King Alexander II for Glasgow Cathedral and Bishop Walter; has granted an annual fair at Glasgow, to be held for eight days from 6 July, with firm and full peace and all liberties, as charter of King William, his father, to Bishop Jocelin of Glasgow and his successors bears witness.
23 July 1215
23rd day of July, inauguration of King Alexander × introduction of plural of majesty; probably before Bishop Walter left for the Lateran Council
Bishop Walter of Glasgow was at the Fourth Lateran Council in Rome in November 1215 and did not return to Scotland until some point in 1217. Furthermore, Alexander was actively engaged in military campaigns in July of both 1216 and 1217. It is likely that this renewal was sought prior to the bishop's departure. None of King Alexander's envoys of July 1215 appear as witnesses in this or the following charter, which dates to the same time and place. Other witnesses to both charters, particularly Thomas, the king's doorward, Walter and Jordan Comyn, Thomas de Haya and Malcolm (de Haya), the king's butler, appear frequently in charters from the spring and summer of 1215. If correct, this charter would move the dating of the consecration of Bishop Hugh of Dunkeld up by over a year. See also Keith J. Stringer, 'Kingship, Conflict and State-making in the Reign of Alexander II: the War of 1215-17 and its Context', 153, App. I.