People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 5/1/16 (Douglas, iv, no. 1)

The king and overlord of Scotland [Edward I] writes to Alan, bishop of Caithness, chancellor of Scotland, noting that whereas according to the law and custom of the kingdom of Scotland, no baron or other of the said kingdom may have a prison in which he may or ought to detain a felon accused of a crime committed beyond the bounds of his barony, and taken without the same for such crime. His sworn man, William of Douglas detains in his own prison, Hugh of Abernethy, accused of the death of Duncan, lately earl of Fife, slain outwith the barony of the said William. The king commands that by letters signed with the seal appointed for the government of the foresaid kingdom, the bishop [should] give in charge to the said William, that he shall render and deliver Hugh to the king’s sworn man, William Sinclair, to be confined in the king’s prison; and that the bishop should also give in charge to the said William Sinclair, by another letter, that he shall in person go to the said William of Douglas and on the king’s behalf warn and enjoin him that he shall give up and deliver the said Hugh to be confined in the king’s prison.
Firm date
28 June 1291
Dating Notes
28th day of June [1291]
Place date (modern)
Place date (document)
Berwyk super Tued
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Source for Data Entry
Fraser, Douglas, iv, no. 1 (Rot. Scot. , i, 2)
Trad. ID
Douglas, iv, no. 1
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Charter type

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
28 Jun. 1291 Command that William Douglas be commanded to hand over Hugh of Abernethy from his prison yes Edward I, king of England (d.1307)