Eustace Rough

The king's majesty, nobility, council and estates presently convened, having heard and considered the overtures made by Eustace Rough tending to the advancement and augmentation of his highness's rents and revenues of his crown above the sum of 100,000 merks yearly by his means, diligence and service, have concluded and resolved according to his own desire that whatsoever commodity and profit his majesty shall receive by his said means and service shall be appropriated to the crown and revenues thereof and annexed thereto perpetually for his majesty and his successors, and that [Thomas Lyon of Baldukie], his highness's treasurer, or his depute, present and to come, shall have intromission therewith in his majesty's name and to his use, and in no way applied nor conveyed according to his accustomed liberality to any his highness's favourers or domestic servants, deducting and allowing always the tenth part of the said profit to the said Eustace, his heirs and the nearest of his blood, whether they be men or women, which his majesty, with advice of the said lords, gives and conveys, with titles of honour correspondent to this, his service, appointing the same in memory thereof to remain with him and his posterity for ever; which tenth part and all other goods, gear, gold, silver, lands, possessions and others whatsoever purchased and to be purchased and conquest by him shall remain with him and his heirs and the nearest of his blood, whether they be men or women as said is, forever, not subject to confiscation or forfeiture for any cause, crime or offence whatsoever, and the punishment only to be extended to their person according to the quality of the offence; for assurance whereof and of all and sundry the premises for his majesty's part, his highness has ordained the commissioners of his burghs to be convened with all convenient expedition, through which they may be moved to become cautioners to this effect. Moreover, his majesty promises to cause justice and punishment be executed on the persons which cruelly murdered and killed the late Nicolas Wanraust, servant to the said Eustace, in his majesty's service, that by the example thereof he may have the better assurance of his own life and not to be troubled nor hindered now in this his highness's service.

  1. NAS, PC1/13, p.36. Back