An agreement is formed between the burgesses and the whole community of Irvine (AYR) on one side and Brice of Eglinton, son of the late ‘Eglun’ lord of Eglinton on the other, namely, that the burgesses and the community of Irvine, by unanimous consent, have granted, given, and demitted at feuferme to Brice of Eglinton those 20 acres of land in the holding of Eglinton (AYR) which Ralph son and heir of the late Hugh, lord of Eglinton, gave, granted and perpetually disponed to the burgesses and community of Irvine by a certain final concord between them, by stated bounds, having and holding by Brice and his heirs or assignees at feuferme by the stated bounds, with all its just pertinents, easements and free customs, for an annual render of 10s. in the parish church of Irvine on the feast of St James the Apostle in summer, free and quit from all burden, servile exaction, work and secular demand. Brice obligates himself and his heirs or assignees as well as his land of ‘Benislay’ (???) with its pertinents, and all their other goods movable and immovable to be lawfully distrained. Brice agrees that he and his successors will not double the feuferme at a later time.
20 September 1255
AD 1205 (sic), Monday, in the vigils of St Matthew the Apostle
In 1205, the vigil of St Matthew fell on a Tuesday. As Andrew MacEwen has pointed out in private correspondence, this document must date to 1255, the only year in the 13th century ending in a 5 which had the vigil of St Matthew on a Monday.