Sir Andrew Mercer
Andrew was born c.1330. He was the son of John Mercer and Ada Murray.
He obtained Charters from the Canons of Scone for lands in Perth, 10/Feb/1354.
In 1366 he was granted “Safe conduct” as “Mercator de Scotia” (Mercer of Scotland.)
On 1st July, 1371 he was granted lands of Dalkeith from David, Count Palatine of Strathern.
He was the first of four Bailies appointed in 1374 when his father was Provost of Perth.
Andrew was engaged in family mercantile pursuits when, in 1376, his father, John Mercer, was shipwrecked off the coast of Northumbria. His merchandise was seized, and he was imprisoned in Scarborough. Although released unharmed, the English refused to make compensation for the loss of the goods which they had confiscated. With England and Scotland in a chronic state of war, maritime capture was of ordinary occurrence. In retaliation, Andrew assembled a fleet of Scottish, Flemish and French privateers which attacked and plundered the town of Scarborough. However, before long, Andrew and his fleet were captured by John Philpot (later to become Sir John Philpot, Lord Mayor of London.) Even in times of fragile peace, events of this kind were the order of the day. Andrew was released without ransom and granted safe conduct for his return as “Armiger Regis Scotiae.” (Some information contained in this story was obtained from http://www.maritime-scotland.com).
In 1378-9, Andrew and his spouse obtained Charters for land at Baleve and Balayach.
On 9th March, 1381/2, he was styled “cousin” by Euphemia, Countess of Ross, in Charters for Faithly, Tyree, Fynlater, Naterdale, and Pittendreich. Andrew also, at some time obtained land at Dalkeith, in Strathearn, from Sir David Stewart, Count Palatine and Earl of Caithness.
In 1384 he was witness to a Charter (“Chartulary of Levenax”) of King Robert II, in which he is referred to as “Sir” Andrew.
He received a Charter for forty merks of the customs of the Burgh of Perth on 28th April, 1383/4.
Sir Andrew died about 1390.
From 26th February, 1391 to 5th July, 1402 Walter Stewart, Lord of Brechin, received the annual rents out of the customs of Perth, on account of “quondam Dominus Andrea Mercer.”
1385 Extract from the Red Book of Menteith – read more
A dispute having arisen between the Earl of Fife and Menteith and John of Logy, in which the latter called in question the right of the Earl to the possession of the lands of Logy and Strathgartney, the matter was referred to the arbitration of Andrew Mercer, Lord of Meiklour. These lands had belonged to Sir John Logy who was executed for taking part in the conspiracy of William Soulis against King Robert the Bruce… … his estates were forfeited to the Crown. The lands of Logy seem to have been given to the Earl of Douglas, while those of Strathgartney were bestowed on Sir John of Menteith and Elene of Mar, his spouse.
Notwithstanding the possession of Strathgartney by Sir John of Menteith, David II issued a precept for entitlement John of Logy, the son of the late Sir John of Logy, in these lands, but afterwards, on being informed by his Council of the reasons for Sir John’s forfeiture he recalled the infeftment and restored Strathgartney to Sir John of Menteith. Not long after the King’s marriage to Margaret of Logy, John of Logy received from him the lands of Logy by a new grant. How they, with the lands of Strathgartney came into possession of Sir Robert Stewart, does not appear but that they were, is evident from the indenture of arbitration drawn up at the instance of Andrew Mercer.
The Lord of Meiklour after hearing the parties adjudged that the lands belonged to John of Logy, and the Earl, having agreed to abide by the decision of the arbiter, at once transferred the lands to him with due formalities. The agreement and decision was made known to King Robert II, and affirmed in the presence of the Court by the Earl of Fife and Menteith and John of Logy. The resignation of the former in favour of the latter made within the Castle of Edinburgh on Whitsunday 1387 and was attested by John, Earl of Carrick, in a letter dated 5th May, 1389. The King afterwards confirmed the lands of Logy to John of Logy, and when the men of Strathgartney were inclined to demur to the claims made upon them by their new Lord, the Earl of Fife and Menteith wrote to them, that although he had formerly prohibited them from obeying John of Logy, their Lord, before the latter had made good his claims to the lands, they should now serve as their lawful lord. This arrangement between the Earl of Fife and Menteith and John of Logy who was the chamberlain to the Duke of Rothesay while he was Earl of Carrick.
The Red Book of Menteith is available as a download from the National Library of Scotland.
Andrew’s wife was probably the daughter of Sir David Barclay, Lord of Brechin and sister of Margaret Barclay, wife of Walter Stewart, youngest son of King Robert II.
They were married c. 1377-8 and a son, Michael c. 1378.