An agreement between Sir Adam of Gordon, the knight, and the abbot and convent of Kelso concerning a certain ploughgate of land which the abbot and convent formerly held and possessed, with the freedoms and easements recognized at the same, in the territory of Westergordon (BWK), from the gift of Andrew Fraser, the knight, then dead. The abbot and convent, for the good of peace, and the rights of Adam, unanimously assented to and granted to Adam and his heirs and assignees that it should be lawful for Adam and his heirs and assignees, from the time of the present agreement, to have an oratorium, wherever he or they should desire within the parish of Gordon, and the oratorium should be able to have the oblations which should exist [as a result of] Adam, his heirs, his assignees and their household, and also their servants there. However, the monks reserve the rights of the mother church in all things. The abbot and convent granted nothing less to Adam, his heirs or their assignees for every sort of restlessness and trouble which should come to materialize concerning the ploughgate of land with its pertinents. Adam and his heirs are annually receive two marks of sterling in perpetuity from the Abbot and Convent and their monastery, at two times of the year – viz. half at Pentecost and the other half of the feast of St Martin in winter, with the first payment starting at Pentecost in the year 1309. The payments are to faithfully be made at these times so that the abbot and convent may be able to seize and reasonably distrain, according to the good will of Adam, his heirs and his assignees, all their goods, thus ecclesiastical as secular, or the teinds of the parish or other things, since payment of the same has ceased, and near the quantity of the common debt [resulting from the failure of payment] is to be levied by estimation. Adam, for him and his heirs, gave and quitclaimed in perpetuity to Kelso Abbey all right and claim which he had or in any way was able to have in the ploughgate of land in Gordon, so that they may hold and have the ploughgate of land within the villa, and outside of it, in all things. For all time, they will also hold and possess it in free, pure and perpetual alms, and no right or service will be owed to Adam and his heirs or assignees in the ploughgate of land, except the prayers reserved for him and his owe in posterity.
28 February 1309
Friday after the feast of St Peter in cathedra, 1308