Hugh Riddel, lord of Cranstoun, for the salvation of his ancestors and successors, has given, granted and by this his present charter established to Kelso Abbey, in free, pure and perpetual alms, the villa and tenement of Eastercranston, which is called Preston or 'Prestonton' (ELO), by stated bounds, to be held and had by the monks in pure and perpetual alms, just as any alms land in the kingdom of Scotland is held or possessed, without any forinsec and intersect service, and without any custom, exaction, demand and all secular burden. However, Hugh reserves for himself and his heirs twenty shillings of good sterling annually, which the abbot and convent owed to him and his heirs for all multure which they are able to extract from the land, and which is to be received at two times of the year, viz. one half at the feast of Pentecost and the other half at the feast of St Martin in winter. Hugh also reserves the fact that the abbot and convent are not licensed to build a mill on the River Tyne. Hugh promises to warrant the donation.
7 January 1299 X 27 February 1321
poss. × 1306
poss. dates of Abb. Elias of Holyrood; poss. Watt, _Graduates_, 296