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TITLE
Sale of land behind the 'Old Castle', 1458 (Front)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_2002_159_1
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
6 October 1458
PERIOD
1450s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
934
KEYWORDS
charters
legal
law
documents
land rights
property rights
seals
burghs
Sale of land behind the 'Old Castle', 1458 (Front)

In this document dated 6 October 1458, Janet Anderson, daughter of Alexander Anderson, sells to William de Botha, Inverness burgess, a quarter of an acre of land lying in the field behind the Old Castle.

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 136-137), 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]

'To all who shall see or hear of this charter, Janet, daughter of Alexander Anderson, grandson of the late Walter Anderson, burgess of Inverness; Greeting eternal in the Lord: Know that I, neither induced by force, nor fear, nor having fallen into error, but of my own pure and free will, for the payment of my debts, and for the relief of my urgent necessity, with consent and assent of my dear spouse, John Fullon, have given, granted, and assigned, and wholly sold and alienated, and also by my present charter for ever confirmed, to a prudent man, William de Botha, burgess of said burgh, two pecks of my land, which are held to be the fourth part of an acre, lying in the upper plain of the Old Castle, on the south side of the ditch of the wonted bounds, between the lands of the heirs of the late Helen, daughter of Walter Anderson, my portioner, at the north on the one side, and the land of Ranald Clark at the south on the other, extending in front from the road which leads towards Drekery at the west, and at the back to the capital (head) land towards the east, as the other lands in the same plain extend themselves: To be held and had said pecks of land with the pertinents by the foresaid William de Botha, his heirs and assignees, of me, my heirs and assignees, in feu and heritage for ever, throughout all their right marches, ancient and devised, with all commodities, liberties, and easements, and their just pertinents whatsoever, freely, quietly, wholly, fully, honourably, well, and in peace, without retention or revocation, for ever: Giving therefor annually, the foresaid William and his heirs and assignees, to the lord of the Old Castle, who may for the time be, the fourth part of a firlot of oats, at the Feast of St Martin, in name of blench-farm, if asked, in lieu of every other burden, secular service, exaction, or demand, which can be exacted or required by me, my heirs or assignees, for said lands with the pertinents: And I, Janet forsaid, my heirs and assignees, shall warrant, acquit, and for ever defend said pecks of land, with the pertinets, in and by all, as is foresaid, to the foresaid William, his heirs and assignees, against all mortals, by means of all our lands and possessions whatsoever, and all and sundry our goods, wherever they may be placed, or found to be poinded, taken, and distrained publicly, by any of them without any officer. In testimony of which matter, since I and my foresaid spouse had no seals, and in sign of sasine by my said spouse, by delivery of earth and stone, I have, with wonted instance, procured to be appended to this my charter the seal of the prudent man, Alexander Waus, upon the soil of said land, the 6th day of the month of October, in the year of the Lord 1458, these witnesses being present - John Coupland, Donald Keloch, John Gray, Dovan Tailzeour, and James Foraison, burgess of said burgh, and many others.'

Accession Number: INVMG 2002.159

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Sale of land behind the 'Old Castle', 1458 (Front)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1450s

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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Burgh Documents (1)

In this document dated 6 October 1458, Janet Anderson, daughter of Alexander Anderson, sells to William de Botha, Inverness burgess, a quarter of an acre of land lying in the field behind the Old Castle.<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 136-137), 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 /> 'To all who shall see or hear of this charter, Janet, daughter of Alexander Anderson, grandson of the late Walter Anderson, burgess of Inverness; Greeting eternal in the Lord: Know that I, neither induced by force, nor fear, nor having fallen into error, but of my own pure and free will, for the payment of my debts, and for the relief of my urgent necessity, with consent and assent of my dear spouse, John Fullon, have given, granted, and assigned, and wholly sold and alienated, and also by my present charter for ever confirmed, to a prudent man, William de Botha, burgess of said burgh, two pecks of my land, which are held to be the fourth part of an acre, lying in the upper plain of the Old Castle, on the south side of the ditch of the wonted bounds, between the lands of the heirs of the late Helen, daughter of Walter Anderson, my portioner, at the north on the one side, and the land of Ranald Clark at the south on the other, extending in front from the road which leads towards Drekery at the west, and at the back to the capital (head) land towards the east, as the other lands in the same plain extend themselves: To be held and had said pecks of land with the pertinents by the foresaid William de Botha, his heirs and assignees, of me, my heirs and assignees, in feu and heritage for ever, throughout all their right marches, ancient and devised, with all commodities, liberties, and easements, and their just pertinents whatsoever, freely, quietly, wholly, fully, honourably, well, and in peace, without retention or revocation, for ever: Giving therefor annually, the foresaid William and his heirs and assignees, to the lord of the Old Castle, who may for the time be, the fourth part of a firlot of oats, at the Feast of St Martin, in name of blench-farm, if asked, in lieu of every other burden, secular service, exaction, or demand, which can be exacted or required by me, my heirs or assignees, for said lands with the pertinents: And I, Janet forsaid, my heirs and assignees, shall warrant, acquit, and for ever defend said pecks of land, with the pertinets, in and by all, as is foresaid, to the foresaid William, his heirs and assignees, against all mortals, by means of all our lands and possessions whatsoever, and all and sundry our goods, wherever they may be placed, or found to be poinded, taken, and distrained publicly, by any of them without any officer. In testimony of which matter, since I and my foresaid spouse had no seals, and in sign of sasine by my said spouse, by delivery of earth and stone, I have, with wonted instance, procured to be appended to this my charter the seal of the prudent man, Alexander Waus, upon the soil of said land, the 6th day of the month of October, in the year of the Lord 1458, these witnesses being present - John Coupland, Donald Keloch, John Gray, Dovan Tailzeour, and James Foraison, burgess of said burgh, and many others.'<br /> <br /> Accession Number: INVMG 2002.159 <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>