddaris. 



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13th May, 1605. 

The quhilk day, the haill towne, baith frie and vnfrie, being lawfullie 
warnit to this day be the handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the 
towne, quhairvpon the berar maid faith, and convening for the maist 
pairt within the tolbuith, representand the haill bodie of the towne, it 
was exponit to thame be Dauid Mengzeis, prowest, quhow that the Brig 
off Done is decaying and becum ruynous, and that the same will nocht 
faill in schort space allutterlie to decay, gif tymouslie it be nocht beittit 
and reparit, for quhilk effect he had convenit both the counsallis of this 
burght, and declairit to thame the present danger quhairin the said brig 
standis throw laik of beitment, and the gryt hurt and inconvenient 
quhilk this burgh will incur, in cace the said brig (as God forbid) fall to 
the ground, the same being the most speciall brig and passage quhairby 
the haill vivaris and fewall cummis to this toun, out of Buchan, Gareauch, 
and vtheris pairtis thairabout, and that the counsall considdering the 
gryt necessitie of the repairing of the said wark, had causit certane 
craftismen and otheris visit and sicht the same, to estimat quhat sowme 
wald beit and repair the samen, be quhais estimatioun and judgement 
the beit thairof wald tak the sowme of fyve thowsand merkis, quhilk brig 
being a commoun wark concerning the haill cuntrie, and requyring sa 
gryt a beitt, the counsall thocht meit and expedient that the nobillmen, 
baronis, and gentillmen of the shirrefdome of Abirdene, be travellit with 
be the ministeris of euerie presbiterie, for granting a voluntarie contribu- 
tioun to the reparing and beting of the same, and that this burght, as 
having chefest interest, suld for thair pairt giwe the soume of fyue 
hundreth pundis for a help to the reparatioun thairof, to be payed be ane 
taxatioun to be imposit vpon the haill inhabitantis of this burght, both 
frie and vnfrie ; lykas the ministrie of this diocie being laitlie convenit, 
had promeist to travell, everie minister with his awin parochinaris, for a 
voluntarie contributioun of thame to the help of the said brig, and 
thairfor inquyrit of the towne, convenit as said is, gif thay wald be 
content to be stentit for the said soume of fyue hundreth pundis, to 
the vse forsaid, of the reparatioun, beitting, and mending of the said brig 
of Done, quha, all in ane voce, but contradictioun, voluntarlie grantit and 
consentit to be taxat and stentit for the said sowme of fyve hundreth punds, 
to the vse forsaid, of the reparatioun, beitting, and mending of the said brig 
of Done ; and for that effect instantlie nominat and chesit Dauid Cargill, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 269 

Alexander Kempt, Maister Willeame Moir, George Nicolsoun, James 
Fergussoun, merchandis, George Elphinstoun, saidler, and Gilbert Blak, 
coupar, taxtaris and stentaris, to stent the said sowme of fyue hundreth 
pundis vpon the haill inhabitantis of this burght, frie and vnfrie ; and the 
saidis stentaris being personallie present, acceptit the stenting of the 
said sowme vpon the inhabitantis of this burght maid vpon thame, and 
gawe thair aithis to stent the same indifferentlie vpon all persones 
according to thair habilitie, but feid or favour according to thair knaw- 
ledge. 

29tfi May, 1605. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall thinkis meit and 
expedient that thair salbe a privie inqueist chosin throw the haill towne, 
quha sail tak tryell and inqueist of all vnlauchfull persones and nichtbouris 
in this burght, and delaitt sic persones to the magistrattis and consall as 
thay find guiltie or culpabill of sklanderous lyff or behaviour, that sic as 
beis fund worthie of baneisment may be exylit this burght, and vtheris 
nocht offending in so hie a degrie, may be admoneist and censurit at* the 
arbitriment of the consall ; and ordanis the haill toun to be convenit for 
this effect, that the forsaid inqueist may be chosin be publict consent, and 
the haill towne may be obleist in haulding hand to the executioun of sic 
decreit as sail folow vpoun the delatioun of the said inqueist, conforme to 
the lovabill custum observit within this burgh in all tymes bygane, and 
inrespect of the present necessitie of the purging of the toune of male- 
factouris, thir being at the present sa gryt a numer in the same, quhilkis 
can nocht vthervayes be censurit sa properlie as be ane privie inqueist of 
honest nichtbouris, to be chosin out of the four quarteris of the towne. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, anent our Souerane Lordis letteris, gevin be delyverance 
of the lordis of his Maiesties secreit counsall, publeist and execute at the 
mercatt croce of this burght, appoynting and affixing ane parliament to be 
hauldin at Edinburgh vpoun the sevint day of Junij nixt to cum, with 
continewatioun of dayis, as the saidis letteris proportis, quharof the tenour 
folowis : James, be the grace of God king of Grite Brittane, France, and Ire- 
land, Defendar of the Faith, to our louittis, lyoun king of armis, and his 
bretherene heraldis, coniunctlie and seuerallie, speciallie constitute, greting. 



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Forsainekill as at the last sessioun of our parliament, hauldin at the burght 
of Perth in the moneth of July last, our estates then convenit, declarit 
our said parliament then to be current, and to be of new proclamit vpon 
twentie dayes warning, and now We, for certane grite and weychtie 
effaris tending to the commoun weill and benefite of this our realme, and 
for ane perfytt confirmatioun and approbatioun of the particular heidis 
and articlis past in the conference and treatie of the vnioun, hawe ordanit 
and ordanis our said parliament to he hauldin, God willing, at our burgh 
of Edinburgh, vpon the sevint day of Junij nixt to cum, with continewa- 
tioun of dayes : Our will is heirfoir, and we charge yow straitlie, and com- 
mandis that incontinent thir our letteris sene, ye pas, and in our name 
and authoritie mak publicatioun heirof be opin proclamatioun at all places 
neidfull, quhairthrow nane pretend ignorance of the same, and that ye 
command and charge all and sindrie Dukes, Marquessis, Erlis, Lordis, 
Prelattis, commissionaris for our baronis and burrowis, and all vtheris 
our estatis of this kingdome, having vote in our parliament, to compeir 
and be present thairat at the day forsaid, with certificatioun to thame 
that beis absent, that thay salbe vnlawit in the ordinar and accustumat 
panis, and the samen unlawis salbe vplifted of thame without favour ; the 
quhilk to do we committ to yow, coniunctlie and seuerallie, our full 
power be thir our letteris, delyvering thame to you deulie execute and 
indorsat agane to the berar. Gevin vnder our signet at Edinburgh, the 
tuentie-aucht day of Marche, and of our regne of Grite Britane, France, 
and Ireland, the thrid, and threttie aucht yeiris, 1605, per actum secreti 
consilii. Conforme to the quhilk letteris, and for obedience to the charge 
thairof, the prouest, baillies, and counsall electit, nominat, and chusit 
Alexander Rutherfurd, lait prouest, commissionar for this burgh, for 
keping of the said parliament, vpon the said sevint day of Junij nixt to 
cum, with continewation of dayes, and ordanis ane commissioun to be 
maid to him for that effect, vnder the townis secreit seall, in dew 
forme. 

21st June, 1605. 

The said day, Issobell Bairnis, dochter to vmquhill Johne Bairnis, 
tailzeour, being tryit befoir the sessioun to be ane commoun harlott, and 
to hawe gevin iust occasioun of sklander of adultrie be hir misbehaviour 
with Harie Denings, the said Issobell to be baneist this burght as ane 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 271 

vnlawfull persone to abyd in the same, and publict intimatioun to be maid 
heirof at the mercat croce. Memorandum : gif she be apprehendit fra this 
day furth to be brint on the cheik. 

28th June, 1605. 

The said day, the haill toun, burgessis of gild, craftismen, and inhabi- 
tantis of this burght, being lauchfullie warnit to this day be the handbell 
passing throw the haill rewis of the toun, quhairvpon the berar maid 
faith, and being convenit for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, repre- 
sentand the haill bodey of the toun, consentit and agreit, all in ane voce, 
but contradictioun or oppositioun, that the soume of aucht hundreth 
merkis vsuall money of the realme, of voluntar contributioun giwen 
be thame to the help and support of the towne of Geneva, quhilk sowme 
is presentlie in the handis and custodie of Dauid Cargill, last dean 
of gild of this burght, sail be bestowit, warit, and imployit vpoun the 
help and support of the repairing of the Brig of Done, quhilk is becum 
rvynouse and liklie to fall, and speciallie to by lyme and stane and 
vtheris materiallis to the said brig, as ane wark maist necessar, nocht 
onlie for this burght, hot also for his Maiesties haill lieges that resortis 
to and fra the samen, in Buchan, Gareaucht, and vther pairtis be north 
this burght, with wiueris and vtheris necessaris ; and in cace the prouest, 
baillies, counsall, and magistrattis of the said burght be onywayes 
chairgit be letteris to delyuer the said sowme of aucht hundreth merkis 
to be giwen to the help and aid of the said towne of Geneva, in that 
cace the haill towne, baith frie and vnfrie, convenit as said is, becom actit 
and obleist voluntarlie of thair awin consentis, to warrand, frie, relewe, 
and keip skaithles the prouest, baillies, and counsall of this burght, 
present and to cum, of the said sowme of aucht hundreth merkis of 
voluntar contributioun, collectit to the support of the said towne of 
Geneva ; and to that effect consentit and agreit that taxtaris and stentaris 
be chosin, for stenting thairof vpoun the haill inhabitantis of this burght, 
baith frie and vnfrie, at quhat tyme the magistrattis beis chargit for 
payment of the samen be the authoritie of this realme, and to pay 
the said sowme, ilk ane for thair awne pairt, conforme to the taxt roll 
to be gewin furth thairvpoun, within thrie dayes nixt efter the giweing 
furth of the said stent roll ; and war content that letteris suld be direct, 
at the instance of the prouest and baillies of this burght for the tyme, 



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to chairge the haill inhabitantis, baith frie and vnfrie, to convene and 
chuise taxtaris and stentaris for stenting of the said sowme vpoun 
thame, and the stentaris being chosin, to chairge thame to accept the 
stenting in and vpoun thame, and to giwe furth ane stent roll thairvpoun, 
subscryvit with thair handis ; quhilk being stentit, and the taxt roll being 
giwen furth, subscryvit be the stentaris, to chairge the haill inhabitantis, 
both frie and vnfrie, to mak payment of the said stent of aucht hundreth 
merkis, ilk ane for his awne pairt, according to the said stent roll, to the 
dean of gild of the said burght, or to sic as sail be appoyntit be the 
magistrattis, collectouris of the samen, within thrie dayes nixt effcer the 
chairge, vnder the pane of horning ; quhairvnto the towne band thame 
selffis in maner forsaid, to disburding thame of the taxatioun of fyue 
hundreth pundis, quhilk thay grantit and consentit to be giwen to the 
reparatioun of the said brig, vpoun the fourtene day of May last bypast, 
conforme to ane act maid thairvpoun that day, as the samen proportis ; 
quhilk sowme of fywe hundreth pundis lyis yit vnstentit, and in place 
thairof thay hawe grantit that the forsaid contributioun of aucht hun- 
dreth merkis be imployit and warit to the forsaid vse of the reparing of 
the said brig, seing, prasit be God, the said towne of Geneva hes nocht 
a present necessitie thairof ; with conditioun that giwe the magistrattis 
of this burght be streattit be the authoritie to mak payment of the said 
contributioun to Geneva, that than the towne sail be stentit for the said 
sowme of aucht hundreth merkis, and the samen vpliftit of thame for 
releif of the magistrattis as is aboue rehearsit, and no vtherwayis ; vpoun 
the quhilkis premissis, Dauid Mengzeis, prouest, for himselff, and in 
name of the baillies and counsall, tuik act of court and instru- 
mentis 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanit Adame Gor- 
doun, kepar of the tolbuith and gray freiris knokis, to be answerit and 
obeyit in tyme cumming, be the thesaurer of this burgh, for his fie or 
keping of the said tua knokis, during his guid service allanerlie, and sa 
lang as he governes the saidis twa knokis weill and diligentlie, of the twa 
pairt of fourtie merkis, quhilk fourtie merkis was the haill fie ordanit to 
be payed to him for keping of the saidis tua knokis, and kirk knok ; and 
Dauid Robertsoun, sacristar of the said kirk, quha is appoynted kepar 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 273 

and rewlar of the said kirk, to be answerit and obeyit of the thessaurar 28th Jane, 
of the third pairt of the said soume of fourtie merkis, for his fie for kep- 1605 - 
ing and rewling of the said kirk knok, sa lang as he rewlis and kepis the 
same weill and diligentlie. 



August, 1605. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and coimsall, being credablie infor- 
mit that the noysum plague of pestilence, noth onlie in the townes of 
Edinburgh, Leyth, and Sanct Androwis, daylie moir and moir increscis, 
bot lykwayes that with the same plague dyveris townes and willages, 
noth onlie of the cost syid, bot vtheris pairtis of the south cuntrie, as 
also the places of Ruthven and Telin is presentlie thairwith infectit, and 
liklie to spred throw vtheris partis of this realme, and that the towne of 
Dundie, be resson of the eminent perrell, haid dischairgit thair publict 
fair, quhilk suld hawe bene hauldin within that burgh, callit the first 
Marie fair, thairfor for preservatioun and keping of this burght fra the 
said plague, sa far as may be done be men as instrumentall meanes, 
(reserwand the rest to the guid plesur of God, kepar of all), devysit, 
statute, and ordanit, that na nichtbour of this burgh, man nor voman, 
young nor auld, puir nor riche, frie nor vnfrie, presvme nor tak vpon 
hand to pas to Bartholomeus fair now approcheing, quhilk suld be 
hauldin at Kinkairdyn befoir the twentie-fourt day of this instant August, 
nor to no vther publict mercat outwith this burght, inhibiting thame to 
pas thairvnto ony maner of way, fra the day and dait heirof, vnder the 
pane of ane hundreth merkis vsuall money of this realme, to be payit 
be the contravenar to the dean of gild, efter calling and lawfull convic- 
tioun, and giff (as God forbid) ony perrell or infectioun cum to this 
burght, be reassoun of the passing of ony nichtbour thairof, efter this 
inhibitioun and restraint, to the said publict mercat, or ony vther fair 
outwith this burgh, that persoun efter calling and sufficient tryell haid 
thairof, to suffer death be hanging, or ony vther maner of way, as the 
counsall sail think expedient, according to the powar and commission 
granted to the magistrates of this burght, be the lordis of his Maiesties 
privie counsall, and that na futte chopman be sufferit to repair and resort 
to this burght and mercat croce tharof, be quhome perrell may ensew, 
nather yit that it sail be lesume to ony inhabitant of this burght to 
pas to the south partis of this realme, without licence and libertie of the 

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14th August, provest and baillies of the same ; lykwyse that sic as sail be appoyntit 
and warnit to the watching of the portis, Brig of Dee, harbering mouth, 
sail watche in thair awne persounes, and that nane house, herbrie, nor 
resett ony cumming fra the south pairtis, onadvertesit ane of the baillies ; 
that all yairdis, bakyairdis, and bakdykis be maid seure, sufficient, 
hauldin and keip fast, that na passage be thairby be the haill inhabitantis 
of this burgh, according to the ordinance maid thairanent of befoir, and 
vnder the paines thairin contenit, and this ordinance to be publischit be 
the sound of drum, passing throw the haill rewis of this towne, quhairby 
nane pretend ignorance thairof, quhilk wes instantlie publischit be Andro 
Inglis passand throw the haill stretis of the same. 

4th September, 1605. 

The said day, anent the supplicatioun gevin in to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, be Katherein Burnet, mackand mentioun that thir twa 
ye iris bygan, scho had vnderlyin baneisment from this hir natiue towne, 
for sum sclander gewin be hir, in receaving of sclanderous persounes in 
hir hous, quhairof scho wes convict and decernit to be baneist for the 
same, and in respect that during thir twa yeiris baneisment scho hes 
remaneit in service, the first yeir at the Brig of Dee, and sensyn in 
Drummoak with Elspet Cultis, relict of vmquhile Maister Willeame 
Dauidsoun, and hes gewin no occasioun of sclander during this tyme, 
bot hes lewit in honest serwice, quhairvpoun scho hes a testimoniall of 
the minister of Drummoak testefeing the same, and now being desyrous 
to serve againe in this hir native toun, for wynning hir lewing, and being 
resoluit be Goddis grace to leive honestlie be hir honest service and 
labouris, without sclander or offence in tyme cumming, scho humblie 
craweit to be receavit and acceptit agane within this burght as a penitent 
persoun, quha hed alreddie sufferit condigne punischement for hir de- 
merittis, that scho may dwell and remaine within this hir natiwe towne, 
and serve within the same for hir leiwing in tyme cumming, but any stop 
as a frie persoun quha hes satisfeit for hir bypast sclanderis, offering to 
find cautioun for hir guid behaviour in tyme cuming, as at mair lenth 
wes contenit in hir said supplicatioun ; quhilk being presentit befoir the 
counsall, togidder with ane testimoniall of the minister of Drummoak 
testifeing hir honest lyiff and conversatioun during hir remaining in his 
parochin, and thairwith the counsall being advysit, fand that the said 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 275 

Katherin, in respect of hir twa yeiris baneisement for hir demerittis, had 
satisfeit thairby the rigour of thair decreit of banischment, and thairfor, 
and be reasson of the testimonie of hir guid lyiff produceit during hir 
absence out of this towne, ordaines hir to be receavit and acceptit 
agane within this burght as a frie persoun, to serve and win hir leiwing 
within the same in tyme cumming, but ony lett or impediment, vpon 
cautioun alwyise to be fund be hir, that scho sail presentlie enter in 
service, and continew in a guid behaviour in tyme cumming, vnder 
the panis of twentie pundis, to be payit to the dean of gild of this burght, 
in cace scho be convict heireffcer as a sclanderous levar ; according to 
the quhilk, Walter Robertson, burges of the said burght, becom cautionar 
for the said Katherin, that scho sail enter presentlie in service, and 
continew of ane guid behaviour in tyme cumming, vnder the paine 
forsaid, and the said Katherin become actit to releiwe hir said cautionar 
of the premisses. 

18th September, 1605. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, for certane reasson- 
able considerationis moweing thame, thinkis meit and expedient that the 
Justice port, quhilk wes ordanit to be hauldin fast now in this dangerous 
tyme of the plague, be opnit agane, and ane watche sett daylie thairat, 
as at the vther opine portis, to remaine oppin, and to be watchit ay and 
quhill the counsall think meit to cloise the same, and sa lang as the 
said Justice poirt remaines oppin, ordaines the keyheid poirt to be hauldin 
fast, except at sic tymes as schippis ar lossing and laidning, and than the 
keyheid poirt to be opnit and watchit, and at all vther tymes to be 
hauldin fast. 

3rd October, 1605. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall devysit and ordanit 
that the sowme of aucht hundreth merkis presentlie in the handis of 
Dauid Cargill, quhilk wes collectit be voluntar contribution for the 
help and support of the Brig of Done, becaus the same lyis in his handis 
on maid proffitt, that annuell rent sail be payed for the samen quhill 
Witsonday nixt, according to ten merkis the hundreth, and that the said 
Dauid sail pay the said proffitt, extending to fourtie merkis, for the 
samen with the said principall soume of aucht hundreth merkis, gif 



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he happnis to reteine the said principall soume of aucht hundreth merkis 
quhill the said terme of Witsonday, and giff that the same beis imployit 
or gewin out be him to ony vther, for annuall quhill the said terme, 
quhilk for no langer terme sail be gewin out ; the said Dauid sail tak the 
adwyce of the counsall of this burght to quhome the same sail be gewin, 
and be answerable to the prouest, baillies, and counsall for the said 
principall soume and proffitt, quhill the said feist of Witsonday. 

llth October, 1605. 

The said day, the provest and baillies fand that the choip presentlie 
occupeit be Willeam Home, smyth, on the north syid wall of the said 
Willeame his hous, lyand in the eist heid of the Castelgett of this burgh, 
on the south syd of the gett passand to the Justice Poirt, is biggit far 
without the boundis of the said Willeam his syid wall, on the kingis com- 
moun gett, quhairhy thay find not onlie the kingis gett to be nithered, 
hot also the aforesaid choip to be ane gryt ilest and preiudice to the gett> 
the same being ane cheiff entrie and passage to and fra this burght, at 
ane of the cheiff portis of the same, and thairfoir ordaines the said Wil- 
leam Home to tak doun and demolische the forsaid choip, as biggit vpon 
the kingis hie streitt, far outwith the boundis of his syd wall, as said is, 
within [ ] dayes nixt eftir the dait heirof, and the said Willeam 

Home being personallie present, wes chairgeit heirto apud acta. 

ISth October, 1605. 

The said day, anent the complaint maid to the prouest and bailleis be 
Willeam Ingram, burges of this burght, vpon James Watt, compleaning 
v.pon the said James, that this day at twa houris effcernone or thairby, the 
said James, but ony offence or occasioun be word or deid, offerit to him 
be the said Willeam, he being standing on the kingis hie streitt in the 
publict mercatt place, doing his lefull adois, having na mynd of evill, the 
said James strak him with his sword, skabbert and all, on dyverse pairtis 
of his bodye, and flogit him thairwith on the wymb, quhairanent the said 
James being convenit befoir Mr. "Richard Irvying and Willeam Lowsoun, 
baillies, in the commoun clerkis chalmer, and being accusit be thame 
vpoun the said complaint, the said James denyit the same, and the saidis 
baillies tacking in witnessis for tryell therof, in the meantyme the said 
James vttering dyveris proud and irreverent speiches, and being desyrit 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 277 

be Walter Ronaldsoun, officear, at command of the saidis baillies, to keip 
silence, the said James most proud and contemtuouslie, noth onlie dis- 
sobeyit the said command of the officier, be injuring, calling him swynger, 
knawe, he wald not be commandit be him, he wald ding sex the lyk of 
him, bot lykwyse bursting furth in many ma contemptabill and proud 
speiches, patt on his bonett on his heid in presence of the baillies, and 
drew furth his dager, aitling to hawe strukin the said officier thairwith, 
in presence of the saidis baillies, quhairvpoun the said James being com- 
mandit to pas to the tolbuith to answer for his said contempt done to the 
magistrattis, he obstinatlie, proudlie, and maist contemptuouslie refusit to 
pas to the tolbuith, striking with his feett .and handis nocht onlie at the 
officieris, bot at all vtheris that com neir him, and in end being brocht to 
the tolbuith, and presentit in judgement, the court being lauchfullie fencit, 
the said James Watt was then judiciallie accusit vpon the haill premisses, 
baith for strikking and stopping of the said Willeam Ingrame with his 
sword, skabbertt and all, in the publict mercatt place of this burght, and 
lykewayes for his heich and proud contempt done be him in presence of 
the baillies in the clerkis chalmer, in injuring of the said Walter Ronald- 
soun, officier, be word in maner foirsaid, and drawing ane dager aitling 
to hawe strukin him thairwith in presence of the magistrattis, as said is, 
quhilk being denyit be the said James, the prouest and baillies causit 
convene certaine honest nichtbouris, viz., James Fullartoun, tailzeour, 
Gabriell Stalkar, maltman, Andro Moir, and Johne Touch, baxteris, to 
bear leall and suithfast uitnessing in the said mater, in sa far as thay 
knew thairuntill, quhilkis witnessis, admittit be consent of the said James 
Watt, and being solemnitlie sworne to declair the weretie sa far as thay 
hard or saw in the premisses, and being seuerallie examined thairvpoun, 
deponit be thair gryit aithes, that this day about twa houris efternone or 
thairby, thay wer present nocht onlie in the kingis hie streitt in the 
publict mercatt place of this burght, quhair they saw the said James Watt 
strik the said Willeam Ingram with ane sword, skabbertt and all, on the 
arme and athort the scholderis, and floig him thairwith in the wymb, but 
any kynd of motion or offence done be the said Willeam to the said James, 
ather be word or deid, sa far as thay culd heir or sie, bot lykwyise thay 
wer present in the commoun clerkis chalmer sone thaireftir, quhair thay 
saw and hard the said James Watt noth onlie injure the said officier be 
word, calling him knawe and swynger, he suld be equall with him, bot 



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also saw the said James draw ane dager, and aitlit to strik the said 
officier thairwith, in presence of the saidis twa baillies, inrespect quhairof 
the said James Watt was convict and put in amerciament of court, baith 
for strikking and floiging with the sword, skabbertt and all, of the said 
Willeam Ingram in maner foirsaid, and als for his proud and heich con- 
tempt done in presence of the saidis baillies, not onlie in refusing to keip 
silence efter he wes commandit to that efect be the said Walter Ronald- 
soun, officier, bot also for iniuring the said officier, calling him knawe 
and swynger, he suld be equall with him, and for drawing ane dager and 
aitling to hawe strukin the said officier thairwith, and thairfoir the said 
James wes ordanit to remaine in waird till he suld find caution that he 
suld not truble the towne, nor any nichtbour of the same, in tyme cuming. 
and that he sail satisfie for his foirsaid wrang and contempt at the ap- 
poyntment of the counsall, and the said James being chairgit to find the 
said cautioun, said and affirmit oppinlie in judgement in the kingis fencit 
court, he suld be equall with the best of thame that mellit with him, and 
suld brak pairt of thair heidis, quhairfoir the said James wes convict, 
and put in amerciament of new agane, for trubling of the kingis fencit 
court. 



November, 1605. 

The quhilk day, the provest, baillies, and counsall being crediblie in- 
formit of the lait conspiracie contryvit agance his Maiestie, Quene, Prince, 
Nobilitie and Estatis of England within the citie of London, vpoun the 
fyift of this instant November, to hawe blawen thame vp, parliament 
house and all, with gwn pulder, fra the quhilk odious and damnable 
treassoun his Maiestie, Quene, Prince, and all, hes, of the meir mercie 
and fauour of God, escaped ; thairfor the prouest, baillies, and counsall 
ordanit the haill inhabitantis of this burght, als weill women as men, 
young as old, servandis as maisteris, to repair to the paroche kirk this 
day at ane hour effcer none, for hearing of Godis word preachit, and 
thankis to be gewin to God for his Maiesties weill, Quene, Prince, and 
estates delyuerie fra the said conspiracie, and that euerie maister of 
houshold within this burght hawe bene fyris befoir thair yettis and doiris, 
betuixt thrie and four houris efter none, in takin of thair thankfull 
hairtis for the mercifull delyuerie, and accompanie the magistratis and 
ministrie, passing throw the haill streittis and singing of psalmes, and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 279 

magnefeing the Lord for the said benefitt, and that at the mercatt croce 
of this burght sail be decentlie decorit and hung with tapestrie, ane 
coverit table thairat, with wyne and spycerie, and glassis to be drunkin 
and cassin, in takin of thair reioycing for the said mercifull delyuerie, 
and what expenssis the dean of gild deburssis for the said wyn, spycerie, 
and glassis, to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

4th December, 1605. 

The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell, vnderstanding that 
Sir Alexander Fraser of Philorthe, knycht, within this four yeris or 
thairby hes takin of his Maiestie ane new infeftment, beiring erectioun of 
Fraserburght in ane brught of baronie, quhilk infeftment and gift com- 
prehendis and incluidis all the liberties, immunities, and preuiledges 
appertening to ane regall brught, and doctit and grantit to this brught 
monie hundreth yeiris sence, be his Maiestie's maist nobill progenitouris, 
especiallie be Alexander the First, King of Scotland, quha doctit this 
brught to all the liberties and immunities apperteining to ane regall brught, 
granting thairunto dywerse preuiledges in particular within the haill pre- 
cinct of the schireffdome of Aberdene, within the quhilk boundis the said 
Fraserisbrught lyis, and sen the said King Alexanderis dayes, his succes- 
souris kyngis of this realme, namelie, Kyng Robert, Kyng Dauid, Kyng 
James the Secund, Kyng James the Feird, of maist worthie memories, hes 
grantit to this burght, burgessis, and inhabitantis therof, vtheris liberties 
within the saidis boundis and precinct, quhilkis infeftmentis and liberties 
grantit to this burght wilbe grytlie preiudgeit, gif that the said Sir 
Alexander Fraser sail obtene his infeftment, gift, and erectioune of the 
said Fraserisbrught, with the liberties grantit thervnto in the said infeft- 
ment, ratifiet and approwit in his Maiestie's nixt parliament, for ratifica- 
tioune quhairof the said Laird of Philorthe, vpon his large expenssis hes 
purchest in England his Maiestie's warrant, thairfoir to prevent and 
obviat the ratificatioun of the samen in the nixt parliament, thoucht it 
meit and expedient, dewysit and ordaneit, that thair salbe an actionne 
intentit be this burght vpone the auld infeftmentis gewen to the samen, 
be his hienes predicessoures, liberties and immunities thairin mentionat, 
for ane declaratour to be had thairanent, finding the preuiledges grantit 
to the burght of Aberdene, burgessis, and inhabitantis therof, be the said 
Kyng Alexander, within the boundis of the schireffdome of Aberdene, and 



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vtheris his successouris, kyngis of this realme, and grantit to the regall 
burghes of this realme be the actis of parliament, to apertene onlie to this 
burght as ane frie regall burght within the said precinct, that in the nixt 
parliament, quhen the same sal happin to be, incaice the Laird of Philorthe 
seik the erectioune of the said burght of Fraserbrught, liberties and pre- 
viledges grantit thairvnto be his new infeftment, to be ratifiet, it may be 
obiectit aganes the samen, that na sic ratificatioune can be grantit, in- 
respect of ane actioune dependand afoir the lordis, vpoune the toun of 
Aberdene, his infeftment and previledges grantit thervnto of auld be the 
said Kyng Alexander, within the schireffdome of Aberdene, and actis of 
parliament maid in favouris of frie burrowis ; and for this effect, vpone 
Monday last, the secund of this instant, the counsall all in ane voice, but 
contradictioune, nominat and cheisit James Mowat burges of this burght, 
to pas south to Edinburgh, and thair be the adwyse of Mr. Willeame 
Oliphant, adwocat, and sic vther adwocattis of best judgement as the 
said Mr. Willeam and James sail think maist meit, to lybell and 
summondis vpone the townis infeftmentis and previledges, for seiking 
thairvpone ane declaratour of the lordis, that anes the actioune may be 
put vnder dependance befoir onie parliament, lewing onlie the saidis 
James expenssis to be modifeit this day, quhom they ordaneit to hawe 
the sowme of four scoir markis to be payit be Thomas Kyng, thesaurer, 
to him, and to be allowit to the said Thomas in his comptis ; and Johne 
Merser, saidler, and Dauid Watsoun, tailzeour, dissassentit to the said 
modificatioune and granting of the said expenssis to the said James. 

26th February, 1606. 

The samyn day, anent the bill gewin in be Alex r> Dauidsoun, tymber 
man in Sanct Androis, mackand mentioun that he hes agreit with the 
honest men that hes bocht the Wod of Drum, for als mekill tymber as 
will big ane bark, quhilk bark he intendis, God \\illing, to big within this 
towne, and becaus the kirkyard of the Trinitie Freris, quhilk is filthilie 
abusit be middingis, is the maist meit and convenient place for bigging of 
the said bark, he humblie desyred for sic service as he micht do to the 
towne, that he may hawe licence and guidwill of that rowme for bigging 
of the said bark, seing the tymber is redie in ane flott to cum to this 
burght, how sone the watter growis, as at mair lenth wes contenit in his 
said bill ; quhairanent the prouest, baillies, and counsall advysing, they 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 281 

fund the desire thairof verie reasonable, and grantit and gawe licence to 26th Feb. 
the said Alex r * Dauidsoun to big his schip in the pairt forsaid, viz., in 
the said Trinitie Freris kirkyaird, conforme to the desyre of his said 
supplicatioun, and for that effect ordanis all these quho hes laid middingis 
in the said kirkyaird or thairabout, to remowe and tak avay the same 
within aucht dayes nixt efter the dait heirof, vnder the pane of ane vnlaw 
of fyue merkis, to be vplifted of the persone failzeand, and ordanis 
intimatioun to be maid heirof to these quho hes the saidis middingis 
at the pairt forsaid. 



March, 1606. 

The said day, publicatioune and intimatioune wes maid be Abraham 
Cuik, belman, passand throw the haill streitis and rewis of the toune, 
at command of the prouest and baillies therof, that na inhabitant of this 
burght, man nor woman, presume nor tak vpon hand to eat onie flesche 
during the tyme of Lent, nather yit on Wednisday, Fryday, nor Seterday 
thairefter, in na tyme cuming, vnder the panes contenit in his Maiestie's 
actis and proclamatiounes maid thiaranent ; and that na fleschar nor 
bucheour within this burght presume to sell onie flesche duering the tyme 
of Lentrone ; and that na tavernar nor hostilar within the samen mak 
onie flesch reddie during the said tyme of Lentrone, nather yit on Wed- 
nisday, Friday, nor Seterday, in na tyme thairefter, vnder the panes 
contenit in the saidis actis and proclamatiounes ; and lykwayes, that all 
persones haweand onie middingis, stanes, or red of houssis, on the 
streitis or getis of this toune, to remove and put the same away, within 
fourtie-aucht houris, vnder the pane of fourtie schillings to be vpliftit of 
the contravenar, awner of the said midding and red, to be payit to the 
deane of gild efter lawful convictioune. 

1st April, 1606. 

The said day, Gilbert Kempt being fand culpable and giltie of the 
braking of the Sabboth day, trubling of the toun dyvers and sindrie 
tymes, nicht-walking, playing at cartis and dyce, was ordaneit to sett 
cautioune, that gif he beis fand culpable in onie of the saidis crymes, to 
pay to the deane of gild the soume of ten pundis, and to be brint on the 
cheik, and baneist this burght thairefter, quharvnto the said Gilbert 
being personallie present consentit, and for payment of the said vnlaw 

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let April, to the said deane of gild, incaice of his convictioune, fand Alex'. Kempt, 
merchand, cautioune and souertie for him, quha becam actit to that 
effect, and Johne Hutcheon, fleschar, becam actit to releiwe the said 
Alex'. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, anent the bill and supplicatioune gevin in this day to the 
prowest, baillies, and counsall, be George Leslie of Creychie, makand 
mentioune that quhair it is nocht vnknawin to thame how rigorous and 
exorbitant customes, by all law and reasoun, ar raisit in all the fairis and 
commoun mercatis of this dyocie, bot speciallie in the mercat hauldin at 
Auld Rayne, callit Sanct Lawrence fair, quhairbe his Maiestie's haill 
lieges in this land, and speciallie the inhabitantis of this burght, ar 
grytumlie damnefeit, that thairfoir the said George, in name of the 
prowest, baillies, counsell, and communitie of the haill inhabitantis of this 
burght of Aberdene, and in name and at the instans of Johne Leslie of 
Wardess, Johne Leslie of Pettcappill, George Leslie of Creychie, George 
Leslie of Auld Craig, James Arbuthnot of Lentusche, for thame selffis 
and vtheris thair tennentis and servandis, had raisit letteris be delyuer- 
ance of the lordis of counsell, to summond Johne Leyth, elder of Harthill, 
Johne Leyth, younger of Harthill, his sone, to compeir befoir the lordis 
of counsell, at ane certaine day, quhervnto they ar to be summondit, 
for be thame selffis, thair complices, and vtheris in thair names, of thair 
causing, command, assistance, and ratihibitioune, wrangouslie, violentlie, 
and maisterfullie, without onie kynd of richt, infeftment, gift, licience, or 
vther warrand grantit to thame be his Maiestie, taking, vplifting, and 
resaweing of the impost and dewtie vnder wreitin, of the merchandice, 
gudis, and geir following, cumming to the said mercat, callit St. Lawrence 
fair, that is to say, of euerie stand sett downe for haulding of merchandice, 
or ony vther guidis and geir, vpon the ground of the saidis landis of 
Auld Rayne, threttene schillingis, four d. ; of everie ox, kow, or horse, 
seixtene d. ; of everie scheip, aucht d. ; of everie stane of woll, ane pund 
therof ; of everie elne of lynning or wollon claythe, four d. ; and of all vther 
sellable wairis cuming to the said mercat, ane certane speciall dewtie, 
quhilk is sic ane exorbitant custome, and extraordinar forme, quherof 
nane of the burrowis within this realme hes the lyk, quhilk is maist ex- 
traordinarlie extortit and vpliftit, nocht onlie from the merchandis, craftis- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 283 

men, and inhabitants of this burght, hot also fra all vtheris, his hienes 
frie lieges, be the said Johne Leyth, elder of Harthill, the said Johne 
Leyth his sone, and thair foirsaidis ; and becaus the said actioune tendis 
to the weill of this burght, merchandis and inhabitantis thairof, and the 
saidis letteris, raisit be the said George, at the instans of the prowest, 
baillies, counsell, and communitie therof, as first complenaris mentionat 
thairin, as the saidis letteris produceit, with the said supplicatioune, of 
the dait at Edinburghe the twentie day of Marche last bypast, at lenth do 
testifie, desyiring thairfoir the said prowest, baillies, and counsellis con- 
currance in the said mater, bayth with thair commissioune to the agent of 
the haill burrowis of this realme, to insist in persute to seik ane redres of 
the said extraordinar custome, and the counsell of this burghtis directioune 
to the townis aduocattis to persew and follow out the said actioune, as 
ane mater tending nocht onlie to the weill of this burght, bot to the weill 
of the haill burrowis of this realme, and his Maiestie's haill lieges, as in 
the said supplicatioune at lenth wes conteanit, with the quhilk supplica- 
tioune and letteris the prowest, baillies, and counsell being adwysit, fand 
the desyir of the said supplicatioune reassonabill, and ordanit that tbair 
salbe ane letter direct to the agent of the haill burrowis of this realme, 
fra the prowest, baillies, and counsall of this burght, to concur as agent 
for this burght, and the haill remanent burrowis of this realme, in calling 
of the said actioune, following out and persewing of the actioune thairin 
contenit aganes the saidis Johne Leythis of Harthill, elder and youngar, 
and als that directioune in wreit salbe gewein to the tounis aduocatis to 
compeir for the prowest, baillies, counsell, and communitie of this burgh, 
for insisting in persute of the said actioune, as ane mater tending to the 
weill of this burght, and the haill burrowis of this realme, and thocht it 
meit and expedient that the saidis letteris salbe vsit, followit out, and per- 
sewit with all diligence in the nixt following sessione without delay, that 
the mater may ressawe ane discus in this nixt sessioune, gif possibill can 
be befoir Lambes nixt cumis, quhilk is the tyme of the balding of the 
nixt S. Lawrence fair. 

\6tk April, 1606. 

The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell ordaneit Dauid 
Andersone, maister of kirk wark, to send the brazen cok of the stepill 
of Sanct Nicolas parish kirk of this burght to Flanderis, with the first 



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6th April, schip that passes fra this burght thairto, to be mendit thair and owergilt, 
and the same being done, to be erectit and put vp vpon the hicht of 
the said stepill, in the same place quhair it stuid obefoir, and the 
expenssis to be debursit be the said Dauid Andersone, to be allowit in his 
comptis. 

3rd May, 1606. 

The quhilk day, the prowest, baillies, auld and new counsellis, being 
convenit, ordaneit Mr. Thomas Mollisoune, common clerk, to delyuer to 
James Mowat, the chartour gewein to this burght be King Alexander of 
worthie memerie, vpon this burghtis previledges and liberties, of the 
dait the twentie-sevent day of Februar, vnder the said kingis gryit seall, 
quhilk is sealit with grene walx, and als to delyuer to the said James 
the letteris of horning raisit at the tounes instance againes the Laird of 
Philorthe, and his tennentis of Fraserburght, quhairbe they ar chargit 
to desist and ceis frome vseing of merchandice, paking, peiling, lossing, 
and laidning, &c., of the dait at Edinburght, the twentie-aucht day of 
December, j m vi c and fyue yeiris, with the executiounes and indorsatiounes 
of the saidis letteris, to be produceit befoir the lordis of counsell vpon 
the sextene day of Maij instant, againes the letteris of suspension, raisit 
and execute be the said Laird of Philorthe againes this burght, sus- 
pending the forsaidis letteris of horning, and als to delyuer to the said 
James the coppie of King Dauidis chartour gewen to the haill burrowis 
of this realme vpon thair previledges, and ordanies the said James to 
pas southe with all convenient diligence, for awaiting on the forsaid dyat, 
as agent for this burght, and to consult with the townis procuratouris, and 
solist the lordis anent the said actioun of suspensioune, befoir the day of 
compeirance ; and for making of the said James expenssis in ryding to 
Edinburgh, and awaiting thair on the said actioun, and for gratifieng 
of the townis procuratouris and clerkis, ordanes the sowme of ane 
hundreth pundis to be gewein to the said James, of the first end of the 
fyue hundreth pundis appointit to be gewein to the townis commissionaris, 
nominat and chosin be the counsell for attending on the said actioun, 
vpoun the tent day of Apryill last bypast, the said James gewand ane 
compt to the saidis commissionaris anent his debursmentis of the said 
sowme of ane hundreth pundis, and if he be superexpendit, to be ream- 
bursit agane of the superexpenssis. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 285 

28th May, 1606. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall appoyntis and ordanis 
Dauid Andersoun, maister of kirk wark, to send to Danskein, and thair 
to caus by als mekill leid as will extend to the some of ane hundreth and 
fyue pundis Scottis money, and to caus schip the same in Willeame Mea- 
sonis bark, and the towne to bear the aventure of the transporting thairof 
be sey, quhilk they ordane to be brocht hame for reparatioun of the 
paroche kirk of this burght, and to be allowit to the said maister of wark 
in his comptis, with quhatsumeuer farder he debursis thairin, for fraucht, 
custume, and chargis. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, haveing ressaved 
this day a letter direct vnto thame from the lordis of his Maiesties secreitt 
counsall, quhairof the tenour folowis : To our richt traist freyndis, the 
prowest, bailleis, and counsall of Aberdene. Traist freyndis, efter our 
hartlie commendatiounes, the Kingis Maiestie hes laitlie by wreitt signi- 
feit and declarit vnto the counsall, that it is his hienes expres will and 
plesure that the parliament of this kingdome, quhilk hes ressaued so 
many continewatiounes, shall now, God willing, begin and hauld preceislie 
at Edinburgh, vpon the sevintene day of Junij nixt to cum, and hes 
ordanit that his haill estates of this kingdome shalbe writtin for to keip 
the said day ; and thairfoir these ar to request and desire you effectuouslie 
that ye faill not, all excuses sett asyd, to direct and send your commis- 
siouneris quha were at the last parliament to be heir agane the 
said day, instructed with full power and commission to convene 
with the rest of the estatis, to advyse, consult, treatt, and con- 
clude vpon sic materis, as at that tyme salbe proponit, and sua resting 
assured of your commissionaris preceis keping of this dyett, as ye 
respect his Maiesties obedience and service, we commit yow to God. 
From Edinburgh the xiii. of Maij, 1606. Sic subscrilitur, your good 
freyndis, Montroise, commissionar ; A. L., cancellarius. Conforme to the 
desyre of the quhilk letter and for obedience thairvnto, and according to 
his Maiestie's proclamatioun publeist this day at the mercat croce of this 
burght, charging the estates of this kingdome to direct thair commis- 
sionaris for keping of the said parliament, day and place forsaid, the 
prowest, baillies, and counsall electit, nominat, and chosit Alex r . Ruther- 
furd, prowest, commissionar for this burght for keping of the said par- 



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5th May, liament, day and place abouewritten, as he quho wes commission in 
the parliament immediatlie bypast, and ordanes ane commissionar to be 
maid to the said Alexander, to the effect forsaid, vnder the townis 
secreit seall. 

19th July, 1606. 

The quhilk day, being Seterday, the mercat day of the said burght, 
publicatioun was maid at the mercat thairof, be Androw Hay, ane of the 
ordinar officieris of the samen, that the magistratis and counsell of this 
burght had forbidden and inhibeit, and in his Maiestie's name inhibeit 
and forbade, that nane of hes hienes lieges, dwelland to landwart, far 
or neir, during this perrellous tyme of the plague of pestilence, quhair- 
with dyvers partis of Dee syid, and vtheris partis heirabout, ar presentlie 
viseit, tak upon hand nor presume fra this day furth to cum, resort, or 
repair to this burght with tymber, vnder the paine of death, or sic 
vther penaltie as salbe inflictit to the contravenar be the magistratis of 
this burght, conforme to the commissioun gewen be his Maiestie's 
counsell to thame thairanent. 

26th December, 1606. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsell, considering that the 
festering of monie and gryit vices, and sundrie abuses and enormities 
quhilk hes bene commitit within this burght, be persones of all sortis 
in tyme bygane, has bene the selling and venting of wyne, aill, and beir, 
be the hostilaris and tavernaris at all houris of the nycht, to the gryit 
dishonour of this burghe, againes all civill ordour within all vther well- 
governit commoun weillis, for remeid thairof, hes statute and ordaneit, 
with consent of the haill toune this day convenit, that it sail not be 
lesum to onie hostilar, tavernar, or vinter of wyne, aill, or beir, to sell 
or vent onie wyne, aill, or beir, fra ten houris at nicht furth, at the quhilk 
hour nichtlie the colledge bell within this burghe sail ring, efter the ring- 
ing quhairof, gif onie persone, man or woman, salbe fand or apprehendit 
gangand vpon the streitis or calsayes of this burghe, except sic persones 
as salbe knawin and tryit be the magistratis to haif necessarie eirandis, 
that the tavernar and hostilar selling wyne, aill, or beir, efter the said 
hour of ten of the nicht, and ringing of the said ten hour bell, being 
tryit and convict thairfor, sail incur and be adjudgit in ane vnlaw of fyve 
pundis, efter convictioun, toties quoties ; and, lykwayes, that it suld nawayes 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 287 

be lesum to onie tavernar, or hostilar, to sell onie wyne, aill, or beir, in 
tyme of preiching or prayeris on the Sabboth day, vnder the pane of 
fyve pundis, to be payit to the deane of gild efter lawfull convictioun, 
toties quoties. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsall, with consent of the 
communitie, convenit this day, thinkis it meit and expedient that the portis 
of this burght, with the port on the Brig of Dee, quhilk this lang tyme 
bypast hes beine keipit and watchit, be reasone that the south pairtis of 
this realme hes bene viseit with the plague of pestilence, salbe oppnit, 
and the watches appoyntit and sett thairat salbe dimissit and dischargit, 
till the counsell be forder advysit, and ressaue new adverteisment of new 
infectioun, becaus, God be praisit, the plague of pestilens, quhilk wes the 
caus of the watching thairof, is quenchit in the south pairtis of this 
realme, prouyding alwayes that na nichtbour nor inhabitant of this burghe 
pas to Dundy or Perth to by onie merchandice, or to bring onie merchan- 
dice thairfra, without licence of the magistrat, vnder the pane of fourtie 
pundis, to be incurrit be the contraveinar, toties quoties. 

4 

\8th February, 1607. 

The said day, Margaret Pantoun wes accuisit as ane commoun blas- 
phemar of the name of God, and ane filthie abuiser of hir bodie in harlatrie, 
in fornicatioun with dyvers persones, towit, ane aquavite man, Robert 
Makie, and Alexander Kempt, fleschar, as also as ane resetar of unlawfull 
persones, and thairby being ane vnlawfull nichtbour, swa delatit be the 
privie inquest, the said Margaret, being personallie present, denyit the 
said accusatioun, quhilk was thairfor referrit to the knawledge of the 
assyse, chosen, sworne, and admitit in judgement, quha furth of court re- 
movit, and incluisit within the counsall hous, taking diligent tryall and 
probatioune vpone the poyntis of the forsaid accusatioune, and entering 
agane in court, they all in ane voice, be the mouth of Dauid Castell, 
chancellar, convictit the said Margaret of the haill pointis of hir accusa- 
tioun above writtin, towit, as ane commoun blasphemar of the name of 
God, ane abuiser of hir bodye in harlatrie with dyvers persones, and ane 
vnlawfull nichtbour, inrespect quhairof the prowest and bailies ordanit 
the said Margaret to be presentlie banisit this burght and friedome therof, 



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and intimatioun of the same to be maid at the mercat croce, as also quho- 
soever sail resawe hir in thair hous, or set her ane hous, sail pay ane 
vnlaw of ten pundis to the toun vnforgevin, quhilk banisment of the said 
Margaret, with the certificatioun forsaid, wes presentlie intimat be the 
officiaris at the mercat croce. 

24tk March, 1607. 

The said day, Alexander Cullen, provest, exponit and declarit to the 
brethren of gild of this burghe, convenit this day within the tolbuith thairof, 
for the maist pairt, being warnit thairto be the hand bell, that he, Paull 
Mengzeis, and remanent baillies, ar chargit, be vertew of letteris gevin be 
delyuerance of the lordis of secreit counsell, of the date the threttene day 
of Januar last bypast, to mak payment to Thomas Fischer and Willeame 
Speare of the soume of four scoir pundis, for this burghes pairt of the 
sowme of sevin hundreth threttie four pundis, sevin s., 4d., for the said 
Thomas Fischer and Willeam Speares superexpenssis in thair negotia- 
tioune and eommissioune frome the burrowis of this realme, first to Eng- 
land, and thaireftir to France, in companie with the commissionaris of 
England, for reporting of ane autentik certificat of all sic liberties and 
priviledges as the Scotis hes aboue the Inglis, and the Inglis aboue the 
Scotis within the kingdome of France, and for this burghes pairt of the 
soume of four hundreth markis, quhilkis the saidis lordis of secreit coun- 
sell, be thair decreit ordaneit the burrowis of this realme to pay to the 
said Thomas and William, in contentatioun of thair charges conforme to 
the saidis lordis allowance of thair comptis and modificatioun, as in the 
saidis letteris at mair lenth wes contenit, quhilkis wer publictlie red in 
audience of the said brether of gild, desyring the said brether of gild, 
convenit as said is, becaus the matter concernis thair estate onlie, and 
not the haill commounes of this burght, to stent thameselms for payment 
of the said soume, and to cheis stentares to that effect, quho being con- 
venit, as said is, be ressone the soume is not gryit, thocht it not expedi- 
ent that the same sould be presentlie tane vp fra the brethrene of gild, 
but the same suld be tane vp be the colleciour of the impost, vpon 
profeit, quhill Martimes nixt, to be reimbursit and repayit agane be the 
maister and collectour of the said impost, fra Michelmes last to Michel- 
mes nixt, and wer content and oblist thameselfiis voluntarlie, na man 
opponand in the contrair, to refound and pay agane the said soume be 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 289 

stent and contributioune to be imposit vpon thame, at quhat tyme and 24th March, 
how sone the wark of the reparatioun of the harberie of this burghe sail 1607> 
begyn, and the necessitie of the said wark sail requeire. 

20th April, 1607. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsell, being crediblie informit 
of the new infectioun of the pestilence brokin vp within thir aucht dayes 
bygane, in the townes of Dundy, Perth, and vtheris pairtis besouth this 
burght, hes thocht meit and expedient, devysit and ordanit, till thay get 
forder certantie of the state of the saidis townes, and quhill ane mair 
solide ordour be takin heirefter anent the keping of this burghe, and portis 
thairof, gif infectioun sail incress (as God forbid), that this day proclama- 
tioun salbe maid throw the haill streittis of the towne, inhibiting and con- 
tramanding that na inhabitant of this burghe pas southe to the said 
tounes, nor na vther pairt besouth this burgh, without licence had and 
obtenit to that effect of the provest and baillies, vnder the pane of fourtie 
pundis, toties quoties, to be vpliftit of the contravenar. 

22nd April, 1607. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsell, being certifeit of the 
new infectioun of the pestilence laitlie brokin vp in the tounes of Edin- 
burgh, Dundy, and Perth within thir ten dayes bygane, and that be ressone 
thairof the townes of Montroise, Sanct Androwis, and Couper Fyf hes 
begun to watche thair townes, thairfoir that this burghe micht be preservit 
at the good plesour of God, be vsing of the ordinarie menis, sa far as may 
tend to the preservatioune therof, and inhabitants of the samen, referring 
alwayes the watching of the citie to God, but quhais keping all is vaine, 
devysit and ordanit that the burght salbe kepit and the portis thairof, 
with the brig port and harberie mouth, be nichtbouris and inhabitants of 
the same, as they and every ane of thame salbe requirit to that effect, 
vnder the panes contenit in the former actis maid thir dyvers yeiris by- 
gane, anent the keiping of the toune in the tyme of the plague, to be vp- 
liftit of the contraveinar, and not keiping of his watche as he beis requyrit 
thairto ; and that the Greyn quarter sal begyn the morne ; to that effect 
the Schoir, Port, and Futtie portis to be cloisit and fastenit, except quhan 
thair is onie schipis, crearis, or boitis to be chargit, laidnit, or lossit, than 

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the said Schoir port to be hauldin oppin and kepit as the remanent portis, 
and the vther four portis, to wit, Gallowget, Overkirkget, Netherkirkget, 
and Justice portis, to be oppin and patent, vatchit, and kepit be twa 
nichtbouris of this burghe, and at the said Gallowget and Netherkirkget, 
testimoniallis only to be ressawit ; and that all ordinances and statutes 
maid anent the keiping of this burghe the tyme of the said noysum pesti- 
lence, at onie tyme obefoir within thir ten yeiris, speciallie vpon the tuelf 
day of August, 1597, and vpon the 16 day of September, 1596, and all 
vther guid lawis sett doune thairanent, speciallie vpon the xxv. day of 
October, 1603, salbe preseislie obseruit and keipit efter the forme and 
tenour thairof in all poyntis, vnder the paines thairin contenit preceislie, 
to be vptakin fra the transgressouris efter lawfull convictioun. 

3rd May, 1607. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsell, considdering that the 
Gray Freir kirk is maid now sa patent, commoun, and open, with all sortis 
of people, men and wemen, young and auld, thairby far misuseit, the doris 
and lokis thairof brokin, stowin, and away takin, ane commoun place for 
keiping of all menis tymber and materiallis, without licence of the magis- 
tratis or counsall, the wtter yett or cloise entering thairto maid ane com- 
moun vennell, jakis, priuies, and vther filthines cassin and tumeit thairin, 
to the gryt dishonour of this burgh, and verie noysum to sic as seis the 
same, or passis thairby, for remeid therof, ordanit the deane of gild to caus 
dense and dicht the said forentrie and cloise, put on lokis on the foir 
entrie and kirk dor, with sufficient keyis thairto lok and oppin the same, 
caus red the said kirk of all materiallis and tymber, quhomsoeuer the same 
belongis to, betuixt and the twelf of this instant, warne the persones that 
pat the said tymber and materiallis thairin, to remove the same within 
fourtie audit houris efter they be requirit, with certificatioun, gif they 
failzie thairin, that it salbe lesum to the said deane of gild to put the same 
to the calsey vpone thair expenssis, and that the said Gray Freir kirk sail 
not be heirefter vsit in keiping of matteriallis, nor balding of courtis be 
craftismen thairin, without ane ordinance of the counsall had thairto ; 
forder, that the said deane of gilde, with all convenient diligence, caus 
point the said Gray Freir kirk with lyme and sklaitis quhair the same 
wantis, quhilk salbe allowit to him in his comptis. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 291 

15th May, 1607. 

The said day, Walter Robertsoun, youngar, James Robertsoun, 
youngar, and Patrik Mengzeis, being accusit for trubling of the toune 
this day, in drawing of dageris and stricking at vtheris thairwith, quhilk 
being denyit be thame, the prowest and baillies tuke in certane witnessis 
for tryell thairof, quho being sworne and examinat, it was fand that they 
trublit the toune as folowis, to vit, the said Patrik for drawing a straik 
with his hand at the said Walter, the said Walter for casting a dager at 
the said Patrik, and the said James for stricking the said Patrik on the 
heid with a trie, quhairfor, they and ilkane of thame wer convict and put 
in amerciament, and ordanit to find cautioun that they shuld mak na farder 
truble nor persute aganis vtheris in tyme cumming, ilkane of thame 
vnder the pane of fourtie lib., and for modificatioun of thair vnlawis 
acccording to the quhilk, James Mowatt becom cautioun for the said 
Walter, and Mr. Gilbert Gray becom cautioun for the said Patrik 
Mengzeis to the effect aboue specifieit, and ilkane of thame becom actit 
to releiwe thair awin cautionar. 



July, 1607. 

The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell ordanit publict intima- 
tioun to be maid, quhilk wes instantlie done he the drum passand throw 
the haill streitis of this burghe, chargeing and commanding in his 
Maiestie's name and authoritie, and in the name of the prouest and 
baillies of this burghe, the haill men and inhabitantis of the same, fen- 
sable persones, as weill fre as vnfre, to prepair and address thameselms 
weill and substantiouslie provydit, furneisit, and armit with licht corslet, 
pik, muscat, with forcat, bandroll, and head piese, jak, speir, and vtheris 
cleir and fute wapounes without onie rust, with hagbutis and flaskis, for 
keiping of the musturis and wapinschawing appointit to be hauldin 
vniuersallie on the fourt day of August nixt to cum, be vertew of his 
Maiestie's proclamatioun maid on the ninytene day of this instant July, at 
the mercat croce of this burghe, be Gilbert Guthrie, youngar, marche- 
mount herald, be vertew of his Maiesties letteris, gewen be vertew of ane 
act of his hienes counsell, of the dait at Edinburgh the sevin day of July 
instant, vnder the panes contenit in the saidis letteris ; and forder, causit 
mak intimatioun be the said drum to the haill inhabitantis of this burghe, 
that they prepair thameselms and be in reddiness, sumcientlie armit and 
furneisit, as said is, to accompanie thair magistratis vpon quhatsumeuir 



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day befoir the said fourt day of August they salbe warnit be the said 
drum, to giwethair mustaris at sic hour and place as they salbe appointit 
at the nixt warning be the said drum, as they wald eschew the perrell 
conteneit in the saidis letteris, and nocht countit disobedient subjectis to 
his Maiestie, and vnder the pane of [ ] to be incurit be the per- 

sone that beis absent, to be payit to the magistratis, less or mair, as it 
sail pleis the magistrat to modifie, according to the habilitie of the per- 
sone, and that nane of thame cum to the said musturing with roustie 
halbertis, jeveling, or dence aix. 

9th September, 1607. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsell of this burghe, vnder- 
standing that the commoun inche of this burghe callit the Trinitie inche, 
and the vther inches belanging to the salmound fischingis of the raik, 
mydchingill, and fuirdis, are daylie cassin vp and delvit, to the hurt of the 
said fischikgis, thairfoir statute and ordaneit that it sail not be lesum to 
any persone within this burghe, gryit nor small, puir nor riche, to delue 
or hoik the said commoun inche, or to cast faill in the saidis inches of 
the raik, mydchingill, and fuirdis, in onie tyme cuming, vnder the paines 
following, to be preceislie vpliftit of the contraveinar without favour, to 
be payit to the deane of gild, that is to say, of the persone gevand com- 
mand to cast faill in ony of the saidis inches, fyve merkis, and of the 
caster, twa merkis, and of the leidar, twa merkis, toties quoties ; and 
lykwayes, considdering that the west pairt of the Womanhill, narest the 
Playfeild, Heiddounshill at the Gallowget heid, and Heiddounshill besyde 
the Castelhill, ar holket out be the leidaris of sand, and lykly thairby, be 
proces of tyme, to vndermyne and destroy the saidis hillis, thairfor 
ordanes, that na sand leidar within this burghe presume nor tak vpon 
hand to tak or leid away onie sand fra onie of the saidis hillis in tyme 
cuming, vnder the pane of twa merkis, to be payit to the deane of gild 
be the contraveinar, toties quoties ; bot that all sand to be led be thame 
in tyme cuming to this burghe, salbe takin and hoillit betuixt Futty and 
the Blokhous, and at na vther part, and ordanies publicit intimatioun to 
be maid heirof, throw the haill streitis of this toun, be the hand bell, 
that nane pretend ignorance thairof. 

llth September, 1607. 
The said day, the toun being convenit this day in the tolbuith, for sup- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 293 

pressing of the insolencies of a nnmer of deboschit and disorderit persones, nth Sept., 
alsweill inhabitants of this burght as extranearis, leving edillie and 
louslie, without anie calling or vocatioun, daylie trubilling this toun and 
nichtbouris thairof, agreeit and consentit, all in ane voice, that thair suld 
be charges and expenssis maid for sending commissionaris to his Maiestie's 
secreit counsell, for taking ordour and punischment of the said persones, 
trublaris of this burgh and nichtbouris theirof ; and becaus thair wes no 
fordell siluer in the handis of the thesaurer nor deane of gild vnbestowit 
vpon the tounes commoun effaris, thay wer content and consentit that the 
auld and new counsellis of this burght suld modiefie and sett doun sic a 
sowme as suld mak the charges in the said eirand, and that thay suld 
chuise stentaris to stent the same on the haill inhabitantis, how sone they 
thocht the same expedient to be done, promesing to pay ilk ane thair awin 
pairt of sic as suld be stentit, conforme to the stent roll to be sett doun 
thairvpon ; and for eschewing of trubles within this burgh in tyme cum- 
ing, and resisting and withstanding of the trublaris of the Kingis peace 
within the same, ilk nichtbour promeist to concur and assist thair magis- 
tratis, and to hawe reddie in thair buithes and houssis at all occasiounes, 
to the effect foirsaid, thair armour, speciallie and bandit staffis ; as also 
consentit and aggreit that thair salbe a nichtlie watche of xii. persones to 
pas throw the streitis of this toune, to sie that thair be no wandering 
persones efter the hour of ten, to continew induring the will of the coun- 
sell, and everie man to keip his watche in proper persone, to begyn at 
nyne houris at evin, and to continew till fyve houris in the morning, with 
hagbut and lang wapoun, ilk persone warnit to the watche, and nocht 
comperand in proper persone, vnder the pane of ane vnlaw of fyve pundis 
to be payed to the deane of gild. 

1th October, 1607. 

The quhilk day, anent the humble supplicatioun gevin in to the prowest, 
baillies, and counsall be Edward Diggens, Englischman, craveing libertie 
to teache the youthe within this burghe in wreitting and arithmetik, for 
the space of thrie monethis allanerlie nixt efter the dait heirof, promeis- 
ing in that space at farest to leirne the youth a sufficient habite of a 
legible hand, they resorting to him four houris at least in the day, and to 
teache the poore for Godis sake, and the ritche for reasone, and nothing 
to be payit except they be profited, as at gryit lenth wes contenit in his 



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said supplicatioun, quhairwith the counsell being advysit, and having sene 
sufficient and famous testimonials fra Glasgow, Dumfreis, and dyvers 
vtheris pairtis, not onlie of the saidis Edwardis guid lyif and conversa- 
tioun, hot also of his fruitful! and profitable travellis amongis thame, in 
instructing of thair youthe to wreit fair and perfyitlie, and haveing sene 
also dyvers examplaris and paperis of his hand wreit, findis him verie 
qualifiet to teache the youth in writing, and thairfoir be thir presentis 
grantis libertie and licence to the said Edward to tak vp a writting schoole 
in this burghe, for instructing of the youth in writing and arithmetik al- 
lanerlie, nixt efter the dait heirof, provyding that he teiche his scolleris 
onlie to wreit and in arithmetik, and no vtherwayes, and that the scolleris 
exceid the aige of ten yeiris. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsell, thocht it meit and ex- 
pedient that thair salbe a sute maid to his Maiestie's secreit counsell, in 
name of the magistratis of this burghe, that they may be frie of any 
charges to be gevin thame be letteris of captioun for taking and puting in 
ward of clannit gentilmen resorting to this burght, denuncit rebellis 
for sclanchter, and vther capitall crymes, quhairwith the magistratis 
of this burghe ar so frequentlie chargit, quhilkis thay are not hable 
to put to executioun be reasoun of the gryitnes and power of the pairties, 
hot that the magistratis of this burghe be no forder obleist, notwithstand- 
ing of onie sic charges, bot onlie to giwe thair concurrance to the schirreff 
of the schyre, and his deputis, and that thair be ane direct frome the 
counsell of this burghe to my Lord Marqueis, with sum informatioun in 
this mater, and continewis the nominatioun of the persone or persones 
that salbe employit in this errand to the nixt convenient counsall day. 

23rd October, 1607. 

The quhilk day, the provest, baillies and counsell, vnderstanding that 
dyvers inconveniences hes often fallen out within this burghe be fyir 
in tymes bygane, quhilk hes proceidit throuche the owersight and negli- 
gence of servandis and vtheris, nocht onlie be carying of lichtit candell to 
loftis and places vnder bedis, bot lyikwayes be rubing and dichting of lint 
besyid ingle and fyir within houssis, vnder silence and cloud of nicht, as 
experience in tyme bygane, and laitlie yisternicht within the citie of Auld 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 295 

Abirdene, dois testifie, thairfor it is statute and ordanit be the saidis pro- 
vest, baillies, and counsel!, and for ane perpetuall law be thame esta- 
blischit, that na inhabitant within this burghe presume or tak vpone hand 
to dicht or rub be thame selffis or ony vtheris at thair command, any lint 
in tyme cuming vpone the nicht, bot that all lint be rubit and dicht on 
day light, betuixt the sone ryising and going doun, certifieing sic as salbe 
fund doing in the contrair, efter they be convict, to incur the vnlaw of 
fyve pundis, to be payit to the deane of gild, toties guoties, quhilk ordi- 
nance wes instantlie intimat to the toune be the hand bell. 

8th December, 1607. 

The said day, the haill towne being convenit this day within the tol- 
buith, warnit thairto be the hand bell, representand the haill bodie of the 
toune, electit, nominat, and chuisit thir persones efter following, they ar 
to say, Henrie Forbes, Dauid Cargill, George Nicolsoun, Alex r> Kempt, 
Mr. W m - Moir, James Fergussone, Thomas Douglas, Johne Merser, 
saidler, and Gilbert Blak, coupar, taxtaris and stentaris, to stent the 
sowme of aucht hundreth fourscoir aucht pundis, sevintene s., nyne d., 
vpon the haill inhabitantis of this burghe, frie and vnfrie, as for the 
burghes pairt of ane hundreth thowsand markis, for the secund yeiris 
stage, towit, the Candelmas terme j m vi c and aucht of the taxatioun of 
four hundreth thowsand markis grantit be the estates of this realme, to 
his Maiestie in the parliament at Perth, in the moneth of July j m vi c and 
sex yeiris, and lykwayes to stent vpon the saidis inhabitantis the soume 
of twa hundreth twentie twa pundis, four s., fyve d., fourt pairt pennie, 
and for this burghes pairt of the taxatioun of twentie fyve thousand 
merkis, grantit be the estatis in the parliament haldin at Edinburgh in 
the moneth of [ ] last, for support of the burgh of Dumbartane, 

quhilk is liklie to be wrakit be the inundatioun of the watter of Clyde, 
quhilkis persones aboue writtin, chosen to be stentaris as said is, acceptit 
the stenting of the saidis sowmes in and vpon thame, and gawe thair 
aithes to stent the same vpone the haill inhabitantis, ilk persone according 
to thair habilitie and estait, according to thair knawledge, but feid or 
favour. 

4th February, 1608. 
The said day, Gilbert Kempt, fleschar, quha, be ane sworne assyse, 



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wes convict obefoir for commoun drunkard, harlat, nicht-walker, and 
vtheris enorme crymes, as the act of his convictioun, of the dait the 
nynteint day of Januar last proportis, and being therefore beneist this 
burghe and friedome thireof, be vertew of ane ordinance of councell past 
vpone the said convictioun, malignantlie contempnand the said ordinance, 
fund and apprehendit within this burghe, wes agane committed in 
ward, and of new ordanit agane to be had publictlie to the mercat croce, 
the birne irne het to be presentit to him thair, to terrific him and vtheris 
to repair to this burghe efter banishment, and agane be oppin proclama- 
tion to be banisht the burghe and friedome thereof, be ane publict voice 
of ane of the ofnciaris, with this certification, that gif he beis apprehendit 
heriefter within this burghe, to be brint on the cheik with the said birne 
irne, and scurgit throw the toun. 

20th April, 1608. 

The said day, the haill toune, being convenit within the tolbuith for 
the maist pairt, being warnit thairto be the hand bell passand throw the 
haill rewis and streitis therof, quhairvpon the bearer maid faith, it wes 
exponit to thame be Alex r . Rutherfurd, prouest, that all and sindrie erles, 
lordis, barones, frehalderis, and gentilmen, within the boundis of the schiref- 
domes of Aberdene, Banff, Elgyn, Forress, Name, Inuernes, Cromartie, 
Sutherland, and Caitnes, alsweill within regalitie as royaltie, and the inhabi- 
tantis of this burghe, and of the burghes of Dundie, Montroise, Banff, Elgyn, 
Inuernes, Rosmarkie, Tain, and Cromartie, wer vnder charges to meit his 
Maiesties liuetennent, to be appointit at the said burghe of Inuernes, 
vpone the first day of Junij nixt to cum, bodin in feir of weir, therefra 
to pas fordward in the prosequitione of his Maiestie's service, vpon the 
north yles, for dantoning of the insolent inhabitantis therof, with cariage 
and palliones to ly in the feildis, and with fourtie dayes victuall and pro- 
uisioun efter thair cuming to Inuernes, as the coppie of the procla- 
matioun quhilk was this day red in judgement, gewin be delyuerance of 
ane act of his Maiesties secreit counsell, of the dait the tent day of 
Marche last bypast, at lenth dois testifie, and that the provest, baillies, 
and counsell, being cairfull that the inhabitantis of this burghe shuld not 
incur onie hurt, damage, or skaith, for not obtempring to the said pro- 
clamatioun, the tyme being so schort and now approcheing, hes thought 
meit and expedient to caus deill with his hienes secreit counsell of this 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 297 

kingdome, or with his hienes liuetennent, sic as salbe appointit for a 
discharge to this burghe for their passing fordward to the said raid, and 
to compone with his hienes thesaurer for the said discharge, for als easie 
a composition as may be had, and to send a commissionar south to that 
effect for this burghe, gif the said raid be not continewit nor dischargit, 
and thairfore inquirit of the town, convenit as said is, quhat course they 
thought best to follow for eschewing of the danger of the said proclama- 
tion, quha all in ane voice, but oppositioun or contradictione, thocht it 
meit and expedient that a commissioner suld be chosen be the counsell 
of this burght, to be send to his Maiesties priuie counsell, to the effect 
aboue specifeit, and that the said commissioner shuld deill to have a com- 
position to be takin of this burghe and inhabitantis therof, for abyding 
fra the said raid, rather or the toun shuld be subiect to obey the tennour 
of the samen ; and f order, they wer content and consentit, all in ane voce, 
but contradiction, as said is, to be stentit for payment of sic a composition 
as the commissionar suld compone, for a discharge of the said raid, and 
for the expenssis of the said commissionar to be employit thereintill, and 
that letteris be gevein, be delyuerance of the lordis of secreit counsall, 
aganes them, for convening thameselffis to cheis stentaris to the effect 
forsaid, and the stentaris being chosen, to charge them to stent the said 
compositioun, with the commissioners expenssis, on the haill inhabitantis 
of this burghe, and being stentit, to charge the inhabitantis to mak pay- 
ment therof, ilk ane for thair awin partis, according to the stent roll to 
be set doun theranent, quhairvpone the said Alex r< Rutherfurd, prouest, 
tuik act and instrumentis. 

llth May, 1608. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsell, considering the great 
paines takin be Dauid Robertsone, their kirk ofncier, in reuling of the 
kirk knok, the passage thereto being so strait and heighe, that besyid his 
great paines he weiris his claithes exceidingly, and the hailing of her 
paises being so weychtie, that he is forcit to giwe four merkis in the first 
end of his stipend for hailing thairof yeirlie, his stipend being onlie thret- 
tene merkis for rewling thirof, and finding of oyle and candil thairto, 
thairfoir augmentit to his said former stipend the sowme of sevin merkis, 
making in the haill the soume of tuentie merkis, quhairof the thesaurer is 
ordanit to pay him xiii. merkis yeirlie, and the maister of kirk work sevin 

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298 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

merkis, the first termes payment to half begun at Martimes last, quhilk 
salbe allowit to thame yeirlie in thair comptis. the said Dauid findand 
candill and oyle to the said knok. 

24th May, 1608. 

The said day, Alexander Rutherfuird, prouest, intimated to the haill 
inhabitants of this toun, frie and vnfrie, being convenit for the maist 
pairt within the tolbuith, representand the haill bodie, and warnit thairto 
be the hand bell, his Maiesties proclamatioun maid anent making of 
wapinschawing vpone the aucht day of Junij nixt, and causit in all thair 
audience reid the said proclamatioun, maid be vertew of ane act of his 
Maiesties secreit counsell, of the dait the twentie-fyft day of Aprile last 
bypast, quhairby they shuld pretend na ignorance thairof, desyring thame 
to provyd thameselmis to mak thair musteris and wapounschawing the 
said aucht day of June, in the sortis of armour prescriuit be the said pro- 
clamatioun, and contenit in the lawes, actis, and constitutiounes maid 
anent making of wapounschawings, vnder the panes contenit in the saidis 
lawis, actis, and constitutionis. 

9th August, 1609. 

The said day, the pro west, baillies, and counsall, vnderstanding that be 
reasoun of diverse complainttis, gewin in aganis the bairnis and scoleris 
of the gramer and sang schoollis of this burghe, for trubling and striking 
of the serwandis of diuerse nichtbouris within the samyn, vsing of gryt 
disordour and enormities thairin and about the burghe, for avoiding thair- 
of, ordanit maister Dauid "Wedderburne, maister of the gramer schooll, and 
Patrik Dauidsoun, maister of the sang schooll, and all vtheris succeeding 
to be maisteris of the said schoollis, that they ressaue nor admit na man 
sone, dwelling to landward, to thair saidis schoollis in tyme cuming, 
quhill the parent of the barne, or sum vther freind or burges of this burgh, 
cum, in presens of ane of the baillies therof, and find cautioun and sourtie 
actit in the tounis buikis, that the said barne and scoller sail nawais re- 
pyne to the ordour and discipline of the maister, nor yit trubile be way of 
ded man nor voman, maister or serwand within this burgh, or outwith 
the same, sa lang as thay remaine scoleris in ony of the saidis tua schollis, 
vnder the palmer of the saidis maisteris, vnder the pane of fourtie pundis, 
less or mair, according to the gravetie of the fait, and habilitie of the 
parent of the scholer offending. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 299 

15th August, 1610. 

The said day, the prowest and baillies ordanit the contract vndir- 
writtin, with the acquittance efter following, to be insert and re- 
gistrat in the baillie court buikis of this burghe, ad futuram rei 
memoriam, of the quhilk contract the tennour followis : At Abirdene 
the tuentie-nynt day of November, the yeir of God j m sex hundreth 
and nyne yeiris, it is appointit, contracted, faythfullie oblegit, aggreit, 
and endit, betuixt Alex r - Rutherfurd, prowest of Abirden, Mr. Alex r< 
Cullen, Mr. David Rutherfurd, "Williame Lowsoun, and George Nicol- 
soun, baillies therof, Maister James Ross, minister of Godis word at 
the forsaid burghe, Dauid Cargill, deane of gild, and Dauid Andersoun, 
maister ot wark of the same burgh, be advyse of the counsall therof on 
the ane pairt, and Androw Jamesoun masoun on the vther pairt, in maner 
following: that is to say, forsamekle as the bow brig at the wast end of 
the Grene of the said burgh, biggit ower the Den Burne, quhilk is ane com- 
moun passage to and fra the said burgh, to all his Maiesties lieges repair- 
ing thairto, wes first biggit with ane bow onlie, quhilk be reasoun of the 
invndatioun of great spaittis of watter was nocht sufficient nor habill 
to ressaue the haill water that ran in the said burne the tyme of 
spaitt, be reasoun the said ane bow wes ower litill and narrow, and in- 
respect therof the said burne, efter great rayne, being in spat, brak out 
oft and diuerse tymes be vehement force, wantand passage towardis the 
eist, and domoleschit and keist doun ane great pairt of the bow of the said 
brig, and enterit within malt and corne barnis nixt adiacent therto ; nathir 
yit thairby culd thair be ony passage in tyme of spait to na persone on 
horse nor fut ; for remeid thairof it is thocht meit and expedient that the 
said brig salbe sufficientlie biggit with stane and lyme, hawand tua bowis, 
in maner and forme as followis, and to that effect the said Androw Jame- 
soun faythfullie bindis and oblessis him, be this present, to big and repair 
ane brig ower the said Den Burne, at the same pairt quhair the same is 
presently situat, with tua bowis as is vnderspecifeit, that is to say, the 
said Androw sail tak doun the bow of the said brig, presently standing, to 
the ground, tak of the frie wark of the north syd therof, to serue for the 
south syd of the wast bow to be biggit, and to mak the north syd of boithe 
the bowes of the said brig : the vtter course of hewin wark, outlairis, and 
the pend of baythe the bowes to be of roche wark within, the entre of the 



300 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

5th August, brig vpoun the eist and west pairtis to be biggit as it wes of befoir, the 
wall of the eist syd of the same brig, and the north syd therof, to be big- 
git to the cauzie of the barne of Androw Gothray, lyand adiacent therto, 
and the wall ascendand vpe to the said brig on baythe syddis therof, begin- 
nand at the entrie of ilk end to proceid vpe, that it be thrie futtis hight 
aboue the vmest pend, as it wes of befoir ; and the keaping stane to be of 
outlairis, frie wark, and boulted with irne fra the eist end to the wast end 
on ilk syd ; and the said Androw sail tak out the stanes quhair the wast bow 
of the said brig sail stand, quhilk west bow the said Androw is hauldin 
to big, and the beak and found of the mid piller betuixt the tua bowis to 
be of outlair stanes to the heicht of the centreis therof, on ilk syd of the 
piller, quhilk outlair stanes the said Androw sail searsche and seik out 
quhair the same may be maist commodiously haid, dres the same ready to 
be cartit, and the carter to be payit on the tounis charges, quhilk brig the 
said Androw, be this present, undertakis to big sufficiently with tua bowis, 
as said is, of the hight, bread, and wydnes as the same presently standis, 
betuixt the dait heirof and the secund day of Junij nixt to cum, the saidis 
prowest, baillies, maister of wark, and deane of gild, findand lyme, centreis, 
skaffaling, irne boultis, lead, and vther necessaris for the wark, and pay- 
ing for the careage of lyme, stane, and vther matteriallis to the samyn ; 
forder, the said Androw sail big and hew ane rod on baythe the syddis of 
the said brig, and battell the said brige on baythe the syddis of the samyn 
with hewen wark ; the saidis prowest, baillies, maister of wark, and deane 
of gild sail pay to the said Androw Jamesoun the sowme of tua hundreth 
and fyftie merkis vsuall money of this realme at thir termes, and in maner 
following, to witt, the third pairt therof at his entrie to the wark, ane 
vther third at the ending of the halff of the said wark, and the last third 
of the said tua hundreth and fyftie merkis at the compleit ending and 
finishing of the said wark, and that in compleit payment and full satisfac- 
tioun of ony thing the said Androw may ask or crawe for fie and bountay 
in biging of the said wark, as is aboue prescryvit, and the said brig to be 
staggit and branderit sufficiently in deipnes vnder the channall, to mak a 
sufficient ground to big vpoun, be the sicht and advyse of the saidis 
prowest, baillies, deane of gild, and maister of wark ; and for the mair 
securitie, the saidis pairteis consentis that thir presentis be registrat in 
the baillie court buikis of the said burghe, to haue the strenthe of ane 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 301 

confessit act and judiciall decreit, with executionis to be direct theron, on isth August 
ane single charge of sex dayis, et ad futuram rei memoriam, and to that 
effect constitutis, &c., coniunctly and seuerallie, thair lawfull procuratouris, 
promittentes de rato, in witnes quhairof bayth the saidis pairteis hes sub- 
scryuit thir presenttis with thair handis, day, moneth, and yeir forsaid, 
written be Walter Robertsoun, clerk depute of the said burghe, befoir thir 
witnesses, Mr. Gilbert Gray, Robert Johnestoun, Henrie Forbes, burgessis 
of the said burgh, Mr. Thomas Mollesoun, commoun clerk therof, and the 
said Walter Robertsoun. Sic subscribitur, Alexander Rutherfurd, prowest. 
Mr. Alex r< Cullen, baillie, Mr. Dauid Rutherfurd, baillie, William Low- 
soune, baillie, George Nicolsoun, baillie, Dauid Cargell, with my hand, 
Dauid Andersoun, with my hand, Androw Jamesoun, masoun, with my 
hand. Followis the acquittance : I, Androw Jamesoun, masoun, be thir pre- 
senttis, grantis me to haue ressauit from Dauid Andersoun, maister of 
wark of the said burgh of Aberdeen, in name of the prowest, baillies, 
counsell, and communitie of the said burghe, the sowme of tua hundreth 
and fyftie merkis vsuall money of this realme, in full and compleit pay- 
ment and full satisfactioun of thair pairt of the contract within writtin, 
and of all that I may ask or crawe at thame, for the biging of the brig 
within specifeit ower the Den Burne, of the quhilk sowme in full and com- 
pleit payment of thair pairt of the contract within writtin, I hald me weill 
content and payit, and discharges the said maister of wark, prowest, 
baillies, counsell, and communitie of the said burghe, of the said sowme, 
and of thair pairt of the said contract, simpliciter and for ewer, and is con- 
tent that this my discharge be registrat with the contract within writtin, 
in the burrow court buikis of the said burghe, ad futuram rei memoriam, 
be this my acquittance, written and subscryuit with my hand, at Aberdeine, 
the nynt day of August, the yeir of God j m sex hundreth and ten yeiris, 
befoir thir witnessis, Mr. Johnne Mortymer, thesaurer of the said burghe, 
Mr. Thomas Mollesoun, commoun clerk therof, and the said Walter 
Robertsoun. Sic subscribitur , Androw Jamesoun, masoun, with my hand, 
Mr. Johnne Mortymer, witness, Mr. Thomas Mollesoun, as witnes, 
Walter Robertsoun, writter heirof, witnes. 

\2tk December, 1610. 
Instructiones to the commissionaris appoynted for keping and preserving 



302 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

of his Majesties peace within the boundis of the shirefdome of 
Aberdene. 

You are all of you to convene togidder four tymes a-yeir, viz,, the first 
Tuysday of Februar, the first Tuysday of May, the first Tuysday of 
August, the first Tuysday of November, and your first meting yeirlie to 
be at the heid burgh of the schyre, and the rest of your metingis to be 
in suche vther pairt and place as you sail agrie vpon among yourselins at 
the first meting ; and you ar to consult, aduyse, and deliberat vpon all the 
best meanes for the preventing of ensewing disorders, and puneshing of 
offences past, and for that effect you are to certifie by your letter the lordis 
of his Majesties priwie counsall, at everie tyme of your metingis, con- 
cerning the present estate and conditioun of these boundis, within the 
which you ar nominat commissionaris, of all such riottis or vther tres- 
passes committit, tending to the breache of the peace within these pairtis, 
since the tyme of your last meting, and you ar to send the same with a 
particular informatioun of the names of the pairteis delinquent, the cir- 
cumstances of the deid itselff, and of the best pruiffis that can be vsit in 
the tryell of that mater. 

You ar to mak inquirie of all Jesuittis, seminarie preistis, and excom- 
municat trafficquing papistis within your boundis, and of the ressettaris, 
supplearis, and intertenearis of thame, and giwe informatioun thairof to 
his Majesties counsell, or priuatlie to his Majesties chancellar, thesaurer, 
tua arch bishoppis, or ony one of the counsall whome you sail think meit, 
and you sail command the persones in whose houssis you sail try ony of 
the saidis Jesuittis, seminarie preistis, and excommunicat trafficquing 
papistis to be resett, to mak the same persones furthcummand to the 
counsall, as thay salbe chargit for. 

You ar to certifie the lordis of counsall at ewerie tyme of your conven- 
ing, gif thair be ony likliehood or apperance of ony trubill betuixt pairteis 
within the boundis of your commandement, and thairwith you ar to send 
your best awise how the samen, be thair authoritie, may be stayed, so 
that vpon your adwertisement thay may tak the nixt expedient cours for 
preserving of the peace. 

At the tyme of your metingis you ar to consult among yourselffis vpon 
the best means for suppressing of this great grouth of strong and idill 
wagabund beggaris, so as thay may be forced ather to betak thameselfns 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 303 

to work, or then compellit to leawe the cuntrie, and ewere ane of you, 
when ye ar returnit to your awin houssis and duellingis, ar to be cairfull 
to sie these ordors executed, and speciallie to hawe stockis at your awin 
houssis for the moir readie punishing of such idill people. 

You ar lykwayes to be cairfull concerning the vpholding and repairing 
of the briggis that ar not vtterlie ruyned, that some cours may be takin 
be the cuntrie nixt adiacent, to giwe some supplie for that mater, and 
when by your endeworis this salbe procured, the cuntrie willing to contri- 
bute, you ar to certifie his Majesties counsall therof, that thay may ap- 
prove the same be thair authoritie. 

And also you ar to prouyd for helping of the Kingis hie wayes, als 
weill for the benefeit of the cariages as ease of passingeris, and speciallie 
you ar to be cairfull that no priwat persone encroche vpon the same way? 
be macking of the samen straitter nor formerlie it hes bene, and as you 
find any trespas committit in this kynd, and the pairtie refusing to repair 
it, you ar then to put him vnder suirtie for his apperance befoir our coun- 
sall, and you ar to certifie the lordis of our counsall. 

At the tyme of your metingis you ar to consult efter what forme the 
cuntrie may be best prouydit of good innes and ludgingis, for the ease of 
passingeris of all sortis, and as you shall resolve vpon a good overture for 
that effect, you ar to acquaint the counsell thairwith, and procure of thame 
thair approbatioun, assistance, and authoritie of the samen. 

You ar to mak speciall inquirie at your metingis, of all such as do cutt 
grene wod, destroy planting, vse vnlawfull and prohibite game, with 
lying doggis, slayene of blak fishe, and vther fishe in forbidden tyme, 
or ony offendaris in the crymes of lyk qualitie, and to put thame vnder 
suirtie for thair apperance, ather befoir the counsall or justice, whensoeuer 
thay salbe chargit. 

You ar to informe the lords of counsall, of all such as shalbe delated 
to bear hagbuttis, and pistollis, and gif ony of yourselffis sail deprehend 
ony man offending in this kynd, you shall committ him prisonner to the 
nixt giall, vnto such tyme as he doeth find suirtie for his apperance to 
ansuer for that mater, ather befoir the counsall or justice. 

As ony of you sail tak ony suirtie for apperance of the offendar, you 
sail ingros the same in a priwat booke, whiche you sail bring with you, 
the tyme of your nixt meting with the rest of the justices, and then shall 
all such bandis off cautionarie, tane by anie of you that ar justices, to be 



304 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

insert in a register, by one who shal be appoynted to be clerk for attend- 
ing these metingis, who is to send a short extract of the same, euere half- 
yier, to his Maiestie's thesaurer or his depute. 

You are to enquire of all forstaleris and regrateris off mercatts, 
and to giwe informatioun of thame to his Maiestie's thesaurer or his 
depute. 

You ar to enquire of all vnnecessary ail houssis in the cuntrie, which 
ar the ressittis of the idill wagabundis and beggaris, and gewis occasioun 
of the frequent pykrie and stouthis in the cuntrie. 

1th August, 1611. 

The said day, the baillies and counsell hes assignit the nynetene day 
of August instant, for ane publict wappinschaw and mustering of the 
haill inhabitentis of this burghe, fensibill men, alswell vnfrie as frie, to 
be on the common Linkis thairof, for keiping of the actis of parliament, 
and his Maiesties proclamation maid thairanent ; and hes ordanit and 
ordanis all men, inhabitantis, indwellaris, within this burghe, to prepair 
and mak thameselms reddie aganis the said day, furnest sufficientlie, 
ilk persone with his awin armour, quhairvpon he salbe hauldin to giwe 
his consciense, sic as corslet, jack, pick, spear, muskattis, hagbuttis, hal- 
bertis, and twa-handit swordis ; and ordanit publicatioun and intimatioun 
to be maid heirof, be the drume passing throw the haill streitis of the 
toune, that nane pretend ignorance thairof, certifieing sic as salbe absent 
that day fra the said musturing, or yit being present nocht sufficientlie 
armourit, that they sail incure the vnlaw of twentie pundis, to be payit to 
the deane of gild, to the reparatioun of the commoun workis of the toune. 

llth August, 1611. 

The said day, the baillies and counsell, considdering that Barthol fair, 
and simmer Ruiffis fair, ar to be hauldin this nixt week, be reasone 
quhairof the nichtbouris, burgessis, and induellaris thairof can nocht con- 
venientlie keip the wappinschaw on Mononday nixt without thar gryt 
hurt and preiudice, thairfor the counsell hes continuit the haulding of the 
said wappinschaw till Mononday cum fyfteine dayes, the secund day of 
September nixt to come, quhilk they ordane to be intimat this day be the 
drum to all and sindrie the nichtbouris and inhabitantis of this burghe, 
charging all and sindrie the nichtbouris and inhabitantis of this burghe, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 305 

fensibile men, baith frie and vnfrie, to prepair thameselffis, and be in uth August 
readines to giwe thair musteris and wappinshaw vpoun the Linkis of this 1611> 
burghe, vpoun the secund day of September nixt to cum, weill furneisched 
in all wearlyk forme, with muskattis, hagbuttis, corslettis, spearis, jackis 
pickisj and tua handit suordis, according to the ordour prescryvit be the 
actis of parliament, and his Maiesties proclamatioun, certifeing all sic as 
salbe absent fra the said musturing, or sail nocht cum sufficientlie armit 
thairinto, the said secund day of September, and give thair conscience 
that the armour borne be thame is thair awin, that they sail pay twentie 
pundis vnlaw preceislie vnforgiwen. 

2nd September, 1611. 

The quhilk day, the inhabitantis of this burghe, burgessis and craftis- 
men, baith frie and vnfrie, for obedience to the actis of parliament, and 
his Maiestie's proclamationis maid anent macking of wappinschawis, war 
all assemblit in the Linkis of this burghe, and gaiwe thair mustering 
thair, in hagbuttis, corslettis, pick, spear, jack, knappiskaa, twa-handit 
sword, halbertis, and dens aixis, ilk persone armit thairwith, according to 
his qualitie, the quarter rollis of the inhabitantis of this burghe, seuerallie 
be the baillies of the quarter callit, ilk persone quhow he wes armit 
nottit, the absentes wrettin and vnlawit, thairefter put in ordour and dis- 
cipline be the magistratis and commanderis appoyntit, the hagbutteris be 
thameselffis, the spearmen and pickmen with sic as careis corslettis be 
thameselffis, sic as had tua-handit swordis about the tua antsingzies and 
townis cullouris, sic as had halbertis and dens aixis be thameselffis, thair- 
efter the inhabitantis of Futtie with thair armour ; and being put in this 
ordour, the craftismen pinsellis, quhilk war fourtene in number, are 
placeit in ane truipt in the fute of the companie, ane little befoir the in- 
habitantis of Futty, burgessis and craftismen, promiscue, gangand in ordour 
as they war commandit, the haill hagbutteris being dewydit in tua equall 
pairtis, the ane halff passand first, followit thame the halff of the spear- 
men and pickmen, the vther halff of the saidis hagbutteris, nixt thame 
ane sufficient number of spearmen and pickmen, with sic as had halbertis 
and dens aixis, and in the end and taill the haill inhabitantis of Futtie, 
and being put in this ordour, vnder discipline and commanderis, come 
furth of the saidis Linkis the lang gett on the north syd of the Castell- 
get port, comeing doun the Gallowget and Brodget to the Castellgit, in 

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306 EXTBACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

ordour as is aboue wrettin, sum little forme of skirmishing maid be the 
hagbutteris, the ane halff againis the vther, betuixt the croces, proclama- 
tioun was maid at the mercat croce that the haill inhabitants of this 
burght, fensible persones, burgessis, craftismen, baith frie and vnfrie, suld 
be, vpon the nixt warning and advertisement to be maid to thame be the 
drume, at command of the magistratis, be reddie prepairit in thair armour, 
sufficientlie armit, ilk persone be himselff, with hagbutt, corslet, pick, 
spear, jack, knapiskaa, tua-handit sword, halbert, and dens aix, according 
to the qualitie of the persone, and that they suld giwe thair conscience 
and aithe that thair armour was thair awin, and nocht borrowit, ilk man 
vnder the pane of twentie pundis failzeing heirin, and swa war dis- 
misset. 

1th January, 1612. 

The said day, the haill toun being convenit this day in their heid court, 
in a full number, the absenttis being convict, it wes thocht meitt and ex- 
pedient be the prowest, baillies, magistrattis, and haill communitie, als 
weell merchandis, burgessis of gild, as craftismen, to liberat and frie them 
of their great burding, fascherie, and truble that thai do susteine throche 
iniquitie of this present tyme, in daylie and nichtlie watching, walking, 
and warding of sic personis as ar presentlie committit in ward within the 
tolbuithe of the samyn, be wertew of letteres of caption, and for awoiding 
of the continewall watching heirefter, not onlie of thame, bot of all vtheris 
quhilk salbe thairin put in ward, and the mair frequent number that salbe 
heireftir committit thairin be the commissioun grantit to the justices of 
pace, and eschewing of sic damage, skaithe, and entres that may fall 
wpoun this burgh, gif ony escaipe furthe of the said tolbuithe, being com- 
mittit in ward thairin in ony tyme cuming, that not only the wark of the 
bulwark, being ane necessarie wark, bot all vther commoun warkis of this 
burghe, sail cease ; and be reasoun of the necessitie of ane ward and jeal- 
hous for resett of his Maiesties rebellis, and all sic transgressours of his 
lawis as salbe input thairin, salbe first begun to be biggit and erectit, and 
that with all convenient diligence, but forder delay, and to this effect that sic 
of the patrimonie and commoun good of this burghe, (his Maiestie's 
burrow maillis, townes stipandiaris, ministers, reddaris, maisteris of 
gramer and sange schooles, being payit, with the vther necessar adois 
concerning the town defrayit,) the sowme of aucht hundreth pundis, pre- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 307 

sentlie to foir at the heiring of the comptis of the last thesaurer and deane 7th Januar 

of gild, the yeir preceding, and sic as may be haid this yeir, and the yeir 

subsequent, during the tyme of the building theroff, and ay and quhilk the 

same be ane wark sufficientlie accomplishit and compleit, be bestowit 

vpoun the furnesing of materiallis and building of the said ward and jeal- 

hous, and to na vther use ; and quhen thair inlaikis and wanttis ony 

soumes necessarie for the building therof, sic as the commoun good, 

quhilk salbe fund frie at the hearing of the townes comptis, vnbestouit 

as said is at the yeiris end, can not afford, the haill toun, convenit as said 

is, baillie, burgessis, and craftismen, without ony oppositioun or contra- 

dictioun, wes contentit, consentit, and agreit, as the necessitie of the wark 

requyrit to be stentit for sic soumes as salbe thocht meit to be imposit 

vpoun thame for that effect, and that thair salbe stentaris chosen for that 

caus, be thair consentis, as the necessitie of the said wark crawit, to set 

doun sic sowmes as salbe thocht meitt and expedient to be imposit vpone 

thame, and to mak ane stent roll theirwpoun, ilk persone to pay his part 

of the stent, according to the stent roll, to be set doun be the taxtaris to 

be chosen as said is. 

10M July, 1612. 

The said day, Alexander Rutherfurd, provest, desyrit the toun, convenit 
this day, to be in redines to giwe thair musturing and wappinschawing on 
the Linkis, sumcientlie furneishit in thair armour, ilk abill and fensibill 
persone, burges of gild, craftisman, and inhabitant within this burgh, 
within twentie-four houris nixt efter that they salbe chargit to that effect 
be the sound of the drum, lykeas other burrowis of this realme hes gevin 
thair musturing and wappinschawing, for obedience to the actis of parlia- 
ment maid for haulding of wappinschawingis twyse ilk yeir ; with intima- 
tioun to sic as salbe absent fra the said musturing and wappinschawing, 
vpoun the day appoyntit for the same be the sound of the drume, suf- 
ficiently armit according to the actis of parliament, that he sail incure the 
vnlaw thairin specifeit. 

\1th July, 1612. 

The quhilk day, the inhabitantis of the said burghe, fensibill personis, 
alsweill onfrie as frie, at command of the magistrattis, and for obedience 
to his Maiesties proclamatioun maid in anno 1607, and satisfeing of the 
actis of parliament maid anent haulding and hawing of wapinschawingis 



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twise ilk yeir, and for that the regall townis besoutht this burght hes 
alreadie maid thair wapinschawingis, wer convenit and assemblit vpoun 
the commoun Linkis of this burght, and thair being assemblit in armies, 
the roll of the haill inhabitantis, alsweill of onfree as free, ilk quarter be 
itselff callit, the absentes notit, to be poyndit for thair absence according 
to the saidis actis of parliament and proclamatioun, and euerie mannis 
armour that wes present, quhow he wes armit, giff sufficientlie or nocht, 
notit, thay war put in gud aray and ordour be appoyntment of the magis- 
tratis, and sic as wer appoyntit be thame to be commanderis and sergeandis 
for ordouring of thame, and fra the said Linkis in ordour, cuming in the 
long gett benortht the toun, enterit in at the Gallowgett port, and in 
ordour, and doun allonghouse the haill toun to the mercat place and croce, 
in the quhilk, as the maist patent and publict place, the tua townis 
anzangzes, the ane borne be Mr. Thomas Mengzeis, the vther be Alex r - 
Rutherfurd, eldest sone to Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, being castin in 
forme, and according to the custume, the pik and spearmen standing in 
twa partis, as in twa seuerall distinct places [ ], in the middes a 

gryt space left for the hagbutteris, thair wes shuting of hagbuttis, and 
geving of fyre be the space of halff ane hour, thaireftir they war dimissit, 
the ane [half] of the hagbuttis convoying the berar to his lugeing with 
shuting, the vther halff of thame the vther enzeingze berar in lyk maner : 
twa drummis, na craftisman pinsall sufferit to be borne, bot onlie the 
towne colouris. 

1th October, 1612. 

The said day, the baillies and counsell admittit Agnes Jamesoun, spous 
to Patrik Jack, indwellar in this burgh, present vexed and deseased with 
the seiknes of leprosie, to hawe hir residence and ludging within the almes 
and seikhous betuixt the tounis, nocht with standing scho be not borne and 
bred within this burght, prowyding that scho haue no pairt of the pro- 
pertie and rent belanging thairto, being ane extranear, bot onlie hir re- 
maneing thair, and that vpoun consideratioun that hir husband and bairnes 
haid left hir, and being expellit furth of this toun, as ane not meit to 
dwell within the samen, haid no kynd of ludging to ly in, meat nor drink, 
bot sic as scho may seik of the charitie of guid christianes. 

3rd December, 1612. 
The quhilk day, Alexander Gordoune, sone to Maister Willeame Gor- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 309 

doune, commissar of Murray ; Alexander Gordoun, sone to James Gor- 
doune of Lesmoir ; Johnne Innes, sone to Alexander Innes of Coltis ; 
Johne Johnestoune, sone to Robert Johnestoune at Kayesmylne ; Hew 
Cummyng, sone to vmquhill Alex r - Cummyng of Culter ; and Willeame 
Fraser, sone to [ ] Fraser of [ ] wer accusit this day be 

Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, for tbe great enormities, disordour, and 
abuse done and committit be thame and thair associat scollaris within the 
grammer, sang schuill, and writing schuillis of this burghe, in tacking of 
the said sang schuiil, vpoune the first day of this instant December, lang 
befoir the superstitious tyme of yuill, against the laudabill actis and sta- 
tutis maid thairanent obefoir, nochtwithstanding that souirtie wes found 
be thame that thay sould not tack the saidis scuillis at that tyme, nor na 
vther tyme of the year, and that thay sould observe gude ordour and dis- 
cipline within the saidis schuillis, lykwayis for wearing of gunes and 
schoitting tharwith, alsuell on the nicht as on the day, and for great deidis 
of oppressioune and ryottis, comittit be thame sen the first day of Decem- 
ber, aganis diueris nichtbouris of this burghe, in cumeing to thair houssis, 
and bracking vp thair durris and windowis, and maisterfullie away tacking 
of thair foullis, pultrie, breid, and vivaris, and als for tacking, at thair 
awin hand, of fewall and vivaris cumeing to this burghe and mercat 
thairof, oppressing thairby his haill Maiesties leiges, and committing of 
money vther deidis of oppressioun within this burghe, notourlie knawin 
and tryit ; thay thus being accusit, confessit the said accusatioune to be of 
treuth, and thairanent patt thame in the will of the prouest, baillies, and 
counsall of this burghe, to vnderly sick punishment as sould be injoynit 
be thame, for committing of the saidis enormities and deidis of wrang, 
and Alexander Gordoune of Cluny become cautioun and souirtie to enter 
and present the said Alex r - Gordoune, sone to the said Maister Willeame ; 
the said Alexander Gordoune, sone to the said James Gordoune of Les- 
moir ; the said Johnne Innes, and the said Hew Cummyng ; and James 
Fergussoune, burges of the said burghe, become cautioune to enter and 
present the said Willeame Frasyr ; and Maister Thomas Melvill, minister 
at Dyce, become cautioune for the said Johnne Johnstoun, befoir the saidis 
prowest and baillies, the fourt of this instant, befoir ellevin houris, thair 
to vnderly sick punishment as salbe enjoynit to thame for thair saidis 
enormities, and thay actit thame to releive thair saidis cautioneris of the 
haill premisses. 



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4th December, 1612. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, new and auld counsallis, with the 
bishop and ministrie, being convenit in the counsalhous, and aduysing 
quhat punishement salbe inflictit vpone the schollaris of the gramer 
schooll, sang schooll, and writting schooll of this burght, quha notwith- 
standing that thay had found cautioune befoir, that nane of thame sould 
tack the schooll nor repyne to the discipline of thair maisteris in tyme 
comeing, ilkane vnder the paine of twentie pundis, yit not obstant thair- 
of, thay vpone the first day of December instant, had tackin the sang 
scuill, keippit and hauldin the same, with hagbuttis, pistollis, swordis, 
and lang wapynnis, till yesterday at efter nowne, that the magistratis wer 
compellit, be resson of the great insolencies, ryottis, and oppressionis, 
committit be the saidis schollaris, to tack and apprehend thame perforce 
out of the said school, and committ ane number of thame to waird with- 
in the tolbuith of this burghe, quhill ordour sould be put to thame for 
thair saidis insolencies ; efter reassoning and mature deliberatioune, 
taking in the said mater, thay all in ane voyce fand, vottit, concludit, and 
ordanit, that the cautionaris of euerie ane of the saidis schollaris that 
hes takin the scuill salbe callit and convenit befoir the prouest and baillies 
of this burghe, to heir and sie thameselins decernit to haue incurrit the 
said pane and vnlaw of twentie pundis for ilk schollar, that hes contra- 
venit the said act of cautionarie, and decreit recoverit aganis thame 
thairfoir, and the said paine to be preceislie vpliftit of ilkane of the cau- 
tionaris, and applyit to the commoun weill of this burghe, and repairing 
of skaithe and losse sustenit be this burght and nichtbouris thairof, be 
the tacking of the said scuill ; and lykwayis, concludit and ordanit, that 
sa mony of the schollaris that has tackin the scuill, viz. : Alexander 
Gordoune, sone to M r * Willeame Gordoune of Tulligreig ; Alexander 
Gordoune, sone to James Gordoune of Lesmoir ; Johnne Innes, sone to 
Alexander Innes of Coltis ; Hew Cummyng, brother to the Laird of 
Culter ; John Johnstoun, sone to Robert Johnstoun at Kayesmylne ; 
Willeame Frasyr, sone to [ ] Frasyr off [ ] ; 

Thomas and George Gordounes, brether to the Laird of Cluny ; Wil- 
leame Chalmer, sone to [ ] Chalmer of Balnacraig ; Willeame 
Settoun, sone to vmquhill M r< Alexander Settoun ; Johnne Forbes, son 
to the pryoir of Monymusk ; Willeame Leslie, son to vmquhill George 
Leslie, burges of Abirdene ; Johnne Irving, sone to vmquhill Gilbert 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 31 1 

Irving of Collairlie ; James Ogilvy, son to Willeame Ogilvy of Baldewy ; 
Alexander Cruikschank, sone to Patrik Cruikschank in Ardiffrie ; Alex r - 
Norie, sone to vmquhill Willeame Norie of that Ilk ; Alexander Forbes, 
sone to Alexander Forbes of Feingzes ; Johnne Meldrum, sone to 
[ ] Meldrum of [ ] ; James Cambell, sone to the Com- 

missar of Invernes ; Alexander Irving, sone to Willeame Irving in the 
Hirne ; Robert Farquharsone, sone to Johne Farquharsone of Inverchald ; 
salbe presently excludit and put furth of all the scuillis of this burghe, 
and nevir ane of thame to be admittit nor ressauit in ony schuill or 
colledge of this burghe in any tyme heirefter ; and that cautioun be 
found be ilkane of the saidis rebellious scholleris, that this burghe, and 
the haill inhabitantis thairoff, salbe harmles and skaithles of thame, and 
ilkane of thame, and on nawayis to be trublit nor molestit in thair bodies 
or goodis, be any of the saidis scholleris, in any tyme comeing, vtherwayis 
nor be ordour of law, vnder the paine of fourtie pundis to be payit for 
ilkane of the saidis scholleris contraveinand the premisses ; conforme to 
the quhilk ordinance, Alexander Gordoune of Cluny, renunceand his 
awin jurisdictioun in this case, become actit and obligit cautionar and 
souirtie for the saidis Alexander Gordoune, sone to the said M r - Willeame 
Gordoune ; the said Alexander Gordoune, sone to the Laird of Lesmoir ; 
Johnne Innes, sone to Alexander Innes of Coltis ; and Hew Cummyng, 
brother to the Laird of Culter, four of the saidis scholleris that tuick the 
schuill, that this burghe, and haill inhabitantis thairof, salbe frie, harmles, 
and skaithles of the samen four scholleris, and ilkane of thame, and sail 
nawayeis be trublit nor molestit be thame, nor any of thame, in thair 
bodies or guidis, in time cuming, vtherwayis nor be ordour of law 
and justice, vnder the said paine of fourtie pundis, to be payit be 
the said cautioner for ilkane of the saidis persones contraveinand, 
toties quoties. And the saidis scholleris promessit to releive thair saidis 
cautionaris of the premessis, and of all that may follow thairin. And 
siclyk, Maister Duncane Forbes of Balnagask, become actit cautionar 
and souirtie for the said Johne Johnestoun, sone to the said Robert 
Johnestoun at Kayesmylne, that this burghe, and haill inhabitantis 
thairof, salbe harmles and skaithles of the said Johne, and on trublit 
or molestit be him in tyme comeing, vtherwayis nor be law, vnder 
the pane of ane hundreth pundis, and the said Johnne promesit to releive 
the said Maister Duncane, his cautionar. 



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The said day, Alexander Gordoune of Cluny, enterit Alexander 
Gordoune, sone to M r * Willeame Gordoune of Tulligreig; Alexander 
Gordoune, sone to the Laird of Lesmoir ; Johnne Innes, sone to Alex- 
ander Innes of Coltis ; and Hew Cummyng, brother to the Laird of 
Culter, in presens of the provest, baillies, and counsall of this burghe ; as 
lykwayis, M r * Thomas Meluell, minister at Dyce, enterit Johne Johnstoun, 
sone to Robert Johnstoun at Kayesmylne, as thay that become eautioun 
for thair entrie to this day, that ordour micht be put to thame be the 
counsall, of their insolencie in tacking of the scuill, and thairon askit 
instrumentis. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsall, reassoning anent the 
ordour to be taken be the maisteris of schuillis of this burghe, for repres- 
sing and stencheing in tyme comeing of the insolencies and disordouris 
that fallis out almaist yeirlie within this burghe, be tacking of the schuill 
about the superstitious tyme of yuill, quhilk hes cheiflie proceidit be the 
slaknes of the maisteris in exerceising discipline on thair schollaris, con- 
tenewis the dounesetting of the said ordour till the counsall be forder 
aduysit, and in the meane tyme Gilbert Leslie, maister of the writting 
scuill, being present, promessit for his pairt to be comptabill and answer- 
abill to the magistrattis and counsall for all his schollaris that ar pre- 
sentlie within his scuill, that thay sail keip and observe guid ordour, and 
be obedient to the discipline in tyme cumeing, and to refound sick in- 
dempnitie and skayth as the toune sail ressaue be any of his present 
schollaris, and as for sick schollaris as salhappin him heirefter to ressaue 
in his scuill, he promessit nocht to ressaue any within the samen fra this 
day furthe, till first thay find eautioun, in sick forme as salbe injoynit to 
thame be the counsall, vnder the paine of deprivatioun of him of his office, 
incace he failzie heiron. 

5th December, 1612. 

The said day, Patrick Gordoune of Birsmoir being accusit for trubling 
of this burght, and bracking of his Maiesties peace this day, in drawing of 
ane sword, and persewing thairwith Gilbert Leslie, maister of the writting 
schuill of this burghe, vpone the kingis hie streitt, and giwing furthe 
dyveris and sindrie straikis at the said Gilbert, the said Patrick being per- 
sonallie present, graunted the drawing of his sword to the said Gilbert, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 313 

and persewing him thairwith, and thairanent referrit himselff in the will 
of the provest, baillies, and counsall, quhairfoir he was convict and put in 
amerciament of court, to forbear in tyme comeing, and to amend as law 
will ; and the said Patrick was ordanit to find cautioun for keiping of his 
Maiesties peace in tyme cummyng, and to satisfie for the said trublance, 
according to the modificatioune of the counsall ; conforme to the quhilk, 
Alexander Gordoune, younger, at Kethokismylne, burges of this said 
burghe, become cautionar for the said Patrik to the effect forsaid, and the 
said Patrick become actit to releive his said cautioner. 

Eodem die. 

The said day, Gilbert Leslie maid faith in judgement that hedreadis Patrik 
Gordoun of Birsmoir bodelie harme, and thairfoir craveit law souirtie of 
him, and thairfoir the provest and baillies ordanis the said Patrik to find law 
souirtie to the said Gilbert, for his indempnitie in his bodie and guidis in 
tyme cumeing, vnder the pane of fyve hundreth merkis ; according to the 
quhilk, Alexander Gordoune, younger at Kethokismylne, burges of the 
said burghe, become actit cautiouner, souirtie, and law burrowis for the 
said Patrik, that the said Gilbert Leslie salbe harmeles and skaitheles, his 
bodie and guidis, and on nawayis to be trublit be him, nor na vtheris 
quhome he may stop or lat, directlie or indirectlie, in tyme comeing, 
vtherwayis nor be ordour of law and justice, vnder the said paine of fyve 
hundreth merkis ; and the said Patrik become actit to releive his said 
cautioner. 

23rd December, 1612. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, counsell, bischope, and ministerie, 
being convenit and assemblit within the counsellhous, remembering that 
thair hes beine dyverse and guid statutes maid for repressing of the dis- 
ordour and enormitie vseit be the scholaris of the grammer, sang, and 
wreting schuillis of this burghe, in tacking and haulding of the schuillis 
afoir the superstitious tyme of yuill, tacking of wiueris, not onlie fra 
nichtbouris, bot fra sic as wer comyng to this burghe and mercat therof 
to sell the samen, and doing of vther gryt skaith the tyme of the tacking 
and haulding of the schuillis, quhilk hes proceidit and dois proceid of the 
negligence of the maisteris of the saidis schuillis, being remiss in discip- 
line, correcting, and chastising of sic insolent scholares, quhais office and 

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dewtie is, quhen any disordourit scholaris within thair schuillis attemptis 
any sic disordour, quhairoff their is no sic within na burghe in this realme, 
to puneische the committaris and attemptaris of sic deidis most seveirlie, 
quhilk statutes hes not beine obtemperit nor obeyit be the saidis maisteris 
and scholaris heirtofoir ; thairfoir to the effect that no sic disordour shalbe 
heirefter within the schuillis of this burghe, the prouest, bailleis, and 
counsell, with consent of the bischope and ministerie, in presence of Mr. 
Dauid Wedderburne, maister of the grammer schuill, Patrick Dauidsoun, 
maister of the sang schuill, and Gilbert Leslie, maister of the wretting 
schuill of this burghe, statute, dewysit, and ordanit, that the saidis mais- 
teris of the saidis thrie schuillis, and thair successouris, shalbe answer- 
abill in all tyme cummyng for thair saidis scholaris and schuillis, and for 
all disordour that salbe thairin, or in ony of the saidis schuillis about the 
said superstitious tyme of yuill, in tacking and haulding of thair saidis 
schuillis, or any of thame, be thair saidis scholaris ; and incace any skaith 
be done be ony of thair saidis scholaris, ather in building, edifice of the 
schuillis, or to ony nichtbouris of this burghe, or to personis duelling to 
landward, that the saidis maisteris salbe answerabill for thair awin 
scholaris, and refound the skaith done to the edifice or persones wrangit 
be the saidis scholaris, ather be way of deid or tacking of thair guidis and 
geir. 

8^ February, 1613. 

The said day, the provest, baillies, new and auld counsallis eftir follow- 
ing, they ar to say, Alexander Rutherfurd, provest ; Mr. Alexander 
Cullen, Willeame Gray, Thomas Forbes, Alexander Jaffray, baillies ; Mr. 
Gilbert Gray, Willeame Lowsoune, Robert Johnestoune, George Nicol- 
soune, Henrie Forbes, Thomas Cullen, Dauid Cargill, George Ricard, 
Mr. Willeam Moir, Alexander Kempt, vnderstanding that Johnne Gor- 
doune, brother to Patrick Gordoune of Birsmoir, Francis Murray, brother 
to the Laird of Cowbairdie, with sum vtheris thair complices, hes this day 
cum to this burgh of sett purpos and prouisioun, and maist proudlie in 
contempt of law and iustice hes maist creuallie and vnmercifullie persewit 
Gilbert Leslie, reidar, and maister of the writing schoill of this burgh, of 
his lyiff, on the kingis hie streitt of this burghe, at the kirk styill, and hes 
gewin him many bluidie and best straikis, with durkis and battounes, in 
dyueris pairtis of his bodie, to the great effusioune of his bloode, and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 315 

danger of his lyiff, thairfor ordaines ane complaint to be maid in name of 
the towne, and of the said Gilbert, to his Maiesties secret counsall, and 
letteris to be raisit thairone, and the townis charges for chargeing the 
saidis Patrick Gordoune, Johnne Godoun, Francis Murray, and thair com- 
plices, befoir his Maiesties secreit counsall to ansuer for the said oppres- 
sioun, and ordaines the same to be followit out and prosequate on the 
townis charges to the vttennost, till redres be had of the said oppres- 
sioun. 

Wth February, 1613. 

The samen day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell ordanis Thomas 
Cullen, deane of gild, to deburse ane angill nobill, to be send to Edin- 
burgh to James Prymrois, clerk of privie consell, for raising letteris to 
charge Patrick Gordoun of Birsmoir, Johne Gordoune, his bruther, James 
and Frances Murrayes, sones to the Laird of Cubardie, and Angous Grant, 
serviture to the Laird of Cluny, to compeir befoir the lordis of privie 
counsall, to ansuer for the hurting and wounding of Gilbert Leslie, reidar, 
and maister of the wreitting schuill of this burgh, vpon the aucht of 
Februar instant, with the sowme of tuentie-four s. to be send to the said 
James Prymrois' serwand, quhilkis soumes shalbe allowit to the said 
deane of gild in his comptis. 

19*7* February, 1613. 

The said day, the baillies, new and auld counsellis, ordanit Thomas 
Cullen, deane of gild, to deburse the sowme of aucht pundis, vsuall money 
of this realme, to Robert Merser, messinger, to charge and summond 
Patrick Gordoun of Birsmoir, Johne Morgyne, Johne Gordoun, brother to 
the said Patrick, James and Frances Murrayes, sones to the Laird of 
Cowbairdie, and Angous Grant, servitour to the Laird of Cluny, to com- 
peir befoir the lordis of secreit counsell, vpon the [ ] day of Merche 
nixt to cum, to answer to the complaynt of Gilbert Leslie, reidar, and 
maister of the wreitting school of this burgh, and of the prowest and bail- 
lies, for thair entress, according to the summoundis raisit thairwpoun, and 
that the said messinger vse the said summoundis at sic places and in sic 
forme as he shalbe directit, with all convenient diligence, quhilk sowme 
shalbe allowit to the said deane of gild in his comptis. 



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Eodem die. 

The said day, the baillies, new and auld counsellis, considering that 
Alexander Rutherfurd, prowest, vpon the tent day of Februar instant, wes 
chosin commissioner for this burgh, to compeir befoir the lordis of privie 
counsell at Edinburgh, vpon the fourt day of Merche nixt to cum, to 
answer with the remanent commissioneris of burrowis, summoundit to the 
foirsaid fourt day of Merche, to compeir befoir the saidis lordis, to heir 
and sie decreit and sentence gewin aganis the haill burrowis of this 
realme, decerning thame to mack payment to Maister Patrick Gordoun, 
for hiniselff and in name and behalfF of Dauid Gray, borne in Prussia, of 
the soume of sex hundreth pundis, sterling money, for the expenssis be- 
stowit be thame in the persute and prosecutioun of ane actioun aganis 
Starcovius, ane German, for devulgating and setting out of ane infamous 
lybell and buik, to the ignominie and reproche of this haill natioun, for 
the quhilk the said Starcovious was execute to the deathe, the prowest 
and present baillies of this burgh being chargit to compeir befoir the saidis 
lordis of privie counsell, the said fourt day of Merch, to the effect aboue 
specifeit, the said Alex r - Rutherfuird is presentlie grytumlie deseasit and 
vnabill to travell, for keiping of the said dyett, without danger of his lyiff ; 
and thairwith remembering that Patrick Gordoun of Birsmoir, Johne 
Morgyne, Johne Gordoun, brother to the said Patrick, James and Frances 
Murrayes, sones to the Laird of Cowbairdie, and Angous Grant, seruitour 
to the Laird of Cluny, ar to be summoundit at the instance of Gilbert 
Leslie, reidar, and maister of the wreitting schuill of this burgh, and at 
the instance of the prowest and baillies thairof, for thair entress, to com- 
peir befoir the saidis lordis of privie counsell, the [ ] day of the said 
moneth of Merche, to answer to thair complaynt gewin in aganis the said 
Patrick Gordoun, and vtheris personis aboue namit, his complices, for 
persewing, hurting, invading, and bluid drawing of the said Gilbert 
Leslie, in manner specifeit in the said summoundis, quhilk dyett lykwayes 
man be keipit and folio wit out befoir the saidis lordis of privie counsell, 
be the said Gilbert Leslie, and the prowest and baillies of this burgh, be 
ressoun of the gryt indemnitie done to thair commoun servand, and to the 
haill towne, as ane matter tuitching this burgh heichlie, gif tymous remeid 
be not provydit be the saidis lordis, to terrene otheris to committ the lyk 
in tyme cummyng ; thairfoir the baillies, new and auld counsellis, electit, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 317 

nominat, and chewsit Maister Alexander Cullen and Thomas Forbes, tua 
present baillies, commissioneris for this burgh, to keep bayth the saidis 
dyettis befoir the saidis lordis of secreit counsel!, and hes ordanit and 
ordanis the sowme of twa hundreth pundis to be gewin to thame, to mack 
thair charges and expenssis for keiping of bayth the saidis dyettis, and 
ane commissioun to be gewin to thame for keiping of the first dyett anent 
Starcovious, vnder the seall of caus of this burgh, and subscrivit be the 
commoun clerk, and the said sowme of twa hundreth pundis to be payit 
to thame be Alexander Andersoun, lait thesaurer, of the restis fund 
auchtand be him to the toun at the fute of his thesaurar comptis, and to 
be refoundit and fillit vp againe be George Eicard, present thesaurar, 
sieing the foirsaidis restis ar mortifiet to the bigging of ane ward hous. 

24th February, 1613. 

The quhilk day, in presence of the prouest, baillies, and counsall of the 
said burght, compeirit personallie ane honorable man, Alexander Gordoun 
of Cluny, and voluntarlie of his awin consent tackand the burdine vpon 
him for Patrick Gordoun of Birsmoir, Johne Gordoun, his brither germane, 
and James Murray, sone to the laird of Cowbairdie, submittis for the 
saidis persones, for quhome he tackis the burdine, to the determinatioun 
and censure of the prouest, baillies, and counsell of this burgh, quhat 
amendis and satisfactioun salbe maid to the saidis personis, in honouris 
sowmes of money and geir to the said burgh of Aberdene, and to Gilbert 
Leslie, thair commoun serwand, pairtie hurt, for the wrang and indignitie 
done be the said Johne Gordoun and James Murray to the said Gilbert 
Leslie, and to the said toun of Aberdene, be thair cumming to this burght 
vpon the aucht day of Februar instant, and wounding and hurting the 
said Gilbert in his heid and left hand, to the great effusione of his blude, 
as also concerning the wrang done be the said Patrick Gordoun, in per- 
sewing the said Gilbert Leslie of befoir within this burght, with ane 
drawn sword, vpon the [ ] day of December last bypast ; and quhat- 
sumever amendis in honour, and sowmes of money, the said prouest, 
baillies, and counsell decernis to be maid and payit be the saidis thrie 
persones, for the caussis aboue writtin, the said Alexander Gordoun of 
Cluny, tackand the burdine on him for thame, as said is, bindis and 
obleissis him to caus thame, and ilk ane of thame, obey, fulfill, and satisfie 
the same in all poyntis ; lykas instantlie, Willeame Gordoun, younger, 



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burges of the said burgh, become actit cautionar, sourtie, and full dettour, 
for and with the said Alexander Gordoun of Cluny, coniunctlie and 
seuerallie, that the foirsaidis persones, for whome he tackis the burdine, 
sail satisfie in honour and sowmes of money, according to the determina- 
tioun of the saidis prouest, baillies, and counsall, baith to the toune and to 
the said Gilbert Leslie, vnder the pane of ane thowsand pundis [ ] 

money to be payit be the said Alexander Gordoun, and his said cautionar, 
coniunctlie and seuerallie, to the said toun of Aberdene, incace the saidis 
persones, or ony of thame, feilzie in performing any poynt of the premissis ; 
and the said Alexander Gordoun of Cluny, renunceand his awin jurisdic- 
tioun in this cace, become actit for him, his airis, executouris, and 
assigneis, to releive the said Willeam Gordoun, his cautionar forsaid, of 
the premisses, and of all that may follow thairon ; lykas also compeirit 
personallie the said Patrick Gordoun of Birsmoir, and voluntarlie of his 
awin consent, renunceand his awin jurisdictioun in this cace, become actit 
and obleist for himselff, and as cautionar and souertie for the said Johne 
Gordoune, his brother germane, and for the said James Murray, that the 
said Gilbert Leslie, and all inhabitantis within this burgh, salbe frie, 
harmeles, and skaythles in thair bodies and goodis in tyme cuming, of the 
saidis Patrick Gordoun, Johne Gordoun, and James Murray, and sal no- 
wayes be trublit nor molestit be thame in ony tyme cuming, vtherwayes 
nor be ordour of law and justice, for any occasioun bygane, preceiding 
the dait heirof, resulting vpon the tacking of the grammer schooll, or 
hurting of the said Gilbert Leslie, vnder the pane of ane thowsand merkis 
money foirsaid, to be payit be the said Patrik to the deane of gild of this 
burghe, incace the saidis persones, or ony of thame, or ony quhome thay 
may stop or latt, contravene thir premissis. A. Gordone of Cluny, vith 
my hand ; P. Gordoun of Birsmoir, v 1 - my hand ; W m ' Gordoune, v 1 - my 
hand. 

Eodem die. 

The quhilk day, anent the submissioun maid be Alexander Gordoun 
of Cluny, quha tacking the burdine vpon him for Patrik Gordoun of 
Birsmoir, Johne Gordoun, his brother-germane, and James Murray, sone 
to the Laird of Cowbairdie, submittit for the saidis persones to the 
prouest, baillies, and counsall of this burght, quhat sort of amendis and 
satisfaction suld be maid be thame for thair wrang and indignitie done to 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 319 

the toune, and to Gilbert Leslie, thair commoun serwand, in hurting and 24th Feb. 
wounding of the said Gilbert in maner specifieit in the submissioun maid 
thairanent, inactit in the bookes of this auditorie, of the dait of thir 
presentis, quhairanent the pro west, baillies, new and auld counsalles of 
the said burgh, ad vy sing, and considering that the said Alexander 
Gordoun of Cluny hes voluntarlie submittit and tackin the burdine on 
him for the forsaidis persones, and hes simplie referrit himselff for thame 
to the censure and determinatioun of the saidis prowest, baillies, and 
counsall, concerning the wrang foresaid ; thairfor, be reasone of the said 
Alexander Gordoun, his willing mynd and inclinatioun to satisfie both 
the toune and the said Gilbert Leslie, for the wrang forsaid, thay all in 
ane voce decerne and ordane the said Patrik Gordoun of Birsmoir, for 
himselff, and in name of the saidis Johne Gordoun, and James Murray, 
to content and pay the soume of twa hundreth merkis of vnlaw, the ane 
halff to be payit to the deane of gild of the said burgh, to be applyit 
vpoun the commoun effairis thairof, and the other halff to the said Gil- 
bert Leslie, pairtie hurt ; as lykwayes, they decerne and ordane the 
saidis Patrik Gordoun, Johne Gordoun, and James Murray, to cum to 
the auld kirk of this burgh, on ane preiching day, and thair immediatlie 
efter the ending of the sermone, befoir the blessing, to ryis out of thair 
seat in the Ruid loft, and compear befoir the pulpitt, and thair in all 
humilitie, ilkane seuerallie efter vther, crawe first God pardoun and 
forgiwenes for thair said wrang done to the toune and to the said Gilbert 
Leslie ; and nixt to turne thame selffis towardis the magistrates dask, 
and in all humilitie confes thair offence done to the toune and to the 
said Gilbert, and crawe the prowest, baillies, counsall, and haill toune 
pardoun thairfoir ; and last, to crawe the said Gilbert Leslie, quhome thay 
hurt, pardoun and forgiwenes for the same, schak handis with him, and 
promeis newer to do the lyk in tyme cumming. 

4th September, 1613. 

The quhilk day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell ordanis publicatioun 
to be maid instantlie, be the drum passand throw the haill rowis of the 
town, chargeing, in his Maiesties name and authoritie, and in name of the 
prowest and baillies of this burgh, all the inhabitants thairof, fensibile 
men, baith fre and vnfre, to convene and assembill thameselffis at the 
mercat croce of this burght, vpon Monunday nixt, the sext of September 



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instant, at ten houris befoir noone, in thair best armour, with muskattis, 
hagbuttis, pickis, and corslettis, and to accompanie and follow thair magis- 
trattis thairfra to the Linkis, to giwe thair mustures and vappinschaw 
according to his Maiesties actis of parliament maid thairanent, with cer- 
tificatioun to sic as salbe absent, or that sal not cum sufficiently armit, 
and mack faith that the armour they bring with thame is thair awin, they 
sail pey the vnlaw of ten pundis to the dene of gild vnforgiwan ; and siclyk 
chargeing that nane presome nor tack vpone hand to transgress or con- 
travene the ordour injoyned, and to be injoyned to thame be the magistrat, 
concerning the forme of thair mustures and ranking, bot that they, in all 
dewtifull obedience, conforme thame selffis thairto, and nawayes tack 
any place, charge, or commandment vpone thame, except be speciall ap- 
poyntment and directioun of the magistratt, vnder the pane to be pur- 
suvit and punischeit as disobeyaris of the command of thair lawfull 
magistratt, disturbaris of his Maiesties peace, and trublaris and impedaris 
of the going fordward of the wappinschaw ; conform to the quhilk ordinance, 
Androw Inglis drumer past with the drum throw the haill streitis of the 
toun, and maid publicatioun and intimatioun of the ordinance aboue wrettin. 

12th January, 1614. 

The quhilk day, maister Alexander Cullan, gawe in and exhibit in 
presence of the prowest and baillies and counsall, ane gift of the 
vicarage of Sanct Nicolas kirk of Aberdene, with all and sindrie the 
fruictis, oblationes, and rentis thairof, vsit and wount, gewin be vmquill 
Willeame Gordoun, Bischop of Aberdene, with consent of the deane and 
chapture therof, to the college of the chaplenis of the said Sanct Nicolas 
kirk and thair successouris, for sustentatioun of ane prowest to serue 
perpetuallie in the said kirk, to be callit in all tyme thairefter an 
prowestrie, dated at Aberdene, 28th Marche, 1540, subcrywit be the said 
bischop, deane, and chapture, and gewin vnder thair seallis, and subscrip- 
tioune of maister Johne Gibsoun, notar publict, thair clerk ; and desyrit 
the said mortificatioun to be put amongis the townis euidentis, as ane 
euident speciallie belanging to the towne, quhilk euident wes delywerit 
to the clerk to the effect forsaid. 

1st February, 1615. 
The said day, the baillies and counsellis, for many good considerationis 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 321 

and caussis moweing thame, thocht it maist expedient and necessar 1st. February, 
that ane wardhous be biggit within the tolbuith, in the east end thairof, 
four woult heicht fra the ground vnto the ruiff of the tolbuith, in sic 
substantious, decent, and cumlie forme, as salbe dewyseit, and that sa 
convenientlie and soone as possibillie it may be. 

29th March, 1615. 

The said day, the baillies, new and auld counsellis, being convenit in 
the counselhous, maister Alex r - Cullen, Willeame Gray, baillies, maister 
Thomas Mengzeis, Robert Johnstoun, Dauid Cargill, and Andro 
Watsoun, wricht, quha wer nominat obefoir be the counsell to consult 
and advyse vpon the bigging of the ward hous in the eist end of the 
tolbuith, reportit to the counsell that they haid convenit with Thomas 
Watsoun, measoun, and adwyseit vpon the forme and bigging of the 
said wardhous, and haid condiscendit that the same suld be biggit fyue 
woult hicht with ane flat forme and battelling, and ane found devysit for 
ane stepill, with ane passage to the knok and battelling be itselff, as at 
lenght is set doun in a minute of contract this day red in counsell thair- 
upoun, and that for the sowme of fyue thousand merkis in omnibus, the 
said Thomas finding lyme, stane, and all vther materiallis necessar to 
the wark except onlie tymber to be Gentries, develing, irne, lead, and ane 
wyndes to be furneist be the toune, and the said sowme to be payit to him 
at sic termes and in sic maner as they shuld aggrie thairupoun, and to 
big the same twa woult heicht befoir Michaelmes nixt, and to compleit 
and perfyite the haill wark befoir Mertimes j m vi c and sexteine yeiris, in 
maner specifeit in the said contract : Quhairwith the saidis new and auld 
counsellies wer content, and thocht the said wark most necessar to be 
done, and referrit to the saidis commissioneris or the maist pairt of thame, 
to sett doun the dayis of payment of the said sowme, and to aggrie 
quhat securitie and cautioun the said Thomas sail gieve to the toune for 
performing of his pairt, and to report agane to the counsell. 

Eodem die. 

The samen day, the baillies, new and auld counsellis, being convenit in 
S. Nicolas kirk of this burgh, thocht meit and expedient, devysit and or- 
danit, for decoratioun of the kirk, that their salbe ane loft biggit be 
the maister of kirk wark in the south syd of the said kirk, aboue the wed- 

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29th March, ding kirk dur, in decent and commodious forme, on the kirkis chargis, for 
serwing and easing of the nichtbors of the toun, and the chargis to be de- 
burst thairon salbe allowit to the said maister of wark in his comptis, 

15th June, 1615. 

The said day, the baillies and counsall, with ane great pairt of the com- 
munitie, for obedience to the act of burrowis maid anent the yearlie ryding 
of the commoun landis of the friedome of the said burgh in all tyme by- 
gane, passit, visiet, red, and perambulat the vtter borderis and marches 
of the commoun landis of the friedome of the said burgh, distinguisching 
the samen fra outlandis lordis landis, lyand and merchand contigue thair- 
vnto ; and first they began and tuik vp the first marche stane, as the same 
wes wount to be tackin vp of auld, on the south syde of the justice mylne 
burne, foirnent the nuick of Coullis croft, contigue to the east syde of the 
kingis gett callit the waine gett, passand to the brig of Dee, at ane great 
stane lyand on the south syde of the said get, quhilk stane wes ordanit to 
be helpit in the suaser mark thairof, and thairfra red in the said gett on 
the south east syde of the halff pennie hous, of the quhilk hous Williame 
Gray, baillie, tuik doune ane dovet, in takine of lauchfull interruptione, 
and fand the said halff pennie hous and landis, lyand on the north and 
northwest sydis of the said gett, to apperteine in propertie to the said 
towne of Aberdeine ; and thairfra red furth the said wayne gett directlie, 
as merche of propertie of the said burgh, quhill thay come to ane vther 
hous laitlie biggit on the north west syde of the said gett, foirganes ane 
litill myir, and thair the said deane of gild maid interruptioun in maner 
aboue specifiet ; and thairfra red in the said hie gett, as merche of propertie, 
to ane place quhair ane smyddie wes biggit and stuid of auld, at the edge 
of the stryip, quhair thay fand ane merche stane perfytelie merkit with 
the signe of the sauser, finding the same to be ane of the towne of Aber- 
deines merches of propertie ; and thairfra kepand the hie gett sutherlie or 
thairby to Collielaw, quhair thair wes ane merche stane ordanit to be 
sawserit with the townes mark, seing it wes prowin and notourlie knawin 
that Alexander Forbes and James Cadenheid, cairteris, tuik away the 
merche stane that stuid thairone, and thairfra to ane great witter stane in 
the muir, merkit with four hollis, quhair thair wes ane kairne sett, and fra 
that stane to the fuird callit Leslies fuird, quhair thair is ane stane merkit 
with the letter P. for propertie as the towne of Aberdeine's marche, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 323 

quhilk is lykwayes the eastmost merche, devyding the landis of the barronie 
of Petfodellis, frome the landis of the friedome of the said burgh ; and 
becaus the remanent merches distinguishing the said barronie from the 
landis of Rubislaw, Hessilheid, and vtheris landis of the friedome 
merchand thairwith, ar not yet perfytelie riddin or knawin, howbeit, the 
saidis merches ar destinctlie sett doune in wreat be contract past betuixt 
the towne and Gilbert Mengzes of Petfoddellis thairanent, of the dait 
the fyift day of Januar, the yeire of God j m sex hundreth, and ten yeiris, and 
registrat in the townis bookis the twentie-third day of April nixt thair- 
efter, thairfoir the ryding of that pairt of the vtter merches wes con- 
tenewit to a mair convenient occasioun, till a competent number be chosin 
be the counsell to meit vpoun the boundis with the said Gilbert Mengzes, 
for ryding, cognoscing, and cleiring of the saidis marches betuixt the 
towne and his said barronie ; and leaving the saidis merches unridden, the 
towne past fra the said Leslies fuird to the dam of the Cultis, quhair 
thair stuid ane merche stane of auld, merkit with the said sign of the 
sauser ; and fra the said dam of the Cults to the Blackhill of Cultis, 
quhair thair is ane great merche stane, havand four witter hollis, as the 
towne of Aberdeines marche ; and thairfra direct south west or thairby, 
to ane great witter stane besyd Bellis wellis ; and thairfra keipand the 
nether well heidis south west or thairby, to the heid of the den of 
Murthill, quhair thair is ane great sauser stane on the south syde of the 
myir at the heid of the said den ; and fra the said marche stane lyand at 
the heid of the said den of Murthill, red according to the decreit pro- 
nunceit betuixt the said towne of Aberdeine on the ane pairt, and vmquill 
Alexander Cummyng of Culter on the vther pairt, off the dait at Aber- 
deine, the tent day of Marche, the yeir of God j m sex hundreth and twa 
yeiris, and registrat in the commissaris bookis of Aberdeine the twentie- 
third day of July, the samen yeir, anent the distinguishing and seperating 
of the landis of the friedome of the said burgh fra the said Alexander 
Cummyng, his landis and barronie of Culter, speciallie that pairt thairof, 
callit the Lastis, and Banishill ; ascending fra the said stane southwest or 
thairby to the Weddercraig, merkit with the said signe of the sauser ; and 
fra the said Weddercraig northeast or thairby, to ane craig on the Brunt- 
hill merkit alswa with the said signe of the sauser ; and thairfra discendand 
doun the said hill callit the Brunthill north or thairby to ane sinck at the 
south syde of the reisk, at the pairt of that sinck foment ane great craig 



324 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

on the bray on the south syde of the said sinck, keipand and hauldand the 
said sinck till it ende in the burne callit the burne of Brotherfeild, at that 
pairt of the said burne foirnent ane great gray stane standing on ane 
hillock on the saidis landis of Brutherfeild, on the north syde of the said 
burne, distant thairfra ane halff pair of buttis or thairby ; discendand doune 
the said burne westward, keipand the middis of the reisk, the iust equall 
halff thairof to be on the south syde of the said burne, quhilk sail perteine to 
the saidis landis of the Lastis, perteining to the said Alexander Cummyng 
of Culter,and the vther iust equall halff of the samen reisk to be on the north 
syde of the said burne, quhilkis sail apperteine to the landis of Brotherfeild 
and Gairdyne, of the friedome of the said burgh, till it come to the fuird of 
the said burne, vnder the hillock quhairon the hous standis quhilk wes 
biggit be vmquhill James Gordoun, and now inhabeit be Johne Gordoun, 
now callit the Lastis, on the north syde of the quhilk fuird the landis of 
Ord, perteining to the Erie Mershall, and the landis of the friedome of the 
said burgh meitis, and at the samen fuird the merches betuixt the said 
towne of Aberdeine and the laird of Culter ceassis ; and thairfra to the 
ringand stane lying on the west syde of the medow of Brotherfeild, con- 
tigue to the bray of the Ord ; and thairfra keipand the lauche betuixt the 
medow and the bray, quhill it come to the burne, hauldand vp the said 
burne, and keipand the same to the fuird foirnent the hous of Breddiauche, 
and thairfra hauldand vp the said burne to the roche swaill of Kynmvndie, 
quhill it cum to the first marche betuixt the towne and the laird of Muchall 
at the inver of the Blind burne quhair the same enteris in the Blackburne, 
quhilk Blackburne devydis the landis of the friedome of the said burgh 
fra the landis of Easter Kynmvndie and Auchincleche, perteining to the Erie 
Mershall, at that pairt of the said Blackburne quhair thair is ane great 
mother swayll on the south syde of the said Blackburne, direct forganes 
or anent the said inver ; ascendand and keipand vp the said Blindburne as 
the same rynnis east north east or thairby, ewir keipand the sinck and 
the said blind burne at the south syde of the hill callit the Elrickhill, 
quhill it come to the heid of the said blind burne, quhair thair is ane littill 
moss ; and thairfra lineallie throw the middis of the said littill moss, 
as the same is kairnit, quhill it enter in the heid of the garlett burne ; 
and discending doune the said garlett burne east or thairby, as the 
samen rynnis betuixt the twa hills, quhill it come to the chopman 
rod, at that pairt of the said rod quhair it croces the said burne, in the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 325 

quhilk burne, at the pairt foirsaid, thair wes ane kairne sett and ane 
merche stane ordanit to be infixit, and to be markit with the said signe 
of the sauser, as the toune of Aberdeines merche ; and hauldand vp the said 
rod quhill it cum to ane great sauser stane in ane myir on the north syid 
of the hill of Brimmound, quhairat thair wes ane cairne sett, finding that 
Johne Gordoun of Crabstoune, and his tennentis therof, had teillit, rewin 
out, and distroyit ane great pairt of the said chopman rod, and had earit 
and spurrit out be southe the samen, and the said toune of Aberdeines 
propertie this yeir and dveris yeiris bygane, to quhilk novatioun the said 
baillie maid interruptioun, and thairon tuik instrumentis ; and thairfra 
hauldand and keipand the said chopman rod, quhill it come to ane great 
marche stane merkit with the letter P. for propertie, as the said towne 
of Aberdeines proper marche ; discending thairfra east or thairby, keipand 
the said chopman rod quhill it come to the fuird of the goiff burne, and 
croceand the said burne, and keipand the said auld merche rod, stane be 
stane, as thay ar merkit with the said signe of the sauser, throch the croft 
of Wagley, till it come to ane great sauser stane, merkit with twa sausers, 
on the bank of Buckisburne, on the westsyd of the said burne aboue the 
auld dam and fuird of the samen ; finding that the said Johne Gordoun 
and his tennentis had teillit and spurrit out ane great quantitie of land 
this yeir, and diveris yeiris bygane, and aawin cornes thairvpoun, outwith 
the said marche stanes, and auld chapman rod foirsaid, on the said towne 
of Aberdeines propertie ; and thairfra croceand the said burne, and 
keipand the said gett eastward the auld dyckes of Auchmull, quhil it come 
to ane merche stane lyand on the northsyd of the said gett, and thairfra 
keipand and hauldin the hie gett to that place of the Cruiffburne, quhair 
thair lyes ane sauser stane on the eastsyd of the same, within ane 
quarter pair of buttis or thairby ; and thairfra hauldand doun the said 
Cruiff burne quhill it enter on the watter of Done ; and hauldand 
doun the said watter of Done quhill it come to the auld found of the dira 
dyck ; and hauldand vp the said dira dycke southerlie, and keipand the 
samen till it come to the craighead ; and fra the said craighead keipand 
doun to the said dyik till it come to the teillit landis of Cabrastoun, 
lineallie to ane great eardfast standand stane in the hie gett ; and thairfra 
to the place quhair the auld Kill of Capraston stuid ; and thairfra doun 
the lauche, east and be southen or thairby, betuixt Collesones dyck and the 
teillit land of Caprastoun, to the fuird aboue Peterstoun, callit the Kingis 

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fuird ; and thairfra keipand the gett to ane merche stane in the den callit 
Kittiehrouster, merkit with ane sauser and ane key ; and thairfra keipand 
the northeast gett, stane be stane, as thay ar merkit with the said sauser 
and key, throch the croft callit Pytilhim, in the middis of the quhilk 
croffc thair wes fund twa merches staines, merkit with Sanct Peiteris key ; 
and thairfra stane be stane ouer the southend of the Spittellhill, as the 
samen is mercheit be stanes markit with the said sauser and key, quhill it 
come to the end of the Gallow slackis, and ane eardfast stane thair merkit 
with the said sauser and key ; finding the commoun lonying quhilk wes of 
auld betuixt the landis of Sanct Peteris hospitall and the said towne of Aber- 
deines landis to be altogidder tellit and labourit be the tennentis of the said 
hospitall landis ; and thairfra doun the said northsyd of the great swayll 
to ane great stryip callit the Bantstickill burne, and doun the said 
Bantstickill burne quhill it enter in the salt sey. 

1st June, 1615. 

The said day, the baillies and counsall having hard the report maid be 
Thomes Mengzes and Robert Johnstoun, commissionaris nominat be the 
counsall to pas to the Erie Merchall, tuicheing the provyiding of ane 
learnit and qualefeit persone to be principall of the college of this burgh, 
quhilk wes this in effect, that the said Erie is weill affected to provyid ane 
qualefeit persone for the said place, and that his lordschip is content with 
anye of thir twa persones, to wit, Maister Patrik Sandis and Mr. Alexander 
Home, quha wes nominat to his lordschip be the saidis commissionaris, 
and that his lordschip desyris the baillies and counsell of this burgh to be 
earnest and diligent to travell with thame for thair acceptation of the 
said place vpoun thame, with sic possibill diligence as the necessitie of 
the tyme craveis, quhairwith the baillies and counsall aggriet, and thinkis 
any of the saidis twa persones meit and qualifiet for the said place, and 
thairfoir ordanis Mr. Alexander Cullen, baillie, commissionar chosin for 
this burgh for keiping the conventioun of burro wis at Sanct Androus, the 
third of July nixt, to pas immediately efter the disoluing of the said conven- 
tioun, to Edinburghe, and thair to aduyse with Mr. Thomas Nicolsone, com- 
missionar in the said mater, and be his counsall and advyse to deall with 
any of thame he thinkis meitest, vpoun sic conditiounes as the said Mr. 
Thomas and Mr. Alexander can condiscend with the saidis persones or any 
of thame, and the said Mr. Alexander to hawe the sowme of fyftie merkis 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 327 

to be payit to him be Mr. Willeame Moir, thesaurer, for macking his ex- 
penss to Edinburghe, by and attour the hundreth merkis appoyntit to him 
for macking his expenss at the said conventioun of burrowes, quhilkis 
sowmes salbe allowit to the said thesaurer in his comptis. Persones of 
counsall present : Mr. Alexander Cullen, Willeame Gray, Thomas Forbes, 
baillies, Thomas Mengzeis, Mr. Thomas Mengzeis, George Nieolsone, 
Robert Johnestoun, Thomas Cullen, Mr. Johne Mortymer, Dauid Adye, 
Alexander Leslie, Thomas Clerk. 

2lst June, 1615. 

The baillies and counsall having aduysedlie considderit the freyndlie 
letter direct be maister Patrik Copland to Mr. Dauid Wedderburne, 
schoollmaister of this burgh, daited at Londoun the 2nd of May last, 
berand that gif ane learned and qualifiet persone micht be had to fill the 
rowme of Mr. Gilbert Gray, last principall of the college of this burgh, 
laitlie depairtit this lyiff, that the said Mr. Patrik, for the love and zeall 
he caries to the floorishching of the said college, wauld bestow twa 
thowsand merkis Scottis for the mantenance, at the least for a help to 
manteane four puir bursaris, fyftie merkis a peice per annum, and thairby 
desyrand the said Mr. Dauid Wedderburne to signifie that his purpose to 
the counsell of this burghe, and to returne to him thair answer ; fand 
that heirby the said Mr. Patrik is most cairfull to sie the standing of the 
said college ; and in respect thairof, ordanit ane ansuer to be send back to 
the said Maister Patrik, geving him hartlie thankis for his godlie intentioune 
and designe foirsaid, and to intreat him, gif it micht stand with his con- 
tenment, that his said provisioune micht be bestowit to the vse and behuiff 
of the principall and maister of the saidis college, seing thair is provisioun 
maid alredie for ten bursaries, and na competent provisioune as yit for 
principall nor maisteris, and to direct this letter with Robert Buchane, 
merchand, bringer of the said Mr. Patrik his letter foirsaid, with powar 
to the said Robert to ressaue the said twa thowsand merkis fra the said 
Mr. Patrik, togidder with his letter and directioun to the magistrattis 
and counsall of this burgh how the same salbe bestowit, the said Robert 
aluays finding cautioun, incais of his resset of the said sowme fra the said 
Mr. Patrik, that he sail mack payment thairof to the magistrattis and 
counsall, betuixt and Michaelmes nixt or sooner, within [ ] days efter 
his returne frome Londoun, to be bestowit and imployit as the said Mr 
Patrik sail direct be his letter. 



328 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 



July, 1615. 

The said day, the baillies, new and auld counsalli?, remembering that 
immediately efter the deceas of Mr. Gilbert Gray, lait principall of the 
college of this burgh, quhilk wes in the moneth of December last bypast, 
they burdenit Mr. Dauid Wedderburne, maister of thair grammer schooll, 
to tak vpon him the teiching of the hie class of the college of this burgh, 
till this Lambes nixt, now instant, and to determe the studentis of the 
said hie class maisteris at ilk time, as also to vndergo the burding of the 
discipline and government of the whole college induring that tyme, least 
the college, for want of a maister to the said hie class, shuld altogidder 
hawe beine cassin lows ; promeising that the said Mr. Dauid suld be grati- 
fiet and revairdit for his paines and labours takin thairin, as ane act maid 
thairvpoun the first of Februar last bypast proportis ; and vnderstanding 
that the said Mr. Dauid hes dischargit a verie honest dewitie in that em- 
ployment ewerie way as aperteined, both in his teiching of the said hie 
class, and government of the hail] college, sen the deceace of the said 
vmquhill Gilbert, as also in determing the studentis of the hie class mais- 
teris, to the great contentment and satisfaction both of the studentis and 
of the counsell and haill towne ; thairfoir, in rememberance of his painful 
travellis sustenit be him be this employment foirsaid about the college, 
they ordane the sowme of ane hundreth pundis to be giwen to the said 
Mr. Dauid in omnibus, for his gratitude and travellis foirsaidis, to be peyit 
to him be Mr. Willeame Moir, thesaurer, quhilk salbe allowit to him in 
his comptis. 

1th August, 1615. 

The quhilk day, the inhabitants of the said burght, fensibill persones, 
alsweill frie as vnfrie, at command of the magistrates, war gatherit, as- 
semblit, and convenit vpon the commoun Linkis of this burgh in armes, 
as ane day appoyntit be the magistrates of the said burght to that effect, 
for giveing thair wappinschawe and musturing, and that becaus the re- 
manent regall burghtis besouth this burght haid maid thair wappinschawis 
alredy, quhilk be his Maiesties actis and ordinances is ordanit to be maid 
at the leist aines ewerie yeir, for obedience to his Maiesties lawes, and 
eschewing of danger and perrell thairof, incace they haid not maid wap- 
pinschawe, nochtwithstanding that thair wes no proclamations in his 
Maiesties name be letteris, publicatioun of letteris, appoynting ony parti- 
cular day for the wappinschaw, and they being convenit as said is, the 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 329 

roll of the haill inhabitantis, alsweill vnfrie as frie, ilk quarter be itselff, 
the absentis notit to be poyndit for thair absence, according to the saidis 
actis of parliament and constitutionis, and ewerie manis armour that wes 
present, quhow he wes armit, gif sufficientlie or nocht, nottit, they wer 
put in guid array and ordour, be the appoyntment of the magistrates, and 
sic as wes appoyntit be thame to be commanderis and serjeandis for or- 
douring of thame, and fra the saidis Linkis in ordour cumying in the long 
gett benorth the toun, entering in at the Gallowgett port, and in ordour 
cam doun ellangous the haill toun to the mercat place and croce, in the 
quhilk, as the maist patent and publict place, the tounis twa enseingzies, 
ane borne be Mr. Thomas Mengzeis, the vther be Mr. Dauid Rutherfurd, 
being cassin in forme, and according to the custoume, the pick and spear- 
men standing in twa pairtis, as in twa seuerall distinct places, and vtheris 
in the middes, a gryt space left for the hagbutteris, thair wes schuting of 
the hagbuttis and geving of fyire be the speice of halff ane hour, thair- 
efter thay wer dimissit, the ane halff of the hagbutteris conveying the 
berar of ane of the enseingzeis to his ludging with schuting, the vther 
halff of thame the vther enseingzie berar in lyke maner, tua drumis, na 
craftismen pinsellis sufferit to be borne, bot onlie the townis cullouris. 

2lst September, 1615. 

Quo die, honorabiles viri Dominus Jacobus Skeyne de Currihill, miles 
vnus Senatorum Collegii Justicie S. D. N. Regis, Alexander Skeyne de 
eodem, nee non Magister Andreas Skeyne, senior, eorum consanguineus, de 
Chapellen, recepti et admissi fuerunt in liberos burgenses et fratres gilde 
burgi de Abirden gratis gratia consilij solut. per quemlibet eorum quinque 
solidis in alba bursa vt moris est et prestito per eosdem juramento solito. 

Eodem die, Jacobus Mylner et Joannes Smyth, servitores dicti domini 
de Curriehill, recepti et admissi fuerunt in liberos burgenses et fratres 
gilde dicti burgi gratis ubsque solutione alicuius compositionis et hoc ex