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EXCERPTS mentioning Lord Wemyss 1588

Source: 'James VI: March 1589', in Calendar of State Papers, Scotland: Volume 10, 1589-1593, ed. William K. Boyd and Henry W. Meikle (Edinburgh, 1936), pp. 1-20. British History Online

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/scotland/vol10/pp1-20 [accessed 6 April 2020].

A note on James VI

James I of England ruled Scotland as James VI from July 24, 1567 until his death March 27, 1625. (He ruled in England and Ireland from March 24, 1603 until his death). It is under his reign that it was the first time England and Scotland had the same King.

March 14, 1588

[Section 4 Thomas Fowler to Walsingham]

"The Master of Gray is here holden for a papist, and therefore there is small hope he will do good at this court. He may do better service to the King abroad: this is the Chancellor's opinion but he would not have it known. Lord Wemyss' stay was a long time for lack of money, and of late the stir here, and lastly the coming of Monseigneur Civill, who arrived here the 10th March; this day is his first audience. Lord Wemyss will set forward within four or five days for England."

(Postscript) "Lord Wemyss, your honour's well-wisher, will come to England shortly and will return hither again cre he goes to France. Signed: T. Fowler."

March 15, 1588

[Section 5 Thomas Fowler to Walsingham]

"Wemyss sets forward on Tuesday next. Edinburgh."

March 15, 1588

[Section 6 William Asheby to Walsingham]

"The 10th of March here arrived Monsieur Seville, of whom I received a letter from your honour. He shall find me ready to afford him such service as lieth in me. Lord Wemyss has stayed his coming a long time for lack of money, and now of late the "broyles" here, and lastly the arrival of Monsieur Seville; yet I think, as he telleth me, he will set forward about the 20th."

March 15, 1588

[Section 7 Roger Aston to James Hudson]

"Gloud" [Claud Hamilton] remains still in the castle, and so is like to do. Monsieur Sevell gets audience this afternoon, and I hope shall be satisfied. We long for the man that should come. Thomas Tyerry is to be here this night, and thereafter we shall haste his despatch. I cannot see that Wemyss will come so soon as was looked for, yet he thinks after this gentleman's speech with his majesty he shall be dispatched. Presently after he will come thither, and return here again for the convoy of his men. Signed: Roger Aston"

March 18, 1588

[Section 8 William Asheby to Burghley]

"That day the King kept his bed, being troubled with a pain in his side, which he had taken the day before in hunting, so I could not have access to him. The next day I sent again; then he was busy, and retired to write to her majesty for the despatch of Wemyss; so I had not access the second day. I then acquainted the Chancellor with Pringle's being at Berwick. He answered, the King would not seem to take knowledge of his arrival at Berwick till Erroll had rendered himself, which should be the 19th of March, upon whose coming they would lay hands on the rest that could be gotten."

"...Lord Wemyss is to depart to-morrow, or the 20th at the furthest. This man is right well affected towards her majesty, and a furtherer of all good courses betwixt these two crowns, and one that you may account of to be zealous in religion and a furtherer of the good amity of these two princes, willing and ready to perform any good office tending to her majesty's good pleasure as anyone in these parts."

March 20, 1588

[Section 11 Thomas Fowler to Burghley]

Postscript "There is come with the Laird of Wemyss a nephew of the Chancellor called Mr. Richard Colborne. The Chancellor loves and trusts him much: it will do no harm to use him well. Signed: T. Fouller."

March 20, 1588

[Section 12 William Asheby to Burghley]

"The Laird of Wemyss hath his full despatch, and setteth forward tomorrow  early to be at Berwick that night, returning hither again before going to the King of Navarre. His commission tends to these points: firstly, to see how her majesty will consider of him, urging the offers made by me at my first coming hither, upon the entry of the Spanish fleet into the narrow seas; "he will not sticke to aske largelie, remembring that 'in[i]qua petenda sunt ut equa habeant,' but I judge the King wilbe content with reason, althoughe he demaund great matters at the first;" secondly, to demand the lands descended to him by his grandmother; thirdly, to acquaint her majesty with his match with the second sister of the young King of Denmark, and to urge her bounty in augmentation of his charge; fourthly, for the uniting together for defence of religion, and security of these two kingdoms against invasion of strangers; some other demands touching the spoil of merchants by English pirates."

March 20, 1588

[Section 13 Thomas Fowler to Walsingham]

Postscript "The Chancellor has a nephew, one Richard Colborne, come this voyage with Wemyss. It will do no harm if he is well used."

March 23, 1588

[Section 13 William Asheby to Burghley]

"The King hath promised to stay Desmond and further examine him, suspecting he hath been acquainted with this late practice. Touching the noblemen named in the letters, the Chancellor thinks they are all guilty, and Huntly as far as the rest, but dare not say so to the King. They are resolved to go forward with the mariage in Denmark, as you shall see by the instructions of the Lord Wemyss. The ministers daily solicit the sending away of the Spaniards, "but all restes upon this point wherewith." Edinburgh. 23 March, 1588.

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