Alan son of Walter, the steward, has given, granted and established for Malcolm son of Malcolm son of Serlo of Edinburgh, that land of Newbigging which is remaining (lost, in MLO) which is beside Edinburgh, holding by hereditary right, free from all service and custom, as King Malcolm gave his father, for an annual render of two shillings, half on Easter and half on Pentecost. And if in the future Malcolm of his heirs want to hold the land in feu and heritage, then they will pay ten shillings.
15 March 1196 X 1203
latest date of Geoffrey abbot of Dryburgh’s predecessor × death of Osbert abbot of Kelso
Source for Data Entry
NRS, GD 212/1/16, pp 45-7 (John Maitland Thomson notebook transcription of Murray of Polmaise charter)
NRS, GD 212/1/16, 45-7
Included in an inspection by Robert, steward of Scotland, dated at Edinburgh the Thursday on the Feast of St Katherine the Virgin , AD 1344.
This text is the evidence for Barrow’s lost act no. 309 of Malcolm IV. See RRS, i, 286, on the lost land of Newbigging in Edinburgh. Barrow identifies it with ‘one of the tofts with 20 acres referred to in no. 184’, which would mean that the gift was in fact mentioned in an existing charter text of King Malcolm to Walter the steward. Presumably the assumption was that there could have been a separate individual charter for the gift of that particular piece of land in addition to the portmanteau charter (no. 184).