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THE DUKE OF RICHMOND; K.G. 
THE DUKE OF SUTHERLAND, K.G. 
THE EARL OF AIRLIB. 
THE EARL OF SEAFIELD. 
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Sir Robert Abercboxbt, But. 

John Anoub, Advocate, City Clerk, Aberdeen 

Sir Michael Bruce of Scotetown, Bart. 

JoHK Hill Burton, AdToeate, Edinburgh 

Charles Chalmers of Monkshill 

P. Chalmers of Anldbar 

The Lord Justice Clerk 

Sir W. O. O. CuMMiKG of Altyre, Bart. 

Joh5 Dunh, Advocate, Aberdeen 

The Earl of Ellesmere 

The Lord Forbes 

James Giles, R.S.A., Aberdeen 

JoHH GtoRDOH of Caimbnlg, Advocate 

John Tbomsoh Gordoit, Advocate, Edinbofgh 

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James Loch, M.P. 

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Henry Lumsden of Aachindoir 

J. Stewart Mackenzie of Seaforth 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



PAGE 

The Editor's Preface, vii 

Contents, xliii 

Extracts from the Council REaisTER of the Burgh of 

Aberdeen, . 1 

Index 397 



C(ft f iiitnr'0 ^rtfatt. 



HE SeleotioDB from the Registers of the Bai^h 
c^ Aberdeen, printed in the present volame, 
extend from the early part of the reign of 
King James the Sixth to its conclosion. 

The plan of editing it reqaires no expla- 
nation, being in all points the same as that 
adopted in preparing the first Tolnme of 
these Extracts, and it only remans to advert to some of the more 
pictaresqoe featares of the aeleotion, and to the illustrations c^ 
histoij and social progress which it maj be supposed to afford. 

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

A very apt illnstration of the insecurity which proTailed, and 
which at times rendered it doabtfdl to whom allegiance was really 
due, meets ns nearly at the commencement of the Tolnme. The 
burgh had a natural connection with the great house of Hontly. 
which for two centuries had exercised a most powerful influence 



viii THE EDITOB'8 PBBFACE. 

over a large distriot of the north of Scotland, bat which in the 
reign of Qaeen Mary had been totally o?erthrown. For two years 
the late Earl had been Provort of the bargh, and about a oentnry 
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 veas 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 &mily, 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 1674, and at a meeting of 
the toymsmen called for the purpose, and held in St. Peter's Aisle 
of their Parish Church, it WM explained by the Provost, " quhow 
that my Lord Regent's Grace, be sinister and vnrang informatioune 
of sum invyous personis, baris indignatioune at this buight and in- 
habitantis thairof, allegeand that thai haf nocht done thair dewetie 
and thankfttll seruice to our Souerane Lord the Kingis Grace, 
indttring the tyme of the lait truble and frequent tumult that vms 
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 toym granted nar- 
rates ** their proceedings in the resetting, assisting, contributioun, 
and stent making witht George, Erll of Huntly, Adam Gordoun of 
Auchindoun, his brother, and thair compUces,** during the time of 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. ix 

their late rebellion ; and the discharge which the Regent granted to 
the bnrgh 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 varions 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, ytheris 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 priyate 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 Magistrattis, 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 vmrd, 
'^quhUkis 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 And a burgess accused of purchasing lordship 
against the Boigh by obtaining the assistance of some of the country 



X THB BDITOB'S PREFACE. 

lairds in his affiura. TUs 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 Brnghe.** 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 P&pystrie,** 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 ferme 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 



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THE EDITOB'B PREFACE. xi 

oocaaion, 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 titne, 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 
Chaplainry 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 idolatroas 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 throuffh Bishop Robert's forfeiture. (Keith's Cat. of Scott. 
Kshope, D. 96.) Amonff the writs of the Barony of Cluny, in Perthshire, which belonged 
to the IKuiop of Donkela, and which is now the property of the Earl of Airlie, are to be found 
charters, ffranted in 1584, by Robert, Bishop of Dunkeld, with consent of his Chapter, just 
as if no change or forfeitiure had happened. James Paton, his successor in the See, had been 
nanting ch^ters of yarious parts of the barony since 1576. Among the deeds of this 
oaiony, is a procurstory of resignation, by Mr. James Creichtoun, Fiar of Cluny, with 
consent of Mr. Robert Creichtoun of EHok, his &ther, fi>r resifi^in^ the same into the 
hands of the Bishop of Doxkkeld, dated 20th June, 1570. The deed is signed and sealed 
by the parties, and the signature of the " admirable" Crichton gives a very £Ayourable 
impression of his aoquirements in the art of writing. 



xii THE EDITOR'S PEEFACE. 

who had no foundations^ to put up their arms upon Tarious 
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 1696, 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. 66 ) 

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 1684, 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. XUl 

trewlie prechit." (p. 54.) This ordinance did not meet with mach 
saccess, for in the coarse of four years afterwards there are renewed 
complaints of '' a great namer of the inhabitantis professing Chryst, 
as he is now offerit be the preching of the eyangell, 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 tavemis and ailhousis, nsing the tred of 
merchandice and handie labour in time of sermon on the oulk day, 
contrar to the custume of reformit kirkis and weill goyemit com- 
moun weillis of this realme," whereupon the former ordinance is 
renewed nnder 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 delyrerer 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 sweiaris and blasphemaris of Goddis holie name/' (p. 167.) 



xiv THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

With the view of secaring 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, ** qnhairon it 
sold 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, baimis, and servandis» and utheris inhabi- 
tants cum to discretioun of yeris, should be catechised every 
Thursday,** which ** veas thocht werray reasonabill, and nane op- 
ponit nor objectit in the contrar." (p. 208.) 

In 1699, they appointed a fast to be held on a Sunday, and en- 
joyned the inhabitants " to keip the kirkis fra muming 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 oomis presentlie growand on the ground, widderit 
at the gud plesour of Grod, 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 Prophetis 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 sufFerit 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.) 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XV 

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

The Magistrates thas 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, baimis, 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 " familiaritie of a 
fpirite." On one occasion this spirit appeared m the form of ** ane litiU bodie, haiffing a 
scbeavin herd, cled in quhyt lening lyk a sark." (Selections from £oc. Records, p. 184.) 



Xvi THB EDITOB'6 PBEFAOE. 

tyM io mach occupied with these matters, and hie time so much 
abstracted from his ordinary duties, ** in his extraordinarie panis 
on the biming of the grjt namer 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 indnce 
the Magistrates to vote a sum of money to him by way of recom- 
pence. (p. 166.) 

About this time John Gordon was detained in the kirk yault, as 
a '* manifest and oppin witch/' It would appear that multitudes 
flocked to him, ** and speris at the said Johne dyrers and sindrie 
thingis werray prejudicial! to the commoun pepiU." It does not 
here appear how Johne had been inyolved in this heavy charge, 
except that until *^ he was laitlie apprehendit and tane, he gawe 
himself out as a dum man." (p. 146.) 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 vreill 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. G«oige 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 authorised 
the Council ** to deaJl with him for his transportation to this burght." 
(p. 188.) The Council accordingly " travellit eamestlie" 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 



THB EDITQB'8 PREFACE. XTil 

chaiges were defrayed by the town, as appeaiB by tbe fdlowing 
entries in the aoconnts of the bnrgh^ : — 

Item, be vertew of ane act of counsall of the dait the xii. of [ ] 1599, gevin to 
MaiBter George Greir, minister, for hb expensis in cuming to this burght 
from Edinbargfa, as he that was pat in licence to have bene one of the ministers 
of this burgfai £40 

Item, gevin to the said Mr. George, horshyre, £ 3 Duodie . 3 7 

Item, gevin at command of the prouest and bailieis for the wyne 
and spycerie to the said Mr. George Greir, the ntcht before 
hm passing out of this burght 3 6 8 

Item, gevin at command of the prouest, bailieis, and oounsall 
for the said Mr. George ordinar chargis and expensiss daring 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 
bok ont for a clergyman elsewhere, and accordingly named a large 
oommission, which included David, Bishop of Aberdeen ; Mr. Black- 
bum, Minister ; Mr. David Baitt, Prinoipal of King's College ; Mr. 
Gilbert Gray, Principal of Marischal College, and several of the 
principal burgesses, "to nominat and cheis ane quaUfiet persoun 
indewit with qualities meit for the said office, to accept the function 
of ane of the ministeris of thk burght," either in the diocese of 
Aberdeen or elsewhere, " as to sic persones quha hes best knaw- 
ledge, and can deceme better in the said matter nor a com- 
monnaltie," should seem right, with power to fix his stipend imd 
how it is to be paid, but '* provydioig that befoir the admission of 
the said persoun to the said function, he be hard teiche and weiU 
lyckit of be thame.'' (p. 195.) 

* The gifts made to their clezgymen hy the Magistrates were many and Tarioos. To 
Mr. Adam Herriot, the first denryman in Aberdeen of the new opinions, they presented a 
suit of doadies in 1560, of whi(£ the ibllowinff entir oocnrs in the aoooonts : — 
Item, for ane garment and haill stand of daytlus to Maister Adame Herieot at 

the townis command 28 lib. 

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

dHshigane 85 lib. 



Xviii THE BDITOB'S PREFACE. 

At a snbgequent 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 tna 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, ga?e 
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 himselt 
and ** as ane havand powar of his Majestie, to the chesing and 
electing of ane ordinar minister and pastor for preching of the 
evangell and ministratioun of the sacramentis within this barght, 
for his Hienes, and in name of his Majestie, Totit 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, haring 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 vrith 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 fftythfullie 
to assist the said Maister James in every thing pertening to his 
charge, with obedience as becumeth the fiock to their pastour, sa 
long as he remanit faythfuU 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. xix 

Various notices would seem to show the closeness of the bond 
which then united the various classes of society together ; and the 
heari^iness 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 Crose, 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 Gt)wrie 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 
BSkd afternoon, and instead of resuming their work, they were or- 
dered, ** efter the preitching and thankiefgeving, to spend the rest of 
the day in all lauchfull and honest gladnes, and accompanie thair 
Magistrates 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 wjne 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 miraoulouslie be Goddis guid providence." (p. 221.) 
The Master of the Grammar School composed a congratulatory 
treatise in Latin on the occasion, and as it veas dedicated to the 
Magistrates, and contained ** sum commemoratioun of this burgbis 
antiquitie and privilegis^ granted thairunto be his Majesties pre- 
dicessouris," he received a honorarium of twenty pounds, (p. 222.) 



XX THE EDITO&'S PKEFACE. 

On the newd of his Majesty's MOMBi<m to the Engliab throne, 
the towBfi(tnen were forthwith warned, be sound of trmnpet and 
drum, '* to assemble instantlie in thair paroche kirk, and thaur gif 
thankis and prasis to God for the foresaid glad tjdings ; "* thereafter 
bonefires were to be kindled on all the streets, the bells to be rang, 
wine and spicerj to be drunk at the cross, glasses broken, and 
*' the haill yontbis of the tonne, to tak thair hagbnttis^ and aocom- 
panie thair Magistrattis throcht the haill lewis of the tonn, pu the 
tyme in schuting thair tnuskattis and faagbuttis til faut at nioht ; 
the tounis haill munitioun and artailserie to be chargit and schott, 
and all godlie mirrienes and pastime nsit, that may expres the joy 
and glaidnes of the hartis of the people." (p. 2S7*) 

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

Even the safe return of Prince Charles from Spain, in 1628, was 
celebrated with every demonstration of joy, including the sermons, 
bonefires, drinking of wine, and shooting, (p. 800.) 

The hospitality of the burgh also resembles rather the warm de- 
monstrations of priyate 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 bur^ with- 
out an entertainment from the Magistrates, nor was any transaction 
arranged without a banquet to those who conducted the arcange- 
ments. 

The Bishop, who had been on an embassy to Denmark, gets wine 
and spicery ** for his welcome hame." (p. 176.) 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 oustame ob- 



THE EDITOR'S PBEFACE. xxi 

gervit within this bnrght heirtofoir in all ages,'' to present these 
noblemen with six quarts of wine, and yarious 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 lovabiU 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 Dnke 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 Lenor, and the nobiltmen 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 alio wit 
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 bnrght, 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 8tageplayeris« Inglischemen .... £22 

Item, for the stageplayeris support that nicht thaye plaiid to the 

towne 3 

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 defrayinj^ of 



Xxii THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

thair haill chargis doriog Ihair remaining in this bui^bt, conforme to 
ane ordinance of counsall maid thairanent. £126 3 6 

This Frenchman and many other kni^^ts and gentlemen were 
admitted burgesses. 

22nd Odober, 1601. 

The qobilk day, Sir Francis Hospitall of Hauluie, Knycht, Frenschman, being 
recommendit be bis Majestie to the prouest, bailleis, and counsall of this brocbt, 
to be favorablie interteneit with the gentilmen, his Majesties semands efter 
specifeit, quha war direct to this brocht be his Majestie, to aocnrnpanie 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 tbame that war admittit bur- 
gesses: — 

Sir Francis Hospitall of Halsie, 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 Gieghome, 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 CSuyrles Knight, London, 1843," theie is 
(p. 441,) a yery interesting dissertation on the above entry, relating to the King's servants 
or company of Comedians. Mr. Knight seems satisfisictonly to identify "Laurence 
Fletcher, comediane to his Majestie," with that Laurence Fletcner who is associated with 
Shakspere in the Patent grantea 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 whidi the 
Macistrates could confer, by being admitted a buzgess. 

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 oocuned in Aber- 
deen, and of which a stranger, capable of appreciating and willing to listen to such marvel- 
lous instances of supernatural power, womd doubtless hear enouffh. Mr. Knight also 
suggjests that Shakspere might have picked up in his sojourn in ScoUand at this tmie, the 
floatmg traditions about Macbeth which he afterwards worked up in his wonderful tragedy. 



THE EDITOR'S PBEFAOE. xxiii 

Thus we find them aiding three HungarianB who had been taken 
prisoners by the Turks in defence of the christian religion, (p. 89.) 
A burgess of Inrine, 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 piUeit be the Hie- 
land men in thair cumming fira the Lewis" (p. 284) 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 1583, a certain Mr. David 
Kanzie was accused '' of instructing of baimis 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. 298.) 

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, 

D 



xxiy THB EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

but the lioense extended only to ^ maidyne bainuB," and proTided 
that they should have no ** man doctoar^ ander them. (p. 171.) 

The buigh then, as now» was sofortonateasto possess in the Masten 
of their Grammar School men of letters and classical taste. At the 
time when these notices occor, 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. Darid Wedder- 
bum, who were for some time joint masters of the Orammar Schod. 
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 &me in his day. He liyed 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 iUustrious 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 centuiy. 

About two years after his admission, Wedderbum intimated to 
the Council, ** that he being vrgit and burdenit be the lait pro- 
yinciall assemblie of the ministrie hauldin in this buight, to accept 
upon him the functioun of ane minister of Groddis 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. 288.) 

The Council permitted him to giye 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 greiffs** ex- 
pressed by many of the inhabitants against Wedderbum, for " cer- 
tane abuses and extortionis laitlie enterit and raisit in the said 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXT 

flohooU, by all gade ordonr or forme." These consisted of exactions 
of higher fees for teaching than had been appointed. " Item, for 
tacking fira ewerie baime, ilk Sonday, tna penneis, to be gerin to 
the pair ; it being no point of charitie to cans baimis giwe siluer 
to the puir, thai hawing no siluer to giwe of thair awin but that for 
qohilk thay mak sum wrang schift.** Among other exactions, he 
took eightpence monthly for ^ bent money/' and at the beginning 
of ilk bnik twelff penneis. ** Item, for causing baimis 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 shoidd only be 
obliged to bring two candles during their pleasure at Candlemas, 
'^ not restraining alwayes the liberalitie of thair parantis." No silyer 
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 eyin, to sie this ordour 
concerning the candill preceislie keipit for eschewing emulation and 
contentioun amangis the baimis.." (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 ignorance thairof." 

On the death of Mr. Gilbert Gray, Principal of Marischal College, 
in 1614, Wedderbura was appointed by the Council to teach ^"^the 
hie dass.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. Wedderbum complaning to the Council, 
'* that he hes not ane stipend quhilk may encourage ane honest man 



XXyi THB EDITOHnS PREFAGB. 

to walk in bic a toilsam cailin with oheerfolnen ; the mnltitade of 
schooles eyerieqnhair, the bardine of a ftmilie nnknawin to him of 
befoir, the darth of the tjme, so cntteth 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 : thairfonr that it wald pleas thair wisdemes. 
with quhat affectionn they wald wishe the wark to stand and go 
fordward, to sie also with the same affectionn how be honest 
meanes the wark may be under proppet;" and that they *<will 
see that in sum measure he may liwe as rther scholaris in vther 
professionis." (p. 866.) 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 Wedderbume 
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 effieiiris 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 Wedderbume, 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 Wedderbume." 
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 Wedderbume, Doctour of thair Grammer Schoole, and 



THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXVll 

first crawit the Magistrattis and Connsall, and nixt the said 
Maister Williame, pardoun tbairfoir, promeising neuir to do the 
lyke in tyme cameing, but to remayne a freynd and weill willar 
baith to the tonne 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 1676, certain deacons of crafts were accused of *' manteining 
of the twenty-fyft day of December last bypast, as Ywill day, 
balding 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. 26.) 

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 1668, 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 Sanet Thomas evin before Yuill quhill vpon the mome efter 
the Epiphanie day.** (Burgh Records, vol. i. p. 866.) But the 
Council finding ** ineonuenientis foUowand thairon," abolished this 
holiday, (p. 26.) 



XXviii THE £DIT0B*8 PREFACE. 

Some years thereafter, it would appear that the stndents had 
persisted in their old enormities, by ** taking of the schnill, and 
Ysurping aganis the Master and Magistrates this tyme of yeir afoir 
Yuill, callit Natiuite of onr 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 And caution 
for obedience to the Master and Magistrates, (p. 39.) 

Notwithstanding of this, the boys appear to have yindicated their 
old privileges on the very next occurrence of the time of Yuill, and 
to have *' takyn the schuiU, 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 *' 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, fouUis, 
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 satisfiu^tioun 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 



THB BDITOR'S PREFACE. XXIX 

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

The boys seem to haye 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 preyent 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, pistoUis, 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 tbame 
sen the first day of December, aganis diners 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 cairtion that they should not molest the inhabitants in time 
coming. The Magistrates, at the same time, resolved to provide 



XXX THE EDIIOR'S PBEFACE. 

against the usoal diflordera at Christmas^ which thej partly attri- 
bated to the dacknesB of discipline maintained by the Marten. 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 haye found this to be a 
hazardous task, for the yery next day we find that he was attacked by 
Patrick Grordon 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 Lurd of Cowbairdie, '' with sum 
vtheris, thair complices, hes this day cum to this buigh of sett pur- 
pos and prouisioun, and maist proudlie, in contempt of law and 
justice, hes most crewallie and unmercifullie 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 vnth durkis and 
battounes in dyuers pairtis of his bodie, to the great effuseoune of 
his bloode and danger of his lyiff. (p 316.) 

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 



THE EDITOR^S PHEFACE. XXXI 

ending of the sermone befoir the blessing, to rjis out of thair seat 
in the raid loft and compear befoir the pulpitt, and thair in all hn- 
militie, ilk ane seuerallie efter vther, crawe first God pardoun and 
forgiwenes for thair said wrang done to the tonne and to the said 
Gilbert Lesle ; and nixt to tnrne themselffis towardis the magis- 
trattis dask, and, in ail hnmilitie, confes thair offence done to the 
tonn and to the said Gilbert, and crawe the Prowest, Baillies, 
Connsall, and haill tonne, pardoun thairfoir ; and last, to crawe the 
said Gilbert Leslie, qnhome thay hurt, pardoun and for^wenes for 
the same, schak handis with him, and promeis newer to do the lyk 
in tym cnmming/' (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 yent in law pleaa, when the system of 
attacking each other with swords and guns began to be discouraged. 
In 1680, 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 &ce, 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, 1693; and we have 

E 



XXXll THE EmroB's pbbfaoe. 

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

Various notices in the accounts of the year 1693-4, show that 
the Magistrates took eyery means to expedite the undertaking; 

Be vertew of ane ordinance of counsall, of the dait the zzi. of De- 
cember, 1593, gevin to the Bischop, Minister, and Mr. Thomas 
Mollisoun, Clerk, appoyntit be the Cooosall to pas to Edinbnrgh 
anent the mater of the exhibitioun of the ezecatton of the new 
College, to mak thair ezpensiss £80 

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

tyme 2 10 

Item, for the Bischoppis horss hyre the same tyme 2 

Item, for the Bischoppis denner, supper, and desiwyne, with his 
tva serwands, the day befor he red 2 

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 yerses on all occasions when 
the '' necessar adois*' of the town required it ; and it is not won- 
derful that hb 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 mad< 



To Mr. Thomas Cargill, to cans print certane Terse in Latin in 
commeodatione of my Lord Marsoheall for ereeking the new 
College in Aberdeen, at the Counsallis command . £3 

In these times, ererj 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 



THB BDITOB'S PREFACE. XXXiu 

and qohingeris,'' (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, jonnger of Caimborrow, and others of 
that clan, on the other. 

A carious 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 fiitherance 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 captiuitie," removing him thereafter to the place of Eme- 
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. 



XXxiy 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 inyasion 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 1693, provision was made for the defence of the town against 
'' lawles Helandmen in Birss, Glentanner, and tbair about,*" who 
had lately been guilty of the ** onmerciful murthering of men and 
baimis, and also of the maisterfull and yiolent 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 conyene 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 &vourite 
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 Meldmm will be found at fnU length in Pitcaim's Criminal 
Trials, vd. ii., p. 488. 



THB EDITOR'S PREFACE. XXXV 

occasion the Lords of the Priyy Coancil thought ** it lyke aneugh 
that if the necessitie of his prinoelie afferis and adois will not 
suffer him to come forder northe;" yit many of his train would 
probably pay a yisit 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- 
cans the same is not onlie his Majesties hie way to the Auld- 
toun, whair the consistorie sittis, and whairnnto all the memberis 
of that judicatorie, and pairtyis haueing to do thair, doth daylie 
repair, hot the strangeris whilks will repair to your towne at that 
tyme will be curious to see the CoUedge, Churche, and otheris 
monumentis in the Auldtown.** In conclusion, they were advised 
that thair ** be no beggaris scene 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 magistrattis and couDsall, gewin to Archibald 
Armstrong, his Majesties plesant, quha come to this borght with the 
Inglishe kniohtis quhen his Majestic was at the huntis in Munremonth, ane 
Portugall ducat £53 6 8 



XXXYl THE EDITOR'S PBEFACE. 

Item, to his Majesties violeris that aooompaniet the saidts knyehtis 

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 6 13 4 

In this bargh» 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 1695 : 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 resoWed, at a general meeting called to consider 
of the matter, that each person should receive '' ane baib" into bis 
house, and that they should also raise a Tolnntaiy 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 manor of 
persone salbe sufferit 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, crafb, 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 *' miaordoiir and tumult of the puir folkis nttand 
at the kirk dur beggand almous, plakand and poUand honest menis gownif , cloikis, and 
aholzement, throw the quhilk thair is gryt confunonn amangis diame." (p. 60.) It was 
ordered that in time coming they shonld not he permitted to ** sitt or remane onj wyB0 
asking almous within the kirk nor kirk yard, bot to sit without the stylis," and stranger 
b^;gars were again ordered to be removed from the burgh. 



THE EDITOR'S PBEFACE. XXXTll 

remaiii without muoh alteration since the Refoimation, beyond the 
lemoval of the many altars which had been erected in it. In 1596, 
however, the ^ oar?it timmer wark betnixt 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. 136.) 

It is probable that for a long time the necessities of the bnrgh 
only required the services of a single physician. In 1696, 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 fumesing 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 " chirurgians," and to report whether " they be meitt and 
qoali&it to exerce and use the said airt." (p» 218.) 

In 1694, when his Majesty came northwards to demolish or 
dismantle the Keeps of the Popish Lords, he borrowed from the 
magirtrates " t wentie stand weycht of poulder, togidder with certain 
mattockis, gavellokis, and vtheris warklomes and materialls for de- 
moliaching 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 b^ing sauld, the money gottin thairfor, according to 
the particular compt of the selling thairof, eztendis to 1. lib. zix. ah. viii. d. 

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



XZXTUl THE EDITOR'S PREFACE. 

Marischal daring his aojoarn in Aberdeen, and the town as nsoal pro- 
Tided all sort of proTisionfi for his comfort. The foDowing entry in 
the accounts refers to the spices pnrdiased for the royal use : — 

Item, for the spyoerie ordaDit to be laid in and gerin to the Kingis boos, qohilk 

was geriD in the qnaotitie folowiog, rix. : — 

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

Item, four Toces of safVouD, at 32s. the rnce, is . 6 8 

Item, half a pimd of meassis, at njn s. the rnoe, is • 3 12 

Item, 8 voces cannelU at nyn s. the vnce, is 3 12 

Item, aocht pondis sucker, at xxii. s. the puod, is 8 16 
Item, ane dussone buistis of confeittis, scorch ettis, and confectionis, 

at Tiii. s. the buist, is 4 16 

The Earl Marischal haying been turned ont of his house for his 
Majesty's accommodation, the CouncU had to proride a lodging for 
his Lordship. 

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

The magistrates were on yarious occasions brought into consider- 
able perplexity from their anxious attempts to put down Papistry. 
In 1694, 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 papistls 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 thelTollowing day the three strangers were committed to jail, 
because the wind was boisterous, so that the ship could not be sent 
southwards. 



THE BDITOB'S P^FAGE. 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 Majestic 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 Qoidon was fourth son of that Qwige, Earl of Himtly, who (ell at Gorrichie, 
and nnde of the Earl who took part with the three strangers. He was hredio the church, and 
was presented to the parsonage of Rhynie when a young man. He was parson of this 
palish in 1563. (Bee. 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 
Theoloffy. He was an active affent of the lloman Catholic Church, to serve which he came 
repeatedly to Scotland in the reign of James VI., and was thence an object of jealousy and 
dislike to the new ministers. In February 1587-8, he had a disputation of sSveral hours 
with the King on die grounds of religion, out without any result. He died on Qood Friday 
in 1620 at Paris in the Jesuits' College in Rue St. Antoine, where he was buried. (Qordon s 
Hist of Gardonsy yoL ii. p. 119.) 



xl T^B EDITOR'S PBBFACE. 

without reoeiying uk dlaohwgd for th^ir proceedings in liberating 
these three men, whose only apparent &alt consisted in their 
being found in the oompany of Mr. James Gordon, and in being 
'* strangers** to the magistrates of Aberdeen. 
The expense of the discharge is entered in the acconnts :-~ 

Item^ thairefter to the said Joo Andro, be vertew of ane ordinance of counsall, of 
the dait the fourt of NoTember, 1594, for his panis in forming and registring of 
the townis discharge* for latting to Ubertie of the thre strangeris arryring with 
Mr. James Gordon, ane roiss nobiU, at £7 6 8 

The foUowiAg 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 traneigressor was 
to be '' bund to ane staik within the floode merk during the space 
of thre houris, quhiU the water flow round about him,** thereafter 
scourged through the whole town and banished from the same for 
ever. (p. 200.) 

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 defwct 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 tranggresBed 
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 towae 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 PftEFACE. xli 

sboQld be used at bnriaJs, und^r a penalty of ten p^mnds. (p. 
878.) 

Bnlr the feasting at baptisms also required t6 he redressed. It 
is stated in 1622, that of late a great abnde had appeared by 
*' snperflaous and costlie banqnetting of baimes, and be ccfnvocating 
of great numberis of people, both men and w^fftf^n, thairwnto, and 
haveing and Tseing all sort of sncconris, confeotionnes, spyceries, and 
desert brooht from forane pairtis, besyid great snperflnttie of ven- 
nisone and wyld meat of all sortis, and wHhal nseing of excessive 
and extraordinarie drinking and scolling.'' With the view of im- 
proving mattersii it was provided that none shonld hereafter invite 
** any mae persones to be gossipis or cummeris to &ny of thair 
baimes, hot four gossippis or etonmeris at the maist^ and that thair 
salbe hot sex women at the maist invited or employed to convoy 
the baime to and fra the kirk, nather yit sail thair be any mae 
persones invited to any denner, supper, or eftimoones drink at a 
baptisme bot sex men and sex women at the most ; and withall, 
ordanis that nane presume to bawe at thair banquettis any kynd 
of succouris, spyceries, droggis, or oonfectiounes brocht from pairtis 
beyond sea, nather yit any kynd of wyld meat or bakin meat at 
thair baptismes, nor yit use at tsuj tyme any excessive drinking 
or scolling, or urge thair nichtbouris to wdiught or scole feirder 
nor thair plesour,** under a penalty of forty pounds, (p. 391.) 

At this time it was ordered that " everie magistrat and connsallar 
sail repair to the tonnes 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 1676, 
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 



xlii THE BDITOB*S PREFAOB. 

forty shillings. Again, if he presumed to wear a ** blea bonatt," he 
subjeoted himself to a fine of five pounds. The nse 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 women 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 women generallie 
within this burght" ; (p. 878.) 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 prescribed 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 ** incivir garments. 

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

It has only to be stated, in oonclusion, that it viras 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 
pre£EU)e, with the view of illustrating some of the notices in the text, 
and of indicating the nature of the accounts themselves. 

JOHN STUART. 

Abxbdebn, 4ih November, 1848. 



CONTENTS. 



\ 



CONTENTS. 



PAOB 

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

2, Fee to the pergon who pLiyed ODL the tram 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 Stanhous deares himself of the slaughter 

of a burgess of Edinbuigh 6 

14, A buzgess renounces his priyileges. 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 Mensies 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 

bom in the town. 9 

Feb. 19, Listof heirship goods. 10 

March 10, Complaint to be made against the Laird of Fhilorth 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 alse^ to give him a sum of money for a discharge of past 

crimes 12 

Sept 2, The Regent exacts a contribatioii of 4000 marks 12 

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

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

hospital for the poor 15 

2, The king's disdiarge to Ihe burgh. ^ 16 



... 



• a . 



.« • 



xlvi 



CONTENTS. 



1574— Sept. 2, 



FAa* 



Oct. 



Nov. 



•1575— Jan. 



Aug. 19, 



Oct. 



Dec. 



1576— Jan. 25, 



Feb. 
Oct. 



Licence to the oommimitj to abetain from passing to Edinlnngli to 

serye on inquests 17 

2, Licence to the prorost, baillies, and coonsell to abide from a diet of 

the Privy Council to which they had been sommoned 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, Uack fishing, and magic 19 

8, The salary of the public reader augmented 20 

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

Nicholas mett" 20 

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 

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

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

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

Hie nhApljLiwa 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 

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 

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 frxnn the 20th December to 7th 

January abrogated 24 

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 

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 
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 crafl to wear a plaid onder a 

penalty 27 

5, The Town's officers to wear halberts 27 

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



1576— Oct. 


5. 


• • ■ 


15, 


Dec. 


29, 


1577— July 
Aug. 
Oct 


10, 
9, 


• • • 


4. 


• • • 


8. 


Nov. 


22, 


1578-Jan. 


19, 


• • • 


26, 


Feb. 


21. 


Nov. 


7, 


* ■ . 


15, 


1879— May 
Oct. 


1. 

24, 

9, 



• . • 1 Vj 

Dec. 22, 
1560-^an. 9, 



■ • • «9| 



March 17, 
May 13, 



CONTENTS. xlvii 

Prioeg of mutton fixed. No beef to be sold till the BaiUies have 
fixed the price. No fiah nor flesh to be sold on Sunday till after 

the sermon ^ 27 

The craftsmen to elect their deacons yearly. 28 

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

Hire of horses for leading peats fixed. 29 

A fomicatrix banished from the bmgh 29 

The Doctor of the Song School gets lour pounds to help to buy him 

clothes 29 

The person who keeps the town free from stranger b^;gars gets forty 

shillings to buy him a garment 29 

100 pounds received for St Thomas Hospital 29 

In consequence of the great dearth of victuals none to be transported 

in future till the town be served 90 

The reader and vicar of the town to receive the teinds belonging to 

said vicarage during his lifetime 31 

Prices of figs and raisins fixed ....^ 31 

A burgess deprived of his freedom for reviling thebaillies 31 

The swine of persons who refuse to expel them from the burgh to be 

destroyed by the executioner 32 

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

Peteihead and Faithlie 82 

A collection for the Scotch prisoners taken by the Turks at Morocco 32 

No cattle to pasture on the links 33 

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

His request gpnanted 33 

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

tolboothrail 33 

Ordinances as to admission to the crafts 34 

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

year 34 

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

^prices 35 

The town to be fortified with certain ditches 37 

The inhabitants informed that the King is soon to visit the buigh, 
and that on such occasions it had been usual to show their joy 
by fosceis, playeis, hiatoreb, antics, and other decoration.— -3000 
merks granted to make preparation • 37 



d 



• • • 



• • • 



xlviii CONTENTS. 

158(>— Sept 5, Mr. ThomM GaigOl admitted to be Master of the Grammar 

School 38 

Oct 7, Aneat the fiih market, and holding of markets on Sonda J 38 

15, Prices for shoeing hones fixed 38 

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

1, James Reid to get 20 merks £br " poit^esnng*' Mr. Alezr. Ar> 

bnthnot to be Minister of the burgh 38 

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 
bailiesy and find caution that he will obey the ordinance of 

council 39 

1581 — Feb. 13, Certain tradesmen purchase lawbunows against the provost, 

bailies, and community. They are declared to ha^e lost their 

freedom 40 

March 1, Tlie burgesses agree to a contribution for resisting the craftsmen... 41 

April 3, No civil causes aUowed to be pursued before the commissary 42 

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

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

and privilege prejudicial to the buigesses of guild 42 

14, Certain craftsmen disavow all knowledge thereofl 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 Blakbume, 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. Blakbume as Minister, and ratified the 
articles anent true religion presented by Mr John Craig, some- 
time Minister of the buigh 46 

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



. • . 



... 



... 



1AR2— Not. 


26, 


Dec. 


5, 


• r * 


17, 


• • • 


17, 


.• . 


17, 


1583-Jaii. 


3, 


April 


2«, 


May 


10, 


• • ■ 


13. 


Aug. 


9, 


liffU— Jnl-v 


10. 




• ■ • 


10. 


Sept. 


28, 


Oct 


14. 


•• • 


14. 


••• 


14. 


1585— Mazch 29, 


May 


31, 


•• • 


27, 


Oct. 


4. 


••• 


8, 


1586-^aii. 


10, 


April 13, 


*• • 


29, 


Oct 


7. 


1087— April 


27, 


July 


20, 


Aug. 


14. 


1«RR— Jan. 


22. 


June 


7, 


Oct. 


4, 


Not. 


20. 


1«8»-Feb. 


13. 



CONTENTS. xlix 

PAQ* 

Sxpenae to be pzorided for of CoiiimiMioner to France for gettmga 

reduction of the new cnstoms in France 47 

Contract anent the town's three clocks 47 

Punishment of Thomas Kelly for " strubling" Annabeil Kelly 47 

Robert Menseis elected Master of the Town's Hospital 48 

Punishment of William Ronaldsone for sUnder 48 

No drinking of gild wine to be in tyme coming 48 

Aid to a school for young children 49 

No money allowed to be received by the inhaHtants far buying of 

goods for extranears 49 

Fees to be received by shore porters 49 

No sheep skins to be sent to any port in Flanders for ax months... 50 

Sacristan of the Parish Kirk chosen. His duties and fees 50 

John Boray readmitted a burgess 51 

Ordinance for avoiding of the pestilence 52 

All householders to attend sermons on Tuesday and Thursday 

under a penalty 54 

Ordinance against fbrestallers 54 

Statute against the extortion of weavers S5 

Ordinance, anent burials within the kirk 55 

Ordinance anent the plague 56 

Contraveners thereof punished < 57 

Magistrates to remain in office for one year only 57 

Stipend to be paid to a second minister 57 

Price of building the Justice Port tobepaid 58 

The Council to meet weekly on Wednesday 58 

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

The bew brig to be built with a bow of estlair 59 

The town agrees to a tax for an ambassador to Denmark 59 

No beggar to sit in the kirk or kirkyard hereafter 60 

Master of the Song School admitted 60 

A stent agreed to (under protest) for paying the town's proportion 
of expense of furnishing out a ship of war for pursuing Knglish 

pirates 60 

An encroachment found at the Netherkirkgate port 61 

Inhabitants again ordained to attend church instead of " gaming 

and playing, passing to tavemisand ailhoussis" 62 

The town not to be warned to public meetings unless by desire of 

the Council 62 

All questions between the town and the Laird of fialquhyn to be 

settled 63 



I OONTBNTS. 

PAAI 

1589 — ^BlUy 5, llie powder tad isoii woik funithed to tbe King to be nld 64 

June 18, Gnaa om the links aad other plaeee to be kept for '* biB hienetliegii 

that w to be Iwiv ■ehortlie" 64 

18, A pair of bntta fiw aermg die long end noUemoi in hia company 

Allowed Co be erected* ••«•• • •..••• 64 

Aug. 6, Paynifints to be made to the Joatice GUrk £>r hia good^wiU «t the 

enamag Jnetiee Oomi, ta alao to the derka of the Joatice 

Gourta. 65 

Sept 3f Aeaatodierof the^'kckit bnik" ooateiaingthediarteraofthechap- 
lainziea of the TMM^*^ ViA aDDomted... 65 

... 24» The QramnuurSehooL to berepabed 66 

N<nr. 2S, The maater of kirk woik geU the '' lokit buik" 66 

Dec. 12, The aeholara of die Graamiar SduKd to find caation fi>r good order, 

and that no diaorder be oaed in taking the achool at the super- 

atitiooa time of Yule. 66 

1590— Maidli 31, BaiUieCoUeaon to paaa to Denmark with the ahipaent by thiabugh 

tooonTey the Queen to this country.... 67 

April 6, The proyoat ordered to put the town'a cannon called " the Falcon" 

<m boaid of the ** Nicolaa" bound for Denmark 67 

27t A wapinachaw ordered to be held 67 

Oct 14, 40 hagbuttera to be fumiahed by tiie town to the Earl Mariachal to 

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

Not. 26, Oraaa on the linka ronped 68 

26, Alao the chapel on the caatle hill 69 

26, And the gnaa of the loch 69 

1591— Jan. 8, TheLairdofFsendnM^ht'aaerranta accused of disturbing the town 69 

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

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

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

in tiBMof good weadier 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, Ej^tense of executing letters si the instance of the ProYoet and 

Baillies against the Commissary 72 

Not. 8, Oontribution finr the raid to the I^es refused, and forty soldiers to 

be furnished. 72 

1592— April 14, Penalties fiw swearing. 73 

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

Grey Hope 74 

1593— 4an. 6, William Murdo found to be a '* blasphemous heretyk*' and banished 

fix>m the buxgh « 75 



*• • 



... 



• •• 



• • • 



CONTENTS. li 

i 

l>m—Jan, 8, The baigh to be walched nightly 76 

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

of trae religion 77 

31» A irailer baillie aj^ointed 77 

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

Kirk 78 

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

June 18, James Forbes of Tolliboyy elected Eoonomas of Marischal College 79 

26f Servants engaging to two masters to be pat in " the govis." 80 

Julj 11, The steeple of the tolbooth to be repaired 80 

16t Certain ships finom Norway unloading at Newbtugh to be arrested 81 

18, The Sweschman to have a red garment 8l 

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

neighbouriiood, provision is made for defence of the town 82 

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

the King 83 

Oct 8, None to he allowed to remain in the buigb 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 foir 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 teaciiing 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 dischaige of the town's proportion of the King's 

tocher 94 

25, Disdiaige of the town's proportion of a tax for furnishing (he 
King with men of war 99 



... 



... 



... 



... 



••• 



Hi 



CONTENTS. 



15M-4>et 


85, 


■ • • 


85, 


• 

• a • 


85. 


Nov. 


15, 


•• • 


15, 


•• • 


15, 


Dec. 


18, 


• • • 


13, 


1595-.Feb. 


10, 


• • • 


10. 


• • « 


14, 


••• 


28, 


MaichU, 


April 


15, 


• • • 


18, 


M*y 


15, 


• • • 


16, 


• • • 


28, 


Jane 


8, 


• • • 


80, 


July 


8, 


• • • 


3, 


• • • 


9, 


• • • 


18, 


• • • 


16, 



Aug. e, 

... 27, 

Sept 10, 

... 10, 

10, 

... 17, 

... 17, 



Lioenee to the town to femAin from the pretent hofC 101 

Diichaige to the town lebtiTe to Mr. Jamet Gordon tad the three 

•tnagert. 101 

Obligation hj the King nnd Council to re-deliTer to the town certiin 

quantitiea of powder and machiiiea bo r row e d by hit Majesty 102 

Ronp of the giaae on the links lOS 

Roup of the chapel on the Oaatlehill 103 

Roop of other parts of the town's piuperty 103 

A stent to be made for paying 200 merki to tiie Duke of Lennox — 

also to pay for the propine to his Majesty when in this bugh — 

and to pay the stipend of Mr. Peter Blackbom 104 

Licence to tiie town to remain from the raid to the Isles 105 

The Duke of Lennos made a bn rgcsa -profession of his religion... 106 

Sir Robert Melvill and others admitted to be bugesses 106 

Remission to the town for certain crimes 107 

Fine for orereharge on wine. 107 

His Majesty's letter for carrying the Earis of Huitly and Srrol 

beyond seas 107 

A pair of joggis to be made 106 

Thomas Borthik acknowledges that he troubled the town 106 

Two persons convicted of drawing their swords and qnhingers 109 

Alex. Paterson conTicted of ** onnaturall misbehaiioiir" to another 

merchant 110 

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

Bounds of the Gallowhill croft set 110 

The lands of Gapristonn to be bought Ill 

The town's part of penalties for slaying Uack or red fish granted to 

the Sheriff Depate Ill 

Owners of salmon fishings to be paid their maO salmon out of the 

first and readiest 112 

Tlie steeple of the Gray Friar kirk to be repaired 114 

An encroachment on the kirkyard 114 

100 merka voted to Lord Forbes as a remembrance of the town's 

goodwill 115 

The treasorer to furnish bread and wine for the Oommnnion 115 

A suspension to be procured of the charge against the town to ap- 

prdiend Lord Forbes 115 

Two shipwrecked Danes to be relieved 115 

The town's post to have a garment 116 

The reader's salary augmented 116 

A contribution for the repair of 8t Maehar's kirk 116 

Halls of wood to be eteoted for the meal mai^et 116 



1595-.NOV. 


12. 


t ■ • 


17, 


• • • 


17, 


• • • 


3«. 


Dec. 


1, 


• • • 


17, 


• • • 


17. 


• • • 


24, 


1596— Jan. 


8, 


... 


12. 


... 


20, 


... 


23, 


Feb. 


11. 


• • • 


14, 


Maich 15, 


... 


22. 


... 


23. 


... 


24, 


June 


3, 


• • • 


7, 


• • • 


7, 



... ^o. 



* • . 


29, 


... 


29, 


July 


7, 


*•• 


9, 


• • 


9. 


•. • 


9. 


Ang. 


6, 



CONTENTS. liii 

PAOC 

The ncristan to bairn a gown of self black 117 

The town to be divided into four congregations 117 

Mr. Blakbum's expenses for going to Edinburgh to be paid 118 

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

General Assembly soon to meet. 118 

Law plea between Uie Earl Marischai and Menzies of Pitfoddles... 119 
Payments to the Bishop for his seal to the town's charter of Capra- 

ston 120 

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

A writing booth to be procured for the Town Clerk 120 

Discharge by Oardyn of Banchory, to certain buigesses, for break- 
ing down the walls of his house 121 

Wapinschaw intimated 122 

Sir John Carmichael, knight, made a burgess 123 

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

The inhabitants to be trained to carry arms 124 

The Earl Maiischal's concurrence asked in apprehending Thomas 

Sutherland for carrying Mr. Walter Lindsay to Spain 125 

The town troubled by a contest between certain inhabitants with a 

sword and quhinger 126 

Provision anent the purchase of onion seed 127 

An encroachment found to have been made on St. Katherine's HiU 

after probation 127 

A measure to be sent for to Linlithgow 131 

Proclamation against wearing of pistols and other weapons 131 

An attack on the mainmast of the ship called the **Gift of God"... 132 
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 

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 

A supper to be given to the Commissioners of Burghs 136 

Expenses of repairs to the tolbooth to be allowed 136 

The wall lor dividing the Idrk and choir to be erected 136 

A commissioner sent to Edinburgh fi>r dealing with the King on 

various matters. 137 

No craftsnuun to be made a burgess till he swear to observe the 

contract betwixt the burgesses and craftsmen «... 137 

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

A post to be sent to Edinburgh as to his Majesty's desire ibr 500 
men to be famished by the burghs £nr pasting to the Isles 139 



liv 



CONTENTS. 



1596— Aug. 13, 
• * • ^*^f 

... 25, 



Sept. 


2. 


• • t 


2. 


* • • 


2, 


• • • 


14, 


■ • ■ 


16. 


■ • • 


20, 


• ■ ■ 


20, 


Nov. 


22, 


1597— Jan. 


12, 


• • • 


u. 


■ • • 


16, 


■ • • 


28, 


• • ■ 


28, 


• • « 


28, 


Feb. 


18, 


April 


4, 


• • • 


25, 


• • • 


25, 


May 


4. 


Aug. 


31, 


Sept 


7, 


... 


21. 


... 


21, 


... 


21, 


» . . 


26. 


Nov. 


23, 


1598-Jan. 


25. 


... 


25, 


Feb. 


17. 



A oonuiiiuioiier to be pent to hia Majesty on the nme subject. 198 

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

Isles 141 

Expense of apprehending forestaUers at the winter and summer 

markets to be paid 142 

Report of the Commissioner sent to his Majesty 14S 

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

apothecary and shop.... 144 

No one to oonsolt John Gordon now confined as a witch 144 

Division of the town into two quarters 145 

Expenses of rejoicing at the nativity of Prince Henry to be paid... 146 

Duty on foreign onions to be paid 146 

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

Renunciation in favour of the town of 6t Salvator's altar 147 

A wapinschaw to beheld 148 

Regulations as to selling wine 149 

Order to be taken for provision for the poor 149 

A voluntary contribution for them 149 

A man and his wifo banished from the burgh for theft 150 

The porter of the college to be paid for ringing the Greyfiriars' bell 150 

John Justice chosen as executioner 150 

The four mills of the buigh to be bought from Meudes of Pitfod> 

dels 151 

Commissioners elected to settle the marches between the town's 

lands and those of Stoneywood 151 

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

A wooden house to be built for an office to the town derk 152 

No school to be within the buxgh (except the Music School) without 

licence of the Master of the Grammar School 154 

Pro'vlsions for eschewing plague 154 

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

burning a great number of witches, dns 155 

The gild wine silver to be bestowed on honest decayed burgesses... 155 
The town's servant gets an allowance for waiting on the witches... 156 
The town clerk gets an allowance for framing a register of the 

jMifinula from the chaplainries, and his pains about the witdies.. 156 
The Master of the Song School to serve both Idrks '* in vptacking 

of the psalme" every Sunday 157 

A sundial to be erected on the town house wall 156 

Reward to a pQot for a sea chart presented to the town 158 

Commission for settling rights of priority in parliaments and con- 
ventions 159 



ooNTEirrs. 



It 



PAOK 



1508— Maichie, 


April 


84. 


S^t* 


22. 


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26. 


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Oet. 


2. 


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13. 


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26. 


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26. 


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27, 


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30. 


N<yr. 


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10, 


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16, 


• • a 


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Dm. 8» 



... 13, 

... xOf 

«•• Ivy 

1599— Feb. 7, 

Hjodili, 

... 14, 

38f 



An encioaiAtiMttt Oil tiM towii's property at tkft CasdeUll 160 

No bvfgMs to ^rear h Utoe boDlMi ii]id«r a penalty 161 

VariooB gifts by the toun • 161 

A aQver case to be presenled to Mr. Bebert Howie 164 

Prices of geU and iilTsr ptodsiaied at Bdiabaxgfa 164 

Fines £:)r abaoBoe Cram «oarls la be UKsreased 165 

Letters sent to Mr. Bobert Howie, Mr. Andrew Mel^il, and Mr. 

John Johnston. »«...« 166 

Statate fer keeping of the sermons. 166 

No mssbst to beonfiunday in timeof seratMn » 167 

Fhmaions against fiwestallerB. • 167 

Reguktions for Stablers chaigeo 169 

and desert to be gi^en to Lord Fyvie on his being made a 

169 

A bearer of ibe hand bell chosen ., 169 

Lord Fyyie, WiUiam Forbes of To^1dlOl^ Akunder Burnett of 
Leys, George Ab ero ro mby «f Overearden, and ethers, admitted 

liuigessss* .•••.«.•..•..••.••••..••..»«••.«. •*«.*•««•••. ifv 

Bntry diiss of bnrgsasos heightened ., 171 

John Thomson and spouse only to teach "maidyne baimis" 171 

Oertain ofiendess to be burned en the oheek. 171 

FrovkionB as to the sale ef mussels.. •« ^ 172 

Ordinance to the keeper of the ferry boat at Fntty 172 

Preriaions anent a lisi between Oheyn ef EssUmont and Keiths of 

Lodquhame 172 

The town to be armed to keep peaoe between tfas Earl Marischal 

and Gordon apparent of Gi^bocNw,...., 173 

An interim master of the song school elected 174 

Expenses e£ charging freeholders on the Dee and Don to find 

caution against slaying salsaen in fiirbidden time 174 

Mr. John 45kene, olerk leigister, threatens homing against the town 
for not buying his Acts of Parliament— they agree to take 

ifty Bspios.1. • 

Wine and ipioery to the Bishop of Aberdeen 

Wine and ycery te the Duke of Lennox and Earl of Huntly, ac- 
cording to the custom ef the bargh "in alleges" 175 

The granunar school te be repaired ^ 176 

George Strachan, wwnetiinft BaiUie, gels support in consequence of 

his ship being taken by the Spatwwds, , 176 

The chapel en the Castlehill to be panted 176 

Prayer to be said on the day of the electiea of the magistrates 177 

Wine and spiosryte the Bail of Huntly 177 



175 

175 



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0ONTBNT8. 



1599— April 


«. 


• ■ ft 


6, 


ft • ■ 


16, 


• ft • 


16, 


ft • ft 


16, 


• ft ft 


16, 


• ft ft 


18, 


ft • • 


28, 


«« • 


30, 


May 


9, 




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9. 




». 




15, 




w. 


• • • 


28, 


June 


15, 


• • ft 


20, 


• • ft 


22, 


July 


12, 


ft ft ft 


13, 


• ft ft 


18, 


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28, 


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23, 


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26, 


Aug. 


6, 



Sept 5, 
5, 



5, 



Onmfittii, &c., to the GoimteM Mariirhal 177 

Certain fleahen oonTicted of MDing fUih between lit liaidi and 

let May 178 

Wapinachaw to be held*- 178 

The townamen to ride tbe nanliea armed 178 

A paitime day to be held erery Monday 179 

The court day changed frmn Monday to Toeeday and Friday 180 

A difjoyne to Mr. Oharlei Fenne. 180 

The protocol booki of the Ute town dei^ deliTeied up 180 

Certain inhabitants oonyicted for troubling the town 181 

Forty ihillingB giTen to pay a barber for coring a wound recQTed 

at the wapinachaw 181 

The caiiaewayTpaaring to the CmTis to be repaired 181 

80 poondf giTen for the protocol books of the Ute town deik 182 

William Skene convicted of asssnlting Mr Bobert Chalmen 183 

Slandexers ponished 184 

Complaint that Patrick Annand, younger of Anchterellon, and 
others, broke the ranks at the wapinscha w a borgess who took 
part with Annand convicted for not taking part with the 

town 184 

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

A fost to be held for entreating for '< seasonable weather and drop- 
ping showers of rain" 186 

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

Certain encroachments noticed 187 

Mr. Qreir to be paid for coming to preach 188 

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

transportation 188 

His Majesty writes of his wish to have a oooservator of Scotch 

privileges in London 189 

The town thinks the meaaure unnecessary, and are to oppose it — 
a commissioner is sent to the convention of buxghs to oppose it 190 

The burgesses refuse to contribute the commissioner's expenses 191 

A prorogation of the wapinschaw to be purchased 192 

The heir of the late John Leslie, Bishop of Ross, elects Mr. Qavin 

Leslie as his procurator 192 

Commissioners named to meet the Laird of CSuny as to difiersnces 

with the Old Town 193 

Mr. Qeorge Grier is asked to accept Um vacant office of a minister 
of the burgh — ^he is not so loving towards aooepting the chaige 

as could be wished 193 

New commissioners named to search for a suitable minister 194 



1590— Sept 11, 



12. 

18, 



20, 



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24, 
6, 


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6, 


leOO-Jaa. 


17, 



... 17, 

... XVy 



Feb. 

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• • * 


7, 
21, 
21, 


... 21, 
March 23, 


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23, 


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23, 


April 


1«. 


May 


22, 
22, 



... 22, 

... 22, 

July 1, 



CONTENTS. Ivii 

PAO« 

Theoonunignimen report that they had heard Mr. Jamee Rosi, min- 
ister of Strachan. — The town declare their satiafiKHioii with him. 
— ^The Biahop giTes hii consent — ^Mr. Boss accepts the charge. . . 195 

The KirVhonse oocapied by James Tod, reader, to he repaired 196 

Proceedings as to a settlement of the dispute with Old Aber- 
deen. • , 196 

John Gordon of TuUielt 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 

Various gifts by the town to its servants 201 

The town declines to judge of various charges against John 

Hutcheon, as being ''meir spiritnall and ecclesiastic" 203 

Hutcheon accused as an unlawful neighbour. — He agrees to be 

banished if found guilty again 203 

The dean of gild to defray the expense of a *' diajoyne" to the 

bishop and clergy 204 

Patrick Walter to be paid for uptacking of the psalm 204 

Thomas Lome accused of " hearing of spreittis," and wavering fiom 
his wife, bairns, and familie. — ^fle agrees to suffer death if found 

guilty again 204 

Anent just measures in selling wine, ale, or beer 204 

Expense of painting the dork's chamber to be paid 205 

Commiwrioners chosen anent the sending of an Ambassador to 

France to renew the old leagues 205 

The commission for trying witches and sorcerers to be prosecuted... 205 
Exemption firom the Earl of Huntly's jurisdiction as sheriff to be 

purchased 206 

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

commence on the first day of January 206 

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

the kirk 207 

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

be catechised each Thursday 208 

Regulations for the fishers of Futtie for foeing their servants 208 

Any inhabitant of Futtie who cuts the ropes of vessels in the har- 
bour, to be tied to a stake within the fiood ml^rk for three hours, 

and then scourged and banished firom the burgh. 209 

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

to abstain from, selling fish on that day. 210 

The owners of boats to pay to the tacksman the teind of aU fish taken 210 
The provost calls for a taxation to purchase an exemption from the 
raid to Kintire and the Isles..... 210 



Iviii OONTBNT8. 

1600-Jiily 9, ApecMmvMhbtopajUafiiMlobtpBfcmtliB tteckiftrdikanii 

■ad tlMTCiiiUr mto tiw j<^ lor 6 Imoh. 213 

... 14, WapbidiAw hfiUL 214 

Sept 2a» The merekandi' 1» to be inetitotod far aeoftjpwi hwtkm. 215 

28, Goddii penniee to be giTsn to tbe bos^ 216 

Dec 3, A public fiMt on Sunday in ooneeqoenoe of tbe plagne 216 

1601 — March 20, Ordinanee for prarantuiif difpvtoe aaei^ the Ubmu of Fattie ae to 

thflir righto of fiihiag. 216 

April 8, Dr. Oaigill to take trial of the skill of two (^iiwgiang 218 

Aug. 4, Intimation made of the yearly thaakigiTiag to beheld <» the dtk of 

Angatt far hie Majeety'e deUvevy hon. the treitar Gowrie. 219 

4, No market to be held on that day or labour done, and the magia- 

tratee to ting pealme (hroogh theetnete. 221 

Sept. 22, Mr. Thomae Gaigill rewarded lor hie eongvatalatoiy treatise in 

Latin as tohisMajeety's delivery 292 

Oct. 9, The king*B servanto who play comffdiae and etage playi in the 

buigh to be paid 222 

Nov. 4, Two peraone who were found drinking in tiase of eennon are 

baniahed 222 

1602^Feb. 6, Mr. David Wedderbum and Mr. Thomae Raid are elected maatera 

of the grammar achool 223 

17» WiUiam Skene found gailty of oafaig piftola aad dags, and firing 

at one of the offioera of tiie bnigh 224 

April 7» Marjorie Urqnhart gets lieenae to be interred in the aoath aiale..... 226 
13, Qrdinaaeee renewed anent attendance at eBrmowe on Sundays and 

weekdays, and other matters... , 226 

13, No peato to ba brought to the bux^^ on the Sabbath day 227 

June 15, Jane Wisohartoonyicted of slander 228 

Aug. 4, The thankigiving to be obsertad on the fifth of August 228 

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

to the raid to the Lewis 228 

23, Prorisions fiar a ship in the hasbaar easpeoted of plague 229 

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

25, The Town Clerk is employed to pass to his M^esty to compound 

for said discharge 233 

Sept 7, He reporto his diligaaoe 234 

Oct. 20, Seraral merohaatooonfinedim the Blockhoase through four of pesti- 

lanoe are allowed their fireedom. 234 

20, Richard Williamson oonTieted as an unlawful neighbour 235 

Dec. 8, A windmill to be erected at Ike Galbwgato port 235 

1603— Mareh 30, Intimation given of his Mijesty's aooessifln to the English throne. 

Thatowngotoehurehiheraaftor and drink wine at the cross... 236 



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PAOB 

1603-*-A]inl 1, A onnwuiirifflMr leat tq E4iabmgh to oomult with fte other bmyhs 

a^ tp necessary things for their wel£ue b^oi^ his Majesty's de- 
parting §Bff Sogbnd.. , ,.-tM-*>»«MM 2^ 

dO, Mr. Dimi Wedderbnm i«tii|ialfi« that he in tg enter on the fimc- 

tioBs of the ministry ,..MMt „».rMMMt ^^ 

... 20, The loch to he made dry ,., 239 

22i Sir Miohael fielfoov of Burly, h«ifi;^( letters (dwgii^ 

gesses to receiye Tarioiis piecee of aimoWi agzeee to receive pay- 
ment for forty-five iximplete mta of aiineDr..,M*f f- ^^ 

2d» The suits of aimoiifai9di4t^uted..-f ,,«, , 241 

July 30, A missive 6am the piivy ooimcil a9ent three pnests who attempted 

his MiQestie's life, intimated..,., p., .«...Mf** ^^ 

Sept. 6, A missive from the King read «.... ,., 243 

7, Mr. David Wedderbur^ having ielmq«ished his intention of enter- 
ing the ministry, is reinstated as <me of the maeters of the Gram- 
mar School «...,.. ,...,. M.ff f t ,••• 944 

Get. 11, A eommJssinn for punishing those with death ov otherwise, who 

infringe the statutes f^beut the plegoe, to he purchased 245 

12, Mr. Thomas Beid admitted eeooe of the iiegeiits of ibe college, and 
lib. David Wedderbum gete the sele ebwge «f the grammar 

sebool, at certain rates...., ,.Mt.....iMt t ^^ 

26, Quarteimasters elected to aieiet the nagiatrates in providing 

against the pest. ,.,...„.^,...,. 247 

Nov. 15, The Earl Marischal beoomes suiety $pr eertm gentlemen of the 
name of Keith to Mr. James Forbes, brother of the Laird of 

Corsinday, and othem...... ..., „., ,... 248 

20, Applicaljen to be made to th^seQIeto>u|wailane^t stepping the £Buds 
whiflh arose Imu the " dannit me^" who came to the 

bnrgh ...» , 249 

1604-— Jan. 2, Siztssn men to pass to the si^ge ef the house pf Ommbieck 250 

10, Provisions against the practices of the scholeini of the grammar 

school at the superstitiouf time of Ynle....,...,.« , 251 

10, None to walk on the streets after ten o'doek at night 251 

10, A watch to be kept by reason of the idle m^ ifho are bound to 

Flanders to the wws.. , ,.„ • 252 

18, James Qheyne of Stcalosh eonvioted of attag^jiAg the Commissary . 

of Aberdeen with e sword.; „. ,......, 252 

Feb. . 3, Oaptein Qheyne of StnJeeh finds oantm that he shall not attack 

the servant of the Earl Marisohal 253 

May 8, QnJmanww iw? esAewii^ the plague renewed., 253 

8, SoyBloovmissiontotlM|tBqivottaadhailief Ibrmekingectsa^^ 

the plagne ,,• „« .255 



Ix OOKTBMTS. 

1604 — June 4, BzpenM of Mnding hagbntten to the mge of tlie honie of Drun- 

hreck S56 

4, Oidinanceo Mmat Ae plagiio intimaled of Bgy 257 

Jvly 16, Hie profOft is chooen one of the ooDuniMioiiert fiir going to Bng- 

land aiM&t * union of the kingdonis.— A tex leried to pay Ins 

expeniet 357 

16, OommiMBon granted to tnat on tlieniatter of tile anion of En^^and 

and Scotland 259 

Oct. S, Sun niaed fiir mpport of Genera to be lent oat 262 

24, Mr. DaTid Wedderbnm oonTided of exacting Taiioos dnea from 

tiie acholan on tbe plea of ancient coatom 262 

24, Begnlationa anent tfaeie dnea in time coming 264 

Dec. 5, Aonmmiaaoner aent to the Maiqnia of Hmitly regaidingtiie minona 

state of the Bridge of Don !„ 265 

8, Theivatchingoftliepoirtatooeaae 265 

16(M^March 22, The harbonr month to be watched 265 

May 1, The noUemen and harona to be applied to for enbacriptiona lor re- 

pairingthe Bridge of Don 266 

1, The kirk lodge to be conToted into adioola 267 

1, Puniahment for aamnlt, 207 

18, The town agreea to contribate ilTe hundred ponnda for the repair 

oftheBndgeofDon 268 

29, A priTy inqueet to be chooen for aoooaing unworthy neighboora.... 269 
29, Letters for a new parliament proclaimed, and a commiasioner 

chosen 269 

June 21, A harlot banished foom the burgh 270 

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

laid out on the repairs of the Bridge of Don 271 

28, Pnmaion for the fee of the keeper of the town's dodcs 272 

Aug. 14, None to go to St Bartholomew's foir at Kincardine, for foarof pea- 

tiknce 273 

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

come back to the burgh 274 

... 18, The Justioe 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 alao of contempt of 

court; he is oonTicted 276 

Not. 15, Rejoicings for his M^esty's escape from the Gunpowder Plot 278 

Dec. 4, The town's priyileges invaded by the erection of Fraaerburgh into 

a burgh of barony 279 



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CONTENTS. Ixi 

1005 — ^Dee. 4, A declantor to be pusaed on the town's charters 280 

1006 — Feb. 26» Alexander Davidson is allowed to build a ship in the Idrkyard of 

Trinity Friam 380 

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 trsnigresses 281 

1, Hie town ooncors in proceedings against Leith of Harthill lor ex- 
orbitant duties charged at 8i Lawrence fiur at Old Bain 282 

16, The braaen 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 dwellingin 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 potts to be opened in oonsequenoe 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 £>r fear of plague, which is again broken out 289 

22, Watching of the town resumed 289 

May 3, No nuisances to be kept in Greyfiriars 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, Oonmiissioners 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, Tlie town wishes to be relieved of the necessity of apprehending 
and imprisoning of ** dannit gentlemen," on account of the 
power of these parties.. , .294 

23, Nolint tobe <'dichted" except on daylight 295 

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

1606— Feb. 4, The banishment of Gilbert Kempt renewed 295 

April 20, A conmdssioner to be sent to the Privy Council for a dischaige 

from the raid to the Isles 296 

May 11, The kirk officer's fees augmented 297 

24, Proclamation anent wapinadiawingread.... 298 



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Ixii 

1610— Aug. 15, 

Dec. 12, 

1611—Aug. 7, 

... 14, 

Sept. 9, 

iei2-^aii. 7, 

July 10, 

... 17, 

Oct 7, 

Dec 3, 

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0, 

>• . Of 

• •• 3fo, 

1613— Feb. 8, 



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Sept 4, 
1614_Jui. 12, 

1615— March 29, 

June 15, 



COKTENTS. 

None to be hiaMed to tbe QnHUttr SdMil Md Sng Scboel, till 

they und Cftntioii ror oieiybehKViottf •.•....» .•... 

OontrBct for bniiding the Bow BiMgift 

£utnictioiui to the oomnunieliett tat keeping hie Majeety'e pem in 

the raienffsQBi oz Aberdeen. »• •••••» •... r^ 301 

Wapmechaw to be held 304 

Dayforwapinediaw prorogated 304 

Prooeedtogs at the waptnedkaw 305 

A JaQ to be built to oonieqaenee of the e aip ee to d mcrease of prieon- 

en fitttn the OotnittUBiott to Jostieee of the Peace 306 

■pinecaaw ummaiea » •• • •.«.... iKf/ 

P roceed i ng! at the wapinschaw... 307 

A leper admitted to the leper heMe 308 

Svndrj icholan at the Qranmar School aoenied by the Pnnroet of 

many enotmitieB and diaoiden , 308 

Tlioee -mho took the ichool otderal to be eanladed from all the 

town's ichoole « 310 

Phjriiion to be made agatmt taking of the eohool at theenperetitioiu 

time of Ynle *... » 312 

Golden of Binmdr co n Ticted of porMteg the martefr of the writiBg 

■chool with a eword 312 

<3ardoin ftade caution that he diall not hart the eatd writing maater 313 
Tlie masters of the schoob to be hdd lespoBiible finr their soholaxs 313 
John Gordon, brother to the laiid of Bfiranoir, with his aooomplices, 
attacks and woonds the master of the wilting school with dirks 

and batons*-^ complaint to be made to the I^vy OounciL 314 

Expenses of chaiging Gordon of Birsmoir and others to be paid... 315 
OommissionBrs namedto appear befere the Privy Oooncil regaidfaig 
the process against Gordon of Birsmoir, and also the process for 
the town's share of the e r pcnce of prosecating Starooyins, a 

German 816 

Gordon of Chmy becomes caution that his brother, Gordon of Birs- 
moir, dhaU satisfy the town, and the master of the grammar 

school 317 

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

ita the kirk 319 

Wapinschaw to be held 319 

Morlifieadon by William Gordon, Bishop of Abeideen, for a 

provostry in St Nicholas kirk to be recor d ed , 320 

Farther proceedings abont bnOding a jail 321 

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

Biding of the town's OQter marches 322 



CONTENTS. Ixiii 

1615 — June 21» Proceedings for pTOcnxing » Principal to Mansehal CSoU^^e 326 

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

principal and masters of the college • 327 

Julj 26, Mr David Wedderbuzne 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 bnigesses. 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 Bayne, for 

building the wardhouse 331 

March 3, Various legacies by Dr. CaigiU 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 im for carrying on the process with Fraser> 

buigh 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, Theoath 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 

Sq»t. 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 

7f 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 

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

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

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

June 4y 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 seimons on Sundays 354 

Ifil&^Maich 11, Petition from a maker of virginals to be allowed to carry on his 

trade without payment of diiM* 355 



IxiT CONTENTS. 



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1618— April 8» Httij Boehaa oonncted of itmiltiiig one of the bailiet, and is 

dipnTsd of hit froodoiii S56 

Hftj 13, Adam Gordon of Park and otlien admitted buigeaies 357 

Sept. 18, Two wrigkta in armour admitted bnr goaaoa on certain conditions... 358 

30, A doekmaker to be brought from tlie south 358 

1619— Mnieh24, Freestoike for thewardhoase to be brooght from Dundee 358 

34, Oidinanne as to payment of fees to the masters of the grammar 

aehooL 359 

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

June 4, A taatatiosi fer support of the poor, besides other fbnds 359 

5, Tlie wife of the principal of the college oonTicted 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, Seyenl gentlemen admitted to be buxgesses 363 

20, SefTeiml 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 

thieatening the inhabitants 365 

1620— Feb. 10, Mr. David Wedderbnxn for varioas causes asks for an increase of 

stipend • 366 

10, Hii request is granted.— He is to teach a lesson of humanity in 

theooUege. — 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, Th» wives of three buxgesses lined for having a desert at the lyk- 

vrakes of their hnsbands 369 

27, Several buxgesses admitted 369 

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

Aug. 1, Several burgesses admitted 370 

24, Several buxgesses admitted 371 

1621— April 10, Proviskms for support of the poor 372 

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

1622— Blaroh 14, Several buxgesses admitted 374 

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

25, The Master of the Oiammar 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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CONTENTS. IXT 

VAOB 

1622 — Aug. 14, A letter from the PriTy Ooancil m to choosing magietratee for the 

enemng year 377 

... 31, Sir John Scot of ScotietBnret admitted burgesB 377 

Sept 24, Borgen admitted 378 

Oct. 2, ConncillorB absent from meetinga to be fined 378 

Nov. 6, Ordinance against the costom 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 yisit them once in the 

month 379 

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

29, Mr. Alexander Wedderbum admitted to a bursarj 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, fiir consultations 384 

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

of the Idrk 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 £>r 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 fi>r 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 

Not. 19, Edward Raban to be paid for certain printing done by ^imr 390 

1624 — Feb. 18, Regulations fi>r preventing superfluous banquetings at baptisms 390 

April 22, Many bujgesses admitted 391 

July 21, Regulations &r removal of nuisances in certain streets 392 

Oct. 20, Mr. David Wedderbum is discharged from <:fl*^bmg the humanity 

dass 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 

ooU^ 393 



Ixvi CONTENTS. 

1624— Dec 8, Contribution gnated to bnfld « bfidge orer B^gie, and make a load 

£rom Doren toopej,... ••••••., 3M 

1625— Feb. 16, A bell mortified finr tbe Qiammar School 306 

[SXTEACT III PmSPACX.] 

1601— Oct. 22 Lanienoe Fletcker, Comedian, and othen admitted boigemea. zzii 



EXTRACTS 



FROM 



THE COUNCIL EEGISTERS 



OF 



THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



EXTRACTS 
THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

OF 

THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 



2rf June, 1570. « J>^*. 



The said day, the coQBell wnder wretin, passit to the peir heid and 
key beid of this bnrght, quhur the maissonis or repiurand and biggand 
the samen, and int«miptione ntaid to tbame be Patrick Menzeis hai&nd 
ane wast land adiacent contigue thairto, and allegit be hyme that the 
nuuBBonis bigg^a upoune his ground thurof, and GODsiderit the forswd 
groood be fq>per&nce, and aid wse and consuetnid inviolablie obaeruit, 
fand and decemit, decreitit, and pronuncit, that the saidis maisBonie hes 
done na wrang in the bigging of the said peir and achoir aa it ia bigunn, 
becauB the aamen ia biggtt upoane the anld ground, and brander of 
aik aett and infizit obefoir of old, and that the haill schoir biggit and 
to be biggit within the fluid mark, pertenis to the communitye of this 
buTght, and to na particular persoone. Quhilk ordinans the consell 
ordania to be inaert in thair court buikia, to stand aa ane decreit per- 
petualie in all tym coming, and the said Fatrik proteatit for remeid 
of law. 

Eodem die. 

The atud day, anent the supplicatioun exhibeit and presentit to tiie 

conaelt be Johnne Cowpar, for payment of his byrunne fee awand to 



1970. 



1570. 



4 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COTTNCIL BEOI8TBBS 

SdJnne, him for playing on the tnim« extending yeirlie to the sonme of sax 
merkiB, allegeit awand to him be the spaoe of twa yeir bygane ; the 
consell ordanis him to be payit of the byronnis, and to haiff yeirlie in 
tyme euming, indoring the consalliB will, alanerlie bot fonr merkis. 

311/ May, 1571. 
The Baid day, in presens of Mr. Greoi*ge Myddiltoun, and Dauid Mar, 
toa of the bailies of the borght of Abirdeine, comperit ane nobill and 
potent Loird [John] Erie of Atholl, and of his awin propir confessioune 
renunoeand his awin jurisdictioun, and submittand him to the inrisdic* 
tioun of the prouest and balleis of Abirdeine, in this cace, become actit 
eautioune and soaertie for Androw Mar, barges of Abirdeine, to warrand 
releif and keip skaithles Alexander Forbes, Johnne Tullidaff, eldar, 
and Androw Scheres, bnrgessis 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 qnhatsmn- 
euer sowmes of money that happinis to be obtenit be ordour of law be- 
foir the proaest and bailleis of Abirdeine be the said Bobert and umqohile 
Johnne, thair airis and assignais, aganis the said Androw his airis and 
assignius, anent the toa actionis presentlie dependand befor Mr. George 
Myddiltoone, as balzie and inge compitent admittit to cognosce in the 
saidis causis, soa that the said Erie, his airis and assignais, sail releif 
his saidis cantioneris 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, executonris, and assignais, landis and goidis, 
present and to cum, to warrand, relief, and keip skaithtles the sidd nobill 
loird of the premisses; Befoir thir witnessis, ane reverend fiither in 
God, William, bischop of Abirdein ; my Lord Fleming ; Maisteris Johnne 
Abircromy ; Alexander Skeyne ; sic subscribitor, Mr. George Myddil- 
tonne, bailze, 

28M February, 1571. 
The sidd day, anent the actioun movit and persewit be Gilbert Dalgar- 
nocht in Egy, aganis Issobell Sobertsonn, spous of Mr. Jon Bobertsoun, 
barges of Abirdeine, and the said Jon for his interess, be vertew of ane 
libellit petitioan, exhibeit and producit be the said Gilbert aganis thame, 
proportand and makand mentioon that in the moneth of Jonii in the yeir 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 5 

of God jai ▼ ® saxtie and nyn yeiris, the said Gilbert gef and delyuerit 38th Fob., 
to the said Issobell in keiping, within hir said spoas and hir*8 duelling 
houB in the Gaistraw of Abirdeine, ane lokkit bonat caiss coaerit witht 
aelch skinnis, quhairin was contenit, the tym of delyuerans thair of, the 
soiune of twa hundreth markis wsuall money of Scotland, pertening to 
the said Gilbert as his awin propir gaid 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 presentit to him the said bonat caiss, it being cuttit on baytht the 
sydis and his haill money forsaid takin fiirtht 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 
ayysit witht the haill process led and deducit in the said mater, fimd and 
delyuerit, pronuncit and decreitit, That the said Gilbert hes provyn suf- 
fidentlie, 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 Gbd 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 seyin 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 decemit and 
ordanit the sud Isobell, and Mr. Jon hir spouss, for his interess, to re- 
stoir and delyuer again to the said Gilbert the forsaid sowme off serin 
scoir and sevintein markis ten s. within terme of law. 



6 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BBGI8TBB8 

S8th March, 28th March^ 1572. 

1572. rpi^^ ^^ j^y^ ^^ conBall being connenit for the nuust pairt in the 

consall hoas, within the Tolboitht of Abirdeine, thocht expedient to pnt 
the townis euidentis in fenne Becuretye and keiping in Donnottar for a 
seasBonne, quhill thai think expedient* for eschewing of apperand danger 
in this troublouss tyme, provyding that attentik innentonr be takin of the 
numer of peices delynerit. 

3rd April, 1572. 
The said day, Guttroun Clementsounn and Mathens Petirsounn, in- 
duellaris in Birroun, in Norrouay, grantit thame to haif bocht and resaoit 
fra George Strathanthin and Dauid Indeocht» ane schipis boit, and sax 
staine and tua ponnd of takill, for the quhilk thai obleiss thame to pay 
for the said boit fyfteine hundretht gross steingis gnid and safficient» and 
gif thai delyuer to the saidis George and Dauid at thair againe earning 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 iyme ; 
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 Oricnay, 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 monntht of . . . the yeir of God jai v* 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 

jastice and his deputies, at quhat. dai or place thai sail appoynt* and ftth April, 
wnderly the law thairfor, confonne to the act of parliamenty and painis 
conteinit thairin ; wpoun the qubilk Williame Markartnay, broder to the 
said wmquhile Thomas, askit act of court. 

I4th April, 1672. 

The said day, Arcbebald Bait, burges of Abirdene, comperit in 
jugement, and exponit that thir xxiiii. yeiris last bypast he frequentit 
nor usit nocht na kynd of marcbeondryce within the burght of Abirdeine : 
neuertheless, he, as ajie 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 bed 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 walk, 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, hot he to be fr'ee in tyme cuming, 
and desyrit him to be deleitit and drawin fnrtht of the suit roUis 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 wamit 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, ypoun the quhilk thai maid fitytht, 
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 hundretbt markisj and to that effect electit, nominat, and cbesit Mr. 
Patre Ruderford, Martein Howesoune, Kobert Menses, Alex'* Howe*- 
soune, and Mr. James Burnet, taxtaris to stent and sett the nychtboori^ 
of this guid toun to the said sowme, according to thair faculties, rentis, 
and pissance, efter thair knawlege and wnderstanding. 

13*A October, 1672. 
The said day, in presens of Thomas Mengses of Petfoddellis, provest 



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8 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEG16TBR8 

13th Oetob«r, of Abirdeine, and Gilbert Mengzes of Cowlie, ane of the baillies of the 
samyn burght, comperit Patrick Mengzes, barges of the samyn, and grantit 
him resauit be the handis of ane honorable man James Gordoune of Had- 
docht, the sowme of fyve hundretht marids, nsuall money of Scotland, 
quhilk the said Patrick become souertie and cautioner for tiie naid James 
in the iyme 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 
dischargeit 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, coUectouris, comtroUaris, and all wtheris 
quhome it efferis in tyme cuming. 

\2th January y 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 conyenit in thair heid court, for the maist pairt repre- 
sentand the haill bodey of the towne, that the haill annuell rentis of the 
chepplanreis fiindit 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, giffin, and p*antit, 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 BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 9 

townisy chepplanreia, that hes vaikit sen the dait of the said statut, isthjuaaiy, 

Bal be disponit to the wse and effect forsaid; and attour deuysit and ^^^^' 

ordanit that the coUectioun of the almes to the Rupport of the puir 

folkis, maid thair dyuersA yeris laitlie bygane, be chengeit, and the same 

coUectioun to be maid and gatherit to the uphald of the said parroch 

kirk, and delyuerit euery Sounday as it is coUectit, to the maister of the 

kirk wark, and that ewiry honest man, baitht prowest and bailleis witht- 

oat 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 coUectit 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 deyysit 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, coUectit, and 

applyit to the effect foiraaid, and compt and rakining be maid thairof : 

the second half to be uptain as said is; to the quhilk last ordinance 

Alex' Knowis, eldar, GUbert CoUisoun, Alex' Howesoun, Johnne Irre- 

wing, Alex' Lyoun, Alex' Knowis, youngar, Jon Knowis, and Gilbert 

Knowis disassentit presentlie, and desyrit avysment to gif ansuer 

thairto. 

12M January^ 1672. 
Item, it is statut and ordanit anent the support of the puir folkis, 
that tua honest men of Uk quarter of the towne, pass thair tyme about 
ouklie, throught the haiU toune, and coUek sik almes of ewery personne 
841 God will move thair hartis to gif at thair plesour ; and the samen to be 
delyuerit to the generaU coUectour thairof, quhilks generall coUectour 
sal be chosin euerie ratht, and the same to be disponit and distributit ilk 
monetht be the awyss of the minister and haill consaU, to honest 
dekayit personis, and puir folkis bred and borne within the toune, and 
to na wtheris* 

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10 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

loth Feb., 19M February, 1573. 

The said day, the bailleis decernit and decreitit that Marioun Allaster, 
and Alex. QoheitcrosSy hir spouB, hes proyyne sufficientlie that the said 
Marioune is narrest and laachtfull air to nmquhill David AUaster, hir 
father, burges of Abirdeine; and that Agnes Lowsbun, 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, pryoe xx. s. ; a qohinger, pryce 
iiii. s. ; a pair of blak hoiss, pryce xiii. s. iiii. d. ; a blak bonet, pryce 
▼iii. 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, pryoe 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. lb. ; a cloik of nissat, pryce xx. s. ; a dowlet of 
dubill wirsatt, pryce xx. s. ; a troiss'pund of brass, pryce v. s. ; a fnmest 
bed, pryce xl. s. ; a buird, pryce xvi. s. ; a poit of brass, pryce vi. s. viii. d. ; 
a tangos, pryce xviii. d. ; a cruik, pryce v. s. ; a spinning quheill, pryce 
V. s. ; a pair of keardis, pryoe xxx. d. ; a sark, v. s., extending in the haill 
to the soume of [ ]. 

lOM March, 1573. 
The said day, the pronest, bailleis, and consale present for the tyme, 
devysit and ordanit Patrik Mengzes to pas to Edinburght, as conmiis- 
sioner for thame, and their to present ane supplicationne and complent to 
my Lord Begentis grace, upoane the Laird of Phillortht, anent the chain- 
ing and laidning of ane Fleming schip withtin the poirt and hevyne of 
Faiihtlie, with hydis, skinnis, and wther marchundreiss, in hurt and 
preiadice of the priuilege of this burght, commoditie and jurisdictioune of 
the samen ; and sidyk, 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 coiroboratioun 
may be haid of the saidis preuileges, conforme to the articlis and informa- 
tioune giffin to the said Patrick thairanent; and ordanit Mr. Patrik 
Ruderfurd, 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 ihame that gyf the said Mr. Patrik be superspendit, loth March, 
his comptis being hard, to refound to him the foirsaid sowme ; and in 
that cace the consale suspenditall dispositioms and assignationis of quhatr 
smneuir 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 forsaid. 

3\st AuyusU 1574. 
The said day, the prouest, bailyeis, consell, and commonite of this 
bnrght, being wamit to this day be the hand bell in generall passand 
throw the haill rewis of the toune, and be the officiaris 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 Begentis Qrace, 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 thankiull seruice to our Souerane Lord the Kingis Grace, in- 
during the tyme of the lait truble and fi*equent 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 withtin the 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 Begentis 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 Begentis 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 Begentis Grace, and his 
consell foirsaid, had ordanit the balyeis to declair this his mynd planlie to 
the haiU communitie foirsaid, and desyrit them generallie, and als euerie 
man partdcularlie, quhat thai wald do concerning the premissis, that the 
balyeis mycht report the samen agane be thair ansuir in wreitt, to my 



12 EXTRACTS FBOM THB COUNCIL RE0I8TEBS 

autAogast. said Lord Begent and his consell, quhilkis all in ane voce for the 
^ ^' maist pairt grantit and oonsentit to mak &ythtfal, trew, and obedient 
seroioe to our said Sonerane Lord and his said Begent at thair oter pos- 
sibilite and powar, perpetually in all tyme cuming» as it becumis foytht- 
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 Begent 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 wamit 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 Begent 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 sendee to our Sonerane Lord the Kingis Grace, 
and his said Begent, 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 commimite, quhilk band and tenour thairof 
afterfollowis ; and als hes imput ane exactioune and taxattoune 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 Upper houss, upone the kirk, and 
wther publict warkis, withtin certane space and yeris, as my Lord Begent 
and his graces previe consell foirsaid sail think expedient, and gif in 



OF THE BUHOH OF ABERDEEN. 13 

wreitt, and na utherwayis be na mayniB nor labouris will his grace be con- Snd Sept 
tent. And the haill communitie, nochtwithstanding thai thocht the ^ ' 
samen weray hourtfiill to thame, and weray far aboune thair £Etcultie 
and snbBtance, 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'^ Knowis, elder ; 
Alex'^ Chalmer, elder ; Bobert Mengzes, elder ; Gilbert CoUesonne ; 
Johnne Lowsonne ; Alex' GuUen ; Androw Huntar ; Dauid Indeaucht ; 
Alex** 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, 
Bfaister Patrik Ruderfurd ; Gilbert Menzeis, elder; Alex' Chalmer, elder ; 
Johnne Lowsonne ; Patrik Mengzeis ; and Alex' 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 sowmci at the 
day aboune wretin, under the pane of homyng. 

[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 religioim, hurt, and preiudice of our said Souerane Lord, and 
haill commoun weill of this realme, the said Lord Begent hes brocht to 
pas and condudit 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 ; 
hot to diuerss utheris, quhilkis nochtwithstanding the samen mycht justlie 
half 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 FBOM THE COUNCIL REGI8TEBS 

2nd s«pt.. tineu faythtful and obedient Bobiactis to our said Souerane Lord, 
^*'^^' authoritie and regent foinaid, and Ball neuir knaw of ony treaaoune, re* 
bellioun, skaytht or damnage to be eonapyrit, attemptil^ or interpryait 
aganis the same, within or outont thiB realme, qnhilk we sail nocht reweU 
to his hienes, and hiB Baid regent, with all possibUl diligence, and tak, 
apprehend, and present all BUBpect perBoniB and wrettingis coming in the 
realme, or intending to depairt thairfra be onr port in iyme coming ; and 
alls, that we Ball na ways reBctt, Bupple, aBBiat, fortifie, Bchaw fimoor, or 
manteine ony of our Souerane Lordia present declarit tratooria and no- 
toriouB rebellis, or utheria strangeariB or borne BubiactiB of this realme, 
that heireftir sail happin to oonapyre, UBorp, and rebell agania hiB hienea 
his said Begent and authoritie, hot Ball resist and repress thame to our 
utter powar ; and giff we be nocht abaill to withtstand thair force and in- 
uasioncy we sail remove our selffis, our famyleis and guidis, fnrtht 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 aaidis dedairit 
tratouris, ribellis, conspyratouris, and trublaris of the oommoun weiU, 
strangearis [and] utheris, sail nocht be aydit» suppliit, fumesity 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, thesanrarie, den- 
erie of gild, common derkschip, or to be of the oonsell of the said burght 
at the feist of michelmes nixt to cum, or thairefter in iyme cuming, hot 
sic personis as ar knawin sealous professouris of the trew and cristiane 
religione now publictly precheit, and be law establisait within this realme ; 
and that hes bene, and is knawin to be, emist and effectionat weillwillaris 
to the adyancement and furthsetting of his hienes authoritie and seruioe. 
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 tinsaU of the fredome of the said burgh, for us and 
our successouris perpetually : attour we ar content, and consentis that this 
our band and obUgatioune be actit and registrat in the buikis of our 
Souerane Lordis prove 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 

Bcryivit by our common clerk at our command, the common seill of our ^d Sept., 
said burgh is to hungin at the same burgh, the last day of Augpist, the 
yeir of God jai y ® 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, consell, and communitie of the burgh of Abirdeine, That for- 
samekill as our Souerane Lord, witht awise and consent of his richt 
traist coosingy James Erll of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeyth, Regent to 
his hienes, his reahne, 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 cans to reduice all his hienes sub- 
iactis to his full obedience : Suspecting our humble offeris, faythfuUy 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 dischargeit ws for ewir all actioun and cryme that 
ma ony wayis be imput 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 witl\tin 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 witiiin 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 COUKOIL REGISTERS 

3nd Sept., exceptioun of law to be proponit or allegii, in the contrar, remmcaad the 
^^^^' same for ws and oore successouriB for ewir : And ar content and con- 
sentis that this our obligatioun be actit and registrat in the bmkis of 
preuie consell, to haue the strenth of ane act and decreit of the Lordis 
thairof^ and that letteris and executorialliB be direct thaimpoone in 
forme as effeirs : In witnes of the quhilk thing, we hane caoat onre 
commonn clerk be our commoun vote and consent subacrine this oure 
band and obligatione, at the said burgh of Abirdeine, the third day of 
September, the yeir of God jai v^ thre scoir fourlein yeiria, and alsua 
our commonn seill is asaig^it to the same. 

[The King's discharge to the Burgh.] 
Rex. Ws and our rycht traist cousing, James Erll of Mortoun. Lord 
of Dalkeyth, Begent 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, 
assysting, 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 cans to reduice all our subiactis to our foil obedience. 
Respecting the humble and emist offeris of the saidis prouest, baiUeis, 
counsell, and communitie, and wtheris aboue wrettin, iaythfnllie to 
continew in thair dewtifoll 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 anise of om* 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 
Oraibstoune aganis ws and our authoritie, and nthairis crymes of tresonis, 
murthour, slauchter, mutilatioun, fyre-raising, reuissing of Yemen, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 17 

incest, witchcraft, adulterie, forging, prenting, hame bringing, and out- ^d Sept., 
putting of fals and adulterat money, soming, deforcing of our officearis, ^^^^' 
oicker, hearing and saying of mes, thiffc and resett of thiffc, piracie, and 
resett thairof, allanerUe 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 thairft*a, 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 gyif 
our said discharge had newir bene geyin 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 : Oevin 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* 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 lyffcimes : 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, proclamationis. 



18 EXTBAGTS FROM THE COUNCIL REOISTEBS 

2nd Sept., or chargis speciall or generall, maid or to be maid in the oontrar; anent 
the quhilkiB and panis contenit thairintill, we dispens witht the 



prouest, bailleis, counsel!, and communitie fbrsaidis, be thir presentis, 
discharging heirfor all and sindrie our jugeis and ministeris of our lawis, 
iustice clerkis, aduocatt, thesaurar, and all and syndry utheris our jugis 
quhatsumewir, thair offieearis 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 Begent, at our burgh of 
Abirdeine, the third day of September, and of our regno the aucht yeir 
ane thawsand fine 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 nizt 
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 homyng, 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 regno the saxt yeir, jai v^ sevintie four yeiris, sic subscribitur, James, 
Regent. 

At Abirdeine, the tuelff day of Jullii, the yeir of Gfod jai v^ thre scoir 
nyne yeiris, my Lord Regentis Grace commandit and ordanit the lettre 
and discharge following subscr3ruit 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, 



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OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 19 

anent aBsisting, contributioun, and stent making in tymes bypast, with Sod Sept, 
George Erll of Huntlie and his complices perttakaris, contrair our Soue- ^^^^' 
rane Lordis authorities understandand the samyn done be feir and com- 
pulsioun, thair guid mjmd 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 SYun- 
mond, or to be summond, for fals cunze at ony tyme, and thir presentis to 
be insert in the builds 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® saxtie nane yeiris, sic subscribitur, James, Regent. 
Extractum de libro actorum, &c., per Alex'* Hay. 

Componitur pro remissione cum preposito balliuis consulibus commu- 
nitate burgensibus et inhabitantibus burgum de Abirdeine et libertatem 
eiusdem infra yicecomitatum de Abirdeine commoran. pro ipsorum pro- 
ditoria remanentia ab exercitu S D N regine ordinat ad conueniendum 
super mora de Gladismuire in mense August! anno Domini millesimo 
quingentesimo quadragesimo octauo pro obsidione ville de Hadingtoun et 
recuperatione eiusdem de manibus Anglorum in eodem tunc 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 gubematoris omnibus- 
cusque aliis proditionibus Incendio murthura mulierum raptu furto re- 
ceptione fiirti 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 



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20 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL RE0I8TEBS 

2nd Sept , domine regine interfectione nigrorum pisdnm tempore prohibito ac 

^'*'^' arte magica dnntaxat except, gubscript. per duos compositores apod pre- 

fatum burgom de Abirdeine octauo die mensis Julii anno Domini milleumo 

quingentesimo quinquageBimo secundo. Compositio iii^ xxxiii. lib. vi. s. 

viii. d. 

Sth October, 1574. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioune gevin in be Walter Cullent 
publict reidar to this bnrght, anent the augmentatioune of hia stipend of 
tuentie poundis qohilk he hes of the toune for sendee, for diuerss caosis 
and considerationis contenit in his said supplicatioune, quhilkis was 
thocht reasonable 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 
eonsellis 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 haflP a small mett for the dewetie thairof, and 
siclyk ane of the apillis, ingyounis, and uther gimall 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. 

I6th November^ 1574. 
The said day, the haill toune being wamit be the hand bell to this 
day, quhairupoune the belman maid faytht, and being conyenit 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 coUectit 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 consentiB, except thai quha plesis to augment thair I5th Not., 

promeis, and utheris quhilkis maid na promeis nor ar contenit in the 

Baid roll, qohilk particularlie sail be 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 coUectit ilk Sonday obefoir to the puir, to be 

applyit fray in furtht upon the reparatioune of Sanct Nicolas paroche 

kirk. 

Eodem die, ^c. 
The said day, the haill communitie being wamit 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 playand 
on the tabroune, quhairby the craftismen thair servandis and all utheris 
laboriouss folkis being wamit 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, Gandelmes, the raid day, Lanmies day, and Hallow day, and the 
first terme to begyn at Candilmes nixt to cum, and that upon his guid 
seruice induring ihe consellis will 

5th January^ 1675. 
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 Ck>Iyyn thesaurar, clerk to aAe 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 



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5th January, thowsand merkis grantit to Ub grace be the communitie of Abirdene, 
in the last justice air haldin withtin the said borght 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, eldajr » 
Alex"* Chalmer, elder ; Gilbert Mengzes, elder ; Patrik Mengies ; 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*" Keytht of Games, 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** 
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. 

19M 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 CoUesoune, 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 detfiill deliberatioune, resignit and geff our 
be ane penny as vse is in the handis of Robert Mengzes, ane of the baillies 

( 

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OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 23 

of the said burght, all and haill thair landis, fischeingis, mailis, few I9th Aognst, 
maiUs, and annuell rentis quhatsmneuip pertenyng to thame, in patri- ^^^^• 
monie and propirtie Uand within this burght and without the samen, in 
&vouris 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 lyffcymes : 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 retume and remane with the saidis prouest, 
baillies^ consell, and communite, and thair assignais quhatsumeuir. 

The said day, the haill toune being lauchtfullie wamit 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, liand 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 lyffcymes : 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 retume 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. 



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7th October, 7M October^ 1675. 

^^' The said day, the prouest, bailies, and consell acceptit and admittit 

Riebert Watsoune, Jobnne Malysounne, Thomas Watsounne, and 
Alexander Johnstounne, to be recauit in th^r hospitall withtin Sanct 
Thomas cheppell, and ilkane of the saidis personis to haf ten poundifi 
yeirlie, to be payit be the tonne at twa nsuall termes in the yeir, Mer- 
times and Witsonday, be twa equall portionis ; quhill forder ordour and 
prouisioune be taken thairanent, and the first tenne 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 hot singell personis without 
wyffis and bamis in the said hospitall at na tyme cuming. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsell, 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. 

lOth December, 1575. 
The said day, the counsell for the maist pairt being present, grantit, 
consentit, gaiff, and disponit to thair servitour, Maister Williame Car- 
mychall, maister of thair Grammer Schuill, for bringin up, teching, and 
instructing of the bames and schollaris thairof, in vertew, leming, 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 ysuall terms of the yeir, Vitsonday and Martimes, 
be twa equall portionis induring all the dais of his lyftyme, ypon his 
quiet bering, and induring their villis. 

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



OF THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 26 

being conuenit, consultand upoune ane act of preuilege grantit be thame 23nd Dec., 
to the barnis and schollaris of thair Ghramer 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, 
qohairfor thai witht adwysiement annullia 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''* 
Ranaldsoun, decanis to the Baxsteris; Johnne Sanderis, decain to the 
Cordinaris ; [. ' ] decanis to the Tailzeouris ; and [ ] 

decain to the Yobsteris, being yamit to this day, and compeiring per- 
Bonalie befoir the counsell of this burght, war accusit for thame selfhs 
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 Begent Grace, and Lordis 
of Secreit Counsell, at his being in Abirdeine upoun the auchtene day of 
August) the yeir of God jai y® 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 



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ssthjan., aoe of the sadiei decanis become cautioun for thame selff and thair 

1670. . -. 

awin craft* 

24th February, 1676. 
The Baid day, the haill town being laychtfully wamit to this day be 
the hand bell in generall, and be the officiaris passand throncht all the 
haill rewis and streittis thairof in particular, and being connenit, for the 
maist part representand the haill bodie of the town, thai all in ane voice 
electit, nominat, and chesit Maister George Johnnstoon, commisaioner 
for thame, to pass to the town of Edinborght to the conuention of the 
borrowis, to be haldin within the said burght of Edinburght, upoon 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 Begentis 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 concemyng the veill of 
the estait of the borrowis, and ordanis him to have for his expensiss the 
sowme of fourtie merkis. 

Ut October, 1676. 
The said day, the provest, baillies, counsell, and communitie presenUie 
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 happin 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 

cauBs the said Mr. Alex'* procuris for thame in all thair actionis and ut October, 
cauBfliB, befoir the saidis Lordi^ of Counsell, withtout gratificatioun and 
recompensatioan, frelie on his awin ezpenBBis. 

6th October y 1676. 
It Ib Btatnt and ordanit be the proveBt, baillieB, conBell, witht conBent 
of the communitie preBent for the tyme, being conuenit on the gill court 
day, and that na burgOB of gild nor dekin of craft quhatBumeuir withtin 
thiB borght, be fond werand ane plaid fra the feifit of Sanct Martein 
nixt to cum in ony time thairefter withtin the burtht, under the pain of 
fourtie b. to be uptakin onforgewin fra the perBouns apprehendit 
wering the Baid plaid efter the forBaid feiBt of Sanct Martein, and 
the plaid to be gewin to the hoBpitall to thadr support, that ar pleset 
thairin. 

Item, it Ib Btatuit and ordanit that the four officiariB electit and choBin 
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- 
Boun refuBsand 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 voir the samyn, and siclyk it is statuit and ordanit witht 
consent of the haill town, that euerie brother of gild, marcheand, and 
craftisman, 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 fyftene day of Aprill, geiff it fall nocht upoun ane Sounday, and geiff 
it fiillis on ane Sonday, Twysday nixt thairefter, 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 oetobor, mercat nor fleschowae bot of the prycea following, viz. : the best mnttwn 
^^* buik for xiiii. b., and secandar for xii. b. and x. a., effeiring to the gmdnesB 



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 swome comprysaris, comprysit the aamin, and putt ane 
competent pryce thairon effeiring to the goidness of the staff, vnder the 
pane of escheting thairoff ; and for obseruatioun of this statoit Magister 
George Mydiltoun is appoyntit baillie to the saidia fleaoeonria. And that 
the fiache mercat be haldin in tyme earning within the ayrin ring in the 
eistheid of the Caatellgett ; and that the aaid fiache mercat nor fleache 
mercat be on na way in tyme cuming on the Saboth day, fra the ringing 
of the firat bell afoir nwn and eftir nwne qahill the aermen be done, mder 
the pane of eacheting of the fiache and fleche apprehendit, to the pair 
folkis ; and that na middiniaa be aufferit nor permittet to be on the kingia 
commound gett in na tyme coming, vnder the pane of taentie a. onfor- 
geivin to be vptakin of the gadderer thairof. 

I6th October, 1676. 
The aaid day, the proveat and bailliea geif charge and command the 
haill craftiamen being varnit to thia day, and compeirand for the maiat 
pairt, that thai cheias thair decania of thair craftia reapectiue upoan the 
mome efter Michalmea curt yeirlie, to exerce the aaid office for the apace 
of ane yeir, and td preaent the aaid decania to be aowme in the gill 
court yeirlie to exerce the aaid office after Michaelmea, to the quhilk 
thai conaentit. 

29M December, 1576. 
The aaid day, the counaell underwrittin, that ia to say, &c., ratefeit 
and apprewit the act and ordinana maid be the counaell befoir, to geif 
Mr. Johnne Kennedy, Maiater of Sanct Thomaa Hoapitall, the aowme of 
fywe markis yeirlie induring his lyftime, for the renuncing and ourgeif- 
ing of his plaice, tytil, and enterea of the cheppell and yard of the aaid 
hoapitall in fauouria of the communitie of thia burth, to erect and auatene 
ane hoapitall thairupoun, conforme to the new fundatioun aett out be the 
proveat, bailliea, counaell, and communitie of the said burch, and ordania 
thair theaaurar quhatsumeuer for the tyme, to ansuer and obey him 
thairof yeirlie and termlie in tyme cuming. 



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OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 29 

lOM /tl/y, 1577. lOih JaljT, 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsell present for the tyme, ^^^^' 
statut, deyysiti 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 tliairintill heireftir. 

9th Auffust, 1677. 
The said day, the bailleis decemit and ordanit Besse Stewynsounne, 
Margret Stewynsounne, and [ ] Skynner, alias Mengzes, quha 

war conuict obefoir in the fylthie cryme of fomicatioun, commitUt 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 tonne, and fredome thairoff in all tyme cuming, and 
thay nocht to be sufferit to remane langar within this burght nor Monun- 
day nixt ciunis, but to depart of the samyn, and gif thai be apprehendit 
withtin this toun efter Monunday nixt the xii. of ihis 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 
Richert 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 concemis mare pairt the ecclesiasticall jurisdictioun. 

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



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sth October, Said burght, Androw Kyng, burgess of the forsaid burght, grantit and 
^^^' confeBsit hym to baf receavit atid gottyn at the makyng heirofP^ fra the 
handis of Dauid Andersoune and Hew Heroie, burgessis of the said 
burghty keiparis of the siluir left in legaeeis, and vtherwayis collectit to 
the beidmen and convent of Sanct Thomas Hospitall, ffiindat and pre- 
sentlie proyydit withtin this bnrghty witht consent and aduyss of Maister 
Johnne Crag, minister thairoff, remanent eldaris and decanis of the kirk 
and sessioun of the said borght, the sonme of ane hundretht poondis 
usuall monee of this reabne, collectit to the said hospitalitie for thame 
and thair successouris sustentatioon thairoiff in tyme coming fra the per- 
Bonis departit eftir following : That is to say, left in legaceis be umqnhile 
Alex. Andersone, fader to the said Dauid, to the sidd hospitalite, ten 
poundis ; be Patrik Mengzes of FerrehiU ten poundis ; the merchandis of 
the Bchip off Abirdeine, callit the Androw, in thair weage fortht and 
hame fra Danskyn, ten poundis ; be Willeam Gardyn, fieschear, ten b. ; 
Cristane Straquhyn, spous and relict of umquhill Johnne Sowlis, xl. s. ; 
Elspet Wandy, relict of umquhill James Andersoun» four poundis 
viii. 8. X. d. ; be umquhill Thomas Carpll, fyve merkis ; and the rest of the 
said soume fumeist furtht of the penaliteis and utheris of the kirk and 
sessioun of the said burght, &c. 

22nd November^ 1677. 
The said day, anent the complaynt gevyn in be the commonis of this 
burght toward the exorbitant dartht of yictuall 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 yictuall 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 quhiU 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 tluu 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® saxtie and sex yeiris, and to that 
effect ordanit the twa boitis presentlie withtin this hevyn ladnit witht 



OF THE BUBQH OF ABERDEEN. 31 

beir, to be stayit and arresiit, qubairoff the maister of the ane ia callit ^^nd Nov., 
Wilyeam Lyell, and the maister of the uther boit callit Robert Lokart, i^^'^- 
conducit be Androw 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 eonsell 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 eonsell sail devyss. 

I9th January^ 1578. 
The said day, the prouest, bailies, and eonsell ordanit Walter Cullen 
reidar and wicar of Abirdene, to be ansuerit and obeyit of the hiuU teyndis 
belonging to the said vicarege, sic as lamb, geyss, lynte, eggis, woU, 
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 lyftym, and the offi- 
cieris to poynd and distrengze thairfor gif neid beis. 

26/A January^ 1678. 
The said day, Merzeoun Wychtoun and Gristane Young war decemit 
in judgment, witht thair awyn consentis, to top and sell the feir off 
f^^ggis a>>^d 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 ihe samyn, except sic 
as cumis fra the southt partis in ony tym cuming, under the paneis of 
confiscatioun and baneisment. 

2l8t February, 1578. 
The said day, Johnne Duquharis, cordenar, was convictit, in preseus off 
the eonsell, and als in the fensit court, for the detracting, mispersonyng, 
and sklandering off the bailies, saying that thai wrangously and maister- 
fiilly reft and spulzeit his geir fra hym of malice, without ony ordour off 
iustice or respect to reasoune, and maid acUs againis hym thairupoun as 
ihak lykit ; quharfor the eonsell 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 f XTBACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEOI6TEBS 

sitt February, obefoir, as the actis maid thairapoone schawyn to the conBell mair fhUely 
proportis, in the BeBsioun of this borgfat, in presens of the minister. 



eldaris, and decanis thairoff, being accusit be the said minister for deubill 
adulterie, and utheris haynonas crimes committit be hym. 

7th November^ 1578. 
The said day, the consell ratifeit and approvit the actis and statutis 
maid obefoir, anent the balding of swyne within this bnrght, and ordanis 
the samen to be put to executioun, and proclamatioan to be maid at 
the mercat croce, and alsna be the hand bell throw all the rowis of the 
toune, that all personis balding or hawing swyne within this bnrght sail 
expell the samen within xv. dayis efter the dait of thir presentis ; with 
certificationn giff thay do nocht, that the commoone bnrreour sail slay 
and distroye all the swyne that sail happyn to 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 ypon the commountie of Castelhill, Woman- 
hill, Kirkyard, or Linx vertand the ertht, to distroy the samen in maner 
forsaid ; and in likwayes thai ordadne the statute maid on the myddinps 
to be obseruit and keipit. 

\6th November, 1678. 
The said day, Andrew Riddell being accusit in jugement be the denis 
of gild for the regrating and forstalling of this gud toune in bying of 
gryt salt, ime, 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 caiioun 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. 

Ut May^ 1579. 
The said day, the prouest and baillies ordanit Mr. Johnne Kennedy, 
thair common clerk, collectour of the contributioun grantit be the inhabi- 



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OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 33 

tantis of this bargh 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, eolleetit and reeeauit be him of the said eontributioun, and ordanit 
the said Mr Johnne Kennedy to receave the said Mr Johnne Craigs acquit- 
tance thairvpon. 

24th July, 1679. 
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 Mali, the yeir of Ood 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, 1679. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioun presentit to the consell be 
Maister WiUiame 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 yiuaris and victuallis as the exercitioun of all craftis, 
swa that he dow nocht to tak sic diligent cuir and labour in his vocatioun 
and ofBce as he presentlie dois, except the toun of thair gudnes be content 
that the schokge 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 baime 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. 

19M October, 1679. 

The said day, the ballieB ordanis the officiaris 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 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

is)th Oct.. thair marcheand buithis throu slope maid be the said tymmer ; and or- 
danig the officiaris to attend and wytt thairon in tvme cuming, that the 
»aidiH occupearis incur na skaytht thairby. 

22nd 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 crafdsmen and breder of 
the craft, in admytting thame fre of thair craft aganis thair previlegeis, 
haiflF 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, efler 
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. 

9tk 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- 



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OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 35 

ment in presens of the haill communitie, convenit for the maist pairt in oth Janaarj, 
thair heid court, thair was offerit for the samen the Bowme of fourtie ^^^^' 
poundis and na mair, and that be Alexander Rutherfurd, &c. : 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 
peiitioun, 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, obligationis, reuersionis, comis, cattell, insicht plenesing, sowmes 
of monee, gold, siluer, cunyeit or uncunyeit, and wiher 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 CoUynis 
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® 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 



36 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEQISTEB8 



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2;jrd januaryi cofferis, prjce viii. Kb. ; ane kiat of fyr, pryce iii. lib. ; threttie pewtar I 

plaittea, pryce yiii. libs. ; xxxvi. pewtar tmncheoariB, pryce vii. lib. ; ane 
bassin, pryce xxiiii. a. ; four chandlaris, pryce iiii. lib. ; four waiter pottis, 
pryce Iv. a. ; twa pantiis, pryce xxviii. 8. ; twa ime pottis, witht ane wther 
brassine pott, pryce of the piece iiL lib. xviii. s. ; twa speittisy witht twa 
raxis, pryce thairoff vi. lib. ; ane cruik, witht ane rost, ime tanges, and 
ladill, ane pair of bowlis, pryce thairoff iiii. lib. ; four tubbis, pryce ihrnr- 
off xxxii. s. ; twa punscheonis, pryce thairoff xx. s. ; ten feddir beddia, 
* 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 curtingiB, price thairof ten lib. ; sevin coyeringis, 
pryce thairof xxxv. lib. ; fourtene pair of scheittis, thairof sevin pair round 
and sevin pair small, pryce of the pair iiL 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 8chettis» 
sewit, pryce thairof xx. lib. ; sex wesching towellis, sewit witht silk, 
pryce thairof vi. merkis ; sevin buird clayththis of lynyng and domik, 
pryce of the peice four merkis ; fyve wther wesching claythtis, wiiht 
twa lang towellis, pryce thairof [ ] fyve dossane of ser- 

ueittis domik 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 breikisj 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 
buttpne 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 p^ iii. lib., ane swourd, 23rd January, 
the pryce ten lib., ane gilt quhinger, pryce iii. lib., ane doBBone siluer ^^^^* 
sponis, contenand ilk peice ane unce and half unce, pryce of ilk peice 
xxxiii. 8. iiii. d. ; twa siluer tasBis of ten unce weycht the peice, pryce of 
ilk peice xxiiii. merkis, [ ] Quharfor the bailies decemit 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 CoUyne, Erll of Argyill, &c. &c. 

17 th March, 1580. 
Item, the consale and comunite 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. 

I3th May, 1580. 
The said day, the haill tonne being lauchtfuUie wamit, &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 Eingis Maiestie (quhome Ood 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 selffis 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 fiirnesing 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 
lauchtfiill wamying as said is, for the maist pairt to the effect under 
wretin, gif thai wald do the lyk now as thair predicessouris burgessis 



38 EXTBACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEOISTEBS 

13th May, and inhabitantis of this burght did obefoir, gif it happinit our said Miuster 
the Kingis Grace to hald fiirth his purposs in visiting this his Grraces 
puir towne, of the quhilkis thai all in ane voice hot contradictioun war 
glad, content, and consentit thairto, and for preparation of the premissiB 
consentit to collect, lift, and gadder, ane taxatioon 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, Robert Mengzes, Alexander Rutherfurd, bailies ; John Lawsoune, 
Andrew Huntar, Alexander Forbes, &c., stentaris and taxaris, quha war 
Bwome 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. 

5ih September, 1580. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consale, acceptit, receavit, and 
admittit Maister Thomas Gargill to be maister of the grammer schuill of 
this burgh, to instruct thair bamis 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 merkiR. 

7M October, 1580. 
Als it is statut aud ordanit, that the fische merkat of this burght in all 
tyme cuming salbe haldin withtin the ime 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 nunc 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 cane the samen away, but ony perell of law or 
danger. 

I5th 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 neiriris, four s. ; and the contra- i5th October, 
venar heirof to pay fourtie s. on forgevin. 

\st December^ 1580. 
The said day, William Jak was admitUt be the consale to be maister 
of Sant Thomas Hospitall, to attend thairon, and on the propirte and 
easualiteis of the samyn for the yeir to cum, and was swome to exeree 
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'* Arbuthnot to be minister to this burght, 
and ane honorable stipend to him, quhilk salbe allowit to thame in thair 
nixt comptis. 

2l8i December^ 1580. 
The siud day, the prouest, baillies, and consale, reasonying and con- 
sailing ypon the enormities committit be disourdourit bamis 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 bame 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 bame transgressing, and ane act to be maid thairon, and the bame and 



40 EXTRACTS FROM THE OOUNCIL REGISTERS 

21st Dec, cautionaris name reffistrat in the townis buikiB, and this act to be 
publist oppinlie in the puipit on Sonday nixt. 

XSth February, 1581. 
The said day, the haill brethrene and burgeuis of gild of this bnrght, 
being lauchtfullie wamit to this day, and convenand, &c., it was exponit 
to thame be Robert Menzes, baillie, at command of the remanent bailleis 
and counBell of the said burght, quhow that Johnn Dancan, Jon Roray, 
talyeouris; James Banerman, bazster; and Patrick Leithe, armorar, 
pretending to leive at thair awin libertie and licentias 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 lauchtfiill constitutionis 
of this burght, suppressing to the Kyngis Maiestie and Lordis of Sessioun, 
and als to the Lordis of Secreit Counsel!, quhow that thai ar culpable 
and maist justlie convict be the lauchtfiil 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 hot 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 cans 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 Leithe 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 
fomamet thrie persones remaning obstinat, and travelland dalye to raiss 
uproir, sisme, and diuisioun withtin this burght and bowallis thairof, con- 
temnantlie refusing all dewtifuU obediens to thair superiouris and magis- 
tratis wnder the Kyngis Maiestie, to the evile of the guid burght, gif 



OF THE BUBGH OF AJBERDEEN. 41 

remeid war nocht provydit for correcting of the saidis licentias persones, lathFebnuuy, 
and to avoid the evill exampill and cmnpany 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 dischar^t 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 crafUsmen 
withtin this burght that hes or schall happin to be decemit iustlie to haif 
tynt thair fredome for the lyik caussis, incure the lyk pane unto the tyme 
thai be receayit as obedient to our Soverane Lordis lawis and lovabill 
statutis of this burght. 

1st March, 1681. 
The said day, it was considderit be the counsell, and exponit to the 
haill teommunitie, being wamit to this day and convenit for the maist 
pairt, quhow that the crafiismen of this burght mening to furthtset the 
causs interprysit be thame aganis the frie burgessis of gild of this 
burght, and to fiirthset 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 fumeisB 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 frie 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'* Forbes, Alex'* Howesoun, 
eldar, W"^* 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 cans nor wark, hot to the effect 
aboun wrettin wnto the finall end thairof, and ordanis the saidis coUec- 

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42 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL BBQISTERS 

i8t 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 ayyse and ordinans of the eounsell. 

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 inhabitantis 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 cans, 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 uplifbit of the contravenar. 

I6th 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 bume, 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 foUowis, being lauchtfullie wamit 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 BUBGH OF ABEBDEEN. 43 

of free bm^Bsis and brethir of ^Id of this burght, tending to usurpe i4th 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 craftismen of the burghis of Edinburght, Dundie, and Pertht 
hes usurpit and usit and yit usis ; the quhilk preuilege and libertie the 
craftismen of this burght war neoir in use of, nor neuir bruikit nor josit 
the samen at na tyme bygane, and oftymes 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 fr«e burgessis of gild, and the saidis craftismen of this 
burght, quhairthrow gryt truble and inconueniens may enseu and follow ; 
and the saidis craftismen being particularlie inquyrit, ilk ane be his awin 
name, gif thay wald awow, 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- 
cessourili withtin this burght did, usit, bruikit, and josit, in all tyme 
bygane ; quhilkis craftismen 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 ihairof, and thairfor wald nocht awow, afferme, nor adhere thairto, 
but uterlie past thairfra, witht all uther prenilegis, giftis, 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, craftis, and exercitioun thairof, allanerlie, as thai war wont, 
without ony nouaiioun 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 graniit to the craftismen 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 craftismen, 
quhais names eftir followis, that is to say, Mathow Ghiild, armorar, &c., 
affermit and adherit to the said new purchest preuilege quhilk is graniit to 
thame be the kyngis maiestie as thai allegit, as craftismen of utheris bur- 
rowis hes obtenit obefoir, and the remeid heirof was referrit be the haill 
oommunite, to the discretioun, advysment, and ordinance of the prouest, 
ballies, and consale of this burght, and obleist thame selffis to assist. 



44 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BBOI8TER8 

Uih AagQtt, concur, and contribute at thair utermaist power, for fynding and using: 
'^^^' of the said remeid be ordour of law and justice. 

i5th Augutty 1581. 
The said day, Patrik Leithe, armorar, was convick and put in amercia- 
ment of court be the depositionis of dyuerss famouss witnessis, swome 
and examinit, for the streiking of William Gray, bmder 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 granite 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 thaiix)f for euir in all tyme cuming. 

2'irdAugusty 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, hot onlie hand 
payment or sufficient plagis, and 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. 

2%th August, 1581. 
The said day, Johnn Duncan, talyour, being lauchtfiillie wamit 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 ofbymes callit, comperit nocht, 
hot obstinatlie refusit to compeir, and wald nocht ansuir befoir the saidis 
proyest and bailies, allegend he bed wtheris quhome he wald prefer to 
the saidis proyest and bailies, quharfor the saidis proyest, 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 wulfuU and obstinat inobediens, depryyit the 

said Jon Duncan of the fredome of his craft induring the counsellis will. 

» 

26th December, 1581. 
The said day, the proyest, baUies, and consale taking ordour with the 
disordourit bamis and scholaris of the grammer schuill of this burght, 
quha presentlie hes takyn the schuiU, 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 dyiierss 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 proyest, bailies, and consale ordanit 
the saidis scholaris to haf, in the begynnyng of ilk raith or quartar in the 
yeir, thre dayis, makand in the haill tuelf dayis in the yeir. 

23rd March, 1582. 
The said day, the proyest, baillies, and consale, ordanit Alex'' 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 Gk>d ane thousand y® four scoir and ane yeiris, 
qi^ilk sail be allowit to thame in thair comptis. 



46 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BB0I8TERS 

I4ihs«pt.» I4th September^ 1589. 

1589. rpj^^ ^^ ^y^ Gilbert Guihrie, burgesa of Abirdene, and znerchemond 

herald, renunceimd his awin jari8diciioiin» and Bubmittaad him to the 
iurisdictioun of the proyest and baiUies of Abirdene, in thia eace, bund and 
obleist him to ansuir, obey, and mak gaid and thankfull payment to Mr. 
Rter Blakbume, minister of Abirdene, of his yeirlie stipend of thrie bun- 
dreytht merkis, or sa mekill as salbe assignit to him in stippend* out of 
the reddiest of the thirdis of the bischoprik of Abirdene, daring the tyme 
of the said Mr. Hteris ministrie withtin this burght, at twa termes in the 
yeir, Wiisonday and Martimes, be equall portionis frelie, begynnand the 
first termes payment at the feist of Mairtimes nixt enmis, the said Mr. 
Piter gettand ane assignatioun thairof, and lettres thaimponn, except 
the kingis maiestie or auctoritie of Scotland discharge the samen. • 

The said daye, Alexander Rutherfard, bailie, and Williame Mengzes, 
elder, burgessis of Abirdene, band, actit, and obleist thame, thair airis, 
executouris, and assignais, coniunctlie and senerallie, to content, refound, 
and pay to Maister Piter Blakbume, 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 cnmis, and the proyest, baiUies, and oonnsale 
of the said burght, obleist thame to releiff the said Alex'* and Williame 
and thair foirsaidis thairof, wnder the panes forsaid. 

The said daye, the haill towne, &c., acceptit» receavit, and admittit Mr. 
Piter Blakbume to be minister of this burght, and to use and exeroe 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. 

Ut October, 1582. 
The said day, the crafdsmen eftir following, that is to say, Androw 



OF THE BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 47 

Will, &c., being oppinlie inquyrit be calling of the suit roll be thair names itt October, 
in speciall to gif thair wote in chesing and electing of the provest, baUlies, ^^^^' 
and officiaris of this burght, according to the commoun ordour and con- 
suetad of this burght obseruit in tymes bypast, quhilkis ansurit euerie 
ane particularlie be thame 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 sidyk, Robert Mengzes, baillie, in name of the toun 
tuik act and instrument thairupon, and protestit that thai be nocht hai*d 
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'* 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 wamit to this day, ratifeit and 
appreyit 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 hundr^tht merkis, conforme 
to the said contract, and consentit to the lifting and resing of the said 
sowme of the haill burgessis of gild and craftismen of the said burght, 
and to t>e taxt, everie ane according to thair powar and pissens : and 
nominat Alex'' Howesoun, Dauid Endiaucht, Jon Burnet, Dauid Ander- 
soun, Alex' Forbes, and Alex** Mollysoun, taxtaris thairof, quha war 
sworn for leill taxting of the samen. 

nth December, 1582. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsale, modifeit the amendis 
of Thomas Kellye, baxster, quha was convict obefoir for the strubling 




48 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL EEOI6TEBB 

17th Dec and striking of Annabel! Kelly, the spoos of Androw Mar, Lorimer, as 
^^^^' folowis, to wit, onlanit the said Thomas to cum upon Soundaye nixt, 
the xxiii. day of this instant, within the paroche Idrk of this bui^t, and 
thair efdr the sermone in presens of the haill congregatioun ask, first 
God, nixt the magistratis and pairtie offendit, forgifhes, 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 fiekce 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 fftlss 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 fine 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 



OP THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 49 

for, according to the facaltie and piasance of the persone maid frie barges 3rd Juinazy, 
of gild be the sicht and diBcretioim of the deaneg of gild, to be conyertit ^^^^' 
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. 

25M April, 1583. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioun exhibit in wreit to the counsell 
be Johnne Fhinevin, teicher of the younge childrene, of ane place to be 
ane schoill to the saidis bamis, or to haif sum yeirlie support to pay the 
main of the said schoill, as his said supplicatioun proportis, the proyest, 
baillies, and counsell, ordanis the dene of gild to pay and delyyer 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 yiurd, extending to tuentie sax s. yiii. d., to help to pay the maill of 
ane schoill, quhair the samen may be easalie hed, and that yeirlie induring 
the consellis will. 

lOtk May, 1583. 
The said day, the haill bretherene of gild being lauchtfiillie wamit to 
this daye and comperand for the maist pairt, understanding the gryt 
skaytht and' hurt that thai austene be gryte sowmes of monee geyin be 
burgessis of uther burghis, and extranearis, to induellaris and burgessis of 
this burght, to by wauris and salmound within this burght and jurisdictioun 
thairof, aganis the commoun weltht thairof, and mercheandis within the 
same, in ane yoce but contradictioun for ayoiding of the samen, was swome 
in jugement, that nane of thame sail ressaue ane purss of silyer 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 contrayenis 
this ordinance, thai ar content to suffer the tentement of ane assyse of 
thair nychtbouris, and gif thay be conyict thairof, to tyne thair fredome of 
this burght for eyir. 

I3ih May, 1583. 
The said day, it was statut and ordanit be the proyest, bailies, and 
counsale, that na laborar nor warkmann or woman at the schoir suld tak 



50 EXTBAOTB FBOM THE GOUNCIL BEGI8TEES 

I3tii M«j, or resBaue mair nor eftir foUowis, for beiring to and fra the said achoir to 
^^^' the partis of this towne, of salt, ooill, lyme, salmond, or beir; that is to 
say, for beiring of the boU of salty lyme, and coill to the Castelgett, iiiL d., 
and for beiring thairof to the Braid Gutter, vi. d.» and fra the Schoir to 
the Gallowgett, viiL d., and to the Grene» viii. d. ; for bering of the barrel 
of sabnond fra the Castelgett to the Schoir, yi. 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 
GaUowgett and Grene, yiu. d. 

9th August, 1583. 
The said day, the proyest, 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, hot all to cum wnder ane ordour and ordinance, becaus the same is 
thocht expedient to be done for the weUl of the haill burrowis of the 
realme. 

lO^A July, 1684. 
The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsaUl of this burght being 
conyenit in the counsailhous for the maist part, ressoning and considder- 
ing, that sen the deceis of umquhill Sir W°^* 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 BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 61 

baptisme, lichting of kandellis in the winter sesoun, making of the gravis loth Jaiy. 
in the kirk and kirkyard, and also to awaytt upoun the leid and kirk win- ^^^' 
dois, that nain he 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 thaimpoun, and this honest servand 
can nocht guidlie be sustinit with the sober stipend and casualiteis quhilk 
the said umquhill Sir W™* Walkar, last possessor thairof, haid for the 
same obefor, continit in act maid thairupoun, upone the fyfb day of Oc- 
tober, the yeir of God ane thousand v® 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 manage of honest riche personis, twa s., and 
of sober folkis, auchtein penneis ; and of baptisme, for ilk honest riche 
manis baimis, 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 penneisi 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 horss ilk 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- 
saiU, 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- 



62 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BBOISTBBS 

10th July, manschip of Ub craft for the enormttie done be him, and diBobediens to 
the ordinans of the counsall, as the actis maid thaimponn beris, the 
provest, bailzeis, and ooonsaill, for diners respectis and considerationiB, 
and specialie becans of the said JoanniB penitence, wnderstand and 
schawin to the counsaill, and forgiuenes cravit be him, thairfoir, and 
uponn his publict promeis oppintie maid in jngement, that he snld neyir 
resist the ordinans of the proyest, bailzeis, and connsiuill of this tonn, 
and that he suld neuir scot, lot, nor assist witht the renument 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 fremanschip 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, proyest, 
in name of the bailzeis and counsaill for thair part, and the said Jon 
Roray for his part, tuik act of court and instrument 

28M 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' 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 thtdr erandis in dew 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 53 

tym, and at sevin kouris of the knok the portis to be cIobH, and in ssth Sept., 
lykwayis that thair be ane wache at the Brig of Dee, of twa honest bur- 
gess men or craftismen, that nane be sa£Perit 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 
su£Perit to brew ony aill betuixt this and the Brig of Dee, nor about the 
same : and that na induellar of this burght ressaue ony eztranear per- 
soun in Ingoing, nather of small degree nor gryt degre, without speciall 
licens, wnder the pane of fourtie pundis, and closing wp of thair houssis 
for thre dayis immediatlie thairefter: and that na persoun tak upoun 
hand to fraucht ony boit 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 sufPerit 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 biming of thame on the cheikis 
witht ane het ime : 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 



54 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOISTEBS 

^8th Sept., inconuenienB enseu thairby, wnder aU hiest pane and charge that efter 
^^' may follow, and that na extranear fat chopmane copaar resort to this 
toun fra this furtht, nor sal be resBauit in this burght. 

14th October, 1584. 
The quhilk day» it was devysit, statute, and ordanit be the proyeat, 
bailleis, and counsall of this guid toune, and ratifeit and apprevit be the 
haill towne, alsweill craftismen as burgessis, being laachtfollie wamit to 
this day, &c., that all maisteris of houshaldis, alsweill craftismen as bmr- 
gessisy sail repair to the paroche kirk, keep and obseme the sermones and 
prechingis on the oulk dayis, to wit, Tuysday and Thmisday, for heiring 
of the wourd of God and Christis enangell trewlie prechit, in aU tyme 
heirefttir, under the penaltie of twa s« to be uptakin of ilk borgess, 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 selffis being particularlie in- 
quirit be Gilbert Mengzes, proyest, and consentit thairto, prowyding that 
this act be extendit onlie to maisteris of houshaldis. 

Eadem die. 
The said day, anent the generall complaint geyin 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 yictuall 
cuming out of the contray to this burght, harasing the samen, or eyir 
the malt or meill present the markat, in gryt hurt and preiudioe of the 
commoun weill thairof, quhilk is the occasioun of gryt deartht, and the 
caus that the pure commounis of this burght ar misseryit; for remeid 
thairof, the proyest, baillies, and oounsale, deyysit and ordanit, and for 
ane act statut and confermit, witht consent of the towne, being conyenit 
for the maist pairt, that gif ony persoun, man or woman, duelland 
within this burght in ony tyme cuming, byis or housis yictuall 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 
forgeyin, and that it sail be lesum to na persone to by yictuall cumand 
to this burght hot in the markat, and samekill onlie as may serye thair 
houB and familie fra market day to marcat daye. 



OF THE BTJBGH OF ABERDEEN. 65 

Eodem die. I4th Oct., 

The quhilk daye, the proYeat, baillies, and counsale, upoun the greuous ^^^^' 
complaint gevin in wpoun the wobsteris for the gryt and exhorbitant 
pryces taken be thame for the weyying of all soirtis of claytht, extorsenand 
thairby the inhabitants of this burght, and taking for thair labouris at 
thair awin pleasour and appetit, expres aganis gold ordour, law, and con- 
science, as the said complaint mair fullelie proportit, quhilk being consid- 
dent be thame, and haveing consideratioim 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, yi. 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 domik, ii. s. ; 
tiie eln of narrow domik, xii. d. ; and the wobster refosand 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 payment of the fiuir 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 gratds, 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 baimis 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 offidar als 



56 EXTBACTS FBOli THE COUNCIL RBOI8TEB8 

S9tb March, oft as neid beigg poind and distrenze for the said dewtie, 

the officiaris to be radye, and ansuir and obey the said maister of 
kirk wark, anent poinding for contenting of this present act 

2Ut May, 1585. 
The quhilk day, the proueat, bailleis, and counsale, being crediblie 
informit that the contagious pest is presendie keindlit in Edinburght, 
the prindpall towne of this realme, and continewallie incressis and 
spreddis in dyuerss pairtis, townes, and yillagis, and places of the south 
contraye of this realme, thairfor, eftir 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 contrayenaris of thir statutis and ordinances aboune 
rehersit, thay haif ordanit the geibattis to be maid and affizit» 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 fains, nor yit pas ony wayes 
southt, wnder the pane of deid ; and becaus the burding will be grit» 
and the charge intoUerabill 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 principal! bailleis hes ; 
and als becaus gryt danger appeiris to enschew be the wattir, heyin, 
and brig of this burght, in caice the same be negligentlie obseruit, 
thay haiff appoyntit Alex'' 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 swome 
for faythtfiill attending thairupoun during the tyme of this present danger. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 57 

27 th May, 1585. !27th May, 

The qnhilk day, Margret Nune, spous of William None, and Mar- ' 

zeoun Younge, relict of umquliill 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 bailUe, 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 emist 
suit and instant supplicatioun of the rycht honorabill William Kar of 
CesAiide, knycht, and Robert Maxwell of Dunwidye, knycht, the prouest 
and bailzeis grantit to the said tua personis adiugit to die, thair lyves, and 
ordanit thame to be banischit of this burght, during the consallis will. 

4M October^ 1585. 
The said day, the haill towne being convenit this day within the 
tolbuytht of this burght, considdering quhow hiurtfuU and preiudiciall 
the lait introdudt 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 
condudit, decemit, and ordanit, that the baillies chosin this day for the 
yeir to cum, and sic as sail heirefdr happin to be nominat, 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, hot 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 honesUe, 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. 

%th October^ 1585. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioun exhibit for the pairt of Mr. Wil- 

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58 EXTBACT8 FBOM TflE COUNCIL KEOI8TEB8 



8tii October. liame Leisk, desyring to be admittit mimster subttitut under Mr. Kter 
^^^' Blakbume, miniftter of ibis bargbt» to siippori him in hii core and ofioe 
beoauB of his gryt care and exerdtioun, and deiyring of the towne ane 
reMonabill stipend for the samen^ for the support of hit Ijff and lering as 
thay thocht ressonaUUi to the quhilk snpplieationn the haill conmnmite 
grantit and consentity and ordanit to gif him yeirlie for his stipend ane 
hundreytht merlds, to be payit to him be the haill oommanite of thair 
awin propir geiri to be stentit and taxtat upon the haUl nychtbonris 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. 

lO^A January^ 1685. 
The said day» anent the supplicatioun exhibit to the pronest, bailyeis, 
and counsall be Mr. Jon Kennedy^ thair ooort clark, desyring to be satis- 
felt 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 coimsaill thairto, oonforme to his comptis producit 
thairupone, the saidis prouest, bailyeis, and counsall, assignis to the saad 
Mr. Jon the compositionis of burgessis of gild and fremane that sail hap* 
pin to be maid efter 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, ftc. 

13M AprU, 1586. 
The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and oounsale statute and ordanit, 
that in tyme cuming the haill nowmer of personis that ar of the counsale 
admittit, sail conyene oulklie frathinfurtht within the oounsalhous of the 
tolbuith ilk Wedinsday at ten houris befoir noune, to consult upoun sic 
thingis as concemis 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 8. Tiii. d., thai being at hame within this burgh or firedome thiurof, 
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. 

29M April, 1586. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioun and complent of Mr. Thomas 



OP TU£ BURGH OF ABBRDBBK. 69 

Cai^U, maister of the graymer schule, upon Johnn Cuming, noter, quha umh AprU> 
haldis ane scale, teiohing barnis, abstracting thame from the prinmpall ^^^' 
scale without hia licence and toUerance, and also without consent 
and admissioun of the prowest» bailleis, and counsall agania all gude 
ordour, the saidis prowest, bailleis, and counsall dischargit the said 
Johnn Cuming of balding of the said sehule qnhill thay be forder 
aduysit. 

1th October, 1586. 
The said day, the haill toon grantit and consentit that the bow brig be 
higgit and erectit with ane bow of estlair, and consentit voluntarlye to 
contribut thairto according to thair substance, and nominat Alexander 
Rutherford and Dauid Endiaucht, maisters of wark thairto. 

27M Apra, 1587. 
The quhilk day, the haill toon being laochtftiUie wamit 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 
pronest, bailleis, and counsaill of this borght, 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 mooee, to be aduan- 
cit be the saidis burrowis for the making of the charges and ezpenssis 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 mercbandis, and 
siolyk to aduance ane tiiousandis pundis upone the custumes, upoun 
fretndschip gryttar to the estait of burrowis at bis grace perfyt aige now 
at hand, desyring this borght to send thair commissionar fullely insl2*uctit 
agane the xxTiii. of this instant at the leist, this burght ansuir in ureit 
gif thai thoeht this guid to be grantit to his hianes, as in the said bill of 
the dait at Edinburgiht the xxii. of this instant, opinly red in jugement at 
mair Ijrnth is continit, the provest, bailleis, counsaill, and communitie, 
being conyenit for the maist pairt, thoeht the desyr of the said lettre res- 
sonabill, and grantit and consentit thairto, and wer contentit to he stentit 
and impost for thair pairt of the said soume, quhane thai said be bordint 
and diargit thairwitht. 



60 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

soth July, 20M t/ii/tf, 1587. 

The said day, the bailleis and counsaill present for the tym, hanein^ 
consideratioun of the misordour and tumnlt of the pnir foUds sitland at 
the kirk dur beggand almous, plukand and pnlland honest menis gowniB, 
cloikis, and abulzement, throw the qukilk thair is gryt conitissioan 
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 
almouB within the kirk nor kirk yard, bot to sitt without the stylis, and 
the extranear beggaris to remove thame sefi&s fdrtht 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. 

Uth 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 realme to be payit to him yeirly, 
at twa termes in the yeir, &c. 

22fu/ January y 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 connention haldin at Edinburght, the 
fytein day of Julii, the yeir of Gk>d, ane thousand v^ four scoir and four 
yeiris, for rigging fiirtht ane weir schip and bark to perseu Inglis pirattis 
that pilleit Scottis merchandis geir, within ten dayis, wnder tiie panis of 
homing, as in the lettres direct thairupoune, the fyftiday of Januar 
instant, proportis, quhilk soume the said Gilbert as provest is compellit 
to pay, for obtempering to the quhilkis lettres and charges, and esdiew- 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEKDEEK. 61 

ing of homing thairin continit, compeirit the committee of Abirdene, 3Snd Janoaxy, 
witht Mr. Johmie Cheyne thair preloqaitour, and wnder protestatioun ^ ^' 
for all thair lauchtfiill defenssis aganis the saidis ehargis, and that they 
na wayis be preiugit thairanent be the obedience eftir following, electit, 
nominat, and cfaecdt, James Mengzes, Dauid Fergussoun, James Settoun, 
Alex' Jaffary, Dauid Cargill, quha war swome in iugement to stent the 
same on the merchandise burgessis, and brether of gild, and to mak ane 
extent roll thairupone, npone the quhilk the said baillie tuik instroment, 
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 
Bospensionn 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 Elirk 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, wamit 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 decemit 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 seme 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 seme the toun as it sail 
happin tham to haue ado in watching, garding, and defence making, as 
occasioun sail seme, 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. 



62 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEGISTBR8 

4th October, 4th OetoheTy 1588. 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and oonsall, oonaidderiiig the cauld- 



nes enterit in practeisB within this borght, of a gryt nmner of the \\ 
tantis thairofy professing Chryst as he is now offerit be the preching of 
the evangell, throch wilfall remaining from thair paroche kirk in tyme of 
preching and prayeris, and frtmi 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 tavemis and ailhowssis, using the tred of mer- 
chandice and handie labour in tym of sermonn on the onlk day, contrar to 
the cnstome of reformit kirkis and weill goyemit oommoon weillis of this 
realme, procuring thairby the uraith and displesour of God, for remcid 
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 obseme the sermonis and prechingb afoir and efter noyn on the 8ab- 
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 eyerie 
howshalder and his wyff, burges of gild, for thair remaning fra the 
sermonis on the Sabboth day, ziii. s. iiii. d., and for thair remaning ilk 
oulk day, tua s. ; and for eyerie craftismen, houshalder, and utheris inha- 
bitantis, for thair remaning fra the sermonis on the Sabboth day, sax s. 
viii. d., and eyerie 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. yiii. d. 

20M Novembtr^ 1588. 
The quhilk day, it was aduysitlie oonsidderit, that the power, place, 
dignitie, and authoritie of the counsall of this burgh (as of all uther bur- 
rowis of this realme) is and chdflie dois consist past memorie dF 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 goyemit, 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 
conyenit, and thair particular yoitis to be haid thairin befoir that mater 
suld tak effect and promulgat to thame, the consell first aduysit thairon , 



OP THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 68 

and fand it meit and expedient that the haill town suld be wamit and the 20th Nov., 
same exponit to thame, and than to giff thair voitis thairantill, and that ^^^' 
this power and authoritie of the coonsall, 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 conyening that thay sold 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- 
tome obsemit in tyme bygane, without alteratioun or diminutioun, and 
for avoiding of all eonfosioun and misordour in convening of the com- 
munaltie heirefter, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall being fullele for the 
maist pwt eonvenit) to wit, Maister Thomas Mengzes, &c., statut and 
ordanity and for ane perpetuall ordinance concludit and deuysit, that thair 
sail be na yarning 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 giffing of thair voitis in any mater of weycht and importance concern- 
ing the commoun weill of this borght, without ane ordinance of the 
counsall or the maist pairt thairof passing befoiri fynding it expedient 
and meit that thay be wamit, and conteining the cans of thair warning, 
and that it sail na vayis be lesum to the prouest, bailleis, deanis of gild, 
nor yit eonsalour, to gif any command to wame 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 mil 
warning and convening of the toun to the effect befoir expremit» gif any 
sail be mad in oontrar heirof, is and sail be nuU, of na awaill, force, nor 
effect. 

13M February, 1588. 
The said day, Robert Gray, Thomas Fergussoun, for himselff and 
Gilbert Dwne his guidsoun, Williame Donaldsoune, Andrew Kelly, 
Andrew Mylne, comperit personalie in presens of the haill toun, and 
refenrit 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 
wamit and convenit for the maist pairt, all war content that all ealestis, 
deabetlis, and questionis betnix thame and the laird of Balquhyne, be 
reconseaHt and concordit in amitie amangis thame, prouyding heiroun 



64 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL BB0I8TBBS 

lath Feb., the toun be nocht preiugit in thair tytil, or rycht of thair landis of 

^ Ardlar, the decreit of removing and violent profeittis obteinit agania 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 oounsall 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 ime 
wark fumesit 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 fytk quhome the pulder and ime was bocht, and the craflismen 
that wrocht the same, may be satifeit and payit, and the toun theirof 
releivit. 

18M Jyne, 1689. 
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, [ ] visitouris, for keiping of the said loch, and 

for the linz, James Low and Malcolme Kar, and for the Oastell 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 servinir of his hienes and noble men that is to cum heir with his irrace, 

accotding to the prais. and renoane of this bm^h, for «>.wer ^ 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 65 

thocht the desyr of the supplicatioun resaonable, and assentit and agreit isth Jane, 
to gif to mak and big the saidis buttis, ten pundis money. ^^^' 

6th August, 1689. 
The said day, the prouest, bailies, and eonnsale, 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 AuchnouU, knycht, and justice clark to 
our Souerane Lord, sevin scottis roiss nobillis of gold, price of ilk rois 
nobill, alleyin 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 I'eceauit and aocuisit 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 sidyk, 
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. 

Zrd September, 1589. 
The said daye, the counsall ynderwrittin, thai ar to say, Mr. Thomas 
Mengzeis of Dome, prouest, Alex'' Rutherftiird, Dauid Menzes, elder, 
Dauid Andersone, Alexander Hey, George Knowis, Alexander Howe- 
sone, Mr. Dauid Rutherfuird, Alexander Chalmer, Robert Mengzes, 
Androw Lowsone, Dauid Mengzes, youngar, James Settoun, ordanit 
William Mengzeis, bailie, to retein and keip the lockit bulk 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 
Mid qohill ordour be takin be the counsall anent the evidentis deliuerit 
be Mr. Johne Kennedy to Alexander CuUan and Dauid Andersone, on 

I 



66 EXTBACTS FBOM THE OOUNCIL BEGI6TEB6 

3rd Sept, the annuelliB, and that the said William be ansuerable to the coonsail 
1689. f^j, ^^ gaidis twa boikiB. 

24th September, 1589. 
The said day, the counflall underwretten, &c«, devyait and oidanit the 
deanis of gild to mend and repair thaar Grammer Schuilly in thak, Tindoia, 
and uther necesBaria, of the first and reddieat ailuer that thai hane or 
sail happin to ingett, qohilk sail be allowit to thame in thair comptis* 

26th November^ 1689. 
The said day, William Menzes prodnctt and exhibit befoir the prouest, 
bailies, and counaall, the regbter bulk of the chartouriB and evidentia 
perteining and belanging to the cheplanis of Sanct Nicolas paroche 
kirk of Abirden, writtin in ane lokit bulk on parchment, togidder witht 
the bnik of the extract of decreitis fiirtht of the balleis buik, obteinit at 
the instance of the saidis cheplanis, agania dyuerss and aindrie personis 
addettit to thame in annuell rentis, qnhilkis buikia war deUuerit to him 
be wmquhill Mr. Johnne Kennedy, qnhilkis twa buikis war instantly 
deltnerit at command of the pronest, bailies, and counsidl, to Danid 
Andersone maister of the kirk wark, to be keipit and nsit 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 beireftir. 

I2th December, 1589. 
Memorandum on the ordinance to be maid, anent the bamis of the 
Grammer Schoill of this bnrght, and uther achuilis Mdthin the samen, for 
setting of cautioun be euerie bame and scholar befor his entrie to the 
schtdll and be receavit be the maister, that the scholar and bairnis sail 
sett cautioun, ane burges and ane indwellar of the said burght, for 
obseming of goid ordonr, obedience to the maister, and that na disordonr 
sail be usit be him in tacking of the schnle befoir the superstitiua tyme 
of yuill, or ony uther tyme within the yeir, ilk bame under the paine of 
ten pundis, and repairing be thame of the brakingis, demoUessing of 
deaskis, vindois, durris, and that the maister receave na baime quhill 
he find cautioun actit in the tonnis buikis as said is for ilk intrant^ and 
receaye the derkis ticket thairupoune. 



OP THS BUBGH OF ABEBDBEN. 67 

3Ut Mareht 1690. dut March. 

The said day, the pronest, ballieB, and the persones of the consale ^'^^' 
foUowin, to wit| &c., eleetit, nominat, and chosit, and votit for the maist 
pairt, Johnne CoUesounes balle, to paa with the schip of this burght, 
afpoyntit 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 reahne, to haiff the govemement, and rewell, 
and commandement of the said schip and cumpanie thairof, and that 
Danid Indeaucht sail pas witht him in the said schip to gif him his 
aduyse, and to onrsie 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 consideratioon of the prouest, bailies, 
and consale, of the stent and taxatioun presentlie sett and imposit npoun 
the inhabitantis of this burght, for fdrthtrigging and {umesing of the said 
sdiipy and the said Jon to have ane hundretht pundis to by his garmontht. 

6th April, 1690. 
The said day, the bailies and persones of the consale aboun wretin, 
statnt and ordanit Maister Thomas Mengzes of Dome, prouest, havar 
and keipar of the pece of artelyerie callit The Falcon, pertenying to this 
burght, to delyeur the samen to WilUame Measson, skipper of the schip 
of this burght callit the Nicolas, presentlie bound towardis the partis of 
Denmark, for conyoying 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 pecea of munitioun belanging to this 
burght^ ganand for the said schip, hot sic as ar borrowit fra the awnaris 
of the achippis callit the James and Andrew, as the act maid thairon this 
day proportis. 

27ih Apnl, 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 
held court, deuysit, statute, and ordanit, ane wapinschaw of the haill 
inhabitantis of this burght, to be on Tuysdaye the feyfb of May nixt to 
cum, according to his Maiesties act of parliament maid anent wapin- 
schawls, making tuyse ilk yeir, and to that effect ordanit the haill 
inhabitantia of this burght, ala wmll onfre as fre, fensabill and able 



68 EXTHACTS FROM THE OOUNCIL BEGI6TEBS 

27th April, persones, to assembill and convene thfune selfis in thair best armour 
^^^' and aray, with hagbut, spear, jack, knappiskaw, and vtheria wapina 



bellical, in the Linx of the said burght, vpon the said fyft day of 
at ten houres befoir nowne, with thair magistratis, ilk persoon, inhabi- 
tant of this burght of aige and abill to bear armour, being absent the 
said daye, vnder the paine of [ ] 

14M October, 1090. 
The said day, the haill toun being lauchtfiillie wamit to this day, baytht 
fne 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 fbrdwart 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 Eeytht and 
his complices, under the pane of tynsell of lyres, 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 fumeiss 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 hes done, giff the said Erll wald be 
thairwith content, quha being conyenit 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 fumessit be the haill in- 
habitantis, thrie, four, fywe or twa, to fumeiss ane hagbuttar as salbe 
appoyntit be the discretioun of prouest and bailies according to the habi- 
liteis of the fumesaris, giff the said Erll Merschaill, commissionar to his 
maiestie, will be thairwitht content, rather nor the haill inhabitantis of 
this burght to pas fordwart. 

26M 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" v® four scoir and fourtene yeris, kepand the aird 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEK. 69 

and shcri£F thairof on delvit or caBsin vp. and Andro Home becum seth Not., 

1500 

cautioon for payment thairof to the thesaurary and he obleist him to 
releve hig said cautionar. 

Item, the chappell on the CastelhiU, 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" v* 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 thairefter, and the sowme of 
tuentie pundis throttene s. four d. being offerit theirfor be Willeam 
Wedderbume, nane exceding his said offer, the samen was sett to the 
said Willeam fira 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, 
j™ v^ four scoir and fourtene yeiris, quha fiE^nd Andro Home cautionar 
for him, for payment of the said sowme to the thesaurar, and he obleist 
him to releve his cautionar. 

Sth January, 1090. 
The said day» Robert and Nicoll Jardanis, seruitoris to the richt honor- 
abill Sir James Creichtone, of Frendracht, 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 CSoupar, 
command seruand and tavemar 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 decemit thame to purge thame of 
the said foct and deid be thair aythes, quha refusit to sueir, quhairfor the 
same was put to the decisioun of the assyss. [There is no judgment.] 

ISth January^ 1590. 
The prouest and bailies decemit and ordanit the four ordinar ofBceris, 



70 EXTBACT8 VBOM THE COITNCIL BB0ISTEB6 

i8tk JaMwy, fte., to keip the key of the tolbuHk dur ami cooialhoiui dmr, ilk me of 
^'^' tkame thair onlk aboix^ and to be aiUKiirabiU for tke mmen, and hansg 
drawin cuttis quha suld begin first, it fell to the aail Dttaid to begjn first, 
W™* Mitchell nixt, Thomas Kellie third, and Thomas Dicksone fourt 

I6tk februmy, 1690. 
The said day^ the personis of ttie eonsall efikir following, &c^ deuysit 
and ordanit James Settoun, eollectour of the kirk aimiielUs, to content 
and pay to George Layng the sowme of aaztene nerkis fior ane kist, 
deuysit and ordanit to be bocht fra him for keiping of the townis evidentis 
and of the chartouris and eyidentis belanging to the cheplanis of this 
burght, &c. 

2nd April, 1591. 
The bailies ordanit the quhyt fischeris induellaris of Futtie, to be 
poyndit in lyme cuming, tottes fm^Hes, tbay past nocht to the sey with 
thair fische boittis for taking of fische to serwe the inhabitantia of this 
burght and the kyngis lieges, as oft as thay remane af the sey, wynd 
and wedder servand, and that according to the avid ordinances. 

ISibAprily 1591. 
The said day, the provest, bailleis» and oonaale ordanit Alex. [ ] 

to produce and exhibit befoir thame his auld eyidentis quhiUds he hes of 
the land pertenying to him, lyand without Futties pori» to be sene and 
considderit be thame quhat seryice and dewetie the said Alex'* aucht for 
the same, becaas the same was sett out of auld be this burght to umquhile 
Johnne trying, burges thairoff> for keping of the gettis pasaand to the 
CaateUhill and Futtie dene tnme all filtht, and that upon the xxiL day of 
this instant, with certificatioun and he fidhie thay will proceed according 
to justice, and ordanis intimatioun to be maid to the said Alex'- heir- 
upoun* 

19^ May, 1591. 

The said day, anent the suppHcationn presentit to the pronest, bailKes, 

and counsell, be Robert Abell, makand mentioun that he is ane natiwe 

townis man, borne and gottin ¥rithin the samen, and now at the guid 

pleasour of God is yisiet with the seiknes of l^rosie, and theirby onha- 



OF THB BtHEtOH OF ABERDEEN. 71 

bill to wyn his liwing, or freqoeBt honest tnenis societie: desyring i^thMay, 
theirfor that he micht be placed in the hospitall hous betnix the townis, ^^^' 
qtihilk supplicaiioon thay thocht iMBonabill, and ordanit George Stra- 
quhyn, batllie, maister of the hoepitale of thM said burght, to place him 
in the said hous, and the coonsall admittit him thairto with spedall 
penniftsionn, that it sail not be lesnm to the said Robert to mak ony 
riehti tttel, tak or assedatioimy or dispositioan 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. 

SikJmne^ 1591. 
The said day, the prooesl, bailleis, and considl of the said burght hav- 
ing aduysttlie considderit tiie horribill and haynons cryme of incest 
committit be Patrik Pirate baxsier, with CSiristen Oaik, his wmqnhill 
wyffis sister dochter, and that the samen in itself is ane sin sa odious that 
it procoris the wraith and displeasour of God, to be pured on that citie 
and oongregatioan quhair the same is committit, except condign punische- 
ment be imonit to the committeris, and that heirtofoir be ressone the said 
cryme of incest hes bene rair within this burght and firedome 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 reahne 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 hommr of the said detestabill sine of incest, and to the terronr 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, ha£Fing ane crown of pc4)er 
on his held, 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 seu^^U Sondayis he sail stand in the hairclayth, bair futtit and 
hair lygit, at the kirk dur of the said bui^^ht, fra the ringing of the first 
bell qnhill the begynning of the sermone, and to sit at the pillar of re- 
pentance in semmabill maner to the ending of the sermone, and thaireftir 



72 EXT&ACTB FBOM THE COUffCIL REOI6TEB8 

8th Jane, to be exyUt and baneUt this burght, and nerer to resort nor com within 
^^^' the samen unto the tyme he be embracit be the Idrk upon signe of re- 
pentance, notourlie knawin to thame be expreong of the samen in his 
lyff and conyereationn, and be receawit and admittit be the prouest, 
baillieB, and counsall of this burght be thair testimoniallt to bane societie 
and duelling within the sameni efter that he hawe payit ane penaltie to 
the puir, according to the modificatioun of the counaall and aeasioun of 
the said burght 

28M July, 1691. 
The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consale, deuysit and ordanit 
Thomas Buk, deane of gild, to ansuir and obey Gilbert Guthrie, younger, 
mesBinger, 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 

8M November, 1591. 
The said daye, the haill towne being lauchtfoUie wamit to this daye, 
&c., it was exponit to thame be Alexander Rutherfiird, prouest, that be 
verteu of a lait proclamatioun maid pubUctlie at the mercat oroce 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 fhe 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- ^^^' 
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, hot sa far as the said 
prouest was informit, wald nocht ressawe souldiouris fumessit be this 
burght, hot wald hawe the sowme of four hundretht merkis at the leist, 
to be payit to him and his depute for the samen, wpon the quhiUc the 
said lieutenant and his depute wald fumeiss 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 Totit 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, botthat the fourtie souldiouris 
appoyntit obefoir to be send and riggit forth 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, 1692. 

The said daye, it was aduysitlie considderit quhow that the wraith and 

displeasour of the Almichtie Gk>d is justlie procurit to fall wpon this burgh 

and inhabitantis thairof, for the wickit and ongodlie use croppin in and our 

f^uentlie usit within the same amang all sortis of pepill, in blaspheim- 

K 



74 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

uth August, ing of Ooddis holie name, and swering of borribill and exeei'sbiU aythis, 
^*®*- theirfor for avoding theirof, folowing the example of wilier reformit con- 
gregationis and burghis within this realme, becaus heirtofoir ane ordoor 
of punischement anent the blasphemaris of Goddis name, and swereriB of 
borribill aythis, heB nocht bene Ba speciallie denysit as neid requyrit, and 
for obedience to his majesties actis of parliament maid thdranent, 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, fywe bun- 
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 heirefbir observit within this burgh, be the haill in- 
habitantis theirof, for repressing of the said borribill 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 senrand four d., quhilk salbe exactit of thame be the maisteris of hous- 
haldis, and allocat and allowit in thair fie, aucht to thame be tluur 
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 tbairfra 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 uthenrayis as salbe 
thocht expedient be the kirk and sessioun, and this present act to extent 
it self to mennis wyffis and thair baimis, with quhom the maisteris of 
the houshald salbe hauldin to tak ordour that thay may forbeir sweiring, 
sail exact of thair wyffis the penaltie of aucht d. as oft as thay fall, and 
punische thair bamis 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 AthoU and Thomas AthoU, quhyt 
fischeris in Futtie, aganis Jon Nuckall, Jon Hendersone, Alex''- Nuckall, 
and W™' Cowye, quhyt fischeris their, for the cutting and destroying of 
ane lapster nett, maid, sett up, and placed be the said Gilbert and Thomas 
AthoUis, at the Gray Hoip within the Girdlenes, quhairwith not onlie 






OF THE BURGH OF iiBERDEEN. 75 

lapsteris bot also partanis and paddillis, with wther sort of schell fische, i4th August, 
was takin, a new ingyne deuysit to that effect, quhilk had nocht bene wsit 
obefoir ; the saidis Jon Nuckall, Jon Hendersone, Alex'* Nuckall, and 
W"^* 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 fiind 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 decemit 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 fiind 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. • 



76 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

8th Jumary, 8M January^ 1592. 



169S. 



The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, wnderstanding that 
the burghiB of Edinburgh, Dundye, Perth, and wtheris townis be south 
this burgh, perceaving the gryt disordour and confusioun that presentlie 
now regnis within the haill reahne, trubill and cabuniteis quhairwith 
the same is presentiie grevit, and cheiflie the persecutioun, 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 cans, 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, hot lykvayis be resson of the gryt disordour now within 
thir north pairtis quhair the barbarous and creweU helandmen ar brokin 
lowss, hes wsit gryt crewelteis and rasit budge 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 wamit 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 
wacte, 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 wamit theirto, or not remain thereat 
during the tyme appoyntit, to incur the wnlaw of tuentie s. on for- 
giffin. 



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OF TH£ BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 77 

lOM January^ 1592. lOth January, 



The said daye, the proueBt, bailleis, and oonsall, ordanit the haill 
toun, inhabitantis thairof bayth frie and onfrie, to be wamit be the 
handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the toun, to compeir the 
mome, 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 magistrattiSy and 
to be swome solemnlie for mani^nance of the cans 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 
snbsciyue 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. 

31^^ January^ 1592. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, electit, nominal, 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 channel!, 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 reahne, 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 merchandrie 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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78 EXTBACT8 FBOM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

:Uft Januuy, sklaitds, or wther common neeessariB, to be sauld, that the samen sail be 
'^^^' distributit to the pichtbouris of this burgh be the discretiolm of the 
baillie and magistrattis, for sic paynis as is agreit on with the aldpperis 
or awneris of the samen, and that na persone quhatsmneuer fiie nor 
onfrie, presume to tak ony proffeit or commoditie on coillis, lyme, sklaitt, 
or wther common necessaris in tyme coming, according to the ordinance 
maid thairanent obefoir, wnder the payne of [ ] s. to be incurrit 

be the contrayenar of this statot. 

Eodem die. 
The quhilk daye, fonuunekill as their hes bene duyers fimdatouris 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 sucoessouris, and thay 
being huk alterages and patronages, the patronis. and fundatoris theirof, 
now succeding theirto in their parentis and predicessouiis richt and place 
of the samen, not onlie applyis the saidis annuell rentis to thair awin par- 
ticular uses, hot as fundatoris, usurpis libertie and previledge of buriall 
place within Ibe 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 Yotit 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 



V 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 79 

Ball be cancellat, and that nane presume nor tak wpon hand heireffcir to sist January, 
cans put wp thair armes in ony piller or place within the said kirk, except ^^' 
in glasin wyndois, quhither thay be AmdatouriB or nocht, without licence 
had and obtenit thairunto of the prouest, bailleis, and counsall. 

2Ut February j' 1692. 
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 efler 
following ; that is to say, four pound weycht of pepper, halff pund of 
measis, four unces of safiron^, half pund of cannele, fourtene pund of 
suckour, tua dussone buistis of confeittis, ane dussone buistis of soorchettis, 
ane dnsson 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 
eomptis, nochtwithstanding of the ordinance of counsall mdid 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 
annuel! 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 realmeat thair cumming to this 
burgh, hes bene in all tyme bygane propynit with yyne and spycerie. 

IBth 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 Blakbume, deane of facultie of the samen, and 
producit ane letter of electioun of James Forbes of Tulliboy, in and to the 
office of ekonomous, coUectorie, and stewartrie of the new coUedge of 
Abirdene, foundit be ane nobill and potent lord, George Erll Marischall, 
for collecting, calling, and persewing for the rentis of the said coUedge, 
of the dait at Abirdene the sevint day of Junii instant, and desyrit the 



i 



80 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

18th Jane, prouest, bailleis, and consallis consent and auctoritie to be interponit 
1593. thairto, speciallie for remoying of the tenentiB of the Gray Freris jBrdis 
and houBsis of the samen, in name of the saidis pronest, baiUeis, and 
counsall, quhilkis the saidis prouest, bailleis, and counsall anthorezit, 
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 Junes 
for himselff, tuk act and instrument. 

25M 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 
djTvers 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 heirefkir 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. 

lUhJufy, 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 neees- 
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 BUBGH OF ABEBDEEN. 81 

bestowit on the townis wfher necesBar effaris, therfor for the presant iithJaij, 
till ane mair easie mean and way may be fiind out be the counsaU, anent ^^^' 
the wpbigging and repairing of the said Btepill, denyedt and ordanit that 
the same sail be this symmer with all conuenient diligence and speid, 
helpit and maid watter thicht, for preBervatioun 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 Bobert 
Donald extending to wther fonrtie merkis ; togidder with the wnlaw of 
Williame Don 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 Danid Cargile to be maister of wark to the samen, qoha acceptit 
the said office wpon him. 

• 

18M July, 1693. 
The said daye, the persones of counsall of the said burgh, knawing that 
ther hes arryyit dyyeris schippis from Noroway and wtheris pairtis, to 
the watter of Newburgh, within the precinct and jurisdiction of lliis burgh, 
losing and laidning their, as gif the same war ane fine port, expres aganis 
the auld ancient Uberteis and immuniteis grantit to this burgh, be his 
majesties predicessouris, to the gryt hurt and preiudice theirof, and that 
ihair 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 francos thairanent, ordanit Maister Richard Irwyng, deane 
of ^Id, 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 OOUNCIL BE6ISTEBS 

18th July, servaiid to the toun, of ane garment of reid Inglia flaning, wpon the said 
^^^' AndroiB supplicatioun presentit this day to the consall, quhilk salbe al- 
lowit to the said deane of gild in hia comptia. 

3Ut July, 1693. 
The said day, the persones of conaall of the said burgh efter folowingr, 
&c., upon the barbarous crewaltie laitlie usit and execut upon the [ 3 
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 baimis, hot in the maisterfuU and violent robbing and spulzeing 
of all the bestialU guidis, and geir of a gryt pairt of the inhabitantiB of 
theas boundis, rasing of gryt hairschip furth of the samen, being conmiittit 
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 firie, 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 febst in the suirest and maist 
eaay 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 fiie 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 dyveria 
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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 



83 



tazaaoun ot ane hundreth thowsand pundis grantit to the Km| 


ns 3i>t July, 


Majestie be his estaittes, in the moneth of Januar, in the yeir 


of i*^«- 


God, 1693. 




Striuiling, ...... £333 6 


8 


Lynlitbco, ....... 150 





Kathsay, ...... 66 13 


4 


Dombajian, ...... 150 





Sanirew, 150 





Ruthtghelin, 4 13 


4 


Aip, ....... 333 6 


8 


Irwyng, ....... 222 5 





Glascho, ...... 583 6 


8 


Kiriccowbrycht, . 166 13 


4 


Wigtoun, 166 13 


4 


Quhytherne, . 83 6 


8 


Lanerik, ...... 150 





Jedbnrght, ...... 200 





Selkirk, . 100 





Peblis, . . . . . 133 6 


8 


Hadingtonn, ...... 333 6 


8 


NopBerwik, . 41 13 


4 


Donbar, ...... 83 6 


8 


Lawder, . 55 11 


8 


DumfreBS, ...... 291 13 


4 


Anstrathir, Estir, . . 300 





Anstrnthir, Vestir, ..... 83 6 


8 


CalroM, . 83 6 


8 


Inueikeiihing, ...... 50 





Edinbo^ty ...... 




AUrdene, ...... 1388 6 


8 


Dnndie, 1791 13 


4 


Perth, . ...... 




Banff . 83 6 


8 


Dumfermling, ...... 133 6 


S 


Crafll, . . 133 6 


8 


Forfar, ...... 75 





Breychen . . .... 233 6 


8 



84 



EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEGI8TBB8 



31st Jttlj, 
1583. 



MontroiBB, 

Elgein, 

InuemeB, 

Arbrothty . 

Sanct Androwifl, 

Cowper, 

CuIIeiiy 

ForreB, 

Name, . 

Thayne, 

Dysert, 

Edrcaldie, • 

Pettinweyme, • 

Bruntiland, 

Kyngomei 

Kilrynny, . 

The taxatioun of the haill burrowiB for thair pairt 

thouBand poundis, extending to Bextene thowsand 

Bcoir Bex lib. threttene schillingiB iiii. d. 



300 

208 6 8 

266 13 4 

150 

657 8 

266 13 4 

41 13 4 

55 11 8 

41 13 4 

too 

388 18 4 

300 

166 13 4 

133 6 8 

116 13 4 

41 13 4 
of the said hnndreth 
sex hundreth thrie 



Sth October^ 1593. 
The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleiB, and conBall, conBidering that 
amangiB Bundrie wtheriB gryt disordouriB laitlie croppin in within thiB 
burght, ane not of the BmalleBt importance is the commoun resort, reai- 
denoe, and duelling within the samen of a gryt nmner of idill personeB, 
men and women, not having land nor maiBteriB, nather yit using ony 
lauchtfull merchandice, craft, nor occupatioun quhairby to win thair leving, 
fleing aB apperis fra thair awin duelling and remaining places, and quhair 
thay have bene borne, be ressone of some onlauchtfuU 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 
manor of persone salbe sufPerit 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 leive on in l^^me cum- 
ming, bot that all sic persones sail remove thameselffis, wyffis, baimis, 
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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. - 85 

and gif ane reckining thairof to the magistrattis of this burgh, quhen thay 8th October, 
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 onlaufuU 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 fiirth, hous, 
herbrie, supplie, or interteine thame in ony wayes, hot 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 women, 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. 

nth 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 fumesing of faill to big 
bastailzeis and utheris defensis, hot lykyayis the commoun Lynkis of the 
samen, at the leist dyveris pairtis theirof, quhilk sends lykvayis to the 
commoun proffit and use of the burgh, this yeir and within thir few yeris 
bygane, is and hes bene cassin up and delyit be casting of feal theirupoun, 
and leading thairof to dyreris 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 
qohairof deuysit, statut, and ordanit that na maner of persone within 



86 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEOI6TEB8 

17th October, this burgh, fine nor onftie, preBume nor tak upon hand for the space of 
1503. thrie yeiris efter the day and daitt heirof, to cast ony faill or duvat in the 
saidis Inehis or lankis, wnder the pane of foortie s. to be incurrit be the 
contravenar, efter he be convicti ioties quoiies. 

26M November, 1593. 
The said day, it being wnderstand be the town, conyenit this day to 
thiur publict rowping, that the commoun seall of this bnrgh, qohurwith 
the chartouris and preceptis of losing of the fischingis and hmd tackis 
haldin of the samen ar seallit, as also the provie seall, callit the seall of 
cans, quhairwith the testimoniallis and boirbrevis that passis to uther 
pairtis beyond sey ar seallit, hes gevin na profit 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 expensisB 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 testimoniaHis 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 theirefiir it was prooedit 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 forth nixt to cum 
quhilk sal be their entrie thervnto, to the feast of Witsonday, in the yeir 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 87 

of God j°* V® foir scoire and fyfleine yeiris, for payment of the quhilk 26th Nov., 
Bowme of aucht pundis for ilk ane of the saidis buythis to the thesaurer ^^^^' 
of this bnrgh, the said Johnne Layng becom actit for himself, and as 
cautionar for the remanent occnpearis theirof, and they obleist thame to 
releye the said Johne, ilk ane of his awin part respective. 

8ih December, 1593. 
The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall, deuysit and ordanit 
the proclamationn ynderwritten, 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 Toice 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 inhabitantis of this 
burght, bot also to the people duelling to landvart, of the quhilk pro- 
clamatioun the tenour foUowis : 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 griuitit ane fine fair and mercat to the 
buigh of Abirden, to stand within the toun and firedome 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 
cimimis, and sail continew fra thir forth euerie day except the Sonday 
quhill Witsonday exdusiue, and that all men sail be welcum theinmto, 
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 pf 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 



88 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL REOI8TBB8 

'J4th Dm privie inquest of this burgh, and desyrit the samen to be insert and 
1593. registered in the baillie court buikis of this burgh, ad/khiram rei 



riam^ of the quhilk the tenour folowis : Thir ar the poyntes and articles 
of the previe inquest, on the quhiUds, nichtbouris swome 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 miud thame 
impediment, throw the quhilkis thay micht not guidlie exerce nor do 
thair charge. 

Item, secundlie, gif ony hes forstallit the burgh in the hying of cattell 
or ony wther merchandice or gudis, or in selling of the samen* 

Item, thirdlie, gif thair be ony land within burgh forfiiltit throw ony 
ressonabill cans. 

Item, ferdlie, gif thair be ony men or women defamaris, sklandenuis, 
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 retumis in the samen agane. 

Item, gif thair be any man, bastard, quhilk throw his labouris and 
schifb hes conqueist land within burgh, levand na air lauchtfuUy gottin 
of his bodye behind him. 

Item, gif thair be any conmioun 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 uiher gentillman duelling to landvart, to cum to the burght 
Courtis in preiudice or damnage 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 weiU 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 BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 89 

of the samen ar molestit or trublit, or quhairthrow the pure pepill of the :24th JDee., 
samen ar oppressit and harmit any manor of way. ^^^^ 

Item, gifF cordonanB and litstaris within burgh, thay being brether of 
the gild, uBis daylie thair craftis and offices with thair awin handis. 

Item, gif cordonanB 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 Ubertie 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 thur be any quhilkis hes avay out of the burgh woU, 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 fraudfiillie and iniustlie takis of 
the marchis of his nichtbouris in propertie, or of the toun in commoimtie. 

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 reHgioun war tackin 

M 



90 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

S4th Dec., be the Turk, for thair help and support, being presentit to the cotmsall be 
1598. i^jg Majesties letteris of recoxnxnendatioun, 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 Majestie 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 joj-ful 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 thairoff, 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 Carg^ll, 
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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 91 

prouest and bailleis haying 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 baimis thairin, without licence or toUerance 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 tbeirthrou ; inrespectt quhairoff the prouest and bailleis de- 
cemit and ordanit the said Mr. Dauid to desist and ceas in tym cumming 
from all teiching of baimis 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. 

8th 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. 

16M 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 fiirth 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 majestic, and ordanit Johnne Tullidaf, deane 
of gild, and Willeam Loremar, thesaurar, to tak up sex scoir poundis 
upon proffit, for fiimesing of the saidis tuelf persones and macking of 
thair expenssis, quhilk soume the consall actit thame to refound to the 



92 SXTRA0T8 FROM THE COUNCIL 

16th Joij, saidis deuie of gild and thesaurar, or to allow the same to thame in 
^'^' thair oomptia : and the said maiBter Johnne Cheyne, prouest, offerit him 
reddie ather to pas about with the said schip or remane in the tonn aa 
the consall ihooht expedient 

nth July, 1594. 
The said day, the prouest, hailleiB, and consall, with consent of the 
haill communitie convenit this daye, &c., deuysit and ordanit that the 
thrie strangearis qoha arryrit within the herhrie of this bnrght, upon the 
xvi. of this instant, in ane schip of Caleis calleit the Esperance, the 
maister callit Gharlis Hammell, sail be transportit furth of thair schip, 
with the skipper and equippage theirof, and brocht into the toun and put 
in firmanoe 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. 

\8th 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 Oaleis, 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 TuUiedaf, 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. 

19rA 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, reasoning upon the missive direct to thame be the Eriis 
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 THB BURQH OP ABERDEEN. 93 

toun, being suirlie informit of the gryt forcis of the saidis erlis, mair nor I9(h Sulj, 
pairtie to the toun, qnha war alreddie lyand about the toun reddie to ^ 

invaid and persew 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. 

Uth Augustj 1594. 
The said day, the prouest, biulleis, and consall, considdering the hay- 
nous skUmder and iniurie committit be Issobell Abircromby, servand to 
Agnes Orawfurd; to Christen Kyntoir, spous of Dauid Robertsone, 
officier, as also, to Agnes Dovartie, spous to Thomas Scott, in calling of 
the said Christen witche 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 conyictioun 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 gOTis, 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. 

\6th 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 fiimitour thairunto, quhilk 
thay inlaik, in France, Flanderis, Ingland, or uther pairtis, and to delyuer 
the same agane with the fumitour 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 retume, OoA willing, fra the 
present woyage, thay being satisfeit be the town for the said fumitour 
and chalmeris. 



94 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOI8TEBS 

ioth B«pt., 20tk September, 1594. 

The said day, the prouett, baUleis, and oonsall, deuyait and ordanit 
Johnne Tulledaff, deane of gUd, to pay the sowme of seztene ptmdui 
money to Isaobell Cullen, qK>u8 of Mr. Banid Rniherfiurd, restand to hir 
for the bankett gevin and maid the tyme of the reoonciliatioan betuixt 
certan of the yoong men in the toon, and Beroald Innes in Auld Abirdene, 
quhilk sowme sail be allowit to the said deane of gild in his comptis. 



30ih September, 1594. 
The said day, the oounsell having consideration that Johnne Collysone, 
qoha is electit prouest of this borght 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, baimis, and iamelie, 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*'* Ewyn, deane of 
gild, to prouyd for ane ludging to him, quhair the same may be maist 
commodiousUe had for maill, with all convenient diligence, to the effect 
the said prouest may haue his residence and duelling within this toon, 
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 xziiii. day of July last bypast to the twentie 
day of September instant, to be delywered to Alex*^* Ewyne, deane of gild, 
quhilk deutie extendis to threttie four pundis. 

bih October, 1594. 
The said day, the prouest and baillies decemit 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, 



OP THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 96 

merchand burges of Edinburgh, vpon the aame sowme of ane thousand 6th oetober. 
pundis, togidder with his maiestieB acquittance grantit to this burght 
vpon the said soume of ane thousand pundis, with his graces missiue 
directit to the provest, baillies, and counsell, for payment macking theirof 
to the said Robert Jowsie, to be insert and registrat in the baiUie court 
builds of this burght, ad futurum rex memariam, quairof the tenour 
followis: Apud Edinburght^ [ ] die mensis Junij^ anno Domini mUlesimo 
quingentesimo wmagesimo 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 ypon 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 giff, quhilkis his hienes dedans 
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 effcer 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 
suiscribitur, James R. Gancellarius, Montrois, Tho Thesaurarius, R. 
Secretarius, Newbotle, Blantyir, Parbroith controUar, Sir G. Hume, Sir 
Robert Melvill, Clerk Registre, Alexander Hume, Culluthy. 

Followis the tenour of the assignatioun maid be Sir Johne Carmichaell 



96 EXTBACT8 FBOM THE COUNCIL BBOISTERS 

5th OctoiMr, to Robert Jowsie : — ^Be it kend to all men be thir present letteris, me, 
^^^^' Sir John Carmichaell of that ilk, knicht, forsamekiU as our Soneran 
Lord, with aduise of the lordis of secreit oonsall, hes rengnit and disponit 
to me the sowme of four thousand pondis vsuall money of this realme, 
of his maiestis tocher guid, being in the handis of the prouest, baillies, 
consall, and commonitie of the city of Glasgow ; as alsna, the sowme of 
ane thowsand poundis of the same tocher, being in the handis of the 
prouest, baillies, counsall, and communitie of the bnrght of Abirden, 
and that to be bestowit and warit ypon sic thingis as is necessar for his 
maiesties esquier, at the tyme of the baptisme of the prince his dairest 
sone, &c. &c. And seing Robert Jowsie, merchand, bnrges of Edin- 
burght, hes avancit and payit to me the sowmes foirsaidis, quhairof I 
hauld me weill content and satisfeit, and dischargis him, his uris, and 
assignais of the samin for ewir, &c. &c. 

Followis the tenour of his Muesties acquittance : — Apud EdMurgh^ 
vltimo die mensis Jtdii^ anno Domini miUesimo quingetUesimo nanagesimo 
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 repstrat in the saidis buikis of secreit counAftll, ad futuram 
rei memoriamf 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" v* 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 ypon 
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" v® four scoir ten yeiris, 

thitt was delyuerit to the saidis commissionaris of the burrowis be the 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABBBDEEN. 97 

said Bauid Setoun of Parbroith, comptroUar, in name of oar said soueran 5th October, 
lord allanerlie, and of his maiesties awin proper money, the sowme of ^^' 
ane hondreth thowsand pundis vsuall money of this realme, qahairo£F the 
pairt and portioon receavit be the commissionaris of the citie of GUisgow, 
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 proffit of 
the said sowme of aucht thowsand pundis ; like as the commissionaris of 
the said dtie of Glasgow for thame selffis, and in name of the communitie 
theirof, having powar of thame to that effect, band and obleist thame and 
thiur 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 thaireffcer 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 thankfiiU 
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 Murdocamie, knicht, thesaurer deput ; Walter, Priour of Blan- 
tyre ; Sir Richard Cokbume, 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 Bauid 

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98 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REQI8TBR8 

fttb October, Carnegie of Golluthy, hen burdinit tbe prouest, baillieft, eounflalU and 
^^^* communitie of the said dtie of Glasgow, with the payment of the said 
principall sowme of four thousand pnndis, and the prouest, baillies, 
counsall, and communitie of the sud burgh of Abirden» with the payment 
of the Boume of ane thousand pundis, quhilkis sowme the saidis prowest 
and baillies now present, for thame selffis, and in name and behalff and 
for releijBT of the haill communitie therof, haue reallie and with effect 
payit and delyverit to the said Dauid Setoun of Parbroith, his maiestieB 
eomptrollar, in his hienes name, with aduise of the lordis of his secrett 
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 eomptrollar and lordis of his secreit oonsall 
befoir specifeit, grants that his hienes is thankfulUe 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, bidllies, 
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 memariamj 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 cans 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 eomptrollar foirsaid, haue subscryvit thir presentis with 
thair handis, day, yeir, and place foirsaid. Sic suh$eribitur^ James IL 
Cancellarius ; Montrois ; Tho. Thesaurarius ; Sir Robert Melvill ; R. 
Secretarius ; Blantyre ; CuUuthy ; A. Cierk Registre ; Parbroeth, Comp- 



OF THE BUROH OF ABBBDBEN. 99 

trollar ; Sir 6. Home ; Alexander Home Oannichaell. Extractum de Hbro 5th October, 
actcTum seereti eonsUiiy S. D. N. Regii per me Joarmem Andro, elericum ^^^' 
deputatum eiusdem sub meis signo et subscriptume manuaUbus^ sua it is 
subscriyit Joamies 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 harilie weill. This berar Robert Jowsie, our 
merchand, having fumeist 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, eimistlie 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 HalyrudhouB, the xxiii. of September, 1594. Sic subscribitur^ 
James R. 

25tk October, 1694. 
The said day, comperit Johne CoUysone, prouest, and presentit the 
acquittances afber 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 ret 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, coUectour appoyntit be his Maiestie of the 
taxatioun of ten thowsand pundis grantit be the burrowis of this realme, 
for fumesing 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 

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100 BXTRACT8 FBOM THE COUNCIL REGI8TBB8 

-'oth October, consall and oommunitie of the said burght, the sowme of aucht hundreth 
^^' pundis vsuall money of this realme, for the said tonne of Abirdenis pairt 
of the said taxatioun; and siclyk grantis me to have receavit fra the 
saidis prouest and baLHies, for thame selffis and in name fonudd, the 
sowme of vther ancht hundreth pundis money aboue expremit» maclring 
in the haill the sowme of sextene hundreth pundis for the said town of 
Abirdenis pairt, of vther ten thousand pundis to fumeis the sud men of 
wear for tiie secund moneth be delyuerance thairof, conforme to his 
maiesties command and directioun gevin to me as collectour of the sud 
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 : subscriyit with my hand, at Abirdene, the tuentie-thre day 
of October, the yeir of God j°^ t® fourscore and fourtene yeiris, befoir 
thir witnessisy Bauid Mengzeis, younger, burges of Abirden, Mr. Thomas 
Mollisone, common clerk of the said burght, and Walter Robertsone his 
servitour. Et sic subscrUniur, James Wynrame with my hand, Mr. 
Thomas MolUsone as witnes, Dauid Mengzeis witnes, Walter Robert- 
sone witnes. 

I, Johne Nesmyth, burges of Edinburght, grantis me be thir presents 
to have receavit fra the prouest and baillies of Abirdene for thameselffis, 
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 fumesing 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 thalr successouris for now and ever, be this acquittance, subscrivit 
with my hand, at Abirdene the xxiii day of October, the yeir of Ood j"' 
V® fourscoir and fourtene yeiris befoir thir witnessis, Mr. Bauid Fowlis, 
secretar deput, Patrick Innes, servitour to the clerk of register, Mr. 
Alex'* Burnett, servitour to my Lord Lyndsay, Walter Robertsone, notar 
publict, and Archibald Hog : jS'ic subicribitur^ Johne Nesmyth, with my 



OF THE BUBGH OP ABERDEEN. 101 

hand, D. Fowlis, witnes, Patrick Innes, witnes, Archibald Hog, witnes, ssth 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 
bnrght of Abirdene and fredome theirof, to remaine and byd at hame 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 reahne, 
without ony pane, cryme, skayth, or danger, to be incurrit be thame 
thairthrow in their personis, landis, guidis, or geir, nochtwithstanding 
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 zxiii. day of October, and of our regne the xxviii. yeir, 1694. 
Sic subscribUury James R., cancellarius. 

Apud Aberden vigesimo tertio die mentis Octobris^ armo Domini 
millesimo qutngenteiimo nanagesimo quarto : The quhilk day, the kingis 
maiestie, with aduise of the lordis of his secreit consall, hes decemit and 
declairit, and be thir presentis decemis and declaris, the prouest, baillies, 
consall, conmmnitie, and inhabitantis of the burght of Abirdene, to be 
frie, innocent, and navayis accusable be thame selffis nor thair caution- 
aris, criminallie nor duillie, for nocht apprehending and presenting befoir 
his Maiestie and lordis of his secreit consall of Maister James Gordone, 
£Ekther 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 arryrit 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 interconmmning 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 ymquhill James Erie of Muiray, at 
ony tyme bygane preceding the dait heirof; hot exonerit, lyk as his 
Maiestie witii aduise of the saidis lordis, exoneris thame and thair saidis 
cautionaris of all pane, cryme, and danger, quhilkis thay may incur 



102 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEGI8TEBS 

25th October, thairthrow for euer : lyk as his hienes renuncis and diBchargis all 
^' actioun quhilk his hienes hed hes or may move agaiuB thame, for the 
canssis foirsaid for euer» discharging be thir presentis his MaiestieB 
justice, justice clerk, thesaurar, aduocattiB, and all vtheris his hienes 
officieris and ministeris of his lawis, of all calling, accusing, vnlawing or 
any wayis preceding aganis the saidis prouest, baiUies, consall, and 
vtheris aboue writtin» for the caussis forsaidis, poynding, trubling, or 
intrometting with ihame, thair landis, guidis, and geir, theirfor and of 
their offices in that pairt Extraetum de libro act&rum secreti eonsUii S.D.N. 
regis per me Joannem Andro^ elerieum deputaium eiusdem $ub meis signo et 
subscriptwne manualibus : Sic subscribiiuTi Joannes Andro. 

Apud Abirden^ vigesimo tertio die mensis Oetobris^ anno Domini mUie^ 
simo quingeniesimo nonagetimo quarto. Forsamekill as the prouest, baillies, 
consall, and commonitie of Abirdene, hes at the kingis nudesties Bpeciall 
sute and eimist desyre lent and delyrerit 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 schiUingis, 
aucht penneis, money of this realme, quhilk quantitie of pulder his 
maiestie and consall promittis be thir presentis to cans delyuer agane to 
the saidis prouest and baillies, and vtheris forsaidis, of the first and red- 
diest 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 demoUschit and cassin doun 
theirwith ; and in caiee of not delyuerie of the said poulder, work lomes, 
and materialliB, 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 Extraetum de 
libro actorum secreti consUii S. D. N. Regis per me Joannem Andro, cleric 
cum deputaium eiusdem sub meis signo et subncriptione manualibus. Sic 
subscribitur^ Joannes Andro. 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. • 108 

I5th November, 1594. I5th Nov., 

Item, the grass of the commoun linkis with Fatties Linkis, Castelhill, 
and Hedonishill, was sett after publict rowping to George Elphingstoun, 
saidler, for the somne of ten poundis, fra the day and dait heirof, quhilk 
salbe his entrie theironto, quhill the xxt. day of November nixt to cmn, 
in the yeir of Ood j"^ v* four scoir and fyftene yens, kepand the eird and 
skmiff theirof on delvit or cassin yp : Johne Sffinderis become cautioun for 
payment thairof to the thesaorar, 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"* v* 
four scoir and fyftene yens, quha fond 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 bime imis 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 bime imes 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 weiU of the town or vtherwayia occupeit be him seHF, 
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 sud burght, and nane exceding his said 
offer, the sud toU 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 FBOM THE COUNCIL BEGIBTEBS 

15th Not., sonday nixt thaireftir, in the yeir of Ood j"* y^ four scoir and sixtene yeris, 
^^^' quha fiind Johne Layng cautionar for payment of the foiraatd sowme to 
the thesaurar of thiB hurght, and he obleist him to releve the said 
cautionar. 



Item, the halydayes fiache and Sanct Nicolas mett war thaireftir rowpit, 
and eftir publict rouping, the sonme of thrie sooir and fonrtene merids 
being ofFerit theirfoir be Alexander Mollisone, and nane snrmonting him 
in offer, the aame waa 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"* t® four sooir and iyftene yeris, 
for the said sowme, quha fand George Forbes cantioun for payment 
thairof to the maister of kirkwark, and he obleist him to releve his said 
cautionar. 

IZth December^ 1594. 
The said day, the haill toun being lauchfullie wamit 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 Grukschank, William Dun, Johne Layng, 
Alexander Burnett, Alex, and Stevin Baxter, and Alexander Patersone, 
tailzeour, taxtaris and stentaris, to stent vpon the haill inhabitantis of the 
said buight, baith fiie and onftie, 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 
Demley, Lord Torboltoun, Obigny, and Methven, &c, 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 heff 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 Blakbume, minister, of his ordinar stipend for the Wit- 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 105 

sonday and Mertimes termes last bypast, four scoir fourtene yens, togid- i3th Dee., 
der with the sonine of tua hundreth pundis for sustentatioun of the 
purell of the totin, sa mony as ar in catalog appoyntit be the consall and 
baith the sessionis, to be sustenit yponn 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 to¥nds 
within this refihnei and for purging of the town of straing, idell, and ex- 
tranear beggeris, quhilkis taxtaris compehing in judgement, war solem- 
nitlie swome to stent the saidis soumes, quhilkis extendis in the haill to 
the soume of [ ] ypoun the haUl inhabitantis of this toun, baith 

frie and onfney ilk man according to his habiUtie and substance, conforme 
to their knawledge. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, Johne GoUysone, prowest, presentit in judgement the 
licence grantit be Lodouick, Duke of Lennox, &c., lieutenant in the north 
pairtis of this reahne, to the town of Abirden, to remaine at hame fra the 
present raid, quhilk was ordanit to be registrat, adfuturam ret memoriam^ 
quhairof the tenour follows : We, Lodouick, Duke of Lennox, Erll 
Demley, Lord Torboltoun, Obigny, and Methyen, &c. lieutenant to his 
maiestie within the north piurtis 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 proclamationis 
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 yens. 

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100 EXTRACTS FROM THE OOtmCEL BEaiSTEBS 

19th Dec, Sic subscribiiur, Lennox, Sir Robert MelviU, CannichaeU, Donypace, 

ISM 

younger. 

lOth February t 1694. 
The said day, Lodouick, Duke of Lennox, Erie Bemly , Lord Torboltoun, 
Obigny, and Methven, &c., lieutenant and justice to his maiestie owir the 
north pairtis of this reahne, was creat and maid burges of this burght, and 
was swome and gawe his ayth solemnitlie in manor following : Li 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 aetis of parliament, and suld abyd therat and de- 
fend the same to his lyris end, forsaking the Romane religioun callit 
papystrie ; that he suld be leill and trew to our Souerane Lord the Kingia 
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 lefiJl ; suld vsurp nor purcheis na lord- 
schip contrar the fredome of the samen ; and finallie, suld do nor attempt 
nathing hurtfuU to the liberties and commoun weill of this burght, so help 
him God, and be God himselff. 

The said day, Sir Robert Melvill of Murdocamy, 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 RoUintrie- 
croce ; Robert Douglas, sone to ymquhill [ ] Douglas of Mayns ; 

Mr. William Ruthven ; Mr. Henrie Keir ; Mr. Thomas Levingstoun ; 
Mr. Alex'* Craig; William Oram; Johne Dauidsoun; Thomas Ander- 
sone, all domestik seryitouris to my Lord Duke ; James Bosuall and Johne 
Dun, seryitouris to the said Sir Robert Melvill ; Willeam Lauder ; Steyin 
Bruntsedell ; Johne Cairnis of Cultis ; Willeam Leyingstoune, seryitour 
to the Laird of Dunypace ; Robert Lauder and Gilbert Johnestoun, yiolar, 
war creat and maid burgessis of this burght, with the said Lodouick, 
Duke of Lennox, quha gaif thur 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 THB BUBGH OF ilBERBEEN. 107 

14M February, 1594. uthFab.. 

The said day, compeiit Johne OoUesone, prouest, and presentit the 
remiBsionn and dischiurge underwritten, and desyrit the same to be insert 
and registrat in the baillie court buikis of this burgh, ad fuiuram ret 
memariam, quhilk was ordanit to be registrat to the effect foirsaid, 
quhairof the tenour followis : Ws, Ludouick, Duke of Lennox, Erie 
Bemley, Lord Torbolton, Obigny, and Methyen, &c., lieutenant and 
justice to his maiestie owir the north pairtis of this realme, be the 
tenour heirof, for certan reasonabill caussis and considerationis moying 
ws, hes remittit and dischargit, and be thir our lettres, remittis and dis- 
chargis all actioun criminall or dyill, quhilkis we or ony utheris in our 
name, had, hes, or ony vayis may have, or mowe aganis the pronest, 
baiUeis, consall, communitie, and inhabitantis of the burght of Abirdene 
and fredome theirof, for the crymes folowing, to yit, transporting of gold 
and-syluere with all manor of forbidin guidis out of the ountrie, for- 
stalling and regratting of mercattis, committing of usurie, slauchter of 
blakfische, adulterie, incest, yitchcraft, wsing of bin 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 : Geyin wnder our signet, and subscryvit with our 
hand, at Abirden, the tuelff day of Februar, 1594*yeiris. Sic subserilnturt 
Lenox, Sir Robert Melvill. 

28th 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. 



I4th 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 



108 EXTRACTS FBOM THB OOimCIL BEQI8TBB8 

14th Uu6tk, schippis or weBchellis, Geoige, Bomtyme Erie of Huntlyey and Francis, 

^^^' sumtyme Erl of ErroU, with thair senrandis, 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 borght, ad 
fuiuram ret memoriamf qohilk desyre the bailleis thoeht ressonabilU and 
ordanit the samen letter to be registrat to the effect foirsaid, quhairof the 
tononr folowis : Rex. Maistoris, skipperis, awneris, and marineris of 
quhateumevir 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, Oeorge, sumtyme Erll of Huntlye, and Francis, sumtyme Eril 
of Enroll, with thair senrandis, and transport thame to quhateumevir 
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, nochtwithstanding of quhateumeuer 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 suiseribUur^ James B. 

I5M April, 1696. 

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 
Tse his said craft and occupatioun quhill Witeonday, in the yeir of God 
j» v« four Bcoir seuentone yeiris, quhill thay have a pruiff of his waikman- 
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'* Ewyn, dean of gild, to miLlr a 
pair of joggis, and fessin the same te the jebat, for putting thiurin 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. 

\%th April, 1696. 
The said day, comperit in presence of the prouest, baillies, and consall, 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 109 

Thomas Borthiky and grantit and confessit that he had trablit the toun isth April, 

yponn the sext day of this instant, vnder silence of nicht, in cumming to ^^^' 

the howse of Jonet Howysone, relict of ymqnhile Alex'* Blakhall, sersching 

the same for the said Jonett» and in cmnming 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 pistolUs within his 

close, and that mair ignorantlie nor wilfiillie, offending thairby the toun, 

magisirattis, and nichtbouris» and speking injuriouslie of the magistrattis, 

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 cnmming, quhairfor the consall remittit to him his said offence. 

\5th May, 1595. 
The said day, Robert Watsone and Robert Andersone war aecusit 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 dedsioun and knawlege of the 
assise, chosin, swome, and admittit in judgement, quhilk assise being 
fnrth of court removit and indusit within tiie consalhous, efter detfiill 
tryell and examinatioun had be thame of the accusatioun aboue 
writin, entering in court, thay all in ane voice, be the mouth of 
Bauid Cargill, chanceUar, 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 injurie be word, to be in the said Robert Watson, and the fyrst 
vapyn, to yit ane quhynger, to be drawen be the said Robert Ander- 
sone ; and Alex'* Burnett becom souertie and cautioun actit for Robert 
Watsone for the modificatioun of his ynlaw, 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, ynder the pane of ane hundreth pundis ; and 
Thomas Forbes, younger, becom actit souertie and cautioun for the said 
Robert Andersone, for payment of his ynlaw according to the modificatioun 
of the consall, and that the toun sail nocht be trublit be him in tyme cum- 
ming, ynder the said pane of ane hundreth pundis ; and the saidis Robert 
Watsone and Robert Anderson actit thame to releiye thair saidis 
souerties. 



110 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REOI8TBR8 

16th Maj, 16lA Jlfoy, 1695. 

1596. 



The said day, Alex''* Pateraoney taikeour, was ooiiTict be the depositions 
of dytiers feuiioass witaeBsis» for his Tnnatanll misbehayionr and dealing 
towards James Donaldsone, merchant Irarges of this burgh, be conyening 
of the haill craft of the tailzeomis, and persnading and desyring thame 
nocht to by any kynd of merchandise fra the said James, be ressone that 
the said James delatit the said Alex'*, as he alledgit, to the dean of gild, 
for handling with foran waris, qnhairopon the said Alex'' was convict 

28M Majfi 1596. 
The said day, the consall, ypon the supplicatioun of Robert FergoshiU, 
burgeis of Irwing, piUeit and herreit be the Ireland men, ordanit the dean 
of gild to answer him of the sowme of twentie schillingis to hes sopport, 
qohilk salbe allowit to him in his comptis* 

2nd Jtme^ 1595. 
The said day, the prouest and baillies, with ane gryt pairt of the consell, 
vpon the complaynt of BCaister Bichard Irwing, barges of the said bai*^t| 
heretabUl possessour of the croft callit the Gallowhill croft, lyand in the 
north territory of the croftis of the samen, betoizt the landis of Sanct 
Peteris hospitaU on the north, the seik folkis myre at the south, the kingis 
commonn gett passand betuixt the newtonn of Abirden and the aoldtonn 
therof in the wast, and oertane marche stanes crodt on the eist, againis 
James Leslye elder, barges of the same borght, pretendit present occapear 
of the croft callit the seik folkis croft, mercheand oontigae with the 
said Maister Richardis croft, for the wrongous 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 swome solemnitlie, witii quhais depositionis, and with 
the saidis Maister Richardis originall infeftment and chartour of the said 
Gallowhill croft, the saidis prouest, baiUies, and consall being ryplie 
advysit, boundit and marchit the said Gallowhill croft, fra the said croft 
callit the seik folkis croft, as foUowis, vis. : Begynnand at ane gryt stane 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDBEN. Ill 

this day sett doan on the north syid of the said seik folkis myre, thairfra 2nd Jane 
asoendand lineaUie north or thairby to ane laich eirdfast stane bayth 
erodt this day» and theirfra north to ane ard£Byit stane in the grene balk, 
erodt as said is. 

30th June, 1696. 
The said day, the haill town being lanchtfollie wamit to this day, be 
the handbell passand throw the haiU rewis of the toun, qnhairvpon the 
berar mayd fayth, and conyening for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, 
representand the haill body of the toun, votit, consentit, and agreit, that 
the toun and landis of Capristoon, perteining to Alex'* Forbes, bnrges of 
this bnrght, sail be bocht fra him with the reddiest of the compositionis 
and few gressnmis restand yit on payit be the fewaris of the landis of the 
fredome, for thair new infeftmentis maid to thame, with marchis of 
propertie, vpon the saidis fewaris submissions, becans the saidis landis of 
Ofl^ristonn lyis neir tiiis burght, merchand contigue with the fi«dome 
thereof, and war content that the prouest, baillies, and consall, sold agrie 
with the said Alexander Forbes for the samen, and tak secoritie and 
infeftment theirof to the pronest, baillies, consall, and commonitie of this 
bnrght, and to thair successoris, to remane with this burght in all iyme 
cununing, 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. 

2nd July, 1696. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, vpon supplicatioun of 
M'* Thomas Leslye, burges of this burght, and schiref deput of Abirdene, 
ynder Johnne Leslye of Balquhyne, scherif, craning the tounis pairt of 
the ynlawis 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 lyplie 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 FBOM THE OOUNCIL BBOI8TEBS 

9nd Jn^, negligence in tyme bygane of the magistrattis of this bnrght, and Bcherif, 
to quhom power is granted be the saidis actis of parliament for hankliii^ 
of justice coortia vpon alayeria of blak or reid fische in forbidden tyme, 
distroyeris of smoltiB, and frey of salmound, and considdering lykwayia 
that the said ouersicht and negligence hes bred no litill diaoommoditie, 
hurt, and preiudice to the salmound fischingia of thia burght, and con- 
aequentlie to the commonn weiU theirof, theirfor grantit to the aaid M'* 
Thomaa, the tonnia pairt of the aaidis vnlawia, sic aa may fall to the 
aame be the aaid actis of parliament, and gawe the aame to him for hia 
laboria, and pania to be takin be him in haulding of the aaid jnstioe 
Courtis, and for aatisfeing of the offideria to be aend and direct for 
aummounding of all peraonea contrayenaria of the aaidia actis, quhom the 
aaid M'* Thomas aall be hauldin to aatiafie 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'* Thomas ane of the bailliea 
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'* 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 inelutiuef prouyding cautioun 
be sett be the said M*^* Thomas actit in the townis buikis, to releiwe the 
prouest, biuUies, consall, and communitie of this burght of his BCaieaties 
pairt of the ynlawis of the saidis persones that hapins to be convict i^ 
the handis of his Maiestie, thesaurer, and checker. 

3rd July, 1695. 
The said day, anent the complaynt gevin in aganis the tennantis, 
maillaris, and occupearis of the salmound iischingis 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, maisteria, 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 fewaria 
and maisteris watteris, payit their alledgit contractit dett in tl|e 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 3d July, 
and deutie to the lettermariday, alledging the same to be the terme of ^^^' 
payment theirof, theirfor desjrring ordonr to be tackin theranent, quhair- 
throw the saidis awnaris, maisteris, and proprietaris of the saidis 
fischingis, snld be payit of the miull 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 
Ytheris merchandis, as in the said complaynt at mair lenth wes contenit, 
qnhairwith the bailleis being aduysit, finding the samen a mater of con- 
sequence that hes nocht occurrit heirtofoir, and for setting doirn of ane 
ordour to be obseniit heirefter 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 ysit be the saidis maleris in maner befoir specifeit, remittit 
the said mater to the knawledge and determinatioun of the assise aboue 
writtin, chosin, swome, and admittit in judgement, as men of best judge- 
ment and vnderstanding, electit forth amangis the haill nychtbouris of 
this burght, quha out of court remoyit, and indusit within the counsalhous, 
efter lang reasoning and guid deliberatioun, entering agane in court, fand, 
pronundt, 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 pakldt 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 

p 



114 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL REOI8TBB8 

3rd July, statat and deuysit, that na couper, packer of salmoaiid fische within this 
^^^' bnrght, sail pack any sahnoond fische on the nicht to ony mailler, or yit 
at any vther tyme, qohill he mak the awnar of the fisching aduerteist, to 
the effect he be nocht defraudit of his maill fische. 

9th July, 1690. 
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 cans mend and 
rewU the knok within the said Gray Freiris Kirk ; as siclyk, to cans 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 productionn 
of his compt theranent to the consall, to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

I2th July, 1590. 
The said day, the prouest and baillies said that tluur vas wrang done 
the nicht immediatlie bygane, in erecting and Ugging vp of ane little 
faill hous on the north syd of the kirk yard, vnder silence of nicht, quhilk 
obefoir was demolischit be yertew 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 doan, and instantlie cansit Daoid 
Robertsone and Andro Hay, tua of the ordiner o£Eicieris tak doun certane 
of the doyettis therof, and sum of the faill of the wallis therof, for obedi- 
ence to this present ordinance, and the same to be cassin donn 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 little hous on the north syd of the kirk yard dyk, yister- 
nicht ynder silence of nicht, the samenhous being demoleschit obefoir, be 
yertew 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 conyict and put in amerciament of court to for- 
beir, &c. ; and lykyayis, the said Andro being accusit for deforcing, 
staying, and stopping of Thomas Eellye and Andro Hay, offideris, and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 116 

the warkmen, to cast doun that day eftemone the said little hous, quhilk isth Jaiy, 
was biggit and erectit yistemicht be the said Andro, denyit the same, ^^^* 
quhairypoun the prouest and baillies having takin tryell and probatioun 
thairanent, fand that the said Andro had deforcit» stoppit, and stayit the 
saidis offideris and warkmen with thame, in dimolisching of the said hous 
this day eftemonei quhairfor the said Andro was convict and put in 
amerciament of court 

16M July, 1695. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consaU 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 Aufftutt 1595. 
The same day, the prouest, baillies, and consall ordanis Dauid Cargill, 
thesaurar, to fumeis bread and wyne to the communioun of the Lordis 
tabill, quhilk is to be administrat, Gh>d willing, on Sonday nixt, in sic 
quantitie as sail serve the tume, and quhat he debursis thervpon ordanis 
the same to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

27M 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. 

lO^A September, 1595. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, vpon the supplicatioun 
of tna puir Dense men, marineris schipbrockin, ordanit Alexander Ewyn, 



116 EXTRACTS FROM THE GOUNCIL REGISTERS 

10th s«pt., dean of gild, (o answer thame of the sonme of aucht pundis money for 
^^^^ thair support, quhilk salbe allowit to him in his oomptis, and lykrayes 
ordanit the said dean of gild to pay Marioon Rolland, spoos to Robert 
Scherar, four pundis sex s. viii. d. for the wyne gevin to the conmiisflar 
and aduocattis with him, at command of the oonsall, quhilk tudbe allowit to 
him in his comptis. 

The said day, the protest, baillies, and consall ordanit Alexander Ewyn, 
dean of gild, to by to Alexander Tailyeour, alias Checkum, conunoun 
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. 

nth September, 1695. 
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 halUs 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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 117 

that be the aduyse of Dauid Andersoae, Dauid Cargill, and sic vtheris of i7th Sept., 
the eonsall 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 
meiU sic ane deutie to be exaetit of the awner theirof, as sail be deuysit 
heirefter be the oonsall, and the saidis hallis to be rowpit yeirlie. 

I2ih November, 1596. 
The same day, the prouest, baillies, and eonsall, ordanit Dauid Car- 
gill, dean of gild, to gif to Gilbert Baimis, sacristar, kepar of thair 
paroche kirk, ane gown of self blak, as ane garment maist convenient 
for his office, and tiie expenssis to be debursit be the said dean of gild 
theirupon. 

17 th November, 1695. 
The said day, the haill toune being lauchtfullie wamit 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 toirn, it wes exponit be Thomas Mengzeis of Dume, 
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 
buidenit with particular floclds, and sua the caus of the Gk>spell 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 tiiis toun be deuydit 
in four seuerall competent congregationis, folowing the exampill of vther 
Weill constitut and govemit commoun weillis : quhilk wark tending sa 



118 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEOISTBBS 

17th Not., fair to Goddis glory, and to the vdU and honour of this bnrght, cold nocht 
'^^' be efFectuatit without the consent of the inhabitantis, and theirfor the 
said Thomas Mengzeis, prouest» inquyrit of the haill toun, conyenit as 
said is, giff thay wald assent to the conclustoun and ordinance of the 
auld and new consallis, sessionis, and ministrie forsaid, and euerie manniw 
Yoit being cravit efter the ordour of the suitt roll, ilk man yoting be him 
selff, thay with vniuersaU consent agreit that four congregationis, four 
seuerall pastouris, kirkis, and sessionis, sail be within this burght in tyme 
cuming, ane of the aaidis 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 oonsall, deuysit and ordanit 
Dauid Cargill, dean of gild, to answer and obey M'* Peter Bbikbume, 
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. 

19 th November^ 1695. 
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 conyenient rowme for placing of the same, fond 
sua be the consall, quhilkis hallis obefoir was ordanit to haye bene biggit 
at the eist end of the tolbuyth stair. 

26th November^ 1695. 
Item, it being procedit to the rowping of the grass of the Linkis, and 
the prouest and bailleis remembring that the generall conyentioun of 
burrowis, as also the generall assemblie of the ministrie of this reahne, 
ar to be hauldin within this burght in the moneth of Julii nixt, and 
that thair is nocht grass nar hand this burght for serying of the com- 
missionaris horssis, and the horssis of sic as sail be at the saidis 
conyentionis saiff onUe the grass of the saidis Linkis : theirfor the 
prouest and baillies, with aduyse of the consall and town conyenit ihis 
day, ordainis the grass of the saidis Linkis to be kepit and hanit quhill 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 119 

the saidis conTentioiuB, for syrving of the horssis of sic as sail be present 36th Not., 
theirat. ^*^®*- 

1st December^ 1596. 
The said day, anent the actioiin and cans of nichtbourheid, movit and 
persenit be George Erie Merschall aganis Gilbert Mengzeis of Petfoddellis, 
for reparing of flie said Gilbertis nunous wallis nixt adiacent to the said 
erlis ludging and yard, and finding cautioun to the said erie, de indemnU 
tatef as the said erlis clame gevin to the said Gilbert beris, comperit the 
sidd erll be Mr. Johne Cheyne his procuratour, and producit the said 
clame, and desyrit the prouest and baillies to deceme the said Gilbert, to 
find the said erll nichtbourheid and cautioun, de indemmtate^ 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 
oocasioun of the said ruynous wall, and aganis the said judges incace 
they caus nocht the said Gilbert find the said cautioun : ex adverse com- 
peirit the said Gilbert, be Mr. Alex'* 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 indemnUate^ yit having con- 
sideratioun that the said Gilbert offeris him to prewe be occular inspectioun 
and Ytherwayis, as accordis of the law, that gif the said erie 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 mdemnitate^ adherand therto, desyrit ane day to 
answer to the said clame, and the said Mr. Johne Cheyne, pi*ocuratour 
for the said erll, alledgit na day suld be gevin to answer, in respect the 
actioun is of nichtbouriieid, and theirfor summar ; and the said frivoll 
alledgeance aucht not to stay the cautioun, de tndemmtate^ inrespect 
thair is nathing dependand aganis the said erll theranent, at the instance 
of the said Gilbert; and fiirder, the said Gilbert lykvayes desyrit 
cautioun, de indenmitate, of the said erle, and the prouest and baillies 
decemit 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. 



120 EXTBACT8 FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOI8TEB6 

17th Dec., nth December, 1596. 

^ The said day, the consall ordanit Maister GeoT^ge Anderaone, theaaurer, 

to pay to M'* Dauid Cimingfaame Btschop of Abirdene, the somne of 
savin pundis money, for the doubill greasiim and entries sylner of the 
toun of Abirdene to the landis of Ci4>ra8loiin, and sidyk fourtie a. for 
the said Bischoppis ronnd seall to the townis chartoor of oonfirmatioon 
of the saidis landis, and the sowme of threttie fyre s. for the few deutie 
of the saidis landis of Caprastoon, of the Martimes terme last bypast, 
quhilk sal be allowit to him in his thesaurer comptis. 



Eodem 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and oonsall, considdering that the 
tua commonn knockis of this borgfat, to yit, the kirk knok and the 
tolbnith knok| sen Martemas last hes bene eyill handlit and rewlit, and 
hes nocht gane indnring the said spacoi theirfor feit Thomas Gordone, 
gunmacker, to reull the saidis tua knockis, and to cans thame gang and 
strik the houris richtlie bayth nicht and day, quhilk the said Thomas 
promeist fiiythfiillie to do, and to be diligent in renling 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 consail, for the quhilk the consall ordanit him to have for his panis 
in reuling of baith the saidis knockis, vlklie, sex schiUingis aucht 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. 

24M December, 1595. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, considdering that the 
cheifiF burrowis of this realme hes houssis belanging to the burgfat callit 
the townis houssis, quhiUds 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 befbir the 
prouest and baillies, and that maist ewous to the tolbuith of the burght : 
and that Muster Thomas Mollysone commoun clerk of this burght, is to 



OF THE BI7BQH OF ABERDEEN. 121 

remove at Witsonday nixt fira the chalmer and wreting hous preaentlie !24th Dec.. 
oocupeit be him, quhilk wes oocupeit obefor be vmquhill Maister Johnne ^^^' 
Kennedy, oommound cleric, dyyers and sindrie yens, lyand on the north 
syd of the Castelgett of this bnrght, quhilk was ever calUt the clerkis 
chahner, a place knawin to the haill inhabitantis and vtheris as maist 
oonyenient for that purpose, being sa neir the tolbuyth of this burght, 
to sie and prouyd for ane hous quhair the same may be maist oommo- 
diously and conyenientlie 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 commodiousUe and convenientlie had narrest to the tolbuyth, to be 
ane yreting buyth to the said M'' 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 e£Pect, 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. 

Bth January^ 1596. 
The said day, compeirit judiciallie, in presence of the prouest, baillies, 
and consall of the said burght, George Gardyn of Sanchorie, and fiielie 
and simplie renunceit, quyt clameit, and dischargit, all actioun and per- 
sute, bayth duill and criminall, quhilk he hed, hes, or ony wayis may 
have in tyme cuming aganis Thomas Mengzeis of Dume, Willeam Set- 
toun of Bhur, M'- Dauid Kutherfurd, Willeam Gray, Alex'* Jaffiray, 
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 Eraser, measoune, Patrik Leith, 
armorar, Gilbert Still, Oharlis Wilsone, Robert Kelo, Patrick Donald- 
sone, Johne Flescher, Richard Flescher, and George Gibsone, all bu^- 
gessis and induellaris of the burght of Abirdene, or aganis quhatsumeuer 
vther persones burgesses and inhabitantis therof, for cuming to the said 
Geoi^ Gardynnis duelling hous of Banchorie Devynnik, in the moneth of 

Q 



122 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEGI6TEB8 

8th Jaoatfy, May, in the yeir of Ood j"^ y® fotmcoir ten yeiig, tacking out of vmquhiH 
1596. n^x^u sigg0|^ yg Maiettteg rebell, forth of the Bamen, quha fled and toik 



the said hous for his Baifgoard, peroewing and asseging theirof, bracking 
doon and demolishing of the waUis of the samen^ or ony pairt theirof, or 
for tmbling of the said George, or ony of his servandis or bairms, and all 
and qnhatsomeyer yther actionn he hes, had, or in any vayes micht pre- 
tend to have, aganis the saidis persones, or any of thame, or aganis 
qnhatsumeuer other persones that was in companie with tiuune, at the 
tyme fbirsaid, qnhidder the same actioim be ciyill or criminall, grantand 
and confessand, that qnhatsumeuer the said Thomas Menzeis and re- 
manent persones aboue writtin, or sic as war with thame, at the tyme 
aboue spedfeit, was lauchtfiillie 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 Irarght 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 
foimamit persones aboue writin, toik 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 fyftie merkis ysuall money of this reahne, of the reddiest 
of the accidentis and casualiteis belonging to this toune, being in his 
handis, betnixt the daitt heirof and the feist of Candilmes nixt to cum, 
quhilk sail be allowit to the said dean of gild in his comptis. 

I2ih January^ 1696. 
The said day» Thomas Mengzeis of Dume, prouest, in presence of the 
haill toune, convenit this day in thair held 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 borght as to land, vpon the second 
day of Februar nixt, and that his hienes proclamatioun is direct thair- 
wpon, conunanding and charging all his hienes lieges, alb weill to buight 
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 



OF TUB BUBGH OF ABBBDBEK^ 128 

FBbmar nizt, weill bodin in fear of weir, in the presence of the prouest isth January, 
and baillies of bnrrowlB, Btewartis, schireffis, and viheris commiBsionaris ^^^' 
to landwart, vnder the pane of tinsell of lyifP, landis, and gudis, and that 
for reuBting and withstanding foran preparationis threatnit of a lang 
tyme bygane, for proseqntionn of thair detestabiU conspiracies againis 
Christ and his eyangell, qnha ar presentlie in reddines, intending to aryue 
in this iland to move a pablict weir againis God, his trew religioun, his 
MaiestieB persone and aathority» and all the guid subiectis of this 
reahne professing the same relij^onn with his hienes, to the mine and 
oonqoest of this ancient kingdome, and libertie qnhilk the same hes 
inioyit sa mony agis, that it may be subject heirefter to the shii£Fne and 
tyiranie of thai prood nation of the Spangeardis, qnha hes maid sa 
Tnlanchtfon conqneis in dyvers partis of the wardill, as in the letteris 
pnUischeit thairanent at mair lenth was contenit, and intimat the same 
to the haill tonn, conyenit as said is, commanding and ordaining thame 
and enerie ane of thame, for obedience to his Maiesties charge and 
proclamatioim, that thay prepair thame self&s, and be in reddines agane 
the said second day of Febroar nixt, wmll bodin in fidar of weir, with 
hagbnttis, jadds, spearis, and steill bonattis, reddie to fpS thair wapin- 
schaWy and fblow 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 proclamatioan, and schaw thair 
deatifoll 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 mnstore, vtherwayis armit than with jack, corslett, lang speir, or 
hagbat, and that they present nocht the wapinschaw with halbertis nor 
Dense aizis ; and lykyayes intimat to the merchandis, trafficquaris of this 
burght, that thay bring hame pulder, bnllettis, 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. 

20M January, 1696. 
Eodem die, Dominus Joannes Carmidiaell, de eodem, miles, receptus et 
admissus fint in liberom bmgensem et fratrem gilde burgi de Abirden, de 
communi omnium borgensium eiusdem consensu et assensn, solutis pre- 



124 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BBGI8TEBS 

20th Janutrj, poaito, qninque Bolidit in alba buna, et prestito per eiindem, solito 
"*^- juramento. 

2Srif Jmrnary, 1695. 
The said day, the haill toon, buT^geads and craftinnen, &c., the mater 
concerning the proniaionn for the pure being opinlie decleirit to thame be 
the bailleis and minister, and the act of parliament maid theiranent being 
publioUie red in all their audience, and the puir being deuydit in four rankia, 
to Tit, in babis, decayit peraones houahalderia, leamit and impotent peraonesy 
and in aic aa war decrepit and auld, borne and bred within this burght, at 
the leiat that hea maid their oommoun reaort and reaidence within the 
aame be the apace of thir aevin yeria bypaat, thay all in ane voce but any 
oppoaition or contradictioun, folowing first Goddia commandement, and 
nixt the directioun of the aaid act of parliament, grantit, agrat, and con* 
aentit, ilk man fiielie and Yoluntarlie voting be himaelf, according to the 
ordour of the auit roll, aum to receawe in thair houaaia ane baib, and lyk 
vayis to pay oontributioun for help and aupport of the remanent puir of 
the rankia foraaidia, borne and bred within this toun, at the leiat quha 
hea maid reaidence within the aame be the apace foraaid, utheria to con- 
tribut, and ilk man voting be himaelf, grantit to pay the contributioun sett 
doun in the roll maid this day, for ane yeir» to be payit quarterlie, with 
proviaioune that the magiatrattia tak aic aubatantioua ordour anent the 
expelling of extranear beggaria, idill and vagabond peraonea, furth of this 
burght, aa the aaid act of parliament preacryvia, and that the purell of this 
burght of the rankia foraaidia, be contenit within houaaia, helpit be the 
commoun contributioun, and not aufPerit to cum to the atreittia, houaaia, 
or yettia of thia burgh to aeik almous, and according to the aaid voting, 
ilk man speking be himself as said is, the roll was inatantlie aett down, 
and sic aa everie man grantit be hia awin mouth, wreittin, and the babia 
delyuerit to aic aa war content to receawe tham, the receaweria name with 
the babia name, wreittin lykvayea* 

WthFtbmary, 1695. 
The quhilk day, the proueat, bailleia, and conaall, for obedience to hia 
majeatiea chargia and letteria publeachit anent the aaaembling of his hienes 
haill lieges, fenaibill peraonea, ala weill to burgh aa to land, upon the 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDBEN. 126 

secttnd day of this instant Febroar, commanding and ordaining the nth Feb., 
nomerifl of the persones that mustoris to be put in roll and send out to ^^^^' 
his grace, ordanit the nnmer of four hundreth persones, hagbutteris and 
spearmeuy to be gevin wp for this burght, gevaris of mnsturis 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 leme and trayn the 
inhabitantis of the same parochin to gang in ordour, and beir thair 
wi4>ynnis, and to convene twyis ilk moneth to that effect, theirfor iiie 
consall ordanit the four bailleis to be commanderis of the inhabitantis of 
this burght, ilk baUlie commander of his awin quarter, and sic as he sail 
^>poynt and nominat under him and na utheris, to leme 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 wamit 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 oommandit and wamit be the maggistrattis, wnder the pane of ane 
wnlaw of ten pundis, to be upUftit of ilk persone absent or insufficiently 
armit ; and sidyk, 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 equalUe 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. 

I4th February, 1696. 
The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and persones of the consall of the 
said burght efter folowing : thay ar to say, Thomas Mengzeis of Dume, 
prouest ; Mr. Richard Irving, Alexander Forbes, Mr. Dauid Rutherford, 
bailleis ; Alex'* Cullen, Alexander Rutherford, Johne CoUysone, Willeam 
Gray, Dauid Andersone, Dauid Cargill, Mr. George Andersone, Thomas 
Gray, Alex'* Crukschank, Johne Tallydaff, Johne Kyng, Willeam Loremar, 
and Gilbert Blak, ooupar : 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 



126 EXTRACTS FBOH THE COUNCIL SBOI8TEBS 

4th ^BbriMiy, September or thaMy, in tlie yetr of God j"^ v* four aooir fonrtene yerts, is 
^^^' retnmit, M thay ar crediblie iiiformit» fr» Spaimie, and ia com thU day to 



this toon, landit at Anatrotliery aad ia cum landgett fpa Anstrother to 
Torrie, within the aohireffilome of Kincai'din, qnhairof the Erll Merachall 
is prindpall achireflpy and ia preaenUie in the said Erll Merachallis houa, 
on the south syd of the Oaatelgett of this barght» thocht gnid and ez-> 
pedient that the pronest, Mr. Richard Irving, baillie, Alex'* Bntherfard, 
and Johne CoUysone, 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 hia 
maiestie^ and exoner the toon of Abirdene of his keping, at his maiestiea 
handis, and of all danger and perrdl 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 erlHs relusall 
to accept the keping of the said Thomas tiU his maiestie may be aduerteiat, 
and to tak the townis concurrence, the consall in ane yoce 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 Danid OargiU, dean of gild, Andro Hay, and WiUeam Michell, 
offideria, 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, becana 
tiiair is na fordell syluer of the townis acddentis in his handis, quhilk 
principall soume and proffitt tharof was ordanit to be allowit to the said 
dean of ^Id in his comptis. 

I6th March, 1595. 
The said day, Gilbert WiUox, wricht, and Leonard Leelye, war accusit 
for tmbling of the toun in persewing William Pfttrie, burges of this 
burght, the said Gilbert Willox with ane quhinger, and the said Leonard 
Leelye 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 refeirit to the knawledge of the assise, 
diosin, swome, and admittit in judgement : quhilk assise being furth of 
court removit, and indusit within the consal hous, efter detfoll tiyall 
and examinatioun had be thame of the accusatioun aboue wretin, tiiay 



OF THE BUB6H OP ABBRDBEN. 127 

mil in aoe voce, but contradictionn, fiuid that the said Leonaid Ledye and i6thMaich, 
Gilbert Willox had tniblit the toune be peniewing of the said William '^^' 
Patre in maner snpennentionat, quhairfor thay and ather of thame war 
convict and put in amerciament of court to forbeir, &c., and war ordanit 
to lemaane in waird within the tolbnyth, ay and quhill thay land 
sufficient cautioun and souertie that the tonn snld not be tmblit be thame 
in tyme camming, and for modificatiomi of thair vnlawis, quhilkis was 
instantlie modifeit as folowis : to vit, ordanit ather of thame to pay the 
vnlaw of fyve merkis to the dean of gild. 

22nd March, 1696. 
The said day, the pronest and bailliea land that dyyeria inhabitantis of 
this boight hes bene grytlie hurt and damnefeit, in the bying fra mer- 
chandis theirof of angzeoim seid, quhilk, efter a proiff and tryell had 
theirof, hes bene fond insofficient^ and theirfbr for eschewing of the said 
hurt to be incnrrit be the byeris of engzeonn seid heireflar, fra merchandis 
of this bnrgfat, hame bringeris theirof hes statat and ordanit that all 
merchandis of this bm^t, bringeris hame of engzeonn seid in tyme 
camming fra foran contries, sail report and bring hame a ticket of the 
merchand fra qohom he byes the said seid, in wther reabnes, of the 
saffidende and goidnes theirof; and the merchand, sellar of engzeonn 
seid, sail warrand the seid sanld be him within this burght to the inhabi* 
tantis theirof, and wpsett the skayth to be sustenit be thame throcht the 
insuffidende theirof. 

2»rd March, 1696. 
The qnhilk day, ypon the complaynt of Daoid Cargill, dean of gild and 
commonn procnratonr for the town, aganis M'' Robert Chahner, Willeam 
Scharp, Alex'* Wedonsone, Margrat and [ ] Gibbis, dochteris to 

▼mquhill Thomas Gib, barbonr, Alex'* Ramsay, Patrik Smyth, Alexander 
Chahner, James Leslye, Maister George Bissett, Danid Fergnssone, 
Thomas Strathauchyn, Johne Craig, baxter, [ ] Badie, Johne Kempt, 
Willeam liassie, measone, James Dwn, sone to ▼mquhiU Andro Dwn, 
litster, and Johne Donaldsone, bnrgessis and induellaris of the said 
borght, heretabill possessours and titularis respectiue of the hoossis and 
yardis, merchand to Sanct Eatherines hill of the same boight, qnhilk hill 
is a pairt of the commontie of the samen, for the wrangons appropriating 



128 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL RE018TBB8 

Sdrd March, of ane gryt pairt of the said hill to thair yardis, respecHue marching 
^^^' therwith, and extending and bigging out thair yaiidia thenrpon, to the 
gryt hurt and preindice of the said biirght» oommonn weill theirof, and to 
the diminiaching of the said hill, that was sa braid and spadooa on the 
heid theirof, and now be the bigging out of their yardis theinrpon, on all 
pairtiB and Bydis of the Bamen, that Bkendie may it be knawin and 
decemit quhat is and was hill, desyrand theirfor the prouest, baillies, 
consaU, and lyneris of the said borght, to tak ordour theirwith, as a cbeif 
thing concerning the commonn weiU, be distinguiaching of the said hill 
be its awin just and richteous methis and marchis, and bounding of the 
same fira the saidis persones yardis re^feetiue ; that the said hill being a 
pairt of the commountie of tiie said bnrght, be not iqppropriatt 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 Mengieis of Dume, prouest, M''- 
' Richard Irwing, Alexander Forbes, James Settoun, M'* Dauid Buther- 
fuird, baillies: Alexander Cullen, Johne CoUysone, Matster Patrick 
Cheyne, Dauid Andersone, William Ghray, Dauid Cargill, M*** George 
Andersone, William Loremar, George Stmthauchin, Alex''* Ewyn, Johne 
TullidaflP, Thomas Gray, Johne Kyng, Alexander Cruskschank, Alexander 
Stevin, baxter, and Gilbert Blak, ooupar, with dyuers of the dekynnis of 
craftis of the said burght, past to the said Sanct Katherines hill, all 
the fomamit persones aboue writtin complanit vpon, being lauchtfullie 
wamit to compeir this day, vpon the said hill and ground thereof, at tua 
eftemone, to heir and sie cognitioun takin be the saidis prouest, baillies, 
oonsall, 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 decemit to haue done wrang in the 
inlarging and bigging out of the saidis yardis r^spectiue^ vpon the said 
hill and boundis theirof, and appropriating of a gryt pairt theirof to thair 
saidis yardis respeetiuej on all pairtis and syddis theirof, and the 
fomamit persones complainit vpon, oompeiring 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 BUBOH OF ABBBDEEN. 129 

be thame and thair predicessouris, titularis of the saidis landis and yardis, 2drd Msrch, 
respectiue merchand to the samen hill» be ocular inspectioun and apper- ^^^' 
ance, notonrlie knawn to thame and all that saw the same, and aduysing 
and resolving with the dedarations and depositions of thir nyn persones 
efter folowing, maist ancient burgessis of the said burght, eldest of yens 
levand this day within the samen, qnha 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 fyye yeris, sum of thame being thrie scoir and 
sevinteine, tovit, Alexander Hay, Andro Scherar, Johne Durty, Bobert 
Mollysone, Walter CuUen, Andro Brabner, William Jak, William 
Vrquhard, and Andro Symmer, past and boundit the said hill as foUowis, 
and begud and tnik yp the first marche theirof towardis the south, at the 
north syd of the oommoun wennell, quhilk passis fira the Schipraw by 
Sanct Elatherinis 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 £ra the said yard, 
and fra the said marche stane passand lineallie and directUe north or 
thairby, throw the yardis of the said William Massie, James Dun, 
wmquhill Thomas Gamboll, 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 ymquhill 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 fira 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 ymquhill [ ] 

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 ymquhill Thomas 
Bransche, now perteining to the said Patrik Smyth ; vmquhill Willeam 

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130 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

2drd March, Annand, now perteining to the said Alexander Ramsay ; ymquhiU Walter 
^^^' Cant, now pertening to the dochteris of the said vrnqahill Thomas Gib ; 
vmquhill Alexander Donaldsone, baxter, now perteining to the said Alex^- 
Wedonsone ; ymquhill Sir Alex'* Robertsonne, 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 yennell, at that 
pairt of the samen, direct north or theirby, anent and forganis that pairt 
of Sanct Ejitherines Chappell yaird, quhair the northeist nuik of the eist 
gavill of the said chappell staid ; finding the marchis forsaidis to be the 
just marchis of the said hill, and that the yardis of the saidis Mr. Robert 
Ohalmer, Willeam Scharp, Alexander Wedonsone, Thomas Gib, Alexander 
Ramsay, ar biggit out ypon the said Sanct Ejitherines hill, be the space of 
threttie fattis 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 wrangtheirthrow ; 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 Ejitherines hill to thair saidis yardis, biggit out and enlargit 
thair saidis yardis theirvpon, within the boundis aboue specifeit, and 
theirfor decemit 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 
fattis 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 
yp 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 BUROH OF ABEBDEEN. 131 

for i-emeid of law and nollitie of process, and that inrespect he was warnit 23rd March, 

this present day as he alledgit at ellerin houris befoir none, be Thomas ^^^^' 

Dicksone, officeir, he being distant tua myllis fra the said burght, to com- 

peir at eftemone befoir the saidis prouest, baillies, and consall, in a mater 

of consequence concerning his heretage, inrespect qnairof, they cnld nocht 

proceid, and pronounce this day thair decreit in maner forsaid, being the 

first tyme that the said Mr. Bobert 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 siud actioun was dependand befoir the prouest 

and baillies of the said burght, in ane vther proces yet slepand, and yit 

nocht ordourlie and lauchfuUie 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 e£Pectuall, 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 eftemone 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. 

Zd June, 1596. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall having receavit his 
maiesties letter, datit at Halyruidhous the zxviii. day of April last, men- 
tionand that nochtwithstanding of his hienes actis of parliament, and lait 



132 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEQISTERS 

3d June, proclamationis maid, inhibiting that pistoUetis or sic tratourouB wapynis 
^^^' suld be vait, borne, or wome within burght, for eschewing of the gryt 
bluidsched, and inconvenientiB that commounlie theirvpon ensewis, and 
that command be gevin theirin lykvayes, to the prouests and baillies of 
burrowisy to apprehend, challange, and tak ordour with the contravenaris 
of the saidis actis and procIamationiB, or vthervayes that thay Buld be 
anawerabill to his hienes for the same thame BelffiB : Hib grace wes in- 
formit that the inhabitantiB and vtheriB 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 
forvaming the prouest and baillies of this burght to prevent thair awin 
perrell thairanent, and desyring thame to tak sic ordonr theirwith, con- 
forme to the tenour of the saidis actis and proclamations, or Tthenrayes 
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 pistoUis within this burght in tyme cuming, vnder 
the pane of ten pundis, toties quoties^ and escheitting of the pistoUis 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 pistoUettis 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. 

7th 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 BUB6H OF ABERDEEN. 133 

ming abuird vpon the said schip, vpon Setterday last, the fyft of that 7th Jane, 
instanty na man being within the samen, and thair wickedlie tacking of ^^^' 
ane aix and thairwith cutting and hewing at the mainmast of the said 
schip, of intentioun to hawe hewin the same onirbuird, and thaireftir to 
have sett the said schip in fyir ; comperit the said Alexander GNithrie, and 
being accusit of the said wrang done be him in maner forsaid, confessit 
that ypon 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 stayit, 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 Gruthrie, younger, becom cautioun 
for the said Alexander to that effect, and he actit him to releive his 
caationar. 

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 inhabitantis, 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 CoUeistoun, George Bissett, George Farchar, 
Andro Farchar, Thomas Coupland, Robert Arthour, Gilbert Loremar, 
George Troup, Thomas Bissett, John Henrie, James Strathauchjm, 
Johne Scott, Johne Leyth, James Cheyne, Mungo Tuedie, James Kyng, 
Adame Third, Johne Mamvre, William Muckart, Alexander Gordone, 



184 EXTBACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOISTERS 

7th Jwik; Willeam S waip, Robert Arbuthnot, all bnrgesBis of gild of the said burj^t , 
^^^' qohairof a nmner hes land tackis and salmoond fiachingis of the aaine 
beretablie in few ferme, vtheris jona and bmkis the libertie of firie 
burgessiB of gild, frequenting the trafiqne and interchange of merchandioe, 
and duellis nor remanis not actuallie within the said bnrght, bot hes 
thair residence in landwart, and Ttheris places qnhair thay think 
expedient, with thair wyffis, baimis, femelie, and houshald, and thairthrow 
ar navayes in reddines, nor to be had at all iymes 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 creationn 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 fomamit persones aboue writtin to cum, 
resort, and repair to the said burght with thair wyffis, baimis, servandis, 
houshaldis, and famelie, hauld stob and stack, fyre and flett, within tiie 
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 Gk)d j"^ v* foursooir 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 atob and atack theirin, betuixt 
and the day foraaid, thay auld be decemit and declarit, be declaratioun 
and decreit of the prouest and baillies of the said burght, to have tint 
and forfeltit thair fredome and burgeschip of the same, and all libertie, 
privilege, proffitt, and commoditie that thay may joia theirby, and thair 
names deleit furth of the suit roll of the said burght, as persones vorthie 
and meriting deprivationn, according to the saidis actis of burrowis, 
loyabill actis and constitutions of this burght, aa in the aaid aunmiondia 
deulie execut and indoraat agania thame, producit ypon the aaid nyntene 
day of Aprill, befoir the aaidia proueat and bailliea, at mair lenth ia con- 
tenit ; be vertew quhairof, vpon the aaid nyntene day of Aprill, thay and 
eyerie ane of thame being lauchtfullie and ordourUe callit to the effect 
afoirmentionat, and not compeirand, the prouest and bailliea ypon certan 
conaiderationa moving thame, continewit the pronunciation of thair 
declaratour ypon the aaid aummondia, to this day, ordaning intimatioun 
to be maid of the aaid continewatioun to the aaidia peraonea at the 
mercat croce of the aaid burght, and ala ordaning thame and euerie ane 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 135 

of thame, yit as obefoir, to be chargit and wamit to cum, resort, repair, 7th Jane, 
and mak thair actuall residence within the said bnrgh, hauld stob and ^^^' 
staik, fyre and flett within the same, betuixt that and the said sevint 
day of Junij instant, with oertificatioun as is befoir expressit, as the 
snmmondis deulie ezecut and indorsat aganis thame thairanent to this 
day producit in judgement at mair lenth bens ; 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 lauchtfuUie 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 foimamit persones had cum to this 
burght to mak thair residence within the same, nochtwithstanding of the 
charge gevin to thame aboue specifeit, decemit and ordanit thame and 
euerie ane of thame to have tint, amittit, and forfaltit thair friedome of 
this burght, and aU 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 Dume, prouest, James Settoun, Mr* 
Dauid Rutherfurd, bailleis, Alex"** Rutherfurd, Alexander CuUen, Johne 
Collysone, William Gray, and Alex*"' Stevyn, baxter, ordanit the haill 
canrit tymmer wark betuixt the pilleris in the 4ueir 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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29th Jon*, 29M «/ttfl€, 1596. 

1696. rjf^^ g^^ ^y^ ^^ prouest, baillieB, and ooan8alI« according to the 

louabill forme and consuetude observit within this bnrght in tymes bygane, 
during the being of the oonyentioun of burrowis within the same, ordanit 
ane honorabill and decent supper to be maid to the commissionaris of 
burrowis, to be conyenit within this burght in thair genenJl 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 ezpenssis 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 tu be 
done be the said thesaurer in maist honest and cumlie manor, 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*'* 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, 1096. 
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, 
fUstratione. ^^' 

9th July, 1696. 
The said day, the counsall electit and chesit Alex*"" Rutherfdird, lait 
prouest, commiBsionar for this burght, to conyene 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'* to have the soum of ane hundreth 
pundis for macking of his expenssis, to be stenttit on the merchandis and 
gild brother 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 brother of gild of this burght, on the 
ane pairt, and the saidis craftiB, on the vther pairt, of the dait, at Abir- 
dene the [ ] day of [ ] the yeir of God j™ v® four scoir 

fourtene yeris, and hes intendit to crawe als lairge and ampill liberteis 
as the brother of gild hes, and presentlie injoyis, nochtwithstanding 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, hot 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. 



138 EXTRACTS FROM THE OOtTNCIL REGISTERS 

9th Jaiy, FoUowis the tenour of the decreit arbitrall pro&ottncit be the commiB- 

sionaris of borrowis, anent the votis of the craftismen of this burght, 
in chesing of the magistrattis and office men of the samyn, decemit 
to be registrat ad futuram ret metnoriam. 
At Abirdene, the fyflh day of July, the yeir of God j" v* foorscoir and 
sextene yeris, the quhilk day in presence of the commissionaris of bur- 
rowis vnder subscryvand, being oonvenit in thair generall convention, 
haaldin at the said burght, comperit Thomas Menzeis of Dumci prouest 
of the said burght of Abirdene, and Alexander Rutherftird, 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 tiulzeouris ; Dauid Castell) dekyn of the wobsteris ; Johne 
Merser, saidler ; Alex'* Stevin, baxter^ procuratourisi and havand power 
of the remanent dekynnis, and brether of the oraftis 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 siuidis pairteis, 
concerning the nummer of the craftismen of the said burght, quhilk suld 
have voit yeirlie in election of the magistrattis of the sameU) at the feist 
of Michaelmas, and quhatsumeuer the saidis commissioneris of buivowis 
suld deceme 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 homing rpon 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 decemis 
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 
crafds of the said burght allanerlie, quhilk salbe ten personis in numer, 
for the saidis crafUs, 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 tiie saidis ten personis sail happin to be absent the day of 
the election, it salbe lesum to the remanent of the saidis crafkis having 
voit in the electioun as said is, and being present, to cheis and put ane 



OF TH£ BUBQH OF 4BERPBBN. 189 

qualifeit peraone or personos, in place of thame that sail happin to be ab- 9tb July, 
sent, to ha^e yoit 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 borght, auld and new, (by the saidis craftismen), 
quhilkis sail nocht exceed the nuxner of tbrettie persones, by the prouestis 
od woity quhilk mackis tbrettie ane voittis in the haill, for the pairt of the 
gild brethren, to be absent the said tyme of electionn, in that cace it salbe 
lesiim to the saidis pronest, baillies, dean of gild, tbesaurer, and counsall 
qnha salbe present, to elect ane yther persone or persones according to 
the nnmer 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 deceme and ordane to be insert and registrat in the 
builds, in maner aboue specifeit ; with the quhilk, the saidis pairties com- 
promittaris, for interteneing of quyetnes amangis the bowellis of the said 
borght, war content and agreit in all poyntis ; in witnes of the quhilk the 
saidis pairties, and commissionaris, hes subscryrit thir presentis with thair 
handis as folowis, day, yeir, and place forsaidis, befoir thir witnessis, 
James Wynrame, agent ; Johne Nisbeth, serritonr to Mr. Alex'* Guthrie, 
clerk to the saidis conunissionaris ; Johne Sorrett, clerk of Culross; 
Walter Bobertsone, servitour to Mr. Thomas Mollisone, commoun clerk 
of Abirdene. Et tie mftiertftthcr, Thomas Mengseis, prouest, &c. 

4th Auffusti 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 fiimesing of fyre 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 Jiim in his 
comptis, and ordanit the clerk to mak twa missires, ane to Edinburgh 
and ane yther to Dundy, to the effect forsaid. 

13th AuffUit, 1696. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, adwysing vpon the 
toun of Edinburghis missive direct to thame, for the answer of thair letter, 






140 EXTBAGT8 FROM THE COUNCIL BBOI8TEBS 

i:uh August, send obefoir to the prooest, baillies, and coansall of Edinburght, vnder- 
standing theirby that the said toun of Edinburght was traveling for thame 
selffig, with his maiestie and lordis, concerning the present raid towardis 
the ilis, and mater of the custumes, and that tiiay haue narayes 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 oonsiddering the 
perrell that may folow and ensew to this burght and inhabitantis theirof, 
gtf sum tymouB 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 fjrve hundreth men, 
and fiimesing 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 ABBBDEEN. 141 

burghy or quhair ever he may hawe it, samekill money as he hapnis to ap- i3th August, 
poynt for, in name of this burght, for fdrnesing of the said men and ^*^- 
scfaippiB, fra quhatsumeuer persone he may hawe the same commodiouslie, 
and to mak securitie be him seliF thairfor, quhairanent the prouest, bailleis, 
and counsall for thame selffis, and in name of this haill towne, aetit 
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 yplifting of the samen, vnder 
the pane of poynding and homing, 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 fiirth 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 
fonrtie 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 majesties proclamatioun maid theiranent. Persones of counsall 
present, Thomas Mengzeis of Dume, prouest ; Alex''* Forbes, Mr. Dauid 
Rutherfiird, baillies ; Alex'- Steuin, Mr Johne Oheyne, Johne Collysone, 
William Gray, Dauid Gargill, Mr. George Andersone, Johne Kyng, 
George Strathauchin, and Alex'* Stevin. 

\6th August, 1596. 
The said day, the baillies decemit and ordanit that all inhabitantis 
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 comis 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 

2btk August, 1596. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis the haill toun 
to be wamit to compeir in the tolbuyth the mome, the xxvi. of this in- 
stant, for chesing of taxtaris and stentaris, to stent the sowme of four 



142 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL BEQI8TEB8 

!25th Aagttst, hundroth and fouraooir pundit money vpon the inhabttantis of thiB bnqiht, 
^^^' for tbair pairt of the fdrnesing of fyve hondreth men, i^poyntit be hia 
maiestie to be fdmeut amangis the haill borrowis in the raid towardia 
the His ; this barghtia pairt of the said men extending to fourtie men, and 
ilk mannis wagis for a monethy extending to taelf pondis ; and with the 
said sowme to stent the sowme of fbortene scoir merkis, for the marking 
of the Ghray 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 pronest« baillies, and oounsally ordanit the stair 
presentlie begun to big be Bobert Donaldson in the north gavill of his 
hous, lyand in the eist held of the Castelgett, to be demolisohit and taldn 
doun, and na stair to be biggit thair in any tyme cnming, and that 
becauB 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 fidL 

The samen day, the prouest, baillies, and eonsall, ordanis Bauid 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 labonris 
and panis takin be him, in passing with the said dean of gild to the haill 
wynter and symmer fairis within this schireflome 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 ohargis at the siudis 
mercattis, thay ordane to be allowit to the said dean of gild in his 
comptis. 

26th August, 1696. 
The said day, the haill toun, bayth Me and ynfirie, being lauohfiillie 
wamit to this day, be the hand bell passand throw the haill rewis of the 
toun, quhairvpon the berar maid fayth, and conyening for the maist purt 
within the tolbuyth, representand the haill bodye of the town, it was 
exponit to thame be Thomas Mengseis, prouest, that the counsall had 
receayit a letter from James Settoun, baillie, thair eommissionar laitlie 



OF THB BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 148 

send be thame to Edinbui^hi anent the mater of the raid to the iVs, and 36th Aogott, 
mater of the oustumes, 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 
fnmesing of thrie schippis, and theirfoir desyrit the town, convenit as 
said is, to cheis stentaris for stenting of the said sowme vpon the haill 
inhabitantts of this burght, tpgidder 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''* 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 habiUtie and substance, quhilkis 
persones compeiring personallie, acceptit the stenting of the said sowme 
in and vpon thame, and war swome 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. 

2iu/ 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 Bume, 
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 nmter 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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144 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEOI6TEK6 

Snd Sept, he has done his honest dentie and sufficient diligence theirin, and their- 
1596. £^-^ dischargit him of the said commissioun, and siclyk findis that the 
said James is super expendit in the sowme of fourtie merius, 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 
eleirlie notifeit and vnderstand to the counsall, 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 proucst, 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 fumesing 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 tenth, 
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 inhabitants of this burght, bayth men and women, daylie to ane 
Johne Gordone, alias Williamsone, presentlie detenit in captivitie in the 
kirk wolty as a manifest and oppin witchC} quha continewallie, quhill he 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 145 

was laitlie apprehendit and tane, gawe himself out as a dum man, and 2iid Sept., 
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 mome, be the drum passand throw the haill rewis of the 
tonne, that na inhabitant within this burght presvme nor tak ypon 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. 

\4th September^ 1596. ^ 

The quhilk day, the haill toun, bayth frie and ynfHe, being lawfullie 
wamit to this day be the hand bell passand throw the hull 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 halffis, 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 repaint, 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 efber 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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146 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BBQISTERS 

14th s«pt., ing in the contrar, and for effectuating therof, thb persones and inhabi- 
^'^^' tantis of the saidis Evin and Futtie Quarteris, and four round tabillis, 
eonvenit, nominat the said Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, to draw the lott 
for thame, quhilk of the saidis kirkis, and quhidder the bischop or Mr. 
Peter Blakbume, minister, su]d fall to thame ; and the persones of the 
Crukit and Grene Quarteris chesit Alexander Ruilierfurd to draw the lott 
for thame, quhilk of the siudis 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 Blakbume, 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 eftemone, and to be subject to the discipline of thair 
awin kirkis and ministrie, as is £ftllin to thame be lott, quhilk in the name 
and fear of Grod thay promeist so to do, quhairvpon the said Thomas 
Mengzeis, prouest, and the said Mr. Peter Blakbume tuik act of court 
and instrument. 

\6th September, 1596. 
The samyn day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, ordanis Maister 
Johne Cheyne, Johne CoUysone, 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. 

20th September, 1596. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall £ftnd that the tackis- 
men of the small custumes of this burght, during the memorie of man, 
hes bene in paoeable possession of yplifting and receaving of sex apillis 



OF THB BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 147 

and sex engzeounis of ilk barrell appillis and engzeounis, transportit and soth Sept.. 
brocht within this herbrie £ra foran nationis, as for the mettage deutie, 
and that als weill of merchandis burgessis of this bnrght, as of strangeris, 
and theirfor ordanis Martine Howysone, present tackisman of the saidis 
small costumes, 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 Dume, prouest ; Mr. 
Richard Irvying, Alex'* Forbes, baillie ; Alex'* Cnllen, Alex'- Eutherfnrd, 
Mr. Patrick Cheyne, Dauid Cargill, Mr. George Andersone, Alex'* Ewyn. 

Eodem die. 
The samyn day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis Dauid 
Cargill, dean of gild, to gif to Alex'* Tailzeour, alias Checkum, the townis 
commoun poist. ane garment and luiflfray, of ScottiB 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 Navemberj 1596. 
The said day, in presence of honorabiU men, Alexander Eutherfurd, 
prouest, and Mr. Alex'* Oullen, ane of the baillies of the burght of 
Abirdene, comperit Thomas Murray, burges of the said burght, sone and 
air to ymquhill Andro Murray, burges of the same burght, and renuncit 
and nrnplidter 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 emolumentis 
belanging theirto, in favoris of the prouest, baillies, counsall, and com- 
monitie of the said burght, to be imployit and mortifeit be thame, and 
▼ptackin ad pios vsus^ sua that it sail be lesum to the saidis prouest, 
baillies, and counsall to vplifb the annuel rentis and fewmaillis belanging 
theirto, to the effect forsaid, to be extendit in maist ampill forme of 
dimissioun : quhairypon William Dwn, dean of gild, in name of the said 
towne of Abirdene, tuik act of court and instrument. 



148 EXTRACTS FROM TJSE COUNCIL BB6I8TBBS 

UHhJanaarj, 19/A JanMOTy^ 1096. 

1506. iji|^^ ^.^ j^y^ Thomas Mengseis of Dume, prouest, in preflenoe of the 

haill toun, oonvenit this day in thair heid court, opinlie declairit and 
exponit that his hienes, and lordis of secreit consaU, had denysit and 
ordanit general! wapinschawingis, to be maid and kepit vniaersallie 
throehout all the pairtis of this realme, als weill to bnight as to land, 
vpon the secnnd day of Februar nixt, and that his hienes proclamationn 
is direct out theirvpon, commanding and charging all his hienes lieges, 
als Weill to burght as land, regalitie as royaltie, to prepair tfaame selffis 
and be in full reddines to mak wappinschawis, and gif mustures, ypon 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 more 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 
slaifirie and tyrranie of that proud natioun of the Spangeardis, quha hes 
maid sa ynlmchtfull conqueis in dyvers partis of the wardill, as in the 
letteris publischeit thairanent at mair lenth was oontenit, 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 
proclamationn, 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 bonatiis, 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 proclamationn, and schaw thair 
deutifuU 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 lykyayes intimat to the merchandis, trafficquaris of this 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDBEN. I4d 

burght, that thay bring hame pulder, bnllettis, corslettis, and all vther istb Janiuvx, 
kynd of armour, and mak pennie theirof to the lieges of this realme vpon ^^^' 
reasonable prices, according to the said proclamatioun. 

14/A January^ 1696. 
The qohilk day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, folowing the direc- 
tioun of the actis of parliament maid anent the selling of wynes, be the 
quhiUds the prouest and baillies of burrowis ar ordanit to sett donn the 
pryces on all wynes cumming within this biirght, as the saidis actis at 
mair lenth bens, and having consideratioun quhow the wynes laitlie 
imbrocht within this herbrie be certan merchandis therofi may be sauld ; 
efter detfdll deliberatioun had thairanent, statut and ordanit, that na 
taremar, yentar, nor selhir of wyne within this burght sell any wyne 
darrer nor sex s. yiii. 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 joQg messour ; with certificatioun to sic as hapinis to be convict in 
contravening heirof, sail incur the vnlaw of fyve pundis, toties quotjes^ 
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. 

16^A January i 1596. 
The said day, the haill toun, bayth brether of gild and craftismen, 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 consiJl, ministrie, sessioun, and dekynis of craftis, oblesing 
thame to folow and vnderly sic ordour and condusioun, as they suld sett 
doun theranent. 

28th January, 1596. 
The SMd 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'- Burnett, for the Futtye quarter; Mr. Patrik 
Skeyne, for the Cruikit quarter ; and Andro Ejiowis, for the Evin quarter, 
quhilkis persones compering, acceptit the collectioun of the said taxatioun 
in and vpon thame. 



150 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL REGI8TBB8 

S8tb January. The Same day, the conBall ordanit Thomas Rany and his wyff to be 

^^^' tackin and careit throcht the streittis of the tonn, bund to ane cart, with 

ane croun of paper on ilk ane of thair heidis, contening this circmnscrip- 

tioun in gryt lettens, fw ihift and re$$eti of ihift^ and thairefter to be 

perpetuallie baneist this burght, and this to be done the mome. 

The said day, the consall ordanit the dean of gild to answer Andro 
Leslye, portar of the college, of the soume of fyre merkis, to ring ilk 
Wednesday at tua houris efter none, the Gray Freris beU to the consall^ 
for the space of ane quarter of ane hour, with proYisioun 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. 

18M February^ 1696. 
The said day, the consall considering that malefactouris and enorme 
persones, thei£Fes, and ressettaris, in tymes bygane hes past ynpunischit, 
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, aiher 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 difficill, be reasoune of the hard intreating and vssing of sic 
as hes bene sic officemen and executouria in tymes bygane, be sum of the 
nichtbouris and inhabitants 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, scuiging, 
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 buight, that 
na nichtbour theirof, man nor woman, young nor auld, tak vpon hand or 



OF THE BUSQH OF ABERDEEN. 151 

presome to offend the said Johne Justice, ather be word or deid, in forme i8th Feb., 
aboue rehersit, or any maner of way that may cans him desert his office, 
certifeing sic as salbe fand 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 iheron. 

4th April, 169T. 
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 wamit siclyk be the hand bell, 
to the effect vnderwrittin, consentit to the hying 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'* Ewyn, and the vther fyue hundreth merkis to be payit 
forth 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 
iheiranent 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 

25th April, 1597. 
The quhilk day, the haill towne being lauchfullie wamit 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'' 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- 
toixt the landis of the commountie and fredome of this burght, and the 
landis of Stanyvod, pertening to Andro Fraser of Stanyvod, and to end 
with the said Andro Fraser theiranent, as thay or ony sex of thame sail 



152 EXTBACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REOI8TEB8 

25th April, think expedient for the weill of the town, for extingnisching of all actioun 
1507. ^£ 1^^ ^^ ^^^y result or follow heirefter betuixt the toun and the said 
Andro Fraser, and quhowsoeuer the saidis oommissionaris, or ony sex of 
thame comnnctlie, findis, decemis, and concludis theiranent, the haill 
town, convenit as said is, obleist thame to stand and abyd iheirat, bat re- 
clamatioun, quhairvpon Alex'* Rutherford, 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 
I 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 inhabitantis for bying 
theirof, vpon the quhilk lykvayes the said Alex'* Rutherfiird, prouest, 
cravit act of court and instrument 

4M Mat/, 1597. 
The said day, it being vnderstand to the prouest, baillies, and counsall, 
that the burrowis of Edinburght, Perth, Dundee, and ytheris weill refor- 
mit and govemit 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 svamyn, 
frequentlie reparis, for aduysiug of the proces and actionis depending be- 
foir the magistrattis, consulting and deliberating ofbymes 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 dy vers 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 BUfiOH OF ABEBDBEN. 153 

of ilie said hous, is compellit to keip the said registeris and buikiB in his 4th May, 
awin duelling hoos, theirfor the saidis prouest, bailliesy and oounsall, ^^* 
fblowing the exampill of the saidis burrowis, findis it meit and expedient 
that thair salbe ane hous biggit of tymmer, on the wast gavill of the tol* 
buyth, toa stair hichti and [ ] futtis in breid, the laichest of the 

saidis tna stains 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 
stains, ane convenient place for the flescheris to hing and put out iliair 
fleschis to be sauld, and keping and preserving the same firom rayn and 
wadder ; and ibeir the commoun clerkis chalmer of this burght to be big- 
git, wiib commodious and convenient lichtis and passage theirvnto, as a 
place maist commodious ibeirfor, and ordanis the same to be done with 
sic convenient tyme, as the necessitie of the gryter effaris of this burght 
will permit, and wiib 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 ibe tyme, and the ezpenssis to be maid 
thairvpon be the saidis thesaurer and dean of gild, to be allowit thame in 
thair comptis. Persones of counsall present, Alexander Rutherford, 
prouest ; Maister Patrik Cheyne, Maister Alex'- Cullen, George Knowis, 
Alex'- Jaffray, baillies ; Alex'- Cullen, Dauid Fergussoun, Maister Gilbert 
Gray, Patrik Forbes, Walter Collysoun, Andro Seherar, William Dwn, 
Alex'- Burnett, Alex'- Kempt, Jdhne Layng, George Elphingstoun, saidler, 
and Andro Watsoun, wricht 

6th May, 1697. 
The quhilk day, ibe prouest, baillies, and counsal] past and visiet the 
commoun gett passand fra ibe Castelhill of this bui^ht towardis Futtie, 
betuixt the croft callit Roundabout, pertening to Gilbert Henrie, and the 
yard and bame 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 bame and yard, and the said 

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154 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL BBGISTEBS 

5th May, CToft callit Roundabout* tnentie four fattis in breidi in all tyme cnmming ; 
1597. i^Q^ becaiis the possesBOuriB of ihe bame of the said ymqnhill Patrik 
Strathauqahyn, hes eztenditt he bame yard theirof at the south end of the 
same, vpon the said gett, theirfor ordanis that pairt of the said dyck, aa 
far as it eztendit on the said gett, forganis the eist gavell theirof, to be 
instantlie demolesehit and biggit vpon the kingis hie gett. 



3lst August, 1597. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, aduysitlie oonsii 
that the institutioun and erectioun of the grammer school of this biii^ht» 
and all wther burrowis of this realme, hes that preyilege and prerc^tiTe 
that thair is na uther school within the bnrght, except the musick sdiooU 
without a licence had and obteinit of the maister of the grammer schooU 
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 subalteme to the maister of the grammer school, and 
sic as sail haue gude will and licence of the maister of the grammer 
schooU to hauld the samen. 

7th September, 1697. 
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 
weschilUs fra the south pairtis : and considdering that daylie thair 
cummis and resortis to the h$rbrie of this burght, fra dyuers pairtis of 
the south cuntrie, dyyers 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 ysit 
betuixt the nichbouris of this burght and the merchandis of the south 
pairtis of this realme, and that na merchand nor crafdsman 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 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN 155 

heirvnto the town being present^ wamit be the handbell, representand 7th Sept., 
the haill bodie, grantit and consentit, na tnan opponand in the contrar. ^^^' 

2l»t September^ 1597. 
The qohilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, considdering that 
Willeam Dwn, dean of gild, hes diligentlie and cairfullie dischargit him 
of hiB office of deanrie of gild, and hes painfullie travellit theirin to the 
advancing of the commoun gude, and besyddis thiis, hes extraordinarlie 
taldn panis on the biming of the gryt numer of witches brint this-yeir, 
and on the fonr pirrattis, and bigging of the port on the brig of Dee, 
reparing of the Orayireris 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 satisfiictionn theirof, (not to induce ane preparatiue to deanes of gild 
to crawe a recompance heireftir), bot to incorage ytheris to travel! 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 qnhilk 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 Grod, 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 Oeorge Strathauchyn, quha buir office of baillerie within 
this burgh dyvers yens, 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 Ood, and 
als that Johne Fergusson, elder, merchand burges of this burght, is 
decayit lykvayes at the plesure of God, in temporall substance, ordanit 



166 BXTBACT8 FBOM THE COUNCIL BSGISTEB8 

3iit Sept., the said George and Johne to be supportit and helpit, and iheirfbr 
^ * ordanit the said Bowme of four sooir taelf pondis, reeeayit 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 
Bowme of ane hundreth pundis, to be gevin to the said (George Statfa- 
auchyn, and the sowme of fonrtie pundis to be gevin to the said Johne 
Fergusaoun to his support : and becaus it is vnderstand to the oonnaall 
that the said William Dwn, dean of gild» is super expendit in his comptis, 
and Jies not firie siluer in his handis, thay ordane Dauid Fergussoun, 
thesaurer* to pay the saidis sowmes, quhilk sail be allowit to him in 
comptis. 



The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, for the labouris and 
panis tackin be Gilbert Baimis, thair commoun ser^and, in avayting on 
the witches, and ytheris commoun tumis 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 conyenit in the 
counsalhous, examining the restis in the handis of Dauid Feigussoun, 
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 yphauld of the Brig of Dee ; findis 
restand in his handis, by and attour the said soume, the soume of thiie 
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 offideris, in 
compleit payment of the thrie taxationis coUectit 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 Eirk tuentie pundis ; sua that the haill soume in the handis of 
the said thesaurer, by the said four thousand merkis mortifeit to the Tse 
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 BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 167 

pundisy ihrettene b., four d., and the sonme of ane hondreth pundis ihe 86tb Sept, 

1697. 



proueat, baillies, and consall ordanis to be gevin to the nixt magiatrattis 
and thesaurer, to be imployit for macking of the ezpenssis of the commiB- 
Bionar to be chosin for thiB burght, for keping of the approeheing parlia- 
ment, prochunit to be haoldin at Edinbnrght ihe firBt of November nixt to 
cnm ; and becauB it waB ynderstand to ihe prouest, baillieB, and eounsal, 
that MaiBter Thomas MoUysoun, commonn clerk of this burght, had 
eztraordinarlie travellit this yeir past, in macking of ane register of the 
annnellis, smntyme belanging to the cheplanis, and now to this burght, 
and als in ihe mater of the witches, theirfor ordanit the said M'* Thomas 
to be anBwerit for his pains and labouria, be the said thesanrer and dean 
of gild, of the sonme of fourtie pundis of the saidis restiB, and Dauid Mar 
for his panis and serrice in ihe townis effaris, sevin pundis, quhilk salbe 
allowit to thame in thair comptis. 

iSrd November^ 1597. 
The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and consall findis that Maister 
Wmeam Skene, maister of the sang school, sail Berve bayth the kirkis in 
uptacking of the psalme theirin, eyerie Sonday, the ane kirk be himselfF, 
and the uther be ihe doctour, or sum of his discippullis, that can discharge 
himaelff theirin suffidentlie, 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 geyin to the said 
Mr. Willeam for the said augmentatioun, inrespect he sustenit a doctour 
theirfor, ordanis the said Mr. W*^ 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 f 1597. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, auld and new counsallis, remember- 
ing that thair was ane act and ordinance maid obefoir, ypon the fourt 
day of May last bypast, in this instant yeir of Gk>d, fourscoir seyenteine 
yeiris, ordaning ane hous to be biggit of tymmer on the wast gayell 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 ayysing of the 
proces compending befor the prouest and bailleis of this burght, and that 



168 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REOISTBR8 

1 1th January, infespect that the chahner tiuui oocnpieti and as yit occnpeit be Mr. 
1697. Thomas MolliBoun, commoan clerk, is' auld and raynous, and alTsyes 
yncumlie to the pronest and baillies to repair into, as at mair lenth was 
contenit in the said act, iheirfor ratifeiti affbrmit, and approvit Uie 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, qnhowsone the wadder will per- 
mit, to be biggit in forme and manor specifeit in the said former act, and 
the expenssis to be maid be the said dean of gild iheirypon, the counsall 
ordanis the same to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

26th January^ 1597. 
The quhilk day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsell, vpon the supplica- 
tioun presentit to ihame 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 jnstlie 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 supplicatioan 
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 palrt thairoff as salbe ihocht meit and 
expedient ; and thaireftir the said Dauid to be recompensit for his pane 
and yerk, according to the digi^tie and suffidence 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, tiz. : 
the haill universall see kart of Europ, Affrica, and Asaia, and new found 
landis of America, with the townes armes theiron a€&xit, quhilk the 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 159 

protiest, bailleiBy and oonnsell ressauit presentlie fra the said Robert, and 35th Juiout* 
ordanit the same to remane in the bandis and custodie of Mr. Thomas ^^^^' 
[Mollisonnjy commoun clerk, qnhill thay appoynt ane oommonn place 
to affix the samen, quhilk sowme of fourtie merkis salbe allowit to the 
deane of gild in bis comptis. 

nth February, 1697. 
James, be the grace of Ood King of Scottis, to our lonittis, Gilbert 
Guthrie, messinger, our shireffis in that pairt, coniunctlie and seuerallie, 
speciallie constitute greting : ForsamekiU as in our parliament hauldin in 
ibe 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- 
yentionis, as for the maist pairt being ignorant of the ordour and prioritie 
of placis, according to the antiquitie of thair boussiss and the guid offices 
that thay had serrit in the commoun weill in tyme bygane, and that 
heirof betuizt nobill men their hes interuenit sindrie eontroiierseis, for 
rescewing quhairof, we, with aduyse of our estaittis, hes gewinand 
grantit full power and commissioun to Francis, Erll of Erroll, Lord Hay, 
constable of our realme, and his deputtis, George Erl Mersoheall, Lord 
Keytht Merscheall, and his deputtis ; Alex'- Lord Fyyie, president of our 
college of justice ; Mr. Johne Lyndsay of Salcarchis, 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 fyfkeine day of May nixt to 
cum, and their to decyd and determipat anent the prioritie and ordour of 
plaices in parliament and conventionis, that everie nobill man and com* 
missioner of burrowis may tak thair places, accordii\g as the same sail be 
sett doun to thame be the saidis commissioneris, and to ibe effect that 
nane be preiudgit in usii\g his lawfull defenssis, and productioun of his 
evidentis for signifeing of the gryt antiquitie and nobilitie of thair bousis, 
it is thocht meit 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, suffidentlie instructit, compeir befoir the saidis commissioneris 
the said fyfteine day of May nixt to cum, quhair thair alledgianoes sal be ' 
hard and thair evidentis sichtit, and everie mannis plaice appoyntit to 



160 EXXBA0T8 FROM THE OOUKOIL BBQI6TBB6 



17th Feb., him, according as the antiquitie of thair houses sail signifie : bot cerlifi* 
^^^' catioun to sic as saU nocht be present at the day, that thay sail not heir- 
eftir be hard nevir, in ony maner of way, to querreU or chalange ony 
uther place in parliament or conyentionn heirefiir, nor yat qnhilk 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 xzix. of December, and of our regne the xx. yeir 1597, 
per actum parliamenJtL 

\6th March, 1597. 
The quhilk day, anent the complaynt gevin in to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsall, by dyyeris of the nichtbouris and commvnitie of this burg^t, 
aganis Mareoun RoUand, relict of ymquhill Robert Scherar, for the 
wrangons striddng 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 Eatherine Rattrie, lyand in the eist heid of the Castelgett of 
this burght, quhilk backyett is presentlie struddn out be the said Marioon, 
on the wast syd of the littill rew, callit Jackis rew, quhilk passis fira 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 hare 
any backyettis or passagis to the Castelhill forth 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 haying considerit the same, past and yisiett the said backyett, and 
fand that it was navayes lesum nor toUerabill to the sud 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 Gastlehill, to hane 
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 refosit to dyyers 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 yp 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 BTJBGH OF ABERDEEN. 161 

24th April, 1598. 94th April, 

The Baid day, the prouest and bailleis ratefeis and approvis the act and^ ^^^' 
statut maid obefoir that na bargesB 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. 

22ju/ 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 electioun 
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. yiii. 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'* 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 
WiUeam 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 efber specifeit, 
viz. : four hundreth thrie scoir sex pundis, restand auchtand be George 
Knowis, vpon infeftment gevin to the town be the said Qeorge 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 



162 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEQISTEBS 

ssnd s^pt, town is infeft in his land, lyand in the Natheridrkget, with the sowme of 
tua hondreth pundis addetit be Johne Allan, colteUar, vpon infeftment 
gevin be him to the town of his forland lyand on the north syd of the 
Oastelgett, extendis and amoontis to the said iowme of four thousand 
merkis : quhilk sonme of four thousand merids at the fate of the oonipt 
of Dauid Fergosson last ihesaorer, subscryrit 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 yphaold of 
the said brig wark : Lyk as now, the prouest, bailleis, and anditonria of 
the said Willeam Lorymeris, thesanrer, comptis forsaid, yit as obefoir, 
destinattia and mortifeis the said sonme of four thousand merids to the 
effect befoir mentionat, ordaning the samen to be ypliftit forth 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 proffitt quhair the same may be commodiouslie had in 
ane place, be the advise of the prouest, baillieB, and consall, at the said 
terme of Witsonday, to the sustentatioun and yphauld of the said brig 
wariL, and navayes to be brokin, nor Ytherrayes imployit, bot perpetuallie 
mortifeit to the effect forsaid, and as to the said sowme of ane hundreth 
thrie scoir fyftene pundis four s. aucht d., the prouest, bailleis, conaall, 
and auditouris of the comptis, hes ordanit the said WiUeam Loiymer 
to deburse and pay the same as folowis, yiz. : consideratioun being had be 
the prouest, bailleis, and counsall of the gnde 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 painfiilie travellit thairin vnderhand to thame sen the feist of 
Miohaelmes 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 efkermentionat, decayit 
merchandis and craftismen of this burght in temporall substance, vtheris 
commoun serwandis of this burght, ordanis the said William Lorymer 



OF THE BIJB6H OF ABERDEEN. 168 

to pfty to IflBobella Menzeis relict of George Cummyng, officer of this 2tiHi Sept., 

bnrgfat to hir support^ sex pundis ; to Nicoll Inglis, merchand, threttene ^^^* 

pundis sex 8. viii. d. ; to William None, merchand, threttene pundis sex 

B. yiii. d. ; to Danid Beid, to his support, tuentie pundis ; to James Watt, 

tailzeour, for his help, sex lib.; to Andro Orombie, merchand, ten 

pundis ; to James Moyses, sex pundis ; to Andro Inglis, commoun swesche- 

man of this burght, to by him a luiffiray, ten pundis ; to Alex'* Checkum, 

commoun poist, fyre pundis to help to by him a slucht of blew, and 

to allow to Andro Hay, officiar, nyn pundis, bestowit be him ypon 

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 ira the raid 

of Dumfreis, quhilk suld hawe bene payit be a commoim 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 bens, and lettres of homing rasit 

theirvpon, to charge the stentaris to stent the siud 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 brother of gild 

of this burght, quhilk suld hawe bene stentit ypon 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 firie syluer to the foir, nor as is aboue writtin at the fhte 

of this comptis : theirfor thay hawe left to the discretioun and wyse 

deliberatioun of tiie intrant magistrattis and counsall, as the necessitie 

of the eflParis and bissines of the town sail require, to stent the said thrie 

hundretii pundis efter the forme and tenour of the actis maid thairanent, 

and to ypHft 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 ytherrayes hawe bene 



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164 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEGISTBBS 



^Snd 8«pt, payit, bot be a taxatiouiiy according to ane ordinance of ihe general] 

^^^' eonventiottn of burrowiB, prohibiting that ony pairt of the commonn 

gade of burrowis sold be imployit in the payment of Btentis impoatt be 

hiB Maiestie, bot onlie imployit vpon the oommoun wartda within 

bnrght, and commonn effaris thairof allanerlie. 

26th September^ 1698. 
The qohilk day, the pronest, baillies, coonsall, and anditouris of 
comptis, remembering that Maister Robert Howye had diligentlie dis* 
chargit him Bel£P in the office and fonctioun of ihe miniBtrie, and he« 
receayit na remembrance nor revard of the town for his said aeyin yens 
service, saiff onlie his bair stipend, and understanding that the said Mr. 
Robert may be proffitabill to this burgfat quhair he now duellis, to Tit, 
in town of Dnndy, baytht at his Maiesties handis as uthervayes : theirfor 
thoeht meit and expedient that the said Maister Robert sail be remem- 
berit in sum reasonable measure, to vit, with ane syluer caiss weyand 
tuel£P 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 Ales'* 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, 46s. Od. 

The croce dolour, 44s. 8d. 

The prince dolour, 63s. 4d. 

The fyftene sous peice, 16s. 6d. 

The Frensche testan, 16s. Od. 

The Inglis testan, 10s. Od. 

The auld threttie s. peice, 63s. 4d. 

The tua pairt theirof, 36s. 6d. 

The third pairt theirof, 17s. 9d. 

The new threttie s. peice, 40s. Od. 

The tuentie s. peice, 26b. 8d. 

The auld ten s. peice, 138. 4d. 

The new ten s. peice, lOs. 8d. 

The half mark peice, Ts. Od. 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABBBDEEN. 



165 



Gold 



The SpaniB pistolatt, 
The Frensche crowBe, 
The harie ducatt» 
The gnnhoill angell, . 
The angell nobill, . 
The doubill ducatt, 
The gentiB nobill, . 
The harie nobill, 
The auld roiss nobill, 
The Portagall ducatt, 
The Scottis roiss nobill, 
The hatt peice, . 
The lyoun peice, 
The fyve pund peice, . 



3 lib. 4b. Sd. 

3 lib. 6b. 8d. 
7 Ub. 68. Od. 
5 Ub. 2b. Od. 
5 lib. 58. Od. 
7 Ub. 2b. 6d. 
7 Ub. 17s. 4d. 

7 Ub. 38. 4d. 

8 Ub. Ob. Od. 
37 lib. 3b. 6d. 

8 lib. 5s. Od. 

4 Ub. 13b. 8d. 

5 Ub. 48. 4d. 
5 Ub. 6s. 8d. 



90th Sept.) 
1598. 



2nd Octobery 1598. 
The said day, it was ezponit to the town, conyenit be Alex'* Ruther- 
fuird of Rubislaw, prouest, that the vnlawis of absentis fra heid oourtis 
and gild courtis, and fra all vther assemblies of the haill town, ordanit to 
be conyenit within the tolbuyth, as occasioun sail be offerit, be the 
handbell, with the ynlawis of sic as contrayenis the statutis of this 
buight to be maid anent the selUng 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 i*epairing 
to the saidis courtis and yther pubUct assembUes, for the quhilk it was 
expedient that the saidis ynlawis suld be augmentit according to the late 
act of parliament, and that theirfor the prouest, bailUes, and counsaU, 
had statute and ordanit that the ynlaw of sic as saU happin to be absent 
fra the heid courtis and gild courtis in the yeir, and fra ony yther con- 
yentioun of the town quhainrnto the inhabitantis beis wamit be the 
handbell, and siclyk the first ynlaw that saU be takin of the contrayenaris 
of the statutis to be maid on breid and aill sail be fourtie schilUngis, to 
be yptakin heirefter of the absentis and contrayeinaris, quhilk was deuUe 
intimat to the town, conyenit this day, that thay suld pretend na 
ignorance theirof, quhainrnto the town, conyenit as said is, grantit and 
consentit but ony oppositioun. 



166 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL REOI8TBB8 

ind October. Eodem die. 

1588. rpj^^ ^j ^y^ ^^ proaest, baillies, and consall ordaoit Alex'* Kempt» 

dean of gild, to advance and debnne the Boume of ten pondiB Scottis 
money 9 theirof fyve pondis to Michaell Andenoun, poist, to pas to Dnndie 
and Sanct Androas with letteris to Maister Robert Howye, Maialer 
Andro Melvill, and Maister Johne Johnestoim ; and als to pass to Edin- 
burgh with informatioun to rais letteriB vpon the lait act of parfiament, 
aganis the Blayeris of blakfiBche ; and vther fyve pnndia to be gevin for 
rasing of the saidis letteris, and signeting theirof, qnhilk salbe alloait to 
the said dean of gild in his comptis. 



Ath October, 1598. 
Folowia 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, affermea, and 
approves the gude and godlie statute maid obefoir be thair predice8S(Mns, 
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 
paroohe kirkis, keip and obserue the sermones on the Sabboth day, als 
Weill eftemone as afoimone, and also the sermones on the vlk dayes, and 
not depairt theirfra mto the end theirof, vnder the panis folowing, to be 
vpliftit of the contravenaris, sa oft as thay be noted and convict for thair 
absence fira the said sermones ; that is to say, of euerie houshalder, borges 
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 fira the sermones on the vlk dayes, sex s. viii. d. ; 
and everie craftisman for his remaning fira 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 BUBQH OF ABBRDBEN. 167 

day ; and lykrayiB, folowing the exampiU of yther weill reformit congre* 4th October. 
gations of this realme, statatis and ordaniB that the wyffis of all burgessis ^^^' 
of gild, and of the maist honest and Bubstantions craftismen of this burght, 
sail sitt in the middest and bodie of the kirk in tyme of sermone, in all 
tyme camming, and not in the Byd ilis, nor behind pilleris, to the effect 
thay may the mair easilie sie and hear the dely verer and preicher of the 
word ; and sidyk ordanis, that the wemen of the rankis forsaid, sail re- 
pair to the kirk, eyerie ane of thame having a clock, as the maist decent 
and cumlie vtter garment, and not with playdis as hes bene frequentlie Tsit ; 
and that everie ane of thame lykvayes Ball hawe Btuillis, sa monie as may 
conunodiouslie 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 
statate maid obefoir, bering that na mercatt, nather of fische nor fiesche, 
salbe on the Sabboth day in tyme 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 ezecutioun 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 fonrtie s., to be vpliftit of the 
contravenar als oft as thay be convict. 

Item, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall, deUberatlie considering quhow 
thair hes bene sindrie actis and constitutionis maid obefoir, be the magis- 
trattiB of this burght, aganis regrateris of victuall, and of the meiU and 
malt mercattis, quhilkis not receaving thair awin dew executioun, nor the 
contravenaris theirof pumsohit, 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 FBOM THE COUNCIL BEai8TEB8 

4th October, throchout the four h&lffis round about this bui^ht, and bying the 

1598. £^ ^j^^ laboraris of the ground and husbondmen, befoir the comis pas to 
kill, quhilk victuall gif it had not bene sua bocht afoirfaand wald hawe 
presentit the townis mercat, and bene sauld theirin, and sua maid a 
flurisching mereat 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 conmioun 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 fiourisching mereat 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 bui^s of gild, 
craftisman, nor any vther inhabitant of this burght quhatsumeuer, to by 
ony mair victuall nor may sufficientlie fumeis his awin hous, befoir the 
secund day of the moneth of Februar, and that na inhabitant, firie 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 ofter convictioun, and tuentie pundis for the 
secund fait, and sua furth, toties quotieit 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 preiudice 
of this commoun wealth, and haulding vp and fostering of darth of 
victual, hot 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, quhiU 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 vtiier 



OF THE BURGH OF ABBBDEEN. 169 

pairt of the town, hot that the same be sauld and mett within the said ^^5^^' 
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, hot 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 biurght 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 suf&cientlie interteine and 
sustene his hous and famelie, quhill the nizt mercat day theireffcer folow- 
ing; and quhasoeuer contravenis this present ordinance in any poynt 
theirof, the contraveinar, efber convictioun, to incur the vnlaw of fourtie 
s., to be vptackin, toties quotieSj 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 mair 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, 

Wth 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 mome, and to mak himselff burges of this burght, theirfor 
thocht expedient that immediatlie efter he be maid a burges, the wyne 
and desei«t 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 

Y 




1598. 



170 EXTBAOTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BBGI6TEBS 

^\^ft^' obefoir, and tak na mair for his labouris nor is specifeit thairin, and at- 
tend on Patrik Pratt, takisman of the bell custnmes. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, findis that Maister 
Thomas Mollisoun hes done wrang in causing rais the calsey, forganis the 
commoon elerkis 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*"* Thomas to cans 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. 

13M October^ 1598. 
Eodem die, nobilis dominus Alexander Settoun, dominus de Fyvie et 
Vrquharfc» prseses coUegii justide S.D.N. Regis, receptus et admissus fait 
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, 
filius honorabilis quondam viri Yilhelmi Forbes de Tolquhone, burgensis 
de Abirdene, receptus et admissus fdit in liberum burgensem et ft^trem 
gilde dicti burgi, jure patemitatis, solut. preposito quinque solidis in alba 
bursa, et prestito per eundem juramento solito. 

Eodem die, yenerabilis vir Alexander Burnett de Leyis, receptus et 
admissus fnit, in liberum burgensem et fratrem gildi burgi de Abirden 
solut. preposito quinque solidis in alba bursa, et prestito per eundem 
juramento solito. 

Eodem die, yenerabilis vir Magister Georgius Abercrummy de Over- 
carden, commissarius Aberdonensis, de nouo eleetus et admissus ftiit, in 
liberum burgensem et fratrem gilde dicti burgi, de commimi 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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 171 

burgo, tempore jFdturo, ex eo, quod dictas Magister Georgius, exercere I3th Oct., 
oportet suum offidum commiBsariatuB, in veteri Aberdonia. [At the 
Bametime 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 Beid^ 
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.] 

25th 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 yyne, thir yens 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 amoimt to ane hyche 
sowme presentlie, gif the auld custom yer obseruit, thairfor thocht meitt, 
conduditt, 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 yyne, 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 baimis, 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 decemit of 
auld to have bene baneschit this burght, for certane odious crymes com- 
mittit be thame, ar not vorthie to remane within ane dvill 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 hdrefter. 



172 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BE0I8T£ES 

27Ui Oct., 27M October, 1598. 

1588. f^YnQ prouest and baillies statute and ordanit in all tjme heirefter, that 

gifF ony quhyt fyscher in Futtie salbe fond to by ony muschellis, or a 
gryter quantete of muschellis nor may seme thame for beatt, cuming to 
this burght and merkat place theiroff* to be sauld owtwith the burgh in 
Futtie, or oney yther place, and not at the fysche croce and markett, ilk 
persone convict sail incur the vnlaw of xx. s., totie$ quoiieij 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 decemit 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 inhabitantis 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, Yitsonday and Mertimes, 
but payment of any wther dewtie, to be payit be thame induring thair awin 
will, and vpon his guid and redye seruice to be mmd 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'* CuUen, 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 Ludquhame, thair freindis and seruandis, on the 
wther pairt j 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 TU£ BUKOH OF ABERDEEN 173 

souertie and cautioner for him, his seruandis, and freindis, that the toun 9th Nov., 
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, barges 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 Ghein of Essilmounth and the said 
Alexander Keyth actit and obleist thame to releiff and varrand thair 
saidis cautioneris of the premisses. 

lOM November, 1598. 
The quhilk day, the persones of the counsall following, viz. : Mr. 
Patrik Oheyn, Mr. Alex'* CuUen, Patrik Forbes, Alexander Jaffray, 
baillies ; Alexander OuUen, 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 Kamburrow, 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 [ ] Gbrdoun, 

brother to the said [ ] Gtordoun, fear of Kamburrow, and [ ] 

Kaldwell, dependar and seruand of Robert Keyth of Benholm, and be 
reasoun of the occasioun that fell out yistemicht, betuixt the freindis of 
the said Erll Marschell , on the ane pairt, and Patrik Gheyn of Essil- 
mounth, Patrik Orukschank, 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 baillieet, 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 



174 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

loth Nov. pairteiB ; ilk persoun within this bnrght being varnit and not compering 
in his armour as said is, to incurr iiie vnlaw of [ ] and that the 

toun be vamit to that effect be the offidaris in particular, bell or drum, 
as sail be thocht expedient in generall. 

\5th 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 eonsiddering gif tiie 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 burgfa^ quhill the feist of Candilmes nixt to cum 
allanerlie, and ordanit him to hawe the sowme of tuentie merkiB 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, 
confbrme to vse and wount, and the said Johne Leslye being present, ac- 
ceptit the charge forsaid in and vpon him, ypon 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 Bobertsoune, 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 firehaldaris hawand landis 
liand adiacent and coniigue 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 



OP THE BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 175 

saidis letteris this day produdt be the said Walter in counsale, quhilk i5th Nov.. 
sonme 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, 
wamit theironto be the hand bell, it was ezponit to thame be Alexander 
Rntherfiird, 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 homing, rasit at his instance aganis the 
towne, and the toun being convenit for the maist pairt, war content to 
tak {yfkie of the saidis actis of parliament, and nominat Patrik Forbes, 
baillie ; Alex''- Kempt, dean of gild ; Dauid Cargill, Alex*". Burnett, and 
Andro Knowis to devyd the saidis fyftie 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. 

13M 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 Germanic, 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 



176 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

i.Hh ivc, the townis guid will and favour, to be rememberit with the wyne and 
spycerie at thair heireumming, and to this effect ordania Alex'* Kempt, 
dean of gild, to cans present to the said tua nobill men, in name of the 
toun, ane dussoun buistiB of scorchettis, confeittis, and confectionia, to- 
gidder with sex quartis of wyne, theirof thrie quartts of the best wyne, 
tovit, hullok and w}me 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'* Kempt, 
dean of gild, to deburse the soume of sex poundis, to help to repair the 
grammer school] presentlie ruynous and decaying, quhilk soume Ball be 
allowit to him in his comptis. 

1th February, 1698. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, upoun the humble sup- 
plicatioun presentit to thame be Oeorge 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 sappli- 
catioun, quhairwitht the counsall being aduysit fand the desjrre theirof 
werray reasonable, and thocht it thair deutie to remember the said 
George with sum cheritabill support, to Airther him in sa honest and 
commendabill a jumey, 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 fute of his last thesaurer comptis. 

14M March, 1598. 

The smd day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, deuysit and ordanit 

Alex'* Kempt, dean of gild, with all convenient diligence to cans craftis- 

men enter and pa}mt 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 THB BUROH OF ABEBDEEN. 177 

the same, quhair the auld stiur was obefoir, and the expensBis to be de- i4th March. 
bnnit 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 magistrattis of 
Abiidene befoir the electioun theirof. 

Etemall and everhering God, quha hes created mankynd to sodetie, in 
the qnhilk thou that is the God of order and haittis confusioun, hes ap- 
poynted sum to rewU and goveme, and ytheris 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 govemament, lykas of thy gryt merde 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, fumeis ws 
with spirituall wisdome, and direct our hartis in sic sort, that all coreupt 
affectionis being removed, we may choice bayth to be counsall and magis- 
trattis for the yeir to cum, of our brethrene fering God, men of knawle<^, 
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, 1699. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Alex'- 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, 1699. 
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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178 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

Bth April, Covntes of Merachaell, sex Imistis toorchettis and cumfetiB, with aoe 
gallowne of wyne to thair Teleum to this bni^ht, it being the ikvt tyme 
of hir entrie thairin, quhilk sail be allowit to him in his ooaptia. 



The said day, Johne Bobertaoun, Johne Fortrie, Johne Schort. Johne 
Hucheoun, fieBcheriB, war accosit be the prouest and baillieB for the slaying 
of flesche this day, and haulding opin boith theirwith, ezpres aganis the 
actis of parliament, prohibiting that ony flesche snld be slayne or eatting 
fra the first day of Marche mc/timctf, to the first day of May exdunme ; 
and the saidis persones being personallie present, grantit the said 
aecusatioan, alledging thay had a warrand to do the same, be his Msies- 
ties proclamatioan publischit thairanent in Edinbnigh, and dyrers yther 
burrowis of this realme, quhairfor thay war convict and put in amercia- 
ment of court 

\Qth April, 1099. 
The said day, the bail! toun, bayth brother of gild and craftismen, 
being convenit for the maist pairt in thsir heid court within the tolbnyth 
of the said burght, representand the haill bodie of the towne, it was 
intimat to thame be Alex'* Rutherford, prouest, that our sourane lord 
the Kingis Maiestie, be dyrers and sindrie his hienes actis of parliament, 
as alsua be act of his lait conventioun of estaites, hauldin at Halyroid- 
hous in December last, hes appo}mtit and ordanit the haill li^;es 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'* Rutherford, prouest, commandit and chargit ihe 
haill inhabitantis of this burght, fensibell persones, to prepair themaelffis 
for gevin of thair wapinschaw and mustures vpon all the Monondayes of 
May approaching, and to cum theirvnto sufficientlie fomeist, and pre- 
parit with corslettis, pickis, speiris, jadds, hagbuttis, and vther wapynnis 
apecifeit in his hienes proclamatioun maid thairsnent : certifeing sic as 
sail be absent, and als thame that beis present nocht cumming sufficient- 
lie armit, according to his hienes proclamatioun, that the panis theirin 
contenit sail be exactit of thame without fisvour. And lykvayes it was 
intimat to the town be the prouest, that the townis landimeris and the 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 179 

ytter and inner bordonris and merchiB of the firedome of this burght, was letb April, 
to be riddin and perambulat in the said moneth of May nixt, and theirfor ^^^' 
commandit the nichtboturis to be in reddines in armes, for ryding of the 
saidis inner and vtter merchis, vpon xxiiii. honris aduerteisment to be 
maid to thame obefoir be the drum, vnder the panis contenit in the 
statutes of this bm^ht maid thairanent, quhairvpon the said Alex*"* 
Rvtherfiird cravit act and instmmentis. 

The samyn day, the haill tonn, bayth brother of gild and crafdsmen, 
being convenit in thair heid court, for the maist pairt, representand the 
hail bodie, it was exponit and declarit to thame be Alexander Rutherfxird, 
pronest, 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 snld be a pastyme day vlklie, to yit, every Mononday, quhairon it 
suld be lesum to all the laboraris of the ground within this realme to do 
thai]; 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 comis, 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 bailliea of burrowis, and all vther j.udges within this 
realme, fra sitting or haulding eourtis on Mononday, at ony tyme thair- 
efter for the caussis fcMrsaidis, 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 eourtis on Mononday and Friday vlklie, as 
thair ordinar court dayes» and that all judges within this realme ar dia«r 



180 EXTBACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEGI8TBBS 

16th April, chargit fra sitting or haulding ooartis on a Mononday in tyme caming, 
^^^' conforme to the said act of conyentionn, qnhilk is alreddie embnuat be 



the lordis of sessionn and ytheris judges besouth this bnrgfat, tiidrfirar the 
said Alex. Rutherford, prouesti 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 borrow 
court in tyme cumming within this burght on Mononday, bot that the 
samen sail sitt and be haldin in all tyme heirefter on Tnysday 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*^* RutherAud, 
prouest, tuke instrumentis. 

IBth April, 1699. 
The samen day, the prouest, biullies, and counsall, ordanis the sowme 
of ten merkis debursit be Alex'* Kempt, dean of gild, on the desioyne 
gevin to 3ir. 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 
sidyk 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 loTabill 
consuetude observit within the same in all tymes bygane. 

26th April, 1699. 
The quhilk day, in presens of Alex'' Rutherfurd, prouest, and Mr. 
Alex'* CuUen, baillies, comperit Alex'* 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 spedfeit in ane wreit of the dait, at 
Aberdene the nyntene day of September, the yeir of God j"' t* fourscore 
fourtene yeiris, subscryuit be Mr. Johne Chein, prouest of the said 
burght, the said yeir, and be the said Alex'* Ewyn and Mr. Alex'* 
Fraser in sic estate, forme, and conditioun, as is specifeit in the said 
wreit, contening the delyuerance theirof to the said Alex'* Ewyne; 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBBBEN. 181 

quhflkis bnikes, bund and lowse, war visitit be the said Alex'* Rutherfurd, 28th April, 
pronest, Mr. Alex'* Cullen, baillie, and be the Baid Mr. Johne Cheyne ^^^' 
this day, and war fiindin in the same estate and conditioiin, and na war 
nor they war at the macking of the said wreit, and the siud Alexanderis 
resett theirof, and gevin to the said Mr. Thomas in keping, till the 
consal tak forder order thairwith. 

30M April, 1699. 
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 held thairwith ; to 
forbeir, &c. ; and sidyk, Alexander TullidafiF, merchand, wes convict and 
put in amerciament, for the thrawing of ane flescher aix out Andrew 
Blakheris hand, and thairwith hurting the said Andrew 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. 

9tk May^ 1699. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and'counsall, ordanis Alex'* Kempt, 
dean of gild, to gif to Alex'* 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 cans 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 th^ 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 
oounsf^ according to thair wyse considerationis for the samen, as at 
mair lenth was contenit in the said supplicatioun : quhilk being red in 



182 EXTRACTS FBOM THE OOUNOIL REOIBTEBS 



Btta May, coQiiBall, uid theiTwith th*y being advydi, findia the desyi^ thairof vem 
iA9e. reasonablet and theirfor oidanit the BOwme of ane hnndreth meikifl 
to be payit to the said Mr. Thomas be the thesaorer or dean of g^ld, of 
the reddiest of the patrimonie or accidentia belanging to the toon, being 
in thair handis at the completing and finisching of tiie wstk, th< aamen 
being biggit be the advyBe of Danid Anderaonn, maiater of the kirinrari^ 
quhom the counsall hes appoyntit to be OToraear of the aaid waiic, and 
ordania the aaid aoume to be allowit to the aaid theaaurer or dean of gild 
in thMT comptia. 



The aaid day» in preaence of the pn>aeat» batlUea, and coonaall, com- 
perit Maiater Alexander Fraaer, botgea of the aaid burght, and aubmittit 
and referrit to the aaidia proueatt bailliea, and counaall, qnhat aatiafiactioan 
and gratitude aalbe geyin to him be the toon for hia richt and titile of the 
prothogale buikia of ymquhill Maiater Johne Kennedy, notar, aomtyme 
commoan derk of the aaid burght, promitting and obleaing him faythfdllie 
to accept quhataumeuer gratitude the counaall auld think expedient to be 
gevin to him for the richt of the aaidia prothogall buikia, and for any 
proffitt or commoditie he may crawe for the extracting and tranaauming 
of any inatrumentis furth of the aame in any tyme cumming, and never 
to claime nor pretend any richt to the aaidia buikia heirefter, bot that the 
lamen remane in the cuatodie and keping of the commoun clerk of the 
burght in all tyme cumming, to the effect thay may be extant to all 
pairtiea having to do theirwith ; and the proueatt bailliea, and counaall^ 
conaiddering that the aaid Mr. Alexander hea denudit himself of the aaidia 
prothogall buikia, and that the samen ar alreddie put in the custodie and 
keping of Maiater Thomas MoUisoun, commoun clerk of this burght, and 
vnderstanding that the said Mr. Alex"** had a richt of the samen buikia, 
maid to him be the said vmquhile Maiater Johne in hia letter will, their* 
for thocht it agreabill to equitie and reasoun, that the aaid 3ir. Alexander 
hawe aum gratitude for hia richt of the aaidia buikia, 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 is» 



OF THB BUBOH OF ABBBDEEN. 18S 

oondudit and resoluit to gif to the said Mairter Alexander the sowme of 9th May, 
fonrsooir pnndis money, for his fall richt and titill qnhilk he hes or may ^^^' 
elame, or pretend to the Baidis prothocall buikis, or to ony proffitt or 
commoditie he may hawe or crawe, for the extracting or transsuming 
of any instroment ftirtth of the saidis buikis in tyme cumming, to be payit 
to him as foUowis, yis. : beoauB the said Maister Alexander is restand 
aaohtand to the town the snm of fonrtie pundis for the fewmaill of the 
landis of Frosterhill, of the Martemes terme, fourscoir sevintene, Witson- 
day and MartemeB termes, fburscoir aachtene, and Witsonday terme 
approaohingy fouracoir nyntene, theirfor dischargis the said Maister 
Alexander of the said fonrtie pundis for the said four termes fewmaill 
of the saidis landis, simplidter and for euer, and ordanis thir presentis 
to be a sufficient acquittance to him thairanent, and the soume of vther 
fonrtie 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"** being personallie present, acceptit 
and was content with the counsallis ordinance aboue specifeit, and for 
the said sowm of four scoir pundis, voluntarlie renundt and dischargit all 
richt, clame, and entres quhiUds he bed, 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 fftvouris of the said tonne of- Aberdene, and thair suc- 
cessoris, with all commoditie or proffitt he may ask or crave for the 
extracting or transsuming of ony instrument forth of the same, and con- 
sentit that the saidis buikis remane in all tyme cumming with the said 
tonne 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 
oounsale for the tyme. 

The said day, William Skene was convict be the depositionis of dyvers 
famous witnessis, swome 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 
Btricking 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. 



184 EXTRACTS FBOH THE COUNCIL BEQISTEBS 

9th Mar, Thomas Cumminff. cationn for the Baid William, that the tonn sail nocht 
be trublit be him, and W"'* Gray, cautionn for the said Mr. Robert, for the 
sam effect) ilk ane vnder the pane of j** lib. 

\5th May, 1699. 
The said day, Mariorie Hacquett was oonvict and put in amerciament of 
court for the sklandering of Elspett Dalgamocht, in calling hir baneist 
harlott, and that sho had sustenit Johne Lawson, his wyff and houshald, 
on hir maisteris geir sen Martemes last, and sidyk 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 Dulgamocht, to forbear in tyme 
cumming, and to mend as law will ; and sidyk 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, 1699. 
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 Ghahneris 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 tiie 
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 offider, 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 decemis 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 BUBGH OF ABEBDEEN. 185 

name of fhe niehtbouris, burgessis, and craftLsmen of this burght, aganLi loth Maj, 
Willeam Bochan, merchaad of the aamen, berand that the inhabitantis ^^^' 
of this bni^ht, burgessiB of gild and craftismeiii being oonvenit at 
command of his Maiesties actis and proclamatioun, and be command of 
the magistrattis of this burght, in annes 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 leadens to the linkis, agetvardis to the Justice 
Port, Patrik Annand, sone to the Laird of Ochterellon, with certane 
Ttheris persones, being on horsbak, and haying contemptuouslie red 
throw the rankis, and brak thame, with qwhome the said Willeam 
Bttchan, 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 
nymer with thame, nather enterit in ordour nor rank with the nicht- 
bouris of the same, hot red in rout with the Lairdis of Anchmakoy 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 
tiiairanent, as the said William may be condignelie pvneist for the said 
offence, committit in manor befoir specifeit, to terrific Ttheris to commit 
the lyke in ony tyme heirefter, as in the said complaynt at mair lenth 
was contenit ; the said William being personallie wamit, 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^ haying red and considderit agane the said complaynt, 
quhilk was ypon the said nynt day red to the said Willeame, and be 
reasoun of his non-comperance and contumacie, efter detfull tryell and 
inquisitionn had ypon the heidis of the said complaynt, findis that the 
said Willeam hes done wrang in not joning himself to the nichtbouris of 
this burght, ypon the said seyint day of Maij, and in accumpanyeing the 
said Laird of Auchmakoy on horsbak the same day, and misbehaying 
himself to the magistrattis and nichtbouris of this burght, quhairanent 

a2 



186 EXTBACTS FROM THB COUNCIL BSOI6TBB8 

i6tb u&y, they oonvietit the said WiUianii and deoemit him in amerciament, and 
^^^* continewit the Betting donn of hia poniaobement and amendia for the 
Baid offence, to this day aaoht dayea. 

The qnhilk day, the prouettt bailliea, and connaall, (wdanis Mr. Thomas 
MoUison, commoun clerk, to delyner to Patrik Forbes, bailUe, the townis 
chartonr, maid be vmquhill King James the Fonrt, of the dait, at £din- 
buif(h the xvii. day of August, j" ▼* elleyin yeris, berand that na woll, 
skin, hyd, nor victnall, sail be tranqportit forth 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. Thomaa, and 
obleist him to delyuer the same agane to him, betnixt and the first day 
of August nixt to cum. Patrik Forbes, baikei. 

23rd May, 1599. 
The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and counsall ordanis Alex'* Kempt, 
dean of gild, to answer and pay to Thomas BaUantyne ane roise noUll, 
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 also 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. 

16M June, 1699. 
The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and consale, with aduyse of the 
ministrie and sessioun, hes thocht gud that thair be ane &si and humilia- 
tioun of the inhabitantis of this burght, on Sonday nixt, the XYii. of this 
instant, and that the saidis inhabitantis repair to the kirkis of this bur^t, 
to the hering of the word of God sincerlie prechit and red, keip the kixkis 
&a muming to the eftemoon sermonis be endit, and for entreating God of 
his merceis for seasonable wedder and dropping schouria of rayne, to the 
comfort of the fructis and comis presentlie growand on the ground, wid- 
derit at the gud plesour of Gk>d 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 THB BUROH OF ABBBDBEN. 187 

kirkis the said day, or contraueningthiB ordinance, efter tryall, the peraonn isth Juoa, 
conyict therof to inenr tile vnlaw of fire poundis on forgevin. ^^^' 

20th June, 1599. 
The said day, the pronest, baillies, and counsall ordanis the soume of 
tuentie poundis to be gevin to Danid Andersoon, plumber, commoun ser* 
yand to the towne, for his panis, labonris, and expenssis takin in maoking 
of ane orlage in the oonuEnoon elerkis chalmar, quhilk is the townis com- 
moun hous, to be payit to the said Dauid be the thesanrer or dean of gild, 
betuixt and Midiaelmes nizt to cum. 

22nd June, 1699. 
The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and gryt pairt of the counsall of 
the said burght, past to the commoun passages and getiis passand to and 
fra the said burght, and yisiett the samen, and spedallie the gett passand 
fra the Justice Port to the linkis of the said burght, and fimd 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 comis thenrpon, 
and that theirby they had committit purpresture in niddering of the kingis 
commoun gett, and sawing of comis 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 bui^ht, wer 
wount to be careit to the blokhous, fond that the said wynd was of auld, 
and ancht to be, tuelff futtis of breid in all partis, and the eist end therof 
todff space, and that Gfilbert Blak and Andrew 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 
geitis, and letteris to be impetrat aganis thame theranent, be delyuerance 
of the lordis of sessioun, quhairvpon Alex'* Kempt, dean of gild, tuke in- 
atrnmentis. 




188 BXTBACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEGI8TEB8 

isth Juij, 12M Jtdy, 1699. 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis Dauid Fergoff- 
soon, thesaurer, to deburse and pay to Mr. George Greir, minister, the 
soume of fourtie poundis money, for macking of his expenasis 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 ezpenssis bak agane to Edinburgh, quhilk salbe allowit to the said 
ihessaurer in his comptis ; and lykrayes ordanis Mr. Peter Blakbume, 
minister, to be rememberit for the interteneing of the said Mr. George 
this ten or zii. dayes past in the said Mr. Peteris hous. 

Uth July, 1699: 
The said day, the haill toun being lauchfullie wamit to this day, be the 
hand bell passand throw the haill rewis of the towne, quhairvpon the 
berar maid fayth, and conyening for the maist pairt within the tolbuyth, 
representand the haill bodye, it was exponit to thame be Alex'* Ruther- 
fiird, prouest, that at the desire of the counsall, and be consent of his 
maiestie, and aduyse of the commissionaris of the generall kirk, Maister 
Oeorge 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 vait 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 congregtttioun, 
quhilk thay all in ane voce, but any oppositioun, grantit that the counsall 
suld deall with him for his transportatioun to this burght, and provis40un 
of his moyen and stipend incace of his acceptatioun, and as the counWl 
did and agreit with him thairanent, they obleist thame to vnderly a^ 
fulfill the same, and to pay sic stipend to him as the consall suld appoy]pt 
incace of thair agriement with him, and in sic forme and numer as suld 
sett doun and devysit be thame. \ 

K 
Eodem die. \ 

The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, with consent of the 

^ommvnitie 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 bume, discending from the loch to the ouer and I3th Juij, 
nather mylnis, sail hauld that pairt of the said bume adiacent to thair 
saidia tenementia, clene of ony red fuihue or filth, vnder the pane of ane 
Tnlaw of fonrtie a., to be incurrit of ilk peraoun failzeand. 

18^A Jvly, 1699. 
The aaid day, Maiater Alex'* Gullen, baillie, commiaaionar laitlie choain 
for thia burght, for keping of the generall conventioun of burrowia, 
hauldin at Linlithgow in the moneth of Julij inatant, intimat to the 
bailliea and counaall preaentlie convemt, ane miaaiue letter direct be hia 
Maieatie to the commiaaionaria of the burrowia aaaemblit at the aaid 
conventioun, quharof the tenour folowia : Truatie freyndia, we greit yow 
hartlie weill : Conaiddering the greivoua complayntia of aindrie our aub- 
jectia of the merchand eatate auatening gryt loaa within thir lait yeria, 
in thair peraonea and gudea, be the piracie of Ingland, quhilkia pairtlie in 
default of myne, and pairtlie throch vnakilfulnea of the pairtiea intereatit, 
hea lyin ouer vnauted for, or reddreaait, to the impoTeriaching and gryt 
preiudice of our euntrie ; aa lykvayea, conaiddering that aindrie debaittia 
and actionia commounlie falling out betuixt merchand and merchand, 
our aubiectia traficquing in InglMid requeria ane inatant deciaioun, and a 
judge to be appoyntit for that effect, aa we hawe in the low cuntriea'and 
Spayne, we hawe thocht expedient theirfor that ane of our awin aall be 
depute to mak reaidence at London, aa conaervatour of our previlegia and 
agent, ala weill to mein the redrea of the loaa of our aubiactia of the 
merchand eatate, aa to judge of the particular queationia and debaittia 
hapning amangia thame, and aua vpon ane apeciall regarde and aaaurance 
we hawe of the loyaltie and experience of our weill belovit William 
Huntar, ane of your awin calling, and nichtbouria quhome we aend for 
ania erand for thia aame purpoia, we hawe maid choiae of him to be 
preferrit and imployit in that our aervice, willing and deairing yow to 
wey and conaidder quhow neceaaar it ia that he be placed for effectuating 
of that our aervice, apeciallie redounding to your particular weillia and 
commoditie, and according to your diacretioun to modifie quhairvpon he 
aall be intertenit, ather apeciallie be traficquaria within that realme, or 
generallie be the haill burrowia, quhairvnto nocht douting of your con- 
formitie, aen thia ia a mater quhairin ye hawe gryteat entrea, and a thing 
quhilk we hawe reaolued to hawe done, and reating to your anawer quhat 



190 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

18th July, may be likit thairanent, we commit yow to God. From Falkland, this last 
1599. ^£ Junij, 1699. Sic guhacribUurf James, R. And sielyk the said Mr. 
Alex'* Oullen, baillie, commissionar forsaid, intimat to the coonsall that 
the commissionaris of barrowis, in thair said conventioan general!, had 
appoyntit a particular oonventioun of the commissionaris of the cheif 
burrowis of this realme, quhairof this burght was appoyntit to be ane, to 
convene at Edinburgh ypon the third day of August nixt, for geving 
answer to his Maiesties letter aboue specifeit, and for resoloing 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 lauchfnll intimatioun aboue mentioned, that gif the said 
mater be neglectit, the wyit thairof may be impute to the counsall, and 
the said Mr. Alex'* hauldin to hawe done his exact diligence in the 
intimatioun thairof, and thervpon crayit act and instrument. 

23rd July, 1599. 
The quhilk day, the prowest, bullies, and counsall being convenit, with 
ane gryt numer of the auld counsall of the yeir preceding, advysing ypon 
his Maiestie's desire gevin in and producit in wreit be Richard Frestoun, 
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 
reahne, 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 dedsioun wald belang to the Admirall of 
Ingland ; and for vtheris reasonable and weychtie caussis, and that to the 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 191 

granting of the desire of his Maiesties letter, this tonne snld oppone 23rd July, 
Ui«meBelffis; and to that effect it was thoct expedient be the counsall ^^^' 
that ane eonunissionar suld be electit and chosin for this bnrght, for 
convening at Edinburgh vpon the third day of August nizt, with the 
commissionaris of the remanent burrowis 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, oommissionar 
for this buight, 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 traficqueiis, as havand onlie entres in that mater. 
Persones of counsall present, Alex'* Rutherfurd, prouest; Mr. Patrik 
Cheyne; Mr. Alex"** Cullen; Alex'* Jaffray; Patrik Forbes, baillies; 
Alexander Cullen ; Dauid Fergussoun ; Alex'* Burnett ; Gilbert Chalmer. 

The said day, the haill merchandis brother of gild of this buight, being 
lauchtfollie wamit to this day be the handbell, and convening for the 
maist pairt within the tolbuyth, Alex'* Rutherford, prouest, causit reid in 
all thidr 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 hons, 
desyring the saidU burrowis oonformitie and resolute answer anent the 
establesching of W*"- Huntar to be conservatour for this natioun at Lou- 
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 sehew 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'* Jaffray, baillie, commissionar 
for this burght to that effect, quhome they ordanit to hawe the soume of 
ane hundreth merkis for macking of his expenasis, and becaus the mater 
tuichit the merchand estate, the saidis expenssis behovit to be payit be 



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192 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOISTEBS 

^3rd July, 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 
merchandis brether of gild, protesting gif thay chesit nocht taxtaris, to 
stent the said soume on the saidis merchandis, and tiiat the said commis- 
sionar war stayit for Like of expenssis, and thair estate preiudgit thah-by, 
that the fault suld be put to thame selffis, and that the connsall be frie 
theroff, and repute to hawe done thair diligence, and thay being o%mes 
requirit to cheis taxtaris to the effect forsaid, refasit to do tiie same, 
quhairvpon the said Alex'* Rutherfurd tuke instrumentis. 

25th July, 1599. 
The said day, the prouest, baiUies, and oounsall ordanit Alex'* 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, ypon 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 inhabitantis of this bm*ght in thair comis, 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 missiye to the 
Marquis of Huntlie, quhilk salbe allowit to the said dean of gild in his 
comptis. 

GA Auffuit, 1599. 
The quhilk day, in presence of Patrik Forbes, baiUie, 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, 
Channoim of the Cathedrall Kirk of Rowen in France, his lauchtfdll 
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 sidyk awand the said reuer- 
and £ftther 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- 
salour to the King of Spane, the original testament of the said Bischop, 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 193 

subscribit and atampit be him, or fra quhatsumeuer persoun haVar of the 6th August, 
samen, with power to substitute procurators ynder 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 sealled 
with the said seall, quhairvpon the said Johne Leslie tuke act and instru- 
ment. Jhone Leslie, Patrik Forbes, bailzie. 

5th September^ 1699. 
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 adyyse, 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'* Rutherfurd, prouest, Thomas Meingzes of Dume, Maister Johnne 
Cheyne of Petfechie, Alex'* Ghalmer, Johnn CoUysoun, Maister Patrik 
Cheyne, Dauid Meingzes, elder, Maister Thomas Meingzes, and Alex'* 
Jaffiray, 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, qtihill 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 wamit be the hand bell, 
quhaurvpoun the berare maid fathe, that acording to the ordinance maid 

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194 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BBOI8TSBS 

3th Sept, be the haill oommounaltie ypoun the threitene daj of July last bypaftt, 
^'^' anent the dealing with Maister George Grier, to Tndertak the char^ of 
the ministrie of this borght, in the empte rowipe of Maister Bobert 
Howye, and anent his provisioan of stipend, in eace of his acceptatkmn 
of the said charge, the consalle, to qnhom power was gewin for his trans- 
portatioun, and setting doune of the provisioun for his moyen, haid 
eamestlie travellit with the said Maister George, and haid maid him ane 
overture of his provisioon, and qnhat stipend thay wald gif him yeirlie, 
quha than tuik the first of this instant to be resolnit, and to gif his 
resolit ansner thairanent at the said day, and that baith befoir his depart- 
ing out of this towne, efter he was eamestle delt with to accept the 
function, and be his letter wrettin to the counsall and sessioun sensyne, 
thair was, nor is nocht, sic willingnes femd in him to vndertak the chai^ge 
and embrace the moyen offerit, nather yit is he sa loving towards his 
accepting of the charge as the counsall waold wisdie 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 tiiay 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 Blakbume, minister, Thomas Mengzes of 
Dume, Alexander Gullen, Alex'* Ghalmer, Mr. Bauid Hait, principall of 
the CoUedge of Auld Aberdene, Maister Gilbert Gray, principall of the 
Colledge of this burght, Maister Patrik Cheyne, Midster Alexander 
CuUen, Patrik Forbes, Alexander Jaflfray, present baillies ; Dauid Fergus- 
soun, Alex"** Burnett, Johnne Vrrie, Gilbert Chahner, Alex' Kempt, 
Johne King, Maister Patrik Skeyne, Thomas Gray, Williame Gray, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 195 

Hichard Lrving, Dauid Mengzes, elder, Malster Thomas Meng- sth Sept., 



zes, James Settoun, Maister Dauid Rutherfuird, Maister Thomas 
MoUysoun, Dauid Cargill, Maister Thomas Cargill, Maister Robert 
Mar, Oeorge Knowis, and Daiuid 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 ofiGice, 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 deceme better in the said matter nor a 
commounaltie, and to sett downe quhat sail be gewin him in stipend 
yeirlie, quhow and in quhat manor 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 fathfuUe 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. 

nth September^ 1599. 
The quhilk day, it was ezponit to the toun, and haill inhabitants 
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 Rutherfnrd, prouest, that Dauid, Bischop 
of Abirdene ; the said Alexander Rutherfurd ; Maister Peter Blakbume, 
minister ; Alexander Cullen, lait prouest ; Maister Patrik Oheyne ; 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 Gargill ; Maister Thomas Mollisoun ; Alex"^' Kempt ; Johne 
Kyng ; Thomas Gray ; Maister Patrik Skene ; George Elphingstoun ; and 
Dauid Watsoun, commissionaris, nominat be the toun, Tpon the fyft 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 settdoun 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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196 EXTBACT8 FBOM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

nth Sept., of the halie scriptureB, geyin to him for a theme and text to teiche, or for 
'^^' his tryell in doctrine and literature, had, efter oenBoring of him in knaw- 
ledge, doctrine, and lyff, with ane Tniforme oonaent, fund the said Maiater 
James to hawe sound knawledge in the holie scriptures, and habill to 
yndertak 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 affectioon 
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 Blakbume, 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 tlie said Maister Robert Howye, for his hienes, and in name 
of his majestic, 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 qualefett 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 majestic, 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 fyfSk day of September, ordanit and appoyntit, with consent of the 
haill towne, convenit as said is, the sourae of fyve hundreth merkis vsuall 
money of this realme, to be payit to the said Maister James yeirlie for his 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 197 

stipend sa lang as he remanis minister of this burght, at tna Tsnall terms i ith Sept, 
in the year, Witsonday, and Martemes in wynter, be equall portions, be the ^ ^* 
thesaurer of this burght, quhilk yeirlie stipend of fyre hondreth merkis 
money aboue ezpremity the prouest, bailleis, counsally and haill commonaltie 
all in ane Toce ordanit to be payit to the said Mr. James at the saids tua 
termes, be the thesaurer of this burght, receavet and coUectit 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 yertew 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, fiirth 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 inroUit in the thesaurers comptis 
amangne the townis pensionaris ; and the said Maister James Boss being 
personallie present, hering his nominatioun and election be publict con- 
sent, and yniforme approbatioun of the commissionaris and town to the 
said charge, and the lyking and affectioun of the inhabitantis 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 eimistiie 
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 faythfiillie 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'' 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 nizt to cum, quhilk office the said 
Master James acceptit ypon him as said is, and promeist faythfiillie to 
repair and resort to this burght, with wyff, bamis, and famelie, at the 
feist of Martemes nixt to cum. 



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isth Sept., \2th September f 1699. 

^' The said day, the counsall ordams Dauid Andersoim, maister of the 

kirkwarky to repair the kirkhous presentlie occupeit be James Tod, redar, 
in thak, ruiff, and cnppellis, and to mak the same waterthicht with the 
first and reddiest of the acdidentis 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 reasonn the seasoun of the yeir is 
hasting avay. 

ISth September^ 1699. 
The qtiilk day, Alexander Rutherfurd, prouest, Thomas Mengzeis. of 
Dume, Johnne CoUysoun, Bauid Mengzeis, elder, Maister Thomas 
Mengzeis, and Alex"^* Jafiray, compering judidallie in presens of the haill 
towne, convenit this day within the tolbuy th, representand the haill bodie, 
being wamit therto be the hand bell, declarit that they ar fyre of the 
aucht persones nominat be thame to be intercommowneris for this bnrght, 
to oonmionn with the richt honourable Sir Thomas Gordoun of Glnny, 
knicht, and with sic as suld be appoyniit for the aold tonn, anent their 
desire ypon 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 infefhneniis as they 
wald Yse, and quhairbe thay wald clame ony commountie within the fre- 
dome of this biurght, or on the Stockett, to tiie 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 BX7B0H OF ABERDEEN. 199 

Biflchop of Aberdene for the tyme, of all liberties, previlegis, and immimi- isth Sept., 
ties, geyin or grantit be his Maiestie's predicessouriB 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 Anldtoone, to mak 
offeris to thame, refuisit sua to do, inrespect thay had na commisaioun of 
the tonne to that effect, hot onlie to heir the offeris to be maid be the 
said laird of Cluny and inhabitantis of the Anldtoun, and to report agane 
the same to the connsall and iowne, as said, is, as tludr limitat powar and 
commissioun gevin to thame ypon the said fyft day of S^tember proportis, 
craving of the said Sir Thomas and intercommownaris for the said Anld- 
toun, that this day thay snld giff in thair article in wreitt, qnhat thay 
wald crave to be grantit to the inhabitantis of the said Auldtoune, of 
libertie vpon the commonntie and fredome of this bnrght, and to ground 
and instruct the same with sic richt and titile as suld be sufficient for 
verefeing theirof ; and the said Alex'* Rutherfiird, 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 betuizt thame and the said Sir Thomas and inter- 
commownaris of the said Auldtonne, 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- 
pent in presence of the towne, convenit as said is, Johne Gk>rdoun of Bogis, 
Mr. Alex'* 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 Hschoprick 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 
tiie ellevint yeir of the said kingis reigne, and theirvpon desyrit the 
prouest, baiUies, 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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I8th Sept., and dekynnis of the craftis, advysing rpon the said article and desire 
1509. therof in the counBalhouB, efter lang deliberatioun for pace and quyetnes 
cauB to be interteneit in all tyme camming betoixt the tna townis, war 
content to agrie with the said Bischop of Abiiden, Channonnrie thurof, 
College, and inhabitantis of the Auldtowne, vpon thir oonditionis, 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 pes- 
sessioun that thay micht pretend therto, or privilege within the same or 
ony pairt therof, quhainmto the chartonr produdt be thame cot of the 
said register mackis thame no richt, nather yit gevis the said bischop, 
college, or inhabitantis of the Auldtowne ony priyilege or libertie within 
the said forrest, quhilk being done, of gudewill, favour, and toUerance, 
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 
forsaid. 

19th September, 1599. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioun presentit to the €M>unsall be 
George Bicard, berand that he being absent forth of this reahne in his 
lefuU 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 htm 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 jto repiur ane 
pairt of the commoun calsey of this burght, direct forganis his stair, on 
his awin chargis and ezpenssis, as in the said supplicatioun at zdau* 
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'* Rutherfurd, prouest* &c., and considdering thairwith that the 
supplicantis land and stair therof is situat quhair the streitt and commoan 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 201 

gett is maist spatiouB and wyd, and that the bigging of ane chop vnder i9th Sept., 

the said stair can navayes be preiudiciall to the commonn 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 Bene, being in the entrie of the maist principall streitt of this bnrght, 

ypon thir considerationis grantit ane ouersicht to the said George to big 

ane chop of tymmer vnder the said stair within the gutter, for the qahilk 

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 vpon 

this conditioun the counsall forsaid grantit licence to big the said chop, 

with the quhilk conditioun the said George acceptit the same. 

20M September^ 1599. 
The quhilk day, in presence of the richt honorable Alex'* Rutherfiird, 
prouest, comperit Robert Gray, burges of Aberdene, and becom actit as 
cautionar and souertie for Johne Goi*doun of TuUielt, 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 Gh>d 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. 

2Ath September, 1599. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, vpon the humble 
Bupplicationis 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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202 BXTBACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BK0I8TEB8 

S4(h Sept., for support of hir and hir pore fiftiherles baimu, the sonme of four 
^'^* pundis ; to James Moyses for his support, four pundis ; to Gilbert Baimis, 
sacristar of the paroche kirk of this burght, aacht pmidiB ; to Hnehoaii 
Boss, fyve merkis ; to Andro Inglis, commoim 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 merids ; to Alex'* 
Maresoun, for bying to him of a ooitt» bemg visiet be the hand of Ood 
with furiositie, fyue merkis; to TVilleame Schankis in Fnttie, quhais 
hariet and wrackit be the biming 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 &rder burdenabill to the towne, 
hot for his ordinar stipend allanerlie ; to William Robertsoun, merchsnd, 
quha is becum agit and decrepitt, four pundis ; to Andro Moyses, fourtie 
s. ; to Margrat Lyoun spous to Johne Gh>rdoun, the sowme of twenlie 
pundis money ; and that ypon the instant sute of my lord Erll of Huntlye, 
requesting in her £&youris for satisfactioun of certane firenshe blak ^ 
poyndit from her for certane hir offences and enormiteis oommittit 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 MoUisoun, commoun clerk of this burght, sen the feist 
of Michaelmes last bypast, in the commoun tumis 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 merids, 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 derkis chalmer, for 
his seryice and labouris takin in the commoun tumis 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 tumis, quhilkis haill sowme particularlie aboae 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 203 

written, extending to the sowme of ane hundreth tuentie-aucht pundis S4tb Sept., 
four d., the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis to be allowit to the 
said thesaorer in his comptifi. 

6th October, 1599. 
The said day, Johne Huchoun, flescher, being accusit in judgment as 
ane personn onvorthie to duell in the societie of this burghti inrespect of 
the crymes folowing, qnhairof he was enlpabill, as was allegit, first, that 
he was ane filthie levar, and had lyin by his lauchfdll marreit wyff, 
Mariorie Wod, with ane heland woman ; secundlie, that he had not com- 
monicat at the Lordis tabill thir sevin yens bypast ; thirdlie, that he had 
ynmercifiill dung and demanit the said Mariorie Wod, his spous, scho 
being gryt with chyld, at the doon lying, casting ane chandler at hir, and 
therwith hitting hir on the bak, be the quhilk sti*aik he causit his said 
wyff pairt with baime bcffoir the ordinar tyme of hir delyuerie, and ding- 
ing hir maUt crewalUe with a battoun on the bak, syddis, armis, and 
dyuers pairtis of hir bodye, to the effusioun of hir blude ; fourtlie, for a 
conmioun 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, swome, and admittit in judgement, quhilkis persones being 
out of court removit, efter lang deliberatioun entering agane in court, 
fand and delyuerit all in Toce be the mouth of the said Johne Layng, 
chancellar, that the first tua poyntis quhairof he was accusit, to yit, for 
alledgit adulterie, and nocht communicating at the Lordis tabill, was meir 
spiritual! 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 sud day, the prouest and baillies, inrespect that Johne Huchoun, 
flescher, was accusit ypon dyvers poyntis meriting baneisment as ane vn- 
lauchfuU nichtbour, sic as nichtwalking, playing at cartis and dyce, and 
not cdmmvnicating 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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6th Oetob«r, in ony tjme heirefter, efter he be laochfullie 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 counaall. 

17M January^ 1699. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Alex'* Kempt, 
dean of gild, to deburse the sowme of elleyin merkis for this deaioyne 
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'* to gif the sowme of seyin 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 ^Id in his oomptis. 

Eodem die. 
The same day, the prouest, baillies, and consall, ordanit Dauid Fer- 
gussoun, tbesaurer, to pay the sowme of fyue merkis money, to Patrik 
Walter for the yptacking of the psalme in the new kirk this yeir bygane, 
quhilk sail be allowit to him in his comptis. 

I9th January^ 1599. 
The said day, in presence of Alex'* Rutherfiird, prouest, oomperit 
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, baimis, 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 fsythfullie band and oblegit himselfp, that in 
cace in ony tyme heirefter he be fund passing avay from his wyff, baimis, 
and ftunelie, in sic sort, by hir knawledge, and except he mak hir or 
vtheris his freyndis fbrsene of his ayay 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 Fehruwry, 1599. 
The said day, it was statute and ordanit be the prouest, baillies, and 



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OF THE BUBOH OF ABBBDEEN. 205 

oounsall, that giff ony tavemar within this burght, seller of wyne, aill, 7th Februarj 
or beir, beis convict in ony tyme cumming for having of iniust messonrift ^' 

and stonpis, nocht being of the just juge, quhairwith thay sell ather 
wyne, aill, or heir, that the saidis tavernaris being lauchfdllie 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. 

2Ut February, 1599. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall ordanis Alex*"* Kempt, 
dean of gild, to debnrse and pay to Johne Andersoun, paynter, the sonme 
of ane hundreth and tuelff merkis, for the said Johnes ezpenssis, and cul- 
louris imployit and bestowit be him on the paynting of the commoun 
clerkis chalmer of this burght, quhilk sonme 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 Jaffiray, baillie, and George Knowis, bayth presentlie in Edin- 
borgh, 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 
Halyroidhous the third of Februar instant, and ordanis ane commissioun to 
be maid to ihame 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 retume, 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 
sehirrefiF of this schirefdome, for haulding of justice courtis on witches 



206 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

sut February, and sorceraiis, salbe prosequut ypon all persones duelland within this 
^^' hurght and fredome iheirof allanerUe, delatit of the said cryme, and that 
this burght and fredome thairof snld be purgitt of sic contagious enemies 
to the commoan weill of the same* 

2Zrd March, 1699. 
The said day, the proaest» baillies, and connsall devysit and ordanit 
Alez"^' Kempt, deane of gild, to deburse the soume of fyftene pondis 
money, to the effect efter following, viz., the sum of ten pundis to be send 
to Mr. Johne Palp, wretar to the signet, for rasing of ane ezemptioun 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 homing executt aganis the prouest and baillies, for 
tacking of Willeam Leslie, sumtyme in Fintray, and Johne Abemethie, in 
Caskiben ; and the soume of fyre pundis to be gevin to Adame Young, 
poist, for making of his ezpenssis 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*" and sex hun- 
dreth yeir of Grod, 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 fuiuram rei memoriamy 
quhairof the tenour followis : At Halyruidhouse the seyintene day of 
December, the yeir of God j" v® fourscoir nyntene yeris, the kingis 
Maiestie and lordis of secreit counsall, vnderstanding that in all vtheris 
Weill govemit commoun wealthis and cuntries, the first day of the yeir of 
God begynnis yeirlie ypon the first day of Januar, conunonlie callit New 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 207 

Yeiris day, and that this realme onlie is different fra all ytheris, in the 2nd Janiuiiy, 

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 ytheris nichtboor cuntries in this particular ; bot that thay 

sail conforme thameselffis to the ordour and custmne obseruit be all vther 

cuntries, especiallie seing the course and seasoun of the yeir is maist 

proper and answerabill thidrto : 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 Gh>d 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™ 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 

priyie seall, and all ytheris wreittaris, notares, and clerkis within this 

realme, that thay and eyerie 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"^ 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. 

13^A February^ 1600. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanis Dauid Ander'* 
soun, maister of kirkwark, to pay to Gilbert Baimis, sacristar, the 
sowme of ten pundis money^ for candiU 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 thfe said maister of kirkwark in his comptis : togidder with the sowme 
of tuelff pundis altog^dder, payit be the said Dauid Andersoun to the said 
Gilbert, for fumessing 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 
cunmiing the maister of kirk for the tyme, sail cans fumeiss the haill 
commoim lichtis and candillis of the kirk, to yit, the herssis, pulpitt, and 
redaris lattroun, togidder with the principall and cheif daskis of bayth 
the kirkis quhair the magistrattis and counsall ussis to sttt. 



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206 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REOI8TBB8 

I5ih April, \5th Aprils 1600. 

itioo. fj^^ quhilk day, the haill inhabitantia of this burght being conTenit, ftc., 

it was exponit to thame be Alex. Cullen, prouest, and be Maister Peter Blak- 
bume, ane of thair ordinar ministeris, that not onlie in the refbrmit congre- 
gatiounis of the principall burrowis of this realme, hot dyreris and syndrie 
congregationis to landvart, the inhabitantis of the saidia burrowisy and 
parochineris of the saidis congregationis, hea bene catechisit and instmctit 
in the principall groundis of reli^onn, and heids of catechisme, and custom- 
ablie to thair pastouris, as thay ar reqayrit» gens ane compt and tiyell of 
thair profitUng in the samen, quhilk as yit hes nocht bene universallie em- 
bracit and folowit in dy veris 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 inhabitantia 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, bames, and aervandis, com 
to discretioun of yeris, be catechisit and instmctit 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 aessioon 
upoun the threttene of this instant, thocht it werray profitable, that on 
thursday, ilk ulk, the maisteris of houshaldis, thair wyffis, baimis, and 
senrandis, and utheris inhabitantis thairoff, cum to discretioun of yeris, 
as thay suld be warnit be the kirk officier, suld compeir, ilk ane within 
thair awin paroche kirk, to thair awin minister, to be instmctit be thame 
in the groundis of religioun, and heidis of catechisme, and to g^ff, 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 
requjrrit 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 tiie 
proueat, bailleis, and counsall. 

22nd May, 1600. 
The quhilk day, the prouest and baillies considering that thair hes bene, 
and presentlie is, dyvera quarrellia, actionia, and debaittia betuixt and 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDBEN. 209 

amongift the nudsteris of the fische boittis of Futtie, for feing of thair ssnd Maj, 
servandis, quhilk heB beine occasioun of gryt tmbill amangis thame, and ^^^' 
that dyyen of thair fiache boittis hes lyin on land on past to sea, throche 
yaunt of servandis to serve in the samen be occasionn forsaid : for remeid 
whairof, hes statute and ordanit, with consent of the haill maisteris of 
the fische boittis, presentlie convenit and wamit 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 serrit obefoir, haid and obtinit thairto, at the leist without dew 
adrertesment 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 fne 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, Mies quoUea. 

The samen day, the prowest and baillies, vpoun dyverse and sindrie 
oomplayntis 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 
gnidis 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, efter 
his lauchfuU 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 FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOI8TEBS 

ss&d Mqr, The qnhilk dfty, it being vndenrtand to the prorest and baillies that 
'^^' the inhabitantis of the towne of Futtie, baith men and wemen, maiat 
vngodlie prophanis the Saboth day, be nocht keping of the sermon within 
the paroohe kirk of the said borghe afoir and efter none ; and lykTmyes 
be haolding of the fische mercat within the bin^t ynder the GasleUull, 
and ypon Ttheris pairtis of the same, ypon the Saboth day, expres agaaia 
Goddis oommandement and the louabill ordinance of this burght : thairfor 
ordanit that all the inhabitantis of the said towne of Futtie, baith men 
and women, sail repair to the paroohe kirk of the said burght, to the 
hering of Gfoddis word, on everie Sonday befoir and efter none in all tyme 
coming, ilk maister, his wyff and femalie, ynder the payne of fourlie 
penneyis, to be ypliftit 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 hiud 
be tham or thair servandis within the said burght, vnder the casteU in 
Futtie, nor yit within ony vther pairt of the fredome of the said buigfat, 
on the Saboth day in tyme cuming, ynder the paine of escheting of the 
same, by the vnlaw of twentie s., to be ypliftit of the contraveinar, and 
that in na fische boitt within the said towne of Futtie, nather maister nor 
serrand pass on ane Sunday to fische on the Saboth day, vnder the pame 
of fourtie s., to be ypliftit of the contrayeinar, toties quoties. 

The samen day, the saidis prowest and bailUes, 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, uid 
beis requerit as said is, ynder the paine of fourtie s., to be ypliftit of the 
contrayeinar, toties quoties^ and war content that letteris of homing wer 
purchest and rasit at the instance of the said tackismen aganis tham 
thairypoun. 

\st July, 1600. 
The said day, the haill inhabitantis of this burght, buigissis, crafdsmen, 
and ytheris, alsweill frie as ynfre, being lauchtftiUie wamit, at conmiand 
of the prowest and baillies thairof, to compeir within the tolbuith this day, 
to the effect ynderwrettin, be the hand bell passand throw the haill rewis 
of the samen, quhairypone the beirar maid fayth, and efter the calling of 



OF THB BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 211 

the suit roll in the tolboith vindo, the maist pairt of the tonne being con- 1st Jaiy, 
▼enity representand the haill bodie, it was deelarit to thame be Alexander 
Gollen, provesty that vpon the aucht day of Junij last bypast or thairbyy 
the inhabitantis of the haill borrowis of this realme war chargeit be his 
maiestie's proclamatioan to meit his hienes at Dumbartane, vpon the tent 
day of this instant Julij, thairfra to accmnpanie his Grace to Kintyir 
and His thairabout, Tnder the pane of tinsell of lyifP, 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 
Rntherfiird, than commissioner for this burght, being than in the conven- 
tionn of burrowis at Kingome, 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 fdmisching 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, ypoun 
the tuentie fourt of this instant, to the effect forsaid, ynder 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 cairfuU 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 approtdieing, haid 
wrettin to the saidis baillies of Edinburght, to ynderstand 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 proclamit 
tioun, the haill inhabitantis thairof, betoix sextie and sexteine, being sub^ 



212 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

lit July, ject ihairto, and becaus tludr is onlie ten or taelff dayis space grantit for 
1600. meting with his maiestie or his liuetenant at Dambartane, the tyme being 
sa Bchort, it was thocht guid be the coansallt that the perrell qahilk this 
btirght and inhabitantis thairof was liklie to incur, incase they obtemperit 
nocht the said prochunatioun, 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 ypon this bargfat, 
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, conyenit 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 saU 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 fumissing 
of sic a number of men to be send to meit his Maiestie's Idvetenent, 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 and 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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 213 

ony perrell that Bould cam be thame, sould nocht be imput to the provest ist July, 
and baillies, be reasoun foirsaid ; and lykwayes, the said Alexander CuUen, ^^^' 
prouest, cansit publictlie reid, in audience of the toune, conyenit as said 
is, ane.act maid in the last conventioun of burrowis, hauldin at Kingome, 
in the moneth of Junij immediatlie bygane, at his hienes desyre, ordaining 
the haill principall burrowis of this realme, burgessis and inhabitants 
thairoff, to mack thair musturis and vapinschawis monethlie, vpoun the 
first Monnday of evere moneth, and thairfoir requerit thame to be in red- 
dines to mack thair mustoris on Mononday nixt, 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 fyre pundis vnforgevin, and that they 
be in reddines and veil preparit to gif thair musteris and vapinschawis 
the first Mononday of iUc 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 CuUen, 
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 
women, of mein estate, not worthie nor habile in thair gudes to satisfie 
and pay the townes unlaw for thair offence, &r 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-fbur houris, and thair- 



214 EXTRACTS FBOH THE COUNCIL BEOI8TERS 

9th Joiy, efter, being takin out of the stockis, to be had incontinentlie to the joggis, 
^^^' and pat thairin, to remane be the space of sex houris togidder imtakin 
furth ; and gif ony persone beis tnyis conyict in trubling thair nichtbonriB 
as said is, not being habill to satisfie in geir to the town and partie, to 
be baneschit thairefter this burght and fredome theirof, induring the wiU 
of the counsall. 

14M July, 1600. 
The said day, the inhabitantis of this burght, baith fre and ynfre, 
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 Kingome, vpon the [ ] day of Jimij last 

bypast, war convenit and assemblit in thair armour, and gaiff tiiair 
musteris to the prouest and baillies, ilk persoun being callit efter the 
ordour of the suit roll in the braid linkis of this burght, as the wintit and 
Yseit 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, decemit in ane ynlaw of fyre 
pundis, to be yplifdt 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 mei*catt place thairof, be oppin pro- 
clamatioun and loud voce at the mercat croce of the samen, tJie haill 
inhabitantis of this burght, fensibill persones, fre and ynfre, war chargeit 
be Adame Robertsoun, ane of the ordinar offidaris 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 ypoun the first Monunday of August nixt to cum, 
quhilk is the fourt day of the said moneth, weill fdmeist and arrayit with 
muscatt, hagbute, jak spear, steilbonat, corslat, according to his Maies- 
ties actis and proclamationis maid thairanent, ynder the panis contenit in 
the samen ; certifeing sic as sail be absent the said day, to giff 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 wamit 
theirto be the drum, that the absentis sail incur the paine of disobedience 



OF THE BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 215 

conforme to his Maiesties proclamatioun, besyde the ynlaw of fyve i4thJaij. 
pundis to be vpliftit of ilk ane of the absentis be the deane of gild, ^^^' 
▼nforgeyin, but lanchfull excuse, as said is. 

23rd September, 1600. 
The said day, the haill tonne, being convenit within the tolbuyth, and 
the brether of gild and merchandis for the maist pairt being assemblit, 
yit as obefoir, grontit, 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 sUuer to be coUectit 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 bulk, quhairin salbe wretin be the merchand 
ingeyer of any sowme to the box, the quantitie of the sowme input be 
him, the day of the inputting thairoff, with the daitof the yeir, quhilk the 
merchand ingevar salbe hauldin to subscrive, gif he can wreit, and gif he 
can not wreit, to be subscriyat 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 eyer 
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 noyayes hawe the keping of ony of the keyis 
thairof. Folowis the particularis and aocidentis deyysit to be input in the 
said box : in the first, all merchandis passand to thair woyages forth of 
Scotland to ony fbrane cuntrie, at the electioun of thair foud or justiciar, 
in tbur wayages furth and hame, the fowd, and his clerk that yayage, 
sail be ansuirabill to the said box of all unlawis and conyictionis of mer- 
chandis for swering, banning, or tacking the Lordis name in waine, all 
unlawis incurrit be the saidis merchandis for ploying, mispersoning, 
iniurring, or bludeyict, betuixt merchand and merchand, in thair saidis 
wayages, ather be land or be sey, the almess coUectit ilk day, or ilk secund 
or third day, in the sey, efter Goddis senrice and ordinar prayeris in the 



216 EXTBACTS FBOH THE COUNCIL REOI8TEB8 

'2iM Sept., morning, all Bowmes of money promesit, and conditiones to the pure, in 
^^^' tymes of distres and storme of wether, in perell and danger of tiiair lyris, 
be the merchandis : everie merchand, or sa mony of ane achippis mer- 
chandis as waschis thair heidis in Francej Flanderis, Danakin, or uther 
Gantries, to gif and collect to the said box, to the honour of God, and 
thair pure and nedie brethrene, and to thair vyffis and baimis left in 
pouertie and distres. 

Everie persoun admittit frie burges of ^Id of the said bux^ht, the tyme 
of his admissioun sail pay to the said box sex s. viiL 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 pairtU 
of Murray, hes thocht gude and expedient that thair sail be a publict 
&st and humiliatioun of all the inhabitantis of this burght on Sonday 
nixt, and that the same be intimat on Setterday nixt be the dram passand 
throw the haill rewis of this burght. 

20th 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 suf&cientlie verefeit and provin that vpon the sevintene day 
of Marche instant, tymouslie in the morning, he in the main sey, sevin or 
aucht myllis aff 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 Bobert 
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 ^1* 
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 BUBGH OF A.BERDEEN. 21 7 

to be keipit be him for this yeir, and becans thair hes bene and is eon- 30th March, 
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, hot 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 ynlaw of fyre 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 ira 
Witsonday fiirth nixt to cum, vnder the pane of ane vnlaw of ten pundis, 
to be incurrit be the fischer contraveining ; and that becaus it was fond 
and sufficientlie tryit that the said Willeam is ane vnlauchfull persoun, 
and hes bene ofbymes convict in dyvers po}mtis of pyckrie, and thairby 
navayes to be suffi^rit 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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218 EXTBACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEGI8TEBS 

30th March, cumming, qaliilk was intiinat to the haiU maisteria of Futtie peraoniUie 
^^*- present. 

The samen day, the prouest and baillies ordanis Arcbbald Cadenheid, 
ane of the maisteris of the fische boittis of Futtie, to retene the poBses- 
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 sufficientlie verefeit that the 
said Archibald had first takin the said birth rowme. 

Ut April, 1601. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, ordanit Alex'* Kempt, 
dean of gild, to delyuer to Johne Gfray, merchand, present occupear of the 
eistmast merchand buyth under the tolbujrth 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'* CuUen and Dauid 
Andersoun, maister of the kirk wark. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, gevis and grantis 
licence and toUerance 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. 

%th 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'* Wilsoun, chirurgianis, in the art of chirurgerie, 
and gif thay be meitt and qualefeit to exerce and use tiie said airt, and be 
skilfull in the haill poyntis belanging to the samen, quhilk tryaU the 
counsall ordanis to be takin within the space of ane moneth nixt efter 
the daitt heirof, to the e£Fect it may be knawin to the counsall that nane 
exercise the said airt, hot sic as ar sufficientlie qualefeit and skillit to 



OF THB BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 219 

dtflduurge the same according to the custume of all refonnit commoun 
weillis in uther cuntries. 

29th April, 1601. 
The qnhilk day> the prouest, bailliesy and counBall, in presens of Alex*^* 
Faddes, Johne Nicolsonn, youngar, William Schankia, Archibald Caden- 
heid, Gilbert AthoU, Robert Gyane, Alex'- Dauidsonn, Johne Nicolsoun, 
elder, Gilbert Maine, maisteris and avneris of the fische boittis in Futtie, 
ezpreslie inhibitit thame or thair servandiB to tack ypon hand to pas to 
the read to bring aschoir ony man, guidis, or geir, fiirth of ony schipe 
gryt or small, that sail arryue thairvnto, without licence haid and obtenit, 
of the proyest 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 bnrrowis 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 
Majestie 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", and sex hundreth yeiris, as 
at mair lenth is contenit in the said proclamatioun, quhairof the tenour 
foUowis : 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 grytfuU rememberance, and solemne dedara- 



leoi. 



220 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

4th August, tioun of the invart joy of thair hariis, to acknavledge ony singular bene- 
^^^^' iite quhilk they haue receavit at the handis of God, be bumbile and eimest 
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 ypoun the haill 
bodye of our realme, be that miraculous and extraordiner delyverie quhilk 
we receavit fra the horrible and detestable murthour and paridde attemptit 
aganis our persoun, be the tratour Govrie and vmquhill Alex'* 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 thankftiU hartis, be 
yeirlie reiterating of thair gryt joy in solemne praising of the michtle 
hand of God, for our preservatioun foirsaid, and leist the m}md 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 neidfiile, 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- 
said exei*ceis of thankisgeving to God, and to this effect that they be ad- 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 221 

monist the Saboth preceding the fyfk day of August nixt to cum, be thair 4th August, 
pastureis, to assiBt the preitching and publict thankisgeving during the ^ ' 
tjrme of the Bermonis, quhilk we ordaine to be baith in landvart afoimone, 
and in all burrow townis, baith afoimone and eftemone, and that they 
spend the said day in all civile and lauchfuU 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 Ood, 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, 
dely vering the same to yow dewlie execute and 4ndorsate 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 consilH. 
Qtthairwith the baillies and counsall advysing, to the e£Fect 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 mome, 
baith afoir and efter none, and dischargeing all haulding of ony mercatt, 
or exerdng of ony handle labour within this burght, and inhibiting any 
buith dore to be oppinit, ather be merchand or craftisman, the said day, 
hot 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- 



222 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEGI6TBB6 

4th Adgut, culottslie be Qoddis guid providence the day foiraaid, and ordanis tiie 

^^^' ihesaurer and deane of gild to fumeis the wyne and spyoerie, in ric 

qnantatie, and in sic decent and ciaile manor 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 9 1601. 
The samen day, vpoun the supplicatioun gevin in be the coimsall be 
Danid Hearing, quha had bene serving thir sindrie yeris bygane in the 
Emperouris wearis aganis the Turk, ordanis Alex'* 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 Maiater 
Thomas Cargill, maister of the Ghrammer School of this burght, in mack- 
ing of ane treatise in latin congratulating his Majestie's delyuerie, for 
his Ghrace's preseruatioun fra the lait conspiracie attemptit aganis his 
hienes persoun, be umquhill the Erll of Gbwrie, conteining sum com- 
memoratioun of this burghis antiquitie and previlegis, grantit thaimnto 
be his Majestie^s predicesaouris, 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'' Burnett, maister of the impost, &c. 

9th 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 
Bowglace, younger, war removit and baneschit this burght and fredome 
thairoff, be oppin proclamatioun at the mercatt croce of the samen, with 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 223 

oertificatioune to thame, that giff thay sail be apprehendit within this 4th Not., 
burght or fiiedome ihairof thaireftir, to be brint on the cheik, and per- ^^^' 
petuallie in all tyme thairefter baneBchit, and with oertificatioune to sic 
bnrgessis and indwellaris thairof as sail ressaue thame in ony tyme cum- 
ming eftir laucbfuU 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 Ooddis guid 
creatures superflueslie, iydile personis, without ony kynd of service or 
lauchfuU forme of leving, vnknawin fra quhat pairt of this realme they 
laitlie come to this burght. 

6th February 9 1602. 
The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, auld and new oounsallis of the 
said burgh, efter dew tryall and examinatioun had of the literature and 
qualificatioun of Maister Dauid Wedderbume and Mr. Thomas Reid, 
craying and suting to be maisteris of the grammer school of this burght, 
yacand be deceis of ymquhill Maister Thomas Cargill, last maister 
thairof, be publict teiching in audience of the prouest, baillies, consell, 
and leimit men betuizt 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 Grod j™ sex hundreth and thrie yens, 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 ymquhill 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 bamis, as was payit to the said ymquhill 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 EXTBACT8 FROM THB COUNCIL BEOI6TEB8 

Febraaiy, all, quhilk the townis baimis soald pay quarterlie, to ten achiUingis, and 
^^^' na mair to be payit be thame, and to bawe sic salarie and acholege of tbe 
landwart bairnis, as the said ymqnbill Maister Thomas was in vse to tak 
or sic as thay may bawe of thame of thair awin liberalitie, the towne 
being alvayes disburdenit be the saids maisteris of all finding of doctonris, 
seing the salarie in vse to be payit to thame is now appoyntit to be payit 
to the saidis maisteris ; and Alex'- Cullen, pronest, witii the baillies and 
dyveris of the counsall past to the said grammer schooll, and gawe to tbe 
said Maister Dauid and Maister Thomas institation of the said office, be 
delyuering to thame of ane grammer buke, to be coeqnall and coninnct 
maisteris as said is, quha gawe thair aythis for thair diligent and faitiifbll 
discharge of the said office, instructing of the youth in gude letteris and 
maneris, and cairfull attending on doctrine and discipline at all bouris. 

17M February, 1602. 
The quhilk day, William Skene, burges of the said burgh, was accusit 
in judgement be Bauid Car^U, deane of gild, for bearing, wearing, vsing 
of pistolettis and daggis within this burgh and territorie thairof, fori>iddin 
to be borne, wome, or vsit be the actis of parliament, and speciallie for 
bearing, having, and ysing of ane pistoU and puittemell 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 tiie 
assise, chosin, swome, 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 wome ane pistolett and puittemell, 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 bouris, to be imployit be 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 225 

him to the support of the pure, and ordanit the said puittemell and pis- I7th FebroAry, 
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 yse pistolettis or gunnis in confarar the tenour 
of the saidis actis of parliament, ynder 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 spedfeit 
in the act of the fyftene parliament of his Maiestie, maid rpon the xix. 
day of December j°^ y^ nyntie-sevin yeiris, aganis the beraris, ysaris, and 
schuteris of pistoUis 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 Wedderbume 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. 

17M 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'* Burnett and Johne Nobill ar mer- 
chandis, sail be sufferit to enter within the herbrie of this burght or 
nocht. Being the saidis morchandis 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, snld 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'* Cullen, prouest, tuke instrument. 

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226 BXTRACTB FBOM THB OOUNOIL RBQI8TEB8 

7th April, lik Aprils 1602. 

leoi. rpi^^ quhilk day, Pfttrik Hatdieoun, qnhytfifleher in FaUie, wm oooviet 

and put in amerciament for the dinging, itriking, and injnring cf 
Bartuira Leaak, tpows of [ ], qahytfymdier in Fnttie, qoha wes 

presentlie put in ward within the tottraith, and thair ordanit to remaiie 
ay and quhill he eett cavtioim for the modeficationn of hia Tnlaw. and 
that he sail nocht truble the said Barbara heirefler, nor nane ytheria, his 
nychtbourit in Futtie, Tnder the pane ci ten pond, for the qnhilk Mr. 
Alex. Irwing becnm oantioun. 

Eadem dk. 
The quhilk day, anent the supplicationn gevin in thia day to the 
prouest, baillies, and oounaell be Maijoiye Vrqnhart, berand that sdio 
hes bene ane auld inhabitant within this burgfat, and now by the provi- 
dens of God becom agit and weak, and throw com of nature nocht 
liklie to leye lange, albeit thir mony yens echo haid nocht mekill geir 
to sustene himelff one, yit navayes b^irdenable to the toun nor coonBell, 
desyring therfor quhen it suld pleise God to call hir fira this lyff, echo 
may hawe hir bodye and banee boreit within the aowth yle of the new 
kirk thairoff, and that freHe of thair guidnes, becaoa hir execotouiia waU 
nocht haue mekill geir to pay for hir buriall : quhilk supplicationn they 
found reBSonabill, and ordanit hir to haue hir buriaU place within the 
said iyle, but payment of ony dewtie therfor to the maister of kirk wark, 
quhairanent thir preientis sail be his varrand. 

ISth AprU, 1602. 
The quhilk day, Alex'* GuUen, prouest, exponit and dedarit this day to 
the haill town, asaemblit in thair heid court, that thair was four lowiUe 
and gnid statutis maid obefoir be the prouest, baillies, and counsell of this 
burght, and ratefeit be the haill town, the first of the dait the xxriiL day 
of Maij, the yeir of God j"^ t* Ixxxxt, yeris, anent the keiping of the aer- 
monis one the Sabboth day and owlk dayis, als weiU be the maistens of 
the crafiiBmen, as burgessis of gyld, and be thair servandis, one the Sab- 
both day, contening penalteis of the contraveinaris theroff efter oonyie- 
tioun, without lauohfull excuse, or infirmitie, or absens of the toun ; the 
secund Btatut, concerning the iydill personis and vagahundis fnrth of this 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABEBDBEN. 227 

burth, and setting of howBsiB to ihame» and to sic personis as hes not ane i3th April, 
knawin aervicey and laachtfall forme of leying, of the dait foirsaid, conten- ^^^' 
ing the Tnlaw of ten pnndig be the contrayeinar thairof, sa aft as they sal 
happin to be convict ; the third ordinance, maid on the tent day of 
Jannar, 1696 yeiriB, prohibiting all byeris of fresche saknound fische, 
alBweill within the burgh, fredome theiroff, or owtwith the same, ather in 
the townis watteris or burrouis watteris, except at the mercatt croce of 
this bnrght, alsweill efter nowne as affoir nowne, vnder the paines thairin 
contenit ; and the fonrt, of the dait the said tent day of Januar, and yeir 
fbirsaid, maid anent transporteris of folzie forth of this bnrght to otheris 
lordis and lairdis landis lyand owtwith the fredome and territorie thoirof, 
and aganis sic persones within the bnrgh, as sellis fiilzie 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 
thairo£P, and with certificatioune, and vnder the paines and vnlawes thairin 
contenit, to be ineurrit be the contraveinaris, quhairvpon the sidd Alex'- 
Cullen, prouest, tuik act and instrument. And Bfr. Patrick Chein, burges 
of the some burght, heretable fewer and possessour of the landis of Ferry- 
hill, and Androw Brabner, burgesse thairof, possessour of the landis of 
Sptttell, dissasentit to the said ordinance maid anent the transporting of 
folzie, protestand that the samen be nawayis prejudiciaU 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. 

Modem 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 
commnnitie, 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 GOUNCIL HE6I8TEBS 

i3tb April, bnrght one the Sabboth day, to quhomsoever the same belatigis tO) athef 
^®^' indwellar or extranear, to be saold or nocht sauld, salbe escheitt, deh, 
and geyin to the hospitall of this bnrght, and the byer or retsaner of the 
saidis fewall or peittis Ball pay fyve schillingiB for [ilk] hors lead that sal 
happin tham to by or ressaue on the Sabboth day, to be wptakin withowt 
fawour, and distribntit to the vse of the puire. 

I5th June, 1602. 
The said day, Janet Wischerty spons of Willeam Gib, was oonvict and 
put in amerciament of court for the mispersoning and injuring of Willeam 
Mar, yongar, in calling him kaird-&cit kairll, and for ysing of execrattons 
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"^ and sex hundreth yens, the fyft 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 fira the horrible murthour attemptit aganis his hienes, be vmquhil 
the Erll of Gowrie, and Mr. Alex'* Ruthven, his bruther, vpon the fyft 
day of August, the yeir of God j°^ and sex hundreth yeris ; thairfoir or- 
danis the haill inhabitantis of this burght, baith men and women, to be 
wamit be the drum passand throw the haill rewis of the towne, to keip 
the sermonis the mome 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 fumeis 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 thwon, to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

\%th August, 1602. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall hes i^pointit and no- 
minat Dauid Cargell, deane of gild of this burgh, to pas to the Marques 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 229 

of HuDtlie, with the townis .misuTe, desyring to knaw of his Lordship I8th August, 

quhat ordour salbe folowit and takin be tiiis burght anent his Maiestie's ^^^' 

proclamatiotm, maid ypon the haill liegis, als weill to burgh as land, 

within the schirefdome of Abirdene, and ytheris schirefdomes be north 

the samen, for meting his Majestie's Lieutenant at Liuemes 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 debundt 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 prouesti bailUes, and counsall, considdering that the 
bark of this burgh, callit the Gift of Gk)d, quhairof Willeam Mesoun is 
maister, is presentlie lying in the raid of this burght, arryring thairto fra 
the port of Banskine, 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, ypon 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, yiz. : Willeam Measoun, skipper, Johne Drum, 
Charles Robertsoun, James Cristell, Patrick Steuart, Thomas Schand, 
James Ooupar, and Gilbert Gray, merchandis, Peter Cmkschank, Johne 
Duncane, James Russell, Andro Grub, Johne Fhilp, James Forbes, and 
Willeam Gray, marineris, sail cum furth of the said schip, ather to the 
south or nortti schoir, bot remane within the said schip and on the Lisches, 
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 ime, pick, tar, and vtheris guidis quhilkis 
thay hawe presentlie within the said schip, with fyir and watter, tacking 
out of the ime 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 wy£Eui, baimis, freyndis, nor na vtheris, to hawe ony eatting, or 
drinking, or companie with thame, and that thay sail ressaue nather 



230 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL REOISTEBS 



^3rd Augoit, meafct nor drink during the tyme of thair iryell^ bot in presence of ftoe of 
^^^' the baillies of the said harf^ ; and ordanit the gaadia merehandin, dapper, 
and companie to find caatioan for keiping of the ordonr abone iipedfrit, 
mder the pane of thrie thooiand merkia, to be payit be the contvaTeiaar 
to the deane of gild of this bnrght, besyd sic vther paniBchement aa aalbe 
injoynit to him be the magiatratiB ; according to the qnhilk ordinance, 
Robert Gray and Johne Gray, merchandise bugesris of the aaid boight, 
becimi actit, coninnctlie and seneralie, as cantioneris and souerteis for the 
said Willeam Measoun, skipper, and for the haill merchandis aod com- 
panie aboue specifeit, that thay, and eaerie ane of thame, sail obaenre the 
ordonr above prescryvit, and incace ony of thame fiulze to pay the said 
sowme of thrie thousand merkis to the said deane of gild ; and Willeam 
Robertsoun becum actit to relewe the saidb Robert and Johne Grayes of 
the said sowme of thrie thousand merkis, incace the said Charlie Robert- 
soun, his sone, contravene the ordour aboue spedfeit ; and Alex'- 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 peine of thrie thousand merkis, incace Pstrik 
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 hail] towne being convenit in the tolbuyth, for the 
midst pairt, being wamit thairto be the handbell passand throw the haill 
rewis and streittis of the towne, quhairvpon the berar maid fayth, it wes 
ezponit to thame be Alex'* Cullen, prouest, that all and sindrie his 
Maiesties lieges betuixt saxtie and sextene, als wdll to burght as to 
land, within tiie boundis of the schirrefdomes of Aberdene, Banff, Elgiue, 
Forres, Name, Inuemes, Cromartie, Caithnes, and Orimey, war vnder 
chargis to meit his Majestie, or his hienes Lieutenant, at tiie buight of 
Inuemes, vpon the twentie day of September nixt to cum, and thairfirs 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 MaieBties proclamatioun maid thairanent, quhilk waB opinlie 34tb Augast, 
red in judgement, in audience of the haill towne, convenit as said is, at ^^^' 
lenth bens ; 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, 
conyenit 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 burghiis discharge of the said 
proclamatioun, and that the said conmiissioner suld compone, giff neid 
beis, with his Miuestie and thesaurer, rather or the haill towne suld be 
subiect to obey the tenour of the said proclamatioun ; and fnrder, the 
towne, convenit as sud is, wer content to be stentit for payment of sic com- 
positioun as the said commissionar sould compone, for ane discharge of tYib 
said raid, and for the expenssis of the said commissionar to be imployit thair- 
intiU, 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'* Gullen, prouest, askit act 
and instrumentis, ordaining the forsaid proclamatioun to be registrat in 
the townes buikis, ad Juiuram rei memoriamj quhairof the tenour 
fblowiB : — James, be the grace of God, King of Scottis, to our louittis, 
Bobert Elder, [ ] messingeris, our schireffis in that pairt, ooniunctlie and 
seuerallie, speoiallie constitute, greting. Forsamekle as we being moued 
with the detestabill and barbarous behaviour of the inhalntantiB of the 
Lewis, quha being wold of the fear and knawledge of God, and mis- 
knawing thair alledgeanoe and obedience to ws, ar occupeit in nothing 
ellis bot in bluid, murthoor, reif, thift, and oppressioun, ewerie ane of 
thame exercising monstrous and beistlie cruellteis vpon vtheris, as hes 



232 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BBOI8TEB8 

^^^^6(»"^' not bene hard amangiB TaridB nor infidelliB, and with that tliay ar 
plantit and possesBit with the maiBt fertile and commodious pairt of our 
haill reahne, quhilk being inritcheit with a incredible fertilitie of oomis, 
and plantie of fiBchcB wald render maist incBtimabill commoditeis to oure 
reahne, gif the barbaritie of the wyld and Bawaige inhabitanfas thairolF 
wald Buffer and permitt a paciable traid and traficque amangis thame, 
the dew conBideratioun quhairof tuiching wb in honour and conflcience, 
we, efter guid adwjBe and deliberatioun, reBoluit to reduce that yle to 
certane burrowiB and gentilmen, quha ypon the regard of our honour and 
commoditie of our cuntrie, interprjBit the conques of that yle, eatabliBch- 
ing of religioun and politic within the Bamen, and ruitting out the 
barbaritie and wickedncB quhilk was Ba commoun thairin : lyk as thay» 
be powar, and force hawing maid a perfyte conqucB of that ylle, and 
redudt the Bamyn to alB gryt obedience as ony pairt of the mane and in 
cuntrie, Bua that all kynd of traffict and handling be Bee weB w^ 
frequent and paciable thair, it Ib of treuthe that in the meyntyme certane 
of the prindpalliB of the said ile, confident and bandit with the princi- 
palliB of the illiB nixt adiacent, vnder the pretence and cuUour of 
freindBchip, couBpyrit and deyysit the vter ezterminatioun and myne of 
the BaidiB gentilmen, wenturariB, and thair haill gentilmen and companie, 
and at laBt finding the commoditie of the tyme, quhar as the said gentil- 
men luikit for nathing IcB than ony bIc hie trcBBOun, thay Bett ypon thame 
with fyre and Bword» murdreiBt and Blew at thair plcBOur, and hes 
poBBCBt thame BclffiB with the Baid ile, intending be the force and concur- 
rence of vtheriB diBorderit theveB and lymariB of the ilcB, to detene the 
Bamyn aganiB wb and oure authoritie, to the trubill of our CBtaitt, and 
drawing out of forder inconrenientiB, gif thair [ ] and intentioniB be 

not tymouBlie BubBtantioualie preventit and diBBapoyntit, and thairfor we, 
with adyyae of the lordiB of our secreit counBull, hcB rcBoluit and conclu- 
dit be power and force to reduce the Baid ile againe to our obedience, and 
to reprcBB the inBolencicB of the lymmeria quha wer the authoriB of the 
diBturbing of the Bamyn ; for quhilk purpoiBB, neccBsar it is that we or our 
lieutenant to be directit be wb to the Baid ile, be weill and Bubstantioiuli^ 
acompaneit with a force of our guid and lowing BubjectiB : oure will is 
heirfoir, and we charge yow Btraitlie, and commandia, that incontinent 
thir oure letteria Bene, ye pas, and in our name and authoritie, command 
and charge all and aindrie our liegea betuixt aeztie and aeztene yerisy 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 233 

and Ttheris fensabill personis, ak weill to burgh as to land, within regalite, 24tb August, 
as roalitie, within the boondis of our schirefilomes of Abordene, Banff, ^^^' 
Elgin, Forres, Name, Inuemes, Cromartie, Cathnes, and Orknay, be 
oppin proelamatioun at the marcat croees 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 manor, and with fourtie 
dayes wittuallis and prowisioun, efter coming to the Lewes, addres thame 
selffis to meitt ws or oure Leuetenant, at the dayis and places respectiue 
efter following, that is to say, the saidis inhabitantis to burght or land, 
within our schirefdomes of Aberdene, Elgin, Banff, Forres, Name, 
Cromartie, and Inuemes, except Oaithnes, Sutherland, and Stranauer, 
to meitt at our burgh of Inuemes 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, Gaithnes, 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 proelamatioun or ytherwayis, that all follow the 
directioun of ws or our said Lieutenent, vnder the paine of tinsall of lyff, 
land, and guid, as ye Mrill 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 : Oevin vnder our signet at Edinburgh, the nyntene day of July, 
and of our regno, the xxxv. yeir, 1602, per actum secreti eansUiu 

26th 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 p^irchesing 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 oounsall 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 Tnder the townis pririe 

g2 



234 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL SEGISTEBS 

:25th Aiigiut» seall, and ordanis the sowme of «ne hundreih merids to be gevin to the 
ieo2. ^^ -j^^ Thomas, for macking of his expeuBsis in the said commiAnoTm, 
quhilk thay ordane to be vpliftit vpon proffitt be the thesaorer of the said 
buT^t, becaus he hes nocht present sylner of the townis in his handis, 
and the samen sowme, with the profitt thairof, to be aUowit to the said 
thesanrer in his comptis. 

1th September^ 1602. 
The said day, in presence of the prouest, baillies, and counBall, com- 
peirit Maister Thomas MoUisoun, oommoun clerk of the said bmf;fat, 
commissionar chosin vpon the xxy. day of August last bypast, to pas to 
his Maiestie for getting ane dischaige to the inhabitantts of this bnrgfat, 
of thair passing fordvard to the raid of the Lewes, and disehargit him to 
the counsall of his said conmiissioun, be exponing to thame of his pro- 
ceedingis thairin, and be productioun of ane licence, subsciyvit be his 
Maiestie, discharging the prouest, baillies, counsall, and communitie of 
this burght, of thair passing forward to the said raid, and of all crjrme, 
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 hen 
faithfullie and honestlie disehargit himselff theroff, and that he hes 
benefitit this burght be his travellis in the same, and thairfor disehargit 
the said Mr. Thomas simpKcker of the said commissioun, quhairvpon he 
askit instrument. 

20th October, 1602 
The said day, the bailleis and counsall of the said burgh, being conyenit 
in the counsalhous, anent the supplicatioun geyin 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 fouU of the plaig of pestilence, quhairof thay wer suspect, vBrespect 
of thair lait cumming from Danskine in the moneth of September last 
bypast, quhilk towne of Danskine is contagiouslie iniectit witii the wd 



OF THE BUBGH OF AiBERDEEN. 236 

plaig of pestilence, craving that ihay may be put to libertie, and Bufferit soth Oetober, 

to cum hame to thair awin houBBis» and resort publicilie to kirk and mer- 

cat, for doing of thair lesum effaris, inrespect of thair tryell ahreddie gevin, 

both of thair bodyes and goidig, conforme to the ordinance of counsaU sett 

doan thairanenty and that thay ar fiie and clene, God be praisit, of the 

said plaig ; quhairanent the baillies and counsaU advysing, &nd that thay 

had ahreddie biddin ane sufficient tryelU a>Qd thairfor votit and condudit 

that the saidis merchandis, and the said Andro Bait, and als Alex^* 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 twentie4hrie of this instant^ and to be sufferit to 

repair to thair awin houssis, and to do thair effaris, as men fund to be 

dene and Me of all suspitioun of the said plaig. Persones of counsall 

present, Paull Mengzes, Johne Forbes, Alex'* Jafl^y, bailleis, Alex'- 

Cullen, Dauid Andersoun, Dauid Cargill, Patrik Forbes, Dauid Fergus- 

soun, Alex'* Crukschank, Alex'- Kempt, Alex'* Bumnett, and Thomas 

Ooiff, tailzeour. 

Modem die. 
The quhilk day, the haill assise, be the mouth of Dauid Oargill, chan- 
cellar, all in ane voce, but contradiddoun, convictit Richard Williamsoun, 
cultellar, as ane vnlawfull nichtbour to duell within this burgh, in that it 
was suffidentlie verefeit and proven befoir thame, and be the said 
Richardis awin confessioun, puolictlie 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'* Rob, Patrik 
Barbour, Alex'* Forsyth, Andro Inglis, and Annabell Plrat, the said 
Richardis awin wy£F; wes ane adulterous persoun, subiect to ebrietie and 
drunkixmes, and a commoun trubler of his nichtbouris, inrespect quhairof, 
the baillies, be thair decreit, decemit 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 naid day, the prouest, baillies, auld and new counsallis, considder- 



236 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL. BEGI8TBBS 

8th Dec, ing that the yeirlie rent of the principall borrowis of this reahne consistis 
^^^' cheiflie in the deuties of thair commoun mybuB, and that thair oommoun 
gude is grytumlie advandt be the samyn, and mderstanding that thair is 
no vther meane to put the commotin myhiis of this borght to profit, hot 
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 comis that belangis to the nichtbouris of this burgfat, 
and ar astrictit to be gmnd at the saidis mylnis, quhilkis comis for the 
maist pairt, throw want of watter at the saidis mylnis, ar careit to Gor- 
donis Myhie, Kethackis Mybie, and to the mykde 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 ezpenssis 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 commynitie, and thair consent 
and approbatioun had thairto. 

30^A 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 Queue 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 sir 
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 wamit, be sound of trumpet and drum, to assemble instantlie in ihsir 
paroche kirk, and thair gif thankis and prasis to God, for the forsaid glad 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABEBDEEN. 237 

tydingis of his Maiestie's preferment, suecesBioon, and electioun to the aoth March, 

said kingdome of Ingland ; and efter the ending of thankisgevingi and of 

the exhortatioun, ordaniB bone-fyris to be Bett on throcht all the streittis 

of the towne, the haill belliB to ring, the croce to be deckit and hung, the 

wyne and spycerie to be spent abundantlie thairat, a numer of glaBsis to 

be cassin, and the haill youthis of the towne to tak thair hagbuttis and 

aecnmpanie thair magistrattis throcht the haill revris of the towne, pas 

the tyme in schuting thair muBkattis and hagbutiB til lait at nicht, the 

townis haill mynitioun and artailzerie to be chargit and schott, and all 

godlie mirrines and paBtyme vsit, that may expres the joy and glaidnes of 

the hartis of the people, and ordanis the deane of gild and thesaurer to 

fiimeia the wyne, spycerie, and glassis, to the erand foirsaid, in all decent 

and cumlie forme, and the expenssis to be deborsit be thame thairon, the 

connsall ordanis the same to be allowit in thair comptis. 

Ut April, 1603. 
The said day, anent the missiue letter direct to the prouest, baillies, 
and coansall of this bnrght, from the prouest, baillies, and counsall of 
Edinburght, ressauit this day, quhairof the tenour foUowis : Belovit 
brethrene, efter our hartlie commondatipn, becaus his Maiestie is werrie 
schordie to pas to England to accept that kingdome vpon him, according 
to his richt, we hawe thocht gade to desyre yow befoir his depairting, to 
send to this burght your commissionaris, sufficientlie instructit, to consult 
ypon sic thingis as may conceme 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 Mrithout 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, baiUies, and counsall of the burght of Aberdene, 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 tiiair 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- 



288 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL RBOI8TBRS 

iti April, venient diligence to Edinbuigfa, and thair, with the oommiMioiiarifl 
1603. ttiairof, and with the commisaionaris of the remanent bonowia that aalbe 



assembled, to convene and consult vpon sic thingis as conoernis the 
of burrowis, to be proponit to his Maiestie befoir his Maiesties dapairtin^ 
to England, and ordanis ane commissioDn to be maid to him, Tnder this 
burghtis privie seal!, and ane hundreth pnndis to be gerin to him to mak 
his chargis and ezpenssis, to be takin vp be the thesaorer and deane of 
gild ypon proffitt, becaos it is vnderstand to the connsall that thay hawe 
not frie sylner, with the sonme of fyftie4hrie pundis 6s« 8d. debnnit be 
tbame on wyne and spycerie, and the bankit, maid ypon the pennlt day 
of Marche last, for the glaid newis that day brocht to this bozght, that 
his Maiestie wes proclamit and declairit King of England : qnhairanent 
ihir presentis sail be ane sufficient warrand to the said thesaorer and 
deane of gild, and ordainis that the said conunissioner be direciit this day 
be the said thesaurer and deane of gild, fomeist with the said sowme be 
thame, becaus the erand is baith weychtie and instant 

20M Aprilj 1603. 
The said day, in presence of the prouest, baillies, and connsall, com- 
perit Maister Dauid Wedderbume, ane of the toa nudsteris of the gnunmer 
schooll of this burght, and exponit and dedarit that he being yigit and 
burdenit be the lait proTinciall assemblie of the ministrie hanldin in this 
burght, to accept vpon him the fdnctioun of ane minister of Goddis word, 
wes resoluit to enter in the said fdnctioun, 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 dewtifnll discharge of 
the said office, and of his former lyff and conversatioun : and the consall 
having censurit and tryit the said Mr. Danidis diligence in the said office 
of maister of schole, sen the tyme of his admissioun thairto, and als his 
bypast lyff and conversatioun, fimd that the said Mr. Dauid hes &ith- 
follie and dewtifullie dischargit himselff in the said office during the haUl 
tyme that he ezercit 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 dewtifnll discharge 
of the said office of maister of schole, and of his honest and gude beha- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 239 

▼iour in tymes past, and inBtantlie the said Bfr. Danid rolnntarlie and soth April, 
frelie demittit and onergawe to the connsall, in name of the toi?vne, his ^^^^' 
said office of maister of the grammer school] of this bnrght, to be provydit 
and sappliet be the connsall as they sail think maist expedient, qnhilk 
dimissionn the connsell acceptit and ressauit, and in the meintyme ordanit 
Maister Thomas Seid, the vther of the maiisteris of the said school!, who 
wes coequall and coniunct thairin with the said Maister Dauid, to con- 
tinew in exerdng of the said office, be him sel£F allane, and his doctouris 
and Tnder teacharis, qnhill the connsall be ferder advysit. 



Eodem die. 
The said day, the prouest, biulleis, and connsall, hes thocht meit and 
expedient, devysit and ordanit, for the commoun proffitt and benefite of 
the towne, that the commonn locht of this bnrght sail in na tyme cmning 
be sett ont in few, lang or schort tadds, 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, ynlaborit or manyrit, to grow grass, and 
to serve onlie for that vse, and to fumeiss the towne and commoun mylnis 
with water, and that the grass of the ssdd 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 labouxis and travellis of the hull 
inhabitontis of this bnrght, quha salbe hauldin to send thair servandis to 
that effect, as thay happin to be wamit 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 



240 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

30th April, thair consent and approbatioan cravit to the samen. Persones of counaall 
^^^' present, Thomas Mengzeis of Dorne, prouest, Panll Mengzeis, Johne 
Forbes, Alexander Jafl&ay, bailleis» Alex'* Butberfurd, Maister Thomas 
Nicolsoun, Robert Mengzeis, James Settoon, Dauid Andersoun, Baoid 
Cargill, Dauid Fergnssoun, Alexander Crakschank, Alex'* Kempt, Alex'* 
Burnett, George Elphinstoun, saidler, Thomas Oowe, tailzeour. 

Eadem die. 
The said day, the prouest, baiUies, and counsaU, 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 
Bchearing 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. 

22iu/ April, 1603. 
The quhilk day, the haill inhabitantis, burgessis and craftismen of 
this burght, being lauchtfallie warnit to this day be the hand bell passand 
throw the haill rewis of the towne, quhairvpon the berar maid fiedth, 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 eamistlie travellit, for the ease of the nichtbouris 
of this burght, with James Balfour, fear of PettuUo, brother and factour 
to Sir Michaell Balfour of Burlie, knycht, quho had letteris and chargis 
of homing, to charge the haill nichtbouris of this burght worth fyve 
hundreth pundis, to ressawe corslettis, pickis, muskattis, and vther armour 



OF THE BUROH OF ABEBDEEN. 241 

apedfeit within the saidis letteris within ten dayes, vnder the paine of ssnd AprU, 
homing, and that be thair eimist travellis he wes content to accept pay- ^^^' 
ment for fourtie-fyue compleit stand of armoori appoyntit for the inhabi- 
tantis of the bnrrowis, sna being the said James had securitie for 
payment thairof within ane schort space, and reqnirit of thame giff thai 
wald be content to accept the said numer, and pay for the samen, for 
eschewing of the said homing, or gif thay wald abyd the perrell of the 
saidis chargis, ilk man for him sel£P, quha in ane voce assentit and agreit 
to tak the said nmner of fonrtie-fyue compleit stand of armis, and that be 
acquiring of the said ease to thame, the prouest and baillies had done 
gnde diligence as magistrates for the weill of the nichtbonris of this 
bnrght ; and becaos thay wer not presentlie resoluit aneot the forme of 
ihe distributioan of the said armour, and payment macking for the 
samen, desyrit Tuysday nizt the xzvi. of this instant to be resoluit thair- 
with, and that day ilk nichtbour, burges, and crafUsman 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 lauchfall excuse, or absence furth of the cuntrie, to 
vnderly the peine of homing, 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 wamit be the handbell to the said day. 

26th April, 1603. 
The said day, the haill towne being lauchtfollie wamit 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 Dume, prouest, 
desyrit thame to resolue and giff thair answer anent the forme of the 
dis^butioun 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 Sal- 
four of Burlie, knycht, for obtempering to the chargis of homing execut 
aganis the inhabitantis 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 

h2 



242 EXTBA0T8 FBOM THE OOUNCIL IIEGI8TBBS 

S6th April, diatributit amangiB the nichtboimB, burgeaaiB, cniftittneii, and inhabi- 
i^*'- tantis of this borght, M sail be fond habill in land aod godis, of the 
aowme of fyue htmdreth pundia frie, according to the chargia, and that Hie 
distribotioim thairof sail be maid be the peraones iblowing, nominat and 
choBin with vniforme oonsent to be stentaria and dittribataiis thaoof, to 
vity Dauid Cargill, Alex'* Croikschank, elder, Alex'* Kempt, Henrie 
Forbes, Willeame Dwn, James Danidsoim, Thomas Dowglas, merchandia, 
Gilbert Blak, cowpar, Daoid Watsoon, tailzeour, and James Caatell, 
wobster, quha wer swome jodidallie to distribute and devyd the saidis 
fortie-fyue stand of armour amangis the nichtbonris of this burght, of the 
habilitie forsaid, be thair estimatioan, 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 oorslettis, heid peces, 
wambrassis, and piekis, and navayes muskattis, in respect the towne is 
alreddie suiBcientlie fumeist and senrit with the samen. 

30th July, 1603. 
The said day, the baillies and counsall, convenit and assembled this day, 
tymous in the muming, hauing ressauit ane missive direct from the Lordis 
of his Maiestie*s preuie counsall, resident at Edinbuigh, the twentie-iyfl 
of this instant July, maid anent the apprehensioun of certaine fugitiue 
tratomis, 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 dothit 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 prodamatioun thairof, be the sound of the drum, 
and oppin prodamatioun, 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 fbrane 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 prodamatioun ; and that, for the saidis prowest^ 
baillies, and oounsallis forder diligence and cair in obtempering to the 
command of the said act and prodamatioun, ordanit that the baillies sail 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 248 

uiitt to sic as hes commandement at the sie portis following, within the aotb Jaiy. 
shirefiiome of Aberdene, fra the qnhilk sie portis passingeris may be ^^^* 
transportit in schippis, boittis, or cndris to forane cuntreis, that thay 
suffer nane to be transportit thairfin, as thay will answer to his Maiestie, 
and eschew the perrell and danger oontenit in the said act and proclama- 
tioun, speciallie to the portis of Newbnrgh, Peterheid, Fathlie or Fraser- 
burgh, and that thay send to thame the names fugitiue spedfeit in the 
said act and proclamatioun, with thair descriptionis, as the same is sett 
down ; according to the quhilk ordinance the baiUies instantlie send and 
directit thair missives to the laird of Phylortti, and the laird of Tippertie, 
baillie of the Newburght. 

6th September, 1603. 
The said day, Thomas Mengzeis of Dome, 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 builds, ad futuram ret memoriamy quhairof the 
tenour foUowis : 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 ezcogitat aganis ws, for the quhilk we 
can not hot rander yow maist harUie 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 ^»irit 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 repaint, be your Industrie and greater diligence in seking and 
folowing furth all lauchfull treddis, that be the example of other weill 
govemit commoun welthis, may help or inricfae you, and quhat help or 
furtherance ye will crawe fra this estate, it sail not be inlacking ; and be- 



244 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCa REGISTERS 

eth Sept., caus obedience to justice is ane of the best meanis to breid qayetnes, 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 yp your suittis and petitionis vnto thame, quhom 
we hawe directed cairfollie to luke ypon all thingis, may procure peace, 
wealth, and gude ordour, and may keip all sort of persones fira wrong or 
oppressioun ; thus not doubting of your goode dispositioun toward our 
service, we bid you fiBorweill. From our honnour of Bamptoun this viii. 
day of August, 1603. 

7th September^ 1603. 
The said day, anent the supplicatioun gevin in be Maister Dauid Wed- 
derbume, ane of the tua maisteris of the Gtrammer Schoole of this burg^t, 
bearing that ypon the tnentie 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 fimctioun 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, hot 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 
hes said dimissioun, promesing to discharge him selff deuHe thiurin 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 Beid, for instructing of the 
youth in the airt of grammer, gude letteris, and maneris, as becunmiis 
him of his office, during the will of the counsall, and ypon his gude service 
and diligence to be takin thairin allanerlie, obsenrand and kepand the in- 
iunctionis geyin and to be geyin 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™ sex hundreth and tua yeiris. 

nth October, 1603. 
The said day, the new and auld counsallis, with the deaconis of craftis» 



OF THE BX7BGH OF ABERDEEN. 245 

being assemblit in the connBalliouB, vpon credible infonnatioun that the nth Oct.* 
plaig of pestilence was spred, and liklie fiirder 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 spedallie 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 
fyftie-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 
lyfi^ nor death, quhilk is and wil be the occasioun of thair disobeying of 
the saidis statutes : thairfor to the efiect the same may be observit, and 
the contravenaris and brackens 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 baiUies 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 quaUtie 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 dayUe watche 
at the herbiie 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 



246 EXTRA0T8 FBOM THE GOUNCIL REGI8TRB6 

11th Oct., aduerteiB the prooert and baiUies, and obtene thair licence thairto, and 
^^^' the Baid watche to be sett and begin the mome, and ilk penone as he 
beis warnit thairto, to keip the same in proper perBone and be na servand, 
and Bic as sail be warnit thairto and abaentis thameBelffis thairfra, or yit 
sendiB ony vther in his place, to incur the vnlaw of fburtie Bchillingis, 
Mies quotieSf 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 Dandie and vther townis be south ws begin to watche thair 
townis. 

12M October, 1603. 
The said day, in presence of the prowest, baillies, and counsall, com- 
peirit personallie Maister Thomas Beid, ane of the tua maisteris of the 
gramer schooll of this burgh, college in the said office with Mr. Dauid 
Wedderbume, the vther maister of the said gramer schoolly 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 Butherfiird, 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, suffidentlie as thay thocht expedient, 
quhilk dimissioun the prouest, baillies, and counsall ressauit and acceptit 
in name of the towne, and hawing sufficient pmiff and tryell of the 
qualificatioun, literature, and gude conversatioun of the said Maister 
Dauid Wedderbume, to discharge him fullie of the said office, and of his 
gryt travellis and dUigenoe takin thairin thir tua yeris bygane, sen his 
admissioun thairto with the said Mr. Thomas, thay thuifor 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, vix., 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 BUBGH OF ABBBDEEK. 247 

grammer Bcfaooll» to vit, of the townis bainus sex schillingis aucht isthOct., 
penneis in the quarter to the maister, and thrie schillingis four penneis ^^^' 
to the doctonr, extending in all quhilk the townis baimis suld pay in the 
quarter, baith to maister and doctoor, to the sowme of ten schillingiB ; 
and of the sones and bainus 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 yther calling or fimctiouni 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 fane* 
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 fiiithfnll 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 £Eknd 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 spedfiet, 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. 

26M 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 reahne, 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, 
eonforme to the mynd and tenour thairof^ thairfor thocht meit and 



248 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL REGISTBBS 

36th Oct., expedient that thair sail be sex or sevin quarter xnaisteriB adionit to the 
^^^' baillie of ilk qnarter, to asBist 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 CulleUy Geoige Nicolsoun, Johne Kyng, 
James Mowatt, Alex'* Kempt, and Gilbert Blak, elder, quarter maasteris 
of Futtie quarter, with Thomas Forbes, baillie thairof ; and for the Grene 
quarter, nominat and chesit Johne Forbes, Henrie Forbes, Alex' Jaffiray, 
Dauid Fergussoun, Dauid Adye, Charles Dwn, and Robert Eelo, and 
Alex'* Blair, quartermasteris, with Dauid Mengzeis, baillie of the Grene 
quarter; and for the Oruikit quarter, Thomas Kyng, Robert Keytii, 
Thomas Johnstoun, elder, Alex'* Burnett, elder, Patrick Jack, James 
Donaldsoun, and George Elphinstoun, chosin quartermaisteris thairof, and 
adionit to Willeam Lowsone, baillie ; and for the Evin quarter, WiUiame 
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 
connsall, acceptit the said office of quartermaisteris in and ypon thame, 
and gawe thair aythis for fiftythfuU administratioun thairin. 

I6th November^ 1603. 
The said day, in presence of honorabill men, Alex'* 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 Eeyth and Altrie, and becom actit 
voIuntarUe cautionar and souertie for Alex'* Eeyth of Balmvir, Alexander 
Keyth in Glasco, Nathaniell Keyth, and remanent of the said Erie, his 
kin, freyndis, and seryandis, that thay sail mak na trubile, molestatioun, 
nor provocatioun within the said burght, territorie nor firedome thairof, 
to Maister James, brother to Willeam Forbes of Oorsinday, 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 truUU this day fiillin out betuixt thame, 
vnder all hiest paine that the laws of the cuntrie prescryvis for trubling 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABBBDBEN. 249 

of the Eingis Maiestie^s frie royall burgh, and vnder sic paine as his Maiesiie isth ifor., 

or his hienes secreit coimsall of Scotland sail enjoyne, incace the said ^^^' 

bnrgh be trablit be ihame, or on; qnhome the said erle may stop or 

lat ; and siclyk, in presence of the provest and badllies forsaidis, comperit 

Johne Lord Forbes, and beoom 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 seroandis, 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'* Eeyth 

of Balmvir, or ony of the surname or fireyndschip of Keyth, in tyme cum- 

ing, be occasioun of the said trubill this day fiOlin out betuixt the saidis 

parties, and that the said burght sail not be trublit be thame in tyme cum* 

ing, vnder the panis above spedfeit, quhairvnto the prouest and baillies for- 

said interponit thair authoriiie, vpon the quhiUds Dauid Cargill, deane of 

gild, as commoun procuratour for the said burgh, askit act and instrumentis. 

20M November f 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 effiuris, sum to ressaue 
in thair dettis, vtheris to vplift 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 fiallis out frequentlie 
at the saidis termes dyvers tomultis^ 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 magistrattis of this burgh to desist and ceas from the saidis trublis, 
and to pas to thair ludgingis, they proudlie and contempnandlie hawe 
disobeyit the conmumd of the magistrattis, 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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260 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BBGI8TBR6 

20th Not., thocht goid and expedient that thair aalbe aoe bill and Biippficatiaim 
^^^' geyin in, in name of the prouest, baillies, eoonaail, and oommonttie of this 
burghti to the lordig of hia hienes secreit coansall resident in this reahne, 
desyrand char^ to be direct in his Maiestie's name* to charge all and 
sindrie erlis» lordis» baronis, gentihnen, thair men, tenentis, senrandis, de- 
pendaris» and all ytheris onr souerane lordis liegis, of quhatsumever rank 
or degrie» resorting or repairing to the said burgh of Abiidene, at the 
saidis termes, or ony vther tyme of the yeir, that nane of thame presvme 
or tak ypon hand to mak ony tmbill, or raise ony tnmult 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 camming, 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 widlis, 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 t 1604. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and consall ordanis the sowme of 
ane hundreth merkis to be vpliftit vpon prof&tt be the thesaurer and 
deane of gild, for ftimesing 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 proffitt thairo^ sail be allowed to the said 
thesaurer and deane of gild in his comptis. 



OP THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 251 



lOth January 9 1604. lOthJui., 



The quhilk day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall, with consent of the 
eommonaltie, convenit this day in thair heid coart, oonriddering the dis- 
ordonr and dissolute behaviour qnhairin the scholaris of the gnunmer 
Bcholl of this bnxghty fallis into about the superstitious tyme of yuill, in 
tacking of the schooll, keping and hanlding of the same aganis thmr 
maister, with swordis, gynnis» pistollis, and vtheris wappynnis, spuibseing 
and tacking of puir folkis geir, sic as geisse, fbulUs, peittis, and ytheris 
vivaris, during the tyme of the haulding thairof, and repyning altogither 
to the coirectioun 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 fnr- 
nesing to thame occasioun of boldnes to rebell aganis his discipline, 
besyddis that the puir people that oummis 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 
magistrattis 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 baimis duelling to landvart, 
nather yit ony townis baimis, to the schooll in tyme cumming, quhill the 
parent of the baime or sum freynd cum, in presence of ane of the baiUies, 
and find cautioun actit in the townis builds, that the said baime 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 gildt to be applyit vpon the commoun effaris of this 
burgh. 

Ecdem die. 
The said day, it was statute and ordanit be the prouest, baillies, and 
counsall, with consent of the commvnitie, oonvenit 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, efter ten houris of the 
nioht, nather yit lesum to any inhabitant thairof, or to any vther persone 
quhatsumever resorting to the samen, to be fund nor sene vagand nor* 



1604. 



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262 EXTBAOTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEOISTER6 

10th Jan., gangand on the streittis of thig burgh efter the said hotir, bot that all 
^^^* persones sail contene thameaelfiSiB in thair housais and Iadgingis» fira that 
hour fnrth, and that for eschewing of the yndecent and vngodlie vse of 
nichtwaUdngt carting, dydng, and drinking, oner frequentlie vsit in this 
burgh in tymes bypast, quhilk hes bred gryt disordour and dissolutenes 
off lyfF in sindrie inhabitantiB ; and sic as sail be apprehendit and conyict 
heirefter in contravening this ordinance in ony poynt^ to incur the vnlaw 
of fyve pundis, toties quafieSf and the maisteris of houssis to be answera- 
bill for thair baimis and servandis ; fiftrder, becaus thair is presentlie a 
numer of idill men in this bur^ bund to Flanderis to the weans, 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. 

18^A January^ 1604. 
The quhilk day, James Oheyne of StraJoch, 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 fira 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, aiUing 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 bui^h, vtherwayes nor be ordour of 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 268 

law and justice, vnder the paines contenit in the act of parliament ; isth Jan., 
according to the qnhilk ordinance of the saidis prouest and batllies, 
Banid Undsay, burges of the said burgh, becom actit cautionar for the 
said James Oheyne 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 
skaitbles 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 
Bauid of his said cautionarie, and of all that may follow thairwpoun, 
quhairrpon the said Dauid Cargill and Dauid Lyndsay tuik act and 
instrument ; and Mr. Richard Irying 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'* Ross, merchand, becom cautioun for Oapitane 
James Cheyne of Stralocht, that the said Oapitane 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 de^d 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 Oapitane James within this burgh, nor mak ony trubill within the 
same in tjrme cumming, vnder the panis forsaidis, and the said Oapitane 
James actit him to relewe his said cautionar. 

%th May, 1604. 
The quhilk day, the haill towne, baith frie and vnfrie, being lawfuUie 
wamit 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 




254 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEaiSTEBS 

stb May, pestilence is laiilie enterit agatne in the borght of Edinburgh and Iieyth, 
^^^' and is spredden in dyvera pairtis thairabout, and liklie to hawe a faider 



cours and progres within the reahne, gif God of his merde pnt not to 
helping hand, and that all lawfull and ordinarie means be Tsed, quhilk, 
at Goddis gude plesore, may preserve sic townes and pairtis as ar yit 
dene, fra the said seiknes, quhairthrow the magistrattiB of the burrowis 
besouth ar werrie cairfbl and diligent in tacking strait ordour thairanent, 
everie ane within thair awin boundis^ and thairfor the said Alex'* Bnther- 
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 pladg, and causit reid the saidis ordinances pablictlie 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 t^stimoniallis of thair cleinnes at the 
leist, quhill the magistrates 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 phug, 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 heirefier, con- 
cerning the preseiratioun 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 efiaris of the 
said burgh. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABBRDEBN. 256 

Eodem die. 8th May. 

The CMud day, Alex'* Ratherfoid, prouest, producit, in presenee of the ^®^- 
haill tonne, convenit this day, ane commissioun gevin and grantit be the 
lordis of his Maiestie'B secrait connsall, to the pronest and bailleis of 
this bnrgh, gerand 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, 
qohilk 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 ret memoriam^ 
quhairof the tenour fbllowis : James K. Apud Perth quarto die mensU 
Nauembrit^ anno Domini miUenmo sexeentesimo tertio^ The lordis of secreit 
counsall, ynderstanding 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 Gfod of his mercie 
put not to his helping hand, and that all ordinar and lawftill meanis be 
Tseit, quhilkis at Ooddis plesure may preserve sic townis and places as ar 
yit dene 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 dene 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, inhabitantas 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 walUs, or vthervayis by the commoun portis, according to thair 



266 SXTBA0T8 FBOM THE COUNCIL BB0I8TEBS 

8th May, demerittiB and qualitie of thair offenoe* to paniflche thame ; with powar 
^^^* alBQa to thame to put the aotit of parliament maid agania stnrdy and 
idill begarriB, for expelling and haulding of thame out of thair bonndia, to 
dew execatioon in all poyntia, conforme to the tenoor thairof, and to 
execute the panb contenit in the aaid actia, agania the wilfoll tranagrsa- 
sooria and contravenaria of the same ; with powar alaoa to the aaidia 
pronest and bailliea to taxt and stent the inhabitantia of the said bnigh, 
for nurisching and intertening of the puir miaterfull people, in caoe, as 
God forbid, any of tiiame saU happin to be infoctit with the said aeiknea, 
and to poynd and distrengie for the sowmes taxti or to pat and haold the 
peraones.taxt in ward qnhill thay mak payment of the saidis sowmes ; 
and for the better execatioon of thir presentis, with power to the saadis 
magistrattis to fense and haold coortis, and to creat offideiis and mem- 
beris of coort neidfoU, and to caus sommond, wame, and sweir aasyissis 
als oft as neid bds to poynd and distrengie, and to the sopport and 
releifP of the pair to apply, and generallie all and sindrie viher thingis to 
do and vae qohiUds of law or praetiqae of this realme ar knawin to per- 
tene firme and stabill, ftc. : charging heiiby all oor soa^ance lordis, 
lieps, and sobjectis, that thay nor nane of thame do nor attempt ony 
thing tending to the hinder of the execatioon of this commissioan, as 
thay and ilk ane of thame will answer ypon the contrarie at thair hechest 
charge and perrell. Sie 9ub$eriMiurf Montroiss, eanedlafiug ; AthoU, 
Ochiltrie, Elphinstoon, comptroller; P. Dankeld Traqoar, dericus 
reffiitre. 

4M June, 1604. 
The qohilk day. the prooest, baillies, and coansaQ^ ordanis Danid 
Cargill, deane of gild, to refoond and pay to Willeame Gordoon the 
soume of ane hondreth merids, qohilk wes borrowit fira him be the toone 
in the moneth of [ ] last bypast, for recking forth of oertaine 

hagbotteris with his Maiesties gaird to asseige the hoos of Brombreck, 
and to pay to the said Willeame thairwith the soome of foor pondis, for 
the proffitt of the said soome for the half-yeir past ; and lykrayes ordanis 
the said Daoid to deborse and give to Johne Crawford, messinger, the 
soome of twentie pondis for passing sooth to Edinborgh in the townis 
adois, and for passing throw certane borrowis of the sooth, in Tsing of 
chargis at the townis instance concerning the plaig, and sidyk ordanis 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABEBDBEN. 257 

ane roise nobill to be send to James Ptymrois, clerk of secreit conaall, 4th Jane, 
for raisiDg of the saidis chargis, quhilkis sowmes sail be allowit to the ^^^* 
said deane of gild in his comptis. 

Eodem die. 
The qnhilk day, Alex'* Rutherford, prouest, ezponit to the towne, 
convenit this day in the tolbuith, wamit tbairvnto 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 Fytf and Angous, and that notwithstanding therof, the ordinance 
sett down of obefoir for presernng this burgh and inhabitantis thairof 
thairfra, as the ordinar meanis for keping the same, vnder Gk>d, wes 
noTayes 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 tbairin contenit ezactit 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. 

\6th July, 1604. 
The quhilk day, the haill towne being convenit this day within the 
tolbuyth, for the maist pairt, wamit thairto be the hand bell, it wes exponit 
and declaiit to thame be Alexander Rutherford, prouest, commissioner 
chosin for this burgh, for keping of his Maiestie's parliament, begun and 
hauldin at Perth vpon the third day of July instiuit, 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 iliat the said Alex'* Rutherford, as commissionar of this 
burgh, is nominat and chosin be the lordis of parliament, ane of the four 

k2 



258 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOI8TEBS 



16th Jnij, commisBioiuuris chosin for the haiU burrowU of this realme, to pu in 
^^^' England to the effect fonaid ; lykas, the laid Akzaiider wee nomuuil 
alsua commiMionar for the same effoct, be his Maiestae*s awin letter direct 
to the lordis of articles of the said parliament ; and forder, thai the haill 
burrowis of this realme sail mak the chargis and expenaaiB of the saidis 
four commissionaris, and of the thrie laweris nominat to pas with thame 
in England, tovit, Maister Johne Skene, clerk of register, Maiater Johne 
Scharp, and Mr. Thomas Oraig, adnocattis, and for defraying thair chargis, 
and the chargis of the said commissionaris, thair is appoynted the soome 
of sextene thousand merkis, to be vplifted of the haill burrowis of this 
realme, quharof this bnrghtis pairt will extend to the soume of threttene 
hundreth merkis, and becans the tyme is sohort appoynted for thair pas- 
sing in England, and that the commissionar of this bmght lyia distant so 
far north, and thairby man be the soner reddie to aecampanie the remaneDt 
thrie commissionaris and laweris forsaidis, in the said erand of so gryt 
weycht, desyrit the toune, oonvenit as said is, gif thay thocht it meit and 
expedient tiiat 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 conyenit, as said is, all in ane voce but 
oppositioun or contradictioun, ToluntarHe consentit and agreit that the 
said soume of threttene hundreth merkis salbe stentit and impoait 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 thairypon, 
ynder the painis of poynding and homing ; and to this effect instantlie 
electit, nominat, and chesit Dauid Oargill, deane of gild, Henrie Forbesi 
Alex'* Burnett, elder, George Nicolsoun, Johne Layng, James Fergussonn, 
merchandis, Johne Merser, saidler, and Dauid Watsoun, tailaeour, sten- 
taris and taxtaris, to stent the said soume of threttene hundreth merkis 
on the haill inhabitantis of this burgh, quha being personaUie present, 
acceptit the stenting thairof in and rpon thame, and wer swome 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 thairypoun, subscribit 
with thair handis ; lykevayes the said Alex'* Rutherford, 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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 269 

and taken of his hienei rememberaace and gude will borne to the samen, lath Jaij» 
qnliilk letter wes ordanit to be registrat in the townis buikis, ad futuram ^^^' 
rei memariamf qnhairof the tenour fbUowia : To our tmstie and weilbe- 
loved, the provest, bailleis, and counsall of our bnrgfat of Aberdene. 
. JameB R. Tmsty and weilbeloved, we greit yow weill. Being informed 
by our eomptroUar, of your goid affectioun and redines at all occasiones in 
our Bervice, but speoiallie of your convening with the rest of our estatis 
at our parliament, and willingnes toward the furtherance of our e£Paris to 
be treated thairin, we can not omit to render yow most harUie thankis, 
and thairwitb to will and desyr yow to continew in that your affectioun 
and readineg in our seryice» both in conyening at sic tymes as you salbe 
requirit, and in geving your best advyse in our eflEaires, assuveing you of 
our rememberance and gudewill for the same, as your occasions sail pre- 
senti and having direetit 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 fairweiU. From our court at Whithall this xxix. 
of Mail, 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 &your quhair^ith the divine providence of the most heich 
had blissed him, by the oft wisched but hardlie expected coniunctioun of 
twa sua ancient taod lang discordant kingdomes, maist eimistUe to desire 
aae estableschit continewance of the samyn, that as by lawfiiU successioun 
thay ar ane in the held, swa in the bodie and everie member thairof they 
may be so inseparablie conioniti as all eftor cumming ages suld fynd the 
sueitnes of the thryis happie peace, welth, and felidtie, 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 direetit to his maist humble and 
obedient subiectis of this kingdome ; having laid befoir thame the grite 
blessing that ane constant and freindUe coniunctioun with thair nichtbour 
cuntrie of England, now vnited by allegeance and loyall subjectioun in 
his most royaU persoun, wauld bring to thame and thair posteritie, and 



260 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL REOI8TBB8 

16th July, thairwith out of his most loving and accastnmat prinoelie regaird, to 
^^^ ihair inestimable joy and comfort, witchaffing to assure thame of his 
ainceir dispositionn and deir mening, novay by the forsaid Tnioon to 
preiudge, change, or hmt the fundamentall lawis, aacient privileges, 
offices, and liberties of this kingdome, qohairby not onlie the prinoelie 
authoritie of his Maiestie's royall discent hath bene thir many ages man- 
teanit, hot also his peoples secoritie of thur landis and levingia preserved, 
quhairby his Maiestie's gratioos intention in establesching of the forsaid 
vnioun, is onlie to alter and reforme sic indifferent or temporall statotis, 
particular custumes, or speciall ordinances, quhairby the bygane remem* 
berance may be extinguisched, and the future grouth prevetited of so 
many particular debaittis, and vnhappie acddentis, quhillds micht heir- 
efter disturb that constant lowe and perfytt amitie betnixt both nationis, 
so tenderlie wisched by his most excellent Maiestie, and sic sted&st and 
afauld groundis of vniforme sodetie 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 bo 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 oidanis 
that the persones folowing, they are to say, Johne, Erll of Montrois, 
lord chanceUar of ScotUmd ; Francis, Erll of ErroU, heich constabill of 
Scotland ; George, Erll Merschall, grytt merschall of Scotland ; James,' 
Erll of Olencaime ; Alexandir, Erll of lithgw ; Johne, Archbischop of 
Glasgw ; Dauid, fiischop of Ros ; Oeorge, Bischop of Caithnes ; Wslter, 
Prior of Blantyir ; Patrik, Lord Glammis ; Alexander, Lord Elphingstoun ; 
Alexander, Lord Fyvie ; Robert, Lord Roxburght ; James, Lord Aber- 
come; James, Lord Balmerinoch; Dauid, Lord Skvne; Sir James 
Skrymgeour of Dudop, knycht ; Sir Johne Cokbume of Ormistouo, 
knycht ; Sir Johne Home of Coldenknowis, knycht ; Sir Dauid Csmegy j 

of Eynnaird, knycht ; Sir Robert Meluill, elder, of Murdocamey, knycht ; * 

Sir Thomas Hammiltoun of Lymmo, knycht ; Sir Johne Leirmonth of | 

Balcomie, knycht ; Sir Alex'* Straittoun of Lawrenstoun, knycht ; Sir | 

Johne Skene of Curriehill, knycht; Maister Johne Scharp of Hoostoan, ^ 

lawer ; Mr. Thomas Craig, lawer ; Henrie Nisbett, lait provest of Bdin- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABEBDEEN. 261 

bui^ht; Alexander Ratherfurd, proyest of Abirdene; Maister Alex'' lethJaiy, 
Wedderbame» conunoun clerk of Dundy ; and George Bruce, burges of ^^^' 
GulroBS, or any [ ] of thame, thair being alwayis of erlisj prelattis, 

baronis, and burgessis [ ], be yertew of thir present act, hawe full 

power, commiBsioun, libertie, and authoritie, to assemble and conyene 
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 ypon ane perfytt ynioun of the realmes of Scotland and England, 
and concerning sic yther materis, caussis, and thingis quhatsumeyer, 
tending to his Maiesties honour and contentment, and to the weill and 
tranqidllitie of baith the kingdomes during his Maiestie's lyff, quhilk the 
eyerleying God lang continew, and his royall posteritie in blessed tran- 
quillitie to the warldis end, as ypon 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 conyenient 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 consideratioim of the 
nixt sessioun of the parliament for the realme of Scotland ; and the third 
to be offered to the consideratioim 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 
satis£Eu^oim and benefit of baith the saidis kingdomes. 

Zrd October, 1604. 
The quhilk day, the prouest, bailies, and counsall deyysed and ordanit 
the soume of thrie hundreth aucht pundis, four schillingis, aucht penneis, 
presentUe in the handis of Alexander Kempt, of the impost silyer coUectit 
thir yeris bygane, to be imployed and bestowit ypon proffitt till Witsonday 
nixt, and no langer, and the proffitt thairof for ^e halff yeir foirsaid to be 
maid furthcumand at the said terme of Witsonday, with the stok to be 



262 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

3rd Oct., then imployed on the wark of the repairing of the herbrie, as the onlie 
1^4- ygQ f^p qnhilk the same is destinat, and the forsaid somne to be geyin oat 
to strengeable persones ypon gude securitie, be aduyse of the counaally to 
be payed at the said tenne of Witsonday nixt ; and lykvayes ordanis the 
somne of aucht hundreth merkis, of voluntar contribntioun collected this 
last yeir» to the sapport of Geneva, qnhilk is presentlie lyand in the handis 
of Dauid Cargill, last deane of gild, to be lykvayes gevin out vpon proffitt 
to strengeable personis vpon goid securitie, to be maid be advyse of the 
consall, vntill the feast of [ ], in the yeir of God j"^ sex hundreth 

and fyve yens, and the proffitt of the said aucht hunreth merkis to be be- 
stowit to help to pay the ministeris stipendis, and to vther godUe 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, adpios 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 Wedderbume, maister of thair grammer schooU, 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 baimis, 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 Gbd j*" sex hun- 
dreth and thrie yeiris, viz. : in tacking of tua merkis in the quarter of 
landwart baimis, thairof tuentie schillingis to him selff and sex shilling 
aucht penneis to his doctour ; and tacking threttene shillings four penneis 
of townis baimis in the quarter, thairof ten schiUingis 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 baimis, in the 
quarter auchtene shilling four penneis, thairof threttene schilling four 
penneis to him selff, and fyve schillingis to his doctour ; and of townis 
baimis 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 baime ilk Sonday tua penneis, to be gevin 
to the puir, it being no poynt of charitie to cans baimis giwe siluer to the 
puir, thay hawing no siluer to giwe of thair awin, hot that for quhilk 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 263 

thay mak sum wrang schift. Item^ for causing ilk seige ilk day in the 24tb Oct.. 
wynter seasone fumeis tua candiU, quhairof ane is gevin to the maister ^^^^' 
by all reaaone or gude fornie. Item, for tacking aucht penneis monethlie 
of ewerie baime for bent siluer. Item, for tacking fra ewerie baime at 
the beg^ining of ilk buik tuelff penneis. Item, for causing baimis 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 
baimis to landwart ar drawin hame and takin furth of the gramer schoU, 
and vtheris ar scarrit to cum thairynto, quhairthrow the toun ar grytlie 
preiudgit be the want of baimis 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 thameselffis grevit be the 
noyationis exactit and laid on thair awin baimis, as at gryter lenth was 
contenit in the saidis greiffis ; quhairvpone the saidis prouest, baillies, 
and oounsall, haweing convenit befoir thame the said Mr. Dauid Wedder- 
bume, and hawing accusit him particlarlie vpoun ewerie seuerall greifP 
aboue writtin gevin in aganis 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 baimis and landwart baimis, nor is prescrjrvit 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 introdudt 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 cormptioun heirefter, efter guid 
advysement and deliberatioun, the mater being reasonit and debaittit at 
lentiie, 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 baimis ten schillingis in the quarter, thairof 
sex schillingis aucht penneis to himselif, and thrie schilling four penneis 
to his doctour ; and of landwart baimis, auchtene schilling four penneis 
in the quarter, thairof threttene shillingis four d. to himsel£P, and 
fyue schillingis to his doctour allanerUe, and na forder salarie nor 
Bcholedge to be taikin of thame, vnder the paineof the deprivatioun 



264 EXTRACTS FROM THE OOUNCIL REGISTERS 

24th Oct., 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 baime to be gevin to the puir, seing 
baimes hes no siluer to give of thair awin, bot that qnhilk thay man 
seik of vtheris. Item, that in tyme cuming, thair be not toa 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 fitbulatoor, to 
bring his* candill with him, and na vther extraordinar candill to be tane, 
excepte onlie the fabulatonris candilL Item, that anis ilk moneth during 
thir four monethis following in the symmer seasone allanerlie, viz. Blay, 
Junij, July, and August, the baimis 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 baime be causit pay ony thing at the begining of 
ony buik, ather to the maister or doctonr, 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 prescrjrvit, allanerlie. Item, at Oandilmes the baimis 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 dischar^s allanerlie all taking of syluer in 
tyme cuming fra ony of the baimis for thair Gandilmes 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 school! on Gandilmes 
evin, to sie this ordour concerning the candill preceislie keipit, for 
eschewing emulatioun and contentioun amangis the baimis : and thir 
articles to be written in gryt letteris on a brod, and to be affixit in the 
grammer schooU, that nather the maister nor the doctour nor ony of the 
scholeris pretend ignorance thairof ; and for the better bbseruing heirof, 
and for ordour taking with the doctrine and discipline in the said schooU 
in tyme cuming, the counsall nominattis and appointis Dauid Mengzeis, 
prowest, Alexander Rutherfurd, Alex'* Cullen, lait prowestis, Mr. 
Thomas Nicolsoun, commissar, and Mr. Thomas Mengzeis, baillie, visi- 
touris of the gramer schooU of this burgh, to visit the same quarterlie, and 
to censure and tak tryeU 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 prindpall of 
the coUedge of this burgh, tuiching the forme of doctrine and discipline. 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABBBDEEN. 265 

5th December^ 1604. 5th Dec., 

The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsall nominat and appointit ^^^' 
Maister Thomas Mengzeis, baillie, to ryd to the Marques of HuntUe, to 
signifie to his Lo[rdBhip] the present estait of the brige of Bone, 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 shirrefilome at the 
held court efter 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 ezpenssis in the erand forsaid, quhilk sail be allowit to 
thame in thair comptis. 

Stk December 9 1604. 
The said day, the haill toune being conyenit this day in the tolbuyth 
for the maist pairt, being wamit 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 o£Perit, except onlie that the port of the brig of Dee and 
watter mouth be kepit and watchit, quhilk watche at the brig and watter 
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 jiersone, 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 magistrattis, vuder the 
panis contenit in the actis maid thairanent of befoir. 

^nd March, 1606. 
The quhilk day, the haill towne, boith frie and Tnfrie, being lauchfullie 
wamit to this day be the handbell passand throw the haill rewis of the 
towne, quharvpon the berar maid fiiyth, 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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!23nd Much, ihembout, that the herfarie maiith of this Imrgfa salbe watdiit and kepit 
^^' daylie fra this day fardi, be tna nichtboariB, tic as salbe wamit to that 



effect, quha salbe haldin to watche in proper persone, that na schip, crair, 
nor boit camming fira ony sospect pairt be snfferit to enter within the 
samen with wairis or merohandiee, except coll and lymb, qahiUda sail 
snffsr tryell at the appoyntment of the magistralitis, becaos the grytest 
perrell tiiat may ensew to this bni^h is feaiit to com be sey with merohan- 
diee cnming fira suspect places ; and forder, it is statute that na inhabi- 
tant of this burgh sail presome to pas south without licence bed 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 bnight with thair chopman wairis, or sufferit 
to out the same to sell, ather on mercatt day or vther day, qnhill 
the consall be £uder advysit, be reasoun of the imminent perrell of 
the said seiknes, and appoyntis the forssid watche to begin the 
mome, 

1st Mag, 1606. 
The quhilk day, the new and auld counsallis being conTenit, consid- 
dering that the brig of Bone is decaying and becum verye ruynous, quhilk 
being a wark so necessar and proffitabill for this burgh, findis it meit 
that the counsall and tovne haveing a spedall 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 effisct the 
counsall hes causit crafiismen yisite and sicht the said brig, be quhais 
estimatioun the same will tak the soume of fyve thoTsand 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 shirreidome be travellit with be the ministeris of eyerie 
presbyterie, for granting a Toluntary 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 yplifted be ane taxatioun, gif the tovne will consent and agrie 
thervnto, and ordanit the same to be proponit to the tovne on Friday 



OF THB BUBGH OF ABERDBSN. 267 

nixt, agane quhilk day they ordane the tovne to be warnit for getting lit Mty, 
thair consent and ansuer. ^^^' 

Eodem die. 
The Baid day, the auld and new oounaalliB findis it expedient, devysit, 
and ordanity that the hons caUit the kirk Indge at the north Test eiMl of 
the kixkyard be betit and repairit safficientlie be Dauid Andersonn, 
maister of kirkwaric, in all convenient diligence, and that the same be 
devydit in thrie honssis, to the eflfect the same may seme for haolding of 
the sang schooU, and the twa Inglis schoollis, teichit be the twa reidaris, or 
for ony yther vse the consall sail think expedient, it being alvayes expreslie 
proTydit, that albeit the oonsall at the present appointis the forsaid Indge 
for haolding of the saidis schoollis, yit the towne sail navayes be bund 
to find any schooU to any maister quhatsnmever that teichis Inglische, 
indnring the will and plesnre of the connsail, seing the tonne ar onlie 
obleist to find a grammer schooll and ane sang schooU, and navayes to 
find ony Inglische schoollis, sa that it sail be lesum to the consall to 
remove the saidis Inglis schoollis forth of the pairt forsaid qnhen tbay 
sail think expedient, and the expenssis to be debnndt be the sidd maister 
of wark in repairing of the said kiik lodge, the coonsall ordanis the 
same to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

Eodem die. 
The samen day, the prooest, baillies, and consall, decemis and ordanis 
Gilbert Alschenoor to be wardit and incarcerit doring the space of 
toentie-foor boons in the tolboith of this borgh, on bread and watter, in 
respect he wes convict vpon the xxiL day of April last, for blode drawing 
of Alaster Anderson in the log with ane stane, and for drawing ane knyff 
and persewing Bobert Wisdiert, servitore to Oeorge Broce, saidler, 
thairwith, as the act of his convictioon proportis, with certificatioon to 
the said Gilbert gif he be convict at ony tyme heirefter for trobling the 
towne, or ony nichtboor thairin, to be iMmeist for yeir and day, gif he be 
not habill in goidis to pay the townis vnlaw ; and besydis this, thay 
ordane the said Gilbert opinlie in the tolboith to sitt doon on his kneis 
and orawe the said Alaster and George Brace, his maister, forgiwenes ; 
and findis that the said Alaster Andersoon and Bobert Patersoon hes 
incorrit no vnlaw, becaos it is tryit that thay wer hot reddaris. 



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13th Bfay, 13M Mojf^ 1606. 

ieo5. rj^Yk^ ^v}ii\k day, the haill towne, baith frie and mfrie, being lawfollie 

warnit to this day be the handbell paBsand throw the haill rewis of the 
towne, quhainrpon the berar maid ftith, and oonvening for the maist 
pairt within the tolbnith, repreaentand the haill bodie of the towne, it 
was ezponit to thame be Daud Mengieia, proweat, qnhow that the Brig 
off Bone ia decaying and becom mynous, and that the aame will nocht 
faill in achort apace allntterlie to decay, gif tymonalie it be nocht beittit 
and reparity for qnhilk eflRoct he had convenit both the counaaHia of thia 
bnrghi^ and declairit to thame the present danger qnhairin the said brig 
Btandis throw laik of beitmenti and the gryt hurt and inoonTeni^it 
quhilk this burgh will incur, in caoe the said brig (as God forbid) foil to 
the ground, the same being the most spedall brig and passage qnhairby 
the haill viyaris and fewall cmnmis to this toon, out of fiuchan, Gareauch, 
and vtheris pairtis thairabout, and that the oounsall considdering the 
gryt necessitie of the repairing of the said wark, had caosit certane 
craftismen and otheris visit and sicht the same, to estimat quhat sowme 
wald belt and repair the samen, be quhais estimatioun and judgement 
the beit thairof wald tak the sowme of fyre 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, 
baronisi and gentillmen of the shirrefilome of Abirdene, be travellit with 
be the ministeris of euerie presbiterie, for granting a voluntarie oontribu- 
tioun to the reparing and beting of the same, and that this burg^t, as 
having chefeat interesti 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 hull inhabitantis of this burght, both 
frie and vnfrie ; lykas the ministrie of this diode being laitlie convenit, 
had promeist to travell, e^mB 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 THB BURGH OP ABBBDBBN. 269 

Alexander Kempt, Maister Willeame Moir» George Nicolsoun, James latbMaj, 
Fergoflsoiin, merchandiB, Oeoif^e Elphinstoon, Baidler, and Gilbert Blak, ^^^' 
ooupar, taxtaris and stentaris, to stent the said sowme of fyue hundreth 
pondig ypon the haill inhaUtantis of this burght, frie and Tx^e ; and the 
saidis stentaris being personallie presenti aoceptit 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 fiftYonr according to thair knaw- 
ledge. 

29M May, 1606. 
The qnhilk day^ the proaest» bailleis» and connsall thinkis meit and 
expedient that thair salbe a privie inqneist chosin throw the haiU towne, 
qoha sail tak tryell and inqneist of all ynlanchfdll persones and nichtbouris 
in this burght, and dehutt sic persones to the magistrattis and consall as 
thay find guiltie or cnlpabill of sklanderous lyff or behaviour, that sic as 
beis fund worthie of baneisment may be exylit this burght, and vtheris 
nocht o£Pending in so hie a degrie, may be admoneist and censurit at the 
arbitriment of the consall ; and ordanis the haiU toun to be convenit for 
this effect, that the forsaid inqneist may be chosin be publict consent, and 
the haill towne may be obleist in hanlding hand to the executioun of sic 
decreit as sail folow ypoun the delatioun of the said inqneist, conforme to 
the lovabill custum observit within this burgh in all tymes bygane, and 
inrespect of the present necessitie of the purging of the tonne 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 inqneist of 
honest nichtbouris, to be chosin out of the four quarteris of the towne. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, anent our Souerone 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 
haaldin at Edinburgh vpoun the sevint day of Junij nixt to cum, with 
coniinewatioun 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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270 EXTRACTS FROM THE OOUNaL BEQI8TBB6 

29tb Maj, Forsamekill as at fhe last sessioun of our parliamenty hauldin at the bnrg^t 
of Perth in the moneth of July last, our estates then convenit, dedarii 
our said parliament then to be current, and to be of new prodamit vpon 
twentie dayes warning, and now We, for oertane grite and weychtie 
effaris tending to the conunoun weill and benefite of this our reafane, and 
for ane perfytt confirmatioun and approbatioun of the psrticolar heidis 
and articlis past in the conference and treatie of the vnioun, hawe ordanit 
and ordanis our said parliament to he hauldin, Ood willing, at our burgh 
of Edinburgh, ypon the sevint day of Junij nixt to cum, with eontinewa- 
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 
neidfoll, 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 accustnmat 
panis, and the samen unlawis salbe yplifted of thame without fayour ; the 
quhilk to do we committ to yow, coniuncUie 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 regno of Grite Britane, France, 
and Ireland, the thrid, and threttie aucht yeiris, 160S, per actum seereti 
eansiliu Oonforme to the quhilk letteris, and for obedience to the charge 
thairof, the prouest, bidllies, and counsall electit, nominat, and chusit 
Alexander Rutherford, lait prouest, commissionar for this burgh, for 
keping of the said parliament, ypon the said seyint day of Junij nixt to 
cum, with continewation of dayes, and ordanis ane commissioun to be 
maid to him for that effect, ynder the townis secreit seall, in dew 
forme. 

2Ut June^ 1605. 

The said day, Issobell Baimis, dochter to ymquhill Johne Baimis, 

tailzeour, being tryit befoir the sessioun to be ane commoun harlott, and 

to hawe geyin iust occasioun of sklander of adultrie be hir misbehayiour 

with Harie Denings, the said Issobell to be baneist this buight as ane 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABBBDEEN. 271 

▼nlawfull persone to abyd in the same, and publict intimatioun to be maid aiat Jane, 
heirof at tiie mercat croce. Memorandum : gif she be apprehendit fra this ^^^' 
day forth to be brint on the cheik. 

28M June, 1606. 
The said day, the haill tonn, burgessis of gild, craftismen, and inhabi- 
tantis of this borghti being lanchfiallie 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 midst pairt within the tolbuyth, repre- 
sentand the haill bodey of the toun, consentit and agreit, all in ane yoce, 
but oontradictioun or oppositioun, that the soume of aucht hundreth 
merkis Tsoall money of the realme, of voluntar oontributioun giwen 
be thame to the help and support of the towne of Gfeneya, quhilk sowme 
is presentlie in the handis and costodie of Danid Cargill, last dean 
of gild of this borg^t, sail be bestowit* warit, and imployit vpoun the 
help and support of the repaiiing of the Brig of Done, quhilk is becnm 
nrynouse and liklie to fisll, and spedallie to by lyme and stane and 
▼theris materiallis to the said brig, as ane wark maist necessar, nocht 
onlie for this buif^ht, hot also for his Maiesties haill lieges that resortis 
to and fra the samen, in Buchan, Gareaudit, and Tther pairtis be north 
this buififat, with wiueris and vtheris necessaris ; and in cace the prouest, 
bailUes, 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 Geneya, in that 
cace the haill towne, baith Me and ynfrie, convenit as said is, becom actit 
and obleist yoluntarlie of thair awin consentis, to wairand, 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 oontributioun, oollectit to the support of the said towne of 
Oeneva ; and to that effect consentit and agreit that taztaris and stentaris 
be chosin, for stenting thairof vpoun the haill inhabitantis of this burght, 
baith fiie 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 tazt roll 
to be gewin fiirth thairvpoun, within thrie dayes nizt 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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98th Jana. to chttirge the haill inhabitantis, baith frie and vnfrie, to convene and 
'^^' chaise taztaris and stentartB for stentisg of the Mud iowme Tpoim 
thame, and the stentaris being chosin, to chairge thame to accept the 
stenting in and ypoon thame, and to giwe forth ane stent roll thainrpoim, 
BttbBcryvit with thair handis ; qohilk being stentiti and the taxt roll h&ng 
giwen forth, Bobseryrit be the stentaris, to chairge the haill inhabitantiB, 
both frie and vnfrie, to mak payment of the said stent of aacht himdreth 
merkis, ilk ane for his awne pairt» according to the said stent roIU to the 
dean of gild of the said bnight, or to sic as sail be appoyntit be the 
magistrattis, coUectonris of the samen, within thrie dayes nixt efter the 
chairge, vnder the pane of homing ; qnhairvnto the towne band thame 
selffis in manor forsaid, to disbnrding thame of the tazatioon of fyne 
hundreth pnndis, qnhilk ihay grantit and consentit to be giwen to the 
reparatioun of the said brig, ypoon the foortene day of May last bypast, 
conforme to ane act maid thairvpoon that day, as the samen proportts ; 
quhilk Bowme of fywe hondreth pondis lyis yit vnstentit, and in place 
tiiairof thay hawe grantit that the forsaid contribatioon of ancht hon- 
dreth merkis be imployit and want 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 conditioon that giwe the magistrattis 
of this borght be streattit be the aothoritie to mak payment of the said 
contribotiottn to Geneva, that than the towne sail be stentit for the said 
sowme of aucht hondreth merkis, and the samen vpliftit of thame for 
releif of the magistrattis as is abooe rehearsit, and no vtherwayis ; vpoon 
the qohilkis premissis, Daoid Mengseis, prooest, for himselff, and in 
name of the baillies and coonsall, toik act of coort and instro- 
mentis. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, the prooest, baillies, and coonsall ordanit Adame Gor- 
doon, kepar of the tolboith and gray freiris knokis, to be answerit and 
obeyit in tyme comming, be the thesaorer of this borgh, for his fie or 
keping of the said toa knokis, doring his goid service allanerlie, and sa 
lang as he govemes the saidis twa knokis weill and diligentlie, of the twa 
pairt of foortie merids, qohilk fbortie merkis was the haill fie ordanit to 
be payed to him for keping of the saidis toa knokis, and kirk knok ; and 
Daoid Robertsoon, saoristar of the said kirk, qoha is appoynted kepar 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEBN. 273 



and rewlar of the said kirk, to be answerit and obeyit of the thesBaurar S8tb Jmi; 
of the third pairt of the said soome of fourtie merkiB» for his fie for kep- ^^^* 
ing and rewling of the said kirk knok, sa lang as he rewlis and kepis the 
same weill and diligentlie. 

14M August, 1605. 
The said day, the prouest, bailUes, and oounsall, being credablie infor- 
mit that the noysum plague of pestilence, noth onlie in the toMmes of 
Edinburgh, Leyth, and Sanct Androwis, daylie moir and moir incresds, 
hot lykwayes that with the same plague dyveris townes and willages, 
noth onlie of the cost syid, hot vtheris pairtis of the south cuntrie, as 
also the places of Ruthyen and Telin is presentlie thairwith infectit, and 
liklie to spred throw ytheris 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 for as may be done be men as instrumental! meanes, 
(reserwand the rest to the guid plesur of Ood, kepar of all), devysit, 
statute, and ordanit, that na nichtbour of this bui*gh, man nor yoman, 
young nor auld, puir nor riche. Me nor ynfrie, presvme nor tak vpon 
hand to pas to Bartholomeus fisur 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 ysuall money of this realme, to be payit 
be the contrayenar to the dean of gild, efter calling and lawfuU conyic- 
tioun, and ^ff (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 pubUct mercat, or ony yther fair 
outwith this burgh, that persoun efter calling and sufficient tryell haid 
thairof, to suffer death be hanging, or ony yther maner of way, as the 
counsall sail think expedient, according to the powar and commission 
granted to the magistrattis of this burght, be the lordis of his Maiesties 
priyie 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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274 BXTBA0T8 FBOM THE OOUNCIL BBGI8TBB8 

14th Angiiat, provett and baiUies of the Bame ; lykwyse that uc as sail be appoyntit 
^^' and waniit to the watching of the poitas, Brig of Dee, harhering month, 
sail watche in thair awne persounes, and that nane honae, herbrie, nor 
resett ony camming fra the south pairtis, onadyertent ane of the baillies ; 
that all yairdiSf bakyairdis, and bakdykis be maid Benre, sufficient, 
hauldin and keip fiBtst, that na passage be thairby be the haill inhabitantis 
of this boigh, according to the ordinance maid thairanent of befoir, and 
vnder the paines thairin contenit» and this ordinance to be pnblisdiit be 
the sound of drum, passing throw the haill rewis of this towne, quhairby 
nane pretend ignorance thairof, quhilk wes instantUe publischit be Andro 
Inglis passand throw the haill stretis of the same. 

4/A Stptember^ 1606. 
The said day, anent the suppUcatioun gevin in to the prouest, baillies, 
and counsally be Katherein Burnet, mackand mentioun that thir twa 
yeiris bygan, scho had ynderlyin baneisment from this hir natine towne, 
for sum sclander gewin be hir, in reoeaving of sdanderous persounes in 
hir hous, quhairof scho wes convict and decemit 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 rmquhile Mabter TiViIleame 
Dauidsoun, and hes gewin no occasioun of sclander daring this tyme, 
hot hes lewit in honest serwice, quhairvpoun scho hes a testimoniall of 
the minister of Drummoak testefeing the same, and now being desyroos 
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 ofienoe in tyme cumming, scho humblie 
craweit to be receavit and acceptit agane within this burght as a penitent 
persoun, quha bed 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 oautioun for hir guid behaviour in tyme cuming, as at mair lenth 
wes contenit in hir said supplicatioun ; quhilk being prescntit 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, iSand that the said 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABBBDEBN. 275 

Katherm, in respect of hir twa yeuis baneisemeot for hir demerittis, had 4th stpt, 
satisfSait ihairby the rigour of thair decreit of baniBchmenty and thairfor, ^^^' 
and be reasson of the testimonie of hir goid lyiff produceit during hir 
absence out of this towne, ordaines hir to be receavit and acceptit 
agane within tbis bur|^t as a frie persoun, to serve and win hir leiwing 
witbin the same in tyme camming, but ony lett or impediment, ypon 
cautioun alwyise to be fund be hir, that scho sail presentlie enter in 
service, and continew in a goid 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 heirefter as a sclanderous levar ; according to 
the quhilk, Walter Robertson, bui^s of the said boight, becom cautionar 
for tile said Katherin, that scho sail enter presentlie in service, and 
continew of ane goid behaviour in tyme cununing, vnder the paine 
forsaid, and the said Katherin become actit to releiwe hir said cautionar 
of the premisses. 

18tA September, 1606. 
The said day, the prouest, baiUieSi and counsall, for certane reasson- 
able considerationis moweing thame, thinkis meit and expedient that the 
Justice port, quhilk wes ordanit to be hauldin £sst 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 doise the same, and sa lang as the 
said Justice poirt remaines oppin, ordaines the keyheid poirt to be hauldin 
fast, except at sic iymes as sehippis ar lossing and laidoing, and than the 
keyheid poirt to be opnit and watchit, aind at all vther iymes to be 
hauldin fsst. 

3rrf Octobevy 1605. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsall devysit and ordanit 
that the sowme of aucht hundreth meiUs presentlie in the handis of 
Dauid GargiU, quhilk wes coUectit be voluntar contributiofi 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 
Dacdd sail pay the said proffitt, extending to fourtie merkis, for the 
samen with the said principall soume of aucht hundreth merkis, gif 



276 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEGISTEBS 

3rd Oct., he happnis to reteine the said principall Boume of aucht hundreth merids 
^^^' quhill the said terme of Witsonday, and giff that the same beis imployit 



or gewin out be him to ony Tiher, for amiuall 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. 

nth October, 1606. 
The said day, the provest and baillies (and 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 Oastelgett 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, 
bot also the aforesaid choip to be ane gcjt 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. 

\8th October^ 1605. 
The said day, anent the complaint maid to the prouest and baiUeis be 
Willeam Ingram, burges of this burght, ypon James Watt, oompleaning 
ypon the sidd James, that this day at twa houris efteraone 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 oonyenit befoir Mr. Richard Irvying and WiUeam Lowsoun, 
baillies, in the commoun derkis chalmer, and being accusit be thame 
vpoun the said complwit, the said James denyit the same, and the saidis 
baaUes tacking in witnessis for tryeU therof, in the meantyme the said 
James vttering dyveris proud and irreverent speiches, and being desyrit 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDBEN. 277 

be Walter RonaldBoaii^ officear, at command of the Baidis baillies, to keip iMi Get., 
silence, the said James most proud and contemtuouslie, noth onlie dis* ^^^* 
aobeyit the said command of the ofi&cier, 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, quhairvpoim the said James being com- 
mandit to pas to the tolbuith to answer for his said contempt done to the 
magistrattts, he obstinatlie, proudlie, and maist contemptuouslie refusit to 
pas to the tolbuith, striking with his feett and handis nocht onlie at the 
offideris, bot at all vtheris that com neir him, and in end being brocht to 
the tolbuith, and presentit in judgement, the court being lauchfiillie fencit, 
the said James Watt was then judiciallie accusit ypon 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 
Ihe baillies in the derkis chalmer, in injuring of the said Walter Bonald- 
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 FuUartoun, taikeour, 
Gabriell Stalkar, maltman, Andro Moir, and Johne Touch, baxteris, to 
bear leall and suithfiEUit 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 swome to dedair the weretie sa far as thay 
hard or saw in the premisses, and being seuerallie examined thairvpoun, 
deponit be thair giyit aithes, that this day about twa houris efkemone 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 soholderis, 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 &r as thay culd heir or sie, bot lykwyise thay 
wer present in the commoun derkis chalmer sone thaireftir, quhair thay 
saw and hard the said James Watt noth onlie injure the said offider be 
word, calling him knawe and swynger, he suld be equall with him, bot 



278 EXTSACTB FBQM THE COUNCIL. REOI8TEB8 



18th Oct., also law the said James draw ane dager, and aitlit to stiik the said 
^^^' offider thairwith, in presence of the saidis twa haiUies, inreq^ct qnhairof 
the said James Watt was oonvict and put in amerciament of oomrt, batth 
for strikking and floiging with the sword, skabbertt and all, of the said 
Willeam Ingram in maner fbirsaid, and als for his proud and hmdi con- 
tempt done in presence of the saidis baillies* not onlie in refosing to keip 
silence efter he wes commandit to that efect be the said Walter Ronald- 
soon, offider, hot also for iniuring the said offider, calling him knawe 
and swynger, he snld be equall with him, and for drawing ane dager and 
aitling to hawe stnikin the said offider thairwith, and thairfoir the said 
James wes ordanit to remaine in waird till he snld find caation that he 
snld not tmble the towne, nor any nichtbonr of the same, in tyme coming, 
and that he sail satisfie for his foirsaid wrang and contempt at the ap- 
poyntment of the counsall, and the said James being chaifgit to find the 
said cantioun, said and affirmit oppinlie in judgement in the kingis fendt 
court, he snld- be equall with the best of thame that mellit with him, and 
suld brak pairt of thair heidis, quhairfoir the said James wes oonvict, 
and put in amerciament of new agane, for trubling of the kingis fendt 
court 

\5th November^ 1605. 
The quhilk day, the provest, baillies, and counsall being crediblie in- 
formit of the lalt conspirade contryvit agance his Maiestie, Quene^ FHnce, 
Nobilitie and Estatis of England within the dtie 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 damnaUe 
treassoun his Maiestie, Queue, Prince, and all, bes, of the meir merde 
and fiftuour of God, escaped ; thairfor the prouest, baillies, and counsall 
ordanit the haill inhabitantis of this burght, als weill women as men, 
young as old, senrandis as maisteris, to repair to the paroche kirk this 
day at ane hour efter none, for hearing of Oodis word preachit, and 
thankis to be gewin to Gk>d for his Maiesties weill. Queue, Prince, and 
estates delyuerie fra the said conspirade, and that euerie maaster of 
houshold within this burght hawe bene fyris befoir thair yettis and doiris, 
betuixt thrie and four houris efter none, in takin of thair thankfoll 
hairtis for the merdfull delyuerie, and accompanie the magistratis and 
ministrie, passing throw the haill streittis and singing of psalmes, and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABBBDEBN. 279 

magnefeing the Lord for the said benefitt, and that at the mercatt croee isth noy., 
of thia borght sail be deoentlie decorit and hung with tapeitrie, ane ^^^' 
coyerit table thairat, with wyne and spycerie, and glaBsia to be dmnkin 
and casflin, in takin of thair reioycing for the said mercifall delynerie, 
and what expenssis the dean of gild debnrssis for the said wyn, spycerie» 
and glassis, to be allowit to him in his comptis. 

4th December, 1606. 
The said day, the prowest, baillies, and coonsell, ynderstanding that 
Sir Alexander Fraser of FhUorthe, knycht, within this four yeris or 
thairby hes takin of his Maiestie ane new infeffanent, beiring erectioun of 
Fraserburght in ane brught of baronie, quhilk infeftment and gift com- 
prehendis and iiicluidis all the liberties, immunities, and preuiledges 
appertening to ane regall brught, and dootit and grantit to tiiis brught 
monie hundreth yeiris senoe, 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 schirefflome of Aberdene, within the quhilk boundis the said 
Fraserisbrught lyis, and sen the said King Alexanderis dayes, his succes- 
Bouris kyngis of this realme, namelie, Eyng Robert, Eyng Dauid, Kyng 
James the Secund, Eyng James the Feird, of maist worttiie memories, hes 
grantit to this burght, burgessis, and inhabitants therof, vtheris liberties 
within the saidis boundis and prednct, quhilkis infeffanentis and liberties 
grantit to this burght wilbe grytlie preiudgeit, gif that the said Sir 
Alexander Fraser sail obtene his infeffanent, gift, and erectioune of the 
said Fraserisbrught, with the liberties grantit therrato in the said infeft- 
ment, ratifiet and approwit in his Maiestie's nixt parliament, for ratifica* 
tioune qnhairof the said Laird of Fhilorthe, vpon his lai*ge expenssis hes 
purchest in England his Maiestie's warrant, thairfoir to prevent and 
obriat the ratifioatioun 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 declantour to be had thairanent, finding the preuiledges grantit 
to the bui^ht of Aberdene, burgessis, and inhabitantis therof, be the said 
Eyng Alexander, within the boundis of the schireffdome of Aberdene, and 



280 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

4th Dec., vtheris his suoceBsouris, kyngis of this realme, and grantit to the regall 
^^^ bui^hes 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 nizt 
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- 
yiledges 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 toon of 
Aberdene, his infeftment and previledges grantit thervnto of auld be the 
said Eyng Alexander, within tiie schireffdome of Aberdene. and actis of 
parliament maid in favouris of frie burrowis ; and for this effect, ypone 
Monday last, the secund of this instant, the counsall all in ane voice, but 
contradictioune, nominat and cheisit James Mowat bui^s of this bnrght, 
to pas south to Edinburgh, and thair be the adwyse of Mr. Willeame 
Oliphant, adwocat, and sic vther adwocattis of best judgement as ibe 
said Mr. Willeam and James sail think maist meit, to lybell and 
summondis ypone the townis infeftmentis and preyiledges, 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'* Dauidsoun, tymber 
man in Sanct Androis, mackand mentioun tiiat 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 billing, to big within this 
towne, and becaus the kirkyard of the Trinitie Freris, quhilk is filthilie 
abusit be middingis, is the maist meit and conyenient 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 BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 281 

fiind the desire thairof yerie rea&M>nabIe, and grantit and gawe licence to seth Feb., 
the said Alex'* Dauidsoun to big his schip in the pairt forsaid, viz., in ^* 

the said Trinitie Freris kirkyaird, conforme to the desyre of his said 
Bupplicatioun, and for that effect ordanis all these quho hes laid middingis 
in the said kirkyaird or thairabouti to remowe and tak ayay the same 
within aucht dayes nixt efter the dait heirof, ynder the pane of ane ynlaw 
of fyne merkisy to be vplifted of the persone failzeand, and ordanis 
intimatioim to be maid heirof to these quho hes the saidis middingis 
at the pairt forsaid, 

lOth March, 1606. 
The said day, publicatioune and intimatioune wes maid be Abraham 
Guik, belman, passand throw the haill streitis and rewis of the toune, 
at command of the pronest and baillies therof, that na inhabitant of this 
burght, man nor woman, presume nor tak ypon hand to eat onie flesche 
during the tyme of Lent, nather yit on Wednisday, Fryday, nor Seterday 
thairefter, in na tyme cuming, ynder 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 tavemar nor hostilar within the samen mak 
onie flesch reddie during the sajd 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, ynder the pane of fourtie schillings to be ypliftit of 
the contrayenar, awner of the said midding and red, to be payit to the 
deane of gild efter lawful convictioune. 

Ui April, 1606. 
The said day, Gilbert Kempt being fiftnd culpable and giltie of the 
braking of the Sabboth day, trubling of the toun dyyers 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 tiiis buif^ht thairefter, quhanmto the said Gilbert 
being personallie present consentit, and for payment of the said ynlaw 

n2 



282 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

1st April, to the said deane of ffild» incaice of his convictioane, fand Alex'. Kempt, 
merchand, cautioone and souertie for him, quha becam aetit to that 
effect, and Johne Hutcheon, fleschar, becam aotit to releiwe the said 
Alex'. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, anent the bill and supplicatioane gevin in this day to the 
prowest, baillies, and counsall, be Gteorge Leslie of Creychie, makand 
mentioune that quhair it is nocht vnknawin to thame how rigorous and 
exorbitant customes, by all law and reasoun, ar ndsit in all the fairis and 
commoun mercatis of this dyocie, hot speciallie in the mercat hauldin at 
Attld Rayne, callit Sanct Lawrence fair, quhairbe his Maiestie's haill 
lieges in this land, and speciallie the inhabitantis of this bui^t, ar 
grytumlie damnefeit, that thairfoir the said Gteorge, 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, Geoige 
Leslie of Auld Craig, James Arbnthnot of Lentusche, for thame selffis 
and vtheris thair tennentis and servandis, had ndsit letteris be delyuer- 
ance of the lordis of counsell, to summond Johne Leyth, elder of Harthill, 
Johne Leyth, younger of Harthill, his sqne, 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, wrangonslie, violentlie, 
and maisterfuUie, without onie kynd of richt, infeftment, gift, lidence, or 
vther warrand grantit to thame be his Maiestie, taking, vplifting, and 
resaweing of the impost and dewtie vnder wreitin, of the mercluuidice, 
gudis, and geir following, cummingto 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 eyerie 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 woUon 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 ABBRDBEN. 283 

men, and inhabitantis of this borght, bot also fira aU Ttheris, bis hienes lit ApHi, 
firie lieges, be the said Johne Leyth, elder of Harthill, the said Johne ^^^ 
Leyth his sone, and thair foirsaidis ; and becans the said actionne 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, connsell, and eommunitie therof, as first complenaris mentionat 
thairin, as the saidis letteris produceit, with the said supplicatioune, of 
the dait at Edinborghe the twentie day of Marche last bypast, at lenth do 
testifie, desyiring thairfoir the said prowest, baillies, and counsellis con- 
carrance 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 enstome, and the oounsell of this burghtis directioune 
to the townis aduocattis to persew and follow out the said aetioune, 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 thair 
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 actionne, following out and persewing of the actionne 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, connseU, and eommunitie of this burgh, 
for insisting in persute of the said actionne, 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 ysit, foUowit 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 ^rme of the balding of the 
nixt S. Lawrence fair. 

\6th April, 1606. 
The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell ordaneit Dauid 
Andersone, maister of kirk wark, to send the brazen cok of the stepiU 
of Sanct Nicolas parish kirk of this burght to Flanderis, with the first 



284 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEQI8TEB8 

i6th April, Bchip that passes fra this borght thairto, to be mendit thair and owergiH, 

1606. ^Qj ^^ Bsaxxe being done, to be erectit and pat vp ypon the hicht of 

the said stepill, in the same place qnhair it staid obefoir, and the 

expenssis to be deborsit be the said Daoid Andersone, to be aUowit in his 

comptis. 

3rd May, 1606. 
The quhilk daji the prowest, baillies, aald and new counsellis, being 
convenity ordaneit Mr. Thomas Mollisoune, common clerk, to delyaer to 
James Mowat, the chartour gewein to this barght be King Alexander of 
worthie memerie, ypun this burghtis previledges and liberties, ot the 
dait the twentie-sevent day of Febroar, vnder tiie said kingis gryit seall, 
quhilk is sealit with grene walx, and als to delyaer to the said James 
the letteris of homing raisit at the tonnes instance againes the Laird of 
Philorthe, and his tennentis of Fraserburght, quhairbe they ar chargit 
to desist and ceis frome yseing of merchandice, paking, peiling, losang, 
and laidning, &c., of the dait at Edinbarght, the twenti^-aucht day of 
December, j"^ yi® and fyue yeiris, with the executiounes and indorsationnes 
of the saidis letteris, to be produceit befoir the lordis of counsell ypon 
the sextene day of Maij instant, againes the letteris of suspension, raisit 
and execute be the said Laird of Philorthe againes this burghi, sus- 
pending the forsaidis letteris of homing, and als to delyuer to the said 
James the coppie of King Dauidis chartour gewen to the haill burrowis 
of this reahne 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 siud 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 siud 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, 
ypoun 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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 285 

28M May, 1606. • ssth Maj, 

The said day, the prouest, bailleis, and coonsall appoyntis and ordanis ^^^' 
Daiiid Andersoan, maister of kirk wark, to send to Danskein, and thair 
to cans 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 baric, 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 borght, and to be allowit to the said maister of wark 
in his eomptis, with quhatsumeuer farder he debursis thairin, for fraucht, 
eustume, and ehargis. 

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 conmiendatiounes, 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, ypon 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 efPectuouslie 
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 subscribUur, your good 
freyndis, Montroise, commissionar ; A. L., eancellarius, 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*^. Ruther- 
fnrd, prowest, commissionar for this burght for keping of the said par- 



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28th Maj, 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. 

19^A July, 1606. 
The quhilk day, being Seterday, the mercat day of the said bnrght, 
publicatioun was maid at the mercat thairof, be Androw Hay, ane of the 
ordinar officieris of the samen, that the magistratis and connsell 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 pestUence, quhair- 
with dyrers partis of Dee syid, and vtheris partis heirabout, ar presentlie 
yiseit, tak upon hand nor presume fra this day fiirth to cum, resort, or 
repair to this burght with tymber, vnder the paine of death, or sie 
vther penaltie as salbe inflictit to the contravenar be the magistratis of 
this burght, oonforme 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 sortie 
in tyme bygane, has bene the selling and venting of wyne, aill, and heir, 
be the hostilaris and tavemaris at all houris of the nycht, to the gryit 
dishonour of this burghci againes all civill ordour within all vther well- 
govemit 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, tavemar, or vinter of wyne, aill, or heir, to sell 
or vent onie wyne, aill, or heir, fra ten houris at nicht furth, at the quhilk 
hour nichtlie the coUedge bell within this burghe sail ring, efter the ring- 
ing quhairof, gif onie persone, man or woman, salbe land 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 tavemar 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 



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OF THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 287 

be lesum to onie tavemar, or hostilar, to sell onie wyne, aill, or beir, in seth Dec., 
tyme of preiching or prayeris on the Sabboth day, vnder the pane of 
fyve pnndis, to be payit to the deane of gild efter lawfiiU convictioun, 
tMes qnaties. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, the provest, baillies, and eounsall, with consent of the 
communitie, eonvenit this day, thinkis it meit and expedient that the portis 
of this bnrght, 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 Tiseit with the plague of pestilence, salbe oppnit, 
and the watches appoyntit and sett thairat salbe dimissit and dischargit, 
till the oounsell 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, tatiet quoties, 

18rt February, 1607. 
The said day, Margaret Pantoun wes accuisit as ane commoun bias- 
phemar of the name of God, and ane filthie abuiser of hir bodie in harlatrie, 
in fomicatioun with dyvers persones, towit, ane aquavite man, Robert 
Makie, and Alexander Kempt, fieschar, as also as ane resetar of unlawfuU 
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, swome, 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 
vnlawfuU nichtbour, inrespect quhairof the prowest and bailies ordanit 
the said Margaret to be presentlie banisit this burght and Medome therof. 



288 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL BEOI8TBRS 

i8th Feb., and intimatioun of the same to be maid at the mercat croce, as also quho- 

*^^' Hoever sail resawe hir in thair hous, or set her ane houB, sail pay ane 

vnlaw of ten pundis to the toon vnforgevin, quhilk banisment of the said 

Margaret, with the certificatioun forsaid, wea preaentlie intimat be the 

officiaris at the mercat croce. 

24M Afareh, 1607. 
The said day, Alexander Oollen, provest, ezponit and declarit to the 
brethren of gild of this borghe, convenit this day within the tolbuith thairof» 
for the maist pairt, being wamit thairto be the hand bell, that he, Panll 
Mengzeis, and remanent baillies, ar chargit, be vertew of letteria gevin be 
delynerance of the lordis of secreit counsell, of the date the ihrettene day 
of Januar last bypast, to mak payment to Thomas Fischer and Willeame 
Speare of the soume of four scoir pundis, for this buif^hes pairt of the 
sowme of sevin hondreth threttie four pundis, seyin s., 4d., for the said 
Thomas Fischer and Willeam Speares superezpenssis in thair negotia- 
tioune and eommissioune frome the burrowis of this realme, first to fkig- 
land, and thaireftir to France, in companie with the conunissionaris of 
England, for reporting of ane antentik 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 concemis thair estate onlie, and 
not the haill commounes of this burght, to stent thameselffis 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 giU, 
but the same suld be tane vp be the collectour of the impost, vpon 
profeit, quhill Martimes nixt, to be reimbiirsit and repayit agane be the 
maister and collectour of the said impost, fra Michelmes last to Michel- 
mes nixt, and wer content and oblist thameselffis voluntarlie, na man 
opponand in the contrair, to refound and pay agane the said soume be 



OF THB BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 289 

stent and contribntioune 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 ^^^' 
begyn, and the neceasitie of the said wark sail requeire. 

20th April, 1607. 
The said day, the provest, baillies, and counselly being crediblie informit 
of the new infectioun of the pestilence brokin yp within thir aucht dayes 
bygane, in the townes of Dundy, Perth, and vtheris pairtis besouth tills 
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 mud 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 AprUj 1607. 
The said day, the provest, baillies, and counsell, being certifeit of the 
new infectioun of the pestilence laitlie brokin yp 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 
tendtothepreservatioune therof, and inhabitantis of the samen, referring 
alwayes the watching of the dtie to Gbd, but quhais keping all is vaine, 
devysit and ordanit that the burght salbe kepitand the portis thairof, 
with the brig port and harberie mouth, be nichtbouris and inhabitantis 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 mome ; 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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290 EXTRACTS FHOM THE COUNCIL REGISTEBS 

2^d April, the Said Schoir port to be haaldin oppin and kepit as the remanent portts, 
^^^' and the vther four portis, to wit, Grallowget, Orerkirkget, Netherkukget, 
and Justice portis, to be oppin and patent, vatchit, and kepit be twa 
nichtbouris of this burghe, and at the said Gallowget and Netheikirkget, 
testimoniallis only to be ressawit ; and that ail ordinances and statutes 
maid anent the keiping of this burghe the tyme of the said noysum pesti- 
lenccy at onie tyme obefoir within thir ten yeiris, speciallie vpon the tuelf 
day of August, 1597, and vpon the 16 day of September, 1696, and all 
vther guid lawis sett doune thairanent, speciallie vpon the xxv. day of 
October, 1603, salbe preseislie obseruit and keipitefter the forme and 
tenour thairof in all poyntis, vnder the paines thairin contenit preceislie, 
to be vptakin fra the transgressouris efter lawfuU convictioun. 

Zrd 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 Bortis 
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 nmteriallis, without licence of the maps- 
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 fbrentrie 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, wame the persones that 
pat the said tymber and materiallis thairin, to remove the same within 
fourtie aucht houris efter they be requirit, with certificatioun, gif they 
faibde 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 BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 291 

\Sth May 9 1607. I5th May, 

The said day, Walter Bobertsoun, youngar, James Robertsoun, ^^^' 
yoangar, and Patrik Mengzeis, being accusit for tnibling of the tonne 
this day, in drawing of dageris and stricking at vtheris thairwitb, quhilk 
being denyit be thame, the prowest and baillies tuke in certane witnessis 
for tryell thairof, quho being swome and examinat, it was fand that they 
tniblit the toune as folowis, to vit, the said Patrik for drawing a straik 
with his hand at the said Walter, the said Waiter for casting a dager at 
the said Patrik, and the said James for stricking the said Patrik on the 
heid with a trie, qnhairfor, they and ilkane of thame wer convict and put 
in amerciament, and ordanit to find cantionn that they shuld mak na iarder 
tnible nor persnte aganis vtheris in tyme cumming, ilkane of thame 
vnder the pane of fourtie lib., and for modificatioun of thair vnlawis 
acceording 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. 

29M July, 1607. 
The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell ordanit publict intima- 
tioun to be maid, quhilk wes instantiie 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 thameselffis 
Weill and substantiouslie provydit, fumeisit, and armit with licht corslet, 
pik, muscat, with forcat, bandroU, and head piese, jak, speir, and vtheris 
deir 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 
themercat 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 thameselffis and be in reddiness, sufficientlie armit and 
fumeisit, as said is, to accompanie thair magistratis vpon quhatsumeuir 



292 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

29th July, day befoir the said fourt day of August they salbe wamit be the 
^^^' drum, to giwethair mustariB at bic hour and place as they salbe appointit 
at the nixt warning be the said drum, as they waid 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- 

Bone that beis absent, to be payit to the mag^tratis, 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 connsell of this burghe, ynder- 
standing that the commoun inche of this burghe callit the Trinitie inche, 
and the yther 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 fkill in the saidis inches of 
the raik, mydchingill, and fuirdis, in onie tyme cuming, ynder the paines 
following, to be preceislie ypliftit 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, fyre mericis, 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, thidrfor 
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, totiet quoties ; hot 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. 

nth September, 1607. 
The said day, the toun being convenit this day in the tolbuith, for sup- 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 293 

pressing of the insoleneies of a muner of deboschit and disorderit persones, nth Sept, 
alsweill inhabitantis of this burght as extranearis, leving edillie and ^^'^' 
louslie, without anie calling or Yocatioun, daylie trubilling this toun and 
nichtbouris thairof, agreeit and consentit, all in ane voice, that thair suld 
be charges and expenssis maid for sending commissionariB to his Maiestie's 
secreit counsell, for taking ordour and punischment of the said persones, 
trublaris of this burgh and nichtbouris theu*of ; and becaus thair wes no 
fordell siluer in the handis of the thesaurer nor deane of gild ynbestowit 
ypon 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 Eangis 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 eyerie 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 wamit 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. 

Ttk 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 leime 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 



294 EXTBAOTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTEBS 

7th oet., said Bnpplicatiooiiy qnhftirwith the counBell being advysitj and having sene 
'^^' sufficient and fiunous iestimonialliB fra Glasgow, Domfreis, and dyrers 
vtheris pairtis, not onlie of the saidis Edwardis gnid lyif and conversa- 
tioun, hot also of his firuitfall and profitable traToIlis amongis thame, in 
instructing of thair youthe to wreit fair and perfyitlie, and haveing sene 
also dyyers examplaris and paperis of his hand wreit, findis him verie 
qualifiet to teache the youth in writing, and thairfoir be thir presentis 
grant! s libertie and licence to the said Edward to tak yp 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 scoUeris 
onlie to wreit and in arithmetik, and no vtherwayes, and that the scoUeris 
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 obleisti notwithstand- 
ing of onie sic charges, hot onlie to giwe thair concurrance to the sohirreff 
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. 

23rrf 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, hot 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 yistemicht within the dtie of Auld. 



OF THE BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 295 

Abirdene, dois testifie, thairfor it is statute and ordanit be the saidis pro- ssrd Oct., 
vesty baillies, and coansell, and for ane perpetual! law be thame esta- ^^^' 
blischity that na inhabitant within this burghe presume or tak vpone hand 
to dicht or rub be thame self&s or ony vtheris at thair command, any lint 
in tyme euming rpone the nicht, hot 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 
fyye pundis, to be payit to the deane of gild, toties quoties^ quhilk ordi- 
nance wes instantlie intimat to the toune be the hand bell. 

%th December^ 1607. 
The said day, the haill towne being convenit this day within the tol- 
buith, wamit 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*^- Kempt, 
Mr. W"*' 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"^ yi® 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'" yi° 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 fyye 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 ypon thame, and gawe thair 
aithes to stent the same ypone the haill inhabitantis, ilk persone according 
to thair habilitie and estait, according to thair knawledge, but feid or 
favour. 

Ath Pehntary^ 1608. 
The said day, Gilbert Kempt, fleschar, quha, be ane swome assyse, 



296 EXTRACTS FBOH THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

4th February, wes convict obefoir for commoun drunkard, harlat, nichi-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 
ypone the said convictioun, malignantlie contempnand the said ordinance, 
fund and apprehendit within this bnrghe, wes agane committed in 
wai*d9 and of new ordanit agane to be had publictlie to the mercat croce, 
the bime ime het to be presentit to him thair, to terrifie him and ytheris 
to repair to this burghe efber banishment, and agane be oppin proclama- 
tion to be banisht the burghe and friedome thereof, be ane publict Toice 
of ane of the officiaris, with this certification, that gif he beis apprehendit 
heriefter within this burghe, to be brint on the cheik with the said bime 
ime, and scurgit throw the toun. 

20th April, 1608. 
The said day, the haill toune, being convenit within the tolbuith for 
the maist pairt, being wamit thairto be the hand bell passand throw the 
haill rewis and streitis therof, quhainrpon the bearer maid faith, it wes 
exponit to thame be Alex'. 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, Inuemes, 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, 
Inuemes, Bosmarkie, Tain, and Cromartie, wer vnder charges to melt his 
Maiesties liuetennent, to be appointit at the said burghe of Inuemes, 
vpone the first day of Junij nixt to cum, bodin in feir of weir, therefira 
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 Tictuall and pro- 
uisioun efter thair cuming to Inuemes, 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 testifier and that the provest, baiUies, 
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- 
damatioun, the tyme being so schort and now approcheing, hes thought 
meit and expedient to cans deill with his hienes secreit counsell of this 



OF THE BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 297 

kingdome, or with his hienes liuetennenty sic as salbe appointit for a soth Apni, 
discharge to this borghe 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 borghe, gif the said raid be not continewit nor dischargit, 
and thairfore inquirit of the town, conyenit as said is, quhat course they 
thought best to follow for eschewing of the danger of the said proclama- 
tion, quha aQ 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 forder, 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 thameseUBs 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'* Rutherfurd, prouest, 
tuik act and instrumentis. 

nth May, 1608. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, and counsell, considering the great 
paines takin be Dauid Bobertsone, their kirk officier, in reuling of the 
kiric knok, the passage thereto being so strait and heighe, that besyid his 
great paines he weiris his claithes exceidinglyi 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 threi- 
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 hull the soume of tuentie merkis, quhairof the thesaurer is 
ordanit to pay him xiiL merkis yeirlie, and the maister of kirk work sevin 

p2 



298 EXTRACTS FROM THE COtTNCIL REGISTERS 



utb May, merkis, the first tennea payment to haif began at Martimes last, qnhilk 
^^'^' salbe allowit to thame yeirlie in ihair comptis, the said Daoid findand 
candill and oyle to the said knok. 

24th May, 1608. 
The said day, Alexander Rntherfbird, prouest, intimated to the haill 
inhabitantis of this tonn, fne and ynftie, being convenit for the maist 
pairt within the tolbuith, representand the haill bodie, and wamit thairto 
be the hand bell, his Maiesties proolamatioun maid anent making of 
wapinschawing vpone the ancht day of Jnnij nixt, and caosit in all thair 
aadience reid the said proclamationn, maid be yertew of ane act of his 
Maiesties secreit connsell, of the dait the twentie-fyft day of Aprile last 
bypast, qnhairby they shuld pretend na ignorance thairof, desyring thame 
to provyd thameselffiis to mak thair mnsteris and waponnsdiawing the 
said auoht day of Jane, in the sortis of armour prescrinit be the said pro- 
clamationn, and contenit in the lawes, actis, and oonstitationnes maid 
anent making of waponnschawings, mder the panes contenit in the siudis 
lawis, actis, and constitutionis. 

9th August^ 1609. 
The said day, the prowest, baillies, and coonsall, understanding that be 
reasomi of diyerse complainttis, gewin in aganis the baimis and scoleris 
of the gramer and sang sohooUis of this buif^he, 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 Wedderbume, maister of the gramer school!, and 
Patrik Dauidsoun, maister of the sang sohooU, and all vtheris succeeding 
to be maisteris of the said schooUis, that they ressaue nor admit na man 
sone, dwelling to landward, to thair saidis schoollis in tyme cuming, 
quhill the parent of the bame, or sum vther freind or burges of this burgh, 
cum, in presens of ane of the baillies therof, and find cautioun and sonrtie 
actit in the tounis buikis, that the said bame 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 sohoUis, 
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 ofiending. 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEN. 299 

\5th JfiffUitf 1610. 15th August, 

The said di^y, the prowest and baUUes ordanit the contract vn^- ^^^* 
writtin, with the acquittance efter following, to be insert and re- 
gistrat in the baillie court bmkis of this burghe, ad futuram ret 
memoriamj of the quhilk contract the tennour foUowis: At Abirdene 
the tuentie-nynt day of November, the yeir of God j™ sex hondreth 
and nyne yeiris, it is appointit, contracted, £Bbythfallie oblegit, aggreit, 
and endit, betuixt Alex'* Rutherfurd, prowest of Abirden, Mr. Alex'* 
Cullen, Mr. David Rutherfurd, Williame Lowsoun, and George Nicol- 
soun, baillies therof, Maister James Boss, minister of Godis word at 
the forsaid burghe, Dauid Gargill, deane of gild, and Dauid Andersoun, 
maister ot wark of the same burgh, be advyse of the counsall therof on 
the ane pairt, and Andrew Jamesoun masoun on the vther pairt, in manor 
foUowing : that is to say, forsamekle as the bow brig at the wast end of 
the Grene of the said burgh, biggit ower the Den Bume, 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 bume the tyme of 
spaitt, be reasoun the said ane bow wes ower litill and narrow, and in- 
respect therof the said bume, 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 come bamis nixt adiacent therto ; nathir 
jrit 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 suffidentlie biggit with stane and lyme, hawand tua bowis, 
in maner and forme as foUowis, and to that effect the said Andrew Jame- 
soun faythfuUie bindis and oblessis him, be this present, to big and repair 
ane biig ower the said Den Bume, at the same pairt quhur 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 sidd 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 EXTBACT8 FROM THE COUNCIL BEOI8TEB6 

15th Auguat, brig ypoun the eist and west pairtis to be bigg^t as it weB of befoir, the 
'^^^' wall of the eiBt Bjd of the Bame brig, and the north syd therof, to be big- 
git to the caniie of the barne of Androw Gothray, lyand adiaoent therto, 
and the wall aacendand vpe to the said brig on baythe syddis therof , begin- 
nand at the entrie of ilk end to prooeid vpe, that it be thrie fdttiB hight 
aboue the ymoBt pend, as it wes of befoir ; and the keaping stane to be of 
outlairiB, fne waric, and boulted with ime fra the eiit end to the wast end 
on ilk syd ; and the said Androw Ball tak out the Btanes qohur the wast bow 
of the Baid brig Ball Btand, qohilk west bow the Baid Androw iB hanldin 
to big, and the beak and found of the mid piller betnixt the toa bowis to 
be of outlair stanoB to the heicht of the centreiB therof, on ilk syd of the 
piller, quhilk outlair BtaneB the Baid Androw Ball BearBche and Beik out 
quhair the Bame may be maiBt commodiouBly haid, droB the same ready to 
be cartit, and the carter to be payit on the touniB 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 Jun^ nixt to cum, the saidis 
prowest, baillies, maister of wark, and deane of g^ld, findand lyme, oentreis, 
skafFaling, ime boultis, lead, and vther neoessaris 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 nsld 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 waric, 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 satisfiBC- 
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 

confegsit act and jadidall decreit, with executionis to be direct theron, on isth August, 
ane single charge of sex dayis, et ad futuram ret memariamf and to that 
effect constitatis, &c./coniancUy and seuerallie, thair lawfull procuratouris, 
promiitentes de rato^ in witnes quhurof bayth the saidis pwrteis hes sub- 
scryuit thir presenttis with thair handis, day, moneth, and yeir forsaid, 
written be Walter Robertsocin, clerk depute of the said burghe, befoir thir 
witnesses, Mr. Gilbert Gray, Robert Johnestoun, Henrie Forbes, burgessis 
of the said burgh, Mr. Thomas MoUesoun, commoun clerk therof, and the 
said Walter Bobertsoun. Sic subseribitur^ Alexander Rutherfurd, proweat, 
Mr. Alex'* Oullen, baillie, Mr. Dauid Rutherfurd, baillie, Williiun Low- 
soune, baillie, George Nicolsoun, baillie, Dauid Cargell, with my hand, 
Dauid Andersoun, with my hand, Andrew 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, 
counsel], and communitie of the said burghe, the sowme of tua hundreth 
and fyflie merkis vsuall money of this realme, in foil 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 Bume, 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, simplieiter 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 subscr]niit with my hand, at Aberdeine, 
the nynt day of August, the yeir of God j*^ sex hundreth and ten yeiris, 
befoir thir witnessis, Mr. Johnne Mortymer, thesaurer of the said burghe, 
Mr. Thomas MoUesoun, commoun clerk therof, and the said Walter 
Robertsoun. Sie subscrUritur, Androw Jamesoun, masoun, with my hand, 
Mr, Johnne Mortymer, witness, Mr. Thomas MoUesoun, as witnes, 
Walter Robertsoun, writter heirof, witneeir 

I2th December^ 1610. 
Instmctiones to the commissionaris appoynted for keping and preserving 



302 EXTBA0T8 FROM THB COUNCIL BEOI8TBBS 

idthDtc., of his Majesties peace witbin tiie bomidis of the shireflome <^ 

'^''^- Abei^ene. 

You are all of you to conyene togidder four tymes aryeirt tu** the first 
Tuysday of Febmar, the first Tuysday of May, the first Taysday of 
August, the first Tuysday of November, and your first meting yeirlie to 
be at the held burgh of the schyrei and the rest of your metingis to he 
in suche vther pairt and place as you sail agrie vpon among yourselffis at 
the first meting ; and you ar to consult, aduyse, and deliberat ypon aU the 
best meanes for the prerenting of ensewing disordors, and puneshing of 
ofiences past, and for that effect you are to certifie by your letter the lordis 
of his Biajesties priwie counsall, at eyerie tyme of your metingis, con- 
cerning the present estate and oonditioun of these boundis, within the 
which you ar nominat conmiissionaiis, of all such riottis or yther 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 informationn of the names of the pairteis delinquent, the ciry 
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 trafiicqning papistis within your boundis, and of the ressettaris, 
supplearis, and intertenearis of thame, and g^we infbrmatioun thairof to 
his Majesties counsel!, or priuatiie to his Majesties chancellar, thesaorer, 
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 furthcummaad to the 
counsall, as thay salbe chargit for. 

You ar to certifie the lordis of counsall at ewerie tyme of your conven- 
i^gi g}f tibi^ ^ ony likliehood or apperance of ony trubill betoixt pairteis 
within the boundis of your oommandement, and thairwith you ar to send 
your best awise how tiie samen, be thair authoritie, may be stayed, so 
that ypon 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 thameselffis 



OF THE BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 303 

to work, or then compellit to leawe the cuntrie, and ewere ane of yon, 12th Dec. 
when ye ar retamit to your awin houssia and duellingis, ar to be eairfiill ^^^^' 
to sie these ordors executed, and speciallie to hawe stoekis at your awin 
houBsis for the moir readie punishing of such idill people. 

You ar lykwayes to be cairfuU 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 certiiie 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 vnlawfuU 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 pistoUis, 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 bandiB off cautionarie, tane by anie of you that ar justices, to be 



304 EXTRACTS FBOM TUB COUNCIL BE0I8TEBS 

12th D«c., 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, eaere half- 
yier, to his Maiestie's thesanrer or his depute. 

You are to enquire of all forstaleris and regrateiis off mercatts« 
and to giwe informatioun of thame to his Maiestie's thesaorer 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 occadoun 
of the frequent pykrie and stouthis in the cuntrie. 

7thAwfu$tt 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 inhabitmtis of this burghe, fensibill men, alswell vufrie as frie, to 
be on the common linkis thairof, for keiping of the actis of parliament, 
and his Maiesties proclamation maid thaaranent; and hes ordanit and 
ordanis all men, inhabitantis, indwellaris, within this burghe, to prepair 
and mak thameselffis reddie aganis the said day, fmmest suffidentlie, 
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 suffidentlie 
armourit, that they sail incure the ynlaw of twentie pundis, to be payit to 
the deane of gild, to the reparatioun of the commoun worids of the toune. 

\4thAuffUsi, 1611. 
The said day, the baillies and counsell, considdering that Barthol fSsir, 
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 BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 306 

fensibile men, baith fxie and vnfiie, to prepair thameselffis, and be in uth August, 
readines to giwe thair muBteris and wappinshaw Tpoiin the linkis of this ^^^^' 
burghe, vpoun the secund day of September nixt to cum, weill fumeisched 
in sAl wearlyk forme, with muskattis» hagbuttis, corslettis, spearis, jackis 
pickiB, and tua bandit snordis, according to the ordour prescryvit be the 
actis of parliament, and his Muesties proclamatioon, certifeing all sic as 
salbe absent fra the said mnsturing, or sail nocht cum suffidentlie 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 
pundiB vnlaw preceislie ynforgiwen, 

2nd September, 1611. 
The quhilk day, the inhabitantis of this burghe, burgessis and crafts- 
men, baith fxie and vnfrie, for obedience to the actis of parliament} and 
his Maiestie's proclamationis maid anent macking of wappinschawis> war 
all assemblit in the Zinkis 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 qualities the quarter roUis 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 pidanen with sic as careis corslettis be 
thameselffis, sic as had toa-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 tmipt in the fute of the companies 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 Qallowget and Brodget to the Castellgit, in 

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306 EXTEACTS FBOH THE OOUNOIL BEOI8TBB8 

ted s«pt, ordour as is aboue wrettiiif mm Utile forme of ddnnudung maid be the 
^^^^' hagbnttms, the ane halff againia the yther, betoixt the croees, prodama- 
tioun waa maid at the mercat croce that the haill inhabitaiitiA of this 
burghti fenuUe peraones, borgewna, craftiamen, baith firie and ynfiie, euld 
be, ypon the nixt warning and adTortiaement to be maid to thame be tiie 
drome, at command of the ma^BtratiB, be reddle prepairit in thair armom-, 
Buffidentlie armiti ilk perBone be himBolff, with hagbatt^ corslet, pick, 
spear, jack, kni^iskaa, toa-haodit sword, halbert, and dens aix, aoeoidmg 
to the qnalitie of the persone, and that they sold giwe thair consdenoe 
and aithe that thair armour was thair awin, and nocht borrowit, ilk man 
Tnder the pane of twentie pondis £Bulseing heirin, and swa war dis- 
misset. 

Tth JoMuaryt 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 Ttheris 
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 warids 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 conrenient diligence, but forder delay, and to this effect that sic 
of the patrimonie and commoun good of this burghe, (his Maiestie's 
burrow maiUis, 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- 



OP THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 307 

Bentlie to foir at the heiring of the comptis of the last thesaurer and deane ^th Janiurj, 

of gild, the jeir 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 fumesing 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, ynbestouit 

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 

▼poun thame for that effect, and that thair salbe stentaris chosen for that 

cans, 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 ypone 

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. 

lOth 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, sufficientlie fumeishit 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, 
Tpoun 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 
ynlaw thairin specifeit 

nth July, 1612. 

The quhilk day, the inhabitantis of the said burghe, fensibill personis, 

alsweill onfrie as ftie, 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 



306 EXTBACT8 FBOH THE CX>XTNCIL RBOI8TBB8 

1 7Ui Joiy, twise ilk yeir, and for that the regall townis besoutht this barght hes 
^ alreadie maid thair wapinBchawinpa, wer conTenit and asBemblit ypoitn 

the commoun Idnkig of this burght, and thair being araemblit in anniefl, 
the roll of the haill inhabitantis, alsweill of onfree as firee, ilk quarter be 
itselff callit, the absenteB notit, to be poyndit for thair abeenoe aooording 
to the saidis actis of parliament and proclamationn, and euerie mannis 
armonr that wes present, qnhow he wes annit» fpSf sofficientlie or nocht, 
notit, thay war pat in gad aray and ordoar be appoyntment of the magis- 
tratis, and sic as wer appoyntit be thame to be commanderis and sergeandis 
for ordoaring of thame, and fra the said linkis in ordoar, earning in the 
long gett benortht the toan, enterit in at the Gallowgett port, and in 
ordour, and doon allonghoase the haill toan to the mercat place and croce» 
in the quhilk, as the maist patent and pablict place» the toa townis 
ansangzes, the ane borne be Mr. Thomas Mengzeis, the yther be Alex'* 
Rutherford, eldest sone to Alexander Ratherfiird, proaest, being castin in 
forme, and according to the castame, the pik and spearmen standing in 
twa partis, as in twa seuerall distinct places [ ], in the middes a 

gryt space left for the hagbatteris, thair wes shating of hagbattis, and 
geving of fyre be the space of halff ane hoar, thaireftir they war dimissit, 
the ane [half] of the hagbattis conyoying the berar to his Ingoing with 
shating, the vther halff of thame the vther enzeingze berar in lyk maner : 
twa drummis, na craftisman pinsall safferit to be borne, hot onlie the 
towne coloaris. 

7th October, 1612. 
The said day, the baillies and coansell admittit Agnes Jamesoan, spoas 
to Patrik Jack, indwellar in this borgh, present vexed and deseased with 
the seiknes of leprosie, to hawe hir residence and lodging within the almes 
and seikhous betaixt the toanis, nochtwithstanding scho be not borne and 
bred within this barght, prowyding that scho haue no pairt of the pro* 
pertie and rent belanging thairto, being ane extranear, hot onlie hir re- 
maneing thair, and that vpoon consideratioon that hir hasband and baimes 
haid left hir, and being expellit forth of this toon, as ane not meit to 
dwell within the samen, haid no kynd of lodging to ly in, meat nor drink, 
hot sic as scho may seik of the charitie of goid christianes. 

3rd December^ 1612. 
The qohilk day, Alexander Gfordoone, sone to Maister Willeame Gor- 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDBEN. 309 

doune, commissar of Murray ; Alexander Gordoun, sone to James Gor- 3rd Dec*, 
doune of Lesmoir ; Johnne Innes, sone to Alexander Innes of Coltis ; ^ ' 
Johne Johnestomie, sone to Robert Johnestoune at Kayesmylne ; Hew 
Onmmyng, sone to ymquhill Alex'- Oummyng of Culter ; and Willeame 
Fraser^ sone to [ ] Fraser of [ ] wer accusit this day be 

Alexander Rutherfurd, proaest, for the great enormities, disordour, and 
abase done and committit be thame and thair associat scollaris within the 
grammer, sang sckuill, and writing schnillis 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 thwanent obefoir, nochtwithstanding that souirtie wes found 
be thame that tbay 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 yp thair durris and windowis, and maisterfiillie away tacking 
of thair foullis, pultrie, breid, and vivaris, and als for tacking, at thair 
awin hand, of fewall and yivaris cumeing to this burghe and mercat 
thairof, oppressing thairby his haill Maiesties leiges, and committing of 
money vther deidis of oppressioim 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'* 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. 



310 EXTRACTS FBOM THE COUNCIL BEOISTEBS 

4th Dec., ah December 9 1612. 

1612. rjty^^ ^j j^y^ ^^^ proveBti baillies, new and anld ooonBallis, with the 

bishop and ministrie, being conyenit in the oonnsalhonsy and aduyiing 
qohat puniflhement salbe inflictit vpone the BchoUariB of the gramer 
school!, sang schooll, and writting schooU of this burght» qnha notwith- 
standing that thay had found cautionne befoir, that nane of thame aoidd 
tack the schooU 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 magistratia 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, Tottit» oondudit, 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 thameselffis decemit to haue incurrit the 
said pane and ynlaw of twentie pundis for ilk schollar, that hes oontza- 
yenit 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, condudit and ordanit, that 
sa mony of the schollaris that has tackin the scuill, viz. : Alexander 
Gordoune, sone to M'* Willeame Gordoune of Tulligreig; Alexander 
Gordoune, sone to James Gordoune of Lesmoir ; Johnne Innes, sone to 
Alexander Innes of Goltis ; Hew Oummyng, brother to the Laird of 
Culter; John Johnstoun, sone to Robert Johnstoun at Kayesmylne; 
Willeame Frasyr, sone to [ ] Frasyr off [ ] ; 

Thomas and George Gordounes, brother to the Laird of Cluny ; Wil- 
leame Chalmer, sone to [ ] Chabner of Balnacraig ; Willeame 
Settoun, sone to vmquhill M'* Alexander Settoun ; Johnne Forbes, son 
to the pryoir of Monymusk ; Willeame Leslie, son to vmquhill George 
Leslie, burges of Abirdene ; Johnne Lrving, sone to vmquhiU Gilbert 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 311 

Irving of CoUairlie ; James Ogilyy» son to Willeame Ogilvy of Baldewy ; 4th Dec, 
Alexander Croikschank, sone to Patrik Oruikschank in Ai^liffiie ; Alex'* ^^^^' 
None, aone to ymquMll Willeame None of that Ilk ; Alexander Forbes, 
Bone to Alexander Forbes of Feingzes ; Johnne Meldrum, sone to 
[ ] Meldrmn of [ ] ; James Cambell, sone to the Com- 

missar of Inremes ; Alexander Irving, sone to Willeame Irving in the 
Hime ; Robert Farquharsone, sone to Johne Farqnharsone of Inverchald ; 
salbe presently exdudit and pat forth of all the scnillis 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 cantioun be 
found be iUcane of the saidis rebellious schoUeris, that this burghe, and 
the haill inhabitantis thiuroff, salbe hannles 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 ; eonforme to 
the quhilk ordinance, Alexander Gbrdoune 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'- Willeame 
Gordoune ; the said Alexander Gordoune, sone to the Laird of Lesmoir ; 
Johnne Innes, sone to Alexander Innes of Ck>ltis ; 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, hannles, 
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 
sidyk, Maister Duncane Forilies of Balnagask, become actit cautionar 
and souirtie for the said Johne Johnestoun, sone to the said Robert 
Johnestoun at Eayesmylne, 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. 



312 EXTRACTS FROM THE GOUNCIL REGISTERS 



4th Dec, The said day, Alexander Gordoune of Gluny, enterit Alexander 
^^^^' Gordoune, Bone to M'* Willeame Gordomte of Tnlligreig; Alexander 



Gordoune, sone to the Laird of Leamoir ; Johnne Innes, aone to Alex- 
ander Innes of Coltis; and Hew Gummyng^ brother to the Laird of 
Culteri in presens of the proyeati bailliea, and counsall of this burghe ; as 
lykwayis, liP* Thomas MelueU, minister at Dyoe, enterit Johne Johnatoan, 
sone to Robert Johnstoun at Eayesmylne» as thiky that become caalioon 
for thair entrie to this day, that ordour micht be put to thame be the 
counsall, of their insolende in tacking of the scuillt and thairon aakit 
instrumentis. 

The said day» the prorest, baillies, and counsall, reassoning anent the 
ordour to be taken be the maisteris of schuillis of this buighe, for repres- 
sing and stencheing in tyme comeing of the insolendes and disordouris 
that fallis out almaist yeirlie within this burghe, be tacking of the adiuill 
about the superstitious tyme of yuill, quhilk hes cheiflie proceidit be the 
slaknes of the maisteris in exerceising discipline on thair schoUaris, 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 
BcuiU, being present, promessit for his pairt to be comptabill and answer- 
abill to the ma^strattis and counsall for all his schollaris that ar pre- 
senilie within his scuill, that thay sail keip and obsenre guid ordour, and 
be obedient to the discipline in tyme cumdng, and to refDund 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 fira this 
day furthe, till first thay find oautioun, in sick fonne as salbe injoynit to 
thame be the counsall, vnder the paine of depriyatioun of him of his office, 
incace he failzie heiron. 

6th 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, maistw of the writting 
schuill .of this burghe, vpone the kingis hie streitt, and giwing furthe 
dy veris 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 ABERDEBN. 313 

and persewing him thairwith, and thairanent referrit himselff in the will 5tb Dec., 
of the proyesty baillies, and counsall, quhaixfoir 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 Eethokismylne, burges of this said 
burghe, become cautionar for the said Patrik to the effect forsaid, and the 
said Patrick become actit to releire his said cautioner. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, 6ill)ert Leslie maid faith in judgement that he dreadis 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 GKlbert, 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 Eethokismylne, 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. 

23r</ December^ 1612. 
The said day, the provest, baillies, counsel!, 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 fira 
nichtbouris, hot 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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314 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

2:)rd Dm., dewtie ift» quhen any disoidourit BcholftriB within thair schuilliB attemptis 
^^^'' any sic disordonr, qohairoff their is no sio within na borghe in this reaime, 
to puneische the committaris and attemptaris of sic deidis most sereirlie, 
quhilk statutes hes not beine ohtemperit nor obeyit be the saidis maisteris 
and schohiris heirtofoir ; thairfoir to the effect that no sic disordour shalbe 
heirefter within the schuillis of this bnrghe, the proaest, bailleis, and 
counsell, with consent of the bischope and ministerie, in presence of Mr. 
Dauid Wedderbume, maister of the grammer schuill, Patrick Danidsonn, 
maister of the sang schuill, and Gilbert Leslie, maister of the wretting 
schuill of this burghe, statute, dewjrsit, 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 saidiB 
schuillis, or any of thame, be thair saidis scholaris ; and incace any akaith 
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 tiie 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. 

Sth February, 1613. 
The said day, the provest, baillies, new and auld counsallis eftir follow- 
ing, they ar to say, Alexander Rutherfurd, provest; Mr. Alexander 
CuUen, Willeame Gray, Thomas Forbes, Alexander Jaffray, baillies ; Mr. 
Gilbert Gray, Willeame Lowsoune, Robert Johnestoune, George Nicol- 
soune, Henrie Forbes, Thomas GuUen, Dauid , Oargill, George Ricard, 
Mr. Willeam Moir, Alexander Kempt, vnderstanding that Johnne Gor- 
doune, brother to Patrick Gordoune of Birsmoir, FranciB Murray, brotiier 
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 Tnmercifullie 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 durids 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 ordjunes ane complaint to be maid in name of sth Feb., 
the towne, and of the said GHilbert, to his Maiesties secret counsall, and ^^^^' 
letteris to be raisit thairone, and the townis charges for chargeing the 
saidis Patrick Grordoune, Johnne Godoun, Francis Murray, and thair com* 
pliceSf 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 vttermost, till redres be had of the said oppres- 
aioun. 

lO^A February, 1613. 
The samen day, the prowest, baillies, and counsell ordanis Thomas 
CuUen, deane of gild, to deburse ane angill nobill, to be send to Edin- 
burgh to James Frymrois, 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 Gubardie, and Angous Grant, 
serviture to the Laird of Cluny, to compeir befoir the lordis of privie 
counsall, to ansuer for the hurting and wpunding 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 sfaalbe allowit to the said 
deane of gild in his comptis. 

\9th February^ 1613. 
The said day» the baillies, new and auld counsellis, ordanit Thomas 
OttUen, 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 
Cowhairdie, and Angous Grant, servitour to the Liurd of Cluny, to com- 
peir befoir the lordis of secreit counsell, vpon the [ ] day of Merche 
nizt 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 snmmoundis 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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18th p«b., Eodem die. 

^^ '** The said day, the baillies, new and auld connselliA, conaideiing that 

Alexander Rutherfiird, prowest, vpon the tent day of Febmar instant, wes 
chosin commissioner for this burgh, to oompeir befoir the lordis of priyie 
counsell at Edinburgh, vpon the fourt day of Merche nixt to com, 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 buirowis of this 
realme, decerning thame to mack payment to Maister Patrick Gordoon, 
for himselff and in name and behalff of Dauid Gray, borne in PHissia, of 
the soume of sex hundreth pundis, sterling money, for the ezpenssis be- 
stowit be thame in the persute and prosecutioun of ane actionn aganis 
Starcovius, ane German, for devulgating and setting out of ane inCsmous 
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''* Rutherfiiird is presenthe grytumlie deseasit and 
vnabill to travell, for keiping of the said dyett, without danger of his Ijriff ; 
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, semitour 
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 oomplaynjb 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 foUowit out befoir the saidis lordis of privie counsell, 
be the said Gilbert Leslie, and the prowest and baillies of this burgh, be 
i-essoun 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 terrefie otheris to committ the lyk 
in tyme cummyng ; thairfoir the baillies, new and auld counsellis, electit, 



OF THE BUBOH OF ABEBDEEK. 317 

nominat, and chewsit Maister Alexander Cullen and Thomas Forbes, tua isth Feb., 
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 fiUit vp againe be Oeorge Ricard, 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 Oordoun 
of Cluny, and voluntarlie of his awin consent tackand the burdine vpon 
him for Patrick Gk)rdoun of Birsmoir, Johne Oordoun, 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 satis&ctioun 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 Gk)rdoun, 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 decemis 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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:?4th Feb , burges of the said burgfa, become actit cautionar, sourtie, and fall dettour, 
for and with the said Alexander Gordoon of Clony, coniunctUe and 
seuerallie, that the foirsaidiB peraones, for whome he tadds the burdbe, 
sail satisfie in honoor and sowmes of money, acoOTding to the determina- 
tioun of the saidis proaeat, hailUea, and connsaU, baith to the toune and to 
the said Gilbert Lealie, vnder the pane of ane thowsand pundia [ ] 

money to be payit be the said Alexander Oordoun, and hia aaid caationar, 
coniunctUe and aeuerallie, to the said toun of Aberdene, incaoe the aaidis 
peraonea, or ony of thame, feilzie in performing any poynt of the premiaaia ; 
and the said Alexander Gordoun of Cluny, renunceand hia awin jnriadic- 
tioun in thia caoe, become actit for him, hia airia, executourisy and 
aaaigneisy to releive the aaid Willeam Gordoun, hia cautionar foraaid, of 
the premisses, and of all that may follow tfaairon ; lykas also compeirit 
personallie the said Patrick Gordoun of Biramoir, and voluntarlie of his 
awin consent, renunceand hia awin jurisdictioun in this cace, become actit 
and obleist for himaelff, and aa cautionar and aouertie for the aaid Johne 
Gordoune, hia brother germane, and for the aaid Jamea Murray, that the 
said Gilbert Lealie, and all inhabitantia within thia bui^, aalbe fiie, 
harmeles, and skaythles in thair bodies and goodia 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 achooll, or 
hurting of the aaid Gilbert Lealie, vnder the pane of ane tfaowaand merkis 
money foirsaid, to be payit be the said Patrik to the deaue 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** my hand ; W™* Gordoune, v*' my 
hand. 

Eodem die. 
The quhilk day, anent the submissioun maid be Alexander Gordoon 
of Cluny, quha tacking the burdine vpon him for Patrik Gordoun of 
Birsmoir, Johne Gordoun, his brother-germane, and James Murray, aone 
to the Laird of Cowbairdie, aubmittit for the saidis peraonea 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 BUB6H OF ABERDEEN. 319 

the tonne, and to Gilbert Leslie^ thair commonn 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 prowest, baillies, new and auld counsalleB of 
the said burgh, advysing, and considering that the said Alexander 
Gordoqn 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 tonne and the said Gilbert Leslie, for the wrang forsaid, thay all in 
ane voce deceme and ordane the said Patrik Gordoun of Birsmoir, for 
himselff, and in name of the saidis Johne Gk>rdoun, and James Murray, 
to content and pay the soume of twa hundreth merkis of vnlaw, the ane 
halfF to be pajrit 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 deceme 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 t^ tume thame selffis towardis the magistrattis 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. 

4M 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 bullies of this burgh, all the inhabitantis 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 



320 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

4th H^pt, instant, at ten houria befoir noone, in thair best armour, with moskattisy 
^^^^' hagbuttis, pickis, and corslettis, and to accompanie and follow thair magis- 
trattis thairfra to the Linkis, to giwe thair mostores and vappinschaw 
according to his Maiesties actis of parliament maid thairanent, with oer- 
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 vufbrgiwan ; and siclyk 
chargeing that nane presome nor tack vpone hand to transgress or con- 
travene Uie ordour injoyned, and to be injoyned to thame be the magistrate 
concerning the forme of thair mustures and ranking, hot that they, in all 
dewtifiill obedience, conforme thame selffis thairto, and nawayes tack 
any place, charge, or commandment vpone thame, except be spedall ap- 
poyntment and directioun of the magistratt, vnder the pane to be pur- 
suvit and punischeit as disobeyaris of the command of thair lawfuU 
ma^stratt, disturbaris of his Maiesties peace, and trublaris and impedaris 
of tiie going ford ward of the wappinschaw ; conform to thequhilk 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. 

12/A Jaattary, 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 serae 
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 Oibsoun, 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 considerationia 



OF THE BITBGH OF ABERDEEN. 321 

and caussis moweing thame, thocht it maist expedient and necessar lit February, 
that ane wardhous be biggit within the tolbuith, in the east end thairof, 
four woult heicht fra the ground vnto the rui£P of the tolbuith, in sic 
substantiouSi 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, nudster Alex'- CuUen, Willeame Ghray, baillies, maister 
Thomas Mengzeis, Robert Johnstoun, Dauid Cargill, and Andro 
Watsoun, wricht, quha wer nominat obefoir be the eounsell to consult 
and advyse vpon the bigging of the ward hous in the eist end of the 
tolbuith, reportit to the eounsell 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 stepiU, 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 eounsell 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 centries, develing, ime, lead, and ane 
wyndes to be fumeist be the toune, and the said sowme to be payit to him 
at sic termes and in sic manor 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™ vi® and sexteine yeiris, in 
manor specifeit in the said contract : Quhairwitfa 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 eounsell. 

Eodem die. 

The samen day, the bullies, 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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322 EXTBACTS FBOM THB OOUNCIL REGI6TEBS 

soth March, dinff Idrk dor, in decent and oommodious forme, on the kutds chnms, for 
serwing and easing of the nichtbora of the toon, and the chargis to be de* 
burst thairon salbe allowit to the said maister of wark in his compti& 

16IA Jicji^ 1616. 
The said day» the baillies and connsall, with ane great pairt of the com- 
munitie, for obedience to the act of bnrrowis maid anent the yearlie ryding 
of the commoon landis of the friedome of the said borgh in all tyme bv- 
gane, passit» visiet, red» and perambnlat the Ttter borderis and marehet 
of the commoun landis of the friedome of the said burgh, distingnisefaing 
the samen fra outlandis lordis landis, lyand and merchand contigue thair. 
▼nto ; and first they began and tuik vp the first marcfae stane, as the same 
wes wount to be tackin rp of auld, on the sooth syde of the justice mylne 
bume, foiment the noick of Ooullis croft, contigoe to the east syde of the 
kingis gett callit the waine gett, passand to the brig of Dee, at ane grest 
stane lyand on the south syde of the said get, quhilk ttane 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 interraptione, 
and land the said halfi^ pennie hous and landis, lyand on the north and 
northwest sydis of the said gett, to apperteine in properde to the said 
towne of Aberdeine ; and thairfra red forth the said wayne gett direcUie, 
as merche of propertie of the said burgh, quhill thay come to ane yther 
hous laitlie big^t on the north west syde of the said gett, fbirganes ane 
litill myir, and thair the siud deane of gild maid interruptioun in maner 
aboue specifiet ; and thairfra red in the said hie gett, as merche of properties 
to ane place quhair ane smyddie wes biggit and stuid of auld, at the edge 
of the stryip, quhair thay fiind ane merche stane perfytelie meridt 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 sotherlie or 
thairby to CoUielaw, 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 kaime sett) and ink 
that stane to the fuird callit Leslies fiiird, quhair thair is ane stane meridt 
with the letter P. for propertie as the towne of Aberdeine's marche^ 



OF THE BT7BGH OF ABERDEEN. 323 

qubilk is lykwayes the eastmost merche, devyding the landis of the barronie i5th Juae, 
of Petfodellis, firome the landis of the friedome of the said burgh ; and ^^^^' 
becans the remanent merches distingaishing the said barronie from the 
landis of Rnbislaw, Hessilheid, and vtheris landis of the friedome 
merchand thairwith, ar not yet perfytelie riddin or knawin, howbeit, the 
saidis merches ar destinctlie sett doone in wreat be contract past betuixt 
the towne and Gilbert Mengzes of Petfoddellis thairanent, of the dait 
the fyifk day of Januar, the yeire of God j"^ 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 ypoun the bonndis with the siud Gilbert Mengzes, 
for ryding, cognoscing, and deiring of the saidis marches betoixt 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 staid 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 hoUis, as the 
towne of Aberdeines marche ; and thairfra direct south west or thairby, 
to ane great witter staue 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 
mjrir 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 Oummyng of Culter on the vther pairt, off the dait at Aber- 
deine, the tent day of Marche, the yeir of God j^^ 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, spedallie 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 

loth June, on the bray on the south syde of the said sinck, keipand and haoldand the 

said sinck till it ende in the bume callit the foume of Brotherfeild, at that 

pairt of the said fonme foiment ane great gray stane standing on ane 

hillock on the saidis landis of Brutherfeild, on the north syde of the said 

bume, distant thairfra ane halff pair of buttis or thairby ; diseendand doune 

the said bume westward, keipand the middis of the reisk, the iust equall 

halff thairof to be on the south syde of the said bume, 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 bume, quhilkis sail apperteine to the landis of Brotherfeild 

and Gairdyne, of the fiiedome of the said burgh, till it come to the fnird of 

the said bume, 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 bume, hauldand vp the said 

bume, and keipand the same to the fuird foiment the hous of Breddiaache» 

and thairfra hauldand vp the said bume to the roche swaill of Eynmvndie, 

quhill it cum to the first marche betuixt the towne and the laird of Muchall 

at the inver of the Blind bume quhair the same enteris in the Blackbume, 

quhilk Blackbume devydis the landis of the fiiedome of the said burgh 

fra the landis of Easter Eynmvndie and Auchincleche, perteining to the Erie 

Mershall, at that pairt of the said Blackbume quhair thair is ane great 

mother swayll on the south syde of the said Blackbume, direct forganes 

or anent the said inver ; ascendand and keipand vp the said Blindbume as 

the same rynnis east north east or thairby, ewir keipand the sinck and 

the said blind bume at the south syde of the hill callit the Elrickhill, 

quhill it come to the heid of the said blind bume, quhair thair is ane littill 

moss ; and thairfra lineallie throw the middis of the said littill moss, 

as the same is kaimit, quhill it enter in the heid of the garlett bume ; 

and discending doune the said garlett bume 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 bume, in the 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABEBDBEN. 326 

quhilk burne, at the pairt fbirBaid, thair wes ane kaime sett and ane i5th Jane, 
merche stane ordanit to be iiifixit» and to be markit with the said signe ^^^''^' 
of the sauaer, as the tonne of AfoerdeineB merche ; and hauldand rp the said 
rod qnhill it cum to ane great sauser stane in ane myir on the north syid 
of the hill of Brimmound, quhairat thair wes ane caime 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 goifi^ bume, and 
croceand the said bume, 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 Buckisbume, 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 Bawin comes thairvpoun, outwith 
the said marche stanes, and auld chapman rod foirsaid, on the said towne 
of Aberdeines propertie ; and thairfra croceand the said bume, 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 Gruiffbume, 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 bume 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 SMd dira dycke southerlie, and keipand the 
samen till it come to the craighead ; and fin the said craighead keipand 
doun to the said dyik till it come to the teillit landis of Gabrastoun, 
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 CoUesones dyck and the 
teillit land of Caprastouni to the fuird aboue Peterstoun, callit the Kingis 

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326 EXTRACTS FBOM THE OOUKCIL REGISTERS 



I6th Juno, fiiird ; and tiuurfra keipand the gett to ftne merche stane in the den callit 
1616. E[ittiebrou8ter, merkit with ane sauser and ane key ; and thairfra kdpand 



the northeast gett, stane be stane, as thay ar meridt with the said saoser 
and key, throch the croft callit Pytilhim, in the middis of the qnhilk 
croft thair wes fund twa merches staines, merkit with Sanct Peiteris key ; 
and thairfra stane be stane ouer the sonthend of the Spittellhill, as the 
samen is mercheit be stanes markit with the said saoser and key, qnhill it 
come to the end of the Gallow slackis, and ane eardfiist stane thair merkit 
with the said sauser and key; finding the commonn lonying quhilk wes of 
auld betuixt the landis of Sanct Peteris hospitall and the said to wne 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 bume, and doim the said 
Bantstickill bnme quhill it enter in the salt sey. 

1st June, 1616. 
The said day, the baillies and counsall having hard the report maid be 
Thomes Mengzes and Robert Johnstonn, commissionaris nominat be the 
counsall to pas to the Erie MerdiaJl, tuicheing the provyiding of ane 
leamit and qualefeit persone to be principall of the college of this burgh, 
quhilk wes tliis in effect, that the said Erie is weill affected to provyid ane 
qualefeit peraone for the said place, and that his lordschip is content with 
anye of thir twa persones, to wit, Maister Patrik Saudis and Mr. Alexander 
Home, quha wes nominat to his lordschip be the saidis commissionariB, 
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 burrowis 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, theflaurer, for maeking his ex- 1st June. 
pensB to Edinburghe, by and attour the hundreth merkis appoyntit to him 
for maeking his expenss at the said conventioun of burrowes, quhilkis 
Bowmes salbe allowit to the said thesaurer in his comptis. Persones of 
counsall present : Mr. Alexander Collen, Willeame Gray, Thomas Forbes, 
baillies, Thomas Mengzeis, Mr. Thomas Mengzeis, George Nicolsone, 
Robert Johnestoun, Thomas Cnllen, Mr. Johne Mortymer, Dauid Adye, 
Alexander Leslie, Thomas Clerk. 

2UtJune, 1615. 
The baillies and counsall having aduysedlie considderit the freyndlie 
letter direct be maister Patrik Copland to Mr. Dauid Wedderbume, 
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, 
laiilie 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, fyfde merkis a peice per annum, and thairby 
desyrand the said Mr. Dauid Wedderbume to signifie that his purpose to 
the counBell of this burghe, and to retume to him thair answer ; fand 
that heirby the said Mr. Patrik is most curfull 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 behuifi^ 
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 Buchanei 
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 cautionn, 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 retume frome Londoun, to be bestowit and imployit as the said Mr 
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2orh July. 26M Jtt/y, 1615. 

1616. rp j^^ ^*^ ^y^ ^Yie baillies, new and auld counsallisy remembering that 

immediately efter the deceas of Mr. Gilbert Gray, lait prindpaU of the 
college of tiiifl burgh, quhilk wes in the moneth of December last bypast, 
they burdenit Mr. Dauid Wedderbume, maister of thair grammer schooll, 
to tak ypon him the teiching of the hie class of the college of this bnrgfa, 
till this Lambea 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 ; thiurfoir, 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, tfaesaurer, quhilk salbe allowit to him in 
his comptis. 

7th August 1615. 
The quhilk day, the inhabitantis of the said burght, fensibill persones, 
alswcill frie as vnfrie, at command of the magistrattis, war gatherit, as- 
semblit, and convenit vpon the commoun Linkis of this burgh in armes, 
as ane day appoyntit be the ma^strattis 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, aod 
eschewing of danger and perrell thairof, incace they haid not maid wi^- 
pinschawe, nochtwithstanding that thair wes no proclamatioun 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 ABERDBBN. 329 

roll of the haill inhabitantis, alsweill vniHe as frie, ilk quarter be itaelffy 7th August, 
the absentis notit to be poyndit for thair absence, according to the saidis 
actis of parliament and constitationis, 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 magistrattis, and 
sic as wes appoyntit be thame to be commanderis and seijeandis for or- 
douring of thame, and fira 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 yther 
halff of thame the vther enseingzie berar in lyke maner, iua drumis, na 
craftismen pinsellis sufferit to be borne, hot onlie the townis cullouris. 

2lst September J 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 iratres 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 iratres 
gilde dicti burgi gratis ubsque solutione alicuiuB compositionis et hoc ex 
spedali rogatu dicti Domini Jacobi Skeyne de Curriehill, militis solut. 
per quemlibet eorum quinque solidis in alba bursa vt moris est et prestito 
per eosdem juramento solito. 

The said day, Robert Skeyne, paynter and glasinwricht, wes admittit 
and ressauit fiieman of the said burgh, with libertie and friedome to him 
to vse and exerce his said calling of the glasin wricht craft and paynting 
allanerlie, and na forder, and that gratis, but payment of any composi- 

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330 EXTRACTS FBOM THE OOUNOIL REGISTERS 

2iBt Sept., tioon, at the request of Sir James Skeyne of Cumehill, knycht, ane of 
^^ ^' the lordis of sessioun, quha gawe his aith according to the forme obsemit 
in sic caices. 

Eodem die, Patricias Innes, ynus clericomm scaiarij S. D. N. regis 
receptuB et admissus fuit in liberum bnrgensem et fratrem gilde bur^ de 
Abirden de communi consensu consalum dicti burgi et^ hoc gratis gratia 
consilij absque ylla compositione solut. quinque solidis in alba bursa vt 
moris est et prestito per eundem juramento solito. 

Eodem die, Robertus Skeyne, filius [ ] receptus et admissus 

fuit in liberum burgensem et fratrem gilde bur^ de Abirden gratis absque 
solutione vllius compositionis et hoc gratia et rogatu honorabilis viri 
Domini Jacobi Skeyne de Curriehill, militis vnius Senatorum CoUegij 
Justicie S. D. N. regis solut. per eundem quinque solidis in alba bursa vt 
moris est et prestito per eundem juramento solito. 

25tk November 9 1615. 
Item, the sex merchand buithis vnder the tolbuith wer sett to the per- 
sones vnderwritten, towitt, the twa merchand buithis occupiet be Johne 
Layng to the said Johne, the buith occupeit be Gilbert Henrie to the said 
Gilbert, the buith occupiet be Dauid Donaldsoun to the said Bauid, the 
buith occupiet be the said Stevin Gordoun to him, and the buith occupiet 
be Johne Ray to the said Johne, and that fra the feast of Witsonday nixt 
to cum, in the yeir of God j™ sex hundreth and fyiffceine yeiris, quhilk 
salbe and begin thair entrie thairto, be vertew of this sett, vnto the feast 
of Witsonday nixt thairefter following, in the yeir of God j™ sex hundreth 
and sexteine yeiris, ilk ane of thame, for payment of the sowme of nynteine 
merkis money, to be payit to the thesaurer of this burghe for the tyme, 
at Witsonday and Mertimes in winter, be equall portionis, the first tennis 
payment thairof to be and begin at the feast of Mertimes, in the yeir of 
Gh>d j*" sex hundreth and fyifteine yeiris, prowyding that gif it sail hi^pin 
the toun to have ado at any tyme with the twa eastmest buithis, occupiet 
be Johne Ray and Stevin Gordoun, in that cace they sail remowe vpon 
the warning of twentie-four houris to be maid to thame obefoir. 

4th February^ 1616. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, new and auld counsellis, electit and 
ehuisit G^rge Nicolsoun, baillie, thair commissionar to pas to Edinburgh, 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 331 

for keiping the twentie^ane and twentie-fourt dajds of Februar instant, 4th Feb., 
befoir the Lordis of Sessioun, for persewing the summondis of advocatioan ^^^^' 
and suspensioun raisit at the townis instance, and of Dauid Cargill, deane 
of gild» aganis the Duke of Lennox, Admirall of Scotland, my Lord of 
Medope, and Willeame Settoun of Mownie, thair depute, concerning the 
jurisdictioun of the Admiralitie, as the summondis at length bearis, and 
ordaines the sowme of ane hundreth pundis to be payit be Dauid Oargill, 
deane of gild, to the said George Nicolsoun, to mack the said George 
ezpensses in the said commissioun, and to gratefie the procuratouris and 
thair servandis, and gif the said George salbe superezpendit, to be 
reimbursit at his retume vpoun his compt of his superexpensses to be 
gevin in to the councell. 

7 th February^ 1616. 
The said day, the prouest, baillies, new and auld counceUis, considder- 
ing that thair hes bene dyveris actis and ordinances maid be the haill 
towne, and als be the councell, for bigging of a sufficient wardhous in the 
east end of the tolbuith, as the ordinances maid thairanent proportis, 
quhilk as yit hes not tackin thair awin executioun, and now yit as obefoir, 
for dyveris gude consideratiounes and motives moving thame, hes thocht 
meit and expedient, devysit and ordanit, that the said wark salbe begun 
in all diligence but langer delay, and for this effect the councell hes 
nominat Williame Lowsoun, baillie, WiUiame Gray, lait baillie, Robert 
Johnestoun, and Dauid Oargill, to confer and deall eamestlie with Thomas 
Watsoun, in Rayne, meassone, for vndertaking the bigging of the said 
wark, in sic forme and maner, and vpoun sic conditiounis as thay can 
aggrie with the said Thomas. 

3rd March, 1616. 
The said day, in presence of the prowest, baillies, and counsell of this 
burgh of Aberdene, convenit in thair counselhous, compeirit Dauid 
Cargill, burges of the said burgh, executoir testamentar nominat and 
confermit to vmquhill maister James Cargill, doctor of medicine, his 
brother-germane, and produceit, in presens of the saidis prowest, baillies, 
and counsell, the iust extract of that pairt of the said vmquhill 
maister James his letter will and testament, berand his legacies left and 
mortifiet be him to the poore, hospitall, grammer schoole, and puir 



332 EXTBA0T8 FROM THE COUNCIL BBGISTERS 

Srd MATcb, scholanB within the said hurgh of Aberdene, ta^ forme and vponn eon- 
^^^^' ditiounes mentionat in the said legade, quhairof the tennor followis : 
Item, I leave to the sessiounes poore of new Aberdene, to be mortifeit, 
three hundreth merkiB ; item, to the hospital of new Aberdene, to be 
mortifeiti fyue hundreth merkis, quhairof the annuall Thomas Mar sail 
absolutily injoy during his lyftyme ; item, to the maister of the grammer 
Bchoole of new Aberdene, to be mortifeit, fyve hundreth merkis, for the 
annuall quhairof he sail be obligit for the BCoUage and other achoole 
ezactionies quhatsoevir, baith in Englisch and Latin schooleB, with gram- 
mer buikis, authorisy and Englisch bookes vsed in the said schooles, and 
that for the vse of my puir freyndis : gif nane be in the schooles foirsaid, 
bot in the college, the annuall of the foirsaid fyue hundreth merkis salbe 
to thair vses in the college, or gif thay be in nather, the annuell salbe em- 
ployit ypon the edifice of the grammer schoole of new Aberdeene, gif the 
insolencie of the scholaris cannot be repressit from demolisching, let the 
annuell be gevin to the honest puir honshalderis of new Abirdeine ; item, 
for mantinance of four puir scholaris, and specially of my awin freyndis, 
quhilkis failzeing to townis baimes of new Aberdeine at the college, 
quhairin learning shalbe thocht be the councell of Aberdeine most to 
flovrishe, four thowsand merkis, quhilkis to that effect I leave to be mor- 
tifeitt at the expenssis of the towne of Aberdeine, becaus in sum measure 
the proffett redoundis to it : ewrie ane of these four bursars to haue the 
proffet of ane thousand merkis yeirlie for the space of four yeiris, and gif 
thay be of my kin, one yeiris proffett moir efter the compleiting of thair 
cours. Off all these mortificatiounes I constitute the magistrats and 
councell of this tonne, togidder with my brother Dauid Cargill, quhilkis 
failzeing the maill baimes of my brether and sisteris, or my guidbrether, 
to haue the cair that na dilapidatioun or away putting may in any tyme 
cumming ensew, and that the towne of Aberdeine mack the expenssis 
vpoun the mortificatioun, as said is ; mair, I will that euerie ane of the 
legatouris, alsueill the poore bursaris, and my brether and sisteris, and 
thair baimes, pay the quott of ihair awin pairt pro rata, and that thay 
mack expenssis vpon the obteining of my dettis pro rata, and incais of de> 
boschit dettouris, all thair losses to be pro rata. The testament is daited 
at Aberdeine, the [ ] day of [ ], the yeir of God j"^ sex hundreth 

and fourtene yeiris. Sic subscribUurt Ja. Cargill. Conforme to the 
quhilk letter will and legacie of the said vmquhill Maister James Gar^ 



OF THE BUBQH OF ABERDEEN. 338 

gill, and for satisfactioun and fdlfilling thairof, the said Daoid Cargill, his Srd March, 
executoor aboue namit, at the feast of Martimes last bypast, maid pay- 
ment and delyuerance to the prowest, baillies, and councell of the said 
burghe, of the saidis haill legacies particularlie aboue writtin, extending 
in all to the sowme of fyve thowsand and thrie hundreth merkis, quhilk 
sowme of fyve thowsand and thrie hundreth merkis was wairit and gevin 
out againe on proffett, at the said terme of Martimes last, to certaine par- 
ticular persones, and thair cautiouneris, nominat in the bandis maid thair- 
vpon, to be payit at the feast of Martimes nixt to cum, to the behuiff and 
▼se of these to quhome the same is restand mortefiet be the defunct, viz., 
four thoYsand merkis for the behuiff of four bursaris, fyve hundreth merkis 
to the said grammer schoole, fyve hundreth merkis to the said hospitall, 
and thrie hundreth merkis to the behuiff of the poore houshalderis that 
ressaues quarterlie almes out of the sessioune, as the saidis bandis, pro- 
duceit lykyayis this day in presens of the councell, and put vp in the 
tounis charter kist, at lenth in thameselff does testifie ; inrespect quhairof 
the saidis provesti biullies, and councell, be thir presentis, quyt clames, 
exoneris, and dischargis the said Dauid Cargill, executour aboue nameit, 
his airis, executouris, and assignayes, of the saidis haill legacies parti- 
cularlie aboue mentionat, and of all actioun competent aganes the said 
Dauid, or his forsaidis, for the samen simpliciter and for ewer, but preiu • 
dice aluayes of the foirsudis bandis, gevin for payment of the saidis 
sowmes at the said terme of Mertimes nixt to cum, and of sic actioun and 
executioun as is or may be competent be yertew of the saidis bandis, 
aganes the principallis and cautioneris respectiue thairin nominat, to the 
quhilk this present discharge sail mack no derogatioun ; and forder, the 
saidis prouest, baillies, and councell obleissis thame and thair successouris, 
prouest, baillies, and councell of the said burgh, present and to cum, to 
mack the saidis principall sowmes aboue writtin furthcummand in all 
tyme cuming, to tiie seuerall vses aboue specifeit, quhairvnto the same ar 
lefl and mortifiet be the defunct, and to na vther vse ; lykeas, on the vther 
pairt, nochtwithstanding that be the said legacie it is provydit that euerie 
ane of the legatouris, alsveill the poore, the bursars, hospital, as the 
brother and sisteris of the defunct, and thair baimes, sail mack the ex- 
penssis pro rata^ vpoun the obteining of the defunctis dettis, and incais of 
deboschit dettouris, all thair losses to be pro rata^ yit the said Dauid Car- 
gill, executour forsaid, be thir presentis renunceis all actioun he may 



334 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

3rd March, haue agsneB the saidis prouest, baiUies, and councell in any tyme com- 
^^^' mingy for repetitioun of any pairt of the mortificationnes abone writtin, 
be reasoune of deboschit dettouris, or yit for any expenssis maid or to be 
maid be him, in persute or recoverie of any pairt of the dettis conteanit in 
the said teBtament, in any tyme camming, sa that the saidis mortefiet 
sowmes sail ewir remaine haill to the vses respectiue abone specifiet, 
quhairvnto thay wer left be the defunct, not obstant of the provisioun 
aboue specifiet, contenit in the said legacie, quhairwith the said Daoid 
Cargill, for him and his foirsaidis, dispenssis for ewir, and as to the an- 
nuel rent and proffett of the saidis mortefiet sowmes for the yeir foirsaid, 
yiz., fra Martimes last, 1616, to Martimes nizt, 1616, the samen is be- 
stowit and employit as foUowis, towit, the ane halff thairof for payment 
of the quott of the saidis sowmes to the commissar of Aberdeine, and the 
vther haiff of the said annuall is employit pairtlie to the behuiff of twa 
bursars, viz., Willeame Cargill, brother sone to the said vmquhill Maister 
James, and James Forbes, his sister sone, and pairtlie to the behuiff of 
the said Thomas Mar and sessiones puir, ilk ane for thair awin pairtis 
pro rata^ according to the proportion of the legacies aboue writtin left be 
thame, and not ytherwayis. 

5th March, 1616. 
The said day, the haill toune being convenit as said is, it wes ezponit 
to thame be Thomas Mengzes of Cultis, prouest, that be ane act miud 
of obefoir be the magistrattis, councell, and haill communitie, convenit in 
thair heid court, vpoun the sevent day of Januar, 1612, it wes thocht meit 
and expedient, concludit, and ordanit with yniforme consent, but opposi- 
tioun, that thair sould be ane wardhous biggit in the eastend of the tol- 
buith of this burghe, for resset of his Maiestie's rebellis committit thair- 
in in ward be letteris of captioun, or for vtheris actiounes, criminall or 
ciuill ; and that the patrimonie and conmioun guid of this burghe, his 
Maiestie*s burrow maillis, the ministeris stipendis, and the rest of the 
townis stipendaris being payit and defrayit, sould be bestowit vpoun the 
bigging of the said jayell and wardhous ; and whairas the townis com- 
moune gude inlaikit and wantit, wer content to be stentit as the 
necessitie of the wark requyrit, as the said act, of the dait foirsaid, this 
day publictlie red at lenght proportis ; conforme to the qubilk act and 
ordinance, it wes exponit to thame that the prouest, baillies, new and 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 385 

auld councellis, had aggreit with Thomas Watsoun, meassone in Auld 5tb March, 
Rayne, for the bigging of the said wardhous in the eastend of ^' 

the said tolbuith, of fywe woult hicht, with a platforme and a 
batteUing, and to fumeiss the haill materiallis thairto, except centreis, 
ime wark, lead, and a wyndes, for the soume of fyve thowsand 
merkifi money of this reahne to be payit to the said Thomas in 
maner and at the termes spedfiet in the contract betuixt the present 
prouest, baillies, deane of gild, and thesaurer, for thameselffis and 
in name and behalff of the councell and communitie of this burgh, 
on the ane pairt, and the said Thomas Watsoun, maassone, as principally 
Johne Leyth of Harthill, maister Willeame Leyth of Ardune, his sone, 
Johne Abercrommy, in Auld Rayne, and Johne Cruikschank, merchand 
burgess of Aberdeine, cautioneris for him for fulfilling of his pairt of the 
said contract, on the vther pairt, betuixt and the terme of Martimes in 
anno, ane thowsand sex hundreth and auchtene yeris, as the said contract, 
of the dait at Aberdeine and Harthill respeetiue^ the twentie-ane 
and twenty-four days respectiue of Februar last bypast, quhilk wes 
this day publictlie red in audience of the haill toune, at mair length 
does testifie ; and, thairfoir, the saidis Thomas Mengzes, prouest, 
inquyred of the toune, convenit as said is, gif thay thocht it meit and 
expedient that the said wark of the wardhous salbe biggit and ac- 
complishit in maner specifeit in the said contract, and vpoun the condi- 
tiones thairin specifeit, and gif thay would aggrie and consent to warrand 
irie and keip skaythles the present prouest, baillies, deane of gild, and 
thesaurer, contracteris for thame and the haill councell of the said 
burgh, and thair successouris, prouest, baillies, and councell thairof in 
tyme cumming, of the said sowme of fyve thowsand merkis, at the handis 
off the said Thomas Watsoun, meassone, at the termes of payment 
specifeit in the said contract, and quhair the commoun gude and patri* 
monie of this burgh inlaikis, his Maiestie's burrow maillis and townis 
stipendiaris being payit, gif thay will be content to contribute and stent 
thameselffis for payment of sic sowmes as salbe thocht meit and expedient 
to be vpliftit for perfyiting and finisching of the said ward ; and the haill 
towne being convenit as said is, all in ane voyce, but any oppositioun or 
contradictioun, thought the bigging of the said wardhous, a wark most 
necessar to be done, and thairfoir nocht onlie ratefiet and approveit the 
said contract in all poyntis, heidis, and conditiounes thairof, hot lykewayes, 



336 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

5th (Hareh, oRgnet and consentit. that when the tonnes commoun ffude is not snffi- 
cient to pay the said sowme of fyve thowsand merkis, and to defray the 
charges on the bigging of the said wardhous, to stent thameselffis for sic 
sowmes of money as salbe thocht meit and expedient be the counoell to 
be imposit ypoun the tonne for that effect^ and that stentaris be chosin 
for stenting of thame, promessing ilkane to pay thair awin pairtis ac- 
cording to the stent roll to be sett donn thairvpoun, and that letteris of 
homing be direct aganes thame as neid beis, on ane singall charge of 
thrie dayis ; and forder, obleist thame to warrand, frie, releine, and keip 
skaythles, the present prouest, baillies, and councell, and thair sncces- 
souris, of the foirsaid sowme of fyve thowsand merkis, contenit in the 
said contract at the handis of the said Thomas, when all the commonn 
gude and patrimonie of the towne can not afford the same, whairrponny 
the said Thomas Mengzes, pronest, askit, and tuke act and instruments. 

Eodem die. 
The said day, Thomas Mengzes, pronest, exponit to the haill towne, 
convenit as said is, that be act and ordinance of bidth the counsellis, the 
inhabitantis of Fraserisburgh ar chargeit vnder paine of horning to 
desist and ceas frome vsing any merchandice, packing, or peilling, within 
the said towne, or hauldin of oppin buithis thairin, vseing or vsurping 
the libertie off frie burgesses of gild in tyme comeing, at the instance of 
the prouest, baillies, councell, and communitie of this burgh, in respect 
the said towne off Fraserisburgh lyis within the precinct and liberties of 
this burgh ; and that the inhabitantis of the said towne of Fraserisburgh, 
hes suspendit or at the least intendis to suspend the saidis letteris of 
homing, and sa to enter in actioun with this burgh ypoun the liberties 
and preuileges thairoff, grantit be his Maiestie's most noble progenitouris, 
cairfollie and wyislie manteanit heirmto be the magistrattis and counoell 
of this burgh in all tyme bygane ; and inquyrit of the towne, convenit as 
said is, gif thay thocht it meit and expedient that the said mater sould be 
prosequite and foUowit out to the finall decisioun thairof, or nocht, seing 
the samen concemes the mantening of the liberties of the said burgh ; 
quha being conveinit as said is, thocht it verrie necessar and expedient 
that the said actioun salbe prosequite and foUowit out cairfiillie and dili- 
gentlie, as a mater of great consequence and moment, tuiching sa neir the 
standing of this bui^h, and defending of the ancient liberties thairof, and 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 337 

that twa or thrie off the wysest and most judicious of the councell fittest 5th niArch, 
for the purpose, and of greatest moyen with the Lordis, be directed to attend ^ 

Tpon the said actioun, vntil the finall end and discus thairof, and wer content 
for macking of thair expenses, and to gratefie aduocattis, clerkis, and 
agentis, to be stentit for sic sowmes as the councellis sail think expedient 
to be liftit for that effect, and that taxtaris and stentaris be chosin for 
stenting thairof as occasioun sail offer, and that letteris of homing be 
direct for charging ilk persone to pay thair pairtis according to the stent 
roll, vnder the pane of homing ; and Johne Merser, James Gregorie, 
saidleris, Willeame Eemptie, wright, and Johne Mylne, tailzeors, for 
thame selffis and in name of the craftis of the said burgh, dissasBentit to 
the setting of any taxatioun, or lifting of any sowmes of money for persutt 
of that actioun fbirsaid, aganes the inhabitantis of the said towne of 
Fraserisburgh, inrespect the mater, as thay alledgit, concemit onlie the 
brether of gild and liberties of merchandis, and nawayis the craftis, and 
protestit that thay, and the craftis of this burgh, be fiie of any taxatioun 
to be sett or imposit vpoun thaime for the caus foirsaid, and thairrpoun 
askit instrumentis ; and the said Thomas Mengzes, prouest, and Dauid 
Cargill, deane of gild, in name of the councell and haill brether of gild, 
protestit in the contrair, that the craftis of this burgh be subiect and 
hauldin to pay thair pairtis of sic taxatiounes as salbe imposit vpoun the 
inhabitantis of this burgh, for the caus aboue specifiet, in respect that 
ypoun the aucht day of Aprill, 1606, the haill towne, bayth merchandis, 
buigesses of gild, and craftismen, being that day conveinit in the tolbuith, 
oonsentit and aggriet, all in ane voyce but oppositioun, to be stentit for 
sic sowmes of money as sould be thocht meit and expedient be the magis- 
trattis and councell, to be imposit for persewing of the said actioun aganes 
Fraserisburgh, as the act maid thairvpoun that day, and red this day 
opinlie in judgement, at length does testifie ; and that the saidis Johne 
Merser, James Gregorie, Willeame Eemptie, and John Mylne, be censured 
be the prouest, baillies, and councell, as thdr lauchfuU magistrattis, and 
deoemit be thame to have tint thair burghesschip, friedomes, and liberties 
of this burghe in time comeing, for violating of thair aiths, given be thame 
the tyme of thair admissioun friemen of this burgh, for mantening and 
defending of the liberties and preuileges thairof, and als as direct contrar 
to the commoun weill of this burgh, quhilkis they wer then swome to 
defend. 

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388 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

6th March, 6th MoTchf 1616. 

1616. FoUowis the contract betuixt the towne of Aberdeine and Thomas 

Watsone, meassone in Auldrayne, concerning the bigging of ane 
wardhous, quhilk contract the counsell ordanis to be insert and re- 
gistrat in the tounis buikis, thairin to remane ad futuram ret me- 
mariam, quhairof the tennonr followis. 
At Aberdene and Harthill respeetiue^ the taentie-4ine and taentie-four 
dayis respectiue of Februar, the yeir of God suae thowsand, sex hundreth, 
and sexteine yeiris, it is appointit» contractit, and finallie aggreit, betoixt 
the richt honorable Thomas Mengzes of Cultis, prouest of Aberdeine, 
Maister Dauid Rutherfurd, Paull Mengzes, Willeame Lowsoun, and 
George Nicolsoun, baillies thairof, Dauid Gargill, deane of gild, and 
Maister Johne Mortymer, thesaurer of the said burgh, for thame selffis, 
be vertew of thair offices, and in name and behalff of the counoeU and 
eommonitie of the same burghe, on the ane pairt, and Thomas Watsoun 
in Auldrayne as principall, and Johne Leyth of Harthill» Maister Williame 
Leyth of Ardvne, his sone, Johne Abercromye in Auldrayne, and Johne 
Cruikschank, merchand burges of Aberdene, as cautioneris, souirteis, and 
full dettouris for and with the said Thomas, coniunctlie and seuerallie, 
for performance of his pairt of this present contract in all poyntis, on the 
vther pairt in maner, forme, and effect efter following, that is to say, 
forsameikill as the saidis prouest, baillies, and eouncell hes fiet and con- 
duceit the said Thomas Watsoun to big the meassone wark of ane ward- 
houSy quhilkis the saidis prouest, baillies, eouncell, and communitie 
intendis, God willing, in all convenient diligence to big and erect within 
the tolboith of the said burgh, in the east end thairof, of the breidth of the 
haill tolbuyth, and fyftene or sextene futes in wydnes within the wallis, 
thairfoir the saidis prouest, baillies, and eouncell hes fiet and conduceit 
the said Thomas to big the meassone wark of the said wardhous, in forme, 
and upoun the conditiounes ynderwrittin, towit, the said Thomas sail 
begin at the ground and sail big ane massie wall of fyve futes in thiknes, 
at the pairt alredie designit for that effect, and sail big the same of the 
breidth of the haill tolbuith quhill it be voult hight, and sail voult ouer 
the nethermest voultis the hight of the tolbuith fluir, suffidentlie as 
effeiris, with roche stane, and vpoun the foirsaid wall the said Thomas 
sail big, of hewin wark, twa pilleris and thrie bowis, fynelie wrocht with 
chapture heidis at the beginning of the symmeris of the pendis, gangand 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 339 

round about with hewen muildries the foirByid of the pendis, and betuizt eth liucb, 

the pendis to mak sic hewin wark for decoratioun as the maiater of wark, ^^^^' 

quba salbe appoyntit be the councell for that effect, discreitlie sail devyise, 

with ane tabill gangand fra end to end athort the haiU tolbuith, aboue the 

croun of the pendis, and the saidis twa pilleris to be of greatnes, the ane 

gett four futes and ane halff, and the vther gett tna futes and a halff or 

thairby, as the said maister of wark sail think expedient ; and with the 

heidis of the pilleris, betuixt the samen and the gavell wall of the tolbnyth, 

the said Thomas sail big thrie schelles of Toult, of sic hieht as salbe thocht 

most expedient, and sail inclose tua of the saidis Youltis with walfis, as 

the tymber houssis ar alredie, on ilk spd of the tolbujrth doir, with ane 

doir and a Utile licht of hewin wark in ilk ane of the saidis twa voultis^ 

and the inner pairt of the transe entering and passing fra the tolboith 

doir, within the tolbuith, the cungzeis, and foir pairt of the said transe, 

to be all of eastler wark, with ane lang transe yoult betuixt the thrie 

youltis, and the pilleris of four fates in breid or thairby, with ane doir of 

hewin wark to serve for a tjrmber doir, and ane ime doir to be stoppit 

throuch the east gavill of the tolbuith on the north syid of the tolbuyth 

doir, quhair it salbe thocht most expedient, to be ane entrie to the jaylouris 

hous and wardhous ; and saU big ane waU fra the north east nuik of ihe 

tolbuith eastnard, in lenght the haill breid of the tolbuith stair, and the 

hicht of the battelment thairabout, and sail flatt the samen ouer, lewell 

with the present flatt entering to the tolbuith doir, for a passage and 

entrie to the said jaylouris hous doir, with ane hewin chack to gang doun 

to the lauch Toult, and to mack ane hewin doir in the mid wall, betuixt 

the northmest voult and the southermest voult, with ane passage* to 

ascend, ather with ane tume or flattis as salbe thocht maist expedient, to 

gang yp fra the heid of the first yoult to the secund yoult, and aboue the 

heidis of the pilleris to focmd and big ane gayill wall to ressaue the third 

youltis, and to found ane passage with ane tume ypoun the crann of the 

trans yoult that gangis to the tolbuith, to ascend quhill it enter in the 

fyift yoult, and na heicher, and to mack arches in euerie passage for 

lig^tis to serye the tumes or flattis, as the said maister of wark sail 

deyyise ; and the said Thomas shall big the haill four ytter wallis ypoun 

the croun of the secund yoult hichi, to the thiknes of four sufficient futes 

in all purtis, till it cum to the hi^t of the battelling of *the said wark ; 

and the third youH to be bot ane schell athort the haill horn for the 



340 EXTRACTS FBOlf THE OOUNCIL REOI8TBE8 

oth March, jaylouris duelling, or to mack the samen in toa scbellis, in the optioon of 
the said maister of wark, with ane O to be maid in the schott wall aboue 
the jaylouris hous vp with to the found of the stepill, of sex insche all 
gett ouer» for ane bell string to the oommoun bell, with ane deyyse, as it 
may be most commodiouslie gottin, for sinkis to serve the haill houssis, 
and to discend in tua cobbillis or ane cobill, as salbe thocht most con- 
venient, quhilkis cobbillis the said Thomas sail cast in the northermost 
voult, and sail big about and fluir the samen with flagstanes, and mack 
coveris thairto, and sail stop the north wall vnder the g^und, for madding 
a passage to the excrementis to gang throw the said wall vnder the calsie, 
and sail cast ane cobill vnder the calsie outwith the tolbuyth, and to 
voult the samen and leave ane four nnikit hoill in the cronn of the said 
voulty quhairby the said haill sink may be purgeit ; and aboue the third 
voult the said Thomas sail big the fourt voult of tua schellis, and shall 
big ane tabill from end to end, betuixt the tua cungzeis of the said wark 
aboue the levelling of the auld well, and to found the new wall vpoun 
the said tabill, with tua hewin cungzeis on the foir pairt, and twa 
hewin cungzeis on the back pairt, to ryise vp till the founding of 
the kimellis, with ane hewin tabill to gang about evrie hous bight 
vpoun the foir pairt of the wark narrest the croce, as the said maister 
of wark shall devyse ; with thrie housings, tua at the first hous bight, 
and the third vnder the corbellis, to be hewin of the best fiischion of 
wark, as salbe devyisit be the said maister of wark, and the said tabill 
to rancownter round about the cungzeis till it cum to the sklaittis, and the 
top of the auld gauill to be demolischit, quhill it cum to the thicknes of 
four fiites, and then to be biggit vp of the same thicknes conforme to the 
rest of the vther wallis, with four kimellis of hewin waric to be foundit 
with sa manye courses of rollis, that the kimellis off hewin wark salbe 
fyue futes in wyidnes within at the least, and the kimellis, corballis, and 
reckis, to be all aboue the rigging of the tolbuith sex fiites of hicht, and 
the nether beddis thairof to be with the rigging, and the croun of the 
fourt voult sail be sex futes or thairby laucher then the rigging of the 
tolbuyth, and the fyft voult to be conforme in hicht aboue the fourt, and 
to be sex (utes in hicht aboue the rigging of the tolbuith ; and the said 
Thomas shall ragyell the new gavill with an tabill of frie wark, to mack 
the tolbuith wat^rthicht, and sail do all vther thingis necessarlie requisite 
for the sufficiencie of the wark, and for decoratioun of the same, as the 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 341 

said maister off wark Ball discreitlie devyse, with fyve chimnayes, to wit, etb March, 
ane in the jaylouris duelling, and ane in ewrie ane of the four chalmeris ^ 
aboue the gamen, togidder with tua lichtis in the jaylouris hall, ane licht 
in the jaylouris chalmer, and ane or tua lichts in ewrie ane of the saidis 
four chalmeris aboue the jaylouris duelling, and the saidis chymnayes 
and wyndowes to be all of hewin wark, and of sic competent hicht and 
wyidnes as salbe thocht meitt for the maister of wark, with hewin 
durris to ewerie hous, and ane geblet doir within ewerie hous to serve for 
a preivie to the samen, all of hewin wark, with ane small spout in ilk 
chalmer to convoy the vrine throch the waU, and with gallean heidis 
convenient for the wark, as salbe fiind necessar and expedient ; and forder, 
the said Thomas sail big ane vther passage to go out of the tolbuith to 
the battelling and heid of the hous, or to enter and ryse outwith the 
tolbuyth doir, as salbe thocht most convenient, and the said passage to 
be buildit in the southeast nuik of the said tolbuyth, with ane hewin doir 
on the heid of the said passage, to enter in to the platforme, and sail 
build ane voyd hard be the said passage for letting doun the paissis frome 
the knock, the space of twentie-four futtis in length or thairby, to the 
quhilk knock he sail build ane convenient round on the west syd of the 
said south east kimell, and the bell of the said knock to be hung in the 
hicht of the said south east kimell, with ane litiU wicket at the nether- 
most pairt of the said voyd to luik in to the paissis, and the jaylouris 
passage nawayes to pas any heicher nor to the fyifb voult, sua that the 
said jaylour shall be seduidit firome any passage to the battelling ; and 
the commoun bell and knock to be placed on the south syid of the wark 
narrest the mercat croce, with ane commodious passage thairto, frie of 
all the wardhoussis, quhairby the keiper of the bell and knock may have 
acces thairto at all occasiounes, be ane passage be itselff apairt fra the 
passage to the wardhous, and above the fyft voult the said Thomas sail 
big ane battelling of fyne aisler wark, weill hewin, castin out vpoun 
corballis, and failzies of thrie tyir hicht sufficient for ane battelling, and 
shall platforme and mack watterthicht the haill heid of the hous with 
fyne aisler, except sa meikill as mon serve for founding of the stepill, 
with spoutis of sufficient decoirment to convoy the watter off the plat- 
forme ; and als, the said Thomas sail found the said stepill with aisler 
wark of sex futtes of hicht aboue the head of the platforme, with ane 
hewin doir thairin, at anye pairt quhair it salbe thocht expedient, and a 



342 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

6th Mareh, passage to be foundit in ane of the cungzeis of the said stepill of the 
^^^^' hicht foirsaidy and the side waQ of the fund of the said stepill to be thrie 
futtes and ane halff in thiknes ; and the said Thomas sail fbmeis all sort 
of stanesy baith wall stanes, pend and fne wark, and the said friestane to 
be all of Kingoiddie, Stanehyue, or any pairt of the fiiedome of Aber- 
deine, of sic sufficient hardnes that the same abyde baith wind and 
wather, vnwome or consmneit, and gif any be tryit to be insufficient 
quhen they cum to the wark, to be rejectit, and vtheris of sufficient 
hardnes to be ftimeist be the said Thomas in thair place ; and als, the 
said Thomas sail fynd lyme, and all vther materiallis necessar for the 
wark, with meassonis and barrowmen, ypoun hift awin charges and ex- 
penssis, the saidis prouest, baillies, and councell finding onlie on thair 
charges tymber to be centress, and deavelling, ime wark, and lead, with 
ane wyndles for heising vp of stanes, and finding towis to the said 
wyndes allanerlie, and na forder ; and the said Thomas sail begin (God 
willing,) to the said wark, at the first day of August nixt to cum, 
and sail big and outred the nethermest voultis with the pilleris and 
Youltis within the tolbuith, betuixt and Martimes nixt to cum, in this 
instant yeir of God j*^ sex hundreth and sextene yeiris, and shall com- 
pleit and outred the haill wark substantiallie and sufficientlie in all 
thingis, in manor as is aboue devysit, be the ouersight and advyse of 
sic as salbe appoyntit maisteris of wark be the councell to that effect, 
betuixt and the feast of Martimes nixt to cum, in the yeir of God j™ sex 
hundreth and auchtene yeiris, and heirvnto the saidis cautioneris, and als 
the said Thomas, bindis and obleissis thame, thair airis, executouris, as- 
signayes, successouris to thair landis and heretages, and intromittaris 
with thair gnidis and gear quhatsumevir, coniunctlie and severallie, for 
keiping and fulfilling of this pairt of the present contract, and perfyting of 
the wark conforme thairto, at the termes abdue designit, without any 
langer protracting of tyme, vnder the paine of fyre hundreth merkis vsuall 
Scottis money, to be payit be the said Thomas, fpd his cautioneris foir- 
saidis, incais of failzie, he being alyve, to the thesaurer of the said burgh 
for the tyme, in name of the saidis prouest, bullies, councell, and. com- 
munitie, for [coast, skaith, damage, and interest to be sustenit be thame 
thairthrow, presentlie modefeit and liquidat of the said Thomas and his 
said cautioneris awin consent, but any exceptioun to be proponit in the 
contrair ; for the quhilkis caussis, and dew performance and aocomplisch- 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 343 

ment thairof, sufficientlie and substantiallie, in maner aboue writtin, the 6th March, 
saidis prouest, baillies, deane of gild, and thesaurer, for thame selffis and ^^^^' 
ihair sticceBSooriB, in name of the councell and communitie of the said 
burgh, present and to cum, obleissis thame faythfullie to pay and delyver 
to the said Thomas the sowme of fyye thowsand merkis gude and vsuall 
money of this reahne, in maner and at. the termes following, viz., the 
sowme of ane thowsand merkis at the feast of Witsonday nixt to cum, in 
this instant yeir of Gh)d, ane thowsand sex hundreth and sexteine yeiris ; 
ane vther thowsand merkis at Martimes nixt thaireftir, in the same yeir ; 
fyve hundreth merkis at the feast of Witsonday, in the yeir of God ane 
thowsand, sex hundreth, and sevinteine yeiris, and the rest of the said 
fyye thowsand merkis to be payit pairt and pairt proportionallie as the 
wark ryissis and proceidis, be the sight and advyse of the prouest and 
baillies of the said burgh for the tyme, and maister of wark foirsaid ; 
provyding alwayes, that fyye hundreth of the said sowme ly in the townis 
handis ynpayit till the wark be fuUie and perfytelie compleit and outred, 
as is aboue devysit ; forder, it is speciallie proyydit and condiscendit be* 
tuixt the saidis pairties, that gif it sal happin the said Thomas Watsone 
to be preyented be death, as God forbid, before the compleiting of the 
said wark, and he in the mein tyme befoir his deceas to bestow ypoun 
materiallis or building of a pairt of the wark, attour the yallour and worth 
of the sowmes quhilkis salbe payit and adyanceit to him befoir his deceas, 
in that caice the prouest, baillies, and councell of the said burgh sail 
chuise four sufficient suome crafdsmen, quha ypoun thair conscience sail 
yallour the said building and materiallis, and gif the samen« be thair 
estimatioun, surmount the sowmes ressaued be the said Thomas befoir his 
deceas, the councell sail refound and pay back agane to the airis or exe- 
cutouris of the said Thomas the superplus, quhatewer the same extend to, 
aboue his ressett foirsaid, be the declaratioun and estimatioun of the 
sudis four suome craftismen, and gif the saidis materiallis and building, 
be estimation of the saidis craftismen, extend not to the sowmes ressauit 
be the said Thomas befoir his deceas, in that [caice] the cautioneris aboue 
named salbe bund and obleist, and be thir presentis bindis and obleissis 
thame, coniunctlie and seueralUe, thair airis, executouris, and assignayes, 
to refound and pay back againe to the saidis prouest, baillies, and councell 
sic sowmes of money as thay haue debursit to the said Thomas attour the 
yallour of the said building and materiallis, with sic costes, skaithes, and 



344 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 



6th Mmmh, expeassis as sail happin the saidis proneBt, baillies, and conncell to bus- 
1616. ^^^ Jq persnte and recoverie thairof ; and the said Thomas be thir pre- 
sentis bindis and obleissis him faithfiillie, his airis, execotonris, and 
assignayes, and iutromittairiB with his goidis ajid gear qnhatsumewir, to 
warrand frie, releiye, and keip skaithles his saidis caationeris, ilk ane of 
thame and thair foirsaidis, of this thair cantionarie abooe writtin, haill 
contentis of this present contract, with all cost, skaith, and inconvenient 
quhilk sal happin thame or ajiye of thame to incur thairthrow at tiie 
handis of the said towne of Aberdeine, and thair sacoessouris, bat 
fraud or gyill ; and for the mair securitie, baith the saidis pairties 
ar content and consentis that thir presentis be registiut in the buikiB 
of conncell, commissar, or baillie court buikis of Aberdeen, to haue the 
strength of ane confessit act and judiciall deereit, with executoriallis of 
poinding and homing the ane but preiudice of the vther to be direct 
thairon, vpoun a singill charge of ten dayis : and to that efiect constitutes 
coniunctlie and seuerallie thair lauchfull procuratouris promiiienies de 
rato ; in witnes quhairof, baith the * saidis pairties respectiue aboue 
named hes subscryvit thir presentis with thair handis as followis, day, 
yeir, and place foirsaidis, writtin be Willeame Craigheid, seruiture to 
Walter Robertsoun, clerk depute of the said burgh, befbir thir witnessis, 
reMpectiue^ Henrie Forbes of Newhillis, Johne TuUydaff, George Ricard, 
and Robert Johnestoun, burgesses of Aberdeine, James Ogiluy, sone to 
vmquhill Williame Ogiluy of Baldavie, Alex'* Vaus, ajid the sud 
Williame Craigheid. Sic SubseribUur^ Thomas Mengzes, prouest. 
3faister Dauid Rutherfurd, baillie, Paull Mengzes, baillie^ Williame 
Lowsoun, baillie, Thomas Watsone aboue named, with my hand, at the 
pen led be the eonnotaris Tnder subscryrand, becaus I can not wreat. 
Ita est Walterus Robertsoun notarius publicus de mandate dicti Thome 
scribere nescientis vt asseruit testante hac mea subscriptione manuali 
et similiter ego Magister Thomas Mollisoun connotarius de spedali 
mandate dicti Thome Watsone scribere nescientis subscribo, Dauid 
Cargill, deane of gild, Maister Johne Mortymer, thesaurer, Johne 
Cruikschank, with my hand, Johne Leyth of Harthill, Maister Williame 
Leyth with my hand, Johne Abercrommy, Maister Thomas Mollisoun, 
Gommoun clerk of Aberdeine as witnes, Walter Robertsoun, witnes, 
Alexander Vause, witnes. 



OF THE BUROH OF ABERDEEN. 345 

3rd April, 1616. 3d April. 

The same day, the proaest, baillies, and counsall, tbinkis it meit and ^^^^' 
expedient that thair be ane new ensengzie maid of reid and quhyitt 
tafitie, with the towneis armis in the midis thairofi beirand thair dictum 
Bon-accord> in respect the aid enseingzie quhilk wes maid at the quenis 
entrie within this tonne fyftie-fywe yeiris since or thairby is all lacerat 
and revin, and nocht seiming to be borne, and ordanis Maister Johnne 
Mortimer, thesaurer, to by the tafitie thairto fra Walter Robertsoun, 
merchand, quho wes conmiandit to bring hame the samen to the effect 
foirsaid, out of Flanderis, and to cans mack the said enseingzie in all 
convenient diligence, and sic as he deburssis ttudrvpon, the counsall 
ordanis to be aUowit to him in his comptis. 

26M June^ 1616. 
The said day, the bailUes and counsell appoyntis Daoid Cargill, deine 
of gild, to cans calsey the brig of Done sufficientlie and substantiaUie 
withe all convenient dilligence : and for that effect nominatis and appoyn- 
tis the said Daoid to be coUectonr of the annuell, mortefeit be vmquhill 
Sir Alexander Hay, knicht, clerk of register, to the vphanld of the said 
brig for the Mertemes terme, j™ sex hundreth and fyfteine yeiris, and 
TVitsonday terme 1616 yeiris, with power to the said Dauid to gif ac- 
qnittanceis thairvponn, and to mak compt thairof to the counsall befoir 
Michaelmes nixt 

The atth of the burgesses of Aberdene, gewin the tyme of their ad- 
missioun : — 

1. I salbe leall and trew to the King of Scothmd, his airis and 

successors. 

2. To the burghe and friedome of Aberdene. 

3. Nevir skaitii thair wains. 

4. Thair proffeit foirsie. 

6. I sail obey to the officearis of this burghe, to what estait that 
ewir I come. 

6. I sail voit na persone to be provest nor baillie of this burghe, ex- 

cept burgesses, merchandis, actuaU induellaris of the same. 

7. I sail giwe leall and trew counsall quhen it is askil 

8. I sail conceall the counsall of this burghe. 

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346 EXTRACTS FROM THE COUNCIL REGISTERS 

2;id June, 9. I Ball warne thame of thair skaith, latt it at my powar. 



1616. 



10. I sail governe na ynfriemenis goods, vnder cuUor of my awin. 

1 1 . I sail scott, lott, watche, walk, and waird with the inhabitantis 

tbairof. 

12. Na lordschip purches in contrair the libertie of this burghe. 

Sua help me Grod, be my awin hand, and all that God maid. 

3U/ July, 1616. 
The quhilk day, the haill toun being convenit this day within the tol- 
buith, eonforme to the warning maid to thame for that effect be the hand 
bell, Thomas Mengzeis, prowest, exponit and declarit to thame that his 
Maiestie haid indicted a nationall assemblie to be haldin at this burgh, 
the thretteine day of August nixt to cum, quhairat thair wald be a gryte 
resort of peopill of all estates within this kingdome, alsweill of the 
bischoppis and dergie, as of erles, lordis, barronis, and commissioneris of 
burrowis, thairfoir desyrit the nichtbouris, convenit as said is, to prepair 
thair houssis with all sort of yictuallis and furniture necessar for inter- 
teaniement of his Maiestie's liegis repairing to the said conventioun, and 
that ewerie inhabitant of this burght keip the calsie and streitt cleine of 
any kynd of middingis, read, or steanes befbir thair yettis, stairis, and 
dwelling housses, and bald the same cleine and read during the haill tyme 
of the said conventioun, ilk persone failadeing theirin to incur the vnlaw 
of fywe poundis ; as also, that ewerie nichtbour, according to his awin 
degrie, be honestlie appariellit during the tyme of the said assemblie, and 
that thair wyffis repair to the kiriL and streittis with dokis, and not witii 
playddis, as they ar frequentlie in vse to do. 

28M August, 1616. 
The quhilk day, anent the petitioune gewin in to the counsell be Mr. 
Andrew Aidie, principall of the colledge of this brugh, desyirand the back 
dyick of the colledge yard, quhilk is crenisched and speldit at the wast 
neuck tbairof, and lickie to full, to be repairit and mendit in tyme befoir it 
fall and decay altogither, the counsell ordainis Dauid Oargill to tack sume 
messonneis with himself and viseit the said back dyick, and considder 
quhat will repair the same sufficientlie, and to report to the counsell this 
day aucht dayis. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABEBDEEN. 347 

24th September, 1616. uth Sept 

The quhilk day, Thomas Mengzeis, prouest, exponit to the towne, con- ^^'^* 
Tenit this day within the tolbuith, that at the lait generall assemblie, 
haldin at this burght in August last, my Lord Archbischope of Sanct 
Androis, be speeiall direction of his Maiestie, and consent of the haill as- 
sembUe then convenit, had appoyntit Mr. Willeame Forbes, minister at 
Monymusk to be transplanted thairfra, and planted ane of the ordinar 
ministeris of this burght, for the reasounis contenit in the act sett doun 
thairanent at the said assembUe, and thairfoir inquired of the town, con- 
venit as said is, gif they be content to accept the said Mr. Willeame to 
be thair minister, and to contribute for his provisioun, quha all in ane 
voice, but oppositioun, wer content and consentit to accept the said Mr. 
Willeame to be ane of the ordinar ministeris, and to contribute for his 
provisioun and stipend, to be peyit in sic mesure and forme as the counsall 
sail aggrie with the said Maister Willeame. 

7th January, 1617. 
The quhilk day, the haill communitie, being convenit in their head 
court, it wes exponit to thame be Thomas Mengzeis, prowest* that upon 
the ellevint day of December last bypast, the new and auld councellis, 
with the deaconis of crafkis, being then convenit in the counsalhous, had 
aggriet and condiscendit to giwe to Maister Willeame Forbes (quha be 
ordinance of the last generall and nationall assembUe hauldin at this 
burgh in August last bypast, is appoyntit ane of the ordinar ministeris 
of this burght) the sowme of sex hundreth pundis money, for his yeirlie 
stipend and serwice of the ministrie, and teacheing of a lesson of 
theologie in the college of this burght, to be payit to him be the townis 
thesaurer at twa vsuall tenuis in the yeir, Witsonday and Martemes in 
winter, be equall portiounis, the first tenuis payment to begyn at Witson- 
day nixt to cum ; that for his securitie of gude and thankfoll payment 
thairof, the saidis prowest, baillies, new and auld councellis, and deaconis 
of the craftis, ar becum actit and obleist for thameselffis and thair suc- 
cessouris in name and behalff of the haill communitie, to pay the same 
yeirlie to the said Maister Willeame, sa lang as he remanis actuall 
minister of this burght, as the act of counsall maid thairvpoun, of the 
dait foirsaid, proportis ; and because thair is no vther meane nor moyen 
to pay the said yeirlie stipend bot the commoun contributiottn of the 



348 EXTBAOTS FROM THE OOTJNCIL REGISTEB8 

7th January, communitie of this barght, except onlie the proffeitt and annuall rent oft 
^^^^' twa thousand merkis Scottis money, morteifeit be maiater Patrik Copland 
to ane professor of theologie within the college of this burght, (quhilk 
mortificatioun is expreslie conceavit and prowyidit to the behove of the 
said Maister Willeame Forbes, and to his suocessoris, teacheris of theologie 
within the college in all tyme comeing), and the townis kirk annoaUis, 
extending yeirlie to sex scoir pundis, thairfoir desyrit the communitie, 
convenit as said is, to bind thameselffis for payment of the superplus of 
the said stipend attour the annuall of the said Mr. Patrik Coplandis 
mortification, and kirk annuallis foirsaid, quhilk desyre the haill com- 
munitie in ane voyce, but oppositioun or contradictioun, thocht werie 
ressonabill, and conforme thairto voluntarily become bund and obleist for 
thame and thair successoris to mak payment of the superplus of the said 
yeirlie stipend of sex hundreth pundis, attour the saidis kirk annuallis, 
and mortificatioun foirsaid, yeirlie and ilk yeir in tyme comeing, sa lang as 
the said Mr. Willeame remanis actuall minister at this burght, and to 
that efi^ect ar content and consentis to be stentit yeirlie for payment thair- 
off, ilk ane for thair awin pairtis, according to the stent roll to be sett 
doun thairanent, and that taxtaris and stentaris be chosin yeirlie to the 
efiect foirsaid, as salbe injoyned be the magistrattis for the time ; as lyk- 
wayis consentis, for the better and mair readie payment thairoff, that 
letteris of homing be direct thairwpoun, at the instance of the magis- 
trattis, charging the communitie to conveine to theis taxtaris for stenting 
of the samen vpon thame, and to charge the saidis taxtaris to accept the 
said office vpon thame, and giwe furth ane stent roll thairvpoun, as lyk- 
wayis to charge the communitie to mak payment thairofi^, ilkane for 
thair awin pairtis, conforme to the said stent roll, vnder the paine of 
homing. 

The said day, the haill towne being convenit in thair head court, thocht 
it meit and expedient that the Gray Frier kirk of this burght, quhilk is 
situat in the middest and hart of the towne, salbe repairit in the haill 
glassin wyndoes, and in daskis, for the exercise of commoun prayeris in 
tyme of winter, teaching of lessounis of theologie, and vther public actis, 
as the toun happines to hawe ado, and for that efi^ect all in ane voice 
aggreit and consentit that ane voluntar contributioun suld be lifted and 
vptakin of ilk inhabitant within the towne, according to thair awin dis- 



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OF THE BUBGH OF ABEBDEEN. 349 

eretioiin and fiberalitie, and to be convertit to the vse foirsaid of the re- 7th Januarj, 
pairing, and glassin of the wyndoes, of the said kirk, and in bigging of ^^^^' 
daskifl thairintiU, and no vtherwayis, be adwyse and discretioun of the 
prowest, baillies, and councell of this bnrght. 

12/A February^ 1617. 
The said day, the prowest, baillies, and councell, vnderstanding that 
ane reverend £ftther in Gh>d, Alexander, sumtyme bischope of Cathnes, 
is to be admittit bischope of Aberdeine, and inaugurat at Sanct Androis, 
▼pon the twentie-third of this instant, thocht it meit and expedient that 
Mr. Archibald Blakbnme, ane of the ministeris and pastouris of this 
bui*ght, sail pas to Sanct Androis, and thair befoir the consecratioun of 
the said bischope, to get his fyue hundreth pundis proyisioun and pensioun 
giwen to him out of the bischoperick of Aberdeine, ratifeit and approwit 
be the said reverend fiither, Alexander, now bischope of Aberdeine, befoir 
his consecratioun, and to trawell effectuousUe with the twaarchibischopes, 
and vtheris that salbe thair convenit,to get the said eareand exped and done, 
as wes promeist be the nationall and generall assemblie hauldin at this 
burght in August last bypast, and be my lord of Sanct Androis, moderator 
of the said assemblie, and for making his expenssis, ordanis fourtie merkis 
to be gevin to the said Mr. Archibald, be Willeame Buchan, thesaurer, 
quhilk salbe allowit to him in his comptis. Persones of counsells present : 
Thomas Meingzeis, prowest, Willeame Ghtky, Thomas Forbes, Robert 
Johnstoun, Gilbert Cullen, baillies, Mr. Dauid Rutherfurd, Mr. Willeame 
Moir, Willeame Buchan, Alex'* Kempt, Alex*^' Rutherfurd, Alex*^* Cruik- 
shank, Maister Thomas Johnstoun, Alex*^* Leslie, Thomas Clerk. 

\8th February, 1617. 
The quhilk day, Thomas Meingzeis, prowest, intimat to the toun, con- 
venit this day be the handbell, ane missiue 'letter direct to the magis- 
trattis of this burght, from the lordis of his Maiesties privie counsall, 
quhilk letter wes oppinlie red in presence of the haill toune convenit as 
said is, quhairof the tenour foUowis : To our richt traist freyndis, the 
prowest and baillies of Aberdeine : after our werie hartie commendationis, 
whereas, the Eingis Maiestie, at his comeing to this kingdome (God 
willing,) this approcheing spring, will haue occasioun to remayne some cer- 
tane space about Munrewmonth for his sport and gayme, it is lyke aneugh 



360 BXTBACTS FROM THE COUNOIL BEOISTEBS 

18th Feb. that if the necesBitie of his prinoelie affeiriB and adois will not suffer 
^^^^' him to come forder northe, that yitt divers of his tryne and followaris, 
especiallie noblemen and irtheris of rank and qualitiei ont of thiur curi- 
osity to visite the principall pairtis and cheiff burrowis of this kingdome, 
will tak purpos to come to that tonne, whilk being one amongis the best 
of accompt in this cnntrie, his Maiestie is so muche the more cairfall that 
all thingis be so ordourlie prepairit thair, that nather may thair appeir 
ony markis of inciyilitie nor tackynnis of pennrie and scant amongis yon ; 
and thairfoir, by his Maiesties ezpres command and directioun, we ar 
to recommend you that the ludgings in your tonne be prepairit in the 
most handsome, civile, and comelie order that can be, with goode bedding, 
weele washine and weele smellit naprie, and with goode deine and cleir 
weshell, and of sufficient lairgenes, that thair be sufficient provisioun of 
viueris for men and horse, that your streets and vennels be kept clene, 
and that no filthe nor middingis be seine vpon tlie same ; and in speciall, 
that the commoun way betuixt your toune and the Auldtoun be keept clone, 
and that yow giwe present ordour for remoweing and balding of all midding- 
is at the same, becaus the same is not onUe his Maiesties hie way to the 
Auldtoun, whalr the consistorie sittis, and whairvnto all the memberis of 
that judicatorie, and pairtyis haueing to do thair, doeth daylie repair, bot 
the strangeris whilks will repair to your towne at that tyme, will be 
curious to see the coUedge, churche, and otheris monumentis in the Auld- 
toun ; and last, during that aboade of the strangeris amongis yow, thair 
be no beggaris seene vpoun your streittis, nor about your portis, and recom- 
mending all thir premisses to your consideratioun and performance, as 
speciall pointis concerning the credite and reputatioun of your towne, 
besydis his Maiesties singular contentment and plesure, we bid yow 
hartelie fareweele. Frome Edinburgh, the xvi. day of Januar, 1617, your 
werie assuired goode freyndis, Al. Cancellarius, Binning, Scone, George 
Hay, G. Murray. Quhilk letter being opinlie red, the said Thomas 
Meingzeis, prowest, desyrit the towne, convenit as said is, to conforme 
thame selffis to the desyre thairof in all thingis, as suld be particularlie 
injoyned to thame be thair magistrattis, quha promeist obedience thairto 
in ewerie poynt as they salbe commandit. 

I9th March, 1617. 
The samen day, the prowest, baillies, and councell, ordanis the portis 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 361 

of this burght to be xnendit and repairit, baith in the leawes and staine- I9tb March, 
wark thairof, as also, ordanis all the ilestis, hoillis, and deformities in 
the calseyis, to be repairit and helpit with all convenient diligence, con- 
forme to the directioun send thairanent from the lordis of his Maiesties 
privie counsall; and sic pairtis of the saidis calseyis as ar not to be 
repairit be the nichtbouris, the same to be done be the deane of gild on 
the townis commoun chargis, and sic as he deburssis thairanent, to be 
allowit to him in his comptis. 

215/ May, 1617. 
The said day, Johne Cruickshank, merchand burges of this burght, 
presentit to the prouest, baillies, and counsall, a missiue letter direct to 
thame frome Maister Patrik Copland, togidder with a buist conteining 
the said Mr Patrikis mortification of tua thowsand merkis, to be laid vp 
on bank, to the behowe of a professor of theologie within the college of 
this burght ; quhilk missiue, togidder with the said letter of mortifica- 
tioun, being red in counsall, they ordane the same to be registrat in the 
townes bookes, ad futuram ret memonam^ as also to be registrat in the 
recordis of the said college to the effect foirsaid ; and the principall mor- 
tificatioun to be put ype in the townis charter kist in sure oustodie and 
keiping in all tyme comeing, quhairof the tenour foUowis : To the right 
worshipfuU the provost, baillies, and councell of the towne of Abirdeine, 
these. Right worshipful and dearly beloved in the Lord, I receaved youris, 
bearing date the first of January, the tuentie one of the same, from the 
right worshipfuU Sir Thomas Smyth, gouemour to the East India Com- 
pany : the thing yee by your letteris desire to be by mee performed I had 
done before your letteris came to my hand ; and now I am glad that yee 
have procured Mr. William Forbes, whom I know to be both holy and 
learned ; and I doe most heartily rejoyce that my small helpe hath been 
some meane to procure so sufficiently well qualified a man. Yee shall 
herefore receave my letter of mortificatioun, written, sealed, and sub- 
scribed with my owne hand, that it may be recorded both in your townes 
bookes and recordes of your coUedge, to testifie my dewitie towardis God 
and love to my native towne and coUedge. I am now againe called by 
the right worshipfuU East India Company to goe back to the Indees, and 
after much intreitie haue now at last yeelded my consent to goe in the 
James Royal, the admirall of their goodly fleet, which within a few dayes 



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siitifftjr, is to put to sea. My humble sute vnto you all is, that yee wold reoom- 
mend mee in your best devotioun vnto God, that he wold wouchsafe his 
blessing vpon my weake labouris, that I may be serviceable in my place, 
to galne glory vnto him, and to doe good vnto his people. If God in 
mercie retume mee, and with all blesse my woyage, I ¥dll cast in one 
mite more mto his treasurie, how small soever it be. The mony bus- 
sienes which now lye vpon me, and the short tyme I haue, doe force me 
to mak ane end, and to bid you all heartily fiirewel in the Lord. Frome 
the James, ridding at Erith, this 23 of January, 1616. Tours readye 
to be commanded, Patrik Copland. 

28th May, 1617. 
The whilk day, these worshipfull knychtis and worthie gentillmen eftir 
named, servandis to our most gralious modeme soverane lord, James, be 
the grace of God, King of Great Britane, France, and Ireland, defender of 
the faithe, to witt : 

Sir Thomas Gerard, barronet, and gentiUman of his Maiesties privie 
chalmer. 

Sir Thomas Pinridok, one of his Maiesties sellaris. 

Sir Edward Rutche, one of the gentillmen of his MMesties privie 
chalmer. 

Sir George Gorine, liwetenent to his Maiesties pensionaris. 

Sir Johne Leidis, gentillmane isher of his Maiesties priyie chalmer. 

Sir Theobald Geoi^ge, gentillmane isher of his Maiesties privie chal- 
mer. 

Doctour Chalmeris, phisitian to his Maiestie. 

George Spencer, esquyer, one of his Maiesties carveris. 

Francis Knichtlie, one of his Maiesties coupberaris. 

Edward Kay, esquyer of his Maiesties bodie. 

Thomas Stephaine, coupberar extraordinar to his Maiestie. 

James Auchmutie, grvme of his Maiesties privie chalmer. 

Patrik Abercrombie, grvme of his Maiesties privie chalmer. 

Richard Oauldveld, grvme of his Maiesties privie chalmer. 

Adame Hill, pauge of his Maiesties bed chi^er. 

Johne Freynd, sergeant at armes to his Maiestie. 

Robert Mazuell, sergeant at armes to his Maiestie. 

Duncane Prymrois, sergeant chirurgian to his Maiestie. 



OF THE BURGH OF ABERDEEN. 363 

Johne Wolffinmnlery apothecarie to his Maiestie. ssth May. 

Archibald ArmeBtrang. ^^'^* 

Wer all creatt, maid, and admittit burgesBes of gild of this burght, 
quha being swome, yplifting thair handis, gawe their aythis in maner 
following, that is to say, that they, and ilkane of thame, suld be leal and 
trew to our said dread Soverane Lord, most gracious Prince, James, be 
the grace of God, King of Gryt Britane, France, and Ireland, defender 
of the faithe, his airs and successouris, to the toune of Aberdeine, man- 
teane, fortifie, and defend the Ubertie and preuileges thairof, procuir the 
Weill, honour, and vtilitie of the samen, give thair trew and ewfall 
counsall quhen it askit to that effect 

4th June, 1617. 
The quhilk day, in presence of the prowest, baillies, and counsall, com- 
perit personallie Alexander Forbes, sumtyme of Towie, and voluntarlie 
submittit himselff to the determinatioun and censure of the prowest, 
baillies, and counsall of this burght, to Tnderly and mak sic amendis and 
satisfactioun as they sail injoyne for the wrang and indignitie done be 
him to the toune, and to Mr Willeame Wedderbume, doctour of thair 
grammer schoole, vpoun the day off last bypast, in passing 

to the said grammer schoole and their geving ane cuff to ihe said Maister 
Willeame Wedderbume, promeising quhatsumeuer amendis and satisfac- 
tioun, the saidis prowest, baillies, and counsall sail deceme him to mak 
for the said wrang, that he sail willinglie obey and fulfill the same in all 
poyntis, quhairanent the saidis prowest, baillies, and counsall adwyseing, 
inrespect of the said Alexander, his submissiue reference of himselff to 
be censured be thame for his said wrang, and that thairby he kyitchis to 
be sorie and grewit for the same, thairfoir they ordane the said Alexander 
to go presentlie to the grammer schoole of this burght, quhair he did the 
wrang, and thair in all humilitie, on his kneeis, in presence of the magis- 
trattis and maister of schoole and scholaris, sitt doun on his kneeis, ac- 
knowledge and confes his offence, and crawe the magistrattis and 
counsall pardone, as also, the said Maister Willeame Wedderbume, 
quhome he offendit, and promeis neyir to do the lyk in tyme comeing ; 
conforme to the quhilk ordinance, and for obedience and satisfactioun 
thairof, the said Alexander Forbes of Towie past instantlie with the 
magistrattis and counsall to the said grammer schoole, and thair most 

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864 BXTRACTS FROM THE COTJNOIL REOISTEBS 

4th June, Bubmissiwelie, on his kneeis, oonfest his wrang foirsaid, done to the 
^^^^' toune, and to the said Maister Willeame Wedderbnme, doctour of thair 
grammer schoole, and first orawit the magistrattis and connsall, and nizt 
the said Mr. Willeame 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 Mr. Willeame in all tjme heireftir, and instantlie 
choppit handis with the magistrattis and the said Mr. Willeame. 

Sih October, 1617. 
The qohilk day, the prowest, baillies, and connsall, considering the 
cauldnes enterit in practise within this burght of ane gryt number of the 
inhabitantis thairof, professing Chryist, as he is now ofierit be the preache- 
ing of the evangell, be wilfull remaining from thair paroche kirk in tyme 
of preacheing and prayeris, and frome the heiring of the word of Ood sin- 
cerely preacheit on the Sabboth day, and be gamyng and playing, and 
passing to tavemes and ailhousses in time of sermonis, on the Sabboth 
day, contrair to the custome of reformed kirkis and weill gOTemed com- 
monweillis of this realm, procuiring thairby the wraith and displesure of 
God, and that dyvers actis hes beine maid obefoir, according to the actes 
of Parliament for keiping of the said sermones, and repairing to the kirk 
on the Sabboth day, quhilkis throu iniquitie of time hes nocht tain thair 
awin full executioun, for remeid thairof, foUowit the directioun first of 
Godis word, and than the saidis actis of parliament, with the loweaUll 
custome of vther reformed congregatiounes, hawe statute and ordaint that 
all maisters of houshaldis within this burght, and thair wyiflPes, alsweiU 
craftismen as burgesses of gild, and other inhabitantis thairof, and thair 
servandis, sail repair in tyme comeing to thair paroche kirk, keip and ob- 
seme the sermones on the Sabboth day, alsweill eftemoone as befoir 
noone, and the saidis maisteris of houshaldis, alsweill craftismen as 
burgesses, to keip and obserue the sermones on the weik day, and not 
to depairt out of the kirk thairfra vnto the end thairof, vnder the paines 
following, to be vplifted of the contravenar so oft as they be noted and 
convict for thair absence, or fund in houss, buith, streitt, or mercat 
during the tyme of sermone : that is to say, of euerie houshalder and his 
wyiff, burges of gild, for thair remaneing frome the sermones on the 
Sabboth day, thretteine schillingis four pennies ; and of euerie eraftis- 
man maister and houshalder, for thair remaneing frome the sennones 



OP THE BUBOH OF ABERDEEN. 855 

on the Sabboth day, sex Bchillingis aucht pennies ; and of the saidis 8th octob«r, 
craftiBmen, serrandis, and prenieisses, for thair remaneing fra the ser- ^^^^' 
mones on the Sabboth day, twa schillingis ; and of ilk burges of gild and 
merchand> sex schillingis aacht pennies, for thair remaneing frome the 
sermone on the weik day ; and of ilk craftisman maister and houshalder, 
thrie schillingis four pennies, for thair remaneing frome the sermone on 
the weik day. And gif the saidis persones, of the ranckis foirsaidis, beis 
fund culpabill in nocht frequenting the sermones as said is, and convict 
for the seuerall dayis absence, but lawful! excuse of infirmitie, seikness, 
or absence furthe of the toun, the persone giltie and conyict to be secludit 
and debarrit frome all benefite of the kirk quhill he or she satisfie be 
appoyntment of the sessioun, and that but preiudice of the penalties 
foirsaidis. 

lOM December, 1617. 
Eodem die, Alexander Moresone, servus nobilis et prepotentis Domini 
Georgij Marchionis de Huntlye, comitis Engzie domini Gordoun et 
Badzenocht, etc. receptus et admissus fuit in liberum burgensem et fi«- 
trem gilde buigi de Abirden, per compositionem viginti Ubrarum in 
omnibus cum decano gilde et hoc ex gratia et rogatu dicti nobilis domini 
solut. quinque solidis in alba bursa et prestito per eundem juramento 
solito pro cuius residentia infra dictum [burgum] et taxationibus per 
eundem soluendis prout in dicto burgo taxari contigerint Georgius Cruik- 
shank, burgensis dicti burgi devenit fideiussor et ipse obligauit se ad 
releuandum dictum suum fideiussorem. 

nth March, 1618. 
The quhilk day, anent the supplicatioun giwen in be John Dauidsone, 
eldest lauchfull sone to Johne Dauidsone, maltman, burges of this burght, 
makand mentioun that sen the tyme he come frome the musick schoole, 
he hes bestowit his tyme in serrice with his maister, Thomas Mylne, 
yixginall macker, qubome he hes seruit seuin yeiris as prenteis, and thrie 
yeiris sensyne as a feit servand, as his indenture and discharge thairwpoun 
proportis, and now hauing learned the said calling, and being purposed 
(God willing) to duell and mak his residence in this his natiue toun, he 
thairfoir desyrit the counsall to admitt him frieman for vsing and exercis- 
ing his said calling, and to respect his meane estate, in that he hes not 



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uth March, present moyen to pay for his friedome» as at mair length wes contenit in 
his said supplicatioan, quhairwith the counsell being adwyisit, and hailing 
seine and considderit his maisterstick exhibite befoir thame, to witty a 
pair of virginallisy and thairwith considdering that the said calling is not 
vnder a deacone, being bot latlie put in practice within this burght be 
the said Thomas Mylne his maister, quha compeirand personallie befour 
the counsally gawe his approbatioun to the said maisterstick as snffident 
warkmanship, thairfoir the counsall hes admittit and resaued the said 
Johne Dauidsone, frieman of this burght, to vse and ezeroe the said 
calling, in macking of virginallis allanarlie, and na forder, and that gratis 
without payment of any compositioun, in respect he is a burges sone, 
not haweing moyen to pay for his fiiedome, and the said John gawe his 
aythe according to the forme. 

8th April, 1618. 
The said day, the prowest, baillies, and counsaU, considdering that 
Maister Henrie Buchan, burges of this burght, ypon the first day of 
Aprill instant, wes lauchfullie and ordourUe convict for chopping with 
the hand Willeame Gray, lait baillie, the day fbirsaid, vpoun the 
shoulder, within the clos of ymquhill Mr. Gilbert Gray, and saying to 
him, in audience of the magistrates and counsall, that the decreit that 
day pronuncit be the counsall aganis the said Mr* Henrie wes not the 
counsallis decreit, bot the said Willeames awin decreit, and gif he wer 
out of the towne the said Mr. Henrie suld dicht him ; as also considder- 
ing that the said Mr. Henrie wes convict the said day for iniuring the 
said Willeame Gray, immediatelie thairefter, in the clerkis chalmer, the 
prowest and baillies being thair for the tyme sitting in judgement, in 
calling him febill swynger, as the act of his convictioun at mair length 
proportis ; and heirwith the counsall vnderstanding that the said Mr. 
Henrie, be his forsaid speiches, not onlie hes iniured the said Willeame 
Gray, bot lykwayis the haill counsall, in querrelling thair decreit gewin 
that day aganis him, thairfoir the saidis prowest, baillies, and counsall, 
all in ane voice, findis that the said Mr. Henrie, for his contempt and 
indignitie foirsaid done to the said Willeame Gray, late baillie, and to 
the haill counsall, hes iustlie deservit the forfaultour and deprivatioun 
of his fredome and burgeschip of this burght; lykeas instantlie, the 
saidis prowest, baillies, and counsall, for the cans forsaid, dischargis and 



OF THE BUBGH OF ABERDEEN. 367 

deprywis the said Mr. Henrie of his fredome and burgeschip of this stb April, 
burght, and of all libertie and preoilege he may jois thairby heirafter, ^ 

and ordanis the deane of gild to cans cloise up his boith door. Persones 
of counsall present : Sir Thomas Meingzeis, provest, Mr. David Ruther- 
fiird, Mr. Alex*^* Oullen, Gteorge Nicolesone, and William Lowsoun, 
baillies, Paul! Mengzies, Danid Cargill, Johne Hay, Walter Robertsone, 
George Sicard, Mr. Alex'- Jaffiray, John TuUidadQP, Oeorge Anderson, 
John Middletoun. 

3rd Jtme, 1618. 
The quhilk day, Thomas Watsoune, madster measone to the bigging 
of the wardhons, compeirand personallie, in presence of the prowast, 
baillies, and coonsall, submittit and referrit himselff to thair determina- 
tionn and modificatioun, quhat salbe rebaitit and defalcat to him of the 
soumes of money promeist to him for bigging of the said wardhous, be 
wertew of the contract past betnixt the toune and him thadranent, be 
resone the tonne inlaikis wnbiggit of the said wardhous the fyifk woult 
thairof, quhilk the said Thomas was obleist to hawe done be the condi- 
tioun of the said contract, and quhatsumeuer the saidis prowest, baillies, 
and counsall sail rebait and defalk to the said Thomas, for the inlaik of 
the said fyift woult, he obleisses him to stand and abyde thairat, but 
reclamatioun, or in the counsallis. option the said Thomas obleisses him 
to big of the townes commoun workis, proportionable, according to the 
said rebait, and the saidis prowest, baillies, and counsall sail jnioyne. 

f 

I3th May, 1618. 

Eodem die, Adamus Gordoun de Park et Joannes Gordoun de Ard- 

logye, recepti et admissi fuerunt in liberos burgenses et fratres gilde 

burgi de Abirden, gratis, gratia consilii, prestito per eosdem solito 

juramento. 

Eodem die, admissi fuerunt Magister Jacobus Skeyne de Waster Corss : 
ac etiam Jacobus Quhytfoord et Jacobus Smith servi honorabilis viri 
domini Jacobi Skeyne de Curriehill militis, vnius senatorum CoUegii 
Justicie ; necnon Robertus Couttis servus Magistri Jacobi Lautie, aduo- 
cati, ex rogatu speciali dicti domini Jacobi Skeyne. 



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15th Sept., IBth September^ 1618. 



1618. 



The quhilk day, Greorge Pyiper, and Alexander Andersonoy wricbtU, 
compeirand sufficientlie in armour, ilkane with ane hagbute and baudi- 
leire and sword, wes ressauit and admittit friemen of tbair said craft, and 
burgesses of this burght, ilk ane of thame for the soume off twentie 
merkis Scottis money, peyit be thame to the deane of gild, with this 
allwayis restrietioun and conditioun, that they sail vse and exerce thair 
said craft professit be thame allanerlie, and clame nor pretend no forder 
libertie, preuilege, nor friedome nor is sett doun and prescryuit to craftis- 
men be the contract and indenture past betuixt the brether of gild and 
thame, in the yeir of God 1587 yeiris ; and ineais they or any of thame do 
in the contrare, being convict thairoff, to be depryuit and dischargit of his 
friedome, and all libertie and preuilege they may joice and bruik thairby 
in any tyme thaireftir, and gawe thair aytheis judiciallie on the premissis 
and remanent poyntis of the aythe giwen be burgesses of this burght the 
tyme of thair admissioun ; lykas ilk ane of thame payit fyive schillingis in 
a quhyte purs, according to the forme vsit and wouni 

30M September^ 1618. 
The said day, inrespect the townis commoun knockis, to witt, the kirk 
knok, tolbuy th knok, and college knok, ar out of all frame and ordour, and 
ar nocht sufficient and abill to serve the towne, pairtlie becaus they ar 
auld and wome, and pairtlie for want of skilfiill men to attend thame, 
heirfoir it is thocht meit that the magistrattis wreitt southe with all 
diligence, and try quhair the best knockmacker may be had, and cans 
bring him vpoun the tounis chargis to this burght, and visite the knokis 
thairof, that sic of thame as may be mendit be accordingly done, and sic 
as will not mend, be maid new sa soone as the same can be convenientlie 
gottin done, and Robert Alexander, thesaurar, to deburse heiron as he 
salbe directit be the magistrattis, quhilkis debursementis salbe allowit to 
him in his comptis. 

24M March, 1619. 
The samen day, the prouest* baillies, and oounsall appoyntis Paull 
Meingzeis, b