Hugh, abbot of Dunfermline, and the convent of the same place, have granted to Master William of Yetholm, their clerk, all their land of the Withnockes (in Musselburgh, MLO), along with an acre of land recently pertaining to the mill which is called le Sceerresis Mill’ (which acre he will possess until the restoration of the mill and no longer), and that ploughgate of land which is called Oxland lying within their tenement of Musselburgh. The property, with its correct bounds, is to be held and had by him or his assignees, from the monks and their successors, for the time of his life, without any exaction of teinds and multure, until the lands, or some part of the lands, has not been assigned by him to a capable person. The monks reserve that which pertains to the crown and their court, with the pertinents of the same land. Additionally, the monks reserve their wood of le Withenockes in all things, which William will be entrusted to faithfully protect for their work. Finally, William may take custody half of the branches which will be cut for the work of the lord abbot and his friends, and William may retain the other half to be distributed according to his will. Additionally, they granted to him, for the time of his life, maintenance and decent sustenance for him, one clerk or squire, whomever he may appoint to be chosen, [and] three servants and three horses, along with a decent room for himself, without having to share it with any other. This is specifically to be held, along with a stable for his servants and horses, and consideration is to be given by the monks for the servants and horses of Master William, just as consideration should be [given] to the servants, groomsmen and pack-animals of the abbot. Master William will have the aforesaid for the whole time of his life, for his faithful service, council and aid to the monks, in all the expensive negotiations and causes of their monastery, and in their costs, according to his ability to help with the costs in perpetuity. Nevertheless, the monks state that if it should happen that Master William is promoted in the diocese, then the land should be returned by him to them. The monks promise to warrant the property for the time of William’s life.
28 August 1296 X 16 February 1314
last appearance of Hugh, abbot of Dunfermline’s predecessor × first appearance of Hugh, abbot of Dunfermline’s successor