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St John the Baptist Church OBITs

 

Over 50 obits from around the 15th century for the Church of St John the Baptist in Ayr.

The book containing these was written by James Paterson (1848) and has been transcribed by Mairi Frew. The book contains the original Latin and translations and some notes on the land and areas mentioned in the Obits.  Some of the Obits are a bit long and contain a lot of details regarding the masses and lessons to be used so they are not all copied in their entirety.  

  

1.  January

The OBIT of Michael Walker, burgess of Ayr and Christina Housone, his spouse, which Christina died the 3rd day of the month of January in the year of our Lord 1525, and Christina both for herself and her said husband founded an anniversay annually to be celebrated in the parish church of Ayr......................yearly revenue to be annually levied.....three shillings and fourpence from the tenement of Matthew Aird, lying in the said burgh of Ayr between the tenement of the late Alexander Johnsone on the west, and the tenement of the late Hugh Housone on the east, and two shillings and eightpence from the tenement of the said late Hugh Housone, lying the the said burgh between the tenement of the said Matthew Aird on the west part and the tenement of Andrew Bisbe on the east part.  

2. January

The OBIT of Mr Duncan Pethede, formerly rector of Ayr and Mr Richard Pethede, canon of Ross, vicar of Stevenston in the diocese of Glasgow, which same Mr Duncan died the 10th day of January 1449, which Mr Richard before his own death founded an obit and anniversay in the parish church of Ayr for the safety of the soul of the said late Mr Duncan his uncle,....................six shillings and eightpence from the tenement of Walter Wilkyne, lying in the burgh of Ayr in the Donis gait, between the tenement of Sir William Michell on the south part on one, the tenement of Patrick Wilkason on the north and other parts, four shillings from the tenement of Donald Aslovame, in the foresaid street, between the tenement of Allan Coll on the one part, and the tenement of William Dixsone on the other part.  

3. February

The OBIT of John Dixsone, burgess of Ayr who died on 9th September 1513 under the banner of JAMES IV in the dreadful battle of Flowdon, and Margaret Masone his spouse who died 5th February 1527, which Margaret for herself and her said husband founded an anniversary to be annually celebrated .............................eight shillings of yearly revenue to be annually levied from the back tenement of the said Margaret situated between the tenement of Thomas Brown, junior on the north part and the tenement of Thomas Achiller on the south part, and four shillings to be distributed to the poor on the day of the said death, to be annually levied from three short roods, namely from two of them in the hands of James Kennedy, lying between the lands of the Preaching Friars on the north and south parts and leading to the common road above the mill of Ayr on the east part, and ......one small rood lying in the middle of the croft of the late Alexander Boyman on both sides.....on the east part leading to the public road leading to the south gate of the said burgh, called the Kyle Port, and on the east part leading to the quarry of Ayr,.....before these witnesses, Alexander Raith, John Logane, Sir John Campbell chaplain with many others.  

4. February

The Obit of Sir William Petheid and Mr Patrick Petheid, lately preceptor of the blessed Mary of Grace who died 13th December 1485, and Mr Patrick Petheid who died 8th February 1497 which Mr Patrick from his tenement with the pertinents lying in the burgh of Ayr in the Sandgate between the tenement formerly of Sir William Michell on the north part and the tenement of Thomas Brown, shoemaker on the south part,founded and resigned into the hands of John Walker bailie of the said burgh, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue.............witnesses Sir Andrew McCormyll, notary, Thomas Brown altarist, Hugh Rolland, Sir George Huchonsoun, chaplain, John Brown blacksmith and John PalmareSir Andrew McCormyll notary to the premises. 

5. February

The Obit of Andrew Tennand, late burgess of Ayr and Elizabeth Mure his spouse which Andrew died 15th Feb 1530 , founded an anniversary.......bequethed to the choristers six shillings and eightpence of yearly revue.....from all and whole his tenement, back and front, with the garden thereof, lying in the forsaid burgh between the tenement of Thomas Layng on the south part, and the tenement of William Nichol on the north part.To this effect the said Andrew resigned the said six shillings and eightpence of annual revenue to be levied from his said tenement as above at the time of resignation made in favour of William Tennand his grandson and the son of his brother.  Which same William being at the time of the premises on 8th May 1531 in state and sasine......freely resigned by one penny of money the six shillings and eightpence of annual revenue...in the hands of Leonard Clerk, bailie of Ayr....witnesses George Wallace of Burnvele, Richard Rede, Patrick Michell and Robert McKnayit.  Gavin Ros, notary to the premises. 

6. February

The Obit of Patrick Ker, burgess of Ayr who died 17th February and Margaret Lindsay his spouse who died 12th December 1506, which Patrick in his life resigned by one penny as is usual, eight shillings of yearly revenue annually and in perpetuity to be levied from all and whole his tenement back and front with the pertinents in the hands of John Chalmer one of the bailies ..... Which tenement lies in the said burgh between the tenement of Nigel McCormyl on the east part, on the one, and the tenement of George Kennedy of Atiquyn on the west part,.......Which resignation having been made, and by the said ballie duly received, he gave sasine by a penny of the foresaid eight shillings of annual revenue to a discreet man Sir Henry Huntar, curate of the parish church of Ayr for the time being in the name of the choristers, present and to come, according to the form of the said resignation to be levied and taken in perpetuity.  Whereupon all and single the foresaid Sir Henry demanded instruments the third hour after mid-day.  These things were done upon the ground of the said tenement on 24 Dec 1508 in presence of Robert Clerk of Auldhall, alderman of Ayr, Alexander Boyman, George Nisbet, Thomas Neile, Hugh Rolland, Sirs William Reid and John Fair, chaplains and notaries public...Patrick Law, notary to the premises.  Sasine.  The Laird of Caprington, inhabitant.  Archibald Fergusson, inhabitant. 

7. March

The Obit of Sir John Sugenar, lately vicar pensioner of Ayr who died 11 March 1493, who many days before his death bestowed for the safety of his soul, six shillings and eightpence of annual revenue......from his whole tenement with the pertinents which he himself entirely constructed on any part of the same, lying in the burgh of Ayr between the tenement of David Carrick on the south part, and the public vennel which is called Giles Vennel leading to the church of St John, from the end of the Courthouse, on the north part, for ever to the chaplains and choristers of Ayr...........Andrew McCormyll, notary to the premises.  Thomas Kennedy of Ardmillan, inhabitant. 

8. March

The Obit of Thomas Sorlie who died 20th March 1438 who bequethed six shillings of yearly revenue from the tenement of George Symsone, lying between the tenement of James Bawzair on the one part and the tenement of John Alexander on the other part, towards the church of the Preaching-Friars.  John Fergusson, inhabitant. 

9. March

The Obit of Thomas Chepman burgess of Ayr and Christina Curle, his spouse, and Elizabeth Coldoun, spouse of John Chepman which Thomas died 22 March 1470 which John Chepman heir of the said Thomas moved by affection towards his parents gave to God and the choristers of the burgh of Ayr ......six shillings and eightpence annually to be levied from his Templar tenement, lying on the east part of the vennel leading from the Market Cross to the Water of Ayr and on the north part of the new tenement of John Blair of Adamton for a perpetual obit...........the before-mentioned choristers shall pay the bell-ringer and purveyor or wax for the funeral rites, for ever.  Witnesses the notary subscribing and also Andrew Adamsone, John Thomsone, John Dixsone, Alexander Legait, William Chiftane, with many others.  Sir Andrew McCormylle, notary to the premises.  Hugh Wallace, inhabitant. 

10. March

The Obit of Adam Mure, sometime burgess of Ayr who died 29 March 1487 and Margaret Rychard his spouse which same Adam for the safety of his soul...........six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue to be annually lifted from all and whole his tenement with the pertinents lying in the said burgh, between the tenement of John Chepman on the south part, and the tenement of the late Thomas Black, burgess of the foresaid burgh on the north part........then gave possession of the foresaid annual revenue to Sir Arthur Reid chaplain in name of the church and priests of the choir.  In presence of a respectable man Sir John Rychardsone, rector of Kirkdaill, Thomas Tayte, Alexander Rayth, William StrathachinSir Andrew McCormill, notary to the presmises.  Andrew Davison, inhabitant. 

11. March

The Obit founded in 1542 by Mr George Lockert, dean of Glasgow in the church of St John of Ayr, to be celebrated by himself alone for the souls of James Lockert, his father and Mariote Multray his mother on the last day of March which day the said Mariote died in 1500.  And after the death of the said dean on the day of his death for the dean himself and his brother Mr John Lockert and their parents for which service the chaplains of the said church shall have twelve shillings of yearly revenue from the tenement of Robert Neil lying on the back part of the same in the said burgh between the tenement of William Nisbet on the south part and the tenement of James Schaw and John Redman on the north part......................William Hamilton, inhabitant. 

12. April      

The Obit in memory of a good man, namely Hugh Housoune, late burgess of the burgh of Ayr who died 8th Aporil 1481 and also of Mariote Multray his spouse who died the last day of March in 1500, who bequethed six shillings and eightpence of annual revenue from their tenement in the said burgh, lying between the tenement of Andrew Busby on the south part, and the tenement of David Campbell of Clongaw on the north part, to be lifted annually at the two usual terms for a yearly obit on the 8th day of April to be annually celebrated on the same by the choristers of the choir of the church of St John the Baptist, in perpetuity.  J. Laidlaw, inhabitant. 

13. April

The Obit of William Chapel, burgess of Ayr and Janet Huchsone, his spouse, who gave to God and the church and the chaplains of the choir of the church of St John from their tenement with pertinents, in the said burgh in the "Vordgait" between the lands lately belonging to James Brown, tailor, on the east part, and the lands of Finlay Inglis, now the property of John McYlgerrew, bell-ringer and Adam (  ) on the (  ) part, the back part of which tenement so resigned lies towards the tenement of John Dalrymple on the south part, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue,............which William died 17th April 1507 Sir Andrew McCormyll notary to the premises.  Michell Cross and John Godman, inhabitants. 

14. April

The Obit of Michael Makylroy, burgess of Ayr, who died 18th April 1501, who during his life resigned in the hands of Arthur Hunter bailie of Ayr, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue to be annually levied from his tenement with the pertinents lying between the tenement of Christina Rychartone on the north part and the tenement lately belonging to Patrick White on the south part, ....... Present, Thomas Johnsoun, Thomas Ryche, James Presten, John McYlcardy, Mr Robert Gamyll, chaplain and prebendary of Maybole, and Hugh Rolland together with the notary subscribing.  Andrew McCormyll notary to the premises.  Robert McIlroye, one of the inhabitants. 

15. April

The Obit of William Fary, late burgess of Ayr who died 20th April in the year of our Lord 1306, who left seven roods of land, lying in the croft between the mill and dove-cot of the Friars-Preachers of Ayr, at the disposal of the choir of Ayr and choristers of the same, for a yearly obit to be celebrated with placebo, dirige, and mass in singing, in all time coming, on the morrow of the day of the decease of the foresaid William, in perpetuity.  George Kennedy, one of the inhabitants.

16. April

The Obit of Katrine Thomsone, burgess of the burgh of Ayr who died 25th April  1525 which same Katrine gave to Almighty God and for the safety of her soul, eight shillings of yearly revenue ..................her tenement with the pertinenets lying in the said burgh, between the Bridge of Ayr on the north part, and the tenement of Finlay Inglis on the south part, .............. Which yearly revenue the foresaid woman resigned in the hands of Robert Clerk, bailie for the time being and the foresaid bailie gave possession to a worthy man, Mr Edward Blare, vicar of Ayr, as then parson, in name and on the part of the said choristers of the foresaid annual revenue and invested and inducted him, in presence of many witnesses the 27th March in the year of our Lord 1484. Which same tenement Alexander Lokart, burgess of the said burgh, purchased, and from the back part of the tenement of Robert Neill, burgess of the same burgh, eight shillings of the said yearly revenue for safety at the said anniversay on the day above written.

17. April

The Obit of Alexander Rayth, late burgess of Ayr who died 13th April 1495 and Elizabeth Kennedy, Marjorie Cunyghame, and Mariote Dreghorn, his relatives from whom, a provident man, Sir John Rayth, priest, son and heir of the foresaid Alexander and Elizabeth has given up, by resignation, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue, in the hands of Robert Clerk, bailie for the time being, to be annually levied by equal portions from the tenement of the said resignee, lying in the said burgh between the tenement of Patrick White on the north part, and the tenement lately of John Gybsone on the south part, on the way to the shore, and infeft the priests of the choir of the foresaid burgh, for a yearly obit to be annually celebrated for the souls of the foresaid Alexander, Elizabeth, Marjorie, and Mariote in all time coming...................Moreover it is to be remembered that the foresaid tenement is, at the present time, free from all yearly revenue, except the king's demands. And such is the principal annual revenue. And farther, the same is witnessed by circumspect men, Sir John Richardsone, rector of Kirkdall, Sir Bartholomew Calbrayth, Nicholas Syschert, John Hoge, Alexander Palmar, and Thomas Magay, severally with many others. Sir Andrew McCormill, notary to the premises. Bartholomew Rayt, an inhabitant.

18. May

The Obit of John White, and Agnes Chalmer his spouse who died 3 May 1467, who left five shillings from his tenement in the Sandgait, between the tenement of the late Lawrence Irvyne on the south part, and the tenement of the late Allan Coll on the north part, and also three shillings from his tenement in the same way, between the tenement of Sir Alexander Young on the south part, and the tenement of William Bysbye on the north part, to be annually.............. The late Thomas Kar, inhabitant. 

19. May

The Obit of John Park late burgess of Ayr who died 1456 who left six shillings to the chaplains and choristers present and to come in the choir of St John and twopence to the clerk, and fourpence for wax, and twopence for the bell to be annually levied from his tenement between the tenement of the Laird of Cauldwell on the one, and the tenement of Adam Davidsone on the other parts,.........   George Fary, inhabitant. 

20. May

The Obit of Robert Coll, William Coupar, and Isabella Coupland cousin of the foresaid Robert and William which Isabella gave to God and choristers.....eight shillings of annual revenue to be annually levied from her large south work, and ground above the same with pertinents lying in the said burgh, over against the Bridge of Ayr between the tenement formerly belonging to William Blenkinop on the one part, and the rest of the foresaid tenement of the said lately existing Robert Coll on the other part, which work with the foresaid ground the foresaid Isabella at her own expense has presently acquired for a perpetual annual anniversary to be celebrated on the sixth holiday before the festival of Pentecost annually for the founder herself and also for the said Robert Coll and William Coupar her cousins who has made resignation in the hands of John Walker bailie........Witnesses Mathew Wallas of Craigie, Adam Wischart, bailie, Symon Brovn and Martin Makee.  The which Isabella died the last day of August 1504.    David Schaw, inhabitant. 

21. May

The Obit of a provident man, Adam Wischart, late of the build and burgess of the burgh of Ayr, and Mariote Flegear his spouse who died 27 October 1521,......by a penny as the custom is, delivered into the hands of John Wischart his son, bailie of the said burgh.., eight shillings of annual revenue, usual money of Scotland.....from the tenement lying between the tenement of Martin McKnakill weaver on the one, and the tneement of Alexander Campble of Skerrington on the other parts ..................... Done the 16 July 1506.  Witnesses John Brown, George Nesbit, John Dixson, James Nycholl, Thomas Walkar, and John Bellesbank with divers others.   

22. May

The Obit of Sir James Strait, chaplain .......died 1492 who left eight shillings from the tenement of the late Alexander Allane, lying near to the common vennel to the bridge on the one part, and the tenement of the late William Mungumry on the other part which annual revenue to be paid all at once yearly.............. 

23. May

The Obit of John Wischart, late burgess and of the build of Ayr and John Wischart, his son and heir who died.....150.  Some time after his death, Adam Wischart son and heir of the foresaid late John and burgess of the said burgh,...resigned in the hands of George Nesbit one of the bailies of the said burgh by a penny as use is, ten shillings of annual revenue, ...from the conquest of the said Adam, with goods and disbursements of the said John, to be annually levied from all and whole the tneement of John McVyne and Jonet Lovre, with pertinents as well in front as in the back lying in the said burgh, between the tenement of Nicholas Wischert on the south part, and the waste land of the late John Kay on the north part,............Present at the same, Thomas Kennedy of Cassillis, Gaving Dalrymple, John Chalmer, Nicholas Wischert, Sir John Fair, and Patrick Law chaplains and notaries public, with divers other witnesses to the premises, specially called and required. David Wallace, an inhabitant. 

24. June

The Obit of William Dreghorne, late burgess of Ayr and Janet Logane his spouse, who died 14th June 1508, which William founded an anniversay....left six shillings and eight pence, usual money of Scotland to be annually levied .....from all and whole his tenement lying in the said burgh, between the tenement of the Laird of Grenane on the north part and the tenement of the late Gilbert Makmillan on the south part. Robert McMyllan, inhabitant. 

25. June

The Obit of a provident man, John Cochren, late burgess of the burgh who died 21 June 1526, which same John left the choristers of the choir of Ayr the sum of four pounds and eight shillings at the time of his decease for founding an anniversay for the said late John and Elizabeth Lile, his spouse.  The foresaid Elizabeth truly and fully paid the foresaid sum to the said choristers.  And more, the said choristers agreed to perform annually the foresaid anniversay with an obit mass.......and founded accordingly an annual revenue of six shillings and eightpence upon a certain tenement, strictly settled, within the said burgh for the said anniversary, annually to be celebrated on the day of the death of the said John, which truly the choristers of the said parish church of Ayr for the time being, with the said sum of four pounds and eight shillings , by the said Elizabeth, after deliberation have actually purchased six shillings and eightpence of annual revenue, money of Scotland, to be annually levied...............viz, four shillings and eightpence to be annually levied from all and whole the tenement of Lawrence Bowok, both before and behind, lying in the said burgh of Ayr between the tenement of John Johnsone on the east part, and the tenement of the Laird of Adamtone on the west part, and two shillings to be annually levied by the said choristers from all and whole the tenement of Patrick Ker, before and behind, lying in the said burgh, between the tenement of Richard Bannatyne on the east part and the tenement of Gilbert Kennedy of Balmakclanothane on the west part.  Which same annual revenue of six shillings and eightpence from the tenements before described, was purchased by the said choristers from Charles Tait of Clongall, which same Charles purely and simply resigned the said annual revenue on 14 August 1536, in the hands of George Wallacve bailie of Ayr..............before these witnesses Lawrence Bouok, Mathew Ard, and Laurence Huchsone. Archibald Osburn, one of the inhabitants and Archibald Fergusson, an inhabitant, pays this annual. 

26. July

The Obit of John Crawfurd, who died 13 July 1496 and Jonet Michell his spouse, which same Jonet and James Prestone her son, executors of the late foresaid John, by testamentary precept of the foresaid John, purchased with a sum of money from John Chepman burgess of Ayr, fourteen shillings and eightpence of annual revenue, formerly due to John Chepman himself, and yearly levied from the said tenement, lying in the said burgh, between the tneement of Adam Mure on the north part, and the tenement of Walter Thomsone on the south part, and on the east part by the vennel near the court-hall for a perpetual yearly obit...........Present, Sir John Rychardsone, rector of Kirkdaill, John Rolland, William Craig, Arthur Huntar, Robert Wyse, Patrick Quhite, and Thomas McGee.  Sir Andrew McCormill, notary to the premises. Panella Resyd, an inhabitant. 

27. July

The Obit of Patrick White burgess of Ayr who died 23 July 1496, and Helen Gallouaye, his spouse, who died 21 November 1495 which same Patrick resigned and gave up into the hands of Thomas Strait, bailie of the burgh foresaid, of a workshop on the north, with a portion of land at the back part, with pertinenets, from his tenement formerly belonging to the present Robert Cow, lying in the said burgh, between the tenement sometime belonging to Sir Arthur Reid, chaplain on the north part, and the tenement sometime belonging to William Blenkinhope on the south part, which said bailie truly of his sincere and true consent, resigned and gave possession......................therefore, in perpetuity it shall be allowed the present chaplains and their successors, chaplains, to let the foresaid workshop and the ground of the same, without demitting it, and to levy money from thence and convert it to their own use as often as they shall have need.  And to the foresaid infeftment, making as allowed, all and singular heirs to the said Patrick and Helen, full power by consent and assent. ....Present also at the resignation, made at Dalmeling, Sir Thomas Rolland, George Huchonsone, chaplains, William Blair, John Thomsone, junior, burgess of Ayr and Robert Hendersone.  Present at the sasine, Andro Busby alderman, Robert Clerk, bailie, Laurence Dalrumple, John Dalrumple, spouse of Marion Whit, one of the heirs, Thomas Dalrumple, heir of the same, and Mr Patrick Petheid.   Sir Andrew McCormill, notary to the premises. 

28. July

The Obit of John Chapell, late burgess of Ayr and Agnes Baillie his spouse who died 27 July 1533, which same John founded an anniversay to be annually celebrated...................the said John founded six shillings and eightpence of annual rent, money of Scotland, to be annually levied and paid to the said choristers of Ayr and their successors, in perpetuity, from his barn and lands lying near to that of James Young, lying without the south port of the said burgh, between the Kile Port and the croft lands of the Laird of Adamtone on the east part, and the common way leading to the said port, and the lands or place of Dupole on the west part, and the common way leading to the quarry and mill of Ayr on the south part. 

29. July

The Obit of Thomas Tait, late burgess of Ayr who died 28 July 1512, which Thomas truly, by a penny, as the custom is, resigned in the hands of Thomas Neill one of the bailies of the said burgh for the time being, thirteen shillings and fourpence of annual revenue yearly, and every year to be taken up and levied from all and whole his back tenement lying in the said burgh, between the tenement of the late William Rede on the east part, and the public way entering to the back door of John Broune on the west part, and other parts, which resignation thus made.....masses for the souls of the said Thomas and Margaret Colquhoun, his spouse,................which was done on the ground of the said tenement at the hour of ten before meridian, 4th December 1511,  Present at the same John Chepman, Hugh Rolland, John McIlcard, and James Pethede, witnesses called to the premises. The Sheriff of Ayr, inhabitant. 

30. July

The Obit of James Tait, late burgess of Ayr and Janet Clerk, his spouse who died 27 August 1536, which same James in his lifetime, namely the 15th October 1528 by a penny, as the custom is, in the hands of George Walles one of the baillies of the burgh of Ayr........six shillings and eightpence, usual money of Scotland of yearly revenue ..........from all and whole the tenement before and behind, of Thomas Jelle, lying in the said burgh of Ayr between the tenement of the late Thomas Malcum on the north part, and the tenement of the Preaching-Friars on the south part, in favour of the choristers............  Robert Adam, inhabitant. 

31. August

The Obit of David Butlar, late burgess of the burgh of Ayr and Elizabeth Mortone, which David died 2nd August 1491, who gave to God, and the chorister....six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue.......from his two tenements with their pertinents lying in the said burgh in the Cowgait, between the tenement of John Layng on the one part, and the tenement of William Wyisman on the other part, connected and divisable from the same, for a perpetual obit.................Done in presence of Mr Patrick Pethed, notary to this, and also present Andrew Busby, alderman, Adam Wyschert, Thomas Housone, baillies, Robert Multray, Thomas Strait, John Layng, William Nycholl, Sir Jasper Rolland, and Sir George Huchonsone, chaplain with many others.  Mr Patrick Pethed, notary to the premises.    William Cunyghame, caggar, inhabitant.  (note at the bottom Caggar or cogar, probably a maker of cogs or luggies) 

No. 33 August

The Obit of Arthur Huntar, somtime burgess of Ayr which same resigned into the hands of Thomas Tait, one of the bailies of said burgh, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue to be annually levied from his tenement in the small vennel leading from the Cross of Ayr to the water by and opposite to the large tenement of John Blair of Adamton, between the tenement sometime of James Brown on the one, and the tenement of the present Alexander Osburne on the other,.........and for Mariot Walkar, somtime his spouse, and at length the said bailie, in the name of the church, put Sir Thomas Rolland, present chaplain in honourable possession of the annual revue. Done 15th September 1501. Present John Walkar, William Blak, Thomas Adamsone, burgess and Nicholas Rolland.  The said Arthur Huntar died 12th August 1506

No. 34 August

Foundation, or direction at the death of an honourable man John Brown, burgess of Ayr and Mariote Petheir his spouse who died 9 November 1524, which John with charitable regard and for...................by his own acquisition, one mark, usual money of Scotland of yearly revenue from the tenement of Fergus Kennedy, brother-german to the Laird of Drimellane, lying in the burgh of Ayr, between the tenement of the said John Brown, the founder, on the south part on the one, and the tenement of the late William Campbell burgess of Ayr on the north part.  Moreover, ten shillings of yearly revenue from the tenement of Hugh Oisborn lying in the burgh of Ayr, between the tenement of Hugh Housone on the one part, and the tenement of the late James Mure of Achindrane on the other part, given, granted and bestowed.  Which same annual revenue (as follows) in perpetuity, presently and in future shall be thus disponed and divided.  First to the said choristers and priests of Ayr ten shillings, ..................they shall cause (also at their expense) the smaller bells to go through the town summoning the people to put forth prayers and intercede with God for the souls of the said John and Mariote, requiring and urging with a loud intelligle voice all the poor through each street to come to the obit mass of the same and receive alms for praying for the said John and Mariote...., to which poor, namely, to the appointed old leprous scholars, daily occupied and exercised in poor schools, and other debilitated poor, obscured by poverty, shall be given and distributed twelve shillings and fourpence of the said money as follows:- six shillings and eightpence in bread, and to each old person a cake of the value of a penny, and in like manner to poor scholars, and to other poor a cake of a penny between two poor shall be distributed, until the exhaustion of the said sic shillings and eightpence, and the founder himself also wishes that there be bought venison to the extent of thirty-twopence, and admin istered and given only to the old poor and leprous, also ordains that they buy a hard cheese, and that the remaining sum shall be disposed of in fresh fish - which failing, they shall buy cheese, and it shall be distributed as before ordered, that there be made an equal distribution to the said prescribed scholars, according to the quality and quantity of the bread distributed, which distribution of said twelve shillings and fourpence shall be made by the principal priest of the choir at the sight, ..................... (there are a few more details here then unfortunately there are two pages missing from the original) 

The first obit in September is only partly there as two pages have been lost in the original book, it mentions a Richard Reid bailie, and an Alexand whose wife is Elizabeth Red but not many other details. 

No.35. September

The Obit of William Johnsone, late burgess of Ayr who died 11 September 1515 who founded an anniversary to be annually celebrated.....also for the souls of the late Thomas Johnsone, brother of the founder, and Elesone Raith, spouse of Thomas himself...............thus annually celebrated, the said William has left the church and chorister of Ayr, presently existing and their successors, in perpetuity, ten shillings, money of Scotland of annual revenue to be annually and gathered from the tenement of Thomas Layng at two annual terms.....between the tenement of Andrew Tenand on the north part, and the tenement of Alexander McNedar on the south part, which annual revenue to be thus distributed namely two shillings to the poor in food and eight shillings to the choristers of the said church of Ayr.   Sir William Reid, notary to the premises. 

36. September

The Obit of Thomas Neill and Agnes Wischert, burgess of Ayr who died 13 September 1533, who moved by devotion has resigned by a penny, as the custom is, into the hands of John Chalmer one of the bailies....ten shillings of yearly revenue......from the whole and entire tenement of the late Nicholas Loure, lying in the said burgh, in the Sandgait of the same, between the tenement of Thomas Ker on the south part on the one, and the tenement of Agnes Makivyn on the north part on the other parts, in favour of the choristers...eight shillings to the foresaid choristers for an anniversay......and two shillings shall be given to the custodier of the light of the said alter..............................This was done upon the ground of the said tenement at the hour about four afternoon, on 16 February 1508 in the presence there of John Broun, elder, Alexander Boyman, Adam Wyschert, Alexander Rayth, Andro Tenand, James Prestone, and Sir William Reid, notary public with divers others. Robert Nicoll, inhabitant. 

No. 37 September

The Obit of a provident man Arthus Jhonsone, late of the guild and burgess of Ayr, and Jonet Ottirburn his spouse which Arthur died 14 September 1481.  Sometime after his death Alexander Jhonsone, burgess of the burgh of Ayr, son and heir of the said Arthur and Jonet, for the glory of God and the welfare of his said parents, for himself and his heirs, resigned by a penny into the hands of John Chalmer one of the bailies of Ayr for the time being, eight shillings of annual revenue, usual money of the kingdom of Scotland from his single villa, with pertinents as much in front as the rear, lying in the burgh of Ayr, between the tenement of John Wilson on the north part on the one, and a part of the waste land on the south part on the other  for a perpetual anniversay......................  This was done on the ground of the said tenement on 12 March at the hour of two past meridian, in 1506.  Witnesses to the premises:L David Cample of Clongall, Sir Henry Huntar, Jasper Rolland, chaplain, Alexander Boyman, John Fullartone, William Nycholl, junior, and John Neill, with divers others. John Wat, on of the inhabitants. 

No. 38 October

The Obit of Janet Glover a provident woman spouse of the late James Certane who died 3 October 1504, who also for the good of her soul has freely given to God and the church of St John the Baptist and choristers of the same ........, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue, to be annually levied from the above described lands and croft of the said Fergus Kennedy lying at the south end of the same burgh, between the common vennel on the east part, and his lands or croft on the west part, and the common vennel leading from the barn of Thomas Broun, before the parish church of Ayr on the south part, and the lands of John Dalrumple, now of James Curry  on ther north part, which annual revenue the foresaid Janet acquired from Thomas Reid for a certain sum of money.  Present at the premises, John Steill, John Hoge, John Curry, chaplain, Sir Matthew Broun, and Robert Gamyll.  Done in presence of Mr Patrick Pethed, notary to each of the premises. Margaret Michell Schaw, inhabitant. 

No. 39 October

The Obit of John Raye, late burgess of Ayr and Janet Hurne his spouse who died 8 October 1523, which same John left in his latter will, six merks and eight shillings, money of Scotland to the choristers of the parish church of Ayr, to found an anniversary...............with which sum the said choristers have bought six and eightpence of yearly revenue, annually to be levied from the whole and entire tenement of David Mure, lying in the Sandgait of the burgh of Ayr between the tenement of John Bouok on the north part, and the waste lands leading to the water of Done on the south part, which yearly revenue of six shillings and eightpence the said Margaret Masone, to whom it heritably belonged has purely and simply resigned in to the hands of Thomas Neill, baillie of Ayr for the time being by a penny, in favour of the choristers of the parish...........................This was done on the ground of the said tenement.  Sir John Fair, nortary to the premises. The Laird of Bargani, an inhabitant. 

No. 40 October

The Obit of Laurence Boyk, late burgess of Ayr, and Janet Pirre, his spouse who died 15 October 1535, which Laurence long before his death, namely the first day of October 1515, resigned into the hands of Andrew Johnsone, one of the bailies of Ayr for the time being, by the custom of a penny, as use is, in fabour of the choristers of the church of St John, eight shillings of yearly revenue to be annually levied........, from the whole and entire of his tenement before and behind, lying in the burgh of Ayr, between the tenement of the late Allan Boyman on the south part,, and the tenement of William Bouok on the north part for an anniversary...............This was done on the ground of the said tenement at the third hour after noon.  Witnesses: John Feane, William Bowok, James Tery, and Alexander Bouok, with divers others.  Sir John Fair, nortary to the premises.   Erasmus Aromar, an inhabitant. 

No. 41 October

The Obit of John Broun, barber, late burgess of Ayr and Margaret Craufurd, his spouse which John died 18 October 1499, and which Margaret died 7th March 1499, who gave to God and the church of St John the Baptist......, eight shillings of yearly revenue to be annually levied from the tenement of David Butlar, with pertinents, lying in the said burgh in the Kow-gait, between the tenement of John Layng on the south part on the one, and the tenement of the same John on the north part on the other part, for a yearly obit with placebo................for the souls of the foresaid John Broun and Margaret his spouse and John Hakheid, first spouse of the same woman and all the faithful deceased.  From the said sum fourpence shall  e given for wax, and two pence for the bell....  This was done on the 18th December 1492.  Present, Andrew Busbye, alderman, Robert Clerk, bailie, John Rolland, John Layng, John Feane, William Roland, (  ) Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy, and Mr Edward Blair, notary to these writings with many others. Mathew McGregor, an inhabitant.  

No. 42 October

The Obit of a provident man Thomas Masone, sometime burgess of Ayr, who died 25 October 1484, and Christina Gluver his spouse, which same Christina after the death of Thomas himself, gave to God and the choristers of Ayr, for their souls and for an obit to be annually celebrated...............yearly revenue, to be annually levied from one rood of land, with pertinents, lying in the said burgh, between the tenement of William Smyth on the south part, and the tenement of John Craufurd, weaver, on the north part in the Kowgait, which rood, with pertinents, first belonged to the said Christina in lawful heritage, and was presented by the same to William Smyth foresaid, upon which he built a house to the front, from which same house, and also the whole of the rood foresaid, with pertinents the said yearly revenue is due, and this yearly revenue is first of all which is due from the said ground, except to the king only. Part of the pertinenets, Donald Campbell

No. 43 October

The Obit of Mariote Reid who died the last day of October 1490, who left six shillings, with eightpence of yearly revenue, from the tenement of Patrick Wylliamsone, in the Sandgait, lying between the tenement of Robert Cultar on the south part, and the tenement of John Dovgale on the north part, for a yearly obit to be annually celebrated by the chaplains and chorister of the choir of Ayr in perpetuity. William Rolland, an inhabitant. 

No. 44 November

The OIbit of Nicholas Makylroy, late burgess of Ayr who died 17th November 1599, who founded an anniversay in perpetuity in the parish church of Ayr, ..............the said Nicholas bequethed and has given in pure alms for ever, to the said choristers of the parish church of Ayr for the time being and their successors, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue, usual money of Scotland annually to be levied and shared at two yearly terms, namely Pentecost, and St Martin in winter, by equal portions from the whole and entire tenement of the now existing Thomas Davidsone, of Grenane, fore and back, lying in the burgh of Ayr between the tenement of Robert McMillane on the south part and the tenement of the Laird of Caprington and William Galloway on the north part, and other parts. John Thomsone, notary to the premises. 

No. 45 November

The Obit of Martin Langmure and Mariote Cathcart, his spouse, who died 18 Nobvember 1599 which same Martin before his death bequeathed to the choisters of the choir of Ayr a sum of four pounds and eight shillings at the time of his decease for an anniversary to be founded for Martin himself, and Mariote Cathcart his spouse, .............................and strictly to found an annual revenue of sic shillings and eightpence upon a tenement within the said burgh, for the said anniversary annually to be celebrated........which choristers have truly acquired and purchased from Margaret Masone, daughter and heir of the late Thomas Masone and Christina Gluver, six shillings and eightpence of yearly revenue to be annually levied from the whole and entire tenement of David Mure, with pertinents, lying between the tenement of John Bovok on the north part, and the waste lands leading to the water of Done on the south part, which said yearly rent of six shillings and eightpence, Margaret Masone herself took care, purely and simply by the customary penny, heritably to resign into the hands of Thomas Neill, one of the bailies of Ayr...............Sir John Fair, notary. The Laird of Bargany, inhabitant. 

No. 46 November

The Obit of Sir Arthur Reid lately chaplain and chorister of the church of St John of Ayr, who died 20 November 1500 which said, from a devour affection for the safety of his soul has bequeathed in his will six shillings and eightpence to found an obit, in perpetuity, for himself in the foresaid choir, wherewith Sir Andrew McCormyll, vicar of Stratone, and Sir Thomas Rolland, chaplain of the Holy Cross of said church, executors of the foresaid late Sir Thomas Arthur, according to the last will of foresaid deceased and for the increawe of the worship of God did acquire and purchase from Thomas Davidsone of Grenane, sine shillings and eightpence of annual revenue, to be annually levied from the tenement of the late George Quhit, late burgess of said burgh in the Sandgait, between the tenement of the late Andrew Rychartsone, now living, of Thomas Broun, son of John Broun, on the south part, and the tenement of the late John Smyth, son in law of the late said George, on the north part, which same Thomas Davidsone by consideration of one penny as the custom is...................................has given state and possession to the good clerk, Mr Edward Blair, vicar of Ayr and mediate and present parson, in name and on the part of himself and choristers of said choir, ....there shall be given to the poor, after the obit mass, twenty six pence in food and drink, at the discretion of the principal priest for the time.........All the foresaid was done in presence of Sir Patrick Law, notary public. 

No. 47 November

The Obit of Thomas Reiod late burgess of Ayr who gave to God and choristers of St John from the lands of Fergus Kennedy lying at the south end of said burgh, between the common vennel, called the Foul Vennel, on the east part and the lands or croft of James Blair, and Laurence Scott in Irvine, on the west part and the common vennel leading from the barn of Thomas Broun to the parish church of Ayr on the south part, and the lands of John Dalrumple, now James Curry, on the north part, six shillings and eightpence of annual revenue, formerly heritably due to Thomas himself from the foresaid lands.  And therefor an annual and perpetual obit to be celebrated on the day of the death of Thomas himself, for himself and Margaret Mure, his spouse by the psalter and choristers..........which said Thomas died 25 November 1496, and his spouse 29 May 1496. Margaret Michell, inhabitant. 

No. 48 November

The Obit of John Rolland, late burgess of Ayr and Elizabeth Begum, his spouse, who died 26 November 1499 who left for the safety of their souls to the chaplains and choristers in the choir of the church of St John, for an annual obit......,six shillings and eightpence to be annually levied from his tenement lying in the foresaid burgh, between the tenement of Allan Bowman, in the Seagait, on the eastern part and the tenement of the late James Brown, on the western part, which said annual revenue  the said John and his spouse purely and simply gave up into the hands of Michell McYlroy, bailie for the time being......Sir Andrew McCormyll, notary to the premises. 

No. 49 November

The Obit or Foundation of Sir Andrew McCormyll, vicar of Stratone, who died 3 April 1507 who gave to God, the psalter and choristers of Ayr, and poor, twenty shillings of annual revenue, namely from his tenement with pertinents lying near the Bridge of Ayr between the Bridge on the one, and the tenement of Patrick Ker on the other parts, sixteen shillings, and from his other tenement with pertinents  lying in the said burgh between the tenement of John Chapell, on the one and the tenement of the late Michael Masone, on the other parts, four shillings of annual revenue to be annually levied, which same revenue shall be thus distributed in perpetuity, namely, fourpence to the bellman, who shall go through the streets, with a loud voice that the poor may come to the obit mass to receive their alms, and to pray for the founder, to which poor at the same time shall be given, in food and drink, and money, eight shillings, from the said sum of twenty shillings to be distributed at the discretion of the principal priest of the choir, with consent of the Dean of Guild, if present.  Whoever cometh to scrutinize the distribution after this manner, shall have twelve pieces of money for his trouble from the foresaid sum of twenty shillings.  If however the distributor shall take nothing for his trouble, he shall have a share, with the half which falls to the other priests annually.  Likewise sixpence shall be given for the light of the altar.  Also twelvepence to the clerk, or sacristan for three times ringing the great bell at placebo and dirige and three times at the obit mass.  Otherwise, however only sixpence. Which same obit, ................at the altar of the holy blood.  From those absent from the obsequies, and those absent from the whole, fourpence to be withdrawn, to the absentees from both, nothing shall be given.  And that six priests at least, be present at the obsequies after this mode, and because delay brings danger, I wish that threepence be withdrawn from each present and not performing on the day of the obit, which same money from the absence of the Dean..........shall be divided into two parts, of which one half to be added to the portion of the poor and the other half to go to the use of the priests present in celebration, and if it happen that anniversaries of this sort shall not be performed at the proper time as above...lawful for the Dean of Guild...to uplift the foresaid annual revenue of twenty shillings and to lay out thirteen shillings on their poor.  The remaining part of this foundation to be kept in the common chapel, for the use of the church as shall to them seem expedient.  Sir Patrick Law, notary to the premises. Richard Bannetyn pays 16 shillings, and Robert McIlroy inhabits the lands that pays the 4 shillings. 

No. 50 December

The Obit of Allan Paterson a provident man, late burgess of Ayr who died 4 December 1519 and his cousins Agnes Nicholson and Agnes Wilsone, who resigned six shillings and eightpence of yearly rent, money of Scotland, in the hands of Alexander Boyman, bailie of the said burgh for the time being, by a penny, on 6th May 1511, to be annually levied from the whole and entire tenement with the pertinenets lying in the foresaid burgh, between the tenement of Arthur Inglish on the south part, on the one, and the tenement of the late John White on the north parts, on the other parts, for a perpetual obit to be annually celebrated....................  These were done on the ground of the said tenement at the tenth hour before mid-day or there about, 6 May 1511.  Present there discreet men, Alexander Johnsone, Robert Wylie, Rolland Kennedy, Hugh Hewsone, Sir Robert Gamyll, Sir Jasper Rolland, and Sir John Fair, chaplains, with divers others.  Sir William Red, notary to the premises. 

No. 51 December

The Obit of John Wilsone and Agnes Balze his spouse, which John died the 14th December 1525.  After the death of the same John, the said Agnes Balze for the welfare of her soul, and the said late John her spouse, also moved with piety for the souls of all the faithful deceased founded an anniversay annually and for perpetual celebration..................the said Agnes has given, in pure alms, and in perpetuity has bequeathed six shillings, money of Scotland of yearly revenue to be annually levied and taken at two yearly terms.....by equal portions, from the north booth of the house before her tenement which belongs to herself hereditarily lying in the burgh of Ayr, between the tenement of the late Thomas Johnsone on the one, and the tenement of the late William Wiseman on the other parts, and failing payment of the said yearly revenue from the foresaid booth in terms of the said Agnes, hath founded the same annuity of six shillings from all and whole her tenement foresaid, fore and back, annually to be levied..........which annual revenue the said Agnes has purely and simply resigned into the hands of Alexander Lokert, one of the bailies of Ayr in favour of the said choristers, by a penny, which resignation being so made  the said bailie gave state and sasine and real possession of the said six shillings of yearly revenue ..............  These were done upon the ground of the said tenement on 12th December 1525, before these witnesses, John Mure, John Dalrumple, John Laing, burgess of Ayr, John Simsone, Androi McCubene and John SimsoneStephen Prestone, notary to the premises. (At the foot of the page Booth - is a stall for merchandise) 

 

 

 

   

 

 

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