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Charter relating to old King's Mills, 1588 (Front)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_2002_050_1
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
16 March 1588
PERIOD
1580s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
746
KEYWORDS
charters
legal
law
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land rights
property rights
seals
burghs
Charter relating to old King's Mills, 1588 (Front)

This charter dated 16 March 1588 was issued by King James VI when he reached the lawful age of twenty one. It assures the burgh's possession of, and tolls or fees pertaining to, the former King's Mills at the foot of the Balloch Hill, near the old Haugh Brewery.

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' (pp 248-249), 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, since we understand that our most noble progenitors of good memory have appointed and ordained the mill built upon the water of Ness, on the south side of the Castle, called "lie Ballokhill" mill to be demolished, destroyed and pulled down, by the mayors, aldermen, bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh of Inverness, and that they hold the astricted and dry multures of all lands belonging to said mill for annual payment of the sum of six merks of the usual money of our kingdom, at two terms in the year, the Feasts, viz.:- of Pentecost and St Martin in Winter by equal portions only; according to which order, said mill was demolished and destroyed: And the foresaid mayors, bailies, councillors, and community of our said burgh of Inverness, have been in continuous possession of the foresaid dry multure of the lands above specified in all times past: And willing that said donation, disposition, and privilege, by our foresaid most noble progenitors, of the destruction and demolition of foresaid mill, and the disposition of foresaid dry multure, above specified, to the said bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh aforesaid, shall remain in full strength, efficacy, and effect, in all times to come, without any question, doubt, or contradiction whatsoever; we, after our perfect age of twenty-one years complete declared in our Parliament, have ratified, approved, and for us and our successors for ever confirmed, and by the tenor of our present charter, ratify, approve, and for us and our successors for ever confirm the donation and disposition above specified, made by our predecessors to the foresaid mayors, bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh aforesaid, and to their successors, of the destruction and demolition of the mill aforesaid, and the disposition of the dry multures aforesaid, of all lands belonging to said mill, in all their articles, conditions, and points contained in the same, according to the form and tenor thereof: And we will and grant, and for us and our successors decern and ordain, that this our present donation, disposition, and ratification, shall be in all times to come of such validity, efficacy, and effect, to the foresaid bailies, councillors, and community of our foresaid town of Inverness, for pacific possession and enjoyment of the premises, as if the same had been given and granted of old, word for word by our most noble progenitors: Moreover, of new with advice and consent of our computors of the roll, we have given and granted, and by the tenor of our present charter give and grant full power and liberty to the said Provost and bailies, the councillors and community of our said burgh of Inverness, that the said mill, or any other mill whatsoever, built or to be built, in hurt and prejudice of our said burgh, and of the disposition of the multures above specified, shall be demolished, pulled down, and destroyed: Also, of new we have given, granted, and disponed, and by the tenor of our present charter give, grant, and dispone to the said Provost, bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh aforesaid, and to their successors, all astricted and dry multures of whatsoever lands which pertained to the said mill, for annual payment to us and our successors of foresaid sum of six merks of the money of our kingdom, at the terms above written, as was accustomed to be paid in times past only: In testimony of which thing we have commanded our great seal to be appended to this our present charter. Witnesses - our very beloved cousin and adviser, John Lord Hamilton, Commendator of our Monastery of Aberbrothock; Lord John Maitland of Thirlestane, Knight, our Chancellor and Secretary; the most reverend and venerable fathers in Christ, Patrick, Archbishop of St Andrews; Walter, Prior of Blantyre, Keeper of our Secret Seal; our beloved family adviser, Alexander Hay of Easter Kennet, Clerk of our Rolls of the Register and Council; Ludovic Bellenden of Auchnoull, Kinght, our Justiciary Clerk, and Robert Scott, Director of our Chancery. At Holyrood House, 16th March, in the year of the Lord 1588, and of our reign the 22d.'

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.050

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Charter relating to old King's Mills, 1588 (Front)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1580s

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Inverness Burgh Documents (1)

This charter dated 16 March 1588 was issued by King James VI when he reached the lawful age of twenty one. It assures the burgh's possession of, and tolls or fees pertaining to, the former King's Mills at the foot of the Balloch Hill, near the old Haugh Brewery.<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' (pp 248-249), 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, since we understand that our most noble progenitors of good memory have appointed and ordained the mill built upon the water of Ness, on the south side of the Castle, called "lie Ballokhill" mill to be demolished, destroyed and pulled down, by the mayors, aldermen, bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh of Inverness, and that they hold the astricted and dry multures of all lands belonging to said mill for annual payment of the sum of six merks of the usual money of our kingdom, at two terms in the year, the Feasts, viz.:- of Pentecost and St Martin in Winter by equal portions only; according to which order, said mill was demolished and destroyed: And the foresaid mayors, bailies, councillors, and community of our said burgh of Inverness, have been in continuous possession of the foresaid dry multure of the lands above specified in all times past: And willing that said donation, disposition, and privilege, by our foresaid most noble progenitors, of the destruction and demolition of foresaid mill, and the disposition of foresaid dry multure, above specified, to the said bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh aforesaid, shall remain in full strength, efficacy, and effect, in all times to come, without any question, doubt, or contradiction whatsoever; we, after our perfect age of twenty-one years complete declared in our Parliament, have ratified, approved, and for us and our successors for ever confirmed, and by the tenor of our present charter, ratify, approve, and for us and our successors for ever confirm the donation and disposition above specified, made by our predecessors to the foresaid mayors, bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh aforesaid, and to their successors, of the destruction and demolition of the mill aforesaid, and the disposition of the dry multures aforesaid, of all lands belonging to said mill, in all their articles, conditions, and points contained in the same, according to the form and tenor thereof: And we will and grant, and for us and our successors decern and ordain, that this our present donation, disposition, and ratification, shall be in all times to come of such validity, efficacy, and effect, to the foresaid bailies, councillors, and community of our foresaid town of Inverness, for pacific possession and enjoyment of the premises, as if the same had been given and granted of old, word for word by our most noble progenitors: Moreover, of new with advice and consent of our computors of the roll, we have given and granted, and by the tenor of our present charter give and grant full power and liberty to the said Provost and bailies, the councillors and community of our said burgh of Inverness, that the said mill, or any other mill whatsoever, built or to be built, in hurt and prejudice of our said burgh, and of the disposition of the multures above specified, shall be demolished, pulled down, and destroyed: Also, of new we have given, granted, and disponed, and by the tenor of our present charter give, grant, and dispone to the said Provost, bailies, councillors, and community of our burgh aforesaid, and to their successors, all astricted and dry multures of whatsoever lands which pertained to the said mill, for annual payment to us and our successors of foresaid sum of six merks of the money of our kingdom, at the terms above written, as was accustomed to be paid in times past only: In testimony of which thing we have commanded our great seal to be appended to this our present charter. Witnesses - our very beloved cousin and adviser, John Lord Hamilton, Commendator of our Monastery of Aberbrothock; Lord John Maitland of Thirlestane, Knight, our Chancellor and Secretary; the most reverend and venerable fathers in Christ, Patrick, Archbishop of St Andrews; Walter, Prior of Blantyre, Keeper of our Secret Seal; our beloved family adviser, Alexander Hay of Easter Kennet, Clerk of our Rolls of the Register and Council; Ludovic Bellenden of Auchnoull, Kinght, our Justiciary Clerk, and Robert Scott, Director of our Chancery. At Holyrood House, 16th March, in the year of the Lord 1588, and of our reign the 22d.'<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.050 <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>