A royal letter, dating from 1598, sent by King James VI of Scotland to the Laird of Balnagown, George Ross. From the letter, it seems a Danish ship has beached close to Tain and the goods and the ship had been stolen. The Laird of Balnagown is being held responsible for the actions of his clansmen, with the King demanding he brings those responsible to justice.
"To the Laird of Balnagown.
Richt traist freind We greit you hertlie wele having ressavit a Ire from our dearest broder the King of Denmark in favor of Abraham Dewar in Hyrome wtin his bounds requesting . . . justice against certain our rebellis dwelling wtin yor bounds qlkis reft and spulzeit his schip and guids upon or North Cost at Ross qlkis for ye maist ar yor awin tenentis . . . and in the toun qrof ye ar Provest quhais names this berer will schaw you .... chairge . . that ye convene the forsaids persones our rebellis befor you wkmt forder delay and in pns. of this berer ayther tak order with thame for restitution of the honest mans guids or avail yrof ... or ellis ye bring and put thame heir befor our justice .... as ye will anser to us upon yor obeydience Sua we comit yo to God. from holyrude house ye four of Deer- 1598. James R."
|B. NO. 683
|Clan Ross Documents / Documents
|November 22nd, 2021
|Tain & District Museum