In this week's poser, taken from the court book of the Regality of Boncle and Preston (National Records of Scotland, RH11/8/1, page 69), we asked you who was being summoned by the court and why.
Answers: Robert Dicksone, servant to Lady Slighhouses, was summoned to give evidence (bear Leall and suthfast witnessing) in the case of Robert Turnbull in East Mains (East means) v Lady Slighhouses.
Upon the fifteen day of october jajv & eightie six years
I Thomas Craig officer Lawfullie soumanded Ro[ber]t dicksone
servitor to Isbell Dicksone Lady Slighhouses personalie
apprehended to Compear befor the Balzie of the Regality
of Bunkell and Prestowne the eighteen day of october
jajv & eightie six years instant and th[a]t for the third time
to bear Leall and suthfast witnessing in the actione and
Cause perswed be Ro[ber]t Turnbull in the East means
Against the s[ai]d Isbell Dicksone and made Certificatione
to him as effiers This I did Befor thir witneses John sander-
-sone And David muireburne Rentlars in Lintlaws and for
the maire verificatione of this my Indersatone I have
subwscryvit th[i]r p[rese]nts w[i]t[h] my hand
[signed] Thomas Craig
Compear (line 4) - to appear in court
Balzie of the Regality (line 4) - the senior judge (baillie) in the area under the jurisdiction of the court of regality
Leall and suthfast (line 7) - faithfull and trustworthy
As effiers (line10) - as pertains
Rentlars (line 11) - tenants
Indersatone (line 12) - endorsement
Subwscryvit th[i]r p[rese]nts w[i]t[h] my hand (line 13) - subscribed this document with my own hand
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