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TITLE
Grant preserving rights & privileges of Inverness, 1457 (Front)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_2002_047_1
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
22 October 1457
PERIOD
1450s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
739
KEYWORDS
charters
legal
law
documents
land rights
property rights
seals
burghs
Grant preserving rights & privileges of Inverness, 1457 (Front)

In a charter granted on 12th October 1457, King James II confirmed the privileges granted to the burgh of Tain and St Duthac. Although the privileges of the burgh of Inverness were also expressly reserved in this charter, the king was obliged to re-affirm the privileges in a subsequent charter [above] granted ten days later, on the 22nd of October.

The image shows the front of the document.

In Charles Fraser-Mackintosh's 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (p 136), the document is translated from the original Latin 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]

'James by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole realm, cleric and laic; Greeting: Know that we have approved, ratified, and confirmed the infeftments and concessions made by our predecessors, Kings of Scots, to the collegiate church of St Duthac and the chaplains and clerics thereof, and to others inhabiting the town of Tain, with the immunity granted them within the four angular crosses around the limits and bounds of the said town, and the liberties and privileges also granted them by our said ancestors: It never was, nor is it, our intention by this to create any prejudice to ourselves or our burgh of Inverness, or our burgesses, thereof in our great or small customs, liberties, or privileges, granted to our said burgesses or our burgh of Inverness by our predecessors Kings of Scots beyond the recollection of memory; nay, rather but to preserve unencumbered and unimpaired the rights, liberties, privileges, and infeftments of said burgh of Inverness, and of our burgesses thereof, according as they were infefted free and unhurt in and by all means, and we have and do confirm them by these presents: Wherefore we straitly command and charge all and sundry our lieges and subjects, that no one in contravention of the liberty of said burgh of Inverness, and of the burgesses thereof, sell, exercise, merchandize, or infringe their privileges, or presume to attempt any thing in contravention of their infeftments in future times, under all the pain which they shall incur towards our royal laws. Given under our great seal at Edinburgh the 22d day of the month of October, in the year of the Lord 1457, and of our reign the 21st.'

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.047

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Grant preserving rights & privileges of Inverness, 1457 (Front)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1450s

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

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Burgh Documents (1)

In a charter granted on 12th October 1457, King James II confirmed the privileges granted to the burgh of Tain and St Duthac. Although the privileges of the burgh of Inverness were also expressly reserved in this charter, the king was obliged to re-affirm the privileges in a subsequent charter [above] granted ten days later, on the 22nd of October.<br /> <br /> The image shows the front of the document.<br /> <br /> In Charles Fraser-Mackintosh's 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (p 136), the document is translated from the original Latin 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 /> 'James by the grace of God King of Scots, to all good men of his whole realm, cleric and laic; Greeting: Know that we have approved, ratified, and confirmed the infeftments and concessions made by our predecessors, Kings of Scots, to the collegiate church of St Duthac and the chaplains and clerics thereof, and to others inhabiting the town of Tain, with the immunity granted them within the four angular crosses around the limits and bounds of the said town, and the liberties and privileges also granted them by our said ancestors: It never was, nor is it, our intention by this to create any prejudice to ourselves or our burgh of Inverness, or our burgesses, thereof in our great or small customs, liberties, or privileges, granted to our said burgesses or our burgh of Inverness by our predecessors Kings of Scots beyond the recollection of memory; nay, rather but to preserve unencumbered and unimpaired the rights, liberties, privileges, and infeftments of said burgh of Inverness, and of our burgesses thereof, according as they were infefted free and unhurt in and by all means, and we have and do confirm them by these presents: Wherefore we straitly command and charge all and sundry our lieges and subjects, that no one in contravention of the liberty of said burgh of Inverness, and of the burgesses thereof, sell, exercise, merchandize, or infringe their privileges, or presume to attempt any thing in contravention of their infeftments in future times, under all the pain which they shall incur towards our royal laws. Given under our great seal at Edinburgh the 22d day of the month of October, in the year of the Lord 1457, and of our reign the 21st.'<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.047 <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>