Walter of Longforgan, burgess of Berwick, and Marjory, his spouse, daughter and heir of the late John Hannan, burgess of Berwick, by unanimous consent and assent, have sold, granted and by this their present charter established and completely quitclaimed and returned to Kelso Abbey, by rod and staff, in the court of the king at Berwick, as in the court of the lord abbot, as in the lord of the same feu, for a certain sum of money released by the abbey to them in their arduous need and confirmed poverty, for their sustenance and for their children, for their devastated and demolished lands to be rebuilt, and also additionally for all the other lands in their hand to be re-bought and which for a long time had been seised and detained by others because of the arrears of their fermes, an annual return of two marks which they are accustomed to receive from the land which the late John of Norway held in the villa of Berwick (BWK), which lies between the land of James of Belford, the butcher, on the eastern part and the land of Richard the cook on the western part, and it extends in the stretch from the front of the street of the butcher all the way to the land of Gilbert of Dunbar, to be paid at two times of the year, namely half at the feast of Saint Cuthbert in the month of March and the other half at the feast of Saint Cuthbert in the month of September. The monks are to return annually to them and our heirs one pound of cumin or two pennies at the feast of Saint James during the fair of Roxburgh for anything which they are able to derive. They subject themselves and their heirs to a fine of 40 pounds of sterling if they contradict the aforesaid and the jurisdiction and coercion of whatever ecclesiastical judge that abbey wishes to choose. And for the great security of the aforesaid promises, they oblige in pledge, and they oblige by the tenor of the present charter, their lands or tenements lying or lying on the Ness between the land of the late Henry of Stirling, on the southern part, and the land of the late Nicholas the clerk on the northern part, by other stated bounds, which include the land of Isabella, daughter of John Hannan. Therefore, the abbot or his baillie, whomever he may be at the time, may freely take hold of the said lands and tenements until the 40 pounds may be fully released or secured from them.
early 13th century
This charter was likely produced after King John's invasion of southern Scotland since it and _Kelso Liber_, i, no. 34 refer to war damage.