The wife and relatives of the supreme judge of the islands, whom they call the lawman, have charged that, twice apprehended, he had been cast into the tower prison for such causes as these. The first was that John Baddi, servant and relative of the lawman, had fetched back his horse from Michael Magi, a relative of David, who, going somewhere, had taken him against his will, for which reason he shut up the lawman in the tower, who was apprehended while walking in the Place of Kirkwall. Again, after he had dismissed the Caithness foreigners thrust into his house, he made the strong-room to be broken open, and whatever things were contained there to be carried furth, and all the articles great and small which were in the house to be destroyed, without even an exception. He threw the lawman, seized afresh, into the tower, only because he had refused to deliver to him the seal of the country to sign whatever he wished, and there he detained him till he had submitted himself to him, and his wife had placed the seal and code of laws on the altar of St.Magnus. From that time David took the seal and code into his own custody, and appointed another lawman, who had assumed that office with difficulty.
NOTE - John de Baddi. The lands of Goirisness in Rendall were escheated prior to 1503 from one Baddi because he "drew blood in the kirkyard".