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Sale of a piece of land in Eastgate, 20th April 1535 (Front)
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GB1796_2002_034_1
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
20 April 1535
PERIOD
1530s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
717
KEYWORDS
charters
legal
law
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land rights
property rights
seals
burghs
Sale of a piece of land in Eastgate, 20th April 1535 (Front)

This document records a land transaction between John Reid and John Cumming. It is dated 20th April 1535 and refers to a piece of land in the Eastgate area of Inverness. The land referred to is beyond a group of 'rodding treiis' (rowan trees) which the granter, John Reid, or his predecessor, had planted in his yard, possibly for protection against witches and evil spirits.

The image shows the front of the document.

In his 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (pp 208-209), Charles Fraser-Mackintosh translates the original Scots document thus:

[For a glossary of some of the terms used in the Inverness burgh documents please follow the link towards the foot of this page]

'Be it made known to all men, by these present letters, that I, John Reid, tailor, son and lawful heir to the late Donald Reid, indweller in Inverness, have, of my own free will and for my profit sold, alienated, and by the tenor of this, my present Charter of Alienation, freely sell, alienate, without any revocation, but perpetually from me, the said John Reid, my heirs, executors, and assignees, irrevocably sell, alienate, and away-give to my traist friend, John Cumming, alias Myller Bayne, burgess of Inverness, his heirs, executors, or assignees whatsomever, a piece of a rood of land which myself dwell in, pertaining to me heritably; that is to say, from the rodding treiis in my yard, down to Robert Waus's barn, in so far as pertains to me, or that I have just right to, with the bigged barn, bigged on the tail of my said rood, as it lies in length and breadth, justly marched, as use and wont, for a certain sum of money paid, delivered to me, and in my uses allanerly, disponed to the sustentation of me, redding and outquitting of my debts, of the which sum, in haill and in part, I, the said John Reoid, grant me well-contented and paid of the same; and by the tenor hereof, quitclaim, and discharge the said John Myller, his heirs, executors, and assignees from me, my heirs, executors and assignees whatsomever, for now and imperpetually: The which piece of land, as said is, to be brooked and enjoyed imperpertually by the said John, his heirs, executors, or assignees from me, the said John Reid, tailor, my heirs, executors, or assignees, without any revocation of me or them, or any other in our name, without any manner of annual rent, king's mails, or kirk mails whatsomever; but, at the other part where I dwell, to the said treiis from the under part, as I have alienated in all manner of sort, and acquit it without any trouble or care to the said John and his heirs, and also I, the said John Tailor, bind and oblige me, my heirs, executors, and assignees, on the faith of our bodies in the strictest form and style of obligation (which) can be devised, renouncing all exceptions, delatory and, peremptory, all Acts of Parliament or Constitutions made, or to be made in the law, or by the law to warrant, maintain, or defend the said lands, as my alienation proports in haill and part, as free as is foresaid, without any paying of annual, king's mail, or kirk annual, but that the former land relieve all the under land sold and alienated, as said is, to the said John Cumming, alias Myller, by me, the said John Reid, alias Tailor, by all our goods, moveable and unmoveable, present or to come; and what costs, skaiths, damages, and expenses, the said John Cumming, alias Myller, sustains by any process of vacating of the said land, I, the said John Reid, alias Tailor, shall pay and thankfully deliver to the said John Myller, before the beginning of a legal process, and shall warrant, maintain, and defend, the said piece of land, in length and breadth, as said is, with bigging, bigged or to be bigged by the said John Myller, his heirs, executors, or assignees, imperpetually for now and for ever: In witness hereof, to this my present Charter of Alienation, I have affixed my proper Seal, together with my subscription, with my hand on the pen, and for the more verification, I, the said John Reid, Tailor, have procured with instance, the seal of an honourable man, Donald Cuthbert, bailie for the time, who received my resignation in his hands, of the said piece of land, and thereafter, gave to the said John Cumming, alias Myller Bayne, his heirs, executors, and assignees, from me, my heirs, executors, and assignees, heritable state and possession by earth and stone, as use is, in burghs, and put the said John Cumming, alias Myller Bayne, in actual, real, and corporeal possession of the said piece of land, and in token thereof has affixed his Seal, on the second tag after my Seal: At Inverness, the 20th day of April, in the year of God, 1535 years, before these witnesses - John Buddyt, John Duff, James Symondson, James Bure, Thomas McAne Man, Andrew Moir, and Donald McAne Merthich, and Hugh Brabiner, serjeant, with other divers and sundry.'

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.034

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Sale of a piece of land in Eastgate, 20th April 1535 (Front)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1530s

charters; legal; law; documents; land rights; property rights; seals; burghs

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Burgh Documents (1)

This document records a land transaction between John Reid and John Cumming. It is dated 20th April 1535 and refers to a piece of land in the Eastgate area of Inverness. The land referred to is beyond a group of 'rodding treiis' (rowan trees) which the granter, John Reid, or his predecessor, had planted in his yard, possibly for protection against witches and evil spirits.<br /> <br /> The image shows the front of the document.<br /> <br /> In his 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (pp 208-209), Charles Fraser-Mackintosh translates the original Scots document thus:<br /> <br /> [For a glossary of some of the terms used in the Inverness burgh documents please follow the link towards the foot of this page]<br /> <br /> 'Be it made known to all men, by these present letters, that I, John Reid, tailor, son and lawful heir to the late Donald Reid, indweller in Inverness, have, of my own free will and for my profit sold, alienated, and by the tenor of this, my present Charter of Alienation, freely sell, alienate, without any revocation, but perpetually from me, the said John Reid, my heirs, executors, and assignees, irrevocably sell, alienate, and away-give to my traist friend, John Cumming, alias Myller Bayne, burgess of Inverness, his heirs, executors, or assignees whatsomever, a piece of a rood of land which myself dwell in, pertaining to me heritably; that is to say, from the rodding treiis in my yard, down to Robert Waus's barn, in so far as pertains to me, or that I have just right to, with the bigged barn, bigged on the tail of my said rood, as it lies in length and breadth, justly marched, as use and wont, for a certain sum of money paid, delivered to me, and in my uses allanerly, disponed to the sustentation of me, redding and outquitting of my debts, of the which sum, in haill and in part, I, the said John Reoid, grant me well-contented and paid of the same; and by the tenor hereof, quitclaim, and discharge the said John Myller, his heirs, executors, and assignees from me, my heirs, executors and assignees whatsomever, for now and imperpetually: The which piece of land, as said is, to be brooked and enjoyed imperpertually by the said John, his heirs, executors, or assignees from me, the said John Reid, tailor, my heirs, executors, or assignees, without any revocation of me or them, or any other in our name, without any manner of annual rent, king's mails, or kirk mails whatsomever; but, at the other part where I dwell, to the said treiis from the under part, as I have alienated in all manner of sort, and acquit it without any trouble or care to the said John and his heirs, and also I, the said John Tailor, bind and oblige me, my heirs, executors, and assignees, on the faith of our bodies in the strictest form and style of obligation (which) can be devised, renouncing all exceptions, delatory and, peremptory, all Acts of Parliament or Constitutions made, or to be made in the law, or by the law to warrant, maintain, or defend the said lands, as my alienation proports in haill and part, as free as is foresaid, without any paying of annual, king's mail, or kirk annual, but that the former land relieve all the under land sold and alienated, as said is, to the said John Cumming, alias Myller, by me, the said John Reid, alias Tailor, by all our goods, moveable and unmoveable, present or to come; and what costs, skaiths, damages, and expenses, the said John Cumming, alias Myller, sustains by any process of vacating of the said land, I, the said John Reid, alias Tailor, shall pay and thankfully deliver to the said John Myller, before the beginning of a legal process, and shall warrant, maintain, and defend, the said piece of land, in length and breadth, as said is, with bigging, bigged or to be bigged by the said John Myller, his heirs, executors, or assignees, imperpetually for now and for ever: In witness hereof, to this my present Charter of Alienation, I have affixed my proper Seal, together with my subscription, with my hand on the pen, and for the more verification, I, the said John Reid, Tailor, have procured with instance, the seal of an honourable man, Donald Cuthbert, bailie for the time, who received my resignation in his hands, of the said piece of land, and thereafter, gave to the said John Cumming, alias Myller Bayne, his heirs, executors, and assignees, from me, my heirs, executors, and assignees, heritable state and possession by earth and stone, as use is, in burghs, and put the said John Cumming, alias Myller Bayne, in actual, real, and corporeal possession of the said piece of land, and in token thereof has affixed his Seal, on the second tag after my Seal: At Inverness, the 20th day of April, in the year of God, 1535 years, before these witnesses - John Buddyt, John Duff, James Symondson, James Bure, Thomas McAne Man, Andrew Moir, and Donald McAne Merthich, and Hugh Brabiner, serjeant, with other divers and sundry.'<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.034 <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.ambaile.org.uk/?service=asset&action=show_zoom_window_popup&language=en&asset=708&location=grid&asset_list=19947,708&basket_item_id=undefined" target=”_blank”>Glossary</a>