The Herald of Scotland Explains the Selkirk Protocols Parcels of history that were snatched from the…
The merry doings of Selkirk folk across 400 years. Their words recorded phonetically.
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Ninian Brydin, part 2 1536-64
281.Bradfut and Bradfut 5 July 1543
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Bradfut son and heir of the deceased William Bradfut burgess in Selkirk resigned in hands of James Scot bailie an annualrent of 14 shillings yearly at two terms uplifted on his tenement and yard lying on the north side of Pelgait [bounds as 280], by delivery of one penny, in favour of James Bradfut his heirs and assignees. James asked instrument done around 6pm before said witnesses.
282. Mynto Curror 6 July 1543
Instrument of sasine narrating that James Mynto second son of David Mynto resigned in hands of bailie James Scot an annualrent of 14 shillings uplifted at the two [customary] terms on the east side of his tenement now being in “my hands” [ie of the notary or James Mynto?] with the tenement of the deceased Thomas Mynto on the east, the kings street called Volgait on the south, the tenement of John Mynto “my” brother on the west and the tenement of Thomas Barkar on the north in favour of William Curror his heirs and assignees, by delivery of one penny. William asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 2pm before David Bridin serjeant, Thomas Mynto, David Mynto, John Mynto, John Down.
283. Keyne 12 July around 7 James Keyne forewarned David Bridin to receive the sum contained in a reversion before witnesses James Scot, John Bridin, John Brown, William Portuus, James Bard.
284. Brydin on which day “David Bridin askit instrument that he is nocht laufully warnit at ane sufficient terme that is to say vitsonday and  dais effoir efter the tenor of the indemp¬touris[?] and reversione maid thairupone betuex me and James”. The above asked instrument before witnesses abovewritten done around 6 near the court house.
285. Helme Fleagear 22 July  James Helme and Thomas Flea¬gear protested that the seal of Thomas Flegear should not turn to him in prejudice. Done in the house of Thomas Jonsone concerning a compromise made between them and William Fleagear.
286. Fleagear elder on which day W. F. denied the compromise before witnesses (rest of instrument torn).
287.Mynto Burnat and Briden 1 Aug 1543
John Mynto son and heir of the deceased Thomas Mynto , Marion Burnat spouse of the said Thomas Mynto and James Mynto have appointed John Briden of the Well, for special kindness and the sum of money viz. £12 scots and for other good deeds, their true lawful undoubted and irrevocable cessioner and assignee in and to a quarter part of the lands called “Ladilands” lying on the south part of Selkirk with the arable lands of James Craufurd on the (blank) and the lands of Robert Elwand on the south as is further specified in other evidents of the said John and James. The said John Mynto, Marion Burnat and James Mynto discharge and renounce all rights, claims, possession, ownership howsoever in future from them and their heirs in the quarter part of the of the south of their lands called Ladilands forever in the tenor of these presents… (rest of instrument torn).
288. Burnat Mynto Bridin (Gledstanes scored out) 2 Aug 1543 Instrument of sasine narrating that the young man James Mynto with consent of Marion Burnat his mother and John Mynto his brother resigned in hands of James Scot bailie a quarter part of the lands called Ladyland on the south lying in “ryndaill” with James Crawfurd and the croft of Gilbert Ker on the east, the lands of Robert Elwand on the south, the loaning gate on the west and the lands of James Crawfurd sometimes on the south and north in favour of John Briden of the Well, his heirs and assignees, by earth and stone. John Brydin asked instrument done at 7am before witnesses Cuthbert Lidderdaill, James Achesone, John Symsone, Walter Hesloup living in Clerklandis.
289.[This instrument has been inserted as aloose sheet out of sequence] 15 Jan 1547/8 Robert Lytill living in [Dirltoune scored out] Gowlanne [Gullane] compeared in the presence of the vener¬able man sir Ninian Douglas vicar of Stobo and witnesses under-written and openly declared and showed certain evidents of ( blank) laird of Foullar as follows in common parlance “The said Robert Lytill presentit chartour and sassing and said to schir Ninianne Douglass vicar of Stobo that he had gotten lard Foullar kyndness and his evidentis al tytill of ryth that he had to al his landis in Gullane The said schir Ninianne proponit to Robert Lytill geif that the lard Foullar hes sauld to you his kyndness and ryth of his landes and he deliverit you his evidenttis and that be of verite ye sal haif newe stait and saising with this condicionnes that ye fulfill this appounttmenttis undervritting That is to say ye suld geif to me or martinmes next efter the dait of this presentis vi libras [£6] usuell mony for entress and with the maill termlie uss and vont and for every aikar of land that Robert Lytill joissit and broukit in tyme cumyng to schir Ninianne Douglass ane keippill of cunyngis ane laid of coillis for four aikars and geif it happinit the said schir Ninianne with a schirvand or twa to haif herbry horss meit and mannes meit cost fre twa nycths and attour this the said Robart in presens of maister Jhonne Hammiltoune notar publyk hes oblist hyme to pay schir Ninianne Douglass for vi  yeris by past ane keppill of coungis ane laid of coillis for four aikaris of land and the said Robert failyeand in to ony of this promissis abon vritting That schir Ninianne chairtour to be of na availl to the said Robert.” Sir Ninian asked instrument done around 10am in the aisle of St. John in the kirk of Blessed Giles [St. Giles Kirk] before James Alexander “alias Tailyer mannes kirk of field vynd”, James Max¬veill, sir Robert Lydaill chaplain, John Chepman.
[on reverse: Lytill Douglass Foular.
290.Gledstanes Downe 3 Aug 1543
Robert Downe burgess in Selkirk binds himself and his heirs in strictest form of obligation to pay, through George Michelhill, to Alexander Gledstanes four bolls of barley with three firlots [of the same?] before the feast of St Martin next to come [ac-cording] to custom and judgement of the dean of Jedworth. Alex¬ander asked instrument before William Robesone younger, Simon Stoddert, John Andersone.
291. Smaill Collene 8 Oct 1543
Instrument of sasine narrating that Alexander Collene resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie of Selkirk his tenement with yard lying on the west side of the vennel called Kyrk Vynd with the said street on the east, the tenement of John Chepman on the south, the tenement of John Smaill on the west and the tenement of Margaret Vod on the north and the yard lying on the west beyond the great yard with the great yard belonging to John Smal on the east, the yard of John Chepman heir of the deceased Robert Chepman on the south, the yard of Robert Chepman heir of the deceased master John Chepman on the east and the yard of Margaret Vod on the north in favour of John Smaill his heirs and as¬signees, by earth and stone. John Smaill asked instrument done on the ground of the same around noon before David Mithag, James McDuell, John Michelhill, Thomas Bridin, John Mouss, William Louche.
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293.Walter Scot of Branxholme knight 15 Oct 1543
Walter Scot was chosen provost of the burgh of Selkirk by all the body of burgesses of the burgh.
294.Ker 16 Oct 1543
Instrument of sasine narrating that Janet Newtoun lady of Dalcoif with consent of her spouse Adam Ker for his own interest, and with his assent clearly established by notary under his sign manual and subscription, resigned from her own hands all of one half of two portions of the lands and manor of Lytil Neutone with half the mill and the lands of “Myl Cruyk landis” lying in the sheriffdom of Berwick and the regality of Lauderdaill, except one acre of the same, in favour of the boy Thomas Ker [their] son and apparent heir by handing over earth and stones on the ground of the same . Thomas asked instrument around 10am before sir Adam Ker notary priest, John Ker son of Master Thomas Ker [of] Sonder¬landhall, John Ker miller, Richard Ker son of John Ker of Dal¬coif, George Voddail [of] Lytil Neutone.
295.Thomas Ker son and heir of Adam Ker of Sancthelynschaw 16 Oct 1543 Instrument of sasine narrating that Janet Neutoune lady of Dalcoif with consent of her spouse Adam Ker in his own interest gives sasine from her own hands of all the two parts of lands of the manor of Dalcoif belonging to the said Janet with tower, fortalice, mains and manor of Dalcoif in the sheriffdom of Be¬rwick, regality of Lauderdaill viz. to the east side of the said manor, tower and fortalice then decently occupied by James Ker of Mersintounne and his friends and invited by the said Janet and her spouse in favour of Thomas Ker her first born son procreated between herself and Adam Ker her husband and their apparent heir, by earth and stones on the ground and the manor chiefly because there was not time to set out for the tower and fortalice occu¬pied by the said James according to and earlier charter made by Janet and her spouse. Done on the ground of the same around 2pm. Thomas asked instrument before sir Adam Ker notary, John Ker son of Thomas Ker, John Mollendario [Millar], Richard Ker, James Neu¬tone.
296.John Forrest 3 Dec 1543
Instrument of sasine narrating that Thomas Forrest, out of love for his son and with sound mind, resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie of Selkirk his upper tenement lying near Fulbrig with the yard of William Flegear on the east, the other tenement of the said Thomas Forest on the south, the common street called Fulbrig on the west and the tenement of John Keyne on the north in favour of John Forrest son of the said Thomas by earth and stones. John Forrest asked instrument done on the ground of the same about 10am before David Todrig, David Brydin, (p/t) John Scot “obstrix “,(p/t).
297.Scot obstrix [one who is promised] same day place etc. John Forest son of the said Thomas Forest of his own free will faith¬fully promises [to pay?] John Scot at his forehouse the customary ferme given before by Thomas Forest to him for as long as the said John lives on this condition that he should pay the ferme owed at the customary term and that there would be no injury to the said John or his neighbours nor [blame?] taken. John Scot asked instrument before witnesses abovewritten.
298. Downaldsone 15 December 1543
Instrument narrating that John Brydin bailie of the burgh of Selkirk vested the young man John Doualdsoune in and to a rig of land lying over Dunsdaillis with the lands (blank) as true and lawful heir of the deceased Ninian Doualdsone by handing over earth and stones.
John Doualdsone asked instrument before Thomas Jonsone, David Hawe around 2pm.
299. Haw wright 15 Dec 1543
Instrument of sasine narrating that the young man John Dounald¬sone son and heir of the deceased Ninian Dounaldsone burgess resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie a rig of arable land lying over Dunsdaillis with the lands of Patrick Murray on the east, the lands of [Thamland?] on the south in hands of Janet Mithag, the lands of David Haw on the west and the lands of Patrick Murray in hands of Margaret Wod relict of the deceased John [?] on the north in favour of James Haw his heirs and as¬signees. James asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 2 or thereabouts before abovewritten witnesses.
300.Ker in Leycht heir of the deceased William Ker Scot 20 Dec 1543 Instrument of sasine reciting Letter of Attorney narrating that William son and heir of the deceased William Ker burgess in Edinburgh resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie all his tene-ment fore and back lying in the burgh of Selkirk near the merket cross with the tenement of George Ker on the east, the yard of George Jamsone on the south, the tenement of Thomas Hendre on the west and the kings street near the merket cross on the north reserving free tenement of the same to the said William for his lifetime in favour of Alan Haig lawful attorney of Margaret Scot spouse of the said William Ker in life rent by earth and stones in and tenor of the letter of attorney of Queen Mary.
Letter of Attorney given by Mary Queen of Scots appointing Alan Haig attorney to Margaret Scot spouse of William Ker indweller of the town of Leythe in all negotiations and discussions pleas and quarrels moved or to be moved [by] the same Margaret and on whatever day and place against whomsoever and before whomsoever
Firstly to receive these presents after a year less valuation under testimony of letters patent dated at Edinburgh 12 Dec in the first year of her reign. Done by Margaret Scot.
Secondly the said John Bridin bailie at request of the said William Ker came to an annualrent of 12 shillings usual money uplifted yearly on the tenement of James Loremur lying on the south side of Pelgait with the tenement of Patrick Andersone on the east, the yard of Janet Vod on the south, the tenement of John Farle on the west and the Pelgait on the north and there on the ground of the same the said William of his own free will purely and simply resigned the annualrent in hands of the bailie by handing over one penny as is the custom reserving liferent of the annualrent to William during his lifetime and the bailie gave sasine in conjunct fee to Alan Haig lawful attorney to Margaret Scot spouse of the said William by delivery of one penny.
Thirdly the said John Bridin bailie at request of William Ker came to an annualrent of 9 shillings uplifted yearly and taken on a tenement of sir John Keyne chaplain lying near Fulbrig myr with the yard of William Flegear on the east, the tenement of John Forest on the south, the Fulbrig gait on the west and the tene¬ment of Marion Notman on the north and there on the ground of the same resigned the annualrent in hands of the bailie by handing over one penny who gave sasine in conjunct fee to Alan Haig attorney for Margaret Scot.
Fourthlythe said John Bridin bailie at request of William Ker came to an annual rent of 10 shillings uplifted yearly on a tenement of William Flegear younger lying on the south side of the Volgait with the tenement of James Craufurd on the east, the lands of Patrick Murray on the south, the tenement of James Melros on the west and the kings street on the north and there on the ground of the same William resigned the annualrent in hands of the bailie by handing over one penny .
Fifthly John Bridin bailie at request of William Ker came to an annualrent of 25 shillings and 4 pence uplifted yearly on on the tenements of John Mynto, David Mynto and John Mynto younger lying on the south side of the Volgait with the tenement of James Doby on the east, the Volgait on the south, the tenement of Andrew Louche on the west and the tenement of Gilbert Ker on the north and there on the ground of the same William Ker purely and simply resigned the said annualrent in hands of the bailie by handing over one penny in favour of Alan Haig attorney of Margaret Scot spouse to William Ker as is the custom etc. Sixthly John Bridin bailie came at the request of William Bridin to and annualrent of 17 shillings uplifted on a tenement called Alesonis Tenement on the south side of the burgh with the tenement of Hector Neutoune on the east, the kings street on the south, the tenement of Patrick Murray in hands of Margaret Haudene on the west and the lands of Hector Newtoune on the north and there on the ground of the same William Ker of his own free will resigned the annualrent in hands of the bailie by handing over one penny in favour of Alan Haig attorney etc. Seventhly and lastly John Bridin bailie came at request of William Ker to his main croft of arable hus¬bandland called Alesone husband land lying on the north of Goslo¬myr with pertinents lying in ryndaill in the lordship and regal¬ity of the burgh of Selkirk and there on the ground of the same the said William resigned the annualrent in hands of the bailie by delivery of earth and stones in favour of Alan Haig attorney. This being done the bailie gave sasine of all the foregoing respectively and singly reserving the profit and use of the same to William during his lifetime. Alan Haig asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 3pm before David Bridin, David Todrig serjeants, James Chepman, Alexander Craw, Kentigern Cruik¬shankis, Thomas Jonsone.
301. Margaret Rutherfurd spouse of Thomas Jonsone burgess in Selkirk 3 Nov 1543
Instrument of sasine narrating that Thomas Jonsone burgess of Selkirk resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie, of his own free will and out of conjugal love, the north side of his tenement then occupied by master James Jonsone with Fulbrig gayt on the east, the main tenement of the said Thomas on the south, the yard of John Fairle on the west and the yard of Adam Boill on the north by earth and stone in favour of Margaret Rutherfurd in conjunct fee and for her lifetime. Margaret asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 10am before John Brydin notary, David Jonsone, John Scot “obstrix”, Robert Elwand, John Robesone, Kentigern Robesone.
302.Margaret Rutherfurd spouse of Thomas Jonsone same day
Instrument of sasine narrating that Thomas Jonsone burgess re¬signed in hands of John Bridin bailie the back hall of his main tenement, lying eastwards and northwards, in favour of Margaret Rutherfurd, in liferent, delivered in a warranty clause and provided that one hall be constructed in the front of the said tenement given to the said Margaret, with free exit and entry thereto. Margaret asked instrument in the front porch of the same before above witnesses.
303. Cranstoune 2 Dec 1543
Instrument narrating that Gavin Elwand of Hoslaw hill, after receiving a letter of assedation under seal and subscription of Ninian Cranstoun of a forest place called Schawes lying in the lordship of Ettrikforest and within the sheriffdom of Selkirk, binds himself his heirs and assignees to the said N[inia]n his heirs and assignees paying 550 merks scots, if not he should relinquish freely the said tack of Schawes with houses, biggings, woods and [saplings/pollarded trees “virgultis”], to the said Ninian and his heirs and assignees immediately without delay after confirmation and at the [final?] term of the years as contained in the letter of assedation made thereon. Furthermore the said Gavin and his heirs and assignees nor any other from their kin in their name may occupy the said tack under pain of withinwritten until the said Gavin his heirs and assignees have another letter of assedation made by the said Ninian. Done in the house of Thomas Jonsone at 4pm before James (p/t), Mungo Cruik¬shankes, John Scot “obstrix”.
304. John Mcduell 18 Jan [1543/4]
Katherine Rogersone with a clear conscience and of sound mind constituted and ordained John Mcduell her true, lawful assignee to all her moveable and immoveable goods after her death to [her burial in ] the kirk and to pay well all her debts, relinquishing all other things to the said John for favours, good deeds and services bestowed or to be bestowed at the end of life.John asked instrument around 10am before John Smaill, John Michelhill.
305. Scot Lauder 22 Jan [1543/4]
James Lauder faithfully promises under pain of all his goods present and to come that he would never challenge my [ie. James Scot], within the law or outwith the law, all the goods delivered or to be delivered by Marion Broun or Bryden my mother, Janet Pot my sister and James Scot my kinsman, contracting to my mother the same. James Scot asked instrument with witnesses to the promise James Scot, William Robesone, John Brydin bailie, John Michelhill and others
The following day Marion handed over the following goods viz. an unknown number of ewes and sheep,two cows, two young oxen “ane vort trouncher ane kyst chir meit burd ane pot ane bol of beir ane stand bed furnest with utheris divers geiris that scho inten¬dis to leif hir douchter and hir gudsonne in to hir lagacy at hir [last?] end”. Before John Brydin ballie, John Scot, John For¬rest, James Vilkesone.
John Fairle elder resigns all right claim ownership and posses¬sion which he has or will have in and to his fathers tenement lying on the south side of Peilgait to the worthy woman Margaret Scot wife of George Scot and to Walter Scot their son from him his heirs and assignees forever before David Todrig, Adam Boill, John Fairle and others done in the yard of John Fairle younger around 2pm.
307.Margaret Turnbul and her spouse Goerge Scot in Blyndhaucht and Walter Scot their son 7 Feb 1543/4
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Fairle younger resigned in hands of John Bridin one of the bailies of Selkirk his tene¬ment lying on the south side of the Pelgait with the tenement of James Loremur and the yards of Janet Wod, George Chesholme, Adam Boill and Thomas Jonsone on the east, the common bog on the south and the tenement and yard of John Fairle elder on the west and the Peilgait on the north in favour of Margaret Turnbull spouse of George Scot in life rent and to their second son Walter Scot and to the heirs and assignees of the said Walter. Margaret and Walter asked the instrument done in the close of the same [tene¬ment] around 10am before Master Michael Scot in Aikuod, David Bridin, David Todrig serjeants, Alexander Keyne, John Michelhill, Thomas Halleday, James Helme.
308.Margaret Turnbull [Same day]
Instrument narrating that Walter Scot second son of George Scot in Blyndhaucht bound himself and his heirs in the strictest form of obligation to Margaret Turnbull his mother that if ever she should fall into poverty [and] destitution that she or her spouse George Scot were without the means to live they should be able to dispose of the said tenement as they wish . Margaret asked in¬strument before James [Ches]holme, David Brydin, David Todrig, Thomas Halleday.
[text breaks off here and in a slightly different hand continues] William Mithag, David Todrig, James Helme, Thomas Halliday wit¬nesses to foregoing master Michael Scot, Alexander Gledstanes, David Bridin, David Todrik serjeants, Alexander Keyne, Adam Boill, John Michelhill.
309.David Bridin butcher or flesher 8 Feb 1543/4
Adam Ker of Sanct Helyne Schaw faithfully promises to infeft David Bridin and Thomas Bridin his son in two tenements then occupied by Andrew Sandersone and Janet Broune his spouse and John Frer and after this the said David handed to the said Adam Ker 40 shillings in form of entry to the said tenement and if anyone should molest the said David or Thomas in their peaceful possession of the same the the said Adam promises to relieve them from all damage, injury and molestation, paying [the said Adam] two merks scots at two terms (Whitsunday and Martinmas). David in the name of his son Thomas asked instrument around 3pm in house of the said David before sir Adam Ker chaplain, David Jonsone, Thomas Thomsone, John Doungall.
Same day Adam Ker of Sanct Helyne Schaw came to his tenements then occupied by Andrew Sandersone younger and John Freir lying on the south side of Volstrand called Sanct Marie Voll of the tenements Kilcroft with the tenement of John Hovatsone on the east,the lands of master John Chepman or his heirs on the south,the tenement of the said Adam Ker on the west and the Volstrand or Kings street leading to the Pelgait on the north and there on the ground of the same the said Adam Ker superior of the said lands from his own hands gave sasine of the two tenements with yards and rigs and pertinents to the said David Brydin in life rent and to Thomas Brydin his son his heirs and assignees. David in name of Thomas his son asked instrument done at the front door of the fore house around 3pm before sir Adam Ker chaplain, Thomas Lumisdene, Thomas Thomsone in Forest, David Jonsone, John Doungall.
M[arion?] Doby to flit from the tenement.
310.Gledstanes Fairle 10 Feb [1543/4] John Fairle elder binds himself to pay Alexander Gledstanes his kinsman £3 14s 8d thus: at the feast of Whitsunday 22s, at Peter ad vincula [Lammas] 22s, at Martinmas 22s
and at the purification of the blessed Virgin Mary [Candlemas] 14s 8d [Done] before witnesses.
311.Cowene Brydin 10 Feb 1543/4
David Brydin and Janet Turnbull his spouse leased two rigs of land of which the first lies over Goslodaillis with the lands of Robert Brydin on the south, the lands of George Chepman on the north and Potlouchtsik on the east and the second lying over Tattis Croftis with the lands of John Scot on the south and the lands of George Chepman on the north provided that the said David and Janet pay £4 8s scots to John Collene his heirs and assignees and the said John shall enjoy the same for one year after redemp-tion. Done in the close of John Forest around 6[pm] before John Robesone, Kentigern Robesone and John Scot “obscrite”.
312. Bridin Broune 23 Feb 1543/4
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Bridin burgess of Selk¬irk resigned in hands of John Brydin bailie his croft of arable land with hauch lying within the bounds of the said town on the north side of the kings street near “ester pull” with the lands of Thomas Mynto on the east, the kings street near “ester pull” on the south, the lands of the heirs of William Chepman on the west and the Ettrik water on the north in favour of David Bridin flesher. David Bridin flesher asked instrument done on the north boundary of the same around 10am before John Scot living in the bounds of the town, Thomas Chesholme.
This alienation of the said croft is under a reversion of £20.
Same day etc. the said David Bridin tacked the said croft to John Broun paying yearly to the said David and his heirs 30 shillings usual money at two customary terms, also 20 shillings to the chaplain of the servants of the altar of our Salvator in the monastery of Calco. If they do not pay what is owing and termly of the said ferme and annualrent this tack will be broken and void and the said David will take without delay possession of the said croft. If it happens that the said John Broun and his heirs redeem the croft and enjoy peaceful possession of the same they shall pay David his heirs and assignees all the ferme of 30 shillings one year after redemption and if David occupies the said croft John Broun his heirs shall pay 15 shillings one year after relaxation of the same. David Brydin asked instrument before witnesses abovewritten.
313.Memorandum Vatsone Fairle 24 Feb 1543/4
Instrument of sasine narrating that James Vatsone and [Janet?] Tait lady of the conjunct fee resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie an annualrent of 14s yearly uplifted on their tenement with yard and rig lying in Cauldschellis on the north side of Pelgait with the tenement of William Bennat and Thomas Morlaw on the east, the said kings street on the south, the tenement and crofts of John Fairle younger on the west and north in favour of John Fairle younger and his heirs and assignees by payment of one penny. John Fairle asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 10 am before Robert Mithag, William Portuus, David Todrig.
314. Smaill and Vilsone Scot of Hanyng 20 March 1543/4
John [Vilsone burgess of Selkirk bound himself scored out] Thomas Scot in Hanyng made a bond that that he should not disturb John Vilsone nor damage him in body or goods done for John Smaill under pain of £40 scots [which] the said Thomas shall pay the said John his heirs and assignees immediately after any damage and without delay. John Smaill asked instrument done near the court house before Walter Scot in Edschaw, William Scot, John Bridin bailie, James Scot, William Portuus, David Todrig, sir Andrew Duncan, John Ra, James Keyne.
315. George Ker 28 March 1544
Instrument narrating that, immediately after reading out the evidents of the deceased Lancelot Ker burgess of the burgh of Selkirk, John Brydin bailie vested George Ker as lawful heir of the said Lancelot in and to a tenement of the deceased Lancelot lying near the court house then occupied by Thomas Crukshankis in the said burgh with the tenement of John Broun on the east, the yard of George Jamesone on the south, the tenement of William Ker on the west and the kings street near the court house on the north,by earth and stones.
George Ker asked instrument done in the close of the said tene¬ment around 9am before sir John Michelhill, Thomas Hendre, Alex¬ander Crawe, David Todrig, John Ra, William Robesone.
316. Boill and Ker same day.
Instrument of sasine narrating that George Ker of Gaitschawe resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie his tenement lying in the burgh of Selkirk near the court house with the tenement of John Broun on the east, the yard of George Jamesone on the south, the tenement of William Ker on the west and the kings street near the court house on the north in favour of Adam Boill and his heirs and assignees, in the tenor of a charter made thereon. Adam Boill asked instrument between the hours of 9 and 10 am before abovewritten witnesses.
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317. …of March 1544 yeris(p/t)be drd or strenth slytht (p/t)bot of his fre vyll (p/t) for luf and fawor of his spous (p/t)his barnes producit be uss ba (p/t) cessionar and assignais with al rycht (p/t) kyndness and possessione of his stedding of Blyndhauch bradle castelsydis wyth the pertenes of the samyn(illegible) Margaret Turnbul his spouss (illeg) alss hail tow[n?] towr of blyndhauch fra the blyndhaich burn est to the vatter of aill est and soucht lyand becauss the hail steidding movat be the said Margaret and hir predicessouris to me to be haldin of my lord of Glasgw and for thankfull service done to me and sal joiss and (illeg) the samyn peciabilly for al the dais of hir lyf tyme scho termly payand 10 merkis to my lord of Glasgw the hail mail be hir awin handis bradle and castelsyd to pay to hir £6 of the samyn And alss The said George and his his [sic] spous Margaret mak Walter Scot thair secund sone laufull cessio¬nar and assignais in to all the sted callit bradle a pendikil of blyndhaucht fra the blyndhauch burn vost to the march(illeg) eschynesyd with the pertinenches the said Valter (p/t) therfor efter thairis deceiss to hyme (p/t) towne of blyndhaucht at twa (p/t)£3 usuell mony of scot[land](p/t) be maid to my lord of Glasgw.
And alss the saidis George Scot and Marg[aret Turnbul](p/t) her of makis Jhone Scot yonger est barne (p/t)cessionar and undoutta¬byll assignay in (p/t)at the castelsyd with the [?corn](p/t) be south the vatter of aill the (p/t) part of blyndhauchburne The (p/t) the said castelsteid corn hauch and rymaris[?](p/t) said George and Margaretpayand thairfor to thaim that joiss and brou¬kis the tour towne and (p/t) blyndhauch. Adam Boill on part of John Scot asked…
And alss the saidis George Scot and Margaret his spous constitut and ordines and makis William Scot third son thair verray laufull cessionaris and assignay to joiss and brouk peciabylly all and haill the leip hill langhoup medo and porciones of land about the burn syd callit lainghoup burn qlkis Vatte Vatsone occupies that tyme The qlkis langhoup medo and porciones of land qlkis Vatte occupiet the (illeg) Williem efter thairis deceiss sal pay to him that broukis the towr and town of Blyndhauch _______ii merkis at twa usual termes in the to mak hail payment to the [said?] lord of Glasgw and his successors” about which…the said Margaret asked instrument before witnesses Thomas Graham James Murray James Hawe Adam Boll on the part of (p/t) Boill procurator in name of Walter Scot and John Scot son of the said sir Andrew Scot done [in the chamber of sir Ninian] Brydin around 4pm . [A note follows which is badly torn and faded which refers to the payment of 30d and 6d.]
318. Duncan and Portuus vicar [pensioner?] 8 April 1544
Instrument of sasine narrating that William Portuus resigned in hands of the bailie John Bridin an annualrent of 12 yearly uplif¬ted on a house built near the West Port standing on the south side of the kings street with the tenement of Janet Bridin and the smithy [“fabrica”] of James Skune on the east, the croft of Patrick Murray now in the hands of Alexander Craw on the south and the kings street which leads to Moresone Hyll on the west and north in favour of the venerable man sir Andrew Duncan chaplain, by payment of one penny . sir Andrew asked instrument or instru¬ments done on the ground of the same around 4pm before James Scot, David Brydin serjeant.
[cartoon of pointing finger in margin “non xxi d f”]
319. Margaret Hountlie and Browne 8 April 1544
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Browne burgess of Selk¬irk resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie the west side [or forehouse] of his tenement viz. “fra the durris ben” with hall, back chamber and yard contiguous, also his barn and maltkiln lying or standing on the east side of the close with the rest of the tenement of John Browne on the east except the maltkiln and barn, the yard of James Bridin on the east, the yard of William Bridin on the south, the tenement of Adam Boill on the west and the kings street near the courthouse on the north [six pages bound out of order here] in favour of Margaret Hountle in life¬rent and conjunct fee paying yearly after the death of the said John Browne, for her lifetime, burgh ferme and the customary annualrent owed. Margaret asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 10am before William Brydin, sir Andrew Duncan vicar pensioner [“per ordinat?”] of the kirk of Selkirk, James Keyne, William Portuus serjeant.
320. Hontlie and Browne same day.
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Browne burgess resigned in hands of John Brydin bailie one of his rigs lying over Goslo¬dailis with the lands of Margaret Ker called Mounlandis on the north, the kings street which leads to the Myl Burn on the east, the lands of George Chepman on the south on the one and a portion of a rig [or croft] which he has called Hoppar Aikar lying on the north side of Moreson hill with Skynnar croft on the east and the acres of arable land belonging to Thomas Ker now in hands of Margaret Vod, John Downe and George Baynes on the south, north and west in favour of Margaret Hontlie spouse to John Brydin in liferent and conjunct fee. Margaret asked instrument before witnesses above.
321. Brydin on part of Margaret and [Brown] same day
John Brown assigned the sum of 20 pounds scots, being rests [arrears] not paid, in hands of Thomas Hountlie for affection to his wife Margaret Hountlie to redeem a tenement wadsetted [“impignoratum”] to the venerable man sir Andrew Duncan for the sum of 20 pounds and he promised the said sum would never dimin¬ish by virtue of the same instrument of resignation [in which] he quitclaims the same to his spouse abovewritten to redeem the said tenement. William in name of Margaret Hountlie asked instrument before above witnesses.
322. Duncan Browne and Hontly same day after a brief interval Instrument of sasine narrating that John Broun and Margaret Hountly resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie their tenement lying near the courthouse with the tenement of the deceased James Brydin (now in hands of sir Richard Brydin) on the east, the yard of William Bridin called Lady Yard on the south, the tenement of Adam Boill on the west and the kings street on the north in favour of sir Andrew Duncan, by earth and stones [clauses con¬cerning delivery of an annualrent by delivery of one penny and re. payment of annualrent in two terms scored out]. Sir Andrew asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 10am before William Brydin, James Scot bailie, William Portuus ser¬jeant. Note: the said John and Margaret shall paying one [term?] after redemption to the said sir Andrew and the said John and Margaret that should hold the said tenement “vatterteycht”.
323. Andrew Elwand on part of Margaret Haliburtounne lady of Dirltoun [Title only.]
Text continues with pages bound out of order.
324.”Forma qua quis ballivus faciat deputatum in officio suo habens ad hoc potestatem
Be it kend till all men be this present lettres me schir Valter Ker of Cessfurd knycht and bailie principaill of all and syndry landis that pertenes to the abbacy of Kelsoo for to haif maid constitut and ordinet and be this presentis makis constituttis and ordines George Hog Nycholl Ranaldsone Villiam Mathesone my verray laufull and undouttabill deputis and substituttis and to ilk ane of thaim coniunctly and soueraly my full plane power and speciall comandment of all and syndry the courtis haldin within the barony of Bowdene to sett hauld and afferme and continewe amerchiamentis and escheittis of thaim to roiss and resave tre¬spassouris to pounissch the tenentis inhabitanttis in the said landis and barony thair corne caittaill and gudis attaichit or arrestit befor quhatsumevir jug or jugis sp[irit]uall or temporal thai be accusit and challengeit for quhatsumever causs for quhat¬sumevir causs perteneing to the said court of Bowdene be fredome of the saidis landis and regalite of Kelsoo for to reduce and agane borrow Jhone Leithen Martyne Leychen inhabitaris of Bowdene neuly arrest at the instanc of Jhone Haiste Robert Haiste befor the schireff of tevidaill or his deputtis in the tolbucht of Jed[worth] to this instant day of j and to fynd souerte to hauld ane court and to minister justic to bath the said parteis without fraud or gyll and generaly all and uther syndrie thingis to do exirte [haut/hant?] and uss of commisschirie or bailyerie to sic thingis ordanit pertenes or of law is knawin to pertene or that my selff mycht do and I var presont in propar persone ferme and stabill haldand and for to haulde all and quhatsum evir thingis the saidis my substitutis commisschiris deputtis or ony ane of thaim coniunctlie souerlie in my nayme in my said offic of baily¬ery in the forsaidis causs rychtuously leidis to be donn in vytnes of qlk thingis I haif to this presentis sett to my signet with my subscriptionne manuall.”
325. George Ker of Gaitschaw now living in Fastheucht 22 April 1544 Instrument narrating that after deliberation of an inquest John Bridin bailie vested George Ker son and lawful heir to Lancelot Ker in Gaitschaw in and to his tenement (inhabited by Adam Vilkesone) lying on the north of the kings street which leads to the mercat cross with the tenement of William Burne on the east, the said street on the south, the tenement of John Fairle on the west and the tend berne on the north together with “le rod” [the road or path “semita”?] descending to the Kylsteid and yard thereto northwards and with the yard of William Burn on the east and south , the “tende berne and tend yaird” on the west and the croft of John Smyth on the north. George Ker asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 2pm before sir John Michelhill, James Scot, William Portuus, David Brydin, David Todrig serjeants, William Burn, James Ker.
326. Sir Adam Ker chaplain 2 May 1544 Katherine Ker sister of the deceased Nicholas Ker burgess of the burgh of Selkirk or¬dained her cousin the venerable man sir Adam Ker her true and lawful cessioner in and to all right and lawful claim to title ownership and possession which she has or will have to the tene¬ment of Nicholas Ker and to those heritable goods pertaining to him or whatever may pertain, renouncing all right and title in and to the same and promises that she herself or her heirs shall never challenge, within or outwith the law, her friend sir Adam Ker her cessionar, his heirs and assignees.
Katherine asked instrument done around 6am in the kings street which leads to the Myl Burn and Goslodaillis before Adam Ker of Sant Helyne Schaw, James Chepman, John Chepman son of Robert Chepman, John Bowmakar.
327. Adam Veghame and John Turnbull 2 May 1544
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Turnbull of Hassindene burn or bank resigned in hands of John Brydin bailie his tenement with three crofts of arable land pertaining to the said tenement which lies within the bounds of Selkirk with the tenement of Adam Veghame on the east, the yard of Alison Hendesone on the south, the yard of sir Richard Brydin on the west and the kings street which leads to the mercat cross on the north and three crofts the first lying near the kings street on the eastern boundary of the said burgh on the south side of the same with the rigs of land of John Thomsone on the south, the croft of William Ker on the east, the croft of Patrick Murray now in hands of sir Andrew Duncan on the west: the second croft lies under “Reddeilhildis” on the south side of the kings street which leads to the kirk of saint Helen [Lindean?] with the croft of James Bradfut on the east , and “le bankis” on the south, the croft of John Brydin on the west and the said street on the north: the third croft lies on the upper and northerly part of “Reidheilldis” with “Kirkland” on the east, the croft of sir Ninian Brydin on the south, the lands of Patrick Murray on the west and north, reserving a liferent on the same to sir John Chepman for his lifetime, in favour of Adam Veghame his heirs and assignees, by earth and stones, the said Adam and his heirs paying yearly burgh ferme to the queen and also to John Turnbull his heirs and assignees after the death of the said sir John [Chepman] 40s at two customary terms, Whitsun¬day and Martinmas. Adam asked instrument done around 7am on the ground of the same in the yard before Henry Turnbull, Robert Downe, Adam Ewart, David Brydin serjeant, Patrick Kelso.
328. Brydin bailie 5 May 1544
James Dunhoup in presence of witnesses underwritten publicly showed that Robert Murray, John Notman, William Scot [in margin: Alexander [C]raw] then in Hartvodburn, John Scot in Aikvod called “Dustyba” had received his butter by stealth. John Brydin bailie asked instrument done in the chamber of William Turnbull around 2pm before William Turnbull, James Scot.
329.James Scot bailie same day and place
James Dunhoup openly showed that William Elwand faithfully pro¬mised the said James that the same was his own butter sold to him for 6 pounds scots and the same James promised to give him 40 shillings. James Scot asked instrument before William Turnbull, John Brydin.
330. Gledstanes of Coklawe 6 May 1544
John Gledstanes of Coklaw came to Robert Scot in Howfurd and there the said John, heir of the deceased James Gledstanes of Coklaw, lawfully warned Robert Scot at his dwelling place to compear on the 30 day of May next to come in the parish kirk of Caveris and there to [pay?] the said John as lawful heir of his said father at the altar of the Holy Trinity in the aisle situa¬ted within the said kirk the sum of 200 merks scots for the redemption and relaxation by the same of 6 husbandlands with a half husbandland with pertinents lying in the [lordship] of Coklaw and within the sheriffdom of Roxburgh, according to the tenor and form of a letter of reversion to the said deceased James Gledstanes his heirs and assignees and contained fully in a redemption and relaxation of the said lands by the said Robert Scot and William Scot his tutor made thereon under their seals. John asked instrument done at Lowsid before William [Lauder?], Philip Gledstanis, David Saltoune.
331. Turnbull 31 May 1544
Instrument narrating that, after viewing the evidents of the deceased John Turnbull formally made and sealed by the deceased David Broun burgess of Selkirk, James [Scot] one of the bailies of Selkirk gave sasine to Alison Turnbull daughter and sole heir of the said deceased John Turnbull of a tenement and yard lying near “Est Puyll” on the northside of the kings street with the waste place of the tenement of Munnes land on the east, the kings street on the south, the tenement of John Scot on the west and the croft of arable land of John Broun on the north, by earth and stones and provided that she divide the said tenement between herself and her sisters.
Alison asked instrument before witnesses abovewritten.
332.Bridin after a brief interval the said Alison resigned her share in hands of the bailie for delivery of sasine to John Bridin (p/t).
333.Howatsone 20 June 1544
Instrument narrating that, after the deliberation of an inquest and showing of the old evidents of the deceased James Achesone [and] John Achesone and new evidents of the deceased John Howat¬sone, John Bridin bailie vested the young man [blank] Howatsone as lawful heir of the said John in and to the tenement with yard and rig of the said deceased John [Achesone-erased] Howatsone lying on the south side of “Lady vol strand” with the tenement of John Lumisdene on the east, the lands of Robert Chepman on the south, the tenement of David Brydin on the west and the kings street that leads to the Pelgait on the north by earth and stones andin tenor of his charter made thereon.
[Blank] Howatsone asked instrument done on the ground of the same around noon before sir David Scot vicar pensioner of Caveris, James Scot bailie, Alexander Gledstanes, James Doby, John Lumis¬dene [pno?], Adam Dalgless.
334.Scot Howatsone after a brief interval on the same day
Instrument of sasine narrating that the young man [blank] Howat¬sone heir of the deceased John Howatsone resigned in hands of the said John Bridin bailie the tenement, yard and rig lying in Volgait as above , in tenor of the charter of infeftment, in favour of Walter Scot and to his heirs and assignees. Walter asked instrument before John Hoppringill in (blank).
335.Smaill and [Muthag] same day and place
Instrument of sasine narrating that Robert Muthag heir of the deceased John Muthag elder resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie his chief tenement with yard thereto lying on the north side of Pelgait with the tenement of the said Robert on the east, the said kings street on the south, the tenement of John Bradfut on the west and the lands of Patrick Murray on the north, by earth and stones, in favour of John Smaill… [rest torn or illegible].
336.Strang and (illeg) (p/t) April 15[44?]
On which day Janet Strang relict of the deceased Andrew Strang burgess of Selkirk resigned her conjunct fee or liferent of a [fore]house of the said Andrew Strang in hands of James Scot bailie and all right and claim which she has or will have in favour of her daughter Besse Strang. Elisabeth asked instrument before William Burne, James Scot thatcher, John Smyth, James Vilkesoune, John Hogg in Prestoune.
337.Strang James Scot
On which day the said bailie vested Elisabeth Strang lawful heir of the deceased Andrew Strang in all the forehouse abovewritten and entered the same and her heirs and assignees by handing over earth and stones. Elisabeth asked instrument around 3pm before above witnesses.
338.Ker same day place etc James Scot bailie [Text ends here. Rest of instrument not located].
[Instruments 319-323 bound out of sequence here.]
[Next item inserted as loose sheet].
339. The deliverans of xx libras [£20]
Item for twa stane of lynt xxii shillings
Item Thomas Jonsone vas awud for meit and drink vi libras x shil¬lings
Item for russat to collene xvi shillings vii pence
Item twa pair of hoiss blak and quhit lynning of thaim xxii
Item for his gowne xxxii shillings
Item for his spousing ring xviii shillings
Item ane mart and solt xxv shillings [a mart is an animal
slaughtered for salting for winter]
Item martynmas maill to Mark Ker x shillings
Item for ane furnist quhenyeire thre purcess gluffis knyffis
expensis maid xx shillings
Item for makin of his clathes iiii shillings
Item for ane serk vii shillings
Item for flour mutonne beiff and foullis that nycht he vas mar¬eite extendis xx shillings
Item to the anneversary for his gudschir v shillings
Item to Jenot Brydin v shillings
Item to Helyne Elwand x shillings Item ane ladis coit iiii shil¬lings
Item to James Helme iii shillings ii pence
Item that nicht he was mareit in his purss v shillings Item to Mage quhen scho come to Jedworth iii shillings
Item to Thomas quhen he yeid about the veschell iiii shillings Item at youil freiche beiff mutonne and aill iiii shillings Item al the vynter candel xxviii pence
Item quhen Thomas coft his horss ii shillings
Item for vi firlots of meil fra sanct Katherin day to candelmess day
Item in vissling Thomas sch[i]reld v shillings
Item Bulman ii shillings
Item Thomas Patersone for lynning ii shillings
[reverse of document…]
[Item] for seving of ane serk vi pence
Item to Pate Andesone vyf xiiii pence
Item to Jok Loremur ii shillings
Item to James Hawe iii shillings vii pence for his part of the sok
Item ane paiche evin v shillings befor the vytness
“Ane coumpt of deliverans to Thomas Jonss Jonsone coumpt”
340. Walter Scot of Branxolme knight and Marion Hoppringill relict of the deceased Andrew Ker of Prumsid loucht 15 June 1544 Walter Scot of Branxhame knight offered and showed Marion Hop¬pringill as follows in common parlance ” The said Valter Scot offerit the said Mairyone to pay all devyteis schirvice conform to the tak maid be hir to Villiam Vod elder for the steid of Bradmedoiss and be resone of Voll of Vod escheit suld haif the bradmedoiss and all his gudis and hess varnit all to flyt and remoif fra the said stedding effoir the terme of vitsonday and desiris to occupy the said stedding conforme to Woll of Wod tak and desiris hir to preif quhidder the tak was maid or nocht to Voll of Wod and scho vauld nocht preif it The said Valter tuk ane hand to preif it sufficiently with honest gentill men in the forest of etrik” Done on the ground of the same at Nevvork at three pm before John Hoppringill in Vosthouss, Robert Gotrasone, William Harde [“scutor” or “tutor”], Thomas [Swan?], Master Michael Scot, Walter Scot of Syntoune, sir Andrew Duncan.
341.Scot and Hoppringill Marion Hoppringill relict of the de¬ceased Andrew Ker of Primsid louch and lady of the conjunct fee of the lands of Bradmedois lying in the lordship of Etrik Forest in the sheriffdom of Selkirk declared in the following words in common parlance ” I ame contentit that Walter Scot of Branxholme knycht set the stedding of Bradmedois to ane or m[air] tenentis swa that he causs the tenentis thairof to pay me siclyk maill and devytes as William Wod elder suld haif paid to me geif he had broukit the sammyn stedding with siclyk schirvice at termes usit and vont To the quhilk said Valter answerit and oblisst him to causs the tenentis be imput be him one the said stedding of Bradmeddois to pay the said Mairyonne Hoppringill lyfrentter of the sammyne al manner of maillis and devytess schirvice that Villiam Vod elder vas oblist to haif pait to hir be vertue of the said Mairyonne tak maid to the said Villiam Vod elder howsone that it be maid manifest to the said Valter quhat deuty or schir¬vice the said Villiam Vod elder aucht to haif pait to the said Mairyonne and ferder thairefter sal causs the said tenentis to be input be him oblys and bynd the samyn to the said Mairyone at termes usit and vont”. Marion and Walter respectively asked instruments done on the ground of the same at Nevvork near the chapel of the same founded thereon at 3 pm on the year day month [blank: same as 340?].
342.Scot bailie and other sureties in Farnihirst
Page blank and cancelled except witnesses William Lasinbe, David Elphinstone.
343. Smaill in Midlame
[No text] witnesses John Keyne, William Haudene, James Scot, Thomas Hountar made cessionars.
344. Next page blank except
Todrik 5 day August
Crukshankis [8?] Aug [1544?]
John Broune “custe[m?]er”[customary tenant?] on his own confes¬sion confessed that he owes Mungo Crukshankis two bolls of barley before witnesses John Collen, Patrick Kelso.
“Ita est N Brydin”.
345.Scot Jonsone 18 Aug 1544
Instrument of sasine narrating that Thomas Jonsone resigned in hands of John Brydin bailie an annualrent of 18 shillings uplif¬ted yearly on the back house of his tenement with the tenement of Mungo Jonsone on the south, the rest of the tenement on the south, north and west sides and the kings street on the east in favour of Thomas Scot and his heirs and assignees, by delivery of one penny as is the custom, and provided that Thomas Jonsone and his heirs and assignees pay the said Thomas Scot and his heirs and assignees £4 scots. Done before Walter Scot, Robert Scot Hartvodburn, David Toddrig, John Smaill.
346.Scot of Hanyng
On which day Thomas Scot asked instrument that Thomas Jonsone make public a writing wherein the annualrent of 28 shillings could be relaxed for £20 before above witnesses.
347.John Smaill and Janet Brydin his spouse 18 Aug 1544 Mortifi¬cation narrating that John Brydin bailie at request of John Smaill and Janet Brydin his spouse came to their tenement on the north side of the Pelgait with the tenement of John Haw on the east, the Pelg[a]it on the south, the workshop of James Helme and the yard of James Haw on the west and the yard of James Chepman on the north and there, on ground of the same, John and Janet not led by force or fear nor fallen into error, tricked or deceived but truly with a worthy conscience and delivered of a sound mind in consideration of taking leave of this world repenting [and] fearful also the vain changeable fluctuating inconstancy in the spirit [send] greeting to our most excellent prince Mary queen of scots her predecessors and successors and looking kindly on the souls of John Smaill and Janet Bridin founders of the said an¬nualrent their parents, brothers, sisters, friends, benefactors and all the faithful dead favourably and irrevocably from their own hands from themselves their heirs and assignees resigned an annualrent of 11 shillings scots uplifted on the said tenement at two terms being at the anniversary days of the time of their deaths, without delay or any obstacle in order to celebrate the two anniversaries at the time of their resolution or death with priests present and future pertaining to the parish kirk of Selkirk as is customary with the bells solemnly rung before, in hands of the bailie by delivery of one penny. The resignation having been done in the style of a mortification the said bailie gave sasine of the annualrent to sir William Brydin vicar pensio¬ner of Selkirk and to be distributed to his successor vicars of the said parish kirk for ever for celebration of “Placebo” and dirge with the mass transferring the said John and Janet to the tomb [accompanied] by the psalm called “de profundis” as above, by delivery to him of one penny as is the custom. sir William Brydin asked instrument for himself and his successor vicar pensioners on the ground of the same around 10 am before William Mithag, David Todrig, Walter Scot, John Michelhill.
348.John Smaill younger son of the said John Smaill and Janet Brydin same day
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Smaill and Janet Brydin¬resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie their tenement lying on the north side of the street called Pelgait as above, reserving the profits and use of the same to them for their lifetimes, by earth and stones, in favour of John Smaill younger son of the said John and Janet. John Michelhill kinsman of the said John and Janet and in the name of John Smaill younger asked instrument done in a brief interval after the other sasine was recorded before above witnesses.
349.Graham title only.
350.Morlawe and Curror (blank) September 
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Curror and David Dristar procurator in the name of Janet Chepman came to two portions of their lands lying in east Hanyng of which the first lies over “Quarell Hoill” [Quarry Hole] with “Quarell Hoill” on the west, the lands of the heirs of John Scot on the south , “le roid” on the east and the lands of Thomas Morlawe on the north. The second lying over the hill [possibly motte?] with the “march dyk” on the east, the lands of Walter Scot on the south, the lands of Thomas Morlawe on the north and “stenttis upone John Curror lands nou in the hands of Thomas Graham and schir David Scot” and there, on ground of the same, John Curror and David Dristair procurator for Janet Chepman lady for life of the same from their own hands gave sasine of the two lands to Thomas Morlawe person¬ally, his heirs and assignees by earth and stones, provided that the said John and Janet their heirs and assignees pay 40 shil¬lings to Thomas Morlawe his heirs and assignees Also that the said Thomas his heirs and assignees shall enjoy the said lands for one year after redemption by customary ferme. Thomas asked instrument on ground of the same around 7am before Robert Mel¬ross, Robert Smyth.
351.Browne 26 Sept 
John Browne warned David Brydin at his dwelling house around 2pm according to the tenor of his reversion before witnesses John Brydin bailie of the burgh of Selkirk for the time, James Lumis¬dene and others.
352.Downaldsone and Ker 1 Oct 1544
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Downaldsone son and heir of the deceased Ninian Downaldsone younger resigned in hands of John Brydin bailie two rigs of land lying over “ester lais” near the “furd” of the burn descending and the lands [blank] on the east and the lands [blank] on the south and “den burn” on the west and the lands [blank] on the north, by earth and stones, in favour of Adam Ker and his heirs. Done on the ground of the same at 5pm before James Doby, Richard Ker, David Brydin serjeant.
[Rest of page cancelled.]
353.Lauder and Gledstanes 31 Oct 1544
Alexander Lauder burgess in Edinburgh and Alexander Gledstanes burgess in Selkirk faithfully and irrevocably agree to make a compromise with one another for the alienation of an annualrent of 6 merks and an acre of arable land called “Stay Aikar” as follows “That Sanderis Lauder burgess of Edinburgh with consent and assent of Mairyone Hay his spous sal analie sex merkis of annuell usuaill monny yeirly to be uplyftit of ane tenement ane yaird twa rigs pertening heretabylly to Sanderis Gledstanes and alss ane aikar of land callit the stay aikar to the said Sanderis Gledstanes and geif him heretabyll stait and sesing thair ofjust¬ly without fraud and gill and the said Sanderis Gledstanis makand thankfull sufficet to Sanderis Lauder and his spous for entress of ane sowm of mony thre schoir of libras and twellff to be pait or the halidais of youill be done and thaim sasing to be gevin.” Alexander Lauder and Alexander Gledstanes asked instruments respectively done in the close of Thomas Jonsone around nine before Stephen Bell, Adam Quhitson, Simon Quhitsone.
354. Janet Ker lady of St. Helen Schaw 1 Nov 1544
On which day Adam Ker lord of Dalcoif of his own free will re¬signed heritable state sasine and possession… [Instrument ends here. Rest of page blank and cancelled.]
355. Alexander Gledstanes 28 Nov 1544
John Brydin one of the bailies of Selkirk at instance and request of John Downe merchant and constituted by procuratory letter and in name of Alexander Lauder and Marion Hay burgess of Edinburgh whose mandate of attorney is clearly proven came to an annualrent of 6 merks usual money uplifted at the two terms of Whitsunday and Martinmas on the tenement of Alexander Gledstanes burgess of Selkirk lying in the said burgh near the mercat cross with the kings street on the east, the parish kirkyard on the south, the tenement of John Mithag on the west and the tenement of Robert Chepman on the north and also two rigs of arable land lying under “Peill hill” on the north side of the same and a yard in “kyrk¬vynd” with the yard of Andrew Mcduell and Nicholas Ker on the east, south and west sides and the yard of Robert Chepman on the north Finally an acre of land called “Stay Aikar” lying near “Moresonis hill” with the lands of Thomas Ker of Yair on the east south and north sides and the lands of Patrick Murray on the west with pertinents and there on the ground of the same the said John Downe procurator in name of Alexander Lauder and his spouse Marion Hay resigned from the said Alexander Marion their heirs and assignees all the annualrent of 6 merks uplifted on the tenement of Alexander Gledstanes and the two rigs under “Peill hill” with yard annexed, also the acre of arable land called “Stay Aikar” in hands of John Bridin bailie who gave sasine one by one of the same to Alexander Gledstanes personally present and accepting by delivery of one penny and of earth and stones and to his heirs and assignees save the right of whomsoever. Alexander Gledstanes asked instrument around 10 am one by one on grounds of the same before James Keyne, John Keyne, William Portuus, Robert Vilsone.
356.Copy of the Procuratory Letter of Alexander Lauder and Marion Hay Alexander Lauder and Marion Hay his spouse appoint John Downe [and] John Keyne conjunctly their procurators in all acts con¬cerning the resignation of the annualrent uplifted on a tenement with rigs and yard and resignation of the acre of arable called “Stay Aikar” [as 355] done at [Edinburgh?] 26 Nov 1544 before Stephen Bell, John Jonstoune, William Chepman.
[Subscribed by?] Alexander Lauder, Marion Hay, Stephen Bell notary.
357. Sir Adam Ker chaplain 8 Dec 1544
Instrument narrating that, after deliberation of an inquest and the viewing and authentication of evidents of the deceased Nicho¬las Ker burgess of Selkirk, John Bridin bailie of Selkirk gave sasine of the fore part [of a tenement?] with yard, divided and extending [blank], to the venerable man sir Adam Ker chaplain the true and lawful heir of the deceased Nicholas Ker. Sir Adam asked instrument around 2pm before sir John Chepman chaplain, James McDuell, John McDuell, Thomas Melross.
358.Haw and Chesholme 4 Jan [1544/5]
John Bridin bailie of Selkirk at request of David Haw son and heir of the deceased John Haw came to a hall, barn with half yard and croft contiguous lying west and north of the whole tenement descending from the “peill” to “etrik” also half the alternating occupation with his heirs and assignees [pertaining to] the said David of “Malt bern kyl and peill” under and over with pertinents lying on the east side of the burgh of Selkirk with the lands of Thomas Mynto on the east and west, the “mydstrem” of etrik on the north and the kings street on the south and there the said David Haw out of conjugal love resigns the said hall [and] barn with the west side of the yard and croft from the peel northwards descending to the Ettrick also half the alternating occupation of the whole of the ” malt bern and kyll and peill” in hands of the bailie who gave sasine of the same for life and in conjunct fee to Janet Chesholme spouse of the said David Haw personally pre¬sent and accepting by earth and stones as is the custom in the said burgh save the right of whomsoever. Janet asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 1pm before John Ker of Sanct Helyneschaw, Patrick Cuthbertsone, James Haw brother of the said David.
359.Perse Elwand 4 March 1544/5
William Elwand binds himself in the strictest form of bond under pain of 20 nobles “or ane hondr[ed?]” viz “angel nobyllis” to bring back George Downe englishman, as a safe man [ie.alive] on a warning of eight days to Walter Scot of Branxhame knight or Perse Elwand his captors. Perse asked instrument around 8 in the house of William Elwand before William Dalgles, James Estoune, John Elwand.
360.Angus 20 March 1544/5
John Fairle elder subscribed an acquittance of John Angus for the payment of his fermes of Peilhill, thankfully and wholly paid for one year to come viz. 1545. The said John subscribed the said acquittance in the chamber of sir Ninian Bridin around 10 am and because of rumours he did not want to bring witnesses.
361.Margaret Turnbull spouse of George Scot in Blyndhaucht [no details given.]
362. [ Cartoon of pointing hand] The form of a letter of commis¬sion of the burgh to repledge the burgesses and inhabitants of the burgh concerning whatever court
Example of the legal style used to appoint certain fellow burges¬ses to act as bailies, commissioners or special messengers for the burgh with full power and command to set in tack their lands, uplift fermes and annualrents thereon hold courts, go forth and [receive?] amercements punish transgessors, burgesses, stallin¬gers, indwellers within the said burgh and bounds before whatever justices and in whatever causes escheated or arrested or accused at the cross and marketplace and bounds of the said burgh, re-pledging and judging and in general doing all those things for which a bailie or commissioner is constituted by law and royal custom to do. Done at S[elkirk] 10 day of [blank] ad.]
[Two blank and cancelled pages follow.]
363.Robert Mithag 27 March 1545
Instrument narrating that, immediately after the inspection of evidents of the deceased John Mithag elder living in in Pelgait, John Brydin bailie gave sasine to the young man Robert Mithag true and lawful heir of the deceased John of all his tenement lying on the north side of Pelgait with another tenement of the said deceased John on the east, the said kings street on the south, the tenement of John Bradfut on the west and the lands of Patrick Murray on the north. Robert asked instrument around 7am before James Scot bailie, David Todrig serjeant, Robert Melross, Thomas Graham, Paul Helme, John Hawyk.
364.[title and first line missing] Instrument of sasine narrating that Besseca Strang lawful heir of the deceased Andrew Strang resigned in hands of James Scot her house lying in the said burgh on the north side of the kings street with the tenement of Mark Ker on the east and north, the kings street which leads to the mercat cross on the south and the tenement of William Burne on the west in favour of [mark Ker]. Mark Ker asked instrument before above witnesses.
365 John Ra John Ra before James Scot John Filedoris declared that his mother Besseca Strang had alienated her house without his consent
366. Forest 27 April 1545
Instrument narrating that John Bridin bailie, after inspection of evidents of the deceased Thomas Forest, vested John Forest as true and lawful heir of the deceased Thomas in and to his tene¬ment lying near “Fulbrig myre” with the yard of William Flegear on the east, the lands of Patrick Murray on the south, the kings street which leads to the [well scored out] bridge on the west and the tenement of John Forest on the north, by earth and stones and in tenor of the old evidents. John Forest asked instrument done around 10 before James Keyne, James Crawfurd, John Scot “obstrice”, Adam Quhitsone.
The same day the said bailie, after inspecting evidents of the deceased Thomas Forest, also vested John Forest as heir to same in and to one piece of his land called Ladylands lying on the east of the Lonyng Gait which leads to Selkirk Hills with the lands of Patrick Murray on the east, the rest of Ladylands in hands of James Craufurd on behalf of John Bridin on the south, the common loaning on the west and the lands called “denes lands” now in hands of Thomas Berkar on the north, by earth and stones, the said John and his heirs paying yearly to the servants of the altar of our Saviour situate in Calco according to the tenor of the old charter . John Forest asked instrument done on the ground of the same about 10 am before above witnesses.
367.William Forest same day
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Forest heir of the deceased Thomas Forest resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie his tenement with yard lying in Fulbrig with the yard of William Flegear on the east, the lands of Patrick Murray now in hands of Thomas Berkar on the south, “Fulbrig gait” on the west and the tenement of John Forest on the north in favour of William Forest personally and to his heirs and assignees. William asked instru¬ment done in the peel [or?] the principal tenement around 11am before James Crawfurd, James Keyne, John Scot “obscrite”, Adam Quhitsone.
Same day after a brief interval John Forest also resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie for delivery of sasine of a portion of arable land called Ladyland, specified before, in favour of William Forrest of one half of the same and the other half to Cristina Scot wife of Thomas Forest in life rent and after her death [to?] John Scot procurator for John Forest his heirs and assignees in tenor of a charter made thereon. The said William Forest and Cristina Scot wife of the deceased Thomas, also after her death John Forest, paying yearly one [merk?] scots also in the same year to secure his investment thereto 20 shillings in hands of the bailie instantly for delivery of earth and stones.William, Thomas Forest and John Scot in name of John Forrest asked instrument done around 3pm.
368.William Forest 27 April 
John Forest son and heir of the deceased Thomas Forest resigned all his right and claim to the heritable goods pertaining to him on death of his father for 20 shillings in his hands [in favour of] his brother William Forest and for other favours to be done in sustaining him in life and clothing. William Forest asked instrument in the peel around 10 before above witnesses.
369.Sir David Scot vicar pensioner [page blank and cancelled.]
370. Scot son of Alexander Scot 17 May 
Instrument narrating that, after authentication, showing and viewing of evidents of the deceased Alexander Scot of Paless, James Scot one of the bailies vested John Scot as heir of the deceased Alexander in and to an annualrent of 6 shillings [uplif¬ted] on the tenement of Robert Mithag now in hands of John Smaill in Pelgait and another annualrent of 2 shillings uplifted on the tenement of Thomas Curror by delivery of one penny as is the custom. John Scot asked instrument done on ground of the same around 11am before sir Andrew Scot vicar of Cavers, William Scot, John Thomsone, Andrew Crukshankis, Robert Yoing, James Scot.
371.Smaill same day
John Scot as above resigns the annualrent of six shillings uplif¬ted on a tenement in hands of Robert Mithag in favour of John Smaill. Witnesses as 370
372.Smaill after a brief interval
John Scot resigns the annualrent of 2 shillings in favour of John Smaill. Witnesses as 370.
373.Thomsone and Neutoune 20 May 1545
Instrument of sasine narrating that Hector Neuton in Ruderfurd resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie of Selkirk his tenement with yard toft and croft lying near the bounds of the said burgh with the tenement of John Scot thatcher and the lands of James Chepman on the east, the kings street on the south, the tenement of John Scot younger on the west and the “midstrem” of Etrik on the north in favour of Robert Thomsone burgess of Selkirk his heirs and assignees, by earth and stones. Robert asked instrument done on the ground of the same around 3pm before William Portuus, James Donaldsone, William Lasinbe, Perse Elwand, Thomas Jamsone, Robert Horne.
374. Turnbull 21 May  Instrument narrating that, after inspection of evidents of the deceased John Turnbull burgess of Selkirk, John Bridin bailie gave sasine of half his tenement lying in the bounds of the burgh near “ester puyll” with the lands or place of the tenement of (p/t) “Munes”land on the east, the kings street on the south, the tenement of John Scot thatcher on the west and the lands of William Chepman on the north to Alison Turnbull one of the true and lawful heirs of the deceased John Turnbull, by earth and stones.
Alison asked instrument before William Portuus serjeant, John Elwand, Patrick Cuthbertsone, William Tait around 7pm.
375. Margaret Turnbull same day the bailie gave sasine to Mar¬garet Turnbull one of the heirs of the deceased John Turnbull of half the said tenement with yard [as 374] before John Scot younger, Robert Vilsone [cooper?].
376. Elwand same day
Instrument of sasine narrating that the said Alison resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie her share of the house and yard lying near “ester puyll” in favour of William Elwand and his heirs and assignees, paying yearly burgh ferme to the queen and her succes¬sors [blank] in tenor of the charter made thereon. William asked instrument before above witnesses.
377.David Bridin Keyne 6 June 1545
David Bridin in presence of witnesses confessed [he has resigned] the redemption and due payment of a sum of money for the redemp¬tion of a tenement yard and croft [in favour of] James Keyne near “Fulbrig” by alienation of all right claim property and posses¬sion he has or will have to the same and will never challenge James Keyne and his assignees within or outwith the law in the time to come. John Vaich asked instrument before sirs John Michelhill, John Brydin chaplains, James Scot, John Brydin bai¬lie, William Portuus, David [Todrig] serjeants.
378. Bridin on which day David protested that the said redemp¬tion of the tenement yard and croft should not prejudice of his lands of Yperlaw and pertinents. Done in the aisle of John the Baptist at 2pm.
379.Vaiche on which day Helen Bridin spouse of James Keyne came to the tenement of her spouse and in presence of witnesses under¬written alienated her [conjunct?] infeftment and all right and claim ownership and possession which she has or will have in and to the tenement of James Keyne or any part of the same. John Vaiche asked instrument.
380.Vaiche and Keyne 6 June 1545
Instrument of sasine narrating that James Keyne burgess of Selk¬irk (with consent of his spouse Helen Bridin) from himself, his heirs and assignees resigned in hands of John Bridin bailie his tenement with yard and croft lying on the east side of the “Lonyng gait” near Fulbrig with the lands of John Thomsone on the east, the lands of Patrick Murray now in hands of James Keyne on the south, the “lonyng gait” which leads to “Selkirk hillis” on the west and the lands of George Chesholme on the north in favour of John Vaiche, by earth and stones. John Vaiche asked instru¬ment done in the hall of the said tenement around 2pm before sirs John Michelhill, John Bridin chaplain and notary, James Scot bailie, William Portuus serjeant, John Mithag, John Notman, Alexander Gledstanes.
381. Keyne on which day James protested that the alienation of my principal tenement should not turn in prejudice to my heirs and assignees concerning my lands of Yperlaw and that the said land of Yperlaw was [part] of the pertinents of the principal tenement. James asked instrument before said witnesses.
382.Vaiche on which day James Keyne in presence of witnesses aithfully promised John Vaiche if he alienates his lands of Yperlaw the said John will be warned before all his men and he shall have the same in feu if he wants to pay the said James as much as he wants him to pay. John asked instrument.
383.Scot wife of John Vaiche same day
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Vaiche freely resigned in hands of John Bridin one of the bailies of Selkirk his tene¬ment with yard and croft thereto lying near “Fulbrig” (as above) in favour of Marion Scot spouse of the said John in conjunct fee and liferent and to their heirs begotten or to be begotten. (Blank) [Marion] Scot asked instrument before witnesses above¬written.
[Note in margin: to [Marion] Scot wife of John [Vaiche] for special favours.”]
[Below this instrument is very faintly written “Jhus Maria”.]
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384.”I Jhonne Stevinsoune granttis me that I had ane bed rowme ane (illeg)[year?] under schir Niniane Briden anno LII [1552?] to Lammes for the quhilk I p[romised?] him vi shillings vii pence and I ame content to pay it quhen ever schir [Niniane] requiris It or to be in his merciamenttis. In vytness of quhilk thing I haif subscrivit thir presentis befor Villiam Meldrom Jhone Chep¬man Michaell Yong utheris divers.
Jhone Stewinsone.” [Reverse blank.]
385.Agreement [of] Scot and Kelsoo 20 June 1545 in common par¬lance “The quhilk day Patrik Kelsoo sal geif heretabyll stat sasing of ane tenement of his lyand in the volgait Cuchtbert Lidderdaill in the ester part Male Notman yaird and peill in soucht and vost partis the volgait on the norcht part fra hyme and his ayris to George Scot in Hawik and his ayris payand thair¬foir yeirlie xii [shillings?] annell. The said Patrik sal mak reparacionne and big compleit the tenement vatterteycht with ane propeill betuix and d[urris and] vondokis al necessairis thingis and sa lang as (p/t) Patrik vyl pay thankfuly xii shillings to George [Scot?] to Sanderis Lauder ouerlord for annuell salong as he (p/t) quhill the said George occupies it (p/t) James Neulan¬dis.”
386. Kelsoo 20 June 
Instrument narrating that James Neulandis procurator of Alexander Lauder and Marion Hay living in Edinburgh handed James Scot one of the bailies of Selkirk his letter of procuratory at their tenement lying in Volgait (with the tenement of Cuthbert Lidder¬aill on the east, the yard of Marion Notman on the south and west and the kings street on the north) which commanded as follows:
Alexander Lauder burgess of Edinburgh to William Portuus, William Burne, James Neulandis conjunctly and severally my bailies in that part specially constituted with the consent and assent of Marion Hay lady of the conjunct fee. I have given and granted and demitted heritably in feu ferme or annualrent and by these pre¬sents demit to Patrick Kelsoo burgess of Selkirk and Christian (sic) Scot his spouse in conjunct fee to whichever lives longer and their heirs begotten or to be begotten, failing which the nearest lawful heirs of the said Patrick, all my house as waste and built with pertinents lying within the burgh of Selkirk in “lie Pelgait” between my lands called “lie peill” on the west, my other house occupied by Cuthbert Lidderdaill on the east, my other lands occupied by Marion Notman on the south, and the common kings street called Pelgait on the north, held of the queen in free burgage forever with houses, (p/t), stone and lime [“calce”] and with free entry and [exit thereto] and any other freedoms, commodities, profits, easements and rights pertaining and to enjoy the same peacefully and freely without any obstacle or impediment [and] the said Patrick and Marion to pay 12 shil¬lings annualrent at two terms viz. Whitsunday and Martinmas in two equal parts also to the queen’s burgh servant and of her successors as much as is customarily due. Now I order and com¬mand you jointly and severally to give sasine without delay to the said Patrick and Marion or their attorney in conjunct fee to whichever lives longer all the said house, wasteland and build¬ings to be held as of right, the which to do I commit to you my full power. In witness of which I appended my seal and subscrip¬tion and the signet and subscription of my wife in sign of her consent to the foregoing at Edinburgh 6 July 1543 before sirs James Abercrommy, David Gudersone, master Andrew Quitlawe, Ste¬phen Bell, John Hall and William Chepman. “Marion Hay hir hand tuechend the pen William Chepman notar. William Chepman.”
When the letter had been read out the bailie gave sasine of the above to Patrick Kelsoo and his spouse. Patrick asked instrument done in the said house about 7am before William Scot in Hawik, John Curror, Robert Nycholl, John Brown.
387. Scot same day after a brief interval
Instrument of sasine narrating that Patrick Kelsoo resigned in hands of James Scot his tenement with pertinents (as above) in favour of George Scot in Hawik, by earth and stones. George asked instrument before witnesses above.
[Rest of page blank.]
388.G[ressame] in Midlame 22 June 1545
Instrument narrating that Quintin Hog of his own free will as¬signed all right, claim, ownership and possession which he has or will have in and to a quarter of a husbandland lying in Midlame with the lands of James Heslop on the west, the lands of William Bauld on the east and the rest lying in “ryndaill” by rotation through the open fields and immediately promised that the said Alexander will have another quarter husbandland or half husband¬land with pertinents if anyone would give it so it does not come out of pure malice and the said Quintin acknowledged he was fully content by the friendship or “kyndness” having removed £3 and 12d not paid to the stocksman [ad instarum?]. Alexander Grissame asked instrument around 11am in the market place before the courthouse before Andrew Bannantyne serjeant of Bouldene, Thomas Blak in Midlame, Thomas Burne in Clarelawe.
389.Scot and Lumisden 2[2?] July 1545
Instrument of sasine narrating that John Lumisdene burgess of Selkirk resigned in hands of James Scot one of the bailies of Selkirk his chamber built in style of a peel with eight ells of yard contiguous on the southside, under, over and between the gables, with the rest of the tenement of John Lumisdene on the east, south and north and the tenement of Walter Scot on the west in favour of Walter Scot and his heirs by earth and stones. Walter Scot asked instrument done around 10 am before William Dougless, Alexander Stensone, John Cruyk, Cuthbert Curror, John Lumisdene.
390.Janet Haliburntoun same day, place and hour
Instrument of sasine narrating that the said Walter Scot re¬signed, out of love for his wife,in hands of James Scot bailie the said house with yard of eight ells lying contiguous to the said house (as 389) in favour of his wife Janet Haliburntoun in life rent and in conjunct fee. Janet asked instrument done as above.
391.Janet Ker Lady of Schaw [page blank and cancelled].
392.Alexander Lauder 24 Oct 
Alexander Lauder showed in presence of witnesses underwritten how James Keyne had bound himself in tenor of an obligation to pay him all the fermes by the [blank] day of the month of July with¬out delay or, if he did not pay all the fermes by the contracted terms on the said day, all right and claim he has to all his lands will be alienated by the said Alexander and instantly the said Alexander showed that Thomas Ker in Yair redeemed his lands called “Skynar croft” lawfully and discharged the said James Keyne and his assignees from occupation of the same. Alexander asked instrument done in the street near the mercat cross around 10 am before sir John Brydin, Stephen Bell notary, John Ferg[uson],John Vaych, John Downe.
393.[Blank] and Curror 8 Nov 
Instrument narrating that Thomas Curror burgess of Selkirk re¬signed in hands of John Brydin one of the bailies of Selkirk his tenement over “Halleuolhill” with the tenement of John Brown on the east, the kings street called Volgait on the south, the tenement of the heirs of Thomas Jonsone on the west and the tenement of Thomas Scot heir of deceased John Scot on the north in favour of [blank] living in Freirschaw, in tenor of the old charter. Done around 10am before sir David Scot vicar of Ca¬veres, John Brown, William Mithag, Cuthbert Lidderdaill, Andrew Ellot.
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394.Katherin Levinstoun and Haliburtoune [blank] 1546
The noble and potent lady Marion Haliburtoune, one of the heirs of the lordship of Dirltoune, spouse of George Howme lord of the lordship of Howme, on her own confession declared as follows in the vernacular “I Mairyone Haliburtoun makis it knawin till all and sundry bath in burgh and land youcht albeit discretfull persones Katherin Levinstoun and Robert Haliburtoun hir spouse for his entress undouttabill heretour of all the tane halff of hir fadiris tenement lyand in the norcht syd of the kingis streit anent the meill merkat in to ane cloiss callit John Towris cloiss the tenement of Ad Hoppar one the tane part the tenement of Jhone Feychar one the tother part hess maid to me ane rycht in and to the samyn be ane letter of tak of xix  yeris selet and sub¬scrivit be the saidis Katherin heretour of the said halff tene¬ment and Robert Haliburtoun for hes entress and quhair they grant in thairis tak to me and myne assignais alanerly That I reportit and gaif to thaim for thairis halff tenement formaill thankfully befor hand It is nocht of verite bot alanerly to bring the said Katherin Robert and thairis ayris in peciabill possession and just division be counsail of the gud towne of Edinburgh for luf allia frendschip schirvis don and to be don be thaim to me and myne and attour for the luf of god becaus thai cald get na pro¬cess of iustice and alss [as] sone as I or my assignais may get division or process of justice I sal remit and deliver the tak [defessit?] to the saidis Katherin Robert and thairis ayris and put thaim in possessioune frelie thai payand part of [the?] expenss to me [eisle?] that I sal [refound?] under the hiest pane that may follow.” Katherin and Robert asked instrument done in the town-house [“hospecia”] of the lord of Howme around 3pm before William Vodmansone, John Thomsone, George Drowmond.
395. Down 4 July 1546
Instrument narrating that John Downe merchant and seaman in Leycht made, constituted and ordained Isabel D[owne or] Vilkesone relict of the deceased William Downe her father and Janet Downe spouse of James Houp in Newtoun his true lawful assignees in and to his things being in hands of the said “[marilho..?] efferand to his schair pellaigis and all kynd of proffettis efferand to his part as ane marinaill aucht to haif and be tenor heirof ordines Jaimes Brevhouss to resave it in my nayme fra Patrik Loucht captan of the said schip and James Bartoun quarter maister to the said schip Vatte Bartoun quarter maister that ye ansser myne assignatouris abone vrytting failyeing of my selff and alss consignes all proffettis that may happin to my schair and quarter of schair in the sch[ip] of Christopher Jhone of Berthan captan and Dand (p/t) quarter maister “. Done in the aisle of the holy eucharist in the kirk of St. Giles around 3pm before Adam Val¬lanss serjeant, James Mairiorbankis, James [Rynd?].
Note “I ame awud to James Brehouss iiii libras Item to Jhone Fallonsdaill vii shillings Item to Jhone Vilsone x shillings vi pence Item ye sal resave fra Volle Hil of mussilburgh xliiii shillings the said Villiam hess oblist hyme to pay the barbour for my helyng.”
397. M.R. Rychertsone (p/t) August 1546
At eleven am in the aisle of St. John the evangelist in the kirk of St. Giles M[aster?]. R. Rychertsone vicar of Ekfurd was sum¬moned by sentence of censure and regarding the bringing of which by master Nicholas Rutherfurd or by whomsoever else deputed to make any accusation by the commission of Tevidale forsaid and summoned to the most reverend archbishop of Glasgow and his [principal?] official according to and in tenor of a form of reckoning made by him and given in writing before sirs Robert Lyddaill, John Achesone, Alexander Swanstoun, Andrew Notman.
398. Alexander Tait lord of Pyrne 18 Aug 
Alexander Tait lord of Pyrne in name and on part of Walter Scot of Branxhame knight came to Janet Ker lady of conjunct fee of Bedroull humbly requiring the said Janet that she should compear on 7 Sept in St. Mungo’s chapel of Lilleslef to receive a sum of money or goods for payment of the whole sum enacted in the con¬sistorial books of Glasgow. Done in the kirk of St. Giles around 10am.
Master Alexander Tait owing [arrears?] to the said Janet in view of the intended marriage between said Walter and Janet despite the knights contract and now in church law by [her own right? “per suantiam?”] [next line illegible] to James Tait, sir John Cadzou, (illeg) Mulikyne.
399. Janet Ker on which day
The said Janet protested in presence of witnesses underwritten that this warning should not prejudice her [because?] she could not lawfully present all disagreements at suitable times in law for the diverse [reasons?] herself and Walter Scot [were asking judgement?] before said [witnesses] and ought not to be done.
400.Thomas Dawsone procurator for master James Hepburn of Auld¬hamstok 29 July 1548
Collation to benefice of rectory and vicarage of the parish kirk of Auldhamstoks, within the diocese of St. Andrews (which see being vacant the collation of benefices falls to the vicars general) narrating that because the benefice has been vacant since the death of the deceased master Patrick Monepenny last rector and possessor of the same and on account of falling on ill fated times and the lack of care and neglect of the noble and potent lord sir Patrick earl of Bouthueill and lord of Halis no successor was appointed within the appointed time, following on a letter of the said vicars general to the said metropolitan see under seal and subscription of said vicars general and under note and subscription of master Walter Feych notary public dated the chapter house of the said monastery of St. Andrew 8 May this instant, which gave and granted to the said James Hepburn dean of Dunkeld the collation ordinary of the rectorship of the parish kirk of Auldhamstokis, his procurator sir Thomas Dawsone in his name ordained instituted and invested the venerable sir Alexander Alesone vicar pensioner (named vicar executor in the letter of collation mentioned above) in possession of the rectory and vicarage of the said parish kirk also the glebe and kirklands of the said kirk and all rights, fruits, emoluments, oblations, [obligations? “connepsis”] and profits of the said rectory and vicarage by solemnly delivering to him books, missals, chalices and other ornaments at the high altar of the parish kirk of Auldhamstokis, according to the form and tenor of the said colla¬tion and sir Thomas Dausone, procurator as above, delivered pos¬session of the same by handing over earth and stones.
Sir Thomas asked instrument in name of the said dean done at the said kirk and manse around 9am before William Sinklar, John Haste, Alexander Flemyng, Thomas Litstar, James Lyndsay, John Darling.
401.David Tait and Gawin Tait agreement
“The fift day of September in the yere of god  yeiris It is finely compromitit aggreit betuix vorchty men David Tait burgess of Edinburcht in that ane part and Gawin Tait in to ane uther part in maner forme and effect as efter followes that the said Gawin Tait sal in all gudlie haiste efter that he be entreit sal immediatlie geif heretabill stait sasing and possessionne of all and hail his tenement of land lyand in Falconer Cloiss with the pertinenchis as at mair lencht ar continet in to the evidenss maid thair upone for the quhilk alienacionne and resignationne the said David Tait sal instantly or quhen he beis requirit geif the said Gawin Tait twa hondrecht merkis usuall mony of scotland and four schoir of merkis efter the decess of Agnes Hopper his guddam and geif the said Agnes Hopper obtenes by rou maillis [ie. by way of compensation?] one the said Da[vi]d Tait his ayris executouris the forsaid Gawin Tait sal pay the tane halff of costis expenss of by rou maillis to the said David Tait in vit¬ness of the quhilk thing the said David Tait askit instrument of sir N Brydin notar publick and for the mair securite the said Gawin Tait hess subscrivit this compromit wyth his awin hand in David Tait hous at four efter nowne day and yeir abone vritting before thir vitness schir Hendre [Cr]owe, William Cowdene burgess of Edinburgh, [Nicholas?] Crukschankis, Thomas Law, Gilbert Lauder (p/t) the grippis r(p/t).
402. David Tait in Edinburgh and Gavin Tait 10 Oct 1548
Gavin Tait of his own free will in good conscience quitclaimed to his cousin David Tait [and] his heirs the sum of 40 merks owed to him in tenor of an obligation if it should happen that the wooden [“auglecam”] tenement sold by me to the said David shall catch fire or suddenly be burned or destroyed otherwise viz. “suddand fir or distroit be slouchtfulness negelegently the said David his ayris executoris sal refo[und?] and mak complet payment of the four schoir of merkis efter the tenor of his obligationne sub-scrivit wyth his hand”. David asked instrument done around 5pm in his booth before George Jonsone and William Cowdene.
403. Sir Gilbert Andersone 24 May 1549
A discrete young man in a voice of lamentation declared and alleged that he was the son of the deceased venerable master John Villemsone provost of Cetoun [Seton Collegiate church] and the said sir Gilbert moved by pity on command of the executors deli¬vered 20 shillings to the youth by which sum in presence of witnesses underwritten he promised never to ask for anything in future from the executors of the deceased master John and in tenor of these present instruments discharges the same forever. Sir Gilbert asked instrument before John Chepman, John Pentland, John Bradfut, Henry Hereot.
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404.Copy of letter sent.”Patrick Neubiging I recommend me to you and to all uther gud frendis quhair to it efferis fathfully to fulfill thir promissis and pounctmenttis under vritting I desir you effectuisly and be yor plesour to resave Jenot Bradfut my cusing vyf umquhill and at michelmess god volling ye sal haif hir thrid part of gudis be tenor of the testament and alss hir here¬taigis to you and youris ayris laufully to be producit the stait that is gevin hir secund sone salbe reducit and ouer gevin in iugisment vithout revocationne ze his moder oblisand you to the geif the said child geif he leiffis quhill be abyll to resave craft at devyss of Robert Hawdene of me schir N[inian] uther frendis essely and als the smal portionne of gudis wyth deidis part amang the barnes ye and thair moder to resave It and sal haif twa husbandlandis quhilkis ve hauld of Patrick Murray and Mark Ker ay and quhill the child be [8 or 13] yeres auld ye payand the deuyte thairof thankfully or geif I get benface in that countre than ye sal haif the tane and I the tother vyth consent of the gantil men and as for the gudis of ayrschip and heretaigis pertening to the air geif I occupy it nocht my selff ye and Jenot sal haif it of ane computabill priss bath gudis and lands and geif I de the child and al is your awin handis befor plesyour stir nocht and I sal be fathful.”
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405.Jenot Chepman George Elwand 10 May 1550
“It is compromitit betuix Jenot Chepman George Elwand curatour to hir sister in maner forme and effect that George Elwand sal deliver to his moder Besse Elwand 40 shillings quhilk suld be geffin to Margaret Chepman quhilk is in Ingland and geif the saidis Margaret decess or scho resave it the said 40 shillings salbe distribut amang Jenot and Helyne Chepman and George Elwand bownd for the 40 shillings quhilk is in his moders handis in Lyndene his ayris executoris and assignais.” Janet asked instru¬ment done in house of George Elwand before George Chepman, James Vynt, John Collene, Ninian Chepman.
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406.”I haif vryttin and subscrivit this said tak the said day and yeir effor nemmit afor thir vitness James Hereot Fynlaw Michell Robert Spottisvod” done in the booth of Robert Spottiswod in the town house [“hospecio”] of Walter Chepman around 9am before George Gibsone, Robert Spottisvod, Adam Spottisvod son of said Robert done for the greater verification of the letter of tack.
407.Copy of the common charter for [celebrating an anniversary?] “Til al and syndry quhair it effeiris to quhais knawleige thir present lettres sal cum George Gybsone sumtyme maister baxstair to our maist exellent prins king James the fyft of gud mynd quham god asspilye and burgess of the burgh of Edinburgh gretting in god everlasting veittis your [universites?] Me in the honor of god almychty his blissit moder the glores virgyne Mary and of sanct Howbert patronn of the baxstaris of the said burght and of al the sancttis in hevin and for the prosperite of the maist exellent princess marie our qwayne of Scotland and for hir saull heil efter hir distress and for the saul of heil of the said maist nobill prinss kyng James the fyft and his antecessoris and for the said heill of me the said George and Elesabecht Cranstoun my spous and for the saull heill of my fader moder and all my progenitoris umqhuill George Gibsone my sone and apparand air quhilk deit and vas slane at the feild of Pynkeclecht and of umquhill Jhonne Gibsone my sone slayne in Al[m]ony and for the saullis of thaim that I haif failyet to in this present lyf my bairnes brether of the craft of this burgh all uther burgesses and comonite thairof To haif gevin and grantit and be thir pre¬sent lettres gaves and granttis in [prayer] and perpetuall al¬monss to the persones and thair successouris and the altair undervritting all and hail an anneill of 9 merkis usuaill mony of scotland for ane annyversary yeirly to be donne the [third?] day of march for my saull the saullis abone vrytting in the colleige kirk of sanct geill of Ed[inburgh] at sanct houbert altar situat within the sammyne That is to say placebo and derige with [not?] and saul mess vith the 16 [channonis?] prebends of the sammyne with thair surpleycths psalmess and derige for the quhilk anni¬versary to be don and the forsaid annuell rent of 9 merkis salbe disponit and gevin yeirlie be me the said George duryng my lyf¬tyme and efter my deceiss contineusly ne the deikin of the said baxstar craft beyng for the tyme in maner followand That is to say the 16 channones for thair saul mess placebo and derige 16 shillings Item to the chapelan of the said altair institut wyth uther 29 chapellanes of the kirk to say mess placebo and derige with surpleicht at the said altair at the twa altairis next adiacent the day next thairto forsaid Ilk chapellan 8 pence Item for ringing of the gret bellis 3 shillings Item for four candeles twa to the altair and twa to graif and sepultur twa torches 10 shillings Item uther twa smal candeillis to the twa altairis next adiacent to the said altair of sanct Hubert 2 shillings Item for the silver chandlairis and croiss 8 pence Item for the hand bell throw the towne affoir the saul mess and derige 8 pence Item to the beddel of the quhweir [choir] 8 pence Item to the berars of the torches 4 pence Item to him that graiches the sepultur 8 pence and keipis the silver vork 8 pence Item thre scoir of daillis everilk dail haif 8 pence in mony and four penny laif to be distribut in this maner and that thir lx  [loaves] of breid stand upone ane burd upone ane clath Item ten therof to be gevin to the gray freiris Item to the pouer beddellis of sanct mary vynd 5 daillis Item to the beddellis of sanct paullis vork four dailis Item to the hospitaill of sanct niniane chapell ane daill Item the remanent 40 daillis to be gevin to the pouer folkis honest houshauldiris befor ony utheris Item the said chapellan of the said altair present and to cum to fynd breid and vyne to the saidis mess and uther schirvice about the altair concerning hyme 2 shillings Item to the said deikin for the tyme for his labouris in geddering of the said annuelrent of 9 merkis and to causs this fundaciounne to be done and keipit yeirlie 4 shillings makand and complettand the said sowme of 9 merkis Off the quhilk I vil alwaiss that efter my deceiss the said deykin of the said craft beyng for the tyme be ingedderarar our sear [overseer] and distributar of the sammyne mess and daillis as said is and he to haif the said 4 shillings yerly thairfor as he vil answer to god almychty the hye jugis in the day of dowme Jugisement and geif the said deykin be necligent or failyeing in doyng of all thingis abonit vrytting or refussis to do the samyne yeirlie as said is in that cais and that the curat collector prebendairis of the said colleig kirk be inbringarris of the said annuel yeirlie and our searris and distributaris of the sammyne messis daillis and uther thingis abone expremit and thai to [haif] the said sowme of 4 shillings for thair labouris traveill and geif elyk vys it sal happyne the saidis curat collector prebendairris to be necligent or failye herein that the den of gild of the said burgh of Ed[inburgh] beyng for the time beand ingedderar of the said annuelrent distributar thairof as saidis and to haif the said 4 shillings yeirly Alswa I vill and ordines that geif ony of the said 16 chanones or ony of the said secular prests be absent fra the saul mess placebo and derige as said is said do That the said dikeyne and failyeing of him coll[ector] and den of gild geif thaim nayne mair of vaigis bot wyth hauld the sammyne to uther pouer prestis that vil say mess at the said altairis. In vitness of the ” [ends here].
408.Sir George Scot procurator of John Eskynne 12 Feb 1551
Sir George Scot vicar of Longfordome [Langforgund, Perth] procur¬ator of James Eskynne came to dean Alexander Smeberd canon and superior of the monastery of the Holy Rood near Edinburgh situa¬ted in the choir of the same sitting with all the [white “canen¬tibus”? *] canons at High Mass presented the procuracy of John Eskynne abbot of Dryburgh also authentic bulls of the said mon¬astery of Driburgh and proceedings of the same in another form requiring the said dean Alexander Smeberd to admit, administer and to execute the same in the absence of master Robert Steuart commendator of the said abbey of the Holy Rood and the said Alexander subprior instantly refused to admit until he had con¬sulted with his superior and fellow brothers. Sir George Scot procurator asked instrument around 10am in the choir before master William Ker rector of Auldroxburgh, James Schaw of Sanch¬quhy, John Bruyss heir of Carnok deans, John Gudsone, Andrew Vil¬sone, James Lyndisay canons, Francis Steill.
On the same day before above witnesses dean Alexander protested that the intimation made should not turn to prejudice of our abbot or brothers in time to come and asked instrument.
* Holy Rood was an Augustinian foundation (commonly known as the black friars), Dryburgh was Premonstratensian (commonly known as white friars) an order which followed the Augustinian rule.
409. John Vatsone wright 17 June 1551
On which day John Vilsone set in tack a portion of his house lying on the east side of Kirk Vynd to John Vatson wright for 40 shillings yearly provided that the said shall enjoy the said tenement and promise faithfully that he shall never accept in the terms (p/t) more than 40 shillings yearly and the said John Vatsone to pay in hands of the said John 40 shillings for build¬ing the house and [annualrent?] thereafter. John Vatsone asked instrument before Thomas Todrig traveller [“itinere”] “viz. cagger”*, James Skune, John Dalgless.
*ie cadger meaning a travelling dealer.
410. Sandersone 7 July 1551
Sir Adam Sandersone vicar pensionar of Libertoun resigned all his right and claim in respect of Henry Sandersone and seeking all his things from the said Henry before whatever judge. Henry asked instrument before Walter Broun, Alexander Stil , John Chepman. Done in my chamber* in Edinburgh.
* The chamber of Ninian Brydin.
411.Henry Young baxter of the burgh of Edinburgh 5 July 1551
James Cant burgess of the burgh of Edinburgh in presence of witnesses underwritten confessed that he had set in tack and made a letter of assedation and subscribed with his own hand to Henry Young baxter and burgess of Edinburgh his fore booth, which the said Henry had occupied formerly, for five years next after the feast of Whitsunday 1551 for a ferme of 8 merks yearly with all the fermes paid by hands to the said James containing in total 40 merks in which tenor the letter of assedation follows
“I James Cant burgess of Edinburgh granttis me to haif set and for maill lettin my foirbouycht to Hendry Yong baxstair and burgess of the said burght the quhilk he occupies now for all the spaice and termes of fyv yeiris to cum for 8 merks in the yeir extending to 40 merks in the haill and I the said James byndis me my ayris executouris and assignais to the said Hendry his ayris executouris and assignais to keip and fulfill the saidis fyv yeiris as is specifiet effoir and the said Hendry to enter at this terme of Vitsonday in the yeir of god 1551 yeiris one the fourt day of July and for the mair sikerness [meaning security (secureness)?]… [text ends here: rest of page missing, although 406 might possibly be the ending].
412. 12 Feb [1551/2?] around 2 pm
George Scot vicar of Longforgom [Langforgund: see also 408] and procurator of John Eskyne abbot in Dryburgh came to master Robert Steuart commendator of the monastery of the Holy Rood near Edin¬burgh and there in presence of witnesses underwritten the said George presented a procuratory and apostolic bulls of John Eskyne containing in full the right and lawful title of the monastery of Dryburgh with pertinents and, by inspecting and considering the said apostolic letters procuratory, the said master Robert comen¬dator, with due reverence, received the procurator in name of John Eskyne and admitted [him] according to the customary order and form. Sir George asked instrument done around 2pm over the kings street near “nedderboll” before James Callender, (blank) lord of Dundas, William Monteycht, James Monteycht, James Gard¬nair, Francis Steill.
On the same day Robert commendator protested that the same admis¬sion should not come in prejudice to our monastery in time to come. On which all asked instrument before above witnesses.
413.Andrew Hammiltoun Katherine Vodschawe 26 Feb 1551/2
“It is accordit compromittit and irrevocabylly aggreit in maner forme and effect as efter folloues that Andro Hammiltoun son of umquhill Jhone Hammiltoun in Brouchtoun [Broughton] of Tweddaill and Katherin Vodschaw spous to umquhill David Pu[m]fra burgess in Edinburgh The saidis Andro and Katherin sal god vylling treit and resave the band of mariagis in faice of haly kirk alss sone as thai may be reddy thairto or quhen tyme occurris without fraud or gyll and attour the saidis Andro and Katherin coniunctly and soveraly oblyss thaim thairis ayris executouris and assignais in the straitest forme that can be devisit to content and pay to Barbara Pumfra Andro Pumfra Elesabecht Pumfra Mairyone Pumfra douchteris and sone of umquhill David Pumfra four schoir of libras usueill mony of Scotland alss sone as thai bairnes forsai¬dis cummes to perfectionn and desiris the sammyne to put thaim to utilite and profett with consent of thairis moder and uther frendis.” Besse Yong relict of deceased David Tod in name of the children asked instrument around 2 pm before James Bassindene burgess in Edinburgh, John Chepman, Alexander Wodschaw in Lynton.
“Ita est N B”
414.George Houm Janet Feischar on part of John Howme his son 19 March 1551/2
George Houme and Janet Gibsone in Broxmouth of their own free wills and in the best way they are able make, ordain and appoint their infant son John Howme as yet lying in his cradle [“in cunis”] the their true lawful undoubted cessionar and assignee in and to a silver plate [“cratherem argentum”] “viz. ane siluer piess”, a silver mazer [“murram”] “set about with silver” and seven silver spoons to his heirs and assignees reserving to the said George and Janet possession and occupation of their vessels [“vasorum”] and for as long as they live by reason that the said Janet Gibsone made [“composuit”] with her own silver the said silver vessels immediately after contracting marriage with the said Houme and had paid her heritable and childhood goods to the children of the deceased George Feischar. The said George Houme and Janet Gibsone fully, wholly and simply discharge, demit and assign the said silver vessels from themselves, their heirs and assignees by these present instruments forever, after their deaths, in favour of their son John Howme, his heirs and as¬signees. George and Janet asked instrument in name of their son around 5pm before George Gibsone, John Andersoune, Andrew Pater¬soune, John Chepman.
“Ita est N B manu propria”.
415. “xx  day of march  yeiris (p/t) Bayne burgess in Selkirk and James Chep[man sone and ayr of umquhill Viliam Chep¬man in presens of thir vitnes undirvriting (p/t) and compromitit and finely acgreit (illeg) as efter followes…”. [The remainder of this item needs to be read under a UV. lamp.]
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416,417,418 Fragments: some refer to Jedburgh but too little remains to make any sense.
419.Vatsone 23 July [1552?]
Instrument narrating that, after inspecting evidents of the deceased James Vatsone burgess of Selkirk, James Scot bailie of the burgh of Selkirk vested the young man James [Vatsone] his son as true and lawful heir of the deceased James in and to his tenement in Peilhill with the tenement of William Bennat on east, a portion of the tenement from the tusks *[“a tuskis”] below Simon Fairle on north, and another tenement of Simon Fairle of the west and the kings street called Pelgait on southby staff and baton and by earth and stones. James asked instrument before William Portuus, William Burn serjeants, John Mithag, Thomas Edmont, John Fairle younger, Thomas Melros, James Dounaldsoun and after delivered sasine of the said tenement to (blank) his wife for her infeftment.
* Tusks=building projecting end stones for bonding with another wall.
420. Flecher 20 July 
Agreement between James Helme and William Flecher elder in form of obligation that William Flecher younger will solemnize [marri¬age] in face of kirk by exchanging [money “neumate”=nummatae?] with Janet Helme immediately or at suitable time and the said James will pay in pennies or pennyworths 20 merks usual money of Scotland within the year next to come [“cum auxeli[um] consil[ii] opulilaniem”?] and the said William elder freely [gives] William younger and Janet “ane [vone?] lowme” and “lynning lo[me]” for their own possessions and the said William elder [binds] himself, under pain of all his goods, that his son and apparent heir [William] Flecher shall have his best and principal tenement. Done in the house of James Helme around (p/t) am before James Vatsone, Thomas Melros, Mathew Dristair.
421. Ker of Schaw 22 July [1552?]
“comperit ane honorabil man Jhone Scot in Kelsoo of his awin fre propir vil unmed uncoackat bot his profettis all gaittis providit hess deliverit chairtour saising and all utheris evidenttis rycht and kyndness that he or his predecessoris had hess or may haif in and to fyv merk landis of lytil neutoun that his predecessouris had or he hess in vodset of James Neutoun lard of Dalcoif or his ayris and be tenor heirof renuncess purly and semply quitclames dischairgis fra hyme and his ayris executouris and assignais all evidenss neu and auld quhatsumever maid of the said fyv merkis landis of Lytilneutoun ony vys ofthe sammynne in favoris of ane honorabill voman Jenot Neutoun lady of Dalcoif and Adam Ker hir spous for his interess and thairis ayris perpetaly and hes cuttit and deffessit al evidenss thairof and cuttit thaim in the bak as us in all (illeg) ane precepe of saissing and instrument in schir Thomas Vayche buk quhilkis the said Jhone promist to send to the said (p/t)lady. In vytness of the quhilkis vordis Jenot Neutoun on avyss of hir husband Ad Ker hess tane [instruments] “. Done around 3pm in the tower of (p/t) before sir Peter Ker vicar of the kirk of (p/t), James Ker lesser clerk [“cleriocus”] of the kirk of Selkirk, (p/t) Neutoun, John Ker servant of the said [Robert?], William Laidlawe, [William] Ker old lord, sir Adam Ker.
“The viii day of august a.d.1552 Jhone Reichesone officiar in Ed[inburgh] at command of Jhone Prestoune bailye for the tyme in Ed[inburgh] passit [to a] tenement quhair Peter Thomsone harroit inh[abited] and thair be tenor of assignatour or assign[ators?] be Jenot Cadzou lyfrenter of the said tenement [with] consent and assent of Jhone Thomsone hir spous passit and consignit ten libras yeirly at twa termes in the yeir to be thankfully pait to [Robert?] Hawdene in Mosilee to his ayris executouris and as¬signais ay and quhill ane hondrecht libras be out p[aid] thank¬fully and termlie wyth uther clauss necessair in the assignay maid to the said Robert [by Janot] Cadzoue lyfrenter vyth consent of hir husband and this I did befor thir vytnes Sanders (p/t), Jhone Robesone barbour, James (p/t) Morrell burgess in Ed[in¬burgh]”.
[Next instrument very faint]
423. Chepman Bayne 20 March [1552?]
“James Chepman sone and ayr to umquill Viliam Chepman burgess in Selkirk hes set all his croft callit Blaike croft lyand one the norcht syd of Selkirk for all the dais of nyne yeiris imediately followand (p/t) heirof to George Bayne and the said Georgis gaif James Chepman [for] his entress 8 shillings and (illeg) hous and field pay yeirly (illeg) usuail termes (illeg) ane yeirly (illeg) George askit instrument in name of (illeg).
424.[Scrap of paper with several notes including part of a rever¬sion re Hundalee[schawe?],Peebleshire; a sasine [all scored out] re.Hawik; on reverse, part of an assignation of mill lands called “chapel hauchis”, the [“rond Hawik?”],”bellart holm” and the “couper hauch”; a note scored out.]
[Next item bound out of sequence].
425.[Title torn away] 8 Aug 1538
Instrument narrating that James Turnbull of Gargunnok discharges all right and claim which he has or may have in and to a liferent on a tenement lying in the burgh of Selkirk with the tenement of John Thomsone on the east,the yard of James Brydin and Nicholas Hendersone on the south, the tenement of sir John Chepman on the west and the kings street near the court house on north and also two rigs belonging heritably thereto of which the first lies over “le Knowe” and the second in “Goslow” as far as was manifest in a charter made thereon in favour of his cousin John Turnbull, lawful heir to the said [tenement] and rigs except that (p/t) Ker and Marion Hoppringill heir and spouse of deceased Andrew Ker in Grenheid shall have an assedation of the said tenement and rigs or 10 shillings yearly from the same and the said John Turnbull shall pay 30 shillings yearly as it was customary to pay before. John asked instrument in the chamber of John Brydin around 1pm before John Brydin, John Turnbull son of the said James, Andrew Brydin, Robert Uniss, John Hesloup.
426.Barkar 13 Aug 1538
Instrument of sasine narrating that Gilbert Ker of Prumsyd re¬signed in hands of James Scot one of the bailies of Selkirk his tenement lying in said burgh with tenement of James Kene on east, yard of James Mynto and rest of the tenement of said Gilbert in hands of Elisabeth Bayne and William Burn on south, waste land of said Gilbert on west and kings street on north in favour of Thomas Barkar, according to the tenor of his charter made there¬on, paying 30 shillings in name of annualrent to the said Gilbert and burgh ferme. Thomas asked instrument done around 11am on ground of same before Ralph Ker, David Ker, William Portuus, John Mithag bailie of said burgh, William Burn, William Robesone, John Mynto, George Lydderdaill.
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427. Trumbull on part of [Tod] 24 May 1553
Robert Turnbull brother german of the lord of Bedroull came to Alexander Murheid officer and bailie of Andrew Ker in Faudonsid and openly showed in name and on part of sir William Tod cha¬plain, possessor of the lands of Fentoun constituted under John Ker of Fairnihirst, that the said sir William Tod chaplain has letters of assedation of the said lands of Fentoun in due form and protested in [presence] of witnesses underwritten that what¬ever Alexander officer of Andrew Ker did to possess the lands of Fentoun with cattle, cows and bulls of the said Andrew it would not turn to the prejudice of the said sir William Tod chaplain as possessor of his said lands of Fentoun which he lawfully posses¬ses up to the final term of his letter of assedation. Robert asked instrument around 10 am near the burn flowing between the lands of Gulane and Fentoun [the Mill Burn] before George Ker , Alexander Robesone, John Ker brother german of George Ker of Cavers.
[Three pages blank and cancelled.]
428.Hepburn 10 July 1554
Patrick Hepburn formerly master of Haillis came to sir Patrick of Rewchven and presented an letter assignatory by James Hammil¬tounne and Marion Hepburn his spouse whose tenor is as follows
“Be it kend till all men be thir present lettres me James Hammil¬tounne of Sproustounne alss Canneil havand to me and Mane Hepburn my spous and to the langar levar of ws twa ouris ayr assignais and subtenentis ane or ma in tak and assedacionne of Patrick lord Rouchwen all and hail the thrid part of the lands of Bowtoun with the maner plaice orcheard yeirdis doukattis and pertinentis thairof lyand within the barony of Boultoun constabulary of Haichintounne and schireffdome of Edinburgh for the termes and spaice of xix  yeiris nex efter our entree thairto quhilk vas at the fest of Vitsonday in the fyfty thre yeiris of god as at mair lenth is contenit in the saidis lordis assedacionne maid to ws therupone of the dait in the vii day of aprill the yeir of god ane thousand vc fyfty thre yeiris to haif maid constitut and ordinit and be the tenor heirof wyth consent and assent of the said Manee my spous makis constitutis and [til] ane honorabill man and my veilbelovite frend Patrick Hepburn of Boultoun my verray laufull (p/t) undoutit caussionar and assignay in and to the tak and assedacionne of all and hail the said thrid of all and sundry the forsaidis landis and barony of Boultoun with the maner plaice orchehart yeirdis and doukattis thairof wyth thair pertinenchis with all the termis thairof to ryne gevande grant¬tand and committand to the said Patrick my caussionar and as¬signay forsaid my verray fre full plane powir speciall mandement and chairgis to occupy lauebour and manur the said thrid part of the forsaidis landis of the barony of Boultoun wyth the maner plaice with yairdis bigings of the samen wyth the pertinenchis wyth his awin propir gudis or to set thaim to subtenentis as he sal think maist expedient and to input and out put remove and changis tenentis thair in tyll alss efter as he pleiss and to intromeit uptak and dispone upone the haill maillis fermes pro-fettis and deuites thairof induryng the spaice abone vritting at his plesour the said Patrick payand the said Patrick lord Rouch¬wen his ayris or assignais the maill yeirly specifiet and in the said of tak extending to 20 libras mony of this realme allanerly at the termes specifiet and contenit in the said letter of tak at the fest within the 20 dais next efter ilk term and failyeand thairof incontenit (p/t) assignacionne to be of nayne availl (p/t) effect bot that the said tak with haill proffet and kynd¬ness thairof to returne to me and my said spous and ouris ayris to be broukit and joissit be ws efter the forme and tenor of the sammyne turnand and transferrand fra me my ayris and all utheris myne assignais all ryth clame and titill of ryth that I or thai had hes or ony utheris may haif in and to the said tak and asse¬dacionne of the said thrid part of the lands abone vritting with the pertinenchis induryng the spaice abone specifiet in the said Patrick Hepburn my caussionar and assignay forsaid for ever without revocationne and generaly all uther syndry thingis to do us and excerss thairat to the office of caussionery and assignay sic thing ordinit pertiness or of law or consuetud is knawin necessory to pertene or yit that I my selff mycht do and I var put in propir persone ferme and stabill hauld and (p/t) and for to hauld all and quhatsumever thing my said assignay in the premiss in my nayme laufully leiddis to be donne providing all wais that incontinent efter the (p/t) forsaid (p/t) assedacionne and returne agane to (p/t) my said spous and ouris ayris bot ony impedimentt or obstakill quhatsumevir In vytness of quhilk to thir presentis lettres subscrivit with my hand at Ed[inburgh] the xxviii day of Jun in the yeir of god ane thousand vc fyfty four yeiris befor thir vytness Jhone Hepburn sone to umquhill Patrick Hepburn, my gud fader William Couyn, Jhone Mossaman and Alexander Yoing publyk notaris with utheris diverss.
Subscriptio with my hand one the pen be Jhone Mosman publyk notar. Ita est Johannis Mossman notarius publicus in premissis.”
[Next page blank and cancelled].
429. Neilsone [most of this item is scored out] memorandum 19 July 1554 In presence of witnesses under written James Paitro declared that he owed John Neilsone burgess of Edinburgh and Elisabeth Lowdan his wife 8 pounds scots and binds himself and his heirs to pay the said sum at the feast of St. Martin next after. John Neilsone and Besseca Lowdan asked instrument done around noon before Adam Trumbell servant of the sheriff of Ayr, William Foullis burgess of Ed[inburgh], John Briden.
[The page has been repaired badly here so that the rest of the text is obscured. It reads: 23 Jan John Neilson burgess in Edinburgh quitclaimed the said (illeg) to his heirs and assignees before witnesses Edward (blank).
“Ita est Ninianus Briden manu propria 25 dai of [mai?]…”]
430. 30 Sept 1554
” The quhilk day Helynne Courris the relict of umquhill Richert Blaklok burgess in Ed[inburgh] and coniunctfear of the lands undervritting granttis hir be tenor heirof in presens of thir vytness undervritting to haif sett ane vaist ground lyand one the futt one the baks[ide] of Neddryes Vynd ane tenement pertening to the prebendairis of the colleige of kirk of feilde one the vost part the tenement of our lady chapell in Niddry Vyne one the norcht part the lands of Thomas Doby one the est part the tene¬ment of Jhone Neilsone one the soucht part to ane vorchty man Jhone Neilsone burgess in Ed[inburgh] and to Elisabeth Lowdone his spous to the langar levar of thaim twa all and haill the forsaid vaist ground ay and quhill the forsaid Helynne Cowrris coniunctfear leiffis payand thairfor yeirlie the said Jhone Neilsone and Elesabeicht his spous at twa usual termes sevin shillings and instantly at the makor of this tak the forsaid Helyne Towrris granttis hir to haif resavit fra the said Jhone and Elesabecht for maill thankfully (illeg) beforhand four yeiris maill and in presens of thir vitness (illeg) Helyne Tourris dischairgis quitclames the said Jhone and Elesabecht his spous thairof of the said four yeiris (illeg).” John and Elisabeth asked instrument at 10 am in their own house before Robert Drow¬mond doctor to [bairnes] in Edinburgh, George (illeg), Henry Christean. The said Helen subscribed (p/t).
431. William Brokas wright 15 Nov 1554
Helen Swyntoune and John Cowquheyne her spouse for his interest conjunctly and severally ordained William Brokas, wright burgess in Ed[inburgh], their true lawful assignee in and to a booth lying near Cougat on south side of the tenement of Elisabeth Blaklok lady of conjunct fee of the whole tenement in tenor of a letter of assedation made by said Elisabeth to Helen and her spouse in tenor of which she consigned all right and claim, ownership and possession which Elisabeth has or may have to “le boycht” in tenor of the said letter and they acknowledge that they are content. William Brokas asked instrument done around 6pm before Alexander Kentyr, William Bannantyne servant of Peter Baxster sclaittar, Thomas Smyth.
432. [originally a loose sheet]
A list of books probably owned or used by sir Ninian Brydin. “Expositio Evangeliorum quadrigesima (illeg)
Sic utere tui ut alieno non egeos dieta salutis
Interrogatorum pro utile pro animabus [regendis?]
Liber de decem sermonibus
Vita sancti Niniani
de decem preceptis
Vita sancte Brigide
433. [reverse of 432]
Fragment of a letter or petition and part of a schedule for a week :”one thursday the morne rek[onit?] Item efter noun (p/t) the know to me (p/t) one friday my rig morne Item efter nowne cheyne croft
Item one setter day one the [rou?] evin Item efter [nowne?] bog od (illeg)Item one mounnday my hors in your [b..muk?] effoir now and thair efter I harrovit my rigs
Item one tysday one the rig effoir noun (illeg) Jok Bradfuttis hors Vodinsday with Notman
one friday all the day [four/fre?]”
434. [originally loose sheet]
“To you my lordis provost bailyeis of this gud toun (p/t) schawis I yowr servitor schir Adam Ker”.
“You provost and bailyeis and gud men of the inquest I yowr [servitor] Adam Ker desiris at yowr maistercheipis to be servit as nerest laufull aire to umquhill Michell Ker my cine [ie. kin?] burgess of yowr (p/t)[burgh in] ane tenement lyand within yowr brought of Selkyrk in the kirk (p/t) sasing and of all uther gudes of airschip as us is within all of scotland and yowr ansur humlie I beseik. etc.
[on reverse] “(p/t) chairtour gevin of provestre to the comonite (p/t) selkirk beiris and makis mencioune that ye be(p/t) choissin presentlie noe in tyme to [come?] bot ane be r(p/t) row rudis and Rialte of the said burght (illeg) in nayme and behalff of the saidis comonite quhar thir present comonite hess chossyne ane H(p/t) Scot of Branxholme knycht nocht burgess no[r of?] the said burght quhilk is express againes the prec[edent?] [char]tour and processes for [remeid?] of lawe for red(p/t) chartour and preten¬dit provest.”
435. Simon Glendevyne 10 Oct 1554
Janet Dumbar lady of liferent of Partoun and John Glendenyng of Drumrith kindly considering the poverty of Simon Glendenyng supporting [him] by food and clothing by turns as long as they shall live bind themselves singly as follows:
“Janet Dunbar lady P[ar]toun and John Glendenyng of Drumrith obliss thaim soveraly for all the dais of thair lyftymes to support Simon Glendenyng throw moderly pety and brotherly pete in meit and clath as thair awin bairnes the said Simon obeyng mother and brother deligently doyng service as he be requirit with thaim ordourly efferand his estait The said Jenot god villing sal beging the first yeir and Jhone Glendenyng his brother comman[ce?] the secund yeir and sa to fulfill yeirly about for al the dais of thairis lyftymes and geif sa happynes that the said Symon vyth consent and assent of his mother and brother to pass to ane service mair profitabill for his instructionne and gud manneris lerning (p/t) every ane of thaim yerly as it fallis to mak him [20?] merkis mony to put in stoir to his utilite quhilk he be aboun and fra pouerte at the black freir kirk end Simon” asked instrument around 7[am] [before ] John Cadyn, William Hau, Gilbert Hay, John Chepman.
436. Elphinstoune lady of Cawderus 3 Feb 1554/5
Elisabeth Elphinstoun lady of Cauderuod came to John Maxuell her kinsman [“levir”] and declared as follows:
“I m[ar]veil of you gudsone that lyans lang under sentens of cursing sen vitsonday for non payment of certane sowmes contenit in to ane contract maid betuix me and yow and feiris nocht your lord [god] seand and considerand that I ame vaik and in extreme poverttes and vil mak me na payment rakynyng nor payment without ye be compellit heirfoir I dischairgis yow of all intrometting in tyme cummyng of ony gudis geir landis mailis under the hiest payne and chairgis that may follow heirefter.” Elisabeth asked instrument done around 1pm before John Cowquhen, John Vais, Adam Power, James Arbothenoo.
437. John Moubray
” The xxv day of may in the yeir of god ane thousand vclvi  yeiris the quhilk day Roger Templetoun schireff constitut be ane precept of Agnes Cokburn passit to the landis and boundis (blank) of the sammyne cerssit the gudis of (blank) Patersone for non payment of diverss yeiris by past maillis to the sowme of [nine score] libras and he culd nocht apprehend na gudis upone the said ground and that ilk day the said Roger Templetoun arrestit all the cornes growand upone the ground at the instance of Agnes Cokburn the relict of umquhill Valt Chepman In vitness of the quhilk thing Jhone Mowbray askit instrumentis of the arrestment and alss of eiectionne of the saidis (blank) Patersone his ser¬vandis and gudis furcht of the said steiding and and entret Jhone Mowbray be tenor of ane tak in and to the possessionne of the sammyne at command of the said Agnes Cokburn lyfrenter of the sammyne befor thir vitness Alane Huschone servand to Andro Hous¬sone, Jhone Cunyngham, Jhone Carnes, Patrik Broun”. Done around 10 am.
438. [Title illegible] (p/t) June [1556?]
Alexander (p/t)[Hamilton] in “Meikill Blaikburn” and his spouse Marion Borthuik resigned all right and claim, ownership and possession in and to an [eighth part?] of the said lands of “Meikill Blaikburn” with pertinents lying in the barony of “Bauthcat” [ie Bathgate] in the sheriffdom of [Renfrew] in favour of Thomas Clerk and Patrick Clerk brothers for the sum of 100 [merks?] forever…[last part of instrument beneath repair paper and illegible.]
439. Herbert Maxveill 1 July 1556
“Alexander Bischoipe of his fre will une nede une coactit bot his fre vill resignet and our gaif all the gudes corne crop quheit beir peiss and aittis ane cowe ten scheip twa horss sex oxin with the haill plenischin of the stedding to his weilbelovittis Har¬bert Maxveill burgess in Edinburgh and Katherin Gray his spous because the said Alexander Bischoip grantit him awud in presens of me notar underwrytting and vytness alsa to tha said Harberd Maxvell and Katherin Gray the sowme of xxii merkis usuaill mony xvi bollis of quheit and beir four bollis of peiss xvi bollis of aittis and attour this xl bollis of meill beir and quheit equally divisit viz.fortene bollis of meil thretten bollis of beir and xiii bollis of quheit And the said Alexander granttis him awud to the said Harbard and Katherin for certane oxin and scheip resavit be Alexander Bischoipe the sowme of xxx merkis memorandum the said Alexander hes resignet all and haill corne crop kaittaill to the saidis Harbard and Katherin for the sowmes abone vritting”. Herbert and Katherine asked instruments done in the house of Herbert Maxveill around 9am before Fentoun V(illeg), Walter Downe, John Twedy servant of said Herbert.
440. [page blank and cancelled except “Johannes Glendenyne de Drumricht”
441.Patrik Myll Helen Brown
[first part of page blank and cancelled with same title at the top]
“The xviii day of februar Patrik Myll makis his weilbelovit wyf efter writ his verray lawfull assignay in and to [ane] hall chalmer kill and bern in Forres in the schireffdome of Morray within the parochyne of sanctlorens in Forres boycht [bed burd?] in vitness of the quhilk ch(p/t) the said Helyne askit instrument in Jhone Adamsone houss at viii houris efter [supper?] the quhilk nycht Patrik [vendit?] Helyne Broune the quhilk kill hall and bern in forrous lyand Andro Kellow the est part Nycholl Duffat in the vost part (p/t) [B]ullouch in the soucht part and norcht part ” before John Adamsone, Robert Cumyne, Walter Blaik.
442.George Gibsone burgess in Edinburgh 10 Nov 1556
George Gibsone came openly at sunset to the altar of St. James the apostle situate in the kirk of St. Giles and showed in pre¬sence of witnesses underwritten that Alexander Vardlaw of Kilbaw¬bertoun forewarned the said George in tenor of a reversion that he should compear in the kirk of St. Giles at the altar of St. James the apostle within twenty days of this instant to receive certain money contained in the reversion for redemption of the lands of Libertoun from the said George to the said Alexander and the said George had waited at the said altar but the said Alexan¬der nor his procurator nor any other in his name compeared in the said evening for redemption of the said lands and the said George showed that the warning made by the said Alexander was broken and of no avail and he protested that the said warning should not turn to his prejudice or his peaceful possession of an annualrent in tenor of his evidents until the land of Libertoun was lawfully redeemed. George Gibsone asked instrument at altar of St. James at sunset before master Robert Hereot, Andrew Gibsone, John Scharpe clerk, sir John Grenlawe prebend of Christorphine.
443. Sir John Grenlawe procurator of the noble and potent lord of Borthwik same day and place
Sir John procurator of the lord of Borthuik showed how Patrick Murray of Fallawhil had warned the most powerful lord of Borthuik in tenor of a reversion on the eve of St. Martin at altar of St. James in the kirk of St. Giles for redemption of certain lands of the said Patrick and the said Patrick or any other in his name did not compear on the said eve of saint Martin after sunset and for this reason the said sir John showed that the said warning was broken and protested that it should not turn to the said lord of Bortuik in prejudice in time to come. Sir John asked instru¬ment before above witnesses.
444. Andrew Gibsone baxter same day place hour and witnesses abovewritten The said Andrew showed how (blank) Scot and (blank) Wilke [Anders?] (blank) forewarned Andrew Gibson according to the tenor of a reversion for the redemption of bakehouse and lands of the deceased Walter Scot baxter on the eve of St. Martin at the altar of St. James and the same compeared to me at sunrise mean¬while the said Andrew protested that his warning was broken and null and that it should not turn to him in prejudice hereafter and asked instrument from me before abovewritten witnesses.
[Next item very feint.]
445. Harkas Neilsone 25 Jan [1556/7]
James Harkas and Edward Neilsen bound as follows:
“James Harkas cordinar obliss hyme to instruct and leid the said [Edward?] (illeg) craft viz. barkin of ledder schapin and sevyng [ie. sewing] of schoune doubil and simpill and to furnis hyme daily vork for task vork quhen he hes it and to enter hyme to his vork at the forsaid day without fraud or guil and the said Eduart oblissed hyme abed and reman with the said James Harkas in task vork excepand xx  dayis in hervest (illeg) and James sall [of?] resonabill men hould fraly (illeg) bark hoill to Eduart as (illeg) and bark (illeg) and sall yar[n?] and saw [single?] schon quhilk (illeg) and doubyll schon (illeg) furcht and sal for the coft better (illeg) with the schon (illeg) in [irn markat?] Als efter as his marrow (illeg) and alss Eduart sall nocht be maisterful in houshald (illeg) bot sall thoill neyther quhill (illeg) be his maister and geif ony offenses be maid he sal haif and mend and Eduart to be sm…abill with al his pouer”. James and Edward asked instruments around 2pm before John [Cinclar?].
446. George Howm in Broxmouth 10 July 1557
George Howme came to (blank) wife of the deceased Master James Haliburtoun and in presence of witnesses required her and the venerable man (blank) rector of (blank) in name and on part of the most powerful lord (blank) of Argill and Lorne to receive his fermes due at that time on her lands and protested that it should not turn to him in prejudice in any way if she did not come. George asked instrument before George Jonsone, William Feschar, (blank) Howme, sir William Bell.
447. Carkettill 5 June 1557
“Jhonne Carketyll grantit the landis of Dalry Myll lawfully redem[ed] be the procurator callit James Robesoun procuratour of the lard of Henderleycht and the said procuratour askit instru¬ment” before sir William Murray, James Bruntoun, John Chepman and others done at the altar of blessed Mary the Virgin in the kirk of St. Giles around 7pm.
448. Rector Lawmont on part of the Lord of Argill on the same day, place and before abovewritten witnesses. [No details].
449. William Symsone [b tictor/tutor?] 24 July 1557 William Symsone came to his lands lying over “Borrowe Mur” and there found Margaret Marioribankis with diverse servants gathering young peas in prejudice of the said William and they took away the said peas from the said yard by strength of hand before witnesses subscribed.
450. Same day “Margaret Marioribankis protestis that scho schep na peiss bot alanerly thaim that scho sewe and is in peciabill possessione of the samyne ground and be ressone of that scho laidis thaim avan of the ground” and asked instrument.
451. Same day the said William showed that the said Margaret came on the grounds of the said lands with diverse men in style of “gwerre” [war?] with swords, sticks, lances, crossbows [“arcubus”], quivers [“pharetrans”], “culverings” against royal statute.
Same day the said Margaret “allegit hir frendis ar nocht cummit in feir of veir with hir bot as thai had commit to pass tyme about the feldis.” On which day “Mungo Rassaill allegis that he had William Symsone sayis and he had vitting of thaim cumyng in feir of veir he suld haif done uther vais than he hes done”. On which Mungo asked instrument.
On which day the said William denied the alleged words [text ends here]. Witnesses John Steuart carpenter, William Michell, Thomas Symsone carpenter, John Chepman.
452. George Danyelstoune procurator 3 Aug 1557
George Danyelstoun procurator and in name of sir Robert Danyel¬stoun rector of Disertt and pensionar archdean of Dunblane came to master David Gourlawe in the kirkyard of St. Giles by virtue of apostolic letters and of the most reverend John archbishop of St. Andrews legate from our most holy lord pope publicly denoun¬cing and declaring excommunicate master David Gourlawe and handed the said letters to the said master David to the notary for making public and denouncing. George Danyelstoun asked instrument done around 8am before sir Robert Thurbrand, William McKye, John Beir priests, John Chepman, John Briden.
453. Lauder 10 June 1557
Alexander Lauder burgess of the burgh of Edinburgh came to Robert Chepman heir of the deceased master John Chepman burgess in Edinburgh lying in his bed of sickness labouring in the struggle of death and asked the said Robert Chepman thrice if he wished to subscribe a certain letter of gift of timber which the same had promised earlier to subscribe for him [next part of page obscured by repair] the said Alexander asked the said Robert if he wanted to subscribe the said letter and the said Robert indicated that he did not want to sign seeing you in (illeg) and vexed him in body near the end [with the note “memu”?] And afterwards the said Alexander asked the relict of Robert if he wished to do anything for him and the said Robert rendered to him in common parlance “Geif I big nocht that tymmer ye sal haif it”. Alexander Lauder asked instrument in chamber of said Robert around 4pm before James Chepman, Andrew Chepman, James Sinclair.
“Ita est N[inian] B[rydin]”
“The xxiiii day of September in the yeir of god ane thousand vc fifty sevin yeiris all thingis comptit raknit betueix Georgis Howme of Broxmoucht and Georgis Gibsone burgess of Edinburgh of all maillis devytes houss tavernes and thrid part maill of Galla-vay and of the annuellis in Leicht with the vitsonday term of the lard of Vauchtounne extending to sevin merkis for his chalmer in edinburgh that the said Georg Gibsone intrometit wyth pertenyng to Jenot Gibsone the said Georgis wyf and siclyk nyne libras xi shilling of the said Georgis Gibsone for his fermes of his landis of Broxmoucht that Georgis Howme intrometit with for the maill in the yeir of god ane thousand vc fifty six yeirs and all uther thingis cowmptit rakint and pait effor the dait heirof excepand the burding of the bairnes of Katherin Feischar. In vytness of the quhilk the said Georgis Howme of Broxmocht hes with his awin hand subscrivit thir presentis and Georgis Gibsone with his hand twechand the pen with the notar under vriting befor thir vytness James Swan, David Howme, William Feischar, Denyss Gibsone with otheris diverss.
Georgis Gibsone with my hand tweichand the pen led be schir Niniane Briden notar publyk.
Georgis Howme of Broxmoucht with his awin hand upone the pri[nci]paill.” “Ita est Ninianus Briden notarius publicus ad premissa manu propria”.
455. 5 Dec 1557
They dug up [“effodant”] Robert Lyell and Helyne 20th day Nov before witnesses Patrick Gray, John Chepman, William Mayne, Robert Keycht, John Brydine.
456. 5 Dec 1557
[Very feint] They dug up [“effodant”] John Sinclair Janet Yong [done?] in the chamber of sir Ninian Briden (illeg) before (witnesses illegible).
457. Sir Ninian Douglass 15 Jan 1557/8 sir Ninian Douglass vicar of Stobo declared and plainly presented certain evidents of John Foullar called Lord Foullar as follows:
“The said Robert Lytill dwelland in Gulan presentit chairtour and instrument of saissing of lard Foullar and said to schir Niniane Douglass vicar of Stobo that he had gottin lard Foullar kyndness of his evidenttis with al the titill of richt the lard Foullar had to his landis in Gulan The said schir Niniane proponit and said to Robert Lytill geif that the lard Foullar hes sauld to you his kyndness and al rycht of his and hes deliverit to you his evidenttis quhilk we se heir and that be of verite ye sall haif neu stait and saissing with thre condiciones that ye fulfill thir appounctmenttis under vritting that is to say that ye sal geif to me or [ie over] martinmas next efter the dait of thir presentis sex libras usuaill mony of scotland for your entress ane wycht your maill termly as auld uss and vont vas and for every aikar of land that Robert Lytill joiss and occupies and broukas in tyme cummyng to pay schir Niniane Douglass for every aikar ane cupill of cunyng every aikar ane laid of coillis [coals or “quoils”=hay] and the said Robert Lytill to satify schir Niniane for vi yeiris by past cunyngis and coillis and this he oblist him in presens of maister Jhone Hamiltoune notar publick to the said schir Niniane and attour geif if it happenes schir Niniane to [come] to Gulan with ane servand with him the said [Robert] sal geif him harbory horss meit and mannes (p/t) frely and geif the said Robert fail¬yes in to (p/t) thir premiss abone vrittin that the chairtour…” [rest of page torn or obscured by repair.] Memorandum “Robert Lytill in Gullane indwellar oblisses me my ayris [executoris?] and assignais to schir Niniane Doulass chapellan of the rude altur in Dalkecht to his assignais and successouris the maill termlie efter the tenor of the chairtour and failyeand of thre termes maillis nocht pait to me myne successouris The few chair¬tour to be adnullit and siclyk at every ayr entry to pay dowbill maill Alsua the said Robert and his ayris sal nocht sett the land nor na part of the land to na head man of Deare nor him selff and sal resaiff the forsaid and his servand cost fre hors meit and mannes meit The said schir Niniane makis this chairtour saissand all mannes rycht and geif ony plee rys in debait of that land the said Robert Lytil his ayris executouris and assignais sal mak the expenss And the said Robert is contentit to geif schir Niniane Douglass for his lyf tyme alanerly four pear of cunyng or to pleiss schir Niniane with vevild [ie. fresh?] meit.”
458. [Originally a loose sheet]
“I Margaret Hepburn granttis me awud to Jenot Graham spouss of Anders Hog the sowme of [xv? 15] libras usuaill mony of scotland lent to me with my thankis for the quhilk oblist me my ayris executouris and assignais to pay the said Jenot Graham hir ayris executouris and assignais in vytness of the quhilk thing the said Margaret hes lant to the said Jenot in clauss of varandress for gud payment ane gowne of blak chamlett ane kyritaill of pourper chamlet ane gret scyrynne of kervit work ane fyne dernvork burd clath ane lang saddill beid ane vomanis saddill coverit with frainch blak ane fyne [white stock?] and immediatly efter the payment of the said sowme Jenot hir ayris obliss you to deliver hir geiris befor sperrit to Margaret and hir ayris In vytness of the quhilk thingis the said Margaret and Jenot hes caussit schir Niniane Briden notar publyk to subscrive thir presentis thairis handis at the pen the secund day of september in the yeir of god ane thousand vc and fifty aucht yeiris befor the vytness Jhonne Cawder of Edinburgh.
And attour every ane of thaim hes tane the verray copy of princi¬paill”. Note on reverse: ” Cubbe McAyche.. in [?Cragben scored out]”.
Next page blank and cancelled.
459. Copy of a letter of Mungo Briden
“The vi day of Februar in the yeir of god [1547 or 1557] yeiris Mungo Briden nocht ned(sic) be error na vay bot of his fre vill geiffis and granttis to his veilbelovit spous Besse Alanne and to the barne in hir contenit (illeg) and fortunes it to cum to perfectionne all and syndry the geiris at hayme and the gudis and all the gudis that he may obtene and conquest in this countre and utheris god villing I sal leif hande vritt thairupon and I haif [cowm?] to my departing fer or neir And alss the said Besse Alanne his spous makis Mungo Briden hir verray assignay in and to all hir gudis and geiris and to the barn that scho is with god bring it to perfectionne and productionne efter hir decay and deide of the said Mungo without ony obstakill or contrar of frendis quhatsumever In vitness of the quhilk thing the said Mungo hes subscrivit thir presentis with his awin hand and the said Besse with her hand at the pen led be schir Niniane Bridin notar publick before thir vitness Symon Lauder bawmakar, Sanders Nichelsone bawmakar, schir Niniane Briden with utheris divers.
Mungo Briden with my awin hand.
Besse Alane with my hand at the pen led be schir Niniane Bryden notar publick.”
460. William Feschar 1 March 1557/8
Instrument narrating that William Feschar son and heir of the deceased William Feschar burgess in Edinburgh in name and on part of George Howme of Broxmoucht came to James Baron burgess of Edinburgh and the said William warned the said James, in presence of witnesses underwritten, that he should come and receive within three days following, as he is compelled under penalty, the victuals owed by the said George Howme from his fermes of the lands to the most potent lord of Argill and his cessionar for removal of victuals James Barron. The said James showed that he wanted to come and receive [the same] as soon as he could have a boat [“scapheam”] viz. “a bot” to bring the victuals. William asked instrument in the booth of the said James around 3pm before James Rutherfurd,John Briden, Alexander Haw.
461 Denyss Gibsone baxstar, Jenot Howme, [Besse] Murheid, David Vilsone “The xxiii day of aprill in the yeir of god  yeiris Jenot Howme relict of umquhill Jhonne Murheid menstraill with aviss of David Vilsone baxstar and consent and aviss of Besse Murheid douchter to Jhonne Murheid and Jenot Howme nerrest and lawfull air to thaim and coniunctly ane as all and all as ane granttis thaim to haif resavit fra Denyss Gibsone the sowme of four libras x shillings for the quhilk sowme iiii libras x shil¬lings the saidis Jenet Howme coniunct fear of the said tenement with avyss of David Vilson hir husband Besse Murheid hir laufull ayr obliss thaim to pay yeirly twentyfour shillings in manner of annuell to the said Denyss his ayris and assignais be the saidis ay and quhill the redempcionne of the said tenementt fra the handis of Robert Pyott burgess in Edinburgh for securite of the sammyne the saidis Jenot Howme David Vilsone hir spous Besse Murheid hir douchter (p/t) evidenttis of the sammyne annuell xxiii(sic) shillings to Denyss Gibsone in clauss of varrandess and attour Robert Pyott ground her[e]tar of sammyne land obliss him to pay yeirly xxiiii shillings at twa usuaill termes in the yeir and gyff it happinnes within ane yeir and day the redemp-cionne of the land [is] laufully redempt the said Denyss Gibsone sall haif ane yeiris maill xxiiii shillings before thir vitnes Nichell Yong sone and ayr to Hary Yong, Vatte Rutherfurd, John Bridin of Selkirk, William Lyddaill smyth burgess.”
462.Howme Broxmoucht 9 May 1558
George Howme in Broxmoucht came to the house of James Baronne burgess of Edinburgh and in absence of the said James the said George warned Janet Baronne [spinster? “ancilla”] and sister of the said James that she should point out to her brother [that he had] come to his house and the said James, his factors as well as the lawful cessionars of the lord and earl of Argill, should come to receive the victuals within three days following so that he will have received the victuals owed by George Howme of Brox¬moucht to the said earl. Since he could not come and receive the said victuals before at Broxmoucht Hevin the said George pro¬tested in presence of witnesses underwritten that it should not turn to him, his heirs or assignees in prejudice howsoever the english or french lay waste or burn . George Howme asked instru¬ment in house of James Baronn around 9am before John Sleuchtman, John Briden, John Nesbet, Alexander Hawe.
463.Servant of George Howme 23 May 1558
(blank) the servant of George Howme came to the house of James Baronne and in his absence warned Janet Baronn spinster and sister of the said James and protested that it should not turn in prejudice to the said George Howme his heirs and assignees and that the said James had been warned to receive the said victuals as lawful cessionar of the earl of Argill. The said servant commanded that the said James or his factors should come to the haven of Broxmoucht and receive the said victuals within three days and, if they did not come to receive [the same], it should not prejudice him if the english laid waste [and] burned [it] or the French ate [or commandeered? “commedent”] and sold [it] .The said servant asked instrument around 8am in presence of Janet Baronn before witnesses John Graham burgess of Edinburgh, George Gibsone,John Sleuchtman.
464. Matthew Vyndigaittis Elisabeth Br[a]de and James Hamiltoune and Bess Vyndegaittis 13 Sept 1558 Matthew Vyndegaittis and Elisabeth Brade his spouse on the one part and James Hamiltoune and Bess Vyndegaittis on the other agreed as follows: “James Hamiltoune sal god willing have to wyf Besse Vyndigaittis and solemplie in faice of haly kirk sal resaiff hir to his wiff for the quhilk Matha Wyndegaittis and his spous Besse Bradee sal pait to thaim fourty merkis in this maner xx merkis in hands and uther xx merkis heirefter with thir condicionnes that Besse Vyndigait¬tis with consent and assent of James Hamiltoun hir spous for his entress sal remmet and our geif the stait and saissing of the land and houss quhilk hir faither and moder gaif to hir in hir lais aigis purly and semplie in the our lordis handis or his balyeis in presens of ane notar to dispon the sammyne be the said Matho and Elisabecht Brade and thair ayris maill and failyeing thairof that the land and houss pass to the sisteiris geif thai be efter the decess of Matho and Elisabecht the said land and houss to be equalie dividit betueix the sisteiris and ayris quhatsumever without fraud and gill and alss the said Matho and his spous faithfully promittis to James and Besse the nedder schop for ane yeir mailfre and alss the ower sc[h]op for twa merkis maill yeirlie and [geif thai] do weill thai sal have it langar and payment of the last xx merkis to be pait efter the renunciationne within twa yeiris thair efter quhilkis Matho Vyndegaittis promist.” Matthew, Elisabeth , James and Besse asked instrumentis around 4pm before William Liddail [falconer?], Patrick Gray [“scapulatum”?], James Hamiltoun, John Chepman.
465. [fragmentary note] “David Levinstoun vyf Jenot Veit (p/t) with Besse Ker and ane uther vyf the (illeg) day of apprill four libras. Memorandum.Item the first day of Jan[uar]y [1557?].”
466. Matthew Wyndegaittis
“The xviii day of august  Ysabell Bridy maliciously said in presens of vitness undervrytting that scho sulde preif Matho Vyndigaittis ane theif and alss all his kynne (p/t)[th?]effis and resaittairis brekaris of boychtis On the quhilkis vordis Matho Vyndigaittis askit instrument ” around 6pm before William Symson tailor [“sissore”], William Flemyng, William [Sudyeones?] souter [“sutore”].
467. [Originally loose sheet, very faint]
“(illeg) to haif resavit fra my [em] schir Niniane Bridin chapel¬lan xxii  shillings (illeg) at lammas of Jhone Bridin eft (illeg) xviii shillings fra my eme at diverss tymes to pass to (p/t) mt gret thankis and med and als [ane?] gowne of freis [with] (p/t) bassan coit at my (illeg) tuk of [the ] quhilk I vyl sta(p/t) his wyll and for payment of the said (p/t) I oblis me to pay it at my…”
(Rest of instrument illegible. The surname Jonsone appears at the foot of the page.)
468. William Ra cutlair 16 Feb 1558
“William Ra cutlair hes deliverit with avyss and consent of the laird Lyddintoun William Ogill and maister Jhonne Feischar cura¬tour to Villiem Feischar to ane vorchty man George Gibsone gu¬schir tutor to William Feischar twa houndrecht merks for redemp¬cionne of xx merk annuell of the landis of William [Dares?] and the said George resa[vi]t viii libras usuaill mony and with twa roiss nobillis twa angeillis nobillis in wod of x libras quhilkis to be louss[it?](p/t) within xv dais and swa restis xiii merkis of by rone annuell and the (illeg [spores?]) quhilkis lyes in vod of x merk curatouris and George Gibsone all ar content and grant¬tis the annuell redemit laufully excepand the xiii merkis and x merks that the [sporis?] lyes one.” William asked instrument in house of George Gibsone around 4pm before Henry Yong, John Aul¬distoun, master John Feschar, William Ogill, George Jonsone.
469. Leythene* of Bowdene Dec 1558
Martin Leythene son of the deceased Thomas Leythene in Neutoune came to the venerable men sir William Philp sacristan of Melrose and John Forrus monk of the abbey of Melrose having custody of the books of testaments of men who had died in the parish of Melrose and humbly required the said sirs William Philp ,(blank) and John Forres for a true copy of the testament of the deceased Thomas Leithen containing the date, legacies and witnesses in the same for his expenses and the said monk showed to the said Martin that the said testament of Thomas Leythen his father was not confirmed and was subscribed as follows in latin and in the vernacular:
The legacy of the deceased Thomas Leythen elder of Neutoun made at the house of his habitation 13 April 1558 before these witnes¬ses John Andersoun, sir Andrew Vrycht, Thomas Jonsone, John Leythene, James Vair and others.”In the first he leiffis the stedding to Thomas Leythene to him and his wif and the langar lever of thaim and in cais the said haif successiounn as god forbyd than he leiff the kyndness of the tane husbandland with the onsett that he brouking now to Michaell Leythene sone to Jhonne Leythene and the tother husbandland to Michell Leythene sone to Martyne Leythene with onset vest in the toun and to Jenot Gibsone and hir barn [x merkis?] and to Jenot Uniss x merkis and to Thomas Meyne twa sufficient oxin to be deliverit to him sa sone as he entress to his steiding in Eildon and granttis that he hes gevin the kyndness of the landis of Edinburgh to Roben Boustoun and he to pay xx libras to his eldest sone Thomas of Leythene sa sone as the said Robert gettis proffett of the saidis landis and he leiff the x libras awud to him be lady Dalcoiff and the fyff libras awud be lady Couldenknowes to Jame Leythen his sone to persewe to persewe (sic) the sammynne as law will and leiffis to Volle Brig ane boll of beir and to Marg[aret] (p/t)coit ane boll of beir and makis manifest and declaris that he promist never to Jame Leythene his sone ma kyndness (illeg) of the landis of Maxpofill be causs he had promist (illeg) of Carn¬corss that he suld not analy thai landis to na mannes handis bot be occupiet be him self and his ayris and for that causs he gaif him ane half land quhilk he coft fra Dik Bonatyne and makis manifest his vill Item that Jenot Leythene haif the onseit of the town heid ay and quhill scho leiffis efter [it shall] cum to his laufull ayris”
This is a true copy of the legacy of the deceased John Leythene and last will extracted from [the books of testaments] by sir John Forrus and by [sir William Philp] sacristan underwritten after the time (illeg).
* standardized to Leythene though often written as Leychene.
470. Gibsone in Edinburgh 8 July 1559
“William Feischar sone and air of umquhill William Feischar burg¬ess in in (sic) presens of vitness under writtin une ned une coatit or compellit be ony man graittis him fullely assycht thankfully out red and pait of [ane?] intromissiounne of maillis of hous landis annuellis that his gudschir George Gibsone intro¬met with in burgh and land and hess considerit the res[ait] and deliverans of the samynne and subscrivit in my godschir buk the said comptis with myne awin hand writ of the quhilkis wordis there. The said George Gibsone burgess askit instrumentis at xi houris in to his awin hous befor thir witnes Jhone Graham burgess in Edinburgh, Symon Jonsone,” Alexander Aucholene, James Clerk¬sone.
“Ita est Ninianus Briden notarius ad premissam”.
471.[Title and date illeg.]
Thomas Ker son and heir of Mark Ker in Kippelaw of his own free will discharged quitclaimed and renounced all right, title, interest, claim and “lie kyndness” which he has or will have in and to half the husbandlands which he holds by letter of resigna¬tion of the deceased Janet Logane with pertinents lying in the town of Midlame in the lordship of Bowdene barony and the sher¬iffdom of Roxburgh in favour of Andrew Hog his heirs and as¬signees for certain good deeds and favours done by the said Andrew to Thomas Ker as follows:
“The said Andre Hog and his ayris sal geif to Thomas Ker and his ayris the heid rig of the halff land alss lang as Thomas Ker and his ayris broukis the [schiriane?]land of the town of Bowdene and attour the said Dand (p/t) for his leif time [sal pay?] to Thomas Ker thre da[m?]arkis? of sch(illeg)ing yerly”. Andrew Hog asked instrument done (illeg) in Kippelaw around 3pm before James Helm, John Jonsone, John Ormistoun of Smailhame, Mark Ker [in Kippe¬lawe?], Andrew Ker his son.
472.Copy of a precept of removing
” M.R. And [“equonius”?] of K with consent of ane honorabill man schir Valter Ker of Cesfurd knycht and bailye principall of the abbay of Kelso to our lovittis N.R. our officiaris and schirian¬dis in that part coniunctlie and soveraly specialy constitut gretting our veill is and we chairgis you that in continent this precept [sal?] you pass and laufully varne G Vatsone in Bouldene pretendit tenent and occupiar of thre quarteris of ane husband¬land and ane coit land lyand in the town and sulze of Bowldene and schireffdome of Roxburgh and all utheris pretendit tenentis and occupiaris thair of personaly or at his dwelling plaiss or at the ground of the saidis landis To flit and remoiff him and his servandis and gudis thairfra at the fest of vitsonday next to cum efter the dait heirof and to decist and ceiss thairfra fra thyne furth to be sett ussit and disponit be uss at our plessour in tyme cumyeing certifieing the said George that he or ony utheris in his nayme occupy or manur the saidis landis or ony part thair¬of efter the said terme That thai salbe reputt and haldin as violent possessouris thairof and salbe callat thairfor be for his jugis ordinar or lordis of counsaill one vi dais varnyng accord-ing to the act of parliament maid thairupone and that ye deliver ane awtentik copy of this precept to the said George or his servandis and failyeing thairof that ye affixt the sammynne to his yett or d[oor] (page cut in repair) of the sammynne and alss that ye causs rei[d] this precept upone ane sounday befor [noune at?] the tyme of hie mess in presens of the parochiniaris and affixt ane awtentik copy heirof upone the maist patent dur of the said paroiche kirk swa that the said Georgis pretendis na ignor¬ance of this varnyng and this ye doo as ye vil answer to ws thairupone The quhilkis to do coniunctly and soveraly our full pouer be this our precept delivering the sammynne to ws dewly execut[it] indorssat agane to the berar subscrivit with our handis at G.S. the thrid day of appril the yeir of god  yeris.” Memorandum Alexander Hammyltoun lord of Inverveik came to the town of Inverveik and Bradw[od?] on the 11 April 1559 (p/t) Alexander delivered from his own hands state of an annualrent of 50 merks uplifted to Bartholomew Harvy personally present by delivery of penny and stones before George Howme in Brox[mouth] (blank) [done around two?] pm.
473.Bonantyne and Bonantyne agreement 6 Jan 1559/60
In the chapel of St. Katherine in Bouldene compeared Andrew Bonantyne living in Bouldene on one part and Agnes Bonantyne his sister on the other as follows:
“The said Agnes Bonantyne expones that scho that scho (sic) va seik at sanct androes day or thairby in the yeir of god forsaid and nocht compotent of ressone and be counsall of thaim that keipit hir maid ane promiss to hir gudsone James Vair of the quarter of hir husband land and suddandly one the morne quhen scho ourcome and had perfectioune and ressone scho send about the vitnes [booteris? ie.booths?] and thair revoikit and adnullit all that scho did and said quhen schow vas vexit in seikness and nocht compotent of resonne part of the witness come in on the morne uther of thaim vauld nocht cum to heir my revocationne bot now as thair in presens of thir vitnes I revok it all considering that my faither gaif me it and put me in mariagis with ane [decent?] party with that quarter of land and now vanttis succes¬sionne of my body be ressone of the sammynne I vil that the quarter of land husbandland (sic) to repass efter my deceiss to my brother Dand Bonantoun une ned une compellit nor circumvent ony maner of vay of my fre vill makis and ordines with consent of my lord abbot of Kelsoo and bailye of Kelsoo for the tyme Dand Bonantoun my brother and his ayris (illeg) verely assignatouris in and to my quarter of husbandland lyand in the town and sulze of Bouldene efter my decess And the said Agnes Bonantoun oblis¬siss hir never to vodset nor analy ony part of it bot to keip it free payand all devyte termely and the said Bonantoun Dand Bonan¬toun obliss him his executouris and assignais never to molest nor inquiet the said Agnes Bonantoun for all the dais of hir lyftyme to occupy manur hir quarter of land frelie and put it to the maist proffet and valour scho can and for hir moveabill gudis scho sall dispone upone thaim at hir awin plessouris and quhair scho pleissis bot to sib or [fremmit? ie friend?] without ony indignationne or impediment of ony man”. Andrew and Agnes asked instruments done in the chapel of Saint Katherine in Bowldene around 7am before Nicholas Ranaldsone elder, James Leythene, Andrew Hog, Stephen Bonatoun, Thomas [Gelian?], John Briden.
474.Haiste and Haiste 20 June 1560
“That day Jhonne Haist Robert Haiste past to the ground of Maxpo¬fyll and thair thai fand four oxin twa ky ane horss pertenyng to Thomas Leychem and to Thomas Riddaill ettand and occupiand the ground of Maxpofill attour the chairgis of ane precept directit be Charllis Carncorss that thai suld remowe and hes nocht removit bot remanes with violance and protests for remeid of lawe.”
“That day James Leythene in nayme and behalf of Thome Leythene Thome Riddaill in presens of thir vitnes propones that the said Thomas and Thomas Riddail hess sufficient takis of Chairllis Carncorss and of his fader and ar clossit within termes and alleigis that na varnyng aucht to be quhill the usche of thairis takis bot thai may laufully joiss the said quarter and protestis for remeid of lawe geif thai be eiectit [ie.ejected]” and asked instrument.
“That day Nycholl Forret officiar to the quhwene at command of Charllis Carncorss be vord entreit Jhonne Haiste and Robert Haiste in thre quarteris of Maxpofill and commandit Jhonne and Robert to put of Thome Lethame Thome Riddail gudis and instantlie Jhonne and Robert put of thairis gudis and put one thair awin” and asked instrument.
“That day James Leythene in nayme of Thome Leythene and Thome Riddail askit instrument that Nicholl Forret comme upone the ground of Maxpofill without precept or command of lord and bailye and bad Jhonne Haiste Robert Haiste put of the gudis of Thome Leythene Thome Riddail and one thairis awin of the quhilk James Leythene askit instrument and protestis for remeid of lawe .
Vitnes vas nayne bot Nycholl Forrett and James Leychene.
478.Mark Ker in Keippelawe 4 July 1560
“That day Mark Ker askit instrument that Matho Swanstounne spous to Helynne Adamsone left me ourman to his vyf and bairnes gudis and landis that na man do thaim hort nor wrang that I may lat and that the said Helynne Adamsone sal nocht denud nor fraud hir douchter Swanstounne bot that scho sal jois and brouk it efter hir deceis quhilk vas hir gudschir Dand Adamsone lyand in Boul¬dene and sulze of the towne and failyeing thairof that scho defraud the barne Swanstounne Helynne obliss hir to pay hir douchter ane houndrecht pound usuaill mony” before witnesses Alexander Hog in Lempitlawe, James Hog ,Andrew Vilsone in Hali¬dene, Michael Myldis in Burn Bray etc.
479.Adam the same day
Adam (blank) on part of Andrew Swanstonne asked instrument that all conditions made in the time of his marriage before neighbours be implemented and he did not know what impediment he could put. Adam asked instrument before abovewritten witnesses.
480.Thomas Ker in Keippelawe 4 Nov 1560
Andrew Bonanoune in Bowdene ofhis own free will resigned all right and claim ownership and possession he has or will have in and to one acre of land called “Schiriandiland” [Serjeantsland?] lying in the bounds of Bouldene and My[d]lame with the lands called “Cors Rig” on the east side of the lands of Bouldene and lands of Mydlame called “Houdan Flat” on west and south and “ten pound land of Halydene” on the north descending to the burn, the which acre the said Andrew Bonantoun and all his forbears have peacefully occupied and manured without ferme or [teind? “decima-tione”] for the space of one hundred years and the said Andrew in his great knowledge and urgent need resigns the same in favour of Thomas Ker in Keippelawe his heirs and assignees for a certain sum of money and for all the good deeds and favours bestowed on Andrew by the said Thomas.
Also the said Andrew Bonatoun obliges him and his heirs that he will never ask the said acre lawfully or unlawfully of Thomas Ker his heirs and assignees under pain of 20 pounds usual money. [Andrew] asked instrument around 3[pm] in Keippelawe before John Ormistoun, Henry Thomsone, Bartholomew Cuthbertsone,Patrick Hallwell parish clerk, John Briden.
481. Thomas Ker in Yair 5 Nov 1559
Thomas Ker asked instrument that the said inquisitors had broken an act of the principal court of the town before witnesses.
482.Andrew Hog in Midlame buk four leissis befor this 20 Nov 1559 [no details given].
483.William Arde attorney of Walter Ker knight of Cesfurd 23 Feb 1559/60
William Arde attorney and in name of sir Walter Ker knight of Cesfurd came to the principal dwelling place of a quarter part of the lands of “Fawnes” lying on the west side of the town of Fawnes within the sheriffdom of Berwick and there presented and delivered a precept of sasine sealed with white wax impressed on red of Thomas Hoppringill of that ilk also with his sign manual to George Vauchop his bailie in that part who received it and handed it to me notary public to read out and make public in the following tenor : Thomas Hoppringill of that ilk to Alexander Hoppringill George Vauchop my bailies specially constituted in that part conjunctly and severally greetings. Because by virtue of a contract I made between Walter Ker on the one part and myself on the other I oblige myself and my heirs to pay and satisfy to said Walter and his heirs yearly the sum of 21 merks usual money by uplifting of the same sum of 21 merks from his lands of Cavertoune in name of feuferme paid yearly and by this I and my heirs shall infeif the said Walter and his heirs in an¬nualrent as much of value or in lands supplying yearly such a sum lying within the bounds of Tevidale as well as [those] held lying in the said land of Cavertoun as is contained fully in the said contract dated Edinburgh 10 March 1554. Therefore to implement the same contract I have granted sold and aliened to the said Walter and his heirs all the annualrent of 21 merks uplifted on all my quarter share of the lands of Fawnis with pertinents at the two customary terms of the year viz. Whitsunday and Martin¬mas held by me and my heirs from our supreme lady queen and her successors as is fully contained in my charter made thereon. We therefore order and command you conjunctly and severally to give sasine of the said annualrent to Walter Ker or his attorney following the tenor of my charter made thereon to be held as of right. In testimony of which I append my seal and subscription at Edinburgh 17 Oct 1555 before these witnesses John Stewart of Tracquair, George Hoppringill of Torwodlie, master Thomas McCal¬zeane, John Douglas his servant.
After which George Vauchthog (sic) bailie deputed as above gave sasine of the said annualrent by gift of one penny in hands of William Arde attorney of sir Walter Ker knight of Cesfurd before Thomas Fallawe, Stephen Brounhill, John Hog, William Vrycht.
484.Tenor of Attorney
Francis and Mary by grace of god king and queen of scots dauphin and dauphine of Vienna to all worthy men greetings Be it known that we have received William Arde (blank) or any other as attor¬nies or attorney of Walter Ker of Cesfurd in all affairs and arguments pleas and quarrels to be moved by or likely to concern [him] whenever, wherever and against whomsoever and because we have ordered and commanded the said William Arde or any other as attorney to the said Walter to receive the foregoing after one year [less value “minime valaturis”?].In witness of which we make patent these our letters at Edinburgh 28 Aug in the years of our reign the first and seventeenth.
“Ita est Ninian Brydin manu propria”.
485. “Robert Robesone David Todryk 13 Feb 1561 yeiris David Todryk and Robert Robesone grantit thaim hairtly contentit ane with ane uther anent biging of uther boundis [f?]oir thair esya¬mettis without ony sowmes of silve bot allanerly for luf and kyndness in to nychtbour heid”. Robert Robesone asked instrument in his house around 3pm before James Scot bailie, Andrew Hal¬leuell, William Robesone in Hauyk and the said David Todryk gave affirmation.
[Note:The next page has been v poorly repaired,over half of the writing being obscured by repair paper. It has been repaired in reverse as only the top of the previous page is written on. Will need to be redone.] 486. Stephen Wode John (illeg) 20 March 1561/2
James Scot one of the bailies of Selkirk came at request of Stephen Vod heir of the deceased John Vod tailor [“sissoris”] and Janet Ross lady of the conjunct fee of all the tenements and yards of the said deceased John and there the said bailie with consent of the said Janet invested the said Stephen as lawful heir of the said deceased John Vod in a tenement and yard lying in Fulbrig Rawe with the street which leads to the loch on the east, the tenement of John Chesholme on the south, the yard of David Loremur on the west and the tenement[s?] of the deceased Adam Boyll, William Trumbull (illeg) on the north by handing over earth and stones [reserving the right of the conjunct fee of said Janet?] . Stephen asked instrument before William Portuus, [Adam Ewart?],(illeg. possibly John Angus see 492) serjeants, James Hawe, (illeg) Vatsone, Cuthbert Tait.
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487.Baulde 7 Nov 1560
Christine Robertoun and Bess Hog her daughter and lawful heir of the deceased John Hog of Corss Hill in Bowdene of her own free will discharged quitclaimed and renounced her right, title, interest, claim and “le kyndness” which she has or will have in and to a quarter husbandland occupied by James Drouchquaill lying in “ryndaill” in the bounds of Bowdene (blank) with pertinents and within the sheriffdom of Roxburgh in favour of her beloved neighbour [“dilecto proximo”] James Bauld his heirs and assignees for ever paying, from the same, ferme and service due to the abbot of Calco and his bailie present and to come. James Bauld asked instrument or instruments done on the ground of the said James around 5pm before John Leithene, James Leythene, William Stevinsoun.
488.Hog of Corss Hill 7 Nov 
Christine Robertoun relict of the deceased John Hog of Corss hill in Bowdene with consent of her spouse Cuthbert Elwand for her interest has given and granted to her daughter Bess Hog as [follows:]
(part of next page missing) “…of Vatte Elwand hes gevin and be (p/t) and granttis to Besse Hog hir douchter ane (p/t) porcionne of hir faderis tenement [andid?] to occupy it a(p/t) of his landis to cum to it instantly gud[dane?] quhill efter hir (page cut) hir plessouris (p/t) deceiss and than to (p/t)alss the saidis to Cristean Robertoun oblissis hir (p/t)treucht hir body that scho sall obschirve (p/t) the said (p/t)ment with half husbandland out of all thirldom clag or clame of ony man and to pay the maill devyte schirvice to my lord abbot of Kelsoo (p/t) and efter (p/t) decess of Cristean Besse Hog sall joiss (p/t) and half land without ony impediment” before [John?] Leythene, James Leithene, William Stevinsoun.
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489.Apiltrehaw meidschellis xxviii day march [1561/2] James Borthuik bailie of (illeg) witnesses Andrew [Lytiltoun?] (rest illeg).
490. Isabel Ker lady of Cesfurd (p/t) April 1561 [fragment referring to Robert Vrcht of Cavertoun].
491.[second part of 496] “…ane may mornyng with Jhone Fairle younger ane Cristeane Loremur com fra the [p[er]lauban[k?]] in hir vodness [ie.madness] and criet Mungo haif with that scho vappit in my borcht ane bob of birk and ane deid modenart [molde-wart? ie.mole] in it and sa the rowmuris rass upone me vrangusly as I sal answer befor god.” Mungo asked instrument before James Scot bailie for the time, Mathew Vatsone, James Scot heir of the deceased James Scot, David Lumisdene, Richard Thomsone, John Hesloip, John Briden clerk done in his house around 9am.
492.John Melross and Bess Vallanche S(illeg) 5 Feb 156[1/2] Instrument of sasine narrating that Archibald Vallanc and Isabel Freir his spouse resigned in hands of John Fairle one of the bailies of Selkirk their tenement with house and yard lying in Fulbrig raw then occupied by master James Jonsone with the kings street leading out of Fulbrig on the east, the rest of their tenement on the south, the yard of (p/t) Hesloip and Cuthbert Hawe (p/t) for that time on the west and the tenement of the heirs of Adam Boyll on the north in favour of John Melross and Bess Vallanc his spouse, to whichever lives longer, their heirs begotten or to be begotten which failing it shall revert to the said Archibald and his heirs, paying yearly burgh ferme and the customary annualrent. John Melross and Bess Vallanc asked instru¬ment done in the said fore house around 10am before Adam Eward, John Angus serjeants, John Keyne, Cuthbert Tait, Henry Haw, Robert Flescher.
493. Same day.
It was agreed between Archebald Vallanc and Isabel Freir on the one part and John Melross and [Bessie] Vallanc on the other as follows:
“Geif Jhonne Melross and [Bessie] Vallanc fallis [into] poverty that geif thai or thairis ayris sellis or anallis the forsaid tenement quhilk thai haif gottin in touchquir gud fra Arche Vallanc and his vyf The forsaid Jhonne Melross and his vyf oblis¬sis thaim to geif Arche Vallanc his vif and thair ayris the said tenement as utheris vauld geif for it to thaim and elyk wiss The said Arche and his vif obliss thaim to Jhonne Melross and his or thairis ayris geif thai analy the residew of Thome Jonsoun tene¬ment thai sall sell it to Jhonne Melross and his vif as utheris vaulde geif for it”. Both parties asked instrument.
494. James Haw smith
“The xii day of Februar in the yeir of ane [thousand five hun¬dred] three scoir ane yeris That d[ay] James Mithag sone and air to umquhill Jhone Mithag provest in Selkirk in presens of thir vitnes under vrittin grant him to ha[if] fra hes [heirship the sum?] of thre libras usuaill mony of Scotland for the quhilk sowme the said James Mithag settis and alss vodsettis all and haill his part of the Came croft quhilk he haldis of Thomas Ker in Yair lyand one the vost sid of the lonnyng gait that pass to the soucht common on the est part Patrik Keynes landis one the soucht sid the est hanyng in vost part the landis of Patrik Murray in the norcht part fra him and his ayris executouris and assignais to the saidis James Hawe his ayris executouris and assignais ay and quhill the said James Mithag his ayris exec¬utouris and assignais pay to the said James Hawe his ayris exec-utouris and assignais the said thre libras usuaill mony of scot¬land for redemptionne of the sammyne half croft and ordines that James Hawe his ayris executouris and assignais sal joiss pecia¬billy his part of the said croft for all the dais of ane yeir efter the redemptionne and loussing without ony impediment of the said James or ony utheris that he may lat in vitnes of the quhilk thing the said James Mithag hess commandit me schir Niniane Briden to subscrive thir presentis his hand at the pen tweychit befor thir vitness Robert Lam in Eschisid, James Edmont, Sanders Runsyman William (p/t)eychtheid.
495. Janet Haliburtoun spous to Walter Scot
“The xviii day of Januar in the yeir of god ane thousand [five hundred]thre scoir ane yeiris [Alexander] Spert in the forest in presens of thir vitness under vrittin granttis him awud to Jenot Haliburntoun spous to Valter Scot burgess in Selkirk the sowm of twenty libras usuaill mony of scotland thankfully in lent mony and be tenor heirof oblissis me my ayris to pay hir agane at mydsymmer next efter the dait of thir presenttis and siclyk ganes to be tha[t] gevin for the layne of it in woll cheis or butter owin as the said Sanders gaiff hir in the last yeir by past In vitnes of the quhilk thing the said Alexander Spert hes subscri¬vit thir presenttis with his hand tweychand the pen led be schir Niniane Briden notar publyk befor thir vitness Jhonne Dawsone, William Downe, schir Niniane Brydin.”
“Ita est N Bridin”
496.Mungo Crukschankis [this is the first part of no.491] 23 Dec [1561?]
James Scot one of the bailies of Selkirk came to Mungo Cruk¬schankis personally present and showed how John Briden of the well, Helen Briden [and] John Briden [declared?] the said Mungo that the same received from Cristine Loremur an act of witchcraft [“malificium”] of a certain Janet Trumbill and in her madness “viz hir vodness” harassed [“(e?)tribulit?”] Mungo Crukschankis in his booth and Mungo himself replied as follows: “schir baillie and ye fathfull nychtbouris sall understand that thir [xxvii?] yeris by past I vas reddy to answer thaim in spirituall lawes and civill lawe and all iugisment of men and now as ye see I am lauborande to cum to the visionne of god to geif coumpt in par¬tiklar iugisment and generall iugisment and heir in presens I say and I pray god that ever I cum to the kinrik of hevin or ever cum quhair god hes ado geif ever I tuk or resavit fra Cristeane Loremur ony mony in tyme of hir vodness or thair efter I wos lyand…” [see 491].
497. Walter Ker of Cesfurd (illeg) 11 April 1561
Walter Ker of Cesfurd knight came to all four merklands of old extent at “Cesfurde Burne” occupied by (blank) Kirktoun relict of deceased George Tait and Robert Tait lying within the sheriffdom of Roxburgh and barony of Cesfurd and there presented to John Hog bailie in that part a precept of sasine, under seal of white wax impressed on red of Janet Neutoun lady of Dalcoif and Ralph Haliburtoun her spouse for his own interest and with her sub¬scription led by and affixed in the chamber of sir Ninian Bridin notary the said [Janet] not knowing how to write, to deliver sasine of the same merklands and the bailie received the precept and handed it to the notary to make public in following tenor:
Janet Neutoun of Dalcoif and lady of half the lands of Cesfurd to John Hog (blank) and whomsoever bailies in that part specially constituted greetings. Because I have, with consent of Ralph Haliburntoun my spouse, sold and heritably aliened to Walter Ker of Cesfurd, his heirs and assignees all those four merklands of old extent in my half of the lands of “Cesfurde Burne” which (blank) Kirktoun relict of George and Robert Tait now occupies, held by ferme, with pertinents lying in the sheriffdom of Rox¬burgh as fully contained in my charter thereon I now order you to give sasine of the said four merklands called Cesfurd Burne to the said Walter Ker or his attorney according to the tenor of my charter without delay, the which to do I give you my full power.In testimony of which I append my seal and sign manual at Dalcoif 10 April 1561 before master George Ker in Cavers, Thomas Haliburntoun in Dalcoif, sir Ninian Briden chaplain and others.
After which John Hog gave sasine of the said lands of “Cesfurd Manys” called Cesfurd Burn to Walter Ker by delivery of earth and stones. Walter Ker asked instrument done on ground of the same around 4pm before Robert Hog, Robert Ker “grief” [farm bailiff] in Cesfurd, Robert Tait, James Franche, James Hoppringill.
498.Robert Hog of [Fauche?] Hill 18 April 1561
Instrument narrating that James Hog ordains Robert Hog his lawful assignee in and to half a husbandland with two cot lands lying in the town of Midlam in the barony of Bowdene and sheriffdom of Roxburgh which land Alexander Gressone violently seized in the youth of the said James Hog as follows:
“The said James Hog in his less aigis rest be Sanders Gressone the forsaid landis makis Robert Hog his assingnay in and to the saidis landis with all rycht and kyndness entress that the said (illeg) or may haif ony maner of vay in tyme to cum that the said Robert to persew ask and craif the entress rycht and kyndness that the said James hes in and to the saidis landis that now Sanders Gressone spulyeit [?hym] fra in his mynorite and geif Robert vynnes the said landis and gettis possessionne of thaim I gaif him all my kyndness rycht for ever mair and differris all to the saidis Robert Hog [convenience?] quhidder he vill geif me my barnes owcht or nocht. In vitnes the quhilk thing the said Robert askit instrument at me in the clois of Halydene at vi houris at evin befor thir vitnes Jhone Mathesone yonger and elder, Adam Halleuoll, Andrew Lermot, Blaiss Stewart with uther diverss.”
499.Robert Wallanche on part of [Walter Ker] of Cesfurd 19 May 1561 “The quhilk day Robert Vallaiche of Melross in nayme and behalff of schir Walter Ker of Cesfurd knycht past to Jhonne Hoppringill in Fawnis toun and thair personaly exonerit and dischairgit Jhone Hoppringill fra the “Vyndydouris” in tyme to cum because he hes hurt the few chairtour pertenyng to the said lard and that for non payment of the maillis and dewite to the autorite thir four termes last by past of the quhilk vordis the said Robert askit instrument at xii houris in Fawnes in Adam Hoppringill house befor thir vitness Jhonne Gibsone, Stephen Brounhill.
The sammynne day and plaice the said Robert Vallaiche protestit in nayme and behalff of schir Walter Ker that Jhonne Hoppringill nor nayne of his behalff maid the dew schirvice auld uss and vynt promist for the said steidding of Vynddy douris to schir Walter Ker for the quhilk thai haif brok[in] thair takis and dischairgis hym or ony of his to occupy it ony langar .” Robert asked instru¬ment before John Gibsone, Stephen Brounhill.
500. John Downe David Mithag agreement
“The fourt day of Jun in the yeir of god ane thousand [five hundred] thre scoir and ane yeiris It is compromitit betueix honist persones Jhonne Donne Margaret Chepman his spous one the tane part David Mithag sone to umquhill Volle Mithag on the uther part in maner forme and effect as efter followes that is to say the said Jhonne Downe Flescher and Margaret his spous sall cum to Selkirk upone mydsymmer day in the yeir befor expremit and sall content and pay to David Mithag four libras usuaill mony of Scotland and x shillings for ane serk priss and that for his rycht and kyndness that he clamyt in and to ane part of ane tenement of land with ane yaird lyand one the soucht syd of the kirk yard within the burgh of Selkirk the kyngis streit on the est part George Smaill and John Smaill one the soucht syd ane yard now pertenyng to Volle Haw in the vost part and the kirk yard Jhone Mychelhill yard on the norcht. And that the said Jhonne and Margaret Chepman fand Dand Halleuoll souerte under the payne of dowbling to be pait at the said day.” Margaret asked instrument before sir David Scot vicar of Cavers, Robert Hendre, William Scot, Alexander Yong, George Halleuoll.
501. John Downe flescher
“The xxiiii day of Juin in the yeir of god ane thousand [five hundred] thre schoir and ane yeiris the quhilk day John Downe comperit in the kirk of Selkirk in presens of Jhonne Fairle bailye for the tyme and vitnes under vrittin and relevit Dand Halleuoll of his hands and thair contentit and owt pait David Mithag sone and air to umquhill Volle Mithag and Helyne Chepman the sowme of four libras x shillings usuell of Scotland for the quhilk sowme the said David Mithag geif our all clame rycht and kyndness that he hess had or may haif in and to ony part of ane tenement and yaird next adiacent the norcht syd of the kirk yard fra him and his executouris and assignais to the said Jhonne Downe Margaret Chepmen thairis ayris for ever and be tenor of this instrument the said David quitteclames (p/t)hayme for and never to cum in contrar In iugisment nor by iugisment Uponne the quhilk quitteclamacionne the said Jhonne Downe askit instrument at aucht houris befor noon befor thir vitness Jhone Fairle bai¬lye, Volle Portuus, Dand Halleuoll, George [Tait?].”
502.William Marssur in Danzeltoune 29 June 1561
It was ratified and agreed between the underwritten as follows: “Jhonne Loremur in Danyzeltoun Moress Bower ratifies and confes¬sis be the fath and treucht of thair bodeis that thai var perso¬naly present quhen Thomas Jaksone wyf with consent of hir eldest sone and air Jhone Jaksone and the assent of the rest of the bairnes sauld and analiet fra thaim thairis ayris executouris and assignais to Villiam Maben his ayris executouris and assignais all and haill the tane half of thairis hous and yard that umqu-hill Thomas Jaksone had and occupiet the quhilk we ratify fath¬fully And that sammyne day in presens of thir fathfull men and vitness undervrytting Jhonne Maben in Danyeltoun nocht led be errour dred nor strencht bot of his fre spontaneaus will his proffeittis all gaittis providit and for ane certane sowm of mony hess sauld analiet our gevin all rycht and tytill of rycht and kyndness properte and possessionne of all and haill the tane half of hous and yard quhilk come to him be deceiss of his brother that umquhill Thomas Jaksone vif and barnes analiet to him fra me myne ayris executouris and assignais to William Merssour his ayris executouris and assignais for ever without fraud and gyll.” William asked instrument around 10am in Danyeltounne before John Loremur, Moress Bewe, James Moss in Darnvik, John Ker Danyel¬tounne, (p/t) [Bannantyn?] in Melross.
503.William Scot Blyndhaucht and John Burn 4 July 1561
John Fairle one of the bailies of Selkirk came at request of John Burn son and heir of William Burn to the back house with half a yard with pertinents and in presence of witnesses underwritten John Burn of his own free will and with consent of his father’s wife resigned an annualrent of thirty shillings uplifted at two customary terms on the said backhouse and yard in hands of the bailie for delivery of sasine of the same in favour of the young man William Scot, by delivery of one penny. William Scot asked instrument done in the said house around 8am before John Angus serjeant, William Burn.
Memorandum that the said John Burn received from the said William Scot 22 merks “xxii merkis(p/t) said Villiam suld yeirly haif xxx shillings (p/t) mony var deliverit agane be him (p/t).
504.Walter Scot burgess in Selkirk
” The xxvii day of July in the yeir of god ane thousand [five hundred] thre schoir ane yeiris Georgis Scot sone and air of umquhill William Scot burgess in Selkirk hes borrowet twenty merkis usuaill mony of scotland fra Valter Scot his frend to pay his entre of his land to Patrik Murray for the quhilk xx merkis Walter Scot his ayris executouris and assignais sall joiss and brouk ane half husband land in Selkirk yeirly payand the maill and dew schirvice thairof ay and quhill the said Georgis and his ayris [reseivid?] and pay to Vault Scot and his ayris xx merkis and geif said Georgis Scot annalies ony part of the haill husband lands to ony uther man sib or fremit be vertue of this contract that Valter Scot is maid assignatour to haif the said haill land of the samyne priss as utheris vauld geif him for his kyndness And attour this the said Georgis Scot hes frely lent the said Valter Scot and his ayris the [land] lyand in the dene ay and quhill he redem the half land. In vitnes of the quhilk thing the said Valter Scot askit instrument in his awin hous at x  houris effoir noon befor thir vitnes James Lumiosdene burgess in Selkirk, James Bellendene serjeant, Valter Scot gudmannes sone, Joke Brydin sone to schir N.B., and Valter Scot hes oblist him selff to tak George Scottis part in his iust causs etc.”
505.James Dougless N. Lyddaill 1 Aug
“That day the said parteis hes continuet the actionne betueix thayme becaus the dais men ar nocht comperit quhill the morne efter the assumptionne of our laydy next to cum that all thair matteris standing [perfect conforme?] as it vas at the compromis betueix [them?]” before witnesses Walter Scot in Edschaw, (illeg) Dalgless in Jed, N[inian] Lyddaill.
506.James Vilkesone George Vilkesone 20 Aug 1561
“That day James Vilkesone and Georgis Vilkesone in presens of thir vitnes undervrittin protestit for remeid of law that Thomas Mynto promist be ane scriptour and promiss to caus thir persones Vatt Turnbull Andrew Gowrlawe Matheu Robesone Thomas Ruderfurd William Cranstoun to out quit thir persones of the away takin James Vilkesonis horss with Thomas Scot in Hanyng Georgis Yong of Otterburne etc.”
Here is a copy of the contract “Thir ar the men that sal quiet Valter Turnbull Andro Gowrlawe Matho Robesone, Thomas Ruderfurd Villiam Cranstoun Thomas Scot of Hanyng Georgis Yong of Otter¬burne Jhonne Fairle bailye in Selkirk Matho Vatsone Thomas Pwrwes Gawin Vilkeyne that the ower vrittin persones ar artles and partles and quhort out sakles of avay takin of James Vilkesonis hors one the thursday efter mydsymmer day in the yeir of god ane thousand [five hundred] lx yeiris  and this to be deliverit to Thomas Mynto burgess of Selkirk and he to causs the saidis persones to quyt the uther persones of the same or the said Thomas to be gylty of the said mater becaus the said Valter Trumbull Andrew Gowrlawe William Cranstoun was in his hous and put the said hors furcht to the said Mathew Robesone Thomas Rutherfurd and the saidis persones to compeir befor Patrik Murray of Fallowhill maister to the said James with the toune of Selkirk the xx day of Aug at x houris effoir noon and geif thair solempn aycht thairupone or the said Thomas for to pay the hors forsaid for the causs effoir said and the said Thomas Mynto (p/t) preif¬fis of acquittans upone the quhilk (p/t) Vilkesone askit instru¬ment and protestis of [remeid] of law in presens of thir vitnes James Murray the yong[er?] schireff of Selkirk Adam Murray James Turnbull Georgis Michelhill elder Mungo Jonsone Volle Thomsone with utheris divers” done in the kirk around 11am.
507. Thomas Mynto
“That day at twa efter nowne Thomas Mynto producit Valter Turn¬bull (blank) and utheris divers of men that suld haif quyt Vatt Turnbull part comperit uther part comperit nocht bot [send] vrytting and requirit to haif ane utheris day appountit to pro-duce the nemmyt acquittairis becaus part of thaim had send thair myndis in vryttingis and utheris var in Bervyk and mycht nocht cum and Thomas Mynto askit instrument befor thir vitness Jhonne Mynto tynklar Georgis Michelhill elder Adam Eward Thomas Scot provost.”
508.Schir Jhonne Brydin vicar of Selkirk
“The xxv day of august in the yeir of god  yeiris it is compromitit betueix schir Jhonne Brydin and Jhonne Clerk in maner forme and effect as efter followes that it to say Jhonne Clerk granttis him awud to schir Jhonne Brydin xl shillings quhilk schir Jhonne pait to the auld vicar and him selff of for Jhonne Clerkis entres of his land and hous and now schir Jhonne Briden for thankis donne and to be donne be Jhonne Clerk w[ill?] of his cherite lys and remyt xx shillings of maill yeirly for the spaice of fyv yeiris next and togydder (p/t) to that effec to put Jhonne Clerk to ane craft with (p/t) at the usche of the fyv yeiris and geif the said Jhonne payis the said schir Jhonne bridin his ayris and assignais sevin libras usuaill mony of scotland the said Jhonne and his ayris sall joiss and brouk and manur the said land and houss and failyeand Jhonne Clerk pay nocht the sevin libras than at the usche of fyv yeiris the said schir Jhonne and his ayris sall joiss and brouk and manur the said land and houss ay and quhill the sevin libras be pait in vitnes of the quhilk thing the said schir Jhone askit instrument at the kirk of Selkirk at the ix houris effoir nowne befoir thir vitnes under vrytting and this Jhonne Clerk hes maid this compromit with avys his speciall frendis Villiem Portuus, James [Skinnar?]” before Gilbert Clerk, William Brydin, John Brydin “scolar”, Georde Michelhill son to John Michell, Thomas Skynnar and burgesses.
509.Armstrang and Brountoun 11 Sept 1561
“The quhilk day Jhonne Bruntoun Robert Bruntoun brother Voll Bruntoun in the Yair Sanders Bruntoun in Cawdenheid in that ane [part] for thairis kyne frendis and allythay Thomas Armstrang of Raltoun alias Thomas the flour Hob Armstrang alias Helynes Hob Jhonne Armstrang Hobbis Jhonne (illeg) Armstrang Jhonne Armstrang in Elryg with kyne frendis and allya the quhilkis promisit [and] subscrivit ane band thair handis at the [pen of] the Armstrangis befor the vitnes Thomas Scot in Hanyng William Scot in Blynd¬haucht.”
510.Alexander Gledstanes John Gledstanes
“Be it kend til all men be thir present lettres I Alexander Gledstanes burgess in Selkirk upone the ta part and Jhonne Gled¬stanes his eldest sone and apperand ayr in the tother part in maner forme and effec as efter followes that is to say the said Alexander hes borrowet fra the said Jhonne his sone and apparand air the sowme of ten libras usuaill mony of scotland mairour the said Alexander Gledstanes byndis him his ayris executouris and assignais quhatsumevir to redound and pay to the said Jhonne the said sowme with the gaynes and commodite thairof that may be gotin at Belten next to cum in the yeir of god  yeiris and mairour I the said Alexander byndis and oblyss me that I mak the said Jhonne my eldest sone and air to possess joice and brouk my heretaigis landis ayrschip guddis quhair evir thai be apprehendit efter my deceiss without ony impediment and the said Jhonne obliss him fathfully to be obedient to his fader [note in margin: “the proces of Law”?] in all thingis according to the commandmen¬tis of god and to the commandmentis of my fader thai beand ag¬greabyll to the commandmentis of god and for the mair securite the said Alexander Gledstanis hess subscrivit thir presentis with his hand led at the pen be schir Niniane Bridin notar publyk the xxv day of September in the yeir of god  yeiris befor thir vitnes William Leirmont minister of Selkirk for the tyme Andro Halleuoll Rychert Thomsone burgess schir Niniane Brydin notar publyk with utheris divers.
Alexander Gledstanes with my hand at the pen led be schir Niniane Brydin notar publyk.
Ita est N.B. manu propria.”
511.[First part of instrument missing]…burgh of Selkirk (p/t) Stephen Wod and Janet (p/t [Ross]) liferenter of a tenement (p/t) in Fulbrig rawe and Fulbrig streit on the east, the tenement of John Chesholme on the south ,the yard of David Loremur on the west and the tenement of the deceased Adam Boil, William Turn¬bull, Robert Yong and Patrick Andersone on the north of all the yard and tenement and there on the ground of the said yard Ste¬phen Wod with consent of Janet Ros his mother lady of the con¬junct fee of all the tenement and yard of his own free will resigned a portion of the yard viz.”evin fra the vost gavill [nuk?] of Vil Trumbullis hous streikand be soucht quhill it cum to ane hawthorne that growes in Jok Chesholme heigis and the officiaris hes strikin in the erd thre stobis” in hands of the bailie by showing earth and stones which being done the bailie gave sasine of the portion of the yard as specified containing in length (blank) and breadth to Robert Yong. Robert Yong asked instrument before witnesses abovewritten.[See also no.486]
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512. [First line obscured by repair.]
Helen Ruderfurd relict of the deceased (p/t) Ellot of her own free will makes constitutes and ordains Robert Ellot son of the deceased Gavin Ellot of [Ho]rslawhill her lawful cessioner and assignee in and to her tenement and four rigs of redeemed arable land of which two are in hands of John Keyne burgess of Selkirk and the other two attached to the said tenement “awstell the kirk” lying in hands of John Mynto and the said Robert Ellot faithfully promises to rebuild the said tenement and to pay yearly to [Thomas] Scot of Hanyng xvii shillings annualrent and also to the said Helen Rutherfurd one house of the said tenement with occupation and right to manure the same for her lifetime (illeg) together with six ewes and lambs before the feast of Whitsunday immediately following also for the favours done and to be done by the said Robert Helen promises to give sasine to Robert of the tenement and four rigs in hands of the bailie of the burgh of Selkirk. Robert asked instrument (illeg)
513.Helen Ruderfurd same day place and hour
“The said Robert Ellot hess fathfully promist to Helyne Ruther¬furd to geif hir ane bigit hous with the manuring of the four riggis efter thai be redemit and maid frey vi yowes and vi lammes nocht clippit or vitsonday next to cum and wyth thankis to be donne to hir And attour the said Robert in presens of thir vitnes abone vrittin promittis Helyne geiff hir sonne or hir sonne sones cum efter this quhen the tenement is biggit and refound contentis pay the said Robert Ellot his costis expenss maid in redemptionne of the rigis and biging of the tenement and beseycht and consid¬erationne of twa fathfull burgess in the burgh of Selkirk thair to resing and geif our to the saidis tenement and riggis efter the payment be maid to Robert and his ayris be the sone of Helyne Rutherfurd or ony of hir sones sones without ony obstaikill or contrary quhatsumever.” Helen asked instrument in the house of Gavin Vilkin around 2pm before witnesses above.
Ita est Ninianus Bridin notarius.
514. Robesonne Same day etc.
Robert Ellot son of Gavin Ellot of Horslaihill ordained Robert Robesonne burgess of Selkirk his lawful assignee in and to “le kyndness” of “Kyng Croft” with all right, title, claim he has or will have and also quitclaims the same for payment of the whole sum paid by Robert to Robert Ellot for “le kyndness” of Kingcroft forever. Robert Robesonne asked instrument before witnesses above.
Also Robert Robesonne for all other conditions gave Helen Ruther¬furd 40 shillings for her favour and “le kyndness” of Kingcroft. Robert asked instrument before witnesses above.
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515. Walter Scot George Scot
“The xiiii day of apprill  yeiris It is compromitit betueix Valter Scot one that ane part and Georgis Scot sone and air of umquhill Villiem Scot in that uther part in maner forme and effec as efter folloues that the saidis Georgis Scot Janet Vaiche for hir entress his spous sal geif to the said Valter Scot and his sone Vatte Scot plaine possessionne with consent and lycenss of Patrik Murray our lord and to the est part of the tenement and with the tane halff of fyv quarters (sic) of ane husbandland lyand within the fredome of Selkirk and schireffdome of the sammyne and to joiss and brouk the sammyne halff efter part of the tenement and halff forsaid landis ay and quhill the said George Scot his ayris executouris and assignais with thair awin proper gudis and geiris refound and pay to the said Valter Scot elder and his sone Vatte Scot the sowme of xxvi merkis usuaill mony of scotland And attour this the said Georgis Scot with consent of Jenot Vaiche his spous granttis thaim to haif resavit twenty libras usuaill mony of scotland of the quhilk sowme Geor¬gis gaif to the schireff xviii libras v shillings of byrone maillis for the quhilk the saidis George and Jenot sal recompens Valter Scot and his sone with the ganes for the said sowme be seycht of twa fathfull nychtbouris of Selkirk sone efter the schireff hes haldin his heid court efter trinite sounday. In vitnes of the quhilk thing the saidis George and Jenot hes sub¬scrivit thir instrumentis with thair handis at the pen led be schir Niniane Briden notar publik befor thir vitnes Hector Scot, (p/t) Doby.”
516. Katherin Chepman Nychoill Chepman
“The xix day of aprill  Nychoill Chepman burgess in Selkirk and ayr to umquhill Georgis Chepman burgess in Selkirk grantis me to haif resavit fra my sister Katherin Chepman spous to Thomas Hendre the sowme of x libras usuaill money of Scotland in pwir mutuaill layne for ane yeir to cum efter the day and dait of thir presentis without ony vantaige and for fathfull payment of the said sowme I Nychoill Chepman obliss me myne ayris executouris and assignais to content and pay to the said Ketherin my sister hir spous forsaid and thairis ayris the ayris executouris and assignais. In vitness the said Nychol subcrivit with his awin hand before thir vitnes David Ellot, Jhone Yoing, schir Niniane Briden with utheris divers.”
517. Robert Haiste in Bowdene
“The xx day of apprill in the yeir of god  yeiris ane vorchty man Dand Bonantoun hes analieit and sauld purly and semply fra him and his ayris executouris and assignais ane quar¬ter of ane husbandland quhilk Rob veirris lyand in the toun of Bowdene with all rycht, tytill, clame properte and possessionne the quhilk next Stevin of Bonantoun tenement and sall instantly enter to the [heirship?] land seid and failyeand that the tene¬ment be nocht got frely with the croft rig and houss to the said Robert The said Dand his ayris executouris and assignais sal (p/t) geif the said Robert and his ayris ane hous and croft rig alss gud nex vil in thol sone and enter to this hous and rig at vitsonday next to cum and he get nocht his awin and quhen the said Robert gettis his awin he sal leif that hous kindness and tak nocht of the ground quhilk the twa yeiris be by past and that rig quhilk as sawin In [vifflat?] the said Robert Haiste sal vant twa croppis by this crop And the said Robert sal haif wss and possessione of all the quarter of land and al proffettis.” Robert asked instrument around 10am before Andrew Ker of Cavertoun knight, Adam Hoppringill, Robert Lyddaill and others.
518. Robert Scot of Howpaslot John Dalgless in Douchquair 23 April 1562 “The quhilk day Robert Scot of Howpaslot hes sett and to maill lattin all and haill his steid of Quhithoup lyand in the lord schipp of the forest of Etrik and scheriffdome of Selkirk for all the dais and termes of fyv yeiris next and to gidder followand to ane vorchty young man Jhonne Dalgless the entre to the said steding to be at this beltene  yeiris and to indur all the usche of the forsaid fyv yeiris fra the said Robert Scot his ayris executouris and assignais to the said Jhone Dalgless his executouris and assignais payand thairfor yeirly the said Jhone Dalgless his ayris and assignais to the said Robert Scot his ayris executouris and assignais the sowme of xxx libras usuaill mony of scotland at twa usuaill termes in the yeir viz.Bartholomeu and Sandromess [St.Andrew-mas?] in vynter as uss of the forrest maill payment for the quhilk the said Robert bindis and obliss his ayris executouris and assignais to the said Jhone Dalgless and his to releif him and his ayris fra all exac¬cionnes maillis dewytes to the qwenes graice and hir factouris and all utheris”. John asked instrument before William Scot in Hartvodmyris,Thomas Scot his son,Adam Scot of Vamfra, Philip Scot of Drihoup,William Scot in Tuschelawe, John Hawe.
519. James Scot Lorens Curror
“The xxi day of apprill  James Scot bailie hes tane ane hous in Cauldscellis to Lorens Curror and to big it theak it and to furniss all thingis necessair thairto excepand irne to vyndoks and durris with ane fuder of stanes and to the quhilk Lorens hes tane Hob Robesone Volle Robesone for [his] part in decernyng James Scot hes tane Volle (p/t) Jhone Bard for his part and Vat Scot o[uer]man to (p/t) the cost of the hous bigyng for the quhilk hous [and] biging said Lorens sall pay to James Scot xv  libras usuaill mony and geif the dais men fyndis James vairris mair upone it than Lorens to pay the mair and geif he vairris less than (illeg) Lorens to pay (illeg) to Lorens (p/t) James and his ayris sal [ius?] hous (p/t) quhilk the xv libras (rest illeg and torn).
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520.[most of this page cancelled] John Scot son 16 May 1562
Philip Scot of Dryhoup (p/t) “Jhonne Dalgless hes sett to Jhone Vo (p/t) Philip Scottis the tane halff of Quhithoup steid for all the dais and termes of fyv yeiris and the said Jhone Scot to pay Jhone Dalgless yeirlie xv libras at twa termes and ane stane of voll at hes entray at this beltene as he pais to the lard (illeg) vat maid at Selkirk befor thir vitnes Villiam Scot, Adam Scot his sonne Philp Scot in Drihoup.”
“The xvi day of may one vitsonday evin William Bridin burgess of Selkirk come to the mercat cross of Selkirk at sevin houris at evin in presens of thir vitnes of fre vil un ned coactit maid Robert Bridin his sone and ayr his verray assignais in and to relax and redeme all and syndry landis and annuallis that ar lyand in vodsett with the rest of the touche gudis viz. xxxv merkis in Dand Halleuollis handis and the said Robert Bridin refussit to accept that assignatour upone hyme.” William asked instrument before James Scot bailie,sir John Bridin vicar, Mat¬thew Watsone, sir David Scot, George Halleuoll, John Michelhill.
522. Andrew Halleuoll same day
“William Bridin and Dand Halleuoll consignit the xxxv merkis quhilkis var rest awud of the hondrecht merkis in compleit pay¬ment to Robert Bridin touchquair gudis in handis of James Scot bailye and Jhone Michelhill in souer keiping for redempcionne of xxx shillings yeirly ay and quhill xvi libras be pait Georgis Murray and his spous of ane tenement of Wille Bridin for land for the quhilk thai var laufully varint and comperit nocht and Dand Halleuoll askit instrument.
And attour the said Procuratouris and keiparis var ordinet to pay Georgis [Smaill] sex libras for redemcionne of xiiii shillings quhilk vas heycht [ie.uplifted?] be Villiam Bridin to Georgis Smaill and na sassing gevin to Jhone Collon ayris xxvi shillings for a rig.
523. William Bridin on which day before above witnesses “Wil¬liam Bridin protestit that he had fulfill all the pounttis of the compromit and that he mycht dispone of his awin landis at his plessour.” William asked instrument.
524.William Scot in Hartvodmyris John Scot.
“The last day of maii in the yeir of god  yeiris in presens of thir vitnes underwritting ane honorabill man William Scot in Hartuodmyris une nede une coactit or compellit etc. hes maid his sone and air Jhonne Scot his verray laufull assignatour in and to the steiding of Gammilscleucht callit Eittriksyde and till all fewes and fewe rentaillis and utheris rychttis or kyndness that he hes or may haif in and to the sammynne steiding fra the day of the dait of thir presentis for ever fra the said Villiam Scot to the forsaid Jhonne Scot and to his ayris perpetually and alss to all obligationnes and contractis betueix William Scot and Symon Scot in Thirlistane consignes all and syndry appounctmenttis contractis and obligacionnes maid be the said Symon Scot to William Scot in and to Jhone Scot and Jhone Scot to call him for all actis and contractis maid upone the said stedding maid be¬tueix the said Villiem Scot and Symon Scot in tymmes befoir said and the occupiaris of the sammynne and to call all utheris occu-piaris of the sammynne intromettouris of the said steding befor the dait of thir presentis for the by roue maillis and relessing [of] the said steding maillis and dewty of the sammynne and for fulfilling and compleitting of thir premissis schir William of that ilk knycht byndis and obliss hyme and his ayris executouris and assignais to releiff William Scot of Hartuod myrris for the sowme of fifty libras usuaill mony of scotland of by ronne mail¬lis at the qwenes and coumptrollaris handis to the day of thir presentis and alss Jhone Scot sone and air to Villiam Scot obliss him his ayris executouris and assignais to releiff the said schir Villiem Cranstoun knycht his ayris executouris and assignais.” William Cranstoun and John Scot asked instrument in the house of John Michelhill before Robert Scot of Howpaslot, Adam Scot of Vamfra, William Scot in Tuschelawe, Walter Scot his son, George Michelhill,(p/t),William Thomsone.
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525.Andrew Murray son of George Murray (p/t) June 1562
James Scot one of the bailies of Selkirk at request of Janet Inglis spouse of Thomas Melross came to the house of the said Thomas and Janet lying in the close of the deceased Robert Bennat near the mercat cross on the west of the same and the new house of John Michelhill on the east where Robert Bennat lived before, the tenement of William Bridin on the south, the house of Hector Scot on the west and the great tenement of John Michelhill on the north and there on ground of the same the said Janet Ingliss lady for life of the said house showed a letter subscribed by Thomas Melross spouse of the said Janet also with the subscription of the venerable man sir Patrick Crawfurd notary public in style of a procuracy to resign the said house as follows:
“Schir baillie efter my hartly commendacionnes wyth ye that I geif all my power that I haif to my vyf Jenot Ingliss to geif upp my saissing of the hous that ye kene to George Murray and his vif or thair barn becaus I may nocht cum and this I haif donne befor thir vitnes Philp Melross, sir Patrik Craufurd publik nottar at Langneuton the xxiiii day of Junii in the yeir of god  yeiris be your schirvand at power Thomas Melross etc. To ane honest man James Scot balye of Selkirk Ita est Patrik Craufurd capulanus et notarius publicus manu propria etc.” After which Janet Ingliss by virtue of the procuracy of her own free will resigned the said house with consent of her spouse in hands of the bailie who gave sasine of the same to the young man Andrew Murray son of George Murray and Margaret Davidsone, paying burgh ferme and (blank) annualrent thereon. Andrew Murray asked in¬strument around 3pm before Adam Evard serjeant, Sebastian Franche, Stephen Smyth (p/t) and others.
526.Robesone Fleicher ” V day of July in the yeir of god  yeiris It is compromitit betueix Robert Robesone and Thomas Fleicher youngest son to umquhill auld Voll Fleicher in maner forme and effect etc. the said Thomas with consent of his frendis hes geiffynne to Robert Robesone all and haill his tenement with the yaird for to mak reparacionne and bigyng of the sammynne as it vas biggit effoir sufficiently be seycht of nychtbouris and maid vatterteycht as nychtbouris and utheris is in that part for the dais and termes of x yeiris immediatly efter the dait of thir presentis the said Robert entress to be in and to the said tene¬ment and yaird at vitsonday in the yeir of god  yeiris quhilk vill extend to  yeiris and the said Robert usche thairfra with kyndness without fraud and gyll the said Robert payand and uphaldand the said tenement of all [excon(p/t)cionnes?] maill and dewytes and all the grovand wod to be obschirvit and keipit to the utilite of the said Thomas exce¬pand the treis that dois (p/t) proffett the yaird and that the said Robert and his ayris sal leif it and resing it frely to the said Thomas without ony impediment the usche [of] x yeiris and gyff it and all the [tenement?] be [brygit?] with uther nycht¬bouris hous the fourmen sall consider the proffet and disproffet thairto and befor thir vitnes Robet Fleicher secund sone to Voll Fleigar, Jok Vatsone sone to Jenot Vatsone Hendre Haw.
527.[Title obscured by repair] (p/t) Nov 
Part of an instrument of sasine narrating that Alexander Gled¬stanes resigned in hands of James Scot, one of the bailies of Selkirk, his house on the west of his fathers tenement [with] the close of James Mithag on the west, the yard of Andrew Halleuoll on the north, the gable “viz. the gawill” of the other house next to the principal tenement of said Alexander on the east and the parish kirkyard on the south in favour of George Halleuoll his heirs and assignees paying yearly [18 shillings?] annualrent to Alexander and his heirs.
528.Haiste on part of honorable woman dame Ysabel [Ker] 26 Aug 1560 Robert Haiste came to master David Vardlaw chamberlain for the time of Melrose at command of the most powerful lord and master of Hammiltoun and the said master David, purely and sim¬ply, sold to the honorable woman dame Ysabel Ker lady of Cesfurd
“ane quarter of all the tymmer that vas in the closstair of melross and alss certane sperris and layth in the voll hous of Melros extending to the nowmer of (blank) speiris for xx libras and the said Robert in nayme and behalf of the said lady desirit ane acquittans subscrivit with maister David hand and master David bad him tak ane instrument that he grantit him resavit xx libras for the said tymmer as vas promist and quitclamit hir and hir ayris thairof In vitnes the quhilk thing the said Robert Haiste askit instrumenttis upone me at Melross at twa efter nowne in the laird of Mowes chalmer befor thir vitnes (blank) the lard of Mowe, Robert Vallance, Nychoill Helys,James Vallance.”
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Memorandum “the xi day of november  Robert Haist factour in Lyllescleif hes componit with the for tenements of Clerklandes for thair tends quhilkis extendis to fyv bollis meil and beyr and thai to pleis the m[alt?] man of the beir And the lady and hir factour for the meill” the names of the men are William Cad[zow], Humphrey [“Umphra”] Cadzow, James Achesone, David Riddaill.
The names of the men of Grett Law paid the same are “Watt Vaiche, Jok Hendersone, Jok Cadzou, Volle Thurbrand.”
“The last day of november  William Middilmest hes sett and to hir ma[ill] lattin all and haill ane aikar of land in the feilde of lyllescleif town for all the dais and termes of sevin yeiris crop efter the [tenor?] of thir presentis to Jhone Heislo¬up his [vyf] executouris and assignais and all the maill and dewyteis of the sammynne thankfully pait beforhand excepand twa scheir [ie.score] dawiirkis yeirlie or twa babbeis in wytnes of the quhilk the said William Middilmest hes causit schir Niniane Bridin subscryw this [present?] day and plaice at S. Mungo Cha¬pell before thir vitnes Peter Hart(p/t) Jhone Hendersone, (p/t).”
531.Helme and Helme 30 Nov 1562
“James Helme in presens of vitness hes deliverit to Gybbe Helme thir vork lemmes [ie tools] undervrittin in maner of his gudis of ayrschip ane study [or scudy] twa foir hammeiris, the tayngis, turkas [pincers],butter cakar, ane cawchin hammer, ane naill truyll, the hand hammer, nail hammer, ane cleiff irne geif the said Gybbe bringis agane the sammynne geiris na wor than thai ar now quhen he resavit thaim than it salbe lefull to Gybbe to cheis the best and leif the verst and to his vyf and his assignatouris” before witnesses William Fleicher, David Loremur, James Murray, James Hawe.
532.David Tudhoup [This item flits between scots and latin and is transcribed as written]
“The xviii day of december  etc. Jenot Scot ” his wife before witnesses appointed David [Tudhoup] her executor and intromissor of all her goods belonging to her and no other living [person]. Item she is acknowledged to have 6 cows and oxen, 20 ewes and “hogis” , grain in stacks to the value “I leif my part of the gudis to David Todhoup and alss my clame in and to all profeittis of my coniunct fee in Pebillis viz. halff ane tenement ane tail of a croft with al maillis and devyteis that I suld haif and heir I maik it manifest to all and syndry that my husband gaiff to me by parttis thir geiris ane siluer belt ane gouldin ring ane pair of lammer [amber] beidis the quhilk Roney Scot schir John Bowe schir Jhone Alane knawes and divers utheris in Pebyllis.” Done before Adam Almus, Cuthbert Brown, John Cavers, Robert Tudhoup.
533.Cuthbert Haw John Forest
“The xv day of december 1562 the quhilk day befor thir vitnes Johone Forest hes sett all and haill his part of the ladilandis lyand within the fredome of selkirk etc for all the dais and termes of thre yeiris immediatlie following the dait of thir presentis for (blank) And alss hes set the sammynne halff part of his lady land uther thre yeiris efter that wsche of the first thre yeiris for (blank) geif he occupies it nocht him selff and this vas actit in Cuthbert Haw hous befor thir vitnes Jhone Heislehoup, Robert Robersone, David Lore[mur] with uthers divers.
Ita est N.Briden.”
“xi march [1562/3] yeiris the quhilk day Robert Hendry come to Selkirk with ane bill fra his fader Thomas Hendry with ane bil to offer mariagis to Joke Bridin with ane [twa scored out!] of his yowgst douchteris promittand him meit clath bed and burde as he vauld geif to his awin sonnes ay and quhill v yeiris be done and by past in the meyne tyme to put Jhone Bridin to ane curious [ie. skilled] craft with aviss of frendis quairby he may haif ane lyf with honestie for the quhilk Jhone Bridin sal gyf Thomas Hendre xxiiii rigis half a husband land in hand now with his tenement and annuell vi shillings viii pence in Ewart handis and ane uther halff husband land in handis of his moder ay and quhill fyv yeiris be compleit And Thomas Hendre to pay the maillis and dewiteis and schirvice aucht of the sammynne and the said Robert inquirit Joke geif he vas awud ony thing by gayne of maillis and [trufallis? ie trifles?] and he said v or vi libras and he siclyk inquirit Mungo Jonsone George (p/t) schir N bridin, Thomas Ker in Keppelawe (rest obscured by repair.)
[Joke Brydin, witness in no.504, is described as son of sir Ninian Brydin.]
535.James Haw smith
“The xi day of march [1562/3] That day David Hawe burgess in Selkirk hes sett to his cussing James Hawe smith and his ayris all and haill his part of the can (p/t) croft quhilk he now inhabittis and occupies ay and quhill ten libras be pait to James Hawe be David Haw his ayris In this maner every yeir to [enfowe?] ane mark of the said sowm to James Hawe and his ayris be David Haw and his ayris And geif David Haw his ayris pais to James Haw and his ayris the haill sowm conjunctlie or the tane halff of the sowm James sal tak it and yeirly to pay ane merk quhill xv yeiris be finely out pait to James Hawe and his ayris.” Done in the stable of James Hawe around 3pm before John Hawe “obscrite”, John Andersone son of Patrick Andersone, Alexander Runsiman.
536. Andrew Dougless Freirschawe 17 April 1563
[William?] Gourllaw warned, by virtue of a precept, George Dou¬glass and Ralph Douglass to remove themselves from occupation of a husband land lying in Caverss belonging heritably to Andrew Dowglas. Done around [ten am?] before William Dowglass, George Roger, John Thomsone younger “[pluman?] to Georgis”.
537. George Dowglas same day
“Georgis said to Andro Douglas that he saude the halff husband land and maus vaist without occupy and he intrometit with it for the caus he desiris to be tenent to Andro Douglas and to [give?] for It alss meikill as ony uthers vauld doo be the seycht of frendis.” George asked instrument before said witnesses.
538.Thomas Smaill Thomas Gray
“25 day of apprill  yeiris in presens of thir vitnes under vrittin Thomas Gray in Lillescleiff hes set and to maill lattin all and haill his tenement and yard quhilk he hauldis of my lord of Glasgow lyand within the town of Lillescleiff the tenement of (blank ie. boundaries not given) to his nychtbour Thomas Smaill his ayris executouris and assignais for al the dais and yeiris of nynten yeiris next and to gidder folluand the dait of thir pre¬sentis the said Thomas and his ayris payand xx shillings usuaill mony of scotland at tw[a] usuaill termes of the yeir vitsonday and martinmes alanerly with thir condicionnes that Thomas Smaill sal mak to Thomas Gray and his ayris his [beir?] sufficient stuff in malt for ane pek to the boll and giff Thomas Smaill biggis ane kill [ie. kiln] upone that rowm the said Thomas Gray sall furnis Thomas Smaill twa sid symeris [a simmer is a beam, particularly in the floor of a corn kiln] and promittis to help to by the mid symer and promitit ane kuppall [ie. couple_ a pair of rafters?] of siller how and balkis and giff he furniss nocht the tymmer it sal be lefull to Thomas Smaill to unlow alss meikill of his maill and Thomas Gray giffis lycens to Thomas Smal to vy(p/t) stanes.” Before “Berte” Riddail, James Leitheid, Robert Haiste.
539.Ker in Kippelawe and Mathosone in Midlame
“The xv day of maii in the yeir of god  yeiris in presens of thir vitnes undervritting ane contract maid betueix Thomas Ker in Kippelawe on that ane part and Volle Mathesonne in Midlame on that uther part in maner forme and effect as efter folloues that is to say Thomas Ker sal godvilling furniss Volle Mathesonne smyth meill beir quheit or mony as he requiris as god and gudmen makis the feir and at michelmes thairefter or xv dais vithout delay to mak sufficient payment to Thomas Ker and his ayris and failyeand thairof the said Williem Mathesonne oblisses him and his ayris to analy and sell to Thomas Ker and his ayiris ane quarter of ane husband land lyand in Midlame town one the soucht sid of the samynne maister George Ker land besyd it in ryndaill for xxviii libras as us is in the alienacionne of sic landis befor thir vitnes Jhone Symsone Hendre Thomsone Jhone Ker ser¬jeandis and gyf Volle pais the sowme at the day William to jois and brouk his awin land and the said Villiam fathfully promittis to sel it to ony uther.”
540.Thomas Ker in Keippelawe
“The xxviii day of July in the yeir of god  yeiris Besse Hog douchter and ayr to umquhill (blank) Hog une nede un coactit compellit ony maner of vay bot with fre vill hir proffettis all and syndry gaittis providit hes sellit analiet all and haill hir tenement yaird and halff husband land lyand in the town of Boul¬dene and barony of the sammyne in ryndaill throw the feild and schireffdome of roxburgh with all rycht titill of rycht that scho hes or may haif in and to hir tenement and halff husband land forsaid fra hir and hir ayris executouris and assignais to Thomas Ker in Keppelawe his ayris executouris and assignais And that for certane sowmes of mony geffin to Besse in hand and uther part to be pait at termes to hir is contenit in the compromit maid be-tueix thaim [at] mair lencht.” Besse Ker spouse of Thomas Ker in Keippelawe asked instrument done in Keippelawe around 10am before Henry Thomsone, Robert Ormistoun,John Symsone servant.
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541.Thomas Ker in Kippelawe 2 Aug 1563
[Richard D]ouny son and heir of deceased William Downy living in Eldonn of his own free will appoints in tenor of this present instrument Thomas Ker son and heir of Mark Ker in Kippelawe his lawful cessioner and assignee in and to his tenement with yard and husbandland lying in the town of Eldonn in the lordship and regality of Melrose and within the sheriffdome of Roxburgh and to resign all right and claim he has or may have in the said land,yard and husbandland in or by judgement before whatever justices in his name in favour of the said Thomas forever for the many favours and for the sum of 100 merks instantly from the hands of the said Thomas to the said Richard. Thomas Ker asked instrument done in Keippelawe around 10am before Henry Thomsone, William Edyair, George Thurbrand tailor, James Hawe (p/t) in Eldonn.
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542.Walter Riddaill of that ilk 10 Sept 1563
“ane honorabill man Valter Riddaill of that ilk past to Villiam Davidsone of Haitharlandis personaly apprehendit and offereide to the said William Jenot Myddilmest eldest douchter to Jhonne Myddilmest in Lillecleif and alss Margaret Ker eldest douchter to Thomas Ker in Kippelawe as sufficient parteis to be vif to the said William quhilk of thaim he cheis to be his vyf Be this reassone the said William Davidsone hauldis certane landis of the said Valter Reddail in varde and releiff and the said Valter askit instrumenttis that he had laufully offerit the saidis Jenot Myddilmest and Margaret Ker ayther of thaim quhilk he pleiss best to be his party and the said Villiam said that he vas nocht avissit thairof bot heirefter suld gif ane answer and that vas requirit at the scherring upone the la[st?] of haytherrel [ie. hay thirl?] at fyv houris thairefter nowne or thair by befor thir vitnes Adam Scot [son?] to Valter Scot in Todschaw haucht, Robert [Rid]daill brother german, Robert Riddaill sone of James Riddaill in Clerklandes, William Davidsone sone to umquhill Stevin David¬sone with utheris.”
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543.Ker Jonson Tudhoup and Fleigar 27 Sept 1563
“Jhone Ker son of umquhill George Ker of Faudonsyd schirvand to schir Valter Scot of Cesfurd knycht hes sett all and haill the tendis corn and hay of Hirdmanstoune to Jhone Jonsone David Tudhoup Jhone Fleigar and [John?] Murray tenentis in Hirdmanstoun for all the dais and yeiris that Jhone Murray joiss and brouk thaim of his maister the forsaid tenentis and nychtbouris of Hirdmanstoun sal pay yeirly to Jhone Ker sa lang as he may jois and brouk the saidis tends of his maister auchtene bollis victual halff meill halff be[ir?] heipit sufficient stuff merkat vair [as?] at mei(p/t) to be pait yeirlie or palm sonday without fraud and gyll” before Robert Haiste, John Leitheid, William Hallem.
544.Isabel Ker of Cesfurd 24 Dec 1563 asked Thomas Yong and John Yong how much time had elapsed since their father had died and they replied that eighteen years had elapsed and the said Elisa¬beth [Isabel] showed them as follows:
“I marveill that your fader vrangusly occupiet my husbands here¬taigis viz. a quarter of hassindenbank without mail ferme or gerssum and at your faderis decess he left us nocht heiryeildis and now ye twa brotheris planttis down in that samynne quarter without maill ferme mail or entress fra the quhilkis quarter I dischairgis yow in tyme cumyng and thai answerit hir and said that thai vor content to pay hir or to leif it at hir plessour.” Dame Isabel asked instrument around 3pm before Robert Douglass of Cavers, Robert Ker in Cavertoun, Robert Lyddaill.
545. Christine Robertoun in name of her spouse Walter Ellot asks instrument as follows 11 Feb 1563/4
“That day ane vorchty man Thomas Ker in Keppelawe with consent and assent of Besse Hog eldest douchter to umquhill Jhone Hog of the Corse Hill in Bowdene hes frelie without revocationne in iugisment or by iugisment gevin our all rycht kyndness properte and possessionne in and to ane halff husband land with ane tene¬ment yaird croft toft with riggis medo lyand in Ryndaill in the town and sulze [soil] of Bowdene and schireffdome of Roxburgh with all and syndry commoditeis profettis thairto pertenand under erd and abonne fra thaim thair ayris executouris and assignais to Cristeane R[ober]tonne and Valter Ellot hir spous and that [for a](p/t) certane sowme of mony xxii libras usuaill mony of scot¬land giffin to Besse Hog and Jhonne Ker for thairis rycht and kyndness of the (p/t) manss and halff husband land and that [the said] Cristean and Valter Ellot to uss occupy and dispo[ne] upone it as you best pleis for ever with consent of (p/t) and bailye.” Christine asked instrument in Keppelawe around 3pm before (illeg).
546. Robert Hog in Fauch hill Valter Ellot and Christine Rober¬tone his spouse 12 Feb 1563/4 [text ends here. Rest of page blank and cancelled.]
547. [Title obscured and torn]
“The 21 day of februar in the yeir of god [1563/4] yeiris That day Riche [Dovny?] in Eldonne in presens of thir vitnes under¬vritting granttis him awud to Thomas Ker in Kippelawe twelf libras usuaill mony of scotland and be tenor of thir presentis oblisses me myne ayris executouris and assignais to pay the said Thomas or his ayris the said xii [libras] at the Natiuite of our lady day in hervist in the yeir of god  yeiris without fraud and gill and failyeand that it be nocht thankfully pait at the forsaid day I will h(p/t) my kyndness of my husbandland in Eldonne manss and yaird with all and syndry profettis of the sammynne fra me myne ayris to the samynne and his ayris erar than ony utheris sib or [fremmit?] sal joiss and brouk it without ony obstakill [con]trary In vitness of the quhilk thing the said at ix houris effoir nown askit instrument in Keippelawe befor thir vitness Dand Cordinar in Mydlame, Robert Hog h(p/t), Robert Ormistoune saidlar, Jhone Symon”.
548. Scot Gressone [8?] Feb 1563/4
“It is compromitit betueix Elesabecht Scot and Jhone Gressone in nayme and behalff of Riche Gressone that the said Richert sal god villing haif ane halff husband land and twa coitlandis instantlie and sall pleis the lord and laird the bailye for it and the said Elesabecht Scot sall haif the uther halff husband land in the nedder end of the towne besyd Andro Leithen and the said Richert Gressone hir sone sall help to big ane sufficient hous be seycht of nychtbouris and alss sone as the hous be biggit compleitly the said Besse sall leiff the principall tenement and pass to the hous and quhen Richert Gressone be in power to manur the haill ground baith his moder part and his awin than scho sall pay for hir part and that scho sall nocht sett nor vodsett ony part of that halfland induring hir lyftyme bot scho sal lat ane rig in mukin for ane crop or till hir craftis man.” The said asked instrument in the hall of Halidene around 3pm before Nicholas Ranaldsone elder and younger, Partick Gray in Clarelawe, John Haiste, Robert Haiste.
549.Master William Schawe sirs deans John Forros Alexander Bal¬lendene and convent of Melrose 30 June 1564
The venerable men master William Schaw provost of Abernaithe and sirs John Forres and Alexander Bannantyne monks of Melrose having commission and power of procuracy in name of the said convent of Melrose on the above date bound as follows:
“The said Master William Schawe provest of Haberneyche on the ane part and den Jhone Forrus den Alexander Bannantyne monkis and commisaris with consent of the remenentt convent maist part beand present for the tyme hes oblist and bound thaim in forme of instrument of compromissionne in maner forme and effect as efter followes for all actionnes quarellis and debaittis and in spe¬ciall concernyng his intromissionn with the deuites of thair myllis in Melros in the yeir of god  yeiris to vitsonday in the yeir of  yeiris quhilkis monkis commisaris granted thaim thankfully out pait of lxii yeirs and lxiii yeirs [ie 1562 and 1563] as thair acquittans proporttis and for the lxi yeir the said m[aster] William hes choissin for his part Robert Vallaic and Matho Hannay in Melros and the said monkis hes chossin for thair part Robert (p/t)stoun and Mungo Blaikdene arbytouris chossin [with advice] of bath the saidis parteis to be amyabill (p/t)positouris in that caus the quhilk acceptit the [compro¬mise?] upone thaim in presens of me notar and v[itness] to decer¬nyng aggreand finelie to decreit the (p/t) actionnes betueix this and [Lammas?] next to cum and in cais of discorde to haif power to cheis ane or mair with prorogationne of termes gif neid beis.” Both parties asked instruments done in the house of Robert Bostounne in Melrose around 4pm before Robert Boustounne, Andrew Boustoune his son, Simon Vauche, sir Thomas Christisone, Nicholas Forrett.
550. Dene John Forrest and Alexander Bannantyne
“The last day of Juni  den Jhone Forres den Alexander Balladene commissaris for the convent of Melross requirit maister William Schawe to answer the convent of Melross of four bollis qweit to every ane of thaim yeirly cowntreitly met with the cherite conforme to decreit obtenit be the monkis befor the lordis of the counsaill the said qweit allowett to the said maister William in garnall mett and calculit efter the quantite to the ta mett and to the tother mett conforme to the said mais¬ter Villiam tak of the quhilk requisicionne the said maister Wiliam Schawe is contentit thair with the convent defend and keipand maister Villiam skaichtless as law will.” The monks asked instrument before Robert Boustonne, Andrew Boustonne,(p/t) Thomas Christisonne.
551.Marion Wilson [John Jonsone] in Hirdmanstonne 13 July 1564
“The quhilk day in presens of thir vitnes undervrittin Jhonne Jonsonne lard in Hirdmanstonne une ned un coactit or compellit ony maner of vay bot of his fre vill his proffettis all gaittis providit hes chossyne Mairyone Vilsone vedoo in the fircht [ie. openly?] to haif to his vif unfouyeidlie and sall contract the band of mariagis in face of haly kirk alss sonne as thai may be presentit thairto and the said Jhonne sall haif the gudis and geiris that scho bringis with her and to be com to hyme ane gud sufficient servand and vif in all hir and his liff tyme for the quhilk compleitting of mariagis the said Jhone Jonsone consignes and assignes ane hail husbandland in Hirdmanstonne with the onsett befor the peill dur and thrid part of the yaird efter his deceis fra him and his ayris executouris and assignais to the said Mairyone Vilsone for all the [dais] of hir lyftyme payand the dewyty thairfor to my [lord] of Glasgow as nychtbouris dois of the saidis Jhone Jonsone landis In vitnes of the quhilk thingis the said Mairyone askit instrument in to Selkirkkirk at vi houris efter noun befor thir vitnes James Ruderfurd doctour to the bairnes in Selkirk, Jok Wilsone, (p/t) Raperlawe, Thomas Smaill, Volle Hawe.”
552. George Hog in Burnbray 31 Aug 1564
Robert Hog declared from his sick bed that he appointed his [testator] and executors and disposed of his goods before his own minister and witnesses underwritten John Ainslie in Prestonne, Robert Haiste, Martin Leithen, Andrew Hog son of Thomas Hog and Andrew Hog carpenter in Bowdene. Robert Hog in Burnbray declared his last will and legacy as follows:
“In prima Roben has [vesuet?] with god in presens of thir fath¬full nychtbouris and frendis as he sal answer befor god in the day of iugisment that he coft halff ane husband lande in Bowdene lyand fra Alee Dawsonne for the quhilk and hir kyndness and hir ayris hes promist to giff hir thretty libras usuaill mony of scotland and that to be pait thankfully at twa termes within ane yeir and instantly Robert Hog gaif to Alee Dawsone ane lang curche and ane furlat of meill to hir bountaicht and alss he gaif to hir halff a boll of beir for xx shillings in to entress of payment And the said Robert gaif to Vatte Chesholme befor Nycholl Ranaldsone nyne libras usuaill mony And the said Robert vas ay reddy to mak payment compleitly And quhair it is allegit that [he] tuk takis of it fra Vatte Chesholme heir befor god as I sal onne the dreidfull day of dwmm (p/t) never takis of it fra him.
(p/t) the said Robert leiffis Ysabell Ker his vif all [his] landis and steidingis myll with all the rest for hir lyf tyme for to nuriss and bring up hir bairnes bath in nurtour meit clath and mariagis.
Item The said Robert Hog leiffis to Georgis [Hog] his eldest his coit land with the pertinences bigit [and] all proffettis of the myll multar and knaif schip sa as the tane half for his part half a land in bor(p/t) efter Ysabell Keris deceis.
Item Jhone Ainslie expones the maner and condicionne quhen Geor¬gis mareit his sister ane Vol Hog fader to that George Hog with consent his his brether gaif frely this coit land bigit with the pertinentes the tane half of the myll and this Jhone Ainslie (illeg) upone his in aventour of pley betueix fren[dis?].George asked instrument before above witnesses.
553.Dand Young M Robert (p/t)
“The xvii day of September in the yeir of god  yeiris that day Robert in Neu[hall?] (p/t) and the towne of Langneutoun all and syndry (p/t) tenentis of the sammynne comperand in presens of me [and] [vyt]ness undervrittin all in ane voice alanerlie dis¬sentit and refussit to tende with Robert Ker as presently conve¬nit and [m?]odderit and his co(p/t) in company with him to the valour of four score (p/t) hors men (illeg)ulzeit in feir of veir nocht (p/t) ouris lettres of sequestracionne of the (p/t) tenddis purchest be us for our intro[mitting?](p/t) our awin tendis for this yeiris crop viz. (p/t) yeiris instant and laufully (p/t) be thaim sufficiently (p/t) fruttis and tendis to thaim (p/t) as the [lett?]res of sequestracionne in thaim selff mair fullely report¬tis The said Robert Ker be[ing] personaly present Dande Young Thomas Adamsounne Georgis Melross Robert Jonkesonne with the ha[ill] rest of the tenentis beand convenit as saidis desirit Robert ker personaly present to mak restitucionne (p/t) sa meill tendis as he hes this day spolyeit [be?](p/t) tendit this day within this parochin with his s[aid?] complicis forsaid that he and thaim restour and bring agane the tendis to the ground that thai var sp[ulyit?] fra and to decist and sais fra ony ma[nner of] tending or intromission or ellis we all [shall] p[ro]test remeid of lawe and spulze and reaff[?] (p/t) and upone thir vordis Dang Yong [in] nayme and behalff of the haill parochin and inhabitouris of the sammynne askit instrument” before witnesses.
554. Robert Ker in Newhall
“The xvii day of september Robert Ker allegit [that] he came to Langneutoun kirk with ane [worthy?] man in presens of ane notar offerand to (p/t) tenenttis and occupiaris of Langnewtoun fynde thaim caucionne for redepcionne of sequestracionne of the tend scheiffis of (p/t and illeg) hes convenit the quhilk tak (p/t) of the tendis of Langneutoun (p/t) pertenes to me thir fifty yeiris (p/t) peciabill possessionne.
555.[first part missing?]
“In the schireffdome of Edinburgh and constabulary of [Churtoun?] and with consent and assent of Jhonne Ker hir spous dwelland uponne sanct Thomas land [in] Lassouddonne callit the Tempull Landis hes sett and for maill lattin all and haill thair stedding callit Gilstoun with the pertinence thairto pertenand with houss and all syndry commoditeis aysiamenttis and rychtnis per[tinen]ciis alss veill nocht nemmit as nemmyt under erd [and?] abone to thair velbelovit sonne Jhonne Abernaithy for all the dais [and] termes of sevin yeiris the [said] Jhonne Abernaithe entre to be at vitsonday in the yeir of god ane thousand fyv houndrecht thre scoir (p/t) yeiris the said Jhonne sal pay yeir¬lie to the [pre]bendairis of the trinite collaigis situat in Edinburgh twenty merkis usuaill mony of scotland at the usuaill termes in the yeir vitsonday [and St. Martin in] vynter and attour the said Jhonne Abernaithe [his heirs] and assignais sallpay the said Elesabecht (p/t) lifrenter his moder and to Jhonne Ker f(p/t) quhill the usche of the sevin yeiris (p/t) leffis every yeir ten merkis usuaill [mony of] scotland “.The said [Elisabeth and John?] asked instrument around the hour of (p/t) before (p/t) James Thurbrand of (p/t),George Ainslie (p/t).
556. James Thurbrand of the styll 19 Sept 1564
“Jhonne Gibsone in Laysudden grant[tis] him awud to his nychtbour James Thurbrand of the styll the sowme of fourty libras usuaill mony of scotland for the quhilk sowm James Gibsone hes vodsett ane quarter of ane husband land lyand within the teretory of Laisuddone and in the lordschipp of Melros and schireffdome of Roxburgh to be joissit and broukit be the said James Thurbrand his ayris and assignais ay and quhill James Gibsone his ayris and assignais [are] payand.”
557.Andrew Gray in Midlammyll
“The sevint day of october  that day Villiam Blak sone and apperand air to Thomas Blak in Mydlame myll une ned [un] coactit or compellit be ony man ony maner of vay nor circumvenit bot of his fre spontaneous will his proffettis all gaittis [provided] hes [purely] and semply giffen our fra him his ayris all rycht and tytill of rycht that he hes or may haif in [tyme] to cum in and to ane half husband land [called] the ester toftis and the knaifschip of Myd[lame myll] lyand in the barony of Bouldene and [sheriffdom] of Roxburgh fra him and his executouris and as¬signais to David Gray in Midlame myll to his ayris executouris and assignais and for certane sowmes of mony giffen to me in (p/t) my grett spontanean neid befor hand and [for] utheris gratitudis don and for to be don be the [sammynne] David Gray to me Villiam Blak.” Andrew Gray asked instrument done in the kirk of Lyllescleiff around 10am before William Ryddaill [brother german?] of the lord of Ryddaill, John Stewart, George Vilson servants and ministers for the time to William Ryddaill.
558. Andrew Hog 19 [Dec?]
On which day George Vilsone [in?] Driburgh in presence of witnes¬ses acknowledged that he owed of corn “heppit meill ane ane boll of (p/t) meill the [price?] as god makis the feir (p/t) libras of mony and halff ane boll of (p/t) before witnesses James Thurbrand (p/t).”
559.David Stoddert and Pursaill in Laisuddone
“The xii day in the monecht of october in the yeir of god  yeiris in presens of witness undervritting Jhonne Pursaill un ned on compellit ony maner of vay bot of fre vill his profett all gaittis providit hes vodsett ane quarter of his husbandland with the pertinenchis lyand in the toun and sulze of laisuddone in the lordschipp of Melros and in the schireffdome of Roxburgh for ane certane sowm of mony viz thretty twa libras usuaill mony of scotland for all the dais and termes of aucht yeiris next and immediatlie follaynge the dait of thir presentis the entress of David Stoddert to be at this martynmes  yeiris And instant¬lie David Stoddert hes sett the said quarter of the husband land for resonabill causs to his nychtbour Jhonne Pursaill for all the dais and termis of three yeiris immediatlie follouyng the dait of thir presentis for the quhilk Jhonne Pursaill and his ayris sall pay yeirlie to David Stoddert and his ayris for the spaic of thre yeiris thre bollis of heippit meill and ane furlat of grottis markat met sufficient stuff at candelmas yeirlie quhill the usche of the thre yeiris be out passit And gif David Stoddert pleiss [that] the usche of the thre yeiris end to tak the said [quarter] of the husbandland in his awin hande to [occupy] and manur it than David Stoddert and his ayris sal [pay?] the ourlordis all dewty and schirvice nychtbour lyk (p/t) as the quarter of land extendis to And at the (p/t) [e]nde of the said aucht yeiris Jhonne Pursaill [and his ayris] sal frelie haif regress in and to the said [land] without ony impediment of David Stodart (p/t) qhuatsumever.” (p/t) asked instrument in house of Da[vid Stod¬dart?] before James Gaustoun, Thomas (p/t), (p/t)dhous in Dri¬burgh.
560. Stoddert and Stoddert
“The xiii day of october  that day James Stoddert nocht nede unconpellit bot of his fre spontanean vill his profettis all gaittis providit hes vodsett ane quarter of his husband land lyand in to the toun and sulze of Laisuddon in the lord schipp of Melros and in the schireffdome of Roxburgh to his belovit brother german David Stoddert indwallar in Laisuddone for ane certane sowme of mony viz fifty twa libras usuaill mony of scotland and the forsaid quarter of land to be fra the said James Stoddert and his ayris executouris and assignais to the said David Stoddert his brother german his ayris executouris and assignais for all the dais and termes of thre yeiris immediatlie follouyng the dait of thir presentis the martinmas heirefto be David Stoddert entre in [and to] the said quarter of land to joiss and brouk the sammynne [for the] said spaic and ay and quhill the forsaid [fifty two?] libras money be thankfully pait be the said James Stoddert and his ayris or assignais to the said David Stoddert his ayris executouris or assignais [the] haill in ae sowme to gidder upone ane day b[efore] the sun rissing and passin to of the sammynne in the [said] David hous or in the kirk of Laisud¬done and efter the redempcionne and compleit payment of the [said] sowme the said David Stoddert and his ayris [shall] joiss and brouk haif ane crop efter the (p/t) of the said quarter of land without fraud [and guile].” David asked instrument in his own house around [1pm?] before dean John Trumbull (p/t) Laisud¬done, James Thurbrand (p/t), Thomas Jamsone, Thomas Cowch(p/t).
“The xii day of october  yeiris the said Robert at command of schir Valter Ker of Cesfurd knycht hes set the tendis of Raperlawe to thir persones under vrytting coniunctly and soveraly all and haill the tend scheiffis of the said town for fourty bollis of meill and beir and to be pait thankfully betueix can¬delmas and fastroun ewin in to sufficient stuff mercat met and heipit [meill?] thai to joiss the said tend quhill he [is] factor of the kirk The names of [the men] ar thir Volle Gray Volle Redfurd (p/t [for?]) George Trumbillis quarter of Raperlaw Dand Gray George Gray Thome Alan (p/t[for]) Jhonne Myddilmest half of the toun (p/t) Dand Gray George Gray Thome Alan for Hendre (p/t)ndsonis quarter and James Davidsone James Douglass souertes to releiff (p/t) forsaid borrowes.” Robert asked instrument before said persons at the wood called “the park in (p/t)”.
562. Memorandum sir Walter Ker [James Hart and] his sonnes
“The thrid day of the moneth of november alhaluis [allhallows] in the yeir of god [1564 yeiris it is compromittit and finely ag¬greit betuix schir Valter Ker of Cesfurd knicht and James Hart and his sonne in maner forme and effec as efter folloues that the said James Hart with his sonne sal vynne stanes and big ane rud of massyne vork in to ane barmkyne in the vest part of Halidene plaice for the quhilk vynning of stanes and bigging of the said rud maissone vork the said Valter sall content and pay to the saidis James and his sonnes the sowme of sex poundis usuaill mony of this realme and half a bo(p/t) and daylie ane quarter of all w(p/t) in sa lang as thai ar in (p/t) the rudis and at the bog th(p/t) to haif payment and the uther(p/t) the compleitting of the rud a(p/t) as the stanes be vyne the lard (p/t) thaim to be laid to the vallis (p/t) partes commandit me to ingros (p/t) on to my prothogal buk (p/t) Kippelawe (illeg) (p/t).”
563.James Stewart and John Loremur
Memorandum ” The xiii day of november in  yeiris etc. Jhonne Loremer in Melross un ned un compellit sedukit ony maner of vay bot of his fre vill his proffettis all gaittis providit hes gevin our all rycht kyndnes that he hes may haif in and to ane half quarter of land and steiding callit the Alie Banke [Elibank] lyand to the lordschipp of ettrik forest and in the schireffdome of Selkirk to ane vorchty man James Stewart brother german to the lord of Trakquhair for xlv  merkis usuaill mony of this realme and [to be] pait in this maner following twenty [merks] usuail mony instantly upone this forsaid (p/t) uther twenty merkis to be pait be James [his heirs] executouris and assignais to Jhone Loremur his ayris executouris and assignais als sone as James and (p/t) gettis proffettis of the said half quarter and [the other] fyv merkis to be [abill?] to pay or nocht And this Jhone Loremur obliss him and his ayris to [James] Ste-wart and his ayris that quhen ever he or [his] kine frendis or allytha cummes incontrar (p/t) his ayris in iugisment or by to ask (p/t) of that half quarter than Jhone Loremur (p/t) sal refund content and pay to James and his ayris [the said ] sowmes that he debursses presently [without fraud or] gyll.” [John] asked instrument done (p/t) before Adam Vauch, (p/t) James Lore¬mur.
*This is the end of the book as originally bound. The following items are all loose sheets found with the book and sre probably strays from William Brydin’s Protocol Book c.1590]
564.Part of an instrument written in scots, referring to lands of William Marioribanks also to Katherine Michelhill, widow, and narrating that she shall enjoy the lands of “Buk cleucht” between Darnick and Faldonnsyd and “all the said Alexander uther ilk acres of land with the uther half of the onset toft and yard thairof and teynd schevis.” [The reverse of this page is practic¬ally illegible but is probably the first part of the instrument titled Michelhill and Spottiswod, date unclear. Seems to refer to same people as well as Alexander Spottiswod.]
565.[1594?] Fragment,page torn lengthways.
Second item on page titled Patersone refers to bond made by [?] Patersone to his sister Marion Patersone for sum of money. The reverse is mainly illegible.
566.Bond: Mentions John Maxwell lord of [?],lands of nether Bloukburn, Thomas Clark and Patrick Borthik, no date found yet. Very feint.
567.Fragment naming George Frew and little else.
568.Fragment of an instrument with only witness Mark Ramsay legible.
569. Fragment of a letter “To my constant velbelovit [sister?] Ysabell Hawdene spouse to umquhill [Jhone?] Briden” referring to dispute over assedation of lands. Signature [and date?] torn off. There seems to be more on the back, unfortunately covered by repair paper.