Charter: regarding the dowry of Margaret of Denmark, dated 11 October 1473

James, by the grace of God king of Scots, to all good men of all his land, clergy and laymen, greeting; and to our allies and friends to whom the present letters shall come, greeting. Know that, through mature consideration and with the advice and consent of the estates of our realm gathered in our parliament held at Edinburgh, we have given and granted, and by the presents give and grant, to the most serene lady, Lady Margaret, queen of Scotland, our dearest consort - in recompense for the third part of the property of our kingdom and the revenues of the property of the same kingdom, otherwise [due] to our said dearest spouse by virtue of the marriage agreed and promised between our ambassadors on one part and the most distinguished prince, Christian [I], by the grace of God king of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Goths and the Slavs, our dearest father, on the other part - our lands, lordships, customs and fermes underwritten with all their pertinents and annexes, namely all of our lordship of Galloway, both this side of the water of Cree and beyond it, with the customs and burghal fermes of our burghs of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown, and the castle of Threave in the same lordship of Galloway; and all of our lordship of our forest of Ettrick, with the tower and manor of Newark in the said forest; and all of our lordship of Stirlingshire and Tillicoultry, with our castle of Stirling, and with the great custom and burghal fermes of Stirling; and all of our lordship of Strathearn, with the great custom of our burgh of Perth; and all of our lordships of Menteith, Strathgartney and Balquhidder, with our castle of Doune in Menteith; and all of our lordship of Kinclaven; and all of our lordship of Methven, with our castle of Methven; and all of our lordship of Linlithgowshire, with our palace of Linlithgow, and with the great customs and burghal fermes of our burgh of Linlithgow. Having and holding all the said lordships, lands, castles, palace, tower, manor, customs and burghal fermes, with their pertinents and annexes, to our aforesaid dearest consort Margaret, queen of Scotland, as the recompense aforesaid, for all the term of her life, if we, James, king of Scots, happen to decease before our same dearest consort, in woods, plains, muirs, marshes, roads, footpaths, waters, ponds, streams, meadows, pastures and pasturages, mills, multures and the appurtenances thereof; hawking, hunting and fishing; peat-muirs, turbaries, coal-mines, quarries, stone and lime, smithies, maltings, heaths and broomlands; with courts and their issues, heriots, blood-wits and merchets of women; with pit and gallows, sok, sac, toll, theame, infangthief and outfangthief; with the presentations and advowsons of churches and chaplainries; and with all and sundry other liberties, profits and easements and their just appurtenances whatsoever, whether or not named, belonging to the aforesaid lordships, lands, castles, palace, tower, manor, customs [and] burghal fermes, or, in future, in whatsoever manner coming justly to belong to them, freely, tranquilly, fully, wholly, honourably, well and at peace, without any reservation or opposition, of us, our heirs and successors during the life of our same dearest consort, should it happen that we, James, the king, happen to decease before her, as aforesaid. And we have also granted, and by the tenor of the present [charter] grant, to our said dearest consort, the lands and lordships aforesaid, with the pertinents previously stated, with tenements, tenants and services of freeholders. In witness whereof our great seal is appended, together with the seals of diverse prelates, peers, earls, barons and burgh commissioners gathered in our aforesaid parliament, in the presence of the three estates of our realm, as signal of their consent and assent, at Edinburgh on 11 October 1473, and in the fourteenth year of our reign.

  1. NAS, Register of the Great Seal, C2/7/1/64, ff.34r-v. Back
  2. The date may refer to when this charter was made, and not to when parliament was sitting. Back