Elizabeth: January 1571

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Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 9, 1569-1571. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1874.

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January 1571

1571. Jan. 1. 1491. Queen Elizabeth to the Earl of Lennox.
Considering that her meaning is to hear what shall be said both on the King's part and also on that of the Queen of Scots, she thinks it reasonable that nothing material should be innovated in the meanwhile, and therefore thinks it convenient that until this treaty be ended no parliament be kept. Means to have like care that there is no manner of innovation on their contrary part during the same time.
Draft in Cecil's writing. Endd.: 1570, Jan. 1. P. 2/3.
Jan. 2. 1492. Francis Walsingham to Sir William Cecil.
Arrived at Boulogne on the 1st inst. The King's entry is deferred till the midst of February. Complains of the great exactions used by the innkeepers at Gravesend, Canterbury, and Dover. Learnt by certain strangers that went over with him that they are so great that in no country is used the like. —Boulogne, 2 Jan. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¾. Printed in Sir Dudley Digges' "Compleat Ambassador."
Jan. 3. 1493. Fortunio to the Earl of Leicester.
The hope that he might have something to communicate which would be of some service to Her Majesty has caused him to defer writing. Sends news of Flanders; also from Rome of the proceedings of the Turks in Cyprus, and the intention of the league to oppose them; also of the disposition of Spanish troops in different places of the Low Countries.—Antwerp, 3 Jan. 1571. Signed: Fortunio.
Add. Endd. Ital. Pp. 12/3.
Jan. 3. 1494. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
Sends the oration made to the King by the Princes Protestant's Ambassador. If it would please the Queen to send to the like effect it should breed great terror to the enemies of the religion and give like comfort to the professors of the same. Advises that Lord Buckhurst should not be sent to congratulate the King's marriage until his entry into Paris, of which there is as yet no resolute determination. There is great talk of certain Frenchmen who should be landed in Ireland at a castle of the Earl of Desmond's. Desires him to have in remembrance Hubert Laquett and the rest of the Princes Ambassadors, who granted to him for Her Majesty their whole negotiations which they denied to all others.— 3 Jan. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Jan. 3. 1495. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.
Her inveterate and sworn enemy the Cardinal of Lorraine being advertised of some small permission of traffic admitted between her subjects and those of the Low Countries, and not unlikely some good accord to grow thereupon, wrote to the Duke of Alva declaring that in recompense of the good services which he had done to the King Catholic he hoped that he would not suddenly make this accord, which could not be otherwise than to the prejudice of the Queen of Scots' affairs. According to his accustomed usage heaping one practice upon another, he drew certain articles of marriage between the Queen of Scots and Don John of Austria, which have been sent into Spain, where they have been willingly received. Upon this conclusion they sent certain unquiet ministers to practise some revolt in Ireland, who brought back to the Cardinal at Rheims certain pactions subscribed by a number of Irishmen desirous of innovation promising to take arms at such time as the Duke of Medina Celi passed with his navy by the coast of Ireland. The ambassadors of the Princes Protestant have delivered to him the whole of their negotiation to be sent to her. Has been greatly urged by M. Montmorency, Briquemault, and the Vidame of Chartres to understand his opinion whether her intent was ever to marry, whereof resolved Monsieur intended to be a humble suitor to Her Highness. Hereof has made none living privy but her only.—Paris, 2 Jan. 1570.
Draft. Endd.: 3 Jan. Pp. 22/3.
Jan. 3. 1496. John Fitzwilliam to Leicester and Cecil.
Has received their opinion touching the articles last sent by the Duke [of Alva], and taken the advice of Fiasco with whom the Duke has had several conferences. It is thought needful to send one over in behalf of the merchants interested on this side to win the time that may be lost in sending of writings. Has declared this to the secretary, Albanois, who took it in very good part, and said that he would deal with the Duke therein. Gives details of his further negotiations in this matter, and desires their opinion.—Antwerp, 3 Jan. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 2¼.
Jan. 6. 1497. Advices from Venice.
Venice, 6 January. Great mortality in the Venetian army. Siege of Famagusta. Warlike preparations at Constantinople. Pardon offered to all outlaws, except rebels and coiners, if they will serve as rowers during the war. Castel-Franco sold by the Pope to the Duke of Florence for 100,000 crowns. Dispute as to the command of the Christian fleet. Proceedings of the Inquisition.
Ital. Pp. 22/3.
Jan. 8. 1498. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
M. de la Roche, governor of Morlaix, has been with four ships into the Earl of Desmond's country, and is lately returned with one Fitz Maurice, who remains in Bas Bretagne very secretly, and travails for forces from hence about the spring. Gives a list of towns in Ireland which it is requisite to fortify. The captain of Brest has lately taken a hold called Dingin and a little island not far distant from the same in Ireland. The Cardinal of Chatillon has obtained main levee of his lands which the Cardinal of Bourbon held.—Paris, 8 Jan. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ¾.
Jan. 9. 1499. Mr. Herbert to Cecil.
Promises to do what service he can for the Earl of Rutland during his abode in these parts, for whom he has provided certain lodgings near the English Ambassador.—Paris, 9 Jan. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Jan. 9. 1500. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
1. Has dispatched Her Majesty's letter to the Regent of Scotland. Trusts Cecil's health is not so evil as is here reported. Sends Grange's declaration touching his late fact. Peter Grey, brother to Sir Thomas Grey, keeps the house at Horton with two of his sons; would gladly have his direction herein. There has been these six weeks a great storm with snow, which makes them doubt for the bridge when the same dissolves. Their neighbours of Tivydale mind upon the breaking up of the storm to be doing. Has called home the soldiers, saving the garrisons for Home, Fast, and Wark Castles. Captain Wood, who has been here for his health, returns to his charge. Is advertised secretly that he shall be laid for by some of Tivydale.
2. P.S.—William Smythe will not offer to be pardoned of lands and life but 800l. Has already disbursed above 100l.— Berwick, 9 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2½.
Jan. 10. 1501. Sir William Cecil to Kirkcaldy of Grange.
Has received letters which, as they were not subscribed, rested only upon the credit of the young fellow who brought them. The contents were in such generalty that he could not guess the mind of the writer. Cannot put forth his helping hand for the restoration of quietness and amity between the realms more than he has done. Those who have devised comfort for the English rebels, and thereby provoked a just revenge, whereof they have since made complaint, and yet have not ceased to maintain an open maintenance of them in other countries. Has also received a letter from him, wherein he recites a matter lately happened concerning the killing of a gentleman named Seton by certain of his soldiers, and also the taking out of the Tolbooth of one of the murderers, and also mentioning that the occasion of the slaughter was a blow given to a friend or cousin of his. Thought better of him before he read his defence (though he likes him the better for writing truly), as he thought that the murder had been committed without his foreknowledge, and the forcible breaking of the prison done by some riotous ungodly persons of his retinue. Cannot in any wise allow of his heinous fact, he having a place of government committed to him, and having for so many years made the world think that he professed the Evangil. Knows not how he will allow his plainness, but should think himself guilty of blood if he did not thoroughly mislike him. Hears that his soldiers have not only taken out of the prison the murderer but a woman who was there detained as guilty of the lamentable death of the late good Regent. If this be true there is provided some notable work of God's justice to be shown upon him, and yet he trusts he is not so void of grace. Prays to be commended to Lethington, of whom he has heard such things as he dares not believe.— Hampton Court, 10 Jan. 1570.
Copy. Endd. Pp. 12/3.
Jan. 10. 1502. Robert Huggins to the Earl of Leicester and Cecil.
Having been suspected of giving information of such practises as the Archbishop of Cashel went about with others to persuade the King of Spain to invade Ireland, he was straightly imprisoned for forty-seven days. Has been obliged to borrow 180 ducats of Edmund Bown in order to pay his charges and to be employed about the Queen's service, which he desires they will see repaid.—Madrid, 10 Jan. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
Jan. 11. 1503. The Earl of Lennox to Cecil.
Has received the Queen's letter towards the suspension of the Parliament here prorogued before till this month, whereunto he has sent answer to the satisfaction of Her Highness. —Edinburgh, 11 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ⅓.
Jan. 13. 1504. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
Encloses a packet from the Regent. The Earl of Marr and other nobility of that side are looked for in Edinburgh. Grange increases his number in the castle, and allows pay to some also in the town. The greatest number in the town are at his devotion, so that it is thought that the Regent will hardly be able to remain there when Morton is come away. Ferniehurst and Buccleugh have of late been in the castle.— Berwick, 13 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Jan. 14. 1505. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
Grange has now in pay in the castle 100 men besides others, and the greatest part of the townsmen, especially the craftsmen, are wholly at his devotion. Lord Home has sent secretly into the Merse and Tivydale to entertain both horse and footmen, whom he covets to have most shot. Lethington is still looked for at the castle. Home, Grange, and their friends procure the best horses they may, which they keep in secret. The Earl of Rothes and others have been in the castle with the captain. Grange and Mr. Knox are reconciled. If the Regent remain in Edinburgh after Morton is gone he will receive either harm or disfavour. Mr. James Magill's death is conspired. One of the Regent's soldiers, being corrupted by the Hamiltons as he was going up to the castle, was stayed, by friends his pardon is obtained. The troubles between the Earl of Cassilis and the Laird of Bargeny increase; the King's party support Bargeny, and the Queen's the other.—Berwick, 14 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
Jan. 14. 1506. Sir William Drury to the Earl of Sussex.
To the same effect as his letter of this date to Cecil.— Berwick, 14 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
Jan. 14. 1507. Considerations of the Queen Majesty's Marriage.
Rough notes in Cecil's writing of the considerations for and against the Queen's marriage, setting forth the great dangers likely to ensue to herself and realm by her remaining unmarried through the encouragement given to the ill-disposed to plot against her in favour of the Queen of Scots. Also the advantages of her marriage with the Duke of Anjou, noting however, the disadvantages in respect of difference of ages, and also the fear lest if there should be no children the Duke might be induced, by shortening the Queen's life and marrying the Queen of Scots, to conjoin the three kingdoms of England, Ireland, and Scotland in his own person.
Draft. Endd.: 14 Jan. 1570. Pp. 32/3.
Jan. 16. 1508. The English Ambassador in France.
Copy of the privy seal for the diets of Francis Walsingham, Esq.—Hampton Court, 21 Nov. 1570.
Copy of a letter sent by Charles IX. to the Count Palatine and others in answer to one of theirs congratulating him on the prospects of peace.—Paris, 21 Sept. 1570.
Causes of the taking up of arms in France. Lays the blame chiefly on the ambition of the Guises in usurping all the places of authority about the King.
Causes why the Guises should not have the tutorship of the King.
Several articles touching the question of precedence amongst the Ambassadors of the different Princes of Europe.
Charges for the transporting of Walsingham's train, horses, and staff into France, amounting to 95l. 5s. 7d. He arrived at Paris 16 Jan. 1571.
Pp. 8⅓.
Jan. 16. 1509. John Fitzwilliam to Sir William Cecil.
Has not yet received the Duke's answer. The Count Van Denbarghe keeps possession of his country, having furnished two holds with ordnance and men. The Duke makes great preparations to set forth an army. There are soldiers coming from Denmark to assist the Count Van Denbarghe. The English rebels are relieved here with monthly pensions, but have been warned to withdraw from this town lest the Queen of England might be displeased. Leonard Dacres is here with four or five men waiting on him. Lord Seton, having obtained money from the Duke, has gone into France to seek aid from the French King. Monsieur de Bossu, Admiral of the fleet which went to Spain with the Queen, is returned with five of his ships missing.—Antwerp, 16 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¼.
Jan. 17. 1510. Sir Valentine Browne to Cecil.
Has cassed and paid such numbers of the horsemen and footmen as the Earl of Sussex directed, for the discharges whereof he has taken up divers of the merchants' debts and money upon promise. Begs that he will be a means for their payment for their better encouragement to do the like another time.—York, 17 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 2/3.
Jan. 18. 1511. Maitland of Lethington to Cecil.
Doubts not but that by conferring with the commissioners of the Queen's party he will perceive how willing they are to satisfy Her Majesty. Assures him that he will find in them only plain dealing, without craft or practise to the contrary. As the quietness of the whole island does partly depend on the issue of this treaty, he trusts that he will hold hand to the furtherance thereof.—Balveny, 18 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Jan. 19. 1512. Thomas Buchanan to Cecil.
Has been sent to Denmark with commission anent the delivery of the murderer Bothwell to justice. Bothwell has daily practices with the Queen of Scots, who has sent certain writings to him desiring him to be of good comfort, with sundry other purposes, to the great prejudice of Captain John Clark who laboured to have Bothwell sent into Scotland, and who has been imprisoned with small hope of liberty. The cause why Bothwell is not delivered is judged to be that they are informed of certain divisions in Scotland and England. One Master Horsey has been sent into England by Bothwell and the chiefest of this land to copy how matters proceed there, and hereafter to bring advertisement with letters of favour from the King's mother to this King that the murderer Bothwell be not delivered up to be punished, with some promise of kindness to him therefore of the isles of Orkney and Shetland. Requests that Horsey may not be licensed to have entrance to "that woman." There is a page of Bothwell's sent by him into England with certain writings to the same woman, which "if they come to her hands may be prejudicial and hurtful to both our countries and to the discontentment of the Queen's Majesty of England." Sends certain writings for the Regent of Scotland, which he desires may be conveyed to him.—Copenhagen, 19 Jan. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
Jan. 20. 1513. Directions for the Earl of Rutland.
Instructions given by Sir William Cecil to the Earl of Rutland travelling in France as to his behaviour, and also pointing out what things he should take special note of in his travels, headed, "A direction for a Traveller." The original in Cecil's writing is amongst the Domestic MSS.
Copy. Pp. 22/3.
Jan. 25. 1514. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
Thanks him for his letter. A further league between Morton and Grange is not now so likely. James Macgill and others are judged to be the stay hereof, which procures them the hatred of Grange and his which they are likely to feel if they stand not on their guard. Some outrage against the Regent or some of his is presently intended. The Hamiltons have taken Paisley. Morton will be here by the 28th. The storm which has continued this nine weeks increases, and these two days past much more snow has fallen. They look for the bridge to fall at every ebb. It is riven and the main strengths shrunk, and divers of the braces already gone. They have no fuel but that which they fetch daily from Scremerston. Mr. James Balfour came secretly by night to the Castle on the 19th. Has been assured that Home, Buccleugh, and Ferniehurst will not attempt anything against any one under his charge. Home gathers men to encounter those whom the Regent has in pay who should come to Melrose and Kelso for the recovery of duties which Buccleugh and Ferniehurst withhold. Has for more surety warned those at Home and Fast Castles to stand on their guard. Protests by the faith of a Christian that his charge has cost him yearly in money and otherwise much more than he has ever asked allowance for. There is not here one councillor nor more than two captains who have charge. There are in Scotland certain of good calling who are willing to give him advertisement, on whom he advises the bestowing of 100l.—Berwick, 25 Jan. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 4½.
Jan. 25. 1515. Robert Huggins to Francis Walsingham.
Being suspected of sending advertisement to England, he was kept a close prisoner for 47 days, and at five months end, being sick, he was commanded under pain of death to leave the kingdom within 20 days. Is not able for want of money to make his way homewards. Thomas Stuckley being lately armed knight by the King goes as general of the expedition to Ireland accompanied with Captain Julian. The voice is that there go 10,000 soldiers, but he has learnt that there will not be more than 5,000 or 6,000 with artificers and many Italian engineers to fortify. He is called Duke of Ireland, and keeps a greater port than any two dukes in the court; for his table only the King gives him 500 rials a day which he has done since the beginning of December. The King has sent his son to be brought up at Alcala with the Prince of Orange's son. He has 26 of the ships which brought the Queen into Spain appointed to transport his men. He has horses and armour presented to him by the Duke of Feria and others. It will be March or April before they can be ready. There is a practice by the Duke of Alva to get the havens of Caistor and Yarmouth in Norfolk. The Duke of Medina Celi goes to be governor in his place. The wars of the Moriscos are at an end, though some are still in the mountains who do much harm. 30,000 shall go into Galicia. Begs him to devise some means to understand if he is again in trouble. The Spanish Ambassador in England might be stayed if he is molested again. Intends to go home with all expedition to give a more particular account of all things.— Madrid, 25 Jan. Signed.
Add. Pp. 22/3.
Jan. 26. 1516. John Count of Emden to Queen Elizabeth.
For the restitution of a ship belonging to certain of his subjects which has been seized by pirates and taken into one of her ports.—Borkum, 7 Cal. Feb. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 1¾.
Jan. 26. 1517. News from Venice.
There is great anxiety and discontent at Venice on account of the war. The preparations are continued, but the recruits are very unwilling. Those who return from the fleet complain bitterly of the avarice and cruelty of many of the officers, and that through their fraud there is such scarcity that great numbers have died of hunger. Many have been summoned home to give an account of their conduct of the war. There is great suspicion amongst the members of the League against each other, lest giving aid themselves when their need comes they may be deserted by the rest. The French will give no assistance to the League. The Venetians send soldiers to Zadra [Zara] in Dalmatia, which it is reported that the Turk is about to besiege with larger forces. The Turk is said to be making great preparations by land against Hungary and Transylvania.—Venice, 26 Jan. 1571.
Rome, 13 Jan. 1571.—The Pope leaves no stone unturned to raise money. He seems to fear the Huguenots more than he does Selim.
Endd. Lat. Pp. 3.
Jan. 27. 1518. The Earl of Lennox to Queen Elizabeth.
Has according to her advice upon conference with the principal noblemen of the realm, sent the Earl of Morton and the Clerk of Register to join with the Commendator of Dunfermline, with commission to treat with her upon weighty affairs of this estate.—Edinburgh, 27 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Jan. 27. 1519. The Earl of Lennox to Sir William Cecil.
To the same effect as his letter of this date to the Queen.— Edinburgh, 27 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ⅓.
Jan. 27. 1520. John Fitzwilliam to Leicester and Cecil.
Gives a long account of his negociations with the Duke of Alva and Fiasco in the matter of the restitution of the merchant ships and goods stayed in Flanders and in England. Minds to repair home within four or five days with the Duke's answer if he can get it.—Antwerp, 27 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 5½.
Jan. 27. 1521. Francis Walsingham to Cecil.
1. The Pope, the King of Spain, and the rest of the confederates upon the doubt of a match between the Queen and Monsieur seek by what means they may to withdraw him from the same. They offer him to be the head and chief executioner of the new league against the Turk which is thought to stretch to as many as they repute to be Turks, although better Christians than themselves. The King seeming very much to mislike hereof uttered these words to Briquemault, "If this matter goes forward, it behoves me to make some counter-league. I find the Germans well affected towards me, and as for the Queen of England I know she has as good cause to mislike of this league as I myself have, and therefore I suppose would be glad to join with me." Briquemault replied that he was glad that the King saw his danger, and advised him to break the matter to the ambassadors of the German Princes. The King thought this not to be convenient, but said that he would send M. Biron to them, who though not a Huguenot is taken not to be their enemy. After Briquemault had acquainted Walsingham with this, he asked him to say frankly his opinion how he judged the Queen would be inclined, who answered that he could not but think that she would very well like thereof in respect to the common cause of religion, the goodwill which she bore the King, and her own safety, and also promised that it should lack no furtherance that he could give. Malicorne who was sent into Spain to congratulate the marriage reports that Julian Romero has been despatched into Ireland to do some great enterprise. The King is angry for that his congratulations were not accepted by the King of Spain in such good part as he looked for, and also for the omission of certain usual words of courtesy from his letters. For further increase of this unkindness the King of Portugal to whom the King's sister was offered in marriage, sent answer by Malicorne that they were both too young, and therefore about eight years hence the matter might be better talked of, which disdainful answer is thought to be not without the counsel of Spain. None take this matter more grievously than the Queen Mother.
2. P.S.—Certain letters from the Cardinal of Pelut to the Pope have been intercepted, wherein he assured him that none of the religion in France should bear any office. Lord Seton who lately came to demand succour is deferred for answer until the entry be passed. He buys good store of horses and armour and is very well furnished of money.— Paris, 27 Jan. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Printed in Sir Dudley Digges' "Compleat Ambassador." Pp. 2¼.
Jan. 28. 1522. Francis Walsingham to Cecil.
The Queen being very sick of a burning ague it is thought that the entry shall be put over until after Easter.—Paris, 28 Jan. 1571. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Printed by Digges. P. ¼.
Jan. 28. 1523. John Fitzwilliam to Leicester and Cecil.
Has had a conference with Noircarmes, Assonville, and Secretary Crutteville touching that which he has been with the Duke for, who promised to make report of all things to the Duke.—Antwerp, 28 Jan. 1570. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¼.
Jan. 28. 1524. News from Italy.
Venice, 28 January. Meeting of Protestant princes at Frankfort. Piali Bassa is near Rhodes with 80 galleys to intercept any succours for Famagusta. The Venetian fleet is badly manned, having lost many by disease. Levying of money by the Venetians. Scarcity of rowers in their fleet. Present of Turkish horses sent to the French King. Designs of the French King against the Low Countries. Earthquake at Ferrara. Rome, 21 January. News relating to France and Spain.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 3½.
Jan. 29. 1525. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
1. The Regent has proclaimed that all persons between 16 and 60 are to be ready to follow him. He has gone to Stirling. The Queen's party minds to be in Edinburgh within eight days. The Abbey of Whithorn in Galloway was given by the Queen to Lord Fleming, and by the late Regent to Lord Robert who is this Regent's sister's son. The Laird of Garlies who is a Stewart was now sent by the Regent with 24 soldiers to recover the rents and duties, who placed themselves in a house near the abbey, certain sent by Lord Fleming placed themselves in an adjoining house, and in the night environed the house where Garlies was who was writing. They found certain holes and loops in the house through which they shot and slew four or five of them, and the rest issuing out without order were all made prisoners. Paisley was taken by Semple's own composition. The Earl of Northumberland will be removed out of Lochleven. Great suit will be made to obtain Her Highness's favour for him. Grange has told Morton that for the little time he has to live he will not leave his friends, for he knows that the course the Regent ran was to wreck them, which he would not suffer. Gathers that there is some intention to have some sacrifice shortly, and some must die for the sins of the people. The Regent's party decays daily and great weakness is found in him. Now is the abstinence broken and either party determined to lay the blame on the other.
2. P.S.—Grange has St. Peter's gift to bind and loose, as more plainly within few days will appear. Edward Dacres was on the 24th instant at Cavers in Tivydale at the sheriff's house, and Etherington, an aged man, was with him.—Berwick, 29 Jan. 1570. Signed.
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Jan. 29. 1526. Kirkcaldy of Grange to Cecil.
Has received his answer and is most willing to satisfy him more fully on all points. The Queen of England's countenance of them who have taken the government upon them has alienated the hearts of a great number who have always been bent on the union of the two realms. Denies that he has ever entertained her rebels. Declares that it was against his will that the man's blood was shed, and has offered himself to the correction of the Kirk. Extreme necessity compelled him to take his man out of the Tolbooth, for though he was not at the killing his unfriends could not be satisfied without they had his life. As for the woman who was guilty of the Lord Regent's murder she is still in the Tolbooth. Caused his servants to stand in the door with the keeper of the prison that none should come out but his own servant. Denies that he is careless of the Regent's death which peradventure he may revenge when his reporters will be far to seek.—Edinburgh Castle, 29 Jan. 1571. Signed.
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Jan. 29. 1527. Sir Henry Norris and Francis Walsingham to the Queen.
On the 25th instant Norris had audience with the French King and presented Walsingham to him as his successor as ambassador resident at his court. The King answered that he was pleased with his appointment, and promised that he should at all times receive from him gracious audience, and on Walsingham's urging him in the Queen's name to observe the late edict, he assured him that the only care he presently had was to entertain the peace. Walsingham signified to the King that he had commission to present letters to the Queen, and that Her Majesty had made choice of a personage honourable to congratulate on their marriage, whose coming only stayed upon the certainty of his entry. The King answered that he trusted within four or five days she would be in that good state of health as he might have access unto her. Had similar audiences, using the same speeches for the observation of the edict, with the Queen Mother and the Duke of Anjou separately.—Paris, 29 January 1570. Signed.
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 7¼.
Jan. 1528. Injuries done by the Queen of Scots' Party.
Notes of the injuries done by the Queen of Scots' party since the granting of the last abstinence, whereby the same is manifestly infringed, chiefly consisting of the seizure of rents and goods belonging to the opposite party, with marginal notes either denying or explaining the same.
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 2.
[Jan.] 1529. Memorandum by the Abbot of Dunfermline.
If Her Majesty intends that the abstinence be truly kept it is meet that she declares that all attempts done against the order of law since the renewing of the last abstinence, such as the taking of Paisley Abbey, the slaughter of Lord Garlies' men, and the things committed by Grange and others be redressed; or else that she will not find fault if the Regent takes remedy thereof himself. On the other part, such as have always professed the Queen's obedience to be incontinent restored to all their possessions and goods taken from them for not acknowledging the King's authority. All prisoners to be set at liberty on either side. This done that the Queen declare her pleasure that neither molest the other during the time of treaty.
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Jan. 31. 1530. Memorial by the Countess of Murray.
Prays that the Queen of England will provide at the present conference for the surety of herself and children, that they may without inquietness occupy their heritages and possessions. Also that the Queen will write to the Regent that she be not troubled for any jewels of the crown of Scotland, alleged to be in her hands. That the Queen will excuse her for the sum of 5,000l. borrowed in January 1568, by her late husband, and also of certain calivers and munitions received by him in May 1569. As the custom of Scotland has been that the heirs of whoever was slain in the King's service should have their wards and marriages gratis, she humbly craves that the Queen will procure this to be observed in her case.
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 1½.