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TITLE
Grant of annual fee to Oliver Coult, advocate, 1589 (Front)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_2002_071_1
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
12 March 1589
PERIOD
1580s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
766
KEYWORDS
charters
legal
law
documents
land rights
property rights
seals
burghs
Grant of annual fee to Oliver Coult, advocate, 1589 (Front)

This deed dated 12 March 1589 grants Oliver Coult, advocate, an annual salary for life of six pounds Scots, paid in two annual installments, for producing the burgh and hospital accounts. According to Charles Fraser-Mackintosh, it was common practice to pay an annual fee to an Edinburgh lawyer. This is the earliest written example of the practice taking place in the burgh of Inverness.

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 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]

'Be it known to all men by the present letters, we, Provost, bailies, council, and community of the burgh of Inverness underwritten, for the good, true, loyal, and faithful sure counsel to be given to us and our successors by Master Oliver Coult, advocate in the common affairs of the said burgh, and for procuring [i.e., acting as procurator] in the actions and causes thereof, and setting forwards the same before the Lords of our Sovereign Lord's Council and Session, and other judges where it shall happen Master Oliver Coult to make residence [attendance]: And for producing by him yearly before the Lords of our Sovereign Lord's Exchequer in due time, of the burgh accounts of Inverness and hospital accounts there of the said burgh, and causing of the same to be enrolled, as the same shall seem to him, with the dues of the clerk, conform to use and wont; to have given, and granted, and disponed, and by these presents for us and our successors give, grant, and dispone to the said Master Oliver for all the days, years, and terms of his lifetime, a yearly pension of six pounds, usual money of this realm, to him, to be paid yearly at two terms in the year, viz.:- Whitsunday, and Martinmas in Winter, by equal half portions, of the readiest of the maills, ferms, duties, fruits, rents, profits, and emoluments of the said burgh, by us and our successors, obliging us and them thereto, without fraud or guile: And to that effect we are content, and consent that these presents be acted and registered in the books of our Sovereign's Lords of Council and Session, to have the strength of an Act and Decreet of the Lords thereof, with executorials of horning to pass thereupon, upon a single charge of three days allenarly: In witness of the which to these presents, subscribed by us as follows, our common seal is appended at Inverness, the 12th day of March, the year of God 1589 years.'

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.071

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Grant of annual fee to Oliver Coult, advocate, 1589 (Front)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1580s

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

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Burgh Documents (1)

This deed dated 12 March 1589 grants Oliver Coult, advocate, an annual salary for life of six pounds Scots, paid in two annual installments, for producing the burgh and hospital accounts. According to Charles Fraser-Mackintosh, it was common practice to pay an annual fee to an Edinburgh lawyer. This is the earliest written example of the practice taking place in the burgh of Inverness.<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 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 /> 'Be it known to all men by the present letters, we, Provost, bailies, council, and community of the burgh of Inverness underwritten, for the good, true, loyal, and faithful sure counsel to be given to us and our successors by Master Oliver Coult, advocate in the common affairs of the said burgh, and for procuring [i.e., acting as procurator] in the actions and causes thereof, and setting forwards the same before the Lords of our Sovereign Lord's Council and Session, and other judges where it shall happen Master Oliver Coult to make residence [attendance]: And for producing by him yearly before the Lords of our Sovereign Lord's Exchequer in due time, of the burgh accounts of Inverness and hospital accounts there of the said burgh, and causing of the same to be enrolled, as the same shall seem to him, with the dues of the clerk, conform to use and wont; to have given, and granted, and disponed, and by these presents for us and our successors give, grant, and dispone to the said Master Oliver for all the days, years, and terms of his lifetime, a yearly pension of six pounds, usual money of this realm, to him, to be paid yearly at two terms in the year, viz.:- Whitsunday, and Martinmas in Winter, by equal half portions, of the readiest of the maills, ferms, duties, fruits, rents, profits, and emoluments of the said burgh, by us and our successors, obliging us and them thereto, without fraud or guile: And to that effect we are content, and consent that these presents be acted and registered in the books of our Sovereign's Lords of Council and Session, to have the strength of an Act and Decreet of the Lords thereof, with executorials of horning to pass thereupon, upon a single charge of three days allenarly: In witness of the which to these presents, subscribed by us as follows, our common seal is appended at Inverness, the 12th day of March, the year of God 1589 years.'<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.071 <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>