Inquisition made at Perth on Wednesday next after Decollation of St John Baptist, in the king’s 33rd year [1 Sept. 1305], before Malise, earl of Strathearn, lieutenant of the warden north of Forth, and Malcolm of Inverpeffray, knight, deputy of John de Sandale chamberlain, and William de Bevercotes, chancellor of Scotland, on certain articles touching the person of Michael of Meigle, by Gilbert Hay, David de Graham, John of Cameron, Constantine of Lochore, Edmund Ramsay, Roger of Meckphen, Patrick of Oglivie, knights, Eustace of Rattray, Henry of Farsley, Malcolm of Kinross, Gregory of Fordel (PER), Thomas of Leitfie, Bernard de Cokerel, William of Ballindollo (ANG), Patrick son of Schirolis, Bethan of Dull, Kenachy his brother, Colin de Mentaghe, Henry de Trody, Adam of Cardean (ANG), John Walthop, Henry of Balquhidder, Maurice son of Malcolm, Adam of Pitillock (FIF), William de Mowat, who say on oath in Michael’s presence that he had been lately taken prisoner forcibly against his will by William Wallace; that he escaped once from William for two leagues but was followed and brought back by some armed accomplices of William’s, who was firmly resolved to kill him for his flight; that he escaped another time from said William for three leagues or more and was again brought back a prisoner by force with the greatest violence and hardly avoided death at William’s hands, had not some accomplices of William entreated for him; whereon he was told if he tried to get away a third time he should lose his life. Thus it appears he remained with William through fear of death and not of his own will. The earl, Sir Malcolm and some of the others append their seals.
Wednesday 1 September 1305
Wednesday after the Decollation of St John the Baptist, regnal year 33