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same liberties of buying and selling by land of sea with tbose of ths
most distinguished towns in Scotland. On this recognition, the King'
granted an infeftment and charter, dated at Edinburgh, in the twenty^
second year of his reign. He seems also to have resided here in 1326,
as a commission appointing Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray, Lord of
Walls, Annan, and Man ; Dr James Dun, Archdeacon of St Andrews ;
Dr Adam Murray ; and Walter Tyntham, Canon of Glasgow, ambas-
sadors,, with Charles the Fair, the ancient league between Scotland
and France, is dated at Dundee, 20th April in that year. The town
had also the honoxir, along with Edinburgh, Perth, and Aberdeen, of
being security for the performance of national treaties. In 1354, all
tiiese towns became sui'ety for the payment of ninety thousand merks
Sterling for the ransom of David 11. , son of King Robert Bruce, who
had been taken within the English territory, with his forces, duiiiig
war between the countries ; for which the King evinced his gratitude
to the citizens of Dundee by giving them a new charter, confirming
;.!.!] their former privileges, and conferring many others, including the
erection of the town and royalty into a sheriffdom, independent of the
authority of the Sheriff of Angus ; which privilege was confirmed in
1642 by the great charter of Charles I. Whilst the profusion of pri-
vileges thus enjoyed by the town shows the estimation in which it
was held at this early period by our ancient sovereigns, it furnished for
s nne time a source of contention and discord between the burgesses^
and the hereditary Constables, the Scrymseoures of Craigie ; which,
however, were amicably arranged in 1389, by the provost, bailies,
ami burgesses, with Sir James Scrymseoure, who ceded certain rights
claimed by the Consfables in criminal matters which were obnoxious
to the former.
Ijndsay of Pitscottie, in his Chronicles, relates a curious incident
which happened about this time (1440) of " ane braggant tane v;ilh
his hail familie, quho hauntet ane place in Angus. This mischievous
man had an execrable faschion to tak all young men, and children
aither, and eat thame, and the younger they war esteemed them more
tender and delicious. For the quhilk cans and dampnable abuse, he
with his wayff and baii-nis were all burnt, except ane young wench of
ane year old, wha was saifTed, and brought to Duudie, quhair shoe was
broucht up and fostered, and quhan shoe cam to anes vomane's yeires,
shoe was condemned, and burnt quick for that cryme." She was
burned at the market cross, before the old town-house, then in the
Seagate, at tlio foot of Peter Street. It is stated, that on her wav to

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