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James III's Royal Discharge regarding non-payment of burgh mails, 1488 (Back)
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GB1796_2002_113_2
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
17 May 1488
PERIOD
1480s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
848
KEYWORDS
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law
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land rights
property rights
seals
burghs
James III's Royal Discharge regarding non-payment of burgh mails, 1488 (Back)

In this document dated 17 May 1488, James III discharges the burgh of Inverness regarding non payment of mails. He refers to the inhabitants as 'greatly impoverished, wasted, and failed.'

The image shows the back 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 160), the English document is transcribed 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 and sundry our officers, lieges, and subjects, whom it effeirs, to whose knowledge these our letters shall come, and in special to our comptrollers and auditors of our Exchequer; Greeting: Wit ye, that for as much as we being truly informed, and understanding that our burgh of Inverness, and the burgesses and inhabitants of the same, are so greatly impoverished, wasted, and failed, that they are not of power to pay to us the sums of money resting owing to us in our Exchequer Rolls of our burgh, mails of the same without utter poverty and hership of them; we, therefore, having pity and consideration of them, and because our traist and well-beloved cousin, Alexander, Master of Huntly, has made us supplication and request thereupon, and has shown to us, that we shall have thankful payment of our burgh mails of the said burgh in time to come, we have remitted and forgiven, and by these our letters, remit and forgive to the bailies, burgesses, and community of the said burgh, all sums of money resting owing to us in our Exchequer Rolls, of our said burgh mails of whatsoever terms by gone, before the date of these our letters, and quitclaim and discharge them of the payment thereof, now and forever in time to come, and charge you our said comptrollers and auditors to make allowance in our next Exchequer [account] or others, when these our letters be shown to you, and register them in our Exchequer Rolls, for yours and their warrant thereupon, and thereafter deliver them again to the bearer, under all the highest pain and charge that after may follow, and attour we have committed, and by these our letters commit power to the said Alexander to raise and uplift our burgh mails of the said burgh of Inverness yearly in time to come, for all the terms of nineteen years next to come after the dale of this our letters, and if need to be distrain therefor and to make us yearly payment of the said burgh mails, and account in our Exchequer of the same as effeirs, and to make deputes under him therein for the which he shall be holden to answer: Wherefore we charge straitly, and command all and sundry, our lieges and subjects foresaid whom it effeirs, and in special the bailies, burgesses, and community of our said burgh of Inverness, that they and each one of them readily intend, answer, and obey to the said Alexander, and to his deputes under him in the raising, uplifting, distraining, inbringing, and delivering to us of our burgh mails of the said burgh, yearly, enduring the said nineteen years, and that they make no impediment, stop, nor disturbance to him nor his deputes therein, as they will answer to us thereupon, and under all pain and charge they may commit and incur against us in that part: Given under our privy seal, at Edinburgh the 17th day of May, the year of God 1488 years, and of our reign the 28th year.'
(Signed) JAMES R.

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.113

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James III's Royal Discharge regarding non-payment of burgh mails, 1488 (Back)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1480s

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In this document dated 17 May 1488, James III discharges the burgh of Inverness regarding non payment of mails. He refers to the inhabitants as 'greatly impoverished, wasted, and failed.'<br /> <br /> The image shows the back 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 160), the English document is transcribed 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 and sundry our officers, lieges, and subjects, whom it effeirs, to whose knowledge these our letters shall come, and in special to our comptrollers and auditors of our Exchequer; Greeting: Wit ye, that for as much as we being truly informed, and understanding that our burgh of Inverness, and the burgesses and inhabitants of the same, are so greatly impoverished, wasted, and failed, that they are not of power to pay to us the sums of money resting owing to us in our Exchequer Rolls of our burgh, mails of the same without utter poverty and hership of them; we, therefore, having pity and consideration of them, and because our traist and well-beloved cousin, Alexander, Master of Huntly, has made us supplication and request thereupon, and has shown to us, that we shall have thankful payment of our burgh mails of the said burgh in time to come, we have remitted and forgiven, and by these our letters, remit and forgive to the bailies, burgesses, and community of the said burgh, all sums of money resting owing to us in our Exchequer Rolls, of our said burgh mails of whatsoever terms by gone, before the date of these our letters, and quitclaim and discharge them of the payment thereof, now and forever in time to come, and charge you our said comptrollers and auditors to make allowance in our next Exchequer [account] or others, when these our letters be shown to you, and register them in our Exchequer Rolls, for yours and their warrant thereupon, and thereafter deliver them again to the bearer, under all the highest pain and charge that after may follow, and attour we have committed, and by these our letters commit power to the said Alexander to raise and uplift our burgh mails of the said burgh of Inverness yearly in time to come, for all the terms of nineteen years next to come after the dale of this our letters, and if need to be distrain therefor and to make us yearly payment of the said burgh mails, and account in our Exchequer of the same as effeirs, and to make deputes under him therein for the which he shall be holden to answer: Wherefore we charge straitly, and command all and sundry, our lieges and subjects foresaid whom it effeirs, and in special the bailies, burgesses, and community of our said burgh of Inverness, that they and each one of them readily intend, answer, and obey to the said Alexander, and to his deputes under him in the raising, uplifting, distraining, inbringing, and delivering to us of our burgh mails of the said burgh, yearly, enduring the said nineteen years, and that they make no impediment, stop, nor disturbance to him nor his deputes therein, as they will answer to us thereupon, and under all pain and charge they may commit and incur against us in that part: Given under our privy seal, at Edinburgh the 17th day of May, the year of God 1488 years, and of our reign the 28th year.'<br /> (Signed) JAMES R.<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.113 <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>