This week – 28 June 1291

Edward I, as overlord of Scotland, writes to Alan, bishop of Caithness, chancellor of Scotland, noting that it is illegal in Scotland for a baron or anyone else to have a prison in which he detains a felon accused of a crime committed outwith his barony. As such, henotes that William Douglas detains in his prison, Hugh of Abernethy, accused of the death of Duncan, earl of Fife, who was slain outwith William’s barony. Edward commands that the bishop should cause Douglas to deliver Abernethy to William Sinclair to be confined in the king’s prison. Read the full document and explore these persons in the database here.

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