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affair a turn. If your son-in-law com to this countrey, I hope he will doe
us the favour to come here. I wish his freindship may sett this affair right,
and by your Lordship I shall expect ane answer. I wish it were speedily
gon about ; it will be very oblidging to all of us, and particularly to, my


Your most humble faithfuU servant,

For the right honorable the Viscount of Tarbatt.

77. John M'Kenzie to [George Viscount of Tarbat].

August 28,

Brussils, ET-f— ; [16193.

beptember t.

My Lord, — This letter containes the sad story of Collonel Munros death,

and the present unhappy circumstances of your Lordships neece, the most

sorrowfull, disconsolat widow that ever I knew. After escapeing without

wounds in the late unhappy action at Landen, it pleased the almighty dis-


poser of all things that he should contract a fever in the camp of Lewbeck,
neare Hall, upon the 1 3 day of this current August, which obledged him to
come to town next day ; yet the season being so sickly that it forc'd many
hundereds of officers and thousands of souldiers to do the same, we thought
nothing of it. A physitian was called to cure him of the aigue, as we
thought, but the truth is, as the doctor still complains, he was very back-
ward in takeing what was prescrived. In few dayes his distemper grew so
rageing, that his fitt, Avhich lasted sometimes longer than twelw hours,
brought him very low. However, dureing his intermission, he was som-
what calm, but very weake ; yet then he would not let his lady believe that
he was a dyeing, but would perswad her to the last that he would live and
overcom it. However, we began to fear what came to pass, and call'd an-
other doctor besides the ordinary, the most famous in all the town. But
alas ! for four or five dayes before he dyed, and I may say all along, his
fever was so rageing, haveing fix'd in his head, that he was unable to hearken
to any advice, or to speak sensibly, except to call for a drink by half wordes ;
which, as it was the most unhappy circumstance of his death, so it left us all
in the dark concerning the state of his affaires, of Avhich his lady or friends
know very litle yet, except papers do cleare it ; and that too I ame affraid is in
great confusion, he himself being negligent in stateing his accounts. I know
she will get friends to speak for her to the King, and indeed she will stand
in need of assistance ; for an honnest man was never worse stated than
Collonel Munro was with a sad crew of hypocriticall, unmannerly, covetous
clowns, of which they gave an early evidence by seaseing what was left by
his servants in the camp before we could lay him under ground, — an action
so durty that it cannot be parralel'd in the whole history of this wars ; tho
many in my own knowledge had greater reason to do it, and therefore is
condemned in them to the highest degree by all tlie world. And what yet


shews the meannes of their spirits, being altogether incapable of an affront,
they very wisely and gentilely seased sixtie guneys, that lay in a trunck there,
and which, indeed, was all the ready money we could touch then for defraying
the charges of the funeral, tho I anie shure it could satisfy no pretention.
However, we laughed at their malice, and got our affair handsomely and
gentilely done, and got the things too next day without any thanks to them.
Our next care must be to see what can be made of them, and to see if the
King will do any thing for her. After all, I ame affraid it was no profitable
barijane, tho' she desires that none should know it but her friends. It's
probable she must of necessity pass so much time here as will give her the
advantage of receaveing your Lordships advice and comands, which may be
directed to Mr. Nairn, the agent, with an intreaty that he may not discover
any thing of Collonell Munroes affaires to her enemies, which may prejudge
her, untiil she come there herself to clear with him. If in the meane time I
could serve not only your Lordships neece, but the meanest of your depend-
ants, no man liveing would more chearfully, as there is none more oblidged to
do it than, my Lord,

Your Lordships most humble, most faithfull, and ready servant,

Jo. M'Kenzie.
My Collonell and his brother. Major Eobert, alvays minds your Lord-
ship most affectionatly.

78. Jane Mackenzie to George Viscount of Tarbat.

Pittsligo, 10 October 1693.
My Lord, — Having hard thatt yow have now the greattes intrestt in my
nevoy Mays fortovn, I mostt begg yow will be plesed, withovtt yovr oven
pregidvss, to favovr my nice, Barbara Sincler, in leting hir have a portion



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II MiiiiU'lv j'.oein>', ler Peal. and. wlaai w i> eame iie.n Ihe Nere. we ;ee a yjO'M
lleel niider :.ail. hiil iieiie al all al aiiehiM. so ihal 1 di.paired el" !M>eiue, le
llellaud Ihi. winter. Tin:, lleel pie\ ed te he the ",ieal ship;; eemeiue le
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lectione of plants and shrubs in the world ; a great manie other things they
have, which for brevities sake I omitt. Here I staid some days. On the
16 1 went for Utrecht. In my way I see the Ehine, which, tho it retains
the name, is but a small branch of it. I found here a great manie Scotsmen,
— I believe no less then fiftie, Lantoune and his ladie are to leave this place
so soon as my Lord Ballcarras comes here, and from hence to Hamburg. I
am not yet setled, nor do I intend it till I hear from your Lordshipp, for I
am affraid I cannot live so cheap here as in Oxford. They have two different
ways of liveing in this place ; either they pension, or eat in ane ordinarie.
In the first, they pay for chamber and diet 15 shillings a week ; in the other
they pay 7 for dinner onlie. You cannot gett a toUerable chamber under 4
shillings. This makes 11, besides breakfast and supper, which cannot cost
me much under a crown ; and considering the inconvenience and danger of
goeing abroad at night for supper, which I must certainelie be obliged to do,
I tliink the first the best way. Then ten ducatoons for everie coUedge. My
exspences in my journay to this place are all extraordinarie, so that, for this
year, I am afraid I cannot live under ane hundred pounds, as few or none
here do. I would verie willinglie, if possible, put your Lordship to less
exspences. This year has been verie fatall to Scotsmen in this place and in
Leyden, few or none escapeing ane ague or fever ; 3 or 4 dyed, among them a
son of Sir James Hay of Limplum, who is verie much regrated. He was one
of the best scholars Dr. Gregorie ever had ; and I, tho this be the best season,
and tho I have taken as good care as possible, am a litle troubled with the
cold, so that if your Lordshipp find anie other place as convenient, I would
willinglie leave this place. Not but I like it verie well for everie thing but
the air, which I have good reason to fear, considering the thinness of my
bodie ; and I think health is preferrable to anie thing in this world. However,
in this as in all other things, I shall submitt to your Lordshipps determina-


tione. But I fear I am too tedious, and I shall deferr aiiie other thing I have
to say till my next.

I remaine your Lordshipps dutifull son,

Ja. Mackenzie.

80. [John, Master, afterwards first Earl of Stair, to Gkijrgk Viscount

OF Tare AT.]

London, Xuvember 24, 1693.
My Lord, — By what the King hath now don its evident he hath a
serious inclination to protect the northern clergy, and will not suffer bigottry
to reing, if he can. The clergy ar to be advised to signify all the deutifuU
senc of it imaginable, and complyanc to his inclinations. The last appear-
ance that he mad towards the cavalleer sid, there was litle senc of it uhill
it was lost, as not having the effects expected. The mure the people ar
thancfull and content, the nior others will freett and kyth. Now, if the
clergy and layity wold shew inclinations to take the oaths, we might be rid
of this sett that ryds the King and nation both. I). H. thinks he shall serv
the King and pleas all partys. I wish he may, hot still another session of
parliament is as pleasing to him as it should be profitable to yow. That
many projects have failled without our being forced to undertake to make
the asse speak, you will acknolege. One again we huv no common theem,
lyk the crying out upon bigottry, and the narrownes to exclud in church
and stat all bot ourselfs. I doubt not yow will consider with freinds how to
improv this blink. I hop it shall keep us from dispair or asking forrain
forces this year, and that the nixt may be mor succesfull. ]\Iy dear Lord,



London, December 7th, [16]93.
My Lord, — I receavd yours of the 30th. I sett it out of all aprehen-
sions of doubting, that your Lordship and other freinds do beleev but that
all industrie has been vsd to know if it was practicable to get you and E.
L. to come vp, not to mak apologies (for ther uas no cause), but to assist
by debate and strenth of reason to convince the King that matters uer
mistaken as to the publict, and ill measurs taken which ought to be rectified.
But after many consults uith our freinds, and conferences amongst ourselvs,
wee found that impracticable, and not to be touched without resolving to get
the refusal! and to giv offence. The nixt poynt to manage, uas to know
how farr it uas resolvd to prosecut the bigotts sumer designs of laying us
aside (which you know uas that uas avouedly talkt of, and by us very much
expected, and particularly your post for its sake, and mine for my sake, and
E. L. on the same foot) ; and that such others as dissented in parliament
from the violent motions should fall under our condemnation, and so suffer for
ther oun faults, and for our saiks, as Sir P. M. and Sir E. L. did. But it has
been so managd that the King has declard his pleasure not to mak any such
alteration as was aprehended, and if these tuo forsaids uer not then done,
uould not yet be done. This being with managment seccurd, and the assist-
ance of our good freinds concurring, and D. H. (who has audience and access
when he pleases) brought not [to] oppose, but giv nay to it, was by beholders
judgd all could under such circumstances be expected. I suppose wee do not
at this conjunctour dream of promotions ; its very fair uee stand our ground.
I uish it hold to the end ; and to get this without strugle, without stageing,
and articling, or to be heard in publict, and in danger of Mr. Cast. [Carstares]
taking it to ane advizandum, in our sense uas no small service ; and if all of


us had been here mor could not be expected — if men at distance knew, as
such as ar on the place do. By contest I hav seen bargans spilt, which by
ane easie hand corns better to plye. The absents hav, I am sure, on advantage
by saving their money, which I lay out, who has no higher veiw as to my
self but not to be affronted in the mauer of laying me aside. Ther is a far
veiw in head of ane other session of parliament ; nor am I against it, as farr
as I yit understand the instructions or the inclinations of the apparent
commissioner. He told me this day that he should not be for the epis-
copal clergie taking oaths, intill first the general assembly receavd them
into ther number in omnihus. Uee did undertak, as its say'd, and fayld in
the probation. Others now uill undertake much more, and I uish they may
succeed in any thing that uill make us liv easie and quiet ; for if uee be
uearie of our contests uhen at home, uee may be ashamd of them here,
uher wee ar the toun and court talk. All endevours uill be vsd to hav cer-
tanties given to the clergie, to prevent the objections of former disapoynt-
ments. But I need not tell yow, uho is a much mor experienced statsman
then I'll prerend to, that if yow can not as yow uould, yet seem uell j^leasd
uith uhat you may. — Adieu.

for the Viscount of Tarbat.

[Sealed with armorial seal of the first Earl of Breadalbane.]

82. Lady Maey Campbell, Countess of Caithness, to George
Viscount of Tarbat.

London, January 30, [16]94.
^Iy Lord, — By your constant civilitie to me, you hav made me beleev
that itt will not displeas your Lordship that I hav made choice of you befor


all others to overse the drawing vp of a bond, which is of so great conserne
to your cosen my son, as you will be informed of by the inclosed memoran-
dum, whicli is writt by my Lord himselff. I hav seen papers drawn up,
which hath left great ground of debatt ; I wold have this verie plain, so that
ther can be no contraversie about it afterwards. I intreat the favour that
you will send up the draught of the bond as soon as you can, that itt may
again com unto your hands to be regestrat. My Lord is so franck in this
afair to giv my son an honorable provition, that I hav good ground to think
itt will be the first dett he will releev his estat of I hop to se you in Scotland
w^hen the season becoms fitt for me to travell in. I hav got a governor to
Colin, who is comended as a verie fitt man for such an imployment. Such
thing[s as are not taus;ht in the scoul wher he is bourded, his tutor is to
teach him at his lods-insj. Colin hath made a considerable advance in his
French, and is now learning the mathamaticks. As for his philosophic and
law, his tuttor is very capable to teach him thes principls ; and I doe
think he may make as good advances in thes studys hear as at Oxfourd,
wher the younge gentelmen are but taught in ther chambers by such as
are apointed ther tutor. I went this last September to Oxfourd, and stayed
ther too wrecks, and did inform my selfe verie fully of all the ways that
such as my son wold be managed in that place ; and when I considered
the good and ill that is to be learnt ther, I concluded that my sons
education may be ful as well hear at London as at Oxfourd. Being
sixtene, he shal still be bourded with his French maister, who is a dis-
creet, well bred man ; and when Colin is somthing advanced in such
lesons as are thought fitt for him, ther is an verie good acadamie hear.
My Lord is very free to be at the charge of every thing that is proper
for Colins education, and, I thank God, the child is very wiling to learn,
and I hop in a few years he shal be capable to serv your Lordship ;


for I slial not neglect to instruct him of his deutie to you. Forgiv this
trouble from

Your Lordships most humble servant,

M. Caithnes.
For the right honourable my Lord Vicount of Tarbatt,
at Edinburgh, Scotland.

83. [John first Eael of Bread albane] to George Viscount of Tare at.

London, March 8th, [16]94.
j\Iy Lord, — I hav forever lost my court uith the presbytery, so call'd,
for Meffen. I hav produced all you sent me, first and last, as a patern of that
mild uay the litle courts uill proceed wheneuer they ar but illuminat. The
retreat found out hear for acting against and rejecting the pluralities call, is,
that they uer not qualified, — had not taken the oaths. This choaks, and ther
is no ansuer to be given ; and I forsee that therby the presbyterians may get
into ther hands the planting of all the vacancies in the kingdome ; nor uill
they stay ther 6 months for deliberation. That, and disarming all High-
landers, and dismounting all Loulanders, ar prudent moderat advyces. If it
do uell, I deserv no thanks ; if otheruayes, I hav given testimonie, and so
am exonerat. But at present it's to no purpose to addresse, to debate, or to
strugle ; and, in the mean time, all ill uill is got, wherof yow ar all free ;
and it's sayd to me that I am obedient to law when I please, but I sayd it
pleases me to be so aluayes. It may be the King uill at Winchester declar
his pleasur for the G. A. ; he has taken it to his advisandum. I am clearing
my bagadge to be readie at his return, and uhen uee meet uee uill resolv
whoes turn it shall be nixt. Adieu, my dear Lord.

For the Viscount of Tarbat.


84. [William first Duke of Queen sberry] to George Viscount of Tarbat.

Sanquhar, 19 March, [16]94.
INIy dear Lord, — Last night brought me your Lordships most oblidging
letter, for wliich I returne yow many thanks. Yow had hear'd from me
oftner this winter, hot that this place affoords little worth your trowble, and
that I have bein verrie bad this winter, — but doe thank God I'm now soe
much better that I hope to wait on yow at Edinburgh in few weeks ; hot
the weather is yet soe unseasonable that I dar not hazard abroad. As to
our publick bussiness, both of church and state, I'm possitively of your
opinion, and doe long extreamly to speak with yow on the matter, nothing
of this kind being to be treated at distance. Its noe wonder my sone
Drumlangrig does not trowble yow often with his letters, for he verrie
seldom wreats to me, and I believe for the same reason ye mention. I'm
much of your opinion that our General Assembly will sitt at the tyme
appointed, in which cace Lord Carmichell will certainly be commissioner.
I have not hear'd from Earl Linlithgow these many weeks, and am much
surprizd to find that he lately shun'd apearing for me in the treasurie, in
a matter wher my satisfaction and intrest wer much concerned. The par-
ticullar he knoues, and will tell yow, soe I nied not trowble your Lordship
with account of it ; only I'm sure I wold not have shuned to serve him in a
matter of much greater consequence. I hope to gett the bussiness done
elsewher, bot I had much rather have oued the obligation to my friends here.
If, befor I have the happiness to sie your Lordship at Edinburgh, any
thing occurr worth your trouble, I expect ye'ill acquaint me. Soe, my dear
Lord, till meiting, adieu hertely.

For the Viscont of Tarbett, Lord Eegister.


85. Charles first Duke of Lennox and Eichmond to [George Viscount

OF Tare at].

London, June the first, 1694.
The very great esteem the King, my father, had for your Lordship, and
which you have soe well made good by your respects to his memory, I hope
will benefit me with your friendship to this gentleman, Mr. Bell, and the
authority he brings to inspect my affaires in Scotland, where I intend to be
noe stranger, having the honour to be a Scotchman, and to inherit the name
and superiorityes of my predecessors, the Dukes of Lenox. I will succeed
them, as near as I can, in their justice and good to men of honour and
honesty, and shall think I walk securely when I am conducted by your
Lordships kindness and good advice, which shall be valued with suta1)le
respect and resentment by, my Lord,

Your most humble servant,

Lenox and Eichmond.

86. James Earl of Arran, afterwards fourth Duke of Hamilton, to
George Viscount of Tarbat.

London, December 4, 1694.
My Lord, — !My sister Dundonald tels me that yow have been pleased to
appear freindly in a concerne of her sones which is now befor yow. I hope
you'l find what she desires soe just, that a sollicitation upon that subject is
not nessary ; however I, beeng a tutore to my nephew, thinkes myself oblidged
to joyne with thos that would indeavour to remouve ane ungraitfull servant.
I wont at this distance enter into particulars. I suposse the proofes will


bee so evident wliicli yow will have befor yow, that ther will bee noe hesita-
tion in the matter ; so that I hope thos that would coimtinance and assist
ane unfaithfuU servant will bee ashaimed of itt. I am sure noebody can
wonder at my concerne, nore the interest I take in what relaittes both to my
sister and my nephew, which I recomend to your Lordship as my oun, bieng
perswaded of your justice, and the good will you have for

Your most humbell servant,


For the Viscount of Tarbatt.

87. Major Eobert Mackay to [George Viscount of Tarbat].

London, the 20th December 1694.
My Lord, — I receiued your commands, and am senceable of the honour
you was pleas'd to do me by your recommendation to Inverlochy. But now
I finde the old gentleman is not weari'd of this post ; for we are told he is
recovering. Meantime friends are indevouring to haue my brother to Scot-
land ; and I wish to God he hade a yeares respyt. He hade the news of
Hill's being dead, and did wryt to me about that post. Sir John spok to the
King of it, but hade no positive ansuer. If he came to Scotland, my next
best is to command his regiment in Flanders, which would take wery weall,
by which Hamilton would get my regiment, in caice any thing befell Hill.
My Lord Chancellor will not be here till the 27 instant, and till he come, we
do nothing. Yesterday the bill for regulating caices of treason and misprition
pass'd in the house off Comons, nmio contradiccntc. What the King says to
it we know not. Ther's no forraigne news. My Lord Lexinton is arived at
Vienne. Be pleas'd to giue my Lord B[r]eadalbane the trouble of my best
thanks for being at paines to wryt to the same purpose with your Lordship ;
no man alive shall in any station be more ready to serve you both than I

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shall, . . , Let me congratullat my Lord Duke of Gordons inlargmeut with
all transport ; I doupt not (and faithfully I wish) that, in order to a greater.
Tell him I haue his coUer of the order of St. Andrews, in which some of the
small chames that fasten the thistles to the crosses are brock, which in my
opinion can be better fastn'd here as their. If his Grace pleases, I shall see
them weall don, I will not faill to serve Madam Monro all that lyes in me,
and shall be proud if in that, or any thing else, I appeare as much as I
really am, my deare Lord,

Your most oblidged and faithful! affectionat servant,

EoBT. Mackay.

If my Ladie Tarbat come last under this pen, it is not that shee is last in
my thought, but last out on't.

88. J^NEAS Mackay to [George Viscount of Tarbat].

Bommel, January ^f, 1695.
;My Lord, — The expectation I vas in of giveing your Lordship the ac-
count of some decisive action this sumer in Flanders, and the missfortonT hade
of falling sick, soon after my returne from the baithes, could only have made
my silence hithertoo excuseable. I am informed by my brother your Lord-
ship vas pleas'd to favour me with your recommendation to succeed in the
command of the forces in Scotland, which is soe much the mor feeling that it
comes unrequered : soe if I were oblidg'd to show in wryt the resentment I
have of your friendship, I could not but be at a loss, tho I may with all free-
dom say ther's not a IMackenzie alive mor yours than my self, and that in
what ever sircumstance I may be found, inclination shall newer be wanting
to wdttness the same. I doubt not but your son, the IMaster, and Mr. John