Be it remembered that on the 16th day of August, 1312, an agreement was made between the noble prince, Sir Robert, king of Scotland, and the people of the community of the bishopric of Durham between Tyne and Tees represented by Sir Richard Marmaduke, William of Deanham, Gilbert Gategange and John of Alainsheles, envoys appointed by the same community to treat with and agree on the following truce. The king, for himself, his followers and his adherents, has granted to the said people a truce from the said 16th day of August until the feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist next coming [24 June 1313] for a sum of which 450 marks shall be paid before the feast of St Michael next coming [29 September 1312] without delay. If it happens that the said money cannot be paid at the abbey of Holm Cultram or elsewhere by the feast aforementioned or after to the said king or his attorney bearing his letter of acquittance, the said armistice and truce shall be broken, cancelled and considered null. And if evil men from Scotland enter the said bishopric to do harm, it is allowed that the people may arrest them by force. And the said men of the said community shall not rise in war against the king of Scotland or his followers within his realm, under anyone except the king of England or someone having royal authority; if they do so, the truce shall be considered null and void. In witness of this, Richard, William, Gilbert and John have appended their seals to the portion of indenture remaining with the king, and the king has appended his privy seal to the portion of indenture remaining with the people of the community. Done at Hexham the day and year aforementioned.
16 August 1312
16th day of the month of August in the year of grace 1312