King James VI Hospital Rental Books
The King James VI Hospital was established in 1569, its remit to raise money on behalf of the "poor and indigent members of Jesus Christ" through the adminstration of the former monastic lands of Perth prior to the Reformation some nine years earlier.
In 1891, R. Milne transcribed the original rental books of the Hospital, covering the 16th and 17th Centuries. I have scoured through the books to find the names of all of those listed as weavers (websters, brabonars, etc), though as the majority of those named in the book do not have occupations listed beside them, there are undoutedly more. The following are those names, with the full transcriptions as recorded by Milne - the names which do not have 'weaver' etc written beside them are indexed with the occupation, and hence are also presented here.
(For weavers listed in later 18th and 19th Century chartularies from the Hospital, as transcribed by myself, see the next page).
The Old Rental Book of
The just rental of St. Laurence altar, lying within the burgh of Perth, presently in the hands of Mr William Rynd, alive (Upon Saturday, the 9th of August, 1628, Mr William Rynd departed this present life)
Item, the land lying in the north side of the Southgate, pertaining to James Young and Stevin Black’s heirs, and now to William Haitlie, and John Dron, Webster, pays yearly – viii sh (Betwixt them: ilk land iiii sh.).
The rental of the feu maills and annals of the Charterhouse
Item, the heirs of umquhill James Young, currier, “
The rental of St. Peter’s altar in use of payment (undated).
Item, that land laying on the north side of the
The rental of the Confraternity altar pertaining to umquhill Sir Robert Rollok.
Item, “furth of” the same land – iii sh. iiii d., which land lies in the Southgate, on the north part thereof, betwixt the land of Robert Adamson, Webster, on the east, and umquhill Thomas Peblis, on the west.
(NB: Adamson is also indexed under Adam)
Rental of the Confraternity altar, called also Trinity, summed in the foundation.
Item, “furth of” Richard kelt’s land, after Thomas Day’s, now John Elder, ____ land lying betwixt Robert Adam, webster’s, land on the east, now; and Thomas Peblis’, now Robert Chapman’s, on the west – 6 sh. 8 d. Warrant, a charter made by Richard Kelt, 19th July, 1495.
The rental of Saint Barbara’s altar, pertaining to Sir John Swyntoun (living). Patron, the Charterhouse.
Item, the land pertaining to Thomas Day and James Byn (Bene), Webster, on the north side of the Southgate, betwixt the lands of Oliver Craigie and Robert Law, yearly – twenty shillings.
Rental Nomine Jesu.
Item, James Bene’s, alias Keir’s, lands, foreland – two marks, and the inner land inhabited by James Murray
The rental of St. Blaise altar
Item, the land pertaining to Thomas Day, and James Bene, Webster, on the north side of the
The rental of Saint Blais’ altar pertaining to the said Sir Alex, Swyntoun, departed.
Item, the lands of William Johnston without the
The rental of the altar “Nomine Jesu”, founded by John Tyrie, Provost of Methven, 28 February, anno 1518; confirmed the penult day of March, 1519. Patrons, Provost and Council.
Item, James Bene’s land, alias Ker’s foreland – 2 marks, good payment.
The rental pertaining to
Record of Obits.
A decrete of the obits, 1565, penult March, before the Lords, and more “decretes” of the Provost and Bailies of
Item, the obit of Patrick Wellis, four marks; and thereof xl sh. “furth of” William Johnson’s land on the north side of the Northgate, betwixt the land of James Donyng on the west, and the Bishop of Athens’ land on the east; and xiii sh. d., “furth of” the lands of the Laird of Gormok, betwixt the water of Tay, and passage to the common closets, on the west : who deceased the fourth day of July, 1516 years. (Thos. Craigdallie’s, Donald Johnstone’s, Thomas Johnstone’s, and Andrew Mathew).
I, Andrew Arnott, eldest lawful son to Archibald Arnott, sometime writer in Perth (with the special advice and consent of Master Robert Lundie, present Provosot of the said Burgh, Thomas Craigdallie, late baillie there, John Arnott, notary there, and Robert Arnott of Easter Rynd, my lawful curators for their interest), heritor of that tenement of land lying upon the south side of the High Street of the said Burgh, acquired by my aid deceased father from John Campsie, merchant in Londonderry, and bounded betwixt the lands of the heirs of umquhill Gorge Tilliallan, and backland pertaining to Patrick Gow on the east, the backland of Robert Somerville on the west, the yards pertaining to Laurence Kylly (Kyle), elder and younger, on the south, and the said North Street on the north, do, by these presents, bind and oblige me, my heirs and successors in the said tenement, to pay yearly in time coming, to the present Masters of Hospital of Perth, and their successors, Masters of Hospital, in name of the poor members of Jesus Christ, residient within the said Burgh, present and to come, the sum of forty shillings money Scots of yearly altarage duty, of old payable to St. Ninian’s altar, and now to the said Hospital; beginning the first year’s payment thereof at the term of Whitsunday next to com, 1681 years. By these presents, written by the above-named John Arnot, and subscribed by me and my said curators, at
John Whyt, witness. J. Arnott, consents.
Hew Chalmers, witness. Robert Arnott, consents.
Obligation (9 APR 1688)
I, John Hoige, merchant in Perth, and James Hoige, my lawful son, bind and oblige us, our successors, and assignees, possessors of that tenement of land, fore and back yard and pertinents, lying on the south side of the Northgate, and westward from the Market Cross of Perth, which sometimes pertained to umquhill John Schioch, merchant, thereafter to the said John Schioch his heirs, thereafter to the said John Schioch his heirs, thereafter to James Schioch, merchant, and now to me, the said John Hoige, in life rent, and to me, the said James Hoige, in fee, bounded betwixt the tenement of land of umquhill Thomas Lockhart, now of James Prayne, tailor, or Laurence Kyle, weaver, on the east, the fore-tenemnt of land, now of George Wilson, wright, and back tenement of land and yard, now of Mathew Wilson, wright, on the west, the yard sometime of umquhill John Andrew, tailor, thereafter of Robert Andrew, tailor, his son, now of Henry Gourley, maltman, on the south, and the said Northgate on the north parts, to content and pay yearly, and each year thereoutof, the sum of forty-six shillings eight pennies money Scots, to the poor members of Jesus Christ, resident within the said Burgh, and to their Masters of Hospital, present and to come, in their names; which duty was formerly paid yearly out of the said tenement of land, fore and back, yard, &c., viz. : - twenty shillings money thereoutof to St. Peter’s altar, and the remanent twenty-six shillings eight pennies to the obits: and now is due yearly to the said poor members of Jesus Christ, by virtue of King James the Sixth, his gift; beginning the first year’s payment of the said yearly duty at the term of Whitsunday 1688 years, for this current year before the said term, and yearly thereafter, in all time coming, at the said term of Whitsunday. In witness whereof, we both have subscribed these presents with out hands at Perth, the 9th day of April, 1688 years, before these witnesses, William Chapman, present deacon of the tailors of Perth, henry Miller, merchant there, and Patrick Robertson, merchant there, writer hereof.
Rental Book of 1606.
South Side of the Northgate (From the Cross to the
Rental Book of 1619.
The rental of St. Blaise altar
Item, the land lying without the “Castlegavill” port, sometime pertaining to umquhill William Lamb, now to George Wood – betwixt the land of umquhill James Elder on the north, the land of Walter Henderson, skinner, on the south, the yard of Patrick Crie on the west, the common street on the east, pays yearly, “furth of” the said – xviii sh. (Now David Jack’s)
The rental of the annuals sometime paid to the Abbot, and Convent of
Item, the land lying on the south side of the Northgate, sometime pertaining to umquhill Robert Spence, syne to George Johnstone, elder, now to John Mar, brabonner – bounded by the land of George Johnstone, younger, on the east, the common wall on the west, the yard of umquhill James Malice, now pertaining to the heirs of Peter Balmanno, on the south, the Northgate on the north part, pays yearly – x sh. (Now William Mercer’s).
The rental of the Confraternity altar, founded by Mr John Irland, Vicar of
Item, the land on the north side of the Southgate, pertaining to John Elder, flesher – betwixt the land of Mr William Chapman on the west, the land of umquhill Robert Adam, Webster, on the east, pays yearly – vi sh. viii d.; more, “furth of” the said (?) land yearly – iii sh. iiii d. (Now the heirs of Lachlan Farquharson and Fenton, his relict).
The rental of St. Tennent’s (Adamnan’s) altar
Item the land lying on the north side of the
The rental and foundation of
Item, “furth of” the land lying on the north side of the Southgate, sometime pertaining to umquhill Robert Ray, and now to ____ Johnston, braboner – the land of Laurence Wilson on the east, the land of the heirs of umquhill Adam Wilson on the west, pays yearly – xiii sh. iiiid. (To be found out by the Town Clerk).
The Rental of Nomine Jesu altar, founded by John Tyrie, Provost of Methven, 28 February, 1515; confirmed the penult of March, 1519. Patrons, Provost and Council.
Item, the land lying on the north side of the
Rental book of 1631
(Thomas Dae’s and James Beene’s, sometime William Johnston’s, Webster, now _____ )
Item, their land and yard, to
Sometime Thomas Dae’s and James Beene’s, now William Johnston’s.
Item, their land and yard, to St. Tennent’s, (Adamnan’s) altar – xx sh. (St. Tennent).
Pat. Mugg (and Patrick Crie’s heirs, Elspeth Merser).
Item, their land, pertaining sometime, with the yards, to Andrew Henderson, to St. peter’s – vii sh. (St. peter’s).
John Dron. (Now James Kerr’s)
Item, his land sometime pertaining to Stephen Black, tailor, to the Charterhouse, of feu-maill, by decreet – xxviii sh. iiii d. (Charterhouse).
More, thereoutof, to St. Laurence’s altar – iii sh. (St. Laurence).
Item, out of the Hospital land, sometime Alex. Snell’s land, to the Charterhouse, of feu-duty – xxiiii sh. (Charterhouse).
More, thereoutof, conform to the ante-infeftments, to “Holy Blood” altar – viii sh. (“Holy Blood”).
Which annual rents are wadset, by the Session and by the Masters of Hospital, to the said John Dron, as the contract bears.
Summa particulae is iii lib. 4 sh. iiii d. (£3 4s 4d).
Rental Book of 1667-68
North side of the Southgate
Item, that land, lying as said is, sometime pertaining to John Dron, thereafter to James Carr, tailor, and now to Laurence Kyle, “brabonar” – bounded betwixt the lands now of William Sharp and Christian Hatlie on the west, the land and yard, sometime of the said James Carr, on the east, the land of John Campsie, merchant in Londonderry, on the north, and the Southgate on the south parts, pays yearly, to the Charterhouse, and now to the said Hospital, of feu-maill – 00 : 08 : 00.
Item, that other land, lying contigue therewith, now a yard pertaining to the said James Carr, and Laurence Kyle, pays yearly t the Charterhouse, and now to the Hospital, of feu-maill – .
Item, more, thereoutof, to St. Laurence altar – .
Item, more, thereoutof, to Holy Cross altar – .
These were wadset by the session, by way of contract, to John Dron, and were never in use of payment since (but there is a decreet now against Robert Hutson for the 28 sh.).
Laurence Kyle, younger (now the town of
Item, that land, lying as said is, sometime pertaining to Henry Crie, “braboner”, and now to ______ Crie, his daughter, and Laurence Kyle, younger, her husband – bounded betwixt the said yard of the said James Carr on the west, the lands now of Archibald Arnott on the east, the yard now of James Wilson on the north, and the Southgate on the south parts, pays yearly to St. Margaret’s altar, and now to the said Hospital – 00 : 08 : 00. This was paid to Janet Robertson during her life-time. (This 8 sh. is instructed in the foundation of St. Margaret’s altar.)
South side of the Southgate
Item, more, “
East side of the Skinnergate, within the Port.
The heirs of Patrick Dundie (now Thomas Martin, glover, Robert Gairdner, maltman)
Item, that land, back and fore, lying as said is, pertaining to the heirs of Patrick Dundie – bounded betwixt the lands of Alex. Nairne on the north, the lands of the heirs of John Elder on the south, the lands of the heirs of Harry Crie on the east, and the aid Skinnergate, on the west parts, pays yearly to St. John Evangelist’s altar, and now to the said Hospital – 00 : 13 : 04.
William Crie (now Robert Miller, maltman).
Item, that land, lying on the east neuk of the Newrow, beside
This has not been in use of payment since the demolishing thereof by the English.