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Miscellaneous Lathallan family papers, including grants, contracts and related papers., 1521-1812.

Identifier: Acc.12092/1

Scope and Contents

Contains: 1. Obligation by Thos Forsyth, Isbel Knox and William Fulles to pay Colonel Archibald Spens of Lathallan Lodge £8:1 :- for corn. Kelso, 21 August 1813.

2. Letters of excommunication by the official Principal of St Andrews at the instance of Margaret Dunbar, relict of the deceased William Forbes against William Ruthwane of Bandane for nonfulfilment of an order under the sign of Patrick Ross priest of St Andrews diocese, notary, dated 10 July 1537 to him through his attorney Mr James Spens to fulfill a contract with the said Margaret Dunbar, St Andrews, 28 June 1539.

3. Royal grant in favour of Robert Wood of the non-entries of the lands of Lamhalland and Kittite formerly pertaining to the deceased John Spens of Lamhalland and also of the marriage of John Spens son and heir to the said John. Edinburgh, 27 December 1521.

4. Copy of a royal grant in favour of the town of St Andrews to provide for the ministers of the gospel and the poor of the property and rents of the Greyfriars, the Blackfriars, the chapels of St Nicholas, Kinglassie, Kynninmount and the collegiate church of Kirkhill, Edinburgh, 17 April 1567.

5. Instrument of sasine dated 29 May 1574 recording that James Spens of Lathalland Eister with consent of Elizabeth Seytoun his spouse has given possession of an annual rent of 18 merks out of Lathalland Eister to Florentinus Auchtmowty of Halhill and Margaret Bury his spouse. Witnesses: Arthur Spens, apparent of Lathalland, David Roucht and David Wilson. Notary: David Auchtmowty clerk of St Andrews diocese.

6. Royal warrant for a feu charter under the great seal in favour of Captain Patrick Setone and his heirs of the Kirklands of the vicarage Strameglor with the glebe, manse etc. for a feu of the 20 merks formerly payed to the vicar with an augmentation of 13/4, 158 - [Date not filled up].

7. Royal inhibition at the instance of George, Lord Seytoun complaining that the place of the Blackfriars in St Andrews pertaining to him has had some parts cast down and the stones taken away and that the same people intend to demolish the place and take away the stones; whereby all and sundry are forbidden to demolish any part. St Andrews, 22 August 1583. Endorsed with execution at the market cross on 22 August 1583 by Robert Mwdy messenger against the provost baillies and all others. Witnesses: Mr James Seton, James Young, John Seton and William Ramsay, trumpetor.

8. Discharge by Alexander Spens son to James Spens of Lathalland to James Irnis of Kinclune on behalf of James, Lord Ogilvy of Airlie and Mr David Auchmwtie, citizen of St Andrews his cautioner for £260 owed to Captain Patrick Setoun Usan of the King of France's guard with consent of Mr Julian Quentene, merchant in Pareis. Dundee, 22 November 1589. Witnesses: George Ogilvy, burgess of Dundee, Gilbert Ogilvy of Brekis, William Thomsoun, procurator in Dundee and David Skinner, writer.

9. Obligation by James Spens of Lathalland to Alexander Spens his second son, having spent a good part of his young years waiting in Edinburgh at all times of session pursuing David Kynneir of that ilk for his father, to get himself infeft in the halflands of Kittitye and Craigsanquhor once occupied by the deceased James and Robert Moreis and now by the said David Kynneir and thereafter to transfer title to the said Alexander. Edinburgh, 17 December 1599. Witnesses: George Spens, servitor to Mr Richard Spens, advocate, James Borthuik, writer and Andrew Lyndsay and Robert Balfour his servants.

10. Contract at Newhous of Lochlevin 16 February 1595 between Alexander Spens son to James Spens of Lathallane on the one part and Andrew Howburne son to Patrick Howburne of Tilliboll on behalf of Janet Dowglass relict of Alexander Robertsone in Cragow and Robert Robertsone her son on the other part whereby Alexander agrees to get a precept of clare constat from his father to enter the said Janet to Drumghar Zairds in the town of Perth and to transfer his right in a contract made between the deceased Alexander Robertson and him to the said Andrew in return for an unspecified sum. Witnesses: David Barclay of Stuey, William Duncan (Chirurgeon) burgess of Dundy and Hewie Dowglas.

11. Discharge by John, Earl of Rothes to Alexander Spens of Lathalland for writs concerning the lands and barony of Condland [25 documents, 1603-1614 listed]. Leslie, 21 June 1622. Witnesses: James Ayttoun servitor to the granter, Mr David Ayttoun, younger in Edinburgh, Robert Balfour servitor to Michael Arnot of that ilk, Andrew Beathe in Leslie, David Andersone, Gawine Wemys writer hereof and Robert Bonstoun servitor to the said David Anderson.

12. Nomination by Janet Forratt residenter at Lathalleand of Thomas and Helen Spens lawful children to Nathaniel Spens of Lathalleand as her executors [name of David Spens apparently cut out] especially for a sum owed by Margaret Moncreife, lady of Lathalleand elder and she leaves in legacy to Nathaniel Spens her master for his kindness her bygone fees, £20 in the hands of John Rumgay elder in Cordies Meallemy, £8:11:- in the hands of Christian Rodger in the Coattoune of Cassingray and £3 in the hands of James Bred tailor in Kilconquhar. At Lathalleand, 9 February 1669. Witnesses: John Pittillock and James Seivewright indweller on the ground of Lathalleand, William Knell, notary attests granter’s signature.


  • Creation: 1521-1812.

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