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Sir John Forster to Cecil, i ith Dec.
.•TPHE carl of Bothwell is appointed to receive the am-
Advertisements out of Scotland from the earl of
*"p HAT the king and queen agreed well together August
* two days after her coming from , and after If^^^m
my lord of Murray's coming to Edinburgh, some new the original, discord has happened. The queen had declared to my lord of Murray that the king bears him evil will, and. has said to her, that he is determined to kill him, finding fault that she doth bear him so much company: and in like manner hath willed my lord of Murray to spicre the king, which he did a sew nights since in the queen's presence, and in the hearing of divers. The king confessed, that reports were made to him, that my lord of Murray was not his friend, which made him speak that thing he repented; and the queen affirmed, that the king had spoken such words unto her, and confessed before the whole house, that sue could not be content that either he or any other should be unfriend to my lord of Murray. My lord of Murray enquired the same stoutly, and used his speech very modestly, in the mean time the king departed very grieved; he cannot bear that the queen should use familiarity either with man or woman, and especially the ladies of Arguile, Murray, and Marre, who keep most company with her. My lord of Murray and Bothwell have been at evil words for the 1. of Ledington, before the queen, for he and Sir James Balfoure had new come from Ledington, with his answer upon such heads of articles as Bothwell and he should agree upon, which being reported to the said carl in the queen's presence, rnade answer, that ere he parted with such lands as was desired, he should part with his life. My lcrd of Murray F f 3 ' laid
said stoutly to him, that twenty as honest men as he should lose their lives ere he reafte Ledington. The queen spake nothing, but heard both; in these terms they parted, and since, that I hear of, have not met. The queen after her hunting came to Edinburgh, and carryeth the prince thence to Stirling with her. This last Saturday was executed a servant of the lord Ruthven's, who confessed that he was in the cabinet, but not of council of the fact. The queen hath also opened to my lord of Murray, that money was sent from the pope, how much it was, and by whom, and for what purpose it was brought.
No. XVIII. (Vol. I. p. 399.)
Part of a letter from Elizabeth to Mary, Feb. 20, 1569. A copy interlined by Cecil. It contains an answer to a complaining letter of Mary's upon the imprisonment of the bishop of Ross.
. /» FT ER this [i. e. Mary's landing in Scotland]
**■ how patiently did I bear with many vain delays in not ratifying the treaty accorded by your own commissioners, whereby I received no small unkindness, besides the manifold causes of suspicion that I might not hereafter trust to any writings. Then followed a hard manner of dealing with me, to intice my subject and near kinsman, the lord Darnly, under colour of private suits for land, to come into the realm, to proceed in treaty of marriage with him without my knowledge, yea to conclude the fame without my assent or liking. And how many unkind parts accompanied that fact, by receiving of my subjects that were base runnegates and offenders at home, and enhancing them to places of credit against my will, with many such like, I will leave for that the remembrance of the same cannot but be noysome to you. And yet all these did I as it were suppress and overcome with my natural inclination of love towards you; and did afterwards gladly, as you know, christen your son, the child of my said kinsman, that had before so unloyally offended me, both in marriage of you, and in other undutiful usages towards me his sovereign. How friendly also dealt I by messages to reconcile him, being your husband,
band, to you, when others nourished discord betwixt you,
No. XIX. (Vol.1, p. 419.)
\/r A D A M E, vous ayant trop molesté par M. de Papei Of-
tiers oayr. Pour l'afnour de Dieu, madame, usez de telle sincérité &■ prudence en ce cas qui vos touche de si pres^ que tout le monde aye raison, de vous livrer comme innocente d'ung crime si énorme, chose que si ne sistes, seriez dignement esbloyë hors de ranez de princesses, & non fans cause faite opprobre de vulgaire, tt plutôt que cela vous avienne, je vous souhaiterais une sepulture honorable, qu'une vie maculée; vous voiez madame, que je vous traite comme ma fille, et vous promets, que si j'en eusse, ne luy souhaiterois mieulz, que je vous desire, comme le Seigneur Dieu me porte tesinoignage, a qui je prie de bon cçeur de vous inspirer a faire ce qui vous fera plus a honneur, et a vos amis plus de consolation, avec mes très, cordialités recommendations comme a icelle a qui se souhaite le plus de bien, qui vous pourra en ce monde avenir» De West, ce 8 jour de Janvier b en halle.
No. XX. (Vol. I. p. 434.) Account of the sentence os divorce between the
earl of Bothwell and lady Jean Gordon his wife. , From a manuscript belonging to Mr. David
Falconer, advocate. Fol. 455.
TjPOUN the 29 of Apryle 1567, before the ricïtt *-^ hon. Mr. Robert Maitlan'd dean of Aberdcne, Mr. Edward Henrysnn doctor in the laws, two of the senators of the college of justice, Mr. Clement Little, and Mr. Alexander Syme advocattis, commislers of Ednr; compeered Mr. Henry Kinrosse, procurator for Jean Gourdoune comités of Bothwell, constitute be her for purse-vring of ane procès of divorcement intendu by her contra James erle Bothwel her husband for adultiy, committed be him with Bessie Crawfurde the pursuers servant for the time; and sicklyke, for the said erle, compeared Mr. Ed-, rnond Hay, who ester he had pursued and craved the pursuer's procurator's oath dc calumnia, if he had just caus to purscw the said action, and obtained it, denyed the libell, and the said Mr. Harrie took the morne, the last day of Apryle, to prove the same pro prima. The quhilk day, having produced some witnesses, he took the next day, being the 1 of May, to do farther diligence. Upon the quhilk 1 of May, he produced some moe witnesses, and
A mistake in the date corrected with Cecil's hand VIII» Aprilis.
renounced farther probatioune. After quhi k, he desired a term to be assigned to pronounce sentence, 'so whom the said commissars assigned Satterday next, the 3 of May, to pronounce sentence therein, secundum allegata et probata, quilk accordingly was given that day in savour of the pursewar.
At the same time there was another proces intendit be the erl of Bothweli contra his lady, for to have their marriage declared nul, as being contracted against, the canons, without a dispensation, and he and his lady being within degrees defendand, viz. ferdis a kin, and that wyse for expeding of this proces, there was a commissioune grantit to the archbifliop of St. Androis to cognosce and determine it, and Ro' bishop of Dunkeld, William bishop of Dunblane, Mr. Andro Crausurd chanon in Glasgow, and parson of Egelshame, Mr. Alexander Creichtcun, and Mr. George (Jooke chancellor of Dunkeld, and to Mr. Johne Manderstoune chanon in Dunbar and prebendar of Beltoune, or any ane of them. This commissione is dr.tit 27 Aprile 1567, was presented to two of the saids commissioners, viz. Mr. And' Crawfurd and Mr. John Manderrtoune on Satterday 3 May, by Mr. Thomas Hepburne parson of Auldhamftocks, procurator for the erle ot Bothwell, who accepted the delegatioune, and gave out their citation by precept, directed, Decano Christianitatis de Hadingtone, nee non vicario feu curato eccle. parochiæ de Creichtoune, feu cuicunq; alteri cappellano debiti requisir tis, fer summoning, at the said erles instance, both of the lady personally if sne could be had, or etherways at the parosche kerk of Creichtoune the time of service, or at her dwelling place before witnesses, primo, secundo, tertio et peremptorie, unico tamen contextu protuplice edicto. And likeways to be witnesses in the faitl matter, Alex, bishop of Galloway, who did marry the said erle and his lady, in Halerud-house kirk, in Feb. 1565, fir John Bannatyne of Auchnoule justice clerk, Mr. Robert Creichtoun of Elliok the queen's advocate, Mr. David Chalmers provost of Creichtoun and chancellor of Ross, Michael — abbot of Melross, and to compear before the said judges or any one of them in St. Gcils kirk in Edr on Monday the 5 of May, be thamfelves, or their procurators. Upon the said 5 day, Mr. John Manderstoun, one of the judges delegat only being present, compeared the same procurators