People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 3/700/0 (Stevenson, Docs., ii, no. 457)

Henry, bishop of Aberdeen, John Comyn, earl of [Buchan], and Gartnait, son of the earl of Mar, sworn-men of their lord, Edward, king of England, [lord of Ireland] and duke of Aquitaine, write to the said Sir Edward, noting that whereas Sir John Comyn, earl of Buchan [before-]named, and Sir Alexander, his brother, are bound to the king by writing to hasten to the king, according to the tenor of their writing, to […] the March Sir Andrew of Rait, the king’s bachelor, overtook him, carrying the aforesaid earl the king’s writ, that he should hasten towards the north of Scotland to the company of the said bishop and Sir Gartnait before-named, in consequence of a mischievous war which had been raised in the country by some of the king’s enemies, who were breaking his peace; to curb and repress which war, the addressors are drawing towards that March. As they were in Launoy on the Spey, on the Tuesday before the feast of St Mary Magdalene, there met them Sir Andrew of Moray, with a very large body of rogues, the number of which Sir Andrew of Rait can show him, according to what he heard from the people of their company. And there the aforesaid rogues betook themselves into a very great stronghold of bog and wood, where no horseman could be of service. They inform the king that the aforesaid earl and his brother remain in the country […] north, by the king’s orders in his writ and by two other writs, patent and close, which came to the earl from his council […] and sealed with the king’s seal of Scotland, for the great damage which is in the country. Since it would be too long a business to write […] send to the king all the points and the occurrences which have happened, they pray him to give credence to Sir Andrew of Rait, his bachelor who can tell him of these affairs, for he was in person at all these doings, and if it please him, he should be so good as to send back his pleasure.
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25 July 1297
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Feast of St James the apostle
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Stevenson, Documents, ii, no. 457
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Stevenson, Docs., ii, no. 457
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Calendar: CDS, ii, no. 921

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Command from the king (unknown) no
unavailable Command (unknown letters patent) no
unavailable Command (unknown letters close) no
25 Jul. 1297 Correspondence concerning movements of the army in the north yes
25 Jul. 1297 * Request to give credence to Andrew of Rait yes