People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 5/7/0 (CDS, ii, no. 922)

[The constable] of Urquhart writes to the king, referring to letters received from him as to wool and hides. Some evil disposed people having joined Andrew of Moray at the castle of Avoch in Ross, and Alex[ander Pilchys], Sir Reginald le Cheyne wrote asking him to meet him at Inverness on the king’s business on Sunday next after Ascension day. When […] was returning to Urquhart after the day’s business, Andrew of Moray and Alexander Pilchys with their abettors wounded and took him prisoner and also […] of Loveth, and 18 horses. On Monday morning Andrew and Alexander besieged the castle, and the Countess of Ross sent an esquire to say this was not her doing, and offering assistance; but advising him to surrender, which he refused to do. The esquire departed, leaving Andrew and his army and the burgesses of Inverness. He then saw the Countess’s army which she had sent under her son to his aid. He met and dismissed an emissary from the besiegers, and received help from the Countess’s son in provisioning the castle. In a night assault William Puer and Richard the constable’s son were killed, and Sir Alan […]. The besiegers drew off and went to the castles of Avoch and Bakeny and the woods there. He greatly praises the Countess for her assistance, and begs the king will release her husband on sufficient security, in which request her son joins.
Firm date
25 July 1297
Dating Notes
8 kal. August [1297]
Place date (modern)
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Source for Data Entry
CDS, ii, no. 922
Trad. ID
CDS, ii, no. 922
Calendar number
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Letter (correspondence)
Entered from an English summary
Original (contemporary)
Royal Letters, no. 3258

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Letters from King Edward as to wool and hides no
unavailable Request that constable of Urquhart meet Reginald Cheyne at Inverness no
25 Jul. 1297 Correspondence to King Edward concerning events in Ross yes
25 Jul. 1297 Request to release earl of Ross yes