Henry, bishop of Aberdeen, John Comyn, earl of Buchan and constable of Scotland, and Gartnait son of Gartnait of Mar, write to their lord, Edward [I], king of England etc., noting how in Moray and other neighbouring lands an insurrection had recently arisen under Andrew, son of Sir Andrew Murray, and others. They are making known to the king by this letter that they are determined to foster the king’s peace to quash the insurrection, and restrain the said areas, with the king’s and their own force being adequate; they have advanced beyond the Mounth of Scotland, and have inspected it in every place, and sought out the evildoers by means which Sir Andrew of Rait will very soon explain to the king in more detail. And when they arrived at the town of Inverness, they sent a message to the most noble countess of Ross, that she should come, and provide them with her own advice, power, and assistance, about keeping the peace, setting royal justice in order, and observing it afterwards, so that in future she might gain favour and thanks from the king as her merits required.
She most favourably agreed to their request, and placed herself in their charge for the purpose of putting everything in order. And since she was faithful and friendly (which they can make known to the king) they humbly ask that they may take pains to declare to the king true witness to her standing, her efforts and devotion. Inclined to her just supplications, in the faith and fealty which they believe she has towards the king, or which she can draw or ask from her other neighbours, the great, the middling, and the least, they commend her as most faithful in all things, which is proved since her profession of love and affection which she exhibited was most true.
Wednesday 24 July 1297
Wednesday in the vigil of St James the apostle, 1297