Letter from Duncan de Karr, rector of Bothwell, to Ralph de Manton, [cofferer of the wardrobe.] Excuses his absence. As to the writer’s right to his church, he informs Manton that William of Moray [of Bothwell] submitted voluntarily to the king at Aberdeen after the first war of Scotland, and did homage at Berwick. Then, with other Scottish magnates, he went by the king’s command to England. Though others were later allowed to return, he stayed in England during the war, rather than have any dealings with the king’s enemies by returning home, and at last died near Durham. His heirs forfeited the right of succession, but he himself did not suffer forfeiture in his life, nor die dispossessed. Indeed, he conferred many lands and churches while he was in England [and in one case where the king himself was concerned he supported William’s right to an advowson at Lilleford, diocese of Lincoln, and revoked his own presentation]. Karr reminds Manton that William of Dumfries attempted unlawfully to institute Manton in the church of Bothwell, when he had no right to do so. Asks Manton to consider these things, and to allow him to hold the church in peace.