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TITLE
Charter granted to Hugh Fraser, Lord Lovat, 1544 (Front)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_2002_124_1
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
13 May 1544
PERIOD
1540s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
871
KEYWORDS
charters
legal
law
documents
land rights
property rights
seals
burghs
Charter granted to Hugh Fraser, Lord Lovat, 1544 (Front)

In his 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (pp 216-217), Charles Fraser-Mackintosh gives the following description for this document:

The image shows the front of the document.

'Upon the 13th May 1544, the Bishop of Moray, with consent of his chapter, granted a charter to Hugh Fraser, Lord Lovat of the lands of Easter Kinmylies, Balnafare, Easter Abriachan, Wester Abriachan, Kilquhyunane, with the mill of Bught and the fishing on the Ness called Freschot, in the barony of Kinmylies, regality of Spiny, and sheriffdom of Inverness. The reddendo was £78 17s 3½d, with suit and service like the other feuars of the Bishop's lands. The witnesses were Master Hugh Crage, Thomas Hay, Lord John Gibson, notaries; Lords William Clark, David William, John More, James Fraser, and Andrew Wallace, presbyter.'

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]

'In the name of God, Amen, by this present public instrument be it evidently patent and known to all, that in the year of the Incarnation of the Lord 1544, on the 13th day of the month of May, the second indiction, and in the 10th year of the pontificate of the most Holy Father in Christ, and our lord, by divine providence, Lord Paul the Third, Pope: In the presence of us, co-notaries, and of the under-written witnesses, the Reverend Father in Christ and Lord, Patrick, by divine mercy, Bishop of Moray, and the honourable and distinguished men, masters and lords, William Paterson, Alexander Sutherland, John Lokart, and Thomas Wallace, canons of the Cathedral Church of Moray, and subdean and predendaries of Duffus, Innerkethny, and Unthank, personally constituted, came to the house of relics of said Cathedral Church of Moray, in which is preserved the Seal of the Chapter, and there, neither led by force or fear, nor having fallen into error, but of their own free will agreed, took part in, and ordered to be sealed with the Seal of their Chapter, a certain charter and precept of sasine of the said Reverend Father, to the noble and potent Lord, Hugh Fraser, Lord of Lovat, of and regarding the church lands of Easter Kinmylies, Wester Kinmylies, Ballifeary, Easter Abriachan, Wester Abriachan, the Mill of Bught, Kilquhymane,* and the fishing of the Ness, called Freschot, as is in said charter more fully contained. Upon which, all and sundry, the discreet man, Lord Andrew Dow, procurator, in name of the said noble Lord Hugh, Lord of Lovat, sought from us, co-notaries under-written, one or more public instruments to be made for him. These things were done in the said house of relics, about 12 A.M., year, day, month, indiction, and pontificate as above. Present there, Lords James Douglas, Thomas Hay, and John Gibson, priests and notaries-public, and George Kirk, with divers other witnesses to the premises, called and also required.

And I, William Wiseman, priest of the diocese of Moray, notary-public, by holy Apostolic authority, forasmuch as I, along with the witnesses forenamed, was present at the signing of said charter and precept of sasine, and at the other things, all and sundry, while thus, as is premised, they were acted, said, and done, and saw, knew, and heard, and took note that they, all and sundry, were thus done; I, therefore, have made therefrom, together with the subscribed co-notary, this present public instrument, faithfully written with my own hand, and have reduced it into this public form of instrument, and have signed it with my accustomed and usual sign, name, and cognomen, being called on and requested so to do for faith and testimony of all and sundry the premises.'

And I, Hugh Craggie, &c. [as above]

*This may be Fort-Augustus, or Killivean, the Gaelic name for part of the Lands of Bught.

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.124

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Charter granted to Hugh Fraser, Lord Lovat, 1544 (Front)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1540s

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

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Burgh Documents (1)

In his 1875 publication, 'Invernessiana: Contributions Toward a History of the Town and Parish of Inverness, from 1160 to 1599' (pp 216-217), Charles Fraser-Mackintosh gives the following description for this document:<br /> <br /> The image shows the front of the document.<br /> <br /> 'Upon the 13th May 1544, the Bishop of Moray, with consent of his chapter, granted a charter to Hugh Fraser, Lord Lovat of the lands of Easter Kinmylies, Balnafare, Easter Abriachan, Wester Abriachan, Kilquhyunane, with the mill of Bught and the fishing on the Ness called Freschot, in the barony of Kinmylies, regality of Spiny, and sheriffdom of Inverness. The reddendo was £78 17s 3½d, with suit and service like the other feuars of the Bishop's lands. The witnesses were Master Hugh Crage, Thomas Hay, Lord John Gibson, notaries; Lords William Clark, David William, John More, James Fraser, and Andrew Wallace, presbyter.'<br /> <br /> 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 /> 'In the name of God, Amen, by this present public instrument be it evidently patent and known to all, that in the year of the Incarnation of the Lord 1544, on the 13th day of the month of May, the second indiction, and in the 10th year of the pontificate of the most Holy Father in Christ, and our lord, by divine providence, Lord Paul the Third, Pope: In the presence of us, co-notaries, and of the under-written witnesses, the Reverend Father in Christ and Lord, Patrick, by divine mercy, Bishop of Moray, and the honourable and distinguished men, masters and lords, William Paterson, Alexander Sutherland, John Lokart, and Thomas Wallace, canons of the Cathedral Church of Moray, and subdean and predendaries of Duffus, Innerkethny, and Unthank, personally constituted, came to the house of relics of said Cathedral Church of Moray, in which is preserved the Seal of the Chapter, and there, neither led by force or fear, nor having fallen into error, but of their own free will agreed, took part in, and ordered to be sealed with the Seal of their Chapter, a certain charter and precept of sasine of the said Reverend Father, to the noble and potent Lord, Hugh Fraser, Lord of Lovat, of and regarding the church lands of Easter Kinmylies, Wester Kinmylies, Ballifeary, Easter Abriachan, Wester Abriachan, the Mill of Bught, Kilquhymane,* and the fishing of the Ness, called Freschot, as is in said charter more fully contained. Upon which, all and sundry, the discreet man, Lord Andrew Dow, procurator, in name of the said noble Lord Hugh, Lord of Lovat, sought from us, co-notaries under-written, one or more public instruments to be made for him. These things were done in the said house of relics, about 12 A.M., year, day, month, indiction, and pontificate as above. Present there, Lords James Douglas, Thomas Hay, and John Gibson, priests and notaries-public, and George Kirk, with divers other witnesses to the premises, called and also required.<br /> <br /> And I, William Wiseman, priest of the diocese of Moray, notary-public, by holy Apostolic authority, forasmuch as I, along with the witnesses forenamed, was present at the signing of said charter and precept of sasine, and at the other things, all and sundry, while thus, as is premised, they were acted, said, and done, and saw, knew, and heard, and took note that they, all and sundry, were thus done; I, therefore, have made therefrom, together with the subscribed co-notary, this present public instrument, faithfully written with my own hand, and have reduced it into this public form of instrument, and have signed it with my accustomed and usual sign, name, and cognomen, being called on and requested so to do for faith and testimony of all and sundry the premises.'<br /> <br /> And I, Hugh Craggie, &c. [as above]<br /> <br /> *This may be Fort-Augustus, or Killivean, the Gaelic name for part of the Lands of Bught.<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.124 <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>