Letters: made regarding the lands and rights of the Adam de Tyninghame, bishop of Aberdeen

Robert, by the grace of God king of Scots, to the venerable father John [de Peebles], bishop of Dunkeld, our chancellor, greeting. Since in our council held at Perth on the 7th of this month of June we declared that it was not, and is not, our intention in the grant of the lands of Formartine made by us to our firstborn son John [Stewart], earl of Carrick and steward of Scotland, to give or transfer to him the second teinds due from the fermes and rents of his lands to the church of Aberdeen and the bishops of Aberdeen who shall be for the time, nor that by reason of such a donation any impediment might be caused to paying the said teinds or for them to be delayed by whatsoever colour or cause, as it neither is nor ought to be our intention in whatsoever other donations made by us to hurt or diminish the same church of Aberdeen or the bishop of Aberdeen who shall be for the time; and also our firstborn son, present in the same place, declared that in the donation made by him to our beloved nephew James de Lindsay of the aforesaid lands of Formartine, he had understood that the right of the church of Aberdeen and the bishops of Aberdeen who shall be for the time was and is excepted, and [is] to remain with them unharmed and free; from the deliberation of the said council we instruct you that you cause our letters patent under the great seal to be made to the venerable father Adam [de Tyninghame], bishop of Aberdeen, concerning the aforesaid teinds and others similarly to our sheriffs of Aberdeen and Banff for distraining for [the teinds] in due form. Given under our privy seal at Perth on the 8th day of the aforesaid month of June, in the twelfth year of our reign [8 June 1382].

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[Letters patent made on 8 June 1382, addressed generally and acting on the privy seal precept above (1382/6/2). The alternate sections are provided here.]

Robert, by the grace of God king of Scots, to all his good men of to whom the present letters shall come, greeting.

[. . . etc., as in 1382/6/2, as far as 'unharmed and free'.]

Wherefore we firmly order and command our sheriffs of Aberdeen and Banff and their bailies that, for paying the aforementioned second teinds to the venerable father in Christ Adam [de Tyninghame], bishop of Aberdeen, you should distrain the aforementioned lands of Formatine and their inhabitants, and also the other lands within your bailiaries from which similar second teinds are owed to the said church of Aberdeen, for similarly paying [the teinds] to this aforesaid bishop. In testimony of which matter we have caused these our letters patent, to be revealed to you and which shall remain in the hands of the aforementioned bishop, to be made for him, at Perth on 8 July in the twelfth year of our reign [1382].

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Robert, by the grace of God king of Scots, to our beloved son Alexander Stewart, lord of Badenoch, greeting. Adam [de Tyninghame], by the grace of God bishop of Aberdeen, recently coming to our presence, beseeched earnestly that we should return his lands of Birse with the inhabitants of the same from Farquhar MacIntosh and his adherents, safe, together and unharmed, offering himself in the same place, in the view of our council, to stand to law for himself whenever it should please this Farquhar to prosecute [him] according to the form of law. And therefore we command you strictly by way of an order that, having seen the present [letters], calling this Farquhar to your presence, you compel him, if necessary by our royal authority, for a sufficient surety to be given to you that the same bishop and his aforesaid lands, with the inhabitants of the same, are unharmed by him and all his adherents, unless perchance he wishes to prosecute the said bishop according to law, in which case we wish that full justice should be done to him, and you should not fail in this under all appropriate penalty. Given under our seal at Methven on 7 June in the twelfth year of our reign [1382].

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John [Stewart], earl of Carrick, steward of Scotland, first-born son of the illustrious king of Scotland, to our most-beloved brother Alexander Stewart, lord of Badenoch, and to the sheriff of Inverness who shall be for the time, greeting and goodwill. The venerable father in Christ Father Adam [de Tyninghame], by the grace of God bishop of Aberdeen, has related to our said lord the king and to us in the council held at Perth on 7 June, gravely complaining, that Farquhar MacIntosh has inflicted grave harm by means of himself and his men to [the bishop's] ecclesiastical lands and inhabitants of Birse in past times, and hitherto has daily attacked the same lands and men with such threats and terrors that, as a result of fear, the aforesaid inhabitants are neither able nor prepared to remain in their homes, to inhabit the land, nor otherwise to live in peace as faithful men, nor to enjoy their goods. Which lord bishop, in the sight of the said council, declared himself ready to our lord king and ourself to stand to law against the said Farquhar upon the claim, if he should wish to prosecute legitimately against him concerning the said lands, at an opportune place and time. And he found surety concerning this in the same place for our lord king and us, humbly beseeching that our said lord king and we return him and his aforesaid lands of Birse, with the inhabitants of the same, safe and unharmed, from the said Farquhar MacIntosh and his adherents, as we are obliged to do. Wherefore we beseech you, most beloved brother, and, by the authority entrusted to us, strictly order and command you and the sheriff of Inverness who shall be for the time, from the deliberation of the said council, that when and as often as you are both asked, or either of you is asked, by the said lord bishop of Aberdeen or on his behalf, you shall force this Farquhar by royal authority to provide sufficient surety to you so that the same bishop and his aforesaid lands, with the inhabitants and goods of the same, will be unharmed by this Farquhar and his adherents, and that no trouble, harm nor annoyance will be inflicted by him on them, nor instigated to be inflicted by them, against the form of law; and you shall command this to them under pain of the loss of life and limbs and of all things which can be lost by resistance to our lord king and us, telling the same Farquhar that if he wishes to prosecute the said lord bishop according to the form of law in the presence of our lord king or us, we shall cause full justice to be done to him. In testimony of the foregoing we have caused our seal to be appended to the present letters to remain in the hands of the said lord bishop and for them to be shown to you since it is necessary. Given at Perth on 8 June A. D. 1382.

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