The Borthwicks of Crookston
taken from some records found at Borthwick Church (continued)

The 2nd Lord was master to the Household for James 111. He died in 1503, the son succeeded him being skilled in the art of falconry, a favourite sport of James 1V. Within the family the story has come down that the King made Borthwick his Royal Falconer with an annual retainer of 400 merks, but later when money became scarce this was changed to Honorary Royal Falconer, a mark of Royal esteem which carried no monetary gift at all.

Like his King, he died on the field at Flodden and was succeeded by his second son, the 4th Lord Borthwick, who was concerned in the arrangements for the custody of the infant James V in Stirling Castle and for sometime was himself in charge of the child. His son, the 5th Lord, got himself into some political and religious scrapes as a result of which the Bishop of St. Andrews sent his Macer, William Langlands, with Letters of Excommunication to be read at High Mass in Borthwick Church. It was the season of the year when mummers traveled about enacting the "Abbot of Unreason", a ribald play that mocked any every behaviour of the clergy's at the time. Some of Lord Borthwick's cronies involved in this playacting, on hearing of Langland's arrival, went up to the church, dragged him down to the mill dam, compelled the poor man to jump in, doused him more thoroughly, took him back to the church. They then tore up the Letters of Excommunication, soaked them in a bowl of wine and then made Langlands sup them and drink the wine, telling him that if he brought any more such letters they would all "gang the same gait".

This, the 5th Lord, married Isobel, beautiful red-haired daughter of the Earl of Crawford. Because he had supported the Earl of Arran for Regent rather than the Queen Mother (Mary of Guise), Sir George Douglas seized him and had him imprisoned in Dalkeith Castle. The then Earl of Bothwell, also a supporter of the Queen Mother, taking advantage of the enforced absence of Lord Borthwick, visited Lady Borthwick. She led him on for a short time, then had him swiftly overpowered and shut up in the castle, vowing not to release him until her husband was freed. "Because the Lady Borthwyke was faire" wrote Lord Eure at the time, "he came to her for love, but she made hyme to be handled and kepte".
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