People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 3/632/31 (Melr. Lib., no. 371)

Thomas of Selkirk, burgess of Berwick-upon-Tweed, has given and by this present charter granted to Melrose Abbey, in pure and perpetual alms, for the salvation of his soul, and also the souls of Matilda, his wife, and his children, three marks of the annual return which he bought from Lady Amiflys of Moray, who was the wife of the late Thomas of Moray, burgess of Berwick, in his house of Crossgate (in Berwick, BWK), which pension of three marks was established during the time of her legitimate widowhood, and which, at the time of the production of this charter, John of the Booth, burgess of Berwick, held as the true successor and heir of Lady Amiflys. Thomas gives and grants it under the following condition: if Peter, his son and heir, to whom he gave and granted the annual render, may die without children procreated from his body in legal matrimony, or if anyone of Peter’s heirs happens to die without children procreated from their bodies in legal matrimony, then the said pension of three marks should be freely transferred to the monastery of Melrose and the monks, and from then on, the monks should secure it in perpetuity. Thomas promises warrandice.
Firm date
Probable date
late thirteenth or early fourteenth century
Dating Notes
Thomas of Selkirk appears in 1291 and in 1318 (G. W. S. Barrow ‘The Aftermath of War: Scotland and England in the Late Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries: The Prothero Lecture’, _Transactions of the Royal Historical Society_, Fifth Series, Vol. 28 (1978), pp. 103-125 (p. 106-7)).
Source for Data Entry
Melrose Liber, no. 371
Trad. ID
Melr. Lib., no. 371
Calendar number
Charter type

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
undated Gift of 3 marks annually yes
unavailable Sale of three marks no
unavailable Gift of three marks no